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They want to hear your
view on parkway plan,
high-speed rail

See Page 2A

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Marijuana clinics
open again

See Feeling Fit

Commissioner English

SCommissioner English
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,.a on a hike
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Bartow, Florida 33830

Up in smoke ..

About 150 people went to Mary
Holland Park on New Year's Eve for
the 74th annual Chrstimas tree
burning event. Before the burning
Roy Lowe led a prayer and Marcie
Miller sang New Year's songs with
the crowd. The only years the
burning didn't take place since it
began in 1936 was during World
War II when it had to be dark, and
about seven years ago when the
weather was threatening emcee
S.L. Frisbie said. A Bartow resident,
below, watches the trees and 2010

New manager be
By STEVE STEINER candidate. Craig voiced
STAFF WRITER that as he stood'before
According to county the Polk County Commis-
Acttorney Michael Craig sioners at the podium at
attorney Michael Craig, the Jan. 4 public session,
Polk County is in a very rather than. 4 public dressing,
unique situation in its rather f rom his seat on the
search for a permanent them from his seat on the
county manager, in that panel.
interim county manager And, after the commis-
interim county Freeman who tookage sioners voted to approve
Jim the reins following Craig's recommendations,
up the reins fowg Freeman will find out -
the dsarpture of ike whether he or someone
Herr is a potential

First 2011 baby

is fifth in family

Polk County's first baby
of the year, Alisha Garcia,
was born at two minutes
past midnight to Maria
Garcia at Heart of Florida
Regional Medical Center
in Haines City.
Through an interpreter,
22-year-old daughter
Viridiana Garcia, the five-
time mother and Haines
City resident Maria Gar-
cia said the pregnancy
came as a big surprise.
The next youngest
child at the Garcia home
is 12 years old.
"I'm excited, but I'm
starting over and have to
get used to it," said Maria

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The 40-year-old, un-
married mother now has
five children. She be-
came a grandmother of
Viridiana's children prior
to giving birth to her fifth
Along with her two
siblings and mother,
Alisha will live in a two
room house with one
Maria Garcia spends
long days packing fruit.
She will use six weeks to
recover from the birth
before returning to work.
Julio R. San Martin,
M.D. delivered the 7
pound, 11 ounce baby
through induced labor.


named this month

else becomes the new
county manager by the
end of this month,
"I think it's very impor-
tant the board take action
as a group," said Craig.
Craig detailed initial
results of the search
process, particularly the
effectiveness of publiciz-
ing the opening, by doing
an Internet search. He
said that it appeared suc-

cessful, appearing on the
second page on Google.
That notwithstanding,
his concern, he told the
BOCC, was whether the
process is what commis-
sioners wanted, hence his
purpose standing at the
podium. To seek clarifi-
cation on the role of the
selection committee. Is
the screening committee

Mom Maria Garcia with brand-new baby Alisha Garcia.



Community.......5A, 9A
County Report........7A

. Obituaries................8A
Feeling Fit............Inside

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
Copyright 2010 Sun Coast Media Group

'Good will

towards men'

extends beyond


December has come
and gone. The holidays
are over, and for now, so
is the cold spell. But the
needs of those, many
who are without, remains
When the cold spell
struck, temperatures
dropped near, at or below
freezing. Through the ef-
forts of the American Red
Cross working in tandem
with Paul Womble, the
Polk County emergency
management program
manager, shelters were
available, including First
Presbyterian Church,
Lake Wales. The Salva-
tion Army, Talbott House
(working with the Salva-
tion Army) and Light-
house Ministries also
provided shelter.
The majority of those
who normally habituate
shelters, said Womble,
are the homeless. Yet
despite the frigid tem-
peratures, -very few took
advantage of the op-
portunity. On one of the
coldest nights prior to
Christmas, Womble said
only two people went to

a shelter in Haines City,
and another two went to
a shelter in Winter Ha-
ven. He could not fathom
why the numbers were so
scant, and reckoned the
possibility existed these
people found shelter
elsewhere, maybe with
family; maybe beneath
a crawl space beneath
a highway overpass or
other similar structure/
"People go where
they're familiar with," he
Those with greater
But beyond offering
shelter from the cold,
there are those in Polk
County who have needs
that must be met: cloth-
ing in some instances,
furniture, help with util-
ity bills, food including
hot, prepared meals in
other situations. Often,
it is a combination of all
the above.
While government
and quasi-governmental
agencies are a source, it
is not unusual for people
in need to seek help from


Mary J. Barwick and her husband, Jesse have just begun coming
to First Presbyterian Church's Grace Diner meal. The couple both
had to retire due to health issues, and are grateful for this and
a similar program held Fridays at Victory Worship church.

Bomb threat

received New Year's

day. Not.

A chance comment
by a distraught husband
resulted in Polk County
SSheriff Officers setting up
a New Year's day barri-
cade in a perimeter that
encompassed its book-
ing facility as well as the
county courthouse.
According to the Polk
County Sheriff's Office, at
around 7:30 a.m., a man
called to find out how to
get his wife released from
jail. When he was told
she would have to remain
overnight until a first
hearing, he is reported to

Good Morning,


I ______________________

have said that "perhaps I
should come down and
blow that place up," the
sheriff's office reported.
As a consequence, his
utterance triggered the
decision to blockade the
immediate surrounding
area. Until nearly 9 a.m.,
Polk County Sheriff's
Office patrol cars were
stationed at the intersec-
tions of North Broadway
and West Church Street
and West Boulevard.
Patrol cars also blocked
access from the North
Mill Street approach, as
well as the parking lot

Check out this
Triple Play
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Democrat Vol. 81, No. 2



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Sheriff's detectives
have charged a 33-year-
old Lakeland man they
believe stabbed to death
his wife in their home
Sunday morning.
Polk County Sheriff's
detectives say Reginald
Enzor, of 1244 Melville
Ave., Lakeland, killed the
woman and they were
alerted with their un-
identified son called 911
at 6 a.m. when he heard
his mother, Radiah,
Craft-Enzor, screaming,
a press release reports.
Reginald Enzor is the
boy's stepfather.
They arrested the man
Sunday night after he
was on the run all day,
they report.
When deputies and
emergency personnel ar-
rived at the house, Enzor

Reginald Enzor
had fled on foot and they
found Craft-Enzor with
lacerations all over her
body. She was taken to
Lakeland Regional Medi-
cal Center, rushed into
surgery but doctors were
unable to save her from
the knife wounds, the
sheriff's office reports.

He has been charged
with first-degree mur-
der for Enzor and was
booked into the Polk
County Jail without bond.
They have not given the
reason for the fight.
He past record includes
19 prior arrests in Polk
County, including mul-
tiple charges of violation
of probation, burglary
with battery; harassing
a witness; aggravated
assault with a deadly
weapon; armed robbery;
armed burglary; armed
kidnapping; felony bat-
tery; grand theft auto and
more, the sheriff's office
reports. He has served
three terms in the state
prison system, the sher-
iff's office reports.

File for exemptions now

It is now time to file for
exemptions or Agriculture
Classification for the 2011
tax year, the property ap-
praiser's office said.
Polk County Property
Appraiser Marsha Faux
said her office is ac-
cepting applications for
homestead, portability,
widow, widower, disabil-
ity, veterans, senior (older
than 65), conservation,
religious and charitable
exemptions as well as ap-
plications for agricultural
classification through
March 1.
Applicants filing for
Homestead Exemption
for the first time, must
apply in person and have
their recorded deed and
proof of residency which
includes Florida driver's

license (with current
address), Florida vehicle
registration, Florida voter
registration (with current
address) and resident
alien card, if not a citizen
of the United States.
Persons filing for any
exemption have to have
a Social Security card. A
husband and wife must
both have Florida driver's
license, if both drive. A
widow must provide a
copy of their spouse's
death certificate.
Applicants for disability
exemption must provide
a letter from a certified
Florida physician verify-
ing a totally and perma-
nent disability.
Veterans Exemption
applicants must pro-
vide documentation of

percentage of service-
connected disability from
the US Department of
Veterans Affairs.
Homestead exemp-
tion may be allowed on
mobile homes if the land
owner is also the owner
of the mobile home. The
mobile home registration
must be provided at the
time of filing.
Applications may be
filed in Bartow, Lakeland
or Winter Haven. Those
places are
255 N. Wilson Ave.,
Bartow. 534-4777
912 E. Parker St.,
Lakeland, 413-2549, 2551,
or 2552
3425 Lake Alfred
Road, 3 Gil Jones Plaza,
Winter Haven, 401-2425,
2424 or 2426

Man charged with

first-degree murder

The public can give its
ideas to the staff at the
Florida Department of
Transportation officials
for Polk County termi-
nals for the high-speed
rail project at a hearing
scheduled Jan. 26 in Lake-
Potential station
locations are at State

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Proposed Central Polk ParkwayLEG

Proposed Central Polk Parkway

The Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation
wants to hear from you
as it is gathering infor-
mation on what to do
with the proposed Cen-
tral Polk Parkway.
Public hearings are
scheduled on Jan. 24 in
Haines City and on Jan.
27 in Bartow where a
DOT representative will
tell people about the
project and displayed the
alternatives for it.
The proposed multi-
lane roadways would be
built on new alignments
within 350 feet of limited
access right-of-way.
The western leg of the
proposed Central Polk
Parkway extends from
State Road 60 east of
Bartow northwesterly to
the Polk Parkway (State
Road 570). The eastern
leg connects S.R. 60 east
of Bartow to Interstate 4
in northeast Polk County.
The no-build option is
also a viable alternative
throughout the study
process, a DOT press
release said.
The first is planned to
begin at 6 p.m. with an

see from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Monday through Fri-
day at the Haines City
Community Center, 555
Ledwith Ave., Haines
City and from 9 a.m.-8
p.m. Monday through
Thursday and 9 a.m.-5
p.m. Friday at the Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway Ave., Bartow.
They will be on display
there through Feb. 7
Information about
the Central Polk Park-
way PD&E Study can be
found at www.centralpo-

Road 570 West Station,
Kathleen Road Station
and those station sites
associated with the USF
Polytechnic location.
The meeting is sched-
uled to start at 4:30 p.m.
and public comment is
set at 6 p.m. and should
last an hour.
It will be at the Lake-

land Center in the Lake
Hunter Room at 710W.
Lime Ave., Lakeland. It
will be in an open house
format and will provide
the opportunity for in-
terested parties to briefly
present their views. Proj-
ect staff will be available
to answer questions.

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Grandstanding with Sheriff Judd

There's a joke that circulates around
Polk County from time to time. It goes
something like this:
Question: Where is the most danger-
ous place in Polk County?
Answer: Between Sheriff Grady Judd
and a television camera!
Sheriff Judd is a good sheriff.
Evidence of that is the ever-declining
crime rate in Polk County. He is a
dedicated law enforcement officer
who started with the sheriff's office in
1972 as a dispatcher and worked his
way up to the rank of colonel. He was
elected to the office of sheriff in 2004
and has been an able, popular and
media savvy sheriff.
Did we say media savvy?
Judd is the master of the perp walk,
press conference and video inter-
view. Most of the time we look at the
sheriff's publicity seeking moves as
just that staged events that get him
exposure and most of that time the
exposure is good for Polk County. We
normally applaud the sheriff's crime

How many Episco-
palians does it take to
change a light bulb?
Change that light bulb?
My grandmother gave the
church that light bulb!

Anglicans do not re-
spond well to change.
Born a Methodist, I
have been an Episcopa-
lian for the past 50 years.
Of all our sacred tradi-
tions, opposition to
change is perhaps the
most dear to me.

When I was a child,
about the time that Ponce
DeLeon was looking for
the Fountain of Youth
and Lewis and Clark were
searching for.a Northwest
Passage, there were three
college football bowls
of consequence: Rose,
Cotton and Sugar. (There
were two others that be-
lieved in error that
they were equally impor-
tant: Orange and Sun.)
These stellar post-sea-
son events were preceded
by elaborate parades,
bisected by unforgettable
half-time shows, and
generally accorded the re-
spect due earth-changing
They also provided
background noise for
New Year's Day naps.
The winners thereof
each had a plausible


fighting techniques and accomplish-
ments, but one of his most recent
moves make us wonder if he isn't lean-
ing a little more toward his theatrical
side than usual.
When the sheriff announced that he
didn't like seeing inmates playing bas-
ketball while they were incarcerated in
the county jail, he called another press
conference and announced that he
was removing the h6ops and donating
them to eight Polk county churches.
The sheriff knows that inmates,
even the ones who are in jail awaiting
trial and are presumed innocent until
proven guilty, are a group with little
voice in public affairs. So, who will
complain about a move like this? Very
few people. The sheriff scores another
public relations coup. Tough on crime
and helping churches. .. the perfect
move for a popular sheriff.
But being popular does not always

S.L Frisbie. I '

claim to being the best
college team in the na-
tion, thus giving sports-
writers something to
argue about until Valen-
tine's Day.

That has changed, and
since change upsets me, I
don't like it.
For one thing, there are
as many college bowls
as there are giant cor-
porations to give them
Even the "real" bowl
games now are appended
with sponsors' names,
and for reasons that
I cannot understand,
newspapers faithfully
report these names as if
they were valid.
Newer bowl games,
which pop up with the
frequency of toadstools
in a rainy spring season,
don't even have meaning-
ful names, like Rutabaga
Bowl or Muenster Cheese
They are identified only
by the brand of dog food
or undergarments that
sponsors them.

At last count, there are
35 of them, which means.
70 of the country's best
college football teams -
many of which the more
avid followers of the sport
actually have heard of-
now compete for brag-
ging rights.

What purpose do these
bowls serve, other than
to provide free publicity
for the sponsors' names
and to extend the football
season until three weeks
after Easter?
As far as I can tell, their
significance which
once was to identify the
three best teams in the
country barely exists
They do, however, allow
schools to boast that by
virtue of winning the Ty-
D-Bowl Bowl, they ended
the season ranked 67th
in the nation, instead of
68th, where they were
ranked before the game.
That just might be
enough to salvage a
coach's career for one
more year.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
He offers you this test of
knowledge: What is the
primary use of pigskin in
America? Making foot-
balls, you say? Not even
close. The primary use is
holding pigs together.)

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mean you are doing the right thing.
The supreme law of the state, the
Florida Constitution, states that there
is a prohibition against a Florida
government entity donating directly to
a church. Here are the exact words in
the state Constitution:
No revenue of the state or any politi-
cal subdivision or agency thereof shall
ever be taken from the public treasury
directly or indirectly in aid of any
church, sect, or religious denomination
or in aid of any sectarian institution."
Judd doesn't think he violated any
"We didn't violate the law and we
have not cut a new path here. State
and Federal government send money
to faith-based organizations all of the
time," he said, noting that his lawyers
told him it was a supportable move.
"There is the Constitution as it is
written and there are other laws," he
Earlier we asked who could argue.
against such a move. Well, Judd was


I am writing in re-
sponse and outrage
regarding the "cartoon"
depicting a politician
telling Elizabeth Edwards
at-her gravesite that "He
betrayed us too" in you
December 11, 2010 edi-
How heartless, taste-
less and disgusting can
one get? To compare the
hurt, shame, and betrayal
John Edwards pathetic
behavior towards his wife
and family to his "be-
trayal" to his cronies is
nothing short of imbe-
cilic. Particularly when
we all know that, at the
very least, 95 percent of
those politicians betray,
lie to and abuse the entire
American People on a

handed an unexpected publicity gift
that not even he could have planned.
The Atheists of Florida Inc. sent the
sheriff a letter threatening legal action
against the move and citing the state
Okay, now the sheriff is tough on
crime, helping churches and oppos-
ing a group of atheists. A politician's
dream if we ever did see one.
But you don't have to be an atheist
to believe that a government official
should not be able to unilaterally give
government property to churches.
The sheriff is a good lawman who
also likes to see his office in the news.
"We are just telling people what the
sheriff is doing well for the commu-
nity," Judd said Tuesday.
We know the sheriff is doing a lot
of good for the community and we
are glad he is in the county's top cop
However, it would be nice to see a
little less media grandstanding from
our sheriff.

Less partisan in parties

Your editorial of Dec.
29, 2010 I1 found both in-
teresting and disturbing.
Merrium Websters Col-
legiate Dictionary 11th
edition 2003 has "parti-
san" as "one exhibiting
blind, prejudiced and,
unreasoning allegiance to
a party, faction, cause or
Does America need
someone to serve his
party well "lobby for his
political party's interests"
be a fierce partisan, or do

we the people need lead-
ers who will work hard
to serve all the people
of Florida republican,
democrat, independent
and other?
Our eclectic found-
ing fathers did not allow
"partisanism" deflect
them from cooperating
in crafting our repub-
lics Constitution, Bill of
Rights, and Declaration of
Independence, so that we
the people had protection
for our God given inalien-

Groups should repay

In response to Ms.
Price's letter in your
December 29 edition, I
would like to offer my
The total dollar figures
these fees generate as a
percentage of the City
budget is not the issue.
The City held its mill-
age rate as a benefit to
each and every taxpayer.
They did so knowing
there would be some
tough times ahead.
The city's costs for
these events are real dol-
lars, it would seem that

in this instance, as in any
event, be it Mardi Gras,
Christmas parade, boat
races or Pioneer Days,
those wishing to promote
their event should realize
not every taxpayer feels
the same about them.
The only fair approach
is for those sponsoring
their event to bear the
cost to the city,, costs over
and above the normal
schedule for clean up and
security. Ms. Price's offer
to offset these costs to the
Martin Luther King Day
Parade is a fine gesture

abje rights of life, liberty
and (property) pursuit of
Our country needs
unity leaders in all par-
'ties who adhere to our
republics Constitution
as written and jealousy
guard our states rights
from usurpation.
May our new Florida
GOP chairperson serve
in a spirit our founding
fathers can applaud.
Eleanor Edelson


and would be the ulti-
mate answer for those
having a strong affiliation
with any given event.
But the city still has to
be reimbursed for their
One last comment,
there has been no ap-
parent problem with this
approach from any of the
other sponsors subject to
these fees. I suspect they
find it as a very fair way to
allocate scarce taxpayers
Lake Wales

daily, if not minute to
minute, basis. Talk about
"the pot calling the kettle
black", there is no better
portrait of that old cliche'
than your "cartoon".
Your little "funny" or
"satire" or whatever you
thought was a statement
has indeed made one. It
has spoken volumes to
the value and compassion
you place on human life
and the grief of loss felt
by others, as well as the.
despicable regard to the
life of this woman.
It seems that the fact
that 'Mrs. Edwards was
someone's daughter,
someone's aunt and
cousin, someone's sister,
someone's friend, some-
one's mother, and for

one undeserving person,
someone's wife means
nothing to you. Any
of that ever cross your
You have shown,
through your decision to
publish such trash in your
paper, you are not only
heartless but your true
option of women in gen-
eral they are the lowest
of the low.
You have slapped the
face of every woman on
this planet, disrespected
Mrs. Edwards and shown
contempt for all victims
of family and friends of
and survivors of breast
Mrs. Tommie House
Ms. Annette Bond
Miss Julia Bond

From 68th to 67th

Edwards cartoon was insulting

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Pictured from left Thomas Milam, Cierra Lowe, Brett Buzzard, Carly Milam, Brianne Pueschell. Rear left to right are Skylar Oglesby, Woof-- Fort Fraser 4-H taught 4Hers how the dogs are handled
Morgan Whitfield, Reed Fussell, Emily Edwards, Shelby Buzz4rd, Savannah Oglesby, Jordan Kirkland, and 4-H Leader, Bridget by the sheriff's deputies. They watched the K-9 deputies search
Carlisle. Detention Deputy Thomas Gilbert and Tito. for criminals hiding and saw how the K-9s sniff out drugs,
bombs, and explosives. Members who attended with sponsor
Bridget Carlisle were Brett, Carly, Cierra, Emily, Morgan,
State ch air m an tells Savannah, Shelby, Skylar, Brianne, Reed, Jordan and Thomas.

The Bartow chapter
Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution Decem-
ber meeting held at the
home of the Wrights, the
annual Christmas theme
for the veterans tree was
decorated with donations
which will be used to pur-
chase canteen books for
the patients of the James
A Haley VA Hospital in
A special program was
presented by Gay Har-
lowe, the Florida DAR
state Chairman of the
Women's Issues Commit-
tee. She highlighted the
formation of the Daugh-
ters of the American
Revolution in 1890, a time
when women had few
rights and little money

and could not vote.
In just three months
and three meetings, the
group of patriotic women
adopted a constitution,
appointed First Lady
Mrs Benjamin Harrison
as their first president,
assisted in the comple-
tion of the monument
for George Washington's
mother and resolved to
erect a fireproof building
for a collection of histori-
cal relics.
The DAR headquarters
in Washington, D.C., in-
clude Memorial Conti-
nental Hall (1905), and
Constitution Hall (1923),
comprising the largest
complex of buildings in
the world built for and
paid for by women.
The DAR Library is one
of the premier research
centers in the USA.

The DAR Museum with
31 period rooms and
artifacts from the 18th
and 19th centuries is
sometimes called the best
kept secret in Washing-
ton. Postcard pictures of
some museum pieces and
featured state rooms were
A Bartow chapter
project of donations for
soldier boxes were started
with items to be sent to
troops in Afghanistan.
Messages from the men
at the outpost bases tell
how much they appreci-,
ate mail and gifts from
statewide. The winter has
started in some areas.
Hostesses for the event
were Freddie Wright and
Barbara Fite

At the Meetinghouse


Bartow resident Kappy Williams demonstrated her Watercolor art Wednesday, Dec. 1, for
Meetinghouse residents. The Meetinghouse, a 55-plus affordable living apartment complex, is
on Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road.

Bartow Middle School
teacher Sydney Weiss
got $3,522 grant from
the South Florida Water
Management District and
his students will visit the
Peace River to test water
quality and observe natu-
ral systems.
He is among the 21
teachers to win a grant for
the Splash! Program from
the Swiftmud. There were
also 206 grants awarded
to teachers in the dis-
trict's 16-county region, it

said. In Polk County those
21 teachers got $50,355.
The goal of the Splash!
school grant is to give
hands-on learning op-
portunities that teach stu-
dents about local water-
sheds and the freshwater
resources within .them.
Past Splash! projects
include water quality
monitoring of local lakes
and rivers, the develop-
ment of water-conserving
gardens on school
properties, and outreach

campaigns designed to
promote awareness of
water-conserving prac-
Splash! offers educa-
tors free teacher training
workshops, speakers for
classroom presentations
and free educational ma-
terials. The publications
are correlated to Florida's
Sunshine State Standards
and can also be ordered
on the District's web site

The Polk County Sher-
iff's Office Animal Control
in Winter Haven got a
grant for canine influenza
virus as part of a Pet- Foundation
program to build com-
munity immunity against
this respiratory infection.
Because CIV is relative-
ly new, most dogs have

not built up immunity to
the disease, the sheriff's
office said. Dogs can get
the disease by being ex-
posed to those that have
it, as well as playing with
toys or drinking from
bowls used by other dogs.
People can also unwit-
tingly spread the germ if
they come in contact with

infected dogs.
Dog flu has been con-
firmed in 34 states so far,
but tracking the disease
is hard because it is so
difficult to diagnose, the
sheriff's office said. Dogs
are contagious before
they show any symptoms.
By the time the dog starts
coughing, it's too late.


Meetinghouse resident Blanche McDonald won a poinsettia watercolor in a drawing
Wednesday, Dec. 1.



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Lake Wales man charged attempted murder in stabbing incident

A Lake Wales man was According to police on Jan. 2, with attempted
arrested for an early Sun- reports, detectives murder.
day morning stabbing. charge Carlos Vann, 19, Police say Vann

GOOD WILL: Extends beyond holidays

churches, which have
established "benevolent
funds." Of recent note,
though, at least in Bar-
tow, a number of church-
es take collections that
are turned over to The
Church Service Center at
495 E. Summerlin St.
'A lot of the churches
have turned it over to
us," said director Dixie
Shivler. "Because a lot
of the benevolent funds
were being hit so hard."
The churches also refer
people to the Church
Service Center.
"We get about 10-15
calls per day from people
needing help," said as-
sistant director Wilma
Bearrington. Despite
the cold and the holiday
season, the need remains
constant because they
get requests all year long,
she said. "We haven't
seen an increase."
Any increase, she said,
comes on designated .
days in which applica-
tions are accepted, and
the process is a stringent
one before an applicant
is approved, with much
documentation required.
The focus of the
Church Service Center is
also shifting.
"In the past, we were
emergency assistance,"
said Shivler. "Now we are
moving to a program to
stabilize families. We're
trying to find the root
Amazingly, she said
there are a number of
people who don't know
how to start, who don't
know how to put togeth-
er a budget, balance a
checkbook and, essen-
tially, live within their
means. It will be a slow
process, she said.
"We're not expecting
overnight successes, but
if we have one, it will be
worth it," she said.
It is important to
"teach them the tools,"
she said. It is the old
adage of giving someone
a fish versus teaching
them to fish.
"We want tobe a 'hand
up' not a handout."
The Church Service
Center is also expand-
ing in other directions.
One new service it will
be offering is free tax
preparation, partnering
with Access Florida (to
help with applying for
food stamps), counseling
young, married couples
as well as single mothers,

and working with South-
eastern University to set
up an intern program for
those looking at careers
in social services.

Feeding the hungry
But what of those
whose needs are more
pressing? For whom it
is important they first
"be given a fish?" Several
churches address that
more immediate need,
providing sustenance for
those who are hungry.
One of those churches
is First Baptist Church.
For four years it has
been both a host site
and a drop site, and nine
churches are aligned in
the program.
For $31, people who
are on tight budgets can
stretch their dollars -
including food stamps
by enrolling between
now and Jan. 20, then
picking up their food on
Jan. 29. The amount of
food is enough to feed
a family of four for a
week; $41 can feed larger
"It's good food at a low,
low cost," said Karen
Schaffer, the coordinator
for Angel Food for First
Baptist, who added the
food offerings are of high
"It's amazing what's in
the boxes," she said. "It's
not government grade."
She added the food is
name brand, not generic,
nor out-of-date. That
includes meats, which
are grade A cuts.
The need is there,
especially over the past
several years, she said.
Nor is it limited only to
those who belong to First
"We've all had our fair
share of those who are
down on their luck," said
Schaffer. The Angel Food
program for First Baptist
is "a way to reach out to
the community beyond
the walls of the church."
Another church reach-
ing out to the commu-
nity is First Presbyterian.
Approximately five-to-six
years ago, it began what
is now Grace Diner. From
4-6 p.m. on Thursdays,
anyone is welcome to
come to the church fel-
lowship hall for a hot
meal, which includes
at least two vegetables,
bread and dessert.
"It's something to
make them feel special,
God-blessed, and that
people care," said Sharon
Harris, church secretary.

stabbed his 19-year-old
cousin, Nathan Reeder,
multiple times. during an

The victim was airlifted
to Lakeland Regional

Antonio Watson Jr. (middle) 16, and his brother, Alexander, 15, watch as steam rises as Bruce
Munroe (left) pours out pasta from a strainer.

At first, First Presbyte-
rian partnered with an-
other church because it
did not have a commer-
cial kitchen,, and meals
were served on Tuesdays.
It originally was a soup
kitchen and intended to
feed the homeless.
Since then, it built a
commercial kitchen,
and the current fellow-
ship hall was the former
chapel. Another change
has been to move it from
Tuesday to Thursdays,
owing to a conflict in
availability of the fellow-
ship hall.
When the new format
began, it only attracted
nine-to-10 people. In
the time since, atten-
dance averages between
40-50 people, according
to Bruce Munroe, who
volunteers his service. By
his estimate, since the
program began, as of this
past December, more
than 3,000 meals have
been served.
He also spoke how the
program is structured.
"We try to do it like a
restaurant, not a hash
house or soup kitchen,"
he said.
Most of the people
who come are regulars,
but "we get a few new
faces," he said.
On a recent Thursday,
James Watkins was hard
at work, cooking. He
was assisted by his son,
Antonio, who recently re-

turned from having been
stationed in Kuwait, and
Antonio's sons, Antonio
Watson Jr., 16, and Alex-
ander Watson, 15. James
Watson, who ran his own
kitchen for 50 years, be-
gan volunteering nearly a
year ago.
"One of my neighbors
asked if I would give a
hand," he said. "I really
enjoy it."
He is not the only one
of his family who feels
the same.
"It's opened my eyes,"
said Antonio. "Feeling
the need. I think it's re-
ally important."
Being a volunteer has
also prompted him to
consider entering the
ministry following high
Like the Angel Food
program, the Grace
Diner program is a way
for the church to reach
beyond its own congre-
gation. However, in ad-
dition to the hot meal, it
serves another purpose.
For a number of those
who partake, they live
in isolation, and Grace
Diner is the only time
they leave their homes
and have the opportunity
to socialize.
"I stay home most
of the time," said Alice
Hall. "I've been coming
here about six months. I
found out about it from a
Hall was accompanied

BOMB: Threat received New Year's Day. Not.

between Church and
Through it all, Kent
Henry, a bail bondsman,
and an unidentified
female associate, waited
and watched from the
parking lot on West Bou-

"Heard somebody
called in a bomb threat,"
he said Saturday morn-
ing. "Been waiting 15-20
minutes. Can't get in to
bail out a prisoner."
A sheriff's deputy,
whose patrol car was
positioned blocking the
entrance to parking lot

between West Boulevard
and the West Church
wouldn't comment
whether a bomb threat
had been called in, stat-
ing he was not autho-
rized to speak.
When the PCSO
re-established contact
with the man, who they

did not identify as he
was never arrested nor
charged, he said he
never meant for what he
had said to be taken as
a threat. He also stated
what he believed he had
said was his "heart was
going to blow up, I'm
that upset."

COUNTY MANAGER: May be named this month

to go through all the ap-
plicants and recommend
a final four, which he
termed "shortlisting," or
were the members of the
screening committee to
also be charged with the
responsibility of inter-
If the BOCC voted to
limit the committee's role
to just "shortlisting," an
immediate benefit would
be that interviews could
begin as early as Jan. 17,
a week earlier than origi-
nally scheduled. Also,
the new county man-
ager could be installed as
early as Jan.-31 or shortly
thereafter, rather than
the estimated March 1-15
dateline. A short while
later, in a further clarifi-
cation, Craig iterated the

purpose of the timeliness
originally developed was
to serve as a guide, that it
was not set in cement.
With Craig at the podi-
um was Anthony Casas,
a human resources con-
sultant, and Sher Hooker,
Employee Development
Specialist at Polk County
BOCC, to take questions
from the commissioners.
"Have we received any
applications and where
are they from?" Com-
missioner Bob English
asked. Casas replied
that approximately two
dozen had been received,
only a fraction who were
qualified. The majority
had come from Polk and
neighboring counties.
While Commissioner
Sam Johnson stated he
was satisfied with Craig's
recommendations he

motioned the BOCC ac-
cept them as presented,
Commissioner Melony
Bell said she would
prefer the screening
committee be expanded
from five members. In re-
sponse, Chairman Edwin
V. Smith said the number
of search committee
members was kept at
five to keep the process
moving forward. With the
cutoff date being Friday,
Jan. 7, he would not
support expanding the
Bell countered the
Jan. 7 cutoff date was
applicable to interested
candidates and should
not have a bearing on
expanding the commit-
tee. However, she could
garner not support. Eng-
lish said he would have
supported Bell had she

raised the issue earlier .
than at the Jan. 4 session.
Johnson's motion was
ratified 4-1, with Bell dis-

Craig's proposal in-
The screening com-
mittee determine the
four most qualified
Polk County human
resources division will do
reference, education and
background checks
The four most quali-
fied candidates will be
interviewed by the BOCC
from Jan. 17-28
An offer to be ten-
dered Jan. 28
county manager in place
(hopefully) as early as
Jan. 31

by another friend, Lois
Coleman, who also does
not get out very much.
"It's a blessed atmo-
sphere," said Coleman.
"It's a very loving atmo-
sphere. Everybody's real
Both agreed the set-up
and the food was to their
"These are very nice
people who run this.
Christian people," said
Hall. "You can tell that."

Medical Center where
he is operated on, the
sheriff's office said.

Jesse C. Barwick Sr. and
his wife, Mary, voiced
similar sentiments. For
both of them, it was a
chance to meet new
people and old friends.
It was also the chance to
"It's awfully nice to be
around here," said Mary.
"They treat you like fam-
Both Barwicks are
retired, having to do so
because of health issues.
Jesse retired in 2004 from
Florida Natural Growers,
where he was a forklift
and machine operator.
Mary worked at Preci-
sionaire. In addition to
Thursday's Grace Diner,
they also go on Fridays
for a meal at Victory Wor-
Although it appeared
most who go to Grace
Diner are elderly, there
are those who are young-
er. For the past three
or four months, Curtis
Lasure attends, some-
times with his family,
sometimes others. This
time he was with associ-
ates. A concrete finisher
who worked on highway
and road construction
projects, for much of
2010 he has been without
work. He put on a strong
face and spoke with a
firm voice, but he could
not disguise the pain in
his eyes.
"Ever since being laid
off, I've struggled. It's
been hard, what with a
wife and two kids."

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Healthy turnout for commissioner's New Year's day hike


By 9 a.m. New Year's
day, nearly every avail-
able parking space near
the Circle B Bar Reserve
pavilion was filled.
Nearly 30 minutes later,
shortly before the start of
the sixth annual "Here's
to Your Health" 2/2 mile
walk, cars were still driv-
ing in to the entrance,
two and three at a time.'
Out of the vehicles
poured couples, and
families, often from
several generations. Most
were decked in hiking
regalia: floppy, brimmed
headgear, walking sticks,
binoculars. Some toted
cameras strapped around
their necks.
As they approached,
they were greeted by
Jeff Spence, Polk County
director of the Parks and
"Good morning. If
you're here for the hike,
we'll be starting in about
20 minutes," he said.
"In the meantime the
Center is open, where the
restrooms are, as well as

By 9 a.m. on New Year's day, the parking areas were filled to
capacity, as a crowd of hikers, estimated between 150-200, came
to participate in the sixth annual "Here's to Your Health" hike.

A number of them
headed toward the
pavilion. Others milled
about, talking among
themselves as well as
wishing happy new year.
They awaited the arrival
of Polk County Commis-
sioner Bob English, the
annual walk's organizer.
Shortly before 9:15
a.m., he appeared, ac-
companied by Frank

O'Reilly, Polk County
Schools board of educa-
tion member. A number
of people approached
English, who welcomed
them, often shaking their
hands. He was effusive in
his greetings.
"Glad to see you here
today," English said.
"Good way to start the
new year."
While many had par-

Polk County Commissioner Bob English (left), organizer of the sixth annual "Here's to Your Health"
hike, held each New Year's day at the Circle B Bar Reserve, welcomes first-timers Paul Lessard and
Lea Converse.

ticipated in the walk in
years earlier, a number of
hikers were making the
NewYear's day trek for
the first time.
"I got an e-mail from
a friend telling us about
the walk," said Lea Con-
However, this was not
the first time Converse,
or her companion, Paul

Lessard, both from Lake-
land, had visited Circle B
Bar Reserve. "We come
at least three times a
month," Lessard said.
Each time they do, they
agreed, it is as if they are
visiting for the first time.
"You never know what
you're going to see," Con-
verse said.
Meanwhile, English

was readying to lead the
hikers, whose number
was estimated between
150-200. He commented
about the weather. His
smile was broad as he
"Most of the time, it's
wet and rainy," he said.
"Today it's beautiful."


When Polk County
Commissioners meet 9
a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6,
with the Polk Legislative
Delegation for a joint
work session, it will make
a request for federal
funding for four of the
eight projects it reviewed
at the Tuesday, Jan. 4
public session. Making
the cut were two highway
widening projects: U.S.
98 and U.S. 27; the Win-
ter Haven Area Transit
(to buy five 31-foot buses
and four mini-buses),
and Lake Gwyn Hydro-
logic Restoration.
Of the four rejected,
the one from Polk Sheriff
Grady Judd brought
about a measure of unin-
tended levity by Com-
missioner Melony Bell.
The Polk County Seriff's
Office was requesting
$1,900,000 to be applied
to gang activity, the fight
against methamphet-

amine, the fight against
marijuana grow house
operations, violent crime
and predator/offender
management and com-
munity safety programs.
While supportive of the
sheriff and his depart-
ment, Bell said she didn't
believe Judd needed to
have the BOCC make
an appeal on behalf the
PCSO. She said because
of his renown, being
perhaps the most famous
sheriff in the entire U.S.,
he could directly go to
Washington, D.C., ask for
money ... and get all that
he asked.
Because interim
county manager Jim
Freeman raised concerns
about "earmarks," the
BOCC asked Lea Ann
Thomas, assistant county
manager for clarification.
There was a difference in
terminology. The road
widening appeals were
projects, and that autho-
rization is made by the
federal government every

six years. The six other
projects under consid-
eration by the BOCC are
Thomas went on to say
that it was necessary for
the BOCC to prioritize
which of the two road
projects was most impor-
tant, and to do likewise
on those items consid-
ered appropriations.
Freeman felt the best
approach was to pick
non-competing items,
and recommended the
BOCC consider U.S. 98
road widening, W.H.A.T.,
the PCSO request, and
Lake Gwyn.
However, Commis-
sioner Bob English felt it
best to present only three
items: both road widen-
ing projects and funding
for W.H.A.T. Chairman
Edwin V Smith also fa-
vored those three, but ex-
panded it to include the
Lake Gwyn restoration
project. Smith's recom-
mendations were ratified
in a unanimous vote.


Concerns voiced sev-
eral weeks agb about the
seeming lack of prog-
ress by the Polk County
Sesquicentennial Cel-
ebration committee were
more than put to rest at
the Jan. 4 public session
of the Polk County Com-
missioners. In fact, the
presentation by Myrtice
Young so excited com-
missioners that serious
deliberation was given to
increasing by as much as
10 times the $5,000 the
Celebration committee
was requesting.
Young, who took over
slightly more than a
month ago as historic
preservation manager
with the parks and recre-
ation division, outlined
the goals and objectives,
and provided a timeline
of the effort thus far.

)n fast trace
She also announced a
website will be launched
in mid-January, Polk-, and
spoke of other works in
"We are committed
to the celebration.of the
150th anniversary," con-
cluded Young.
BOCC chairman Edwin
V. Smith was effusive in
his praise. "I'm excited.
I had no idea you had
done all this stuff," he
said. "I'm floored."
The presentation
prompted Commissioner
Sam Johnson to believe
the amount requested,
$5,000, was insuffi-
cient, and he calculated
five-to-10 times that
amount would be more
appropriate. Smith went
on record supporting a
$50,000 contribution,
calling it seed money
and hoping it would spur
further donations from

other public and private
institutions, as well as
The euphoria was tem-
pered by Commissioner
Todd Dantzler. He want-
ed to see a more com-
prehensive plan from the
Celebration committee
in two more weeks, when
the BOCC met for its
second monthly public
session. He also recom-
mend the BOCC grant
the $5,000, and then
revisit. He was supported
in that by interim county
manager Jim Freeman,
which would also allow
his department to deter-
mine the impact upon
the county budget and
other projects.
The BOCC unanimous-
ly approved the Sesqui-
centennial Celebration
committee's $5,000
request, and to revisit the
idea of providing further


Thirty states in this
country have a law tha
bans text messaging,
while driving. Florida i
not one of them.
However, there is a b
that would change thai
Last year the Florida
Senate passed a bill to
ban texting while driv-
ing in a 34-4 vote. The
Florida House of Repre
sentatives never voted
the bill. This year, Sen.
Nancy Detert, R-Venice
has refiled the bill, call
SB 158, that Sen. Paula
Dockery, R-Lakeland, h
"It is our hope that it
will pass once again in
the Senate and that ou
colleagues in the Hous
will push for this impo
tant life saving initiative
so we can send it to the
governor for his signa-
ture," Sarah Hardy, a
legislative aide to Dock
ery said at a ceremony
Monday where a portico
of U.S. 27 was named
Heather Hurd Memoria
Monday was the their
anniversary when Hur
was killed in a 10-car

Highway named for wreck victim

pileup on U.S.27 as she U.S. 27 for Heather Hurd.
and her fiance, Patrick A ceremony held was
Richardson, were driving held Monday at by Sand
to Disney World to meet Mine Road in Davenport
t a wedding planner. It at the Berry Town Center.
happened when a truck A sign is now on the
s driver, David Lunger, side of the road. Russell
received a text mes- Hurd was given a rep-









sage from his company,
looked away from the
road and hit a line of
cars. The Florida High-
way Patrol reported that
Lunger never hit the
brakes. Witnesses on the
scene said there was steel
all over the road. Stepha-
nie Phillips, 37, of Haines
City, was also killed in
the crash and many oth-
ers were injured.
Hurd's father, Russell,
undertook a campaign to
get a national law passed
banning its use follow-
ing this wreck. Though
he hasn't gotten what
is being called by some
Heather's Law to pass
in Florida, he has been
successful elsewhere.
In Maryland, his home
state, he testified before
the Legislature. There
is a law banning texting
Though there is no bill
in Florida, The Legisla-
ture passed a bill in 2009
renaming the portion of

lica of that sign. "Now is
time to pass in Florida to
pass Heather's law and
ban cell phones while
driving," Hurd told the
gathering when he spoke
Monday. "Everyone here
today has a Heather in
their life."
More than 220 mil-
lion people in the U.S.
subscribe to wireless
services and 80 percent
of those subscribers use
their phones while driv-
ing, the National Confer-
ence of State Legislatures
reports. Thirty of the
50 states have banned
texting and eight Cal-
ifornia, Connecticut, Del-
aware, Maryland, New
Jersey, New York, Oregon
and Washington and
the District of Columbia
have banned hand-held
phone use by all drivers.
The current bill was
filed Dec. 1. It would
ban a person driving
a motor vehicle from
typing into a wireless

The portion of U.S. Highway 27 between Sand Mine Road and the northern Polk County line has
been named Heather Hurd Memorial Highway to honor a Maryland native killed when her car
was struck by a truck driven by a man who was texting on his cell phone at the time. This photo is
looking north up U.S. 27 from Sand Mine Road.

communications device
or reading from a device
for interpersonal com-
munication. That would
also include e-mailing
and instant messaging as
well as text messaging.
There are exceptions for
certain people acting in
emergency criminal and
non-criminal ways. There
are also penalties in the
bill ranging from three

to six points a person
could get on his or her
driver license for violat-
ing the law.
The Legislature starts
its 60-day session on
March 8 and will take
up this bill then. Dock-
ery's aide told the crowd
Monday she will not give
up on this law nor Hurd's
story that could help the
bill become a law.

"I will continue to
share Heather's story un-
til the Legislature passes
the changes that address
the behavior that ended
a promising young life
much too soon," Hardy
To see a video of
Monday's event at www.
aspx. Click on "Check out
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William Hinson "Bill"
Bevis, Sr., 90, of Tallahas-
see, died Friday, Dec. 31,
2010, in Tallahassee.
Mr. Bevis was born
March 20, 1920, in Two
Egg to John Willis and
Melissa Mae Hinson
Bevis. He graduated
from Marianna High
School, where he received
All-State honors, when
Florida named only one
All-State team for all
schools. He earned a foot-
ball scholarship from the
University of Tennessee,
where he played for Gen.
Robert Neyland and later
Coach Bowden Wyatt. He
captained the team that
played in Tennessee's last
Rose Bowl appearance in
1945, and also played in
the 1943 Sugar Bowl. A
blocking back in Ney-
land's single wing offense,
he was a two time winner
of the Jacob's Blocking
He also served as se-
nior class president. He
received his business and
accounting degree from
Tennessee and became
an assistant football
coach at the school, and
in 1984 was inducted into
the University of Tennes-
see Football Hall of Fame.
In 1953 he moved to
Fort Meade to follow
a dream of becoming
a citrus grower. It was
there that he met and
married Nancy Ann
Varn and started his
family. Mr. Bevis' career

Etta Mae Gray, 77, died
Jan. 1, 2011, at Winter
Haven Hospital.
Mrs. Gray was born
Feb. 14, 1933, in Herman-
dale, Mo., and moved to
Fort Meade from Steele,
Mo., in 1972. She was a
homemaker and mem-
ber of New Beginnings
Church of God, Fort.
Mrs. Gray was preceded
in death by her husband,
Donald Gray; son, Larry
Allison; brothers, Charles
Allison, Lester Allison,
Tony Allison; sisters, Tilda
Wiseman, Mildred So-
thard, Mary Lou Scott.
She is survived bly her
son, Bill Allison and wife,
Melinda, Steele, of Mo.;
daughter, Jean Forbus,

Brother Sullivan S.
Pugh, 85, gospel record-
ing artist best known for
such hits as "May The
Work I've Done," "Give
Me My Flowers," "Wait-
ing For My Child" and
"Somewhere Around
Gods Throne," died Dec.
30, 2010, at home sur-
rounded by his wife and
Services: Abundant
Favor Mortuary, Inc. 115

involved both the public
and private sectors. His
legacy with the citrus
industry still continues
with his family. He also
owned and operated the
Fort Meade Motel, Fort
Meade Ford and was also
a partner in the funeral
home in Fort Meade. He
served as mayor of Fort
Meade, and was named
its outstanding citizen
in 1963. An avid history
buff, he helped establish
the Polk County His-
torical Society. In 1968 he
was elected to the Florida
House of Representatives
and served two terms. He
also was elected state-
wide and served two
terms as a Florida Public
Service Commissioner,
and retired from public
service after serving on
the Florida Crimes Com-
. pensation Commission.
Through the years
he was active in many
civic organizations and
endeavors, as well as be-
ing an active member of
Killearn United Methodist
He was preceded in
death by his parents and
three sisters, Johnnie Mae
Bevis Dixon, Bobbie Bevis
Southerland and Pauline
Bevis Grant.
Survivors include his
brother, Russell R. Bevis
of Tallahassee; two sons,
William H. "Buddy" Bevis
and his wife, Mary War-
ren, of Tallahassee and
Hugh Thomas Bevis and

Etta Mae Gray
Fort Meade; brothers,
Chester Lee Allison,
Arlington, Tenn., Jesse
James Allison, Steele, Mo.,
Kenneth Allison, Fenton,
Mo.; sisters, Dora Hays,
Memphis, Tenn., Glenda
Winters and Ruth Carl-
ton, both of Steele, Mo.;
grandchildren, Danny
and Sheryl Forbus, Kim
and Kyle Strickland,
Gregory Manning all of
Fort Meade, Karry Allison
and Holly Allison, both of
Steele, Mo., and Bo and
Kim Allison of Arkansas;
14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan 4, at Han-
cock Funeral Home, Fort
Funeral; 2 p.m.,
Wednesday, Jan. 5, at the

Dill DeVIS
his wife, Sharon of Fort
Meade; a daughter, Irma
Melissa Bevis Camp and
her husband, Richard,
of Tallahassee; and eight
grandchildren, William
Hinson Bevis, III, Laura
Sidney Bevis, Elizabeth
Rose Bevis, Amy Ann Be-
vis, Thomas Hugh Bevis,
Nancy Margaret Camp,
Cole Engram Camp and
Robert Conley Camp.
Visitation: After the
Services: 11 a.m.,
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, Kil-
learn United Methodist
Church, 2800 S. Sham-
rock, Tallahassee.
Burial: 2 p.m., Bascom
United Methodist Church
Cemetery in Bascom, Fla.
Arrangements: Bevis
Funeral Home, Tallahas-
Gifts in memory of Mr.
Bevis may be made to
the Southern Scholarship
Foundation, 322 Stadium
Drive, Tallahassee, FL
32304 (www.southern-

Etta Mae Gray
New Beginnings Church
of God with Rev. Larry
Barrentine officiating.
Interment: Evergreen
Cemetery, Fort Meade.
Arrangements: Han-
cock Funeral Home, Fort

Sullivan S. Pugh
E. 30th St., Bradenton
First viewing: 5-9 p.m.
Jan. 6 at Mount Olive Mis-
sionary Baptist Church,
6316 S.W. 59th Place,
South Miami
Second viewing: 5-9
p.m. Jan. 7 United Chris-
tian Fellowship, 2310
N.W 58th Street, Miami
Funeral: 11 a.m. Jan. 8,
Bethel Apostolic Temple,
1855 N.W. 119th Street

Sullivan Pugh

Donald Campbell


Bill Bevis

Sept. 14
Randolph Feola, East
Gaskins Road, seven
counts of out of county
warrant for Gilchrist
County; transferred to
Gilchrist County.

Sept. 15
Teresa Gomez, Ivery-
anna Avenue, no valid
driver's license, released
on $250 bond.
Wayne Braddy, Fifth
Avenue, battery, pretrial

Sept. 16
Perez Saydel, Kirk Road,
no valid driver's license,
released on $250 bond.
Debra Jones, Ruby Av-
enue, aggravated assault
with a deadly weapon
without intenent to kill, re-
leased on $7,500 bond.
Christin Leverett, East
Church Street, driving
under the influence, re-
leased on $500 bond.
John Murray, Pasture
'Road, battery, released for
time served.
Tasha Combs, North
Searcy Avenue, petit theft,
released on $250 bond.

Sept. 17
Kostantinos Chandras,
Manor Drive, burglary
with assault, released for
time served.
Christopher Gonzalez,
Cynthia Street, violation
of injunction for protec-
tion, released on $1,000
bond; battery, released on
$500 bond.
Corey Jones, Richard-
son Road, two counts of
trafficking in cocaine,
sentenced to three state
prison; three counts of
own/rent/lease structure
for trafficking controlled
substance, sentenced to
three years state prison;
possession of cocaine
with intent to sell/deliver,
sentenced to three years
state prison; sale of co-
caine, sentenced to three
years state prison.

Sept. 18
Alonzo Wright, Wheeler
Street, insufficient funds
check issued to obtain
property, pretrial release.
Candy Carr, Dietz Road,
violation of probation
for possession of drug
paraphernalia, released
for time served.

Sept. 19
Jermaine Cunningham,
East Wabash Street, tres-

Fort Meade


movie night

First United Methodist
Church of Fort Meade will
offer a free showing of the
movie "Letters to God" on
Friday, Jan. 7.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
with the moving starting
at 7 p.m. Free soda and
popcorn will be available.
This free event is open
to everyone of all ages.
The church is located
at 135 East Broadway. For
more information, call

passing, released on $500
Jerald Williams, Kathy
Road, possession of can-
nabis, released on $500
James Miller, Luke
Avenue, nonpayment of
child support, released
without cost.
Josie Broome, Fourth
Avenue, violation of com-
munity control for failure
to return rented vehicle,
balance of sentence sus-
William Edwards,
Golfview Avenue, Desoto
County warrant for driv-
ing while license sus-
pended, released on $120

Sept. 20
Kaneka Miller, Warfield
Drive, knowingly driving
while license suspended
or revoked, released on
$250 bond.

Sept. 21
David Lyle, Lyle Park-
way, possession of meth-
amphetamine, released
on $1,000 bond; posses-
sion of paraphernalia,
released on $500 bond.
Valeri Roberts, Lyle
Parkway, possession
of methamphetamine,
released on $1,000 bond;
possession of parapher-
nalia, released on $500
bond; possession of
cannabis under 20 grams,
released on $500 bond.
Israel Streeter, Frazier
Street, battery by strangu-
lation, released on $5,000
Jasmine Pittman,
Golfview Avenue, crimi-
nal mischief, released on
$500 bond; disorderly
conduct, released on $250
William Garrett, Eloise
Street, possession of
marijuana less than 20
grams,' released on $500
bond; possession and or
use of drug parapher-
nalia, released on $500
Adolfo Ortiz, Kirk Road,
no valid driver's license,
released on $250 bond.
Nicanor Esteban-
vasquez, Kirk Road, no
valid driver's license,
released on $250 bond.
Kelly Zentz, Formosa
Avenue, resisting officer
without violence, released
on $500 bond.

Sept. 22.
John Crowley, Reynolds
Road, failure to appear for

Donald Campbell, 90,
of Lakeland, died Jan. 1,
He was born Nov. 3,
1920, in Blanche County,
Ala., to Thomas Hill and
Martha Irene (Lee) Camp-
bell and moved to Lake-
land in 1999 from Bartow
where he was a resident
for more than 55 years.
Donald is a member of
the 1st Baptist Church of
Bartow. He is a World War
II Army veteran whose
memberships included
the American Legion,
Post #3, VFW and AM-
Vets all of Bartow. Donald
is also a 32nd Degree
Mason with the Tuscon
Masonic Lodge #6 of Bar-
tow; Scottish Rite Bodies
of Tampa and the Egypt
Shrine Temple, Tampa.

Donald retired from the
former Sunshine Biscuit
Company, Lakeland as a
salesman with more than
28 years of employment.
He was united in mar-
riage to his wife, Olive, on
April 8, 1945 who preced-
ed him in death in 2006.
Donald is also preceded
in death by his sisters,
Willie Sue Self, Lovania
and Ruby Trott; broth-
ers, Howard and Bufford
.He is survived by his
daughters, Barbara (Mike)
Brown and Brenda (Mike
Wright) Whittle all of
Lakeland; three grand-
children, Lisa Gifford,
Mikey Brown and Scott
Whittle; great-grandchil-
dren, Coner Gifford and
Hayden Whittle.

Donald Campbell
Visitation: 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 4 at the
Lakeland Funeral Home
Funeral: 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 5
Interment: Lakeland
Memorial Gardens Cem-

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no motor vehicle regis-
tration, released on $500
Debora Blevins, Croom
Road, possession of a
controlled substance
without prescription,
released on $1,000 bond;
possession and or use
of drug paraphernalia,
released on $500 bond.
Ralph Thomas, Larve
Court, robbery with a fire-
arm, held without bond;
possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon, held
without bond; failure to
appear for possession
of cocaine, held without
bond; failure to appear
for use or possession of
drug paraphernalia, held
without bond.
Courtney Henderson,
South Avenue, failure
to appear for resisting
officer without violence,
released for time served;
driving while license
suspended or revoked,
sentenced to 240 days;
possession of firearm
by a convicted felon,
sentenced to 240 days;
fleeting or attempting to
elude law enforcement
officer, sentenced to 240
days; violation of proba-
tion for reckless driving,
sentenced to 90 days.

Sept. 23
Jermnaine Cunningham,
East Wabash Street, two
charges of trespassing,
released for time served;
violation of probation for
cocaine, released for time
Rosa Amaro, East
Georgia Street, petit theft,
released on $250 bond.
Jeffery Mosley,
Golfview, possession of
cannabis over 20 grams,
released on $1,000 bond;
maintaining a dwelling
for drug activity, released
on $1,000 bond; posses-
sion of firearm by con-
victed felon, released on
$5,000 bond; possession
of cannabis with intent to
sell within 1,000 feet of a
school, released on $5,000
bond; possession of drug
paraphernalia, released
on $500 bond.

Sept. 24
Joshua Crosby, North
Alturas Road, possession
of marijuana under 20
grams, released on $500
bond; possession and or
use of drug parapher-
nalia, released on $500

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Gymnastics team participates in state competition

The Gymnastics Etc.
went to state AAU com-
petition on Saturday Dec.
18-19 at Orange City.
Level 2 team won first
place and level 3 took
third place. They are
Elizabeth Jorge, Jessica
Weatherholt and Bailey
Gruppuso who won first
place all-around titles

for Level 2. The Level
2 individual champi-
ons: Katie Burns (vault,
beam), Bailey Gruppuso
(vault, beam) and Han-
nah Blackwell (vault,
beam), Elizabeth Jorge
(bars, beam, floor), Chloe
Garthwaite (bars), Emily
Polston (floor).
Elizabeth Keller, Julia

Adkins, Nelson

plan to marry

Merrit, Chloe Maxwell, Elizabeth Keller bars.
Adison Johnson and floor), Julia Merritt (bars)
Tyana King won first Chloe Maxwell (bars),
place all-around titles for Adison Johnson (bars),
Level 3. Level 3 indi- Tyana King (bars, floor),
vidual champions were Baileigh Cabanas (floor),
Adison Johnson (vault), Courtney Bailey (floor).
Hannah Fisher (vault),

Heppel-Anderson to wed

Peggy Sue Adkins and Nathan Lee Nelson

Rebecca Lee Hep-
pel and David William
Anderson will be married
March 19, 2011 at Myrtle
Grove Evangelical Presby-
terian Church in Wilm-
ington, North Carolina.
Rebecca's parents are
Jim and Denise Heppel of
Bartow. William's parents
are Dennis and Ellen
Anderson of Wilmington,
Rebecca earned a

. degree in political sci-
ence at Western Carolina
University in 2004. She is
currently employed as a
constituent advocate for
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.
William earned an MBA
in International Finance
at the University of North
Carolina in Wilmington
in 2008. He currently is
a supervisor with McAr)-
derson's Inc.

Rebecca Lee Heppel and David William Anderson

Peggy Sue Adkins and
Nathan Lee Nelson will
get married at 3 p.m. Jan.
22 at the Calvary Assem-
bly of God, Carthage, Ill.
Adkins of Hamilton
Ohio earned a bachelor's
degree from Southeast-
ern University and is
currently employed at
the Keokuk Community
School District in Ke-

okuk, Iowa. Her parents
are Daniel and Bev '
Boone of Hamilton, Ill.
Nelson of Colchester,
Ill., earned a bachelor's
degree from Western
Illinois University and
is a youth pastor for the
Calvary Assembly of God.
His parents are Lloyd and
Zelma Nelson of Blan-
* dinsville, Ill.

Mooney graduates from basic training

Army Pvt. Donald
D. Mooney has gradu-
ated from basic infantry
training at Fort Benning,
Columbus, Ga
During the nine weeks
of training, the soldier
received training in drill

and ceremonies, weap-
ons, map reading, tactics,
military courtesy, military
justice, physical fitness,
first aid and Army history,
core values and tradi-
Additional training

included development of
basic combat skills and
battlefield operations and
tactics, and experiencing
use of various weapons
and weapons defenses
available to the infantry

Horticulture tips for January

Now that the New
Year is here, it's time
to ieefaluate our lawn
strategy, in keeping with
our resolution to improve
its appearance. Starting
with shrubs, this is a good
time to trim back most of
them. Reshape the plants,
to their natural appear-
ance. Remove some of
the older wood to the
ground to allow new
shoots to develop. Keep
shrubs low, this makes
your house look newer.
Regarding pruning, it's
a good idea to prune

plants that flower, during
the winter and spring
months, and this should
be done after the blos-
soms fade. Now is also a
good time to plant new
trees in your yard. Look
for places you need cool-
ing shade, on your home
or yard. And remember,
hot summer months are
coming. Tropical plants
such as palms, should
not be planted now.
Delay putting these into
the ground until warmer
weather. Water new
plantings every day for
a month or so. Also, do
not use chemical fertil-

izer for about a month or
it will burn the disturbed
roots. To enrich sandy
soils, clay may be added
to improve water and
nutrient holding abil-
ity. Mix thoroughly. Add
some organic material to
help. the roots get started.
Azaleas and camellias
should be soaked during
dry periods so that foli-
age will be retained and
blossom buds will not be
shed. This is a good time
to plant bulbs, especially
amaryllis. Allow tips of
bulbs to stick out a bit,
then water twice a week
for several months.'

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All phone number
area codes are 863 unless
indicated otherwise. The
Polk County Democrat
and Fort Meade Leader
calendar is provided by
the public. The deadline
to be included in the up-
coming calendar is 4 p.m.
Monday and Thursday of
each week.
The deadlines for get-
ting information to the
Polk County Democrat or
Fort Meade Leader to be
included in the Wednes-
day and Saturday edition
is also 4 p.m. Monday
and Thursday.
For more informa-
tion or questions, call
533-4183 and ask for Jeff
Roslow or Peggy Kehoe.

Sunday, Jan. 9
Warren Barfield con-
cert, 6:30 p.m. South
Florida Community Col-
lege Theatre for the Per-
forming Arts. Tickets $10
and may be purchased
online at performances. Or
call 784-7178 or visit the
SFCC Box Office at 600
West College Drive, Avon
Park, 11:30 a.m.-2:30
p.m. Monday-Friday.

Saturday, Jan. 14
Opening reception
for "Retrospect & Res-
toration: Paintings by
Humberto Calzada"
to remain on display
through March 26, 6 p.m.
followed by lecture by
Calzada in the audito-
rium at 7 p.m., light hors
d'oeuvres will be served
and a cash bar will open.
The reception is free -
for Museum members
and $10 for guests. Polk
Museum of Art, 800 E.
Palmetto St., Lakeland.

Thursday, Jan. 6
Lakeland Metro
Chapter of the National
Association of Women
Business Owners meet-
ing, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.,
Lakeland Yacht & Coun-
try Club. "Mastermind
Meld" $20 for members,
$25 for guests. Register
at: www.nawbolakeland- or phone 647-
9463 by January 5, 2011.

Friday, Jan. 18
- Save Your Home
foreclosure prevention

workshop, 7-9 p.m.,
Howard Johnson confer-
ence room, 1300 3rd St.
N., Winter Haven. RSVP
required at 877-306-5299.

Wednesday, Jan. 22
The Fort Meade
Chamber Annual Event
luncheon 11:45 a.m. to
include induction of new
directors and officers
and the Chamber will
be awarding recognition
plaques to businesses
and individuals who
made a positive impact
on Fort Meade during
2010. Tom Sunnarborg,
vice president of Mo-
saic's land development
and management team,
to give a virtual tour
of Streamsong Resort.
RSVP by Jan. 12 to ft-
com or call 285-8253.

Saturday, Jan. 22
Fiesta Bartow, 6:30
p.m., Bartow Civic Cen-
ter. Annual Chamber of
Commerce meeting with
awards and silent auc-

Started Monday, Jan. 3
2010 Polk Senior
Games Registration,
must be 50 years of age
by De. 31, Polk County
residency not required,
$10 entry fee for first
event, $3 fee for each
additional event up to
$28. Registration begins
Jan. 3, and must be
postmarked by Feb. 10th
or hand delivered by Feb.
11. 533-0055, email polk-
net or check out website
at www.polkseniorgames.

Wednesday, Jan. 5
Reservation deadline
for the 10th Annual Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Breakfast to honor the
winners of the Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Essay
Challenge. Breakfast
is Wednesday, Jan. 12.
Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.,
program at 8 a.m., Bar-
tow Civic Center, 2250 S.
Floral Ave., Bartow. 534-
5901 to make reserva-

Saturday, Jan. 8
Dog Obedience class,
9 a.m. Class runs for
eight weeks. $60 per

dog day of the class $50
when registering early.
Sponsored by the The
Humane Society of Polk
County. 555 Sage Road,
Winter Haven. 324-5227,

Thursday, Jan. 6
Book Babies, 10 a.m.-
10:30.a.m. or 11 a.m.-
11:30 a.m. Bartow Public
Library, 255 N. Broadway
Ave., 534-0131

Saturday, Jan. 8
Antique Fair, 8 a.m.-
2 p.m., Main Street,
Bartow. Booth spaces are
$15, held second Satur-
day of every month. 519-
0508 to rent a booth.

Saturday, Jan. 8
Pix and Popcorn at the
Library, "The Legend of
the Guardians" (Family),
2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. note
that movie titles are sub-
ject to change. Bartow
Public Library, 255 N.
Broadway Ave., 534-0131.
Contact Chana Smith

Saturday, Jan. 8
SPCA yard sale 10 a.m.-
5 p.m., SPCA Education
Center on the campus of
Kindness, 5850 Brannen
Road S., Lakeland. 646-

Saturday, Jan. 8
The Lost and Found,
5:30 p.m. at the Gospel
Music Coffee House, 325
Lyle Parkway, Bartow,
free. Open mike for those
who want to sing. 604-

Saturday, Jan. 8
Bird trip to Mosaic
Phosphate Mines, 8
a.m., free. Reservations
required. Meet at the
Bartow Publix parking for
carpooling, free. 644-

Monday, Jan. 10
Introduction to Your
Computer, 1-3 p.m..
Registration required.
Bartow Public Library,
255 N. Broadway Ave.,

Monday, Jan. 10
Bird identification
class, 6-8:30 p.m., free.
Reservations required.
Meet at the Bartow Pub-
lix parking for carpool-
ing, free. 644-0486.

Tuesday, Jan. 11
Remember! Cel-
ebrate! Act! I, Too, Have
a Dream," a celebration
of Martin Luther King at
Polk State College. Stu-
dent breakfast with Erica
Riggins as guest speaker.
She is the News 9 Morn-
ing Anchor. She has won
an Emmy award for her
reporting on students
protesting the Iraq war.
Winter Haven Campus,

Thursday, Jan. 13
The Wild, Wild West
Dinner, 6-8 p.m., Street
Audubon Center, 115th
Lameraux Road, Winter
Haven, $15 per person.

Friday, Jan. 14.
Chili luncheon fund-
raiser, 11 a.m.-1 p.m..
First Baptist Church, 410
E. Church St., Bartow.
Meals may be carried out
or for dine in. Proceeds
to benefit Relay for Life.

Friday, Jan. 14
Concert in the Park,
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Fort
Blount Park. 519-0508.

Friday, Jan. 14
Remember! Cel-
ebrate! Act! I, Too, Have
a Dream," a celebration
of Martin Luther King at
Polk State College, 11:30
a.m., Lakeland Campus
has a luncheon in LTB-
1100 in the Lakeland
Technology Building.

Saturday, Jan. 15
Florida-Friendly Trail
hike, 9 a.m., walkers to
gather at the library, 325
Avenue A, NW, Win-
ter Haven. Part of the
Trek Ten Trails pro-

gram. To find out more
about the program and
the hikes, visit www.
net/2011 TrekTenTrails.
html or call 293-6961,

Sunday, Jan. 16
Memorial service for
Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. and George Gause, 3
p.m., at St. John Mis-
sionary Baptist Church,
430 Seventh Avenue. S.,

Monday, Jan. 17
King-Gause parade
and carnival, noon,
Parade starts at Floral
Avenue and Main Street,
east to Second Avenue,
south to Martin Luther
King Jr. Boulevard, east
across U.S. 17 to Oak-
lawn Drive to Carver
Recreation Center where
the carnival is. 533-1207.

Friday, Jan. 7
ceremony for Polk State
College of Lakes Col-
legiate High School, 10
a.m. on the Winter Haven
campus, 999 Avenue H
N.E. 298-6800

Thursday, Jan. 6
Polk County Legislative
Delegation Annual Meet-
ing and Public Hearing, 9
a.m., Polk County Com-
missioner's Chamber
Room of the Polk County
Administration Build-
ing, 330 W. Church St.,
Bartow. 679-4847.

Tuesday, Jan. 11
Mayor's Youth Council,
1035 a.m., Bartow High
School media center.
Joint meeting with Bar-
tow City Commissioners.

Tuesday, Jan. 11
Investiture Ceremony
for new Polk County
Court Judges, Barry Ben-
nett and Robert Fegers,
4 p.m., First Baptist
Church, 410 E. Church
St., Bartow. 534-4686

Tuesday, Jan. 11
Polk School Board
work session, 8:30 a.m.,
board meeting, 1:30 p.m.
in the auditorium of the
district administrative
office, 1915 S. Floral Av-
enue, Bartow. 534-0731.

Thursday, Jan. 6
Unifying the Mind
through Meditation,
$7, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.,
The Center for Personal
Growth, 151 Second St.
SW, Winter Haven taught
by Susan Quinn, who has
more than 17 years and
is a qualified meditation
teacher and trained from
a Zen community in San
Diego, Calif. For informa-
tion, susanquinn@earth- or 863 393-8197

.Saturday, Jan. 8
Plastic surgery lecture
where J. Scott Ferguson,
DO, will present 'The Lat-
est Advances in Plastic
Surgery," 10 a.m., Watson
Clinic Bella Vista Build-
ing. Seating is limited.
call 863-904-6238 to

Saturday, Jan. 8
Interactive workshop
for all local high school
coaches and athletic
directors, 8 a.m.-noon
for session A., 1-5 p.m.
for session B at 2125
Harden Blvd. in Lake-
land. Session A designed
for coaches working with
athletes prone to shoul-
der, elbow and wrist inju-
ries. Session B designed
for coaches working with
athletes prone to hip,
knee and ankle injuries.

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