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Sunday, June 8, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 69 12.39 feetLast Year: 13.41 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ plus tax Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Mayelin Aportela and her classmates in the fth grade classroom of Deanne Wilcox got a special meet and great with actor Billy Unger Wednesday. Looking for something for the kids to do this summer? There’s still time to sign up for 4-H summer day camps. Each camp is offered in several week-long sessions. “We still have spaces open in all of our camps,” Debbie Clements, Okeechobee County Extension director, said Friday. The 4-H summer day camps offered this year include H2O Encounter water theme camp, Blast to the Past history camp, Culinary Capers cooking camp and Just Horsing Around equestrian camp. Camp participants do not have to be 4-H members. All of the camps are made possible through grants from the Okeechobee Children’s Services Council.H2O EncounterThe popular H20 Encounter is a funlled week with different adventures by bus each day. On Monday, they will visit Wild Florida Airboats and Wildlife Park near Orlando. Tuesday, they will visit CSI, the Experience and Titanic, the Experience, also in Orlando. On Wednesday, they will go canoeing on the Peace River. On Thursday, the campers will visit Busch Gardens near Tampa. They’ll spend Friday at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park in Kissimmee. Cost for the camp is $125 per week which includes transportation and attraction entry fees. Campers bring their own lunches or money to purchase lunch. Four H20 Encounter sessions are offered, June 23-27; July 7-11; July 21-25 and July 28Aug. 1.Blast to the PastBlast to the Past history camp allows campers to have fun while learning about Florida history. On Monday, the history campers will visit Gatorama and the Immokalee Pioneer Museum; on Tuesday, they will go to the AhTah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum and visit 4-H offers day camp adventures North Elementary School student wins visit from Disney’s ‘Lab Rats’ starBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Star of the Disney Channel “Lab Rats,” Billy Unger and a cast from Disney Radio visited North Elementary to put on a special assembly for students at Okeechobee’s North Elementary School this week. Mr. Unger answered questions from third, fourth and fth graders in a school assembly and also visited with Deanne Wilcox’s fth grade class. One of her students, Mayelin Aportela, won a contest that earned her school a visit from Disney. She noted she was thrilled to be visited by one of her favorite stars. “I was nervous, it’s amazing. I can’t believe it is happening. I always dreamed of his moment so I’m happy they’re here,” she said. Mayelin said she was very popular at school and that her friends and family were very happy and excited for her. She said she enjoys the show, which began in 2012, and enjoys the Disney Channel. The Disney group met with Mrs. Wilcox’s class for 30 minutes and students took photos and received autographs from Mr. Unger, who portrays Chase. He is from Jupiter originally and is big Disney visits local schoolWoman facing felony meth, DWLS charges ... Page 16 Know the signs of dehydraton ... Page 8 Tammi’s Top of the Lake ... Page 11 WWII vet on honor ight ... Page 2 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. See CAMP — Page 5 See DISNEY — Page 5


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The Centerpiece of the gospelCalvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church John 3:16—“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Many believe Dwight L. Moody was the greatest evangelist of the nineteenth century. Born in 1837, he was led to Christ by his Sunday school teacher, Edward Kimball, at the Mount Vernon Congregational Church in Boston. Later he moved to Chicago and became a successful businessman. In 1860 he decided to spend his full time in Sunday school and YMCA work. He became a national gure in 1873 while on a two-year tour of the British Isles. His visit included a four-month series of meetings in London attended by more than two and one-half million people. Before his death in December of 1899, Moody had traveled more than one million miles and preached to more than one hundred million people. On one occasion in Chicago, Moody’s home base, he had asked Henry Moorhouse to substitute for him during a week while he was out of town. As the story goes, Moorhouse preached every night for that full week on one verse—John 3:16— and every night people came to Christ, and throughout the week the crowds increased. Luther called this text “A little Bible.” I believe the entire Bible is built around this verse. A former naval pilot tied his experience in carrier landings with his Christian faith and with God’s love and guidance for the sinner. He wove these three things into John 3:16. He said that three things make night carrier landing possible: the rst is a beam of light sent up from the carrier to guide the plane in; the second is a strobe light which starts off the stern of the carrier and goes through the entire center of the landing area; and nally, the landing signal of cer whose voice directs the pilot in. FIRST, THE SEARCH LIGHT GOES OUT— “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.” The speaker linked this to Jesus, the light of the world, a major theme in the Gospel of John. Picture that pilot seeing the beam come up from his home deck at the end of a long run, low on fuel and surrounded by darkness. The light had to be a welcome sight. Jesus came into the world as light from God. He came to be a search light to seek out lost humanity. In fact, Jesus said that He was the Light of the world (See Jn. 8:12). SECOND, THE PLANE IS LINED UP WITH THE STROBE LIGHT—“…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish.” The pilot looks for a center strobe light which starts at the stern of the carrier and goes through the center of the landing area. The angle of landing looks right only if the plane lines up the strobe light. Here the aviator drew a parallel with the Scriptures which give us the information about landing correctly on Gods ship of salvation—not from the side, not at an awkward angle, but straight down the middle— following the strobe line of the gospel. The Scripture keeps us lined up with Jesus and His teachings. It will let us know if we have strayed from the central truth of God’s Word. The Scripture must line up with the Light of the world (Jesus (See Jn. 5:39, 40)). FINALLY THE PILOT IS GUIDED IN TO SAFETY—“…but have everlasting life. As th e pilot puts all these pieces together, he stays in radio contact with the landing signal of ce r who guides him in. The landing signal of cer has only one mission—to keep the pilo t focused on the light beam and the strob e line. Here we see the work of the Holy Spirit, Who focuses our attention on Jesus and th e Scripture. It is His work to keep us lined up with God’s Word and help us to land safel y on heaven’s deck. That is why we need to come together in fellowship with the church. The company of other believers will keep us in tune with the Holy Spirit. We listen bette r when we are inspired by each other. There are all kinds of ships to land upon but they all do not line up with the Scripture. The Holy Spirit will help make sure that th e strobe and the light agree. Only when the y do can you make a safe landing on heaven’s deck. There is no verse anywhere in the Bibl e more well-known and loved than this? Ho w poignantly it states that eternal life is no t earned by begging, crying, praying, working, or joining! Salvation comes as a free gif t when we believe what God has said. For almost two thousand years people have been adding to the gospel. But the truth still rings clear today—”Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” June 8, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Letter to the editor Editor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Dee Gaudin Publisher: Tom Byrd KOA Care CampsThe generosity of people in Okeechobee continues to amaze me. The 11th Annual Good Habits – Old Spirits Putt-Putt Golf Tournament was held at Okeechobee KOA on Memorial Day. It was a beautiful day for fun. We had 27, two-person teams compete for the honor of wearing the “Green Master’s” jackets. There were lots of laughs and giggles all in support of KOA Care Camps. Your phenomenal support by entering the tournament, playing the poker holes, bidding on auction items and 50/50 raf e shows your dedication to this very special cause and very special children. Congratulations for raising $3,258 for KOA Care Camps. Children’s cancer camps are designed to meet the special needs of children enduring the physical and emotional challenges of this horrible disease. Your donations allow a memorable summer camp experience for these special children. Each year about 5,000 children with cancer are helped by KOA Care Camps. Since it began in 1984, KOA Care Camps has grown from an initial distribution of $8,000 bene ting six camps to the $550,000 that was distributed to 56 camps in 2013. The great people of Okeechobee are considerable contributors to this cause. This Memorial Day marked the 11th anniversary o f the Good Habits – Old Spirits Putt-Putt Gol f event, sponsored by Good Spirits Lounge, and brought the 11-year cumulative total raised by this great community event and personal donations to a whopping $137,623. Our Okeechobee KOA campers and seasonal residents also plan many fundraising events throughout the year. Their creative and fun-loving events are why our combined efforts have generated $310,300 over the 11year period. WOW! Just think of the smiles you help put on children’s faces. We couldn’t do it without the community support. Your door prizes, auction items and participation in events make it happen. On behalf of the KOA Care Camps and the kids you have helped I want to THANK YOU. Wendy Woodman, general manager Okeechobee KOA Sheriff’s budget I cannot understand why our sheriff and the county commissioners cannot just sit down and work out the budget issues without all the drama. The sheriff needs to understand that the money comes from the taxpayers’ pockets and we can’t just keep paying more and more. He needs to look hard at his budget and trim anything that is not essential. Cut the staff down to what you actually need with no frills or extra of ce positions. Then streamline it. The department appears to have too many chiefs and not enough indians. Then give the remaining lean, ef cient staff a well-deserved raise. The county commission needs to consider every available funding source including the controversial franchise fee on electricity. Just my opinion.  The county commission meeting is on June 12. Tick-tock, tick-tock goes the clock.  I think both the county and the sheriff’s of ce could bene t from an audit by an efciency expert. Get rid of any duplication of services. Make sure that every hour of work time the taxpayers are funding is used for necessary work. Every manager does not need his or her own secretary, especially with everything on computer now. And get rid of anyone who was given a job as political payback.  Here is the problem with the county tax base. More than half of the people pay little or no taxes because they live in homes that are valued less than the homestead exemption. They use the services but don’t pay for them. That puts an unfair burden on the rest. We need to nd a way for all to pay their fair share.  Jails and prisons take up a large portion of the government budget in this country because our court system puts people in jail when we should just send them to drug rehab. Locking up those who sell illegal drugs is good. Locking up addicts who just buy drugs for personal use is very costly to the taxpayer. Rehab would be cheaper for the taxpayer and maybe the addict could become a contributing member of society.Dog bites child My neighbor’s cur mix bit me so bad I have scars for life now after it nearly killed my cat. That never made the paper... or when my 6-year-old sister was attacked by a dachshund and he nearly took her nger off. I’m so sick of reading these articles.  My pit saved my kid from another dog and broke his chain to do so. He still sleeps with her, so I’d say it didn’t make him mean. He’s the dumbest, sweetest dog I’ve ever known.


We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News June 8, 2014 Billie Swamp Safari. On Wednesday, they’ll travel south to visit the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. On Thursday, the campers will visit the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse at Ponce Inlet. They will spend Friday at Disney’s Epcot Center. Cost for the week, including bus transportation and attraction entry fees is only $125 per week. Campers bring their own lunches or money to purchase lunch. There are two history camp sessions planned this year: July 14-18 and Aug. 4-8.Culinary CapersCulinary Capers Cooking Day Camp will be held in building C at Indian River State College and offer four sessions June 16-20, J une 23-27, July 7-11 and July 14-18. In the rst two sessions of the camp, children will learn the basics of sanitation, measuring, cooking temperatures, organization and knives. They’ll learn how to use the cook top range and oven. They will prepare their own lunches and desserts and build their own recipe books. Foods prepared will include jelly, biscuits, eggs, coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, swamp cabbage, muf ns, cornbread, cakes, cookies, pizza, baked chicken, soups, sauces and even fried alligator. They will also learn how to grow their own herbs. On the last day of the camp, they’ll visit a water park to celebrate all of the skills they have learned. The second two sessions of Culinary Capers offer more advanced cooking skills. Participants must have attended one of the basic skills weeks of the 2013 cooking camp or be members of the Spice of Life 4-H Cooking Club to attend these sessions. Foods prepared will include a world tour of Mediterranean, Oriental, African and Mexican cuisine. On the last day of the camp, participants will enjoy a visit to a water park. Cost for the camp is $125 per week.Just Horsing AroundJust Horsing Around camp will be held at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Three sessions are offered: July 14-18, July 21-25; and July 28-Aug. 1. Campers provide their own horses. The horses can be trailered and from the Agri-Civic Center each day or stalled overnight in Agri-Civic Center barn. All horses will be assigned stalls and will be kept in the stalls during lunch and any other nonriding periods. The rst week will focus on horsemanship and riding skills and is open to novice riders. To attend weeks two or three, campers must have riding experience. All riders are required to wear approved safety helmets. Week two will be a tour of equine disciplines. The third week is rodeo week. Cost of the camp is $138 per week. Campers bring their own lunches and food for their horses. All of the camps are well supervised by staff, adult volunteers and teen counselors. Campers must agree to abide by the 4-H code of contact. Applications for all of the 4-H camps are available at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce, 458 U.S. 98 N. For information, call 863-783-6469. CAMPContinued From Page 1 into sur ng and riding his dirt bike. The “Lab Rats” program is about a 14year-old who discovers his inventor stepdad had created three bionic, super-powered teens in a secret lab beneath their home and brings them out into the world and his school. Ricardo Aportela, Mayelin’s dad, said he is very comfortable allowing his daughter to watch the Disney Channel, “She loves Disney and whatever makes her happy makes me happy. It’s very good and educational for kids and they learn a lot of very good stuff,” he said. Maria Aportela, Mayelin’s mom, also was very excited about the event. “I’m really happy Disney came here and I’m really proud of my daughter,” she said. “She was so excited when she found out. I told her to do well in school and do what she loves to do and I will be there for her.” North Elementary School principal Pat McCoy said the assembly was a good way to reward the students for their hard work this year. She said the visit was exciting for the entire school. “It’s not often that we have celebrities come to an elementary school but it’s a good way to reward the kids,” she added. Disney Radio led the kids in various dance and name-that-tune contests, and Mr. Unger met with the student body and answered questions for about 30 minutes. He told them about previous shows he had been on, answered questions about his favorite episode, future episodes and story lines, and personal questions, about his hobbies, his pets, and his work schedule. He also told the crowd he likes meat, vegetables and potatoes. “I really liked school. I was really smart in all of the subjects. I liked history and I liked to read. I also loved literature, reading and writing. I could write, draw and paint all the time,” he noted Mr. Unger graduated from high school at age 15. DISNEYContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBilly Unger (with microphone) answers questions from North Elementary students during an assembly at school on June 4. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMayelin Aportela and her classmates enjoyed an assembly put on Wednesday by Radio Disney at North Elementary School.


Eagles #4137 hosting bingoFraternal Order Of Eagles, Aerie #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host bingo Tuesday, June 10 at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, bingo will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner -consisting of an open-face turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggie and dessert -will be served at 7 p.m. for a $6 donation. Friday, June 13, a lasagna dinner of garlic bread, salad and dessert will be served from 6 until 9 p.m. The public is welcome. For information, call 863-763-2552.T-Doc program starts June 10Changing Tree Wellness Center, LLC, will host a T-Doc (Teen Drop-In Center Summer Program) June 10 July 18 Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. Children must be ages 12-17 with a mental health disability. The cost is $5 per week, which all goes back to the Church of God. For information, call 863-261-8900.Free VPK program slatedFaith Academy Preschool free summer VPK is a Christian-based summer program for children who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2014. Children must be 5 on or before Sept. 1 and have not participated in a VPK program during the school year. The program is free and includes meals. Classes start June 16 For information, call 863-763-8800.Auction aids local youthOkeechobee Quarters for a Cause will host an auction and Luau party Tuesday, June 17 for Ethan Herndon, 9, who is in need of a heart transplant. The event will be held at American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Those participants wearing Luau-inspired clothing will be eligible for a special prize. Participants musts be 18 years of age or older. For information, call Christy at 863697-1247.B.R.A.T. dance plannedThe Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club (Building Relationships Among Teens) will host a Teen Dance Party at Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave, on Saturday, June 21 from 7 until 10 p.m. The party is for students ages 12-16. Come dressed in your best pajamas for it’s a pajama party. The cost is $7 and includes pizza, soda and chips. For information, contact Allison Chandler at 863-697-9096.Hope for Hannah bash setA Hope for Hannah summer kick-of f bash will be held at the Philippine Heritage Enrichment Complex, 5154 S.W. 16th Ave., Saturday, June 21 starting at 10 a.m. There will be barbecue competitions, a cornhole tournament, an archery tournament and more. All funds will go to Hannah, 15, who has type 1 juvenile diabetes and her pancreas no longer functions. She is in need o f a service dog to alert her when her blood sugar is too high or too low. For information, call: Angela at 863-801-7241; Taylor at 863634-6384; Krystal at 863-447-3282; or, Debi at 863-697-3949. Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Lawrence George Maher, 82OKEECHOBEE — Lawrence George Maher died June 5, 2014. He was born May 29, 1932 in Manhattan, New Y ork to Michael and Helen Brew Maher. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army and Navy during the Korean W ar. A resident of Okeechobee since 1986, he was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moose and A merican Legion. He enjoyed participating in the motorcycle poker runs for various charities and volunteering at his church. He also enjoyed assisting with environmental projects around Lake Okeechobee. Giving and helping were his passions. Mr. Maher was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Maher. He is survived by his son, Michael Maher (Anita) of California, Maryland; daughter, Mourice Duffy (Gerard) of Brooklyn, Connecticut; six grandchildren, Amanda, Shanna, Kaela, Matthew, Drew and Gerard; two sisters, Virginia Dunn of Oceanside, Long Island, New York and Marilyn Vitale of Baldwin, Long Island, New Y ork. Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Monday, J une 9, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Father Sean Mulcahy of ciating. In lieu of owers, memorial services may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Rahl White Wilkinson, Jr., 86OKEECHOBEE — Rahl White Wilkinson, Jr. died June 6, 2014. He was born August 25, 1927 in Dania, Florida to Rahl Sr. and Roberta Pate Wilkinson. He proudly served our country in the US Armed Forces. A resident of Okeechobee since 1957, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mr. Wilkinson was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Wilkinson; and his daughter, Kathy Wilkinson. He is survived by his daughter, Beth Lehman (Eddie) of Okeechobee; grandson, Patrick; brother-in-law, Lawrence Sweatt (Betty) of Okeechobee; sister-in-law, Georganna Sweatt of Okeechobee; a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at First United Methodist Church. Entombment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. James W. Young, Founder Seawinds F uneral Group3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee 863-357-7283okeechobeeseawinds.com Cremation ..............................$495 Cremation & Chapel Service ..$870 Traditional Cremation (includes rental casket) ..........$2,495 Traditional Funeral & Burial $1,995 Graveside Service ................$1,495 PRE-ARRANGEMENT (Financing Available) Cremation $95 down $10 a month for 45 months Creamation with Chapel Service .. $195 down $17 a month for 45 months Traditional Funeral & Burial ....... $500 down, $100 month for 45 months This includes minimum Casket, Vault and Open/Closing of Grave Site These prices do not include cash advance items. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News June 8, 2014 Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post #64 will host Sunday night bingo on June 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. V olleyball Camp starts June 9Osceola Middle School Volleyball Camp will be held June 9 -12 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. in the OMS gym. The camp is open to those w ho will be in third through ninth grades in the 2014-15 school year. The fee is $50 per camper. Registration forms are available at OMS. For information, call OMS at 863-462-5070; or, coach Lauren Throop at 863-801-4487.Moose Lodge serving tacosOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., invites the public to join them for tacos Monday, June 9 starting at noon. Wednesday, June 11, wings and/or chicken ngers will be served from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, bingo will start at 1 p.m. and lunch will be available for a small fee. Friday, June 13, bingo will start at 6:30 p.m. A Moose Rally will be held in the Tiki Hut Saturday, June 14, starting at noon. A kids party will be held Saturday, June 21, from 1 until 3 p.m. Children can be registered for the party by calling or stopping by the lodge. Proceeds from these events will bene t Moose charities. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236


The Florida Department of Transportation advises motorists to drive with caution in areas where road work is underway. Road w ork planned this week includes the following.  U.S. 441 (North Parrott Avenue) from CR 68 East to 364th Street: Maintenance contract: Crews will be cleaning the ditches. There are no lane closures scheduled. Motorist should use caution and watch for workers close to the road.  U.S. 441 (North Parrott Avenue) from N.W. 290th Trail to N.W. 344th Street: Maintenance contract: Crews will be repairing concrete ends on drainage pipes. There are no lane closures scheduled. Motorist should use caution and watch for workers close to the road.  SR 70 east of Okeechobee/N.E. 34th Avenue to Williams Road/N.E. 48th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are relocating utilities along the south side of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road.  SR 70 E. from the Okeechobee city limits to N.E. 30th Avenue: Maintenance project : Crews are repairing the sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road.  SR 70 from 28th Avenue to 70th Avenue: Maintenance project: Crews will be trimming trees on both sides of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Road Watch MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., June 6TH Thurs., June 12THFor Info, Call 763-7202 III: “MALEFICENT”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00II: “EDGE OF TOMORROW”Fri. 7:00 & 9:10, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:10, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST”Fri. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News June 8, 2014 Everything sold really good this week. Cows and bulls were a couple of dollars higher and most all classes and weights of calves were steady to $4 higher. This bull market just keeps on coming! Michele Barone, Loxahatchee, topped the calf market with a high of $4.25 bought by B & M Cattle. Dr. Jim Harvey, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of $1.16 bought by Central Beef. Todd Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Ag center open for exerciseUnless an event is taking place, the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center grounds are open to area residents for walking, running and bike riding from 7 a.m. until dusk daily.


Our care can help them reach great heightsKids need a lot of attention. One minute theyre on the merry-go-round; and then suddenly theyre on the other end of the playground. They need love, aection, armation and guidance. But they also need great health care to make sure they grow up big and strong. Our Emergency Department is available 24/7 for expert kid care, regardless of their emergency. Were here to make sure they stay healthy, smiling and in the swing of things. Here for You. 1796 Highway 441 N € Okeechobee, FL 34972 € 863-763-2151 € RaulersonHospital.com To speak to a nurse 24/7 or for a FREE physician referral, call Consult-A-Nurse at 863-763-9228. 8 Okeechobee News June 8, 2014 Healthy adult bodies are made of anywhere between 50 and 65 percent water, while children’s bodies contain even more. Our bodies eliminate uids throughout the day via sweat or urine, for example. What happens when these uids aren’t replaced? Dehydration.Why hydration mattersUnlike animals like camels, we humans have no internal storage system in our bodies to carry surplus water around with us as we work, play and exercise. Without replenishing our body’s water at regular intervals throughout the day, we can’t:  Digest well;  Regulate body temperature;  Properly absorb and transport nutrients throughout our bodies;  Maintain ef cient organ function;  Promote healthy skin; and/or  Eliminate waste.Recognizing dehydrationDehydration often occurs in the heat, but can also result in cooler environments, such as when you work out in a gym. Even though you’re healthy, if you feel unwell with no apparent cause, the cause might be dehydration. Symptoms include:  Thirst;  Dryness of the mouth, nose or skin;  Headache;  Fainting;  Disorientation or dizziness;  Severe temperature changes such as hot or cold and chills;  Nausea or vomiting;  Sluggishness or weakness; and/or  Cramping.Staying hydratedUnfortunately, by the time you feel thirsty, you are already well on your way to dehydration. The key to maintaining healthy uid levels is thinking ahead.  Consume approximately eight (eightounce) glasses of water daily depending on your personal needs. Drink even more when especially active.  Pack a water bottle ahead of time.  Eat plenty of hydrating fruits and vegetables such as citrus, watermelon, kiwi, celery and cucumber.  Minimize caffeinated and sugar-laden beverages.  Consider electrolyte-based beverages i f you exercise for more than 60 minutes. If you feel weak from dehydration, loosen clothing and move to a cool place, preferably featuring air conditioning, then see k help. If severe, call 911 immediately. Raulerson Hospital’s Emergency Department is available when you need it 24/7. If you have would like to speak to a Registered Nurse or if you need a physician referral, call the free Consult-A-Nurse service at 863-763-9228. Know the signs of dehydration Special to the Okeechobee NewsConkerr Cancer receives donationConKerr Cancer received a very generous donation of fabric from Guy and Charlene Byrd. Guy’s mother was a very talented lady and had accumulated a large collection of beautiful fabrics. They stated that they knew that she would want her fabrics to go to a good cause. The child-friendly fabric was used to make pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer and the quilt fabrics were delivered to the Okeechobee Stitchin’ sewing group. These ladies then created 25 quilts that were donated to the Pregnancy Center here in Okeechobee. Some of the ladies who donated their time and talent were: (left to right) Joy Sima, Dottie Allen, Bobbi O’Neil of the Pregnancy Center, Lou Johnson, Connie Pennington and Sandy Stitt.


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10 Okeechobee News June 8, 2014Pregnancy Center helps those in needSpecial to the Okeechobee News The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee serves the community in three primary areas: Prevention, Intervention, and Reconciliation. With millions of unplanned pregnancies, a growing STD epidemic and a culture of sexual chaos, young women and men are in great need of nding a message of hope and truth. Factual information and life-af rming options are presented to all those affected by an unplanned pregnancy. All services provided by the Pregnancy Center are free and con dential. Free pregnancy tests, options counseling, abortion education, ongoing pregnancy support, community referrals, post-abortion support, and medical services are just a few of the many services provided by the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. You can make the difference! Your time and donations can make a world of difference to men and women who are facing dif cult decisions about life. St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Knights of Columbus Council, #11284, in Buckhead Ridge, presented the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee director with a check for $1000 on May 8. The "Baby Bottle" fundraising event took place in the month of March at the church with strong support from all of the local parishioners and members of the Knights of Columbus Council. Special to the Okeechobee NewsOf cers of the Knights of Columbus council are Bill Casian (left), grand knight, and Stan Widing (right) Right to Life chairman, with Anne Widing. Representing the Pregnancy Center are: (left to right) Robyn Garner, Misty Lawrence, Nancy Dearborn, Lisa Lumpkin (director), Glenna Johnson and Diane Davis. More information about the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee can be obtained by calling 863-467-8748; or, visiting our web site at www. okeepregcenter.com. You can make the difference. Jeffery Whitlock has overcome many challenges in his life. He needed to wear leg braces as a child, but nevertheless loved sports and as a young man played football at Campbellsville University, helping to win a Mid South Conference Championship. He joined the Marine Corps and was awarded two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals before being honorably discharged in 2004. The father of four then worked in a funeral home for seven years before a layoff due to the economic downturn. That's when the Okeechobee resident decided it was time to nish his education and show his children that every person is capable of success no matter what stage of life he is in. Jeff enrolled at Indian River State College and excelled. He made the Dean's List and President's List and was one of 32 IRSC Bachelor's Degree students who was named to Who's Who Among College and University Students. On May 2, he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Management. He is working with Chaka's Stars, a nonpro t organization that supports low-in come children by providing sporting opportunities and summer camps. He has also volunteered as a football coach for Okeechobee High School for over 1300 hours. His career goal is to become a teacher for Okeechobee County. "I found professors who really care about their students at IRSC and have had several great examples of teachers. I hope to continue in their footsteps," he said. Graduate overcomes many challenges Jeffrey Whitlock


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They let people keep the pens. They furnish smile kits also known as lollipops. TD Bank lobbies are dog friendly with biscuits and water provided daily. TD Bank was voted 2013’s Best Big Bank by Money Magazine based on the perks that come with accounts and with “real people,” live customer service available 24/7. In 2013, JD Power & Assoc. voted TD Bank Highest in Customer Satisfaction for the eighth year in a row. By Spring this y ear TD Bank’s third annual Okeechobee Ag V enture program will have delivered handson agricultural learning to 1,620 area fourth graders! Give them a call at 863-824-6700.  The Hunters’ Den 513 S.W. Park St., carries clothing, home decor, shing supplies and hunting accessories. They have all size clothing from infant to adult, camou age and non-camou age. They have the famous “Redneck” wine glasses along with other assortments of glasses. As for hunting accessories, they have it all: knives, ashlights, game cameras, targets, duck and turkey calls along with many other calls, attractants, scent control and so much more. They are your go-to hunting store for Okeechobee. So, stop in and let them help you with any and all your hunting needs. They can be contacted at 863-467-5483. Anyone paying attention to today’s media headlines might believe that newspapers are an endangered species. But the fact is, as folks in Okeechobee know very well, that’s just not true. More than 160 million adults have read newspaper content in print, online or via a mobile app in the last seven days. That’s more than twice the population of the 150 largest cities in the U.S. and more than 50% more than the total viewers of the 2013 Super Bowl! Looking for a little sweet treat that is quick and easy to make? 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12 Okeechobee News June 8, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News New to Okeechobee is Calamity Jane Designs. They are a retail business that paints, re nishes and remakes furniture new and old. They can transform old, tired furniture into beautiful pieces to t in anyone's home. Started by two sisters and a brother who nally decided it was time to share their talents and start a business. Jane Grif n and Carol Larson, sisters, run the store and the main part of the business while Dan Priest, brother, is a carpenter and helps mainly behind the scenes at Calamity Jane. Jane and her husband Keith Grif n opened the store here in Okeechobee on April 1 because it was their home. The name Calamity Jane comes from their grandfather who nicknamed Jane as a child Calamity Jane, and later in life they decided to name the store Calamity Jane Designs. For those who don't know about Calamity Jane, she was Martha Jane Canary and was an American frontier woman and professional scout known for her claim of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok, but also for having gained fame for ghting Indians. Calamity Jane Designs does a lot of farmhouse-inspired furniture work and they can even turn your own old worn out pieces of furniture into that cozy "little house on the prairie" feel for which farmhouses are famous. Calamity Jane Designs offers a unique service to the Okeechobee community. Take a look around because you never know what you may nd. If you would like to visit Calamity Jane Designs, they are located at 106 S.E. Park St. They are open WednesdaySaturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and closed Sunday to Tuesday. Give them a call at 863763-4314 and don't forget to like them on Facebook. Calamity Jane Designs turns old furniture into something wonderful Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyCarol Larson, Keith Grif n and Jane Grif n. Special to the Okeechobee News On Thursday, May 22, Okeechobee Main Street greeted about 50 members, visitors, friends and community partners to a ribbon cutting and mixer. Affordable Art & Framing and Big Lake Hobbies opened their doors to show off the family-owned and operated art and hobby shop. This small shop showcases a large variety of radio-controlled aircraft, cars and boats on consignment and new. They also have art classes and supplies for the aspiring artists in our area. Main Street Executive Director Sharie Turgeon welcomed all guests and introduced Kathie Pappasso. Kathie talked about her art classes and supplies that were available, then turned it over to Joe Pappasso, Sr. who talked passionately about the hobby shop and the new activities that were coming up at the Agri-Civic Center. Guests and announcements from the public were next while everyone enjoyed great food, drink and conversation. The door prizes were a variety of gift certi cates and art plus other goodies from several Main Street business members. Main Street talked about the new art exhibit that would be introduced in June and the 441 median project that is nally taking shape on Parrott Street. Main Street is looking to revisit a project that would beautify the area between the new and historic courthouses. The public is welcome to attend Main Street mixers. Main Street opens this to everyone so we can encourage new members by showing that our community needs everyone. The next mixer will be at KOA Campground, 4276 U.S. 441 S., on June 12. A ffordable Art and Framing, Big Lake Hobbies host Main Street mixer Special to the Okeechobee NewsPictured from left to right: Dave, Joe Papasso, Frank DeCarlo, Kathie Papasso, Bridgette Waldau, Joe Papasso, Sr., Angie Grif n, City Councilman Dowling Watford, Sharie Turgeon and Mark Bragel.


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The ndings appear in the April issue of the journal Aphasiology. Older adults are better able than younger adults to recall the gist of information they learn, but they have more dif culty remembering details, said lead investigator Yvonne Rogalski, Ph.D., who conducted the research as part of her doctoral dissertation work at the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions. “Older adults can rely on things they’ve learned in the past and they can build on that vast wealth of semantic information that they’ve collected over the years. That works as long as the information is familiar, but where it breaks down is when they have to read something that is unfamiliar and has a lot of details,” said Ms. Rogalski, now an assistant professor in the department of speech-language pathology and audiology at Ithaca College. As a doctoral student Rogalski developed a training technique called Read Attentively, Summarise and Review, or RASR, which requires participants to read a passage aloud and then summarize from memory what they’ve read after each paragraph. The training is designed to help people “encode” information and commit it to memory. “In the reading aloud portion, attention is heightened because you know you’re going to have to recall something,” she said. “Then retrieving that information through the summaries has the ability to act as a secondary encoding. Reading and recalling the text paragraph by paragraph instead of the whole text is designed to reduce the information processing demands.” For the UF study, 44 healthy adults ages 60 to 75 used one of two methods to recall details from texts on real — but unusual — animals. Participants who used a technique called Read and Reread Attentively read the entire passage aloud once, then re-read each paragraph three times aloud in succession. Those in the RASR group read the whole text aloud once, then for each paragraph they read it aloud, summarized it from memory and then re-read it aloud again. Participants in both groups were tested immediately after studying and 24 hours later. The researchers found that participants who summarized the information aloud remembered more details about the texts than those who just re-read the material. In addition, combining the summarization method with an immediate post-test showed the most bene t for remembering text details after a 24-hour delay. “We think it is effective because by reading the information and then putting it into your own words you have to do quite a bit of processing of not only the information, but also the relationships among bits of information,” said Lori Altmann, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UF department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, and a stud y co-author along with John Rosenbek, Ph.D., also a professor in the department. “Picking out the relationships that are important to you as you see them can help to order the information in your own memory.” Older adults can put the principles of the summarization technique to work for themselves whenever they want or need to learn detailed information, such as a magazine article or medication plan, the researchers say. They suggest that people read the information and then describe it from memory to a partner who can check for accuracy. “The RASR method is a very functional treatment and it’s something that health y older adults or even people with mild dementias could use on their own to try and improve their memory,” Ms. Altmann said. “It doesn’t involve anything high-tech, and that’s the beauty of it.” Technique may help older adults remember written information


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For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department, 1700 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial record of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to Construction Industry Licensing Board Okeechobee County Independent Inspections, Ltd. 465720 ON 6/8/2014 15 Okeechobee News June 8, 2014 Commercial Property Commercial Property NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF INSTALLATION OF A USED DWELLING UNIT NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a PERMIT APPLICATION FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A USED DWELLING UNIT in an Agricultural (A) zoning district. The property owner and applicant is Manuel Arruebo. The property address is 15673 NW 242nd Street and is more particularly described as follows: THE EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 26, LYING AND BEING IN SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3 A-D INCLUSIVE OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND THE WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 26, LYING AND BEING IN SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3 A-D INCLUSIVE OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department.William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition #M-2014-0302 465740 ON 6/8/2014


16 Okeechobee News June 8, 2014 By Eric Kopp Okeechobee News An Okeechobee woman is being held on bond after a small amount of suspected methamphetamine was reportedly found in the vehicle she was driving. Kristin Nicole Clendenin, 32, N.E. 11th Lane, was arrested Thursday, June 5, on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and driving while license suspended. She was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Clendenin is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $8,000 bond. Of cer Ryan Holroyd, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), arrested Clendenin after he pulled her over in the 1,000 block of S.R. 70 West around 5:16 p.m. According to the of cer's report, a chec k of the woman's record indicated her driver's license had been suspended for her failure to pay traf c nes on Dec. 10, 2007; June 3, 2010; and Jan. 3, 2012. Her license was also suspended because she apparently failed to appear in court on a traf c summons on Dec. 19, 2007, stated the of cer. "Clendenin had three prior convictions for driving while license cancelled/revoked / suspended/disquali ed," stated Of cer Holroyd. He asked the woman for permission to search the 2004 Ford Explorer she was driving, and the woman apparently gave her consent. During a subsequent search, Of cer Holroyd stated he found a white crystal-like substance in a bag placed in a drink holder on the backside of the center console. When that substance was eld tested, that test allegedly indicated a positive result for the presence of meth. The suspected meth weighed 0.007 grams, added the of cer. Of cer Holroyd went on to state he also found a glass pipe that contained a residue. When he conducted a eld test on that residue it reportedly indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine. Woman facing felony meth, DWLS charges 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). Felipe Hernandez, 42, Okeechobee, w as arrested June 5 by Deputy Ronald Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of fraudulent use of false identi cation for worker's compensation claim. His bond was set at $1,000. Stuart Wayne Shaw, 55, Fara St., Sebring, was arrested June 5 by Deputy Timothy Porter on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft-motor vehicle. His bond was set at $3,000. Joshua Alcott, 34, N.E. 168th St., Okeechobee, was arrested June 5 by Deputy Timothy Porter on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance in a state correctional institution and resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence. His bond was set at $50,000. Johnny Williams Williams Jr., 48, N.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested June 5 by Deputy William Jolly on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of violation of probation driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $2,500. 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. 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ASSAULT 2800 block of U.S. 441 N. BURGLARY 3600 block of N.W. Sixth Ave. 3300 block of S.E. 30th Terrace 2300 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 200 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 10000 block of U.S. 441 N. 4100 block of S.E. 29th Court CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 1000 block of N.E. 13th Ave. 200 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 200 block of N.E. 19th Drive 5600 block of N.E. Third Lane FRAUD 1400 block of S.W. 83rd Ave. THEFT 3700 block of N.W. 30th Ave. 8800 block of S.E. 59th Drive 1200 block of N.W. 34th St. 3000 block of S.E. 38th Ave. 3300 block of S.E. 26th St. 3800 block of S.E. 26th St. 5700 block of N.E. Third Lane Kristin Nicole Clendenin


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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN NOTICE: The City Council of the City of Okeechobee, will on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd reading for ADOPTION of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1107: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA, AMENDING THE CITY’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR A DEFINITION OF LIMITED AGRICULTURE; AMENDING POLICY 2.1 OF THE FUTURE LAND USE ELEMENT BY LISTING THE ALLOWABLE USES AND APPROPRIATE ZONING DISTRICTS FOR THE SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL, MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL, MIXED USE RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, AND PUBLIC FACILITY FUTURE LAND USE CATEGORIES; PROVIDING FOR FINDINGS OF FACT; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. This Ordinance proposes to amend the Comprehensive Plan as follows: • Amend Future Land Use Element Policy 2.1, by listing the allowable uses and appropriate zoning districts for each land use category: Single-Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Mixed Use Residential, Commercial, Industrial, and Public Facility, relating to using property for livestock, animals, grazing, gardens, hay, and similar type uses. The Public and all interested parties, calling SPECIAL ATTENTION TO any 4-H or FUTURE FARMER OF AMERICA MEMBERS who raise LIVESTOCK and/or FOWL for Exhibits, LIVESTOCK SHOWS and/or COUNTY FAIRS ; or any PERSONS with LIVESTOCK or FOWL on property within the City Limits are encouraged to attend the meeting and be heard. Comments may be submitted orally or in writing before or at the hearing. The proposed amendments may be viewed on the City website, cityohours, at the address above. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council 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. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the City’s records. Published BY: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 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. 19 Okeechobee News June 8, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Trenton Hickman stole four bases and reached base four times, scoring twice as A merican Legion Post 64 defeated Post 390 from Wellington 12-6, on Thursday night at Okeechobee High School to improve to 2-0 on the season. Okeechobee took advantage of 12 walks issued by Wellington pitchers and rallied from a 6-4 de cit to get the win. Post 64 scored eight times on just one hit in the fourth inning as six consecutive batters reached base via walks issued by Wellington pitchers. Five of those six batters would score runs. Manager Tyler Finney said he felt his batters w ere patient when they needed to be and that the team played a strong game overall. "We swung the bat and we had to be patient. At one point their pitcher threw 16 of 20 pitches that were balls," he said. "It is hard to hit in a game like that but it is still something to build on and we took some good things from the game." Okeechobee got solid pitching from Cody Louthan, Kevin Coleman and Alex Lopez. W ellington scored only two earned runs in the game. Louthan struck out two, Coleman had three strikeouts and Lopez threw two shutout innings of relief. At the plate Hickman had an RBI single, Armando Rodriguez had an RBI and a run scored, while Lopez and Evan Faulk added two run singles. Hickman said he takes pride in his stolen bases and base running and it is very satisfying to steal bases to help his team. "I had a great time out there. I timed the pitcher and got great leads and great jumps. W hen I get in scoring position and my team pokes a hit out there and I score, that is how w e do it," he said. Mike Scott had three hits and two runs batted in for Wellington. Jonathan Weid added two hits, two runs, and two runs batted in. Finney said he felt the pitchers did a solid job on the mound. "I'm de nitely pleased with my pitching, and (assistant coach) Dalton Murray has done a great job calling pitching which have kept the batters guessing," he pointed out. Finney said he feels the team is pretty close to where they need to be. He noted they were worn out after a long high school season but appear to be having fun and getting their work in. Okeechobee hosted a double header against another American Legion Squad from Wellington Saturday, and will hot Post 271 on Tuesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. Okeechobee is home again on Saturday, June 21, when they host Post 164 for a noon double header. There is no admission charge and drinks and refreshments are available. W alks help lift ’Chobee to 12-6 diamond victory Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCody Louthan was the starting pitcher for Post 64 during their victory over Wellington on Thursday. Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy Chase Quisenberry dives back into rst base as Mikey Viscussi awaits the throw Thursday.


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