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W EATHER DATE HIGH LOW RAIN 04/1082671.48 04/1180560.00 04/1284510.0004/1386600.0004/1491570.0004/1588590.1904/1670600.00 Rainfall to 04/16/2018 5.41 Same period last year 4.54 Ten Year Average 49.17 Source: Univ. of Fla. Ona Research Center I NDEX Classifieds...........B10 Courthouse Report.....B5Crime Blotter.........A7Hardee Living.........B2Information Roundup..B3Obituaries............A4Puzzles..............A13Save The Date.........A2School Lunch Menus...B4Solunar Forecast...... A11 Wildcat Scratches......A8 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The wind was in her face as she stared into the sun. She paced to and fro – her attention never wandering far from the chalk-lined triangleof grass nearby. Alexis Benjamin-Graham walked to the edge of thechalk line and she took onelast look at the field andclosed her eyes. A pensive calm overtook the lines of her face as she opened her eyes. “I think I will spin this time,” Benjamin-Graham said.The senior at Hardee Senior High School had noth ing to lose. Her first attempt in the discus pit last Thursday at Cypress Creek (Wesley Chapel) High School at theFlorida High School Athletic Association’s Class 2ADistrict 9 tournament was record-setting. Into the wind – and the Wildcat record books –the student-athlete unleashed the glimmering discus a dis tance of 34.94m. The effort broke the previous HHSrecord. Her second attempt – thrown from an almost station ary stance –fell a hair shorter at 34.16m. “There are going to be a lot of boys jealous of that,” quipped the official, a coach from Lake Wales HighSchool. As the wind continued, Benjamin-Graham took her place in the white sand of the ring. Striking a pose that exuded classic Olympian form, Benjamin-Graham paused,and with the glimmering silver discus in her outstretched See FOUR A2 ‘Town Hall For Our Lives’ This Saturday Final Call For ‘Story Of Jesus’ COURTESY PHOTO Classmates gather to seek solace at a pre-prom memorial for Christian Martinez. By CYNTHIA KRAHL Of The Herald-Advocate Hardee Senior High School’s Class of 2018 spentProm Night grieving the lossof one of their own. Christian Martinez, 18, of Bowling Green, was killedearly Saturday morning in asingle-vehicle crash while onhis way home from an eveningof work and then dinner outwith friends, the Polk CountySheriff’s Office said. “The loss of a student is al ways a difficult thing for stu dents and staff to grapple with,and Christian’s passing justweeks before his graduation isparticularly heartbreaking,”HHS principal Dr. MichelePolk said on Monday. “Christian was a guy with a big heart; he had an infectioussmile, was friendly and well-liked by his classmates and teachers. He displayed a stick-to-it-ness that made his teach ers proud, and he will bemissed,” she added. News of the fatal crash was shared quickly through socialmedia. His classmates, primp ing and preparing for prom,added a memorial to theirchecklists of corsages to coif fures. The vigil in Christian’s memory preceded the prom at5:45 p.m., held at theWauchula water tower adja cent to Wildcat Stadium. In stead of football uniforms andorange-and-blue T-shirts, tuxe dos and evening gowns gracedthe grass. It was a solemn showing of shared grief and prayer. Polk said juniors and seniors were excused from classes onMonday and Tuesday becauseSee CRASHA3 By JOAN SEAMAN Of The Herald-Advocate These are the final two chances to see and feel the“The Story of Jesus” in its fullproduction. Friday and Saturday evenings are the last perform ances of this local award-win ning play of the birth, life,death, resurrection and tri umphant Second Coming ofthe Christ. The production is at 7 each night at the Hardee CountyCattleman’s Arena, adjacent tothe Agri-Civic Center at Sten strom and Altman roads westof Wauchula. Tickets for the three-hour presentation are $25 for adults,$18 for children, $23 for sen ior citizens and groups of 25 ormore, and $15 for the end sec tions. They can be purchased at the Power & Light Produc tions office, 3365 U.S. 17 N. inBowling Green, almost acrossfrom the college; by mail toP.O. Box 97, Wauchula, FL33873; or online at storyofje There is an additional $1.50 service charge per onlineticket. All scenes are interpreted for the deaf and hearing-im paired by someone onstage. “The play is the best it’s been in the 31 years we’vebeen doing it,” said the Rev.Mike Graham, producer anddirector of the massive under taking, including severalmonths to prepare the cast andvolunteers for the experience. Converting the arena for the passion play can only beginafter the annual HardeeCounty Fair closes. It takesround-the-clock efforts by ahandful of volunteers tochange the dusty arena to a250-foot panorama of scenesof Jerusalem, the temple,palace, Bethlehem and otherplaces with biblical accuracywhich earned the play the 2011Sumner National Award, thehighest in outdoor theater. “We used to have more than 50 volunteers to set up andtake down the scenery and cre ate the streets of the towns.Now, it’s a dedicated dozentrying to do it all around theirSee FINALA2 By TOM STAIK Of The Herald-Advocate Politicians and candidates from across the state will de scend on Bowling Green thisSaturday to take part in a“Town Hall For Our Lives”event. JaKevis Brown, who headed the student-led“March For Our Lives” inBowling Green last month, isorganizing the forum, whichwill be held at Greater Mace donia Primitive Baptist Church. “We can choose to sit on the sidelines or we can join to gether and fight for a futurethat works for us – a fair econ omy with good-paying jobs,racial justice, and full equalityfor all – and to create changeand a reformed criminal jus tice system,” Brown said. Beginning at 2 p.m., the forum will focus on the shoot ings at Marjory StonemanDouglas High School in Park land on Feb. 14 and at the Youtube Headquarters in SanBruno, Calif., last month. Serving as master of cere monies for the event will beDaniel H. Sohn, a councilmanfrom the town of Haverville inPalm Beach County. “More than ever, I believe it is the responsibility of veryleader from every level ofgovernment to keep out com munities safe,” Sohn said. Panelists scheduled to at tend include: April Freeman, Bill Pollard, and John Sawyer. Freeman, Pollard, and Sawyer are candidates inFlorida’s 17th CongressionalDistrict. Also scheduled to attend is Catherine Price (D-LakeWales), a candidate seeking tofill Florida’s 26th Senate seatbeing vacated by Sen. DeniseGrimsley (R-Lake Placid). Brown, a senior at Hardee Senior High School, serves asdistrict organizer for Florida’s17th District Students De mand Action Chapter. The district includes re sponsibility for nine counties:Hardee, DeSoto, Charlotte,Glades, Highlands, Lee,Okeechobee, Sarasota, andsouth Polk County. “I have an assistant organ izer in every county who takesthe role of leader and point ofcontact for that county,” saidBrown. “They are all support ive and great sidekicks.” Grady Daniels, an assistant organizer from Polk County,See TOWN HALL A2 H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE Thursday, April 19, 2018 THE 118th Year • No. 21 • 2 70¢ Plus 5¢ Sales Tax Who Will BecomeMr. HHS 2018? 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A2 The Herald-Advocate, April 19, 2018 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 JimBill Crews of Wauchula is still healthy and active at age 82. A healthy habit for the board vice chairman of Wauchula State Bank includes walking two miles a day. Edgar Davis, 92, of Wauchula was married to his wife Ruth Louise (Tina) Germaine for 68 years. She passed away Dec. 2, 2016. He loves the quote on their tombstone at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery: "Preserve me, God, for in thee do I put my trust." The same quote is on a window of the U.S. Capitol's Chapel in Washington, D.C. Edgar's father was Wilmer Pitt (Bill) Davis, who owned a farmers' supply store in Wauchula. Bill's brother was Edwin (Ed) Davis, a Hardee County farmer and dad of Joe L. Davis Sr. Edgar bought his first orange grove, about 12 acres, at age 15 from his maternal grandfather, Sym Sellers. Edgar also founded Florida Fertilizer in 1959 and still works there. He and Tina had three children, sons Larry and Keith and daughter Gail Best. Edgar said his "fourth child" is Florida Fertilizer Company. Through the years in the citrus business Edgar said he has sold 90-pound boxes of oranges from 12-1/2 cents a box to $15 a box. The recent AARP Magazine reports pain and anxiety med ications can be a deadly combination. The AARP says a recent study by the Global Council on Brain Health recommends a plant-based diet rich in green leafy vegetables and berries. Eat a lot of fish and some red meat but go easy on saturated fats, sugar and salt. In 1922 the physicist Albert Einstein was on a lecture tour and stayed at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. After a bellhop delivered a message to his room, he did not have coins for a tip. Instead he gave the bellhop two personally signed notes of advice. One said, "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness." The other, "Where there's a will, there's a way." The two notes, written in German and bearing Einstein's sig nature, sold at an auction house in Jerusalem many years later for $1.8 million. Professor Byron D. Roquemore of Tampa spoke to the Hardee Rotary Club on Wednesday, April 11, at the Java Cafe about crime prevention. He is with the Crime Prevention Task Force and Protech Security and Safety Equipment of Riverview. Identity theft is the No. 1 crime in Florida. He advises peo ple to carry a police grade pepper spray bottle in their hand while walking and to keep a combination tool of flashlight/seatbelt cut ter/window breaker in your auto console in case your car goes into water which can deactivate window and door power con trols. He can be reached at 813-446-0750. APRIL 19 Financial Fitness Class/Hardee Help Center/713 E Bay St, Wauchula/10 am 19 Knitting & Crochet/ HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 19 Storytime/HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 19 Fitness in the Park/ Yoga/Heritage Park/5:30 pm 20 Cooking With Danri/ HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 2 pm 20 Story of Jesus/HC Cattleman's Arena/ 7:30 pm 21-22 Wildcat Golf Tourney/The Bluffs/ 8 am 21 Story of Jesus/HC Cattleman's Arena/ 7:30 pm 21 Mr. Hardee High/ Wauchula Auditorium/7 pm 23 Fitness in the Park/ Yoga/Heritage Park/5:30 pm 25 Adult Coloring/HC Public Library/ 10 am 26 Knitting & Crochet/ HC Public Library/10 am 26 Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 26 Chamber of Commerce/ Lunch & Learn/ Noon 26 Fitness in the Park/ Yoga/Heritage Park/5:30 pm 27 How To Use Your Device/HC Public Library/10:30 am 29 Gardening Workshop/ Extension Service/ 5:30 pm 30 Fitness in the Park/ Yoga/Heritage Park/5:30 pm MAY 4 SendMeMissions RunWalk/6 pm 14 Bacculareate/First Baptist Church/ 7:30 pm 15 Devotion & Lunch/ Hardee Help Center/Noon 19 Graduation/ Cattlemans Arena/ 9 am 24 Z.S. Town Commission Meeting/6 pm 24 Lunch & Learn/ HC Chamber of Commerce/Noon 26 HC School Board Meeting/5 pmSave 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 Your event could appear here. For free! See submission instructions below. Your event could appear here. For free! See submission instructions below. Have an entry for Save The Date? See contact info below. Have an entry for Save The Date? See contact info below. How can you get your event posted on this community calendar? Check out the instruc tions at the end of this column. Hosting a community-wide non-profit event? List it here! Its free and its easy. See in structions below. By JOAN SEAMANOf The Herald-AdvocateRecent rains have not been nearly enough to improve water reserves. According to a press release from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, April is Water Conservation Month because it is usually the driest month of the year and marks the peak demand season for water suppliers. The district urges residents to practice year-round water conservation. The latest aquifer resource update received last Friday, shows the South region to be at the 40th percentile. This is slightly better than the 38 percentile of a week ago and even lower 23 percentile of this time in 2017. Aquifers provide more than 80 percent of the water supply. The South region, which includes Hardee County, had 1.24 inches of rain in the first 11 days of April. This com pares to a historic average of 2.47 inches for the month of April and a normal range of 1.21 to 3.68 inches in April. Since Jan. 1, there have been 5.57 inches of rain in the South district, compared to the his toric (since 1914) average of 10.00 inches. The JanuaryApril normal range is 6.3813.45 inches. The 20th year of the annual proclamation comes with helpful hints on how to conserve water. The first is to turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. This can save a couple of gallons of water each toothbrushing session. The second is to take shorter showers and use low-flow showerheads. Older high-vol ume showerheads deliver four gallons per minute. New lowvolume showerheads deliver 2.5 gallons per minute. Pres sures have been adjusted to the low-flow fixtures to deliver as good a shower as the higher flow showerheads. Third is to only wash full loads. It is recommended to adjust cycles for the type of laundry, using the minimum volume required for each load. Normal and permanent press wash cycles use more water, so use the shortest wash cycle for lightly soiled loads. Stains can be pretreated to avoid rewash ing. Any time of year, use the homes water meter to check for leaks. Turn off all faucets and water-using appliances and make sure no one is using water during this test period. Go to the water meter and record the current reading. After 30 minutes without using water, read the meter again. If the reading has changed, there is a leak. Watch out for silent leaks in toilets. Remove the toilet tank lid and any colored cleaning agents. Flush to clear the water in the bowl. Add dye tablets, leak detector fluid or even a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If there is a leak, color will appear in the bowl within 10 to 15 minutes. To learn about water conser vation, which should be a yearround effort, visit the website tion.Water Shortage Still In Effect Peace River GrowersWholesale Nursery Donnis & Kathy Barber Hwy. 66 East P.O. Box 760 (863) 735-0470 Zolfo Springs, FL FOUR Continued From A1 FINAL Continued From A1 TOWN HALL Continued From A1 hand closed her eyes in silent reflection in what seemed al most a communion of athlete and tool. Her eyes exploded open as her chest expanded with a deep breath as she reared back into starting position, and, in a bal let of athletic energy, moved through a spin before releasing the discus into the wind. With a thud, history was made once more as the Wildcat record was shattered for the second time in mere minutes. The 35.60m (116-09) was enough not just for a school record, but the first district title of the day for Benjamin-Gra ham, who was defending a 2017 district title in the event. The closest competitor fell far short at 27.26m (89-05). Discus is actually considered the weaker of BenjaminGrahams fielding events. Shot put the student ath letes strongest field event was up next. Benjamin-Graham won the district shot put title in 2017 following a season of school record-setting throws. The 2018 season has seen her continue to outpace her previous accomplishments, as school records continued to fall in the event, often before the ink in the record book was fully dry. All eyes were on BenjaminGraham as she entered the pit for her first attempt. Officials coaches from Lake Placid High School moved back with anticipation. The shot put glided through the air and fell to the ground. Scratch, the pit official called. Benjamin-Graham waited for her second attempt. Entering the pit for the sec ond time, all eyes stayed on the student-athlete as she released. Scratch, the official yelled again. Gasps and murmurs rose from the field of competitors. Benjamin-Graham had only one throw left. Another scratch a technical foul would bring her shot put sea son to a grinding halt. The student-athlete bounc ing with the energy of frustra tion rushed to the side of throwing coach Stephanie Mier as the two discussed strategy in hushed whispers. A calm once more descended on Benjamin-Grahams face. Its time to throw from the power position, she said. And throw with power she did. Her third and final qualify ing throw landing at 11.32m (37-01.75) was enough to earn a second district title for the day. The second-place finisher from Lake Placid High School fell at 9.76m (3200.25). With her wins, BenjaminGraham has earned a slot at FHSAAs Class 2A Region 3 competition set for next Wednesday, April 25, at Cy press Creek. Earning back-to-back district titles in shot put and discus is an accomplishment in its own right, but Benjamin-Grahams success as a senior reaches much further. Earlier this year, she earned individual district titles in weightlifting in both the cleanand-jerk and the bench press giving Benjamin-Graham an individual district title in every sport she participated in as a senior. I have coached for a long time and she is one of the most dedicated and hardworking athletes that I have had the honor of coaching, said John Sharp, weightlifting coach. Mier, in her first year as throwing coach, recounted the athletes winning spirit and ability to remain teachable. She is a very talented and athletic young lady, and I cant wait to see how far she goes. I wish her the best, Mier said. She has a great relationship with her coaches and always looks for their critique. Shes stubborn but likes to win. Her spirited attitude and smile will definitely be missed. Benjamin-Graham was struggling to master basic tech nique when she was first en countered by Rod Smith, head coach of the Lady Wildcat track team. That shaky start, though, has evolved into a tremendous ca reer. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow and progress the past four years. I can re member four years ago when she didn't even know how to correctly glide or finish cor rectly through the ring, Smith said. She has definitely polished her throwing technique, but I believe her best days are to come when she can work out on a daily basis and have a throws coach specifically for her future progress, he added. Success for Benjamin-Gra ham on Wednesday will mean a trip to the state finals May 45 at the University of North Florida at Jacksonville. I have only coached one state champion in my 27 years as a track coach, so I sincerely hope she is the next, and wish her the best, Smith sad. Deputy Superintendent Todd Durden has been following Benjamin-Grahams rise as a student-athlete since her fresh man year, when he served as assistant principal of Hardee High. She has always been an out standing personality, on cam pus and on the field, Durden said. She is an outstanding kid overall She has overcome some challenges and that just shows her persistence. She gives her all in just about everything that she goes to do. It is Benjamin-Grahams enduring heart of a Wildcat that speaks most to the administra tor. She has heart. She is every thing that a Wildcat is sup posed to be, Durden said. That young girl is bal ancing school and athletics and is working a job. For her to find that balance to stay tuned into everything that is required of her is amazing. It all goes back to that heart. jobs and families, said Gra ham. The evening begins with a 30-minute Pictures of Freedom preshow, a commemoration of all those who have served America since its begin ning in Jamestown up to the modern era, the Revolutionary War through the current Middle East crises. From still-life enactments, it continues into a parade of military vehicles from warfare eras and ends with a group of veter ans from the audience riding in the final segment. It is a tribute to freedom and the veterans who make it possible. The passion play includes volunteers from churches all over southwest Florida and over 100 animals, such as horses for the soldiers to ride, doves and pigeons, sheep, oxen and even dogs. Theres a 30-minute inter mission midway through the production to allow guests to stretch, move around and use the restrooms. There are also food trucks and souvenir stands available adjacent to the arena. We used to have over 300 volunteers to be in the various scenes, work behind the scenes, repair costumes and all. This year, we have a good core group, a lot of teenagers, young adults and folks in their 60s, but not nearly the crew weve had in the past, said Graham. Times and lifestyles are changing. Also, we cant afford to replace the old scenery and costumes, which are nearly worn through. So, were looking for differ ent avenues of keeping the ministry going. Were explor ing several possibilities, and are very open to other things. A lot of pieces have to fall into place, he added. One option is to continue with The Night of Wonder at Bayside Community Church in Lakewood Ranch, which also has a branch in downtown Wauchula. With the village of Bethlehem as background, the Christmas story portrays the birth of Jesus in several showings during the holiday season. The week we made the decision that it would be our last year of The Story of Jesus, another door opened. We got the invitation to work with the Bayside Church to do the Christmas story. If we get an invitation again this year, wed like to do it again and make it bigger and better. The Lord knows what were to do, he said. We just dont have the fi nances, volunteers and other pieces to continue The Story of Jesus, but we want to keep doing some things in this community as God leads us, concluded Graham. is assisting Brown in planning Saturdays event. Town halls give the com munity the change to explain their different perspectives so that everyone can share an un derstanding of the issues at hand, Brown said. They also help policymakers get in touch with the stu dents and understand what its actually like to get an education in the midst of gun violence and threats, he noted. The Greater Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church is located 607 Palmetto St., Bowling Green. Go To The Head Of The Class!SCHOOL NEWS DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM Save Paper: Use both sides when printing or copying. And in stead of throwing away unwanted paper, take it to the landfill or Hardee County Disposal at 127 E. Townsend St. in Wauchula. It can be recycled and reused.


4:12,19c By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Eight seniors will be taking the stage this Saturday to viefor the title of Mr. HHS. A fundraiser for Project Graduation, the annual event isset for 7 p.m. in the auditoriumat Wauchula’s Historic CityHall on East Main Street. “All monies raised will go to support the trip for ProjectGrad,” said Donna Parks,chairwoman of this year’s ef fort. Project Graduation, held an nually, is designed to preventgraduating seniors becoming atragic roadway statistic. “Historically, the statistics show that more accidents occur for graduating seniors the nightof graduation than any othernight in the calendar year forthese graduates,” Parks said.“Project Graduation began as alock-in event that is now a freetrip for seniors to attend thatkeeps them off of the road.” Hardee Senior High School’s Class of 2018 will betraveling by charter bus toDaytona Lagoon after gradua tion, for a night of water parkfun and arcade games. Seniors pay no fee to attend the event. “The seniors and the parents of this class have been workingall year to raise the money itcosts to rent out the park for anexclusive event for the sen iors,” Parks said. Mr. HHS is Project Gradua tion’s last big fundraising eventof the year. Participants this year in clude: Lane Parks, MarioGomez, Aaron Zuniga, TrevorScott, Floyd Rice III, ColinBarton, Cole Terrell and JoelLee. The contestants participated in a go-cart race last weekendto earn competition points. Sat urday’s event will see the stu dents scored in formal andathletic wear competitions Admission to Saturday’s event is $5. Donations can be mailed to: Project Graduation, P.O. Box691, Wauchula, FL 33873. Mr. HHS Competition Saturday At City Hall COURTESY PHOTOS Eight seniors will be competing Saturday for the title of Mr. HHS. Participants, whoposed for a picture at the racing competition last weekend, include (front row, fromleft) Joel Lee, Colin Barton and Floyd Rice III; and (back row) Cole Terrell, LaneParks, Trevor Scott, Mario Gomez and Aaron Zuniga. New Fire Station Looks Complete, Sits Empty tractor needs to do,” Wheelersaid. “He prefers not to dothem, but we aren’t going toaccept it until it’s done.” Wheeler said a few drainage pipes are partiallyclogged with silt and the sodlaid around the parking lot istoo high for water to drain offthe pavement. He also said the Building Department identified a hand icap parking space that wasnot wide enough. “It looks good right now, but we are looking at what thecounty would have to do in thefuture to make it right whenit’s really the contractor’s re sponsibility,” he said. E.O Koch was awarded the contract after being the lowestbidder at $918,500 to com plete the 6,600-square-foot fa cility. The department had been operating out of a FederalEmergency ManagementAgency mobile home since2004, when Hurricane Charleydestroyed the fire station. The new station is located next to Pyatt Park in BowlingGreen, at 408 W. Main St. Originally expected to be completed in late 2017, theproject had delays related toHurricane Irma in September. By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-Advocate The new Bowling Green fire station looks completedfrom the outside but thecounty is refusing to accept it,citing a few minor issues thatstill need to be worked outwith the contractor. Ken Wheeler, public works director/county engineer, toldcounty commissioners therewere still a few items he feltneeded to be completed by thecontractor rather than countystaff. “It looks complete now, however there are a fewhousekeeping matters the con PHOTO BY JIM KELLY The new fire station in Bowling Green looks completed from the outside, but re mains empty on the inside as the county refuses to take possession of it from thecontractor. April 19, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A3 COURTESY PHOTO Christian Martinez was known for his smile. POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PHOTO This Streamsong Resort road was closed to traffic as Polk County sheriff’s deputiesinvestigated the crash of this 1987 GMC Jimmy. CRASH Continued From A1 of ninthand 10th-grade test ing. But, she added, “They willbe returning Wednesday withheavy hearts.” Grief counseling will be available. “In order to help students and staff through the grievingprocess, Mrs. Teresa Hall andMrs. Kerry Terrell have coordi nated a crisis intervention teamthat is and will remain avail able this week on the schoolsite,” Polk said. “A crisis counselor will be visiting with each of Chris tian’s classes this week to pro vide additional support forthose students and teachers,”the principal noted. Public Information Officer Brian Bruchey of the PolkCounty Sheriff’s Office saidthe crash which killed ChristianMartinez occurred at about1:20 a.m. on Saturday onDunes Path and Glove Trail in the Streamsong Resort. He said PCSO Southwest District deputies responded tothe scene. “Upon arrival, theyclosed the road and routed traf fic away from the crash site,”he described. Polk County Fire& Medic units also were there,he said, and rendered aid. “Martinez was later taken to Bartow Regional Medical Cen ter by ground, and was pro nounced deceased by medicalstaff,” Bruchey reported. “Itappears to have been as a resultof blunt-force trauma. Themedical examiner will deter mine the cause and manner ofdeath.” Polk’s Traffic Homicide Unit was called in to investigate fur ther. “During the investigation it was learned Martinez had beendrinking earlier in the eveningand then went to dinner in theLakeland area with co-work ers,” Bruchey said. “They returned to Stream song Resort to retrieve severalof their vehicles, since they car pooled to dinner,” his reportcontinued. “Martinez told hisco-workers that he was fine todrive, and left the parking lot ofthe clubhouse. “Shortly after Martinez left the clubhouse, his co-workersleft the parking lot and locatedMartinez in the roadway, se verely injured. “There were no witnesses to the crash,” he noted. “Roadway evidence suggests that Martinez was travelingnorth on Dunes Path, and as hewas navigating the curves inthe roadway, he lost controland overcorrected in one of thecurves,” the report continued. “When Martinez lost control, his vehicle rolled over and hewas ejected from the driver'sseat. He was not wearing a seat belt. “Both speed and impairment are believed to be factors in thecrash,” Bruchey’s report con cluded. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation isongoing. Meanwhile, Christian’s fam ily and friends prepare to burytheir loved one. Funeral serv ices are Saturday at noon atFort Green Baptist Church.Visitation begins at 11 thatmorning. Chrysta Chancey, a teacher and a member of Christian’schurch family, is among themourners. “I think one ofChristian's goals in life was to make people laugh. Smileswere contagious when youwere around him, because hewas always smiling. “He was also always willing to help others,” she recollected.“Fort Green will not be thesame without him.” Principal Polk said many teachers and staff membershave been remembering theboy with the beautiful smileand bright personality. “He was very personable,” said teacher and coach JohnSharp. “He was excited aboutgraduating. He had a lot offriends, was always smiling,and was not afraid of talking toanyone. Jeff Smothers recalled, “Christian always enjoyed lift ing weights, and was a very funpersonality. He will be missed.” Jackie Brown said, “He was smart and willing to help otherstudents. He had a quirky senseof humor. He had the prettiestsmile, and was well liked by his classmates.” And then teacher Stephanie Carte noted, “Throughout our lives we have many opportuni ties to meet students and trulyget to know them. At times wewill impact their lives, andother times they will impactours. Christian was one of those that truly left an impres sion. “No matter how bad of a day that I was having,” she contin ued, “he would always saysomething or do something tomake me smile, because hedidn’t like for people to be upset.” Teacher Glenda Lawrence added, “During over 30 yearsof teaching, some students stayin your heart forever. Christian was certainly one of those spe cial students. “I had the privilege of teach ing him in the ninth grade,” shewent on to recall. “He was a hard worker with a great atti tude. His beautiful smile wasso contagious. After ninthgrade, he still stopped by myroom between classes to visit. “My heart feels torn in two,” she said, putting into words thefeelings of many. “I guess God needed an angel with a beauti ful smile. Christian will forever be sorely missed.”


In Loving Memory R R O O Y Y J J O O H H N N S S T T O O N N Roy Johnston, 75, of Zolfo Springs, died at his home on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Born in Cochran, Ga., on Dec. 10, 1942, Roy had been a resident of Hardee County most of his life. He was a truck driver working for John Stephens Inc. and was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Frog Obituaries Guaranteed Lowest Prices4:19cJAMES BRUCE ALBRITTON James Bruce Albritton, 64, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Bartow Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 15, 1953, in Bartow, and was a lifelong resident of Fort Meade. He retired from the Polk County EMS, and a member of the Fort Meade First Church of God. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram Uriah and Leona Durrance Albritton. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Harris Albritton, of Fort Meade; son, James Uriah David Albritton, of Fort Meade; daughters, Christa Leya Barwick (Ben), of Al turas, and Katherine Elizabeth Albritton, of Fort Meade; brother, William Hiram Albrit ton, of Mulberry; sisters, Bertha Bowers, of Riverview, and Linda Cooley, of Bartow; and grandchildren, Timothy Breeding, Annastar Breeding, and Rylie Walling. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the First Church of God, 215 S. Perry Ave., Fort Meade, FL 33841. Arrangements by Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade. CHARLES WESLEY AYCOCK Charles Wesley Aycock, 89, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Lakeland. He was born April 20, 1928, in Coffee Springs, Ala., and was a lifelong resident of Fort Meade. He was a retired electrician from Estech Chemical Co., a U.S. Army Korean War vet eran, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Meade. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Frank and Myrtle Brown Ay cock; and his wife, Myrle Crews Aycock. He is survived by his sons, Dwayne Aycock (Suzanne), of Lakeland, and Dale Aycock, of Fort Meade; sister, Christine McAuley, of Lakeland; grandchildren, Kyle Aycock, Amy Aycock, Shona Tucker, and Sharla Adams; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation was April 17 at the First United Methodist Church, Fort Meade. Funeral services followed in the church sanctuary with Rev. Marion R. Sortore officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade. Arrangements were by Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade. In MemoryBETTY JO JUDAHBetty Jo Judah, 84, died Friday, April 13, 2018, at Resthaven. She was born on March 14, 1934, in Steel, Mo., moving to Florida in 1947. Betty Jo loved spending time with her family and friends, going to church, and taking care of her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wal lace Judah; parents, Curtis and Annie Sutton Watkins; and three brothers, Clayton, James, and Howard Watkins. Betty Jo is survived by her son, George Judah Jr., of Wauchula; daughter, Amy (Robbie) Ward, of Wauchula; sisters, Joyce Albritton, of Bowling Green, Carolyn (Jim) Dixon, of Winter Haven, Linda Gayle (Jim) Reeves, of Bowling Green; grandchil dren, Caitlin Judah, Allison Judah, Jordan Ward, Rachel Judah, Bethany Judah, Hannah Ward, Saige Ward; and close friends Barbara Reynolds and Trish Elbertson. Visitation and service were Tuesday, April 17 at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Golden officiating. Burial will be at Sarasota National Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.comPonger-Kays-GradyFuneral Home & Cremation Services Wauchula In MemoryNORMAN KENNETH HUNTNorman Kenneth Hunt, 84, of Grand Island, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018. Born in Belle Glade, to the late William and Mary Hunt, he moved to Grand Is land in 2001 from Wauchula. He owned and operated City Electric Company of Wauchula from 1973-2000. Norman was a member of Central Baptist Church, Leesburg. Norman served his country in the US Army. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce E. Hunt, of Grand Island; son, Ken neth Mark (Sherry) Hunt, of Wauchula; daughter, Wendy Jill (Roy) Petteway, of Wauchula; and two grand children. He was predeceased in death by his brother, Archie O. Hunt. Services were held at Central Baptist Church, Leesburg, on Monday, April 16. Interment followed at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. The family re ceived friends at the Harden/ Pauli Funeral Home Chapel, Eustis, on Sunday evening, April 15. A memorial service will also be held at First Baptist Church, Wauchula on Friday, April 20 at 4 p.m. with the family receiving friends prior to the service from 3-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Baptist Church, 104 Perkins Street, Lees burg, Florida 34748 or to the Florida Baptist Children's Home at Online Guestbook avail able at Harden/Pauli Funeral Home Eustis Ponger-Kays-GradyFuneral Homes & Cremation Services205 N. 9th Ave., Wauchula 863-773-6400 Our caring staff are working hard to plan for the future needs of Hardee County residents! During our construction we would like to offer a s s p p e e c c i i a a l l d d i i s s c c o o u u n n t t for our Prearranged Funeral Plans. Call our friendly staff for details. 4:19,26c In Loving Memory W W I I L L L L R R A A Y Y C C A A R R T T E E R R Will Ray Carter, a recent resident of Zolfo Springs, was born on Dec. 4, 1941, and died on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Ray Carter was an avid outdoorsman and co-owner of Limestone Grocery for many years. Ray will be missed by all. Survivors include: his daughter, Kelly Jean Carter; son, John Carter; and seven grandchildren, Bridget, Melissa, Becky, Cole, Angel, Trista, and Aurora. Memorial services will be held at Robarts Garden Chapel on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m. Expressions of comfort may be made at FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home Tanya Mosley; grandpar ents, Sue Klein, and Punk and Margie Albritton, An gelo Martinez, and Julia Martinez; seven brothers, Michael Owens (Nicole), Wyatt Burdeshaw, Tyson Burdeshaw, Dylon Martinez (Carissa), Alex Martinez, Hunter Reid, and Buddy Hernandez; one sister, Eliz abeth Lewis (J.R.); aunts and uncles, Robert Klein (Sarah), Amy Dorsey (Jeff), Belinda Klein, Stephanie Reid (Scooter), Tisha Bo stick, Amelia Sandoval, Vera Martinez, Angelo Luis Mar tinez, Jun Alcordo, and Josephine Novo; many, many cousins; and his girl friend, Carol Allison. We are forever grateful to have had Christian as a son, brother, and friend. Funeral services are at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Fort Green Baptist Church, with the Rev. Steve McGaughey officiating. Vis itation begins at 11 a.m. Bur ial is at Fort Green Baptist Cemetery. A luncheon provided by Fort Green Baptist Church and Hardee Senior High will be held at the church follow ing the services. Expressions of comfort may be made at FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home In Loving Memory C C H H R R I I S S T T I I A A N N A A N N T T O O N N I I O O M M A A R R T T I I N N E E Z Z Christian Antonio Mar tinez, 18, of Bowling Green, died on Saturday, April 14, 2018. He was born on Sept. 20, 1999, in Arcadia, and had been a lifelong resident of Hardee County. Christian was a senior at Hardee High School and also worked at Streamsong Resort. He was a member of Fort Green Baptist Church and Camp Boy Howdy at River Ranch. An avid outdoorsman, he loved mudding and four wheeling with friends and family, and playing baseball and video games with his little brothers. If you knew Christian, then you knew his contagious smile and laughter. He was everybodys friend; he never let anyone have a bad time. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil Klein and Judy Martinez. Survivors include: his fathers, John Burdeshaw and Jessie Martinez; mother, Johnston; and a daughter, Robin Woods. Survivors include two daughters, Penny Little (Kelly), of Arcadia, and Jessica Jessie Nicole John ston, of Bowling Green; one brother, Henry Johnston, of Alabama; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held today (Thursday), April 19, at Robarts Garden Chapel at 10 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Ellis Cross officiat ing. Interment is at Friendship Cemetery. Expressions of comfort may be made at FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home 1. Is the book of Hosea in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Which gospel does not contain the Olivet prophecy? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John 3. The prophecy of Obadiah is basically about what nation? Shem, Edom, Tabor, Nebo 4. Who said "Rabbi," and kissed Jesus? Alexander, Mark, Mordecai, Judas 5. David was what relation to Boaz? Brother, Son, Grandson, Great-grandson 6. Who was Nun's son? Jehoshaphat, Joshua, Zacchaeus, Meshach ANSWER: 1) Old; 2) John; 3) Edom; 4) Judas; 5) Greatgrandson; 6) Joshua Comments? More Trivia? Visit 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Bible TriviaBy Wilson Casey How Low Will Some People Go? Report Exploitation of the Elderly1 (800) 96 Abuse 1 (800) 962 2873 OBITUARY POLICYThe Herald-Advocate publishes obituaries free of charge as a public service. Forms showing the information which may be included in a free obituary are available at local funeral homes or at our office. Paid obituaries may include additional information and rememberances. All obituaries, however, must be submitted by a funeral home. No per sonal submissions will be accepted. Funeral homes can submit obituaries to A4 The Herald-Advocate, April 19, 2018


By JOAN SEAMANOf The Herald-Advocate The year-long construction of the new four-lane U.S. 17created quite a bit of havoc indowntown Zolfo Springs. Still to be completed be tween Ninth and Third streetsare seven-foot bike lanes,some sidewalks and two reten tion ponds for water runofffrom the highway. There maystill be intermittent lane clo sures and detours along theU.S. 17 and Main Street by ways. As construction winds down, the mile-long new“Main Street” in Zolfo Springs– formerly the path of U.S. 17through town -hopes most ofits businesses can recover.However, at least two are plan ning to relocate. All 18 businesses along the U.S. 17 corridor and new MainStreet were recently polledabout construction and rerout ing effects. This includes fromA.J.’s Auto at the south end oftown to Pioneer Restaurant on the north end. There are four restaurants or businesses on the old U.S. 17,now the new Main Street,which sell food productsand/or have tables for peopleto sit down to eat. These in clude La Palma Tienda Mexi cana, Acapulco Caf, RanchitoMeat & Produce and PioneerRestaurant. Dollar GeneralStore also sells food as well asmany other products. Auto Care, A.J’s Auto and Carranco & Sons Tires & Muf flers cater to those needing anauto or maintenance of it. Alarge turn-around just north ofCarranco’s was planned toallow semi-trucks to more eas ily access his business for tirechanges. He says it is not nearenough to his business to help. Triple M. Diesel Power Units & Pumps and NationalPump Co. Sales & Serviceprovide a specialty needed byagriculture and other indus tries. Fields Equipment Co.likewise serves the agricultureand landscaping businesses. The remaining variety of businesses vary from theWauchula State Bank branch,the U.S. Post Office, ManciniPacking Co. and Jahna Con crete to the Zolfo Springs townoffices, and complete the busi nesses along the U.S. 17 corri dor. Some businesses report little effect from the U.S. 17 con struction, noting that “most ofour customers knew alternateroutes to find us.” Others say they were blocked off completely attimes and/or had limited-ac cess only for months. Some were quite positive and some still angry about thedisruption to their businesses. A few said they may never recover from being off U.S. 17now and accessible only viathe new Main Street. Planning to move is Gener ation Three Marine, a boatsales and repair business, nowoff little-used Pear Street,“where most people don’tknow how to find us.” Theowner says he doesn’t knowwhere he is moving yet, but heis definitely going to relocate. Also moving is Circle K. A larger, modern-design Circle Kstore will replace the box-likeone currently on the old U.S.17 and now no longer easilyaccessible because of the con figuration of the new four-laneU.S. 17. The rerouting of U.S. 17 through ZolfoSprings leaves the municipality with itsfirst-ever road named ‘Main Street.’ Thehighway’s old four-lane path now carriesthat new name, and remains flanked bybusinesses and town offices. The newU.S. 17 is to their east. There’s A New Main Street In Town PHOTO BY TOM STAIK The town of Zolfo Springs is now welcoming residentsand guests to the newest downtown destination on the block, the newly christened “Main Street.” AERIAL PHOTOS BY MICHAEL GILLISPIE Construction of the new four-lane U.S. 17 has forever changed downtown Zolfo Springs. In the background (topfar right) is Jahna’s Concrete, now at the southeast corner of U.S. 17 and State Road 66. After the stoplight atthe U.S. 17 juncture, SR 66 drivers can continue westward to the first-ever Main Street in Zolfo Springs (centerof photo). Going north on the west side of Main Street are La Palma, Acapulco Caf, Auto Care, El Ranchito andthe Town Hall. On the east side of the street are a closed business, shed sales, a private residence and TripleM. First approval for the con venience store’s constructionwas given at the March 27meeting of the Zolfo SpringsTown Commission. The finalhearing is at next Tuesday’s 6p.m. commission meeting. Engineer Frank J. Feeney and Central Florida RegionalPlanning Council’s JenniferCodis-Salisbury attended lastmonth’s meeting. Feeney saidthe newer high-end model willinclude a sandwich shop andwill have heavier plantedbuffers. Mayor DiDi Whitesaid she had recently seen oneof the newer shops, and “reallyliked the design.” To allow for the construc tion, the town passed a coupleof ordinances. First, it was nec essary to amend the TownCode, changing the require ment from a resolution to anordinance in order to vacate aproperty. Next was an ordinance to va cate an unnamed alleyway be tween Lots 2-8 and Lots 11-12of the Williams & Child’s Ad dition. The alleyway, estab lished in 1878, has not beenused. Closing it will allow theCircle K store to have a largerproperty for construction of itsnew store. Feeney said he is working the state Department of Trans portation, the SouthwestFlorida Water ManagementDistrict and other officials in completing plans for the settingof the new store, its preciseplacement and buffering, waterretention ponds and whateverelse will be required. He was asked what would happen to the old store along Main Street. There is the possibility that the adjacent Zolfo Spring PostOffice could use it to expand,but there is no specific plan for that at this time, said postal of ficials. State Road 66 crosses U.S. 17 and ends at Main Street. The southernmost business on the east side is A.J.’sAutos. Then Fields Equipment Co. splits Main Street, its offices and shop on the west side and equipment onthe east side going all the way to U.S. 17 South. Continuing on the west side is La Palma Tienda Mexicano,Acapulca Caf and Auto Care. Traffic moves south on the new four-lane U.S. 17, approaching the new access road to Main Street in ZolfoSprings. A truck can be seen (middle of photo) using the U.S. 17 exit to get onto Main Street. Wauchula StateBank is at left and Dollar General at the right of the new exit/entrance configuration. Next to it is Circle K andthe U.S. Post Office, partially hidden by trees, and on to Triple M. Dear Editor: I would like the Hardee County legislators to explainwhy they stopped recyclingplastic and glass. I believe thatplastic is the biggest problemtoday for filling up our dumpsand landfill. We already have a gigantic mountain of garbage, trash andwhat have you, and if plastic isnot taken out of the wastestream we will have anothermountain like the first one onAirport Road. I am from northern New York on the Canadian border, and recycling is compulsorythere. Also all glass bottles,cans and plastic bottles have a5 cent deposit on them. It cer tainly makes a difference. On another note, President Trump is doing a very goodjob, even with the liberal leftdoing everything they can tothrow a monkey wrench intoeverything he does. Muellerand Comey seem to have alarge supply of hot air or I call it. Support PresidentTrump. William BartlettWauchula Letter To The Editor Plastic, Glass Need ToBe Recycled In Hardee Dear Editor: A continuation of Bentley's last story which ended with"your thinking caps"... My family had a visit from my Mama's Aunt Lill Jeffreyand cousin Sylvia who lived inCleveland, Ohio. Cousin Sylvia was a teacher in Cleveland. I don't knowwhat age her students had beenbefore she retired or how longshe had been retired. She and her mother decided they would renew their rela tionship with their Florida rel atives. On their trip toHomestead they came toAuburndale (which is locatedin Polk County) to visit myfamily, especially my Mama. I don't remember how long their visit was, but I was in vited to go with them which Idid. We visited with my grand mother and two of Mama'sbrothers and two of my Grand daddy's brothers, Uncle Orrieand Uncle Bert Jeffrey. My Granddaddy Jeffrey and his two brothers started the first sawmill in Homestead. While we were visiting Uncle Bert took us to KeyWest. It was our first time ofgoing down there. On the way down there Uncle Bert stopped the car inthe middle of the 7-MileBridge which was made of wood. You could actually feel the bridge sway. That was backin about 1946. (A friend who she and her husband go down in that areato fish has told me that bridgeis not there anymore. It hasbeen replaced with a concretebridge.) After making a tour of Key West we headed back toHomestead. We were begin ning to feel hungry. I don't re member the name of therestaurant where we ate, butthe sign over the kitchen doorread, "Stop Your Belly Aking,"so that is what we did. It's about that time right now. See you later when I havedone that. Roxie Bentley Wauchula Letter To The Editor Roxie Bentley Recalls 1946 Trip to Key West BLUEBERRY DUMPLINGS You will not believe that your microwave can make agreat dish like this. But it can.Give it a try.3 cups frozen unsweetenedblueberries, thawed andundrained1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoonsSplenda Granular3 tablespoons all-purposeflour1 1/3 cups Bisquick HeartSmart Baking Mix1/2 cup fat-free milk1 teaspoon lemon juice1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1. In an 8-by-8-inch mi crowave-safe dish, combineblueberries, 1/2 cup Splendaand flour. Microwave onHIGH (100 percent power) for 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture is thickened, stirring after 3minutes. 2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine baking mix,milk and lemon juice. Drop byspoonful over hot blueberrymixture to form 6 dumplings.In a small bowl, combine re maining 2 tablespoonsSplenda and cinnamon. Evenlysprinkle mixture overdumplings. 3. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 4 to 5 minutes oruntil dumplings are no longerdoughy. Let set for 2 to 3 min utes. Divide into 6 servings. • Each serving equals: 174 calories, 2g fat, 3g protein, 36gcarbs, 319mg sodium, 52mgcalcium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Ex changes: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Fruit;Carb Choices: 2 1/2. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Comfort Foods Made Fast And Healthy By Healthy Exchanges April 19, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A5


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______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2016-CA-002095 NC WILL FERRELL, as Trustee of the 5911 Olive Ave. Family Land Trust, WILL FERRELL, As Trustee of the 2502 Robinson Avenue Family Land Trust, and WILL FERRELL, as Trustee of the 5413 Carmen Avenue Family Land Trust, Plaintiff Vs. DALE SEXTON, Individually, SUNSTATE ROOFING & REPAIRS, LLC, A Florida Limited Liability Company, and WINSTON TILLEY, individually, Defendant _____________________________/ NOTICE OF SHERIFFS SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY given that pursuant to a Writ of Execution issued in the Circuit Court, of Sarasota County, Florida, on the 20 day of March, 2018, in the cause wherein WILL FERRELL, as Trustee of the 5911 Olive Ave. Family Land Trust, WILL FER RELL,As Trustee of the 2502 Robinson Avenue Family Land Trust, and WILL FERRELL, as Trustee of the 5413 Carmen Avenue Family Land Trust, is plain tiff and DALE SEXTON, Individually, SUNSTATE ROOF ING & REPAIRS, LLC,A Florida Limited Liability Company, and WINSTON TILLEY, individually is defendant, being Case No.2016CA-002095 NC in, I, Arnold Lanier, Sheriff of Hardee County, Florida, have levied upon all right said Court, title, and interest of the defendant, in and to the following described real property to wit: LOT 31 GILLARD FARMS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THERE OF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 60, PAGE 4, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA HARDEE COUNTY PROP ERTY APPRAISER ID # 13-34-25-0100-000010031 Said real property shall be viewable to the public at the Hardee County Property Ap praisers Website. All bidders must have Drivers License with them and must register with Hardee County Sheriffs Of fice/Civil Unit at location of sale prior to start time of sale. I shall offer this property for sale, at the front lobby of the Hardee County Sheriffs Office located at 900 East Summit St. Wauchula, Fl. 33873 in the County of Hardee, State of Florida, on the 10 day of May, 2018 at the hour of 11:00 AM, or as soon thereafter as possible. I will offer for sale all of the said defendants right, title, and inter est in the aforesaid real property at public auction and will sell the same subject to all taxes, prior liens, encumbrances and judg ments, if any, to the highest and best bidder for CASH IN HAND. The proceeds to be applied as far as may be to the payment of costs and the satisfaction of the above described execution as prescribed by Fla. Stat. 56.27. Dated at Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida this 5 day of April 2018. Arnold Lanier, Sheriff of Hardee County, By: Sgt. Danny OBryan Deputy Sheriff In accordance with the Ameri cans with Disabilities Act, per sons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to par ticipate in this proceeding should contact Civil Department no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 863-773-0304 ext 208.4:12-5:3c______________________________ Crime BlotterDuring the past week, sheriffs deputies and city officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests: COUNTY April 15, a residential burglary on North Hollandtown Road and thefts on Mowatt Street and on U.S. 17 North were reported. April 14, Marty Wayne Evans, 41, was arrested and charged with simple assault on a person 65 or older, possession of drugs without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and sim ple assaultthreat to do violence. April 14, Jasmine Juarez, 20, was arrested on charges of possession of drugs without a prescription, keeping dangerous drugs in a shop or vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic violation. April 14, Brandon Medrano, 18, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. April 14, a residential burglary on Chester Avenue, a fight on Downing Circle and criminal mischief on South Ninth Av enue were reported. April 13, criminal mischief on Terrell Road, and thefts on Murphy Road and on South Sixth Avenue (U.S. 17 South) were reported. April 12, Sergio Gabriel Benavidez, 41, of 603 S. Sixth St., Fort Pierce, was arrested by Dep. Kim Pfeiffer on a charge of withholding support of children. April 12, Javohn Dewayne Camel, 42, of 500 Oak Canopy Cir., Avon Park, was arrested by Dep. Mitchell Johnson on a charge of withholding support of children. At the jail, he was de tained on an out-of-county warrant. April 12, Juan Madrigal, 39, of 3994 Sunset Dr., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Dep. Chris Bandy on a charge of violation of probation. April 12, criminal mischief on Cecil Durrance Road and on South Sixth Avenue (U.S. 17 South) was reported. April 11, a residential burglary on Dena Circle, and thefts on Ballard Road and on U.S. 17 North were reported. April 10, Mya Torres, 37, of 665 High St., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Kim Pfeiffer on a charge of violation of proba tion. April 10, a residential burglary on Monroe Street, a business burglary on Grimes Road, a vehicle stolen on Smith Road, a fight on Altman Road and thefts on Dallas McClellan Road and on Lake Branch Road were reported. April 9, Junior OBryan Campbell, 63, of 10182-167 Quartz Dr., Miami, was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol Tpr. A. Amaya and charged with DUI. April 9, Ciro Molina DeLaCruz, 46, of 3062 Brantwood Dr., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Dep. Ryan Abbott and charged with DUI and resisting /obstructing an officer without violence. April 9, Dinah Leann Caldwell, 18, of 490 Hanchey Rd., Wauchula, was arrested by Sgt. Todd Souther and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. April 9, Randall Rivers, 25, of 637 Sally Pl., Wauchula, was arrested by Sgt. Todd Souther and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of pro bation. April 9, thefts on Pear Street and on U.S. 17 North were re ported. WAUCHULA April 15, Heath Barkley Sanchez, 34, General Delivery, Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Kaleigh Anderson and charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm, criminal mis chiefdamage to property and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. April 15, Shellie Hunt, 44, of 614 N. Florida Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Kaleigh Anderson and charged with battery, depriving a victim/witness of means of communi cation and resisting/obstructing an officer without violence. April 15, a theft on Kentucky Street was reported. April 10, Paul Heath Vansickle, 38, of 298 S. Barlow Rd., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Christopher Gicker and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. April 9, Keith Humphrey, 33, of 1315 Valerie Blvd., Se bring, was arrested by Ofc. Christopher Gicker and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug para phernalia. April 9, Homer Jake ONeal, of 113 N. First Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Bryanna Lott and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. April 9, a residential burglary on North Eighth Avenue, a fight on Seminole Street and criminal mischief on North Seventh Avenue were reported. BOWLING GREEN April 10, burglary of a conveyance on Chester Avenue and a theft on Lake Branch Road were reported. **OFFICIAL**NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTIONI, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in HARDEE County, State of Florida, on the SIXTH Day of NOVEMBER, 2018, A.D., to fill or retain the following offices: United States Senator Representative in Congress: District 17 Florida Cabinet Governor Florida Cabinet Lieutenant Governor Florida Cabinet Attorney General Florida Cabinet Chief Financial Officer Florida Cabinet Commissioner of Agriculture State Senator: District 26 State Representative: District 56 Circuit Judge, Tenth Judicial Circuit: Groups 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 27 and 28 County Judge: Group 1 School Board: Districts 1, 4 and 5 County Commissioner: Districts 2 and 4 Hardee Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 **OFICIAL**AVISO DE ELECCIONES GENERALESYo, Ken Detzner, Secretario de Estado del Estado de la Florida, por el presente noti fico que se llevarn a cabo ELECCIONES GENERALES en el Condado de HARDEE, Estado de la Florida, el da SEIS de NOVIEMBRE de 2018 d. C., para determinar la ocupacin o la retencin de los siguientes cargos: Senador de los Estados Unidos Representante ante el Congreso: distrito 17 Gabinete de la Florida Gobernador Gabinete de la Florida Vicegobernador Gabinete de la Florida Procurador General Gabinete de la Florida Funcionario Principal de Finanzas Gabinete de la Florida Comisionado de Agricultura Senador Estatal: distrito 26 Representante Estatal: distrito 56 Juez del Circuito, 10. Circuito Judicial: grupos 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 27 y 28 Juez del Condado: grupo 1 Junta Escolar: distritos 1, 4 y 5 Comisionado del Condado: distritos 2 y 4 Distrito de Conservacin de Tierra y Agua de Hardee: grupos 1, 2, 3, 4 y 5 4:19c 4:19c Notices Notices______________________________ LEGAL NOTICE Ms. Ileana Zamudio Arciniega (Rivera), mother and Jose Ri cardo Cervantes, father of the minor Yuliana Cervantes Zamudio. In the city of Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida, Mr. Emmanuel Rivera, husband of Ileana Zamudio Arciniega (Rivera) is petitioning for the Adoption of the minor, in the Family Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit, Case# 2016-DR-000255. Please note that the Court has granted a period of forty-one days (41) from the date of publication of this Notice to plead your arguments before the above-named Court at 417 West Main Street, Room B, Suite 309, Wauchula, Florida 33873. In the event that these arguments are not brought before the Court within the time period allowed, the Court shall proceed by de fault against any and all prospective, interested parties. Leonardo Viota Sesin, Esq. Attorney-at-Law Miami Office: 1275 W. 47th Place, Suite 440 Hialeah, Florida 33012 Telephone: (305) 231-7767 Port Charlotte Office: 2616 Tamiami Trail, Suite 1 Port Charlotte, Florida 33952 Telephone: (941) 625-1414 Facsimile: (941) 875-9230 Email: lviota@aol.com4:5-26c ________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 25-2017-CA-000355 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE CWABS, INC., ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-14, Plaintiff, vs. MARY LYNN BROWN A/K/A MARY L. BROWN, et al, Defendants. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO F.S. CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 10, 2018, and entered in Case No. 25-2017-CA-000355 of the Cir cuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Hardee County, Florida in which The Bank of New York Mellon FKA The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the certificateholders of the CWABS, Inc., ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-14, is the Plaintiff and Mary Lynn Brown a/k/a Mary L. Brown, Robert C. Brown, are de fendants, the Hardee County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in/on Hardee County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, 417 W. Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873, Hardee County, Florida at 11:00 a.m on the 2 day of May, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOTS 21 AND 22, BLOCK 3, WILLIAMS ADDITION, TOWN OF ZOLFO SPRINGS, FLORIDA. AS PER PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 1-27A OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AKA 175 2ND STREET EAST, ZOLFO SPRINGS, FL 33890 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Hardee County, Florida this 11 day of April, 2018. VICTORIA L. ROGERS, Clerk of the Circuit Court Hardee County, Florida By: Connie Coker Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a dis ability who needs any accommo dation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are enti tled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, (863) 5344690, within two (2) working days of your receipt of this (notice of sale); if you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD (863) 534-7777 or Florida Relay Service 711.4:19,26c______________________________ ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.: 252015CA000431 U.S BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR NRZ PASS-THROUGH TRUST V, Plaintiff, vs. JUDITH A. MILLER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JUDITH A. MILLER; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, et al. Defendants. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 25, 2018, and entered in 2015CA000431 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Hardee County, Florida, wherein U.S BANK NA TIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR NRZ PASSTHROUGH TRUST V is the Plain tiff and JUDITH A. MILLER are the Defendant(s). Victoria L. Rogers as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the 2nd Floor Hallway, Outside of Room 202 417 W. Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873, at 11:00 AM, on May 2, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: THE SOUTH 187.76 FEET OF THE WEST 232.00 FEET OF THE FOLLOWING: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST COR NER OF THE NORTH EAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 8, TOWNSHIP 33 SOUTH, RANGE 25 EAST, HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND RUN NORTH 233 1/2 YARDS TO POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE NORTH 64 1/4 YARDS; THENCE EAST 300 2/3 YARDS; THENCE SOUTH 64 1/4 YARDS; THENCE WEST 300 2/3 YARDS TO POINT OF BEGINNING. SUB JECT TO ROAD RIGHT OF WAY. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 4074 DIXIANA DRIVE BOWLING GREEN, FL 33834 Any person claiming an inter est in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 22 day of February, 2018. VICTORIA L. ROGERS, As Clerk of the Court By: Connie Coker As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT AMERICANS WITH DISABILI TIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs as sistance in order to participate in a program or service of the State Courts System, you should contact the Office of the Court Administrator at (863) 534-4686 (voice), (863) 534-7777 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (Florida Relay Service), as much in advance of your court appearance or visit to the courthouse as possible. Please be prepared to explain your functional limitations and suggest an auxiliary aid or service that you believe will enable you to effectively participate in the court program or service.4:19,26c______________________________ ATTENTION SUBSCRIBERSIf you are moving or changing your address, please let our subscription department know as soon as possible so your service will not be delayed. 863-773-3255 By JOAN SEAMANOf The Herald-AdvocateA legislative appropriation will enable Zolfo Springs to make much-needed renova tions The total work, which is slated to begin within the next month, will include a variety of changes to the Town Hall which was built in the 1960s. The town has patched roof leaks until theres not much left to repair. They will replace it with a pitched roof that is more likely to shed water than the current flat-top roof. The renovation plans were discussed at the March 27 Town Commission meeting, approved by the Zoning Board and got final approval at a spe cial Town Commission meet ing on April 9. The plan was presented by C. Keith Hunnicut of the firm Kirk, Curtis, Mundy and Hunnicutt Association Architects Inc. of Lakeland at a cost of $146,190. That firm recom mended the Sebring firm of Marmer Construction with contractor Marty Wohl at a cost of $192,262. In addition to replacing the roof, construction will also include updating the interior, with the old paneling being re placed by drywall. The air conditioning has never been able to handle cool ing the community room when it is at capacity. New energy efficient air conditioning will be able to handle cooling, or heating, all the rooms in the Town Hall. The floors will be refurbished with terrazzo and carpeting. Lastly, the project will hope fully include redoing the park ing lot, which has many potholes and other problems. Zolfo Springs Begins Renovations If YouSeeSomethingSaySomething Report Suspicious Activity1 (855) Fla Safe 1(855)3527233 April 19, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A7


HARDEE COUNTY SCHOOLS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Registration for Kindergarten students will begin ac cording to the schedule below. Bowling Green Elementary School May 3, 2018 • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Hilltop Elementary School May 7, 2018 • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. North Wauchula Elementary School May 9, 2018 • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wauchula Elementary School May 3, 2018 • 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Zolfo Springs Elementary School May 3, 2018 • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten students must be five years old on orbefore September 1, 2018.Parents are required to bring the followingdocuments: An original birth certificate Current physical Shot record Students who have not met the above requirementswill not be permitted to enter school in the fall. Ac cording to Florida Law, no student will be permittedto enter first grade unless he/she has completed anapproved public or private kindergarten program. 4:5-26c ESCUELAS DE CONDADO DE HARDEE REGISTRO DE KINDER Registro para estudiantes de Kinder comenzar conla fecha que aparece a continuacin. Bowling Green Elementary 3 de Mayo del 2018 5:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m. Hilltop Elementary 7 de Mayo del 2018 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. North Wauchula Elementary 3 de Mayo del 2018 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wauchula Elementary 3 de Mayo del 2018 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Zolfo Springs Elementary 3 de Mayo del 2018 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Los estudiantes de Kinder deben tener cinco aos deedad en o antes del 1 de septiembre del 2018.Los padres deben llevar los documentossiguientes: Un certificado de nacimiento original Fisico corriente Registro de vacunas No se permitir a los estudiantes que no hancumplido los requisitos anteriores a entrar a la es cuela en el otoo. Segn en acuerdo con la ley deFlorida, no se permitir ningn estudiante para entraren primer grado a menos que ha completado un pro grama aprobado de Kinder pblicos o privados. 4:5-26c E ver hadan out house? They still doin parts ofTennessee.Indoorplumbing isonly the newitem of this generation. Did you see the movie "The River"? Well, that is us. In the 1940s D.C. politicians decreedthat we have a better life. They did not want usto continue minding our own business in a laid-back casual way of life. They say do like us. Rush, rush, rush, stay stressed out. After all that is how we live. Youhave to. So in comes the TVA (Tennessee Val ley Authority). Dammed up our rivers, floodedour graveyard, put whole towns under 30 feetof water, and modernized the South. So now our outhouses have a lot more water to drain into. Clear spring water is cloudy.So they filter it so as not to see things floatingthat you don't want to drink. Then sell it to youin 12-ounce bottles with nowhere to throw thebottle when empty except on the roads. Horse manure on the roads is still better than plastic bottles. If I had known peoplewould pay a half-hour of wages for 30 bottlesof water back when I was a kid, I would thinkthey were crazy but they do. Tennessee spring water is prized by Jack Daniels in Lynchburg and George Dickel inTullahoma/Normandy (you get samples there).Flushing right off the mountain every time itrains. –––––– As much as I find wrong with Walmart op erations inside, and this is no exception—who ever drew these plans had the travelers in mind. During the day operation there is room for 16 big trucks and motor homes in the northeastend of the lot, planned for and marked. After 8p.m. the whole north end can hold another 30to 35 trucks and RVs, and there are 20 or moreat any given time. Some split their mandatorytime by stopping for two to four hours. Otherspull their whole downtime here. The amazing part is there is a truck stop across the street, but Murphy USA gets a largeshare day and night. That is the only one I haveseen that caters to the traveling public. –––––– I see a lot of the stars and bars on the St. Andrews Cross here, and I wonder how muchhistory these kids know of what is termed theConfederate flag. A little true history you will probably never read in any paper or history book. That was theWar of Northern Aggression or States Rights.We are still having that problem. The North wants it mandatory that any worker must be a union member. They wantunions telling factory owners how to run theirbusiness without being the ones putting up themoney. The South still wants you to be free,hire who you want or get a job you enjoy bet ter. Had the war beenabout slaveryGens. Grantand Shermanwould havehad to freetheir slavesalso. North ern-owned slaves--black, white, Indian andChinese--were several years away from free dom. If you know history it was Lincoln who put congressmen in jail for not doing their job andthe only president who paid his income taxesunder protest. You think Trump has problems with Congress, readall Lincoln had to do to try"draining the swamp." To get elected he had to help form a new party, theDemocratic-Republican, and even then did notget elected the first time out. Four years later heshook Washington to the core. Everyone foughthim, just like Trump, and some got up andwalked out rather than vote. He sent law offi cers to bring them back. Their choice, do whatyou were paid to do or go to jail. When he was re-elected he left New York for Washington dressed as a woman so as to notbe recognized. Ironically Jeff Davis tried to goto Mexico after the war but was captured inGeorgia or North Carolina after crossing a riverwith wagons that weighed too much and wasturned in. Trump is not the first to fight with greedy congressmen. –––––– My most unforgettable friend...All Tennesseans are not hillbillies. I met one who was a king and abdicated so his grand son is now king. First he was a doctor. For a short time he was a king, but too much Tennessee countrywas in his blood, not cut out to be king, al though his children thrive at this kind of life. Back to doctor then his love for music forced a decision. With a mildly successfulband until tragedy struck a concert, a lawsuitfollowed, leaving him broke. With friends like Billy Joel, Hank Jr., Char lie Daniels, David Alan Coe, he survived whenhis mother passed. Attending her funeral wereDolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, George Jones andothers. Because he gave up the royal life to remain this country bumpkin (living in the house hisfather built when he was a small child), his chil dren tried to have him committed. After that failed he told them to stay out of his life. He has nothing to do with them or theywith him. One son, an Air Force colonel, cameto see him since he is down with cancer. He in vited him to leave. No, they are not all hillbillies. Some are genuine characters, and this one tops them all.Someday after his passing I will reveal hisname and more. As Seen From This Side By Jerry “Gray Wolf” Phillips Wauchula Have you ever woken up feeling fine and start your dayout as you normally do? I thinkwe all have done just that. Butas Janet Lockrey’s day pro gressed things changed dramat ically. Can you believe that she re ceived a notice that she was“actually dead.” I can onlyimagine what went through theminds of her and her husband Leroy. The notice came in theform of a letter from HumanaPrescription Program. From then on, it just kept getting more complicated andreally not as funny as youmight think. As Janet said,“You kind of sit back and won der where to start.” She wastold to start with Social Secu rity and that proved to be verydifficult. And yes, her bank ac count was shut down, too. Her calls to S.S. were time consuming, waiting on hold forhours just to talk to a person.She was finally told to appearin person at their office. Soafter some very trying hoursand an understanding agent, itstarted to come to a conclusion.Janet was told indeed this hap pens rarely, unless of course ithappens to you! Janet’s “death”was on March 23rd but she isstill with us and feeling fine,thank you. What a way to end a season! A hamburger/hot dog tribute toall our residents and volunteers.The place was packed, and theactivity committee couldn’thave done a better job. So thisgroup of two men and fiveladies finished the year just asthey have performed the entireseason. Thank you one and all!And for a touch of class thenight was topped off with a funnight of Karaoke. Bruce andEllie Miller rock! What a year this has been for me! There were times when Iwondered what I had gottenmyself into, but for the mostpart I have loved every minuteof it. I learned so much aboutour park and many of our tal ented folks. I also loved thechallenge of getting a story intoa limited space and of usingonly two photographs per arti cle. The response I received, not only from our Brookside Bluffresidents but also from peoplein Wauchula, was a total sur prise and very appreciated.Even the negative commentshelped me improve. Our news paper park sales went from 5 or6 to 25 or 30 and at times wewere even sold out. But mybest highlight was when BobInk told me his wife Yvonnehas cut out all the articles andis keeping them in a scrapbook. So thanks to you readersand all the people I wroteabout. We will still do a column once a month until Decemberand then start doing it weeklyagain. Brookside Bluff News By Jerry Smith 517-930-1524 COURTESY PHOTOS Grillers Bob Ink, Bob Willette and Austin Vey. Leroy and Janet Lockrey pictured alive and well. Start Recovery Now Substance Abuse Hotline 1 (800) 662 4357 A10 The Herald-Advocate, April 19, 2018


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BGE Honors Its ‘Proud Panthers’ For 3rd Quarter COURTESY PHOTOS Bowling Green Elementary recently celebrated its Proud Panther students for thethird nine-week grading period. Kindergarten kids who listened well in class in cluded (front row, from left) Lilyanna Alviso, Skylinn Powell and Wesley Wright; (inback) Milagros Peralta, Danica Fennell, David Guerrero and Klowie Rodriquez. Notpictured: Eastan Hernandez. First graders with good classroom conduct were (from left) Ana Cruz, Esli Lupercio,Colson Stevens, Katelyn Sims and Honesti Redden. Not pictured: Natalee Tawes. Second graders who stayed on task included (from front left) Bryan Cantor, Briseida Lemos-Santos, Helmiro Garcia and Francisco Arevalo; (back) Gwynever Gray, Gun ner Davenport, Florinda Castillo, Enrique Frias, Valeria Molina-Lozano and Richard Rivera. Taking responsibility were third graders (front, from left) Saulido Alamia, MakayaLee and Uriel Vasquez; (back row) Brittany Baker, Diego Luna, Dilverto LopezGutierrez and Caden Lumley. Not pictured: Julius Briseno. Fifth-grade students displaying leadership qualities were (from left) Alianna Mar tinez, Daniel Rodriquez, Canyia Simmons, Alexis Escamilla, Johanna Macedo and Jazmin Reyes-Ochoa. Fourth graders with good citizenship included (front row, from left) Cesar Hernan dez-Flores, Amy Darty, Marvin Mejia Chavez and Eboni Baker; (back) Ivan Trevino, Kynzi Trevino, Aidan Driggers and Karla Ramos. KINDERGARTEN A Mailen Cruz-RuizTristan FleurimondBella MedianBenjamin LopezAriana RiveraEdna SoteloEyleen MaldonadoJaimes Klowie RodriguezKielyne AdcoxIliana BelmarezLaremy DickeySadi McQuaigWesley Wright A/B Nevaeh BassAdaia GomezMartinez Baylie GoodwinJaspen GordonAlexis HopkinsErnesto MunozHernandez Milagros PeraltaRicardo CastilloIngrid DuarteDavid GuerruroLeileni HernandezAidan MouldinDanica FennellAviviana RiveraChristopher IniguezEmilio MaldonadoJaimes Angel Merales-CruzCorina GutierrezAmber-Rose HainesNatasha MatherSkylinn PowellHilano RamirezGarcia FIRST GRADE A Vanessa CepedaAlexandra LugoEsli LupercioAnahi RojoKenyan WilliamsKaryna GomezBodhi Derringer A/B Ana CruzJesus GasperTomas HernandezJayda KilpatrickJustice LaraEddie Picazo Monica SolisMoises TovarBethany DartyAshley EsquivelBrody MatthewsXzaiver RobinsonRey Sanchez-CruzRebekha SandovalColson StevensNatalee TawesKeidren YoungAnahi Arana-ArzaleNatalie ArvizuLeviy Avila-VictoriaDiego CalvilloMalillanhy Cervantes Iris DeLunaTatiania EuresDaniela GutierrezRobles Viviana HurtadoDominguez Roberto MaganaNavarrete Brielle MedianNoah MurrayHonesti ReddenAlani RoblesKatelyn Sims SECOND GRADE A Enrique FriasJaylee RiosAmberly TrejoWilliam LopezCaceres A/B Gabriella FloresLourdes RamirezMendoza Elizabeth RobleroCruz Christian ValadezBryan CantorBriseida LemusSantos Addison MillerCylee MurphyJaquelin RomeroSerrano Jayla BassAbygail AdamsGwynevere GreyFabiola GutierrezRobles THIRD GRADE A Jesse Nunez Diego Valdiviez A/B Isabella AlcantarLeslie AlvarengaRodriguez Caiden BridgesJuan ChirinosRamirez Ava DriggersCameron EwquivelKyleigh FordAriana GonzalezFranchesca Hernandez-Figueroa Madelin HernandezJose Makaya LeeSamiyah SingletonJha'Lana SpurlockUriel VasquezRebecca BravoDylan FloresElizabeth RamirezVanessa TovarSanchez Juan Velasco-PazGerardo ArvizuAlexander CruzBrittany BakerRafael LopezDiego LunaChristopher MartinJamyia ParkerRichardo RiveraAndrea RodriguezAnalilia SandovalAndy AbregoAmbriz Brandon DeJesusMartinez Kirstyn FaulknerDilverto LopezGutierrez Gabriela TorresLindsey Trevino FOUTH GRADE A Milagros Covarrubias Uziel VelascoMartinez Maryah McCoyMakaelah Sanchez A/B Eboni BakerRyan LanhamKymorrah ThomasSantiago Alamia Amariah GarzaCesar HernandezFlores Ashley Perez-AvilaJulio TavaresJulio Velasco-LopezBeyonce JuarezDakoda McQuaigAngel RoblesNeida RodriguezMichael AvilaRaul CruzAiden DriggersJoycelyn EuresElio FloresKarolina GonzalezSahara GreyJennifer LopezKarla RamosAlejandro RodriguezMiguel RodriguezNatalie RodriguesGisel MaldonadoNicholas SimsJevon Valadez FIFTH GRADE A/B Caitlin KnarrMarcelino RiosCanyia Dior Simmons Ezmeralda AlamiaFrancisco ArreolaJessica BautistaLopez Egiselle EwquivelTony FieldsRomeo FloresAlessandra Hernandez-Figueroa Efren HernandezJose Cecilia LaraBrenda LopezRamos Johanna MacedoJazmin Reyes-OchoaHugo Rodriguez-PazCarlos RubioFermin VelascoMartinez MRS. POWELL A Carlos ChagoyaMichael LumleyDeonte Lee A/B Francisco Arevalo H ONOR R OLL Bowling Green Elementary Third Quarter Heartland Pharmacy “We put our into our service” DON’T LET YOUR INSURANCE CHOOSE YOUR PHARMACY, CALL US! We take all Rx Insurance including Medicare Part D, Tricare, Express Scripts, Medco, CVS Caremark, Medicaid, & Many More. Free Delivery • Fast & Friendly Service Certified Mastectomy Fitter Certified Diabetic Shoes Fitter Medical Equipment & Supplies 116 Heartland Way • Wauchula • (863) 767-8920 Monday-Friday 9 am to 6 pm • Saturday 9 am to 1 pm4:19c A12 The Herald-Advocate, April 19, 2018


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SUPERSTAR STUDENTS COURTESY PHOTOS • MONTAGE BY DARLENE WILLIAMS The faculty, staff and kids at Wauchula ElementarySchool dressed up as superstars recently to remindthird through fifth graders to show their talent on theupcoming Florida Standards Assessment, a stateexam is administered at the end of each school year.The paparazzi were even there to photograph themany superstars! SLIME TIME COURTESY PHOTOS • MONTAGE BY DARLENE WILLIAMS Bowling Green Elementary Principal KathyClark and Assistant Principal Stuart Duras tanti were recently "slimed" at the school bystudents who had met and exceeded theirAccelerated Reader goals. Each reader wasrecognized and received a trophy. KarynaGomez is shown as she collects hers.Fourth-grader Roberto Chavis Munoz (pic tured) was the overall winner, with more than200 books and a 95 percent average on histests. Roberto got to pop the balloon to seewhat "fate" the administration would endureto show their appreciation for his accom plishment. The balloon said “SLIME!” HAIRSALON773-5665116 Carlton St. • Wauchula Hours: Tuesday Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-3 4:19c Dear Editor: Most of us have had to make quick decisions at one time oranother. Some may have beenin emergency situations. For me, I've had more than my share of close calls on theroads because of other driversor just careless mistakes, and Icould always make a quick de cision to avoid an accident. However, there is one spe cific incident when I was notable to decide what to do in theface of an accident on the road. Where to go? Which way to steer? How to avoid a crash? Isaw no logical way to be safe!I absolutely did not know whatto do! It was a sunny afternoon as I drove west on a rural, two-lane road in Hardee County.Although the traumatic inci dent happened years ago, it re mains clear as though ithappened yesterday. In fact,that experience affected me fornearly a year. A small car came toward me at an unusually slow speed.Behind it was a semi-truckwhich rounded a distant curveat a high speed. I drove onwatching as the truck nearedthe trunk of the car and beganto brake to avoid not runningover the car. Clouds of black smoke from brake dust and hot rubberpoured from the tires of thetruck, and I began to tap mybrakes. At least the truck was n't pulling a trailer. The extraweight would have shoved iton top of the car. The next few seconds pushed me into a panic mode, and it became difficult tobreathe as I saw the truckswerve over into my lane andfall over onto the driver's side.So then the car and the fallentruck were both headed towardme. Change lanes? I couldn't. Hit the grass on the right side?I couldn't go there either be cause the truck seemed to besliding on a right angle towardthe grass. There was nowherefor me to turn. Then I was braking hard, and my vehicle bounced on theasphalt. I had to be careful andthen noticed the smell of burntrubber and brake dust fillingmy SUV. Then, with only seconds left to decide what to do, I did nothave an answer as our threevehicles came closer andcloser together. Suddenly, I knew I had an option! I called to God, "Takethis steering wheel. I don'tknow where to go!" And the voice came, "Go straight. Do not turn. Hold thewheel straight." It repeated,"Go straight." So I did. Myhands gripped the wheel, and Iheld it straight. A split second later, the car passed me on the left side, andthe truck, on it side, slid pastme on my right side andlanded in the grass where I haddebated to turn. It seemed suicidal to stay in the middle of the road and takemy chances, but I had to trustGod's answer to my call forhelp. Carol Cowing Winter Haven Letter To The Editor God Showed Me How To Avoid A Traffic Crash A14 The Herald-Advocate, April 19, 2018 • It was Hungarian psychia trist Thomas Stephen Szaszwho made the following sageobservation: "If you talk toGod, you are praying. If Godtalks to you, you have schizo phrenia." • That iconic symbol of the Old West, the Pony Express,was based on the mail systemused throughout the MongolEmpire in the 13th century.However, the Mongol ridersoften covered 125 miles in asingle day, which was fasterthan the best record held by aPony Express rider. • Someone with way too much spare time discoveredthat a quarter has 119 grooveson its edge. • What's in a name? A great deal, it turns out, if you're talk ing about housing prices.Those who study such thingssay that a house on a "boule vard" is valued at over one-third more than the same housethat has "street" in its address. • Confectioner Milton Her shey suffered through found ing two candy companies thatended in failure, then suc ceeded on his third attempt,and finally sold that companyand used the proceeds to foundthe Hershey Company. Afterall his hard work, though, heseemed to be less interested inenjoying the fruits of his laborsthan in helping others. In 1909he established the Hershey In dustrial School for OrphanedBoys, and 10 years later he do nated control of the companyto a trust for the school. Todaythe institution is called theMilton Hershey School, and itcontinues to have a controllinginterest in the candy company. • Southern California has more cars than India has cows.If cows are sacred in India,what does that say about howCalifornians feel about theirautomobiles? *** Thought for the Day: “Men are not against you; theyare merely for themselves.” —Gene Fowler (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Strange But True By Samantha Weaver Need A Safe Place? RUNAWAY HOTLINE 1-800-621-4000 or 1-800-786-2929


Herald-AdvocateThursday, April 19, 2018 B THE ‘Cats Track & Field Win 4 District Titles PHOTOS BY TOM STAIK Alexis Benjamin-Graham successfully defended her district title in the shot put.Jalyn Thompson makes her landing in the long jump. Sophie Allen’s effort in the pole vault netted a second place finish and a trip to re gional competition. By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Four Wildcats returned home from the Class 2A Dis trict 9 tournament at WesleyChapel’s Cypress Creek HighSchool with individual districttitles last Thursday (April 12). Oscar DeJesus, a junior at Hardee Senior High School,claimed the individual title inboy’s pole vault. Seeded in the middle of the pack with a 2.89m effort, De Jesus leapt for the win in thefinals as he claimed the titlewith a 3.15m lift. Ebony Lami, a freshman, earned an individual title in thegirls 300m hurdles. Lami qual ified for the finals with a 50.42effort. She bested her time byfor than a second to win thetitle with a 49.39 time. Alexis Benjamin-Graham successfully defended her2017 district titles in shot putand discuss. Setting a new school record in discus, Benjamin-Grahamwon the event with a distanceof 35.60 (116-09). Benjamin-Graham won the shot put event with a 11.32m(37-01.75) effort. Twenty-one student-athletes are now moving to regionalcompetition at Cypress CreekHigh School in Wesley Chapelon April 25. Qualifiers include: Sophie Allen (pole vault); MarielaBadillo (pole vault), Oscar De jesus (pole vault); JesulaCharles (triple jump); Ben jamin-Graham (shot put, dis cus); Dristen Newcomb(discus); Tyler Steedley (dis cus); Colin Barton (discus);Jessica Pascual (400m); Mer cades Cisneros (100m hur dles); Samuel Louis (110mhurdles); Lamy (300m hur dles); Katie Brandeberry(300m hurdles); Tatiana Mier(3200m). Louis, James Pearson, Ivan Rodriguez, and Dalton Kiellaare advancing with the4x400m relay team; Pascual,Nubia Gomez, Lamy, andBrandeberry are advancingwith the 4x400m relay team;Gomez, Mier, Yennifer Nunez,and Ingrid Mendoza) are ad vancing with the 4x800m relayteam; and Pearson, ZackDurastanti, Rodriguez, andRoberto Gutierrez are advanc ing with the 4x800m relayteam. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS Girls 100m Dash: 15th, Acheline Delhomme, 14.22;17th, Marisela Duran, 15.04;19th, Marley Ureste, 15.54;and 20th, Maria Gutierrez,16.20. Girls 200m Dash: 11th, Acheline Delhomme, 29.62;14th, Jalynn Thompson, 30.39;and 19th, Rola Hijaz, 23.92. Girls 400m Dash: 3rd, Jes sica Pascual, 1:05.09; 15th, Je sula Charles, 1:13.79; and19th, Adela Rojas, 1:22.54. Girls 800m: 8th, Yennifer Nunez, 2:51.84; 9th, IngridMendoza, 2:54.27; and 13th,Jaqueline Galarza, 3:03.05. Girls 1600m: 6th, Tatiana Mier, 6:07.73; 13th, AmyGutierrez, 6:46.78; and 14th,Laura Ramos, 6:47.55. Girls 3200m: 3rd, Tatiana Mier, 13:41.74; 7th, AmyGutierrez, 15:22.36; and 8th,Kareli Plata, 15:34.66. Girls 100m Hurdles: 3rd, Jennifer Lopez, 19.13; 4th,Mercades Cisneros, 19.16; 5th,Kaitlynn Brandeberry, 19.75;and 9th, Veronica Molina,21.65. Girls 300m Hurdles: 1st, Ebony Lami, 49.39; 4th, Kait lynn Brandeberry, 57.26; 6th,Jennifer Lopez, 55.93; and 9th,Mercades Cisneros, 1:00.72. Girls 4x400m Relay: 2nd, Hardee (Jessica Pascual,Nubia Gomez, Eboni Lamy,Katie Brandeberry), 4:29.77. Girls 4x800m Relay: 3rd, Hardee (Nubia Gomez, Ta tiana Mier, Yennifer Nunez,Ingrid Mendoza), 11:06.46. Girls High Jump: 8th, Kait lynn Brandeberry, 4-05.00. Girls Long Jump: 7th, Ja lynn Thompson, 13-09.00; 8th,Jennifer Lopez, 13-00.00;11th, Ebony Lami, 12-05.50;and 19th, Jesula Charles, 11-02.75. Girls Triple Jump: 4th, Je sula Charles, 30-02.25; 6th,Mercades Cisneros, 29-06.25;and 7th, Jennifer Lopez, 28-10.50. Girls Pole Vault: 2nd, So phie Allen, 7-04.50; 4th,Mariela Badillo, 6-10.75; 6th,Nubia Gomez, 6-10.75; and8th, Daisy Badillo, 6-00.00. Girls Discus: 1st, Alexis Benjamin-Graham, 116-09.00;4th, Dristen Newcomb, 82-03.00; 18th, Kassidy Wallace,56-06.00; and 19th, Maria De loera, 51-05.00. Girls Shot Put: 1st, Alexis Benjamin-Graham, 37-01.75;7th, Brilyance Augustus, 26-07.25; 11th, Dristen New comb, 24-00.25; and 19th,Lilliana Ramos, 19-09.75. Boys 100m Dash: 21st, See ‘CATS B7 By TOM STAIK Of The Herald-Advocate After nearly a year without a professional bout, Edner Cherry returned to the ring onSaturday (April 14) in Minneapolis, Minn.,to defeat Dennis Galarza in a 10-round light weight challenge. “I’m still at it,” Cherry told The HeraldAdvocate prior to the bout. The 35-year-old Cherry (37-7-2, 19 KOs) won the fight with scores of 97-93, 96-94,and 96-94. Ten years older than Galarza (16-3, 9 KOs), Cherry gained steam as the fight pro gressed before dominating the final fiverounds. Cherry, of Wauchula, is hoping to land “23 fights this year.” “Hopefully they can keep me busy,” Cherry said. Cherry continues to train in St. Petersburg in hopes of landing a world title belt. “Hopefully later this year I can get a world title fight,” Cherry said. “That is what I amseeking.” Cherry Wins Saturday Fight PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN SCHROEDER PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS Cherry returned to the ring Saturday to defeat Dennis Galarza in a 10-round light weight challenge. Edner Cherry Dristen Newcomb takes her turn at the discus.


–H ARDEE L IVING – 6 HHS Students Audition For Wednesday Musicale Scholarships Lynn Landskroner gave the invocation and sang "TheHaven of Rest." Federation Collect was led by Merilyn Strickland atWauchula Wednesday Musical on April 11 at HardeeSchool Board auditorium. James Stallings introduced the program singers. Notpictured is Musicale President Dr. Sylvia Collins. Otherofficers are George Wilson, first vice president; Stallings, second vice president; Arnell Waldron, sec retary; and Ray Gill, treasurer. Brilyance Augustus sang "Lay Me Down." Tori Ibarra sang "Kissing in Cars." For more information about the Musicale call 773-3553. David Radford played piano for the singers. Marissa Adams sang "Simple Man." Graciela Silvan sang "Someone Like You." Rebecca King sang "Valerie." Destany Mendiola sang "It Is Well." The next programwill be Monday, May 7, at 5 p.m. at the First UnitedMethodist Church in Wauchula. The theme is Interna tional Music. soc4:19c B2 The Herald-Advocate, April 19, 2018


H ARDEE L IVING Wauchula 735 N. 6th Ave. Arcadia 2442 NE Hwy 70 Sebring 363 US Hwy 27S Lake Placid 27 US Hwy 27SMonday-Friday 8am-5pm 24 Hour Emergency Care soc4:19c 863-259-3777 Single Vision plastic lenses $49 Frames $30 Buy one get one 1/2 OFF Carlton Care ChiropracticChiropractic Laser Muscular Therapy Digital X-Ray863-473-4732 Dr. MariaCarlton, DC soc4:19cI Can Help!Neck pain Back pain Headaches Sciatica / leg Shoulder / arm / wrist pain Muscle pain Arthritis Chronic or Acute pain Auto injuries hip pain Medicare & Most Insurance Accepted Monday Friday 8:30 am 6:00 pmSaturday and earlier or later appointments always available by request. 105 South 9th Avenue (Corner of Main & 9th Avenue) THANK YOUOur hearts are full of gratitude when we say "Thank You" to family, friends, and neighbors for your many expressions of kindness and sympathy after the loss of our beloved mother, Gay Albritton. Special thanks to Gary Moore for his beautiful tribute and to our Ft. Green Baptist Church family for providing such a comforting meal. Sincerely Marie, Temptie, and Beth soc4:19pThe continuation of Pastor Eugene Hol limons 14th annual celebration, church family worship service, was Sunday. Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, the Rev. Larry Polk, pastor, of Arcadia, rendered the April 8 in Zolfo Springs anniversary service at St. Paul M.B. Church for Pastor Hollimon. Bro. Donald Nicholson had to make a trip to New Jersey to attend the funeral of his grand son. My mother, who passed on May 29, 2013, to be with the Lord, if she had lived, on April 2 she would have been 92 years old. Miss her much. Ollie B. Daniels of Miami, John Corbett, Jeanette Daniels, Gloria Faulk, John Henry Pe terson, Mae Robinson, Gladys C. Whiters, Eve lyn Martin and others of Hardee County attended the celebration of life for Mary Sue Clemons on Saturday, March 31, at Freedom Fellowship Baptist Ministries, Dr. Rev. Sharon T. Goodman, pastor, in Arcadia. Viewing was at 10 a.m., with selection by Life Changing Experience Baptist Church; Minister Jaccaric Simons, invocation; Scripture Reading Old Testament by Minister Paul Woodall; and New Testament by Minister Jerome Fain. Sis. Lashonda Williams rendered a poem, Sis. Sharon Harris a solo. Words of comfort by Pastor Ricky Kin. Mary Sue Clemons, the daughter of Great Heart Brown and Mary Lee Robinson, was born in Jemison, Ala., on Nov. 3, 1933, with sunset March 25, 2018. She went to Alabama State University, earn ing a Bachelors Degree in 1950, then Masters Degree at the University of South Florida in li brary science in 1975. She was employed at Smith Brown School in Arcadia for three years, a teacher in Hardee County and a librarian at Lillian R. Brown School 1955-1966, and re mained employed for a total of 39 years and 11 months in the Hardee school system, also serv ing as director of Chapter One. Matthew Clemons, Jordan Polk, Freddie Si mons, Elijah Williams, James Faison and Van Faison were active pallbearers. Life Changing Experience Church Choir and friends of the family were flower attendants. Interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Arcadia. Repast in the fel lowship Hall at Freedom Fellowship Baptist Ministries. Jace K. Greene had surgery last Monday at Nemours Children Hospital in Orlando and is at home recovering. Chester Grove MB Church and Pastor T. Lancaster will render the 3 p.m. service in Arcadia at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 101 S. Or ange Ave., on Sunday. First Baptist Institutional Churchs celebra tion of its 20th anniversary of the Rev. Alex Harper Sr. and First Lady in Lakeland was last week. The Community Support Group meeting was April 9 at New Mt. Zion Church Fellowship Hall. Central Florida Ridge League of Cities was in Lake Alfred for the April meeting and Aloha Dinner last Thursday. Bus Driver/Tutor Appreciation Day is coming up April 25, Wednesday, with breakfast, games, bingo and end with lunch. Thanks to all the school bus drivers and tutors for your daily service, Protection, Safety and Care for Each Student. Remember the sick: Ollie B. Budgess at home, Thelma Reddics, Walter Daniels, Tony Camacho, Jace Greene, E. White and Tommie Underwood. City-Wide Revival in Fort Meade started Tuesday and runs through Friday, nightly at 7. Host church is Beulah MB Church, the Rev. Lewis Shepherd, pastor. All are welcome. Edner and Elizabeth Cherry left Tuesday for Minneapolis, Minn., where he competed in a boxing match. Cherry weighed in at 133.4 pounds on April 12. The fight was Friday night and he won! Happy birthday to my dear friends Tracy Williams and G.L. Ryals. Both birthdays were on April 15. The Bowling Green Recreation Committee met Tuesday, April 10, at the Train Depot. Colette Greene and Chiquita Robinson were last Thursday visitors in Sarasota. Chiquita had a doctor appointment, and they had a late lunch at Der Dutchman. Bowling Green City-Wide Mission will be at St. John AME Church this coming Monday at 5 p.m. Deepest sympathy to the Christian Martinez family in his passing. Prayers for our troops and nation. 4-City NewsBy Henrietta Benson 448-6737 COURTESY PHOTO Today (Thursday) is the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics along Main Street in downtown Wauchula. Here, members of the Hardee County Professional Firefighters Union present a check to Sheriff Arnold Lanier for $300 for Special Olympics. They donated the money to buy Torch Run shirts for the spe cial needs participants and to raise funds. T-shirts are selling for $15. Contact law enforcement assistant Kim Pfeiffer at the Sheriffs Office at 773-0304, extension 229, to get your shirt. Shown in the photo are (from left) Paramedic/Firefighter Sean Testerman, union president Lt. James Simpson, Lanier and EMT/Firefighter Cameron Durham. TORCH RUN 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 sApril 17, 2008 Smart Spending: Carolyn Hendry Wyatts LifeLinks column this month gives ad vice on how to use your economic stimulus rebate during tax season. Several sugges tions include, but are not limited to, catching up on bills, paying extra or paying down any credit-card debt, and in vesting for your or your chil drens futures. If these may not apply, buy something you need or something for the whole familys pleasure. 3 Cheers: Pop Warner cheerleader Lark Lukawski of Limestone has been selected to compete for the All-American national cheerleading award in California. The sixth-grader is one of 38 students in her grade from across the country. To qualify for this event, students must maintain at least a 96 per cent grade-point average. Luxurious Life: This newly constructed home is on sale for only $275,000. Completed by EMBR Construction, The Floridian measures 2,800 square feet and contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a bonus room and an extra-large two-car garage. The home in cludes stainless steel appli ances, up-to-date fixtures and real wood cabinets. There is also an alarm system installed, with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Decades Roundup Housing Program Meeting TuesdayThe Hardee County State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 5:50 pm at the Hardee County Courthouse Annex, 412 West Orange St, Rm 202, Wauchula. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend; new members are being re cruited. The facility is ac cessible for disabled individuals. Any disabled person needing to make special arrangements should contact Community Development / Phone 7736349 at least five days prior to the meeting. Dont Be Left Out! HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM April 19, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B3


H ARDEE L IVING soc4:19c8th Annual Avon Park RotaryBluegrass & Blueberry FestivalApril 28, 2018 10 A.M. 4 P.M.Donaldson Park Downtown Avon Park Live bluegrass entertainment by Highway 41 South BBQ Chicken Dinners Available Fresh blueberries will be on sale as well as various blueberry products including blueberry lemonade & desserts Kids Zone Original Arts & Crafts Vendors soc4:19cGreetings from Fort Green! Our community was deeply saddened by the untimely death of Christian Martinez, a member of our church. He would have graduated in May. Christian was a hard worker. He made his final journey early Saturday morning. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family. In case you do not know him, he is Margie Albrittons grandson. At church Sunday night they announced his visitation will be Saturday at 11 with the service at noon, and then burial in Fort Green Baptist followed by the church feeding the family in the fel lowship hall. Faye Davis called me yes terday and was talking about him visiting in her home when the youth went on their mis sion trip last summer to North Carolina. On a happy note, the cookbooks are supposed to be ready on Homecoming Day, May 6. The committee will give the price then, and reports they are nice books in, I believe, a three-ring binder. Two of the first recipes were from Helen Wood, and she has been looking forward to the publication date for some time. Everyone was delighted to see Shaun Casey at church Sunday. Helen Albritton called me early Sunday morning to ad vise she was sick but Debbie Noah was coming to church and for me to look out for her. She sat with me, and said she plans to come back as often as possible. She lives in Bradenton and has a strenuous work schedule, but said she might be able to come on Wednesday. Our sincere sympathy is ex tended to the family of Nor man Hunt, who made his final journey last Friday. There will be a memorial service in Wauchula on this Friday at the First Baptist Church. The visitation begins at 3 followed by the service at 4 p.m. Our sympathy is also ex tended to the family of Genice Moye Bennett on the homegoing of her husband, Ray. He had been sick for a long time. There will be a memorial serv ice at New Zion Baptist in the future. Angie Coker Sonnier and family have moved to Ten nessee. Little Addie is the apple of grandparents Danny and Connie Cokers eye. I feel confident the highways will be kept hot going to visit Addie and, of course, the parents. We will definitely miss them. Punk Albritton is still in the Sarasota hospital. Cindy Williams was back in the hos pital but could have been re leased by now. Wayne Seminole is still sick even though he is out of the hospital. Joey and William Taylor are both out of the hospital but still have a long road ahead of them. They were the ones burned in the four-wheeler explosion. Wesley Smith is suf fering with an infection now, and we are all praying he will get well enough to return to work, his ardent desire. Please pray for these and others that are still on our prayer list. An old friend called me last week to wish us a happy 20th wedding anniversary. We talked for a long time, and I reminisced that she visited my mama when she was in the nursing home in Bartow. That really was special, as mama could not talk, walk or eat. I always thank the Lord every morning when I get out of bed that I can do those three things and that I know the Lord. Ruby came to my 60th birthday and then to Sherman and my wedding, and Jack sonville is not next door! I met Ruby when I worked at Pru dential. She has remained a good friend over the years, vis iting us when my late husband, Kay, was alive and now that Sherman and I are together. My mama always said that after school, the way you met and made friends was at work or church. As usual, Mama was right! The rib fest, the youth fundraiser, has been moved to April 28 so there is still time to get a ticket from any of the youth. The ladies senior luncheon will be next Thursday, April 26, at Fort Green Baptist. This is a great time and well worth attending. Seldom, do you get to attend a function where everything is decorated beau tifully, food prepared without any help from you and then a great devotion. There is a list in the church foyer to sign so they can be sure and prepare sufficient food. Terry Miller coordinated the tickets for The Story of Jesus that several attended last Friday night, and did a super job. The seats for Helen and me were on the third row right by the steps where you could hold onto the rail. A couple of the ladies were on the first row, which was better for them, and the rest sat on the third or fourth row. It was a great time of fellowship, and one of the best parts is that Lee and Chrysta Chancey drove us old folks! Hazel Farwell called me the other day wanting to know if I remembered the name of a Farm Bureau representative that lived in the panhandle, but used to come to Hardee County quite often. He was ac tually governor of Florida for one day, but that is another story. If you go to Cracker Country at the Tampa fair you can see his name on the gover nors photos and time in office. I was able to suggest someone who could help her. She was always active in the home makers clubs in Hardee County and sorry they are no longer active. She moved to Arcadia after the death of her husband, Ray. She said Ray went on a trip to Pakistan with the one-day governor! She still supports 4-H. Sherman bought a new sport coat recently and it was a famous brand name but the button holes were just sewn and not bound. A person came to Wauchula from Gainesville to show anyone interested in sewing how to make bound button holes. I made my late husband a sport coat with bound button holes. I always thought they looked better than the regular on mens coats. This was back when the county had more sewing in the county agents office. Please pray for each other and our nation. Fort Green NewsBy Rilla Cooper 773-6710 The Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Committee is having a Swap Meet Rum mage Sale on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. 2 p.m. It's time to get rid of all the excess stuff you have around the house! Booth space is available and registration forms can be downloaded on Facebook ( eventsatthedepot) and are also available at the Bowling Green City Office, at 201 E. Main St. There is a $20 fee for a 10x20 foot booth space. You must bring your own tent, ta bles and chairs and check in Friday, May 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tents can be set up that evening but everything else must be set up the next day. Set-up for the event starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday. No registrations will be taken the day of the event. You must register by Friday afternoon. If you don't have anything to sell then just plan on coming to see if someone else's trash is your treasure. The event is free to everyone attending.Swap Meet Set May 12 At Bowling Green Depot MONDAY Breakfast: cereal, donuts, french toast sticks, juice, fruit and milk Lunch: hot dog (k-5), PB&J (k-12), mozzarella pinwheel (k12), chicken sandwich (6-12), pan pizza (6-12), baked beans, cucumbers, garden salad (612), ham & cheese salad, fruit and milk TUESDAY Breakfast: cereal, poptarts, biscuit & sausage, juice, fruit and milk Lunch: pizza (k-12), PB&J (k-12), turkey pot roast (k-12), cheeseburger (6-12), spicy chicken sandwich (6-12), car rots, green beans, garden salad (6-12), tuna salad, fruit and milk WEDNESDAY Breakfast: cereal, yogurt parfait, pizza, juice, fruit and milk Lunch: cheeseburger (k12), PB&J (k-12)m beef/bean burrito (k-12), pan pizza (6-12), fajita chicken salad, broccoli, mashed potatoes, garden salad (6-12), fruit and milk THURSDAY Breakfast: cereal, zucchini bread, chicken biscuit, juice, fruit and milk Lunch: pasta (k-12), chicken salad, PB&J (k-12), pizza (k-12), chicken nuggets (6-12), spicy chicken sandwich (6-12), garden salad, corn, garden salad (6-12), fruit and milk FRIDAY Breakfast: cereal, yogurt w/RockinOla, juice, fruit and milk Lunch: chicken sandwich (k-12), yogurt, muffin platter, PB&J (k-12), pizza (6-12), pan pizza (6-12), celery, french fries, fruit and milk R R e e s s t t h h a a v v e e n n A A s s s s i i s s t t e e d d L L i i v v i i n n g g F F a a c c i i l l i i t t y y Private, semi-private and shared rooms. We are a licensed facility that offers Limited Nursing Services and have many different programs to fit your needs including long term care, adult day care services and short term respite care. Visit our website at or contact Jessica Garneradministration at (863) 773-6000 or (863) 832-0634. soc4:19-5:10cAL5073 School Menu Dont Be Left Out!HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM B4 The Herald-Advocate, April 19, 2018


Courthouse ReportCOUNTY COURT The following marriage li censes were issued recently in the office of the county court: Justin Eugene Spiker, 36, Wauchula, and Kassie Laine Knight, 36, Wauchula. Roberto Christopher Rivas, 27, Wauchula, and Haley Jor dan Shelton, 23, Zolfo Springs. Aaron J. Robinson. 32. Bowling Green, and Kalama Letrice Rodgers, 39, Bunnell. The following small claims cases were disposed of recently by the county judge: The Palms Apartments vs. Aracely Perez-Torres, judg ment for tenant eviction. Lake Wales Medical Center vs. Jenny Poblano, judgment. Midland Funding vs. John Mitchell, consent judgment. Wauchula State Bank vs. Dora Cuevas, dismissed. Wauchula State Bank vs. Dustin Colburn, dismissed. Wauchula State Bank vs. Roberto Oropeza, dismissed. Wauchula State Bank vs. David L. Hill, dismissed. Wauchula State Bank vs. Encarnacio Ledezma, dis missed. Wauchula State Bank vs. Dennis Ray Walterman, dis missed. Revell Inc. vs. Curtis Quimby, voluntary dismissal. There was no criminal traffic or misdemeanor court as it was trial week. CIRCUIT COURT The following civil actions were filed recently in the office of the circuit court: Gilberto Catalon-Palacios and Maria Catalon, divorce. Clint Hummon vs. Tonya Babcock, petition for injunction for protection. Deisi V. Mares and the state Department of Revenue (DOR) vs. Jose Antonio Ortiz Jr., petition for child support. Antonio Ornelas and DOR vs. Rosario Ornelas, petition for enforcement of administra tive child support order. Amanda Brees and DOR vs. Ova Lee Fields Jr., petition for administrative child sup port order. Heidi Daughtry and Michael Parker Daughtry, di vorce. The following decisions on civil cases pending in the cir cuit court were handed down recently by the circuit court judge: Bank of New York Mellon as trustee vs. Mary Lynn Brown, Robert C. Brown and others, judgment of mortgage foreclosure. Robert Rivers vs. Thelma Rivers, dismissal of injunction for protectin. Judy Grissom vs. Paul Fulton, injunction for protection. Charity Santos and Pedro Santos, divorce. Jason Cord, Michelle Cord vs. Windmill Express and Windmill Farms Nurseries Inc., dismissed. Jefferson Capital Systems vs. Tamara Adams, voluntary dismissal. Gladys Annette Gaines and DOR vs. Charlie Frank Lee III, child support order. Sheena Holbrook vs. Charles Rotten, dismissal of injunction for protection. Wauchula State Bank vs. Maria L. Ordehi and others, voluntary dismissal. Jamie Rewis vs. Ashley Adams, dismissal of injunction for protection. There was no felony criminal court as it was trial week. The following cases were settled: Juan Alvino Castillo, arsonamended to felony criminal mischief, adjudica tion withheld, probation three years, restitution to fire mar shal to be set, ACF class, 50 hours community service, $2,751.17 fines, costs and fees; burning to defraud in surer and false or fraudulent insurance claim, not prose cuted. John Cody Vandiver, pos session of methamphetamine with intent to sell, sale of methamphetamine and posses sion of methamphetamine, Florida State Prison 36 months, license suspended one year, substance abuse evalua tion, $1,220 fines, costs and fees placed on lien; sale of methamphetamine, two counts unlawful use of a two-way communication device, two counts possession of a struc ture/vehicle for trafficking/sale or manufacture of controlled substances, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, and two counts possession of drug paraphernalia, not prosecuted. Wesley Petiphar, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Florida State Prison three-year minimum/maxi mum and concurrent with any federal or other sentencing, $1,320 fines, costs and fees placed on lien; attempted first degree murder, shooting into a building/vehicle, discharging a firearm on public streets and grand theft auto, not prose cuted. The following real estate transactions of $10,000 or more were filed recently in the office of the clerk of court: Dora A. Cruz to Victory Investment Services, $278,000. John P. and Candace W. Bozeman to Edward Keith and Jennifer David Labud, $285,000. Justin D. Anderson to FBI Homes, $65,000. Julio Mateo and Francisca Armenta Vargaz to Oscar Santiago Feliciano and Maricela Hernandez DeJesus, $70,000. Episcopal Diocese of Cen tral Florida Inc. as trustee to Isaura Figueroa, $115,500. 3-B Housing to Jessica Centeno, $53,000. Rafter S. Ranch to Exael Santibanez, $82,000. Dipakkumar R. Patel to Krupa Suresh Ahir, $186,600. Joan Hasenbank to Vincent J. and Susanne R. Morrison, $42,000. Blake P. and Samantha G. Perry to Joshua B. Klein, $93,500. Fred and Hilde E. Goddard to Mark and Dorothy Pohnl, $19,000. RAL Heartland Properties to Manuel Ortiz, $95,000. Mayela Yancey to Linda Amara, $159,900. Richard W. and Judy A. Graham to Graham Income Tax Service Inc., $136,000. Robin M. Black to Juan C. and Araceli V. Plata, $15,000. JMJ Citrus to Francesco Lucatero and Isaura Lucatero Zamora, $245,500. James H. and Julie Meyer to Anton William and Sharon M. Cihak, $24,000, Ofelia Martinez to Hum berto Molina and Dalila Gar cia, $32,000. Bayardo Detrinidad to Ba yardo Detrinidad and Andres Arturo Restrepo, $57,500. 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: 252018TD001XXXX Date: 03/19/2018 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 16th day of May, 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 certificate number and year of issuance, the de scription of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are: CERTIFICATE NO.: 1024 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2015 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: IRVING WECH SLER AND VIVIAN WECHSLER Description of Property: Parcel Identification Number 25-34-27-0000-082400000 DESCRIPTION: .95 AC COM AT SW COR OF SE1/4 OF SE1/4 OF SE1/4 OF SW1/4 RUN E 625 FT FOR POB E 125 FT N 331.11 FT W 125 FT S 331.11 FT TO POB SUBJ TO S 25 FT FOR RD EASEMENT 25 34S 27E 212P169 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 certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder on May 16, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk 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: 252017TD030XXXX Date: 04/04/2018 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 16th day of May, 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 certificate number and year of issuance, the de scription of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are: CERTIFICATE NO.: 862 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2010 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: Margrene Lamp ley Description of Property: Parcel Identification Number 10-34-25-0840-0000I0003 DESCRIPTION: LOT 3 BLK I SUBURBAN ACRES 143P68 217P241 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 certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder on May 16, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk Notices Notices______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 25-2018-CP-000037 IN RE: ESTATE OF ROBERT L. HAMBRICK Deceased. _____________________________/ NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the es tate of Robert L. Hambrick, de ceased, whose date of death was January 9, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hardee County, Florida, Probate Divi sion, the address of which is 417 W. Main Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873. The names and addresses of the personal repre sentative and the personal representative's attorney 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 April 19, 2018. Attorney for Personal Representative: Pamela T. Karlson, J.D., B.C.S. Attorney Florida Bar Number: 0017957 KARLSON LAW GROUP, P.A. 301 Dal Hall Blvd. Lake Placid, Florida 33852 Telephone: (863) 465-5033 Fax: (863) 465-6022 E-Mail: Personal Representative: Karen L. Archie 109 Burlington Unit #4 Chaffee, Missouri 637404:19,26c______________________________ ______________________________ IN AND FOR THE CIRCUIT COURT OF HARDEE COUNTY PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 25-2018-CP-000016 IN RE: ESTATE OF BARBARA J. RHODEN, DECEASED _____________________________/ NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the es tate of Barbara J. Rhoden, de ceased, File Number 25-2018CP-000016, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hardee County, Florida, Probate Division, the ad dress of which is: Clerk of Circuit Court for Hardee County, 417 W. Main Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873. The names and addresses of the personal repre sentative and the personal representatives 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 has been served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent 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 PUBLICA TION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the first publica tion of this Notice is April 12, 2018. Attorney for Personal Representative: Michael G. Moore Florida Bar No. 0970514 711 5th Avenue South, Ste. 200 Naples, Florida 34102 (239) 398-6103 Personal Representative: John S. Rhoden 5340 Goodson Road West Jefferson, OH 431624:12,19c______________________________ 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 Budget Inn under which the undersigned is engaged or will engage in business at: 409 N. 6th Ave, in the City of Wauchula, Florida 33873. That the party/parties interested in said business enterprise is/are as follows: Krupa Ahir. Dated at Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida 33873. Person authorizing publication: Krupa Ahir. Dated: April 11, 2018 4:19c 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 Davis Farm & Cattle under which the undersigned is en gaged or will engage in busi ness at: 3792 E. Main St., in the City of Wauchula, Florida 33873. That the party/parties interested in said business enterprise is/are as follows: Paul E. Davis. Dated at Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida 33873. Person authorizing publication: Paul E. Davis. Dated: April 10, 2018 4:19c ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 252018CA000119 SOUTH FT. MEADE LAND MANAGEMENT, INC., a Florida corporation Plaintiff, vs. IDOB, INC., a dissolved Florida corporation, and its officers, directors, stockholders, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under or against it, Defendants. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION TO THE DEFENDANTS: IDOB, INC., a dissolved Florida corporation, and its officers, directors, stockholders, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under or against it. Unknown address YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been filed against you to quiet title on the following described property in Hardee County, Florida: Parcel ID No. 15-34-240000-00160-0000 Tract B-12, IDO, INC., CITRUS GROVES, more par ticularly described as: Begin at the NW corner of said Section 15, Township 34 South, Range 24 East, Hardee County, Florida, and run thence S. 89'41" E. and along the North line of said Section 15, 73.91 feet; thence S.0'30"W, 1679.95 feet to the P.O.B.; thence continue same line, 385.0 feet; thence S. 89'32" E, 86.00 feet; thence S. 0'30" W, 55.00 feet; thence S. 89'32" E, 744.0 feet; thence N 0'30" E, 385.0 feet; thence N 89'32" W, 682.0 feet; thence N 0'30" E, 55.0 feet; thence N 89'32"W, 148.0 feet P.O.B. Subject to a 10 ft. road and mainte nance easement along East side. AND Commence at NW corner of Section 15, Township 34 South, Range 24 East, Hardee County, Florida, and run thence S. 89'41" E, and along the North line of said Section 15 a distance of 73.91 feet; thence S. 0'30" W, 2064.95 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence con tinue S 0'30" W, 55.00 feet; thence S 89'32" E, 86.00 feet; thence N 0'30" E, 55.00 feet; thence N. 89'32" W, 86.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to JOHN W. H. BURTON of John W. H. Burton, P.A., Post Of fice Drawer 1729, Wauchula, FL 33873-1729, on or before the 27 day of April, 2018, and file the original with the Clerk of the Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immedi ately thereafter, or a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the com plaint or petition. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on this 21 day of March, 2018. VICTORIA L. ROGERS Clerk of Courts By Connie Coker Deputy Clerk 3:29-4:19c __________________________________ April 19, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B5


By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The Lady Wildcats are head ing into playoff season at thetop of the heap. The varsity softball squad from Hardee Senior HighSchool (13-11, 8-0) will openthe postseason on Tuesday(April 24) with a 7 p.m. homematch against the Titans ofTenoroc (Lakeland) HighSchool (1-6). Also playing Tuesday in the opening round of the FHSAAClass 5A District 10 tourna ment will be McKeel (Lake land) Academy (6-2) as theyplay host to the Panthers ofMulberry High School (3-4). If Hardee wins on Tuesday, they will face either the winnerof the McKeel/Mulberrymatch in a title game next Fri day (April 27) at home. The regular season wraps-up this week. The ladies in orange and blue will face the Bulldogs ofDeSoto County High School at7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) forthe teamÂ’s senior night. The final game of the regu lar season will be Friday (April20) as the squad travels toBraden River High School fora 6:30 p.m. game. Hardee Blanks McKeel The Lady Wildcats blanked McKeel in a 4-0 game heldApril 13. The game remained score less until the top of the fifth in ning. With bases loaded, Sarah Carlton knocked a line drive toleft field that allowed AlexisMcBride, McKayla Be navidez, and Ashlee Pattersonto cross home plate. Carlton would record the final run of the game, bringingthe score to 4-0, later in the in ning as she advanced home ona passed ball while AlaynaCarranco held the plate. Hardee had seven hits and four runs in 26 at bats duringthe outing. Carlton and Benavidez each had two hits, and Patterson,Carranco, and McBride eachhad one hit. Runs wererecorded by Patterson, Carlton,McBride, and Benavidez. Carranco held the mound for the Lady Wildcats through allseven innings and allowedeight hits and no runs whilestriking out five batters. Hardee Outlasts Streaks, 9-5 In a come-from-behind win, the Lady Wildcats defeated theBlue Streaks of Sebring Highin a 9-5 game held April 12. Sebring jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first in ning. Hardee began to battle in the top of the second inning asthey cut SebringÂ’s lead to 3-1.Carranco scored following aline drive to center field off thebat of Amari DeLeon. Two more Wildcats runs came in the top of the third in ning to tie the game 3-3. Carl ton scored after Carrancobunted toward the third base men. The tie run came fromCarranco following a fly ballto right field off the bat ofDeLeon. Hardee finally took the lead in the top of the fourth inning.McBride and Patterson wereknocked home following a linedrive to left field off the bat ofCarlton, bringing the score to5-3. Four more Wildcat runs came in the top of the fifth in ning to bring the score to 9-3.DeLeon and Lillian Salazarscored following a hardground ball to right field offthe bat of Trinity Herr. A linedrive to center field off the batof Carranco allowed Herr andCarlton to score. The final point of the game went to Sebring in the bottomof the fifth to bring the score to9-4. The Lady Wildcats had 11 hits and nine runs in 31 at batsduring the outing. Carlton had three hits, DeLeon had two hits, and Pat terson, Herr, Carrranco,Salazar, Marisa Rodriguez,and McBride each had one hit. Carlton and Carranco each had two runs, and Patterson,Herr, DeLeon, Salazar, andMcBride each had one run. Stephanie Derringer held the mound all seven innings forHardee and allowed four hitsand five runs while striking outthree batters and throwing 93pitches. VARSITY SOFTBALL Lady Cats Top Seed In District COURTESY PHOTOS BY STACY SMITH Mallory Gough hitting for the Lady Wildcats. Makayla Benavidez slapping at the plate. Destinee Jackson getting the out at home against Mc Keel Academy. COURTESY PHOTO Mallory Gough, Marissa Rodriguez, Deborah Figueroa, Makayla Benavidez, Desti nee Jackson, Alexis McBride, and Alayna Carranco will be honored tonight (Thurs day) at senior night for the Hardee Senior High School varsity softball team. Sarah Carlton making the out on third. 4:19c 4:19c Healing Takes Time E ATING D ISORDER H ELPLINE 1-888-344-8837 There To Listen 24/7 B6 The Herald-Advocate, April 19, 2018


TRACK & FIELD Continued From B1 Jozie St. Louis, 13.28; 22nd,Man Rivera, 13.35; and 23rd,Gabriel Arguelles, 13.56. Boys 200m Dash: 16th, Is rael Lopez, 25.74; 19th, JozieSt. Louis, 27.74; 20th, TerrenceWhite, 28.31; and 21st, CarlosLopez, 28.50. Boys 400m Dash: 12th, Dal ton Kiella, 55.65; 19th, JamesPearson, 58.23; 24th, ManRivera, 1:02.49; and 26th,Gabriel Arguelles, 1:06.90. Boys 800m: 13th, Ivan Ro driguez, 2:18.19; and 16th,Miguel Velasco, 2:22.28. Boys 1600m: 15th, Zach Durastanti, 5:28.12; and 17th,Jaime Chagoya, 5:36.01. Boys 3200m: 6th, Roberto Gutierrez, 11:07.53; and 13th,Jaime Chagoya, 12:57.59. Boys 110m Hurdles: 4th, Samuel Louis, 17.75; 5th,Colen Oaks, 17.81; 8th, AaronCook, 18.25; and `5th, AdrianAlvarez, 23.53. Boys 300m Hurdles: 2nd, Colen Oakes, 43.57; 43.57;7th, Samuel Louis, 47.20; 9th,Aaron Cook, 49.15; and 14th,Carlos Lopez, 52.96. Boys 4x100m Relay: 6th, Hardee (Carlos Lopez, MyronRefoure, Israel Lopez, NoahTorres), 49.87. Boys 4x400m Relay: 4th, Hardee (Samuel Louis, JamesPearson, Ivan Rodriguez, Dal ton Kie1la), 3:46.36. Boys 4x800m Relay: 4th, Hardee (James Pearson, ZackDurastanti, Ivan Rodriguez,Roberto Gutierrez), 9:11.29. Boys High Jump: 5th, Samuel Louis, 5-07.00; 7th,Myron Refoure, 5-05.00; 14th,Jozie St. Louis, 5-01.00; and15th, Josh Ward, 4-11.75. Boys Long Jump: 17th, Josh Ward, 16-11.25; 18th, MyronRefoure, 16-10.75; and 22nd,Terrence White, 14-05.25. Boys Triple Jump: 8th, Aaron Cook, 35-07.50; 13th,Terrence White, 32-02.50;14th, Carlos Lopez, 30-00.25. Boys Pole Vault: 1st, Oscar DeJesus, 10-04.00; 6th, NoahTorres, 9-04.25; 7th, ZackDurastanti, 8-10.25; and 10th,Miguel Velasco, 6-10.75. Boys Discus: 2nd, Tyler Steedley, 126-01.00; 3rd,Collin Barton, 120-05.00; 7th,Marcus Sambrano, 110-03.00;and 12th, Ariel Whiters, 99-09.00. Boys Shot Put: 6th, Ariel Whiters, 38-08.25; 7th, MarcusSambrano, 37-10.75; 9th,Dustin Willis, 35-11.25; and18th, Adrian Alvarez, 28-09.75. PHOTOS BY TOM STAIK Adrian Alvarez makes an attempt at shot put. Maria DeLeora takes her turn at discus. Eboni Lamy makes an attempt at the long jump. Jennifer Lopez comes in for a landing in the long jump. Kassidy Wallace prepares for her spin at discus. Miguel Velasco goes into his lift in the pole vault. Brilyance Augustus makes her attempt at shot put. Dustin Willis follows through after releasing the shotput. By TOM STAIK Of The Herald-Advocate The Wildcats of Hardee Senior High School defeatedTenoroc (Lakeland) HighSchool in a 12-0 game in var sity baseball action April 13. The boys in orange and blue jumped out to an early 3-0 leadin the top of the first inning –and never looked back. MasonBlock was the first Wildcat tocross home plate following afly out to center field off thebat of Dawson Hanchey. Quin ton Lindsey scored in the nextat bat following a line drive toright field off the bat of LoganCartwright. Adrian DeLeonwas the final Wildcat to crosshome plate in the inning fol lowing a line drive to left fieldby Kaleb Floyd. Two more Wildcat runs in the top of the second broughtthe score to 5-0. Matt Tysonknocked aline drive to center field that allowed Lindsey toscore. Tyson scored on an errorby the Tenoroc center fielderduring an at bat by DeLeon. Five more runs followed in the top of the fifth inning to liftthe Hardee lead to 10-0. Floydand Gunner Leonard scoredfollowing a ground ball to cen ter field off the bat of Block.With bases loaded, Block wassent home as DeLeon waswalked. The final two runs ofthe inning came from Lindseyand Tyson as they advanced ona ground ball off the bat ofCartwright. The final two runs – putting the Wildcats up 12-0 – came inthe top of the fourth inning.Dylan Davis scored after a sac rifice fly to right field off thebat of Lindsey. The final run ofthe game came from Blockwho advanced following a popfly to right field off the bat ofIsaac Badillo. Hardee had 12 runs and nine hits in 26 at bats during theouting. Block and Lindsey had three runs, Tyson had two runs, andDeLeon, Floyd, Leonard, andDavis each had one run. Block and Floyd had two hits, and Lindsey, Tyson,DeLeon, Badillo, andCartwright had one run hiteach. Pitching duties were shared by Hanchey and Lindsey.Hanchey threw 56 pitches inthree innings as she struck outthree batters and allowed fourhits and no runs. Lindseythrew 26 pitches in one inningand allowed no hits or runs ashe struck out one batter. Highlanders Whip Cats, 10-0 The Highlanders of Lake Wales High School blankedthe Wildcats in a 10-0 gameheld April 11. Hardee was held to no hits in 16 at bats. Pitching duties were shared by Floyd and Weston Schrader. Schrader pitched one inning and threw 33 pitches as he al lowed three hits and two runsand struck out one batter.Floyd pitched two innings ashe threw 65 pitches and al lowed five hits and eight runsand struck out one batter. The Wildcats are 14-11 overall this season. They areseated solidly in the middle theFHSAA Class 5A District 10standings with a 3-2 record. There are now three games left in the regular season. The squad will host DeSoto County High School on Friday(April 20) at 7 p.m. and LakeWales on Monday (April 23) at7 p.m. The final game of theregular season will be on theroad on April 26 at Fort Meadeat 7 p.m. VARSITY BASEBALL Wildcats Blank Tenoroc, 12-0 1. Who are the three official Montreal Expos in the Base ball Hall of Fame? 2. How many times did Hall of Famer Steve Carltonwin at least 20 games in a sea son for the PhiladelphiaPhillies? 3. When was the last time before 2016 that the TempleOwls football team won a con ference championship? 4. Golden State's Stephen Curry set a record in 2016 formost 3-pointers in a game(13). Who had held the markof 12? 5. Who holds the NHL record for most consecutivegames played? 6. Which two soccer greats have won the Ballon d'Oraward as soccer's best playerfive times each? 7. Name any of the three horses trained by Bob Baffertthat won the Breeders' Cup Classic between 2014 and2016. ANSWERS 1. Gary Carter, Andre Daw son and Tim Raines. 2. Five times -1972, '76, '77, '80 and '82. 3. It was 1967.4. Kobe Bryant (2003), Donyell Marshall (2005) andCurry (2016). 5. Doug Jarvis, with 964 consecutive games played. 6. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 7. Bayern, 2014; American Pharoah, 2015; Arrogate,2016. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. SportsQuiz By Chris Richcreek SPORTS DEADLINE IS THURSDAY 5PM (WEEKEND EVENT, MONDAY AT NOON) April 19, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B7


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5 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in flue-cured tobacco in Pitt County, North Carolina, for E. T. Farms, LLC with work beginning on or about 06/04/2018 and ending on or about 11/30/2018. 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 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 Pitt County, 3101 Bis marck St., Greenville, NC 27834, (252) 355-9067, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #NC10847518. EOE. H-30018099-337325. cl4:19cLagunita Harvesting, LLC is hiring 115 farmworkers to harvest watermelons in Tift County, GA for a temporary period from 06/01/2018 to 07/30/2018. The wages of fered are the highest of $10.95/hr. or applicable piece rates. Two (2) months verifiable experience harvesting watermelons is required. Prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching required. 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. Failure to comply with the request or testing positive may result in immediate termination. All drug testing and background checks will occur during the interview process and will be conducted at the sole discretion of the em ployer. Must be able to lift 70lbs to shoulder height repetitively throughout the work day and able to lift and carry 70 lbs. in field. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment 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 meal expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work con tract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: GA2145030943. cl4:19cLagunita Harvesting, LLC is hiring 144 farmworkers to harvest watermelons in Lee County, GA for a temporary period from 06/01/2018 to 07/08/2018. The wages of fered are the highest of $10.95/hr. or applicable piece rates. Two (2) months verifiable experience harvesting watermelons is required. Prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching required. 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. Failure to comply with the request or testing positive may result in immediate termination. All drug testing and background checks will occur during the interview process and will be conducted at the sole discretion of the em ployer. Must be able to lift 70lbs to shoulder height repetitively throughout the work day and able to lift and carry 70 lbs. in field. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment 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 meal expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work con tract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: GA2145154793. cl4:19cV. Valencia Harvesting, Inc. is hiring 160 farmworkers to cultivate and harvest wa termelon crops in Tift, Wilcox, Bibb, Turner, Worth, and Mitchell Counties in GA for a temporary period starting on 05/20/2018 and ending on 07/05/2018. The wages offered are the highest of $10.95/hr. or applicable piece rates. Two (2) months ver ifiable experience harvesting watermelons is required. 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. All drug testing and background checks will occur during the interview process and will be conducted at the sole expense and discretion of the employer. Workers must be able to lift and carry 50lbs. repetitively throughout the workday. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment 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 meal 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: GA2162973387. cl4:19c400 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in watermelon, hay, sweet potato, eggplant, bell pepper and tobacco in Johnston, Sampson, Duplin, Wayne, and Wilson Counties, North Carolina, for Jose M. Gracia Harvesting, Inc., farm labor contractor, with work beginning on or about 05/26/2018 and ending on or about 11/23/2018. 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 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 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 #NC10844171. EOE. H-300-18088-928925. cl4:19c10 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in burley tobacco and straw in Surry County, North Carolina, for H&L Tobacco, LLC with work beginning on or about 05/26/2018 and ending on or about 01/31/2019. 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. Work ers 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 work ers 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 Surry County, 541 West Pine Street, Suite 300, Mount Airy, NC 27030, (336) 786-4169, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #NC10842536. EOE. H-300-18087-484836. cl4:19cLagunita Harvesting, LLC is hiring 100 farmworkers to harvest vegetables in Colquitt County, GA for a temporary period from 05/22/2018 to 06/30/2018. The wages of fered are the highest of $10.95/hr. or applicable piece rates. Two (2) months verifiable experience harvesting vegetables is required. Prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching required. 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. Failure to comply with the request or testing positive may result in immediate termination. All drug testing and background checks will occur during the interview process and will be conducted at the sole discretion of the em ployer. Must be able to lift 70lbs to shoulder height repetitively throughout the work day and able to lift and carry 70 lbs. in field. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment 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 meal expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work con tract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: GA2121961377. cl4:19cI 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. cl4:19c T HE C LASSIFIEDS 150 ACS Triple road frontage, excellent land and location. Close to Town. $1,500,000. 20 ACS Holland town Rd, 2 wells. $160,000. (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 cl4:19c 2 ACS commercial lot w/office & garage buildings fronts Hwy 17 & 2 side streets. $145,000! House, pool, barn with horse stalls and flowing creek on 16 acs. $425,000. REALTOR Karen ONeal (863) 781-7633 NOTICE 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.2014 Chevrolet Truck VIN#1GC0KVCG3EF184953 2017 Chevrolet Truck VIN#1GC2KUEG2HZ398755 Hand ToolsContact Shannon Hays for details at Wauchula State Bank 863-773-4151. The sale will be held on Friday April 27, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Wauchula State Bank parking lot located at 106 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL. cl4:19,26c 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 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 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 863-773-4449cl2:8tfc 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 cl6:21tfc 2 BEDROOM HOUSE, large yard, $200 weekly. 863-7736616, 863-445-0915. 4:19-5:17p ULLRICHS STORAGE UNITS, several sizes, corner of 9th Ave. & Goolsby St., 863-773-6448 or 863-773-9291. 4:19c 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 CANCER SURVIVOR MEETING Wednesday at the new hospital. Go through maintenance. For more information call Billy 239821-4184. 4:12tfcdh MIKES LAWN CARE. Free esti mate. Call 863-735-2862 or 863245-1315. 3:22-4:19p ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Thursday 7:00 p.m., Grace Fel lowship Church, 131 S. 8th Ave., Wauchula. Bill 727-326-3816. tfc-dh Services Rentals 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 office, 113 W. Main Street, Wauchula, 863-583-7100. 8:18tfc-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 THE WAUCHULA LIONS CLUB collects NOT broken prescrip tion eyeglasses, cases and sunglasses. Please drop off at 735 N. 6th Ave. tfc-dh 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 IS ALCOHOL CAUSING a prob lem? Call Alcoholics Anony mous in Hardee county at 863-781-6414. Several weekly meetings. tfc-dh Services ATTENTION! State Statutes 489119 Section 5 Paragraph B and Hardee County Ordinance 87-09 Section 10 Paragraph D require all ads for any construction-related service to carry the con tractors licence number. tfc-dh LOOKING FOR SMALL female dog. No bigger than 4-5 lbs., 863-767-1074. 4:12-5:10p Wanted Services FRIDAY, SATURDAY, 3 FAMILY yard sale. Baby items, lots of misc. 1041 Morgan Grice Rd., Wauchula. 4:19p MULTI-FAMILY, FRIDAY, Satur day, 8-? 1971 Hwy. 66, Zolfo. Furniture, clothes, shoes, household items, DVDs, toys, misc. Look for signs. 4:19p SATURDAY, 8-1, CHURCH yard sale. First United Methodist Wauchula, 207 N. 7th Ave. 4:19p BIG YARD SALE, Friday, Satur day, 8-3. 4594 Davis Ranch Road. Out 66 Zolfo. Too much to list. Come see! 4:19p 3 FAMILY, SATURDAY 8-? 185 Myrtle Drive, Wauchula. 4:19p Yard Sales Want to sell, rent or hire?CLASSIFIEDS DEADLINE IS TUESDAY AT NOON This is the second time I have written my column from a hospital room. My medications I take at home were not work ing. I was admitted so I could be treated via IV. I've been here three days and will be sent home with an IV, which I will have for three weeks. I try to look at everything that happens to me as a learning experience. I thank God for all the nurses and others who have anything to do with my care. I realize they all have lives outside of their hospital jobs, and if you are a people person as I think I am, I enjoy getting to know them and visiting and talking with them each time they come into my room. When the charge nurse comes in to see me and asks about the care I am receiving, I always tell her how everyone goes that extra mile to make your stay in the hospital a little better---things like if your coffee gets cold in the morning they will get you an other cup, and always asking if you need anything. When I go home I feel like I am leaving new friends behind. I am so ready to go home and see my babies. For you who don't know I call my cats my babies. I know they think I have abandoned them because they are used to being with me 24-7. When Buddy came to bring me to the hospital my stray, which I named Baby, was inside to eat. When Buddy came in he hid because he is afraid of everyone but me. I think he has been mistreated all of his life so he trusts no one but me, and it took weeks for me to gain his trust. Never-the-less, we had to leave him inside. After leaving the hospital Buddy went back to let him outside. He found him under my bed, and he was so scared he was jumping on everything and knocking things down. Now Buddy just sees they have food and water, and Baby stays hidden until he leaves. I guess by the time I get home he will have become a house cat, which I don't mind. He needs lots of love, and I have already learned to love him dearly. I don't remember if I told you about my daughter calling me months ago and telling me she had a stray cat in her garage and it only had one eye. She asked me what to do. I told her to feed it and give it some water because it was probably hungry. I'm happy to report it has a home now where everyone holds and pets it, and its favorite place to sleep is on the bed with one or the other of them. They also have three dogs, and Jack (that's what she named him) keeps them in line but mostly ignores them. I hope if you have a stray show up at your house you will feed it, and if you can't keep it call the Humane Society. They try to find homes for them. If you call the pound they keep cats five days and then they are euthanized. I don't know how long they keep other animals. They are always in need of volunteers, blankets, and cat and dog food at the Humane Society, so keep that in mind if you are an animal lover. Keep me in your prayers and God bless. Editors Note: Jonell Peavy lives in Avon Park and can be reached at 863-453-3589. Peavys PonderingsBy Jonell PeavySugar Possum of the late Truman Thomas April 19, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B11


NWES Presents P.A.W. & Cool Cat Award Winners COURTESY PHOTOS North Wauchula Elementary School recently held its awards presentation ceremonyfor students deemed Positively Awesome Workers and Cool Cats for the third nine-weeks grading period. Kindergartners earning P.A.W. status were (front row, fromleft) Rosemary Hernandez, Jahayra Juarez, Ryder Cerna, Samuel Lazo and AydenStrickland. Named Cool Cats for their good conduct in class were (second row,from left) Jazlynn Martinez, Scarlett Caley and Araceli Velasco-Hernandez; (thirdrow) Celeste Meir, Josielynn Molina, Armando Cruz and Dadlina Pierre; (back row)Garrett Crawford, Dorian Mobley, Daniel Martinez-Vasquez, Jose Bautista andRoselia Barbosa-Cigarroa. Not pictured: Ember Valdez. First-grade Postively Awesome Workers were (front row, from left) Elizandro Lopez,Theron Roberts, Samantha Galarza and Benjamin Huron. Cool Cats who are atten tive in class included (second row, from left) Aubrey Garcia, Diana Ortega-Lopezand Kourtney Carrillo; (third row) Andres Mendoza, Abrianna Mier and IzabellaRomero; (back) Jose Cruz, Valerie Juarez, Wyatt Burdeshaw and Sarah Vasquez.Not pictured: Abbigail Summerlin. Positively Awesome Workers in the second grade were (front, from left) BrooklynSmith, Hallie Smith, Jared Sanchez-Leal, Melanie Zavala and Gabriela Galarza. CoolCats with good citizenship were (middle row) Sergio Duran, Destiny Hernandez,Majin Lopez, Luke Torres and Noey Santiago; (back) Karina Herrad a, Sherlyn Lopez, Luis Piedad-Hernandez and Noah Newman. Third graders named Positively Awesome Workers included (fro nt row, from left) Savannah Steinel, Janaly Ramirez-Fernandez, Andrew Rodriguez, Remy Jacobson, Marely Ton Cambray and Joseph Herrera. Cool Cats who stayed on task were (mid dle row, from left) Krysta Sandoval, Mira Ahir, Isaiah Hernandez, Joshua Hedgecock,Isabela Badillo and Johnny Huron; (back row) Ezekiel Calvillo, Carter Gordon, Kate Santiago, Mariah Mendoza, Ilmer Mendez and Joseph Herrera. Named Positively Awesome Workers for the fifth grade were (from front left) MariaHilario, Kaitlyn Howell, Joshua Kue and Gilberto Santiago. Cool Cats who showedleadership characteristics included (second row, from left) Israel Ruiz-Lopez,Brooke Hall, Omar Ortiz Reyes and Marianna Almaguer; (third row) Alyssa Hines,Anna Guzman, Angel Ortega-Lopez and Noah Garcia; (back row) Yesenia Saldana Angel, Joshua Delarosa and Cierra Medieros. Not pictured: Caden Chance. Fourth-grade Positively Awesome Workers were (from front left) Jonathan Alvarez,Alana Wyckoff, Sarah Johnson, Cody Garcia and Ana Maqueda. Cool Cats who seta good example included (middle, from left) Gabriel Fenton, Natalie Hipolito, LarynChristian, Rumina Rivera and Christopher Tollison; (back) Jasmine Feregrino-Maqueda, Ethan Parker, Natalie Rivera, Lilia Ramos, Jasmin Vargas-Rivera and Aracely Herrada. Not pictured: Jordan Miller. GATORHEATING& AIRCONDITIONINGREFRIGERATION& ICEMACHINES THINK GREEN • SAVEENERGY• SAVE MONEY 863-832-3399LOCALLYOWNEDSALEONALLNEWUNITS Call For Service Today • All Makes Call For Service Today • All Makes Goodman –A Member of Daikin Group Daikin Industries, Ltd. (DIL) is a Fortune 1000 company with more than 49,000 employees worldwide, making it the number one residential and commercial HVAC manufacturer in the world. Daikan is engaged primarily in the development, manufacture, sales and aftermarket support of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, refrigerants and other chemicals, as well as oil hydraulic products. Licensed & Insured CAC 1815095 NOW HIRING Installers & Techs Construction/Handyman (Will Train) 4:19,26c HARDEE COUNTY FOOD PANTRIES Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries 113 N 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-5717 Requirements: Identification, Social Security cardWhen: Wednesday ONLY | 10 am – 12 noon Bowling Green Church of God 121 W. Broward Bowling Green, FL 33834Tele: 863-375-2231 Requirements: Identification When: 3rd Saturday of the month | 8 am –noon Cutting Edge Food Ministry 3059 Elm Street Zolfo Springs, FL 33890Tele: 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 33873Tele: 863-773-4267 Requirements: ID & Physical address (Light Bill, Lease etc.)When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month1:00 –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 pmHardee Help Center 713 E. Bay Street, Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-0034 Requirements: Application with proof of hardshipPrograms: Emergency & Homelessness AssistanceFor more information, Contact the HardeeHelp CenterSt. Michael’s Catholic Church Food Pantry 408 Heard Bridge Rd, Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-4089 Requirements: Identification or Light Bill When: Every Saturday 6:00 – 8:00 am B12 The Herald-Advocate, April 19, 2018


4:19c BAND-TASTIC! COURTESY PHOTOS Thirty-one Hardee Junior High School band students recently participated in theDistrict 11 Solo & Ensemble Festival at Braden River High School in Bradenton. Theyoung musicians earned a total of 29 Superior ratings and six Excellent ratings.First-period seventh and eighth graders who competed were (top photo, from frontleft) Cyclaliz Avila-Perez, Myia Lamy, Giselle Zuniga, Maria Munguia and AdrianNavarro; (back) Crystal Wingate, Sara Ibanez, Denis Mendieta, Acacia Brinkmannand Chris Sosa. Sixth-period seventh and eighth graders who performed were (mid dle photo, from front left) Deysi Salazar, Kiara Detrinidad and Lana Krell; (secondrow) Alicia Gonsalez, Marissa Valdez, Jaqueline Jurado and Angielita Casso; (back)Marisa Mendieta, David Orta, Caleb Ybarra, Dallas Grice and Gabrial Goff. Sixthgraders who participated included beginning band members (bottom photo, fromfront left) Jacob Duncan, Jeremiah Alcantar, Jewel Sockalosky and MadisonHilliard; (back) Jada Altieri, Azaria Williams, Matt Duncan, Christian Avalos and RyanSunday. My brother-in-law Larry is a great guy. A Florida AthleticHall of Fame High SchoolSoccer Coach, in his 50’s hediscovered turkey hunting.When Larry gets interested insomething, intensity is toomild a word to describe hisfocus. The ranch has ready-made turkey hunting habitat.Larry was hooked. Beforelong, he was embracing all ofranch life, including havingafew cows of his own. The only problem was, Larry had a “city” truck. A“city” truck is deceptive. Theadvertisements say they ridelike a car and carry a load likea truck, but in truth they doneither well. “City” trucksdon’t clear stumps well anddon’t have four-wheel drive.As a result, “city” trucks getstuck – a lot. I know this because I’ve had “city” trucks. A couple of themwere compact trucks, whichmeant they would clear ananthill on a good day. I tookone of my city trucks to theranch once and got hung up 30feet past the gate. Once again,I had to endure the humiliationof calling for help. Pop, mybrother Steve, and our fore man Richard have all had tocome and pull me out. The same thing happened to Larry. He would go down intothe pasture to check his turkeyfeeders or his cows, and hewould hang up or bog down.He got stuck at one creek-crossing so much we named itafter him: “Larry’s Crossing.” It must be hard to be a Hall of Famer and have to call peo ple to pull you out. Finally,Larry had enough. Not toolong ago, he told me he wasgetting a new truck. Let me educate the truck il literate among you. A goodbasic truck is a F-150 or aChevy 1500, 4x4. That’s whatI have. It will get you whereyou need to go in the woods. If you want a little more muscle for pulling, you get aF-250 or a Chevy 2500. Theseare working trucks. Mybrother Steve drives a F-2504x4. A F-350 or Chevy 3500 isa serious truck. They are builttough and will pull just aboutanything you’ve got. Theranch truck is a F-350, and wepull a loaded stock trailer withit. Larry was tired of having the smallest truck in the fam ily. So, Larry bought a new2018, F-350 Diesel 4X4 SuperCrew Cab. Now if any of usgot stuck, we’d call Larry. Heand his monster truck wouldpull us out. Larry had his truck for two weeks. He was down at theranch, and a line of thunder storms was moving through.There were warnings of hail.Larry didn’t want his newtruck to be hit by hail (I under stand – I don’t want anyscratches on a new vehicleuntil I put them there). The problem was the new truck wouldn’t fit in the garage– too tall. We haven’t repairedthe tin roof at the barn sincethe hurricane, so the truckwouldn’t be safe there. Mybrother Steve suggested Larrypark his new truck under ahundred-year-old oak tree.The oak tree was thick andwould block the hail. Larry parked his truck in the suggested location and went inthe house to wait out thestorm. He heard the lightningstrike close but didn’t thinkanything of it (there are morelightning storms in the Tampa Bay area than anywhere elseon earth). The lights flickered,but they do that when you arethe end of the power line.After a few minutes, Larryheard “pop,” then another“pop.” He went outside to check out the odd sound and smelledsmoke. In panic, he thought ofhis beloved new truck. Herounded the corner of thehouse to see his brand new,2018 F-350 Diesel 4x4 SuperCrew Cab truck with 700miles on it, on fire. Lightninghad hit the oak tree, and thetruck was burning. The ranch is 12 miles from the fire department in town.By the time the firefighters gotthere, Larry’s new truck hadburned to the ground. When I heard the news, I sent Larry a text telling himhow sorry I was. He sent a textback to me, “Thou shalt notcovet. Lesson learned.” I need to tell Larry coveting is when you want somethingsomeone else has because youthink it will make you some body. Buying a big truck soyou don’t get stuck is not cov eting. Maybe a better scripture is “He makes the rain fall on thejust and the unjust.” Everybad thing that happens isn’tbecause God is punishing you.Bad things do happen to goodpeople. Lighting strikes thejust and the unjust. What do we do when bad things happen to us? The bestthing I know to do is go to theFather and ask, “What am Isupposed to learn?” Some times we learn God is all weneed. Sometimes we learn thatstuff really isn’t important.Sometimes we learn God willcarry us through. Insurance should cover most of the loss. Larry will get an other truck. I suspect the oaktree will live. And God will bewith Larry and you and me,when rain falls, hail comes,and lighnting strikes. In theend, God is enough. PS: It never did hail. Larry And His Lightning Truck COURTESY PHOTO Larry’s new truck on fire from lightning strike. 1. INVENTIONS: Who invented the first successfulelectric razor? 2. U.S. STATES: What is Ohio's official gemstone? 3. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the Griffith Observatory lo cated? 4. ORGANIZATIONS: What volunteer organizationcelebrated its 50th anniversaryin 2011? 5. MEASUREMENTS: How many gills are in a pint? 6. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which president was the heav iest? 7. LITERATURE: Who popularized the term "The JazzAge" in a book title? 8. MUSIC: Who had a 1961 hit with the song "Hit theRoad Jack"? 9. GEOLOGY: The terms "carrara" and "calacatta" referto what type of stone? 10. PROVERBS: What is the end of the proverb that be gins, "What's good for thegoose ... "? ANSWERS 1. Jacob Schick2. Flint3. Los Angeles4. The Peace Corps5. Four6. William Taft weighed 332 pounds 7. F. Scott Fitzgerald8. Ray Charles9. Marble 10. "... is good for the gan der." (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez Help A Child CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE 1-800-422-4453 April 19, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B13


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