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CRA executive director fired
F ROSLOW two who voted to re- and spoke with the beleaguered execu- He said his Friday,
OUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM tain Brett were Rod tive director on Friday, June 29, about tion with Brett, in wh
Hudnell and Gloria how the strained relationship among concerns, was done s
up of CRA McCoy; Joanne the CRA, the City Commission, the not be blindsided Mo


to be discussed, Page 15
A 3-3 vote June 27 kept Patrick Brett
from being terminated as Community
Redevelopment Agency (CRAj execu-
tive director. However, at Monday's July
1 CRA special board meeting, which
had been called to discuss how to im-
prove Brett's job performance, another
- vote was taken at roll call and this time
chairman Alan Rayl had the necessary
vote needed to fire Brett.
That vote came from John Bohde,
and it tipped the scale 4-2. He was
joined in voting to fire Brett by Rayl,
Timothy Brooks and Tina Spath. The


Stidham, who was
absent at the June
27 meeting, was.also
absent from the July
1 meeting, thus did
not vote.
At the June 27 Patrick Brett
meeting, Bohde had
voted to retain Brett. Also after the June
27 meeting, Bohde said he did not ex-
pect there would be another vote, but
said after the vote Wednesday he was
a little more clear on why it seemed
necessary to fire Brett.
Since that vote, though, Bohde said
he had given some thought about Brett


community partners and the com-
munity had developed. Following that
conversation with Brett, Bohde said he
changed his mind.
"I was really unsure about what
to do. In my heart, I wanted to give
Patrick the opportunity to fix things the
other board members had said. The
progression of the meeting I was not
happy with," said Bohde, and added, "I
realized the relationship with the city
is pretty strained and I was not sure
that could be fixed. Once it was in the
paper, more people said things. It was
mixed, but it got me thinking that it
was time to move on."


o. u--jo Leslie Durham,
manager at
Perkins Restau-
rant, shows a
chart indicating
a drop in
business since
reconstruction
of State Road 60
began.




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Businesses on


Van Fleet feeling the pinch


By CATHY PALMER
CORRESPONDENT
While motorists are stymied
and sometimes annoyed
by traffic congestion due to
construction at the intersec-
tion of State Road 60 and U.S.
Highway 98 in Bartow, mer-
chants in the intersection are
really feeling the pinch.
"We've seen a significant
decrease in the number of
guests we're serving," Perkins
Restaurant manager Leslie
Duncan said. "We chart our


Numbers and we were up in
the weeks before the construc-
Stion started," she added. "We're
down about 570 guests in our
worst week and even consider-
ing that the snowbirds have
gone home, we're still signifi-
cantly down."
"Our business has dropped
off mostly because it's harder
to get to us," said Pizza Hut
manager Jeremy Herrington.
"It's helped our delivery service
though." He added that the
reconstruction of SR 60 will
"ultimately help our lunch


business when it's done. We
have to take the good with the
bad and we expect to excel-
when it's all done." He added
that helping slightly are the,
many construction workers
who have joined his lunch
crowd.
Some business owners
like Cato women's apparel
store manager Kristi Edwards
take steps to counteract the
construction's effects on busi-
ness. It had some kids games
PINCHI15


June 29 conversa-
ich he aired his
so that Brett would
onday. He opened


Monday s meeting to prepare the board
for a second vote.
"In the best interest of the city overall
and the CRA to improve the strained
relationship, I think it's best to go
without him. I don't want this to come
across as personal, but when we first
spoke about this 1 voted against the
motion. If (a vote) were held today, I'd
probably change that vote," Bohde said
at the opening of Monday's meeting.
Bohde got his wish.
Though he indicated he was not
expecting another vote on Brett's job,
Rayi said he felt this meeting was to bring
FIRED 15


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A lifetime of memories

And a golf game many

would give their eye-teeth for
By STEVE STEINER
S' : : SSTEINER POLKCOUNTYDEMAOCRAT.COM


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Herbert Dixon, who turns 93 in September,
plays golf three days per week. On the other
days, he can be found practicing his swing or
working on his putting.


From his vantage
point on the golf
cart, Herbert Dixon,
92, pointed where
the flag on the sev-
enth green at Bartow
Golf Course stood.
"That's where the
original clubhouse
was," said Dixon.
About 500 yards
away, where a huge
oak stood was once
the site of the caddy
shack. "I used to
caddy. During that
time I wasn't allowed
to play, but I was
allowed to caddy."
Even on the one
day of the week
when the course
was closed, which
used to be known
as caddy day, Dixon
was forbidden. It
didn't stop him and
the other black cad-


dies. They carved two holes in a patch of rough and there they
would play. It was an "open secret," said Dixon, but no one
ever raised an objection.
Other than the occasional golf tournament for caddies that
the city permitted, in which he was permitted to play, it would
not be until the late 1960s-early 1970s when he was in his 50s
that Dixon would be allowed to play the Bartow Golf Course.
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Construction work continues, except on Wednesday


This week during daytime hours, the
contractor will continue performing
miscellaneous activities throughout the
project corridor south of Manor Drive
to north of County Road 540A and U.S.
98, Manor Drive to OldBartow/Eagle
Lake Road.
Weather permitting, these activities
are anticipated for approximately two
weeks.
In observance of the Independence
Day holiday, there will be no work
scheduled on Wednesday, July 4.
There will be no work on the project
on Van Fleet Drive on Wednesday,
July 4 in observance of the Fourth of
July holiday, but during the rest of
'the week work on new travel lanes,
turn lanes, sidewalks and drainage
continues behind barrier walls along
northbound U.S. 98 from Van Fleet
to south of Manor Drive, and along.
westbound Van Fleet from Walmart
Drive to U.S. 98.
With the Fort Fraser Trail entrance
off of westbound Van 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 motor-
ists are advised to use caution and
watch for workers.
For additional information, visit
www.IdriveUS98.com.
Polk County work on the Bartow
Northern Connector, from U.S. 98 to
U.S. 17 improvements will be contin-
ued this week on US 17 and include
building a right and left turn lane con-
struction and installation of a signal.
Daily lane closures on U.S. 17 are
expected from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. of the
inside northbound lane and alternat-
ing between the inside-and outside
southbound lanes.
Lane closures can be expected from
9 a.m.-3 p.m. and possible nighttime
lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
are scheduled on State Road 540 from
west of Thornhill Road to east of of
Thornhill Road.
Crews will be onsite to work on
installation of new signals and paving.
At the Pollard Road Extension
east of Bartow the contractor is
adding left and right turn lanes into a


PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ
Both sides of Hwy. 27 going to and from Bartow are narrowed to one lane each side at one point
on the highway. The speed also changes to 55 mph.


new access road.
Intermittent lane closures are
expected between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. as


crews work on the roadway. The
project is expected to be complete by
the end of July.


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VIEWPOINT


Decision has been made; time to move on


And so, after all the nuclear-powered debate, the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the
law of the land. A done deal, sanctified by the Chief
Justice John Roberts and a majority of the Supreme
Court.
Like it or not and we're perfectly aware how
many people do not like it it's time for Florida to
move forward in a civil and positive manner toward
the implementation of the health care law.
There will no doubt be pressure for Republican
leaders to drag their feet as much as possible. Gov.
Rick Scott and the Legislature were among the lead-
ers fighting "Obamacare" in the courts after it was
approved by Congress. Scott has already refused to
accept millions in funding, arguing the law was in-
valid. National Republicans, led by presidential hope-
ful Mitt Romney, have vowed to repeal the law should
they prevail in the November General Election.
But the chances are slim to zilch. The Republicans
may win the presidency and may well retain their
majority in the House of Representatives, but there is
virtually no chance they will be able to win enough
Senate seats to push a repeal through the Senate.
So the call for "repeal" is really nothing more than a
good campaign slogan. In addition, the Democrats


Our Viewpoint
probably are correct that many of the bullet-point
provisions of the Affordable Care Act will prove to be
popular with the public. Among those:
The law allows people with pre-existing condi-
tions to get insurance.
It allows children to be covered under their
parents' insurance policies until their 26th birthday.
People without health insurance will be able
to buy insurance through an insurance exchange
mechanism.
Small businesses will be able to participate in
larger community pools in order to offer insurance to
employees.
It ends lifetime monetary caps on individuals'
insurance coverage.
It protects people from being dropped willy-nilly
by their insurance company.
Some preventive care services will no longer
require co-payments.
People who purchase insurance themselves will
be eligible for tax credits similar to that now granted
to businesses.


So as the law is rolled out, it's entirely possible its:
poll-popularity will grow. After all, that's been the
case in Massachusetts, which was the model for
"Obamacare."
But there will be problems also. Instead of the blus-
ter about repeal, we hope congressional Republicans,
Scott and the state Legislature will look for ways to
tweak the law in the spirit of bipartisan cooperation.
They will have to find a way to contain costs.
Medicarewill be expanded and it will be stressed.
Although the federal government will cover all the
costs of the expansion for the first three years, the
amount covered will begin to drop slightly in years to
come. But more people will be covered, and that will
take a substantial amount of money.
Tort reform is a valid idea that deserves more at-
tention. A better solution is needed for the regulation
that requires church-based organizations to provide
contraceptive services they find objectionable.
After fighting the law in the courts for two years,,
state officials need to begin working to find a way to
make it work.
The Supreme Court has ruled. It is the law.
Make an honest effort to move forward with
implementation.


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pursue a daily ritual of sending
of e-mails reflecting their poli
or religious philosophies, alor
a good supply of jokes and an
sional tear-jerker tale, typical
miracle of faith, the death of a
the service of a soldier.
Those in the latter category,
clearly anecdotal, usually are
inspirational, or both.

Occasionally, stories are rep
as being unquestionably true,
larly the ones revealing the mi
someone who is lower than a
der's belly on a muddy stream
Every now and then I go to
a myth research site that invest
all sorts of stories. Topics rang
the Civil War battlefield origin
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When I was a kid, doing my lessons
on a piece of slate by the light of an
open fire, walking five miles through the
snow to and from school (uphill in both
directions), there was a corny joke that
the three fastest forms of communica-
tion were telegraph, telephone, and tell
a woman.
OK, I will wait for the boos to subside.
Political correctness had not been
invented back then, and we could laugh
at each other and ourselves with a clear
conscience.
Today, "telegraph" is a technology
from recycled Western movies; tele-
phone is only for us old fogies who
don't have Facebook accounts (yes, I
have elected to remain faceless in the
21st century); and political correctness
has polished off the last option.

Today, the fastest forms of com-
munication are television, texting, and
tweeting.
And all three have dubious reputa-
tions for accuracy, the messages more
likely than not reflecting the religious
beliefs, political leanings, or out-and-
out prejudices of the creators of their
content.
Since I maintain an email address at
my retirement office at The Polk County
Democrat, I am privileged to receive
rants from the full range of the political
spectrum.
Many end with a desperate plea for a
contribution in any amount, but prefer-
ably one with two zeroes to the left of


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Sheriff's conduct shows bias


y about a I found a curiosity in your front-page
dog, or story concerning the BPD-PCSO joint
operation concluded last week; in
though telling us of Sheriff Judd's frustrations
enjoyable, about the status of many arrested, you
quoted the Sheriff's aside that one
suspect, who made bail after his arrest,
'resented was seen later that evening making
particu- a purchase at the BartowWal-Mart.
isdeeds of You reported the Sheriff Judd said,
salaman- "Probably with an EBT card," a state-
bottom. ment which a reader must infer from
Snopes, the immediate context was an acerbic
stigates comment, a further indication of the
:e from good Sheriff's dismay and disgust that
of "Taps" some of these people were on public
flash assistance.
who You then went on to provide a
hey will rather detailed Wikipedia-referenced
definition of "EBT," apparently for the
FRISBIE 15 edification of the Democrat readership


(a goodly number of whom, I'll wager,
are all too familiar with the sup-
posed vagueries of public assistance.)
However, earlier in the article you made
an assertion about another supposed
component of Sheriff Judd's consterna-
tion, thusly: "He decried a nationwide
effort to treat these suspects as having
committed minor crimes."
However, a reader is given nothing
to illuminate the assertion; one could
assume that this is some sort of dog-
whistle, a coded statement to imply
that efforts made in some quarters, to
relieve our already overburdened justice
system of the ruinous weight of the war
on (some) drugs, are simply giving im-
petus to freeloaders and ne'er-do-wells.
Worse and this is not to impugn your

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The Inquiring Photographer


Did the Supreme Court make the right decision on health care?
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why we have history classes, not to
make the same mistakes.


Richard Goldrich
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I really don't understand it that well, but
I think it's a good thing.


Donna Boswell
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not the first time.


Frank Schlichter
Bartow


CRA board tentative(


By JEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
The Community RedevelopmentAgency
tentatively approved a budget for the next
two years that shows it will spend a bit
more than it takes in next year, but will
have some surplus the following year.
Executive Director Patrick Brett told
commissioners that in the 2012-13 budget
the CRA will spend about $27,000 more
-than it has next year but could be $169
better the next showing "a little bit of a
surplus."
The board approved the budget in a
5-1 vote with Member Gloria McCoy the
dissenting vote. Member Joanne Stidham
was not present at the meeting.
He said he did a multi-year budget
because it is a sound strategy, adding
that three years would be the best. The
two-year plan has the CRAs budget at


$692,807.06. The plan for 2013-14 has a
budget of $668,907.06. Expenditures next
year are projected at $720,030 next year
and $668,738 the following year.
To deal with the shortage of money this
year, Brett said he's met with community
partners to see whether they would be will-
ing to share the money they are allocated.
'All are in different financial conditions"
he said. "I asked if we could use their
money to help continue operations (of
others)," he said.
He said there could be times, for
example, one may need $5,000 for an event
and could money be transferred from one
to another.
In the planned budget for next year
Community Policing is budgeted $15,000,
EPAC is $20,000, Main Street is $35,000,
Neighborhood Improvement Corp. is
$20,000 andWBPRC is budgeted $20,000.
That's a total of $110,000. Those figures are


ely approve

the same for the following year.
Then there are obligations the CRA
must pay. This year those include $5,000
for demolition, $72,000 for the incubator
program, $35,680 for the TIF rebate. That
comes to a total of $378,920. The following
year that figure drops to $287,878 as there
is no payment figured in for the incuba-
tor program and the TIF rebate payment
drops to $16,638.
The reason there is nothing for the incu-
bator is because the lease on the Sullivan
Building ends next year.
The plan for next year also includes a few
new items on the budget. One is moving
the Business Directory to a more visible
place and making it interactive. It would be
placed at Main Street and Central Avenue
and would cost $2,500 to make that
happen. Another new item was starting
anArts in Public Places program for which
$5,000 is budgeted. This would also seek


s budget

help from individuals and businesses who
would like to participate.
While city commissioners who were
present at the joint budget discussion in
the CRAs meeting did not like the deficit
projected in the next year, they remained
hopeful.
Commissioner Adrian Jackson said while
he understands what the CRA is dealing
with, he would like to balance..
Commissioner James Clements said
while having to dip into the reserve fund
next year should be OK, he was encour-
aged that next year things sound like
they're coming back.
After the motion was made on the bud-
get, CRA Commissioner John Bohde said,
"I would like to just go along with what AJ
(Jackson) said on deficit spending. This
year we have some situations that maybe
we can look at that and see if we can avoid
that if we can."


Board
ByJEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
The Community Redevelopment Agency
board rejected spending $20,000 to study
the East Main Street/Martin Luther King
Jr. Boulevard Quadrant Plan. With board
members hesitating on wanting to spend
the money, the plan did not get a second
after board-Member Gloria McCoy made a
motion to do the study.
Board members were urged not to let
something like a study in this area fall by
the wayside. While some studies have been
done in this area around U.S. Highway 17,
nothing on this level has been done and it


FRISBIE
FROM PAGE 4 -

then murder you as,a gang initiation
requirement (also untrue).
Detractors say that Snopes, a
husband-and-wife project, has a
lean to the left. There is some merit
in that observation, though I find
Snopes generally credible, if not


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FROM PAGE 4

reportage, merely an observation -


rejects study of
could be helpful, members were told.
"I'm concerned about the money," board
Member John Bohde said. "That's a lot of
money and I'm concerned it will sit on a
shelf. But the amount is my bigger concern.
There are good things in it, but to spend
$20,000 and we have $35,000 budgeted
that's a lot of that amount."
CRA Chairman Alan Rayl was concerned
with the money going to help the University
of South Florida where the Florida Center
for Community Design and Research
would do the study
"I'm not comfortable with that," he said.
The study is to produce a graphic-based
document that reflects the develop-
ment aspirations of the East Bartow


totally unbiased.
The fact that its reports usually are
footnoted gives it greater credibility
than the emails that begin, "You won't
hear about this in the lamestream
media...

Of late,.I have received several
email yarns that we in the lamestream
media missed that say that Snopes has
verified the story as true. These typi-
cally have a link to Snopes.com, along


it could be read as an even more
sinister condemnation of the
behavior of certain segments of the
community, i.e. the poor and people
of color, in general.
As an individual citizen, I would


MLK area for now


neighborhood and municipal objects of
the city. It is to be a planning document
that will be a guide on the future develop-
ment and investment decisions in the
quadrant. The area is the East Main Street
and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard area
which is the eastern edge of downtown
Bartow. It is bounded by Martin Luther
King Jr. Boulevard on the south, L.B.
Brown Avenue on the west, East Church
Street on the north and the U.S. 17 cor-
ridor on the east.
Mayor Leo Longworth, a city commis-
sioner present at the joint meeting last
week, expressed his concern not to ignore
what is needed in East Bartow.
"I understand and respect the due


with the first few words of the Snopes
analysis.
I make it a practice to click on that
link, and have discovered that in almost
every case, Snopes has debunked the
story. The quotation from its site is sim-
ply a repetition of the rumor, followed
by the Snopes research into the source
and the disclosure of the invalidity of
the story.
In other words, the people spread-
ing the story haven't even checked the


not pretend to tell any other
citizen, be he Sheriff or reporter,
what his personal political leanings
should be, but I would expect
the Sheriff, an elected public ser-
vant, and the reporter, who should


diligence on the taxpayer money, but keep
in mind that not much has been done on
MLK with CRA money," he said.
'Just look at it," he said. "It's blighted. It
needs it and it won't sit on the shelf.We've
got property out there that's not being taken
care of that the city has to do. I hope and
pray you make this an issue."
Commissioner Adrian Jackson repeated
some of Longworth's words: 'Any money
spent on this kind of study would not sit on
the shelf."
But Rayl indicated that the area is a prior-
ity to the board.
"I think that's the direction we're on,"
Rayl said. "It's just the details that have be
worked out."


Snopes link they provide and discov-
ered that it disproves the story they are
circulating.
Sometimes we in the lamestream
media get it right after all.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. Snopes has not
verified his claim about how he did his
lessons as a child, let alone the five-mile
trek through Central Florida's legendary
snowfalls.)

state any biases *directly*, keep
their personal politics out of the
conduct of their professional duty.
Jeff Goff
Bartow


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SCHOOL


Bartow IB student wins League of Cities scholarship


V ien Yeung, a graduate of the In-
ternational Baccalaureate school
in Bartow was one of the stu-
dents who received a $2,500 scholarship
from the Ridge of Cities Inc.
She plans to attend the University of
California at Berkeley.
Each year the'Ridge League of Cities,
Inc., awards $2,500 scholarships to high
school seniors. Twenty-two cities in six
countieslelong to the League. RLC
accepts iie application from each high
school. This year there were 16 applicants
from students who have 24 credits and are
four-year graduates.
In awarding the scholarships judges
considered two required essays, commu-
nity service, financial need, GPA and test
scores. The other winners were:
Jenna Lanoue, from Frostproof Middle-
Senior High, who plans to attend Florida
Southern College.
Bradley Hockensmith, from George
Jenkins Senior High, plans to attend the
University of South Florida.
SAbigail Thompson, of Lake Wales High,
plans to attend Stetson University
Johnathan Allen, ofWinter Haven
Senior High, who plans to attend Polk
State College.
These recipients all received plaques
presented by board members. The schol-
arship money goes directly to the school
they will be attending.

Students build robots


Nearly 200 Polk County Public Schools'
students are participating in Talon
Robotics at Polk State College Winter
Haven and Lakeland campuses.
The event is comprised of multi-
faceted science, technology, engineering
and math, known as STEM, programs
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skill sets in the field of technology.
Field trips included in\the program also
allow students to connect what they're
learning in the classroom with real world
examples.
For two weeks, middle school students
will participate in "Eaglebots," where they
work with LEGO Robotics to complete
three challenges: an obstacle course,
a green city challenge and a sumo bot
competition. In order to complete these
challenges, students need to build their
robots with consideration for the right
design and learn to program them.
High school students are participating in
Technobotics, a program divided into two
areas students can select to participate in.
The first is a week-long robotics program.
Also offered is a two-week digital media
program. Students in the robotics program
will use advanced programming to create
workable TETRIX robots, which are com-
bined LEGO and "Erector set" type robots.
Students in the digital media program will
work together to develop a comprehensive
marketing strategy for the TALON Robotics
program. They also create and design
marketing collateral such as promotional
videos, T-shirts, brochures, signs and logos.
Polk State College partnered with Polk
County Public Schools to design, host and
administer the program.


PHOTOS PROVIDED
Daniel Norrell from Lake Region High School works on his robot project at Polk State College.


FSBA names
school board masters


Polk County Public Schools
Superintendent Sherrie Nickell and Polk
County School Board members received all
earned "Master Board" certification awards
from the Florida School Boards Association.
That means they attended the prescribed
22 hours of training over the past year.
The Master Board Program, a formal-
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discuss and develop interpersonal skill
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maintaining a focus on student learning
and factors contributing to success
within a school district," the association
said. It concentrates on creating a vision,
developing a structure, establishing an
accountability system and engaging in
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COUNTY REPORT


Proposed distribution center may be job source


By STEVE STEINER
SSTEINER@POLK COUNTY DEMOCRAT.COM

Will a proposed distribution center that
has not yet even broken ground prove
a source of jobs for residents of Hardee,
DeSoto and Highlands counties?
Roger Hood, president and CEO of
HeartlandWorkforce, hopes'so, even
though the facility- the Americas '
Gateway Logistic Center will be located
in Moore Haven, in Glades County.
Even if the center comes to fruition -
which Hood said calls for the construction
of a 30-million-square-foot distribution
center it could mean a one-way com-
mute from a minimum of 40-plus miles,
if one lives in Lake Placid, to more than
80-plus miles if one hails fromWauchula.
Hood did not believe that would be a
problem.
"I would assume because of the size, our
residents will get jobs," Hood said.
He further explained that Hardee,
DeSoto and Highland counties, as well as
Glades, Hendry and Okeechobee counties
and some communities in neighboring
counties, make up one of only three Rural
Areas of Critical Economic Concern in
Florida. "The state set aside these areas
because of lowwages, limited infrastruc-
ture and other factors."
The need for jobs in Hardee, DeSoto
and Highlands counties, which make
up Region 19 of the Florida Department
of Economic Development's 24 regions,
is acute. According to the most recent
census, the population is 161,073, but
only 67,667 residents are in the labor
force. Even excluding parents who stay
athome, children and the infirm and the
elderly, it still translates to approximately
94,000 people withoutwork The FDEC's
calculations place the average annual wage
at $29,769, the lowest in Florida. Average


While tropical storm Debby provided
increased rainfall to the region, it was
not enough to fully recover from
drought conditions.
That's why the Southwest Florida
Water Management District's Governing
Board voted to extend its Modified
Phase I water shortage order for the
District's southern and eastern portions.
Modified Phase I restrictions were ex-
tended until Dec. 31 for Polk, Charlotte,
DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee
and Sarasota counties.


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Roger Hood, president and CEO of Heartland
Workforce, reviews notes and documents
prior to the start of the organization's June 27
meeting.
annual wages in neighboring areas ranged
between $35,596-$45,111.
As part of the proceedings of the
Wednesday HeartlandWorkforce Joint
Board Meeting, Mark Morton, vice presi-
dent of Lykes Land Investments, made
a presentation on 'Americas Gateway
Logistics Center." This is a joint venture
between Lykes Brothers and A. Duda and
Sons.
According to a handout, the facility will
be Florida's premier land logistics solution,
an integrated multi-model hub on 4,700
acres (with a potential additional 2,000
acres) to be located in southern central
Florida. It will, said Morton, double exports
coming out of Florida. He attributed it to
the Panama Canal, currently undergoing
widening and deepening of its locks, to


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Mark Morton, vice president of Lykes Land Investments, Inc., a division of Lykes Brothers.


Counties currently under the Phase I
order follow the District's year-round water
conservation measures. That means lawn
and landscape watering is limited to a two-
day-per-week schedule and residents may
only water before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
However, some local governments
have stricter local ordinances limiting
watering to one day per week. Residents
should check with their local govern-
ment or utility.
While the southern region did see
rainfall from Tropical Storm Debby, key


The goal of the proposed distribution center, according to Mark Morton, is for Florida to take
advantage of opportunities of moving goods to overseas markets via the wider and deeper
Panama Canal.


accommodate modem cargo vessels.
"Florida used to be considered at the
end of the supply chain," Morton said, but
no longer. "We're the closest to the Panama
Canal."
That, said Morton, meant Florida, with
its ports and air terminals, was closest to
South America, east Africa, Australia and
parts of Asia. In his PowerPoint presenta-
tidn, he showed that while American
manufacturers only export 1 percent of
their goods, an overwhelming majority
are located east of the Mississippi River.
Morton said it makes sense for those
manufacturers to ship their goods to the
Americas Gateway Logistics Center, and
from there ship them overseas.
However, the main concern on the
minds of those in attendance was job
creation. At the low end of the scale, by
2030, it was projected that 23,858 jobs-
would be created; these were jobs both
directly and indirectly affiliated with the
logistics center; of the latter it meant retail,
hotels, restaurants, and jobs tied in to the
trucking and shipping industries. The most,
likely scenario was that 64,983 jobs would
be created. At its most ultimate scenario,
a total of 99,556 jobs would be created by
2030.

What is RACEC?
A Rural Area Critical of Economic
Concern is defined as rural communities,
or a region composed of rural communi-
ties that have been adversely affected by
extraordinary economic events or natural
disasters.
In this region, the South Central RACEC '
consists of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee,
Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee coun-
ties, and the cities of Pahokee, Belle Glade,
and South Bay (Palm Beach County), and
Immokalee (Collier County).


Mark Morton, vice president of Lykes Brothers
Land Acquisitions Inc., explains various aspects
of a proposed distribution center planned in
Moore Haven.
The other two RACECs are Calhoun,
Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson,
Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington coun-
ties, and the city of Freeport inWalton
County in the northwest region; and
Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist,
Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy,
Madison, Putnam, Suwannee, Taylor, andi
Union counties in the north central region.


HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
The following locations are closed on Wednesday,
July 4.
Polk County Courthouse
Polk County Public Schools
Neil Combee Administration Center
The Lake Wales Charter School District
The City of Lake Wales
The Lake Wales Library
The City of Bartow, Library and Parks and
Recreation are both closed July 4. The Sam Griner
Pool is open.
The City of Fort Meade and library
Frostproof City Hall and library
Haines City Hall
Bartow garbage collection will run as usual and
will be collected on Wednesday, July 4.
For garbage collection: Florida Refuse in Lake
Wales, Fort Meade and Frostproof will run as usual.
The North Central Landfill will be closed and there
will be no residential collection service.Wednesday
through Friday collections will be picked up
Thursday through Saturday. The Waste Management
Division will be closed on July 4.
Business offices for The Polk County Democrat
The Lake Wales News, The Frostproof News, The Fort
Meade Leader and Your Haines lity Herald are closed
July 4.
Banks are closed July 4.
The U.S. Post Office is closed July 4.


hydrologic indicators remain below
normal in the region due to long-term
drought effects. The region needs
above-normal precipitation throughout
the rainy season for the area to totally
recover from drought conditions.
"The District looks at an eight-week
average to evaluate recovery instead of one
weather event," said Lois Sorensen, District
demand management program manager.
For information about water restric-
tions and water conservation, visit
www.WaterMatters.org/restrictions/.


District extends water restrictions


July 4, 2012


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COMMUNITY I


Strokes in Time


Looking for something different?
Having a party?
Grab a bottle of wine or
beverage, and paint a painting.
{Tay'-cho} provides step-by-step
instruction, canvas, paint, brushes


and three hours of entertainment.
The painting sessions are
available for groups and parties on
Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m. and
for kids sessions on Saturday from
1-4 p.m.


Adult sessions on Saturdays
are $30 per person and $20 each for
kids sessions.
Reservations are needed and
payments should be made at time of
booking.


Art Camp
Registration is open for a week long
art camps for kids 7-15.
There are two sessions: July 23-27
from 1-4 p.m. and Aug. 6-10 from 1-4 p.m.
Call 863-533-2365 for registration.


Free interactive swim lessons available 4TH OF JULY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


The City of Bartow's Parks
and Recreation Department
has planned an instructional
interactive class designed to
show parents how to teach their.
children to swim.
The class is free, and will be
held at the Sam Griner swimming
pool at the Bartow Civic Center
July 9-12.
Infants 3 months to toddlers up
to four years of age are invited.
"Mommy, Daddy and Me,"
classes are from noon-1 p.m.
Keeping in mind that the noon
hour may be inconvenient for
parents with jobs, Parks and
Recreation is also offering an
evening class from 6-7 p.m.
"Drowning is the second lead-
ing cause of injury-related death
among children under the age
of 15," said pool director Jason
Magnetico.
He said that he is very proud of


the fact that Parks and Recreation
has offered water safety classes at
the pool for over 20 years.
"With this special program and
through our hands-on approach,
children, with the help of a par-
ent, will be taught water safety
and survival skills that are person-
alized to his or her age level," he
said.
Bartow Community Healthcare
Foundation Inc. underwrote most
of the cost for the swimming
lessons.
"It's a quality of life issue," said
Brian Hinton, executive director
for the foundation.
According to the Florida
Department of Health, deaths
from drowning for children
younger than 5 in Florida are
more than double the national
average and are higher than any
other state in the nation, statistics
show. More than two-thirds of


these deaths occurred in swim-
ming pools, he noted.
."Besides, it's a lot more fun
in the pool if you know how to
swim."
The Sam Griner pool is open
seven days a week from now until
Aug. 17. After Aug. 17, the pool
will remain open on weekends
until Monday, Sept. 3.
Pool hours are Monday through
Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday
and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily
entry is $3 for Bartow residents or
$4 for non-residents.
Family and individual passes
are available. Those attending the
Mommy, Daddy, and Me class do
not have to pay to enter for the
free class.
Registrations may be made
by coming by the Parks and
Recreation office located at 2250
S. Floral Ave., Bartow or call 863-
534-0120, extension 3.


2:30 p.m.: Bartow Adult Band Patriotic Concert at Bartow Civic Center
4 p.m. Opening Ceremonies: "To The Colors,"American Legion Post 3; Pledge
- Tina Spath; Invocation Rev. Herman Music;"National Anthem"- Kaitlyn
Croom; Official Welcome Mayor Leo Longworth
4-9:30 p.m.: Fourth of July Extravaganza featuring entertainment, food and fun
4:30 p.m.: Amanda Massey, country gospel music
4:45 p.m.: Tom Mizell, harmonica
5 p.m. : The Ramblin' Rose Band, family bluegrass
5:30 p.m.: Vintage Hearts, country, gospel, pop
6 p.m.: Tom Mizell, harmonica
6:15 p.m.: Christy Merrick, country and pop vocals
6:45 p.m.: Break
7 p.m.: The Reflectsons, gospel music
7:45 p.m.: Tomorrow's News, gospel, bluegrass, country,
8:15 p.m.: Moment of Reflection for the Fallen
Prayer: Rev. Herman Music
Laying of the Wreath Rear Admiral Adrian Jackson, USN (Ret.) and SFC
(Ret.) Lloyd Harris
"Taps"- Dr. Richard Lake
National Anthem Kaitlyn Croom
8:45 p.m.: Tomorrow's News, continue until fireworks
9:30 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza
National Anthem Pam Renew
Wayne Lewis and Friends to conclusion.
On the grounds there will be food, drinks, bingo and military displays by
Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery, Florida National Guard. After
the fireworks a 50-round howitzer salute to honor each state in the country
will be performed by Battery A.


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Random notes


for a holiday


any of you have picked up
the paper from your yard
or driveway and brought it
back inside instead of throwing it in
the. car on your way to work. Many
of youare among the fortunate who
are staying home or makingthose
preparations for a family day. It feels
kinda strange to be doing it on a
Wednesday, but it happens like that.
every five years or so.
The Independence Day holiday,
seldom called that because 4th of
July just rolls off the tongue easier,
has been a long-standing day of out-
door activity all across the country.
In some regions, where summer lasts
from Memorial Day to Labor Day, if
they're lucky, it is the'only chance
they get for a good picnic, a good
family softball or volleyball game
or a good fireworks display. Some
families just carry on the tradition
while others are forced to rely on the
memories of what it was like.
For us, the weather promises the
chance of some rain, not atypical
of a summer afternoon. A lot of the
country may be seeking shelter from
the heat, reducing their outdoor
activities to picnic shelter card
games or general conversation ses-
sions rather than facing the blazing
heat. That pitcher of lemonade is not
going to stay filled for very long.
Whatever your plans for today,
it is nice to know that they can be
carried out because of the freedom
we enjoy. After all, independence
-from England meant freedom to
govern and worship and take part
in activity as desired. The freedom
has been challenged (and remains
so), but liberty and justice for all
are more than just words. Some
families will be missing a member
or two because he or she is serving
to protect and preserve the freedom.
We shouldn't need a special day
to be reminded of our liberty, but
be mindful of the honor on a daily
basis.
If your holiday plans include
outdoor activity, it's encouraging to
know there are so many parks and
recreational facilities in the city and
surrounding area. If you're looking
for tennis courts or basketball courts
or open fields for soccer or baseball,
you will find one a short drive or
even a walk from your home. There
are plenty of playground options for
hours of fun for the younger kids. The
Sam Griner Pool at the Civic Center
will be open, so it might be your first
chance to see the new locker rooms.
No matter what you want to do, you
won't be far from fun.

Countdown is On
With the arrival of the July 4


Larry Jewett



larry can betoniacted at
bartow56@gmail.tom.


holiday, it means there is exactly one
month until the fields at the Civic
Center are brimming with 24 teams
who are trying to become the World
Series champion in their respective
divisions. Bartow has,been selected
as the host for the Majors and AAA
divisions of the Dixie Youth Baseball,
which gave Bartow an automatic
bid in the field of 12 teams. It is a
chance to witness top youth baseball
players and also root for the home
team.
The World Series committee,
which normally meets on
Wednesday, will have to sit out
today and get together tomorrow.
There are a number of tasks that
have to be completed and an equal
number that can utilize the mem-
bers of the community. Bartow was
granted the bid for the tournament,
which will bring visitors from 11
states in the Southeast. While a lot
of the pieces are coming together,
there is still time to get involved as a
sponsor or a volunteer. Several spon-
sor packages can be found to attract
visitors to your business during their
stay while also helping the popular
youth sports. Game day volunteers
can assist with any number of posi-
tions within the infrastructure of
the tournament, which runs from
Aug. 3 9.
To become a sponsor, contact
Nikki Yates at 863-698-4441 or
send an e-mail to nikyates.ny@
verizon.net. For information
on volunteering, the website is
www.2012dixieyouthworldseries.com

Champion Changes
On Saturday, we noted the
results of the Bartow Men's Golf
Association club championship
tournament at Bartow Golf Course.
After reviewing their initial findings,
some errors were discovered that
changed the results in two of the
three divisions. Frank Rouse will
remain the Super Senior champion,
so his parking place is secured. The
correct champion for the overall
title is Josh Anderson while Mark
Best will be honored as the Senior
champion. Each of these two men
will now have their personal park-
ing spots near the clubhouse for the
2012 season.


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By BRIAN ACKLEY
NEWS @FROSTPROOFNEWS.NET
Locals who work in area emergency rooms have a
name for it: Bloody 27.
Those who can remember decades ago when U.S.
Highway 27 was still just a two-lane road referred to it
by that same morbid moniker as well.
And for good reason, particularly an 8.1 mile
stretch between U.S. Highway 98 and Polk County
Road 640 where, since Oct. 28, there have been no
less than six fatal accidents in a a period of just 153
days, according to statistics compiled by the Florida
Department of Transportation.
That compares to "only" seven fatal accidents on
the same stretch dating back to the start of 2007. In
that five year period, there have been 168 total ac-
cidents, and 156 people injured or killed.
An analysis of all the fatal crashes show few com-
monalities. Three involved clearly over-the-limit
impaired drivers; one was a pile-up in near zero
visibility conditions; in two, drivers for unknown
reasons (but not believed to be related to outside
distractions like texting or cell phone use) failed to
yield the right of way to vehicles traveling at or near
the posted speed limit of 65 miles per hour.
In several cases, final accident reports have not yet
been completed because of the complex nature of


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the incidents. But Sgt. Greg Goreck, head of the Polk
County Sheriff Office's Homicide Traffic Investigative
Unit said accident prevention always boils down
to the three E's: Engineering, enforcement and
education.
"Unfortunately, no matter what you do to make the
road safer, no matter how much you educate people,
unless you have a deterrent out there to make them
obey the law, they're not going to do it. You can put
all the rules out there, and make it safe, and people
will still break the law out there because it's in their
nature or they don't think it's that big of a deal to do,"
Goreck said.
Local traffic safety experts said there is not a lot
that can be done, in their opinion, to make the road
safer than it already is.
"There's little that you can do with the engineer-
ing side of this," said L.K. Nandum, District Traffic
Operations Engineer for the Florida Department of
Transportation who works in the Bartow regional of-
fice. "There's a lot more you can do with enforcement
and education."'
Goreck notes that police units do regularly shoot
radar on that road, but often it is in moving vehicles,
since recent legal case law has indicated that is legal
for drivers to signal other motorists that police may
be ahead.
"We're out there. We've had several initiatives in the


Vehicles traveling U.S. 27 have declined


By STEVE STEINER
SSTEINER@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
According to statistics furnished by Lauren
Hatchell, public information specialist with
the Florida Department of Transportation, the
computed Annual Average Daily Traffic for
2011 showed that 15,900 traveled the section of
U.S. 27 between the intersection of U.S. 98 and
State Road 60 on a daily basis. Of those vehicles,
21.5 percent consisted of semi tractor-trailer
trucks, or 3,440 trucks.
Over the past five years, these figures have
remained steady, with the flow of traffic both north
and southbound on a par with one another, or
within several hundred between the two direc-
tions. For example, in 2010, 8,200 vehicles traveled
northbound vs. 7,900 that drove southbound.
Since 2007, these figures have remained steady.
From 2007 to 2011, the percentage of truck traffic
has remained between 21.5-21.70 percent; there
was a spike to 23.70 percent in 2008.
However, the actual flow of traffic for the past
five years, from 2007-2011, has dropped. From
2000-2004, the number of vehicles that traversed
U.S. 27 from the section of highway between


S.R. 60 to U.S. 98, was no less that 17,100 to its
peak, in 2006: 19,000 vehicles.
With the exception of 2000 and 2006, the
percentage of truck traffic was no lower than
23.4 percent (3,744 trucks out of 16,800 vehicles)
in 2003, and as high as 26.7 percent in 2001 (4,459
trucks out of 16,700). In 2006, the computed AADT
hit a high of 19,300 vehicles, but of which only
16.2 percent (3,127) were trucks.
Despite the drop in traffic flow from 2007-2011
as compared to 2000-2006, over the past several
years, there have been no major complaints.
"Off the top of my head, am I aware of any
complaints? No," said Hatchell.
Nor is the Florida Highway Patrol aware of any
complaints.
"Are you asking about truck drivers? None that
I can think of," said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, public
information officer with the Florida Highway
Patrol. "Over the years, there have been engineer-
ing concerns regarding signs and traffic lights. But
I can't say we've had people complain."
Because it is a state highway, the county agency,
Polk County Transportation does not keep sta-
tistics. If anyone has a complaint, that person is
instructed to contact the Florida DOT.


orbid moniker


Although the complex nature of the pile-up means a final investi-
gation is not complete, law enforcers know that visibility in the
area was next to zero at the time of the crash because of fog.

past few months where we've written a lot of tickets
on that stretch," Goreck said. "I can tell you that I
run radar. We have several assigned just to my unit
that live down in that area and they are consistently
running radar in that area."
He said that the number of the patrols in the area
generally remains the same over time.
"I can go out there and some days there will be dry
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By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ
KLBERKOWITZ@LAKEWALESNEWS.COM
Every time there is an accident, the people who work
at Spin Magnetics get a little nervous.
Located on U.S. Highway 27 in the Longleaf Business
Park, across from the dangerous Hunt Brothers Road
intersection, they get to see and hear the all too
familiar screech of tires and
collision.
Mario Nicoletti, sales manager
at Spin Magnetics, nods his head
in regards to the problematic
highway.
It is, he notes, "death defying."
The company has about 30
employees who use the highway
to and from work each day.
Not only has the business
heard a number of accidents at Jesse Jackson, super-
the intersection, but they had an Charter Schools
employee whose husband was Ch r
injured in an accident and had to
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spells and some days I can write as
many tickets as I have time to write,"
he added. "It just depends. It's people
and what's going on in their lives. Are
they pressed for time? Are they angry?
Are they distracted? Do they have a
need for speed? It's all about the people
behind the wheel, and what's happen-
ing to them that day."
He did agree that a visual presence
can help slow people down, but only
temporarily.
"It makes a mental impression, if
not only for that moment in time, but
maybe for the next 15 minutes, 20
minutes, maybe the entire day, it has
now curbed your actions," Goreck said.
"And that's what we're looking for, to
make some kind of behavioral change
to make them a better, safe driver. The
faster you go, the less reaction time you
have, the longer it takes you to stop. I
want people to drive like there's a cop
around every corner running radar."
While none of the six accidents have
raised safety issues when looked at
individually -- both the Sheriff's office
and the DOT have their own local crash
analysis experts they are currently
being collectively looked at as part of
the DOT's annual crash safety audit.
If that review raises any red flags it
won't be known for another month or
so. The regional office will later this
summer create a list of safety proj-
ects for the area and submit them to
Tallahassee, where they will compete
with other proposed safety projects


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FROM PAGE 12

be airlifted from the scene.
Nicoletti says that fog adds to the
problem of the busy highway, produc-
ing what he calls a "truth or dare"
situation.
Add to that, he notes, the trucks
which cannot stop quickly, and it is a
recipe for disaster.
"We need a light," he said, describ-
ing traffic which empties from Hunt
Brothers Road onto the highway, and
people who then cut across multiple
lanes to head to Hunt Brothers Road
in addition to all of the business traffic
which goes either way.
Meanwhile, at Bok Academy, an
elementary school located right on
U.S. Highway 27 across from Warner
University, Principal Damien Moses
says that in the wake of so many recent
fatal accidents near the school, parents'
are getting more and more concerned.
In an eight-mile stretch between
County Road 640 south to U.S. 98, which
includes Bok, there were six traffic fatali-
ties in six separate accidents in a 153 day
stretch between Oct. 29 and April 2.
In one instance, parents were told
U.S. Highway 27 was going to be closed
for a portion of the day. Luckily, it was
while school was in session.
Moses says buses carry students to
and from school, and notes there's a lot
of car-rider traffic as well.
Lake Wales Charter School
Superintendent Jesse Jackson ducks his
head inside the office, and upon hear-
ing the conversation, notes that the
Florida DOT should have the school's
application for a traffic light on file.


from around the state as to whether or
not they actually get funded.
At least one idea a traffic signal at
the entrance to Bok Academy has
already been turned down, much to the
chagrin of local school officials.
"How many more deaths do they
need?" asked Lake Wales Charter
Schools Superintendent Jesse Jackson.
(As an aside, a more recent request
for a traffic signal at the intersection
of U.S. 27 and Hunt Brothers Road, a
couple miles north of the intersection
of 27 and County Road 640, was also
studied and has also been rejected
according to Nandam.)
And actually, the engineer said,
traffic lights aren't considered safety
features at all.
"That's a common misconception.
Traffic lights really are not safety de-
vices. It's a device that gives the right
of way, that manages the traffic at an
intersection," Nandam said.
In fact, he added, in the majority
of cases, "you actually increase the
crash history," when a before and after
comparison is done when a light is put
up.
The process of getting a light
installed is largely objective, with little
wiggle room, because so many lights
are requested, be it from residents,
businesses or public bodies.
One of the thresholds that must
be met, for example, is five "correct-
able" crashes in a single spot in one
calendar year. That is all part of what
is dubbed the "minimum warranting
criteria" that must be met before a sig-
nal would be approved. Other factors
include traffic count, the amount of
turning traffic, and the period of delay

Frustrated at its denial a couple of
years ago, Jackson notes, "How many
more deaths do they need?"
Across from Spin Magnetics, at
Longleaf Business Park is the Kegel
Training Center, just north of County
Road 640.
Del Warren, vice president, was eager
to voice his opinion on the dangers of
driving U.S. Highway 27.
"For whatever reason, the depth
perception when you pull up to the
intersection, it's like cars are on top of
you before you know it. They look like
they are really far away, for whatever
reason. And then all of a sudden, you
blink, and you get distracted, and they
are on top of you."
Warren further notes there are college
students that train at Kegel Bowling
Center.
"We had one of our kids that train
-here frequently at our training center,
and bowl on our college team, and she
was almost killed," he said.
He said there is an "absolute growing
concern out here" that there needs to
be a light.
Lake Wales Fire Chief Jerry Brown
agrees as to the intersection's danger.
No matter which way they turn, if
they have to turn into a business on the
opposite side of the highway, he says,
"you've got to cross three lanes."
"It's difficult to protect yourself from
other drivers," he said.
"If someone pulls in front of you,
you're in trouble."
For the period of Oct. 1, 2011 to
March 31, 2012, the LWFD ran nine
motor vehicle crashes south of State
Road 60.
The scope of their coverage only
goes a few miles out from Lake Wales,
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Proximity to things like a school are
not part of the equation.
"It really doesn't matter. It's based
on the traffic that's using the intersec-
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There are several other safety factors
that are looked at, like lighting. In
addition, it is now standard on road
reconstruction or repaving projects
on highways like U.S. 27 that raised
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edges. Those actually serve a dual
purpose, that of improving visibility,
and also giving drivers an audible
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On this 8.1 mile stretch of U.S. 27
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southbound lanes that run north from
the intersection of U.S. 98. However,
at the most serious accident site of the
six, when a southbound semi crossed
the highway in a stretch especially
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deadly chain reaction pile up, no such
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That driver, however, was impaired at
the time of the crash, and obviously,
there is no way to fully knowif such
devices would have prevented either
accident.
However, Nandam agrees that they
do serve an important safety purpose
beyond just visibility.
"We find them pretty effective," he
added. "Let's say you're driving and
you're thinking about something and
you lose your focus for a second or
two. You start kind of like shifting. I've
done that. We all have. If you hear the
sound, you realize you're not in your
lane, and it helps."
U.S. 27, State Road 60, Interstate 4,
all are inherently dangerous by their
very nature. In the end, all agree, it
mostly comes down to driver's being
cautious and vigilant while behind the
wheel.
Shortly after Sheriff Grady Judd
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more deadly reminder to reinforce it's
Bloody 27 nickname he said what
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The question of whether or not the
Bartow City Commission will take
over the Community Redevelopment
Agency will be up for discussion
Monday, July 16.
This came up last April as the city
was looking to replace Jim Duane, who
retired as the executive director. Though
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forward what others had brought to him
about the executive director's job and that
it was "new to most board members."
Both McCoy and Hudnell said they were
not clear what the complaints were, and
Hudnell said he (Hudnell) "doesn't know
who you spoke to." In response, Bohde said
he'd spoken to some of the people who had
complained, and Rayl said he really didn't
want to reveal who'd spoken to him.
"Some people would come up to me in
a place like Publix and others with different
entities said the relationship is not there,"
Rayl said. "There are issues of trust and
there are things I don't want to repeat I
think they came to me because I am the
chairman and they hope they get me out of
the Sunshine and they probably don't want
me to repeat their comments."
With that comment, Rayl made a motion
to fire Brett, which Brooks seconded.


MEMORIES
FROM PAGE 1

But he expressed no bitterness.
S"I just rolled with the flow," he said.
"There wasn't much I could do. Took it
as it came. Finally, things opened up."
S:But before then, when he and his
buddies wanted to shoot a round of
golf, they had to either travel to play
at Rogers Park, in Tampa, or go to
Jacksonville.
Despite the obstacles, Dixon became
very proficient, and upon occasion en-
tered tournaments. It was not always an
easy accomplishment. In addition to cad-
dying, he also worked in the fields picking
fruit Later in life he was a long distance
truck driver, among other endeavors.
"I did whatever I could that was


split 3-2 in favor of keeping the CRA a
separate, autonomous board from the
city of Bartow for a year. The seven CRA
commissioners are appointed by the
Bartow City Commission.
"I agreed in a year's time to re-
visit the board and the makeup of
the CRA and see if it's appropriate,"
said Commissioner Adrian Jackson at
Monday's City Commission work ses-
sion. "It's a year later now."
Saying he was still on the side of be-
ing hands off on the CRA, Mayor Leo


Before there was a vote, Brett was
allowed to defend his performance. He
said after having had conversations with
most of the board members and some
community partners, he was not aware of
problems. He said there had been trou-
bling times for the CRA with its low budget,
yet even with the challenges there had
been many successes.
Rayl said the accomplishments were
not the problems, rather the manner in
which Brett operated that was causing the
problem.
"I don't agree," said Rayl. "I had no
relationship with anyone who had positive
feedback."
Board member Brooks seconded that
the manner in which Brett worked was not
bringing the city and CRA closer together.
He further stated that despite being told
what to do, Brett had continued to circum-
vent the city manager.
Brett maintained he didn't have a
problem with City Manager George Long,
nor with the city's department heads.
"The CRA has a independent relation-
ship with a specific purpose and those

legal, to make a living," he said. He also
relied upon those jobs to pay his entry
fees. Dixon chuckled recounting one
of the first tournaments he entered, in
Jacksonville.
"It was 1951. I was playing in a golf
tournament," he said. "I had to earn
the money to play."
This was one of the major tourna-
ments in-the black golfers association
and participating were professionals
such as Charlie Sifford, Teddy Rhodes,
Lee Elder, Pete Brown, Charlie Owens
and Jim Dent.
"I wasn't dressed too good, my
clothes were all raggedy," said Dixon.
"One of the top golfers, Charlie Sifford,
asked, 'Who's that tramp?'"
He shot a 69 the first day of the
tournament.
"The next day we were paired
together. I shot a 68 the second day,"


Longworth said commissioners should
make a decision before the CRA board
meets on July 16 to formulate a plan to pick
a new executive director. However, Jackson
said regardless the CRA still has to pick an
executive director. The question is whether
that director will answer to the CRA board
or to City Manager George Long and
ultimately to the City Commission.
In April 2011 Jackson and Pat Huff
favored the commission to be the
board over the CRA. Commissioners
Wayne Lewis and Longworth had


purposes are being accomplished," Brett
said. "I've only taken the actions of the
board."
Brett insisted he gets stuff done that
should get done and he has communi-
cated with the board, community partners
and the city staff more often than in the
past
He was challenged by Brooks.
"What's at issue is you go through the
department heads and only you and
department heads know," said Brooks.
"You said you'd do it the right way and you
didn't.
Brooks likened the way Brett accom-
plished things as a bull in a China shop.
"You want to get things done, but it's the
way you do it," he said. "I think you have
tremendous knowledge of CRAs, but it
comes down to personality."
Brett indicated that some of the misun-
derstanding over how he was carrying out
his responsibilities was two-directional.
He had never been reviewed in his job
and steps had never been outlined for
him what should be proper procedure the
Board would like him to follow.

said Dixon. "The last day, I chopped
him up."
Dixon claimed he became so good
because he watched the pros. It paid
off, and in more ways than one. It is
not (and was not) unusual for others to
bet on him, then share a portion of the
winnings with Dixon.
One of those instances also involved
his first hole-in-one; all together he has
five aces to his credit.
"There was a guy in Jacksonville
named Jimmy Byrd. He owned a black
golf course," said Dixon. He added
that Byrd (or Bird; Dixon did not recall
the spelling) was a very wealthy man,
although he had no idea how Byrd ac-
quired his wealth. Byrd had Dixon and
another local golfer compete against
two golfers from Atlanta.
"He bet $500 on us," Dixon said. "It
was up and down. We'd win one hole,


favored keeping it the way it was and
Commissioner James Clements said
the commissioners should continue
to let it operate the way it is now
and revisit the issue in a year. To that
suggestion, Jackson said he favored
waiting a year.
The board decided to wait until July
16 to discuss what to do as at that
meeting all five commissioners would
be present. Huff was not at Monday's
work session. The meeting is scheduled
from 9 a.m.-noon.


"I would like to be given clear steps. I've
never been reviewed and I'm willing to do
what the board wants me to do," said Brett
Rayl didn't agree.
"This isn't news to you," he said. "We
spoke on this four months ago and I was
very direct"
After the vote Monday, Brett retrieved his
jacket and left the room. Afterward he said
he appreciated the opportunity and will
continue to serve the community.
"I am happy to have had the opportu-
nity, and I am grateful for the relationships
I have built and all the support I have
been getting from the community. I look
forward to continuing to be involved in
my city and wish nothing but the best
of success to the Bartow Community
Redevelopment Agency.
In his departure, Brett would get a
severance package worth nearly $80,000.
For being fired without cause he would get
two weeks of salary of the $60,000 a year
he made, which is about $11,500 and three
months of health benefits and one month
of salary which would be about $65,000,
said board attomey Drew Crawford.

they'd win another. Then he (Byrd)
decided to press the bet (meaning,
double the bet)." Then the foursome
reached the eighth green. The two
from Atlanta and Dixon's partner
went first.
"Then I pulled out my seven iron and
swung. The ball went straight down the
fairway," he said. "It hit the front of the
green and then rolled straight in the hole."
That took the wind out of the two
from Atlanta. Afterwards, Byrd gave
Dixon $100.
"That was good money in those
days," Dixon laughed.
Even at age 92 the National Black
Golf Hall of Famer is not one to be
taken lightly.
"I like competition. I like to play with
, guys as good or better," he said. "I like
to beat them, intimidate them. They
respect that."


PINCH
FROM PAGE 1

and psecials last weekend to attract
shoppers.
"But, this has had a pretty decent


impact on our business. It's just too
much trouble for people to get in here.
I don't know if it will change any time
soon, but I certainly hope it does."
She said the dress shop had a "big
lunch business" before the construc-
tion began months ago. "People are just
staying at their desks instead of trying


to fight that mess."
CVS Pharmacy manager Jarrett
Peterson had no trouble telling it like it is.
"Sales have dropped, there's no doubt
about it," he said. "It's hard for people
to get in and out."
But, for these merchants, there may
be light at the end of this tunnel.


"We're told they're going to finish this
side of the road in about two weeks, so
the work will move to the other side.
That means people can get back to us,"
said Duncan. "That will be great."
The project to upgrade the intersec-
tion of 60 and 98 is not expected to be
complete until mid-2013.


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Operation City Sweep arrests


Dn Thursday, June 28, Polk County Sheriff's
detectives, Bartow Police officers, and mem-
bers of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking
Area task force served four search warrants
and arrested 30 suspects in the Bartow area,
during Operation City Sweep.
People arrested in Bartow in the drug raid
were:
Walter Artis, 46, 597 3rd Ave., Bartow,
Sale of Marijuana; Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia. Seven prior arrests, incl.
Battery, DomesticViolence, Possession of
Cocaine, Possession of Hallucinogen WITS.
George Ashe, 34, 1420 Austin St., Bartow,
Sale of Marijuana within 1,000 feet of school;
Possession of Marijuana WITS within 1,000
feet of school; Possession of Paraphernalia.
20 prior arrests 5 in Florida, 15 in Texas,
including Aggravated Battery on a law
enforcement officer, Burglary with Assault,
Resisting Arrest, Violation of Probation.
STILL AT LARGE: Melbra Brewer, 40,
1185 Britts Lane, Apt. C, Bartow. Possession
of Marijuana, Paraphernalia, Short-Barrel
Shotgun, Firearm by Convicted Felon;
DSP; Sale of Marijuana within 1,000 feet
of a school. 14 prior arrests, including
Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Drug
Possession, ResistingArrest, Disorderly
Conduct, Violation of Probation.
Glen Collier, 36,780 W Davidson St.,
Bartow. Sale of Marijuana within 1,000 feet
of a school; Possession of Marijuana WITS
within 1,000 feet of a school; Possession of
Paraphernalia. 4 prior arrests, including Drug
Sales and Possession, Trespassing, Resisting
Arrest.
STILL AT LARGE: Jermaine Cunningham,
24,2210 E. Gibbons St., Bartow. Trafficking
Cocaine; Sale of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of
a church; Possession of Cocaine within 1,000
-feet of a church; Possession of Paraphernalia.
17 prior arrests, including Felony Battery on
Public Official, Drug Possession, Burglary,
Battery, Grand Theft, Trespassing, Resisting
Arrest.
Roland Cunningham, 52,466 S. 9th Ave.,
Bartow. Sale of Cocaine within 1,000 feet
of a church; Possession of Cocaine WITS
within 1,000 feet of a church; Possession of
Paraphernalia. 22 prior arrests, including
Aggravated Assault, Burglary with Battery,
Sale and Possession of Drugs, ChildAbuse,
Grand Theft, Violation of Probation.
Ruby Cunningham, 60,2210 E. Gibbons
St, Bartow. Sale of Cocaine within 1,000
feet of a church; Possession of Cocaine
within 1,000 feet of a church; Sale Marijuana
within 1,000 feet of a school; Possession of
Paraphernalia. 23 prior arrests, including
Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement
Officer, ResistingArrest withViolence, Sale
and Possession of Drugs, Grand Theft,
Violation of Probation.
Kevin Dupree, 51, 2040 Dunbar St, Bartow.
Sale of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school;
Possession of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of
a school; Possession of Paraphernalia. 40
prior arrests, including Smuggling Drugs into
Detention Facility, Sale and Possession of
Drugs, Grand Theft, ResistingArrest, DSP
STILL AT LARGE: Jesse Gant Jr., 35, 1070
MLK Jr. Blvd., Bartow. Sale of Cocaine within
1,000 feet of a school; Possession of Cocaine


within 1,000 feet of a school; Possession
of Paraphernalia. 7 prior arrests, including
Attempted 2nd-Degree Murder, Aggravated
Assault, Child Abuse, Sale and Possession of
Drugs, ResistingArrest.
Travis Hampton, 34,1410 MLK Jr. Blvd.,
Bartow. Sale of Cocaine within 1,000 feet
of a church; Possession of Marijuana WITS
within 1,000 feet of a church; Possession of
Paraphernalia. 23 prior arrests, including
Attempted Murder, Sex Battery, Kidnapping,
Battery Domestic Violence, Possession of
Drugs, Resisting Arrest.
STILL AT LARGE: Ola Mae Harris, 54,
660 S. 9th Ave., Bartow. Sale Marijuana; Sale
Cocaine; Possession of aVehicle for Drug
Sales, Possession of Paraphemalia. 13 prior
arrests for Sale & Possession of Cocaine,
Assault, Grand Theft, Resisting Arrest.
STILL AT LARGE: Anthony Hazelton Jr., 26,
1095 E. Gay St., Bartow. Sale and Possession
of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church; Sale
and Possession of Marijuana within 1,000 feet
of a church; Possession of a Dwelling for Drug
Sales. 4 prior arrests, including Possession
and Sale of Cocaine and Marijuana, Grand
Theft, Vehicle Theft..
Christopher Hinson, 40,375 Indica Court,
Bartow. Sale and Possession of Marijuana
within 1,000 feet of a school; Possession
of Paraphernalia. 15 prior arrests, includ-
ing Battery On Law Enforcement Officer,
Resisting Arrest, Possession of Drugs,
Burglary
Terrell Hinson, 38,1785 Hamilton St.,
Bartow. Sale and Possession of Cocaine
within 1,000 feet of a church; Possession of
Paraphernalia. 19 prior arrests, including Sale
and Possession of Cocaine, Resisting Arrest,
Violation of Probation.
ThaterickJohnson, 32, 1785 Hamilton
St., Bartow. Sale and Possession of Cocaine
within 1,000 feet of public housing;
Possession of a Dwelling for Drug Sales. 11
prior arrests, including Possession of Drugs,
Burglary w/Battery, Grand Theft, Battery
Domestic Violence.
STILL AT LARGE: Derrian Leon, 35,4701
Weston Road, Bartow. Sale and Possession
of Marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school;
Possession of Paraphernalia. 16 prior arrests,
including Carry Concealed Firearm, Sale
and Possession of Drugs, Battery Domestic
Violence.
Michael Lewis, 29, 1785 Hamilton
St, Bartow. Trafficking Ecstasy; Sale and
Possession of Marijuana within 1,000 ft. of
public housing; Possession of a Dwelling
for Drug Use. 18 prior arrests, including
Felony Battery, Battery Domestic Violence,
Burglary Possession of Drugs, Grand Theft,
Trespassing.
STILLAT LARGE: Kenthanie Little, 37,
3956 Crews Lake Road, Lakeland. Sale and
Possession of Cocaine within 1,000 ft. of
a church; Possession of Paraphernalia. 27
prior arrests, includingAggravated Battery,
Aggravated Assault, Fleeing to Elude,
Possession of Drugs, Grand Theft, Resisting
Arrest.
STILL AT LARGE: Comelius Lott, 59,2320
Hamilton St., Bartow. Sale and Possession
of Cocaine; Possession of Paraphernalia.
35 prior arrests, including Armed Robbery,


Armed Burglary, Aggravated Assault on within 1,000 feel
Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing to Elude, Possession of M
Possession of Drugs, Grand Theft, Battery of a church; Poss
Domestic Violence, Resisting Arrest. 9 prior arrests, ii
Benjamin Luckett, 29, 775 7th Ave., Bartow. Battery, Possessi
Sale and Possession of Marijuana; Possession Driving with a Si
of Paraphernalia. 31 prior arrests, including of Probation.
Aggravated Battery on Law Enforcement STILL AT LAR
Officer, Aggravated Assault, Fleeing to Elude, E. Gay St., Barto'
Burglary with Battery, Kidnapping, Carrying of Cocaine with
Concealed Weapon, Grand Theft, Resisting Possession of a I
Arrest. 14 prior arrests,i
Shawn Martin, 25,1050 Golfview Ave. Kidnapping, Ar
Apt 1106, Bartow. Sale and Possession of Resisting Arrest,
Marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. 4 Conduct.
prior arrests, including Possession of Drugs, There are war
Battery Domestic Violence, Failure to Appear. following:
Lorenzo McCloud, 42,2095 MLK Jr. Blvd., Patricia Gant,
Bartow. Sale and Possession of Marijuana; Bartow. Open Co
Possession of Paraphernalia. 4 prior arrests, Aggravated Batt(
including Possession of Drugs, Resisting Ray Hillman,
Arrest, Trespassing. Sale of Marijuan
Alexander Rios, 29, 1785 Hamilton St., Paraphernalia. 1
Bartow. Trafficking Cocaine and Ecstasy; Sale Battery, Burglary
and Possession of Cocaine within 1,000 feet Eugene Johnst
of a church; Possession of a Vehicle for Drug Bartow. Possessic
Sales; Possession of Paraphernalia. 9 prior ar- of Paraphernalia
rests, including Armed Robbery, Aggravated with a Suspende
Battery, Resisting Arrest, Trespassing. Gloria Lucianc
Archie Rogers Jr., 53, 445 7th Ave., Bartow. Apt 607, Bartow.
Sale and Possession of Cocaine; Possession Possession of Pa
of Paraphernalia. 12 prior arrests, including including Batter
Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Sale and Christopher Li
Possession of Drugs, Grand Theft, Burglary St. #102, Bartow.
Terrance Rogers, 33, 619 S. 6th Ave., Bartow. Possession of Par
Sale and Possession of Crack within 1,000 for Petit Theft.
feet of a church; Possession of Crack. 5 prior Shawn Ponds,
arrests, including Sexual Assault, Burglary, Bartow. Possessi
Grand Theft, Resisting Arrest. of Marijuana; Po
Quentin Smith, 26,1185 Britts Lane Apt. Maintain Dwelli
C, Bartow. Sale and Possession of Marijuana arrests, includinE
within 1,000 feet of a park. 3 prior arrests, Assault, Possessi
including Aggravated Assault, Carrying Resisting Arrest.
Concealed Firearm, Possession of Drugs. Christopher Ri
Carrie Taylor, 52, 1477W. Steward St., Circle, Bartow. P(
Bartow. Sale and Possession of Marijuana 2 prior arrests, in
within 1,000 feet of a park; Possession of Violation of Prob
Paraphernalia. 9 prior arrests, including Sale Laquacia Whi
and Possession of Drugs, Battery, Trespassing, Apt B204, Bartov
Violation of Probation, Failure to Appear. Maintain Dwelli
Kenneth Thornton Jr., 33, 500 Waldron Minor Present; P
Ave., Bartow Sale and Possession Marijuana WITS; Grand Th
within 1,000 feet of a church; Possession Battery and Disc
of Paraphernalia. 2 prior arrests, including Pearlie MaeWi
Possession Drugs, Giving False Info to a Law Parker St., Bartov
Enforcement Officer, Driving with a sus- Possession of Par
pended license. Dwelling for Dru;
Sherita White, 32, 1097 East Parker St., including Possess
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marijuana within 1,000 feet
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including Burglary with
on of Drugs, Larceny,
suspended License, Violation

GE: Tyrone White, 22, 1095
w. Sale and Possession
n 1,000 feet of a church;
Dwelling for Drug Sales.
including Robbery,
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Trespassing, Disorderly

rants for the arrests of the

35,2569 Gerties Road,
container. 1 prior arrest for
ery.
48, 925 RubyAve., Bartow.
a; Possession of Drug
7 prior arrests, including
, Poss. Drugs, DUI.
on, 27, 1950 Laurel St.,
on of Marijuana; Possession
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d License.
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Possession of Marijuana;
raphernalia. 3 prior arrests,
y and Failure to Appear.
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Possession of Marijuana;
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40, 1097 E. Parker St.,
on of Cocaine; Possession
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possession of Marijuana,
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Possession of Cocaine
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Two with Frost Van den Boom & Smith, P.A. named Super Lawyers


JohnW Frost, I, andVictor Smith, part-
ners with FrostVan den Boom & Smith, PA
have been included in this year's Florida's
Super Lawyers.
For the seventh straight year, Frost has
been selected for inclusion on the Florida
Super Lawyers list in the practice area of
Personal Injury Plaintiff General. Five
percent of Florida attorneys have been
named to the list.
Smith has been selected as for inclusion
on the publication's Rising Star list in the
area of Family Law.
The selection process for the publica-
tion involves an extensive process of peer
nominations, blue ribbon panel review and
independent research. The publication's
objective is to "create a credible, compre-
hensive and diverse listing of outstanding
attorneys that can be used as resource for
attorneys and consumers searching for
legal counsel.


William C. White,
publisher, said "Super
Lawyers adheres
to strict editorial
standards."
"It backs up its con-
siderable polling and
peer evaluation efforts
with a detailed research
process that evaluates
each candidate based
on 12 indicators of peer
recognition and professional;
he said.
"Just as consumers rely on i
ratings to guide other import
- such as which hospitals to
colleges to attend they shou
to consider similarly credible
choosing legal counsel."
Frost is the senior and man
of the Bartow firm of Frost Var


& Smith, PA, Stanford and South Central
Avenue in the historic McLeod House,
which has now been enlarged to include a
*. -* mock trial courtroom.
The firm moved to its present location
Sin 1981, and expanded by adding the
courtroom, conference rooms and offices
in 2002.
Frost is Board Certified in both Civil Ikial
John Frost Practice and Business Litigation by The
Florida Bar. He has been a trial lawyer for
43 years, receiving the highest rating from
achievement," Martindale-Hubbell.
He is past President of The Florida Bar,
independent and is listed inBest Lawyers in America;
nt decisions Florida Leading Attorneys, Chambers
go to or which USA: America's Leading Attorneys. He is
ld be allowed a member of the American Tial Lawyers
ratings in Association, a national organization
composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers
aging partner from each state.
n den Boom He is a frequent author and lecturer and


has taught trial practice at Florida State
University College of Law.
Frost has served as a member of the
Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating
Commission (1990-94), Chairman
(1992-94); Second District Court of
Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
.(1986-90), Chairman (1987-89); and the
Florida Judicial Qualification Commission
(1999-2004).
Smith has been a trial lawyer for 13 years,
and served on the Board of Governors,
Young Lawyers Division of The Florida
(2004-2012); Civil Procedure Rules
Committee (2001-2007); and asYoung
Lawyers Division Liaison to The Florida Bar
Foundation (2005). Smith was the recipi-
ent of the Family Law Book Award. He is
a member of the Wilson American Inn of
Court and practices in the area of family
law, civil litigation, criminal law and federal
criminal law.


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Julv 4. 2012












OBITUARIES


Rosie Skipper King


Rebecca Diane Vinson


Rosie Skipper
King, 85,passed
away Sunday, '
July 1, 2012, at
Winter Haven
Hospital.
Mrs. King was
born on June 3,
1927, inAlturas
where she was a
longtime resident. .
She was a retail
sales and service Rosie Skipper King
representative, a
member ofLake Garfield Baptist Church,
and attended Bartow High School and
the SharonWilliams Business College.
Mrs. King was preceded in death by
her parents, Rev. Rufus A. Skipper and


Vera M. Skipper; husband, Bill King;
and sister, Nina Skipper Fralic.
She is survived by her sons, Ray
E. King of Alturas, Albert D. King of
Jacksonville, Fla., and Joe R. King of
Winter Haven; daughter, Geraldine
Deal of Oak Harbor, Ohio; brothers,
Verdon Skipper of Bordentown, N.J.,
Norman Skipper and Leroy Skipper,
both of Fort Meade; nine grandchil-
dren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 10-11 a.m., Thursday,
July 5, at Hancock Funeral Home, Fort
Meade.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday in the
funeral home chapel with Rev. Garnet
Pitts officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the
family at www.hancockfh.com.


Wauline Peeples Quick


Wauline Peeples Quick, 82, passed
away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at
Bartow Regional Medical Center of
heart failure.
The daughter of Leon Walter
Westbrook and Johnnie Beatrice
McGahee Westbrook, Mrs. Quick was
born on Feb. 28, 1930, in Damascus,
Ga.
Mrs. Quick was a lifelong resident
of Fort Meade where she had many
friends and touched their lives
along with her family in a special
way. She was retired from Citrus Hill
Manufacturing in Frostproof and later
became a caregiver for several Fort
Meade residents.
She loved to help people in any way
that she could, and she also loved
animals of all kinds, the beach and a
wide variety of sports. Mrs. Quick was
a member of New Life Baptist Church
in Fort Meade, and was a graduate of
Bartow High School.
Mrs. Quick was preceded in death
by her son, Darwin Peeples; husband,


James Quick; and brother, Henry
Westbrook.
She is survived by her two daugh-
ters, Darla Brovet and husband Ben
of Hendersonville, N.C., and Deniece
Peeples and companion Theresa
Kelly of Brandon; sister-in-law, Vicky
Westbrook of Sylva, N.C.; nephew,
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Law agencies hooked with each other for emergency situations


By CATHY PALMER
CORRESPONDENT

With hurricane season upon us, we can
all rest a little easier knowing that our law
enforcement agencies, like most other city
and county services, are ready to protect
and serve us before, during and after a
storm.
Agencies like the Polk County Sheriff's
Office, the Bartow and LakeWales police
departments have their emergency plans
in place and have practiced gearing up
should the county face serious storms this
season.
The LakeWales Police Department,
according to Assistant ChieflTroy Schulze,
learned valuable lessons in 2004 when the
east Polk community took the brunt of that
season's unprecedented series of storms
that sashayed across the county. "We
learned a lot during that season," Schulze
said. "We've got new generators to keep
our communications up and running, and
we're coordinating more closely with other
agencies and the EOC."
Schulze said the city revamped its
emergency operations plans after the 2004
season and will immediately alert all of
its 43 officers and civilian support staff
to brace for an impending storm and be
ready to respond as soon as it is safe for
vehicles to be on the road to keep order,
police shelters and re-institute routine
patrols.
Schulze's efforts are virtually du-
plicated by Bartow's police, says Maj.
Dennis Herschel.


"We also learned a lot after '04," he said.
"The city removed the old water tower that
created a hazard for the police department
building, and now it will be our 'safe haven'
and center for operations."
Bartow's 41 officers, 21 civilians and four
part-time officers are'expected to muster at
the department headquarters as soon as a
storm is imminent, Herschel said.
"Then, we'll be ready to hit the streets to
keep things in order."
His patrols, like their Lake Wales
counterparts, also will resume patrols and
assist in keeping roads open for emergency
operations like fire and ambulance, as well
as street clearing crews.
"We'll also be available at shelters and to
assist the sheriff's department or neighbor-
ing communities if they need us and we
can spare our people."
Both city departments plant divvy
up their forces into 12 hour shifts to keep
maximum manpower available in a storm's
aftermath.
Meanwhile the Polk Sheriff's
Department will also have 'all hands on
deck should it appear Polk will be im-
pacted by a storm, according to emergency
operations coordinator Lt. Alan Cloud.
Even though the PCSO has offices scat-
tered throughout the county, it also has a
mobile command center than can and will
be dispatched to whatever area appears
most in need, Cloud explains.
"We've got the command center and
other mobile equipment that is self-
sustaining and doesn't even need electric-
ity to operate," he says, showing off the


PHOTO BY AL PALMER


Lt. Alan Cloud stands before the Sheriff's
Department's Mobile Command Center, one of
the many vehicles ready for deployment.

command center which is a revamped
semi seized in a drug raid.
He adds that all the equipment is repeat-
edly tested for several months before the
storm season officially starts to make sure
it is ready for deployment.
"We've been testing everything for
weeks," he said "and tweaking anything
that needs it."
The SO also has 600 deputies that will
all be placed on stand-by once an EOC
bulletin indicates a storm is expected to
impact the county. "Everyone is called back
from vacation or off-duty," he says. "So
we'll be ready."
The SO even gets its paperwork ready.
"We even go through filling out mock
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management
Administration) forms for reimbursement
to make sure we don't find ourselves


lagging behind when we are eligible for
emergency response funds after an event,"
he said.
All three agencies said they had im-
proved their individual and joint commu-
nications systems since the '04 storms.
"We're all on the same communications
system now," Herschel said, "that makes a
world of difference. We can call each other
without any problems and better coordi-
nate what we've'got to do."
The municipalities have all their depart-
ment vehicles gassed up and ready once
put on alert, both Schulze and Herschel
said. Cloud echoed that all deputy cars
were readied, as well as the command
center and other operational vehicles,
some of which may give the SO a leg up in
preparedness.
Cloud said the SO could be completely
self-contained since it had'not only the
command center vehicles, but also has
a cook trailer and a mobile bunkhouse.
He said the command center, cook trailer
and bunk house had all been deployed to
Mississippi to assist there when that area
was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
"We took over the entire law enforce-
ment for the whole county around
Waveland, Mississippi ,for about 30 to 40
days," he says. "It might not be the best,
but we can function we could feed
ourselves, bathe and have a place to sleep,"
he explained. He added that the bunk
trailer could sleep 14 and, by using two
shifts, could sleep a total of 28 in a 24-hour
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Trisomy 18: It's a genetic disorder


By ELISABETH PARKER
TAMPA BAY TIMES

She had felt her baby's first kicks 15
weeks into her pregnancy when she
got a call with the results of a blood
test she hadn't wanted. Something was
wrong with her baby.
Adeline Sullivan looked on the
Internet to learn about the genetic
disorder that happens when a baby
gets an extra copy of the 18th chromo-
some. It can cause abnormalities in the
development of the brain, heart and
other internal organs.
Her obstetrician scheduled an
ultrasound and Addie watched as her
baby sucked her thumb. But the results
of an amniocentesis confirmed the
diagnosis.
Trisomy 18, the doctor said, is "in-
compatible with life." The baby would
likely die before birth. If she did live,
odds were a coin toss that she would
die in the first weeks and less than 1 in
10 she would live a year. She would not
cry or smile, the doctor told them. She
would never walk or talk.
Typically, women who hear a doctor
say their child will be a "vegetable"
choose to end their pregnancies, or as
an online support group calls it, "say
early goodbyes."
Addie's boyfriend, Ryan Allen, told
her it was her choice. He would stand
behind her.
So Addie chose. She chose to ignore
the doctor and the grim statistics.
And she chose a name.
Riley.
Addie is 21 now. She was 19 when
she met Ryan, who was six years older.
They'd known each other two weeks
on St. Patrick's Day of 2011 when they
decided to go to a bar and then back to
Addie's house.
She warned him not to fall in love
with her. "I did anyway."
Addie lived on the edge of a crowded
mobile home park in Largo, in a home
her grandparents owned, with her pet
S turtle, Tiny Tim, and a cat, Chevelle.
She liked shopping for clothes and was
pretty handy under the hood of a car.
She had quit a job at the WingHouse
Bar & Grill after a disagreement with a
manager. She planned to get her GED.
Ryan lived down the street with his
mother while going to school to be an
auto body technician.
When he learned that Addie was
pregnant, but before he heard the
diagnosis, he quit school and used his
Pell Grant to build a bedroom in the
living room for the baby.
In the best of situations, keeping
a baby with such a diagnosis would
present monumental challenges for a
couple. Without a car or a job between
them, Addie and Ryan were confronted
with a decision that could have pro-
found consequences for them.
She was 20 weeks along when the
calls started coming from her obste-
trician's office. The doctor wouldn't
S discuss the case, but Addie remembers
it this way:
Do you know what you're going to
do, a nurse asked her.
Yes, she said. She was keeping her
baby.
The nurse didn't congratulate her.
Do you know your baby's condition,
she asked. Do you know her chances of
living?
The iext week, another call: When do
you want to terminate your pregnancy?


During her pregnancy, the first-time mom shopped for her baby, falling in love with th
velvet dress. Addie imagined Riley wearing it on her first birthday. It hangs on the wal
bedroom, its price tag still attached.


Addie did not want to, she said.
Again: Have you researched Trisomy
18?
Another week and another call. Addie
was firm, but by the fourth call, as they
launched into their dire spiel about her
baby's fate, she hung up.
Her grandmother laid hands on
Addie's belly, praying for a miracle.
Addie started a diary.
Aug. 23 I am now 22 weeks and
one day pregnant with you. You have
been jumping all over the place. It's like
you're playing hide and seek. I can't
wait to see how beautiful you are and
who you look like. If you have big ears
like your daddy or if you have my nose.
At her 28-week appointment, Addie
asked her obstetrician about Caesarean
sections. She had read that Trisomy
18 babies are sometimes too fragile to
survive labor and vaginal delivery.
The obstetrician told her no one in
the practice w6uld do a C-section. They
would not risk Addie's life for a baby
they did notexpect to live.
Addie needed to find a new doctor.
If people asked Addie why she
decided not to end the pregnancy, she
would tell them she didn't believe in
abortion. She didn't tell them about the
other reason, the one that traced back
to a Michigan police station 18 years
ago.
It was midnight during a chilly-
October when 3-year-old Addie ran
around the station, engaging the of-
ficers who fed her crackers and juice as
her parents slumped on a bench after a
night of drugs.
She didn't want to leave when her
grandmother, Joyce Tomkiewicz,
came to get her. She never again lived
with her mother. When she was 10,
Tomkiewicz and her husband moved to
Florida and adopted Addie.
In middle school, Addie got into
a fight, and Tomkiewicz decided to
homeschool her. Later Addie went to
the PACE Center for Girls, a school of
last resort for teen girls. She dropped
out when she was 16.
Over the years, Addie's mother would
call, usually from prison, hinting at
foods and clothes Addie should send
her. Sometimes it was a letter, asking
for mail in return or pictures.
Addie stashed the letters in a folder
crammed with years of cartoons and
cards, in a drawer in her living room.


She kept her diary in a differ
drawer, in Riley's room.
Oct. 30 I pray every day t]
are coming into this world a h
healthy little girl. I don't know
would do if anything happens
No matter what, you will be in
and soul forever.
She would never abandon h
the way her mother had aband
her.
Ryan got a job at an auto she
set up a crib and a bassinet an
belly grew big. On days when
feel Riley move, she worried. S
hold a flashlight to her belly to
age the baby to move.
Addie bled sometimes. Feari
was miscarrying, she went to I
Medical Center's Baby Place m
a dozen times. On one trip she
going into labor, so doctors ga
shot and put her on bed rest. S
Ryan played Monopoly for hoi
As November slid by, she tried
to keep calm, because she kne
could feel everything she felt.
packed a diaper bag.
At every visit she saw a new
cian. Each asked if she had res
Trisomy 18. Some seemed to r
her decision, Addie said. Other
not.
"As a Christian, there was no
they could tell me," she said.
Riley was due on Christmas
at a visit three weeks before sh
due doctors discovered that Ad
producing too much amniotic
They broke her water to star
A monitor recorded a sudden
heart rate. The only option to s
baby was an emergency C-sect
doctors asked Addie if she was
wanted to do this. She could di
reminded her. Addie said she v
When she woke up, she aske
her baby. Nurses would not bri
Addie, convinced that Riley ha.
became hysterical. After 12 hot
nurse wheeled her to a room. I
weighed 2.12 pounds. She was
to wires and monitors. A nurse
her to Addie.
She had brown hair, Addie's r
Ryan's ears.
"She was the cutest thing in 1
world," Addie said.
Dr. Fauzia M. Shakeel, a neoi
gist at All Children's Hospital, t;


ABOUT SURVIVORS
One Trisomy 18 support group has 38 members
S around the country who have survived more than a
year with the disorder. Two are in Florida. The oldest
is a 38-year-old woman in Lindenhurst, N.Y.

S On the Web
To learn more about the disorder, visit
www.trisomyl8.org.

Addie and Ryan soon after.
Addie, by now well-informed about
potential problems, asked about
heart defects and neurological issues.
Shakeel told them about the holes in
Riley's heart.
"They were mentally prepared for
their baby to die," Shakeel said.
Addie and Ryan filled out a DNR
form, do not resuscitate. If Riley was
going to die, they didn't want her to
AP PHOTO suffer. No CPR to restart her heart, No
tracheotomy to clear an airway. If her
his purple heart rate dropped, they would give her
II of Riley's oxygen. But that was it.
When Riley was 12 days old, a
rent volunteer who takes keepsake pictures
of newborns who aren't expected to live
hat you stopped by. She posed Riley in white
happy feather wings.
what I Doctors said they would release the
to you. baby when she reached 4.5 pounds.
imy heart Addie and Ryan came to visit every
day. Addie cried at night in her bed,
er child sleeping with a blanket Riley had been
doned wrapped in.
She pleaded with doctors to release
op. They Riley early. If Riley was going to die,
id Addie's they wanted her at home.
she didn't Almost two weeks later, she had
;he would reached 3 pounds and doctors sent her
encour- home with 24-hour hospice care.
In other countries and other times, a
ing she child like Riley might not have survived
3ayfront those first weeks, said Riley's pediatri-
iore than cian, Dr. Heinz Chavez. New technol-
was ogy keeps children with Trisomy 18
ve her a alive longer. Society bears much of the
ihe and costs, Chavez said. Addie has Medicaid,
urs. which has also covered Riley's costs.
ed hard That's not uncommon. Three-fourths of
w Riley children with special needs are covered
She by Medicaid.
One day in the neonatal intensive
obstetri- care unit runs between $8,000 and
earched $12,000, Chavez said. Medicaid and
respect Suncoast Hospice would cover addi-
rs did tional hospital stays for Riley, if needed,
doctor appointments, medical proce-
)thing dures, formula and diapers.
Addie and Ryan wondered about the
Eve, but costs, but they have never seen a bill.
e was Addie is relieved that it's paid. Ryan
Idie was feels guilty and doesn't want to know.
fluid. Each Sunday, Addie and Ryan
t labor. celebrated another week that Riley had
drop in survived. By the seventh week, Hospice
save the had dropped its 24-hour care and was
ion. Two coming by a couple of times a week.
sure she On Jan. 22, Riley was getting a diaper
ie, they change on the couch when she stopped
vas sure. breathing. Her eyes rolled back. She
d for turned blue. Ryan lifted her arms. They
ing her. fell limp.
d died, He yelled her name and blew into
urs, a her mouth and nose. Formula came
Riley out, but no breath. He blew harder, his
hooked mouth covering her face as if he were
handed swallowing her. He tasted her formula.
"I did second-guess myself as she
nose and was laying there," he said later. "Was
she supposed to die? But I didn't listen
the to myself. I was definitely not letting
my little girl die on my couch."
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Ryan pressed on her chest with his
thumb just as he had learned to do
watching a video in the hospital and
blew harder.
Riley screamed.
Addie, who had forgotten where her
cellphone was, ran into the street in
her underwear screaming for someone
to call 911. She rode with paramedics
to All Children's Hospital. For days, she
hovered over Riley as the baby's oxygen
levels wavered. Sometimes she was too
shaken to hold Riley. She considered
antidepressants.
Addie and Ryan reconsidered the
DNR order, which Ryan had instinc-
tively disregarded when he brought
Riley back to life on the couch. They
wrote a new one and posted it at the
end of Riley's hospital bed. CPR for no
more than 5 minutes, it said. Still no
tracheotomy.
Ryan went to the hospital from work
every night, tired and sweat-stained,
and left every morning.
"Hey, Poppy," Addie said.
"Hey, Memaw," he replied.
For days, Addie didn't leave the
hospital. At night, she and Ryan rode
hospital elevators, smoked cigarettes in
stairwells and played air hockey.
Doctors wanted Riley to breathe on
her own before they released her. They
could insert a tube into her lungs to
help her breathe, but it might do more
harm than good for a baby that was
only 4 pounds. Ultimately she would
need heart surgery, but no one was
prepared to discuss that yet.
Even some of the doctors struggled


with the tension between what they
could do and what they should do.
"Ethically, it's a question of what are
the right things to do for this baby,"
said Dr. Madhumita Ananthakrishnan,
a pediatrician assigned to Riley.
"I think it's a slippery slope because if
you do the (breathing) tube, do you do
a trach? Send her home on a ventilator?
We're in a setting where doing more
comes very natural to us. This environ-
ment is very difficult for a family like
this. We love to get people well. I don't
think it's right to give them hope."
Every day seemed to be a battle
between the percentages that the
medical community relied on and the
exceptional cases on which Addie and
Ryan pinned their hopes.
Addie and Ryan nicknamed one
geneticist "the Reaper," because he told
them that no matter what, Riley was
going to die. Other doctors pointed out
some of the physical characteristics
of Trisomy 18: Riley's rounded feet,
low-set ears and the way her fingers
overlapped.
"They gather around her like a
science project," Addie said. "She's a
human being."
The family was still in the hos-
pital Jan. 29 when Trisomy 18
topped Google's list of search terms.
Republican presidential hopeful Rick
Santorum had temporarily canceled his
campaign events to go home to be with
his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, who had
been hospitalized with pneumonia,
a common complication for children
with Trisomy 18.
In mid-February, Riley still wasn't
breathing on her own, but the doctors
chose to release her to hospice care
and sent the family home with an
oxygen tank.


As soon as Addie and Ryan got back to
the trailer, they dragged their couch to the
side of the road. They didn't want to live
with the reminder of where Riley almost
died.
Weeks passed and Addie and Ryan
began to relax as Riley no longer needed
oxygen to breathe on her own. Ryan car-
ried her through the house, tucked into his
arm like a football. He wanted to make her
strong, he said.
He was home because he lost his job
when the shop owner had no work for
him. They get food stamps, but sometimes
food is scarce. Hospice paid their electric
bill one month. Addie's grandmother paid
it the next.
Ryan said their situation was beginning
to feel like a prison. It's not like having a
normal baby that you take out, he said.
And Addie, he said, was needy, constantly
calling him to help.
Chavez, Riley's primary physician,
worried about what the stress would do to
them. It can lead to divorce or drug abuse,
Chavez said. "Survival for this child would
go down fast."
Ryan, he said, has matured in his expec-
tations. Addie, he said, needs time.
That's why he gave them Karen Heaton's
number.
Karen Heaton lives 12 miles from Addie
and Ryan.
When her son Donnie was born with
Trisomy 18, doctors told her to take him
home and love him. He would die in her
arms.
Donnie is now 19.
He weighs 48 pounds, can sit propped up,
smile and recognize the people he loves.
He can't talk or walk or eat. He is like a
6-month-old baby. A perfect baby, Heaton
said. He claps during praise and worship at
Journey Christian Fellowship Church and
when he watches "The Price Is Right."


He has round-the-clock care and has
been in the hospital more than 100 times.
"It's been hard in some ways," said
Heaton, 62. "You just learn to live a differ-
ent life."
Addie never called her, so one day
Heaton took the initiative.
On the phone, Addie asked her if Donnie
had been able to hold himself seated
upright, as Riley can. She was interested in
anything that would suggest Riley was do-
ing better than the doctors had predicted.
Heaton couldn't remember that far back.
Her message to Addie and Ryan: "Just love
'em."
Addie wondered aloud one day what
scientists really know about Trisomy 18.
"Do you not think the doctors are
scientists?" her grandmother chided her.
Sometimes, Tomkiewicz said, her grand-
daughter is naive.
Addie said she's not naive; she just wants
to know if anyone is working on a cure.
Dr. John Carey, a geneticist and pediatri-
cian in Utah, gets emails with questions
like that everyweek
In recent years, Carey has seen new
research, including trials with a drug that
improves the mental abilities of mice with
Trisomy 21 Down syndrome. This may
have implications for Trisomy 18, he said,
but he can't yet envision a cure.
Addie filtered out the less optimistic
details. "This drug may be able to help
Riley."
Recently, Addie held Riley on her
bed and stared into her eyes: "You're so
beautiful."
At 5 months, she weighs nearly 9
pounds.
One day they will go on a train ride and
to the beach, Addie told her. Ryan will take
her fishing.
"Maybe these things the doctors say will
happen will," Addie said. "And maybe not"


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Regency Center for Women and
Infants is offering a grandparent's class
for new and expectant grandparents.
Called Grand is Grand! The goal of


this two hour class is connecting the
generations and will spotlight current
trends in childbirth, baby care, and
parenting.
Class is Tuesday, July 10 from 5:30-
7:30 p.m. It is planned at Regency
Center for Women & Infants, 101
Ave. O. SE, Winter Haven. Call the
Regency Library at 863-294-7020 for
information.

The happiest baby
The Happiest Baby class for new
parents will be Tuesday, Aug. 14 from
5:30-6:45 p.m. at The Regency Center
for Women & Infants, 101 Avenue O S.E.
Winter Haven.
Registration, sponsored byW.H.H.
Regency Center for Women & Infants, is
now available.
The class teaches new parents a
step-by-step approach to help all
infants sleep longer and soothe even
the fussiest baby in minutes ... or less.
It costs is $20, which includes a Parent
Kit with DVD.
To register, call 863-294-7020.

How to make
the birth experience good
Expecting? Want to know how to
make your birth experience the best?
"Introduction to the Regency" is a
free session that introduces you to the
classes, services and special features
that the Regency Center for Women &
Infants has to offer to the expectant
mother and father.


It is planned at Regency Center
for Women & Infants, 101 Ave. O. SE,
Winter Haven. Call 863-294-7020 to
make your reservations.

Birth online
Regency Center for Women & Infants
has an Online Childbirth Education
class.
The first such program in Central
Florida, the class offers an alternative
for expectant parents who cannot
attend conventional childbirth classes.
The class is ideal if mom has to be
on bed rest or if there are scheduling
conflicts. The online class is an interac-
tive, web-based program that includes
animated illustrations and videos.
For information, contact Regency
Education Services at 863-294-7026.

Babysitting class
The Regency Center for Women and
Infants offers an 8-hour babysitting
class on basic child care. It covers
being a responsible babysitter, accident
prevention, how to handle emergen-
cies, age appropriate playtime activities
and Child CPR. This is for young people
from 11-16 years old.
Pre-registration is required and the
cost is $30. 'Please bring a bag lunch.
The class will be held on Friday, July
13 from 9 a.m.-5p.m. It is planned at
Regency Center for Women & Infants,
101 Ave. O. SE, Winter Haven. For infor-
mation and to register, call the Regency
Library at 863-294-7020.


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Brimming with nutrition: Freshly made relishes


Move over ketchup, mustard and
mayo. Summer is here: The abundance
of nutrition-packed vegetables and fruit
is a great time to explore the exciting
art of making fresh relishes. They are
inexpensive and a breeze to make you
don't even need a Cordon Bleu diploma
... Although their definitions are some-
what overlapping, these relishes include
Sa large and happy family of salsas,
chutneys and sauces.
The unlimited variety of these raw or
cooked dishes is a celebration of world
cultures. Mexican salsas and Indian
chutneys are among the most popular
ones. Of course, everybody is familiar
with winter holiday cranberry relish,
and I don't mean the one shaped like
a can and tasting like a can. Cooking
cranberry relish need not be limited to
Thanksgiving and Christmas, but can
be made at any time of the year from
frozen berries.
Many of the relishes and sauces
possess a complex profile of contrast-
ing flavors and textures, a fact which
makes them exceptionally delicious.
Most do not have to be mouth-searing
hot. To turn the volume up or down use
more, less, or even skip the hot peppers
altogether. Adding lime or lemon Juice
also reduces the food's heat factor.
Relishes can be used on eggs, meat,
fish, grains, sandwiches, and some
served as side dishes. They are a
culinary vehicle to boost nutrition and
elevate an ordinary dish to an extraor-
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a scrambled yawn egg; however, a
scrambled egg smothered with freshly
made Tomato-Bell pepper Salsa is re-
incarnated into something vastly more
enticing. You won't forget what you had
for breakfast. A poached or grilled fish
may be delishified by a tropical Tomato-
Peach Relish.
Vegetables and fruits are packed
with minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and
antioxidants. They act as ammunition
to help destroy toxic substances in our
cells. Numerous natural compounds
responsible for the plants' colors are
concentrated in produce and are
particularly potent disease fighters.
The highest nutritional levels are
found in fresh vegetables and fruits.
Frozen varieties possess a diminished
amount. Those which come in a casket
(canned) are dead on arrival. They are
overcooked and replete with artificial
and harmful chemicals, such as food
colors, artificial flavors, preservatives,
MSG, sugary syrup, and often an exces-
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the landscape on our plate is a feast for
the eyes and filled with fresh, colorful
fare, our meal becomes also spiritually
uplifting and memorable.
For a tropical fruit relish you can use
mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, peaches,
etc. interchangeably. Do not overdo the
use of spices. Too much of a spice over-
powers the dish and its unique taste.
Making the relish or sauce in advance
and refrigerating it for at least 30
minutes, allows the flavors to mingle
and reach peak taste. Double the recipe
and you can pair the relish with another
type food a couple of days later. Most
salsas keep fresh for 5 days, but are best
eaten sooner.
After making some of these epicurean
delights, and havingbeen showered
with complements from loved ones,
you might find yourself "addicted" to
discovering, exploring, and inventing
more of them enjoy.

Corn Relish
(Serves 4)
4 ears corn, kernels removed, or 2-1/2
cups frozen kernels, thawed
/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/3 cup purple onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Steam kernels 5 minutes.
Immediately remove from stove and


Foundation raises $8,000


In an effort to raise funds and aware-
ness for its pediatric care unit, the
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical
Center Foundation raised $8,000 at
a Kruisin' 4 Kids fundraiser with Bill
Jarrett Ford of Avon Park.
For each of the 432 people who test
drove a new Ford vehicle, Bill Jarrett
Ford donated $20 to the Foundation.
This is the fourth year the Foundation
has paired with Bill Jarrett Ford to raise
money for a hospital service line, the
last three years benefitted the Heart &


The Lakeland Regional Cancer
Center was awarded a three-year full
re-accreditation designation by the
National Accreditation Program for
Breast Centers, a program admin-
istered by the American College of
Surgeons.
Accreditation by NAPBC is only
given to those centers that have
voluntarily committed to provide the
highest level of quality breast care and
that undergo a rigorous evaluation
process and review of performance.
During the survey process, the center
must demonstrate compliance with
standards established by the NAPBC
for treating women who are diagnosed
with the full spectrum of breast disease.
The standards include proficiency in


Vascular Center.
Florida Hospital in Sebring has
partnered with the Walt Disney Pavilion
at Florida Hospital for Children in
Orlando, to offer the best and most
comprehensive care for families in
the Heartland Community. Through
the efforts of Krusin' 4 Kids and an
18-month Foundation campaign to
raise more than $200,000, Florida
Hospital will offer an updated pediatric
unit and expanded services to families
in Highlands and Hardee counties.


the areas of: center leadership, clinical
management, research, community
outreach, professional education and
quality improvement. Breast centers
that achieve NAPBC accreditation dem-
onstrate a firm commitment to offer its
patients every significant advantage in
their battle against breast disease.
In 2009, LRCC was the second
program in Florida to receive NAPBC
accreditation and the 52nd program in
the nation.
"This re-accreditation demonstrates
the strength of our program, as well as
the value for our patients," Kim Walker,
LRCC Administrator and LRMC
Associate Vice President, said.
For information, call 863-603-6565
or toll free at 866-823-4405.


Part of the Kruisin' 4 Kids volunteer group (from left): Tommy Turnbull, Greg Anderson, Jean Lund,
Marie Anderson, Doug Gentry, Wayne Alford, Jamie Bateman, Lisa Jarrett and Christen Johnson.


Watson Clinic opens primary care facility


Watson Clinics opened a new medical
clinic in Winter Haven set to deliver
healthcare for Blue Cross and Blue
Shield members.
Open for patient appointments since
June 25, Better Now Health Center is a
primary carefacility serving Blue Cross
and Blue Shield members 2 and older,
including those with Blue Medicare
Advantage or Blue Medicare supple-
ment. Located in the heart of Winter
Haven, the facility will be staffed by
Watson Clinic family medicine provid-
ers Dr. David J. Remmer and Bettye
Brown as well as additional nurses and
medical assistants.
Services provided at Better Now Health
Center include routine physical, sports/
back-to-school physical, sick visits, flu
shots, adult and childhood vaccinations,
disease prevention, health education,
and more. It has on-site lab and X-ray
services during appointments.


Appointments are required and
extended weekday and Saturday office
hours are available. If a Blue Cross and
Blue Shield member is sick and requires
more immediate assistance, the office
staff can fit them in on the same day.
There will also be an Internet-based
patient portal for electronic communi-
cation between patients and providers,
which accommodates patients seeking
to review their medical records, order
prescription refills and access test
results securely and confidentially.
Operating hours are Mondays,
Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m.-
5 p.m., Tuesdays from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.,
Thursday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and
Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. It is at 395
Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven,
a half mile east of U.S. 17, behind the
Olive Garden. Call 863-680-7190, or
submit a request through our website at
www.WatsonClinic.com.


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briefly rinse with cold water. In a bowl,
mix vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper. Add
all other ingredients. Serve hot or cold.

Tomato-Peach Relish
(Serves 4).
2 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
2 ripe peaches, diced
/2 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely
chopped
1 tablespoon wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

In a bowl mix all ingredients. Chill for
30 minutes. Serve.on fish or meats.

Tomato-Avocado Salsa
(Serves 3)
1 large ripe tomato, diced
1 Haas avocado
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons purple onion, finely
chopped
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Cut avocado in half, lengthwise.
,Remove pit and peel. Dice avocado and
in a medium bowl mix with all other
ingredients. Chill for 30 minutes. Serve
on meat, fish, or a side dish.
Judy E. Buss is a nutritional cooking
instructor, The Rath Education Center,
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An approach to the treatment of irritable bowl syndrome


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a rela-
tively healthy 81-year-old man who has
recently been diagnosed with irritable
bowel syndrome. I find it strange that
a sudden change in my bowel habits
occurred four months ago and still
continues much of the time. My stools
are loose and covered with mucus. I have
to take frequent visits to the bathroom. I
feel bloated.
Is it unusual for someone of my age
to have such a sudden occurrence of
IBS? S.E
ANSWER: The young, the old and the
in-betweens can develop irritable bowel
syndrome. The majority of patients
fall between the ages of 30 and 50, and
women patients outnumber men by a
factor of two to one. You are not the usual
candidate for IBS.
Experts have devised criteria to permit
a firm diagnosis of this illness. One
criterion is recurrent abdominal pain
or discomfort for at least three days a
month for the past three months. The
second is a change in stool frequency,
either more than three movements a day
or fewer than three movements a week.
The third criterion is improvement in
symptoms after a bowel movement. And
the fourth is a change in the appearance
of the stool, either liquid or very soft, or


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rock-hard. So people with IBS have either
diarrhea or constipation.
Bloating is another common sign. It
lessens if you avoid gas-producing foods
like beans, onions, celery, carrots, raisins,
bananas, prunes, Brussels sprouts,
pretzels and bagels. Cut back on fiber
intake to 12 grams a day, less than half
the suggested dose.
As a trial, stop all dairy products for
a week. Older people often lack the
enzyme that digests milk sugar.
It's always good to consider other
ailments that can be mistaken for IBS.
Celiac disease is an example. It's an
inability to digest wheat, barley and rye.
Symptoms that raise a red flag indicating
that more serious maladies have to be
considered are rectal bleeding, nighttime


abdominal pain, increasing severity of
abdominal pain and weight loss. These
are not symptoms of celiac disease.
Are you taking any medicines for IBS?
Hyoscyamine controls gastric secretions
and slows the passage of food through
the tract. Dicyclomine does the same.
Loperamide (Imodium) hardens soft and
semiliquid stools.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband
is 63 and in excellent health. For nearly
a year, we have noticed blood in his
semen. It's not coming from me but from
him. The doctor said this is nothing to
worry about. We then saw a urologist,
and the prostate exam was normal. The
PSA also was normal. Should we see a
urologist at the nearby university's medi-
cal school? S.M.
ANSWER: The official name for your
husband's condition is hematospermia.
It freaks everyone out, the man and
his partner. It's almost always a benign
condition.
If the blood doesn't stop, doctors have
to look for signs of infection, bladder
cancer, prostate cancer and prostate
enlargement. If your husband takes
either daily aspirin or a blood thinner
like Coumadin, that could explain it. Your
husband has been through the mill. If he
and you are still worried, then a trip to


the medical school's urologist ought to
give you peace of mind.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you direct
me to a place where I can get a white
noise machine? The ringing in my ear is
so bad I can't sleep. M.M.
ANSWER: Before resorting to white
noise, turn your bedside radio to a sta-
tion that plays soothing music with few
interruptions. If that fails, turn the dial to
a position where only static is heard. That
might end the ear noise.
White noise is the sound of wind
gently blowing, trees rustling or water
lapping at the shore. It cancels out the
inner-ear ringing of tinnitus for some
patients. One distributor of white noise
machines is SleepWell Baby Company,
reachable at 866-694-1375.
If you have a computer or a friend
with one, you'll find many white noise
machines with their pictures by using
"white noise" as a search phrase.

Dr Donohue regrets that he is unable
to answer individual letters, but he will
incorporate them in his column when-
ever possible. Readers may write him or
request an order form ofavailable health
newsletters at PO. Box 536475, Orlando, FL
32853-6475. Readers may also order health
newsletters from www.rbmamall.com.


Elderly drivers are not driving deficient, just have bad habits


Aside from teenagers, no driving
demographic gets into more car
crashes, mile for mile, than seniors.
Elderly drivers running amok even if
it's just running amok at 10 mph is a
common stereotype, their diminished
abilities usually attributed to declines
,i, vision, cognitive abilities and physi-.
rcal skills.
However, a new study out of the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
suggests'at least sm e hiring deficien-
cies among older drivers are the result
of bad habits, not age.
In particular, researchers looked
at one of the most common types of
accidents involving elderly motorists:
right-of-way crashes. These are inci-
dents typically involving some sort of
turn in which one driver fails to yield
properly to another at an intersection.
It's long been presumed that when this
happens and involves an elderly driver,
it's because he or she couldn't or didn't
see the other car, became distracted
or somehow simply failed to negotiate
the turn all attributed to the conse-
quences of age.
In fact, when researchers put
elderly drivers through a set of
simulated driving conditions, the
root cause of mismanaged right- ,
of-way collisions turned out to be a
failure to sufficiently look both ways,
to scan in all directions for potential
problems. In other words, older
drivers spent too much time simply,
solely looking for problems directly
in front of them.
But when elderly drivers were
provided with instruction that included
video training, their driving skills im-
proved markedly and the improvement
persisted for at least one year. Indeed,
the older drivers were no worse at
negotiating intersections than younger
motorists and probably a lot more
patient doing it.

Body of knowledge
A normal breath takes five seconds:
two to inhale, three to exhale.

Get me that. Stat!
Among children born full-term, those
conceived with the help of fertility
drugs were, on average, about one
inch shorter than naturally conceived


WELL NEWS
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children, according to a New Zealand
study that compared 84 children born
with the help of fertility drugs and
258 conceived naturally. The children
were all from a single-fetus, full-term
-pregnancy and ranged in age from 3 to
10 years. In general health, there was
no significant difference between the
two groups.

Number cruncher
A large Dairy Queen Oreo Cookies
Blizzard shake (500 grams) contains
1,010 calories, 333 from fat. It has 37
grams of total fat or 57 percent of the
recommended total fat intake for a
2,000-calorie daily diet.
It also contains 70 milligrams of cho-
lesterol (23 percent); 770 mg of sodium
(32 percent); 148 grams of total carbohy-
drates (49 percent); 2g or dietary fiber;
113 grams of sugar and 19 g of protein.

Counts
Percentage of patients with fibro-
myalgia, disorder characterized by
widespread musculoskeletal pain who
self-medicate using illegally obtained
marijuana: 10.
Source: Mary-Ann Fitzcharles,
McGill University

Phobia of the week
Apotemnophobia fear of persons
with amputations

Never say diet
The Major League Eating speed-eat-
ing record for cherrystone clams is 312
in 6 minutes, held by Sonya Thomas.

Observation
If carrots are so good for the eyes,
how come I see so many dead rabbits
on the highway?
Unknown

Doc talk
Pulsatile beating, as in a pulsatile'
mass


Curtain calls
Pope Adrian IV (c.1100-1159), the
first and so far only Englishman to
head the Roman Catholic Church,
reputedly choked to death on a fly
floating in his wine.


More likely, the cause of Pope
Adrian's death was choking due to
quinsy or peritonsillar abscess, a
complication of acute tonsillitis
in which the throat becomes con-
stricted by over-sized, pus-filled
abscesses.


Louise K. Frisbie captures a glimpse of
Flonda's past with wit and wisdom. A truly
unique look into the history of central Florida
and the characters and events that shaped
it. Filled with photos and facts that only a
true native historian would know.


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