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Living while HIV positive
Tracey Dannemiller.talks about living with HIV at the Polk County Courthouse to the Polk County Drug Court Juvenile Division. She and her
husband, Tim, will be talking to classes in the Polk County schools this year.
Couple to speak in school classes this year
By BILL RETTEW JR.
The tears and messages were heart-
felt and real.
Tracey Dannemiller tested HIV posi-
tive 26 years ago. Last week she shared
her life experiences, while educating
young adults and their parents or
guardians, at a meeting of the Polk
County Drug Court, Juvenile Division.
During the upcoming school year,
middle and high school Polk County
Public School students, will hear first-
hand from Dannemiller and husband,
Tim Dannemiller, about living with an
HIV positive diagnosis during Repro-
ductive Health classes.
Volunteers, the Dannemiller's speak
to more than 100 groups per year.
They first started publicizing their
message in schools and at venues in-
cluding the courthouse 11 years ago.
They lobbied the school district for
several years to give presentations to
the students until a small school dis-
trict committee gave them the green
light to talk to Polk students.
"We've taken this negative and
turned it into something positive by
sharing," said Tracey Dannemiller.
"I'm very real and transparent.
"Education is our best defense
against the virus. HIV is very real here.
Authority trying to help
restaurant make money
By BILL RETTEW JR.
The airport authority agreed, at
Monday's meeting, with the new owner
of a runway-side restaurant that most
breakfast and lunch customers wouldn't
want a beer with their Cuban or South-
ern cooked meal.
of city commis-
to delete lease
airport restaurant "
Delights to furnish
alcohol. "If you don't succeed,
Alfredo Saltos we don't succeed. If
and Lisa Cullins you fail, we fail, We
the eatery since
want you here," said
Although the $1,800 yearly fee was
paid for a liquor license, Saltos told
authority members that associated
costs for insurance, alcohol and hiring a
professional bartender were prohibitive.
The eatery features a bar and was de-
signed to accommodate alcohol sales.
"I'm personally opposed to selling
alcohol," said Saltos. "We're not in the
business of obtaining a liquor license,
we're in the business of selling food.
English: Boosting education may help economy
Commissioners to see how to improve attainment deficit
By DIANE NICHOLS
The future of Polk County's economic development
rests heavily on improving Polk County's lagging
education system, County Commissioner Bob English
In a presentation at Tuesday's Board of County
Commissioners meeting, English gained unanimous
approval for a motion to analyze the economic im-
pact the county's educational attainment deficit may
have on the future and investigate actions to elimi-
nate or lessen such economical impact.
"We're doing well in other areas such as parks and
transportation," said English. "Yet, we're so weak in
The concerns were backed by data English acquired
from a study of the best places for business and ca-
reers published by Forbes.com
in June 2011.
According to the survey, Polk
County ranked the lowest on
the totem pole in education
with a 187 out of 200 of the larg- Commissioner
est metropolitan statistical areas Bob English
in America. Other counties
such as Hillsborough weighed in with 136, Orange at
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Bartow Police Department crime
Burglary, noon 600 block Azalea
Place: television $250.
Retail theft, 2:45 p.m., Walmart:
"Kung Fu Panda DVD, $15; "Red Rid-
ing Hood" DVD, $10; 1 bra, $15; "The
Ugly Truth" DVD, $7; three Brad Pais-
ley CDs, $30; embroidered shirt, $10.
Theft, 2 p.m., 1100 block Gordon
Ave: Gasoline, $78.
Burglary, 7 p.m., 500 block Forrest
Dr.: vehicle battery, $123.
Burglary, 5 p.m., 400 block North
Searcy Ave.: XBox, $500; DVD mov-
ies, $5; XBox controllers, $250; watch,
$100; 20 XBox games, $50.
Theft/Auto, 10:15 a.m., Affordable
Transport, 360 East Van Fleet Dr..
Theft, 6:30 a.m., 1000 block North
Broadway: Safe Link Cellular phone,
Theft, 8 p.m., 500 block Hobart Ave:
metal chain and lock, $20.
Burglary/vehicle, 4 p.m., 1200 block
Fairview Ave: $38 cash.
Burglary, 11 a.m., 700 block Sixth
Ave: GE radio, $20; frozen chicken
wings, $2; Chicken eggs, $3; pork
neck bones, $4.
Burglary/vehicle, 4:30 p.m., 13-00
block North Wilson Ave.: coins, $10;
Burglary/theft, 1700 block High-
land Blvd.: $1,000 cash.
Burglary/vehicle, 1 p.m., 1100 block
South First Ave.: $10 cash.
Burglary, 1 p.m., 900 block West Tee
Circle: lawn mower, $150.
Theft/retail, 3:40 p.m., Stop & Save,
585 West Clower: 24-pack beer, $21.
Burglary/occupied dwelling, 8:30
p.m., 1200 block East MLK Jr. Blvd.:
ceramic dishes, $20; pump action
Burglary, 6 p.m. Polk County School
Board, 1785 East Wabash: wire, $800;
brackets, $2,000; brackets, $900.
Burglary, noon, 500 block Lemon
Burglary/attempted, 400 block
Criminal mischief, 7:30 p.m., Sum-
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The Polk County Democrat Page 3A
The Venue opens
Live bands Frid
By JEFF ROSLOW
A group of young adults are tired of
people hanging out at what they call
the Bartow Mall and have started The
Venue to stop that.
"You can go hang out at Walmart but
we cater to all varieties of entertain-
ment," said Jordan Burks, the brother of
The Venue's owner, Matt Burks.
"Yeah, everyone calls Walmart the
Bartow Mall," 410 East synthesizer
player Phillip Richardson said.
But now the members of that band
said there's a new place for anyone to
go and that's The Venue. It's a storefront
on the corner of East Main Street and
South Florida Avenue in downtown
Bartow. Friday was The Venue's opening
On opening night 410 East was fol-
lowed by Tampa-based band Chris
Stephens Project, then Palm Harbor's
Among the Thirsty.
Burks said The Venue plans shows
on Friday and Saturday nights for $5 a
head. Next door to the concert venue
there's a separate room where there are
refreshments, where people can buy
tickets and where the bands sell their
T-shirts, CDs and whatever else they
have for sale.
"It's cheaper than going to see a
movie," Burks said.
Matt Burks got The Venue going with
the help of Pastor Hal Holland from
the Engage Church where Matt is the
musical director. And, in the opening
two months of getting The Venue ready,
Jordan has been taken aback by the
help of the community to get this thing
off the ground.
"One of the coolest things so far is
the reaction of the local community,"
Jordan said. 'Any way they want to sup-
port us ... One lady at one of the shops
said anytime you need some help I'll
Just because a church helped them
get started and the Burks are the sons
of the pastor of First Baptist Church,
The Venue is not specializing in gospel
music. What they are trying to special-
ize in is music that will attract people of
all ages to hear music of all types.
"We want to offer good music to the
city," he said, giving Bartow a place for
bands of all kinds to get in and people
of all ages to hear.
Opening night on Friday drew about
100 people to The Venue and as word of
mouth gets around there will be more,
Word of mouth has been the pri-
mary marketing so far. Posters have
been hung up and down Main Street
and all over the county and there have
been postings on radio station web-
Shannon Cross sings with 410 East Friday at
the opening of The Venue in Bartow. That band
opened the show. The Chris Stephens Project
and Among the Thirsty followed them.
sites. There have also been postings
on ReverbNation's website, one where
bands frequent. But so far the biggest
promotion The Venue has experienced
is through their Facebook and Twitter
"From our Facebook and Twitter
pages there have been tremendous
responses," Jordan Burks said.
"Everyone here has a Facebook ac-
count," Brice Mahoney, a bass player
with 410 East, said.
But attracting people and getting
them to know about The Venue is going
beyond music. On Wednesday nights
there will be a youth prayer meeting.
They've talked to tay-cho owner Glenda
Losh about doing an art show there and
there have been discussions of doing
It's all driving toward one goal: giving
local people someplace to go in Bartow
whether they are young or old.
"We're going to pack them in," Jordan
More than just exercise Family fun for everyone!
more may be coming during the week
PHOTOs BY JEFF ROSLOW
Brice Mahoney plays bass, Kaitlin Ezell sings and Jordan Burks plays guitar in the band 410 East
Friday night at the opening of The Venue on Main Street in Bartow. Playing the drums behind
Burks is Josh McClelland.
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It's been said some people are born with
printers' ink in their bloodstream.
That apparently is true for two colleagues
who were honored last week by the Florida
Press Association with lifetime member-
ships: Bob Vedder of Nokomis and S.L.
Frisbie, IV of Bartow.
Vedder is well-known in Southwest
Florida as the longtime, now retired, pub-
lisher of the Venice Gondolier Sun. Frisbie
is the former publisher of The Polk County
Democrat, owned by the Sun Coast Media
Group, the parent company of this news-
paper. Both were born into newspaper
families and both chose to make commu-
nity journalism their life's work.
Frisbie joined his family's newspaper
business in 1953 at the age of 12 as a car-
rier for The Polk County Democrat. He
was the fourth generation of the family to
pursue a career in journalism. A graduate
of Florida State University, he worked as a
reporter at The Tallahassee Democrat. After
a two-year hitch as an U.S. Army officer, he
rejoined the family business. Ownership
-ultimately passed to Frisbie, who became
general manager in 1976, then publisher in
In 2007, Frisbie and his wife, Mary, sold
the company to Sun Coast Media Group.
After retiring in 2009, Frisbie continued to
write a weekly column for four Polk Coun-
Vedder was born and raised in Urbana,
Ill., where his father was publisher of the
local newspaper. He earned a degree at
DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., in
Greetings from whom?
There is a generation of folks for
whom the concept of military conscrip-
tion the draft is from an era asso-
ciated with dial telephones, automobile
window cranks, and TVs with rabbit
Yes, my children, these things once
existed, as did dinosaurs, though I am
just a few years too young to have had a
The draft was a nuisance in the lives
of young American men, like mosqui-
toes, tires that blew out, and Algebra II.
It was there, and we lived with it. -
Upon reaching the age of 18, or upon
graduating from college, most of us
would be classified 1-A, your govern-
ment's recognition that you were a
prime candidate for service, or in mili-
tary parlance, good to go.
It began with a notice in the mail
from your draft board that began,
"Greetings from the President."
The draft ended in 1973. Registration
with Selective Service was continued
until 1975, when that requirement was
Registration was resumed in 1980, but
the draft remains a creature of history.
Little known by most folks, the Selec-
tive Service System still exists, with a
small national cadre of National Guard
and Reserve officers to implement it,
and a network of what Selective Ser-
vice now calls "local boards," which
are standby draft boards by any other
I am quite familiar with this system,
having been a part of it for the last 12
years of my Florida National Guard
career, the final five years as deputy
director of Selective Service in Florida.
That title and five bucks will get you
S.L Frisbie can be contacted at
a cup of designer coffee created to your
specifications by a barista with a gradu-
ate degree in caffeine engineering.
While the draft ended nearly 40 years
ago, its influence lasted for decades.
I would not have remained in ROTC
for four years and obtained an Army
commission in 1962 had it not been for
the draft, nor would I have pursued a
30-year Florida National Guard career
after serving my two years in the active
Many years later, Dad told me that
both decisions really surprised him.
He did not specifically comment on
my retirement with the grade of colonel.
I think that surprised him, too.
The last remnant of the draft era ends
soon with the retirement of Command
Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger, believed to be
the last draftee still in the Army. He is
retiring after a 39-year career at the age
As a 19-year-old drywall hanger, he
told his draft board in 1972 that he had
a job and didn't need to be drafted,
giving the draft board members a good
laugh. Private Mellinger was assigned to
Germany as a clerk. His demeanor and
bearing caught the attention of his su-
periors, The Associated Press reported,
and he won a berth in the Army's elite
Rangers, where he made more than
3,700 parachute jumps.
In a jump-related accident in 1991, he
suffered a severe leg fracture, requiring
several steel implants to restore mobil-
A year later, he was promoted to
command sergeant major, the highest
When his recovery made possible
removal of the steel from his leg, he
fashioned the metal into a wind chime
reflecting his personal motto, "No whin-
He later survived 27 roadside bombs
Presumably without whining.
1966, then spent 10 years with Dow Jones
and Co., ending up as national production
manager of worldwide operations of the
Wall Street Journal.
He then moved to Venice, where he
served as general manager, publisher and
vice president of the Venice Gondolier-Sun
and Sun Coast Media Group from 1978 to
2010. During his tenure, the Gondolier-Sun
earned more awards than any other weekly
community paper in Florida, including
Best in the State 15 times. The paper also
has been named one on the nation's top
We add our voice to the many words of
praise both men deserve. Both have made
a huge difference in their communities.
We're proud of their accomplishments, and
we're extremely proud of the recognition
our industry has bestowed on them.
He is a fitting soldier to mark the end
of the draft era.
He did not plan a military career, but
he responded to the call, and he did his
duty, rising to the elite of the enlisted
Of such persons are soldiers made.
Make that Soldiers with a capital S.
(S. L. Frisbie is retired, from both jour-
nalism and the military. He remembers
the observation of a sergeant at ROTC
summer camp a year before he was com-
missioned: "Whinin' (actually, the word
he used started with a B) is a private's
privilege. Sergeants don't whine to other
enlisted men. IfI want to whine, I'll
whine to an officer.")
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some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters
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We are proud of our retired colleagues
The Polk County Democrat Page 5A
The Inquiring Photographer
What did you think about
the Casey Anthony trial?
"I feel like criminal justice is Bartow Bartow Bartow
unjust, so now that the deci- "I think they had evidence to "The state failed ... really, "I think the jury followed the
sion is made everyone should convict. Prosecutors did their really, really ... frustrated at law:'
just leave her alone and leave jobs." the judicial system'."
it to a higher power."
Letters to the editor/Other Voices
The other side of offshore
drilling wasn't in editorial ANY siGN oP A
Regarding the July 8th editorial titled,
"No Drilling on Florida's Clean Coast-
line," I think that we have to consider
both sides of this story. No drilling
seems to be proceeded by the scares
of oil spills. We worry about the Gulf's
shoreline closing down by an oil spill
and the effect the spill would have on
Florida's tourism business. I believe the
$5 for a gallon of gas that we are headed
to, will have a disastrous effect on the
state's tourism. If tomorrow the govern-
ment announced that they were lifting
the ban on drilling in various locations
around the country where we know
there is an abundant supply of oil, the
price of a barrel oil will drop at once.
Yes we could expect the possibility of
spills. When we started our space pro-
gram did we expect some of the disas-
ters that took place? I expect that NASA
knew that they were taking chances and
may have written off their concerns as
a learning process. The other day as the
last trip took off into space NASA had
compiled the knowledge to keep the
astronauts as safe as possible, and off
they went. Did we learn anything from
the recent Gulf oil spill? I certainly hope
We are going to need fossil fuels to
power the country for the next 40 to 50
years. We are going to have to drill in
the Gulf in the future. Why wait until
next year 6r five years from now when
the cost of a fill-up will stop the folks
from driving to the "Sunshine State."
There are doubts growing on the
safety of nuclear energy. Currently
Germany is closing their nuclear plants
and will not be building new ones. I be-
lieved that this action will eventually be
balanced by new safety measures and
Germany's needs. We can't do anything
about a hurricanes or a tornadoes, but
we have learned how to protect people
from these events. I hope that "Big Oil"
will convince us that they have learned
to drill safer just as others are learn-
ing to prevent future problems in their
We are looking
for local columnists
Would you like to write about local events and
share your opinions and ideas with your fellow
Give us a call at 863-676-3467. Ask for Jim or send
a sample column to Gouvellis@lakewalesnews.com
and we will take a look at your submission.
Thanks for a
For three days in May, the Fort Meade
Chamber of Commerce hosted the sec-
ond Peace River Folk Festival. Sincere
thanks go out to our sponsors: Peace
River Packing Co., Florida Flywheelers
Antique Engine Club, SunTrust Bank,
Chinoiserie Antiques & Gifts, Sun Coast
Media Group newspapers, and Aqua-
man Pool and Spa. Their generosity to
and support for Fort Meade provided
this outstanding event to take place.
One of the highlights this year was the
re-enactment of the Battle of Bowlegs
Creek, which was solely sponsored by
Mosaic from the cannon powder to
the ladies' tea. Thank you, Mosaic.
David Hackel, his bride Anna, and her
mother, Terrie Davies, are given acco-
lades for the organization and success
of the re-enactment of the Battle of
Special gratitude to the following for
organizing the various areas of the Fes-
tival: Candi Lott cultural exhibitors;
Michael Lunn frontier encampment;
Susan Delp food vendors; Jessica
Thompson Entertainment; Nell
Smith.and the I I' I i i Band Parents -
parking; Brenda Duke and the F? IHiS
L great event
Miner Baseball Boosters parking;
Thelma Sturgis right hand assistance.
The City of Fort Meade personnel were
unbelievably cooperative in helping
with logistics and maintenance.
This year's event was a lot of fun and
even though there were buckets of rain
coming down, it did not dampen the
spirits of those on stage, at the exhibits,
or in the audience.
People came from as far away as Hol-
lywood and from throughout the area.
We certainly thank our visitors for being
In 2012, the re-enactment of the Bat-
tle will be moved up to January 27, 28,
and 29 so that cooler weather will help
the soldiers tolerate the wool uniforms,
as well as the high kicking antics of the
dancers at the Confederate Ball.
Peace River Folk Festival will be held
on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a full day of
entertainment and cultural ..Jii i\h.
along with the Confederate and Union
armies' living history that will be in
place throughout the weekend.
Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce
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Page 6A The Polk County Democrat July 13, 2011
Lake Region HS administrator
Abraham Billy Hardee, Jr., dies
Hardee, Jr., 56, of
died Monday, July
4, 2011, in Phoe-
nix, Ariz., from in-
juries he received
in a motorcycle
Born Aug. 12,
1954, in Lake-
land, to Vera Mae
and the late Abra-
ham Billy Hardee,
Abraham Billy Hardee,
Sr., he grew up
in Pierce. He attended Mulberry High
School, where he was a football stand-
out. He earned a scholarship to Virginia
Polytechnic Institute & State University
(Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg where he
ranked nationally in interceptions and
established a reputable career which
placed him on the 1975 National Inde-
pendent All-Star Football Team.
After graduation, he played in the Na-
tional Football League, for the Denver
Broncos and New York Jets. He finished
his career with the NFL in 1977, -and
then played with the Canadian Football
League from 1977-1982. He returned
to the states to join the United States
Football League where he played for the
Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars. He retired
from professional football in 1987. As
a professional football player, he was
a starter for the New York Jets and a
two-time All-CFL pick for the Toronto -
In 1986 he began volunteering with
the Montgomery County School system
in Christiansburg, Va., as a football and
track coach. In 1987, he returned to Vir-
ginia Tech to acquire his master's degree
in sports management and educational
leadership. He worked as a graduate as-
sistant football coach with Head Coach
Frank Beamer for the 1987 and 1988
of Bartow, died
Wednesday, July 7, -
2011, at her home.
Born Nov. 24,
1924, she was the
daughter of the
late John Gib-
son and the late
was a homemaker. Annie Mae Robinson
She was a member
of the First Provi-
dence Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters,
Shirley Robinson of Knoxville, Tenn.,
After returning to Polk County, he
pursued a career in education. He
worked as an administrator at Winter
Haven Senior, Boone Middle School,
McLaughlin Middle, Denison Middle
School, Jewett Academy Middle School,
and was assistant principal at Lake,
Region High School in Eagle Lake when
Coach Hardee volunteered with the
Lake Region Thunder football team for
six years. He also coached with the Blue
Devil football team at Winter Haven
High School for five years and the boys
basketball team at Webber University
for four years. His athletic prowess
earned him inductions into the Mul-
berry High School Hall of Fame and the
Virginia Tech Hall of Fame.
He was a member of First Missionary
Baptist Church in Winter Haven.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years,
Deborah Hardee of Winter Haven;
three daughters, Valerie Hardee Bel-
fon and husband Dr. Ahmad Belfon of
Toronto, and Vera Hardee and Victoria
Hardee, both of Winter Haven; a son,
Dr. Abraham Billy Hardee, III; and wife
Dr. Sofia Hardee of Christiansburg, Va.;
two brothers, Ronald Hardee and wife
Beverly. of Miami and Raymond Hardee
of Pierce; three grandchildren; two
adopted children, Anthony "Boddie"
Houston and wife Gwen of Christians-
burg, Va., and Kemi Ashimi of Tampa;
and one goddaughter, Taylor Welch of
Visitation: Friday, July 15, from 5-7
p.m., at First Missionary Baptist Church,
200 Ave. R N.W, Winter Haven.
Funeral: Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m.,
at the church. Interment will be at Roll-
ing Hills Cemetery, Winter Haven.
Arrangements: Gause Funeral Home,
625 S. Holland Parkway, Bartow.
*Condolences to the family may be
made online at www.gausefuneralho-
and Vermell Stephens of Tallahassee;
four sisters, Bessie Brewer of Orlando,
Lillie Mae Patterson, Linda Mae Shavers
and Helen Gilchrist, all of Bartow; four
brothers, Andrew Camp of Fort Meade,
Edward E. Gibson of Lakeland, and Wil-
lie Lee Gibson and Arthur Lee Gibson,
both of Bartow; five grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; and four great-
Visitation: Wednesday, July. 13, from
5-7 p.m., at Gause Funeral Home, 625 S.
Holland Parkway, Bartow.
Funeral: Thursday, July 14, at 11 a.m.,
at First Providence Missionary Baptist
Church, Bartow. Interment will be at
Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow.
Fort Meade long ago- a great memory, a wonderful foundation to build upon, and a glimpse
into the pioneer spirit the residents of Polk County's oldest city has used to work toward the
Fort Meade Chamber lunch
will offer 'vision' July 20
Fort Meade Chamber's July 20 Third
Wednesday Luncheon will feature Bar-
bara Manley and Debra Howell for the
Manley and Howell work together
on the chamber's Vision Committee -
Manley is chairman and Howell heads
up the curb appeal facet of the group.
Together, they will present to the com-
munity goals for enhancing the city, as
well as accomplishments already made
during the year-long existence of the
The Chamber's 2011 theme is "Make
it Happen" and as a co-sponsor of the
Vision Committee, the Chamber is
committed to labor with city leaders,
business owners, and residents to do all
that is possible for Fort Meade's suc-
"This will be an excellent time for
anyone interested in Fort Meade's prog-
ress to become informed," said Priscilla
Perry, Chamber coordinator.
"It will also be an opportunity for
individuals to learn the value of small
steps and the importance of 'one' in
bringing a community together for a
common cause. We know it will be the
one family, the one business, the neigh-
bor, the one leader who will do their
part and help another do the same,"
The Chamber's Third Wednesday
Luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. at
the City Mobile Home Park with a
catered meal, followed at noon with the
Those who want to attend are re-
quested to RSVP early by contacting the
Chamber at 285-8253 or ftmeadecham-
email@example.com. Cost for the meeting
is $10, which may be paid at the door
after reserving a seat.
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husband, Gonzalo Rodriguez of Fort
Meade; two sons, Martin Rodriguez of
Fort Meade and Roberto Rodriguez of
Avon Park; a daughter, Alma Rodriguez
of Fort Meade; three brothers, Vicente
Covarrubias, Isabel Covarrubias and
Isedol Covarrubias, all of Mexico; two-
sisters, Maria Covarrubias and Mar-
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AIRPORT: No alcohol for airport restaurant
FROM PAGE 1A
"People come back because they like
the food and hospitality."
The board supported Saltos' deci-
"The lack of a liquor license will not
make or break it," said board member
James E Clements.
Authority member Adrian Jackson
was part of an unanimous vote.-
"In reality it's a breakfast and lunch
business," said Jackson. "The chances
of selling alcohol is slim to none."
Authority member Leo Longworth
and other board members hope the
fledgling eatery attracts new customers
from both pilots, their passengers and
the general public.
"If you don't succeed, we don't suc-
ceed," said Longworth. "If you fail, we
fail, We want you here."
When the board considered changing
the lease agreement from a percentage
basis to a conventional monthly lease
amount, Saltos talked about the dif-
ficulties of owning a restaurant..
"In today's economy we should work
together," said Saltos. "I just want to
run the restaurant and try to make it.
"It's a tough, tough business. The
business can't support itself with that
form of a flat fee."
The authority also unanimously
agreed to drop a requirement con-
tained in the lease agreement calling
for the eatery to be open for business at
least one night per week.
Both Alfredo's Airside Delights own-
ers and the board agreed that when the
restaurant sells alcohol at group func-
tions, a licensed and insured firm must
provide the service.
Saltos also owns downtown Bartow
Cuban restaurant Havana Delight's on
Alfredo's Airside Delights is open
seven days per week from 8 a.m. to
2 p.m. All-you-can-eat-buffet meals
cost $7.95. Individual entrees run from
$4.50 to $6.95.
The restaurant caters for special
events and hosts group functions.
For more information, call 533-2021.
HIV: Couple to speak in school classes
FROM PAGE 1A
in Polk County."
Her eyes full of tears, Tracey Danne-
miller said she spoke "straight from the
heart" or the name for the presenta-
"I do not want this for any of you,"
Tracey Dannemiller told about two
dozen young adults at the Polk County
Courthouse. "I hope you're leaving this
room a little bit wiser."
The Dannemillers have addressed
many "high-risk" youth groups at the
Audrey Kelley-Fritz, the Polk County
Public School's senior manager of
prevention, health and wellness, said
the district completed the approval
process, thus paving the way for the
Dannemillers to present HIV and AIDS
awareness programs to students.
They're approved to go into schools
at each school principal's discretion,
Parents will be notified in writing
about the programs and be given the
opportunity to opt-out, though Kelly-
Fritz said that "99 percent" of parents
support the school district's reproduc-
tive health program.
"The parents have to trust us," said
Kelly-Fritz. "It provides (a basis for)
discussion for them.
"We teach the students, but the par-
ents can also teach the students."
While last week's program at the
courthouse involved talk of barrier
methods of birth control (including
condom use) Polk County School stu-
dents will only hear abstinence educa-
tion. Students will hear how the virus
might be contracted, including through
shared needles and when getting a
shave at the barber's.
Tim Dannemiller said that conven-
tional types of education concerning
HIV and AIDS awareness was not get-
ting the point across or people are not
"It makes it real for people so
many types of people relate to our
story," said Tim Dannemiller. "It's a
complicated disease there are so
many avenues of transmission.
"It probably should not just be left up
the parents because a lot of parents are
not familiar and don't understand the
real ins and outs of HIV. We enhance
what (parents) already know."
Tracey Dannemiller has lived with
the virus for more than two decades.
One of her five children tested posi-
tive for the HIV virus and was recently
diagnosed with AIDS.
Tracey Dannemiller said she fights
against "stigma, fear and ignorance."
"How many parents can provide that
personal component?" asked Danne-
miller. "We all make mistakes, but we
need to learn from our mistakes.
"There is always hope."
Tracey Dannemiller may be contact-
ed via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
ENGLISH: Boosting education may help economy
FROM PAGE 1A
112, Duval showing 104 and Alachua
boasting 21, Looking beyond statewide
statistics, Polk County also is close to
the lowest nationwide in education.
"Polk County fairs pretty well with
their cost of living and crime statistics,"
English stated. "We're a safe county.
With the exception of job growth, Polk
County looks great. The major road-
block to economic prosperity is our low
education. We should have 38,000 more
high school graduates than we do now.
The level of education in our county
has a lot to do with the economy. We
need a plan."
English pointed out to his fellow
commissioners that in 2004 Polk
County had an $800 million deficit in
infrastructure including transporta-
tion, utilities, public safety, parks and
recreation and drainage. In 2005 the
board constructed a plan to do away
with these deficits and today there are
roads being constructed, fire stations,
EMS stations, an emergency center,
PCSO facilities, waste water treatment
plants, water supply plants and drain-
"I think it's an overwhelming prob-
lem," English said. "We set aside $1
million for roads. Will we set aside $1
million for education? I don't know."
The goal is to get more students to
stay in Polk County, which in turn, in-
volves making the county more inviting
to high-tech companies. However, this
was labeled a "chicken and egg" sce-
nario by Rodney Carson of the Central
Florida Development Council who said
that companies look at K-12 success
rates in the county and decide whether
to bring their businesses here. At the
same time, it would take more high
paying jobs to lure Polk's straying stu-
dents back to their home turf instead of
going to larger cities such as Tampa or
Orlando for job opportunities.
A proposal of collaborative solutions
involved education at all levels begin-
ning with working with the Polk County
School System to hold schools account-
able for improving outcomes, targeting
resources and to help with funding for
low performing schools. Colleges, edu-
cators, CEOs, CFCD, and government
agencies could fund summer intern-
ships to local employers and develop
branding and marketing strategies to
college students to keep them in Polk
USF Poly Tech was also cited as a
major force to be reckoned with as far
as making the community more ap-
pealing to our youth with job opportu-
nities. The proposal suggested bringing
in new professors to the school in the
Commissioner Edwin Smith had an
emotional draw to the topic sharing his
past experience as a teacher of gifted
"It broke my heart when they left and
didn't come back. We may have great
parks and such, but it's the availability
of high-tech jobs that is driving our stu-
dents away. We have a brain drain. The
higher the education level, the more
deficit we show."
Commissioners agreed to take a
closer look at the issue and possible
solutions at their retreat in 2012.
"We have everything else to make
this a great place to live," English said.
"Imagine what this county could be
like if we take action and make this
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Judge halts Mosaic mine work
By GREG MARTIN
In a move heralded as an encourag-
ing victory by the Sierra Club but a
disappointing setback by the Mosaic
phosphate mining company, a federal
judge late last week reinstated a tempo-
rary injunction blocking all mining on-
Mosaic's 10,700-acre South Fort Meade
Ironically, U.S. District Judge Henry
Lee Adams in Jacksonville cites Sierra
Club's argument that Mosaic's own
executives previously testified the
company had no viable alternative to
mining some 535 acres of wetlands and
10 miles of streams.
However, just 11 days after the 11th
Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta
in February placed a 90-day stay on
the proposed mining permit, Mosaic
submitted a notice that it was going to
commence mining a 700-acre upland
portion of the site. Mosaic argues it
needs no federal permit to mine that
site, designated as Area 2, because it
doesn't contain wetlands.
Adams concluded that Mosaic's anal-
ysis of alternatives that would avoid
mining the wetlands was "incomplete
and/or improperly verified."
The injunc iorn is t 10ta in place
until Adamsn rules on the merits of the
Siei ra Club's suit, which challenges the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit
that authorizes the wetlands impacts.
Mosaic has yet to determine how the
injunction will affect operations. The
company already had maneuvered drag
lines around a wetland and across a
highway to prepare for mining Area 2,
aerial photographs show.
Mosaic operates several mines in
Central Florida. However, the -company
intends to rely heavily on the ore to be
produced from the proposed mine to
supply its fertilizer plants and its U.S.
and global markets, the company has
said in court records.
"We're very disappointed and we
strongly believe the court's ruling is
wrong," said Russell Schweiss, Mosaic
spokesman. "This extreme activism
is directly harming people and the
economy in Central Florida. We're mov-
ing to get this issue before the Court of
Appeals as quickly as possible."
Mosaic's Executive Vice President
and General Counsel, Richard Mack,
termed the company's response as
"surprised and disappointed.
"The inclusion of uplands mining in
the injunction is particularly unwar-
ranted, because such mining does not
require a federal permit. In fact, the
judge has indicated on the record, in-
cluding in his July 2010 injunction, that
uplands mining is permissible," Mack
said. "We do not believe the injunc-
tion is supported by the overwhelming'
facts or the law, and we will vigorously
pursue all options to obtain relief, as,
we successfully did with the previous
Before a deal was struck last fall to
allow mining on just 200 acres on the
Florida Citrus Mutual announced
Monday the U.S. Department of Agri-
culture w.ill fund $11 million for citrus
disease research over the next four
Industry officials ha% e said stopping
citrus greening. a bacterial disease that
attacks crops, is crucial to the future of
the state's $9 billion citrus industry.
The money will be awarded between
now and 2014, with $2 million going
to Florida-based researchers imme-
diately and the rest of the funding
coming from a USDA competitive grant
"We deeply appreciate this initial
quick infusion of desperately needed
research funding to supplement what
Florida growers have already spent,"
said Michael W. Sparks, executive vice
president and CEO of Florida Citrus
A stakeholder board comprised of
producers and scientists from the
leading citrus producing states includ-
ing Florida, California and Texas will
oversee and evaluate the funding and
research announced Monday. U.S.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will
appoint the board members. ,
- U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, has been
a longtime proponent of citrus dis-
ease research. He has been working
to bring this issue to the auention of
the USDA and has told the industry hie
remains committed to establishing a
permanent citrus research trust fund
financed through a portion of the tariff
on imported orange juice.
According to the Congressional
Budget Office, that legislation could
generate $118 million over five years
for research against invasive citrus pest
Mutual President Vic Story, Jr., of
Lake Wales said Mutual will continue
"to work tirelessly" with Nelson to
make sure citrus research is adequately
funded for the long term.
"The Citrus Disease Research Trust
Fund must be able to serve as a long-
term source of funding as we continue
to fight HLB and other non-native'
diseases that haven't reached U.S. soil
yet," Story said. "The very future of a $9
billion industry and the 76,000 jobs it
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site, Mosaic had laid off 140 workers
there. They were rehired once the ap-
proaval was reached on the 200 acres,
which Mosaic said previously would
be mined out by now.
"The Court's ruling is inconsistent
with the overall regulatory environ-
ment in Florida and may bring signifi-
cant hardship to our employees and
local communities. Mosaic continues
to stand by the validity of the Army
Corps' permit, which allows mining
activities in wetlands on the Hardee
County extension of South Fort Meade,
subject to the permit's stringent terms
and conditions, including extensive
post-mining reclamation. This permit
received extensive scrutiny and con-
tains more environmental protections
than any Florida phosphate mining
permit ever issued."
Initally, after the Sierra Club filed its
suit a year ago, Adams granted an in-
junction to block mining until he could
rule on the suit.
However, the appellate court a few
months ago issued a complicated rul-
ing. On one hand, that court dismissed
Adams' injunction. On the other, the
appellate court placed a 90-day stay on
the mining. The stay was intended to
give Adams some time to resolve the
The stay prompted Mosaic's notice
of its intent to mine Area 2. That notice
prompted Sierra's motion for another
Mosaic's argument that it can mine
the site without touching wetlands
serves as evidence that an "alterna-
tives analysis was incomplete and/or
improperly verified," Adams states.
Adams states he also finds "compel-
ling" the Sierra Club's argument that
changing the plan to mine just Area 2
would require modifications to Mo-
"Accordingly, the Court finds that
Mosaic's notice of Area 2 mining alters
the course of this very complicated
case and further, due to the new de-
velopment, finds that a preliminary
injunction should issue until this case
is decided on the merits," Adams wrote.
The judge also stated the court is
"well aware that this matter is time
sensitive and will expedite its merits
The company said Monday it expects
to incur $200 million in pretax expenses
in fiscal 2012 due to a Florida court
injunction that prevents mining activ-
ity where one of its mines is located.
The company believes it will be able to
support planned finished phosphate
fertilizer production levels through the
end of fiscal 2012 through a combination
of existing phosphate rock inventories,
higher output from its other Florida
mines, increasing shipments from the
Company's Miski Mayo joint venture,
and supplemental purchases of phos-
phate rock from third parties.
Percy Angelo, the Sierra Club's phos-
phate chair, said her organization was
"incredibly pleased" with Adams' ruling.
It shows the court is interested in pro-
tecting the environment while the mine
proposal undergoes the full evaluations
required by the Clean Water Act and the
National Environmental Policy Act, she
"Once again, the Sierra Club has
shown they will push their anti-mining
agenda regardless of the cost," said
Schweiss, Mosaic spokesman. "Despite
having said repeatedly that we should
mine the uplands, they've now taken
legal steps that stop us from doing
exactly what they suggested without
regard to the impact on the livelihoods
of hundreds of families."
Struggling economy highlights planning session
By DIANE NICHOLS
The struggling economy came into
play while looking at the challenges the
city faces in managing their resources
city officials discussed during a strate-
gic planning workshop Monday.
Bartow residents, as well as other
governments and special interest
groups were flagged as being "reluc-
tant" to pay for city services impacting
the financial outlook for the city.
It was also acknowledged that with
so many Polk County residents out of
work, it is more a case of being un-
able to pay for basic electric and city
services, not just a reluctance. Although
cutting back on trash pick-up creates
savings that goes to revenue sources,
the board ranked Bartow's economy,
increasing service demands by resi-
dents, and increasing demands from
city employees as being the heart of the
Another focus of the meeting was
the city employee compensation and
retirement study. With retirement being
30 to 33 percent of a worker's salary, a
further study was needed to see how
the city of Bartow stacked up to other
jurisdictions. It was said that Bartow
was keeping up, unlike other cities, but
that it would come down to making
serious changes to the retirement plan
with realistic options. Prioritized goals
the board agreed upon to increase the
city's financial outlook and to provide
excellent municipal services were to
re-examine the issue of city employee
compensation and benefits, address
residents' expectations versus the city's
resource capacity, looking at uncertain
city revenues in a recessionary econo-
my, the problem of declining property
values, and increasing the efficiency of
city government and reducing the costs
of service delivery.
Upgrading the city's facilities and
infrastructure prompted the board to
vote for the top short-term issues for
the upcoming year. Topics to be exam-
ined were evaluating and knowing the
current infrastructure conditions, fund-
ing for facilities, funding for infrastruc-
ture, and upgrading aging infrastruc-
ture in older neighborhoods. Actions
addressed included an assessment of
the city's water and sewer system, sup-
porting a water conservation program,
and the expansion and funding of the
wastewater treatment plant. Goals for
I am Mosaic.
Mosaic is about more than providing nutrients to help grow the world's crops. It's also
about environmental leadership. As an engineer for Mosaic, I help convert the steam
from our fertilizer manufacturing process into power enough to run our Florida
plants, and then some. The process, called cogeneration, requires no fossil fuels and
releases zero carbon dioxide emissions. Which means it is easy being green.
And I'm proud to be doing just that.
The Polk County Democrat Page 9A
July 13, 2011
growing the city and preserving its
charming small town feeling included
being consistent with the CRA plan and
develop an active, expanded down-
town area while preserving its history,
providing more activities, restaurants
The objective for this plan was
projected over the next five years and
would include revitalizing residential
neighborhoods in the historic district.
Actions discussed to keep Bartow
beautiful was the evaluation and direc-
tion of a tree ordinance, which the
board acknowledged should involved
education on the public's part to learn
what trees could and could not be cut
down. The prospect of a hotline where
whistleblowers could report anyone
breaking such an ordinance was dis-
cussed, noting that outside cities such
as Tampa uses such a system.
In expanding the local economy,
challenges were recognized as Bartow
.having a lack of retail, and the com-
petition presented from other cities
including Lakeland. The board stated
there was a lack of residential base to
support retail businesses.
Opportunities to improve the fi-
nancial picture included tapping the
potential of the Bartow airport. Ac-
tions needed to take place included the
implementation of the CRA strategic
plan, making a decision on the electric
rate so that Bartow is a place where
people move their businesses, as well
as putting into effect a green, sustain-
able business attraction strategy where
both businesses and civilians would be
recognized for efforts to go green.
Making Bartow a livable community
that enriched the lives of its residents
prompted the board to vote on the
continuation of community policing,
the redevelopment of the 555 Athletic
Complexes Southside, and the impor-
tance of making Wi-Fi available at city
facilities, such as ball parks and the
Civic Center. A long-term goal would
be to have Wi-Fi available to the com-
"It's a lot, but we're not done yet,"
said Lyle Sumek. "This meeting was to
establish our priorities and goals. The
staff will now develop action plans with
deliverable products and time frames
to be up for final consideration and ap-
proval by the City Commission. That's
what will come next."
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Bartow High students shine at FBLA convention
Five Bartow High students served as
voting delegates and two won national
awards at a Future Business Leaders Na-
tional conference late last month.
Eric Konkol-Bennett was recognized for
outstanding contributions to the associa-
tion on the local, state and national levels
and was presented with the Who's Who in
FBLA award. Annika Mulaney competed
in financial literacy and brought home
first place in the middle level open events
Konkol-Bennrett graduated second in
his class at Bartow High this year. Mu-
laney will attend Bartow's International
Baccalaureate program in her freshman
year next year. Last year she attended
Lawton Chiles Middle.
Konkol-Bennett, Emily Lubin, Bianca
Mulaney, and Mausam Trivedi served as
voting delegates for the Southern Region
at the conference that was June 28-July 1
in Orlando. More than 8,000 participants
from all over the United States attended.
Kelly McClure also attended the confer-
ence, competing in the job interview
event. She recently graduated from Ridge
Community High School. Tiare Leon, a
graduate of Winter Haven High School,
participated in data design.
Teachers got some WET training
Polk Public Schools, the Southwest
Florida Water Management District
(known as Swiftmud) and the Polk
County Commission worked together
in a teacher professional development
project on water education at the end of
the school year.
More than 70 fourth and fifth grade
teachers visited the Polk Nature Discov-
ery Center and got training in the Project
WET curriculum, a Bozeman, Mont.-
In Our School
based non-profit organization that pro-
motes water sustainability and personal
water responsibility through education
Teachers received training and lessons
at the center in the Project WET cur-
riculum that aligns with the state's Next
Generation Sunshine State Standards
curriculum guidelines. Teachers will
use the Project WET concepts into their
classrooms and also share the teaching
concepts with their colleague teachers.
"Project WET consists of activities that
require students to think about as well as
do science," said Milton Huling, a science
coordinator for the Polk Public Schools.
"Students need to be actively participat-
ing in the processes of science, form
understandings of how scientific knowl-
edge emerges and have opportunities to
discuss moral and ethical implications of
science as it is related to society."
The county commission's Environmen-
tal Lands Program and Swiftmud have a
1,267-acre former cattle ranch preserved
as an indoor and outdoor classroom pro-
viding visitors an opportunity to discover
water, wilderness and wildlife. The center
features hands-on exhibits, plants and
animal life on a natural landscape.
Swiftmud grants paid for Project WET
trainers, science materials for teach-
ers to bring back to their classroom and
for substitute teachers to cover their
classrooms while they took part in the
professional development. The teachers
also took a tram ride through the Nature
School psychologists give baseball
fans a look at department
School psychologists got with the
Lakeland Flying Tigers and eight mental
health agencies for the Mental Health
Matters program at a Flying Tigers base-
ball game at Marchant Stadium.
Psychological Services, a division with-
in the school district's Student Services
Department, had a booth at the stadium
that had a "Psychology Wheel Of Fortune"
Student Services provides school psy-
chologists, social workers, counselors and
nurses assisting students. Each school in
Polk County has a Student Services team
that works with students.
Joining Polk Public Schools in the Men-
tal Health Matters event were the Ameri-
can Foundation for Suicide Prevention,
InnerAct Alliance, Lakeland Regional
Medical Center's Mental Health/Addic-
tion Recovery Center, USA Mental Health
First Aid, National Alliance on Mental Ill-
ness, the Peace River Center, Tri-County
Human Services, Inc. and Winter Haven
Artwork on display
Polk Museum of Art is exhibiting art-
work of exceptional student education
students in the Very Special Arts Show
until Aug. 6.
The show has work of special needs
Laura Holland, a teacher at Bartow's Stephens
Elementary, works on a Project WET mini-
experiment, related to water, that she could
bring back to her classroom.
students and students enrolled in gifted
student programs in Polk Public Schools.
ESE programs include special needs
students and gifted students. The art will
be exhibited in the student gallery during
regular museum hours. Standard admis-
sion fees apply.
The museum is at 800 E. Palmetto St.,
Lakeland. Call 534-0930 for information.
State FFA Degree recipients were (from left) Kasey Currier, Andrew Fox, Clifton Garcia, Brett
Hamilton and Shelby Oesterreicher.
Bartow students earn FFA honors
Bartow High students Shelby Oes-
terreicher, Kasey Currier, Andrew Fox,
Clifton Garcia, Brett Hamilton and Brett
Wasden were honored by the Florida FFA
Oesterreicher earned the Ryan Rim-
mer Memorial Leadership Award for
Outstanding District Officer. Currier, Fox,
Garcia, Hamilton and Oesterreicher were
FFA Degree recipients and Wasden served
on the courtesy corps and was elected
District 8 secretary.
The highest award the state FFA gives
is the State FFA Degree based on years in
FFA, leadership, scholarship and money
earned and invested from the Students
Supervised Agriculture Experience Pro-
About 300 students earn it each year.
Fhese students were among 16 chosen
as the best in four categories based on
:he projects of agribusiness, production
agriculture, placement in an ag job and
All 16 finalists are interviewed by a
panel of judges at the site of their project
One State Star is chosen for each of the
four areas. The only award that receives a
scholarship is the Star in Agribusiness.
The David Russell Kilpatrick Memo-
ial Scholarship was set up by a previous
ward winner's parents after he was killed
n a farming accident when he was 20.
They wanted to honor his memory by
offering it in his name to other Star in
The state officers of the FFA are
members who have graduated and have
earned their State FFA Degree.
A student who want to run for of-
fice must submit an application and go
through a screening process. During
screening the student makes a presenta-
tion about the Supervised Agricultural
Experience Program. They are tested
on agriculture and FFA, participate in a
conversational interview, participate in a
group project on whichthey are judged
on how they work with others and com-
plete a written assignment.
All of the activities are scored and the
top two scorers are slated to run for state
president and secretary; the voting at
convention determines which will be
The top two point getters in each of the
six geographical areas are slated to run as
their area vice president.
At state convention the candidates are
voted on by the delegates within their
area as to which one will represent them
for the year.
State officers take a year off college and
serve as FFA Ambassadors, promoting
FFA and Florida agriculture.
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July 13,2011 The Polk County Democrat Page 1 lA
Local football gears up; Intimidators win state title
As I sit here, talks have again adjourned
between the owners and players who
compose the National Football League.
No one knows at this point if there will be
football on Sunday afternoons.
No matter. We know there will be
football on Thursday nights, Friday
nights and Saturday mornings ... Bartow
It was just over a year ago when Brett
Biggs accepted the head football coach-
ing position at Bartow High School. Now,
as the team works through conditioning
in preparation for the 2011 season, Coach
Biggs is looking at a different landscape.
Biggs is a Bartow grad. He played
football for the Jackets until a knee injury
in the third game of his senior year put
him on the sidelines. Without any athletic
scholarships directed his way, Biggs took
his talents to a junior college in Fort
Scott, Kan. His play got the attention of
the University of Akron and Biggs went to
Ohio to be a Zip. In two years for Akron,
a member of the Mid-American Confer-
ence, Biggs made the All-Conference
teams and set rushing records for the
His next step was a Washington Red-
skins mini-camp, but when the invita-
tions to the training camp were sent out,
his name wasn't on the list. Undaunted,
he trained for the Montreal Alouettes
of the Canadian Football League when
misfortune struck again. A player drafted
by the Philadelphia Eagles was cut and
that player's agent talked him into the
roster spot that could have been Biggs'.
With the latest setback, Brett Biggs chose
to return to Akron for his master's degree
and become a coach. He took a job at
Bloomingdale High School in the Tampa
area as defensive coordinator and special
teams4eaderas well as assisting with
That position led him to Bartow, al-
lowing him to fulfill a goal. "I talked to
my college roommate recently and he
reminded me how I would talk about get-
ting the job here," Biggs said. "I wanted
this job so that I could give back and the
help the kids that are in the program now
and guide them along so that they have
every chance they can get."
The dream job didn't start out that way.
Timing was about as bad as it could have
been. The Jackets had already played
their spring game. They had learned a
new offense and they had a defense in
place. The players had an attachment to
the coach. The "new guy," as is always the
case, has to prove himself all over again,
but Biggs' experience and understanding
helped the transition. He could relate to
the players' dreams and hopes because
they were much like his own when he
wore the blue and orange.
In retrospect, you could say last year's
was a team in transition and it would be
a fair assessment of where the Jackets
stand today. Biggs has been working on
his coaching staff, finding leaders who
operate in concert with the head coach's
objectives. The spring game with Hardee
gave the staff a chance to see the players
in game-like situations and get a better
understanding of their abilities.
During his first year, Biggs was able to
watch the junior varsity squad and that
is a good thing. Many of those players
have stepped up to the varsity since there
are only about 10 returning seniors for
this year. The team gets together Mon-
day through Thursday for three hours of
conditioning. weightlifting and learning
plays for both sides of the ball. The team
cannot don pads to practice until Aug. 8,
a little more than two weeks before their
"I am excited about this team," Biggs
said. "They are coming together as a
team. They have been working their
tails off. I like the commitment they are
making. They're creating arjtdentity for
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There are plans to combine the varsity
and junior varsity during practice ses-
sions to keep bothi squads on the same
page. The JV squad will break off the end.
of practice to devote time to preparing
for their own opponents.
Coach Biggs realizes the need for player
development and sees the Bartow Youth
programs as the place to mine future tal-
ent. He has spoken to Willie Myrick of the
Bartow Youth Football organization (and
intends to talk to Jose Bristol of Bartow
Unlimited) about implementing the high
school plays into their programs. This
would allow a player ascending to high
school to have a head start in under-
standing the systerim.
The seasons will be kicking in soon
for those youth programs as registration
is under way and continuing for Bartow
Unlimited, who play at Bartow High
School, and Bartow Youth Football, who
play their games at Tom Walker Field at
the 555 rec complex.
Bartow Unlimited will host a football
camp Saturday (July 16) at their home
field and are expecting some experienced
players to be on hand to help the youth
with their skills. Jose Bristol is beginning
his 10th year at the helm of the program
and knows there's a lot of work to be
"For me, it's about getting the kids o!Wf
the street and keeping them active," he
said. "We stress to them the importance
of their grades. They have to have a 2.0
or they can't play and they want to play.
We tell the parents they have to stay on
them because no school is going to look
at them if they don't have the grades. This
community has had a lot of talented ath-
letes who don't make it. We should have
players in the National Football League,
National Basketball Association and ma-
jor leagues from Bartow. We have talent.
I'm tired of seeing it wasted."
For Bristol, making money with the
endeavor is not a concern. "There are a
lot of parents who can't afford it, but I'm
not going to turn them away. We get the
parents to help with ie concession stand
.or find other ways to help out. All of our
games are in Polk County and our players
start playing at age 4."
Information about the camp or regis-
tration can be found at www.bartowun-
Bartow went undefeated in the Inde-
pendent Softball Association (ISA) 10 and
Under state tournament, held at the 555
Rec Complex. The seven-team tourna-
ment saw Bartow roll past the Tampa
Diamonds by a 9-3 count in the final
game. The Intimidators had sent Tampa
to the lower bracket with an earlier 4-3
Coach Debbie Stinson said the success
was based on balance. "They hit well and
they were good defensively," Stinson re-
marked. "We got the timely hits when we
needed them and a good solid defense
allowed us to be in the game at all times."
Players on the 2011 state champion-
ship team were Sadie Stinson, Jaden
Williamson, Haley Williamson, Ashlee
Benning, Hannah Williams, Katie Moore,
Abbi Collins, Sabrina Long, Dani Kar-
cason, Kylie Martinez and Karlie Lopez.
Joining Debbie Stinson on the coaching
staff were Nassor Williamson and Terry
PHOTO BY RACHEL BENNING
Bartow Intimidators ISA State 10U Champions 2011.Bartow went 5-0 in the ISA 10 and under
state tournament, defeating the Diamonds 9-3 in the finals. Team members are (from left): front
-Sadie Stinson, Jaden Williamson, Haley Williamson, Ashlee Benning, Hannah Williams; middle
- Katie Moore, Abbi Collins, Sabrina Long, Dani Karcason, Kylie Martinez; back Coaches
Debbie Stinson, Nassor Williamson, and Terry Stinson; not pictured Karlie Lopez.
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July 13, 2011
Ralph and Shirley Meeks celebrated
their 60th wedding anniversary with a
family picnic at Peterson Park in Lake-
land on June 4.
The event was hosted by their chil-
dren Kenneth and Karen Meeks and
Jerry and Coni Meeks.
The couple continued their celebra-
tion with a trip to the Smoky Moun-
Born in Georgia, Mr. Meeks moved to
Bartow when he was 13. Shirley Doug-
las was born in Florida and grew up in
The future couple met when a friend
set them up on a blind date in Mulber-
ry. They were married on June 1, 1951,
Mr. Meeks retired after 41 years with
the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion. Mrs. Meeks laughs that she hasn't
yet retired as a domestic engineer.
Keeping them busy are six grandchil-
dren and four great-granddaughters,
with a great-grandson on the way. The
Meekses also enjoy attending youth
softball games, traveling to the moun-
tains and trips to Englewood.
Party at the beach ... in Bartow
Summertime is beach party time and
Friday night you only have to go as far
as Downtown Bartow for fun in the sun
- or sunset.
Bartow's next monthly Friday Fest on
July 15 features a beach-themed street
party from 6-9 p.m. along East Main
Street and Central Avenue. This month's
host is Spath Jewelers.
Don your flip-flops and tool on down
to check out the live music by Southern
Rhythm, activities for children, and
food and drinks from vendors on the
street and downtown restaurants.
For more information, call 519-0508.
There will also be an open cruise-in
for antique, collector or special-interest
Sarah Emily Daniel and Jeffrey Cole-
man Ezell, whose engagement was
announced today, are planning a fall
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
David Phillip Daniel of Lookout Moun-
tain, Ga. (Mrs. Daniel is the former
Fayla Moss of Bartow), and grand-
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John
Easton Daniel and the late Dr. and Mrs.
Arthur Roy Moss, formerly of Bartow.
Miss Daniel is a graduate of Baylor
School in Chattanooga, and earned
her bachelor of landscape architecture
from the University of Georgia, where
she was a member of Chi Omega soror-
ity. She is a landscape architect associ-
ate with PageDuke Landscape Archi-
tects in Nashville. She is a member of
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in
Her fiance is the son of William Edgar
Ezell, III, of Mobile and Lucianne Wilt
of Nashville, and grandson of Mrs.
James Coleman Lyne of Russellville,
Ky., the late McDonald Forcum, the late
Martha Bean Chance, and the late Wil-
liam Edgar Ezell, Jr.
He is a graduate ofWoodberry For-
est School in Woodberry Forest, Va.,
and earned his bachelor of science in
geology at the University of Georgia,
cars. For more information, call at 534-
Warm up for Friday Fest with live
music at Main Street Bartow's monthly
Concert in the Park on Thursday, July
14, from 11:30 a.m.-l1:30 p.m., in Fort
Blount Park at the corner of Broadway
and Main Street.
Live music will be featured, and those
attending are encouraged to bring a
bag lunch or purchase a lunch-to-go
from one of the downtown restaurants,
which will be offering take-out specials
Call 519-0508 for further information.
Sarah Emily Daniel
where he was a member of Sigma Alpha
He is an education specialist for
Metro Beautification and Environment
Commission in Nashville and attends
St. George's Episcopal Church, also in
A Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, wedding is
planned at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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McAllister art exhibit at Carolyn's
Linda McAllister is artist of the month
at Carolyn's Gallery in Bartow.
A wine and cheese reception to meet
her will be Friday, July 15, from 4-7 p.m.
at the Bartow gallery and frame shop at
395 East Summerlin St.
McAllister "does wonderful watercol-
ors and mixed media," gallery owner
Carolyn Scheffel said, and has won a
number of ribbons and awards.
For more information call 519-5215.
Thursday, and Saturdayhours are back too, 8 a.m. to noon.
'P''-. Yes, we do horses! Equine wellness services
available, haul in or we can schedule a barn call.
/.r.EJT.!jYl,';4E- Dr. Shank. is one of the few
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small and large animal acupuncture. which often can help
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Shirley and Ralph Meeks June 1,1951
Ralph and Shirley Meeks
celebrate 60 years together
Road work all over the place
Improvements at U.S. Highway 98
and State Road 540, also known as Win-
ter Lake Road, are part of the project
widening US 98 to a six-lane divided
highway from Sanlan Ranch Road,
south of SR 540 to just north of Brooks
Street in Lakeland.
The work includes milling and resur-
facing, roadway widening, base work,
shoulder treatment, curb and gutter,
drainage improvements, guardrail,
sidewalks, signalization, signing and
pavement marking and lighting.
This week's work will continue in the
median area at the Polk Parkway on US
98 and, with weather permitting, it will
go on for several weeks with no impact
to traffic, the Department of Transpor-
Daytime and nighttime storm drain-
age work on the west side of US 98
south of Winter Lake Road will impact
various driveway entrances after 5 p.m.
That will go on for the next two weeks,
Work south of Manor Drive in Bartow
to just north of County Road 540A is
also for widening of US 98 to a six-lane
This includes removal of old as-
phalt and resurfacing of the roadway,
widening, installation of storm water
management facilities, curb, sidewalk,
traffic signals, lighting and pavement
This week, there will be drainage
work during daytime hours on the
east side of US 98 north of Old Bar-
tow/Eagle Lake Road to Ernest Smith
Boulevard (near Bartow Ford) and in
the median area from Lyle Parkway to
south of 540A.
Drainage work will continue on the
west side of US 98 from Lyle Parkway to
south of Smith Lane. This will go on for
the next several months. Traffic should
not be affected.
During construction on the west
side of US 98 between Manor Drive to
Lyle Parkway there will be impacts to
driveway entrances, but access will be
maintained at all times, FDOT said.
Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, July 15,
and through the afternoon of Saturday,
July 16, there will be drainage work on
the west side of US 98 and temporary
road closures on Manor Drive at US 98.
Message signs will direct motorists to
On State Road 60 from the Peace
River bridges to east of Alan Loop Road
there will be markings for construction.
Lane closures for beam installation
will continue from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Night-
time paving between 7 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
will continue for about two months.
This should be done by the fall, FDOT
Reconstruction of an existing drive-
way entrance will continue this month
on SR 60A near Wilson Road. There are
no planned lane closures but construc-
tion workers will be in the shoulder
Tax receipt required for those doing business in Polk
On July 1 the Polk County Tax Collec-
tor's Office mailed out 40,612 county
local business tax receipt renewal
forms and the holders have until Sept.
30 to renew their 2011-12 county busi-
ness tax receipts.
County local business tax receipts
were formerly referred to as occu--
pational licenses and should not be
confused with municipal local business
tax receipts, according to the Tax Col-
Individuals and firms doing business
in Polk County without a county local
business tax receipt should contact
the Tax Collector's Office. Businesses
that don't renew or get a tax receipt are
subject to additional penalties and the
failure to comply can also result in a
In a notable change, due to new pro-
visions in state law, state licensed bro-
ker associates and state licensed real
estate sales associates are exempt from
Polk County's local business tax receipt
requirement beginning in the 2011-12
tax year. However, the new exemption
does not apply to any previously un-
paid Polk County local business taxes.
To report businesses operating in
Polk County without a county local
business tax receipt, call the Tax Col-
lector's Toll Free hotline at 1-866-OUR-
TURN (1-866-687-8876) or send an
e-mail to Enforcement@PolkTaxes.com.
To make an online payment or for
more information about county local
business taxes, visit www.PolkTaxes.
Wine and dine at 555 Stanford
Fine wine and fine food come
together at 555 Stanford, the evening
dining incarnation at The Stanford Inn
Teaming up with The Wine,Stable,
another Bartow business, 555 Stanford
will offer a five-course Wine Dinner on
Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m.
Courses are crab claws, served with
prosecco; melon and fig salad with
basil cream dressing, served with pinot
grigio; poached salmon with cucumber
sauce and baked tomato, with sauvi-
gnon blanc; roasted duck, with sangio-
vese; and brie and berries with toast-
ettes, served with sangue di guida.
Cost of the dinner is $65, which in-
cludes tax, but not gratuity.
All wines may be purchased at The
Wine Stable, 150 S. Broadway, phone
To make reservations call The Stan-
ford Inn at 533-2393. The inn is at 555
E. Stanford St.
Lakeridge Winery music series in July r
CLERMONT Lakeridge Winery &
Vineyards hosts a Summer Music Se-
ries on Saturday afternoons in July.
Remaining events are from 1-4 p.m.
July 16, 23 and 30, with live music on
the outdoor stage, a variety of food and
beverages for purchase and specials in
the gift shop. Complimentary winery
tours and wine tasting will be held
throughout the event. Plenty of seat-
ing will be available, but guests are
welcome to bring their own chairs and
blankets. There is no charge for admis-
sion or parking for the event.
Scheduled to appear are:
July 16, Airtight
July 23, Stone Free
July 30, Bobby Blackmon & the B3
Complimentary tours and tasting
are offered seven days a week at their
30,000 sq. ft. facility in Clermont, and
they host numerous festivals through-
out the year.
Golf tourney aids Leland Family Ministries
Leland Family Ministries will be the
beneficiary of a golf tournament spon-
sored by Woodman of the World.
The scramble is Saturday, July 30, at
Cleveland Heights Golf Course, and will
start at 8 a.m. Cost is $240 per team
($60 per player).
Leland Family Ministries is a non-
profit, faith-based organization com-
mitted to connecting offenders, addicts
and their families to the word of God.
For further information, contact
Woodman of the World at 647-3829.
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July 13, 2011
sT AWelcome to your community calendar
an If you would like to see your event listed on this page,
we can make it happen. Contact us at 863-533-4183.
The deadline to be included in the up-
coming calendar is 4 p.m. Monday and
Thursday of each week. Call 533-4183
Friday, July 15
Form/Function: Decorative Arts from
the Permanent Collection, 12:15-1 p.m.
The tour is free with regular Museum
admission. Polk Museum of Art, 800 E.
Palmetto St., Lakeland. 688-5423.
Friday, July 15
Carolyn's Gallery reception for Linda
McAllister, artist of the month, 4-7 p.m.,
395 East Summerlin St., 519-5215.
Saturday, July 16
Solar Energy and You. 9-11 a.m.
"Solar Energy for the Homeowner,"
will acquaint homeowners with the
many benefits they can reap by con-
verting to solar energy, introduction
to installation. 12:30-2:30 p.m. $19
per person. Registration is first-come,
first-served. Polk State College, 3425
Winter Lake Road, Lakeland. 669-2952
or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Reservations online at https://pass-
coursesearch.jsp, enter the course ID:
Thursday, July 14
Winter Haven Stamp Club, 7-8:30
p.m., First Presbyterian Church educa-
tion building, 637 Sixth St. N.W. (US
17). Visitors welcome. 293-9629.
Sunday, July 17
Country Fried Steak dinner., 11:30
a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tickets $10. Tuscan
Lodge No. 6 F&AM, 320 S. Florida Ave.,
Wednesday, July 13
Red, White, and Blue American tall
tales, Katie Adams, storyteller, 10:30-
11:30 a.m., Bartow Public Library, 2150
S. Broadway. 534-0131.
Wednesday, July 13
Wacky Wednesday, Indoor S'mores,
10:30 a.m. Explorations V Children's
Museum, 109 N. Kentucky Ave., Lake-
land. 687-3869 or www.explorationsv.
Thursday, July 14
Book Babies, 10-10:30 a.m. Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, 534-
Thursday, July 14
Concert In The Park, 11:30 a.m.-1:30
p.m. Fort Blount Park, corner of Broad-
way and Main Street. 519-0508.
Thursday, July 14
Thrilling Thursday, Add 'Em & Eat
'Em, 10:30 a.m. Explorations V Chil-
dren's Museum, 109 N. Kentucky Ave.,
Lakeland. 687-3869 or www.explora-
Friday, July 15
Fun Friday, Hot Air Balloons, 10:30
a.m.-noon. Explorations V Children's
Museum, 109 N. Kentucky Ave., Lake-
land. 687-3869 or www.explorationsv.
Thursday, July 14
Composting Workshop, 6-8 p.m.
Lakeland Public Library, 100 Lake Mor-
Thursday, July 14
South Central Florida Long-Term
Care Ombudsman Council, 2 p.m. The
council serves Polk, Highlands, and
Hardee counties. United Way of Central
Florida, 5605 U.S. Highway 98 S., Lake-
land, 413-2764 or e-mail johnstont@
Friday, July 15
Friday Fest, 6-9 p.m., Live music by
Southern Rhythm, activities for chil-
dren, food, drinks. Classic cars. East
Main Street and Central Avenue, Bar-
Saturday, July 16
Pix and Popcorn at the Library,
"Gulliver's Travels" (kids), 2:30-4:30
p.m., Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Saturday, July 16
Paws to Read. Read to Smiles Un-
leashed therapy dogs, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broad-
Saturday, July 16
Photo Workshop 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For
students with DSLR (digital single lens
reflex) cameras. $35 for members and
$50 for non-members. Polk County
Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto St.,
Monday, July 18
Computer class, Navigating the Desk-
top, 1-3 p.m. Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway, 534-0131.
Monday, July 18
Magical Monday, Hello Ocean, Ocean
in a bag, 10:30 a.m. Explorations V Chil-
dren's Museum, 109 N. Kentucky Ave.,
Lakeland. 687-3869 or wwwexplora-
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July proclaimed Recreation and Parks month
PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Parks and Recreation Director Angie Whisnant (center) holds the proclamation she received from
Bartow Mayor Pat Huff (second from right) proclaiming July 2011 as Recreation and Parks Month.
Accompanying her at the July 5 meeting were department members (from left) Joey Williams,
athletic director and superintendent; Lindsey Hall, head lifeguard; and Josh Brandle, recreation
services supervisor. Whisnant pointed out the design on the T-shirt Brandle wore was designed
by a camper who, as a result, won a free summer at camp.
Tuesday, July 19
Bartow City Commission, 5:30 p.m.
work session, 6:30 board meeting, 450
N. Wilson Ave. Call 534-0100.
Saturday, July 16
Songs of Praise, 6 p.m., features
Echoes of Joy, Bro. Gene Bell, Brothers
Anointed To Sing, Anointed Girls Mov-
ing for Christ and Triple Eagle Anointed
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Ballard pens collection of Florida Heartland stories
By SUSAN E. HOFFMAN
latest offering,& .
"The Snap- '-- .
shot and Other .;
the texture of
Southern life. Chip Ballard
stories offer the
humor and the tragedies, large and
small, unique to the Florida Heart-
This part of Florida is rarely found
in fiction, which tends to feature
instead the Sunshine State's beaches
and big cities. But Ballard's tales
bring to life a population of down-
home country Floridians, eating
Wildwood Baptist Church
"New York, New York The Big
Apple Adventure" is the theme of Vaca-
tion Bible School at Wildwood Bap-
tist Church for those in kindergarten
through 12th grade.
VBS is set for Sunday, July 17 through
Thursday, July 21, from 6:30-9:05 p.m.
Kickoff will be Saturday, July, 16,
from 10 a.m.-noon at Wildwood. Along
with pre-registration, there will be two
bounce houses, a K-9 demonstration
and after the outdoor fun, cupcake/
cookie walk to be enjoyed with hot
dogs and chips inside.
catfish, swamp cabbage and fried
okra and acting out the dramas of
their everyday lives.
Ballard's characters are real. They
talk the way your neighbors do, and
the action could be taking place
in your own back yard. Against a
backdrop of orange groves, farm
ponds, Australian pines and palmet-
tos are ordinary characters the
strict daddy, the surly older brother,
the dutiful spinster who cares for
her wheelchair-bound mama while
waiting for a long-gone lover to
return. Their stories are poignant,
hilarious, daring and pathetic, all
shaped by the Heartland culture and
Ballard uses the short story format
to establish his characters quickly
and unfold their stories mainly
through their own voices. Clever,
realistic dialog makes the tales flow
quickly. With this book, Ballard
shows he has mastered the short-
story format. Propelled by strong
dialog, the tales move fast, often to
a surprising end.
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Vacation Bible School time
A closing program will be held Friday,
July 22, starting at 6:30 p.m. with re-
freshments after the program.
Wildwood Baptist Church is at 1120
S. Woodlawn Ave., Bartow. For informa-
tion call the church office at 533-6944
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bartow First Baptist Church
Also heading to the big city are kids
attending Vacation Bible School at First
Baptist Church in Bartow. NYC Big
Apple Adventure teaches kids that "they
can connect faith and life through a
relationship with Jesus."
Snacks, missions, music, play and
crafts are part of the "tour" for kids
entering kindergarten through comple-
tion of sixth grade. VBS is from 8:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, July
Call 533-9055 or visit the church
website at FBCbartow.org for more
First Church of God, Fort Meade
Kids can "have a splash" at Vacation
Bible School at First Church of God in
These are stories of real people,
doing the kinds of things real people
in Flowing Wells would do. The
details of their ordinary lives un-
fold before you, making you feel as
though you are eavesdropping on
Longtime readers of The Polk
County Democrat and The Fort
Meade Leader will recognize Ballard
as the author of a popular humor
column, recounting his adventures
and exploits in Hardee and DeSoto
counties. Ballard is now expand-
ing into the fiction genre, but you
get the sense he knows many of the
people of whom he writes and may
even have had similar experiences
in his own youth.
"The Snapshot and Other Stories:
Tales from Flowing Wells" (ISBN:
978-0-9845470-7-4) is published
by RoseHeart Publishing and is
available from online stores such
as www.Amazon.com and www.
BN.com for $12.95.
Sessions for children in kindergar-
ten through fifth grade are from 6-8:30
p.m., July 18-22.
The church is at 215 S. Perry Ave. A
van service will be available for kids
needing rides. Call the church office at
285-9754 or VBS Director Nell Smith at
To list your church's Vacation Bible
School e-mail pkehoe@polkcoun-
tydemocrat.com, stop by our office at
190 South Florida Ave., Bartow, or call
533-4183 and ask for Peggy Kehoe.
July 13, 2011
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