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Title: The Polk County Democrat
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Creation Date: January 25, 2012
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Wrong way on S.R. 60

Curtis Gunter, at the left, sits handcuffed and leans against a Polk County Sheriff's Office patrol car after he drove the wrong way on State Road
60 Monday. This was soon after the SUV collided with another police cruiser, the fifth accident he allegedly caused.

Deputies say driver caused five accidents

KI il-i MI I/L'I I i .i' l.i NEWS.COMN
It was quite possibly the unthinkable.
A vehicle out of control, going the
wrong way on a busy highway.
Eight minutes, from start to finish,
chaos, from the first emergency phone
call to the final crash.
Four separate crashes resulted, not
counting a final oillisi I with a Polk
County Sheriffs deputy car.
According to reports, Bartow Police
Department began receiving phone calls
Monday afternoon at 2:44, in reference
to a green 2005 Kia Sorento SUV driving
erratically, causing a traffic crash.

That was just the beginning of what
would be a miles-long trail of misery.
Moments later, the SUV continued
heading east, out of Bartow city limits
and into unincorporated Polk County.
Motorists lit up the phones at the Polk
County Sheriff's Office.
A green Kia SUV was headed east-
bound in the westbound lanes of S.R.
60 East.
Charlie Gates and his son, 14-year-
old Christopher Gates, a student at Bok
Academy in Lake Wales, were on their
way back to Lake Wales from an appoint-
ment in Lakeland when they spotted the
first crash near Flamingo Road in Bartow.

Then, according to a report, the SUV
caused two more crashes: one near 91
Mine Road on S.R. 60 East.
A fourth crash occurred just west of
Dusty's Camper World, near Rifle Range
Road on the same highway.
The Gates father and son stopped to
get gas, and later continued on S.R. 60.
And when they came upon the final
crash, which occurred right in front of
Dusty's Camper World, Charlie got out his
camera phone and handed it to his son.
The two were amazed at what they
The final crash occurred at 2:52 p.m.,



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The banned fungicide carbendazim
tied to orange juice from lIr.T i does
not show enough of a measurable
amount for it to be banned from the
United States, the Food and Drug Ad-
ministration ruled Friday.
However, the citrus industry in the
U.S. is still dealing with the public on
the health matters which, the FDA and
the Environmental Protection Agency
say should not be a concern.
"There is not a public health concern
and the FDA is going to continue to
test for it," said Florida Citrus Mutual's
Director of Communications Andrew
Meadows. "We're still trying to deter-
mine if there's an effect on the market-
place, but we don't know how quickly
we'll get feedback."
Meadows said ever since the testing
was first announced at the beginning
of this month they've been bombarded
with concerns. Some of that has come
from what Michael Sparks, executive
vice president/CEO of Florida Mu-
tual Citrus, said was some inaccurate
reporting that ultimately made orange
juice futures skyrocket in the stock
market. He wrote that the word "halt"
was used to describe the FDA's action
and later that morphed into the words
"stop" and "deny."
"This language indicated the juice
was unsafe and denied access to Ihe
U.S. market which was simply not true.
The futures market sk\ rocktled on the

Student achievement, higher teacher pay budget goals

Polk County Schools should set priori-
ties and budget to achieve those goals, a
consultant told School Board members
and staff in a work session Friday.
lim Hamilton, a former Hillsborough
County principal and deputy superinten-
dent, facilitated the workshop. He now
owns I BE(: Group Inc. in Pensacola and is

a consultant for the Florida School Board
School Superintendents Sherrie Nickell
suggested looking at a budgeting approach
that is "priority driven." With changes to
mandates and funds occurring frequently,
the budget is an "evolutionary process."
Within the span of one day the budget
numbers change in Tallahassee.
"I have heard from the board loud and
clear that we are focused on advancing

student achievement in Polk Coun r." she
said. Polk will probably not be receiving a
huge influx of funds, so the district has to
find ways to help students achieve goals.
"The budget is not a document; it is a
process," she said, "a little bit different %wa
of thinking."
Polk County "really is a very pleasant
living and working environment," Ham-
ilton said. "Prospects for the future are as
bright as we can make them.... Things are

never as good as we like and never as bad
as we fear."
School systems can no longer have
business as usual, Nickell said. "It's a new
world. The state has created that for us,"
with new FCAT cut scores and a new
teacher evaluation system among the
The new FCAT scoring levels may mean
more students have to take remedial

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Putnam to
help dedicate
firefighter statue


Page 24 The Polk County Democrat

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After a lot of team effort and a strong
vision, the Harrow Volunteer Firefighters
.H1ll hold a formal dedication ceremony for
the bronze fire statue by the Barrow Fire
Department on North Broadway.
I he event is scheduled to take place on
Feb. 3 beginning at 3:30 p.m. with Agricul-
ture Commissioner Adam Putnam as the
keynote speaker.
Addressing city commissioners at last
Monday's meeting and extending a personal
invitation to the dedicallon, Willian Simp-
son represented the volunteer firefighters
when gi. ing thanks for the city's participa-
tion in helping to turn their desire into a
"A few years ago I came before you and
shared a project that we, the volunteers,
had in mind at that time," said Simpson.
'We initiated a project to present a monu-
ment to those who have served the com-
munity as volunteer firefighters since 1913.
We're hiippl to report that our mission
is accomplished. We've raised the funds,
designed the statue and had it constructed
and erected. We are 't.r\ proud and could
not have done this '.ilhioii the generous
support from many in our (tmmnunit. the
city commission, as well as the city manager
and his staff."
The Volunteer Firefighter Department was
founded in 1887 and was Bartow's first line
of defense against fire for more than 100
years. The statue, named "The Fireman," was
designed by Harrison Covington of Tampa.
Mayor Pat Huff was pleased to accept the
invitation on behalf of the city.
"The statue is certainly a beautiful
addition to Bartow," said Huff.

In other business, commissioners ap-
proved a resolution supprning the Environ-
mental Protection A. g' n c development and
implementation of a consistent national
policy regarding the applicability of the
asbestos National Emission Standards for
Hazardous Air Pollutants requirements to
bursting of asbestos-cement pipe.
Commissioners agreed that pipe bursting
would be a viable tactic in Bartow as it is a
reliable, economical rehabilitation tech-
nique commonly used to replace existing
underground utiIir systems.
A public hearing and final reading was
also held on an ordinance approving the
final plat of Clear Springs Corporate Park.
Seven lots are being platted and are
located off the new roadway intersecting
State Road 60. Bob Wiegers, planning and
community development director, stated all
infrastructure has been constructed and ac-
cepted by the city. Wiegers also said the ap-
proval of this final plat meets with the three
Strategic Plan goals: upgrading city facilities
and infrastructure, growing a well-planned
sustainable city and creating a diverse ex-
panding local economy.
The 385-acre corporate research park
will be geared toward the development
of manufacturing facilities, distribution
centers and business services. As part of
the development, a new Polk State College
campus called the PSC Advanced Technol-
ogy Center at Clear Springs is projected to
open later this year.
The next city commission work session is
scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m.
followed by the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Both sessions are held at the Bartow City
Hall at 450 N. Wilson Ave. Agendas can be
downloaded on the day of the meeting by
going to www.cityofbartow.net.

Work around hospital,

Ford dealership

This week on the construction
on U.S. 98 south of Manor Drive
to north of County Road 540A
the east side of U.S. 98 from Lyle
Parkway to Bo\ Scout Ranch Road
continues as it will on the west
side of U.S. 98 from Manor Drive
to north of CR 540A and in the
median area from Manor Drive to
L le Parkway.
There should be no impacts to
traffic, the Florida Department of
Transportation said.
Other construction activities
include work on the west side of
U.S. 98 between Manor Drive to
Lyle Parkway to prepare for the
upcoming road widening of
U.S. 98. These activities will
impact dritveway entrances, but
access will be maintained at all
times, DOT said.
Between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., the
contractor will work on the right
turn lanes in and out of Bartow
Regional Medical Center and the
entrances off of U.S. 98. Access to
the hospital will be maintained by
keeping one half of the entrance
available while working on the
other half. That work should be
done by Friday, DOT said.
Also, on those nights, work on
U.S. 98 may impact the right turn
lanes in and out of Bartow Ford
as well as the entrance off U.S.
98. Access will be maintained at
all times by keeping one half of
the entrance open while working
on the other half. Depending the

weather, DOT reports, this work in
should be done by 6 a.m.
This week work on Van Fleet
Drive crews will install barrier
walls between the southbound
and northbound lanes of U.S.
98 and the eastbound and west-
bound lanes of S.R. 60.
The barrier walls will be in-
stalled without lane closures and
in preparation for additional traf-
fic shift scheduled for thel nights
of Sunday. Jan. 29 and Monday,
Jan. 30.
The traffic shifts are needed
so crews can begin work on new
lanes and sidewalks along north-
bound U.S. 98 and westbound
SR 60.
Access to businesses in the work
zone is being maintained wh\il
construction is under way, DOT
For additional project informa-
tion, visit www.ldriveUS98.com.
This week on S.R. 60 by the
Peace River Bridges, there will
be lane closures from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. as crews paint thermo-
plastic traffic markings on the
mainline. There will also be lane
closures from 5 p.m.-5:30 a.m. for
about one week, DOT reports.
This week sod grading and plac-
ing and signalization and highway
signage improvements should
happen on the work on U.S. 17
near Homestead. There will be
lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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The Polk County Democrat Page 3A

January 25, 2012


Enforcement a key factor in seat belt use

A reader iil t.i the other dj. and put a bug in
our ear. Had we noticed, he as.r'd., how many
victims of the fatal car crashes reported in this
I-,., ip.p.r hadn't been wearing seat belts?
And how man'. were .' lurug? His point was that
there should be something more that we, state
lawmakers or the police, could do to get more
people to buckle up.
-'s. that certainly would be a good thing.
'i.', air,. \e(.- seat belts do save lives. But would
hlii..lir fines help? \nd how much more time and
attention should police officers devote to seat
belt ,,( lll is.' 'Tougher laws naturally drive be-
havior. Before June 20l-J. the failure to use a seat
belt was a secondary :)tltnse in I lirida, which
meant police had to have another reason to pull
someone over before writing a ticket. The law
that made mandatory safety belt usage a prima-
ry offense the base fine is $30, but a ticket will
cost you $111 with fee tack-ons did prompt a
spike in compliance.
Safety belt use bumped along in the 60-per-
cent range during the I'-R's, but quickly rose in
the early 2ilOs as laws were strengthened and

Our Viewpoint
a d.-rli-.:n campaigns increased, reaching 80
percent in 2i _i, Afirr the primary law took 4f-
fect, estimated usage .a~ain jumped: Last Jun,_'.
the annual Florida Statewide Observational Sur-
vey of Belt Use put the rate at .* percent.
Would highrr fines bring even higher uwage"
Not necessarily.
Connecticut has a base fine of SJ2i and a usage
rate of 88 percent.
Colorado's base fine is $71 and its rate is 82
Then there is Mlihigan, which has the high-
est usage of all states 97 percent with a
primary fine of $25. But Michigan has is robust
enforcement. State law enforcement agencies
set up annual two-week "seat belt enforcement
zones" day and night, much like DUI check-
points. ThL' advertise where they'll be set up
Part of the National Highway Safety Adminis-
tration's Click It or Ticket campaign, the Michi-

a r, I .t'.. has been extremely -uLi .r, IluI
safety belt use soared over the ,t decade. At
the same time, traffic deaths fell from 1, :- in
.'u In to 871 in _In N The Mi' hiia State Police
also notes seat belt citations have llI,. i in recent
years, bimpl'. because more people are comply-
ing with the law.
Florida police agencies also have joined in the
Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign, but
not to the extent of checkpoints. Would a more-
concerted effort along these lines "ln riughltiiii
the state result in higher usage numbers? The
Michigan-experience indicates it would.
Back to our caller's original point, i4 percent of
21-24-year-olds killed in traffic accidents in 2010
were not belted, according to Florida ( Ii k It or
Ticket. Throughout the state in 2010, 571 of the
people who died and 10,518 who were injured
were not belted.
It may be that a more vigorous law enforce-
ment campaign especially at night would
drive compliance. It's worth consideration, con-
sidering the possibility of lowering the number
of deaths and injuries.

Letters to the editor

A couple of observations

about energy and politics

Please allow me to make two obser-
vations; one on "energy" and one on
On "energy," for those who continue
to push fossil fuels, my observation.
For over 100 years now, billions of
barrels of oil; billions of tons of coal;
billions of cubic feet of natural gas; has
been extracted from the earth's crust.
The fuel industry continues to go
deeper and deeper into the earth's crust
with explorations and extractions.
My question to the industry and the
government is, what happens to those
huge voids created by these extractions?
\\Wiihnii doing the numbers, we are
talking huge holes that have been cre-
ated and continue to be created.
Wl'hIn is Mother Nature, who dis-
likes voids and vacuums, going to say,
"enough is enough, it is time for huge
subsidences to fill those voids."
Do we want to consider that possibil-
ity with its catastrophic consequences?
On "politics" let's review that vicious
cycle. There is no question that the
Congress has become the home of "pro-
fessional politicians."
Witness the Congress over the last de-
cades. As "professional p liti i.in," they
are always running for re-election, that
is how they continue to be "professional
As we all so .. 1' know, there are
considerable perks ii- 1' a Congress
person: like : ,, : .ii --_ ; staffs,

raising your own salary, excellent health
benefits, great retirement packages; that
sort of thing.
They become entrenched with those
Once they become entrenched, the
special interest groups, with the large
amounts of money they represent, seem
to go into partnership with the en-
trenched "professional politicians."
The vicious cycle has been cre-
ated. The money interests provide the
resources to continue the "professional
Is it time for Congressional term
One further observation. You will
notice that I have not referred to any
political party, only "professional politi-
When something goes wrong, the
"professional politician" always says
that it is somebody else's fault, never
theirs. Recently it has been the Presi-
dent, who has become the target.
The "professional politicians" ignore
or are reluctant to admit, that under our
system, the Congress legislates, not the
He only has what Congress gives him.
In, idlL.nill:.. the presidency is term -
Thank you for listening.

Paul Flynn
Lake Wales

Do we really want a failure?

Once again we hear the cry: "Show
us your tax return!" And financially
successful i.e., wealthy candidates
for president squirm, lest the voters find
out that they are, in fact, rich.
Would we rather have a financial
failure in the White House?

I am not an elitist, far from it. I do not
bow before, or even envy, the fabu-
lously wealthy.
In fact, I .ik- the definition of wealth
espoused the other day by a Rotary
friend who is at least a decade older
than I: U.-:alil to me means I have
enough money to live the lifestyle I
want to live." That says it ... li His is not
an extravagant lifestyle, but it is what he
I have often said that I am fortunate
enough to have I r i' ,- I need and
most of what I want. This is not a new

S.L. Frisbie

S .L Frisbie can becontacted at
SJir. hi :p'l','',.,,'i ,.in, ,'agt, ,m

I found myself in ih; circumstance
as a second lieutenant in the Army in
I1-,2. making base pay of S222.30 a
month. (There are some numbers you
never forget.) That is about -. .I a week,
which was minimum wage (S1.25 an
hour) at the time.

There are few paupers in the race r

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The I'I,1k County Democrat Pr.:, 5A

january 25i. 2rJi

Wreck claims man's life OBITUARIES

I, 1 P 01 I -' I t 1.. 1 LA O: AL W,% SI.C

Jeff Bush was out for a run tuesday
monirirIi ,.1wr'n hiheard a big lJ "
the 49-year old former Caloosa Lake
,hlnllitr fir.fi4 htlr sa hi" i.l iltll ,
thioihtr it was a sewi-truck tire that had
Il Iboom was tolluwed y'- a rna%~,I%
explosion sound," he said
e grabbed his kefs and told his wife he
was going to see if anyrtxt needed help.
his home just a couple streets away from
US. 27.
"~'u know the sound when you hear
it It was so loud and so close, I knew it
wasn't going to be good." Bash said.
It was still a little dark outside at 6 am.,
and debris was scattered all over the road
in front of Jackson Street, leaving a trail to
l) it'' ra iltd r Sales.
Bibles and salvation tracts, adnng ith
broken glass and .reckage lay every-
A semi-truck and r ri nall lo\i a (Corolla
hadi llidltl
"1 saw a shadow h the road trying to
wave down some help," Bush said.
It was the driver of the semi-truck, a
sand IIl ih.r. who had crawled to the road
and was ,liing for help.
"I e was cut pretty bad in his face," Bush
That's when Ili sh ,swv that ilt r' was
another vehicle involved.
"I realized :ltr wa, .1111 lher car that
had beenlT-boned," he said.
"I kicked on lthi flashlight to see how
they were," Bush said, norling tie driver
had no pulse and was pinned, and the
pl'dSrngerL had labored breathing.
At the same time as he was helping the
truck driver and checking on the car's oc-
cupants, Bush was on the phone %%ith 911.
He said emergency officials had to ex-
tricate the driver and passenger from the
car and noted that no trauma helicopters
were in flight because of the fog.
Eight years of firefighting and tending
vehicle accidents kicked in, and at one
point, firefighters even asked him to pull
out a water line, in case it was needed.
Later, deputies at the scene spoke to
each other of a possible fuel leak.
It was second nature for Bush to rush to
the accident after hearing the noise.
"I wouldn't want to leave somebody
hanging," he said.

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Ot tii. lhrtInl'. before 6 a m T;. .
Jan. 24, the Polk ( Iunwr Slnhtrff, 'itl -
received an alarm call in reference to glass
breaking at Pali -Trailer Sales, located at
14410 US. 27 in Lake Wales, just north of
Warner University.
When deputies arrives on scene. the\
saw a car and a semi-truck had crashed
into Payes' main office building. PCS
reports a four-door silver Toota Corolla
traveling east on Jackson Street entered
the southbound lane of U.S.27 in an at-
tempt to continue forward to the median
and then turn north onto U.S. 27. Reports
note when it entered the southbound
lane, it entered the path of a semi-truck
hauling sand, headed southbound in the
outside lane of U.S. 27.
According to PCSO Public Information
(tit t r Carrie Eeazer, as the two vehicles
collided, :he( '1'II li-rIlik lpu)lhlL- the Toyota
all the way into Payes' business.
Nobody was in the business at the time,
she said.
The adult male driver of the Toyota was
declared deceased on scene. The adult
male passenger of the I ) ),ai was trans-
ported to Lakeland Regional Medical Cen-
ter with critical injuries. The adult male
driver of the semi-truck, Emel Morales, 37,
of 615 Robin Road Apt. 2, Lakeland, was
pulling a 1973 Fruehaufsand hauler filled
with sand and was transported to Lake
Wales Medical Center with non-serious
injuries, the sheriff's office reported.
The identities of both the deceased and
his passenger were not confirmed as of
press time Tuesday.
Southbound traffic on the highway was
impaired for hours as the accident was
investigated, with one lane opened to ease
the congestion.
Others around the neighborhood heard
the wreck, as well.
Josh Curtis, 25, was up at 6 a.m., work-
ing on his computer, on nearby Jefferson
"I heard a loud explosion," he said.
"It didn't seem like a regular car accident
... when we passed by, it looked like it
disintegrated. It looked like someone just
took a huge nuclear weapon and just blew
it up."

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away lueL-dd\
Jan. 17, 2012.
at a long-term
nursing home in
Weleslev, Mass.
Born July 26,
1926,in Kings-
ton, Tenn., Mrs.
Terrell was a
longtime resident' -
of Bari ow. mov- Barbara Terre
ing to Massachu-
setts in 2008. She was best known
as a school teacher, having taught for
more than 25 years in Tennessee,
Michigan, and Bartow schools. She was
also known for her piano pla ing and
teaching Sunday school at Northside
Baptist, then as a member of First

Baptist Church of BanoM
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Edward L Terrell
Mrs. Terrell is survived by two daugh
ters, Carole Lacy-Carella ol Bedford
Mass., and Karen L hoelles of Ambler,
Pa.; and three grandchildren.
Family will receive friends Friday,
Jan. 27, from 10-11 a.m., at \l hiJddn n
McLean Funeral Home, Barii).
Funeral services will foillu\% at 11 a.m.
at the funeral home. Interment will
be at Bartow Wfld ood Cemetery. A
luncheon will follow at First Baptist
Church of Bartow.
Memorials ima\ be made to I irsr
Baptist Church of Bartow, 410 E.
Church St., Bartow, Fl. 3 8.31i
Condolences to the family may be
made at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral

FRISBIE: Do we really want a failure


president, this year or mn other.
Indeed, I suspect that none of the 535
members of Congress qualifies for food
stamps, or did before election.
With rare exceptions, those who aspire
to or achieve high political office have a
record of success in the private sector.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that success
in business presages success in politics.
Again with rare exceptions, success
in either sector requires ambition and
hard work. Good luck doesn't hurt, of

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Primary Election was
January 3.2012

the spotlight should be on Congress
and the tax code. There is iiolling noble
about paying more taxes than one owes.
I would suggest thai private charities
are more deserving (and needful) of
voluntary gifts than the government.
When it comes to candidates for pub-
lic office, I pose this question: Which is
more unappealing, the moral hi pul is
of some presidents or the financial suc-
cess of others?

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. He has long
said that his income is neither so high
nor so low as to be embarrassing. Nor is
it anybody else's business. So much for a
run for the presidency.)

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January 21-28
Early voting times
Saturday and Sunday 11 a r 5 p.m
Monday- Friday 9 am. 5.m.
at the following locations:
Lakeland Branch Courthouse,
930 East Parker Streeot
Winter Haven Branch Courthouse
Gil! Jones RoPlaza, 3425 Lake Alfred Road
E Bartow Ctiy Hall.
450 N Wilson Avenrute
Larry Jackson Ubrary,
1700 N Frionda Av.enue
Laake Wales Library,
290 Cypress Grden LanS e
iDavenport Branch Officeu
Sons a. 325 Lke Alfrea o
4589 H~jh '.ay27. Dierxeorf
Mulbertorr City Hall
450 N llsonh Avenue

Republican voters will be

choosing their nominee for
Florida is a Closed Primary State
State law says
only members of the
Republican Party may vote in a
Republican Primary Election

For Further Information,
Lori Edwards,
Supervisor of Elections


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customerr erwnice, '1* 11 a.m., spon-
sored by IICFDC. Neil Combee County
Administration l.Builling Room 139, ;i,
West Church .r Barr, r'. ,-'3. 534-5915.

Wednesday, an.25
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sheet For Your Businte,. 1-3 p.m., spon-
sored by CFDC. LNel Combee Count\
Administration Iuiiding Room 139, 330
W. Church St., Bartow. (863) 534-5915.

Saturday. Jan.28
Bartow Chamber of Commerce annual
dinner and awards, Fabulous 50s is the
theme. I.iritr ( i~\(. Center, 2"2u S. Flo-
ral Ave. Hi 533-7125 to reserve tickets.

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Adult Book Group, noon-1 p.m. "The
(irls Come lMarching Home," Bartow
Public library, 2150 S. Broadway, (l163)

Through Friday, Jan. 27
65th annual I'olk County Youth Fair,
1702 1Highway 17 Souih. Bartow. Fun
and exciting competitions throughout
the week beginning with the Horseman-
ship Show at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. This
is a family event and admission is free.
Market animals, ornamental plants,
consumer science projects, competitions
and more. See schedule of events at

Wednesday, Jan. 25
The Mad Tea Party, for those in grade
6-12, 4-5 p.m. Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway, (863) 534-0131.

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Miss Melissa tells stories, does finger
plays, music, crafts, games, and films
for 3-to-5-year-olds. 10-10:45 a.m.,
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broad-
way, (863) 534-0131.

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I .'illr. -)ITI .i .., I )-11:30 a.m .
SThe Ballet Conservator, 5305 Avenue I
N.W., Winter Haven. -'v- 299-9070.
Thursday, Jan. 26
Book Babies, 18 months to 2 years
old, 10-10:30 a.m., Baorow Public Li-
brary, 2150 S. Br-,J.d.. 863 534-0131.
Thursday Jan. 26
rIhDr I daughter Book Group, 4-5 p.m.,
"Ramona and Beezus," Bartow Public
lihra.i, 2150 S. Broadwas, 8r., 534-0131.
Thursday, Jan. 26
unifying The Mind Through Medita-
tion, 1:30-3 p.m., $7. The Center for
Personal Growth, 151 Second St. S.W.,
Si\,iivur Haven, (863) 852-3068.

Thursday, Jan. 26
Write Like a Pro, 3:15-4:45 p.m., $5
donation sugrgeed for each class. The
Center for Personal Growth, 151 Second
St. S.W., Winter Haven, ~1h'1 299-9070.
Friday, Jan.27
"Dolphin ,lr,." based on a true story of
a rescued dolphin who needs a new tail.
Movies on the Lawn, 6:30 p.m. north-
west comer of Wilson Avenue and Main
Street, Bartow. Fourth Friday of each
month. Free, family movie. Bring chairs or
blankets. Refreshments for sale. Call (863)
519-0508 for movie information.
Friday, Jan. 27-Sunday, Jan. 29
Peace River Folk Festival and Battle
of Bowlegs Creek re-enactment and
campout. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.;
Saturday, gates open at 10 a.m., battle
re-enactment 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Sunday,
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., battle re-enactment
1:30 p.m. Fort Meade Outdoor Recre-
ation Area, U.S. Highway 98 E. at Peace
River, (863) 285-8253 or (863) 860-7347.

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Polk County Public Schools Workforce
Advisory Board, 11:30 a.m. Action plan
for career academies to be discussed.
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Wednesday, Feb. 25
Biarlo: Community Redevelopment
Agency, 8 a.m., Department of Citrus,
605 E. Main St., Bartow.

Wednesday, Jan. 25
"Treating Erectile Dysfunction" at
6 p.m., free. Lecture by Dr. James M.
Belarmino. Watson Main Clinic Library,
1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland.
Call (863) 904-4658 to RSVP for this free

Saturday, Jan. 28
Covered By Grace concert, 6 p.m.,
free. Gospel Music Coffee House, All

About lesus Church, 4219 Bomber
Road, Bartow. ;Hh. 21' 3.iHre

Saturday, Jan. 28
Kevin Spencer concert, 7 p.m.,
Christian Home Free Will Baptist
Church, 1125 U.S. Highway 17 South,
Bartow, 863-533-4734.

Sunday, Jan. 29
Kevin Spencer concert, 11 a.m.,
Bethany Free Will Baptist Church, 2905
Iowa Road; Eaton Park, (863) 667-9020.

Sunday, Jan. 29
54th annual Chicken Bar-B-Q,
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., $7 per person. St.
Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church,
corner of Mann Road and Kissengen
Avenue in Bartow. (863) 533-6684 or
(863) 533-8428.


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Jan. 7
Eurick Joseph, 25,, 4 u iu ll ;i,'ri. aggravated
battery *,rh .J dead,'i; io p' n and ,rirr.in.l mischief.
i:'.:i fBodiford. ;'4, 1133 Bamhorst Road burglary
and grand theft.
Terry Todd, 44, 4830 Transport Road out-of-county
Darrell Philip, 32, 4219 Bomber Road violation of
Kenya Brown, 30, 1710 lMi Bild -- ,isling arrest
without violence.
Michael Skidmore, 31, ,i20 iate Road r1 -- petir
'li'olj,. Trejo, 22, 760 Mallon Place possession of
James Jenkins, 30, 1455 E. Church Street possession
'jl rndrlju.ird.
Aaron Garcia, 37, 1510 E. Georgia Street Lot 310A -
drivin wiih a suspended license.
William Evans, 55 battery/domestic violence (two
counts) and violation of pre-trial release.

Jan. 8
Elvis Fredrick, 55, 915 Tangelo Drive driving under
the influence.
Dustin Harris, 25, 845V2 S. Sixth Avenue possession
of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Timothy Ebersole, 24,1095 E. Gay Street attempted
armed burglary.

Jan. 9
Cornelius Myrick, 28, 500 Waldon Avenue burglary.

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Michael -rd~-,::,r : 1935 Marsall ree -
burglary of .*.- r. .*.rh ir :; grand '
with property damage and D-.. .:,.: :'.': -. ":: .
with intent to use.
Christopher Henderson, 21, 1935 ','.ar' ..
- burglary of a '.-i''h11igr i ..t . y I ]L 1 -;
larceny with property damage.
Ralph Williams, 61, 1295 N. H,.ll.n Pkwy. 6 -
Catarsha Newman, 37, 2763 Frazier Street -- fi
to appear.
Robert Butler, 23, 970 E. Tee Circle violation of

Connie Wright, 42, 490 East Blvd. resisting arrest
without violence.
Richard Krzyzaniak, 32,1525 Sail Point Drive -
driving with a suspended license.
Thomas Berry, 52, 2054 Magnolia Street failure to

Raul Cruz, 35, 1510 E. Georgia Street # 317 con-
tempt of court-violation of a domestic violence protection
injunction, aggravated stalking and burglary.
Timothy Gatlin, 26, 465 W. Hooker Street possession
of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Grace Irwin, 25, 4050 E. Gandy Road possession of
marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Denise Clayton, 46, 1847 W. Stewart Street -
possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Quintarius Myrick, 25, 155 Austin Street possession
of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Christopher Hartbarger, 29, 315 Indica Court -
burglary with assault.
Mark Childers, 18,1170 Richland Road possession
of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Operation results

in 75 arrests

A : Iun r yid. enforcement initiative
in December resulted in 75 people be-
ing charged on a variety of crimes, the
Polk County Sheriff's Office reports.
Detectives conducted warrants
checks, followed up on tips, investi-
gated suspicious activities, conducted
high visibility patrols and traffic stops,
and made citizen contacts.
It was in addition to the tu nln t % idt
drug enforcement initiative where
26 others were arrested on a number
of drug sales and trafficking related
Bartow residents charged in this

investigation included Dustin Randal
Medler, 19, of 310 Lake Millsite Road,
for corruption by threat against a
public servant, and lames Ellsworth
Gist, 35, of 310 Lake Millsite Road,
for possession of methamphetamine
within 1,000 feet of a worship place,
possession of m'lh.iiiphrl.,inin'.
ihrrc counts of resisting arrest wirlliii
violence, two counts of resisting arrest
with battery on a law enforcement of-
ficer, and Jsi'rol ing or tampering with
evidence, the hli'ril s office reports.
They were booked into the county
jail, the sheriff's office said.

Maurer new Polk BB&T executive

FORT MYERS BB&T has named
Susan Maurer area executive for Polk
County. She will oversee the daily opera-
tions and nearly 60 employees at BB&T's
11 Polk County locations.
Maurer, 51, is a 35-year veteran of the
financial services industry and has served
as area executive for Collier County since
2009. Prior to that, she was the area
executive for Collier and Lee counties.
Maurer joined BB&T in 2004 through the
Republic Bank merger.
Maurer will report to Nan Hillis,

president of BB&T's Orlando-based
Central Florida Region of Polk, Orange,
Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, St. Lucie and
Martin counties. The region has deposits
of $2.1 billion; Polk accounts for about
$485 million.
Maurer earned her bachelor's degree
in banking and finance from National
University. She has been involved with
several community organizations includ-
ing Lighthouse of Collier, Florida Gulf
Coast University, SCORE in Naples, and
charitable organizations.





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classes, which *.ill cost more. lI new
teacher evaluation pr'4rjrrj is a "gdIII'
( haiger Nickell sajd, a "big differinii way
of llikring at things"
Major initiatives also come from
.i; ihirigtorn. IIlamiiii called No .hild
I ft l{:hind thil larg.-s intrusion of the
federal grlt-rnmen in liail education in
the history. of the r.ounir," Irhat and the
state Constitutional amendment reduc-
ing classroom size have been big budget
drivers the last eight years," Hamilton said.
This is a sea change^ for those in public
education Nickell said. In the past kids
went to the school they were zoned for.
Now there are many options to traditional
public schools, such as charter, private,
virtual and home education. Individual
public schools need to market thcm.slve,,
she said.
In this market-driven world, 12
percent of Polk's students have left for
charter schools, she said. Many are top
"It doesn't matt-r if\ou like it or not,"
I laiiulon said, adding." Ihrere's no reason
on God's green earnh wh\ we shouldn't
have ht best school system in the U.S.
right here."
Whrle the siitC has its priorities, Nickell
said, "we must focus locally on our stu-
dents to ensure they have a bright future."
If students don't have the tools they
need, "Their future won't be a good place,"
I lamilton said. "Kids will need to be more
like s ive Jobs rather than just taking a job."
Based on the district's current strategic
plan, Hamilton suggested two priorities be
focused on in the budget: academics and
instruction, with the goals of:
Improving student achievement and
increasing the graduation rate to within
3 percentage points of the state rate, and
By 2013-14, achieving a district grade
of A, and increasing the number of A and
B schools from 56 to 70 percent.


when the SUV reportedly struck a PCSO
patrol vehicle driven by Deputy Sheriff
Matthew Foster, who responded to the
area of Rifle Range Road and S.R. 60 East
to set up stop-sticks to stop the Kia as it
went eastbound in the westbound lanes.
Foster exited the patrol car after parking
it offof the main road, in the turn lane,
according to a report.
Thialit when the Kia struck the patrol
car, coming to a final rest.
Foster was not injured.
The driver, 47-year-old Curtis Gunter of
400 N. Oak Ave., Fort Meade, was charged
with two traffic citations and booked into
the Polk County Jail. The initial charges
were leaving the scene of a crash with
property damage and reckless driving.
Nobody, including the driver of the SUV,

Y-ratI'-, to achieve tht iu ude irm-
prrr'. iny lt,-. her salaries to be ',- 't-t i.
i th ( N. ,laj and Hil bIru4).h counties
establish a performance-based sala
structure .iLirdiii ti' r or'J.- statutes:
create a rigorous academic :tl' 'a'.n for
gliti-d students in elementary and middle
schools; extend career academic into
selected middle schools; create peer
assistance and support for teachers and
principals; move D or F schools to a 200-
day school year, with each day extended
by one hour.
These strategies would mean squeeze
some S75 million from the current budget
to use for teacher raises, Hamilton said.
Student performance and salary
structure are inextricably\ linked, Nickell
"Without the best, brightest and most
enthusiastic teachers, we won't improve
student achievement."
As students are pushed forward from
the top and bottom, the middle will im-
prove, Hamilton said. "Every school has a
top qu(Lru'l and they should be treated as
such" with advanced and gifted classes.
This new budgeting process will need
iarticipi tion from the board and district
administrators, Nickell said. A commit,
tee will be named to start the new budget
1 Imanlton urged having a list of ex-
penses and revenues, and the priorities for
spending, by February.
"We haven't done it this way before,"
Nickell noted. "It's not accounting; it's
visionary budgeting that serves as a tool to
get us to our priorities."
Board members were enthusiastic
about the prospects. Chairman Hazel
Sellers agreed Hamilton "has reenergized
us. "We're going to do some things people
won't like, but we'll be able to explain why
we need to do these things, and what the
results will be, increasing student achieve-
Tim Harris agreed it was "an energiz-
ing morning. I wish all the employees
could have heard it," and caught the

was seriously injured in any of the crashes,
according to the sheriff's office.
A congested highway resulted, with
pods of people surrounding each crash
There were reports to be filed, names to
be taken, people to be examined.
Initial reports, according to PCSO public
information officer Carrie Eleazer, indicate
"impairment appears to be a factor."
LeRoy Hodges was caught in all the
Headed to Lake Wales after coming
from a doctor's appointment at the Vet-
eran's Hospital in Tampa, he was running
Hodges was on the opposite side of the
road and noticed the Kia driving on the
wrong side of the road, headed the same
way as he. That caught his eye.
He said the SUV was "running every-
body" off the road, causing great confusion.
"People had to dodge him to keep from
running into him," he said.



reports. %.'hrth.er the industry ulti-
mately loses a _.ignificani amount of
OJ drinkers remains to be seen," he
However, in the letter issued by
Nega Beru, the director of Food Safety
for the FDA, wrote, "Carbendazim is
approved for use in a variety of crops,
including citrus, in many countries.
In the United States, however, the
Environmental Protection Agency has
not approved carbendazim for use
as a fungicide on ordngcu nor has it
established a tolerance or an exemp-
tion from the need for a tolerance for
carbendazim in orange juice in the
United States. Thus, carbendazim in
orange juice is an unlawful pesticide
chemical residue under the Federal
Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act."
He said this fungicide is not a
health hazard.
"Based on EPA's conclusions from
its preliminary risk assessment,
consumption of orange juice with
carbendazim at the low levels that
have been reported does not raise
safety concerns," the FDA issued in a
report Friday.
The FDA started the tests Jan. 4, af-
ter Coca-Cola told it on Dec. 28 it had
found traces of carbendazim when
it tested samples of its orange juice
brands, which include Minute Maid
and Simply Orange. Coca-Cola also
said it found low levels of the pesti-
cide in competitors' brands and in
some concentrates on store shelves.
Carbendazim in the United States
is legally used in paints, adhesives,
textiles and on some ornamental

trees. It was used in citrus until 2008.
but then alternatives became a\ ail-
able. In Brazil and in some other
countries such as Canada, Costa Rica
and others, it is used to prevent mold
from grons ing on trees.
Most of the orange juice used in the
United States is grown in the United
States. About 15-18 percent Brazilian
orange juice is used to supplement
the demand, Meadows said.
Of the 45 import samples FDA col-
lected and tested, 19 did not contain
measurable amounts of carbendazim
and 12 have been released. The
samples tested so far came from five
countries, but not Brazil.
As for juice in the stores, a recall is
not warranted because an EPA risk
assessment found levels of carben-
dazim reported by Coca-Cola "were
far below any level that could pose a
safety concern," FDA Deputy Com-
missioner Michael Taylor wrote on
the agency's website.
FDA has sent a letter to the luice
Products Association stating that
it does not intend to take action to
remove from domestic commerce
orange juice containing the reported
low levels of carbendazim.
However, the FDA will continue to
test orange juice and if a health risk
does occur, it will "alert the public
and take the necessary action to
ensure that the product is removed
from the market."
So for the time being the citrus
industry in Florida can only sit back
and hope the public doesn't jump to
conclusions about the safety of or-
ange juice and citrus farmers in Polk
County, Meadows said.
"It's a pretty fluid issue," Meadows
said. "We have not heard of any more
reports of higher statistics."



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City of Bartow will hold a Regular Election on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, between the hours
of 7 AM and 7 PM, for the election of TWO City Commissioners for three-year terms in
Seat 1, At-Large AND Seat 3, Central District.
SEAT 1 AT-LARGE currently held by James F. Clements

SEAT 2 CENTRAL DISTRICT currently held by W. Patrick Huff
The qualifying period begins at 9 AM on Monday, February 6, 2012 and ends on Friday,
February 10, 2012 at 5 PM.
To become a candidate, you must be a registered voter in Polk County, a qualified
elector in the City of Bartow residing in the corporate limits of the City of Bartow and
for Seat No. 3 residing in the central district, a resident of the City of Bartow
continuously for eighteen months immediately preceding the date of commencement of
the term of office and hold no other public office. The office is for the term of three
years and will commence May 2012. The salary for Commissioner is $765 per month.
The filing fee for Commission Member is $91.80 (1% of annual salary)
Please contact the City Clerk's office at 863-534-0100 for more information.

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Incoming BHS freshman, parents night is Thursday

On Thursday at /ii p.m. .rn i-':.
High School will have an event at the
school where parents and students who
:. Ill be freshmen next year can come to
the school to see what it's like.
It's part of the school district's l iing
Freshman Parent \ighi orientation
The evening is for parents and stu-
dents to learn about their zoned high
school. High schools will conduct the
events in the school auditoriums or
BIIS is at 1270 S. Broadway. For infor-
mation call 'l, i 534-7400.

Stephens teacher
gets $1,000 grant
Laura Holland, a teacher at Stephens
Elementary, got a grant from the Indus-
try Community Advisory Panel of Polk
County for a trip for 50 fifth graders
to go to the Museum of Science and
Industry in lampa.
The visit will help teach them science
concepts that will help them on the
If(:CJ exam. This is the second year
I olland has earned the grant. She said
those who participated last year made
significant gains on the FCAT.
Businesses that support these grants
are A-C-T, Inc.; ArrMaz Custom Chemi-
cals, Inc.; Ashland, Inc.; Mosaic; and
TECO. ICAP activities are facilitated
by the Corporate College at Polk State

Heart Smart award
coming to the students
Kids will be recognized for their art-
work on Friday, Jan. 27.
The Heart Smart Art Awards program
is set to take place at the Tax Collector's
Office on Main Street at noon.
It's to award those who entered in
the Kids Tag Art, a program hosted by
the Polk County Tax Collector's Office,
in conjunction with the Florida Heart
Research Institute,
Stephen Koury, renowned local
artist, will be the special guest of Tax
Collector Joe Tedder for this event.
Presentations will be made by the
Florida Heart Research Institute to
four fifth graders whose artwork was
selected for best representing heart
health as part of this year's Kids Tag Art
school art program.
Students receiving awards are Clara
Bryne of St. Joseph's Catholic School in
Winter Haven, Madelyn Long of McKeel

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Academy, Andrea Moreno of Sleepy
Hill Elementary, and Marquis ''.t.e of
Laurel Oaks Elementary.
This is the first year for this award
and the first %ear that the Florida Heart
Research Institute has been a sponsor
of Kids Tag Art. The Heart Smart Art
Award was designed to encourage
youth to be mindful of being heart
smart by inviting fifth graders to design
a creative kids tag with that theme.
Anyone with questions can call (863)

Pigeon Pull sponsorships,
tickets on sale
The Achievement Academy will
hold its sixth annual Pigeon Pull and
Evening Round-Up on Saturday, April
21, at Sellawood at I & M Ranch, 13910
U.S. Highway 98 N., Lakeland.
The four-man flurry skeet shoot will
be from 3-6 p.m. The evening party
is from 6-9 p.m. featuring cocktails, a
steak dinner and live entertainment.
Levels of sponsorship range from a
Chuckwagon Sponsorship of $500 to a
Beretta Sponsorship of $5,000. Indi-
vidual tickets are also available for $50
for the evening event.
For information, call Cece
Christian at (863) 683-6504 or visit

Geneva open house
On Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Geneva
Classical Academy, Polk County's only
K4 through 12th grade classical Chris-
tian school, will hold an open house at
4410 East County Road 540A, Lakeland.
"Geneva models university teaching,
meaning its understanding of things
is shaped by a biblical perspective and
the Christian presuppositions that
underlie an integrated view of reality
and life," a spokesman said. "It equips
students to learn and think for them-
selves by presenting them with inter-
esting, interactive, and age-appropriate
learning opportunities."

Andrea Moreno of Sleepy Hill Elementary will be one of the students awarded for her artwork
entered in the Tag Art competition.

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Those presenting the $1,000 grant are, from left, Jeff Kincart, from A-C-T; Laura Holland,
Stephens teacher; April Sumner, Stephens principal; Callie Neslund from Mosaic; Ruthanne
Stonewall from the Industry Community Advisory Panel and Rich Thompson from the Industry
Community Advisory Panel.

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Catching up on sports

Dixie League tryouts

T h.. ;.,rtn,'.-. High School soccer
teams have moved into the laI.rlf
phase of their seasons, now that
the rf:gul,2r season has been completed.
I h. Bartow High School varsity iirls
program, under the direction of first
year coach Heather Culverhouse, made
its way tihiugh the district tournament
at Ridge to earn a berth in the region-
als. Harirw started with a 3-2 win over
Kathleen in the ipninrIi game. From
there, a 3-1 win over Lake Region put
them into ihe finals.
The district final slowed the momen-
tum a bit as the squad fell 9-0 to pow-
erhouse George Jenkins. The Jenkins
squad is unbeaten through the ear and
considered a strong favorite to perform
well as the competition continues. By
virtue of its runner-up finish in the dis-
tricts (4A-7), Bartow receives a bid to the
regionals as well. The game was p)layid
last night at Steinbrenner High School in
Lutz as the sciribriln-ier squad, as dis-
trict 4A-8 champions, earned the right
for home field advantage.
The winner of that game will meet up
with the winner of the George Jenkins/
Tampa Freedom game. That sets up
the possibility of yet another George
Jenkins-Bartow meeting in regional
semi-finals. Results of the Bartow game
last night were unknown at press time.
For the Bartow boys soccer program,
the regular season has concluded and
the road through district play will be
a bit challenging. Bartow will have a
much lower seed, meaning they will
be faced teams ranked above them in
every game played in the single elimi-
nation tournaments.
The 2012 seniors were honored
on Jan. 18.as Barrow played host-to
Mulberry. The players were honored at
halftime with the traditional walk with
their parents. Class of 2012 players are
Tyler Gibbs, Sam Phen, Drew Kortech-
ko, Allen Rivas, Joe Bacon, Heliodoro

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team is coached by Matt Cooper.
Bartow opened district play at
George Jenkins last night.
The basketball teams will be wrap-
ping up their seasons within the next
week to get ready to pursue the state
championship. In girls bakt.iaill, dis-
trict action starts on Jan. 30 and ends
Feb. 2, sending two teams on to the
regionals. The Bartow girls won't have
to travel far as they will host the 7A-7
district tournament this year.
The boys team still has a few regular
season road games to check off before
getting set for the district play. The
Jackets will have to travel to Haines
City for the post-season play. Boys
district action begins on Feb. 6 and
will crown the district champion on
Feb. 10
While the winter sports are start-
ing to wind down, the spring action
is starting to crank up. Just about the
time the professional baseball players
are heading to Florida and Arizona for
spring training, the local high school
squads will start their competition.
Bartow's girls' softball team will see
their first action in the pre-season
classic on Feb. 4. The team, which
advanced to the state finals last year, is
enthusiastically looking forward to the
start of the new campaign.
Action on the diamond will get un-
der way on Feb. 7 for the Bartow High
School boys baseball team.

Stephen Sloan swings
at a pitch during the
Bartow Dixie League
Drafts for the season
are scheduled for
next week. Opening
day is Feb. 24.

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Garrett Allen fields a ground ball
during Dixie League tryouts Saturday
at Conley Field in Bartow.

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Bartow Women's Golf Association winners for the week
of Jan. 3:
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1st Mayme Clark, 32
2nd Juanita Nielsen, 33

Ist Ethel Smith and Louise Wilkie, 11
2nd Jane Klitzing, 14

Winners for the week of Jan. 10:
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1st-Juanita Nielsen, 30
2nd Pat Lowery, 31

1st Ethel Smith,14
2nd Jane Klitzing, 19

Winners for the week of Jan. 17
Even Holes
1st Mayme Clark, 35
2nd Kathey Milligan, 37

1st Jane Klitzing, 15
2nd Louise Wilkie, 151/2

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Alafia River Rendezvous

These young'uns eagerly searched for coins that were thrown into the bales of hay as one of the
children's events.

Debbie Sands explains to guests how to work the day during her pottery exhibit.

April Meadok takes aim for her target during the Hawk and Knife competition at the Alafia River

Mustang Sally & The Hamjos had a wide variety of instruments to entertain guests with induding
the fiddle, dulcimer and mandolin.

This is one of the sights spectators viewed while walking the aisles of the Rendezvous

Joy Milford and other participants of the Alafia River Rendezvous enjoyed the good weather and
worked on their shawls with their continuous strand weaving talents.

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First woman graduates from SWAT class

On Friday the I hil 10 men and one woman gradu-
ated from the Iherirlt s lffil-e Special %\eapuns and
Tactics School.
Sheriff Grdd, Judd presented certificates of comple-
tion to 11 people after thev each completed the S.AT
PCSO' first female deputy, Shanon Demarest,
passed the ~,W\\T course, becoming the Polk County
hieriff's first female SWAT member. In addition, one
Winter Haven Police Department officer, two Polk
County paramedics and seven other PCSO deputies
passed the course.
Each .-Lr. 1'( 50 takes applications from depu-
ties, other dgt'Il law enforcement officers, and
paramedics from lhriiiighiiit Polk County who are
interested in bttrominlg S\\ \-ccrtilied Each January,
the sheriff s oli.e has a sW.\l class, which consists of
ihret. phases ilth include ph it idl fitness, classroom
training. Ihd Ii.aIl traiinig. weapons qualifications, the
stress course and the obstacle course. This l-ear, 20
people applied and 11 were successful.
The seven other PCSO deputies who graduated are
Detention Dlirlplits Dustin Colkmire, James Pafford,
Joseph WiIlliinis. Deputy Sheriffs Dallas Hughes,
Jason Myers, Gabriel Reveron and Dennis Russo. Polk
Co:nllti paramedics Rob Brown and Paul Snider, and
WIlPD O'fhrt tMr MIlt hil I(i,, also successfully com-
pleted the course.

Shanon Demarest negotiates the rope during SWAT training
at the Polk County Sheriff's Office. She is the first female to
graduate from the dass.
Demarest was hired in July 2010, and is 28 years
old. Her background includes being heavily involved
in sports since she was 5. Shanon is currently as-
signed to the Southeast District, in patrol.
Demarest is the first female deputy to complete
phases one and two. She then moved on with the
other 10 applicants to the final phase.

The final phase of the S\\ %I school is a 64-hour
course, which this year was conducted from lan. 9-13.
Day one begins with a seven-mile run, followed by
tactical drills, more exercises, and classroom train-
ing. Days two and three also begin with several-mile
runs, followed by officer safety training, building
entri drills, and other SWAT tactics. Day four is
the stress course, which exposes the candidates to
chemical agents, and then measures their ability\ to
overcome mentally and physically and still be able
to perform tasks as experienced in real-world sce-
narios, such as shooting, low crawling, negotiating
physical obstacles.
On the last day of the final phase, all of the candi-
dates must successfully negotiate the obstacle course,
which consists of 20 obstacles. This course measures
the candidates' phlJ icail strength, agilii), and stamina
and exposes them to situations thel would encounter
in a real scenario: climbing, crawling, being exposed
to cold water elements, drainpipes, ropes, poles, etc.
"We are very excited to welcome our first female
deputy to our SWAT team we believe she will help
enhance our mission of providing excellent cus-
tomer service to the citizens of Polk County. I am so
proud of each of these deputies, the two paramed-
ics, and the Winter Haven Police Officer- the\ have
proven that they really are the 'best of the best."
Judd said.

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This weekend it ,,ill Irkxi likI 1 ;i',
at the FRon Mede (Outdoor Recreation
rea on US. n thi'.'.. s I iil on Peace
The re-rereation of Battle of H I; .g
Creek, which is known as I ht Forgot-
ten fuhik-i ill take place there.
Historians present a colorful and
important account of what took place
in 1864 along Peace River. Known for its
shallow and narrow crossing location
on "Peas" Creek, the area was the site of
the Native American rendezvous on the
bank of the river for literally thousands
of ',cars Canter brown. Jr., a native Fort
M\Ieadean drte nbed what it must have
been like as hundreds of tribesmen
met tI(g-lthcr on their migration across
the state. His words are backed by the
archaeological finds in the area.
April 7, Illl, was o;ri the begin-
ning of dark di,, s for Fort Meade. The
ildr.ll skirmish was not the conclusion.
The Union .rirl, led by Capt. Green,
raided the Confederate Cow Calvary
after marching up Peace River from Fort
Myers, burning homes and confiscating
cattle, firearms, horses, and contraband.
Fort Meade was then occupied and
burned on \.1,.' 19, I r,.l, by its own citi-
zens: citizens who had joined the reacti-




Re-enactors will stage the Battle of Bowlegs
Creek during the third annual Peace River Folk
Festival this weekend in Fort Meade.

nation of Union forces in the Frn Mcver
area; citizens who marched up the river
cities who had een force to lave
their homes in Fort Meade because they
were Union "'. Tmpnahirt'er-

Friday, Jan. 27
8 a.m.: Gates open for re-ernactor registration
10a.m.: Gates open for Peace Rrer Folk Festival'
Civil War Living History Stations
10 30 p m.. Registration loses till 8 a m
Saturday morning
Saturday, Jan. 28
7 a.m.: Reveille
9 a.m.: Battalion Colors on Parade Field
10 a.m.: Drill
Authentic Camps open to public
11 a.m.: Officers'Call at Small Pavilion
Noon: Ladies Tea
12:45 p.m.: Weapons and dufihnrtiily inspection
Camps close for battle
1:30 p.m.: Battle begins
2:30 p.m.: Camps reopen to public
6 p.m.: Camps closed to public
6 p.m.: Blue and Gray Ball begins. Various
performers at Barn Dance (All re-enactors, camp
members, family members and special guests
and public are urged to attend.)
7 p.m.: Officers/lst Sgts. Call at the Ball
Sunday, Jan. 29
7 a.m.: Reveille
9 a.m.: Battalion Colors on Parade Field
Camps open to public
10 a.m.: Authentic Church Service for re-enactors
and public
11 a.m.: Officers' Call Headquarters Tent
12:45 p.m.: Weapons and authenticity inspection
Camps close for battle
1:30 p.m.: Battle begins
2:30 p.m.: Camps reopen to public
5:30 p.m.: Camps closes to public, re-enactors

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1-5 s m Chili Cook-off Contest
3-6 p.m.: D3 Sho(wmanjnhip Class
5 p.m.: Pculr) Show Sh,:,',rna.ihip
7 p.m.: Whip-popping Contest
Dog Show
8 a.m.: Demonstrations, Illustrated Talks
9-11 a.m.: Poultry, Egg and Rabbit Judging Contests
9 a.m.-noon: Beef Breeding Show/Showmanship
2-4 p.m.: Scrap Off Contest
2 p.m.: Mannequin Modeling

3-5 pm.: r c'.jng Booths
7 p m .arei! Si-er Shol hoi manihip
9-9:45 a.m.: Horioullure Judging Contest
10 a.m.-noon: Wor ing Booths
10a.m.-noon: Mannequin Modeling
2-4 p.m.: Blueberry, Citrus & Plant Sale
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Tri-Color Presentation
6 p.m.: Parade of Champions
6:30 p.m.: Commercial Heier Sale
7:30 p.m.: Market Steer Sale

Stephanie Keeble from Kathleen High School
bathes Oreo Sunday at Polk County Youth Fair.
The steer show is on Thursday and the sale is
on Friday.

Kiersten Robbins from the Imperial 4H walks
before the judges Sunday at the Polk County
Youth Fair during the Market Hog Show. She
competed in the Class 4 category.

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Polk County Youth Fair

ilrlmln 25, 2012

1',u.. IiA '1 ,:- Polk Countv Democrat