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H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE Thursday, March 1, 2018 THE 118th Year • No. 14 • 3 70¢ Plus 5¢ Sales Tax W EATHER DATE HIGH LOW RAIN 02/2086660.0002/2185660.0002/2285620.0002/2385610.0002/2486600.0102/2587610.0002/2687600.02 TOTAL Rainfall to 02/26/2018 3.24 Same period last year 3.14 Ten Year Average 49.17 Source: Univ. of Fla. Ona Research Center I NDEX Classifieds...........B10 Courthouse Report....B13Crime Blotter......... A11 Entertainment.........B4 Hardee Living.........A6Obituaries........... A11 Puzzles...............B2Save The Date.........A2Solunar Forecast.......B7 PHOTO BY MARIA TRUJILLO 2018 Kindergarten Princess LarissaNorth. PHOTO BY MARIA TRUJILLO Trista Gilliard, 2018 Little Miss HardeeCounty. PHOTO BY MARIA TRUJILLO 2018 Prince & Princess Harrison Webb and ClaraNicholson. Teacher Talks Delayed After ‘Dark’ Meetings County Fair Crowns Its Littlest Royalty Wreck Seriously Injures 2, Closes SR 66 For 3 Hours Princess Prince & Princess Little Miss DieselSpillSparksHazmatCallout PHOTO BY TOM STAIK State Road 66 was closed for more than three hours last Thursday following a three-vehicle accident at Sweet water Road that injured five people, two of them seriously. By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Two people were seriously injured in a three-vehiclesmashup involving a fire truckfrom the West Sebring Volun teer Department last Thursdayon State Road 66 near Sweet water Road. “It is a hard day,” said Bill Kingston, deputy chief of theSebring department. Two of Kingston’s firefight ers were injured – one seri ously – in the accident thattotaled one of the department’srescue trucks. The firefighters, according to Kingston, were returning toHighlands County after deliv ering a fire engine to HardeeCounty Fire Rescue. That truck was used in the Friday funeral service for Fran cisco Javier Figueroa. A fire fighter with HCFR, the28-year-old Figueroa died Feb.18 in a single-vehicle crashnear Ona. According to a report by Trooper P. Miller of the FloridaHighway Patrol, last Thurs day’s smashup occurred around9:12 a.m.See SR 66 A5 By NAOMI EREKSON Herald-Advocate Intern The Hardee County AgriCivic Center was filled withgiggles of excitement as 35young girls took the stage forthe 2018 Kindergarten PrincessPageant during the HardeeCounty Fair. In the end, Larissa North was crowned the 2018 Kinder garten Princess. Larissa is the daughter of Larry and Sierra North and shehas two siblings, Danariah andLaila North. She loves listening to the song, “Whip My Hair Backand Forth” by Willow Smithand her favorite television pro gram is “Full House.” Her fa vorite color is pink and sheloves eating chicken nuggets. Larissa attends Hilltop Ele mentary School, where shemost enjoys math and recess.She also enjoys playing withtoys with her little sister. Miss Photogenic is Har mony Smith, daughter ofBryan and Ashley Smith. Shehas two siblings, Cameron andBryan, and loves listening tothe song, “Shake It” by TheLacs. Harmony attends Zolfo See PRINCESS A3 By NAOMI EREKSON Herald-Advocate Intern The 77th Hardee County Fair wrapped up Saturday af ternoon with fun for everyone,especially all the secondgraders in the Prince &Princess Pageant. At the end of the day, Harri son Webb was crowned the2018 Second-Grade Prince andClara Nicholson was crownedthe 2018 Second-GradePrincess. Harrison is the son of Jack son and Kaylee Webb and hasone sister. He is a student inMrs. Gicker’s class at ZolfoSprings Elementary School andsays of his teacher that she isnice, smart, fair and gives theclass Fun Friday. Some of Harrison’s favorite activities are going hunting andfishing with his dad, playingbaseball, swimming and play ing with his little sister. His fa vorite place to visit is Nana andPa’s house and he likes to eatSee PRINCE A3 By NAOMI EREKSON Herald-Advocate Intern The Hardee County Fair was loaded with bright colors andbig personalities as the LittleMiss Pageant took the stage onFriday night. Trista Gilliard was crowned Little Miss for 2018 as the pag eant ended. Trista is the daughter of Brent and Pang Gilliard and isa student at Zolfo SpringsSee LITTLE MISS A5 By TOM STAIK Of The Herald-Advocate More than 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a stormdrain feeding into a ZolfoSprings creek on Monday morning. The spill followed a two-ve hicle wreck between a passen ger car and a semitractor-trailer in the northbound lanesof U.S. 17 in the constructionzone just south of Zolfo Springs. The driver of the big rig re mained at the scene assisting first responders. The driver of the car was transported from the scene with injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol has yet to release any informa tion concerning the accident. Hardee County Sheriff’s Of fice deputies provided trafficcontrol at the scene whileawaiting a trooper from theFHP’s Manatee County field office. Hazmat control was coordi nated by Hardee County Fire Rescue. “Our county emergency manager was already out hereand been in contact with DEP,” See SPILLA5 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Teachers will have to hold out a while longer before set tling their lingering contractdispute with the HardeeCounty School Board. A bargaining session be tween the Hardee EducationAssociation/United and theSchool Board’s negotiating team scheduled for last Thurs day was canceled with lessthan an hour’s notice. “We were notified by email a little after 3 p.m.,” said JimDemchak, lead negotiator forHEA/U. The bargaining session had been set to begin at 4 p.m. thatday. Demchak and the full bar gaining team for the unionwere present at the SchoolBoard Training Center whenThe Herald-Advocate arrivedfor the scheduled meeting. The newspaper did not re ceive any notice of the cance lation prior to arriving for thebargaining session. The union has proposed a salary structure that includes $1.2 million in direct raises toteachers. The salaries would beimplemented in phases. Thesalary deal would only impactthe second half of the currentschool year – with no retroac tive pay prior to early January.Beginning next year, the newrates would start on the firstday of school. Officials estimate the cost – prior to taxes – at $620,000. HEA/U rejected a salary offer from the district in No vember that would have pro vided teachers with acombination of raises and one-time bonuses, totaling approx imately $850,000. The impromptu cancellation came after a pair of closed-doorexecutive sessions by the School Board to discuss a po tential salary counteroffer for teachers. The School Board met Feb. 20 in executive session to dis cuss the union’s Feb. 15 offer. Notice for that meeting was advertised, as required by law, in The Herald-Advocate. Because the session was See TALKSA2 Pioneer Park Days Special Section Inside


A2 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018 MARCH 1 HC BOCC Meeting/ BOCC Office/ 412 W. Orange St., Room 103, Wauchula/8:30 a.m. 1-3 Pioneer Park Days/ Pioneer Park/Corner of Hwy. 64 W and Hwy. 17 S., Zolfo Springs 3 Friends of Florida Agriculture BBQ w/Adam Putnam/ Ben Hill Griffin Peace River Ranch/ 1445 Ben Hill Griffin Rd, Zolfo Springs/12 p.m. 5 Wauchula City Commission Workshop/ Commission Chambers/225 E. Main Street, Wauchula/6 p.m. 5 "Tortured for Christ" Movie/AMC Lakeshore 8/ Sebring/7:30 p.m. 6 Fitness in the Park/Yoga/Heritage Park/5:30 p.m. 8 Walk-n-Talk/Peace River Park/322 E. Main St, Wauchula/ 9 a.m. 12 Wauchula City Commission Regular Meeting/ 6 p.m. 13 Financial Fitness Class/Hardee Help Center/2 p.m. 13 Healthy Eating Class/ Hardee Help Center/2 p.m. 13 Fitness in the Park/Yoga/Heritage Park/5:30 p.m. 16 Movies in the Park/ Heritage Park/ 6 p.m. 17 Heirlooms & Originals Student Business Fair/ Heritage Park/ 9 a.m. 19 Open Mic Night/ Heritage Park/ 6 p.m. 20 Devotion & Lunch/ Hardee Help Center/Noon 20 Fitness in the Park/Yoga/Heritage Park/5:30 p.m. 23 Leadership Luau/ Leadership Hardee/ Wauchula Train Depot/6 p.m. 23 Story of Jesus/ 7:30 p.m. 24 Story of Jesus/ 7:30 p.m. 27 Fitness in the Park/Yoga/Heritage Park/5:30 p.m. APRIL 4-7 Bensen Days/ Wauchula Municipal Airport/8 a.m. 6 Story of Jesus/ 7:30 p.m. 7 Story of Jesus/ 7:30 p.m. 13 Story of Jesus/ 7:30 p.m. 14 Story of Jesus/ 7:30 p.m. 20 Story of Jesus/ 7:30 p.m. 21 Story of Jesus/ 7:30 p.m.Save The Date will keep residents informed of upcoming community happenings. To have your non-profit meeting or event posted for free, e-mail features@theheraldadvocate. com as far ahead as possible. SAVETHEDATE Have an entry for Save The Date? See contact info below. Herald-Advocate HARDEECOUNTYSHOMETOWNCOVERAGE JOANM. SEAMAN Sports Editor Emeritus TOM STAIK Sports Editor NOEY DeSANTIAGO Production Manager DARLENE WILLIAMS Assistant Production Manager DEADLINES: Hardee Living Thursday 5 p.m. School News & Photos Thursday 5 p.m. Sports Thursday 5 p.m. (Weekend Events, Monday Noon) General News Monday 5 p.m. Ads Tuesday Noon SUBSCRIPTIONS: Hardee County 6 months, $21 1 year, $39 2 years, $75 Florida 6 months, $25 1 year, $46 2 years, $87 Out of State 6 months, $29 1 year, $52 2 years, $100 Online 1 month, $5 6 months, $19 1 year, $37 2 years, $70 LETTERS: The Herald-Advocate welcomes letters to the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be brief, and must be written in good taste, signed and include a daytime phone number. MICHAEL R. KELLY Co-Publisher and Editor JAMES R. KELLY Co-Publisher CYNTHIA M. KRAHL Managing EditorTHE115 S. Seventh Ave. P.O. Box 338 Wauchula, FL 33873 Phone: (863) 773-3255 Fax: (863) 773-0657 Published weekly on Thursday at Wauchula, Florida, by the HeraldAdvocate Publishing Co. Inc. Periodical Postage paid at U.S. Post Office, Wauchula, FL 33873 and additional entry office (USPS 578-780). Postmaster, send address changes to: The Herald-Advocate, P.O. Box 338, Wauchula, FL 33873. Kellys ColumnBy JimJessica Skitka, executive director of the Hardee County Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the Wauchula Kiwanis Club on Tuesday at Mater'z Steak House. She said the county has 1,631 companies and that 183 are members of the chamber. The chamber has many activities dur ing the year. Mottos include "To build a better community" and "Don't let small town life make your life small." Remembering William Sam Spears (1927-2017). He and his father W.H Spears owned Wauchula Furniture Company for over 40 years. Sam served in the U.S. Navy and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He passed away on Sept. 16 at age 90. Sam lived a great and productive life. Remembering Evangelist Billy Graham, who passed away last week at age 99. He was considered "America's pastor." A great life well lived and advanced Christianity throughout the nation and much of the world. He went to Bible College in Florida, but his favorite state in recent decades was North Carolina. He was close to many U.S. presidents. He held many crusades, including Tampa. The 50th Annual Pioneer Park Days will be held today (Thursday) through Saturday in Zolfo Springs. Another successful Hardee County Fair has just concluded. The girls' high school basketball state finals are this week at the civic center in Lakeland, followed by the boys' tournament next week. The Winter Haven Blue Devils are seeking another state title this week. March Madness is underway with college conference tour naments around the corner for women's and men's teams to be followed by the NCAA Final Four. There does not appear to be a dominant men's team, but the UCONN Huskies coached by Geno Auriemma have just completed another undefeated season. Last Saturday my wife and I saw the Florida Gator men's basketball team defeat Auburn, 72-66. My college fraternity Pi Kappa Phi is building a new $5.2 million chapter house at UF, to be ready this fall. Fraternities and sororities can be great parts of college life but are not for every student. Reynolds Allen was a Pi Kapp at Stetson and advised me to join the UF chapter. It was a good decision. CorrectionIn 1960 State Sen. Doyle E. Carlton ran for governor and was defeated by fellow Democrat Farris Bryant, not LeRoy Collins. Collins was sitting governor in 1960 and en dorsed Carlton for the job. Doyle's father Doyle Sr. served as Florida's governor from 1929-33. At The Herald-Advo cate, we want accuracy to be a given, not just our goal. If you believe we have printed an error in fact, please call to report it. We will re view the information, and if we find it needs correction or clarifica tion, we will do so here. To make a report, call Managing Editor Cyn thia Krahl at 773-3255. CorrectionsHARDEE COUNTY FOOD PANTIRES Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries 113 N 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-5717 Requirements: Identification, Social Security card When: Wednesday ONLY | 10 am 12 noon Bowling Green Church of God 121 W. Broward Bowling Green, FL 33834 Tele: 863-375-2231 Requirements: Identification When: 3rd Saturday of the month | 8 am noon Cutting Edge Food Ministry 3059 Elm Street Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 Tele: 863-773-2484 Requirements: Identification When: Tuesday & Friday 10 am noon & 1 3 pm First United Methodist Church of Wauchula 207 N. 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-4267 Requirements: ID & Physical address (Light Bill, Lease etc.) When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month 1:00 3:00 pm (first come, first serve) Other Program: Bagged Lunch M, W, F 8 am 12 pm for pre-school age kids & adults. Wednesday Night Free Community Dinner: 5:30 6:30 pm Hardee Help Center 713 E. Bay Street, Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-0034 Requirements: Application with proof of hardship Programs: Emergency & Homelessness Assistance For more information, Contact the Hardee Help Center St. Michaels Catholic Church Food Pantry 408 Heard Bridge Rd, Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-4089 Requirements: Identification or Light Bill When: Every Saturday 6:00 8:00 amRev. 12/19/20177 By NAOMI EREKSONHerald-Advocate InternBiblical characters will be marching through Wauchula once again this month as the Hardee County Cattlemans Arena transforms into ancient Jerusalem. Power & Light Productions is entering its 31st year as the nationally-acclaimed passion play, The Story of Jesus, returns to the 250-foot panoramic set. Will this be the last hurrah for the beloved drama? Well, lets just say its complicated. Although this will not be the final production of The Story of Jesus in general, it will be the last one to be per formed in the local arena. At least for now. Pastor Mike Graham of Real Life Church, director of the production, said the rea sons for the decision to stop the production are compli cated. He simply noted that this final production might just be a temporary thing, but there is no certainty. As for where the production will be held in the future, he said there are currently no plans for that yet either. Graham added that Power & Light Productions has been involved with some other ac tivities it will continue to keep up with, including the new Bethlehem Christmas event at Bayside Community Church in Bradenton, which is on the schedule again for this year. In the meantime, make sure to attend one or more shows of this phenomenal production. Tickets are now on sale. This biblically accurate portrayal of Jesus life, death and resurrection is seen in a very realistic setting. As before, there are 10 scheduled dates for The Story of Jesus this year. There will be two shows each weekend, one on Fridays and one on Sat urdays. Each show begins at 7:30 p.m., running for about three hours. Of course, each event will open with its patriotic pre-show, Pictures of Freedom at 7, honoring the military. Scheduled dates for this years productions are March 23-24, 30-31 and April 6,-7, 13-14, and 2021. Between 175 and 200 people have been working hard since the second Sunday of January to prepare for this spe cial event. Seamstresses repair or make new costumes. Members of the cast practice their parts or their backstage re sponsibilities. Some are busy transforming the arena to Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other biblical sites. They come from all over Florida, representing many different churches, to partici pate in this show and make it successful. A rough estimate of 100 live animals, ranging from horses and camels to chickens and doves, also make the show possible. There are restroom facilities on site outside the cattlemans arena, as well as food trucks and souvenir stands. There will also be a 25-minute intermis sion in the middle of each show to allow guests a break to stretch and use the restroom. Each show also provides on stage deaf interpretation. Guests are encouraged to bring seat cushions for further comfort while sitting on those metal grandstands in the arena. Anyone who not yet been to see this stellar performance, should make sure to get tickets when they go on sale on Monday. Ticket prices for the show this year are $25 for adults, $18 for children, $23 for sen ior citizens and groups of 25 or more people, and $15 for end sections. Anyone can purchase tickets online at or call 375-4031. It is important to note that if get ting a ticket online, there is an additional $1.50 service charge per ticket. Tickets can also be pur chased the day of the show but it is recommended they be pur chased ahead of time as the arena often fills up at almost every show, especially the Easter weekend, which falls on March 30 through April 1 this year. In addition to purchasing tickets, folks can also make a special donation to Power & Light Productions as we dont sell enough tickets to make a profit, said Pastor Graham. Of course, he explained that even though most, if not all the tickets, are sold, it comes close to meeting expenses but not quite. In the past, cast from the show would stand outside the arena at the end of each pro duction with donation buckets if guests felt led to donate some additional cash to help out. However, Pastor Graham said hes not sure yet if they will do that this year. We want to keep the ministry going, he added. Anyone who would like information about how to donate to the production, can call 3754031.Tickets On Sale Now For The Story Of Jesus See Passion Play Before Its Goneheld behind closed doors and not open to the public, it re mains unclear what was dis cussed at the session. Full minutes and recordings only become available for public in spection at the conclusion of contract talks. However, a second execu tive session of the School Board was held last Thursday at 10 a.m., according to board secretary Joann McCray. Local media were not in formed of the meeting. No notice of meeting was published in The Herald-Ad vocate, the paper of record of the county. McCray said Tuesday after noon she was not aware of the Feb. 22 meeting being noticed either by advertisement or in some other form. Questions were referred to Superintendent of Schools Bob Shayman and Deputy Superintendent Todd Durden. Neither Shayman nor Dur den were immediately avail able for comment Tuesday afternoon. The Feb. 22 executive ses sion also does not appear to be a continuation of the Feb. 20 one. According to an official present at the Feb. 20 execu tive session, that Tuesday meeting ended without a continuation to a time certain. Floridas Government in the Sunshine Law does allow for alternative means of noticing meetings. Accepted alternate forms of posting a meeting no tice when publication in a newspaper of general circulation in that area is not available include tacking a notice at a bulletin board readily accessible by the general public. The Sunshine Law provides that even dark meetings executive sessions allowed for a limited number of topics, including contract negotiations must still be noticed. The School Board has an nounced a third executive ses sion to discuss the union offer for March 8 following its regular meeting. Notice for that meeting appears in this weeks edition of The Herald-Advo cate. If a counteroffer is approved by the board next week, it would then be presented to the union during a still-yet-to-bescheduled bargaining session. TALKS Continued From A1 By JOAN SEAMANOf The Herald-AdvocateA Friday afternoon crash in jured an Arcadia couple. According to a Florida High way Patrol report, the accident happened about 3:20 p.m. on Parnell Road in eastern Hardee County as Kenneth Hecht, 79, was driving south on his 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle just past the Steve Roberts in tersection. Trooper B. Brelsfords report says Hecht was approaching a left curve when he left the road and traveled onto the south grass shoulder of Parnell Road. The motorcycle overturned, throwing both the driver and his passenger, Judy Hecht, 76, from the vehicle. Kenneth Hecht was trans ported to Florida Hospital Heartland with serious injuries while his wife was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. The incident was not alco hol related. Kenneth Hecht was charged with failure to main tain his lane of traffic.Accident Injures CoupleYou Are Not Alone Someone Is There To ListenSUICIDE HOTLINE1 (800) 627 5906


March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A3 PRINCE Continued From A1 pizza and macaroni andcheese. His favorite color is blue, his favorite animal is a cheetahand his favorite things atschool are eating lunch, play ing on the playground andstudying math and science. When Harrison is older, he wants to be a miner so he canfind diamonds, gold, silverand rubies. Clara is the daughter of Scott and Tiffany Nicholsonand she has one sister. She is astudent in Mrs. Hanley’s classat Alane Academy and says ofher teacher that she is braveand thoughtful. Some of Clara’s favorite ac tivities are dance and gymnas tics. Her favorite place to visitis To Infinity and her favoritecolor is pink. Her favorite animals are puppies and she loves eatingcotton candy and macaroniand cheese. Her favoritemovies are the Madea moviesand she is proud of learning todo gymnastics by herself. Clara’s favorite thing to do at school is reading and shehopes to become a nurse whenshe is older. Internet Photogenic win ners are Jhonathan Gonzalezand Jaylee Rios. Jhonathan isthe son of Lidia and VictorGonzalez and he has onebrother and four sisters. He isalso prince runner-up. Jhonathan is a student in Mrs. White’s class at HilltopElementary and says of histeacher that she is pretty, spe cial and very smart. Some of Jhonathan’s fa vorite activities are playingsoccer and basketball, playingwith his older brother andhelping his dad feed thehorses. His favorite place tovisit is his Uncle Pirra’s andhis favorite colors are red andblue. His favorite animals are horses, he likes eating tacos,pizza and Shrimp Lo Mien andhe is proudest of his dad be cause he still has time to playwith him after working all day. Jaylee is the daughter of Ponci Rios and Letty Alemanand she has one brother andtwo sisters. PRINCESS Continued From A1 Some of Jaylee’s favorite activities are doing gymnasticsand helping her dad cook. Sheenjoys visiting the mall andher favorite color is red. Her favorite animal is a hamster, she likes eating amedium rare steak and she isproudest of her grades andhaving a teacher, dad andfriends to help her. Jaylee is a student in Ms. Davenport’s class at BowlingGreen Elementary and says ofher teacher that she is nice andlets the class play after finish ing work. Photogenic winners are Weslee Cornelius and Maky lah Garcia. Weslee is the sonof Jake and Laurel Corneliusand he has two brothers. He is in Mrs. Franks’ class at Hilltop Elementary and says of his teacher that she is funny. Weslee’s favorite activity is playing baseball, his favoriteplace to visit is Miami and hisfavorite color is blue. His fa vorite animals are horses, heenjoys eating ribs and he isproudest of his grades. At school, Weslee likes reading and he hopes to be alineman when he is older. Makylah is the daughter of Daniel and Sandra Garcia andAmber Goodman and she hastwo brothers and two sisters. She is a student in Mr. Cor dawana’s class at NorthWauchula Elementary andsays of her teacher that he isfunny and nice. Her favorite activities in clude playing, cooking, sportsand being with family. Shelikes visiting the beach and her favorite color is green. Her favorite animal is a leopard, she likes eating broc coli and cheese and she isproudest of her family. At school, Makylah likes having fun and she hopes to bea doctor when she is older. Princess runner-up is Lily Southwell. She is the daughterof Steven and Tiffany South well and she has two brothersand one sister. She is a student in Mrs. Davis’ class at Wauchula Ele mentary and says of herteacher that she is pretty, niceand speaks loud and clear. Some of Lily’s favorite ac tivities are roller skating, play ing with her friends, andplaying with her animals. Shelikes to visit Nanny andGranddaddy’s house and her favorite colors are red and pur ple. Her favorite animal is a tiger, she enjoys eating pizzaand she is proudest of gettingall A’s and B’s in school. At school, Lily enjoys read ing and writing and she hopesto be a teacher when she isolder. Other contestants in the running for crowns were: BGE students Ryan Brum mett and Fabiola Gutierrez,Jocelyn Ortega-Reyes, andJuan Luevano and Cylee Mur phy. HES students Gavin Car penter and Martina Richard son, Natalie Gamez, SeikoBarahona and Bella Newman,Angel Santiago-Padilla andHailin Pantoja, and AnnaGutierrez. NWES students Sergio Duran and Yadira Montanez,Timothy Whaley, JaredSanchez and Catarina John son, Luke Torres and PaolaLucatero, and Noah Newmanand Jade Sanchez. Homeschool student Ju lianna Palacios. WES students Ryley Dish man and Toccara Daniels,Griffin Carlton, Lilliauna Nor wood, Ross Rivas and EmalynJohnston, Landon Cisnerosand Merlina Ramirez, andMaverick Pleger and NatalieHines. ZSE students Jesus Ro driguez and Leigha Salazar, Is abella Johnson, MarcoGarcia-Santiago and TiannaLee, Zachary Brown and LillieFitts, and Ethan Byrd andKaitlyn Garcia. PHOTO BY MARIA TRUJILLO The 2018 Prince & Princess and their Court are (from left) Mr. Photogenic Weslee Cornelius, Mr. Internet Photogenic and Prince runner-upJhonathan Gonzalez, Prince Harrison Webb, Princess Clara Nicholson, Princess runner-up Lily Southwell, Miss Photogenic Makylah Garciaand Miss Internet Photogenic Jaylee Rios. PHOTO BY MARIA TRUJILLO The 2018 Kindergarten Princess and her Court are (from left) Miss Photogenic Harmony Smith, Princess LarissaNorth, Miss Personality Violet Johnson and Miss Internet Photogenic Zaniah Smith. Springs Elementary School,where her favorite subject isart. She also enjoys being abrand rep for online clothingboutiques and collecting LOLsurprise dolls. Camping, fish ing and mudding are amongher other interests. Miss Internet Photogenic is Zaniah Small, daughter ofTrey and Monica Small. She has two siblings, Damian and Haylee, and loveslistening to the song, “Wolves”by Selena Gomez. Zaniah goes to North Wauchula Elementary School,where her favorite subject ismath. She also enjoys dancingand playing softball. Miss Personality and the coloring contest winner is Vi olet Johnson, daughter ofDavid and Beckie Johnson. Violet’s nickname is “Little Bit,” and she has one sibling,Catarina Johnson. Her favorite song is “Over comer” by Mandisa and sheloves watching “The AndyGriffith Show” on TV. Violet attends North Wauchula Elementary and herfavorite subject is math. Shealso enjoys reading, dancing,and creating dance routines. Other contenders for the 2018 Kindergarten Princesswere Tatiana Baitey, daughterof Doug and Sherie Baitey;Ella Hayes, daughter of Ryanand Ashleigh Hayes; AliviaGeorge, daughter of MatthewGeorge; Kadie Rickett, daugh ter of Ashley Newman andMatthew Rickett; AmeliaRoberts, daughter of Paul andJulia Roberts; Rianna Reyes,daughter of Raul and AshleyReyes; Jurnee Myers, daughterof Aaron and Micah Myers;and Ariel Garza, daughter ofEnrique and Jennifer Garza. Also, Dora Gonzalez, daughter of Victor and LidiaGonzalez; Londyn Sampson,daughter of Lacie Carlton;Molly Conerly, daughter ofJoshua and Jennifer Conerly;Natasha Mather, daughter ofDylan and Robin McClellan;Paris Lewis, daughter of DielaDarceus; Taylin Jena, daughterof Cierra Hill and Leno Jena;Vanessa Becerra, daughter ofMaribel Visaraga; Aubry Sul livan, daughter of David andPeyton Godwin and Tim Sulli van; and Eliana Anselmo,daughter of Manuel Anselmo. And, Harper Moore, daugh ter of Daniel and Meg Moore;Isabella Gonzalez, daughter ofDalton Gonzalez and Saman tha Raymondi; Jillian Keen,daughter of Darryl and NicoleKeen; Alondra Tharp, daugh ter of Scott and Kristy Tharp;Caroline Conerly, daughter ofBo and Candice Conerly;Adriyanna Avalos, daughter ofCarlos and Lacey Avalos;Aileen Carter, daughter ofAdriana and Marcus Carter;and Willow Lambert, daughterof Levi and Debbie Lambert. Also, Ava Bates, daughter of Calvin Bates and RaquelMartinez; Chancee Howard,daughter of Clint and KimHoward; Addilyn Hernandez,daughter of Cody and MarinaHernandez; Aniyah Anderson,daughter of Darren and MariaAnderson; Anika Pfeiffer,daughter of Greg and KimPfeiffer; Lainey Johnson,daughter of Steve and AndreaJohnson; and Bella Medina,daughter of Cesar and VictoriaMedina. Each of the contestants was judged on personality, overallappearance and question re sponse. Entertainment was provided by Bailey’s Dance Academy,led by Bailey Heine. Perform ances included the mini and el ementary team doing a tapperformance, a junior and sen ior team doing a lyrical per formance and another miniand elementary performancewith a jazz number. A 10-minute intermission then preceded the entertain ment to allow more time forthe tabulator’s calculations. Upon the conclusion of the intermission, all contestantswere awarded with first run ner-up crown and prize bag.Once these were distributed, the winners were crowned bythe following ladies. Reigning2017 Jr. Miss Hardee CountyEmma McGuckin, reigningLittle Miss Hardee CountyCarli Mushrush and reigning2017 Kindergarten PrincessCaroline Cornell. Emceeing the pageant was Jen Canary and judges werewinners of the Miss HardeeCounty Pageant, Miss HardeeCounty Mackenzie Burch, firstrunner-up Amari DeLeon, sec ond runner-up Michaela Klein,third runner-up Darby Sandersand fourth runner-up JansenWalker. 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– CHURCHSCHEDULE– APOSTOLIC LIGHTHOUSE UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 310 Orange Street • 773-1017 Sunday Service.................10:00 a.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. CHESTER GROVE MB CHURCH 708 W. Grape Street Sunday Morn. Worship .......8:00 a.m. Sunday School....................9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study Night Chidren & Youth ................4:30 p.m. Adult Class.........................6:00 p.m. CHRISTIAN BIBLE FELLOWSHIP 3950 Aurora Avenue • 375-2864 Morning Worship ..............10:30 a.m. Youth Group Sunday........6:00 p.m. CHURCH OF GOD 121 West Broward St. • 375-2231 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ...............6:30 p.m. Wednesday.........................7:30 p.m. NEW LIFE POWER OUTREACH CHURCH 725 Palmetto Street Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Wednesday Night Empowerment Class............................7:30 p.m. Evening Worship 1 st Sunday.....................5:00 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Bowling Green 4531 Hwy.17 N • 375-2253 S UNDAY : Bible Study.........................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ..............10:45 a.m. Children’s Church............10:45 a.m.Evening Worship ....... .........6:00 p.m. W EDNESDAY : Youth (7th-12th grade).......6:00 p.m.Adult Discipleship Train. ...6:30 p.m. TeamKID (ages 4-3rd grade) 6:30 p.m. BOLD (4th-6th grade)........6:30 p.m. FORT GREEN BAPTIST CHURCH 2875 Baptist Church Road 773-9013 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening.................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Supper ............6:00 p.m.Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. FOX MEMORIAL HOLINESS CHURCH 140 E. Main Street • 836-273-7576 Sunday Morning Worship .10:00 a.m. Sunday Night Worship .......6:00 p.m. Wednesday Service............7:30 p.m. GATEWAY CHURCH (formerly Faith Assemly of God) 4937 Hwy. 17 N. • 375-4000 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ..............10:30 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:30 p.m. Wednesday Service ...........7:00 p.m. GREATER MACEDONIA PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH 607 Palmetto Street • 375-3226 Church School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Service.................7:00 p.m.Wed. Bible Study/Prayer....7:00 p.m.Communion-2nd Sun. Eve.6:00 p.m. HOLY CHILD SPANISH CATHOLIC MISSION 4315 Chester Avenue • 773-4089 Misa (Espanol) Sunday......7:00 p.m. IGLESIA DEL DIOS VIVO 105 Dixiana Street • 375-4191 Domingo De Predicacion.11:00 p.m.Martes Estudio Biblico.......7:00 p.m.Miercoles Estudior Juvenil.7:00 p.m.Jueves De Predicacion.......7:00 p.m. IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH 210 E. Broward Street • 445-0290 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ..............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer........... ....6:00 p.m MT. PISGAH BAPTIST CHURCH 6210 Mt. Pisgah Rd. 375-4409 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Disciples Training ..............5:00 p.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Time .....7:00 p.m. NEW BEGINNINGS 4810 Sally Blvd. • 781-5887 Sense Sunday....................11:00 a.m. “Making Sense of the Non-Sense” Sunday Bread of Life.........3:15 p.m.2nd Sunday Communion..11:00 a.m. NEW BEGINNINGS WORSHIP CENTER 230 E. Lemon St. • 375-3208 Sunday..........10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.Wednesday..............................7 p.m.Friday......................................7 p.m. (Service with Fellowship to follow) PRIMERA MISION BAUTISTA 3920 Murray Road • 375-2295 Domingos Escuela Dom.....9:45 a.m.Servicio de Adoracion ......11:00 a.m. Servicio de Predicacion......5:00 p.m.Miercoles Servico..............6:30 p.m. REAL LIFE CHURCH 3365 US Hwy 17 • 375-4032 Morning Service...............10:30 a.m.Wednesday Study/Learning6:30 p.m. ST. JOHN A.M.E. CHURCH 513 W. Orange Street Sunday Church School.......9:30 a.m.Sunday Morning Worship .11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study.....6:30 p.m. VICTORY PRAISE CENTER 128 E. Main Street Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Thursday Night Services, Evening Worship. ...............7:00 p.m. Kidz Club...........................7:00 p.m. IGLESIA PENTECOSTES VISION POR LAS ALMAS 149 Badger Loop • 448-2831 Martes: Oracion..................7:00 p.m.Jueves: Ensenaza Biblica...7:00 p.m.Domingo: Servicio...........10:30 a.m. LIMESTONE BAPTIST CHURCH 4868 Keystone Ave. • Limestone 863-242-2855 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............6:00 p.m. NEW ZION BAPTIST CHURCH 202 Sidney Roberts Road 735-0123 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting6:30 p.m. ONA BAPTIST CHURCH 131 Bear Lane • 863-245-2371 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Thursday Prayer.................7:00 p.m. UNION BAPTIST CHURCH 5076 Lily Church Rd. • 494-5622 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday SHINE for Kids..............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Time.......7:00 p.m. APOSTOLIC ASSEMBLY 640 Apostolic Road • 773-3052 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Englishg Service...............11:30 a.m.General Worship Service ....1:30 p.m. Tuesday Prayer...................7:00 p.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. BAYSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH HARDEE COUNTY CAMPUS 615 Rainey Blvd. • 941-755-8600 Sunday Services.................9:15 a.m. ......................................& 11:15 a.m. Fusion (6th 8th grade)..................... ................Duing all Sunday Services Wednesday Epic (9th 12th grade)... ............................................6:30 p.m. CELEBRATION FELLOWSHIP 773-0427 Celebration Service..........10:30 a.m. Wednesday Evening Cell Groups Adult Cell Group................7:00 p.m.Youth Cell Group...............7:00 p.m.Children’s Cell Group........7:00 p.m. Call for locations CHARLIE CREEK FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 6885 State Rd. 64 East • 773-3447 Sunday School........... .........9:45 a.m. Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wesnesday Children’s Ministry......... ............................................5:00 p.m. Wednesday Worship ...........6:30 p.m. CHURCH OF CHRIST 240 Will Duke Road 773-2249 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Sunday Morning Worship .11:00 a.m. Wed. Night Bible Class......7:00 p.m. CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS 630 Hanchey Rd. • 773-3532 Sacrament Meeting.............9:00 a.m.Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Priesthood.........................11:00 a.m. ELEVATE COMMUNITY CHURCH 529 West Main Street (Robarts Funeral Home Chapel) Sunday Service.................11:00 a.m. Weekly Life Groups ENDTIME CROSSROAD MINISTRY 908 Martin Luther King Ave 773-0160 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Service...............11:30 a.m.Evening Service.................7:30 p.m.Wed. Bible St. & Yth. Gath7:30 p.m.Friday (Holy Ghost Night).7:30 p.m. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 114 N. 7th Avenue • 773-2105 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Sunday Worship ................11:00 a.m. Wednesday Supper.............6:15 p.m.Wed. Youth Fellowship ......7:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. FAITH TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD 701 N. 7th Avenue • 773-3800 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Sunday Worship ................10:30 a.m. Children’s Chuch..............10:40 a.m.Evening Service.................6:00 p.m.Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1570 W. Main Street • 773-4182 S UNDAY : Bible Study for all ages......9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. W EDNESDAY : Children’s Chiors (PK-Grade 4)..................5:30 p.m. Mid-Week Prayer Meeting6:00 p.m.NEST Backyard (PK-Grade 4)..................6:30 p.m. Club 56..............................6:00 p.m.Youth Group (Grades 7-12)6:00 p.m.Church Orchestra..............5:15 p.m.Adult Choir.......................6:30 p.m. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1121 W. Louisiana St. • 773-9243 S UNDAY : Generations Caf Open..... ................ .................................9:00-10:20 a.m. Kids World Check-In for Nursery-5th Grade...........10:15 a.m. Pre-K Blast.......................10:30 a.m.Kids World B.L.A.S.T. (K-5th)..........................10:30 a.m. Worship Service...............10:30 a.m.W EDNESDAY : Generations Caf Opens.................... ....................................5:15-6:15p.m. Check-In begins for Nursery-5th grade..............5:45 p.m.Classes for children ages PreK-12th grade.........6:30-7:30 p.m.Adutl Bible Studies....6:00-7:30 p.m. FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 511 W. Palmetto Street Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. FIRST MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1347 Martin Luther King Avenue 773-6556 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................4:00 p.m. Wed. Prayer/Bible Study....7:00 p.m. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 207 N. Seventh Avenue • 773-4267 Coffe and Fellowship.........9:15 a.m.Sunday School............. .......9:45 a.m. Blended Sunday Worship .10:55 a.m. Wednesday Night Dinner...6:00 p.m.Youth (0-18) & Adult Programming. ............................................7:00 p.m. FLORIDA’S FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH 1397 South Florida Avenue 773-9386 Sun. Community Groups....9:30 a.m.Sunday Worship ................10:30 a.m. Family Night Wednesday ...7:00 p.m. Ministry for all ages! FOUNTAIN OF LIFE CHURCH IGLESIA FUENTE DE VIDA Bilingual Services / Servicios Bilinges 311 Goolsby St. • 832-9914 Sunday/Domingo..............10:30 a.m.Wednesday/Mircoles........7:30 p.m. THE GOSPEL TABERNACLE 810 Tennessee St. • 781-2708 Sunday Morning Service..10:00 a.m.Sunday Night Service.........6:00 p.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. HIGHER GROUND INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY 1258 West Main Street Sunday School Adult & Youth.......... ..........................................10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship .11:00 a.m. Wed. “Night in the Word”..7:00 p.m.Wed. Extreme Kids............7:00 p.m.Thursday Prayer.................6:00 p.m. IGLESIA ADVENTISTA DEL SEPTIMO DIA 1819 Dishong Road • 767-1010 IGLESIA CHRISTIANA EL REMANENETE 318 W. Main Street Martes Oracion................7:00 p.m.Jueves Clase Biblica........7:00 p.m.Viernes Servicio...............7:30 p.m.Domingo Servicio..........11:00 a.m. IGLESIA de DIOS ALFA Y OMEGA 1909 Stanfield Road Sunday School.................10: 00 a.m.Evening Service.................6:00 p.m.Tuesday (Bible Study & Prayer Night)..............................7:30 p.m. Friday Worship Service ......7:30 p.m. IGLESIA HISPANA PRESENCIA DE DIOS 511 West Palmetto Street Domingos...........................6:00 p.m.Miercoles..............................7:00 p.m. IGLESIA MINISTERIOS CRISTIANO DIOS ES AMOR 807 S. 8th Ave. • 773-4576 Domingos Escuela Dominica......................10:00 a.m. Servicio.............................11:00 a.m.Lunes Oracion....................6:00 p.m.Miercoles Servicio.............7:00 p.m. KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES 155 Altman Road • 767-1131 ENGLISH Sunday Service...................2:00 p.m. SPANISH Sunday Service.................10:00 a.m. LIGHT OF THE WORLD MINISTRIES Womans Center • 131 N 7th Ave. Friday Evening...................6:00 p.m. LAKE DALE BAPTIST CHURCH 3102 Heard Bridge Rd. • 773-6622 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. MINISTERIO INTERNACIONAL Cambriadores de Mundo 704 W. Main Street Wednesday Service............7:30 p.m. MY NEW LIFE IN CHRIST CHURCH 117 West Palmetto St. • 773-2929 Sunday Service.................10:00 a.m.Sunday Evening Service....6:00 p.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. Children Ministries for all services NEW BEGINNINGS 1002 S. Florida Avenue • 781-5887 Sense Saturday...................3:00 p.m. “Making Sense of the Non-Sense” The Bread of Life...............3:15 p.m. NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 1999 State Rd. 64 East • 773-2101 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service .11:00 a.m. Evening Worship Service ...6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper...6:00 p.m.Wednesday Activities (All Ages) .......................7:00 p.m. NEW INSPIRATION CHURCH OF GOD BY FAITH 917 S. 6th Avenue • 863-657-2253 Sunday School....................9:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............10:00 a.m. Thursday Praise..................7:00 p.m. NEW MT. ZION A.M.E. CHURCH 1615 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. 767-0023 Morn. Worship (1st & 3r Sun.) ...............8:00 a.m. Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. 2nd Sunday Youth Service.4:00 p.m.Allen Christian Endeavor...4:00 p.m.Wed. & Fri. Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. NEW PHILADELPHIA WORSHIP CENTER 1652 Old Bradenton Road Sunday .............................10:30 a.m.Wednesday.........................6:30 p.m. NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH 912 N. 8th Avenue • 773-6947 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. OAK GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 4350 W. Main Street • 735-0321 Sunday Schedule:Bible Study for All Ages ....9:30 a.m. Morning Worship ..............10:45 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Schedule:M&M Kid’s Klub...............6:00 p.m.Youth Group.......................6:00 p.m.Prayer Meeting & Bible Study .......... ............................................6:30 p.m. PEACE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH 1643 Stenstrom Road 773-2858 1 st & 3 rd Sun. Worship/Communion.....9:00 a.m. 2 nd & 4 th Sun. Divine Worship ...............9:00 a.m. ** Fellowship each Sunday after service PROGRESSIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 149 Manley Road • 452-1281 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Worship Service................11:00 a.m.Wed. Evening Prayer..........7:00 p.m. RIVERVIEW HEIGHTS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1321 SR 636 East 773-3344 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC CHURCH 408 Heard Bridge Road • 773-4089 Saturday Mass (English)....5:00 p.m. (Spanish).....7:00 p.m. Sunday(English).................8:30 a.m. (Spanish)................11:30 a.m.(Creole)...................1:30 p.m. Catecismo...........................9:45 a.m.Daily Mass in English........8:30 a.m. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 440 Carlton Street • 773-9068 Sabbath School...................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Wed. Prayer Meeting..........6:30 p.m. SOUTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH 505 South 10th Avenue • 773-4368 Sunday School.......... ..........9:45 a.m. Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. TABERNACLE OF PRAISE & JOY 1507 MLK Avenue Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:30 a.m. Evening Worship ................7:00 p.m. Tues. Bible Stdy. & Child Train .................7:00 p.m. Friday Prayer Service.........7:00 p.m. WAUCHULA CHURCH OF GOD 1543 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. 773-0199 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:15 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wed. Night Fam. Training..7:30 p.m.Thurs. Youth Bible Study...7:00 p.m.Friday Night Worship .........7:30 p.m. WAUCHULA HILLS SPANISH CHURCH OF GOD 1000 Stansfield Rd. Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................7:30 p.m. Tuesday Prayer...................7:30 p.m.Thursday Worship ..............7:30 p.m. Saturday Worship ...............7:30 p.m. CREWSVILLE BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 8251 Crewsville Road Church 735-0871 • Pastor 385-7867 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:30 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............6:30 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ZOLFO 320 E. 4th Street • 735-1200 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Training Union...................5:00 p.m.Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Corner of 6th & Suwanee • 735-1544 Gospel Music....................10:30 a.m.Worship Service................11:00 a.m.Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. GARDNER BAPTIST CHURCH 8660 US Highway 17 S Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 Sunday Worship ................ 11:00 AM LIFE CHANGING WORSHIP CENTER 3426 Oak Street • 863-832-9808 Sunday Worship .................2:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study.....6:30 p.m. MARANATHA BAPTIST CHURCH 2465 Oxendine Road • 832-7829 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Worship.............................11:00 a.m.Evening..............................1:00 p.m.Wed. Bible & Prayer Meet.7:00 p.m. NEW BEGINNINGS 3704 U.S. Hwy. 17 S. • 781-5887 M-F Family Services..........8:00 a.m.Sense Friday.......................3:00 p.m. “Making Sense of the Non-Sense” Friday Bread of Life...........3:15 p.m. NEW VISION WORSHIP CENTER 64 E. & School House Road Church 735-8585 Childcare 735-8586 Morning Worship ..............10:00 a.m. Children’s Church............10:00 a.m.Wed. Youth & F.T.H...........7:00 p.m. BOWLING GREEN ONA WAUCHULA WAUCHULA WAUCHULA WAUCHULA ZOLFO SPRINGS ZOLFO SPRINGS Printed as a Public Service by The Herald-Advocate Deadline for changes or additions: Thursday 5 p.m. PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF GOD FAITH TEMPLE Oak Street Sunday Worship ................10:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................7:00 p.m. Tuesday Worship ................7:30 p.m. Thursday Worship ..............7:30 p.m. Saturday Worship ...............7:30 p.m. PRIMERA MISSION BAUTISTA HISPANA 518 8th Avenue East Escuela Dominical............10:00 a.m.Servicio del Domingo.......11:00 a.m. ............................................7:00 p.m. Servicio del Miercoles.......7:30 p.m. PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH Pioneer Park 2nd Sunday.......................10:30 a.m.Evening Service.................6:30 p.m.5th Sunday..........................6:00 p.m. REALITY RANCH COWBOY FELLOWSHIP 2-1/2 Miles east on Hwy. 66 863-781-1578 Sunday Service.................11:00 a.m. ST. PAUL’S MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 3676 U.S. Hwy. 17 S. • 735-0636 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ...................11 a.m. Wed. Prayer Service...........7:00 p.m. SAN ALFONSO MISSION 3027 Schoolhouse Lane • 773-4089 Domingo, Misa en Espano10:00 a.m. SPANISH MISSION 735-8025 Escuela Dominica.............10:00 a.m.Servicio.............................11:00 a.m.Pioneer Club.................. .....6:30 p.m. Servicio de la Noche..........7:00 p.m.Mierecoles Merienda..........6:00 p.m.Servicio..............................8:00 p.m.Sabado Liga de Jovenes.....5:00 p.m. Peace River GrowersWholesale Nursery Donnis & Kathy BarberHwy. 66 EastP.O. Box 760 (863) 735-0470 Zolfo Springs, FL BOWLING GREEN Watching children grow into adulthood can be a marvelous ex perience. From crawling to walk ing, from uttering sounds thatmake no sense to carrying on anintelligent conversation is almostbreathtaking. Growth is a gift ofGod and can bring blessings andhappiness especially when wegrow into the likeness of Christand share His grace with thosearound us. The Amplified Bible provides a rich translation of Psalm 92:14.“Growing in grace,” writes thePsalmist, “they shall still bringforth fruit in old age; they shall befull of spiritual vitality and rich inexpressing trust, love and content ment.” Growth, for the Christian, is a lifelong journey. And those whogrow in His grace and are filledwith His mercy have much to livefor and share with others. Imaginethe satisfaction of having lived a life that honors God’s Word, lives God’s gospel and expresses Hislove. Can there be anything moreimportant for the Christian thanbecoming stronger in our faith,clearer in our convictions, warmerin our love, purer in our thoughtsand kinder in our words and deedsas we grow older and more ma ture in Christ? We live in a broken world. Everywhere we look, we see peo ple who have been betrayed bythose whom they dearly loved andtrusted. We see people writhing inpain and anguish as they searchfor someone to offer them hopeand encouragement. We dare notlet them down. What a wonderful opportunity God has given us. Visit us at: Guido Evangelistic Association Metter, Ga. SeedsofHop eA4 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018


March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A5 2:22,3:1c HCFR Chief Joseph Walkersaid. The fuel was escaping from a rupture in the semitractor-trailer’s tank near where thetwo vehicles collided. The liq uid pooled on the ground andflowed down a nearby storm-water conduit and into thedrain. “The drain feeds directly into the water,” Walker said. “Weare really hoping there is somedebris in the drain to slow itup.” It was not immediately clear how much fuel escaped into thedrain system, however it is be lieved the tank was nearly full. “They had just filled up,” Walker said. Tractor-trailers are typically equipped with tanks to hold be tween 100-150 gallons of fuel. As of press time on Tuesday, the Florida Department of En vironmental Protection had notposted a pollution notice for the incident to its online database. Pollution notices can be viewed online at fice. PHOTOS BY TOM STAIK Diesel fuel sprays from a damaged tank beneath a semitractor-trailer following acrash on Monday morning on U.S. 17 south of Zolfo Springs. The collision between this passenger car and semitractor-trailer ruptured the bigrig’s diesel tank and injured the car’s driver. SPILL Continued From A1 SR 66 Continued From A1 LITTLE MISS Continued From A1 The initial wreck happened when a 2016 Ford van ownedby Miller Air Conditioningbegan to slow as it traveledwest toward Zolfo Spring onSR 66, according to the report. A second vehicle, a 2004 In ternational DT 466, was alsotraveling west at the time and“failed to slow/react to theslowing” of the air-condition ing van, “resulting in a rear-endcollision,” according to theFHP report. The force of the collision, the trooper said, pushed the air-conditioning van into the oppo site eastbound lane and into thepath of a third vehicle – thevolunteer fire truck – travelingeast toward Sebring. During the secondary colli sion, the front driver’s side ofthe work van struck the driver’sside of the fire truck. After hitting the fire truck, the air-conditioning van spuncounterclockwise before end ing up facing northeast in theeastbound lane, according tothe report. The fire truck, following the impact, “veered to the right asit began to rotate and traveledoff the roadway down into aditch and overturned onto itsroof.” The driver of the fire truck, Allison Slager, 22, of Sebring,received serious injuries. Thepassenger, Joshua Young, 36,of Sebring, received minor in juries. Both firefighters were trans ported to Highlands RegionalMedical Center for treatment. “They were both wearing seatbelts, and that saved them,”Kingston said. Omar Patino, 51, of Sebring, was behind the wheel of theair-conditioning van and re ceived serious injuries. He wasflown from the scene by med ical helicopter to Lakeland Re gional Hospital. His passenger, PHOTO BY TOM STAIK This West Sebring Volunteer Fire Department truck was returning home from Hardee County after its two fire fighters delivered a fire engine to be used in a Wauchula funeral service for a Hardee County firefighter on Fri day. Geraldo Ledezma, 31, of LakePlacid, received minor injuriesand was treated at HighlandsRegional Medical Center. Both were wearing seatbelts. The driver of the Interna tional rig, Roman Pineda, 30,of Homestead, was not injured. The report said he was notwearing a seatbelt. No charges were listed on the report, but alcohol was not a factor. The wreck closed both lanes of SR 66 for more than three hours. PHOTO BY MARIA TRUJILLO The 2018 Little Miss Hardee County and her Court are (from left) Miss Congeniality Sara Teuton, second run ner-up and Miss Photogenic Tyler Pace, Little Miss Trista Gilliard, first runner-up Laina Canary, and Miss InternetPhotogenic Ezmeralda Alamia. Elementary School. Her activities include roller skating, drawing, crafting, bak ing and dancing. Her favoritesubjects in school are writingand art and her favorite musi cians are Sia, Ed Sheeran andTori Kelly. Her favorite TVshow is “So You Think YouCan Dance.” Three words that Trista uses to describe herself are “outgo ing, motivated and grateful.”Her dream for the future is tobecome a professional dancerone day. Filling the Little Miss court are first runner-up Laina Ca nary, second runner-up andMiss Photogenic AddisonPace, Miss Online PhotogenicEzmeralda Alamia and MissCongeniality Sara Teuton. Laina Canary is the daughter of Lauren Canary and the lateDonnie Canary and is a studentat Wauchula ElementarySchool. Her hobbies include playing guitar, playing on her softballteam Florida Gold and travel ing to new places with her fam ily. Three words she uses todescribe herself are: creative,brave and thoughtful.” Laina hopes to become an editor with a publishing com pany one day and write herown novels. Addison Pace, known as Tyler, is the daughter of An drew and Melissa Pace. she isa student at Alane Academy. Her hobbies include fishing, dancing, art, and riding herfour-wheeler. She loves Godand her family and friends. Herfavorite subjects in school arescience and art. Tyler aspires to be a journal ist when she grows up. Ezmeralda Alamia is the daughter of Santiago and MaryAlamia and attends Bowling Green Elementary. Her hobbies include soccer, dancing, reading and spendingtime with family. Her favoritesubject in school is math andthree words she uses to de scribe herself are “smart,unique and friendly.” Ezmeralda would like to be come a veterinarian. Sara Teuton is the daughter of Mike and Tracy Powell andDavid and Rhonda Teuton. Sheis a student at Zolfo Springs El ementary. Her hobbies include fishing, hunting, softball and football.Her favorite subject in schoolis science. The three words sheuses to describe herself are“stubborn, beautiful andcrazy.” When she grows up, Sara hopes to be a teacher and soft ball coach. Other contestants running for the title of Little Miss dur ing the night were Ava Roberts,Caroline Sharp, CatherineDouglas, Evangelina Palacios,Abigail Eures, Priscilla Santi ago, Gracyn Thomas andMaryanne Gonzalez. Opening the event was a dance number performed by allthe contestants. The first com petition was sportswear model ing. Later the girls modeled special-occasion wear. Escortingeach contestant onto the stagewere fifth-graders BradenMoran and Cody Reider. Es corting each contestant off thestage was fifth-grader LaneAbbott. Following this competition, all the contestants returned tothe stage for a question-and-an swer session. Questions weresubmitted by the contestants,and each girl drew one at ran dom, which she had to answer.Reigning 2017 Little Miss Carli Mushrush assisted em cees Darin Canary and RaynaParks with this activity. Providing entertainment for the night, along with the girlsthemselves, were JeremyRosado, of “American Idol”fame, singing his newest song,“Rewind.” Performing MileyCyrus’ “Party in the USA” wassinger Yenitza Rotger. Herald-Advocate Hardee County’s Hometown Coverage PRINTERS • PUBLISHERS Telephone (863) 773-3255 The


–H ARDEE L IVING – Carlton Care Chiropractic C C h h i i r r o o p p r r a a c c t t i i c c L L a a s s e e r r M M u u s s c c u u l l a a r r T T h h e e r r a a p p y y D D i i g g i i t t a a l l X X R R a a y y Dr. Maria Carlton, DC Call Today To Schedule Your Appointment 863-473-4732Medicare & Most Insurance Accepted • 105 South 9th Av. • Wauchula, FL 33873 Back Pain • Neck Pain I Can Help! Also treating Headaches Siatica • Leg /Hip Pain Shoulder/Arm/Wrist Pain Muscle Pain and Arthritis Chronic or Acute Painsoc3:1c soc3:1c When it comes to pure art portraits it’s pretty clear thatwe have two ladies in our parkwho are outstanding. I cannotthink of a better compliment toan artist than to have anotherartist say that they are verygood. Ron Vore, who was the last honoree, was quick to pointout how great Bobbi Fortnerand Terri Godin are! If you have not seen the work ofthese two individuals you aremissing a real treat. Rick andGwen Quinn also endorsed thework of these two ladies. Pictured in the photo below are Terri and Bobbi with someof their art work. Is it just meor does Brookside have moretalent than many other park? Nan Whitmore, Sue Boone and Linda Hutson. they are in our office from 9 a.m. until 1p.m. Monday through Friday. Linda is our secretary and carries out the daily duties ofrunning our park and has theperfect personality to do thejob. Sue is our treasurer and serves on the board of direc tors. She has been on the boardfor 9 years and is a fixture inthe office. Nan (Nannette) is the newest addition to the officestaff. She takes over the diffi cult task of bookkeeper. Fromwhat I hear, she is off to a goodstart. The running of our park starts with these three ladies,and they do a great job. Thanksladies! In closing my hope is that you were at the Veterans Trib ute Night. Having been in ourpark since 2000, I do not be lieve we have ever had a moreimpressive evening. It was runperfectly by Ellie Miller, andthe quilts were well receivedby our many veterans in atten dance. It was a packed house esti mated to be well over 200.This is a perfect example ofwhat makes Brookside a spe cial place! COURTESY PHOTOS Our office ladies, Sue, Linda and Nan. Terri and Bobbie displaying some of their art work. Brookside Bluff News By Jerry Smith 517-930-1524 NO PINK, ONE BLUE Mr. and Mrs. David Lugrin,Newberry, a seven-pound,eight-ounce son, Henry An drew Lugrin, born Dec. 4,2017, North Florida RegionalMedical Center, Gainesville.Mrs. Lugrin is the formerLindsey Barone. Maternalgrandparents are Richard andTerry Barone of BowlingGreen. Paternal grandparentsare Tom and Debra Lungrin ofNaples. –––––– Birth announcements will bepublished free of charge withinthree months of the date ofbirth. A photo of the infant—asa newborn only—may beadded at no cost. Any otherphoto of the baby will cost$15. New Arrivals LUCKY CLOVERS This week at the monthly 4H meet of "The LuckyClovers" a few importantevents were discussed. Duringthe meeting the dates of thefollowing meetings werechanged for the conflictingschedules of the members. Information about Hardee county's yearly fair was alsodiscussed, such as detailsabout the rabbit contest. A new community service project was mentioned andafter the meeting new clubshirts were passed out, as wellas the hay bail being started forthe contest, which the clubparticipates in. By Logan Nihart,Reporter 4-H Club News Fort MeadeChamber ToHost Lunch The Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce will resume itsluncheons on Wednesday,March 21. This luncheon will be spon sored by the Industrial Com munity Advisory Panel. Guests will be Rick Wilson, who is running for countycommissioner, and severallocal school teachers who havereceived ICAP grants to en hance the instruction in theirclassrooms. Call Suzie Whitener at the chamber at 285-8253 for timeand place. This has not been a good winter for a lot of residents.We have had most everyone inthe park sick with the flu orcolds, and some having somevery serious health issues. Wehope everything settles downand we can have some goodtimes before we have to leavefor the North. This past weekend we cel ebrated our annual ThemeParty with a dinner and dance.You may have seen a lot ofaliens in your neighborhoodas the theme this year was“Space – The Final Frontier.”Hopefully, all the aliens haveleft and everything is back tonormal. Craft Fair The Craft Club is having its annual Craft Fair, Luncheon& Bake Sale this comingMonday starting at 9 a.m. Lastyear a lot of people fromCrystal Lake and local RVparks participated in the Craft Fair and it was a great success. Everyone is welcome to participate this year if thereare tables remaining. Every one also is welcome to attend. The Craft Club is having a raffle for three items whichwill be drawn Monday at theend of the Craft Fair. Dances There will be a dance on March 10 sponsored by theLine Dancers to replace theone canceled on Feb. 17. Theline dancers will also sponsortheir last dance of the seasonon March 24. The Saturday Night Dance will have a St. Patrick’s Danceon March 17, with Allen War chak providing the music.The last Saturday NightDance will be our FarewellDance on March 31, withDoin’it Rite playing for ourdance. Hope to see everyone at the dances. Crystal Lake RV News By Joyce Taylor Our deepest sympathy to Sabrina Holmes and family inthe passing of her father,Robert Lee Holmes Jr. Sunsetwas Jan. 30; service was Feb.10 at Greater Mt. Zion AMEChurch, the Rev. Derrien Bon ney officiated. Community Heritage Day was Saturday, Feb. 24, in FortMeade on Dr. MLK Street, bythe Change Committee. Sympathy to our cousin Mae “Star” Farley and familyin the passing of her mother,Susie McLeod. Visitation wasFriday and service Saturday atNew Mt. Zion AME Church,the Rev. W. Hayes, pastor. This is Pioneer Park Days in Zolfo Springs, today (Thurs day) through Saturday. Threedays of live music, local food,antiques and a flea market.There was a kickoff paradeWednesday afternoon inWauchula. We always in thepast attended as a family out ing to educate the childrenabout the past. Keep in prayer Grace Scott, who fell and broke her hip lastSunday, had surgery Monday,is now in rehab, and is closerto the children in Orlando. Lee Clark is at home after a stay in the hospital. Praying forthe family. Happy birthday to Belinda Lewis on Feb. 18. All her chil dren and grandchildren camein from Gauiter, Miss., for thecelebration. Deepest sympathy and prayers to the family ofCharles McGhee, age 30, whopassed Friday in Bartow. My prayers are with the family and children of BarbaraP. Myers of Zolfo Springs. Shewas the director of nursing atHardee Memorial Hospitalwhen I was working as a CNAand admitting clerk. Congratulations to friends Wendy Hall and James Di mock on their recent weddingon Feb. 7 at Real Life Church.Their reception was Saturday,Feb. 24, at the Joe L DavisBarn in Wauchula. Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church of Arcadia held the installationof its new pastor on Feb. 11,the Rev. Larry Polk. Continue to pray for the safety of our school workersand students daily. Viola Richardson of Lime stone passed Friday. Deepestsympathy to the family. Pastor Robert Harrison sun set was Feb. 13 at home in Ar cadia. Visitation was Friday,Feb. 23, at Dominion & PowerCOG. Service was at thechurch Saturday, Feb. 24. St. Paul AME Church, the Rev. Rubin E. Ancrum, pastor, celebrated its sixth annual Menin Black on Saturday, Feb. 24,in Fort Meade. Theme: Men ofGod Born to Stand Up. Scrip ture: 1 Peter 2:9-10. Family & Friends Day Cel ebration at Mt. Olive FreewillBaptist Church is March 11 at4 p.m. All are welcome.Guests are Pastor T. Stevensonand Sanctuary of Hope. Greater Works Ministries Bishop Joe and Pastor DebraHalman of Winter Haven willhave an ordination service forHungry for Christ Interna tional Church, Pastor JoshuaAllen Sr. and Co-PastorChristina Allen, on March 11at 5 p.m. in Winter Haven,2110 Oakhurst Dr. All wel come. Greater MPB Church Elder E. Reed, pastor of BowlingGreen, rendered service Sun day, Feb. 25, in Tampa atPower House Ministry. Continue praying for the sick and our nation. 4-City News By Henrietta Benson 448-6737 A special day featuring The Wylers on Wheels will be atMaranatha Baptist Church onSunday, March 11, in all serv ices. Since 1992, The Wylers on Wheels have inspired and en couraged people across theUSA and Canada through mes sage and music. Using family harmony, they sing a variety of God-honoringvocals in ensembles, quartets,duets and more. The Wylers also play instrumental arrange ments using brass and other in struments, including axylophone. Evangelist Douglas Wyler preaches in a powerful yetpractical way that has chal lenged many people inchurches nationwide. Services will be at 10 and 11 a.m., and at 1 p.m. Maranatha Baptist Church is at 2465 Oxendine Road inZolfo Springs. Maranatha Baptist Church To Present ‘Wylers On Wheels’ It’s Not Hopeless CALL THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE HOTLINE 1 (800) 662 4357 Herald-Advocate Hardee County’s Hometown Coverage PRINTERS • PUBLISHERS Telephone (863) 773-3255 The A6 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018


H ARDEE L IVING The Herald-AdvocateWould Like to Invite You To Attend The 50th Anniversary of PIONEER PARK DAYS Thursday Friday Saturday March 1, 2 & 3, 2018Entertainment, Great Food, Old Engines, Antiques, Produce, Crafts, Old Tools, Plants, and So Much More.Check out the special Pioneer Park insert in this issue for more details on events, times, and places.See You At The Park! soc3:1 Elsa V. GonzalezIncome Tax Service & Notary Authorized e-filer404 Wisconsin Ave. Wauchula 863-781-3631 23 Years of Experience23 aos de experiencia soc2:22,3:1p Greetings from Fort Green! Unbelievable, but it is al ready March. The fair has come and gone, and it was a super year. The Story of Jesus begins getting ready just as soon as the last item is over in the arena. This will be its last year in Hardee County. Pioneer Park Days begins this week and is only three days. So, make plans for a busy March. Congratulations to the beau ties of Fort Green. Brianna Waters is the Cattlemans Sweetheart and has beautiful dark hair, and then Mackenzie Burch the new Miss Hardee is a blonde. Both are very beautiful and the rare combination of being polite Christian young ladies. They both ae neighbors and live very near to us. I thought it interesting the Junior Miss and Miss Hardee both have the same first name, only spelled differently. I didnt know any of the contestants other than Mackenzie, but do know the mother of Jansen Walker so was happy to see she was Miss Photogenic and fourth runnerup. Congratulations to her and all the others as they all looked beautiful in the photo in the paper. Now if they listed the grandparents names, I might recognize more of them or their family! Jayden Burch was the grand champion in his class with his chicken and won the big beautiful rosette. He is another neighbor! Thank goodness I had no good friends listed in the obits this week, but I really liked it better when they were always listed on the fourth page of the A section. Now I have to look through the entire section, or at the Index on the front page, because that is the first thing so many of us read! We were privileged to sit beside Vicky and Cline Albritton at the fair. We look for a seat not too high up in the stands! Sherman and I had worked in the 4-H booth and were really too tired to go to the hog show but wanted to see our neighbor, Brody, show his hog and he did real well. He said he did not hear me yell for him! Elizabeth Weeks also showed the 4-H pig in the same class and did well. I took advantage of the free hazardous materials disposal at the garbage dump recently. Nowhere does any sign read garbage dump but landfill, and it was an extremely clean place. The employees were very courteous telling an old lady where to go to dump, and the men removed my material for me. I am going to call it a landfill now, as they are cer tainly more deserving of the fancy name of landfill. Hardee County can be proud of their employees at our landfill! This weather has been good in my opinion, but the beautiful weather brought back the terrible white frogs that love my front porch. I had to refill my household ammonia bottle and try to get my aim better so I could zap those big frogs! We did not have a big quan tity of workers at the Methodist Cemetery workday but did have quality workers! We sincerely appreciate them. Brother Steve was asking the ones there when was the last day the old Methodist Church was used before it was no longer used as a church. I remember it was torn down after I moved to Fort Green in 1965. This type of information should be available some where, but where and why did it shut down? Our sincere sympathy is ex tended to Barbara Brannon on the death of her sister. She had requested prayer for her last Sunday, and her sister made her final journey this week. Everyone was glad to see James Williamson able to re turn to church last Sunday; he had the flu for about two weeks. Danny Keene was also well enough to attend and we are always happy when our loved ones are able to return to church, but he is anticipating more surgery Friday. Doris Thornton told me her pear trees are all blooming. Mine do not have a single blossom, but then they have never done well. My Uncle Charlie had a big field of pear trees about a mile from our home when I was a child. The entire sky would reflect the beautiful bloom and I always walked down the lane and picked a bouquet. These are more of those memories of wonderful things that no longer exist. After his death one of his grandchildren pulled them up, built a house and an airplane strip. All the groves smell won derful as most every grove is in full bloom. The bee men attend our church and said if the groves would not spray while in full bloom it would save the bees, but if you are spraying for bloom blight you must do it when the trees are blooming, which just makes it a losing matter. The bee men said even when some of the labels said it did not harm bees it really did. We are glad they attend our church and all have beautiful voices. There are about four young men over six feet, and one couple and they are all po lite. My soapbox, join the NRA if you dont belong. This wont solve all the problems but they do support the 2nd Amend ment. I thought Grady Judds comments good but read Jim Kellys column in last weeks paper. Evangelist Franklin Graham posted the article on Facebook on Feb. 16, written by Todd Starnes of Fox News. It hits the nail on the head. Our nation needs to turn to the Lord. Please pray for each other and our nation. Fort Green NewsBy Rilla Cooper 773-6710 Dear Editor: Just another February birthday, and I've been thinking more about physical changes in my life. If things seem a little bit slower it could be that I am getting slower. That is hard to admit. My dear friend in Maryland and I have written letters back and forth for many years, keeping in touch the "old fash ioned way" with paper and pen, whereas the Internet and Facebook are the modern day ways to communicate. We still enjoy to relax and write letters, stick on stamps with pictures of birds and flowers, and lick envelopes. Now, with the passing of time and all these birthdays under our belts (including a few extra pounds) our letters have changed. Once, we used to write about fashions, movie stars, our mates, favorite recipes, grandkids, and our gardens. Now we complain that our backs hurt to bend over and pull weeds. We never used to write about health problems. Now we do. We think it is great if we don't take many pills. But just like my friend and some of my neighbors, our greatest question and fear are about getting Alzheimer's disease, and the signs of normal aging or the disease. There begins to be a shortterm memory loss which comes with age for some folks. Some remain sharp as a pin. Could be hereditary. For additional information on Alzheimer's disease call 800-272-3900. They can answer questions, send information, enroll you or a loved one as a member, and help to re cover a person who wanders and becomes lost, provide ID jewelry, a 24-hour emergency toll-free number, and to work with law enforcement, etc, all for a low annual membership fee. Can't find where you put your car keys? Problem solved ... always keep keys in the same place. This I had to learn! Make a grocery list and forget to take it to the store? Join the club! And the absolute worst thing is to hide jewelry or a checkbook in a secret hiding place and forget where it is! I tell myself, "If I can't find it then neither would a crook." My girlfriend and I have dis cussed whether or not we have normal memory loss or the be ginning of Alzheimer's, and of course we agree that we are just aging gracefully. Not to fret if you can't find your glasses. Focus and enjoy each day. I've even taken a few naps! I've come to say, "The brain says yes, but the body says no." Like our bodies, our brains lose some function too, but if you are worried then see your doctor to discuss it. A medical image of your brain can detect any sign of disease or conclude that we are just getting older. I don't agree that these are "the golden years" because gold doesn't go as far as it used to and neither do we. But I do take time to enjoy a golden sunrise or radiant sunset. The passing years might bring on some change, but one thing remains for sure...the best things in life are free no matter what our age. Alzheimer's is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. It impairs thinking. To help against the disease, diet is important. Limit sugar intake as sugar causes inflammation. Limit trans fats, processed foods and starch. Good dental health is impor tant as bad gums and mouth infections can travel to brains. Get the right amount of sleep, exercise more and con trol the stress in your life. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain which is a benefit. Check your surroundings for toxins such as pesticides and mold. Early help is better. People can get checked for the disease after age 45 because there is a gene which carries Alzheimer's. It is a simple blood test. There is not yet a cure for Alzheimer's, but there is medication which slows the disease. Aging can be great. It's a time to enjoy family, friends, hobbies, and vacations. "Stop and smell the roses." Carol Cowing Winter HavenLetter To The Editor Is It Old Age Or The Start of Alzheimer's? What were Hardee Countians thinking and talking about in the 1960s, or maybe the s? Each issue, we will revisit that corresponding week and year in a decade past, using old copies of The Florida Advo cate, the Hardee County Her ald or The Herald-Advocate. This week, the decade of The sMarch 2, 1978 10-Year Tenure: The 10th annual Pioneer Park Days begins tomorrow at Pioneer Park in Zolfo Springs. This event boasts a large flea market, complete with displays of antique machinery, food conces sions and arts-and-crafts vendors. A special event that will be added this year is a static display of a helicopter by the U.S. Coast Guard from the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Air port. Pictured is Joel Humphreys with a Rumley Tractor that will be displayed. Food Fraud: Allegations have been made of fraudulent applications for food stamps, and the Hardee County Grand Jury is scheduled to reconvene for discussion on a later date. There are 15 cases under in vestigation by the Overissuance & Fraud Report Unit of the Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services. Such fraud situations occur when people receive food stamps by giving false information on their applications. Basket Bucs: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming to Wauchula! However, basket ball is the sport of choice as they will play a game at Joel Evers Gym. Jerry Kapusta, dean of students and athletic director at Hardee Senior High School, announced the game will be played on March 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for students, including a meet-and-greet and autograph session. Decades Up To $3,000 Reward!Heartland Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tips:1 (800) 226 Tips 1(800) 226 March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A7


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MARITTA J. SCHIROW Marita J. Schirow, 80, of Wauchula, died Feb. 20, 2018, at her home. She was born in Rinteln, Germany, moving to Montreal, Canada, at an early age. She lived in Ft. Lauderdale and Se bring, before moving to Wauchula in 2009. She sum mered in Boone, N.C. She owned a motel in Ft. Lauderdale, and later was a realtor. She is survived by husband, Klaus, of Wauchula; daugh ters, Pepper Williams, of Wauchula, and Claudia (Ben) Schirow Bloechinger, of Ft. Lauderdale; sister, Karla Ebi pane; grandchildren, Jason Williams, Alex, Christopher and Benjamin Bloechinger; and great-grandchildren, Kel lie Marie and Paisley Angel ica. Arrangements were by Morris Funeral Chapel. In MemoryJERALDINE SMITHJeraldine Smith, Winter Park resident and educator, passed away on Feb. 17, 2018 surrounded by her hus band, Kenneth Smith, and sons, Wayne, Charles and Larry. She is survived by six grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Jeri was born Sept. 19, 1931, in Wauchula. After serving in the Air Force and working at Tampa televi sion station WTVT Jeri moved to Winter Park and earned a masters degree in education at UCF. For more than 30 years she taught elementary students at Azalea Park and Arbor Ridge. She loved her students and they loved her. Jeri was a warm and generous person who loved her Lord, her family, and her country. She made financial contributions to the educa tion of her family as well as the support of her church. Jeri was an adventuress and a traveler. In Africa she rode on the backs of ele phants and took a hot-air balloon ride over the Serengeti Plain. In Australia she visited the Outback. In Alaska she visited Mt. De nali. In Canada she travelled into the Yukon as well as the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. She waterskied at age 30, snow skied at age 50, and at age 70 whitewater rafted down North Carolinas ex citing Chattooga River. Jeri had athletic ability. In a foursome with three men at Californias famous Peb ble Beach golf links Jeri placed a strong second. Occasionally, she even drew a crowd at the driving range. For many years, while seated on a bale of hay un derneath the oak trees, Jeri attended the family thanks giving dinner in Wauchula. Above all, she was a country girl at heart. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Winter Park First Baptist Church, 1021 New York Avenue, Winter Park. Further respects can be paid at Baldwin Cremation Winter Park PLAN AHEADTake the time to think about and record your end of life desires. Let your family clearly know your wishes. Its inevitable. Eliminate stress for your loved ones.Why do all these things?It just makes sense. Your family deserves peace-of-mind. Request a personal appointment today and start the process of preplanning.Ponger-Kays-GradyFuneral Homes & Cremation Services404 W. Palmetto St., Wauchula, Florida 33873(863) 3:1c We Value YouAs a family-owned and -operated funeral home, we take our commitment to your family personally. We value your trust in us, and it is our honor to help you through your time of sorrow with compassionate service, professional guidance and a dignified tribute to your dear departed loved one. View Obits at 529 West Main Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873 863-773-9773 3:1c CITY OF WAUCHULA COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY NOTICE TO THE PUBLICIn accordance with FS. 163.356(3)(c), Florida Statutes, the Wauchula CRA has developed the annual report of its activities for the preceding fiscal year. The Annual Report and a complete financial statement setting forth assets, liabilities, income, and operating expenses as of the end of fiscal year 2016-2017 has been filed with the City of Wauchula City Clerk, and is available for inspection during business hours in the office of the Clerk, located at 126 S. 7th Avenue, Wauchula, FL 33873, phone number 863-773-3131. In addition, the report is available for inspection during business hours in the office of the CRA, located at 107 E. Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873, phone number 863-767-0330 or by visiting Keith Nadaskay, Chairperson Jessica Newman, Director Wauchula Community Redevelopment Agency 107 E. Main Street Wauchula, FL 33873 863-767-0330 3:1cCITY OF WAUCHULA COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY NOTICE TO THE PUBLICThe Board of Directors of the City of Wauchula Community Redevelopment Agency (the Board) will hold the regular scheduled workshop Monday March 5, 2018 immediately following the City Commission workshop which will convene at 5:00 pm or as soon thereafter as it reasonably can be held. The agenda can be viewed at 126 S. 7th Avenue or The meetings will be held at the Commission Chambers located at 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the Board hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the proceedings, he will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The Board does not discriminate upon the basis of any individuals disability status. This non-discriminatory policy involves every aspect of the Boards functions, including ones access to, participation, employment or treatment in its programs or activities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Amer icans with Disabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the City Clerk at (863) 773-3131. CITY OF WAUCHULA S/ Richard K. Nadaskay Jr. Mayor ATTEST S/Holly Smith City Clerk 3:1c PUBLIC NOTICECareerSource Heartland, 5901 US Hwy 27 S, Suite 1, Sebring, Florida 33870, a 501(c)3 organization, has updated the Local Plan, as required, for the operation and delivery of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services at CareerSource Heartland centers in Desoto, Hardee, Highlands and Okeechobee counties. The plan will be available for review for 30 days on the CareerSource Heartland website at Please direct questions/com ments regarding the Plan to Kelly Knight at kknight@career 3:1cHARDEE COUNTY EDC/IDA NOTICE OF MEETING DATE CHANGE The Hardee County Economic Development Council/ Industrial Development Authority regular March meeting will be moved from March 13 to March 21, 2018. It will begin at 8:30am and will be held at the Board of County Commission Chambers, located at 412 West Orange Street, Wauchula, 33873. This is a Disabled-Accessible facility. Any disabled per son needing to make special arrangements should con tact the Economic Development Office (773-3030) at least forty-eight (48) prior to the meeting. Gene Davis, CHAIR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA 3:1c1. Is the Book of 2 Peter in Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Matthew 4, how many days and nights did Jesus fast before his tempta tion(s) by Satan? 3, 12, 40, 70 3. Who said, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away"? Satan, Adam, Job, Haman 4. From Proverbs 6, what is held up as an example to the lazy man? Bee, Flea, Locust, Ant 5. How old was Abram when Hagar bore Ishmael? 19, 39, 68, 86 6. From Acts 13:1, where was Lucius from? 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All rights reserved Recipes FromGood Housekeeping NoticesSHIRLEY ANN WESTBROOK Shirley Ann Westbrook, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Lakeland. She was born Oct. 6, 1945, to Clifton and Lela Eady Cochran, in Fort Meade, where she remained a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker, and attended the Cor nerstone Church of God of Fort Meade. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry E. Westbrook Sr. She is survived by her son, Jerry E. "Wes" Westbrook Jr.; daughters, Selina Carroll, Sherry Westbrook, Sheryl For bus (Danny), all of Fort Meade; brother, Johnny Cochran, of Fort Meade; sister, Linda Keene, of Wauchula; six grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. Visitation was Feb. 22 at Hancock Funeral Home. Fu neral services were Feb. 23 in the sanctuary of the Corner stone Church of God, Fort Meade, and interment fol lowed in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade. Arrangements by Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade. Obituaries How Low Will Some People Go? Report Exploitation of the Elderly1 (800) 96 Abuse 1 (800) 962 2873 INDIAN TOY CRADLE Many American Indian tribes almost lost their culture by the 1960s because of 19thand early 20th-century U.S government rules. American Indians could be removed from their land, resettled on reservations and even have their children sent to special boarding schools to be taught a new way of life. The children were pun ished if they continued to practice their ceremonies or speak their native language. Children from the Potawatomi tribe went to either a boys' or girls' boarding school, where they learned English and a trade. The American Indian Religious Freedom Act passed in the 1970s led to the end of the boarding schools and the be ginning of efforts to bring back the Indian culture. A recent auction sold a toy Indian cradle decorated with beads and silver buttons, but holding a European porcelainheaded doll. It was made by Millie R. Hall, who lived at a Potawatomi boarding school in 1900, an important historic source for a handmade doll. It sold for $11,070. *** Q: I'd like to know the value of a violin that is about 100 years old. The inscription inside reads "Copy of Anto nius Stradivarius, made in Czechoslovakia." What is it worth? A: Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) made violins, vio las, cellos and other stringed instruments at his workshop in Cremona, Italy. Fewer than 600 of the original Stradivarius violins still are in existence, and they sell for several million dollars each. Thousands of copies have been made and don't sell for high prices. Your violin was made after 1918, when Czechoslovakia was created. Recently, a violin like yours that included the case sold for $57. *** Q: I have a brass tea set that has sat unused for many years. Should I polish it or leave the natural patina? A: You should polish your brass tea set with a commercial brass polish. If it's heavily tar nished or corroded, take it to a professional. Some brass has been lacquered to prevent tar nish and should not be pol ished. Polishing damages the lacquer. If the lacquer is peel ing, you should go to a professional restorer. CURRENT PRICES Button, animal rescue league, Boston, Mass., dog photo, tin lithograph, blue and gold, pinback, 1930s, 1-inch diameter, $25. Musical instrument, temple drum, ritual, wood with yak skin, double leather, symbols, forged nails, Tibet, c. 1905, 7 x 23 inches, $450. Button, plique-a-jour enamel glass, green and white, silver dome frame, mistletoe design, openwork, 1800s, 1 1/2-inch diameter, $2,525. TIP: Nineteenth-century In dian blankets generally are not restored by museums. They are stabilized, mounted on a back ing fabric to prevent further damage, and hung or framed. It is thought that even the dirt may be wanted in original state in the future. READERS: Keep up with changes in the collectibles world. Send for a FREE sam ple issue of our 12-page, colorillustrated monthly newsletter, "Kovels on Antiques and Col lectibles," filled with prices, news, information and photos. It's a must for all collectors. Write Kovels, P.O. Box 292758, Kettering, OH 454298758, or call 800-829-9158.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.KOVELSAntiques & CollectingBy Terry & Kim Kovel A10 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018


Crime BlotterDuring the past week, sheriffs deputies and city police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests: COUNTY Feb. 25, Ossie Elliott Sambrano, 30, of 603 S. First Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Cpl. David Cruz and charged with possession of synthetic cannabis and posses sion of drug paraphernalia. Feb. 25, Miguel Guerrero, 22, of 126 Ninth St. W., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Dep. Brian LaFlam and charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon. Feb. 25, a residential bur glary on Old Bradenton Road and theft on Rodeo Drive were reported. Feb. 24, Freddie Mar tinez, 28, of 15624 NE Hwy 70, Arcadia, was arrested by Dep. Brian LaFlam on an outof-county warrant. Feb. 24, a residential bur glary on Louisiana Street was reported. Feb. 23, Britni Daniell Gamble, 27, General Delivery, Wauchula, was arrested by Sgt. Danny OBryan on a charge of withholding support of children. Feb. 23, a residential bur glary on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and a vehicle stolen at Rodeo Drive were re ported. Feb. 22, Michael Stephen Martinez, 26, of 211 S. Eighth Ave., Wauchula, was arrested on an out-of-county warrant. Feb. 22, Jose Luis Mata, 52, of 570 Hayman Rd., Wauchula, was arrested by Det. Shane Ward and charged with disorderly intoxication. Feb. 22, residential bur glaries on Old Bradenton Road, Lois Lane and Lake Branch Road, and a fight at SR 64 and West Main Street were reported. Feb. 21, Matthew Taylor Webb, 27, of 1234 Hay Market Dr., Lakeland, was arrested by Sgt. Todd Souther on a charge of violation of probation. Feb. 21, Kevin Connor Kunkel, 21, of 1682 SR 64 W., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Dep. Ryan Abbott and charged with larcenypetit theft. Feb. 21, Lewis Eric Brown, 39, of 1634 Makowski Rd., Wauchla, was arrested by Sgt. Todd Souther on a charge of parole violation. Feb. 21, Clifton Dewayne Thomas, 47, of 2892 W. Avalon Dr., Avon Park, was arrested by Dep. Kim Pfeiffer on a charge of violation of probation. Feb. 21, John Michael Medina, 41, of 1035 Killarney Dr., Sebring, was arrested on two counts of failure to appear in court. Feb. 21, Linda Doney, 57, of 2100 Kings Hwy., Port Charlotte, was arrested by Dep. Joseph Austin and charged with battery. Feb. 21, Raul Trevino, 52, of 2525 Chilk Ave., Bradenton, Amos Trevino, 31, of 115 S. Third Ave., Wauchula, and Jessica Baker Garay, 39, of 2114 Flamingo Blvd., Braden ton, were arrested by the Drug Task Force and each charged with possession of metham phetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Feb. 21, a theft on U.S. 17 North was reported. Feb. 20, vehicles stolen on River Road and on Colson Road, stolen tags on Lincoln Street, tags stolen on U.S. 17 South and Lincoln Street were reported and a theft on Lonnie Shackelford Road were re ported. Feb. 19, a vehicle stolen on River Road and criminal mischief on Hardee Street were reported. WAUCHULA Feb. 22, Pablo Palacios, 24, General Delivery, Wauchula, was arrested by Sgt. Robert Spencer and charged with disorderly intoxication. Feb. 21, Juan Hernandez, 20, of 2960 Oak Hill, Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Kaleigh Anderson and charged with violation of pro bation and a traffic offense. Feb. 21, Oscar Perez, 37, of 337 Rainey Blvd., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Christopher Gicker on a charge of contempt of court. Feb. 21, a theft on South Sixth Avenue (U. S. 17 South) was reported. Feb. 20, Kayla Hopwood, 31, of 201 N. 10th Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Sgt. Robert Spencer and charged with battery. Feb. 20, burglary of a conveyance on South Sixth Avenue ( U.S. 17 South), a vehicle stolen on South 10th Avenue, and a theft on Strickland Street were reported. Feb. 19, Sharon Michelle Carr, 51, of 6648 Lemon Tree Dr., Lakeland, Melanie Dawn Peter, 55 of 5461 Pebble Beach Dr., Lakeland, and Myrna Jean Platt, 74, of 326 High View Lane, Lakeland, were arrested by Ofc. Amy Drake and each charged with burglary of a dwelling/structure/conveyance and battery. Peter was also charged with neglect of child without great harm. Feb. 19, criminal mischief on Carlton Street and a theft on North Sixth Avenue (U.S. 17 South) were reported. BOWLING GREEN Feb. 24, burglary of a conveyance on Freeman Av enue was reported. Feb. 23, criminal mischief on Chester Avenue and on Grove Street was reported. Feb. 21, a theft on U.S. 17 North was reported.2018 SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR HARDEE COUNTY COMMISSION AND APPOINTED BOARDS Meetings to be held in County Commission Chambers, Room 102 Courthouse Annex, 412 W. Orange Street, Wauchula, Florida unless otherwise noted BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Regular meetings first Thursday at 8:30 a.m. & third Thursday at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF Marchst at 8:30 a.m. and 15th at 6:00 p.m. Planning Session No Planning Session Pioneer Park Days March 01st 03rd ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY INDEPENDENT BOARD MONTH OF March 20th ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL/INDUSTRIAL DEVELOP MENT AUTH. Meets on second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. MONTH OF Marchst (change in date due to Spring Break) PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD meets first Thursday night of each month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF March 01st CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD Meets on the second Monday night of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Building Department Conference Room 401 West Main Street MONTH OF Marchth COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD Meets first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF March 05th LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD Friends of Library meets on first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Library in Annex II MONTH OF March 06th HOUSING AUTHORITY Meets quarterly on the third Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at 701 LaPlaya Drive Wauchula MONTH OF March No meeting scheduled HARDEE COUNTY INDIGENT HEALTH CARE BOARD Usually meets third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. MONTH OF March 20th This is a Disabled-Accessible facility. Any disabled person needing to make special arrangements should contact the County Commissioners office at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the public meet ing. This notice is published in compliance with Florida Statutes 286.0105. Interested parties may appear at the public meeting and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the members, with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. 3:1ncNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING & INTENTION TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF A MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE ADOPTING CERTAIN MODIFIED SEWER RATES FOR COMMERCIAL SEWER CUSTOMERS NOT RECEIVING CITY WATER SERVICENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 180.136, Florida Statutes, that the City Commission of the City of Wauchula, Florida, will hold a public hearing for the purpose of considering the adoption of a proposed ordinance to amend certain utility rates, fees, and charges, as more specifically set forth below: ORDINANCE 2018-01 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WAUCHULA, FLORIDA; AMENDING SECTION 22-67, CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WAUCHULA (CODE); MODIFYING SEWER RATES FOR COMMERCIAL SEWER CUS TOMERS NOT RECEIVING CITY WATER SERVICE; PROVIDING FIND INGS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. at the City of Wauchula City Hall, 222 East Main Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873. The City Commission hearing will be held on March 12, 2018, at 6:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as possible. A copy of the proposed Ordinance is available for public in spection at the office of the City Clerk, 126 S. 7th Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873. Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the pro posed Ordinance. BE ADVISED if any person or persons wish to appeal a decision of the City Commission of the City of Wauchula, Florida, made at the above-advertised meeting, record of the proceedings will be needed by such person or persons and a verbatim record may also be necessary. PLEASE BE GOVERNED ACCORDINGLY. Dated this 26th day of February, 2018 CITY COMMISSION CITY OF WAUCHULA, FLORIDA KEITH NADASKAY, JR., MAYOR 3:1c NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME ACT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Name Act, Section 865.09, Florida Statutes, as amended, intends to register with the Secretary of State of the State of Florida, the fictitious name of F&A Lawn Service under which the undersigned is en gaged or will engage in busi ness at: 612 St. Rd. 66 in the City of Zolfo Springs, Florida 33890.. That the party/parties interested in said business enterprise is/are as follows: Lucatero, Zamora Modesto. Dated at Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida 33873. Person authorizing publication: Modesto Lucatero. Dated: February 26, 2018 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME ACT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Name Act, Section 865.09, Florida Statutes, as amended, intends to register with the Secretary of State of the State of Florida, the fictitious name of KriSco Sounds under which the undersigned is engaged or will engage in business at: 4610 Chester Ave., in the City of Bowling Green, Florida 33834. That the party/parties interested in said business enterprise is/are as follows: Scott F. Tharp and Kristy Kay Tharp. Dated at Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida 33873. Person authorizing publication: Scott F. Tharp. Dated: February 22, 2018 CITY OF WAUCHULA NOTICE TO THE PUBLICThe City Commission of the City of Wauchula will hold the regular sched uled workshop Monday, March 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm or as soon thereafter as it rea sonably can be held. The agenda can be viewed at The meetings will be held at the Commission Chambers located at 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the City Commission hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at the proceedings, he will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record in cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City Commission of the City of Wauchula, Florida does not discriminate upon the basis of any individuals disability status. This non-discriminatory policy in volves every aspect of the Commissions functions, including ones access to, partic ipation, employment or treatment in its programs or activities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the City Clerk at (863) 773-3131. CITY OF WAUCHULA S/ Richard K. Nadaskay Jr. Mayor ATTEST S/Holly Smith City Clerk 3:1cNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING & INTENTION TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF A MUNICIPAL ORDINANCEPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing will be held and thereafter Ordinance Number 2018-01 will be presented to the City Commission for adoption upon the second reading at City Hall, 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873, on the 12th day of March 2018, at 6:00 P.M., or as soon thereafter as it reasonably can be held. A copy of the proposed Ordinance can be obtained from the office of the City Clerk, 126 South Seventh Avenue, Wauchula, Florida 33873. Any person may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed Ordinance. The proposed Ordinance is entitled as follows: ORDINANCE 2018-01 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WAUCHULA, FLORIDA; AMENDING SECTION 22-67, CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WAUCHULA (CODE); MODIFYING SEWER RATES FOR COMMERCIAL SEWER CUS TOMERS NOT RECEIVING CITY WATER SERVICE; PROVIDING FIND INGS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the City Commission hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at the proceedings, he will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he may need to en sure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the tes timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City Commission of the City of Wauchula, Florida does not discriminate upon the basis of any individuals disability status. This non-discriminatory policy involves every aspect of the Commissions functions, including ones access to, participation, em ployment, or treatment in its programs or activities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the City Clerk at (863) 773-3131. s/Holly Smith HOLLY SMITH, City Clerk City of Wauchula Thomas A. Cloud 301 East Pine Street, Suite 1400 Orlando, Florida 32801 Attorney for the City of Wauchula 3:1c NoticesNOTICE TO CONTRACTORSFlorida Department of Transportation ProjectBids will be received by the District One Office until 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 for the following Proposals: E1R59 Revetment Block Installation in Hardee County Maximum Budgetary Ceiling Amount : $491,250.00 E1R60-R0 Pipe Lining, Repair, Desilting, and Video Inspection in Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, and Highlands Counties. Maximum Budgetary Ceiling Amount : $268,000.00 E1R61-R0 Sign Installation, Repair, Replacement and Pavement Markings Removal and Replacement DistrictWide. Budget Amount: $410,800.00 Complete letting advertisement information for this proj ect is available on our website at trict1/ : or by calling (863) 519-2559. 2:22,3:1c March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A11


Little Miss Hardee County TRISTA GILLIARD A12 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018


Photos By NAOMI EREKSON & MARIA TRUJILLO Montages By MARIA TRUJILLO March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A13


On February 24, 2018, friends and family from Michigan, California, Tennessee and Kansas gathered together in Zolfo Springs to celebrate the 95th birthday of Manuela Valencia and the 31st birthday of Isidro DeAnda Jr. Here are some of the photos of the event. The Valencia & DeAnda family would like to thank everyone who attended. 3:1c By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Ashley M. Pelham has her head in the clouds, and forgood reason. Pelham, a cadet with Hardee Senior High School’s AirForce Junior ROTC, has beenselected for the Air ForceChief of Staff Private PilotScholarship Program. “The USAF initiative is specifically designed to ad dress the critical need for bothmilitary and commercial pi lots,” said Lt. Col. StephenMcDaniel, USAF (Ret.). “TheUSAF alone estimates that it isapproximately 1,500-2,000 pi lots short of its current require ments.” McDaniel, who heads the Hardee High JROTC as a sen ior aerospace science instruc tor, called Pelham’sscholarship “remarkable” con sidering the nationwide appli cation process. “We are very proud of Cadet Pelham,” McDaniel said. “Herachievement is even more re markable, as she is one of onlya handful of 10th graders se lected for this program, ac cording to HeadquartersAFJROTC.” Pelham resides in Zolfo Springs. Candidates for the program were culled from the AirForce’s more than 800 world wide JROTC units. From a crop of 800 potential student-fliers, the Air Forcenarrowed the field to 120 can didates. Students were required to have a letter of recommenda tion from both their principaland unit instructor and to takethe same computer-based fly ing aptitude test taken byprospective Air Force pilots. “In addition, a board of Air Force officers considered eachstudent’s grade-point averageand Air Force JROTC physicalfitness test scores,” McDanielsaid. Pelham, who made the cut of 120 finalists, must completea flight physical before she canbe matched with one of sixuniversities around the countrythat will offer the summer pilotprogram. The required physical, the Federal Aviation Administra tion “Class 1” Flight Physical,is the same assessment takenby commercial airline pilots. “The next phase will be sit ting for the physical,” said Dr.Michele Polk, principal ofHardee High, who recom mended Pelham for the pro gram. “Once she passes shecan be matched with a school.” Matching is based on sev eral factors, including the can didate’s preference. “Cadet Pelham selected Auburn University, Auburn,Ala., and Embry-Riddle Aero nautical University, DaytonaBeach, as her first and secondchoices,” McDaniel said. The Private Pilot Scholar ship Program fully covers thecost of room, board, fees andflight training. The scholarship program is designed to widen the appli cant pool for potential AirForce fliers. An estimated 50 percent of prospective pilots are elimi nated in the USAF’s flightscreening program that is aprecursor to full acceptance inthe branch’s UndergraduatePilot Training. However, holders of private pilot licenses are not requiredto attend the flight screening ifselected to train as Air Forcepilots. The scholarship doesnot require a military commit ment. “We understand not all of the cadets graduating from theFlight Academy will elect totake a military track, but that’sOK as those young peopleelecting to enter commercialaviation will have a positiveimpact on the overall nationalcrisis,” said Brig. Gen.Michael Koscheski, Air ForceAircrew Crisis Task Force di rector, in a press release an nouncing the Private PilotScholarship Program. Cadet 1 Of 120 Chosen For USAF Private Pilot Program USAF PHOTO BY AIRMAN 1st CLASS JOSEPH PICK Air Force Junior ROTC cadets take a familiarization flight in a 1st Special OperationsWing aircraft at Hurlburt Field last June. Headquarters has started a new FlightAcademy scholarship program that could one day turn some cadets into pilots onmilitary or commercial aircraft to help address the nation’s aircrew crisis. Rotisserie Chicken With Taste of Morocco I love using rotisserie chick ens in my recipes when I'mpressed for time. Rotisseriechickens are reasonably priced,convenient, come seasoned ina variety of ways and can betransformed into a multitude ofquick and easy main-dishmeals. Best of all, if you pur chase a plain, roasted chicken,you can use the bones to makea rich, homemade chickenstock or enhance the flavors ofpre-packaged stocks or broths,so nothing goes to waste. Most rotisserie chickens are large enough to serve at leastfour people as a main course.Or, you can pull the meat fromthe bones and use it in recipesthat call for pre-cookedchicken. Shredded chicken canbe used in recipes from salads,sandwiches and soups to enchi ladas or chicken pot pies. Using a pre-cooked chicken lets you explore new and un usual recipes that would ordi narily take a lot of time to pre pare. This recipe for SpeedyMediterranean Chicken isready in just 30 minutes andimparts all the exotic spicesand flavors of the traditionalrecipe. A rotisserie chicken sea soned with lemon pepper isperfect for this dish. The flavors used in this recipe are reminiscent of an ex otic Moroccan tagine. A tagineis both a type of heavy clay potwith a domed lid and the dishthat is cooked in it. Taginestypically are found in the NorthAfrican cuisines of Morocco.Most Moroccan tagines com bine lamb, chicken or beef witha variety of ingredients andseasonings, including citrusfruits, nuts, honey and pungentspices. This recipe blends spicy salsa and curry powder, andadds a hint of sweetness by in corporating honey and raisinswith spectacular results. Toast ing the curry powder in the oilfirst gives this dish an authentic taste and brings out the flavorsof the spice. Serve with hotcooked couscous or rice tomake the most of the savorysauce that envelops the chicken. MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN 1 tablespoon olive or veg etable oil2 teaspoons curry powder 1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa1/2 cup sliced green olives 1/4 cup golden raisins1/4 cup honey 1 deli rotisserie chicken (2 to2 1/2 pounds), cut into 6 to 8 pieces, skin removed if de sired 1. In 12-inch nonstick skil let, heat oil over medium heat.Stir in curry powder. Cook overmedium heat 1 minute, stirring constantly. 2. Stir in remaining ingredi ents except chicken. Add chicken; turn to coat. 3. Cover; cook over medium-high heat 5 to 6 min utes, turning chicken occasion ally until sauce is bubbly andchicken is thoroughly heated. Makes 4 servings. (Recipe courtesy of BettyCrocker: www.bettycrocker. com/recipes) Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children's au thor, culinary historian and theauthor of seven cookbooks. Hernew cookbook is "The KitchenDiva's Diabetic Cookbook."Her website To see how-to videos, recipes and much,much more, Like Angela ShelfMedearis, The Kitchen Diva!on Facebook. Recipes may not be reprinted without permis sion from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis Kitchen Diva By Angela Shelf Medearis A14 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018


Herald-AdvocateThursday, March 1, 2018 B THE By TOM STAIK Of The Herald-Advocate The Wildcats continued to impress last week as theyturned in impressive finishesamong a field of 26 schools atthe prestigious Berkeley PrepTrack and Field Invitational onSaturday at Tampa. Senior Alexis BenjaminGraham was again the squad’sstandout as she claimedHardee Senior High School’sonly first place finish in theshot put with a distance of 36-03.00. Benjamin-Graham also took third place honors in the discuswith a distance of 106-08.00and fifth place in the javelinwith a distance of 52-02.00. Both her discuss and shot put throws were further thanany member of the Wildcatsquad – male or female. Also recording a top 10 fin ish was sophomore RobertoGuiterrez, who claimed ninthplace in the 3200m run with atime of 11:52.64. The men’s 4x400m relay team took a seventh place nodwith a time of 3:40.89. The ladies finished eighth in the 4x100 with a time of 55.77. Two Lady Wildcat runners also recorded top 10 finishes. Sophomore Tatiana Mier placed 9th in the 3200m with atime of 12:59.82, and KareliPlata, a junior, placed 10thwith a time of 15:41.76. Female Individual Results: 100M: 60th, Jesula Charles, 14.56; 76th, Marisela Duran,15.13; 99th, Maria Gutierrez,16.10; 100th, Sophie Allen,16.14; 101st, Yazquelin Vil lalva, 16.15; and 118th, AdelaRojas, 16.95. 200M: 63rd, Acheline Del homme, 30.54; 71st, JalynnThompson, 31.46; 73rd, NubiaGomez, 31.68; 92nd, MariselaDuran, 33.20; 93rd, MariaGutierrez, 33.47; 103rd,Yazquelin Villalva, 34.59;110th, Mariela Badillo, 35.05;and 117th, Adela Rojas, 36.61. 400M: 50th, Acheline Del homme, 1:14.05; 56th, JaviaThompson, 1:16.11; 71st, Yac quelin Villalva, 1:20.27; 77th,Mariela Badillo, 1:25.14; and79th, Ana Villa, 1:26.22. 800M: 37th, Ingrid Men doza, 2:56.74; 61st, LauraRamos, 3:11.05; 65th, Daisy Badillo, 3:13.55; 70th, AmyGutierrez, 3:18.85; 71st,Alyssa Weatherford, 3:20.33;and 72nd, Kareli Plata,3:22.53. 1600M: 25th, Tatiana Mier, 6:11.01; 15th, Ingrid Mendoza,6:46.13; and 24th, LauraRamos, 6:56.78. 3200M: 9th, Tatiana Mier, 12:59.82; 10th, Kareli Plata,15:41.76; and 12th, AlyssaWeatherford, 16:41.21. 100H: 23rd, Jennifer Lopez, 19.92; 27th, Mercades Cis neros, 20.37; 33rd, KaitlynnBrandeberry, 21.18; and 37th,Veronica Molina, 22.17. 300H: 18th, Eboni Lami, 53.89; 28th, Kaitlynn Brande berry, 57.14; 35th, JenniferLopez, 1:00.61; 41st, Mer cades Cisneros, 1:03.14; and42nd, Veronica Molina,1:03.37. 4x100M: 8th, Hardee, 55.77. 4x400M: 13th, Hardee, 4:44.02. 4x800M: 17th, Hardee, 13:00.95. High Jump: 21st, Eboni Lamy, 4-02.00; and 23rd, Kait lynn Brandeberry, 4-02.00. Long Jump: 27th, Eboni Lamy, 13-10.25; 31st, JalynnThompson, 13-03.75; 49th,Javia Thompson, 12-04.00;51st, Mercades Cisneros, 11-06.25. Triple Jump: 11th, Miracle Thompson, 31-04.50; 30th,Jennifer Lopez, 27-01.25;32nd, Jesula Charles, 26-08.75; and 35th, VeronicaMolina, 24-05.75. Pole Vault: 18th, Daisy Badillo, 6-00.75; 19th, SophieAllen, 6-00.75; and 20th,Mariela Badillo, 6-00.75. Discuss: 3rd, Alexis Ben jamin-Graham, 106-08.00;13th, Dristen Newcomb, 77-01.00; 38th, Lilliana Ramos,55-10.00; and 42nd, KassidyWallace, 52-11.00. Javelin: 5th, Alexis Ben jamin-Graham, 52-02.00. Shot Put: 1st, Alexis Ben jamin-Graham, 36-02.00;36th, Dristen Newcomb, 21-05.25; 46th, Maria Deloera,18-10.50; and 48th, KassidyWallace, 17-06.25. Male Individual Results: 100M: 56th, Noah Torres, 12.36; 76th, Israel Lopez,12.64; 89th, Myron Refour,12.91; 99th, Marcelin Cimeus, 13.20; 100th, Man Rivera,13.21; 105th, Josh Ward,13.45; 117th, Angel Conejo,13.90; 119th, Gabriel Ar guelles, 14.17; and 129th,Elias Ramirez, 15.27. 200M: 76th, Noah Torres, 26.29; 78th, Aaron Cook,26.33; 111th, Josh Ward,28.52; 114th, Jozie St. Louis,28.69; 120th, Ivan Rojas-Bautista, 29.86; 123rd, GabrielArguelles, 30.34; 127th, JacobLee, 32.18; and 128th, EliasRamirez, 32.28. 400M: 54th, Cody Helms, 58.07; 66th, Israel Lopez,59.47; 69th, Jacob Davidson,1:00.00; 85th, Jozie St. Louis,1:02.68; 109th, Sanon Nerlen sky, 1:07.06; 110th, IvanRojas-Bautista, 1:07.35; and117th, Gabriel Arguelles,1:10.43. 800M: 25th, Ivan Ro driguez, 2:17.18; 46th, Miguel Velasco, 2:26.48; 53rd,Roberto Gutierrez, 2:28.27;64th, Jaime Chagoya, 2:33.24;69th, Scott Meeks, 2:36.83;and 73rd, Man Rivera,2:38.78. 1600M: 15th, Zack Duras tanti, 4:53.97; and 54th, JamieChagoya, 5:49.99. 3200M: 9th, Roberto Gutierrez, 11:52.64; and 23rd,Scott Meeks, 13:11.61. 110H: 16th, Aaron Cook, 18.19; 17th, Colen Oakes,18.19; and 22nd, SamuelLouis, 19.10. 300H: 11th, Colen Oakes, 44.60; and 22nd, Aaron Cook,49.43. 4x400M: 7th, Hardee, 3:40.89. 4x800M: 11th, Hardee, 9:31.09. High Jump: 14th, Samuel Louis, 5-03.75. Long Jump: 24th, Cody Helms, 16-07.25; 32nd, MyronRefour, 15-07.50; and 36th,Josh Ward, 15-00.00. Triple Jump: 24th, Aaron Cook, 31-09.00. Pole Vault: 19th, Oscar De Jesus, 8-06.25; and 21st,Roberto Gutierrez, 7-06.50. Discus: 11th, Marcus Sam brano, 102-02.00; 12th, CollinBarton, 102-01.00; and 24th,Evan Webster, 89-11.00. Javelin: 11th, Collin Barton, 81-05.00. Shot Put: 19th, Marcus Sambrano, 35-00.50; 24th,Adrian Alvarez, 34-00.25;26th, Dustin Willis, 33-02.50;and 39th, Evan Webster, 30-11.00. Wildcats Impress At Prestigious Meet PHOTOS BY MICHAEL KELLY Alexis Benjamin-Graham prepares to release the dis cuss during the Wildcat Relays last Tuesday (Feb. 20). Colin Barton releases the discuss in his throw at the Wildcat Relays last week. A Lady Wildcat readiesherself before attemptinga pole vault at the Wildcat Relays last week. Tatiana Mier paces herself as she rounds the track at Wildcat Stadium. Long jump was a popular event at the Wildcat Relays. It was nothing but air as this Lady Wildcat cleared the bar in the pole vault as hermale counterparts looked on. Coach Rob Beatty launches a race at the Wildcat Relays last week.


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By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The Lady Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak lastFriday (Feb. 23) on the road asthey delivered a 3-1 defeat tothe DeSoto Bulldogs. The ladies in orange and blue from Hardee Senior HighSchool gave up an early run inthe bottom of the first inning togive DeSoto a 1-0 lead. Hardee dueled with the Bulldogs until the top of theseventh inning when they un leashed a 3-run rally to takethe 3-1 win. The Lady Wildcats tied the game 1-1 when Amari DeLeoncrossed home plate on a hardground ball to center field offthe bat of Ashlee Patterson. Destinee Jackson was next at bat for Hardee as MalloryGough held second and Patter son held first. With a 1-2 count, Gough stole third and Patterson ad vanced to second. An error bythe DeSoto catcher allowedGough to steal home, givingthe Lady Wildcats a 2-1 lead.Patterson advanced to third onthe same play. Jackson eventually grounded into a fielder’schoice that allowed Pattersonto cross home plate with thefinal run of the game to bringthe final score to 3-1. Alayna Carranco held the mound for Hardee through allseven innings, allowing fivehits and one run. Hardee recorded five hits and three runs in the outing.Lillian Salazar and DeLeoneach had two hits, and Patter son added one. Runs wererecorded by Patterson, Gough,and DeLeon. Lady Cats Drop Three Games The Lady Wildcats strug gled to find success on thefield the week leading into theannual Hardee County Fair asthey slid through a three-gamelosing streak. The most recent of the tri fecta of losses came Feb. 16 asHardee bowed 8-12 to theGeorge Jenkins (Lakeland)High School Lady Eagles. Down 6-0 as they started the bottom of the third inning,Hardee battled onto the boardwhen Destinee Jackson home red on a fly ball to center fieldto cut the challenger’s lead to6-1. George Jenkins answered with a five-run slugfest in thetop of the fourth to take a 11-1lead. Hardee answered with its own five-run rally in the bot tom of the fifth inning. Sarah Carlton got the scor ing started when she crossedhome plate on a double off thebat of Mallory Gough. Patter son, with her second home runof the evening, sent Goughand Patterson across homeplate before she tagged home.The final run of the inningcame from Alexis McBridewho scored after a ground ballto the shortstop off the bat ofAlayna Carranco, to cut thedeficit to 11-6. The Eagles scored another run in the top of the sixth in ning to make an even dozen,leaving the score 12-6. A two-run rally in the bot tom of the seventh inning bythe Wildcats fell short.McBride and Carranco bothscored on a ground ball off thebat of Lillian Salazar. Thefinal score: 12-8, Eagles. Pitching duties were shared by Benavidez, Stephanie Der ringer, and Carranco. Be navidez pitched four innings,allowed seven hits and sixruns. Derringer pitched a par tial inning, allowed four hitsand five runs. Carrancopitched two innings and al lowed two hits and one run. The Lady Wildcats had eight runs and 13 hits in thegame. Salazar had three hits,Gough and Patterson had twohits each, and Derringer,McBride, Carranco, and Carl ton each had one hit. Jacksonand McBride each had tworuns, and Gough, Patterson,Carranco, and Carlton eachhad one run. The second loss of the streak came at the hands of the Sebring High School LadyBlue Streaks on Feb. 15 as theLady Cats were bested 9-4. Hardee took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second in ning as Benavidez advancedhome following an illegalpitch. Back-to-back four run in nings from Sebring in the thirdand fourth inning – and a runin the top of the fifth -wouldgive the Lady Blue Streaks an9-1 lead. The Lady Wildcats battled back in the bottom of the sixthinning with a three run rally.Carranco and DeLeon scoredon a fly ball off the bat of Der ringer, who herself reached onan error. Marisa Rodriguezscored the final Hardee run offa ground ball from Carlton, tobring the final score to 9-4 infavor of the Streaks. Carranco and Derringer shared pitching duties. Car ranco held the mound for threeinnings and allowed seven hitsand four runs off 42 pitches.Derringer held the mound forfour innings and allowedseven hits and five runs off 68pitches. Hardee had four runs and four hits in the effort. Jackson,Carranco, Gough, and DeLeoneach had hits. Runs wererecorded by Benavidez, Car ranco, DeLeon, and Ro driguez. The first loss of the streak came Feb. 13 in a 12-8 pound ing by the Lady Pirates ofBraden River High School. Down 1-0 as they started the bottom of the first, Hardee tiedthe game with a run by Jack VARSITY GIRLS SOFTBALL ‘Cats Outscore Lady Dawgs, 3-1 COURTESY PHOTOS BY STACY JOHNSON SMITH Ashlee Patterson slap hitting.Sarah Carlton fields the ball from the shortstop positions. Destinee Jackson asks the umpire for time, but it isn’t granted. In the end it did not matter, Jackson knocked a home run on the pitch. Makayla Benavidez makes a catch in the outfield. son off a fly ball to left field offthe bat of McBride. The Pirates added two more runs in the top of the secondbefore Hardee took the leadwith a five-run rally in the bot tom of the inning. Goughscored first following a groundball off the bat of Jackson. Anerror by the Braden Rivershortstop allowed DeLeon toscore, and a fly ball by Carltonin the same at bat sent Jacksonacross the plate. Carlton scoredon a fly ball to center field offthe bat of McBride. The finalrun of the rally came fromMcBride who stole home dur ing an at bat by Carranco, giv ing Hardee a 6-3 lead. The tide shifted for the Pi rates in the top of the fourth in ning as Hardee allowed eightruns. The Lady Cats were only able to answer with one run inthe bottom of the inning, asJackson homered on a linedrive to center field to bring thescore to 11-7 as Braden Riversurged. Another Pirate run came in the top of the fifth to bring thescore to 12-7. The final run of the game came for Hardee in the bottomof the seventh. A sacrifice flyto right field off the back ofGough allowed McBride toscore to cut the Braden Riverlead to 12-8. Carranco and Benavidez shared pitching duties forHardee. Carranco pitched threeinnings, threw 78 pitches, andallowed eight hits and nineruns. Benavidez pitched threeinnings, threw 53 pitches, andallowed six hits and three runs. Hardee had eight runs and nine hits in 31 at bats. McBrideand Benavidez each had twohits, and Patterson, Jackson,Carlton, Carranco and Gougheach had a hit. Jackson hadthree runs, McBride had tworuns, and Carlton, Gough, and DeLeon each had one run. The Lady Wildcats – follow ing a short week due to the fair– are back in full swing thisweek. The result of Tuesday’sgame at home against AvonPark was not available by press time. The squad is scheduled to travel to Mulberry on Friday(March 2) for a 7:30 p.m. gameagainst the Panthers. Hardeewill travel to Sarasota HighSchool on Tuesday (March 6)for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Lady Sailors. Includes lunch, cart, 50/50 raffle and prizes 3:1c March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B3


B4 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018 Q: Last year I was really into this show about a group of friends trying to make it in Hollywood, and one of the girls lands the lead role in blockbuster YA fantasy movie. We get to see how it changes her and her relationship with her friends, and how she changes the actors she works with because of her "normalness." Can you tell me what that was called and if/when it will be back? Rhiannon G., via email A: You're thinking of "Fa mous in Love," which airs on Freeform. I've also been waiting for word on its return, and I just heard that it will be back for its second season on Wednesday, April 4, at 8 p.m. ET. There's time to catch up before the pre miere, either on Netflix or On Demand, which I highly recom mend because this is a fun, en ticing and completely bingeable series. Based on the novel by Re becca Serle, the show follows ordinary college student Paige (played by Bella Thorne) who got her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood block buster and her friends and co-stars as they try to navi gate the bumpy wa ters of stardom and fame. The show also stars Carter Jenkins, Charlie DePew, Georgie Flores, Niki Koss, Pepi Sonuga, Keith Powers and Per rey Reeves. *** Q: I remember you had written some time ago that "Timeless" had been can celed, but then, in a rarity, was uncanceled by NBC. I keep looking for its premiere but haven't seen anything about it. Margaret H., Madison, Wisconsin A: Don't worry: The powersthat-be at NBC have not gone back on their word to renew "Timeless," the exciting timetravel fantasy series that stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett and Goran Visnjic. It makes its season-two premiere on Sunday, March 11, at 10/9c. I'm so glad the series didn't end with the massive cliffhanger, where we learned that Lucy's mom is Rittenhouse, Flynn has been arrested and thinks Lucy set him up, and Emma has stolen the timetravel mothership. Here's some scoop about this season. The first episode has Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus travel ing back to World War I, where a new character is introduced: Nicolas Keynes playing an in jured American soldier who CelebrityExtraBy Cindy Elavsky PICKS OF THE WEEK "Darkest Hour" (PG-13) Winston Churchill is front and center in this captivating retelling of the events sur rounding his appointment to prime minister and England's entrance into full-throttle war with Germany. Focusing on the short but explosive time frame between May 1940 and his "We shall fight on the beaches" address to Parliament weeks later, we follow Churchill as he wrestles with the viability of a political solu tion to the growing Nazi threat, while cementing the stone will of the people in defiance of German tyranny. Gary Oldman is electrifying as Churchill, going so far beyond believable that it's no wonder he's Oscarnominated for his performance, while the film is nominated for both design and makeup (among other categories). It's really everything you want in a historical biopic tension, ex citement and dramatics that keep you on the edge of your seat. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (R) Seven months after the rape and murder of her daughter, Mildred Hayes (Frances Mc Dormand) needs an outlet for her frustration with local law enforcement. She finds it in three rented billboards; to gether they send a message to chief of police William Willoughby (Woody Harrel son): solve the case. The grief they cause and the grief that caused them are the fodder for some dark, disturbing and yet seriously comic undertakings. Sam Rockwell plays the law man's second in command, a devout understudy with an angry attitude problem. Director Martin McDonagh plucked his billboard inspiration from real life, then wrote these parts tailor-made to perfection for their inhabitants, who shine as bright as Oscar gold. "Coco" (PG) Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez) is 12-year-old musician in a family that has outlawed music for generations. On Dia de los Muertos, a twist of fate delivers him to the Land of the Dead, where he must find a family member to bless his return to the land of the liv ing. Believing he may be re lated to legendary singer Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), he sets out to find his musical roots before time runs out. Gael Garcia Bernal voices Hector Rivera, who offers to be Miguel's savvy guide through the back alleys of the vibrant, colorful world if Miguel will put up his photo in the living world -even the deceased can not live forever if there is no one to remember them. "Murder on the Orient Ex press" (R) A famous detec tive. That distinctive mustache. A dead body. A lushly ap pointed train filled with poten tially guilty characters. The only mystery is why it took Kenneth Branagh so long to resurrect such unforgettable material. Yes, it's a remake, but with the exquisite talent aboard -Branagh as Hercule Poirot, with Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer -we can live with that. New TV Releases "Diff'rent Strokes" The Complete 7th Season "Green Acres" The Complete 5th Season "MacGyver" Season 1 "Mayberry R.F.D." The Complete 1st Season(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Couch TheaterDVDPreviewsBy Sam Struckhoff DVDs reviewed here are available in stores the week of Feb. 26. "Doctor Dolittle" was origi nally a 1967 film with Rex Harrison. Harrison was fresh off his Oscar win for "My Fair Lady" (1965), and "Dr. Dolit tle," which also starred Saman tha Egger and Anthony Newley, was a dismal flop. It cost $17 million and made only $9 million. 20th Century Fox tried again in 1998 with Eddie Murphy, and the sequel grossed $294 million. Another sequel in 2001, also with Mur phy, grossed $176 million. Now, Uni versal Studios has ac quired the rights and are making "Voyage of Dr. Doolittle" with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role. Downey's been Tony Stark, aka "Iron Man," since 2008 and has completed "The Avengers: Infinity War," due in May, and the two-part untitled "Avengers" sequel, being re leased in 2019 and 2020. Join ing Downey in live-action roles are Tom Holland (his "Spider-Man" co-star) and An tonio Banderas (as a pirate), while Emma Thompson, Se lena Gomez and Ralph Fiennes will lend their voices to talking animals. It's set for an April 2019 release. *** Jim Carrey says he's deleting his Facebook account, as well as dumping his Facebook stock, because it profited from the "Russian interfer ence in our election," and he's urging oth ers to do the same. He added, "For a long time America enjoyed a geograph ical advantage in the world, with oceans on both sides of us, and now social media has created a cyber-bridge over which those who do not have our best inter est in mind can cross, and we are allowing it. No wall is going to protect us from that, and this easy access has to be more responsibly handled." *** The producers of the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," now in its final sea son, have signed to create "Star Wars" films for Disney that will be separate from the cur rent franchise, as well as a "Star Wars" TV series, which we knew had to happen sooner or later. *** Armie Hammer, so good in "Call Me by Your Name," can console himself for not getting an Oscar nomination with the two films he's just completed. The first is "Hotel Mumbai," with two-time Oscar nominee Dav Patel (for "Slumdog Mil lionaire" in 2008 and "Lion" in 2016). The second is "On the Basis of Sex," a drama about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with Felicity Jones (Oscar nominee for "The Theory of Everything" in 2014) as Ruth, and Armie as her husband, Martin, with help from Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates and Sam Waterston. Call Hammer by any name, so long as it's not "The Lone Ranger," his 2013 flop with Johnny Depp!(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. HollywoodBy Tony Rizzo Top 10 Movies Inside 1. Black Panther (PG-13) Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan 2. Peter Rabbit (PG) animated 3. Fifty Shades Freed (R) Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dor nan 4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13) Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan 5. The 5:17 to Paris (PG13) Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler 6. The Greatest Showman (PG) Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams 7. Early Man (PG) animated 8. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (PG-13) Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee 9. Winchester (PG-13) Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook 10. The Post (PG-13) Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc."seems helpless at first but is more formidable than he seems," according to producers. This season also will visit the Salem Witch Trials (be careful, Lucy!) and Hollywood in the 1940s. *** Q: Is it true that there's a sequel to "March of the Pen guins"? 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WHEN BILLY GRAHAM SAID NO Billy Graham was a son of the segregated South. He grew up, as did I, with signs declar ing Whites Only and No Colored Served Here. Division by race was the abnormal accepted thing. It was under stood that black people who showed up at white churches would be met at the door and redirected to a church for their kind. Billy Graham became a national figure in 1949 with the Los Angeles crusade. Invitations to conduct city-wide crusades poured in, including invitations in Southern cities. During the first Southern city-wide crusades, whites and blacks were seated in different sections, as was the custom. But the Holy Spirit began to trouble Billys heart. The defining moment came in 1953, before the Mont gomery Bus Boycott and Martin Luther King, before lunch counter sit-ins, before Civil Rights marches. It happened in Chat tanooga, a southern city with deep racial division (what southern city didnt have deep racial divisions?). The stadium where the crusade was to held had been divided into white and black sections, as was the custom. Ropes marked the division. When Billy Graham came to the stadium prior to the first night of the crusade, he saw the ropes. This time, he said, No. With holy passion he mounted the steps of the stadium and began to pull down the ropes and the signs. Local Crusade organizers tried to stop him. He bluntly told them, Leave the ropes down or you can have the crusade without me. The ropes stayed down. The gospel was preached. Whites and blacks came forward together to receive Christ. Because one man said, No. It is hard now, in 2018, to realize how courageous this act was. Just three years after Chattanooga, Billy Grahams pastor, W. A. Criswell, would proclaim to the South Carolina Legisla ture that anyone who believes in integration is dead from the neck up. Graham quickly made a statement to the press, saying, My pastor and I have never seen eye-to-eye on the race ques tion. What Graham did not say was that a great number of his financial backers expected Graham to support segregation or at least stay silent on race. But Graham would not budge. Every crusade would inte grated-period. For more than 20 years, Billy Graham refused to hold a crusade in South Africa, until segregation laws were repealed. True, Billy Graham did not march with Martin Luther King Jr. By his own admission, he became too involved in politics during the Nixon Administration. He was not perfect, nor did he claim to be. But for millions of Americans who had been touched by his ministry, a new thought formed: If Billy Graham says no to segregation, maybe I should say no too. I remember as a child seeing televised crusades. The camera would pan over the choir, and I would see black people singing next to white people. I had never seen that growing up in rural Florida. Even in my childs mind, something said, This must be good, if its happening at a Billy Graham crusade. Billy Graham has always been my hero. He preached the gospel. Millions came to know Jesus. He used modern media to share Jesus. He made it okay to have music that sounded con temporary in Christian gathering. He spoke as the prophet America needed to hear, once say ing to a white audience, "We have been proud and thought we were better than any other race, any other people. Ladies and gentlemen, we are going to stumble into hell because of our pride. He was the nations pastor, a calming voice of faith when tragedy struck. And he tore down the ropes. Thank you, Billy Graham, for saying No. Hardee County native Clay Smith is lead pastor at Alice Drive Baptist Church in Sumter, S.C. He and his brother and sister still own the family ranch in the Lemon Grove community east of Wauchula. You can follow him at IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 25-2018DR000046 Blanca Flor Aquino Salas Petitioner, and Luciano Villar Cevilla, Respondent. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION FOR ADOPTION TO: Luciano Villar Cevilla 2049 Rigdon Rd., Wauchula FL 33873 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for stepparent and adoption has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Blanca Flor Aquino Salas whose ad dress is 314 Walton Ave., Wauchula FL 33873, on or be fore March 16, 2018 and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 417 W. Main St. Room 202, Wauchula FL before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you failed to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Cir cuit Courts office. You may re view these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office notified of your current address. (You may file Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed or e-mailed to the ad dresses on record at the clerks office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic dis closure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of plead ings. DATE: February 8, 2018 VICTORIA L. ROGERS, Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Christine Freijosio Deputy Clerk IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: This form was prepared for the Petitioner. This form was completed with the assistance of: Daniel Rodriguez, 1573 N. 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Members can swim, make crafts, see live entertainmentEvery day of the week!Thousand Trails 2555 US Hwy 17 South, Zolfo Springs 863-735-88883:1c DirectionsBy Clay SmithHardee County Native Crop UpdateFebruary 26, 2018 General: According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Florida, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, February 25, 2018. Precipitation estimates ranged from no rain in multiple locations to 1.2 inches in Apalachicola (Franklin County). The average mean temperature ranged from 67.9F in Niceville (Okaloosa County) to 80.1F in Marathon (Monroe County). Citrus: Temperatures were seasonably warm across the cit rus region. Afternoon highs were in the lower to upper 80s all week. Rainfall was relatively inconsequential in the complete citrus belt. Only a couple stations had as much as two-tenths of an inch of rainfall. Most stations recorded less than a tenth of an inch to no rainfall for the week. According to the February 22, 2018 U.S. Drought Monitor, for the first time since last July, the citrus region is experiencing drought conditions. All of Orange, Seminole and Collier counties, about half of Osceola County, and the southern tip of Hendry County are experience abnor mally dry conditions. The remainder of the citrus region is drought free. Grove operations included fertilizing, applying herb-icides, disking, and brush removal. Grove caretakers were irrigating at regular intervals. Fieldworkers across the state reported seeing early blossoms beginning to emerge on some varieties, primarily Valencia oranges. Tangerines are still being harvested in small quantities. Royal and Honey tangerines and Minneola tangelos should still be available for a couple more weeks. Grapefruit harvest is slow ing down some, but is still coming in. According to the Market News Bulletin, dated Feb 19, 2018, demand for Florida oranges and grapefruit for the fresh market is down, even with the smaller crop size. Only one or two processing plants are running Valencia oranges at this time. Most operations are waiting for higher ratios and better juice quality before getting started. Fruits and Vegetables: In Flagler and Putnam Counties, potato crops are emerging. Southern counties saw a mostly hot, dry week with foggy mornings that led to increased disease pres sure in some vegetables. Warm days accelerated vegetable ma turity with a wide range coming to market, including avocados, beets, boniatos, cabbage, eggplant, green beans, herbs, leafy greens, malangas, peppers, squash, sweet corn and tomatoes. Livestock and Pastures: In central and southern counties, pastures remained stressed from insufficient rainfall. Livestock producers were feeding supplements. Field Crops: In Lafayette County, producers harvested small grains and began planting corn. In St. Lucie County, the sugarcane harvest was almost complete, and most local mills shut down for the season. Sugarcane weeding, fertilizing and harvesting continued in Glades, Hendry, and Palm Beach Coun ties. Congressman Thomas J. Rooney (FL-17) announced last week that he will be retir ing from Congress at the end of this term. After what will be 10 years in the U.S. Congress represent ing the good people of Floridas Heartland, its time to hang em up, as my old football coach used to say. I will not be running for re-election to Congress in 2018, Rooney said. I want to thank my con stituents for allowing me the opportunity to serve them in Washington. I also want to rec ognize the amazing team that has worked alongside for the people of Floridas 16th and 17th districts over five terms, especially Chief of Staff Jess Moore, District Director Leah Valenti, Field Rep Sherry McCorkle and Office Manager Dean Lester, who have been with me since the beginning. To my colleagues in the House: Representatives Her rera-Buetler, Hunter, Kinzinger, Roby, Yoder and Dold, your unyielding friend ship and loyalty will never be forgotten, he added. Rooney continued, Most of all, I would like to thank my family, especially my mom and dad, my wife Tara and my sons Tommy, Sean Patrick and Seamus. You have sacrificed so much so I could follow my dreams. Now its time for me to better support yours. Rooney said he will look forward to serving Florida again in the future in a differ ent capacity.Rooney Will Not Seek Re-Election SOUTH OF THE BORDER STUFFED TOAST If you like a little "heat" in your food, then you'll enjoy this breakfast dish. It will warm you inside and out. 8 (3/4-ounce) slices Kraft reduced-fat Cheddar cheese 8 slices reduced-calorie bread 2 eggs, beaten or equivalent in egg substitute 1/4 cup fat-free milk 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1 cup chunky salsa (mild, medium or hot) 1/4 cup Land O Lakes no-fat sour cream 1. Place 2 slices Cheddar cheese between 2 slices of bread. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk and pars ley flakes. Dip sandwiches into egg mixture on both sides. Place on hot griddle or large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray. Brown on both sides. For each serving, place 1 sandwich on a plate, spoon 1/4 cup salsa over top and garnish with 1 table spoon sour cream. Serve at once. Serves 4.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Comfort Foods Made FAST AND HEALTHY!By Healthy Exchanges DEAR DR. ROACH: Is it possible to be allergic to the cold weather and tempera ture changes? My son is 23 years old, and when he goes out in the cold, he breaks out in hives. What can he do? K.R. ANSWER: This sounds exactly like cold urticaria, which isn't an allergy, but is similar in some ways. Doctors may test this by placing an ice cube (in a plastic bag with water) on the skin (usually the forearm) for five minutes, then watch the skin as it rewarms. If a hive de velops (with raised skin and redness), that confirms the di agnosis. Cold urticaria can be associated with some infec tions (Lyme disease, hepatitis and HIV, among others) and with celiac disease. People with cold urticaria need to worry about systemic reactions. Avoiding cold (espe cially swimming in cold water) is critical, but even cold bever ages can cause a serious sys temic reaction, including swelling of the mouth and throat. Even anaphylaxis, a life-threatening collapse of the circulatory system, can de velop. Many people with se vere cold urticaria carry an epinephrine auto-injector in case of emergency. Antihistamines, such as lo ratadine (Claritin) and ceti rizine (Zyrtec), are the best pharmacologic treatment. Ex perts in cold urticaria include allergists and dermatologists. DEAR DR. ROACH: Whenever someone is ill with most diseases, they are usu ally prescribed a drug or a medicine, or a pharmaceuti cal product. Why is it that cancer patients are treated with "chemo," or "chemotherapy," rather than one of the above? Is there a differ ence, or is it just semantics? Nobody I've asked seems to have an answer. D.G. ANSWER: To be honest, I was confused too, until medical school, where I learned that "chemotherapy" is just another word for a drug or medicine in tended to treat a condition. We just normally reserve the term for drugs used to treat cancer. Although we tend to think of the side effects of chemother apy as horrific, and some cer tainly are the most toxic substances we ever use, they vary widely in how well they are tolerated. DEAR DR. ROACH: In August I had open repair of my right rotator cuff. I was told it was a severe tear with bone and tendon involve ment. I am 67, and the recovery has been a long one. If you can believe it, even with physical therapy and pain management, I am still uncomfortable at times. I have a stupid question that I hope you can answer. Ever since surgery, I have had to sleep on my unaffected side. Is it OK for me to finally try sleeping on my right side? I don't have another appointment at the orthopedic office. I am embarrassed, as it is one question I haven't asked. C.V. ANSWER: It's not a stupid question at all. I don't think you will damage the surgery repair by sleeping on the shoulder now, and you certainly can try it to see if it feels uncomfort able. I also would recommend you continue the exercises your physical therapists gave you. Dr. Roach regrets that he is un able to answer individual let ters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email ques tions to ToYourGoodHealth To view and order health pamphlets, visit, or write to Good Health, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803.(c) 2018 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved Good Health By Keith Roach, M.D.To Your Dont Be Left Out!HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B5


BLOCKPARTYREUNIONHHS Classes 1970 through 1980 Saturday, March 3 • 5 pm-10 pmMain Street Wauchula Come catch up with old classmates, teachers and support sta $10 donation per person payable to; by mail, HHS 70's Party, PO Box 997, Wauchula, FL 33873; or drop it by Henderson Animal Care Wauchula, all checks made out to HHS 70's Party. If you didn't get a chance to send in your money in, don't worry you can still pay when you sign in. Sign in table by Giovanni's, make sure you stop by to get your name tags. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!! Questions, email, join our Facebook page Hardee High School 70's Party, or call/text Janice 863-781-0033 or Kathy 863-781-4604. 3:1c FOODAVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE • Food Trucks • Giovanni's • Main Street PubL IVE M USIC • Crush • Raisin Cain • Elvis Bring your own lawn chair By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Heritage Park was stalked last week by a wild cock insearch of a quick snack. The wandering barnyard aviary was first spotted forag ing at the downtown destina tion on Feb. 19 as it pickedthrough the fertile greenery forfresh prey. The rooster was undeterred by a group of pre-school chil dren attempting to claim thegreen lawns of the park forplay time. Flaunting its tail feathers, the proud cock-a-doodler struttedto and fro – pecking as he went– as the boisterous and playfulyouths played nearby. The Hardee County Fair – in town last week – had no re ports of escaped birds. According to the Wauchula Police Department, this week’sinvasion was the first reportedinstance of barnyard escapes atthe park this year. Poultry-related incidents, though, are a regular problemfor city leaders. “We deal with chicken com plaints all the time,” said CityManager Terry Atchley. Chickens, and roosters, are largely banned within the citylimits. “Our land development code only allows chickens in areaszoned agriculture or farm resi dential,” said Olivia Minshew,assistant city manager. “Thereare only four small areas in theentire city limits with either ofthose zonings. None of themnear the downtown area.” The city of Wauchula takes poultry seriously. In fact, “strayand feral chickens” is an entire subsection (Sec. 4-10) of thecity’s animal control regula tions. “It shall be unlawful for any owner or custodian of achicken to allow a chicken tobecome a stray or feralchicken,” the municipal ordi nance states. The municipal statute de fines "stray or feral chicken" as“a domesticated chicken whichhas strayed, been released, orhas roamed from the propertyof its owner, and shall includethe offspring of a domesticatedchicken which has strayed,been released, or has roamedfrom the property of itsowner.” Pesky poultry found in vio lation the code face stiffpenalty. “Any chicken which is sus pected of being a stray or feralchicken may be picked up,trapped, and captured,” thecode states. The birds are then held for 10 days. After that point, own ers – upon payment of an im poundment fee – can claimtheir cluckers. Feather eggers and their male counterparts that go un claimed face an uncertain fu ture, with the regulationsgiving leaders a wide authorityfor executing their disposal. “Chickens which are not re deemed by their owners maybe disposed of in any mannerdeemed appropriate by theCity Council of the City,” theregulations continue. Homeowners believed to be fostering chickens and roostersimproperly are entitled to a 10-day notice before the birds areapprehended. The cock-a-doodling squat ter at Heritage Park faced amuch shorter apprehension pe riod. The clucker’s roosting at Heritage Park came to an end last Thursday morning shortlybefore 9 a.m. Minshew and Finance Di rector Sandee Braxton shooedthe cornered bird in the direc tion of Wauchula Animal Con trol Officer Steve Parsley, whostood armed with a large pole-net. The feisty bird, though, gave the team the slip for severalminutes before his escape routewas blocked by a passerby. The rooster made one final charge for freedom. The dramatic effort was short-lived, as the bird chargedstraight for Parsley who heldthe net at the ready. In one swift action, the freeranging cock-a-doodler was fi nally caught. Animal complaints can be reported to Wauchula CodeEnforcement at 773-3064 or bycalling Wauchula Animal Con trol at the Wauchula Police De partment at 773-3265. P P e e s s k k y y P P e e c c k k e e r r P P i i c c k k e e d d U U p p A A t t P P a a r r k k PHOTOS BY TOM STAIK Heritage Park in Wauchula was invaded by a wander ing aviary last week who stalked the downtown desti nation in search of a quick meal.Wauchula Animal Control officer Steve Parsley used alarge net to capture the wayward rooster last Thursdaymorning. 3:1c 3:1c B6 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018 1. Who released the 1975 "Love Rollercoaster?" 2. Name the singer-song writer who released "Two-BitManchild." 3. Which Fleetwoods song is on the soundtrack of "Amer ican Graffiti"? ANSWERS 1. Ohio Players on their "Honey" album. Legend saysthat the scream in the song wasfrom someone falling off anearby rollercoaster. Not true. 2. Neil Diamond, in 1968, on his "Velvet Gloves andSpit" album. 3. "(He's) The Great Im poster," their 1961 song. Thegroup was inducted into theDoo-Wop Hall of Fame ofAmerica in 2006. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Flash Back By Chris Richcreek


N ow that the Winter Olympics are over maybe I can get out of this chair, away from the television, and do something productive for a change. Normally I don't watch much TV but just watching our younger generation com peting and winning medals for our country just kept me in front of the television until the wee morning hours. It seems that no matter how old we get, our parents continue to look after us. My Mom passed away several years ago, but she is still taking care of my brothers, sister and myself. She had an insurance policy she had taken out many years ago. It was for one thousand dollars, and I, being the oldest, was the benefi ciary. None of us knew about the policy until the check came. It was made out to Mama, and since she was no long here, my sister sent it back to the insurance company with a copy of the death certificate. We thought that was the end of it until I got a call saying I was the beneficiary of the policy. They sent me a check for $1,001.75 (I guess the $1.75 was the interest it earned) which was shared four ways with my sister and brothers. The insur ance policies we knew about paid for her funeral, but even in death she is looking out for her children as she did all her life. I only hope I am just a part of the wonderful mother she was. An update on my stray cat. I kept calling when I left food on the porch, but it wouldn't come out of the woods. The food was always gone in the morning. Then, one evening when I put food out I shook the food bowl and called, and it came out of the woods but would not come eat until I came inside. I continued to talk to it and was finally able to step outside without it running off. I was finally able to hold out my hand for him to smell. After that I was able to pet him, and he loves to be petted. He is a gray Tabby with white back stock ings and white front paws. He is very loveable, and I think he knows he has found a forever home as he lies on the front porch in the shade. Editors Note: Jonell Peavy lives in Avon Park and can be reached at 863-453-3589. 3:1c NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEEDPursuant to F.S. 197.512 Victoria L. Rogers Hardee County, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Tax Deed File: 252017TD023XXXX Date: 02/20/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED WARNING THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN OR IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVE LEGAL INTEREST. The property will be sold at a public auction on the 4th day on April, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., unless the back taxes are paid. To make payment or for ques tions concerning real property taxes, contact the Hardee County Tax Collectors Office at (863) 7739144 (PO Box 445, Wauchula, FL 33873) To receive further information regarding the Tax Deed Sale, contact the Hardee County Clerk of the Courts, immediately, at (863) 773-4174 (P.O. Drawer 1749, Wauchula, Florida, 33873). The holder of the following tax certificate has filed the certificate for a tax deed to be issued. The cer tificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are: CERTIFICATE NO.: 259 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2014 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: TC 10U LLC Parcel ID Number: 27-33-25-0000-42320-0000 Description of Property: 20 AC MINERAL RIGHTS E1/2 OF NW1/4 OF NE1/4 27 33S 25E 272P521 SUBJECT TO RESERVATIONS, COVENANTS, RE STRICTIONS, AND EASEMENTS OF RECORD. All of the property is in HARDEE County, Florida. Unless the certificate or certificates are redeemed according to law, the property described in the cer tificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bid der on April 4, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk3:1-22c ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. : 252018DR000069 Jerry Lee King, Petitioner, and Jennifer Lynn Corbin, Respondent _____________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO: Jennifer Lynn Corbin 10521 Fincher Road Waleska, GA 30183 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of mar riage has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Jerry Lee King whose address is 220 Strickland Street on or before March 30, 2018, and file the orig inal with the clerk of this Court at Hardee County Clerk of Courts, 417 W. Main St., Room 202, Wauchula, FL 33873 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief de manded in the petition. The action is asking the court to decide how the following real or personal property should be divided: N/A. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of Circuit Courts office notified of your current address. (You may file Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerks office. Warning: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic dis closure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of plead ings. Dated: February 23, 2018 Victoria L. Rogers, Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Edwina Cumbee Deputy Clerk3:1-22p______________________________ 3/1/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:51 AM Set: 6:27 PM Day Length 11 hrs. 36 mins. Moon Data Rise: 6:19 PM Set: 6:38 AM Overhead: 12:00 AM Underfoot: 12:28 PM Moon Phase 100% FULL MOON Major Times 12:00 AM 2:00 AM 12:28 PM 2:28 PM Minor Times 6:38 AM 7:38 AM 6:19 PM 7:19 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Best Time Zone UTC: -53/2/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:50 AM Set: 6:28 PM Day Length 11 hrs. 38 mins. Moon Data Rise: 7:23 PM Set: 7:22 AM Overhead: 12:55 AM Underfoot: 1:21 PM Moon Phase 99% Waning Gibbous Major Times 12:55 AM 2:55 AM 1:21 PM 3:21 PM Minor Times 7:22 AM 8:22 AM 7:23 PM 8:23 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Best++++ Time Zone UTC: -5 3/3/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:49 AM Set: 6:28 PM Day Length 11 hrs. 39 mins. Moon Data Rise: 8:23 PM Set: 8:03 AM Overhead: 1:46 AM Underfoot: 2:11 PM Moon Phase 96% Waning Gibbous Major Times 1:46 AM 3:46 AM 2:11 PM 4:11 PM Minor Times 8:03 AM 9:03 AM 8:23 PM 9:23 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Better Time Zone UTC: -53/4/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:48 AM Set: 6:29 PM Day Length 11 hrs. 41 mins. Moon Data Rise: 9:22 PM Set: 8:41 AM Overhead: 2:36 AM Underfoot: 3:00 PM Moon Phase 91% Waning Gibbous Major Times 2:36 AM 4:36 AM 3:00 PM 5:00 PM Minor Times 8:41 AM 9:41 AM 9:22 PM 10:22 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Good Time Zone UTC: -5 3/5/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:47 AM Set: 6:30 PM Day Length 11 hrs. 43 mins. Moon Data Rise: 10:19 PM Set: 9:20 AM Overhead: 3:24 AM Underfoot: 3:48 PM Moon Phase 84% Waning Gibbous Major Times 3:24 AM 5:24 AM 3:48 PM 5:48 PM Minor Times 9:20 AM 10:20 AM 10:19 PM 11:19 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -53/6/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:46 AM Set: 6:30 PM Day Length 11 hrs. 44 mins. Moon Data Rise: 11:15 PM Set: 9:57 AM Overhead: 4:11 AM Underfoot: 4:35 PM Moon Phase 76% Waning Gibbous Major Times 4:11 AM 6:11 AM 4:35 PM 6:35 PM Minor Times 9:57 AM 10:57 AM 11:15 PM 12:15 AM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -5 3/7/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:45 AM Set: 6:31 PM Day Length 11 hrs. 46 mins. Moon Data Rise: --:-Set: 10:36 AM Overhead: 4:58 AM Underfoot: 5:22 PM Moon Phase 67% Waning Gibbous Major Times 4:58 AM 6:58 AM 5:22 PM 7:22 PM Minor Times --:---:-10:36 AM 11:36 AM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -53/8/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:44 AM Set: 6:31 PM Day Length 11 hrs. 47 mins. Moon Data Rise: 12:09 AM Set: 11:17 AM Overhead: 5:45 AM Underfoot: 6:09 PM Moon Phase 57% Waning Gibbous Major Times 5:45 AM 7:45 AM 6:09 PM 8:09 PM Minor Times 12:09 AM 1:09 AM 11:17 AM 12:17 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -5 Solunar ForecastProvided courtesy of solunarforecast.com______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 252018CP000011 IN RE: ESTATE OF RICHARD F. WEBSTER Deceased. _____________________________/ NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the es tate of Richard F. Webster, deceased, whose date of death was August 27, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hardee County, Florida, Probate Divi sion, the address of which is 417 West Main Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873. The names and addresses of the personal repre sentatives and the personal rep resentatives' attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLI CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the dece dent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is February 22, 2018. Attorney for Persons Giving Notice: Rebeccah Beller Attorney Florida Bar Number: 0106240 Beller & Bustamante, PL 12627 San Jose Blvd., Suite 703 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Telephone: (904) 288-4414 Fax: (904) 288-4437 E-Mail: Persons Giving Notice: Amy Murphy 937 12th Street North Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250 Lauri Webster 46 Martin Road Martin, Massachusetts 021862:22,3:1c______________________________ ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA FILE NO.: 252018-CP000018 IN RE: ESTATE OF ROLAND LEE SKIPPER a/k/a ROLAND L. SKIPPER Deceased. _____________________________/ NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Roland Lee Skipper, de ceased, whose date of death was December 22nd, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hardee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 417 West Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attor ney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's es tate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLI CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the dece dent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SEC TION 733.702 WILL BE FOR EVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is March 1, 2018. J. Michael Swaine SWAINE & HARRIS, P.A. Attorneys for Personal Representatives 425 South Commerce Avenue Sebring, FL 33870 Telephone: (863) 385-1549 Florida Bar No. 95615 E-Mail Address: Personal Representatives Margaret R. Dunaway 5176 Sweetwater Road Zolfo Springs, FL 338903:1,8c______________________________ If YouSeeSomethingSaySomething Report Suspicious Activity1 (855) Fla Safe 1(855)3527233 ROBBYELLIOTTinvites all his friends and neighbors to come see him at205 N. Charleston Fort Meade1-800-673-9512 3:1c Peavys PonderingsBy Jonell PeavySugar Possum of the late Truman Thomas A single cloud can weigh more than 1 million pounds. March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B7


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Apply in person at BG Small Engine, 4702 US Hwy. 17 N., BG. 12:21tfc LOOKING FOR ELECTRICIAN/ electrician helper. 941-400-4849. 3:1-3:29p HELP WANTED: SERVICE Technician. Apply at Ullrichs Water Conditioning, 409 Goolsby Street, Wauchula. 10:19tfc Help Wanted Agriculture FOR SALE BY OWNER 3/2 Riverview, Wauchula, $123,900. 786-547-6110. 3:1-29p HAVE YOU LOST A PET? Con tact animal control in Bowling Green at 863-375-2255 to see if we have your cat or dog. We also have pets for adoption. 4:16dh/tfc ADOPT A PET! If you have lost a pet or are looking for a new one, the City of Wauchula invites you to come and see if you can find the pet youre looking for. The Wauchula Animal Control is lo cated at 685 Airport Road. Please call 863-773-3265 for more information. tfc-dh Pets Lost/Found Houses ATTENTION! State Statutes 828.29 requires that all cats and dogs sold in Florida be at least 8 weeks old, have an official health certificate, have neces sary shots and be free of para sites. tfc-dh ULLRICHS STORAGE UNITS, several sizes, corner of 9th Ave. & Goolsby St., 863-773-6448 or 863-773-9291. 3:1c HOUSES 200/wk, offices, store fronts, restaurants, industrial shops, 863-773-6616, 863-4450915, 863-773-4567. 2:8-3:8p Rentals Pets ATTENTION! The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits advertis ing any preference or limitation based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or the intention to make such a preference or limitation. Familial status in cludes children under 18 living with parents or guardians and pregnant women. tfc-dh PARK MODEL, 35 FT., Slideouts, furnished, roofover, 7 x 7 build ing, $4,500 OBO. Immediate possession. 618-246-7444. 3:1p RV/Mobile Home Parks Rentals NEW LISITNG 198 AC, Highway 17 North of Bowling Green, several small lakes. $792,000. PRICE REDUCED!! This spacious 4 BR / 2BA home on 5 acres close to Peace River has a large basement with plenty of room for storage. $215,000. New listing 22AC grove lo cated in Avon Park overlooking River Greens Golf course. $264,000. (863) 773-2128REALTORS JOE L. DAVIS, JR. JOHN H. ONEALSee more listings at www.joeldavis.comREAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS REALTOR ASSOCIATES AFTER HOURS KENNY SANDERS...............781-0153 KAREN ONEAL........... 781-7633 JESSICA PRESCOTT...941-737-6502 KEVIN SANDERS..........368-1926 MONICA REAS....................781-0888 DAVID ROYAL................781-3490 BRANDI MALDONADO ........ 414-3349 BRITTANY NICKERSON THURLOW..............446-2735HIGHWAY 17 SOUTH, WAUCHULA, FL 33873 cl3:1c 89 acs fronting Peace River & includes cabin, barn, 3 wells, & 35 ac grove. Excellent pasture & majestic live oaks w/plenty of deer & turkey. $735,000! 150 ACS Triple road frontage, excellent land and location. Close to Town. $1,500,000. 3BR/2BA home in Bowling Green sits on 1.25 acs with a barn for storage. Remodeled rooms and a plentiful yard. $90,000!! REALTOR John ONeal FORSALE110.5-acre Cattle Ranch in NE Hardee CountyIncludes 8,800-sq. ft. ranch house with 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, large fireplace, swimming pool, 2 barns, plus two double-wide mobile homes. Located on North Hollandtown Road 5 miles east of Wauchula. All in excellent condition. Elderly couple need to downsize.$1.25 millionShown by appointment only. Call owners Klaus and Maritta Schirow at 863-773-0620.cl2:8-3:1pNOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTIONYou are hereby notified that Wauchula State Bank will sell the vehicle described below As Is to the highest bidder for cash, free of prior liens, to satisfy legal obligations.2001 KAW Motorcycle Id. JKAZX4J121A037610 2004 Cadillac 4Dr Id. 1G6DM577340165474Contact Shannon Hays for details at Wauchula State Bank 863-773-4151. The sale will be held on Friday March 2, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Wauchula State Bank parking lot located at 106 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL. cl2:15-3:1c REVELLAUTOSALES BUYHEREPAYHERE8 86 63 3-3 37 75 5-4 41 11 13 3A A f f t t e e r r H H o ou u r r s s C C a a l l l l : :Travis Revell Sandra Miller863-245-0383 863-781-45775220 Hwy 17N Bowling Green (across from BP)Se Habla EspaolWE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS cl1:4tfc HOMEINSPECTIONS Inspections For The Heartland And collwayne4019@gmail.comLic# HI5099 NACHI 11120910 cl1:4tfc Hills Auto World Dan 735-01 883505 US HWY17 S ZOLFOSPRINGS375-4441 4205 US HWY17 N BOWLINGGREEN cl1:12tfc Sandra Jimmy Great Location For FOR RENT 111 E. Main Street, Wauchula Office Space Retail Store Approx. 954 sq. ft.For Information ContactStephen Southwell, PA 863-773-4449cl2:8tfcStephanie Gugle Computer Tech (863) cl3:1c INHOMESERVICE YOURTIREHEADQUARTERS 5101 N. Hwy 17 Bowling Green 375-4461New Tire Changer & Balancer Can Do 26 WheelsMONDAYSATURDAY8 am6 pm BOWLING GREEN QUICK LUBE& AUTO REPAIR Foreign and Domestic Cars Diesel Engines Gas or Diesel Manual or Automatic Transmissions TERRYMIKE Licensed and Insured Reg.# MV-40625 cl6:21tfcGENERAL MAINTENANCE MECHANICPAY RATE: $28,128.45 ($13.52/hr.) $38,775.38 ($18.64/hr.)Wanted for the Hardee County Facilities Department. Responsible for general and specialized tasks in the construction, renovation, modification, installation and repair of buildings, equipment, apparatus and facilities. This is skilled maintenance and construction work in various trades. Two (2) years experience in building/repair in one or more trades. Must have a High School Diploma or GED. May be required to possess a valid Florida Class B Commercial Driver's license. Complete job description and Application forms posted on County website @ Applica tions accepted in the Human Resources Department @ 205 Hanchey Road, Wauchula, FL 33873, Phone: (863) 773-2161. Position is open until filled. Excellent Benefits including State Retirement. EOEF/M/V. cl2:22,3:1cHardee Countys largest automobile dealer is looking to fill the following positions:Sales ProfessionalsNO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! We will train the right people. Great benefits and more! Sign on bonus after 90 days. Stop by the dealership at 1405 U.S. Hwy 17 S. in Wauchula.DRESS FOR IMMEDIATE INTERVIEW. EOE/DFWP Chevrolet / Chrysler Jeep / Dodge / RamIs EXPLODING with new sales! cl10:5tfcFREE ESTIMATES By Hour or ContractH. KIKER Tree Surgery 40 Years Full Time Service INSURED863-453-4942 863-453-4272 Cell: 863-664-9091 Tree Trimming Tree Removal Stump Grinding3601 E. Ramsey Way Avon Park, FL 33825cl5:4tfc Advantage Realty #1 743 US 27 S. Sebring, FL 33872 Office: 863-386-0303 Fax: 863-386-1112VISIT US AT www.advantagehighlands.comMark LambertLicensed cl1:11tfc Agricultural-Commercial-Residential Your Business Could Appear Here!Nancy Davis, Kim Reas or Trayce Daniels The Herald Advocate 773-3255 or Herald-Advocate Hardee Countys Hometown CoveragePRINTERS PUBLISHERSTelephone (863) 773-3255www.TheHeraldAdvocate.comThe B10 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018


I, JOE, WILL PICKUP for FREE old stoves, refrigerators, mi crowaves, freezers, lawn mowers and other metals. Call 863-2459898. 3:1p VITAS INNOVATIVE HOSPICE Care offers a bereavement walkin support group for those that have experienced the loss of a love one. Beginning 9/2/16 every Friday at 1 p.m. in the VITAS of fice, 113 W. Main Street, Wauchula, 863-583-7100. 8:18tfc-dh ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Thursday 7:00 p.m., Grace Fel lowship Church, 131 S. 8th Ave., Wauchula. Bill 727-326-3816. tfc-dh *** NEED A WELL OR HAVE PUMP TROUBLE? CALL ULLRICHS PITCHER PUMP For complete well, sales, service and installation, call 863-773-6448. 7:18tfc DO YOU HAVE a problem with drugs? Narcotics Anonymous meets Monday, Thursday and Friday night 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, at the corner of Palmetto and 7th Ave., Wauchula. tfc-dh Services THE WAUCHULA LIONS CLUB collects NOT broken prescription eyeglasses, cases and sun glasses. Please drop off at 735 N. 6th Ave. tfc-dh IS ALCOHOL CAUSING a prob lem? Call Alcoholics Anonymous in Hardee county at 863-7816414. Several weekly meetings. tfc-dh ATTENTION! State Statutes 489119 Section 5 Paragraph B and Hardee County Ordinance 87-09 Section 10 Paragraph D require all ads for any construction-re lated service to carry the con tractors licence number. tfc-dh NEED 3/4 ACRE POND dug, in exchange for free fill, 305-5622051. 2:22-3:22p INDOOR MOVING SALE! Every Wednesday Saturday (2/213/31), 9 am 6 pm. No early birds! 4544 Seminole Trail, Wauchula, 33873. Questions? 954-658-6870. 2:22-3:22p Yard Sales Wanted Services MULTI FAMILY, SATURDAY, 7noon. Floridas First Assembly of God, 1397 S. Florida Ave. Clothes, kitchen items, home decor and much more. 3:1c SATURDAY, 8-3, 216 Park Drive, Wauchula. Loads of absolutely unbelievable junk and treasures. From clothes to rocking chairs and almost everything in be tween. Prices negotiable. Many items 50 to $1. 3:1p FRIDAY, SATURDAY, 8-12. Lots of misc. items. 3011 Myrtle St., Zolfo Springs. 3:1p CARING PEOPLES RECOVERY Center benefit sale. Friday and Saturday, 8-11, 5119 Doyle Parker Rd. aka Mason Dixon, BG. 3:1p Yard Sales MULTI FAMILY, SATURDAY, 7 am ?, 895 Terrier Dr., Zolfo. 3:1p HTD ESTATE SALE 412 NE 2nd St., Fort Meade Thurs., Fri., and Sat. 8 am to 3 pm. Matching loveseat and couch, antique coffee table, shelving, recliner, easy chairs, desk, china hutch, records 45s, 33s and 78s (from Chicago to Willie Nelson, to Lawrence Welk to Disney story records, 4 closets of ladies clothes, Bernina sewing ma chine, table and bench, Elna Lock serger, angel collection, Precious Moments collection, school supplies, gardening tools, novel, kids books (color ing/activity books), Queen bed and Christmas decorations. Go to or like us on facebook to see pictures. Questions call Bill at 863-414-0342. 3:1p Yard SalesHARDEECARCOMPANY(Across From First National Bank) B Bu uy y H He er r e e P P a ay y H He er r e e773-6667 cl5:25tfc MAKE AN OFFER! VERY MOTI VATED SELLER! 40 acres Presently used for farming & has a well. $360,000 BACK ON THE MARKET! 5 acres with a pond. Currently fenced & being used for cattle. $65,500 Realtor Associates Rick Knight (863) 781-1396 Dusty Albritton (863) 781-0161 Shane Conley (863) 781-9664 cl3:1cRV space for sale at Torrey Oaks Golf & RV Many improvements made. Located next to golf course. $64,900 Large 4,800+ sf Commercial building Close to the McDonalds intersection in Wauchula Asking $125,000 206 North 6th Avenue, Wauchula, FL 33873 Office (863)773-0060 Evening (863)781-1338 James V. See, Jr., Broker Jim See (863) Hometown Professional Real Estate! cl3:1cROSE ABBOTT863-781-0846 roseabbott@ hotmail.comFOR MORE PROPERTIES, SEE OUR WEBSITE @ WWW.HEARTLANDRE.NET 5 ACRES FOR SALE IN ZOLFO SPRINGS! 5 Acres with 3,500 sq. ft. building which is currently being used as a church. This property also has an apartment on the property. Asking price $180,000. Mikey has Buyers for Citrus Groves. Contact Mikey today!! MIKEY COLDING863-781-1698 MColding@ RECENT PRICE REDUCTION!! You must see this beautiful home on 5 acres and close to town. Mature oaks, 48X22 barn, screened back porch and more! NEW ASKING PRICE $280,000. Frank Vasquez Realty Inc. (863) 781-4133 Frank Vasquez, BrokerRESIDENTIAL 411 4th St. West, Zolfo Springs 3BR 1B Block, Central Air on 1 acre. $77,500 628 Terrell Rd., Wauchula Lg. 4BR 3B Frame House on 2.14 acres Price Reduced $80,000. 4520 Fair Ave. Bowling Green 3BR 2B stucco block home $99,000 3BR 2B stucco block home on 8th Ave. Zolfo Springs. This home is beautiful inside and has all been updated. $135,000 314 Walton Ave. Wauchula 3BR 2B stucco house $89,000 Frank Vasquez Realty, Inc. for more listings 116 Carlton St. Suite A Wauchula, FL 33873 SALESASSOCIATES Miguel A. Santana 863-245-1758 Nancy Craft 863-832-0370cl3:1c 90 temporary blueberry workers needed in Bladen County, North Carolina, for Sweet Berry Farms, LLC, with work beginning on or about 04/28/2018 and ending on or about 08/10/2018. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and re quires minimum 3 months verifiable work experience pruning/shearing field-grown blueberry plants. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour and piece rate may be offered. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, be ginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent res idence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be pro vided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center Bladen County, 401 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337, (910) 862-3255, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #NC10825476. EOE. H-300-18051-893379. cl3:1c 75 temporary farmworkers needed for field labor in sweet corn, broccoli and onions in Toombs County, GA for BG Williams Farms, LLC with work beginning on or about 04/02/2018 and ending on or about 08/18/2018. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minimum 3 months verifiable work experience in the crop activ ities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $10.95 per hour and piece rates may be offered depending on crop activity. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to GA DOL, 148 Andrew Young Intl Blvd. suite 450, Atlanta GA, 30303, (404) 232-3500 or contact the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency/One-Stop Career Center and reference job order #GA2030182262. EOE. H-300-18044-956749. cl3:1c30 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in blueberries and blackberries in Bladen and Pender Counties, North Carolina, for South River Berry Farms, Inc. with work beginning on or about 05/01/2018 and ending on or about 08/15/2018. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minimum 3 months ver ifiable prior work experience pruning/shearing field grown blueberry and/or blackberry plants. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour and piece rates may be offered depending on crop activity. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be pro vided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to work ers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center Bladen County, 401 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337, (910) 862-3255, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency and reference job order #NC10825526. EOE. H-300-18051-221255. cl3:1cDel Sur Harvesting, LLC is hiring 20 nursery workers to work in Buncombe County, NC for a temporary period starting on 02/18/2018 and ending on 06/08/2018. One (1) month of nursery work experience is required. The wages offered are $11.46/hr. This job requires prolonged standing, bending, stooping, lifting and reaching. Job continues in all types of weather. Workers may be requested to submit to pre-hire drug or alcohol tests at no cost to the worker. Workers must be able to lift 80lbs. to shoulder height repetitively throughout the workday and able to lift and carry 80lbs. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be provided at no cost to worker. Hous ing will be available for workers who cannot reasonably return home after each working day. Transportation and subsistence expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: NC10784666. cl3:1p18 temporary blueberry machine-harvesters needed in Bladen County, North Carolina, for Blue J Farms. Inc., with work beginning on or about 05/01/2018 and ending on or about 06/27/2018. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minimum 1 month verifiable prior work experience machine harvesting blueberries. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are re cruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide docu mentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center Bladen County, 401 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337, (910) 862-3255, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #NC10825538. EOE. H-300-18051-848500. cl3:1c16 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in cucumbers, tobacco, sweet potatoes, peanuts, corn, soybeans, cotton and other diversified crops in Samp son County, North Carolina, for Fann Farms, Inc. with work beginning on or about 05/03/2018 and ending on or about 11/21/2018. The job offered is for a skilled farmworker and requires minimum 1 month verifiable work experience in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour, and piece rates may be offered depending on crop activity. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be pro vided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to work ers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Ap plicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center Sampson County, 115 North Blvd. Clinton, NC 28328 (910) 592-5756, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #NC10825723. EOE. H-300-18051046303. cl3:1c14 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in tobacco and other diversified crops in Johnston County, North Carolina, for Tom Vinson Jr. with work beginning on or about 04/02/2018 and ending on or about 11/03/2018. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minimum 1 month verifiable work experience in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent res idence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be pro vided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center Johnston County, 8998 U.S. Hwy 70 West, Suite 100 Clayton, NC 27520, (919) 5530953, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #NC10819059. EOE. H-300-18044-783271. cl3:1c9 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in flue-cured tobacco in Lenoir County, North Carolina, for J-R Farms of LaGrange, Inc., with work beginning on or about 04/16/2018 and ending on or about 10/01/2018. The job offered is for a skilled farmworker and requires minimum 1 month verifiable work experience in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each work ing day. Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center, 231 Hwy 58 South, Kinston NC 28501 (252) 775-6021, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #NC10825115. EOE. H-300-18051-570910. cl3:1c8 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in tobacco, sweet potato and other diversified crops in Johnston County, North Carolina, for James W. McKenzie Jr., James W. McKenzie Sr., with work beginning on or about 04/07/2018 and ending on or about 10/26/2018. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minimum 1 month verifiable work experience in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be pro vided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to work ers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center Johnston County, 8998 U.S. Hwy 70 West, Suite 100 Clayton, NC 27520, (919) 553-0953, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #NC10816415. EOE. H-300-18034-807918. cl3:1c3 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in hand-harvesting seasonal fruits and vegetables in Westmoreland County, Virginia, for Laurel Grove Farms, LLC., with work beginning on or about 04/01/2018 and ending on or about 11/25/2018. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minimum 3 month verifiable work experience in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the con tract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsis tence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work con tract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to 10304 Spotsylvania Ave, suite 100, Fredericksburg, VA 22408, (540) 322-5788, or the near est local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #VA1280500. EOE. H-300-18034-907857. cl3:1cI can help you save money now.People who switched to Allstate saved money and got more protection. Dollar for dollar, nobody protects you like Allstate. So dont wait! Call me today.Lacey Webb863-773-4101204 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula, 33873Call or stop by for a free quote. cl3:1c T HE C LASSIFIEDS Gas prices have steadily declined during the past couple of weeks, but that downward trend is likely coming to an end. Florida gas prices declined during the past 17 consecutive days, for a total discount of 16 cents. The state average of $2.52 is five cents less than a week ago and three cents less than last month. However, motorists are paying 24 cents per gallon more than this time last year a difference of $4 for an av erage-sized tank of gasoline. And, refineries are entering their seasonal maintenance pe riod, which can place signifi cant upward pressure on prices at the pump. Historically, maintenance season has caused gas prices to jump 15-75 cents from February to June. Last year, pump prices only rose 15 cents during that time, because oil prices struggled to maintain strength. When gaso line jumped 60-70 cents in 2015 and '16, oil had risen $15-$20 per barrel. "Energy prices are rising again, which should signal the end for the steady slump at the pump," said Mark Jenkins of AAA/The Auto Club Group. "Wholesale gasoline prices jumped last week, amid re ports that refinery activity along the gulf coast is slowing down. This will make it more expensive for retailers to pur chase gasoline, and that added expense will eventually be passed along to the consumer he said. Based on movements in the market last week, the shortterm increase could amount to only a few cents, but motorists should expect a minimum total increase of 20-30 cents this spring," Jenkins predicted.Gas Prices Down, But Not For Long Herald-Advocate Hardee Countys Hometown CoveragePRINTERS PUBLISHERSTelephone (863) DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Dont Know Where To Turn For Help?CALL THE CRISIS LINE1 (800) 500-1119 Olvera Trucking Corp. is hiring 70 farmworkers to cultivate and harvest watermelon crops in Hendry County in Florida for a temporary period starting on 04/01/2018 and ending on 05/20/2018. The wages offered are the highest of $11.29/hr. or ap plicable piece rates. This job requires prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Job is outdoors and continues in all types of weather. Workers may be requested to submit to random drug or alcohol tests at no cost to the worker. Work ers must be able to lift 70lbs. to shoulder height repetitively throughout the workday and able to lift and carry 70lbs. in field. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equip ment will be provided at no cost to worker. Housing will be available for workers who cannot reasonably return home after each working day. Transportation and subsistence expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: FL10616294. cl3:1,8p March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B11


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NOTICE OF ANNEXATION CITY OF BOWLING GREEN, FLORIDA Notice is given that the City of Bowling Green, Florida, will consider approval of anannexation of property pursuant to Ordinance No. 2018-02 at the regular City Com mission meeting scheduled for March 13, 2018 at City Hall, starting at 6:30 PM. Theproperty to be annexed is owned by GEO Food Store, Inc. and is a .975 acre parcelas shown on the following map. The Property is located at 4103 US Hwy 17 N adjacentto the south city limits of Bowling Green. ORDINANCE 2018-02 AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING BY VOLUNTARY PETITION A PARCEL OFPROPERTY LOCATED AT 4103 US HWY 17 N AND ADJACENT TO THESOUTH CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF BOWLING GREEN, OWNED BYTHE GEO FOOD STORE, INC. AND REDEFINING THE CITY'S BOUNDARYTO INCORPORATE SAID ANNEXED PROPERTY; PROVIDING FOR RE PEAL OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING FORFINDINGS OF APPROPRIATENESS OF THE ANNEXATION, AND PRO VIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Interested persons can appear and be heard on this Ordinance at the CommissionMeeting by attending the meeting and signing the request form. Copies of backgroundmaterials, the complete proposed ordinance and a description of the property bymetes and bounds may be reviewed or obtained at the office of the City Clerk, M-F,8:00 to 5:00 PM. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Commission with respect toany matter discussed at any meeting or hearing, he will need a record of the proceed ings for such purposes. He may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro ceedings is made, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, per Florida Statute 286.0105. Verbatim transcripts are not furnishedby the City. Any person with a disability requiring reasonable special accommodationsin order to participate in this meeting should contact the City Clerk with the request at(863) 375-2255. PROPERTY TO BE ANNEXED 2:22,3:1c NOTICE OF ANNEXATION CITY OF BOWLING GREEN, FLORIDA Notice is given that the City of Bowling Green, Florida, will consider approval of anannexation of property pursuant to Ordinance No. 2018-03 at the regular City Com mission meeting scheduled for March 13, 2018 at City Hall, starting at 6:30 PM. Theproperty to be annexed is owned by Robert S. Fite, Jr. and consists of two parcels asshown on the following map. The Property is located south of and adjacent to 4103US Hwy 17 N. ORDINANCE 2018-03 AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING BY VOLUNTARY PETITION TWO PARCELSOF PROPERTY LOCATED SOUTH OF AND ADJACENT TO 4103 US HWY17 N., OWNED BY THE ROBERT S. FITE, JR. AND REDEFINING THECITY'S BOUNDARY TO INCORPORATE SAID ANNEXED PROPERTY;PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH;PROVIDING FOR FINDINGS OF APPROPRIATENESS OF THE ANNEXA TION, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Interested persons can appear and be heard on this Ordinance at the CommissionMeeting by attending the meeting and signing the request form. Copies of backgroundmaterials, the complete proposed ordinance and a description of the property bymetes and bounds may be reviewed or obtained at the office of the City Clerk, M-F,8:00 to 5:00 PM. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Commission with respect toany matter discussed at any meeting or hearing, he will need a record of the proceed ings for such purposes. He may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro ceedings is made, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, per Florida Statute 286.0105. Verbatim transcripts are not furnishedby the City. Any person with a disability requiring reasonable special accommodationsin order to participate in this meeting should contact the City Clerk with the request at(863) 375-2255. PROPERTY TO BE ANNEXED 2:22,3:1c Courthouse Report COUNTY COURT The following marriages licenses were issued recentlyin the office of the countycourt: Andrew “Andy” Martinez Jr., 23, Wauchula, and NoemiCabrera, 16, Bowling Green. David Pierre, 34, Bowling Green, and Renette Philistin,41, Fort Lauderdale. Javier Jimenez-Francisco, 26, Wauchula, and DanielaSantiago, 21, Wauchula. Rajue Raam Dammar, 27, Zolfo Springs, and BrandyNicole Jenkins, 27, ZolfoSprings. The following small claims cases were disposed ofrecently by the county judge: Badcock & More Home Furniture vs. Traci Dixon-Sockalosky, voluntary dis missal. Badcock & More Home Furniture vs. Roberto FloresJr., voluntary dismissal. Badcock & More Home Furniture vs. Aaron Presley,voluntary dismissal. Highlands Regional Med ical Center vs. Erin Juarez,stipulated settlement ap proved, case dismissed. Highlands Regional Med ical Center vs. Sherena A.Rhodes, stipulated settlementapproved, case dismissed. Midland Funding vs. Leonard Sorrels, default judg ment. Portfolio Recovery Associ ates as assignee vs. Cesar Gar cia, judgment. The following criminal traffic and misdemeanorcases were disposed of re cently in county court: Ancelmo Villalva, battery, not prosecuted. Maria Molina, culpable negligence, completed pretrialdiversion program, not prose cuted. Tommy Rodriguez, battery, completed pretrial diversionprogram, not prosecuted. Brandon Timothy Goll, al lowing an unauthorized personto drive, adjudication with held, and assault and violationof probation (original chargeviolation of condition of pre trial release), probation re voked, 60 days in jail concurrent with felony sen tences, $650 fines, costs andfees placed on lienKasie Hicks, possession ofdrug paraphernalia and posses sion of marijuana—resolvedwith felony disposition. Lamar Douglas Spain Jr., violation of a domestic vio lence injunction for protection,adjudication withheld, proba tion 12 months, $100 toLydia’s House in lieu of com munity service hours, $537fines, costs and fees. Lashonda Barbitt Baker, vi olation of probation (originalcharge possession of drugparaphernalia), probation re voked, 90 days in jail, concur rent with felony sentence, $75fees added to outstandingfines, costs and fees andplaced on lien. Stacy Flanders, aggravated battery with a deadlyweapon—amended to batteryand criminal mischief, 22 daysin jail with credit for timeserved, $782 fines, costs andfees. CIRCUIT COURT The following civil actions were filed recently in the of fice of the circuit court: B&B Aircraft Service Inc. vs. W. Flying Club, dam ages—contracts and indebted ness. Jessica Banda vs. Pedro Banda Jr., petition for injunc tion for protection. Amanda Brees vs. Ova Lee Fields Jr., petition for injunc tion for protection. Reina Ann Medrano and the state Department of Revenue(DOR) vs. Victor Byron AllenJackson, petition for child sup port. Reina Ann Medrano and DOR vs. Josie Ann Medrano,petition for child support. First National Bank of Wauchula vs. Joe A. Brown,Stephanie Johnson and others,petition to foreclose mortgage. Amanda Kae Miller and Michael Andrew Miller, di vorce. Elsa Valdez Garcia vs. Jorge Eliazar Perez, petition for in junction for protection. The following decisions on civil cases pending in the cir cuit court were handed down recently by the circuit courtjudge: Amanda Brees vs. Ova Lee Fields Jr., petition for injunc tion for protection denied. Jennie Smith vs. Arnesto Briseno, dismissal of injunc tion for protection. Antelmo V. Bautista Gus tavo DeLeon vs. StephenJ.Cantu, voluntary dismissal. Lorenzo Alamia vs. George Alamia, dismissal of injunc tion for protection. Donna Stewart and DOR vs. Shannon L. Stewart,change of payee and case dis missal. U.S. Bank National Associ ation as trustee vs. BernardWright and others, case closed. Amy Kristen Cherry Montsdeoca and AdamCharles Montsdeoca, divorceand order on child supportcontempt. Lee P. and Bee K.Xiong vs. Yoel L. and Mayline Urra,case closed. Rafael Avila Ruiz vs. Harold Schiller, voluntary dis missal. Leona Katherine Knarr and DOR vs. Debra Rachel Kilisz,child support suspended. Leona Katherine Knarr and DOR vs. Daniel Ray Knarr,child support suspended. Robin Ashley Murillo and DOR vs. Eric Kyle Mathis,order. Clinton Wade Mills and Josie Rae Groover Mills, di vorce. Herbert Joseph Fender Jr. and DOR vs. Robert Lee Gol lada, order. Habitat for Humanity of Hardee County Inc. vs. Rey naldo Gaona and Maria Gaonaand others, voluntary dis missal. Jennifer Lynn Taylor Sellers and Brandon Neil Sellers, di vorce. Naomi Bridget Nichole Brown and DOR vs. AronWetherington, child supportorder. William C. Line and Leeann Elizabeth Clarke Line, di vorce. Jessica Ann Bryant Lake and James M. Lake, divorce. Ashley James Williams Haggins and Edward D. Hag gins, divorce. Matthew S. Kelley and Jes sica Ingrid Tomlin Kelley, di vorce. Ashley M. Ramos and David B. Ramos, divorce. Charlene Alley vs. Merta Cardoza, voluntary dismissal. Chelsey Lynn McSpadden and DOR vs. Anthony MichaelEnriquez, order. Child support contempt orders were entered in thefollowing cases: SanJuanita Millard Escobar and DOR vs. Sergio H. Melen dez-Mora. Juanita Kenyatta Daniels and DOR vs. Lacorey K. John son. Kayla Moralez and DOR vs. Chris Cook. Julia Darceus and DOR vs. Dwayne Sherard Blanden Jr. Litika Sharell Williams and DOR vs. Omar AlexanderLazo. Samantha Lynne Morris and DOR vs. Edward DelmarThompson. The following felony crim inal cases were disposed ofrecently by the circuit judge.Defendants have been adju dicated guilty unless notedotherwise. When adjudica tion is withheld, it is pendingsuccessful completion of pro bation. Sentences are pur suant to an investigativereport by and the recom mendation of the state pro bation office and also statesentencing guidelines. Finaldiscretion is left to the judge. Lashonda Barbitt Baker, possession of cannabis, pos session of cocaine and traffick ing in amphetamine/meth-amphetamine—amended topossession of methampheta mine, 90 days in jail withcredit for time served and con current with misdemeanor sen tence, followed by drugoffender community control—house arrest two years, licensesuspended one year, $1414fines, costs and fees; posses sion of drug paraphernalia, notprosecuted. Erik Andrew England, vio lation of probation (originalcharge dealing in stolen prop erty), probation revoked,Florida State Prison with creditfor time served, $300 fees andcosts added to outstandingfines, costs and fees andplaced on lien. Stacey Flanders, aggravated battery—amended to battery and criminal mischief, trans ferred to misdemeanor court;resisting arrest without vio lence, not prosecuted. Carlos Josue Garcia-Rivera, petit theft, resisting a mer chant, burglary of dwelling-amended to trespass ofoccupied structure/con veyance, and resisting arrestwithout violence, 364 days injail with credit for time served,$1,220 fines, costs and fees. Brandon Timothy Goll, vio lation of probation (originalcharges two counts burglary ofconveyance), probation re voked, Florida State Prison 28months, $100 costs and out standing fines, costs and feesplaced on lien. Kasie Hicks, violation of probation (original chargedealing in stolen property), ad judication withheld, probationmodified to include 60 days injail $350 fees added to out standing fines, costs and fees. Gregory Ibarra, two counts battery, drug offender proba tion one year on each count,anger management class,$2,369 fines, costs and fees;kidnapping/inflicting bodilyharm or terrorizing victim,sexual battery, tampering witha witness and petit theft, notprosecuted. Cole Freeman Zengri, false imprisonment, domestic bat tery by strangulation and de priving a victim/witness ofcommunication, not prose cuted. Rene Cervantes, battery on a law enforcement officer –amended to assault of a lawenforcement officer and viola tion of probation (originalcharge possession of metham phetamine) 364 days in jail with no credit for time served,license suspended one year,$1,770 fines, costs and feesplaced on lien. Pablo Macias, sexual bat tery with threat of force anddomestic battery by strangula tion, Florida State Prison 15years with credit for timeserved, designated sexual of fender and violent offender ofspecial concern, $1,493 fines,costs and fees placed on lien. Rosalino Cambray Diaz, child abuse, transferred to drugpretrial intervention program,return May 1. The following real estate transactions of $10,000 ormore were filed recently in the office of the circuit courtclerk in the following cases: Grace D. Dubois to Grace D. Dubois and Samuel Gre gory Boyett, $55,000. Stephen B. and Melissa M. Rawls to Norman L. andKatherine E. Jones, $40,000. Hector Jr. and Priscilla Silva to Hector Jr. and PriscillaSilva, $29,500. Billy R. Sr. and Karen S. Hall to Ryan Warczinsky andShane Warczinsky, $125,000. Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to Anto nio Jr. and Li H. Balaam,$102,500. Emily Lodini to Philip A. and Kimberly Sue Lodini,$16,500. SPW Real Estate to Noemi and Antonio Molino,$106,000. Jeffrey Allen and Terri Marie Ross to Jesus M. Mon toya and Silvia P. Villegas,$115,000. ______________________________ FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OFLAW ENFORCEMENT, Petitioner, vs.RICHARD A. WORLEY, Case #40921 & 41004, Respondent _____________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION TO: RICHARD A. WORLEY, Residence Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Administrative Complaint hasbeen filed against you seekingto revoke your CORRECTIONALCertificate in accordance withSection 943.1395, F.S., and anyrules promulgated thereunder.You are required to serve a writ ten copy of your intent to re quest a hearing pursuant toSection 120.57, F.S. upon DeanRegister, Director, Criminal Jus tice Professionalism Program,Florida Department of Law En forcement, P. O. Box 1489, Tal lahassee, Florida 32302-1489,on or before April 22, 2018. Fail ure to do so will result in a de fault being entered against youto Revoke said certification pur suant to Section 120.60, F.S.,and Rule 11B-27, F.A.C.Dated: February 22, 2018 Dean Register, ProfessionalismDirectorFLORIDA DEPARTMENT OFLAW ENFORCEMENTBy: -s-Ashley Balck, DivisionRepresentative 3:1-22c __________________________________ March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B13


In Loving Memory Francisco Figueroa was a Marine, a Firefighter, a friend,and a brother to the uniformed men and women thatstand with you today. Our emotions have been driven bysadness, but the memories of Francisco shall be drivenby brotherhood. Brotherhood is a feeling we cannot explain; it is in our heart and it is in our soul, and it’s our love for thejob. Francisco displayed his passion and love for the job every shift. His passion was seen on every emergencycall, and it also shined while he was in the station. Hehad the ability to work long hours without hesitation,and to rest just the same. He improved himself throughtraining on the job, and he improved his English alongthe way. His self improvements should tell us how toimprove our ways. We will miss Francisco’s friendly smile in the fire house walls. We will miss his love and passion for the job.But we shall remember him for these same attributes,because they allow us to rejoice in his memory. Francisco has served many people with his healing hands, but he shall heal us with his passion for the job.May you guide our service Lord as you have guidedFrancisco. Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Psalm 113:1 3:1c 12/11/89—2/18/18 TEACHER TRAINING COURTESY PHOTO Teachers from Zolfo Springs Elementary collaborated with other teachers in thisdistrict during a recent in-service day. Here, they are at Nor th Wauchula Elementary discussing the iReady math program. PIONEER PUPILS COURTESY PHOTO Third through fifth graders at Zolfo Springs Elementary traveled back in time lastweek as they listened to a presentation on pioneer days by former Cracker TrailMuseum curator Sandy Scott. Scott brought many antique items of interest withher, describing their uses to the children. It was all in preparation for the county’sannual Pioneer Park Days festival, which starts today (Thursday). TRAIL STOP COURTESY PHOTO The annual Florida Cracker Trail ride passed through Zolfo Springs last week, takinga short detour to allow the students at Zolfo Springs Elementary to see the horsesand riders, the chuck wagon and covered wagons – much to the children’s delight.The historic rides traverses the state from west to east, following the path onceused by cracker cowmen moving cattle to and from ports of sale. Fort Meade High School student Brianna Rowell andManatee County home schooler Shane Harkins are thewinners of 2018 Youth Tour toWashington, D.C., essay con test. The annual contest is spon sored by Peace River ElectricCooperative. The pair will represent the cooperative on a weeklong,all-expenses-paid trip to thenation’s capital this summer.Rowell and Harkins will joinas many as 30 other 11thgraders representing Florida’selectric cooperatives. During the trip, they will meet Florida legislators onCapitol Hill and visit manyarea points of interest, such asArlington National Cemetery,the Smithsonian Museums, theLincoln Memorial, the Holo caust Museum, the NationalCathedral and numerous warmemorials. The Youth Tour brings about 1,700 students to the nation’scapital each June, comingfrom electric cooperatives in46 states. The National RuralElectric Cooperative Associa tion, headquartered in Arling ton, Va., has coordinated thisevent annually since the late1950s. “Youth Tour delegates come back energized with a broaderunderstanding of their govern ment, the nation’s history andthe electric cooperative formof business,” says Mark Sell ers, PRECO communicationscoordinator. “Sponsoring stu dents to Youth Tour each yearis an investment in the leadersof the future.” Fort Meade Student Chosen For D.C. Trip Brianna 1. LITERATURE: What American poet wrote the line,"My candle burns at both ends;it will not last the night"? 2. MATH: The Roman nu merals MCDXIV are equal towhat Arabic number? 3. MONEY: Which U.S. president's image appears onthe $50 bill? 4. MEASUREMENTS: What does a "candela" meas ure? 5. MOVIES: What was the original name of Disney'sMickey Mouse? 6. GEOGRAPHY: What is the most populous city in theworld? 7. NOBEL PRIZES: Who was the first American to wina Nobel Prize? Answers 1. Edna St. Vincent Millay2. 1,4143. Ulysses Grant4. Luminous intensity5. Mortimer Mouse6. Shanghai7. Theodore Roosevelt (Peace) (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez B14 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018


2 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018 2018 Cover-Art Contest Winners Adult Division Linda Smith, Ona First Place –$100 Sheri Judah, Wauchula Second Place (Tie) –$50 Linda Smith, Ona Second Place (Tie) –$50 Children’s Division Troy Gilliard, 7, Zolfo Springs First Place –$25 Seven-year-old Troy Gilliard’s drawing has won the honor of ap pearing on the back cover of thisyear’s Pioneer Park Days specialsection. Judges were impressed with this young artist’s chosen subject mat ter in carrying out the theme of theannual festival. “With Hardee County’s heritage of cattle ranching and cowboys onhorseback, you selected a goodsubject,” said our judge who is anartist wishing to remain anony mous. “Good job!” the artist con cluded. “It captures the pioneer spirit of the event,” Circuit Judge DonaldJacobsen, chief judge for the 10thJudicial Circuit of Hardee, High lands and Polk counties, said ofTroy’s depiction of a cowboy onhorseback. He went on to note the young artist even mastered perspective.“Very proportionally done,” saidJacobsen. Ditto from our local Pioneer Park Days director, Opal Wilker son, who said, “Awesome job! Ex cellent work.” Troy is the son of Brent and Pang Gilliard of Zolfo Springs. Heis in Sharon Ussery’s first-grade class at Zolfo Springs Elementary School. “Drawing has been one of Troy’s hobbies since he could pickup a pencil,” his mother noted.“Anyone who knows Troy knowsthat he loves to draw!” And we love having his draw ing for our cover. For his efforts,he also wins $25 and a free pass tothe festival. Congratulations, Troy, and see you at Pioneer Park Days. Troy Gilliard Wins Children’s Division Linda Smith of Ona is the grandprize winner of The Herald-Advo cate’s 18th annual Pioneer ParkDays Cover-Art Contest. In a very close competition – with only one point separating firstfrom second place, and second end ing in a tie – it was the eyes thathave it! All the judges commented on the fresh face and bright eyes of thefarm girl Smith chose to depict inher drawing. Our judge from the art world, who wishes to remain anonymous,was taken in by the realism ofSmith’s facial characteristics. “I feltlike I knew this young lady,” theartist said. “Well done,” the artist continued, adding, “Good portrayal of pioneerlife, too.” “A sweet-looking young country girl,” said Donald G. Jacobsen,chief circuit judge for the 10th Ju dicial Circuit and one of our judges. “The drawing nicely portrays anold homestead out in the country.” “Beautiful girl!” said Pioneer Park Days Director Opal M. Wilk erson, another in our three-memberpanel. “Cute cabin and garden. It all shows down-on-the-farm living.” It was Smith’s capture of pioneer life that charmed them all. For Smith, the subject matter was a natural. This winning artist has no formal training other than a “basic” high-school art class, but our PioneerPark Days Cover-Art Contest high lights all of her talents as a sketcherwho loves working in pencil andcharcoal and who chooses pioneersettings and people for her works. Smith said artistic talent is a fam ily tradition. “My grandmother was an inspi ration,” she noted. “She was anartist, and did a lot of paintingsfrom that era.” Her father, too, sketches.It appears her daughter has inher ited that talent as well. “My daugh ter likes to draw some,” Smith said,adding, “My boys, not so much.They’re cowboys! But they haveother talents, musical.” Smith is married to Dan Smith. They have three children, Danielle,Larrett and Emery. Art fits into her busy life be cause, as she noted, “It’s relaxing tosit and draw.” In saying pioneer times are her favorite subject, Smith explained,“I just love the simplicity of thatera. Life now is so complicated, sobusy. We’ve come so far with tech nology, but I think we could learna lot by going back a little.” And we all can escape for a little while by going to Pioneer ParkDays 2018. Congratulations, Linda Smith! — Cynthia Krahl Managing Editor Meet Cover-Art Contest Winner Linda Smith! In a tie for second-place honors in the 18th annual Pioneer ParkDays Cover-Art Contest are SheriJudah of Wauchula and LindaSmith of Ona. In a very tough year for artists, only one point separated theirdrawings from first place and oth erwise their scores were identical. The judges did not award a third place. In fact, judges this year were sticklers for the contest rules, dis qualifying many entries for failureto follow all the guidelines. Our three judges – Donald G. Ja cobsen, chief judge of the 10th Ju dicial Circuit; Opal M. Wilkerson,director of Pioneer Park Days; andan artist who wishes to remainanonymous – found this year’s de cision a hard one to make. Judah impressed with her vari ety. “Captures virtually all aspects and themes of living out in thecountry in Florida,” said Jacobsen. “It was a real toss-up,” he con tinued, not knowing Judah’s andSmith’s drawings would end in adead heat. Smith’s entry, he noted, focused on “the tranquil pioneer lifestyle ina serene landscape on a country af ternoon.” Judah’s “captures all phases of pioneer living, from farming tofishing, hunting to harvesting, wildanimals to tame, swamp to pasture,and Native American to cowboy,”Jacobsen said. “I love all the animals, the year Hardee County was established,the church, the canoe and harvesterand cowboy. Awesome detail, andit covers all areas,” said Wilkersonof Judah’s offering. Yet the sweet scene in Smith’s drawing tugged at her heart. “Thesimple life. So peaceful and calm ing,” said Wilkerson. “Sitting andenjoying the view, true to the olddays.” “This time of year, with cooler weather, makes sitting on a benchoverlooking nature great subjectmatter,” the artist agreed, in talkingabout Smith’s drawing. “It truly looks like an earlier time in Hardee County,” the artist said. But Judah’s work also enchanted the artist. “The multi-subjects keepyou looking and enjoying. The cy press head, cattle, farming and an imals are all a part of HardeeCounty and its heritage.” Their scoresheets reflected their difficulties in choosing between thetwo, hence the tie. Now, it is our privilege to pub lish the winning entries for all our readers to enjoy. And The Finalists Are … PHOTO BY MARIA TRUJILLO Linda Smith with her first-place drawing.


March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 3 By JOAN SEAMANOf The Herald-AdvocatePioneer Park Days will mark its jubilee year in 2018. The 50th-year celebration will be at the 100-acre park at the cor ner of U.S. 17 and State Road 64 in Zolfo Springs on March 1, 2 and 3. Admission is $5 per day or $10 for all three days. Parking in the main lot is limited to the handi capped, those bringing golf carts and some other vehicles. The annual festival actually kicked off with a parade in down town Wauchula on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Harkening back to Pioneer Park Days parades of years ago, it started at the traditional spot, in the field behind the old junior high school on West Main Street. It then proceeded east on Main Street until reaching Seventh Avenue. There, it turned south for one block before heading back west on Orange Street to the schools South Florida Avenue entrance. For this special year, a group called Citizens For Making Pio neer Park Days Great Again has envisioned and assembled a vari ety of new activities, mostly on Friday, but some on all three days. The group is led by Linda Roberson, Zolfo Springs town manager. She is assisted by Doyle Carlton III, Sam Fite, Jean Kelly, Jane Klein, Leslie Long, Paul and Sarina Paris, Sandy Scott, Danny Terrell, Andrea Thompson and Susie Williamson, with a host of other volunteers chipping in as well. Entertainment Each afternoon and evening, there will be a variety of musical, dance and various other perform ances, promising something for everyone. There will be gospel, country, bluegrass, dance, Chris tian rap and more. (See related ar ticle elsewhere in this issue.) On Friday night, after the flea market, concessions and vendors are done for the day, there will be food trucks available near the Nickerson-Ullrich Building enter tainment area. Slated to come are Jimmys Famous Seafood Ex press; The Rolling Gourmet with hamburgers, gyros, fries, etc.; Fritanngo Food Truck with Nicaraguan, veggie and vegan foods; and Rob & Matties Mean Hotdogs with kettle corn and boiled peanuts as well. Around The Park From one end to the other of the 100-acre park, there will be much to see and do. The trams and wagon rides by Sherry White Min istries will get folks about. They are also welcome to bring their own golf carts for a $10 apiece charge. Rental golf carts will be available as well: two-seaters are $10 per hour or $60 for the full day; four-seaters are $15 per hour or $75 for the day. On the far eastern end of the park, there will be a range of things to see and do at the mu seum, post office, blacksmith shop, Hart cabin and the pavilion adjacent to the old swimming pool. A volunteer will be at the 1914 Baldwin locomotive to talk about its history, and perhaps sing The Wabash Cannon Ball and similar songs. There will be a tree planting at the Hart cabin at 10 a.m. Thursday by some of the Smith family. Other highlights are book sign ings by National Geographic pho tographer Carlton Ward; Rick Smith, son of the late Patrick Smith, who authored the wellknown Florida classic, A Land Remembered; and Zolfo Springs author Chip Ballard, who writes local history and novels. Between the pavilion and the play yard, there will be a childrens area with pony rides; a coloring tent for all ages; the local group Awesome Rocks showing how to decorate then hide rocks or stones for others to find and enjoy; fossil digs; a law enforcement activity; pet adoptions; Tobacco Free Hardee; and Bayside Community Church activities. Moving west from the main parking lot, there will be row upon row with more than 100 antique engines and machinery, tools and other such whatnot of yesteryear. Most exhibitors enjoy talking to visitors about their specialty collections. There also will be an antique tractor parade daily at about 2 p.m. Moving further to the west is Easy Row, about two dozen con cessions with food and drink to please everyone. At the south side of it are the restrooms and emer gency medical services. Then come the rows of more than 300 flea market vendors. At the south end of the last row and scattered around are Farmers Market booths, with a variety of local fresh fruits and vegetables. At the end of the flea market area, there will be a couple of rows of special vendors called The Market Place, with trendy or re furbished vintage and antique items for the home, yard or garden. There will be a car show area near the Nickerson-Ullrich Build ing, coordinated by Stacy Hill of the Highlands County Car Club. She will choose several to be in the parade on Wednesday and will have a highlight show from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The final space is the Nicker son-Ullrich Building, constructed in 1995 and used for entertainment as well as family reunions and other activities throughout the year. Danny Weeks, county building and grounds supervisor, is working hard with his and the Wildlife Refuge staff to get the rest of the hurricane debris removed from that area, the 100-foot boardwalk fully repaired, and the animals re turned home from their temporary evacuation sites. Check out other articles inside this section on the Pioneer Village and pavilion activities, and the music and entertainment. Welcome To Pioneer Park Days 2018 50thAnniversary PPD2018 HardeeCounty Disposal 127 E. Townsend WauchulaOffice: 863-773-6079Recycle Drop Off Center Open Mon.-Fri. 8-5 Come & Enjoy Come & EnjoyPioneer Park Days Pioneer Park Days 5 5 0 0th th Year! Year! PIONEER PARK DAYSfounded in 1968 by Earle Nickerson & Tony Ullrich SW Corner of Hwy. 17 S. & SR-66 Zolfo Springs( ( 8 8 6 6 3 3 ) ) 7 7 3 3 5 5 0 0 6 6 7 7 7 7 Sun. & Mon. 9am 3pm; Closed Tues. Wed. & Thurs. 9am-8pm; Fri. & Sat. 9am 9pmAuthentic Mexican & American Food Take-Out Available Daily SpecialsHave Fun at the 50thAnnual Pioneer Park Days Acapulco CafFamily Owned & Operated Since 1968 PPD2018


Carlton Care ChiropracticC C h h i i r r o o p p r r a a c c t t i i c c • • L L a a s s e e r r • • M M u u s s c c u u l l a a r r T T h h e e r r a a p p y y • • D D i i g g i i t t a a l l X X R R a a y y Dr. Maria Carlton, DC I I C C a a n n H H e e l l p p !863-473-4732 105 South 9th Avenue • Wauchula, FL 33873 Corner of Main & 9th Avenue Call Today To Schedule Your Appointment Medicare & Most Insurance Accepted PPD2018 By JOAN SEAMANOf The Herald-Advocate The Nickerson-Ullrich Build ing at the west end of the park willbe the scene of a variety of musicand dance for everyone’s enjoy ment during Pioneer Park Days. The entertainment will be nearly the same on Thursday andSaturday, but on Friday a new cit izens group has arranged for ahome-grown ensemble of talent. Friday’s activity begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 9. After 6p.m., there will be food trucksavailable, such as Jimmy’s Fa mous Seafood Express; TheRolling Gourmet with hamburg ers, gyros, fries and more; Fri tan’go with Nicaraguan, veggieand vegan foods; and Rob & Mat tie’s Mean Hotdogs, with kettlecorn and boiled peanuts as well. The Friday fun begins with Nala Price, a 19-year-old from Se bring majoring in musical theatreat the University of CentralFlorida. She has been a competitoron NBC’s “The Voice” throughseveral battle rounds. She will per form at 1 p.m. and again from5:30 to 7 p.m. Elvis will be portrayed by Der rell Newell at 2. The Elvis TributeArtist was born at the PalmettoClinic in Wauchula, and is the sonof Charles and Dimple Tillman.He’s a 1975 Hardee High gradu ate. Newell has performed in LasVegas, New York, Boston and allover the United States. At 3 p.m. there will be a per formance by 17-year-oldsinger/songwriter Moriah Ruth,who has been a part of TeamUSA’s Los Angeles InternationalTalent competition. With 50 na tions present, she won the presti gious “Industry” award as mostlikely to succeed in the music in dustry. The beat changes at 4 p.m. with a fast-paced Zumba show byMagda’s Fitness Studio. From 5 to 5:30, there will be an exhibitionby Bailey’s Dance Academy andits competitive dance team fol lowed, until 7 p.m., by anotherperformance by Nala Price. At 7, it’s time for Jay Jericho Robinson, a home-grown Chris tian rapper and gospel musician. The evening ends with the 8 p.m. performance of “Robbie A,”Robert Darte Ahlbrandt, who ex cels in faith-based alternative andcountry music. The Thursday and Saturday en tertainment schedules are similar. Ron and Sharon Frazier open the program at 1 p.m. Thursdayand noon on Saturday with theirblend of unique music. At 2 p.m.Thursday and 1 p.m. Saturday, seethe Cunninghams, a trio of musi cians and singers. Country Ex press, a small group of singers, isnext on Thursday at 3 p.m. The Trinity River Band, com prised of parents and their threegirls on a banjo, fiddle, mandolin,bass and guitar, will present itsprogram at 4 and again at 8 p.m.on Thursday. On both Thursday and Satur day, there will be a break from 5to 6 p.m. Thursday music returns at 6 p.m. with soloist John Summeral,and a small group called CountryExpress will present bluegrass at7 p.m. before The Trinity RiverBand closes out the evening. Saturday’s different entertain ment opens with the Fraziers andCunninghams, followed at 2 the Generations BluegrassBand. At 3 p.m. there is a smallband, the Swinging Bridge. At 4 p.m., there is the Little Roy Lizzy Show, with its instru ments and bluegrass. After break, Generations will be at 6 p.m., followed by Swing ing Bridge at 7 p.m. and then theLittle Roy Lizzy Show ending theevening at 8. That’s Entertainment … With A Side Of Food Trucks Derrell Newell Moriah Ruth Nala Price Robbie A Jay Jericho Robinson Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Ex press The Rolling Gourmet 2 2 0 0 2 2 W W . M M a a i i n n S S t t r r e e e e t t S S u u i i t t e e 1 1 0 0 1 1 W W a a u u c c h h u u l l a a , F F l l 3 3 3 3 8 8 7 7 3 3 P P h h : : ( ( 8 8 6 6 3 3 ) ) 7 7 6 6 7 7 9 9 0 0 0 0 4 4 C C a a t t e e r r i i n n g g A A v v a a i i l l a a b b l l e e M M o o n n d d a a y y F F r r i i d d a a y y 7 7 a a m m t t o o 3 3 p p m m PPD2018 JIM SEE REALTY, INC.REALTORS J AMES V. S EE J R PresidentPhone: (863) 773-0060E-Mail: PPD2018 4 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018


By SANDY SCOTT Special To The Herald-Advocate Pioneer Park Days is an out growth of two local hobbyistswho met for several years to dis play and run their antique engines. Tony Ullrich and Earle Nicker son had no idea their small groupof gasoline engine enthusiastswould develop so quickly. Thenews rapidly spread, and mem bers of the “Florida Flywheelers”began meeting with Ullrich andNickerson to display antique trac tors, combines and gasoline en gines. By 1967, several hundred peo ple were meeting for the Marchgathering. It became evident thatfunding would be needed if itwere to continue. Through the efforts of Tommy Underwood, then the president ofFirst National Bank of Wauchulaand a Florida Flywheelers mem ber, it was suggested that the banksponsor the annual event. It wasfurther suggested that the name“Pioneer Park Days” be adoptedfor the 1968 festival. Thinking that this new event could be expanded, Ullrich andNickerson appointed ElizabethUnderwood in charge of organiz ing a flea market in connectionwith the show. Emerson Clavel, amember of national auto clubs,was appointed to enlist antique auto enthusiasts for the expandingevent. Since the first Pioneer Park Days in 1968, the show grew an nually, adding local churchgroups, civic clubs and auto andtractor dealers to the event. In1978, the Hardee County Boardof County Commissioners beganactively supporting this county’slargest event and lent the servicesof a few county employees andcounty work crews to assist FirstNational Bank with the festivities.It was at this time that sponsor ship of Pioneer Park Dayschanged hands from First Na tional Bank to Hardee County. George Collins was named to oversee and produce the 1978 Pi oneer Park Days for his employer,the Hardee County BOCC. He re mained coordinator of the eventfrom 1978 to1992. During the 1978 Pioneer Park Days there were 78 exhibitors and221 flea market spaces. In 1983,the total participants grew to 853from 429 in 1979. Pioneer ParkDays started out as a three-dayevent and expanded to four daysin 1986 and to five days in 1987. There were a number of firsts during Collins’ tenure: The first Pioneer Park Days Pa rade on the streets of downtownWauchula was in 1980. In 1984,the parade included the famous Clydesdale horses, and they re turned for the 1985 parade. In1987, Sen. Lawton Chilesmarched in the parade. Later thatday, Chiles spoke on the U.S.Constitution and its history at thePioneer Park entertainment tent. In 1987 and 1988, a Civil War Reenactment was staged andmany tents were set up around theCracker Trail Museum to depictthe history of that era. In 1993, Jane Long, the county’s personnel director, tookover the duties as coordinator forPioneer Park Days. The park was fenced in 1994, and for the first time an entry feeof $1 was charged. The temporary entertainment tent was replaced in 1995 with apermanent structure. Constructionof the Nickerson-Ullrich Buildingwas funded by the 1994 entryfees. In 1997, the entry fee for Pio neer Park Days was raised to $2.Also that year, parking alongState Road 64 was discontinued. The Wildlife Refuge was under construction in 2000, and openedto the public for the first time dur ing Pioneer Park Days 2001. Throughout the years 19781992, there was no exact account ing of Pioneer Park Days visitors.Estimates were made from aerialphotography that indicated atten dance could have been as much as45,000 in 1978 to 170,000 in 1983to 250,000 in 1992. Regardless ofthe validity of those figures, Pio neer Park Days still has the dis tinction of being one of the largestevents in the Southeast. Pioneer Park Days: 2 Men Started It All FILE PHOTO Earle Nickerson with a 1924 “Rumely Oil Pull” tractor. PPD2018 PPD2018P P i i o o n n e e e e r r R R e e s s t t a a u u r r a a n n t t 2902 U.S. Hwy. 17 S • Zolfo Springs (Across from Pioneer Park) (863) 735-0726 HOURS: Mon. Sat. 6 8 • Sun. 7 2Owned and Operated by Annie Bell JewelHome Cooking Family AtmosphereEnjoy Pioneer Park Days 50thYear!Gasoline engine and farm trac tor enthusiasts are still attracted tothe grounds of Pioneer Park. Theyare accompanied by those lookingto find bargains at the flea market,history buffs who walk throughCracker Trail Museum and marvelat the collection of memorabilia,and those who enjoy listening tothe strains of foot-stomping music at the Nickerson-Ullrich Building. Hardee County owes a great deal of gratitude to Earle Nicker son and Tony Ullrich. They areamong the many in this countywho have the distinction of beingcalled true pioneers with a vision. It is to their credit that Pioneer Park Days is celebrating its 50th anniversary. March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 5 “A Land Remembered” You loved the book, now meet the author’s son. View a 45-minute multi-media show on this beloved tome of Florida history: Pool Pavilion Saturday, 2 & 4 p.m.


PPD2018 By SANDY SCOTT Special To The Herald-Advocate The Cracker Trail Post Office sits proudly next to the early 1910Baldwin Locomotive in PioneerVillage, and invites visitors insideduring Pioneer Park Days. As one enters the old wooden building, it immediately trans forms visions of a modern-daypost office to thoughts of the typi cal small-town structure whichmay have been a daily meetingplace for town citizens. The building was constructed in 1886, and was part of the home ofE.L. Williams in Fort Meade. It was moved by truck to the home of Barney Whitman in theLake Dale area of Hardee County,where he used it as a barn. Whit man donated the old structure toPioneer Park in 1994. It was com pletely dismantled on his propertyand then rebuilt on the grounds ofPioneer Park, where it standstoday. The building has been con verted into a post office, with an tique postal boxes that were usedin the 1886 Pine Level Post Office.Founded in the 1850s, Pine Levelwas once a very active community in Manatee County near Arcadia.It had saloons, a courthouse, a jail,stores, churches and homes. Gun fights were considered a commonsight on the streets there. Looking closely at the postal boxes, there are still a few namesof its occupants labeling the mailslots from that time. A full list ofall the box holders at the earlyPine Level Post Office is in a sep arate book on the counter of thepost office. Barney Whitman also donated the wooden counter located insidethe building. It had previouslybeen part of an old bakery in FortMeade. A desk once owned byCharles W. Hagan is also one ofthe furnishings in the building. The walls of the post office are covered with various photographs,including that of Edward Sawyers,who served as Zolfo SpringsÂ’ post master from 1919 to 1926. Also onthe walls are framed letters andcertificates belonging to Sawyersduring that time. During the three days of Pio neer Park Days, the current-dayZolfo Springs Post Office staffwill be operating this Pioneer Vil lage treasure. Clerks will be ac cepting mail and will also be sell ing stamps, envelopes and post cards. Each piece of mail sentfrom the Cracker Trail Post Office will carry the 2018 50th Anniver sary Pioneer Park Days commem orative postal mark. Hours of service will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Visitors may also pick up a complimentarypicture postcard inside the post of fice. Mailboxes Still Hold Citizen Names Of Yore FILE PHOTO This wooden box of cubbyholes served as the post officeÂ’smailboxes, and still retains some of its original name labels. 6 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018 Food Trucks & Favorite Entertainers Friday Night Nickerson-Ullrich Building


PPD2018 By SANDY SCOTT Special To The Herald-Advocate “A Land Remembered” is a best-selling novel written by au thor Patrick D. Smith and pub lished in 1984. It is historical fiction set in Florida and covers more than acentury of the state’s history, from1858 to 1968. A two-volume edi tion for children is used in manyFlorida schools. This year, Pioneer Park Days will host the late author’s son fora multi-media presentation on hisfather’s beloved book. Rick Smithwill be on hand at the historicPool Pavilion located on thegrounds of Pioneer Park adjacentto Pioneer Village and CrackerTrail Museum. This visual storytelling show has been presented in thousandsof areas across Florida, andHardee County is fortunate tohave this masterful historian par ticipating in the 50th anniversaryof Pioneer Park Days. The show is fun and fastpaced, and promises to take the audience on a heart-warming andnostalgic trip back in time to aFlorida that once was, is no more,and never again will be. It is a sensory delight incorpo rating video clips, photos, paint ings, music, sound effects and afew jokes as Smith transports youto another place and time, allwhile narrating it live. In fact,there are over 50 videos in theshow, along with some prettyamazing special effects. “A Land Remembered” fo cuses on the fictional story of theMacIveys, who migrated fromGeorgia into Florida in the mid-19th century. After settling, thisfamily struggles to survive in theharsh environment. First they scratch a living from the land, then learn to round upwild cattle and drive them toPunta Rassa to ship to Cuba. Overthree generations, they amassmore holdings and money, andmove further from their connec tion to the untamed native land. According to Smith, it has been said many times that people should be issued a copy of “ALand Remembered” when theycross the Florida state line. As Smith takes up his place in side the park’s Pool Pavilion, healso will discuss the extraordinaryexperiences that enabled his fa ther to write such unforgettablestories about the “river rats” ofMississippi, the Seminoles ofSouth Florida, the plight of mi grant workers and, ultimately, thepioneers so accurately portrayedin “A Land Remembered.” The 45-minute presentation will be shown at 2 and 4 p.m. onSaturday. There is no additionalfee for the show other than en trance into Pioneer Park duringPioneer Park Days. Smith will be on hand after his shows for autograph sessions andencourages each visitor to bringhis own copy of “A Land Remem bered” or purchase one at histable. There is limited seating inside the Pool Pavilion and doors willclose after the presentation be gins. Patrick Smith’s Son Will Bring Beloved Book To Life COURTESY PHOTO Rick Smith, son of famed author Patrick D. Smith, will maketwo presentations during Pioneer Park Days. March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 7


REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS “The Citrus and Acreage Specialist” P.O. Box 1149 • 234 S. 6th Ave. (U.S. 17 South) Wauchula, Florida 33873 Office (863) 773-2128 • Fax (863) 773-0011 B ROKERS Joe L. Davis, Jr. John H. O’Neal O FFICE Ann Wyckoff Holly Kelley PPD2018 R EALTOR A SSOCIATES Brittany Nickerson Thurlow Kenny Sanders Kevin Sanders Jessica Prescott Monica Reas Karen O’Neal David Royal Brandi Maldonado Charlie Stevens P P e e a a c c e e R R i i v v e e r r G G r r o o w w e e r r s sWholesale Nursery Come and enjoy the fun during the 2018 Pioneer Park Days Donnis & Kathy Barber 863-735-0470 Hwy. 66 East • Zolfo Springs PPD2018 By SANDY SCOTT Special To The Herald-Advocate Since its beginning in 1967, Cracker Trail Museum has col lected over 4,000 items related topioneer-era Florida history. That history obviously includes the early organization of HardeeCounty, the Seminoles and theirsettlements, collections of fossilsthat are still being found today,and the roles that business, gov ernment and industry played in thedevelopment of the smaller com munities within this state. Each item is maintained either within glass cases or strategicallyplaced around the floor of the mu seum. Many of the larger items areprovided in a setting that would bereminiscent of pioneer living. The collections held within the walls of Cracker Trail Museumconsist of early photographs ofHardee County, pioneer farm im plements, pioneer householdgoods, and educational and pro fessional items once used in theschool system and businesses. The larger items include tables, beds, washstands, desks, cabinets,spinning wheels, looms and pumporgans. They are displayed in sucha way as if in a home or business,therefore allowing the visitor to reflect upon how the early resi dents of Hardee County lived andworked. Glass cases house the many fossils discovered by local BoyScout troops along the PeaceRiver. That area is known as BoneValley, and the museum displaysand identifies bone fragments ofearly sharks, horses, camels andmammoths. Likewise, the phosphate indus try had an early beginning inHardee County, where in 1890 thisrich commodity was mined at Scott's Siding on the banks of thePeace River. At Cracker Trail Mu seum, you will view photographsof the early development of an in dustry that has once again re turned to Hardee County. The Seminole Indians had a great influence on this area, and itsearly existence is showcased withinformation booklets, actual pho tographs of Seminole tribes andmiscellaneous artifacts. Of course, this museum also houses a wide range of articlesand artifacts reminiscent of the S S t t e e p p I I n n t t o o T T h h e e P P a a s s t t A A t t C C r r a a c c k k e e r r T T r r a a i i l l M M u u s s e e u u m m AAA • LOCKOUTS TIRE CHANGES LICENSED AND INSURED ROBERT’S PPD2018 Light • Medium • Heavy TowingLow Boy Services ROBERT’S TOWING375-4068 or 781-8195 Florida cowman. Miscellaneous wars and rebel lions are represented by those whofought during the Spanish-Ameri can War, the Civil War, World WarI, World War II, the Korean Con flict, and the Vietnam War. Preserving the history of Hardee County through its dis plays and acquisitions, the mu seum is a reflection of all this county means and holds dear. (863) 767-5300 221 West Main Street • Wauchula GiovannisMainStreetKitchen@yahoo.comEAT IN OR TAKE OUTPPD2018 8 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018


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Sponsored by the Hardee County Board of County Commissioners PROMOTINGINDUSTRYINHARDEECOUNTY PPD2018 Thursday Saturday March 1-3, 2018 Located atthe intersection of SR 64 (Florida Cracker Trail) and U.S. 17 District 1 Colon LambertDistrict 2 Sue BirgeDistrict 3 Rick KnightDistrict 4 Russell MelendyDistrict 5 Mike ThompsonCounty Manager Lexton Albritton cessions, 65 antique cars andabout 750 other exhibitors at theevent. Coordination of all ofthese areas begins very shortlyafter each Pioneer Park Daysends. Many exhibitors are returnees, and make arrangements for thefollowing year before they leavethe park to head for other festi vals to display their engines,tractors and other antique equip ment. Many vendors in the flea mar ket area also make arrangementsto secure the same space theyhad. Several have had the samespace for years. For those who did not make prior arrangements, they are con tacted during the early planningstages and encouraged to com plete registration and forwardtheir fees for the next year.Much follow-up in this area isnecessary throughout the year. During the year there is an abundance of correspondence tohandle, additions and deletions inexhibitors and vendors, rulechanges, layout considerations,registration antique cars, and reg ulations and information to getout. The food concessions have al ways been limited to such localnon-profit entities as churches,clubs and organizations, andschools. Registration and place ment of each of these food ven dors must be worked out. Safety of the general public at tending the annual event is of ut most importance. The HardeeCounty SheriffÂ’s Office has beenintegral in this respect. Planningmust be done to make sure thereis a working relationship be tween event organizers and thedeputies. Sanitation and disposal facili ties must be provided as well. ChildrenÂ’s activities are planned, entertainment lined up. Volunteers are needed to help county employees in the ticketbooths, to drive the two tramsthat transport visitors around thepark, as bathroom attendants forthe four restrooms, for garbagepick-up detail, and for general help in the temporary office lo cated at the entrance to the park. These volunteers have been campers staying at the PioneerPark campground; some havehad the same job for as many as15 years. During the 2018 event,the newly formed group ofHardee County citizens will alsobe providing volunteers to assist the county. Advertising material must be published, newspaper articlesprepared, miscellaneous itemsprinted, publicity visits to clubs and organizations made. ThereÂ’s also initial cleanup, trimming of trees, filling of pot holes, setting of stakes to markconcession, flea market, exhibit and other spots. By setup day, exhibitors begin arriving and final registration takes place at the temporary of fice. Tractors arrive, and in thecase of some local exhibitors,one or two pieces of equipmentare brought in before returning home for another load. Then, on opening day of Pio neer Park Days, gates swingwide at 7 a.m. County personnelwill be at attention in the officealong with volunteers handlingsuch duties as the rental of golf carts. These three days have now been in the planning for almost a year. What Goes Into The Planning For PPD? By SANDY SCOTT Special To The Herald-Advocate When Pioneer Park Days kicks off its 50th anniversary run inZolfo Springs, it will be no overnight accomplishment. The Hardee County Board of County Commissioners with theassistance of a newly formedgroup of interested citizens has been planning for the event for anumber of months. Many detailsmust be attended to. There have been as many as 489 flea market spaces, 30 con PPD2018 AM-SOUTH REALTY Each office independently owned and operated. 702 South 6th Ave. Wauchula (863) 773-2122 Gary Delatorre Broker Richard Dasher (863) 781-0162 Maria De Roccio (863) 449-0009 March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 11


Over 300 Flea Market Vendors ~ Antiques, Tools, Jewelry, Glass Art, Home Decor & More Antique Tractors & Engines Wagon Rides Cracker Trail Museum & Pioneer Village Childrens Fossil Digs Arts & Crafts Whip Cracking Vintage Car Show on Saturday Quilting All Kinds of Food Vendors and much, much more!Book Signing by Carlton Ward Jr., National Geographic Society Photographer & Conservationist A Land Remembered Visual Storytelling Presentation by Rick Smith 12 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018 This Page Compliments of


The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018 13 FOODTRUCKS Jimmys Famous Seafood Express Rob & Matties Hotdogs Kettle Corn & Boiled Peanuts The Rolling Gourmet Hamburgers & Gyros Fritango Food Truck Nicaraguan Food & Vegan GENERALINFORMATIONADMISSION: DAILY$5.00 3-DAYPASS$10.00 Children Under 12 FREEG OLF C ARTS Personal golf carts will be allowed for a fee of $10.00 per day. Golf cart rentals available @ PPD office. 2 Seaters $10/hour $60 full day. 4 Seater $15/hour $75 full day.C RACKER T RAIL M USEUM Open 9 am 5 pm Contains over 4,500 artifacts Daily Demonstrations Gates Open 7 am 5 pm Entertainment Till 9 pm


By SANDY SCOTT Special To The Herald-Advocate The old No. 3 iron horse that sits stately on its tracks at PioneerPark has anything but an ordinaryhistory. This example of an earlywood-burning locomotive mayhave been doomed for the scrap yard had it not been for Kervin D.Revell. Revell had worked for the Foley Lumber Co. in NorthFlorida, and that company ran theLive Oak, Perry & Gulf Railroad.Nicknamed “The Loping Gopher”by people who lived along itsroute, the LOP&G probably trans ported more lumber than any othershort line in Florida. During its heyday the LOP&G was a profitable hauler of logs andwood products and had many lum ber mills along its lines, whichwere surrounded by cypress andpines. As lumber products phasedout, traffic in cotton, tobacco, cornand watermelons continued. The 1914 Baldwin locomotive that was being used by Foley wasgetting too much age on it and, be sides, Foley wanted to get out ofthe railroad business since thetrucking industry was becomingthe more efficient way to movelumber. Revell worked out a deal with Foley to purchase the wood-burn ing locomotive, intending to use it for his Wauchula crate mill opera tion as a switch engine. The engine was used for this purpose for a number of yearsuntil Revell fired the boiler for thelast time in 1957, taking a groupof Wauchula Elementary Schoolchildren for a ride along the At lantic Coast Line tracks. Being a member of the Peace River Historical Society andworking hard to open a museum,Tommy Underwood was knownto be asking the community forhistorical and antique items to fillthe soon-to-be museum. Readinga notice of such a drive, Revell of fered Underwood the old No. 3engine. The only stipulation wasthat he move it. Underwood first drove to the crate mill to take a look at thispossible donation. To say that hewas less than impressed is an un derstatement. It was rusty and atree was growing up through thetop of it. The cross ties that heldthe locomotive were rotten. But before he could think more about it, Underwood made the de cision to accept the Loping Go pher as an addition to PioneerPark. Now the question was how to get it to its new location. Underwood called the railroad to see if it had any suggestions.The Atlantic Coast Line sent a representative, who quickly ex plained that the condition of thelocomotive was such that it wouldnot be allowed to be driven downits rail line. The railroad suggestedhe call a house mover. Red Murphy was in the housemoving business. He agreed tomove the train from its present lo cation at the crate mill to its newhome at Pioneer Park for $3,500. Mabry Carlton, another mem ber of the Peace River HistoricalSociety, arranged for donationsand, after collecting smallamounts from local citizens andorganizations, the society finallyraised $4,000. Everything seemed to be going along fine, until the group beganthinking about what the locomo tive was going to be set uponwhen it reached Pioneer Park.Seaboard Railroad was contacted,and it agreed to supply some railand a crew. The 70-foot track was laid near the park entrance off U.S. 17, tak ing two days to build. The crossties came from the crate mill. Moving day arrived on April 10, 1967, and everything seemedto be right on schedule. Murphybegan lifting the engine with hy draulic house jacks around 8:30 inthe morning. By 10:30, the trainwas on a platform and travelingdown U.S. 17 as residents lined the streets of Wauchula to watchthis feat. The Sheriff’s Office led the diesel tractor pulling the platform.The city of Wauchula provided anemployee, who was positioned ontop of the locomotive and gentlypushed traffic lights to one side.Other city employees operating abucket truck moved telephone andpower lines out of harm’s way. Four lanes of traffic went through the heart of Wauchula atthat time, but heading out of townthere were only two lanes. Trafficwas backed up much of the time.Whenever possible, the caravanmoved to the shoulder of the roadto allow other vehicles to pass. Underwood watched the mov ing process for a short time beforehe returned to his duties at FirstNational Bank. At around 2 p.m.,Underwood received a telephonecall from the Florida Departmentof Transportation, asking him if hewas responsible for the moving ofa locomotive along U.S. 17 South. Answering in the affirmative, Underwood was then asked if hehad gotten the necessary permitsand if he knew how much itweighed. Underwood began tofeel a little nervous, as he was un aware that permits were necessary. The FDOT supervisor esti mated the weight and then pro ceeded to tell Underwood that ifthe locomotive went through thebridge, he was going to jail. Becoming worried, Underwood went to Zolfo Springs to check onthe process. At about 3:30 p.m., hewatched the Loping Gopher enter the park and head for its shiny new tracks. Underwood later stated that he did not remember any problemsalong the way, but admitted someworry over the permit issue andthoughts of the train falling into Peace River as it passed over thebridge. Over the years, Underwood added descriptions to the story, and at one time recalled the tele phone call from the FDOT officialquite differently. According to that version, when Underwood spoke withFDOT, the train already had crossed over the bridge with noproblems. Not being aware of this, the state official demanded themoving be stopped, due to the weight of the train and the possi bility of the bridge not holding. Underwood replied, “What do you want me to do, drive it backover the bridge?” It is unknown which account of the conversation is more accurate,but the latter certainly makes for amore colorful story. The Loping Gopher locomotive is a popular fixture in Pioneer Vil lage. During Pioneer Park Days’ 50th anniversary, “train conduc tor” George Wilson will be up inthe engine giving folks the back ground on this part of history thatis gone except in memories. Train Travels Perilous Path To Pioneer Park 14 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018 FILE PHOTO A worker prepares to move the traffic signal out of the way as the train passes through theintersection of U.S. 17 and Main Street in Wauchula. Come eat with us after your day at Pioneer Park Days! 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5251 St. Rd 64 W • Ona Ph: 863-735-1361 Fax: 863-735-1210 Enjoying Pioneer Park Days For 50 years! Florida Fence Post Co., Inc. “The Post Prefered by Florida Cattlemen” PPD2018 Fence PostBarn PolesLumberField FenceBarbed WireGatesLandscape Mulch By JOAN SEAMANOf The Herald-Advocate Pioneer Park Days 2018 boasts a host of activities at the easternend of the 100-acre park. Sandy Scott, Doyle Carlton III and other members of a citizensgroup have gone all out in gather ing an assortment from yesteryearin and around the Cracker TrailMuseum. Museum Inside the Cracker Trail Mu seum, some women from theFlorida Frontiersmen group willbe doing quilting, crocheting andother handiwork, including mak ing “pocket dolls” of the Civil Warera. There will be a display of Seminole Indian jewelry alongwith the nearly 1,000 historicalrelics under glass for visitors toenjoy. “Schoolmarm” GayleKnight will read to children whocome in. Several musicians willalternate playing on the Bill &Betty See piano. There will be a book signing by National Geographic photogra pher Carlton Ward, and also aslide show running of past PioneerPark Days. Post Office & Smithy The Zolfo Springs Post Office will operate the historic CrackerTrail Post Office outside the mu seum daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.It will offer a commemorativecancellation stamp for the 50th an niversary of Pioneer Park Days. A volunteer will portray the historic letter carrier, “Acrefoot”Johnson. He will talk about howAcrefoot delivered mail long dis tances in the 1870s. Mike McIntyre will again be working at the C.A. Bryant Black smith Shop. The forge will be hotand the anvil will be ringing onceagain. Hart Cabin Members of the Smith family, Hart descendants, will hold a treeplanting by the cabin at 10 (Thursday). Tour guideKayton Nedza, also known as“The Old Man,” will be on handto talk about the history of thecabin in the Lemon Grove Com munity and how it came to take itsplace in the park. Zolfo Springs author Chip Bal lard will be signing copies of hisbooks about the area. Locomotive Conductor George Wilson will appear in period costume and willbe stationed in the train’s engineand explaining its history. Youmay even catch him singing “TheWabash Cannon Ball” and othersongs of that era. Outdoor Areas Sherry White Ministries will be serving hobo stew, cornbread andlemonade and offering wagonrides around the village. A womanwill perform some whip crackingas George Altman shows how tomake whips. Michael Ward will show how to make “walking sticks,” or canes,and there will be a demonstrationon how to make wooden toys.There will be a “newsboy” walk ing throughout the village, sellingcopies of the special PPD tabloidsection of The Herald-Advocatefrom his vintage mail pouch. Layne Prescott will be present at 11 a.m. all three days and at 1p.m. on Thursday and Friday,demonstrating how to prepare andcook swamp cabbage. There will be others doing woodworking, making rag dollsand rugs, and weaving pine needlebaskets. The Gospel Jubilee Girls will be strumming and singing underthe old oak tree in front of the mu seum twice a day. Cantu Bees will be there Friday with an observation hive. A rangerwill be on hand from the Payne’sCreek Historic State Park, andthere will square dancers fromPayne Creek, and other RV parks. All around the area, 15 to 20 Florida Frontiersmen will demon strate a variety of trades and tentmaking. Nickerson Dairy willshow cow milking the old-fash ioned way, and some of theCracker Trail riders and wagonsmay be present. Pool Pavilion Rick Smith, son of Patrick Smith, author of “A Land Remem bered,” will be on hand on Satur day for a book signing and history, with two multi-media shows at 2 p.m. and again at 4, each about 45minutes long. He will have his dad’s period attire. There will be limited seating for the shows, so come early. Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., the Crystal Lake square dancers will be performing at thepavilion. Whatever your interest, there’s sure to be something to enjoy. Tram rides around the park are free as well as wagon rides. Golfcarts will be available for $10 per hour for the two-seaters and $15 per hour for four-seaters. P P i i o o n n e e e e r r V V i i l l l l a a g g e e W W i i l l l l B B e e A A H H u u b b O O f f A A c c t t i i v v i i t t y y By SANDY SCOTT Special To The Herald-Advocate The historic Hart Cabin is al ways a popular stop in PioneerVillage during Pioneer Park Days. Those who visited this authen tic pioneer structure in previousyears during this annual HardeeCounty event were always greetedby Wendell Smith, the great-grandson of the cabin’s originaloccupants, William Henry andMary Jane Hart. Not only did he greet them, but he clicked their numbers off on acounter as they entered the cabin.While he was living, he was al ways so proud to record the dailynumber of visitors who enteredthis unique log cabin that was amajor part of his pioneering fam ily’s history. The Hart Cabin was built in 1879 by William Henry Hart andwas originally located in theLemon Grove community ofHardee County, which is in thenortheast section. One hundredyears after it was built, the cabinwas donated to Pioneer Park bygreat-grandson Smith. The existing cabin is only one section of the original house. Thestructure that Hart first builthoused not only him and his wife,but their four daughters and threesons as well. It also includedporches on three sides to accom modate this large family. The Hart Cabin will be devoid of the ever-present Wendell Smithduring Pioneer Park Days thisyear. Still, the memory of himraising the flag each morning as he opened the cabin and telling his popular stories about his family who once called it home will liveon forever. The Hart Cabin Housed Pioneers FILE IMAGE William Henry Hart, 1840-1921, constructed his family cabin in the Lemon Grove area in 1879. March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 17


PPD2018 Paul’s Kitchen 116 N. 4th Ave. • Wauchula • (863) 773-0292 Celebrating 50 Years of Pioneer Park Days March 1 –March 3 By SANDY SCOTT Special To The Herald-Advocate Housed in the historic C.A. Bryant Blacksmith Shop at Pio neer Village is a large piece ofequipment one may first think ofas not the type of machinery tofind there. Perhaps that is the case, but it holds the history of this county’snewspaper, and it should be ableto be viewed and imagined as itonce was. The Linotype machine was part of the original equipment of theFlorida Advocate, one of twonewspapers which providedHardee County residents the newsof the week. It was one of the most notable inventions in the U.S. print world.Invented in 1884 by a Germanwatchmaker, the Linotype ma chine significantly sped up theprinting process with its techniqueof line casting rather than just in dividual letter setting. Having been manufactured in 1892, this early piece of equip ment satisfied the needs of TheFlorida Advocate until more mod ern means of publishing made itsway to Hardee County. Long-time newspaper em ployee Ralph Harrison operatedthis strange-looking upright ma chine for five years. It was used toset newspaper type from molten metal. It soon became apparent that the three Linotype machines thatwere being used by The Herald-Advocate needed to be replacedby more modern equipment. Notonly had this type of equipmentrun its course for efficiency, but ittook up quite a bit of space. Each of the Linotype machines housed in the newspaper’s Pro duction Shop weighed two tothree tons. The question to ponderwas not when this change wouldtake place, but rather where wouldthese three obsolete monstrositiesbe sent. Two print shops responded with interest in taking the ma chines, so one was delivered toAvon Park with the second onetraveling to Arcadia. There wereno takers for the third and oldestof the three machines. It would now most likely end up in a corner of the shop, alongwith other items that had longseen their usefulness. As a last resort, Cracker Trail Museum was contacted, and itagreed to take this historic pieceof newspaper production. It now became a priority for the museum to find a place to exhibitits newly found treasure. The mu seum was already busting at theseams with the many donations ithad received since its doors opened in 1967. It soon was de cided that if the museum acceptedthe antique, there would be noother space that could accommo date its size but the BlacksmithShop. In June of 1986, Harrison sat down at the helm of this magnifi cent piece of machinery for thelast time before it took its finaljourney by truck to its restingplace in the C.A. Bryant Black smith Shop. Adding more to thishistoric move was the fact that itwas transported to Pioneer Parkby Tony Ullrich, one of thefounders of Pioneer Park Days. This example of early newspa per production equipment now sitsproudly in a corner of a black smith shop. One can only imaginewhat Clarence Bryant would thinkif he looked up from behind hisanvil to see this “modern” piece ofequipment taking up space in hisshop. Those who visit the 1897 Blacksmith Shop may wonder inamazement how this dinosaur wasever used to produce a newspaper.But to the oldtimers in the news paper business, it is a memory ofan era they will always hold dear. It Recorded The County’s History; Now It Is History 18 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018 Computer Designed Irrigation Systems Pumps and Irrigation Supplies RON HENDERSON2318 E. Main St. • Wauchula ~ (863) 773-6259 Central PumpandIrrigation, Inc.Serving Hardee County for over 35 yearsPPD2018ENJOY THE 50THPIONEER PARK DAYS


Pioneer Park Days 406 N. 6th Ave. • Wauchula 773-4136 PPD2018 By SANDY SCOTT Special To The Herald-Advocate Clarence Alvin Bryant owned and operated a blacksmith shop inBowling Green from 1897 untilhis death in 1953. The shop stood as a historical landmark in Hardee County, and itwas donated to Pioneer Park bythe Bryant Family in 1972. A dedication ceremony for it was held at Pioneer Park in 1975,attended by an overflow crowd in cluding all of Bryant’s survivingchildren. The restored blacksmithshop was accepted from VernonBryant, the oldest son, by Barney Whitman, president of the PeaceRiver Historical Society. Anotherson, Austin Bryant, unveiled theplaque commemorating the dedi cation. For years, Mike McIntyre has operated the forge located in thecorner of the C.A. Bryant Black smith Shop during Pioneer ParkDays. Located in the center of thebuilding are other memorabiliawhich tell of Bryant’s varied tal ents. The walls are stamped with brands that Bryant had forged andthen tested. There are buggy rims, hubs, a Smithy Shop Was Vital To Pioneers COURTESY IMAGE The C.A. Bryant Blacksmith Shop as it stood in its originalspot in Bowling Green. FILE PHOTO The anvil will ring under the strike of a hammer once againas Mike McIntyre demonstrates the blacksmith’s trade. casket lid which was used as a pat tern, shoe lathes, mailboxes, andtools of the trade. A sign hangs from one of the support beams and attests to his faith. It reads: “Smile with mewhile I work. Don’t sware in thisshop, for the Lord is my helper.” Hanging prominently above his wooden workbench is a portrait of him painted by Elizabeth Under wood. The village blacksmith is a part of days gone by. See this authentic shop in Pioneer Village. March 1, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 19


PPD2018By SANDY SCOTT Special To The Herald-Advocate The admonition to walk a mile in someone else's shoes meansbefore judging someone, youmust understand his experiences,challenges, thought processes,etc. In the case of Acrefoot John son, one can only imagine thechallenges he encountered as hedelivered mail through CentralFlorida. James M. “Acrefoot” Johnson was a pioneer mail carrier whowas born in Columbia County in1851. His family moved to DeS oto County when he was a youngchild. As he grew, so did the sizeof his feet. The nickname “Acrefoot” came to be because of his size 12boots. In 1877 at the age of 26 and re cently married, Acrefoot foundhimself in need of employment.He had heard that the post officewas accepting applications for anew route that it was considering. Having no means of trans portation, he started out on thetrek on foot, from Fort Ogden toFort Meade, where the postalagent was located. Now, thiswould have been about a 50-mile trip by today’s standards, but onemust remember his was not astraight route up a paved U.S. 17! Acrefoot was convinced that this was the type of job he was in terested in, especially after learn ing it paid a whopping $26 permonth. New residents were moving into Central Florida quickly, andadding this new route became anecessity. It was to begin at FortMeade and end at Fort Ogden, atotal mail-carrying distance of 75miles. Due to the “sizeable” payroll amount, there were a number ofapplicants who sought out thisnew position; however, AcrefootJohnson and Big Ed Donaldsonemerged as the favorites. It wasnow necessary for the postalagent to make a decision betweenthe two applicants. Big Ed assured the postmaster that he would be able to deliverthe mail from Fort Meade to FortOgden once a week. The confi dent 6’7’ tall and 250-poundAcrefoot Johnson was sure hecould make the same trip with aload of mail in his satchel at leasttwice a week, and perhaps even more often. The agent now had the perfect answer as to how he could choosebetween the two: whichever onecould walk the route the fastestwould be awarded the contract. The next morning, each man set out to begin the trip. AcrefootJohnson and Big Ed Donaldsonstarted out side by side, and con tinued for a short time at the samepace, but with Acrefoot’s longstrides, he soon left Big Ed quitea ways behind. At dusk, Acrefoot Johnson ar rived at Fort Ogden, emptied hismail pouch and joined in the fes tivities the small community hadorganized for this momentous oc casion. There was music, squaredancing and singing. This was acommunity very happy to receivemail from loved ones and newsfrom other places! But, Johnson had only com pleted half of his route. Beforedaylight, he gathered the FortOgden mail pouch and headedback along the route to FortMeade. When he arrived at thestream of Joshua Creek about 15miles from Fort Ogden, Acrefootmet up with Big Ed, who was still on his way to Fort Ogden! Naturally, Acrefoot Johnson was awarded the postal contract. Twice a week, he walked the day-long route starting at FortOgden to Joshua Creek and stop ping at several other communitiesalong Peace River and ending upat Fort Meade. Johnson died in 1922 at the age of 71. Buried in his beloved commu nity of Nocatee in DeSotoCounty, his tombstone reads:“Cross Country Walking MailMan, Affectionately Known asAcrefoot Johnson, His Creed: ‘The Mail Must Go On.’ ” Visit Cracker Trail Museum during Pioneer Park Days and learn more about this courageousand ambitious man. Walk A Mile In His Shoes Delivering Mail In Pioneer Times Welcome To The 5 0 thPioneer Park Days Superior O.K. T ire 740 Hwy. 17 N., Wauchula(863) 773-7978 20 The Herald-Advocate, March 1, 2018 Welcome To Zolfo Springs Home Of Pioneer Park Days 3210 U.S. H WY 17 S. Z OLFO S PRINGS O FFICE : (863) 735-0405 PPD2018


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