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H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE Thursday, May 24, 2018 THE 118th Year • No. 26 • 4 Sectionswww.TheHeraldAdvocate.com 70¢ Plus 5¢ Sales Tax G G r r a a d d u u a a t t i i o o n n K K e e e e p p s s a a k k e e E E d d i i t t i i o o n n Deadline Passes As Of Monday, Only 2 Hardee County Races Will Make It To Voters Mini-Bus Outfitted To Deliver Free Food To Kids PHOTO BY TOM STAIK The Hardee County School District will be delivering lunch and snacks to students across the county this sum mer in a repurposed mini-bus that recently received a full-body graphic wrap. RAIN DELAY PHOTO BY TOM STAIK The weather continues to plague the Lady Wildcats in their journey to play in the Florida High School AthleticAssociation’s Final Four Softball Tournament at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. Tuesday’s semifinal matchbetween Hardee Senior High School and Cape Coral Charter, originally scheduled for 9:50 a.m., was canceledshortly after 5 p.m. after four successive rain delays. The Lady Wildcats were warming up at the time. Fieldcrews used hand pumps to attempt to keep fields playable, but as of 5 o’clock only one full game had beenplayed on the lengthy roster of games scheduled for Tuesday. FHSAA officials expected the game to be playedat 8:30 on Wednesday. A win would advance the ladies in orange and blue to the finals on Wednesday afternoon.No time had been announced for that game. The tournament day has thus far been delayed three times in itsentirety since last week, all due to rain. Cook Child Molester Gets Life In Prison W EATHER DATE HIGH LOW RAIN 05/1588701.4405/1687680.0805/1783690.8605/1888660.0105/1983670.2605/2073681.6805/2186700.18 Rainfall to 05/21/2018 15.39 Same period last year 6.13 Ten Year Average 49.17 Source: Univ. of Fla. Ona Research Center I NDEX Classifieds...........B10 Courthouse Report....A9Crime Blotter.........A9Entertainment........B5Hardee Living.........A6Information Roundup..A2Obituaries...........A10Puzzles.............. A11 Save The Date.........A2Solunar Forecast.......B4 By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-Advocate A Wauchula man has been sentenced to life in prison formolesting two girls under theage of 12. Marvin Glen Cook, 62, was found guilty on all counts by aHardee County jury followinga 3-1/2-day trial last October inHardee Circuit Court. Jurorsdeliberated for one hour beforereturning their verdict. Convictions were for one count of sexual battery on a child under 12, four counts oflewd molestation and onecount of escape. Sexual battery of a child that young is a capital felony. Impo sition of the death penalty forsex offenses, however, wasruled out long ago by theSupreme Court. Instead, Cookfaced a sentence of life inprison. And that is the penalty Cir cuit Judge Marcus J. Ezellehanded down late last month. Ezelle ordered Cook held be hind bars for the rest of his life,also imposing a mandatory 25-year minimum before Cookcould possibly seek parole.Further, the judge sentencedCook to five years in prison forthe escape charge, directingthose years to be served con secutive to the life term. Ezelle also ordered that Cook be designated as both adangerous sexual offender anda violent felony offender ofspecial concern. Lastly, the judge assessed $1,575 in fines, court costs andfees. Cook, who was being held in the Hardee County Jail, wastransferred to the custody of theFlorida Department of Correc tions on Wednesday of lastweek. He is currently incarcer ated in the prison system’sCentral Florida Reception Cen ter in Orlando. The case against Cook was nearly four years old when itwas tried in court. Cook had been arrested by Det. David Drake of theHardee County Sheriff’s Officeon Dec. 19, 2013, after twogirls reported being molestedby Cook when they were 8 and9 years old. The girls testified the first time Cook touched them inap propriately was after they hadasked him for a dollar so theycould go to the A&M MiniMart. He invited them into hishouse and asked if they wantedto play a game.See LIFEA2By CYNTHIA KRAHL Of The Herald-Advocate The deadline to have one’s name placed on the electionballot by voter petition ratherthan paying a fee came andwent with two potential candi dates opting not to do so. Now, Melony Cureton and Mindy Castillo will have toempty their wallets of $1,106each if they still wish to run fortwo of the three open SchoolBoard seats. That was the word after noon on Monday, the cutoff time forsubmitting petitions to theHardee County Elections Of fice. Petitions, which must carry the signatures of 118 registeredvoters, have to be counted andverified as authentic by elec tions workers in time for the of ficial qualifying period, whichbegins at noon on Monday,June 18. At that time, anyone new wanting to run for CountyCommission or School Boardwill have to pay four percent ofthe position’s annual salary inorder to make it onto the ballot. With salaries of $32,545 for a County Commission memberand $27,656 for a SchoolBoard member, the qualifyingfees will amount to $1,302 and$1,106, respectively. Traditionally, Hardee County candidates collect the requirednumber of voter signaturesrather than forking over thecash. But in at least two fairly recent instances, candidatessurfaced too late for the freeride onto the ballot and instead paid the fare. So, Monday’s deadline does not mean the ballot is set. The official week-long qual ifying period will end at noon on Friday, June 22. If no new candidates emerge at that time, four out of sixelected offices up for grabs will never make it to voters. The remaining two Hardee County races would be decided by the local electorate. County Commission District 2 incumbent Sue Birge has twoopponents so far. They are Noey Flores and Ralph Arce. County judge candidates are Kenneth Evers, David Hortonand James Pyle. Incumbent judge Jeff McKibben is retir ing. But County Commission District 4’s Russell Melendywill gain another four-year term. And every School Board slot, for district’s 1, 4 and 5,will be set. Incumbents PaulSamuels and Garry McWhorterwill get four more years on thedais, and District 5 newcomerMark Gilliard will take a firsttime seat. Cureton had announced for Samuels’ position, and Castillofor the one Gilliard is seeking,which currently belongs to Thomas Trevino, who has de cided not to seek re-election.See DEADLINEA2 By TOM STAIK Of The Herald-Advocate Call it a lunch box on steroids. The Hardee County School District took possession thisweek of a repurposed mini-busto serve as a mobile distribu tion center for lunch andsnacks for area youth this sum mer. The feeding station on wheels is expected to servemore than 1,600 students a day. A similar program last sum mer fed 300 students per day. “I am very, very excited about the program,” saidLaCheron Conway, director ofschool nutrition. The local feeding effort is being held in cooperation withthe Florida Department ofAgriculture & Consumer Serv ices’ statewide SummerBreakSpot program. The pro gram is funded through theU.S. Department of Agricul ture.See FOOD A2

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A2 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 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 Ads@TheHeraldAdvocate.com Publisher@TheHeraldAdvocate.com Sports@TheHeraldAdvocate.com 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. At The Herald-Advocate, we want accuracy to be a given, not just our goal. If you believe we have printed an error in fact, please call to report it. We will review the information, and if we find it needs correction or clarification, we will do so here. To make a report, call Managing Editor Cynthia Krahl at 773-3255. CorrectionsMAY 24 Knitting & Crochet/ HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 24 Storytime/HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 24 Lunch & Learn/ HC Chamber of Commerce/Historic Train Depot/135 E. Main St., Wauchula/ Noon 24 Sen. Denise Grimsley Mobile Office Hour/Wauchula Train Depot/ 1:15-2:15 p.m 24 Hometown Happy Hour/Main Street Wauchula Inc./Main Street/5 pm 24 Fitness in the Park/ Yoga/Heritage Park/5:30 pm 24 ZS Town Commission Meeting/104 W. Fifth Street, Zolfo Springs/6 pm 25 How To Use Your Device/HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10:30 am 26 HC School Board Meeting/ 230 S. Florida Ave., Wauchula//5 pm 30 Adult Coloring/HC Public Library/ 315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 31 Knitting & Crochet/ HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 31 Storytime/HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am JUNE 7 Professor DoDad/ Hardee County Public Library/1 pm 7 Beef Cattle Financial Outlook Program/ Hardee County Extension Office/ 6 pm 11 Reptile Discovery/ Hardee County Public Library/6 pm JULY 13 Scout Club/Main Street Wauchula Inc./6 pm AUGUST 10 Wildcat Tailgate Party/Main Street Wauchula Inc./6 pm 25 HC Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament NOVEMBER 17 Hoofin If Off Main/ Main Street Wauchula/8 am 24 Brunch in the Park/ Main Street Wauchula/8 am DECEMBER 1 HC Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade 14 Hometown Christmas/ Main Street Wauchula/6 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. Have an entry for Save The Date? See contact info below. Hosting a community-wide non-profit event? List it here! Its free and its easy. See in structions below. Kellys ColumnBy JimOn Tuesday afternoon our Wauchula rain gauge showed 4.5 inches since a week ago. A very unusual rainy stretch for midMay. Regular unleaded gasoline prices this past week rose 14 cents to $2.899 a gallon, after an 11-cent increase from the pre vious week. The four-dollar question is will it reach $4? This week's issue contains a photo tribute to honor the life of Dr. Ernest P. Palmer, who was a personal physician to many people in Hardee County. What an active life he led. Dr. Palmer's grandson Luke Palmer, 6-4 and 320, plans to see a lot of action this fall for the University of Central Florida Golden Knights as center and guard. He will be a senior. He played quite a bit last year when the Knights went undefeated. He is the son of West and Laina Palmer of Wauchula. Another Hardee County football player expected to see a lot of ation this fall is outside linebacker Keyon Brown, a fifth-year senior at the University of Georgia. Head coach Kirby Smart said Brown "played with more effort this spring than he has in the past. He knows what to do now so he understands the defense. He's helping on special teams. He's a specialty player who can set the edge or rush the passer. He's been working hard for three or four years to get his turn, and this is his turn." He signed with the Bulldogs as the nation's No. 145 overall prospect and No. 7-ranked weakside defensive end, reported Jake Rowe at dogs247 on Facebook. In Georgia's great 2017 sea son Brown at outside linebacker registered four tackles, three in the last four games, his only career statistics, reported Rowe of CBS Sports Digital. Georgia's 2018 spring class of recruits has been rated No. 1 in the nation. Steve Pincket was among a group from the Lakeland Down town Kiwanis Club visiting the Wauchula Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. He is running for Circuit Judge in the 10th Judicial Dis trict Aug. 28, the seat being vacated by retiring Judge Marcus Ezelle of Wauchula. He and his wife Michelle Pincket of 28 years have two chil dren, Harrison and Claire. Michelle is a circuit judge. Steve is a graduate of Florida State University and has 28 years of legal experience, including being an assistant state attorney. AARP Magazine lists six sports stars and the best advice they got from mentors on life and living: 1. Charles Barkley, 54, basketball: his junior high school coach Wallace Honeycutt said to make a Plan B. He told athletes they would one day have to get a real job, that only a few become pros in their sport. 2. Dorothy Hamill, 61, figure skating: Coach Gustave said to never compromise her standards. Details were important. He wanted my laces clean and my boots polished. 3. Jack Nicklaus, 77, golfer: His Ohio State University coach Bob Kepler said to take advantage of every opportunity. He said Jack could not miss an opportunity to play an exhibition match with Sam Snead or prepare for the Walker Cup, which re quired missing school time. 4. Martina Navratilova, 61, tennis player: Life coach San dra Haynie said to let go of mistakes and stay focused on the next shot. 5. Jim Plunkett, 70, quarterback: High school coach Al Ce mentina said to go the extra mile, on and off the field. Taught him about sacrifice and compassion. 6. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 55, track: Elementary and high school coach Nino Fennoy said to make a commitment and stick with it. Said sometimes things are not going to go the way you want. Don't flee from difficulties. By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-AdvocateThe death of a 70-year-old homeless man has prompted the Bowling Green Police Department to renew its investi gation into an alleged hit-and-run collision. The victim, Pablo Ramirez, died on Sunday, Capt. Brett Dowden said. Ramirez, he noted, was an elderly man well known about town. He walked with the aid of his walking stick, Dow den said, and his gait was slow. On Saturday, May 5, BGPD officers found him lying in the roadway on Jones Street, be tween Chester and MasonDixon avenues, the captain said. He was taken to the hospital. He had a knot on the back of his head, Dowden said of the visible injuries the officers could observe. He said he had fallen. Officers asked Ramirez if he possibly had been hit by a motor vehicle. He denied it. He said no, all he did was fall, Dowden said. Officers, however, still suspected otherwise, so they went from the hospital back to the scene, the captain said. They checked the scene again for evidence. They canvassed the neighbors. No evidence or witnesses were found. Dowden said an autopsy was conducted following Ramirez death, and the Medical Examiners Office deter mined his injuries were consistent with a motor vehicle strike. The BGPD is asking for any information anyone may have to help officers find the hitand-run driver. Call the BGPD at 375-3549.BGPD Seeks Info In Hit-&-Run Death REVIVAL Victory Praise Center132 E. Main St. Bowling GreenJoin us asRev. John Gray brings Fight of the Century sermonWed., May 23 Fri., May 25 7:00 p.m. 5:24cGas Prices Heading To $3 A GallonAs the national average con tinues to push toward $3 a gal lon, gas prices in the southeastern United States are among the lowest in the country, AAA/The Auto Group reported early this week. Sunday's national average of $2.92 is five cents more than a week ago and 57 cents more than this time last year. In 14 states, the average was above $3 a gallon. Florida gas prices held steady through the past week, yet remain at their highest lev els in more than three years. Sunday's state average was $2.82, which is 52 cents more than this time last year. On average, it costs $42 for a full tank of gasoline, an in crease of $8 from this time last year. Roundup Golf Tourney Helps MissionFlorida First Assembly of God is co-sponsoring a golf tournament to raise funds for a mission trip to Ecuador. It will be on June 9, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bartow Golf Course. To register or be a hole sponsor, contact www.flfirstag.org/missions. Cattle Outlook Program June 7A Beef Cattle Financial Outlook 2018-19 program will be hosted by the Hardee County Extension Office on Thursday, June 7, beginning at 6 p.m. at 507 Civic Center Dr. in Wauchula. Chris Prevatt, beef cattle economist for the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, will explore market trends and how they will affect future prices. Registration is $10, including a meal and edu cational materials. Deadline is Friday, June 1. Call 7732164 or email mwa@ ufl.edu. JAMES F. PYLEForHARDEECOUNTYJUDGEThe only candidate with criminal and civil trial experience!Paid for by James F. Pyle for Hardee County Judge 5:24p The children said they went inside, and Cook directed them into his bedroom. There, they said, he performed an act of a sexual nature on each of them. That was in May of 2013. Months later, the girls saw Cook mowing a church lawn and approached him to ask for a dollar for the Mini Mart. This time, when he asked if they wanted to play a game, they declined. Instead, Cook took them to the back of the church, again performed a sexual act, and gave them $5 to share, they testified. At trial, Cook testified in his own defense, saying, I would never hurt a kid. DEADLINE Continued From A1 Voters will head to the polls for a regional race, too, though, for Circuit Court judge, as in cumbent judge Marcus Ezelle also is retiring. His place on the bench is being sought by two Polk County residents, Steve Pincket of Lakeland and Dana Moore of Winter Haven. Voters all over the circuit, which is comprised of Hardee, High lands and Polk counties, will decide that race. During the school year in Florida, more than two million students qualify for free and re duced-price meals through the National School Lunch Pro gram, but when school is out, many of the children relying on these meals may go hungry, Conway said. The local effort, headed by Conway, is open to youngsters 18 and younger. The youths will receive a cold lunch consisting of milk, vegetable or fruit, and a sand wich. Snacks will also be avail able. The food, according to Con way, will be distributed on two routes that divide the county north and south, and include 16 distribution sites. The meals and snacks are free. The summer feeding pro gram is expected to launch this coming Tuesday the first of ficial day of summer vacation after the Memorial Day holi day at the countys public schools and run through June 28. The program will begin delivering meals and snacks to non-school sites on June 4. That program is expected to end July 31. There will be no delivery on July 4. Summer BreakSpot will be introduced to the community during an information session Tuesday, June 12, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Wauchula Gar dens Apartment Complex, 1020 Makowski Road, Wauchula. Most meal sites will be at su pervised, public places like parks, libraries and churches. To find a site, visit summer breakspot.org, dial 2-1-1 or text FoodFL to 877-877. Hardee County understands that a hungry child cannot learn, and their objectives are to provide nutritious food con sistently and to provide food that contributes to the students educational experience, Con way added. While feeding kids during the school year is important, they also realize that kids need nutritious meals during the summer months as well. FOOD Continued From A1 LIFE Continued From A1 If You SeeSomethingSaySomething Report Suspicious Activity1(855)3527233 Herald-AdvocateHardee Countys Hometown CoveragePRINTERS PUBLISHERS 115 S. 7th Ave. Wauchula, FL 33873 Telephone (863) 773-3255www.TheHeraldAdvocate.comThe

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5:17,24c REMEMBERTHATSPECIALMOMENT!Photos of graduating seniors on stage receiving their diplomas are now available for purchase. Get a CD with the graduation diploma photo of your senior. $10 plus tax(Cash or check No credit cards please)Use the CD to make as many copies of the photo you may need. (Mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)Come by The Herald-Advocate office and place your order today! 115 S. 7th Ave. Wauchula 773-3255 5:24-6:28nc May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A3 READING SKIRMISH COURTESY PHOTOSFirst and second graders at Wauchula Elementary competed in the schools fifth annual Book Skirmish last week to show off their reading comprehension skills. Participating were students who had read all the Sunshine State Young Reader Award Jr. books and had passed the Accelerated Reader quizzes on them. Con testants (above) had to correctly answer questions about the books in order to move on to the next round. The Skirmish continued until there were only three stu dents left. These winners were (bottom photo, from front left) Jasmin Baker, Addilyn Hilton and Kane Prescott. Fifth graders from the schools Battle of the Books team, including (bottom photo, back row) Micayla Gillespie, Laina Canary, Ava Roberts and Will Cornell, helped with the Skirmish. On This Day: 1989 NY Yankee hurler Lee Gutterman sets record of pitching 30-2/3 innings before giving up his 1st run of season 1989 Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper, is awarded ,000 in damages after winning a libel action against satyrical magazine Private Eye (later reduced to ,000 on appeal). 1989 33rd European Cup: Milan beats Steaua Bucuresti 4-0 at Barcelona 1990 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1 1990 A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both 1992 Colleen Walker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic 1992 Despite trailing 7-1, NY Yanks tie Milwaukee Brewers & then score 1 in 9th to avoid 5th straight extra inning game 1993 Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war 1993 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Islanders, 4 games to 1 1996 "Spy Hard" starring Leslie Nielsen is released E E n n c c o o u u r r a a g g e e y y o o u u r r c c h h i i l l d d r r e e n n t t o o m m a a k k e e r r e e a a d d i i n n g g t t h h e e n n e e w w s s p p a a p p e e r r a a p p a a r r t t o o f f t t h h e e i i r r e e v v e e r r y y d d a a y y r r o o u u t t i i n n e e f f o o r r l l i i f f e e l l o o n n g g l l e e a a r r n n i i n n g g . N N e e w w s s p p a a p p e e r r s s a a r r e e l l i i v v i i n n g g t t e e x x t t b b o o o o k k s s , h h e e l l p p i i n n g g s s t t u u d d e e n n t t s s d d e e v v e e l l o o p p r r e e a a d d i i n n g g , m m a a t t h h , s s o o c c i i a a l l s s t t u u d d i i e e s s a a n n d d l l a a n n g g u u a a g g e e s s k k i i l l l l s s w w h h i i l l e e e e x x p p l l o o r r i i n n g g t t h h e e i i s s s s u u e e s s a a f f f f e e c c t t i i n n g g o o u u r r w w o o r r l l d d t t o o d d a a y y . Herald-AdvocatePrinters & PublishersTheP.O. Box 338 115 S. 7th Ave., Wauchula, FL 33873(863) 773-3255

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FL 33890 45 P-0335000 $762.69 P05724000 GRAHAM HORACE & ALBRITTON JODI 6196 VANS SIMMONS ROAD WAUCHULA, FL 338732017 TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY LISTAs is provided by Chapter 196.199 Acts of 1941, notice is hereby given that the tan gible personal property taxes assessed for 2017 are now delinquent and beginning April 1st, such taxes are drawing interest of 1 percent per month plus the propor tionate cost of publishing this notice. Unless the amounts set opposite each name below are paid before the 31st day of May, 2018, warrants will issue thereon direct ing levy upon and seizure of the tangible property of the taxpayer for unpaid taxes, penalties and additional costs. Herald-AdvocateHardee Countys Hometown CoveragePRINTERS PUBLISHERS Telephone (863) 773-3255www.TheHeraldAdvocate.com The NoticesI realize most of you grew up in tasteful families with genteel manners, where every one was born knowing which fork to use for dessert and which fork to use for salad. I grew up in a family that was proud to have forks. We did have some couth. Chewing with your mouth open or smacking your food meant you were sent to your room without finishing supper and with no dessert. Thats disgusting, Mamma would say. At this point, I should in form you that I hate liver. As far back as I can remember, someone has been encourag ing me to eat liver. I was told, How do you know you dont like it unless you try it? Ive never tried self-per formed surgery either, but Im pretty sure I wouldnt like it. It did not matter if the liver came from a chicken or a cow, my parents thought there was some virtue in consuming it. Mamma finally decided on a fool proof plan to make me eat liver: she would fry it, like fried steak. Mamma made the best fried steak south of the Suwannee River. She would flour it with salt and pepper mixed in and slide it into an iron skillet of hot Crisco. Then she would cook rice and homemade milk gravy (this was before cholesterol). Green beans that had simmered all day with a ham hock and homemade biscuits with butter completed the meal. I came in from a hard day of running around being a boy. Being a consummate con sumer of Mammas fried se lections, I knew this was not fried chicken. I asked Mamma, Whats for supper? She said, without cracking a smile, Beef! Now, set the table. I neglected to ask which part of the cow would be served, and with mouth watering I set the table. We said the blessings and used our single forks to spear a piece of crispy brown meat. I quickly cut a piece, lifted my fork to my mouth, and let my lips capture the prize. My taste buds registered surprise. The crispy fried outside was familiar, but beyond that thin layer was a meat of unknown origin. Instead of the sweetness of round steak, there was a bitterness, like burnt motor oil (dont ask how I know burnt motor oil is bitter). My brain began to frantically search its memory files. With amazing speed my neurons went back into the cobwebcovered taste recollections. The taste fit the profile of liver. I promise I did not do this intentionally. It was an invol untary reflex. My brain sent an emergency message to my lungs, my tongue, my cheeks, and my lips saying, Expel this heathen substance! I spewed the half-eaten chunk of liver out of my mouth, into the atmosphere. It landed on my brothers plate. He yelled my name: Clay! My brain had moved onto other things, like chugging my glass of sweet tea to wash that nasty taste off my taste buds. There then ensued a great family debate. My brothers insisted I be banished from the table because I had been caught chewing with my mouth open. I insisted I was innocent, because: 1) I had not repeatedly chewed, only moving my jaw once; 2) Spewing a deadly substance out ones mouth is not a violation of Amy Vanderbilts Rules of Eti quette, but a survival tactic; and 3) My Mother lied to me. Mercy prevailed, and I filled up on rice and gravy (which was good, even if it derived from liver). Jesus said to the church at Laodicea, I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarmneither hot nor coldI will spew you out of my mouth. Jesus cannot stand people or churches that are apathetic and disengaged. To Him, they taste like liver. Jesus can handle op position. He loves passion. He loathes passivity. When I was an adult, I told a doctor about my aversion to liver. He said, I dont blame you. Never eat another ani mals poison filter. Are passive Jesus followers and passive churches, bags of poison that Jesus will spew out of His mouth? Or maybe the better ques tion is, Is Jesus about to spew me out of His mouth?An Aversion To Liver There are several fall hunts on five national wildlife refuges that you may apply for from now until June 15. These National Wildlife Refuge hunts offer yet another unique and limited opportunity to hunt on well-managed habi tat with healthy game popula tions and low hunting pressure. No guest permits are avail able for any of these hunts. If you get drawn, you must pay for your permit by the claim deadline or you forfeit it, and itll be available during the next application period which is first-come, first-served. On the 21,574-acre Lake Woodruff in Volusia and Lake counties, you may apply for archery and muzzleloading gun hunts for deer and hog. There is no fee to apply, but if you get drawn, the permit costs $27.50. You may apply for archery hunts on Brevard Countys 140,000-acre Merritt Island. There is no cost to apply, but if you get drawn, the permit is $27.50. Just south of Tallahassee, you may apply for archery, general gun and mobility-im paired hunts on the 32,000acre St. Marks. Each of these hunts cost $5 to apply, and if you get drawn, the permits are $27.50. On Franklin Countys 11,400-acre St. Vincent Island, you may apply for primitive weapons hunts for the exotic and enormous sambar deer. Its $5 to apply, and $37.50 to buy the permit should you get drawn. Lower Suwannee, in Dixie and Levy counties, has a $15 permit you may purchase that allows you to hunt the entire fall and spring season on the 53,000-acre refuge. The appli cation period here, however, ended with the close of spring turkey season. 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L L et us never forget the patriotism and courage of those who sacrificed everything for the sake of the country they so dearly loved. It is an honor to recognize the heroism and service of these great American heroes. They have forever earned a place in the heart of our grateful nation. The Herald-Advocate SUPERIOR SOUND COURTESY PHOTOS Hardee Junior High’s advanced band groups recently traveled to Kathleen HighSchool for the District 12 Middle School Music Performance Assessment. The Or ange Band received an overall Superior rating. Members include (above) MorganDunlap, Eleazar Delacruz, Nadiah Belmarez, Seirra Perez and Antonio Farias; Aca cia Brinkmann, Lindsay Bolin, Myia Lamy, Karime Rodriguez, Alli Gutierrez andDamian Toledo; Denis Mendieta, Vincente Gardner, Steven Parker, Adrian Navarro,Giselle Zuniga, Samantha Shackelford, Alex Harris and Izaiah Zamora; Sara Ibanez,Raul Avila-Perez, Crystal Wingate, Cyclaliz Avila-Perez, Esther Avalos and MariaMunguia; and Chris Sosa, Angel Lopez-Dejesus, Manuel Rodriguez, Alex Estrada,William Willis, Alexis Crawford, Kami Kelly and Lilly Edwards. Not pictured: AzariaWilliams and Joel Bartolon. The Blue Band received straight Superior ratings. Mem bers include (below) Elizabeth Darty, Amy Farias, Stephanie McMillan and AngielitaCasso; Maddison Justiss, Anabella Gomez, Angel Aviles, Robert Ehrenkaufer, LanaKrell, Scarlett Covarrubias, Adolfo Morales and Marissa Valdez; Jaqueline Jurado,David Orta, Karlie Alderman, Arianna Rodriguez, Flor Ruiz, Alicia Gonsalez, DeisySalazar and Caleb Ybarra; and Ricardo Sanchez, Marisa Mendieta, Gabrial Goff,Kassandra Jimenez, Gabriel Delarosa, Kiara Detrinidad, Mattie Wells, Viviana Her nandez and Dallas Grice. Not pictured: Jada Altieri, Aimee Jimenez, Jeremiah Al cantar, Acacia Brinkmann, Denis Mendieta, Crystal Wingate, Chris Sosa and SaraIbanez. SYMPHONIC STUDENTS COURTESY PHOTO Four Hardee Junior High band students recently traveled to the University of SouthFlorida in Tampa to participate in “Symphonic Celebration.” The festival featurestwo concert bands, comprised of middle-school students nominated by their banddirectors from throughout Florida. The students worked with distinguished conduc tors, including nationally known middle-school band director Cheryl Floyd andcomposer Quincy Hilliard, USF faculty and other outstanding clinicians. They at tended rehearsals, master classes, chamber ensembles and clinics during theweekend event. They also saw performances featuring students from the USFSchool of Music and Herd of Thunder marching band. Students performed in achamber ensemble concert and a wind band concert. Here, ready to watch a per formance at the concert hall, are (from left) Sara Ibanez, Jaqueline Jurado, DenisMendieta and Crystal Wingate. DEPUTY DOG COURTESY PHOTO Students at Zolfo Springs Elementary received a visit from a Hardee County Sheriff’sOffice K-9 Unit. The children learned what a valuable role a K-9 Unit plays in crime-fighting as well as missing-persons cases. Students especially loved meeting Katie,the bloodhound. Herald-Advocate Hardee County’s Hometown Coverage PRINTERS • PUBLISHERS 115 S. 7th Ave. • Wauchula, FL 33873 (863) 773-3255 www.TheHeraldAdvocate.com The May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A5

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–H ARDEE L IVING – MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE"Remembering Those Who Paid The Ultimate Price" Monday May 28 11 a.m. American Legion Herger Williams Post # 2 117 W. Palmetto St., Wauchula soc5:24c Guest Speaker Sue BirgeHC Commissioner Co-Chair Rotary Freedom Flight Public is Cordially Invited to Attend As We Remember Our Fallen Soldiers PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY From left are Laura Arce, who plans to attend South Florida State College; MalloryGough, Warner University on a softball scholarship, majoring in elementary educa tion; Briana Waters, attend SFSC, dental hygiene; Bril Augustus, SFSC for two years,then transfer to Florida A & M University; and Wauchula Lions Club President SamFite. LEO CLUB SENIORS From left are Jazlyn Perry, plans to major in dental hygiene at South Florida StateCollege; Ayana Daniels, SFSC, major in business management; Alexis Garza, SFSC;Thalia Hartley, SFSC, major in business and become a teacher in Hardee County;and Helen Summit, Lions Club liaison to the HHS Leo Club. They attended the LionsClub meeting Thursday, May 17, at the Java Cafe. PHOTO BY JIM KELLY Hardee High School Academic Team members on Tuesday, May 15, attended theWauchula Kiwanis Club meeting at the Java Cafe. The team finished sixth in thestate among 39 Division 3 schools. From left are junior varsity coach StephanieCarte, sophomore Enrique Valazguez, sophomore Savannah Valletutti, senior AnaSaldana, junior James Neel, and varsity coach Brittany Dunlap. HHS ACADEMIC TEAM What were Hardee Countiansthinking and talking about inthe 1960s, or maybe the ‘30s?Each issue, we will revisit thatcorresponding week and yearin a decade past, using oldcopies of The Florida Advo cate, the Hardee County Her ald or The Herald-Advocate.This week, the decade of … The ‘00s May 22, 2008 You’re Out! Six more stu dents were expelled this schoolyear, totaling 13 expulsions.Hearings were held for fourmarijuana-possession of fenses, one of derogatoryracial remarks and one of spik ing a teacher’s water withGerm-X hand sanitizer. Sixboys, two 16-year-olds, two14-year-olds, a 13-year-oldand a 12-year-old, ended upexpelled for varying time peri ods, and will be considered forplacement at Pioneer CareerAcademy. –––––– Get A Facelift! Florida Hos pital Wauchula is being reno vated by Stevens ConstructionInc. of Fort Myers. The projectwill include a pharmacy re modeling, a nurse station addi tion and configuration ofemergency and treatmentrooms. The hospital and itsemergency services will re main open during the process. –––––– Take A Bow? First Baptist Church of Bowling Green willbe hosting an archery contestat the Central Florida Bow Hunters Range. The event willhave door prizes and two con test categories, one for ages 9to 14 and one for ages 15 andup. Each category will havefirst-, secondand third-placeprizes. The main door prizewill be a PSE MachXX1 Bowwith an XCam system. –––––– Who, Me? Dr. Ross A. Hendry’s “Over the Fence”column talks about one of theadvantages of living in thesmall town of Wauchula. Hehad gone into the Tax Collec tor’s Office to inquire abouttags but had no ID, vehicleregistration or proof of insur ance on hand. The women inthe office were patient andwilling to work with him,something that would not havehappened in Bradenton, hesaid, calling it “the perks ofknowing people who knowyou.” –––––– Star Struck! Two students from Wauchula ElementarySchool had the opportunity tomeet Team USA softballplayer Jenny Finch. DanielleSmith (top) and Breanna God win (bottom) received auto graphs from her. The childrenboth play for the Shockersrecreational softball team,coached by Melanie Hender son and Tom Hartman. Decades Carlton Care Chiropractic C C h h i i r r o o p p r r a a c c t t i i c c L L a a s s e e r r M M u u s s c c u u l l a a r r T T h h e e r r a a p p y y D D i i g g i i t t a a l l X X R R a a y y Dr. Maria Carlton, DC Call Today To Schedule Your Appointment 863-473-4732Medicare & Most Insurance Accepted • 105 South 9th Av. • Wauchula, FL 33873 Back Pain • Neck Pain I Can Help! Also treating Headaches Siatica • Leg /Hip Pain Shoulder/Arm/Wrist Pain Muscle Pain and Arthritis Chronic or Acute Painsoc5:24cKaleb WrightCelebrates His2nd Birthday Kaleb Paul Wright, the son of Mitchell and Alishia Wrightof Wauchula, turned 2 yearsold on May 14. He celebrated the occasion on Saturday, May 12, with abirthday party at Sea World inOrlando. Theme for the partywas Mickey Mouse. Joining in the fun were grandparents Robert andMichelle Wright, sister JocieWright, uncle Robert WrightJr., cousin Sawyer RoseWright and aunts Charlotteand Diana Boatwright. Kaleb Don’t Be Left Out! HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM If YouSeeSomethingSaySomething Report Suspicious Activity 1 (855) Fla Safe 1(855)3527233 A6 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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–H ARDEE L IVING – Masons Make Donation To The JROTC Program At High School The Masonic Lodge in Wauchula presented a dona tion to the Hardee Senior HighSchool JROTC program at aspecial dinner last week. Led by commanding officer Lt. Col. Stephen McDanieland chief master Sgt. RobertWaltich, the high school’s AirForce Junior ROTC programwas selected by the lodge be cause of the attributes exhib ited by its cadets in theirservice to this community. Checks for $630 from Wauchula Lodge No. 17 and$100 from Fort Meade LodgeNo. 60 were awarded follow ing a meal catered by a localrestaurant. Members of the fraternal or ganization hope the funds willhelp support the JROTC pro gram by perhaps enabling it topurchase additional replica1834 Calvary sabers for acompetition and ceremonialdrill team, rocket engines forthe educational rocketry pro gram, a unit flag, scale air plane models for aerospacestudy or any other JROTCneed. Receiving the donation on behalf of the JROTC were theevening’s guests, McDanieland Waltich along with 2018-19 cadet corps commanderMaj. Eduardo Morales, deputycadet corps commander Capt.Amber McCall and ColorGuard members CommanderNicholas Gainous, U.S. flag,Esmeralda Morales, state flag,and Emilio Huss and GracieMcElroy, rifles. This, Wauchula Masons point out, was not the first timethe Masons of Hardee Countyhave chosen to involve them selves with the high school. The history linking local schools and the Masons beganin1895, when WauchulaLodge No. 17 recognized theneed for the formal educationof the community's childrenand the need to have a place constructed for this education. The Masons, it is recorded, built a school on Eighth Av enue and Bay Street inWauchula, which they referredto as “the Wauchula School”but residents referred to as“the Masons’ building.” Up stairs was the lodge's meetingroom and downstairs was theschool. Since then, ties to this school district grew stronger.The Masons, for instance, laidthe cornerstone of at least oneelementary school, NorthWauchula Elementary in 1967,and quite possibly others,though records were lost tofire. They say it is only fitting that the Masons of today’sLodge No. 17 step up to theplate and take a leadership rolein helping support the AirForce Junior ROTC program. The Masonic Lodge is lo cated at 118 W. Main St. indowntown Wauchula. Lt. Col. Stephen McDaniel (left), commanding officerof the JROTC program at Hardee Senior High School,accepts a $630 donation check from Scott Johnson,lodge master of the Wauchula Masons. High-ranking officials from the fraternal organization’s district level traveled toWauchula to be a part of this event. Shown (from left) are Wauchula Jr. Deacon Danny Lackey, JROTC commanding officer Lt. Col. Stephen McDaniel, Deputy Dis trict Grand Master Thomas Craze, District Instructor Dick Miller and Wauchula Lodge Master Scott Johnson. Jr. Deacon Danny Lackey (left) of the Wauchula Masonic lodge presents a checkfrom Fort Meade Lodge No. 160 to Lt. Col. Stephen McDaniel. That lodge donated$100 to the Hardee JROTC program. Wauchula Masonic Lodge No. 17 invited district Masonic officials and representatives of the Air Force Junior ROTC to a dinner at the lodge last week, where checks were donated to the school program. COURTESY PHOTOs Representatives of the Air Force Junior ROTC at Hardee Senior High School andWauchula Masons shared a meal last week as the fraternal organization donated $730 to the school program. soc5:24c Starts Saturday, May 26 ( Swim for FREE this day) at The Hardee County Public Pool 820 Altman Rd. • Wauchula Monday Saturday • 1 – 4 PM Sunday • 2 – 5 PM Admission $3 00 Swim Lesson Registration is still open. Call 773-3173 for information. 1. What was Def Leppard's first No. 1 song? 2. Phil Collins' "Two Hearts" was used on thesoundtrack to which film? 3. The Highwaymen was a country supergroup from 1985to 1995. What does that mean? 4. Who had a posthumous hit with "Blue Side of Lone some"? ANSWERS 1. "Photograph," in 1983. The song appears in "GrandTheft Auto V." 2. "Buster," in 1988. The song went to the top of thecharts and stayed there for twoweeks. 3. All four members were successful in their own careersoutside of the group. Theywere Willie Nelson, KrisKristofferson, Johnny Cashand Waylon Jennings. 4. Jim Reeves, in 1966. It was the fifth song after hisdeath to go to No. 1 on thecharts. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Flash Back By Chris Richcreek You Didn’t Ask For It RAPE CRISIS LINE 1 (888) 956 7273 May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A7

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H ARDEE L IVING Crewsville Bethel Baptist Church 8251 Crewsville Rd., CrewsvilleVacation Bible SchoolMonday, June 4thruFriday, June 8 5-7 pm* Dinner served at 5pm soc5:24,31c will be celebrating their152ndHomecoming Sunday, May 27, 2018Services will begin at 10:00 A.M. Guest speaker will be Mike Roberts. We invite all former members and friends to come and worship with us. Dinner will follow the services. We ask everyone to bring a covered dish. soc5:24c Don't Miss This!"Great Controversy" Bible Series Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.Seventh-Day Adventist Church 440 Carlton Street, Wauchula soc5:17-6:7p 4-City NewsBy Henrietta Benson 448-6737 Congratulations to the 2018 graduating seniors! The Womens Conference, with the theme Queen, Pick Up Your Crown, was held May 9-10 at Auburndale Womens Club. The Pre-Mothers Day Mu sical was May 12 at Elizabeth MB Church, Mothers Day celebration was May 19, and the Diva Conference was May 20. This womens conference was a blessing to those ladies who had a desire to have a closer walk with God. Sisters Success Summit, She Matters, hosted by Shirlyon McWhorter, was May 12, at Newport Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach. There were seven guest speak ers. Praying for the family of Pablo Ramirez, known as Cal iman, who passed in Tampa. Chiquita Robinson, Eliza beth Greene, Jonathan Benson and Brandy Richardson at tended the 2018 Pre-Kinder garten Gradation of Charlie Benson on Friday evening in Bartow. First Lady Mae Farley was the Mothers Day speaker at Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church in Bartow. The St. John AME Church Prayer Breakfast will be this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome. Sick are G.L. Ryals, Pat Groom, Liam Greene, Bertha Jones, Issac Lunsford and Cortez Hodges. Deepest sympathy to Lou E. Blevins and family in the home-going of her daughter, Dorothy, in Orlando. The me morial service was Saturday in Orlando. Mothers at Progressive MB Church received gift bags and a lighted rose on May 13 for Mothers Day. St. John AME Mothers Day speaker was Evangelist Linda Roberson. Jessica Valadez, Colette Greene, Chiquita Robinson, Josie Valadez and myself of Bowling Green, Veronica Gar cia of Fort Meade and Odelia Ybarra of Wauchula enjoyed a Tuesday evening birthday din ner honoring Jessica on her 41st birthday at the Watering Hole Restaurant in Sebring. Lisa Crenshaw of Mobile, Ala., left Thursday after two weeks visit while son Cortez Hodges was in Winter Haven Hospital. Issac Lunsford had surgery last Monday, and is at home recovering. DeAnna Jackson was hon ored with a baby shower Sat urday, May 12, at the Water Side Isle Clubhouse in Tampa. The shower was enjoyable, and she received gifts. The baby is due May 31. Happy birthday to Micheal Pierce, Tonya Pearson and LaRasha McLeod. Out on West 664 while coming home through the country, we saw an alligator crossing the road from left to the right. It was huge, about 12-feet long, here in Bowling Green, so be careful! In hearing the news of Dr. E.P., as I called him, on his home-going, we were very sad, the Benson family, as he was our family doctor. The Bensons extend their deepest sympathy to the Palmer fam ily. He was our doctor back in the s-s, and he deliv ered grandson Jonathan Ben son in February 1981. Couldnt attend the grave service, but drove by the Wauchula Cemetery and viewed car after car and more; it was a very large turnout. I worked at Hardee Memo rial Hospital, and had surgery back in 1974 and remember he did my surgery and left for Memphis, Tenn. I also have memory of him going to the Boston Marathon. To top it all, my mother, Carrie Daniels, worked for the Palmers when they moved here from Miami, as their housekeeper. Well miss him. Gods blessings to the Palmers. Congratulation to the Lady Wildcats on their second straight year in the Florida High School Athletic Associ ation Softball Tournament Final Four. I had the enjoy ment on a recent Wednesday while having my nails done to meet one of the senior girls getting all the works, toes to smile. Our Wildcat ladies traveled to Vero Beach on Monday for the finals. The African-American Senior Recognition Service was held Saturday evening, May 12, 2018 at 6:00pm at New Mt. Zion AME Church in Wauchula. Processional of Class of 2018, song Lift Every Voice and Sing, prayer by JaKevis Brown, Scripture by Jazlyn Perry. Alexia Hodges rendered the welcome, solo by Jesula Charles, words of inspiration by Coach Brian Kemp, Briliyance Augustus presentation of dance, presentation of medallions was conducted by Coach Kemp, the Rev. Willie Hayes, Diane Smith and Garry McWhorter, scholar ship presentation by B2BGreater Macedonia Outreach. Another award was by the Geraldine Chapter No. 110 Order of Eastern Star of Wauchula to six seniors. The Magnolia Manor Cemetery presented scholarships to four seniors. Refreshments were served in the fellowship hall. Graduates who attended: Alexis Benjamin-Graham, Jacques Brown, Marcelin Cimeus, Damar Harris, An waun Hines-Gaines, Zaria Luna, Madison McCoy, Fabian McWhorter, Glogiens Metayer, Conrad Pace, Paris Pelzer, Jazlyn Perry, Malik Polk, Anderson Severe, Kai Shakir-Washington, Joshua Ward and Dedrick Ash of Spoto High in Tampa. Students with 3.0 and higher GPA were: Augustus Briyanc, JaKevis Brown, Ashja Camel, Jesula Charles, Ayana Daniels, Naulica Henry, Alexia Hodges, Zachary Hooks, Destinee Jackson-Pace, Rebecca King, Joel Lee, NaKeisha Lemaine, Stephanie Louis and Ivros Youte. Appreciation goes to New Mt. Zion AME Church, Ma sonic Family, B2B GM Out reach, Women with a Purpose, Diane Smith, Garry McWhorter, Will Duke Church of Christ and the MLK Celebration Committee. May God bless each of you. Denise Carpenter, Michelle Brown, Naomi Lindsey, Betty Snelling, Barbara Barnes, Mary Alice Tucker, Wanise Baker, Stephane Snelling and I were honored for the Mothers Day outing dinner on Saturday evening at Freds Market Restaurant, thanks to Bro. Leonard McGill and Pas tor T. Lancaster. Memorial Day is upon us, remembering all who died for our freedom. Megan Hartman Wins Award At Gardner-WebbGardner-Webb University recently honored undergradu ate students for academic ex cellence and outstanding service and leadership. Megan Renee Hartman, a senior communication studies major from Wauchula, re ceived an award for her excep tional photography skills. Winners of these awards exemplify the universitys core values of faith, service and leadership in their classrooms and communities. In recognition of the honor, Hartman may choose a book for purchase by GardnerWebbs Dover Memorial Li brary. The book will be inscribed with her name and the date of the award presenta tion. Located in the North Car olina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private Chris tian liberal-arts university. Fort Green NewsBy Rilla Cooper 773-6710 Greetings from Fort Green! This paper will come out May 24, and happy birthday wishes are extended to my sis ter-in-law, Avis, who will turn another year younger on this date. Belated wishes to Shuree Rawls, as she celebrated last Friday, This past Sunday was the last day for our beloved pastor, Brother Steve. Dwayne Willis will preach next Sunday morning and then Mike Roberts for a few Sundays. Everyone was happy to see Fran and John Deer as they came special to see Brother Steve. Our church was packed, which is a good thing. We will miss Brother Steve and I told him I planned on him coming back to preach my funeral, just not in the near future! We had some good special music, and this coming Friday night there will be some more good Southern gospel music. The music be gins at 7, but there will be a meal at 5:30 for a donation of $7. It will consist of pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, slaw and cake and tea. All proceeds from the meal will benefit the youth, and it is always a good meal. There were three big tubs of watermelons at church Sunday morning a week ago. I am giving credit to Robie, and there were enough for each family to take home two or three. They have been super good. I still plan on dropping one and just eating the heart like I used to do when a child! Gunner and Rock were playing on the boxes last Sunday, and they were the good heavy material that you could make a house, fort or so many things just to have a good time playing in them. Someone mowed part of the Methodist Cemetery and we are giving credit to John Burdeshaw. He always mows around the sign and this time just kept going. We really appre ciate him. Vicky and Lavoyd Hall were at church last Sunday. She said her niece and family came down from Indiana and visited over Mothers Day and took them out for dinner. She had not seen her niece in over five years. Some of the men got up early and manned the grills and cooked chicken for Sunday din ner. It was very good. I appreciate the young men stepping up to the plate. They announced in Sunday School that Kenny Lambert went into the hospital. Please keep Kenny in serious prayer. Judy Miller was at church but she still does not have much en ergy. Tim Caseys sister had surgery at the Lakewood Ranch hospital and came through the surgery. Helen Albritton is in the Sebring hospital after falling from a step-ladder in her home Sunday afternoon. We do not know the extent of her injuries, if she is just sore or has broken bones. Please pray for these and others you may be aware of that Im not. There was a visitor at church who said he lived in Lake City but used to live in Fort Green. He said he moved to Lake City in 1963, and I told him I did not move here until 1964. Stephanie and Scooter Reid have moved to Sebring but were back at church last week. It was good to see them. Austin Smith graduated this past Saturday morning and went on the grad trip to Daytona. The buses did not get back to Wauchula until 5:30 or 6 a.m. He made it to church this morn ing but most of our young graduates were home in bed! Cant say that I blame them, but the young people can keep going sorta like the Energizer bunny! Once in my life I had to work the night shift when working for the tele phone company, and it made me physically sick and I was young back then! Faye Chancey said all their family went to Lakeland for dinner (middle of the day) to cel ebrate her granddaughter, Brianna Waters, who graduated Saturday morning. Dollene Fields announced that over $1,200 was collected for the Christmas boxes and this amount will pay for the postage on 138 boxes. This is wonderful, now we will just have to fill up that number of boxes. If you have never read the column by Jerry Gray Wolf Phillips, you are missing a treat. He has some interesting information. Please pray for each other and our nation. PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY From left are Floyd Rice, Past District Gov. Joyce Gunter of Tampa, Sue Birge, Matthew Whatley, and John Eason. The local Hardee Rotary Club members were honored May 16 for the recent Freedom Flight which carried military veterans to Washington, D.C. HARDEE ROTARY CLUB Attending the Wednesday, May 16, Hardee Rotary meeting at the Java Cafe were these veterans who were among those going on the club's recent eighth Freedom Flight to Washington, D.C., Michael Pierson, Col. John Gill, Ray Heaton, Robert White, Jimmy Dickens, Tom Petro, and Larry Pelton. Members camp free at 25 locations Dont like to camp? Members can swim, make crafts, see live entertainmentEvery day of the week!Thousand Trails 2555 US Hwy 17 South, Zolfo Springs 863-735-88885:24c Use canvas or cloth shopping bags at the grocery and other stores, or at least be sure to recycle all plastic bags. Discarded plastic bags consume valuable landfill space. A8 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Speak Up!CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE1-800-422-4453

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Crime BlotterDuring the past week, sheriffs deputies and city police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests: COUNTY May 20, a residential burglary on Lake Branch Road, crim inal mischief on Murphy Road, and thefts at two locations on Redbird Lane were reported. May 19, Sergio Melendez, 40, of 4620 Maple Ave., Bowling Green, was arrested by Dep. Brian LaFlam on a charge of withholding support of children. May 19, Alfreda Renee Burks, 42, of 653 Chamberlain Blvd., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Jennifer Soria and charged with simple assault on an officer. May 17, Johnny Benavides, 20, of 24 Deibrich St., Eustis, was arrested by Dep. Beth Gainous on a charge of failure to ap pear in court. May 17, Tyler Cobain Veitch, 21, of 1134 Marie Rd., Bowl ing Green, was arrested by the Drug Task Force (DTF)and charged with violation of probation. May 17, Jesse Joseph Gilman, 20, of 588 Callie Ln., Bowling Green, was arrested by DTF and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. May 17, Santos Plata, 37, of 3050 Spruce St., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Dep. Bryant Ovalles and charged with two counts of battery. May 16, Victoria Guerrero, 32, of 1164 Downing Cir., Wauchula, was arrested by DTF and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. May 16, Elizabeth Nichole Miller, 27, of 4943 Barnum St., Sebring, was arrested by Dep. Bryant Ovalles and charged with battery, larceny of property, larceny and carrying a concealed weapon. May 16, a tag was reported stolen on Hanusch Road. May 15, Charles Claude Crouse, 32, of 1153 Mockingbird Rd., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. John Layport on a charge of violation of probation. May 15, LaDorian Romeo, 25, of 1615 Lincoln St., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. John Layport and charged with criminal mischiefdamage to property. May 15, Amber Reynolds, 31, of 2585 McIntosh Dr., Lake land, was arrested by Dep. Brian LaFlam and charged with two counts of uttering forged instruments and two counts of larcenytheft. May 15, a residential burglary on Lake Branch Road was reported. May 14, Leroy Fender, 42, of 115 Redbird Ln., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by DTF and charged with resisting an officer without violence and detained two counts of failure to ap pear in court. May 14, Joshua David Miller, 33, of 1021 S. Ninth Ave., Wauchula, and Meagan Arndt, 24, of 2579 Pinecrest Ave., Arcadia, were arrested by DTF and each charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Miller was also held on an out-of-county warrant. Arndt was also charged with possession of cocaine. May 14, Brittany Nicole Farabee, 28, of 700 E. Townsend St., was arrested by Dep. Ediberto Soto and charged with pos session of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also detained on two counts of failure to appear in court. WAUCHULA May 20, Shayna Souza, 24, of 12112 Summerland Key St., Tampa, was arrested by Ofc. Emmanuel Vazquez and charged with possession of marijuana. May 20, criminal mischief on North Sixth Avenue (U.S. 17 North) was reported. May 16, Adrian Sanchez, 31, of 322 S. Eighth Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Bryanna Lott and charged with battery, resisting an officer without violence and violation of pro bation. May 17, Tony Terrell Rodriguez, 25, General Delivery, Bowling Green, was arrested by Ofc. Christopher Gicker and charged with two counts battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence, criminal mischiefdamage to property and pos session of drug paraphernalia. May 17, Jacob Ray Naranja, 24, of 3018 Brantwood Dr., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Ofc. Emmanuel Vazquez on an out-of-county warrant. May 17, a theft on West Oak Street was reported. May 15, criminal mischief on Orange Place and a theft on La Playa Drive were reported. May 14, a theft on East Orange Street was reported. BOWLING GREEN May 17, criminal mischief on Minor Avenue was reported. May 15, thefts on Royal Lane and on Chester Avenue were reported. May 14, a theft on Feather Lane was reported. Courthouse ReportCOUNTY COURT The following marriage li censes were issued recently in the office of the county court: Mark Allen Mercer Jr., 24, Bowling Green, and Charity Sue Santos, 31, Bowling Green. Adalberto Lopez, 60, Wauchula, and Rosio Flores Navarro, 49, Wauchula. Austin Lane Bridgman, 19, Lake City, and Karley Paige Owens, 18, Fort Meade. Nathan Edward Pilkington, 28, Ona, and Kaylea Ashlee Black, 26, Myakka City. Michael James Prine, 30, Wauchula, and Rebecca Nec hole Jaimes, 32, Wauchula. Lee Edward Woods, 24, Wauchula, and Briana Jo Hardy, 24, Wauchula. The following small claims cases were disposed of recently by the county judge: Discover Bank vs. Jared S. Sosa, voluntary dismissal. Triest Group Inc. vs. Cen tral Florida Produce and oth ers, default judgment. 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: Eva Lou Sigala and the state Department of Revenue (DOR) vs. Angela Sigala, pe tition for administrative child support order. Norma Hernandez vs. Adrian Sanchez, petition for injunction for protection. Tracie A. King and DOR vs. Jayson Preston Hollis, petition for administrative child sup port order. Sarai Olmos vs. Leonardo DeJesus Deloera, petition for injunction for protection. Sara M. Goss and Justin R. Goss, divorce. CBC Settlement Funding vs. A. Newman, damages business transactions. The following decisions on civil cases pending in the cir cuit court were handed down recently by the circuit court judge: Drema Reyna vs. Ashley Diaz, dismissal of injunction for protection. Michael S. Farrell and Bonita Marie Kennedy Farrell, divorce. Jennifer Darena Solis vs. Cipriano Ibarra and DOR, modification of child support. Reina Ann Medrano and DOR vs. Victor Byron Allen Jackson, child support order. Miranda Nichole Black and DOR vs. Robert Preston Bivens, child support sus pended. Daverny Kimesha Freeman and DOR vs. Quintavious Lamar Lewis, order. Larry McDonald vs. Makayla Williams, injunction for protection. There was no felony criminal court last week as it was trial week. The following real estate transactions of $10,000 or more were filed recently in the office of the clerk of court: Marcos Taguja to Azucena Elvira Garduno-Pedroza, $12,800. Robert Jr. and Hope Senkeleski to Aaron C. and Micah L.Myers, $170,000. Linda S. Dean to Billy E. and Judy A. Roose, $82,000. Marcie Means to Samuel Delatorre, Cassandra Delatorre and Michelle Delatorre, $43,000. JMJ Citrus to Vance J. Woodard as trustee, $200,000. Vicky S. Pate as trustee to Richard M. and Judy A. Rus sell, $242,900. Margarito and Juana M. Hernandez to Angelica Maria Martinez Martinez, $60,000.NOTICE TO CONTRACTORSFlorida Department of Transportation ProjectBids will be received by the District One Office until 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 for the following Proposals: E1R77-R0 Sign Installation, Repair, Replacement and Pavement Markings Removal and Replacement District-Wide. Budget Amount: $410,800.00 Z1052-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Cut and Toss in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Coun ties. Z1054-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Cut and Toss in Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, and Lee Counties. Z1055-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Cut and Toss in Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, and Polk Counties. Z1057-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Generator Installation District-Wide. Z1058-R0 Pre-Event Traffic Signal Repair District-Wide. Z1059 Pre-Event Single and Multi-Post Signs in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties. Z1061 Pre-Event Single and Multi-Post Signs in Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, and Lee Counties. Z1062 Pre-Event Single and Multi-Post Signs in DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties. Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at http://www.dot.state.fl.us/contractsadministrationdistrict1/: or by calling (863) 5192559. 5:24,31cHARDEE COUNTY PUBLIC NOTICEThe Hardee County Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinances Nos. 02-17 and 04-01, which authorize a financial hardship exemption to the solid waste disposal and fire rescue portions of the special assess ment fees. Property owners qualifying for this exemption will receive a refund or a credit in the amount of the current tax years approved nonad valorem taxes toward the special assessment fees for solid waste dis posal and fire rescue assessment fees. If you are interested in applying for this exemption, or if you have any questions pertaining to this issue, please contact Bonnie Heggie at the Office of Management and Budget at 863/773-3199. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2018.Russell Melendy, Chair Board of County Commissioners Hardee County, Florida 5:3-24c ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 252013CA000470 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, vs. SEAN M. MURPHY A/K/A SEAN MURPHY, et al Defendants. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of foreclosure dated April 04, 2018, and entered in Case No. 252013CA000470 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HARDEE COUNTY, Florida, wherein JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, is Plaintiff, and SEAN M. MURPHY A/K/A SEAN MURPHY, et al are Defendants, the clerk, Victoria L. Rogers, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, beginning at 11:00 AM at HARDEE County Courthouse, 417 West Main Street, 2nd Floor, outside of Room 202, Wauchula, FL 33873, in accordance with Chap ter 45, Florida Statutes, on the 6 day of June, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: THE SOUTH 1/2 OF LOT 5 AND ALL OF LOTS 6, 7 AND 8, BLOCK 2, SHEL TON'S SUBDIVISION, AC CORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 5, PUB LIC RECORDS OF HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an inter est in the surplus funds from the sale, if any, other than the prop erty owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at Wachula, HARDEE COUNTY, Florida, this 30 day of April, 2018. VICTORIA L. ROGERS, Clerk of said Circuit Court By: Connie Coker As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a dis ability who needs assistance 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) 9558770 (Florida Relay Service), as much in advance of your court appearance or visit to the court house as possible. Please be prepared to explain your func tional limitations and suggest an auxiliary aid or service that you believe will enable you to effectively participate in the court program or service.5:24,31c______________________________ ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 252016CA000473 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SAXON ASSET SECURITIES TRUST 2007-3, MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-3, Plaintiff, VS. SAUL CASTILLO; DEBORAH CASTILLO; et al., Defendant(s). _____________________________/ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sale will be made pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment. Final Judgment was awarded on August 30, 2017 in Civil Case No. 252016CA000473 of the Cir cuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Hardee County, Florida, wherein, DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SAXON ASSET SECURITIES TRUST 2007-3, MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-3 is the Plaintiff, and SAUL CASTILLO; DEBORAH CASTILLO; UNKNOWN TENANT 1 N/K/A EMILIO CASTILLO; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS are Defendants. The Clerk of the Court, Victoria L. Rogers will sell to the highest bidder for cash at 417 West Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873 on June 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM EST the following described real property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOTS 8,9 AND 10 BLOCK 37 OF THE ORIGINAL SURVEY OF THE TOWN OF BOWLING GREEN FLORIDA AS PER PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 3-29 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HARDEE COUNTY FLORIDA 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. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on April 30, 2018. CLERK OF THE COURT Victoria L. Rogers Connie Coker Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT AMERICANS WITH DISABILI TIES ACT: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assis tance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863) 534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or imme diately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.5:24,31c______________________________ NoticesROBBYELLIOTTinvites all his friends and neighbors to come see him at205 N. Charleston Fort Meade1-800-673-9512 www.directchevy.com 5:24c 1. LANGUAGE: What is the accent mark that looks like a little tent over a letter like this? 2. TELEVISION: What animated show features a pub called "The Drunken Clam"? 3. COMICS: When did "The Phantom" daily comic strip start? 4. CHEMISTRY: What common kitchen product's chemical formula is NaCl? 5. THEATER: In which musical was the song "The Perfect Year" featured? 6. ANATOMY: What is the largest artery in the human body? 7. HISTORY: Which battle was considered to be a turn ing point in the World War II Pacific arena? 8. 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Obituaries 5:24c garden, fishing and cookingfor her family. She was amember of the BowlingGreen Baptist Church inBowling Green. Survivors include daugh ter, Tessie Hancock (and herhusband David), of Cleve land, Tenn.; her son, DennisMoseley (and his wifeKathy), of Bartow; her sev eral grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her sis ter, Tina Murray, of BowlingGreen; and several niecesand nephews. A visitation will be held in the Robarts Funeral HomeChapel, with a Remem brance Of Life Service fol lowing on Thursday, May31, 2018 at 11 a.m., withPastor Jim Harris officiating.Interment will follow in theBowling Green Cemetery inBowling Green.Expressions of comfortmay be made atrobartsfh.com. Robarts Family FUNERAL HOME WAUCHULA Provided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home In Loving Memory W W I I L L L L A A B B E E L L L L E E M M O O S S E E L L E E Y Y T T U U B B B B S S Willa Belle Moseley Tubbs, 85, a resident ofCleveland, Tenn., and for merly of Florida, passedaway Wednesday, May 16,2018, at the family resi dence. Mrs. Tubbs was the daughter of the late PaulineCooper Terrell and WillardTerrell. Her first husband,Burton Moseley, her secondhusband, Billy Tubbs, herdaughter, Linda Albury andher brother, Thurman Ter rell, also preceded her indeath. Mrs. Tubbs was a home maker and she enjoyedworking in her vegetable Oscar Benavidez Jr. 1957 –2018 Words can’t express how gratefulwe are for the love shown andheartfelt sentiment that helped us through this difficult time.Thank You So MuchThe Benavidez Family 5:24p LINDA EVERY PETERSON Linda Every Peterson, 69, died Saturday, May 19, 2018,at her home in Fort Meade. She was a native and life long resident of Fort Meade,where she was a member ofthe First Church of God, and aretired service advisor afternearly 25 years for C. Bennettand Greenwood Chevrolet inFort Meade. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Alecand Doris Ann McCrea Every;and her brother, Gene Every. She is survived by her hus band, Joseph G. Peterson, ofFort Meade; daughter, PatriciaOgborn (Marcus), of FortMeade; son, Terry Smith, ofMooresboro, N.C.; brother,Robert "Bob" Every (Linda),of Umatilla; and grandchil dren, Tyler Ogborn, HeatherSmith, and Bryan Smith. Visitation was Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Hancock Fu neral Home, Fort Meade. Fu neral services will be held at2:00 p.m. today (Thursday),May 24, at the First Church ofGod, 215 S. Perry Ave., FortMeade with Rev. Travis Risnerofficiating. Interment will fol low in Evergreen Cemetery,Fort Meade. Arrangements by Hancock Funeral Home. O O u u r r E E t t e e r r n n a a l l G G r r a a t t i i t t u u d d e e for Their Endless Courage & Sacrifice On Memorial Day and every day, we honor the men andwomen who sacrificed everything to defend and protect thevalues we as a nation hold so dear. We recognize that freedomis not free, and we thank all those who serve for their valorand dedication. Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes & Cremation Services 205 N. 9th Ave. Wauchula, Florida 33873 (863) 773-6400 www.PongerKaysGrady.com 5:24c They Deserve Better! ELDER ABUSE HOTLINE 1 (800) 962 2873 4 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in hand-harvesting berriesin Westmoreland County, Virginia, for Westmoreland Berry Farm with work beginningon or about 06/25/2018 and ending on or about 08/15/2018. The job offered is for anexperienced farmworker and requires minimum 1 months verifiable prior work experi ence in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will bepaid is $11.46 per hour. Workers must commit to work th e entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the firstday the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equip ment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workerswho cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each workingday. Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon comple tion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside thearea of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they areeligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumesto 10304 Spotsylvania Ave, suite 100, Fredericksburg, VA 22408, (540) 322-5788, orthe nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency and reference job order#VA1348161. EOE. H-300-18129-190390. cl5:24c 8 temporary agricultural equipment operators needed for work in tobacco, corn, soy beans, peanuts, wheat, oats, rye, and cotton in Bladen County for Edward Farms, Inc.,with work beginning on or about 06/25/2018 and ending on or about 12/15/2018. Thejob offered is for a skilled operator and requires minimum 3 months verifiable work ex perience operating 200+ hp farm equipment. Applicants must possess proper andcurrent driver license. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is$11.46 per hour. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workersare guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day theworker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipmentare provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers whocannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day.Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area ofintended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligiblelegally to work in the United States. Workers may be required to submit to randomdrug and alcohol testing. Apply for this job at NCWorks Career Center – BladenCounty, 401 Mercer Mill Rd., Elizabethtown, NC 28337, (910) 862-3255, or the nearestlocal office of their State Workforce Agency and reference job order #NC10857534.EOE. H-300-18124-796315. cl5:24c Daniel Harvesting, Inc. is hiring 30 farmworkers to cultivate and harvest watermeloncrops in Decatur County, GA for a temporary period starting on 06/16/2018 andending on 07/01/2018. Two (2) months verifiable experience harvesting watermel ons is required. The wages offered are the highest of $10.95/hr. or applicable piecerates. This job requires prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Jobis outdoors and continues in all types of weather. Workers may be requested tosubmit to random drug or alcohol tests at no cost to the worker. Drug testing andbackground checks will occur during the interview process and will be conductedat the sole discretion of the employer. Workers must be able to lift 70lbs. to shoulderheight repetitively throughout the workday and able to lift and carry 70lbs. in field.Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the periodstated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be provided at no cost toworker. Housing will be available for workers who cannot reasonably return homeafter each working day. Transportation and subsistence expenses will be provided,or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Appli cants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. JobOrder Number: GA2218312093. cl5:24c I'll Drink to That I try to drink the recom mended amount of water eachday, but sometimes I want ahealthy alternative. What youdrink is as important as whatyou eat. Many beverages con tain added sugars and offer lit tle or no nutrients, while othersmay provide nutrients but toomuch fat and too many calo ries. Here are some tips frommyplate.gov to help you makebetter beverage choices. Drink water – Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Reg ular soda, energy or sportsdrinks, and other sweet drinksusually contain a lot of addedsugar, which provides morecalories than needed. How much water is enough? – Let your thirst be your guide. Water is an impor tant nutrient for the body, buteveryone's needs are different.Most of us get enough waterfrom the foods we eat and thebeverages we drink. A healthybody can balance water needsthroughout the day. Drinkplenty of water if you are veryactive, live or work in hot con ditions, or are an older adult. A thrifty option – Water is usually easy on the wallet. Youcan save money by drinkingwater from the tap at home orwhen eating out. Manage your calories – Drink water with and betweenyour meals. Adults and chil dren take in about 400 caloriesper day as beverages -drink ing water can help you manageyour calories. Kid-friendly drink zone – Make water, low-fat or fat-freemilk, or 100 percent juice aneasy option in your home.Have ready-to-go containersfilled with water or healthydrinks available in the refriger ator. Put them in lunch boxes orbackpacks for easy accesswhen kids are away fromhome. Depending on age, chil dren can drink 1/2 to 1 cup, andadults can drink up to 1 cup of100 percent fruit or vegetablejuice each day. Don't forget your dairy – When you choose milk or milkalternatives, select low-fat orfat-free milk or fortified soymilk. Each type of milk of fers the same key nutrientssuch as calcium, vitamin D andpotassium, but the number ofcalories are very different.Older children, teens and adultsneed 3 cups of milk per day,while children ages 4 to 8 need2 1/2 cups and children 2 to 3years old need 2 cups. Enjoy your beverage – When water just won't do: Enjoy thebeverage of your choice, butjust cut back. Remember tocheck the serving size and thenumber of servings in the can,bottle or container to staywithin calorie needs. Selectsmaller cans, cups or glassesinstead of large or supersizedoptions. Water on the go – Water is always convenient. Fill a clean,reusable water bottle and toss itin your bag or briefcase toquench your thirst throughoutthe day. Reusable bottles alsoare easy on the environment. Check the facts – Use the Nutrition Facts label to choosebeverages at the grocery store.The food label and ingredientslist contain information aboutadded sugars, saturated fat,sodium and calories to helpyou make better choices. Compare what you drink – Food-A-Pedia, an online fea ture available on the Super Tracker website, can help youcompare calories, added sugarsand fats in your favorite bever ages. Try this healthy recipe for a Citrus Coconut Water Re fresher. It's a delicious way toincorporate fresh fruit juicesand the nutritious benefits ofcoconut water into your dailydiet. Coconut water is the juice found naturally in the center ofa young, green coconut. It con tains 94 percent water and verylittle fat. The water is freshest when it comes directly from the co conut. Simply press a strawinto the soft part of a green co conut and start drinking. Store the coconut in the refrigeratorand consume it within two to three weeks of purchase. You also can buy bottled co conut water at most grocery stores. Be sure to read the in gredient list to make sure you're getting 100 percent co conut water. Some bottledbrands contain added sugar or flavoring. Research has shown that co conut water can lower bloodsugar levels and improve other health markers in diabetic ani mals, guard against the devel opment of kidney stones,reduce cholesterol levels andliver fat, reduce blood pressurelevels and blood clots. It also restores hydration and replen ishes electrolytes lost during exercise. CITRUS COCONUTWATER REFRESHER 2 cups coconut water1/4 cup lemon juice – freshly squeezed1/2 cup orange juice – freshly squeezed2 tablespoons lime juice – freshly squeezed 2 teaspoons stevia or agave syrup1 cup ice 1/2 orange, lime or lemon, slicedPlace all of the ingredients ex cept the sliced fruit into a blender and blend until well-in corporated. Serve with citrus slices. Makes 2 to 4 servings. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children's au thor, culinary historian and theauthor of seven cookbooks. Hernew cookbook is "The KitchenDiva's Diabetic Cookbook."Her website is www.diva-pro.com. To see how-to videos,recipes and much, much more,Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Face book. Recipes may not bereprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis Kitchen Diva By Angela Shelf Medearis 1. Is the book of Lydia in the Old or New Testament orneither? 2. From 1 Corinthians 11, because of "what" did Paul saywomen should have a "symbolof authority"? Life, Trust,Love, Angels 3. In Acts 10, who said, "Not so, Lord, for I have nevereaten anything that is commonor unclean"? Herod, Peter,Thomas, John the Baptist 4. Whose four daughters were considered prophetesses?Gad, Philip, Jonah, Noah ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) Angels; 3) Peter; 4) PhilipVisit Wilson Casey's newTrivia Fan Site at www.pa treon.com/triviaguy. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Bible Trivia By Wilson Casey A10 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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5:24,31c Legal HolidayNotice \ WE WILL BE CLOSED Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day Please transact your business with us with that in mind. 5:24c RETURNING GRADS COURTESY PHOTO The graduating seniors of Hardee High School’s Class of 2018 who had attendedBowling Green Elementary encouraged the current students by walking down mem ory lane at their former elementary school one last time. Paraprofessional YuriGutierrez coordinated the event, arranging for the seniors to come. A full pomp-and-circumstance parade honoring the graduates commenced at 7:45 a.m. Shownat their old haunts are (from left) Jasmine Mendoza, Jenny Lopez, Jaz'lyn Perry,Ana Corona, Victoria Ibarra, Julissa Molina, Alexis McBride and Alexis Garza. POINT MAN COURTESY PHOTO Angel Romero-Vasquez of Zolfo Springs Elementary was recognized at a recentmeeting of the Hardee County School Board for reading his way to more than 1,000Accelerated Reader points. Angel earned a total of 1,575.5 points, and scored atest average of 94.9 percent! Flanking Angel and his family are ZSE Principal TammyPohl and Schools Superintendent Bob Shayman. D o youhave a"Bucket List?" Isn't life amazing? Timepasses so fastyou cannotseem to hangon, but most of us just keepgetting older. Somehow wesurvive but look back onmissed opportunities, failures,a few successes and a huge"Bucket List" of unfinishedthings we fully intended to getdone but never quite gotaround to doing. There was the one you were madly in love with butnever let them know then yearslater you learn they were feel ing the same about you. What happened to all those trips to far-away placesyou intended to go to? You built a house exactly the way you wanted it, nocookie cutter design for you,but when finished it was noth ing like you really wanted. Are you still dreaming of the "Bucket List?" Somehowlife or the living thereof gets inthe way. Weeks turn into years,and that bucket seems to stayfull. When you retired you planned to spend days on theriverbank catching up on allthe fishing you have missed,but by retirement you have hadso many injuries and surgeriesyou cannot get to the river bank. You have spent enoughon equipment all in vain. The bucket just rots away along with all your otherdreams. –––––– Stop! Right where you are if you are planning onopening a business. I am tooold so I will pass this idea onto you. There are not many choices of places to eat outfamily-style. Wauchula needsyou. I learned today of an idea I have known about for 40years. When you ask yourfriends or family where theywould like to go, what is theiranswer. "Just anywhere" or "itdoesn't matter." Go into the restaurant business across from eachother. Here are the names, andyou don't owe me anything.Just imagine if all these peoplecame to these two cafes youwould have a waiting line out side. I suggest you cover thisspace because they are goingto be there quite a spell. An other good idea is "I don'tknow." I have gotten these an swers from dates (many yearsago), family and friends, so Iam sure they have got to be awinner, whether the restaurantis a 5-Star or greasy spoon. –––––– Deer can read!Arnold Air Force Base and Old Camp Forest areabout eight miles south. A lot of buildingsare in sightof the road.Every 200yards thereare signsproclaimingthis as a"Safety Zone." Usually you can see three to six deer in this safety areafeeding up to the right-of-way.It is not deer season, and youcannot shoot in the safety zoneanyway. A week or two before deer season hunters purchasepermits and set up their deerstands. The first day of deerseason the woods are full ofhunters, but 300 deer will begrazing in the safety zone allday. They can read. Theyknow you can't shoot. I am sitting with a hos pice patient. His house buttsup to a state park on two sides,and homes line the streetacross the way. Three times aday deer feed on the left sideof his yard and across betweenthe houses. One large tree is loaded with bright red berries. Theyfeed there and seldom runwhen we come in or out. Ibought a sack of sweet feedand spread it on the rest of hisyard. As I write there are 10 four-legged lawnmowers atwork near the front door andback yard. Yup, deer can read. As Seen From This Side By Jerry “Gray Wolf” Phillips Wauchula TRAVELING SLUGGERS COURTESY PHOTO The Hardee County Youth Softball 10-under Allstars travel team wo n third place last weekend in a competition featuring teams from 13 communities from across thestate. Pictured are: (front row from l) Taylor McCants, Mikayla Silva, Valerieh Juarez,Kirstyn Faulkner, and Yareli Duarte; (middle row, from l) Jordyn Lozano, Luna Gua jardo, Eliza Thomas, Saydee Herrera, Alanna Garcia, and Crystal Ramirez; and (backrow, from l) head coach Adam Juarez, assistant coach Sharri Knight, and assistantcoach Hector Silva. 5:24c A12 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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Lt. Sean Casey and Det. Daniel McFee of the HighlandsCounty Sheriff’s Office honored the memory of HardeeSheriff’s Office Dep. Julie Bridges on the Police Unity Tour. Herald-AdvocateThursday, May 24, 2018 B THE County native Sonya Lamb. Rasmussen spent 15 years teaching at the Hardee SeniorHigh, 15 years at Hardee Jun ior High and the last 14 yearsat Bowling Green Elementary,where the physical educationteacher was chosen in 2006 asthe district’s Teacher of theYear and represent HardeeCounty at the state level. He coached the junior var sity team for his first couple ofyears while scouting the var sity team’s upcoming oppo nent of Friday nights. In 1976, he became an as sistant on the varsity squad, coaching the offensive and de fensive lines. He also coached track, baseball and weight liftingduring that time and was activein the Hardee County chapterof Fellowship of ChristianAthletes, chaperoning trips tosummer camps for manyyears. Rasmussen was chosen to replace longtime coach BobMartin when he retired andserved as the head coach from1996 through 2000. He is proud of the number of his players who went on toplay at the college level. In 2002, Rasmussen was re cruited by Webber Interna tional University in LakeWales as an assistant coach asit got its fledgling football pro gram up and running. While at Webber, he re cruited several Hardee Countyfootball players to join theteam. During his time teaching in Bowling Green, Rasmussenwas able to impact some thirdgeneration children of his firstplayers and students. He also taught math lessons during literacy block, refereedat “Battle of the Books” com petitions and fostered a spiritof competitiveness and alwaystrying your best with his stu dents. He taught all his students to “treat others as you want to betreated.” Rasmussen is still married to Sonya, and they have twosons, Cale and Dane, both ofwhom played for the Wildcatsand at Webber University. PHOTO BY JIM KELLY Former Wildcat Head Coach Phil Rasmussen was hon ored during the Hardee’s spring game last week. Ras mussen taught in Hardee County for 44 years andspent 28 years coaching local athletes. By TOM STAIK Of The Herald-Advocate The brotherhood of the thin blue line became a brother hood of bikes earlier thismonth. More than 2,500 lawmen from across the country de scended upon the nation’s cap ital as part of the annual PoliceUnity Tour to pay tribute tofellow officers lost in the lineof duty. The ride – which travels more than 300 miles fromNorthern New Jersey intoWashington, D.C. – wasfounded more than 20 yearsago by 18 riders. Lt. Sean Casey and Det. Daniel McFee, peace officersof the Highlands County Sher iff’s Office, joined the effortthis year to honor Dep. JulieBridges. Bridges, a veteran of the Hardee County Sheriff’s Of fice, was killed in a head-oncollision last September as sheleft a shift at a local evacuationshelter during Hurricane Irma. “The Hardee County Sher iff’s Office is overwhelmedwith gratitude in the remem brance of Deputy Sheriff JulieBridges, by the HighlandsCounty Sheriff’s Office,” thelocal Sheriff’s Office noted ina social media statement. “We are sending our prayers and support as Lt. Sean Caseyand Det. Daniel McFee honorher life by participating in thePolice Unity Tour that will endat the National Law Enforce ment Memorial in Washington,D.C.,” it concluded. Casey and McFee logged hundreds of miles on Heart land area roadways as theyprepared for the memorial ride. The start of the memorial journal – emotional any year –was shrouded in the veil oftragedy. The ride embarked from Morris County, N.J., on May 9,for the first 60 miles of thejourney, just days after High lands County Dep. WilliamGentry succumbed May 7 togunshot wounds he sustainedresponding to a neighborhooddispute in the Placid Lakescommunity in Lake Placid. The deputies, though, re mained true to their word tohonor Bridges. “Although the timing is ter rible, we are riding this one forJulie Bridges, and I don’t wantto take anything away from herfamily,” McFee said. “We justwant to respect her and giveher the full honor.” Gentry, the lawmen added, “is certainly on our hearts andminds, and we have shared his story a lot.” The second leg of the ride, a 100-mile stretch, took ridersfrom Somerset, N.J., to Wilm ington, Del., on May 10. The third leg, on May 11, took the lawmen on another100-mile trek that ended inAnnapolis, Md. The Police Unity Tour en tered Washington and the Na tional Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 12. “We are carrying the memo ries of Julie Bridges andWilliam Gentry with us intoWashington, D.C.,” Casey toldThe Herald-Advocate. As the Police Unity Tour ended with a candlelight vigilon the Washington Mall, themotivation of its slogan res onated the somber event: “WeRide For Those Who Died.” Highlands Lawmen Ride For Fallen Hardee Deputy COURTESY PHOTOS Thousands of lawmen from across the nation pedaled more than 300 miles as part of the Police Unity Tour to Washington, D.C. By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-Advocate After 44 years of teaching and 28 years of coaching inHardee County, Phil Ras mussen is officially retiringand was honored during theWildcats’ spring football gameMay 17. Rasmussen graduated from the University of Wisconsin in1973 and was hired by princi pal Pat Patterson and then var sity head coach Jerry Kapustafor a teaching and coachingjob at Hardee High. In 1978, the Wisconsin transplant married Hardee By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The gentle din of students will be replaced with therumble of backhoes and jack hammers next week. School may be out for most students beginning Friday,but work will continue for theHardee County School Dis trict as it launches its summermaintenance and buildingprogram. “We have projects at every school,” said Rob Krahl, fa cilities director. Eight of the construction projects will be performed byin-house staff and five otherprojects will be conducted byoutside contractors, Krahladded. Hardee High Work is scheduled to begin June 4 at Hardee Senior High Wauchula Elementary Schoolto remove a four-room build ing at the site. Zolfo Springs Elementary Zolfo Springs Elementary School is also scheduled for amajor construction project,with the replacement of a 2” water line in July. Security Concerns The summer works pro gram is expected to also in clude several projectsdesigned to improve schoolsafety. “The deputy superintend ent (Todd Durden) and the(Hardee County) Sheriff’sOffice have been evaluatingsecurity at all the schoolsites,” Krahl said. “Whenthey are complete the priori ties for the Maintenance De partment will likely change.” pected to begin June 11. “We are still getting some water in,” said PrincipalKathy Clark last Thursdayafter near daily rainstormslast week. The project is expected to last four weeks. North Wauchula North Wauchula Elemen tary will receive two utilityimprovement projects thissummer. The first project, slated to begin in June, will repair andline drainage pipes at theschool. The second project, to begin in July, will last ap proximately 2-3 weeks andreplace and line water pipes. Wauchula Elementary A demolition project is scheduled in June at School to replace the under ground storm water systemthat failed during HurricaneIrma last September. The school’s underground drain system was unable tocope with the deluge of waterfrom the storm and led towidespread damage in theschool’s auditorium. The damaged auditorium remained closed through theschool year, prompting highschool events to be relocatedto the auditorium at HardeeJunior High School. The project, expected to cost well over $100,000, isslated to be completed byAug. 3. Bowling Green Elemen tary Replacement of the leaking cafeteria roof at BowlingGreen Elementary is ex Summer Construction Begins At Schools Former Coach, Retiring Teacher Honored GREAT GRANT COURTESY PHOTO Carey Crawford, guidance counselor at Bowling Green Elementary, has received a$2,000 grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement stores. Crawford is the National Ele mentary Honor Society sponsor at the school, as well as holding many other titles.She plans to use the grant money to make improvements to and purchase materialsfor the Honor Society and other club affiliations she has at the school. Crawford isflanked here by Assistant Principal Stuart Durastanti and Principal Kathy Clark. Up To $3,000 Reward! Heartland Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tips: 1 (800) 226 Tips 1(800) 226 8477 1. When was the last time before 2017 that the Philadel phia Phillies hit three consec utive homers in a game? 2. Name the last majorleague player before Col orado's Charlie Blackmon in2017 to lead off two consecu tive games with a triple. 3. Before 2016, when was the last time the OaklandRaiders had a winning recordfor an NFL season? 4. When was the last time a men's college basketball teamwest of the Mississippi wonthe NCAA Tournament? 5. Name three of the four NHL players to have scored600 or more career goals infewer than 1,000 games. 6. Who are the only three drivers to have won aNASCAR Cup championshipat age 43 or older? ANSWERS 1. It was 2008, when Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and PatBurrell did it. 2. Miami's Jose Reyes, in 2012. 3. It was 2002.4. Kansas, in 2008.5. Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull and AlexOvechkin. 6. Bobby Allison (age 45 in 1983), Dale Earnhardt (43 in1994) and Lee Petty (45 in1959). (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. SportsQuiz By Chris Richcreek

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THANK YOU in advance for your cooperation and consideration for the safety of our employees.Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm 5:17,24c 20-yard line with 9:52 left in the half. The Wildcat defenders sent Cardinal Mooney backwards on three straight plays, the last of which ended with a safety after McLeod and Matt Tyson teamed up to sack quarterback Ryan Bolduc in the end zone for a 2-0 lead. Hardees offense found it rhythm on its third possession with Ellis Hodges, a rising sophomore who transferred after playing for Desoto last season, rushed for a first down before a personal foul on Car dinal Mooney gave the Cats another first down at midfield. Jean St. Louis then ripped of a 24-yard run before Pear son connected with Quinten Lindsey for a 24-yard touch down pass. Leo Duarte made the PAT and Hardee led 9-0 with 6:51 remaining. Cardinal Mooney kept the ball for all of one play as McLeod continued terrorizing the Cougars backfield with a sack and forced fumble before he recovered the ball at the 25. After a penalty moved the ball back to the 34, Hodges ripped off four runs in a row, with the last being for a touch down from 6-yards out to push Hardees lead to 16-0 after Duartes PAT kick with 4:35 remaining. Cardinal Mooney drove down to the Hardee 10-yard line before turning the ball over on downs with just under a minute remaining. Hardees offense then ran out the clock to preserve the 16-0 victory. Hardee took an intermis sion while Cardinal Mooney defeated Avon Park 21-7. The Wildcats then came out and took down the Red Devils 31-6. Avon Park received and quickly went three-and-out. Hardee settled for a field goal after Pearson found Dylan Davis open for a 31yard catch to move the ball down to the 16. After the drive stalled, Duarte was called in and made a 27-yard field goal to give Hardee a 3-0 lead with 7:16 left in the first quarter. Avon Park took over and Hardees defense forced a fumble on the first play of the drive and Trayvon Thomas re covered for the Wildcats at the Red Devils 25. St. Louis ran over left tackle for 7 yards before tak ing the next handoff down to the 1-yard line. Two plays later he ran over the right tackle for a 2-yard touchdown. The Duarte PAT was good and Hardee led 10-0 with 5:10 left in the opening quarter. Hardees defense forced another quick three-and-out and the Cats took over at the Avon Park 46 after the punt. Two plays later Pearson dropped back to pass and found Lindsey wide open be hind the defense for a 44-yard touchdown reception. Duarte split the upright on the PAT kick and Hardee led 17-0 with 3:02 left in the first quarter. The Red Devils took over and a third-down pass attempt was intercepted by Lindsey, who returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. Duartes kick was good and Hardee led 24-0 with 1:58 left in the first quarter. Avon Park got on the board with 9:58 left in the game with a 19-yard touchdown pass. Hardees offense, led by mainly younger players, then iced the game with a 70-yard touchdown drive that took 9:08 off the clock. Cade Alexy ripped of a 12yard run for a first down to start the drive before rushing for a dozen more and another first down two plays later. Pearson then found Jozie St. Louis open for a first down reception to move the ball down to the Avon Park 19. Bryce Rucker capped of the drive a few plays later with a 2-yard plunge up the middle for the touchdown. Duartes kick was good and the Wildcats went up 31-6 with just under a minute to go. By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-AdvocateThe Hardee Wildcats won both of their abbreviated spring games, which consisted of two quarters each, by beat ing Cardinal Mooney 16-0 and then took down Avon Park 31-6 at Wildcat Stadium Thursday night. Head Coach Brian Kemp was very pleased with the way his squad competed, adding they played with great effort in both games. We tried not to be too complex with the game plan, he said. We just wanted to let the guys go out and play fast, and they did that well. Cardinal Mooney received to start the game and picked up a few first downs before defensive end Randy McLeod recovered a fumble for the Wildcats. Hardees offense took over and picked up two first downs before James Pearson, a rising senior quarterback who trans ferred from Sebring this spring, saw his fourth-down pass attempt fall incomplete for a turnover on downs. Cornerback Myron Refoure intercepted Ryan Bolduc just before the first quarter ended to give Hardee the ball at their 29. The Wildcats picked up two first downs before Pear son was intercepted and the Cougars took over at the Cats VARSITY FOOTBALL Wildcats Win Both Spring Games Georgi, my granddaughter, called me Tuesday evening and asked me if I wanted to go with her to see Brook in her school play. Brook is her niece and my great-granddaughter. Of course I jumped at the chance. I don't drive at night so I've missed lots of events my granddaughters were in. We enjoyed the play. The girls wanted to ride home with us, so I rode with Jodi, their Mom, and Georgi's sister, and the girls rode with Georgi. We visited for a while then we left Frostproof and headed home to Avon Park. We came home by way of the Old Avon Park cutoff road because it was raining and there was hardly any traf fic. We all know God looks after his children, but He also looks after his animals. As we were going home Georgi spotted a small yellow kitten just off the highway in the weeds. She backed the car up and got out and found not one but two tiny baby kittens. One was yellow, and one was black. She looked for more, but the two were all she found. She turned around so we could look for the mother. I called and called as she drove real slow, but the two kittens were all we found. Someone just dropped them off beside the road in the rain, but God was in control. I know that He put us on that road at that time to save those kittens from being killed. They were wet and hungry. I don't think they were even weaned because one of them kept trying to suck on my hand. Georgi took them home with her. She gave them some warm milk and fed them some wet food, which they were able to eat. She then set out to find them a good home by posting on social media. We didn't want to separate them, but God was in control. An Avon Park man who had a small kitten about the size of the ones Georgi had took both of them for companions for his kitten. He sent Georgi a picture of them and his kitten sharing a food dish. I don't see how anyone can just drop an animal off with nothing to eat or drink, especially a baby animal that can't fend for itself. That is cruelty of the worst kind. It makes you wonder about the person who left those kittens to die. 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 ANIMAL HORN CHAIR Animal horns have been used to make furniture for cen turies. Chairs, chandeliers and storage racks made in the 15th century exist in some muse ums. But the popularity of antlers and horns for chairs came about in the 19th century. They were made first for hunt ing lodges and castles for no bility, but almost all of that furniture is now known only through pictures and reports. In 1851, chairs, chests of draw ers and even a sofa made of horns were exhibited at the London World Exhibition. The Tobey furniture Co. of Chicago displayed the first American horn furniture at the 1876 Ex position. The idea lost favor by 1920. Around 1990, the horn chairs were rediscovered by Western collectors. The most famous horn-furni ture maker in the U.S. and also the most expensive today is Wenzel Friedrich of San Antonio, which started in 1880. All of the furniture is made from cattle horns, avail able from the slaughter houses. The horns require little care. Some owners like to oil the parts, but most prefer to just dust and wipe with a damp cloth. Chairs are rarely marked and often misattributed, be cause the makers often copied each other. A Victorian upholstered oak armchair with four cow horns as the arms and back sold in Asheville, North Carolina, at a Brunk auction a few years ago for $1,400. Chairs by identified makers sell for much more. The National Texas Longhorn Museum pictures many chairs and describes the unique shapes used by the makers. *** Q: I was given a silver bookmark by my grandmother, who was born in Holland in the early 1890s. It was hers as a child. The bookmark was a dagger shape and would slip over the page. It was approximately 2 1/2 to 3 inches long and had a long burgundy tassel. It was stolen from my house. I'm looking for prices for in surance purposes. A: It's impossible to give an accurate value for your grand mother's silver bookmark with out seeing it and weighing it. Do you remember if it had a maker's mark? Was it solid sil ver or silver plate? Was it heavy? Silver bookmarks sell for $30 to $80, with most of the value determined by the weight of the silver. CURRENT PRICES Toggle charm, Confucius, holding staff, hand-carved, boxwood, counterweight, silk cord, c. 1900, 2 x 1/2 inches, $80. Watering can, Toleware, cream with brown and green cattails, tapered cylinder, dome base, top handle, 1800s, 10 inches, $150. Parian doll, dancing woman, red lace dress, revolves on lead base, pull string, Germany, 9 inches, $235. Radio, Motorola Bullet, AM, tube, turquoise blue Bakelite, gold bullet-shaped dial, c. 1957, 6 x 12 inches, $850. TIP: Gold and silver trim on glass or ceramics will eventu ally wash off if cleaned in a dishwasher. Goldand silvertrimmed glassware and ceram ics should never be put in a microwave. The metallic glaze will cause electric arcing and could start a fire. For more collecting news, tips and resources, visit www.Kovels.com(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Kovels Antiques & Collecting By Terry & Kim Kovel The arms and back of this chair are made from carefully placed cow horns creating a Victorian chair. It sold for $1,400 a few years ago, but would sell for less today. Dear Editor: Continuing with my first years of teaching ... At Zolfo Springs Elemen tary School we only had one first grade, one second grade and one third grade. Mr. Bartley Sapp was our principal. His office was upstairs over the entrance to the school. When the high school burned in 1945, the teachers, their students and principal were moved to the "Big Build ing" at Zolfo Springs Elementary. That meant that there had to be quite a bit of re-arrangements made. I was not there when all of those arrangements were made. I came there later in late August in 1947. By that time the inhabitants of the high school were being transferred back to Wauchula. There is a little time in there I cannot remember exactly what happened or transpired, but the high school had moved back to Wauchula, and we were spread out in more rooms for all eight grades. We were happy, and they were happy to be in their new surroundings. So, I'll see all of you in the sweet by-and-by. ______ Zolfo Springs Elementary began to grow after the high school moved back to Wauchula into their new build ings. We had a new lunchroom and kitchen. When they moved into a new kitchen and dining area, they left a couple of elec tric stoves. This was during strawberry season. Two of my second graders were cousins and had access to strawberries. This was during the time when Mrs. Merita McLendon was hired to go from each elementary school to teach music. Mrs. Gebhart and I thought it would be nice if our two sec ond grade classes would get together and have our children to bake a cake decorated with strawberries for Mrs. McLen don's birthday which was Oct. 10. The children in both rooms were excited about this. Mrs. Gebhart and I got permission to use the stoves that were in the old kitchen. The children were excited over having a "surprise birthday party" for her. They were all very cooperative in keeping this activity a surprise. They worked to gether, getting ready for bak ing and getting the stage and auditorium ready to have Mrs. McLendon to sit in a special chair and space on the stage. It all worked out fine. Nobody breathed a word to let her know what was going on. Mrs. McLendon did not have an inkling as to why she had a special chair on stage. She sat down as she was instructed. Both classes (second graders only) started singing "Happy Birthday" to her. We all (all grade levels) loved Merita McLendon. We hated it very much when she was sent back to teach a grade level (I think it was first grade. I am not sure about that.) I don't know what the upper grades did about music, but all of us in the first through the third grade levels kept on hav ing music. Mrs. Gebhart and Mrs. Zola Durrance played piano while the rest of us in the second and third grade levels led the singing. Keep on humming and singing and keep the music in your hearts whether you sing "base soprano" like I do or not. I have been told there is no such thing as a base soprano. I just tell them, "You haven't heard me!" Roxie Bentley WauchulaLetter To The Editor Remembering High School In Zolfo Springs, Birthday Party MEAT AND POTATOES A great quick and easy meat and potato dish that is sure to please everyone at the table. 4 3/4 cups (24 ounces) diced cooked potatoes 8 ounces extra-lean ground sirloin beef or turkey breast 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce 1 (15-ounce) can diced toma toes, undrained 2 teaspoons chili seasoning 1 tablespoon Splenda Granular 1 (8-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup cubed Velveeta Light processed cheese 1. In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, saute potatoes for 10 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, in another large skillet sprayed with but ter-flavored cooking spray, brown meat and onion. Stir in tomato sauce, undrained toma toes, chili seasoning and Splenda. Add kidney beans and Velveeta cheese. Mix well to combine. Continue cooking until cheese melts and potatoes are browned, stirring both often. 3. For each serving, place 2/3 cup potatoes on a serving plate and spoon about 3/4 cup chili mixture over top. Serves 6.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Comfort Foods Made Fast And HealthyBy Healthy Exchanges B2 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018LLOYDHALLinvites all his friends and neighbors to come see him at205 N. Charleston Fort Meade1-800-673-9512 www.directchevy.com 5:24c

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By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Hardee High School’s top seniors received their stolesand cords for graduation at abanquet held in their honorlast week. The annual Senior Honor’s Banquet took place Thursdayevening at the Hardee CountyAgri-Civic Center. Seniors were welcomed by Hardee Senior High School’sprincipal, Dr. Michele Polk.After the welcome, theschool’s Air Force JuniorROTC unit posted the colors. Speakers at the event in cluded Hardee County SchoolBoard member Paul Samuels,Superintendent of SchoolsBob Shayman and HardeeCounty Teacher of the YearMadgaly Santana of NorthWauchula Elementary. The 2018 Latin Honors and Honors graduates were recog nized by Polk, Shayman, as sistant principals Mary Farrand Ron Herron, and SeniorClass sponsor Mary Sue Mad dox. Honors and Latin Honorsrankings are determined by thestudents’ grade-point aver ages. Summa cum laude students, with GPAs of 4.4 or higher,were Taylor Lynn Bone, AveryBunch, Shelby Lynn Gibson,Jenny Lopez, Sarai Santanaand Judith M. Zamora. Magna cum laude students, with GPAs from 4.21 to 4.39,were Jose Aleman, LindseyKate Barwick, Mason Block,Ashja Ariana Camel, NubiaAdelmara Gomez, AlexisMarie McBride, Shauna Nor wood, Ellie Dean Palmer andAlicia Ruiz. Cum laude students, with GPAs from 4.0 to 4.2, wereGerman Arzate, Sarai Es pinoza, Katelyn Fuller, LovelyLaly Lee, Basilia Lozano,Giselle Yvette Mendez, Yis selle Atala Mier, AlexisSuzanne Neel, Benjamin Gar rett Norris, Carlos DavidPerez, Gabriela MonicaReyes, Maribel Rodriguez,Ana Victoria Villa, Genouchy Vue and Ricardo Zuniga. Honors students, with GPAs from 3.5 to 3.99, wereIvan Alan Badillo, Colin T.Barton, Makayla Bethany Be navidez, Miguel Angel Ben itez, Mercades NicholeCisneros, Humberto Delarosa,Diana Deloera, Julissa NicoleFlores, Erika Garcia, MarioGomez, Thalia Aleda Hartley,Nubia Hernandez, KarinaLopez, Adelina Luna-Muniz,Christain Ivan Martinez, Abi gail Maya, Marlene MendezGuerrero, Gabriela Montoyaand Adam Michael Olvera. Also, Jasmine Daniella Otero, Alex Paulino, RaquelAlexis Resendez, MariaReyes, Ruby Moreno Rivera,Miguel Ruiz, Ana D. SaldanaAngel, Layla Yvette Santoyo,Adelina G. Servin, GracielaSilvan-Macedo, Kerra DawnStock, Jose Sustaita, JanessaJanae Tamayo, Aissatou MarieTavarez, Brittany StephanieValdiviez, Guillermo VelascoRojas, Diamond NicheleWhite and Peter Yeeleng Yang. HHS Hosts Annual Senior Honors Banquet COURTESY PHOTOS Hardee Senior High School’s summa cum laude seniors received gold stoles towear with their graduation caps and gowns to represent their academic excellence. Receiving silver stoles last Thursday for their achievements were the magna cumlaude seniors. White stoles were awarded to the cum laude seniors for their hard work. Honors seniors received cords for their academic achievements. 5:24c R EMEMBER T HAT S PECIAL M OMENT Photos of graduating seniors on stage receiving their diplomas are now available for purchase. Get a CD with the graduation diploma photo of your senior. $10 plus tax (Cash or check — No credit cards please) Use the CD to make as many copies of the photo you may need. (Mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) Come by The Herald-Advocate office and place your order today! 115 S. 7th Ave., Wauchula • 773-3255 5:24-6:28nc Up To $3,000 Reward! Heartland Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tips: 1(800) 226 8477 or heartlandcrimestoppers.com May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B3

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Both Atchley andRoberson were on the previousboard. Bowling Green appointed commissioner Steve Spinks torepresent the city. Donna Doubleday, who was not present for the meeting, isthe CEO of Heartland Work force and remains on the boardfollowing this overhaul. Originally, the EDA was comprised of individuals fromthe Florida Department ofCommunity Affairs, most re cently a vacant seat; EnterpriseFlorida/Heartland Workforce,represented by Doubleday; theFlorida Phosphate Council,represented by Brian Pohl ofMosaic; the Hardee CountyChamber of Commerce withSteven Southwell; HardeeCounty Farm Bureau withDavid Royal; and four at-largemembers appointed by the Hardee County Board ofCounty Commissioners, whichincluded Birge, Stan Pelham,Roberson and Atchley. The board is expected to focus more on municipal infra structure projects, such as in stalling utilities all along theU.S. 17 corridor from BowlingGreen to the south end ofZolfo Springs. Board members also talked about continuing to have agrant process to give incen tives for startup businesses,businesses looking to expandoperations and hire additionalemployees or those looking torelocate to Hardee County. The EDA board will also be tasked with dispersing $10million from the former CF In dustries development agree ment with the board, whichspecifies 75 percent of thefunds must be spent on educa tional projects while 25 per cent is reserved for enhancingrecreational opportunities inthe county. By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-Advocate The newly appointed Eco nomic Development Authoritymet for the first time lastweek. This new board is a result of legislation introduced by Rep.Ben Albritton and Sen. DeniseGrimsley and signed into lawby Gov. Rick Scott in lateMarch. During the meeting, the board did not take any formalactions but elected countycommissioners Russell Me lendy as chairman and SueBirge as vice chairwoman. The board also approved re imbursement requests fromprevious grant applicants thatwere awarded funding by theprior board. The current board is com prised of the five county com missioners, Mike Thompson,Rick Knight, Colon Lambert,Melendy and Birge. Each municipality also gets one seat on the board. Are You Concerned Your Child Is Going Down The Wrong Path? DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE PREVENTION HELPLINE 1-866-757-0634 DonÂ’t Be Left Out! HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM B4 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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Crop UpdateMay 21, 2018 General: According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Florida, there were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 20, 2018. Precipitation estimates ranged from 0.2 inches in Miramar Beach (Walton County) to 12.9 inches in Juno Beach (Palm Beach County). The average mean temperature ranged from 60.5 F in Jacksonville (Duval County) to 84.5 F in Marianna (Jackson County). Citrus: Several consecutive days of rainfall were beneficial to citrus growing counties. Canals and ditches were being re filled, and soil moisture was being replenished. All citrus grow ing counties had stations recording two or more inches of rainfall. Counties in the central and western portions of the citrus region received the most rainfall. Lakeland (Polk County) had 8.31 inches, while Joshua and Arcadia (DeSoto County) had 8.22 and 8.13 inches of rainfall, respectively. Temperatures were about average in the citrus growing region, with highs in the 80s. According to the May 17, 2018 U.S. Drought Monitor, rainfall deficits moderated in several areas of the citrus growing re gion. Areas of moderate drought shrank in the northern citrus area and the Indian River district (portions of Brevard, Orange, and Osceola Counties), and also in the southwestern region (sec tions of Collier, Hendry, and Lee Counties). Abnormally dry con ditions also receded across the entire citrus belt. Valencia harvest was winding down. Only two processing plants remained open. The Valencia crop is expected to finish by the end of May. Next seasons fruit continued to size well. Trees held an abundance of fruit from a good bloom earlier this year. Oranges, on average, were as large as golf ball size, with grapefruit slightly larger. Grove owners halted most operations due to daily rainfall. Caretakers did accomplish some limited mowing, spray ing, and resetting new trees. Fruits and Vegetables: Rainy conditions across most the state hurt the remaining vegetable crops and has made harvest difficult as the season closes down. Watermelon is nearing har vest in Levy County. Livestock and Pastures: Most of the state reported pastures receiving some rain with the Panhandle the only area reporting spotty rainfall and hay still being fed to cattle. Field Crops: Walton County reports some Peanuts will need to be replanted due to drought while in other areas of the Panhandle recent rains have allowed planting to continue. In Fla gler and Putnam counties potato harvest is still in progress but difficult due to wet conditions. Sugarcane harvest is running late in Glades and Hendry Counties.PERMITTING CONTRACTOR LICENSING TECHNICIANPAY RATE: $24,369.88 ($11.72/hr.) $33,594.15 ($16.15/hr.)Wanted for the Hardee County Building & Code En forcement Department. Ability to assist both contractors and property owners in the completion of forms for con struction permitting. Require knowledge and skill in computer operation. Must have a High School Diploma or GED Complete job description and Application forms posted on County website @ www.hardeecounty.net Applications accepted in the Human Resources Department at 205 Hanchey Road, Wauchula, FL. Phone: (863) 773-2161. Position is open until filled. EOE F/M/V cl5:3-24c REVELLAUTOSALES BUYHEREPAYHERE8 86 63 3-3 37 75 5-4 41 11 13 3After Hours Call:Travis Revell Sandra Miller863-245-0383 863-781-45775220 Hwy 17N Bowling Green(across from BP)Se Habla EspaolWE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS cl5:17tfc $ $5 50 00 0 O OF FF FA An ny y V Ve eh hi ic cl le e I In n S St to oc ck k! !M Mu us st t P Pr re es se en nt t C Co ou up po on n( (o on ne e c co ou up po on n p pe er r c cu us st to om me er r) ) $ $5 50 00 0 O OF FF F $ $5 50 00 0 O OF FF FPeace River GrowersWholesale Nursery Donnis & Kathy Barber Hwy. 66 East P.O. Box 760 (863) 735-0470 Zolfo Springs, FLQ: I just watched the "Lu cifer" series finale on Fox, and I am beyond gutted that the series was canceled. This show is one of the funniest, smartest and most interesting shows on TV today. And the chemistry between all the actors, as well as the star power of Tom Ellis, is hard to come by nowadays. I really felt that the show was hitting its stride. Is there any chance Fox will re verse its decision, or maybe someone else can pick it up? Kayla F., via email A: I'm right there with you, Kayla. As I've expressed in this column before, "Lucifer" is one of my favorite shows, and I was crushed to learn of its can celation. There are tons of fans who feel the same way, if Twit ter's #SaveLucifer and #PickU pLucifer campaigns are any indication. I mean, Lucifer FINALLY showed his true self to Chloe, she finally understands he is literally the devil (and not metaphorically, as she always believed), and that's it? It's can celed? As of this writing, no one had picked up the series yet, but a lot can happen, and happen quickly, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. If you want to help, speak your mind on social media and enlist your friends. It actually does work, sometimes. *** Q: Can you tell me what's up with "Outlander"? It's been forever since I've seen my favorite Scotsman. Jamie R., via Facebook A: Starz has revealed that you'll have a little while longer to wait for season four to begin, which is slated for November (I'll keep you posted when they announce an exact date) and will consist of 13 episodes. BUT I have some great news for you: The time-traveling fantasy-romance series has been renewed through season six, with seasons five and six each comprising 12 episodes. Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement: "Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adver saries and adventures in sea sons five and six as we delve into American history and continue the story of the Frasers as they settle in the New World." And remember, author Diana Gabaldon is currently working on the ninth book, so there is a potential for at least nine sea Celebrity ExtraBy Cindy Elavsky PICKS OF THE WEEK "Game Night" (R) Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, an ultracompetitive and sweet couple who host a regular game night with their circle of friends snappy duo Michelle and Kevin (Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris), Ryan (Billy Magnussen) with date Sarah (Sharon Horgan) and Max's bigger, better, realer brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler). The sibling rivalry is not subtle, and Brooks decides to one-up the game by hosting an inter active mystery experience at his swanky pad. It's all fun and games until there's an as sault and kidnapping. When Brooks is dragged away in real life, Max and Annie go off the board to track him down and solve the mystery. This clever action comedy didn't get the credit it de served in theaters, and it makes a great watch for your gathering of friends, competi tive or no. "Red Sparrow" (R) Sporting a nifty Russian ac cent, Jennifer Lawrence stars as prima ballerina Dominika Egorova, who must find a new means of survival for herself and her sick mother after suf fering an injury. She is lured into a sordid job by her uncle Ivan (Matthias Schoenaerts), a Russian Intelligence officer, in exchange for medical care for Mama. Things go unexpectedly murderous, and she is faced with a very narrow choice between death and at tending a specialized boot camp for sexual super weapons dubbed "Sparrows." When she is tasked with find ing the contact of a CIA operative (Joel Edgerton), she faces an existential crisis pit ting the person she was against the incredibly power ful weapon she has become. "Early Man" (PG) Di rected by Nick Park (of "Wal lace and Gromit" fame), this de lightful little stopmotion anima tion venture stars Eddie Redmayne as Dug, an above-average prehistoric man whose tribe lives a quiet existence hunting rabbits in The Valley. More technologi cally advanced Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) interrupts this idyllic reverie with his Bronze Age war elephants, and through a hilarious acci dental interchange, Dug is dropped into the middle of a soccer game in Nooth's city. A challenge is made and ac cepted that Dug's tribe will play Nooth's ringers with the promise that if Dug wins, his valley will be spared. "15:17 to Paris" (PG-13) In August 2015, a man on a train from Amsterdam to Paris opened fire on his fellow passengers. He was subdued by an international hodge podge of heroes after his gun jammed, and this is the true story of three of them, who play themselves: Americans Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos. Di rector Clint Eastwood clearly believes in the story, and he should: These men performed outstanding acts of bravery and character, but unfortu nately, it's critically apparent that they are not actors, and it's a real bummer, because what a great story. New TV Releases "Call the Midwife" Season 7 "Famous in Love" Season 1 "Little Women" (minis eries) "The Loud House: It Gets Louder" Season 1, Volume 2(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Couch TheaterDVD PreviewsBy Sam Struckhoff DVDs reviewed here are available in stores the week of May 21. Jim Carrey had a dark time after his former girlfriend Cathriona White died from an overdose of prescription drugs. Both her mother and her for mer husband filed wrongful death suits against him, which were dismissed in January. Carrey's "Dumb & Dumber To" (2014) was a hit ($50 million cost/$170 million gross), but the black comedy "The Bad Batch" (2016) totally bombed. His latest film, "Dark Crimes," opened May 18. In it he plays a serious role as Tadek, a detective investigat ing the murder of a business man identical to the murder of a character in a recently released novel. *** Peter Dinklage finally will realize his dream to star as Herve Vil lechaize, who played Tattoo on "Fantasy Island" and died in 1993. He's been trying to make the film "My Dinner with Herve" for several years, and now his home net work, HBO, which has starred him in "Game of Thrones" since 2011, has given the greenlight. The TV film will co-star Jamie Dornan as a jour nalist, and Andy Garcia as Ricardo Montalban. Dinklage, father of two children with wife Erica Schmidt (since 1995), has made 48 films, in cluding "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (2008), "X-Men: Days of Fu ture Past" (2014), "The Boss" (2016), "Three Billboards" (2017) and "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018). He is currently shoot ing "O Lucky Day," billed as "a leprechaun com edy." I can't wait to hear his Irish accent. *** Broadway theatergoers can see a host of film and TV stars in current shows. Jim Parsons ("Big Bang Theory"), Zachery Quinto ("Star Trek's" Mr. Spock) and Andrew Rannells ("Girls") are in the 50th-an niversary revival of "Boys in the Band." Denzel Washington stars in "The Iceman Cometh"; "Roseanne's" Laurie Metcalf in "Three Tall Women"; Chris Evans (Captain America, cur rently in "Avengers: Infinity War") in "Lobby Hero"; and Nathan Lane ("Modern Fam ily") and Andrew Garfield ("Hacksaw Ridge") in "Angels in America." Diana Rigg ("The Avengers'" Mrs. Peel) appears in the revival of "My Fair Lady," and "Dawson Creek's" Joshua Jackson stars in "Children of a Lesser God." If any of these are your favorites, it's time to make that trip to NYC you've put off for too long. *** Here are some surprising salaries. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, age 35, only makes $179,700 for putting her spin on the news. Albert Einstein's estate still earns $10 million a year. The CCO of Netflix, Ted Sarandos (53), downloaded $15 million last year. Mark Harmon (66), in addition to acting in "NCIS," got paid for producing the show and made $19 million. Fox's Sean Han nity (56) made $36 million for presenting his exaggerated truths, while performers Chris Rock (53) made $57 million and Bruce Springsteen (68) made $68 million. And what was in your pay envelope last year? (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. HollywoodBy Tony Rizzo Top 10 Movies Inside 1. Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13) Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth 2. Life of the Party (PG-13) Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs 3. Breaking In (PG-13) Gabrielle Union,Billy Burke 4. Overboard (PG-13) Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez 5. A Quiet Place (PG-13) Emily Blunt, John Krasinski 6. I Feel Pretty (PG-13) Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams 7. Rampage (PG-13) Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris 8. Tully (R) Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis 9. Black Panther (PG-13) Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan 10. RGB (PG) Ruth Bader Ginsburg,Gloria Steinem(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.sons of the fan-favorite series. *** Q: Is "Shades of Blue" ever coming back? It didn't air this past fall, so I was counting on spring. Now spring has come and gone, and no "Blue." What's going on? Gigi R., via email A: No need to worry. NBC has pushed back the seasonthree premiere date of the Jen nifer Lopez and Ray Liotta cop drama to Sunday, June 17, at 10 p.m. ET. This will be its final season, and according to sources, it was planned as a three-season story arc from its inception. NBC revealed that season three's storyline "brings Lopez's complex character to a fitting resolution." Write to Cindy at King Fea tures Weekly Service, 628 Vir ginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at let ters@cindyelavsky.com.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Modern dietary trends notwithstanding, raw vegeta bles have not always enjoyed the healthsome reputation they now have. In medieval times, in fact, veggies would always be cooked; raw ones were con sidered to be bad for the hu mors. Have you ever heard of an adhocracy? If youre like many frustrated workers these days, you may be employed by one. An adhocracy is an organization characterized by lack of planning, responding to problems as they emerge rather than anticipating and avoiding them. In La Paz, Bolivia, you can find one of the most un usual prisons in the world. At San Pedro Prison, inmates have to purchase their cells. Those who are well off financially can buy private cells with bathrooms, television and kitchens. Those who are less lucky must share tiny rooms. You might be surprised to learn that the worlds mosttranslated author, by far, is Agatha Christie. Jules Verne ranks second, followed closely by William Shakespeare. Its interesting to note that three of the top 10 Enid Blyton, Hans Christian Anderson and Jacob Grimm wrote works for children. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Strange But TrueBy Samantha Weaver May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B5 DEAR PAW'S CORNER: My granddaughter rescued a scrawny, 4-month-old kitten that was covered with fleas and ear mites. We nursed "Pickles" back to health, and he's now a healthy 9-monthold kitten. The problem is that Pickles will not stay off our table, counters, appliances, cabi nets, etc. the higher, the better. Even a clock on the wall! He will get down when we tell him, but turn your back and he's right up there again. I've tried everything. We bought him a climbing pole with ledges; he ignores it. I've tried squirting him with a spray bottle, or by giving him a reward when he listens. We put tacky strips on the counters, and crumbled alu minum foil and wax paper. Nothing works. Help! Charlene B., via email DEAR CHARLENE: Pick les sounds like a wonderful cat, if a real handful! Most healthy cats love jumping up to higher perches it's a natural in stinct. And it's clear that Pick les is very healthy and comfortable with his new home. How do you balance keeping Pickles happy and keeping him off the dinner table? The play perch is good try putting it into a different location, per haps where sunbeams fall across it. Help him associate it with good things by placing a favorite treat on the perch while calling him. Purchase a window perch or a wallmounted perch you can put up really high. Meantime, keep searching for a "warning" noise he re sponds to. Sometimes just a hiss will work. Shaking a cof fee can filled with coins may work. Use the same warning noise each time, so that he as sociates the noise with "get off." Training may take time, but be patient. Send your questions, tips or comments to ask@pawscorner.com.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Paws CornerBy Sam Mazzotta Dont Be Left Out!HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM YOUR BUSINESS COULD APPEAR HERE TOO!!Contact Nancy Davis, Kim Reas or Trayce Daniels 773-3255 TheHeraldAdvocate.com On July 1, 2015, the estimated population of Florida was 20,271,272 people.

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By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Hardee Senior High School top athletes in cross countryand track and field were hon ored last Tuesday (May 15)during a combined recognitionceremony. Zach Durastanti was the most honored member of theboyÂ’s cross country team as hewas honored as the most valu able runner and as a state qual ifier. Tatiana Mier received the most valuable runner honor forthe Lady Wildcats. The cross country rookie of the year was Roberto Gutierrez. Jasmine Mendoza, Vicky Villa, and Ivan Rodriguez eachreceived a coachÂ’s appreciationaward. Alexis Benjamin-Graham was the most recognized playeron the track and field team. She was honored as Class 5A State Champion Shot Put(12.59m), Class 5A State Qual ifier Discus, school record inshot put (12.75m), schoolrecord in discus (35.60m), andtop scorer for the Lady Wild cats. Tyler Steedley was honored as a Class 5A State QualifierDiscus and top thrower for theboys. Ivan Rodriguez was the top scorer for the boys. Katie Brandeberry and Eboni Lamy were named the rookiesof the year for the Lady Wild cats. Nubia Gomez and Colin Bar ton received the Senior Aca demic Award. Roberto Gutierrez, Laura Ramos, and Jessica Pascualeach received the WildcatAward. Samuel Louis was the top hurdler for the boys and Lamywas the top hurdler for theLady Wildcats. The top vaulters were Oscar DeJesus and Sophie Allen. Pascual was the top sprinter for the Lady Wildcats. Durastanti and Mier were the top distance runners. Steedley was most improved for the boys and Mercades Cis neros was most improved forthe girls. Ivan Rodriguez, Israel Lopez, Gomez, and JalynnThompson each received theSpirit Award. Jaime Chagoya and Jesula Charles each received theCoachÂ’s Appreciation Award. COURTESY PHOTOS Vicky Villa, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jasmine Mendoza received the Cross Country CoachÂ’s Appreciation Award from coach Rob Beatty. Coach Rob Beatty (center) presented Tatiana Mier (left) and Zack Durastanti (right)with the cross country most valuable runner awards and top distance runnerawards. Coach Rob Beatty (center) presented Ivan Rodriguez (left) and Israel Lopez (right) with Spirit Awards. Rodriguez also received the track and field top scorer award. Cross Country, Track Athletes Honored Roberto Gutierrez (left) received the cross countryrookie of the year award and track and field rookie ofthe year award from coach Rob Beatty (right). Jesula Charles (left) received the CoachÂ’s AppreciationAward for track and field from coach Rod Smith (right). Nubia Gomez (left) received the Spirit Award for trackand field and the track and field Senior Academic Award from coach Rod Smith (right). Mercades Cisneros (left) received the most improvedathlete award for track and field from coach Rod Smith(right). Jaime Chagoya (left) received the CoachÂ’s Apprecia tion Award from coach Rob Beatty (right). Tyler Steedley (left) received the most improved trackand field athlete award, was recognized as a Class 5Astate qualifier in discus and was also recognized as the boyÂ’s top thrower by coach Rob Beatty (right). Oscar DeJesus (left) was honored as the top vaulter bycoach Rob Beatty (right). Coach Rob Beatty (left) and coach Rod Smith (right) presented the track and field Wildcat Awards to Laura Ramos (second from left), Jessica Pascual (center), and Roberto Gutierrez (second from right). B6 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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Katie Brandeberry (left) and Eboni Lamy (right) received the track and field rookieof the year awards from coach Rod Smith (center). Samuel Louis (left) and Eboni Lami (right) were recognized as the top hurdlers in track and field by coach Rod Smith (center). Seniors on the track and field team received batons. 5:24,31c HONORS BREAKFAST COURTESY PHOTOS • MONTAGE BY DARLENE WILLIAMS Zolfo Springs Elementary students whoearned a place on the school’s Honor Rollfor all four quarters of the academic yearcelebrated that fact last week at a break fast hosted in their honor. Family memberswere able to join in on the meal and thecongratulations. WATERMELON HARVEST UNDERWAY PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY Delivering watermelons from LaBelle on May 18 to the Wauchula S tate Farmers Market were, from left, Brenda Miranda, son Javier, 15 months, and husband JoseMiranda, all of Fort Meade. Jose Miranda used this Dodge pickup to haul a load of watermelons May 18 fromLaBelle to Wauchula. SPRING PEA DIP This delicious dip has all the best qualities of springtime: aluscious, green color, fresh fla vors and a delicate texture.Along with cut-up vegetables,homemade pita chips are an other tasty way of getting thisdip from dish to mouth.1 pound fresh peas in the pod(or 1 cup of frozen peas)1/4 cup (loosely packed) freshmint leaves, choppedSalt and ground black pepper1/3 cup part-skim ricottacheese2 tablespoons freshly gratedParmesan cheeseAssorted spring vegetablesfor dipping, such as cucum ber strips, yellow and redpepper strips and baby car rots 1. Shell peas: run thumb along length of seam to open pod and release peas. 2. In 1-quart saucepan, heat 1-inch water to boiling overhigh heat; add peas and heat toboiling. Reduce heat tomedium; cover and cook 3minutes or just until peas aretender. Drain peas and rinseunder cold running water; drainwell. 3. In food processor with knife blade attached, pureepeas with mint, 1/4 teaspoonsalt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.Transfer to small bowl; stir inricotta and Parmesan. Servedip, with vegetables, or coverand refrigerate to serve later.Makes 1 cup dip.For thousands of triple-testedrecipes, visit our Web site atwww.goodhousekeeping.com/recipes/. (c) 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved Recipes From Good Housekeeping May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B7

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Dr. Ernest Perry Palmer was born April 12, 1932, in Mem phis, Tenn., and passed awayat age 86 on May 7, 2018, inWauchula. Graveside serviceswere held May 10 at WauchulaCemetery with Rev. Joe Butlerof the First Baptist Church ofWauchula officiating. Dr. Palmer and his wife Gayle had four children, LisaDickerson of Brandon, LeighLamonica in Charlotte, N.C.,Steve Palmer, and WestPalmer, both of Wauchula, and10 grandchildren. He graduated from Mem phis State University, WesternReserve University, and Uni versity of Tennessee MedicalSchool. He did post-graduatework in pathology at Univer sity of Tennessee, internship atCharity Hospital in New Or leans, La., OB-GYN residencyat Southern Baptist Hospital inNew Orleans, and general sur gery residences at the Veter ans Administration Hospitaland Variety Children's Hospi tal in Miami. He then began looking for a small clinic/hospital where hecould have close access to hispatients during their treatmentand hospitalization, which ledhim to Wauchula and his ensu ing 42-year medical career. Remembering Dr. Ernest P. Palmer (1932 to 2018) COURTESY PHOTOS He was a sideline doctor for the Hardee Wildcat footballteam for 13 years. Here he is treating his son WestPalmer in 1987. Earnest Palmer graduated from University of Ten nessee School of Medicine. Dr. Palmer enjoyed flying and got a pilot license in the1970s. Dr. Palmer practiced medicine for 42 years inWauchula. Here he is celebrating Christmas at home. Dr. Palmer went on medical missionary trips to Papua,New Guinea (shown here in 2001) and Brazil. Dr. Palmer in 1970 founded Hardee County Youth Foot ball. Here he is presenting the Sportsmanship Award toMax Ullrich in 1981. He was president of Hardee YouthFootball from 1971 to 1984. Gayle and Ernest Palmer on their wedding day on Sept.1, 1955. They were married 62 years and had four chil dren and 10 grandchildren. Getting ready for another Boston Marathon. In the AirForce he won a boxing championship in 1952 atKeesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. For 13 years he was a familiar sight along the sidelinesat Hardee High School football games, starting in 1965 as team doctor. Dr. Palmer is shown here in the mid-1970s at theBoston Marathon with his son Steve who also was a long distance runner. Ernest Palmer enjoyed spear fishing. Gayle and Ernest Palmer and family celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2005 at The Pier in St. Peters burg. He enjoyed diving at such places as the Florida Keys,Stella Maris, Belize, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Bonaire,and Nassau. This was one of his early dives in the1960s in Bimini, Bahamas. He was a certified master scuba diver. He served on the Board ofTrustees for South FloridaJunior College which isnow South Florida StateCollege. Dr. Palmer served as chiefof the medical staff atHardee Memorial Hospitalwhich later became CrestMedical Center and nowFlorida Hospital Wauchulaowned by the Adventist Health System. B8 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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Dr. Palmer for many years was an avid runner and fin ished marathons of 26.2 miles, including Boston sev eral times and New York City. Here he is running in a March of Dimes event. In the early days Dr. Palmer practiced medicine at the Palmetto Medical Clinic and Hospital on Palmetto Street in Wauchula. His associates included Dr. Mal colm Sayre and Dr. Grant Carmichael. Dr. Palmer in the halls of the Palmetto Medical Clinic and Hospital. His medical career also included serving as medical director of Hardee Manor, DeSoto Health and Rehabilitation, and Hardee Correctional Institution. Gayle and Dr. Ernest Palmer in earlier days. They were long-time members of First Baptist Church in Wauchula, and he served as a deacon. 5:24c HARDEE COUNTY FOOD PANTRIES Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries 113 N 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-5717 Requirements: Identification, Social Security card When: Wednesday ONLY | 10 am 12 noon Bowling Green Church of God 121 W. Broward Bowling Green, FL 33834 Tele: 863-375-2231 Requirements: Identification When: 3rd Saturday of the month | 8 am noon Cutting Edge Food Ministry 3059 Elm Street Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 Tele: 863-773-2484 Requirements: Identification When: Tuesday & Friday 10 am noon & 1 3 pm First United Methodist Church of Wauchula 207 N. 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-4267 Requirements: ID & Physical address (Light Bill, Lease etc.) When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month 1:00 3:00 pm (first come, first serve) Other Program: Bagged Lunch M, W, F 8 am 12 pm for pre-school age kids & adults. Wednesday Night Free Community Dinner: 5:30 6:30 pm Hardee Help Center 713 E. Bay Street, Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-0034 Requirements: Application with proof of hardship Programs: Emergency & Homelessness Assistance For more information, Contact the Hardee Help Center St. Michaels Catholic Church Food Pantry 408 Heard Bridge Rd, Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-4089 Requirements: Identification or Light Bill When: Every Saturday 6:00 8:00 amRev. 12/19/2017 Someone Is There To ListenRUNAWAY HOTLINE1-800-621-4000or1-800-786-2929 May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B9

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CLASSIFICATIONS:Agriculture Mobile Homes Appliances Notices Automobile Personal Boats Pets Furniture Plants/Produce Guns Real Estate Help Wanted Recreational Houses Rentals LivestockRentals, CommercialLost & Found Services Miscellaneous Wanted Motorcycles Yard Sales 228 6th Ave N Wauchula Fl 33873 Office: 863-473-4544 Website: www.HotFLRealEstate.com Colon Lambert Broker/Owner Licensed Real Estate Broker Colon LambertBroker/OwnerRESIDENTIAL Duplex, 316 11th Ave S Wauchula, 2 Bedroom 1 Bath / 1 Bedroom 1 Bath, .246 Acres, $89,000 1093 Steve Roberts Special Zolfo, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, .735 Acres, $90,000 8585 Tubbs Ranch Rd Sebring, 3 Bed room 2 Bath, 10 Acres, $199,000 1269 Girl Scout Rd Arcadia, 3 Bedroom 3 Bath, 2.6 Acres, $247,500 3719 Oak View Sebring, 2 Bedroom 2 Bath, Canal access to Lake Istokpoga, .691 Acres, $279,900 747 Ed Wells Rd N Wauchula, 4 Bed room 2.5 Bath, 20 Acres, $450,000 963 Stenstrom Rd Wauchula, 3 Bed room 2.5 Bath, 8.31 Acres, $469,000 3001 Country Lake Dr Sebring, 2 Bed room 2.5 Bath, Canal access to Lake Is tokpoga, .33 Acres, $544,900 6748 Ashton Dr Sebring, 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bath, Canal access to Lake Istokpoga, .89 Acres, $750,000 VACANT LAND 1245 Blue Jay Rd Wauchula, Residen tial Lot, .229 Acres, $6800 245 Caspian Tern Ave Sebring, Resi dential Lot, .20 Acres, $8400 236 Tern Ave Sebring, Residential Lot, .207 Acres, $8900 Epps Ave Bowling Green, Residential Lot, .240 Acres, $10,000 Seven Mile Point Wauchula, Lot, .365 Acres, $10,000 1032 Lakeside Way Sebring, Residen tial Lot, .228 Acres, $16,000 3052 Oaks Bend Bowling Green, Resi dential Lot, .285 Acres, $22,000 Cecil Durrance Rd Zolfo Springs, Resi dential Land, 5.93 Acres,$57,000 Moffit Rd. Zolfo Springs, Land to be di vided starting at 20 Acre parcels, 265 Acres, Starting at $6000/per acre LAKE REGENCY LOTS Canal access to Lake Josephine 6 Acres $91,900 8.5 Acres $119,900 9.5 Acres $123,900 13 Acres $189,900 17 Acres $237,900 163 Golden Oaks Zolfo Springs, Pas tureland, 24.29 Acres, $149,000 4492 Alderman Rd Bowling Green, Residential Land/Pastureland, 20 Acres, $160,000 Bostick Rd Bowling Green, Residential Land, 29 Acres, $200,000 US Hwy 17 N Wauchula, Mixed Use, 11 Acres, $245,000 Popash Rd Wauchula, Residential/Pas tureland, 40 Acres, $350,000 Roy Moore Rd Ona, Pastureland/Mixed, 36.37 Acres, $350,000, 739 St Rd 66, Residential/Pastureland, 43.99 Acres, $559,000cl5:24c Michelle Williamson Broker Michelle@thewilliamsongrouprealty.com Everything We Touch Turns To $old West Grape Street, Bowling Green, FL 33834 JUST REDUCED ... SELLER IS MOTIVATED. NICE BUILDING LOT in Bowling Green, Florida. City utilities are available. 1007 E. Oak St. Arcadia, FL 34266863-494-9009thewilliamsongrouprealty.com 614 Coolidge Ave NE, Lake Placid, FL 33852 BUILDER AND INVESTOR ALERT!!! Great cleared building lot in the beautiful area of Placid Lakes. This lot is a wonderful home-site and is only a few steps from all the gorgeous lakes in Lake Placid. Call today because at this price, this lot will not last long.cl5:24c 1625 Kazen Road, Wauchula, FL 33873 DREAMER'S PARADISE! This 5.5 acre parcel is cleared and ready for your dream home. You will love that you can live in the country but only be minutes from town and shopping. This property is zoned for all of your agricultural needs, so bring your animals, plant your garden/farm, live off the land and even farm to table. The property does have paved road frontage and the owner is motivated to sell. Perfect place at the Perfect Price! Brandi Long Real Estate Agent 863-990-7256 Brandi@thewilliamsongrouprealty.com Erica Bautista Sales Associate 863-244-1957 Erica@thewilliamsongrouprealty.com $6,250 $10,000 $65,000 6,000+ SF metal building. Located on southbound US Hwy 17. Corner lot with paved parking. Asking $275,000 5.43 ac vacant land in town on Florida Avenue South. Zoned C-1. $320,000 1.19 ac metal warehouse with an office. 9,600 total square feet. Zoned A-1. Has a shallow well. $130,000 40 acres Presently used for farming & has a well. $360,000 Two 4.7+ ac parcels located in Lorida. One includes a 30x50 building and water holes. Call John Oneal for more infor mation. 15+ acres with 2 mobile homes in Ft. Green Zoned Commercial. Call for de tails. BACK ON THE MARKET! 5 acres with a pond. Currently fenced & being used for cattle. $65,500 206 North 6th Avenue, Wauchula, FL 33873 Office (863)773-0060 Evening (863)781-1338 www.jimseerealty.com James V. See, Jr., Broker Shane ConleyRealtor Associates Rick Knight ............... (863) 781-1396 Dusty Albritton ........... (863) 781-0161 Shane Conley ............. (863) 781-9664 Justin Smith ................ (863-781-3432 John ONeal ............... (863) 381-2535 Karen ONeal........... (863) 781-7633 cl5:24cNOTICE 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.2013 Nissan Truck VIN#1N6AD0ER7DN763915Contact Shannon Hays for details at Wauchula State Bank 863-773-4151. The sale will be held on Friday June 1, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Wauchula State Bank parking lot located at 106 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL. cl5:24,31cHARDEECARCOMPANY(Across From First National Bank) B Bu uy y H He er r e e P P a ay y H He er r e e773-6667 cl5:25tfcASSISTANT PARK MANAGER$21,035.72/($10.11) $28,997.97/($13.94)Wanted for the Hardee County Lakes Department. Responsible for assisting in the operations and mainte nance of Hardee Lakes. Ability to operate grounds equipment. One year experience in park work. Must have a High School Diploma or GED. A valid Florida Dri vers License. Complete job description and Application forms posted on County website @ www.hardeecounty.ne t. Please submit applications to the Human Resources Department @ 205 Hanchey Road, Wauchula, FL 33873. Phone: (863) 773-2161. Position is open until filled. cl5:24c DIESEL INJECTION REPAIR Pumps, turbos and injectors. Removal and instillation avail able. 863-381-0538. 2:8-1:17p INTERNATIONAL 8300, 300 Big Cam Cummins, runs great, good field truck. $10,000 OBO. Mike, 863-832-2078. 5:10-6:7p LOCAL NURSERY W holesaler looking for experienced gooseneck or 5th-wheel drivers for pickups and deliveries throughout Central Florida. Candidate must have valid, clean drivers license. Part-time and permanent part-time positions available. Please send all pertinent information to P.O. Box 785, Wauchula, FL 33873. 5:10-6:7p MAINTENANCE FOR RV PARK, apply in person at Pioneer Creek RV Resort, 138 East Broward St., Bowling Green, FL. 863-3754343. 5:10-6:7p HIRING! LABORERS 18 or Older. M-F, 8-5, Mill Production Manager, mechanic skills re quired. 863-735-1361, Florida Fence Post Company, 5251 SR64, Ona. 5:10-31c BIKE REPAIR, 10-3 Thursday. Heaven Sent. Send resume jenny@newfocus.org. 5:3-31c LEARN TO DRIVE A TRUCK! Get your Commercial Driver's Li cense today at South Florida State College. Scholarships available to eligible participants. 863-784-7033. 3:1-9:20p MECHANIC NEEDED. MUST have own tools. Apply in person at BG Small Engine, 4702 US Hwy. 17 N., BG. 12:21tfc Help Wanted Automotive Agriculture LOST: GERMAN SHEPARD, Oct. Ona area. Ansers to Scout, 863-832-1792. 5:17-6:14p HAVE YOU LOST A PET? Con tact animal control in Bowling Green at 863-375-2255 to see if we have your cat or dog. We also have pets for adoption. 4:16dh/tfc JET3 POWERCHAIR, Like new with new batteries, never used outside, barley used at all. $700 cash. 863-473-1259. 5:10-6:7p HARDEE COUNTY QUOTA Liquor License for Sale 3PS/4COP Quota Liquor License for sale in Hardee County, FL. No liens or debt. No transfer fee. Financing is available. Rare opportunity! Only one available in the county! Contact 813-3749287 if interested. 4:26-5:24p Miscellaneous Lost/Found ADOPT A PET! If you have lost a pet or are looking for a new one, the City of Wauchula invites you to come and see if you can find the pet youre looking for. The Wauchula Animal Control is lo cated at 685 Airport Road. Please call 863-773-3265 for more information. tfc-dh ATTENTION! State Statutes 828.29 requires that all cats and dogs sold in Florida be at least 8 weeks old, have an official health certificate, have neces sary shots and be free of para sites. tfc-dh FOR SALE 1996 COACHMAN RV, Class C, 64,000 miles, 863445-0227. 5:24,31p 2 RESTAURANTS, SALVAGE yard, beer tavern, storefronts, pasture, 863-773-6616, 863-4450915 4:26-5:24p Rentals Recreational Vehicles Pets ZOLFO SPRINGS, LARGE fam ily, over 3,000 sf, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, $1,000 per month, first and last month plus $500 security deposit, credit references re quired. No pets. Call 863-7814144, leave message. 5:27p 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 I, JOE, WILL PICKUP for FREE old stoves, refrigerators, mi crowaves, freezers, lawn mow ers and other metals. Call 863-245-9898. 5:17,24p CANCER SURVIVOR MEETING Wednesday at the new hospital. Go through maintenance. For more information call Billy 239821-4184. 4:12tfcdh Services Rentals Herald-Advocate Hardee Countys Hometown CoveragePRINTERS PUBLISHERSTelephone (863) 773-3255www.TheHeraldAdvocate.comThe B10 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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MOWING SERVICE & P ressure washing. Perseverance Property Services. 863-781-0593. 5:3-31p 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 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Thursday 7:00 p.m., Grace Fel lowship Church, 131 S. 8th Ave., Wauchula. Bill 727-326-3816. tfc-dh *** NEED A WELL OR HAVE PUMP TROUBLE? CALL ULLRICHS PITCHER PUMP For complete well, sales, service and installation, call 863-773-6448. 7:18tfc 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 Services IS ALCOHOL CAUSING a prob lem? Call Alcoholics Anony mous in Hardee county at 863-781-6414. Several weekly meetings. tfc-dh ATTENTION! State Statutes 489119 Section 5 Paragraph B and Hardee County Ordinance 87-09 Section 10 Paragraph D require all ads for any construction-related service to carry the con tractors licence number. tfc-dh WANTED A FULL-BLOODED Doberman Pinscher 2123 years old, female. 863-832-3318. 5:3-31p ANGIES ATTIC THRIFT Store, 136 East Main Street, Bowling Green. Tuesday Friday, 10-5, Saturday, 9-3. Clothes, baby items, knick knacks, much more. Donations welcome. 863-7819148, 863-781-4447. 5:10-6:7p Yard Sales Wanted Services Lacey Webb863-773-4101204 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula, 33873 Looking for Golf Cart coverage? Call me today to discuss your coverage options from theft, liability or replacement coverage. 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The battle lines were drawn, and the victors were deter mined! The 15th annual Battle of the Books competition, heldon May 1, included all fiveHardee County elementaryschools. During the contest,one team from each elemen tary school was asked to recallspecific details from each ofthe 15 Sunshine State YoungReader Award books. Following a double-elimina tion format, the final two com peting teams were fromHilltop Elementary School andZolfo Springs ElementarySchool. Team members from Hilltop Elementary proved to be toughcompetitors by extending thecompetition to a difficult sixthround against Zolfo SpringsElementary. After a demanding battle, Hilltop Elementary’s team wasproclaimed the winner! All five teams and their coaches put forth a solid effort to prepare for the event,demonstrating their academicexcellence. Schools Superintendent Bob Shayman gave special recogni tion and presented an award toAva Roberts and Will Cornellof Wauchula Elementary andAngel Romero-Vazquez ofZolfo Springs Elementary forbeing three-year team mem bers at their school sites. He also presented awards to each student within the schooldistrict who successfully readand tested on all 15 SunshineState Young Reader Awardbooks. Those students are:Sahara Gray, Ezmeralda Alamia, Milagros-Covarru bias-Valencias, Brenda Lopez-Roberts, Jazmin Reyes-Ochoa,Makaelah Sanchez, FerminVelasco-Martinez, GageHarden, Alejandro Cardenas,David Cruz, Jose Ehrenkaufer,Jennifer Gonzalez-Delacruz,Erick Lucatero-Sosa, BarbieRamos, Michael Rivera, Gus tavo Velasco-Gonzalez andGael Velazquez. Also,Yazmin Venegas, Ana She hadah-Damott, Luis Bautista-Tomas, Adrian Chavez, AnabelChavez, Laryn Christian,Ayden Cruz-Garcia, JakobGoodwyn, Angel Ortega-Lopez, Krissa Pierre, NatalieQuintana, Jimmy Ruiz-Santos,Aly Servin, Carter Albritton,Laina Canary, Angelina Cerna,Will Cornell, Maria Espinoza-Ramos and Micayla Gillispie. And, Saydee Herrera, Alexandra Jackson, Oscar Lin coln Lamboy, Peyton Peterson,Obeth Rangel, Ava Roberts,Nolan Roberts, Jay Southwell,Joshua White, Chase Bryant,Alma Guevara, Jayden Gutier rez, Tashin Iqbal, CesarJaramillo, Austin Chapman,Kenny Mendieta-Arvizu,Angel Romero-Vasquez, JodiSalas, Emanuel Serapio-Lopez, Jackquelin Serapio-Lopez, Gracyn Thomas, EmilyTish, Gabriel Vasquez andVera Bryan. HES Wins Annual ‘Battle Of The Books’ Competition COURTESY PHOTOS The winning Battle of the Books team, from Hilltop Elementary School, includedmembers (from left) Gustavo Velasco, Erick Lucatero-Sosa, Yazmin Venegas, DavidCruz, Barbie Ramos and Jennifer Gonzalez; (back) coaches Jennifer Shackelford and Brittany Wiggins. The reading runners-up, from Zolfo Springs Elementary, were (from left) KennyMendieta, Angel Romero-Vazquez, Bryan Vera, Austin Chapman, Tahsin Iqbal andJodi Salas; (back) coach Wendy Frye. The book battlers from Bowling Green Elementary were (from left) Makaelah Sanchez, Jazmin Reyes-Ochoa, Brenda Lopez-Ramos, Milagros Covarrubias-Valen cias, Ezmeralda Alamia and Fermin Velasco-Martinez; (back) coach Sharon Ekhoff. The North Wauchula Elementary team of book lovers included (from left) AydanCruz, Luis Bautista, Jimmy Ruiz, Aly Servin, Anabel Chavez, Laryn Christian andAdrian Chavez; (back) coach Pam Justice. Wauchula Elementary bookworms were (from left) Saydee Herrera, Jay Southwell,Will Cornell, Ava Roberts, Micayla Gillispie and Laina Canary; (back) coach Mary Idsardi. 5:24c O PEN 24 H OURS 526 N. 6th Ave (Across from Nicholas Restaurant) 112 W. Palmetto Open: 7 days (Yellow bldg. behind old carwash) NEW MACHINES • CLEAN • A/C 2 LOCATIONS www.supermattlaundries.com 24 hr. Customer Service 877-394-0173 2:8tfc B12 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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2018 Senior Awards & Scholarships G ENERAL A WARDS Stem Scholar Letter of Distinction Ana Delia Saldana Judith Zamora Nubia Gomez Jose Aleman Colin Barton Debate Cole Terrell Building Construction Technology Sean Patrick Murphy Media Center Ricardo Zuniga Sierra Strickland Early Childhood Education Marlene Mendez Karina Lopez Maria Paniagua Band Outstanding Senior Ana Corona Visual Arts Rico Arana Judith Zamora Pre-Calculus Lovely Lee Calculus Maria Reyes Distinguished Science Juan Carlos Gaitan Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Taylor Bone S OUTH F LORIDA S TATE C OLLEGE A WARDS American Government Lindsey Barwick Taylor Bone Avery Bunch Shelby Gibson Carlos Perez Anatomy and Physiology I Alex Paulino Genouchy Vue Anatomy and Physiology II Sarai Espinoza-Alaniz Basilia Lozano Algebra Judith Zamora Trigonometry Avery Bunch Psychology Taylor Bone English 1 Lovely Lee Hardee Swim Association Victoria Borjas Hardee Athletic Foundation Mason Block Adelina Luna-Muniz Ana Villa Hardee County Sheriffs Posse Perla Vasquez Jose Aleman Lions Club JaKevis Brown Julissa Flores Thalia Hartley Wauchula Womens Club Elizabeth Weeks Marsha Timmerman Memorial Benjamin Garrett Norris Fort Green Masonic Lodge Giselle Mendez Curtis Ezelle Memorial Jose Aleman Dora Cardoza Julissa Flores Nubia Hernandez Adelina Luna-Muniz Alexis Neel Raquel Resendez Miguel Ruiz Chuasyeng James Vue Genouchy Vue Carl Saunders Baseball Adrian Deleon Hardee County Fair Board Avery Bunch Shelby Gibson Ellie Palmer Lane Parks Elizabeth Weeks Wauchula Garden Club Jose Aleman Jose Sustaita Mosaic Taylor Bone Avery Bunch Shelby Gibson Judith Zamora Judy R. Cannon & Charles H. Cannon, Sr. Maribel Rodriguez Donnie Canary Foundation Lilly Ponce Trevor Scott Perla Vazquez Raquel Resendez Wauchula Elementary School Student Council Ana Villa George Heine, Jr. Hardee County Youth Sports Mason Block Alexis McBride Mallory Gough Mason G. Smoak Foundation Taylor Bone Seminole Electric Cooperative Carlos Perez Miss Hardee County Taylor Bone Avery Bunch Bridgette Conley Shauna Norwood Briana Waters Mr. HHS Lane Parks Trevor Scott Colin Barton Mario Gomez Michael Sleeper Memorial Jose Aleman Basilia Lozano Tyler Carnes Roberts Memorial Boon Lor Elizabeth Weeks Justin Painter Memorial Ivan Badillo Mason Block Shelby Gibson Mallory Gough Hannah Revell Charles Harvey Memorial Raquel Resendez Jose Aleman Gene Beck Fire and EMT Ana Delia Saldana Angel Wilson and Lee Revell Memorial Benjamin Garrett Norris Kay Wilson Memorial Elizabeth Weeks Basilia Lozano Cassidy Knight Memorial Taylor Bone Robert J. & Jane H. Barben Family Erika Garcia Betty B. Wild Shelby Gibson Joseph E. Johnston/Bette L. McDearman Memoral Judith Zamora Hazel & Chester Conerly Adelina Luna Muniz Dr. Harold E. Henderson Memorial Sayra Campos Hanford D. Brace Sr. Memorial Alexis Westberry Miriah Brenner Memorial Raquel Resendez Wauchula Womans Club Alicia Ruiz Thomas Burch Cornelius Memorial Graciela Silvan Maceda SFSC Top Ten Percent Shelby Gibson Avery Bunch Taylor Bone Judith Zamora Sarai Santana Mason Block Jenny Lopez Lindsey Barwick Nubia Gomez Ellie Palmer Alexis McBride Jose Aleman Ashja Camel Alicia Ruiz German Arzate Benjamin Norris Ana Villa Basilia Lozano Maribel Rodriguez Carlos Perez Ricardo Zuniga Genouchy Vue Alexis Neel Yisselle Mier Gabriela Reyes Sarai Espinoza Giselle Mendez Lovely Lee Brittany Valdiviez Gabriela Montoya Take Stock in Children Jose Aleman Nubia Gomez Yisselle Mier Gabriela Montoya Shauna Norwood Alex Paulino Alicia Ruiz Graciela Silvan-Macedo Wednesday Musicale Marissa Adame Brilyance Augustus Victoria Ibarra Rebecca King Destany Mendiola Graciela Silvan Wauchula State Bank Taylor Lynn Bone Ron Beldin Memorial Jose Sustaita Dian Driskell First Grade Jenny Lopez Shirley Hennig Health Ana Delia Saldana Angel Mason Block Nubia Hernandez Nakeisha Lemaine Basilio Lozano Gizelle Mendez Adelina Luna-Muniz Hardee County Cattlemen Jose Aleman Warren Coach Mac McWhorter Alexia Hodges Nakeisha Lemaine Jasmine Mendoza Perla Vasquez Ivrose Youte Rotary Club of Hardee County Lindsey Barwick Kaela Villegas Florida Hospital Wauchula Health Care Taylor Bone VNA Charitable Foundation Education Adelina Servin Suncoast Scholars Lovely Lee Peyton Roberts Joe L. & Pat Davis Endowed Deborah Figueroa Aissatou Tavarez Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Endowed Abigail Juarez David Wyche Memorial Alex Paulino South Florida State College General Jasmine Otero Kassidy Wallace English 2 Taylor Bone Judith Zamora U NITED S TATES M ARINE C ORPS A WARDS Distinguished Athlete Alex Hernandez Mallory Gough Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence Benjamin Garrett Norris Gabriella Ruiz Scholastic Excellence Ashja Camel German Arzate HHS F ACULTY A WARDS Sportsmanship Adrian Lee Deleon Mallory Claire Gough Citizenship Ivan Alan Badillo Diamond Nichele White Danforth JaKevis Honoray Brown Thalia Aleda Hartley American Legion Judith Zamora S CHOLARSHIPS Joel Evers Memorial Alexis McBride Shelby Gibson Friends of the American Legion Post 2 Taylor Bone American Legion Herger Williams Post #2 Lindsey Barwick Ashja Camel Basilia Lozano Carl Saunders AFJROTC Genouchy Vue Daughters of the American Revolution Patriots Chapter Lindsey Barwick Jackson Mosley Jr. Memorial Jose Aleman Peggy Saddler Memorial Alexia Hodges PhosChem Ana Villa Hardee Educators Memorial Fund Milagros EstradaFor event photos, see pages 18 & 19 Graduation photos by Maria Trujillo & Darren Daniels 2 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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By DR. MICHELE POLKHardee Senior High Principal Good evening.Tonight, looking out into the sea of solid blue collected beforeme, I’m thinking about your jun ior-year fall pep rally, and I’mhalf expecting Lane to step upand part the waters. That coordi nated “parting of the sea of red T-shirts” demonstrated the unity ofthe Class of 2018. And now, you sit just a few days out from graduation, theevent that will scatter you into298 different directions to live out your lives. It is that “scatter ing” of your lives that makeshigh school graduation a some what bittersweet milestone. There is also the heaviness in all of our hearts that stems fromthe recent loss of your classmateand friend, Christian Martinez.Christian’s unexpected passinghas reminded us just how fragilelife is and reveals the truth inJames 4:14, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.What is your life? For you are amist that appears for a little timeand then vanishes.” With that re ality so freshly injected into allthat we celebrate this week, it isonly natural to spend some timeconsidering your own life andwondering about the future. I have no doubt many of you sit before me tonight with a welllaid out 10-year plan, while someof you haven’t really thought alot about what lies beyond Satur day, and still others are some where in the middle of those twoextremes. Whichever category you fall into, know that each of you wasborn with a purpose. It is alwaysinteresting how some people areable to discover their purposeand calling, while others com pletely miss the target. My ques tion to you this evening is, “Intowhich group will you fall?” Proverbs 20:5 tells us, “The purposes of a person’s heart aredeep waters, but one who has in sight draws them out.” If you want to find your purpose, it isgoing to take work, and some times it means you’ll be in overyour head. Sometimes the pur poseful road will be uncomfort able, but as the saying goes,“Doing uncomfortable things isjust weight training for life.” Shannon Kaiser wrote, “We can’t think our way into our life’spassion and purpose, we have todo our way in.” You simply aren’t going to daydream yourway to achieving a goal; a pur poseful life requires action. If you are unclear how to get started, think about what inspiresyou and start there. Whether it’staking classes that interest you,working at a job that challenges you, exploring a hobby, volun teering, or getting involved in acause, doing something can clear the path that you were meant towalk and a purpose revealed inits own time. Now here’s the kicker: When you do something, be prepared to fail. Crazy as this sounds coming from your principal, who has ad vocated for the past four yearsthat you pass everything, it is OKto fail. You will discover thatsome of the biggest mistakes, orfailures, of your life might justpropel you to your greatest ac complishments. In her book “The Last Word,” Shirley McClain writes, “Youdon’t make mistakes – mistakesmake you. Mistakes make yousmarter. They make you strongerand they make you more self-re liant.” Lastly, your ability to find your true purpose in life will de pend heavily on the people yousurround yourself with. I read anarticle recently on the scientificreasons you should choose yourfriends carefully. In short, justlike eating your vegetables andexercising regularly, good rela tionships are healthy for us. Proverbs 13:20 reminds us, “Walk with the wise and becomewise, for a companion of foolssuffers harm.” Whether in mar riage or friendship, healthy rela tionships feel good; they bringyou joy and peace. Healthy rela tionships should not be painful orstifling. Choose your relation ships wisely. As you transition into the next season of your amazing life,know that your family, teachers,and community are rooting foryou. We have worked together toraise you up and we now watchtogether as you set off on yournext great journey to fulfill your life’s purpose. It will not be an easy trip. It will require you to develop andmaintain healthy relationships, and it will demand that you do the hard work. On Saturday morning, I will stand on the stage and watchyour Wildcat Blue robes part andexit down the two aisles of ourCattleman’s Arena, then scatterinto the world. Know that I will be praying for each of you; wish ing you much joy and love, and a purposeful life. Godspeed. Polk Principal’s Baccalaureate Challenge: Live A Purposeful Life G18 ROBERT’S TOWING375-4068 or 781-8195 377 • Old Dixie Hwy • Bowling Green Class of ‘18 G18 May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 3 Mario Gomez is all smiles ashe prepares to graduate.

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SARAI SANTANA Parents: Miguel & Maggie Santana College: Southeastern University Major/Degree: Nursing SHELBY GIBSON Parents: Tim Gibson & Janeen Gibson College: South Florida State College; Polk State College Major/Degree: Diagnostic Medical Sonography AVERY BUNCH Parents: Adam & Keli Bunch College: Florida Southern College Major/Degree: Nursing JENNY LOPEZ Parents: Maria Guerrero & Santos Lopez College: South Florida State College; University of South Florida Major/Degree: Nursing TAYLOR BONE Parents: Travis Bone & Cindy Whitney College: University of Florida Major/Degree: Nursing; Physician Assistant JUDITH ZAMORA Parents: Efrain Zamora & Dorotea Zamora College: South Florida State College Major/Degree: Animal Science Summa Cum Laude (4.40 GPA and higher) G18 4 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Maribel Rodriguez waves toher cheering family andfriends.

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By 2018 GRADUATESSumma Cum Laude INTRODUCTION Shelby Gibson On behalf of the Class of 2018, I would like to thank eachof you for coming out this morn ing to show your support for ouracademic success and to witnesseach of us begin a new chapter inour lives. Without the motivation and guidance from you, our parents,teachers, mentors and commu nity members, none of us wouldbe walking across this stagetoday. Class of 2018, today marks one of the most important days ofour lives. Today we graduate,today we become adults, andtoday everything changes. I encourage each of you to take this new opportunity and runwith it instead of letting the fearof what is to come control yourlives. As C.S. Lewis said, “Thereare far, far, better things aheadthan anything we leave behind.” The next chapter of our lives is blank, so grab ahold of a penwith courage and write an amaz ing life for yourself. We are leaving behind some great memories and even greaterfriends, but the best is yet tocome if we refuse to let the fearof change and the unknown dic tate our lives. SUCCESS/FAILURE Taylor Bone To each of us success has a different meaning: getting ac cepted into the college we’ve al ways dreamed of, receiving a joboffer for right after graduation, oreven simply walking across thisstage knowing we’ll never haveto sit through another two-hourclass at Hardee Senior HighSchool. Though we are all excited for this day, and for what is to come,I think it’s only fair to acknowl edge the successes, and failures,that our four years together havegiven us. As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failureis not fatal: It is the courage tocontinue that counts.” Though maybe not at the time, I am thankful for the“struggles” I have faced in mytime here, because they havetaught me how to avoid them infuture situations, and how to han dle them independently. Withoutthe failures I have encountered, Ican confidently say I would notbe prepared for the chapters ofmy life that are ahead. So here’s to this day, the biggest success in our lives sofar, and to the many successes,whatever they may be, in the fu ture. DETERMINATION Judith Zamora As four-star general and for mer secretary of state ColinPowell once said, “A dreamdoesn’t become a reality throughmagic; it takes sweat, determina tion and hard work.” As I stand here before every one today, you probably have noidea that back in eighth grade Iwas dreading high school. Iknew it would be demanding,stressful and at times over whelming. It was! One of my favorite pastimes is to “create”; I especially enjoypainting. But high school ismore than just doing what youlike to do. It’s about learning tothink critically, working wellwith others in spite of your dif ferences, becoming disciplinedand conditioning your mind andbody. High school was as challeng ing as I thought it would be. Buthow do you survive high school?Well, with the endless love ofyour family, support of yourfriends, and with excellent men tors. Mentors like Mr. Beatty,who is more than willing to taketime out of his schedule to assista student; Mrs. Hays, who treatsher students as one of her ownchildren; and, ahhh, Mrs.Thompson! Her uniqueness isone that will make you feel com fortable in your own skin. Because of these people and our own determination, we wereable to reach this point in ourlives. In summary, even when you find yourself dreading the painand sweat that comes with thenew chapter of your life, dreambig, work hard, say a prayer andhave the determination to go forit anyway! Graduating class of 2018, our next chapter starts now! RELATIONSHIPS Sarai Santana To the Class of 2018, I wish for each and every one of you togo on after high school and livea fulfilling life because, asyou’ve been told before, this isnot the end but instead it is onlythe beginning. But what leads to a satisfying and fulfilling life? Is it money,degrees, fame? This question leads me to the discussion of a 75-year study, theHarvard “Study of Adult Devel opment.” During this study, 724men were analyzed fromteenagers to older adulthood.Many of them had wealth, de grees on the wall or even both,but surprisingly when theyreached older adulthood, thesethings were not what they lookedback on and valued the most. Instead, it was the quality of relationships they had with theirfamily, friends and loved ones.Those relationships are whateach of these gentlemen basedthe quality of their life upon. With that being said, I do en courage you to chase yourdreams, and if that leads to a de gree or wealth then so be it.However, take heed of the lessonlearned from this 75-year studyand always set aside time forthose who matter most, becauseas Robert Waldinger said, “Thegood life is built with good rela tionships.” INDEPENDENCE Jenny Lopez Standing here today, I realize that time truly does pass byquickly. Let us thank those who have helped us come this far, because without them and our own perse verance, none of this would be possible. Like Dakota Fanning once said, “Every story has an end,but in life every end is just a newbeginning,” and today marks thebeginning of the rest of our lives. As of today, we embark on our new journey of freedom. Now is the time to take on all these new responsibilities as in dependent individuals and ac complish our dreams. So now,let’s turn the page and start a new chapter in our lives. INITIATIVE Avery Bunch "Working hard is important. But there's something that mat ters even more. Believing in yourself," Harry Potter. As high schoolers, we often fail to view ourselves in a posi tive light. We doubt our abilitiesto make a difference in theworld, and we become insecure when times get tough. But when we take initiative and become dedicated to a cause, amazing things can hap pen. We are who we choose to be, and when we believe in our selves we are capable of doing whatever we put our minds to. Life, at one point or another, will get hard. It is up to us to push through, believe in our selves, and use our determina tion to get where we want to be. Instead of focusing what may go wrong in the future, weshould know that if we believe inourselves and stay committed toour goals, everything will work out in the end. Graduates, let us continue to be the best we can be so that wecan accomplish our goals and fulfill our dreams. As F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “For what it’s worth, it’snever too late to be whoever youwant to be. … I hope you live alife you’re proud of, and if youfind that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” Thank you. Summa Cum Laude Speech: The Next Chapter Is Up To You May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 5 Having worked hard throughout their high school careers, these six young ladies gave theirSumma Cum Laude speeches at the start of graduation.

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NUBIA GOMEZ Parents: Tomas Gomez & Antonia Gomez College: University of South Florida Major/Degree: Medicine MASON BLOCK Parents: Monica Block & Jeff Block College: University of South Florida Major/Degree: Biology LINDSEY BARWICK Parents: Larry Barwick & Darby Barwick College: Florida State University Major/Degree: Forensic Accounting ASHJA CAMEL Parents: Senaida Gonzales & Javohn Camel College: Florida Gulf Coast University Major/Degree: Nursing JOSE ALEMAN Parents: Alma Aleman & Richard Aleman College: University of Florida Major/Degree: Microbiology & Cell Science ALEXIS McBRIDE Parents: John & Zita McBride College: Polk State College Major/Degree: Nursing Magna Cum Laude (4.21 — 4.39 GPA) SHAUNA NORWOOD Parents: Sue Eells & Shawn Norwood College: University of South Florida Major/Degree: Medical Technology ELLIE PALMER Parents: Laina & West Palmer College: University of Central Florida Major/Degree: Nursing ALICIA RUIZ Parents: Jose & Maria Ruiz College: South Florida State College; Florida State University Major/Degree: Business & Accounting Class of2018 As you turn the page to the next chapter, the future is yours to write. Fill it with new experiences, good people and rewarding choices that help make the world a better place. Best wishes to all of the dedicated seniors who are celebrating their graduation! C C o o n n g g r r a a t t u u l l a a t t i i o o n n s s !S S h h e e r r i i A A r r n n o o l l d d L L a a n n i i e e r r a a n n d d t t h h e e m m e e n n a a n n d d w w o o m m e e n n o o f f t t h h e e H H a a r r d d e e e e C C o o u u n n t t y y S S h h e e r r i i ’ ’ s s O O c c e e w w i i s s h h t t h h e e H H a a r r d d e e e e C C o o u u n n t t y y 2 2 0 0 1 1 8 8 G G r r a a d d u u a a t t e e s s G G o o o o d d L L u u c c k k w w i i t t h h t t h h e e i i r r f f u u t t u u r r e e .Education is the key and the more you have the more doors of opportunity you can knock on. G18 6 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 First Baptist Church of Wauchula “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus! —Philippians 1:6 (NIV) G18 Left to right: Julissa Flores, Avery Bunch, Shelby Gibson, Bridgette Conley, Taylor Bone, Ellie Palmer, Mason Block and Garrett Norris

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BASILIA LOZANO Parents: Margarita Lozano & Francisco Lozano College: Florida Southern College Major/Degree: Nursing KATELYN ELIZABETH FULLER Parents: Duane & Lori Porter College: South Florida State College Major/Degree: Elementary Education SARAI ESPINOZA Parents: Asuncion Espinoza & Alberta Espinoza College: South Florida State College Major/Degree: Nursing LOVELY LEE Parents: Cynthia Lee & Soua Ger Lee College: Keiser University Major/Degree: Biomedical Sciences GERMAN ARZATE Parents: Ildefonso Arzate & Sabina Balandran College: University of South Florida Major/Degree: Computer Science GISELLE MENDEZ Parents: Jorge Mendez & Ofelia Villalva College: South Florida State College; University of South Florida Major/Degree: Nursing Cum Laude (4.00 — 4.20 GPA) YISSELLE MIER Parents: Alfonso & Maria Mier College: University of South Florida Major/Degree: Nursing or Biology ALEXIS NEEL Parents: Gloria & Art Neel College: South Florida State College Major/Degree: Nursing BENJAMIN GARRETT NORRIS Parents: Ben & Robyn Norris College: Florida Polytechnic University Major/Degree: Computer Science CARLOS PEREZ Parents: Mario Perez & Silvia Montes College: University of South Florida Major/Degree: Marketing GABRIELA REYES Parents: Rosa Cruz & Jose Reyes College: Hofstra University Major/Degree: Dance MARIBEL RODRIGUEZ Parents: Juan Rodriguez & Gloria Miranda College: Florida State University Major/Degree: Civil Engineering ANA VILLA Parents: Anna & Victor Villa College: Florida State University Major/Degree: Biology GENOUCHY T. VUE Parent: Yerly B. Lee College: South Florida State College Major/Degree: Nursing RICARDO ZUNIGA Parents: Ricardo Zuniga & Martina Ramirez College: South Florida State College Major/Degree: Computer Science Picture Not Available May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 7

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Honors (3.50 — 3.99 GPA) Ivan Badillo Colin BartonMakayla Benavidez Mercades Cisneros Humberto Delarosa Diana Deloera Julissa Flores Erika Garcia Mario Gomez Thalia Hartley Nubia Hernandez Karina Lopez Adelina Luna-Muniz Cristian Martinez First Missionary Baptist Church Brilyance Augustus Your family at First Missionary Baptist Church is proud of you. Rev. Reginald Franklin, Pastor Have I not commanded you? Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:19 G18Abigail Maya Marlene Mendez Guerrero Gabriela Montoya 8 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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Honors (3.50 — 3.99 GPA) Adam Olvera Jasmine Otero Alex Paulino Raquel Resendez Maria Reyes Ruby Rivera Miguel Ruiz Ana Saldana Angel Layla Santoyo Adelina Servin Graciela Silvan-Macedo Kerra Stock Jose Sustaita Aissatou Tavarez Brittany Valdiviez Guillermo Velasco Rojas Diamond White Peter Yang Honors Graduates Not Pictured: Miguel Benitez Janessa Tamayo CONGRATULATIONS 2018 GRADUATES! Wishing you the very best! Mildred Smith Hardee County School Board District 2 G18 May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 9

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By THALIA HARTLEYSenior Class President Graduates, family, friends, teachers and staff, I am honored to be standing up here today on behalf of my class mates. There are so many emotions filling the atmosphere of this arena as we are about to walk before you and receive our diplomas. Parents, you are probably wondering where the years have gone. It may seem like just yesterday we were starting kindergarten, but for us Graduates it seems like it took an eternity to finally make it to this exact moment! As much as I have looked forward to today, Ive always disliked endings. The dreadful end of summer break, falling out with good friends, or even the end of a good Netflix series. Well, today marks the end of our high school careers. However, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Today as we say goodbye to everything that is familiar to us, everything that is comfortable to us, we get ready to pre pare ourselves for the next chapter of our lives. I dont know what this next chapter holds, but I do know that were all just people. People learning who we are. Who we want to be, who we dont want to be. No matter who you are: prom king, the quarterback or even class president, high school is the same for everyone. Its a rite of passage we all experience, and one that lays the foundation of who we will become. Although our foundations have al ready been built, what we choose to con struct upon them remains an individual choice. In other words, choose your building materials wisely. Romans 12:2 says, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be trans formed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and ap prove what Gods will is His good, pleasing and perfect will. Which direction will you choose? What path will you follow? High school is the best of times, its the worst of times. Its full of wonderful people and not-so-wonderful people. High school is a once-in-a-lifetime ex perience that most of us received the chance to make it through. Thank you, parents, family, adminis trators, teachers, counselors and all those who have cleared the path and challenged us to break new ground, for it was you who believed even when we doubted. For the ones who couldnt be here today, you are all so much a part of us that we will carry you each in our hearts forever. Heres to all the friends that well never forget and heres to all the memo ries well never regret! Thank you, Class of 2018. Class Presidents Message: Building On Your Foundation G18 10 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Although our foundations have already been built, what we choose to construct upon them remains an individual choice.~Thalia Hartley

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Laura Arce Brilyance Augustus Kaylee BarbereeGiselle Benavidez Alexis Benjamin-Graham Victoria Borjas Elena Briones Jacques Brown G18 JaKevis Brown Sayra Campos 12 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 “Your education is a dress rehearsal f a life at is yours to lead.” ~N a Ephron

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G18 Dora Cardoza Tanner CarltonAlayna Carranco Victor Carreno Cecelia Castillo Julio CastilloVeronica CastilloJaime Chagoya Hank Baker – Student Minister, Zachary Deuberry, Victoria Borjas, Alyssa Shoemaker, Zackary Smith, Rev. Jim Davis – Pastor, Rev. Tim Davis – Minister of Music God has something great in your future.Isaiah 43:19 Oak Grove Baptist Church 4 4 3 3 5 5 0 0 W W e e s s t t M M a a i i n n S S t t r r e e e e t t • • W W a a u u c c h h u u l l a a , F F L L • • ( ( 8 8 6 6 3 3 ) ) 7 7 3 3 5 5 0 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 G18 Congratulations Class of 2018 We Are Proud of You! The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 13 “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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CongratulationsClassof2018! May this be the first in a lifetime of good choices.Parents celebrate your children and their accomplishments but remember: Tri-County Human Services • Prevention Department 863-382-2228 Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking is a registered trademark of Drug Free Action Allicae G18 14 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018

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We are proud of you! 863-735-1361Florida Fence Post Company, Inc.Post Office Box 645 • Ona, FL 33865 Jesula Charles Jesus Chavez-MunozMarcelin CimeusDavid CintronBridgette Conley Ashley Consuegra Ana Corona Rebeca Cortez Ricky Cruz Talk to us about YOUR first auto policy today! We also offer great renters coverage for all your important belongings. (863) 773-4101 204 N. 6th Ave. • Wauchula www.albrittonins.com G18 G18 Let the caps fly! May your future be filled with prosperity, and your hearts filled with compassion for other!“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” David Singletary, Agent305 North 6th AvenueWauchula, FL 33873Bus: 863-773-6100david.singletary.qydm@statefarm.comG18 May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 15

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As you celebrate your graduation, remember that anything is possible with hard work, integrity and perseverance. Good luck and Congratulations! Gary Delatorre – Broker 702 S OUTH 6 th A VENUE W AUCHULA • (863) 773-2122 Leticia FriasBriana Mia Juarez Yulissa FloresDaniel Sambrano Ivan Badillo G18 Kayla Curry Ayana Daniels Adrian Deleon Sergio Delgado Zach Deuberry Sophia Diakomihalis Juan Diaz David Duran 16 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Congratulations to our Graduates! Pastors Wendell & Ty Smith Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. —Proverbs 22:6 (NKJ) F F A A I I T T H H T T E E M M P P L L E E M M I I N N I I S S T T R R I I E E S S701 N. 7th Ave. • Wauchula 863-773-3800 www.faithfilledchurch.com Alexis Love Danielson Buddy Hernandez Noah Herrera David Reyna Jr. Tomas SantosG18 Class Of 2018

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CONGRATULATIONSGRADUATES! Make a difference in your future –register to vote.The future depends on you!Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pmMonday through FridaySupervisor of Elections Office311 N. 6th Avenue • Wauchula863-773-6061www.HardeeCountyElections.com Diane Smith Supervisor of Elections G18 You Did It! Be proud of yourselves and all of your achievements. Hardee County Disposal G18 Marisela DuranCody EllisDavid Espinoza Sending you our congratulationsand best wishes to this year’sgraduates! We know you’ll soar to even greater heights as youembark on the next endeavor.Good luck, and best wishes toeach and every one of you. Central Pump and Irrigation, Inc. Computer Designed Irrigation Systems Pump and Irrigation Supplies 2318 E. Main St. • Wauchula, FL 863-773-6259 The Sky’sthe Limit G18 Milagros EstradaEsther Eugene Brizeida Figueroa Joseph Eugene Deborah Figueroa May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 17 “Go into the world and do well. But moreimportantly, go into the world and do good.” ~Minor Myers Jr.

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Congratulations Class of 2018! We see great things in your future! 863-259-3777735 N. 6th Ave Wauchulawww.7eEye.com G18 CONGRATULATIONS from 221 W. Main St • Wauchula 767-5300 GiovannisMainStreetKitchen@yahoo.com 2018 G18Carolina Flores Cody Gillis Leticia FriasJuan GaitanSophia Garcia Monica Garcia-PazAlexis GarzaDenise Garza Enrique Gomez Guadalupe Garcia-Cendejas Victoria Gomez Ricardo Gomez-Molina 20 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Good Luck Grads! “ n chapter of our live r i r blan n s grab ahol of pe wit courag an writ a am in lif for yourself.” ~Shelb Gi o

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Samantha GonsalezEnrique GonzalesMallory Gough Juan Guerrero Diana Gutierrez For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans togive you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 Hardee County Campus 615 Rainey Blvd. • Wauchula (941) 755-8600 • info@mybayside.church We’ve watched you come this far, and now the sky is the limit. Hold fast to your dreams, and don’t be afraid to reach for the stars. We know you can do it!G18 Frank Vasquez Realty Inc. G18 Damar Harris Charles Heidel Garrett Heidel May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 21 David HendersonNaulica Henry Alex Hernandez Ready to send off a new graduating class into the world are (from left) principal Dr. MichelePolk and assistant principals Ron Herron and Mary Farr.

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Cecilio HernandezFernando Hernandez Best Wishes, Graduates! Congratulations on your well-deserved achievement. We know you’ve faced challenges along the way, and we recognize the hard work and dedication you’ve put in to stand where you do today in your cap and gown. We couldn’t be happier for you and we wish you continued success in your future endeavors! 406 N. 6th Ave. • Wauchula 773-4136 Serving all of Hardee County G18 Covering your banking needs. Noah Herrera Rola Hijaz Anwaun Hines-Gaines Alexia Hodges Zachary Hooks 22 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Alexandra Huizar Victoria Ibarra Destinee Jackson-Pace “ We are who we choose to be and when we believe in ourselves we are capable of doing whatever we put our minds to ” ~ Avery Bunch

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Mayrany Jaimes Gary Jaimes-Campos G18 Ricky Cruz Jr. Graduate 2018 What a wonderful blessing you were when youcame into our lives 18 years ago. You were ourlittle boy for many years and now you havegrown up to be a Handsome Young Man. We are so proud that you have finally accomplished finishing your school years and all thehard work it took to make it to your “Senior Year 2018” and now it’s time to get ready to start a New Journey in Life. Congratulations to our Wonderful Son Ricky Cruz Jr., who will be Graduating In May 2018. We love you very much and we are so very proud of you. Love you Mom & Dad: Ricky Sr & Esmeralda Cruz, Sisters: Nicole Cruz & Crystal Fabila Contreras, Brother: Andrew Fabila Jr #2018graduate #finallyasenior #accomplished G18 Darius Johnson Austin Jones Abigail Juarez May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 23 Briana JuarezJose Juarez Jerry King-Lopez “All your dreams can come true, if youhave the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney

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Marcus KnightYessenia Lagunas CONGRATULATIONS & GOOD LUCK (863) 773-40091109 US Highway 17 S • Wauchula Class Of 2018 Furniture • Appliances • Computers • Electronics G18 Wishing all graduates a bright and successful future. The best is yet to come! Town of Zolfo Springs G18 Morgan Lanier Joel Lee Nakeisha Lemaine 24 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Angel Leon Beatriz Leon Carolina Lopez Chairs line the center of the arena early Saturday morning as they await the arrival of thegraduating members of the Class of 2018. One will remain vacant. It belongs to ChristianMartinez, who was killed in a car crash on April 14. The chair serves as a memorial tributeto the classmate absent from the ceremony, but present in everyone’s hearts. Also missingfrom the Class of 2018’s number was Adrian Rodriguez Jr., who died in 2011 when the ve hicle he was riding in was struck by a drunk driver. Later, a moment of silence was held inmemory of the two. And Alan Jay Automotive, who administers a “Wheels for A’s” award pro gram, donated $500 gift cards to nine seniors in recognition of the nine A’s Christian hadsubmitted into the program. One recipient declined the gift, instead asking for it to go toChristian’s family.

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Edith Lopez Petra Lopez Boon Lor Richard LoredoStephanie Louis New Hope Baptist Church New Hope Baptist Church C Co o n n g g r r a a t t u u l l a a t t i i o o n n s s G Gr r a a d d u u a a t t e e s s 1999 St. Rd. 64 East • Wauchula • 863-773-2101 • newhopewauchula.org G G o o , t t h h e e r r e e f f o o r r e e , a a n n d d m m a a k k e e d d i i s s c c i i p p l l e e s s o o f f a a l l l l n n a a t t i i o o n n s s , b b a a p p t t i i z z i i n n g g t t h h e e m m i i n n t t h h e e n n a a m m e e o o f f t t h h e e F F a a t t h h e e r r a a n n d d o o f f t t h h e e S S o o n n a a n n d d o o f f t t h h e e H H o o l l y y S S p p i i r r i i t t , t t e e a a c c h h i i n n g g t t h h e e m m t t o o o o b b s s e e r r v v e e e e v v e e r r y y t t h h i i n n g g I I h h a a v v e e c c o o m m m m a a n n d d e e d d y y o o u u . A A n n d d r r e e m m e e m m b b e e r r , I I a a m m w w i i t t h h y y o o u u a a l l w w a a y y s s , t t o o t t h h e e e e n n d d o o f f t t h h e e a a g g e e . M M a a t t t t h h e e w w 2 2 8 8 : : 1 1 9 9 G18 Kayley Barberee HHS Jayma Barnett Sebring High School Makayla Benavidez HHS Avery Bunch HHS Elizabeth Weeks HHS Caroline Durrance FSU Katie Smith University of Florida Kendall Winter South Florida State College Luke Winter University of Florida Murrell Winter University of Tampa Political ad paid for and approved by David Horton, nonpartisan, for Hardee County Judge. Lives here. Works here. Has the courtroom experience a judge needs. David HortonforCounty Judge REMEMBERTOBEANINFORMEDVOTER Good luck in the future!C C o o n n g g r r a a t t u u l l a a t t i i o o n n s s C C l l a a s s s s o o f f 2 2 0 0 1 1 8 8 ! G18 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 25 Mary Macedo-Hernandez Aaron MaldonadoAdrian Martinez Jacob Martinez Raul Martinez Brandon McClellan Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”~Michael Jordan Great Job Class of 2018 Alexander Lucatero

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Krupa Ahir Class of 2018 Sebring High School & International Baccalaureate Graduate Everyone is proud of you.YouÂ’ve grown into a woman From the girl, we once knew.A girl who faced obstacles With courage and a smile.A girl who learned lifeÂ’s lessonsWith great love and style.A girl who loved to play And brighten up our lives.The precious little girl has grown Into a woman before our very little eyes.The day that you were bornWas such a happy day,And you have blessed us all In so many different ways.So congrats for finally making it,And remember in your plansWe are all behind you,And youÂ’re always in GodÂ’s hands.Now go confidently in the direction of your dreams& live the life you always dreamed it to be.Love, Mom, Dad, Mira, and Puja Happy Graduation Day! 26 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 G18

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Fabian McWhorter Brian McQuaig Caleb McCoyMadison McCoy 2915 Schoolhouse Road • Zolfo Springs • 863-735-8585 G18Sarai Santana We are so proud of you and excited to seewhere God leads you as you begin the nextphase of your life. Love & Prayers Class of 2018 Stephen McQuaig May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 27 G18 Destany Mendiola Gloigens Metayer Dray Miller “Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose.” ~Oprah Winfrey Jay McClintock Jasmine Mendoza Nia Mendoza

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G18 Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes & Cremation Services The Next Chapter Awaits ... and we hope it holds adventure, opportunity and great experiences for you! We wish you much success and a very bright future. Make your mark on each & everything you do! The City of Wauchula Commissioners and Staff G18 CLASS OF 2018 CONGRATULATIONS Juan MolinaVeronica Molina Julissa Molina-Lozano Siquem Montalvo Katheryn Moran Savannah Mullins 28 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Sean Murphy Jonathan Naranjo Nicklaus Nichols Fernando Orozco Conrad Pace Tonya Pacheco Maria Paniagua Mario Pantoja “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach Guadalupe Molina

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“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11 Northside Baptist Church Would Like To CongratulateShelby Lynn Gibson G18 Class of 2018 HARDEERANCHSUPPLY, INC.1309 Hwy. 17 South • Wauchula863-773-4322Store Hours: Monday Friday 7 am 5:30 pm Saturday 7 am 12 pmYeti Coolers & Accessories Knives • Fishing Supplies Costa Sunglasses & Accessories Columbia Shirts Gift Certicates 2 2 0 0 1 1 8 8 G G R R A A D D U U A A T T E E S S Come Register With Us! C C o o n n g g r r a a t t u u l l a a t t i i o o n n s s G18 May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 29 Lucero Paz Paris Pelzer Anthony Perez Jaz'lyn Perry Mahala Pippin Lilianna PonceViviana Ponce Success is stumbling from failure tofailure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill Lane Parks

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Paul’s Kitchen 116 N. 4th Ave. ~ Wauchula (863) 773-0292 Monday ~ Saturday 7 am 9 pm • Sunday 7 am 3 pm G18 On this festive occasion, we’d like to take a moment to say how proud we are of your achievement. You’ve worked hard, and now the best is yet to come! Jazmine Puente-Venegas Ashley RamirezMayrani Ramos Dawson Ratliff David Reyna Hannah Revell 30 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Floyd Rice IIIManuel Rios-Sustaita Peyton Roberts Doroteo Rodriguez Eva Rodriguez Ismael Rodriguez Marisa Rodriguez Miguel Rodriguez Cheyenne Pratt Sylas Kirkland and Raquel Resendez are ex cited to begin with the ceremony. Victoria Ibarra and Mayrany Jaimes pose fora quick picture before graduating.

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T T h h i i s s i i s s t t h h e e b b e e g g i i n n n n i i n n g g . . . Y Y o o u u a a r r e e a a s s t t a a r r i i n n t t h h e e m m a a k k i i n n g g . . . S S H H I I N N E E O O N N C C L L A A S S S S O O F F 2 2 0 0 1 1 8 8 ! Congratulations Graduates D&S CATTLECO., INC. L IVESTOCK D EALER Hwy. 66 East, Zolfo Springs • 735-1112 G18 JAMES F. PYLE Candidate for County Judge Paid by James F. Pyle for Hardee County Judge. CongratulationsCLASS OF 2018G18 Ulyssa Rodriguez Adela RojasDominique Rojas May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 31 Jose Damian Rojas Jose Leonardo Rojas Gabriella Ruiz Alejandra SalgadoPablo Salgado Daniel Sambrano Joel Sanchez-Cruz Raul Santiago Jess Scarbrough Destiny Scheel Monica Rodriguez

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Kai Shakir-Washington Nicholas Sellers Alyssa Shoemaker Congratulations Austin We love you Mommy, Papaw & Nanny Austin Smith REALTORS J AMES V. S EE J R ., President 773-0060 • jim@jimseerealty.com C C l l a a s s s s o o f f 2 2 0 0 1 1 8 8 W W e e w w i i s s h h y y o o u u a a s s u u c c c c e e s s s s f f u u l l f f u u t t u u r r e e !J J I I M M S S E E E E R R E E A A L L T T Y Y , I I N N C C . G18 G G o o o o d d L L u u c c k k I I n n T T h h e e F F u u t t u u r r e e2 2 0 0 2 2 W W . M M a a i i n n S S t t r r e e e e t t • • S S u u i i t t e e 1 1 0 0 1 1 • • W W a a u u c c h h u u l l a a7 7 6 6 7 7 9 9 0 0 0 0 4 4C C a a t t e e r r i i n n g g A A v v a a i i l l a a b b l l e eM M o o n n d d a a y y F F r r i i d d a a y y 7 7 : : 0 0 0 0 a a m m t t o o 3 3 : : 0 0 0 0 p p m m G18Nelsa Sigin Austin Smith Samantha Sockalosky 32 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Luis Soto Benjamin Staton Sierra Strickland Carlos Suarez Cristobal Suarez Cole Terrell Oscar Valadez Elsa Valdez-Garcia Julia Vargas Perla Vazquez Trevor Scott “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” ~Salvador Dali

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Aaliyah Villafuerte Marco Villalva Jose Villegas Kaela Villegas May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 33 Yesenia VillegasChuasyeng Vue John WaldronKassidy Wallace Austin Warczinsky Joshua WardBrianna Waters Ivrose Youte Elizabeth Weeks Aaron Zuniga Steven Zuniga Leah Vickers This group happily poses together before they become Hardee Senior High graduates.

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By ISAAC LEIMEISTERFirst Christian Church Ten days from today will be 10 years for me. Ten years agowas the last time I spoke at agraduation, and it was my own. Iremember bits and pieces of myspeech, but a lot of things have changed since then. I was excited to get my new phone, the LG Chocolate, be cause it debuted the best speakersout there for the music to listento. Classmates of mine were si multaneously graduating with thecast of “High School Musical.”Thank goodness that was over. Instead of talking about “In finity War” and the newest “StarWars” movie, “Solo,” we wereready to watch “The DarkKnight” and for Harrison Ford toreturn as a 65-year-old IndianaJones. A lot of things have changed in the last 10 years. If you asked me where I would be in 10 years, I wouldhave answered quite a bit differ ently back then. I knew where Iwas going to college and I knewthat I was going to play soccer.But as I am getting ready for my10-year reunion, I was not ex pecting to have to buy a planeticket from Florida to go back toOhio. I was not expecting to live in a place that half of my cousinscouldn’t pronounce and quicklyfollow up with the question:Where the heck is Wauchula? Iwas not expecting to be married– OK, I was hoping a little – butcould never imagine that I would get as lucky as I did. I did notpicture myself having two kids injust 10 years. I couldn’t everimagine that I would get to helpcoach a soccer team that set agoal to win districts and finallyaccomplished it their senior year.I couldn’t imagine being therewith some of you as you saidgoodbye to some loved ones. A lot has changed in the last 10 years. There were even some things that weren’t in my plans at all,not that my plans changed, butthings that I did not even seecoming. Like that trip to Missis sippi. As a sophomore in college, I traveled with my team fromKnoxville, Tenn., down toCorinth, Miss., as our team gotready to try to win a Labor Daytournament. This was my secondyear attending this tournament,and I learned something from myfreshman year: It is hot in Mis sissippi in September. Now, Iknow that you all know thisbeing from Florida, but this Ohionative did not realize. So, myfreshman year, I was not hy drated well enough to play. Sophomore year, I was going to be prepared. I was also incharge of driving the bus down toMississippi. So I drove, and keptthe water coming. Seriously, tothis day probably the most waterI ever consumed in a 12-hour pe riod. When we arrived in Missis sippi, we partnered with a localchurch and they housed our teamin different host homes. I re turned to the Wilkins’ house,great friends and some of thenicest people I’ve ever met.Upon arrival I got a hug that gen tly pushed my bladder enoughfor me to need to use the rest room immediately. We were exhausted from travel, heat, and ready to get restfor our tournament. I crashed on their nice new couch in the living room. In themiddle of the night I woke upand had to use the restroom. Iwalked to their restroom, but itwas weird. It looked just like myhigh school locker room bath room. As I went to use the bath room, something happened and itgot all over me. The problem was, I never ac tually woke up. Instead, I laid there as a 19year-old wetting my bed. And itwasn’t my bed, it was a couch insome person’s home. I quicklygot up and started to do laundryat 3 in the morning. When theyasked about the laundry goingthe next day, I told them that Ispilled some Gatorade, whichwasn’t really a lie. There will be some things in your life that you will not expect,plan, or think about. There will be other things that you plan on happening, but it justwill be different. But there will be two con stants in your life that have al ways been there and will alwaysbe there: God.People.God will always be pursuing you, loving you, chasing you.We will talk more about Himlater. There will always be people in your life: bosses, neighbors,employees, professors, drill ser geants, aunts, moms, siblings.The plumber that comes to yourhouse. People. LOVE OTHERS Things are going to change, but these two will always be thesame. So what will you do as aresponse to these two constants?My charge to you today is thatyou respond with love. This is actually the answer to a question that an expert in thelaw asked Jesus in Luke 10. Heasked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” He replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with allyour strength and with all yourmind; and, ‘Love your neighboras yourself.’ ” “You have answered cor rectly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” Great. End of sermon. We know. I can picture Jesus turning back to teach some more, but thisexpert of the law wants to justifyhis action, he wants a definition,so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” And in a question, all eyes are back on Jesus. Class of 2018, today I think that you may be wrestling withthis same question. Maybe youdidn’t know it, but this world isreally making us wonder whatgod we are supposed to love andwhich people we are supposed tolove. You want to be world chang ers, community changers. Youwant to make an impact? Learnfrom this question. Who is my neighbor? All eyes on Jesus. In reply, Jesus said — and I’m going to change this around —“On Oct. 20, 2017, the night ofHardee’s Homecoming game,Kai Washington was going down from the stadium to his house when he was attacked by rob bers. They stripped him of hisclothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. “A youth minister from First Christian happened to be goingdown the same road, and whenhe saw the man, he passed by onthe other side. He had a fifth-quarter party to make it to. Sotoo, Dr. Polk, when she came tothe place and saw him, passed by on the other side. “But a linebacker for Braden ton Southeast decided to ridehome with his parents instead ofon the bus. As he traveled, hecame where Kai was, and whenhe saw him, he took pity on him.He went to him and bandaged hiswounds, pouring on oil andNeosporin. Then he put Kai, allbloodied, in his own car, broughthim to an inn and took care of him. “The next day he took out everything he had in his pockets,about $36, and gave it to theinnkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will re imburse you for any extra ex pense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of rob bers?”See SPEECH35 Baccalaureate Sermon 2 Constants: Love God; Love People 34 The Herald-Advocate, May 24, 2018 Teachers and school district administrators were also in attendance, waiting to give the stu dents a great sendoff.

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SPEECH Continued From 34 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy onhim.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” You may be thinking, “Ha! A Southeast linebacker helping outone of us?” Did you see the fightthat happened on the field thatnight? Are you kidding? What areyou going to say next, a DeSotoBulldog?” Yes.Every person that you en counter in life should be treatedwith love. It doesn’t matter their race. It doesn’t matter their sexual pref erence. It doesn’t matter their in come. Their job. If they are acelebrity or if they are in jail. Ifthey are liberal or Republican. Some things in your life will change, and you won’t plan onworking for someone that dis agrees with you or someone thathas a different religious view point as you. Your responsibilityis to treat others with love. Havemercy. Stop and lend a helpinghand. You know what is incredible about loving others? It is a lot likepeeing your pants. Everyone cansee it, but only you can feel thewarmth. God has instilled in us a desire to pursue love and calls us to loveour neighbors as ourselves. Thatmeans buying ice cream for theperson behind you, mowingyards, holding doors open, usingmanners, holding back on socialmedia rants because you want toprove your point. It means listen ing. It means being patient. It means being kind.It means not being envious of what others have, not boastingabout what you have, and nolonger being full of pride. Love does not dishonor oth ers, it is not self-seeking, it is noteasily angered. Love will keep no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always per severes. Love never fails. — 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 When the whole world is con stantly changing, one of the truthsthat remains the same is the ne cessity to love others. We are allin this together. There will bepeople around you. I invite you tolove them. It will leave a lasting impact on whatever communityyou end up in. Love people. But also, love God. LOVE GOD I don’t think it is a shock that they forgot asking about how tolove God. When the guy answers, he says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with allyour soul and with all yourstrength and with all your mind.” I think a lot of us know how to love God, but we just find otherreasons to push our love to theside for God. Listen to this. The single-most important thing that you can getright in your life is the relation ship between you and God. Notonly does this love translate intothe promise of eternal life, butalso it gives you hope, guidance,peace, wisdom, and so muchmore in your life. Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in our world, that weforget how awesome God is.There are so many times that I tryto figure out my plans, what ishappening, and I forget to loveGod and trust Him. I can’t evenscratch an area on my back, andsometimes I put trust in myselfmore than I put it in God. When life gets hard in mar riage, or at a job, or in a friend ship, I find that one of the bestthings to do is look at all of thegood things that have happened.Remember why you chose thejob, had the relationship, whatbelongs in this friendship. I want to finish this evening just talking about who God is andhope that as you step into thisnext chapter of your life, you canhave an ever-growing love forGod. God is so powerful that He created the whole world, not justWauchula, or Florida, or Earth,but the entire world. In Luke itsays that the hairs on your headare numbered. I echo Chip Ingram in his book “The Real God” when hesays: “The reason I believe in the God of the Bible and worshipHim is because He is before allthings, He created all things, Heupholds all things, He is above allthings, He knows all things, Heaccomplished all things, He rulesover all things, and He is in con trol of all things. That’s the rea son I believe in Him and havegiven my entire life to Him infaith and in trust that He is supe rior to all the other truth-claims inthe world. He is not just another‘-ism’ out there to be considered.He is infinite and eternal, over alland worthy above all. I worshipHim because He is sovereign.” That is the God that I love.That is why we should all try to obey God, listen to His lead ing. And the only good way to re spond to His love is by digginginto His Word, to grow and love Him more. I know that whatever my fu ture is, God is in control. Godknows you by name. He will bepursuing you, so respond to Him in love. A lot of things in your life will change in the next 10 years.Some of your plans will cometrue. Some of them won’t. Godwill always be pursuing you, andthere will always be people in your life. Do you want to make an im pact? Respond in love. Love God. Love people.It will change your life. Eter nally. Let’s start with doing that right now as a group. I’m goingto pray, and as I pray the band isgoing to come back up here andlead us in one more song. Thissong is called “What a BeautifulName.” During this song, this iswhat we will be singing together. “You have no rival, You have no equal; “Now and forever, our God reigns; “Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory; “Yours is the Name, above all names.” We get to show our love to Jesus and worship Him. Thepowerful, beautiful, wonderfulname of Jesus. Then, Class of2018, you have an opportunity tograduate from here and love thepeople that you will interact with. Let me pray for you. Seniors Not Pictured Hannah Abel Lorena Arana-Gonzalez Rigoberto Armenta Leonardo Bautista-Martinez Ricardo Delacruz Jose DeLaRosa-Rodriguez William Derringer Jose Espinoza Jose Gonzalez Giovanni Gutierrez Christian Hernandez Rebecca King Sylas Kirkland Juan Lazaro Francisco Luna Zaria Luna Gerardo Martinez Hunter Meadows Mariela Miramontes Alexis Piedad Camacho Malik Polk Guadalupe Reyes Anderson Severe Janessa Tamayo Jamari Taylor Oscar Trevino Adelina Villafranca Joshua Yarbrough May 24, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 35 Elizabeth Mier (left) and Stephanie Mier (right) proudly sendoff Yisselle Mier, who graduated with Latin Honors. Damar Harris and Dr. Polk give a last-minute reminder to theother students on how to receive their diplomas and posefor pictures!

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