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Title: The Polk County Democrat
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Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Publication Date: 6/22/2011
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June 22, 2011


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Bartow, : County Florida 33830


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BoWoW owner looking for the record

At tempt to break ('iinimc's record fY / l inryi 300 dog couples Saturday


Five-year-old Aayla and 2-year-old
Roll pose in wedding garb designed
and sold at BoWoW.


By JEFF ROSLOW
EnItroR
Be prepared if you go to the
Eagle Ridge Mall this weekend
as the dogs will be out. And,
they may be dressed for it, too.
oWoWoW, a bakery boutique
specializing in gourmet d,,
treats and clothing items, is
trying to get into the Guiness
World Records for the most


number of dog weddings inl
one day. I ler goal is to marry
300 at tilt' Holy Moly \IMut-
ralinliny Saturday, iJune 25.
The current record is 178.
"We want to do llore thanll
break it," I, t in i i lucas said.
\\' wanll to annihilate it."
ill kobe set tll' record in
May itt." iL I ttleton, Colo.,
at tihe Aspen Grove nall where
she w'as the general u,1m i:;cr.


The event cost $50 per per-
son and the money went to
the D)umb Friends League, an
. iiii .11l u\\ lI.Ie organization in
Denver,
She was excited at the idea
the record could be broken.
IThere was an attempt to
break tihe record at the royal
weddingg for Prince William
and Princess Kate, she said.
Other attempts were made


to break the record but they
all failed, she noted. She is a
heads up, to L ucas.
"1 didn't expect ;!i, to get
national attention, Kobe
said. "It was on everything. It
was on \1C, Fox News, The
Associated Press came out to
the event and Ellen DeGeneres
wanted to put it on her show,
BOWOW 22A


Cyclist sent flying in wreck fornate 171and


By STEVE STEINER
Sr-XW \VInI KI
Brenda Joseph, 27, of Bartow had just
come from the Tax Collectors Otlice.
having just legi.tetcd her car and plac-
ing a new plate upon her car, when she
approached the intersection of lendry
Avenue and Davidson Street, As she
entered the intersection, she crossed
into the path of a motorcyclist (whose
name was not ai .nil,ahk at press time).
who was knocked oil his Yanaha mo-
torcycle, witnesses said.
"I was outside when I heard the
crash," said Melissa S',igra.cr "I saw
him flying through the air."
Seagraves is an attorney with I leart of
Florida I legal Aid, located on one of the
corners ot the intersection. The motor-
c\ list. she said, was hearing g a helmet,
Joseph looked on with distress as
emergency medical technicians worked
to stabilize the moiurctlisit Hauled
by the accident, she reluctantly admit-
ted she was also in pain, feeling it in


PHOTO BY STT STUINER


EMT and polke work to stabile a motorcydist before pladng him on a gumey.


her shoulder and chest No tEMI\ had
spoken with her, she said. mI a police
Ill iter who said her pain was probably
due to the seat and shoulder belt ti her


i, 'i u I H \ I 4.Ige i SI mini ivanl,
The iItnI.I % '.lit l ,I Iwas taken from

CYCLST I 23A


to SR 60 bypass

By BILL RETTEW JR.
' SlI'M VRIrIVR

A fall de.nhllit to start construction of
*I 'll.i 1 of the Bartow Northern Connec-
tor linking U.S. I lighwa v, 1,7 and 'i8 is
on schedule alter city commissioners
ag1'ed to gift the county a small right-
of-way.
The two-mile I nLo highway will run
east-west from just north of Bartow
Ford on US ,i't to south lf the Bartow
Water Ir. trllo, i1r Plant and to US. 17.
Construction is budgeted at S21,1- 't)10 iO1
and i \p, ted to be completed within
about two years of 'onidll'it .,king
Motorists will be able to bypass Van
Fleet State Road 60 and proceed
quicker from US 17 to US 98,
0ill Skelton, engineer and public in-
formation coordinator for Polk County
transportation division, said 'lhae I
of the Barlow northern Connector will
LANDj23A


Children's safety concern of operators


Common sense nceds to be


By STEVE STEINER
STAFF WRrITR
They're staples at county
fairs, street festivals and chil-
dren's birthday parties, among
other events. But a rash of
increasingly serious accidents
involving bounce houses and
inflatable slides around the
country has left some wonder-
ing just how safe the popular
amusements are.
Rideaccidents.com, a web-


site cataloguing accidents on
amusement rides, has docu-
mented 10 separate accidents
involving inflatables in the
past two months, with more
than 40 injuries resulting from
bounce houses or inflatable
slides collapsing or blowing
away in high winds. The most
recent accident involving an
inflatable occurred in Oceans-
ide, N.Y., this month, where
several inflatable rides took
to the skies during high winds
at a soccer tournament in the


used,, local Operators say


I ong Island town. Most es-
caped with bumps and bruises,
but a 3.;. ear-old mother was
critically injured when one of
the inflattables landed on her.
lim Barber, the communica-
tions chairman of the National
Association of Amusement
Ride Safety Ofticul, in Bran-
don, said similar accidents
'ha1ppenr all the time" because
inflatables are often not prop-
erly installed or inflated.
W\\'hle you look at them
inflated, they look benign, soft,


squishy," he said. "If it isn't in-
stalled and used in accordance
with manufacturers' standards,
then we'll continue to have
these types of accidents."
However, none have been
reported in Polk County in
recent months, Fun I l,.Ibles
and First Assembly of God
Church lake Wales, but that
doesn't mean operators aren't
erring on the side of caution.
"All the manufacturers have
SAFETY 122A


PHOTO B _.TE\VE STEINEF


As one child (on the left) was improp-
erly trying to climb back up to the
top, he barely avoided being struck
by another sliding down.


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Bartow commission chamber going high tech


By BILL RETTEW JR.
Sit WIIIN
The city will pump up to $60,000 into
renovations to bring the commission
meeting room at City hall "into the 21st
century," said City Clerk Linda Culpep-
per.
Mayor Pat Huff said Monday that au-
dio visual improvements will bring the
city "up to speed."
"It's probably past time," said Huff.
"We've had some tough budget years
- trying to squeeze the money out will
be better for the people as well as the
commissioners."
The full project is included in this
year's budget at a cost of up to $60,000,


while Culpepper estimated last week
the final cost at about $50,000.
Culpepper said the city will likely in-
stall 40- to 60-inch monitors by the end
of the fiscal year, Sept. 30.
The city currently uses a single screen
for PowerPoint presentations and to
display maps and plans for the benefit
of commissioners, the public and staff-
ers.
"Commissioners are craning their
necks and sometimes people in the
audience have to move further down,"
said Huff.
The city also will purchase a new
sound \sletn. sound board and wire-
less microphones.


"It will be a godsend for us," said Cul-
pepper. "If you didn't get it right into the
mic, it didn't pick it up.
"It is hard for the audience to hear."
Culpepper said it is often difficult for
staffers to discern what was said when
preparing the meeting minutes
"If you don't hear it and it's not re-
corded because the sound system is so
bad you're at a loss. Video is always a
backup, but it makes it tough for us."
Stationary chairs and the table at the
back of the room where commissioners
meet for workshops are goners. Mov-
able tables and chairs will be added and
configured according to each particular
meeting's needs.


The purchase of Apple iPads will cut
paper use and the staff workload spent
assembling meeting packets as the city
goes further in the virtual world.
Within the next 18 months, the city
hopes to stream meetings live through
webcasting at the city's website, said
Culpepper. Residents will be able to
watch meetings at any limne
Viewers will get a better look at their
government in action with the addition
of two video cameras. One will remain
manually controlled and the second
and third cameras will stay stationary.
The commission chamber will also be
repainted and new carpeting installed.


Polk Schools Summit June 30 in Davenport


The Polk County School Board,
elected officials from 15 municipal
governments, members of the Florida
delegation and members of the state
Legislature plan to meet on June 30.
The schools summit will give an
update on school concurre'nc.. which
provides coordinated planning among


county and municipal governments
and the school district to ensure school
capacity is available at the time of resi-
dential development.
.The .icLti iing is at the Davenport
School of the Arts, 17.'11 CR 1, 17 N.
The unutiiit% \ ill include an update of
educational facilities completed, under


construction, in planning stages and
faciilir usage information. The program
% ill highlight the school district's tie-in
with the t miniv commission's livable
and I Healthy Communities initiative
that includes open campuses, pli\ .iN li
education programs and hea.lthl school
meals.


The school district will also present
information about its STEM initiative.
I 11 M is an JatiIonym for a national pro-
grain to enhance instruction in science,
lt' hiltolug\. engineering and math.
For intormn.1ion, iall Larry Helton at
53-1 l I1, or e mail larry.helton@polk-
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VIEWPOINT



Losing out on Internet sales taxes


Floridians can go online today and buy
a laptop computer, a pair of Juicy Couture
boots or a toaster oven and save themselves
a tidy bit of change compared to what they
might pay at the mall or at a retail store
down the street.
That's because the Supreme Court in 1992
banned states from collecting taxes on sales
from businesses that lacked a bricks-and-
mortar presence in the state. Nineteen years
ago, the upshot was that catalogue compa-
nies like Maine-based L.L. Bean then the
nation's largest mail-order retailer cold
sell Floridians boots, shirts and canoes mi-
nus Florida's sales tax.
Over time, the beneficiaries have become
the online retailers whose growth has ex-
ploded with the Internet. Last year, Internet
retail sales climbed to $165 billion in the
United States, up nearly 15 percent from the
year before. The U.S. Commerce Depart-
ment estimates more than 4 percent of all
U.S. retail spending occurred online last
year, and some private industry estimates
are much higher. One thing is certain: E-
commerce will continue to grow.
. The situation may be fine and daind\ for all
of us looking for bargains, but the legal loop-


Our Viewpoint
hole has created an ec nitiiic system that is
l'indamentally Iunfair to hlinesseslL' that op-
erate under a dil'Tient Nset of rules and must
charge an extra 6, 7 or 8 percent on anything
they sell. It robs states of needed revenues
and shifts the tax burden to the rest of us.
A story this week by the Associated Press
highlighted efforts of soime states par-
ticularly Texas and (CaliforniaI to get major
online retailers to cough up their share of
sales taxes. It isn't easy. The clearest solution
would be for Congress to pass appi upi iilt.
legislation: in its 1992 Quill Corp. v. North
Dakota ruling, the Supreme Court suggested
just that. But, par.for the course, attempts
to address the cure problem in Washington.
D.C., have failed.
The same holds for Tallahlassee. Despite
the underlying fairess issue for the state's
concrete-block businesses and despite the
urgig of groups including Florida TxWalItch.
the state Chamber of Coiinr ce and the
Florida Retail [Iederaliii. tale legislaitors
have .sidistlIpped the matter in recent \ cars
In light of sLtac'I budget dt'llintniL s. that's
aIstolllindinlg.


Chicken Little is alive and well


E-mail is a mixed blessing.
You know that as well as I do.
It has made pos-sible almost in-
stant communication with '.iiil\ and
friends, without the need to return
missed phone calls or to wait for snail
mail to deliver our :nL-ss.iage
I still like to send a few 'iwal letters
to my kids, so they can tie them up in a
ribbon and keep them for ctir niii\. I am
not foolish enough to think that tihy do
so, but they could.
And as a practical matter, while a let-
ter can be stolen from a maillmo. only
one person can steal it. A skilled hacker
can steal an e-mail and send it to who
knows where.
Ask Congressman Hot Dog how much
damage an intercepted electronic com-
munication can do.
E-mail also has replaced junk mail as
the medium to send endless commu-
nications to people who could not care
less. And nary a tree is sacrificed.
Junk mail by e-mail is a bit more
brazen, perhaps because it can be sent
to innumerable addressees without the
need to identify the recipient as a prob-
able sucker for the pitch who is worth
the price of a solicitation.
It would be interesting well, not
too interesting to know how many
millions of dollars a week I turn down
by refusing offers from crooked third
world cabinet ministers, foreign lotter-
ies that I never entered, and sundry oth-
er scams so transparent that I wonder if
anybody falls for them.


Somebody must: the offers still arrive
daily.
A lot ol rerl.l gotid humor is forwnard-
ed by ev illl
I niijiiv it, and selectively send the
best to a small number uf filks Ithe
politically incorrect Sttuff is best.
Oct .ision,iill\ I get the same mes-
sage back after it has been forwarded a
dozen or so times.
I get a dozen or more e-mails a day
from alarmists on the right and the left.
The ones from the right the very far
right always say that the "lainestreamn
media" will never report this. How cute.
Is that a Sarah Palin phrase? And each
challenges me to send it to everyone on
my address list (as the sender appar-
ently has done) if I am a red-blooded,
God-fearing American. but to delete it if
I am a godless, pinko traitor who cares
nothing about America.
The latest fad is to tell me that 86 per-
cent of the recipients will forward this
e-mail to everyone unfortunate enough
to be in the recipient's address book.


Not 85, not 87. Exactly 86 percent.
Sign me up as a 14 percenter.
The ones from the liberals are equally
alarmist, but have a different ending.
If I want to see the Republic survive,
I must hit a irply button that allows
me to make an immediate donation of
S5i,000, or $2,500, or $1,000 or even
some lesser amount if I am a world
class piker to fight whatever threat to
survival is the cause du jour.


State law does require residents to volun-
tarily report and remit their own online sales
taxes, but that's a joke. Very few people do it.
Some major retailers Apple, for instance
- automatically add states taxes to any
purchases, but most Amazon, for instance
- do not. The current system, if we can even
call it that, just means a significant amount
of money is left on the table.
One way to inch closer to a fairer system
is for the state to join a consortium of state
gt i'eirnments that have ratified something
called the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax
A\greLmcnt The agreement sets up a simpli-
tied method for online businesses to collect
sales taxes and remit them to state govern-
ments, which is something online retailers
claim is otherwise nearly impossible to do.
Far from establishing a level playing field for
retailers. this system would at least begin to
tilt the surface slightly.
But even that has failed to gain traction.
Instead, state lawmakers have chosen to
ignore the issue or pass it off to a gridlocked
( congress. .Mie\while, bricks-,ad-mortar
bllinessies continue to be handicapped by
costs avoided by global ltompe iltors.
'Talk about a tax holiday.


It does not predict that 86 percent of
the recipients wrill do so.

(S. L Frisbie is retired, 100 percent
of the time. He rejects the notion that
anyhodly who disagrees with his politi-
cal positions is either a hopeless fool or
a heartless knave, though perhaps 86
penvit of the people who initiate these
Chicken Little e-nmails fall into one
group or the other.)


The Polk County Democrat
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Bartow Elementary Academy
"I'll be swimming and playing
football since I don't have to go
to work."


Delaney Wright, 10th Grader
Bartow High School
"I'm going to go to the library,
play softball in college show-
cases and visit a haunted house
in Denver, Colorado."


Denice Wright
Sixth Grader
Union Academy
"Today I got my library card
and this summer I'm going to
Boca Grande and having over-
night stays or sleep-overs with
friends."


Destiny Breeden,
Seventh Grader
Bartow Middle School
"I want to spend time with
family, play softball and go to
the beach."


Silence! Thwarters

of democracy at work


Being the dedicated public servants
of the people :hat they are, members
of the Florida I tgilaiture have iL'ginI
a grand tour of the state to giuLpg the
hearts and minds of the citizenry,
which, of course, they treasure about as
much as the CIA seeking out the advice
of the Pakistanis on how to track down
terrorists.
The purpose of the road show is to
gather public input on redrawing the
district maps for state and congressio-
nal legislative seats. This means some
people will gain power, while oth-
ers lose some juice. It also means the
elected folks in charge of this process
will embrace it with all the fervor of
contemplating a bowl of cold peas.
But not to worry about your voice
being heard. Rep. Will Weatherford,
R-Marcel Marceau, who will become
speaker of the House after the 2012
elections after serving for all of 20 min-
utes in Tallahassee, insists everyone's
vote is of incredible value, especially on
Republican ballots.
That probably explains why your
voice may be the only thing that's
heard, since current House Speaker
Dean Cannon, R-Emmett Kelly, and
Senate President Mike Haridopolos,
R-Be Vewry, Vewry Quiet, have ordered
their members to take a vow of 'ilencie
during the public redistricting hearings.
Members have been told not to
utter so much as a request for a legal-
ized bribe or ask any questions at the
forums. And, in a classic lillah.ilii's
homage to transparency and open gov-
ernment, legislative staffers have been
forbidden to draw proposed legislative
district maps that include any individu-
al legislator's home.
Whew, for a minute there one might
have suspected these glad-handers were
trying to cook the books.


Dan Ruth


The gag order on the IL'giltinr% is
predicated on fears if thcli\ s am;inthing
at all, such as: \\'here's my check?" or
perhaps even nod in the general direc-
tion of a constituent, the remark will
only fuel the expected legal challenges
to the new maps.
So lawmakers will adhere to the
caution often auLrnbain'd to Abraham
Lincoln, "Better to remain ,'ilint and
be thought a fool than speak out and
remove all doubt." The result: Attend-
ees at the redistn icting events will likely
be confronted by legislators posing as
Easter Island statues. Think of this as
sort of the political equivalent of the
Miranda rule.
While legislative districts are redrawn
every 10 years using census data, this
time around the process is fraught
with danger for politicians since voters
in 2010 approved two constitutional
amendments requiring districts to be
more fairly mapped out so that no one
political party is ullnduly favored.
And that means legislative districts
should no longer hbe rii Nt\a,iiidlhi'.l to
look like a blood splatter scene trom
Reservoir Dogs. This fairness stulf can
ii\ly go so far.
This does take some of the fun out of
the exercise of raw political power by
the likes of Cannon and hlaridopolos
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OBITUARIES


Noted attorney C. Ray McDaniel dies


Ag industry leader Pat Cockrell dies


C. Ray McDaniel, 74, well-known
Bartow attorney, passed away Saturday,
June 18, 2011, at
Lakeland Regional
Medical Center
due to cancer.
He was born in
Bartow on Dec.
12, 1936: He was
a Marine Veteran
who served in the
Korean War.
Mr. McDaniel
earned his juris Ray McDaniel
doctorate from
the Univeisity of
Florida and practiced, family and crimi-
nal law in Polk County for more than 40
years until his retirement in 2009.
He was a Protestant and was a mem-
ber of a number of civic and profes-
sional organizations.
He was preceded in deahli by his itfe,
Dawn Rene6 McDaniel, and a sister,
Myra Horninger. I


Farrar Eugene
"Gene" Miller,
80, passed away
Friday, June 17, _
2011, at his home "
of heart failure. .* -
Born Oct. 30, 1 -
1930, in Quiuinaln,
Ga., Mr. Miller was
the son of Mr. and
Mrs. W.B. MI\lei.
and the sixth of
seven children. Gene Miler
The Miller family
moved to Tampa
in 1934, and to St. Petersburg in l1.3ti In
1940 the family moved to Bartow, buy-
ing Lookwell Dry Cleaners.
Mr. Miller was a graduate of Bartow's
Summerlin Institute, Lakeland Busi-
ness Institute and Pulk Cominunitav
College and attended the 11ni\ erit\
of South Florida. Hie was a member of
the U.S. Arnm. serving nine years in
the Arnv Reserve. After working two
years at Florida-Georgia I raI tor Co., he
began working for INIC Phosphate as
an accounting clerk, retiring in 1993 as
accounting manager after 40 years. I ie
was a member of the Institute of Man-
agement Accountants.
He was a member of the Bliarum Lions
Club for more than 40 years, serving as
a director and treasurer. He received
the Lions Club's Melvin Jones Award for
outstanding service in 2003.
Mr. Miller was an active member of


Survivors include his daughter, Shan-
non McDaniel Gorman and husband
Paul; two sons, Michael P McDaniel and
wife Janie and Stephen C. McDaniel and
wife Celeste; his grandchildren, lacque-
lyn, Christy, Azaria, Kayla, Dalton and
Conner; his gic.ut-giandchildiei, Kris-
lyn, Jackson, Emma, Weston and Levi;
two brothers, I .a N McDaniirl and .eon
McDaniel; and two sisters, Marline
Lewis and Maril\ n Capps.
Visiiatioir Wednesday, June 22, from
10 a.m.-noon at Bartow First \.winbly
of God.
Funeral: follows at noon at the
church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests
memorial donations be made to the
I humane Society of Polk County, lnc,
555 Sage Rd., Winter Hlaven, .1 inM I
Arrangements: Seigler Funeral Ilome,
Mulberry.
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at seiglerfuneralhome.net.


First Baptist ( luich of Bartow, serving
as a Sunday School teacher for more
than 45 years. He was ordained as a
deacon in 19741, and served as church
treasurer from 19 1-.'20t0. He served
as Sundti\ School director and Church
Council member, and was onil the Stew-
ardship Committee and lord's Supper
supply.
SIe was preceded in death by his
parents, \\ 1111,1111 and Orrie NMilci. tour
brothers, Norvelle, fill Earle and ItI h
ard; and a sister. \i.nig.rti lA.ip.i iti.ui,'
Survivors include his wife of 55 years.
Martha Stewart "Marcie" Mille a son,
Mark Fuigei MillI and wife Gina of
Houston; a da.uihter Melinda \Willci
(.timiii and husband Garry and two
gr.uiiisnii- lonathant and loshua G(tif
lin. all of Gainesville; and .1 sister. Mac
M\dil Chasteen of Orlando.
Visitation: M\ind.,', lune 20. from
10-11 a.m., at First Baptist Churhi of
Bartow.
Funeral: follows at 11 a.m.. at the
church,.
ilemorial tn a ii lltiin.s m.i\ be made
to First B.ipiist i nt l Panitry Fund. .t10
E. Church St., ,t.ii i. i i ni or the Na-
tional Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
1501 NW iih Ave. Mi.inmi FtI.33: t 1-19.
A\,i.ingi'inetlii. \\l hddten McI ean -
Funeral IlHome, Bartow.
Condolences to the !.imil may be
made at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral-
home.com.


Elizabeth Smith Orr


A memorial ser-
vice for Elizabeth
Smith Orr will be
held Saturday,
June 25, at 1 p.m.
at First United .
Methodist Church
in Bartow. w
Mrs. Orr died
June 6, 2011, at the
age of 97.
She was born
on July 9, 1913, in Elizabeth Orr
Westmount, Mon-
treal, Canada, the
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Kennon Smith, who were American
citizens.
When her father died, her mother
moved to Bartow, where her mother's
sister, Mrs. JohrtSwearingen, lived.
Mrs. Orr was a graduate of Summnnerlin
Institute, now Bartow High School, and
of Florida State College for Women in
Tallahassee, where she was member of
the Chi Omega Fraternity.
She was a captain in the U.S. Air
Force, then worked with Scudder,


Stevens & Clark Investment Council for
eight years. She met her late husband,
Nathaniel Alexander Orr, who was from
North Carolina, and was a lieutenant
commander in the Navy in World War II.
Mrs. Orr was a member of the
Women's Arnmy Corps during 'WW'I She
was a member of Bartow FIrsI I united
Melliodisi Church.
Survivors include her brother, Robert
Kennon Smith of Bartow; two nieces,
Bess Kirk ofI lenrico, Va., and l.ynn
Carol Campbell of lloinwug Rock, N.C.;
and two nephews, IF David Smith of
Durham, N.C., and Robert I.eRoy Smith
of Montpelier, Va.
Graveside service: Thiun ,dai. June 9, at
Greenwood Cemetery in Belmont, N.C.,
officiated by Rev. John Douglas Slieyv
of Virginia, son of Mrs. Orr's first cousin,
Mary Joy Smith Sioniy. Burial was in
Belmont, N.C.
Local arrangements: \.VWi ii
McLean Funeral 1onlme, Barlow.
Condolences to the 1,iiniil\ may hbe
made at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral-
home.com.


Florida ag industry leader and former
Bartow teacher William Patrick "Pat"
Cockrell of Archer
passed away on
June 17, 2011,
with his laUnil_
was at his side,
after a long battle
with cancer.
Born in N ,ln in-.
lakeland, he was '
a longtime resi-
dent of Alachua
County.
Mr. Cockrell
graduated from Pat Cockrell
the UnhivTrsit\
of Florida with a bachelor's degree in
agriculture. lie was inducted into Alpha
Gawina lhoi fraternity and served in
several leadership roles. He was also
inducted into Alpha Zeta and Gamma
Sigma Delta Honor fraternities.
After graduating, he taught vocational
agriculture at Barrow High School and
was recognized by the National Voca-
tional \trit nh1t1c. Teachers Association
as one of the five best vocational .igri-
culture teachers in the nation.
Mr. Cockrell joined the Farm Bureau
,itall in 1975. etr\% ing as a lield repre-
sentative, director of agricultural policy,
executive director and assistant to the
president. I le also served as resident
agent and assistant secretary treasurer
of the Florida Famn I iii..ini companies.
Fuelled by his stiniit love of the ag
industry. Mt. Cockrell worked on state
issues such as tihe citrus canker in-
J',ini!tI .nini plan. N \1 I \i impact on
Florida. as well as Itudglt issues f.1 irng
t11 II \S. Ite was well-known for his
kno\u'l.dge and expertise pi i.tinin.i to
Florida .i% issues.
Mr. Cockrell was also a ir I',i support-
er of youth groupii such as 4-11 and FFA.
I Ie believed that youth were vital to
k, t pin% the Florida ag industry strong
well into the future.


Ernest 1- Schobl. 86,. passed away
from respiratory failure tuesday, lune
1-1. 2011. in Har.uto .
Mr. Scltobl was born on Sept. 11,
1924. in Middletown, N.Y. I e worked
as a coxswain for a tuiilhi.it business
in New York before m\ ing to Bartow.
After nmi,\ in, to Bartow. he owned andl
operated the lI.ut'e Freeze in Barrow
A.loin with his late wife leanne.
Ile was an U.S. Navy veteran of World
\Var II and a member ofV I- \\ Post
#2405 in Bartow. a.iniit with the Old
Timers Rod and Gun Club in New York.
Survivors include his son, August L


He was inducted into the Florida Ag-
riculture Hall of Fame earlier this year
in recognition of his industry leader-
ship. lHe was named a Distinguished
Alumnus of the University of Florida,
received the IFAS Scholar Award in 2001
and a Blue and Gold Award from Florida
FFA in 2007.
"Through a lifetime of working with
children, family farmers and state lead-
ers, Pat Cockrell leaves behind a legacy
of service and model of boundless
optimism for a better, brighter future,"
Florida Agriculture Commissioner
Adam Putnam said. "Pat was the quiet
force behind the state's largest agricul-
tural organization and its efforts to cre-
ate new opportunities for farmers and
ranchers. Hle was also a daily example of
courage and grace as he fought the long
fight with cancer."
Mr. Cockrell was preceded in death by
his parents, James Kenzie and Jessie Lee
Smith Cockrell.
Survivors include, Janice Hiett Cock-
rell; sister, Kay Baldridge of Merritt
Island: a brother, Ken Cockrell and wife
Willah of Kathleen; five children, Amber
Locke and husband Loy ofAlturas,
Duane Mathis and wife Kristi, Will
Cockrell and wife Debi, lake Cockrell
and wife Ai.h1,\. all of Lake Wales, and
lason Mathis and wife Ihene1 of Archer;
and nine grandchildren, Jessica, Taylor,
Jessie. Katy, Kenzie, Cash, Aiden, Manie
Wells and Kelton.
\ it.hii n lliieII-ilt. i. June 21, Irmtll
i 7 in p.m., at Williams-Thomas
Funeral IHoime Westarear, -. NW\ 143rd
Street, Gainesville.
Funeral: Wednesday, June 22., at 10
a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will
be at Beithcl Baptist Church Cemetery,
3125W. Socrum Loop Road, Lakeland,
at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
memorial donations be sent to Haven
Hospice, .42111 NW 'li inh Blvd. Gaines-
ville. FI. .2111',


Schobl and %a fl' Sandra: two Lur.ind-
d.aniugh i Sieq'lianie Stephens and hus-
band Verton, and Danielle Schobl all of
Bartow; and two gieat gi.nidda.ighler'.
Alexia and Kylie.
\ i.iiniiim Wednesday, June 22, from
10- 11 a.m.. at First Christian Church of
Barlow. -100 S. Oak Ave.
Funeral: follow at 11 a.m., at the
church.
Arrangements: \\ hidden-Mcl.i an
Funeral Home, Barrow.
Condolences may be made to the
family at www\vwhiddenmcleanfuneral-
home.conm.


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Carey E Lamb, Jr., age 74, of Bartow,
died June 21, 2011, at his daughter's
residence.
Mr. Lamb was born Feb. 14, 1937, in
Hopewell, Fla. He was truck driver for
American Freight Systems. He was a
Baptist.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mr.
Lamb from Bartow moved to Madison
in 1988, where he was a correctional of-
ficer for Madison Correctional Institu-
tion.
Survivors include two daughters,
Melinda Sporleder of Bartow and
Brenda Ellis of Tampa; two sons, Shaln-

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norn Lamb and wife Lisa of Bartow
and Michael Lamb and wife Cherry of
Riverview; a sister, Willodean McManus
of Monticello; eight grandchildren; and
one great-grandchild.
Visitation: Thursday, June 23, from
6-8 p.m., at Whidden-McLean Funeral
Home, 650 East Main Street, Bartow.
Funeral: Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m., at
the funeral home. Interment will be at
Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow.
Condolences to the family may be
made at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral-
home.com.


on Page 6A


OBITUARIES

Carey F. Lamb, Jr.


By BILL RETTEW JR.
STAFF WRITER
The Police Benevolent Association
and city commissioners inked a deal for
a new one-year Bartow police contract.
There was little change from last
year's pact. Police receive no pay raises,
with no layoffs and the deal is retroac-
tive to Oct. 1, 2010.
City Manager George Long said the
city was "happy" with the deal voted
on unanimously by commissioners and
ratified by the PBA. The city and PBA
negotiated for a year prior to setting
terms.
Gary McLin, PBA representative, said
police were "satisfied" with contract.
"We understand the way the economy
is," said Mc.in. "There were no major
changes and no raises.
"We were trying to work with the city."
"Realistically, everybody knew from
the beginning there weren't going to
be any wholesale changes." Long said.
"We're doing the best we can to main-
tain staffing (levels) without having the
need to resort to layoffs. The resources


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weren't available to make any wholesale
or substantial changes."
The city is conducting a study gaug-
ing the pay and benefit packages at
other police departments. The results
might affect future contract negotia-
tions.
"It is in everybody's best Interest to
try to work to maintain a relationship
that incorporates competitive pay and
benefits," said Long. "We're certainly
not the highest-paying jurisdiction in
Polk County, but we don't want to be
the lowest.
"We want to attract and retain quality
employees."
Long said that minor changes to the
contract include determining the way
holiday pay is earned, allowing the city
manager to award lump sum payments
and eliminating "me-too" contract lan-
guage to the benefit of police.
Long said that the city contract
agreed to about 10 years ago was "bro-
ken or not sustainable.
"We're both looking forward to doing
something better then the way things
were done in the past."


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Ten students who attend school in
Bartow are among the 22 Polk County
students who are going to compete in
the finals of the 2011 Future Business
Leaders of America national conference
June 28 to July 1 in Orlando.
They qualified for nationals by finish-
ing in the top three places in com-
petitive events at the 2011 state FBLA
event, also held in Orlando.
Bartow High School salutatorian Erik
Konkol-Bennett is the only Polk student
to qualify for the national event in two
competitions.
They are for desktop application
programming and Who's Who in FBLA,
a quiz bowl-style competition that
tests FBLA knowledge. He was the state
champion in the Who's Who in FBLA
event.
Among the Bartow students who won
awards at the state event by finish-
ing among the top five in coimpetiti V
events are:
Bartow High: Jaznee Lyons, global
business team.
Bartow International Baccalaure-
ate: Gabrielle Di Lullo, global business
team; Kristen DiGioia, business finan-
cial plan; Emily Lubin, business law:
Bianca Mulaney, Who's Who in FBLA;
Kelsey Norris, business financial plan;
Alix Rousseliere, global business team.
Bartow Middle: Z.ikiva Mikell FBIA
principles and procedures.
Gause Academy titiirowl Dustin
Coots, local chapter report.
FBLA is a business education pro-
gram in middle and high schools for
students to develop vocational and
career competencies.
Alturas has new
principal
Charles Pem-
berton, Jr., 41, was
approved to take
over as principal
of Alturas Elemen-
tary School at
the June 14 Polk
County School .
Board meeting, Chares Pemberton, Jr.
effective July 1.
Pemberton
began. his career with Polk County
Schools in 1997 as a fifth grade teacher
at Crystal Lake Elementary. In 200,1 he
was appointed assistant principal at
Lake Shipp Elementary. Pemberton
transferred to Stephens Eleimenitary in
2005 as assistant principal.
Since 2010, Pemberton has served as
assistant principal at Alturas Elemen-


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tary School.
I lis salary will be $76,771.
Master Key award winning teachers
named
Three Polk
teachers were
recipients of the
school district's
2010-11 Master
Key Awards for
making contri-
butions usking
with special needs
and exceptional Janet James
education stu-
dents.
Each reL eived
a pewter tray and
more than $100
in gift cl iti .>
from local busi-
nesses. The Mas-
ter Key Awards
are sponsored by
Tampai Electric.
They were:
lane lames.
speech and lan- David Seefeldt
gu.igt' pa.th,1liigiNl
She works with
pre-kindtigarter
and elementary
students through
out schools in the
district.
David Seefeldt,
I akela.rl',. Doris
Sanders Learn-
ing Center: Coach
Seefeldt has Robert Reinhardt
been an adaptive
lph? sical education teacher for 14 years.
Adaptiiv pli; sical education teach-
ers implement and develop physical
education classes for students with
motor dl'l.i\s or other disability rrelaitil
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lace June 15-17, is the After undergoing physiological train-
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rs studied rocketry and for 18 to 25 seconds and executes a
action this week at the series of 30 parabolas a steep climb
nto a national rocket followed by a free fall over the Gulf of
petition. Mexico off the Texas coast. During the
free falls, they' will gather data in the
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BUSINESS ___ A


Alico, Inc., announced Monday the
hiring of Mark HIIImpi.A as chief
financial officer, effective June 20.
Humphrey will bve it.-pnmihlt' for
all corporate finance, treasury and ac-
counting functions for Alico Inc. and its
subsidiaries.
Humphrey most recently was the


Alico names new CFO


chief financial officer for the Compass
Management Group, LLC, a diversified
company involved in the management
of homeowners associations in South-
west Florida. Prior to his involvement
with the Compass Management (Group
he held similar positions with Prime
Microwave, Inc., and Source Interlink


Companies.
Hle started his career with Pricewa-
terhouseCoopers and spent two years
in the firm's National Accounting &, SEC
Directorate in New York City where lhe
helped develop Sarbanes (Oxley imeth-
ih ,li. for the lirm and its clients.
I liumphrey holds a Bi.S. and M.S.


in accounting from the University of
Florida and he has a CPA designation.
"We are pleased to have Mark join
our team. Hlis background in public ac-
counting and business experience will
be a tremendous benefit to the com-
pany," noted Alico President and CEO
Jl) Alexander.


FDOT invites transportation in


vestment in Florida to grow jobs


Florida Department ofTransporta-
tion Secretary Ananth Prasad wants
people to know that Florida is open for
business and now is the time to invest
in Florida's transportation future to
help initiate private sector employ-
ment.
The annual application and award
cycle for the State Infrastructure Bank
Program will run from July 1-Aug. 31.


The SIB Program is a revolving loan
and credit enhancement vehicle con-
sisting of two separate accounts and is
used to leverage funds to improve proj-
ect feasibility. It can provide loans and
other assistance to public and private
entities .111 \ iiiit, out or proposing to
carry out transportation projects.
Projects awarded from the federally
funded account must be cliigltl, for


assistance under title 23 United States
Code or capital projects as defined inl
Section 5 .-12 or title 49 JUSC and must
be included inI the adopted compre-
hensive plans of the applicable Met-
ropolitan Planning Organizationi and
must conform to all federal and state
laws, rules and standards.
Loans may bear interest at or below
market interest rates and are expected


to be announced Oct. 21. Funds will be
available July 1, 2012.
Application and award dates are pre-
liminary and are subject to change.
For further information, visit http://
www.dot.slalte.1l.uis/financialplanning/
finance/- .illJi in or call Jennifer G.
Weeks, SIB program manager at (850)
.11-1-4-159 or e-mail jenniferg.weeks@
dot.state.tl.us.


June 22, 2011


The Polk County Democrat Page 9A





State representative

says Medicaid costs

are 'escalating

out of control'

By STEVE STEINER
STM'- W\RIrER

The fact that for the second time within the past
several weeks, Florida Sen. JD Alexander, R-lake
Wales, canceled out of an appearance- this time at
the Tiger Bay Club of Polk County did not sit well
with some attendees.
The other cancellation of recent occurrence was
several weeks ago, when Alexander was supposed to
conduct an elected otticials forum at the Farm Bureau
luncheon.
However, it was not only these last two incidents
that some found irksome.
"I'm with the pool industry, and with the solar
industry, and he refused to meet with us," said I illhn
Daniels, with Pool Works Pool & Spa, and Allsolar
Service Company Inc., who added, tongue firmly
in cheek, "I understand the citrus industry is very
pleased with JD."
Daniels was referring to measures in which the
Citrus Commission had been affected h\ legislation
many believed Alexander ramrodded thliuigh in a
manner that not only misled citrus conunittee mem-
bers, but which he never fully vetted with them.
Because Alexander could not attend, Florida Rep.
Seth Mckeel, R-Lakeland, was asked to ill in for Al,-
exander; this time it was as guest speaker at the I tiger
Bay Club of Polk County's July event.
It was the second time McKeel had agreed to step
in, the previous time being the Farm Bureau lun-
cheon.
It was also the second time McKeel had appeared
as guest speaker at Tiger Bay within the past 12
months. Being familiar with the procedures, gi\ ingi
a 10-minute presentation and then taking questions
submitted on index cards, McKeel raced th(nliogl his
presentation. The first topic he touched upon was
the state budget, which "take, the \\gten out of the
room," he said.
Like almost all states, Florida has .i4ruggictl. but
not as badly as some states, such as illm 111.1am. which
McKeel said might be on the brink of bankruptcy, or
NewYork. which is looking to raise taxes yet again. In
the same breath, he complimented Texas on the good
job it had done. and took a dig at the federal govern-
ment.
"We don't have the ability to spend our way out of
debt," said McKeel. and added that Florida also did
not have the ability to borrow from future genera-
tions of Floridians.


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Florida House of Representative Seth McKeel. R-Lakeland, filled in again for Florida Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, this time at
the Tiger Bay Club of Polk County July lundion.


lIwo important issues t.u-c Florida, he said. educa-
tion and transportation, and ihe cuts made to those
two were 'ditli ult decisions." However the major
i h.llenge before the I gi laltulr said McKeel, was
Medicaid %.pending which now costs Florida more
than -1't million 4.' .' lllioi with $1.4 billion out-
of-state general rventiue i.e. money that flows into
the state such as sales tax, document stamps, etc..
that is not earmarked for any ,,pcI i' proiect'l
"Those costs are ivi al.iiing out of control. Tihe
more dollars Medicaid 'eats.' the less there is for
other progr.lis." said Mckci'l "There are people in
the state who depend upon the state to survive. If we
don't put our hands on Medicaid grois di we're going
to be in \ er\ deep trouble."
School nutrition was a hot button topic for Mtk-
eel, who added that while that issue ranked low at
the Department o Idurcl.iMn. it ranked high with
agricultural l Commissioner Adam Putnam. which is
why school nutrition was moved from the DOE to the


\gritiultural Department.
Other topics McKeel touched upon included educa-
tion and energy. These would also arise during the
question and answer et'gment. iHowever, the domi-
nant theme was the budget. once again, the issue of
Medicaid. fie fa\ntred privatization, one reason being
that it would place the onus of controlhng costs -
and fraud t upon the provider.
One of the final quie-tiwin' MAkecl took was wheth-
er he would encourage his children and others to
enter polihtiw. Yes. In his response, he said the system
was delihbeIt el designed to make the paiss-age of bills
and other matters difficult.
"It's always fun poking fun at the process. The pro-
cess was designed not to work very well," lie said. "If
it worked very well. you'd have tyran.m."
As an example, lie spoke of the most previous
session. '\e filed over :l,000o bills," said McKeel. "We
pajssd 200."


Swiftmud names interim exec director


William S. Bilenky is the Southwest Florida Water
Management District's interim executive director.
Previous Executive Director David Moore's resig-
nation was accepted by the governing board at its
meeting last week. He had served in that post since
March 2003, and resigned on May 26. Moore will
continue to serve in an advisory capacity until July
15.
Bilenky has been with Swiftmud since September
1999 and was its general counsel since March 2000.
As general counsel, Bilenky provided legal advice
and support to the Governing Board and Swiftmud,
appearing on their behalf before the Department of
Administrative Hearings, the Legislature, the state
trial and appellate courts, and federal agencies and
courts.
Before joining Swiftmud, Bilenky was in private


practice and has also been the general counsel to
the Florida Public Service Commission.
He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engi-
neering from Cornell University, a master's degree
in business administration from Florida Stlaite ni-
versity and a juris doctorate from the University of
Florida. I Ie has been admitted to the Virginia State
Bar; The Flonrda Bar; the Bars of the United Stares
Supreme Court; the United States Coutns of Appeal
for the 4th. 5th, llth and D.C. Cuuit; thtlie federal
District Court for the Vlastern and Western Districts
of Virginia; and the Iankiluplcy Court Bar for the
Eastern Disl iict of Virginia.
Bile.nky is also a Florida Supreme Court -('ei ltiedd
Circuit Court mediator.
While Itilenky is to serve as the executive dirvcior.
the agency is conducting a nationwide search tor a


permanent replacement for Moore.
The executive director functions as the chief ex-
ecutive officer of the District, which includes daily
direction and operating responsibility for more than
700 full-time staff members, the District's $280 mil-
lion budget and all organization assets.
The executive director is also responsible for rec-
ommiending and implementing policies adopted by
lie Dist ict's 13-memn r (o\'erining Board.
'1 lie executive director will he appointed by the
Distr ict's Goveiing Board,. I However, the appoint-
ment is subject to approval by the Governor and
confirmation by the Florida Senate upon emploN -
ment.
The position is posted on the District's \\ ebsite
at Wate NM.atters.o,/iolhs. The deadline to apply is
F1 iday. July 15, at 5 p.m.


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June 22, 2011 The Polk County Democrat Page 1 LA


Dixie All-Stars get runner-up trophies


Time has a way of altering history.
There are some who claim Abraham
Lincoln said, "The strength of the na-
tion lies in the homes of its people,"
but there is no evidence to indicate it
actually happened. President Herbert
Hoover, in 1928, said something close
when it is recorded fact that he ut-
tered the words, "The foundation of
American life rests upon the home and
family."
For those of us who believe that com-
munity strength is measured by the
people who compose that coinmminii.
it's not really about who said what or
when. What is important is how we live
our lives and do our part to make the
community a better place to be.
Before we get too far down the road,
let me explain the relevance of this
thinking and what it means to you as
you're caught reading this space.
A community has been known to
rally around its sports teams and those
teams are made up of individuals. We
don't have any professional sports
team in Bartow, so we rally around our
hometown folks ... the ones who live
here, their families often work here and
play their sports in one of the fine local
facilities.
The idea behind "CTontnunity Sport-
light" is to bring attention to those
who are taking part in the community-
based teams or residents um oinlcting
in individual sports (golf, tennis, etc.).
It's about the people betcatu.e it's the
people who make the community what


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Even before school let out, many
youngsters went ilmiughl a regular
baseball season that ran through March
and April. From that group, a dozen
were selected from each age bracket
to become All Stars of Bartow I)ixie
Baseball. For those who were chosen,
baseball season was extended.
District action was under way just
a few d.i\ after the final school bell
rang. Three Bartow teams played their
division games in Fort Meade in double
elimination tournaments, The 6-and-
under squad opened up the tourna-
ment by beating Fort Meade, then lost
to Hardee. They were then eliminated
by East Lakeland, which lost to even-
tual champion Hardee.
'The lB. Io\\ team was composed of
F\ a- Alquran, Kaustubh Amin, Del-
atnet Brown., Andrew Dorman., Hi.i\ deii
Gii gowe'r. James Greear. Aaron Harbin.
Logan Henderson. Christian I1 mng
Nicolas Ir'lej, DevinlVassa I.n \\il 1%
and Jeffrey /ent.' The team was man-
aged by Bi ,an Dorman with coaches
Stephen Dorman, Chris I ong and Joe
\\'dh.'


The 7-and-under team fought to the
finals in their quest for tIn- District 7
title. The team met up with a powerful
I lardee squad and were dealt defeat in
the opener. Barlow rebounded with
a win over Mulberry, then captured a
pair of games shortened by a mercy
rule, defeating East Lakeland and Fort
Meade.
That set the stage for the finals
against undefeated I lardee, which
claimed their second win against Bar-
tow. winning the championship 13-4.
Bartow's jl.i\,it', were awarded
rtinitmtup trophies in the closing cer-
emonies. leam members were Garrett
Allen, K ,v Chaney, Nathan Dlowns,
Cole lall,. Alex Meeks, Corbin Neller,
I i.n r Osborne, Robby Putnam, Sammy
Sloan, Stephen Sloan Jr., Keyon Torres-
Manning and Parker \\.il .' Loy Conner
served as ii.iiaigri with lason Osborne,
Steve Sloan andt \\'ll P'uimt ,ni, 11 ,i'ling
Fhe Bartow Dixie Buoys 14-and-under
team moved into the finals by ways of
the winner's bracket. going tmiidtIl.'ie',I
in their first four gimii They opened
with a win over Frostproof, scored vic-
tory against llardee .uand then knocked
off Fast lakelaind. 'he li thill win was
the match-up that eliminated Frost-
proof as Bartow won for the second
time. That left only Bartow and last
lakeland to l,.i.tn it out for the title. On
a rain-threatened Wednesday night,
Fast Lakeland jumped out to a b'it lead.
only to have Bartow chip .\.I\
In the bottom of the seventh and fi-


nal inning, Bartow rallied to trail 11-10,
but could not get the tying run home.
The game ended with thunder and
lightning in the vicinity and the deci-
sion was made to postpone the decid-
ing game to the next day.
The teams met again at Audie Harrell
Field and Bartow jumped out to the
lead. Roles were reversed as Bartow
held off East Lakeland to win the cham-
pionship iI\ an 8-6 count.
"This game was similar to last night's
giIiu.. only this time we were the ones
to have the lead," said Manager Ken
Hastings. \\c left the bases loaded a
couple of times, so we could have had
more.
The one-day delay worked to the
advantage of the Bartow squad. "We
had one more pitcher eligible because
of the delay," Hastings explained.
"I couldn't have used him if we had
played last night. He was my starter
today."
The team will now move to the
state tournament, which will begin
in Sebring on July 9. Runner-up East
Uikeland also advanced to state.
ar.irmi team members on the district
w inning squad are John Calandros,
I )all;i )roz, lonm Gibson Jr., William
(tlMiii. tZarh Hastings, Mason Jones,
Austin Lee, Co\ Mcl-iighlin Brett
Nettles, Ryan Pierce, Caleb Williams
and Bradley Wooten. Coaches joining
IH, ,ings on the staff are John Ca-
landros and Tony G ibs',iin.


Fort Meade player


visits White House


By ANDY BITTER
McCl AICTriY NEmwstm''irS

AUBURN, Ala. Flanked by Gene
Chi/&k. Cam Newton, Nick Fairley and
Kodi Burns, President Barack Ohamna
honored the 2010 national champion
Auburn Tigers during a 15-minute cer-
emony at the White House on Wednes-
day.
An Auburn traveling party of about
150 people, including 90 players, made
the one-day trip up to Washington,
D.C., to be honored for the Tigers' 22-19
BCS title game victory against Oregon
in January, the school's first national
championship since 1957.
Part of the entourage was Fort
Meade's Onterio McCalebb, who will be
a junior this fall, and who played a key
role in the Tigers' success in 2010.
The former Miner appeared in 14
games with four starts and set a re-
cord for yards per carry (minimum 75
attempts) with an 8.5 yard average.
He was third on team in rushing yards
(810) and second in rushing TDs (nine).
McCalebb was second on team with
1,123 all-purpose yards and third in
total offense with 810 yards
Fie also had seven catches for 86
yards with one TD.
Against Oregon in the BCS National
Championship Game, he rushed six
times for 47 yards with a long run of
20 yards and caught two passes for 10
yards.
"They won Auburn's first national title
since before I was born," Obama said.
"And I'm getting quite a bit of gray hair.
So that was a long wait for the Tiger
fans."


The president higain with a '\\.u
Eagle" before plaiiingi the team for it,
ii.m1i\ come-fromn-behind victories.
including a 28-27 victory .,itmin't rival
Alabama.
"That was unbelievable.'" ilb.tun. said.
"l'm busy. But I watched that gaunirme
Ob(lama joked about "a gi]\ named
Cam who had a pretty good season,"
referencing the Heisman Trph\ win-
ner, and Fairlye. who he .said "m NI don't
want to be tackled by."
But he praised a few other players,
including running back Mike Dyer for
not quitting on a 37-yard run late in
the game (' -vern hody except Michael
thought he would have been tackled,"
Obama joked) and kicker Wes Byrum for
making the winning field goal.
\Vhcii Obama finished, Chi/ik briefly
stepped to the microphone, s,,\ ing.
"What an honor and a privilege it is for
the whole Auburn family to stand here
in the While House today and embrace
this moment."
O(amia shook hands with everyone
on the team, giving a chest bump with
wide receivers' coach I i pel 'l aylmi
near the end.



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COMMUNITY


Free block party

Friday at Bartow 1st UM
First United Methodist Church is len, Bonnie Allen and her Kids on
inviting everyone in Bartow to a free Broadway, interpretive dancers, Brady
community block party on Friday, June Draper, Youth Pastor Jacob ludson,
24, from 5-8 p.m. 1i, htm.iI Lake, and the re-united 6:33
Free food will be available including Praise Band.
pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and A Bartow Fire Dept. I i m k will be on
hamburgers, popcorn and other snacks, display and a Bartow Police K-9 unit
A super bounce house, lace paint- will give a demonstration.
ing by Megan Klins, balloon animals Door prizes will be given away
by Jason Bontrager, and storytelling by tliimougliuti the night.
Linda Chancey and a First UMC Puppet All of this is offered as a way of show-
Ministry presentation; older youth will ing God's love in a practical way. Pastor
enjoy the bungee run and Minute-to- Roy l.owe said.
Win-Ilt skill chIallengte Bartow First United Methodist
Live music and other entertainment Church is at 455 South Broadway. For
will be on stage throughout the event, more information, call 533 ',, 11.
Featured performers include Ken Al-

60 years for the Drieslers


The Stanford Inn is the backdrop for this weekend's original comedy mystery theater produc-
tion of "Jewels of the Nile," a Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce fundraiser. Spoofing the plot of
who stole the Piddenborough Pinkerton Paddlesford pendant are Detective Overly Dunlap (Bob
Sweeney), Girl Friday Honey Melon (CaSandra Bevis), socialite Dulde Mae Stenchmeyer (Phyllis
Kirk), Duke Erik Von Seen Nile (Kevin Savage), Madame Von Juva Nile (Irene Dobson), and Lucille,
the waitress (Susan Savage). Saturday's performance is sold out, but seats are still available for
Friday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. Guests may dress in the style of the play's time, the late 1930s. Call
The Stanford Inn at 533-2393 to reserve a seat to enjoy the performance and dinner for $45.


On ThursdayJune 23,
Joseph and Mary Jane
Driesler will celebrate
their 60th wedding
anniversary and most
of those years were in
Bartow.
The couple was mar-
ried on lune 23. 1951,
and moved to Barlow
in the early IN.-I, their
son Eric said.
And even in their 81.s
they still work. Both
own Driesler Rental
Properties, which is
their second occupa-


tion. I
Both are retired from
Polk County Schools:
Joe was a science teacher at Bartow
High and Bartow Middle schools and
Mary lane taught and was involved in
character education.
They have three t hili en and eight
grandchildren.
Their son Eric who lives in Bartow


Mary Jane and Joe Driesler
and his. Ih llii. R"lan. lMan ail lake:
Dee, who lives in Sav-annah. and has
two cliillicrn Joseph auld tColby: and
Karla, who lives in Nashville. anld her
, iltInill Alex. Garrett and II
And the ti.iinld lhlithi n always say
that \I\c', and Papa le are the great-
est piiple E'Fric said.


It's Vacation Bible ,School time


Bartow First United Melhodisi
Vacation Bible School at Bartow First
United Methodist Church is set for Sun-
day, June 26, through Thtlurday June
30, from 5-8:30 p.m.
This year's theme is "Shake-It Up
Cafe," and is for children 3 1/2 years old
through rising sixth grade.
Dinner will be served to students
each evening.
A closing program will be held Thurs-


day I, irimenin at p.111, and VBS children
i Ill sing in the 11 a.m. worship service
onil S ndi\. Jill 3.
First United Methodist is at 455 S.
Bro.tidl,i. Bartow. For more informa-
tion, call the church office at 533 ol0-1
7To list your church vacation 1Ihld,
School e-mail pA chi'c' lpol. i'in
tydemocrat.corn, stop byi our office at
190 South Florida Ave.. Bartou: or call
533-4183 and ask fir Peggy Kehoe.


COMMUNITY


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Friday, June 24th 5 8 pm
," I FREE
Food & Fun for all Ages
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Hurgers & Hot Dogs
Snacks & Heverages
Bounce House
Fire Truck
K-9 D)eno
Siungee Run
Face Painting
(buaies & Prizes
Balloon Sculptures
S i .ive Music & More
First United Methodist Church
,/oln i' o the -i rt tlf h I dit Vr 'h' ol ( ampil
455 S. Broadway Avenue 533-0904
: L i n niiii i -R .lI-.just like I ))'slove!


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Multiple fundraising efforts


under way for Haines City soldier injured in Iraq


By SALLI O'QUINN
CORRESPONDENT
Army Spc. Charles "Charlie" Lemon was
just 53 days away from finishing his hitch
in the military when his, tank ran over an
explosive device in Iraq on June 8, caus-
ing injuries and burns which resulted in
the loss of both legs. You might think that
makes him uilnhicky. but this soldier is
lucky in other ways.
A 2001 graduate of Haines City High
School, Lemon has a support system
of family and friends who are praying
fervently for his recovery and organizing
fundraisers to help him and his fam-
ily through this difficult time. One such
event was held S,iLid.a\ June 18, in
Winter Haven's downtown Central Park,
as "Clicks for Charlie" offered 45-minute
photography sessions from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,
with all proceeds going to benefit Lemon
The event was oigani/ted by his cousin,
Brianna Towns, who doesn't mind taking
on responsibility when it's for a good
cause. She explained that a PayPal ac-
count, "Charlie's Change for Change," has
also been set up for donations online. In
addition to Saturday's photograph ses-
sions, a raffle was scheduled, with prizes
including a gift basket of toiletries and
an adorable Yorkshire terrier puppy who
napped in a nearby cage,
The gift basket was donated by Missy
Eby, the "Coupon Queen" of Auburndale,
who has made multiple appearances on
TLC's reality show, Extreme Couponing.
"She wanted to donate something
for Charlie," said Nancy lIIno O'Nel.d.
Lemon's aunt. ', had a celeIb ii\ here
tod.\."
O'Neal and her brother, Lemon's uncle
David Towns, offered information on
Lemon's progress at Walter Reed Army
Medical Center in Washington, D.C.,
where Lemon has been released from
ICU, amazingly after only one week.
"I le's got people praying for him all
over the cotiiiry.",e\plained.O Neal,


"That's why."
President Obama visited the hospital
on Friday to greet the 21 wounded service
members from Iraq and Afghanistan.
tll fitn i.ii'l. Lemon was undergoing a
10-hour surgery and missed meeting the
president.
"But lie (Obama) spoke to (Charlie's
sister) Kim," David Tolwns explained. "And
he signed his banner, thanking him for
his service, I consider it an honor."
lemon's f.iil\l was not the only sup-
port group at the lune 18 event. Friends
and former co-workers were on hand,
offering facepainting sessions and tlniii tg
the word out about future fundraising
efforts. Jacqueline Colello, who once
worked with Charlie at Bennigan's, in
litnpa, said a car wash and event nii'lis
at local l.inp.i bars and restaurants art,
upcoming. I laniburget Mary s will oft'er a
bingo night and The Press Box, a 1.\ 1 1
ite of Lemon's, also wants to help out in
some way.
"lI\ next week, we should have our
website up and running," said Colello,
who wore a T-shirt with the iIcs.'.iC.
oU'iire Aim.ititig Charlie!" in red, white
and blue letters. "It's .,inimn to be called
'it'uiilib.Acktlthp' ui "
It was a it'frtInt' to Lemons "n Ai
Facebook Iimt'e,,ag' .liit'i he i',-.Iiii tl
consciousness. "There \,, >ii o l'm awake.
I can talk and I can do li.t kmlips" In ad-
dilit Ill to organizational updates, the w-eb
site will sell wristbands, hats and T-shirts
to raise iloiney.
Cherylene Towns, I.enions another, is
also inW \aliiLngtoii to be near her Sion,
.iloig with his sister, kttn lemon, How-
ever, recent health problems have not
allowed his father I lernan Fowns to liatve
Florida for a visit. The f.tti\ presently
waits for a release date when Lemon %l i%!
be transferred to the Army Burnm enter in
San Antonio, Texas, to undcigi skin gi.ilt,
on his amputations.
"Hle's sNitg said Charlie's aunts,
uncle-. and cousinss.


PHOTO BY SALLY O' QUINN
Brianna Towns, Charles Lemon's cousin, and the organizer of a fundraising event held June 18,
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June 22, 2011


SI Welcome to your community calendar

Sn If you would like to see your event listed on this page,
we can make it happen. Contact us at 863-533-4183.


All phone number area codes are 863
unless indicated otherwise.. The dead-
line to be included in the for getting
information to The Polk County Demo-
crat is 4 p.m. Monday for Wednesday's
newspaper and 4 p.m. Thursday for
Saturday's newspaper.

COMMUNITY
Thursday, June 23
Book Babies, 10-10:30 a.m. Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, 534-
0131.

Saturday, June 25
Pix and Popcorn at the Library, "The
Green Hornet" (adults), 2. ;I -. ,,1 p.m.
Bartow Public 1 it'i',, 2150 S. Broad-
way, 534-0131.

Monday, June 27-Friday, July 1
Babysitting Boot Capmp, trains and
cvrntie, teens and pre-teens, ages
11-15 in adult, infant and child CP(R,
AED, first aid, babysitting skills, safe
play strategies, age-appropriate games,
Internet safety, fire safety, general
personal safety and what to do in an
emergency. $190, includes a First Aid
kit, babysitter's handbook, emergency
reference guide and bag. American Red
Cross Polk County Chapter, 147 Avenue
A N.W., Winter Haven. 294-5941. Space
is limited.

Tuesday, June 28
Babysitting class taught Ibi Suzanne
Gray. Appropriate for those 11-14,
teaches accident prevention, how to
handle emergencies, age appropriate
playtime activities and child CPR. 9
a.m.-5 p.m., $30. Regency Center For
Women & Infants, 101 Ave. 0 S.E., \\ in
ter Haven. To register call '1 4 -7020.

Tuesday, lune 28
Adult book discussion, "Giovannis'
Room," Good Measure Coffee and
Cafe, 135 E. Main St., Bartow. 534-0131.
$3 fee for a copy of the book as the
remainder of the cost is funded by the
Friends of the Bartow Public Library.

Tuesday, June 28
6-8 year-old Story I mUit. 2-3 p.m. Bar-
tow Public Library, 2150 S. Bnr..id'\ \
534-0131.

Tuesday, June 28
3-5 year-old Story linu. 10-10 I1
a.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, 534-0131.

Monday, July 4
America's 4th of July activities in Bar-
tow, 2:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.,
Mosaic Park. Bartow Adult Concert
Band performs free concert 2:30-3:30
p.m. at the Bartow Civic Center. There


will be food, drinks, inflatables, military
displays by Battery A, Florida National
Guard.

EDUCATION
Monday, June 27
MSIT information session, 6 p.m.,
for new 36-credit-hour MSIT program.
USF Polytechnic, 3433 Winter 1.ake
Road, Lakeland, 667-7000 or ii llo'pily.
usf.edu.

Monday, lune 27
Open House, 1t pAm., The Roberts
Academy at Florida Southern College,
1140 MclDonald St., Winter I laven. The
Roberts Academy, which opened in
August, is Florida's only school for tal-
ented children with dyslexia. 680-374t1.

GO' RUNM I- N
Tuesday, June 28
Polk County Conunission, 9 a.m. in
tie county conunission chtambIers Iat
: lW. Church St., Barlow. 53E a i

I uestlda. June 28
Polk County School Board nu-tiiLg.
work session 8:30 a.m., meeting 1:30
p.m., Polk County School District, 1915
S. Floral Ave., Bartow. 53 1 .i:,1 to regis-
ter for agenda.

HEFAtlH
Friday June 24
lhe Alzheimner's Association, 1 Ini.t
Gulf Coast Chapter. two-week are-
giver I inning Series, 2:30- 1:30 p.m.,
free. H awthorne Inn 1 'o, I l.akeland
Highlands Road. Lakeland. 1 8t' I 772-
,"i: .', 292-9210.

I1I I I (ON'N
Friday, June 24
Outreach Fourth ida 4 .i, p.m.
Free food l'.i.;. clothing. free hot food.
drinks and cookies. chips Faith and
Deliverance in Christ Outreach Mimis-
tries, -'l U.S. I highway 17 S Bar tow.
1I .I40.

S.irtrd.l', June 25
Juinet (;Ii'tl Sing,. G(iill State Quattet.
7 p l1 Refreshlmelnts. i ti.ii.ii 1Homie
Freewill i.tpitr ( I I 1125 11 .S.
H highway 17 S. Barlow. 533 4.

Wednesday, June 291 rida. July 1
.-: 11 n i ,li .t l 7 iii p~m. m ji~lnl,.. "Heal-
ing miracles, deliverance and break-
throughs" with Prophetess Franteria
I lall. Faith and Deliverance Christ
Outreach Ministries. Jnt U.S. H highway
17 S., Bartow. 1In ..1 40.

SPORTS
Saturday, June 25-Sunday, June 26
Youth Villa Classic junior Golf
Tournament, four divisions, with the


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youngest (ages 8-10) playing nine holes
each day, and the older divisions (ages
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Kaylee Griffin, 7, made a new friend in Hanna,
a therapy dog who is part of the Paws to Read
activity held at the Barlow Public Library.
The next date for Paws to Read is July 16
from 130-2.30 p.m. For information call Miss
Mellssa, the children s librarian, at 534.0131.


18 holes on both days. Registration $50.
Bartow Golf Course at 190 Idlewood
Ave., 533-9183 512-1761.


PHOTO BY CHRISTINE ROSLOW
Jessica Long, 9, reads a story about pets to
Hanna, a long-haired dachshund, Saturday.
Once a month Bartow Public Library hosts Paws
to Read in the Children's Department The next
Paws To Read event is July 16.


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COMMUNIrr
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Summer crime prevention tips from Bartow police
By LYN BRYAN reported burglaries, 45 percent oc- way. Exterior lighting on the front of a radio, lights, etc., at different intervals.
y' SERVICES COORDINNMOR curred during the night, 31 percent property should always be on a timer to Call Bartow police and have a watch
during the day, and in 24 percent of the establish a routine and appearance of order placed on your home while you
ce Department is remind- cases, it is unclear as to the time of day occupancy at all times. are away.
o lock their home and the crime occurred. Good neighbors will watch out for Leave your blinds as you normally
and follow some simple In many instances, after the fact, your home or apartment and report would if you were home.
tion tips. Your home neighbors reported having heard or suspicious activity to the police while Be sure to lock the garage as well as
a sanctuary where you noticed something unusual but failed you are away. You may also want to any storage sheds, gates, etc. Discon-
:e. By far, the most corn- to act on their suspicions at the time. consider organizing a Neighborhood nect your garage door opener if you
our home is burglary. By Citizens should not be afraid to call the Crime Watch Group. have one.
crime of burglary is a police if they see something out of the Finally, vacation time is just around Ask your neighbor to occasion-
itional property crime of ordinary, the corner and that can also be the time ally park in your driveway and put out
tat occurs when we are Some suspicious activities, taken for crime victimization if appropriate your garbage cans if you have curbside
however, becoming a bur- individually, could be innocent, but prevention measures are not followed. pickup. A neighbor can throw in a bag
in leave a family feeling should be examined by law enforce- These crime prevention tips and rec- of trash.
d violated. ment in a larger context to determine oinmiendations are designed to allow Be sure someone knows your itiner-
hicles and homes have whether there is a basis to investigate, tll' vacationer to enjoy a safe trip and ary and estimated time of return.
,ed throughout all areas Lighting, both interior and exterior return to a secure residence. By exercising some simple home
crimes occurred, in part, is necessary to show signs of life and Preparing for Vacation security we could all have an impact on
doors and windows were activity inside a residence at night. A Strive to make your home look as our own safety and reduce the number
or keys were left in the dark home night .ft -i -ig|lI sends the lived-in as p .ii.l while you're away. of crimes in our neighborhoods
ng the burglar oppor- message to burglars that you are away let your trusted neighbors know For more information on how to
Police Crime Reports on a trip. light timers are inexpensive that you'll be gone. make your home safe go to the Florida
between the months of and can be found everywhere. Give a spare key to your trusted Attorney General website at www.


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property taken had either
cured, or the owners
the home or vehicle were
signs of forced entry
lished.
tics revealed that of the


The purpose of good exterior lighting
is to allow you to see if a threat or suspi-
cious person is iniking in your path.
Another important area to be well-
lighted is the perimeter of your home
or apartment, especially at the entry-


I I.lt hiI and give then an emllergeiicy
Ielephonle uimtii'ber to reach you.
Arrange to) have mail and newspa-
pers picked uIp l.ii% (preferred) or have
delivery stopped while you're ,iv ..0..
Use automatic timers o10 turn on a


im\ liu iil. lh'.il tnil/. If you are inter-
ested in starting a Neighborhood Crime
Watch Group call Lyn Bryan, Bartow
Police Department crime prevention
specialist 534- 5034 for more informa-
tion.


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The Polk County Democrat Page 15A










Ross, Dockery areas are expected to shrink


State redistricting will be long, contentious battle


By MARY ELLEN KLAS
ST PETERSBlRG TIMES

Florida legislators began three
months of public hearings Monday
to hear what voters have to say about
their once-a-decade task of realign-
ing the state's political maps to reflect
shifts in population and growth.
Known as reapportionment of the
population, and redistricting of legisla-
tive and congressional seats, it is an
exercise like no other in state govern-
ment.
Redistricting is raw politics to the
core often fostering unusual alli-
ances of ideologically opposite legis-
lators whose goal is to preserve their
own political careers and broaden their
party's power.
It will be driven by technology, with
new software and databases that allow
lawmakers to determine the voting pat-
terns of every block and enable public
inspection of every map.
It will inevitably erupt into a legal
battle, as new redistricting rules im-
posed by nearly 63 percent of voters in
the 2010 election attempt to ban the
protection of incumbents and shield
minority voting rights but leave more
potential trip wires than ever before.
And it will shape Florida history.
While a fraction of voters may turn out
for a general election and dictate state
politics for two to four years, redistrict-
ing forces politici.,n to hit the reset
button and that can leave a political
imprint for decades.
"We are starting with a blank slate"
House Redistricting Chairman Will
Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, told a
la'llahassee radio station this month.
"It is a pain. It's a lot of work but I think
it's very important. What you're really
doing is making sure everyone's vote is
valued."
The House and Senate redistrict-
ing committees will begin their so-call
"listening tour." of 26 cities in Tall.k-
hassee Monday. The hearings will last
until Sept. 1. There is one scheduled
in Lakeland 2-5 p.m., Monday. July 2-i
at Polk State College, -3425 Winter Lake
Road, Lakeland.
Here are some basic facts:
Florida grew from 15.98 million in
2000 to 18.8 million in 2010, enough to
reward the state with two new congres-
sional districts a total of 27.
*The rebalancing of population will
mean that the "ideal" sized congres-
sional district will grow from ti.,0otou
people to 696,000. The 40 districts in
the state Senate will grow in popula-
tion from 399,000 to 470,000, and the
120 state House seats will expand from
133,000 to 157,000.
Lawmakers want people to bring
their ideas and concerns to the public
hearings, which will continue through
the Panhandle this week, go to the
Northeast Coast and Central Florida in
July, hit South Florida in mid August
and finish up in Tampa, St. Petersburg
and Southwest Florida in late August.
The most obvious changes will come
in the districts that have seen the most
growth in the past decade, or whose
stagnant growth makes them smaller
than the new ideal district. That
includes the super-crowded district
of freshman Congressmen- Richard
Nugent, R-Brooksville, which is 33.5
percent overpopulated. The district of
U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Cape Coral,
is 23 percent overcapacity and U.S.
Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, has seen
his district grow 21 percent.
In the state Senate, the districts of.
Republican Sens. Alan Hays of Uma-
tilla, Ronda Storms ofValrico and Paula
Dockery of Lakeland also will have
to shrink. Rep. Stephen Precourt, an
Orlando Republican, has the dubious
distinction of having the most bloated


district in state government, having
grown 61 percent over capacity in the
last decade.
Weatherford, the House's designated
speaker in 2012, has a district that must
lose 55 percent of its population. Down
state, freshman Rep. Greg Steube, R-
Sarasota, has to lose 54 percent of his
district.
Several legislative districts, however,
won't contract, but will have to ex-
pand potentially pitting incumbents
against each other. The districts that
are now smaller than the ideal size are
those of Republican Sen. Dennis Jones
of Seminole and Reps. Larry Ahern of
St. I 'teutlibg Ed Hooper of Clearwa-
ter, Jeff lrandes of St. Petersburg and
Erik Fresen of Miami. Democratic Reps.
Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg, Daryl
Rouson of St. Petersburg and Daphne
Campbell of Miami Shores also must
cover more geography to reach the
district population goal.
Unlike the redistricting efforts in
1992 and -'rut which allowed for the
quiet protection of incumbents as long
as minority representation was giL \'ii
priority, the new Amendments 5 and
6 e\pliciil\ sa\ that congressional or
legislative districts "may not be drawn
to favor or disful\ or an incumbent or
political party."
Even stronger are the amendments'
requirement that districts "shall not
be drawn to deny racial or r.ttL't,.1.1t
minorities the equal opportunity to
participate in the political process and
elect representatives of their choice"
- a provision that Republican leaders
say is a .Inii igei protection than exist-
ing law. And. finally, the constitutional
mandate imposes what is considered
a second tier priority that dis-
tricts must be tomitigUiluns compact,
"as -qlr.il in population as feasible.
and where fea -ibl'' must make use of
.'xir\ing i city county and vr.:t .,hi| .i
boundaries."
That is a heavy hit for a I egisl.tiri'
that two decades ago created Florida's
Third Coingite'',,itional District. an ink-
splat-shaped splotch that it ring, to-
gether a majority of African-American
and Democratic voters across nine
counties and 1 It miles from Jackson-
ville to Orlando.
The district is held by Democrat
U.S. Rep. Corrne Blroin and it helped
her become and remain one of three
African Americans elected to Crn:n'-,s
from Florida in I1)92 the lir-t time
since Reconstruction.
In 1I192 Brown was a state represen-
tative and part of a coalition of black
lawmakers who joined with Republi-
cans- then the minority. party to
concentrate black voters into a dis-
trict comprising a majority of African
American voters. It's a process called
"bleaching." which former Supreme
Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
once called 'legislative apartheid."
By removing reliably Democratic
black voters from surrounding dis-
tricts, the realignment helped Florida
Republicans win control of the Legisla-
ture and eventually the congressional
delegation.
As a testament to the lasting power of
redistricting. Brown's district remained
intact through the redistricting process
of 2002 and is now regarded as one
of the most severely get irviaindeed
districts in the nation.
A 2002 legal challenge to the Leg-
islature's redistricting maps argued
that the districts weren't compact or
community based. The Florida Su-
preme Court rejected that challenge,
however, saying that compactness and
community-based boundaries were not
constitutionally required. The web-
site Redistricting the Nation, run by
the software firm Azavea, has studied
Florida's congressional districts and


ranks them among the least compact in
the nation.
The state's new redistricting stan-
dards aim to change that. Meanwhile,
a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a
Not ilI Carolina case found that the only
election districts entitled to the minor-
ity voting rights protections of the fed-
eral Civil Rights Act are those districts
in which minorities make up at least 50
percent of the voting age population.
The redistricting rules and the federal
court decisions now raise the ques-
tion of whether Brown's district and
many others like it in Florida that
were designed to produce a political
outcome will withstand this year's
redistricting effort.
"That's the iillhion-doillir question"
said Susan MacManus a li ii\ ti.it\ of
South Florida political science profes-
sor and redistricting expert. "I hkti- it
to a k.ildidloI'cipe. You turn it one way
and '\ Li il hiing else changes. People are
going to see the plans and judge them
diffetr'tlh. It's a formula for uncer-
tainly."
The day after voters approved the re-
districting Amendments 5 and 6, Brown
sued, along with U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz
Ilil.art a Miami Republican who as a
legislator in 2002 helped draw himself a
Iu'C'cN".>Ltil congriiWinnal seat. They ar-
gued that the amendments will reverse
their hard-fought attempts to gain
black and I lispanic representative inll
C',,nu ,- tIhey fear that their districts,
lnow packed w\ith minority voters, will
he ti iht.,'I and make it potentially more
ithlin it fotr minorities to stay in nllt e
'Ihe Florida I louse joined the lawsuit,
led bv H louse Speaker Dean Cannon.
Senate Pit'it-lrilt MikeI l.iridoltlilus.


who campaigned against the amend-
ments and warned they were unwork-
able, refrained from jumping into the
fray, saying the voters had spoken.
Legislators now must not only navi-
gate the requirement to protect minori-
ties and create compact, contiguous
districts without favoring incumbents,
they must do it with a more racially di-
verse and densely populated state than
ever before.
According to the 2010 census, mi-
norities now make up 42.1 percent of
Florida's population with 18.8 percent
of the state's residents born in another
country. Hispanics are the largest
minority group in Florida 22.2 per-
cent while blacks make up the next
largest minority.
Fair Districts Now, the hiparilian -
coalition that campaigned for the
amendment, received backing from
many groups aligned with Democrats
but was also led by Republicans law-
yers from previous redistricting battles.
Their supporters say they believe that
protecting minority voting rights is
compatible with the amendment goals
of trying to remove the influence of
politics in the redistricting, restore
competition to congressional and
legislative districts and to increase the
chances that incumbents will be held
accountable.
If legislators adhere to the standards,
they say, the districts that emerge this
year should more \ tiily reflect the
split between Republicans, Democrats
and independent voters in Florida and
be more cuinpciiii\ e for all politicians.
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Growers could get ready for aerial assault


'Whirlybird' could prove useful in war on citrus greening


By TAMARA LUSH
AssoclxrED PRESS

LAKE ALFRED (AP) -The knee-
high contraption resting on a patch of
'dirt near an orange grove looked like a
cross between a tiny helicopter and a
spider.
But this toy isn't for kids; the helicop-
ter made for hobbyists is actually the
latest technology in crop monitoring.
Standing nearby with a shiny ilkvit
control panel that looks like something
out of a Star Trek episode, Uni i, ity of
Florida researcher Reza Hi.hnt is the
pilot of the remote-controlled chop-
per. He flipped a few switches and the
miniature aircraft lifted gently into the
air and whizzed over the green trees.
Ehsani fiddled with a toggle and the
helicopter hovered some 30 feet in the
air over an orange tree.
"I call it the whillh\bimd." he said.
Although the idea is still in the re-
search stage, Ehsani and other Florida
researchers said it's a promising and
inexpensive way to view crops from
above, giving farmers much-needed
clues about what's really happening
between the leaves and branches.
They've attached a GPS device under
its domed top and expensive cam-
era equipment to its belly. Using GPS
coordinates, researchers can visit an
area more than once, snapping high-
resolution images from above. The
photos help researchers and farmers do
ev er% thing from count individual trees
and detect probleins with watering to
monitoring the deadly citrus grecniing
disease, a vital task in Florida.
The Florida researchers' teclnllh tl \
has also been used for crops in Oregon.
Nebraska, Arkansas and even \lalaysia,
It costs between $3.000 and $20.000.
depending on the size of the model
chopper and sophistication of the
camera. The images are then down-
loaded and scrutinized with computer
programs.
"We want to be able to see individual
leaves," Ehsani said.
He and other researchers have looked
into aerial crop monitoring for years
with limited success. Full-sized heli-
copters and tixed-wmg airplanes flown
by a human pilot were too costly for
most farmers to use regularlN. Schedul-
ing flight time and weather also ham-
pered repeat monitoring. And photos
weren't great because the planes and
helicopters couldn't get close to the
crops.
Ehsani also considered using more
traditional remote-controlled planes to
take photos.
"You have to have a very well-trained
pilot," he laughed. "The plane crashes,
and you lose your expensive sensor and
camera."


AP PHOTOS e TAMARA LUSH
University of Florida dtm s resewter Reza Ehsani stands near a remote control helicopter. The
device is fitted with a camera and is used to monitor crops from the air.


Enter the Mikrokopier
Made in Cr iinai\. the helicopter
,irivs in size and power. Some models
have four rotors, others, six or eight.
The Florida researchers nuiillied it
- I hsani .Lkminn lldetl the tweaks
required some electronics know-how
- and mounted a swiveling carriage at
ilhe bottom so the camera %ill .il..i-
be steady, even under windm condi-
tions. The six-rotor copter can carry
about 5 pounds in weight and fly for
more than a half hour. It's powered by a
lithium ion p1)l nlter battery.
The Florida team can put different
cameras on the helicopter so it can take
various types of photos.
In Oregon, the members helped a
farmer at a nursery count potted trees.
In Malaysia. they checked out the size
and height of palm trees grown for oil.
Richard Ferguson of the IUni ersit,
of Nebraska has a helicopter on order.
He will use it to look at irrigation in the
state's corn crops and to research with


his graduate students to look at nitro-
.:tn 'i rili.'-ri applications and water


Ferguson added: "The aspect of fun
also comes in here."
Dharmendra Saraswat, a professor
at the University of Arkansas, calls the
contraption "a farmer-friendly unit"
that will help the state's farmers while
also saving them money. Hle saw the
helicopter in action when Oregon
researchers used it to count the trees in
a nursery. When he spoke with farmers
in Arkansas about the technology, one
pumpkin farmer wondered whether it
could help determine the size of each
individual pumpkin in his crop.
Saraswat was intrigued.
"There is a possibility that if we can
count trees, then we can count the size
of pumpkins, too," lie said. \\'c have
not characterized the limits of this."
In Florida, the team used an expen-
sive infrared camera to look at orange
trees and the resulting images
showed how some trees were fat and
green, while others were smaller and
lighter.
"Hlealih\ trees reflect infrared light,"
he said. "This tells the farmer that
something is wrong."
Monitoring the trees from above is
especially helpful for citrus farmers,
who have a dliflk uli time determining
whether the crop has contracted citrus
,g, citing. a bacterial disease that kills
the trees. (;Greriing begins at the top
of the tree. which is nearly impossithlte
to see from the ground. Even though
farmers hire people to visually inspect
the trees, they are incorrect 40 percent
of the time when miimimiiring Ehsani
said.
With the tiny helicopter, the treetops
are \ '.ibl,. in crisp detail.
The t'imhnology also allows farmers
to precisely check the same area of the
crop multiple times something they
can't do on foot or with a larger, piloted
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Vietnam Wall to make Fort Meade stop


By GARY FISH
LEADER CORRESPONDENT
Fort Meade will play host to a very
special guest in late October, one that
will bring people here from all over
Polk County and beyond.
Starting Oct. 27, and running through
Oct. 31, the\ n. niii Traveling Memori-
al Wall will be on display in Fort Meade,.
thanks to the work of small group of
dedicated community volunteers.
"Getting the Wall is a giant step. The
Wall has different meanings for differ-
ent people. For the people who ,n tui.ill
were in Vietnam, it has a lot to do with
us," said I lerman Fisher, a member
of the Fort Meade VFW who is on the
committee making all the arrange-
ments.
For him, the visit isn't only a civic
duty, its personal as well.
"There are three names on that wall
I was with, when they went down."
Fisher stated guarding his emotions.
"It's one thing to say, that is the Viet-
nam Wall, and another thing to walk up
to it and see a name on it."
Fisher said the monument can serve
as a memorial for all those who gave
their life in service to the country.
"Like one minute you are standing
with that person talking like we are and
30 minutes later he is dead," he said.
,"Now that is an emotional shock, and
you never get over it, it's something
that stays with you and it's not just
Vietnam but for
every war that has
been fought."
The Vietnam
IratC'-lIg Memo-
rial Wall is a 3/5 5
scale of the Viet-
nam Memorial in
Washington D.C., It
stands six feet tall
at the center and
spans almost ini i
feet from end to
end and memori-
alizes over i5, 11 )111
who lost their life'
in the war.
At least four Fort
Meade residents
are on the wall,
including: Marine
PFC James William
Spivey (died Jan.
21, lPim Marine
Cpl. Stanley Mau-
rice Godwin \1.i\
18, 1967); Army
Staff Sgt. Eulas Fay
Gregory (March 23,
1968); and Army
PFC Daniel Ray-
mond Arnold (May
13, 1969).
According to the The Vietnam Traveling I
wall's website, the to 0ct.31.


dikplai stands as a reminder of the
great sacrifices made during the Viet-
nam War. It was made for the purpose
of helping heal and rekindle friend-
ships and to allow people the oppor-
tunity to visit loved ones in their home
town who otherwise may not be able to
make the trip to Washington.
Greg Welsh, Wall manager, for the
Vietnam lu i, linig Memorial Wall,
stated, "I became involved because I'm
a member of the Vietnam and All Vet-
erans of Brevard, the group that owns
the Wall, I'm a Vietnam vet USAF and
feel honored to be able to take the wall
around the country. It makes you feel
good when you can help a Vietnam vet
going to the Wall for the first time."
There are over 70,000 veterans in
Polk County.
The Fort Meade Chamber of Comn-
nierce, Amnerican l cii and thet VF
have joined forces to bring the lMemot-
rial Wall to th(lie Fort Meade A\merican
Legion Field. The cost for l ii~Hrin(gl the
Wall to Fort Meade is a mininnun of
>i' tinl Dl)onations and fuindraising have
started to help offst thile cost.
Wayne Guest, a retired Army lieuten-
ant colonel, served in Vietnam 1967-
1968 and is instrumental in helping to
reach other city's VI\W. American Ie-
'ini and I:' 'TC. to get them involved
with this endeavor.
Guest is \.ikini, with Mcl)ill Air
Force Base to .n n.I the ceremony. An array of tLi. pu ;are


PHOTOS PROVIDED
Memorial Wall will be in Fort Meade from Oct.27


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More than 58,000 names are on the wall. It is an exact 3/5 replica of the monument in Wash-
ington D.C


berlin, recruited such as the local color
guards, heavy guns for salutes, -.ii i iffs
department, m i,, liil units, bikers
and others.
An American I ,i-'in motorcycle
rtop called 1litl for the Warriors"
mav be on site to honor tile memories
of those on the Wall. IThey participate in
the annual I' i' \ l, \i Rally held each
Memorial weekend in Wi.-liin't,,rii
)C.., known a.s "llilbi Iht"ndt'i." the
Viet ina Memorial Wall task force is in
ineed ,I Itwo bag pipers to pla selected
lmsictfor the special occasions hl lmi .:
lthe day.
Once the-\ Vient t'inaml. \,ln;: Wall is
in place at til' (ot Meade American
I. tin feld. it becomt"e sacred :id 'ijil"
- no cell phones, ,inl- kiti. or distrac-


tions permitted.
A tent will be set up to help people
find that special love ones name that
has been etched on the Wall. They will
help guide them to the correct panel
and row with a pencil and paper in
hand so they can sketch the name on
the paper. Grievance counselors will
be .'..til.dili in the American region
builili.' Flowers and p1tpiis will be
available also.
"I1 :i.nii.iild l OCS with 103 in class;
6i5 were killed in Vietnam. Mv bunk-
mate for seven months was killed and
buried at Fort ti.niiiin. Ga. The wall
can be very personal to me, because
of all the ones who sacrificed. I have
made some very dear friends through
the years." Guest added.


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Aaliyah Whittaker, 19 months old, had fun playing and dancing at the June-
teenth celebration Saturday.


Trinity Hopkins (left) and Jakeena Williams show off their beautiful butterflies Saturday during the Jun Lteenth
celebration at Over the Branch Gateway.


Photos bI)

Cbhristine Roslo\w


Clifton Lewis, neighborhood improvement coordinator for the city of Bartow, sat with Mollie
Marion as they listened to the Gospel Fest during Bartow's 10th annual Junrteenth celebration
Saturday.


Don'tavius Sanders, who took second place in the talent show singing "Desert Storm Out," and
Ajanique Gains, a volunteer for Front Porch, take some time out on a hot day to enjoy the enter
tainment.


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June 22, 2011


The Polk County Democrat Page 21A


Shavonda West (left) and Martha Jones, entertainment coordinator for the 10th annual June-
teenth celebration, are bbth with West Bartow Front Porch, a community organization.


I


Tairazhay Gaines holds the plant she won for correctly answering a question during a contest at
the Juneteenth celebration at the Over The Branch Gateway.


Sonia Washington was in the crowd to celebrate Juneteenth and to listen to her granddaughter
sing in the chior. She was born 91 years ago in a house across the street from the Over the Branch
Gateway.


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Maya Johnson sang during the Gospel Fest which was part of the Juneteenth celebration. Other
activities Saturday included a health fair, horseback riding, a bounce house, face painting, a
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HUNT: Silence! Thwarters of democracy at work


FROM PAGE 5A
to reward friends and punish enemies
if they are now required to be fair and
reasonable.
Cannon took the lead in attempt-
ing to have the redistricting measures
removed from last year's ballot, arguing
if they were passed it would ultimately
be undemocratic, socialist, union-lov-
ing, teacher-friendly anarchist judges
deciding how districts would be drawn
rather than a bunch of conniving, self-
serving, partisan panhandling ideologi-
cal pols.


When the Florida Supreme Court in
effect told Cannon he was a silly person
and left the measures on the ballot
to eventually pass, the pouty speaker
reacted by trying to break up the high
court, essentially replacing it with the
American Idol judges.
That didn't work either.
In the end, whether legislators bab-
ble on like a sobbing Glenn Beck will
have relatively little effect on the likely
litigation stemming from the redistrict-
ing exercise. Someone is .ih\\a\ going
to feel shortchanged or mapped out of
the existence.


Take Florida Democratic U.S. Rep.
Corrine Brown's district, which stretch-
es from Jacksonville all the way down
to west of Orlando and includes much
of the Ocala National Forest. As we
all know, as the Ocala National Forest
goes, so goes Florida.
The district, which looks like a melt-
ed Dali watch, was clearly carved out to
give Brown as many black votes as pos-
sible while preserving safe RIepulblican
districts. Under the new rules, Brown
could conceivably lose her safe district
if it is reapportiotned along more logical
contiguous borders. The same could


happen to stacked-deck Republican
districts, too.
There's a genuine risk of an outbreak
of democracy. Little wonder then that
chaps like Weatherford, Cannon and
Haridopolos are telling their underlings
to clam up. If the public catches on that
real representative government might
be in the offing, no good can from this.
Now if the political leadership in
Tallahassee would take a vow of omerta
during the legislative session we might
be onto something. But that's probably
a wish too far.


BOWOW: Owner looking for the record


FROM PAGE 1A
.but something happened and it wasn't.
It was also in InTouch magazine and
broadcast and written about all over
eastern Europe and in Australia."
Lucas is aware of that. She said a
company from Geni man\ that saw the
event on the Internet has contacted her
and wants to do a documentary.
The dog wedding coming up this
weekend is an event that will help Bud-
dies Animal Rescue in Avon Park. It will
cost $2.50 to pre-register for the event
or $5 per dog the day of the event.
Lucas said the event will be held in the
back parking lot of the mall and she

SAFETY: Concern of
FROM PAGE 1A
stampings on them (inflatables) that
if the winds get too high, to turn them
off," said Bradd Harvey, whose com-
pany, Fun Flatables. rents inflatables
to many events in Bartow and Polk
County. "The biggest thing is, if there
are high winds, we shut them down."
The same is true at First Assembly.
"If there's a hint of wind. we won't set
up. Safc\ is paramount," said Pastor
Walt Nelson of First Assembly.
Kidz Zone director and children's
pastor is Shawn Rudy who is in charge
of operating the inflatables. .\ cordii;.
to Rud\. the church attends about .140
events throughout the year, and in the
seven years it has done so, has not hadl
an accident. In fact, Riud applies much
tighter standards. He said that at one
time, manufacturers and associations
set the guideline wind standard at it,
miles per hour, later dropped it to 15.
"Ours is 10 miles per hour, sustain-
able," said Rudy. 'Alter that, I drop
them."
This sometimes leads to angry reac-
tions, which Rudy said he understands
but does not sympathize.
"I'm sorry, but your child's life is
more important,' he said.
One thing both establishments focus
upon is securing the inflatables. I lar Lc\
says inflatables should be stuck to the
ground with metal stakes rather than
held down by sandbags or water bags.
There has to be the ability of securing
at least one corner to the ground.
"We use 12-inch spikes to anchor


wants to get everyone registered by !. ',0
p.m. so the event can start at 6 p.m.
There will also be a speed dating
event that starts at 1I ti so "the dogs
can meet someone," she said.
The event will have two different sets
of vows. One is a companions mar-
riage and the other is a forever friends
mating.
"They don't have to do the whole
bride and groom thing." Lucas said.
In cl, I~m). that comes gets a wed-
ding certificate and something that
says they helped to break a world
record," Lucas said.
Lucas :oil the idea because among

operators
these things into the gritmd he said.
Using common sense
Harvey, who has run Fun lFlatables
seven years, and has about 30 iiiil.!,i
ables, said he has never had an i;ni,01 .
claim l:.l 'W ..tilki his company.
"The 1').: p'I 1 ihnn is comi)lonl selnse,"
he said. But what constitutes "ctmnion
sensee'?
\\ til' llarvev's t iuq.1iin\ and I in i
Assemnbly stick to quality units and
industry standards set by the Ameri-
can Society for Tl.ring and Materi-
als, they're not required by law to do
so Florida has no law on the books
i gul.ling iimbounce houses and other
.iill.niablle Allan Harrison, bureau
chiefofl Florida's Bureau of Fair Hi, -
Inspection, said the bureau inspects all
mechanical rides at fairs. but iiiil.n.
bles are p't inti,.ill\ exempt.
"It's up to the companies to [r'gi
late. People just don't know how to use
them." lie said.
It comes down to t.aiiiing
For Fun Flatables. n depend> upon
the event:; more spcciticit,ll%. what the
renter is 4, killing to do. For an additional
fee, Fun l1latables will provide safer\
monitors. If the renter wants to save
the cost, I larvev %ill provide some
ti.iining lie pointed to iliatiblh. in
which a t luld slides down. For those
attractions, monitors should make sure
there is only one child sliding down at
a time.
"Sometimes we go to events and
nobody is following the rules," he said.
lWhen that occurs, he imniediatel\ cor-


the items she sells are wedding dresses.
That isn't where Kobe came up with
the idea. It happened because she took
her pug to work with her one day and a
friend of her's liggsli 1i that pug could
marry hler pug. And it took off from
there.
And her ir'cord-setting mind hasn't
stopped either. In the years since her
d', g marriage record-setting event,
Kobe has moved to S,.miiiel She now
works as the executive director of the
Sanibel Community I louse, which
hosts civic and private events.
"S.1i1iiltl is known as the shelling
capital of the world and we have the


rects the problem.
\\% l differentiates l ii i Assembly
is that it provides its inflatables at nol
cost. I'hli it has a ligolous li.iifii!.
"t \ei vbttod' S' l)eeii IAiiiieilt." said Pas-
til Nel'o. "lhev havetae ateV ly i.iiiin
\Ve ihave people inside. outllside and on
the .nill. i ', s."
I' of thet liainig comes fromn
instructional videos, but that is only a
part of it.


75th anniversary of the shell fair com-
ing up," she said.
She wants to set the world record
for the largest scavenger hunt and that
probably would involve shells. The cur-
rent record is 212 participants which
was set in Canada on June 18, 2010.
IThe show is Sept. 17.
"1 love publicity stunts," she said. "1
like marketing by humor."
NhdLmiiwnll. Lucas is hopeful but con-
fident the record will be broken.
"Our goal is 300 pair and I'm not sure
we'll break that goal but we should,"
she said. \\e want to make it hard for
the next people."


"Training is hands-on, said Pastor
Rudy. "If you're new, tou work with
some at least four events."
Tho !um i j]i the training, and with
pciiodic reviews, current and new
monitors arc constantly tested. Even
wvhen a neVw person is handed a le.liniig,
.--i,:lill,'tl. he or she is observed.
I 1. ,i arted Press and St. Pter'rs-
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LAND: Donated for highway
FROM PAGE 1A
save time, especially for: through-truckers.
"This segment should provide much-needed con-
gestion relief at the US 98 and SR 60 intersection as
an alternate route for northbound traffic onto US 98,"
said Skelton.
Bill Pickard, Bartow public works director, said the
new roadway should cut the number of traffic wrecks
and provide easier and quicker access into Walmart
from US 98.
The city donated a 9,000-square-foot right-of-way
near Bartow Ford and a 4,000-square-foot retention
pond. In exchange, the county will pay all but $10,000
of the $200,000 cost to relocate city water lines.
Phase 2 of the project will stretch from US 17 to
SR 60 and isn't funded in the current I n e-Year Work
Program.
"It would be speculation to suggest when revenues
would be sufficient to permit funding," wrote Skelton
as part of an e-mail.
Skelton:" The current project budget is
$21,150,000. We have'expended to date' nie.ii1 $7.5

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million for design, right-of-way acquisition and pre-
constructioni services. The original engineer's con-
struction cost estimate was $18,315,000. The current
construction cost estimate is $13,.33 million."
Bidding and construction is scheduled for this fall,
likely after the start of new fiscal year, Oct. 1.
Three new signalized intersections ill be added, at
intersections with US 98 and Old Bartow-Eagle Lake
Road, and US 17.
The existing Crossover Road and intersection with
US 17 will not be removed as part of the construction,
but the F)(T will study traffic at the Crossover Road/
US. 17 intersection and determine whether removal is
warranted, said Skelton.
Continuing to operate Crossover Road after build-


ing the Bartow Northern Connector would duplicate
service.
n ilt s of the roadway:
Four 12-foot wide travel lanes with four-foot wide
paved shoulders along outside lanes
I % -foot wide curb and gutter at edge-of-pave-
ment
12-feet wide asphalt shared-use path on north
side of roadway
* 22-feet wide concrete median (traffic separator)
* 45 mph posted speed limit
Original plans call for an at-grade crossing of the
Fort Fraser Trail. The county is considering either a
pedestrian overpass or underpass with bike riders on
trail.


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the scene by ambulance, but officials
would not say where he was taken.


The intersection is a iltiin ill one to
negotiate if a driver approaches it from
the la,\ Collector's Othit c. Parking on
the street on.both sides of Hendry and


Davidson can create obstructed sight-
lines. however, I li several other
intersections that sport four-way stop
sign, the one at Hendry and Davidson


is equipped with ujnl\ a tou -way stop
sign intersection, on Hendry Avenue.
. A cause has not been listed for the
accident.


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