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Volume 82 Number 47
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Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830
Raising the Standards
PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen talks to young baseball players who showed up Saturday for his
second baseball camp called Raising the Standards. McCutchen and helpers taught throwing, hitting, fielding and
more to about 100 children from all over Polk County. For more, see Page 14A.
16-year-old charged with
killing 18-year-old in shooting
A 16-year-old Bartow boy
will be tried as an adult
on second-degree murder
charges for the fatal shoot-
ing of an 18-year-old boy, the
state attorney's office said.
Rose of 1420 N. Wilson Ave.,
Bartow, is being held with-
out bond in the Polk County
Jail after a hearing Friday in
which he was charged with
second-degree murder and
shooting a firearm into an oc-
cupied dwelling in the killing
of John L. Hazelton, 18, on
Jan. 12. Previously, Rose was
held in the Juvenile Deten-
Rose has denied he shot
Rose is being charged as an
adult because of the serious-
ness of the crime. Under
Florida statutes second-de-
gree murder falls under a list
requiring the state to try the
defendant as an adult, said
Assistant State Attorney Brian
"It's filed that way because
By PEGGY KEHOE
SSee Photos, page 12A
Two years of dreams, hard
work and community sup-
port were celebrated with the
dedication of a bronze statue,
The Fireman, in Bartow Friday
More importantly, it was
the celebration of more than a
century of dedication by volun-
teers who helped protect their
With two blocks of North
Broadway closed to traffic,
close to 200 people gathered in
front of the statue erected at the
Bartow fire station.
"When you drive by and see
this beautiful statue," Mayor Pat
Huff told those at the dedica-
tion ceremony, "remember not
only the volunteers of the pres-
ent day, but remember those
Consultant: Drastic changes needed at agency
By JEFF ROSLOW
In order to better serve economic
development in Polk County a consul-
tant recommended the Central Florida
Development Agency undertake a lot. of
change, Bartow City Commissioner James
Clements told his board Monday.
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The CFDC went to a consultant review
meeting Monday in Auburndale and
heard recommendations from Cincinna-
ti-based KMK Consultants and Thomp-
son Wesley Wolfe that did an organiza-
tional and structural review started last
October. The board of directors and the
reviewers went through a 20-page
document it drafted.
Clements and Community Redevelop-
ment Agency Executive Director Patrick
Brett went to the meeting from Bartow.
"The draft calls for making drastic
changes to the Central Florida Develop-
ment Agency," Clements said at a work
session at Bartow City Hall Monday night.
"The changes they recommended
wanted more private investment and less
public investment," he said.
The CFDC is a countywide economic de-
velopment service that now operates with
county and private money. It has
$1.2 million in private money in the budget
and about $50,000 from the private sector.
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Page 2A The Polk County Democrat February 8, 2012
On the agenda
PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Leo Longworth, left, and James Clements look through their iPads at Monday's Bartow City
Commission meeting. The iPads are how commissioners now get the agendas now that the city
is no longer issuing printed versions of the budgets for background materials.
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Construction on S.R. 60
should be done this week
The road construction taking place
on Van Fleet Drive this week continues
as crews work behind barrier walls on
new travel and turn lanes, as well as
sidewalks, along northbound U.S. 98
between Van Fleet and Manor Drive,
and westbound S.R. 60 from west of the
Walmart entry road to U.S. 98.
Access to businesses in the construc-
tion zone is being maintained while
the intersection improvement project
is underway, FDOT said.
Due to this construction, DOT
reminds people the entrance to Fort
Fraser Trail at westbound S.R. 60 is and
will be that way for most of this year.
However, access to Fort Fraser Trail
is being maintained during construc-
tion through a nearby entrance off of
This week on the construction on
U.S. 98 from Manor Drive to County
Road 540A, daytime work continues
on the east side from Lyle Parkway
to Boy Scout Ranch Road and on the
west side from Manor Drive to north of
C.R. 540A and in the median area from
Manor Drive to Lyle Parkway.
There will be no impacts to traffic,
the Florida Department of Transporta-
Other construction activities include
work on the west side of U.S. 98 be-
tween Manor Drive to Lyle Parkway to
prepare for the upcoming road widen-
ing of US 98. This will impact various
driveway entrances, but access will be
maintained at all times.
For additional information on these
two projects, visit www.IdriveUS98.com.
On the construction on S.R. 60 near
the Peace River bridges, 24-hour lane
closures for bridge rail retrofitting con-
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The contractor will work on punchlist
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On the work on U.S. 17 near Home-
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February 8, 2012
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New wave not too different from the old
A new poll dealing with baby boomers' retirement
plans should bring comfort to anyone worried that
the Great Recession or a great shift in generational
attitudes will stanch the flow of retirees to the Sun-
Many New Wavers expect to move when their
working days are done, and they want good weather,
reasonable housing costs and access to good health
care, according to the survey. In other words, as far
as we see that means their attitudes and expecta-
tions are more or less in line with their parents'
generation. Or, it may be that the style is a little dif-
ferent, but-the substance isn't.
The poll was conducted last November by the
well-respected Mason-Dixon Polling & Research firm
for the nonprofit Consumer Federation of the South-
east. In all, 1,100 people age 47-65 were surveyed. Of
those living in the eastern half of the U.S., excluding
Florida, all said they were considering a move out of
state when they retired.-
Overall, 36 percent said the weak economy was
delaying their retirement. That broke down to 42
percent in the 47-56 age group, but only 25 percent
of those aged 57 to 65. Perhaps more surprising, 54
percent said the economy had no effect on their
plans: The "no effect" number was lower for the
younger group (50 percent) and higher for the older
(59 percent) group closer to the magic Social Secu-
When it came to the factors that mattered most in
making their thinking, climate ranked the highest
(35 percent combined first or second choice.) The
cost of housing was next (30 percent), followed by
quality of health care (27 percent), near the ocean
and beaches (22 percent), local taxes (19 percent)
and services for seniors (also 19 percent).
One-quarter wanted a four-season climate and 21
percent wanted to live somewhere warm and sunny
throughout the year. A little over half liked it warm,
"but with some cooler months." Whatever their
preference, only 15 percent said climate was not
important. We'll also note that 40 percent didn't care
about proximity to beaches, although 59 percent
did, at least "somewhat." We'll take that as a glass
more than half full.
As far as intensity of opinion is concerned, quality
of health care clobbered all other categories as "very
important" (66 percent, with another 30 percent
rating it "somewhat important"), followed by cost
of housing (55 percent), climate and taxes (both 49
percent.) Most wanted a mid-sized city (40 percent)
or small town (32 percent).
And then, nearly six in 10 said they were likely to
buy a home.
What we take from this is that with all the talk
of generational differences and shifts in attitudes,
baby boomers may not be that far apart from their
-parents when it comes to retirement expectations.
They don't want to fight harsh winters, but are look-
ing for a welcoming climate. They want to get a good
deal on a house and not pay a ton of taxes. They also
want to make sure they have hospitals and doctors
who will keep them well.
Given the sheer numbers of expected retirees in
the coming decade-plus, it means better days are
on the horizon for our economy. The poll noted 18
percent of respondents thought of Florida as a "top
relocation destination." Do the math: We're look-
ing at perhaps a fifth of the 75-million strong baby
boom generation thinking about Florida as a pos-
The wave is expected to build with the demo-
graphic bulge in the next 10 years. This type of
survey should help us focus on what outsiders want
and what insiders have to offer. It's all here. It should
help us set priorities, guide planning and give us
reason to be optimistic about the long-term health
of Florida's economy.
In the face of all odds
Few organizations have rendered as
much service to Bartow as the volun-
teer fire department.
For nearly a century the BVFD was
the community's first line of defense
against destruction of life and property
In Bartow's early days, they were
referred to in news accounts as "the
fire laddies." As fire protection evolved,
the city hired two paid men in the fire
department. They answered the fire
phone, sounded the fire whistle, and
drove the truck: south on Broadway,
then east on Main, to pick up volun-
teers who rushed from their places of
employment to jump onto the truck.
At the fire scene, the paid men oper- -
ated the pumps, while the volunteers
manned the hoses.
They won some; they lost some. That
is the nature of the fire service.
One of their most dramatic victories
occurred in the early to mid-1950s.
The Polk County Democrat was
housed in what is known to this day as
The Record Building, where The Polk
County Record was published. For 15
years, The Record and The Democrat
were in competition with each other in
a town with fewer than 10,000 resi-
When The Democrat purchased The
Record in 1946, we moved into that
building. (My use of"we" may be a little
overstated, as I was 5 years old at the
My career in journalism began at the
age of 12, as a carrier. As a teenager, I
was promoted to route foreman, sort of
a carrier wrangler in charge of our crew
of a dozen or so kids on bikes. As such,
it became my responsibility one day to
S.L. Frisbie can be contacted at
go classroom to classroom at Bartow
Junior High School to tell carriers that
there was a fire in the building next to
The Democrat, but all carriers were
to report as usual because the paper
would be published that day.
Tomlinson Oldsmobile-Cadillac was
located in the building adjoining ours
on the south.
The showroom had been repainted
(in those days, all paints were oil-
based) and a kerosene heater was set
up to heat the air and speed the drying
process. An employee accidentally
knocked over the heater, and flames
quickly engulfed the building as the
burning kerosene flowed across the
floor. The fire was accelerated by the
oil fumes. The employee called the fire
station, but the flames became too
intense, and he dropped the phone
and fled from the building, jumping
through a glass door.
The paid firemen, hearing the crack-
ling flames on the open phone line,
thought a child was playing with the
phone, and shouted to him to hang
up the receiver. A volunteer fireman or
two, seeing the building in flames and
realizing that the fire siren had not
The world is mad with ratings. No
human activity is free from them today.
Everything and everyone is quantified,
from movies to plumbers.
The impulse to grade schools and
teachers falls under this lamentable
trend. The ostensible reason is account-
ability, but the demand for ratings has
an underlying premise: We don't trust
Now we have arrived at the next logi-
cal step putting parents on the block
as well. Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland,
wants to do just that. Her Parental
Involvement and Accountability in
the Public Schools bill (HB 543) would
allow teachers to rate parents on how
engaged they are in their children's edu-
cation. A companion bill in the Senate,
SB 944, was filed by Sen. Stephen Wise,
Last week, Stargel's bill cleared the
House K-20 Competitiveness Commit-
The Polk County Democrat
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Now to rating parents,
where does it end?
February 8, 2012
February 8, 2012 The Polk County Democrat Page 5A
The Inquiring Photographer
Which commerical was your favorite in Super Bowl XLVI?
Jeffrey Joy Philan Mathew
Lakeland London, visiting Bartow
The kid that was running all over the
house having to go to the bathroom.
That one was for Turbo Tax.
The girl that transformed into a car.
I think that was for a Kia.
The Skechers sneakers where the
bulldog went backward over the
The Doritos commercial where the
baby snapped back and gave them to
FRISBIE: Face of all odds
FROM PAGE 4A
sounded, ran the three blocks to the
fire station to turn in the alarm.
I remained in class, but witnesses to
the fire, including the adult members
of the Frisbie family and other mem-
,bers of the staff, later told me that it
appeared impossible that our building
could be saved. Photos bore out that
Tomlinson burned to the ground,
and several cars in the showroom were
destroyed, but damage to the news-
paper building was limited to the area
around a rear window that faced the
dealership an arm's length away.
It was a publication day, and arrange-
ments were made to complete pro-
duction of that day's issue at The Lake
That night, carriers made their deliv-
eries from cars driven by staff mem-
bers, shouting "Democrat!" as they
threw each paper.
To this day, the Frisbie family has
a great respect for the BVFD and the
firefighters who made that seemingly
The volunteers have been replaced
by a fully-paid department. Service of
the BVFD was recognized last week
with the dedication of a bronze statue
on the lawn of the fire station. It is a
(S. L. Frisbie is retired. From its first
issue on Aug. 28, 1931, The Democrat
has never missed an issue. That is a
proud tradition amongjournalists. The
Democrat bought The Lake Wales News
WA Y PEX AeUPVt TRlE?
How safe is acupuncture therapy?
Acupuncture is a very safe medical
procedure when administered by a
qualified practitioner. Very few side
effects have been found in clinical cases.
How long does treatment last?
Depending on what is being treated, each
session may take from 20-60 minutes.
How many treatments are needed?
It depends upon the nature, severity and
duration of diseases. A single treatment
may be enough for an acute condition.
A series of treatments, three or more, can
resolve many chronic problems Some
degenerative conditions may need monthly
treatments over time.
Does acupuncture hurt?
A proper acupuncture therapy may induce
distention, and a heaviness sensation along
with contraction of local muscle. Over 95
percent of patients are comfortable with
acupuncture therapy. Some animals will
fall asleep during acupuncture treatments.
Sedation is not recommended before
Is it expensive?
No. Most visits for acupuncture treatments
cost in the range of $50 to $75, depending
on length of visit and other treatment
options. There isno charge for initial
Dr. Shank is one of the very
few veterinarians in all of
Florida certified by the
renowned Chi Institute to
perform acupuncture on both
small animals and horses.
western medicine doesn't
always produce the kind of
results pet owners are hoping
for. Acupuncture is not a
miracle treatment, but an
additional option for
animals with chronic and long
term conditions that very
often can have positive results
for your beloved pet!
Acupuncture can be a treatment option
on dogs, cats and horses for:
*Musculoskeletal problems: soreness, back pain, disc
problems, arthritis, degenerative joint disease.
*Neurological disorders: seizure, facial and
radial nerve paralysis.
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February 8, 2012
Page 6A The Polk County Democrat February 8, 2012
MCMULLEN: Rating parents
FROM PAGE 4A
tee, on which she sits, by a party-line,
10-3 vote. Last year, Stargel drew
national attention with a similar bill,
but it didn't come up for a vote.
The rationale in Stargel's bill states
what everyone knows, that families
bear the primary responsibility for a
child's success or failure in school. So
the bill requires each K-5 teacher to
grade the parent or guardian as satis-
factory, needs improvement or unsatis-
factory. The grade rests on these crite-
ria: Frequency of unexcused absences
and unexcused tardiness; Parental
response to requests for conferences
or communication; and Submission of
complete and accurate information,
including emergency contact informa-
tion, immunization records, etc.
A parent would get a "needs improve-
ment" or "unsatisfactory" if one or two
targets are not met within a quarter.
The grade is sent home along with the
child's report card. There is an appeals
process. At the end of the year, summa-
ries for each school and district are sent
to the state.
At first blush, you would think teach-
ers would jump at this bill. They have
been under the microscope for so
long, this would be a chance to turn
the tables a bit. But the major teacher's
union, the Florida Education Associa-
tion, is concerned it could further un-
dermine public education.. And Demo-
cratic Rep. Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed of
Deerfield Beach, a former teacher, is
opposed, saying, "I just do not like to
put everyone in the same box."
Stargel's hometown paper, The Led-
ger, editorialized against the bill, saying
"the bill is cumbersome, requires more
paperwork from overworked teachers
who have too little time to teach and it
intrudes on private portions of parent-
ing." Indeed, it seems strange that a
conservative Republican like Stargel
would want to drag the family into
But is it really an intrusion into family
privacy? No income or medical records
are examined, no visits to the family
home are mandated. The only thing
measured is where a parent's behavior
intersects with the purpose of a public
school whether a student is delivered
to school on time and cooperates with
teachers and principals.
Knowing a bit about them, I'm sure
Kelli Stargel and her husband, John,
have never missed a parent-teacher
conference in their lives. But you can't
escape the feeling that this bill isn't
aimed at the Stargels or any of their
friends. It's about those parents, not us.
The real problem with the bill is that
it capitulates to the unhealthy obses-
sion with ratings. We need not more
ratings but less. We need to recapture
the day when public school teachers
and principals were given the authority
to teach and fail students without being
dragged into court or berated and fired
by lawmakers using an impersonal
one-size-fits-all ratings chart.
Rating parents is just one more bullet
in the guns that everyone is aiming at
one another. No one trusts the other.
The madness has to stop somewhere or
soon we'll all be rated on how well we
clip our fingernails.
Give teachers insulation from pa-
rental and political threats, turn them
loose, and we could spend the time and
energy we waste on ratings on more
useful topics. But that would require
Cary McMullen is a journalist and
editor who lives in Lakeland.
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Joe Underwood, 90, ofAlturas,
died Sunday evening Feb. 5, 2012,
at his home from complications of
Mr. Underwood was the youngest of
nine children born into the tight-knit
farming family of Leslie and Missie
Underwood in Coffee County, Ga.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed
entertaining family and friends with
stories of growing up with his brothers
and sisters. In 1943, Mr. Underwood
moved to Alturas to work with his
brother in the citrus business. That
was interrupted by World War II in
which he served a year in the U.S.
Army in the Pacific on Saipan. He
returned to Alturas and worked until
selling his grove caretaking business
Vicki Sue Thornburg, 61, died Dec.
19, 2011, of respiratory failure in 7
Rivers Hospital, Crystal River.
Memorial: Saturday, Feb. ]11, at
1 p.m., First Missionary Baptist
Words of Comfort
They whom we love
and lose are no longer
where they were bef ore.
They aure now
wherever we are.
St. John Chrysostom
in 1985 and started the first of many
He is survived by his wife, Martha;
three children, Chris Bernstein, Dick
Murphy and Sue Carter; four grand-
children, Melanie, Susan, Carrie and
Justin; four great-grandchildren; and
many loving nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on
Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at
Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in
Funeral services will follow Thurs-
day at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at Bartow Wild-
Swood Cemetery with military honors.
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SH etlThe information is gathered from police, shefs office, Florida
HighwayPatrol jail and fire records. Not every arrestleads
Sto a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the
Fort Meade man charged
in thefts from animal control
A Polk County Sheriff's Animal Control Officer was
arrested on Monday and charged with two counts
grand theft and one count dealing in stolen property
after investigation revealed he
allegedly stole money from
a "Save Our Homeless Pets"
donation box, and stole other
items that were donated to
The sheriffs office alleges
that 21-year-old Benjamin Der-
rick, of Fort Meade, has been
removing cash from a "Save
Our Homeless Pets" donation
box that was placed on the
BENJAMIN DERRICK front counter at the Animal
Control facility at 7115 DeCas-
tro Road in Winter Haven, for the past six months.
Derrick confessed to detectives to taking the money
with no intention of paying it back, a spokesperson for
the department said. Derrick also admitted to tak-
ing items donated by local businesses such as Publix,
Purina Farms and Tractor Supply, and private citizens,
including dog food, treats, toys, beds, leashes, brushes,
etc., intended for use by the animals housed at animal
control, the sheriff's office reports.
However, there was no indication in the report that
Derrick benefited directly from taking the items. In-
stead, he told detectives he would give the stolen items
to friends, family members and veterinary clinics.
According to the sheriff's office, detectives found
three large garbage bags filled with the pet items in the
bed of Derrick's pickup truck. Detectives also found in
the bags items purchased by animal control for use at
the facility, including flea medication, shampoo, flea
collars, and cleaning supplies.
In all, police estimate the value of removed property
at some $10,000.
Derrick was hired by the sheriffs office in December
2010 as a detention support specialist. He transferred
to Animal Control in February 2011 and was assigned
to the kennels. He resigned from the agency upon his
arrest Monday. He was booked into the Polk County Jail
on a $7,000 bond.
Derrick's father, Frank, covers the Fort Meade High
School football team for The Fort Meade Leader.
Tamela Ricks, 23,1050 S. Golfview Avenue, Apt. 1002 driving with a
suspended license and giving a false name to law enforcement.
Robert Clark, 53, 771 Croom Road possession of a controlled substance
without a prescription, possession of paraphernalia and violation of probation.
Zaid Richardson, 27, 779 Laurel Court obstructing justice tampering in
misdemeanor proceeding, aggravated battery, robbery and false imprisonment.
Richard Bloodworth, 34,1757 James Pointe Drive driving under the influence.
Margaret Locke, 47,1379 Hankin Road possession of a controlled substance
without a prescription, possession of paraphernalia, trafficking a controlled
substance, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, maintaining a shop
or vehicle for drug sale and possession of marijuana.
Thurman Duke, 46,1336 Pasteur Road possession of a controlled substance
without a prescription and possession of paraphernalia.
James Craddock, 36, 1379 Hankin Road trafficking a controlled substance,
possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, maintaining a shop or vehicle
for drug sales, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, posses-
sion of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Courtney Henderson, 32, 3335 S. Avenue driving with a suspended license.
Charles Felton, 26, 2075 Green Tree Court driving with a suspended license.
Julia Dease, 29, 3820 State Road 60 East shoplifting.
Daniel Roderick, 49, 555 W. Easy Street disorderly conduct-fighting in public.
Michael Daniels, 43 domestic battery by strangulation.
Eduardo Espinoza-Rodriguez, 37, 4710 Richard Drive, Apt. B driving without
a valid license.
Tony Bermea, 42, 4801 Cynthia Street criminal mischief.
Artavis Ward, 20, 830 Johnson Avenue battery.
Sheana Wiggins, 21, 410 Hughes Street battery.
Kenneth Harrell, 36, 750 Dudley Avenue grand theft of a controlled substance.
Donald Childers, 43,1170 Richland Road battery.
John Whitaker, 19, 980 E. Church Street, #D304 violation of probation.
Selena Fuller, 22, 705 N. Oak Avenue disorderly conduct.
NBA player admired his brother, uncle says
By MARY CANNADAY blocked after he started getting in trouble,
MCANNADAY @LAKEWALESNEWS.COM his uncle said.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's
Hazell Stoudemire, longtime Lake website, Hazell was arrested 22 times
Wales resident and brother of NewYork since 1993. That didn't keep Amar'e from
Knicks NBA basketball player Amar'e looking up to his brother.
Stoudemire, died early Monday morning "They-werereal close. Amar'e's taking
in a collision with a tractor-trailer. t-vy hard; he always looked up to him,"
According to the Florida Highway his uncle said.
Patrol, Stoudemire was traveling at a high
rate of speed on U.S. 27, behind a Freight-
liner semi, and plowed into the rear of a
trailer towed by the semi. Stoudemire's
Cadillac Escalade then traveled north and
came to rest facing north in the outside
lane. Stoudemire died at the scene from ,
his injuries, FHP reported. The driver of
the tractor-trailer, Rupert A. Fairclough of
Aubumdale, was not injured, according
to the FHP accident report.
Stoudemire was not wearing a seatbelt,
according to the FHP report. The investi-
gation is ongoing.
The 35-year-old who shared a love of -
basketball with his famous brother, hav- .,.
ing gone to all-state during his sopho- .'
more year at Southeast Bradenton High
School and was named Most Valuable AP PHOTO / RICK RUNION
Player in the state tournament with a 33-0 Hazell Stoudemire, the brother of New York
record. His uncle and godfather, Earnest Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire, died in a car
Stoudemire, recalled the closeness of crash Monday after the SUV he was driving
the two men, Hazell five years senior to slammed into the back of a trailer. Authorities
Amar'e. Hazell's shot at a pro career was are still investigating the crash.
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Hazell was employed by his brother,
doing some security detail and handling
some of Amar'e's business affairs in
Florida, Earnest Stoudemire said.
Amar'e is in town taking a leave of
absence from the Knicks, and Hazell and
Amar'e's mother is travelling here from
her home in Phoenix, Earnest Stoudemire
said. Funeral arrangements are on hold.
The New York Knicks for whom Amar'e
plays held a moment of silence in Hazell's
memory before Mondaynight's game.
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February 8, 2012
20 Bartow educators CHOL
honored vb district
Twenty teachers and school district em-
ployees in Bartow schools were named the
top teachers or school related employees
of the year at their schools and are among
candidates for the top spots in the Polk
County School District.
The awards night is scheduled to take
place at 9:30 p.m. in the Youkey Theater in
the Lakeland Center on Lime Avenue. It will
broadcast live in a number of places. They
include Polk County School Board Televi-
sion (Bright House Networks channel 614,
Comcast channel 7, Verizon FiOS channel
45), PGTE the county commission channel
(Bright House channel 622, Comcast chan-
nel 5, Verizon FiOS channel 20), the school
district's www.polk-fl.net website and the
county commission's www.polk-county.net.
The top teachers to be honored are
fourth grade Bartow ElementaryAcademy
teacher Brady Draper, Bartow High/IB/
Summerlin Academy Raschelle DeVore,
Bartow Middle's Deloris Reece-Donaldson,
FloralAvenue Elementary's fourth grade
reading teacher Leslie Hartgraves, Gause
Academy's math teacher Laura Hartman,
Gibbons Street Elementary first grade
teacher Kathryn Holmes, Jean O'Dell Learn-
ing Center teacher Sheila Gibson, Spes-
sard Holland Network Manager Andrew
Baldwin, Stephens Elementary third grade
teacher Angelina Westand UnionAcademy
seventh grade teacher Shanna Calandros;
The top school-related employees are:
Bartow ElementaryAcademy's Jason
Howell, a PE paraprofessional, Bartow
High/IB/Summerlin Academy secretary
Sharon LeVine, Bartow Middle's foodser-
vice manager Vivian Trevino, Floral Avenue
Elementary's Particia Browning, an ESE
paraeducator, Gause Academy computer
lab manager Jemetha Oliver, Gibson Street
Elementary foodservice manager Sheila
Childs, Jean O'Dell Learning Center's Lula
Sanders, Spessard Holland day custodian
Mike LaSalle, Stephens Elementary nurse
and paraeducator Margie Foreman and
Union Academy's terminal operator
Also named for the school-related em-
ployee award was Maria Haag, the senior
director secretary who works at the district
office on Floral Avenue.
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Two winners will be announced among
16 finalists eight finalists each for Teacher
of the Year and School-Related Employee.
Finalists and winners receive cash and
other prizes from event sponsors.
Community members from local orga-
nizations and businesses judge nominee
applications. Judges do not know nomi-
nees' identities or for which school they
work. Teacher of the Year and School-
Related nominees complete an application
with categories that include leadership
and professional development activities,
community and school involvement and
$40,000 matching grant
The Consortium ofFlorida Education
Foundations in conjunction with the
Department of Education recently awarded
the Polk Education Foundation more than
$40,000 in matching funds through the
School District Education Foundation
Matching Grant Program.
Examples of school projects that use
the School District Education Foundation
Matching Grant program include Bartow
Elementary Academy's use of matching
funds, that will supply their school with
almost 100 electronic readers, which will
be used in classrooms for students reading
below grade level. These e-book readers in-
clude a text-to-speech audio function that
will help address the challenges of students
who have vision problems, language barri-
ers and lack of reading fluency.
Another example is Discovery Academy
of Lake Alfred which will buy iPads for their
student iPad lab so as to motivate students
in reading and increase technology-based
programs that focus on literacy instruction
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for low-performing students.
The Polk Reads program, also adminis-
tered by the Polk Education Foundation,
received some of this money to continue
tutoring low-performing K-third grade
students in selected county school sites to
help with the FCAT.
makes Dean's List
Candace Mobley of Bartow, who is
studying Human Services at Springfield
College in Massachusetts made the
Dean's List for the fall 2011 term.
PSC Foundation will accept scholar-
ship applications through March 15. This
year, the Foundation will award more than
$500,000 in endowed scholarships. Schol-
arships are available for students already
attending the College and those who have
submitted an application for admission.
The scholarship application can be com-
pleted at foundation.polk.edu/scholarships.
Applicants must have access to their
most recent transcripts (GED, high school
or college), a current Polk State College ID
number, and a functioning email address;
information on how to obtain transcripts
and an ID number is available at the
website. The scholarship application can be
completed online, but students are encour-
aged to allot more time to the process, al-
lowing them to answer essay questions and
fulfill other steps that will maximize their
Available scholarships range from a $400
to $2,000, said Polk State Foundation Direc-
tor of Finance Lynn Wilson.
-Scholarship applications will be reviewed
and rated by an independent committee
and notices will be sent to applicants via
email no later than May 15. Award cer-
tificates will be available for high school
graduation ceremonies in May.
Polk State College Foundation scholar-
ships will be available for use the first fall
term following the award process and in
subsequent terms until the scholarship is
fully expended, expires or terminates as
specified by donor requirements.
CITY OF FORT MEADE, FLORIDA
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CITY COMMISSION MEETING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14,2012,7:00 PM
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AT 7:00 PM IN THE FORT MEADE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 8 WEST BROADWAY
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COMPREHENSIVE PLAN BASED ON THE CITY'S EVALUATION AND APPRAISAL REPORT
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Dated in Fort Meade, Polk County, Florida, this 26th day of January, 2012.
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City of Fort Meade, Florida
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David Simmons picks up his daughter Ty-lee, PHOTOS BY JEFF ROSLOW
4, into the air while dancing Saturday night
at the Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Polk The "YMCA" dance filled the floor Saturday night at the Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Polk County
County Historical Museum. Historical Museum.
Aurbrey Ritter, 5, has her moves down as she
dances Saturday with her father, Shane, at
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The 12th annual L.B. Brown Heri-
tage Festival gets going Friday and
continues until Sunday.
At Monday's Bartow City Commis-
sion meeting Community Develop-
ment Director Clifton Lewis, an
organizer of the festival, accepted
a proclamation for the festival after
City Attorney Sean Parker read it
It said the multi-cultural celebra-
tion is a family-friendly festival, but
probably Mayor Pat Huff summed it
up best when he said in the presenta-
tion, "I remember the first one and it
just keeps getting better every year."
His comments were echoed by
Commissioner James Clements who
said at the end of the meeting, "I
encourage everyone to come out to
the Brown Festival. It's like the mayor
said, it gets bigger and better every
Ten area students will be presented
leadership awards, kicking off the
festival Friday morning.
Also appearing will be Jarvis Rosier,
who works at the John G. Riley House
Museum of African-American Cul-
ture, who will talk about the U.S.
Colored Troops who fought in The
The event is free. There may be
room left for those seeking to reserve
a vendor table.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Feb. 10
Visit by Area Public Schools
Tours of Historic L. B. Brown House,
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Youth Leadership Awards, 9:30-
Back-In-the-Day Living History Dem-
Presidential Award to Charles Warren
Black Seminole Indians, all day
U.S. Colored Troops (Civil War Era),
DJ and Live Band, 1-6p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11
Lecture and Audience Discussion,
Slavery to Freedom: "African Ameri-
cans During the Civil War Era," Sgt. Jar-
vis Rosier, 2nd Inf. Regt. United States
Colored Troops Tallahassee
Black Seminole Indians Encamp-
ment, all day
U.S. Colored Troops (Civil War Era),
Afternoon, 1-6 p.m.
Historical Performance, Crystal World
of Dance, Step Team Competition,
Hair/Fashion Show, Business Award to
Shayanne Jones of Especially 4-U Res-
taurant, The Gift Performer, Theology
- Performer, Poetry, DJ
:own Festival starts Friday
Sunday, Feb. 12
Bartow Community Choir, Praise and
Dance, Mimes, Humanitarian Award to
Juanita Warner, Gospel Music Workshop
of America Tampa, Tribute to Mary
McLeod Bethune Thelma Battle
Sponsored by the Neighborhood Im-
provement Corporation ofBartow Inc.,
City of Bartow, Bartow Community
RedevelopmentAgency, Chamber of
Commerce, Community Southern
Bank, Friends of the Bartow Public
Library, Attorney Larry D. Hardaway,
Leo E. Longworth State Farm Insurance,
Mayme Clark, J. Corbett, St. James AME
Church, First Providence M. B. Church,
Gause Funeral Home, WSIR Family
Radio (1890 AM), Madrid Engineering
L.B. Brown Youth Leadership
Lead Dorce, Bartow International
Devonte Fason, Bartow High School
Cadet Saulo Trejo, Summerlin Academy
Lekira Cooke, Compass Middle School
Omar Haughton, Gause Academy
Kennedy Green, Bartow Middle School
Aaliyah Bryant, Union Academy
Nguyen Vu, Mulberry Middle
Seandrianna McLendon, Mulberry
Fadrian Gilbert, Fort Meade High
Clifton Lewis (left),
an organizer of the
L.B. Brown Heritage
from Mayor Pat
Huff Monday at the
Bartow City Commis-
remember the first
one and it just keeps
getting better every
year," Huff said as
he presented the
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accepting applications from vendors.
The fee is $200. This year's theme
is "African Americans and The Civil
Vendor space available Vendor space is limited. Forms are
for Brown Festival available at www.lbbrown.com. For
information call (863) 534-0100 or
L.B. Brown Festival organizers are email email@example.com.
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Call of the Quilts
Saturday, Feb. 11
The Repeatles, 50s and 60s tunes by the likes of Buddy
Holly, Elvis, The Everly Brothers, The Rolling Stones and The
Beatles, 6:30 p.m., $15 prior to Feb. 11 or $20 at the door.
Ramon Theater, 15 E.Wall St., Frostproof. (863) 635-7222.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Understanding Your Dreams, 230-4 p.m., $5 donation
suggested for each class. The Center for Personal Growth, 151
Second St. S.W., Downtown Winter Haven, (863) 949-4048.
Finding Joy and Purpose as We Grow Older, 10
a.m.-noon, $5 donation suggested for each class. The Center
for Personal Growth, 151 Second St. S.W., Winter Haven, (863)
Thursday, Feb. 9
Write Like a Pro, 3:15-4:45 p.m., $5 donation suggested
for each class. The Center for Personal Growth, 151 Second St.
S.W., Winter Haven,'(863) 299-9070
Thursday, Feb. 9-Saturday, Feb. 11
Ultimate Recycling Event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Indoor rummage
sale/fundraiser at the old Beall's Outlet Store in the Eagle
Ridge Mall. All proceeds generated from rummage sale will
go to help purchase cleanup and beautification supplies. (863)
Saturday, Feb. 11
"Sources for Irish Research/'with Professional Genealogist
Donna M. Moughty, at the monthly meeting of Imperial Polk
Genealogical Society, 1 p.m., Unitariah Universalist Congrega-
tion, 3140 Troy Ave., Lakeland. Free., www.ipgs.org or call
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Miss Melissa tells stories, does finger plays, music, crafts,
games, and films for 3-5 year olds. 10-10:45 a.m., Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, (863) 534-0131.
Thursday, Feb. 9
Concert in the Park, i -0 j mr.- Ip.m., acoustic guitarist
Rick Gwinn. Fort Blount Park, corner of Broadway and Main
Book Babies, 18 months to 2 years old, 10-10:30 a.m.,
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, (863) 534-0131.
Friday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 12
12th annual L.B. Brown Heritage Festival.
9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
Theme is African Americans and the Civil War. Also features the
L.B. Brown Youth Leadership Awards on Friday morning. L.B.
Brown House, 470 L.B. Brown Ave., Bartow. www.lbbrown.
com or call (863) 534-0100 for vendor information.
Saturday, Feb. 11
Antique Fair, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Booth spaces are $20. Along
Main Street, Bartow. Call (863) 646-0644 to reserve a table.
Fort Meade Museum Family Fun Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Annual barbecue dinner served only from 11 a.m.-1p.m.
Museum Park at Fort Meade Historical Society, 1 Tecumseh
Ave., Fort Meade. Turn west off U.S. Highway 17 to get to
Museum Park, (863) 285-7474.
Scouting for Food, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will leave
bags at Bartow homes to collect non-perishable food for local
food pantries. Collection will be on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Educators Day, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., free. Information on the
polytechnic model, academic programs, experiential learning,
the Talent Management Center for incoming freshmen. RSVP
to Tara Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 1.
Sunday, Feb. 12
Homecoming Service, 11 a.m. with special guest minister
Dr. Roberts followed by dinner. Also Crimson Flow in concert Eaton
Park First Baptist Church, 3044 Atlantic Ave., Eaton Park. (863)
797-3978 or (863) 430-2410. Email: email@example.com.
Never Fade Bluegrass Gospel Band, in concert at First
Baptist Church of Homeland, 10:45 a.m.
Gospel Night with Amanda Massey in concert,
7:15 p.m., $5 at the door. The Venue 385 East Main Street,
Bartow, (863) 797-9239 or (863) 430-2410.
Thursday, Feb. 9
Sail Trim, 7-9 p.m., free. Held at 2012 at Old Salt Marine,
1922 U.S. Highway 98 N., Lakeland. Call (863) 667-9047 or
Committee has a Call
for Quilts show, which
is non-juried and will
be held in the Polk
Museum at the old
The committee is
entries for the quilt
display on March 3-4.
shall supply a picture
of the quilt, dimen-
sions and age. Call Kat
Duvall for applica-
and restrictions at
or (863) 535-5088.
The entry deadline is
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our regularly scheduled Rotary
meeting at the Bartow Civic Center
Wed., Feb. 8th at Noon
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Retired Bartow volunteer firefighter Billy Simpson speaks to the crowd gathered for the dedica-
tion of The Fireman on Feb. 3. The statue, erected on North Broadway at the Bartow fire station,
commemorates the service of the volunteers. Donors' names are listed on this side of the base.
"When you drive by and see this beautiful
statue," Mayor Pat Huff told those at the
dedication ceremony, "remember not only the
volunteers of the present day, but remember
those who went before:'
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam
Putnam, whose grandfather Dudley Putnam
was a Bartow volunteer fireman, was guest
speaker at a dedication ceremony Feb. 4 for
the statue honoring the Bartow Volunteer Fire
At left: Reminiscing
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at the foot of the statue honoring their years of service. Those present included (from left): front
- Steve Brown, John Hancock (son of volunteer Cliff Hancock), Dan Varner, Jeff Fussell, James
Starling, Luke Eldridge and Dennis Bruce; back Dr. Clyde Gibson, Fred Egli, Drew Guffey, Frank
B."Bubba" Smith, Donnie Medders, Rock Wren, Wayne Whitehurst, Ben Jackson Jr., Clyde Gibson,
Luther Langdale, Cliff Hancock, Steve Earley and Billy Simpson.
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ceremony for a bronze statue honoring the 96-year history of the Bartow Volunteer Fire Dept.
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of the seriousness of the charge," he said.
According to police reports and
witness accounts, the two teens, who
have known each other since child-
hood, had been arguing earlier in the
day. At 8:50 p.m., Rose went to Carver
Village Apartments at 1060 S. Golfview
Ave. #41 where Hazelton stayed with
his older sister, Jontae Hazelton, and
his 2-year-old nephew, Jayden. After
pounding on the door and summoning
Hazelton to come outside, Rose alleg-
edly pulled a .41-caliber handgun and
fired two shots; one hit Hazelton in the
head, killing him at the scene, the other
piercing a hole in the door, police said.
When Rose allegedly held the gun
toward Hazelton, he began to slam the
door shut and started yelling, "Hold up,
Rose later turned himself in to the
Bartow Police Department when he
heard they had been looking for him. He
admitted to police he had an argument
with Rose, but he denied he had posses-
sion of the firearm or being in the com-
pany of Hazelton at the time he died.
During the police investigation Jordan
White told officers he had talked to Hazel-
ton and thought Rose came to the house
about the argument the two had earlier.
White said he saw Rose produce a hand-
gun and knew it was him who pounded
on the door. White said he became scared
Sand started to walk away, police reported.
It was then he said he heard two gunshots
being fired into the residence.
He said he went to his vehicle and
it was then Rose got in. Rose allegedly
told him to "go, go, just go" and also
told officers he was scared of what Rose
might do, so he followed his instruc-
tions, fleeing from the area. White said
he was told to turn onto a side street
where Rose got out of the vehicle to
throw the gun into some brush on the
side of the road, a police report states.
Rose then got back into the vehicle
and told White to drive him to another
location, reports said. It was then Rose
and White separated when Rose called a
A bullet hole
can be seen in
the door at 1060
Golfview Ave. in
shot and killed
Jan. 12. The first
o. Hazelton, the
F. the door as he
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family member, White told officers.
In a search of the area White de-
scribed, a .41-caliber weapon was
located, reports said.
Rose's next court date is scheduled
for Feb. 21, for an arraignment.
FROM PAGE 1A
who went before."
In giving the invocation, Rev. Rob Pat-
rick recognized "the long years of commit-
ment and service" from those who were
"quick and ready to help."
Retired volunteer firefighter Billy
Simpson explained the statue committee
decided the statue would honor volun-
teers back to 1913, when the department
was officially organized. Bartow had
volunteer firefighters dating back to 1881,
but in 1913 the department was created,
in part because the lack of a fire depart-
ment made house insurance rates high in
Frank B. "Bubba" Smith, a member of
the statue committee, said the work of
art was "an act oflove." Although there
were those who said it couldn't be done,
with community business and resident
donations, the committee raised more
than the $65,000 needed to purchase the
statue and landscaping. The city supplied
the base. Planning for the monument
began in 2009 when BartowVolunteer Fire
Department officially stepped down as it
became harder to meet the more strin-
gent training requirements required by
Florida Agriculture Commissioner
Adam Putnam of Bartow, whose grandfa-
ther Dudley Putnam was a BVFD mem-
ber, was keynote speaker.
"I am completely unworthy to be the
person to dedicate this statue, not having
been a part of the volunteer firemen,"
Putnam said, "but it is so special to see so
many Bartowans who appreciate the men
who gave so much to our community and
for us to appreciate our history. And that's
just one of a thousand things that makes
Bartow so special, isn't it?
"It really is a monument for the ages
that represents so much."
Putnam joked that, "I know just enough
about the volunteer firemen to know that
regardless of what I say here it won't be
nearly as good as the stories that are going
to take place in this reception to follow."
Some longtime Bartow names are
associated with the volunteers, like the
Gibson brothers and Mr. Jackson (Ben,
Sr.), Putnam recalled. "They say that the
fire truck always came out of the old sta-
tion the same direction, it turned south
(on Broadway), and then turned back
east (onto Main Street) and in the period
of time that it would travel this half block
and that full block and then make that
left-hand turn, Mr. Jackson would have
already served three customers, washed
his hands, combed his hair and still be the
first guy on the corner to get on the truck."
Putnam drew a roar of laughter from
the crowd when he said, "You hear all the
stories about the firemen's ball which was
the only thing in town more rowdy than
the Kiwanis ladies' night."
Several years ago the chief gave Putnam
a copy of the minutes from one of the
BVFD meetings in the early '60s, when a
unanimous motion was passed to have
someone "please inform Dudley Putnam
to stop bringing his dog to the fires."
Another personal story he shared "to
this day makes the hair stand up on my
arm and it did even as a little kid." His
father vividly recalls when he was about
5, jumping on his father's lap in the old
LaFrance fire engine and riding through
town with every church bell in town and
all the sirens going off to celebrate the end
ofWorld War II.
The good times and fun the volunteer
firefighters had was more than balanced
by their heroic acts. "You think about the
lives and the property that were protected
for a hundred years by a group of men
who did it for a dollar a year because they
wanted to and because they loved it and
because it was important.
'And that's really the fiber of what
makes a community, that civic capital...
we're all in this big neighborhood togeth-
er, committed to finding ways to make
our community a better place, to take care
of the people that need taking care of, to
inspire the young people to do better than
what we did and to give back.
"That's really the spirit of volunteerism
that was embodied in the Bartow volun-
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In its reports, KMK recommended the
CFDC needs more from private executives
and more private money
The review also revealed how the cities
in the county don't always work together
in economic development and try to work
on "what's in it for me." There are cities like
Haines City and Lakeland, the consultant
pointed out, that have their own economic
development organizations and there's a
failure for them to include other munici-
palities into their plans, Clements said.
"Right now the cities work as one and
don't really share," he told city commis-
sioners. "You have to change that."
Clements said the consultants did not
have a solution but did have a handful of
recommendations. The Board of Directors
did not make any decisions but will review
the report and come back in a few weeks to
decide where to go.
"They decided to put this together and
come back and figure out how to proceed,"
Mayor Pat Hufffelt somewhat encour-
aged by the report and what can come
"Maybe we can work closely to get to-
gether and maybe something can be better
for us," he said.
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'Take me out to the ball game
The sound of cowhide striking alumi-
num is going to be ringing through the
area again as baseball season is about
to get under way at the high school
level. You can expect a similar sound at
the softball field as well as the Bartow
SHigh School girls softball team sets out
on their 2012 season. Last year, Bartow
made it to the state finals and the team
is aspiring to take it one step further to
increase the size of the trophy.
The few weeks of practice that has
been undertaken by the teams is about
to get transformed into game experience.
The softball squad had their pre-season
action last weekend. For the boys, a
pair of games serve as tune-ups for the
regular season. The first of those games
took place last night. Tomorrow night,
the boys return to Lake Wales to meet up
with Kathleen as their final "exhibition"
The Bartow High School boys baseball
team will be coached by Robbie Har-
ris (As a traditionalist, I will refer to the
"head coach" from this point forward as
the manager, which is what they do in
baseball). The first year manager will be
assisted by Tim Delph, who has extensive
experience with the high school squad
and has been a very valuable resource for
the new coach.
While his experience at Bartow can be
measured in weeks, his coaching experi-
ence stretches nearly 15 years. Harris
has coached in California, Connecticut
and NewYork in the early portion of his
career. The Tampa native returned to
Florida to serve as head coach at Plant
City High School from 2001-2004. From
there, he moved to the junior college
ranks, working at Ranger College in Texas
that features some of the best junior col-
lege baseball competition. Harris moved
back to Lakeland and has assumed a
teaching position in the ESE Department
at Bartow High School.
A week ago, on a warm Wednesday af-
ternoon, Harris and Delph had the play-
ers working on some fundamental drills.
'Both manager and players were still in
the "getting to know you" phase since it
had been only two weeks since the unit
took the field together for the first time.
A lot of learning will be done when the
team gets to actually play against other
squads. Harris cites pitching as one of the
team strengths. "We have two really good
starters," he said. "There are six or seven
guys who can take the ball and come in
and do the job on the mound, as well as
lurr I On be contacted at
play other positions on the team.
"We're really solid'up the middle," he
added. "On the offensive side, we're going
to have to create scoring opportunities.
Our goal will be to get guys across the
plate and that is going to require moving
In baseball, each game can determine
the opportunities that reveal themselves
to a team's strengths or weaknesses. The
manager simply has to be able to recog-
nize those opportunities while preying
on the weaknesses of the other teams.
While Harris' past teams may have had
disruptive speed on the base paths to put
runners into scoring position, that may
not be what you see when you watch a
Yellow Jacket game. For the most part, ex-
ecution of fundamentals will remain the
formula for success. Just like you have
heard football coaches talking about win-
ning a turnover battle, baseball managers
talk about games when players hit the
cutoff man and play smart defense.
Harris knows the Jackets will have their
work cut out for them this season. "We
play in a tough league," he said. "You
have a lot of schools that can really play
well. Lakeland is good, Jenkins will have
a really good program and there's a new
coach at Haines City. We are going to
have to go out and just win some games."
The squad is composed of 18 players.
At this practice, pitcher Travis Brown was
absent due to a bout of mono. Brown
recently signed a letter of intent to play
collegiate baseball at Lake Sumter Com-
For Harris, this is an exciting time.
"We're learning each other. The players
have been real respectful and that goes a
long way in making us a team."
The 2012 junior varsity squad will be
coached by Kelvin Clark, a former member
of the Florida Southern baseball team.
Bartow's first home game will be
played on Feb.. 14 against the Lakeland
Christian Vikings. Game time is 7 p.m.
The JV team will open on Feb. 17 against
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team fell to Haines City in the district finals
last week, but their runner-up ranking
earned them a berth in the 2012 Regionals.
The Lady Jackets will go on the road to play
against Tampa Bay Tech tomorrow night.
As winner of the district, Haines City gets a
home game, facing Riverview. The winner
of the Bartow-Tampa Bay Tech matchup
will face the winner of Haines City-River-
view game. With its win in the district tour-
nament, Haines City has beaten Bartow on
three occasions. If the Lady Jackets have to
play Haines City again, it will be in Haines
City, the site of the closest game between
the two when the Hornets nipped the Lady
The Bartow High School boys' basket-
ball team opened district play on Monday
against Ridge. Bartow was seeded fourth,
but Ridge had come into the contest fresh
from a rash of upset wins. The top two
teams from the District 7, Class 7A toura-
ment move to the regionals with the goal of
state finals at the Lakeland Center. Bartow
won the 2010 state championship in that
arena, defeating Tampa Sickles.
Bartow High School's football MVP for
the 2011 season will be announcing his
future plans today. Jeremy Manning will
participate in a signing ceremony this
afternoon at the high school. Details will be
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Camp teaches children about baseball and more
Andrew McCutchen was a little late
for Raising the Standard baseball camp
Saturday but in return he stayed later
for the three-hour camp where as
many as 100 children showed up.
He not only spent time teaching the
fundamentals of the game, he taught
them about attitude and how to keep
improving, which everyone has to do
"Who here likes McDonald's?" Most
hands went up in the air when the
25-year-old Pittsburgh Pirates out-
fielder asked the crowd of children
gathered around him. "When you get
older you don't eat that anymore. I eat
a lot of salad ... that green stuff. I used
to like that McDonald's, but you can't
just eat the Skittles and you've got to
But much of what he taught the
youngsters who showed up from Fort
Meade, Bartow, Frostproof and Lake-
land, where he lives now in the off-
season, was about baseball. The camp
was held at the Fort Meade Baseball
Complex, the fields where he started
playing when he was 5 years old. Com-
ing back to Fort Meade and giving back
is something he wants to do.
"It's real good to me," he said Satur-
day after the camp. "It's good to come
here and give back to the community."
He doesn't normally get mobbed
when he comes home as he said
everyone knows him there and it's just
coming back where it began.
"I like it kind of quiet and I just like
to give back to the community," he
said. "I support the booster club and
some stuff in town."
His mother, Petrina, said he is still
tied to the community and the baseball
clinic, which in its second year was
bigger than last year's event, and will
probably just get bigger.
'A lot of people know him and he's
still active in the church," she said. That
church is Peaceful Believers Church,
where his father, Lorenzo, is one of the
pastors. He is also a graduate of Fort
Meade Middle Senior High School and a
former football player there.
"I know this whole family," Rick
Anderson, a volunteer at the camp,
said, "and I just have to applaud them.
These kids learn by example, and that's
what he shows."
Aside from teaching the fundamen-
tals of the game, McCutchen, who has
played three years at the Major League
level and last year was a National
League All-Star, gave the children some
advice about making to The Show.
While playing the game is one thing,
keeping your head straight and con-
centrating on getting better each time
out there should be at the top. Getting
caught up with the fame and glory of
where you are can ruin that.
"It can have pressure but if you know
you can do it, you can," he said.
He keeps his focus on what to do to
get better. When asked if he can reach
30 home runs this year after rising to
23 last year from 16 the year before, he
said, "Fifty homers this year. Got to set
the bar high."
In Pittsburgh, McCutchen is active
with the Boys Club and he often speaks
to children in schools there. He hasn't
done a lot of that in Florida, but he
plans to soon. And, that, says his
father, Lorenzo, is something he's
proud of his son for doing.
"He does a lot in Pittsburgh and he'll
do it in Florida," Lorenzo said. "He
speaks to the kids and he doesn't let it
get to his head. That's something we've
always talked about and he's remained
That communication with the chil-
dren showed Saturday. During some hit-
ting instruction one student showed the
batting stance of Boston Red Sox out-
fielder Kevin Youklis, who puts his top
hand about halfway up the bat while
the pitcher winds up. McCutchen also
imitated the stance, commenting, "I just
don't know how he can hit like that."
Later when trying to explain how
hard it can be to advance to higher
levels in this sport, he emphasized the
Shard work but still reminded the
children that this is a game.
"We don't say let's go 'work ball,' you
say let's go play ball," he said. "It's a lot
of fun and it should be. Even at this
(Major League) level it's still fun."
SAnd, he added, anyone can make it if
the drive is there.
"It's just like school," he said. "What
do you do to make good grades?" he
Many answered they have to study.
"Study, that's right. And it's the same
in baseball. You have to study the op-
posing pitchers, the other teams."
Then he asked them what they
wanted to be when they grow up. Most
wanted to be baseball players, one
saying, "I'm going to break all of Babe
"Well," McCutchen said. "You can be
whatever you want to be. You just have
to put your mind to it. I wanted to be a
baseball player all my life and I worked
at it. If you work at it hard enough you
can do it."
And, now that he's made it, he told '
the children, he doesn't ever want it
to stop. At 25 years old that may seem
so, but he knows there's usually only a
short period for baseball players. When
asked how long he wants to play, he
"I want to play until I'm 90 or
until my back breaks and I can't play
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