The Polk County Democrat
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Title: The Polk County Democrat
Uniform Title: Polk County Democrat (Bartow, Fla.)
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Publication Date: 7/16/2011
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AINESVILLE FL 32611-7007

Bartow's Hometown Newspaper Since 1931

Volume 80 Number 91

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Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830


City to try to keep"heads above water'

Bartow faces 6 percent less revenue for
By BILL RETTEW JR. budget calls for a jump in the fire as- "We're trying to maintain our existing
STAFF WRITER sessment fee from about $30 annually level of services.
for the average homeowner to possibly "It's nothing new, the city is just try-
Commissioners and city staffers will 25 percent or $60. ing to keep our heads above water."
talk money where it comes from and Half of approximately 15,000 indi- Staff will present a $17.929 million
where it goes at Monday's special vidual line items on the budget show general fund budget for the 2011-2012
budget workshop meeting. decreases, said David Wright, director Fiscal Year, with no millage rate in-
The proposed city budget calls for no of finance. The city lost $170,000 from crease from the 2010-11 rate of 3.9962
staff-layoffs, while leaving two positions next year to this year of ad valorem tax mills per $1,000 of assessed property
unfilled. The staff-prepared working or property tax revenues. value.
"It's a very tight budget," said Wright. The overall budget, including public

new budget
utility services and total appropriated
expenditures, transfers, reserves and
balances will run $89,898 million.
City Manager George Long wrote a
July 1 letter to commissioners in which
he commented on the 5.96 percent
drop of general revenue.
- "The general fund and special
revenue fund experienced an overall

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Student banned

from Youth Fair

Sides disagree on reason
The Polk County Youth Fair Board has banned Mi-
chaela Aycock from participating in next year's fair, as
well as having a trespass notice served on her father,
Michael Aycock:
"It was not done in anger," said Dabney Conner, an
attorney with Boswell & Dunlap LLP, who is also a
member of the Polk County Youth Fair board.
According to Conner, the determination was based
on the belief the Aycocks broke the rules. It did not
help, Conner said, that the Aycocks broke the rules.
Conner emphasized that he was not in attendance
at the time of the incident. His knowledge of this

Michaela Aycock and her steer Whitebread that won grand champion at the Polk County Youth Fair in January. She is banned from
participating in the Youth Fair in the future.

Sheriff: No more free underwear

Tough times call for tough budget
cuts and the Polk County Sheriff's Of-
fice is doing its part.
First it eliminated basketball hoops
from the county jail, then peanut but-
ter and jelly. Now, Sheriff Grady Judd is
aiming below the belt.
Beginning Aug. 1, male county jail
prisoners will no longer have under-
wear provided to them by the jail. They
will now have to purchase their own
boxers or briefs which will save $45,000
per year.
"If you and I need underwear, we go
to the store and buy it," said Judd. "So,
from now on if the men we book in
the county jail need underwear, we'll
sell them to them in the commissary.
This is the county jail. It's not a welfare

There was a day when family and
friends of a county jail inmate could
buy and send in underwear for them
from the outside. This ultimately
became a breeding ground for sneak-
ing contraband into the facility where
marijuana, weapons and lighters were
easily sewn into the waistband.
Years ago this practice changed and
it was found to be cheaper to have the
jail provide the underwear to inmates.
Doing so saved money and eliminated
the need for workers to conduct te-
dious searches, but additional budget
woes called for even more creative cut
backs. According to Judd, it was a staff
member who realized an untapped
potential in making yet another change
to how the jail provides underwear to
its residents.
Beginning Aug. 1, any male inmate

in the county jail who wants to wear
underwear will have to pay for it them-
selves and purchase it at the commis-
sary. Briefs will be priced at $2.54 and
boxers will cost $4.48: If the funds are
not in the inmate account and they
cannot afford to buy underwear, they
will have to go without. This plan is
only targeted at the male population
for what Judd stated were "obvious
reasons." The plan falls within federal
law guidelines which does not require
.the county jail to provide underwear to
Judd also hopes this new strategy
sends a clear message that going to jail
is not a place to catch up on rest and
have everything handed to you. At the
county jail, inmates can't drink choco-
late milk because they have powdered
milk. They are provided with "mystery


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Soon, male inmates in Polk County Sheriffs
Office jails will no longer receive free under-

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The information is gathered from police, sheriff's office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records.
Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.

June 22
George Jones, 20, 960 Carver Ave.
- carrying concealed firearm, posses-
sion of a firearm by a felon, violation of
probation (unarmed robbery).
Walter Tucker, 25, 1645 Harbor Way
- driving while license suspended or
Randall O'Neal, 28, 2405 East State
Road 60 #10 -
Christina Rozello, failure to appear,
battery, sentenced to 90 days weekend
work program.
Willie Lott, 49, 2766 Frazier St. vio-
lation of probation, petit theft; viola-
tion of probation, trespass.
Thomas Phillips, 37, 3357 North
Highway 17 possession of listed
chemical, manufacture of metham-
phetamine, maintain dwelling for drug
Byron Young, 40, 1165 Gause Ave. -
failure to redeliver hired vehicle.
Gadiel Martinez-Chavez, 25, 4814

Mark Way expired driver's license
more than six months.
June 23
Barbara Ruhl, 30, 1156 East Church
St. burglary, failure to appear; grand
theft, failure to appear.
Jonathan Felton, 18, 1830 Franklin St.
criminal mischief.
June 24
Christopher Harris, 25, 2150 Robin
Dr. violation of probation, burglary.
June 25
Calvin Hinson, 29, 1310 North Wilson
Ave. #312 Leon County warrant.
Daniel Bass, 29, 270 Fleetwood Ave.
- possession of cannabis not more
than 20 grams.
Dewhitley Kimble, 21 battery/do-
mestic violence.
Carl Adkins, 85, 710 Grace Ct. bat-
tery on person over 65.
Sentresa Riley, 28 battery/domes-

tic violence.
June 26
Nyesha Wilson, 31 battery/domes-
tic violence.
Eugene Prescott, 35 battery/do-
mestic violence, burglary, false impris-
onment, violation of injunction for
protection, battery/domestic violence
Alonzo Turner, 52, 1915 E. Laurel St.
#1 violation of probation, posses-
sion of cocaine; kidnapping, aggravated
June 28
Marcus Johnson, 27, 1060 Stanford
St. possession of cocaine.
Tiffany Hodges, 24, 4538 David Dr. -
violation of probation, parent failure to
require school attendance..
Anthony Wyatt, 25, 5748 Pipes Rd.
attached tag not assigned, tamper
with physical evidence, possession of

cannabis not more than 20 grams, pos-
session of paraphernalia.
Amber Watson, 20, 250 Dudley Ave.
- disorderlyconduct; resisting an offi-
cer without violence; failure to appear,
Filberto Sanchez, 31, 270 North Third
Ave. learner's license expired.
Matthew Grooms, 21, 285 Edgewood
Ave. possession of cannabis not
more than 20 grams, possession of
narcotic paraphernalia.
June 29
John Scaife, 34 false imprison-
ment (domestic violence), aggravated
Sheryl Jackson, 38, 1135 West Polk
St. driving while license suspended
or revoked.
James Radford, 48, 835 East Depot St.
David Barwick, 33 false imprison-
ment, battery/domestic violence.


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Using our state's natural resource

Each summer in Florida we brace ourselves for the
expected soaring power bills, and 'bite the bullet'
when we make our monthly payments. Now, in case
you haven't been paying attention, the cost of that
power is set to rise dramatically.
Flipping a light switch or adjusting a thermostat
are things most of us do dozens of times a day. We
take for granted that the appropriate bit of machin-
ery will quickly spring to action.
We rarely consider what is happening at the other
end of the wire.
East Polk County, and much of the Gulf coast of
Florida from Tampa Bay northward, receives elec-
tricity from Progress Energy. Since 1977 a portion of
that power has come from the Crystal River Nuclear
Although the plant produces only a small percent-
age of our current, it is set to occupy a larger portion
of our power bills.
In March, as the plant was set to be returned to
service after a year and a half of costly repairs, new
sets of cracks, or 'de-laminations,' were discovered in
the concrete walls of the 187-foot tall containment
building that houses the nuclear reaction.
Estimates for repairing the new cracks are at

Our Viewpoint
least $1 billion dollars. Federally-guaranteed insur-
ance would cover about $490 million of those costs,
leaving $560 million to be paid directly by Progress
Energy's rate-payers.
That means us.
This is the third such problem at the 35 year-old
plant. Troubling issues first arose during construc-
tion of the plant, when cracking was discovered in
the roof of the containment dome.
Once considered the world's future source of
cheap electricity, nuclear power has suffered from a
series of tragic accidents that have cast major doubt
on that assumption.
Three Mile Island and Chernobyl are familiar
names to most adults because of the nuclear acci-
dents that occurred there. This year, the Fukushima
Dai-ichi plant in Japan joined that list. In both
Japan and Ukraine, large zones are now contami-
nated wastelands. Recent problems at other aging
U.S. plants remind us of the fragility of our nuclear
Yet turning away from nuclear power could re-

quire larger dependence on increasingly costly oil,
or yet more higher-polluting coal plants.
If Florida's citizens could choose how to invest $1
billion in new energy sources, we doubt very seri-
ously that a patched-together nuclear plant would
be high on the list.
The five-member Florida Public Service Commis-
sion, led by Chairman Art Graham, has regulatory
authority over rates, but has yet to take a strong role
in advocating renewable energy.
While solar energy has limitations, it has the
advantage of being most abundant during times
of highest demand, on the long days of summer.
Cloudy days produce less, but then demand is also
Added to the mix of other sources, investment in
solar energy would be a major job-creator, and do
much to break the chains of oil dependency that
bind America to war-torn regions.
It would also greatly reduce future demand for
vast volumes of water needed for other forms of
electrical generation, conserving it for Florida's agri-
culture and consumers.
It is time that we in the Sunshine State take serious
steps to develop safe, renewable solar energy.

Everyone is a salesman

Many years ago, a friend of mine who
was a hospital administrator com-
mented on a column I had written on
the premise that everyone who holds a
job is a salesman.
Some are selling for their employers,
some for the competition. Your busi-
ness card may not have the word "'sales"
on it, but in every interaction you have
with a customer, you are selling the
value or lack of value of doing
business with your employer.
Courtesy, attentiveness, commit-
ment to producing a quality product or
service, these are your contributions to
selling for your employer. The opposite
becomes a powerful motivation for
the customer to take his business to a

My hospital administrator friend
said the same principle even applies in
medicine, a field in which the concept
of competition had not yet become as
common as it is today.
One thing led to another, and he
asked me if I would do an in-service
class for his nursing staff. I was glad to
I developed a class around The Tale
of Three Carolyns, an up close and
personal account of three nurses who
served their patients in such a way as to
sell for their employers.

The first was a high school classmate
of mine named Carolyn. She was on
duty at what was known as South Wing
- the OB wing at Bartow Memorial
Not long after I got home from work,
a couple of hours after midnight on
a Thursday morning many years ago,
Mary went into labor with our sec-

ond child. I called Dad, who also had
worked past midnight, to arrange to
drop off our first child, who was 4.
The phone did not wake him up, and
I didn't think I had a lot of time to spare.
I put Peggy in the car with Mary and
me, and on reaching the hospital, ex-
plained my predicament to Carolyn, the
OB nurse.
"That's OK," she assured me. "Keep
her with you in the waiting room. My
shift ends at 7. Just get her out before
She stretched the rules for a patient,
and I am still telling the story.

The second nurse named Carolyn was
assisting my doctor-in removing some
benign lesions from my back and scalp.
It was not a particularly painful proce-
dure, but all in all, I would rather have
been somewhere else.
Sometimes the nurse would rest her
hands on my back as the doctor did his
I mentioned that when she did that, it
relaxed me.
Obviously embarrassed, she quickly
removed her hands.
I told her that it really helped me
relax, and she resumed her comforting
She felt a little awkward, but she was

willing to put aside her discomfort to
put a nervous patient at ease.

The third Carolyn was a nurse at the
emergency room at Lakeland Regional
Medical Center the night Mother had a
heart attack.
It was her task to come into the wait-
ing room and tell Dad, Mary and me
that Mother had died.
Then she hugged us, and remained
for a brief family prayer.
She did not know us, but she cared
about this family in their time of grief,
and she showed it.

A few weeks after my class for nurses,
their supervisor thanked me, saying
that her staff was going around asking

each other if they had been a Carolyn
that day.
The first Carolyn, my former class-
mate who was working in the OB wing,
was Carolyn Bowden. She later mar-
ried Gene Hodson. She died earlier this
I taught nurses how to sell for their
employers by caring about their pa-
tients, going beyond the rules when
that's what it took.
I simply taught them what Carolyn -
three Carolyns, actually had taught

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. It is only a coin-
cidence that the daughter born on Caro-
lyn Hodson's shift is named Carolyn.)

We welcome your letters
Letters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have
some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters
will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All
letters must be signed with full name not initials. An address
and telephone number must be included. The phone number and
address are not for publication, but must be provided. The Letters
to the Editor section is designed as a public forum for community
discourse and the opinions and statements made in letters are
solely those of the individual writers. Readers in the Bartow area
can send letters and column submissions to letters@polkcoun-
tydemocrat.com or mail them to 190 South Florida Avenue,
Bartow, FL 33830

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July 16, 2011

Quietly, Tallahassee takes control of water funds

In the interest of "efficiency" and at
the direction of Gov. Rick Scott, the
Governing Board of the Southwest
Florida Water Management District
has summarily disbanded its basin
boards. It was done with little notice or
justification, even though it could have
enormous implications for who is now
going to levy water management basin
taxes on your property and on what
they might be spent.
The district had eight of these boards
before they were dismantled last
month, probably without your knowl-
edge. Board members were essentially
told they would no longer be needed
because decisions were now going to be
made by the Governing Board, a board
controlled by the governor, the-secre-
tary of DEP and the back-door whims
of a largely disconnected Legislature. In
a word, Tallahassee. Basin boards were
important to your interests.
For 50 years, they allowed the funda-
mentally important decision to levy a
property tax on landowners for water
management purposes to be made at
the lowest possible level of government
within designated sub-taxing districts
roughly based upon river watershed
Board members were private indi-
viduals, landowners who knew they
would bear the brunt of their own tax-
ing decisions and who were personally
familiar with the need for each project

In my own words

they funded, most of the time in close
coordination with local city and county
They were, more often than not, one
of your neighbors or at least someone
with whom you would feel comfortable
sharing your opinions because they
were from your community, not from
another city or county far from where
you live, like Tallahassee.
You, the taxpayer, knew who levied
the taxes, for what purposes they were
levied, and that they would be spent to
benefit only your basin.
Taxes levied by the Peace River Basin
Board, for example, could only be spent
for purposes benefitting the Peace River
basin which drains from all or parts of
Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Polk and
Highlands counties. Those levied within
the Withlacoochee River basin could
only be spent for Withlacoochee River
basin purposes, and so on.
Meetings were held locally in your

No more. After 50 years, the boards
were deemed inefficient and their
members fired for being an inefficient
burden to the process, an enormously
illadvised decision.
Although basin reserves currently on
hand will be spent within the basins
from which they were derived and for
their original project purposes, in two
or three years those funds will be gone.
It's at that point that you should have
deep concerns.
Basin tax dollars from Charlotte
County, for example will then be avail-
able for projects in other counties, such
as Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee,
Incredibly, this shameful tax grab
means an estimated $300 million that
the basins would potentially have
produced collectively through 2030 for
their own basin water projects are now
shifted to the control of the Brooksville
governing board to be spent wherever it
Even now, Polk County has planned a
$150 million (probably $200 million by
the time it's completed) water supply
project the district plans to help build.
Recently, the governor and Legislature
took action to reduce the district's
budget by 36 percent. It would be very
difficult for the district to partner with
Polk County and its communities to
build the project without the tax lev-
ies previously controlled by the basin

boards. It will now, however, be very
possible because of the dismantling of
the basin boards and the Governing
Board's blatant tax takeover.
All new project proposals will now be
tossed into one bag. Proponents will
have to compete with others district-
wide for funding. Small cities and
counties will not be able to compete
with more powerful entities like Pinel-
las, Hillsborough and Polk counties,
which are each statutorily guaranteed
two representatives on the governing
board while all others are given just one
or none.
If this disturbs you, as it should, com-
municate with your legislators, county
commissions and district governing
board members. Ask why the basin
boards were dismantled and members
fired without reasonable notice to the
affected public.
Ask them to re-establish the basin
boards (accept no substitutes) and to
give you adequate notice when and
where the decision will be discussed.
Then be there and let your voice be
Sonny Vergara was executive director
of the Southwest Florida Water Man-
agement District, St. Johns River Water
Management District and Peace River/
Manasota Regional Water Supply Au-
thority. Retired, he now writes a political
blog, http://swfwmdmatters. blogspot.
corn/ and lives in Brooksville.

The new 'normal' is not enou

Public school teachers are under fire
on various fronts in many parts of the
nation. Most prominently, the issues
involve tenure, unions and evaluations.
What gets less attention in the media
is the movement that is bringing back
'normal" schools.
Public school teachers are under fire
on various fronts in many parts of the
nation. Most prominently, the issues
involve tenure, unions and evaluations.
What gets less attention in the media
is the movement that is bringing back
"normal" schools.
I learned about the growth of the
movement in the article "The New Nor-
mal of Teacher Education," by Arthur
Levine, in a recent issue of the Chroni-
cle of Higher Education. Levine, presi-
dent of the Woodrow Wilson National
Fellowship Foundation and former
president of Teachers College at Co-
lumbia University, said that until 1900,
America's teachers were trained in one-
year, non-collegiate schools, referred
to as normals. They stressed practical
education, vocations and pedagogy.
Academic content was limited, and the
programs, public and private, trained

Bill Maxwell


only elementary teachers.
After 1900, high school education
became essential, and with this change
came the-need for more academic
subjects, better teacher training and
systems for evaluating the effectiveness
of the schools. Colleges and universities
became the training grounds for the
nation's teacher corps. The liberal arts
became the primary curricula. Most of
the private normal schools shut down,
and the publics began to emphasize
academic subjects to survive.
Colleges of education were born,
and, of course, with them came the rise
of a class of education professors and
philosophers. Most people believed
that U.S. public education improved

dramatically because of the conver-
sion. The schools that trained teach-
ers became more sophisticated and
professional, academic rigor increased,
incoming students were better prepared
and standards across the board were
For generations, America's style of
public education was admired world-
wide. But that was then.
"Today the university-based teacher-
education programs that replaced
the normal schools are being broadly
criticized," Levine said. "Critics say the
modern programs have lost touch with
practice. Teacher education is a low-sta-
tus field in universities, even within ed-
ucation schools. Too often, admissions
and graduation standards are weak. Too
many professors lack recent teaching
experience and have insufficient con-
tact with schools. Academic instruction
is removed from clinical education, and
clinical faculty are treated like second-
class citizens. A majority of the nation's
principals say universities are not pro-
ducing the teachers they need."
Levine notes that many lawmak-
ers, philanthropists and even some

educators are moving to eliminate or
minimize the university's role in teacher
training, shorten the programs and
introduce non-classroom routes to
certification and licensing.
For better or for worse, the return to
the old normal-school model is pro-
ducing dramatic results: From 1986 to
2009, the number of new hires entering
teaching through nontraditional routes
nationwide jumped from 275 to more
than 60,000 a year. Levine cites the ef-
forts of Teach for America, the nonprofit
organization that recruits top gradu-
ates for a five-week summer training
program. The new full-time teachers are
placed in schools with so-called high-
risk students. In 2010, Teach for Ameri-
ca reported 4,500 new recruits.
I have no evidence that the return
to the normal model is either good or
bad. What I do know is that much of the
movement is being driven by conserva-
tive lawmakers and their constituents
who are not friends of public education.
Teachers do not need to be attacked
and demoralized.
What to do? Public education is

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July 16, 2011

The Polk County Democrat Page 5A

Bringing Wall here is personal for one organizer

Event organizer remembers his service, friends who were killed


When the Vietnam War Wall Memo-
rial comes to Fort Meade in October, it
will be a moving experience for many
It will be especially moving, no
doubt, for one of the main organizers
of the event, Wayne Guest, himself a
war veteran.
In December 1965, Uncle Sam sent
Guest an invitation to serve our coun-
try. So, away he went into the Army.
While going through basic training
at Fort Benning, Ga., he was told that
his test scores were high enough for
Officer Candidate School. He com-
pleted advance training at Fort Jackson,
S.C., and waited for a class date to go
to OCS, where he was commissioned
as a second lieutenant in the infantry,
combat arms.
Six months later, he was in Vietnam
dodging bullets. During the Tet Offen-
siVe in early 1968, U.S. armed forces
were fully engaged and suffered heavy
I graduated OCS with 103 in class;
65 were killed in Vietnam. My bunk-
mate for seven months was killed and
buried at Fort Benning," Guest remem-
Guest returned to Fort Benning pre-
paring and training soldiers for com-
bat. Even that had its dark moments.
"There were two soldiers killed on
hand grenade range under my super-
vision at the time," Guest said. "Bad
grenades, and I refused to have soldiers
throw the next day. Thank goodness
I had a couple of senior'officers who
believed in me."
He received orders for Vietnam
again, but the United States signed an
agreement that slowed down the con -
flict. Guest proceeded to the Infantry
Officer Advance Course and followed
up with completing his degree comple-
tion program at University of Tampa.
Next. tour, Thailand. It was a great as-,
signment working as PR person at Joint
Command (Army, Navy, Air Force and
Coast Guard) as part of a support team
for combat action/operation through
Southeast Asia, Guest said.

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.Vydee Smith .

Voydee Smith

Voydee Smith, of
Bartow, died Sat-
urday, July 9, 2011,
at Winter Haven
Born Sept. 8,
1926, he was the
son of the late
Henry Smith and
the late Mary
He was a pit op-
erator for a phos-

oV dee Smith

phate company. '
He was a member
of Mt. Zion AME
Church of Bartow.
Survivors include his wife, Lienease
Smith of Bartow; two daughters, Har-
riett Smith and Sharyn K. Cooley, both
of Rochester,. N.Y.; three sons, Alexander
Thomas of Lakeland, Voydee Smith, Jr.,
ofWoodbridge, Va., and Henry L. Smith
of Rochester, N.Y.
Visitation: Saturday, July 16, from
noon-2 p.m., at Mt. Zion AME Church,
Funeral: Saturday at 2 p.m. at the
church. Interment will be at Wildwood
Cemetery, Bartow.
Arrangements: Gause Funeral Home,
625 S. Holland Parkway, Bartow.

Wayne Guest
He returned to Fort Hood, Texas, with
assignments as an infantry company
commander, operations officer at
battalion, Brigade, division and corps
During his assignment to the Second
Armor Division, he was the operation
officer for a firepower demonstration
for President Jimmy Carter which in-
cluded heavy firepower of tanks, armor.
personnel carriers, and Air Force jets.
His Army travels then took him from
Fort Hood to Fort Belvoir U.S. Army
Engineer School where he was the
infantry instructor.
"It was a great job preparing young
Army officers for their careers," he said.
His final Army assignment was to
Defense Institute of Security Assistance
Management. This duty was in the area
of foreign military sales including mili-
tary items from boots to jets.
Guest was born Nov. 17, 1941, in
Tiger Bay, which was a phosphate min-
ing town at the turn of the last century.
He was delivered at home by a midwife
who has a daughter six months older
than Guest.
"A thing of interest is my grandfather,
John Hancock, born there in 1885. John
Hancock, who signed the Declaration
of Independence so the King of Eng-
land would not need his glasses to read
his name. He is my grandfather eight
generations ago," stated Guest.
The town was in a very rural area
with lots of woods to roam. As a boy
Guest had his fun running, grape vine
swinging, hunting, fishing, working
on a farm.(picking beans, peas, corn,
strawberries, oranges, hoeing oranges
tress, pruning oranges trees, spraying
for bugs) even farming with horses.
As a young child, I can remember
open range for cattle," commented

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He attended public schools in Fort
Meade, going to Lewis Elementary, Fort
Meade Junior High and Fort Meade
High School.
"This was a time of innocence in my
life and even in our country," he said.
In the 10th grade, Guest was hired
by The Fort Meade Leader to work after
school, working there until a year after
graduation. ,
He was also an eyewitness to one of
the town's most notorious events.
As a junior, while walking to work,
he witnessed a couple of men take the
town constable into the bank, rob-
bing the bank, and getting more than
One of the robbers pointed his pistol
at Guest saying "come here, kid." Guest
dodged into The Fort Meade Leader,
telling the editor the bank was being
robbed. There was a shot, the robbers
came running out of the bank with the
editor and Guest in hot pursuit. Two
days later, FBI agents questioned Guest
about the robbery. He informed them
the taller guy had a mustache. One of
the agents asked how he knew that.
He told him, "I could see the hair
sticking through the stocking he had
over his head."
The robbers, who used a plane to es-
cape, were arrested later in Fort Myers.
Guest, wanting to make more money
and to further his career went job hunt-
ing, and was hired by Bartow Printing
Co. Because of business slowing down,
he was laid off but moved to work at
the Haines City Herald.
His job there included work as a
cleanup boy (sweeping floors, cleaning
printing presses and linotypes, melt-

ing lead for linotype machines), but
eventually developed into a full-time
press operator. He worked on hand
fed presses and on newspaper presses
running weekly, twice-weekly and daily
Through hard work and determina-
tion, Guest was hired by a printing
company in Lakeland as the shop man-
ager. Six months after taking this job,
he married a young lady from Bartow.
Both of them started taking classes at
Florida Southern College.
Upon military retirement, Guest re-
turned to Polk County where he and his
wife Violet joined the ranks of educa-
As a teacher he worked with special
needs children and those who were
deemed problem students. Teaching
gave them time to follow their dreams
of traveling. They started with a tent,
but today see the land in their 40-foot
diesel RV.
They particularly enjoy being part
of historical events. They were able to
be part of the 150th anniversary of the
Oregon Trail and the 200th anniversary
of the Louisiana Purchase, explored by
the Lewis and Clark expedition.
They have travelled throughout all 50
states and in Canada. Guest stated that
Bryce Canyon in Utah was one of his
favorite national parks.
"I have traveled on six continents,
but have not traveled to Antarctica," he
The kickoff event for the Wall's fund-
raising will be July 23 at the Outdoor
Recreation Area.


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Flowers a 'necessity' for owner of new shop

Who says dreams don't come true?
Certainly not Rachel Benning. Her life-
long dream was to own her own florist
shop and since March 21, that dream
has been a reality.
Bartow Flowers and Gifts at 125
South Central Avenue in Bartow has
emerged from Benning's dreams as a
charming flower-filled shop with a little
of her mother Debbie Helton's touch.
Benning takes care of the florals and
Helton's touch is found in the antiques
and gifts that give Benning's floral tal-
ents the perfect backdrop.
But it didn't happen overnight.
Benning, an Auburndale High School
graduate, has always been a florist,
perfecting her craft in Bartow, Lake
Wales, a stint in Ohio and, until Bartow
Flowers opened in March, with the
now-defunct White's Flowers, also in
The dream took seed when White's
closed, and after urging from her
White's customer following, she de-


cided to take the steps to open her own
"I looked for work in the industry
but the longer I looked, the more I
knew that this was the time to open my
own shop," the 34-year-old mother of
two explained. "I would have bought
White's, had I known," she adds, but
Bartow Flowers and Gifts "is my dream
come true.
"I didn't want to look back and say
'what might have been,' so here I am."
Benning operates on her own with
a little help from Mom and, she pretty
much does it all. The flowers are all
from wholesalers in the local area,
primarily in Tampa. She does all the ar-
rangements, deliveries, purchasing and
Her talents run the gamut of floral
design. She favors traditional design,
but loves to venture into the tropical
and even goes "avant garde" when a
customer poses a "challenge" for her.
Benning wants to encourage her for-
mer White's customers to come to her
for their purchases and she has main-
tained White's pricing. She can provide

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florals for all occasions and offers full-
service delivery in Bartow, Lake Wales,
Auburndale, Winter Haven, Mulberry
and Lakeland.
While most of her work to date has
been what she called "everyday" ar-
rangements, she's looking forward to
weddings, funerals or gala events.
"To me, flowers are a necessity," she
says. "They can lift you up, comfort you

or just beautify your life."
When not at work, Benning tends to
her 12-year-old son Jacob, 10-year-old
daughter Ashlee and husband David.
The family also tries to spend time with
her dad, former Bartow Chamber of
Commerce President Wayne Harrison.
Bartow Flowers and Gifts can be
reached at the Central Avenue location
or by.calling 863-533-7623.

Chevrolet get honors

Bartow Chevrolet and Fleet Manag-
er J.C. Martin were recently honored by
General Motors at GM's Annual Com-
mercial Conference in Atlanta.
Martin was given the GM Fleet Elite
Top Honors Award as the top Com-
mercial Fleet Manager in Florida, and
seventh in the U.S. Bartow Chevrolet
received the award for fastest growing
GM dealership in the Southeast U.S.,
increasing sales 303 percent from 2009
to 2010.
Martin, who has been with Bartow
Chevrolet almost three years, sells po-
lice and government vehicles through-

out Florida and into Georgia, along
with supplying corporate customers
in the Southeast U.S. Martin also was
awarded GM's Mark of Excellence
Award for the sixth year.
Receiving the fastest growing dealer-
ship award was General Manager Billy
Herold. He has also been with Bartow
Chevrolet nearly three years, starting
when the Sparkman family of Plant City
purchased the dealership.
"We're really proud of this accom-
plishment. We're looking forward to
keep this growth going in future years,"
CEO Chris Sparkman said.

Rachel Benning arranges roses in her new shop, Bartow Flowers & Gifts, at 125 South Central Ave.

Bartow Chevrolet General Manager Billy Herold, General Sales Manager James Schmid, Fleet
Manager J.C. Martin and CEO Chris Sparkman (from left) with their awards from the General
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KEYWORD: Bartow faces 6 percent less revenue

FROM PAGE 1A the repairs are less cost
the replacement."
decrease in expenditures although The city is required to
benefit costs increased significantly," balanced budget by the
said Long. "The proposed budget, as each fiscal year. The wor
submitted, will maintain existing levels starts at 8 a.m., Monday
of service within the constraints of cur- The staff prepared bud
rent projected revenues. $40.034 million of expert
"Major capital outlays have been physical environment, $
limited to essential equipment where for public safety and $5.

UNDERWEAR: Male prisoners to I
FROM PAGE 1A you want great food, fur
activities and you want 1
meat of the day" that is USDA ap- own underwear, then th
proved. Basketball is no longer pro- easy.
vided as a way to eliminate the feel that This plan was announ
jail is more like the YMCA. day directly after Judd p
According to Judd, the idea is that if

BANNED: Youth banned from fair
FROM PAGE 1A Michaela said her fath
Jimmy Bolden, president
year's event, held late January, he said, Fair, .what had transpired
was based on what had been reported whether this was allowed
to him by sources he considered reli- rules. Bolden then called
able. committee members an
The incident in question was the met in private. Supposed
auctioning of a steer, named White- a review and determined
bread, that Michaela had raised. When Aycock proposed was pe
auction time rolled around, the steer, drew up a document del
named a "grand champion," drew one tion.
bid, for $3 per pound. The low bid "I was standing there
was a major disappointment to the it," she said.
Aycocks, and Conner acknowledged Nor did her father cre;
being informed that the family was maintained; Had he, a p
upset, which led to Aycock being vocal present could have halted
in his disappointment. Once an animal bance, she said, "
is auctioned, itis returned to the barn, Learning she was barr
where the previous owner leaves it, to year's event came as a su
be retrieved by the successful bidder. only learned about earlier
Conner's understanding is the Aycocks It contradicted the sequel
knowingly broke the rules when they Conner, joined by Drew
removed the steer. other attorney with Bosw
"We try to instill in young people who is also a Polk Count
who participate in our fair (that) there board member.
are rules," said Conner. According to the two,
That is not how things transpired, ac- made its decision, it had
cording to Michaela Aycock, who spoke Wyant personally serve 1
from Perry, Ga., Friday where she was. notice, as well as a briefly
participating in a cattle show. from Bolden to Michael
After the auction was concluded, a she would not be allowed
committee member removed White- pate. Michaela said Wya
bread from the auction area. While the trespass notice, but north
steer was in the barn, her father.spoke was off duty Friday and
with the representative from Mosaic reached for comment.
who agreed to reverse the bid. "I knew I would be hei

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MAXWELL: New 'normal' is not enough

too important to be held hostage by
competing philosophies and political
grandstanding. Levine offers advice
that can benefit the nation if it is fol-
"The problem is that, historically,
university-based teacher-education
and normal schools have been mir-.
ror images in their approaches to
teacher education one too removed
from practice, the other too narrowly
vocational," he said. "It doesn't make

sense to choose one over the other. It's-
the classic Goldilocks dilemma: The
remedy for too soft is not too hard. It's
just right.
"It would be more desirable to marry
the university and normal school to
create teacher-education programs that
blend theory and practice, integrate
academic and clinical instruction from ,
the earliest days of the program, com-:
bine pedagogical and content educa-
tion, and employ a faculty consisting of
both practitioners and,professors, each
accorded equal status."

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I asked my 4H leader, Ashley
if she would take it (the applica-
rm) up for me," said Michaela.
was told by Janice Jackson, who
the Youth Fair that Michaela
longer welcome. Sowell told
la that Jackson told the 4H
."Well, they received a letter.,
should know." Jackson later made
ocopy of the letter and gave it
ell, who has since turned it over
Lycocks. The letter was dated
aela is disappointed by the ac-
course I want to show there," she
:'s a county event and it's my

wondered what the true motiva-
as behind the board's action,
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She expressed doubt whether
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Notice of Public Hearing

City of Bartow
The City of Bartow Planning and Zoning Commission/Local Planning Agency will hold a Public
Hearing at 5:30 p.m. (EST), Monday, July 25, 2011, in the City Commission Chambers, at 450 N.
Wilson Ave, Bartow, Florida. The purpose of this meeting is to review and recommend'action to
the City Commission on the following applications:
Alplication #CPA-11-02-SS Review and recommendation to the City Commission of a request to
amend the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map designation of a 1.4 (+/-) acre parcel from
LDR, Low Density Residential to Commercial..The property is owned by Leo Longworth, Willie Mae
Smith and Affordable Homes LLC, and is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of US
Highway 17 South and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Application #Z-11-03-PD Review & recommendation to the City Commission of a request to
amend the Zoning Map to rezone a 1.4 (+/-) acre parcel of land from R-1, Single Family
Residential to PD, Planned Development. If approved the PD Land Use Plan would permit a
freestanding retail building. The property is owned by Leo Longworth, Willie Mae Smith and
Affordable Homes LLC, and is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of US Highway
17 South and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Application #VAC-11-01 _Review and. recommendation to the City Commission of a request to
vacate and close a platted alley lying between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Magnolia
Street and between Lots 1, 4, 6, 8 and 2, 3, 5, 7, Block 3, Tier 3, South Florida Railroad Addition
to Bartow, Plat Book 1, Page 27, public records of Polk County, Florida.
All interested persons may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed plan
amendment. Notice is hereby given pursuant to Chapter 286.0105, F.S., that if a person decides
to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, they will need
a record of the proceeding and may need to insure (at their expense) that a verbatim record
thereof is made. A copy of the complete application is available for inspection at City Hall, 450 N.
Wilson Avenue, Bartow, Florida during normal business hours.
If you are a person with-a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this
proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please
contact City Clerk Linda R. Culpepper at 450 N. Wilson Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830 or phone
(863) 534-0100 within 2 working days of you receipt of this meeting notification; if you are
hearing or vision impaired, call 1-800-955-8771.

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July 16, 2011

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ad valorem taxes, utility service taxes,
communications service and local
business taxes will increase from the
budgeted amount of $4.74 million to
the staff recommended $4.98 million.
Commissioners will have a long day
with Monday's regular meeting start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. and the 5:30 p.m. work

inmates who may be struggling with
their own budgets and can't afford to
buy a pair of underwear, Judd had one
simple sentiment: "The wind will blow
up one pant leg and out the other. It's
their choice to buy or not to buy."

and the Youth Fair.
Michaela's doubt was in sharp con-
trast to what her father had loudly and
publicly decried in January, that the
multi-thousand dollar bid had a direct
impact upon the low bid made on the
steer his daughter had raised.
In perhaps an ironic twist, Bolden
also said that speaking out was not a
"This has nothing to do with his free-
dom of speech," he said. "It was based
on his behavior at the fair." However,
when asked to cite specific details re-
garding barring her, Bolden declined.
Regardless the reasons, it seems
probable she and her father will not
contest it, she said, whether approach-
ing the:board, or going through the
legal system.
'I'm not sure fighting for it is worth
it," she said.
It does not mean the door is closed.
"If the request were made to me,
I would immediately bring it to the
board. And I would recommend the
board to consider hearing the Aycocks,"
Connor said.


'Stuff the Bus' to help homeless kids

Bartow Chamber Young Professionals
will kick off "Stuff the Bus," a month-
long campaign to collect donations for
Polk County's students in need.
"The number of homeless children
and youth in the Polk County School
System is growing year after year," said
Dee Dee Wright, Polk County School
Board Project Hearth specialist. Home-
less children and youth are students
who lack a fixed regular and adequate
nighttime residence.
Wright's office works to address the
needs of Polk's homeless students year

Anyone may donate to the drive by
taking donations to the Bartow Cham-
ber of Commerce until Aug. 19.
According to Wright, the items most
needed this time of year are school
supplies including backpacks, zip bind-
ers, paper, three-prong folders, spiral
notebooks and calculators (scientific
and graphing).
In addition, school uniforms, gift
cards for food, medical and dental
services, as well as hygiene items such
as shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodor-
ant, hair brushes and feminine prod-
ucts are always in need.
The average age of a homeless per-

son in America is 9. In Florida, 49,117
students were identified as living in a
homeless situation during the 2009-
2010 school year, with the majority
identified as elementary students,
Wright said. Thirty-one Polk County
students were identified as living in a
car or on the streets in 2009-2010.
"It's just shocking," said Catherine
Tucker of TD Bank and CYP chairwom-
an. "I think this is a good project for
our group, as so many of our members
have school-aged children themselves,"
she added.
The month-long campaign will begin
with a CYP luncheon on Thursday,
July 21, at the Bartow Civic Center. The

Bartow Chamber Young Professionals is
a program designed to offer social net-
working, professional development and
volunteer opportunities to ambitious
young professionals, ages 21 to 42.
Membership in the group is geared
toward improving career opportuni-
ties, developing leadership abilities,
building personal networks and giving
back to the greater Bartow community..
Members make connections with peers
from various industries and have ac-
cess to community leaders.
For more information on the Bartow
Chamber Young Professionals, call the
Chamber at 533-7125, or e-mail cath-

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Songs of Praise will fill Macedonia
Missionary Baptist Church today, July
16, beginning at 6 p.m.
Choirs from Polk Cqunty, including
Echoes of Joy, Bro. Gene Bell, Brothers
Anointed To Sing, Anointed Girls Mov-

ing for Christ and Triple Eagle Anointed
Ministries Praise Team, will be on the
free program.
Macedonia Missionary Baptist
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Two arrested for prostituting teens

A Polk County school bus monitor
and a Haines City Police officer have
been arrested on charges of operating a
juvenile prostitution ring from a Haines
City residence.
According to reports, the police of-
ficer acted as the
"john" and the bus
monitor was thee
"pimp," forcing
teen girls to per-
form sexual acts
while they lived at
the residence.
Paul Rosoan
Aaron Jr., 27, a
part-time bus
attendant for Demetrius Lamar-
the Polk County Condry
School system was
arrested late Wednesday and charged
with sex trafficking, bribery of a law
enforcement officer and precuring a
minor for prostitution, according to the
Polk County Sheriff's Office. Aaron was
a former Haines City Police Depart-
ment cadet when he was a child.
The officer, 25-year-old Demetrius
Lamar Condry was arrested on Thurs-
day. He resigned from the police de-
partment upon his arrest and supplied
what Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd
described as a "full and quite startling
confession." Condry had worked for
the department from Dec. 17, 2007, un-
til his resignation. Condry is a former
student of Lake Wales High School and
played football for the Highlanders. He
faces charges of sexual battery by a law
enforcement officer, lewd battery and
official misconduct.
According to the sheriff's office, a
follow-up to an unrelated missing
person's case by the Winter Haven
Police Department led to a teen girl
giving disturbing information that

alerted investiga-
tors to Aaron and
Condry. Investi-
gators say Aaron
ran a company
called "Genuine
Quality Enter-
tainment" out of
his home on 7th
Street in Haines
City. Although ads
for the business Paul Rosoan Aaron
portrayed adult
women in sexual
garments, the sheriff's office reports
that the girls Aaron lured into prostitu-
tion were underaged troubled teens
who were habitual runaways.
Condry, detectives say, was a friend
of Aaron's and a frequent customer
of GQE. Condry had an arrangement
with Aaron to receive sexual acts from
the teens for free in return for provid-
ing Condry with special favors as a
police officer in the future should he
ever need them. According to reports,
Condry would drive a marked car in
uniform and go to Aaron's residence
where Aaron ordered 14- and 15-year-
old girls who lived at the house as
prostitutes to have sex with the officer.
Reports say the teen girls were fed Ra-
men noodles and threatened if they did
not cooperate. Reports state that the
pimp, Aaron, charged from $20 to $60
depending upon the sex act. Aaron said
he was getting $25 for each sex act and
the girls could keep the rest, although
the victims stated they never received
any money.
According to sheriff's office, there are
two victims known who were 14 and
15 years old at the time and one other
18-year-old girl Aaron solicited from
a school bus that he monitored. The
older girl refused to become involved in
any activities and never participated in
sexual favors, the sheriff's office said.
In a sworn statement, the first victim

As Haines City Police Chief Richard Sloan looks on, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd holds a photo of
Paul Rosoan "Big Paul" Aaron, whose arrest Wednesday, July 13, on several sex charges, as well as
bribing a police officer, was announced at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

stated she was required to have sex
with Aaron at least 50 times between
July 2009 and February 2010. She also
stated that she was a witness to the sec-
ond victim also having sex with Aaron
at the residence.
The second victim attested to having
sex with Demetrius at least 30 times.
In addition she was pimped out and
she admitted she had sex well over 100
times. She also stated she observed
the first victim having sex with Aaron.
According to both victims. Aaron was
aware of their ages at the time he
engaged in sexual acts with them. They
also stated that Aaron made threats to
harm their families and have them ar-
rested on outstanding warrants should
they try to leave the house.
The 18-year-old witness, a student at
Ridge Career Center, knew Aaron while
he was a bus attendant. Aaron invited
her to work for him as a dancer at a
club and asked her to go home with
him to discuss the business arrange-
ment. According to a sworn interview
by the witness, once at the residence,

Aaron told her she would be com-
ing to the home later in the night and
performing sexual acts for money. She
resisted his suggestion and Aaron then
exposed himself before ordering one
of the younger teen victims to prefrom
oral sex on him.
The witness observed the victim fol-
lowing his orders and stated that she
looked fearful. The witness eventually
was able to get away and provided a
full description of the residence to in-
vestigators which matched the descrip-
tion of the home's layout by the first
and second victim.
The investigation was a collaborated
effort between Haines City Police
Department, Winter Haven Police and
the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Judd
does not rule out the possibility of
other victims who have not yet come
forward and is also working with the
Polk County School Board on the case.
.It is also unknown if Aaron did receive
special favors from Condry in the role
of a Haines City Police office according
to their arrangement.

USF Polytech to take

freshmen, sophomores

for next year
By KIM WILMATH students. The Lakeland school focuses
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES on "active, applied learning," primarily
in technical disciplines. It currently has
The University of South Florida just over 1,200 students.
Polytechnic campus can now accept Lane said the school will likely begin
freshman and sophomore students for accepting lower-level transfer students
next year. in the spring, but it's recruiting focus
Polytechnic's approval from the will be on attracting new freshman for
Southern Association of Colleges and its inaugural class in fall 2012.
Schools is the first step in its quest for She didn't yet know when the school
individual accreditation separate from expects to hear an answer from SACS
the USF system. about its accreditation application.
Unique among Florida universities, USF Sarasota-Manatee, which only
the system includes schools across the accepts upper-level and graduate
bay area that are autonomous in gov- students, earned that status last month,
earning yet all under the USF umbrella. joining USF Tampa and USF St. Peters-
Two of those campuses now have burg as independent parts of the whole
separate accreditation USF St. system.
Petersburg and most recently USF USF Sarasota-Manatee also hopes to
Sarasota-Manatee. begin recruiting a freshman class in a
Polytechnic's ability to take in lower few years, USF said.
undergraduates is the school's first The campus currently serves 4,500
push in that direction, said Polytechnic students each year at its two locations
spokeswoman Samantha Lane. the main campus on the border of
"This was what we needed ... so we Manatee and Sarasota counties and in
can build that four-year experience for North Port.
students," Lane said. USF St. Petersburg has almost 4,000
Prior to this week, Polytechnic only students. There are 40,429 more at the
accepted juniors, seniors and graduate main USF campus in Tampa.

Gas prices up 15 cents in last week

Gasoline prices jumped as much as
15 cents a gallon over the last week in
the Tampa Bay area, fueled largely by
a growing global demand for oil.
The average price of a gallon of gas
in the Tampa Bay area reached $3.58
this week, according to AAA Auto
Club South. But the region remained
3 cents below the statewide average of
$3.61 and 5 cents below the national
retail figure of $3.63.
Dramatic increases like the uptick
over the last week aren't expected to
continue in the short-term, analysts
say. Gas prices should stabilize as oil
prices have shown signs of dropping,
lower than expected job creation
numbers means would-be workers
will remain at home instead of driv-
ing, and vacationers are choosing lo-
cal outings rather than long-distance
"More people are staying at home
or closer to home," said Jeff Lennox, a
AAA spokesman. "We call it a stayca-
Retail gas prices dropped last
month after the United States and
other industrialized countries de-
cided to tap government oil reserves
because of the loss of oil from Libya.
Economists viewed the move as

an indication that U.S. policymakers
were running out of ideas to bolster
the economy. Economists called the
decision to tap reserves a "Band-Aid"
solution that would not help long
"It was primarily just a psycho-
logical, emotional thing," said Adam
Selvidge, member services director for
the Florida Petroleum Marketers and
Convenience Store Association.
At the current average of $3.58 a
Part of the problem was a lower-
than-expected supply from the
reserves. For example, last week just
890,000 barrels were released, though
early projections for the week indi-
cated that 2.5 million barrels would
be released.
"This is all about supply and de-
mand," said Rayola Dougher, senior
economic adviser with the American
Petroleum Institute in Washington,
The cost of oil has kept gas prices
somewhat in check. The U.S. Depart-
ment of Energy projected the average
priced of a barrel of oil this year would
be $102, she said. But recently, oil
prices have closed below $100, which
analysts say is helping keep retail gas
prices lower. Lennox, at AAA, says
there are indications oil prices might
drop again midweek.

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Bartow High's fishing tournament results

The Bartow High fishing team had its
first bass fishing tournament Sunday,
July 10 at the Chain of Lakes in Winter
The students fished in pairs for total
weight between the two of them
The results of the first tournmaent
First place: Matt Bedenbaugh (8.74

lbs) and Christopher Wright (2.62 lbs),
11.36 lbs.
Big Bass: Matt Bedenbaugh, 4.47 lbs.
Second place: DJ Matos (4.72 lbs) and
Zaragoza Dominguez (Big Z) (5.84 lbs),
10.56 lbs.
Third place: Dustin Bozemand (2.32
lbs) and David Williams (4 lbs), 6.32 lbs.
Fourth place: Luke Ferguson (0.9 lbs)

and Josh Williams (2.9 lbs), 3.2 lbs.
Fifth place, Michael Boswell (1.6 lbs)
and Casey Ledford, 1.6 lbs.
The next tournament, Jacket Pride,

is scheduled on Eagle Lake, Aug. 20.
Weigh in is at 1 p.m. at the public boat

Golf tourney aids

Leland Family Ministries
Leland Family Ministries will be the beneficiary of a golf tournament sponsored
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 nonprofit, faith-based organization committed to
connecting offenders, addicts and their families to the word of God.
For further information, contact Woodman of the World at 647-3829.

'Stogie for a Bogey'

golf tourney Aug. 26

Proceeds benefit Bartow Cigar Factory

Two of Bartow's claims to fame -
great golf and historical treasures -
are combined in The Inaugural Stogie
For A Bogey Golf Scramble set for Aug.
26 at Bartow Golf Course.
Proceeds from the four-person
scramble will help fund preservation
of Bartow's Thompson Cigar Factory.
One of just two remaining Mission
Revival style commercial buildings in
the state, Bartow's cigar factory was
recently named as one of the 11 most
endangered buildings in Florida by the
Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
Built in the mid-1920s, the factory
manufactured cigars until the 1960s.
In the 1970s the building was pur-
chased by the county and was used for
food commodities and surplus stor-
Empty for several years, it now suf-
fers the effects of termites, animals
and especially water damage following
the 2004 hurricanes. A group of citi-
zens formed The Cigar Factory Rede-
velopment Project Team to help the
city of Bartow preserve this historic
building and aid in its redevelopment
that can provide a hub for cultural,
historical and economic growth.
All funds from Stogie for a Bogey will
go the Cigar Factory Redevelopment
Tee time on Friday, Aug. 26, is 1 p.m.
Registration deadline is Aug. 24.
Prizes, fun, food and valuable hole-
in-one prizes await golfers, including
a 2011 GMC Terrain, and of course,
stogies. Other hole-in-one prizes on
designated holes are an Escort Radar
package worth $2,500, a set of Cal-
laway woods, and a set of Callaway
Individual entry fee is $75 for cart,
greens fees and dinner.

All funds from Stogie for a Bogey will go
the Cigar Factory Redevelopment Project in
helping to save the factory.
A number of sponsorship opportu-
nities are available:
Legacy Sponsors: $1,500, includes
two teams (eight golfers), eight dinner
tickets, corporate signage at event,
recognition in promotional material.
Landmark Sponsor: $1,000, one
team, four dinner tickets, corporate
signage at event, recognition in pro-
motional material.
Cornerstone Sponsor: $500, one
team, four dinner tickets, hole sign.
Prize Sponsor: $200, signage and
two dinner tickets.
Hole Sponsor: $100, signage and two
dinner tickets.
Checks should be made payable to
Bartow Area Chamber Foundation-
Cigar Factory, and mailed to 510 N.
Broadway, Bartow, FL 33830.
For more information or to register
by phone, call Trish Pfeiffer at 863-640-

Matt Bedenbaugh (left) holds trophies for winning first place in the tournament and one for
catching the heaviest bass which weighed 4.47 pounds. He and Christopher Wright (right) won
the first tournament with a total weight of 11.36 pounds.

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Mine radiation flyovers not needed,


The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency should drop its plan to fly
over the Central Florida phosphate-
mining area to measure its elevated
radiation levels, five area members of
Congress told EPA Administrator Lisa
Jackson in a Feb. 16 letter.
The flyover is unnecessary because
the Florida Department of Health
already has surveyed the radiation,
the health risks are minimal and the
"arbitrary standard" that the EPA was
considering to use to evaluate the
health risk would put "an unjustified
and permanent stigma" on phos-
phate mining and real estate in the
region, according to the letter that
the Sun Coast Media Group obtained
this week in response to a Freedom of
Information Act request filed with the
EPA in April.
Th'e letter was signed by U.S. Reps.
Vernon Buchanan, Tom Rooney, Den-
nis Ross, Gus Bilirakis and Richard
"Florida is home to North Ameri-
ca's largest phosphate reserve," the
congressmen wrote. "The phosphate
industry plays a vital role in our local
economy, providing nearly 67,000

direct and indirect jobs and $4.3 bil-
lion in personal income in the region.
We are deeply concerned that these
aerial surveys will be far-reaching
and will have a negative impact on
our phosphate, tourism, real estate
and development industries."
EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy
Stanislaus wrote a letter in reply the
congressmen's letter May 4. Stan-
islaus pointed out the methods to be
used in the aerial survey were proven
accurate when the EPA conducted
its first radiation flyover of a former
phosphate mine and fertilizer factory
in Plant City, in January.
The method costs about one-tenth
the cost of ground measurements,
the EPA official told the congressmen.
Also, the collection of objective
data may not create a stigma; it could
even lift one, the official suggested.
"It is important to note that con-
ducting an aerial survey is not neces-
sarily an indicator of a concern or a
need for remedial action," Stanislaus
wrote. '"Surveys are also useful tools
for confirming areas that are not
considered to pose potential health
or ecological risks."
The EPA has been considering the
flyover of the phosphate region since
at least 2006, when it consulted with

the Agency for Toxic Substance and
Disease Registry about how to evalu-
ate the results.
The EPA has been considering a full-
blown evaluation of some 20 Florida
phosphate sites since the 1980s and
1990s, however, when those sites were
put on the agency's Superfund list.
The EPA is mandated to evaluate
sites that pose a risk of release of
hazardous materials.
Whether the members of Congress'
input has had an effect on the EPA's
flyover is unclear.
"All I can say is that we're still in the
decision-making process," said Dawn
Harris-Young, EPA spokeswoman.
She said the EPA is still deliberat-
ing about whether to conduct the
flyover and what health-risk standard
to use. The EPA is working with both
the state of Florida and the ATSDR to
craft an appropriate standard for the
Florida phosphate district, she said.
The EPA, in its letter to the Florida
congressional members, agreed to
their request for a "face-to-face meet-
ing" with Jackson. However, Harris-
Young said she was unaware whether
any such meeting ever took place.
Englewood resident Jim Cooper of
Protect Our Watershed said the letter
suggests the congressmen would pre-

tate reps say

fer to "hide their heads in the sand"
than find out the truth about phos-
phate mining's impacts.
Their letter seems to put "the needs
of the industry ahead of the health
interests of the public," added Percy
Angelo, phosphate chair for the Sierra
Club. "These are national health stan-
dards. The idea that Florida should
have a separate standard is not a
scientific approach to a health prob-
lem at all. It's an economic-muscle
Rooney, Buchanan and Ross stood
by their position in comments to Sun
Coast Media this week.
Ross, who lives in Lakeland near
the epicenter of phosphate process-
ing, emphasized that the Florida
Department of Health's.radiation-
control bureau has surveyed phos-
phate lands for years. The bureau's
studies, which show mining elevates
background levels by up to 20 times,
have shown that phosphate residents
still are exposed to "less radiation
than simply living in the suburbs of
"From water to phosphate, Florida
doesn't need the EPA," Ross said.

Guardian ad Litem challenging, but rewarding


Kay Rynear is quite familiar with
the Guardian ad Litem program.
She's a 12-year veteran of Guardian
and has a passion for what she does.
Guardians serve as the "voice for
children who cannot speak for them-
selves," according to the colorful flyer
Rynear presents as she is trying to
recruit others to join the program.
When a child comes into the cus-
tody of the Department of Children
and Families for abuse, neglect, or
abandonment, the judge at that point.
will assign a Guardian to the case.
"So that's how we become involved
in the child," Rynear said.
It's the Guardian's job to collect
all facts about the circumstances of
the case before the case comes back
to the judge, and this is collected
through interviews, .observations and
reviews of documents related-to the
The Guardian serves as the "re-
porter," who will assemble a recom-
mendation as to the child's welfare
and provide summarized reports to
the court.
Then the Guardian follows up to
ensure court orders are truly carried
out and thai families actually receive
the care and intervention ordered by
the court.
"You will be the eyes and ears of
the judge in the case," says Rynear's
flyer, provided by the Guardian ad
Litem program.
Yet for such a task, the Guardians
are not paid.
"Strictly volunteer," Rynear notes.
Thirty hours of training is provided
and Guardians are approved only
after a rigorous background check.
This is necessary to verify the

Kay Rynear has been a volunteer for Guardian
ad Litem for,12 years.
Guardian's-record and character so
children are not put in harm's way.
After approval and training, the
Guardian has permission to know
everything connected to the child
so they can make the proper recom-
"Nothing is closed to the Guard-
ian," Rynear said.
"Everything is open to the Guard-
ian doctors, schools, you name it,
we can get in there and get the report
because we're the only ones that just
speak on behalf of the child."
And the children?
They come into the system, some
to be placed in foster care or group
Rynear said that the numbers of
children going into the system are
increasing and there is a real need for
more volunteers.
"We've had to say recently 'hmmm,

we don't have enough volunteers,' so
now which child does our staff take?
How do they go about choosing? It's a
fine line there. Every child is impor-
tant," Rynear notes..
Many Guardians are those who
have retired from other occupations
and want something useful to do
with their time.
How many cases a Guardian is as-
signed really depends on the Guard-
"We start the Guardian out with a
slow case, a case that's not going to
overwhelm them. We want them to
get used to going in before a judge
and being able to speak in a court...
something that doesn't demand a lot
in the beginning," she said.
As Guardians grow, they can take
on more cases if they wish.
Guardians are accompanied by at-
torneys into court, so they are never
And Rynear has adjusted her own
workload, taking some time off after
the death of her husband.
She has traveled the tri-county area
covered by the Guardian ad Litem
program for the 10th Judicial Circuit
Court of Polk, Highlands and Hardee

Everywhere she goes, she tries to
enlist others for the cause. -
The program is always in need
of volunteers from diverse ethnic
backgrounds to speak for children of
related cultures. This year, Guardian
ad Litem has a goal of recruiting 50
nefw minority Guardians.
The statistics are staggering and the
need is great.
"During any given month, there are
approximately 3,500 children in Polk,
Highlands and Hardee counties who
are in the legal system after being
abandoned or removed from abusive
or neglectful homes. At any one time,
approximately 2000 children from
these counties are in state or foster
care," notes the Guardian ad Litem
for Children.
For information on becoming a
Guardian ad Litem or to inquire
about the program, contact Guardian
ad Litem for Children, 866-341-1425
or e-mail Cookie.Rousos@gal.fl.gov,
or by mail at P.O. Box 9000, Drawer
J125, Bartow, FL 33830. The Guardian
ad Litem program is located at 255 N.
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It's Vacation Bible School time

Asbury United Methodist Church
"Hometown Nazareth -Where Jesus
Grew Up as a Kid" is the theme for
Vacation Bible School at Asbury United
Methodist Church in Bartow.
Children 4 years old through fifth
grade will experience some of the shops
as in Jesus' day, Joseph's house, fun,
music, and celebration as members of
one of the tribes of Israel.
VBS will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m., July
The church is at 1650 S. Jackson Ave.
- Contact the church office for more
information at 533-2301.

Wildwood Baptist Church
"New York, New York The Big Apple
Adventure" is the theme of Vacation Bi-
ble School at Wildwood Baptist Church
for those in kindergarten through 12th
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.
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
The church is at 410 E. Church St.
Call 533-9055 or visit the church web-
site at FBCbartow.org for more.infor-

First Church of God, Fort Meade
Kids can "have a splash" at Vacation
Bible School at First Church of God in
Fort Meade.
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.

The National League of Junior Cotil-
lions wants to expand into Polk County
and is seeking a director.
"We will be selecting a director for a
local chapter who will receive complete
training and an exclusive territory for
expansion." Elizabeth Anne Winters,
NLJC National Director, said.
The organization currently has direc-
tors operating hundreds of chapters in
34 states.
"This program is making a positive
impact on students across the nation
and we are delighted to know that more
young people in this area will have
the opportunity for this vital training,"

. 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

Winters said.
The purpose of the NLJC program
is to give students instruction and
practice in the courtesies that make
life more pleasant for them and those
around them.
The program, with headquarters in
Charlotte, NC, was established in 1979
and has licensed local cotillions nation-
wide. It holds monthly classes plus a
Holly Ball and Spring Ball, and instruc-
tional three, five, and seven course
dinners. Says Winters,
For additional information on appli-
cations call 1-800-633-7947.

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
Blues Band
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.

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Summerlin Institute Class of 1961 celebrated its 50th anniversary with a reunion June 4 at Peace River Country Club. From left are: Row 1 Joan Roberts Barnes, Barbara Harrison Chauncey,
Nadine Waters Robins, Mary Brown Guest, Mazine Chancey Mixon, Margaret Ekiss Bogardus, Mary Bowden Manierre, Connie Bracewell Wallace, Gail Cornell Damkjer, Judy Nash Garrett, Melinda
Turbe; Row 2- Bill Walldorf, Gale Faircloth Walldorf, Darrel Fulton, Joe Roberts, Tommie Jerald Cole, June Haferkamp Minerva, Wanda Brown Drawdy, Betty Vieth Rehberg, Gayle West Conley, Linda
Guess Ferguson, Annette Baker Barwick, Dale Schuck Burden, Diane Bass Ford, John Evans, Bob Hartsaw; Row 3 Tommy Meeks, Linton Sloan, Bob Yost, Linda Cobb Whaley, Channing Nevin, Linda
Arnson Jones, Stan Hickson, Orville Hagood, Richard Gold, Cricket Kemp, Andy Laurent, Neal Benton, Eddie Owen; Row 4 Robert Beasley, Ron O'doski, Robert Barnes, Jerry King, Julian McDonald,
Ronnie Kendrick, Don Marchman, George Mann, Susan George Sharp, Clarence Herndon, Odell Robinson, Dale Conley, Bill Girtman, Bob Garrett Row 5 Bill Nichols, Jerry Sweet, Bob Massam,
Warren Sharp.

Summerlin Institute Class of 1961 notes 50th anniversary

By Class Members

Summerlin Institute Class of 1961
celebrated its 50th anniversary with a
three-day reunion celebration June 3-5.
More than 100 were in attendance at
the Peace River Country Club on Friday
and Saturday. The club was beautifully
decorated by Melinda Turbe and Mary
Brown Guest, with the worthy assis-
tance of Melinda's sister, Mary Prince
"Meet and Greet Night" on Friday
allowed time for classmates to visit
and get reacquainted. Some had not
seen classmates since graduation night
50 years ago. All were pleased to see
and visit with a special guest, "Coach"
George Hamer. Everyone enjoyed the
evening's fare of hamburgers and hot
dogs served with the infamous "John's
slaw," A&W root beer, and root beer
floats -- all reminders of time spent a
half century ago at John's Restaurant
and Emmett's A&W Root Beer Stand,
social centers of Bartow for the class-
mates and teenagers of that era.
Stan Hickson, with his constant hu-
mor, served as emcee for the reunion
Saturday's program began with a
prayer offered by classmate Rev. Eddie
Owen and the Pledge to the Flag led
by classmate Major Robert Beasley,
three-time recipient of the Bronze Star
for Bravery.
Nadine Waters Robbins introduced
guests Lynda Belle Hunter Black
and John DeYoung, both of whom
taught the class. She then recognized
the Reunion Committee composed
of Betty Vieth Rehberg, Kay Abner
Bunkin, Annette Baker Barwick, Diane
Bass Ford, Mary Brown Guest, Wanda
Brown Drawdy, Larry Clark, Linda
Cobb Whaley, Tommie Jerald Cole, Gail
Cornell Damkjer, Darrel Fulton, June
Haferkamp Minerva, Bob Hartsaw, Stan
Hickson, Donald Holton, Ronnie Kend-
rick, Joyce Kight Redish, Andy Laurent,

ASSE International Student Exchange
Programs is seeking families for boys
and girls between 15 and 18 who seek
to experience some American life and
The European students want to prac-
tice English and take in American life as
they will likely share their culture with
host families.
In addition, students have pocket

George Mann, Don Marchman, Ron
O'Doski, Robert Barnes, Joan Roberts
Barnes, Odell Robinson, Jerry Sweet,
Melinda Turbe, Nadine Waters Robbins,
and Gayle West Conley.
Darrel Fulton presented a tribute to
deceased classmates.
After a buffet dinner, with back-
ground music from the era provided
by disc jockey Jim Perruso, Hickson
cranked up a bit of his humor and
moved on with the program. It in-
cluded Mary Brown Guest with a
moving reading of "Keep your Fork";
Linda Cobb Whaley with two hilarious
true stories, "The Kleenex Story" and
"The Closet"; June Haferkamp Minerva
with humorous memories from actual
events; and a side-splitting rendition
of "He's Got You," an old Patsy Cline fa-
vorite with a brand new twist provided
byWanda Brown Drawdy, Linda Cobb
Whaley and Betty Vieth Rehberg.
Hickson then presented Rehberg
with red roses for her leadership and
tireless devotion to the class in her role
as reunion chairwoman. A short report
on the state of the reunion fund was
given by Don Marchmafi.
Last on the program, Warren Sharp
entertained with "The-Golden Years," a
truly outstanding poem he had com-
posed relating memories of the high
school years and events of the 50 years
since. The presentation clearly show-
cased Sharp's humor, wit, and talent
and was a real crowd pleaser.
Hickson closed the event with "We
are, in a way, like the hair on our heads.
We started growing together, each of
us different. We developed together,
each of us unique. We each found our
own style. Some, sadly, have left us.
Some have remained close, some have
not. Some have thickened, some have
thinned. All have matured, all have
changed. The bond that we shared 50
years ago is still present as evident
as the hair on our heads, and as evi-
denced by the large group of fantastic
people in this room tonight."

money for personal expenses, anda fu
health, accident and liability insurance.
Students are academically selected and
host families can choose their students
from a wide variety of backgrounds,
countries and personal interests.
To become a host family or to find
out how to become involved, call Lisa
Ries at 1-800-473-0696 at the ASSE
Southern Regional Office.

A large group of classmates at-
tended Sunday morning services at
First Christian Church on Oak Avenue
where classmate Rev. Eddie Owen is the
minister. Following the service, which
included a rousing sermon entitled
"The Bible's Truths," Reverend Owen
directed the group to the fellowship
hall where a feast awaited that can
only be created when everyone brings
their "special dish." A focal point at the

luncheon was a beautiful and delicious
cake intricately decorated with the
Summerlin Institute seal, made by Chef
Stefanie Butts.
Don Marchman presented a custom,
handmade pen to Rehberg from the
Reunion Committee.
Plans are under way for the next
Class of 61 celebration "the 31st
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Lake Wales teen has first adventure novel published


If you are in the mood for high
adventure, check out a new book of-
fered for sale on Amazon.com called
"Assassin's Water: High Tide."
The author of this tale of intrigue
and suspense is Matthew Smith, a
Lake Wales resident who just finished
his junior year in high school. His
pen name is Odie Matthews, based
on his middle and first name. "Plus
I love Odie and Garfield," Smith said
with a grin.
The young writer is pretty busy: he
buses tables at Crazy Fish Restau-
rant and just finished an academic
regimen of college and high school
classes at the Collegiate School at
Polk State Winter Haven.
He also volunteers as a youth
mentor and plays bass guitar for his
church, and will soon be going on a
10-day mission trip to Brazil.
How did he find the time to finish
his first book and make progress on
three others? By setting aside two
hours a day to write no matter what.
Having started the book at age 13,
Smith said that around this time last
year, he started writing in earnest. He
has planning sheets and notebooks
everywhere, and he always has a pen
and paper at the ready, even at work.
He doesn't want to let an idea get
away from him, he said.
A career in the Marines is Smith's
main goal, and he hopes to attend
the Naval Academy or the military
program at University of Florida.
However, he intends to weave writing
throughout, as sort of a secondary

Matthew Smith chats with customers at Crazy Fish Restaurant, where he works parttime.
He also attends the Collegiate High School and does volunteer work for his church. Smith is a
published author, and his first book, "Assassin's Water: High Tide" is available on Amazon.com.

Writing is a way of relaxing and
"getting away from it all," for Smith.
He is unusual in that he loves writing
but doesn't like to read. "My parents
don't understand how that can be,"
Smith said. When he does read for

fun, it has to be a topic he is intensely
interested in, and "needs to get to the
point pretty quickly," he noted. Smith
has built his own writing on that
principle, revealing the main point
early on with the rest of the book tell-
ing the "back story."

"I like lots of twists in a book,
things no one is expecting," he said.
Every one of his characters is based
on someone he knows, himself in-
cluded. That's the best way to bring
authenticity to the characters, he
figures. Traits of his grandfather, Tom
Smith, are sown throughout several
characters, and an uncle, John Wey,
has his own character in the book.
"He was a cryptologist and a black
belt in karate, and spoke several lan-
guages. He spent 18 years in the Air
Force and three in the Army," Smith
noted, so was a rich resource.
Smith's interest in the adventure
and mystery genre developed out of
an early fascination with conspira-
cies, such as those surrounding the
deaths of John E Kennedy and Martin
Luther King, he said.
His literary role models are across
a wide spectrum, however, including
Edgar Allen Poe, C.S. Lewis, and Mark
Smith credits his eighth grade Eng-
lish teacher, Jonathan Berkenfield,
with encouraging his writing, and
says he still gives him tips. Smith's
editor is a fellow student, Luke Mar-
kley, on whom he relies for feedback.
"He was the first to read the book,
and he liked it, but he's very honest
and would tell me if something is
bad," Matthew said.
His father has read the book, but
his mother hasn't read it yet, since he
wanted to finish it first. His parents
are Dennis and Barb Smith.
"They have been behind me 100
percent," he said.
Mary Cannaday can be reached at:
e-mail: mcannaday@lakewalesnews.com.


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Julvy 16, 2011

HERE WAS NO past or
future as Alvin Mitch-
ell's car spun toward
certain doom during that
steamy July day in 2000.
Here and now, there were only ques-
tions. Mitchell flashed through the
curious series of incidents that had
transpired to bring him to this lonely
stretch of road just beyond the Fort
Meade town limits. The dominos had
fallen, one by one, until this moment.
And as his car skidded down a ravine
toward a light pole, the first line of his
obituary was fairly obvious:
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and
Venice standout Alvin Mitchell died this
afternoon because he was stupid.
With that, Mitchell arrived at the only
possible conclusion:
Doggone, that wallet just wasn't
worth it.

It's Father's Day and the preacher has
something to say to the three dozen
or so who have crammed into the tiny
storefront church at 123 West Broad-
Mario had just poured his heart out
in a rendition of "Open the Floodgates
in Heaven." It made Meemaw cry while
sitting in.the front pew.
Ricardo had just delivered an en-
ergetic reading, Blondia at his side,
working the keyboard. Surely, on the
sparsely populated sidewalk outside
the Friendship Baptist Church, the Lord
is touching-passersby.
But it's Pastor Mitchell's turn now.
It's Father's Day and the father of three
girls wancs to talk about the Holy
Psalm 23. The Lord is My Shepherd.
There is no other passage in the Bible
more well-known.
In the week leading up to this
sermon, Pastor Mitchell has discov-
ered new meaning in the ancient
words and he's bursting to share the
wisdom that had been whispered in
his ear by the Almighty.
During the next 30 minutes, he spells
out how the Psalm reveals God's role as
the father of us all. He strides quickly
from side to side, his voice rising and
falling, crashing like the tide over the.
shoals of the faithful.
"Yep, that's Alvin for ya," Meemaw
would say a little later. "He's just burst-
ing to tell ya. He's like the Energizer
Meemaw is a touch biased. Mitchell
is married to her daughter.
Near the back of the tiny church,
Jeanie claps and smiles in unison with
her husband.

Two weeks later, as the rest-of the
world geared up for the Fourth of July,
the extended Johnson-Mitchell clan
gathered at the corner of Third Street
and Lanier for the Johnson Family
Wipeout Fun Day.
A bounce house entertains the little
ones. A DJ spins tunes.
Jeanie Mitchell is working everyone
through a series of deceivingly difficult
games she has cribbed off the TV show,
"Minute to Win It."
Her husband isn't preaching the Word
on this day. Instead, his ministrations
are focused on the barbecue grill.
It's here and now Mitchell tells the
story of his life. How he arrived at this
point in time. He knows most folks
back in his hometown of Venice knew
him as one of the best football players
in Venice High history. He also knows a


Rev. Alvin Mitchell preaches to the congregation Wednesday, June 29, during a Bible Study at his
church in Fort Meade.

great deal of those people have ho idea
What happened to him upon graduat-
ing in 1982.
He.figures there's still about one in
five people in Fort Meade who never
were aware he played for the Bucca-
neers. That's OK.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune let that
particular cat out of the bag in June
when Mitchell checked in at No. 34 on
their list of the all-time top 100 local "
football players. One of the players he
coaches on a volunteer basis texted his
daughter, Angel:
I didn't know there was a living leg-
end in Fort Meade! Wow, your dad was
a beast!
"I knew there were people who didn't
know, but I didn't think one of my own
players, players I coach, would not
know," Mitchell says with a laugh, be-
fore turning serious. "You know, I worry
about this next generation. I fear they
don't know what kind of work it took to
get where we are now. I fear the thing
that's missing with this generation is
commitment and dedication."
Mitchell knows about commitment.
He knows dedication.
And he knows fear.

In those first years after graduation,
Mitchell ran. It was all he knew to do.
He believed he had disappointed
everyone, especially himself. He was
supposed to be a star, but instead, he
had been laying stone. Bank president
Dave Voight had plucked the youngest
of four brothers in a family of eight out
of the broiling sun and put him behind
a teller's window at a local branch, but
at the end of the day, Mitchell would
change his clothes and run.
Running on the beach, away from
everyone, he spoke daily to God and
asked why he had been such a failure.
It hardly mattered that he was passing
on college because he was helping his
family make ends meet.
"At first, it was shattering," Mitch-

ell said. "I felt like I let so many folks
down. I knew I had an opportunity to
play ball, but it seemed like that door
had closed."
It seemed as if God had no answer.
Then one day, two-years after his
graduation, coaches from Auburn
University came to town to scout the
next big thing out of Venice High. The
late Indians coach Jim Powell said, "If
you're gonna recruit this kid, you've got

to see this kid who came out a couple
of years ago."
So, the entourage made its way to the
bank where Mitchell worked.
They were smitten.
"I'll give him half a scholarship just
looking at him," one coach said.
Maybe God had answered, after all.
But the son of a diabetic rock hauler
and domestic housekeeper needed
more than half a scholarship to make it
in major college football.
"It took me two days to earn a full
scholarship," Mitchell said. "And that's
only because we weren't in pads on the
first day."
Now, Mitchell knows that sounds im-
modest. But ...
"It was something I knew I had to
do. I had to walk on and I had to prove
myself. My family couldn't afford it. I
was going to have to earn it on my back
and there's no greater motivation.
"I had to do it. I had to," Mitchell
said, banging his fist on a knee with
each had. "To get that scholarship ...
well ... I was very grateful. I'm very
seldom at a loss for words but ... I was
And he was in love. There was a
woman named Jeanie who had come
into his life not long before he left for
She has been at his side ever since.
A solid career at Auburn didn't mate-
rialize into a draft selection in 1989, but
Mitchell did receive an invite to Tampa
Bay's preseason camp to compete for a
spot as a running back.
It was as if he were repeating that
first week at Auburn.
"It was like being a small fish in a big
pond," he said. "I was surrounded by
athletes who were all at the top of their
game, but I was at an all-time high. I
think I ran in 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard
sprint while wearing cleats." ,
His hard work earned Mitchell a spot
on the Bucs' practice squad. Not that
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MITCHELL: The Gospel of Alvin

"I worked out so hard that day that
when I went home, I fell asleep. My
agent called and called, but I didn't
pick up the phone," Mitchell said with
a laugh. "I asked him when he started
calling me, and he said as soon as I had
left the field."
For 11 weeks, Mitchell toiled on the
team's developmental squad. Then on
Thanksgiving weekend, as the Bucs
traveled to Phoenix to play the Cardi-
nals, he got his big break.
"I thought I was going to start that
week. James Wilder had gotten injured
and they called me up," Mitchell said.
"I practiced all week at tailback."
But he was on the sideline as the
game began. Time passed, and there he
Finally, on a 3rd-and-long, Mitchell
entered the game.
"It was my first play and they called a
play that was for me," Mitchell said. "A
screen pass. My first play! Wow, man, I
get a chance to leave a history!"
Little was expected of Mitchell. The
Bucs were pinned deep in their own
territory and all they wanted was a little
extra breathing room to get off a punt
on fourth down.
"Yeah, I think we needed 25 or some-
thing yards for a first down," Mitchell
said. "I think I got 12. Maybe it was just
It was 11 yards.
And it was over.
Look up Alvin Mitchell on pro-foot-
ball-reference.com and all one will see
is one catch for 11 yards on Nov. 26,
He played on special teams during
the final four weeks of that season, but
he could see the writing on the wall.
"It had been a losing season and I
knew there was going to be some ad-
justing to the roster," Mitchell said..
That following summer, Mitchell hurt
his hip. The Bucs eventually cut him.
Detroitqoffered an invite, but he
Jeanie was pregnant. Living on
football's fringe was no way to build a
"It was great to finish the season," he
said, "but the day they cut me, I knew
it was over. I was ready to build some-
thing concrete. It took us about three
hours to get out of Tampa."
Mitchell told Jeanie to find them a
new life. As he and some former team-
mates filled a U-Haul, Jeanie went in
search of that new life in the only place
she knew to go.
She went back to her hometown: Fort
As soon as he arrived, Mitchell joined
the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He
went to an academy for a year before
joining the force.
He has been there ever since.
Soon, Alicia was born. Then Angel..

Then Alex.
They built a house at the corner of
Third Street and Lanier.
Everything was fine. That is, until the
day Alvin Mitchell lost his wallet.

Mitchell's future begins 11 years in
the past. On a lonely stretch of road
just beyond the Fort Meade town
It begins in a car careening out of
No, maybe it begins before that.
"I lost my wallet some place and
when somebody called me to tell me
they found it, I drove out to get it,"
Mitchell said. "On the way back from
getting it, I never bothered to check the
gas needle. I ran out of gas."
So, he was going to be late to work.
He hiked a shlrt distance to a gas sta-
tion. It began to rain.
Under way again, for some reason, he
tugged on his seat belt. He never wore
his seat belt.
Why did he do that?
Suddenly, his car hydroplaned.
"I was headed down the ditch and
right for the light pole," Mitchell said.
"It was just my time, I thought."
But as he prepared for an end,
Mitchell endured a new beginning. The
car missed the light pole and bounced
back up to the road, back into the lane
as if nothing had happened.

The burgers are finished, but the
games are not. Jeanie has herded every-
one over to a mound of cups for a game
that has to be seen to be believed.
Smiles are the day's currency. Good
feelings are the product. The sun is
shining and in the shade of trees, the
breeze is, well, divine.
Mitchell distributes juice packets as
he winds up the Gospel of Alvin.
"You know what it is? When you lose
your wallet, you lose your identity,"
he says. "I had to lose my identity that
day. I needed to become someone else.
I had been ignoring God's call all that
time, but the Lord came to me that day
and said I need to go to school and
learn to preach the gospel."
Mitchell opened Friendship Bap-
tist Church in 2004. Today, there are
roughly 75 members.
His football days are a distant mem-
ory, but the extended family continues
the athletic legacy. Jamaal and Rumeal
play college football. Alicia, 20, is at
Johnson &Wells on a basketball schol-
arship. Angel, 18, starts next month at
Stillman on a basketball scholarship.
One day soon, Mitchell will retire
from the sheriff's office and preach full
"It's just a great blessing for me. The
Lord has blessed me. Look at what he's
done," Mitchell says, spreading his
arms at the jovial scene that surrounds

Rev. Alvin Mitchell, who started Friendship Baptist Church in Fort Meade, talks with Linda Lewis,
the Christian education director.

"I enjoy pastoring because I like
watching people grow. I like watching
their lives transform, to see them really
start trusting the Lord.
"It's not so much about me, but it's
... I know I'm being obedient. Spread-
ing the Word is like making your dad
proud. That's who I am now."
Jeanie sneaks an arm around her
husband as he does the same.
"How handsome," she says.
"I married one of the top athletes
in the state of Florida!" he says with a
bellow. Then he crooks an eyebrow and
leans in conspiratorially.

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"You know what? She ain't far from it
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For.some, God's plan involves one
door. closing and another opening.
For Mitchell, God has been a traveling
companion. Sometimes, it was a jog on
the beach. Other times, it was a drive,
with Him at the wheel.
"How else can you explain that day?"
Mitchell says. "A person can't do it all
himself. He needs help."
For Mitchell, there's no denying who
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Thursday and Friday, July 21-22
"The Wizard of Oz," 7:30 p.m., tickets
$20 adults, $15 students w/ID, $10 chil-
dren 18 and younger. Harrison School
of the Arts. 750 Hollingsworth Road,
Lakeland, 603-7529.

Friday, July 22
Comedian and Health Advocate Dick
Gregory, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The National
Congress of Black Women Inc. of Polk
County and Dr. Corlis Johnson of My
Natures Delight Natural Foods and
Herb Shop present Gregory. A private
VIP ticket for $75 includes a banquet-
style, semi-formal dinner, a personal
photo and book signing with Gregory.
My Nature's Delight, 3013 Cypress Gar-
dens Road, Winter Haven.

Saturday, July 23
Book signing for "The Legend of Al-
garia," written by 16-year-old Heather
Stafford, 1-2 p.m., Bartow Public Li-
brary, 2150 S. Broadway. 534-0131.

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 convert-
ing to solar energy. 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Introduction to Solar Energy System
Installation. $19 per person. Registra-
tion is first-come, first-served. Polk
State College, 3425 Winter Lake Road,
Lakeland. 669-2952 or send an e-mail
to ejackson@polk.edu. Reservations
can be made online by going to https://
tion/coursesearch.jsp and entering the
Course ID: CEV1554.

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.,
Bartow. 512-0703.

Thursday, July 21
Chamber Young Professionals
Luncheon, noon-1 p.m. School Board
Homeless Liaison Dee Dee Wright
speaks on under-privileged children in
Polk County. Kickoff for the CYP supply
drive for homeless students. Bartow
Civic Center, South Floral Avenue.

Saturday, July 16
Pix and Popcorn at the Library,
"Gulliver's Travels" (kids), 2:30-4:30
p.m., Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway. 534-0131.

Saturday, July 16
Paws to Read. Kids can read to Smiles
Unleashed therapy dogs, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broad-
way. 534-0131.

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.,
Lakeland 688-5423.

Monday, July 18
Computer Class, Microsoft Word, 1-3

p.m., Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway. 534-0131.

Tuesday, July 19
6-8 year-old Story Time, 2-3 p.m. Bar-
tow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,

Tuesday, July 19
3-5 year-old Story Time, 10-10:45
a.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway Ave, Bartow, 534-0131

Wednesday, July 20
Native American Storytelling and
Song: The Seminoles, courtesy of the
Margaret Sorensen Memorial Fund.
Captain Oshaneh Miller, storyteller,
10:30-11:30 a.m., Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway. 534-0131.

Wednesday, July 20
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
program, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feder-
ally funded nutritional program for
mothers with children who are 5 or
younger. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, Bartow, 534-0131.

Thursday, July 21
Book Babies, 10-10:30 a.m., Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, 534-

Friday, July 22
Fun Friday, Metallic Creations, 10:30
a.m.-noon. $7 per person, senior
citizens 65 and older are $3.50, mem-
bers and children 2 and younger free.
Explorations V Children's Museum, 109
N. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland. 687-3869
or www.explorationsv.com/.

Thursday, July 21
School Board Update Luncheon,
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Update on Polk,
County Schools presented by Dr. Sher-
rie Nickell, superintendent of Polk
County Schools. $15 per person. RSVP
required to the Haines City Chamber
by July 18. New Horizon United Meth-
odist Church, 21 S. Second St., Haines
City, 422-3751

Monday, July 18
Bartow City Commission, 5:30 p.m.
work session, 6:30 board meeting, 450
N. Wilson Ave. Call 534-0100.

Monday, July 18,
Achievement Academy Board of
Directors meeting, 1 p.m., 716 E. Bella
Vista St., Lakeland, 683-6504.

Wednesday, July 20
Florida Citrus Commission, 9 a.m.,
605 E. Main St., Bartow. 537-3999.
Agenda available at www.fdocgrower.

Thursday, July 21
Polk Grants Alliance workshop, 9-11
a.m., Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway. 534-0131.

Tuesday, July 19
Medicare help, 10 a.m.-noon to
receive help on accessing and utilizing
Medicare. Bartow Public Library, 2150
S. Broadway. 534-0131.

Saturday, July 16
Clothes giveaway, 8 a.m. At 11 a.m.
Women on the Move for God Women's
Mission sponsor fundraiser, Garlic Crab
Seafood dinner for $10, $10.50 with
soda, side orders available. Judah De-
liverance Temple, Inc., 1275 E. Martin
Luther King Drive, Bartow. 440-1211 or

Bartow High School's Clifton J. Garcia got an award for State Star in Agribusiness. He won $500
for the award. These students were among 16 chosen as the best in four categories based on the
projects of agribusiness, production agriculture, placement in an ag job and agriscience. One
State Star is chosen for each of the four areas. The only award that receives a scholarship is the
Star in Agribusiness. He also earned the David Russell Kilpatrick Memorial Scholarship worth
$750. The scholarship was set up by a previous award winner's parents after he was killed in a
farming accident when he was 20. They wanted to honor his memory by offering it in his name
to other Star in Agribusiness winners.

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
Ministries Praise Team. Macedonia
Missionary Baptist Church, 1460 Semi-
nole Trail, Bartow.

Sunday, July 1

Bobby Bowen

Recording artist
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nessee, former lead
singer of the Mid-
South Boys, will sing
at Turning Point Wor-
ship Center, 1400 East
Georiga St., Bartow,
at 6 p.m. 943-4173 or

Sunday, July 17
Redeemer's Ice Cream Social, fol-
lowing 10:15 a.m. service, Redeemer
Lutheran Church, 390 E. Parker, Bartow,

Thursday, July 21-Saturday, July 23
Women's Conference 2011, "When
the Abused becomes the Abuser, Lord I
need to be Delivered," 9:30 a.m. Judah
Deliverance Temple Inc., 1275 E. Martin
Luther King Drive, Bartow. 440-1920.

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