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L June 2, 2012
Polk county Democrat
Bartow's Hometown Newspaper Since 1931 750
Volume 82 Number 79
USPS NO 437-320 .
Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830
45 schools designated as
shelters in hurricane season
By CATHY PALMER
One doesn't necessarily
think about the Polk County
School Board when it comes
to hurricane preparedness,
but they are a key player
should a storm dance across
Polk's.schools cease to
be centers for learning and
become safe havens for
hundreds of Polk residents
seeking shelter from the
impending storm. Some 45
schools are designated safe
as shelters in a storm, but
only 16 are usually prepped
for service as a refuge for
those fleeing high winds
and rain. The first schools
to open are usually high
schools because they are
more adapted to adult use.
"Schools have to identify
specific areas that meet the
hurricane protection codes,"
explains Polk County School
Facilities Director Fred
Murphy. "And when a shelter
opens, the Red Cross staffs
it, we're just the landlords."
"We work cooperatively
with the Board of County
Commissioners and the
Red Cross," Murphy added,
"and try to provide as much
comfort as we can within
reason," he added.
He said some schools
have sblar powered genera-
tors, but power is limited to
some areas for short periods
Once a shelter is filled
or reaches a reasonable
capacity, Murphy said, other
AGENCIES 1 0A
and much more
BHS senior takes top honors in
speaking, service nationwide
By CATHY PALMER
Picture this: You're a
17-year-old senior at Bartow
High School; you go to
BHS classes from 7:30 a.m.
until 10; head to Polk State
College for a class or two; 1
p.m. you head to your job
at Polk County's Facilities
Management office; get off
at 5, then head home to
change and head to another
i job at a local movie theater.
Now, add that you're a
state DCT champion in
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Editorial.......... Page 4-5A
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County Report .... Page 8A
SPolice Beat............Page 9A
Sports.......... Page 12-13A
Hogs, beans and collards
PHOTO BY AL PALMER
BMS students tend the agriculture program's pig, D.W., who is expecting in a few weeks.
Bartow Middle School agricultural
program thriving for 14 years
By CATHY PALMER
Since 1999, Bartow Middle School students
have raised hogs, chickens, rabbits, beans,
collards and other garden crops all under the
watchful eyes of agriculture program teacher
All the "money crops" are raised to fund the
program that teaches students not only animal
husbandry and the rudiments of botany and
agribusiness but basic nutrition and, according
to Parmer, environmental protection and civics.
"We try to teach kids that they are stewards
of their community," Parmer explains. "Not just
the land, but the environment as well." She adds
that her 500 plus or minus students learn where
their food comes from, how it is raised and the
impacts the farming may have on their environs.
"It's really interesting," the veteran teacher-
farmer says, "that most of my students are from
the city and.don't live on farms or ranches." She
says her classes usually have a waiting list and
students-must be selected to attend one of these
While some of the class time is spent indoors,
Parmer tries to get her sixth, seventh and eighth
graders out into the school's half-acre of crop
Madison Roberts (left) and Megan Shaffer look for beans
ripe enough to pick.
fields and animal pens. "They love to go out to
the fields," she says: On a recent visit, the 32
students of one class sashayed out to the two
crop fields behind the school, stopping at the pig
pen (yes, pig pen) to look at D.W., the class pig,
and cast a glance at the chicken coop and rabbit
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Discussions, tea and scones at the library
This week at the library was our
monthly book discussion meet-
ing. The group met Tuesday after-
noon to discuss Walter Lord's "A Night to
SLibrary Assistant Jackie Ewing provided
hot tea, scones and bread pudding for
snacking, and Reference Librarian Andrew
Beman-Cavallaro had a display of Titanic
memorabilia to share with the group.
The numbers in the group may be small,
but the books are always excellent reads
and the companyis delightful. If you are
interested in joining June*discussion, be
sure to get a copy of "The Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, avail-
able for $3 at the library. The next meeting
is June 26 at 3 p.m.
Monday computer classes resume on
June 4 at 1 p.m. and Thursday, June 7, is a
Kindle class at 11 a.m. Space is still available
for the Kindle class for those interested.
Next Saturday, June 9, will be the
first movie available for viewing inthe
month. "This Means War" will be shown
at2:30 p.m. and is rated PG-13.
Summer doesn't officially begin
until June 20, but the temperature is
already rising outside. Why not stay cool
indoors this summer with the many
programs we are offering? Our Super
Summer Shows will begin June 13 with
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John Storm's World of Reptiles show.
These shows are geared for school-aged
children ages 6 and up and will be every
Wednesday through July 25. Children under
6 are welcome to attend as long as they sit
with an adult. Seating will be available on
a first come, first-served basis. For a full
schedule of our Super Summer Shows, stop
by the library or check us out on Facebook.
Kids who are 9-12 years old have extra
chances for summer fun. Every Thursday
from June 14 to July 28, pre-teens will have
an activity designed especially for their age
group. Froin an ice cream social to a ghost-
story swap, the summer heat won't stop you
from having fun. The first event on June 14
will be Duck Tape wallets for Father's Day.
It will be from 2-4 p.m. This was our most
popular pre-teen activity last year, so we ask
that you pre-register.
Bartow Public Library's book discussion group (from left) Floyd Perkins, Shirley Perkins, Glenda
Richardson, Jimmie Waldrop, Marilyn Spear and Library Assistant Jackie Ewing met Tuesday
afternoon to discuss Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember."The next meeting is June 26 to discuss
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"'
Reading books can earn you prizes this
summer. Beginning Friday, June 8, for
kids to age 12, and Monday, June 11, for
teens, youths may come to the library
to each collect a bag of free materials
that are needed to participate. Read 10
hours or more, record what you read,
and receive a special prize. Children who
are not yet reading on their own may
have an adult read to them. The Summer
Reading Program will end July 28.
GED Classes are returning to the library.
This free course will begin Wednesday,
June 13, at 6 p.m. The class will use the
GED Basics book and students will need
to purchase these on their own. Copies
are available-for purchase at the library for
$10. For more details, contact the library.
Registration is required and due to de-
mand, students cannot miss more than two
classes or they will be asked to drop out.
As always, feel free to call the library at
863-534-0131 with any questions or to
pre-register for our activities.
Family Affair was the first place team in the last Belly Off Bartow weight loss challenge spon-
sored by Aqui Chiropractic Clinic. Dr. Alex Aqui (right) presented them a check for $1,600.
Belly Off Bartow Couples Challenge starts June 6
Summer fun this year can include
feeling fitter and healthier for those
competing in the Belly Off Bartow'
Weight Loss Couples Challenge pre-
sented by Aqui Chiropractic Clinic in
-Deadline for registration is Tuesday,
June 5, with the initial weigh-in the next
day. The 12-week challenge ends on
Couples (spouses, friends, family,
co-workers, and other twosomes) will
compete to lose the highest percentage of
weight (not the amount of weight lost).
After the initial weigh-in, each
team member must weigh in every
Wednesday for eight weeks, between
7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Aqui
Chiropractic. They will return for the
final weigh-in on Aug. 29. During the.
final four weeks participants will not
know the rankings of any participant
until the final weigh-in.
The cost of the challenge is $50 (10
weigh-ins at $5 each). To enter the
Challenge the full $50 registration fee
and registration form are due by June 5.
Registration fee also includes a Belly Off
Bartow T-shirt. Payments may be made
by cash, check or credit card. A portion
of registration fees goes toward the
A penalty of $2 will be assessed for
every pound or fraction of gain as of the
previous week weigh in. A portion of fines
collected will be donated to charity.
Cash prizes will be disbursed to the
top three couples and top three male
and female individuals with the highest
percentage weight loss at the end of the
12 weeks. Adults and youth are welcome
to participate and each participant -
will choose their own diet and exercise
program. There will be weekly prizes for
Weeks 1-8 and week 12 awarded to the
team that has the highest percentage of
weight loss for those weeks.
Those younger than 18 are welcome
with parental consent. Any business,
Civic organization, church or individual
may form a couple. Team members are
not required to live in Bartow. If you
need help finding a teammate, email
the Belly Off Bartow Team Challenge
event coordinator at aquichiropractic-
firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the
list of individuals looking for team-
mates. Registration information should
be sent by email. For more information
Winners of the spring Belly Off
Bartow Team Challenge were:
Teams First: Family Affair, $1,600;
second: Thighsman Trophy Winners,
$800; third: Mission Slimpossible, $400.
Men First: Russell Mohrbach, No
Ifs, Ands or Butts, $500; second: Barry
Bryan, Family Affair, $250; third: Tim
Alligood,.Mission Slimpossible, $125.
Women First: Melissa Bryan, Family,
Affair, $500; second: Kayla Soden,
Thighsman TrophyWinners, $250; third:
Lisa Sowinski, A-C-T Now, $125.
PHOTO BY KELLE'' BAKER
Michaela Aycock of Bartow had the Grand Champion Steer at the Charlotte County FFA Alumni
Propsect Show, held May 25 at the Turner Agri-Civic Center in Arcadia. The show drew young
exhibitors from all over Florida.
Lighthouse Ministries gets certificate of excellence
During the 99th annual Association
of Gospel Rescue Missions Convention
in Orlando, Lighthouse Ministries, Inc.,
got a Certificate of Excellence as a result
of successfully completing AGRM's
Steve Turbeville, Dwayne McDow and
Sharon Johnson received the certificate.
The Certificate of Excellence rec-
ognizes Lighthouse Ministries as a
"model ministry and an example to other
ministries ofAGRM to attain the status of
They are recognized for their com-
mitment to a standard of integrity and
excellence in all aspects of their ministry
and are a member in good standing.
The convention is North America's
largest annual inspirational gathering of
people doing rescue mission ministry.
The event delivers cutting-edge training
and recognizes exceptional programs
servicing the homeless and poor in their
Lighthouse Ministries has also received
a four-star rating by Charity Navigator.
No lane closures are scheduled onVan
Fleet Drive or U.S. Highway 98 next week,
the Florida Department ofTransportation
Work on new travel lanes, turn lanes,
sidewalks and drainage continues.behind
barrier walls along northbound U.S. 98
fromVan Fleet to south of Manor Drive,
and along westboundVan Fleet from
Walmart Drive to U.S. 98.
With the Fort Fraser Trail entrance
offwestboundVan Fleet closed due to
construction, people can access the trail
from the Wilson Avenue entrance.
Access to businesses in the work zone
is being maintained and motorists are
advised to use caution and watch for
For information, visit www.IdriveUS98.
No lane closures on Van Fleet Drive, US 98
Page 2A The Polk County Democrat
June 2, 2012
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AN AFFILIATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND SHANDS HEALTHCARE
Winter Haven Hospital's Bostick Heart Center is
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being in the top 10 percent of Heart Programs in the
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Learn more at www.winterhavenhospital.org or
Compassion. Innovation. Trust. We're your family's choice.
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June 2, 2012
Page 4A The Polk County Democrat June 2, 2012
Citizens is a bargain with an expensive bite
Citizens Property Insurance Interim President Tom
Grady is on a listening tour of Florida, but he also has
an unusual message from the CEO of a multi-billion
dollar insurance company: Don't buy my product.
SCitizens is the state-owned insurance company that
was created in 2002 to be the "insurer of last resort"
for property owners who could not obtain private-
sector insurance. After dozens of those private insur-
ers went bankrupt or abandoned the Florida market
following the disastrous 2004-2005 hurricane seasons,
Citizens' overseers the Legislature and Cabinet -
changed its mission to provide "affordable" insur-
ance, even freezing rates the company could charge
policyholders. Citizens went from being a bit player
in a competitive market to being the largest insurer in
a lopsided market, insuring 1.5 million customers.
In a visit with our company's editorial board, Grady
spelled out why a Citizen's policy is a bargain with a
bite. While policyholders pay a state-wide average of
only $2,300 for coverage, the premium is essentially a
"downpayment" on the actual cost of the policy.
"When we have that storm, that policy holder will
have to pay a surcharge of up to 45 percent," Grady
said, adding that additional "hurricane taxes" up to
$20,000 could be levied on Citizens and non-Citizens'
policy holders to cover the state's cost of paying
claims and reimbursing and reinsuring private sector
Property and casualty insurance customers,
including automobile policy holders, already pay two
such surcharges as a result of past storms, but they
would pale in comparison to the amount the state
would have to charge should a Hurricane Charley-
type storm hit a major metropolitan area like Tampa
Bay, Miami or Jacksonville. A combination of smaller
storms hitting less-populous areas would have the
same effect of depleting the $6 billion Citizens has to
pay claims. Every dollar over and above that figure
would be borrowed and paid back with those hur-
ricane taxes, because lawmakers have capped the
company's ability to charge actuarially sound premi-
ums, meaning a rate at which it could pay expected
claims without having to tap its taxing power.
"Who should pay for this insurance? That is what
I want to hear from people around the state," said
Grady, a former state legislator who was appointed
. interim CEO three months ago. Grady said Citizens
policies are not only a bad deal for its customers, but
even Worse for those holding private sector poli-
cies. A non-Citizens policy holder could still face an
emergency assessment of up to $576 plus additional
charges to pay back bonds issued to replenish the
Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and the Florida
Insurance Guarantee Association, a government-run
reinsurance fund. The total of all those surcharges is
capped at nearly $20,000 for all property insurance
policy holders in the state.
There are ways to fix this. Among the ideas Grady
will propose to the Citizens board in July is to
decouple existing policy holders from future ones,
charging incoming customers more sound premiums.
By closing the door on the bargain basement policies
Citizens now issues, over time the company will have
rates more competitive with the private sector. By
making people aware of the fine print costs of their
bargain coverage and dropping certain coverage
such as carports and patios Citizens would be less
attractive to consumers, lowering the number policies
it writes. Floridians could continue to hope a storm
never hits the state again, in which case Citizens will
be a bargain.
But when a hurricane hits, everyone will realize
Citizens is a bargain with a bite.
An officer and a gentleman
It was 50 years ago today June 2,
1962 that I became, in the popular
parlance of the occasion, "an officer and
a gentleman by act of Congress."
The judgment of Congress, then as
today, was not flawless, but hopefully,
they got it right more often than not.
It was draft era --it was also the era
of the Berlin crisis and every able-
bodied young man was virtually assured
of receiving greetings from his draft
board upon graduation from whatever
level of schooling he chose to pursue.
So on the day I graduated from
Florida State University, I was pinned
With the bars o fa second lieutenant. I
took the oath of office, swearing, among
Other things "to obey the orders of the
Officers appointed over me."
Their number was legion.
It was some 40 years later, as he and
I went on our nightly walk around his
neighborhood, that Dad told me he was
surprised when I remained in ROTC
beyond the obligatory first two years of
He did not say that he was further
surprised that I went into the Florida
National Guard for 30 years after my
two years of active Army duty, let alone
that I attained the rank of colonel.
Given the bond we shared as father and
son, I got his drift.
SToday's generation of young people
has not known the draft. The ranks of
the armed forces are filled with true
volunteers, and more power to them for
A half-century ago, military service
was a certainty for most of us, and it
was merely a decision of where in the
food chain we chose to serve.
The pay of a second lieutenant was
$222.30 a month, which works out to
5.1. Fribie can be contacted at
about 50 bucks a week. For a 40-hour
week, that came to $1.25 an hour, which
was then the federal minimum wage.
Buck privates got by on $78 a month.
After two years of service in
Washington, D.C., a period of service
that included the Cuban missile crisis,
the Kennedy assassination, and Martin
Luther King's March on Washington,
I returned home to a career in
I had a three-year obligation to
serve in either the Army Reserve or the
National Guard, and I chose the latter.
The decision was prompted by the
influence of Richard Frisbie, my uncle,
a career Guardsman, and the likelihood
that if mobilized, I would serve with my
own unit, not as an individual "filler"
assigned to a vacancy in an active Army
My intent was to serve my obligatory
three years, go into inactive status for
one year to complete my draft obliga-
tion, and then sell my uniform in a
I figured that in a Guard made up
mostly of men with no active military
service, I knew all the answers. By the
time I retired, I had forgotten what the
questions were, because nobody ever
After my three years, I was havingea
good time, making a lot of friends, and
earning a not inconsequential second
income. I decided to stay in until I had a
reason to get out.
After 30 years and-thange as a
Guardsman, I retired, as required by
law, upon completing five years in my
I enjoyed every day (not every hour,
but every day) of my Guard career. And
no, I have not missed it for one minute.
There is a time in life for all things,
including retirement, first from the
Guard, and then from newspaper
Today's Army is different in a lot of
ways from "my Army" of1962. In many
ways it is better; in a few, not as good.
It is an all-volunteer force, vastly bet-
ter equipped than the one I served in.
It looks more like America: fully
integrated racially, with vastly more
opportunities for women.
America's armed forces have never
failed our nation.
Unfortunately, the nation has failed
our armed forces, its leadership backing
the soldiers on the battlefield only to
the degree that it is politically expedient
to do so.
America's fighting men and women
should be committed to the battlefield
with the full commitment of the na-
tion starting at the White House and
Congress to see them to victory.
A war that is not worth winning is not
worth the commitment of American
lives to battle.
The mission must be clear, and the
That is the answer. Unfortunately,
those in power have not asked the
(S. L. Frisbie is retired. As a journalist,
he spent a career answering questions
that nobody asked.)
The Polk County Democrat
Jim Gouvellis Publisher
SAileen Hood General Manager Jeff Roslow Editor Peggy Kehoe Managing Editor
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Colorful banners highlight pride of Bartow
By PEGGY KEHOE
Colorful banners depicting
"everything Bartow should be
proud of" now hang. from the
city's old-fashioned style lamp
The photographic banners'
replaced the original 2007
flags that were purple and
featured an image of the Historic
Courthouse. Those had worn out
after more than four years of use.
Bartow Marketing Partnership
wanted to do something differ-
ent, that didn't look like every
city's banners, explained Jeff
Clark, executive director of the
Bartow Chamber of Commerce.
So they went back to original
market research from 2007 and
pulled out things Bartow was
known for: history, events, things
the city is proudest of, everything
Each banner has a colorful
photo chosen for subject and
artistic quality, some stock
and some taken locally, and a
title in white letters on a blue
background. Some of the photos
came from the Chamber's past
The blue and white scheme
blends with the perma-
nent way-marking signs in
Downtown Bartow. The new
banners were designed by Clark
and feature 34 different events
and places. These include the LB.
Brown House, the Department of
Transportation, the BartowAdult
Concert Band, the Department
of Citrus, Juneteenth, the annual
Crickette Club parade, Bloomin'
Arts, Relay For Life, the Polk County
Youth Fair, and even the upcoming
Dixie Youth Baseball World Series.
Printed on vinyl, the banners
should last longer than the old
ones, and enough were ordered
for all the lamp posts equipped
to hold them around town;
primarily in the Community
Redevelopment Agency district.
Standing out against the lush
growth of the oaks lining Main
Street, the new banners have
gotten lots of compliments, Clark
Cost of the 170 banners, about
$7,000 total, was paid by the
Bartow Marketing Partnership,
which is made up of the CRA,
Chamber and city of Bartow.
PHOTOS BY PEGGY KEHOE
Framed by deep green oaks, lamp post banners
promote"everything Bartow should be proud of,"
such as Mary Holland Park and the L.B. Brown
House depicted on these flags on East Main Street.
Bartow's monthly Downtown Antique Fair is promoted
on one of 34 different banners decorating the town's old-
fashioned lamp posts, like this one in front of the Historic
Courthouse on East Main Street.
What's required for a
shot at Jeopardy?
Focus, speed, patience necessary,
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Answer: This former Lake Wales resident
and Jeopardy fanatic may have her 15
minutes of fame on her favorite show this
Question: Who is Lauren Kay Gilmore?
If Lauren Gilmore, formerly Lauren
Kay, makes the cut, friends and family will
indeed be watching the former Lake Wales
resident answer brow-wrinkling questions
on national TV
So far, so good. She's completed the first
two hurdles: answering the online ques-
tions then traveling to Washington, D.C.,
for the written test, mock Jeopardy show,
and interview. Now it's a matter of waiting.
Waiting. Could be as much as 18 months
Gilmore, the daughter of Howard and
Janet Kay, said she first tried out for the col-
legiate version of Jeopardy. She completed
the online test, but never heard from the'
Recently she learned they were doing
online tryouts again, for the adult version
of Jeopardy. She decided to give it another
"There were 50 questions that were eas-
ily harder than anything I've seen on the
show," Lauren said. And she's seen a lot of
episodes, noting that it was a family ritual
for her to watch Jeopardy with her dad.
To add to the challenge, each question
only stayed onscreen for about five to 10
seconds before flipping to the next. No way
to go back.
Lauren said the difficulty of the online
test left her feeling a bit discouraged,
but soon afterward, she heard from the
producers that based on her scores, they
wanted her to go the second round, in
Washington, D.C., the closest tryout site.
"I was so excited. I told mom and dad
and they flew us up there." (She and her
husband, Chad.) So on April20, she found
herself among 150 finalists, who were then
subdivided into groups of 12 for the written
Lauren Gilmore, daughter of Howard and Janet
Kay of Lake Wales, has made it through two
rounds of Jeopardy tryouts and hopes to be a
contestant on the show. Lauren, shown here in
a Paris cathedral, is a longtime Jeopardy fan,
and said it was a family tradition watching the
show with her dad.
"The questions were displayed on
PowerPoint, and once again, they disap-
peared after a few seconds," Lauren
recalled. 'After the written test, we went
on a mock Jeopardy show, three people
at a time. We used the actual buzzers that
they use on the show in LA It was a little
different, because if the contestants didn't
know the answer, the audience could shout
it out." (The audience was made up of
fellow-contestants waiting their turn.)
Then came the interviews.
"I think they were not only looking for
people who could answer the questions,
but also for personality, for people with
enthusiasm for the game," Laoren said.
"I was surprised at the camaraderie
among the contestants," she said.
The tryouts took only a few hours, and
she and Chad spent the rest of the week-
end sight-seeing inWashington.
"I'd been there a couple'of times but
never had time to enjoy it," she said.
Lauren and her husband live in Orlando
now. She will soon begin work on her
master's degree. She has promised to keep
her hometown updated as to Jeopardy
In the meantime, it's a waiting game.
Our hi1dren s
i MIDDLE ACADEMY
Our Children's Middle Academy is a FREE public
CHARTER SCHOOLwith transportation available. The academy
offers a unique educational program for special needs
children in the 6th, 7th & 8th grades.
Our Children's Middle Academy...
....is a. place where children with special needs are prepared
for employment. ESE children who are successful in regular educa-
tion courses may share classes with Bok Academy. Children who are
not successful receive intensive hands-on classes with vocational,
technical and trade skills including carpentry, shop, agriculture,
FrI -.J r,d i O r gardening, graphic design/laser printing, music and art.
Our Children's Middle Academy provides an
educational prograrn in a natural experience with the
educators and the therapists wo(king together on
educational goals for each child's learning experience,
based on the child's level of academic. social.
intellectual, medical and/or behavioral performance.
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June 2, 2012
aP e 6A The Polk Count t
UA students journey to America
By PEGGY KEHOE
Dressed in clothing that mimicked the
fashions of Ellis Island immigrants from
the late 1800s to early 1900s, sixth grad-
ers at Union Academy Magnet School
celebrated the completion of a study unit
on immigration this week.
Simple games that could have been
enjoyed by those arriving in the United
States a century ago were played by the six
Two teams faced off in a water relay,
while the others went to the playing field -
for a game of kickball, deemed safer than
stickball by the teachers.
Lead teacher on the study unit Mica
Sylvestre said they combined language
arts, reading and world cultures in an
interdisciplinary unit to study immigra-
tion. As part of becoming an International
Baccalaureate middle school, Union
Academy will be focusing on more global
The sixth graders read the book, "Journey
to America" by Sonia Levitin, and con-
ducted mock interviews and citizenship
tests, portraying immigrants, interviewers
Everything was documented photo-
graphically on iPads by the teachers and
books \ill be created trom the pictures.
Participating teachers \\ith Silvestre were
ChristyTrotter, Cheryl Fennelly, Cynthia
Clark, Cynthia M foellering and Kristen
Justin Tavares squeezes water from a sponge into a bucket while his teammates cheer him
on during a water relay Tuesday at Union Academy Magnet School. Hands dripping water
from passing the sopping-wet sponge are (from left) Keyanna Ashley, Shulagra Shah, Joey
Penas, Bradley Paxton, Gage Smith and Nicholas Raim. Students dressed in fashions remi-
niscent of immigrants in the late 1800s and early 900s.
PHOTOS BY PEGGY KEHOE
Some carrying bundles of"belongings" and some with
covered heads, sixth graders at Union Academy Magnet
School on Monday dressed in the fashion of immigrants
coming to Ellis Island in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
They included (from left) Diego Reyes, Nicholas Haim,
Gage Smith, Brishona Simpkins and Arielle Lokietek.
Our Children's receives $1 million gift
By MARY CANNADAY
MCANNADAY @ LAKEWALESNEWS.COM
Ben Hill Griffin III, citrus and'business
magnate and Citrus Hall of Fame 2009
inductee, made a surprise million-dollar
donation to the building fund of Our
Children's Academy Tuesday night. The
occasion was a meet and greet atthe
Lake Wales Country Club to acquaint
the citrus community and government
officials 1 irh the school's mission.
: Our Children's Academy is a free-of-
charge.chaner school for students with
special needs, incorporating a unique
medical/educational model. It series
high-functioning as well as severely
challenged children. Some of the special
needs covered by the school's services
include autism, cerebral palsy, and
learning disabilities. The school isri ot
equipped to serve children with severe
mental illness. Our Childrens,' which
has been in Lake Wales for sixyears,
has outgrown its current location and
is embarking on a capital campaign to
raise $12.5 million for expansion and
endowment, according to the event
chairman John Updike.
According to OCA's director Sharon
McManus, the fund now stands at
$2.3 million, including monies contrib-
uted by staff and community combined
with Ben Hill-Griffin III's gift. The
capital campaign's second phase will
kick off soon, with letters going out to
potential donors, who McManus calls
"'investors in our children's futures."
A great number.of the event's orga-
nizers, also staunch supporters of the
school, have children, grandchildren
or extended family who have special
needs, so they are familiar with the
services provided by the academy.
Ben Hill Griffin III explained to
reporters part of the reason behind his
gift, speaking of a son who had special
needs due to oxygen deprivation. The
doctors did not give him long to live,
yet he lived to the age of 27.
"In his case, he did have the benefit
of getting the services he needed, but
not everyone does. The public schools
are doing the best they can, but just
don't have the resources for the one-to-
one attention that's needed," he said.
The experience with his own son really
"brings this close to home and creates
empathy with others in that situation,"
SThe academy was complimented
during event Updike's presentation for
always operating in the black, in spite
of their labor-intensive program which
includes speech, behavioral and physical
therapists, and special education teachers
as well as a large number of aides.
"One beautiful thing about the
school is that it has after-hours therapy
available, which lessens the disruption
to family life." noted Updike, who has a
family member with special needs.
Updike also noted that there were
only seven schools in the state of Florida
which offer services similar to OCA's. He.
pointed out that the school takes chil-
dren as young as 12 months of age and
that of their students, about 40 percent
are eventually mainstreamed back into
their home schools.
A Babson Park family known for be-
ing dedicated foster parents, Bob and
Cari Graham, brought their children
with them to the podium to speak of
their experience with OCA.
"We've never gotten a callfrom the
PHOTO BY MARY CANNADAY
Ben Hill Griffin III, (second from left) made a donation of $1 million to the building fund of Our
Children's Academy Tuesday evening. He is shown here with (1-r) Debbie Griffin, Candy Denton
and Andy Denton.
school that they couldn't handle a situ-
ation," Cari Graham said. "That was not
the case with some of our special needs
kids' previous schools." One of their
foster children, Jasmine, was recently
adopted by the Grahams.
Sharon McManus, who founded the
academy with her long-time co-worker
Dot Kirkland, explained how their pro-
gram works. One focus is behavioral.
"The children can earn points for
being respectful and kind," McManus
said. "They can then spend those at
our store. Having realized the need for,
a behavioral analyst, she noted that
success with that has "put the children
in charge of their own behavior. These
kids, when difficult, are only difficult
because no one has addressed their
The school is paying for one of their
master-level staff to return to school for
her Ph.D., during which time she will
do research on the methods used at the
school, she said.
"I believe we're a model for the state,"
McManus said of their program.
NOTE: The new middle school
program, planned to kick off in the
upcoming school year, is still a go,
McManus said, in spite of permitting
problems with their planned location at
Warner University. Classes will be held
at First Baptist Church of Lake Wales
until permanent facilities are avail-
able. For more information call Dot
Kirkland at 863-412-8198 or the school
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June 2,-2012 The Polk County Democrat Page 7A
Alice Elizabeth Alexander
Charles W. Williams
Alice Elizabeth Alexander, 85, passed
away May 29, 2012 in Bartow.
Born Oct. 8, 1926, in Tampa, "Lib"
was the second child of James E and
Lucille L. Alexander. During the early
1930s, Lib and her family moved from
Tampa to Bartow to take up residence
at the ancestral home of her mother,
Lucille Lightsey Alexander.
Upon graduation from high school
and receiving a master's degree from
Florida College for Women (now Florida
State University), Lib lived most of
her life in Gainesville, Fla. During
the Gainesville years Lib rose to the
position of chief librarian in charge of
the University of Florida's renowned
PK. Yonge Library of Florida History.
She became well known to historians
and students alike for the vast Florida
collection that she built through careful
selection of original maps, documents,
manuscripts and ephemera that helped
expand the knowledge of the history of
the state of Florida.,
SLib also had a deep knowledge and
love of the theatre, having received
a second master's degree from the
University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill, during the 1950s. Upon retirement
from the University of Florida in the
mid-1990s, Lib first moved to Lakeland,
and then a few years later, to Bartow
to live next door to her sister, Sara
Alexander Clements, and to be nearer
to her family.
She will be sorely missed by her
nephews, Jeffrey L Clements, J. Daniel
Clements and James E Clements; her
niece, Lucy Clements Lack; her grand-
nephew, James A. Clements; her grand-
niece, Carole Lemly; her nieces-in-law,
Susan R Clements and Diane Clements;
and nephew-in-law, Donald J. Lack.
Our Lib is remembered for her
generosity to many people whose lives
she touched along the way. Her fam-
ily especially remembers her as our
beloved aunt and wonderful friend
whose sense of humor and way with
words touched our lives in a unique
and permanent way. Lib was known for
her huge bank of pithy quotations from
songs, jokes, poems and books, and she
constantly amazed us with her knowl-
edge and memory.
Service: Saturday, June 2, at Holy
Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 W. Stuart
Ave, Bartow. Visitation begins at 10
a.m., followed by.the service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations honoring
her life may be sent to the Holy Trinity
Memorial Garden Fund (P.O. Box 197,
Bartow, FL 33831) or to Good Shepherd
Hospice (Chapters Health System,
12973 N. Telecom Pkwy., Suite 100,
Tampa, FL 33637).
Funeral Home, Bartow.
Tuesday, May 29,
2012, at Bartow
Center of heart
was born in
Blackey, Ky., on
Aug. 27, 1929,
and moved to CHARLES WILLIAMS
Fort Meade from
Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1985. He was a
retired teacher and administrator in
the Ohio school system, and was also
a former associate of Moody Funeral
Home, and then later Hancock Funeral
Home in Fort Meade.
A member of First Baptist Church,
Fort Meade, he was an active deacon,
Sunday School teacher, choir member,
and member of The Joy Club. He was
also a Gideon, a member of Fort Meade
American Legion Post #23, and a U.S.
Air Force veteran, serving in Korea.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death
by his wife of many years, Marie W.
Williams in November 2011, and his
son, Robert E. Williams in October
2011, several sisters and a brother.
He is survived by his sister, Helen
Majority of Knoxville, Tenn., and lo-
cally by his nephew and niece, Jim and
Debbie Webb of Fort Meade, and many
other nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held 11
a.m., Saturday, June 2, at First Baptist
Church, Fort Meade with Rev. Kenny
Slay and Pastor Dan Brockman
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at www.hancockfh.com.
Arrangements: Hancock Funeral
Home, Fort Meade 863-285-8171.
Agnes M. Willis
Agnes M. Willis, 90, passed away
Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Lake
Wales Medical Center. Born April 8,
'1928, she was a longtime resident of
Visitation: 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, June
5, at Calvary Temple, Lake Wales,
followed by the service at 2 p.m.
Funeral Home, Bartow.
Juanita Goodson Coleman
Juanita Goodson Coleman, 89, of
Fort Meade, formally of Thonotosassa,
passed away May 26, 2012, in Lakeland.
She was born Feb. 8,1923, in Tampa.
Funeral Home, Wauchula. Online
condolences may be made at www.
Elizabeth Marie 'Betsy' Kautz
Elizabeth Marie "Betsy" Kautz lost
her battle with cancer on May 16, 2012,
in Gibsonville, N.C. She was 64.
She was born on July 15, 1947,
graduated from Summerlin Institute in
Bartow in 1965 and went on to graduate
from Appalachian State in Boone, N.C.
She was a teacher for 30-plus years
and retired to. the beach at Hampstead,
N.C., near Topsail Island.
Ms. Kautz truly found her passion
with the Karen Beasley Turtle Hospital,
volunteering with them and taking care
of the nesting mamas each year on the
She is survived by her partner
of nearly 30 years, Pam Mims; two
daughters, Angela and Jennifer; four
grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara
Roberts of Parrish and Linda Plavchak
of Bartow; three brothers, John of
Lake Wales, Dan of Largo and Billy of
Clearwater; and numerous nephews
For remembrances she has requested
any donations be sent to the Karen
Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehab
Center, PO. Box 2095, Surf City, NC
28445, or online at www.seaturtle
Arrangements: Rich & Thompson
Funeral Service, Burlington, N.C.
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Polytech gets a booster club
Florida Polytechnic University may
not have much now staff, students
or enough money to build the campus
that is currently under way but it has
At least 70, mostly Polk County,
businesspeople have banded together
to form Florida Poly Vision and had
a press conference near its campus
Thursday to kick off what was called a
"This is a diverse group that we
brought together that now is approach-
ing 70 members that will be a commit-
ted voice to the 12th public university,"
said Saddle Creek Corp. President
Cliff Otto, the west co-chairman of the
group. "We have the capability of lead-
ing the nation in innovative education."
He was speaking at a press confer-
ence at the United Way of Central
Florida down the road from the current
Polytech campus it shares with Polk
State College. Otto spoke from a
podium that was lined with members
of the group of Polk and state elected
officials and businesspeople ready
to do what it takes to make Florida
Polytechnic University something to
make Florida stand out in education.
They made it clear that, despite the
situation the college appears to be in
now, and the fact that it may not open
for business in the next semester, this is
too big an opportunity to let anything
"We want to recruit the best teachers,
the best students and the best staff in
the country," said.Vic Story,'the presi-
dent of The Story Companies, who said
he was representing the farm industry.
'"I know there's been some controversy.
but I say to you it's done, it's here. It's
important to all of us to support this
university and let's be sure it moves
Business and elected officials moved
one by one to the microphone, saying
it was time to forget about the contro-
versial past Polytech has gone through
and it's time to focus on the future
The deadline to apply for the board of direc- ,
tors for Florida's newest state university has been
extended from Thursday to 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Eleven people will be seated on the board over-
seeing Florida Polytechnic University. Only 10 had
applied for positions when the Board of Governors
met last week. Several dozen people have since
applied to Gov. Rick Scott or the Florida Board of
Governors, including a late flurry of applicants.
Most of the 39 applicants who applied by Thursday
evening were from Polk County, including business
leaders, lawyers, retirees, elected officials and an
assistant professor of STEM education from USF
Polytechnic, Roderic James.
and give Polk and Florida something it
hasn't had before and should have. The
right effort, they said, can only help the
economy and Florida's future.
"We've got a long way to go,but
it's time to let people know that Polk
County is a great place to live,", said
Alice Hunt, the west vice chairman and
president of Hunt Properties, LLC.
Polk County Commissioner Edwin
Smith furthered her thought: "The Polk
County Commission, the city commis-
sions and our development community
have worked so hard to get high tech
companies to come here, but the
blocks have been that we don't have a
He said the new university will not
only provide the labor force, but will
also foster start up companies.
"We're the epicenter of not only
statewide but nationwide growth," he
said. "It's a great day for Polk County
and a great time to be in Polk County."
SThough he didn't appear to want
to go to the podium, outgoing state
Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, said
though he wants to stay on the.sideline,
having a school like this in Polk County
is something that was a long time
He said when he first got into the
Legislature he got the school system in
the state to agree to move forward with
STEM education. That was 10 years ago
and 17 percent were on board with it.
"It's 17 percent now," Alexander
said. "It's important to let it grow and
to move forward. Florida doesn't have
this. For 15 years we've been working in
that path and we must do this.
"We know that there's been some
controversy, but I say to you: It's done.
It's here, and it's important to all of us
to support this university and be sure it
After all the speaking Otto was
asked what this club could do to help
Polytech move along more quickly and
to.resolve the problems it is facing. It
was formed so quickly, that when the
school becomes Florida Polytechnic
University on July 1, there is likely to
be no faculty, no students nor enough
with Cliff Otto,
of Saddle Creek
prior to a press
That 70 business
formed a group
to help Florida
as it becomes Flor-
ida's 12th public
Alice Hunt speaks at
a press conference
Thursday. Behind her
(from left) are Cliff
Otto, Victor Story and
Ingram Leedy, who
are on a committee
of business leaders
seeking to help Florida
money available for the school that is
estimated to cost up to $115 million
and for which $99 million is budgeted.
"I'm- not sure what we can do to
expedite the timetable," he said. "We'll
do fundraisers and all the help we can
He hopes the list of people on Florida
PolyVision grows as word about the
""As word begins to spread we're
gaining two to three people a day," he
said. "Regarding where we stood, (the
school) is here arid shame on us if we
don't do anything."
Mining study looks at next 50 years
Corps of Engineers releases 1,200 page phosphate report
By GREG MARTIN
A draft study on phosphate mining
released Wednesday by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers contemplates the
Peace and Myakka river watersheds
undergoing another 400 squaremiles
of strip mining over the next 50 years.
If that happens, another 95,000 acres
of wetlands and perhaps 30 miles of
streams could get excavated and re-
claimed or mitigated in the watershed
of the Charlotte Harbor estuary.
Determining how much effect that
will have on the water resources,
and how much mitigation should be
acceptable, however, are not simple
questions, the 1,200-page report indi-
cates. It points out some impacts are
relatively minor compared to the even
bigger drains of urban development
The changes in the landscape at the
22,000-acre Ona mine, for example,
would reduce the flow of the Peace
River by only 8.5 percent, the report
Also, as one phosphate mine plays
out, the next would start-up, so their
impacts won't come simultaneously,
the report states.
"They seem to be looking at every-
thing in a more global perspective,"
said Russell Schweiss, spokesman for
The release, once published in the
Federal Register June 1, triggers a 45-
day comment period. The ACE also will
present the draft at public meetings
set for June 19 in Lakeland and June
21 in Punta Gorda, according to John
Fellows, project manager for the corps.
Glenn Compton, chairman of
Manasota-88, said he had hoped to see
analysis of the pollution and hazardous
waste that stem from processing phos-
phate ore into fertilizer. Charlotte County
Commissioner Bob Starr said he had
hoped the report would analyze pollution
from urban development and agriculture,
iri addition to phosphate mining.
The study doesn't consider either of
'I'm definitely going to suggest
to (County Administrator Ray) ...
Sandrock that we have somebody
take a look at it who understands it,
and determine if it benefits us and if
anything should be added to it,' Starr
said. 'Because a study like this probably
won't be done again in my lifetime.'
The report notes that Mosaic recently
applied for its 18,287-acre DeSoto,
22,220-acre Ona and 3,635-acre
Wingate East mines, and CF Industries
also has applied for its 7,513-acre South
The study also considers Mosaic's
24,509-acre Pine Level/Keys Tract and
25,231-acre Pioneer Tract, and Hardee
County's 14,968-acre south county
mining overlay district.
The study also evaluates another 17
tracts that have mining potential.
To avoid impacts, the study evaluates
a half-dozen proposals. They include
ones for a Peace River Greenway, and
extensive buffers around wetlands and
Schweiss, however, said Mosaic and"
the government can negotiate mitiga-
tion that provides a better trade-off
than a universal setback. He cited
as one example that Mosaic could
reclaim a ditch as a man-made stream
and place a conservation easement to
preserve the property.
'A blanket is a somewhat limited
tool,' Schweiss said.
For information about the study, visit
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June 2, 2012 The Polk County Democrat Page 9A
The information is gathered from police, sheriff's office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records.
Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.
Bartow Police warns of scams
The Bartow Police Department has
forwarded the warnings of scams to
all businesses in town, a custom it -
recently under took to partner with
the business community to exchange
information on potential and occur-
One item is a jury duty fraud that has
been confirmed by the FBI, the police
A caller claims to be a jury duty
coordinator and when a person says
he or she never received a summons
for jury duty, the scammer asks you for
your Social Security number and date of
birth so he or she can verify the infor-
mation and cancel the arrest warrant.
This is a way of having your identity
stolen, the police department notes.
The fraud has been reported in 11
The FBI and the federal court system
have issued nationwide alerts and
more can be found at www.fbi.gov/
In another scam was one using the
Yellow Pages as a front. In one a church
was contacted by phone wanting to
confirm our cancellation of an ad.
"Our church was contacted by phone
by a company claiming to be the Yellow
Pages, wanting to confirm our cancel-
lation of our ad," Judy McGhee of the
McLeod Memorial Presbyterian Church
wrote the Bartow Police Department.
"They said our pastor, and called him
by name, had cancelled our Yellow
Pages listing. Since I thought he may
have done this, I said all right. Then I
was connected to someone in "Quality
Control" who said the call would be
recorded and said I agreed that I was
aware of a balance due of $599.99."
McGhee could not believe that and
said she would get the pastor. When
she got back on the phone the caller
had hung up.
There was a call back and the pastor
got on the phone and asked the caller
to send the contract then we would
talk to them. They hung up again,
and when the church tried to call the
number back, the caller ID showed an
Arlington, Texas, number and it was
not in service, the police reported.
The church tried AT&T Yellow Pages
and Yellow book and it didn't have a
listing with Verizon.
Yellow Pages said this scam pops up
from time to time, ard if the scammers
can get you to say on a recording that
you agree there is a balance-due, they
can force you to pay it, even though
there is no actual money owed, the
There is a third scam the police
department is warning people of and
that is one that tells people of a cancel-
lation from amazon.com.
It is the latest email phishing scam
that looks like an order cancellation no-
tice from Amazon.com. The department
warns people to double check suspicious
emails you receive from the online
retailer before clicking on any links.
This scam email comes from an
Amazon.com email address, such
and contains the subject line "Your
Cancellation" and an order number.
The email body tells the recipient that
"your order has been successfully
canceled" and provides a summary of
If you get one, recipients to delete
the notice with an eight digit order
number. However, just because your
email has a longer order ID number
doesn't mean that's real.
To double check your email, be
sure to hover over the links to verify
their destination. Amazon emails
only link to sites that begin with
FHP conducting driver license, vehicle inspections
The Florida Highway Patrol will be
conducting driver license and vehicle
inspection checkpoints in June.
Recognizing the danger presented to
the public by defective vehicle equip-
ment, troopers will concentrate their
efforts on vehicles being operated
with defects such as bad brakes, worn
tires and defective lighting equip-
ment. In addition, attention will be
directed to drivers who would violate
the driver license laws of Florida.
These checkpoints are random,
daytime operations that typically
-delay motorists for a few minutes
only. Local supervisors select the
time, location and duration of the
checkpoints on the roadways listed
below based upon staffing, weather
and traffic conditions.
In Polk County the areas FHP will be
looking include State Roads 600 and
700, County Roads 35A, 540, 542, 546,
557, 17A, 659, 655, 54, 542A, 580 and
Pine Chase Avenue, Wabash Avenue,
and Thompson Nursery Road.
saiahiKelley, 23,1420 E. Seminole Trail
Michael Bottoms, 26,750 South Dudley
Avenue -petit theft.
Susana Hemandez, 18,350 Hankin Road
Tina Keeley, 44, 1530'RosaCourt- driv-
ing under the influence.
JoanneTGaney, 57, 1780 Quarter Lane
Road out-of-county warrant.
BillyWilliams, 24,1425 Charlton Road -
violation of probation.
Tiffany Manghram, 27,2878 Bartow
Place fraud, grand theft.
Cheryl Cruz, 44,260W Van Fleet Drive
#21 battery and resisting arrest without
Bobby Arrington, 44,5459 Pipes Road
- fraud possession of another person's
identification without consent, illegal use
of credit cards, grand theft and fraud.
Jordan Pollard, 26,1190 Hermosa
Avenue driving with a suspended
Courtney Dart, 23,490 E. Pearl Street
Apt. 2 failure to appear.
Armando Ruiz-Becerra, 21, 1510
Georgia Street Apt. 312 driving without
a valid license.
Steven Walker, 19, 1960 E.E Griffin
Florencio Velasco, 29, 3300 Eagle Lake
Road driving without a valid license.
OmarAndres-Casimiro, 25, 4470
Transport Road driving without a
Joey Kelley, 54, 1420 E. Seminole Trail
- possession of marijuana and posses-
sion of paraphernalia.
Robert Graham, 45, 1816 Richmond
Way possession of a controlled
substance without a prescription, pos-
session of paraphernalia and keeping a
structure or vehicle for drugs.
Amber Hunt, 36, 301 Citrus Highlands
Way giving false identification to law
enforcement and violation of probation.
Wiley Jones, 37, 3004 May Court -
driving with a suspended license.
Cameron.Douberley, 19, 1335 Spring
Court possession of a controlled
substance without a prescription, giving
liquor to a person under 21 years of age,
possession of paraphernalia.
Christian Espinoza, 17, 4710 Richard
Drive Apt. B burglary, grand theft and
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By ERIC DEEGANS
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Former Bay News 9 anchor Jennifer
Holloway was charged with driving under
the influence May 13 night in Fort Meade.
Holloway, 41, was stopped after police
received reports shortly before 8 p.m. May
13 in a black Volvo driving recklessly on
An officer stopped her car near
Pembroke Road after watching the vehicle
run off the shoulder of the road and weave
around, according to the police report
Upon exiting her vehicle into the
median of U.S. 17, Holloway stumbled and
had trouble completing the field sobriety
tests, the report said. She told officers she
was traveling home from a friend's house
in Bradenton after having three drinks.
The citation lists a home address in
Police arrested Holloway after adminis-
tering field sobriety tests. A breath analysis
test revealed a blood intoxication level of
0.183, the report said.
She posted a $500 bond at Polk Conity
Jail and was released police said.
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FROM PAGE 1A
The quiet, pretty, petite and
confident blond sporting braces has
managed to do all that this year,
her last at Bartow High.
What started for Haileigh as a way
to hone her business skills through
BHS's Diversified Cooperative
Training program (DCT), get a pay-
ing job and some-business experi-
ence, has turned into a gold medal
and a silver,medal at the state DCT
competition earlier this year. It also
earned her a place in the top 10 in
the entire nation.
Haileigh explained it wasn't easy,
at least the competition part. It all
starts, she explained with a series of
"We start with some customer ser-
vice tests," she explains. "Then they
decide if you score high enough to
move on. I moved on."
At the District level, Haileigh was
competing with "about 50 stu-
dents," she says, but at state "it was
She explained the extemporane-
ous speaking was a 'little harder."
The students were told to select
from two topics, given 10 minutes
to prepare and then present a five
minute discussion on their cho-
sen topic. For the District contest
Haileigh selected the question
'when should keyboarding skills-
be taught? In elementary school,
middle school or high school?' Her
answer was middle school, she says,
because by then motor skills and
attention spans have been better
For the state contest in February
in Orlando, she was given the topic
"do computer and technical compa-
nies provide good documentation?"
Her answer, she easily explains, was
"yes, through manuals, warranties,
guarantees and certifications."
A trip to Chicago vith her mom,
Tammy, proved to be a little differ-
ent, she says.
"We had three open business-
oriented tests and I qualified to
move on. I also did my first speech
and was qualified to take a second
test and move on."
Move on she did, even though
she had to delay her return flight to
compete in the finals which put her
senior prom in jeopardy.
"We didn't find out until about 10
at night that I'd made the finals,"
"I was supposed to fly home at 6
the next morning and spent hours
on the phone trying to delay my
flight so I could be at the finals at 7
She didn't even wait for the
results. She and her hair-dresser
mother raced from her last speech
to the airport in hopes of making it
home in time for the culminating
social event of her senior year.
S"My mom wound up doing my
hair in the airport!"she laughs. "And
I didn't find out I'd made the top 10
until after I got home." And after she
went to the prom.
She lauds her DCT instructor Mike
Brennan for her success through a
"He really helped me and sup-
ported me in all of it," she said. "He
was really great."
Now, with the medals in her hand
and on her resume, she's heading
to college. She's going to attend
classes at Polk State College with
her ultimate sights on the University
of Central Florida.
."I was accepted at UCF, but I can't
afford it right now," she says. "So,
I'm going to continue to work and
go to PSC while I look for some
more scholarships to help pay for
my books." She says she has a Bright
Futures scholarship that will pay
for half of her tuition, but needs to
generate. additional funds to offset
the cost of books.
"The Bright Futures covers some,
but it's not enough."
The Highland City resident who
opted to finish her last year at BHS
even though her family moved into
the George Jenkins High School dis-
trict, hasn't quite figured out where
in the business realm she's going to
"I'm leaning toward international
business since I know Spanish and
hope to learn Chinese," she says.
"But I'm not sure yet. I know the ex-
perience of the speech competitions
gave me a feeling of accomplish-
ment and I found something I could
do. I just hope it will eventually
open up an opportunity for me."
While she says she enjoys her job
with Polk County, she says "I don't
want to be trapped in an office. I
want to be out doing something."
Despite her lack-of a clear career
path, Haileigh says DCT has been a
"good experience and it lets you go
for what you know. And it's indi-
vidual contests, so it's all on you."
She hastily adds that she's gained
"a lot from it."
She says she's learned, "there's
always room for improvement and
the value of hard work."
She's got that covered.
FROM PAGE 1A
schools can be opened. "We open the
shelter schools in tiers, group by group,
depending on the need," he said. He
did say, however that in north east
Polk, the Poinciana Elementary School
could be designated a primary shelter
because it is a new school and was built
to higher standards than older facilities.
Murphy isn't new to hurricane
"In 2004 we opened a lot of schools
when all the storms came through,"
he recalled. "We had no damage
reported at any of the schools we used
Murphy said his staff is placed on
stand-by status when the Emergency
Operations Center is activated. "All
the local agencies go there: We have a
designated section of the center where
we decided which shelters to open and
when," he explained.
"We also decide when and if we can-
cel school, if it is in session," he said.
In a pinch, the school district also
may be asked to provide transportation
with its school bus fleet, he added.
"Our main goal is to get the shelters
open, get the Red Cross in place to
manage them and then after the storm,
look at the post-storm effects to deter-
mine how long the shelters will have to
stay open, he said.
"Of course, our first responsibility
is to get kids back into the schools as
soon as it is safe. We want to provide
our students and their families as much
normalcy as we can and its been proven
that school reopening, gives kids that
sense of things getting back to normal."
The schools also will provide food
with what's on hand.
"Earlier in the summer we start
stocking our lunch rooms with staples
which we can use if we have.to," he
says, "but we encourage people to
bring their own things if they can."
Each school shelter will also be
staffed with tat least one law enforce-
ment officer, Murphy explained. "We
want to make sure we don't have
anyone in the shelter that may have
a criminal record as a sex offender
or pedophile," he said. "We have to
protect the people, and especially the
children, that see our schools as a safe-
place to be."
Murphy says the schools are ready
for the storm season.
"We are ready and we just want to
caution people not to be lackadaisical
FIND THE SHELTERS
Emergency Public Shelter maps show the 45 areas
throughout the county and are now available.
People can get them at many Publix supermarkets
in the area and they will be available at Saturday's
Hurricane Expo at the Lake Eva Banquet Hall. The
annual expo runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the banquet
hall at 799 Johns Ave., Haines City.
This map is green. It has the updated information
on PolkCounty's primary shelters, special needs
shelters and pet-friendly shelters. It also has maps
.that include lists of items for a three-day survival kit,
important telephone numbers, and a list of shelters
that will accept pets during an emergency.
Also, on June27 the 2012 H-urmcane Guide will be
distributed in this paper.
just because we haven't had any storms
for several years. We know that can
change in an instant.
"We'll be ready."
FROM PAGE 1A
"They do everything for the animals
S- feed them, water them, weigh them,
give them shots and even castrate the
piglets," she said. "Then they learn how
to plant the garden, keep it weeded and
monitor the plants' growth. It teaches
them so much."
The program's younger students
usually spend only one semester with
Parmer, but eighth graders can opt to
take agriculture for a full year. "When
they finish here, they are ready to move
into the ag program over at the high
Right now, the students are monitor-
ing D.W.'s pregnancy's progress. "We
expect she'll have her piglets in late .
May," Parmer says. Then we'll sell the
piglets and use the money to pay for
next year's program." The entire pro-
gram is self-funded with money raised
by marketing its crops and livestock
and with some donations from local
businesses and civic groups.TShe cites
the American Legion, Clear Springs
and CNR Express Inc. as examples of
, local contributors to the program. "We
couldn't do it without the community
support we have," she says.
A group of students ventured into the
chicken coop to check for any newly-
laid eggs, which are also sold. "Most
Sof our produce, whether animal or
vegetable, winds up sold to faculty or
family members," Parmer said. "So, the
kids are learning riot only how to raise
a crop, but how to market it as well."
The ag program plants two crops,
one in-the fall and one in the spring.
This week, they harvested string beans
and will be picking squash before long,
she said. The winter crop included col-
lard greens. Parmer also said that any
produce not sold is donated to a local
The program hasn't gone unnoticed
throughout.the state, Parmer says
proudly. "These kids have participated
in more than 30 competitions in 20
different areas," she says, showing off
the ribbons and trophies her classes
have won. Most recently, they bested
senior high students when they took
first place in the food science category.
"They have to create a product, do
market analysis and then sell their
product," she explained. "Boy were
While many of her students partici-
pate in Future Farmers of America,
most don't. Many of them participate
in the Youth Fair, held in Bartow each
spring. "I can't tell you how many of
my kids have won at the Fair," she
says, "but they are amazing every
year." She says she has had to request
the school maintenance team install
extra shelves in her classroom to hold
the program's trophies.
Agriculture comes easy to Parmer,
who triple majored in college. At the
University of Florida she studied ani-
mal and poultry sciences and added
agriculture education into the.mix. "I
guess that makes me a triple threat,"
she jokes. From college, Parmer was a
farrowing house manager on a swine
farm and spent several years in vari-
ous other agriculture jobs in Illinois
and North Carolina before returning
to Central Florida. She, her husband
and their two daughters live near Plant
Parmer's commute doesn't end on
Friday when class is dismissed. She
travels back to Bartow to make sure
the animals are tended, watered and
fed. "I have a lot of support from the
community," she explains. "That's
why I do this. The parents support
this program and their kids. And the
staff here makes it all worth while."
Parmer hopes the program contin-
ues to grow, but in a slightly different
direction. She says she hopes the
program will combine with other
electives offered to form an Agri-
Tech Academy that can expand the
opportunities for the students. "We
believe it's doable and in the not too
distant future," she said.
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Bartow All-Stars win tournament
Just one week after the niajor division
S2012 All-Star Team was announced and
after just three practices together, Bartow
won the openAll-Star Tournament held at
East Lakeland this past weekend.
Bartow won all four games played, out-
scored their opponents 27-10, had nine
Some runs.and the combined pitching
staff struck out 26 batters in 21 defensive
innings of play.
The first victory was against East
Lakeland 10-5. Luke Myers, Jordan
Daughter and Daniel Lewis each homered
and Justin Stewart had two home runs in
two at bats. Kelyn Fox and Ezra McKellip
pitched for the winning team.
Their next victim, Eagle Lake, went down
with a score of 4-2 in 5 innings. Tistan
Jones powered a three-run home run in the
Bartow ended its third game in just 31/2
innings of play winning by the run rule
9-1 against Winter Haven. Bartow looked
strong early, scoring five runs in the first
inning led by back- to-back home runs by
Myers and Jones. McKellip hit a shot to
the fence to score two in the third and put
Bartow up 9-0.
Winter Haven was able to score one
in the fourth on an RBI by Ryan Cole. It
wasn't enough to keep the game going with
Bartow up byeight runs. Stewart pitched all
four innings for Bartow.
Bartow faced East Lakeland again in the
championship game. Jones had nine strike-
outs and pitched five scoreless innings for
Bartow. Jones also led the offensive attack
going 2-2 with another home run.
Bartow was leading 4-0 going into the
sixth andTinal inning. East Lakeland's
lead-off batter got on base with a single to-
threaten the lead with the meat of the bat-
ting order coming to bat. Jones, now play-
ing shortstop, fielded a hit up the middle,
stepped on second base and fired the ball
to McKellip at first for the double play
Jan Martinez drew a walk before Dawson
Lane hit a home run for the only runs East
Lakeland would earn.
The 2012 Major Division All-Star Team
that will play in the Dixie Youth World
Series in August are: Kelyn Fox,.histan
Jones, Ezra McKellip and Luke Myers
(the four returners from last year's team),
plus Jordan Daughtery, J.T. Hall, Daniel
Lewis, Noah Lewis, Jake Manley, Garrett
Rhoden, Justin Stewart and Nick Tamayo.
The team is managed by Hawk Myers
with John Marc Tamayo and Dewayne
Daughter on the coaching staff.
Members of the 12 and under Dixie Youth Baseball All-Star team are (from left): front Garrett
Rhoden, Daniel Lewis, Justin Stewart, Jordan Daughtery, Jake Manley, Nick Tamayo, Noah Lewis
and Ezra McKellip; back Kelyn Fox, J.T. Hall, Head Coach Hawk Myers, Tristan Jones, Luke Myers
and Coach John Marc Tamayo.
Lady Jackets celebrate season
By DON STRATTON
Bartow High School Lady Jackets soft-
ball team celebrated another great year
with their end of the season banquet for
the varsity, TV and parents.
On Thursday, May 24, players, parents
and special guests gathered in the
Bartow High cafeteria to honor players
for the season in which they finished
second in the state for the second year
The night kicked off with the JV
awards with recognition going to:
Offensive Player of the Year: Taylor
Defensive Player of the Year: Sierra
Most Versatile Player of the Year:
Kaycee Tomey, freshman
Co-Pitchers of the Year: Brooke
Farrer, sophomore, and Hope Brannon,
The JV ended its season 13-3.
The festivities then moved on to the
varsity which ended up 2012 FHSAA
Class 7A State Runner-up with a record
Pitcher of the Year: Lauren West,
Offensive Play of the Year:Shelby
Duncan, senior, who signed with Indian
River State College
Most Versatile Player: Rachel Imig,
Co-Most Improved: Danielle Yost,
junior, and Wanda Darby, senior, who
signed with Bethune Cookman College
Defensive Player: Deanne Davis,
Coaches' Award: Taylor Wagner,
senior, who signed with University of
Co-Newcomers of the Year: Cheyenne
Blaha, junior, and Tonee Fabrizi,
Other members of the state runners-
TiffanyWaltz, senior; Emily
DelleDonne, Brooke Farrer, Sierra
Coffman, Taylor Pittman and Carmen
Billante, sophomores; Brittany
Meadows, and Mackenzie Brown,
Players and coaches kicked off their
summer schedule Tuesday with practice
for the Bartow Intimidators black and
Party for BEA coach is Monday
Bartow Elementary Academy Coach
Terry Mullis will be honored at a retire-
ment party on Monday, June 4, from
Mullis started 35 years ago at Bartow
Elementary School and stayed with
the school when it became BEA. He
has outlasted nine principals, sur-
vived 35 Field Days, and won several
championships at Junior Olympics with
Shis Bartow Elementary and BEA teams.
"To be an effective PE teacher you
have to love the students as you
would love your own and be a good
role model for them," Mullis said.
"It has been a joy and a pleasure to
work at this place for all these years.
SBartow is the.best community and
this school is the best there is any-
where. If I could do it all over again I
BEA's "Former Student Goodbye" for
Coach Mullis on Monday will be held
under the pavilion on the PE field.
Parking is available on the grassy lot
south of the school on Lemon Street.
Do dogs love baseball? Will they howl
for home runs?
Find out at SPCA Florida's annual
Bark in the Park on Friday, June 8, at
Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland
Hills Blvd., Lakeland.
Owners and their canine compan-
ions are invited out to the ball field to
see Lakeland's Flying Tigers face the
Charlotte Stone Crabs. The gates will
open at 6 p.m. and players will take the
field at 7 p.m.
Half of the proceeds from all pre-sold
tickets and all pooch passes will benefit
SPCA Florida. Human tickets cost $5
and can be purchased at http://bit.lyl
barkinpark2012. Pooch passes cost $1
and can be bought ahead of time at the
web address or the night of the game.
All ticket vouchers will need to be
redeemed at the box office the night of
the game for scannable tickets.
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'er wins Youth Villa
Lee White wins 'the big one
By PEGGY KEHOE
Bartow golfer Lee White won the 49th
annual Youth Villa Classic with an 11
under par 205, accomplishing a goal on
his "bucket list" at the age of 23.
Hoisting the trophy engraved with
the names of golfers like pros Andy
Bean and Bob Murphy, White cel-
ebrated the win with family and friends
gathered to watch the finals of the
Memorial Day tournament at Bartow
White posted rounds of 68 and 65
on Saturday and Sunday on the par'72
course, and made par on Monday to
edge out Jared Goode of Winter Haven,
who shot 72-68-67 207 for second
place. Goode finished second to Logan
Blondell last year. Blondell turned pro
so was not in this year's Classic.
White was close to the Villa record of
213 shot two years ago and matched
The Bartow High and Florida
Southern College grad and golfer
started playing the Bartow course when
he was 14, and knew the Villa tourney
as "the big thing." Winning means a
lot to him, to be one of the best golfers
-in Polk County. White won the Polk
County Amateur championship in
White graduated from FSC this year
as a business administration major
with a concentration on sports man-
agement. He plans to turn professional
in October or November, and has as
busy summer of amateur tourneys until
then. He qualified for the Florida State
Amateur Championship on Thursday
in Orlando. The tournament will be
held in Palm Beach in a few weeks.
Key to White's win was his putting, he
said, and not making many mistakes.
"I had good putting the first couple
of days," White said. While he made a
couple of mistakes the final day, he said
he "stayed patient, tired not to worry
about negatives. I put myself in good
position to win and stayed positive."
He had a few moments of concern
PHOTO BY VIRGINIA CONDELLO
That's one big trophy Lee White (right) holds with the help of Pam Mitchell. White won the 49th annual Youth Villa Classic on Monday, May 28. Next
to Sheriff Grady Judd (in red shirt) is youth winner Steven Hancock. Mitchell was chairman of this year's event.
"After number 13, when I was tied
with Jeff Fleeman with five holes to
play, I got a little worried," White
explained, "but it didn't last long. I got
focused. I knew all the times I'd played
Bartow, I was in a comfortable spot.
I knew there was a good possibility I
Fleeman and Case Gard tied for third.
Steven Hancock of Lakeland finished
first in the Youth Division, shooting 75-
71-79. One shot over Hancock was Jack
Brown of Bartow who finished second.
The number of competitors was
down a little this year, Pro Shop
Manager Cecil Peek said, with 149
golfers signed up. He wasn't sure if it
was because of the economy or be-
cause the drought had caused the golf
course to be "not in the most perfect
shape." Peek didn't hear too many
"When you've got a golfer that comes
within two shots of the record, evi-
dently it was puttable," Peek noted.
This year's Youth Villa Classic
Chairman Pam Mitchell was pleased
with the event that includes a patron
and media scramble and dinner,
the Women's Team Championship
and a cocktail party prior to the golf
"Over the 49 years, we've raised over
$750,000 for the Villa," she noted. Some
golfers play year after year. One, Herb
Dixon, who is 93, has played in 48 of
the 49 Villa tournaments. He missed
this year because he was being in-
ducted into the Golf Hall of Fame.
Still to come this year is the Classic
Junior Golf Tornament at Bartow Golf
Course June 23-24.
Events benefit the Florida Sheriffs
Youth Villa, which provides a home for
girls in troubled situations.
And the committee is already looking
forward to the celebration of the 50th
Youth Villa Classic next year, Mitchell
said, with "lots of exciting activities
Ferguson named top angler of the year
By TAMMIE FERGUSON
Bartow High School Yellow Jackets
Fishing Team, Florida's first TBF SAF
high school fishing team, has fin-
ished its first season.
After a hard-fought series of tour-
naments on Central Florida lakes,
the Yellow Jackets' first Angler of the
Year award went to Luke Ferguson,
recognized for his consistency and
Ferguson had a season total of
85.15 pounds of fish.
Mike Boswell claimed Co-Angler of
the Year with 74.85 pounds.
Third place went to Jay Malys who
had 70.95 pounds and the season's
big bass at 8.38 pounds.
Dustin,Bozeman took fourth place
with 59 pounds, and Cody Glowner
was fifth with 49.6 pounds.
With his eye on a state and na-
tional title for Bartow, Tournament
Director Derek Boswell works to
challenge this team and provide
opportunities for the anglers to
improve their skills.
The Yellow Jackets Fishing Team
received enormous community
support in its first year. The school's
administration, community busi-
nesses, the Lane family, boat
captains, and anglers' friends and
families got behind the team in a
variety of ways to make the first
season a tremendous success.
Mike Boswell and Luke Ferguson enjoy the
moment, holding their trophies high.
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PHOTOS BY JEFF ROSLOW
Patrick Spurlock gives a sign of congratulations Tuesday as he's called to the stage for his gown
during an awards ceremony for Gause Academy seniors.
Johnathan Borge Rivera accepts a plaque Tuesday from Melissa Konkol during the awards
ceremony at Gause Academy.
cause Academy seniors sat in the front rows during the awards ceremony Tuesday at the school.
Gause Academy seniors sat in the front rows during the awards ceremony Tuesday at the school.
Mari Sawyer won a trophy for being on the honor roll during an awards ceremony Tuesday for
G ause Academy seniors.
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awards for the school's team in the Competition of Decision-making with Ethics. The team
finished fourth in the competition. Members of the team present Tuesday were (from left)
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Gause Academy honors seniors
By JEFF ROSLOW
"Though we're closing one door it's
time to think of the doors you will
now open," Gause Academy Principal
Mark Thomas told the 31 seniors who
will be taking the next step after they
He spoke to students at Tuesday's
awards ceremony at the school. The
31 seniors are to graduate at Bartow
Elementary Academy auditorium at
The awards night was led with a
presentation-a team of students put
together for the CODE competition
where students filmed a segment
in which they acted as news broad-
casters. They finished fourth in the
During the awards ceremony,
Robert Younger was officially
named the valedictorian and
Omari Haughton was named the
The award winners from Gause were:
Math: Robert Younger, high-
est grade in Algebra 2; Candra
Standfield, most improved in
Algebra 2; Eduardo Delapaz, highest
grade in Liberal Arts Math, fourth
period; Jeremy Cunningham, high-
est grade in Liberal Arts Math, fifth
period; Savanna Valencia, most
improved in Liberal Arts Math, fifth
period; and Jonathan Borges, most
cooperative in Algebra 2.
Social Studies: Eduardo Delapaz and
Rachel Nipper, American Government
Awards; Rachel Nipper, American
History Award; Omari Haughton,
Valedictorian Robert Younger gets his gown complete
with his sash Tuesday during an awards ceremony for
Gause Academy seniors.
English: Omari Haughton, academic
achievement; Robert Younger, best
all around; Candra Standfield, most
Reading: Chantera Mitchell, Eduardo
Delapaz, Jose Jauregui.
Science: Shaneece Robinson, most
improved; Chantera Mitchell, academic
award; Jeremy Cunningham, academic
Electronics: Jonathan Borges
Rivera, top student; Destiny Prisoc,-
PHOTOS BY JEFF ROSLOW
Andrew Faucher was all smiles during an awards ceremony Tuesday while his classmate
Rachel Nipper holds her medal at Gause Academy.
Business (Florida Council
on Economic Education Ethics
Competition): Robert Younger, Rachel
Nipper, Andrew Faucher and Jonathan
Outstanding FBLA Members:
Jonathan Borges Rivera, Andrew
Faucher, Kari Sawyer, Omari Haughton
and Rachel Nipper.
Business Student of the Year:
Jonathan Borges Rivera.
Honor Roll: Robert Younger, 3.618;
Omari Haughton, 3.464; Mari Sawyer,
Community Service Awards: Robert
Younger, 215 hours; Andrew Eaucher,
158 hours; Gustavo Martinez, 158
hours; Jose Jauregui, 67 hours; Omari
Haughton, 57 hours.
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June 2, 2012
Rain and wind can't stop Friday Festfun
Morgan Simpson (left) and Emily Hart, fourth graders at
Bartow Elementary Academy, handed out free Clear Springs.
blueberries, cups and pencil kits, plus big smiles at Friday
Fest on May 18. Clear Springs sponsored the monthly event
and also helps BEA with its blueberry-growing projects.
Clem Bailey and Weita were dancing in the street at Main
Street Bartow's Friday Fest on May 18. Weita, a Catahoula
leopard, is a therapy dog with a charming personality.
Martha Jones (left) and Maria Fuentez dance to the music of Flashback
at Friday Fest May 18.Main Street Bartow hosts the monthly event on
East Main Street every third Friday.
Flashback got things rocking at Friday Fest, after a short, but intense rain and wind storm passed .
through Downtown Bartow. The rain delayed, but didn't stop the monthly Main Street Bartow
street party on East Main Street May 18. Whee! Friday Fest offers fun for all ages, including train rides on the streets of Downtown Bartow.
An intense but short rainstorm delayed the fun, but didn't stop it at the May 18 Friday Fest in
Downtown Bartow. Wind gusts threatened to topple tents, but the only lasting effects were the
puddles on the road.
Sam Ham, a labradoodle, was one of the cutest guys at the Sean Serdynski of SLS Entertainment kept things rocking
May Friday Fest in Downtown Bartow. He came with Gayle at the "far east" end of Friday Fest, at Thunder on Main,
and Lamar Ham to the monthly Main Street Bartow event. between Florida and Wilson Avenues, on May 18.
on May 18.
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June 2, 2012