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Briefs


Water are restrictions
still in effect
West Palm Beach, FL
- The South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
has declared an extreme
District-wide water shortage,
directly affecting more than five
million South Florida residents
and thousands of farms and
businesses.
Modified Phase III water
shortage order, went into
January 15, 2008, and
includes:
Residents and businesses
of Okeechobee, St. Lucie,
Martin, Palm Beach,
Broward, Miami-Dade,
Monroe, Hendry and
Glades counties are limited to
a one-day-per-week landscape
irrigation schedule with two
"watering windows." Odd
street addresses may irrigate
lawns and landscapes on
Monday between 4 a.m. and
8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursday between 4 a.m.
and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and businesses
with more than five acres
have expanded irrigation hours,
between midnight and 8 a.m.
OR 4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on
their designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one
hose fitted with an automatic
shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10
minutes per day for landscape
stress relief and to prevent plant
die-off.
Low-voluime irrigation,
including the use of drip and
microjet systems that apply
water directly to plant root
zones, is not restricted but
should be voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering d,.
and times will be allocated for
the establishment of new lawns
and landscapes.
No restrictions apply to
other outside water uses, such
as for car and boat washing,
pressure cleaning of paved
surfaces, decorative fountains
and water-based recreation
(e.g. swimming pools; water
slides).
Golf courses must reduce
their allocated water use by 45
percent.
The new, mandatory
restrictions, apply to, all water
from traditional sources,
including water from public
utilities, private wells, canals,
ponds and lakes. Users of 100-
percent reclaimed water are
exempt froin the restrictions
but are encouraged to conserve
water voluntarily.

Drought Index

Current: 408
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.23 feet
I Last Year: 10.79 feet

N

Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Index
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Comics............ ......... ... 5
Community Events................ 4
Crossword................................. 4
O bituaries.................................. 6
O pinion...................................... 4
Speak Out............... .............. 4
Sports....................................... 9
TV ....................... ................... 4
Weather..... ............................... 2

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Magistrate rules against area ranch


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Usually Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement hearings are
calm, cut and dried affairs, and
are over in a few minutes. That
was not the case Tuesday, March
18, when Special Magistrate Lois
Nichols heard the case of Mi-
chael and Cynthia Ricker, own-
ers of Mi-Cin Ranch on N.W. 50th
Drive.
The four-hour proceeding
took on the appearance of a
courtroom trial with a court ste-
nographer, lawyers, witnesses


and reams of documents placed
in evidence.
The room, which is normally
almost empty during hearings,
held a fair sized crowd of specta-
.tors and participants.
In a case that was tabled from
last month, the Rickers were cit-,
ed for conducting a commercial
business in an agriculture zoning
area and erecting arena lights
and an announcer's booth with-
out the proper permits.
On several dates in 2006 and
2007 the ranch owners conduct-
ed horse auctions, sold tack and
feed and rented their arena, ac-


cording to code enforcement of-
ficer Blanca Saucedo.
In January of 2007 the Rickers
were granted a special exception
by the planing board to allow for
equine-related activities such as
horse boarding, small scale com-
petition, a training facility, health
clinics for horses, horse auctions
and a specialty tack shop in an
agriculture zoning district.
One of the requirements of
the special exception was that
arena lighting be shielded to
avoid off-property impacts. The
Rickers were also limited to four
horse auctions a year.


In addition, they were forbid-
den to sponsor public spectator
events or charge admission for
viewing events.
However, in June of 2007 the
Rickers rescinded their special
exception believing it was not
required under the Florida Right
to Farm Act.
In the end, the county won.
Under Okeechobee County
zoning codes, a horse boarding
facility is a permitted activity in
an agriculture zoned area. Live-
stock auctions and commercial
activities directly related to agri-
cultural activities require a spe-


cial exception.
When the Ricker's special
exception was in place it only al-
lowed them to sell feed to clients
of their horse boarding facility
and not to the general public.
Attorney Blaine Hibbert con-
tended last month that the ordi-
nances the Rickers were cited
under were illegal and wanted to
protest them in circuit court.
Ms. Nichols agreed to contin-
ue the case for one month. Dur-
ing that month the circuit court
denied Mr. Hibbert's request.
See Ranch Page 2


Council adopts


rules; sets hearing


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil adopted three ordinances
and the first reading of a fourth
ordinance at their meeting on
Tuesday, March 18.
They also approved resolu-
tion endorsing a funding re-
quest to Congress from Amtrak
and approved a fire medical di-
rector agreement between the
city and J. Michael Adelberg,
M.D.
The mayor issued a procla-
mation naming Okeechobee as
a Florida Gateway Community.
At their March 4 meeting the
council approved a memnoran-
dum of understanding with the
Florida Trails Association to
promote outdoor activities and
hiking in Florida. This memo-
randum named Okeechobee
as a gateway community that
would promote Florida Trails
Association activities.


Paul Cummings, of the Flor-
ida Trails Association, told the
council that the Okeechobee
segment of the Florida Trail is
the most used section of the
trail. He noted the rest stops
placed along the trail.
An ordinance was approved
changing the comprehensive
plan future land use map from
single family to multifamily for
property at 813 Second St. A
related ordinance changed the
zoning on the property from
residential single family-1 to
residential single family-2. This
zoning change will allow the
owner, Sheri Lachapelle, to
build zero lot line duplexes on
the property.
The council also approved
an ordinance dealing with
a comprehensive land use
map amendment for property
owned by the Visiting Nurses
Association on S.E. Second St.
See Rules Page 2


Christian Academy


expecting to add


classes next year


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Rock Solid Christian
Academy, formerly known as
the First Baptist Church Pre-
school, is continuing to expand
their classes into the elemen-
tary school grades by adding
a first grade classroom next
school year.
The preschool has served
students from I to 4 years of
age for 42 years, since 1966.
The academy is directed by
Joy Yates.
This past school year they
added a kindergarten class-
room to expand their minis-
try through their faith-based
program. In doing so, they
changed their name to Rock
Solid Christian Academy in
hopes of expanding beyond the


first grade if the need is present
in the community.
They currently serve 135 pre-
school children and are looking
forward to serving approxi-
mately 10 kindergarten and 10
first graders to start. They want
to keep the classrooms small
to maintain the same kind of
atmosphere.
Their mission statement
is to "provide a safe and posi-
tive environment for children
which is founded on the Word
of God. It is our goal to teach
children that they are fearfully
and wonderfully made by God.
We will explore His word and
learn about His eternal love for
each of us. It is our purpose to
build strong foundations in the
lives of children as they grow
See Academy Page 2


What started out as a group
of friends and acquaintances
wanting to, help the Daniel.
Rickards family has turned into
an unending stream of volun-
teers ringing the phone off the
hook at Creech Construction,
the supervisor for the project.
"We've had as many as four
and five' calls from each area
of expertise in this community,
all wanting to be involved and
volunteer materials and labor,"
said Danny Creech. "I've never
met the young man or his fam-
ily, but when asked by a mu-
tual friend to help, I figured we
could spare a few weeks out of
our lives to help out when he'll
have to deal with his condition
for the rest of his life. Evidently,
by the response, all of Okeecho-
bee feels the same way."
Work has continued this
week as plumbing has gone
in, concrete has been poured,
framing and walls have gone
up, and electric is being run.
Mr. Creech said one of the big
ticket items needed was a cul-
vert for a driveway that will en-
able Daniel to easily access the
new room; but as of press time,
the culvert had been donated
and the greatest need now is
concrete for the driveway.


Submitted photo
Culvert for driveway is going in. Daniels room is visible
in rear of home. Quick Frame Construction provided the
framing of the room.


A donation to the Daniel A.
Rickards fund at Riverside Bank
and earmarked for the con-
crete will help with this large
expense item.
The list continues to grow
of businesses and individuals
making Okeechobee's version
"Extreme Home Makeover"
become a reality, and to date
includes: All Seasons Air Condi-
tioning, Bob Owen's Painting,


C.P. Wilson, Carl Maxwell Elec-
tric, Croslyn Electric, Echols
Plumbing, Emory Walker,
Home Depot, KST Construc-
tion, Martin French Flooring,
Mathey Plumbing, Mid Florida
Porto Lets, Okeechobee Air
Conditioning, Parks Construc-
tion, Quick Frame Construc-
tion, R.J. Builders, Robinson
Electric, Smitty's Glass, Tarmac,
See Rickards Page 2


Drug court graduates honored


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Drug offenders were soaring
with the eagles on Wednesday.
No, they had not suffered a
relapse. They were marking an
achievement on their road to re-
covery, graduation from the first
ever Drug Court in Okeechobee
County.
County Judge Jerrry Bryant
implemented the court when
he took the bench last year and
has reported some very positive
progress in the fight against ille-
gal drug use.
Judge Bryant chose the eagle
as the symbol of the program be-
cause the eagle has been a sym-
bol of independence, freedom
and strength .for thousands of


years. He noted the eagle had it's
own battle with chemicals. Farm
pesticides, mainly DDT, nearly
wiped out the eagle population
in the world back in the 1970's.
"Eagles had a chemical-prob-
lem that they could not over-
come without help from others,"
Bryant wrote in his drug court
graduation invitation.
He compared the efforts to
help Okeechobee residents re-
cover from drug addictions, a
similar battle to the one fought
by eagles and environmentalists.
"Those individuals who suf-
fer from drug addiction or abuse
also have a chemical problem.
Most of them are unable to over-
come that problem alone," said
Judge Bryant. "Our Drug Court


team works together to help
those who want help with their
chemical problem. It is our goal
to take them from their endan-
gered status and let them once
against soar with the eagles."
Judge Bryant presented cer-
tificates to five graduates of the
program. He was joined in the
ceremony by Clif Betts, chairman
of the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners, who
also commended the graduates
for their efforts to battle back and
begin a new life.
"It's an honor and pleasure to
be here. We are proud of the job
you are doing," he said. "When
you can solve a problem, you've
done some good," he noted.
See Graduates Page 2


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Judge Jerry Bryant hands a graduation certificate to one of
five residents who meet all the criteria of the program dur-
ing a ceremony Wednesday at the new judicial center


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Helping hands: Commiunity reaches out


suDmilea pnoto
Tarmac and Parks Construction poured the floor for Daniel Rickards new room.

Volunteers help Rickards family


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2 Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 20, 2008


Ranch
Continued From Page 1

Ms. Saucedo presented cop-
ies of newspapers advertisements
and signs on the Ricker property
advertising the sale of horse feed,
ca commercial activity banned in
.i~kiultiitc areas without a spe-
cial exception.
Ms, S.Iaucedo stated that there
was a safety concern with the
unpermitted lights and the an-
nouncer's booth.
Mr. Hibbert contended that
Florida Statutes exempt non-
residential farm structures from
building codes. Upon question-
ing from Mr. Hibbert, Ms. Sauce-
do conceded that she had never
actually seen anyone buying feed
from the Rickers.
She did say that Mrs. Ricker ad-
miitted on tape during the request
for the Npecial exception that they
were sellingg horse feed on the
property. She said that the special
exception allows for feed sales for
horses that are boarded on the
property but not the public.
She further testified that she
had no first hand knowledge that
the facility was rented. That as-
sumption was made from adver-
tisements.
County planning official Bill
Royce said there were complaints
about the lights disturbing neigh-
bors and feed sales to the public.
"A number of things went be-
yond agriculture uses," Mr. Royce
said, naming horse auctions' and
the sale of hay to the public.
He said that many of the things
the Rickers were alleged to have
done were allowed under the
special exception.
However, he said one condi-
tion of the special exception was
that the lights be shielded or redi-
rected so as to not bother neigh-
bors. He said there were com-
plaints about the lights. .
County building official Arnold
Verwey said he was concerned
with the lights and announcer's
booth, not the existing buildings
or the arena.
Ms. Nichols stated that Mr. Ver-
wey was concerned about per-
mits for the lights and announc-
ers booth. However, the lights
and announcer's both could be
exempted from permitting if they
were used for farm purposes.
'"I feel they are not exempt
from the building code," said
Mr. Verwey of the lights and an-
nouncer's booth.
He contended they are outside
+ the intent of the legislation defin-
ing farm purposes.
He said if a person feels they
are exempt from the Florida
Building Code they must submit a
permit application and prove that
they are farming.
Mr. Verwey did not feel the
lights and announcer's booth
were necessary for agricultural


Graduates
Continued From Page 1

Mr. Betts noted any addiction
is hard to face and defeat.
"Completing this program is a
step in the right direction. Hope-
fully, it will keep you on the right
path," he told the graduates.
Mr. Betts urged the graduates
to help other people with drug
problems and show them that
there is a way to change their
lives around.
Judge Bryant insisted that the
drug court is making a difference
in the lives of many people.
"This is a special day for us. It
is the first session of our felony
court program," he said.
The judge noted drug court
has been used in Florida for
many years. He noted a court in
Miami has been very successful.
They have over 2,000 cases in
one judge's courtroom. It got to
the point that he couldn't handle
the work load.
"We needed a drug court in
Okeechobee County. Our num-
bers are increasing," said Judge
Bryant. "In my private practice
I saw the same people with a
problem with drugs, over and
over again. Addiction to drugs
and alcohol is a problem that fills
up our courtroom. If they could
get some help they could be do-
ing something productively."
He thanked Judge Steve Levin
of St. Lucie County for his assis-
tance.
Thirty-four people have at-
tended misdemeanor drug court,
which began in August. Only four


of the defendants have failed to
live up to the requirements of the
program so far.
Tvelve people will begin in
the felony drug court in the near
future, Judge Bryant added.
Only people caught with
possession of drugs or a related
charge are eligible. Those that
sell cocaine and other illegal
drugs are not eligible.
The defendants must enter
into a counseling and treatment


purposes. He noted that chickens
are the only farm product raised
under lights.
Mr. Hibbert said the whole
issue is whether the lights and
booth are necessary for agricul-
ture.
He contended that under the
Right to Farm Act local govern-
ment cannot restrict activity on a
bona fide farm.
Attorney John Cook represent-
ed the county because the county
attorney had a conflict of interest.
Mr. Cook noted that deed re-
strictions on the property restrict
commercial businesses.
Neighbor Carl Shumate said
the lights were a problem from
the time they were installed. He
said it was possible to read a
book inside his house from the
arena lighting.
"I'm here because of the
brightness of the light," Mr.
Shumate said. "If they had done
them properly we wouldn't be
here."
Mr. Verwey said he did not
know if the lights were installed
properly. He noted that photo-
graphs showed the announcer's
booth was not completed and
should not be used. He expressed
his concern over safety issues.
Mr. Cook entered into evidence
a legal document stating that the
building official is authorized to
make rulings on structures that
are a threat to public health and
safety.
Mrs. Ricker testified that they
had secured an occupational li-
cense on the advice of a friend.
"I'm not doing anything differ-
ent than anyone else with this type
operation," she said, presenting
advertisements from other facili-
ties with similar activities.
She contented that to charge
for boarding they needed ameni-
ties like arena lights.
"I'm not trying to do some-
thing out of the ordinary," she as-
serted.
Mrs. Ricker said that the events
they charged admission for were
fundraisers.
"It is a farm -- we breed ani-
mals, we raise them, we work
with them," she said. Mrs. Ricker
said they applied for the special
exception because it seemed like
the thing to do. However, she
added that the special exception
created more problems.
Mr. Cook pointed to a newspa-
per ad contending that they were
selling horse feed to the public.
Mr. Cook asked if the other fa-
cilities Mrs. Ricker referred to took
place in platted subdivisions.
Mi-Cin is part of a platted sub-
division, and consists of 21 acres
while the surrounding lots are 10
acres each.
Mr. Cook asked Mr. Ricker if he
considered his operation a farm.
. "Absolutely," Mr. Ricker re-
plied. "I don't see how it could be
anything else."
He noted that the land was


program, and sign a contract that
states they will comply with the
terms of the program. Sanctions
are imposed if those require-
ments are not followed, which
include community service time,
jail time and other penalties.
The benefit of drug court is
not having being found guilty of
a crime. Those that are convicted
can spend time in jail, on proba-
tion or even lose their driver's li-
cense which impacts their ability
to hold a job and turn their lives
around.
Thirty different cases were
discussed by the drug court team
on Wednesday.
"We do take an interest and
we want you to succeed," Judge
Bryant added. "I can't tell you
how good it makes us feel when
you graduate."
Judge Bryant noted the group
.has worked very hard to get to
graduation and deserve a lot of
credit.
Each graduate received a cer-
tificate to mark their graduation.
They also received a court order
which stated their drug charges
have been dropped. Judge Bry-
ant also gave each graduate an.
earring that depicts an eagle.
Also in attendance were top
law enforcement officials in the
county which included Sheriff
Paul May, Major Noel Stephen
and Jail Administrator Cap-
tain Ronnie White, all from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice.
Members of the drug court
staff were also recognized. They
include representatives of the
Department of Corrections, Core
Probation, Lamb of God Recov-
ery Services, the Counseling
and Recovery Center, Innovative
treatment services, Breakthrough
Recovery Services, the Public De-
fender and the State Attorneys
Office.
The drug abuse trust fund,
which is funded by assessments
on defendants who are involved
in drug and alcohol offenses,
helps fund the drug court. No tax
dollars are used.


originally part of a ranch.
"I am a feed dealer," he admit-
ted, naming the brand he repre-
sented.
Mr. Ricker contended that his
activities at Mi-Cin were intended
to supplement his income as an
electrical contractor.
He said he felt like he had a
bona fide farm and did not need
any permits.
Mr. Cook contended that deed
restrictions took precedence over
the Right to Farm Act.
Deed restrictions on the Ricker
and surrounding properties in the
subdivision prohibit commercial
activities.
D.R. Daniel stated that his
grandfather had bought the prop-
erty in the 1960s and that it was
worked as a ranch. He said that
when the property was a ranch
there was a horse barn, lighted
arena and announcer's booth.
Mi-Cin neighbor Rosaire Bad-.
ger said he had no problem with
the lights.
"Mi-Cin Ranch has been an
asset to our neighborhood," he
added.
Attorney Virginia Sherlock rep-
resented Mr. Shumate and two
other neighbors.
She said there were basically
two issues -- permits and zoning
violations.
She addressed the issue of per-
mitting stating the topic of zoning
had been adequately discussed.
"Look at the language of the
statutes; look at the language of
the codes," she urged the special
magistrate.
She contended that the defini-
tion of a farm was clearly spelled
out.
"What we have here is a dif-
ference in interpretation of codes
and statutes," she said.
She noted that the interpre-
tation put forth by the person
charged with enforcing the code
is what stands up in court. There-
fore, she favored Mr. Verwey's in-
terpretation.
She said an application needs
to be made for a permit then
someone has to determine if an
exemption applies. She added
that the process is reasonable.
"What is not reasonable is
that anyone would build anything
without applying," she said.
She mentioned the safety fac-
tor since youth groups were using
the facility.
"It is really important to have
permitting on these structures
that are not being used for farm-
ing," she said.
She said that a boarding stable
is permitted on agriculture land
but nothing else.
The Right to Farm Act does not
apply to zoning she asserted.
"The issue clearly is permit-
ting," Ms. Sherlock contended "If
they were permitted, there would
be no problem."
She noted that the activities
the Rickers admitted to were not


Academy
Continued From Page 1

physically and spiritually."
The Rock Solid Academy uses
the A Beka curriculum.
The preschool has both half-
day and full-day programs and is
in the process of becoming ac-
credited through the Association
of Christian Schools International
(ACSI).
ACSI strives to enable and equip
Christian educators and schools
worldwide to effectively educate
children and young people with
the mind of Christ.
ACSI's rigorous accreditation
process is vital to moving schools
toward maturity and increasing ef-
fectiveness. Accreditation is avail-
able for grades preschool through
12th grade.


Rickards
Continued From Page 1

Telehar Corporation, To-MM,
Inc., W&W Lumber, and West
Coast Insulation.
Mr. Creech especially wants to
give a shout out and big thank you
to the City of Okeechobee Build-
ing Department and Independent
Inspections for expediting the per-
mits and inspections so the work


Rules
Continued From Page 1

The ordnance changes the desig-
nation from single family to com-
mercial to accommodate an as-
sisted living facility.
The council also approved
closing the alley on South Parrott


allowed under county code.
"What we have here. is a fail-
ure to prove violations," asserted
Mr. Hibbert.
He contended there was there
was no evidence anything illegal
happened after the rescinding of
the special exception and that
there was no evidence of the sale
of feed.
"The real issue is if the Right to
Farm Act applies," said Mr. Cook.
He contended that the Right to
Farm Act does not apply to deed
restrictions.
He contended the Rickers felt
like they could do whatever they
wanted under the Right to Farm
Act.
After hearing all speakers, Ms.
Nichols made her ruling. She not-
ed that in this case a large tract of
ranch land was platted into resi-
dential single family lots which
had defined restrictions.
She said commercial sale of
feed and horse auction went
beyond passive activity of horse
boarding.
"My opinion is that these struc-
tures should have been brought
to the attention of the county
because of the public use of the
structures," she said.
She said the platting of the
property and the deed restrictions
limited the use of the land.
The Rickers were given until'
April 10 to clear up the violations
or face a fine of up to $250 a day.
Mr. Hibbert indicated he would
appeal the ruling.
Turning to other matters, the
special magistrate heard three
other cases which were settled in
a routine manner.
Maryann Deshields had been
cited by code enforcement offi-
cer Beth Albert for construction
without a permit on S.E. 128th
Avenue. If a permit has not been
obtained by April 10, a fine of up
to $250 a day could be imposed.
Code enforcement officer
Gina Gehring stated that Hector
and Frances Valdes have a con-
demned structure on their S.E.
13th Avenue property. The spe-
cial magistrate ruled that by April
10 they must obtain a permit, de-
molish the structure and remove
all debris or they could be fined
up to $250 a day.
Last month Louis and Delores
Johnson were instructed to ob-
tain a building permit for a boat
dock and front porch overhang
being constructed on their U. S.
441 S.E. property. Code enforce-
ment officer Gehring stated that
a permit had been applied for
and requested more time for the
Johnsons. The special magistrate
agreed to table the case until the
April meeting.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newqzap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


ACSI accreditation is nationally
recognized by the National Coun-
cil for Private School Accredita-
tion, by numerous states, and by
most regional accrediting bodies.
The program has been work-
ing on the accreditation of their
preschool program and should
receive it before the fall.
The academy is non-profit and
self-supported through tuition and
enrollment fees.
Rock Solid Christian Academy
also has an after-school program
and a summer camp to serve the
community.
For more information about
the academy contact Joy Yates at
(863) 763-1847; or, stop by the
school at 401 S.W Fourth St.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


could begin.
Daniel is making very good
progress in his rehab and it's an
ambitious goal to have his room
completed by the time he's ready
to be discharged.
Daniel, 20, was left paralyzed
from the chest down following an
accident on Jan. 27 when he was
thrown from a vehicle in which he
was a passenger.
For a complete list of items still
needed, contact Creech Construc-
tion at (863) 763-9225.


Avenue behind Affordable Auto.
In addition, the council ap-
proved the first reading and sched-
uled a final public hearing date of
April 1 for a proposed ordinance
regarding standards of construct-
ing private driveways.
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Summer Activity guide submissions wanted
Submissions for the 2008 Summer Activity Guide are current-
ly being requested by Sharon Vinson at the Okeechobee County
School Board Office. This guide is a comprehensive list of activities
for children during the summer months in Okeechobee. To have
your event included, just complete the submission form to include
information in the guide, at no charge. The mission of the guide
is to keep our children safe, secure and active during the summer
months. Deadline for submissions is March 28. For more informa-
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Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
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the Department of Corrections
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warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation possession of
cocaine. He is being held without
bond.
Glenn Brian Adams, 34, N.E.
207th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 18 by Officer Charles
Green on an out-of-county fugitive
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to okeenews@newszap.com or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
JOB HUNTING: Before screaming discrimination, you should
consider looking inward. Competition in the labor market gives you a
huge incentive to improve yourself. Even things like your personal at-
titude and social skills are factors. The competition's tough out there.
Everyone needs to survive. We all make a living by pleasing those
who are willing and able to provide us with what we need.
ECONOMY: The current economic conditions are getting bad. A
lot of people in Okeechobee have lost their jobs recently because em-
ployers just can't afford to keep them. Anyone looking for a job is go-
ing to have to work a little harder because all of the sudden there are
a lot more people competing for the same jobs.
ADMINISTRATOR: Congratulations to the county commission for
hiring a new county administrator. From what I read about him in the
paper, he sounds very qualified. Now do him a favor and back off and
let the man do-his job. Let him hire the most qualified applicants for
any open positions, period. This county has suffered too much from
the "who you know" and "who you are related to" hiring in the past.
OBAMA'S MINISTER: If you are interested in reading the truth
about Obama's church, look it up: Trinity United Church of Christ
of Chicago. Read about the Black Value System accessible from the
home page of the church's website. How can a religious man say he
is an active church member when he wasn't "there" when his pastor
made very derogatory remarks on many occasions? You can't get me
to believe for one moment that Obama wasn't aware of the remarks
after 9/11. So he's had since 2001 to find a new church! Look and see
for yourself-- pretty scary that he is on the fast track to the presidency.
I'm really gonna have to think about McCain, which scares me too!
RELIGION: A man's personal faith is what drives his actions. So I
am concerned about what the minister of Mr. Obama's former church
preaches. Mr. Obama says he does not agree with that preacher now,
but it certainly is something to think about. Still, I wouldn't vote for
Mrs. Clinton as I don't trust her at all. I wish we had some better can-
didates in this election.
HEALTH CARE: The mixed system of medical insurance is defi-
nitely terrible. The US spends a crazy amount on medical costs. Gov-
ernment controlled medical care like in Canada gives the government
monopoly power over medical care which is an improvement from
ours. On the other hand, a laissez faire medical system would also
be more efficient than the current system because each person would
seek to reduce his 6r her own individual costs of medical care. In my
opinion, Medicare and Medicaid should be phased out and eventu-
ally gone. Everyone should have security provided by government
insurance for extreme emergencies. However, each individual should
be responsible for his or her own minor medical needs. This would
give the individual the incentive to avoid minor medical problems but
would protect everyone for the inevitable major medical needs.
UNEMPLOYMENT: You can thank the minimum wage to some
extent for the unemployment problem in Okeechobee. Some firms
would be able to hire additional workers if they didn't have to pay the
minimum wage. Sure, the employed minimum wage workers have
a higher standard of living than they would.at a wage lower than the
minimum. However, some workers are permanently unemployed be-
cause they can't produce at a level that generates a profit for the.firm
paying minimum wage. If you want to combat unemployment to an
extent, lobby against the minimum wage. The purpose of the mini-
mum wage is to increase the standard of living of some workers while.
:not significantly reducing aggregate employment. That insignificant
reduction in aggregate employment becomes your problem if your
marginal revenue product is at a level below the minimum wage.
LIVESTOCK SHOW: I would like to thank all of the community
members who came out to support the annual 4-H and FFA Livestock
Show. The kids work hard raising their animals all-year. We really ap-
preciate everyone who buys an animal or provides add-on money to
help the kids make a little better price for their projects.
PARKING: People who drive these big, oversize trucks should not
try to park in the parking spots that are sized for small cars. If you
are going to drive a bigger than. normal vehicle, then finding a park-
ing place is going to be more difficult. But that is your problem. You
decided to buy a vehicle that does not fit into a normal size parking
place.
SPEED LIMITS: Like many Okeechobee residents, I drive the
"back roads" during the winter season to avoid all the traffic. Lately
I have noticed a real problem with some people on these residential
roads driving well over the speed limits. If you are going to use the
residential streets, you have to obey the posted speed limits. These are
not highways. There are families with children living on these streets.
They might be riding bikes or skateboards or just playing and not pay-
ing attention. That is why the speed limits are set at 30 mph. I want to
thank the sheriff for sending deputies to patrol some of these streets.
I am afraid that some people will only obey the law if they think they
could get caught.
MCCAIN: The more I see this war going on between Clinton and
Obama, the more I think John McCain is the best candidate for the
coming presidential election. If the Democrats want to unite their
party, they need to quit fighting among themselves.



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Community Calendar

Thursday, March 20
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of thd
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with
cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross office at
323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call Janet
Topp at (863) 824-2899.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will
meet for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the
Basinger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863)
763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis and
the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863)
357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at (863)
763-4920, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for wom-
en who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group ev-
ery Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member
is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
"opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
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Community Events
Hams for Easter on sale
Okeechobee Main Street is offering Honey Baked Hams for sale
for Easter. Spiral hams, mini hams, whole turkeys, turkey breasts, side
dishes and desserts are available. Order now for pickup on Friday,
March 21 at Syble's Flowers and Gifts, 119 S. Parrott Avenue. For
more information, call (863) 357-MAIN or (863) 763-2225.

Butterfly gardening workshop and plant sale
On March 19, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Florida Atlantic University's
Center for Enviromental Studies (CES) at the Riverwoods Field Lab
in Lorida will conduct a native Butterfly Gardening Workshop. The
workshop fee is $10 payable in cash or check to FAU Foundation. Res-
ervations are required, so to get a sign up form or for more informa-
tion call (863) 763-6469. The workshop will introduce you to our local
plants and the native butterflies that they will attract to your garden.
You will have the opportunity to purchase native butterfly plants pro-
vided by Hickory Hill Nursery in Sebring.

AARP Driver Safety program
The AARP Driver Safety program's next class will be held on Tues-
day, March 25 and Wednesday, March 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
each day. Classes will be held at the American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. The fee is $10 per person, (check or money order,
no cash payments.) For information call Nell Bostwick (instructor) at
(863) 763-4134.

Eagles plan Easter Party
The F.O.E. #4137 will hold their annual Easter Party on March 22,
2008 starting at 2 p.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt and every child
will receive a filled basket. All children who. take part in this must be
signed up in advance. Sign up sheets will be posted at the Eagles Club,
9983 US Hwy 441 N. Ages may range from 0-16 and each child.must
register in person. For more information please contact the Eagles
Club at 763-2552.

Car wash, yard sale, bake sale set
Real Life Children's Ranch will have a car wash, yard sale and bake
sale to raise money for the American Red Cross as part of their Hero's
Campaign. The event will take place on Saturday, March 22, from 9
a.m. to,2 p.m. Stop by and support the American Red Cross by hav-
ing your car washed while you shop,in the yard sale barn, and don't
forget to pick up a sweet treat from the bake sale. Real Life Children's
Ranch is located at 7777 Hwy. 441 S.E. .For more information, please
call (863) 7634242.

Benefit for 'Non-Alcohol Grad Nite'
Peace Lutheran Church Thrivent Members will be hosting a Easter
Breakfast on Sunday, March 23 at 8 a.m. (following Sunrise Service)
in the Fellowship Hall 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. Donation $5 Adult $2 chil-
dren under 12. All proceeds will benefit the "Non-Alcohol Grad Nite."
For more information please call Debbie at 610-1738 or the church
office 763-5042.

Calling all gardeners
At this months meeting Angela Sachson will explain the new Flor-
ida fertilizer lable and the best practices for feeding your plants. The
meeting will be held at the Okeechobee Extension Office, 458 Hwy
98. on Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. For information please call (863)
763-6469.

Celebrity servers help Red Cross
Golden Corral Restaurant will host a Celebrity Server night Monday,
March 24, from 5 until 8 p.m. The proceeds will go to supporting your
local Okeechobee Red Cross and their "Heroes Campaign." Servers to
include Billy Dean with WOKC, city council members, county com-
missioners, county fire Chief Nick Hopkins, city administrator Brian
Whitehall as well as city and county law enforcement. Please come
out and show your support, as all monies raised remains in Okeecho-
bee. Tickets are available in advance for $10 at the local Red Cross
office or by contacting Marnie Lauter at (863) 697-1970 or Donna Huth
at (863) 610-0085.

Okeechobee Orchid Club to meet
On Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. the Okeechobee Orchid Club will
meet at the extension office, 458 Highway 98 N. The guest speaker
will be Marilyn Marr, President of the Martin County Orchid Society.
Vice-president Peggy Shaw will help members diagnose problem or-
chids. An orchid basket will be auctioned as a fund-raiser. The public
is invited to attend. For more, information please call (863) 763-6469.

School advisory council meets
The Seminole Elementary School Advisory Council will meet on
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 4:00 P.M. in the conference room in
the main office. The public is invited to attend
La escuela Seminole Elementary van a tener su junta del Consejo
Consultivo para la escuela, el Miercoles 26 de Marzo del 2008 a las
4:00 p.m., se reuniran en el cuarto de conferencias de la oficina. Todo
el publfco estan invitados de asistir.


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Achieving Excellence at Everglades
Elementary
Students are achieving excellence everyday at Everglades Elementary School. Students
of the Week for the week of March, 17-21 are: Pre-K: Cynthia Serrano; Kindergarten:
Maxwell Abreu, Eliel Esquivel, Desiree Daniel, Searina Boatright, Alexandria Boon;
First grade: Caleb Goodbread, Daniel Meza, Enrique Velazquez, Fernando Bucio, Bran-
don Smith; Second grade: Nathaniel Evans, Alex Campos, Stuart Vandergriff, Victoria
Vaughn, Daysha Vaughn, James Grandmaison, Antonino Garcia; Third grade: Mariah
Whaley, Cassandra Adams, Kasey Durand, Machaela Eakes, Ramon Alvarez, Sergio
Pineda; Fourth grade: Eliborio Bucio, Brian Chapman, Alexis Lightsey, Nicholas Steen;
Fifth grade: Melissa Elias, Emilse Serrano, Willie Jervier, Julia Weldon, Jessica Maya,
Omar Cardoso. Congratulations to our many outstanding students!

Obituaries


Terry A. Whidden
Terry A. Whidden, age 48, of
Lakeport, passed away March 17,
2008 in Ft. Myers.
She was born Nov. 4, 1959 in
Okeechobee.
Survivors include two daugh-
ters, Heather Donbos (Dan) of
Michigan, Aimee Clay (Josh) of
Okeechobee; parents, Roy L.
Whidden and Catherine (Wal-
dron) Whidden of Lakeport; one
sister, Ida Green (Mark) of Ft. My-
ers; granddaughter, Aubrey Clay
of Okeechobee; Aunts, Mary Etta
Strickland of Lakeport and Lynell
Tiger (Amos) of Brighton Reser-
vation.
Funeral services will be held


Friday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at Or-
tona Cemetery, with Randy John-
son officiating.
All arrangements were under
the direction of Akin-Davis Funer-
al Home, LaBelle.

Walter Carl
Treiber, Jr.
Walter Carl Treiber, Jr., age
89 of Okeechobee, died Friday,
March 14, 2008, in the Hamrick
Home Hospice. Born, Nov. 14,
1918, in Syracuse, N.Y., he had
been a resident of Okeechobee
and enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife;
Eleanor Treiber of Okeechobee;


son, Walter (Bonnie) Treiber of
Lisle, N.Y; daughters, Beverly M.
Legg of Okeechobee and Marilyn
J. Cassin of Stuart; sister, Nellie
Barbara Morgan of West Palm
Beach, six grandchildren, three
great-grandchildren and three
great-great-grandchildren
There are no public services
planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to the
Treiber Family, 1656 S.W 35th Cir-
cle, Okeechobee, 34974, to assist
the family with funeral expenses.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


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excellence in education panel


TALLAHASSEE Education
Commissioner Eric J. Smith con-
gratulated State Board of Educa-
tion member Phoebe Raulerson
for her appointment to a national
panel to promote excellence in
career technical education. The
National Association of School
Boards of Education (NASBE)
selected Raulerson to serve as
part of a 26-member task force
charged with finding innovative
ways to integrate career and tech-
nical education opportunities into
the nation's high schools.
"My congratulations go to Mrs.
Raulerson for being recognized at
the national level for her expertise
in career and technical educa-
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"Her many years of experience as
an educator and superintendent
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for state boards of education such
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to high school reform efforts.
A comprehensive report will
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Education News in Brief


Soil and Water district
has contest
The Annual Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District
Speaking Contest will be held at
3 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at the
Okeechobee USDA Service Center
at 452 Hwy 98 North, Okeecho-
bee. The contest is open to any
Okeechobee County student en-
rolled in Grades 6 through 12.
The topic is "What is the Future
of Florida's Renewable Energies?"
Speeches will be 6 to 8 minutes
long. Three independent judges
will score contestants on content,
composition and delivery. Prizes
for the District Contest are $150 for
First Place, $100 for Second Place
and $50 for Third Place. There will
be a participation prize of $15 to
all contestants.
Any student interested in par-
ticipating may contact Audrey Dri-
ggers at the Okeechobee Soil and
Water Conservation District at 763-
3619 or stop by the USDA Service
Center for complete contest rules.


Pre-K registration
begins in March
The Okeechobee


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School Board will begin regis-
tration for the 2008-09 School
Readiness/VPK Pre-kindergarten
program in March. The Pre-K pro-
gram, is located at New Endeavor
High School. To be eligible to
participate in the Pre-K program,
children must turn 4 on or before
Sept. 1, 2008. For information re-
garding the Pre-K program or to
place your name on a contact list,
please call Donna Kersey at (863)
462-5363 or Rhonda Morton at
(863) 462-5000, ext. 235.


Parenting classes
are offered
Free parenting classes are held
every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at New Endeavor High School.
Classes include topics about chil-
dren from birth to teens. For infor-
mation or to have an interpreter
available call Lori Jaquith at (863)
697-6320 or (863) 462-5000, ext.
282.


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Service Club News in Brief


American Legion Post
#64
The American Legion Post
#64 is located at 501 S.E. Second
St. The Post phone number is
(863) 763-2950. American Legion
Post #64 is open Monday to
Saturday from 1-1 a.m. until 8 p.m.
and Sunday from 1 until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open and serving
a regular menu. The hours of
operation are: Monday through
Friday from 11 am until 3 p.m.
*Wednesdays: Tacos and
Margaritas served from 11 a.m. to
6 p.m.;
*Fridays: Karaoke with B & P
Productions (Bobby and Penny)
starting 6 p.m.
'Saturdays from 5 until 8 p.m.
50s and 60s Sock Hop Oldies
Dance.
*Sundays: sports on big screen
TV Quarter-pound hot dogs, pizza
and 50 cent draft beer will be
offered.
*Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
*The Sons of the American
Legion steak dinner will be held
on the third Sunday of each
month from 3 until 6 p.m. The
dinner will include steak, baked
potato, salad, dessert, coffee and
tea.
'. Friday night dinners have
resumed. Dinners will be served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
'It is time to pay your dues for
the Legion and Auxiliary.
Am-Vets #2001
*Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W,
at 10 a.m. Applications for new
members are available. Call Lou
Eder at (863) 357-0467 or Jerry
Lee Shields at (863) 467-8779 or
(863) 467-2882.
*Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For information
on events, call (863) 763-2552.
*Every Tuesday bingo at 1


p.m. Food will be available for a
donation.
*Wednesdays: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until ? Food will be
available.
*Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
*First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
p.m.
*Fridays: steak night (16-
oz.) starting at 5 p.m. for a $12
donation. Music will be by Jimmy
Harper.
*Saturdays and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
*First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Jose Verano
(863) 634-2071.
*The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second
and fourth Monday of each
month starting at 7:30 p.m.
*Saturday, March 15 from
4 until 7 p.m. there will
be an Annual Hog Roast.
Tickets are $7. Open to the
public. Proceeds benefit the
Scholarship fund.
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday
of each month. For upcoming
activities, contact Mary Ann Holt
at (863) 634-8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
763-2250.
*Sundays: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to choose from.
*Sundays: Karaoke with open
mike at 7 p.m.
*Wednesdays: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
*Thursdays: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for the menu.


*Thursdays: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
*Thursdays: Music for dancing
at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who is
playing.
*Fridays: dinner served from 5
until 7:30 p.m. Music for dancing
at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who is
playing.
*Saturdays: dinner starting at
6 p.m.
*Saturdays: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
-Feb. 23, Open House/
Membership Drive, at 2 p.m. with
a rib barbecue, jail and bail, cake
auction, Moose races, K-9 dog
demonstrations, with karaoke
by Nellie at 7 p.m. Everyone is
welcome. Bring your friends.
*Feb. 26, Moose enrollment
at 7 p.m. Prospective members
should attend this meeting.
Moose Family,
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.Wo
36th St. in Okeechobee. Please
call the Lodge at (863) 763-4954
for further information, sudden
changes and menus. Guests are
invited to enjoy the activities and
consider membership.
*Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
*Horseshoe practice every
Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday
Evening.
*Every Monday, Pool
tournaments sign up, 7 p.m.
Food is served.
*Women's meeting second
and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
*Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
*Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
*Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
*Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
*Dinner and music almost
every Saturday night.
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1"137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post


opens at noon Monday through
Sunday.
*Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
*Mondays: .50-cent hot dogs
*Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
*Wednesdays: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
*Fridays: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food
will be available. Karabke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m.
*Fridays: hot food by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
*Saturdays: bar bingg at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Karaoke
will be from 6 until 10 p.m. Food
will be available.
*Sundays: dinner will be
available from 2 until 4 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke from
6 until 10 p.m.
*Every third Sunday there
will be a post meeting and ladies
auxiliary meeting at 11 a.m.
*The post membership drive is
under way, and the post is striving
for 100 percent. For information,
contact the quartermaster at
(863) 763-0818.
*Big screen TV for all events.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
*Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner and Men's Auxiliary, or
AmVets. Music will be available.
*Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be
available.
*Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
*Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact
Commander Henry Zaskowski at
(863) 467-2882.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.


The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
*The VFW will be open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
*Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
*Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6
p.m.
*Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary
Dinner 5:30 p.m. ($6)
*Wednesday: bar bingo
will start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is
available, courtesy of the Ladies
Auxiliary.
*Thursday:, short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
*Friday: fish fry, chicken
"fingers or shrimp from 5 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
*Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
*Sundays: sports on big screen
TV.
The Ladies Auxiliary is looking
for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are
forwarding packages of needed
items to our active service
personnel. For more information
or if you would like to donate
items please contact us, Cheryl
Benoit at (863) 697-2930.
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are held the first Sunday
of every month at noon. Men's
Auxiliary meetings are the second
Wednesday of every month at
6:30 p.m.
*Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
Shrine Club
*The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at
(863) 634-2682. -
*Sundays: Every second
Sunday of the month there will be
a Bike Sunday from noon until 7
p.m. There will be food, jukebox,
big screen T.V. and an Oasis
Lounge. For more information,
call the club at (863) 763-3378.


Cypress Hut
Post #4509
*The Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles post #4509 lo-
cated at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing www.foe4509.com, or calling
(863) 467-1154.
*Food is served several eve-
nings a week.
*Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at
7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
*Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.


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Real Estate ......
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Recreation ......
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read your ad carefully the first
day it appears. In case of an
inadvertent error, please noti-
fy us prior to the deadline list-
ed. We will not be responsible
for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
assumes responsibility for any
claims against Independent
Newspapers. All advertising
is subject to publisher's
approval. The .publisher
reserves the right to accept or
reject any or all copy, and to
insert above the copy the word
"advertisement". All ads
accepted are subject to credit
approval. All ads must conform
to Independent Newspapers'
style and are restricted to
their proper classifications.
Some classified categories
require advance payment.
These classifications are
denoted with an asterisk *,
Independent Newspapers will
never knowingly accept any
advertisement that is illegal or
considered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable value,
such as promises of guaran-
teed income from work-at-
home programs or other offers
to send money in advance for -
a product or service we
advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Busitiess
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers IbO



HUFFY Blue, Vic. Aqua Isles
Park. Approx early March. If
found please cal
(863)675-5702
WHITE LAB Male, scar be-
hind shoulder, bilk collar, vic
of KFC or 3rd St. If found,
call (863)634-7504






Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment .
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




BILINGUAL
(English-Spanish)
Insurance Customer Service
Representative needed;
License a plus,
Experience a plus
Please fax resume to:
(863)763-1510
-CSR/AGENT-
Bruce Homer/
Nationwide Insurance
Looking for Experienced
Licensed CSR/AGENT
Fill or Part Time considered
Appled/AMS Systems exp.
a plus. 3r, r l I a Plus.
Fax resume to:
863-763-6010 or drop
off at 900 S. Parrott Ave.
ALL INQUIRIES CONFIDENTIAL
WELDERS/FABRICATORS
NEEDED: Aluminum & Steel.
Drivers License a MUST!
Benefits Available.
Apply in person.
Adron Fence Co.
2762 NW 4th St.
Mon- Fri, 7:30am to 3:30pm



BARTENDER, Part Time, VFW
9528, 2002 West Highway
78, Okeechobee. Call
(863)467-2882
DRIVER NEEDED
F/T Class A CDL required.
Local run. Good pay.
Call (863)467-2982 9a-3p


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Employmen
Fulime I


Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


Financial |



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders '310'
Tax Preparation 315





NOTICE
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
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true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze


Services




Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415,
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



JUST CALL MIKE!
Excellent local
references. 40 years
exp in Residential
construction.
We do it all!!
(863)532-9224 .
? NEED HELP ?
CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775

Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er in the classifleds

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classifelds.


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques' 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware. Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580,
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620'
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment. 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing'Supplies 680
Pools K Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods. 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725,
Toys & Games 730.
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740





EPSON RIBBON CARTRIDGES
(6) 8750 $6.00 ea.
1)7768 $12.00, (1)8766
$33.00, (1)S015086
$26.00, No phone calls
please. If interested e-mail to
okeeadmin@newszap.com
TOSHIBA COPIER TONER (6)
for BD2060/2860/2870, 300
grams. $35.00 ea, No phone
calls please. If interested e-
mail to okeeadmin@news-
zap.com


CIGARETTE URNS Terra
Cotta color, $40 each. No
phone calls. If interested
email to okeeadmin@news-
zap.com,


MCCAWS Hand fed &
weaned, 4-6 mos old, very
sweet, 4 colors. $750 & up
(863)824-0003 after 6pm
ROTTWEILER PUPS 4 mos
old, 4 left, purebred, all shots
& wormed. $250 each
(863)824-0003 after 6pm
Shop here first!
The classified ads


Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed 'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce .820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




TRACTOR 2004 Branson
3820 w/ 20" turf tires, fron-
tend loader, 6' wood brush-
cutter, 6' boxblade & canopy.
205 hrs. $18,000 for all
(863)467-0222


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land .- Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
dep. (863)467-2302
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313



KINGS BAY- 2br,1ba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking ,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or e-mail:
postmac@bellsouth.net
KINGS BAY, 2br/2ba, $750
mo. BASSWOOD, 2 br, 1 ba
$700/mo. (863)763-7301 or
(863)532-8042 k






Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
Payments
From $895
per month



AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, bring pets, large yards.
(561)723-2226
BASSWOOD -- et-sOK! 3BR;
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $825
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
www.lexbuyshouses.com
Call Lex (561)715-1768
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3443 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822'


BUCKHEAD 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
$950/mo neg.
(863)763-0445
Dixie Ranch Acres 3BR72BA
on 1 acre, nice neighbor-
hood, 1st, last & sec.
(863)634-0697
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
IN TOWN: 3br/2ba, New A/C,
2300 + sq. ft., Porcelain
Tile, W/D hook up, Lanai &
screen porch, gar, lawn serve,
non-smok env, $1000 mo.
+ $800 sec. (941)504-3954
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053
OKEECHOBEE- 4BR, 2BA,
$1100/mo + sec. 615 Hwy
78, (561)718-9784 Larry
OKEECHOEE CBS, 4br, 2ba
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo. Acres. $1200 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967



PROFESSIONAL OFFICE
SPACE available, w/in new
comm building, all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545
STOREFRONT OFFICE SPACE
FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
near Courthouse, $675 mo.
incl. cam. (863)467-0831


RealEstate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/ '
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State '
Property Sale 1055
Property lnspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$75k/acre (863)801-3133


WATERFRONT RV LOTS In
Blue Cypress, golf, club-
house, pool. (239)945-7666
or (239)822-9696



LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135
www lakeshoreresortrentals.com


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes -Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $900/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494


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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, April 1,k2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall,
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1015: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING ORDINANCE NO.
360, AS AMENDED, WHICH ESTABLISHED STANDARDS OF CONSTRUCTION FOR
PRIVATE DRIVEWAYS UPON OR ACROSS PUBLIC PROPERTY; PROVIDING FOR
AN INCREASE IN THE PERMIT FEE; PROVIDING FOR AN AMENDMENT IN THE
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS AND SEVERABILITY;
PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fi, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) .., .,,
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice T.i.... ,l
TDO 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Lane Gamiolea, CMC, CITY CLERK
266148 ON 3/20/08

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners has cancelled its March
27th., 2008 regular session. The next regular session will convene on Thursday,
April 10th, 2008 at 9:00AM in County Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testi-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Shain or Betsy Sheffield, no later than two (2)
working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext 2111. If you are hearing
or voice impaired, call TOD.1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Clif Belts Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
266131ON 3/20/08


BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
NEWLY REMODELED 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $900/mo. 1 yr. lease
& Tmo. sec. 863-467-5616.
ON RIM CANAL in Okeecho-
bee Small, 1 Bdrm., $450
mo. (includes utils). + $300
sec. dep. (863)697-0214
RIVER ACRES, 2BR/1.5BA,
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$650/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616
TAYLOR CREEK: 2 BR,2 BA
Annually, available
immediately. $750/ m6nth
(239)707-8327
TREASURE ISLAND 2/1, On
canal. Newly remodeled.
$750 dep. $175 wk. Call
Missy @ (863)634-8674,



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
LARKEE LAKES Older Single
wide on 2 lots at end of cul-
de-sac, 2br, lba. $65,000
neg (863)467-2156
OKEE Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ba, nice corner lot,
older m.h. $65,000 neg
(863)467-2156


Recreation



Boats' 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis `3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATV; 3035



AIR BOAT Lycoming,
175-180 hp. Decked over.
Runs dry. Includes trailer w/
new tires & rims. $8500 or
best offer. (863)467-7197
BASS TRACKER 17' TX,
40hp Mercury, 2 fishfinders,
troll.mtr., new batteries, cov-
er, $4500. (609)577-4153


CARL'S RV STORAGE
455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
accepted.
(863)634-8617 or
(863)763-0295
TERRY '93 29 ft., Roof air,
Sleeps 6 w/walk around qn
size bed. Elec jack. Like new.
$2950 (863)214- 9747


HUNTING BUGGY 251 Mo-
tor, 2 trans, all new parts,
new paint, toolbox, water
keg for fresh water, newer
tires. $5700 neg
(863)673-5020
KAWASAKI PRAIRIE 360 -
'05, 4X4, Very good condi-
tion. $3100 or best offer.
(863)634-4438


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



FORD F-350 1999 4X4, 4
door dually, 7.3 pwr. stroke.
Runs good. Looks good.
Must sell. $12,000 or best
offer. (863)467-7197
GMC SONOMA SL 1999 V6,
A/C, Auto., 3 Door, Club
Cab. 102 K mis. 1 Owner.
$4499 (954)260-1933 Okee


DODGE CARAVAN '96, pas-
senger van. $950 or best of-..
fer. (305)370-5647
FORD ECONOLINE 150 VAN -
'92, $950 or best offer.
(305)370-5647


Public Notices

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Public Notice 5005
State Public .
Legal Notice 5500



LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 on APRIL 4, 2008, at
9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute
713.78 for unpaid towing and storage
charges, Year, make, model and VIN
are as follows.
1996 GMC Yukon
VIN#WGKEK13R6TJ756032
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted Seller reserves the
right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE!
Said automobesiles wil be sold in "As Is"
condition with no guarantee's.
266146 ON 03/20/08


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SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373. Florida Statutes, the following
applications) for permit have been received for projects) in Okeechobee County:
Larson Dairy Inc (Larson Dairy East End), PO Box 1242, Okeechobee, FL 34973,
has submitted Application (80211-18 for renewal of Water Use Permit
47-00162-W to irrigate 554.6 acres of agricultural lands and livestock. The water
will be withdrawn from the Surficial Aquifer and the project is located in Sections
4-8,17,18, Township 37 South, Range 36 East.
Fernando Vergara (Coco Sod Farms), 113 NW 11th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL
34972, has submitted Application 080221-7 for a Water Use Permit to irrigate
993 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Roridan Aq-
uifer and the project is located in Sections 28, 29, 31, 33, Township 37 South,
Range 33 East.
Dairy HW Rucks & Sons (HW Rucks and Sons Dairy), PO Box 95, Okeechobee, FL
34973, has submitted Application 080221-9 for a Water Use Permit for livestock
on 500 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Surficial
Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 20, 29, 32, 33 34, Township 35
South, Range 35 Eqst.
Milking R Dairy, 5810 Hwy 98 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972, has submitted Appli-
cation 080222-5 for a Water Use Permit for livestock on 275 acres of agricultural
lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Surficial Aquifer and the project.is lo-
cated in Sections 24, 25, 36, Township 36 South, Range 34 East.
John E Entry.ltl (Rocking JE Ranch), PO Box 861, Okeechobee, FL 33973, has sub-
mitted Application 080225-16 for renewal of Water Use Permit.47-00034-W to ir-
rigate 441 acres of agricultural lands and livestock. The water will be withdrawn
from the Surficial Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 2, 3, Township 35
South, Range 34 East.
Anchor Groves LLC (Anchor Groves), 17 Harbor Drive, Lake Worth, FL 33460, has
submitted Application 080227-20 for renewal of Water Use Permit 47-00013-W
to irrigate 80 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the
Floridan Aquifer and the project is located in Section 6, Township 35 South,
Range 34 East.
Ted Tilton (Titfon Farms), 17350 Northwest 203 Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972,
has submitted Application 080227-33 for renewal of Water Use Permit
47-00538-W to imgate 598 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be with-
drawn from the Floridan Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 19-21,
Township 35 South, Range 33 East.
Evans Properties Inc. (Bassett Grove), 660 Beachland Blvd Suite 301, Vero Beach,
FL 32962, has submitted Application 080227-7 for renewal of Water Use Permit
47-00038-W to Irrigate 660.19 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be with-
drawn from the Floridan and Suricial Aquifers, and an onsite lake and the project
is located in Sections 1,25,26,35,36, Townships 35,36 South, Range 34 East.
Joseph S Hall (Eagle Island Farm), Route 4 Box 475, Donaldsonville, GA 31745, has
submitted Application 080228-14 for renewal of Water Use Permit 47-00043-W
to irrigate 1408.31 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from
the Floridan and Surficial Aquifers and the project is located in Sections 26, 27,
34, 35, Township 34 South, Range 34 East.
D Cross Ranch Inc. (D Cross Ranch), 16525 US Hwy 98 North; Okeechobee, FL
34972, has submitted Application 080228-17 for renewal of Water Use Permit
47-00029-W to irrigate 900 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be with-
drawn from the Floridan and Surficial Aquifers and the project is located in Sec-
tions 2, 9,10,14,15, 16, 22, 23, Township 35 South, Range 33 East.
Four K Ranch Inc. (Four K Ranch), 16205 US Hwy 98 North, Okeechobee. FL
34972, has submitted Application 080228-18 for renewal of Water Use Permit
47-00551-W to irrigate 604 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be with-
drawn from the Floridan and Surficial Aquifers and the project is located in Sec-
tions 13,17,18, Township 35 South, Ranges 32,33 East.
One Nine Cattle Company Inc. (One Nine Cattle Company), 16525 US Hwy 98
North, Okeechobee, FL 34972, has submitted Application 80228-20 for renewal
of Water Use Permit 47-00032-W to irrigate 900 acres of agricultural lands and
livestock. The water will be withdrawn from the Floridan Aquifer and the project is
located in Sections 4-8, Township 35 South, Range 33 East
Bass Ranch Inc. (Bass Ranch Sections 3 and 4), 16525 US Hwy 98 North, Okee-
chobee, FL 34972, has submitted Application 080228-21 for renewal of Water
Use Permit 47-00028-W for livestock on 750 acres of agricultural lands. The wa-
ter will be withdrawn from the Floridan Aquifer and the project is located in Sec-
tions 3, 4, Township 35 South, Range 33 East.
Bass Ranch Inc. (Bass Ranch Section 6 and Bass Grove), 16525'US Hwy 98 North,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, has submitted Application 080228-24 for renewal of Wa-
ter Use Permit 47-00033-W to iRigate 333.25 acres of agricultural lands and live-
stock. The water will be withdrawn from the Flodan and Surficial Aquifers and
the project is located in Section 6, Township 35 South, Range 34 East
Christine Hooker (Hooker Farm), 600 S Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, has
submitted Application 080228-29 for renewal of Water Use Permit 47-00045-W
to irrigate 160 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the
Floridan Aquifer and the project is located in Section 21, Township 35 South,
Range 32 East
Christine Hooker (C Hooker Farm), 600 S Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974,
has submitted Application 080228-31 for a Water Use Permit for livestock on 320
acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Surficial Aquifer
and the project is located in Section 21, Township 35 South, Range 32 East.
Haynes Williams (Okeechobee Ranch), 208 North Parrott Avenue, Okeehe, Okeechobee, FL
34972, has submitted Application 080228-33 for reewl of War renewal of Water Use Permit
47-00539-W to irrigate 2000 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be with-
drawn from the Floridan Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 5-8, 17,
Township 34 South, Range 34 East.
Hazellief Ranch and Groves LLC (Citrus Grove), 1600 SE 32nd Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34974, has submitted Application 080228-4 for renewal of Water Use
Permit 47-00020-W to irrigate 100 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be
withdrawn from the Taylor Creek Lake and the project is located in Sections 24,
25, Township 37 South, Range 35 East.
Hales Farm Inc. (Hales Farm), 9095 Hwy 70 East, Okeechobee, FL 4972, FL 34972, has sub
minted Application 080228-43 for renewal of Water Use Permit 47-00009-W to ir-
rigate 350 acres of agricultural lands and livestock. The water will be withdrawn
from the Flordan Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 3,4. 9,10, Town-
ship 37 South, Range 36 East.
Gerald Newcomer (Newcomer Ranch), PO Box 758, Okeechobee, FL 34973, has
submitted Application 080228-64 for renewal of Water Use Permit 47-00021-W
for livestock on 800 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from
the Suricial Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 2,4. 7-18, 7-18, Township
37 South, Ranges 34,35 East.
Kissimmee Oaks LLC (Kissimmee Oaks). 12773 W Forest Hill Blvd Suite 1211,
Wellington, FL 33414, has submit ted Application 080228-66 tor renewal of Water
Use Permit 47-00545-W to irrigate 400 acres of agricultural lands. The water will
be withdrawn from the Floodan Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 7
11,12,18, 19, Township 37 South, Ranges 33,34 East.
Katherine Thomas (Prairie Ridge), 16986 NW 176th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL
34972, has submitted Application 080228-71 for a Water Use Permit for livestock
on 330 acres o( agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Surficial
Aquifer and the project is located in Section 4, Township 34 South, Range 33
East.
Zena Thomas (J-5 Ranch Smith), 17190 NW 176th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL
34972, has submitted Application 080228-72 for a Water Use Permit for livestock
on 320 acres of agdcutural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Surficial
Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 1, 12, Township 34 South, Range
33 East.
William Berman (Davie Daiy), 3105 NE 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, has
submitted Application 080228-74 for renewal of Water Use Permit 47-00157-W
for livestock on 317 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from
the Surficial Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 2, 11, 13, 14, 23, 26,
Township 37 South, Range 36 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request
for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the ap-
plication by writing to the South Honda Water Management District, Attn.: Envi-
ronmental Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL
33416-4680. but such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM with-
in 21 days from the date of publication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy of the
staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings.
Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing re-
garding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request therefore after
reviewing the staff report.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
BENEFICIAL FLORIDA, INC.
a Delaware corporation,
Plaintiff
vs. Case No. 2008-CA-0001
CARLTON COMFORT AND PATRICIA
COMFORT; and all unknown parties
claiming by, through, under and
against the above named Defendant
who are unknown to be dead or alive
whether said unknown are persons,
heirs, devisees, grantees, or other clai-
mants; OTTER CREEK ESTATES
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION INC.;
TENANT I/UNKNOWN TENANT; and
TENANT N/UNKNOWN TENANT, in
possession of the subject real property
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO:Caston Comfort
Paticia Comfort
17057 NW. 38th Avenue
Okeechobee. Rorda 34972
Carlton ComfrI
Patricia Comfort
PO. Box 984
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
YOU ARE NOTF1RED that an action for
foreclosure, has been filed against you
regarding the subject property with a
legal description, to-wit
Lot 19, OTTER CREEK ESTATES, UNIT
ONE, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR
PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE'S) 29. PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEEC OBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
and you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, If any, to it on
Gary I. Gassel, Esquire, Plaintiff's attor-.
ney, whose address is 2191 Rining
Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34237,
within thirty (30) days from the first
date of publication.
and file the original with the clerk of this
court either before service on Plaintiff's
atllomey or immediately thereafter, oth-
erwise a default will be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the
Complaint
Dated this 5th day of March, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE COURT
By:/S/Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
264592 CGS 3113,20/2008

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE
DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF
INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
WILL MEET TUESDAY MARCH 25,
2008 IN ROOM B-208 AT 3209 VIR-
GINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORI-
DA 34981-5596.
FINANCE &AUDIT COMMITTEE
MEETING -2:15 RM.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
MEETING 2:30 PM.
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL
THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH
RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
ERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED
A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS,
AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED
TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS
MADE.
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2008 Spring Adult
Softball Leagues
The 2008 Spring Adult Softball
Leagues will be holding an orga-
nizational meeting for all inter-
ested managers, players and offi-
cials. The meeting will be held at
7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26,
at the Okeechobee County Civic
Centerolocated at 1750 Hwy 98N.
Team fees will be; Men's League,
$350 (+ $25 Annual ISA fee),
women's league; $300, and co-ed
league; $300. If you would like to
participate in these leagues, team
fees must be paid no later than 5
p.m. on Friday, April 11. For more
information contact Okeechobee
Parks & Recreation at 763-6950.

Golf tournament
planned
Communities in Schools Po-
lice Athletic League will host their
8th Annual Golf Tournament at
the Okeechobee Golf & Country
on April 12, starting at 8 a.m. with
a shotgun start. The cost for play
is $45 -person or $180 per team.
Awards and prizes will be given to
first place, eighth place, and next
to last place. There will also be a
chicken and ribs barbecue lunch.
For more information call (863)
462-5863.

Flotilla seeks members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee
is seeking new members to be-
come involved in the Auxiliary's
programs. The Auxiliary is a vol-
unteer service organization com-
posed of men and women who
actively support recreational boat-
ing safety and other Coast Guard
missions.
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
and rescue.
For information, call (863)
763-0165.

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at (863)467-2255
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
'Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.


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Okeechobee News
Okeechobee took on the top dog
in their district Monday and came
out on the short end of a 6-1 score
at Lincoln Park Academy.
The boys didn't win any of the
singles matches as they dropped
their third match in eight decisions
this year. The only victory they could
muster was in the number two dou-


bles match.
"Our boys went down swinging,"
Coach Dave Ellis said, "They faced a
tough team."
In the number one singles Bobby
Spelts lost to Will Dixon, 8-0. Corey
White played competitively in the
number two singles match as he
lost to Om Pandya, 8-4. Elj Cabansay
lost to Neel Patel 8-2 and Zach Fowl-
er was routed by Rohan Reddy, 8-0.
Alex Nielson lost the number five


OHS girls upset Lincoln


Park in tennis match


By Charles Murphy
Okeechobee News
Lincoln Park Academy is tradition-
ally one of the better tennis programs
in the area so it was no small accom-
plishment when the Okeechobee
Brahmans tennis team defeated the
Lady Greyhounds, 6-1, on Monday.
"The girls played verywell," Coach
Jay Huffman said, "They adjusted to
the wind very well and did the best
they could."
Lincoln Park had only three play-
ers available and that played a huge
role in the Brahmans upset victory.
In the number one seed match
Kari Berger loss to Nidhi Estel of LPA,
8-2. After that, it was all Okeecho-
bee.
Number two seed Jami Fadley de-
feated Emily Harris in a close match


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8-5. Alyssa Wright, who has been un-
der the weather of late, played in the
third seed match and defeated Nahw
Reddy, 8-2. Rina Boswell and Shaina
Ragamat both won their singles
matches by forfeit.
"We were fortunate they didn't
have some players show up," Huff-
man noted, "They are traditionally a
very strong squad."
In the doubles matches, Okeecho-
bee got a victory from Boswell and
Berger over Estel and Reddy, 8-3. The
doubles team of Fadley and Wright
won by forfeit to finish off the vic-
tory.
The girls host Soith Fork on Thurs-
day and St. Lucie West Centennial on
Friday. Both matches begin at 4 p.m.
at the Okeechobee sports complex.


O.G. & C.C.
Weekly Results

RI.G.S. League
Mar. 14: First place-J.C Arm-
strong. Second place-Max Sherry.
Last place-Bob Bain. Closest to
the pin-(2) Gino, (8) Kenny Cur-
ran,.(11) John Nickelson and (17)
George Earl Goudy.

Okeechobee Ladies
Golf Association
Mystery Nine
Mar. 11: First place-Diane
Smet. Second place-Elma Motley.
Chip-ins-(3) Eilene Hammond.


seed match, 8-2.
Coach Ellis said White probably
played the best of all his players.
"Cory had a good match drop-
ping a pro set 8-4. He got revenge in
the doubles match with Zach Fowler
to get the team a point," Ellis noted.
In the doubles matches the team
of Spelts and Cabansay lost to Dixon
and Pandya, 8-1. White and Fowler
defeated the team of Patel and Ja-
rmar Fuller, 8-4.


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"Our boys gave their best, but
we were out gunned in the number
one and number four seeds. It was
a good match which prepared us for
district play," Ellis added.
The boys are home this Thurs-
day and Friday. Thursday the boys
host South Fork at 4 p.m. Friday
the boys take on St. Lucie West
Centennial with match time at
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