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Volume 82 Number 65
April 14, 2012
Polk County Democrat
Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830
USPS NO 437-320
Trying to get good from tragedy
Trayvon Martin rally to teach youth about justice
By JEFF ROSLOW
The Bartow Deacons and Stewards
Alliance is trying to make something
good come from a tragic situation.
The group has set up a rally Saturday
at the Polk Street Gateway at Over the
Branch to pray for justice in the Trayvon
"Basically all we want is justice is to
be done," said Bartow Deacons and
Alliance President Carver Young. "Our
main thing is making awareness to
the young people. Show them there's a
non-violent way of doing things. Prayer
is the key to any situation."
The rally, which begins at 5 p.m., is
open to anyone who wants to come
and seek justice for both sides involved
in this issue from Sanford that has
taken on nationwide interest.
The program includes prayers from
Bishop Willie Watson; a legal perspec-
tive from Rev. Derrien Bonney; prayer
for healing of the nation and family
from Cliff Lewis; a perspective from
Brandon Bridges, who is currently in
college; and a speech on justice and
non-violence from Gerald Johnson.
There will also be music from the Bar-
tow Community Choir and Miya Lewis
and the rally will end with a candlelight
ceremony. It is to start at 5 p.m.
"As we pray for peace and justice for
starts Monday 7
Alturas Elementary School third grade teacher
Mrs. Myrtis Brunson-Wells leads her class in
a review for next week's FCAT tests. The FCAT
2.0 is an upgraded version students will take
this year. The new version has some computer-
based tests and is more difficult and rigorous
and modeled for the next generation of
more about it and what parents need to know,
see Page 8A. ..
PHOTO BY AL PALMER e.
Teacher to trek Amazon
5,000-mile trek for
By CATHY PALMER
Take a 48-year-old Army veteran who
teaches ROTC at Summerlin Academy
in Bartow, a worthy cause and the
chance for an adventure of a lifetime
and what have you got? You've got
Sgt. Robert Robinson of Winter Haven
heading for the Amazon 5000 cross-
continent cancer awareness trek this
What's the Amazon 5000? It's a year-
long 5,000-mile cancer awareness South
American jungle trek that follows the
Amazon River as it snakes through parts
of Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.
AMAZON | 1SA
PHOTO BY AL PALMER
Sgt. Robert Robinson is heading to Amazon 5000.
By STEVE BOUSQUET
TAMPA BAY TIMES
TALLAHASSEE The powerful
lawmaker who led the effort to create a
new hometown state university made
a pilgrimage to the Capitol Thursday
to lobby Gov. Rick Scott to support the
Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, led a
seven-member delegation urging Scott
to sign a bill to convert the USF Poly-
technic campus in Lakeland into Florida
Polytechnic, the state's 12th university.
After the hour-long meeting, Alexan-
der said he tried to make the case that a
school focused on science, technology,
engineering and math degrees would
help Florida's economy.
"I believe we made good arguments
about the ability of this
institution to focus in a -
way that can be success-
ful for us, as an economy "
and as a state," Alexan-
Alexander said Scott -
listened closely but did not _
tip his hand. Scott has said ALEXANDER
previously that he supports
the expansion of science and technol-
ogy degrees to give Florida a more skilled
workforce, but he also has questioned
whether the state can afford another
"What I like about Polytech is the fact
that we ought to have as much focus as we
can in the state on science, technology, en-
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Authority is going to buy
Building 264 for $23,000
cash from Gerry Dierolf
rather than have him
sell it to a company that
was inquiring about the
building for $25,000. The
figures in a story in Wednes-
day's paper were reversed.
Harrison, LHS charter school idea contentious
By PEGGY KEHOE
PKEHOE @ POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
Creation of charter schools from Lake-
land High School and Harrison School of
the Arts has drawn emotional responses
since first suggested and has kept district
school staff busy researching all the
The controversy has engendered lots
of response from parents, teachers and
students, and frustration for school board
members. After that tension boiled over at
the March 27 school board work session,
this week's meeting brought apologies.
While Harrison is now part of Lakeland
High School, a parent group wants the arts
school to become a start-up charter school.
Previously the group had wanted conver-
sion charter status, which is what a group
of LHS parents plan to apply for. Charter
organizers want to include Harrison.
Students at the arts school take aca-
demic classes at LHS and last year asked
for their own academic teachers. When
that didn't happen, it apparently sparked
the move for independence by Harrison
A start-up charter is normally a
brand-new school, while a conversion
charter is a public school that converts
to operate like a private school with its
A letter from the Harrison charter sup-
porters indicated they thought the building
would be theirs if the school's charter ap-
plication were approved. Carolyn Bridges,
senior director of the Office of Magnet,
Choice and Charter Schools, told the board
at a special work session March 27, that
that is not the case. The school district
would still own the building and could of-
fer its own arts classes there.
That meeting was also one in which
Board Member Frank O'Reilly's frustration
with the situation boiled over. Several years
ago the relationship between Harrison
Principal Craig Collins and LHS Principal
Tracy Collins became contentious; both
were told by district officials to work to-
gether, O'Reilly said, but the conflicts have
continued with the charter proposals.
O'Reilly chastised both Superintendent
Sherrie Nickell and Associate Superin-
tendent of Learning David Lewis for not
using their authority to take control of their
"Who's the boss? Who's the employee?"
O'Reilly asked. "Where we are today is
because of a lack of leadership." He was
particularly critical of Hanion's Collins.
Board Member Debra Wright said she
didn't want to be part of name calling
and that board members needed to act
Board Member Dick Mullenax said he
had seen the situation between the princi-
pals coming. "I said move 'em both or fire
He also noted that the state "legislative
group up there is going to make it as con-
venient as possible for charter schools."
Board Chairman Hazel Sellers noted
the difference in the situation with three
Bartow high schools sharing the same
campus. Students are able to take classes at
any of the schools when there are openings
and the three administrators, who "are as
different as can be" share a synergy.
"We're truly, truly here for the kids."
Board Member Kay Fields said every-
one had a "sense of frustration" because
"it's such a mess." She agreed with O'Reilly
that the board needed to take a stance.
O'Reilly presented a proposed resolution
at the March 27 meeting that said the
board favored the two schools remain to-
gether, although it would be an expression
of the board's wishes and not a binding
Two weeks later at the Tuesday, April 10,
work session, feelings had calmed down
somewhat and Nickell opened the meeting
with a statement that read in part, "I do not
believe it to be professional or appropriate
to criticize my staff in a public meeting.
It would be unthinkable for a principal to
verbally chastise a teacher during a faculty
meeting. The same is true in the work ses-
sion setting. We are all professionals, and
should strive to conduct our business in a
civil and professional manner. I would ap-
preciate being given that courtesy."
"It was unprofessional... not in the right
spirit... There was no reason for me to step
out and say those things."
He also apologized to staff and fellow
board members and others.
"I don't know if an apology is enough."
He has received numerous emails and
responses chastising him for his remarks.
"I deserved it; I brought it on myself," he
said. "I'm ashamed of the example I set for
you and your students."
With a report from Nickell that media-
tion is continuing with the two principals
and that she hopes to have a recommen-
dation byApril24, O'Reilly's proposed reso-
lution was taken off the agenda Tuesday.
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A true, free democratic institution
We rarely give it a moment's thought, but pub-
lic libraries really are extraordinary democratic
They are free for any resident, no matter an
individual's financial circumstance or status.
They offer access to a universe of fiction,
nonfiction, poetry and fine arts, all manner of
reference materials, newspapers, magazines,
music CDs and films on DVD. They have large-
print books, books on tape and CDs. They have
eBooks for your iPod.
Libraries have computer stations for those
without home computers and WiFi for anyone
with a laptop.
The staff will help you navigate the Internet,
file for government programs such as Food
Stamps and unemployment insurance, or figure
out how to fill out IRS tax forms electronically.
.Those applying for jobs can do it online at the
And then there are the book clubs, the dis-
cussion groups and children's programs. Many
libraries show movies.
A small sliver of your annual taxes go to sup-
port your local libraries, but that contribution
ensures that any resident, regardless of circum-
stance or status, can walk in the door and access
all the knowledge and entertaining materials in
In fact, if the library you're in doesn't have
something you want, you probably can order
it. You can reserve materials online from your
In the 21st century, we tend to take all that for
granted. We shouldn't,
Sometimes, visitors from other countries are
surprised that in this country libraries are not
reserved for scholars, students or the rich.
It is hard for them to grasp the idea that
because you are a resident you can walk in the
door, take any item off the shelf... and take
home an arm-load of materials."
Bring those back and return home with more.
Our libraries are changing, and they have been
changing for decades.
For the better, apparently. More people are
using libraries, in part because of tight economic
Despite budget and staff cuts of recent years,
the libraries are adapting, even growing.
From time to time we hear that in the elec-
tronic age we are not going to need libraries any
Don't believe it.
Libraries are getting busier than ever. And
why wouldn't they be, they are one of our great
No fun at Guantanamo
When it comes to the excitement of
bringing in the daily mail, missives from
members of Congress rank only slightly
higher than AARP life insurance flyers
and cable television bills.
Yeah, I am more interested in politics
than the average retiree couch potato,
having majored in government for four
years and reported on it for 45, but
somehow the best stuff seldom comes
in envelopes sent under the Congres-
sional franking privilege with a return
address that bears the Warning (or is it a
But such an epistle from Congress-
man Dennis Ross a few days ago proved
to be the exception. It was a report of
the type that, had I read it in one of
those endless "You Must Read This! Do
Not Delete!" emails, I would not have
believed. Presumably Dennis knows
what he's talking about.
In it, Dennis reports that the Depart-
ment of Defense has decided to build
a new recreational complex, including
soccer fields, at the Guantanamo Bay
Having taken a few classes in criminol-
ogy, I understand that humane treatment
of prison inmates pays dividends in keep-
ing order in custodial institutions.
One of my criminology professors,
himself a former prison warden, told his
students that nothing is more impor-
tant to successful incarceration man-
agement than decent meals.
The reason, he said, is that mealtime
is about all that prisoners have to look
forward to for the next 20 years or so of
So if a soccer field or two will keep
prisoners from thinking all day about
something other than how to kill their
guards or tunnel under the wall, I say,
But according to Dennis, this rec-
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rational complex is slated to cost
$744,000 in taxpayer funds.
A quick trip to the Internet revealed
that the current terrorist census at
Gitmo is 171 inmates, meaning that this
sports complex would cost $4,350 per
How many public school principals
would salivate at the chance to spend
four grand and change per student for
gymnasiums and soccer fields? Den-
nis notes the $744,000 price tag brings
in the project just below the $750,000
threshold that requires approval by
He has a suspicious mind, and does
not think that is a coincidence.
He has introduced legislation to pull
the plug on this recreational plum
in a novel way: by reducing the DoD
budget by $750,000, and requiring that
the money be applied to reducing the
It is a minuscule gesture toward debt
reduction, to be sure, but it is a good
place to start.
(S. L. Frisbie is retired. He does not
understand why prisoners are given
weight-lifting equipment as a primary
form of exercising, allowing them to be
much stronger crooks when they are
released from custody. Neither do the
police officers who are instructors at
the Citizens Police Academy program in
which he is enrolled.)
Letters to the editor
High school p
Thank you Lake Wales High School.
Starting classes in real world skills is
some of the best news I have read in a
long time. Young people need options
other than pure academics. Some are
not suited to the academic world.
I took shop classes in school many
years ago and they were invaluable
in my later career. Working with your
hands is a gift many are never given
the opportunity to explore. Vocational
schools such as Ridge Career Center
are wonderful but getting a head start
in vocational training is a great idea.
Young folks should be given the oppor-
tunity to work with their hands at an
early age. They could discover a career
path or even a hobby they had never
I discovered working with my hands
at an early age and it resulted in a ca-
reer I thoroughly enjoyed. The satisfac-
tion of building, repairing or creating
something is unmatched. I spent many
years in a career that required knowl-
programm is great
edge and skills in many different disci-
plines including welding. I later taught
several different subjects and watched
as students acquired knowledge and
skills that led to careers in the company
I worked for and elsewhere. It was very
rewarding and I loved it.
Construction and welding are so vital
in our culture. The pride in a job well
done is very rewarding. There are other
skills that need to be offered such as
mechanics and machining but this is a
Our world is so complex today but
these practical skills are still very neces-
sary and are sometimes overlooked.
Who is going to build our homes, repair
our cars, or work in manufacturing? I
see so many young people without the
basic knowledge to do anything practi-
cal and many have no direction. What
LWHS is doing is a good start. Thank
Gary M. Wiesing
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Peter Cottontail and Main Street
Bartow are both hoppin' in April as
Friday Fest will have a 1950s' sock hop
The Relics will offer musical favor-
ites for the Downtown Bartow street
party on April 20, and organizers are
planning a hula hoop and/or a dance
Because Bartow's Relay For Life
was scheduled on the same night,
Team Friday Fest will have the cancer
fundraiser's first off-site booth. Some
downtown businesses count on the
revenue generated by those attend-
ing Friday Fest, so the monthly 'Tow
Jam will go on as scheduled on the
third Friday of the month. "We owe
it to the businesses to help," Main
Street Bartow Director Mikel Dorminy
That doesn't mean Relay will be
ignored, for certain. With the slogan
"Paint the 'Tow Purple," Team Friday
Fest welcomes any business that
wants to help raise money for the
American Cancer Society (ACS). Even
the Historic Polk County Courthouse
will be painted purple but only
Cars entered in the Classic Cruise-in
will be able to join a procession to the
Relay site at Bartow Memorial Stadium
at the close of Friday Fest, which runs
6-9 p.m. Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall,
chairman of this year's Relay For Life,
will lead the procession, riding in a
convertible. Once at the BHS stadium,
the cars will do a lap around the track
and park on the east side of the high
PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
Classic cars will cruise to Relay For Life at
Bartow Memorial Stadium after Friday Fest
on April 20. Bartow businesses have formed
Team Friday Fest and will be Relay's first off-
site booth to raise money for the American
school stadium prior to the 9:30 lumi-
Relay participants can then pay to
vote on their favorite car until 11 p.m.
to raise money for ACS.
This month's event is sponsored by
Tindale-Oliver & Associates and Bank
of Central Florida.
at Friday Fest
Jack Olinger, 73,
passed away Fri-
day, April 6, 2012,
from heart failure.
He was born
Jan. 15,1939, in'
Mr. Olinger was
a carpenter. He
was a member of
the Mulberry Bass
Club and coached Jack Olinger
Little League base-
ball for many years, following his boys.
Mr. Olinger was preceded in death by
his two brothers, Wayne and Bert, and
two sisters, Madelyn and Sandy.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years,
Carolyn Olinger of Bartow; a daughter,
Cindy Thomburg and husband David of
Bartow; three sons, Mark Olinger and wife
Deneen, John Olinger and wife Melanie,
and Wayne Olinger and wife Diane, all
of Bartow; four brothers, Gilbert Olinger,
Sr. of Bartow, Marshall Olinger of Lake-
land, Warren Olinger of Mulberry and
Tom Houlihan of West Palm; four sisters,
LoraineWhoose and Kathy Petroski, both
of Pennsylvania, Joy Stata of Tennessee,
and Marylee Carter of Winter Haven; a
sister-in-law, Chris Olson of Winter Haven;
19 grandchildren and seven great-grand-
Visitation: Tuesday, April 10, from
5-7 p.m., at First Assembly of God of
Funeral: Wednesday, April 11, at 1 p.m.,
First Assembly of God.
Funeral Home, Bartow.
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By JEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW @ POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
Praised for her musical talent that
earned her the Bartow Rotary Club's
Medal of Honor Wednesday, Sarah
Parker Gibson sounded almost noncha-
lant about her ability, though showed
how she cares about her community
when she accepted the award.
"It's a very easy thing to do when it's
something that you love and do for the
people that you love," she said.
Gibson was the 38th winner of the
Medal of Honor award and Dr. Tom
McMicken was the 35th winner of the
Medal of Merit award since the Bartow
Rotary Club started them in 1974.
The awards are given to members of
the club that recognize their service to
the community. The Medal of Honor is
for those who have served the com-
munity outside their profession and
the Medal of Merit honors a person for
service within his or her profession.
His service as a physician in Bartow
for nearly 50 years was the reason for
McMicken received his award in what
he calls his hometown. Born and raised
in West Virginia, he served his intern-
ship in St. Petersburg, and later became
friends with a Bartow resident and
made it his home.
"We fell in love with Bartow, and we
fell in love with the people in Bartow,
and it became our hometown," he said
upon accepting the award.
Les Pickett, who graduated with Gib-
Sson from Summerlin Institute in 1944,
remembers she always wanted to play
music. But her other passion was to
remain in Bartow.
"In the 1940s you didn't have a choice
when you graduated from high school,"
Pickett said. "You were either drafted
or you enlisted. Our high school senior
class became very scattered."
Many stayed elsewhere but Parker
remained in Bartow. She was born in
Plant City and moved to Bartow when
she was 5 years old. She was in the
same class as her older sister because
the school in Lake Garfield had only
one classroom, and the organ and
piano player always knew it was the
"She wanted always wanted to be a
musician," Pickett said recalling her
teaching the piano in the 1930s for
30 cents per half-hour.
In the 1950s, she married her high
school sweetheart Walter and they had
three children, Doug, Steve and Liz.
"Our community is so very fortu-
nate to have Sarah Parker Gibson, and
her Christmas Cantata is one of the
most enjoyable things I've ever heard.
Anyone who enjoys organ music you
have to hear her play."
Feeling a little like he shouldn't follow
someone who had known the person
who was being honored for so long,
when Dr. Paul Coury started to speak
about McMicken, he said he'd only
Sarah Parker Gibson won Bartow Rotary's
Medal of Honor Wednesday. Here she gets her
plaque from a lifelong friend and high school
classmate Les Pickett.
known his colleague for 45 years.
"Tom has done many things here
serving as a city commissioner, the
mayor of Bartow and served on many
committees," Coury said. He was on
the homeowners association at Square
Lake and his family is almost entirely
in the medical field. His daughter, Lisa,
is a nurse; his sons, Sean and Tom, are
both doctors and his wife of 48years,
Kathy, "knows more about diabetes in
Florida probably than anyone," Coury
His feeling for the town is in him, he
said, similarly to how he feels about
his work as a physician and the work
PHOTOS BY JEFF ROSLOW
Dr. Tom McMicken (right) was grateful to the
Rotary Club and his friend and colleague of
45 years, Dr. Paul Coury, for telling about his
friend when McMicken received the Bartow
Rotary's Medal of Merit award Wednesday.
he's done at Bartow Regional Medical
Center over the last 40 years.
"The hospital staff feels like it's
friends taking care of friends and I
think that's what Bartow is all about,"
And, one more thing, Stephen
Githens added: "He is also our Santa
Claus. I don't know how we'd be able to
do it without you."
Still time to sign up for Kiwanis 5K fun run
JROSLOW @ POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
The Bartow Kiwanis Club hopes to get
about 100 people to participate in its
annual 5K run coming at the end of this
To make it easier, people can register
online. Go to signmeup.com and at the
top of the screen click on Find Event. On
the next page type in Bartow Kiwanis 5K
and it will take you to the sign-up page.
Click on Register Online and follow the
That's not the only way to sign up, said
John Bohde, who is helping to organize
the event. People can also sign up at Fit-
niche or at Access Fitness in the Highland
City Town Center.
Sign-ups will be going on right up to
the event, which is scheduled on Satur-
day, April 28. It starts at 7:30 a.m. at the
Bartow High School football stadium and
participants will run to Mary Holland
Park, go through there and head back
to the track. The fee for the run is $20 if
people sign up before April 20 and $25
By participating the in the event run-
ners will be helping the youth of Bartow,
which the key concern of Bartow Kiwanis.
"Kiwanis is a children's organization,"
Bohde said about the club's focus. "The
Kiwanis family program and the Key Club
are in the high school and we go into the
middle schools and the elementary school
level. We also focus on the colleges, too."
One example of what the Bartow
Kiwanis has accomplished is providing a
lift to TiAnViCa riding academy. TiAnViCa
is a program that helps teach disabled
youth self-confidence and one of its fea-
tures is horseback riding. With the lift rid-
ers can be lifted onto the horses instead
of a person helping them into the saddle.
The Bartow Kiwanis Club donated $4,000
to the club to help buy the lift.
"We also provide scholarships each
year to Bartow High School students. We
gave $2,000 scholarships to two last year,"
The club also contributes to local
Boy and Girl Scout troops, Dixie Youth
Baseball, Miss Bartow Softball, the Bartow
Achievement Academy, the Church Ser-
vice Center, Girls Inc., the Sheriff's Youth
Villa, Bartow High School cheerleaders
and Bartow High School sports programs,
to name a few.
Members respond to the needs of
school children by sponsoring a Kiwanis
Closet which has school supplies and
clothing necessities in every elementary
school in the Bartow area.
Crickette members supporting our community
By LINDA CULPEPPER
Crickette members are all about sup-
porting our community and beyond.
On April 1, Crickette's own Kat Duvall
competed in the "Be the One" 5K run
at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. This is a
nationwide event for people of all ages
and fitness levels to raise funds for
patients with diseases like leukemia and
Every step taken in these events helps
patients receive much needed marrow
transplants from unrelated donors.
In Duvall's race, there were 483 par-
ticipants and she finished 77th overall
with a 30-minute, 12-second time and
14th in the women's 30-39 age group.
Yea, Kat. You are just what Crickettes
are made of: community, respect, integ-
rity, caring, kinship, excellence, team-
work, talent and enthusiasm for those
On April 9, the club celebrated our
Crickettes with birthdays in April: Mero-
may Davis, Margaret Thompson (both
retired and still going strong), Jennifer
Sturgis (vice president with Semco),
Susie Futch (Fred's Market) and Linda
Holcomb (Bartow Chamber of Com-
merce). Happy Birthday, ladies.
A scrumptious strawberry-filled birth-
day cake was provided by Teresa Hacker
(Mosaic), Mary Ann Harrell (Mosaic)
and Heather Wheeler (Salon Salvatore).
A special guest, Miss Emily Lobb,
joined us in her Easter bonnet. Such a
cutie from parents Terrie and Bill Lobb.
Terrie Lobb brought a special guest to the
Crickette Club meeting on April 9. Here, Emily
sports her Easter bonnet and shows her basket
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FCAT time is here
Upgraded tests start Monday
and continue for two weeks
By CATHY PALMER
Monday, the dreaded four letters will
echo throughout Polk County schools -
FCAT. Only this time, the Florida Com-
prehensive Assessment Tests have been
jacked up to the next level: FCAT 2.0.
Thousands of students will be facing
revised and upgraded standardized
tests of their reading and math with
science added to the mix.
Students in grades 3-10 will be tested
on reading skills and comprehension;
grades 3-8 will take math tests, grades 5
and 8 will take science exams and those
kids who need it for graduation will
retake the 10th grade reading assess-
Polk County Schools Senior Direc-
tor of Assessment, Accountability and
Evaluation Wilma Ferrer says this year's
FCATs are "raising the bar," over last
"This year's tests are more difficult
and rigorous," she explained. "Our
standards have changed ... we're using
the next generation of standards."
Some of the 2.0 tests will be computer
based, Ferrer said. The grades six and
10 reading tests are computer based,
according to the Florida Department of
"This is a real issue if some schools
don't have the resources. We are
stretched in some areas now, and
with computer-based tests ongoing,
it's a challenge. We are making a slow
transition to computer based testing
until more funds are available for our
technical needs, she said."
Some of the tests are given in
70-minute blocks with a break between
sessions, and some will be given over
two days, Ferrer says. The math tests
for seventh and eighth graders allow
the use of calculators, and some math
tests require rulers for younger stu-
dents. Some science students may be
allowed to use a reference sheet with
information and formulas that may be
needed. Reading testing may include
more passages from the public domain,
including historical documents and
works by classical authors.
What the tests' results mean vary ac-
cording to age groups, the administrator
says. For third graders, those that don't
pass may be held back a year. For high-
schoolers, passing the algebra test and
reading test are required for graduation.
The tests also play a part in how each
school is graded, Ferrer adds. Because
the standards have been raised, parents
may see individual school grades drop.
"Because the scoring has changed,
we expect to see some A and B schools
drop to C, D or Fs," she said. "We know
this is always an issue, but like always,
we are already making plans to address
these changes. We just want parents
to know that their school's quality is
maintained, that only the testing re-
quirements have been changed."
While teachers, students and school
officials have been steadily preparing
PHOTO BY MARY CANNADAY
Dedric Brinson, a ninth grade player on the state championship winning Lake Wales basketball
team, talks to students Friday at Polk Avenue Elementary School about how he changed from
being a trouble-maker with poor grades to being an athlete and honor student. Schools in Lake
Wales held pep rallies Friday on preparing for the FCAT tests which will go on for two weeks
for the upcoming testing period, Ferrer
also offered some tips for parents to
help their children do well on the tests.
Parents should already have been
reading to and with their children, she
said. And, she cautions, "make sure
your children get to bed early the day
before their tests. They should also be
properly fed and at school on time.
Parents also should try not to add to
their children's stress levels during the
When asked about when the results
of the FCAT 2.0 would be known, Fer-
rer said: "That's the $64,000 question.
We hope to know in May or June, but
that's speculation. No dates have been
released by the Department of Educa-
tion yet. Since these are new achieve-
ment levels, we expect the scoring to
take longer. It also will take a little more
time for all the scores to be properly
verified. Realisuicalla, we believe it will
By BILL ROGERS
Polk County is seeking an answer
to a $300,000 question regarding the
business incubator program at USF
In 2009, the'county commission
approved using $1 million from the
business license tax that is dedicated
to economic development to set up a
A total of $300,000 that went through
the Central Florida Development
Council has been spent but it is not
known on what. Polk County Manager
Jim Freeman said his staff is looking
into that now.
Based on a recommendation from
Freeman, the county commission voted
5-0 during Tuesday's meeting to ask for
the remaining $700,000 from the USF
Freeman said during the meeting
he wanted to get the money back due
to the uncertainty over the funding of
Polytechnic's campus in Lakeland.
SThe money will be placed in a reserve
fund. Freeman said he plans to give the
commission a report after the staff has
completed its work to determine how
the money was spent,
Thomas Hagerty, a media relations
manager for USF Polytechnic, said the
$300,000 has been spent on leases and
other operating expenses.
The incubator program, which has
sites in Winter Haven and Lakeland
and is called Blue Sky, currently has 10
clients, according to Travis Brown who
oversees the two locations. The Winter
Haven site has 3,760 square foot build-
ing. The Lakeland site is a 6,428 square
There are four in Blue Sky West, two
in Blue Sky East, plus an economic
development group and three virtual
The tenants do pay rent, Brown said.
In Blue Sky West, a large office is $750
and a regular office is $500. A Blue Sky
East office rents for $800. The virtual
fee is $350.
Internet and telephone service are
included in the rent.
Typically, the maximum amount of
time that a client can stay in the incu-
bation program is three years. How-
ever, exceptions can be made. Clients
can leave the
program early if
they have been
BLUE SKY WEST
BLUE SKY EAST
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the program or have determined that
their business concept is no longer
"The $700,000 was a donation for
the construction of a business incu-
bator at the new campus," Interim
Regional Chancellor David Touchton
said in a prepared statement. "These
funds would not be used for years to
come as it is not planned as part of
phase one of the new campus con-
struction. The $300,000 was to go
toward operation costs of the current
business incubators. These funds
were rapidly disappearing mainly due
to the cost of the leases. As the CFDC
Inc. President at the time, I was the
one who signed the check for the
$1 million gift. I have been working
with local economic development
groups to try to develop a public-
private partnership with the hope
a more effective model would be
developed for the incubators."
Burgess in runoff
By BILL QUINLAN
Challenger and former
Haines City Public Work/
Utilities Director Ronnie
Cotton defeated one-term l
incumbent Haines City
Commissioner and Vice .
Mayor Adam Burgess in a
run-off election Tuesday
for the city commission, COTTON
by a vote of 690-604, or
53.3 to 46.7 percent.
Cotton had garnered 46.9 percent of
the vote in a three-way race the pre-
vious week to Burgess' 30.6 percent.
Third-place finisher Joe Hamilton, who
had garnered 22.5 percent last week
The election appeared to be about dis-
satisfaction with the sitting commission.
Burgess, 28, is under a cloud because of
allegations that he used his influence to
get special favors. He angered some vot-
ers when he cast the swing vote to retain
City Attorney Tom Cloud who had been
involved in secret negotiations to give
former city manager Ann Toney-Deal
a severance package worth more than
$330,000, a motion that carried by a 3-2
Cotton, 58, was a member of a com-
mittee formed to recall the two remain-
ing commissioners who had voted for
the severance package, the third having
been defeated in last year's election. The
recall is pending in an appeals court.
County takes back
$700,000 from Polytech
Staff to figure out what $300,000 was used
for in incubator program
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Grand jury indicts woman for killing, burying husband
A 64-year-old Lake Alfred resident was
charged with first-degree murder after she
told authorities last week that her husband
was buried in their garden at their house.
The victim, Benny Scott, 78, was found to
have a bullet wound in the back of his head
and the bullet found was a.22-caliber, the
kind used in a gun found in Barbara Scott's
dresser drawer, the Polk County Sheriff's
On March 26, Sonya Braudway brought
her mother, Barbara Scott, to the Lake
Alfred Police Department where Scott told
officers her husband Benny was buried
in their backyard at 200 S. Goodman Ave.
Police contacted the sheriff's office. A joint
investigation was begun and the following
day Benny's body was found in the garden.
Detectives learned Barbara Scott told her
daughter and her son-in-law that Benny
had gone to Oklahoma to visit a sick friend.
When friends and family in Oklahoma
called asking to speak to Benny, Barbara
would tell them Benny was ill with a throat
ailment and unable to speak
on the phone.
After a conversation with
her brother who resides in
Oklahoma, Braudway real-
ized her mother had been
telling different stories to
different people regarding
Benny's whereabouts. When
she confronted her mother,
Barbara told her daughter
that sometime in January
S2012, Benny had fallen while in the shower,
hit his head and died. She told her daughter
she buried him in the backyard.
During the investigation, Barbara Scott
changed her story and added details several
times, police report. She said her husband
had fallen in the shower and she also said
she had found Benny on the shower floor
along with a gun on the floor. She later said
she "remembered" she had wrapped Benny
in a tarp prior to burying him. She later said
she tied Benny's hands and feet prior to
burying him. She later said she also placed
a plastic bag over his head before burying
Benny Scott's body was located buried
in the east portion of the backyard near the
back door in a grave approximately two feet
deep beneath an herb garden.
After her initial story about what hap-
pened to her husband which was that
he had fallen and hit his head Scott told
detectives she went into the bathroom and
found Benny lying on the shower floor. She
said she noticed a gun on the floor. She said
she assumed when she saw the gun, that
Benny used it to shoot himself. She said she
checked for a pulse and realized Benny was
dead. She then said she began to panic.
Scott said she dragged Benny on a
bathroom rug to the garage, where she left
him for about three days. She said she then
dragged his body from the garage to the
backyard, where she buried him in a hole
that was previously dug for a garden.
Scott told detectives she had picked the
gun up from the bathroom floor along with
a box of ammunition, wrapped it up in a
towel and concealed it in her underwear
drawer. Detectives found a .22-caliber re-
volver and a box of.22 caliber ammunition
inside Scott's dresser drawer.
A witness told detectives that through
the course of several conversations prior
to Benny's death, Barbara Scott expressed
disdain about always having to care for her
husband. She related she was also tired of
Benny always wanting and needing her
Autopsy results revealed that Benny Scott
had been shot in the back of the head. The
victim's hands and legs were bound by
ropes. The projectile recovered inside the
victim's skull was consistent with a .22-cali-
ber projectile, the sheriff's office reports.
The death was ruled a homicide by the
Medical Examiner's Office.
Barbara Scott was taken into custody
Tuesday, April 10, and booked into the Polk
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By 9:30 a,m, Cadet Jacob Shawger (wearing orange shirt) completed his 25 laps around the track
at the football stadium as other Summerlin Academy students continued to make their laps. He
got his card stamped for the final lap by Cadet Robert Lockard.
PHOTOS BY JEFF ROSLOW
Cadet Kelli Dowdy gets her card stamped by Cadet Camille Graves for making another lap around
the track at Bartow Memorial Stadium Thursday during the annual walk-a-thon. Summerlin
Academy cadets spent the day at the stadium raising money for the school.
Despite having a broken heel, ninth grader Cadet Alexis Stephens walked her 25 laps around the
football field at Bartow High School Thursday. With her is classmate Cadet Dean Porter, a ninth
grader, and Cadet Emerald Speights is in front of them. Students at Summerlin Academy got
pledges for the walk and the $20,000 students raised will pay for programs and equipment at
the school."When they do a pledge they make a promise to their donors and she's keeping her
pledge" said Mike Jackson, who organized the event this year for the school.
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A $100,000 check from Publix Super
Markets Charities was presented to Youth
and Family Alternatives Inc., last week, the
final piece to pay off the building hous-
ing the George W Harris Jr. Runaway and
Youth Crisis Shelter.
Carol Barnett, chairman and president
of Publix Super Markets Charities Inc.,
was among those who visited the shel-
ter on April 3 to presentYFA a check on
behalf of Publix Super Markets Charities'
$100,000 Challenge Grant, the final chap-
ter in the construction of the shelter.
WhenYFA decided to construct the
building in Bartow, Publix offered the
initial step in fundraising with a chal-
lenge grant. IfYFA could meet a $2 million
fundraising goal, Publix Charities would
supply the final piece.
Publix's support was the initial step in
the fundraising effort to bring this brand
new facility to Bartow, YFA Development
Director James J. Simms said.
YEA decided in 2006 to replace their
outdated Cornerstone Shelter which had
opened in 1995 at a former church camp
in Mulberry. Capital campaign fundrais-
ing is often a challenge but the task be-
came even more difficult as the economy
crashed, Simms explained. This initial
grant offer by Publix was a way of building
"Publix Super Markets Charities
invested in local youth and their early
support gave us immediate credibility and
contributed to the ultimate success as we
finally reached a goal of raising over
$2 million," George Magrill, president
and CEO ofYFA, said.
The George Harris Shelter was
constructed by Spring Engineering, Inc.,
of Holiday and opened in January 2007.
The shelter, which serves youth and
families from Polk, Highlands and Hardee
counties, is one of three youth shelters
operated by YFA. The others are in New
Port Richey and Brooksville.
The shelter in Bartow was named for
Harris who was chairman of Citrus and
Chemical Bank (now BB&T) in Bartow,
and an active philanthropist. At the
time of his death in January 2006 he was
co-chairman ofYFA's capital campaign.
Harris helped YFA bring services to Polk
Started in 1970 YFA is the primary pro-
vider of shelter and counseling for runaway
and homeless youth in the tri-county
area. The National Runaway Switchboard
estimates that each year between 1.3 and
2.8 million children in the United States are
runaways or homeless youth.
The majority of chronic runaways are
victims first, but when left on the street
with no legitimate way to acquire food
and shelter, they can become part of street
survival crimes, such as drug dealing and
prostitution, Simms said. Harris Shelter
works closely with local law enforcement
including sheriffs in the tri-county area
to reduce juvenile crime. It helps counsel
youth as well as works with families to
PHOTO BY JOHN KAZAKLIS
Publix Super Markets Charities delivered a $100,000 Challenge Grant check to Youth and Family
Alternatives at the George W. Harris Jr. Runaway and Youth Crisis Shelter. Taking part in the presen-
tation were (from left): front Greg Chambless, Publix district manager; Polk County Commis-
sioner Melony Bell; Carol Jenkins Barnett, chairman of the board and president of Publix Super
Markets Charities; Shannon Patten, Publix manager of media and community relations, Lakeland
Division; back Danny Kushmer, Southwest Florida Water Management District community
affairs program manager; Glenn Parkinson, director of the George Harris Youth Shelter; and George
Magrill, YFA president and CEO; not pictured Christina Criser Smith, United Way.
resolve crisis and prevent runaways. YFA
has been serving the needs of runaway,
homeless and at-risk youth since opening
its first shelter in 1982.
After 36 years of personal giving, Jenkins
established the George W Jenkins Foun-
dation with his personal Publix stock. In
1996, the Foundation was renamed Publix
Super Markets Charities so Publix associ-
ates could share in the pride that comes
"It has been said of Mr. (George) Jenkins
that he never forgot anyone who helped
him, but the opposite is more true,"
Simms added of Publix' founder. "The
people he helped never forgot him."
Celebration of Horse Saturday to
If you want to help high school students
go to horse shows and learn what op-
portunities are out there in the field and
take a chance to win a weekend stay on
Madeira Beach the Celebration of the
Horse is the place to be Saturday.
The annual fundraiser for the Sum-
merlin Academy Equestrian Program is
Saturday, April 14, from 2-5 p.m. at High
Gait Farm in Homeland.
The fundraiser will feature a kiddie corral,
the Summerlin Academy Equestrian Team
in a riding performance and the original
Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions. There
will be a silent drawing and raffles with the
top prize a condominium stay on Madeira
Beach. Also planned are a cake and pie si-
lent auction, a Parade of Horse Breeds, and
horse rides for a nominal fee.
Entry to the event is $15 for age 12
and up, $10 for age 6-11, 5 and under
are free and all the money will go to the
Ken Allen, who is in the Booster Club,
said money the club raises is used to take
students to Ocala where they go through
the horse industry and meet professors to
get some education on what opportuni-
ties exist for those involved with horses.
They also go to the University of Florida
to see horse training.
"We want them to know all the avenues
when they graduate school," Allen said,
adding this is the biggest fundraiser the
club has so they hope to raise as much
money as possible.
Adult Band plays Sunday
Bartow Adult Concert Band's concert
will feature a "Trumpet Escapade," music
from the movies and a George Gershwin
The free, one-hour concert starts at
2:30 p.m. in the Bartow Civic Center
"So Nice for April" is the theme for the
concert which also has marches on the
program including the band's traditional
ending, "Seventy-Six Trombones."
"Trumpet Escapade" will feature solo-
ists Brent Booher, Wynn Bonner, Albert
McCullough and Bob Blauvelt. A novelty
will be "The Worried Drummer" with
percussionist Jordan Eckert playing the
role of the worried drummer.
The band is conducted by John
DeYoung. Future concerts this year will
be July 4, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.
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Last year about 500 people showed up at Gait Farm which is at 6415 Garfield Road,
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People can get tickets if they email 698-3754.
Allen at HighgaitFarm@dishmail.net but Oh, and it is suggested you bring lawn
they can also get them as they enter High chairs to watch the shows.
April 14, 2012
Harris Shelter receives Publix grant
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* Monday, April 16
City Commission, City Commission, 5:30 p.m.,
6:30 p.m., 450 N. Wilson Ave., Bartow. 863-534-0100.
Tuesday, April 17
County Commission, County Commission,
9 a.m. Combee Administration, 330 W. Church St., Bartow,
Saturday, April 14
Bartow Antique Fair, Monthly Main Street
Antique Fair, 8-2, antiques and "treasures," vendor booths
$20 (call 863-636-0644 or 519-0508.
Golf Tournament, Women's Care Center 13th
annual Golf Tournament 8:30am Shotgun. Bartow Golf
Course, 120 S. Idlewood Ave 534-3844.
2-Day Antique Show, 9-5 pm Saturday,
10-4 Sunday, SW Focal Point Senior Center, 954-450-6888
Celebration of Horse, Celebration of the Horse
2pm $15, $10. High Gait Farm, 6415 Garfield Road, Fort
Muppets the Movie, The Muppets free movie,
2:30 p.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, Bartow,
Trayvon Martin Rally, Trayvon Martin Rally,
5 p.m., Polk Street Gateway at Over the Branch in west
Bartow under the State Road 60 overpass.
Dark Sky Festival, 9th Annual Dark Sky Festival
on 4/14/2012. In Harmony, 6pm-11pm. Come see speakers
from NASA, telescopes, planetariums.
* Sunday, April 15
Adult Concert Band, Adult Concert Band,
2:30 p.m., free. Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave.
* Tuesday, April 17
Miss Melissa stories, Miss Melissa stories,
3-5 yr. olds, 10-10:45 a.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, Bartow, 534-0131
Miss Melissa stories, Miss Melissa stories,
6-8 yr. Olds, 3:30 p.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, Bartow, 534-0131
PCBA Wine Pairing, PCBA Foundation will hold
a scholarship fundraiser 5 wines with 5 dishes Runway
9/27 at Bartow Airport 5:30 to 8 4/17.
* Thursday, April 19
StandUP Polk, Coalition for a Drug-Free Polk
Town Hall meeting, 7:30am Fun Town 4D Theater, LEGO-
LAND, Winter Haven. 863-802-0777.
Town Hall meeting, Coalition for a Drug-Free
Polk Town Hall, 7:30am Fun Town 4D Theater at LEGOLAND
Florida Winter Haven 863-802-0777.
Book Babies, Book Babies, 10 am, 18 mos. To 2 yrs.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, Bartow, 534-0131
Anime Club, Anime Club, for teens in grades 6-12,
3-4 p.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S Broadway Ave.,
* Friday, April 20
Relay For Life, Relay For Life, High School football
stadium 1270 Broadway, www.relayforlife.org/bartowfl.,
* Saturday, April 21
Paper Sculptures, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free Family
Fun Workshop. Paper sculpture making. Bruton Memorial
Library, Plant City. 863-688-7743.
Happy Feet 2, Happy Feet 2 free movie 2:30 p.m.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, Bartow, 534-0131
* Sunday, April 22
Bridal Course, Bridal Showcase, 1-5pm Lake Eva
Banquet Hall, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City. $5 pre-purchase
$7 at door. 863-421-3700.
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the"Community Calendar" link on the left. Click"Submit Event," and fill out the appropriate information. The
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Students at Bartow Elementary Academy are enjoying the benefits of an intergenerational
grant, written by their art teacher Colleen Holland. The purpose of the Service Learning
Grant is to help students learn how they can relate to the elderly. Fifth grade students
hand-painted pillowcases and made copper votives that will be distributed to residents of
Savannah Court in Bartow. The chorus, directed by Anna Jones, will perform a variety of
music pieces. The grant was approved through the Polk County School Board. Displaying
hand-painted pillowcases are students (from left) Karley Lopez, Jamie Wheeler and Abigail
Putnam, with art teacher Colleen Holland.
Local orthopaedic surgeons
J.C. Alvarez, MD and
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will be discussing
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Space is limited! So, register today!
To register call 1-888-STRYKER (787-9537)
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Tournament on Harris Chain
In the Saturday, April 7, tournament
on Harris Chain, several fish in the 5-6
pound range were caught. Most anglers
stayed in Big and Little Harris or on the
Dead River and used all kinds of lures,
not one thing in particular.
Jay Malys took home the trophy for
15-18 year olds in his first tournament
with Lakeland Jr. Bassmasters.
11-14 year olds
First: Dalton Gorman with 13 lbs.
Second: Mica Patel had 9 lbs.
Third: Roger Weigel had 7.1 lbs
Jackson Williams had big bass at 6.9 lbs
15-18 year olds
First: Jay Malys with 20.9 lbs (his big
bass for this age group weighed 6.6
Second: Harry Linsinbigler had 13.8
Third: Colten Grant with 7.3 lbs
The final qualifier for the Lakeland Jr.
Bassmaster's State Team will be out of
Lake Hartridge on May 5.
To get more information visit www.
Lakeland Jr Bassmasters will be taking
their biggest team ever to state this year.
The Florida B.A.S.S. Federation Nation
Junior State Championship is on Lake
Okeechobee, June 23-24, out of Roland
Martin's Marina in Clewiston.
At right: Jackson Williams pulled in the big bass
in his age group at 6.9 Ibs. on Harris Chain.
Jackets pound Panthers, get pounded by Bloodhounds
By DON STRATTON
On Monday, April 9, the Bartow Lady
Jackets pounded out 15 hits in an 8-3
victory over the 15-5 Mulberry Panthers.
The onslaught was lead by Tonee Fab-
rizi and Cheyenne Blaha with three hits
each while Wanda Darby, Danielle Yost
and Shelby Duncan accounted for two
hits each and Rachel Imig, Taylor Wagner
and Deeann Davis added one each.
Lauren West got the win, pitching all
seven innings while giving up six hits
and striking out seven. West's record now
stands at 11-2. The Jackets overall are
On Tuesday, the Jackets took on the
Auburndale Bloodhounds and the re-
sults shocked all Jacket fans.
The Bloodhounds pounded out 15
hits to Bartow's 9. They scored three
in the first, two in the second, two in
the sixth then exploded for five in the
seventh. Bartow got all their runs in the
bottom of the seventh. Duncan, Blaha
and Fabrizi accounted for two hits each
while Yost, Davis and Pittman added
Bartow's last regular season game
was Friday in Lake Wales. The Jackets
will host the District Championship the
week of April 16.
Jackets host Class 7A District 7 championships
By DON STRATTON
The Bartow Lady Jackets host the FHASA
Class 7 District 7 softball championship at
Bartow on Tuesday, April 17, andWednes-
day, April 18, with the championship on
Friday, April 20.
! On Tuesday at 6p.m. numrber-six seed
Lakeland High School will play number-
three seed Haines City High School. At 7:30
p.m. number-four seed Lake Region High
School will face number-five seed Ridge
OnWednesday at 6 p.m., the semi-finals
will feature number-one seed George
Jenkins High School against the winner of
Lake Region/Ridge and then at 7:30 p.m.
number-two seed Bartow will face the win-
ner of Lakeland-Haines City game.
The championship is scheduled at 7 p.m.
At press time the Jackets' record stood
at 20-4 with only the Lake Wales game to
be added. Coach Glenn Rutenbar said the
Jackets will work on getting more consistent
at the plate and being sound fundamentally
The Jackets feature the following players
for District play:
Catcher: senior Shelby Duncan, hitting
.551 with 47 RBI
First Base/Third Base: junior Danielle
Yost, hitting .375
Second Base: sophomore Deeann Davis,
hitting .323, 13 stolen bases
Shortstop: freshman Tonee Fabrizi, hit-
Third Base/Pitcher: junior Rachel Imig,
hitting .378 and 6-1, 1.32 ERA pitching
First Base/DH: sophomore Taylor Pitt-
man, hitting .264
Outfield: junior Cheyenne Blaha, hitting
Outfield: seniorWanda Darby, hitting
.369, 11 stolen bases
Outfield: senior TaylorWagner, hitting
Outfield/Utility: freshman MacKenzie
Brown, hitting .281
Outfield: sophomore Carmen Billante,
Outfield: freshman Brittany Meadows,
Utility/Catcher: sophomore Sierra Coff-
man, hitting .500
Pitcher: sophomore Brook Farrer
Pitch: seniorTiffany Waltz, 0-1, 2.69 ERA
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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, April 23, 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 #Z-12-02-PD Review & recommendation to the City Commission of a
request to amend the Zoning Map to zone an eight (8) acre parcel of land PD, Planned
Development. If approved the PD Land Use Plan permitted uses would include retail
commercial, office, indoor and outdoor storage, assembly of products, warehousing
and distribution, contractor trades, research and development and materials recycling.
A complete list of uses is contained in the application. The property is owned by Jeff
Holden and is located at 3505 East State Road 60 (Former Site of Alturas Packing
House) Section 02, Township 30 South, Range 25 East, Polk County, Florida.
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 Ave., Bartow,
Fl during normal business hours.
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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, P.O. Box 1069, Bartow, Florida 33931-1069 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 April 14, 2012
The Polk County Democrat Page 13A
April 14, 2012
Come see a free movie at Bartow Library
The Bartow Library wishes to thank
those who stopped by during Na-
tional Library Week. Patrons were
given special bookmarks, pencils and
stickers as a "Thank You" for supporting
us. There are still some left over, so feel
free to stop by and get one of your own.
Need something to do this afternoon?
At 2:30 p.m., the library will be having
the first of two free movies this month.
Families are encouraged to come and
watch a new release upstairs. Refresh-
ments will be available for a small fee.
Monday at 1 p.m. is the next install-
ment of the Adult Computer Classes.
For those interested in signing up for
the May/June session, a sign-up sheet
will be available beginning this week.
Thursday at 11 a.m. will be the last
Kindle class for this month. It's not too
late to sign up, so call or come in and
we will get you registered. Thursday
afternoon at 3 p.m. is Anime Club for
teens. This will be the last meeting for
the spring semester.
Story Times this Week:
Earth Day is April 22. All of Miss Me-
lissa's Story Times this week will focus
on the environment and the amazing
planet we call home.
Tuesday at 10 a.m. is for l, '
3-5 year olds and then at L-i
3:30 p.m. is for 6-8 year Sarah Holland(
olds. Thursday morn
Wednesday at 10 a.m. is
a second story time for 3-5 year olds.
Thursday at 10 a.m. is Book Babies for
kids ages birth-2 years.
As always, feel free to call the library
at (863) 534-0131 with any questions or
to pre-register for our activities.
Later this month:
Moms, want a chance to grow closer
to your daughter while encouraging
reading? Every month the library has
a Mother/Daughter Book Discussion
for ages 9-12. The selection for April
is Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie
Brink. The book discussion will take
place Thursday, April 26 at 4 p.m. Be
left) and Giulia Curcio, both 2, at Book Babies
sure to stop by the circulation desk to
receive a free copy of the book and to
Calling all teens with a free afternoon.
Wednesday, April 25 will be a FREE
Beading Class at 3:30 p.m. Teens will be
creating jewelry from supplies provided
Parents, want to find to learn more
about what your teens are reading?
Teens, have you read The Hunger
Games? Join us Tuesday, April 24 at
3 p.m. for a book discussion on Suzanne
Collins' bestseller turned movie. Copies
will be available at the circulation desk
for $3. This will be an intergenerational
PHOTOS BY ASHLEY ELLIOTT
Library volunteer Jeanne Meuser prices books
for Friends of the Library Book sale.The library is
always looking for new volunteers to help out.
The Friends of the Library help sponsor children's
and adult programs throughout the year.
discussion. All ages are welcome and
encouraged to attend. Refreshments will
For the rest of April, The Pamplin
Art Gallery in the library is displaying
artwork from students of Union Acad-
emy. From paintings to photography,
we have it all. Don't miss your chance
to see some incredible work by local
Kids to review community pool options
By JEFF ROSLOW
City commissioners will now get to
hear from the kids regarding the commu-
Students at Bartow Elementary Acad-
emy and Gibbons Elementary will see
videos of a presentation of three options
prepared by consultant Ballard King and
Associates and give their opinions of what
they want. Commissioners are prepared
to hear what they think along with
responses from a meeting Friday night
at the Bartow Civic Center where the
options were displayed and public input
A presentation is planned at the Bartow
City Commission work session Monday
night. That meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at
City Hall, 450 S.Wilson Ave.
BEA Principal Anna Maria DiCesare
said about 80 second-grade students in
the second grade will hear from the con-
sultant on the options, and the student
body at Gibbons plans to see a video on
Monday during its morning presentation
about the options.
The Gibbons students will get a form
and vote for what they like and the votes
will be tallied and given to the Parks and
Recreation Department and it will be pre-
sented to commissioners Monday, said
principal Ava Bro\n.
"They're going to be showing the speed
slide and the lazy river," said Jason Mag-
netico, Bartow Civic Center and aquatics
director. "We're showing the kids what
these things are so we can get a gauge on
what the kids like best."
Among the choices for the pool include
splash pads, zero-depth entry, the addition
of a water slide, multiple pools with one
heated for an extended swim season and
lastly, a lazy river feature. The upgrades
carry an expected price tag that ranges
from $1.9 million to $5.5 million, and
increase daily pool fees from $3 to $5 per
person. A family pass for up to six people
is $80 for a resident and $90 for a non-resi-
dent; for an individual, it is $40 and $50.
The additions may also mean the
public pool could provide some income,
which isn't really the reason for the con-
sultant's study, but it doesn't hurt.
"This was done because I had several
people asking about an extended swim
season," said Magnetico. "Anyone in-
volved with the pool will say it is outdated
and all that is explained in the study.
There are potential earnings that come
with the study but that is not what was
The study is part of the agenda which
is available at the city of Bartow's website
Currently the pool is only open to the
public after school gets out This year it
opens on June 8. It closes as school starts
The pool as it exists now loses
$162,859, the study shows. Under the
three options, with increased fees, the
pool makes money: $13,616 under
Option 1, $19,479 under Option 2 and
$55,505 under Option 3, the study shows.
The costs to renovate the pool in the
study show $1.9 million for Option 1, $3.3
million for Option 2 and $5.5 million for
Option C. The study also details what the
competition may be from other areas and
who could be potential city pool users.
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FROM PAGE 1A
gineering and math. That's a real posi-
tive for me," Scott said earlier Thursday.
"We've got to make sure we can afford a
12th university... you've got to look at
the benefits of doing it, and you've got
to look at the costs of doing it and see if
our budget can afford it."
With Alexander were two local technolo-
gy business executives: David Robinson of
DSM Technology Consultants and Ingram
Leedy of Elephant Outlook; leaders of the
Lakeland and Winter Haven chambers
of commerce; and Wayne Watters, a Polk
County resident and lobbyist who has
helped Alexander mobilize local support.
FROM PAGE 1A
Trayvon, we have to have it for George
Zimmerman," Lewis said. "As Christians
we can do no less."
Accusations have been flying over race
and profiling in the situation and while
this can start a dialogue, jumping to con-
clusions in this case is a dangerous place
to go, organizers say. The Alliance doesn't
want to see that come forth in Bartow.
Lewis said there's an opportunity here.
"Bartow is a great community and I'm
hoping we can get something out this
event," Lewis said. "But this happened
FROM PAGE 1A
Spearheaded by cancer survivor and
survivalist trainer Mickey Grosman of
Orlando, the awareness trek has been
divided into a series of legs at which
the former Israeli Special Forces soldier
and his documentary film crew will be
joined by fellow adventurists, including
Robinson, who will hook up nith the
survival group on leg 5.
On the route, the team will be aided
by rare historic maps, previous in-
terviews of indigenous Amazonidais,
and a collection of oral and written
testimonies gathered over the years to
help navigate through the treacherous
Amazonian terrain. The Amazon 5000
intends to retrace the original tracks
of the Legendary El Dorado voyage in
Robinson was one of 100 entrants
who were selected to join Grosman.
He recently explained that he had to
submit a video and supporting infor-
mation from which he was selected. He
will head to Ecuador in early June to
pick up the party.
Robinson, a former military police-
man, said he joined the trek to help
children with cancer.
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Also present was Marshall Goodman,
who was removed as chancellor of USF
Poly last December by USF president Judy
Genshaft. Alexander said Goodman was
there because he and his staff prepared
the original business plan for a separate
school a plan that was criticized by USF
officials for being overly optimistic in en-
rollment projections and cost estimates.
Goodman earned his own share of
criticism after news broke last year that
he pledged $500,000 for a documen-
tary on a new USF Poly campus, spent
$10,000 on life-sized Star Wars statues
for the campus and hired two of his
sons. In light of that, two state senators
called for an audit into the campus'
spending under Goodman's watch.
"Sounds like Goodman wants his old
job back, to become the first president of
and it's here and we can try to get some-
thing positive to happen."
Young is not willing to say this was
racially motivated. He can conclude from
the little evidence brought forth so far
that something very wrong happened,
but whether it was racial is a different
"I don't know if there was anything
racial," Young said. "He may have a prob-
lem but I don't like to pass judgment on
anybody. It seems like this man targeted
that kid and (the situation) bothered
him. And from what the news was saying
that he was told to leave the kid alone ...
he didn't. I don't know if that is racial."
Young, who served in law enforce-
commit to raising funds for children's
cancer treatment at Florida Children's
Hospital and the Ronald McDonald
House," Robinson explained. He adds
that he has a donation site at www.
stayclassy.org/fundraise and hopes to
raise $3,000 before his trek begins.
While the fund raising is crucial to
Robinson, it wasn't a requirement for
Robinson's joining up.
"I've always wanted to see the Ama-
zon," he said. "And to get to go into
virtually unexplored territory is icing."
Robinson isn't heading off on this
jungle adventure unprepared. He said
he had jungle survival training while as-
signed to the 82nd Airborne in the Army.
"We trained in Panama," he said, "but
it was nothing like this is going to be."
The former soldier said this trip he's
going to be traveling light. "We're only
allowed to bring a few things, and will
be pretty much living off the land," he
says. His travel gear will include a ma-
chete, a knife, malaria pills, comfort-
able jungle wear and boots.
"I was told to bring lots of socks." It
all has to fit into a 40-pound backpack,
To prepare for the trek, in addition
to getting a variety of vaccinations and
shots, Robinson said he's walking every
day with a 40-pound backpack and
swimming to build his stamina.
"They told me not to try and lose
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an unaccredited state university with no
student body," said one of those senators,
Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey. "If the
governor sticks to his beliefs, in how he
believes government should be run, he
should veto that bill without hesitation."
The Florida Board of Governors,
which oversees the state university
system, voted last year to allow USF Poly.
to become Florida Poly but only after
meeting certain benchmarks, includ-
ing separate accreditation, a minimum
enrollment and completion of the first
few buildings of its new campus.
Alexander used his considerable clout as
Senate budget chairman to accelerate the
timetable to July 1. SB 1994 would create
Florida Poly right away, with USF Poly's
budget of about $27 million in state funds.
Meanwhile, the bill would give USF
ment for 10 years, said that seems to
him to be an order he should not have
"He made a bad decision," Young
said. He should have let it go and let
the police handle it, he said.
On Wednesday, the state charged
Zimmerman with second-degree mur-
der for Martin's death and the special
prosecutor promised to not only get
justice but to find the truth in the case.
Zimmerman was booked into prison,
State Attorney Angela Corey said in
Jacksonville, but would not say where.
"We've got a long way to go,
and we have faith," said Tracy Martin,
weight before the trip, because I'll
probably lose quite a bit then."
Robinson will head south via Miami,
with his final flight arrival at Coca in
eastern Ecuador. "From there, I'll be
taken to where I'll hook up with the
group," he said.
"This is the real deal," he said, "and
if I can do what I've always wanted to
$10 million to help it absorb existing
USF Poly faculty, staff and students,
and $6 million more for its pharmacy
program, which was previously funded
through the Lakeland branch.
It comes at a time when the 11 existing
institutions are preparing to absorb a $300
million cut in state support a decision
Alexander championed. It's the fifth year
in a row that lawmakers have doled out
significant cuts to higher education.
Scott has received more than 1,300
e-mails on the Poly bill, with support
outpacing opposition by about a 3-to-1
margin, according to the governor's office.
Some USF students have urged Scott to
veto the bill, complaining that they were
not consulted and should have been.
Scott has until April 21 to make a
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch
volunteer, shot Martin under disputed
circumstances and though police have
said Martin was unarmed, the facts
haven't fully emerged.
Lewis, who is not a member of the
Deacons and Stewards Alliance, said he
is proud this organization is willing to
take this on.
This kind of leadership is needed
from the spiritual community to teach
youngsters, he noted.
"They need to see leadership from
our generation," he said. "There are
issues and they're not going to go away
overnight. We have an opportunity in
do and do something to raise money to
help make children's lives more bear-
Donations to the cancer fund may
also be mailed to Robinson at Summer-
All funds go directly to Florida Chil-
dren's Hospital or Ronald McDonald
House, he said.
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