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Two seats, one race
Huff unopposed for city commission,
Clements to face Cochran
James F. Clements
By JEFF ROSLOW
There will be one race for Bartow City Commis-
sion on April 3, pitting incumbent James E Clements
against Gerald Cochran, who is running for city coun-
cil for the 20th time.
The other race, for the District 2 Central Seat held
by Mayor Pat Huff, is uncontested and he will be auto-
matically re-elected to that seat.
"This makes it easier than having to campaign,"
he said. "But I do appreciate all the people who have
confidence in me."
Huff has served as city commissioner since 1999.
The other seat, the District 1 at-large seat, is cur-
rently held by Clements, who has served three terms.
This is the second time he is running against Co-
chran. Clements won the election with 72 percent of
Cochran, who has never won election to the city
commission, doesn't believe he will win this time,
but he wants his voice and views to be heard.
"I'm not going to beat them," he said, adding
that people in Bartow don't get out and vote as they
should. "If you can get people out to vote, but they
won't get people out to get those people off (the city
But, he said, "The main reason I'm running is lh-
cause it seems the citizens have no say-so. The way
things are running, the city is looking at bankruptcy
down the road."
He used the Bartow Municipal Golf Course as an
example. He said the city continues to pay for the
golf course, yet it keeps losing money.
Comcast backs away from Internet
at airport and surrounding areas
By JEFF ROSLOW
The consensus among the Bartow
Airport Authority was if there is no
high-speed Internet available there,
the entire complex could be in
"If we don't get high-speed service
out here we could go belly-up," Au-
thority member Wayne Lewis said at
That comment came after attorney
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Sean Parker gave members an update
on his discussions with Comcast
about getting service to the airport
and surrounding areas. After Comcast
had contacted the airport and showed
plans last summer to him and airport
Executive Director Cindy Barrow, by
December they suddenly got quiet,
and last week told Parker they were no
longer interested. Parker said he's not
sure why as the email communications
in the nation
New national champion cheerleaders spell out their hometown during competition at the 2012
National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando last Saturday, Feb. 11.
Bartow cheerleaders are national champions
By PEGGY KEHOE
Bartow Varsity Coed Cheerleaders brought home
the town's first national sports team championship,
winning the 2012 National High School Cheerlead-
ing Championship in the Super Varsity Coed Division
Competition was presented by the Universal
Cheerleaders Association, the largest cheerleading
organization in the nation on Saturday and Sunday
at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
After competing Saturday night, Bartow was
named second to a squad from an Oklahoma school.
Coach Lori Jolliff noticed that the Oklahoma group
only had one male cheerleader. In their division, five
males are required. She questioned officials, who
said they would look into it.
The Bartow group and their chaperones went to
Animal Kingdom on Sunday and were to meet at
the Tree of Life at 2 p.m. At 1:55 p.m. Jolliff received
a phone call telling her she needed to return to the
field house. She told the adults to keep the kids, who
were ready to go home, there, but did not tell them
where she was headed.
UCA officials apologized for the error, saying it had
never happened before and they wanted to make it
right, and crown the Bartow squad as champions.
When the cheerleaders found out they had to return
to the competition site, they wondered, "Are we in
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PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
Brandon Jordan sported a purple
ribbon on his head, and all the
Bartow High School varsity cheer-
leaders wore shirts with the KTF
(Keep the Faith) logo, in honor of his
father, Marcus, who was diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer.
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Chuck's won't be buried
Authority OKs month
by month lease
By JEFF ROSLOW
Chuck's Burial Vaults, a tenant having a
tough time, got a gift from the Bartow Air-
port Authority Monday. The authority mem-
bers voted unanimously Monday to allow
the business to continue in the industrial
park on a month by month lease for a year
because it was the right thing to do.
"How long have they been here?" Authority
member Wayne Lewis asked after the airport's
executive director explained the situation.
Cynthia Barrow said 35 years and added
the business has been in the family for three
"I'd say the right thing to do is to give it to
them," he said. "Their business is hurting
and I know them personally and we should
do the right thing."
Authority Chairman Leo Longworth echoed
that thought. "I think to do the right thing is to
help another business. They've been here
35 years and they've been a good tenant."
Chuck's lease expires on Feb. 24 and has
no renewal options. President John Polcaro
is working on a merger with another com-
pany and asked for a month by month lease
to give him time to finalize the merger and
to see if the economy improves to get his
revenues to increase.
"They are struggling," Barrow told the
board. She said there are many factors
involved but one of the bigger ones is that
cremation is becoming a more popular
method with families as the prices are
cheaper than burial.
Barrow said she was a bit surprised a
business like this is struggling because this
is something everyone has to deal with.
"I thought this business would be one
of the ones to make it," she said. "In good
times and bad times people need this."
But some thought even in bad economic
times nothing is sacred.
"With all the new technology out there,
that's even making those who do cremation
nervous," Lewis said.
"Who knows maybe one day they'll shoot
us up into space," Authority member Pat
But the big picture of the economy is
what the board reacted to.
"When you see someone who has been in
business for 35 years struggling, that really
tells you something," Lewis said.
$2 million in
By JEFF ROSLOW
The Florida Department of Citrus
domestic marketing department got
$2 million richer Wednesday when un-
committed funds were transferred to it.
Debra Funkhouser, the acting ex-
ecutive director, told commissioners
because there have not been as many
bad weather events this year and there
is $1.5 million that will not be used by
the Citrus Research and Development
Foundation, there is $2 million in un-
committed money in the budget.
She said the money will be available
The suggestion to turn that money
over to the domestic orange juice mar-
keting programs may be the thing to do
and the staff worked out a way to best
use that money, she said.
Deputy Executive Marketing and
Public Relations Director Leigh Killeen
gave an outline to use that money
She said the department would
put out a 15-second television com-
mercial and online banners featuring
the health, purity and goodness of
Florida orange juice. Add three weeks
of television advertising to the current
budget and that would run through
the first week of April. More public
relations programs and using a spokes-
person will support the health, purity
and goodness of orange juice through
"If I get approval today we can launch
that in the first week of March," Killeen
The board approved the move.
The marketing help may be needed
now as the FDA has been testing orange
juice shipped in from overseas weekly
for the last six weeks for the pesticide
carbendazim which is illegal in the U.S.
In all the FDA has collected 104 ship-
ments of orange juice and supplements
and 24 samples have been not allowed
in the U.S., it reports.
There is no health concern, but with
the thought of less juice available, pro-
cessors have asked the testing process
be changed, a move the FDA refused
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February 18, 2012
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Next time you stop at Denny's for a Grand Slam
breakfast, take a look at the waitress hustling back
and forth to the kitchen and ask yourself if you think
she deserves a pay cut.
The answer, most likely, is no.
Even those Cheap'Charlies who stiff the staff with
a 10-percent tip may not think the waitresses and
bus boys are raking in more than they're worth. No,
Cheapos and Big Tippers alike most likely acknowl-
edge the working men and women who schlep
stacks of pancakes and keep the coffee cups filled
work hard for their money. They certainly don't de-
serve a pay cut.
That's why a bill that won approval in the Sen-
ate Commerce and Tourism Commission Thursday
appears destined for a short shelf life. The measure
would allow restaurants to pay tipped employees
$2.52 per hour less than ,they receive now.
The bill is designed to boost the bottom line of
restaurants while offering tipped workers the poten-
tial to earn a reliable, guaranteed income above the
general minimum wage offered all other workers.
The fact is it could be more reliable for a hand-
ful of restaurant workers. We'll give supporters that
much. Mostly, though, it could mean a sharp cut in
the base for many others.
Good luck there.
It may be telling that this bill (SPB 7210) has no
individual sponsors; It was filed as a committee bill,
which means no senator had to stick his or her head
too far out on the chopping block. The committee
passed the bill, but members seemed extremely
skeptical. Perhaps they didn't want to disappoint the
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, which
brought the measure forward.
So, yes, it passed, although couple of "yes" vot-
ers made a special point they might not support it
farther down the line.
And then there was committee chairwoman and
"yes" voter Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, who com-
mented, "We are being brave and bold and being
statesmen and not politicians." Which, considering
the level of statesmanship in the Florida Legislature,
was just another way of noting the bill had little
Here's why. Florida voters indicated strong sup-
port of higher minimum wage standards when they
overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amend-
ment in 2004 that set a state minimum wage above
the federal level and indexed it to inflation.
This bill would allow restaurants to pay tipped
workers the federal tipped worker rate $2.13 in-
stead of the current $4.65 if they also guaranteed
those workers would make 130 percent (wages and
tips combined) of the minimum wage currently in
place for all other workers. Right now, that would
come to $9.98 an hour.
One analysis said this would help anyone mak-
ing less than $5.33 an hour. Anyone doing better?
Simple. A $2.52 hourly cut.
The Restaurant Association insists the state's res-
taurants are struggling and need the help in difficult
times, but overall statistics indicate the industry is
relatively healthy. According to the state Department
of Economic Opportunity, the restaurant and bar
industry added 23,500 jobs last year. Add to that the
fact that worker advocacy groups are eagerly gear-
ing up for a fight and one is threatening to sue on
And this is an election year. And voters tend to
have a soft spot for waitresses. We expect this to fade
away quickly, which is what it deserves.
Letters to the editor
Don't sacrifice a generation
In owning an early childhood educa-
tional center, each day I am faced with
many challenges and with presidential
elections vastly approaching among
those is voting for a candidate that rec-
ognizes the importance of educational
programs for young children.
Much research shows that invest-
ing in quality early education yields
impressive returns when it comes to
educational goals, health, and econom-
Many of the nation's young children
may soon be stripped of early learning
Not only would that wipe out what
modest gains have been made in recent
years, the ripple effects on teachers
and working parents would be felt im-
mediatley and the damage on educa-
tional success, on local crime and on a
prepared workforce could extend over
years. Although some states will con-
tinue to receive funding, the amount
Is a corporation a person? The U.S.
Supreme Court ruled that it is. This is a
tremendous matter, as is shown in part
by the birth of the unrestricted and not
accountable donations by corporations
to political action committees.
It is almost universally believed that
God created humans, which we also
label "people" (persons). The words in
the Christian Bible state this, and it is
the same in other religions.
After uncountable years, persons
recieved will decrease substantially.
Florida state budget has already
been reduced by 14 percent potentially
resulting in 11,000 children loosing
school readiness services. School readi-
ness programs assist low income fami-
lies by helping with childcare expenses
and by ensuring that the childcare
programs are providing quality care and
education to the children and families
As we listen to the promises of presi-
dential candidates, we should take into
great consideration their plan of action
when it comes to educational funding.
Just as important as it is for families to
budget responsibly by putting the well-
being of their children first, so should
In the quest to cut deficits, we can-
not sacrifice the next generation in the
hopes of saving them.
created corporations. No contradiction
there. I state it this way: God created
humans, that is, person; and persons
created corporations, which are not
persons. Corporations are therefore not
persons, no matter what the Supreme
Court ruled. Therefore, corporations
should not have the rights of individual
Arland R. Meade
'It will get better when I leave'
The president has released his pro-
posed federal budget.
It projects a deficit of $1.33 trillion.
In numbers, that is
And that is not the amount of the
proposed budget; that is the amount by
which spending would exceed income.
The budget is $3.8 trillion, rounded
off to the nearest hundred billion dol-
Something new? No; it would be the
fourth consecutive year that the federal
government ran a deficit of $1 trillion
or more. Four years. The length of the
president's term in office.
The country would have to borrow 34
cents of every dollar it spends. And that
is assuming that President Obama's
e Soak the Rich tax increase is passed.
Has anyone noticed what has hap-
S.L. Frisbie can be contacted at
opened in Europe to countries that
engage in such reckless fiscal policy?
"I think there is pretty broad agree-
ment that the time for austerity is not
today," declared Jacob Lew, the presi-
dent's chief of staff.
Perhaps that's what you told him. I
must have been away from home when
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February 18, 2012
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Here's a tip for lawmakers: Leave servers alone
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FROM PAGE 4A
he called to get my opinion.
But there is hope for better times.
The White House predicts that the
imbalance will actually fall below $1
trillion in 2013, to a mere $901 billion,
and continue plummeting until the
budget is only $575 billion out of bal-
ance in 2018.
Does anybody see a problem here?
President Obama's term expires a few
days after the curtain comes down on
2012. Even if he wins a second term
in office, he will be back in the private
sector a few days after the dawn of
His budget essentially mandates that
his successors, in 2013 and 2017, exer-
cise better fiscal responsibility than he
and his minions have.
Hopefully they will.
But it is the height of audacity for a
president to ask Congress to approve
four consecutive budgets that .are more
than $1 trillion in the red and at the
same time set far less disastrous bench-
marks that he expects future presidents
Actually, a deficit of half a trillion
bucks seven years down the road does
not inspire a lot of confidence in the fu-
ture economic health of the republic.
To be sure, President Obama is not
the first president to run up an uncon-
scionable debt and say that it's up to
his successor to undo the damage.
He has just raised the ante to new
This is an extension of the whining
that is too common from city hall to
the White House: "Oh, my predecessor
left you in terrible straits! You are just
lucky I came along when I did to rescue
you from his incompetence!"
Ever since the ratification of the
13th Amendment to the United States
Constitution on Dec. 6, 1865, slavery
and involuntary servitude have been
banned. Every city manager, county
manager, school superintendent,
governor and president got the job
because he or she sought it. Whining
afterwards is poor form.
But poor form among bureaucrats
and politicians does not jeopardize the
nation's economic survival.
Putting the country more than a tril-
lion dollars a year deeper in debt every
And declaring that it's okay because
"It will get better when I leave," though
arguably true, is a totally irresponsible
way to govern.
'Let him out of my shirt'
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Eddie Shoumake, center, was recognized Monday night for
working 10 years at Bartow Municipal Airport. Executive
Director Cindy Barrow and Airport Authority Chairman
Leo Longworth gave him a plaque marking the 10 years
of service. Shoumake is a supervisor in the maintenance
(S.L. Frisbie is retired. He would offer
a caveat to the 13th Amendment that
"involuntary servitude" did not com-
pletely disappear until the draft was
abolished in 1973.)
It's been a bit longer than
10 years, but maintenance
supervisor Eddie Shoumake
was recognized for his 10
years of working at the Bartow
Executive Director Cindy
Barrow apologized as she
told the Airport Authority
she thought his 10 years was
coming up in August, but real-
ized recently it was 10 years
One day while Shoumake was
working with his boss, Royce
Jackson, Shoumake was at the
top of a tree, when a snake fell
into his shirt.
"What did you do?" Authority
Chairman Leo Longworth
"I let him out of my shirt,"
Shoumake said nonchalantly.
"I would have died," Long-
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AT&T opens in Bartow
By CATHY PALMER
Joining two other new Polk County
stores, AT&T's most recent Florida
outlet opened its doors in Bartow this
week. Located at 1030 N. Broadway in
the Bartow Center, the 2,p00-square-
foot store is a showplace for all of
AT&T's latest gadgets and gizmos,
including cellphones and tablets.
The new store is the brain-child
of Wireless Wizard, AT&T's franchise
holder for Central Florida, according to
Wireless Wizard President Bo Trivett.
"We knew we wanted three locations
in Polk County and this (Bartow) is the
latest to open," he said.
The new store has ample space to
display AT&T's wares and has addition-
al space to grow, he added.
The space was once occupied by
Crispers Restaurant and took about
$100,000 to renovate, Trivett says, "It
was the perfect location and gave us
just what we wanted."
Wireless Wizard identified various
markets which led to the three Polk
"With AT&T, we looked at the county
and knew Bartow was an opportunity
to expand our coverage, and there was
no retailer of AT&T products here, so it
was the right time."
Trivett said he looked for a location
with high visibility and it just hap-
pened that the perfect storefront in
the Bartow Center was available, even
though it's right around the corner
from its nearest competitor.
"That's not a problem with us. We're
Despite the "Coming Soon" sign, the new AT&T
Store at 1030 North Broadway in Bartow is
open for business.
typically close to our competitors,
because we all use the same data to
base our decisions on," he added, "and
competition is good for us all."
In addition to the Bartow store, the
new shops in Davenport and Auburn-
dale also have recently opened. "We're
making a $1.3 million investment in
Polk County, all since May of 2011,"
Wireless Wizard is based in Jackson-
ville and has been AT&T's exclusive
agent since 1996, he says.
safety citations to Publix
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Publix Supermarkets has been cited
for 16 safety and health violations after
the hand of a worker was amputated
while cleaning conveyor equipment at
its Jacksonville distribution facility last
OSHA on Wednesday also placed
Publix in its Severe Violator Enforce-
ment Program because of repeat
violations. That means the supermarket
chain will be getting follow-up inspec-
tions from the job safety agency.
The proposed penalties issued
Wednesday total $182,000.
OSHA officials say two of the citations
are for repeat violations and six others
are for failing to train adequately em-
ployees on certain procedures. Another
six citations are for failing to complete
injury log and illness incident report.
A Publix spokesman says the com-
pany will contest the citations. Dwaine
Stevens says the safety of workers is
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Asst. Mgr. Shawn Stanton checks the AT&T inventory at the new store at 1030 North Broadway in
the Bartow Center.
"We presently have 35 locations and
are planning expansion of another
15 stores within the next 12 to 24
He added that many of the remain-
ing new locations will be in the North
The Bartow store is staffed with
seven employees. Assistant Manager
Shawn Stanton said the store will have
all AT&T cell phones, accessories, MiFi
devices and tablets.
Stanton explained that MiFi stands
for "myWi-Fi," and the device can be
connected to a mobile phone carrier
and provide internet access for up to
Among the many wireless phones
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Senate relents, a little, in USF budget battle
By KIM WILMATH
TAMPA BAY TIMES
TALLAHASSEE Senate budget writers
relented partially Wednesday and restored
$25 million to the University of South
Florida's proposed budget for next year.
The Senate had sequestered the money
pending USF's cooperation in splitting off
its Lakeland branch campus into the state's
USF will still be expected to sever its ties
with the campus, which would become
Florida Polytechnic University, but they
won't have a financial hammer being held
over their heads.
Sen. Evelyn Lynn, chair of the higher
education appropriations committee, said
she decided to remove the $25 million
contingency because "people seemed upset
The $25 million contingency, however,
addresses just one concern of university
leaders, who say they are being singled-out
for cuts by Senate budget chairman JD
Alexander, R-Lake Wales.
In debate before the Senate budget
committee Wednesday, Sen. Jim Norman,
R-Tampa, took up the cause of USF blasting
Lynn for what he said look like cuts that will
come "on the backs of students."
"University of South Florida, they are not
saying that they do not want to participate
and be a fair participant in addressing these
budget issues," Norman said. "But either all
the smart people that have analyzed their
impact and analyzed how it has been div-
vied up are all wrong, or this room is full of
people that don't understand."
Dozens of USF students arrived at the
Capitol to protest Alexander's proposed
cuts to USF leaving campus at 3 a.m. on
two shuttle buses.
Norman chastised Lynn, R-Ormand
Beach, for not bringing USF to the table
when calculating the cuts. It doesn't help
that there's a bill slipped into the budget to
make one of USF's branch campuses into
the 12th university, Norman said.
"If this was with any other university in
the state, they would be knocking the doors
down, too," Norman said. He pointed to the
USF students sprinkled around the room.
Lynn patently denied USF was being
"We computed it in a fair way," Lynn
said. "If the University of South Florida can't
compute it, I suggest their finance person
Sen. Jim Norman challenges Sen. JD Alexander
and the budget committee over funding cuts to
the University of South Florida during Wednes-
day's budget committee meeting in Talla-
hassee. "University of South Florida, they are
not saying that they do not want to participate
and be a fair participant in addressing these
budget issues," said Norman. "But either all the
smart people that have analyzed their impact
and analyzed how it has been divvied up are all
wrong, or this room is full of people that don't
-who is excellent, by the way, meet with
"Sen. Lynn, maybe you didn't hear what
I said," Norman responded. "I said, if you
would have listened, I said that these
people have a misunderstanding either
through these numbers or how it is impact-
ing. I said they want to participate... I was
not disrespecting staff. I was not disrespect-
ing anyone. However, I think the disrespect
is to USF, if you didn't sit down with them
before the cuts came down."
A day earlier, USF supporters came out
in full force, mailing and calling lawmak-
ers about cuts they see as disproportionate
when compared to other universities.
The Senate's breakdown of the cuts
shows that USF's are, in fact, nearly even
with fellow large institutions. The University
of Central Florida actually has a slightly
higher cut, according to those documents.
But USF says the Senate is lumping all its
campuses together when illustrating the cut
disbursement That includes USF Polytech-
nic, which under a budget conforming bill
would be split off from USF right away with
its $35 million budget It also does not take
into account the $18 million in costs for
USF Poly faculty and staff that USF is ex-
pected to retain, and another $6 million for
USF's pharmacy school which now comes
into USF Poly's budget.
TAMPA BAY TIMES PHOTOS
University of South Florida students listen Wednesday as the Senate Budget Committee discusses
university funding at a meeting in Tallahassee.
The reductions are making the biggest
splash, but on the back burner is the bill
slipped into the budget that would imme-
diately split off USF Polytechnic in a move
Alexander has crusaded for months.
The bill essentially overturns an inde-
pendence path laid out in November by
the Florida Board of Governors, which is
charged with setting policy for the state uni-
versity system. The BOG wanted USF Poly
to stay under USF's umbrella until it gets
its own accreditation, increases enrollment
and builds at least two of the buildings on
its new campus. Alexander and others have
said the new bill basically reinforces what
the board's does only faster because
he doesn't trust USF's stewardship of the
The Board of Governors has not come
out as a group to say what they think
about the move. But Sen. Steve Oelrich,
who chairs the Senate's higher education
committee, said the Board of Governors
indicated to him that it wants to stick with
the guidelines already set
Oelrich, who also sits on the Senate's
higher education appropriations commit-
tee, was the only senator to raise concerns
about the surprise split-off bill when that
committee chair, Sen. Evelyn Lynn, stuck
it at the end of the committee's budget -
recommendations last week.
"Is this the procedure, to get one piece of
paper to create a new university?" he asked
at the time.
The only member of the Board of Gov-
ernors to speak publicly about the contro-
versy was John Temple, a vocal critic of the
push to create "Florida Polytechnic" from
the start. Temple also said that what the
Legislature, lead byAlexander, is proposing
to do flies in the face of the very purpose
of having a Board of Governors which
is to govern the university system without
outside political influence.
Frank Brogan, chancellor of the state
university system, wouldn't go that far. On
Tuesday, Brogan said BOG leadership is
open to having "additional conversations"
with lawmakers about the best process to
bring the new Polytechnic to reality.
"The beauty is same endpoint univer-
sity status and accreditation. It is the route
to get there where there's a diversion," Bro-
gan said. "The Board of Governors, in a very
thoughtful process, carefully examined a
lot of options to that same end and selected
the one that they did. If this new version
ends up becoming the rule of the day, we're
going to have to back up and figure out
how to make it work."
Brogan said as he understands it, it's the
Legislature that has authority to create new
universities, as they hold budget power.
Board OKs measures to improve work quality
By MARY CANNADAY
MCANNADAY @ LAKEWALESNEWS .COM
Several measures geared to improving
work quality for educators and school em-
ployees were approved by the Polk County
School Board Tuesday.
However, the cost of the software keep-
ing data such as salary schedules current
was an issue, at least for one school board
The proposals ratified by the Polk Educa-
tion Association Jan. 30 include a retroac-
tive pay increase, a committee dedicated
to paperwork reduction, and two days
notice for classroom evaluations by district
personnel. Also, teachers required to attend
workshops or conferences on non-school
days will be paid at the rate of $18.09 per
hour. Contract changes for para-educators
and support personnel were also approved,
with salaries for all categories of school
employees moving to the level they would
have been but for the salary freeze of 2010.
Back pay will be due from the start of the
2010-11 school year. Assistant Superinten-
dent for Finance Mark Gray met a request
by the PEA and district to have all the salary
data loaded, so the bigger checks could be
issued this month if approved by the board.
February paychecks will include back pay
as well as the increase in salary.,
The district salary scales are complex,
and steps are affected by such things as
education, training, certifications and
years of experience. In basic terms, para-
educator salaries now range from $11,893
to $32,301 annually, and support personnel
from $15,916 to $38,761, according to job
and pay grade. For teachers, salaries range
from $35,000 for a first-year teacher with no
experience, to $58,895 for a 25-year teacher
with advanced degrees. There is also a plan
to include salaries in budget talks from the
get-go, rather than considering pay after all
other items are approved.
"Once we got past the impasse, we
were able to make progress. There's a new
emphasis on transparency and commu-
nication. More hopefulness," Marianne
Capoziello, PEA president said.
The software that keeps these numbers
and others organized, current and ready at
a moment's notice costs a lot; too much in
the opinion of at least one board member,
DebraWright Having spent millions to re-
place the district's financial software system
in 2010, another $530,000 is being required
this year to upgrade again. The district IT
staff is being cross-trained to minimize the
use of outside consultants, according to
Assistant Superintendent for Information
Technology Abdu Tagari.
To Wright, however, the cost is unaccept-
able, even though the software has greatly
increased efficiency and accuracy accord-
ing to the finance staff.
"Can we afford to keep putting money
into it?" she asked. "It seems to me it's dig-
ging a hole; we have a system that is costing
more and more."
Wright said because new technologi-
cal requirements for schools are coming
down the pipe from Tallahassee, she felt the
money would be better spent on that.
Board Member Kay Fields said, "I under-
stand your concerns, but I feel the software
is saving money in the long run."
Board Member Lori Cunningham said,
"I understand both views, but I know the
district needs to have accurate figures.
They need actual numbers. I think these
high costs are coming out of our request for
"Updates are crucial," Board Chairman
Hazel Sellers said. "The cost of not doing
this is more than doing it."
"It's our responsibility to oversee the use
of taxpayer money," Wright concluded. "I
would like to see some negotiation to try to
get the cost down."
A local item was approved by the board;
that of renaming buildings at the Bartow
High School Girls Softball Complex after
volunteers who helped build the complex
and the program. The following renames
were approved as submitted by Principal
Ron Pritchard: '
Softball Field, RockWren Field; softball
complex, Al Holland Softball Complex;
clubhouse, Bob Fitzgerald Clubhouse;
concession stand, Paula Green Concession
Stand; pitching field, Richard and Christy
Green pitching field; and the press box, the
Mark King Press Box.
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The information is gatheredlfm polik, sheriff's office,
Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire recondis. Not every arrest
leadstoaconviction andguiltorinnocenceis determined by
Fire beats the brush
PHOTO BY BRIAN ACKLEY
Bartow and Fort Meade fire departments put out a brush fire Wednesday, Feb. 15, on County
Road 640, a mile west of U.S. 17. Strategizing about the firefight are, from left, Fort Meade's
Rock Eiland, Bartow Fire Chief Jay Robinson, Lt. Mark Olinger and firefighter Mike Hancock. Less
than 50 acres burned near the Clear Springs blueberry farm, Bartow Fire Department reported.
Bartow sent three trucks and four firefighters; Fort Meade sent two trucks and four firefighters.
The call came in at 3:40 p.m. and the fire was extinguished in about two hours and 20 minutes.
The Bartow Police Department began
investigating a string of burglaries that
including seven churches and a school
last December. This resulted in one man
being charged with three of those bur-
glaries, thanks to the public's help.
According to police reports, Cornelius
A. Myrick, 29, of 500 Waldon Ave., Bartow
was charged in the burglary of a church, a
business and Gause Academy.
On Jan. 2, officers responded to 510
N. Battle Ave., the address of the Greater
Providence Baptist Church. During the
investigation, residents told officers they
saw Myrick in the area on the evening
prior to the church burglary.
During follow up investigation, detec-
tives located property stolen from the
church in Myrick's residence after obtain-
ing a search warrant. Myrick was charged
with the burglary.
On Jan. 8, officers responded to a re-
ported burglary in progress at REI Com-
munications at 1005 W. Polk St., Bartow.
Residents said they saw Myrick canvassing
the business and kept a watch on him.
Shortly after first observing Myrick, the
resident observed Myrick commit the
burglary to the
report. The resi-
dent then notified
police via 911.
SMyrick was sub-
for the burglary.
at 1395 W. Polk
St., Bartow was
CORNELIUS A. MYRICK burglarized on
Dec. 9, and during the course of it, an
unknown suspect allegedly cut himself,
leaving blood at the scene.
On Feb. 13, lab results showed the
blood belonged to Myrick.
Detectives, having learned Myrick had
been released from jail, obtained a war-
rant on Feb. 14.
Knowing the community was involved
in previous cases, investigators put the
word out that the warrant existed. By
6 p.m., area residents contacted the police
department, supplying the whereabouts
Myrick was subsequently arrested.
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DAR names Good Citizens, history
Bartow and Fort Meade
students were honored for their
good citizenship and history es-
says by Bartow Chapter Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution
.ft their annual Awards Tea on
Tuesday in the Spence Room of
Bartow Civic Center.
DAR members were joined by
students, their parents and teach-
ers, and guidance counselors.
Four high school seniors were
honored as their high school's
outstanding DAR Good Citizen,
based on their dependability, ser-
vice, leadership and patriotism.
Students also wrote an essay on
"Our American Heritage and Our
Responsibility for Preserving It."
They had two hours to
"Describe the Freedoms and
Responsibilities of a Good
Citizen," writing only with
knowledge and patriotism in
their heads and hearts, as they
could not access any reference
material for their essay.
Lindsey Ward from Interna-
tional Baccalaureate School
was named Bartow Chapter's
Outstanding DAR Good Citizen
and now advances to state
competition. Other students
chosen by their schools were:
Nancy Jaimes, Fort Meade High
School; Cathrine Pfeiffer, Bar-
tow High School; and Audrey
PHOTOS BY GAY HARLOWE
Winners of the Bartow Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Good
Citizen were Lindsey Ward (left) of International Baccalaureate School and
Nancy Jaimes of Fort Meade High School. With them is Helen Gienau, regent
of Bartow Chapter DAR.
Currier, Summerlin Academy.
Unfortunately, Pfeiffer was
unable to attend as she was
one of the students in an auto
accident near Bartow Regional
Medical Center the day before
Tuesday's tea. Jan Crawford,
college and career counselor
from Bartow High School, came
to receive her awards.
Two students were winners in
the DAR American History Es-
say contest, writing an essay on
"Young America Takes a Stand:
The War of 1812." Students were
able to research and write at
home, as if they had lived during
the War of 1812 and had a friend
who had become famous in -
history because of standing up
for America during, the nation's
Second War for Independence.
Students described the person
and how he or she stood up for
America, and explained why one
honors such heroes as the USA
celebrates the Bicentennial of
the War of 1812.
The best reports were written by
Angela Schoch, fifth-grade student
at Bartow Elementary Academy,
and Kyle Wodecki, sixth-grader at
Bartow Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution American History
Essay contest winners were Kyle Wodecki from First Methodist School and
Angela Schoch of Bartow Elementary Academy. With them is Sallyanne
Fitzgerald, vice regent of Bartow Chapter DAR and committee chairman.
First Methodist School.
Bartow Chapter DAR presented
each winner with a certificate, a
medal, an American Flag, a copy
of the Flag Code, and a flag pin.
Also attending were par-
ents, teachers, and counselors
from the students' schools.
Refreshments were served after
Anyone who had an ancestor
who participated in the Revo-
lutionary War and would be
interested in DAR membership,
may contact Gay Harlowe at
Some government offices will be
open and some will be closed Monday
to celebrate Presidents Day. Here's the
Fort Meade City Hall, Polk County Schools
and Lake Wales Charter Schools will be closed
Monday, Feb. 20, and open the following day.
There will be no mail deliveries on Monday.
Some banks may be closed. Call your bank
Open on the holiday are:
Bartow City Hall and garbage pickup is on
its normal schedule.
Florida Refuse will run regular scheduled
Lake Wales City Hall, Polk County Courthouse,
Frostproof City Hall, Haines City City Hall, and
the Polk County Tax Collector are open.
Newspaper offices for The Lake Wales News,
The Polk County Democrat, The Fort Meade
Leader and Frostproof-News are open for
business on Monday.
Bartow Golden Age Club meets at
noon, Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Bartow
Civic Center auditorium.
Glen Johnson will play music. Dues are
50 cents per month which pays for cof-
fee and tea to go with the covered dish
luncheon. Members may pay $3.50 per
person toward the meat in lieu of bring-
ing a covered .dish. For information, call
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Broderick Thomas, left, and Keimorjie Richardson
hold up their favorite books. After each book is read
students take a test on its contents and score points
for each test passed. After reaching a set goal, their
teachers throw them a little party to celebrate a job
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JoVanna Bustos shows two of her favorite books as she
celebrates reaching her AR goal.
Neishalee Vigo tries out the chocolate
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Fifth-grade students who reached their accelerated reading points goal were
awarded a special treat by their teachers Thursday, Feb. 9, at Floral Avenue
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Button Making, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free Family
Fun Workshop. Button making. Auburndale Public Library.
Student Art Show, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Creative
Youth: 12th Congressional District Reception. Polk Museum
of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-7743.
Bartow Art Guild, Program by artist JANO
(Ricardo Parez Messina) who applies pigments with non-
* Tuesday, March 6
Music in Library, Music in the Library, noon.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S Broadway Ave., Bartow,
* Friday, March 9
View & Review, 6-8:30 p.m. Relaxed critique
session. $15 artists, $5 audience. Cash bar. Polk Museum of
Art, Lakeland. 863-688-7743.
* Sunday, March 18
Adult Concert Band, Adult Concert Band,
2:30 p.m., free. Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave.
* Friday, March 30
Paley Reception, 6-8:30 p.m. Sculptor Albert
Paley speaks at 6. Members free, $10 guests. Polk Museum
of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-7743.
* Saturday, March 31
Sketches & Steel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Opening of
sculptor Albert Paley's exhibition. $5 general. Polk Museum
of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-7743.
Mardi Gras parade in Lake Wales
FROM THE MARDI GRAS COMMITTEE
Pageantry, parades and exotic floats;
outrageous costumes, masked crowds,
carnival royalty and high-stepping
strutters moving to the rhythms of
Dixieland Jazz are all part of Lake Wales
This year's event began Friday and
continues today, Feb. 18. Bands and rev-
elry will be on hand at the Market Square
beer tent from noon to 9 p.m., a fun run
for the kids will be at 2 p.m. starting at
the comer of Market and Stuart. The
big event the parade will start at
3 p.m., moving thorough Park, Central
and Stuart Avenues, according to Mardi
Gras committee Chairman Bill Ouellette.
Specifics and further details on other
Mardi Gras events can be found on the
carnival's website lwmardigras.com.
Mardi Gras celebrations go back
several hundred years. The term "Mardi
Gras" means "Fat Tuesday" and refers
to the day before Ash Wednesday the
first of the 40 days of Lent preceding
Easter. Christians of the time customar-
ily gave up meat and other indulgences
during Lent, thus "carneval" or "farewell
to meat" became "Carnival," a festive pe-
riod when over-indulgence was in order.
The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are
purple, gold, and green. However, Krewes
(secret groups that make up the cast of
characters in Mardi Gras) selected their
own colors to brandish during Carnival.
Kings and Queens and courts of these
krewes are selected with utmost secrecy.
Beads, doubloons, and other trinkets are
tossed to spectators along the Mardi Gras
route as "throws" the traditional souve-
nirs of every Mardi Gras.
Because Mardi Gras is celebrated
People dress up in all different ways for Mardi
Gras in Lake Wales.
in various cultures around the world,
costumes and music vary according
to location. Lake Wales has incorpo-
rated traditions from many of them,
including feathered costumes from Rio,
Dixieland jazz, blues and zydeco music,
Cajun food and masks from New Or-
leans. Another tradition adapted from
New Orleans is the Krewe of Rex as the
lead krewe in the parade escorting the
Queen of Carnival and Prince ofWailes
(our version of Rex, King of Carnival).
The Prince ofWailes is selected from
the members of the Krewe of Rex. The
Queen of the Carnival is selected by
the hiding of the "Golden Bead" in the
ceremonial "King Cake" which will be
served to all the ladies present; she who
finds the golden bead will take her place
beside the King of Carnival.
rhythm at the
Dyhani Mitchell, 5, dances on stage Saturday at
the 12th annual L.B. Brown Heritage Festival.
She and Camenia Copeland, 3, entertained the
hundreds of people who showed up for last
PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
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Notice of Public Hearing
City of Bartow
The City of Bartow Planning and Zoning Commission/Local Planning Agency will
hold a Public Hearing at 5:30 p.m. (EST), Monday, February 27, 2012, in the
City Commission Chambers, at 450 N. Wilson Ave, Bartow, Florida. The
purpose of this meeting is to review and recommend action to the City
Commission on the following applications:
Application #CPA-12-01-SS Review and recommendation to the City
Commission of a request to amend the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use
Map designation of a 0.12 (+/-) acre parcel from MDR, Medium Density
Residential to Commercial; & Application #Z-12-01 Review & recommendation
to the City Commission of a request to amend the Zoning Map to rezone a 0.12
(+/-) acre parcel of land from R-3, Multiple Family Residential to C-4,
Neighborhood Commercial. The property is owned by Willie E. Taylor and is
located at 1190 Polk Street.
Subject I, .I ,,Ij lI, ,I
All interested persons may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to
the proposed plan amendment. Notice is hereby given pursuant to Chapter
286.0105, F.S., that if a person decides to appeal any decision made with
respect to any matter considered at this hearing, they will need a record of the
proceeding and may need to insure (at their expense) that a verbatim record
thereof is made. A copy of the complete application is available for inspection
at City Hall, 450 N. Wilson Avenue, Bartow, Florida during normal business
If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the
provision of certain assistance. Please contact City Clerk Linda R. Culpepper at
450 N. Wilson Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830 or phone (863) 534-0100 within
2 working days of you receipt of this meeting notification; if you are hearing or
vision impaired, call 1-800-955-8771.
Linda R. Culpepper, City Clerk Published February 18, 2012
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Earnestine Creech Spivey
Earnestine Creech Spivey, 71, of Bar-
tow, passed away Wednesday,
Feb. 15, 2012.
Born in Kinston, Ala., on Oct. 14,
1940, she was a lifelong resident of
Mrs. Spivey worked as a nurse's aide
for Polk General Hospital in Bartow be-
fore becoming a math tutor for the Polk
County School System for a period. She
then worked for Ametek Gauge Compa-
ny in Bartow for 14 years. She also was
a hospice volunteer and a Polk County
Elections poll worker for many years.
She was preceded in death by her
husband, James "Randall" Spivey.
Survivors include her son, Terrill
Spivey of Bartow; a daughter, Celeste
Hendley and husband Kenny of Ocilla,
SWords of Comfortl
They that love beyond
the world cannot
be separated by it.
Death cannot kill
what never dies.
Ga.; three brothers, Willie Ray Creech of
Haines City, VJ. Creech of Connersville
and Douglas E. Creech of Bartow; five
sisters, Voncile Barnes, Ruby Nelle Sim-
mons and Delores Owens and husband
Bobby all of Bartow, Betty Sue Walker of
Avon Park, and Debbie Owens and hus-
band Larry of Rebecca, Ga.; six grand-
children; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 17, from
6-8 p.m. at Whidden-McLean Funeral
Home in Bartow.
Funeral: Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m.,
at the Apostolic Church of Willow Oak.
Burial will follow in Wildwood Cem-
etery in Bartow.
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral
Willie Smith, 75, of Bradley, died
Feb. 9, 2012, in Tampa of heart failure.
He was born in Bradley on Oct. 17,
1936. Mr. Smith was a plant opera-
tor for Mosaic. He was a member of
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in
Survivors include his wife, Frankie
Smith of Bradley; two sons, Jerry
Stevenson of Lakeland and Gerald E.
Smith of Pierce; five grandchildren; and
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 17, from 5-7 p.m.,
at St. Paul M.B. Church, Pierce.
Funeral: Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m.,
at the church.
Arrangements: Williams Funeral
Feb. 16, 2012,
at the Bartow
He was born
Dec. 1, 1920, in
shire, England, to
the late George CHARLES A. FLEMING
Charles and Alice
Mary (Steeples) Fleming.
He was a World War II veteran of the
British Army, York and Lancaster Regi-
ment, serving in Burma with the 14th
Army. He began his police career with
the Manchester, England, City Police in
Mr. Fleming immigrated to the
United States with his wife and young
daughter in the early 1950s and began
his career with the Bartow Police De-
partment in 1955. He rose to the rank
of chief of police in 1979 and retired in
Capathia Miller Crump, 37, of
Apopka, died there Feb. 10, 2012.
Born Dec. 25,1974, in Bartow, she
moved to Apopka from Fort Meade 12
Mrs. Crump was a college professor at
South University in Savannah. She was
a member of St. John Missionary Baptist
Church in Orlando.
Survivors include her husband, Jereme
Crump of Apopka; two sons, Jereme
Crump Jr. and Christian Crump, both
of Apopka; her mother, Alberta Miller of
1986. He was a lifetime member of the
Polk County Police Chiefs Association.
He was preceded in death by his wife
of 49 years, Ivy Murdoch Fleming; a
son, David John Fleming; two brothers,
Colin Fleming and David Fleming; and
two sisters, Patricia Needham and Josie
Survivors include his two daugh-
ters, Lorraine Johnson and husband
Eugene of Lake Wales and Carol True
and husband Charles of Frostproof;
three grandchildren, Christopher True
of Maclenny, Fla., Candace True and
Charles E. True IV, both of Frostproof;
two sisters, Elsie Tagg and Linda Glass-
cock,. both of England; and five great-
Graveside service will be held at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the
Silver Hill Cemetery in Fros.tproof, with
Rev. Brian Smith officiating.
Arrangements: Marion Nelson
Funeral Home, Lake Wales.
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.
Fort Meade; her father, James Wyatt of
Fort Meade; five sisters, Valaida Flagg of
Fort Meade, Stephanie Miller of Lakeland,
Tikeja Stills of Kissimmee, and Monike
Wyatt and Chernika Corbett, both of
Boston; and five brothers, Kenneth Miller
and Corey Miller both of Jacksonville, Fla.,
Darrell Miller and Antwan Williams both
of Bartow, and Anthanay Wyatt of Boston.
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 17, from 5-7 p.m.,
at Williams Funeral Home Chapel, Bartow.
Funeral: Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m., at
First Baptist Church of Fort Meade.
Artist JANO at Art Guild
Artist JANO (Ricardo Parez Messina)
will be featured artist for the Feb. 20
meeting of the Bartow Art Guild.
A native of Santiago, Chili, he studied
plastic arts and graphic design at the
Cristobal Rojas School of Visual Arts in
Caracas, Venezuela. He lives and has a
studio in Lakeland.
His works avoid figures, letting ges-
ture predominate his works. They deal
with hidden forms, so that the spectator
may seek and discover what is con-
cealed in the art.
Regarding technique, his recent
paintings are born from a process
avoiding the use of brushes to apply the
colors. He applies the pigments by drip-
ping, using his hands, fingers, bamboo,
rags, sponges, and other non-traditional
The meeting will be held in the Adult
Lounge of the Bartow Civic Center be-
ginning with a social at 7 p.m. and the
meeting at 7:30. Visitors are welcome.
For more information contact Lara
Fredericksen at 407-404-4888.
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trouble or is she (Jolliff) happy?" the
Arriving back at the field house, the
students were met outside by a UCA
official, Bill Seeley, who told them,
"There's an issue. You're not second
place. You're national champions."
Whoops, shouts and tears of joy
erupted and some of the students ran
around holding the trophy high, a reward
for all their hard work and struggles.
"It's what every team wants," Jol-
liff said, "the highest award." She has
coached the team for nine years. Her
email signature lists more than 40
awards Bartow's cheerleading teams
lave won over those years.
After six competitions this year, se-
nior Alexis Comparato said the national
win "feels good." to represent the school
and be first in Polk County.
"It puts cheerleading on the map,"
senior Kyla Wright declared. Team
members are proud of their sport and
the hard work they put into it during
the school year and the summer.
Conditioning, running, jumps, build-
ing up endurance and stamina, and for
"The Fellas," weightlifting, are all ele-
ments they work on. Some began their
cheerleading careers with the junior
varsity; for others, including four seniors,
this is their first year in the sport. Tryouts
are held each year for the team.
In a month they start prepping for
next year. There's no off-season, the
For one team member the win means
a lot personally.
Brandon Jordan's father, Marcus, was
diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and
in his honor, the team wears T-shirts
with the family motto "KTF" Keep the
Faith. Jordan also wore a purple ribbon
emblazoned on the back of his head.
Cheerleading is a family sport for him:
his sister is a past member of the team
and his mother is the finance coach.
Becoming national champions "was
great," Marissa Dela Cruz said. "I've
never done anything like that."
"We all accomplished so much," Ray
Anna Gardner chimed in.
Over and above the pride in winning
FROM PAGE 1A
have been vague, but he plans to find out
"They had a map, they knocked on
Cindy's door and they were aggressive,"
Parker said. "But they've gone up the
food chain and they said it's not eco-
Parker said that is wher&he paused.
After not being able to reach the three
Comcast representatives who came
here from Venice, he heard from their
boss who said it wasn't economically
feasible, but added he doesn't know
what that means.
'Does it mean there are not enough
people living in the area ranging from
Eagle Lake to Bartow's city limits or
there aren't enough customers at the
airport to make it feasible? He also
questions whether it is the existing
customers now or whether it affects the
potential number of customers in play.
He said he was going to continue to try
to contact the men who visited the air-
port last year and get another report to
authority members as soon as he can.
The point of trying to explain the
potential to them has to do a little with
the effort of municipalities from Eloise
to Fort Meade which agreed to create
an Enterprise Zone on U.S. Highway
17. High-speed Internet would be
important in attracting new businesses.
Comcast may not be aware of the effort
to do that as representatives contacted
the airport with this plan before the
Enterprise Zone came up.
PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
Bartow varsity cheerleaders got fitted for
rings Monday after winning the 2012 National
High School Cheerleading Championship in the
Super Varsity Coed Division.
a national championship, some team
members may be able to get college
scholarships. Junior Conner Henry
said he has already had interest from
The Fellas the crew name for the
guys were inspired and encouraged
by the experience of Ben Johnson, who
received a cheerleading scholarship last
year for the University of Central Florida.
Besides the physical training,
there's motivational training and
team bonding. They break their
huddle each time with the slogan
"Juice by that," which stands for "join
us in creating excitement."
Senior Leo Henderson wished he had
been on the team longer than his two
"I did it for my coach. She never got a
ring." Cheerleading has motivated him
to go into weightlifting where he hopes
to get another title.
"I don't think a lot of people expected
it," Lyndsey McGill said. To hear the
news, "I can't even explain the feeling."
They all agreed it would be great to
see the team photo on the wall and
know that it will always be there and
they would be champions forever.
The win also enhances the recruit-
ment process, Jolliff noted, and several
boys have asked about the condition-
Cheerleaders actually have two types
of cheers to accomplish: sideline and
competitive cheering, which are very
Sideline cheering is geared toward
getting the crowd involved and is about
the athletes on the field or court, not
about watching the cheerleaders. While
Repeated efforts to reach the repre-
sentatives by this newspaper have been
Some high-speed Internet is avail-
able now at Bartow Municipal Airport,
but it is limited. Six customers in the
industrial park have high-speed access,
Barrow said, but she knows more
people want it.
She knows how important it is to be
able to provide reliable Internet access.
"There are so many companies that
rely on it," she said. "We have a truck-
ing company that has its pay system on
it. There's so much that they depend on
and they need a reliable system."
She also said one customer who loves
the industrial park location had Internet
service that was not high-speed, and be-
cause much of her business deals with a
website where customers see her items,
she says she needs reliability.
"There was one tenant that had
service but a good portion of her busi-
ness was going online. They get a lot
of online showcasing. As they're going
over a product with a customer, right in
the middle of a presentation, she would
be dropped," Barrow said.
She said she now is one of the six
customers who has high-speed Internet
service at the airport and she said it is
"She said she loved the airport, but if
she'd known there was no high-speed
Internet service she would have had
some thoughts. This was very impor-
High-speed access is almost all ready
to go. Fiber optics exist at the airport,
but more work has to be done by the
Number 1! Bartow Varsity Coed Cheerleaders celebrate after winning the 2012 National High
School Cheerleading Championship in the Super Varsity Coed division. Competition was held at
Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Saturday and Sunday.
the ball is in play, cheerleaders might
prepare to build a pyramid, which they
only finish when the ball is dead. As
soon as the ball is active again, they
have to get out of the way of the fans'
view of the game.
Cheerleading coaches call a game,
just like other sports, Jolliff noted. It's
"organized chaos," she and JV Coach
Gail Adams agree.
On March 2, at 1:40 p.m., the cheer-
leaders will be formally presented with
their jackets and medals at a pep rally,
where they will celebrate with students,
family and friends.
"Our cheer parents are phenomenal,"
Jolliff said, a blessing as are the adminis-
tration and other coaches at the school.
Jolliff is thankful to everyone who
supported the team, who gave finan-
cially or of their time. "I'm thankful
we're in a one-high-school town ... I'm
amazed and feel so much love and ap-
preciation for everyone."
Bartow "is a unique place to be" with
its three schools in one. The squad of
25 includes students from all three high
schools: Bartow High, International
Baccalaureate and Summerlin Acad-
emy. The team has also had members
from the dual enrollment program.
The first year that cheerleading was
considered a sport by the Florida High
School Athletic Association in 2008,
city to complete the job.
Comcast is not the only business that
exists to provide the service. Bright-
house Communications services part
of the area now, but the Internet access
companies generally stay within ter-
ritories and don't interfere with each
Parker said he's not sure how much
more work the city has to do to get
the entire airport ready for high-speed
service, but he told authority members
Monday he will get with the city's IT
director Frank Canovaca to find out
what has to be done. That meeting has
Bartow was state champions. In four
years, the squad has gone from non-
tumbling to a tumbling coed team.
Each of the last three years the number
of guys on the team has grown, too,
from three to four to five.
Tryouts for next year's team are
June 9 and are open to any Bartow stu-
dents from eighth grade up. For informa-
tion email email@example.com.
As sizing for their championship rings
wrapped up Monday morning, Jolliff's
cellphone rang. The ringtone is a famil-
iar tune: "We Are the Champions."
Members of the Bartow Varsity Coed
Captains Alexis Comparato,
Rayanna Gardner, Lyndsey McGill;
seniors Liz Jones, Marissa Dela
Cruz, KylaWright, RonzailWalker, Leo
Henderson, Deandre Johnson; juniors
- Destiny Lawson, Anayah Davis,
Nneka Ofuani, Adrielle Conner, Marissa
Hagins, Amanda Staples, Daijah-Lin
Jones, Vonquese Sabb, Lexi Stephens,
Brandon Jordan, Conner Henry; sopho-
mores Christina Jackson, Lauren
Rayborn, Mara Stevens, Kiyanah
Lawrence; freshman Regan Messner;
mascot Don'Tavius Sanders; staff -
Head Coach Lori Jolliff, Assistant Coach
Nikki Beasley, Finance Coach Amy
Richey and JV Head Coach Gail Adams.
Overall, the decision on what to do
with any problems is something the
elected officials have to consider, Parker
said. He can only get the information.
"It's all part of the big picture but I'm
not part of the big picture," he said.
"There may be issues I don't know
He said other information he will
seek is what Comcast needs to provide
the service they need. "I want to see
where we can go. I'm curious to know if
we need a thousand customers," Parker
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"Take the golf course as an exam-
ple," he said. "Why should we subsi-
dize the golf course when it doesn't
break even? Why am I putting money
into it? There's no government subsidy
for hunting and fishing and the things
I like to do. Then they say there's no
money to fix potholes."
Last April, the city commission heard
a report from NGF Consulting on how
to save money on the golf course. It
reported that in 2008 the golf course
generated $1.1 million in revenue
but cost $1.6 million to operate. The
shortfall is paid for with general fund
revenues contributed by all members
of the community.
Cochran also brought up two weeks
ago at the city commission meeting
that the city isn't saving money since
it reduced trash pickup from twice to
once a week, because the same number
of people work the same number of
hours, and perhaps more because they
City Manager George Long said
that isn't true. The hours aren't longer
because Solid Waste workers now work
four days a week for 10 hours a day and
not five days a week for eight hours
a day. That is why Cochran is seeing
them work later in the day. He also
said the savings to the city was coming
from using the trucks less, saving gas
and maintenance on the trucks, which
is happening and was the plan for the
Clements disputes the city is going
bankrupt. In fact, he maintains the city
is doing quite well in this economy.
"I think we've been doing well be-
cause of our management," he said.
"We have George (Long) and David
Wright doing great jobs on watch-
ing the budgets. We're cutting corners
where we can. I think they've done
Huff agrees the management has
done good work in keeping the city's
finances under control.
"We've had a wonderful year," he
said. "We hadn't had to lay off anyone
due to the city manager's excellent
guidance. He knows how to run a
budget. We've lost people by natural
attrition, of course." He added some of
those positions haven't been filled with
the idea of saving money, and many of
those that had to be staffed were filled
by those already working for the city.
"A lot of cities had to lay off people en
masse," he said.
In September the city commission
OK'd an $89.7 million budget.
No city employees were laid off,
electric bills will likely drop and there
was an increase in average sewer rates
of $1.80 per month/per customer. The
fire assessment rose from about $23.41
to $55.05 per single family homeowner
and will generate $448,000, rising from
$222,000 last year. City property owners
will be assessed at 3.9996 mills, which
is 8.56 percent less than the roll back
rate of 4.3075 mills. With decreasing
property values, if the rollback rate had
been assessed, overall city income from
ad valorem taxes would have stayed at
the same rate.
If re-elected to a fourth three-year
term, there are a couple of items high
on Clements' list that he'd like to see
changed. Potholes in the roads have to
be fixed, he said, and he'd also like to
look into the noise generated by citrus
trains at night.
"I'd like to see us continue to improve
infrastructure and repave streets and
roads," he said. "There are places in
town, streets here that need work and
there are potholes."
He added, "One thing I do want to
look into is the trains that come in.
There is such a thing as a quiet zone
and I get woken up at night. I be-
lieve there is a procedure you can go
He said he doesn't know much about
what is involved to get Bartow certified
as a quiet zone place, but he'd like to
look into what has to be done. People
who live in the area off U.S. Highway 17
near the orange plant can hear the
trains as late as 10 p.m.
Clements, who lives in the area near
where the trains go through, is familiar
with the noise, but Cochran believes
this attitude has less to do with his
constituents than it has to do with the
"The man is running but is not rep-
resenting the people. He's representing
himself," he said. "I'm not slandering
the man, but that's not me."
Clements, though, believes his whole
mission on the city commission is for
the people and disputes Cochran, who
claims he's been to city commission
meetings for as long as 45 years and
said he believes all of them there are to
serve their own interests.
"(Cochran) comes up with a valid
question every once in a while, but you
can take Monday night as an example
with the garbage question," Clements
said. "He doesn't even know those
people work four 10-hour days instead
of five eight-hour days."
"He's just looking for something to
complain about. He's like Chicken Little
saying that the sky is falling, but it's not
Some of what Clements is referring
to is reflected in some of Cochran's
contentions. In one, he objects that
the city is no longer printing agendas
for the public and gave commissioners
iPads to access them and the back-
ground material. The public can access
the information on the city's website at
home or at the library or wherever free
computer access is available. The need
for the city to use paper to print them
can save money, it contends.
"I don't have a computer or even a *
VCR," he said. "I'm from the old school
and I shouldn't have to change for
them. They work for me."
The city election is scheduled
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5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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