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The Polk County Democrat
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Title: The Polk County Democrat
Uniform Title: Polk County Democrat (Bartow, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Associated Publications Corp.
Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Creation Date: February 29, 2012
Publication Date: 08/1/2012
Frequency: semiweekly[1946-<1992>]
weekly[ former <1936>-1946]
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Polk -- Bartow
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1931?
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Sign designs presented to board

Movement toward new sign ordinance inching closer

It may be a "sign" of the times, but
the City of Bartow may finally be
nearing a sign ordinance, at least for its
historic districts.

At the Monday, July 30 planning
and zoning commission, Bob
Wiegers, Planning and Community
Development Director for the city,
made a presentation to planning
and zoning commission members
of "Sign and Graphic Guidelines for

the City of Bartow Historic District. It
included photos and illustrations, and
of the photos, the majority were taken
of signs in other communities, not
Bartow, Wiegers was quick to point out.
Among the recommendations the
Historic Architect Review Board arrived

at was that signs needed to relate to the
architecture of the building. At certain
points throughout his presentation,
Wiegers repeatedly commented that
these were "preferences" about what
SIGN 115

School supplies

tax free
Parents of going-back-to-school kids can
save money this weekend when they buy
Si. clothes and school supplies during the sales
a tax holiday Aug. 3-Aug. 5.
Included in those items exempted are most
clothes and school supplies, according to the
Florida Department of Revenue.
The tax-free weekend covers:
SAny article of wearing apparel including
shoes, except recreational items like skis,
Fi swim fins, skates. The tax exemption does not
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Seen through the pitching screen, Robert Weeks smooths the dirt around home plate on one of the baseball diamonds at Conley Field.
The Dixie Youth World Series will start on the fields at George Pittas Complex the first week of August.

Home run derby Friday, games start Saturday

Behind the World Series, Page 14
With the calendar switching to
August, one of the biggest events
in Bartow youth sports is poised to
begin in just a few days. The annual
Dixie Youth World Series for AAA and

Majors divisions will start play
Aug. 4 at the George Pittas Complex
at the Bartow Civic Center.
Before the first pitch is thrown in
competition, the visiting squads and
host Bartow will gather together for
the opening ceremonies. Just like
those events recently witnessed for
the 2012 Olympics in London, the
opening ceremonies provide a clear

indication that this is not just an
ordinary event.
The local World Series com-
mittee has been working hard on
all elements of putting together
a tournament, an effort that has
required an unfathomable number
of hours, phone calls, emails and
contracts, dealing with pages and pages

Kelly Barrow and her daughter Rachel, both of Bartow,
shopped for back-to-school supplies in Bartow's
Walmart before this weekend's tax free period.


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Editorial............. Page 4
Obituaries ............. Page 7
County Report ...... Page 8
School Life........... Page 12
7 Sports............ Page 14
Calendar...........Page 17
Feeling Fit........... Page 18


Robby Bell tells
Crickettes about his bees


candidates speak
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Lane closures happening all week

Now that the construction project
on State Road 60 is moving into
high gear, there will be lane closures
throughout the corridor during
paving operations between 7 a.m.
and 6 p.m.
Improvements along this 4.1 mile
section of S.R. 60 includes removing
asphalt and resurfacing the roadway
with new asphalt, drainage improve-
ments, base work, shoulder work,
guardrail, new signage and pave-
ment markings, and signalization
and lighting adjustments.
The construction takes place from
east of Alan Loop Road easterly to
west of Peace Creek.
This project is scheduled for
completion in the fall.
In other work on S.R. 60, no lane
closures are scheduled this week on
Van Fleet Drive or U.S. Highway 98
though work on travel lanes, turn
lanes, curbs, sidewalks and drainage
will continue behind barrier walls
along northbound U.S. 98 from Van
Fleet Drive to south of Manor Drive,
and along westbound Van Fleet from

Walmart Drive to U.S. 98.
With the S.R. 60 entrance to Fort
Fraser Trail closed due to construc-
tion, people can access the trail at
the Wilson Avenue entrance.
Access to businesses in the work
zone is being maintained.
South of Manor Drive to north
of County Road 540A on U.S. 98
the contractor will begin paving
operations on U.S. 98 from south
of Manor Drive to north of Lyle
These activities will require inter-
mittent, temporary lane closures on
both northbound and southbound
lanes on U.S. 98.
With weather permitting, paving
operations are anticipated for about
five nights, FDOT reports.
For information, visit www.
Daily lane closures on U.S.
Highway 17 are expected from
9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-6 a.m. on
the inside northbound lane and
alternating between the inside and
outside southbound lanes between

Construction workers close the Fort Fraser Trail near Bartow Ford Monday morning.

Crossover Road and S.R. 60 for work
on the Bartow Northern Connector.
Lane closures may occur from
9 a.m.-3 p.m. and from 7 p.m.-6 a.m.

on Winter Lake Road from west of
Thornhill Road to east of Thornhill
Road as crews will be onsite to work
on installation of new signals.

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Two Republicans are vying for the District 5 Polk
County Commission seat being vacated by Sam
Johnson cannot run for reelection because of term
limits, and he is seeking another elected office.
John Hall and Chris Dowdy are seeking the right to
run against Democrat Ricky Shirah in the November
general election.
Fifty-seven-year-old Hall is no stranger to county
government. He worked for the Polk County govern-
ment system for 34 years, holding various manage-
ment positions and most recently held the position of
facilitates manager for the county.
Hall ran unsuccessfully for the commission two
years ago against Todd Dantzler. He is running this
time in another district.
Dowdy; 32; igan assistant to state Rep. Kelli Stargel,
Hall believes that government is out of control at
every level. He says "Government views taxpayers as
payees to pay for their own functions."
Hall should know something about that as he
spent a good part of his adult career as a bureaucrat
with the county government he now wants to lead as

Our Recommendation

John Hall

Chris Dowdy

one of its chief policy makers. He says his experience
as a government worker will make him a better policy
Hall is in favor of impact fees but supports the
county's decision recently to continue a moratorium
on the fees. He thinks the county could place less of a
burden on its citizens by reducing fees and taxes.

Dowdy also ran unsuccessfully for the commission
in 2008 and has moved to another district this time.
Dowdy also said he was in favor of the impact fee
moratorium and thinks government, although not
able to create private sector jobs "can be fertile soil
for growing jobs."
He told our editorial board that he believes that if
impact fees are viewed by potential businesses look-
ing to locate to Central Florida as a roadblock, then
Polk County ought to remove that roadblock in order
to attract the business.
Both men seem to be practical, pragmatic
politicians who put forward thoughtful ideas and
This race is tough one, because both candidates are
so good.
However, we think the edge goes to John Hall
because of his many years working on the inside of
Polk County government. That experience should
serve him well as he tries to deal with budget issues,
That's why we recommend John Hall for County
Commission in the Republican primary.

Letters to the editor

I'm for Stacy Butterfield

Stacy Butterfield's hands on knowl-
edge of the Clerk of the Court responsi-
bilities and her proven leadership skills
as demonstrated by her career advance-
ment to her current position of Director
of Finance & Accounting within the
Clerk's office, make her the best choice
for Clerk of the Court. If anyone has any
doubts about her leadership or com-
munications skills they should attend
one of the many candidate forums that
she has and continues to participate in.
I witnessed her run circles around Sam
Johnson in terms of presentation skills,
knowledge of the responsibilities of the
Clerk of the Court, her ability to answer
questions directly and clearly, as well as
her clear vision of the future challenges
of the office.
In 2000 the people of Polk County
voted by over a 70 percent majority to
amend the county charter to institute

Do what is
More than 10,000 studies confirm
that kids do best in a loving home with
a committed mother and father. This is
what built America.
President Obama is brilliant and
very persuasive, but this is problematic
when he's on the wrong side of the mar-
riage debate. To teach his children, the
children of America, and the children
of other countries that homosexual
behavior is acceptable is unfortunate.
To refer to "Christ sacrificing Himself on
our behalf," and to "the Golden Rule,"
to justify same-sex marriage is anti-
Biblical. Our Founders taught the Bible
to their children at home, at school, and
at church. Today's American youth have

term limits for county commissioners.
In March 2011, Sam Johnson voted to
use the county attorney to challenge
this amendment. Sam Johnson did
not fight for the people of Polk County
as a good leader would, instead he
played along like a typical bureaucrat.
Fortunately for us the Florida Supreme
Court unanimously sided with the
people and Sam cannot run for a third
The Clerk's job requires an ethical
leader with a strong financial back-
ground coupled with an understand-
ing of record systems design and
processing techniques with a focus
on data accuracy. Stacy Butterfield is
the only candidate with the requisite
Don McLeod
Retired Business Executive

best for kids
been bombarded with anti-marriage
and anti-family messages, but little
about the Bible.
From Genesis to Revelation the Bible
teaches about marriage, family, and
relationships. In Genesis chapter 1,
our amazing Creator created male and
female (as in husband and wife, father
and mother.) It was a beautiful world
but it quickly changed. In chapter 3, a
Deceiver influenced the first couple to
make a wrong decision even when they
knew what was right.
Fast forward in time to the last three
chapters of Revelation. A new beautiful

Solicitude is unwarranted

More than 50 years ago, one of my
criminology professors at FSU asked the
class what is the only real justification
for capital punishment.
He got the usual responses:
As a deterrent to other criminals.
To ensure that a murderer never kills
A few others.
Wrong, wrong, wrong, he replied to
each response, saying that studies do
not support the deterrent notion, and
that life without parole keeps a mur-
derer from striking again.
I raised my hand and suggested,
"Because society demands it?" I got an
A for the day.
The sense of outrage that society
has for the worst of the worst offenses
demands that the public extract the
final measure of punishment execu-

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There are those who say that capital
punishment is never justified.
I can respect those who hold to that
belief, but I do not share it.
Dad witnessed the execution of a
defendant in one of Polk County's most
notorious murders. I was on the list to
witness an execution many years ago,
but the execution was delayed so many

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Tommy Wheeler

"I like the overall compe-
tition. Probably like the
track and field because of
the individual competition

Trish Pfeiffer Melony Bell

Virginia Condello

Joey Williams

"I like the gymnastics. The "I like the swimming. I want "The best thing I've seen "I like the pageantry and
thing that pains me is the to see Michael Phelps do his on the Olympics so far is the competitiveness. I like
people who finish second. I thing. I've been glued to it Stephen Colbert's back- the events that don't have
want everyone to win a gold all weekend." ground coverage of dressage judges. Events where it's
medal." or horse ballet. Mitt Romney man versus man or woman
actually has a horse in the versus woman."
competition. Horses that
love to dance appeal to me."

Republicans gather to

BY BILL ROGERS During his speech, Price
BROGERS@LAKEWALESNEWS.COM talked about an alternative plan to
Congressman Tom Price told the The principles of health care include
Republican faithful "we have a lot of it should be an affordable system, is
work to do" with the election just a accessible and highest quality. Price
couple of months away. added that it needs to be responsive,
"This is the most important elec- innovative and full of choices.
tion of our lifetimes," said Price, The Republicans' plan extends the
the keynote speaker at last Friday's income tax deduction on health care
Lincoln Day 2012 Golf Tournament premiums to those who purchase cov-
and Dinner at Lake Wales Country erage in the non-group/individual mar-
Club. ket. There is a refundable tax credit-
Price, a four-term representa- on a sliding scale for low-income
tive from Georgia who referred to individuals to purchase coverage in the
Election Day as "Reclaim America non-group/individual market.
Day," said President Obama's health It covers pre-existing conditions
care plan is the "greatest poster and grants states incentives to estab-
child for the expansive nature of lish high-risk/reinsurance pools.
this government." The cost of the plan is offset
"The bottom line is don't put through decreasing defensive
Washington in charge," Price medicine because Price said billions
said."The government has no busi- of dollars are being wasted. If the
ness telling you what you must have." doctors do the right thing, based
"It was a terrible mistake," he on speciality guidelines, there likely
added. "It changes the relationship won't be malpractice, according to
between states and citizens." Price.
"This is wrong policy for the It gives patients the power to own
country and we won't rest until it's and control their own health care
repealed," Price said. coverage by allowing for a defined

hear about health care

Congressmen Tom Price, Tom Rooney and Dennis Ross attended the Lincoln Day dinner last week.
Price was the keynote speaker.

contribution in employer-sponsored
plans, Employers will be given more
flexibility in the benefits offered.
A total of 230 people attended the
dinner and 22 foursomes participated

in the golf tournament.
Approximately 20 candidates for
local, state and federal offices showed
up for the dinner and were given 60
seconds to introduce themselves.

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U L LO lowers have been removed. Rewards are This is what happened to Joe Dallas, what our Lord did. Some kids choose to
for those who repented and followed www.joedallas.com and others, www. be grateful eternally!
FROM PAGE 4 the Lord the One in our Constitution. exodusinternational.org and www.
I Corinthians 6:9-11 is amazing. It narth.com. Virgil Ullom
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times that the defendant probably has
died of old age by now.
Neither Dad nor I had a bloodthirsty
streak, but we had no reluctance to see
an execution carried out.
Capital punishment obviously should
be reserved for the most reprehensible
murders, and it is carried out only
after consideration of the nature of the

crime by a jury, the sentence imposed
by the trial judge, and virtually endless
reviews by appellate courts.
That said, I am puzzled by the
solicitous indecision expressed by pros-
ecutors over whether to seek the death
penalty in such cases.
When an Army major a psy-
chiatrist, no less murders 13 victims
chosen at random, what's to decide?
When a madman wearing a car-
toon character's costume murders
12 people in a crowded movie the-
ater and wounds 58 more, why the

They are entitled to their presump-
tion of innocence, and the prosecution
must prove their guilt beyond a reason-
able doubt. Once that standard has
been achieved, timidity in deciding to
seek the death penalty seems shallow.
There is always the possibility, of
course, of an insanity defense, and
a finding of not guilty by reason of
I submit that any mass murderer is
crazy by the standards that most of us
live by, but fortunately, the courts are
not that generous.

I further submit that the finding
should be guilty not innocent by
reason of insanity.
Allow mitigation of punishment with
a finding of insanity if we must, but
don't call it innocence.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. He has heard
a criminal courtroom defined as
that forum in which Judas Iscariot is
considered to be the moral equal of
Jesus Christ, but the betting line heavily
favors Judas.)

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Have you been watching the Olympics?

What sport do you like best?

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Crickettes abuzz all about bees


Hero worship is what led Robbie Bell
into becoming a bee farmer.
"I started as kid who helped my
grandfather," said Bell. "I worshipped
the ground he walked on." His grandfa-
ther was a hobbyist beekeeper.
With that, Bell told Crickette Club
members on Monday, July 30, "bee-
keeping is farming." Just like crop farm-
ing, beekeeping has good years and
bad years. He recounted the impact
a freeze in the early 1980s that de-
stroyed many citrus groves had on his
operation. It necessitated seeking out
new markets outside Florida, such as
transporting his bees to North Dakota.
What also added to the demand for
his service (as well as that of other pro-
fessional beekeepers) was the decima-
tion of feral bee colonies.
"There's no such thing as wild bees
anymore," he said. Mites, many of
which carry bacteria, have destroyed
the wild bee colonies, as well as numer-
ous domestic hives.
That is why in the 1990s Bell began

receiving calls from across the U.S.
Crop farmers needed bees to pollinate.
Locally, it begins with the watermelon
crop, most of them in Wauchula. Then
it is on to blueberries in this area.
Afterwards, it's on to Plant City and the
strawberry fields.
"We follow the crops," said Bell. That
takes him into Georgia on through
to the Middle Atlantic and the New
England states, with a swing trip to
the west coast. "We pollinate apples in
New York, blueberries in Maine, and
almonds in California."
That and other details held the
attention of Crickette Club members
as many of them learned for the first
time information they might not have
otherwise have known, such as the
extent of the role bees have. On several
occasions, comments Bell made led to
gasps of surprise.
"A lot of people don't realize over
70 percent of food is directly related
to bees," he said. Another surprising
fact many Crickette members did
not know, judging by their reaction,
was that Florida, along with Texas
and California, is where a number of

beekeepers from colder climates ship
their bees during the winter. "Over 25
million are trucked into Florida for the
Following his presentation, Bell took
questions, and there were a lot of ques-
tions. The first was whether Bell had
considered organic honey.
"We talked about it, but we don't," he
said. "It's a tough deal." Bell added that
he questioned the validity of honey
marketed as organic. He also was asked

.q Robbie Bell told
members of the
Crickette Club about his
., career as a beekeeper,
S and little-known facts
S about bees.



about certain health benefits from the
"ingredients" in a bee sting. Yes, Bell
said, he had heard and read reports,
but other than that knew very little.
However one thing he was sure of was
that bee stings did nothing for arthritis,
and he should know, because he suffers
from arthritis.
The other thing he was sure of was
that even after all this time as a bee-
keeper, it hurts just as much getting
stung today as it did 30-plus years ago.

Rental rates may change at Civic Center


Rental rates at Bartow city facilities
will be going up and down if a
recommendation from the Parks &
Recreation Board is approved by city
Currently rental rates at Bartow Civic
Center, Carver Recreation Center and
Polk Street Community Center are dif-
ferent for residents and nonresidents.
Parks & Recreation Director Angie
Whisnant said that often residents
would make the rental arrangements,
which became a problem when return-
ing deposits. "A very large percentage
of our resident rentals are actually for a
non-resident," she said.
New rates would eliminate deposits
for rental of smaller rooms and also
lowers the damage deposits for the
larger rooms. Current deposit is $500;
proposed deposit is $250. That deposit
will be the same for larger rooms at all
three centers.
Whisnant said the city cemetery com-
mittee did the same thing, making one
rate for residents and non-residents.
"That's the lead we're going to follow."
Current rates at the Civic Center for
Assembly #1, which can hold up to 550
people, are $270 for residents and $468
for non-residents; the proposed rate is
Park pavilion rental currently is

$15 for a small pavilion and $30 for a
large pavilion. Those rates will double
under the proposal. Whisnant said that
current pavilion rental isn't covering the
cost to have someone go out and prep
the sites.
Other current and proposed rates are:
Polk Street:
Main Hall current $156 resident,
$276 nonresident; proposed $216.
Kitchen current $42 resident, $72
nonresident; proposed $57.
Room One current $30 resident,
$48 nonresident; proposed $39.
Room Two current $30 resident,
$48 nonresident; proposed $39.
Carver Center:
Recreation Center current $96
resident, $144 nonresident; proposed
Gymnasium and new gymnasium
- current $204 resident, $468 nonresi-
dent; proposed $336.
Gause Room current $48 for resi-
dents and nonresidents; proposed $48.
Kitchen current $42 for residents
and nonresidents; proposed $50.
Civic Center:
Assembly #1 current $270 for
residents and $468 for nonresidents;
proposed $369.
Assembly #2 current $162 residents
and $252 nonresidents; proposed $207.
Spence Room, Teen Lounge and Adult
Lounge current $120 residents and
$252 nonresidents; proposed $120.

Game Room current $120 resi-
dents and $234 nonresidents; proposed
Events with alcoholic beverages
require an insurance policy that costs
$180 plus 25 cents per person who
attends. (No alcohol is permitted in
city parks.) Also required is the hiring
of Bartow Police officers; one officer is

required for every hundred guests at $25
per hour, with a minimum of four hours
per officer. Those rates are not chang-
ing. Events that run after 11 p.m. will be
assessed a staff fee of $30 an hour.
The rate proposal was approved by
the Parks & Recreation Board at their
July 11 meeting and is tentatively on
the city commission agenda for Aug. 6.

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Bettye Thompson Barnett

Barnett, 86,
passed away
from heart failure
Saturday, July 28,
2012, at her home
in Fort Meade.
Born on
Aug. 15, 1925,
in Lake Wales,
she was the
daughter of the Bettye Barnett
late Earl and
Winnie Thompson. Mrs. Barnett was
a longtime Fort Meade resident. Along
with being a homemaker, she was a
past president of Peace River Country
Club in 1996, a member of First United
Methodist Church of Fort Meade, a
member of the Lioness Club of Bartow,
and a citrus grower.
Mrs. Barnett was a founding mem-
ber of the Fort Meade Garden Club
in 1963. She had served as president
continuously since 1981. In 1986 she
was honored with a lifetime member-
ship and in 2011 she was inducted
into the Florida Federation of Garden

Clubs Hall of Fame.
She was also preceded in death by
her husband, Jesse Ragon Barnett, Jr.
Mrs. Barnett is survived by a loving
family that includes her daughter,
Bettye Ann Sykes (Gary) of Fort Meade;
her son, Jesse Ragon Barnett, III, (Judy)
of Fort Meade; four siblings, Billy
Thompson (Janice) of Fort Meade,
Earl Thompson (Margaret) of Bartow,
Fay Hasty of Lakeland, and Carla Sue
Venable (Carl) of Mayo; her grand-
children, Carolyn Presscot (Andy),
Catherine Tucker (Travis), Curt Kelly
(Verena), Jesse Kelly and Jay Sykes;
and her great-grandchildren, Elizabeth
Tucker, Emily Tucker, John Prescott,
Diedre Prescott, and Drew Prescott.
Visitation: Monday, July 30, from
6-8 p.m., at McLean Funeral Home,
306 E. Broadway, Fort Meade.
Funeral: Tuesday, July 31, at 10 a.m.,
at First United Methodist Church of
Fort Meade, 135 E. Broadway, Fort
Memorial contributions may be
made to the church at the same ad-
dress. Condolences may be made at

PSC's Clancey to lead

national organization

Polk State College's Rob Clancey is
now putting his expertise in workforce
development to use on a national level,
serving as president of the National
Council for Continuing Education and
The Columbus, Ohio-based NCCET
is the nation's premier association for
continuing education professionals. Its
membership includes more than 300 in-
stitutions from across the United States,
and it works to promote best practices
in continuing and contract training.
Clancey is director of PSC's
Corporate College, which was estab-
lished in 2002 at Polk State's Airside
Center. Each year, the Corporate
College trains nearly 12,000 members
of the Polk County workforce, equip-
ping them with certifications and
updated skills in fields as diverse as
child care and advanced manufac-
turing. The annual training impact
of Polk State's Corporate College is

estimated at $3 million.
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Locally, he has served on the boards
of Achievement Academy and the Polk
County Arts Alliance.
He earned his master's in education
from Springfield College in Springfield,
Clancey's one-year term as the
NCCET's president began July 1.

Diana Cheryl Fickner Owen

Diana Cheryl
Fickner Owen,
65, passed away
Friday, July 27,
2012, in Sebring.
Bom June 24, ;.
1947, inWauchula,
Mrs. Owen was the
daughter of the
late Walter Eugene
and Marjorie ..
(Tucker) Fickner.
Mrs. Owen was Diana Owen
a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her

husband, Harold Owen.
Mrs. Owen is survived by two sons,
Brad Owen of Lakeland and Michael
Owen of Sebring; her daughter, Ivy
Parker of Fort Meade; her sister,
Debbie Bryan of Sebring; her brother,
Walter Eugene Fickner, II, of Memphis,
Tenn.; and four grandchildren, Erica,
Emily, Dylan, and Savannah.
Funeral: Wednesday, Aug. 1, at
10 a.m., at McLean Funeral Home,
306 E. Broadway, Fort Meade, with
Pastor Andrew Quaid officiating.
Condolences may be made to the
family at www.mcleanfuneralhome.net.

Lunsford hired at Fifth Third

Fifth Third Bank hired Katrina Lunsford
as vice president and business relationship
manager and she will be responsible for
commercial business development in Polk
"Katrina's deep roots in the commu-
nity, coupled with nearly three decades of
banking experience, will be a valuable asset
to'our business banking team," said Brian
Lamb, president of Fifth Third Bank. "We're
excited to have her on board."
Prior to joining Fifth Third, the 29-year
industry veteran held similar positions at
banks in Polk and Highlands counties. She

earned her Bachelor of Science in finance
from Troy University and serves as an in-
structor of nonprofit financial management
at University of South Florida Polytechnic.
Lunsford was recently honored by the
Lakeland chapter of the NAACP with its
2012 Unsung Hero award. She currently
serves on the boards of PolkWorkforce
Development, the Early Learning Coalition,
Volunteer In Service to the Elderly (VISTE),
the Omicron Kappa Omega chapter of the
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Lighthouse
Ministries and the Lakeland Chamber of

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Friendly exchange turned contentious

The friendly and agreeable back-
and-forth in the race between two
candidates running for the Supervisor
of Elections office turned a bit in the
closing statements.
"The biggest quality of this job is the
knowledge of state laws and federal
laws," said incumbent Lori Edwards.
"You only get one day to get it right.
This is not a job for amateurs and it is
not broke so don't fix it."
To that, challenger Colleen Burton
said at the League of Women Voters
forum last week, "Well ladies and
gentleman, it is broken. When you have
a constitutional officer who exercises
poor fiscal management thereby tying
up funds impacting the lives of Polk
County families it's broken. When you
have a constitutional officer who does
state constitutional goals and believes
the best way to move an organization
forward is to use what she calls time
tested practices instead of pursuing
innovation and organization excel-
lence, it's broken. And when you're
having a non-partisan supervisor of
elections who uses her position to
further her partisan political ambitions,
it's broken."
She said she looks forward to the
opportunity to show the people the
difference a trusted leader can make to
their lives.
In the last part, before Edwards
started as the Supervisor of Elections
in 2000, she served two terms in the
Florida Legislator as a Democrat in the
House of Representatives. In spite of
that remark, when asked what Edwards
has done to show her party affiliation
in the non-partisan post, she replied
there was nothing specific.
During the part prior to those
contentious closing statements, both
candidates for office were almost hand-
in-hand with their points of view of
the office and how it's been run in Polk
County over the years.
When questioned on how to increase
voter turnout, Edwards said the super-
visor of elections office can remove all
obstacles it takes from people coming
out to the polls. A survey done by the
U.S. Census Bureau that asked regis-
tered voters who did not vote, showed

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Colleen Burton told people that the Supervisor of Elections Office is broken and she is the one who can fix it as incumbent Lori Edwards to the right
told people the office is moving forward and is a model in the state.

the top two reasons people gave were
they were too busy or they were ill. The
next two were they were not interested
or they didn't like the candidates. She
said there is very little a supervisor can
do to get those people to the polls.
"But what we can do and what I have
been doing is increase voter convenience
and remove obstacles. There are three
ways-in Polk County to vote. Vote early.
We are very active in vote by mail and we
locate polls where it is most convenient."
Her opponent, upset with the lack
of turnout at the polls, said, "Voter
turnout apathy is a nationwide condi-
tion. There is the lowest confidence in
government right now in history. While
it is a national problem there can be a
local solution. Local solutions are the
only way to impact voter turnout. It
can be impacted through the com-
munity by building coalitions through
churches who can be hand-in-hand
with the supervisor and the supervi-
sor's staff."
When asked what one law the
candidates would change in the office,
Burton was silent then said the law
that impacted the registration of
voters in Florida. However, when the
state Supreme Court ruled the 48-hour
fining period was not constitutional
organizations went back to registering
voters no longer fearing the large fines
that came with waiting more than 48
hours to get the names registered.

"It's not the issue it was but I
believe it was and will continue to be
something we need to work toward in
the state of Florida to provide more
But, she added, other than that issue
she doesn't know any law that should
be changed.
Edwards, likewise was first silent
and asked, "Only one?"
"There are several restrictions the
supervisor of elections has to where
early sites can exist," she said.
One, which is early voting, is in city
halls. In many large counties it may be
convenient where city halls are large,
sometimes multi-story buildings. But
it is different in many towns in Polk
"Here, city halls not supposed to
accommodate the type of traffic that
early voting can have," she said.
Along the lines of early voting when
the candidates were asked about it,
both applauded the idea but neither
thought there was any proof this
would increase turnout.
Edwards said it has added value
to the voter and as Polk County has
grown, it keeps the supervisor's office
from having to add precincts. It also
takes some pressure off the people who
work at the office on election night.
Burton said while she likes the early
voting period, "It has not proven to
increase voter turnout. Perhaps it

hasn't been around long enough and
we haven't seen the changes but the
people voting early seem like they
are the same people who were voting
What may be the most contentious
issue in voting has been the purge
of voters that has been happening
nationwide and also in Florida.
"It was irresponsible. It was based
on unreliable data," Edwards said.
"The good side is the Division of
Elections finally realized that and put
the brakes on the effort. I think they
will go back and do it correctly."
Burton said, "I don't know if my an-
swer would be that much different than
what Ms. Edwards said. There were
obviously some flaws in the system and
when you see a gentleman in South
Florida who is 91 years and he was
told he was not eligible to vote and he
fought in the Battle of the Bulge, there's
obviously something wrong."
While Edwards pointed out falsify-
ing when registering is a felony and
should be prosecuted, the system
could come up with a way to make
the concept work. Burton also said
something could be worked out,
but she pointed out that it "began
to further diminish our faith in the
system. Now that we see that we may
have the wrong people on the rolls,
we should open our system and show

Clerk candidates put audit at forefront


One candidate trying to be elected as
the Clerk of the Courts says the situation
where an audit is being conducted on
the county's garbage contract is a reason
there should be a change.
The other said when the audit be-
comes available this week it will show
she is a better candidate to take over the
top spot after current clerk Richard Weiss
A public records examination showed
there could be $4 million in improper as-
sessments in past billing. An audit of the
situation is due to come out this week.
"As a county commissioner this has
been eating at my craw since November,"
said Sam Johnson, who is challeng-
ing Stacy Butterfield, an employee at
the Clerk of Courts office for 26 years.
"Nothing has ever been done," Johnson
asserted. "She worked on this in October.
She worked on this in November. She

Stacy Butterfield and Sam Johnson faced each
other at the League of Women Voters forum
worked on this in December and the
audit was initially started in January."
When the candidates were asked what
made them decide to run for the office,
Johnson said it was the audit that made
him decide what to do when he couldn't
run for county commission again
because of term limits.
"As hard as I worked to make sure
every dollar is spent appropriately and
that we kept it as low as possible, I
didn't see any action or any excitement

to fix this," he said. "It was let's work as
hard as we can to minimize it. My God,
I didn't work this hard for eight years to
have a four-and-a-half-million dollar
Butterfield said Weiss had been
training her for years to run when he
retired, though he was not intending to
retire this year, but had to for personal
reasons. She is well prepared for the job,
she asserted, and is willing to talk to
anyone at anytime about the situation
but did not think the time allowed was
sufficient to bring it up at the forum.
"I have certainly prepared for this job
for a long time, but come talk to me
whether you're here or watching this on
TV. All my information is here and I can
talk to you about the actual facts of the
audit. All the facts were not presented
here and I don't have the time in 30
seconds to do it. But I'd love to talk to
anyone about it," she said.
During the forum Butterfield played
up her 26 years in the clerk's office and 26

years as a certified public accountant.
"I am perfect for this and on day one I
can do this with no need for assimilation
to learn the ropes," she said.
She also said her leadership abilities
and her desire to move forward in being
paperless and e-filing will make the office
better for the taxpayers.
On the other side, Johnson said his
plans are also to move ahead with a
paperless system and e-filing but when
he talked about leadership he brought up
a slightly different perspective.
"The office is not to be an accountant
but how to operate a department and
we both qualify for that," he said. "I'm
running to be a leader and I have those
qualities and I can carry out the job."
The Clerk of the Courts has three
general roles. Those are the Clerk of the
Circuit and County Courts; county re-
corder; and clerk, accountant and auditor
to the Board of County Commissioners.
The winner of this non-partisan race
on Aug. 14 will win the office.

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Page 8 The Polk County Democrat

Blake says it's time to change top slot

Steve Blake, who is challenging the
incumbent of the Property Appraiser's of-
fice, said he is running for office because
the value of property is not being assessed
on time, and questions Marsha Faux'
leadership in the post.
"It's hard to tell," Steve Blake told the
audience at a League ofWomen's Voters fo-
rum last week when asked if property was
being assessed properly in Polk County.
"Every five years, the property is supposed
to be physically inspected and as of this
February, according to reports I got from
her office, she has done 57 percent of the
properties. Sixty-five inspections have not
been done in 10 years."
To assert that things are being done
correctly in her office, incumbent Marsha
Faux said, "I got a phone call today from
the Department of Revenue that our tax
roll has been approved with no errors."
With property values declining in value
in the last four years, budget cuts have hit
the property appraiser's as hard as it has
any other department, and $6.9 million
may be reduced to $6.1 million next year.
There are 14 fewer employees. This, Faux
said, has made it even more important to
"go green" and use less paper. She said a
lot of credit goes to her employees who
have learned to deal with a smaller staff
and still get the job done and improve
what is offered to the taxpayer through
the appraiser's website.

"We have a great staff and we've used
our staff to go green," she said. "We've cut
about $108,000 out of our budget and we
don't use the mailing and we've returned
nine cars to the county and we still have
the best customer service we can."
Blake said learning to deal with less
money is a primary goal of what he will do
when he is elected.
"We do need to cut money from our
budget and get more money in people's
hands. We're here to serve the people of
Polk County and not to make the govern-
ment large," he said. "How tight can we
make the budget and get the job done?
That's a top priority for me. Marsha's right
... she's right, while there are a couple of
people that are not top notch there are a
couple who are real sharp. If we can use
them to do the job and allow them to job
we can get it done. We have over 300,000
properties in Polk County and we need to
get them physically inspected."
Blake apologized to the crowd for
not being a polished speaker as this is
first time running for public office, but
he wants to be part of the solution and
believes he can do the job.
"I'm not a career politician and I may
not speak like one, but I believe firmly
if you're not part of the solution, you're
part of the problem. We need people to
step up to the plate. We need people who
have calluses on their hands and take the
government back," he said.
In her closing statement, Faux said, "I
may be polished but I know my job very

A crowd went to the Combee Administration Building Thursday to listen to the Constitutional
Officers forum. Here, incumbent Property Appraiser Marsha Faux speaks as challenger Steve
Blake listens.

well. It's very complex and every day in
the office we constantly keep up with
the legislative changes and get this job
She said the website will come out
with an exemption module where people
can see the properties and the office is
working toward making programs that
would allow people to get more detail
about foreclosures and maps.

"We have a long list of stuff we have to
get done and every time we get to a few
of them at the bottom more come in on
the top."
The job of property appraiser is to
determine and keep records of the
property values.
The race for the Property Appraiser's
job is non-partisan and the winner in the
Aug. 14 primary will win the office.

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In case you may have missed it,
downtown Bartow has been undergo-
ing a surge in new dining establish-
ments the past several months. Two
of them took over recently-closed
restaurants: The Stanford on Main,
which took over the space previously
occupied by Good Measure; and JFD
Seafood, housed where the Great Wall
of China restaurant did business.
However, a third restaurant -
TaylorMade Market-Southern Gourmet
- recently opened in a space that had
sat vacant several years, a failed coffee
shop. It is owned and operated by Andrea
Taylor. A native of Winter Haven, whose
mother and grandmother are Bartow
natives, Taylor later lived in Bartow.
However after she was introduced to the
man who is now her husband, Darren,
the couple and their six children (three
each from previous marriages), recently
returned to Florida after having lived in
Nashville, Tenn., for several years.
"I knew I wanted to come back
Florida," said-Taylor. "The people in
Tennessee are wonderful, but the
weather was not."
As the family made the sojourn from
"The Volunteer State" to "The Sunshine
State," Taylor pondered what she and
her husband would do, work and/or
career-wise. For one thing, they were
also leaving a career in country music,
one in which the family Taylor Made
- was a band. As Taylor is fond of
putting it, they were the country music
version of The Brady Bunch meets The
Partridge Family, Country Music-Style."
Indeed the band's website pays homage
to the TV graphic of The Brady Bunch,
with the Taylors pictured instead.
However, once the Taylors arrived in
Bartow, one week before Christmas and
moving into aVictorian house her grand-
parents own, the answer what to do to
drive income appeared. She espied the
empty storefront and the "for rent" fliers
taped to the windows on Main Street
and Florida Avenue. She would open a
combination restaurant and quasi-like
farmers market/general store.
"I'd always wanted to do something
like this," Taylor said, who added
she researched how to position her


It is sheer bliss for Laurel Morey (left) and
Jeanne Sisco as they enjoy their lunch. "A big
part of what I like is it's affordable,";said Morey.
Plus the portions are plentiful.

"We were driving by and saw the store, so we decided to give it a try," said Jon Byrd as he and
Shannon Schwartz (left) decide what they will order. Later, the couple said they definitely will be
repeat customers.

restaurant in order to avoid offering
the same fare as the other dining
establishments. "I purposely chose to
be different."
To her many clients, she has succeed-
ed. Walking into TaylorMade Market,
patrons are presented with a wide array
of entrees that change from day to day.
What makes the food she prepares
unique is the emphasis on delicious
(and shhh ... keep it a secret: nutritious).
There are a number of dishes with in-
gredients not usually found in standard
lunch preparations, as well as standbys
prepared with imaginative approaches.
"I let the food speak to me," is how
she often comes up with many of her
Taylor's recipes and acumen prepar-
ing the various dishes come from more
than 25 years of experience, beginning
when she was a child.
"I've been cooking since I was 10. My
mom paid me to cook," she said. From
there, she branched out. Along the way
she became more than a chef. "I had
the opportunity to be an instructor in a
cooking school. I loved teaching people."

Reception overwhelming
From its beginnings, TaylorMade

Market, she said, has been warmly
received and foot traffic grows.
"The feedback we're getting
is amazing," she said. "From day
one, everyone has made us feel
On one particular day at lunch,
Laurel Morey and Jeanne Sisco sat.
Sisco had come by on Saturday, and
even though the place is closed on
weekends, Taylor was inside and she
let Sisco come in and take a look.
Sisco was convinced to return during
the week.
Both women raved about their meals.
"It's fantastic. Everything is perfec-
tion," said Morey. "I would recom-
mend this to everyone."
For Sisco, TaylorMade Market's
presence adds a sophistication in
dining to downtown Bartow.
"I'm delighted to see the 21st
century move into Bartow," said Sisco.
"This is the kind of establishment
you usually find only in big cities,
such as New York, Chicago and San
Sisco added she enjoys supporting
local businesses. So does Taylor.
Many of the food she uses is either
certified organic and/or locally grown.

There is more than meets the eye at Taylor-
Made Market-Southern Gourmet. In addition
to prepared meals and fresh, locally grown
produce and certified organic produce, is a
wide array of kitchen items as well as food
supplements and other delights.
More than a restaurant
If patrons are looking to do their own
meal preparation, there are a number
of baskets filled with fresh produce..
In addition, there also are foods and
food supplements those who are health
conscious will find appealing.
Already, Taylor has been approached
about catering, which she can readily
handle. But she is excited about other
prospects, such as cooking classes and
cooking camps. In fact, there are so
many ideas and so many offerings that
Taylor recommended visiting www.

Want to go?
TaylorMade Market is located at 415
E. Main St. Hours are Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 537-6581; email:
andrea@taylormademarket.com; or
visit: www.taylormademarket.com.

Questions from the TaylorMade Market blog site

A ndrea Taylor has led a multi-
varied life, both personal and
L career-wise. She took time out to
provide questions she has received on '
her blog site since opening TaylorMade
Market-Southern Gourmet.
Q: Did you graduate from culinary
school? Are you professionally trained?
A: No. I have been cooking since age
10. My mother gave me my first job to
cook lunch and dinner for $5 a day. I
didn't care about the money, I just didn't
want her chicken surprise casserole
again. I am certified by the National
Registry of Food Safety as a food
Q:What's the menu today?
A: The "Taylor-Make-Your-Meal"
daily menu is always posted on the
website at: www.taylormademarket.
com, or you can stop in the cafe to see
the daily menu.
Q: I thought you were a "healthy"
restaurant, but you have BBQ bacon
cheddar meatloaf on the menu. Really?
A: So here's the deal. It's made with
97 percent lean ground turkey,

caramelized onion, BBQ sauce, bacon
and cheddar cheese, so it's not as
"unhealthy" as you might think. In
staying healthy, it's about what you do
most of the time. It's OK to treat yourself
every once in awhile. Maybe today you
feel like heating a healthy, organic, salad,
and another day you just need some
comfort food. We offer both.
Q:You have too many choices for
sides. It's overwhelming.
A: We usually have approximately
7-10 choices for sides on the TaylorMade
Market daily special. Not to mention
we try to accommodate all types of
diets: some vegetarian, vegan, low
carb and gluten free options avail-
able. (Incidentally, Taylor herself is a
Q: I had the most delicious dish last
week on the lunch special, but when
I came back the next week, you didn't
have it.
A: Our menu changes daily. You are
always guaranteed to see something
new. We always have our standard
cafe menu that stays the same, but the

specials change daily.
Q:You have pictures of food in the
seating area. Are those dishes you
make, or just photo art?
A: Yes, some of them are dishes I make
in the cafe. I was a commercial photog-
rapher before TaylorMade Market. Yes,
quite a career change, but I still love my
photos, as you can tell.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: There is no "favorite" food. I love all
types of food. I usually cook by what is
in season, or what food "speaks" to me. I
love to walk through the farmers market
and see something inspiring and bring
it to the cafe and come up with some
fabulous dishes. (In one example, she
used cactus, which has the texture of a
bell pepper, but no the taste. Cactus is
very mild.)

Andrea Taylor always has a smile when
she greets new and returning patrons to
TaylorMade Market-Southern Gourmet.

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National Merit Scholar recipient going to University of Texas

Lindsey K. Ward of Lake Wales, a
graduate of International Bac-
calaureate School in Bartow, was
awarded a National Merit Scholarship
from the University of Texas at Dallas.
She said a career in diplomatic service is
her probable career choice.
College-sponsored Merit Scholarship
award winners are selected by officials at
each college. The scholarships are renew-
able for up to four years of undergradu-
ate study at the sponsoring school. The
amount of the annual stipend is decided
by the institution. Finalists who have
been accepted for admission and have
listed the institution as their first choice
by the required deadlines are usually
given the distinction.

Misch named to Dean's List
Benjamin Misch of Bartow was
named to the Dean's List for the
spring 2012 semester at Washington
University in St. Louis.
Misch is enrolled in the university's
College of Arts & Sciences. He graduated
from Bartow High School in 1998.
To qualify for the Dean's List in the
College of Arts & Sciences, students
must earn a semester grade point aver-
age of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in
at least 14 graded units.

Others on Dean's Lists
Drew R. Laing of Mulberry was one
of a handful of Polk County students
named to the Dean's List for the spring
semester at Samford University.
Others were Jacob A. Davis, Ashley
T. Attaway, Tanner B. Fox, Stephen M.
Stinson, Jenna N. Adams and Hannah
B. Yrastorza, all of Lakeland and Lily
Portlock of Winter Haven.
To qualify for the honor, a student must
have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point
average out of a possible 4.0 while attempt-
ing at least 12 credit hours of coursework.
The Dean's List is the highest academic
recognition given by the school at the end
of each semester.

Seeking host families
ASSE International Student Exchange
Programs is seeking local families to host
boys and girls between 15 and 18 from a
variety of countries around the world.
Students want to practice their English
and experience American culture: food,
sports, shopping and more, a program
spokesman said. They will also share
their own culture with host families. Host
families welcome these students into

Camilla from Italy, 16yrs.
Enjoys dancing, playing
the piano and swimming.
Camilla looks forward to
cooking with her American
host family.

Our Schools
ANC&MP FrIdow,

their family, not as
guests, but as fam-
ily members, giving
both the students
and families a rich
cultural experience.
Students have
pocket money for
personal expenses,
and full health, ac-
cident and liability
insurance, accord-
ing to a program Lindsey Ward
Students are academically selected into the
program, and host families can choose their
students from a wide variety of backgrounds,
countries and personal interests.
To become a host family or to
find out how, call Joan Soderqvist at
352-382-4485 or the ASSE Southern
Regional Office at 1-800-473-0696.

Teacher partners with NASA
Science Instructor Lori Beth Bradner
went to NASA's Johnson Space Center
in Houston, Texas, to teach female high
school students from across the country.
The six-day camp sponsored by the
WISH program, the Women in STEM
High School Aerospace Scholars
project, took place June 24-29. The
program is designed to encourage
young females to pursue career op-
portunities in technical fields focused
on science, technology, engineering and
NASA officials chose Bradner from a
select group of teachers to help instruct
the teenage girls who attended the camp.
This fall Bradner will join the faculty
at Valleyview Elementary in Lakeland,
where she will help to expand the
school's science program. She previ-
ously taught at Kathleen High School,
Central Florida Aerospace Academy.
Bradner says along with meeting
these extraordinary young women,
she also met some scientists, includ-
ing NASA astronaut Shannon Walker,
Retired NASA Flight Director Eugene

aniel from Denmark, 17yrs.
oves skiing, playing soccer
nd watching American mov-
s. Daniel hopes to learn to
lay football and live as a real

In addition, students have pocket money for personal expenses; and full health, accident and liability
insurance. Students are academically selected onto program, and host families can choose their students
from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.
To become a host family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community,
please call Joan Soderqvist at (352)382-4485 or the ASSE Southern Regional Office at 1-800-473-0696.
There are many students to choose from, so call and begin the process of welcoming

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Lori Beth Bradner, center, surrounded by students from the WISH program.

Kranz, and Jerry Woodfill who received
a Presidential Medal of Freedom as
a member of the Apollo 13 Mission
Operations Team.

Florida Migrant Home
School liasion named
The Florida Department of Education
named Mary Lou Perez as the Florida
Migrant Home-School Liason of the year,
one of several local students and adults
recognized for their efforts.
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Exemplary Migrant Scholars. Macedo gradu-
ated at the top of her class at Fort Meade
Middle-Senior High where she was named
the 2011-2012 Salutatorian. Jovanny Nava is
the 2011-2012 Salutatorian at Mulberry High.
Honorees attended the FLDOE's 2012
Florida Exemplary Migrant Scholars
Banquet held in Tampa recently.
Additional students who have been
acknowledged by FLDOE's Migrant
Education Program includes Mayra
Morales Hernandez of the Traviss
Career Center and Clemencia Pineda of
Mulberry as Florida Migrant Scholars of
the Year.

In addition:
*Today the average age of a homeless person is nine(9).
* Children and families are the fastest growing subset of the homeless, representing a
staggering 40% of the population.
*The average homeless family is a twenty-year-old mother with children under the age
of six.
* Along with the 400,000 families who are officially homeless, another 25 million live
doubled- and tripled-up with family and friends because they lack a permanent residence
of their own.
* Polk County has approximately 2,632 homeless individuals at any given time.

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backpacks, zip binders (Trapper Keepers), paper, 3-prong folders, spiral notebooks
and calculators (scientific and graphing). In addition, school uniforms, gift cards for
food, medical and dental services, as well as hygiene items such as shampoo,
conditioner, soap, deodorant, hair brushes and feminine products are always in need.

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Congressman Tom Rooney described
it as a "weird dynamic" in this year's
election with a president who is popular
as a person but has a negative approval
rating. Like Barack Obama, Rooney is
up for re-election. He is running against
Joe Arnold in the Aug. 14 primary. The
winner moves on to face Democrat
William Bronson in November.
The men are vying to represent
District 17, which is a new district that
includes a part of Polk County, in the
House of Representatives. The annual
salary is $174,000.
Rooney, 41, believes something his
grandfather always said will hold true
in the'race for the White House. "At the
end of the day, people go in the booth
and vote with their pocketbook.
"The interesting twist on this elec-
tion is going to be the economy might
not be doing well and unemployment
probably won't be below 8 percent but
people sort of do like the president,"
Rooney said before last Friday night's
Lincoln Day dinner and golf tourna-
ment in Lake Wales. "So how do you
have somebody that's likeable but their
job approval is below 50?"
That has happened before but it has
been several decades.
"Personally, for me, I'm just really,
really hopeful that (Mitt) Romney is
going to be able to pick a good vice
presidential candidate and close the
deal," he said. "I mean selfishly, as a
Republican, knowing that the things I
have proposed in the House will either
die in the Senate or if they don't die in
the Senate will never be signed into law
by the president. And that can get frus-
trating. Now I'm being greedy because
the Republicans were in the minority
for like 50 years at one point."
When asked who should be Romney's
running mate, Rooney said without
hesitation Mareo Rubio. I.
"It's not just because of Flodrida, it is

partly because
of Florida, but it
is also because
of his story that
he tells," Rooney
Rooney said
he remembers
attending a
Lincoln dinner in
Charlotte County
four years ago
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney where Rubio
spoke. Rooney
said he didn't know him and wasn't par-
tial to him. Rooney said his wife noticed
that Rubio was sitting alone and not
working the room. They thought that
was unusual for a candidate who was
behind in his Senate race.
"He got up and gave this speech that
like literally, I leaned over to my wife,
and I'm my like 'there is no way I can't
support this guy. He electrifies the room.
Marco always gives a speech that
makes you like look forward to what
we're going to do next as Americans.
You have to look forward and see where
we are going to be 10, 20, 30 years from
now. He is great at that."
Plus, Rubio could help with the
Hispanic vote, according to the con-
gressman. Rooney noted he doesn't
know if there has ever been a Floridian
on the ticket.
Rooney got involved in a contro-
versial letter that he co-signed with.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann. The letter
targeted a senior aide to Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton with ties to Muslin
extremist organizations, including the
Muslim Brotherhood.
In retrospect, Rooney said, the name of
Huma Abedin should not have been used.
"We had a legitimate query that
ended up becoming tainted because we
named somebody specifically," he said.
"So the media went with that, (Sen.)
John McCain went with that. And then
you got Republican on Republican so
it is a feeding frenzy. I think that we

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didn't need to go there. We didn't need attend the Universi
to name Huma Abedin to be able to he received a mastE
advance the serious questions that we University of Miamn
are asking there. where he earned h:
"I only say that it is serious because wife Tara.
I served on Fort Hood, Texas," he said. After graduation,
"Nidal Hasan's report also came out last more than four yea
week and the report clearly said that Army JAG Corps. M
there were red flags, we saw them and as Special Assistant
we ignored them. This guy killed 13 Hood, Texas, prose
people. crimes on the post.
That was my whole cause for signing was selected to teal
on to that letter," he added. "When and Criminal Law a
Michelle asked me to sign on to it, Military Academy a
she's like 'We have to make sure that In 2004, Rooney
we don't have people that can infiltrate and went to work a
this government that shouldn't be at the ney general. In 200
highest levels.' I'm like Nidal Hasan. She practice and joined
said, 'Exactly.' In 2008, Rooney
The mistake that was made was that represent Florida's
we used her name and we shouldn't District in the U.S.
have," he said. "It de-legitimized the Representatives. Ri
whole purpose of that letter which would rently serves on th
have never made the news. I mean that Services Committe
letter is, by the way, six weeks old." Committee, and th
As far as taxes, Rooney said he signed on Intelligence. HE
Grover Norquist's pledge the first time the House Agricult
he ran for Congress. Norquist is presi- on Livestock, Dair
dent of a tax advocacy group and he has also serves as a De
asked candidates for federal and state Majority.
office to commit themselves in writing Tom and Tara cu
to oppose all tax. Rooney is in favor of Tequesta with thei
closing loop holes in the tax code. will have to move i
"There is a lot of revenue there that because Palm Bea(
we are not getting that we could use," the 17th Congressi
he said. If elected, Roone
Rooney was raised in Palm Beach open an office in S
Gardens, Following high school, he either Polk or Hills
went on to play college football at office in Punta Go]
Syracuse University and Washington "So what the pec
and Jefferson College. After receiving his cide in the 17th Di
bachelor's degree in English Literature, want to hire for thE
Rooney worked for Sen. Connie Mack in said. "Is it me or is
Washington, D.C. they are going to s
He returned home to Florida to with?"


ity of Florida where
er's degree and the
ni, School of Law
is J.D. and met his

Tom and Tara spent
rs in the United States
4ost notably he served
t U.S. Attorney on Fort
ecuting all civilian
In 2002, Rooney
ch Constitutional
it the United States
it West Point.
returned to Florida
as an assistant attor-
06, he entered private
d a Stuart law firm.
was elected to
16th Congressional
House of
ooney cur-
e House Armed
*e, the Agriculture
ie Select Committee
e is the chairman of
ure Subcommittee
y and Poultry. He
puty Whip for the

arrently live in
r three sons. They
if he wins in the fall
ch County is not in
ional District.
ey said he plans to
Sebring and one in
borough County. The
rda will remain open.
ople really have to de-
strict is who do they
e next two years," he
it somebody that
tart completely over

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Behind the World Series

A lot of work went into making week-long event come to life


Come Saturday there will be a few
hundred kids in baseball uniforms on
the field but in the month before that
there were handful of guys sweating
it out at the George Pittas Complex
getting the facility ready for the Dixie
Youth World Series.
Employees of the city's Parks and
Recreation Department braved the
90-plus degree heat for at least a month
to re-sod the field, trim trees, and clean
up the seating areas. Area businesses
helped with fixing fences while the
electric department and public works
employees made sure the lights were
in good working order and employees
from Bartow Municipal Golf Course
sprayed the fields.
"A lot of guys did a lot of work and
it's all behind the scenes," said Tommy
Wheeler with the Parks and Recreation
Department. "Some guys may not want
the credit but they worked hard."
And that was only the outdoor field
"The bulk of the physical work was
done over the last two months but
mainly over the last month," said Ken
Hastings, treasurer of Bartow Dixie
Youth Baseball League. "A lot of the
planning and preparation to put on a
tournament this size has been a year-
and-a-half in the making."
Hastings and volunteers from the
League have met regularly, more often
as the tournament drew closer, to put
things together. As it gets into the final
days everything looks like it's getting
into place for a week of games that start
Saturday and go through Thursday.
Keeping up with the 21st century,
Internet lines are connected, too.
"The IT department for the city put
lines in the dugouts," Hastings said.
Hastings said being connected to the
Internet will serve two main functions.
A company called Jock Jive will do
Internet broadcasting during the games
and official scorekeepers for the Dixie.
League will give fans ongoing updates
on the Internet.
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Hastings said.
The Internet connections will be
permanent but there is something else
that has been installed that will be used
only during the week. The dugouts
have telephones in them. This is for the
managers to call the press box for sub-
stitutions. The league is paying for the
phone connections but the city helped
hook them up to the press boxes.
Another requirement that will be
new to the field is gates that were
installed on the dugouts. This was part
of the fence replacement. Some fences
around the fields had to be replaced,
but putting gates on the dugouts is a
"Williams Fence did all the work out
there," Hastings said. "There was some
replacing needed, but the big part of it
was the gates on the dugout entrances."
Some other work the league per-
formed to get the field ready for the
World Series was putting in wind-
screens and cleaning up the press
boxes, making sure the sound system
works and painting what they felt was
necessary. This week league members
will be hanging signs on the outfield
walls of sponsors.
"Volunteers with our organization
did the painting," Hastings said. "It was
all done by the league ... we found the
right color and dressed up the place to
make it look nice."
And, there are the volunteers. More
than 100 Bartowans have volunteered
to work in the parking lots, the conces-
sion stands, and hospitality rooms.
Restaurants around town will donate
meals to the national directors. And, of
course, the volunteers will be helping
the umpires.
"It may be mainly getting water
because it's going to be hot out there,"
Hastings said.
So when fans go the fields this week
they'll see the changes mostly un-
dertaken by the city that includes the
re-sodding, the maintenance around
the field, the spraying and cleaning and
grass work on the field.
"The city has been really great to
work with," Hastings said. "(Parks and
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signs should look like.
There were other recommendations.
"Placement is also a very important
issued we tried to address," said Wiegers,
who added the preference be for signs to
be as close to the entrance as possible.
Window signs also were addressed, and
that recommendation was for signs to be
small and concise, and not contrast with
the merchandise. Also included among
recommendations were the shape and
size of awnings, as well as the material
used for awnings and the underpinnings
that provided the frame.
In addition, suggestions were offered
about the typeface (also known as font) to
be used on signs, whether attached to the
building or on awnings. Again, both had
to be compatible with the architecture
and use of the building. As it regarded
awnings, signage could only occupy

10 percent. Wiegers gave an example, that
if an awning was 100 square feet, that the
signage could only occupy 10-square-feet.
A question arose whether existing signs
did not conform would be grandfathered.
Wiegers again reminded the planning and
zoning commission that these were only
suggestions, not requirements.
Wiegers concluded by telling the plan-
ning and zoning board members, "This
is the culmination of what we would like
to see."
The next matter brought up at the
Planning and Zoning Commission
meeting revolved around a request
.by the VFW and AmVet organizations,
which serve military veterans, are cur-
rently housed at 501 W. Vine St.
"That building was built in 1898," said
Chuck Butts, current commander for
VFW Post 2405.
Both groups want to move to a build-
ing located at the corner of Pearl Street
and Orange Avenue, at 705 Pearl St. That
building was the location for a mini-mart
and dry cleaning established, both long

shuttered. That building, Butts believed,
was zoned residential after the busi-
nesses shut down because of problems
with alcoholic beverages. He said that
when the mart was in business, people
would come in to buy beer and wine,
then sit around, drinking.
As a result, the two organizations
were asking for a variation termed a
special exception on zoning, because
they would like to serve alcohol to its
"Special exceptions are exactly that,"
Wiegers told the planning and zoning
board. Under the current code, by state
law, he said, a property has to be zoned
commercial in order to serve alcohol.
However, there are exceptions allowed by
state regulation, for community/fraternal/
veterans clubs. That exception allows such
organizations to serve alcoholic beverages
provided that one must be a member
or a guest of a member; of the latter, the
member must take responsibility for the
guest. Essentially, a person cannot simply
come in off the street and order a drink.

"We need a new facility, including a
canteen," said James Slaughter following
the discussion. "We have more veterans
in Polk County now. The vets are coming
back from Iraq and Afghanistan."
The current site, which is also the site
of The Vineyard Church, is inadequate
to meet those current and upcoming
needs, both Butts and Slaughter con-
tend. A new facility will not only enable
the organizations to better serve their
constituency, it will also provide the
opportunity for greater participation in
the community, they said.
Because the matter arose during the
workshop session, no action was taken,
according to Jackie Poole, with the city
clerk office. However, according to
Patrick Brett, former executive director
with the Community Redevelopment
Agency, who attended the Planning
and Zoning Commission meeting as a
private citizen, discussion among the
board members was favorable toward
ultimately supporting the "special


of requirements. The opening ceremonies
provide the Bartow committee with the
first chance to make an impression. The
national organization has expressed its
faith in the committee by awarding the
World Series bid. The time is here for the
committee to deliver.
While many previous opening cer-
emonies have utilized the actual fields of
competition, the Bartow committee has
been working with the Lakeland Flying
Tigers to hold the event at Joker Marchant
Stadium, perhaps the largest stage for a
Dixie YouthWorld Series. It should make a
good first impression.
"We heard about the World Series
coming to the area and realized that this is
a good fit for what we do," said Lakeland
Flying Tigers General Manager Zach Burek.
"We feel that we are in the event business,
providing entertainment for the com-
munity. We are used to having pre-game
ceremonies and activities and our staff
enjoys doing events like this."
The opening ceremonies will take place
on Friday, Aug. 3. The first event is the
Home Run Derby, which is scheduled for

3 p.m. In order to do this, the Flying Tigers
will have to construct (and, after the event,
remove) a temporary fence at the required
distance for the players. Each team can
send one player to the Home Run Derby.
Following that contest, the teams will
gather for a meal that is open only to
players and coaches. The teams will then
break off to prepare to march into the
stadium for the "parade of teams," which
will be part of the opening ceremonies of
the Clearwater Threshers versus Lakeland
Flying Tigers game. Home Run Derby win-
ners will receive their trophies at that time.
The players will retire to the grandstands
to watch the game. Following the game, a
special fireworks display will be offered in
honor of the teams.
As the Dixie players are participating
in their events, the Lakeland Flying Tigers
players will be arriving and preparing
for their own game that night. The team
will take batting practice and conduct
pre-game drills on a nearby practice field
to allow the festivities to continue uninter-
rupted. Burek said the team is looking
forward to it.
"They love the idea that these kids are
getting this experience," he said. "This
group isn't that far removed from youth
- baseball programs and they can relate their
own travel ball experiences. They think it's

great to see these kids who are enjoying
the game and doing well at it. We have
guys from all over and this is going to be a
unique experience, not only for the kids,
but for them."
Burek credited the city of Lakeland,
owner of Joker Marchant Stadium, for their
help and cooperation in making the event
possible. A former Little League player
for a district championship team in New
York, Burek remembers his visits with his
team to the stadium in Albany and the
impression it made. To have participation
in aWorld Series along with being on the
field at a pro stadium is going to provide
memories for youngsters for years to come.
It's why the organization made the com-
mitment and pulled out all the stops.
"Our foundation, the Detroit Tigers

Foundation of Florida, is committed to
youth sports," Burek said. "Throughout
the year, we provide meals and tickets to
organizations like these to allow them to
enjoy a day at the ballpark.
"You want to put on the best show you
can for everyone."
The planned fireworks display offers an-
other example of how the Lakeland Flying
Tigers go beyond what is expected. Friday
is not a normal night for fireworks, but the
organization decided to change their plans
to add that little extra.
"When they leave here, we want them to
remember the whole night," Burek said.
Dixie Youth World Series play starts on
Saturday, Aug. 4, at 3:30 p.m. Complete
information on the teams and games will
be found in Bartow Magazine on Saturday.


apply to any item of clothing that sells
for more than $75.
School supplies such as pens, pen-
cils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, filler
paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes,
construction paper, markers, folders,
poster board, composition books,
poster paper, scissors, tape, glue, paste,
rulers, computer discs, protractors,
compasses and calculators. The tax

abatement does not include any school
supply item selling for more than $15
like computers, iPads or notebook
Merchants were notified in April of
the dates of the tax free weekend and
have also received detailed lists of the
articles that are exempted from sales
tax during the abatement period.
Those who plan on making back-
to-school purchases can also access
detailed lists of the exempted items at
the Department of Revenue website at
www.myflorida.com/dor or may call

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He's photo-'craftic'

Photographic works of Roy Adams grace
the front walls at Carolyn's Gallery-Itay'-
cho}. This month's showing, a collection of
photographs both black and white and in
color, but especially the black and white
photos, drew similar responses many times
by those who came to the gallery.
One person who commented, yet
requested anonymity, found the works
"interesting." She found it a "throwback to
the old style of photography"; specifically
"of how things were in early days."
Doug DeNeve, who grew up in Bartow,
moved away then recently returned,
echoed similar sentiments, and added
another perspective.
"You look at the whole set (of photos), it's
about shapes and structure," he said.
Because Adams could not be present, at
the last minute traveling to Arkansas, both
Glenda Losh and Carolyn Sheffel, provided
some insights themselves. Like the woman
who requested anonymity, Losh con-
curred, the black and white photos do have
a "feeling" of "old time."
"He has some good angles," said Sheffel.
"Interesting, off-the-beat perspectives."

Want to go?
Carolyn's Gallery-{tay'-cho} is at
395 E. Summerlin St., Bartow. Hours are:
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 2-10
p.m., Saturday. Call 533-2365 or 519-5215.

The rows of jars evoke the sensation of step-
ping back in time, as if one was inside a country
general store. This photography by Roy Adams is
on display at Carolyn's Gallery-{tay'-cho}.

You can practically hear Sinatra singing:
"It's quarter to three/There's no one in the
place'cept you and me/So set em up, Joe/I got a
little story I think you oughtta know" from the
son"gOne for my Baby and One More for the

A number of people who viewed the photos of
Roy Adams at Carolyn's Gallery-{tay'-cho) said
his works had an "old-time" feel to them.
Patterns and
shapes are

works of
Roy Adams,
this month's
artist at
3 thGallery-
_______ {tay'-cho}.

"Intriguing," was all the woman (who preferred remaining anonymous) would say as she viewed
this and other photos by Roy Adams at Carolyn's Gallery-{tay'-cho).

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Lake Ruth

Baptist offers VBS
Lake Ruth Baptist Church is of- Friday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. to see what
fearing "Vacation Bible School like the children have done through the
you've never experienced." week.
Children from 3 years old through Amazing Wonders Aviation is the
grade six may attend free sessions theme as kids "fly to some of the
from 6-8:30 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, world's greatest natural wonders and
Aug. 5-9. Parents' night will be encounter God's awesome power."

Doggie Bag to

help Stuff the Bus

Did you know that there are ap-
proximately 350 school-aged enrolled
homeless children in Polk County?
Did you know that you can help?
Those who bring donations to The
Doggie Bag will receive 10 percent off
any purchase.
Items most needed are school sup-
plies include backpacks, zip binders
(Trapper Keepers), paper, three-prong
folders, spiral notebooks, calcula-
tors (scientific and graphing), school

uniforms, gift cards for food, medi-
cal and dental services, and hygiene
items (shampoo, conditioner, soap,
deodorant, hair brushes and feminine
Donations may be taken to The
Doggie Bag of Bartow (155 S. Central
Ave.) or The Doggie Bag of Lakeland
(1745 E. Edgewood Drive) through
Thursday, Aug. 9.
All donations benefit HEARTH, a
program of Polk County Public Schools.

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Through Friday, Aug. 3
Bug Zone Vacation Bible School,
6-8:35 p.m., Christian Home Free Will
Baptist Church, 1125 Spessard Holland
Parkway, Bartow. 863-533-4734.

Sky Vacation Bible School, 5:45-
8:45 p.m. Peace Creek Baptist Church
State Road 60 East, Bartow.
863-533-9263 or PeaceCreekBaptist.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 1
CRA special meeting, 7:30 a.m. To ap-
prove contract of interim executive director.
Bartow City Hall, 450 N. Wilson Ave.

GED Class, 6 p.m., Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,

Thursday, Aug. 2
Judah's Caf6 Garlic Crabs, 3 p.m. until,
Judah Deliverance Temple, 1275 East
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Bartow.
Sale to help send youth to the Martin
Luther King Jr. Monument in Atlanta.
Garlic Crab Plate with potatoes $10,
Garlic Crab Plate with shrimp, corn,
potatoes, egg and sausage $19; sides
available. To order or for more info call
863-440-1765 or 863-440-2440. Plates
also available without ordering.

Candidate Forum, 7 p.m. Judicial
Candidates Bob Grode, Mark Kaylor,
William Twyford, Catherine Combee,
Christine Thornhill, Larry Helms,
William Sites. Sponsored by Polk
County League of Women Voters.
Combee Administration Building, 330
W. Church St., Bartow. 863-646-4634.

Lakeland Metro Chapter. of the
National Association of Women
Business Owners, 11:45 a.m. Guest
speaker Jackie Schnaars with UPS, $20
for members, $25 for guests. Register by
July 31. Lakeland Yacht & Country Club,
929 Lake Hollingsworth Drive.

Friday, Aug. 3-Saturday, Aug. 4
Crickette Yard Sale, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday and 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Girl
Scout House, 355 N. Wilson Ave., Bartow.

Friday, Aug. 3-Thursday, Aug. 9
Dixie Youth World Series. George
Pittas Complex, Bartow Civic Center,
2250 S. Floral Ave. 863-534-0120.

Saturday, Aug. 4
Back to School Bash, 10 a.m.-noon,

free. Information about tutoring, health
care and other related services avail-
able in Polk County. Limited number of
free backpacks to be given away. Mary
Norma Campbell Resource Center, 2226
Karen St., Lake Wales. 863-534-6911.

Back to School Blast, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free physical and book bags that include
school supplies. Lakeland Center, Sikes
Hall, 701 W Lime St. 863-686-1221, ext.
222. Sponsored by Family Fundamentals.

Child seat inspection by the Bartow
Kiwanis Club and Polk County Sheriff's
Office, 9 a.m.-noon. Bartow Fire
Department, 110 East Church St.

Sunday, Aug. 5-Thursday, Aug. 9 ,
Vacation Bible School, 6-8:30 p.m.
Lake Ruth Baptist Church, 800 W.
Clower St., Bartow. 863-533-7541

Monday, Aug. 6
Bartow City Commission, work
session 5:30 p.m., regular meeting
6:30 p.m., 450 N. Wilson Ave.
863-534-0100. www.cityofbartow.net.

Polk County School Board strategic
planning session, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jim
Miles Center, 5204 U.S. Highway 98 S.,
Lakeland. 863-534-0521

Computer Class, "The Internet
Continued," 1 p.m. Pre-registered pa-
trons only. Bartow Public Library, 2150
S. Broadway, 863-534-0131.

Tuesday, Aug. 7
Dog obedience class, 6 p.m. $50 if
dog is pre-registered and pre-paid at
shelter before class, $60 day of class.
Humane Society of Polk County, turn
north off Dundee Road (State Road 542)
onto Sage Road (across from Carl Floyd
Road). 863-324-5227.

MAKOplasty open house. 11:30 a.m.
See and meet orthopedic surgeons who
are certified to perform these proce-
dures. Procedure helps knee resurfacing
that is now available at Bartow Regional
Medical Center. Bartow Regional
Medical Center classroom, 2200 Osprey
Blvd. 863-519-1442. Call 800-862-5926
to reserve a seat.

Baby Care workshop, 6-9:30 p.m.,
Covers issues like getting to know your
baby bathing, feeding, crying, and
safety. Regency Center for Women &
Infants, 101 Ave. 0 S.E., Winter Haven.


Notice is hereby given that at the City Commission meeting of the City of Fort Meade, Florida, on
Tuesday, July 10, 2012. at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter, in the Commission Chambers, City Hall,
8 West Broadway, Fort Meade, Florida, the City Commission will hold a Public Hearing concerning
annexation requests as detailed in the proposed Ordinance.

ORDINANCE NOS. 12-06 AND 12-07

Being Ordinances of the City of Fort Meade, Florida; annexing properties into the corporate limits of
Fort Meade, Florida, and redefining the boundary lines of the municipality to include said properties;
providing for publication of notice of the proposed annexations and filing of a certified copy of this
Ordinance with the Clerk of Circuit Court in and for Polk County and with the Department of State;
and providing for an effective date.

Said Ordinance will be read on first reading at the City Commission meeting on July 10, 2012, and is
to be considered for-final adoption at the City Commission meeting on August 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m. or
as soon thereafter.

Said properties are approximately 804.96+ acres and described as:

Parcel ID #253116-000000-022010-
Parcel ID #253117-000000-022010 -
Parcel ID #253122-000000-033010.
Parcel ID #253121-000000-011010-
Parcel ID #253121-000000-011040-
Parcel ID #253122-000000-032020-

8.00+ Acres
- 15.68 Acres
0.25 Acres
6.74+ Acres
629.32+ Acres
118.08 Acres

Parcel ID #253123-434210-037030 0.85+ Acres
Parcel, ID #253123-434210-037020 20.28 Acres
Parcel ID #253123-434210-042030 0.82 Acres
Parcel ID #253123-434210-039020 1.96 Acres
Parcel ID #253123-434210-037013 2.67- Acres
Parcel ID #253123-434210-037012 0.31 Acres

as shown on the Location Maps attached hereto and made a part hereof. The complete legal descrip-
tions by metes and bounds and a copy of the proposed Ordinance may be inspected by the public during
normal business hours at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 8 West Broadway, Fort Meade, Florida.
All interested parties may appear at the meetings of July 10, 2012 and August 14, 2012, and be heard
with respect to this proposed Ordinance.

Any person desiring to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter
considered at the above meeting or hearing will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for any
such purpose, he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and F.S. 286.26, persons with disabilities
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk prior
to the proceeding at (863) 421-9921 for assistance; if hearing impaired, telephone the Florida Relay
Service Numbers, (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (VOICE) for assistance.




Center Director for Florida Blue, Robert Bryant, cuts the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce
red ribbon on July 19, during a ceremony commemorating the insurance company joining the
Chamber. Florida Blue is the insurance company for the Polk County School Board and the City of
Bartow, and is located at 385 Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven. Chamber Ambassadors,
members, City Officials and Florida Blue staff members assisted with the ribbon-cutting.

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Care for the adults who need it


For many and this may be well-
known couples drop their preschool
child at a day care center during the
day where the young one learns, is fed,
kept clean and taken care of.
There is the same option for adults
who cannot be left home alone and
that has brought some relief and
thanks from about 150 families in Polk
The Polk County Adult Day Health
Care Centers is a taxpayer-funded
agency that has four facilities in the
county. There are centers in Bartow,
Haines City, Lake Wales and Lakeland.
It serves anyone at least 18 years old
and is primarily used by those where
the adult would be left home alone
and due to medical reasons should not
be. It can take up to 273 patients and
currently has about 150 who use it.
"We're licensed to care of patients 18
years old to the end of life," said Donna
Kay, adult day care program manager.
"We have one man who is 27 and
another who is 23. But a majority of the
people are 60 and older."
The facilities are not set up to look
like hospitals or nursing home facili-
ties, this in keeping with one of its top
goals, which is to have people not
spend the day in facilities like these for
their sakes, Kay said.
"It's not like a hospital but we are li-
censed by the same board as hospitals,"
former critical care nurse Kay said.
However, she said she and staff have
taken great strides in making the facili-
ties look far from a caring facility. There
is of course a care center and ample
bathroom facilities, laundry machines
and nurses during all hours it is open
to make sure the patients are cared
for properly, but the equipment, for

Nancy Sell, left, speaks while her husband Leo and Adult Day Care Center administrator Donna Kay sit at the table in the Lake Wales center. Nancy
has been taking her husband to the day care center there since it opened. Before then she took him to the center in Bartow.

instance, is kept handy, but somewhat
disguised. A stethoscope, for example,
in the "quiet room," is stored in a red-
painted bucket on the wall that has the
word "Love" on it.
This also translates in the types of
people Kay hires for the facility.
"When I interview staff, I don't
always look at their qualifications but
look at their hearts," she said. "What's
in their heart is important and I can
always teach about the rest of things.
"A lot of people are in crisis when
they come to us," she said. "We have
to give them something where they are
comfortable. Our staff takes it hard and
cries when we lose someone.".
In the main room in the facility in

Three bears greet those who come to the Lake Wales Adult Day Care Center on Central Avenue.

Lake Wales there are about 75 reclining
chairs facing two flat-screen televi-
sions. It resembles a giant family room.
The lunch area, which also doubles
as a crafts room, also has a couple of
flat-screen televisions in it. However,
they're not usually used for watching
televisions. The big event is karaoke,
Kay said. However, they don't want to
miss "The Price is Right."
"They don't want to miss that," Kay
The kitchen facility in the Lake Wales
facility looks like any family kitchen
only larger. There is also a beauty salon.
And, then there's the quiet room. Kay
said it is for those patients who may
get out of hand and need a place to
rest and be away from people. It is has
a couch, two chairs, a television and
paintings adorn the walls.
"And we have two lamps in here
because having it that way makes it
more comfortable," she said.
Patient Leo Sell feels comfortable at
the facility and said he enjoys the ice
cream and dancing the most.
In one area of the Lake Wales facility,
the patients go into the porch and have
ice cream. In the Haines City facility,
Kay said, there is a group of men who
regularly go onto the porch and just
"talk about cars," she said.
But for his wife of 58 years, it pro-
vides her comfort and the ability to get
things done during the day that she
previously was not able to do.
"I can get my running around done
and sometimes some rest," she said.
"He can't stay at home by himself."
Leo has has been degenerating from
Alzheimer's disease for about eight
years and he has been attending the
Lake Wales facility since it opened in

While the Polk County Adult Day Health Care Centers
are funded by the county, there is a fee those using
the centers must pay. The fees vary and people use
the facility either five days a week or a portion of
the week. The facilities are open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
To attend, patients have to be recommended to the
facility by their primary care physician. For more
information on the fees, call 863-519-8146.
2010. Before then she drove him to the
facility in Bartow and now the Nalcrest
residents save about 35 miles a day. He
attends the center four days a week.
She said when she found out about the
facility she was ecstatic something like
this exists.
"I used to go to the post office and I
couldn't even do that anymore."
Faye Downing, who helps people find
out about the day care centers and Kay
both said the centers are somewhat of
a secret and that's because most people
don't know of what's offered until they
need it. Social workers know about
them and some doctors do but the key
is to remind health care workers that
this exists for those who need it.
"We're planning more speaking
engagements, remind neurologists,
gerontologists and reaching out to the
churches," Downing said.
While there are many county-run
adult day care centers in Florida, the
program here has been awarded many
times by the Health Care Administrator
that inspects it and calls it a model for
the state. It has also been awarded by
the National Adult Day Care Center in
Washington, D.C. Existing since 1984
and run by Kay since then, it operated
last year $2.6 million from the general
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Revised diagnosis raises questions

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For years, my
doctor treated me for arthritis. Now
he's done an about-face and says I have
something called mixed connective
tissue disease. What happened to my
arthritis? I feel like I have wasted years
on the wrong treatment. Care to com-
ment? R.J.
ANSWER: Your story is classic for
mixed connective tissue disease,
MCTD. The connective tissues support
the body, serve as the body's scaffold
and act as packing material. Ligaments,
tendons, joints, cartilage and bones
are connective tissues. Collagen is
a protein common to these tissues.
Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroder-
ma, polymyositis and dermatomyositis
are the connective tissue disorders.
In the early days of MCTD, patients
almost always are told they have one of
those five illnesses.
The symptoms of MCTD include
muscle and joint pain and fatigue. Most
patients have Raynaud's phenomenon.
Upon exposure to cold, the arteries
that supply the hands turn white, blue
and red, and hurt. The arteries have
constricted in an exaggerated way in


Dr. Paul

response to cold. Raynaud's also is seen
in the other connective-tissue disorders.
Later in MCTD, hands swell and
fingers become puffy. That's a sign that
helps distinguish MCTD.
What helps to finally hit on the
diagnosis of MCTD is finding a unique
antibody in the blood of patients. It's
often not present from the start of the
Treatment medicines are hydroxy-
chloroquine and methotrexate. When
need be, prednisone, one of the corti-
sone drugs, is prescribed. Most patients
with MCTD respond to it very well.
Your doctor did a great job in finally

Long lives love

Trisomy 13 and 18 are genetic condi-
tions in which there are three copies of
chromosomes 13 and 18, rather than
the normal two. Children diagnosed
with these trisomies sometimes
before birth, sometimes after tend
to be severely disabled and have very
short life expectancies, typically just
one year.
For doctors giving the news, it's
generally a time of gloomy predictions.
But a new survey of 332 parents who
live or have lived with children with
trisomy 13 or 18 reports that most say
their time, however brief, was generally
happy and-rewarding.
According to researchers at the
University of Montreal, 97 percent of
parents interviewed believed their child
was happy and that he or she enriched
their lives, regardless of longevity.
"Our research reveals that some
parents who chose a path to accept and
to love a disabled child with a short life
expectancy have experienced happi-
ness and enrichment," said co-author
Barbara Farlow, who was. also mother
to a child who died of trisomy 13. "My
hope is that this knowledge improves
the ability of physicians to understand,
communicate and make decisions with
these parents."

Body of knowledge
According to the fashionistas at New
York magazine, the median bra size
among American women in 2000 was
36C; it's now 36DD.

Life in big macs
One hour of sitting in a Jacuzzi burns
68 calories (based on a 150-pound per-
son) or the equivalent of-0.1 Big Macs.

Projected number of cancer cases,
mostly in Japan, that are likely to be the
result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
disaster in March 2011: 180.
Projected number of consequent
deaths: 130.
Number of Japanese who died during
evacuation efforts following the tsu-
nami and nuclear plant explosion: 600.
Source: Mark Jacobson, Stanford

Stories for the waiting room
An estimated 2-3 percent of all
children are allergic to eggs, which

Scott LaFee

makes the condition relatively com-
mon (compared to other allergies) and
problematic, given the ubiquity of eggs
in baked and processed foods.
Currently, the only way to prevent
allergic reactions from eggs is to avoid
them in all shapes and forms. But a
new report out of the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases offers
a bit of hope: Scientists have tested a
therapy in which young patients were
given small but increasing daily doses
of egg white powder, which appeared
to boost their immune system and
reduce negative reactions.
The small study (55 children, ages 5
to 18, split into treatment and placebo
groups) found that treated children
gradually acquired a tolerance for eggs
and that the tolerance persisted for
weeks after they had stopped taking the
egg powder doses.
"At the beginning of the study, most
of the participants were highly allergic
to egg, but after months of daily egg
oral immunotherapy, we found that
many of them could eat more than a
whole egg without having a reaction,"
said study author A. Wesley Burks of
the University of North Carolina.

Phobia of the week
Atelophobia fear of imperfection

Never say diet
The Major League Eating speed-
eating record for kosher dill pickles is
2.7 pounds in 6 minutes, held by Brian

Best medicine
Q: What's the difference between a
general practitioner and a specialist?
A: The first treats what you have; the
second thinks you have what he treats.

"The amount of sleep required by
the average person is just five minutes

"Here lie the ashes of a man who

had the habit of postponing everything
until tomorrow. However, at the end of
his life, he improved and actually died
on the 31st of January 1972."
Swedish writer Fritiof Nilsson
Piraten (1895-1972)
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making the diagnosis. It takes doctors
years before they can piece the puzzle of
MCTD together. It's an elusive illness.
son, age 10, had a sore throat, a high
temperature and broke out in a red
rash. My daughter took the boy to the
emergency room. The doctors admitted
him to the hospital. Within 24 hours,
they had diagnosed him as having
scarlet fever. Is this similar to rheu-
matic fever? From my childhood days,
I remember rheumatic fever as being
a serious problem, and it often left the
child with a damaged heart. K.S.
ANSWER: The strep germ,
Streptococcus, causes scarlet fever,
rheumatic fever, strep throat and a host
of other diseases. These illnesses differ
from each other in many ways.
You can think of scarlet fever as strep
throat with a skin rash. The rash pops
up on the first or second day of illness. It
starts on the head, face, neck and chest,
and spreads to the arms. Giveaway signs
of scarlet fever are paleness around the
mouth and a tongue that turns quite
red and makes it look like a strawberry.
If you run your hand over the rash, the


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August 1 2012

skin feels like sandpaper.
Penicillin cures scarlet fever. For rea-
sons not well understood, the incidence
of scarlet fever has dropped off.
Rheumatic fever, another strep infec-
tion, is more serious. It can cause heart
damage and heart-valve damage. It, too,
is not as prevalent as it once was, but
there have been recent outbreaks of it in
the United States.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My sister has
been giving her young son Sominex
before he goes to bed. She says it puts
him to sleep faster, and he stays asleep
all night. I told her this sounds crazy
to me. I suggested she was turning the
boy into an addict. I told her I'd write
for your opinion. What do you think?
- M.A.
ANSWER: I think it's wrong to give
medicine to anyone, especially a child,
who doesn't need it. Your sister isn't
going to turn to the boy into an addict,
but she's not doing him a favor by giv-
ing him a sleeping aid when he really
doesn't need one. Even as innocent a
drug as Sominex, an antihistamine, has
the possibility of causing trouble. She
should knock this off immediately.

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Looking for Purple Heart recipients

City, county and state officials are looking
to honor recipients of the Purple Heart early
next month.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has proclaimed
Aug. 7 as Florida Purple Heart Day.
Recently, Polk County commissioners voted
to recognize local Purple Heart recipients,
making Polk County one of the first coun-
ties in Florida to honor these valiant men
and women. Okaloosa County was the first
county to officially make the proclamation
in the state.
At least week's meeting of the Fort
Meade City Commission, the board gave
unanimous approval to a resolution which
designated Fort Meade as a Purple Heart
Commander John Weems, Jr. of
American Legion Post No. 8 in Winter
Haven has announced plans to honor Polk
County recipients on Aug. 11 beginning
at 4:30 p.m. with the Post Honor Guard
posting colors at 4:40 p.m., and a reading
of the Winter Haven Purple Heart Day
A free roast beef dinner to Purple Heart
recipients will be served from 5-7 p.m.
along with live entertainment from 7-10
p.m. To RSVP call the Post administrative
office at 863-293-7029 between 10 a.m. and
3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Post 8 is
located at 300 Ave. M., NW in Winter Haven.
Military Order of Purple Heart recipients
will need to have proof of receipt in order to
take part in events throughout Polk County.

Watson welcomes
podiatric surgeon
Watson Clinic said Zully A. Calvo is a new
podiatric surgeon on staff.
Calvo specializes in podiatry and foot
surgery, and will be treating patients with
disorders of the lower extremities, includ-
ing the foot, ankle and leg. Her office is

fund from the county. This year, like
other county departments, it is pro-
posed to be cut to operating on $2.5
And the program has support of
commissioners and those who know
about it.
"One thing that tugged at my heart
strings was at one county workshop
Commissioner (Bob) English said he
believes in this program," Kay said.
In fact, last week during a forum of
county commission candidates run
by the League of Women Voters, an
audience question asked whether these
services should be privatized.
"I'm very, very proud of our endeav-
ors," incumbent candidate Ed Smith
said at the forum. "Rohr and other
facilities are important and increase the
quality of life and saves untold millions
of dollars."
That was something Kay agrees
with: "When you talk about quality of
life issues, this makes people feel like
when they come to us, we're like family.

This painting made by a former adult day care
center patient Anna Kachmairk of the farm she
was raised on in Michigan is hanging in a room
in the Lake Wales center. Donna Kay said Anna
was one of her first patients and when Anna
died, her daughter Mary Lou wanted the center
to have the picture.

at Watson Clinic's
South, 1033 N.
Parkway Frontage
Road in Lakeland.
Calvo received
her doctorate of
podiatric medicine
at Barry University
in Miami Shores.
She performed
her internship
and residency in
podiatric medicine
and surgery at
the Hollywood
Medical Center in

Zully Calvo

Hollywood, and was selected to partici-
pate in an international AO fellowship in
Lugano, Switzerland.
Calvo is a member of the American
Podiatric Medical Association, the Florida
Podiatric Medical Association, the Broward
County Podiatry Association, the Florida
Medical Association and the Polk County
Medical Association.
She is board-certified in podiatric surgery
in is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Florida Hospital becomes
certified chest pain center
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical
Center was designated the area's only
Certified Chest Pain Center with PCI by the
Society of Chest Pain Centers.
This means heart patients will have im-
proved safety and better outcomes thanks
to additional clinical training and improved
technology provided by Florida Hospital.
A key number of elements are essential
for certification to ensure a continuum of
care. Integration of local EMS departments,
hospital emergency rooms, catheterization
labs, observation units and community
outreach programs are vital to receiving the
Certified Chest Pain Center designation.

In the effort to make the centers not look like
a nursing facility, a stethoscope is stored in a
bucket on the wall.

We're living in a scary world." She said
statistics show that people who attend
programs like these they tend to live
longer and stay active longer than if
they are checked into a facility to live.
Chris Dowdy, running for a different
seat on the commission said, "It's a
good program that serves the commu-
nity well. Without specifics it would be
tough to say which way I would go, but
if privatization, if accountability and it
provides quality, it could be something.
But this would seem to be something
government should do."
His opponent John Hall who was
on the county staff when the program
started, said this is invaluable and
something government is supposed
to do. "Our adult day care is a model
and the buildings have been modeled
for it. Our manager has been asked to
speak around the state of Florida and
it is recognized nationally. I hesitate to
privatize it but because of where we
are anything can be on the table, but I
.would probably want to keep this."

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