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Water restrictions
still in effect
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFW-
MD) 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
effect Jan. 15 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 land-
scape irrigation schedule with
two "watering windows." Odd
street addresses may irrigate
lawns and landscapes on Mon-
days 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, be-
tween 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
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet systems that apply water
directly to plant root zones, is
not restricted but should be
voluntarily reduced
Additional watering days
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 sur-
faces, decorative fountains and
water-based recreation (e.g.
swimming pools, water slides).
Golf courses must reduce
their allocated water use by 45
The new, mandatory restric-
tions apply to all water from tra-
ditional sources, including wa-
ter from public utilities, private
wells, canals, ponds and lakes.
Users of 100-percent reclaimed
water are exempt from the re-
strictions but are encouraged to
conserve water voluntarily.
Because jurisdiction in cer-
tain counties is shared with
other water management dis-
tricts, the SFWMD has coordi-
nated with these agencies to
simplify implementation and

Drought Index

Current: 380
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.25 feet
Last Year: 10.51 feet

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

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Comics .................. ................ 8
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword............... .............. 7
O bituaries.................................. 6
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Spring Break: Fun at the Okeechobee Sports Complex

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Spring Break for many Okeechobee schools began on Friday, March 28. While many try to decide what to do first,
with their time off, this family took advantage of the Wooden Jungle at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. A family
outing to kick off the vacation.

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Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
It's a balancing act trying to get through the mazes of the
Wooden Jungle at the Okeechobee Sports Complex.

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Sisters Alexis Torres, 6, and Desiree Torres, 10, enjoyed
the beginning of their spring break by swimming at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex Saturday, March 29.

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Harli Slone celebrated her sixth birthday Saturday,
March 29 while playing at the Wooden Jungle.

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Desiree Torres, 10, made a splash on Saturday, March
29, while she enjoyed the water at the Okeechobee
Sports Complex pool.

Proud to serve their country

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
More than four years ago
U.S. officials announced plans
to begin reducing the number
of troops in Iraq. Three years
later President Bush made an-
other announcement that he
would send another 21,500
troops to join the war efforts.
With the death toll of Ameri-
can troops topping four thou-
sand this month, a recent poll
showed 61 percent of Ameri-
cans believe our troops should
be brought home.
Despite the torn opinions
of Americans remaining in the
states and those of the "movers
and shakers" making the deci-
sions, one "'olid idea amongst
troops remains the same. "We

go to serve our country. I go to
help make a difference," said
Cody Seder.
A local family has been
able to share the pride of hav-
ing their sons serve under that
united purpose. The Seder
family has called Okeechobee
home for more than 20 years.
With a large family of seven
children they have maintained
a bond to rival any, especially
amongst the brothers. Creating
a relationship of that kind has
helped them carry over their
loyalty and dependability be-
yond the family. It has helped
make the term "band of broth-
,ers" hold true with a new kind
of brothers.
Of the family, second son,
Cody Seder, 25, joined the Unit-

ed States Army in 2003.
"I was living in Montana for
a little while and working on
a ranch. I decided to join the
Army because I wanted to see
the world, serve my country
and didn't want to be working
on a ranch the rest of my life,"
he said.
Seeing the Army as an op-
portunity to help make a dif-
ference in both his life and the
world, he took a step of certain-
ty and enlisted.
Following his basic training,
Cody was stationed in Ft. Bragg,
North Carolina. It was there he
found out he would be making
his first tour in Iraq. In February
of 2004 Cody was sent to Iraq
See Brothers Page 2


top job

may be

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"It ain't over till it's over."
That quote from baseball
great Yogi Berra might apply to
the drawn out process Okeecho-
bee County Commissioners
have been going, through to
hire a county administrator to
replace former administrator
George Long whose contract
was not renewed.
It might be over after a spe-
cial commission meeting on
Monday afternoon, March 31
and then again it might not.
Last December, commis-
sioners rejected the entire
slate of candidates offered by
recruiter Colin Baenziger. Mr.
Baenziger said this was the first
time that had ever happened.
The recruiter went through the
selection process again and
presented the commissioners
with 13 candidates at the end of
February. At a special meeting
on March 17 commissioners
chose Lyndon Bonner, former
interim deputy administrator
for Sumter County and former
city ranaoer of Bunnell.
The otten divided commis-
sion was unanimous in their -
vote. for Mr. Bonner.
"Put that down in the history
book," Commission Chairman
Clif Betts said of the unanimous
However, a contract still has
to be negotiated and signed.
Both sides have traded cor-
respondence concerning the
Mr. Bonner is expected to be
present at a special meeting at
1:30 on Monday afternoon to
negotiate in person. It is possi-
ble the deal might be settled on
the spot or there, could be more
Commissioners determined
when they selected Mr. Bonner
that if a contract could not be
agreed upon, they would offer
the position to the person who
was their second choice -- Andy
Hall, planning director for Hen-
derson, Nevada.
At Monday's meeting com-
missioners are also scheduled
to pick a consulting firm to
provide suggestions for updat-
ing and renovaing Okee Tantie
Campground and Marina. Rep-
resentatives from three consult-
ing firmsmade presentations to
the commission on March 17.
However, commissioners took
no action on the matter at that
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
corn. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at pgawda@newszap.

Cody Seder Jarod Seder
108th Airborne Division 354th MXS Squadron
United States Army Unites States Air Force

Vol. 99 No. 89

2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March<30, 2008

Continued From Page 1

with the First Infantry Division.
"Sure I was scared to go, but
it was something I had to do," he
said. His first tour lasted a year
and after admitting to the initial
fear and anxiety he also admitted
it wasn't as bad as he thought it
would be. While there, he served
with the Tactical Operations
Center (TOC) where, still being
"green," he did guard duty and
convoy security.
Cody's second tour in Iraq
took place shortly after his first.
In April of 2006 he was informed
he would be going back to the
war as a member of the 82nd Air-
borne, "The second time I wasn't
so scared. I had already been so Luke Seder
I knew what it was like. Even United States Army
though I haven't done the same
thing twice, it wasn't so bad the September 2007 to January 2008.
second time," he said. "I wasn't scared. felt safe with
Cody was stationed in Ger- the power we have behind us," he
many for two years and has seen said. Although he had expected to
eight different countries -- Ger- be treated badly, he was surprised
many, Spain, Holland, France, Ku- to find that he wasn't.
wait, Iraq, Dubai, and England. During his time in Iraq he
He said the experience that served as a guard for third coun-
stands out the most to him is how try nationals. Jarod said given the
he and his "brothers" were treat- choice, he would choose. to go
ed in Holland. back to Iraq. "I want to go back,"
"They hadn't forgotten what he said. "I want the experience 1
we did for them in the World that comes with serving your
War," he said. country during these times."
"Old, young it didn't matter- Jarod admitted that he was
they would come up to us and scared when his brother Cody F
start thanking us. They would in- joined the Army. "The first thing
vite us to dinner. That was pretty I thought was he was going to
cool, made if feel like we were ap- Iraq and he was gonna be shot," a
predated still." he recalled. However, after join-
Cody is now in the 108th Air- ing the military himself he real-
borne Division and is prepar- ized that when you listen, receive
ing to return to Iraq for his third the right training and serve with
time. His third tour is scheduled pride, there's nothing to be wor- .
to take place this summer and his tried about.e 1
thoughts were that "they needed Jarod said that joining the Air ,
volunteers, so I did. I trust my Force is "the best decision I've
buddies I'm going with, I went made so far. I'm meeting a lot of
with most of them during my new people and learning a lot." -
second tour." Acknowledging the The third Seder brother to join
fact that there is still a job to do the military was Luke Seder. At I
there, despite the feelings of those 23, Luke enlisted in the United
on the home front, he has volun- States Army in 2007. He com-
teered to "do his ,. pleted his basic training in Ft.
CodyA said I-anb o fear for Jackson, Soutl. Carolina at-his 1
his brothers who have joined be- additional (AIT)
is he's been there. in Virginia:ZSortly after AT Luke
cerned for them but know _wh formed that he would be
it's like. stationed in Germany.
Jarod Seder, 22, a twin in the Cody and Jarod ere-happy
family was Athe enlist- to hear tl.umhaeae the I
Joining the Air Force in 2007 Jar: -idei.6to join. "Now he's got
od has been stationed in Eielson, opportunities he wouldn't have
.Alaska. duringJis. service time. gotten here."
B 9g ofar .yay frohm.ih6mfe- -Thre oie- f-the Seder boys have
rnanway from his brothers has ma e very important decision
S. helped him understand the value to serve their country and all hope
f those inhis life who will be to gain as much as they can from
there for him, not just within his the experience. Each. of them I
family but also within his military plans to use their GI bill when
they finish their service time and
family. havegiven consideration to mak-
"I felt like it was the last oppor- have given consideration to mak-
tunity to do something. With the ing a career out of the military.
Air Forceyoucan go into agood The youngest of the brothers,
careeorfie-youandgoain alot of ex- Dalton Seder, 17, has also given
perience and when you come out thought to a military life. With
experience and when you come out every hope to-follow in his broth- '
you have a great chance of getting ers foot steps, he plans to join the
a good job," he said. ers foot steps,'he plans to join the
Jarod is part of the 354th MXSAir Force and make himself the
Jarod is part of the 354th MXS fourth Seder brother to serve his,
Squadron and has also been to c
Iraq. His tour in Iraq was from country.

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden

Cannon Ball
Glenda Barnett, 10, prac-
ticed her cannon ball as
she swam with friends
Alexis and Desiree Tor-
res at the Okeechobee
Sports Complex pool on
Saturday, March 29. Glen-
da kicked off her spring
break while taking advan-
tage of the cool water.

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 30, 2008 J

Citrus industry seeks solution to 'greening'

LAKELAND-Faced with diseas- "We are prepared to tund the the (
es that threaten the future of the research necessary to find a solu- prov
Citrus industry, the Florida Depart- tion to greening and to actively proc
ment of Citrus (FDOC) and the communicate research discover- "
Florida Citrus Commission (FCC) ies to growers," said Ken Keck, enab
contracted March 19 with the Na- FDOC executive director. "The hold
tional Academy of Sciences (NAS) FCC passed a resolution in Janu- tivel3
to find solutions for greening and ary to provide necessary support and
canker. The National Academy of to the research effort in a respon-
Sciences, the most prestigious sci- sible, accountable manner. FDOC dust
entific organization in the United will work closely with the entire T
States, will bring together leading citrus industry, especially grow- Citru
scientific advisors to work with ers, to support this urgent and im- of F
FDOC's current stable of expert mediate need for research fund- with
citrus scientists to determine the ing," he added. regu
most effective and efficient way to "We commend the FDOC and indu
solve citrus diseases in Florida. FCC for taking a leadership role by a
As an independent, third party, in commissioning greening re- box
JNlASwill bring together more than search. The National Academy of corn
60 leading scientific experts to: Sciences is a world renowned or- try
Review research efforts to ganization that will bring instant peop
date and identify the most prom- credibility and unmatched depth ann,
ising future endeavors; of knowledge to the Florida cit- state
Request and review propos- rus industry's research efforts," of m
als for new research to be con- said Michael W. Sparks, executive
ducted in 2008-2009; vice president/CEO of Florida Cit- enue
Develop a long-range strate- rus Mutual. "Growers should find scho
Sgc research plan; comfort in the fact the Academy, servi
*' Publish an expert report rec- along with the Florida Citrus Pro- about
I orrimending implementable solu- duction Research Advisory Coun- Citru
tions for citrus growers, cil (FCPRAC), will be overseeing juice

Spring is time to 'feed'

By Dan Culbert, and
horticultural agent UNIVERSITY OF for
UF/IFAS Extension T follo
Service FLORIDU the l
All around us are signs of IFAS EXTENSION azal
spring. Plants begin to grow ._ _Read_ _
faster, deciduous plants replace s Rea
leaves and flower buds are open sium. (These three nutrients can sho
and show their blooms. Many ho- be more simply thought of as the
meowners have resisted the urge raw materials for "shoots, fruits, Anm
to add fertilizers to plants while roots", respectively, because of T
dormant, so it may be time to their large effects on those parts plan
turn our thoughts to plant food. of the plant.) ing
This article is part information Since most Florida soils are pack
thisaitigen is partinfaormton c naturally high in phosphorous,colat
and part cautionary tale. Spring is naturally high in phosphorous, beau
a time to feed, but too much food, chances are good that you need varied
particularly on lawns, can be a very little or none. In fact, the new guard
dangerous thing. In fact, research fertilizer rules say that mature mig
shows that heavy doses of nitro- lawns don't need any phospho- The
gen can set lawns of St. Augustine rous fertilizer. velo
grass on a path towards The amount of fertilize to ap- LeB
chinch bugs and heavy thatch. ply to your lawn is shown on the Univ
c bag. A rule of thumb: if you are
Slow-release fertilizers using a product with half or more A
(50 percent +) of it's nitrogen in aboL
Here's a good way to prevent a slow release form, use up to Sinc
the problems associated with ni- one pound of nitrogen per 1000 this
trogen shock: choose a fertilizer square feet. In this area, fertilize sunf
that has 30 percent or more of your Florida lawn twice a year, In re
the nitrogen is in a slow-or con- once in March and then again in colle
trolled-release form. When fertil- October. To green up your lawn bees
izernutrientsare in"slowreeas"e" bp he summer without increas- tion
forms, they are available fodrm o ing growth, apply chelated iron or teanm
over a longer period of timie rTois iron sulfate. aboL
also has another benefit: fewer Don't fertilize when heavy rain tive
nutrients are also wasted or lost is forecast or you may lose the imp
as pollutants. nutrients to run off and leaching. Exte
Lot "r. these terms on the And if you are next to a canal or fun
produQlcW fertilizer tag: timed-re- pond, keep the product at least 10 this
leas~ slow-release or controlled- feet away from the water's edge. for E
release. The new fertilizer label their
rule which became law this year Other landscape plants flow
will help to make the informa- If you use fertilizer on your If
lion more clear. Also look for the lawn, chances are that the shrubs mati
following terms: water insoluble and trees are being fertilized as ers
nitrogen, activated Sludge, sulfur- well. Roots of established land- okee
coated urea (SCU, oBr uolmrea scape plats reach out under the us a
form (LIF), nitroform, or polymer, grass. If you are not using fertil- Cou
plasthey are all slowic, or relesin-coated urea -on izer on the turf you may choose in C
nithey are all slow release forms on to feed these plants, but don't use 0244
Whnitrogen selectingafertilizer,look more than two pounds (per 1000 stop
at the selecting a bersilizer, look square feet) of nitrogen per year.
at the three numbers on the bag. Palms, citrus and acid loving Nor
A typical lawn fertilizer may say plants all have special nutrition our
16-4-8. These numbers represent needs. Palms need magnesium Gard
nitrogen, phosphorus, and potas- mn u es

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the yard Livestock Market Report

other micronutrients so look
specialty palm fertilizers and
w the recommendations on
abel. Do the same with citrus
acid loving plants like Ixora,
ea, hibiscus and gardenia.
d and follow labels and you
uld be safe!
other spring activity
his is a time we. think of
ting. Bedding plants are look-
lush at local nurseries. Seed
kets are often on display with
itiful pictures of new and old
ties. If you are thinking of
ening, here's an activity that
ht be of interest. It's called
Great Sunflower Project, de-
ped by Professor Gretchen
uihn of San Francisco State
k few weeks ago Angela wrote
ut disappearing honey bees.
e this is a national concern,
project is distributing FREE
lower seeds for folks to plant.
turn, the gardener is asked to
ect some information about
s visiting the flowers. In addi-
to the seeds,.the Sunflower
n provides-Jotsof information
ut how to grow this U.S. na-
plant, as well as about the
ortance of bees. Stop by our
nsion office for a kit --this is a
family activity. The motto for
program is Bees: Responsible
Every Third Bite of Food, and
r website is www.GreatSun-
f you need additional infor-
ion on fertilizers, sunflow-
or bees, please email us at or call
at 863-763-6469. In Highlands
nty call 863-402-6540 and
Glades County call 863-946-
4. Okeechobee residents can
by our office at 458 Hwy 98
:h in Okeechobee, and visit
Okeechobee County Master
deners from 1 to 3 p.m. on
sday afternoons.

March 25

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We had a little bigger sale than
we expected. Not many cattle
have been selling lately. Prices
are holding up pretty good in
spite of all the depressing eco-
nomic news. You would think
with high fuel and grain prices,
that calf prices would eventually

start feeling the pressure. They
may when more numbers start
feeling the pressure, and they
may when more numbers start.
showing up. But for now we
will have to live with what we
got! McDaniel Ranch, Clewiston
and Charlie Hamner, Ft. Pierce
topped the calf market with a
high of $2. Charlie Hamner, Ft.
Pierce also topped the cow mar-
ket with a high of 56.00.
See ya next week

Okeechobe Lvsok Mre
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What is it?
Austin Raulerson, right, explains swamp cabbage to students at Okeechobee Freshman
Campus and gives them a chance to sample it. Swamp cabbage, which comes from the heart
of the cabbage palm, is a traditional Florida cracker dish. The demonstration was part of
Heritage Day at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus.

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topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to 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!
ELECTIONS: With the local elections coming up, I know a lot of
people want change. There are some county commissioners -- three
in particular -- that a lot of us would like to see out of there. We need
some fresh ideas. We need some elected officials who will do what
is best for the whole county, not just what is best for a few wealthy
property owners. However, change for change's sake is not always
good. When electing new commissioners, it isn't enough to just make.
a change. You have to be careful or the next bunch will be worst than
the last.
ALCOHOL: An 18-year-old can serve in the military and vote? Why
can't they be allowed todrink alcohol?
DOGS AND CATS: I am not worried about the dogs running
loose. My-yard is fenced and the dogs can't get in my yard. I have a
locking lid on'ity trash can, so they can't tear up the trash when I put
it at the curb. But I am-sick and tired of all the cats coming into my
yard. They make a mess, dig in my flowers, leave shell rock all over
the place when they walk on my car. I wish there was a way to put a
lease law, or a cage law, on cats. And what about the ducks and chick-
ens running around? Surely there should be some rule about keeping
your farm animals out of residential neighborhoods or at least keeping
them on your own property. And what about the noise factor? There is
a certain rooster that if I could catch him, I would wring his neck and
put him in a pot.
NOISE: If you play your stereo loud after 10 p.m., the neighbors
can call the cops and complain and make you turn it down. So why
don't they do something about the loud music coming from these
cars and trucks driving through residential areas? I cannot count the
number of times I have been woken up by the loud music from a car
stereo going by my house and I live on a dead end street in a neighbor-
hood zoned single family residential. That should not be legal, to play
the car stereo so loud. Parents should teach their kids to have a little
respect for their neighbors and turn the music down before they drive
down a residential street at night.
ONLINE: I just wanted to let you know I think it is great that the
Okeechobee News is now available online. That takes care of part of
my recycling problem. I can still read all the news, and I don't have to
worry about where to take the old newspapers for recycling.
OBAMA'S PREACHER: I think this business about Obama's
preacher is overblown. I hope no one ever holds me accountable for
everything my pastor has ever said from the pulpit. Just because you
attend a church does not mean you agree with everything .the minister
or priest says. Sometimes you are there because you like the congre-
gation and the community spirit and fellowship there. I think it is all
right to disagree with your pastor, so long as you keep your debates
civil. I am also curious as to why they don't say anything about Hillary
Clinton's preacher -- or does she even attend church regularly enough
to have one?
ADMINISTRATOR: I want to wish our new county administrator
well. I think we need to give him a chance to get to know the county
and see where he thinks we need to make changes. I hope the county
commissioners know the public is watching and they had better let
the man be a professional and do his job. We do not need the county
commission trying to influence who is hired or promoted. That's what
got the cotfty in so much trouble in the past.
CLINTON: I saw on the news where Chelsea Clinton was cam-
paigning for her mom and they were asking her about her dad and
that intern. I think it is just wrQog. top i4a daughter b.poutiher dacJ's
infidelity.or about.her parents' marriage. That is just ude.'-You don't
drag.a kid into a discussion on something like that. I think Chelsea was
right to refuse to answer and say that it was none of their business.
REPUBLICANS: I think John McCain should ask Mike Huckabee
to be his running mate. I don't think the Democrats could beat that
team. And. I think Huckabee would be an asset in the White House.
SEMIS: I don't understand why the county doesn't do something
about these big commerical trucks parked in residential neighbor-
hoods. You can hardly get a vehicle down the street with these big
trucks parked on both sides, and if someone is coming the other di-
rection, it really creates a problem. If people are going to bring these
big trucks into residential areas to park by their homes, they need to
fix a place completely off the roadway, on their own property, to park
the truck. They should not be allowed to leave these big trucks and
trailers partially in the street or on the county right-of-way.
GANGS: The gang problem in Okeechobee is getting worse. I
think the city, schools and the county need to get together bn this and
do more to combat it. They need to paint over graffiti right away. The
schools should not put up with any flashing of gang signs or wearing
anything that indicates a gang. If they don't keep on top of it, it will
just get worse.
FILTHY FRIDAY: This whole controversy over the Filthy Friday
posters goes to show that you need to be careful with your words. The
guy who made the posters did not check with the business owner.
The business owner did not approve the posters or the Filthy Friday
name and made them take down the posters and change the event
name when it was brought to his attention. It was all just a big mis-
understanding and it turned out all right. However there is a lesson to
be learned here. If you are planning an event and come up with what
you think is a catchy name, try going online and google it. You may
find the name means something you don't intend to connect with
your event.

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Reflections from the Pulpit

By Rev. Tommasso
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist
How do we respond to holi-
ness? Stephen the apostle who is
on trial for bad mouthing Moses
is showing the Jewish leaders that
he is not here to say anything con-
trary about Moses, but to affirm
the God of their fathers Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob.
"And when 40 years were ex-
pired, there appeared to him in
the wilderness of Mount Sinai an
angel of the Lord in a flame of fire
in a bush." (Acts 7:30)
After forty years God revealed
himself to Moses from within a
flame of fire from a bush.
"When Moses saw it, he won-
dered at the sight: and as he drew
near to behold it, the voice of.
the Lord came unto him," (Acts
Moses saw this flame and
wondered what it was so he
checked it out, and as he drew
near the voice of the Lord came
unto Him.
"Saying, I am the God of thy
fathers, the God of Abraham, and
the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and
durst not behold." (Acts 7:32)
Moses trembled and would
not look, he was probably face
down on the ground, because
God is holy and Moses is not.
What is holiness? Perfection,
set apart, clean, pure.
"The Ermine Illustration" in
the forests of northern Europe
and Asia lives a little animal called
the ermine, known for their
snow-white fur in winter. They in-
stinctively protect their white coat
against anything that would dirty
it. Fur hunters take advantage of
this unusual trait of the ermine.
They don't set a trap to catch him,
but instead they find bis home,
which is usually a cleft in a rock
or a hollow in an old tree. They
smear the entrance and interior
with filthy grime. Then the hunt-
ers set their dogs loose to find and
chase the ermine. The frightened
animal flees toward home but
doesn't enter because of the filth.
Rather than dirty his white coat by
entering his home, he is trapped
by the dogs and captured while
preserving his purity. For the er-

mine, purity is more precious
than life. Surely you can value pu-
rity more than a rat?
"Then said the Lord to him,
Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for
the place where thou standest is
holy ground." (Acts 7:33)
God is so holy that wherever He
is, it is holy ground. When Chris-
tians trust Christ, it is because He
revealed Himself to them and they
have accepted His gift of salvation
and His Holy Spirit dwells within
them. If you have trusted Christ
then His Holy Spirit dwells in you,
and because His Spirit dwells
with in you wherever you stand
you are standing on holy ground.
What are you subjecting the Holy
Spirit to? What are you allowing
the Holy Spirit to hear come out
of your mouth?
How do you live 'as though
you are standing on holy ground?
What do you have to take off?
Your shoes? No! You have to shed
the sin.
"Wherefore seeing we also are
compassed about with so great a
cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside
every weight, and the sin which
doth so easily beset us, and let us
run with patience the race that is
set before us," (Hebrews 12:1)
Lay aside sin and every worry
which is also sin because they get
in the way of our race, so we can
run the race.
We do this by concentrating
on the things that would help 'our
focus on the holiness of God.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things
are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good
report; if there be any virtue, and
if there be any praise, think on
these things." (Philippians 4:8)
Meditate on His word. Think
on truthful things, think on honest
things, think on fair things, think
on pure things, think on things
pleasing to God, think on things
that are excellent like Jesus.
If you do not know Jesus,
know that He is holy, yet willing
to save you and make you holy as
"The wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord."
(Romans 6:23)

Community Calendar

Sunday,MVarch 30 ':
A.A. meeting from 7 31 until 8:'p.m. at the Church of Our ,
Shvibur, 200 N.W. Third St. This will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call. 863- 634-4780.
Monday, March 31
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting
in Okeechobee County. This. meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program
at 1-800-403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312'North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner
at 863-532-0449., .
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and 'go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
'holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon
meetings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and
friends of alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.
Tuesday, April 1
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in .
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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 Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at 863-467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go
towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-

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Central students enjoy field day

Media Center
Central Elementary School
Students in third, fourth, and fifth
grades are learning to use FINDS,
The Florida Research Model.
So far they have learned that F
stands for FOCUS, I stands for
Investigate and N stands for Note
and Evaluate. After Spring Break
they will learn what the D and S
stand for.
2nd Grade will be learning
about the card catalog after Eas-

^ ^Music
The music
classes at Central
E 1 lementaryhave
whhh s been preparing
for our Interna-
tional Olympic
Field Day. They
have learned about Leo Arnaud,
who wrote the Olympic Fanfare
(original title: Bugler's Dream)
which has been used by ABC and
NBC for their Olympic coverage.
The students have enjoyed creat-
ing movements for each section
of the music. They have learned

that the form of the piece is AB-
The fourth and fifth graders
enjoyed a field trip to the Dolly
Hand Cultural Arts Center for a
performance by Step Afrika! They
watched young men and women
demonstrate and teach about
stepping, this is a dance which
uses the body as an instrument.

Physical Education
Central enjoyed a fun Field
Day on our last day before Spring
Break. Field Day had an Olympic
theme. Each class chose to rep-

resent a nation. The flags of their
nation were beautiful and their
clothes highly depicted their na-
tion. All the students and teachers
enjoyed the events.
We are in the process of pre-
paring for Hershey Track and
Field on May 9. All the students
that participate enjoy that event.
We also will be having swim-
ming by May 5. This is a busy time
for the P.E. Department. With all
the events coming up, but we are
sure we will enjoy all of them.
Enjoy your Spring Break and
see you on April 7th.

IRCC now offers exciting culinary careers

Learn how to cook up a deli-
cious career at the Indian River
Community College Culinary In-
stitute Open House on Thursday,
April 17, at 6 p.m. The Culinary
Institute of the Treasure Coast is
located at the IRCC Mueller Cam-
pus at 6155 College Lane in Vero
Beach.. IRCC Culinary students
will have cooking stations set up
and will be sampling out a dish of
their choice in a savory Student-
Showcase. IRCC Culinary instruc-
tor Chef Midkiff will be giving a
formal cooking demonstration.
Program information, financial
aid representatives and tours of

the facilities will be available for
The Culinary Institute of the
Treasure Coast at IRCC combines
elements of artistry, business, and
leadership skills that leading food
service employers are looking
for in employees. This two-year,
full time, selective admissions
program leads to an Associate in
Applied Science degree in Restau-
rant Management with a Culinary
Arts Specialty. Students are pre-
pared with practical experiences
in food preparation, kitchen man-
agement, budgeting, purchasing,
as well as core academic courses

such as English, math, and busi-
ness, all necessary for success in
the industry.
Unlike other culinary pro-
grams, The Culinary Institute of
the Treasure Coast is more than a
cooking school; it is an accredited
management program that com-
bines the passion of the culinary
arts with the skills needed to be a
successful supervisor, restaurant
manager, caterer, private chef and
overall business entrepreneur, all
at a reasonable cost.
The Institute's curriculum of-
fers students an educational ex-
perience focused on career skills

required to succeed at various
stages and levels in their culi-
nary and restaurant management
career. Paid internships allow
students the opportunity to gain
hands-on job skills while working
side by side with top industry pro-
fessionals in the field. This prac-
tical experience combined with
the rigorous educational training,
enables students the opportunity
to build strong career portfolios
while making contacts and refer-
ences for future employment.
For more information, call
1-866-866-4722 or e-mail culi-

IRCC offers interactive writer's weekend

Indian River Community Col-
lege will host a special Writer's
Weekend on April 19 and 20 for
beginning to professional writers.
This unique program includes
interactive presentations and
discussions dealing with the es-
sentials of writing, utilizing fiction
techniques, writing effective dia-
logue, developing point of view,
TV/movie scriptwriting, mystery

stories, children's literature, and
creating non-fiction. The presen-
tations and discussions will help
.improve writing and communi-
cation techniques and foster an
aesthetic appreciation for written
and visual media.
Writer's Weekend will be held
in the Kight Center for Emerging
Technologies, off 35th Street and
Virginia Avenue, at the IRCC Main

Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue,
in Fort Pierce. The program is of-
fered with the support of the IRCC
Foundation through the Gladys
Williams Wolf Endowed Teach-
ing Chair in Communications and
the IRCC English and Foreign Lan-
guages Department. Participants
may register one of two ways.
Individuals can attend for a fee
of $25 per person, payable to the

Medical Lab Technology at IRCC

Individuals looking for a great
career in a Health Science field
should attend a FREE. Informa-
tion Session. Find out about the
tremendous opportunities in the
field of Medical Lab Technology
and learn how Indian River Com-
munity College prepares students
for rewarding careers in Health
Science. In observance of Nation-
al Medical Laboratory Profession-
al Wedk, an information session
will be held on Thursday April
17 at 4 p.m. in the Mary L. Fields
Health Science Building atrium.
Every day, laboratory profes-
sionals perform tests, interpret
results and provide answers for

a complete picture of a patient's
The Medical Laboratory Tech-
nology (MLT) Program leads to
an A.S. Degree and eligibility to
take the national certification
MLT- ASCP and MT-AAB exams
which enable the student to work
as a technologist in the State of
Florida. The MLT Program can
be completed within two years
and consists of fifty percent class-
room instruction and fifty percent
lab practice. Students accepted in
the MLT Program receive a well-
rounded general college educa-
tion with a strong foundation in
medical technology. The medical

technologist performs a wide va-
riety of clinical laboratory tests on
blood specimens using sophisti-
cated computer technology. Rou-
tine tests include: complete blood
count (CBC), type and cross-,
match, cholesterol and glucose.
The median income for a Med-
ical Laboratory Technologist in
the quad county area of $24.28/hr
and the MLT job market will grow
23% by 2017.
For more information on Med-
ical Laboratory Technology and
other related careers in the Health
Science Field, call 1-866-866-4722
or visit

Health Science programs at IRCC

Individuals looking for a great
career in a Health Science field
should attend a FREE Informa-
tion Session. Find out about the
tremendous opportunities in
the field of Health Information
Management and learn how In-
dian River Community College
prepares students for rewarding
careers in Health Science. The
Information Session is Tuesday
April 8, at 4 p.m, in room H-307.
The Health Information Manage-
ment information session, is held
in recognition of National Health
Information Privacy and Security
Week "Confidential is Essential -
Protect Health Information." This

is a perfect opportunity to learn ing patient medical histories and
more about a'growing healthcare symptoms, examination results,
field with a wide range of career X-ray reports, lab tests, diagnoses
paths. and treatment plans. According
Upon completion of this two- to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
year program, graduates earn antoyenfo rStiis
Associate in Science degree in employment for HIM technicians
Health Information Management is expected to grow by 28 percent
(HIM) and are eligible to take the in the state of Florida by 2017.
Registered Health Information The HIM Medical Coder/Biller can
Technician (RHIT) examination, expect a median salary of $12.31
Students can also obtain a college per hour.
credit certificate in the Medical In- For more information on
formation Coder/Biller program.
HIM technicians play an impor- Health Information Management
tant role in the organization, pro- and other related careers in the
cessing, and maintenance of vital Health Science Field, call 1-866-
healthcare information includ- 866-4722 or visit

IRCC Foundation. Another way to
attend is to enroll in the Writer's
Weekend (ENC 1930 #125461)
and earn one college credit at a
cost of $69.30. Interested indi-
viduals should sign up by April
13. For more information, contact
Dr. Ray Considine at 772-462-7708
or beginning
April 7.

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Confederate Heritage: Sons

of Confederate Veterans, Flor-
ida, to fund educational pro-
grams in schools, cemetery res-
toration and other projects (HB
1007, HB 1159)
HIV/AIDS Awareness: Non-
profit HIV/AIDS organizations
in Florida (SB 2392)
Horse Country: Funds the
activities of PCMI Properties
Inc. (SB 1274, HB 459)
I Believe: Faith in Teaching
Inc., to fund activities, programs
and projects that promote faith-

based education for youth with-
in the state (SB 2010, HB 401)
In God We Trust: education-
al scholarships for the children
of Florida residents who serve
in the armed forces and select
others (SB 2854)
Lighthouse Association:
Florida Lighthouse Association
Inc. (SB 734, HB 371)
St. Johns River: St. Johns Riv-
er Alliance (SB 2312, HB 1095)
Florida Tennis: United States
Tennis Association (SB 2206)

US 441 South Of City Near Taylor's Creek

New Affordable 1, 2 and 3 BR Apartments

$380 $523 a Month or LESS!
Income and Occupational Restrictions Apply

Call Now! @
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Habitat appreciates help

Habitat says "Thank You" is pro
to these companies who bathr
have provided material for count
our current builds at reduced and '
costs: Hoss & Sorn Best Buy viding
Aluminum provided the vi- other
nyl siding at reduced cost, mater
Wooley Sheds Inc. provided The p
the storage sheds at reduced both
cost, Waste Management tion.
provided the construction volun
dumpsters free of charge, please
Jeanette's Interiors is pro- 357-1:
viding the carpet at reduced Ha
cost, Mid Florida Hardware Okee


Dividing the kitchen and
oom cabinets and
ter tops at reduced cost
W & W Lumber is pro-
lumber, dry wall and
necessary construction
trials at reduced cost.
pictures attached are of
homes under construc-
If you would like to
teer or have questions,
e call the office at 863-
ibitat for Humanity
echobee County Inc.

Special Thanks to
the Community
The family of John E. En-
try III would like to express
their sincere thanks to all
who sent food, flowers,
cards and prayers during our
difficult time and the loss
of our loved one. We ap-
preciate your kindness and
The Entry Family

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35 years. They owned Bass Okeechobee Funeral Hodne
& Crematory for nearly 25 of thbse years. Lavon continues
to work at the funeral home because, as he says,
"I love serving the community."
Like Lavon, everyone at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
& Crematory has strong roots in this community. That's
why we're committed to offering local families
nothing less than superior care.


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Left to right: Jerry Hagin, Lucy "Granny" Hagin, Judy Campbell
After the passing of our mother, Lucy "Granny" Hagin, I thought about how
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A great big 'Thank You' to their caring staff and volunteers for helping Granny
and our family and are still doing for others with needs in our community!
With love,
Jerry Hagin and Judy Campbell
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Public Notices .......

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* All personal items under $5,000
* Price must be included in ad
* Private parties only
* 2 items per household per issue


Important Information:; Please
read your ad carefully the first
day it appears, In case of an
inadvertent error, please noti-
fy us priorto to the deadline list.
ed. Wo will not be responsible
for more than I 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
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Independent Newspapers will
never knowingly accept any
advertisement that is illegal or
considered fraudulent. fn 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
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Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
Auctions 105
Car Pool -41) 110
Shareari40. 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 160

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Published 3 weeks' in all of our Florida papers: Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat,
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Place Your
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Get FREE signs!

Call Classifieds

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Full Tim

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 in4 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 Purther 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

CAMERA Sony W100 3x
zoom digital Cybershot, vic
of Basswood on 27th Ave or
Wal-Mart (863)801-6236
& white bag. Vic. Okeechobee
Park Tues. 3/25. Cell #
(609)817-0831 REWARD
LOST: CAT/Ig male, white/tan
w/dark brown/black mark-
ings. Vic. of Laurel Oaks Vil-
lage. Call 863-674-1823

PUPPIES mixed breed, vice
of Highway 78, to good
homes only. (863)763-7240

Moving Sale
BASSWOOD Sat. & Sun.,
March 29th & 30th, 9am-
2pm, 3329 NW 35th Ave.
Fridge. Couch Set, Wood Files,
Clothes... Too much to list!



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Employment |

Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment 20
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store is NOW
Room for growth to GM.
Must have 2 yrs Mgmt. exp.
pass criminal/drug test,
clean MVR, 21yrs or older,
45hr work wk. email resume
or apply in person
2302 Hwy 441 South 34974
Kissimmee Prairie Stale Park,
MI F 8-5 Coltact Charles
Brown (863)462-5360
+ COMM. TeleniktlgSales exp
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Immediate opening at
Okeechobee Juvenile
Institutional cooking and
hands-on experience w/good
math skills preferred.
$9.00 per hour
Competitive Wages & Benefits.
Must pass background check
pre-employment drug screen.
Contact Colleen at
PERSON Full or Part Time.
For Twin Oaks Pet Cemetery.
Call 863-467-6377
Clean Driving Record
Minimum 5 years Experience
Call Brian 772-216-3398
Cook. Experienced only.
6AM 2 'PM. $10 per hour.
Call Oscar @ 863-673-5071


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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
if you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
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Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
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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.

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered4 15
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

', In Okeechobee
\ \ Includes:
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Need a tow mope bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items hi
the classlfelds.

Painting, Repairs, Carpentry




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, Unens & 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
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
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

Why Rent When
You Can Own?
We Finance Everyonel
All Size Sheds Available

- (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
for BD2060/2860/2870, 300
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calls please. If interested e-
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One man's trash Is anoth-
or man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classi-

BED Queen size w/ frame.
$300 (863)763-8562
BUNK BEDS heavy duty
frames, Full size top & bot-
tom, $250. ;(iLii 111i i 1 1l
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the wor0i around yot,
No woadertmw nwspapr
riders are 1tt16e mie-
0e6ahol peopte

Mon: Friday 12 noon for Mon publication
Tues-Fri: 11 o.m for next day's publicanon
Sat: Thursday 12 noon for Sao publication
Sun: Friday 10 am. for Sun publication

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Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards'
. $79 up .. .

Turn your Gold into Money
1416 S Parrott Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34974

Cotta color, $40 each. No
phone calls. If interested
e-mail to okeeadmin@news-

yrs. old. Aquarium & access.
included. $300
Blue Healers For Saler
8 wks., 1st set of shots,
heath certificates
4 males $350 4 females $300
863-697-0250 or 863-697-0201
Parents on premises. Ready
to go! $300 (863)467-4149
or (863)697-3810.
1 yr. old. Friendly. 3 story
cage & access. Up to date
shots. $250 (863)697-6824

GENERATOR Contractor
3000 like new, $300.


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Fa rm Supplies/ t
Service U Wanted 830
Pertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flormisit 865

Hay For Sale
Top quality
Allecia Bermtlda
Squae or Round bales

Produtsl< 08101;i~ii'-

Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
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' 060

Duplex For Rent
2/2w/ garage, access to pool
and tennis courts, lawn
maintenance included
$900/mo. 1st & security
Duplex For Rent
3/2 in Kings Bay w/access to
pool and tennis courts, lIwn
maintenance included
$1000/mo. 1st & security
IN TOWN 2BR/1 5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean,
NEW2 BR, 2BA Apt., All ma-
jor appl's. included,. New
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep.(863)763-0111
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
ho pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313

KINGS BAY- 2br,1lba duplex,
full appliances, no smok.
env. no pets, $600/mo, 1st,
last, sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or e-mail:
OKEECHOBEE- 2 br, 2 ba, pri-
vacy fence. All appis, new tile
& carpet. (863)447-0925 or

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

3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
g ar., Bring Pets, Large Yards.
1100, & Up (561)723-2226
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $795
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
Call Lex (561)715-1768
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1000, Buy 125K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
BRAND NEW 3/2 In Dixie
Ranch Acres, W&D Hookup.
$1100 me. 1st, last & sec.
CBS HOUSE 2/1, enclosed
porch, washer/d ver, ig stor-
age shed, large lot, $875/mo
inclds water (786)201-0306
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March 29th & 30th
Sat. 9 5, Sun. 9 4
St. Lucie Co. Fairgrounds
Ft. Pierce
15601 W Midway Rd.
4 miles W of Turnpike on Rt. 70
Concealed Weapon Class $40
Daily 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
For info 330-963-6964

Florida Photo
Elliot's Quik Foto
419 W S Park St (863) 763-5553

CASTLE T The Parenting
C-ASTLE Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call 772-465-6011

For Legal Ads:
For All Other Classified Ads:
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Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.

Thousands of marine items at
half or less off of retail.
Fast Canvas Repairs!
Port Salerno, FL (772) 463-6610

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
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053
on 4 lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
r ond. Zoned Ag. $950 mo. +
ast & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm
M/Home $550/mo. & 1 Rm
Cottage w/Dock & Porch
$450/mo. For both 1st, Last &
Sec. req'd. City water incl.
Roommate 095

Home (Off Hwy 70 W. Full
house priv. $550. mo. All util.
included. (561)723-1849

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
4 -Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

BHR Great opportunity for
new business! 2200 sq ft CBS
building w/2 storefront rentals
& owner's apt. Rear fenced
yard w/sep 12x30 warehouse
& deep canal w/lake access.
Owner financing possible,
many extras, Reuced to
$285,000 (863)610-1120

house on 5 acres w/pool.
$225,000 or best offer. Rent
or Buy. 475 NW 363rd
Court, Okeechobee, FL

FOR SALE -8.37 Acres
lnd/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$50k/acre (863)801-3133

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

Trade Newer 3/2/2 Down-
town Stuart 1 mi. to beaches
for house, barn & 2+ acres
near Okee. (772)463-6630

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

Mobile Homes

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


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readers are more popular

BHR 2 MH for rent, lbr, 1ba,
from $375-$425 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
Park (863)763-7164
Manufactured Homes (Rent)
Rent or Rent To Own
14 Available
EZ Approval
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $850/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
OKEECHOBEE 2 br, Clean. In
nice park. 7650 Hwy. 78 W.
McIntyre MH Park. $450 mo.
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$600/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616

Mobile Home Angels
Manufactured Home
(For Sale)
Statewide Sales.
Save Thousands
Delivered & Set
Manufactured Homes (Own)
All Homes In Stock
Massive Markdowns
Financing Available


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
*Marine Accessories 8020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

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455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
(863)634-8617 or
PARK MODEL 2005, Fully
furnished. Blue Cypress
Condo Assoc. Lot 151.
$ 8 2 5 0 0 .
(863)467-5601 (will the party
that called & left number
637-1971 please call again
and give area code)

Custom paint, New clutch,
handle bars, windshield &
Yoshimura exhaust. Small
scratches on right side.
$4500 (863)634-6603

37 hours, excellent condi-
tion. $4800 or best offer.
(863)673-2388 Clewiston
great shape, $800 or best
offer. (863)610-3147


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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

'95, A/C, New top. New
paint. Runs great. $3000'
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
75K miles, Auto., Air. Excel-
lent condition. $2500

DODGE RAM '87, Bought to
be restored. Recent tune-up,
Some new chrome. Needs
work $2000 (863)634-6603

Tow pkg. 454 Big Block
Chevy. Runs great. $2500
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
V6, 2WD, Exc cond Dark blue.
$8500 863-983-7617 or

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I Boats

TOYOTA RAV 4 '2000, Dark
green, Exc. cond., Economical,
Reliable $5900 863-983-7617
or 225-571-9678

DODGE VAN '99 15 Passen-
ger, 121K, PW, PL, Good
tires & eng. Well maintained.
$4850. (863)673-0782

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Case No. 2008-CA-76
if living, and if dead, their unknown
spouses, devisees, heirs, grantees,
creditors and other parties claiming by,
through, under or against them and all
parties having or claiming to have, any
right, title or interest in and to the real
property herein sought 'to be fore-
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following
property in Okeechobee County, Rori-
Lot 34, Block 2, DIXIE RANCH ES-
TATES, according to the plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 33,
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnit-
ten defenses, it any, to it on JOHN JAY
WATKINS, ESQUIRE, plaintiff's attor-
ney, whose address is: Post Office
Box 250, LaBelle, FlRonrida 33975, on or
before April 30. 2008, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court ei-
ther before service on the plaintiff's at-
torney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a Default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the Complaint or Petition.
DATED this 24th day of March, 2008.
As Clerk of the Court
By:/S/iUndaF Young
Deputy Clerk
267266 ON 3/30;4/6/08
Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet
in regular session on Tuesday April 8,
2008 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee
UtlIy Authority .Offices, 100 SW 5th
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold
a Public Hearing as soon after 8:30
A.M. as possible to consider modifi-
cations of Resolution 07-03 dealing
with operating rules and regulations of
the Okeechobee Utility Authority. A
copy of the proposed Resolution is
available for viewing at the office of
the Executive Director, Okeechobee
Utility Authonty Offices, 100 SW 51h
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
All interested parties for or against the
proposed modified Resolution can be
heard at said time and place. The
needs of hearing or visually impaired
persons shall be met by contacting
the Executive Director's Office at
863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior
to the Public Hearing by any person
wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida
Statutes, if a person decides to appeal
any decision made by the Authority
with respect to such meetings, he or
she will need a record of proceedings
and for such purpose may need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made; which .record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based.
Such person may provide a court re-
rter, stenographer, o tape recorder
or such verbatim record.
John F Hayord, RE.
Executive Irector.
266710 ON 03/30/080


have been lifelines for producers
throughout the state.
Paul DiMare, president of a
family tomato enterprise that op-
erates in Homestead, Immokalee
and other locations in the state,
pointed out that UF/IFAS research
has helped to sustain his busi-
ness. "The production side with
the fumigants, the varieties and
the techniques of growing have
increased our volume per acre
tremendously," Mr. DiMare said.
"We had to do this because
our costs have gone up so high,"
he continued. "If we had not
been able to get some gain on the
production side, we would have
been out of business long ago."
At the moment, Mr, DiMare
said, "We are faced with the loss
of what I think has been the most
valuable support for agriculture
- the loss of funds for University
of Florida's agricultural research.
The only way we can compete
with these Third World nations
is to have high, technology. That
is only going to come out of land
grant colleges like the University
of Florida. Without the funds to
do that, I would say agriculture is

on its last legs."
Ben Hill Griffin III president
of Ben Hill Griffin, Inc., a citrus
and beef cattle business based in
Frostproof, explained that "for my
family's operation and for the ag-
riculture we are mainly involved
in, which is cattle and citrus, UF/
IFAS has been the difference be-
tween being a success and not
being a success."
Mr. Griffin said the research
provided by the university has cre-
ated "the tools we could utilize to
bring forth the citrus, as well as
the cattle industries to the level
they are in today."
He also pointed out that the
school's research personnel have
responded to the key needs of
production agriculture. "They
have always inquired throughout
the years: 'What else can we do
for you?'" Mr. Griffin said. "They
have wanted to be pointed in the
direction where the greatest need
was so they could put their forces
in that direction."
Drew Duda, CEO of Duda
Ranches, was previously located
at the Duda vegetable and sugar
properties near Belle Glade. "For

the last 25 years I spent most of
my time in south Florida in the
Everglades Agricultural Area," Mr.
Duda said. "The Everglades Re-
search and Education Center was
a vital part of our vegetable and
sugar operations.
"I would say that, by and large,
a lot of our success in the past is
based upon what they have done
for us and it will be the same con-
tinuing on into the future," Mr.
Duda explained.
-He pointed out that UF/IFAS
has been able to provide more
than generic research. "In the
last 15 to 20 years we have been
able to specifically fine-tune re-
searchprojects collaboratively for
a smaller industry and for unique
individual operations," Mr. Duda
said. "That has been very impor-
tant to us."
Tony DiMare, Paul's son and
vice-president of the family busi-
ness, stated the issue bluntly:
"Without the help of UF/IFAS, we
really don't stand a chance for this
industry to survive.
"We will stay competitive with
research and development in the
UF/IFAS programs." 1

Aquarium fish make very interestingpets

So many people have busy
schedules and hectic lives these
days. Before you have a complete
breakdown, consider getting a
pet fish. With this purchase, you
could actually be getting more
than just a new finned friend. An
aquarium filled with fish is not
only a beautiful sight but can be
beneficial to your health.
Florida is the number one
producer of aquarium fish in the
country. In fact, aquarium fish ac-
count for more than 40 percent of
Florida's total aquaculture sales.
According to the U.S. Census of

Aquaculture, Florida's aquarium
fish sales were over $32 million
in 2005. In that same year there
were 133 aquarium fish produc-
ers in the state.
Keeping fish began with the
Sumerians over 4,500 years ago.
In 1853, the first aquarium ex-
hibit opened in London's Regent
Park. According to the American
Pet Products Manufacturers Asso-
ciation's 2007-2008 National Pet
Owners Survey there are over 15
million households that keep fish
as pets today.
Have you seen an aquarium

full of beautiful fish at a doctor's
or dentist's office lately? If so, it's
probablybecause aquariums have
been shown to have a calming ef-
fect on anxious patients. An article
published in 1983 in Psychology
Today said that observing fish in
an aquarium can decrease stress,
lower blood pressure and induce
relaxation. Besides just watching
the fish, people have noted that
the bubbling sound of the fish
tank is very calming. Aside from
the health benefits, most people
will agree that aquariums are vi-
sually soothing and enjoyable.

Fish make wonderful pets for
children, too. They can be in-
volved in every step qf the pro-
cess, from picking out the fish to
setting up the aquarium to. clean-
ing the tank. The Wvw.FL-Sea- website offers great in-
formation for children, including
a step-by-step guide for setting up
an aquarium, free online games
and coloring pages that may be
For more information on
aquarium fish and detailed infor-
mation on setting up an aquari-
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Fritz Roka, left, and Paul Meador, owner of a harvesting firm, assess mechanical citrus harvesting equipment. Roka, a UF/IFAS'
researcher, and his colleagues provide vital support for the state's second largest industry,'agriculture.

Farmers and ranchers praise research

By G.B. Crawford
Florida Farm Bureau
According to various research
reports issued by the University
of Florida's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS),
production agriculture in the
Sunshine State generates an an-
nual economic impact of more
than $100 billion. Recent declines
in other economic sectors have
highlighted the stability of the in-
dustry's contribution to Florida's
material life.
A fundamental reason for
production agriculture's ability
to maintain its viability here has
been the application of innova-
tive and vital research conducted
by UF/IFAS scientists.
Farmers and ranchers are
quick to applaud the accomplish-
ments of researchers stationed
at various UF/IFAS facilities as
fundamental for their own suc-
cess. Long-term investigations
of improved varieties, cultivation
methodologies, pest and disease
control, animal breeds, natural re-
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Jensen Beach wins tennis match on home court

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee knew they would
have to play their best match of
the year on Wednesday to have
a chance when they traveled to
Jensen Beach. Despite some great
efforts, Okeechobee lost all of the

singles matches in straight sets,
but managed to split the two dou-
bles matches.
"Our boys played well against
a strong Jensen Beach team,"
Coach Dave Ellis said. "It was great
practice for our guys, even though
the scores were lopsided."
Bobby Spelts lost to Stefan

Hogle 6-0, 6-3 in the number one
seed match. Corey White held
his own in the first set with Jorge
Olivera before he fell 6-4. Olivera
also took the second set 6-2.Elj
Cabansay got off to a slow start
and couldn't recover as he lost to
Dalton Hicks, 6-3, 6-2.
In the other singles matches

Zach Fowler lost to Mark Langer,
6-0, and 6-2.Alex Nielson lost to
Abe Seranno, 6-0, 6-1.
Coach Dave Ellis wasn't overly
concerned as he noted the team
still has time to recover and im-
prove their games. Jensen Beach,
he added, is traditionally one of
the strongest tennis programs in

the area.
"Spring break is going to bring
more practice for us," he noted,
"We'll prepare hard and be ready
when we take on South Fork
when we get back."
The doubles matches were
very competitive. Spelts and Ca-
basay lost to Hogle and Olivera

8-5.The number two team from
Okeechobee, White. and Fowl-
er, defeated Hicks and Michael
Kuhns, 8-3. That one victory saved
the day for Okeechobee's spirit.
"Our number two doubles
team played well and they got
us our lone point," Coach Ellis

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
'You're out!'
Cameron Horton of Pope John Paul (right) is tagged out at
home plate by Okeechobee High School's Mitchell Bryner
during Thursday's baseball game. Okeechobee High
School won, the game.

OuKeecnoDee News/unares Murpny
Baseball action
Okeechobee High School's Cameron Tewksbury pitched
a complete game and got the win in Thursday's baseball
victory over Pope John Paul High School.



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"Grazer" (Mark Koruschak) recreates the daily life of an 1876
"cow hunter" for students at the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus as part of Heritage Day, Thursday, March 27. Grazer
demonstrated the use of the whip and displayed other tools
and Implements used by early Florida cow hunters. Other
activities commemorated the African, Seminole and Mexican
heritages of the students.

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