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Jonathon Cottongim works on pipes on Summerlin Street Friday morning. A problem came
up with pipes the city is replacing, and the Public Works department employees had to go
back into an area on Summerlin Street. Co-worker Lucas Thompson looks on as Cottongim
works in the hole. Water was turned off for a couple of blocks downtown while the work
was done Friday. The city has been replacing water pipes downtown, installing six-inch PVC
pipes to replace four-inch cast iron pipes.

Pointing shoppers

in the right direction

Retail, cultural, historical or service
signs planned downtown

Proposed new directional signs will
help people find their way to downtown
Bartow shops that are off Main Street.
The arrow-tipped bars will be placed
along East Main Street from Broadway
to Jackson Avenue, pointing the way
north or south.
Main Street Bartow's design commit-
tee has been working on the project,
and Main Street Executive Director

Mikel Dorminy hopes to have them in
place by the end of September or early
October at the latest.
The signs were part of the original
Main Street redesign, and are to be
used specifically for retail businesses on
side streets, with cultural, historical or
government signs added if there's room.
Four of the white signs with black
lettering will be placed on each of the 12
light poles to be used at the intersections


Fire assessment

objections voiced

Commissioners vote unanimously on next

year's spending plan at first public hearing

With little discussion on the bud-
get there was some objection to the
fire assessment, but the Bartow City
Commissioners gave their unanimous
OK to a $57.8 million budget for next year
at Wednesday's first public hearing.
A second public hearing is scheduled
at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. The budget
must be done by the start of the new
fiscal year on Oct. 1.
Commissioners also gave
voted unanimously to approve the
Community Redevelopment Agency

(CRA) budget of $815,372, a reduction
of $174,428 from last year's.
Though there have been cuts in the
budget, Interim CRA Executive Director
Andy Laurent outlined for commissioners
a number of new projects that have been
funded. Those projects include $5,000 for
Arts in Public Places, $6,000 for a down-
town loft project and money to fix a map
sign on Main Street When asked about
these projects, Laurent said the money is
set for the arts and loft programs if plans
come through that can be done.
Also, $20,000 has been set aside for an

Fred L. Murphy, 58, has resigned
from the Polk County Public Schools
as the assistant superintendent of
support services. He submitted a letter
of resignation to Dr. Sherrie Nickell,
superintendent of schools, on Tuesday,
Sept. 4.
In it he stated that while his last
official day would be Nov. 12, he
would begin taking leave Sept. 5. He
cited health concerns for his suddenly
announced decision, as his "personal
health has gotten to the point that I can
no longer perform at the level to which
I am accustomed."
His announcement caught many -
both within the education system and
those outside it by surprise. Among
those caught off guard was School
Board Member Frank O'Reilly, who will
be retiring from the board, as he chose
not to run for re-election.

"I hadn't the
slightest idea,"
said O'Reilly.
S "I was caught
O'Reilly said
he and Murphy
have been friends
Many years, from
almost the start
of O'Reilly's first
term as a board
FRED MURPHY member. In fact,
the two had
eaten breakfast
Saturday. O'Reilly recounted it as a
jovial time for both.
That changed Tuesday just prior to
the start of the school board meeting.
"He told me right before the meet-
ing," O'Reilly said. "He told me, 'I don't
want to say anything now. I will discuss
this later."'


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No sign but the city logo to be dis



Behind the dais where the Bartow City
Commission sits there will be a logo and
the words "City of Bartow" on the wall.
After considering at the Aug. 20 meeting
a mural would cost about $3,100 to put
behind the dais, commissioners put off
the subject for another two weeks and
for absent Commissioner Adrian Jackson
to return to decide what to do about it.
Commissioners were in a 2-2 tie on what
to do on the back wall, with the price tak-
ing in some concern. The full work includ-
ed the city sign and the words that would
be raised up from the wall and a painting
showing part of the downtown area that
included the Polk County History Center.
The painting would cost $2,053 and the
logo's price is $867.50. With the tax, the
total price was more than $3,100.
When Jackson was asked what he
thought at Wednesday's city commission
work session, he said, "My only concern
is the attachment to the courthouse."
His question is whether the city should
display the old courthouse which is
county property."
He added he kind of likes simplicity
and would like something professional.
There was some discussion of the
color. Right now the logo and words are
in white and they would go against a
yellow/beige wall. But they decided to
go with the white.
Also installed on the logo and the words
would be some lighting that would create
a shadow, City Manager George Long said.

Raises for commissioners
City commissioners will get a raise if the
employees do, they decided Wednesday.
Commissioners have not gotten a raise
since 2008 and though Commissioner
James E Clements thought it would be
appropriate to give commissioners raises
if city employees got raises, it should be in
the same amount.
Jackson said a raise probably isn't
appropriate because the emphasis for
serving the city as a commissioner is the
, duty to the city and salary should be a
very small part of that.
"We're not doing this for the benefit
of the salary but whatever we decide is
fine," he said.
Mayor Leo Longworth said, however,
that something is appropriate because
it does take their time to stay on top of
items as well as attend meetings, but
now isn't the time for it.
"I don't think we should do this for
free because it take time, but I don't
think it's time. But I will go with the
majority," Longworth said.
When the item came up for a vote at the
city commission meeting, a vote for no
raise failed by a 3-2 vote. Commissioners
Pat Huff, Clements and Wayne Lewis
voted against not having a raise.
Commissioners Jackson and Longworth
voted for no raise. Then a motion to give
commissioners the same raise as city
employees would get, if they get a raise
this year, was approved by a 3-2 vote with
Longworth and Jackson voting against it.
Commissioners Huff, Lewis and Clements
voted in favor of it.

20 percent paved
Long told commissioners that the
paving of the parts of 63 streets in Bartow
is about 20 percent complete.
Empower Construction of Frostproof
was hired to mill and repave'streets in
Bartow and started work on Aug. 13.
Though Empower told city officials
it estimated it would take about two
weeks to complete, rain has held up the
work a bit.
"There were quite a few days of rain
and there was the storm, Isaac," Long
said, adding there seemed to be some
confusion on the time frame. He said the
work on Broadway and Clower in front of
the high school and middle school would
be done before school opened on Aug. 20

Helen Gienau from the Daughters of the
American Revolution, accepts a proclamation
from Bartow Mayor Leo Longworth Wednesday
for "Constitution Week," which is Sept. 17-23.
Gienau said the Polk County chapter will
celebrate on Sept. 17 with a luncheon with
Sheriff Grady Judd speaking.

The gazebo in the lot on the corner of North Florida Avenue and Davidson Street will be disposed
of because commissioners felt it wasn't worth the money to bring it up to ADA standards.

and it was. However, he indicated the two-
week time frame was an estimate. At the
Aug. 6 city commission meeting Interim
Public Works Director Russ Martin said
Empower told him two weeks was "very
practical" to finish the repaving.
Long said Wednesday, though, that it is
taking longer than they thought.
"We did slow down, but we're moving
this through and will finish it as quickly as
we can," he said.
Last week Empower Vice President
Chris Stevens estimated the repaving
would be completed by Oct. 1.

Gazebo gone
Commissioners voted unanimously to
dispose of the gazebo near the southeast
comer of North Florida Avenue and East
Davidson Street.
The structure has fallen into disrepair
and no maintenance has been done on
the facility. Last May Long told commis-
sioners that Bartow would have to spend
$708,818 to bring about 80 items into
compliance with the federal Americans
for Disabilities Act.
To bring the gazebo into compliance
the city would have to pay $6,000.
A resolution given to commissioners
Wednesday states the "needed improve-
ments outweigh the benefits of actually
constructing the improvements and the
ongoing maintenance of the structure."
Before voting on the item, Jackson in-
formed his colleagues that this was on the
gazebo because the item on the agenda
was not clear as to what it referred. When
asked what the owners of the property
thought of this, Long said there was real
interest shown to it. When asked what
would happen with the structure now,
Long said it would probably stay there in
the shape that it's in. No one takes care of
maintenance on it now.

In other business:
STheresa Hayes was unanimously
voted to be Alternate 1 and Matt Hinton
was unanimously voted for the Alternate
2 position on the Code Enforcement
Board for the unexpired term for Anthony
Grainger. The unexpired term will end in
December 2014.
Charles Warren was voted by city com-
missioners to replace Joanne Stidham on
the Community Redevelopment Agency
for a four-year term when her term expires
in October 2016. Warren won the vote
over Doug Sackett by an 8-7 vote. First and
second place were assigned points and all
five citv commissioners voted.

Josephine Hunt was unanimously
voted to be reappointed to the Municipal
Firefighter Pension Thrst. The new term
expires in October 2014.
Artis Williams, Keith Miller and Bob
Pfeiffer were unanimously appointed to
three-year terms on the Zoning Board
of Adjustment. Their terms expire in
November 2015.

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Protect your community: Dispose of drugs properly.

Where's one of the first places crooks go when they
break into a home? The medicine cabinet.
They're hoping to get lucky and find vials of
prescription drugs, especially the oxycodone pills
and related painkillers that are highly marketable
on the streets. That was clear this week when Polk
County deputies arrested a couple of pharmacists
and a dentist and charged them with trafficking in
Oxycodone pills.
There is a real market for prescription drugs on the
black market. The old pain medicine you leave in the
bathroom drawer can bring a nice little payday to the
bum who breaks in the back door. Just ask any law
enforcement officer.
That's one of the reasons sheriff's offices and police
departments ask that you safely dispose of unwanted
or unused prescription drugs. They want to remove
temptation, whenever possible. They hope to protect
law-abiding citizens and slow the flow of drugs sold
and consumed illegally in our communities.
We hope people will pay attention and take this
advice seriously. Don't leave old meds sitting around
the house. Get rid of them. And do it properly.
Unwanted medications may be deposited at any of
Polk County's Permanent drop sites listed below:
Auburndale Police Department 2 Bobby Green
SPlaza, Auburndale, FL (weekdays, 8 am-5pm)

Our Viewpoint
Haines City Police Department 35400 Highway
27, Haines City, FL (24 hours/7 days)
Lake Alfred Police Department 190 North
Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL (24 hours/7 days)
Winter Haven Police Department 125 North
Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL (weekdays, 8
am 6 pm)
Also, on Saturday, September 29, The Coaltion for a
Drug Free Polk is sponsoring a "Purge Your Pills @ the
Rx Drop Off" event. The event will take place from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:
Lake Wales Police Department 133 E. Tillman
Ave., Lake Wales
Lakeland Police Department 219 N.
Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland
Auburndale Police Department 2 Bobby Green
Plaza, Auburndale, FL
Haines City Police Department 35400 Highway
27, Haines City, FL
Lake Alfred Police Department 190 North
Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL
Winter Haven Police Department 125 North
Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL
This may not be a top-of-mind concern, but there

are a number of good reasons to dispose of drug the
proper way and in a timely fashion. We've already
mentioned the crime deterrent: Seniors, I-,cciall.
are vulnerable. If you look after an elderly parent,
it would be wise to speak to them about getting rid
of unnecessary medicines. Help them get rid of the
It's also wise to lessen the risk that a younger
relative or acquaintance may open the cabinet and
walk off with pills. Just saying: Always best to remove.
temptation. Prescription drug abuse and the mix-
ing of drug "cocktails" has been a growing national
One more reason: water safety. Often, people
simply flush old medications down the toilet. The
contents can make their way into our waterways.
Scientists have found traces of antidepressants and
cholesterol-lowering drugs in sharks and other fish
that have been fished out of our state's waterways.
Not a good thing.
We recommend people drop off all unused pain
medications, antibiotics and pet medications, vita-
mins, inhalers and even over-the-counter medicines.
Just be safe. If you drop off vials, you may want to
remove identifying labels first. Please take the time
to get rid of old medications the right way. It's a small
thing that will make for a safer, healthier community.

Letters to the editor

A real choice

I feel that the coming election will
offer the voters a real choice about
what kind of country we will have in
the future. The differences between the
two major candidates are huge. With
our President we have a track record
of mostly failed economic policies. We
have a very unpopular health program,
the implications of which were not even
understood by congress that voted for
it. We have a foreign policy leading from
behind and we all know what the view
is from there.
The United Nations has so little
respect for us that they hold an inter-
national conference in a country, Iran,
that the world is trying to punish with
sanctions. Our debt is about to go above
16 trillion dollars and all he can do is
blame the previous administration. He
has not been able to build a successful
team to work with him and has always
been the "I" "I" "I" president not the
"we" president. Under this president we

have never in my lifetime been more
divided and partisan,
With the republican challenger we
have a track record of a successful
businessman, who helped found a
company that was able to rescue and
turn around many businesses and cre-
ate many jobs. He was able to assemble
a successful team at Bain Capital. When
he was governor of Massachusetts he
was able to successfully work with a
democratic legislature. He went to the
2002 Olympic Games and assembled
successfully a team that turned the
event from a disaster to a great success.
You have to ask youself- do you want
"more of the same" of a failed record or
do you want a new plan from someone
with a proven success record. I know
my choice and that is the proven suc-
cess, Mitt Romney.

Terry G. Loyd
Lake Wales

That's not weird,

that's a Florida election
I told a friend the goofy new Will
Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis comedy, "The Bll er
Campaign," is hilarious although it Bill CO tte
could never happen in real life. [i
"And you've been watching Florida '"
politics for how long?" he shot back. _-- .
We like farce. Long before the
Republican National Convention pre-
viewed Clint Eastwood's one-man show,
"A Fist Full of Crazy," Florida rewarded
the odd and unexpected at the polls.
What other state's first territorial COTTEI



The precise difference between being
a hermit and a recluse is not clear to
Having devoted the better part of five
minutes to Internet research on the
subject, I have discovered that the first
known hermit established his hermit-
age in the Third Century, while one of
the more famous (but not necessarily
the first) recluse dates back to the Tenth
But what's 700 years among friends,
especially when we are talking about
people who chose to live in seclu-
sion and probably didn't have a lot
of friends, either in person or on
As between the two, I guess I would
rather identify with hermitry, because
hermit crabs are interesting creatures,
than with recluseness, for the sole
reason that there is a spider named
recluse, and I am not into spiders.

~a 1~

5.L. Frisbie


S.L Frisbie can be contacted at

Why, you might ask, would I find
it important to choose a preference
between these two lonely callings? It is a
reasonable question.
Blame the mosquitoes.
Yes, those highly aggravating buzzy
little creatures are pushing me toward a
life of isolation. Them, and the sun.
While none of us can claim universal
adoration, I submit that there are
few persons on the face of the earth

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September 8, 2012

Commissioners faced storm of protest


Of all the issues on the Polk County
Board of Commissioners' tentative bud-
get the one item that stoked emotions
most was the proposed stormwater
assessment fee.
An unfunded mandate, the proposed
budget included revenues from a
proposed stormwater assessment in
unincorporated areas of the county.
The rate was estimated to be $54.30 per
Equivalent Residential Unit, to begin
Sept. 13, and estimated to generate
$9.6 million annually to address storm-
water needs.
Neither the fact it was an unfunded
mandate, nor the estimated $54.30
ERU, nor the methodology in which
that amount was arrived at sat well
with those in attendance at Thursday's
budget hearing, who filled practically
every seat in the BOCC chamber.
Speaker after speaker castigated the
federal and state government, belittled
county commissioners with the
exception of Commissioners Edwin
V. Smith and Sam Johnson for not
having the courage to stand up to the
federal and state government and refus-
ing to knuckle under, and reminded the
BOCC that they were elected officials.
The speakers made either overt or
thinly-veiled comments about what
the power of the electorate was and
could be the next time candidates faced
"Stormwater runoff has not been
thought through," said Timothy Barker
of Winter Haven. Because of the topog-
raphy, water runoff on his property does
not flow into a nearby lake. However, he
said he was told he would need to have
an engineering report performed every
three years at a cost of $1,500 per year.
"I should not have to prove or not
prove my property is contributing to

After calculating the total square miles of
Polk County and the miles of pavement, this
speaker said the paved area amounted to the
area shaded black on this 8-1hx11 sheet, what
he said was less than 1 percent.
the runoff."
Pete Smith attacked one certain
"As I understand it, the biggest pol-
luter is agriculture, and they're exempt,"
said Smith.
Also disputed was the ERU, as well as
taxes in general.
"Government is totally out of con-
trol on taxes," said Geri Mulford of
Auburndale. "Somebody somewhere has
got to do something about it."
She had a 13 percent increase in her
taxes from the year before. A native and
lifelong Polk County resident, Mulford
said she used to have a business for 45
years. It employed up to 160 people,
but when the economy worsened, she
reached the point where she had to
close shop. However, what contributed
to that decision, she said, was the ever-
increasing requirements all levels of
government imposed.
A more interesting protest came from

a man who took the time to calculate
the total square miles of Polk County
and the total miles of roads and paved
surfaces. He held up his results for
everyone to see. The number of total
impervious surface filled what appeared
to be a square inch on an 8V2 x 11-inch
sheet of paper. He said that area was less
than 1 percent of the entire county.
Perhaps one of the more eloquent
speakers from the audience was Dan
Frodge, a professional engineer. He
began by quoting Daniel Webster.
"The power to tax is the power to
destroy," quoted Frodge. He added that
there are a number of elderly women
in his congregation who live on fixed
incomes from either Social Security or
a small pension. Even $54.30 is too bur-
densome. He also castigated the BOCC
over what it would do with the money
it collected. "If we raise $9 million, Polk
County will find a way to spend it."
He also posed a rhetorical question.
Due to the economy, his income as an
engineer has dropped. As a result, he
has had to trim back.
"Is the county doing the same thing?"
he asked and then answered. "It doesn't
seem so."
Like several others who spoke after
him, Frodge asked why should he pay a
stormwater assessment when all rainfall
is either absorbed by his land or runs
-into several ponds on his property. So
too asked Jim Taggert of Lake Wales,
who lives in an isolated area at least
seven miles from the main road. To get
to his property, a person has to travel
down a dirt road. For that reason alone
he doesn't need a street sweeper truck.
Plus all stormwater that falls on his
property stays on his property and not
into any lake, because he isn't near any
"Basically, you're taxing the rain,"
concluded Taggert.
However, another speaker spoke in

favor of streets weepers. But before he
went any further, he declared hiumstlf
one of those people always coming
up with wild ideas. However the street
sweepers would not be trucks designed
for that purpose. \hat the BOCC
needed to do was buy a number of
brooms and trash barrels and have the
"residents" of the Polk County jails do
the work.
\lile some comments were humor-
ous, some bordered on belligerence.
"Auburndale charges its citizens
75 cents per month, about $9 per year,"
said Alan Lane. He implied so too
should the county. "It's ridiculous. You
need to do your dadgum jobs."
Others resented what the
Environmental Protection Agency had
declared about Florida's water.
"Florida is ahead of the curve when it
comes to the rest of the country \\h1 n it
comes to water restoration," said John
Lindsay of Winter Haven. "It's asking us
to provide water safer for alligators to
swim in than for us to drink."
Not all opponents were adversarial in
their comments, among them former
commissioner Jean Reed. She currently
is a member of a citizens bipartisan
"We would like to see a citizens
advisory board created," said Reed. \\',
want to see details on studies, on where
nutrients are actually coming from."
After everyone who wished to weigh
in had spoken, Chairman Johnson and
other members began to vote on the
other issues. No discussion followed.
However, that was not the case when it
came to the stormwater assessment.
"I do think we moved too quickly,"
said Commissioner Todd Dantzler, who
then asked it be removed from consider-
ation and subsequent vote.
However, Commissioner Bob English
asked what the consequences could


governor was Andrew Jackson, who
hated the place? Where else was the
state song written by Stephen Foster,
who never saw the Suwannee River
he so rhapsodized with racist minstrel
lyrics? Does any other state's demo-
graphics range from baja Alabama,
where people vote Republican and call
themselves "Yellow Dog Democrats," to
The Villages, where golf-cart trails lead
to a gaslight-era town square where, ev-
ery other year, Republican candidates
reassure rich retirees how tough they've
got it?
What other state could produce a
Miami the de-facto sixth borough
of New York and northern province of
Name me one other state where a
liberal, a conservative and a moderate
can walk into a bar and the bartender
asks: "What'll it be, Gov. Crist?"
On what other hurricane-alley
peninsula do people hunker down on
the coasts, then demand elected lead-
ers keep property insurance premiums
Has any other state ever cast

5,963,110 ballots for president, only to
have the White House decided by 537
of-them? The morning after the 2000
election, when five states were too f
close to call and Al Gore needed all to
win, didn't you just know it would come
down to the state where George Bush's
brother was governor? And where the
secretary of state, who interpreted the
rules for the recount, was honorary
co-chair of the Bush campaign?
Oh, sure, Minnesota once elected a
pro wrestler with a feather boa and a
fake name as its governor, and now has
a former Saturday Night Live comic for
a U.S. Senator. New York had a gover-
nor resign for patronizing a high-priced
hooker, and South Carolina had a guy
who gave new meaning to "hiking on
the Appalachian Trail," when he was
visiting his mistress in Brazil.
But no state can match Florida
for sustained, lifetime-achievement,
bipartisan weirdness.
Take Mark Foley in 2006, for instance.
A conservative Republican congress-
man in a safe district, Foley resigned
amid disclosure of instant messages
he sent teen-aged House pages. State
Republicans hastily nominated then-
state Rep. Joe Negron in his place, but
it was too late to reprint ballots. The
Democrats sensing their unknown

Tim Mahoney had a chance refused
to even let counties post signs at
polling places that said: "Votes for
Mark Foley will count as votes for Joe
Still, Negron almost beat Mahoney,
who was to serve only one term before
a hush-money mistress scandal led to
his defeat. In France, they'd call that,
"But of course..."
Take the 1984-86 cycle, for instance.
Everybody knew Attorney General Jim
Smith and Insurance Commissioner
Bill Gunter would slug it out in the
Democratic primary to succeed Gov.
Bob Graham, himself somewhat of
an oddball, but a good one. So both
Gunter and Smith dropped out. Smith
dropped back in again as running mate
to Senate President Harry Johnston, but
a few weeks later, their "dream ticket"
blew up and they wound up running
against each other.
Another candidate for governor, state
Sen. Frank Mann, rode a horse all the
way from Fort Myers to the Capitol
to kick off his campaign. He wound
up going for lieutenant governor with
little-known Rep. Steve Pajcic, who
beat both Smith and Johnston for the
nomination and lost to Tampa Mayor
Bob Martinez, a former Democrat who
changed parties.

Martinez was the last of a Republican
archetype in statewide races. It used to
be that the GOP could win statewide
races only if the Democrats slashed
their nominees' Achilles tendons in
vicious primary races. Gov. Claude Kirk
(1966), Sen. Ed Gurney (1968), Sen.
Paula Hawkins (1980) and Martinez all
won when Democrats couldn't reunite
after bitterly divisive runoff primaries.
In 1994, Jeb Bush won a four-way
race for the Republican nomina-
tion for governor and had a united
Republican Party behind him in the
year of the "Gingrich Revolution." Bush
also had the advantage of a famous
name, boatloads of money and a fresh,
young squad of private sector-minded
acolytes around him.
With everything going for him, Bush
lost to Gov. Lawton Chiles, who'd
started his political career in the
1950s. Days before the election, Chiles
predicted in a televised debate, "The he
coon walks just before the light of day."
That saying has puzzled political
observers for 18 years. I think Chiles
was saying, "This is Florida."
Bill Cotterell is a retired reporter who
covered the government and politics 44
years for United Press International and
the Tallahassee Democrat. He can be
contacted arlothtt-r ll,'gmuiil cim



who can match my popularity with
The three most effective ways of
avoiding mosquito bites are to drain
stagnant water, wear a mosquito repel-
lant containing Deet, or stand next
to me. I have accumulated multiple
mosquito bites while walking the 25
feet from my car to my front door.
My brother-in-law can stand next to

me in a swamp bog and every single
mosquito will bypass him to bite me.

As a general rule, mosquito bites are
nothing more than a nuisance, but
this year, the West Nile virus, which is
spread by mosquitoes, has been found
in 48 states, of which Florida is one. (I
am guessing that Alaska and Hawaii are
the exceptions; Alaska because it is so
cold and Hawaii because it is too far to
fly, especially if you are a bug.)
In addition to the approved Nways
of avoiding mosquito bites, health
authorities advise remaining inside

during the hours of dawn and dusk.
Dawn is not a problem, since I am
sound asleep, but by dusk, I am just
getting my second wind.
And then there's the sun.
At my age, we are advised to stay
inside when the weather is hot and
muggy in the morning so we don't get
the vapors or something, and to avoid
the afternoon sun as a precaution
a~uinr- skin cancer.
Between mosquitoes and the sun,
this pretty-well covers the hours from
maybe 6 in the morning to 9 o'clock at

We 70-somethings don't undertake
anything more ambitious than brush--
ing our teeth after 9 p.m., so if we are to
take all the recommended precautions
that involve staying inside, we may
never see the light of day again.
Such isolation carries the seeds of
hermitry or reclusivity.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. He likes people
uay too much to live in seclusion. And
no matter how hard he tries to hide
from them, the mosquitoes always man-
age to find him, morning, noon or night,
inside or out.)

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Chimpanzee movie to be shown at library

Our library played host to two tech
interns from the IB program at Bartow
this week.
They were here to assist patrons with
any number of questions they may have
regarding their laptops, cellphones,
tablets or any other electronic device. If
you are needing help anything in that
category, call the library to sign up for
our next day which is from 3-5 p.m.
Sept. 19.
Travel with us to the Ivory Coast today
to watch Chimpanzee, a movie about a
3-year-old chimpanzee who is adopted
by a fully-grown male. The movie begins
at 2:30 p.m. and is 78 minutes.

Ashley Elliott

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Monday will begin our Adult
Computer Classes. The classes are al-
ready full, but if you did sign up, please
make sure you attend at your allotted
time of 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. Even though
the classes are full, Andrew does still

offer one-on-one computer help with
patrons throughout the week.
Everybody loves a birthday and this
Tuesday help us celebrate the birthday of
the creator of Curious George, HA. Rey. It
begins at 4 p.m. and refreshments will be
served. The program is for ages 6-8.
Story times are back for another eight
weeks of fun. Wednesday at 10 a.m. is
the 3-5 year old story time, featuring
stories, finger plays, music and films.
Thursday at 10 is 18 months to 2 years,
featuring nursery rhymes, finger plays,
music and bubbles.
Creative teens listen up. We are having
Open Mic Night at the library on Thursday

at 3 p.m. Bring a poem or joke to share.
The Central Florida Hearing Center
will be here Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
to pass out free amplified phones.
Read to Smiles Unleashed therapy
dogs and receive a free sticker and a
book. Puppy kisses will be included. The
dogs and their handlers will be in the
Children's Department from 10:30 to
11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Next Saturday will be the second
movie of the month. Pirates! A Band of
Misfits will be shown. The movie starts
at 2:30 p.m. and runs for 88 minutes.
Refreshments will be available for

Senior fitness classes

start next week

Registration closes Sept. 11 for
a new senior fitness class offered
by Bartow Parks and Recreation on
Friday, from 10-11 a.m., Sept. 14-
Oct. 5.
Instructed by April Potter, the
circuit format class alternates
low impact cardio exercises with
flexibility, range of motion and

muscular fitness exercises. A chair
is used for seated and/or standing
Classes will be held in the game
room at Bartow Civic Center.
Cost is $20 plus tax for residents
and $24 for non-residents. For
information call Josh Brandl at


Bartow Chapter
Daughters of the
American Revolution was
organized 82 years ago on
Sept. 17, 1930, the first day
of Constitution Week:
Those early members de-
cided then to "observe the
day each year with a social
function commemorating

both Constitution Day and
the Chapter Birthday."
Polk County Sheriff Grady
Judd is the guest speaker on
Constitution Day.
The program begins at
11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17
at Peace River Country Club
in Bartow.
Buffet luncheon tickets
are $15. Reservation dead-
line is Monday, Sept. 10.
Checks should be made

payable to Bartow Chapter
DAR and mailed to Freddie
Wright, 1215 S. Orange
Ave., Bartow, FL 33830. For
more information email
On Wednesday at the
Bartow City Commission
meeting, Helen Gienau
was presented with a
proclamation recognizing
Constitution Week which is
Sept. 17-23.

Friends sought for Evergreen

Residents of the Fort Meade
community are invited to attend an
informational meeting of the Friends
of Evergreen on Monday, Sept. 10,
5:30 p.m., atCovenant House in

Fort Meade.
The group's purpose is to ensure the
preservation and upkeep of the historic
Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Meade.
Refreshments will be served.

Tour de Tow wheels away Sept. 15

Tour de Tow, an annual on-road
cycling tour along the scenic back
roads of southern Polk County, takes
off on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Enjoy a beautiful day of cycling
in beautiful historic Bartow.
Registration and breakfast start at
7 a.m. and the riders' meeting is at
7:45 a.m. The 37-mile and 65-mile
Tow Tours leave at 8 a.m. At 8:15 am
the 16 Mile Family Fun Ride starts.
Chofir'. from a Family Fun Ride
of 16 miles for $15, the 37-mile
Tow Tour is $30, and the 65-mile
Tow Tour is $35. Tandem riders are
welcome for a fee of $15 for the
extra rider.
An extra $5 day of event fee will be
charged for those who don't sign up
with on active.com.
Vehicles should be parked in the
Oaks Parking Lot, 395 S. Central
T-shirts are ordered seven days
before the event. Those who register
before that will get a shirt. Extra
shirts are ordered, but not in all
Helmets are required for all riders.
Every route has a SAG vehicle fol-
lowing to be there in case you need
us. It will have drinks, snacks, tubes
and a pump. Everyone will receive a
ride map that will have a number on
it for emergencies or problems.
The staging area this year is on

Central Avenue between Main and
Summerlin streets. Central will be
kept clear of cars and parking but
there is plenty of parking on Central
between Summerlin and Parker and
at the Oaks Parking Lot which is
right next to the Post Office which is
on Summerlin and Central.
Each rider will get a "goodie bag"
and there will be a drawing again
this year for an original stylized
portrait of the winner. Last year's
winner Michael Bedke is featured
in this year's event logo. Visit www.
LillyCatDesignStudio.com to see the
previous winners from the Tour de
Tow and the Bloomin Bike Ride.
We will be giving away new
bikes again to kids who otherwise
wouldn't be able to afford one. So
far we have provided 48 bikes to kids
in need in just one year. The Power
Pedalers are the kids who will have
huge smiles on their faces as we
present them their new bikes.
If you know of anyone or company
who would like to be a sponsor let
me know. The more money we have
the more bikes we give away. At the
Bloomin Bike Ride we gave away
eight bikes.
Those who come along for the
ride, but not on bicycles, can en-
joy the shops and restaurants in
Downtown Bartow while waiting for
the cyclists to return.
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Ice cream break from the parade planning


Our social committee certainly gave
the club a back-to-school treat with an
ice cream social on Monday, Aug. 27.
Ice cream, all the fixin's and a little
conversation was welcomed by all the
Crickettes. Hard working girls deserve
a break and a treat to get a little rest
before we crank up the work on the
Halloween Parade and Carnival which is
set for Oct. 25.
Our social committee is chaired by
Carla Meeks with Web Pro Realty with
committee members Jennifer Sturgis of
Semco), Kathy Hall of Central Florida

Regional Planning council, Sharon Casey
with Community Southern Bank, Sherr
Warren with A-C-T, Carolyn Ivev with
George Harris Center, Becky Schreiber
retired from the Sheriff's Department,
Becky Grainger with The Stanford Inn,
and Tia Spath of Spath Jewelers.
Thanks, committee.
Among the Crickettes at the Ice Cream Social
were, from left, Barbara Newell (retired City of
Bartow), Sharon Casey (Community Southern
Bank), Emily Clark (Spath Jewelers), Jennifer
Sturgis (Semco), Karen Boswell (retired Adam
Putnam), and Kathy Hall (Central Florida
Regional Planning Council).

First Baptist celebrates 126th anniversary

First Baptist Church of
Homeland will commemorate
126 years with Homecoming
on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The day begins at 9:45 a.m.
with Sunday School, will
morning worship at 10:45 a.m.
Rev. Randall Pulley of Lakeland
will be guest speaker. Music
will be offered by Alan and
Angela Flowers from Georgia.
Immediately after the service
the celebration will conclude
with a covered dish luncheon
in the fellowship hall.
Homeland Baptist was or-
ganized in 1886, with services
held once or twice a month for
the next 60 years. The church
called Rev. James L. Home as
the first full-time pastor in

The present sanctuary was
constructed in 1967; in 1972
the church changed its name
to First Baptist; in 1974 a new
Sunday School Annex was
This past year the choir loft
and pulpit area were remod-
eled, the foyer flooring was
replaced and fellowship hall
was renovated.
Members of the homecom-
ing committee are Lynn Mills,
Roberta Siler, Rosie Trimpey
and Christine Watson.

Lake Ruth has 55th
Lake Ruth Baptist Church
in Bartow is celebrating its
55th Homecoming on Sunday,

Sept. 9, Rev. James W. Clegg
Sunday School Bible study
begins at 9:30 a.m., with wor-
ship at 10:30 a.m.
Sheriff Grady Judd will be the
guest speaker. Music will be by
The Redeemers, Mark Kernen
and the Church Choir.
A luncheon will follow in
fellowship hall.
Lake Ruth Baptist is at 800 W.
Clower St.

Watson preaching
at Praise Temple
Praise Temple Deliverance
Center, along with area
churches and pastors, will
celebrate Bishop Willie L.

Watson, Jr., on Sundays in
September. He has been
preaching the Gospel more
than 45 years and pastoring
for 32 years.
Guest pastors and churches
Sept. 9, 4 p.m. Pastor
Farley and Mt. Olive; Pastor
Bonney and Mt. Gilboa
Missionary Baptist.
Sept. 16, 4 p.m. Pastor
Dollison and First Baptist
Missionary Baptist Church
Sept. 23, 4 p.m. Pastor
Camp and Acts, Praise and
Worship Center; Pastor
Cornelius and Peaceful
Believers Church.
Sept. 30, 4 p.m. Pastor
Deryl Jones and First
Providence M.B. Church.

Praise Temple is at 1010 West
Britts Lane, Bartow.

Musical evening
A musical evening Saturday,
Sept. 8, will celebrate the pre-
anniversary of the Gospel Links
of Tampa.
Sponsored by Brother Gene
Bell of the Holy Propheteers,
the sing will feature DL Bright
Singers of Lakeland and many
more groups.
The event will be at 7 p.m.
at Faith Spirit and Truth with
Divine Power church, 905 E.
MLK Jr. Blvd.
For information contact Bell
at 863-533-5449 or Pastor Mattie
Johnson at 863-255-5235.

Genealogy group

to meet today

"Stone Images" will be the topic of
Shelby Jean Roberson Bender of Plant
City at the monthly meeting of Imperial
Polk Genealogical Society on Saturday,
Sept. 8.
The free program begins at 1 p.m. at
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of
Lakeland, 3140 Troy Ave.
Monthly meetings are held on the

second Saturday of each month at the
church. Programs on topics of genea-
logical interest are offered, including
using the Internet as a resource.
Meetings are free. Annual dues are
$15 for an individual, and $25 for a fam-
ily. A lifetime membership is $150 for
those 65 and up. For information visit
www.ipgs.org or call 863-686-3886.

Summerlin Institute Class

of '67 missing mates

Members of the Summerlin Institute
Class of 1967 are making plans to join
in the 125th anniversary of Summerlin
for all classes, and for their own party
during the weekend.
A planning meeting is set for
Thursday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m., at
Peace River Country Club in Bartow,
committee member Kathryn Bragg
said. The Class of '67 will celebrate
their 45th at a party in the west wing of
the historic courthouse on Nov 3 from
16-10 p.m.
The committee is still looking for
some members and hopes that some-
one who knows any of their where-
abouts or contact information will
call or email Jean Summers Stinson at
863-533-8107 or jss@nrsummers.net.

Those "missing" include Ronnie
Adams, Linda Armstrong, Bobby
Arrington, Gary J. Beagles, Brenda
Blanchard, Cheryl Bradley, Elizabeth
(Kay) Browning, John Dixon, Judy
Douberly, Carl Driggers, William E (Ery)
Craft, Marcella Exarhos, John Frison,
Barbara Gibson, Linda Gilley, David R.
Gornoski, Obie Hadden Jr., Allen Hayes,
Kay Hedrick, Barbara Hines, Rudolph
J. Jefferson, Edward E. Kelly, Patricia
Lanier, Hazel Lewis, Ray E. Luvckx,
Josephine Marion, Merry Means,
Jerry Mofield, John Moses, Charles
Northern, Glenda Perry, Eugene R.
Raiford, Ronald O. Rowland, Donald M.
Sherwood, Aimee Smith, Voydee Smith.
Jr., Linda Willis, Barbara Wcod. and
Eileen Woodruff.

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BOCC to attorney, Republic: Work out agreement

Prefers not going


Polk County Commissioners de-
cided it did not want County Attorney
Michael Craig taking Republic Services
of Florida, Limited Partnership to
court in order to recover overcharges
dating as far back as 2005. The accrual
of overcharges weighted heavily in the
early years of the contract.
Craig had wanted to proceed with
filing a lawsuit in order to protect the
county from losing any money due it.
His concern was some monies might
be lost related to the statute of limita-
tions. His concern revolved around
when a statute of limitation takes or
had taken effect; is it from the time of
discovery, or prior to that.
This prompted Commissioner Edwin
V. Smith to ask what might possibly oc-
cur if negotiations between the county
and Republic exceeded 60 days. What
would be the potential loss to Polk
"Approximately $60,000 per month,"
said Craig.
While Craig wanted to proceed with a
filing, only as a measure to protect the
county, on a personal level he recom-
mended the county be flexible, rather
than "drawing a line in the sand." He
added that Republic had suggested a
120-day period in order for a resolution
be reached.
Discussion was turned over to
Ron Clark, with the law firm Clark,
Campbell and Lancaster. The Lakeland-
based firm has represented Republic
the past seven years.
Clark endeavored to strike a con-
ciliatory tone in his opening remarks,
including that complaints about
Republic's performance were an infini-
tesimal amount, less than 1 percent.
He additionally pointed out that the
2010 contract between the two parties

to court to recover estimated $1.4 million in overcharges

contained terms more favorable to
the county than those from the 2005
contract. Most striking, though, was his
statement that he had promised Craig
that Republic would work out a solu-
tion ASAP.
He acknowledged, and agreed with
Craig, that lawsuits alienate, and like
the county, Republic didn't want to do
that. Instead, he proposed a "tolling"
action, to stop the statute of limitations
concern. (In a later interview, a repre-
sentative with Republic who asked not
to be identified said that essentially a
tolling action "stops the clock." Hence,
if an agreement is not worked out and
it becomes necessary to seek a legal
remedy through the courts, the county
will not be penalized having earlier
agreed to a tolling agreement).
While Clark said Republic disputed
the amount that could potentially
be lost (they placed it at $25,000 per
month rather than $60,000 per month),
the trash hauler wanted to give the
county a "good faith deposit." That way,
should it be necessary the matter went
to court, that good faith money would
serve as a deposit. No set figure was
"Do you feel comfortable with that?"
Commissioner Melony Bell asked Craig.
"Will it protect the county?"
Craig's response was that he hoped to
come back to the BOCC at its Sept. 18
meeting with an agreement worked out.
Continuing, Clark explained to the
BOCC that part of the process was that
all the data dating back to 2005 is no
longer available locally. It has been
necessary to get the figures from its
corporate office in Phoenix, Ariz.
Bell added overcharges were not
the only issue. In addition to that, she
said, was the fact Republic had not
honored its commitment regarding
annual washing of trash barrels, or
the matter of bar coding. Of the latter,

Attorney Ron Clark, whose firm, Clark, Campbell and Lancaster, represents Republic Services of
Florida, which has a contract with Polk County to haul solid waste, speaks of trying to arrive at a
solution. An audit run by the county indicates it was overcharged $1.4 million by Republic.

trash barrels have not been bar coded,
thus not allowing the county the ability
to track data. Clark agreed those also
would be addressed.
For the most part, BOCC members
voiced support of the proposed mea-
sures pitched by Clark. Commissioner
Todd Dantzler was in favor ofthe
tolling agreement, while Smith voiced
appreciation that both Republic and
the County are doing what is necessary
to keep from this becoming adversarial.
BOCC Chairman Sam Johnson
summed up the matter prior to in-
structing Craig on how to proceed.
"My full intent has been full resolu-
tion," said Johnson. "Everyone needs
to ante up, and for all parties to do

the right thing for the citizens of the
In earlier statements from County
Manager Jim Freeman prior to the
Sept. 4 meeting, the entire matter of
overcharges arose following an inter-
nal audit that showed approximately
$1 4 million had been paid to kepublIe
for charges on properties that were
either vacant or those with homes that
were incomplete from 2005-2012. Most
of those charges emanated during a
period of growth in the county in an
arrangement where building permits
were obtained and home completion
dates were estimated to be. The prac-
tice violated the county's solid waste
ordinance and has since ceased.

School budget approved without teacher pay plan


Polk County School Board members
approved a nearly $750 million budget,
but it doesn't include pay raises for
Those have yet to be negotiated, with
sessions set for Sept. 17 and 24.
Only one person spoke during a
public hearing on the budget Tuesday
during the board meeting.
That was Marianne Capoziello,
president of Polk Education Association,
which represents teachers, para-
educators and educational support
"\\e talk about the budget and it's a
bunch of numbers," Capoziello said.
1 \ le. bIdi gets lost in those numbers,
but those numbers represent the educa-
tion of our students. It represents the
money we have to be able to provide
them with a high quality education and
bhi\ Il1 d that it represents the financial
health of our employees."
The lbiudgcl also represents the com-
munity's tln.iincil hlIlth she asserted.
"As the largest employer in this area.
our financial health and the people
we employ decide whether we have a
tiri'.ing or a struggling economy in Polk

County, so we have to pay a good deal of
attention:to our budget.
"So here we are today and you have
to vote on something. I still believe
and will believe and state until the day
I die that you need to start budgeting
your salaries up front in the budgeting
process. You need to look at (pay) steps
up front in the budgeting process. They
are not new, they are not a surprise, they
are in every contract you sign off on and
yet here we are in September not yet
signed off on our salaries.
"I long for the day when you put it up
front in your budgeting and that people
come back to school knowing what their
salary will be for the upcoming year. It's
doable; other counties do it."
While acknowledging issues with the
economy, Capoziello said salaries still
need to be up front in budgeting.
"It is your staff that delivers the
rigorous and relevant l.aririnii it is
the support staff that supports those
classrooms. If we are zoing to move this
county to an A district, we are not going
to do it without those -[.i-,
"The best and the brightest need to be
compensated at ever level."
The nearly 300-page budget docu-
ment includes overviews and explana-
tions of the c I:mpic aiil d education

financing system for public schools,
involving federal, state and local money.
During the earlier work session, Board
Member Lori Cunningham questioned
whether some of the millions left in the
fund balance at the end of the fiscal
year could be used for currently un-
funded programs or salaries. Mark Grey,
assistant superintendent of business
services, explained that the money is
rolled over into the next year's budget
and added to that year's revenue. It
would be impossible to say how much
would be available at the end of the next
year, he said.
Another thing affecting income is
that property taxes are only budgeted
as 96 percent of the calculated revenue.
Lots of people pay their taxes before the
deadline and receive discounts for doing
so, while others don't pay them at all.
Polk's total federal revenue is calculat-
ed at S121,278,745; state at $474,868,996;
and local, S333,884,262.
This year's millage rate is 7.492,
comprised of 5.255 state-required local
effort, 0.748 di-, ri- lii.n n operating
determined bv the district, which make
up the general opera ing village, and
1.5 mills capital outlay.
General p',:rJing rmrill 'e is used
for general operating expenses such

as utility bills, supplies, equipment
and salaries. Capital outlay millage is
used for construction, renovations and
remodeling; purchasing sites, buses and
equipment for new facilities; purchase
of technology equipment; and paying
debt service.
Before 2008 districts had been able to
levy up to 2 mills for capital outlay, but
the Legislature reduced that to 1.5 mills,
so that the difference could be part
of the required local effort because of
lower state revenues.
A mill is $1 per $1,000 of assessed
property value. For a home valued at
$65,000, with a homestead exemption
of $25,000 reducing the taxable value to
$40,000, the school tax at the proposed
millage would be $299.68.
Florida's homestead exemption is now
$50,000 for homes valued at more than
$75,000; homes between 550,000 and
$75.000 get a percentage of the addi-
tional exemption; those S50,000 and un-
der can get only the $25,000 exemption,
according to the Property Appraiser's
Office. In any case, the second $25,000
exemption does not apply to the school
portion of property taxes.
Last year's lew was 7.670, which is
0.178 more than this year, or almost
18 cents per $1.000 of property value.

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Request to rework Land Development Code Text rebuffed

Polk County Commissioner Bob
English wanted the support of his
peers on the board for his request that
county staff develop changes to the
Land Development Code Text. He was
rebuffed, but not entirely.
His concern centered around two
types of businesses. In the first category
were bars, lounges, taverns and inns.
The second category was gas stations.
English began by pointing out that the
matter had first been brought up at the
May 1 Board of County Commissioners
"At that May first meeting, I thought
we had an agreement that we were
going to have staff move forward and
prepare amendments to the land
development code that would increase
the level of hearings for those types of
business," he said. As the code currently
is written, "A Level 3 hearing is required
to establish a bar, tavern or lounge
in a convenience center, commercial
enclave or neighborhood activity center.
But only a Level 1 hearing is required for
commercial activity centers, a regional
activity center, and the tourist commer-
cial center, and high impact center."
Bars, taverns and lounges can go
into those centers without having any
hearing, asserted English. Additionally,
he said, those types of businesses have

exploded in popu-
larity, bringing an -
increase in traffic, '
noise, garbage and
odors, and crime., ,
"In regards to
gas stations, which
require Level 4,
they can be built
anywhere in Polk
County with ab-
solutely no review
by the Planning
Commission BOB ENGLISH
or the County
and no opportunity whatsoever for the
public to comment on the building
of that station in the neighborhoods,"
English continued. "What I am asking
again, is that gas stations go through, at
a minimum, a Level 3 public hearing."
English then said that earlier the
county manager had suggested a hear-
ing between the BOCC and what English
derisively termed "technicians" who are
"not responsible to the county." He said
that the responsibility should rest with
elected officials and not "technicians."
At least with a Level 3 hearing, which he
said'was a workshop, all those affected
would have the opportunity to express
their concerns, both pro and con.
Acknowledging that while the county
wants to streamline the permitting
process, it cannot come at the expense

of homeowners,
"many who have
put their life
savings into their
homes." He closed
his presentation
asserting that
his request was
not being driven
by the RaceTrac
gas station being
built in Lakeland
on Christina
Boulevard. MELONY BELL
BOCC Chairman
Sam Johnson's
response centered around what he
termed "smart growth," explaining that
all communities need certain services.
His concern was that some communi-
ties might forbid those types of estab-
lishments, necessitating the need for
residents to travel to other communities
where those businesses existed. It also
was a matter of economics.
"It becomes a slippery slope in
that more affluent communities have
more latitude and flexibility to flood
a hearing, as opposed to more highly
transient areas," said Johnson. People
in the latter community may not own
their homes and instead rent, and since
they work for lesser salaries, may not
have the ability (nor awareness of a
situation) to take off from work to voice
their concerns.

'All of a sudden, it becomes the
wealthy pushing off what they don't
want on, unfortunately, those w'ho don't
have as much say so or as much of an
influence, and that is a concern for me."
\\Mile Commissioner Melony Bell had
first seconded English's motion, she
hiftred her position.
"We have a planning commission
we have appointed, and 1 feel we need
to have a workshop with our planning
commission before we just direct staff to
do this," she said.
Bell added that she supports land use
rights, that certain establishments had
bought land believing they would be
able to build (businesses) upon those
Commissioner Edwin V. Smith was flat
out against English's proposal. He found
it ironic, he said, that after several years
working to streamline the process that
such a measure would be an about face.
"If we want to be known as being pro
business, this is not the way to go about
this," Smith said.
Commissioner Todd Dantzler spoke of
the perception of negative impacts that
exist, then added the admonition that
there is a cost of business when things
are delayed. He voiced his support for
Bell's suggestion.
Hearing all that, English changed
his motion, to direct staff to organize
a workshop between the Planning
Commission and the BOCC.


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East Side Master Plan study that
will be done by a USF professor.
The CRA board plans to hear a
presentation at its Sept. 26 meet-
ing to decide whether or not to go
with the study.
"There's $20,000 in the budget if
the CRA board decides to go with
it," Laurent said.
The discussion of the budget it-
self was small, but there was some
talk about the fire assessment
-' Collection for that will remain the
same as last year as the city col-
lects 25 percent of the total fee.
The city started collecting a fire
assessment four years ago and the
money can only be used for the
fire department which is bud-
geted with $1.8 million. It started
collecting 1 percent of the money
based on the ordinance. It now
collects 25 percent with the hope
of getting to 100 percent. At 25
percent it collects $460,000 from
the assessment.
Citizens have complained about
errors in the assessment and the
fact that businesses seem to be
paying too much money. The
consultant, Lee Evett ofWilldan
Financial Associates, was in the
audience but did not speak at the
Previously he confirmed the
errors citizens found where some
businesses were not assessed and
he said they've been corrected and
the city has collected the money it
Though there was nothing from
Willdan, Commissioner James
Clements did have a comment.
"I've never been in favor of the
fire assessment and we've been
doing this for four years and I'm
unsatisfied with the job Willdan
has done for us," he said. "There
have been too many mistakes and
I just really hope we get a more
accurate assessment on the fire
service fee this year.We came back
with a lot of problems this year

and these problems that remain
should have been fixed a long time
ago. I haven't discussed this with
any commissioners but I've been
getting complaints from citizens
and I tend to agree with them. I
don't think we've done a good job."
One speaker, Patrick Brett, also
expressed some concern with the
fire assessment. He indicated the
fire assessment is not advanta-
geous to the citizens because it
isn't tax deductible, whereas if it
were part of the property taxes it
would be.
"I understand the need for the
city's need to get new revenue
but a fire assessment is not tax
deductible at the end of the year
and property taxes are," he said.
Those in favor of the fire assess-
ment likewise had their say.
"I wouldn't characterize that
there were many, many problems.
There were few and they were iso-
lated and resolved," Commissioner
Adrian Jackson said, answering
Clements' objections. "We
certainly are on the right track."
'A lot of money has to be spent
on the fire department," he said.
Now with paying 25 percent, they
have to continue on this track and
get away from using other money
to help pay for what the city needs.
Brian Hinton, a former city
commissioner who is helping
the CRA while it is searching for a
permanent executive director said,
"I want to speak in favor of the fire
tax. In one form a fixed revenue
is something the city of Bartow
can stand on. It will give you some
ample revenue. If you eliminate
it then you'll have to raise the
amount with a raise to the millage
rate. That could be easy to do but if
you do, a big, big chunk will go the
CRA. I don't know what the math
ratio is but that's a reality."
City Manager George Long let
commissioners and the public
know that the formula and the
assessment are being worked on
for the following year. The assess-
ment remains at the same level
this year in order to do a study of
the system.

"Our intention this year is to get
a solicitation for an overall evalua-
tion of the program." he said. "We
deferred that until the summer.
The issues we had have been
resolved and we've have worked
with the Property Appraiser's
Office to work on the assessment
role.\~ith the assistance of the
Property Appraiser we can have
a clean assessment One thing
you have to know is the property
character continues to change
and they impact on how property
is assessed. If there are changes
we have the ability to make those
For the rest of the public hearing
on the budget there was no
comment. The millage rate will be
3.9962. That means a homeowner
with a house appraised at $150,000
which has a $50,000 homestead
exemption would pay $400 in city
property taxes. Homestead ex-
emption is $50,000 for homes
valued at more than $75,000;
homes between $50,000 and
$75,000 get a percentage of
the additional exemption;
those $50,000 and under can
get a $25,000 exemption.
The amount of money the
city plans to collect next year in
property taxes, since it has kept
the same millage rate as last year,
is less. And, in fact, the total marks
the fourth straight year of a tax
reduction, Long has said.
This year's budget is described
as a maintenance budget, mean-
ing there are no significant new
projects and no employee raises.
"This budget is structured to
maintain our position without los-
ing any ground," Bartow's Finance
Director DavidWright said a few
days before the public hearing.
"It's another maintenance-style
budget I think the basic needs are
Much of the city's money in the
proposed $57.3 million budget
comes from the electric depart-
ment about $35 million as it
buys wholesale power and sells
it to residents and commercial
customers for a profit.

New retail directional signs would be placed approximately like this on
rendering of existing lamp posts along Main Street. The signs would
point toward businesses on side streets from Broadway to Jackson


of Broadway, Central, Wilson,
Florida, Hendry and Jackson
To qualify a business must
be retail, cultural or historical;
service businesses, such as hair
salons or bail bonds are not
eligible. Also the business must
be with three blocks of Main
Street and be open five days a
week and eight hours a day.
The initial sign fee is $150,
which includes installation by
the city Parks and Recreation
Department. A renewal fee
of $50 will be charged each
year. The money pays for the
signs and brackets to attach to
the poles and for upkeep and
repainting of the light poles,
Dorminy explained.

Space is limited to four
business per bracket facing
north and four facing south.
There has to be a 7-foot high
clearance from the sidewalk.
Each sign is 24 inches long and
4 inches wide and is made of
painted aluminum.
Dorminy said it should help
side street businesses to have
the signs, and where there is
space, government offices will
be indicated, as well.
The directional signs will be
kitty-corner from each other.
Signs point north will be on
the northwest corners of the
intersections; those point
south will be on the southeast
Signs need to be paid for
in advance. For applications
or more information contact
Dorminy at 863-519-0508 or
by email at mdorminy.cra@


Murphy also told O'Reilly, "When the
time is right, we'll sit down and talk."
Up until Tuesday, there appeared no
hint of Murphy's decision. If anything,
Sthe only matter of concern to Murphy,
which also was a concern to others,
said O'Reilly, was the recent arrest of
Kathleen High School Principal Cecil
McClellan in a sex sting operation
conducted by the Polk County Sheriff's
Murphy, it is believed, also did not
mention his retirement to the people in
his department until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday,
when they convened and he dropped
his bombshell announcement.
This is the second time Murphy
has resigned from the school system.
He retired once before, in November
2007, as the assistant superintendent
of transportation, a position he held
15 years. However, that proved to be
of short duration as he was rehired in
January 2008, this time as assistant

superintendent of support services.
Murphy has served Polk County
Schools 40 years, and is a success story
of the role education plays in career
development. He began his career in
1972 as a mechanic helper. He became
a mechanic in 1973 and served in that
capacity until 1978, when he was pro-
moted to shop foreman. A high school
dropout, he returned to school and
went on to later earn college degrees.
In a statement issued by Nickell, she
cited Murphy for his service.
"Fred Murphy has faithfully served
Polk County Public Schools for 40
years. He is truly a great model of
someone who started at an entry-level
position in the district and has worked
his way to the top," she wrote. "He has
distinguished himself by his willingness
to go above and beyond in his efforts.
In fact, for the past four years, he has
successfully managed two large divi-
sions within our school system."
Nickell also praised Murphy for being
extremely knowledgeable regarding
district operations.
"There is no one more skillful at crisis
management. In that regard, he is in a

league of his own," stated Nickell. "He
has the unique ability to navigate the
challenging, often emotionally laden
circumstances in a calm and deliberate
manner. He knows how to prioritize
and is a masterful communicator.
His expertise, his commitment to our
district and his warm sense of humor
will always be revered and treasured."
She concluded by calling him "an
institution around here," who will
certainly be missed.
According to Denny Dunn, assistant
superintendent, human resources
development, Murphy's decision was
not unchallenged. Dunn asked him to
give it more consideration.
"I did. I spoke with him that day, that
afternoon," said Dunn. "I said, let me
take you to Beef O'Brady's and we'll
split a pitcher of iced tea." Murphy
turned down the request, saying he had
made up his mind.
Dunn also dispelled any idea that
Murphy had been forced into resigning.
"He was not forced out. This was his
choice," said Dunn. "I support that,
much as I love him."
As for replacing Murphy, at this point

Dunn said that Nickell either had or
was going to approach three direc-
tors in facilities, and three directors
in support services. Whoever is asked
and accepts is going to be the "point
person" rather than an interim as-
sistant superintendent for at least the
next several weeks and will report to a
yet-to-be-named assistant supervisor.
A point person will handle some of
the process stuff that goes on, such as
signing off on payrolls, said Dunn.
As for the future of the position, it
comes at a time when Nickell is putting
together a re-organization proposal. If
it is believed the support services posi-
tion Murphy held should be continued,
perhaps in its current form or recon-
stituted, Dunn said due to the stature
of the position, it is likely a statewide
search would be conducted.
Regardless of who takes over for
Murphy, if the position is maintained,
whoever does will face a monumental
"It's going to be a big pair of shoes to
fill," said O'Reilly.
Murphy was earning $116,468 at the
time of his resignation.

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AmVets closer to a new home


The AmVets Wednesday got one step
closer to moving into a new home.
With the city commission's unani-
mous approval the AmVets may move
into a building at 705 South Orange
Ave. as Bartow City Commissioners
voted 5-0 to amend the Unified Land
Development Code to allow the club to
move in there.
The move doesn't permanently
make the building the clubhouse
where the AmVets plan to hold meet-
ings and social gatherings which
includes selling alcohol but it
will allow the club to use it for that
purpose in a neighborhood of mostly
single-family homes.
The building, which used to be a
dry cleaner, is boarded up and cur-
rently cannot be used for much and
will continue to deteriorate, Bartow
Planning Director Bob Wiegers said at
Wednesday's meeting.
"The whole nature of this special
exemption is it allow you to do things
you wouldn't normally allow," he said.
"You're not rezoning this property
... if this club walks away from it the
next guy can't go in and use it for what
you're allowing."
The building is on the corner of
Orange Avenue and Pear Street and
Wiegers said there isn't much else that
can be done with the boarded building.
"You can potentially put a day care
there or make it a church," he said. "Or
you can tear it down and do a duplex."


This building at 705 S. Orange Avenue may become the new home of the AmVets Post 2405.

AmVets Post 2405 have been looking
for a new place for about nine months
and currently meet at a building
at 490 South Orange Ave, which is
a 113-year-old building. The club,
Commander James Slaughter said, has
84 active members, but usually 12 go
to the meetings. Many of the members
of the club are World War II veterans
and though there aren't many that are
active, he's interested in pursuing new,

younger members.
The AmVets are honorably discharged
military personnel.
He said the club's intention is to not only
get younger people into the club but also
to help the community.
The building provides for on-site parking
and the parking situation should not be
a problem with the way the ordinance is
As commissioners OK'd this move, the

AmVets now have to go before the Board of
Adjustment and will have to hold neigh-
borhood meetings to see if they "buy in"
to the proposal.
That part is probably OK, Wiegers said,
as he mailed 70-80 surveys to residents
in the area asking them if they minded
if the AmVets post used the building for
this purpose. He said of the responses
he's gotten about two-thirds were in
favor of it.

Public Rail workshop in Bartow next week

A public workshop on the Polk Rail
Study where people can see displays
and discuss it with those working on it
is set in Bartow Thursday.
The workshop at the Bartow Civic
Center will be identical to two other
workshops being held next week. They
will run from 5-7 p.m. and be presented

in an open house format.
People will be able to see interac-
tive exhibits such as a noise booth
to listen to sound level samples of
trains, motorcycles, and other similar
examples. Participants can also stop by
a computer lab to access the project's
website, www.polkrail.com, and virtual

town hall, http://ideas.polkrail.com and
join the discussion online.
The two other workshops are at the
Lakeland Center on Monday, Sept. 10,
and at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City on
Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The Florida Department of
Transportation initiated the Polk Rail

Study to identify the best solutions for
regional freight movement through Polk
County while minimizing community
and environmental impacts. It is to
evaluate potential improvements such
as rail relocation options, other rail and
signal improvements, as well as road-
way, pedestrian/bicycle improvements.

Westbound lane on Van Fleet to close this weekend

With weather permitting, one lane
of westbound Van Fleet Drive from
Wilson Avenue to U.S. Highway 98
and one lane of U.S. 98 in both
directions due north of Van Fleet will
be closed intermittently after all day
on Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday,
Sept. 9, and again on Saturday and

Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, for a con-
crete paving operation.
Access through the intersec-
tion will be maintained while the
concrete paving is under way, the
Florida Department of Transportation
No other lane closures are

scheduled during the work week
starting on Sunday, Sept. 9.
Work on new travel lanes, turn lanes,
curbs, sidewalks and drainage continues
behind barrier walls along northbound
U.S. 98 from Van Fleet to south of Manor
Drive, and along westbound Van Fleet
from Walmart Drive to Van Fleet.

With the Van Fleet Drive entrance
to Fort Fraser Trail closed, the trail
can be accessed at the Wilson Avenue
Access to businesses in the work
zone is being maintained, DOT said.
For information, visit


be and requested Parks and Natural
Resources Director Jeff Spence for a
response. Spence said that the permit
issued does not specify where the money
has to come from, but there was a
"The consequences are, if we don't
have any funding, we can't go forward,"
he said. In response, English said it was
his understanding that fines totalling
$10,000 per day could be levied. Spence
said it could go as high as that.
Todd said he was confident the money
could come from somewhere else in
the budget and reiterated his request
the stormwater assessment be removed
from consideration. He was supported
by Commissioner Melony Bell, who also
touched upon requests she had received
regarding mitigation of fees.
"We need to come back and study
this more," she said. "Perhaps we have

rushed into this too soon." Bell sug-
gested the county meet with the cities
to see what their actions were and from
there develop another solution. She
also supported Reed's idea of a citizens
advisory board.
Smith, by his own admission, got on
the soapbox.
"There is a mandate we have to clean
up the water," said Smith. "How we do it
is not a mandate."
Smith added that a point raised by a
citizen who wanted to know why the
lakes which were once cleaned, had
become dirty. He said the lakes hadn't
gotten dirtier; EPA standards had
Eventually, the BOCC unanimously
voted to remove the item from the
budget. After going through the items
in the total budget, it approved in a 5-0
vote the tentative 2012-2013 budget of
S1l316,4!-2 .3 Before it adjourned, the
BOCC chose Sept. 13, at 6 p.m., as the
date for the final public hearing.
In an ironic twist, after the meeting
had been adjourned, it began to rain.

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Saturday, Sept. 8
Movies at the Library,
"Chimpanzee" 2:30 p.m. Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,

100th anniversary celebration and
recruitment drive for Girl Scouts.
Petting zoo, bounce house, hot dogs,
ice cream, cake. Open to prospective
and current Girl Scouts, from kin-
dergarten and up. Registration and
party from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Girl Scout
House, 355 N. Wilson, Bartow.

Pre-anniversary of the Gospel
Links of Tampa, featuring DL Bright
Singers of Lakeland and more groups.
Sponsored by Bro. Gene Bell of the
Holy Propheteers. 7 p.m., Faith Spirit
and Truth with Divine Power Church,
905 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Bartow.

Volunteer Training for Cornerstone
Hospice, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cornerstone Hospice operations center,
2590 Havendale Blvd., Winter Haven.
To pre-register call 863-291-5567 or
352-742-6806 or 888-728-6234.

Imperial Polk Genealogical Society
meeting, 1.p.m., free. Unitarian
Universalist Congregation, 3140 Troy
Ave., Lakeland, 863-686-3886.

Sunday, Sept. 9
Homecoming celebrating 126 years
of First Baptist Church of Homeland.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., worship at
10:45 a.m. with Rev. Randall Pulley of
Lakeland speaking. Special music by Alan
and Angela Flowers of Georgia. Covered
dish luncheon follows in fellowship hall.
248 Church Avenue, Homeland.

55th Homecoming at Lake Ruth
Baptist Church. Sunday Bible study at
9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m. with
guest speaker Sheriff Grady Judd; music
by the Redeemers, Mark Kemen and the
church choir. Luncheon follows in the
fellowship hall. 800 W. Clower St., Bartow.

Monday, Sept. 10
Tiger Bay lunch meeting, 11:30 a.m.
Polk County Commission candidates
John Hall, Republican, and Ricky
Shirah, Democrat, to speak. $15 for
members, $25 for nonmembers. RSVP
by Sept. 7 on Tiger Bay Club websitei
contact AHyndman@MagnifyCU.org or
call 863-512-1486. Peace River Country
Club, 150 Idlewood Ave., Bartow.

Adult Computer Class Group A,
1-3 p.m. Adult Computer Class Group B,
5-7 p.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, 863-534-0131.

Polk Rail Study workshop, 5-7 p.m.,
open house format allowing an oppor-
tunity to view the displays and discuss
the project with project team repre-
sentatives. Brief presentation at 6 p.m.
Lakeland Center, 701W. Lime St.

Central Florida Public School
Boards Coalition, 9:30 a.m. Addresses
public educational issues impact-
ing Central Florida. Ronald Blocker
Educational Leadership Center.
Conference Room A, 445 W. Amelia St.,
Orlando, 407-317-3200.

Tuesday, Sept. 11
Curious George Birthday Party.
4-5:30 p.m., 6-8-year-olds, Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadwav,

Polk Rail Study workshop, 5-7 p.m.,
open house format, opportunity to view

the displays and discuss the project.
Brief presentation at 6 p.m. Fantasy of
Flight, 1400 Broadway Blvd. S.E., Polk

Volunteer Training for Cornerstone
Hospice, 5-9 p.m. Cornerstone Hospice
operations center, 2590 Havendale
Blvd., Winter Haven. To pre-register
call 863-291-5567, 352-742-6806 or

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Story Time, 10 a.m. 3-5-year-
olds, Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, 863-534-0131.

Central Florida Regional Planning
Council, 9:30 a.m. Airport Authority
Conference Room, Sebring Airport
Authority Board Room, 128 Authority
Lane, Sebring, 863-534-7130.

Thursday, Sept. 13
Bartow Chapter Daughters of
the American Revolution annual
Constitution Day luncheon, with Sheriff
Grady Judd speaking, 11:30 a.m., Peace
River Country Club. Buffet lunch tickets
are $15 each. Reservations by Monday,
Sept. 10. Mail checks payable to Bartow
Chapter DAR to: Freddie Wright, 1215
S. Orange, Bartow, FL 33830. Info:

Chicken Barbecue, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.,
Redeemer Lutheran Church, 390 East
Parker St., Bartow. Barbecued chicken,
baked beans, green beans, roll and
dessert for $8. Proceeds to raise funds
for church music ministries. Call

Free boating seminar sponsored by
Lakeland Sail and Power Squadron Inc.,
7-9 p.m., Old Salt Marine,1922 U.S. 98
N., Lakeland. 863-667-9047,

Open Mic Teen Program, 3 p.m.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadwav, 63-534-0131.

Book Babies Story Time. 10 a.m.,

18 months-2 years, Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broadway, 863-534-0131.

Public hearing for Polk County Final
Stormwater Assessment Resolution,
6 p.m. Consideration of an ordinance
creating a county stormwater util-
ity. Neil Combee Administration
Building, 330 W. Church St., Bartow, call

Polk Rail Study workshop, 5-7 p.m.,
open house format allowing an oppor-
tunity to view the displays and discuss
the project with project team repre-
sentatives. Brief presentation at 6 p.m.
Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave.

Friday, Sept. 14
Football, Bartow High at Lake Region,
$6, 7 p.m. 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle

Central Florida Hearing Center, 9 a.m.-
3 p.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, 863-534-0131.

Saturday, Sept. 15
1940s USO Canteen Party in honor
of Polk County Veterans and the 116th
Field Artillery Regiment anniversary,
6-9 p.m. Music, refreshments and
photos. Admission $10. No charge for
active duty and retired military with ID.
Polk County History Center, 100 E. Main
St., Bartow, 863-534-4386.

Paws to Read, 10:30 a.m. Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,

Movies at the Library, "Pirates! A
Band of Misfits," 2:30 p.m. Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,

Tee it Up for Men's Health, a
golf and health fair event. Free.
Registration 7:15-7:45 a.m.; breakfast
and health fair 7:15-8:45 a.m. Shotgun
start 9 a.m. Cleveland Heights Golf
Course, 2900 Buckingham Ave.,
Lakeland. Register by Sept. 11,

Kiwanis helps Stephens



The Bartow Kiwanis Club has been a partner with James E. Stephens Elementary School for many years. The club donated clothing and school
supplies to the school to help families in need. The school has seen a 10 percent increase of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch
in the last five years. Pictured here, from left, are Russ Cannon and Wayne Guest from the Kiwanis Club, school Principal April Summer and
school counselor Sue Phillips.


Saturday, Oct. 13 8 am 10 am
Kiwanis Park in Lake Wales! FREE!
Registration opens at 8 a.m., and the walk kicks off at 8:30.
Participants can walk as for as they'd like along the path around the lake and
then return to Kiwanis P6rk at 9:30 for our recognition of survivors and for
our door prize drawings.
We're also encouraging those who are interested to decorate bras in the theme of
their choice and wear them over their shirts on the walk.
Pnzes will be awarded for the best decorated bros!

Register no later than Sunday, Oct. 7
to guarantee a T-shirt @
and click on E Vv ..

- Lake Wales Medical Center
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Free turkey sandwiches Thursday

Fastfood chain

If you were hungry at lunchtime
SThursday, you could have eaten for
free, as Arby's was giving away turkey
sandwiches from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A
sign announcing the giveaway was
posted Monday at the entrance to the
restaurant on East Van Fleet Drive.
"This is the first time our stores
in this area have done this," said
Assistant Manager Tiffany Meyer, who
often serves as the assistant general
manager, as the general manager
runs the Winter Haven store. "People
ask why we're doing this. It's to
introduce our new sandwiches." She
added it is part of a push promoting
healthier choices at the fast food
In order to prepare, Meyer more
than doubled her shift, from five to
12 people (including herself). They
came in at 6 a.m., instead of 8 a.m.,
the normal time employees arrive to
do prep work.
"We definitely have enough food.
We have 500 portions prepared,"
Said Meyer, who also mentioned that
amount was 30 more than upper
management suggested. "Based on
the results of earlier tests done in
Orlando, we were told to expect
doing every 70 sandwiches every
15 minutes."
Although hungry patrons weren't
lined up, clamoring to get in and order
promptly at 11 a.m., there were two
extra early arrivals. Jerry and Carol
Grantham wanted to be the first to
order, so arrived at 7 a.m. When the
restaurant opened its doors at 10 a.m.,
the pair staked out a table and contin-
ued to patiently wait, albeit this time
in air-conditioned comfort.
Other than the couple, plus some
people who had pulled up into the
drive-through lane, the first to arrive
were Jeff McCall and Jack Johnson.
The two are carpenters who live in
Bowling Green but often work in
Bartow. Neither knew of the giveaway
nor had noticed the banner an-
nouncing it.
"I wasn't even aware of it," said
McCall. "I'm going to get one now."
Both consider themselves semi-
regulars of the restaurant.
"Whenever we're up here, we eat
here," said Johnson.
After ordering and seating them-
selves, both were impressed with their
turkey sandwiches.
"I don't know if my mouth's big
enough," said Johnson. "It's a nice, fat
sandwich." In-between mouthfuls,
he gave a thumbs up to indicate his

uses giveaway to

introduce three new sandwiches

Jessica Arnold brings out the first free turkey Assistant manager Tiffany Meyer immediately began putting together orders for free turkey
sandwiches to be served. sandwiches promptly at 11 a.m., when the two-hour giveaway started.

Carol and Jerry Grantham arrived at 7 a.m.,
in order to be the first to get free turkey

Jack Johnson takes his first bite of the Turkey
Bacon Club sandwich he ordered. He gave it a
thumbs up.

Legoland doing Star Wars

Florida says it will expand to add an
interactive "Star Wars"-themed area in
The central Florida theme park made
the announcement Thursday
Star Wars Miniland will include Lego
scenes from six-movie series of films
as well as the animated "Clone Wars"
television series.
The section will follow a

chronological path through the "Star
Wars" timeline. Some of the 2,000 Lego
models will be more than 6 feet high.
Visitors will be able to activate anima-
tions throughout the scenes using
interactive buttons.
Legoland Florida is based on the
building-block toys and has rides and
attractions geared toward ages 2 to 12.
Since opening in October 2011. the
park has adding a water park and hotels.

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Charlie Lee

Turner, Sr.

Charlie Lee Turner, Sr., 92, of Bartow,
died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Winter
Haven of heart failure.
He was born Jan. 19, 1920, in Bartow.
He was a Baptist.
Mr. Turner was an operator with U.S.
Survivors include three daughters,
Joyce Bentley of Bartow, Katesse
Turner Hazelton (James) of Clermont,
and Rose Wright of Hartford, Conn.;
five sons, Charlie Turner, Jr., of
Philadelphia, Larry Evans of Lakeland,
James Hendley of Bradenton, and
Alonzo Turner and Don Turner, both of
Bartow; three sisters, Katura Ghent of
Medulla, and Thelma Battle and Beulah
Kelley, both of Bartow; seven grandchil-
dren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral service: Sunday, Sept. 9, at
4 p.m., at Burkett Chapel Primitive
Baptist Church, Bartow.
Arrangements: Williams Funeral
Home, Bartow.

Myra Allen

Myra Allen Cannon, 95, of Fort Meade,
passed away Sept. 1, 2012.
Visitation: Sept. 4, from 5-7 p.m., at
McLean Funeral Home, Fort Meade.
Service: Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m., at
Cornerstone Church of God in Fort Meade.

Acorns to Oaks fall sale benefits 3 groups


Items are being accepted for the fall
Acorns to Oaks, billed as an "upscale
children's consignment event and
expo," to be held Oct. 4-6 at Bartow
First Assembly of God.
Chassity Franey and Melissa
Bittinger's first event was held in
March. Their plan is to have two
seasonal events a year offering baby
and children's items, toys, and clothes
up to size 16, plus maternity clothes,
strollers, shoes, bedding, baby gear,
books, games, videos and DVDs.
"Upscale" doesn't necessarily mean
high-priced brands, but quality: no
holes, missing buttons or stains, the
women explained. Toys and other
items should be in working condition,
and have batteries if needed. Bittinger
and Franey emphasized that the event
is "not a yard sale."
More than a sale, the event ben-
efits three Compassion Campaign
partners. The Women's Care Center of
Bartow will receive all of the unsold
donated items at the end of the sale.
While they don't charge a fee for
shoppers to come, they do ask that
they bring a nonperishable food item
to be given to Bartow First Assembly's
food pantry.
Also they will collect donations for
Polk Project's KidPack during expo
hours (10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday). During those hours, they
will have Bricks4Kidz and a balloon
artist on both Friday and Saturday, and
Fun Faces face painting on Friday. Any
donations collected will go to KidPack,
which helps feed the 2,500-plus home-
less students here in Polk County each

weekend. KidPack will also be on site
on Friday and Saturday selling food
and drinks outside.
The Compassion Campaign is
"mine and Melissa's heart," Franey
said. The two were students and
graduates together at Southeastern
University where they were involved in
lots of activities and "planned events
As their lives got busier after col-
lege, the two didn't see each other
much, but reconnected at Bartow
First Assembly of God. They were both
looking for a business that involved
giving back.
Consignors can earn 70 percent of
an item's sale price. To register as a
consignor, go to the website at www.
AcornsToOaksSale.com and click on
"Consignor Login" and follow the
instructions. A $10 nonrefundable
consignor fee can be paid through
PayPal. Each consignor receives a
number and password and enters a
description and price for each item,
then prints out barcoded tags and
attaches them to the items. All con-
signors must register and enter all of
their items into the system by Sunday,
Sept. 30, at 11:59 p.m. They can still
print their tags after that point (before
drop-off), but they will not be able
to enter any more items or edit their
current items after that point.
The seller is required to clean and
iron clothes and place them on plastic
hangers and clean any toys or other
Items must be dropped off by
appointment only on Thursday,
Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. A presale
for volunteers, vendors and consignors
will be held that evening from 5-8 p.m.

Times broken down by number of
volunteer hours worked, consignors,
and then the Little Acorn Presale for
families with a child 12 months old
or younger at the time of the sale or
expecting a baby. Registration for that
presale is free, but space is limited.
People must register in advance on the
website if they qualify.
The sale opens to the public at
10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and runs until
7 p.m. On Oct. 6 the sale is open from
8 a.m.-3 p.m., with a half-offsale from
4-6 p.m. Consignors have the choice
of whether to put their items in the
half-off sale, and also whether or not
to donate their items that don't sell. If
not, they have to pick up their items
Saturday evening.
Consignors may check the Acorns to
Oaks website to see what was sold, and
will receive a check for their sold items
within five days, the women said.
Consignors don't have to attend
the sale, but they and others may
volunteer to help at the event and be
eligible for the pre-sale, as are preg-
nant women and those with babies 12
months or younger. Each volunteer
shift is four hours. Duties include
checking in merchandise, setting up
and working the sales floor, greeting
customers, checkout, security, and
post-sale sorting. Men are welcome to
volunteer since some muscle will be
needed, too. Volunteers will get break-
fast, lunch or dinner, too, depending
on their shifts.
Vendors at the next sale include
Usborne Books, Miche Bags, Thirty-
One Gifts, Scentsy, Parker Place and Be
Still Studios.
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Campaign against testing while driving planned on


It's been more than four years since a
horrific traffic accident on U.S. Highway
27 in Davenport claimed the life of a young
Davenport bride-to-be, but the anti-texting
while driving campaign her death helped
launch continues with support from one
of the nation's largest cell phone service
providers and the Florida Highway Patrol.
"This is a real problem" FHP Troop C
spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins said. 'And
it doesn't seem to be getting better, even
though kids know better." In 2011, accord-
ing to Gaskins, more than 450 crashes
across Florida were attributed to texting
while driving by drivers between the ages
of 15 and 30.
Meanwhile, AT&T is asking that on
Sept. 19, everyone, and especially teen
drivers, take a pledge to end texting while
driving. The campaign is called "It Can
Wait," and includes public service an-
nouncements and a massive, nationwide
initiative to halt the practice that results in
more than 100,000 car crashes each year. It
also asks that those taking the pledge alert
their friends and families via other social
media like Twitter and Facebook.
"We're challenging everyone to take the
pledge to never text and drive," said AT&T
spokeswoman Gretchen Schultz. "We even
have a free app for our cellphones that can
automatically send a message to those
sending you a text to let them know you

are driving and will get back with them
when you arrive at your destination."
The app is available at www.att.com,
she added, and other information on the
campaign may also be obtained at AT&T
stores. There are AT&T stores on North
Broadway in Bartow, at Eagle Ridge Mall in
Lake Wales and on Deer Creek Commerce
Lane in Davenport. There also are stores in
Lakeland and Winter Haven.
In 2008,27-year-old Heather Hurd
and her fiance, Patrick Richardson of
Davenport, were on their way to meet with
an Orlando wedding planner when their
vehicle and nine other cars were crushed
by a semi on U.S. 27 north of Interstate
4. Also killed in the crash was 37-year-old
Stephanie Phillips of Haines City. The
driver of the tractor trailer that plowed
into the string of cars at Sand Mine Road
was reading a text when his truck rammed
into the line of cars, according to FHP and
news reports. The truck driver was cited for
careless driving and subsequently fined.
In the ensuing years, the segment of U.S.
27 from Sand Mine Road to U.S. Highway
192 was named in Hurd's memory and a
"Heather's Law" campaign for a Florida
law making texting while driving illegal
has failed in two attempts to get before the
Florida Legislature.
The bill proposed by former state Sen.
Paula Dockery and herVenice counterpart
Sen.Nancy Detert passed the Florida
Senate but never made it to the House of
Representatives for passage.

The portion of U.S. Highway 27 between Sand Mine Road and the northern Polk County line has
been named Heather Hurd Memorial Highway to honor a Maryland native killed when her car
was struck by afttuck driven by a man who was texting on his cellphone at the time. This photo is
looking north up U.S. 27 from Sand Mine Road.

"We don't know if it will be proposed
again this year," the trooper said, adding
that there are anti-texting while driving
laws on the books in 30 states.
He also said that the FHP is joining the
AT&T effort to educate drivers about the
dangers of distracted driving. "We support
anyone who is letting people know how
dangerous this is," he said.
Gaskins also cited a similar multi-car
crash earlier this year on Interstate 4

that resulted in the death of an Orlando
woman. "It was basically the same
scenario as what happened on 27," he
explained. "The driver was looking at a
text on his phone and didn't see the cars
slowed down in front of him. It's just so
"We need to stop this from happen-
ing over and over," he added. "We hope
people will get the message."
Just not by phone.

Students taught anti-bullying from one who experienced it

Jaylen Arnold spoke to students at
Crystal Lake Middle School and Crystal
Academy of Science & Engineering on
Wednesday, Sept. 5, about Taking a
Stand Against Bullying.
Jaylen knows the sting of bullying.
Diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome
and autism, Jaylen has been bullied
and decided to turn it into a positive.
In 2009 he started Jaylen's Challenge,
which educates potential bullies about
the hurt they can cause others.
Jaylen conveyed to the students that
bullying behavior that is intentional
hurtful and repeated by one or more
students hurts the victim emotionally
and academically. He told students
physical bullying is hitting, kicking,
pushing; stealing, hiding or ruining
someone's belongings or making

Aug. 23
Sherry Banton, 34, 2911 Wheeler
Street possession of marijuana,
possession of paraphernalia and
violation of probation.
Darren Bennett, 41,4211 Bonnie
Mine Road producing marijuana,
possession of a controlled substance
without a prescription, possession
of marijuana and possession of
Chalese Boatwright, 23, 445 Fifth
Ave. driving with a suspended
license and violation of probation.
Jeremy Cheffin, 26, 2911 Wheeler
Street -possession of cocaine,
possession of paraphernalia and
violation of probation.
Brandon Collier, 30, 5171
Transport Road driving with a
suspended license.

someone do something they don't want
to do also are forms of bullying.
Jaylen nothing can be more painful
than verbal bullying and teasing. He
gave the students examples of verbal
bullying such as name calling, teasing,
insulting, and threats.
In conclusion, Jaylen said if you feel
like you're having a problem controlling
your feelings, especially with anger, it is
vital that you talk to a teacher, guidance
counselor, administrative assistant,
assistant principal or a principal to
resolve the issue. By talking to parents
or a staff member at school about
bullying, action should be taken on the
student or students that are causing
the bullying and the issue should be
resolved as soon as possible.
Dale Terrell

Aug. 24
Monique Maybell, 30, 980 Church
Street D308 petit theft.
-iarmiin) NOel...in, 18, 1561 Laurel
Street petit theft.
Aug. 25
Clinton Farley, 46,436 Alturas
Road shoplifting.
Paul Hillary, 33, 1285 Highland
Parkway #55 driving without a
valid license.
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- battery.
Mariah Morgan, 21,505 West
Pearl Street shoplifting.
Vidal Sanchez, 31, 5703 Jessie
Drive driving with a suspended
Jose Santoyo Saurez, 32, 41
Marian Street driving with a
suspended license.

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Christopher Washington, 25 -
burglary, larceny, criminal mischief,
stalking, contempt of court-violation
of domestic violence protection

Aug. 26
David Olmstead, 40, 955 Dudley
Ave. driving with a suspended
license and violation of probation.
Stephanie Westberry, 43, -' -1 .
Weston Road possession of a
.:-i iliied ubrijn. without a
prescription, Jrar ih, 'I. and posses-
sion of paraphernalia.

Aug. 28
Delmy Alfaro, 22 false impris-
onment of an adult and battery.
George Ashe, 34." i: Austin
Street violation of probation.

Jaylen Arnold spoke to students
at Crystal Lake Middle School
and Crystal Academy of Science
& Engineering on Wednesday,
Sept. 5, about Taking a Stand
Against Bullying. Present for the
program were (from left) Deputy
Randy Weis, Chis Canning, actor
Dash Mihok, Clayton Canning,
guest speaker Jaylen Arnold,
Dale Terrell and Robin Arnold.

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