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Haunted Jail Tour goes
By JEFF ROSLOW
If scary stories are what Halloween is all about
for you, be prepared to be scared and help a
good cause at the same time.
Open to the public for the first time this year,
the Haunted Jail Tour allows people to tour the
unused jail facility at the Lawrence W. Crow Jr.,
building at 455 N. Broadway, and hear stories of
some of the stuff that happened there when it
was the county jail from 1964 to 2000.
Tours are $5 each and the money will go to the
Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830
through abandoned jail
United Way for the fundraiser. The Polk County
Sheriff's Office did the event for the first time last
year but it was only open to county employees. It
raised $1,800 for the United Way.
"We did it last year for county workers," said
Kimbra Wieger, who helped organize the fund-
raiser and will narrate the tours. "We talked
about different stories that went on there. Every-
one really enjoyed it and this year we decided to
expand on it."
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Haunted on the hay
Boo, all over the place
The long line of fright seekers waiting to get their spook on
was not disappointed Fridayas the Bartow Civic Center was
turned into an amazingly well done haunted house. This long
legged, chainsaw-weilding clown-faced character (left) did his
best to make sure everyone was left shaking in their shoes and
had a smoking chainsaw to help him.
Meanwhile, the woods of Mary Holland Park echoed with
screams Friday, Oct. 14, as the Haunted Hay Ride ferried
passengers through a fright filled spook fest. These two creepy
volunteers were the cause of some of the loudest shrieks. For
more photos of the frights, see Pages 12A-13A.
PHOTOS BY CHRISTINE ROSLOW
City commissioners have
the option to pay $541 per
month for personal health
benefits. Lewis and Clements
said they both considered
taking advantage of city paid
health benefits if the vote
had swung the other way and
benefits had become avail-
. Health insurance is now
offered at no charge to all full
time city employees.
Following a contentious de-
bate, Jackson barked out "No"
during the roll call vote.
"We all come to this job to
serve the community," said
priority in schools
By DIANE NICHOLS
Debbie Johnston of Cape
Coral knew her 12-year-old
son, Jeffrey, was moody and
depressed due to his class-
mates' cruelty, but never
expected it to end the way
that it did one tragic night in
The notes being passed
calling him ugly, rumors that
he had supposedly made
derogatory comments about
other students, and the vi-
cious online posts calling
him fat and gay pushed an
honors student with a pas-
sion for reading and a circle
of friends to hang himself
in his bedroom closet. His
suicide note contained the
words he wanted to say to
his tormentors, but could
only do so once he was
gone. "Hello, friends ... I'm
just writing to tell you all I
won't be coming to school
anymore. I decided to com-
mit suicide because my life
is too hard ... It's just difficult
to explain ... I hope none
of you miss me ... I'm really
At the Polk County School
board meeting, keeping in
compliance with the Jef-
frey Johnston Stand Up For
All Students Act was key as
Nancy Woolcock, assistant
superintendent of learning
support, made a presenta-
tion to board members
about how the district is
working to squash bullying.
With intense training for
teachers, bus drivers and
cafeteria workers, as well
as students taught about
the repercussions of bully-
ing, Polk County is looking
to keep statistics low so
tragedies such as what hap-
pened in Cape Coral are not
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School Life .......
Feeling Fit ......
The hours of the refur-
bished Publix store, which
opens Oct. 27 will have
a pharmacy open from
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and
the store will be open from
7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday
Through Friday, 9a.m.-
6 p.m. Saturday and
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Bartow's Hometown Newspaper Since 1931
3-2 to deny
By BILL RETTEW JR
Commissioners, at Mon-
day's meeting, agreed to
disagree prior to voting 3-2 to.
not give themselves city paid
Jackson, Leo Longworth and
Mayor Pat Huff agreed that
commissioners should pay for
their own health insurance,
while Wayne Lewis and James
E Clements disagreed.
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Dogs in white satin
Halloween Friday Fest to featurepet costume contest, Cake Walk
By JEFF ROSLOW
On Friday the fest may be a little bigger
than it is in other months.
That's because the dogs will be more
than just barking and some people may go
home with some cake.
As usual, Friday Fest will be on Main
Street and Central Avenue from 6-9 p.m.
on Friday, Oct. 21 and along with the mu-
sic, kids games and food, The Doggie Bag
has its annual pet costume contest and the
Crickette Club is doing its cake walk dur-
ing the Southbound Band's breaks.
The costume contest which was held at
the Lakeland Doggie Bag store for the last
four years, will make its debut at Friday
Fest this year. But getting a dog to keep his
costume on could be a feat in itself.
"They'll do almost anything for a treat,"
said Doggie Bag owner Heather Moran,
adding duct tape may work if there's a hat.
She also said people are going to have
to be creative if they want a shot at the
grand prize, a basket that has about $150
"Last year's winner was very creative. It
was a baby stroller, or maybe it was a dog-
gie stroller, and it had three dogs in it and
there was hay and pumpkins," she said,
adding it was a pumpkin patch. "It's hard
to picture, but it was something."
All the entries in the dog contest will also
receive free dog ice cream. Cool Shoppe
owner Sue Hanson who is providing the ice
cream, said the treat is called Frosty Paws
and though it isn't recommended for hu-
mans, she said it probably won't kill people,
but she doesn't recommend it for them.
Moran said the entries will probably be
mostly dogs as she said they are usually
the ones most amenable to the idea of
being dressed up. She said the contest has
grown in size in the last four years The
Doggie Bag has held it. And, she expects
those from out of town will likely be show-
ing up at least for the contest if not for
Friday Fest itself.
"I think the people are willing to drive,"
she said. "We're not doing it in Lakeland, it
was just too much to take on so we worked
it into Friday Fest."
The costume contest will be held in
front of The Doggie Bag store, which is at
155 S. Central Ave. in the Stuart Building.
Another feature that may make this
Friday Fest stand out above the others is
the cake walk sponsored by the Crickette
Club. It's $1 to enter the cake walk and four
prizes will be awarded in which each will
win four cakes.
And, these cakes aren't likely to be the
store-bought cakes. Crickette
Club members bake many
of the cakes, so there will
be some of the homemade
variety going to homes.
"They'll be Halloween-type
cakes and some are home-
made," said Gail Murray who
has helped put together the
Cake Walk. "Some of our
members are diehard (and
make the cakes) and some
will be from the store."
The entry fee for the Cake
Walk is a fundraiser for
George W Harris Jr. Runaway
and Youth Crisis Center. Last
year the Crickette Club raised
$100 for the center with the
This is the second year the
Cake Walk has taken part in
the Friday Fest. It has had one
at the carnival every year and
Murray said there will be 75-100 cakes at
that event on Oct. 27 in Mosaic Park.
The Cake Walk will take place in front of
the stage and the walks will be held during
the band's breaks.
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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Beef O'Brady's was open for business Monday after a fire
and sprinkler incident had dosed the outlet for about a
week. A fire from a grill caused the sprinklers to soak the
carpeting and it had to replaced. It reopened Monday with
a new carpeting and the grill has been replaced. It is open
for business 11 a.m.-1O p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-
11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
October 19, 2011
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DI fIN 'NY
Due to the overwhelming success during our Rocktober Sales Event, we're now
overstocked on late-model, low mileage pre-owned vehicles! Before we ship
them off to the auction, RLNLIf]Y has directed us to sell EVERY pre-owned
vehicle in stock at "Auction Prices" to the public here in Highlands County!!
WHATEVER IT TAKES!!
YOU WON'T GET A BETTER DEAL ON A VEHICLE
THAN YOU WILL DURING THESE FOUR DAYS!!!
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AT SUN N' LAKE
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BRINGING IN THIS AD Mu
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REIMBURSEMENT FOR YOUR TRADE!
! Ths is the most aggressive Incentive Program to hit Central Florida.
ii s available for any 1999 to 2007 model year owners. This program is
available on all makes and all models. Bring in your vehicle and take
advantage of this rare opportunity. Due to the nature of this event only one
trade-in per purchase. Any customer trading in a 1999-2007 vehicle on
any new vehicle will receive 100% of the factory full base MSRP when
new as provided by N.A.D.A.! (Excludes luxury and hi-line vehicles)
This assistance program is designed exclusively for local customers
regardless of your current model. Obviously, your current vehicle
must be in safe operating conditions, with normal wear and tear
arnd Iree ol pain ana ,..:ii,'or, work. The only deductions made
ollti be lir mieao i10i tc, 750 per mile) pending on model
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Dockery on right track when
it comes to state probes
Last December, a statewide grand jury report told
us that "corruption is pervasive at all levels" of Florida
government, citing "fraud, waste, and abuse of state
Florida voters got another reminder of just how
grave the problem is earlier this year, when two attor-
neys were fired by Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Theresa Edwards and June Clarkson were deep into
an investigation of the infamous "foreclosure mills"
that certain banks were operating in an effort to
speed evictions of struggling Florida homeowners.
They had uncovered substantial evidence that
banks were pushing the foreclosure process using
incomplete or inaccurate documents, and using a
"robo-signing" process to produce affidavits of com-
The two attorneys had received positive perfor-
mance reviews, but were fired as their investigation
began to apply heat to the banks. Bank lobbyists
are among the most active in Tallahassee's political
After two Democratic lawmakers called for an in-
vestigation, Bondi's fellow Republican, Chief Finan-
cial Officer JeffAtwater, assigned his own inspector
general to look into the matter. That investigation is
Democratic legislators have called for an indepen-
dent federal investigation of the matter, to remove the
taint of inside pressure.
The present arrangement under the law allows state
agency directors to fire those charged with inspect-
ing their own agencies. Only in Hollywood bad-cop
fantasies can an employee do a good job investigating
their own boss.
In order to provide for independent investigations,
Senator Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland) is re-filing her
earlier effort to change the organization of the office
of the Attorney General. Dockery's bill failed to attract
support in this year's session, and was never even
heard in committee. She hopes for better results from
her new bill, SB 270.
"Legislative leaders don't want ethics reform, pe-
riod," Dockery pointed out. "They don't want to call
attention to the fact that there's a problem."
Her bill would require Florida's Chief Inspector
General to report to the entire cabinet and the gov-
ernor. It would also allow the him to appoint agency
inspectors, and remove the authority of department
directors to fire those inspecting their operations.
In her years in Tallahassee, Senator Dockery has
seen just how efficient stonewalling agencies can be.
In 2007, her public records request to the Department
of Transportation resulted in 27 boxes of unsorted
letters, documents, graphs and charts. FDOT, with it's
five-year work programs and $8 billion annual bud-
get, is fertile ground for favors and fraud.
Under Governor Rick Scott's rules, agencies may
charge for the records they produce. Senator Mike
Fasano's recent request for state pension fund invest-
ment records was met with a bill for $10,750.
As Florida's state government has become over-
whelmingly Republican in recent years, those en-
sconced in positions of power have shown greater
reluctance to risk public scrutiny of their operations.
Senator Dockery has shown a willingness to step
outside the cozy comfort of the powerful, and speak
up for the greater public interest. She has been penal-
ized by legislative leadership for her independence.
Dockery deserves thanks for standing up for the
citizens she was elected to serve. Now our entire
delegation should join her efforts for greater ethics
in government. It is left to voters to determine the
sincerity of their actions.
Please release me, let me go
A number of years ago, the State of
Florida established a "Do Not Call" list
with which Floridians could register to
stop junk phone calls.
Violators were subject to fines of
thousands of dollars per call.
In my experience, having registered
several times with this list over the
years, it is about as effective as those
little devices that clip to your belt and
drive away mosquitos with ultra-high
frequency sound waves.
Just how effective is Florida's "Do
Not Call" list? Even Florida's governor
ignores it, regularly showering us with
recorded messages proclaiming his
In the past couple of weeks, as my
number of junk e-mails has begun ap-
proaching 100 per day, I have resolved
to try to "unsubscribe" to junk e-mail
lists that I never subscribed to in the
For instance, I have no need for:
Women's hair care products.
More credit cards.
Credit scores or reports.
Surplus iPads selling for $17.57.
Automobile price lists.
More life insurance.
More health insurance.
Leads on real estate sales.
.* Commercial rental property in
S.L. Frisbie can be contacted at
Fifty-year-old single women.
Another college degree.
*A new job.
And perhaps more than anything
else, a Genie Bra.
At first, I just clicked on the "report as
spam" button. Clearly nobody cared.
The spam continued to arrive like
mystery meat at an Army mess hall.
So then I started clicking on the "Un-
They are easy to spot, because they
are at the bottom of the junk e-mails,
printed so small they are all but impos-
sible to read.
Most of my "Unsubscribe" orders are
met with a promise to remove me from
the list within one day, or three to six
days, or 10 days, or two weeks.
A few tell me that my request has
been honored instantly.
Several even told me that my request
already was on file, but without expla-
nation as to why I was still getting their
On the other hand, some inform me
that the entity to whom I am sending
the "Unsubscribe" notice cannot be ac-
cessed through the link provided in the
e-mail for that purpose.
Some express regret, and others ask
me why I want to be removed.
A couple have removed me, and in
the same message, invited me to ask for
Some warn me that I will no longer be
favored with their e-mails. (Well, duh!)
A few arrogantly tell me that while
the sender will remove me from its own
junk e-mail list, it will continue to sell
my e-mail address and whatever per-
sonal information it has amassed about
me to other parties.
When it comes to junk e-mail, like
junk phone calls, you can run, but you
(S. L. Frisbie is retired. The president
of the publishing company to whom he
and Mary sold their newspapers nearly
five years ago has called him the patron
saint of lost causes. Trying to get off of
junk e-mail lists is his latest one.)
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October 19, 2011
Diversify Florida, Atwater contends
By JEFF ROSLOW
J ROSLOW @ POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
JeffAtwater says Florida has to increase
its diversity to recover from the downturn
in its economy but in order to that the
national economy has to do better.
He told that to the Tiger Bay Club Mon-
day in his appearance there
The state's chief financial officer also
told his audience that he is a "big fan" of
the job Gov. Rick Scott has done because
the governor has not only stuck to his
campaign pledges but he is carrying that
"I'm a big fan," Atwater, one of three
Cabinet members of the state of Florida,
said. "I rate him very highly. It's nice to
find someone who would do what he
said he would do. Florida is managing
itself well and he is clear on where he is
going and he is not bending over for any
This comes on the heels of Gov. Scott
coming under some fire that he may not
create 700,000 jobs in seven years as he
said during his campaign. Last Thursday,
Scott on a radio show in Maitland said,
"The bottom line is, I could argue that I
don't have to create any jobs. I just have to
make sure we don't lose jobs."
On the radio show last Thursday, con-
servative host broadcaster Bud Hedinger
showed a video to him of the 700,000
pledge and the governor said he does not
want to be held the benchmark.
The national picture of job growth to
help Florida also took a part in Atwater's
assessment of the state of the state.
He said Florida is currently the fourth
largest state in the U.S. and within two
years it will pass new York to become the
country's third largest state. He said the
state's gross domestic product ranks it
16th in the world, "but we have challenges
Florida's unemployment rate at 10.7
percent in the last monthly report, rates
1 point higher than the national average
and he said revenues by sales tax in this
state dropped from $29 billion to $21 bil-
lion in the last 30 months. Florida's fore-
closure rate, he said, is also almost double
the national percentage while home
values have dropped about 50 percent.
In a large way, the way to get out is "we
must diversify our economy."
"But," he added, "Florida has done so
many things right," and it will go a long
way to helping the economy
He said the constitutional amendment
to balance the budget will help. He said
that has helped Florida earn a triple A
rating from Standard & Poors. And, he
said, Barron's has rated Florida as a top
financial management state.
"All this has been accomplished in a
country where America is being down-
graded," he said.
But, he said, that has to go the other
way for Florida to recover from the cur-
"Our long-term prosperity depends on
national," he said.
He said the federal government has to
balance the budget.
He also said there needs to be a discus-
sion about entitlements as things have
changed drastically since they were
PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater (left)
speaks Monday with Polk County Commis-
sioner Melody Bell and Tiger Club President
Al Dorsett. He was the guest speaker at this
"Governments should never overlook
those in the greatest of need, but we need
to look at entitlements," he said.
When Social Security was started, he
said, people's life expectancy was 58 for
men and 61 for women. It has grown
tremendously since then.
"Now there may not be the dollars there
for us to expect a benefit."
Check out the horses and what they can do
By JEFF ROSLOW
On Thursday you can meet Peppermint,
LadyBug, Chickweed, Roxie and Babe.
On that day TiAnViCa has scheduled an
open house to show people what it does.
The non-profit organization provides rec-
reational therapeutic riding for people with
disabilities. It works with about 30 children,
youth and adults giving them horse riding
to build muscles and self-confidence.
"We utilize concepts of physical therapy
through horsemanship," said Roger Mead-
ows the executive director of the academy
said. "It increases muscle tone, balance,
posture and self-esteem."
This open house is the second one TiAn-
ViCa Riding Academy has done. It is sched-
uled from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20
at the barn, which is just east of the Sheriff's
Youth Ranch on State Road 60 in Bartow.
The address is 3350 State Road 60 E.
The organization operates with volun-
teers from all over the county. It currently
has 22 volunteers who come out on Tuesday
mornings and offers therapeutic horse rid-
ing on Friday and Saturday.
"We have five-week sessions and they
ride about 30 to 45 minutes," Meadows said.
"Part of what they do is riding lessons and
we teach them to ride to the best of their
He said they work with anyone from
children and adults and they not only teach
them how to ride horses but also how to
take care of horses.
"For a lot of them it is a horseback riding
lesson, but there's a background of caring
and how to care for something else," he said.
In total, there are about 50 people now
who take lessons with the horses and about
30 volunteers on board. It is always look-
ing for volunteers and money to help train
more people. To get information and how
to donate to the organization, visit http://
The open house, Meadows said, is a
means by which he can show the commu-
nity what TiAnViCa Riding Academy offers.
It has been located in Bartow for two years.
Before that it was at Meadows barn since
it opened in 2006. He said much of what
it does is a mystery to many. He said he
formed this because he has seen in life how
a horse can change a person's life.
The open house will feature bar tours,
demonstrations, and people can see how it
operates. And, of course, there will be food.
For those interested in becoming a volun-
teer there is an orientation at on Saturday,
Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.; which lasts about two
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62, passed away
Friday, Oct. 14,
2011, from respi-
Born Dec. 13,
1948, in Donal-
sonville, Ga., she
was the daughter
of the late Sam-
mie and Hazel
Louise (Murker- Louise Howard Williamson
She was a longtime member of
Highland City Freewill Baptist Church,
where she taught Sunday School for
Along with her parents, she was
preceded in death by two brothers; Ray
Taylor, and Clayton "Buster" Howard.
Mrs. Williamson is survived by a lov-
ing family that includes her husband
Oct. 12, 2011, at
Medical Center of
26, 1943 in Long
Mrs. Hooks was
a resident of
Bartow 46 years, Nikk; Hooks
She was a waitress for S&L Restau-
rant in Lakeland for many years. She
was formerly with Mike's Fine Foods &
Edna June Peters Black was born to the
late Carson Peters and Claudia Brown
Peters on March 4, 1920 in Medulla, Fla.
She died peacefully on Oct. 17, 2011,
at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother
and friend, June practiced nursing at the
former Polk General Hospital assisting in
the miracle of life in Labor and Delivery.
Committed to education, she received
her LPN license in 1975 and was award-
ed an Outstanding Achievement Award
for Practical Nursing. She loved her
family and was a devoted member of the
First Baptist Church of Fort Meade. June
was also a member of the Order of the
Eastern Star and a Crafty Lady.
She is preceded in death by her par-
of 44 years, Joseph David Williamson,
Sr., of Bartow; her son, Joseph David
Williamson, Jr. (Sandie) of Bartow;
her daughter, Lisa Thornton (Mike)
of Auburndale; her siblings; Shelia
Adams, of Alturas, Brenda Losh of
Auburndale, Edward "Bubba" Howard
ofAlturas, Maudie Jiskoot of Bartow;
her grandchildren; Dustin McKenzie,
Tabitha McKenzie, Zachary Davis, Kelli
McKenzie, Justen Levasseur, Megan
Williamson, Breanna Thornton, Morgan
Williamson,and Aiden Deweese. She
also leaves behind her great grandchil-
dren; Isabel, Gavin, Clayton, Emma
Jane and Kainin.
Visitation: Celebration of Mrs. Wil-
liamson's life Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.
at the Highland City Freewill Baptist
Church, 5546 4th Street in Highland City.
Condolences can be made to the
family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral
Breton's Restaurant in Bartow.
She was survived by five daughters,
Tonya Hooks, Lori and husband Sean
Serdynski; Traci Sheppard; Stepha-
nie.Lewis and Shawn Sheppard all of
Bartow; two sons, Dave Lewis and wife
Deborah of Bartow and Jeff Ludwick
and wife Carlene, Bremerton, Wash.;
one sister: Sherry Stephens of Cali-
fornia; 14 grandchildren and 1 great
Visitation: Monday, Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m.
at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home,
Bartow. Memorials may be made to All
Children's Hospital Foundation, Post Of-
fice Box 3142, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.
Condolences to family at www.
ents, her husband, Marvin David Black,
and her daughter Joanne Black Welch.
She is survived by two sons; Marvin
David Black, Jr. and wife, Pamela Black,
of Gainesville, Ga., and Norman Larry
Black, Sr. and wife, Phyllis Varn Black,
of Fort Meade, Fla.; seven grandchil-
dren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Services: Thursday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m.
at Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade.
In lieu of flowers, the family is
requesting donations to The Florida
Baptist Children's Home or the Florida
Sheriffs Youth Ranch.
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at www.hancockfh.com.
Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade
is in charge of arrangements.
Goodwill's Adult Day Training
Center in Lakeland is hosting "Mon-
ster Mansion: Where Terror Lives," a
haunted house with room after room
of "seriously scary surprises."
Goodwill's clients with developmen-
tal disabilities at the Lakeland center
are working hard to transform their
work space into a spine-chilling treat
for visitors. Expect a wildly creative,
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pa; parents: Edwin and Montez Mercer
of Alturas; brother: Jerald Mercer of
Atlanta; four sisters; Glenda Crawford
and husband David of Winter Haven;
Rebecca Bryan of Auburndale; Caro-
lyn Pollock and husband Lyle of Lake
Alfred; and Alice Fowler of Lake Wales,
and six grandchildren: Ansley Dennis,
Jude Dennis and Jonah Dennis all of
Bartow; Nicholas Leone, Avery Leone
and Aidan Leone all of Tampa.
Services are incomplete at presstime.
Condolences to family at www.
SR60/US 98 construction work begins
Construction work to connect State
Road 60 and U.S. 98 is expected to
continue this week and though there
won't be much happening, drivers
should slow down in the area because
speeding fines are doubled in the con-
Looking to the future, the outside
eastbound lane of SR 60 from west
of US 98 to east of Wilson Avenue is
scheduled to be closed some evenings
during the work week starting on Sun-
day, Oct. 23.
A new speed limit will be posted
and drivers are asked by DOT to use
caution in the work zone for the pro-
tection of themselves, construction
workers and pedestrians. Entrances
to all businesses in the work zone are
open and accessible.
More information about this work
can be found online at www.idrive
On the road widening work on SR 60
from the Peace River Bridges to Alan
Loop Road, lane closures for bridge
railing continue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will also be nighttime paving
between 5 pm to 5:30 am. for approxi-
mately two months.
In what started Sunday, Oct. 16
there will be temporary lane closures
as old asphalt and resurfacing takes
place. There will be a law enforce-
ment officer in place directing traf-
fic. Motorists should expect possible
delays. It should take until Wednesday
to complete this job, DOT said.
creepy tour through the spooky
The haunted house is Oct. 20 and 21
at 3033 Drane Field Road in Lakeland
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It may be too
intense for small children, a spokes-
man said. In lieu of an admission fee,
the center asks for a donation to the
Good Shepherd Hospice, in honor of
its former supervisor Lori Reed.
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Louise Howard Williamson
Goodwill hosts Monster Mansion
Edna June Peters Black
Duane Mercer, 62, passed away Mon-
day, Oct. 17, 2011, at Tampa General
Born June 3, 1949, in Bartow, Mr. Mer-
cer was a lifelong resident of the area.
He was a citrus grower. He was a
member of the Alturas United Meth-
odist Church and the Bartow Kiwanis
He is survived by his wife; Candy
Voigt Mercer; two daughters; April
Dennis and husband David of Bartow;
Michele Leone and husband Robert of
Tampa; son; Duane Mercer, Jr. ofTam-
Page 6A The Polk County Democrat
October 19, 2011
Barreling into business
20-year-old champ goes
into business on horseback
By CATHY PALMER
Megan Calhoun has true grit. That's
strength of character, determination,
fortitude, mettle, nerve, pluck and about
a zillion other adjectives that define a
And, what a champion the 20-year-
old Bartow college student is. She's done
things most of us can only dream of...won
championships in her sport of choice and
managed to parlay it into a business.
So, what's at the core of Megan's ac-
complishments? It's a horse ...well not
just "a" horse, but about nine of them.
What does she do? She rides her horse
(or horses) in a cloverleaf pattern around
three barrels really, really fast. She's a
hard-driving, hard-riding wonderkind on
horseback. She can make that amazing
circuit in less than 15 seconds. Imagine
that ... in less time than it takes to type
this sentence, she's ridden her horse
into the arena, circled three barrels and
dashed out of the arena with a brand
new silver buckle in her pocket. Wow.
It all started when she was about eight.
She went to an auction with her parents
to buy a horse for her sister, and instead
bought one of her own. This was the
little girl who barely rode by herself. But,
grit was starting to build inside her little
body. She set her heart on that horse and
finagled the auctioneer and her mom
and dad into buying it. The horse she
bought was a barrel racer. So, she had to
be a barrel racer too.
The lessons started. The events start-
ed. The winning started. She's got a room
full of trophies, ribbons, a table filled
with buckles and more saddles than will
fit in her horse trailer. She even won first
place in the 2010 National Barrel Horse
Association Youth Division, make that
Divisions, she took all four. She's also
won the American Quarter Horse As-
sociation Horse of the Year.
When she's not competing, which
is seldom, she's taking her 12 years of
experience and passing it on to her
riding students. She also passes on her
smarts to her four-legged partners in the
ring. Many of the horses and riders she's
trained have gone on to win the self-
same ribbons, buckles and saddles she
won when she was their age.
But it hasn't been easy. Megan's had to
battle her way through some tough times.
You see, she's diabetic, and has been since
she was about 10. She doesn't let that
define her, even though she takes pride in
setting an example for other youngsters
with the disease. She often lets other
diabetic kids know you can do what you
set out to do in spite of the disease.
When she was a senior at Plant City
High School before the Calhouns moved
to their mini-ranch just outside ot Bar-
tow, she had a diabetic seizure, fell and
had a near-calamitous head injury.
When she awoke from a three-day
coma, she found she'd forgotten what she
loved the most. Riding, racing and win-
ning. She had to relearn all that had once
been second nature to her. And, because
she was so badly injured, she even had to
fight to go to the senior prom and walk
across the stage for her diploma. She only
had two months, but she did it.
"It's funny," she says in her soft, semi-
shy way. "I've never been hurt on a
horse. I got that kind of injury just going
to school." If you look closely at the fab-
ulous photo of her wrapped across the
back of her trailer, you can see swelling
and bruising on her hand as she angle-
glides around the barrels. "Oh, that didn't
happen while I was riding," she explains.
"I was trying to open one of the trailer
windows and had an (diabetic) episode,
fell and tore up my hand." That injury
occurred only minutes before she took to
the ring and won her race. She controls
her diabetes with an insulin pump and a
All those prizes aren't really hers, she
says. They belong to her mounts. With
names like Late Credibility, Faith, DJ,
Possum and Sassafras, they bring a glow
to her eyes, kind of like a new mother
with her baby. "They do the winning,"
"I just do the riding."
She can't tell you how many hours she
spends with her horses. She says it's just
when she isn't in classes at Hillsborough
Community College where she's only
a few credit hours away from her AA
degree. She wants to be a vet specializing
in equine medicine. She's talked about
sure of her odds of getting in, el
though her academic record is
as her riding. "I just don't know
going to do next. I just don't kn
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THE PLANNING & ZONING BOARD FOR THE CITY
OF FORT MEADE will hold a Public Hearing in the City
Commission Room at City Hall on Monday, November
7, 2011 at 5:30 PM to consider the following request:
GLF Construction Corporation is requesting a site
development plan review to allow them to use the
property located on N Palmetto Avenue across the street
from their current business, to store construction
materials and equipment. The current zoning and land
use is M-1, Local Service Industry.
This information is available for public review in the
Building Department from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM,
Monday through Friday. All interested property owners
may appear at the Public Hearing to make objections as
they may have. No objections being raised, it is
presumed none exist
PHOTO can give up my horses. I just don't know
Megan Megan has the utmost passion for her
Calhoun horses and works tirelessly to keep them
displays her "tuned up." They aren't really pets, she
champion- explains. "There's a difference between
ship form. a pet and a partner," she says, "and
..............sometimes a partner needs to belong to
attending In addition to her own nine horses, she
veterinary boards four more on her family's East
she Carib- Gaskin Road property. The Calhouns
hbean Cut moved from Lithia to Bartow after hurri-
is con- canes damaged their home and property
earned there. Now, Megan uses not only her
about giv- parent's property, but takes advantage
ing up her of one of her sponsor's adjacent land.
horses. "Clear Springs is one of my sponsors and
She's they let me ride on their land too," she
investi- says. "That's mostly for fun."
gating the But, when she's in the racing mode,
University it's all business. She was recently asked
of Florida, if barrel racing is a sport or a hobby. She
but isn't laughed, crinkled her eyes and said, "No,
ven it's an addiction."
as stellar And for Megan. it's winning.
What I'm Some of us think it's something else:
ow if I true grit.
October 19, 2011
The Polk County Democrat Page 7A
Page BA The Polk County Democrat October 19, 2011
FROM PAGE 1A
"Mrs. Johnston is now a national
advocate and came to Polk County two
years ago to speak with students and
administrators," said Woolcock. "To
date, there are only three states that do
not have an anti-bullying law and they
are Hawaii, North Dakota and South
Dakota. Many of the 47 states that do
have the law have modeled it after
Florida since it is a very good one. We're
proud of that fact and will continue to
fight bullying in the school system."
In April 2008, Florida Gov. Charlie
Crist put his signature on a bill now
referred to as "Jeff's Law" prohibiting
bullying and harassment of any student
or employee of a public K-12 edu-
cational institute. It was passed by a
unanimous vote in the Senate holding
public schools to strict guidelines and
procedures to be reviewed annually in
effort to curb the devastation of bully-
FROM PAGE 1A
The Friday night tours on Oct. 21 and
Oct. 28 will be from 6-9 p.m. The Satur-
day tours on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 will be
from 3-10 p.m. The Saturday tours will
be kid friendly, Wieger said. The tours
will be about 30 minutes long.
The difference between the tours
on Friday and Saturday nights will be
minimal, Wieger said. Mostly it will
FROM PAGE 1A
Jackson. "To throw compensation and
benefits in the mix trivializes.
"Don't ask the taxpayers to pay for
what we don't offer to the part time
Lewis sharply disagreed, saying that
serving as a commissioner is a 24-hour a
day, seven day per week and 365 day per
"I've spent many hours of personal
time with my personal equipment,"
said Lewis, about working community
events. "The two meetings on the first
and third Monday of the month are a
small amount of the time that I
"We're trying to make Bartow a better
place. How grateful are the people for
all the things you do and put forth your
"We may be considered part time,
but we're not part time," said Clements,
when referring to hundreds of hours
negotiating with local landfill developers
and taking numerous trips to Tallahas-
see on city business. "I sacrificed other
ing. Jeff's Law, also imposes substantial
financial penalties if any public school
district fails to comply with all ele-
ments of the law. Financial losses to
many Florida school districts can total
millions of dollars each year.
Bullying means systematically and
chronically inflicting physical hurt or
psychological distress on one or more
students and may involve teasing,
social exclusion, threats, intimida-
tion, stalking, physical violence, theft,
sexual or racial harassment, public
humiliation or destruction of property.
It has been proven that bullying
does not stop without adult interven-
tion, which is the focus of the program
implemented in county schools. Also,
Jeff's Law consists of three different
segments; reporting, investigating and
taking action. Special forms are pro-
vided at all schools for students, the
parent or guardian of a student, and
a volunteer or visitor, to fill out if they
wish to report an incident. The form is
to be completed and returned to the
principal who then begins investigat-
ing the allegation. All schools have a
be lighter inside and there won't be as
many people yelling at the tour-goers.
Reservations are recommended. Walk
ups will be taken on a first-come first-
served basis. Also on Saturday there
will be a-competition barbecue that will
run from 3-10 p.m. where 20 percent of
the money will go to the United Way.
In her 13 years working at the Polk
County Sheriff's office, Wieger has
become quite knowledgeable about the
"We didn't really have to get all the
decorations, it's still creepy," she said.
jobs to do the best job I can for the city
Jackson shot back, "The extra hours
come with the job."
Longworth waited to address the sub-
ject until the vote.
"This is another tough decision," said
Longworth. "But it's the nature of the
"I appreciate the work done by com-
missioners, and if times were different,
I'd consider differently."
Huff said he couldn't support extend-
ing health benefits to commissioners in
light of a poor economy.
"If times were good, I'd certainly think
the city should increase their compensa-
tion if times were better, commission-
ers would only have to pay a percent-
age" of the cost for health insurance.
Jackson suggested candidates might
seek the job for its pay and benefits.
"We're creating a potential environ-
ment where people run for office for
all the wrong reasons," said Jackson.
"People could run for election or reelec-
tion based on benefits.
"Bartow is different, we're much more
careful with taxpayer dollars."
Clements said regardless of pay and
benefits, commissioners would always
be qualified and caring.
"I don't think for a second that anyone
bullying box where students may drop
off their forms or they can also report
an incident online. Complaints must
be filed within 90 school days after
the incident to make it easier in the
investigation phase to contact any wit-
nesses and determine further action.
Jim Maxwell is a school psycholo-
gist who makes up part of the team
of trainers for the district and sees
certain trends in bullying.
"Nationally, bullying peaks in middle
school and gets more severe through
high school," said Maxwell. "I think
kids just get better at it by that age. It
gets more violent by then and severe,
where in elementary school bullying
consists of name calling and hitting.
What society doesn't realize is that
bullying causes 15 percent of absen-
tees, which then leads to lower grades.
Eventually, kids give up and drop out
of school, which is a real problem."
The Polk County School Board
annually reviews its anti-bullying poli-
cies to ensure district staff is properly
trained to deal with the situation
and students are aware of the help
The building has been there since the
late 1800s but the jail facility moved to
the location where the tours are going
In 1924 an electric chair was put in
but before that there was a place to
hang inmates who were sentenced to
death. Signs of the gallows aren't there
anymore, but Wieger said the sheriff
at the time decided to put the chair
in the jail rather than outside during
the 1880s. She said some of the plates
can still be seen at the Polk County
would run to get this benefit," said
Prior to Monday's meeting, commis-
sioners had also considered extending
personal health benefits to city attorney
available to them should they be a
victim of bullying or know of anyone
else who might be. The district also
provides banners, posters and mag-
net billboards on buses using grade
appropriate messages such as "Trash
talk hurts" to continue to reach Polk's
"We're doing all we can to keep the
number of incidences at a minimum,"
said Maxwell. "We have a good team in
this district. Still, there are 130 schools
in Polk County and 95,000 students.
Everyone has definitely gotten an
anti-bullying message, but the bottom
line is it's up to the students to decide
what to do with it. The kids are the
only ones who can break the cycle and
we're making it our goal to see that
To learn more about the anti-
bullying programs in Polk County's
school district, including a Bullying
Awareness Video, special help links for
parents, and instructions as to what to
do if you are a victim of bullying, visit
the Polk County School Board's web
site at www.polk-fl.net.
"We have pictures of stuff we
caught on camera. Inmates that have
died by incident or by natural causes
have happened there," she said.
About 40 people died in the jail.
Wieger is anxious to let people see
the jail through the tours. She said a
haunted tour goes beyond because
the jail is already a spooky place to
"When you come in and see what
you see with the lights on and see
that old jail look, you really get that \
creepy vibe," she said.
Parker told commissioners, during
Monday's work session, his personal
health benefits were already paid for by
the city, although he had believed that
he paid for his personal insurance as
part of a city family plan.
THE HEALING CONTINUES
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PRESENT IN THEIR HONOR
ENTRY INTO FORT MEADE
ON OCTOBER 27
The community is invited to line up
on E. US 98 &N US 17
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October 19, 2011
The Polk County Democrat Page 9A
Bartow reigns as county champion
t ie Bartow girls golf team recently
captured the crown in the Polk County
SGirls Golf Invitational, a positive step to
the road that could be sending some of the
players on to the state tournament.
For the second consecutive year, Bartow's
Markie McCann captured top honors. Her
round of 40 beat the nearest contender by two
strokes at Lekarica Golf Course. Teammate
Catherine Pfeiffer was close by with a 44 and
Rachael Imig tagged on a 46.
The county tournament set the stage for
the district play, which was held on Monday
at the Deer Run course in Sebring. Boys dis-
trict competition as held at Cleveland Heights
golf course in Lakeland.
McCann's goal of seeing her team in the
state championship took another step to real-
ity. The Bartow girls team placed high enough
to qualify the squad for regional competition,
the next step to the state tournament. The
regional event will be held next week atWind-
ermere Country Club.
The boys team was unable to advance to
further play Don Wells was top Jacket with a
score of 81.
McCann was the only Polk County rep-
resentative in the girls' state tournament in
2010, finishing in the top 20. This year, she
wants company. "It was great that we all shot
40s in the county tournament," she said re-
cently before a practice at Bartow Golf Course.
"I want to win a lot more with the districts and
the regionals. I want the whole team at state. It
was boring without my teammates there."
McCann didn't consider 2011 to be her best
year. She played through a bout with tendi-
nitis and has been working with Bartow pro
Chris Banks on improving her swing. "Chris
has helped me so much," she said. "He's been
a mentor to me since I was 9 years old."
The 16-year-old picked up the game at the
early age after her mom started working at
The First Tee. Markie would tag along and
occasionally pickup a club. Though she was
initially discouraged, one of the directors
noticed her swing and recommended she
take lessons and give up the idea of becoming
a dirt bike and four-wheeler racer.
For Catherine Pfeiffer, the game came to
her in the eighth grade while at Union Acad-
emy, which looks out onto the Bartow Golf
Course. 'We played at school and I went to the
camp and I liked it."
Pfeiffer's strength is her driving and she
continues to work on the chipping and
putting side of it. She also enjoys soccer, but
when she is on the golf course, she likes to
keep the atmosphere loose. "I like to be out
there having a good time, laughing and jok-
ing a bit. I hate playing with girls that are so
intense. I play better when I'm having a good
McCann will have a busy week, playing
districts on Monday and then headed to
PonteVedra Beach for the preliminaries of the
Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open presented by
Planters, a stop on the Nationwide Tour. She
was invited to the tournament by executives
ofWinn-Dixie that she met on a trip to Peeble
For the 2011 season, Chris Banks and Marc
Dull have been coaching the squad. On the
boys side, Banks has been assisting Scott
Boys team members include Jack Brown,
Andrew Penn, DonWells, D.J. Matos, Jake
Kierce, Sam Peacock, Tanner Shell, Russ Hol-
comb and David White.
PHOTO BY LARRY JEWfI I
Golfer Catherine Pfeiffer takes a shot.
Joining McCann and Pfeiffer on the girls
team are Jackie Caron, Nicole Radivilov, Ra-
chael Imig and Ashley Jackson.
Yellow Jackets football ready to resume
The mandatory bye week has passed for
the Bartow High SchoolYellow jackets and it
is time to finish out the season. Bartow has
four games remaining, including the neKt
three in district play. The jackets stand 2-4
on the year.
Friday's game will be a visit to lake Gib-
son, a place where the 2010 team suffered a
hefty defeat and the current squad wants to
return to the scene to reverse the fortunes.
It will be a tough test as Lake Gibson stands
5-2 overall, 1-1 in district.
Lake Gibson has no problem putting
points on the board, having scored more
than 30 points in each of the four wins. This
game will be the final home game for the
Braves, giving senior players on the squad
added incentive. Lake Gibson has averaged
33.5 points per game in each of its home
Bartow and Lake Gibson have had three
common opponents to date. Both lost to
Lakeland, though Lake Gibson's was the
Jamboree pre-season affair. Both have de-
feated Aubumdale (Lake Gibson 43-6, Bar-
tow 21-14). Lake Gibson beat George Jenkins
34-7 in their home opener while Bartow lost
to Jenkins 24-12 in the pre-season kickoff
The Lake Gibson home game comes after
the team spent the last two weeks on the
road. Bartow, on the other hand, goes back
on the road after playing their two previous
games at home.
The week off is likely to give the Jackets
a chance to get back the services of players
who have been hobbled by injuries. Running
backs Aaron Garrison and Michael Walker
could be back for important roles on the
offense. In their absence, Rico Mathis and
Freddie Stevenson have had to carry more
of the offensive load. Stevenson and Mathis
may find themselves more focused on stop-
ping Lake Gibson's point producing power,
a task only Lakeland has really been able to
master. Lakeland shut out Lake Gibson, but
there were some key players out of action for
the Braves who have since returned.
Bartow hopes to capitalize on some of the
positives from their last game when they
played Kathleen to the end. Fewer penalties
and better execution control to hold the key
to the potential improvement.
Game time is 7 p.m.
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Blast blast the competition in tournament play
By DAWN McKELLIP
The rains soaked the ball fields, but they
couldn't dampen the courage and determi-
nation of the players of the Bartow Blast, a
newly organized 11U travel baseball team,
in their tournament two weeks ago.
Saturday night's game had a change
of venue, started more than an hour
late, and had a 15-minute delay to get
the lights turned on. All this resulted in
a shortened time limit being imposed
on the game.
Going into the bottom of the third in-
ning, down 6-2, the Blast knew they had
work to do and not much time on the
clock. They were able to score two to
bring the score to 6-4 with time enough
left for one last inning.
In the top of the fourth, the Tampa
Aces scored once more to take a 3-run
lead into the bottom of the inning -
the final chance for the Blast.
Ezra McKellip led off the inning draw-
ing a walk. He quickly stole second base
and two pitches later stole third. Jordan
Daughter sacrificed to score McKellip.
With a walk to Ryan Cole, followed by.
a strike out and another walk to Dillon
The adventure of a lifetime has ar-
rived in Florida and it's coming to Fort
Iron Crusader, formerly Iron Mudder,
is a 3.5mile race through fire, mud,
quicksand, and several other amaz-
ing obstacles. It will feature runners
from 14 to 71 running in a challenging
Iron Crusader is not only a race but
an event, providing food, music, give-
aways and the ultimate challenge of a
race that will intoxicate the mind, body
and spirit, organizers said.
Iron Crusader supports "Metal" of
Honor Foundation that has a goal to
build memorials in cities across the
country, honoring the fallen soldiers
that have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Founded by serviceman Troy
Ulshoeffer, who served in Afghanistan
and Iraq, this non-profit organization
will be building its first memorial in
Iron Crusader is Oct. 22 with the
first wave starting at 10 a.m. at the
Dirty Foot Adventure Park at Singletary
Road, Fort Meade. Participants can
register as individuals or create a team.
People should RSVP by Oct. 19 if
attending and participating. Call (305)
962-9153 for information.
Crawshaw, the Blast found themselves
with runners on first and second and
down to their final out.
A double steal got the runners in
scoring position. Nick Tamayo then hit
the ball hard up the middle to score
both runners and tie the game.
Tristan Jones then sealed the win with
a walk-off home run making the final
score Blast 9, Aces 7.
The Blast struggled to wake up for
their 9 a.m. start Sunday against the
They allowed five runs in the first in-
ning and another in the second to come
to bat down 6-0 in the bottom of the
McKellip, again, started the attack for
the Blast when the shortstop failed to
come up with the ball quickly enough
to throw out the speedy McKellip. He
promptly stole second. The pitcher
struck out one before walking both
Crawshaw and Daniel Lewis to load the
bases. Cole got a base hit to score McK-
ellip and keep the bases loaded.
Tamayo then walked, scoring Craw-
shaw and keeping the bases loaded.
The Tarpon pitcher struck out another
batter, but not before throwing a wild
Hogs to help the
in Poker Run
Hotrods & Hogs cruise for Women's
Care Center Cars and motorcycles will
cruise to help the Women's Care Cen-
ter On Saturday, Nov. 5, in the second
Hotrods & Hogs Poker Run.
The run starts at Kelley Buick GMC
of Bartow, heads to Lakeland, then
Davenport, Lake Wales, Fort Meade,
and back to Bartow, ending at Beef
O'Brady's, with several checkpoints
along the way.
Registration is $25 to ride, and $15
for an extra hand or a passenger hand.
Anyone who brings an unwrapped
toy for the Rudolph Roundup for
Heartland for Children foster kids will
be entered in a prize drawing.
Several sponsorship levels are avail-
able at $100, $250, $300, $500 and
$1,000, which offer various signage,
website and poster advertisements.
The non-profit Women's Care Center in
Bartow a offers a transitional living place
for homeless women and their children.
Checks for the run, sponsorships or
donations may be made payable to
Women's Care Center and sent to P.O.
Box 1041, Bartow, FL 33831-1401, or
to arrange for check pickup call Pam
Renew at (863) 559-6505. For more
information on the event call Lisa
Olinger at (863) 557-0617.
pitch to score Lewis. Hunter Morales
had a base hit single to score two more
to make the score 6-5 before the final
out of the inning.
The Tarpons started off the third
inning with a single but got no further
when the Blast turned a double play.
Justin Stewart capped off the play by
snagging a bad throw to 1st and making
a sweeping tag on the runner.
The Blast was still down 6-5 going to
bat in the third. Keylon Fox got hit by
a pitch and wasted no time in stealing
second. McKellip got a hit to right field
scoring Fox to tie the game 6-6.
The Blast held the Tarpons score-
less in the fourth and went up 7-6 after
Morales singled to score Tamayo. The
Tarpons scored in the fifth off a walk,
stolen base and two singles to tie the
With time expired, the Blast came to
bat for their last opportunity to pull out
Fox led off-- this time drawing a walk
and again stealing second. McKellip
popped out but got the RBI when an
alert Fox tagged up and went for third. A
bad throw allowed Fox to go home and
score the winning run.
The Bartow Blast was winning their
semi-final game 7-3 before flooding of
the fields ended the tournament.
The Bartow Blast is coached by
John Marc Tamayo, Evan Morales and
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Describe your fitness story and aha
moment in a page or less for a chance
to win a Fitness Package worth more
The Fitness Package includes two
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Eight entries, one Blarney Triathlon en-
try, one session of Fitness Boot Camp,
one Family Pool Pass, one Aqua Zumba
session and one youth sport registra-
tion; because recreation/exercise is
important for children too.
You may have been a high school ath-
lete who has maintained your healthy
habits throughout your life. Or you may
have put your fitness and health needs
on the back burner as you've raised a
family, but recently began a workout
regime again. Maybe you've joined
a weight loss competition like Aqui
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dropping weight. Whatever your story
may be the contest judges are looking
for how people's recreation and exercise
has positively affected their lives.
Return your story to the Parks &
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questions, call (863) 534-0120 ext. 3.
Miller, Baxley to wed
Kari Lynn Miller, of Duette, Fla., and She current-
Steve Arlon Baxley Jr. of Duette, Fla., ly works at
announced their engagement to be SCC Group
Miller, the daughter of Michael Clinic.
and Darlene Miller, currently lives in Baxley -
Lithia. Baxley Jr., the son of Steve Sr. grew up in Ki L M a
and Martha Baxley, currently lives in Duette an Kar Lynn Miller and Steve
Bartow. Bartow and Aron Baley Jr
Miller grew up in Balm, Fla. And attended Bartow High School. He is
graduated from East Bay High School. currently employed at Transphos.
PCREA members attend District
Members of Polk County Retired
Educators Association Unit II attended
the District 8 Fall Workshop on Sept. 14
at Grace United Methodist Church in
This meeting is held at the begin-
ning of each fiscal year with district
and state officers of Florida Retired
Educators Association to update retired
educators on state and local education
issues for the upcoming year.
PCREA Unit II members attending
the workshop were Viola Cottrell, Betty
Woodard, Louversa Herbert, Verdell
Taylor, Herbert Woodard, Marian Casey,
Ella Wilderson and Norman Wilderson.
Polk County Retired Educators Assn. Unit II members attending the District 8 Fall Workshop were
(from left) Viola Cottrell, Betty Woodard, Louversa Herbert, Verdell Taylor, Herbert Woodard,
Marian Casey, Ella Wilderson and Norman Wilderson.
Boots and Pearls coming Nov. 11
Junior Service League's third annual the event.
Boots and Pearls dinner auction is To purchase tickets or for more
lnnnald for Frirdar Nov 11. at L.eland information on to the wehsite, Rau-
Young's Barn in Alturas.
The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and
includes silent and live auction and
raffle items. Tickets are $35 per person
or $60 a couple, which includes a steak
dinner and beer. A live band will play at
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Proceeds from Boots and Pears will
be used to support the JSL's charities in
Bartow. To learn more about JSL, visit
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Haunted House directing guests through the
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Bartowans enroll, graduate
Butler enrolls at Clemson
William Forrest Butler of Bartow
has enrolled at Clemson University in
South Carolina for the fall semester.
He is majoring in general engineering.
Butler is one of nearly 3,000 freshmen
at Clemson this semester. The school is
ranked No. 25 among national public
Mikell enrolled at Cornell College
Stephon Mikell of Bartow is one of
385 new students at Cornell College in
Mount Vernon, Iowa.
This year's class of new students is
among the most geographically and
ethnically diverse in the history of Cor-
nell, with students from 42 states and 10
countries, and 25 percent domestic stu-
dents of color. With a total enrollment
of 1,197 students, Cornell College set a
record for the second year in a row.
Featured in "Colleges That Change
Lives," Comell College is a liberal arts col-
lege with a One Course At A Time (OCAAT),
or block, academic calendar. The OCAAT
provides students with freedom to study
off-campus, pursue research, or accept an
internship without missing out on other
classes. Founded in 1853, the college's en-
tire hilltop campus is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
BHS grad completes training
Navy Midshipman Marc-Antoni Julia,
son of Raquel Julia of Bartow, and more
than 900 other freshmen recently com-
pleted Plebe Summer while attending
the United States Naval Academy.
Plebe summer is the summer train-
ing program which is required of all
incoming freshmen to the U.S. Naval
Academy. Julia will go on to complete
the academic year as a Midshipman.
Julia is a 2010 graduate of Bartow
Marching Band festival Nov. 5
It's time to strike up the band for
the Annual Polk County Public
School's "Marching Band Festival
and Bartow's band will be on hand for
It will be on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Den-
ison Stadium in Winter Haven which
is near the intersection of Avenue C,
S.E. and 6th Street, S.E.
Aside from the Yellow Jackets, there will
be 13 other high school bands presenting
their best shows, which will be judged by
a panel of renowned band directors from
around the state. The Awards Ceremony
is scheduled for 9:45 p.m.
Tickets for the public will be avail-
able at the stadium gate for an eve-
ning of music, marching and pageant-
ry. It's $7 for adults and $5 for children
younger than 12.
The USF Bulls "Herd of Thunder"
Marching Band is also scheduled to
The high schools participating in
the event include Auburndale, Lake
Gibson, Lake Region, Fort Meade,
Lake Wales, Frostproof, Lakeland,
George Jenkins, Ridge Community,
Haines City, Tenoroc, Kathleen and
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Loretta Cameron honored
Loretta Cameron won the "John E.
Lawrence Administrator of the Year
Award" from the Adult and Commu-
nity Educators of Florida organization,
also known as "ACE of Florida".
Cameron is the principal of two adult
education centers in Polk County, the
West Area Adult School in Lakeland, and
the East Area Adult School in Auburndale.
This statewide award was presented
at the 2011 ACE Achievement Awards
ceremony in Orlando on Sept. 28.
Cameron has been with Polk County
Schools since 1981 and has been the
Principal at West Area Adult School
since 2005. She assumed the principal
duties at the East Area Adult School
two years ago.
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Saturday, Oct. 22
Roots and Boots Outdoor Music Festival,
runs Saturday and Sunday. Triple Canopy
Ranch, 16950 County Road, 630 E., Lake
Wales. Event tickets, information available at
Sunday, Oct. 23
Annual Cornucopia Art Show Reception, 3-5
p.m. Bartow Art Guild will have show October
and November. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, Bartow, 534-0131.
Friday, Oct. 21
Ask a Gardener, 10 a.m.-noon. Advice from ex-
perts will be available on how to create a butter-
fly garden, grow vegetables and herbs, conserve
and how to grow a green thumb. Included with
admission. Subject to change pending weather.
Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake
Wales, 676-1408; www.boktowergardens.org
Wednesday, Oct. 19
3-5 Year-Old Story Time, 10 a.m., children
learn from books read to them. Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broadway, Bartow, 534-0131.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Ghosts of Bartow Walking Tour, 7-9 p.m.,
$6. One-hour guided walk around the blocks
surrounding the Old Polk County Courthouse.
Tours not recommended for ages 10 and
under. Tours are scheduled for family night
Thursday Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m..00 per person. Polk
County Historical Museum, 100 E. Main St.,
Bartow. (863) 534-4386
Thursday, Oct. 20
Mother/Daughter Book Discussion Group
is for girls ages 9-12, 4 p.m. Mr. Popper's Pen-
guins by Richard & Florence Atwater. Receive
free copy when registering at Circulation
Desk. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S Broadway
Ave., Bartow, (863) 534-0131.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Book Babies, 10 a.m., for children from
18 months to 2-years-old with their parents
& guardians. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, Bartow, 534-0131.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Open House, TiAnViCa Riding Academy,
4:30-6:30 p.m., free. 3350 State Road 60 E,
Bartow. Visit http://tianvica.org/ for contact
and donation information.
Friday, Oct. 21
Friday Fest, 6-9 p.m., Downtown Bartow.
This month's fest will feature a cake walk and
pet costume contest sponsored by Doggie
Bag. Sponsored by the Kiwanis, Rotary and
Friday, Oct. 21
Haunted Jail Tour, 6-10 p.m., $5 per entry.
Proceeds to the United Way. Tours are 30
minutes long. PCSO Main Operations Center,
LawrenceW. Crow, Jr., 455 N. Broadway, Bartow
Friday, Oct. 21
Dinner and investigation with Apollo Para-
normal, 6 p.m. Exploring the unexplained
incidents. Stanford Inn, 555 E. Stanford St.,
Bartow, RSVP 533-2393 or 529-8679.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Haunted Jail Tour, 3-10 p.m., Kid friendly.
$5 per entry. PCSO Main Operations Center,
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., 455 N. Broadway,
Saturday, Oct. 22
Pix and Popcorn at the Library, 2:30 p.m.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S Broadway Ave.,
Bartow, (863) 534-0131.
Saturday, Oct. 22
History Highlights Polk Proud 150, 2 p.m.,
special guided tours. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151
Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, 863-676-1408; www.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Iron Crusader 3.5 mile race, 10 a.m. Dirty Foot
Adventure Park, Singletary Road, Fort Meade.
Saturday, Oct. 22
K of CYouth Spelling Bee, 10 a.m., free.
Students in grades 5-10. Winter Haven Public
Library at 325 Avenue A, NW. (863) 293-8203
or (863) 294-9184 for information.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Hospice Volunteer Training, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Part of four classes people must attend for
16-hour certification and interested participants
should plan to attend all four training. Lake
Gibson Church of the Nazarene, 6868 N. Socrum
Loop Road, Lakeland (863) 291-5567
Sunday, Oct. 23
157th homecoming celebration, 10 a.m.
Music provided by the Royal City Family
Ministries. Featured guest speaker will be
Rev. Anthony Goff. Peace Creek Baptist, 3070
State Road 60 E., Bartow. (863) 533-9263 or
Thursday, Oct. 20-Saturday, Oct. 23
Paintball Tournament, event and trade
show free, free parking, admission, but
tickets are required for Pro Games $15 per
day/$40 for all three days or in advance at
www.pspevents.com. 1400 Broadway Blvd.
S.E. Polk City, (863) 984-3500.
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