The Polk County Democrat
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Title: The Polk County Democrat
Uniform Title: Polk County Democrat (Bartow, Fla.)
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Creation Date: January 28, 2012
Frequency: semiweekly[1946-<1992>]
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Homeowners hose

advancing fire

Black smoke fills the sky in Homeland Thursday as a fire burned there. The fire slowed traffic on U.S. 17
as firefighters from Bartow and Fort Meade fought the outbreak. About 40 acres reportedly burned.

Homeland doesn't niiirinalll have a
volunteer fire department. It did Thui si.nd\.
And it may have saved much of the town.
A horde of the hamlet's homeowners
grabbed garden hoses and shovels to
fend l It wind-whipped flames that heav-
il damaged one business, but almost
miraculouslv didn't seriou-li damage any
honim-. matter sparks from a CSX worksite
on railroad tracks that travel just north
of Homeland sparked a brush fire that
quickly raged due to the gusty winds.
A dirt road known as Fifth Street, run-
ning between Mimosa Avenue and Fourth
Street, just an L-shaped patch of barren
earth really, served as a natural fire break,

stopping the flames just short of spread-
ing into the heart of Homeland.
"Everybody jumped into help," said
resident lesse Holden. "We just did get to
it in time."
Delores Tyson said she called a neighbor
who has a young child.
"I told her to grab diapers and baby
bottles," she said, shouting a final set of
instructions to her friend. "If we can't stop
it, you're going to have to get out of here."
Many people dashed through their dwell-
ings, grabbing clothes and family items.
"I grabbed the family% Bible," said
Deanna Stiller, who's called Homeland
home for 30 years. "We have never had
anything like this. It was crazy. We were

Bartow pastor

busted in sex sting

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Citizen complaints led I
undercover sex sting I hih
park frequented by family

ture lovers. Four men,
including a Bartow
pastor, were arrested
and taken into custody
after approaching
plain-clothed detec-
tives and soliciting
them to perform
sexual acts on them.
Polk County Sheriff's
Office vice detectives


went undercover in an op
conducted at Peace River
State Road 640 in Homela
south of Bartow.
During the operation, r
tives made contact with v
men in the park, two of w
posed themselves to the d
all four asked detectives t
sex acts on them, the she
reports. One of the suspe
thew Preston Clark, 33, is
pastor at Blessed Assuran
1245 S. McAdoo Ave., Bar
During Clark's converse
the undercover detective,
volunteered information
kind of activity" goes ona
and described in graphic

sexual characteristics of another
1('RA.CO(M man he had met at that location,
the report said. Clark .ilh'gcdl\ then
to an asked the detective to perform a sex
lsand a a t act on him. The detective placed
s and na Clark tinder arrest and charged him
with soliciting a lewd act. Clark told
the detective he is married and said
he is a pastor in Bartow.
*Olga Gentner lives down the
street from Clark and was shocked
when the story broke in the media.
"I couldn't believe it because
he seemed like such a nice man,"
MATTHEW said Gentner. "I knew his father for
CLARK many years. Preston Edwards used
to run the church until he died
Park on years ago. That was when his son,
aldiinhi\\. took it over. I knew him to
Lnd, just be a very family-oriented man who
nale detec- always sang during Sunday service.
various I wonder what they will do now that
hom ex-us this has happened. I imagine his
detectives; family and all the people who loved
to perform him at the church are just falling
riff's office apart."
ff office Several members of the church
cts, Mat seniordeclined to comment.
ice Temple, Another suspect arrested in the
teow. sting was Carl kit h i,1, 72, a retired
action with state police officer from Ontario,
Clark Canada, who keeps a part-time Polk
on "what County residence in Fort Meade.
n. ...nA, Kitchen reportedly exposed himself
ht kI~jd

at tl e par,
detail the


City going paperless

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In the spirit of "going green," as well
as saving taxpayers some green, Bar-
tow city commissioners have made
paper agendas a thing of the past and
now use personal iPads.
The implementation of the high-
tech gadgets took place in time for
last week's meeting, with some look-
ing more at ease with it than others.
"This is going to be great," said
Commissioner Leo Longworth as he
helped Mayor Pat Huff figure his out.
"It will be a big plus once we all learn
how to use them."
The city purchased 10 iPads for
S3,500, after e\ aluauig the expense
of cranking out paper agendas. By

cutting back on the cost of labor and
eliminating the need for paper and
ink, the savings was calculated at ap-
pri ,meinb S1 5,000 a year.
The portab lets allow commis-
sioners to view agenda items online,
as well as insert text into documents
and make personal notes. The iPads
are equipped with Internet access so
the\ can be used wx her'A er \'-i i ser-
vice is a\ailahle, but thie\ do not have
their own Internet service. A total of
15 minutes of tutoring was required
outlining how to use the device before
staff was off and running.
Frank Canovaca, the IT manager
for the city of Bartow, sees the use of

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Enterprise Zone proposal off to legislators

M' ".-' I 'I. iF '.. K .( .:':0 i ((AM
V. ri TuIif-%S(j.'s vote of approval by
county commissioners to b,:gin the
process to establish a florida Lnter.
prise Zone, the completed packet can
now go into the hands of legislators at
next week's Polk County Day on Feb. 8.
The messenger will be Banrow
Community Redevelopment Agency
Executive Director Patrick Brett, who
has rallied for the implementation of
this economic stimulus tool in several
cities with the ultimate goal of getting
a green light for the proposal at the
state level.
Polk County Day, held in the historic
Capitol building in Tallahassee, offers
a unique opportunity for local elected

'ffi, ijl] area business leaders, other
local g, i.u-rrmiintm and interested
constituents to actively participate in
the legislative process by rx\pjnding
Polk's presence in the state capital The
annual event provides community and
political leaders from the area a chance
to talk with state legislators about local
If the plan gains approval, Polk
would fall in line with 59 other enter-
prise zones in the state, which promote
economic growth and investment in
distressed areas by offering tax ad-
vantages and incentives to businesses
locating within the zone boundaries.
According to Brett, acquiring approval
at state level would be a huge boost to
the county.
"It's all gone very smoothly, which

r.i.ll:. surprises me because new things
require lots of education," said Brett
at Wednesday's CRA meeting. "For this
enterprise zone to move forward so
quickly and within 30 days is exciting.
N\e have all these resolutions and ev-
er one is on board. It's definitely going
to benefit our communities."
The five cities that passed resolutions
prior to the county are Eagle Lake,
Banow, Fort Meade, Lake Wales and
Mulberry. The compilation of multiple
municipalities seeking a resolution for
an enterprise zone is unique, according
to Brett, who said he doesn't believe
such a strategy has ever been done. If
the Florida Legislature approves a state
law authorizing application, boundar-
ies for the zones can then be drafted
according to census tract data.

Commissioner Bob English felt good
about the county jumping on board as
he owns a manufacturing plant in the
city of Lakeland where an enterprise
zone already exists.
"I have received $10,000 in sales tax
refunds for equipment I bought and I
hire people who live in the enterprise
zone," said English. "It helps me with
paving their salaries. This will be a nice
feature to offer to companies."
Brett hopes upon presentation of the
packet to legislators that the process
will be timely, but stated that may not
be realistic as the focus at state level is
now on the University of South Florida
and redistricting. At best, Brett expects
consideration of an enterprise zone
may have to wait until the next legisla-
tive session.

Carolyn's, {tay'-cho} join galleries

Lynn i rng's first photography show was
also the first foir the i nrw l -combined Caro-
lyn's Gallery and Itay'-cho) an art gallery.
Bartow's two art galleries are forming a
partnership that the owners believe will
help tilihem both survive and thrive. Caro-
lyn's Gallery at 395 E. Summerlin St. will
now be home to {tay'-chol, as well.
One of the Shoppes of Central and Sum-
merlin, in the Main Street Bartow incubator,
(tay'-chol will fulfill its one-year incubator
lease requirement in March when the com-
bined gallery will officially open. Owner
Glenda Losh has been moving artwork into
Carolyn's Gallery. She and owner Carolyn
Scheffel are busy rearranging and painting,
and looking forward to a win-win situation
for both.
The galleries will maintain their separate
identities, Losh said. "We're going to try it
for six months and see how it works out."
Carolyn's Gallery has been open just three

days a week, allowing Scheffel to work at
home on framing and matting for her cus-
tomers. Now the combined gallery will be
open Monday through Saturday, and Losh
will get some days off, which she welcomes.
Scheffel is happy to have time to do her
matting and framing.
She'll also have time to look for new art-
ists and focus on workshops and classes.
The new partners plan to carry more art
supplies in addition to exhibiting a diverse
selection of artwork from traditional to
Losh brings all kinds of social network-
ing skills for the galleries' marketing efforts,
Scheffel noted.
The duo is planning special events, and
will keep the monthly third Friday opening
for an Artist of the Month. Young, whose
show opened last week, is the artist for the
coming month.
A Bartow High School English teacher,
and head of the department, Young was
excited about her first show in Bartow.
The Georgia native said she loves pho-

tography, and has an eye for nature and old
buildings. One of her photos is of the lovely
purple passion flower that can be found
growing wild in this area.
She was encouraged to show her work
by Scheffel, who told her many people pass
through art shows and say that they could
do that, but artists have the courage to
show their work.
For information about the galleries or ex-
hibits, call (863) 519-5215 or (863) 533-2365.

At right: Lynn Young chooses photos for her
exhibit at Carolyn's and tay'-cho gallery on
Jan. 20. The Bartow High School English
teacher enjoys photographing nature.


A-C-T President speaks at arts awards program

Rob Kincart, president of A-C-T
Environmental & Infrastructure was
the ke\ nlt' speaker at the 2011 Com-
munity Arts Recognition Program held
Dec. 15, at The Lakeland Center.
The CAHI' awards, a program of-
fered by the Polk Arts Alliance, rec-
ognizes individuals who have made
major t oMIrihbutImis toward support of
the arts in Polk County.
Kincart's comments centered on the
importance of the arts in business and
The Kincart family has a history of
involvement in the arts, both as artists

and patrons, and encourages employ-
ees at their company to engage in all
aspects of community and civic life.
As a result, A-C-T team members are
currently serving in board or leader-
ship positions with both the Impe-
rial Symphony Orchestra and the
Polk Arts Alliance. Because the firm's
leaders recognize that individuals
with a background in the arts bring a
creative approach to problem-solving
and identifying sustainable solutions
in the business arena, Kincart said,
A-C-T is committed to continued sup-
port of the arts.




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Retooling to combat metal theft problem

Just a week or so ago, Roosevelt Academy
in Lake Wales was once again vandalized by
thieves who wrecked an air-conditioner unit
to remove the radiator and copper wire.
Roosevelt dealt with a similar crime about
two weeks ago, but that time, the damage
was about $30,000.
The theft was discovered by campus secu-
rity and the case is still under investigation.
The suspect apparently scaled the school's
eight-foot high fence to gain entry.
Last year in Bartow there were more than
50 copper and wire thefts reported to local
Years after I lorida's metal theft problem
grew into an epidemic, the state Legislature
is inching toward a law that would give po-
lice more tools to reverse the trend.
Careful readers of our police beat section
know that there are people arrested all of
the time for stealing cooper wires, gutting

Our Viewpoint
air conditioner units and vacant businesses
in search of metal to sell. It is an epidemic.
While its far too early to predict success,
a bill working its %way through the Senate
would stiffen regulations on secondhand
dealers and secondary recyclers, those who
deal in used and sometimes stolen -
copper, gold, aluminum and air-conditioner
The bill would require metals handlers to
send police electronic daily records of trans-
actions, something that could raise red flags
for in estigators. It would require reasonable
proof of ownership.
It would make dealers hold onto trans-
actions records for a longer period, which
again would help with investigations.
It also would further limit cash payments,
which would establish a paper trail and

remove the immediate gratification for those
hoping to cash in stolen copper for illegal
Many local governments have tried ad-
dressing this type of crime with a focus on
prevention. In many ways, this effort was
similar to the local response to tlie problem
of prescription drug abuse and the potential
proliferation of so-called pill mills.
Seeing a growing crisis, local officials
passed ordinances addressing the operation
of questionable pain-management clinics
and helped lobby a reluctant Gov. Rick Scott
to drop his opposition to the statewide pre-
scription drug monitoring program.
We think this bill is a good idea. But given
the general anti-regulation sentiment in the
atmosphere these days, we're not overly con-
fident this will make it through the process.
That would be a shame, considering the
public safety implications.

Many years ago, I discussed with a
one-time classmate at FSU the use of
ianion mouse letter writing and attack
advertising in political campaigns.
Like me, she was a government major.
Unlike me, she was active in campus
politics and was a member of the Stu-
dent Senate.
Regarding the use of anonymous
attack tactics in political campaigns -
tactics routinely disavowed by the can-
didates whose opponents are the tar-
gets of the attacks she told me: "The
candidate always controls the message."
She spoke with authority, because she
was immersed in campus politics.
When it comes to campaign "dirty
tricks," she knew where the bodies were
buried. Perhaps she had helped inter
one or two of them.
The anonymity of negative campaign-
ing was a sham, she said.
"The candidate always controls the
Today, in an effort to shine up the
tawdry image of attack ads and
to skirt limitations on contributions
directly to candidates the messages
often come in ads placed "indepen-
dently of any candidate," as it says in
the fine print, or by "super PACs" with
wholesome-sounding names that never
include the names of the candidates
they are supporting.
Supposedly these multi-million dollar
political action committees are moti-
vated by nothing more than a sincere
interest in the public weal, and operate
without influence by the candidate.
If some of a candidate's previous top
campaign workers just happen to work
for the super P.\t : tnd.i well... there's
a recession, and sometimes you just
have to take whatever jobs are available,
i gli r'

the message

S.L. Frisbie

S.L Frisbie can be contacted at

A couple of years ago, a ca
for statewide office spoke be
Florida Press Assn. He was th
dog, little known outside of h
region of the state.
Anonymous commercials
broadcast throughout the sta
his opponent.
When he spoke to the FPA,
good sense, and came across
date with far higher standard
ads being run on his behalf r
As he left the room, I caug]
him and told him just that.
The candidate (who later v
election) piously assured me
had no control over the placid
the negative ads.
Had he not been in such a
leave, I would given him "the
one that says, "Just how long
think I fell off the turnip truc
cidence or not, in less than a
negative ads were pulled. I d
if my voice had any influence
commercials went away
The candidate always cont
If Newt Gingrich and Mitt
really believe that the way to
White House is to grind each

fore the
te under-
is own
were being
ate trashing
he made

Letters to the editor

as a candi- tr
is thanthe Kicking the can down road
nade him President Obama, wanted tax relief months of tax breaks, unemployr
for 160 million workers, and unemploy- and Medicare/ Medicaid, will ext
lt up with ment benefits to extend another year. the President signs the pipeline c
The Republicans extended it for two tract. The House of Representativ
von the months and gave the President that complained a two month extensi
that he time to sign a bill, allowing Canada to cording to John Boehner, is like k
ement of construct a pipeline through the US to a can down the road, and the Tea
the Gulf of Mexico. does not want any extensions.
hurry to According to Mitch McConnell, it I suggest that we kick Boehner'
look," the would create thousands of jobs. My down the road and throw the Tea
ago do you question: Who profits when the line is into the Potomac River like the co
:k?" Coin- completed? nists did at Boston Harbor years
week, the My second question: Why did Repub- Republicans' top priority is to t
o not know licans turn down the President's jobs Obama, who is trying to do the ri
e, but the act that would create more jobs, and thing for the majority of the citizi
benefit our nation's roads and bridges? this country, while the Republica
trols the America does not need a pipeline doing all they can to keep the mi
through the center of our nation. rich.
We have more than enough crude oil My plea to all the 99 percent, R
Romney here to sustain our use of petroleum for can or Democrat, let's boot these
get to the manx % ears. We would not need to buy hungry representatives out of off
other up one drop of oil from the money hungry Bill Sil
FRISBIE I 5A oil companies. The extension of the two

end if
on, ac-
a Party,
s can
ens of
ns are

The Polk County Democrat
Jim Gouvellis Publisher
* \ileen Hood General Manager Jefl frln, Editor Pegg\ Kehoe Managing Editor

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President named

for real estate firm

lhe firm that manages The Meeting-
house at Bartow has a new president and
that is Jeffrey A. Goldshine. He has been
responsible for the management of more
than 60,000 units in his 3j-', ear career.
Immediate past president and com-
pan': founder Chris 1 inlai made the
announcement and will remain with the
Jai krson'. ill,-. Fla. based firm as chairman
and CFO.
"The inri-ngth of our company rests
with our people and our shared commit-
ment to offer clients world class property
management. Well known as a forward
thinking leader, organization builder
and positive motivator, Jefft ill help us
achieve this gold standard," I inil,, said.
"I lis addition also underscores Iinlay
Management's commitment to work
tirelessly for our clients, build l.istii ig
relationships across the industry and
continually create value for our clients
and residents."
Goldshine brings a solid, successful track
record of multifamnily management results

and organization-
al leadership to his
new role.
Most recerith
S he served as
president of Mis-
sion Residential
'i Management
based in Oakton
Va. Hie was also
senior vice presi-
dent and director
JEFFREY A. GOLDSHINE of management
operations at
CAPREIT Inc. He joined the company
in 1993 and during his tenure assumed
operational and financial r .-sp nsil lihe
for 80 communities nationwide.
Goldshine was chief operating i ,hILL-
at Stellar Realty Management and was
also co-founder and president of Artery
Property Management, Inc. based in
i0 -lth-d.,, Md. Ile began his career as a
resident property manager with Arlen
Realty, Inc., New York in 1975.

Fort Fraser Trail entry on

Van Fleet to close Monday

The entrance to the Fort Fraser Trail
on the west side ofVan Fleet Drive S.ati-
Road 60) is scheduled to close on Monday,
Jan. 30, for an indefinite period due to
construction on the Florida Department of
Transportation's U.S. Highway 98 intersec-
tion improvement project-
This entrance to the county-maintained
Fort Fraser Trail will be closed for most of
the year while roadway and sidewalk along
the segment of State Road 60 from west
of the Walmart entry to US 98 is under

construction, DOT reports.
Those who use this trail for walking,
jogging and biL% cling will be able to use
it while the SR 60 entrance is closed.
!hfc can go in on the east side tl \\ ilIun
Avenue north of SR 60. The Wilson Avenue
entrance to the north oft Tliie Depot and
Cato offers free off-street parking for trail
users which will not be impacted by the
construction. For information on the proj-
ect and the dl -ing of the Fort Fraser Trail
entrance, call I it 533.-i t)m

FRISBIE: Controlling the Message


be the truth.
The candidate always controls the

like so much bottom shelf dog food, message.
that is their right. Doing so will give the
incumbent president an advantage that (S. L. l-risbie is retired. lHe once got one
no amount of money could buy. write-in vote in Polk CountyJfor either
But they should do so with their heads the U.S. Senate or the presidency. And a
held high, proudly proclaiming, "This is reader from the Floral Lakes, nimmni.tri
the kind of campaigner I am," not hiding once gave him a dollar to start a cam-
behind super PAC disclaimers, paign chest for the next election. A bur-
It might not make them more palat- glar stole it from his desk. It was his only
able to the voters, but it at least would experience with stealing an election.)

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The Bartow Community Redewopment Agency's
next meetng is Wednesday, Feb. 22. The wrong date was
published in Wednesday's newspaper.

Saturday, Jan. 28
Bartow Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and
awards, Fabulous 50s is theme Bartow ic Center, 2250
S. Floral Ave. (863) 533.7125.

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Adult Book Group, noon-1 p.m.,"The Girls Come
Marching Home; Bartow Public lit ary, 2150 S. Broadway,
(863) 534-0131

Saturday, Feb. 4
36th annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Craft Sale &
Flea Market, 7-11 a.m., $5 adults, $2 children, breakfast
includes pancakes, sausage juice and coffee Sale vendors
can rent a table for S 10 Bartow Cvic Center, 2250 S. Floral
Ave. (863) 425-6022.

Saturday, Jan. 28-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. ort Meade Outdoor P et Area, U.
Highway 98 E. at Peace River, '.63 285-825: ( M3
Monday, Jan. 30
Computer Classes, 1-3 p.m Introduction to the Internet.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, (863) 534-0131.

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Miss Melissa tells stories, does finger plays. musk
crafts, games, and films for 6-8-year-old. 330-4:30 p.m..
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S Broadway (863) 534-0131.

Tuesday, Feb. 3
Celebrating the Fireman, dedication of the 12-foot tall
bronze statue, "The Fireman" 3:30 p.m. Bartow Fire Station,
110 E. Church St.

Saturday, Feb. 4
Daddy-Daughter Dance at Polk County Historical
Museum, 5-9 p.m., $10 per person, tickets only sold in
advance. Available at Polk County Parks and Recreation,
515 E. Boulevard St., Bartow, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday
through Friday or at the Historical Museum at 100 E. Main
St., Bartow, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
(863) 534-6911.

Thursday, Feb. 2
Polk State College's public, charter collegiate high
schools information sessions for prospective students. 6:30

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N.E. Student Center (WST) 126, (863) 298-6800 or (863)
669-2322 for qualifications and information. Application
deadline March 2.

Saturday, Jan. 28
Covered By Grace concert, 6 p.m., free. Gospel Music
Coffee House, All About Jesus Church, 4219 Bomber Road,
Bartow. (863) 258-3685

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

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.

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

Thursday, Feb. 2
Evening of gospel music featuring George Hamilton IV,
6:30 p.m., Bartow First Baptist Church, 410E. Church St.
(863) 533-9055.

Thursday, Feb. 2
Spoken 4 Quartet from Branson, Mo., concert, 7 p.m.
Rocking H Ranch, 2200 Ewell Road, Lakeland.

Saturday, Jan. 28
Detroit Tigers' baseball fantasy camp game, 10 a.m.,
free, but $2 requested to benefit youth sports. Willie
Horton, Darrell Evans and scheduled to appear. Joker
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Nearly 300 attended the 2012 Night At The Keys concert last Saturday night at First United
Methodist Church of Fort Meade. Pianists Chuck Hancock, Sylvia Spencer, right, and Winnie
Gordon, left, played many religious, dassical and popular selections. Two of the highlights
of the evening were Edna Floy Vas (between Hancock and Spencer) sharing her voice as
she sang "The Holy City," and Jack Fry, front, of Live Oak, entertaining the crowd while he
played and sang. Young Fry also performed a books of the Bible recitation.

January 28, 2012

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to thank our contributors and dedicate this statue to our volunteer firefighters past and present


Standing tall and made of bronze this commemorative
Fdretigher statuei was erected in memory of the Bartow
Volunteer Frighersn and their years of service.

BVFD StatueContibutors Pickett Engineering
Alpha Abbrlt Les & Nancy Pickett
ACT Environmental & infrastructure Inc.Coloniel Dick Pipes
Jack & Pam Adams Mary Ann Trask Pipping
American Legion Post No 3 Gail & Bobby Pitman
Bartow Area Chamber Foundation Janet T. Pitts
City of Bartow Bob (221 & Bet Polk
The Polk County Democrat Superior Coatings. Inc
Bartow Ford Company Harry 0 Powell
Bartow Kiwanis Club Marcy & Kevin Prevatte (271
Barlow Machine Works Inc Michele Purcell
Barlow Rotary Club Emmett & Lola Purvis
Fred & Sylvia Bohde Mrs Thomas B. Pitnam
Jimmy Braswell Reggie & Jo DeKoven
Jenny & Steve Brown (11) Frank Rouse
Harold Bunn Gail Schreiber
Barbara & Mark Carpanini (18) David & Ronda Shaw
CF Industries, Inc. Betty Shepard
Citizens Bank and Trust Billy (25) & Carolyn Simpson
Mayme Burdin-Clark Hank & Julie Simpson
Summeriln Institute Class of 1950 Anne & Bubba Smith (7)
S. I. Class of 1950 Lunch Group The Family of Bubba Smith (7)
Community Southern Bank Spath Jewelers Family
Dabney & Beverly Conner Karen & James Starling (24)
Dr. Paul Coury Jon & Joanne StidhaM
Community Redevelopment Agency Connie & Lewis Stidham
Ivanhoe H. Craney J Mane Stidham, DMD
Crickett Club of Bartow Summerlin Institute .lass of 1953
Mary Cromartie Jean & Nelle Teriry
Jerry & Meromay Davis Paul Thielen'(6)
Donna Delf Richard "Dick'Thlelen (5)
Eugene P. Delk Tom Edwards Chrysler Dodge
Neil Donahue (12) John J & Ruth Trainer
Downtown Bartow Inc. Heather & Tommy Wheeler.
James Q. Duane Whidden-McLean Funeral
Ann & George Dunlap Chet Whitehurst
Steve (16) & Sandy Earley Wayne Whitehurst (20)
Fred (21) & Molly Egli Joy M Wilkinson
Sophia Exarhos Rock Wren (14)
Linda & Mike Flanagan (30) Mr & Mrs 0 H Wnght
Jeff (43) & Deena Fussell Xl Delta Omega Chapter No. 28t ..
Hattie M. Garcia Gibson & Wirt Inc
Ann & Clyde Ellis Gibson, MD (29) Tnsh & Bob Pfeiffer .
Helen B. Gienau Teme Lobb Calenng Inc.

Golden Age Club
Marynette Gray
Karen & Drew Guffey (18)
Mark Haas (4)
Cliff Hancock (23)
Harriett & George Harris
Billy (27) & Jan Hartsaw Family
Janet Heidtman
AJ & Jan Jackson
Jeff, Paula & Ashley Jackson
Jackie & Bet James
Kendnck Land Surveying
Barbara Lane
John L. Langdale (26)
Karen L. & Kenneth A Meeks
Lions Club of Barlow
Madrid Engineenng Group Inc
Bud & Martha Mann
Larry McDougaid
Doug & Marsha McLaulin
Donnie (9) & Leslie Medders
Dr. John H. Miller (17)
Sally Miler
The Mosaic Company
Don 0. Nemeth
Gary & Barbara Newedl
L4djand E=mndNunez
saiirbaa'SWei iOsthaf
Ruthie & Uoyd Peacock (31)
John Phillips. MD
Bill 112) & Kellie Pickard

The dedication ceremony will take place at
* The Bartow Fire Station at 3:30 PM
* Friday February 3rd
Kayno, Speainr-
Commissioner Adam Putnam, Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer

In Memory Of
- Cassandra & Ben Fredricks int
memory of Lloyd Peacock (31)
- Deanna & C. A. Gibson (33) in
memory of Ellis Gibson (1),
Clyde Gibson (1),
Bob Polk (22) & Tim Ptts
- Howard Harley in memory of
Dick Harley (4)
- Jan & Ken Heidel in memory of
Carl Heidel (10)
- Stan Hickson in memory of my
unde, Owen DeLoach (11
- Ben R Jr. (3) & Joan Jackson
in memory of Ben R Jackson (2)
- The Putnam Family in memory
of Dudley A. Putnam (15)
- Lance Smith in memory of Bob
Polk (22)
- Ken Wiggins in memory of Bob
Wiggins (19)

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The Polk Counr' Democrat Pae 7 A

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Water park being Legolized

Feature scheduled to open in May


Ready to get wet?
Well, Legoland is and their wa-
ter park attraction is currently
under construction.
Legoland water park will open
its gates to the public in May.
According to General Manager
Adrian Jones, the Florida Le-
goland water park will be their
W.' will have a wave pool,
lazy river, tube slides, body
slides and an interactive water-
play structure for families to
enjoy," said Jackie Wallace, Lego-
land media relations representa-
tive. The new attraction will be
an intrinsic part of the 150-acre
l.egoland theme park in Winter
Some of the features the Le-
goland water park will have are
the Build-A-Raft River where

families can design and build
a unique LEGO vessel and set
afloat on the 1,000-foot long
lazy river. Another sure to be
popular feature with the thrill
seekers in the family will be the
Twin Chasers and Splash Out,
where visitors ascend to the tall-
est point of the water park and
choose from one of three unique
slides, then speed down a 60-
foot drop and "splash out" into
the water below.
The Twin Chasers will have
friends and family riding tubes
375 feet down an intertwining
pair of enclosed water slides be-
fore plunging into a pool below.
For the younger and less
daring are the Joker Soaker, an
interactive playground, and the
Lego Wave Pool, where families
can catch a gentle wave or sim-
ply cool off. According to Wal-
lace all ages will be able to enjoy
the Wave Pool.

Adrian Jones, Florida Legoland general manager, had cameras going in all directions
as he allowed the media to check out the progress on their latest attraction, the
water park.

"The waves will be r.,llinr. but
gentle enough to allow all ages
to part iipait said Wallace.
The DUPLO Splash Safari is
sure to delight toddlers with a
play area that has shorter slides
and interactive, larger-than-life
DUPLO creatures.
The Imagination Station at the
water park will have interactive,
educational and imaginative fun
for all.
There will be two interactive
tables. On one kids can build
bridges, dams and cities out of
DUPLO bricks and test them
against the flow of water. On the
other they will be able to control
the flow of water by creating
patterns out of LEGO elements.
Another area of the station
will host a musical water stand
with a series of holes on top that
squirt water, allowing children
to become conductors of their
own water symphony as they
cover holes to create new music
The Legoland water park is
being constructed in a much
quicker fashion than the main
park because it was the newer
area of the former Cypress
"We have inherited a great set
of bones to work 7
with. A lot of the
features that were
here are intact and
we are just Lego -
lizing them," said
For information
visit www.Lego Eli.

This feature, Joker -llj, [ii
Soaker, at the new
Legoland water park, .
will host all sorts of
fun with its interac-
tive playground.




The DUPLO Splash Safari is sure to be a hit with toddlers with
shorter slides and interactive, larger-than-life DUPLO creatures.

Employment figures signal economic recovery

The unemployment rate in Florida
last week dropped to its lowest level
in 2": years, and while Polk County
is still in double digits it feels like a
recovery is coming, the Central Flor-
ida Development Council economic
development director said.
"We're i,4.int pri'2,ess and mov-
ing in the right direction," said Rod-
ney Carson. "Ve're i i.ing a turn."
Unemployment in Florida dropped
to 9.9 percent. In April 2-'u', the rate
was 9.7 percent. The current rate is
still higher than the national figure
of 8.5 percent.
In Polk County the unemploy-
ment rate for December was at 10.7
percent. down from 11 percent the
previous month and down from 12.6

percent in December 2010. Though
the figures show that 28,742 are still
looking for jobs, prospects and hir-
ing have noticeably changed, Carson
said. That figure is down 1,145 from
"Obviously we've been in a transi-
tion the last couple of years, particu-
larly in Polk County," he said. "But
there is more manufacturing hiring
and more industry employment now."
Carson said he's also noticed bank
lending has increased.
"There has been a Llh.,nI in senti-
ment with banks. More loans are
l..in made." he said.
Statewide. Gov. Rick Scott, who has
billed ills,.it as a person who will
create jobs in the state, has shown
some 1,..:. with the news.
"A good way to iud-., the direction
of Florida's economy is to look at

the percentage of people who nere r
unemployed one year ago and now
have jobs," Scott said in prepared
remarks. "Today that number is 2.1
percentage points lower than it was
in 2010, meaning more of Florida's
families are finding jobs."
However, some economists cau-
tioned against politicians taking too
much credit for a natural economic
cycle of recovery.
"Economies don't stay down for-
ever," said Scott Brown, chief econo-
mist with Raymond James Financial.
"Recessions are typically followed by
recovery, and this was obviously a
'., i r recession, so the recovery is a
lot more gradual than usual."
The state's workforce grew by 7,300
jobs in December, . ..: the total
job count by 113,900 for the year.
The jobs market is -', not .',- to-

tally well, especially given tens of thou-
'sands uf discouraged workers have
rempoirarily stopped looking for work
and are no longer counted among the
jobless, Brown said. Add in discour-
aged workers and part-timers unable
to find full-time work, and the unem-
ployment rate would be 17.8 percent.
But there is some optimism that
can be taken with the numbers as
confidence has risen and the housing
crisis, which is among the worst in
the nation, is somewhat r .- ,' .'ri in.
"Some of the fundamental inr,.. i-
ents for a sustained recovery are now
in place," said Mekael Teshome, an
economist with PNC Financial Ser-
vices Group, who tracks the Florida
market. ,...1I have str, . r confi-
dence; \ou have stronger corporate
profits: and the li ..j-ir,., market
depression is unw i'r .

lanuary 28,-t 12

d, 8A The I'l,,, County Democrat


Most likely to ...

Most Likely to ...
'I That was the theme of the Jan. 9 Crickette leetling
As President ril;, Clark leaves office, she presented
awards to those in the Club for specific contributions
over her -.,:ar as president and who are Most Lik ely To ...
And the recipients were:
Most I iktl. To:
.. organize an extremely successful "Grow (.riLkeull
campaign awarded to Janice S. I,.ain Terrie Lobb and
Cecilia Speight
... keep the club ,rganii/i-d awarded to Recording Sec-
retary KAith Hall
... use a megaphone and let her opinions be known
awarded to Betty Jo IlV IkmI
... take your rmn ir', awarded to I rt.iurr Ruth Trainor
.. stay nii iura.ged and keep the rest of the club in-
terested awarded to Crickette Songbirds Jill Jones, Suzie
Wynn, Pam Renew, Tina Spaih. Helen Gienau and Ortelle
... lend a helping hand awarded to Rebecca Chinault
(and newly-engaged with a rock on her hand)
... use her scrapbooking talents for club history
awarded to Linda
... organize the .
Carnival awarded
to Carnival Chair-
man Gail Murray
... come out
of retirement to
help in every way
awarded to Karen

... keep the club trLhnlozi. ia!,'. savvy awarded to
website _-'.-,iri,:-r Ker Du'.i.
... be the best parliamentarian awarded to Mary Ann
... be Miss Bartow and help with everything awarded
to Barbara Newell
... lead the club in 2012 awarded to incoming Presi-
dent Michell Githens
The club honored the January hirthdai Crickettes,
Becky ,chreiber (retired Shcriff's Department), Shirley
Brosie (Polk Education Foundation), and Carolyn Ivy
(George Harris Center). Rebecca Chinault, I minl Clark
and Kat Duvall provided hirthda. cake for everyone to
And as her final meeting on Jan. 23, President :rmil)
had a trivia game featuring Fun Facts About Valentine's
Day about the upcoming love season. Did you know that
men spend an average of $130 on their Valentine each
year? Just a heads up for you guys out there who follow
the Crickette News.
Stay tuned for information about the new club officers
for 2012.
For more information about the Crickette Club, log on
to our website at www.crickettes.org.


he Crickettes who were present at the meeting Jan.23 meeting.


Bartow Kiwanis 36th annual
pancake breakfast, craft sale
Thr Kiwanis Club of Bartow will hold its
36th annual Pancake Breakfaist Saturday, Feb.
4, fcaruring pancakes, auiagi juice, coffee
and milk served from 7-11 a.m. to hcilinl the
work the club does for the community.
The event is being held at the B.irt m\ Civic
Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave. Meals are s-) for those
11 and older and $2 those 10 and younger.
This year's event also includes a craft sale
and flea market.
Vendors can rent a table for S I u For informa-
tion, contact John Keating at :8h3. 425-6022.
Bartow Kiwanis seeking members
The kiwanis Club of Baril,\ 's first member-
ship drive is under way.
The club is sucking professionals, academic
students older than 18 and/or community
members willing to volunteer time to help
those who are in need in the Bartow area.
Volunteering for a non-profit organization
entails many benefits for professionals seek-
ing development in their careers, the club said.
They will be exposed to leadership opportuni-
ties, organizational skills, personal growth and
a greater understanding for fellowship among
their peers.
Academic based students older than 18 will be
exposed to the same opportunities as both com-
munity members and professional individuals
while carving a path for future youth to dedicate
their spare time to rebuilding their community.
Weekly meetings are at noon on Fridays at
Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave. People
can stop by and enjoy a free meal and fellow-
ship among peers.
For information, visit sites.kiwanis.org/


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Bowlegs Battle re-enactment has arrived

Annual Folk Festival all weekend in Fort Meade


Whenr 100 or more stage Fort Meade's Bdu of lr'.lt.g Cr eek
this weekend, it is far trin, just fun and
Large crowds are expected this weekend
when reenactors gather both Saturda\ and
Sunida', at 1 30 p.m. at the Fort Meade Out-
door l'creaion Area for the battle, part
of the annual Peace River Folk Festival.
Admission is free, but there is a 5 per car
charge to park.
Saturday is the main festival day, with
entertainment and vendors from 10 a.m.
through the ,u i-ing. which will be capped
by the Blue and Gr;a', Bill fraIuring Mus-
tang Sally and the Hamjos.
Terri Davies is one of the people who
will spend the weekend pinit-ndinlig" that
it is, in fact, I liwl Bowlegs (reek was Polk
county'ss only actual ( i i1 War skirmish.
"I grew up in la1npa in the swamps and
woods :hI i were I i1,pi1 at that time -
born in 1959, so not too long ago. I read
the 'little I louse on the Prairie' books over


Cocoa Beach resident David Hackel puts up his cor
Thursday in preparation for this weekend's Peace
Festival which will be highlighted by two reenact
Battle of Bowlegs Creek, Polk County's only Civil V
which was fought just about two miles south of w
campers have pitched their tents. The war renacti
be staged both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Meade Outdoor Recreation Area on U.S. Highway 9
the city. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is be
parking to help defray costs of the event.

Rare roses for sale
The Horticulture Department at Flor-
ida Southern College will hold a plant
sale from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan.
28, that will feature rare "heritage" roses
availablee nowhere else in the country.
The sale, which is open to the public,
will support the Department's partici-
patioinin a project to create a Heritage
Rose District in Northern Manhattan.
In addition to heritage roses, the
plant sale will also offer orchids, land-
scape perennials and other plants.
The sale will be held on a lot on the
. northeast corner of the FSC campus
along McDonald Street. Parking is avail-
able in Lot F just south of the sale. The
p.irking lot can onl% be accessed by
turning north onto Harvard Road from
-lake I lollingmrith Drive.
.Ma.1\ of the roses offered for sale
have been grafted onto roots of Fortuni-
ana roses and are not a% .aiabl' else-
where in the c mount rt. organizers said.
Others are of varieties seldom ottered
for sale. Many are certified free of rose
mosaic virus disease.
Proceeds from the plant sale will sup-
port the next round of the Department's
Ingoing Heritage Rose District project
in the spring. As part of FSC's commit-
ment to service learning students and
professors have been propagating roses
and plantini them in Manhattan.

and over and always said that I would p.,
across country in a covered '.. apt.r. when
I grew up, and I think I have come pretty
dam close to that dream," Davies said-
"Mv best friend got me into r-ern -.cin
pre-1840 history and I met in:. current
husband at the Alafia River Rendezvous
and we opened a period correct toy store,
Mr. Monty's Toy Emporium. We set up our
store at Civil War, Seminole War, French
and Indian War and pioneers days in
Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina."
As you might expect, getting e-,eri., thing
right, from toys to banle.. is no easy chore.
"We research the history of all of our
toys and also do presentations on the his-
Iorx with original 1800s tois and repro-
ductions," she added. "Original toys are
the most difficult of all antiques to find
because of course tilh- wt.re played with
and only a few survived to today:"
Reenactors rely on publications from the
past to get it right in the present.
"We study museum pictures and draw-
ings and anything written about the time
frame we are representing, and create
our period correct clothes
from only fabrics that were
available at that time," she
F r added. "It is a lot of work,
but the fun we have and
the education we glean far
outweigh the work."
According to Priscilla
Perry of the Fort Meade
Chamber, at least five of
the reenactors are direct
descendants of relatives
who fought in the Battle of
Bowlegs Creek.
The city has an interest-
ing military past Gen.
Si George Meade, then a lieu-
tenant, is the city's name-
here during the Seminole
"" -" War. Serving with him was
another lieutenant who
went on to great military
3RIAN ACKLEY fame, Thomas Jonathan
Jackson, better known as
mpany sign "Stonewall."
River Folk The actual battle was
mets of tkirmish,e fought on April 7, 1864,
ar skirmishthe about two miles below
ents will where U.S. Highway 98
at the Fort crosses the Peace River.
98 just east of One Confederate soldier
ing asked for was reported to have been
killed in the skirmish.

Kevin Spencer
at Christian Home
Kevin Spencer will perform a
concert Saturday, at 7 p.m. Jan. 28,
at Christian Home Free Will Baptist
His program includes a Rusty
Goodman tribute with
the songs "Who Am I,"
"Leavin' On My Mind,"
and "I Wouldn't Take .
Nothing For My Journey
Now." Spencer, who can
be seen on the Gaither
DVDs, also will sing "God B
Bless America Again" and KEVIN
"In God We Still Trust." SPENCER
For information call
(863) 533-4734.




Much thought and research goes into each Civil War reenactment, like the Battle of Bowlegs
Creek, shown here at last year's festival in Fort Meade. Organizers say a bigger and better "battle"
will be staged twice this weekend.

The reenactors' camp opened Frida;
On Saturday, camps will once again be
open to the public starting at 10 a.m. An
officers call will be at 11 a.m. A weap-
ons and authenticity inspection is at
12:45 p.m. The entertainment Saturday
starts at 10:30 a.m. with the Cornerstone
Primetimers, followed by a ladies' early
dress presentation at 11 a.m. Shawna
Green will perform at 11:30 a.m. and at
noon there is an 1864 Ladies Tea at the
encampment pavilion. Popular Florida
folk musician Jerry Mincey will take to
the pavilion stage at 12:30 before there
is a break in the schedule for the battle

At 2 1.5 p.m. Joey fol'i and the Mid-
night Clogging Express will hit the stage,
followed by Rich Mistretta at 3:45 p.m.
and Pastor Dan Brockman at 4:45 p.m. At
6 p.m. is the Blue and Gray Ball. Harmony
Grits will perform at 7 p.m. Food and other
vendors will be available all day Saturday.
On Sunday, battalion colors will be pre-
sented on the parade field at 9 a.m. when
camps will open again to the public. At
10 a.m. there will be an authentic church
service for reenactors and the public. At
11 a.m. there will be an officers' call at the
headquarters tent as well.
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January 28. 2012

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iPads as the wave of the future for busi-
nesses and government offic.t-s.
"A.'.er several months of trials and
evaluations, dhe ity has imported the
use of iPads and ithi' have been very well
received," said Canovaca. "At this point,
we're looking to expand this tet hnhlikg
and eventually see other offuces following
suit, such as the fire department and the
(. K\. It's simply more cost eff-cti e and
,ll benefit the city"
Although the move to go paperless
means commissioners will be viewing
their agendas on iPad screens, the public
will sull be able to %ie.'.' the agenda on
hard copies at the city meetings and
continue to download their own copies by
logging on to w.v.w.citc4rfbanou, net
Commissioner James Clements has
enjo,,ed uting the iPad and has already
vxperirnt'. d the benefits.
"I have rIallh been liking mine," Cle-
ments said. "I have been ';arr ing it with
me to check and return rmaiilk and looked
at the meeting notes from last week's
agenda. I am glad we got them and we will
get more comfortable using them as time
goes by."
Others in City I lall now using i l'aks
include City Manager George Long, City
Clerk linda Culpepper and City Attorney
Sean I',irk.r
The city of liir i')N joins a growing
number of municipalities across the na-
tion which have switched from paper to
iPads for conducting liL i.hl business. The
move is helping cash-strapped cities trim
expenses, ,ilthi uglh some states across the
nation that have implemented the new
sl ,rin have raised concerns about some
of the poi iible negative aspects. Accord-
ing to a recent USA Idaji article ("iPads
saving cities paper c it,"), the new system

to an undercover detective
and asked the detective to
perform a sex act on him.
After his arrest, he told
detectives he had served
as a Canadian police of-
ficer for 31 years. He also .
stated that he is married
and that he vacations in CARL KITCHEN
Florida during the win-
ter months. kiichhen was arrested and
charged with exposure of sexual organ
and soliciting a lewd act.
Paul I.. Write, 41, of Dade City was
arrested and charged with soliciting
a lewd act after reportedly asking an
undercover detective to perform a sex
act on him. After his arrest, Write told
detectives that he works for Allied, Inc.,
and comes to the park on his lunch
breaks to engage in sex acts with other
men, PCSO reports.
The fourth suspect was Roger Grif-
fin, 63, of Lakeland. Griffin allegedly
exposed himself to an undercover
detective and then asked the detec-

also makes it easier for goern rLm-e of-
ficials, counselors and commissioners to
e-mail text or chat during a me-unir .. th.
out those conversations hti-. ,rjring a part
of public record. The article states that re-
cords generated are subject to disclosure,
but there is not a mechanism in place for
getting thos- records from an iPadl.
( ulpepper has found no local concerns
expressed about this issue and looks at
such a minus as a part of the age of tech-
"I's just something that goe-, along '..ith
the electronic era we're in," said Culpep-
per. "You can't track e%. erihing. but it
hasn't been a problem here. %e re just
thrilled with having them and enjo\ the
convenience and savings it has brought to
our department."
More and more people are now tot-
ing sleeve-like carrying cases in place
of cumbersome laptops. Since Apple
first shipped the iPad in April 2010, it
has changed how the public sector does
business worldwide. The Tampa Bay
Bucs handed out 90 iPads to their play-
ers to replace their telephone-book sized
playbooks. United Airlines joined other
airlines to have a paperless flight deck in
August 2011, going with the 1.5-pound
iPad to replace 38 pounds of paper operat-
ing manuals, navigation charts and refer-
ence materials. Yale Medical School has
replaced its entire paper medical program
with an iPad-based curriculum. Eveo the
Senate of the Dutch-louse of Parliament
started using iPads in October 2011 for
ollicial documents.
"This is the wave of the future and the
city of Bartow is excited to become a part
of it," said Canovaca.
"It just isn't efficient any longer to do
business any other way. City commission-
ers-have adopted iPads as an easy, cost-
effective tool and I believe it is quickly
going to expand to other sectors as we go.
It's really exciting to see."

tive to perform a sex act
on him. He disclosed he -.
is married, disabled and
currently unemployed, the
report said. Griffin was 4
arrested and charged with
exposure of sexual organ
and committing a lewd L
Clark and Write were
charged only with violat-
ing Florida Statute 796.07
which contains a section
stating that a person can
be charged with a crime if
he or she solicits, induces,
or entices another to com-
mit lewdness. ROGER
Sheriff's Office spokes- GRIFFIN
man Scott Wilder said it is
a question of context and the fact that
this happened in a public park as part
of the reason for this being a charge-
able offense.
"That type of behavior is not going
to be tolerated in our parks. We want to
ensure that all of our parks are safe for
children and their families to enjoy,"
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in
a press release.

Peace River Park on County Road 640, east of Homeland, was the site of an undercover sting
Wednesday. It isn't unusual for weekday visitors to see male drivers sitting in cars parked near
the boardwalk entrance.

freaking out for a minute.'
shomel still in hand. I.son said that the
din road that runs between Mimosa and
Fourth Strer was where everyone dug in.
"The main thing we tried to do was
keep it from going across that dirt
road," she said, breathing heavily from
the smoke that still lingered. "We did
High winds helped push the fire
quickly across the dried, brown grass up
to the edge of the pavement of U.S. 17,
the area surrounding Frank Johnson's
Truck Repair, and a citrus grove that is
adjacent to the west side of the U.S. 17
overpass. A storage unit at the repair
shop burned down and the south end
of the shop was damaged by flames that
consumed a fenced-in yard there.
The fire spread across approximalel.
40 acres and caused a ballpark estimate
of $20,000 damage, Bartow Deputy Fire
Chief B% ron Moore said.
Several residents complained it took
fire rescue a long time to reach the
scene, though records show firefight-
ers arrived five minutes after the alarm
sounded. Homeland is covered by the
Bartow Fire Department. Fort Meade
was quickly called in for mutual aid.
Polk County Fire Department was tied
up with other fires, but sent a training

crew of new tirrtighters to help.
"1 called 9 11 four times and fire
rescue twice," said Elvis Sulfridge. Myv
whole vard was filled with smoke. We
didn't know where the fire was. Yobu
couldn't see past the end of my house
because of all the smoke."
Added Sutiller "\Ve were out here for a
long time before the% got here."
Bartow Fire Department, which is
contracted to cover the area, received
the alarm at 11:52 am. and arrived
at the scene at 11:57. Acruallv. BFD
already had a presence there, as Lt.
Jimmy Schaill had been out to talk to
the rail repair crew. Spot fires were be-
ing extinguished as they started from
the sparks, and Schaill sent a brush
truck out. He was halfway down U.S. 17
when the call came in. The fire was
under control by 2 p.m., but firetightet
ia)\ ed at the site until nearly 5 p.m.
Traffic was slowed for a few hours on
U.S. 17 as Polk Countm deputies closed
the right southbound lane just south
of the intersection with Country Road
640, as several fire trucks lined the road
approaching the overpass.
Three tanker trucks ferried water
to the fire and filled the fire engines
through nurse hoses, because there
was no room to set up a portable tank,
Bartow Chief lay Robinson explained.
Moore said a CSX investigator was in
the area Frida\ to work with residents
who suffered property damage.

Ashes look like
snow among these
blackened bare
citrus trees in the
eerie landscape left
by a brush fire in
Homeland Thursday.

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Effie Kinard 'Toinmie' Bronson

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"yvommie" --r-r ..,
BFr'vr-,i ;.11 of
lenox, Ga., died
Wednesday, Jan.
25, 1 -. at Win- t <
ter Haven Hospi- f( | s&
tal of cancer. g '
The d.iunht,.r L
of John Arthur
and MigJda.-f- '
Kinard, Mrs.
Bronson was Effie Bronson
born .\ril 17,
1931, in Lenox.
Mrs. Bronson was a resident of Fort
Meade from 1'- ji, before returning to
Lenox in 1980. 'ih. attended Corner-
stone ( Iiiiri. Ij of God of Fort Meade.
Mrs. Bronson was involved in plants
and girdining for :nin\ years. She was
a manager of a wholesale nursery for
several ',.irs'

Survivors include one ,J ..-- Cath-
erine'.'.ii',har and husband Keith of Lake
Wales; a son, Fred Q. il-do.. '.,_ Mo..
two sisters, Rachael Macintosh ofVero
Beach and Pat \\ii,: of Lenox. G.: three
grandsons, Kvle wVindhiam and wife Lynn of
Lake Wales, Kip Windham and wife ''.i.,.
of Orlando, and Kent Windham and wife
Shelly of Lake Wales; five grc..ti .anr d c n i
dren, Abby, Hannah, \\ilhian James, Owen;
cousins; and mane. many friends.
Funeral services will be held Satur-
d;a. Jan. 28, 2012, at 4 p.m., at Corner-
stone Church of God, 10 S. Seminole
Ave., Fort Meade. Interment will be at
Bethlehem Cemetery, Lenox, Ga.
Memorials may be made to Corner-
stone Church of God, 10 S. Seminole
Ave, Fort Meade, FL 33841.
Arrangements: McLean Funeral
Home, Fort Meade.
Condolences to the f.imil may be
made at www.mcleanfuneralhome.net.

Bloomin' Arts purchase awards offered

Bloomin' Arts Festival gift certificates
and purchase awards are .t;llhb;ir now
for the annual event, set for March 3-4.
The festival draws thousands of peo-
ple to view all kinds of art from adults
and childrt.n, a car show, a flower show
and a quilt show.
"Planning an event of this magnitude
requires many hours of volunteer work,
plus financial support from the com-
munil\." Purchase Awards Chairman
Linda Culpepper-Clark said. "This sup-
port not only provides awards for the
artists, it also promotes the arts within
the community."

Purchase awards allow art lovers to
not only support the 41st annual festi-
val, but take home a favorite piece of art.
Donations are also welcome, she said.
A purchase award is actually a gift
certificate, which allows you to pick
out a piece of artwork from the artist of
your choice during the show. This can
also make a nice gift.
To give a donation or purchase
award, make checks payable to Bartow
Bloomin' Arts Festival and mail to P 0.
Box 632, Bartow, FL 33831.
For information or assistance, call the
chairman at (863) 534-0169.

Crash victims identified

. : . :- i .E Through fin'erprint analysis. dep,-
ties identified the deceased driver of
the 'C,.r1 Toyota Corolla in Tuesday's
crash as Efren Martinez-F!i:'ret< 56,
of 103 Constitution Lane. Fr-ipr ...I
A n-d' i-:.r,. r in the Toyota has been
identified as Samuel Rav [Lliri'jr. Ir.,
21, of 222 Holland St., Lake Wales.
I Ilingii ,r, remains at LRMC in criti-
cal condition.
The wreck, that occurred early
Tuesday on U.S. 27 in In rii of Jackson
Street, also destroyed the building that
housed Payes 'I r.iihlr Sales. It hap-
pened when a semi-truck and a 2007
Toyota Corolla c(idltI,.l
According to the Polk County Sher-
iff's Office report, shortly before
6 a.m. IutUdai. the Polk County Sher-
iff's Office received a call in reference
to glass breaking at Payes Trailer Sales,
14410 US 27 in Lake Wales, just north
of Warner University.
\\icni deputies arrived, they saw
a car and a semi-truck had crashed
into Payes' main office building. PCSO

rrplrt_, a four-door sil' er Corolla travel-
ing east on Jackson Street entered the
southbound lane of US 27 in an attempt
to continue forward to the m-dian and
then turn north onto US 27. Reports
note when it entered the southbound
lane, it entered the path of a semi-truck
h.aulin4 sand. headed southbound in
the outside lane of US 27.
.\i L'Irding to 't ,i ) Public Infor-
mation ( itiu r Carrie Eleazer, as the
two vehicles collided, the semi-truck
pushed the Toyota all the way into
Payes' business.
Nobody was in the business at the
time, she said.
Martinez-Flores, driver of the Tovota,
was declared dead at the scene, the
sheriff's office reported. The driver of
the semi-truck, Ernel Morales. 37, of 615
Robin Road, Apt. 2, Lakeland, was pull-
ing a 1973 Fruehauf sand hauler lilIhd
with sand; he was transported to lake
Wales Medical Center with non-serious
injuries, the sheriffs office reported.
Southbound traffic on the highway
was impaired for hours as the acci-
dent was investigated, with one lane
opened to ease the congestion.

A temporary barrier
has been erected
around the former
office building of
Payes Trailer Sales.
The building was
extensively damaged
early Tuesday morning,
.* Jan.24,whentwo
vehides, a Toyota and
a semi-tractor trailer,
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