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Cheer champs

Ronai Wakre9 la e L ~' I1
(left) and
Brandon Jordan rathog
a banner as
they enter the
School gym for a 0-;.
Friday honoring ,
the varsity i
cheer squad on
their national ,c
championship. qW :
Bill Seeley of the
Universal Cheer- e. 1Vfuit%
leaders Asso- --.
ciation presented
the team I ~
with a banner ,-
proclaiming them
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hHigh School
Championships i
the Super Varsity -
Coed Division on .,
Feb. 11. (More
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Bartow's Hometown Newspaper Since 1931

Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830

Copyright 2012 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.

Volume 82 Number 54

USPS NO 437-320

41St annua
BOOmin' ArtS
Festival this toeekend

Bartow is the bloomin' place to be
this week~end.
The City of Oaks and Azaleas has
both blooming (just check your car
roof for evidence of oak pollen).
Tabebuias and Florida orchids are
still colorful and this weekend offers
manmade and natural blooms at the
41st annual Bloomin' Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday.
Downtown's Main Street, Broadway,
Central and Wilson avenues will be
lined with tents filled with paintings,
sculpture, jewelry, pottery, photogra-
phy, glass and woodwork -- whatever
creative people have made through

their artistic visions. Artists will be
vymng for some $15,000 in prizes and
purchase awards. Both adult and
student art awards will be made.
More art can be seen in the Bloo-
min' Arts Car Show along Broadway,
from Summerlin to Davidson Street,
where visitors will find the student art
show. Take a turn east on Davidson
and kids will find the children's tent
filled with fun art activities. They can
also get their faces painted free.
A little past the tent will be the
art of musical entertainment from
Dennis Croom and daughters Katlyn
and Adrianna, Tom Mizell, and
George Durham and Company. If all
the sights and shopping have made
you hungiy and thirsty, just past the
entertainment area is the Food Court,
offering tasty treats and beverages. Lo-
cal gourmands are surely hoping for
a return of the curly potato chips and
kielbasa and onions.

ion sting
Angeles Capilla, 41, of Bartow;
and Dennis Clark, 63, of Bartow.
Graham also was charged with
possession of less than 20 grams of
Wyant said he was a little sur-
prised that prostitution was preva-
lent along a road where the speed
limit is higher, but he said what
'normally happens is people would
drive by and come back around if
they were interested.
"There weren't people slamming
on the brakes," he said. "They'd just
come back."
He said it niay also be that people
don't generally know about prosti-
tution taking place in this area of
"One time (Thursday) a driver
asked what she (the officer) was do-
ing anid she said she was working "
Wyant said. "He asked if she wanted

In less than about seven hours
seven men were charged with solici-
TSF station on U.S. Highway 17 and Main
S F Street in Bartow Thursday.
"We'd received some anonymous
complaints about prostitution on
Highway 17 so we set up an under-
~l.~p Icover operation," Sgt. DavridWyant
TI e police department had a
female officer on U.S. 17 and Main
and seven men from Bartow and the
surrounding area asked her for sex,
offering her $25 to $50. All seven
were charged with solicitation and
booked into the county jail, the Bar
tow Police Department reports.
e Munguia Those charged' were Dwayne
Stackhouse, 29, of Bartow; Darius
.e freshmen McClain, 18, of Lake Hamilton,
nment,", the Mickal Graham, 27, of Bartow; Jo-
seph Logan, 39, of Lake Wales; Wil-
GIRL | 14A liam McDonald, 51, of Fort Meade;

and, while trying to
decide what' avenue
That would take, she
came up with the
Stwio programs, one
of which has been .
Adopted statewide.
"I remembered
what it wits like for
me to make the
transition from
middle school to
high school, and
after talking with Sefn
some friends, I
decided that I'd tjr to help som
adapt to the high school enviro

Bartow High School international Baccalau-
reate student StetTanie blunguia should have .
had her hanlds full with sixi advanced aca-
demic classes, but not so. She's dreamed up a
mentoring program for incoming high school
freshmen and an environmental education
program for elementary schoolers to add to
her workload.
Srtelanie, a 1, -vear-old Puerto Rican native
who livesin~ Hig;lan~d City, takes it all in stride,
managing to keep her grade-point average
at about 4.7, and spending her time helping
She explains that part of the IB curriculum
at BHS is a community service component

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School Board sees promise in Civil Citation

But not everyone sees a need for the program


Notice is hereby given that at the City Commission meetings of the City of Fort Meade,
Florida, on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter, in the Commission
Chambers, City Hall, 8 West Broadway, Fort Meade, Florida, the City Commission will
hold a Public Hearing concerning the establishment of Brownfields Designation Areas as
set forth in the proposed Resolution.

The proposed Resolution title shall be:

Said Resolution was read on first reading at the City Commission meeting on December 13,
2011, for consideration of approval, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter and will be read for
second reading at the City Commission meeting on March 13,2012 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon
thereafter for consideration of adoption.

Said Brownfields Designation Areas for the City of Fort Meade, Florida is further shown on
the Amended Map attached hereto and made a part hereof. The complete legal descriptions
by metes and bounds and a copy of the proposed Resolution may be inspected by the public
during normal business hours at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 8 West Broadway,
Fort Meade, Florida. All interested parties may appear at the meeting of March 13, 2012,
and be heard with respect to the proposed Resolution.

Any person desiring to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to
any matter considered at the above meetings or hearing will need a record of the proceed-
ings, and that, for any such purpose, he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based. You must make your own arrangements to produce this record. (Florida
Statute S276.0105).

In accordance with the Amer-icans with Disabilities Act and F.S. s9286.26, persons with dis-
abilities needing specitil accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact
the City Clerk prior to the proceeding at (863) 285-1100, x-233 for assistance; if hearing
impaired, telephone the Florida Relay Service Numbers, (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800)
955-8770 (VOICE) for assistance.


Car ter rrenewalhC

TOCOmmendations presented

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this. Someone needs to sit down
with Jerry Hill to discuss this."
"I agree," said Wright. "I think we
should have a face-to-face meet-
ing with them to find out why they
aren't going forward."
The board subsequently decided
to send a letter to the state attorney,
requesting their support.
Chip Thulberry, administrative
assistant at the State Attorney's Of-
fice, said the 10th Judicial Circuit
"has a vibrant, active Teen Court, so
the State Attorney's Office doesn't

believe a new program is necessary."
Asked about the age limitation,
with Teen Court covering only 11-
through 18-year-olds, Thulberry said
he believes if there are gaps in the
Teen Court coverage some tweaking
can be done.
Is the State Attorney's Office will-
ing~to continue a dialogue about
the Civil Citation program? "Mr. Hill
feels strongly about the validity of
Teen Court, but he is always will-
ing to talk to people and to listen,"
Thulberry said.


Details of a program designed to
give students in trouble a second
chance were well-received Tuesday
by the Polk County School Board.
Apparently, not everyone shares
their enthusiasm, though, and board
members are asking why.
The Civil Citation Program is set
to pilot in two Polk schools, but
according to advocates presenting
it to the board, the State Attorney's
Office does not think Polk County
needs another youth diversion pro-
gram. For now, it's all on hold.
Jennifer Haynes, lead probation
officer for Polk's Juvenile Justice
program, said that in the 2010-11
school year, there were 903 youth
arrests in Polk County. Some of
these involved children as young
as 9.
The Civil Citation program, unlike
some intervention programs such
as Teen Court, encompasses these
younger offenders. The program
allows a student accused of a minor
misdemeanor to be diverted into
a process that requires a mental
healthlbehavioral assessment by the
Department of Juvenile Justice. This
is followed by prescribed interven-
tions, and can also include commu-
nity service, a letter of apology, or
restitution to the victim. Successful
completion wipes the slate clean
and averts a criminal record.
The Civil Citation process costs
$350, in comparison to the $5,000
it- costs to process a youth through
the criminal justice system, accord-
ing to DJJ materials provided to the

SA potentially beneficial aspect is
the way the offender is entered into
the DJJ computer. Civil Citations are
entered on a separate screen, one
which does not categorize the par-
ticipant as a criminal offender. Nor
doles it allow prospective employers
or others access to the information.
Haynes said it is a misconception
that no one has access to juvenile
criminal records, and that in some
cases, through background checks
or subscription to the DJJ system,
employers and others have access to
that information.
HIaynes, along with Director of
Student Services Linda Troupe and
Director of Safe Schools Greg Bon-
durant, told the board that Lakeland
Senior High School and Sleepy Hill
Middle School were on board to
pilot the program for the rest of the
school year. If successful, the pro-
aram would be instituted at all Polk
schools in August.
Board Member Debra Wright
wanted to know why the pilots were
going to be with teenagers, when
the greatest need now was with the
younger kids.
"We're starting with those schools
because they have school resource
officers," Bondurant said.
Superintendent Sherrie Nickell
said she likes the fact that the par-
ents have to agree to the program.
"This will give us an opportunity
to partner with the parents," she
In the meantime, it's a matter of
getting everyone in agreement,
"I would like to know why the
State Attorney's Office is not on
board," said Board Member Kay
Fields. "It's obvious that we need

FC=AT, eight of 10 academic indica-
tors, and met 13 out of 15 indicators
overall, the report said.
The supporting documentation
provided to the board is more than
100 pages long, but basically sum-
rnarizes the goals and objectives of
the school, board member biogra-
phies, diversity information, budget
summaries, and future plans.
The Charter Review Committee
noted many of the school's strengths,
among them an "tA" rating for its
three years of operation, that fact
that 1-00 percent of its teachers are
ranked "Highly Qualified," and that
the enrollment mirrors the sur-
rounding community and has strong
community support. The committee
was pleased with the fact that Bok
does a parent satisfaction survey
each year.
Concerns expressed by the com-
mittee were an eroding of excess
revenues, with the projected fund
balance for 2015-16 being below the
desired 3 percent level.
Also, they questioned Bok's num-
ber of students on reduced and free
lunches declining from 61 percent to
55 percent, despite the bad economy.
Also of concern were the school's
science scores, particularly those of
eighth graders, with FCAT science
scores remaining flat and under
50 percent.


Recommendations for contract re-
newals at three Polk County Charter
Schools Bok Academy, Hartridge
Academy and Berkley Charter School
- were presented to the Polk County
School Board Tuesday.
However, no vote was taken as that
is scheduled March 20.
The scoring and qualifying docu-
ments were presented to the board
by Carolyn Bridges, director of the
Office of Magnet, Choice, and Char-
ter Schools. Bok Academy, which
opened as a start-up, rather than a
conversion charter school, has been
operating since 2008 and is at a
point where performance is reviewed
to make sure the school is meeting
its benchmarks. -
A start-up charter school is
one that is basically begun "from
scratch," rather than converted from
a traditional school to a charter.
Bok Academy was created so that
the Lake Wales Charter School sys-
tem would have a complete char-
ter system comprising elementary
through high school education.
Since Bok met at least 80 percent
of its indicators, or requirements,
the review committee is recom-
mending it for renewal. The school
met four out of five indicators as to


Winter Haven


Cornpassiocn, Innovationrs.Trust.

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The Polk County Democrat Page 3A

March 3 2012


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When it's your family's health, you want the best doctors, the best
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Backdoor tax hike pushed by Legislature

'I'ma survivor, not a victim!'

Her mobility is impaired, but she
maintains a disarming sense of humor.
Only once in her hour-plus talk to the
Citizens Police Academy this week did
her voice turn serious.
That was when she declared, almost
defiantly, "I'm a survivor, not a victim!"

Her story is a by-the-numbers ac-
count that could have come straight


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Your Florida Legislature is poised to pull an-
other one of its oldest tricks using its latest tactic
of springing legislation on lawmakers at the last
minute and hoping nobody notices. Under the
guise of keeping taxes low, the Legislature will
withhold more than $300 million in sales tax rev-
enue from county governments they claim owe
past-due Medicald bills.
The idea was hatched only a few weeks ago
in a meeting of bureaucrats advising the Legis~
lature on tax policy, according to a Tampa Bay
Times report published Thursday. Readers will
remember the same tactic was used last session
to stealthily privatize South Florida prisons, an
attempt that was struck down by a state judge.
The Florida Association of Counties launched
a counterattack against the Medicaid measure
tacked onto the omrubus budget bill, saying the
blame for past-due bills hies mna flawed bill-
ing system implemented in 2008, not deadbeat
counties. In a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, Senate
President Mike Harido olis and House Speaker
Dean Cannon, the FAG said, "Over the past four

without trauma centers. The bill is currently in
conference, after the Senate declined to pass the
House-approved measure.
Lost in the dismay over the legislative money
grab is an even more costly for county tax-
payers shifting of Medicaid costs to counties.
Pmnellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala
told the Times, "(The state doesn't) want to raise
taxes so it will force local governments to raise
,The Legislature has tried for several years
to increase counties' share of Medicaid nurs-
ing home costs from $55 a month, but were
barred from domng so by provisions of the federal
stimulus program, which provided aid to cash-
strapped states to cover Medicaid shortfalls.
Strangely, the Legislature didn't try to raise
county nursing home costs this year, despite the
fact the stimulus program and accompany-
ing restrictions on passing along costs to local
governments has ended.
Another backdoor tax hike courtesy of your
Florida Legislature.

Our Viewpomnt
years, bills have been consistently wrong, with
issues like incorrect address information, dupli-
cative billings and incorrect dates."
Most of the errors county budget officials see
are residency mistakes. Counties are only on
the hook for Medicaid payments for their own
residents. The FAC said double billing occurs
when two counties are billed for the same treat
ments for the same patient. Under the Medicaid
amendment, counties would have to pay all
claims to the state and seek refunds based on ac
counting errors, such as residency mistakes.
There is another flaw in the Medicaid provi
sions of the appropriations bill that would heap
additional costs on hospital trauma centers that
treat Medicaid patients by requiring them to
contract with a health-maintenance organiza-
tion for such services rather than force insurers
to compete for the work. The cost is especially
onerous for big metro hospitals whose "catch-
ment area" includes smaller, rural counties

While traveling one weekend from
Tallahassee to Lake Wales I began
dictating notes to my daughter Caro-
line, who was traveling with me, about
an article that I wanted to write about
charter schools. I began with the title
"To Go Charter or Not: The Hopes,
Myths and Realities of Charter School
My inspiration for this piece was the
recent surge in interest on the part of
some local educators in converting their
traditional public school into charter
schools. As superintendent of the Lake
Wales Charter Schools system and past
superintendent of Florida State Univer-
sity Charter Schools, I know all too well
the many challenges, which I like to
refer to as opportunities that are associ-
ated with managing charter schools-
So this new interest shown by non-
charter school educators has been
quite intriguing to me. Regrettably the
general public has only a vague under-
standing of charter schools even though
they have existed in our state since
1994. Personally, I attribute the public's
lack of charter school knowledge to the
overall reluctance of many school dis-
trict officials to promote them as viable
mechanisms for educating students.
What's even more frightening is the
lack of real knowledge that trained edu-
cation professionals, including elected
school board members, have about
charter schools. I describe the second
circumstance as frightening because of
the possibility that charter schools may

be prematurely eliminated as viable
antidotes for some of the ills that plague
public education. It's often not clear
if the reluctance of those charged as
caretakers of public education act out
of fear or ignorance when they reject
charter schools.
I must confess however that the pos-
sibility of profoundly impacting educa-
tion is not limited to charter schools.
The same possibilities exist with a wide
range of educational choice models
including magnet schools, private
schools, virtual schools, and home
schooling. Charter schools just happen
to be the hot topic that's stewing within
our community at the time. Choice,
competition, innovation, creativity, au-
tonomy and accountability are among
the operative terms associated with the
choice movement that ultimately seeks
to provide parents and their students
with greater access and a stronger voice
in fulfilling their educational needs.
In 1994 Florida's first charter school

It was one night nearly 20 years ago
that I went to a home on South Orange
Avenue in Bartow in response to reports
of multiple shootings.
Recognized the address as that of
a prominent Bartowan and longtime
When I arrived, I learned that the
dead body in the driveway was not that
of my friend, who was out of the coun-
try, and that another shooting victim
had been taken to the hospital.
In time, the survivor was identified
as Kathy Haley, adult daughter of the
homeowner. The body in the driveway
was her estranged husband.

Kathy Haley, now 49, survived four
gunshot wounds, but is confined to a
She is a poster person for advocacy
against domestic violence.

5.L. Frisbie

S.L. Frisbie can be contacted at

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To go charter or not:

Hopes, myths and realities of

Charter School education

JACKSO)N: Charter or not

FRISBIE: Asurvivor

March 3, 2012

The Polk County Democrat Page 5A

from a diverse community constitu-
ency. Parents with school age children,
educators, business owners, retired citi-
zens, community leaders, government
officials, and churches have all banded
together to improve the quality of edu-
cation and charter schools have been a
major instrument in this effort.
Anyone who's seriously thinking
about starting a charter schools must
develop a strategy for coalescing a
similar constituent group for their ini-
tiative. The Lake Wales Charter Schools
system represents the hopes of an
entire community and not simply a few
There are more than 154,000 students
currently enrolled in Florida's 459 char-
ter schools. Of the more than 650 char-
ter schools that have opened in Florida
since 1996 approximately 25 percent
(165) have closed for one reason or
another. According to Florida's charter
school law, a school can be closed for
a variety of reasons including failure
to meet the student performance
outcomes agreed upon in the charter,
failure to meet generally accepted stan-
dards of fiscal management, violations
of the law, or if a school shows other
good cause for closure.
Specific to fiscal management
practices, charter schools are required
to maintain balanced budgets and
contingency reserves. While the issues
surrounding a school's effectiveness are
generally very complex, it is not unrea-
sonable to hold schools accountable
for such outcomes as student achieve-
ment and fiscal management.
It would also not be unreasonable
to hold all public schools to this same
standard. During the period of time
from 1996 to 2011 very few regular
public schools have closed as a result of
their failure to meet student academic
goals or because of fiscal management
When a school contemplates con-
verting to charter there are lots of
issues that employees of the school
must consider. The two topics that
usually generate lots of conversation
are those related to state retirement
and teacher pay. The first topic is really
easy because charter schools are public
schools; charter employees are entitled
to the same rights and privileges as
regular public school employees,
The second topic is more complex
because it depends on a host of factors
including the size of the school (num-
ber of students), type of school, the
grades it serves, the financial position
of the school prior to its conversion to

charter (is there a deficit) and the num-
ber of employees it has. These issues
should not discourage potential charter
school operators but must serve as
reality checks for those interested.
The issues also represent a major
paradigm shift that will occur for the
administrator of the school. As a char-
ter operator, the administrators will
have the responsibility of managing
every aspect of the school's budget and
not simply managing "units" that are
typically provided by district adminis-
trators. This new set of responsibilities
will require lots of planning, prudent fi-
nancial decision-making and someone
in the organization to be knowledge-
able of accounting principles.
A common argument among many
charter school opponents is that the
schools take money away from regular
public schools. When this money is tak-
en away schools that are already faced
with enormous challenges are placed
at a greater disadvantage. A charter
school receives operating funds from
the Florida Education Finance Program
(FEFP) based on the number of full-
time (FTE) students enrolled. The per-
student amounts are the same as for
District schools. The charter school re-
ceives money for its students only, and
does not receive any funds destined for
other students in other schools. The
funds received are diminished to pay
for administrative services rendered by
the District to charter schools. Districts
are allowed to charge an administrative
fee based on 5% of the available per
student funds for up to 250 students
(2%/ for up to 250 students for high-
performing charter schools). School
districts are not allowed to charge ad-
ditional fees or surcharges for services
unless the school district contracts with
the charter school to provide additional
goods and services.
One of the most controversial aspects
of charter schools are their enrollment
policies and practices. While charter
schools are open to ali students in their
respective school district like tradition-
al public schools, prospective students
in most charter schools must apply
for enrollment into the school and, if
the number of applications exceeds
the school's capacity, a random lot-
tery must be used to determine which
students are enrolled.
Magnet schools are district schools
designed to attract the most talented
students. Locally magnet schools have
been used to facilitate a more equitable
racial balance among schools. Their
enrollment policies are similar to those

of charter schools. Students must apply
for enrollment; however because of
the academic and/or programmatic
focus of the magnet school a student's
academic ability, talent or special skill
typically may serve as an important de-
terminant in their admittance. Unlike
traditional public schools many charter
and magnet schools have policies and
procedures that allow the school to
remove students for a variety of reasons
including their lack of achievement and
discipline problems.
From the very beginning, Lake Wales
Charter Schools established a practice
of serving all students living within its
attendance zones, the same as before
charter. Bok Academy Middle School,
which opened in 2008 as a start-up
charter school, is the only exception.
Because of its status as a start-up char-
ter school, it did not have a pre-existing
attendance zone to serve. A student
enrollment agreement had to be forged
with the school district to minimize its
impact on McLaughlin Middle School.
We look forward to the day when
McLaughlin and Bok work as true part-
ners providing the best middle school
education possible for the children liv-
ing in the Lake Wales community.
School Choice provides opportuni-
ties for developing the potential that
lies within the young leaders of to-
morrow. The notion of school choice
encompasses a wide variety of school
models including traditional pub-
lic schools, magnet schools, private
schools, virtual schools, home school
and charter schools.
The Lake Wales community has
found favor and success with charter
schools serving as a catalyst for the
improvement of its school system. Our
future leaders will no doubt be prod-
ucts of the varied school choice options
that they will experience. Political,
educational, community and family
leaders alike must all work together to
ensure that more attention is placed on
the outcomes (products) of educational
processes than the systems in which
those processes reside.
The future of our nation depends on
this. Our leadership in this effort will
be the key to developing the potential
that lies within the young leaders of our
community. By committing to such an
effort our actions will proclaim to all
that our mission is indeed greater than
the moment in which we are living.

}esse ~ackson is the superintendent of
the Lake Wales Charter School System.

threatened to arrest her if she called
Each time he hit her, her husband
apologized and promised not to do it
"How many times? Three, maybe 30,
maybe 300."
A more severe beating, to which she
responded by "poking, not stabbing"
him with a kitchen knife, ended up
with him in jail on a misdemeanor bat-
tery charge, and Kathy facing a felony
charge of aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon.
She describes with a chuckle ending
up in a jail cell with five other women,
one of whom she had arrested earlier
that day as a probation violator. Kathy
told them her story, and overnight, the
six of them became a domestic vio-
lence support group.

She separated from her husband, and
thought her problems were over.
Wihen she drove into the driveway
of her parents' home one Friday night,
she was confronted by her husband,
armed with a pistol. He chased her,
shooting her three times.
As she lay bleeding in the driveway,
he aimed at her head.

She awaited imminent death, but the
shot somehow went astray, striking her
in the abdomen.
She then watched as her husband
put one shot through his own head.
Earlier that day, she had been issued
her first portable phone, which she
describes as being about the size of a
shoebox with an antenna the length of
a fishing pole.
She took it home with her, planning
to learn to use it over the weekend. She
found it in her purse as she lay near
death in the driveway. -
She punched keys at random, finally
hitting the redial button and reaching a

co-worker whom she had called earlier
in the day.
Following a year of hospitalization
and rehabilitation, she returned to

(S.L. Frisbie is retired. After covering~
police agencies for near-ly half a century
and being an opening night speaker
for Bartow's Citizens Police Academ~y
for several years, he enrolled in the
academy this yeat: He well remzembers
covering Kathzy Haley's shooting. Shze still
keeps a clipping of the story. She says he
did a good job.)


opened in a south Florida community
known as Liberty City. Republican
gubernatorial candidate, Jeb Bush and
community activist T. Willard Fair are
credited with initiating the effort to
establish Florida's first charter school.
Liberty City Charter School opened its
doors on the promise that "'the school
would seek unique opportunities to
serve its students in ways that differed
from traditional public schools." The
founders had hoped to provide small
classes in order to "maintain a human,
loving environment."
The school's curriculum was sup-
posed to reflect a focus on character
development through the implementa-
tion of a positive school culture. Unfor-
tunately, the school Glosed its doors on
March 12, 2008. So what happened or
did not happen during its 14-year ex-
istence that led to its eventual closure?
The initiators of the school were cer-
tainly hopeful and determined to make
good on their promises. They expended
an abundance of resources to support
their cause and many students (and
families) were served, yet the school
eventually closed its doors.
What does this say to the average
citizen who feels inspired to pursue
opening a charter school? I believe that
anyone who's contemplating opening
a charter school must have a mission
that's greater than the moment in
which they are living. Their hopes and
dreams must be for generations and
not simply for their child or children.
Many individuals are motivated by
their frustration with "the system" in
which they and their children are a
part. The instinct to intervene to im-
prove the circumstance for their child
is not only normal but commendable.
In many communities families who
reach this point of frustration often
enroll their children in private schools.
Aside from the fact that these are tax-
paying citizens, what happens if you
can't afford to send your children to a
private school?
Sortie parents choose to get more in-
volved with the school in an attempt to
effect change from within. The citizens
in Lake Wales believed the problem was
deeper than could be addressed at the
individual school level. As a result they
united as a community and initiated
an effort with support from the lo-
cal chamber of commerce to address
the issue of public education. The key
to their initiative so far has been the
enormous cross-section of support

from the pages of~a domestic violence
The problems began when she was
hired as a misdemeanor county proba-
tion officer, putting to use her degree in
criminal justice. ,
Her husband didn't want her to take
the job, ostensibly worried about her
safety. She appreciated his concern, but
her mind was made up:
When she went away for a few weeks
of training, she was flattered at first
when he called her out of class to see
how she was getting along, and warned
her to be wary of amorous approaches
by male classmates. She took it as a
sign that he cared.
When she returned home, her hus-
band objected to her working nights.

His expressions of concern turned to
insults, then haranguing, and ultimate-
ly to threats. She responded by losing
her self-esteem.
Verbal abuse escalated to slapping.
She called 9-1-1 after one slap. The
deputy who responded to her call said
she showed no signs of abuse, told her
he had real crimes to investigate, and

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On March 30 students at Bartow
High School want to form a giant pur-
ple ribbon on the football field, but to
do it they need the people's help.
Leadership classes one at Bartow
High School, one at Summerlin Acad-
emy and one at International Bacca-
laureate make up the BHS Relay For
Life team and the some 65 members
are selling purple T-shirts as their big

fundraiser. In an effort to raise aware-
HOSS for their campaign they plan to
gather at the football field on
March 30 and form a purple rib-
bon that Relay For Life is known for.
Bartow Fire Department will a bring
ladder truck so a picture can be taken.
The T-shirts they are selling will cost
$8 for youth shirts, $10 for small to
extra large sizes and $12 for 2X to 4X,
said Kerry Brown, one of the leader-
ship teachers.
The shirts were designed by the

students and they bear the slogan,
"Saving the World One Life at a Time,"
along with a Yellow Jacket, she said.
"Our goal is to sell 1,000 of them,"
Brown said.
Laura W~ebster, also a leadership
teacher, said the ribbon will prob-
ably mostly be made up of students,
but anyone can take part in it; all
they have to do is wear their purple
"We want the whole community to
be there," she said. "The Relay is for

the whole community."
The shirts are currently on order but
be purchased in advance until
March 9. To order get in touch with any
of three leadership teachers through
Semail at, or shelly. Or people can call
the high school at (863) 534-7400.
Students in the leadership classes
also will be selling them. And, at the
next Friday Fest, which is March 16,
the school plans to sell the T-shirts.


For the past five years, Ben Speight
has organized the Fort Meade Com-
munity Singspiration, which started
out as simply a fundraiser to support
the American Cancer Society Relay
For Life.
Set for March 3, it has become an
annual community event highlight-
ing the "exceptional singing talent
Fort Meade has to offer," he said.
This year it's become even more,
Speight realized that on March 7, it
would be 20 years since his first wife,
Karla, died of breast cancer. And a
conversation with friend about the
awkwardness and even refusal some
people have to talk about how they
miss a loved one inspired Speight to
change the format of the fifth annual
Lots of local singers will still in-
spire and entertain, but this year a
special time will be set aside in the
program to "Call Out Their Names"
and remember those lost to cancer.
Attendees will be asked to call out
the names of their loved ones, thus
saying "we will never forget you,"
Speight explained.
"We need to remember our loved
ones," Speight says. "Their memories
are with us. They're so important in
our I~ves."
He believes we should talk about
our memories: "Remember when
Mom did that" or how Dad or an
aunt used to laugh.
Those remembering loved ones
will include the Langston family.
"My grandfather, Donald Langston
(Papa), died at the age of 82 from
lung cancer," singer Bryan Langs-
ton said. "The doctors gave him six
months to live but through God's
grace, God gave him two great years
of life. He is one of my heroes and
it is a privilege to be able to sing
to support a finding of the cure for
Also singing in the concert is
Charlie Jackson, who says about his
late father William P. Jackson, "truly
missed, but never forgotten."
Fort Meade Fire Chief Billy Gunter
remembers that his mother, Kather-
ine T. Gunter, who died Oct. 1, 2005
from colon cancer, "suffered much,
complained very little." She is still
missed greatly by her family and
friends. Deeply involved with the
First Church of God, WCG and the '
ladies quilting group, Mrs. Gunter
and her lady friends had many fun
times and precious memories.
"She was a wonderful wife, moth-
er, grandmother and Christian lady,"
he recalls. "What I wouldn't give to
have one of her special 'Memi-Burg
ers.' "
Speight says, "over the years we
had them, they taught us so many
things. How to love and how to live
our lives. And, yes, even how to die."

:: The fifth an -
H-: Ual COmmunity
i Singspiration,
sponsored by
3 the First Church
of God in Fort
. . Meade, is sched-
uled for today
from 6-8 p.m., in
the Fort Meade
High School
this year will be
Chuck Hancock, Gail Speer, April
Brown, Bill Whitener, Neil Whaley
and Kristen Chaves, Priscilla Perry,
Amber and
Hunter Bourn,
I = I. P erry Northup,
Lois Johnson,
Dennis Albrit-
ton, Carolyn
.-Siler, Bryan
.'.~- Langston, Rev.
Dan Brockman,
I, .r~r(Peaceful Believ-
: 1 i ers Praise Team,
Scott Fowler,
Teresa Carroll,
Phillip Williams, and the Faithfull
Singer April Brown is' a sup-
porter of Relay
For Life. Her
mother, Zon-
dra Brown, was
a survivor of
and her aunt,
~~ude iladeDavis,
I is a survivor of
breast cancer.
"Our fam-
WILLIAM P.JACKSON ily has endured
the frightening
experience of cancer diagnosis and
the blessed relief of having been told
'you're cancer free!' The advances
that have been made by cancer
research have made the difference
between life or death for my family. I
pray that the monies raised by Relay
For Life, and through events such
as Singspiration might complete the
race for a cure of cancer."
There is no admission, but a dona~
tion will be collected which will be
given to Fort Mleade Relay Fo0r Life
scheduled this year for April 6 and 7
at the American Legion Grounds. Al-
though a fundraiser for Fort Meade's
Relay, Bartow families and friends
are welcome to come and "Call Out
Their Names," as well. Bartow's Relay
For Life is set for April 20-21.
"Time marches on but the memory
of our loved ones will stay with us
forever and we should stop frorn
time to time to honor their memory,"
Speight said. "What better time than
h d hen we are being inspired y Cris-
tian music to do this.
"Death is not going to win."

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three hits while Imig, Fabrizi and Dar-
by had two hits each, and Yost, Deean
Davis, Duncan, Pittman and Meadows
had one hit each.
Emiley Delledonne captured her
first victory, facing 10 batters and
striking out four. Tiffany Waltz relieved
Delledonne, getting the last six bat-
On Monday, Feb. 27, the Bartow
Lady Jackets slammed the Tenoroc
Titans 14-0.
The Jackets had 12 different batters
reach base during the contest led by
Darby, who went three-for-four and
four RBI, and Duncan who was

lam Titans

two-for-three with three RBI.
The Jackets pounded out nine hits
while seven batters reached on base
or balls or by being hit by the pitch.
Imig moved her record to 4-0 with
Waltz and Delledonne closing out the
game with an inning each.
Yost, Wagner, Cheyenne Blaha,
Pittman and Meadows all had one hit
Games coming up for the Yellow
Jackets are:
*Tuesday, March 6, Ridge at
Bartow, district matchup
*Thursday, March 8, George
Jenkins, away, district matchup.

The third inning saw the Jackets put
up three more runs as Darby,Yost and
Brown all contributed hits while Tay-
lor Wagner, Pittman and Tonee Fabrizi
reached on walks.
The Jackets plated seven more runs
in the fourth with hits by Rachel Imig,
Pittman, Brown, Fabrizi and Brittany
Meadows while Shelby Duncan and
Wagner reached base on walks;
The highlight of the inning was a
home run by Imig. She wasn't done
as she hit her second one in the next
inning as the Jackets captured the
eighth victory of the year 13-0.
Leading the way was Brown with

Bartow High School's Lady Jackets
traveled to Lakeland on Tuesday,
Feb. 28, to face the 2-11Iady Dread-
naughts in a Class 7A-District 7
match-up. The 13-0 win was the
eighth straight win for the Yellow Jack-
ets to start the season.
Wanda Darby got things started in
the top of the first with a three-bagger
and Danielle Yost drove her in,
In the second inning Taylor Pittman
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March 3, 2012


A brief rain shower appropriately fell
while representatives of the Southwest Flor-
idaWater Management District (Swiftmud)
spoke at the Polk County Tiger Bay Club
Monday. The rain drew applause and a few
cheers as inside Peace River Country Club
questions trere asked about Polk County's
water supply. Paul Senft, chairman of the
Swiftmud governing board; Neil Combee,
Polk County representative on the board;
and Blake Guillory, the executive director of
the agency.
Following the club's meeting format,
Combee and Senft gave short introduc-
tions, then the three were asked questions
from members by moderator S.L. Frisbie IV
Guillory was appointed to his position
in August 2011 and at that time was vice
president and the Florida Guilf Coast area
manager for Brown and Caldwell, a .
national consulting firm providing water
supply, wastewater, stormwater, infastruc-
ture, business consulting and environmen-
tal sciences expertise to public and private
Combee said Guillory came to Swift-
mud at a "difficult" time, when the agency

Swas dealing with
:Ibudget cuts and
IIlayoffs. Last year
the agency's budget
was cut 40 per-
cent, Senft noted,
and next year it is
scheduled to lose an additional 20
~ j~jz~'P~percent in operat-
ing costs only.
~"Hopefully the
BRIAN GUILLORY economy will turn
around and permit
activity will pick up," Combee said. The
16-county agency's staff has been cut from
870 to 600, Guillory noted. The district is 50
years old this year, and just 20 years ago had
only 100 employees.
"The district's going to be fine with the
budget we have," Guillory said. The agency
has to be "very effcient" so the taxpayers
get "maximum value."
Several questions focused on Polk
County getting its share of dollars from
Swif~tmud, while much of the priority seems
to go to Tampa Bay.
Combee said the priority had been to
get Tampa Bay pumping less groundwater
because it was causing salt water intrusion.

The District has
-. been able to get
~the Tampa Bay
area down from
150 million gallons
.a day to about 90
~million gallons,
Combee said. That
has been the "most
critical need" and is
regional in scope.
Senft said the
PAUL SENFT District will be
reevaluating its land
holdings, but "would not be getting rid of
any environmentally protected lands or
wetlands," saying it is good business prac-
tice to review them.
Senft also noted Monday while a Bartow
service office is needed, half of Swiftmud's
building at 170 Century Blvd., off State Road
60 West is vacant and efforts to rent it had
so far been unsuccessful. On Tuesday the
governing board decided to sell the office
and move staff to two other locations.
About 10 field employees will go to the
District's Lake Hancock property, about 14
miles north of Barow. Some heavy equip-
ment such as airboats will be stored there,
as well. The District will look for offce

space to lease in an
testingg govem-
~ment building in
the Bartow area for
about 15 additional
"The cheapest
..source of water
--is conservation,"
Sehft emphasized.
~j~k ~ H 48~a t some point wa-
.: ter will be valued
NEIL COMBEE higher." He urged
the audience to
do simple things like turning the water off
while brushing their teeth or shaving. Con-
servations methods work, he said, noting
that St. Petersburg is averaging 90 gallons of
water per person per day, while the district
standard is 150.
"Look at your water use and see if you
can reduce it."
The final question, "What lies ahead in
the political future of Neil Combee?" was
answered with the announcement that he
plans to run for Congress and has filed for
House Seat 39. That district is north Polk
and a little of Osceola. Combee said he
will leave the governing board "with mixed
emotions" in early summer.

sources come from property taxes, facility
usage fees, course fees, gifts/bequest; and
interest earned. In all, among the seven
categories, there are 47 sources that make
up the yearly Polk County school budget. .
Part of Grey's presentation focused on a
report on Senate Bill 1972 (PB 7078), which
was dated Feb. 15. A summary statement
states the bill conforms applicable statutes
to the appropriations provided in the Sen-
ate proposed budget for pre-kindergarten
through grade 12 education for the 2012-13
fiscal year.
Among other things, the bill modifies the
FEFP reading allocation to provide inten-
sive reading instruction for low performing
students by adding an additional one hour
of instruction beyond the normal school
day; the funds would be limited for reading
~While an additional hour per day would
impose a financial hardship, there was
an upside, stated Gray. It would delay the
penalty the school would have to pay for
increased class size until 2014-15. An-


Where does the money come from?
Where does it go? If those were questions
on the minds of Polk County School Board
members, Mark A. Grey, assistant superin-
tendent of business services, filled them in
... in exacting detail at the Feb. 21 budget
To make it more comprehensible, Grey
provided a roster containing seven columns
representing different revenue funds: gen-
er-al; special revenue; food service; capital
outlay; debt service; internal service; and
agency. Within each of those funds were
three categories: federal, state and local.
The categories were further broken down
with additional subsets. As an example, un-
der the General Fund, revenue from federal
sources includes ROTC and Medicaid. The
state provides funding from FEFP Flor-
ida Education Finance Program work-
force development, preschool programs
and state license taxes. Funding from local

other "positive" would be a waiver to the
requirement to purchase newly adopted
instructional materials within two years if
the district demonstrates the instructional
materials content was provided by altema-
tive means.
One of the requirements of the bill, said
Gray, was that it would require school
districts to participate in the school district
consortium to maximize purchasing power
for goods and services. Gray told the Polk
County Schools Board this was of little use
to the school system because Polk County
is one of the larger school districts. Plus get-
ting cooperation among the various school
districts is no easy task.
"You can't even get school districts to
agree on what brand of No. 2 pencil to
purchase," Gray said.
There were a number of items the report
Gray issued, The Florida Senate Bill Analysis
and Fiscal Impact Statement, covered a
number of topics. Those topics included:
*Categorical Program Fund Flexibility,
in which funds are provided for specific

purposes, such as student transportation.
juvenile Justice Education Funding, in
which Polk County Schools must fund the
educational program at the same or higher
level for equivalent students in district
school system. However, according to the
document, because the law provides some
discretion for school district sharing of
funds w~ith juvenile justice educational pro-
grams, there is a disparate level of funding
for these programs among school districts.
*Severance packages, in which a district
school board may not enter into an em-
ployment contract tha~t requires the district
to pay from state fluids an employee or a
district school superintendent an amount
in excess of one year of the employee's an-
nual salary for termination, buyout, or any
Other type of contract settlement.
?Tho other topics included charter school
administrative feels); audits; and discretion-
ary capital outlay millage,The latter allows
in addition to the maxmum millage levy
for operations, the levying of up to 1.5 mills
for capital outlay purposes.


University of South Florida Presi-
dent Judy Genshaft went to Atlanta
on Tuesday, where she and other state
higher education leaders met with the
president of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools (SACS).
She came back with a message:
Contrary to what Sen. JD Alexander has
been saying around the state Capitol,
the University of Soutif Florida Poly-
technic cannot be accredited by July.
A more realistic expectation for gaining
that status is probably a year and a half at
the earliest, Genshaft said, and that's only
if the Lakeland branch campus remains
under USF's accreditation umbrella in the
She said splitting USF Poly away from
the school immediately would prolong the
process even more, by at least three years.
And in that case, at least the first class of
the new university would have to graduate
from a nonaccredited institution.

"We asked if
there were any
other models that
we knew of," Gen-
shaft told reporters
upon landing at
Tampa Interna-
tional Airport. "And
there were no other
Genshaft had
scheduled the

..-"-- ; 4 of the buildings
.on its now-empty
campus site before
/ it could be inde-
~Until told dif-
ferently, that's the
' ~path Genshaft is
following. It's also
the path that's pre-
.ferred by Gov. Rick
JUDY GENSHAFT Scott, who would
need to sign off on
Alexander's bill, pending approval by the
House, before it could become a reality.
In a speech on the Senate hoor last week,
Alexander, R-Lake Wales, said gaining
separate accreditation under the USF bran~d
could come by this summer. And then
Polytechnic would work toward gaining ac-
creditation as a separate institution, he said,
with no gap in accreditation for students.
Unless a school has accreditation, its
students cannot receive financially aid.
Alexander envisions that all happening
under the guidance of a new, separate fi-

duciary board, with USF staying "engaged"
until the new Florida Polytechnic University
is able to gain that full accreditation.
In comments Thesday, he stuck to his
expected summer completion date` for
USF Poly's separate accreditation, at which
point, he said, the fiduciary board would
take over and usher the school to full
independence. That is, "if USF does its work
But, according to Genshaft, Alexander
can't have it both ways. Either USF Poly
will have to stay under USF's umbrella, as
the Board of Governors planned, or it will
have to split off right away, as Alexander's
bill calls for. A separate institution can't
piggyback on USF's accreditation unless it's
part of USE If the USF Poly-split bill does
go through, students enrolled at USF Poly
now can still earn their degrees front USF
anld take classes in Lakeland, Genlshaft said.
But she can't make the same promise for
students who may come to the new univer-
sity after it breaks away. Genshaft said SACS
President Belle Wheelan planned to send a
letter to lawmakers clarifying the options.

, b,


SACS meeting long
before the Senate voted to immediately
split USF: Poly from the main campus.
That proposal, a priority for Alexander, was
slipped into a budget bill and approved
35i-4 last week.
It veers from the USF Poly independence
track already laid out by t-he Florida Board
of Governors, which made separate ac-
creditation a prerequisite. The board also
required that the school have an enroll-
ment of 1,244 students with half of them
in science, technology, engineering and
math fields and complete at least two

Water district has regional aim to save water

Road Alexander fodgh~t for tucked into budget

March 3, 2012

The Polk County Democrat Page 9A..


close to getting the university he has
wanted for Polk County.
He might be getting part of the
road he has wished for, too.
Despite a $1.4 billion budget
shortfall and at times heated rheto-
ric about finding ways to spend
fewer state dollars, budget writers
have tucked $34.7 million into this
year's proposed spending plan for
the design of a portion of the Heart-
land Parkway a long-dormant
road project in Central Florida.
If lawmakers approve the state's
proposed transportation work plan,
which includes billions of dollars for
hundreds of other projects, about
$18 million could be spent on the
Polk project starting this summer.
Another $16.7 million is earmarked
for 2014 or 2015.
Alexander, a businessman worth
more than $10 million and whose
company owns a large ranch that
could benefit if the entire road gets
built, has advocated for the parkway
in the past. As the Senate budget
chairman, he holds huge sway in
how every state dollar is spent.
Yet he said this week he was un-
aware of the Department of Trans-
portation request for money to de-
sign a portion of the parkway. "Don't
know anything about it," Alexander,
R-Lake Wales, said Wednesday. "Not
involved in any way."
Not everyone is buying it.
"Sen. Alexander planned this
perfectly," said Sen. Mike Fasano,

R-New Port Richey, who has opposed
Alexander on a host of issues, in-
cluding Alexander's quest to turn the
University of South Florida Polytech-
nic into the state's 12th independent
"I'm concerned that, between USF
Poly and the parkway, taxpayers
will be on the hook for hundreds of
millions of dollars. And for what? To
accommodate one state senator. It's
unfortunate that things like this are
allowed to happen."
The parkway is a so-called "Fu-
ture Corridor" a large highway
that the state intends to operate as
a toll road. It was an idea hatched
during Gov. Jeb Bush's administra-
tion, scrapped by Gov. Charlie Crist
and ultimately resurrected by Gov.
Rick Scott. To many, it's a return to
20th century highway building, in
that most of the proposed highways
traverse undeveloped land the key
ingredient to sprawl. To Scott, Alex-
ander and the DOT, they are simply
the way to unlock future growth in
landlocked counties.
Alexander, in 2005, met three times
with state officials to promote the
idea of a north-south road in the
rural part of Central Florida south
of Interstate 4. About the same time,
Alexander asked the Senate's general
counsel whether he had a conflict
with the project. Alexander said he
was told if he avoided discussions
with government decisionmakers on
a subject that affects him financially,
he had no conflict.
The Heartland Economic, Agri-
cultural and Rural Task Force, or
HEART, was created in late 2005 as

a nonprofit task force that began
pushing for the road.
The group faxed a proposed path
for the road to the Florida's Turnpike
Enterprise in February 2006. The
HEART lobbyist who drew the map
was an Orlando lawyer who was with
Alexander in meetings with Bush
and DOT officials. The hand-drawn
map showed a road that stretched
across Polk County. A similar route
was adopted a month later by the
state when it unveiled plans for the
Heartland Parkway.
The proposed 110-mile road
stretches through the ranches, farms
and swamps of inland Florida, from
Collier County to I-4. In real estate,
that's a good thing. Land prices typi-
cally skyrocket, for property adja-
cent to newly built transportation
Nearly all of Blue Head Ranch,
a massive piece of property con-
trolled by one of Alexander's compa-
nies, lies directly in the path of the
proposed roadway. The company,
Atlantic Blue, plans 30,000 r~esiden-
tial units and 11 million square feet
of nonresidential development on
7,500 acres of the ranch, according
to its website.
But Alexander has maintained he
didn't involve himself with HEART,
despite corporate documents that
show links between himself and
members of the non-profit, which
dissolved in 2008.
The parkway project was shelved
after a state study in 2007 found that
the road was unfeasible. The prob-
lem?? Not enough traffic to justify
what was intended to be a toll road.

The solution? Large projects built
nearby that would produce high vol-
umes of traffic.Trhat would include
a new university, Stan Cann, a DOT
secretary, explained to the Times
in 2008. Like the proposed Florida
Polytechnic University in Lakeland.
"The USF campus only adds to the
feasibility of the parkway," Cann
said. "It's a traffic generator."
The money in the budget would
pay only for the design of the north
section of the toll road closest to the
university campus.
Tom Deardorff, director of the
Polk Transportation Planning Orga-
nization, said that stretch of road
- which is now proposed to be
called the Central Polk Parkway is
a separate project and hasn't been
pushed by Alexander. The 44-mile
road, which in 2007 was estimated to
cost $1.8 billion to construct, would
be built to relieve the county's east-
west traffic, Deardorff said. It was
put in Polk's long-range plan in 2010.
But Sen. Paula Dockery, a-lRepubli-
can from Lakeland who has clashed
with Alexander, questioned how the
road jumped ahead of other projects
that have been waiting for funding
for years, such as the Osceola Park-
way to the east.
"There hasn't been a public expla-
nation for why it jumped ahead,"
Dockery said. "And I find it hard to
believe that, as appropriations chair,
(Alexander) doesn't know about it.
He is able to direct money to the
projects he likes. USF Poly and the
Heartland Parkway are part of this
master plan, and he's one of the
masterminds behind it."

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Andrew Tedder, left, hands Gerald Tucker a check for $1,600 for his Susan G. Komen 3-Day for
the Cure team called (Sole) Sisters and Him. Bartow High's mascot the Yellow Jacket is at the
right. High school students raised the money selling pink T-shirts at two football games, had
bake sales and sold pink bracelets at Bartow High School softball games. Part of the money
they raised also helped the Denise Smith Scholarship Foundation. She was a teacher at Bartow
High School who died from breast cancer.

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The City of Fort Meade cons d rng p 15ing to the Flord epar n of Enomic Opportunity
(DEO) for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of up to Seven Hundred Thou-
sand Dollars ($700,000.00). These funds must be used for one of the following purposes:
1. To benefit low and moderate income persons;
2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or
3. To meet other community development needs of recent origin having a particular urgency because ex-
isting conditions pose a serious and immediate th!reat to the health or welfare of the community and where
other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.
The categories of activities for which these funds may be used are in the areas of housingi, neighbor-
hood revitalization, commercial revitalization, or economic development and include such improvement
activities as acquisition of real property, loans to private-for-profit business, purchase of machinery and
equipment, construction of infrastructure, r~ehabilitation of houses and commercial buildings, and energy
conservation. Additional information regarding the range of activities that may be undertaken will be
provided at the public hearing. For each activity that is proposed, at least 70%0 of the funds must benefit
low and moderate income persons.
In developing an application for submission to DEO, the City of Fort Meade must plan to minimize
displacement of persons as a result of plannedl CDBG activities. In addition, the City of Fort Mcade is
required to develop a plan to assist displaced persons.
A public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the community's economic and community develop-
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requiring an interpreter for the hearing impaired or thle visually impaired should contact the City Clerk at
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Bryant, second
runner-up in the
1959 Miss Amer-
ica pageant, had
several hit songs
ANITIA BRYANT a srvera sa
for the Florida Citrus.Commission from
Bryant was inducted into the Florida
Citrus Hall of Fame in 1988*
For information call (863) 680-4975 or

'Bustin' Clays With
,hrf yrd Jud

The third annual Polk Sheriff'S
Charities Inc. "Bustin' Clays with
Sheriff Grady Judd" event is Saturday,
March 3, at 7 a.m., at Tenoroc Sport_
ing Clays, 3755 Tenoroc Mine Road,
Lakeland. All proceeds will go to Polk
Sheriff's Charities to support activities
and charities that benefit the com-
munityr associated with and identi-
fied through the Polk County Sheriff's
Offi e
"With 240 shooters already regis-
tered, we know this will be another
successful event," said Judd.

March 3,.2012

aP* e 10A The Polk Cou t

Two best friends celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on Feb. 23, 2012.
Glen and Donna Hayes were married
at Northside Baptist Church in Bartow
on Feb. 23, 1962. Born in Alturas, he was
a 1958 graduate- of Winter Haven High
School. Mrs. Hayes was a 1966 graduate
of Summerlin Institute in Bartow. She
was born in Picnic, a small crossroads
town on State Road 37, south of Fort
They lived in Lake Wales while work-
ing in Bartow. He is now retired from
the Polk County School System and she
from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
But they also had a calling, serving as
missionaries in Haiti for 18 years begin-
ning in the early 1990s. After forming
a nonprofit organization, Children's
Care Outreach, they built churches
and schools. Their main thrust was
in education, helping kids learn to
cope, teaching them academically and
vocationally. The Hayes also did mis-
sion work in the Bahamas and South
The couple left prior to the massive
earthquake in Haiti in 2010, but re-
turned once, Mr. Hayes said, and found
the landscape in Port au Prince totally
disrupted. -*
They still serve Haiti through Love A

Glen and Donna Hayes
Child, one of the biggest ministries in
that country, Mr. Hayes said.
The couple has two children, Glen Jr.
and John 'Robert; two granddaughters
and one grandson; and four great-
granddau~ghters, with one on the way.
A family dinner celebration was held
for their golden anniversary.
"They said it would never last," Mr.
Hayes said. "We've been best friends all
of our lives."


The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame is
inaiking its 50th anniversary with a
Golden Jubilee Celebration this week-
end. and former Florida Citrus Commis-
siort spokeswoman Anita Bryant will be
present for the festivities.
Bryant honored the 2012 inductees
intoathe Hall of Fame on Friday and she
'is alsfo scheduled to sing at the Golden
Jubilee Gala at 6 p.m. Saturday at Nora
Mayo Hall in Winter Haven.
Atmtheinduction ceremony l n ho
on thle Hall of Fame Tree. The 2012
inductees are Robert J. "Bob" Barben of
Avon Park, Frank Hunt II of Lake Wales
and Dr. W. Bernard "Bernie" Lester of
A golf tournament, luncheon and
fashion show are also scheduled on

ROV1Val StartS Saturday

Mount Pisgah Baptist Church will
,hold a revival March 4-9 starting at
7 p.m. each day.
Brother Joey Taykir will lead
the-services with guest speakers
throughout the week. Music will be
provided by recording artist Bourne
Again joined by the Mount Pisgah
Adult and Youth. Choirs. .
The church is located at 6210
Mount Pisgah Road, Fort Meade.
For in orma ion, all (863) 375-4409


Hayes celebrate

50th anniversary

Bartow; High raises

$1 600 for Komen team




The Polk County Democrat Page 11A

March 3 2012

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March 3, 2012

BARTOW (AP) A Central Florida
man has been found guilty in a fatal
road-rage crash.
A Polk County jury found 48-year-old
Richard Waters guilty Monday evening
of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene
of an accident involving death and two
counts of reckless driving with serious
He faces up to 30 years in prison at
his April 12 sentencing.
Authorities say Waters was angry in
May 2010 because Joshua Moore pulled -
out in front of him. Waters, of Bartow,

then swerved into Moore's lane and
forced him into oncoming traffic. Moore
crashed head-on into 30-year-old Amy
Krupp, who was killed in the collision.
Waters and Moore were northbound
on U.S. Highway 98 when Moore's truck
went across the median and went into
the path of Krupp, who was driving
south. The crash killed her and her
10-year-old son, a police report stated.
Waters kept driving, but another mo-
torist followed him and took down his
license plate number, which was then
reported to law enforcement.

agreed to meet
deputies in a store
parking lot in -
north Lakeland.
Creech arrived
with the victim in

hn deputies
talked to Carlton

AWinter Haven Fire Department lieu-
tenant and reserve officer with the police
department in Lake Alfred was arrested
Tuesday after a woman told police she was
in fear of her life around him. -
Bobby Creech, 44, was charged with
bate p-d tg ilec an lae was aker
Acted, the Polk County Sheriff's Offce
At 8:15 p.m., on Thesday, Feb. 28, Polk
County Sheriff's Office deputies respond"
ed to a call of a woman being forced into a
car against her will.
Michael Sullivan, 42, gave deputies the
vehicle description and the tag number of
Cre'ech o reporel Kpa ee a aywt

Sullivan had been dating the victim, for
the past few weeks, and the suspect had
been dating Carlton for the past six years,

oC eec found out about the relation-
ship when he located Carlton at Sullivan's
house. Creech demanded the victim leave
with him but she refused, police report.
Creech physically forced the victim into
his car and left, they said. Sullivan con-
tacted law enforcement.
Deputies contacted Carlton via cell-
phone and during the call, the victim
denied being held against her will. She

~8~st~,;~~O~ alone, she said
I she was afraid to
L~ tell. the truth on
BOBBY CREECH the phone and
that the suspect
had threatened her life, police report. She
said Creech tried to coerce her into lying
during the investigation. Carlton said she
had been physically forced into the car by
the su pect ~a ast her will.
The vctim ha abrasions to her left
arm, left wrist, and left foot consistent with
being dragged, deputies report.
The victim said Creech terrifies her and
notes the suspect has been physically
abusive in the past. She said Creech has
told her if he ever caught her cheating
he would kldl her and she was afraid for
her life if she told the truth on the phone,
deputies reported.
Creech was booked into the Polk
County Jail W~ednesday.

A tractor-trailer hit an Amtrak train go-
ing to Tampa Tuesday and though there
were no injuries, traffic was stopped in
Lakeland for a few hours because of the
wreck, the Florida Highway Patrol re-
The tractor-trailer's driver, Robert Joseph
Antonietta, 52, of Mulberry, was issued a
citation for stopping on the railroad ~tracks,
FHP reported.
The wreck happened at 12:41 p.m. at
North County Line Road and the intersec-
tion of U.S. Highway 92.
Antonietta was traveling north on Coun-
ty Line Road in the outside lane when
traffic ahead of him stopped, according
to the report. As a result, he stopped his
tractor trailer, a 2007 Freightliner with an
empty standard box trailer, on the railway
tracks which run parallel to U.S. 92 and
Just south of the roadway. The westbound

Amtrak train headed to Tampa from Jack-
sonville collided into the rear of the trailer
operated by Antonietta, FHP reported.
Debris from this crash hit a 1997
Mitsubishi single unit truck being driven
southbound on County Line Road in the
inside lane by Eric Wayne Chilson, 42, of
Tampa, who had stopped just north of the
railway to yield to the train,
The CSX rail tracks which parallel U.S.
92 were undamaged in the crash; however,
the crossing gates sustained $10,000 in
damage that was repaired immediately by
CSX personnel. The Amtrak train sustained
approxunately $65,000 mn damage.
None of the 130 passengers, nine on-
board service personnel, five engineers or
other drivers sustained any injuries in the
collision, FHP reported.
Traffic in the area was disrupted for two

Feb. 20
Henry Luna, 22, 780 W Davidson #92 out-of-county
Steven White, 28, 1175 Maple Avenue -failure to
Glenn Sobelman, 57, 290 5. CR Brown Avenue viola-
tion of probation.
Lonnie Howard, 25, 1516 Femndell Road possession of
Chasity Brock, 20, 6018 Pipes Road possession of
marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Feb. 21 -
Fabias Warner, 33, 955 Carver Avenue driving with a
, suspended license and possession of marijuana.
Royalanda Holden, 39, 955 Carver Avenue possession
of marijuana.
Andrew Ferrell, 22, 2912 Old Homeland Road -fraud to
swindle an innkeeper and violation of probation.
Jham sW ker, c9 2922 Wheeler Street -driving

Feb. 22
John Boyd, 32, 5810 Vaughn Road burglary, grand
theft, dealing in stolen property and damage property-
criminal mischief-break/damage fence containing animals.
Teah Deen, 22, 1339 Laurel Glen Drive battery.
Victoria Deboard, 25, 1223 Pasteur Road criminal
Adrian Newton, 22, 3252 South Avenue burglary,
battery, obstructing justice and aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon.
Michael Home, 36, 221 Wingate Road battery.

Feb. 23
Horatio Zamarripa, 47, 460 Rifle Range Road battery
and resisting arrest without violence. -
Jennifer Guy, 44, 1140 5. Gordon Avenue violation of
probation, resisting arrest without violence and failure to
, appear.
Jermonte Rushing, 29, at large failure to appear.
Charles Johnson, 30, 2405 E. State Road 60 Lot 63 -
burglary, grand theft larceny, possession of marijuana,
possession of paraphernalia and dealing in stolen property.

Feb. 24
Tracy Hernandez, 36, 277 80 Foot Road possession of
marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Gary Leach, 50, 4704 Weston Road possession of a
controlled substance without a prescription and possession
of paraphernalia.
Markishia Wilson, 38, 1645 Harbor Way driving with a
suspended license.

Feb. 25
Herndon Meeks, 28, 632 Renay Court petit theft.
Melvin Bouyer, 30, 2415 E. Gibbons Street driving
with a suspended license, burglary and grand theft larceny.
Dennis Billman, 49, 5331 Twin Pines Court resisting
arrest without violence and disorderly intoxication in public.
Trenton Simms, 21, 1505 Kissingen Avenue battery.
Ashley Small, 25, 1060 Golfyiew Avenue #8 driving
with a suspended license.
Frankie Wilson, 50, 950 Bee Avenue possession of
cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.

Feb. 26

ma iju n~a,H pssin fp rahph rnai nd r isin wit' a
suspended license.
Donald Brown, 34, 222 W Ethelene #27 petit theft
larceny and violation of probation,
Dwayne Stackhouse, 29, 475 Ethelene Street driving
with a suspended license.

Feb. 27
Nakia Newman, 29, 1095 E. Main Street loitering.

James Goodwin, 19, 5539 Wells Road criminal
Brandy Kemp, 35, 422 E. Citrus Highlands Drive grand
theft of a motor vehicle and dealing in stolen property.
James carter, 40, 52949 Vaughn Road- grand theft of a
motor vehicle and dealing in stolen property.
Francisco Castaneda-Lopez, 24, 3252 South Avenue -
driving without a valid license.

Feb. 28
Larry Williams, 52, 105 Gerties Road possession of
cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and driving with a
suspended license.
William Edwards, 30, 1120 Fairview Avenue failure
to appear.
Rufus Smith, 39, 222 W. Ethelene Street #4 aggra-
vated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and criminal

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The Polk County Democrat Page 13A

March 3, 2012

James Owen Dalley, 92,
of Fort Meade, passed
away Tuesday, Feb. 28,
2012, of heart failure.
Mr. Dalley was born
in Ironwood, Mich., on
Dec. 11, 1919, and moved
to Fort Meade from Plym-
outh, Mich., in the 1950s.
He was the manager of
the Fort Meade A&tP Gro-
cery Store for many years
and also the owner and

operator of Dalley Town
Park. He was a Protestant.
Mr. Dalley is survived
by several nieces and
Memorial services will
be held at 11 a.m., Mon-
day, March 5, at Hancock
Funeral Home, 945 E.
Broadway, Fort Meade.
Condolences may be
made to the family at

to churches that also have schools in
them, to which Long said it is likely
those are charged residential rates, too,
but he wasn't positive.
However, because this deals with
churches there is a fine line in changing
a policy that could wmnd up with the city
getting into a legal problem whether
warranted or not.
"If someone wants to fight this it
could be we could wind up in court,"
said Commissioner Adrian Jackson.
Another area discussed was custom-
ers being charged to have their electric
meters re-read when they question their
Clements asked if the discrepancies
ever show the city is wrong and when
Long said it occasionally does, he sug-
gested the city charge the customer a
re-read fee when the city is not wrong
and not charge the customer when the
city makes an error.
"That sounds reasonable," Long said.
A third example where no final deci-
sion was made was in creating a fund
by an outside party from the city to help
those who need help in making their
electric bills.
"We would create thle fund and it
would exist, but someone else would do
it?" Mayor Pat Huff said.
Long said that would be correct. An
example he used was customers could
contribute to it and it would be run
by another organization, he used the
Church Service Center as an example,
and they would provide assistance to
those who would need it,
"I'm not completely sold on the idea,"
Long said.
Yet there was some thought that this
could help not only customers having
trouble but also help the city get pay-
ments it may not otherwise get.
"We could leave it and see what it
does," Commissioner Leo Longworth
When commissioners meet again on
March 12, they plan to finish what the
employees have submitted in an effort
to make things run more smoothly than
in the past.
"We're working really hard to achieve
consistency," Long said. "We want
to establish a model, then it can be
executed at the management staff level
and achieve fairness."


In the effort to keep a blueprint by
which the city operates, Bartow city
commissioners kept themselves locked
in a room all day Wednesday address-
ing a list they asked employees to put
together to incorporate into the strate-
gic plan. But what they asked for was so
large they've scheduled a second day to
get through it.
That day will be March 12.
"What the commissioners did yes-
terday was go through it, determine
whether they felt any differently about
what we got," City Manager George
Long said Thursday. "It was an effort to
get everyone on the same page on what
the functional priorities are.
City departments listed priorities and,
led by consultant Lyle Sumek of Lyle
Sumek and Associates Inc., commis-
sioners went through each department's
list and either OK'd priorities or gave
their thoughts on rearranging them. All
this will be put into the strategic plan, a
document that outlines the city's direc-
tion and will help them make priorities
when drawing up a budget each year.
Strategic Plan 2025, which the city
passed last October, came together after
two years of work and sets policy in
one-, five- and 15-year increments.
"(The Strategic Plan) is an active
document," Long said. "This was one
step. We'll use these priorities as we
figure out the budget."
The plan will be updated on a regular
basis to keep it current and accurate.
As well as setting priorities submitted
by staff, commissioners consider what
policies should be and sometimes even
create policies where they didn't exist
before. *
An example of this came in how taxes
are charged. Currently churches are
taxed by the city on the residential rate
rather than the commercial rate. The
question of fairness was discussed as
well as the fact that the city loses money
because residential rates are cheaper
than commercial rates.
"I don't know any place else that does
that," Long told commissioners about
churches being charged residential rates.
Commissioner James Clements
questioned whether that also applied


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Pilots at the event will also ex-
plain more about their airplanes,
allowing young people to discover
how airplanes work and how pilots
ensure safety is the prime concern
before every flight.
Following the flight, children will
receive certificates making them of-
ficial Young Eagles.
Their names will then be entered
into the "World's Largest Logbook,"
which is on permanent display at
the EAA Air Adventure Museum in
Oshkosh, Wis.
Those attending the flight rally
on March 10 are asked to come to
the hangar west of the blue-roofed
airport terminal, 3480 Airfield Drive
W., Lakeland. It begins at 9 a.m.
and will run until 2 p.m.
Call (863) 206-3991 for information.

Lakeland area young people ages
8-17 will have the opportunity to
take to the skies as the Experimen-
.tal Aircraft Association has a rally at
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
The rally is part of the EAA Young
Eagles Program, created to interest
young people in aviation.
Since the program was launched
in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have
flown more than 1.6 million chil-
dren who reside in more than 90
"Free airplane rides are just part
of the Flight Rally," said spokesman
Sal Capra. "We hope to build one-
on-one relationships between pilots
and young people, giving a new
generation a chance to learn more
about the possibilities that exist in
the world of aviation.



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The Bartow Rotary Club's Annual W~ildf Game Dinner will be held
Saturday, Mlarch~ 24, 2012 at Leland Young's bamn In Alluras.
Event starts at 6 p.m.
* Scholarships for Higher Education
* Dictionary Distnbution to all elementary school stuldenls in the
Bartow area
* Just Say NO to Drugs Rally
* Scholarship awards to all schools ir Bi.)rtow
* Special needs in, the community ands many other programs
Each ticket includes:
Dlnner Open Bar' Door Prlces i Tickets for Chinese Auction

Tlckets are $50 00i and may be purchased from any mesmber
or at GIlhens State Farm Insurance, 595 W. Main St

SPCA Inc. headquartered in Lakeland,
Florida has a kickoff event for its 20th Anni-
versary Walk for the Animals and SPCA 5K
on Tuesday, March 6, from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. at
the SPCds Campus of Kindness, 5850 Bran-
nen Road South in Lakeland.
The kickoff will feature information
on the Walk/5K, assistance signing. up -
online as an individual or team, and
fundraising ideas. Light refreshments
will be served. '
This year the Walk for the Animals and
SPCA SK fundraising goal is $100,000.
The funds allow the SPCA to care for
more than 6,000 homeless pets, provide
affordable spay/neuter surgeries to more
than 6,000 owned animals and reach
some 25,000 people and pets through its
community programs like pet therapy

and Ani-meals. The monies raised
also help to support programs like the
Guardian Angel Fund, which provides
necessary medical treatment to prepare
animals for adoption.
The 2012 Walk for the Animals and
SPCA 5K will take place from 7 a.m.-
noon on Saturday, April 21, at Lake
Hollingsworth in Lakeland.
The family-friendly event features dog
and owner contests with fantastic prizes,
children's activities including a bounce
house, demonstrations, vendors and
more. Sponsorship and vendor opportu-
nities are still available,
For information on the Walk for the
Animals and SPCA SK( call (863) 646-7722
or visit http://bit.1y/walk2012 or www.

For more Informrallon, please call
P.O. Box 14 Barlow. FL. 33831

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Kappa Omicron Omega Chapter
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
has scheduled an Emerald Ball at the
Bartow Civic Center from 8:30 p.m.-
12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10.

The ball's theme is "IAn Enchanting
Evening of Elegant Emeralds," and
the admission price is $20. Tickets
may be bought at the door. The event
is a fundraiser for scholarships.

City employees

submit plan priorities

James Owen Dalley

WOO : Wl fOr the mnmals

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NOtiCe is hereby given that the City of Bartow is accepting
appliCatiOnS f0r the following voluntary advisory boards.

To obtain an application or board description contact the
City Clerk's Office at (863) 534-0100 ext. 1256 or visit the
City' Clerk section on the City's website:
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March 3, 2012



and keeping her grades up, Steffanie has
authored an environmental education
program for elementary students aged 5 to
11 which has been accepted statewide.
She explains that the environmental
education program started at home.
Munguia's parents, Nyleen and Reinlier,
have long fostered her interest in the
environment. The Highland City teen says
her father has long been involved in the
Audubon Society and she's helped him in
various wildlife rescue operations, includ-
ing birds of prey.
"We've rescued all sorts of birds, mam-
mals and whatever animals need help," she
The rescue activities fostered her long-
term interest in the environmental, she
explains. And a rainy day in the summer of
2010 led to the education program.
"It was raining one Saturday and I didn't
have anythiing special to do, so I drafted a
nine-lesson plan to introduce Idds to the

Early risers can participate in or
watch two events that showcase the
art of athletics, the Bloomin' Bike Ride
and Race for the Arts. Registration starts
at 7 a.m. Saturday at Fort Blount Park, at
the corner of Broadway and Main. Both
cyclists and runners take off at 8 a.m.
General festival hours are 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, and
10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4.
The annual event is made possible by
the hard work of volunteers who plan for
months and by sponsors who provide the
Festival goers should have good
weather, whether they like warm or cooler.
Predictions are for a high of 85 on Satur-
day and 68 on Sunday, with a 40 percent
chance of some rain that day. But doesn't
the sun always shine on art?
More detailed information, a map and a
list of artists may be found in the Bloomin'
Arts Festival magazine, published by The
Polk County Democrat, available at the fes-
tival and at several businesses in the area.

environment and how it all interconnects."
She teaches small groups of school
students on Saturdays at the Polk Nature
Discovery Center at Circle Bar B Reserve on
Winter Lake Road.
To get students into her program, Stef-
fanie made a commercial that aired on
Polk County's television station, PGTV
She had to be prodded to fess up that
not only has she been involved in theater,
but that she's had leading roles in BHS pro-
ductions for the past three years. She's also
in the chorus and is presently that group's
When she first developed her program,
she started at the Audubon Society, but
learned quickly it was not as accessible to
a wider audience, so she moved her classes
to the Discovery Center.
Munguia's curriculum program has been

adopted statewide and can be adapted to
different locales. That is exactly what she
plans to do.
She's been accepted at the University
of South Florida and is planning a move
to Tampa where she'll live on the USF
campus. The National Merit Scholar finalist
is already investigating where she can host
the program there.
"I hope I can continue with it when I'm
over there, it's something I really enjoy."
She also hopes to continue hier animal
and bird rescue activities,
But rescuing animals and birds isn't all
she wants to do with a variety of fauna.
"I'd really like to be a veterinarian," she
says. "'Td love that." She's focusing her
initial efforts on USE but sees an ultimate
transfer to the University of Florida for the
vet school.

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General Festival
Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
and Sunday, March 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

owpanAng Pui iyrn nil be feed; tickets for the drawing
for sale will be available at the Bartow Art Guild tent. The
ticket drawing will be at the awards ceremony on Sunday,
March 4, at3 p.m.
Bloomin' Bike Ride
Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m., registration begins at 7 a.m., Fort
Blount Park, Broadway and Main Street. Bike presentation
at 8a.m. For information call 863-640-1024; register on or download registration form at www.
Polk Arts Alliance SK Run
Saturday, March 3, registration begins at7 a.m., race and walk
begin at Biount Park. Information and registration:, 1akeland, centralfloridas-,; email director@;
phone (863) 804-0494.
Bartow Garden Club Flower Show
Saturday, March 3, from l0 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday,

March 4, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Community Southern Bank,
on comer of Main Street and Broadway.
Quilt Show
Stuorta In su y tac 3-4, o0au.m.-4p.m., Polk county

Children's Tent
Studrday Mrarc 51 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Will include hands-on art, crafts and face painting at the 100
block of East Davidson on the north side of the Polk County
Historical Museum. Presented by Mosaic and Community
Southern Bank.
Saturday, Mardh 5, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., and
Sunday, March 6, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Broadway.
Hosted by Victory Lane.
Student Awards Ceremony
Saturday, Mardh 3, 3:30 p.m.
Front steps of Historic Courthouse
Adult Awards Ceremony
Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m.

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a ride and he said 'if you're selling
what I think you're selling they
don't do that in Bartow.' Then he
drove off."
But is prostitution prevalent in
this area or in any area in Bartow?
"l hadn't seen any (prostitution)
there, but if it is there we're going
to get in front of it," he said.



senior explained.
~;The program is fairly simple: take a
freshman, or group of incoming freshmen,
and help them figure out the high school.
"We'd help them find their classes, know
the rules and be available if they had any
questions about anything," she says.
She adds that the mentoring program
expanded from just her and a close frend
to include about 40 of her IB classmates.
"We wound up with a number of other
upperclassmen who wanted to help, so we
had plenty of mentors to give freshmen the
help they needed to get acclimated." She
adds that most of the 50 freshmen in the
program only needed mentors for the first
semester of classes, but she believes the
help was well received and needed.
In addition to her freshmen mentoring

Let's don't forget the art of nature. Plants
will be offered for sale along South Central
~tAvenue and a block away, inside Commu-
nity Southern Bank, is the annual Bartow
Garden Club Flower Show. This year's
patriotic theme is Honor & Remember.
Table settings and hanging designs feature
floral arrangements, and those with green
thumbs will vie for prizes with their hor-
ticulture entries of live plants. The Junior
Garden Club of Bartow Elementary also
will have a display. .
Polk County Historical Museum,
housed in the architectural gem of
downtown, the historic courthouse, will
be the site for the Quilt Show, a display of
artistry and sewing skill that always draws
oohs and aahs. Also in the museum is the
Bartow Art Guild's Dimensions Art E~xhibit,
San annual show that features the work of
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Approximately 300 tickets were
sold for this year's Barn Boogie Boot
Scootin' Dinner and Barn Dance,
said Virginia Condello, communica-
tions director for the Greater Bartow
Chamber of Commerce. That was 50
more than last year. Condello added
word of mouth moved a number of
tickets to the event held Thursday,
March 1, at Lef~and Young's Barn.
At right: Palling around, hamming it up
for the camera at Barn Boogie are (from
left) Kathy Hall, Virginia Condello, Zenaiba
Brown and Tony Grainger.The event was
presented by Bartow Chamber Leadership
Bartow Thursday at Leland Young's Barn
in Alturas.

Ace Jackson and the Jump Kings wail into "Blue Suede Shoes"
to the delight and enjoyment of those attending Barn Boogie
Thursday at Leland Young's Barn in Alturas. The event was
presented by Bartow Chamber Leadership Bartow.

This year's Barn Boogie event began at 5:30 p.m. at Leland Young's
Barn in Alturas, and within the hour it was wall-to-wall people.

At left: Larry
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one of many
who got into
the spirit of
Barn Boogie,
dressing the '
part, replete
with a bolo (or
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At left:
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