The Polk County Democrat
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Title: The Polk County Democrat
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Publication Date: 4/30/2011
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State Road 60 work
about to start

See Page 2A

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Atheists appear
in number at school
board meeting
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Friday Fest is
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in May

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Fifth graders made the turn from Main Street onto Broadway Wednesday during a
parade marking the anti-drug Just Say No parade. It is the 22nd year of the parade.

Town embraces

Just Say No

Fifth graders parade, civic
leaders support anti-drug message

The message was well-stated
and warranted repeating.
Wednesday, more than 600
fifth graders paraded down Main
Street and onto Broadway to
Bartow High School. Later, at the
Just Say No to Drugs Community
Luncheon, the message got out to
community leaders.
Civic leaders from several
organizations, including local
Kiwanians, Rotarians, Crickette
Club and Chamber of Commerce
members and school officials,
heard from guest speaker David E
Lewis, associate superintendent
of the Polk County School District,
about their role in the "Just Say No
to Drugs" campaign.
Lewis talked about preserving
"hometown values" and the fight
against drugs at the luncheon at
the Bartow Civic Center.
"It's tireless work, but reward-
ing," said Lewis. "Stay on course,
we're making a difference.
"One of my biggest concerns is
that parents are not setting rules
at home. It's time for us to step up
and set the rules and make sure
they obey the rules."
Lewis noted that county teen
drug use dropped since 2000, but
still, local teens are using drugs
nearly as often as their counter-
parts both statewide and nation-

"We're too special to be consid-
ered average," said Lewis. "Our
schools are nothing more than a
microcosm of society."
Ernie Cooper is the program's
director and has been involved in
the fight for more than 20 years.
"Our young people are the most
precious asset we have," said Coo-
per. "We need to work with them
so they make positive choices.
"They've got to be strong and
we've got to teach them."
Award-winner for his handmade
poster, Austin Thompson, of High-
land City Elementary, wore a shirt
paid for mostly through Rotary
funding that read, "Just Say No to
Drugs, Together We Make Smart
Things Happen."
Morgan Whitfield was excited
to grab second place in the poster
contest for her entry depicting a
frog smoking a cigarette, with the
comment, "Don't smoke or you'll
Proud Highland City Elemen-
tary Principal Chris Roberts said
the Just Say No message works
and he often hears former pro-
gram participants talking about
the program's messages.
Bartow Mayor Wayne Lewis
urged leaders and parents to help
children cope when encounter-
ing peer pressure. The mayor also
read a proclamation declaring Just
So No Week.

Saturday, April30, 2011
Copyright 2010 Sun Coast Media Group

Davis gets death

Judge gives death to defendant

for two of three murders

Three-and-a-half years. Three-and-a-half
very long years.
That's how long Alicia Littleton and Julia
Hernandez waited. On Friday, April 29, their
wait was rewarded when Judge J. Michael
Hunter handed down the sentence on Leon
Davis, who was found guilty in the first
degree of murder ofYvonne Bustamante,
Juanita Luciano, and Luciano's prematurely-
delivered son,.Michael J. Bustamante Jr.
After having been found guilty in a court
trial that lasted from Jan. 3 through Feb. 15,
the jury on Feb. 18, after having entered into
the penalty phase the day before, recom-
mended by votes of 8-4, 12-0 and 12-0 that
Davis be sentenced to death for Michael I.
Bustamante, Juanita Luciano and Yvonne
Davis' sentencing took place in a court-
room sparsely attended, in which there
were more members of the media and law
enforcement officials (at least 11 uniformed
Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies) than


Leon Davis shows no emotion as he hears the
judge impose the death sentence, in addition to a
sentence of life imprisonment without possibility of
parole, as well as other charges.

Less than two weeks after
the Achievement Acad-
emy turned down buying
a vacant building from
the Florida Department of
Citrus, TLC Family Church
bought it for $1.275 million.
Achievement Academy
has been looking for a place
to consolidate its three
schools and accept more
children, but after a 90-day
due diligence period,.the
school's board decided it
was too expensive to reno-
vate the abandoned DOC
headquarters in Lakeland.
Then on Tuesday the
Florida Citrus Commis-
sion voted unanimously to
accept the church's offer of
$1.275 million to buy the
building as is with a $50,000
nonrefundable deposit. The
building is at 1115 E. Memo-
rial Blvd., Lakeland, and has
been vacant since the DOC
moved to the Bob Crawford
Agricultural Center on East
Main Street in Bartow in

February 2010 by state legis-
lative mandate.
The TLC Family Church
won the building by outbid-
ding Flagship Group. That
business offered the DOC
$1.2 million and a deposit
of $20,000.
The move delighted
people at the DOC which
has had the building for
sale almost a year with
few offers. The fact that
the Achievement Academy
turned it down two weeks
ago had sent the DOC back
to the drawing board.
"We wanted to sell that
building," said DOC finan-
cial officer Debbie Funk-
houser just days before the
sale. "We were disappointed
(in Achievement not want-
ing it)."
The Achievement Acade-
my, a charter school head- .
quartered in Lakeland, also
has schools on Summerlin
Street in Bartow and in Win-
ter Haven, and educates 90
pre-K through kindergarten
children who have develop-
mental delays and disabili-

ties. It currently has about
20,000 square feet and wants
to expand to 40,000-50,000
square feet in order to make
a dent in the 200 student
waiting list. The DOC build-
ing is 34,000 square feet and
is about 60 years old.
The Achievement Acad-
emy board determined that
it would cost $5.1 million
to renovate the abandoned
DOC building and decided
on April 18 that was too
much money and termi-
nated the contract with the
It will continue to look
for some place to move but
whether it moves to vacant
land or renovates an existing
building is still undecided.
"It depends on how much
it costs," said Paula Sullivan
at Achievement. "We have
property on South 540A but
the issues of whether'it is
more reasonable to renovate
or build new we just don't
Achievement currently

'Great event for kids'

Students celebrate Law Day at old courthouse

Thursday was a day of
excitement for a number
of area students as they
descended upon the Polk
County Historical Mu-
seum. They were there in
observation of National
Law Day as well as Take
Your Child to Work Day.
Outside the museum
children and adults alike
were able to get up close
and view several Polk
County Sheriff vehicles,
such as its rescue vehicle,

which resembles a tank
without a turret, and
a pontoon boat. The
vehicles are used in both
search, rescue and recov-
ery operations.
Inside the old court-
house, depending upon
age and grade level, stu-
dents either participated
in a version of "Jeopardy"
(which was held for stu-
dents grade K-5), or sat
in on a re-enactment of
a Teen Court mock trial.
Earlier they listened to a
number of presentations
made by law enforce-

ment officials with the
Polk County Sheriff's
Office, Bartow Police
Department, and judges
and other officials with
the court system.
Two highlights of the
day were a demonstra-
tion by a K-9 officer and
handler, and the oppor-
tunity to don a judicial
robe and pose with
Judge Angela Cowden,
who currently sits in the
Highlands County Circuit

Jordan Gilbert (standing) serves as prosecuting attorney in the Teen Court mock trial presented
Thursday, April 28, at the Polk County Historical Museum. It was part of the activities scheduled
for National Law Day.

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Good Morning,
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Deal of the Day
3-day sale
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Bartow, Florida 33830

TLC Church buys citrus building

Purchase comes less than a week after
Achievement Academy turns it down



Local project benefit homeless graduates

The happiest event
can lose its luster when
you're homeless.
But the Polk Learning
Services Division (PLSD)
felt that students who
had persevered through
hardship deserved to
enjoy their big moment,
walking across the stage
with their fellow gradu-
The cost of simple
things such as toiletries
and cap and gown can
be out of reach when you
are in survival mode.
Polk County Schools
has a program called the

Hearth Project, dedicated
to the rights and needs
of homeless students,
so the PLSD's Sunshine
Committee teamed up
with the Hearth Project
for what became the
"Adopt a Senior" project.
They began collect-
ing needed items for
graduating students who
are displaced, whether
through foreclosure,
awaiting foster care,
abandonment, or other
snowballed from its
inception in March, and
has expanded to include
school groups, churches,
professional organiza-

tions, the American
Legion, retirement com-
munities and clubs, ac-
cording to Tracy Hannah,
a clerk with the PLSD.
The project will be
accepting donations
through Tuesday, and
the need is greatest for
gift cards (preferably
Walmart, since almost
anything can be bought
there), rolls of quarters,
and twin-size sheets and
Hannah noted that
a lot of the high school
students are sleeping on
friends' and relatives'
couches, or on air mat-
tresses, and sheets are a
welcome gift. Quarters

come in handy for laun-
Assistance for cap
and gown expenses is
handled through the
Hearth Project, and refer-
rals or inquiries can be
made by calling Dee Dee
Wright, Hearth specialist,
at 534-0210. Referrals are
ordinarily made through
school personnel, but
there may be seniors
whose homeless sta-
tus is not known to the
schools. These students
or their families can get
in touch with Wright.
The statistics posted
on the Hearth Project's
website are startling,
even for a country accus-

tomed to daily reports of
job loss and foreclosures.
For example:
Today, the average
age of a homeless person
is 9 years old.
Children and families
are the fastest growing
subset of the homeless,
representing a staggering
40 percent of the popula-
Along with the
400,000 families who
are officially homeless,
another 25 million live
doubled and tripled up
with family and friends
because they lack a
permanent residence of
their own.

It is estimated that
there are 350 school-
aged, enrolled homeless
children at any given
time in Polk County.
Those who wish to
donate items to Adopt-
A-Senior can drop them
off at the PLSD build-
ing #270 at the Bartow
SAirbase on U.S. 17.
For directions, call 534-
0930. Items not needed
immediately for gradu-
ates will be held over for
the group's Fill-A-Bucket
which provides essen-
tials to 2,300 students at
Christmas, Hannah said.

State Road 60 work starts in May


Resurfacing and other
work to State Road 60
starts May 8, as part of
a $5.4 million Florida
Department of Transpor-
tation project.

The improvements are
scheduled for comple-
tion during the fall for a
5.17-mile section of state
roadway between the
Peace River Bridge to east
of Alan Loop.
Projected work includes
milling and resurfacing,
widening the road sur-

face, base work, shoulder
treatments and drainage
Curbs, gutter and guard
rail improvements, plus
bridge railing retrofits are
scheduled. American Dis-
ability Act improvements
to existing sidewalks from
east of Connersville Road

to Old Connersville Road
also are planned.
Adding new bicycle
lanes, signing and pave-
ment marking to the
stretch of roadway con-
necting Bartow and Lake
Wales will also take place.
"While work is oc-
curring on the (Peace

River) bridge, there will
be a single lane closure
from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.,"
Cindy Clemmons, FDOT
spokeswoman said. One
lane in each direction will
be open for motorists.
Drainage work will also
occur during the day but
is not expected to impact

"All other work will
occur at night between
the hours of 7 p.m. and
5:30 a.m. with single lane
closures in place during
these times as well."

April 21
Matthew Adams,
31,E.E Griffin Road: out-
of-county warrant.
Joseph Romans, 55,
Thomas Jefferson Road:
simple assault intent/
threat to do violence.
April 22-24
Ruben Bautista, 21,
Transport Road: two
counts failure to appear.
Thomas Williams, 46,
Scott Avenue: possession
of marijuana not more
than 20 grams, posses-

sion and/or
Don Tillmi

Bartow area arrests report
use of drug first offense. dwelling. Danny Cleveland, 22,
Victoria Mobley, 19, Brian Fenn, 36, Lees East Highway 60: failure
on, 36, Dud- South Golfview Avenue: Court: travel to meet to appear.

ley Road: driving under
the influence.
Cordell Johnson, 23,
South Broadway: tres-
passing, possession of
marijuana not more than
-20 grams.
Benjamin Perez, 30,
East Georgia Street: driv-
ing with expired license
more than four months.
Carl Mitchell, 20,
Wheeler Street: driving
while license suspended,

battery, trespassing.
Lynne Crystal, 46,
Transport Road: battery.
Ellos Delva, 36, Magie
Drive: battery.
April 25-26
Avian Taylor, 25,
Golfview Avenue: bat-
tery, criminal mischief
between $200 and
$1,000, grand theft less
than $10,000, unarmed
burglary of unoccupied

after using computer to
lure child, travel to meet
using computer to solicit
guardian, using two-way
communication device
to facilitate a felony.
John Kimble, II, 20,
Dudley Road: battery.
David McCall, 24,
Dietz Road: possession
of a controlled substance
without a prescription,
possession and/or use of
drug equipment.

April 27
Phillip Walker, 23, Sem-
inole Trail: 'contempt
of court-failure to make
Isaias Aguirre, 24,
South Kissingen Avenue:
non-support of children
or spouse.
Bryan Carter, 29, South
Ninth Ave.: two counts
violation of probation.
Ashley Ludden, 20,

Moose Lodge Road: two
counts violation of pro-
Houston Johnson, 19,
South Courtland Avenue:
loitering or prowling,
two counts violation of
Harry Mason, 20, Bee
Avenue: driving while
license suspended, first
James Jones, 41, East
Tee Circle: trafficking in
cocaine less than 150 kg,
failure to appear.






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Bartow City Commis-
sioners will likely be busy
at Monday's meetings.
Several agenda items
should generate lively
Following Director Jim
Duane's retirement, talk
about the Community
Redevelopment Agency
will likely center on hir-
ing a new leader.
Commissioners previ-
ously agreed to wait to
advertise to fill the posi-
tion until property tax
assessments, the agen-
cy's main funding source,
become official, probably
in June.
Following lively debate
at earlier meetings, com-
missioners tentatively
agreed to allow the semi-
autonomous, citizen CRA
board to function as it
has for at least the next
Also, as listed on the
agenda for the 5:30 p.m.
work session, is an item
concerning utilities and
utility deposits.
A first reading of an
ordinance designed to

regulate pain manage-
ment clinics is up for a
vote at the regular meet-
ing at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting packet
given to commission-
ers in advance of the
meetings reads that the
sheriff's department and
Bartow police want to
better address a pat-
tern of illegal drug use
and distribution of pain
drugs in Polk County.
"The illegal narcotic
activity and increased
crime associated with
such clinics has cre-
ated an urgent situation
requiring immediate ac-
tion to reduce the threat
to the health, safety and
welfare of the city's citi-
zens," reads the prospec-
tive ordinance.
A Community Devel-
opment Block Grant will
pay for continuing reno-
vations to bring the city
into compliance with the
American Disability Act,
at city owned properties.
More than $80,000 will
pay for work at city hall,
police department build-
ings, Carver Recreation
Center and other city

April 30, 2011


S.L. Frisbie, IV, publisher emeritus of The
Polk County Democrat, was one of the
people interviewed for a segment that
will appear on WFTS-TV, a Tampa-based
ABC affiliate.

Ken Atkins (left) goes over with WFTS-TV Action News reporter Ashley Glass some of
the history of the cigar factory and the effort to save it from the wrecking ball, and
subsequent restoration. The Tampa-based ABC affiliate was in town Thursday to film
a segment. Looking on are Pedro Alamazon and Bartow City Manager George A. Long.
The segment is tentatively scheduled to air Monday.

Get into shape

at boot camp

The Bartow Parks and
Recreation Department
has a fitness boot camp
coming in May.
Running from May 3
to May 26, every Tuesday,
and Thursday, people can
participate in the hour-
long classes the depart-
ment said will increase
energy, strength and
endurance. It runs from

6-7 a.m. at Mosaic Park.
The registration dead-
line is Thursday, April 28.
It'll cost $35 for
Bartow residents and
city employees, $40 for
non-residents. People
can register at the Bartow
Civic Center, 2250 S.
Floral Ave. Call 534-0120,
ext. 3.

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find out what's
happening in our
community.... .than
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I make sure the water is clean,
for all of us.

I am Mosaic.
As we mine the phosphate needed to help grow
the world's food, it's no coincidence that we
Preserve the water quality of nearby creeks and
rivers. As an environmental specialist, I'm part
of a team that monitors these bodies of water


to ensure that the water quality is sustained
or even enhanced. Mosaic takes great care to
meet Florida's clean water standards. Because
stewardship is an integral part of what we do.

And I see to it that the job is done rn:ht.



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Drop prosecution of Polk County atheist leader

Let's see if we have this straight. El-
lenBeth Wachs, a noted Polk County
atheist who belongs to Atheists of
Florida, was arrested in early March,
charged with practicing law without a
license, simply based upon the say-so
of three individuals with whom she
has clashed: Gow Fields, the mayor of
Lakeland; Ann Gibson, legal affairs co-
ordinator for the Polk County Sheriff's
Office; and Stacy Butterfield, a board
member of the homeowners associa-
tion in the subdivision where Wachs
Butterfield also happens to be the
director of finance and accounting for
the Board of County Commissioners.
All three stated in the arrest warrant
that it was their "impression" she was a
licensed attorney.
Now, it is not the fact they were under
that "impression" that we find troubling
but that none of her accusers thought
to challenge their "impressions." Fields
never thought to, at the very least, have
the city attorney confirm the mayor's
Did Ann Gibson, who is an attorney,

It was in the summer
of 1955 that a 40-year-old
father with his wife and
14-year-old son arrived by
ferry in Havana, 90 miles
south of Florida, part of a
growing flow of tourists to
the nation island of Cuba.
Their 1954 Buick was
packed with clothes for
a two-week visit. Cu-
ban customs officials
searched the car, and told
the young father that he
would have to surrender
his son's khaki trousers,
which were even more
popular then than they
are today.
The father, who had
majored in Spanish at
Florida Southern Col-
lege, replied that the only
pants his son had with
him were khakis, and
asked if they expected his
son to spend the next two
weeks, touring Cuba in his
Fortunately, the cus-
toms officers relented
slightly, allowing the son
to keep the khakis he was
wearing, but confiscating
the rest.
As the 14-year-old in
this story, I was relieved.

Fugencio Batista was
the dictator in control of
Cuba's government, but
he was a pro-U.S. dicta-
Americans had taken
little notice of a revolu-
tion begun by brothers


try to challenge her own "impression?"
Ditto Stacy Butterfield?
We also wonder about the timing of
the arrest.
It just happened to have occurred
days before Wachs and AoF were to en-
ter into the deposition phase with the
City of Lakeland.
The atheist organization is suing the
city for its practice of invocations given
prior to the start of city commission
The group is also suing the Polk
County Sheriff's Office because Sheriff
Grady Judd gave area churches old bas-
ketball equipment that used to belong
to the county jail. The group has also
clashed with the Polk County School
Board over prayer at public meetings.
Mayor Fields is the husband of Polk
County Board Chairwoman Kay Fields.
Cities, the school board and the sheriff
have all had their disputes with the
atheist group.


S.L Frisbie

Fidel and Raul Castro a
couple of years earlier.
Revolutions were some-
thing of a way of life in
many Central and South
American nations.
We would soon learn
that the informal uniform
of the Castro revolu-
tionaries included khaki
pants. That explained the
Few would mistake this
scrawny adolescent for
a revolutionary, and my
khaki britches drew little
attention, though they
probably didn't smell too
good after two weeks.

Our itinerary began in
Havana and took us most
of the length of the island
to America's naval base at
The main thing that
I remember about that
journey, in which much
of our travel was at night,
was the six to eight times
we were stopped at mili-
tary roadblocks.
Armed men carrying
flashlights searched our
trunk and examined the
base of our windshield.
We later were told that,

in the windshield inspec-
tion, they were looking
for decals or stickers
that would indicate our
affiliation with either the
government or the revo-
We never knew which
side was searching our
car, or if different search-
es were conducted by
opposite sides.
Dad, who was a bit of
an adventurer when we
traveled, gave Mother
and me the impression
that this was just the way
travel was in Cuba. That
was good enough for me.
If I had been a father
with his wife and young
son, all these roadblocks
and searches in a totali-
tarian nation would have
scared the bejeebers out
of me.
But Dad wasn't scared,
so neither was I. It is stuff
like this that makes dads
into heroes in their chil-
dren's eyes.

As a young Army officer
in Washington, D.C., from
1962 to 1964 (wearing
khaki uniforms, inciden-
tally) I had sort of a front
row seat for America's
naval blockade of Castro's
Cuba during the Russian
missile crisis.
I was sitting in the
headquarters of the 116th
Intelligence Corps Group

Now, the state attorney has arrested
one of its leaders.
Along with Wachs' arrest a search
warrant was issued. Her computer and
other personal effects were confiscated.
On her computer was the information
and other documentation that was to
be used during the deposition. With-
out that data, the deposition had to be
Wachs' and AoF's actions against
Lakeland and Polk County School
Board are generally known.
But a private dispute between Wachs
and the homeowners' association in
her subdivision, of which Butterfield is
an officer? How did that appear on the
state attorney's radar screen, and why?
Without question, Wachs and Athe-
ists of Florida are a thorn in the side of
a number of people and institutions.
Her organization advocates an un-
popular belief and does so vociferously.
That she chooses to exercise her right
to freedom of speech and does so in
a manner in which she was educated,
trained and once licensed to practice
(in Pennsylvania), is her right.


As is her right to use the term "Esq."
or "esquire," since no Florida law
forbids its use by anyone not licensed
to practice law in the state. Hanging a
criminal prosecution on the use of this
word and the impressions of others is,
well, to put it bluntly, a little flimsy.
Should our state attorney's office,
which does a great job of prosecuting
criminals, use its good office to prose-
cute someone who is a thorn in the side
of the county's political establishment?
Wachs has repeatedly emphasized
she is not practicing as an attorney in
Florida precisely because she is not
Wachs' arrest has the appearance of
retaliation, aimed not just at her but at
a minority that many scorn.
Whether there should be prayer at
public meetings or the sheriff has the
right to give public property to church-
es are legitimate questions and should
be debated. But stifling free speech in
order to protect freedom of religion is
not the way to go.
The state attorney should drop its .
case against Wachs.

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Lake Wales

Scott keeps public in the dark

was the sarcastic tweet
last weekend by Brian
Burgess, the communi-
cations director for Gov.
Rick Scott. He com-
plained about a Times/
Herald Tallahassee bureau
article describing how
Scott's selective release of
information about large
public pensions advances
his political agenda..
Burgess' point: The poor
governor gets criticized
for not being transpar-
ent, creates a website
to provide more public
information, and still
gets criticized by whiny
reporters.. My assess-
ment of this snarky tweet:
The Scott administration
views Florida's Sunshine
Laws as a nuisance and
the release of public re-
cords as a personal favor.
It treats public records as
private corporate docu-
ments and grudgingly
distributes what it wants,
when it wants and to
whom it wants.. Nearly
three months into the job,
Scott acts as though he is
still the CEO of a private
hospital company who
has no legal obligation to
be transparent. He says
he supports open govern-
ment, and he signed an
executive order his first
day re-establishing the
Office of Open Govern-
ment created by Gov.
Charlie Crist. But it's
been downhill since then.
. Scott is the Prince of
Darkness, avoiding the
sunshine of open meet-
ings and public records
whenever he can. The two
most egregious examples:

Private dinners with
state legislators at the
Governor's Mansion.
Scott refuses to allow
reporters inside, a break
from the practice of his
predecessors that forces
lawmakers to skirt their
own rules regarding
public meetings. On one
occasion he invited inside
the friendly editor from
Sunshine State News,
a conservative-leaning
website of suspicious
origin that refuses to
reveal its ownership.
She predictably fund the
governor "utterly charm-
ing." Negotiations with
the Tallahassee press
corps over allowing a
journalist or two inside to
be the public's eyes and
ears broke down when
the press corps correctly
refused to let Scott pick
the reporter.
.A new policy that as-
sesses a fee for answering
public records requests
to the governor's office
that take more than 30
minutes to process.
The administration
apparently believes
reporters are venting
their frustration with
Scott by deluging him
with demands for public
records. But that is the
best way to get informa-

tion about what a public
official is up to when
he does not operate'in
public. While the policy is
legal, previous governors
have not employed it, and
it has a chilling effect on
the flow of public infor-
mation. In practice, it
can take a week or more
for the administration
to estimate the cost of
providing records, fol-
lowed by days or weeks
of waiting for the records
themselves after payment
is made. That is not what
state law contemplates,
and the apparent strategy
is to make the process
too cumbersome for the
media and the public to
By his actions and his
inactions, Scott's indiffer-
ence to the public's right
to know is obvious. He
acknowledges he does
not use e-mail because he
does not wantto create a
public record that might
reveal his thinking. His
office so far has refused
to reveal who flies on his
private plane or who vis-
its him in the Governor's
Mansion. His agency
heads are muzzled, under
orders to get approval
before speaking publicly.
Earlier this month,
Scott declined an invita-
tion to walk a block from
the Capitol and attend
the annual luncheon of
the First Amendment
Foundation, a nonpar-
tisan, nonprofit that
promotes open govern-
ment (full disclosure:
I am chairman of the


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codes are 863 unless indi-
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County Democrat cal-
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public. The deadline to be
included in the upcoming
calendar and for news sto-
ries is 4 p.m. Monday and
Thursday of each week.
For information or
questions, call 533-4183
and ask for JeffRoslow or
Peggy Kehoe.

Saturday, April 30-
Sunday, May 1
"The Cemetery Club,"
explores the lives of three
Jewish widows from
Queens, N.Y., who are
each at different stages
of healing, and trying to
move on with their lives
after losing their hus-
bands. The bittersweet
comedy is presented by
Bartow Performing Arts
Series. Saturday at 7:30
p.n., Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets available at the
box office.

Thursday, May 5
Central Park Stroll,
5:30-7:30 p.m., free.
Includes the llth 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. Outdoor
art festival featuring 185
artists from all over the
country. 688-7743.

Saturday, April 30
Billy Floyd concert,
7 p.m. The Doggie Bag
of Lakeland, 1745 E.
Edgewood Dr. Lakeland.

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

Thursday, May 5
The Lakeland Metro
Chapter of the National
Association of Women
Business Owners, 11:15
a.m.-1 p.m. Cost $20
members, $25 guests.
Register online.at www.
com or phone 647-9463
by May 2. Lakeland Yacht
& Country Club.

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.

Saturday, April 30
Great American Clean
Up, 9-11 a.m. Sponsored
by Bartow's Solid Waste
Department and Keep
Polk County Beautiful.
After cleaning assigned
areas volunteers will meet
for lunch at Fort Blount
Park. 533-7193 or 534-

Monday, May 2
The Republican Club of
East Polk County presen-
tation of "Fair Tax," 6 p.m.
RSVP to the Republican
Club of East Polk County
via e-mail at: rcepcl956@
gmail.com. Seating lim-
ited. Arabella's Italian Bis-
tro, 326 W. Central Ave.,
'Winter Haven. 398- 0229.

Tuesday, May 3
"Hurricanes and Boats,"
7-9 p.m., free, Old Salt

Marine, 1922 U.S. High-
way 98 N., Lakeland. 667-
9047 or www.lakelandsail-

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

unity Cal
Saturday, April 30
Native Plants, garden-
ing workshop, 10 a.m.-1
p.m., Carver Recreation
Center, 1520 S. Idlewood
Ave., Bartow. 533-1773.

Monday, May 2
Introduction to Your
Computer, 1-3 p.m., Bar-
tow Public Library, 2150
S. Broadway. 534-0131.

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

Wednesday, May 4
"Writing your life story"
with D J Osborne, 1-2:30
p.m. Cost according to
your ability. $5 donation
suggested for each class.
To register contact Jean
Reynolds at ballrooml6@
aol.com or 863 299-9070.
The Center for Personal
Growth, 151 Second
Street S.W, Winter Haven.

Wednesday, May 4
"Understanding your
dreams" with Shirley
Curtis-Ference, 2:30-4
p.m. Cost is according to
your ability. $5 donation
suggested for each class.
To register call 949-4048.
The Center for Personal
Growth, 151 Second
Street S.W, Winter Haven.

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.

Thursday, May 5
Ballroom Dancing,
2:30-3:30 p.m. Cost ac-
cording to your ability.
$5 donation suggested
for each class. To register
contact Jean Reynolds at
ballrooml6@aol.com or
299-9070. The Center for
Personal Growth, 151 Sec-
ond Street S.W, Winter

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. Broadway.

Saturday, May 7
TiAnViCa's fourth an-
nual Cowboy Up For Kids
fundraiser, 4-7 p.m. To
benefit the riding acad-
emy's Riding For Therapy
program. Proceeds fund
equine-assisted activi-
ties. 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 Conference Center,
1702 U.S. Highway 17-98,

Saturday, April 30
4th annual All-County
Dance Gala, 7 p.m., Dav-
enport School of The Arts,
4751 Highway 547 N..
Tickets $5 per person can
be purchased at the door.
Dance students from
eight schools will perform
modern, contemporary,
liturgical, jazz, ballet and
contemporary ballet. 420-

Monday, May 2
Union Academy PTO
Spaghetti Dinner order
deadline. Dinners will be
ready for pick up from
4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 5,
curb side in front of the
school, or dine in at the
cafeteria. Tickets are $5 in

advance, and $6 the day
of and can be purchased
in the Union Academy

Tuesday, May 3
Charter School meet-
ing, 8:30 a.m. Learn about
requirements of charter
applicants and school
board policies regard-

ing charter schools. Polk
County School District
administrative office,
1915 S. Floral Ave., Bar-

Tuesday, May 6
Visual Arts Display, 4:30
p.m. Work from kinder-
gartners through the fifth
grade. Florida Southern
College's Branscomb
Auditorium, 111 Lake
Hollingsworth Drive,
Lakeland. 647-4729.

Saturday, April 30
Community Health
Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free
health screenings, car
seat safety, vision driver
safety, blood mobile, dia-
betic counseling, elderly
services, HIV counseling
and testing, prostrate
screening; veteran ser-
vices mobile, immuniza-
tions. Carver Recreation
Center, 520 S. Idlewood
Ave., Bartow. 519-7900.

Saturday, April 30
Pill Drop Off, 9 a.m.-1
p.m. Anyone who has
expired or unwanted pet
or human medications
can take them to Florida
Department of Transpor-
tation at 801 N. Broadway
Ave., Bartow. Sponsored
by Bartow Police Depart-

Saturday, April 30
The Souls A Fire Band,
5:30 p.m. Open mike for
those who want to sing.
Gospel Music Coffee
House, 325 Lyle Parkway,
Bartow. 604-3457

Sunday, May 1
Lee Turner and Family,
9:30-11 a.m., Gospel Tab-
ernacle, 1600 Derby Road,

Sunday, May 1
Homecoming celebra-
tion. Rev. Travis Hudson
will be guest speaker.
Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.;
morning worship, 11
a.m., service followed by
dinner on the grounds
in the church fellowship
hall. First Baptist Church
of Bradley, 610 E. Pine St.,

Saturday, April 30
Pitch, Hit & Run, regis-
tration at 8 a.m., compe-
tition at 9 a.m. Four age
divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12,
13-14. Registration/
waiver form is available at
Carver Recreation Center,
Civic Center and Polk
Street Community Center.
534-0120. Bartow Park on
County Road 555, Bartow.

Saturday, April 30
Bartow Kiwanis Club
second 5K Run, 7:30-
9:30 a.m., Bartow High
School Stadium, $25,
participants may register
at www.active.com. 559-

Charles D. Straughn, 73,
of Lakeland, died Sunday,
April 24, 2011, of cancer.
Born July 5, 1937,
in Andalusia, Ala., Mr.
Straughn was a lifelong
resident of Lakeland.
He was a commercial
contractor, holding his
general, air condition-
ing, electric, roofing and
plumbing licenses in Polk
He moved to Mara-
thon in 1978, marrying
his wife, Janet Marlene
Moore, in 1979. He devel-
oped Casa Marlene Apart-
ments, naming it for his
wife. He moved back to
Lakeland in 1994.
Mr. Straughn was in-
volved in many projects
in Polk County through
the years. He was a Ko-
rean War veteran, serving
with the 82nd, 101st and
187th Airborne Divisions.
He was the owner of A&B
Contractors of Lakeland.

Ross O. Lowery, 84, of
Fort Meade, passed away
Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at
his residence.
A lifelong resident of
the area, he retired from
CF Industries as chief op-
erator of the acid plant.
Mr. Ross was a member
of Main Street Baptist
Church in Bartow. He was
a World War II Navy vet-
eran, participating in the
Pacific theater. He was "a
loving husband, father
and grandpa," a family
member said.
Survivors include his
wife, Juanita Lowery of
Fort Meade; four daugh-
ters, Dorene Cook and
husband Steve of Seattle,
Lesa Yates and husband

Juanita Parker Mc-
Graw, 86, of Bartow, died
Wednesday, April 27,
2011, of heart failure.
Born July 14, 1924 in
Brewton, Ala., she was
a resident of Bartow 64
years, moving from Ala-
Mrs. McGraw was a
receptionist for the Miller,
Caswall, Coury & Nobo
Medical Clinic in Bartow
for 26 years. She was
a member of the First
Baptist Church in Bartow,
where she taught Sunday
School for many years.
Survivors include her
husband of 67 years,
Audia L. McGraw; two
daughter, Charlotte

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He was a member
of Scott Lake Baptist
Church, and was a 32nd
degree Mason and mem-
ber of Blue Lodge # 345,
Survivors include his
wife of 31 years, Janet
M. Straughn; two sons,
Curtis Straughn and wife
Robin of Lakeland, and
Chuck Straughn and wife
Kirsten of Breckenridge,
Colo.; two daughters,

Ross Lowery
Royce of Lakeland, Angela
Lynch and husband Mike
of Harpers Ferry, W.V.,
and Sandi Kretz and hus-
band Mike of Atlanta; his
former wife and mother
Sof his children, Louise

Juanita McGraw
M. Jones of Mulberry
and Betty Ann Swartz
and husband Chuck of
Lakeland; a sister, Ver-
melle K. Blow of Mont-

Darlene Norwine and
husband Pat of Lake-
land; Donna Jenkins and
husband Stan of Augusta,
Ga.; three sisters, Bettie
Cutter and husband Ray-
mond, Barbara Joiner and
husband Bill, and Verita
Kinsey and husband
Nickey, all of Lakeland; 25
grandchildren; and seven
Memorial service:
Thursday, April 28, at 11
a.m., at Scott Lake Baptist
Church, Lakeland.
Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to
Scott Lake Baptist Church
Building Fund, 5811 Scott
Lake Rd., Lakeland, FL
Arrangements: Whid-
den-McLean Funeral
Home, Bartow.
Condolences to the
family may be made at

Lowery; 10 grandchildren;
and three great-grand-
Visitation: Saturday,
April 30, from 2-3 p.m.
at Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home, Bartow.
Funeral: Saturday at 3
p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in
Homeland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions
may be made to Main
Street Baptist Church,
1140 East Main Street,
Bartow, FL 33830, or the
American Heart Asso-
ciation, P.O. Box 840692,
Dallas, TX 75284.
Condolences may be
sent to the family at www.

gomery, Ala.; a brother,
J.E. "Lucky" Parker and
wife Pete of Bartow; five
grandchildren; and nine
Visitation: Friday,
April 29, from 6-8 p.m.
at Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home, Bartow.
Funeral: Saturday, April
30, at 10 a.m., at the fu-
neral home.
Memorial contributions
may be made to Florida
Baptist Children's Home,
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland,
FL 33802.
Condolences to the
family may be made at

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Easter with the Crickettes


With Easter just a week
awax, the Crickette Club
held its annual Easter
Bonnet Parade at The
Stanford Inn on Monday,
April 18.
The competition was
on for best hat.
While some were crazy
designs (Gail Murray,
Sheila Broom and Tina
Spath), others were most
The winners of the hat
contest were Terrie Lobb,
Terrie Lobb's Catering,
and Becky Grainger, The
Stanford .Inn. The food
was exquisite as one has
come to expect from
Chef Lisa at The Stanford

The meal started with
cream of asparagus soup,
followed by a chicken
salad croissant, sum-
mer salad and best of
all, bread pudding with
caramel sauce.
To accompany the
meal, there was Stanford
Inn Strawberry Kiwi iced
The Easter Chicken
graced the event by
passing out eggs with a
special prize in one.
Maryann Harrell was
the lucky egg winner and
received a gift certificate
for a dinner at The Stan-
ford Inn.
Congratulations to all
the Easter winners.

Members of the Crickettes came dressed for Easter at their April 18 meeting at The Stanford Inn.

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'The Cemetery Club' this weekend

Bartow Performing Arts
Series wraps up its fourth
season this weekend with
"The Cemetery Club."
Shows are scheduled at
7:30 p.m., Saturday, April
30, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday,
May 1.
The play by Ivan
Menchell tells the story
of three widowed friends
who make monthly visits
to the cemetery for their

deceased husbands. That
is, until one of them finds
a new interest which may
threaten not only their
club, but their friendship,
as well.
"The Cemetery Club"
is a fun-filled comedy
suitable for patrons of all
Debbie Pion, a fourth
grade teacher at Bartow
Elementary Academy,

plays Doris, the ground-
ed, sensible member of
the Cemetery Club who
desperately misses her
husband. Pat Centuolo, a
former media specialist at
Bartow High School, plays
Lucille, the sassy non-
conventional widow who
wants everyone to join
her in "playing the field."
Virginia Zechiel, an
adjunct professor in

Middle school open house night set

Bartow parents can get
a look at Bartow Middle
School Tuesday night dur-
ing the Fifth Grade Parent
The event is in the BMS
auditorium and begins at
6 p.m.
Parents can get general
information on the sixth

grade and ask questions
about the new situations
their children will be fac-
Parents and incoming
students will be able to
meet the sixth grade teach-
ers, tour the campus, view
demonstrations of elective
classes and buy school

Students will be treated
to ice cream sundaes. The
chorus will give a perfor-
mance at 6:15 p.m.
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Marshall directs "The
Cemetery Club."

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matinee will be presented
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S. Wilson Ave.
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there were family mem-
bers of the victims. It
did not appear as if any
family or friends of Davis
were present.
Prior to the start of
the sentencing order,
Littleton and Hernandez
sat, their faces expres-
sionless. Their body lan-
guage, however indicated
their concern what the
judge would ultimately
hand down. Littleton
kept rubbing her hands,
which she nestled in her
lap. Hernandez had her
arms tightly crossed.
Every so often the two -
aunts of the two female
victims spoke to each
other in Spanish.
Meanwhile, Davis,
handcuffed, clad in an
orange-colored prison
jumpsuit, and seated at
the defense table with his
attorneys, was then re-
moved to a waiting area
outside the courtroom
and would not return

until just before the pro-
ceeding began.
Scheduled to begin
at 10 a.m., it would be
nearly 10 minutes after
the hour before Hunter
entered and took his
place at the bench.
"This court under-
stands the handling of
capital cases is the most
difficult," Hunter said.
He then launched into
a brief timeline of the
incidents, the charges
and mitigating factors. In
his final analysis, Hunter
said it was the determi-
nation of the court that
the mitigating factors did
not outweigh the ac-
tions, termed aggravating
The murders, he said
were cold, calculated and
pre-meditated without
any pretense of moral or
legal justification.
At any time, Davis
could have put a halt to
his actions. In the light
of the fact the safe was

opened and the women
bound, they posed no
threat to him.
However, Davis pro-
ceeded to douse the
women with gasoline
and set them ablaze.
The only reason the two
women were killed the
judge said, was to pre-
vent them from identify-
ing Davis.
His actions were also
declared a capital felony
in that it was especially
heinous, atrocious or
Hunter said that Davis,
armed with a .357-caliber
handgun, could have
shot each of the victims.
Instead, by being doused
with gasoline, the victims
"could clearly perceive
their impending fate."
Although mitigating
factors were raised dur-
ing the trial, the majority
of those circumstances
were assigned little if any
Hunter announced

it was the judgment of
the court that Davis was
guilty of the murder of
Yvonne Bustamante
and'sentenced to death;
guilty for the murder
of Juanita Luciano, and
sentenced to death;
guilty for the murder of
Michael J. Bustamante
and sentenced to life in
prison without the pos-
sibility of parole. Davis
also had been found
guilty on attempted
murder, possession of
a firearm for the crime
of armed robbery, and
first-degree arson. All the
sentences were to run
Davis showed no emo-
tion as sentence was
pronounced. Neither did
Littleton nor Hernandez.
It would not be until
outside the courtroom
that Hernandez would
display any reaction. At
first, she looked out the
window. She then sat

"Waiting and waiting
and waiting," she sighed
aloud, barely audible.
She then brushed her
eyes with the back of her
hand. She was the more
quiet of the two women
at the press conference
that shortly followed.
The verdict meant
much, said Littleton.
"I know where he's go-
ing and what's going to
happen," she said. "He's
going to pay for what he
The two believed Judge
Hunter made the proper
"He didn't have to kill
them. Like the judge
said, he could have just
walked away," Littleton
continued. "The sen-
tence is just. He deserves
that and more. He de-
serves every bit of it."
Hernandez was asked
what she had to say to
relatives in an upcom-
ing trial Davis faces, the
shooting deaths of two

Lake Alfred BP Gas Sta-
tion clerks six days prior
to the Dec. 13 attack.
"To be strong. Believe
in God. Pray," she said.
The only disappoint-
ment both women
acknowledged was the
lack of remorse on Davis'
"We would have (liked
that), but we knew he
never would," said Little-
"He wouldn't even
acknowledge he knew
Yvonne and Juanita," said
Davis also faces trial
in the shooting deaths
of two Lake Alfred BP
Gas Station clerks six
days prior to.the Dec. 13,
2007, attack at Headley
He was represented in
this trial by Robert and
Andrea Norgard. Assis-
tant State Attorneys Paul
Wallace and John Aguero
represented the State At-
torney's Office.

TLC CHURCH: Buys citrus building

has 44 students in its
Lakeland location on
East Bella Vista Drive
and 23 each in the Bar-
tow and Winter Haven
schools, she said.
The process.of mov-
ing to one facility and
consolidating has taken
some time, but with the
shape of the economy
and because this is a
school for disabled chil-
dren, Sullivan said they
are investigating care-

"When you're a school
and serve students with
special needs you have to
take all that into consid-
eration," she said.
However, the Depart-
ment of Citrus moved
quickly in selling the
building after Achieve-
ment Academy turned it
down. The Citrus Com-
mission called for a tel-
ephonic meeting on April
27. Representatives from
the TLC Family Church,
Flagship, Florida Citrus
Commission secretary

PARADE: Just say no
FROM PAGE 1A First Methodist School;
James Spencer, who
Several students were grabbed second place,
on hand at the luncheon, while attending Floral
including essay contest Academy Elementary
winners: Brett Alfsen, School; and Zach Ferrer,
first place winner from Bartow Elementary Acad-

LAW DAY: Great event for kic

"It's really a great event
for the kids," said Clever
(pronounced Cleaver)
English, director of Polk
County Teen Court.
"They love it."
National Law Day is a
nationwide event, said

Judge Susan Flood. It is
held May 1, but because
the date falls on a Satur-
day this year, the various
Polk County law enforce-
ment agencies decided
to hold the celebration
"This year the theme is
Legacy of John Adams,"

Kenneth Keck, Funk-
houser, and the nine-
member commission
all listened on separate
telephones to negotiate
and then finalize the sale.
The session started
with TLC offering $1.2
million for the building
and a $50,000 nonre-
fundable deposit. Flag-
ship offered $1.22 million
for the building with a
60-day due diligence
period and a $20,000
deposit. Flagship also
indicated it wanted some

Poster winners were
Alfsen, who won both the
essay and poster contest;
Morgan Whitfield, High-
land City Elementary;
and Austin Thompson.

said Flood. "He was very
much an advocate for
the rights of the ac-
cused" and the Fourth,
Fifth, Sixth and Eighth
Amendments in the U.S.
Following lunch, the
students went to the next
event. For the older stu-

renovations on the build-
ing but it wasn't clear
whether it would pay for
the renovations or if the
DOC had to.
That's when Commis-
sioner Jay Clark said to
counteroffer TLC to pay
$1.275 million for the
building. That amount is
what Achievement had
Without too much
thought, Kyle Vreeland
from Coldwell Banker,
who was representing
TLC, accepted it.

Parade banner winners
were Floral Avenue El-
ementary for first place, '
Bartow Elementary Acad-
emy, which garnered
second place, and Lewis
Anna Woodbury Elemen-

dents, it was Teen Court.
"This is always a big
event for these kids," said
Judge J. Dale Durrance,
prior to the start of the
re-enactment. "You see
these kids at work, it
amazes you. It renews
your faith in the next

NICKENS: Scott keeps public in the dark

FROM PAGE 5A chat for a few minutes to
Sb d of reporters waiting on the
foundation's board of side of the road. Those
directors). His office also are no substitutes for
canceled public records the prompt disclosure of
workshops with state public records, access to
:employees routinely con- meetings with legislators
ducted by the foundation that ought to be public
and the Office of Open and broader opportuni-
'Government. I could ties for Scott to give more
take it personally, but thoughtful answers than
the governor also hasn't sound bites.
responded to a letter sent The Scott administra-
two months ago by the tion revels in its disdain
;Florida Society of News for traditional media
Editors seeking a conver- and seems to enjoy the
station about issues in- daily infighting. To his
evolving access to records credit, the governor
,and meetings. made a funny video for
Scott has created a the annual press skits
facade of openness. He this month in which
!held one town meeting he pretended to tele-
on Twitter good luck phone other Republican
having a serious public governors to seek advice
policy discussion in 140 in dealing with a hostile
characters and another press (No, Gov Barbour,
ast week on Facebook. I don't think a bottle
e will direct his driver of scotch will work). It
Ito pull over so he can

FROM PAGE 5A del turned over the reins
I PAGE5Aof government to his
when the red phone rang of government to his
hen the red phone rang slightly younger brother,
land we got a message Raul.
lowering the Defense I never met either of
Readiness Condition (or them, but I am pretty
DEFCON) from "almost
;DEFCON) from "almost sure I met some of their
war" back to "uneasy revolutionary comrades
peace." when I was 14 years old.
The Russian Navy had
decided not to run the
decided not to run the (S.L. Frisbie is retired.
blockade. Today, he owns one pair
Historians would later of cotton khaki pants,
!write that Americans considerably larger than
!and Russians came eye the ones his parents sur-
to eye, and the Russians rendered in Havana in
blinked. 1954. He is reminded of
SL e, t that trip whenever he
S Last week, the aged Fi- them.)

would have been even
better if he had bothered
to show up at the skits
as otheq governors have
over the years.
This is not just a rou-
tine skirmish between a
governor controlling his
message and a frustrated
Tallahassee press corps.
This is not about new
media such as Twitter vs.
traditional media such
as newspapers. This is
about a lack of respect
for the constitutional
rights of all Floridians to

have access to their state
government and the
information necessary to
hold it accountable. Scott
is more hostile to open
meetings and public re-
cords than-any governor
in more than 40 years,
and he has created a dark
cloud over Florida's Sun-
shine Laws. I hope I'm
wrong, but I don't expect
that cloud to lift any time
Tim Nickens is editor of
editorials at the St. Peters-
burg Times.

"They will do $1.275
million and $50,000
hard," he said.
Keck said the accep-
tance of that offer was as
good as it would be if it
were a written contract.
Pastor Steve Arnold,
who also was present at
the telephonic meeting,
said when asked that "the
building would be for the
church." The church is
currently located at 2025
Bartow Road, Lakeland.
When contacted after
the meeting a woman at

tary from Fort Meade.
Participating schools
in the day's activities,
composed of mostly
fifth graders in the Class
of 2018, were: Bartow
Elementary Academy,
Alturas, Eagle Lake, First

the church said it had no
comment on the pur-
chase and it would issue
a statement later.
Reverend Arnold did
not return messages left
on his cell phone though
he gave that number to
reporters who attended
the telephonic meeting.
The commission, which
had another item on its
agenda, asked for report-
ers to contact Arnold on
that phone so the meet-
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A il 30 2011




Atheists appear in force at School Board


In a "show of strength,"
more than 30 members
of the Atheists of Florida
organization were pres-
ent at Tuesday's School
Board meeting.
Wearing blue or white
T-shirts with the orga-
nization's name embla-
zoned on the front and/
or the back, they occu-
pied most of the first two
rows, and several seats
at both ends of the third
row. Ironically, they sur-
rounded guests of honor,
Pastor Daryl Reimer, who
leads Christ Community
Church in Winter Haven,
and Rachel Wise and
her mother. A student at
Frostproof Elementary,
Wise had been selected
to lead everyone in the
Pledge of Allegiance.
The presence of the
AoF was clearly felt and
created an air of ten-
sion. The Bartow Po-
lice Department had a
greater presence than at
the previous public ses-
sion, while at the same
time, school adminis-
trators and others with
the education system
tried to shake off their
discomfort with nervous
"I should go shake
hands with all of them,"
joked Board Member
Frank O'Reilly as he
wended his way to the
dais to join several fellow
members already seated.
Usually, School Board
Chairwoman Kay Fields
promptly calls to order

the session at the an-
nounced scheduled time.
On Tuesday, several min-
utes past 5 p.m. elapsed
before the remainder
of the board appeared
from a room off the main
chamber, and even then
the call to order was not
immediate. When she
began, the next series of
events appeared to have
been influenced by the
presence of the AoE
When asked to please
stand, the AoF delega-
tion remained seated.
Reimer seemed nervous
and several times he
stammered. Whether by
intent, he concluded the
prayer without invoking
the name of Jesus.
Following the invoca-
tion, Fields called for the
Pledge of Allegiance, but
quickly reversed herself.
Instead, she turned to
School Superintendent
Sherrie Nickell, who an-
nounced revisions to the
Then it was Wise's turn
to give the Pledge. Those
with the AoF rose from
their seats. When Wise
reached "under God,"
she and those not with
the AoF were drowned
out by those with the
atheist organization who
raised their voices in uni-
son and jumped from "...
one nation, indivisible..."
That had an immediate
affect, as others in the
audience lost cadence
and the last passage," ...
with liberty and justice
for all... was said in a
tone of disarray.
As is usually the case

The overwhelming majority
of those who identified with
Atheists of Florida wore
T-shirts proclaiming that.

with the public session,
matters on the agenda
were dispatched in short
order. However, every-
thing on the agenda was
overshadowed wheth-
er it was the special
recognition bestowed
upon Cheryl Marion for
National Social Worker of
the Year, or the request
by Superintendent of
Business Services Mark
Grey as people waited
for whether a protest
might erupt as it had
several months earlier,
when AoF President John
Kieffer disrupted the
It never happened.
But at the point in the
agenda where the public
was invited to talk on
any matter not on the
agenda, AoF members
approached the podium.
The majority of them
were not from Polk
County; most of-those
who spoke said they lived
in the Tampa-St. Peters-
burg area. While their


Members of Atheists of Florida occupied the first two rows in the school administration audito-
rium, and also were seated in the third and fourth rows.

tone was civil, what they
had to say sometimes ap-
peared to be an attempt
to provoke.
"I really think it's
important for every
citizen of Polk County to
know this is not Imperial
Christian Polk County,"
said Rob Curry, who em-
phasized the words "not"
and "Christian." He said
the use of an invocation
was akin to a dog mark-
ing its territory. He added
that the "ritual" deliber-
ately demeans anyone
who is not of the same or
similar religious faith.
"It is immoral, unethi-
cal and wrong," he said.
"You have the opportu-
nity to change this."
Curry was followed by
Matt Cooper of Odessa.
His great-grandfather
was once a county
sheriff; his grandfather
a circuit judge. Both of

them, said Cooper, were
religious. However, they
separated their faith
from their public posi-
"They put on their
public hat when they did
their job," Cooper said.
Cooper then cited
several passages from
the New Testament that
Jesus Christ said about
where and when prayer
should be done.
"I hope you will take
it into consideration
when you have taxpayer-
funded public meetings,"
he said.
Not all who were with
AoF were so strident.
Stephen Brown quietly
said there is a solution in
which all parties could
find common ground: A
moment of silence. That
way, everyone, regardless
of whether they believed..
in God, could participate

without being singled
But his was perhaps
a "lone voice in the wil-
derness," as those who
followed appeared to be
not as amenable. Bev-
erly Kenemuth said what
she saw was a "bunch
of Christians bullying."
She said she was not out
to convert people. All
she wanted was respect
to be shown and given
those whose viewpoints
differed on whether one
believed in a supreme
"You're not setting
a good example when
you're bullying some-
one," she said.
Kenemuth said those
on the School Board who
believe in a supreme be-
ing should pray for guid-
ance before the meeting,
"Do it in acvancej ,

Faux, English clash over agricultural land

Classification could mean county would

get less money in property taxes


Martha M. Faux
acquitted herself at the
Tuesday, April 27, Polk
County Commission
Months earlier, Faux,
who heads the Polk
County Property Ap-
praiser's office, had come
under fire because the
property appraiser's of-
fice had granted agricul-
ture designation to sev-
eral large properties that
had already been platted
by developers to become
residential communities.
The agricultural designa-
tion gave said properties
a lower tax base, which
meant lower tax revenues
to the county.
Agricultural designa-
tion cannot be denied by
zoning. The key deter-
mining factor, Faux said,
was the actual physical
activity being done on
the land. The key word,
she said, was "use." Faux
cited a Florida Supreme
Court decision that
stated an agricultural
designation cannot be
denied and that prior

or future land use is ir-
In Polk County, she
said, the assessed value
of agricultural land is
less than 2 percent of the
overall tax roll. Then she
displayed on the screen
a number of proper-
ties in the county, some
dating back to 1912, that
demonstrated that even
in areas that were popu-
lated, a number of those
properties were desig-
nated agricultural.
"We've had ag land
next to development
throughout the history of
Polk County," she said.
As she summarized her
presentation, she made
it a point to cite a Florida
statute that the BOCC
may also reclassify lands
classified agricultural to
Commissioner Bob
English engaged in a de-
bate over how Faux and
the property appraiser's
office determine whether
a piece of property quali-
fies, as earlier she had
stated that there was no
minimum standard.
"What does a citizen
have to do in order to get

an agricultural classifica-
tion?" he asked. "What
would work for the aver-
age citizen who wants
an agricultural designa-
tion?" Would one acre be
Faux's reply was the
property had to be put to
use in a bonafide man-
ner. It also depended.
upon the use. Fdr exam-
ple, she said, a bee farm
would qualify for one
acre, but not a hay field.
Essentially, she said, it
had to be something
that puts food back into
the food chain; some-
thing that would show
a profit. For Faux and
the property appraiser's
office, anything less than
5 acres would be con-
sidered insufficient and
would not qualify.
"I can tell you, two
acres with a cow is not
going to get you a clas-
sification," she said.
Sam Johnson asked
whether a property less
than 5 acres that is not
designated agricultural
but is adjacent to a prop-
erty that is could also
then get an agricultural

Polk County Property Appraiser Marsha Faux appeared at the
BOCC April 27 meeting.

Faux said that it is a
possibility and has been
done. As an example,
someone who owns a
piece of property who
leases it to a neighbor,
or in another example,
a property owner whose
neighbor who raises
cattle allows the cattle
to graze on his property.
In that case, an agricul-
tural classification was
Times are difficult,

she said. The market is
declining and it may be
another year to year-
and-a-half before a
turnaround develops.
She said she hoped the
agricultural designation
on properties once slated
for development was a
temporary measure.
"It's a tough, tough de-
cision to have to make,"
she said.
With that, English fired
back. Because Florida

no longer requires a
minimum amount of
property, how did Faux
determine that in Polk
County 5 acres was the
It had to be bonafide,
she said, genuine and
real and not a sham.
To underscore the dire
situation, Faux asked El-
lis Hunt, a citrus grower
for additional insight.
More than 142,000
acres of groves have been
abandoned, said Hunt.
Many packing houses
now are gone, and citrus
growers are struggling
to stay in business.
Competition, especially
from overseas, has had a
dramatic impact.
"World competition is
squeezing Florida grow-
ers," he said. "We cannot
afford the ability to grow
our own food."
Hunt emphasized his
belief that properties
originally intended for
development and now
classified agricultural
remain in that status.
"The citizens are up-
set," he said. "They think
the speculators are being
shown favoritism."

Contingency fund needed to pay health premium


Mark Grey, associate super-
intendent, business services,
asked the Polk County School
Board to authorize $156,000
from the contingency fund in
order to pay the health insur-
ance plan premium.
"We are having to do this
because the revenues high
enough are not being generat-
ed," Grey said. "This is a short-
term solution for a long-term

Costs are rising, for several
reasons. One reason is the
number of retirees, whose
ranks are growing. Along with
the growing number come
increased complications and
other medical and health con-
cerns. There has also been an
increase in cost to Polk County
Schools as a result of the re-
cently passed national health
care plan, Family members up
to age 26 can now be added
to a policy. Additionally, those
adult members who have chil-
dren of their own can also be

added to the policy of some-
one who is a school employee.
While the School Board was
sympathetic and unanimously
approved Grey's request, it
acknowledged this possibly
could, as Grey said, develop
into a long-term problem. To-
ward that Board Member Tim
Harris asked that a letter be
distributed to all school em-
ployees that the school system
was on "thin ice."
However, in order to save
money where possible, Board
Member Lori Cunningham

suggested that instead of
incurring paper and postage
costs, that school employees
be informed via e-mail or
at the Polk County Schools
In another matter, Cheryl
Marion was recognized and
honored for having been
named National Social Worker
of the Year.
"I'm so humbled, because I
love what I do," said Marion,
who covers five schools in Polk
County, the primary ones be-
ing in Auburndale.

Cheryl Marion was recognized for
having been awarded National
Social Worker of the Year.

April 30, 2011

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Regional Arabian horse show

Going to the Show
Summerin Academy junior Tasia Habershaw (left) and senior John Thompson qualified in compe-
tition to take part in the Regional Arabian horse show in Perry, Ga. Habershaw is the co-captain
and Thompson is the captain of the Summerlin Academy Equestrian team. The regional event,
which takes place annually, gives the students a chance to earn a spot in the national event
scheduled later this year in Oklahoma City. The top 5 percent of finishers in the event in Perry will
qualify for that. There are between 800 and 1,000 events in Perry. Habershaw and Thompson will
be competing in the dressage events.

Chess championship tournament


Bartow Elementary Academy championship qualifiers in the Elementary Division (fourth and
fifth graders) at the Polk Scholastic Chess Championship Tournament were (from left): front -
Christopher Callazo, Zackary Beach, Christopher Gill, Madigan Landreth and Nicholas Dawson;
back Sam Henry and Justin Tavares. Their photo was left off the story which ran earlier about
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A fall wedding is
planned by Ashley Marie
Dease of Lakeland and
Thomas Shane Blair of Al-
turas, whose engagement
was announced.
The bride-elect is the
daughter of Christ and
Lisa Dease of Lakeland.
Her fiance is the son of
Tony and Cathy Blair.
Miss Dease is a gradu-
ate of Bartow High School


are engaged
and attends Polk State
She is employed by
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Mr. Blair also is a
graduate of Bartow High
School and is employed
at Florida Refuse.
The wedding is planned
for Oct. 15, 2011, at 5 p.m.
at Higginbotham Ranch
in Lakeland.

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19 graduate from Citizens Police Academy

Nineteen people
graduated from Bartow
Police Department's
eighth Citizens' Police
Academy in a ceremony
Thursday, April 21, at
the First Baptist Church
Ministry Center.
City Manager George
A. Long spoke to the
group and answered
questions. BPD Honor
Guard Unit Commander
Officer Kristi Tew gave
a short presentation, as
The Citizens Police
Academy, which was
fully funded through a
donation from American
Legion Post 3, was of-
fered to citizens free. The
course began on Thurs-
day, Jan. 20, and ran for
12 weeks.
With the exception of
the patrol/traffic/DUI
activity, fire department
tour and firearms Train-
ing, all of the classes
were held at the First
Baptist Church of Bartow
Ministry Center from
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Throughout the
12-week course, the
class was introduced to
various operations by
BPD personnel. Top-
ics included defensive
tactics, traffic homicide

investigations, criminal
investigations, as well as
hands-on activities such
as firearms training and
fingerprint analysis. A
ride-along with an officer
was also included in the
In addition to de-
partmental speakers,
guest speakers included
Retired Judge Dick
Prince, State Attorney
Brad Copley, Public
Defender Marion Moor-
man, retired newspaper
publisher S.L. Frisbie IV,
FDLE Investigator Scott
Gibson, and defensive
tactics instructor Brian
An addition to the
curriculum this year was
a tour of and demon-
stration by Bartow Fire
Department, which was
coordinated by Firefight-
er Jeff Adams.
The objective of the
Citizens Police Acad-
emy is not to train an
individual to be a police
officer but to produce
informed citizens. For
the most part, when citi-
zens contact the police,
it is because a crime has
been committed or some
type of negative event
has occurred.
During the Citizens
Police Academy, partici-
pants and police officers
meet each other face to

I .1 m mm n 'm I
Members of the Bartow Police Dept's 2011 Citizens Police Academy class graduated after a 12-week course, funded by American
Legion Post #3.

face in a neutral, friendly
setting. The program is
intended to open the
lines of communication
between the community
and the police depart-
Graduates of the
2011 CPA class are Otto
Brown, Russ Cannon, Te-
resa Jenkins, Robert Mal-
czyk, Shannon Medley,
Caroline Stinson, Karen
Wheeler, Michael Butler,
Russell Cannons, Ma-
rie Wilmot, Anita Lyon,
Cheryl Malczyk, Linda
Culpepper, Christopher
Lyon, Aaron Medley,
Jacki Poole, Joyce Thur-
man, Barbara Riley, and
John Trainor.

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TiAnViCa's fourth annu-
al "Cowboy Up For Kids"
fundraiser, to benefit the
riding academy's Riding
For Therapy program,
is set for Saturday, May
7, from 4-7 p.m. at the
Stuart Conference Center,
1702 Highway 17-98, in
TiAnViCa Riding
Academy (pronounced
Tea-On-Vee-Ka) is a cen-
ter in which physically,
mentally and emotionally
challenged individuals
receive educational and
recreational therapeutic
riding activities, hence its
motto Riding for Therapy.
It is a 501(c) (3) chari-
table organization and a
member of the NARHA
Therapeutic riding
lessons, also known as
equine assisted activities,
have a proven track re-
cord of increasing muscle
strength through mount-
ed games and exercises,
increased social inter-
action through theory
and stable management
classes, and increased
self-confidence and self-
esteem, a spokesman
TiAnViCa also of-
fers NARHA Horses for
Heroes, a program that
partners horses with vet-
erans and their families.
The goal of this program
is to improve the lives of
service men and women
who have suffered in-
jury in the line of duty,
helping them and their
families to adjust physi-
cally and emotionally to
their post-service lives -
giving them a chance to
enjoy the bond between
horse and human.
Proceeds from Cowboy
Up For Kids go directly
to TiAnViCa to continue
to fund equine-assisted
activities. The event in-
cludes a barbecue, silent
auction with a Kentucky
Derby flair, and a "Run
for the Roses." A live
broadcast of the Kentucky
Derby, entertainment, a
Win Place Show drawing
and other activities will
be featured.
Dinner will be served at
4:30 p.m.; post time is at
6 p.m.
Bartow Kiwanis Club is
sponsoring the event.
Tickets are $30 for a
single, $50 per couple, or
$200 for a table sponsor

(eight tickets). Sponsor-
ship opportunities and
table purchases are also
available. For more infor-
mation, including how

to get tickets, visit the
website at www.tianvica.
org or call 581-7861 or

Pretty glassware delights a little girl who visited the Church Service Center's Day of Sharing on
April 20. Open to anyone in the Bartow school district, the event allowed families to receive two
bags of food, along with clothing and household goods. Nearly 100 families registered for the
morning giveaway.

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Tickets for the BPAS events are on sale now at the Bartow Chamber. General admission tickets are $15 per show. Senior (55 or
S better) tickets are $12 per show, and students K-12 are $10. Children not yet in school are free with a paying adult. Bartow Elementary
S Academy is located at 590 S. Wilson Avenue. For more information, contact the Bartow Chamber at (863) 533-7125.


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friends and family in the pages of
your community newspaper.
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a job well-done. Celebrate their achievement with a surprisingly
affordable full color salute in the pages of your community
newspaper.. Foronly$25 your ad will include a full color photo,
a brief statement of your congratulations and your name.
Ads will publish in a special salute to
the Graduating Classes of 2011
on Saturday, June 4th
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Concert under the stars

United Way hires communications director

Saturday at
Tickets are still avail-
able for Bok Tower Gar-
dens' Concert Under the
Stars this Saturday, April
30 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring
the Imperial Symphony
Orchestra and the Sing-
ing Tower carillon, the
concert theme is "Tribute
To Our Troops." Purchase
tickets online at www.
Patriotic selections will
salute America's troops
for their courage, ser-
vice and sacrifice to our
country include "Miss
Saigon," "American Civil
War Fantasy," "Sea to
Shining Sea," "Armed
Forces Salute," "Victory
at Sea," and "Stars and
Stripes Forever." The 60-
bell Singing Tower caril-
lon will be performed
by carillonneur William
De Turk with selections
including "Over There,"

Bok Tower
"Let There Be Peace on
Earth" and "Till We Meet
Again." Pre-show enter-
tainment will begin at 6
Visitors can still pre-or-
der meals from the Blue
Palmetto Caf6. Down-
load a menu at www.
boktowergardens.org on
the Concert Under the
Stars page for prices and
details for ordering your
meal. Concert tickets
include general Gardens'
admission, so guests may
enter any time during the
Tickets purchased on
Saturday are $25 or $10
for children 5-12. Visit
org/tickets to purchase
tickets online or call (863)
Visitors are encouraged
to bring lawn chairs or
blankets, insect repellent
and flashlights.

Daniel Jimenez has
been hired as the United
Way of Central Florida's
communications direc-
Jimenez has more than
15 years experience in
journalism, marketing
and public relations. In
his new role, he will be
responsible for public
relations and communi-
cations strategy for the

"We know he will bring
a fresh, new approach
for the agency that will
continue to move us
forward,"said United
Way President Terry
Jimenez previously
served as the public
information officer for
the Polk County Health
Department. He also
has experience working
for various newspaper,

newsletter and magazine
Jimenez has a master's
in mass communication
from the University of
Florida and a bachelor's
in communication from
Florida International
University. He lives in
Lakeland and is a mem-
ber of the Dick Pope/
Polk County Chapter of
the Florida Public Rela-
tions Association.

PSC hires development director

Ileana San Martin
Kniss has joined the Polk
State College Founda-
tion team as director of
She will be based on
the Lakeland campus
and provide links with
Polk State's network of
donors and alumni, with
a particular emphasis
in the greater Lakeland
area, according to Tracy
Porter, executive director
of the Foundation and
vice president of institu-

tional advancement.

Previously, Kniss was
employed by the Lake-
land Regional Medical
Center Foundation, as
well as the Community
Foundation of Greater
Lakeland and the Lake-
land and Orlando cham-
bers of commerce.
Kniss's areas of exper-
tise include donor culti-
vation, solicitation, and
stewardship; planned
giving; and special events
coordination. She also
has experience in com-

munications and public
A graduate of Polk
State College and the
University of Central
Florida, she has been in-
volved with the Kiwanis
Club of Lakeland, AFP-
Polk County Chapter,
Lakeland Vision, United,
Way of Central Florida,
Estate Planning Council,
EMERGE Lakeland, and
CampFire USA.

About 40 employees of
the University of South
Florida Polytechnic will
soon move to offices at
439 S. Florida Ave. in
The university has
leased a 10,000 sq. ft.
building to house several
administrative units. USF
Polytechnic needs the
additional space because
of recent faculty hir-
ings, which has created a
shortage of office space at
the USFP campus at 3433
Winter Lake Road.
Scheduled to move to
the new operations cen-.
ter, called One Poly Place,
are employees from Cam-
pus Planning and Facili-
ties Operations; Market-
ing and Communications;
Development; Govern-

ment Relations; Inter-
national Partnerships;
Finance and Account-
ing; Human Resources;
Extended University;
Institutional Research, Ef-
fectiveness and Planning;
and the USFP Rath Senior
ConNEXTions and Educa-
tion Center.
USF Polytechnic added
22 faculty members and
26 staff positions in 2010
and plans to hire about 55
more people this year, it
said in a press release.
These additions will
help the school expand
its programs and course
offerings as it prepares
to open the new campus
at the eastern end of the
Polk Parkway and Inter-
state 4 in Lakeland.


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