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Sunday, December 1, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 144 14.69 feetLast Year: 15.17 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Holiday Happenings ... Page 5 A stress test can assure you of heart health ... Page 12 Fall softball champs ... Page 10 Glades County hires manager ... Page 2 Special to the Okeechobee News/ ACOEPurple Martins return in JanuaryW.P. Franklin Lock and Dam Recreation Area volunteers Don Chapman (left) and George Schisler clean and repair one of the many Purple Martin “palaces” that they have built over the years, in preparation for the return of Purple Martin colonies in January. See page 7 for story. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News As the deadline looms, two local men are doing all they can to re-open the beleaguered Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facility. Isidoro ‘Sid’ Estrada, the president of the facility’s board of directors, along with new facility board member Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper are spearheading the ght to reopen the facility. The facility has been closed since late October after the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) terminated its Medicaid funding. Also, the APD and the state’s Division of Insurance Fraud both have open investigations into alleged wrongdoings at the facility. On top of that, the county sent Mr. Estrada a letter telling him since the doors were closed and the facility had no clients, it had defaulted its lease. Okeechobee County has been leasing the building at 403 N.W. Second Ave. for $1 a year. According to that letter the facility also defaulted on its lease by not paying its Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) bill and now owes $3,400.54 to the utility. Because of those purported defaults, the county has given the organization 15 days to cure the problems or relinquish the keys to the county. That letter was mailed to Mr. Estrada and Efforts to save rehab continue By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two local men are being held on bond in the county jail after detectives with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force reportedly found suspected crack cocaine in their vehicle. Robert Lee Marcum, 28, N.E. First St., and Cole Anthony Underhill, 30, N.W. 34th Terrace, were both arrested Tuesday, Nov. 26. Both men were arrested on a felony charge of possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The men are being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $6,000 bond each. According to an arrest report by a task force detective, Of cer Chad Troutman, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stopped a black 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck because the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Marcum, the registered owner, was driving the truck and Underhill was a passenger in the vehicle, pointed out the report. When Of cer Troutman asked for permission to search the truck, Marcum denied the request. At that point, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Deputy Corporal Don Ellis and K-9 Ruby were called to the scene. Cocaine found in man’s truck, states report See COCAINE — Page 5 See REHAB — Page 5


Today: Partly cloudy. High of 79F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 59F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. Fog early. High of 75F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night: Overcast in the evening, then clear. Low of 54F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 72F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night: Clear. Low of 57F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 73F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5yrPROTECTION PLAN HEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYSAUDIBEL HAS AN EXCLUSIVE GIFT FOR YOUAudibel Wishes You and Yours a Happy Holiday Season! 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MurphyGlades County Democrat With over 22 years of experience in municipal government and with a burning desire to return to Florida, Paul Carlisle accepted the job of Glades County manager, Nov. 12. “It’s a career step for me. I’m excited and I think it’s a great opportunity,” Mr. Carlisle said in a phone interview w ith the Glades County Democrat. “I’ve been in the local management level and the county level is a progressive step. I think the county will be glad they selected me.” Mr. Carlisle spent just over two years as public works director for Rock Hill, S.C. Previously he had served as town manager in Lake Park and as division manager over roads for the city of Wellington. He also has w orked over 12 years in the private sector in the construction industry. His background includes management over solid waste collection, recycling, roadw ork maintenance, administration of community development block grants, comprehensive planning, and budget management. Mr. Carlisle also worked at Florida Highw ay Products and has met many of the staff members of Glades County. Mr. Carlisle admits he was motivated to return to Florida because his wife and family continue to live in Palm Beach County. He is a native of Indiantown and graduated from Martin County High School in the class of 1979. Mr. Carlisle will be paid $100,000 and plans to start on the job during the rst week in January. He plans to rent or purchase a residence in Glades County and spend week nights near the county seat so he is closer to his constituents. Mr. Carlisle also praised Glades County for the way they handled the interview process and stated it gave him some insight about the county and its future. “All of the candidates were given the same opportunity and the same questions and it was a level playing eld for all of us. I think the commissioners gave me pointed and direct questions and let me know what their concerns were,” he said. He said he looks forward to discussing with commissioners their thoughts and the direction they’d like the county to take. With over 20 years of experience with Florida law, commissioners said they had no question Mr. Carlisle can jump in and get the ball rolling. Commissioner Tim Stanley said he liked that Mr. Carlisle had some economic development experience which should help with several projects like the county business park and the America’s Gateway Intermodel Logistics Center project. Mr. Carlisle concurred that Glades County is on the cusp of some big changes. “Glades County has a ton of potential. I’d like to try to utilize Lake Okeechobee as an attraction point,” he said. Mr. Carlisle worked to bring in a new recycling center in Rock Hill. While in Lake Park, he worked with many new businesses and was involved with the Scripps Research project. “We will be able to bring businesses here. I want to get the input from the county commission on the business they feel is important, and we’ll work together to attract those and I will make myself available to help these businesses,” he added. The rural nature of Glades County is a bene t, he added, and despite challenges, Glades County can compete with other areas of Florida. “We are off the beaten path, but what drives business is traf c and visitors. It’s a challenge no doubt,” he added. Mr. Carlisle promised an open-door policy for all employees and stressed he knows several employees already, including road superintendent Avant Brown, and has a working relationship with him. He also promised citizens he will be honest with them and try his best to help them. “I will tell them the truth and I won’t make something up. Citizens should know I’m very approachable,” he added. Carlisle excited to be county manager Paul Carlisle Okeechobee Forecast


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A special thank youThank you so very much for letting us have the opportunity to pay a special thank y ou to Washington D.C. police of cers Ricardo Wilkins and Brian Hawkins. They went way beyond the call of duty to make our Veterans Day, honor to dad, special in every way. We can never repay your kindness. We would also like to thank our local sheriff Paul May and may God continue to bless and shine through them all. Sincerely, The Vanhowe familyChristmas paradeThe Christmas parade will be Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. We ask that all entries have Christmas and/or holiday lights. To maintain a safe and enjoyable parade we ask for the cooperation of all parade entries. The line up area for the parade is Fourth St. (U-Save building) beginning at 5 p.m. Fourth St. will be closed to all vehicles not participating in the parade at 5 p.m. sharp. We ask that all coordinators for each entry communicate with y our participants to set up a staging' area to meet outside of the line up area. The vehicles and/or oats will then be driven to the line up area at 5 p.m. For the safety of all participants there will be no drop-offs allowed in the line-up area. At the end of the parade all participants will be directed to continue to exit the area back to their staging area. No drop-offs will be allowed at the end of the parade by Morgans, Country Cooler, etc. All entry coordinators will receive a letter with their line-up location and this information. They will also receive a parade pass. Thank you for your participation and helping us to promote Okeechobee! Happy Holidays!! Sharie Turgeon, Main Street T eachersIn response to a comment in Speak Out about teachers on tenure, working 180 days and getting paid enough for their job. Here are the real facts: Fact 1. Classroom teachers work 196 days and some work an additional 20 days by c ontract. The vast majority of teachers put in extra time after each school day and many return to their classrooms on weekends, holidays and during the summer as well. Many t eachers even volunteer after school to tutor t heir students who need extra help because the parents are unable to assist their child. These extra hours, without pay, add up to way more than 196 days of work per year. Fact 2. There is no such thing as "tenure" any more. Tenure was done away with a long time ago. Currently all new hires are on annual contract for the rest of their career. They can be red and no reason given. Fact 3. Teachers are not paid enough. Many classroom teachers dip into their own pockets throughout the school year to purchase school supplies for their students as well as holiday treats and snacks. Many teachers, at some point in their career, must work two jobs just to survive from paycheck to paycheck. This country must begin to value teachers as professionals, or teachers will seek out other careers. Many universities have already reported an all-time low in student enrollments in the eld of education. Education reform begins with respecting teachers. Know your facts before criticizing this profession that does so much for our most important natural resource... our children. Is it easy?By Tommaso PasquarellaCornerstone Baptist ChurchIs the calling to serve Him easy? Is that not what we believe? Do you think that the Christian calling is meant to be carefree and a breeze? If God calls us to something it will more often than not be very dif cult. What has deceived us so? Why are we so deceived that we think that God will only bless us and that there will not be any struggles? Does scripture promise our best life now? The answer is no. This view does not come from Scripture, does it? It has to be said, no. "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) Jesus promises tribulations, problems with and in this world, but in Jesus there is peace, for He has beaten the world. Let us look at the calling of Jeremiah and see the hardness that God has called him to. "See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant." (Jeremiah 1:10) If it were not enough to be called, listen to what his calling entails. God has called Jeremiah to root out. Root out means to destroy completely, as if down to the roots. What does God want Jeremiah to root out? Jeremiah is called to root out sin, the sin of the people of Israel, from the hearts and minds of the people of God, which would be an example to the nations. He wants them to turn from their sin, to call them to repentance. God wants Jeremiah to pull down the strongholds that held the people of God captive to sin and idolatry. The Jews need to pull down the idols of worship. He wants the walls that separate His people to be pulled down so that nothing will hinder their true worship. Jeremiah was called to destroy, but destroy what? To destroy every high and lofty thing that will hold the people of God captive to the wiles of the evil one. To throw down, cast down, but what? To throw and cast down every thing that so easily gets in the way of worship to the one true God. The idols need to be thrown down. This is a hard thing and not a very popular message. His people do not listen. Yet, He is told to build and to plant. What is He to build and plant? He is to build and plant his people in the truth. What needs to be rooted out of you? What things need to be pulled down in your life and heart? Thinking of yourself as useless to the kingdom needs to be pulled down. Believers sometimes don't listen because they do no t like to be corrected. Yet if they belong to Chris t they will receive it and they will with His help begin to break down the strongholds in ou r lives. Strongholds only break down through God's mighty power and authority. "Casting down imaginations and every high thing tha t exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5) We are to cast down, throw down, every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledg e of God. We are to bring every thought captiv e to the obedience of Christ. For those who gh t the truth of God's word and rebel against i t without repentance it is because it is not popular. "They are all gone out of the way, they ar e together become unpro table; there is non e that doeth good, no, not one." (Romans 3:12) None do good no not one, and this thought is offensive to this world. Not a popular messag e is it? "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which ar e saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18) This message is foolish, crazy, why? Th e world will hate truth and they will hate you i f you follow Christ and speak truth. Truth is wha t tears down the lies, idolatries, and adulteries of God's people and will glorify God's name. You like Jeremiah are called to the mission o f bringing people into God's presence. "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5: 18) We have the ministry of reconciliation, the ministry of helping others to get right with God, through Christ. "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfor t them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted o f God." (2 Corinthians 1:4) We have the privileg e to help others to nd comfort that we hav e found through the God of all comfort. Your calling may not be easy, but it is worth it because God gets the glory. Even though you were called to tell the gospel, you cannot sav e a one, God does the saving you do the obeying. "So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase." (1 Corinthians 3:7) God is th e one who grows and if you notice there is no t a plower mentioned, because God is the on e who plows the ground to receive the seed w e plant and water. If you have no desire to se e people trust Christ you might want to chec k yourself. If you do not know Christ you want to repent, turn from sin and trust in Jesus. December 1, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. 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Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Letters to the editor Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Vanhowe family at the Veterans day service in Washington, D.C.


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Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 5 Okeechobee News December 1, 2013 the facility’s attorney, Colin Cameron, Nov. 19. The clock is ticking and time is running out. “We’re on a tight schedule to get these things corrected,” said Mr. Culpepper on W ednesday, Nov. 27. “Our backs are up against the wall.” The county commissioner said a meeting w ill be held with OUA director John Hayford about setting up a payment plan. He said he is ready to give OUA a good-faith payment. One of the biggest hurdles for Mr. Estrada and Mr. Culpepper to clear will be the lawsuit led by Creech Construction against the facility. That suit claims the company is owed $154,831.34 for work done on the building after it was damaged by the hurricanes of 2004. The suit was led May 14, 2010. Allegations levied in that suit are denied by both Mr. Estrada and Mr. Culpepper. The county commissioner explained that attorney Tony Young, who represents Creech Construction, and Mr. Cameron are meeting to try and reach a settlement. If a settlement can be reached and the lawsuit is satis ed, Mr. Culpepper said there is a good chance the facility will get its Medicaid funding reinstated. “If we can resolve the lawsuit, that’s huge,” said Mr. Culpepper. He said they met with Deborah J. Linton, Arc of Florida president, and were told the state group would help them get their funding back if that lawsuit is settled. The Arc of Florida “disaf liated” the local facility on March 3, 2012, because it had not paid its dues in over a year. “We hope to get back under the Arc umbrella and get the funding reinstated,” said Mr. Culpepper. However, when contacted about this scenario the APD indicated the facility will not receive Medicaid funding. “I can tell you the facility’s Medicaid waiver services agreement has been terminated and the agency has no plans to ‘reinstate’ that agreement,” stated APD Communications Director Melanie Etters in an e-mail. Undaunted, Mr. Estrada and Mr. Culpepper are forging ahead because they both feel very strongly that the facility is needed. “We want to improve the quality of life for the clients,” said Mr. Estrada. He went on to point out that even though there are similar organizations in Okeechobee, the rehab facility is the only Adult Daytime Training (ADT) facility. Other similar organizations in Okeechobee include Wings of Independence, VIP America and Personal Independence Network. And while these three organizations may provide personal services and companion support, not all provide school services. Even if all of the aforementioned problems are solved and everything is in place to re-open the facility, there will still be another glaring obstacle to overcome — nding someone quali ed to oversee the facility. Former executive director Nancy Zeigler has been placed on administrative leave, as has marketing director Jeannie Bramlett. They were relieved of their duties when information about the ongoing state investigations was released to the media. Both Mr. Estrada and Mr. Culpepper indicated that, at this point, it’s unclear if Mrs. Zeigler and Mrs. Bramlett will return. “Our goal is to provide a facility that’s above reproach,” offered the county commissioner. And to help with that, they have enlisted the help of F. Scot Kanel and Alta Barber from the Arc in Belle Glade. Both have agreed to not only lend their expertise on running such an organization, but they will both also sit on the local facility’s board. Still, the one critical issue that absolutely has to be resolved is the Medicaid funding. Without that funding, it’s highly unlikely the rehab facility can once again open its doors. But, Mr. Culpepper remains optimistic. “If we can pull all of this together, they won’t turn us down,” he said. “I just don’t see them telling us no.” REHABContinued From Page 1 While doing a free-air sniff around the exterior of the truck, K-9 Ruby gave a positive alert for the odor of narcotics. The task force detective, who was also on the scene, began to search the truck. During that search an unopened package of Scooby Snax, which is a type of Spice, was found along with a spoon that had burn marks on it and suspected crack cocaine. As the men were being placed under arrest a syringe was found on the ground where Underhill was standing, stated the report. The detective went on to state a second syringe was found on Underhill. The Scooby Snax will be sent to a lab where it will be analyzed to see if it contains any illegal chemicals. COCAINEContinued From Page 1 Parade applications offeredOkeechobee Main Street’s Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Lighted Parade is Saturday, Dec. 7 in downtown Okeechobee. The parade will be at 6 p.m. The parade theme is ‘Island of Mis t Toys.’ The parade entry fee is $10. The Christmas Festival will open at 10 a.m. in the park. Contact Sharie Turgeon at 863-357-6246 for information.City plans holiday eventsThe City of Okeechobee has planned the following holiday events:  The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall Park on S.R. 70 E. by City Hall. The Okeechobee County Schools chorus groups will perform. Santa will be on hand to of ciate.  Santa in the Park visits are planned for Dec. 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17 from 6 until 8 p.m. Stop by for your picture with Santa.Mission will have Toy RunBig Lake Missions Outreach will host a Toy Run on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Brahman Theatre, starting at 8:30 a.m. Money will go to Big Lake Missions. For information, call Gene at 863-643-1723 or Bruce at 863-697-6433.Boat parade set for Dec. 14Okeechobee Yachette Club will host their 30th Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14 Decorate your boat and meet us on Taylor Creek by the Burger King and S.R. 70 E. bridge between 5 and 5:30 p.m. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Call Arnie at 863-634-4777.Martha’s House needs toysIt’s the time of year when Martha’s House Shelter calls on you to work a miracle. They need Christmas toys for the children. If you can donate a toy, call Crystal at 863-763-0596. Holiday Happenings


Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public. The A merican Legion now has free WiFi for its lounge and dinning room patrons.Softball meeting setA winter softball meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N., starting at 8 p.m. The team sign-up deadline will be Dec. 17 at the Parks and Rec of ce, 640 N.W. 27th Lane. The rst game of the regular season w ill be Jan. 13, 2014, at the softball eld. For details visit the www.facebook.com/ OkeeParksandRec; or, call 863-763-6950.Flag football meeting slatedA meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N., for mens' and womens' ag football leagues. The team signup deadline is Dec. 17 at the Parks and Rec of ce, 640 N.W. 27th Lane. The rst game of the season has tentatively been scheduled for Jan. 13, 2014. For information, visit the w ww.facebook.com/OkeeParksandRec; or, call 863-763-6950.Sit & sew to be heldOur next ConKerr Cancer sit & sew will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and child-friendly cotton fabric and sew with the other ladies who w ant to make a difference to a sick child. This month we are going to continue making holiday pillowcases to be distributed to St. Mary's, Palms West and Lakeside hospitals. There will also be Christmas-themed pillowcase kits available to be sewn at this meeting. We will be having a Christmas luncheon so bring a covered dish and join in on the fun. For information, contact Joan at 863-467-0290.Upward hoop sign-ups startUpward basketball and cheerleading sign-ups will be held at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, for children aged kindergarten through sixth grade. The cost is $70 per child. Final registrations and mandatory evaluations will be held Dec. 5 and 6 Pick up and return registration forms at the church of ce or the ROC. For information, call Pastor Jacob at 863-467-7625.OCA to hold spaghetti dinnerThe Okeechobee Christian Academy, 701 Parrott Ave., will hold its annual spaghetti dinner Friday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 until 7 p.m. Dinners are available for a $7 donation. There will also be a silent auction Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 until 6 p.m. For information, call 863-763-3072.Brighton hosting premiereA new faith-based movie starring Erik Estrada will premiere at Brighton Reservation's Florida Seminole Veterans Building. All Family Ministries will be screening a new faith and family friendly lm called "Finding Faith" on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All Family Ministries will also be hosting Mr. Estrada at the screening. There is no charge but there will be a love offering received. There will also be lm-related sales and concessions available.DAR to meet Dec. 7The Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Okeechobee Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. We will also have a cookie exchange. All members and potential members are invited to attend. Please remember to y your ag in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on that day. Upon adjournment of the meeting, at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, the Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Seminole War Battle Monument to place a wreath in honor of those who died on Christmas Day 1837.Workshop planned for Dec. 9The Okeechobee Healthy Start board of directors Winter Workshop will be held Monday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 401 S.W. Fourth St. The meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.Festival of Trees starts Dec. 3Hospice Of Okeechobee's Festival of Trees will be held Dec. 3 through 8 with proceeds going to support patient care. The festival will be held at the intersection of Southeast Fourth St. and Southeast Third Ave. A silent auction for decorated trees standing 6 to 8 feet is also planned. Hand-made quilts will also be for sale along with small decorated trees, wreaths, ower arrangements, Nativity sets, angels, toys, wall art, ornaments and other gift items. The hours of operation are: Dec. 3, 4 and 5 from 4 until 7 p.m.; Dec. 6 from 5 until 8 p.m.; Dec. 7 from 3 until 7 p.m.; and, Dec. 8 from noon until 4 p.m. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries 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.Donna Lea Comfort, 32OKEECHOBEE Donna Lea Comfort, Age 32, born on August 28, 1981 passed away on November 27, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. Donna loved spending time with her kids, family and going to ladies night at Brewski's. She is survived by her boyfriend, Scott Vandiver; daughters, Asmeralda, Mahallie and Brandy Comfort; son, Otis Vandiver; mother, Wilma Windham; step dad, William Windham; father, Donald Comfort; step mother, Alysa Comfort; sisters, Denise (John) Yargee, April (Steven) Cooper; brother, Donovan (Samantha) Comfort; grandmothers, Patricia Comfort and Janie Harris; step sisters, Elizabeth Rivas and Stephanie Starcher; nieces, Monique Miley, MacKenzie Cooper and Faith Comfort; nephews, William Yargee and Bryson Comfort. Also, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. Donna was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Willie Harris, Carlton Comfort and Lowell Thomas; grandmother, Nancy Thomas; and cousin, Dawn Snow-Fertita. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. 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By Erica SkolteU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville Along the Okeechobee Waterway, the return of the Purple Martins is one of the much-anticipated annual rites of spring. Corps volunteers have worked hard over the y ears to attract these delightful birds to corps recreation areas for the enjoyment of all. All year round, corps volunteers along the Okeechobee Waterway contribute their talents, creativity, resourcefulness and handyman skills in a variety of projects. They have constructed bird feeders, duck houses, bird houses, and other projects to provide wildlife habitat. During the annual “Take Pride Day” events along the Okeechobee Waterw ay, the corps and volunteers often partner w ith local businesses, which donated materials and labor. Volunteers and park rangers taught “Take Pride Day” participants to build the projects, and some had the opportunity to take them home to bene t the wildlife in the area. Creative volunteers constructed several Purple Martin “palaces,” using mostly recycled lumber, bottles, bolts and other found materials. The palaces are like miniature Purple Martin “condos,” each with 12 bedrooms. They were placed high atop poles at corps facilities along the Okeechobee Waterway, including W.P. Franklin Recreation A rea in Alva, Ortona Recreation Area in Moore Haven and St. Lucie Recreation Area in Stuart. This time of year, volunteers are cleaning and refurbishing the Purple Martin houses, readying them for the return of the beloved birds. The Purple Martins that come to Florida make a long and arduous trek from Brazil, traveling the Florida Keys yway and up the east coast. Scouts begin to come into the area in midto late January to choose nesting sites, and larger colonies choose nesting sites and settle in by midto late February. Incubation of three to eight white eggs occurs in about 16 days, and 26 to 31 days after hatching, the young edge and leave the nest. By the time summer’s heat arrives in J une, the colonies head back to Brazil. Why are these birdhouses so important? Purple Martins make their nests in cavities, either natural or arti cial. Historically, they nested in old snags or pine trees, but available habitat has been drastically reduced and they must compete with aggressive European-introduced starlings and house sparrows for nesting spots. They are colonial nesters in the eastern United States, where they are almost entirely dependent on man-made birdhouses. In addition to the Purple Martin houses, some people put up real or arti cial hollow gourds as houses. Some use special baf es to keep snakes, hawks, owls and other predators away from nests containing eggs or young. Like the other members of the swallow family, Purple Martins are aerial insectivores. They eat only insects, and contrary to popular belief, they do not help control the mosquito population. They do eat a few mosquitoes, but their favorite treat is dragon ies, as they get more nutrition from the larger insects relative to the amount of energy expended to hunt them. Martins will not eat from a bird feeder, nor will they land and drink from a birdbath. They eat, drink and bathe on the wing. If you see a large group of birds swooping down into a canal or other fresh water, it may be a colony of Purple Martins. The fresh open waters of the Okeechobee Waterway make corps recreation areas attractive places for Martins to nest and raise their young. How can you identify a Purple Martin? The showy adult male has a unique, glossy purple sheen to its feathers, with black wings and tail. As is true of most bird species, the adult female is not as colorful and has pale under parts. Campers, the general public and bird watchers enjoy viewing birds and other wildlife at the recreation areas, and the Purple Martins are a special treat for all. Thanks to the corps volunteers who help make it possible for this species to reproduce and survive, and for us to enjoy them! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CONSUMER ALERT * EDUCATION IS KEY *Direct Cremation $495 Cremation & Chapel Memorial Service $1,495 Traditional Cremation (Includes Rental Casket) $2,995 Traditional Funeral and Burial $1,995 Graveside Service $1,495 Just because they are local does not give them the rightTO CHARGE MORE 3833 18th Terrace Okeechobee, FL863.357.7283buxtonseawinds.com James W. YoungFounder Seawinds Fune ral Group 7 Okeechobee News December 1, 2013 Purple Martins return to Okeechobee waterway Special to the Okeechobee News/ ACOEA juvenile Purple Martin captures a Four-spotted Chaser. Martins feed exclusively on ying insects, capturing them on the wing. They do eat mosquitoes, but larger prey such as dragon ies are their favorite food.


By Tammi Kelly Tire Zone 1815 S. Parrott Ave., is locally owned and operated by David McCormack w ho is the man to see when you go down to get one of their many services which can include, oil changes, full auto repair, alignments, getting new tires or your old ones xed. They stock most size tires and are a Goodyear dealer. W ith ve ASC certi ed mechanics on site, they can have you in and out in no time at. They are there to help you with any and all needs even if its just advice. They have competitive pricing and pride themselves on customer serv ice. They can be contacted at 863-763-3308.  Slide on By Party Supply 100 S.E. Eighth Ave, has one of the tallest water slides in Okeechobee! Standing 30 feet tall and 93 feet long, the Tropic Storm is the slide to rent for y our party. They have a wide variety of different in atables for you to rent. They also rent tents, chairs, tables and concession equipment for all your party needs. They just got in the new Black Ops Obstacle course which has two different slides, a rock wall, pillars and so much more! So go on down and rent one now! Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! They can be contacted at 863-824-0856. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone y ou probably have a lot of leftover turkey and y ou don’t want to just make sandwiches with it. Put it to good use with a few of these ideas:Turkey Pot PieYou will need: 1 recipe pastry for a (10 inch) double crust pie, 4 tablespoons butter, 1 small onion, minced, 2 stalks celery, chopped, 2 carrots, diced, 3 tablespoons dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, salt and pepper to taste, 2 cubes chicken bouillon. 2 cups water, 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed, 1 1/2 cups cooked turkey, cubed, 3 tablespoons all-purpose our, 1/2 cup milk. Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll out bottom pie crust and place in the 10 inch pie pan and set aside. 2. Place 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet. Add the onion, celery, carrots, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the bouillon and w ater. Bring mixture to a boil. Stir in the potatoes, and cook until tender but still rm. 3. In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in the turkey and our. Add the milk, and heat through. Stir the turkey mixture into the vegetable mixture, and cook until thickened. Pour mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Roll out the top crust, and place on top of lling. Flute edges, and make 4 slits in the top crust to let out steam. 4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue baking for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Takes about 1 hour to make. Turkey Taco SoupYou will need: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1-1/4 pounds ground turkey, 1 onion, chopped, 2 carrots, cut into 1/4 inch rounds, 2 stalks celery, chopped, 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, 5 cloves garlic, chopped, 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 bunch chopped fresh cilantro, divided, 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice, 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained, 1 green chile pepper, halved lengthwise, 1/2 cup sliced black olives, 3 1/2 cups chicken broth, 1 cup water, or more as needed, 1/4 cup lime juice, salt and ground black pepper to taste. Directions: 1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over mediumhigh heat and stir in the ground turkey. Cook and stir until the turkey is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Transfer turkey to a bowl; set aside. 2. In the same skillet, stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion is nearly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery. Continue to cook and stir until tender, about 8 more minutes. 3. Stir in the corn, garlic, taco seasoning, cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, and about 1/4 cup cilantro along with the cooked turkey. Cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. 4. Mix in the tomatoes, kidney beans, green chile pepper, olives, chicken broth, water, and lime juice. Season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and continue to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove chile halves, and garnish with the remaining cilantro before serving. Takes about an hour to make. I hope you enjoy some of these ideas for your leftover turkey! As always for more of Tammi’s Top of the Lake see my blog at http:// orida.newszap. com/topofthelake/. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sat. 9-5 • Sun. 9-415601 W. Midway Rd, Ft. PierceParking Lot trolley BIG FREE DOOR PRIZES „ they make great Christmas gifts! 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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An area woman is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail after she was arrested on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. Bobbi Jo Register, 44, Linda Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 26 and is being held on $6,000 bond. Register was arrested after her vehicle was stopped by detectives w ith the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force for speeding in the 400 block of U.S. 441 S. She was reportedly traveling 35 mph in a 25 mph zone. During a search of the vehicle the detectives not only found a small amount of suspected meth but a syringe that was loaded with an unknown uid, spoons containing an unknown residue and half a pill, stated an arrest report. The suspected meth as eld tested, and that test allegedly indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine. According to the detective's report a small amount of suspected meth was found hidden in the dashboard of the woman's vehicle, and another small amount was found in a plastic baggie under a oor mat on the passenger side of the vehicle. The pill was found in a pill bottle with Register's name on it, added the detective's report. The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Benjamin Lee Weickert, 21, Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, was arrested Nov. 24 by Trooper D. Maliszewski on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of marijuana over 20 grams (resin). He was also charged with the misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving w hile license suspended and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $9,500. Joseph Charles Miller, 21, Drawbridge Road, Berlin, Md., was arrested Nov. 24 by Trooper D. Maliszewski on a felony charge of possession of marijuana over 20 grams (resin) and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $1,000. Jennifer Platt, 36, N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 24 by Deputy Marcus Collier on amended DOC warrants charging her with violation of probation tampering with physical evidence and violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond. Shaniqua Illiana Acevedo, 21, N.E. 60th Ave., Okeechobee, w as arrested Nov. 25 by Deputy Ben Lisle on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the misdemeanor of violation of probation driving under the in uence. She was released on her own recognizance. Tadarrell Lacobius Smith, 20, N.E. Third St., Okeechobee, w as arrested Nov. 25 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on a felony charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $5,000. Charles Arthur Milton Jr., 31, N.E. Second St., Okeechobee, w as arrested Nov. 26 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on a felony charge of child abuse without great bodily harm. His bond was set at $2,500. Cirinna Marie Bormuth, 30, N.E. 106th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 26 by Deputy John Hazy on a DOC warrant charging her with violation of probation grand theft. She is being held w ithout bond. Tiffany Rae Molina-Collins, 31, S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee, w as arrested Nov. 26 by Deputy Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of child abuse by in iction of mental or physical injury. Her bond was set at $2,500. Travis Murray Lee McCrummen, 27, N.W. 21st Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 26 by Deputy John Hazy on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft. He is being held without bond. Kelli Anne Neely, 37, S.E. 43rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 26 by Of cer Chad Troutman on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging her with the felony of possession of a controlled substance (buprenorphine). Her bond was set at $5,000. Ranferi Hernandez-Calvillo, 28, N.E. 13th St., Okeechobee, w as arrested Nov. 26 by Deputy Brian Cross on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of worker's compensation fraud. His bond was set at $1,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or h as had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform t his newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News December 1, 2013Now in its 17th year, Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star presents the premiere Holiday Event in Okeechobee – our 17th Annual Holiday Fashion Show and Luncheon at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 Highway South. We are pleased to again offer beautiful fashions from local merchants as well as delicious food, door prizes and our now-famous Tea Cup Auction table. Tickets are $12.00 per person and can be obtained from any OES member or by contacting Neicha Spiller at 357-7084. Doors will open at 11:00 AM with lunch at Noon. It’s a holiday event you won’t want to miss. PAID ADVERTISEMENT Detectives charge woman with meth possession


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Stamps came up with the idea of using peanut butter to test for smell sensitivity w hile she was working with Dr. Kenneth Heilman, the James E. Rooks distinguished professor of neurology and health psychology in the UF College of Medicine’s department of neurology. She noticed while shadowing in Dr. Heilman’s clinic that patients were not tested for their sense of smell. The ability to smell is associated with the rst cranial nerve and is often one of the rst things to be affected in cognitive decline. Stamps also had been w orking in the laboratory of Linda Bartoshuk, the William P. Bushnell presidentially endowed professor in the College of Dentistry’s department of community dentistry and behavioral sciences and director of human research in the Center for Smell and Taste. “Dr. Heilman said, ‘If you can come up w ith something quick and inexpensive, we can do it,’” Stamps said. She thought of peanut butter because, she said, it is a “pure odorant” that is only detected by the olfactory nerve and is easy to access. In the study, patients who were coming to the clinic for testing also sat down with a clinician, 14 grams of peanut butter — w hich equals about one tablespoon — and a metric ruler. The patient closed his or her eyes and mouth and blocked one nostril. The clinician opened the peanut butter container and held the ruler next to the open nostril while the patient breathed normally. The clinician then moved the peanut butter up the ruler one centimeter at a time during the patient’s exhale until the person could detect an odor. The distance was recorded and the procedure repeated on the other nostril after a 90-second delay. The clinicians running the test did not know the patients’ diagnoses, which were not usually con rmed until weeks after the initial clinical testing. The scientists found that patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease had a dramatic difference in detecting odor between the left and right nostril — the left nostril was impaired and did not detect the smell until it was an average of 10 centimeters closer to the nose than the right nostril had made the detection in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. This was not the case in patients with other kinds of dementia; instead, these patients had either no differences in odor detection between nostrils or the right nostril was worse at detecting odor than the left one. Of the 24 patients tested who had mild cognitive impairment, which sometimes signals Alzheimer’s disease and sometimes turns out to be something else, about 10 patients showed a left nostril impairment and 14 patients did not. The researchers said more studies must be conducted to fully understand the implications. “At the moment, we can use this test to con rm diagnosis,” Ms. Stamps said. “But we plan to study patients with mild cognitive impairment to see if this test might be used to predict which patients are going to get Alzheimer’s disease.” Stamps and Heilman point out that this test could be used by clinics that don’t have access to the personnel or equipment to run other, more elaborate tests required for a speci c diagnosis, which can lead to targeted treatment. At UF Health, the peanut butter test will be one more tool to add to a full suite of clinical tests for neurological function in patients with memory disorders. One of the rst places in the brain to degenerate in people with Alzheimer’s disease is the front part of the temporal lobe that evolved from the smell system, and this portion of the brain is involved in forming new memories. “We see people with all kinds of memory disorders,” Dr. Heilman said. Many tests to con rm a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias can be time-consuming, costly or invasive. “This can become an important part of the evaluation process.” UF researchers nd peanut butter test' can help diagnose Alzheimer's disease You may know or have heard of someone who’s completed a stress test. But do you know what it is? A stress test is primarily a preventive tool to help you and your doctor gauge the health of your heart. They are important as we get older so that we make sure that our health is on the right track. How your body responds to aerobic exercise tells a physician a lot about your health. During a cardiac stress test, electrodes are attached to the patient’s chest and the technician measures his or her resting heart rate. Next, the patient is asked to walk on a treadmill or pedal on a stationary bike. The level of dif culty — such as the incline of the treadmill or the resistance of the bike pedals — is increased at various intervals. The heart rate increases accordingly, and this reaction is measured in several ways. Technicians carefully observe the patient’s endurance and ability to breathe comfortably, while data is collected about his heart rate and blood pressure. After, this data is compared to normal levels for the patient’s age and gender. Who needs a stress test? According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a stress test is usually administered to those at risk of developing coronary heart disease, but there are many other reasons your physician may want you to be tested. You may be a candidate for a cardiac stress test if: you smoke, someone in your family has a history of coronary artery stenosis, you or someone in your family has a history of hypertension diabetes, you or someone in your family has a history of high cholesterol. If you cannot comfortably walk or bike for the prescribed period of time, for example, it’s time to investigate why. These results help your physician determine what to do next, such as further testing. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately or have someone rush you to the nearest emergency room. To learn more, visit Raulerson Hospital’s website. You can also contact us with questions, concerns or for a physician referral by calling our free Consult-A-Nurse service at 863-763-9228. Cardiac Stress Tests: when & why they are done “Who needs a stress test? According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a stress test is usually administered to those at risk of developing coronary heart disease.” Consult-A-Nurse


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IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 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. DOROTHY M. MILES CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863) 763-4601 OR (863) 634-3166 457336 ON 12/1/2013 Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 13-004-SE, submitted by property owner Peggy M. Ociepka, to permit use of mechanical and repair services within a Heavy Commercial (CHV) Zoning District, ref. Code Book Section 90-283(7). The proposed use is for a welding and repair service business. Property is located at 1127 SW Park Street, Legal: South 100 feet of Lot 7, West half of Lot 11, all of Lots 9,10, 12 and 13, of Block 3, City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 2, Page 7 Okeechobee County public records, and is approximately 0.84 acres. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kevin Grace had 12 points to lead three players in double gures as Treasure Coast defeated Okeechobee 65-46 in boys basketball action Tuesday night. The Titans (3-0) jumped out to an 18-7 lead after the rst quarter and never trailed in the contest. Treasure Coast led 32-13 and 47-24 after the third quarter. Maxwell Webster had 11 points and Wilchadson Charmant added 10 points for the Titans. Okeechobee was led by Jacob Stewart and Roshell Thomas who both had 12 points. Eddie Neal had six points and Chris Epps added ve points for OHS (2-2). Brahman coach Shawn Hays said his team ran into a team that was at out' better than Okeechobee. He said Treasure Coast is w ell coached, has good athletes and play as a team very well. He said it was a good thing to play a strong team at this point in the season to measure his team. "Now we can gure out what we're doing wrong and have some time to correct the mistakes. We have South Fork in our rst district game Tuesday and we want to do w ell," he added. Hays said Treasure Coast played hard on defense and his team doesn't have enough offense besides that provided by Stewart, to compensate. "It is very important for us to develop secondary options. We have guys but we have to put it all together and develop ve guys on the oor so no matter who is on the oor they can score." Treasure Coast coach Brad Lehman said he wanted his team to play hard on defense and dictate the tempo of the game with fullcourt and half-court pressure. He said he was pretty pleased with his defensive intensity. "We wanted to stay in front of Stewart and contest his 3-point shot. We knew he was a sharpshooter and we had to get a hand in his face every time he shot the ball," he added. Grace scored eight points in the rst quarter as the Titans built a lead. They ran a solid half-court offense with excellent team play and as a result had a lot of high percentage shots. Grace said his shot was working in this game and he always tries to motive and push his team through adversity. "I think the key tonight was our motivation on defense and our aggression and attitude. We lacked the attitude in our last game and we came back strong tonight," he added. The Titans had slipped past Jensen Beach 56-54 in their previous game. Charmant said he liked the fact that the Titans were intense, played well on defense, and listened to their coach. "We have chemistry from last year and everybody can score on this team, it doesn't matter who has the ball," he said. Ten different players got into the scoring column for the Titans in this game. Hays said he thought the Brahmans were pretty aggressive on offense and he liked the fact they got to the rim on a lot of shots. He said that is the goal of the team. "Sometimes we get into a funk and make one pass and take a long jumper and that bogs down the offense. If you can get to the rim against this team you can get to the rim against anybody," he added. The Brahmans played back-to-back nights as they fell Monday night at Lincoln Park Academy 57-50. Stewart had 17 points, Fred Bradley added 12 points and Neal added 10 points in the game. Lincoln Park outscored Okeechobee 21-12 in the fourth quarter to pull away. Neal added six rebounds and four assists in the game for OHS. Tyrell Taylor grabbed ve rebounds. Chase Asmussen hit two, 3-point baskets for the Brahmans. The Brahman junior varsity fell to Treasure Coast 45-40 Tuesday. The Titans outscored Okeechobee 16-7 in the decisive third quarter. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For more information, contact 863.763.3134 email ”bizsearch@newszap.com 18 Okeechobee News December 1, 2013 Titans sti e Brahmans in 65-46 hoop win Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJacob Stewart was harassed all night by the Titans as he scored a season low 12 points in the Brahman loss to Treasure Coast. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsQuiahja Williams had 19 points and A nnie Callahan added 10 points as Lake Placid defeated Okeechobee 45-36 in high school girls basketball action Friday in Okeechobee. Cheyenne Nunez had 16 points to lead Okeechobee. Taylor Trent added 10 points. Bethany Stuart added ve points w hile Imari Roberts had ve rebounds and three steals. Lake Placid and Okeechobee (2-4) both played hard man to man defense for much of the game. The score was tied, 8-8, after the rst quarter and Lake Placid led, 18-15, at the half. The Lady Green Dragons held a slim 28-24 lead after the third quarter. The Green Dragons took advantage of a fourth quarter turnovers to build an 11point lead. Lady Brahman coach Morgan Ungerott said she was pleased that the girls showed a lot more heart and determination in front of a large home crowd. "Although the game didn't turn out in our favor, the girls are starting to work together more and don't give up," she said. OHS was short handed on the bench as Thaddricka Sanders suffered an ankle injury against Sebring on Thursday and w as unable to play. Most of the girls had to play extra minutes and that might have showed up late in the game. Ungerott said the team will work on the little things during the Thanksgiving break like communication, smart passes, and understanding of game situations. She admitted the lack of depth hurt the team in this game. "With our limited numbers on the bench we get tired and run out of gas at the end of games. I'm proud of the way we have continued to ght and keep a positive attitude," she added. Okeechobee will host Clewiston on Monday, Dec. 2. OHS lady hoopsters fall 45-36 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCheyenne Nunez (right) led OHS with 16 points. Here she pushes the ball up court in Okeechobee’s 45-36 loss to Lake Placid


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News December 1, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSStudents of the WeekYearling Middle School would like to Congratulate the students of the week for the week of Nov. 11: Alexander Soriano-Rios, Alex Cook, Bryan Leal, Addison Laskey, Keith Morgan and Rosa Ponce. VFW Ladies hosting bazaarThe Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Big Lake Post 10539 will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar at the post Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The event is a craft/ ea market. The purpose of the event is to improve community awareness of our post while at the same time raising money to aid in cancer research through VFW national projects. The event is open to everyone. Sausage gravy and biscuits will be offered for $3 per plate. Coffee, juice and milk will also be available for purchase. Craft vendors are needed for this event. For a table, contact Sherri Fields at 863-801-5180.