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September 14, 2011


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PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
If you looked up (or down if you were in a plane) Monday afternoon around 4 o'clock, you could
have seen messages about God and Jesus floating over Bartow. One said "u+God=" a smiley face,
and the other proclaimed "Jesus loves you." Being upside down, maybe they also could have been
read by astronauts in the International Space Station who might have been passing by.



Main Street director to be city employee


By JEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
The person who runs Main Street Bar-
tow will no longer work for the Commu-
nity Redevelopment Agency. That person,
Mikel Di ,irlin, will be an employee of
the city of Bartow.
However, the change is mostly paper-
work-oriented and though it won't cost
the city money in its 2011-12 budget, it
will save the CRA about $53,595.
However, the bigger change for Main
Street, the organization that runs the
activities in Downtown Bartow, will come
next year when it no longer gets any


public money.
City Manager George Long said in the
long term he is not interested in adding
the Main Street director's position to the
city staff permanently but he is sure the
CRA would not be able to afford the sal-
ary next year. The office on Main Street
was already closed.
"I'm not interested in adding this posi-
tion to the city staff, but because of the
interest to the position we should keep
this, but Main Street has to come up
with a funding plan," Long said. Under
the proposed CRA budget for next fiscal
EMPLOYEE 112A


Shooting victim's


family prays for justice

Victim changed forever physically, emotionally


By DIANE NICHOLS
DNICHOLS@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
There hasn't been a day since Joey
Lunn's shooting more than a month
ago that his mother and sister have
done anything else but sit by his
bedside at Lakeland Regional Medi-
cal Center. Although Lunn no longer
needs the support of a ventilator and
has just started to speak, his road to
total recovery seems just as endless
as the emotional wounds the entire
family has suffered.
"There is simply no way to put
into words how this has impacted
us," said Joey's brother, Daniel Lunn.
"To see someone you love and care
about suffer the way Joe has suffered
during the past month is incredibly
difficult. To know that the person
responsible is still permitted to carry
a weapon, lives two blocks away, and
is free to repeat his acts ... well, just
imagine how you would feel."
. The shooting occurred on Aug.
7 when Lunn, 49, arrived at the
residence of Richard Wilkes, 50, at
1665 S. Broadway in Bartow. The two
had been friends since they were 16
and, according to police reports, the
friendship had been steadily deterio-
rating for various reasons.
On this day, according to wit-
nesses, Lunn arrived at Wilkes' home
in an enraged state and when he
saw Wilkes in his backyard, he al-
legedly went to climb the fence and
punched him in the mouth. Mo-
ments later, Wilkes pulled a handgun


from his pocket and shot Lunn three
times at close range.
Bartow police determined that
Wilkes had a concealed weapons
permit and always kept the gun
on hand for protection. Under the
Castle Doctrine, Wilkes was not ar-
rested as he stated to police that he
shot Lunn in self-defense. He has
been able to remain at home while
the investigation into the shooting
continues. At this time, charges are
pending and will be decided once
the investigation is turned over to
the State Attorney's Office.
In October 2005, Florida became
the first state in the United States to
officially put a Castle Doctrine law
on the books. Based on the English
Common Law provision that one's
home is one's "castle," the Castle
Doctrine is a popular yet contro-
versial law that allows for a person
whose home is under attack to use
force upon the attacker if the occu-
pant believes the attacker intends to
do serious harm. Despite opponents
saying this law turns Florida into the
"Gunshine State," Florida joins 24
other states that have passed laws in
favor of some version of the Castle
Doctrine.
Detective Bill Lawson of the
Bartow Police Department went to
LRMC several days ago to interview
Lunn. It was a slow process to ac-
quire statements from the victim up
until now as his condition had been
JUSTICE 112A


By BILL RETTEW JR.
BRETTEW@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
From a pool of nine applicants, the
Community Redevelopment Agency
Board picked three top candidates
to become the agency's permanent
director, including Interim Executive
Director Patrick Brett.
Matthew David Schwartz of Miami
was chosen as one of the top three
candidates, but when contacted Friday,
said he no longer seeks the position.
Glenn D .Weiss, of New Rochelle, N.Y.,
also was included on the short list.
Phone interviews with the two can-
didates might start as soon as Mon-


day. The board has not yet decided
whether a third candidate would be
chosen from the list of six remaining
candidates.
Five-year Bartow resident Brett re-
placed Jim Duane. Brett said last week
that he is "looking forward to serving
my community."
Brett served as the urban analyst for
North Miami Beach, was the assistant
director of the North Miami CRA and
held a fellowship with the Hallendale
Beach CRA. He earned an undergradu-
ate degree from Florida International


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Grant process for tennis courts repairs not so speedy


By DIANE NICHOLS
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Thirteen local tennis enthusiasts at-
tended a meeting at the Bartow Civic
Center last week in hopes of getting
good news regarding a much-needed
facelift to the public tennis courts.
An application from the city for a
$200,000 state grant from the Florida
Recreation Development Association
Program (FRDAP) is in the works, but
not fast enough for many.
AngieWhisnant, director of Parks
and Recreation, remains optimistic yet
warns people the grant process is far
from a mere letter-writing project.
"The application for this grant is more
than 35 pages long and asks for a lot of
information along with a great amount
of detail," said Whisnant. "We're putting
together everything we can to make us
as competitive as possible, including
30 aerial and ground photos. There is
certainly the need, but it's really in the
hands of the state whether or not we'll
get the funds we hope for. The tennis


courts have been well used over the
years and it's time to tear them down
and rebuild again. They are an invest-
ment, particularly with a facility of this
size, but the community definitely would
benefit from us seeing this through."
The project would entail a complete
overhaul of the eight tennis courts at
the civic center. The foundation was
built in 1967 and shifts in the ground
have caused numerous cracks along
with unsmooth surfaces. Because the
chances of getting the grant improve if
support features and support structures
are also planned, the city is also going
to add an ADA (Americans with Disabil-
ities Act) bathroom, new fencing and
lighting, and will address the needs of
the racquetball as well as the volleyball
courts. The entire endeavor is estimated
to cost $400,000, which is twice the
amount of the FRDAP grant.
Whisnant admits the grant is highly
competitive and won't be a speedy
process. Once all material is submitted
by the city for consideration at the end
of the month, it could be as late as June


or July before a response is received.
The grant is based on a scoring system
involving points acquired by the ap-
plicant. For instance, the meeting held
by the city on Wednesday counts for
four points and an upcoming meeting
planned on Sept. 14 with the Recreation
Advisory Board will tack on another 10
points.
The grant also rewards another four
points for teaming with a partner
who will match the project's cost by
10 percent. The Office of Information
and Recreation Services evaluates each
eligible application according to Florida
Administrative Code and assigns a final
score. Based on the scores, Florida's De-
partment of Environmental Protection
prepares and submits a recommended
priority list to the Florida Legislature for
funding consideration.
The Polk County School Board was
invited to partner with the city to boost
its chances of being awarded the grant.
The district would have had to come up
with $40,000, which is 10 percent of the
cost of the project. Parks and Recreation


got a denial letter Wednesday stating
there were no funds available for such
an undertaking, but it acknowledged
the need as the high school uses the
courts on a regular basis.
A "Band-Aid plan" is in place to resur-
face the courts if the grant falls through.
Monies have been allocated for such
improvements in the city's budget for the
new fiscal year which starts on Oct. 1. The
city can also reapply for the grant every
year if the first attempt isn't successful.
Because the project is in the city's five-
year capital improvement plant, it would
meet the criteria for resubmission. In the
meantime, Whisnant remains hopeful
and keeps her eye on the prize.
"We're talking about taxpayers' dollars
here," she said. "The awarding agency
wants to see those dollars are being
spent in the best way possible. I think
we've proven they would be as we have
a great court in a nice complex. As some
of the people said that showed up at the
meeting tonight, we can always say a
prayer. That might give us another point
or two."


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VIEWPOINT



Agriculture's growing problem


Florida's agricultural industry has a growing
problem. While growing is what they are focused
on, their own politics may be getting in the way.
Flexing their clout after decades of relative qui-
et, Florida agricultural interests became highly
active in the political arena in the 1990's, and
have maintained their presence since.
Farmers and citrus growers ran for office, and
supported their own, capturing a significant
number of seats in Florida's Legislature.
Coinciding with the Republican takeover of
Florida's government, almost all agriculture-
allied candidates have run as Republicans.
A significant part of the GOP's rightward-tilted
national platform in recent years has been a
strong anti-immigrant stance. High unemploy-
ment in the U.S. has also increased the focus on
illegal immigration. Conservative voters nation-
wide have demanded, and received, increasingly
tough new laws that-prevent 'outsiders,' particu-
larly Latinos, from entering the United States.
The drumbeat of demand for tough anti-immi-
gration laws has motivated Republican ma-
jorities in both the U.S. House and the Florida
legislature to consider forcing employer use of
the Federal "e-Verify" system.
It would require workers to demonstrate a
verifiable Social Security number or legal right
to work, with penalties for employers who hire


Our Viewpoint
alien workers.
"It's a very difficult dilemma," according to
Mike Carlton, director of Labor Relations for
the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association. "It
would severely impact the (growers) ability to
operate. The emotions surrounding the issue
seem to be trumping the economic reality."
Latinos make up the backbone of Florida's
seasonal farm labor pool. Willing to work under
difficult conditions for low pay, they harvest not
only oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit, but
tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, and dozens of
other crops across the state.
"We make a serious effort to attract domes-
tic workers but frankly, we never come close
to attracting what we need," Carlton said. He
describes pay ranging up to $10 or $12 per hour
based on 'piece rate' work. "It's hard physical
labor, its outside, its hot, its dirty."
Many legal immigrants are upset or intimi-
dated by the focus that falls on Spanish-speaking
residents. Some have been detained simply
because of their accents, and their failure to
immediately produce documents proving their
status. As pressure has grown, guest workers
have shown a greater reluctance to travel into


agricultural areas.
Without seasonal labor, growers will be forced
to pay ever-higher and more competitive salaries
to farm workers. Those costs must naturally be
passed along to consumers as higher food costs,
making imported fruit and vegetables relatively
cheaper.
Heated anti-immigrant rhetoric has motivated
the conservative base, but created a serious
conflict for Florida Republicans, who fear op-
posing the national party platform, or vocal and
strongly anti-immigrant Tea Party forces.
Florida's agriculture is an absolutely essential
industry. Government has long been, and should
remain, supportive of it. The issue of access to
a sustainable labor force needs to be resolved
quickly, so that the clouds may be lifted.
The problem is one for which Florida grow-
ers must accept a portion of blame. While their
political leaders have prospered on a diet of in-
flammatory rhetoric, they have allowed Florida's
governing Republican Party to move away from
the pro-business positions it has long champi-
oned. It is a microcosm of the problems prevent-
ing compromise and problem-solving in Wash-
ington D.C. Middle ground always exists.
Some cooler heads and softer speech might
go a long way toward finding solutions in both
venues.


Not your grandparents' library


Not your grandparents' library What's
the first word you think of when I say
"library"? I'll wager on "books."
What if the next word association
were "conduct."
Quite possibly "Shhh!" When is the
last time that you were allowed to bring
food and drink into the library? Indeed,
not just allowed, but encouraged? And
to consume them on the premises?
Things have changed.

Last week, the Bartow Public Library,
through its Friends of the Library
organization, introduced its Brown Bag
Concert Series.
It's just as simple as the name sug-
gests.
Visitors are invited to bring a brown
bag lunch and listen to a concert in the
second floor community room. There's
one scheduled at noon on the first Tues-
day of each month.
Instrumental ensembles from Bartow
High School and Southeastern Univer-
sity will perform in alternate months.
For the first concert on Sept. 6, a sax-
ophone quartet from BHS performed
a 30-minute concert that ranged from
chamber music to New Orleans ragtime.
Adding to the intrigue, one member
came up sick on the morning of the
performance, and a college student who
is interning with the Lake Region High
School band was pressed into service
without so much'as time for rehearsal.
As fate would have it, she is in her final


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S S.L. Frisbie can be contacted at
__ islfrisbie@polkcountydemocrat.com.

year at Southeastern.
I am not a music critic, except when
it comes to the heavy metal/hard rock
genre, of which I am quite critical.
But with a record enrollment of 175
kids in this year's BHS marching band,
and two full-time band directors on the
faculty, the chances of putting together
several impressive ensembles are pretty
favorable.
Southeastern, whose reputation in
all academic disciplines is growing
steadily, will make its ensemble debut
on Oct. 4.
Bring a lunch; soft drinks and water
are provided.
The concert is free.
And you'll never hear a "Shhh!" Yes,
this is not your grandparents' library,

(S. L Frisbie is retired. As a kid he was
never very good at remaining quiet in
libraries. Or anywhere else. He has not
changed.)


Letters to the editor

Article appears to laud criminal behavior


When I read your article about Athe-
ist Wachs, I was puzzled and disap-
pointed, that she received
"Front-page-billing". The picture
presented her in a glamorous manner
as though her getting out of jail was a
heroic deed. Why should she ask the
public to pay her fines ? She violated
the law, causing a lot of disturbance and
disruption. She wasted valuable time
and taxpayer money. She had no legal
agenda to present and was selfish and
self-serving, discourteous and mean
spirited.
Her main objective was to inter-


rupt the meetings, objecting to prayer
before meetings and to say "there is
no God." What a foolish thing to say.
Almost 90 percent of Americans be-
lieve there is a God. Our U.S. Coins
are imprinted with the motto, "In God
we trust." Our Pledge of Allegiance to
the flag states "One nation under God".
Atheists such as Ms. Wachs have al-
ready taken prayer out of our schools.
I'm so proud of our local and county
leaders for recognizing God by opening
public meetings with prayer..
Josephine Roberts
Bartow


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The Inquiring Photographer


With the postal service targeting 3,700


post offices across the country that could


be closed, what would it mean to you if the Bartow Post Office were one of them?


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Adriana Calabro
Tampa
"Losing the post office would
be like the end of the world.
Businesses are making
changes, but the post office is
part of this nation."


Patty Carpenter
Bartow


"I work at the Bartow Air Base
and we ship more than 500
packages a week, so losing this
post office would be devas-
tating to us. I hope it stays."


"1 was born here in Bartow and
the post office has been here
as long as I have. I can't see
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OBITUARIES


Patricia Ann Minor, 67, passed away
Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Bartow.
Born June 26, 1944, in Harrison, Ohio,
she was the daughter
of the late Milfred
R James and Gladys
(Roever) Taylor.
Mrs. Minor was a
member of the Word
of Life Christian
Center in Bartow.
She most recently
Patricia Minor worked as a school
crossing guard for
the Polk County Sheriff's Office, a job
she enjoyed greatly performing at her
post. "She will be remembered as a de-
voted wife, mother, grandmother, and
woman of God," her family said.
She was preceded in death by her


Rebeca H. Perez


McClure and husband Scott, all of Bar-
tow; six grandchildren, Lesley Perez of
London, England, Brad Perez of Braden-
ton, Loren Perez of Bartow, Megan Perez
of Bartow, Morgan McClure of Babson
Park and Matthew McClure Babson
Park; one nephew, Dr. Rafael Nobo, Jr.,
and wife Laura; and one niece, Dinorah
Messer and husband Julio.
Funeral mass: Wednesday, Sept.
14, at 11 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Church, 2180 S. Kissingen Ave,
Bartow.
Memorials may be made to National
Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1501
N.W. Ninth W\ve., Miami, FL 33136-149.
Arrangements: Whidden-McLean
Funeral Home, Bartow.
Condolences to the family may be made
at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.
com.


Rebeca H. Perez, 78, passed away
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Bartow Re-
gional Medical Center of heart failure.
Born Dec. 3, 1932,
in Havana, Cuba,
.I- Mrs. Perez had been
a resident of Bartow
since 1968, moving
from Havana. She was
a laboratory techni-
cian for Polk General
Hospital and Bartow
SRegional Medical
Rebeca Perez Center for more than
30 years.
Mrs. Perez was a member of St. Thom-
as Aquinas Catholic Church in Bartow.
Survivors include her husband of 57
years, Jesus Perez; two sons, Jesus Perez,
Jr., and wife Mary, and Fernando Perez
and wife Emily; a daughter, Ana


husband, Harry Minor, and a son, Mat-
thew Minor.
Survivors include her son, Todd Mi-
nor and wife Julie of Bartow; her three.
daughters, Cindy Brennan and husband
Floyd of Fort Meade, Ruth Oxendine of
Mulberry, and Jae Adams and husband
Donald of Bartow; her two brothers,
Ron Taylor of Rotonda, Fla., and Randy
Taylor of Sevierville, Tenn.; her sister,
Pamela Carter of Englewood; and 10
grandchildren.
Funeral: Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m.,
at the Word of Life Christian Center in
Bartow. '
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New program could reduce crime


City police looking to start Business Watch


By JEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
Bartow's police chief wants businesses
to join his effort in lowering crime in the
city.
Not that crime is particularly high in
Bartow, but Chief Joe Hall said businesses
doing what they can to assist the police
department will only help matters. To
work toward that end the Bartow Police
Department is starting a program called
Bartow Business Watch.
Fashioned similarly to Neighborhood
Watch this program would help the de-
partment make arrests earlier than they
could otherwise because, he told a Cham-
ber of Commerce gathering last week,
cops can't be everywhere at once.
Under this program the police depart-
ment sends businesses messages about
suspicious activity and asks business
owners for help if they see anything suspi-
cious.
To introduce the program a meeting in
which business owners can learn about
the Business Watch is scheduled on
Oct. 6 at the Bartow Civic Center. It is set
up to be a lunch gathering, meeting at
11:45 a.m.
"If I had 16,500 police officers I still
couldn't guarantee there would be no
crime reported," Hall told those who


}attended the Committee of 100 meeting.
"But the onus is on us to prevent crime
before it happens."
Hall pointed out that violent crime in
Bartow is really quite small, but other
crimes are probably larger than they
should be. However, some of that is the
victims' fault.
"Property crime rate is large in size,"
he said. "But 94 percent are because the
property is unsecured. There's not a pro-
fessional ring here but we're talking about
things like carhopping."
He also said the same is true with home
burglaries. He said 62 percent of them
are occurring because the homes aren't
secure.
"It's hard to defend against those
things," he said.
In showing how burglaries and other
crimes outrank violent crime in Bartow,
Hall offered some statistics. In the last
two years there have been three murders
in Bartow's city limits. But so far this year
there have been 247 burglaries. Last year
there were 305. And, though crime has
dropped in Bartow 9.9 percent in the last
year, people should keep in mind how
much the population jumps during the
day here as it is the county seat.
The population is about 17,000 resi-
dents, however, during the day it increas-
es as employees of the Department of


Transportation, school district, the coun-
ty, the judicial system and the county jail
come to town. That does not only include
employees of those systems, but also
those who have to go to court, visit county
and school board offices and more.
That gives the department much more
to keep an eye on, Hall pointed out.
"We need to be more proactive than
reactive," he said.
And, he said, if the Bartow Business
Watch works not only will he see crime
drop more, but it will be better for the
economic situation.
"You will see crime go down," he
said. "If people come to us and in-
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Clark celebrates 90th


Nettie Rue Clark of Bartow celebrated
her 90th birthday recently with a recep-
tion given by her children.
Forty-three guests, including family
members and friends, attended the event
at her home on South Kissengen Avenue.
She was surprised b. her children with a
bouquet of 90 long-stemmed roses in an
arrangement that measured more than
four feet high.
Mrs. Clark, originally from Alabama,
moved with her family to the Lake Gar-
field area in 1935. She and her husband,
the late Clarence "Bud" Clark, moved a
tiny one-room building located near the
Old 91 Mine to a lot on the Old Homeland
Road in 1942, and began their family. The
house today retains that same original
structure, along with several additions
throughout the years, and has served as
Mrs. Clark's home for almost 70 years.
Mrs. Clark retired from Ametek in 1992.


PHOTO PROVIDED


Nettie Clark celebrated her 90th birthday
surrounded by family.
She previously worked for Polk County
Public Schools and Ben Hill Griffin. She
has four children, 12 grandchildren, 16
great-grandchildren and four great-great-
grandchildren.


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Special events at area churches
St. John Missionary Baptist Church in For more information call
Bartow will celebrate its anniversary on Deacon Jimmie Barfield at 285-9643.
Sunday, Sept. 18.. *
Rev. Jerome Davis is pastor of the church Haines City Gospel Music
at 430 Seventh Avenue. Coffee House will be open Saturday,
Pastor Davis will bring the message at Sept. 17, in the fellowship hall.
morning worship, while the 3 p.m. service The church is a 1718 Melbourne Ave.,
will feature the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Haines City, and the Coffee House is on the
Church congregation of Lake Wales. U.S. Highway 17/92 side of the church.
** Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with music
Family and Friends Day is planned for beginning 6 o'clock by the house band
Sunday, Sept. 18, at Mount Pleasant Primi- Souls Afire. Special guest band Randy Wil-
tive Baptist Church in Fort Meade. liam & The Works will follow.
Stefon Tyler of Deltona will be guest Admission is free. For further informa-
speaker at the 11 a.m. service. tion phone Richard Smith at 430-2410 or
Elder Vincent Montgomery is pastor of e-mail bamaboyrichl@yahoo.com.
the church at 125 S.W Seventh St.

Reception for artist at Carolyn's Friday
A wine and cheese reception is planned and greet guests at the monthly event from
for Friday, Sept. 16, to meet the Artist of the 4-7 p.m.
Month at Carolyn's Gallery in Bartow. Carolyn's is at 395 E. Summerlin St. Call
Mary Ann Freeman will display her work 519-5215 for more information.
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September 14, 2011 The Polk County Democrat Page 9A


Rally 'round, boys and girls


... adults also


By STEVE STEINER
STEVESTEINER @ POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
Sunday, Sept. 11, was Redeemer
Lutheran Church and Pre-School's an-
nual Rally Day, and although turnout
this year was less than last year, it still
was a time of fun for children and
adults alike.
One of the attractions missing from


this year's event in Bartow was a train
ride that children absolutely enjoyed
and squealed with delight at last year.
"They said there are three Rally
Days going on this year," said Patri-
cia Norris. That fact was discovered
when Redeemer Lutheran attempted
to arrange for the train this year. She
jokingly added, "The other churches
must have found out how successful
our Rally Day was last year, so decided
to have their own."
Pastor Todd Shouse did not believe
that Sunday being the 10th anniver-


sary of 9/11 was a factor in why the
turnout was smaller. However, the
somberness of the day did not go
unmentioned.
"The sermon was about 9/11 and
rallying around the word of God,"
he said. It was also about fellowship,
he added as he looked out upon the
scene, a smile upon his face. "Every-
body's having a good time. That's the
main thing."


At right: Charlie Elam (left) and Allison Kesler
found themselves enjoying the swings at
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Summerlin Academy remembers Sept.11


Summerlin Academy held a ceremony Friday morning observing the 10Oth anniversary of 9/11. Veterans, cadets,
law enforcement officers, firefighters, citizens recite The Pledge of Allegiance as they all came together just
before sunrise Friday at Summerlin Academy to remember the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001.
Guests at Summerlin Academy's 9/11 10th anniversary observance watch health
student Richard Wilson place a medical bag in honor of emergency medical
personnel who perished in the terrorist attacks. The anniversary program was held
early Friday morning.


Bartow Fire Chief Jay Robinson carries a helmet to be placed along
with a wreath in front of a silhouette of the World Trade Center
during a ceremony at Summerlin Academy Friday morning observing
the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Silhouettes were made by Bartow High
School teacher Jimmy Giles and his woodworking students.


Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall, accompanied by a cadet placing
a wreath, prepares to lay a police hat in honor of law enforce-
ment officers who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Summerlin
Academy held a 10th anniversary observance beginning just
before sunrise Friday.


Photos by Peggy Kehoe

At left: Summerlin Academy held a ceremony Friday morning
observing the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Wreaths were placed to
honor civilians, emergency medical personnel, police, fire-
fighters and military killed in the terrorist attacks.


Summerlin Academy cadets bow their heads in prayer during a ceremony early Friday morning remembering those who lost their lives on Sept. 11,
2001.


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Lease terms set for airport paint shop


By BILL RETTEW JR.
BRETI Wa' POLKCOUN I'YI)EMOCRAT.COMI
During an hour-long discussion at
Monday's meeting, Bartow Municipal
Airport and Industrial Park Authority
members hammered out lease terms
in a bid to benefit both a taxiway side
aircraft paint shop operator and city
taxpayers.
If prospective lessee Ozzie Carrerou
rents the 5.59-acre piece of ground,
with three metal buildings, including a
12,000-square-foot structure, he expects
that current tenant Gerry Butterworth
will continue to operate an aircraft


paint shop from the site.
The buildings are in foreclosure with
PNC Bank. The city leases and owns the
land and the bank controls the buildings.
Cindy Barrow, airport/industrial park
executive director, said that if Carrerou
accepts the city's terms, "he's getting a
good deal."
City commissioners also serve on the
airport board. Commissioner Adrian
Jackson is a board member and former
commercial pilot.
Jackson said that continued operation
of a paint shop and possibly an uphol-
stery facility "could bring recognition to
the airport in general aviation circles.


"A business out here, even at a re-
duced rate, is better than no business.
We want recognition for this airport.
People want to bring their planes here
but we don't want to give away the
store."
Authority member Wayne Lewis said
the two parties need to reach a "happy
medium" when negotiating with Car-
rerou.
"We'd rather have a little something
than nothing," said Lewis.
Carrerou recently had the property's
value appraised at $240,000. Barrow
said that typically the airport charges
from 1 to 2 percent of the value per year


which would add from $2,400 to $4,800
per month to city coffers.
Butterworth has worked from the
airport since 2001, and plans call for
him to continue to operate the aircraft
painting business. Butterworth added
major property enhancements and
improvements to the property and paid
$1,274 per month for the land lease.
The not-yet-agreed-to contract stipu-
lates a 20-year lease with three five-year
options. The cost could escalate along
with the Consumer Price Index. The city
would retain the right to reassess the
property after five years and possibly
raise the lease price if the value escalates.


Woman draws DOT attention to SR 60 safety issue


By MARY CANNADAY
MCANNADAY @LAKEWALESNEWS.COM
A local woman who believes in pursu-
ing what's important has brought about
safer conditions for those traveling West
State Road 60.
Longtime Lake Wales resident Verna
Echols had a wreck on Dec. 18 last
year at the mid-point of SR 60, as she
attempted to enter the UPS entrance
driveway. Not wanting to cross all four
lanes at once, Echols stopped in the
median, where there is a left-turn ar-
row. Apparently, that was illegal, and
in response to the incident and wreck,
Echols lost her license, she said.
Feeling that the median was confus-
ing and a recipe for disaster, Echols
called the Department of Transporta-
tion in Bartow and requested a meet-
ing at the site. Echols, Public Relations
Officer Cindy Clemons, a DOT engineer,
and representatives of the Lake Wales
Police Department met in an informal
highway gathering to discuss the need
for some type of warning sign.
"We did a crash history and geomet-
ric study of the site, and agreed that


improvements were needed," Clemons
said. She noted many safety measures
taken by the DOT are in response to
citizen concerns, so they appreciate is-
sues being brought to their attention.
As to this specific site, Clemons said,
"Although there have been three crashes
in this area in the last three years (they
weren't all the same type of crash two
were rear ends and one was a crossover
crash), our engineers made the decision
to install the attenuators along the gore
portion of the ramp from U.S. Highway
27 to SR 60 based on field reviews of the
ramp. The chance that vehicles could
cut across the painted gore area of the
merge in order to reach the far left hand
turn lane is viable, but unsafe. There-
fore, as a proactive safety measure, the
department installed the attenuators to
deter the cross-over movement."
So the solution was a traffic pattern
device called "attenuators": white, cone-
shaped devices that block people from pull-
ing into the median space. Problem solved.
Echols said she is happy that in spite
of all the distress over losing her license,
"Some good has come out of this to
benefit Lake Wales."


Construction at hospital


entrance this week


This week in the U.S. Highway 98
construction project, work will be done on
the right turn lanes in and out of Bartow
Regional Medical Center and the entrance
off US 98.
Access to the hospital won't be affected
as one half of the entrance will be available
while work is being done on the other half.
This work should be complete in three to
four hours.
Also, during daytime hours, construction
activities will continue on the east side of
US 98 north of Old Bartow and Eagle Lake
Road to Ernest Smith Boulevard near Bar-
tow Ford. Construction activities will also
continue on the west side of US 98 from
Lyle Parkway to south of Smith Lane. This
should take several more months and there
should be no impact to traffic.
There will also be construction activity
on the west side of US 98 between Manor
Drive to Lyle Parkway for the upcoming


road widening. It will impact various drive-
way entrances, but access will be main-
tained at all times, FDOT reports.
For project information, visit www.
IdriveUS98.com.
On State Road 60,24-hour lane closures
are planned for bridge rail retrofitting at
the Peace River Bridges. Lane closures for
bridge railing retrofits continue during the
day from 9 a.m.-
2 p.m. Nighttime paving between 5 p.m.
and 5:30&a.m. for about two months.
On the work nearWilson Road in Bartow
there are no planned lane closures but
construction workers will be in the shoul-
der area.
On US 98 at the Winter Lake Road Inter-
section construction continues during the
day in the median area at the Polk Parkway.
This work is scheduled for several weeks
and will have no impacts to traffic, FDOT
said.


Get tickets to see Caine until Friday


Herman Caine, a Republican candi-
date for the 2012 presidential race, will
be keynote speaker at the first event of
the Reagan Dinner Series Sept. 20 at the
Lakeland Center.
Caine began his career as a com-
puter systems analyst for the Coca-Cola
Company. then moved to the Pillsbury
Company, where he rose to the posi-
tion of vice president, according to his
biography.
Some time later, Caine become the


president and CEO of Godfather's Pizza, a
company that was teetering on the edge
of bankruptcy. In just 14 months, Herman
returned Godfather's to profitability and
he led his management team to a buyout
of the company.
Tickets, which range from $55 to
$1,000, may be purchased until noon
Friday online at www.polkgop.org, or by
calling 863-676-7966.
For answers to inquiries, email info@
polkgop.org.


PHOTO PROVIDED
Traffic-control devices called attenuators have been installed by the Department of Transporta-
tion on State Road 60 West, near the turnoff to the United Parcel Service Building. Verna Echols
called the DOT after having a wreck at that juncture, not realizing that drivers could not pull to
the middle there before going all the way across, she said. The DOT agreed it was confusing and
not adequately marked, so recently installed the cone-shaped devices to guide cars away from
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DIRECTOR
FROM PAGE 1A
University and is working toward a mas-
ter's degree in urban and regional plan-
ning from Florida Atlantic University.
Weiss is the manager of Public Art
and Design for Times Square Alliance, a
business improvement district. Weiss also


EMPLOYEE
FROM PAGE 1A
year, expenditures outpace its budget
by $207,878. It proposes to make up for
that by using an escrow account. The
CRA's budget mostly comes from prop-
erty taxes. It has identified areas of high
concern for which to provide money
but it has cut the amount it can use for
each for the coming budget year.
Though the operations of Main
Street are not a high priority, both
Interim Executive Director Patrick
Brett and city commissioners feel what
it does is important to the community.
Main Street is responsible for proj-
ects that promote downtown and its
merchants, most notably the Friday
Fest held every third Friday of the
month. For 2012 the CRA has budgeted
$10,000 to Main Street.
Under the change for next year
Dorminy would not necessarily report
directly to Long but the city would be
responsible that the programs follow
city policy.
"Do they know this is coming?" City
Commissioner Leo Longworth asked
during a commission workshop last
week.
Long nodded that they do.
The city manager believes the Main
Street program is important to the city
and to the businesses but he added the
city cannot take on the responsibility of
this in the long term.
"This has to be short term," he said.


JUSTICE
FROM PAGE 1A
critical.
"He is off the ventilator now and able
to speak, so we were able to conduct
the interview," said Lawson said Mon-
day. "We have spoken with a few other
witnesses and I am in the process of
completing my final report. The case
should be ready to be turned over to
the state attorney by tomorrow and
things will go from there."
Word of whether or not Wilkes will be
arrested could not come soon enough
for the Lunn family. Although Daniel
Lunn admits to being limited on what
he can say as the events of that day are
still under investigation, he stated his
family's pain had been greatly esca-
lated after seeing', 11, account of
what happened that day run. Accord-


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firm in Delray Beach.
He graduated with a fine arts bachelor's
degree from Bucknell University and a
master's degree in architecture from Co-
lumbia University.
The position pays $79,353 a year. The
CRA has no deadline to hire a permanent
director.


"The community involvement has to be
there."
Commissioner Wayne Lewis, who
attended a recent CRA meeting where
these items were discussed, echoed
Long.
"It's a real important program to
downtown," he said. "If it goes away it's
not just the business but everything that
hinges on this should be of concern."
All five commissioners were OK with
taking on the salary of the Main Street
director for 2012 but they are also
banking on it being able to become
independent after that.
"The CRA anticipates another short-
age in 2013," Longworth said, adding it
has to take care of itself after next year.
In other business regarding the CRA,
commissioners last week decided to
cap the executive director's position
at the level Jim Duane, the previous
executive director, made when he left.
That figure is $79,347.13.
Commissioners also OK'd the CRA's
tentative budget for 2013 in which it
is taking money from the escrow ac-
count. It did so after asking CRA Board
Member Tim Brooks his opinion as he
was the only member of the board who
voted against the proposed budget.
"I never agreed with budgeting for
a deficit," he told commissioners. "We
wouldn't dip into our savings if it were
our own budgets. We'd cut back and
we're not doing that."
He added that being a steward of pub-
lic funds, the board has to act as if the
money is "ours and we're not" doing that.

ing to the Lunn family, there are many
untruths to Wilkes' story that they are
determined to see uncovered.
"Our preference is to rely on the facts,"
Lunn said in a written statement to
The Polk County Democrat. "We know
that on that terrible day our unarmed
and defenseless brother was shot three
times, twice in the chest and once in the
head. After a month in the hospital, my
brother has lost 50 pounds. He has had
two major surgeries with more likely to
come. He has three bullets still lodged
in his body. He has paralysis on the left
side of his face, and his vision and hear-
ing have been affected. His life has been
changed forever: not just physically, but
emotionally as well.
"It is still our hope and prayer that
the investigation will allow justice to
prevail and the person responsible for
the crime will realize there are conse-
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By JEFF ROSLOW
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Bartow City Commissioners each will
make $26,780 in 2012 as commissioners.
That is no change from what they made
in 2011. However there is a possibility that
they could get health insurance as City
Attorney Sean Parker will look into it and
make a presentation to them at its Sept. 19
meeting.
"I consulted with our city attorney on
this to consider a benefit and not increase
the salary," Commissioner James E Cle-
ments said during the workshop last week.
Though commissioners seemed not
to be interested in having benefits, three
favored Parker looking into it and coming
back with a report on how to do it and also
not increase the budget. Commissioner
Adrian Jackson added the city attorney
should also be included in the analysis as


he does not have benefits.
"I'd like to see a cost analysis and where
the money would come from," Jackson
said, though he warned his colleagues
that including benefits for commissioners
could have a downside to it.
"I would not like the benefit to be a
reason someone would want to run for of-
fice," Jackson said. "That's my opinion."
Though Commissioners Leo Long-
worth, Wayne Lewis, Jackson and Pat Huff
said during the meeting they wouldn't be
personally interested in taking benefits
they seemed interested in having an anal-
ysis done. Also, as commissioners voted
unanimously to freeze their salaries for
the next year, it didn't seem likely that they
would add benefits for the coming year,
even if the attorney's report is favorable.
Aside from the salaries they earn as
commissioners, they also earn $13,000
each for serving on the Airport Authority.


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Wednesday, Sept 14
"Writing Your Life Story" with DJ Osborne,
"Understanding your Dreams" with Shir-
ley Curtis Ference, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. $5
donation suggested. The Center for Personal
Growth, 151 Second St S.W, Winter Haven.
djosbomefl@yahoo.com or 293-3594 to
register.

Friday, Sept.16
Meet the Artist at Carolyn's Gallery, featur-
ing Mary Ann Freeman. Wine and cheese
reception, 4-7 p.m., 395 East Summerlin St.,
Bartow, 519-5216.

Friday Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept.18
"TheWind and the Willows," $10 adults, $8
children, 18 and younger. Lakeland Com-
munity Theater, 121 S. Lake Ave. Lakeland,
603-PLAY (7529) or mwhelan@lakelandcom-
munitytheatre.com. Call for times, as they
vary on different days.

CLUBS
Thursday, Sept. 15
Constitution Day Luncheon with guest
speaker Sgt. Lloyd Harris speaks. He is an
Army instructor for the Army Junior ROTC at
Summerlin Academy in Bartow. $16 per per-
son, paid by check and made out to Bartow
Chapter DAR and sent to Bartow Chapter
DAR, Treasurer, 1215 S. Orange Ave., Bartow,
FL 33830. Event at Peace River Country Club,
150 S. Idlewild Ave., Bartow, 533-6293.

Tuesday, Sept.20
Chamber Young Professionals Luncheon
with Cathy Hayes, noon, Bartow Civic Center,
2250 S. Floral Ave..

Tuesday, Sept. 20
Master Gardener Program, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,
$125 to cover cost of books and materials.
Polk County Extension Office, 1702 Highway
17 South, Bartow. For further information call
David Shibles at 519-8677, ext. 109, or visit
www.polkhort.com.
COMMUNITY
Wednesday, Sept. 14
3-5 Year-Old Story Time, 10 a.m., children
learn from books read to them. Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broadway, 534-0131.

Thursday, Sept 15
Book Babies, 10 a.m., for children from 18
months to 2 years with their parents or guard-
ians. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,
534-0131.

Friday, Sept 16
Downtown Bartow Friday Fest, 6-9 p.m.,
Main Street, Bartow.

Friday, Sept 16
Multi-Cultural Festival, 6-9 p.m., free. Lake
Mirror amphitheater which is in between
Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center,
Lakeland. 834-6264.


Saturday, Sept. 17
Paws to Read, 1:30 p.m., Smiles Unleashed
Therapy Dogs listen to children read books.
Bartow Public Library 2150 S. Broadway,
534-0131.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Pix and Popcorn at the Library, "Mars
Needs Moms" (kids), 2:30 p.m., Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broadway, 534-0131.

Saturday, Sept.17
International Coastal Cleanup. Individuals,
businesses and communities to participate in
their areas to clean up a lake, river or water-
way. Keep Polk County Beautiful will provide
all cleanup supplies needed. To register, call
Keep Polk County Beautiful at 676-7019 or
e-mail kpcbeautiful@yahoo.com.

Saturday, Sept. 17
Souls Afire followed by Randy William &
The Works, doors open at 3:30 p.m., music be-
gins at 6 p.m., free. Haines City Gospel Music
Coffee House, 1718 Melbourne Ave., 430-2410.

GOVERNMENT
Thursday, Sept. 15
Public hearing on the county budget, 6 p.m.
Polk County Commissioners have passed a
tentative budget for $1.33 billion. The new
budget is to start on Oct. 1. Polk County
Administration Building, 330 W. Church St.,
Bartow.

Monday, Sept. 19
Bartow City Commission, 5:30 p.m. work
session, 6:30 board meeting, 450 N. Wilson
Ave. 534-0100.
HEALTH
Wednesday, Sept 14
Recovery for Life group, 11:30-noon and
noon-1 p.m., free lunch. Leland Family Min-
istries Office 1715 U.S. Highway 17 S., Bartow,
519-0000 or info@lelandfamilyministries.com.

Thursday, Sept 15
Plastic surgeon Dr. J. Scott Ferguson
"Cosmetic Procedures: Which Option is Right
forYou?" 6 p.m., Watson Clinic BellaVista
Building at 1755 N. Florida Ave., Lakeland.
904-6238 to RSVP

Monday, Sept. 19
Prescription Drug Summit, 7:30 p.m., free.
Sharon Kelley of Alliance for Global Narcotics
TrainingInc., speaks. First Baptist Church of
Bartow, 410 E. Church St., 773-6349,382- 2138
or 802-0777

SPORTS
Thursday, Sept. 15
Registration for America's Boating Course.
Class is 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
24. Seating limited and pre-registration is
required. Pre-registration in lobby of the Kelly
Recreation Complex Sept. 15 from 5-8 p.m.
$35 includes material. 667-9047 or visit www.
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Recreation Complex, 404 Imperial Blvd.,
Lakeland.

Saturday, Sept. 17
Blown Away 8K, 7:30 a.m. Sponsored by
Bartow Parks and Recreation Department.
Course begins and ends at Main Street and
Wilson Avenue. Registration up to day of race,
$27 and includes T-shirt if any left. 534-0120
or e-mail parks.info@cityofbartow.net.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18
Mud Lake Hare Scrambles, Florida Trail
Riders quad racers and dirt bikes, sponsored
by Central Florida Trail Riders. Division for


all ages, kids and adults. Signups at 7:30 a.m.
each day. Spectators welcome, $10 per vehicle,
food vendors and T-shirts for sale, overnight
camping available. On Mud Lake Road, off 80
Foot Road, follow orange arrows. Information:
407-774-9090, e-mail keithfinnerty@embarq-
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and look at coming events.

Tuesday, Sept 20
NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition for
children 6-15.4 p.m. Register in person at
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preparing to open new volun- must be reading to learn," said Liza terro
teer mentor programs to inspire McFadden, president ofVolunteer USA to-he
students to become better readers and Foundation which manages the program. It s
outstanding youth role models. A report this summer by the Annie schoi
The recruitment of teen mentors for E. Casey Foundation concluded if the comic
three new Teen Trendsetters Reading current trends hold true, 6.6 million mas 1
Mentors programs at Bartow Interna- children in the birth to age 8 group are Wa
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Winter Haven High School coincides ate from high school on time because shop
with International Literacy Day an they won't be able to meet the national cann
annual observance to focus attention proficient reading level by the end of
on the importance of literacy. About 50 third grade.
students will join thousands of others To find out more, visit www.teentrend
across Florida who will be trained to setters.org.
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reading levels are, on average, six to
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Teams of the BartowYouth Football
program are quickly hitting their mid-
season stride. Last weekend, the squads
gathered at Tom E. Walker Field to meet
up with the Lakeland Saints. For the five
teams of Bartow, the Saturday games
were the fourth of the season.
The Mighty Mites took the field after
the flag team had scored a narrow vic-
tory in the second game of the day. Af-
ter absorbing a loss in their first game,
Bartow was on a two-game winning
streak and hoping to expand. At the end
of the game, Bartow had stretched its
record to 3-1 with a 19-6 win over the
Lakeland Saints. The Saints scored their
lone touchdown late in the game as
Bartow completely dominated.
The 2011 squad consists of Amarion
Baker, Shelvin Douglas, Kaden Jones,
Jadavion Stackhouse, Isaac Ghent, Marcus
Peterson, Grant Weatherford, Cameron
Thomas, Israel Ghent, JacreyWaddell Jr.,
Ezequiel Castillo, Dountae Hall, D'ontae
Bibins, Ta'ron Hogan, Darrien Thomas,
Daithan Davis, Shakeem Edwards, Sacarr
Bowers, Stephen Lewis, Chardarious Mc-
Clain and Johntayious Brown.
Coaches for the 2011 Mighty Mite
squad are Joshua Garrison, Derrick
Johnson and Andrew Garrison.
Throughout the game, an enthu-
siastic squad of cheerleaders led the
crowd in supporting their team.. Under
the direction of Tonya Clayton and
Tanisha Clayton, the 2011 Mighty Mite
cheerleaders are Sayler Sharp, Camryn
Gregory, Niyah Battle, Beniyah Smith,
Jade Bethea, Nikhya McClain, Madison
Ruhl, Kaley Cote, Vaneisha Gant, Calissa
Grissette, Ahlana Wright, Keimora Bell,


Quaniece McAllister, Lyasia McCloud
and Brooklynne Weatherford.
At the conclusion of the game, the
cheerleaders joined the players in the
closing ceremony of the game, meeting
and shaking hands with the opponent
on the field.
The middle game in the five-game day
was reserved for the seniors. This squad
is composed of many who will be playing
their final year in the BYF program before
going on to scholastic competition. They
also sported a 2-1 record, including a 25-0
whitewashing of Plant City. Bartow scored
early Saturday and kept their opponent at
bay with a 14-8 home victory.
This year's team is made up of Zaire
Lewis, Jarquez Harris, Christobal Jones,
Marion Seawell, Keyshawn Leflore, Bran-
don Timmerman, Ronald Robinson, Na-
thaniel Smith, Bryceton Myrick, Jonathan
Lott, Christopher Butler, Prince Wright,
Rayfield Frazier, Dante Williams, Zach
Guy, Tory Williams, Kevin Brogdon, Mario
Rodriguez, and Jacob Arsenault.
Coach David Floyd calls the shots
with help from Louis Stephens, Jeff
Brogdon and Dwayne Williams.
A team of 13 cheerleaders went to
work on a sunny Saturday to show their
loyalty and support for the hard-fight-
ing Jackets. They performed their cheers
under the watchful eye of coaches Avis
Douglas and Celena Clark as well as a
Bartow High School student who was
assisting. The 2011 Senior cheerleaders
are Joneisa Barnett, Lupe Castillo, Dani-
elle Gilley, Akierra Hawthorne, Shy'keria
Jackson, Ne-Ne Jordan, Lateisha Tobin-
son, Jaquasha Rogers, Courtajia Sand-
ers, Kiley Stephens, Amber Thompson,


Courtnee Gregory and Alexus Suarez.
In the coming weeks, we'll be identify-
ing the members of the Flag, PeeWee
and Junior Squads. The Flag and PeeWee
teams stand 1-3 on the season while the
Juniors have won their last three con-
tests to hold a 3-1 record. Bartow will be
at home this Saturday to meet up with
the Lake Alfred Raiders. Games start at
9 a.m. Tom E. Walker field is in Bartow
Park on County Road 555.

Punt, Pass & Kick
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annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick compe-
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Tampa and the NFL Pro Bowl game.
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20, at 4 p.m. at Tom E. Walker Field at
Bartow Park on CR 555. There are five
separate age groups for the competi-
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For the first time this season, the game
prep for the Bartow Yellow Jacket var-
sity football team will not include a bus
ride. The Jackets, after spending their
first three weeks on the road, will play at
home. It's something everyone has been
looking forward to.
"It's huge," said Head Coach Brett Biggs
about the team getting off the road. "We
finally get to play in front of our own fans.
It's even better to be doing it without a
blemish on our record."
Bartow has made the best of the situ-
ation, notching road wins at Mulberry
(20-6) and Auburndale (21-14). The test
now comes with Lake Region, a team that
hung tough to gain its first win last week,
coming from behind at Fort Meade. It's a
team that can win on the road, but little
else is known about them.
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Bartow went to Lake Region late last
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already decimated by injury and the idea
of not going anywhere in the playoffs.
A year and shuffling the schedule can
make a big difference. Last year's contest
is in the record books and neither team
appears to be anything like the ones
that squared off last November. For Lake
Region, the idea of winning on the road
is incentive. For Bartow, keeping the two-
game win streak alive is serious business.
"We're coming together more with
every game," said Biggs. "We have to start
executing better. The defense is coming
off a great game and they just keep get-
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Page 16A The Polk County Democrat















School Board approves $732 million budget


By DIANE NICHOLS
DNICHOLS@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM

After meticulous tweaking and trim-
ming, the Polk County School Board
unanimously approved a $732 million
budget for 2011-2012 at their Sept. 6
night meeting. This reflects a $4,581,330
decrease from the prior year's budget as
the district struggles to keep pace with
the failing economy.
One of the changes in the newly-ad-
opted budget is a $989 cut in teacher's
annual salaries. Last year, Polk County
teachers banked an average of $42,838
per year while in the coming year that
figure will change to $41,849. The trim-
ming of teachers' paychecks is the first
decline in salaries since 2008-2009.
A five-year study shows that salaries
rose steadily between 2002 and 2008,
declined in 2008-2009 and rose again
for the next two years until the recent
cut. The Polk County School District
is the largest employer in Polk County
with 14,000 employees including 7,700
teachers. Salaries take up 55.7 percent
of the available general fund.
Although there are no projected lay-
offs, despite the impact of dwindling
state budgets, various programs have



Tentative budget

OK'd at $1.33B

The Polk County Commission tenta-
tively approved a $1.33 billion budget
Sept. 8.
The budget is about $40,000 less than
last year's spending plan but it does not
include an increase in ad valorem taxes
though there is an increase in fire as-
sessments and county garbage rates.
Property taxes are proposed at $6.87
per $1,000 for city residents and $7.50
for those in unincorporated areas.
That means a person who lives in a
house with a $200,000 value with a
$50,000 homestead exemption will pay
$1,030.50 in the city and $1,125 in un-
incorporated areas. That figure does not
account for the school district and city
millage rates.
The fire assessment is proposed to
increase from $148 to $160 for a single-
family home.
County fire officials requested an
increase because a slowdown in devel-
opment has hurt revenue projections to
improve protection coverage in unin-
corporated areas and staffing had to
increased.
On garbage rates commissioners rec-
ommend an increase of $16.50 increase
from $154 to $167.50. They had consid-
ered a smaller increase but decided on
this one with no change for the next five
years.
Because there is less revenue this year
about $26,000 the county may
have to make some cuts. Those sug-
gested at the workshop were in arts and
culture.
However, there was some objection to
that at the workshop.
Arts supporters asked commission-
ers to change the tourism development
ordinance to allow tourism taxes to
be used to fund museums. This move
would not affect the budget as this
money for that comes from hotel, motel
and other rental payments.
Commissioners asked County Attor-
ney Michael Craig to draft a revision in
the tourism ordinance.
A second hearing is scheduled at 6
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Polk
County Administration Building. The
2011-12 budget is to start Oct. 1.


had to be cut, some non-instructional
positions have been eliminated and
there will be a hiring freeze for vacant
positions for the fiscal year 2011-12
that began in July.
Marianne Capoziello, president of
the Polk Education Association, urged
board members to have more dialogue
with the teachers' union regarding
salaries of district employees so the
two entities can work together during
the budgeting process. Despite ex-
pressing appreciation for more sitdown
meetings with the board to discuss
facts and figures before the new budget
was voted on, Capoziello viewed that
small step as the beginning of a much-
needed journey.
"If we can have more open commu-
nication in the 2010-2011 school year,
it would be a step forward so we don't
get left behind in comparison to other
counties, and bring to Polk County and
keep in Polk County the quality staff
that you need to run an A+ school dis-
trict," Capoziello said. "We want you to
be aware that we do look at your docu-
ments. We do look at your numbers
and we do care about the fact that the
district has to be financially stable. We
also look at the fact that your budget


Tina Donelson, 47, stabbed on
Tuesday, Sept. 6, died from her injuries
Sept. 9, the Polk County Sheriff's Office
said, and they plan to charge her boy-
friend with her killing.
Her alleged assailant, David Mc-
Corkle, 55, was taken to Lakeland
Regional Medical Center due to self-
inflicted stab wounds.
Polk County Sheriff's deputies ar-
rested McCorkle Sept. 6 and charged
him with one count of attempted mur-
der, one count of aggravated assault of a
law enforcement officer and one count
animal cruelty causing death, after he
used an 8-inch long butcher knife to
stab his live-in girlfriend and his dog,
severely wounding his girlfriend and
killing the dog. He is now going to be
charged with murder, the sheriff's office
reports.
According to the affidavit released
Sept. 8, at or about 2:50 p.m. on Sept.


for your mortgage is just as impor-
tant as your budget for your teachers
and your support staff. If you have a
demoralized staff, if you have a flight of
quality teachers, if you have a flight of
quality employees, our children suffer."
With the state eliminating all con-
struction funding, as well as all repair
and maintenance funding, the new
budget has no monies for construc-
tion projects, which pushes back any
new building plans to future years,
depending on whether or not the
capital outlay funding increases. The
focus in the meantime will remain on
maintaining campuses, campus reno-
vations and remodeling that is already
underway.
The budget showed a slight decrease
in property taxes as compared to
this year's rate. New figures include a
property tax rate of $7.67 per $1,000
of taxable value, which is a 12 cent
drop from the $7.79 tax rate from this -
year. The owner of a home valued at
$100,000 with a $25,000 homestead
exemption can expect to pay $575.25.
An estimated total of $38.3 million
is anticipated by the district from a
capital outlay property tax of $1.50
for every $1,000 of taxable property


6, McCorkle got into a verbal argument
with Donelson, his live-in girlfriend,
which turned physical when he armed
himself with an 8-inch butcher knife
and stabbed her multiple times about
the torso, causing life-threatening
injuries.
When deputies arrived on scene,
both the suspect and the victim came
out of the house, both armed with
knives and covered in blood.
The victim collapsed in the yard in
front of the deputies, while the suspect
stood in the doorway with three visible
stab wounds on his upper torso.
. Deputies told McCorkle to put down
the knife, at which time he replied,
"Kill me," and then threw the knife at
them, which narrowly missed one of
the deputies, struck a patrol vehicle,
and landed in the yard. McCorkle then
fell to the ground and was taken into
custody.


value. This total is $3 million less than
the 2010-2011 budget due to declining
property values coupled with redirec-
tion of capital millage to operating
purposes. Categories covered under
the capital outlay budget include
debt service, school bus replacement,
school technology and other equip-
ment, and various maintenance,
renovation and repair projects. Capital
funding will support projects that keep
Polk's technology resources at state-of-
the-art status. All Polk schools, which
include more than 10,000 classrooms,
are networked, enabling students to
connect to the Internet.
Student transportation funds of $103
million have been budgeted to trans-
port students in the district to schools.
The district serves students in 160 sites
throughout the county with approxi-
mately 47,000 of the students relying
on bus transportation every day.
Board members were pleased with
the final budget recognizing the impact
the limping economy has had on the
process.
"In these dire times, we approved a
budget that allowed us to live within
our means," said Chairwoman Kay
Fields.


Reflection of terrorism


PHOTOS BY RAY LYNN DEASE
Polk County Fire Rescue members light
candles Sunday during Polk County's
ceremony marking the anniversary of the
terrorist attack.


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Keynote speaker, Diane Fojit, Corporate Crisis
Management, Inc., speaks at the county's
ceremony in Haines City at Lake Eva Banquet
Hall Sunday. Fojit displays a piece of rock from
the World Trade Center. She recalled when she
began working with Polk County EMS in 1977
the most important thing was remembering
CPR, but states emergency responders today
have to do things most people only want
to watch on television. She reminded those
who came to the ceremony that those who
went to rescue people in the Twin Towers did
so without the first thought of what would
happen to their lives.


Among the paintings and images on display
Sunday during the ceremony at Lake Eva
Banquet Hall was this work by Jim Davis,
former Winter Haven Fire Department member.


His girlfriend was taken to LRMC
where she had surgery.
Both McCorkle and his girlfriend told
deputies before EMS transported them
from the scene that they had been fight-
ing over McCorkle being unemployed,
and that McCorkle had stabbed her and
the dog, and then he stabbed himself.
The dog's body was located inside
the home, dead from multiple stab
wounds. His girlfriend stated she
armed herself with a knife during the
attack in an attempt to defend herself;
however, his wounds were self-admit-
tedly self-inflicted, the report said.
McCorkle told deputies he killed the
dog as the dog was trying to protect his
girlfriend from being stabbed.
McCorkle remains at the hospital
under the watch of a deputy, and will
be transported to the Polk County Jail
upon his release, the sheriff's office
reports.


Mulberry stabbing victim dies










Independence has a champion in JD Alexander


By KRIS HUNDLEY
and KIM WILMATH
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES

A state senator who holds the purse
strings to Florida's budget appears ready
to upset the status quo at the state uni-
versity system. And so far, there's barely
been a murmur of dissent.
JD Alexander, a Republican senator
from Polk County, wants to create a new
state university in his home county by
severing the Lakeland branch from the
University of South Florida system.
Alexander has proven his clout. Dur-
ing the last legislative session, he was
able to ensure that USF Polytechnic got
$35 million for construction of a new
campus along Interstate 4.
It was the only university capital
improvement project not vetoed by Gov.
Rick Scott.
Now Alexander, who will be forced
out of the legislature by term limits at
the end of next year, wants that new
location to be Florida's next public
university.
The Board of Governors, which
oversees Florida's 11 public universities,
is set to meet Thursday to talk about
Alexander's push for an institution he
has called Florida Polytechnic. The
state senator argues that USF Poly's
growth has been hampered by its ties
to a mega-university and that its focus
on engineering and applied science will
generate jobs and prosperity for the
region and state.
"Florida is forecasting a need for
100,000 engineers," Alexander said
in late August after pitching his new
university plan to the governor. "If we
can help create more of those ... that's a
great thing."
But here's the current reality:
At the three commencements since
being dubbed a "Polytechnic" in mid-
2008, USF's Lakeland branch has had
one graduate in engineering.
The majority of its undergraduates are
in business and elementary education.
In the past three years, USF Poly has
granted 53 undergraduate degrees in
information technology, but all courses
for that major are online.


The highest level math
course offered at USF
Poly is college algebra;
students have to go else-
where for calculus.
"We're a work in prog-
ress," said Samantha
Lane, USF Poly's head of
communications. The
campus opened 23 years


ALEXANDER


Scott already seems to be on board
with the proposed split.
And even Judy Genshaft, president of
the USF system in Tampa and a power
player in her own right, is putting up
nominal resistance. In a letter to the
Board of Governors, Genshaft said she
would be "willing to consider options"
at USF Poly that she wouldn't consider
elsewhere.
But a few people are beginning to
have doubts. Student leaders at USF
Poly say they chose the campus for its
big-name brand and small-college feel
and worry about the value of a diploma
that is missing the USF name.
And Rick Dantzler, a Winter Haven
lawyer who served in the state legis-
lature from 1983 to 1998, said he now
regrets joining 28 other community
leaders who signed a letter in late July
supporting independence. "I got carried
away with a rush of civic and county
pride and forgot about trying to do it
the right way," he said.
Dantzler can understand advocates
wanting to strike while the iron is hot,
"because of JD (Alexander)'s juice, it's
hot now."
"But there's a good argument to be
made that when times get tough finan-
cially, it's better to be tied to the mother
ship."
* *
Listening to Marshall Goodman, USF
Poly's regional chancellor and biggest
cheerleader, it can be tough to sepa-
rate the aspirations from the actuality.
He repeatedly refers to an enrollment
of more than 4,000 at the Lakeland
campus, all commuters. In June, he told
investors who are considering financing
a dorm .on the new campus that enroll-
ment was "approximately" 4,800.


PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Ron Morrow (front) looks at the screen as Polytech Regional Chancellor Dr. Marshall Goodman
talks at a Board of Directors meeting in Lakeland. The board has not made a decision whether it
supports being an independent university.


But that number includes students who
are taking classes online as well as on
campus. It also includes thousands of stu-
dents from other USF branches mostly
Tampa who can't find or can't fit into
similar classes on their home campus.
For the 2010-11 academic year, the to-
tal unduplicated student head count at
USF Poly was 4,069. But most of those
were from other USF campuses; only
1,663 claimed Poly as their home.
Students at Lakeland said they are used
to being stepchildren in the USF system,
but said the benefits of being linked to an
internationally recognized university far
outweigh the disadvantages.
They praise the teachers, small
classes and, most of all, the Polk county
location, which is convenient and
affordable for a student body mostly
drawn from the immediate area.
But several students said they have
yet to see the impact of the "polytech-
nic" concept on their classes. And all
the talk of a high job placement rate for


poly graduates has yet to be seen.
A survey of graduating seniors in June
found that 10 percent had received job
offers; 39 percent were looking for work
but had not yet received any offers; 27
percent were continuing with full-time
positions previously held, some with
promotions; 24 percent were not seek-
ing work.
Students worry that if USF's name is
removed from their diplomas, they'll
have an even tougher time finding
work.
"Those fighting for this change
already have jobs," said Sage Stevens,
a 37-year-old, senior business major.
"I want out of Polk County, and USF is
widely known. But Florida Poly U?"
Students already fear that the forces
pushing for independence are too
strong to be stopped. One clue, they
feel: A few weeks ago, a student par-
ticipating in a photo for a recruiting
brochure was told to remove his USF
Polytechnic name tag.


Polytech faces challenges in breaking away


By KIM WILMARTH
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES

To split or not to split?
That's the big question swirling
around Florida's higher education world
- specifically, should the University of
South Florida Polytechnic campus in
Lakeland become the state's 12th public
university?
That question raises a whole lot more,
like when could this happen? How
much will this cost? What about accred-
itation? Will students want to go there?
Some have clear answers. Others, not
so much. Here are some highlights:

What must happen to make USF
Polytechnic an independent univer-
sity?
First, the Board of Governors, which
oversees Florida's public universities,
would have to sign off on the idea.
Next, the proposal would need
support in Tallahassee. That's where
Florida's public universities get fund-
ing, through Public Education Capital
Outlay, or PECO, dollars for construc-
tion projects and state appropriations,
in addition to tuition money, private
donations and federal programs.

How much will it cost to develop the
campus into an independent entity?
A total figure is difficult to pinpoint.
But USF Poly already has a head start


ST. PETERSBURG TIMES PHOTO
Students at the USF's Lakeland campus see the
value in having a degree from a recognized
institution like USF. But independence could
allow the school to chart its own future in what
it can offer academically.
on money for a new campus, getting
a $35 million boost in PECO dollars
the last legislative session and $31.8
million more in the five years before
that. According to the project's 10-year
plan, the whole thing is expected to cost
more than $200 million.

What about the services it currently
shares with the USF system?
As a regional campus, the school is
independent in governance but takes
advantage of a bevy of shared resources,
including legal services, library services,
a computer network, admissions, ath-
letic programs, registrar and research
dollars.
That set-up "saves the state money,"
Judy Genshaft, USF's president said last


week. And "it provides greater access to
students."
USF is examining the total value of all
the shared services and expects to finish
the study next year. For its part, USF Poly
gave the Tampa campus almost $1 mil-
lion for shared services last year, accord-
ing to USF's outline of that study. The
Tampa campus contributed $38 million.

Would the new school be accredited?
Why is that important?
Without accreditation, students can't
get federal grants or loans, nor are their
course credits recognized by other in-
stitutions. Right now, the Lakeland cam-
pus is covered under the umbrella of
USF's long-standing accreditation with
the Southern Accreditation of Colleges
and Schools, or SACS.
USF Poly has applied for separate
accreditation as both USF St. Peters-
burg and USF Sarasota-Manatee have
earned but approval could take more
than a year. And if it were to split, said
Tom Benberg, SACS vice president and
chief of staff, the Lakeland school would
either have to resubmit its accreditation
application or significantly modify the
one it sent while it was affiliated with
USE
SACS is waiting to hear from the
school's leaders about what they intend
to do before offering any guidance. At
a board meeting last week, the school's
board of directors decided to wait how


to lean until it heard from SACS on ac-
creditation.

Why are supporters pushing for
independence?
They say it is necessary to ensure
more local control and that it would be
easier to garner private donations if the
school could solicit them on its own,
away from the larger USF institution.
In addition, it could more aggressively
seek PECO dollars from the legislature
and new degree program approvals with
its own Board of Trustees working with
the Board of Governors.
"It's going to be successful no matter
what," said Brian Philpot, a real estate
investor and one of 29 Polk County
business and civic leaders who signed
a letter sent to the Board of Governors,
pushing for a split. "But it would make
more sense for it to have its own foun-
dation plot its own course without
having to deal with such bureaucracy
and not having to share the wealth."

When could all this happen?
On Thursday, the Board of Governors
will meet in Miami and hear a presenta-
tion on USF Poly's "potential future."
However, no vote will be taken. Mar-
shall Goodman, USF Polytechnic re-
gional chancellor, told members of the
campus board that some action could
happen as early as November when the
Board of Governors meets again.


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FEELING


Bartowans to help find causes of cancer


Being active in Relay


for Life may have played part in


being chosen


By JEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
It could be because the Bartow turn-
out for the Relay of Life event is so large
that it was chosen for this study.
Participants in the 2012 Relay For Life
of Bartow, scheduled April 20-21, will be
asked to take part in a long-term study
on cancer prevention.
Those between 30 and 65, who have
never been diagnosed with cancer, and
are willing, will take part in a study
that could take up to 20 years of testing
and submitting results to the American
Cancer Society. The object of the ACS
Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS3) is to
-discover causes of cancers.
"There are relays that are so pas-
sionate about what they do they are a
conduit to the community," said Nance
Joiner, a CPS3 study coordinator.
She said, however, there are other
reasons communities are chosen for
projects like this. She said it could be
the size or the demographics regarding
age and the American Cancer Society
also looks at infrastructure.
"I would say being active plays a huge
part, but the infrastructure itself could
sway the decision," she said.
However, being chosen for the study
played huge with organizers here.
"We're honored that the American
Cancer Society has chosen Bartow for
this important study," Chief Joe Hall of
the Bartow Police Department and 2012
Relay For Life of.Bartow chairman, said.
"I believe we are the first Relay in Polk


PHOTO BY CHRISTINE ROSLOW
Betsy Draper, 9, (left) and Katie Moore,10,
enjoy snow cones as they listen to the enter-
tainment at the Relay for Life in April at the
Bartow High School football field.

County to be asked, and I feel it's be-
cause the people of Bartow have shown
resolve and commitment in the fight
against cancer."
Joiner said the project is a long-term
study that can last up to 20 years. It's
something that the American Cancer
Society has been doing since the 1950s.
This current study will enroll 300,000
people across the United States.


In this study people
would draw blood from
themselves when told they
have to and submit it to the
American Cancer Society
to study. They also have to
submit some medical his-
tory about themselves.
"It's a long-term obser-
vational study," she said.
"Individuals share medical
history, lifestyle, a whole
gamut of what they know
about themselves."
The personal knowledge
that many don't share, or Even as late as
have to share legally, can School football
help hundreds of thou- them walking I
sands. for Life rally. B
One huge discovery that's help find cause
been made from this type
of study is the danger from cigarettes.
In 1959 the CPS1 study showed that
early death may occur from smoking
cigarettes. In 1996 a CPS2 study showed
that second-hand smoke can contribute
to people getting cancer.
"In between those times the Surgeon
General's report came out with that
warning," Nantz said. Then, she said,
Congress began passing laws banning
smoking in certain places, she said.
More recently there is some conclu-
sion about the relationship between the
size of people's waists and the incidence
of cancer, she said.
"It shows that those with a more
sedentary lifestyle are affected," she


PHnuIuT O B vYS"VES-TINER
10 p.m., Friday, April 8, the entire Bartow High
I stadium and track teemed with people, many of
laps to raise money and awareness at the Relay
artow was chosen to be part of an experiment to
>s of cancer.
said. "The longer you sit, the shorter
you live."
So for those who want to take part in
the survey, the American Cancer Society
is looking for those from all back-
grounds who have not been diagnosed
with cancer.
"We all have the chance of getting
cancer; we just don't know whether we
will," she said. "We want people who
cross all types of backgrounds. It could
be genetic or it could be lifestyle."
In order to commit to the study,
people may enroll at the 2012 Relay
for Life of Bartow for the ACS Cancer
Prevention Study 3 or they can find out
more about it by visiting www.cancer.
org/cps3 or calling 888-604-5888.


Golf tournament hopes to take a swing at knocking out cancer


The Curing Cancer Charity Challenge, a
charity golf tournament to benefit the Re-
lay For Life of Davenport, in conjunction
with the American Cancer Society, will
be held on Oct. 29 at Bartow Golf Course,
located at 190 Idlewood Ave., Bartow. The
Curing Cancer Charity Challenge is being
hosted and sponsored by Fellows Truck-
ing, a Davenport-based business commit-
ted to staying active in the community's
charitable efforts. Other primary sponsors
include Miami-based Alpine Fresh, and
SunnyRidge Farm, headquartered in Win-
ter Haven, with offices in Winter Haven
and Plant City
"Our family has been personally
affected by cancer and we are commit-
ted to doing whatever we can to help
put an end to this dreaded disease,"
said Tom Fellows, founder and CEO of
Fellows Trucking. "I've had to watch my
wife and daughter battle the disease.
I'm proud of their courageous personal
battles against the disease and am
happy to say that they are both cancer-
free today.
"But the worry never goes away. We all
still hold our breath everytime they have
a check-up," he added. "Real progress


has been made in cancer research over
the past few decades, and real progress
continues to be made today. That's why
raising money for the American Cancer
Society is so important, and why we are
honored to sponsor and host the Curing
Cancer Charity Challenge."
About Relay for Life of Davenport
The Relay For Life of Davenport is an
18-hour community-based event that
combines teams, survivors and spon-
sors together in the fight against cancer.
This is the fifth year that Davenport has
hosted a Relay For Life event. In the
four years since its inception, the Relay
For Life of Davenport has raised more
than $100,000 for the fight against can-
cer. The 2012 Relay For Life of Daven-
port will be held April 28-29 at the Lewis
Mathews Sports Complex in Davenport.
About Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society Re-
lay For Life was started in 1985 by Dr.
Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, in
Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Klatt wanted
to increase the money donated to
his local American Cancer Society,
while supporting his patients as well.
So in May 1985, Dr. Klatt ran for 24


hours, and 83 miles, circling the track
at Baker Stadium at the University of
Puget Sound in Tacoma. Throughout
the night, others donated $25 to walk
or run with him. His efforts that night
raised $27,000. That inspired Dr. Klatt,
along with Pat Flynn, now known as the
"Mother of Relay", to host the first Relay
For Life in 1986. That event boasted 19
teams, raised $33,000, and gave birth to
the indescribable spirit that now sweeps
through Relays all over the world. Every
year, 3.5 million people in 5,000 com-
munities across the United States, along
with communities in 20 other countries,
participate in Relay For Life events.
Interested?
Registration is currently open. Indi-
vidual golfers may register for $50, or as
a team of four for $200. Foursomes will
tee off with an 8:30 am shotgun start.
Light snacks will be provided through
the morning. An awards luncheon, with
raffles and a silent auction, will follow.
Hole sponsorships are still available
at $75 per hole. Bronze sponsorships
are $250 and include the sponsor name
featured in the event program, event
fliers, and press releases. Silver sponsor-


ships are $500 and include the sponsor
name featured in the event's opening
remarks and the event program. The
sponsor name will also be featured
in event fliers, press releases and the
awards luncheon. Silver sponsors are
'also entitled to a complimentary team.
Gold sponsorships are $750 and include
a sponsor banner displayed at the
event. The sponsor name will also be
featured in the event's opening remarks
and event program, as well as in event
fliers and press releases. Sponsor ban-
ner will be displayed and name featured
at the awards lunch. Gold sponsors also
receive two complimentary teams.
For more information regarding the
Curing Cancer Community Challenge
golf tournament, to register, or to spon-
sor the event, please contact Kristina
Drexler at (863) 422-8752, exf. 18, or
kdrexler@fellowstrucking.com or Donna
Fellows at (863) 422-8752, ext. 12, or
donnafellows@fellowstrucking.com. For
more information regarding the Relay
For Life of Davenport or the American
Cancer Society, please contact Jennifer
Calhoun at (863) 688-2326, ext. 5509, or
jennifer.calhoun@cancer.org.


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Antibiotics can give rise to infection


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: A little more
than a month ago, I was hospitalized
for pneumonia. I spent a full week in
the hospital, taking antibiotics. I was
still taking them when I went home.
That's when I developed diarrhea. My
doctor told me to stop the antibiotics,
and I did. The diarrhea continued, and
I had to be readmitted to the hospital.
They put me on a different antibiotic. I
think I'm OK now, but I wonder about
all this. What exactly went wrong? -
D.P
ANSWER: You had antibiotic-asso-
ciated colitis, the cause of which is a
bacterium by the name of C. difficile.
It happens like this: People take an
antibiotic for an infection, like your
pneumonia. The antibiotic is some-
what indiscriminate in killing off
bacteria. In this instance, it kills off the
good bacteria in the colon, the ones
that keep the digestive tract in bal-
ance. Then the C. difficile bacterium,
often found in the hospital environ-
ment, takes over the vacuum left by
the death of the good bacteria. Soon it
becomes the predominant bacterium.
Any antibiotic is capable of spawn-
ing the proliferation of C. difficile, but
at the top of the list are clindamycin,
ampicillin, cephalosporins and fluoro-
quinolones.
C. difficile makes toxins (poisons)
that produce diarrhea. In the United
States, estimates indicate that there
are as many as 750,000 infections with
the bacterium every year. Invariably,
the person is on or has been taking
antibiotics.
Stopping the antibiotic puts an end
to diarrhea in seven out of 10 cases.
That still leaves a significant number
of people with diarrhea so severe that
it can be life-threatening. Metronida-


zole and vancomycin are two anti-
biotics that usually can eradicate C.
difficile.
The Food and Drug Administration
has approved a new drug for antibiot-
ic-associated colitis. It's fidaxomicin
(Dificid). It gives doctors additional
ammunition to treat this illness should
other remedies fail.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What can
you tell me about osteomyelitis? I
have it. It started out as severe pain in
my lower back. I thought I had a back
strain. Three months and four doc-
tors later, I found out that one of my
backbones had an infection. How long
does this have to be treated? I've been
taking an antibiotic for three weeks.
My back has stopped hurting. How did
I get this infection? L.H.
ANSWER: Bone infection, osteomy-
elitis, often is difficult to diagnose and
difficult to treat. Germs get to bones
in a number of ways. One is spread
through the blood from an infection in
another part of the body a boil, for
example. Or an infection adjacent to a
bone can seed the bone with germs. A
broken bone that penetrates through
the skin is another way for bone infec-
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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Every day of
our married life, my husband drank in
excess. He died last year.
Before his death, he made no sense.
I thought he had come down with
Alzheimer's disease, but his doctor
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sion is followed by agitation, then
coma and death.
Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable
to answer individual letters, but he will
incorporate them in his column when-
ever possible. Readers may write him
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For all of the trials and tribulations
of puberty, it might be better for kids
not to race through it. Children who
go through puberty at a faster rate are
more likely to suffer from anxiety and
depression.
"Past work has examined the timing
of puberty and shown the negative
consequences of entering puberty at
an early age, but there has been little
work done to investigate the effects
of tempo," said Kristine Marceau, a
Penn State researcher and author of a
study published in the journal Devel-
opmental Psychology.
Researchers examined an eclectic
mix of physical and psychological data
on 364 Caucasian boys and 373 Cau-
casian girls that had been collected by
the National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development to study
how variations in the environment
related to children's development.
"We found that earlier timing for
girls was related to a slew of behavior
problems, and we also found that a
faster tempo of development inde-
pendently predicted those same sorts
of problem behaviors," said Marceau.


Racing through puberty

WELL NEWS more likely to suffer from kidney fail-
ScotLaFure than white Americans, according
Scott LaFee to the National Kidney Foundation.
Researchers suggest the reasons may
be linked to issues involving obesity,


"Although timing and tempo both
predicted behavior problems in girls,
timing and tempo weren't related
to each other. For boys, though, we
found a strong relationship between
timing and tempo. For example, we
found that boys who have later timing
combined with slower tempo exhibit-
ed the least amount of acting out and
externalizing problems."
The researchers hypothesized that
the increased behavioral issues associ-
ated with faster puberty were the result
of less time for adolescents to accli-
mate emotionally or socially to their
changing bodies and circumstances.
The study did not address how par-
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fiber (7 percent); 1.7 g of sugar and
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Sick people in Svwitzerland stay in
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else in the world. The average hos-
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Prescription Drug Summit in Bartow Sept. 19


The Coalition Partnership of Hardee
County Alliance for Substance Abuse*
and Pregnancy Prevention, Drug Free
Highlands, and StandUP Polk will
present the second Prescription Drug
Summit on Monday, Sept. 19, at First
Baptist Church of Bartow.
, This collaborative event is being
held to inform the community about
the latest trends in prescription drug
abuse, and develop proactive measures


to prevent substance abuse in families,
schools and businesses.
Event check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.
The keynote speaker will be Sharon
Kelley, MS, PMD, and CEO of Alliance
for Global Narcotics Training, Inc., who
will address attendees from 8:15-10 a.m.
Panel discussions and solution-plan-
ning groups facilitated by the coalition
coordinators and partners will take
place immediately afterwards.


The afternoon session includes a
presentation by Circuit Leadership
advocates for child welfare. A special
workshop, entitled "Everybody's a
Teacher," will focus on how individuals,
leaders, and agencies in the community
can work together to achieve better
education outcomes and offer valuable
support for the education of children in
the foster care system.
Admission is free, but advance registra-


tion is required as seating is limited. Com-
plimentary light breakfast and lunch will
be served, and participants may earn free
CEU's, CME's, or certificates of attendance.
Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y7D-
9FX62ndannualPrescriptionDrugSum-
mit to register online, or call Hardee
County ASAPP 773-6349 (to Suzanne
Lambert); Drug Free Highlands 382-
2138 (to Amanda Sherley); or Stand UP
Polk at 802-0777 (to Lisa Jones).


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"Diabetes Survivor Skills" will be taught from
1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Hunt Building
second floor classroom.
This free class is taught by Registered Dietician
Jamie Moore. The class is ideal for those newly-diag-
nosed with diabetes, or those who are struggling with
managing the disease.
Reservations are required, and class size is limited.
Registration is required. To register, call 678-2288.
Participants are encouraged to bring a guest as
well.
Finances to be focus of program
"Take Control of Your Financial Future: A financial
Seminar for Women" will be the program at the Sept.
22 Healthy Woman program.
The program is free, but registration is required.
Michele Ouellette from the Lake Wales office of
Edward Jones, will present an informative, interactive,
engaging presentation on smart ways for women to
manage their money. Learn what you can do now to
prepare for retirement, options to pay for a child's
or grandchild's education, and develop a strategy to
achieve your financial goals.
Light refreshments will be served. Call 678-2288 or
log onto www.lakewalesmedicalcenter.com and click
on Healthy Woman.
CPR class offered
Lake Wales Medical Center has a community CPR
class from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 29, in the
LWMC Hunt Building second floor classroom.
The teacher for the course is Education Director
April Guindon. It'll cost $40 for initial certification,
$20 for renewal. It is American Heart Association
certified. Participants will need to come to Guindon's
office to fill out a registration form, check out a
course book and then pay for the course before the
class day.
To register, call (863) 678-2716 and leave a
message. There must be a minimum of 4 participants
per class, organizers said.


AARP driving class offered
Lake Wales Medical Center is offering the AARP Safe
Driving class from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.
This classroom course is designed specifically for
drivers 50 and older. It'll cost $12 for AARP members
and $14 for others. Successful completion of the
course may qualify you for auto insurance discounts.
The class is limited to 30 people, and pre-registra-
tion is required.
For information or to register, call (863) 678-2288.
Baby Care workshop
The Regency Center for Women & Infants offers
a Baby Care Workshop class on basic baby care for
expectant, adoptive, or brand new parents.
The class covers issues like getting to know your
baby bathing, feeding, crying, and safety.
Grandparents and family members are welcome.
Pre-registration is required. Classes are Sept 28,
Nov 19.
For information on dates, fees and registration, call
the Regency Library a 294-7020.
Watson Clinic welcomes pediatrician
Watson Clinic added Tamara T. Pistoria to its staff.
Pistoria will practice from the
Watson Clinic South, 1033 N.
Parkway Frontage Road, Lakeland.
She received her medical degree
from Philadelphia College of Osteo-
pathic Medicine in Philadelphia,
Penn. She performed her intern-
ship at St. Luke's Medical Center
in Allentown, Penn, then moved PISTORIA
on to Hershey, Penn., where she
completed her residency in pediatrics at Penn State
University/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
She is a member of the Florida Medical Associa-
tion and the Polk County Medical Association. She
is board-certified in pediatrics by the American
Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics.


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Florida Chapter, will host a consumer
education web conference entitled Ad-
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on Sept 22 at 8 p.m.
The live and interactive program will
provide advice on elder law matters,
including pinpointing when you need to
address legal issues, what the implications
are, and how to ensure that you and your
family are protected. The event is free.
Topics include an overview of elder
law issues, powers of attorney, informed
consent and guardianship, advance
directives, will and trusts, and the timing
involved for each.
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challenges, said Sheila McMackin, presi-
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and the appropriate timing involved, she
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issues is key to protecting your aging par-
ent, providing the best care possible.
This event's presenter is an expert
on social work issues, as well as be-
ing an attorney. Joseph T. Monahan,
M.S.W, A.C.S.W., J.D., is the legal
counsel for the NPDA. He received
his bachelor's and master's degrees
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