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Sunday, September 2, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 106 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.81 feetLast Year: 10.64 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenFour-year-old Sebastai Levesque enjoyed meeting an English Angora rabbit at the petting zoo from Coffey House Family Farm in Flagler Park on Saturday.Okeechobees Most Wanted ... Page 9 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Labor Day weekend brings traditional celebrations to Okeechobee, with a festival in Flagler Park, a parade and a rodeo at the AgriCivic Center. The Labor Day festival opened Saturday featuring food, games, entertainment, a special kid zone for the little ones and a variety of arts and crafts. The festival continues Sunday (today) and Monday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. On Monday, at 9:45 a.m., the Boy Scouts of America open the parade by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The parade will begin at Labor Day weekend brings festival, rodeo and paradeSee LABOR DAY Page 15 Lake rising as ood waters drain ... Page 3 Hospital offers health lectures ... Page 13 Brahmans beat Pt. St. Lucie 28-11 ... Page 19 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News As survey team reports come in, the damage total from Tropical Storm Isaac continue to rise. As of mid day Friday, the total number of homes with water damage was 96. Of that number eight homes received major damage. Bridge inspection was still in progress and no bridges had to be closed. The rate of drainage is determined by the 96 homes damaged by stormSee STORM Page 15 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Will Okeechobee soon have its rst resident drug and alcohol rehabilitation center? That is a question that will be decided at Tuesdays Okeechobee City Council meeting. After a public hearing the council will vote on an ordinance that would change the zoning of The Heritage Assisted Living Center at 608 N.E. Second Ave. from ComCity council to vote on drug rehab center planSee REHAB Page 15
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In ows into Lake Okeechobee are exceeding 30,000 cubic feet of water per second the equivalent of lling up an Olympic-sized swimming pool every two seconds.The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) continues to take actions to alleviate ooding in areas still impacted by Tropical Storm Isaac. Field crews have installed temporary pumps in key locations, and water managers continue operating South Florida's massive primary ood control system to maximize ood relief efforts. The agency's Emergency Operations Center remains in full activation. The district is coordinating closely with local drainage districts and municipalities to address ooded areas. Engineers are working together to direct additional ows from municipal drainage systems into the regional canals. With the system operating at full capacity, water levels are receding in central Palm Beach County and other areas affected by the storm. Light rainfall recorded on W ednesday (District-wide average of 0.05 inches) has not impeded progress in reducing ood waters. Since Monday, water managers have been working around the clock to maximize system operations to reduce ooding, including: Discharging at maximum rates from both the east and west ends of the C-51 canal, moving ood water out of the basin. Installing temporary pumps adjacent to the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area to divert water to the C-18 and L-8 canals. This is improving drainage from the Acreage community by moving water into Lake Okeechobee and to tide. In other areas affected by Tropical Storm Isaac: Water levels in communities north of Lake Okeechobee continue to recede as the District operates pump stations around the lake at full capacity. Current in ows into Lake Okeechobee are exceeding 30,000 cubic feet of water per second the equivalent of lling up an Olympic-sized swimming pool every two seconds. The lake level has increased from 12.48 feet NGVD on Monday to 13.64 feet NGVD Thursday and is continuing to rise. Conditions in portions of the Kissimmee River have improved, and Thursday the section of the river north of S-65E was reopened to navigation for recreational boat traf c. District-wide rainfall from Tropical Storm Isaac on Sunday measured 3.89 inches the second-largest single-day rainfall total in the last 20 years, according to SFWMD meteorologists. The only higher single-day total during that time was 5.35 inches from Tropical Storm Mitch in November 1998. Isaac's two-day rainfall total of 4.76 inches on Sunday and Monday trailed only Tropical Storm Fay in August 2008 and Tropical Storm Mitch. The heaviest rainfall from Isaac was concentrated in Palm Beach and Broward counties, with local maximum totals of more than a foot. With additional rainfall received in the days before the storm, the District-wide seven-day rainfall estimate was 6.24 inches through Tuesday morning. Lake rising as ood waters drain south 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobRe-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 3 Okeechobee News September 2, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDWater managers continue to operate South Floridas ood control system to relieve ooding from areas affected by Tropical Storm Isaac.
Drug rehab I tried to do some research on the s uccess/failure rate of drug rehab facilities around the country. It seems to be quite a s ecret. Actually, as we all know, it is up to t he addict whether he stays away from the drugs or not, after having been through a rehab session. I know of one facility that admits to only a 25 percent success rate for alcoholism. I would bet that if you know two s uccess stories it wouldnt take much looking around to discover 12 or 20 failures. Just over the past weekend I have had convers ations with friends who have relatives who have been in and out of rehab facilities as many as six times. They have usually taken t heir relatives for a very expensive ride in t he process. These people do not belong in any building with the elderly, when under c ertain circumstances some would kill their own grandmother for drug money.Should the county privatize t he jail? Its not a walk in the park to run/manage that jail! And cheap its not. The sheriffs department has been hit hard enough b y our budget cuts. The BOCC needs to review their budget and do like most normal folk do when money gets tightcut out the extraneous stuff and rethink the less needed purchases, and sadly some county positions, but not within LEO, re, or EMT. F or example: I see those Gators that belong t o the county picking up trash, and usually t here are two men on each. I thought what a waste of money, especially after I see the great job the sheriffs weekend crew from t he jail does with the roadside trash pick up. Leave the sheriffs budget alone! Camden, New Jersey is laying off their entire police department. Scranton, Penn. reduced all the city employees to minimum w age. This problem is the same across the United States. You cant spend more than y ou make! All of the elected of cials and the school board are too responsible for the state that this county is in. All the of cials need to cut their budgets to get the millage rate down to attract new businesses. The total millage rate for this county is over 18 mils which is what the counties on the coast are. What does Okeechobee county have to offer a business to move here? The total millage rate here is the same as the coast, the coast has access to more major highways and other transportation, and the coast has a larger and possibly trained workforce. If a business decides to move inland then they are moving to the counties west of us because the total millage rate there is around 14 mils. The largest employer in Okeechobee county is the government which means that the non government employees are having to pay for them. The county needs to get the total millage rate down so that new businesses will move here. We need new businesses so they can get people working and increase the tax base. The board of county commissioners is asking all departments to make cuts. The sheriffs of ce is the largest chunk of the countys budget and as a taxpayer you must ask, does every employee need a vehicle? Does every vehicle need to be driven home daily? Should the sheriff follow Port St Lucie and cut some of the higher paid employees so that you can replace them with twice as many entry level positions to more deputies on the road? Is it wise to hire retired of cers back instead of hiring new employees at lower wages (the DROP program)?Storm drainage With all the rain the storm brought us, ditches in our area were over owing. There was no place for it to go, since the ditches toward the lake were also full. But our neighborhood ditches drained the water out of our yards by the next day and are slowly emptying. I thought it was reasonably good drainage considering the amount of water dumped within a few hours.Unemployment Who actually gives up looking for work? I am pretty sure that is not an option for pretty much anyone. Because the government does not give you anywhere near what it actually costs to survive on either jobless bene ts or food stamps. So anyone thinking people are just giving up looking for work is crazy. The QuestionBy Allen PattersonOkeechobee Presbyterian Church Special to the Okeechobee News Let me ask you a question. Why is it that if someone tells you there are a billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you the paint on the wall is not dry, you touch it to be sure? Questions are a critical part of life and the learning process. We tend to forget most of the conversations we have and things we listen to, but we remember questions that were asked of us sometimes for years, especially questions that penetrate deep into our thoughts and processes. A friend told me several years ago about a conversation she witnessed where two elderly men were talking with each other. Each of them was sitting there talking out loud; one was talking about different happenings in town, while the other was talking about something totally different. Every once in awhile, they would seem to agree with each other, and then would continue talking. They were talking with each other, but not to each other. One critical question could have changed that conversation and allowed them to connect with each other. And that question is, Can you hear me now? In the third chapter of Genesis, verse eight, we nd the rst recorded question from God. Im sure you remember the story. Incidentally, also recorded there is the rst question opposing God. Adam and Eve were given the entire garden to live in and eat from, except for one tree. After they ate from this tree, we nd them hiding in the trees of the garden, hiding from their creator. And God came down, as he did every day in the cool of day to talk with his creation. Adam and Eve heard the sound of the Lord and hid themselves. And the Lord God called out, Where are you? Hiding is something we learn at an early age. I remember hiding in my Moms closet eating something I didnt want everyone else to know about when I was fairly young. When I was found out, boy did I catch it! My favorite game was hide-and-go seek at night! There was something sinister about hiding in the dark. Sometimes we hide as children to not be caught doing something wrong. Maybe you hid, as I did, to escape from pain and emotional turmoil. If you habitually hide things in your relationships with people who love you and who trust you, you will destroy thos e relationships. You cannot have a health y connection with another being if youre a hider. Paul said over in First Corinthians chapter 13, that a mark of real love and maturity was putting away childish things. When you remove those things you hide behind, you have room to grow. If you dont, you become stunted and cannot grow at all, and everyone around you knows it, even i f you dont. This story in Genesis bears out anothe r idea: God desires a daily relationship with you. God came down to the garden in th e cool of the day. You know how things are in the cool of the day; its quiet, the winds hav e died down, the heat is gone, or the heat has not yet started. God would come down and converse with Adam and Eve. God wants to converse with you and I also. Psalm 139 says, How precious ar e your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is th e sum of them. We tend to avoid God and hide but He wants to talk. Maybe weve had a bad day, weve done something were no t proud of, were sick, tired, or angry but h e wants to talk. We hide behind the trees o f our busyness, sorrow, heartbreak, and sin and think to ourselves, Surely God won t want to talk with me today. What if He nds out what Ive done? What if He asks m e about that again? He already knows! Thats really why w e hide fear of the question! We avoid people weve wronged because were afraid o f what they might ask us if they nd us! You say, But I dont even know who I am anymore, why would God want to spend tim e with me? But He created you. Psalm 139 also says, He knit you into the womb you were born out of, he created your inmos t being, he knows you!! He knows everything about us, and still he asks, Where are you? Thats a most important question. Has God been asking that in the gardens and paths of your life? Have you heard and seen the rustlings of His moving in the trees and forests of your circumstances? Are you hiding from Him? He asks a simple question, Where ar e you? Adam and Eve nally answered that rs t question from the Lord God, and the resulting conversation was pretty life changing to say the least. Im thinking if God asks me a question, Id better answer. Id encourage you to do the same. September 2, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit 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!
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o email@example.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.Mamie Sue Bressler, 88OKEECHOBEE Mamie Sue Bressler died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Mamie was born in Pulaski, Tenn. and resided in Okeechobee since 1957. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, owers and children. Mamie was preceded in death by husbands, William Bishop and Marlin Bressler; brothers, Herbert, Hubert, and Wesley Blade; sisters, Margaret Hughes and Mildred Roland. She is survived by sons, Thomas Bishop, W ayne (Carolyn) Bishop, Rev. Joe (Belinda) Bishop; daughter, Mary Sue (Billy) Blade, all of Okeechobee; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home from 9 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu, of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Mamies memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seaw inds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News September 2, 2012 Eagles plan meatloaf dinnerCypress Hut Eagles will serve meatloaf dinner on Tuesday night Sept. 4 starting at 5:30 p.m. for a $6 donation. For more information please call 863-467-1154.September Main Street Mixer announcedOkeechobee Main Street welcomes the public to the September Mixer, sponsored by UBS Financial Services. This mixer will be held at the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 South Parrott Avenue on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a wonderful networking opportunity and a chance to meet local businessmen and women as well as community leaders. Join us for light appetizers and drinks, take a chance on the Main Street Mega 50/50 and, perhaps, leave with an exciting door prize. Feel free to bring a friend or coworker. For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-3576246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd Street (directly north of CVS).Tobacco Free Partnership to hold September meetingThe Tobacco-Free Partnership of Okeechobee will meet Wednesday, 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 S.W. 10th Avenue. The mission of the Tobacco-Free 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.Open games chess social to be heldAll area chess players are invited to participate in an open games social on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lucky Lanes Bowling Alley. For details, call Jim at 561-577-1964. North VFW to host Sunday dinnerThe North VFW Post #4423, 300 NW 34th Street will host dinner on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 2 Lori will be offering a full Meatloaf dinner for a $6.50 donation 2-4 p.m. this Sunday. Be sure to come in and support your local veterans. Proceeds go towards veterans assistance programs.North VFW Labor Day plansThe North VFW Post #4423, 300 NW 34th Street will host dinner on Monday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. There will be Chicken & Ribs prepared by Jim along with side dishes for a $5 donation, D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) will be providing music/karaoke 2 p.m. ?. Proceeds go towards veterans assistance programs.McTeacher Night plannedSeminole Elementary will have their monthly McTeacher Night on Sept. 4, from 5-7 p.m. at the McDonalds on Hwy 70 East to help raise funds for the school. Please stop by and support our school. Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing championship will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9 ($120). You must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie 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, and will be held in Commissioner Heltons of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 261, Okeechobee. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-7636441 to schedule an appointment. Children Services Council announces Public meetingThe Childrens Services Council of Okeechobee will have their First Public Budget Hearing for the year 2012-2013 on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 5:01 p.m., in the Okeechobee County School Board of ce, Room 303 at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. Patriot's DayLadies Auxiliary to VFW Post 4423 will sponsor a Patriots Day Ceremony to honor our First Responders. It will be in Veterans Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 There will be guest speakers, honored guests and special guests. These men and women put their lives on the line for us every day so please give one hour of your time to honor them. Contact the Dannye Strickland at 863763-0589 for any questions.Knock Out Spice lecture rescheduledAttention, public servants, parents, students, community members, civic organizations, grandparents, business owners and community leaders: Do you kno w what SPICE is? The kids do. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall you can learn how to protect our children and communit y from these dangerous drugs. Learn what synthetic drugs are and about unknown dangers and consequences.Martha's House presents Purple and White NightLets have a fun night featuring T.J. and the Cruisers Rock and Roll Revue. Wear your Purple and White on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post, #10539, Okeechobee. Admission is just $15. For tickets, please call 863-763-2893. Community Events
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 (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 NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 7 Okeechobee News September 2, 2012Isaac came by and thwarted our sale on Monday, but Tuesday we ended up with a few soggy bovine! Prices were sort of mixed. Calves seemed to hold up steady considering buyers will have trouble getting them out west. Slaughter Cows & Bulls were off $2-3. Please spread the word on our Special October Sales. Claude Tilton, San Mateo, topped the calf market with a high of $3 bought by Terry Bomhak. Triple G Dairy, Sebring, topped the Cow Market with a high of $77 bought by Central Beef. Closed for Labor Day Monday, September 3rd Rodeo 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 Jeff Essay contests for high school and for fth through eighth grade students have been announced by the Okeechobee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. These contests are open to all public and private schools as well as home schooled student. Guidelines and rules have been provided to all History teachers in the public schools. The Christopher Columbus Essay topic for High School is: How did the faith and courage of Christopher Columbus give to mankind a new world? Recent evidence shows that the Americas were discovered by many peoples long before 1492, but it was Columbus who was credited with the honor because he was acknowledged in the histories being written in Europe. He, who writes the history, wins! This can be an interesting topic to explore. The fth eighth grade students will write about; Forgotten Patriots who supported the American Struggle for Independence. Many who fought in battle may often be overlooked. Families, teachers, doctors, Indians, farmers, are among many who aided the cause for freedom. Copies of rules and judging guidelines are also available from: Susan H. Su George, 863-763-0266, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for submission is Nov. 30. DAR to host essay contests for students Alligator hunting resumes on most of Kissimmee RiverThe South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has reopened the Kissimmee River and all boat ramps leading to it from the S-65 water control structure at SR 60, south to the S-65E water-control structure about 7 miles north of Lake Okeechobee. However, the S-65E lock and the river south of the lock remain closed to navigation for public safety reasons, due to dangerous currents caused by discharging oodwater. Hunters using the KICCO Wildlife Management Area may now access the area from the Kissimmee River. Portions of the Kissimmee Public Use Area (PUA) lying north of the S-65E structure are accessible by boat. Boating access to the portion of the PUA south of S-65E (Paradise Run) is closed. Come dance with us!Senior Center offers free line dance lessons. The Okeechobee Senior Center is having fun at free line dancing classes. Come join the fun Mondays at noon at Okeechobee Senior Services at 1019 S.W. Park St. Okeechobee Livestock Market Report
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CDA Band EVERY SAT Night at 8pm on the patio! Applebees has the NFL ticket! Applebees NFL Sunday Funday will feature every NFL game you can possibly watch on 14 TVs along with HUGE prizes for various contests going on ALL DAY LONG. Prizes include free oil changes, store credit at various local businesses, massages, gift cards and more! Applebees Okeechobee 8 Okeechobee News September 2, 2012 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). Danny Charles Hoon Jr., 24, N.W. 56th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to return leased property. His bond was set at $7,500. Johnny Walter Hat eld, 20, Center St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of failure to appear grand theft and failure to appear criminal mischief. He is being held without bond. Leanna Jean Kirkey, 27, N.W. 36th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond. Steven M. Williams, 20, N.E. 11th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 31 by Ofcer Chad Troutman on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft auto. His bond was set at $2,500. James Lavance White, 41, Broadland Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 31 by Deputy Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of driving while license suspended, and the misdemeanors of driving under the in uence and leaving the scene of an accident. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce investigated the following reports of crimes last week: ASSAULT 4200 block of S.E. 23rd Court 6500 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 2200 block of U.S. 441 S.E. BURGLARY 7000 block of S.R. 70 E. 2200 block of N.W. Fifth St. 1700 block of Sixth St. 2700 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 1100 block of N.E. 29th Terrace COUNTERFEIT MONEY 3200 block of U.S. 441 S. FRAUD 12000 block of N.E. 26th Ave. 2600 block of N.W. 34th Ave. 3200 block of S.W. 18th St. THEFT 3300 block of N.E. 301st Blvd. (gol f cart) 6600 block of N.E. Seventh St. (license tag & decal) 400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (medications) 2200 block of U.S. 98 N. (auto parts) 3200 block of N.W. 18th Ave. (generator) 4700 block of U.S. 98 N. (dog) 5400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (medications) VANDALISM 3600 block of N.W. 20th Ave. 10000 block of N.W. First Ave. 4200 block of S.E. 21st Court Investigations Knock Out Spice lecture rescheduledAttention, public servants, parents, students, community members, civic organizations, grandparents, business owners and community leaders: Do you know what SPICE is? The kids do. On Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall you can learn how to protect our children and community from these dangerous drugs. Learn what synthetic drugs are and about unknown dangers and consequences.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CenterState Banks Core Values:Local Market DrivenA Long Term HorizonWorld Class Service Relationship BankingFaith and Family Shannon ConradSr. Customer Service SpecialistKristy CrawfordCommercial Loan Officer/VPSherri EnfingerConsumer Loan OfficerMonica AnuezPersonal BankerJamie BrammeierCustomer Service SpecialistFaveola CarrilloSr. Personal Banker Jennifer LaffertyResidential Lender/AVPCecilia RodriguezSr. Personal BankerTabitha TrentBranch Manager/VP John WilliamsCommunity President/SVPHeather HancockExecutive Assistant 863.763.55732100 South Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974www.centerstatebank.com Taylor Creek TireDon Curtiss and Family3826 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee863-467-TIRE (8473)Located on 441 at emergency signal in Taylor CreekWe Will Treat You Right 9 Labor Day 2012 September 2, 2012 Labor Day is an American federal holiday observed on the rst Monday in September (September 3 in 2012) that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, rst proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York. Others argue that it was rst proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882, after witnessing the annual labor festival held in Toronto, Canada. Oregon was the rst state to make it a holiday in 1887. By the time it b ecame a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states of cially celebrated Labor Day. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with Reyes[clari cation needed], leader of the labor movement. Fearing further con ict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nations trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would be associated with the nascent Communist, Syndicalist and Anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers Day. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday.Labor Day pays tribute to the American worker
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 September 1, 2 and 3 Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday & Monday at 2 pm Tickets at Gate $5.00 Contestants from all over the State of Florida will be competing for prize monies in five events including Bronc Riding, Team Doctoring and Team Sorting Muttin Bustin and a calf scramble will be the Kids Event Tourist Development Council Ranch Rodeo Each day at the Agri Civic Center Buy a Home Delivery or Mail subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 12 Okeechobee News September 2, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon VinsonDonations help communityOkeechobee County is fortunate to have Wendy and Judy Watts! Their donations of time, talent, and necessities are a blessing to the families in our community. They recently were able to help 380+ school children with backto-school supplies, backpacks and clothing. Judy hosted a Summer Sewing Camp that appealed to many teens who have now started to sew articles of clothing. Glades Electric Charitable Trust is honored to partner with Wendy and Judy Watts with My Aunts House in Okeechobee. A $500 check was presented on Aug. 29. At the presentation from left to right are: Sharon Vinson, Facilitator, Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County, Wendy and Judy Watts, My Aunts House, and Angie Hodges, Glades Electric Charitable Trust District 9. My Aunts House provides clothing, shoes, and special items such as back-to-school supplies and gifts from Santa to children in low income families, including children in foster care. Donations of new or gently worn childrens clothes are welcomed. You can reach Wendy or Judy at 863.634.2306. Please visit their website at http://www.myauntshouse.org/ The Okeechobee community is urged to attend to hear a special message from Pastor Jim McCutchen on the timely topic, Its time for America to stand up. This is not a political message but a spiritual message on how God gives our country a plan of redemption to restore our country. Pastor Jim McCutchen is heard on the radio daily on WOKC in his one-minute messages called, Lets Talk About It. This special message dealing with America at the crossroads will be presented this Sunday, Sept. 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church located at 3055 S.E. Terrace (one mile east from Home Depot). Church to host special speaker
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EMERGENCIES DONT WAIT FOR APPOINTMENTS.Our Emergency Rooms wait times are consistently shorter than the national average.We treat kids too.The Right Care, Right Here, Right Now!Take comfort in knowing that if a patient does require alternative, specialized treatment, we have an immediate and seamless transfer process with our sister HCA facilities in the Treasure Coast: Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute and St. Lucie Medical Center. 13 Okeechobee News September 2, 2012 Raulerson Hospital has enjoyed caring for the community for the past 33 years. The community events hosted by Raulerson Hospital are held in a very welcoming env ironment and offer informative messages regarding the latest in healthcare today. Even if you have never attended a community health event in the past, the medical staff and employees of Raulerson Hospital are happy to introduce you to these fun and educational classes/programs. Raulerson Hospital hosts a Better Breathers Support Group monthly for sufferers of COPD and other respiratory related issues. There is no fee to participate in the Support Group. Each month one of Raulerson Hospitals licensed respiratory therapists teach participants about various topics and issues associated with COPD. The group meets in the hospitals In-Service Classroom on the rst Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you or a loved one would like to participate in the Better Breathers support Group, RSVP to 863-824-2702. The next class meets on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Raulerson Hospital also hosts complimentary one-on-one medication review appointments with the pharmacist. If you or a loved one have questions regarding a medication, this is an opportunity for you to meet individually with Raulerson Hospitals Pharmacist to review the prescription and over-the-counter drugs that you are currently taking. The pharmacist will provide education about any potential side effects, drug interactions, and possibly even money saving tips regarding your current medications. The next medication review will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12. To RSVP for a complimentary one-on-one appointment with a Raulerson Hospital Pharmacist, call 863-7639228. Please remember to bring a list of the name and doses of your medications. This September, Raulerson Hospital resumes its monthly Dine with the Doctor, physician lecture series. On the last Tuesday of each month, members of Raulerson Hospitals medical staff speak to the public on various health related topics. Prior to the lecture, attendees may purchase dinner from the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. is $5 per person. The physician lecture is free and will begin at 5 p.m. The physicians will entertain a question and answer session following their presentations. Speci c physician names and their corresponding lecture dates will be announced at a later date. The next lecture will be Tuesday, Sept. 25. To RSVP for Dine with the Doctor, call 863-763-9228. Raulerson Hospital will honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 10, with the facilitys annual Womens Health Luncheon, held at the Raulerson Hospital Auditorium on the Okeechobee Campus of IRSC. The luncheon will feature various speakers highlighting womens health issues, including Dr. James Brad eldRaulerson GYN. A buffet lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. The presentation will begin at noon. There is no fee for this event, and space is limited. Please RSVP for the Womens Health Luncheon by calling call: 863-763-9228. For a free physician referral or answers to a healthcare question, contact Consult-ANurse at 863-763-9228. Hospital offers free health education and events Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand OaksGrand Oaks carnivalKids of all ages enjoyed the carnival held at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility. Residents, employees and family member enjoyed games, prizes, crafts, face painting and carnival themed food. The Amazing Eugene performed magic and provided entertainment.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. A rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Aug. 31ST Thurs., Sep. 6THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: THE CAMPAIGNFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: AMBRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTERFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R III: THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREENFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R PG Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us. We do print bad news. (It IS newsworthy when things go wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.) Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isnt difficult. The vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.) How are we doing? Let us know by emailing email@example.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: Daily Local News Updates New interactive and easy to navigate format Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 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. 14 Okeechobee News September 2, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee junior varsity volleyball team looked good in their rst performance of the year as they dominated Lincoln Park 25-9 and 25-8. Coach Karen Cotton said the team got solid efforts from all of the girls. She noted they are a young squad this year but will improve as the season goes on. The Brahman boys golf team fell at Martin County by 10 strokes 166-176 Thursday. The match was played at the Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart. Kodi Stephen shot 39, Kyle Mullins 43, Zach Hudson 47 and Kutter Crawford 47 to lead Okeechobee, (0-1). Martin County was led by Dominick Vennari and Michael Franke who both shot 38. Brahman Coach Kenny Buckner said he felt the squad did well in their rst match of the year due to the adversity theyve faced by Tropical Storm Isaac, It was not a bad start when y ou consider the weather weve had. The team hasnt had a chance to play a full nine holes in any practice this year. The Lady Brahman bowling team continued a two-year win streak as they swept J ensen Beach (5-2) and South Fork (7-0) in a tri match on Thursday in Okeechobee. Ashley Byrd had a 521 series and a high game of 195. Jessica Olney had a 521 series and a high game of 213 to lead OHS. Brittany Baker also played well. Kirsten really came through for the Lady Brahmans in the third game of the series as she bowled a 190 game to ensure the win for the girls, Coach Martha Bloom said. She also praised Meghen Davis and Tiffany Marshall who did well in their rst varsity match. The Brahman boys fell to South Fork (5-2) and Jensen Beach (7-0). Team Captain Samuel Rogers had a nice afternoon as he improved his average. Brian Chapman showed great potential with a 622 series and high game of 241. Steven Alvarez, Allen Perry, Austin Walker and George Marshall also contributed. I think all the boys worked together and supported the efforts of the other players, Bloom added. The bowling teams next home match is Thursday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. against Gulliver Prep. Due to Tropical Storm Isaac, OCRA sign ups were delayed. OCRA will sign up for football and cheerleading during the Labor Day festivities in the park on Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just look for the OCRA booth in the park. Also, the tryouts have been moved. The following is the new schedule for tryouts: Tuesday, Sept. 4 Pee Wee at 6 p.m., Midget at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 5 Mitey Mites at 6 p.m., Junior Pee Wee at 7 p.m. Boys ag football has no tryouts. A coach will contact your child after the teams have been selected. If you have any questions, call 863-634-0515. The Okeechobee Parks & Recreation Department is seeking coaches, sponsors and of cials for the Youth Soccer League beginning play in September. Sign-ups for youth ages 5-14 are under way. Anyone interested in getting involved with the program is asked to call the of ce at 863-763-6950. The of ce is also accepting extra cleats or shin guards that are in good condition to give to those without equipment. Please recycle any unused items by taking it to the Recreation Department in the Sports Complex, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Boys and girls, K-12 are welcome sign up for First and Goal Flag Football. Registration is just $35 with signup 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., Recreation Outreach Center, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave., Okeechobee. For more information, please call 863467-7625. Sports News in Brief Relay for Life kickoff celebration plannedEveryone is invited to join the Relay for Life group at Lunkers Sports Grill on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 to help kick off our 2013 Relay for Life year. The theme for this years event is All-Star Relay: Scoring Against Cancer so wear your favorite sports memorabilia and join the fun. If you are interested in nding out more information related to joining this wonderful cause on any level please contact Missy Fipps 863-634-8674 or Lacey Summerall 863-634-7765.
10 a.m. and follow the regular parade route, from the old U-Save parking lot on Parrott A venue (U.S. Highway 441) north to State Road 70 and then west on State Road 70 to the end of Flagler Park. At noon on Monday, park events will include a soda chug contest. The person w ho can drink the most soda in ve minutes w ill win a Dasani Mountain Bike donated by Coca-Cola. Entry fee is $5. At 1 p.m. there w ill be a hot dog eating contest. Contestants will have ve minutes to eat as many hot dogs as they can. Entry fee is $5. See the Main Street booth at the festival for contest applications and entry forms. The Labor Day weekend also brings the Okeechobee Cattlemens Labor Day Rodeo. This year, the event will be a ranch rodeo with competitions based on the skill used on area ranches by real cowboys. The rodeo started Saturday and will continue Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. All seats general admission are $5. Children ages 6 and under will be admitted free. Spectator admission to the Agri-Civic Center is off State Road 710. Ranch rodeos are team competitions with teams from area ranches competing against each other. There are 24 teams in the Okeechobee rodeo, representing ranches in Florida. Twelve teams competed on Saturday. The remaining 12 will compete today. On Monday, the top ve teams from Saturday and the top ve teams from Sunday will compete in the ranch rodeo nals. Events will include team branding, team tying, cow decorating/doctoring, team sorting, ranch bronc riding. For branding the cold branding iron is dipping chalk or paint. Cow doctoring also uses paint to simulate putting medicine on a wild cow. For ranch bronc riding the cowboy uses a regular saddle such as he would use in ranch work. Children can compete in mutton bustin and the calf scramble. In mutton bustin children ages 4 to 6 can try to ride a sheep. 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Currently the property is zoned CPO with a special exception for an assisted living center. At their July 19 meeting, the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustments and Appeals approved a special exception allowing for a group home that w ould provide for an alcohol and/or drug rehabilitation center and an assisted living center within a CLT zoning district. This special exception is contingent upon the zoning change since group homes are a special exception under CLT zoning. If the council disapproves the zoning change, the current CPO zoning with a special exception for an assisted living center would remain in effect and the applicant would not be able to operate a drug rehab facility. Both special exceptions, the one currently in effect and the one to be voted on, are speci cally tied to that one piece of property. The Substance Abuse Of ce of the Florida Department of Children and Families is the licensing agency for drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities. According to Steve Walsh, of that of ce, his organization would not be involved in deciding the suitability of the location of a rehabilitation facility. He said that w ould be a local zoning issue. Bill Brisson, city planner for the City of Okeechobee, said that currently the citys zoning laws do not prohibit a drug rehabilitation center and an assisted living center from both occupying the same location. In his application for the zoning change and special exception, Mohammad Nooruddin, manager AMSA Holding LLC, one of the owners of the facility, proposed to use 4 to 6 beds on the rst oor of the two-story building for detox purposes. The council will also hold the rst of two public hearings before adoption of the budget and the city administrator will discuss the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac. In other action the board is expected to: consider adoption of commercial rates and fees for solid waste collection; consider approving a revised engineering services contract with Culpepper and Terpening, Inc. in the amount of $37,735 for the Community Development Block Grant Program; consider approval of a sublease between the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County and Okeechobee Main Street; and consider a request for approval for a new welcome sign project and a new mural project.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. REHABContinued From Page 1 If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee City Council WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 WHERE: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E Third Ave. level of the Rim Canal. Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management Districts Okeechobee Service Center, said that water management pumps had been able to keep up with the rising water. We did a good job, he said. Members of the Okeechobee Field Of ce staff have been manning the pumps station 24 hours a day since Sunday. All of the north shore locks, with the exception of the Taylor Creek lock are operational with lock tenders on duty. The Taylor Creek lock is closed for major repairs. Mr. Ritter said water managers contemplated using pumps to pump water over the closed Taylor Creek lock. However, that did not prove to be necessary. Water management pump stations around the lake are being operated to capacity. STORMContinued From Page 1 DAVIS/BONEY PRESCOTT-FAMILY REUNIONWANTED: Family and Friends You are invited to come to relax, visit and renew old memories and friendships to the Basinger Civic Center on Saturday, September 8, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Plan to eat at 1 p.m. (One hour past High Noon). Bring a covered dish and your lawn chair. Meat will be provided. Looking for copies of old photos from generations past for geneology research. Bring a copy of our old Davis, Boney, or Prescott ancestors. To claim your reward: RSVP to Earlene Davis Platt 417-686-0004 or Elaine Davis Harvey 407-873-4816. the longest is the winner. Those who wish to compete in mutton bustin should come about 30 minutes before the rodeo to sign up. In the calf scramble, children from the audience under the age of 12 are invited into the arena and several calves are released into the arena. The rst children to pull the ribbons off the calves tails win prizes. All seats are general admission.
GENERAL MANAGER New Harvest Inc. has an immediate opening for a General Manager. This position is responsible for managing the harvesting operation of citrus groves located throughout Central Florida, securing suf cient H2A harvesting contractors to harvest the crop and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations. Quali ed applicants must possess at least ten years prior citrus harvesting experience, a current Licensed Citrus Fruit Dealer and a current, valid drivers license. New Harvest Inc. offers competitive wages (base salary plus bonus plan) and a bene t package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D and LTD insurance, 401(K) plan plus paid vacation and holidays. Quali ed applicants should email their resume to email@example.com or fax to (863) 465-1672. New Harvest Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace, M/F/D/V. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. 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Repaired & Installed, Dregging. Fully Licensed & Insured company. Of ce 561-747-4382. Contact 561-262-1390. Golf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dans Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities Business Opportunities 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 Employment Part TimePT DRIVER 3 Days a week. Clean driving record. Twin Oaks Pet Cemetery. Call 863-467-6377 or 772-285-2901. Monday Friday, between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ONLY. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Shop here first! The classified ads 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 Computer/ SuppliesDell Desktop System w/Flat Screen etc. Reprogrammed like new! Guaranteed. $75 Call Tony 863 517-2782. Pets/SuppliesShih-tzu Puppies 3 males 2 females brown black and tri-colored 1st shots and worming 8 weeks old $350.00. (863)634-2110 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 Cash for Cars & Trucks! I will buy your car or truck, 2005 to 2010 models. If it looks good, runs good, has good air-conditioning and a clean CARFAX, I will pay top dollar. Call Gary at (863)763-3154 ext. 238 DEALER Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, & 2bdrm/1bath Duplex in Kings Bay, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 2bedroon/1 bath in Kings Bay includes water and sewer, appliances with washer and dryer. Small pet ok. 1st months rent free. Call 863-634-8331 Apartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2 BA Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 Beautiful Samanthas Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 OKEE Huge, Clean, 2/2, Inside laundry. $650 month. First & Sec. or 2/1, $575/mo Call 772-215-0098 OKEECHOBEE: 1 BR, 1 BA, All utilities paid. $350 Monthly Call 812-989-3022 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Business PlacesRESTAURANT & BAR 6,000 sq. ft. Located SE 441 & 15B. 200+ seating turn key operation. Plus 3bd/1ba House. Call for more information. $379,000 (561)662-2202 or (561)-662-3169 Condos/Townhouses RentCLEWISTON 2BR/2BA, Bass & Sun Condo. Pool. Tennis Courts. Boat Ramp. On canal view lake view/access. Furnished. Tile oors. All appls including W&D. $950/month. firstname.lastname@example.orgFOR RENT: FURNISHED 1 & 2 BEDROOM DUPLEX OR CONDO IN KINGS BAY OR TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS. STARTING AT $700.00 A MONTH LONG OR SHORT TERM LEASE-1ST & SECURITY-MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED. 863-447-0742 TAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo on ground oor. Unfurnished. Pool access. Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher. Includes water. $700/mo. 1st month free. (863) 634-0663. Houses Rent2/1 1/2 Furnished Home w/garage near hospital and schools. $750/mo. & $500 sec.No children or smoking in home. Small pet negotiable. Lawn service included. Call (863)447-2715 2/1 HOUSE w/central AC and appliances. 310 NE 4th Ave. $700/mo. 1st, last & $500 sec req. (863)467-5965 NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 16 Okeechobee News September 2, 2012
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider amendment/adoption of the School Board policies listed below at their meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee. A copy of the proposed amendments/policies are available in the Superintendents of ce, Room 307, located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue. ADOPTION OF BOARD POLICY 4.82 Participation of Home Education and Private School Students in Extracurricular Activities II. The proposed policy implements F.S. 1006.15. I. The proposed policy addresses student standards for participation in extracurricular activities by home education and private school students. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1006.15. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 5.36 Use of Time Out, Seclusion and Physical Restraint for Students with Disabilities I. This policy provides descriptive and compliance criteria regarding student behavioral interventions. II. The proposed revision adds a requirement for having a plan to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion. The required plan is included in the Districts ESE Policies and Procedures (SP&P) document. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1003.32, 1003.573, 1006.07, 1006.11, 1012.75. IV. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 6.18 Contracts: Instructional and Administrative Personnel I. This policy provides general requirements for contracting with Instructional and Administrative staff. II. The proposed amendment updates the policy in accordance with current Florida Statutes. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1012.22, 1012.23. Laws implemented are F.S. 120.57, 1001.43, 1011.60, 1012.22, 1012.32, 1012.33, 1012.335, 1012.56. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 6.80 Assessment of Employees I. This policy provides general r equirements of Florida Statute for procedures for assessment of employees. II. The proposed amendment adds language regarding the inclusion of student learning growth in accordance with current Florida Statutes. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1012.22, 1012.23. Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1008.36, 1012.22, 1012.27, 1012.34. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. 424453 ON 9/2/2012 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242 ND 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 DISTRICTS 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. THE PROPOSED 2012-2013 BUDGET WILL BE ADDRESSED AND VOTED ON. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 425273 ON 9/2/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2012-DR 01.65 Division: DOMESTIC VICENTA VITE Petitioner and ARNULPO MARTINEX Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PETITION TO DETERMINE PATERNITY AND OTHER RELIEF TO: ARNULFO MARTINEZ 1653 SW 2nd WAY OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for PETITION TO DETERMINE FATERNM AND FOR OTHER RELIEE has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on VICENTA VITE Whose address is 3681 NW 8TH AVENUE #8 OKEECHOBEE FL 34974 on or before 30 days of 1st publication, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at Clerks address) 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE FL 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter, If you fall to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded In the petition. Copies of all court documents In this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Courts of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers In this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerks of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and Information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, Including dismissal or striking of pleadings. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ BEATRICE RODRIGUEZ Deputy Clerk 424323 ON 8/19,26;9/2,9/2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATIONS A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board on Thursday, September 20, 2012, 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The agenda is available on the City website cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Dept, pburnette@cityofokeechobee. com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Items to be considered are: Con icts between the Future Land Use Map and Zoning Map that involve properties currently zoned Holding. A map identifying each parcel and Planning Staff Report is viewable on the City website. The following properties are being considered to be re zoned from Holding to Residential Single Family-1 (RSF-1): Map ID No. 1: all in City of Okeechobee subdivision, Plat Book 1, Page 10, Okeechobee County, public records: Lots 7-12 of Block 7-Ivan D. Doverspike, Trust-1202 NW 13th ST. Lot 12 of Block 10-Jimmie L. Potts-800 NW 12th ST. Lot 11 of Block 10-Anita Leverette-804 NW 12th ST. Lots 9-10 of Block 10-Willa M. Hickson-806 NW 12th ST. Lots 7-8, of Block 10-Shirley Johnson, 810 NW 12th ST. Lot 2 of Block 23-Joe N. & Johnny L. Brown-803 NW 12th ST. Lot 7 of Block 23-Gloria R. & Mary D. Brown-1100 NW 9th AVE. Lots 5-6 of Block 23-Shirley R. Johnson-1110 NW 9th AVE. Lot 1 of Block 23-Suzette & Harris C. Quarles-1109 NW 8th AVE. Lot 12 of Block 23-Robbie L. Ridley,ETAL-800 NW 11th ST. Lot 11 of Block 23-Shirley Johnson-802 NW 11th ST. Lot 10 of Block 23-Sharon Johnson-804 NW 11th ST. Lot 9 of Block 23-Bruce & Pamela Snell-806 NW 11th ST. Lot 8 of Block 23-Mary L. Wright-808 NW 11th ST. Map ID No. 2: all in NW Addition, Plat Book 1, Page 25, Okeechobee County public records: Lots 1-18 & West half of 19 of Block 13-Janet Mays & Rob Bentz-NE 7th CT & 8th ST. Lots 20 & East half of 19 of Block 13 George W. & Carol H. Moore-NE 7th CT & 10th AVE. Map ID No. 3: Lots 1-26 of Block 68, City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 1, Page 10, Okeechobee County public recordsDowling R. Watford, Trustee. Map ID No. 4: 9.890 unplatted acres-Frank Altobello, Charitable, located on SW 2nd ST. 9.120 unplatted acreas-Frank Altobello, Charitable-located on SW 6th ST.13.3210 unplatted acres-Montebello13, LLC-located between SW 6th and 9th ST. Map ID No. 5: 1.725 unplatted acres-Madonna L. Arnold, ETAL-located at 517 SW 21st ST. 12.210 unplatted acresLaura M. Graisbery, ETAL-located on SW 21st ST. Map ID No. 6: 32.8 unplatted acres-Frank Altobello, Trustee, ETAL-located South of SE 8th ST & along the West side of Taylor Creek. Map ID No. 7: 2.210 unplatted acres-Inland American ST Florida Portfolio JP3, LLC (Suntrust Bank)-815 South Parrott AVE. Map ID No. 8: 2.0 unplatted acres-William G. Carver-1105 SE 9th DR. Map ID No. 9: 4.710 unplatted acres-John W. & Bonnie Thomas-802 SE 10th AVE. 9.5 unplatted acres-John W. & Bonnie Thomas-located West of SE 13th AVE. Map ID No. 10: 0.490 unplatted acres-Rick & Bonita Lightsey-located between Block 116 and Taylor Creek. Map ID No. 11: 51.190 unplatted acres-Javier Ordenez-located East of Taylor Creek & of CSX Railroad. Map ID No. 12a: unplatted parcel located between Block 82 and Taylor Creek-Dale S. & Martha A. Reiss-649 NE 6th ST. Map ID No. 14: City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 1, Page 10, Okeechobee County public records: Lots 8-11 of Block 21Bakul K. & Hina R. PatelNE 10th ST. Lots 12-13 of Block 32-William Mason-NE 10th ST & 3rd AVE. Lot 20 & West 5ft of 21 of Block 32-Abdul-Khuddus & Parveen Syed-NE 10th ST. Lots 21 (less West 5 ft) 22-25 of Block 32-Mark E. Barwick-NE 9th ST. Lots 1-6 & 20-26 of Block 35-Dean & Carl Weidling-NE 9th ST. Map ID No. 15: City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 1, Page 10, Okeechobee County public records: Lots 1-4 of Block 1, Lots 6-10 & 21-26 of Block 2, Lots 1-4 & 25-26 of Block 15, Lots 1-11 of Block 16-Suraiya Husain, Trustee-NE 12th, 150 NE 13th & NE 14th ST. Lots 5-8 of Block 1, Lots 1-5 of Block 2, Lots 5-6 & 21-22 of Block 15-Muzaffar Husain, Trustee-NE 12th, 13th & 14th ST. Lots 7-8 & 23-24 of Block 15-North American Islamic Trust-NE 13th ST. Map ID No. 18: 5.919 unplatted acres-Ivan D. Doverspike, Trust-1202 NW 8th AVE. The following properties are being considered to be rezoned from Holding to Industrial: Map ID No. 12b: unplatted property that is contiguous to Block 52 & 53 (Diamond R. Fertilizer-710 NE 5th AVE) and West of Taylor Creek, being a portion of abandoned Riverside Drive. A portion of closed NE 6th AVE, from 7th ST North to the CSX Railroad. A portion of closed NE 8th St, from 4th AVE East to Taylor Creek and parallel with the railroad. No. 12c: 0.99 unplatted acre parcel-William Mason-NE 9th ST, West of Taylor Creek and East of Block 51. Map ID No. 13b: is a 0.36 unplatted acre-Recycling Concepts, LLC-triangular parcel located North of CSX Railroad & West of NE 12th AVE (East City Limits). The following properties are being considered to be rezoned from Holding to Public Facilities (PUB): Map ID No. 13a: 23.86 unplatted acres-Okeechobee Utility Authority-1200 NE 12th ST. The following properties are being considered to be rezoned from Holding to Heavy Commercial (CHV): Map ID No.16: City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 1, Page 10, Okeechobee County public records: Lots 9-10 of Block 15North American Islamic Trust Inc-NE 13th ST. The following properties are being considered to be rezoned from Holding to Multi-Family (RMF): Map ID No. 17: 1.600 unplatted acres-Ruth G. Spradley & Gale B. Nemec-triangular sharped parcel located West of SW 7th AVE & North of SW 6th ST, contiguous to Blocks 190 & 191, City of Okeechobee. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed rezonings may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Planning Boards role will be to make a recommendation for approval or denial, to the City Council. The rst public hearing is scheduled for October 16, 2012, 6 PM, and a nal adoption scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6 PM. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 425563 ON 9/2,12/2012 Houses Rent A DORABLE 2 BR/1 BA, in town. W/D hookup, lawn serv., Non smkg. Envrnmt. Small pet. $750 month, 1st, last, & $500 sec. Call 941-504-3954. BASSWOOD 4br/2ba, 1 car garage, split plan, dishwasher, W & D Hookup. $1200 month. (561) 307-2502. FOR RENT 2BR, 1BA duplex, great location in Okeechobee Estates, A/C, laundry room. $550/month. Call 863-835-2391 FOR RENT 3 bedroom/ 2 bath/ 2 car garage in Southwest section, Oak tress, city water & sewer. Call 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541 Okeechobee SW Section 905 SW 2nd Ave. $850 a month, $1,700 to move in, close to everything. (863)-634-0512 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses Sale$47,900 STEAL 3br./2 ba. Built in 2004, needs nothing. Fenced yard, City water. Call 863-801-1739. Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land SaleNW 72nd Ave. Okeechobee 40 Acres vacant land. $88,000 Call Jenny Ashburn, Coldwell Banker 772-528-8127 Lots SaleVACANT LOT, JUST UNDER 1/2 ACRE, SW 5TH AVE/SW 7TH, NO CITY TAXES. CALL 863-801-9163 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, $400 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board, serving as the Local Planning Agency, on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The agenda is available on the City website cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Dept, email@example.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Items to be considered are: Con icts between the Future Land Use Map and Zoning Map that involve properties currently classi ed as Single Family, Industrial, Commercial and no designation. A map identifying each parcel and Planning Staff Report is viewable on the City website. The following properties are being considered to change the FLU from Single Family (SF) to Industrial (IND): Map ID No. 12b: All of Block 52, City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 1, Page 10, Okeechobee County public records, and unplatted property that is contiguous to Block 53 (Diamond R. Fertilizer-710 NE 5th AVE) and West of Taylor Creek, being a portion of abandoned Riverside Drive. A portion of closed NE 6th AVE, from 7th ST North to the CSX Railroad. A portion of close NE 8th ST, from 4th AVE East to Taylor Creek and parallel with the railroad. Map ID No. 12c: 0.99 unplatted acre parcel-William Mason-NE 9th ST, West of Taylor Creek and East of Block 51. The following properties are being considered to change the FLU from Industrial (IND) to Public Facilities (PF): Map ID No. 13a: 23.86 unplatted acres-Okeechobee Utility Authority-1200 NE 12th ST. The following properties are being considered to change the FLU from Single Family (SF) to Multi-Family (MF): Map ID No. 17: 1.600 unplatted acres-Ruth G. Spradley & Gale B. Nemec-triangular shaped parcel located West of SW 7th AVE & North of SW 6th ST, contiguous to Blocks 190 & 191, City of Okeechobee. The following properties are being considered to change the FLU from no designation to Single Family (SF): Map ID No. 18: 5.919 unplatted acres-Ivan D. Doverspike, Trust-1202 NW 8th AVE. The following properties are being considered to change the FLU from Commercial (C) to Public Facilities (PF): Map ID No. 19: the West half of Block R of Flagler Parks, City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 1, Page 10, Okeechobee County public records-Chamber of Commerce-55 South Parrott AVE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire proposed changes may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Planning Boards role will be to make a recommendation for approval or denial, to the City Council. The rst public hearing is scheduled for October 16, 2012, 6 PM, and a nal adoption scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6 PM. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 425579 ON 9/2,12/2012 RFP NO. ADM-05-00-09-12 CITY OF OKEECHOBEE HOUSING PROGRAM REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The City of Okeechobee hereby requests PROPOSALS from quali ed bidders for the rehabilitation and/or demo/replacement of up to seven (7) single family housing units located in the City as a part of the Citys Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 11DB-H08 project. Proposals are due no later than 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 and delivered or mailed to: City of Okeechobee General Services Department, 55 S.E. Third Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 (the City will not assume any responsibility for proposals received past the bid opening time). Any and all proposals received after this time and date will not be opened or considered. Proposals should be submitted in a separate sealed envelope marked RFP No. ADM-0500-09-12 CITY OF OKEECHOBEE HOUSING PROGRAM in accordance with the instructions distributed at the mandatory walk-thru meeting. All bids must be accompanied by copy of license and proof of insurance if not already provided to City. Each contractor must satisfactorily complete one job through the Housing Rehabilitation Program before receiving any additional contracts. No contactor will be awarded more than ve (5) homes unless they are able to demonstrate that they have the nancial capacity, staf ng, and ability to nish projects within the speci ed completion time. For speci c project information, contact Mr. Clint Hines at 863-990-3070. Bids will be opened as soon after the 11:00 a.m. submission time on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in the City Council Chambers, Second Floor, at City Hall located at 55 S.E. Third Avenue in Okeechobee. A mandatory meeting and contractor walk-thru for review of these projects will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, Second Floor at City Hall located at 55 S.E. Third Avenue in Okeechobee. Any rm not represented at this meeting will be unable to bid. All potential bidders must be in the Council Chambers no later than 10:05 a.m. in order to participate in this RFP. City of Okeechobee reserves the right to accept or reject bids. City of Okeechobee is an Equal Opportunity Employer, actively seeking Minority Contractor Participation and promotes Fair Housing. JAMES E. KIRK, Mayor 425264 ON 9/2/2012 Mobile Home Rent2Bedroom/ 1Bath Clean, includes lawn care & sewer. 3731 SE 25th St. in T.I. $550 monthly, $500 Dep. Call 863-467-1308 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. Just 15 minutes from Okeechobee and 1 1/2 mile from Kissimmee River boat ramp. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 TREASURE ISLAND 2/2, with detached 1/1 suite, large yard. $700/mo. + sec. dep. 2 Weeks free! No pets. 863-634-0663. Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Village New Homes Start at $39,900. $5K for your used mobile home. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman volleyball team swept Lincoln Park 25-11, 27-25, and 25-15, in an impressive performance at the teams home opener Thursday night. Sarah Davis had 10 assists, eight kills and eight service points. Kyla Hargraves had seven kills. Lexi Ward had nine assists and nine service points. Krista Ward had nine service points. Darby Jones added 11 kills. Okeechobee jumped out to a big advantage in the rst game, 4-0, 8-3, and 15-3. In the second game Lincoln Park rallied from a 10-6 de cit to tie the score three times at 24all, 25-all, and 26-all. Okeechobee nally got the win on a kill by Hargraves. The third game was close early on as the Lady Brahmans led 5-4, 10-6 and 15-11 before scoring 10 of the nal 14 points. Maci Thomas was terri c in the back line with some tremendous one-handed digs. Jones and Hargraves did a ne job at the net. Taylor Williams had a solid all around game for Okeechobee. Coach Todd Jones said his plan was to put in his strongest rotation in the rst game and then mix in some of the reserves and y ounger players in the second and third game. This ensures that all of the girls can play different positions. If you have an injury or sickness and lose a player you have to be able to replace them, he said. Jones said Lincoln Park did a good job w ith right side hits and his blockers will have to transition over there faster in future matches. I dont think we did anything great tonight so we still have a lot of work to do, he stated. Williams said the team wanted to win the rst home match of the year and noted it was very intense on the court. Im very con dent in our team and we are very good. I believed wed pull of the win, she added. Williams said LPA did a good job with hard top spin serves. She said all of the girls must be ready to play because all of the Lady Brahmans have talent. We always have to try our hardest when we get a chance to play. 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The OREA members will be in Flagler Park during Labor Day weekend with the ornament for sale. This year our ornament honors the historic Okeechobee City Hall. This limited edition ornament will be on sale for $15 and we encourage everyone who has a reserved number to pick their ornament up in the park. Previous years ornaments are available for $10 in very limited numbers. So stop by the Okeechobee Retired Educators booth in Flagler Park to get your ornament. All proceeds from the sale of the Historic Ornament fund the OREA scholarship for an OHS students. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKrista Ward had nine service points in the Lady Brahman victory over LPA Thursday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKyla Hargraves gets set to defend a Lincoln Park volley during Thursdays volleyball match at OHS. The Lady Brahmans prevailed in three games.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News September 2, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Elijowan Williams ran for two touchdowns and Al Morris caught a 75-yard touchdown pass as the Okeechobee Brahmans defeated Port St. Lucie 28-11 in the regular season opener Friday night at Brahman stadium. Okeechobee used a stingy defense and a balanced offense to get the season off to a good start as they never trailed and took advantage of three costly Jaguar fumbles. Coach Chris Branham said the defense did their assignments and held top QB DJ Juste in check for most of the night. Juste did score on a 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter but didnt break any long runs. Juste had 104 yards on the night rushing and 123 yard passing to lead PSL. We felt if we forced him to run inside our linebackers would start to cause him a little pain. We knew if he got to the hash marks wed have some issues. The kids just answered the call when the time came tonight, he said. Okeechobee took the lead 7-0, thanks to a 58-yard drive in the second quarter. LaVante Spivey caught a 19-yard swing pass, and Fabian Howard ran for 14 yards on the drive. Williams ran over two defenders on the way to the end zone to score the touchdown. Port St. Lucie took advantage of a short Okeechobee punt late in the second quarter as Donald DeLaHaye connected on a 30-yard eld goal to cut the lead to 7-3 at the half. Okeechobee used the big play to take a 14-3 lead on the rst series of the third quarter. QB Jack Radebaugh found Al Morris open behind the defense and led him perfectly for a 35-yard pass play. Morris outran the defense for the next 40 yards to increase the lead to 14-3. Okeechobee had another chance to score moments later when Spivey broke loose for a 35-yard punt return to put the ball on the Jaguar 10-yard line. On the next play, Okeechobee fumbled, giving Port St. Lucie the momentum. PSL then drove down eld to the Brahman ve-yard line thanks to a 40-yard catch and run by Dakota Meizinger. Okeechobees defense stiffened and on fourth down and goal Meizinger was ruled out of bounds on a pass attempt by backup QB William Tenny. Isaiah McFadden gave Port St. Lucie the momentum again moments later as he intercepted a Radebaugh pass and returned it 18 yards to the Brahman 23-yard line. Three plays later Juste broke loose on third and 11 to score a 24-yard touchdown. He then hit Meizinger with a two point conversion pass to cut the Okeechobee lead to 14-11. Okeechobee then put together a 77-yard touchdown drive to build the lead to 21-11. Key plays included a 27-yard pass from Radebaugh to Spivey, a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty by the Jaguars, and a fourth down pass to Zach Wing eld. Williams carried the nal 11 yards for the touchdown. We practiced all week and did our assignments and did our jobs. I had to get in the end zone tonight. It was straight muscle, he explained. Port St. Lucie would not surrender as they drove from the 36-yard line to the Brahman six-yard line thanks to a couple of defensive penalties and a 20-yard catch and run by Tyrell Moring. On second and goal the Jaguars coughed up the ball and Wing eld. Washington then took over from there with an outstanding effort as he ran for 92 of the 94 yards on the drive, with runs of 16, 23, and 45 yards. Washington scored the touchdown on a 10-yard run. Several times during the drive he carried defenders with him. Spivey said the team did a good job executing plays and shared the ball well on offense. Everyone did their part tonight to move the ball. I wanted to get yards for my team, move the chains and get the job done, he added. Running back coach Darryl Allen said the three running backs used by the Brahmans, Washington, Howard, and Williams have really done the job so far this season. He singled out the effort of Washington who ran for 113 yards on the night. This kid has done everything in this program. He broke the defenses back with that long drive. It was absolutely special, he stated. This couldnt have happened to a better kid or a better football team. These kids really deserve what happened out here tonight. Branham emphasized that the team represent more than just themselves in games, but their town, the high school, and never give up on each other. Put everything else rst and put yoursel f last. It is really easy to give up but these kids answered the call every time they had to tonight. Im very proud of them and what the y accomplished, he added.Game notesJose Garcia ripped the ball away from Jaguar FB Lyle Messam to stop a potential scoring drive in the rst quarter. A holding penalty wiped out a 25-yard touchdown run by Fabian Howard in the rst quarter. EJ Neal had two QB sacks and a fumble recovery. Williams had three tackles behind the line of scrimmage and Garcia had two. Cod y Walker had a tackle for loss. With place kicker Adel Elhindi injured, soccer standout Hunter Pritchard took his place and went four for four on extra points. Okeechobee plays at Desoto-Arcadi a next Friday. Brahmans beat Port St. Lucie in rst home game Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAl Morris hauled in a 75-yard touchdown pass to help lead Okeechobee to a season opening win over Port St. Lucie. (Photo from football practice.)
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