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Title: The Polk County Democrat
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Publication Date: 5/4/2011
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City may clamp down on legal drugs


Commissioners


By BILL RETTEW JR.
STAFF WRITER
How far would an ad-
dict travel for a fix?
According to Bartow
Police Chief Joe Hall,
prescription drug users
travel to the state from
as far away as Alaska to
"legally" purchase pain
killers.
"Florida has become


the 'pill mill' capital,"
said Hall, following Mon-
day's city commission
meeting.
Commissioners unani-
mously voted to pass,
after its first reading,
a prospective City of
Bartow Pain Manage-
ment Clinic Ordinance,
at Monday's meeting. A
second reading, public


OK pill
hearing and affirmative
vote.is required for pas-
sage of the prospective
ordinance designed to
curb and eliminate pre-
scription pain killer use.
"The illegal narcotic
activity and increased
crime associated with
such clinics has cre-
ated an urgent situation
requiring immediate


mill law
action to reduce the
threat to the health,
safety and welfare of t
city's citizens," reads t
proposed ordinance.
Hall said that a single
suspicious although
not confirmed part
time pain clinic might
operate within city
borders. He also said t
Hillsborough and Ora


after first reading
counties are hotbeds for ordinance is similar to a
such clinics. September 2010 county
he The chief said that ordinance for unincorpo-
he users often get legally rated areas.
hooked on scheduled "We want to be on a
le, narcotics that they par with what's going
h "couldn't otherwise get on in the county," said
- on the street from a Parker.
t legitimate doctor." If commissioners vote
City Attorney Sean to pass the proposed
hat Parker told commission- ordinance at the May


nge


ers that the proposed city


DRUGS 10A


PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE


Firefighter to the rescue

When 18-month-old Emmanuel McGill lost his shoe, Bartow Firefighter Chris Walker lent a hand. Emmanel was
visiting the Community Health Fair April 30 at Carver Recreation Center with his mother, Kimberly McGill. Hundreds
turned out for the fair during a busy weekend in Bartow. To check out more pictures from this and other events in
town check out Page 4A.


Developer, founder of

PalletOne, dies at 93


By S.L. FRISBIE, IV
PUBLISHER EMERTIUS
If you live in a post-World
War II subdivision home in
Bartow, there's a good chance
that Dick Craney built it.
If you were a member of
the award-winning Bartow
High School Key Club in the
1950s and 1960s, Dick Craney
was your club's advisor.
And if you were an early
member of the management
team of Ridge Pallets, there's
.a good chance that you were
one of Dick Craney's former
Key Clubbers.
Richard Bellaire Craney -
builder, entrepreneur, and
community leader died at
his home on Monday, May 2,
2011, at the age of 93.
His Bellaire Homes, Inc.,
built several of Bartow's sub-


divisions. Two
of them -
Bellaire Park
and Bellaire
Heights -
bear the com-
pany's name,
which was his
middle name.
He also built Richard B. Craney
Sunset Park,
Azalea Park, Hack Lake, and
Richland Manor, a total of
some 500 Bartow homes.
Less well known to his
friends in Bartow, he built
three Daytona Beach motels:
The Sands, Tropical Shores,
and Blue Waters, and was
executive vice president of
Hendricks Cobb Properties,
which developed three subdi-
visions in Orlando.
CRANEY 10A


Commissioner: That ice

cream tune is annoying


Commissioners
ask attorney for
noise ordinance
By BILL RETTEW JR.
STAFF WRITER
City Commissioner James
E Clements must feel like he's
living out a scene from the
Bill Murray flick, "Groundhog
Day."
Clements complained at
a recent meeting that an ice
cream truck regularly blasts
the same tune while visiting
Nye Jordan Park,.
Most afternoons, whether
there is one child in line or


.eight, as long as the truck is
parked, the same song repeats
until the truck departs to
disrupt the peace somewhere
else in town, according to Cle-
ments.
."It's 100 yards down the
street, but you can hear it
from inside houses," said
Clements. "If they only would
turn it off.
"It plays as long as the line
of kids to get ice cream is."
But, it's not just the ice
cream truck noise that led
commissioners to ask City At-
torney Sean Parker to draft a

ORDINANCE 110A


There's a '. i
Bartow
Magazine
today
This month's
Friday Fest has
a blueberry
theme going to
it. You probably
didn't read about
Saturday in The Polk County Democrat
though we told readers to look for it in
Bartow Magazine that day.
We apologize for the mistake, but you
can read about the Blueberry Fest in Bar-
tow Magazine today.
It and a lot more stories and pictures
about the city are in today's paper, tucked
back there with the Classified, Feeling Fit
magazine and everything else in there.
Oh, and in case you want to keep track of
this, the Friday Fest is May 20 at East Main
Street and Central Avenue in downtown
Bartow. It goes from 6-9 p.m.


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Lady Jackets advance to Regional Finals


Bartow shuts out Osceola 7-0 in semifinals


ByJEFF ROSLOW
EDITOR
Power shot the Bartow
High School Yellow Jackets
into the Regional Finals as
they won 7-0 Friday, April
29, against Osceola High
School.
Lizzie Glass drove in four
runs with two home runs
and pitcher Lauren West,
17-1, gave up only four
hits to win the District 6
Class 5A Regional Semifi-
nal game played at Bartow
High School.
Osceola's starting
pitcher, Sasha Mendez was
replaced with one out in
the third inning after Glass


INSIDE:
Arrests ...................2A
Editorial................5A
County Report........ 1B
School Life.........3B-4B


hit a three-run home run
over the right field fence to
make the score. 4-0.
Prior to her third inning
blast, in the second, Glass
hit a solo home run to lead
off the inning. Mendez was
replaced by Ke
nya Pereira, who yielded
one more run that inning.
After Glass' home run,
Pereira walked Kimmy
Booker, and thatwas fol-
lowed by a single to right
by Rachael Imig that sent
pinch runner Wanda Darby
to third.
Taylor Wagner then
singled to right to drive in
a run. Pereira then walked
Marissa Ortiz to loaO the


Calendar ...............5B
Obituaries.............6B
Community ............8B
Classifieds......... Inside


bases. She then struck out
Jessica Eiland and Brittany
McNeil to end the inning.
Periera, who pitched the
rest of the way, gave up a
total of three runs in the
seven-inning contest.
The Lady Jackets scored
a run in the fifth inning.
With two outs, Eiland beat
a ground ball to second
base that Carmen Nanal
bobbled and then threw
past the first baseman.
Eiland advanced to second
on the error. DeeAn Davis
came in to run for Eiland.
McNeil then hit a slow
grounder to third that on
LADY JACKETS 10OA


PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Lizzie Glass runs home after her second
inning solo home run.


Deal of the Day
Steals
and Deals
See Page 10A


IB teacher Tasered Concerts to help Piles of tires and
in drug arrest tornado victims some barbed wire

See Page 2A See Page 1 B See Page 6A


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Democrat Vol. 80, No. 71


GoodMorning,
Faye
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Bartow Police Crime Report


April 13
Burglary, 600 block
Scott Ave.: antique vase,
$1, antique doll, $1, an-
tique ladder, $1, antique
salad bowl, $200, antique
rocking chair, $1, antique
vase, $1.
Burglary, 9 p.m., 300
block South Holland
Ave.: air conditioner,
$200; lawn mower, $300;
interior door, $150;
bicycle, $50; microwave,
$50.
Attempted burglary of
vehicle, 10:45 p.m., 700
West Davidson.

April 14
Burglary of vehicle, 5
p.m., 100 block North
Crown Ave.:-wallet, $20;
debit card.
Theft, 11 p.m., 600
block West Pearl St.: lawn
chairs, $20.
Criminal mischief, 8
p.m., 100 block Third
Ave.: paint, $500.
Burglary, 6:50 a.m.,
1300 block South Kissin-
gen: chair, $450.

April 15
Criminal mischief,
2 p.m., 1000 block
Golfview Ave.


Burglary, 600 block
Westover Parkway: air
conditioning central
unit, $3,000.
Theft, 4:20 p.m., Family
Dollar, 145 Van Fleet Dr.:
candy bar.
Burglary, 5 p.m., 1000
block North Broadway.
Burglary of vehicle,
11 a.m., 200 block West
Ethelene: converter box
with remote, $70; cable
converter, $25; DVD
player, $40; television
antenna, $9.

April 16
Criminal mischief, 7
p.m., 700 block Shady
Lane.
Criminal mischief,
11:30 p.m., 400 block
Forrest Drive: rear win-
dow glass, $200.
Criminal mischief, 9
p.m., 500 block South
Woodlawn Ave.
Criminal mischief, 7
p.m., 700 block Manor -
Dr.
Criminal mischief, 2:05
a.m., 100 block West Vine
St.
Criminal mischief,
7 p.m., 800 block East
Hooker St.: rear window,
$80.


Criminal mischief, 6
p.m., 400 block Dorothy
St.
Criminal mischief, 8
p.m., 700 block East Vine
St.: back windshield,
$500.
Criminal mischief, 7:30
p.m., 1100 block South
First Ave.: rear window,
$80.
Criminal mischief, 11
p.m., 1100 North Mill
Ave.

April 18
Burglary of vehicle,
3:30 a.m., 1100 block
Pinecrest Drive: damage
to vent window, $200.
Burglary of vehicle,
2 p.m., 900 block Bear
Creek Dr.: in-dash radio,
$300; GPS, $200.
Criminal mischief, City
of Bartow, State Road 60:
city limits sign, $100.
Criminal mischief, 4
p.m., 2200 block Barn
Owl Road: fence, $300.
Theft, 7 p.m., 1055 East
.Van Fleet Dr.: purse, $5;
check, $489; $280 cash;
legal documents, $3.
Theft, 5 p.m., 200 block
West Church St.: iPhone,
$600.
Burglary, 10 a.m., 1000


block West King St.: tele-
visiorn, $200; necklaces,
$1,400; computer, $1,500.
Identity theft, 1000
block East Stanford St.

April 19
Criminal mischief,
8:30 a.m., 200 block West
Church St.: passenger car
tires, $400.
Retail theft, 1:45 p:m.,
Walmart, 1050 East Van
Fleet Dr.: video game
consoles, $600.
Burglary, 2:30 p.m., 700
block South Floral Ave.:
bicycles, $300; tool bag
with tools, $200.
Theft/recover, 4 p.m.,
800 block West McLeod
St.: titles, $2.
Theft, 2:25 p.m., 1200
block East Summerlin St.:
26-inch bicycle, $30.
Narcotics violation,
2:54 p.m., Fifth and Wa-
bash: cigarette box, metal
pipe, box cutter.
Narcotics violation,
9:09 p.m., Steward St.
and Crown Ave.: 5 grams
cannabis.

April 20
Burglary, 700 block
West Pearl St.: wallet,
$10.


Burglary of vehicle, 4
p.m., 1700 block Caroline
Court: semi-automatic
pistol, $380.
Burglary of. vehicle, 6
p.m., 200 block South
Orange Ave.: camera,
$250; credit cards, $2;
license, $1.
Theft, 1 p.m., 2000
block Osprey Blvd.: wal-
let, $50; credit card, $5;
$500 cash.

April 21
Burglary of vehicle,
1:32 a.m., 1600 block
Margaret Ave.: $2 in
change.
Burglary, 6 a.m., 1300
block Laurel Glen Dr.:
dirt bike, $750.
Burglary, 3 p.m.,
Stephens Elementary,
1350 North Maple Ave.:
classroom window.
Retail theft, 2:15 p.m.,
Walmart: Bitr biscuit,
$2; BB paste, $5; triple
cream, $8; ointment, $5;
blanket, $10; jerky, $9.

April 22
Criminal mischief, 9:30
p.m., 2100 block Country
Manor.
Retail theft, 10:30 a.m.,
Family Dollar, 145 East


Van Fleet Dr.: relaxer
kit, $6; press-on nails,
$1; face powder, $2; nail
polish, $2; super glue, $1;
lipstick, $1.
Theft, 3 p.m., Budget
Inn, 1480 East Main St.:
refrigerator, $89; linens,
$200.
Retail theft, 2:10 p.m.,
Walmart: clothing, $122.
Criminal mischief, 8
p.m., 1300 block North
Wilson Ave.: windshield,
.$500.

April 23
Burglary, 8 a.m., 1500
block Centennial Dr.

April 25
Theft, 11:40 a.m.,
Walmart: woman's purse/
wallet, $10.
Theft, 6 p.m., 1400
block Hackl Blvd.: $100
cash.
Burglary, 5 p.m., 2400
block Hamilton St.: dam-
age to wall, $600; five
ratchet wrenches, $20;
two sets of Allen wrench-
es, $30; circular saw, $20;
pipe wrench, $8.


IB teacher charged with having marijuana


Police used a taser
on a local high school
teacher to get him to spit
out five bags of mari-
juana Monday.
Bartow Police Officer
Brad Dilley pulled over
Bradley Gummow, 33, of
Bartow, for a traffic stop
on May 2 around 10:50
a.m. at the intersection
of Polk Street and Baker
Avenue.
While talking with
Gummow, Officer Dil-
ley requested Officer


Tommy Stokes have his
K9 partner do a narcot-
ics sniff. The officers said
they saw a plastic bag in
Gummow's mouth. They
. asked what he had in his
mouth, and Gummow
turned away and refused
to cooperate with of-
ficers, they reported.
Gummow continued
to resist by pulling away ,
from officers until Stokes
deployed his taser. Once
he was "tased" Gum-
mow spit out five plastic


bags that officers said
contained 4.7 grams of
. marijuana.
Gummow is a Bartow
High School teacher
assigned to teach 11th
and 12th grade Interna-
tional Baccalaureate and
Advanced Placement
students.
He was on proba-
tion for reckless driving
involving alcohol, police
said, but as a result of
this charge, his proba-
tion has been violated.


On Monday Gummow
was charged with pos-
session of cannabis (less
20 grams) and violation
of probation, both first
degree misdemeanors,
and resisting an officer
without force or vio-
lence, a second degree
misdemeanor.
He was still in Polk
County Jail as of Tuesday
afternoon.


Bradley Gummow


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Learning to get healthy


at Community Fair


Equilla Cherry gets her finger pricked by Linda Whitfield of Polk Healthcare Plan to have choles-
terol and blood sugar tests at the Community Health Fair Saturday, April 30, at Carver Recreation
Center.


Martha Jones of Bartow has her blood pressure checked by
Bartow Firefighter Chris Walker at the Community Health Fair
Saturday at Carver Recreation Center.


Jingles the Clown entertained children at the Community Health Fair Saturday. Yesenia, Gizelle and Noah Sanchez (from left), of
Bartow, also enjoyed Italian ice handed out by Victor Valentine from Rita's.


Sharon Pearl of Lakeland
underwent a glaucoma
pressure check from Telesa
Pitts of Fischer Schemmer &
Silbiger eye doctors.


Only one in five women veterans signs up for health benefits, according to Pam Smith-Beatty
(center) of James A. Haley V.A. Hospital. She told Franchetta Fields (left) and Margie Jones that
of 27 million military veterans, 1.8 million are women. They are the fastest growing segment of
the military, and the percentage is expected to nearly double in the next 20 years. Smith-Beatty
tries to get the word out to military women who, she said, often don't think of themselves as
veterans.


Bartow Pill Drop collects 127 pounds


From over- the-counter to prescriptions, residents checked their medicine cabinets
for outdated or unused medications and filled 8-1/4 garbage bags, a total of 127
pounds, Bartow Police Lt. Gary McLin said. All the medications will be incinerated.



Taylor Jones of Yuth Mpact deposits a bag of medications at
the Pill Drop-off Saturday, sponsored by Bartow Police Depart-
ment and Youth Interact Alliances and held at the Department
of Transportation building on North Broadway. Drop-offs were
'held throughout Polk County. A permanent drop box is at the
Winter Haven Police Department.


With one eye covered, Mary
McCloud of Bartow reads
the vision chart for Beth
Caraway of Bartow Eye
Express. Several screen-
ings were available at the
Community Health Fair
sponsored by State Farm
agent Leo Longworth at
Carver Recreation Center on
Saturday.


Photos

by Peggy

Kehoe


Bartow Police Lt. Gary McLin loads garbage bags
of unused and outdated medications into the
trunk of his patrol car Saturday. The local Pill
Drop-Off held at the Department of Transporta-
tion office filled 8-1/4 garbage bags, a total of
127 pounds, he said.


Page 4A The Polk County Democrat


May 4, 2011








I


In the early years of the 20th
century, Florida was rife with real
estate speculators, who found
fast and easy money selling the
state off in chunks.
Land was nothing more than a:
cheap commodity, and the state
stood by helplessly as it hap-
pened, seemingly without a voice
in its own future.
Many hucksters sold tracts
within roadless 'subdivisions'
that offered nothing but future
problems for the buyers.
The only access to the lots
would be across the property of
others. Residents moved into iso-
lated rural areas, and waited for
government services to arrive.
While unscrupulous individuals
bought and sold, new residents
and visitors eagerly snapped up
their own slices of paradise with-
out regard to the future costs to
state and local governments.
Florida quickly developed a
reputation as a lawless frontier


O UR VIEWPOINT


where worthless swampland
was foisted on the unsuspecting,
without rules or regulations.
The cost of providing law
enforcement, fire protection,
schools and other services was
dumped largely on the tax bills.
of property owners in orderly
towns.
It took the collective wisdom of
several generations of leaders to
bring a semblance of order to the
development of the state.
Their hard work and compro-
mise gradually brought order
and balance to the development
industry.
Growth management laws
required local governments to
plan ahead to pay for future
development, and set aside land
for parks, money for roads, and
water resources for everyone.
Floridians had hope that not


every mile of beachfront would
sport high-rise condos, and that
their tax bills would not include
jaw-dropping fees for services to
new development.
Now comes a new and reckless
generation of leaders to Tallahas-
see. Lacking the wisdom of their
elders, they see quick money to
be made by deregulating.
With the enthusiasm of the
naive or greedy, they are working
to destroy the authority of the
Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs.
In a 'fox in the henhouse' move,
Governor Rick Scott first ap-
pointed development industry
leaders to oversee the broad
planning powers of the DCA.
Now the Legislature is incorpo-
rating the virtual dissolution of
agency authority into the state
budget.
Deregulation of everything may
sound like a good idea, especially
when cloaked in the language of


new jobs. The reality is that Flori-
da jobs weren't lost to regulation,
but rather the lack of regulation
in speculative lending practices.
Our economy suffered along with
that of the rest of the nation from
limitless speculation. Inviting
more is the height of foolishness.
The move to dismantle DCA
is especially destructive when
coupled with the Legislature's
efforts to shift the burden of as-
sessing environmental impacts
from the developer to the neigh-
boring property owners.
Such costs, and the proof of
safety, should be proven before
development proceeds, and not
require opponents to pay to
prove that damage will result..
While a return to the wild days
of yore may seem like a great
idea to powerful lobbying groups
with cash for campaigns, it is a
huge step backwards for Florida,
and a retreat from a reasoned ap-,
proach to growth.
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It was in 1897 that
Mark Twain said that the
reports of his death were
exaggerated. .
Like many famous
quotes, there are varia-
tions in the wording,
but the message was the
same: he wasn't dead.
A few years ago, I had
a nice visit with one of
the service members a
Merchant Marine seaman
named Manuel (Manny)
Sanchez whose name
appeared as a deceased
serviceman on a stone in
Bartow's Memorial Walk.
No, I did not have to
travel to the Beyond or
hire a psychic. Like Mark
Twain of a century earlier,
he was not dead.
His ship had been sunk
in World War II, and all
hands were reported lost.
But four of them sur-
vived for three weeks in a
lifeboat. Their rescue was
not reported until after
the news of their deaths
reached the United
States, and the guy spent
a lifetime trying to correct
the reports of his death.
He finally died in 1997
at the age of 80.

On Tuesday of last
week, reports of the clos-
ing of a factory in India
that was the world's last
manufacturer of typewrit-
ers reached the airwaves
and the Internet.


ypewriter

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OUT LOUD



S.L Frisbie

Within hours, there
were follow-up stories
that it simply was not so.
As with Mark Twain and
the surviving seaman,
the reported death of the
typewriter was prema-
ture.
Several factories still
produce them, and if
they lack the boat anchor
heft of earlier L.C. Smith
machines like the one I
learned to type on more
than 55 years ago, that is
of little import.

I graduated to Roy-
als and Smith Coronas,
and eventually to a
prestigious (if used) IBM
Selectric with a delete key
for correcting typos. That
beat the bejeebers out of
White-Out and hand-held
correcting tape.
It went with me to
Camp Blanding for
several Florida National
Guard summer camps,
where one of my lieuten-
ants, an IBM service tech,
taught me how to change
the ribbon.
If that sounds simple
to you, Bubba, you have


- lives
never changed the ribbon
on an IBM Selectric.

For the last several
years of my newspaper
career, and extending into
retirement in the office
they still let me use, I
have had the only type-
writer in the building.
. I never learned how to
address an envelope on
a computer, and I sure as
the world cannot fill out a
form on one.
I suspect other people
get around this problem
by addressing envelopes
and filling in forms by
hand.
Anyone who has seen
my handwriting will
understand why I des-
perately cling to that last
typewriter.

I am glad that Mark
Twain and Manny San-
chez outlived the initial
reports of their deaths.
Them, and the type-
writer.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
He writes his columns
on an iPad, then e-mails
them to himself and re-
formats them on an Apple
eMac.
But he still addresses
envelopes on a Brother
electric typewriter. And
that is only because he
cannot find that old L.C.
Smith manual.)


I LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Drop case against
I have followed the on- force for her arrest and
going ruckus between the serving of a search war-
atheists and officialdom rant was totally unneces-
in the matter of prayer at sary. The grounds for her
public meetings (particu- arrest were flimsy, as has
larly as regards invoca- been noted.
tions prior to school The storm trooper
board meetings), as well dismantling of her home's
as the government's case interior was deplorable.
against the atheist group's These actions reeked of
legal counsel, EllenBeth intimidation and retalia-
Wachs. tion. Official contentions
My view of God is notwithstanding, the
diametrically opposed to government went after
that of the atheists. They somebody it didn't like -
may have their say now, because it could.
but one day God will have The editor (April 30)
His say. was right: Drop the case.
Yet the atheists have a Better: drop the case;
point, and they should be publicly apologize; make
allowed to make it in restitution. And hold to ;
a,proper, civil manner, account those respon-
Meanwhile, the school sible for this miscarriage
board seems to have of justice.
missed a point. As to the matter of in-
First, as regards the vocations at school board
atheist's legal counsel, meetings: Why is it that
Ms. Wachs: The show of the school board insists


atheists
on having invocations
offered at its meetings
anyway?
Nowadays, as far as I
can tell, it is not the norm
in schools the board
is elected to oversee
to begin the day with
school-wide public prayer'
to God or to pray to God
publicly in any classroom
'or even to acknowledge
or extol the name of God
publicly (except maybe in
the pledge of allegiance
to the flag).
The God of the Bible
has long since been of-
ficially pushed out of the
classroom.
So, is it likely, then, that
invoking God will garner
His blessing upon secular J4
deliberations in public
school matters? I think
not.
Frank J. Schlichter'
Bartow


Commission health vote shameful


Shame on County Com-
missioner Bob English
for bypassing the people
of Polk County and the
Health Care Oversite
Committee. Last week I
attended the last meeting
and couldn't believe what
I heard.
Where was he when the
county commissioners in
2004 gave the half-cent
sales tax no chance to
pass and in fact told us
no money was coming to
help it get it passed and
now he's proposed using
some $6 million to pay
the federal Medicaid bill
the county owes.
This passed by having a
1:30 public hearing most
people could not attend
this meeting and they
knew it. Since the citizens
of Polk passed it with


a majority vote "word-
ing" that said the money
would be spent for a
specific purpose and the
oversite committee would
be given the chance to
look at any changes or
.expenditures.
I don't think this is legal
for the county to change
the wording on some-
thing the whole county
voted for!
Doesn't that vote have
any meaning to the
county commissioners?
It takes, guts to suggest .
that if they didn't get this
wording changed April
26 they would have to cut
social services in order to
get the bill paid.
So anytime they want
to raid.this fund they
just have a vote and they
could change the rules


to use $28 million to take
care of the jail inmate
health care? That's what
it sounds like to me and
a lot of other voters, too.
It takes leadership to get
vision for the county. He
stated that the money ,
wasn't being spent right
and he hit the nail on the
head because I didn't voteO
for him to spend like he
is spending it. People, we
need to make sure when
re-election of the county -
coMnmissioners in 2012
occurs that we investigate
the votes of the past; If
we don't we might as well
not vote, just change the
wording and let them in
without a vote, because
that's what they did to the
Health Care Plan.
Ron Martin
Fort Meade


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Piles of tires and some barbed wire

Great American Cleanup garners

nearly 55 cubic yards of trash


By JEFF ROSLOW
EDITOR
"It's stuff you really
don't see when you're
driving down the road,
but when you're walking
you can see this stuff,"
Ben Long said Satur-
day as he and his wife,
Michelle, son, Billy and
daughter, Jessica, walked


Clower Avenue from
their home on Broadway,
picking up garbage in the
Great American Cleanup.
It was their second
year participating, and
they were part of a con-
tingent of 220 people, a
steep drop in the num-
ber of volunteers from
last year, which boasted
550 teams of partici-


PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

As part of a team of 10 people representing Leadership Bartow,
Jennifer Sturgis, finds garbage around the water at Mary
Holland Park Saturday during the annual cleanup.


pants. That number was
high, said Solid Waste's
Charly Eldridge, because
last year Disney World
participated and that ef-
fort increased awareness
of the event.
However Eldridge
said this year's cleanup
was a "very successful
drive," and in the process
organizers learned a lot
from it. He pointed to the'
"thank you" luncheon,
held at Fort Blount Park
in downtown Bartow,
rather than Mary Hol-
land Park, where it had
always been held in
years past. Moving the
luncheon to Fort Blount
Park, said Eldridge,
increased awareness,
as people, seeing a sign
displayed in the park at
the corner of Main Street
and Broadway, would
stop to ask what was go-
ing on. It also was much
more comfortable for the
participants.
"They loved sitting
under the trees (eating
lunch) and it helped
bring awareness to.it,"
she said, adding her
belief more people, other
than those who partici-
pated; would want to be
involved next year. In
addition, a lot of par-
ticipants expressed an


PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW


The Long family walked Clower Avenue and Broadway picking up garbage during the cleanup.
Here Billy, 11, dumps some trash into dad, Ben's, bag as daughter Jessica, 9, and mom Michelle
look for more trash.


interest in being more
involved next year in
helping to organize the
event.
This year's cleanup had
people with bags clean-
ing up in Mary Holland
Park; behind McDonald's
on U.S. 98; at Miller
Manor; on Baker Avenue,
Clower Avenue, Church
Street, around the L.B.
Brown House area on
Third Avenue and Stan-
ford Street; and the west
side of Bartow. All told,
a total of 220 bags were
filled, Eldridge said and
more was expected.
"We also had barbed


wire and tires on the side
' of the road (to be picked
up)," she said. "I expect
about half a truckload
of tires." She said there
will probably be about 24
cubic yards of tires and
30 cubic yards of trash.
The most trash was
picked up along Third
Avenue and Stafnford
Street, with probably the
least amount collected
in Mary Holland Park.
"Those guys at Parks
and Recreation really
keep the parks clean,"
she said. Cigarette packs
may have been the big-
gest type of trash found


in Mary Holland. She was
seconded in that assess-
ment by Jennifer Sturgis,
part of a team of 10 from
Leadership Bartow. Stur-
gis said that was prob-
ably the one type of trash
she saw the most during
her efforts Saturday, and
she also had words of
praise for the employees
with the parks and recre-
ation department..
"The people that come
to this park really do
a great job in keeping
it clean," said Jennifer
Sturgis. "Mostly what I'm
seeing is empty packs of
cigarettes."


County gets help cleaning up from storm


Polk County has got-
ten 25 more employees,
20 claw trucks and 18
transfer trucks to help
complete the garbage left
by the storm that hit here
on March 31.
The amount of debris
left from the storm has
exceeded the normal
surbside collection ser-
vices, the county reports.
Crews are working from
6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday


through Saturday to col-
lect debris.
On Monday, April 25,
crews spread out and
began covering areas east
of U.S. 98. These areas
include: Thornhill Road,
Spirit Lake Road, Crystal
Beach Road, Inwood, K-
Ville, and Combee Road.
As those areas are ad-
dressed crews will con-
tinue to move into south
Winter Haven, north


Lakeland, Polk City, Lake
Wales and Auburndale.
The county said storm
debris removal should
complete by Saturday,
May 7.
Through the weekend
vegetative debris is more
than 6,300 tons, which is
more than double nor-
mal weekly averages.
Customers do not have
to request yard waste
collection or debris re-


moval services.
The following guide-
lines will assist with
debris collection:
Place all items on
property as close to the
curb as possible but not
in or on the street. Debris
removal crews cannot
enter private property.
Separate waste by
type and stack it individ-
ually: vegetative con-
struction debris bulky


items.
Cut debris so it is no
more than eight feet long
and two feet in diameter
so they can be collected
with a standard claw
truck or small loader.
Place waste at least
five feet from ground
obstacles, such as fire
hydrants, mail boxes,
cable/phone boxes, utili-
ties, street signs.
Avoid placing materi-


al beneath power lines or
other overhead obstruc-
tions
Only storm generated
debris will be collected.
Land clearing and/or
reconstruction debris
not associated with the
storms will not be col-
lected.
Residents may
choose to take debris
directly to the county
landfill.


A vacation destination in our own backyard


Florida's Natural Grove House is a place you may want to see


By MARY CANNADAY
STAFF WRITER -
Half the fun of vaca-
tions is browsing around
tourist shops jam-packed
with everything from
souvenir pencils to
museum-quality art.
With luck, there are also
educational displays
and a video or two. And
samples, of course.
Welcome to The
Grove House, the citrus-
oriented visitors center
on U.S. 27, sponsored by
Florida's Natural brand
cooperative.
- The name of the log
cabin facility is a given,
situated as it is on a lake
surrounded by bright
.orange citrus groves.
The Grove House has
attractions enough for a
half-day's meandering.
Their remodel in Sep-
tember added display
cases for citrus industry
and Lake Wales memo-
rabilia, many antique.
Then there are modules
featuring themes of Town
History, Horticulture,
Nutrition, Nature, and
Packing, videos accom-
pany the displays.
The nature video il-
lustrates how weather
affects citrus, with some
impressive-footage of
freezes dating back to
the '20s, and hurricanes
through the century. The
narrative tells how the
citrus industry migrated
to Central Florida; away
from the frigid weather
of North Florida. It also
illustrates the hardi-
ness of the growers, who
bounce back again and
again from weather-
related disasters.
Another video presen-


House.
It's a little tricky to spot


This replica of an orange-juice carton is actually a video presen-
tation of the many health benefits of citrus.


station teaching kids the
health benefits of citrus
is ensconsed in a replica
of an giant orange juice
carton with lots of
buttons to push, Viewers
can choose to investigate
the benefits of fiber, vita-
mins, calcium, nutrition,
or Vitamin "C."
A movie in the audi-
torium tells the story
of Florida's Natural, a
unique cooperative of
1,000 growers. Their
motto is "We Own the
Land, We Own the Trees,
We Own the Company."
Grove House Supervisor
Debbie Crosby noted
that Florida's Natural is
one of only two coopera-
tives in the U.S. with a
marketed brand; Cabot
Cheese being the other.
Citrus is the ultimate
"green" product, accord-


ing to the movie, with
almost all parts of the
fruit usable: citrus oil for
soaps and fragrances,
pulp for animal feed,
juice and fruit for human
consumption.
Set aside an hour or
two for education, anoth-
er for art (currently there
is a youth art show), then
move on to the fun of
shopping. The merchan-
dise area offers samples
of orange and grapefruit
juice, and citrus-related
merchandise enough to
keep shoppers captivat-
ed; from juice to candy
to replicas of antique
packing crate labels, to
dinnerware.
So if you are planning
a stay-cation, the home-
body's version of a vaca-
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PHOTOS BY BRIAN ACKLEY
The launch site helped open up more of the Peace River in Polk County, considered the prettiest
paddling site on the river.


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Dignitaries on hand Saturday unveil a special plaque commemorating the opening of the landing
site. Taking part were (from left): Rob Kincart from A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure,
Michelle Sims of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Donna Wood of the Dick
Pope Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, Polk County Commissioner Bob English,
Kris Keprios of the Dick Pope Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, County Commis-
sioner Ed Smith, County Commissioner Melony Bell and David Royal of Clear Springs, LLC.


Launch site prompts talk of the green


By BRIAN ACKLEY
EDITOR
Those who attended
Saturda\-'s official open-
ing of the new Heritage
Landing boat launch site
just north of Fort Meade
had green thoughts to


share with their fellow
admirers of nature.
The most obvious of
the green came from
Mother Nature herself,
who provided a spec-
tacular morning and
fantastic Florida river


landscape as the context
for the launch opening
ceremony.
The other type of green
was less obvious, but just
as important. That came
in the form of cash, the
economic impact that


such river and lake ac-
cess opportunities have
on communities like Fort
Meade and counties like
Polk.
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issue," said David Rupp,
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recreational resource is
surface water, lakes, riv-
ers, everything. Number
two, it's an economic en-
gine in this county. One
in 17 residences in Polk
Cotinty owns a registered
water craft, and that
does not include ca-
noes and kayaks. We sell
more fresh water fishing
licenses in Polk County
than any other county in
the state."
The money generated
from such recreation is
impressive.
"Polk County on an
annual average gets $39
million in its county cof-
fers. That's a tremendous
economic engine for us,"
he added. "So not only is
it spiritually refreshing
to come out here in this
natural habitat, but it has
implications far beyond
that."
President of the Florida
Paddling Trails Associa-
tion, Tom McLaulin, also
was pleased with the new
site. He is also a resident
of Fort Meade.
Although the group
was formed to be stew-
ards of the state's 1,500
mile Florida saltwater
circumnavigation trail,
McLaulin said about 90
percent of paddlers in
the state prefer to do it in
freshwater settings.
"What this is going to
allow us to do is enable
the Peace River Paddling
Trail, which currently
starts at Fort Meade, to
be extended and start
in Bartow. It will give us
about a 6 V2 mile seg-
ment, and will make it
a vital part of the Peace
River paddling trail," he
indicated.
"This is just an incred-
ible location,".said Rob
Kincart of A-C-T Envi-


ronment and Infrastruc-
ture, one of the public
parts of the partnership
that made the landing
a reality. "When we first
came down here, we
looked at the site and it
just gave you the sense of
peace and tranquility."
Another partner, Clear
Springs LLC, provided
heavy equipment that
helped clear the site.
"We're excited about
this project. We feel it's
going to be a great eco-
nomic factor for Bartow,"
said David Royal. "We're
very partial to the river
because we actually own
the next seven miles
north of here on both
sides of the river. We
have done everything in
our plan to make all the
land of ours that joins
the river to be conserva-
tion land so it will never
be disturbed."
County tourism official
Kris Keprios echoed the
sentiments of many. Ke-
prios was also president
of the Dick Pope/Polk
County Chapter of the
Florida Public Relations
Association which did
much to push the effort
forward over the past
few years. The Florida
Department of Environ-
mental Protection was
also a partner, along with
Polk County itself.
"Not only is this going "
to be a great asset for
Polk County residents,
but this is .another piece
of beautiful inventory
that we promote not
only here in Florida but
around the country and
around the world," he
said.
The park is open seven
days a week, from 7 a.m.
To 7 p.m., and there is no
charge. The site contains
parking areas, a fish-
ing pier and a sheltered
picnic bench.


One arrested, one

charged with animal cruelty


On Tuesday, Bartow Po-
lice Department and the
Polk County Sheriff's Of-
fice Animal Control Unit
investigated a cruelty to
animals case in Bartow at
.790 North Childs Ave.
PCSO Animal control
responded to the area for.
complaints rising from
several loose dogs in that
area. Upon arrival and
discovery, the Bartow
Police Department was
requested to respond to
the scene.
Two adult female dogs
were found chained to
outbuildings. The dogs
were obviously malnour-
* ished and dehydrated,
and both had open,
fly-covered sores on their
ears and bodies. No clean
water or food was avail-
able to them. The water
that was present was
rancid and infested with
mosquito larvae.
Located nearby was
a 6-by-6 foot chainlink
fence kennel. The ken-
nel was open topped,
dirt and had no reason-


able means of providing
shelter for animals. Any
shade for the animals
was provided by nearby
trees. Inside the kennel
were the carcass of four
dead puppies and one
live puppy. One of the
dead carcasses had been
fed upon and was half-
consumed.
The owner of the ani-
mals, Timothy Gant, 56,
of 3208 Sonoma Drive,
f'akeland, was arrested
at the scene and charged
with four felony counts of
cruelty to animals (com-
mitting an act to any ani-
mal which results in cruel
death), and three misde-
meanor counts of cruelty
to animals (depriving
necessary sustenance or
shelter).
Another person, Rita
Rosetta Gatlin, 45, of 790
N. Childs Ave., Bartow,
who was not present dur-
ing the initial investiga-
tion is also being charged
with the same counts as
Gant.


May 4, 2011


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Homeland blueberry farm sign of the times


By KEVIN BOUFFARD
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOMELAND, Fla.
(AP) Jack Green Jr.
gazed in his pickup's
rearview mirror as he
drove through 400 acres
of blueberry bushes
he manages for Clear
Springs Farms, but he
doesn't look back with
regrets.
Green and his father,
Jack Green Sr., owned
about 100 acres of citrus
and a harvesting com-
pany until 10 years ago,
when they planted their
first five acres of blueber-
ries in Zolfo Springs.
"After a couple of years
with five acres of blue-
berries, we made more
profit than 100 acres of
citrus," Green Jr., 36, said.
"After the hurricanes, we
saw the handwriting on
the wall."
Green was referring to
the impact of four hur-
ricanes that swept across
the Florida citrus grow-
ing region in 2004 and
2005. The storms spread
the bacterial disease
citrus canker throughout
the region. Canker lowers
citrus tree fruit yields
and increases production
costs to keep it at bay.
The Greens sold the
citrus business and
became contract growers
for Clear Springs Farms,
part of Bartow developer
Clear Springs Land Co.
Along with Bill Bras-
well of Auburndale,
another contractor and
11-year veteran blue-
berry grower, the Greens
help manage the Clear
Springs blueberry opera-
tion, which also includes
a packinghouse in Winter
Haven.
Clearly Florida blue-
berry growers have been
riding a profitable wave
for the past decade. But


Braswell thinks they're
rapidly approaching a
crest.
"We're on the brink of
that (crest) right now," he
said. "This year started
out with a good price,
and it is rapidly deterio-
rating."
The Florida blueberry
industry began as a niche
market. From the begin-
ning of harvest, usually
in early April, to the end
in May, the state's grow-
ers are the only source of
fresh blueberries to the
U.S. market.
That exclusive window
has traditionally meant
high farm prices for six to
eight weeks, generating
enough to sustain grow-
ers for the year.
At the start of the
2011 season, blueberry
growers earned $7.50 per
pound for their fruit, and
it stayed above $7 for the
first three weeks in April,
Braswell said. The break-
even price including
care-taking costs, such
as irrigation, fertilizers,
harvesting; packing and
shipping is about $3
per pound.
Recently, the price
dropped to $4.50 per
pound because large
blueberry farms-around
the Ocala area, normally
about two weeks behind
in harvesting volume,'
came into the market, he
said.
"When all it takes is
one large farm (in North
Florida) to come on line
and see the price drop
$2 a pound, that's not a
stable market," Braswell
said. "We get a two- to
three-week jump on
them. That makes all the
difference in the world."
The Florida blueberry
season always ended
sometime in May, when
larger farms in Georgia


and other states pushed
the farm price below .
the break-even mark in
Florida.
But because of com-
petition from imports,
mainly Mexico and Chile,
and the boom in Florida
blueberry acreage, that
window has been shrink-
ing, Braswell said.
"We'll never go eight
weeks (of harvesting)
again," he said. "We're al-
ready down to about four
to six weeks. This year,
we've had four weeks,
and we'll probably go
two more weeks. In the
future, we won't go past
May 7."
Once it becomes un-
profitable to pick them,
the remaining berries
will just be left to spoil
on the bushes.
There's no question
growers have ridden a
10-year expansion wave.
From 1992, when the
U.S. Department of Agri-
culture began collecting
statistics on the Florida
blueberry industry,
through the end of that
decade, the state's blue-
berry acreage hovered
between 1,000 and 1,300
acres, the USDA statistics
show.
Then blueberries be-
came a superfood.
In the late 1990s, a raft
of books and articles
dealt with food deemed
to confer substantial
health benefits because
they contain nutrients
such as antioxidants,
vitamin C, and dietary
fiber, all of which are
found in blueberries.
Diet popularizers labeled
them "superfoods."
"They taste great;
they're good for you.
That's a great combina-
tion," said Jerry Mixon,
who heads the blueberry-
growing operation for his


family's firm, Sunnyridge
Farm, based in Winter
Haven. It has 350 acres in
Florida and another 200
acres in Georgia.
Florida blueberry acre-
age numbers reflect the
U.S. blueberry consump-
tion boom.
From 1,400 acres in
2000, harvested acres
rose to 3,500 in 2010,
USDA figures show. They
also show the farm price


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from $2.52 per pound or
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high as $6.40 per pound
in 2002.
The only outlier in
rising blueberry profits
came last year, when
freezing weather in
January 2010 delayed the
fruit's maturity, push-
ing the beginning of the
Florida harvest until the
end of April. That shoved


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Per capital fresh blue-
berry consumption in
the U.S. has doubled in
just the past three years
to 22 ounces a year, Bras-
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FROM PAGE 1A
16 meeting, -city police
would likely gain more
teeth to battle illegal pain
clinics.


Clinics would require
licensing through the
State Department of
Health. A $500 fine could
be levied for infractions
and a yearly licensing fee


of $1,500 might be set.
"The fee is a strong
financial motivator to
obtain a license," said
Parker, after noting
that prescription drugs


are present in 56 per-
cent of county corpses,
though most all those
medications were legally
obtained.
Parker said that state


legislators are working
to strengthen statewide
rules.
He said that the city's
ordinances may ulti-
mately be "trumped" by


future legislation and
criminal penalties may
be established.


CRANEY: Developer and founder dies


FROM PAGE 1A
Mr. Craney founded
and was chairman
emeritus of Ridge Pallets
(now PalletOne) where
he hired in management
positions a number of
young men who had
been members of the Key
Club during his years as
its Kiwanis Club advisor.
Under his guidance,'
the BHS Key Club regu-
larly was ranked among
the best in the organiza-
tion of more than 4,000
Key Clubs at both the
state and international
levels.
Upon retirement from
the pallet business, Mr.
Craney sold Ridge Pallets
to members of the young
management team
that he had assembled,
becoming chairman
emeritus.
He also was founder
and president of Craney
Industries, Inc.; Imperial
Lumber Co., Inc.; Preci-
sion Fabricators, Inc.;
and Ridge Rentals, Inc.;
and co-founder of Sun
Belt Forest Products, Inc.
A native of Watertown,
S.D., he moved to Bartow
from Orlando in 1950.
He was employed by
the U.S. House of Rep-
resentatives from 1936
to 1938, and by the U.S.
General Accounting Of-


fice from 1938 to 1942.
A Navy veteran, he
served during World War
II in the Atlantic and
Pacific theaters of opera-
tion.
He attended the Uni-
versity of South Dakota,
Georgetown University,
and Emory University,
and was a member,of
Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Mr. Craney was a
member and a director
of the Bartow Chamber
of Commerce, the Polk
County Industrial Com-
mittee, and the Bartow
Kiwanis Club. It was in
the latter organization
that he was chairman of
the Key Club committee.
He was chairman of
the board of directors of
the Polk County Guid-
ance Center and the
Mental Health Center of
Polk County.
Also active in area
businesses, Mr. Craney
was a member of the
board and vice president
of the National Wooden
Pallet Assn. and Bartow
Federal Savings and Loan
Assn.; a member of the
Polk County advisory
,board of Florida Fed-
eral Savings and Loan; a
member of the board of
the Insurance Company
of the South and the Polk
County Builders Assn.;


and a member of the
Bartow Board of Realtors.
A member of the board
of directors of the United
Way of Bartow, he served
as campaign chairman
for Bartow's first United
Way fund drive.
In 1965, Mr. Craney
was chosen by the
Bartow Lions Club as
Bartow's Outstanding
Citizen. In 1980, he was


appointed an honorary
citizen of South Dakota
by then-Gov. William J.
Janklow. In 2010 the Bar-
tow Chamber Committee
of 100 presented him
with the Champion's Cup
Hall of Fame Award.
Survivors include his.
wife of 49 years, Ivanhoe
Holland Craney; a step-
son, Gus King of Troy,
Ala.; two stepdaughters,


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Commissioner Leo
Longworth wants to pre-
vent noise from "cars that
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The city attorney noted
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sirens, serve a valid pur-
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"Noise exists in our
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certain level of noise
acceptable," said Parker.
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hundreds of people, there
may be an issue."
Some municipali-
ties enforce loud noise
disturbances with a noise
level meter.
Parker said that the
town is considering an
ordinance that might
allow officers to cite of-
fenders when the noise
"is plainly audible and
can be heard a certain
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REPORT



Gospel concerts to help tornado victims


Polk County's Red Cross


executive going to Alabama to help others in effort


By JEFF ROSLOW
EDITOR

Polk County is out to
help the victims of the
devastating tornadoes
that swept through
Alabama last week ---
tornadoes that swept
through parts of Alabama
and Mississippi rang-
ing in speed from 145
to 205 miles per hour,
killing more than 300
people, and destroying
thousands of houses and
the lives of those who
survived.
Such was the destruc-
tion wrought that during
his tour of the area after
the tornadoes struck on
the afternoon of April 27,
President Barack Obama
said he had "never seen
devastation like this." He
told Alabama residents,
"We're going to make
sure you're not forgot-
ten."
That message struck a
chord --- a musical chord
with Polk County resi-
dent Richard Smith, who
organizes local gospel
music concerts. Smith,
who went to elementary
school in Concord, Ala.,
and still has dozens of
relatives in the tornado-
struck areas, has orga-
nized benefit shows this
month to help victims


"I wanted to go, but
my wife just really didn't
want me to go there," he
said. "I figured we can
do a couple of benefits
and see if we can do any
good."
Smith said he's trying
to get anybody to come
out and help the vic-
tims, many of whom lost
everything they own and
don't even have places
to live.
One of those is his
82-year-old aunt who
lives in Concord, a small
town outside Birming-
ham. It took him more
than a week to find out
whether she survived.
She did, he said, adding
that-though her house is
miraculously still stand-
ing, it is not habitable.
"The house is not liv-
able," he said. "Oak trees
fell on the roof. The rest
of the neighborhood ...
well, it's just gone. It's re-
ally horrific."
He recounted the ef-
fort trying to learn her
fate. He found out she
survived the storm by
contacting another aunt
who lived in a nearby
county.. That aunt went
to Concord to find that
Smith's 82-year-old aunt
living with friends who
rescued her the day of
the storm. He said he


still hasn't talked


Jacqueline Wilson picks through the remains of her i
tornado-ravaged home in Tuscaloosa, Ala. April 29. G
lines, looting and the discovery of smashed heirloom
survivors' energy Friday around cities shattered by th
liest tornado outbreak in nearly four decades.


BENEFIT GOSPEL
CONCERTS

Money raised from these shows
will go to help tornado victims.
The concerts are free to attend
but a love offering will be
accepted for the fund.

WHO: Country Gospel and
Southern Gospel concert
featuring Amanda Massey,
Shekinah Nights, Crimson Flow
and Souls Afire
WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Saturday,
May 21
WHERE: Haines City Church
of God, 1718 Melbourne Ave.,
Haines City


People sit in the doorway of a destroyed home in the Cedar Crest neighborhood, surro
debris after an April 28 tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, Ala.


because no one outside
of Alabama knows how
to get in touch with her.
The tornadoes that
ripped through the South
at the end of the April
were so bad, Smith said,
his brother told him
that mail found on the
ground in Concord was
supposed to be in Tusca-
loosa.
The damage was so
devastating that when
Smith looks at pictures
of it, he said it just makes
him break down and cry.


d to her Others barely escape
with their lives
Elsewhere In Concord,
Randy Guyton's family
got a phone call from a
friend warning them to
take cover. They rushed
to the basement ga-
rage, piled into a Honda
Ridgeline ( a mid-size
sports utility vehicle)
and listened to the roar
as the twister devoured
the house in seconds.
Afterward, they could
see outside through, the
shards of their home and
scrambled out.
"The whole house
caved in on top of that
car," he said. "Other than
my boy screaming to the
Lord to save us, being
in that car is what saved
us."1
AP PHOTO Guyton's son, Justin,
mother's 22, remembered the
Gas station dingy, white cloud mov-
is sapped ing quickly toward the
he dead- house.
"To me it sounded like


destruction," he said. "It
was a mean, mean roar.
It was awful."

Aftermath
Another Alabama
community, Hackleburg,
in northwest Alabama,
doesn't even have a gro-
cery store anymore. The
police and fire depart-
ments are gone too, and
officials are begging for
body bags and flash-
lights because they're
afraid residents with
no electricity will burn
down their homes with
candles. Bodies are being
kept in a refrigerated
truck.
Alabama was just one
of a number of states
struck by tornadoes, one
of them being neighbor-
ing Mississippi. After
the first day of assess-
ing storm damage, the
National Weather Service
said a tornado that hit
Smithville, Miss., at 3:44
p.m. was an EF-5 storm.
That's the highest rating
given to assess a tor-
nado's wind speed, and is
based in part on.damage
caused by the storm.
The weather service
said the half-mile wide
Smithville tornado had
peak winds of 205 mph
and was on the ground
for close to three miles,
killing 14 and injuring 40.
Meteorologist Mary .
Keiser at the weather ser-
vice's Birmingham office
said the tornado that tore
across Bibb, Greene and


AP PHOTO
unded by


Hale counties in north-
ern Alabama was given a
preliminary EF-3 rat-
ing, which has winds of
136 to 165 mph. At least
seven people were killed
and 50 were injured.
"The tornado track was
71.3 miles long and the
largest width the tor-
nado at its widest point
- was one mile wide,"
Keiser said. "Its peak
winds were 145 mph at
the start and end times."
Keiser said it will take
time for meteorologists.
to complete damage as-
sessment.
"This is very rare, his-
toric damage so we want
to make sure it's accu-
rate," she said.
Late last week emer-
gency officials raised
Alabama's death toll to
238, bringing the total
number killed in seven
states from devastating
tornadoes to 329. It was
the deadliest day for
twisters since the Great
Depression. In March
1932, 332 people died, all
in Alabama.

Getting more help
American Red Cross
Polk County Chapter
Executive Chad Mag-
nuson left for Alabama
Monday to join the cadre
of volunteers from the
Mid-Florida Region in
Alabama.
"As soon as I got the
call I knew I had to go,"
said Magnuson. "I don't
think a lot of people


WHO: Contemporary Christian
and Christian Rock concert
featuring The Bob Suter Band,
Rod Bostic, Obadiah and Unyted
WHEN: 6 p.m., Saturday, March
28
WHERE: Turning Point Worship .
Center, 1400 E. Georgia St.,
Bartow

For further information or
for anyone who like to make
a donation contact Richard -
Smith at (863) 943-4173 or
(863) 430-2410 or by e-mail at
bamaboyrichl@yahoo.com

The Red Cross
Others can help through the
Red Cross. To do so, visit www.
midfloridaredcross.org or text
the word REDCROSS to 90999
to make a $10 donation, or call
1-800-RED-CROSS. Contribu-
tions may also be sent to the
American Red Cross, P.O. Box
37243m Washington D.C. 20013.

are aware of just how
desperate the situation
is in Alabama. There are
hundreds of
people look-
ing to the
Red Cross
for help and
I believe
we need
to respond
and meet.
their many
needs." Chad
The Mid- Magnuson
Florida Re-
gion has sent 23 volun-
teers and five Emergency
Response Vehicles so far.
Magnuson served during
crises, such as the 2004
hurricanes in Central
Florida.
Information from the
Associated Press was used
in this story.


FCC to change how it markets


By JEF
E


oran

FF ROSLOW
EDITOR


How to better market orange
juice and citrus drinks and
convince consumers both are
healthier than other beverages
is the message that needs to
get out.
This is especially impor-
tant, as the citrus industry is
competing with a message
that these other beverages are
healthy, a claim that may not
be true, but which is effective,
as these drinks are making a
dent in orange juice sales.
This is the direction the Flor-
ida Citrus Commission, at its
April 20 meeting, determined
it will push its advertising. But
the challenge before it is not
just health issue alone.
"It's a much more complex
issue than it was 25 years ago
because of the competition,"
said Lee Killeen, deputy execu-
tive director of domestic mar-
keting for the Florida Depart-
ment of Citrus, speaking about
the competition. "When I was
kid there was orange juice and
milk."


ige juicc

Now there are more prod-
ucts on the market. According
to Bob Norberg, deputy execu-
tive director, research and op-
erations at the Florida Depart-
ment of Citrus, the number
of juice drinks and blends has
doubled since 2002. In 1980,
orange juice had 47 percent of
the market share while juice
blends and drinks had 24 per-
cent, and other juices account-
ed for 29 percent, per market
research firm AC Nielsen.
By 1994, the market share
for orange juice dropped to 35
percent, while juice blends
and drinks improved to 43
percent; other juices also de-
clined, to 22 percent.
"If we compare the years
1988 to 1997 to 2005 to 2010,
we should have had a 4.7
percent growth in demand,
and not a decline, which we
did have," said Allen Morris
from the University of Florida
Institute of Food and Aricul-
tural Science.
He opined this had hap-
pened because advertising
is both underfunded and the
need for a more effective mes-


to increase demand


sage. This hasn't happened
because more money is going
into Huanglongbing (HLB,
or "citrus greening") disease
,research, not as a result of a
reduced Florida crop.
Norberg said FDOC market-
ing dollars for orange juice is
$22 million; in 2004-05 it was
$33 million. He said the new
commercial that is on the
airwaves is currently being
studied and the results of that
study will be presented to the
commission at the June 15
meeting.
Market penetration was
another area addressed. Cur-
rently citrus merchandising
merchandising is covering less
than half of the retail stores,
and some of it non-citrus
beverages are now vended in
non-traditional venues. Some
of these operations are looking
into expanding beyond their
core market.
"Home Depot is starting
to look at selling groceries,"
Killeen said. "They're getting
us everyplace they can."
Current studies by the De-
partment of Citrus shows the


top 40 accounts are now about
70 percent of the market of
citrus sales, mostly Walmart,
Publix, Kroeger and Safeway.
It also indicated that when
orange juice and other citrus
juices are marketed effectively
the results are positive. Mor-
ris showed commissioners
the results in Walmart stores
where TV screens are located
at checkout lines, which he
termed a direct TV effort.
"Look at Walmart, they didn't
decline there," Morris said.
"We're doing a good job in
Walmart. I wonder why.
He also spoke of the new
commercial that recently has
begun broadcast; one that has
a differently focused mes-
sage, aimed at making orange
juice a part of a person's life.
Morris said because it has
only been on the market for a
few months that real numbers
shouldn't be looked at seri-
ously until June. For the time
being, though now things
seem to be going well with it,
Morris said.
But health concerns was
Killeen's focus.


"A lot of blends are making
claims of healthy and a lot of
them have additives," she said.
"The blends have additives,
but they're not natural."
In addition, there are other
challenges before the citrus
industry, one being cost.
Competitors have pushed how
much cheaper other beverages
are. Since 1980, the price of a
gallon of orange juice has risen
from $1.55 to $5.51, according
to a chart Florida Citrus Com-
mission members saw at its
April meeting.
In the final analysis, Mor-
ris told commissioners if the
Department of Citrus does not
start growing demand, the
potential exists for a repeat of
what happened in the 1980s
after the freeze disasters.
Another mistake he pointed to
was a decision Florida grape-
fruit growers faced in 2000.
They reduced their ad tax by 3
cents a pound and it cost them
65 cents a pound in solids.
"We can either learn from
past mistakes or pay the price
of repeating them," lie con-
cluded.








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grandson Eric Jenkins, who along with 4 employees
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jewelry and other items for sale. They also buy estate
jewelry and pay the area's highest price for gold.


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enda Mexico located at 195 E
main St in Downtown Bartow,
serves a specialty of the house
Machos Supreme.


Sally Rabideau, the award
winning designer at the
Flower Cart, located at 1425
N. Broadway Ave. in Bartow,
prepares a beautiful dozen
long-stem Red Roses for
Mother's day. To place your
order, call 533-8861.


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Linda Allen, Bartow Marketing
Partnership committee mem-
ber, and husband, Gary, shop
downtown Bartow.


Looking for Music? Deerock
Music at 237 Hwy 17 North
in Eagle Lake, has a wide
selection of music instru-
ments, sheet music and even
music teachers. And, dur-
ing the week, there are also
"Jam" sessions with other
musicians. You can even
record your own music. Call
Deerock Music at 294-7711
for more information.


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Reading is fun night


at Gibbons Elementary


I J '""" Gibbons Street Elementary student Tanaja Stewart shows a love
Tyler Norton, an up-and-coming pre-schooler, attended his for reading as she sits quietly with her books throughout the
future school's Reading is Fun family night with his sister. Reading is Fun family night April 26.


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Samara Leopardi and her brother, Evan Leopardi, spend some
time rearranging letters at the Make a Word table during
Reading is Fun night at Gibbons Street Elementary.


Students enjoy a field day


at Floral Avenue Elementary


Summer Lucas guessed that she was ice I i _-- -. .- -
cream after everyone told her that they Mallory Womble, a Head Start student, is
loved her on hot summer days during a concentrating on the new word she wants to spell
reading game at Gibbons Street Elemen- Tuesday night in the cafeteria at Gibbons Street
tary. Elementary.


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Sebastian Love stays focused on his goal as he
maneuvers his seat cart toward the finish line.


Susanna Diego can still smile while
balancing a bean bag on her head
and trying to stay ahead of her
competitors Thursday at Floral
Avenue Elementary field day.


Floral Avenue student Joe Green shows off his
muscles doing push-ups in between events at the
school's annual field day. ,


Kaylee Moran is having a blast as she hops
toward the finish line in the sack race
event. Floral Avenue Elementary organized
a field day for kindergarten through second
grade students providing them an oppor-
tunity to spend the day outside in friendly
competition with their school mates.


Photos by

Christine Roslow



Is it rub your tummy while you pat your head or
pat your head while you rub your tummy? Either
way Jaxon Dreyer seems to be doing a pretty
good job of both.


Spessard Holland to do Seussical Jr. the Musical


Tickets for Bartow El-
ementary School's "Seus-
sical Jr. the Musical" are
now on sale.
It's free for students,
but tickets for adults
are $3 each. The play is
,scheduled at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, and
Friday, May 13. at Bartow
Elementary Academy on
South Wilson Avenue.
Tickets can be made
payable to Bartow
Elementary .School and
should be bought by
Wednesday, May 11.

Elementary visual art,
music showcased
Florida's Southern
College's Branscomb
Auditorium is the place
to see a visual arts display
showcasing elementary
student artwork created
by fifth graders from all
over the school district.
The show at the audito-
rium at 111 Lake Holling-
sworth Drive, Lakeland,
starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday,
May 6, and will feature
more than 250 students


from 70 elementary
schools performing in
boys and girls choirs,
an elementary string
orchestra and in an Orff
ensemble playing Orff
instruments and various
percussion instruments.
The event is free. Call
647-4729 for information.

The Face Awards
Students who have
made improvements
to grade point average,
attendance, disposi-
tion and attitude toward
school or themselves will
be honored at the Face
Awards Wednesday, May
11, and the ceremony will
be on TV.
The event takes place
from 8-9 p.m. at Winter
Haven's Nora Mayo Hall


and is by invitation only.
However, the ceremony
for middle and high
school students will be on
the school board televi-
sion on Bright House
Networks channel 614,
Comcast channel 7 and
Verizon FiOS channel 45.
The event will also be
shown live simultaneous-
ly on PGTV the county
government's channel
on Bright House channel
622, Comcast channel 5
and Verizon FiOS chan-
nel 20. It will also be Web
streamed on the school
district's website at www.
polk-fl.net website and
the county government's
website, www.polk-coun-
ty.net/.
Polk County Sheriff
Grady Judd is the guest
speaker. For information,
call 534-0699.

$10,000 to fight obesity
MicheLee Puppets,
Inc., got a $10,000 check
from Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Florida to fight
childhood obesity.


Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Florida spon-
sored MicheLee Pup-
pets' EXTREME Health
Challenge for students
in elementary schools
as a unique approach
to childhood obesity
prevention. The partner-
ship has given elementary
students information they
need to make healthy
choices.
MicheLee Puppets'
EXTREME Health Chal-
lenge, is a live theatrical
production that pro-


motes healthy eating and
physical activity among
Florida's children and
their families.
Recognized by national
and local funders, the
United States Department
of Health and Human
Services Innovations
Exchange, and featured in
the Robert Wood Johnson
Anthology To Improve
Health and Health Care,
Volume XIII, the action-
packed performance
features wacky puppet
characters and audience


participation in the for-
mat of popular TV game
shows.
Tracey Conner accept-
ed the $10,000 check from
Phillip Lee and Catherine
DeCecco of Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Florida
at a performance of EX-
TREME Health Challenge
at Auburndale Central
Elementary School in
Polk County.

Christine Roslow can be
reached at croslow@polk-
countydemocrat.com.


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Pies fly and $21,000 raised at walk-a-thon


By JEFF ROSLOW
EDITOR
: Nearly 400 students
from Summerlin Acad-
emy filled the football
field at Bartow High
School Friday and raised
more than $21,000 for
the school during its an-
nual Walk-a-Thon.
And Lt. Col. Mike Lentz
and Capt. Derek Keating
each got a faceful .of pie
in the process.
There were 380 stu-
dents who took part in
the annual walk-a-thon

Trump for

president?


The seven billion
dollar man, probably
best known for his show
'The Apprentice" and
his trademark haircut,
Donald Trump, is one of
the most recognizable
persons in America. So
when Comedy Central
announced "The Roast
of Donald Trump," it no
doubt drew a national
audience. All profit gener-
ated was donated to char-
ities searching for cures
for cancer and providing
aid to cancer patients.
The event was head-
lined with famous come-
dians, artist, and actors
such as Snoop Dogg, Seth
MacFarlane, and grand-
father time himself Larry
King.
It was the ending of
this event, however, that
inspired me to write this
column.
Donald Trump an-
nounced his plans to
run for President in 2012
at the end of the event,
and left viewers (such as
me) somewhat dumb-
founded. He showed off
his trademark arrogance
by proclaiming, "WE, as
American citizens, will be
so graciously given the
opportunity to vote for
the GREATEST president
in the history of American
presidents."
Does his ego know no
bounds? All I can say is
best of luck to him and
other apparent politicians
who apparently know
how to fix our budget.
Despite what one may
think of Trump, or would
like to say to him, there
are some who believe that
Donald Trump may pose
a legitimate candidate for
presidency. People such
as my Uncle Cade, who
has always helped me
simplify situations. He
asks, "What's the num-
ber one thing America
is having trouble with
right now? Money. We
owe every country bil-
lions and billions and
it gets worse as each day
passes."
A reasonable opinion,
considering my uncle
doesn't know the first
thing about politics.
."What's the one thing
Trump has and knows
how to handle? Money, of
course.
"Maybe we should let
him devise a budget plan,
'cause his seems to work
just fine." I mean what
could go wrong? We give
the man with the most
gargantuan ego in the
multi-verse the power
to make his own rules
and access to the largest
stockpile of Weapons of
Mass Destruction in the
world.
If you are struggling
with the gravity of the
apparent future and feel
you must choose a side,
ask yourself what would
Donald Trump do? Fire
everyone, buy it, burn it,
build it bigger and put his
name on it.
Ah, America!


where students walked
20 laps five miles -
around the track at Bar-
tow Memorial Stadium.
Cadets also played flag-
football.
Perhaps most enjoy-
able to cadets was the
chance to throw pies at
the teachers, who, after
being creamed by the
pastries, were washed
off... with buckets of ice-
cold water.
However, the teachers
good-naturedly shrugged
it all off.
"I thought the pie was
pretty good," said Lentz.
"It was lemon meringue
and I like that."
However in getting
washed off, Lentz was
also hit on the top of the
head by a bucket from
Cadet Ricchard LaCosta.
"I'll probably get him
back for that," Lentz
joked, adding that the
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realize exactly how heavy
the bucket was.
Lentz did get some
revenge, too. After the pie
throwing, there were two
more pies on the table.
Lentz said he was able
to get them and chased
after a few students for
some payback.
Though the final
numbers are not in for
how much was raised,
Summerlin usually aver-
ages raising just under
$25,000 per year in the
three years it has held
the walk-a-thon. The


students raise the money
by getting sponsors for
the five-mile walk from
all over the country.
The money the stu-
.dents raise help pay for
events the school has,
uniforms arid equipment
the school needs. Some
of the money comes out
of what they raise to buy
prizes for the students
for thank them for help-
ing the school.
"Anyone who raised at
least $200 got six differ-
ent gifts," Lentz said.


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BartowArea Community Calendar


All phone area codes
are 863 unless indi-
cated otherwise. The
Polk County Democrat
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 deadline for get-
ting information to the
Polk County Democrat
is 4 p.m. Monday for
Wednesday's newspaper
and 4 p.m. Thursday for
Saturday's newspaper.
For information or
questions, call 533-4183
and ask for Jeff Roslow or
Peggy Kehoe.

ARTS
Thursday, May 5
Central Park Stroll,
5:30-7:30 p.m., free.
Includes the 11th Annual
Florida Outdoor Sculp-
ture Competition. Down-
town Winter Haven.

Saturday, May 7-
Sunday, May 8
Mayfaire by-the-Lake,
9 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Out-
door art festival featuring
185 artists from all over
the country. 688-7743.

Monday, May 9
Revolution, a perfor-
mance by an act repli-
cating The Beatles, 7:30
p.m., South Florida Com-
munity College Theatre
for the Performing Arts,
Highlands Campus, 600
W. College Drive, Avon
Park. To benefit the Avon
Park Breakfast Rotary
and SFCC Performing
Arts. Tickets $25-$35 at
performances.south-
florida.edu or 784-7178
or by visiting the SFCC
Box Office in front of the
Theatre for the Perform-
ing Arts, 600 West College
Drive, Avon Park, Mon-
day, Wednesday, and
Thursday, 11:30 a.m. -
2:30 p.m.

BUSINESS
Thursday, May 5
Legoland presentation
and breakfast. "Is Your
Business Ready?" 8-9:30
a.m., free. Bartow Civic
Center, 2150 E. Broad-
way, Bartow. Reserva-
tions required. 533-7125.

Friday, May 6-
Saturday, May 7
Oaks Landing Apart-
ments Open House, 10
a.m.-4 p.m., Price range
from $550-$700. Free
tours and refreshments.
260 W. Van Fleet Drive,
Bartow, 533-6958.

Thursday, May 12
Polk County Tourism
and Sports Marketing's
annual reception, 5:30
p.m. $25 per person or
$220 for a table of 10.
RSVP deadline is May 5.
For more information ,
or to make a reserva-
tion, contact Julia at
Polk County Tourism.
and Sports Marketing at
.551-4734. Payment and
reservations can be made
on line at www.PCTSM.
com for $27 per person.
Lakeland Center, West
Lime Street.

CLUBS
Wednesday, May 4
VISTE's annual meet-
ing, 11:30 a.m., lunch is
$10, 1232 E. Magnolia St.,
Lakeland, 683-8458

Wednesday, May 4
Polk State College Phi-
losophy Club, 3-5 p.m.
Derek Menchan, profes-
sor of humanities at Polk
State College, will deliver
a lecture entitled "Thou
Shalt Not Kill(?!): Medita-
tions on a Controversial
Maxim and its Duplici-
tous Author(s)." College


students are admitted
free with student I.D. and
the club will underwrite
a $5 admission fee for
the first 50 non-students
in attendance. Polk
Museum of Art, 800 E.
Palmetto St., Lakeland.

Wednesday, May 11
ABWA hosting Casey
Wohl, The Getaway Girl,
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The
Lakeland Center, 701 W.
Lime Blvd. Wohl is the
travel correspondent
for TV show, "Daytime."
Members and non-mem-
bers, $25 for guests. RSVP
to Gina Berry of Gina's
Costume Shop @ lake-
landABWA@yahoo.com.

Thursday, May 12
Chamber Young Pro-
fessionals Luncheon with
professional develop-
ment mini seminar
featuring Marcia Cor-
bett, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.,
Polk County Historical
Museum, Main Street,
Bartow.

COMMUNITY
Wednesday, May 4
3-5 year-old Story
Time, 10-10:45 a.m., Bar-
tow Public Library, 2150
S. Broadway. 534-0131

Wednesday, May 4
"Writing your life
story" with D J Osborne,
1-2:30 p.m. Cost accord-
ing to your ability. $5
donation suggested for
each class. To register
contact Jean Reynolds
at ballroorml6@aol.com
or 299-9070. The Center
for Personal Growth,
151 Second Street S.W.,
Winter Haven.

Thursday, May 5
Polk County Law
Enforcement Memorial,
10 a.m. Veteran's Memo-
rial Park on Lime Street
between Lake Beulah
Drive and the west side
of the Lakeland Center.
688-1725.

Thursday, May 5
Book Babies for chil-
dren from birth to 2 with
their parents, 10-10:30
a.m., Bartow Public Li-
brary, 2150 S. Broadway.
534-0131.

Thursday, May 5
Ballroom Dancing,
2:30-3:30 p.m. Cost ac-
cording to your ability. $5
donation suggested for
each class to help main-
tain the center and Sage-
ing programs. To register
contact Jean Reynolds
at ballrooml6@aol.com
or 299-9070. The Center
for Personal Growth,
151 Second Street S.W,
Winter Haven.

Saturday, May 7
Pix and Popcorn, "Har-
ry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows" (family), 2:30-
4:30 p.m., Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broad-
way. 534-0131.

Saturday, May 7
TiAnViCa's fourth
annual Cowboy Up For
Kids fundraiser, 4-7
p.m. To benefit the rid-
ing academy's Riding .
For Therapy program.
Proceeds fund equine-
assisted activities. Dinner
will be served at 4:30
p.m.; Kentucky Derby
post time is at 6 p.m.
Tickets $30 for a single,
$50 couple, or $200 for a
table sponsor. 581-7861
or 581-7859. Stuart Con-
ference Center, 1702 U.S.
Highwayl7-98, Bartow.

Saturday, May 7
Classic Games Night,
6-9 p.m. Polk County
Historical Museum, 100
E. Main St., Bartow. 534-


4386.

Monday, May 9
Navigating the Desk-
top, 1-3 p.m., Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway. 534-0131.

Wednesday, May 11
3-5 year-old Story
Time, 10-10:45 a.m., Bar-
tow Public Library, 2150
S. Broadway. 534-0131.

Thursday, May 12-
Saturday, May 14
Second Peace River
Folk Festival featuring
cultural exhibits, food
vendors, and entertain-
ment, barbecue, jam ses-
sion, pioneer row, Civil.
War skirmish, Ice Cream
Churn-off, 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday,
10 a.m. Saturday. Parking
at the park entrance area,
$5 for everyone older
than 16, $2 for children
younger than 16. Group
rates are available for
10 or more. Trams will
transport people. Out-
door Recreation Area in
Fort Meade on U.S. High-
way 98 East. 285-8253 or
ftmeadechamber@yahoo.
corn.

Thursday, May 12
Book Babies for chil-
dien from birth to 2 with
their parents, 10-10:30
a.m., Bartow Public Li-
brary, 2150 S. Broadway.
534-0131.

Thursday, May 12
Ballroom Dancing,
2:30-3:30 p.m. Cost ac-
cording to your ability. $5
donation suggested for
each class to help main-
tain the center and Sage-
ing programs. To register
contact Jean Reynolds
at ballrooml6@aol.com
or 299-9070. The Center
for Personal Growth,
151 Second Street S.W.,
Winter Haven.

Friday, May 13
Pig Out Bartow pre-
sented by the Bartow
Chamber of Commerce,
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pulled
pork, baked beans, corn
on the cob, roll and des-
sert. Carry out or have
delivered to your place
of business (10 dinner
minimum). Tickets at $8
per person are available
at Bartow Chamber of
Commerce or call 533-
7125 or 533-3793. Bartow
Civic Center, 2250 S.
Floral Ave.

Friday, May 13
Benefit dinner for The
Sole Sisters 3-Day for the
Cure Team at The Stan-
ford Inn. Open seating
from 5-9 p.m., reserva-
tions recommended.
533-2393. Bring your own
bottle of wine if desired.
15 percent of food and
drink totals will be do-
nated to the team for the.
Susan G. Komen Walk for
the Cure.

Saturday, May 14
Pix and Popcorn, "The
Chronicles of Narnia:
The Voyage of the Dawn
Treader" (kids), 2:30
p.m.-4:30 p.m., Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway. 534-0131.

Saturday, May 14
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..

Friday, May 13-
Saturday, May 14
"D-Day: The Invasion
of Normandy," Fantasy
of Flight, 1400 Broadway
Blvd. S.E. Polk City. Gen-
eral admission $28.95
adults, $14.95 for ages


Showing their Pride

Members of the Pride Team from Spessard Holland Elementary didn't march in the Just Say
NQ parade Wednesday, April 27, but they were on the sidelines watching and cheering on the
students taking part in the annual anti-drug parade.


6-d5, and 5 and younger
free with full-paying
adult. Symposiums are
free for all Annual Pass
holders. 984-3500 or go
to www.fantasyofflight.
corn for information.
984-3500.

Saturday, May 14
Peace River Ice Cream
Churn-Off, 2 p.m., Peace
River Folk Festival, U.S.
98 E., Fort Meade. Judg-
ing will be by popular
taste vote at 4 p.m., Must
be 18 to vote. Tasting
fee $5 per person to
sample all flavors and
vote. Registration form
and rules at Fort Meade
Chamber, 214 W. Broad-
way, Suite B, or at www.
fortmeadechamber.com.
Deadline for entries May
1,

EDUCATION
Thursday, May 5
Polk State College
graduation, 6:30 p.m.
Commencement address
by Dr. Willis N. Hol-
combe, who has served
as chancellor of The Flor-
ida College System since
October 2007. Lakeland
Center Arena, West Lime
St., Lakeland.

Monday, May 9
Open House for par-
ents of students entering
pre-K, kindergarten.and
first grade, 5:30 p.m.,
Florida State College,
Edge Hall. School ex-
panding early childhood
education prograrri.
680-4172.

Wednesday, May 11
Face Awards, 8-9 p.m.,
Bright House Networks
channel 614, Comcast
channel 7 and Verizon
FiOS channel 45. The
event will also be shown
live simultaneously
on PGTV the county
government's channel
on Bright House channel
622, Comcast channel 5
and Verizon FiOS chan-
nel 20. It will also be Web
streamed on the school
district's www.polk-fl.net
website and the county
government's website,
www.polk-county.net/.

Wednesday; May 11
Achievement Acad-
emy's Executive Commit-
tee, 11:30 a.m., board of
directors, 6 p.m. Achieve-
ment Academy, 716 E.
Bella Vista St., Lakeland.
683-6504.

Friday, May 13
Polk County Drug
Court graduation, 2:30


p.m., Oliver L. Green, Jr.
Courtroom, first floor
Polk County Courthouse,
255 N. Broadway, Bartow.
It will showcase accom-
plishments of the Drug
Court participants and
the success of the Drug
Court program since its
establishment.

GOVERNMENT
Wednesday, May 11
Central Florida Re-
gional Planning Council,
9:30 a.m., Sebring Airport
Authority, Board Room,
128 Authority Lane,
Sebring.

Monday, May 16
Bartow City Commis-
sion, 5:30 p.m. work ses-
sion, 6:30 board meeting,
450 N. Wilson Ave. Call
534-0100.

Tuesday, May 17
Polk County School
Board meeting, work
session 12:30 p.m., meet-
ing 5 p.m., Polk County
School District, 1915
S. Floral Ave., Bartow.
534-0521 to register for
agenda.

HEALTH
Saturday, May 7
"Face a Brighter Fu-
ture," with Dr. Pranay C.
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RELIGION
Friday, May 6
Amanda Massey in
concert, 6 p.m., Haines
City Church of God, 1718
Melbourne Ave.,

Saturday, May 7
The Lee Turner Band,
5:30 p.m., open mike for
those who want to sing.
Gospel Music Coffee
House, 325 Lyle Parkway,
Bartow, 604-3457.

SPORTS
Thursday, May 5
-The King and His
Court, 7 p.m., stop on its
farewell tour. Indepen-
dent Softball Association,
Bartow Softball and the
Bartow Intimidators. $10
in advance, $12 at the
gate and can be bought
at ISA office or by calling
519-7127. Bartow High
School softball field.

Friday, May 6
Flying Tigers' Ace
posters to first 1,000 kids
(14 and younger). Gates
open at 6 p.m. Box seats
$6, reserved seats $5, 55
and older and children
14 and younger get $1
discount. Parking is free.
Joker Marchant Stadium,
2125 North Lake Ave.,
Lakeland, 413-4120 or
686-8075.


IN LOVING MEMORY
Rev. A. D. Albritton
April 1, 1923 May 4, 2010
A minister of the Gospel, you
fought a Good Fight of Faith.
You have finished the race.

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children and grandchildren
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Obituaries

Juanita Davis


Juanita Davis, 71, of
Plant City, passed away
on April 28, 2011.
Survivors include her
daughter, Cindi Arnold
and her husband David
of Lakeland; two grand-
children, Jame Robinson
and his wife Kristy of
Lakeland and Becky Pate
and her husband Daniel
of Bartow; niece Nikole
Meadows and her hus-
band Doug of Mulberry;
two great-grandchildren;
one brother; six nieces


Juanita Davis


and nephews; other fam-
ily and friends.
Celebration of Life:
Monday, May 2, at 11
a.m., at Hopewell Funeral
Home, 6005 State Road
39 S., Plant City, where
the family will receive
friends beginning at 10
a.m. Interment at Hebron
Cemetery.
Condolences to the
family may be made at
www.hopewellfuneral.
com.


Alfonso Daniel Tillman, Sr.


Alfonso Daniel "Papa"
Tillman, Sr., 67, of
Rockingham, N.C., died,
Sunday, April 17, 2011, at
First Health Richmond
Memorial Hospital.
He was born Nov. 25,
1943, in Barlow, Fla., son
of Eddie B. Tillman, Sr.,
and Ola D. Wyser Tillman.
Mr. Tillman attended
Pine Grove Baptist
Church, was a former
long distance truck driver
and worked the last few
years for Central Taxi.


Survivors include his
wife, Judy Alderman
Tillman of Rockingham;
two sons, Wayne Tillman
and Daniel Tillman, Jr.,
both of Ellerbe, N.C.;
three daughters, Joanie
Lewis of Rockingham,
and Stephanie Turner and
Dorinda Tillman, both of
Florida; a brother, Jack
Tillman of Florida; two
sisters, Alberta Tillman
Hall and Marlene-Tillman
Moncrief, both of Florida;
20 grandchildren; and five


great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service: Sat-
urday, May 14, at 2 p.m.
at Cornerstone Church
of God, Fort Meade, with
Rev. Mike McMillan offici-
ating.
Visitation: April 21,
from 1-2 p.m., at Har-
rington Funeral Home,
.Hamlet, N.C., followed
by a memorial service at
2 p.m. in the chapel with
Rev. Corey Wilson officiat-
ing.


Marion Cross Keene


Marion Cross Keene,
91, of Wauchula, passed
away at her home Sunday,
May 1, 2011.
She was born Dec.
4, 1919, in Colne, Lan-
cashire County, England.
She came to the United
States in 1945, moving to
Indiana.
In 1958 Mrs. Keene'
moved from Indiana to
Wauchula, where she
worked as a waitress for
many years at Knight's
Restaurant. She attended
Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church
in Fort Meade.
Mrs. Keene was "dearly
loved" by her children,
grandchildren and great-
grandchildren, a family


Marion Keene
member said.
She was preceded in
death by her husband,
J.B. "Buck" Keene a son,
Michael Hammett; and a
brother, Sydney Cross.
Survivors include two


sons, Dean Dickson and
David Dickson and wife
Lorraine, all of Wauchula;
three daughters, Carol
Royal and husband James
of Wauchula, Christine
Parker and husband
Jimmy of Fort Meade,and
Mary Morgan and Harry
Kirmeyer of Bowling
Green; and two brothers,
Ted Cross and Donald
Cross, both of Hemel
Hempstead, England.
Memorial service:
Thursday, May 5, at 11
a.m., at Mount Pisgah
Baptist Church, Fort
Meade.
Arrangements: Han-
cock Funeral Home, Fort
Meade.


Barbara Roberts Lunn


Barbara Roberts Lunn,
89, of Lakeland, died
Monday, May 2, 2011, at
her home.
She was born Dec. 23,
1921, in Key West. She
and her late husband,
Herbert C. Lunn, Sr.,
moved to Hardee County
in the 1970s, and later to
Polk County.
Mrs. Lunn was a home-
maker and a member of
the Church of God.
Survivors include a .


daughter, Judy Atkinson
and husband Doug of
Lakeland; a son, Clift
Lunn, Jr. and wife Jea-
nette of Bowling Green;
six grandchildren, Stuart
Atkinson of Lakeland,
Melissa Trujillo of Miami,
Jonathan Atkinson of
Lakeland, Heidi Dell'Real
of Knightdale, N.C.,
Clifton Lunn and William
Lunn, both of Bowling
Green; and three great-
grandchildren.


Visitation: Friday, May
6, from 10-11 a.m. at
McLean Funeral Home,
Bartow.
Funeral: follows at 11
a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be at New
Hope Cemetery, Fort
Meade.
Condolences to the
family may be made at
www.mcleanfuneral-
home.net.


Waste program


available for small businesses


Polk County businesses
that produce less than
220 pounds of hazard-
ous waste per month
can dispose of it the
third Wednesday of each
month by appointment
only at the North Central
Landfill's Household Haz-
ardous Waste Facility.
Quotes will be based
on the quantity and type
of waste materials to be
disposed/recycled, the
county said. Participants


must complete a registra-
tion form and inventory
sheet and may need an
on-site inspection prior
to participating. Waste
materials being collected
include paint, solvents,
waste ink, fluorescent
lamps, used oil, antifreeze
and other hazardous
waste.
For information, paper-
work and appointment
scheduling, visit www.
polk-county.net or con-


tact Andrea at 284-4319,
ext. 203, andreastermer@
polk-county.net.
The North Central
Landfill is located at 5 En-
vironmental Loop South
in Winter Haven.


Peace officers' memorial service set


Sgt. Wesley Richard
Whitmore Jr. who died on
duty Dec. 12, 2010, will
be among the officers
honored May 5 at the
24th Annual Polk County
Peace Officers' Memorial
Service.
Whitmore will-be the
30th Polk County Law
Enforcement Officer
commemorated on the
Polk County Law En-
forcement Memorial.
The event is scheduled
for 10 a.m. Thursday,
May 5 at Veteran's Memo-
rial Park on Lime Street
between Lake Beulah
Drive and the west side
of the Lakeland Center.
The event is being held
in observance of National
Police Week, which is
May 15-21.
Family members of
fallen officers, represen-
tatives from various Polk
County law enforcement
agencies, public service


organizations, and state
and local government
agencies will be attend-
ing.
Speakers there will be
John Sheffield, presi-
dent, FOP Polk County
Lodge #46; Capt. Michael
L. Lawton, (Retired)'
PCLEMF, Inc., chairman
of the board.
The keynote speaker is
Chuck Canterberry, Na-
tional President, Grand
.Lodge of the Fraternal
Order of Police.
At the service there will
be the Presentation of
Colors by a Joint Color
Guard from the Polk
County Sheriff's Office,
Lakeland Police Depart-
ment, Winter Haven
Police Department, Bar-
tow Police Department,
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Commission; Roll Call
of Heroes; Fly Over by
PCSO and Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conserva-


tion Commission avia-
tion units; Retreat of the
Fallen Rider by the PCSO
Mounted Unit.; Tampa
Fire Department bagpipe
players; 3 Gun Volley;
and Taps. The Harrison
Center for Visual and
Performing Arts "Har-
rison Chamber Singers"
will perform an ensemble
of patriotic and spiritual
songs.
Father Nicholas J.
O'Brien, of the Saint An-
thony Catholic Church,
Lakeland will lead the
invocation and benedic-
tion.
After the service, a lun-
cheon is scheduled at the
FOP Polk County Lodge
#46, at 125W. Brannen
Road, Lakeland. It hosted
by the FOP Polk County
Lodge #46 and the Polk
County Law Enforcement
Memorial Fund Inc.,
For information, call
688-1725.


Veterans health bus visits Lake Wales


By BILL RETTEW JR.
.STAFF WRITER
Two questions facing
Lake Wales residents: If
a tree falls in the woods,
and there is no one there
to hear the sound pro-
duced, or, if the Veteran's
. Health Administration
regularly visits the city,
and few take advantage,
is a great opportunity
wasted?
Since August of 2011,
an outreach clinic-a
bus or mobile doctor's
office-with three private
exam rooms, a bathroom
and two wheelchair lifts
visits the city.
On the second and
fourth Tuesday of each
month, between 10 a.m.
and 2 p.m., the James A.
Haley Veteran's Hospi-
tal and Clinic Veteran's
bus parks at city hall. All
veterans are welcome to
visit.
Health professionals,
including a registered
nurse, a technician and
an eligibility enrollment
coordinator, visit regular-
ly. Although, Tuesday, a
doctor was on-hand, but
it was suggested that vets
make an appointment to
consult a doctor in Lake
Wales.
Fewer than 10 vets,
per visit, typically take
advantage of the service.
Last week, a physician
and three staffers sat for
more than a half an hour
waiting, while no one
showed for a consulta-
tion or to sign up for free
benefits.
Robert G. Foster, motor
vehicle operator/health
care technician, said vets
can inquire about their
sugar level, get a blood
pressure check, sign up
for additional services or
receive a flu shot in Lake
Wales, rather than com-
mute to the Haley Hos-
pital and Clinic in Tampa
or the nearest veteran's
clinic in Lakeland.


PHOTO BY BILL RETTEW JR.
Twice monthly, the mobile outreach clinic assists veterans on
health matters during visits to city hall. (I to r) Jeff Lustberg,
eligibility enrollment, Physician Vanessa Osting, Beth Bavamos,
RN, and Robert Foster, motor vehicle operator/health care
technician are ready to offer free advice to vets.


"We can.answer quick
questions and give gen-
eral information," said
Foster. "And we can set
up new veterans for pri-
mary care in Lakeland.
"Then you don't have
to make that long trip to
Tampa to just ask.a ques-
tion you didn't think to
ask otherwise."
Primary care is lim-
ited locally. There are no
x-rays performed or lab
work taken on the bus.
In the Tampa area,
the mobile outreach
clinic travels to about 125
events a year, including
several health fairs.
Veterans should come
prepared and bring their
discharge papers or a


DD214 with them to
speed up the process.
Beth Bavamos, RN.,
wants to-keep busy.
"There are so many
vets out there who don't
use the system," she said.
The Veterans Admin-
istration hopes to up
the service level in Lake
Wales. A local full-blown
clinic might become
reality by 2015, while the
administration gauges
.the need locally.
A search for a more
permanent location is
underway. Possibly a
storefront might serve as
a temporary clinic.


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Looking for a fun family
night? Head out to the
museum Saturday and
play some games.
From 6-9 p.m., the Polk
County Historical Mu-
seum is hosting a Classic
Games Night from 6-9
p.m. Saturday, May 7.
The Museum will provide
games like Candy Land,
Chutes and Ladders,
Sorry, Uno and Yahtzee.
Admission is free. The
museum is at 100 E. Main
Street in Bartow. For more
information, call Myrtice
Young at 534-4386.


Polk Museum of Art is
offering the Summer Art'
Camp for children for
those between 5-13.
Summer Art Camp runs
in two-week sessions
from June 13-Aug. 5.
Summer Art Camp
2011 combines art with
some of literature's most
creative authors and illus-
trators. It draws inspira-
tion into every piece of
artwork they create. Stu-
dents will pull inspiration
from the pages of classic
books such as "Where the
Sidewalk Ends," "Horton
Hears a Who," "Alice's Ad-
ventures in Wonderland"


and "The Lion, the Witch,
and the Wardrobe."
Classes offered include
digital photography,
drawing, fashion design,
graphic art, mixed media,
movie making, painting,
performance, print-
making, sculpture and
textiles.
Session dates are:
Session 1, June 13-24;
Session 2, June 27-July 8
(no classes on July 4)
Session 3, July 11-22;
and Session 4, July 25-Au-
gust 5.
Classes run from 9 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m., and students
may take up to three


classes a day.
Tuition is based on the
number of classes a stu-
dent takes; discounts also
are offered for members
of the Museum.
All classes are taught
by certified art teachers
and/or art professionals.
All teachers and Museum
staff are background-
checked as per the Jessica
Lunsford Act.
To register or learn
more, please visit www.
PolkMuseumofArt.org/
education/camps or call
the Museum's Education
Department at 863-688-
5423.


Something
A Youth-Parent summit
coming this month seeks
to get children into edu-
cation and self-esteem.
Scheduled from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on Saturday,
May 21, the Get High on
Education, Self-Esteem,
Spirituality and Sports is
for those between 6-19
and features arts and
crafts, a cook out, skits,
music, giveaways, games,
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will be free T-shirts for
the first 100 participants.
Check- in begins at
9:30 a.m. for the event
at the Carver Recreation
Center on Idlewood
Avenue.
Early registration is
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Berthenia Hanna at 533-
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Mav 4. 2011


Four USF students build a roof


While their classmates
spent spring break taking
a break, four Polytechnic
students and four other
University of South Flor-
ida students went to El
Salvador to help a family
in need in El Salvador.
They took part in
the Alternative Spring
Break 2011. They part-
nered with Un Techo
Para Mi Pais (A Roof for
My Country), an inter-
national non-profit
organization that strives
to improve the quality
of life for impoverished
families by construct-
ing transitional houses
and implementing social
inclusion programs.
"I went last year and I
loved it so much I had to
go again this year," said
USFP student Jessica
Piekarski said in a press
release. "You get so much
from the experience. No
words can describe what
I got from El Salvador.
"There are no words
to describe the feeling
of accomplishment you
get when you're done
and you give a house to


PHOTO BY ROBERT GOODMAN
USF Polytechnic student Karissa Strickland helps build a home
in El Salvador.


someone you don't even
know but you know how
much they appreciate it.
It's very emotional. It's


hard not to cry when a
house is built because
you know you've made a
difference for one fam-


ily."
"It was a great experi-
ence for the students
and for me," said Rob-
ert Goodman, USFP's.
university partnership
liaison, who served as an
advisor.
According to Good-
man, the trip also aligns
with the Polytechnic
emphasis on applied
learning.
"It helps when stu-
dents expand their
learning outside the
classroom," he says. "In
El Salvador the stu-
dents could touch the
construction, see the
engineering, reach out
to other culture and
see.its sociology and its
economy. You can't get
that kind of hands-on
experience sitting in a
classroom."
USFP's Extended
University and Student
Affairs departments
organized the trip, which
helped students learn
about Central American
culture and El Salvador,
where nearly 2 million
people live in poverty.


Alfonso to develop architecture program


The University of South Florida
Polytechnic named Alberto Alfonso
to a courtesy faculty appointment
as executive in residence and inter-
im program development director,
architecture and design.
The appointment will run until
June 30, 2015.
Alfonso is a founding principal
and president of Alfonso Archi-
tects, Inc., of Tampa. The firm is
working with Santiago Calatrava on
the new campus for USF Polytech-


nic at the eastern end of Interstate
4 and the Polk Parkway in Lake-
land.
In his role at USF Poly, Alfonso's
responsibilities will include devel-
oping the curriculum for an under-
graduate program in architecture
and design, conducting national
and international searches for new
incoming faculty positions, plan-
ning for a study abroad program in
France centered on the work of the
late master architect Le Corbusier,


and developing national and inter-
national relationships with other
Polytechnic programs.
Tentatively scheduled to begin
in 2013, the bachelor's program in
architecture and design is part of
USF Polytechnic's strategic plan to
expand its programs as it prepares
for the opening of its new campus.
Alfonso earned a bachelor's
degree arid a master's degree in
architecture from the University of
Florida.


SBDC has business


growth conference


seminars geared to
helping area businesses
get customers and grow is
the theme at the Central
Florida Development
Council's second business
growth conference.
The small business de-
velopment center sched-
uled its second seminar 8
a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, May
16, at the Winter Haven
Chamber of Commerce.


Topics include export-
ing, marketing for growth,
financing options and
obtaining state and local
certifications to facilitate
new business opportuni-
ties.
The sessions are free
and are designed to help
start-up or growing exist-
ing small businesses. Ca-
tered lunches cost $5 per
person, but participants


may bring their own
lunches.
The Winter Haven
Chamber is at 401 Avenue
B N.W.
Reservations are re-
quired and may be made
at www.polksbdc.org.
For information about
the Business Growth Con-
ference, call 534-5915.


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named for graduate


Florida Southern
College established the
Barney Barnett School of
Business and Economics
named for a 1965 gradu-
ate of the school and
a 42-year employee of
Publix Supermarkets.
Dr. Carol Jenkins Bar-
nett, who was in the Class
of 1979, made a gift to
name the business school
in honor of her husband's
recent birthday. Barnett,
as well as being a 1965
graduate also serves as a
member of the school's
Board of Trustees.
"The creation of the
Barney Barnett School of


Business and Economics
is an historic milestone in
the"continuing, upward
trajectory of Florida
Southern College and
will forever transform the
caliber of business educa-
tion for our students and
faculty," said FSC Presi-
dent Dr. Anne Kerr.
This undisclosed gift
follows the College's an-
nouncement last month
of a $5 million naming
gift'from Vero Beach,
alumnus Richard W. "Bill"
Becker for the school's
undergraduate business
building.


Researchers are study-
ing a way to better pre-
dict the shelf life of food
to help the U.S. Depart-
ment of Defense.
At the University of
South Florida Polytech-
nic's College of Technol-
ogy and Innovation Lab,
researchers are using
radio frequency identi-
fication technology to
develop a way to predict
shelf life of packaged
meals and monitor qual-
ity during storage.
RFID technology com-
municates using radio
waves to exchange data
between a reader and an
electronic tag attached to
an object.
Phase one involved
finding the best RFID tag
that would monitor and
record temperature dur-
ing shipping and storage.
Phase two, which
began in April, deals


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with developing a fully
working system that uses
a hand-held reader and
software to communicate
with an RFID tag.
One advantage is that
the handheld reader does
not need to see a bar
code. Instead, the device
emits an electronic signal
that the tag detects. At
that point, the tag sends
its temperature data to
the reader.
Benefits, to the DOD
include increased food
quality and safety, which
can translate into peak
performance for soldiers.
Also, in the DOD's current
quality control system a
person might spend 10
to 15 minutes inspect-
ing each pallet for food
quality. RFID technology
can cut the time to 10
to 15 seconds, reducing
labor time and eliminat-
ing waste.






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May is Bicycle Awareness Month.
Check Facebook for Weekly Specials!
THANK YOU! We're proud you chose
us as Polk County's Best Bike Shop!


Road, mountain, cruiser, and hybrid style bicycles
and accessories for both casual and avid cyclists
SHighland City Town Center
5113 US Hwy 98 S.
Lakeland, FL 33812
863.937.8058
Fax: 863:937.8059
RoadandTrailBicycles.com

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Bartow Jewelry & Pawn Shop
425 East Main Street, Bartov, FL _3830
863-533-5560J
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SATURDAY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE


1 BDRM. $575 / 2 BDRM. $650
TOWN HOUSES $700


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260 West Van Fleet Drive, Bartow, FL 33830

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595 N. Broadway Ave.

Bartow, FL 33830

(863) 534-1429



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May 4, 2011


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