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H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE Thursday, June 28, 2018 THE 118th Year • No. 31 • 2 Sectionswww.TheHeraldAdvocate.com 70¢ Plus 5¢ Sales Tax Road DepressionDrives Disagreement A3 Rodeo Rides ToNational Finals B1 W EATHER DATE HIGH LOW RAIN 06/1992710.0106/2093720.1106/2192730.0506/2292730.0606/2393740.0006/2494731.9306/2593711.93 Rainfall to 06/25/2018 23.99 Same period last year 18.06 Ten Year Average 49.17 Source: Univ. of Fla. Ona Research Center I NDEX Classifieds............B4 Courthouse Report.... B11 Crime Blotter......... B11 Entertainment........B12 Hardee Living.........B6Information Roundup..B6Obituaries............A9Puzzles.............. A11 Save The Date.........A2Solunar Forecast.......B8 Fine Naji Primary Election Ballot Now Set By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-Advocate The official qualifying period for Hardee County and Wauchula city elections ended on Fri day with no new candidates tossing any hats intothe ring. Because of this, Elections Supervisor Diane Smith explained, only two races will reach voters,that for County Commission District 2 and forcounty judge. Incumbent Commissioner Sue Birge (R) will be opposed by political newcomer Noey Flores (R)in the Aug. 28 Primary Election. Whoever comes out the winner will face Demo crat Ralph Arce in the General Election on Nov.6. Incumbent Commissioner Russell Melendy of District 4 will automatically gain four more yearsin office.See ELECTION A2 Suspects Sold Pills On Dark Web 125 Jobs Along With IDA’s $7.25 Million Investment Are Lost By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-Advocate A woman who allegedly made a living buying pain pillsoverseas and then repackagingthem to sell here now facesmultiple narcotics charges afterspending roughly two years onthe lam. Carrie Helen Fine, 49, for merly of 1011 Steve RobertsSpecial, Zolfo Springs, was ar raigned in Hardee CircuitCourt on Tuesday on chargesof trafficking in hydromor phone, trafficking in oxy codone, trafficking inmorphine, possession ofcodeine, and possession of pre scription drugs without a pre scription and with intent to sell. She and the man she resides with, Mehdi Naji, 46, whofaces identical counts, turnedthemselves in at the HardeeCounty Sheriff’s Office earlierthis month after running afoulof authorities in Arizona, where the couple had moved. They were booked into the Hardee County Jail, where bothcurrently remain in lieu ofbond. Fine pleaded not guilty at her arraignment. Naji has waived arraignment and entered a written plea ofnot guilty. According to Capt. Eddie Davis, a spokesman for thelocal Sheriff’s Office, Fine wasallegedly conducting business on what is known as “the darkweb,” accepting bitcoin as pay ment. Fine, he alleged, purchased narcotics in bulk from foreigncountries, repackaged the drugsinto smaller amounts, soldthem on the dark web and thenmailed them out to buyers inthis country. The illicit operation came to light in 2016, Davis said,when the U.S. Department ofSee PILLSA3 By MICHAEL KELLY Of The Herald-Advocate The technology company that re ceived $7.25 million in grants fromthe Hardee County Industrial Devel opment Authority abruptly shut itsdoors last week and informed 125employees here they no longer havea job. CareSync told employees Thurs day morning both the Wauchula lo cation and the Tampa headquarterswould be permanently closed andbusiness operations ceased. Employees would be paid regular hourly rates or salary for all hoursworked through the termination dateof June 21 and any unused paid timeoff by June 27, they were told. Health insurance coverage for all employees will expire on June 30. Aletter from Joy Powell, chief operat ing officer of CareSync, stated em ployees are not eligible to extendhealth benefits under the Consoli dated Omnibus Budget Reconcilia tion Act. According to employees who spoke to The Herald-Advocate,founder and CEO Travis Bond unex pectedly departed the company a few weeks ago and several people inupper management positions werelet go. On Monday of last week, interim CEO Bob Crutchfield told employ ees via a video meeting that the com pany was on “incredibly goodfinancial footing,” and said “we havestability now that allows us to growinto the future” because the founderof the grocery-delivery companyShipt was going to buy CareSync. Shipt founder Bill Smith, also in that Monday video meeting, toldemployees he and his family werebuying the company. “My perspective on this is that we are going to build this company forthe long term,” he said. “I didn’tcome into this thing to flip this com pany in a couple years.” Employees showed up to work last Thursday like any other normalday, and were told they would meetSmith and Crutchfield in person at10 a.m. Instead, Russell Dumas, vice pres ident of clinical services and head ofthe Wauchula location, gathered em ployees and read a statement stating See CARESYNCA4 By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-Advocate The executive director of the Hardee County Industrial Develop ment Authority said on Tuesday heobviously was disappointed with theabrupt closing of CareSync aftermaking such a large investment toget the company started. Bill Lambert said he is currently working to secure the building, andwill look to seize whatever companyassets it contains in an effort to re coup some of the IDA’s investment. Lambert said CareSync had paid its rent through the end of June. Hesaid he sent a demand letter for nextmonth’s rent, which will get theprocess started for the board to re take possession of the building. The company has paid approxi mately $250,000 in rent to the IDAto date for use of the building andhas done some substantial capitalimprovements to the property, headded. Lambert also noted CareSync paid about $15 million in local payrolldollars since 2011. See IDA A5

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Herald-Advocate HARDEECOUNTYSHOMETOWNCOVERAGE 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. Kellys ColumnBy JimSteve Johnson of Hardee County is featured in the June Florida Agriculture magazine. The fourth-generation entrepre neur and his wife Andrea have three children. They own Johnson Harvesting and Treeair Cattle Company and have over 600 acres of citrus and 800 head of beef cattle. In 2016 he was awarded a "This Farm CARES" designation by the Florida Farm Bureau Federation for his long-term com mitment to protecting natural resources, wrote Cacee Hilliard, CARES coordinator. Florida Farm Bureau communications coordinator Amanda Overstreet writes about the Royal Palm Railway that operates rides that include destination cities Eustis, Tavares and Mount Dora. Rides are as low as $15 a day and $10 for children, with 2 and under free. in 2017 they carried 55,000 passengers. The trains leave from the depot in Tavares. You can stop in Mount Dora or Eustis and then board the next train upon its ar rival. A round trip lasts two hours. The trains serve snacks and beverages, and you can stop and eat in the destination cities. For more information visit theflori datrain.com. This train operates the Golden Triangle Route on the Orlando & Northwestern Railroad. Farm Bureau calls this scenic trip in Lake County "A Train Ride Back In Time." Decades ago there was railroad passenger and freight serv ice through Hardee County. Farm Bureau reports Florida farmers grow watermelons on 20,000 acres, according to the Florida Agricultural Statistics Service. President Donald trump recently said during his presidency the economy has created nearly 3 million jobs, the unemploy ment rate is at a 17-year low, and the stock market continues to rise. "Republicans passed massive tax cuts for hardworking Americans and reformed the tax code for the first time in 30 years, making it simpler and fairer. We also repealed Oba maCare's individual mandate tax that hit low-and-middle-income Americans the hardest. "We cut onerous, job-killing, Obama-era regulations to help American businesses grow and create jobs, eliminating 22 reg ulations for every new regulation. "A record 12 circuit court of appeals judges were confirmed in my first year of my presidency, and I've kept my promise to appoint judges who will interpret the law as written, including Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court." Some interesting facts about tomatoes: There are over 7,500 tomato varieties in the world. Toma toes originated in South America and were first used for food in Mexico. Botanically the tomato is a fruit because it has seeds and grows from a flowering plant. It is also considered a vegetable by use, served with dinner instead of as a dessert. The U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Nix vs. Hedden ruled tomatoes were considered a vegetable by use but did not reclas sify them as such, thus they remain a fruit. This had to do with a U.S. tariff law in 1887 that imposed a tax on vegetables but not on fruits. Tomatoes are the state vegetable in New Jersey and the of ficial state fruit and beverage in Ohio. Arkansas, which gave us President Bill Clinton, has ruled the South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato is the official state fruit and state vegetable, due to its culinary and botanical classifications. In 2009 China was the world's largest tomato producer, followed by the U.S. and India. Beefsteak tomatoes are often used for sandwiches. Plum tomatoes are used in tomato sauce and paste. Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene (good for the heart and effective against certain can cers), vitamins A and C, calcium and potassium. Cooked tomatoes are better for you than raw ones. Bunol in Spain has an annual festival in which 40,000 people throw 150,000 tomatoes at each other, the world's largest tomato fight. A world record was set 12 years ago when a single tomato plant at Epcot at Disney World in Orlando within 12 months pro duced 32,194 tomatoes weighing 1,151 pounds. In 1986 G. Gra ham in Oklahoma grew a tomato that weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Two guys in their 70s were talking recently in a local restau rant. One said, "When we were young we used to talk about fast cars and fast women. Now we talk about Metamucil and doctor visits." At The Herald-Advo cate, we want accuracy to be a given, not just our goal. If you believe we have printed an error in fact, please call to report it. We will review the information, and if we find it needs correction or clarifi cation, we will do so here. To make a report, call Managing Editor Cynthia Krahl at 773-3255. CorrectionsThe Herald-AdvocateHardee Countys Hometown Coveragewill be closed onWednesday, July 4in celebration of Independence DayBecause of this, ALL deadlines will be earlier:Political Ads Friday, June 29, 2 p.m. Classified Ads Monday, July 2, noon Display Ads Monday, July 2, noon Hardee Living Wednesday, June 27, 5 p.m. Schools Wednesday, June 27, 5 p.m. Sports Wednesday, June 27, 5 p.m. General News Friday, June 29, 5 p.m.The newspaper will be printed and available for sale the afternoon of Tuesday, July 3 6:14-28dhBy TOM STAIKOf The Herald-AdvocateHardee County could be a little more damp this winter. The National Weather Ser vices Climate Prediction Cen ter this week issued an El Nio Watch for fall. El Nio a pattern of weather that occurs when tem peratures in the Pacific Ocean rise by more than a degree above average typically brings cooler temperatures and more rain in the fall and winter months. El Nio is currently neutral but is forecast to increase later in the year, with the main im pacts being a cool and wet winter, said Jill Newman, di rector of emergency manage ment for Hardee County. What impact El Nio will have on the Atlantic hurricane season remains unclear. Forecasters say theres a 50 percent change El Nio will develop during the late sum mer or early autumn. If the weather phenomenon forms by then, it could lessen the number and intensity of hurricanes in the Atlantic. The most likely impacts re main higher water levels in the regions typically dry months in the late fall and winter. I do encourage everyone to prepare for a wet winter, Newman said. Routine preparation for hur ricane season will likely help locals stay prepared. Things you may do is in spect your home for leaks, roof repair, clean out downspouts and gutters, and invest in a generator for power outages, Newman said. Tire inspections are also suggested. To maintain contact with the road in wet weather, tires should have at least 50 percent tread life left, along with good windshield wipers, Newman said. A rainstorm is not the time to realize they cannot ef fectively clear your wind shield. Newman also suggests prop erty owners begin plans now to mitigate for possible flooding. Check your drainage around your property. Go ahead and create the proper drainage mit igation and stock up on sand bags that are available at most home repair stores, she said. For information on mitiga tion techniques, contact the Emergency Operations Center at 773-6373.El Nio Could Bring Hurricane ProtectionJUNE 28 Storytime, HC Public Library/315 N. Sixth Ave., Wauchula/10 am 28 Movie Time Ferdinand/HC Public Library/1 pm 28 Sen. Denise Grimsley, Mobile Office Hours/Historic Train Depot/135 E. Main St., Wauchula/ 1:15 pm 29 Cooking with Danni, Mini Campfire Smores/HC Public Library/2 pm JULY 3 K-5 Summer Programs/HC Public Library/ 10 am 3 Movie Time, Despicable Me 3/HC Public Library/1 pm 5 Storytime, HC Public Library/10 am 5 Movie Time, Secret Life of Pets/HC Public Library/1 pm 6 Cooking with Danni, Mini Pizza/HC Public Library/2 pm 10 K-5 Summer Programs/HC Public Library/ 10 am 10 Movie Time/ Captain Underpants/HC Public Library/1 pm 11 Stories @ the Depot/ Bowling Green Train Depot/10 am 12 Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 12 Movie Time/ Smurfs the Lost Village/ HC Public Library/ 1 pm 13 Rock painting/HC Public Library/1 pm 13 Send Me Missions Nicaragua Fundraiser/Main Street Wauchula/ 6 pm 13 Scout Club/Main Street Wauchula/ 6 pm 15 Vacation Bible School/Oak Grove Baptist Church/ 5:30 pm 17 K-5 Summer Programs/HC Public Library/ 10 am 17 Devotion & Lunch/ Hardee Help Center/Noon 18 Stories @ The Depot/ Bowling Green Train Depot/10 am 19 Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 20 Class for Seniors/ Senior Services/ Hardee Help Center/10 am 20 Cooking with Danni, Fish in a River/ HC Public Library/ 2 pm 23 Class, Improving Access to Justice for Immigrant Survivors/ Extension Office/ 9 am 23 Craft Day, Yarn Monsters/HC Public Library/2 pm 25 Stories @ The Depot/ Bowling Green Train Depot/10 am 26 Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am AUGUST 10 Wildcat Tailgate Party/Main Street Wauchula Inc./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 ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 25-2016-CA-000306 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. JESUS L BRITO; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JESUS L. BRITO; UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN TENANT 2; Defendants. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on May 7, 2018, and the Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale, in this cause, in the Circuit Court of Hardee County, Florida, the clerk shall sell the property situated in Hardee County, Florida, described as: N 1/3 OF THE N OF THE NE OF THE SE OF THE NE OF SEC TION 30, TOWNSHIP 33 SOUTH, RANGE 26 EAST, HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 1533 N HOLLANDTOWN ROAD, WAUCHULA, FL 338734413 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, in the second floor hallway outside Room 202 of the Hardee County Court house, 417 W. Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873, on July 11, 2018, beginning at 11:00 AM. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the clerk no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. Dated this 7th day of May, 2018. VICTORIA L. ROGERS, Clerk of the Circuit Court Hardee County, Florida By: Connie Coker Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a dis ability who needs any accomo dation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are enti tled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, 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 711.6:28,7:5c______________________________ HAIRSALON773-5665116 Carlton St. Wauchula Hours: Tuesday Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-3 6:28c A2 The Herald-Advocate, June 28, 2018ELECTION Continued From A1 For county judge, the threeway battle among Ken Evers, David Horton and James Pyle will be decided in August, so long as one receives a majority of the votes cast. This race is non-partisan. School Board incumbents Paul Samuels of District 1 and Garry McWhorter of District 4 drew no opponents, so will keep their seats for another four years. Newcomer Mark Gilliard, who also elicited no chal lengers, will take the District 5 spot being vacated by Thomas Trevino. And in the city of Wauchula, the incumbents were the only candidates to surface during the week-long qualifying period. City commissioners Ken Lambert and Russell Graylin Smith will retain their seats. Smith represents District 2 and Lambert District 4. They, too, will have four more years on the dais. THINKSOMEONENEEDSHELP? NATIONALHUMANTRAFFICKINGHOTLINEText Help or Info to 233733 ABOUT...Letters To The EditorThe Herald-Advocate welcomes letters to the editor on matters of public in terest. Letters should be brief, and must be written in good taste and include the writers full name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday to be considered for that weeks edition. Submissions should be typed or legibly written. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, The Herald-Ad vocate, P.O. Box 338, Wauchula, FL 33873. Fax to (863) 773-0657. If YouSeeSomethingSaySomething Report Suspicious Activity1 (855) Fla Safe 1(855)3527233

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June 28, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A3 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate West Main Street is no longer sinking. The Hardee County Road & Bridge Department began re pairs last Friday on a depres sion on West Main Street nearSeventh Avenue. The depression — on one of the busiest streets in downtownWauchula — had been steadilygrowing for several weeks. The sinking roadway – deep in the heart of the municipallimits of Wauchula — createda minor turf war between cityand county leaders that seemedto come to a head last weekafter The Herald-Advocatepublished a photograph of acity police car driving over thedepression. City leaders did not respond to requests for information, ordirect questions to the county,concerning the status of theroad prior to the photo beingpublished. “The road is most definitely in the city but it is countymaintained,” said Terry Atch ley, in a visit to The Herald-Advocate office after lastweek’s edition hit newsstands. Atchley said he believed it unlikely the depression wascaused by failures in city-maintained utility pipes run ning beneath the road. Another depression on the road formed last summerwithin yards of the current in cident. That depression, andthe damaged piping beneath,were fixed by the city. “We filled that with grout,” Atchley said. “There is no wayit could be that again.” Atchley said the fix was confirmed with subterraneanscanning devices. The city manager conceded the city would pay for any re pairs if county crews found autility issue. “If it turns out itour issue we will, of course,pay for it,” Atchley said. Olivia Minshew, assistant city manager, responded to thepaper’s initial request for infor mation less than an hour afterAtchley’s visit. “We are aware of the depres sion,” Minshew said. “How ever, W. Main Street is acounty owned right of way sowe have been in communica tion with the county on neces sary repairs.” City work crews stood on the corner of Seventh Avenueand Main Street on Fridaymorning as county crewsbegan cutting away the pave ment around the sinking sec tion of the two-lane road. Wauchula Public Works Di rector Andy Maddox was non committal when asked Friday if a cause had been deter mined. “They (the county) have their ideas and we (the city)have our idea,” Maddox said. County work crews with heavy equipment were again atthe site Monday morning. Ken Wheeler, public works director for the county, said thedepression was caused by fail ures in an aging clay sewerpipe owned and maintained bythe city. “There is an old sewer line that is failing,” Wheeler said. Flanges on the top of the clay pipe are breaking awayand allowed sand to infiltratethe sewer system, Wheelersaid. “They instructed the county to fix it, and I advised the citythey were responsible for theirutility lines and maintainingany damage caused by them,”Wheeler said. After six weeks passed with out the city beginning repairs,Wheeler mobilized countycrews to fix the growing safetythreat. “I had to make a safety deci sion, and made the decision forthe county to move forwardwith the repairs,” Wheelersaid. The costs for repairs will be billed to the city, Wheeleradded. County Forced To Fix Failing City Sewer Line Will Bill City For Cost Of Repairs PHOTO BY TOM STAIK A depression that had been expanding for several weeks along West Main Streetnear Seventh Avenue received some attention last week from the Hardee County Road & Bridge Department. 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 Homeland Security turned overa package to the HardeeCounty Drug Task Force. That package, he said, had been intercepted by U.S. Cus toms upon entering the UnitedStates from the Netherlands,and allegedly contained 80OxyContin pills. It was ad dressed to Fine on SteveRoberts Special. A detective with the Drug Task Force posed as a mail de liveryman and took the box toFine, who signed for it. An other officer then approachedher, identified himself as lawenforcement, and listened asshe denied any knowledge ofthe package or its contents,Davis relayed. Two searches of her resi dence, one limited in scopewith Fine’s consent and one theresult of a court-issued searchwarrant, allegedly revealed1,850 Tramadol pills, 284 Di laudid, 398 Suboxone, 51 Sub linox, 6 oxycodone, 72morphine, 201 OxyContin, 188codeine, 1,901 grams of liquidcodeine, and 103 unidentifiedpills, the DTF alleged. Also found were hundreds of empty blister packs, and an un stated quantity of safety sealsused to seal small-mouth bot tles. There were U.S. PostalService envelopes, shippingtape and shipping labels, Davisadded. Labels on site held addresses from “all across the UnitedStates,” the DTF said. Fine reportedly told the DTF detectives that the labels,which itemized the prescriptionnarcotic as well as its mil ligrams, were her way of“keeping track of the shippingfor ‘Dr. Pill,’ which is an over seas doctor she stated she doesaccounting for.” Davis said the pills were sent to a lab for testing, and mean while “they absconded.” Fineand Naji, he said, moved firstto Georgia and then to Arizona.Hardee County issued a nation wide pickup order for the pair. Those capiases, the captain explained, were ultimatelyfound by Arizona authorities. PILLS Continued From A1 HARDEE COUNTY FOOD PANTRIES Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries 113 N 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-5717 Requirements: Identification, Social Security cardWhen: Wednesday ONLY | 10 am – 12 noon Bowling Green Church of God 121 W. Broward Bowling Green, FL 33834Tele: 863-375-2231 Requirements: Identification When: 3rd Saturday of the month | 8 am –noon Cutting Edge Food Ministry 3059 Elm Street Zolfo Springs, FL 33890Tele: 863-773-2484 Requirements: Identification When: Tuesday & Friday 10 am – noon & 1 – 3 pm First United Methodist Church of Wauchula 207 N. 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-4267 Requirements: ID & Physical address (Light Bill, Lease etc.)When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month1:00 –3:00 pm (first come, first serve) Other Program: Bagged Lunch M, W, F 8 am –12 pm for pre-school age kids & adults.Wednesday Night Free Community Dinner:5:30 –6:30 pmHardee Help Center 713 E. Bay Street, Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-0034 Requirements: Application with proof of hardshipPrograms: Emergency & Homelessness AssistanceFor more information, Contact the HardeeHelp CenterSt. Michael’s Catholic Church Food Pantry 408 Heard Bridge Rd, Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-4089 Requirements: Identification or Light Bill When: Every Saturday 6:00 – 8:00 am Rev. 12/19/2017 A s oneholidayfollows another, eachone is cele brated in waysthat are uniqueto that particu lar holiday. July Fourth, also known as Independence Day, is usu ally spent doing things youenjoy, such as having cookoutsor going to the lake or beachwith friends and family. The event that led up to the formation of the UnitedStates was July 4, 1776, whenthe 13 colonies claimed theirindependence from England.Richard Henry Lee presentedthe resolution to absolve all al legiance to the British crownand dissolve all political con nections between the coloniesand Great Britain. Lee’s resolution made way for the drafting of a for mal Declaration of Independ ence. A committee of five wasappointed to present a state ment to the world, independ ence for the colonies. JohnAdams, Roger Sherman, Ben jamin Franklin, Robert R. Liv ingston and Thomas Jeffersonwere the committee members,but Jefferson was the one whodrafted the actual document.John Hancock, who at the timewas a president of the Conti nental Congress, signed theDeclaration of Independence. July 4 has been declared a national holiday when the United Stateslaid its claimto be a freenation of itsown choos ing. The grand children loveto go see the fireworks at Donaldson Park inAvon Park. Many bring chairsto sit in and others just parkwhere they can sit in the carand watch. I can see some ofthe fireworks just standing onmy front porch. There’s usually a cookout and swimming at my daugh ter’s as she lives right on thelake. Friends and family are al ways dropping in just to goswimming and cool off fromall the summer heat we havebeen having.Jonell Peavy lives in AvonPark and can be reached at863-453-3589. Peavy’s Ponderings By Jonell Peavy Sugar Possum of the late Truman Thomas 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 ‘50s June 27, 1958 No Doctor! With an epi demic of polio and two casesof spinal meningitis sweeping through the community,Hardee County has yet to finda new public health doctor. Ithas been three months sinceDr. B.R. Provost resigned totake a similar position in Man atee County, and Dr. JosephBennett, who had been ap proved by county commission ers in both Hardee and DeSotocounties, turned down theoffer. When a new doctor willarrive is unknown. –––––– Fun In The Sun: J.W. Earnest & Co. DepartmentStore wishes everyone a happysummer vacation and Fourth of July with women’s swimsuits by Jantzen. For $9.95,these gingham cotton suits are“controlled to dry quickly andpractically wrinkle-free.” Thefashionable and functional suitis “straight out of ‘Life Maga zine’ and comes in rich red-yellow miniature Clooneytartan.” Customers can alsopurchase the matching water proof strapless cap for $3.98. –––––– Public Praise: A press re lease has put Hardee Countyon the map, giving it nationalnews coverage. An Editor’sNote added to the story by thisnewspaper says it was releasedto 515 travel writers and edi tors throughout the UnitedStates and Canada by theFlorida Department of Com merce. The story talks aboutU.S. 17 and the Peace River, aswell as remaining historicforts. It tells readers about thearea’s richness of history, cat tle, citrus and fishing. –––––– Do It Yourself: Nicholson Supply Co. tells farmers andranchers about a popular newproject, a build-your-own boxsilo. The horizontal silo notonly lets your cattle feed them selves, but it also saves youtime and money as it can bebuilt in just a few days with thehelp of a few neighbors. Youdon’t have to worry about star vation during dry spells, either,and you can use Nicholson’spressure-creosoted poles andlumber to construct it. Free in structions included. Decades

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board agreed to allow the first monthly draw of$355,642 before finalizing the formal agree ment at its November 2012 meeting. Bond said at the time it was vital to continue the funding so the company could quicklybegin hiring people before the holiday seasonand not fall behind in developing the health-care application. “Every day we wait I have to adapt to changes in the market,” he said. “I want to pro ceed as quickly as we can.” In July of 2013, just nine months after re ceiving the second grant of $3 million, Bondwas back before the IDA seeking additionalfunding. By an 8-2 vote, the board agreed to give the company an additional $600,000, bringing theIDA’s investment at that time up to $6.25 mil lion. During that meeting Lambert told the board it was vital to diversify the local economy, andContinuum Labs and CareSync would create anentirely new sector for the county. He acknowledged Bond had a large task in front of him to make the project a success. During his monthly verbal update to the board, Bond stated his company would not fail. “If it fails it will be because you as a board gave up,” he proclaimed. He said the company was making significant progress and now had a total of 13 employeesafter the IDA had infused $6.25 million into thebusiness. “We believe in this. We will stimulate a new sector in the town,” Bond said. He said at that time revenues were $30,000 per month while expenses were approximately$300,000 per month. County Commissioner Mike Thompson, who serves as a liaison to the IDA, acknowl edged he was somewhat nervous about theproject but ultimately recommended the boardcontinue funding the operation. Four months after the July meeting, in Oc tober of 2013, Bond was back again asking formore money. Just like the three previous requests, the board approved, giving the company an addi tional $990,000 and bringing the total invest ment to $7.25 million since the end of 2011. Very little discussion occurred at that public meeting because Bond and Grant chose to meetprivately with each individual board member atthe Economic Development Office the day be fore the additional funding request was madein order to answer any of their questions or ad dress concerns over the company’s apparentlack of progress. Bond did, however, publically share with the board during the public meeting that CareSyncwas recently named the Emerging TechnologyCompany of the Year by the Tampa Bay Tech nology Forum. As part of the agreement for continued fund ing, the board said it would conduct an audit ofthe company’s expenses to date. Lambert said he wanted an audit done “to prove or disprove any allegations that havebeen made about the project.” Controversial in the community from the start, the grant was becoming more unpopularafter the amount of money given to the startupcontinued to swell and job numbers steadilylagged well behind the original projections. Former IDA member Donald Samuels was often the lone voice on the board expressingconcern over the project and the amount theboard had invested. He said he wanted the company to succeed, but felt it had run its course. He voted againstthe funding request, along with then-boardmember Horst Witscshonke. Board member Dottie Conerly said during the meeting the IDA should do the audit andcontinue funding the project. “They are so closeto being able to really sell their product,” shesaid. Lambert said the board made a commitment to the company because it recognized a need tochange the status quo of the community, andthen endorsed the request for the additionalfunds. Witscshonke was later removed from the IDA board by county commissioners, andSamuels was the only IDA member ever to nothave his three-year term renewed by the com missioners when it expired, though he hadsought to be reappointed. Grant’s original projections were for the company to be up to 31 employees by the endof 2013. Bond told the board at the time it had15 employees and $500,000 in revenue to date. Bond continued to tell the board the com pany was making significant progress and theopportunity for significant growth existed. The next year, 2014, he said the company would grow to 200 employees and reach $9million in revenue. He also said he had begunapproaching venture-capital firms about secur ing additional funding to grow the company. In March of 2014, Bond was back before the IDA board with a pitch for another $2 million. The additional funding was to be contingent upon him raising $3 million in private capitaland having a minimum of 36 jobs by October2014, all to get $1 million, half of what heasked for. In order to get the second $1 million he wanted, he would have to raise another $2 mil lion in private capital and be up to 40 jobs inHardee County. The board also discussed including provi sions that would require some or all of themoney to be repaid if the company was sold ormoved to another location within a few to sev eral years after getting the additional funding. After a lengthy discussion, board members seemed to be on board with the plan and di rected Lambert and IDA attorney Ken Evers towork on a contract to bring back for their ap proval, and the meeting was continued to April. Investigation Announced During the April meeting, the additional funding request was notbrought up. At the May board meeting Lambert announced the projectwas basically on hold becauseof “various audits and investi gations with the project.” He did not elaborate any fur ther and not one of the 10 IDAmembers present at the meetingasked for additional informa tion. There were also several new faces in the audience attendingthe meeting. Several representatives from the State Attorney’s Office, in cluding then-State AttorneyJerry Hill himself, attending thesession. After it ended, then-Assis tant State Attorney Brian Haasacknowledged his office hadopened an investigation as “afew questions have beenraised.” He said it was a “very fo cused investigation,” and saidhe hoped to have it resolvedsoon. When contacted by The Her ald-Advocate at that time, Bonddid not respond for commentsregarding the status of the com pany or the active investigation. Hill has since retired and Haas was elected state attorney. Later a Hardee County Grand Jury would be convenedto review the CareSync grantand the economic developmentactivities taken by the IDA. Grand Jury Presentment While no criminal indict ments were issued, the HardeeCounty Grand Jury released ascathing assessment of Lam bert, the IDA board and the BlueWater/CareSync project in March of 2015. The 23-page document was critical of the IDA’s leadership and the lack of procedures inplace to protect the public’s in vestment in the company. The findings questioned Lambert’s qualifications to re main in his job. They also ques tioned the board’s willingnessto question and inspect ratherthan act as a “rubber stamp.” Lambert and then-IDA Chairwoman Vanessa Hernan dez went on the offensive in re sponse to the presentment anddrafted a response challengingthe accuracy and completenessof the “facts” given to grand ju rors by State Attorney Hill. They said several statements in the presentment were erro neous and that relevant infor mation was omitted from theproceedings. The Grand Jury had met on the matter over an eight-weekperiod and listened to 25 wit nesses. With no criminal indictments resulting from its findings, the Grand Jury’s presentment re vealed perceived deficiencies in the IDA’sprocess and offered corrective recommenda tions. It recommended future IDA vacancies be filled based on “fitness to serve, rather thanbeing the type of person that will go along withthe rest of the IDA board.” It also stated the process for applications, ap proval and monitoring of IDA grants needed to be completely revamped, and that Lambertshould not be involved in the process. Reports regarding expenditures were pack aged to the IDA board in a fashion that said“approve them,” and the board did not knowhow or did not have the desire to ask meaning ful and relevant questions, the presentmentread. “With rare exceptions, the board happily ac cepted and approved whatever was presentedto them,” it said. The Grand Jury said state grant funds should only be provided in installments and only afterproof has been provided showing the publicmonies are being properly spent and the project“is still on track.” The Grand Jury “strongly” recommended the board hire its own attorney and cease usingthe services of the County Commission’s attor ney. It also recommended Lambert be replaced as executive director. “There should be a penalty attached to the failure to safeguard the public monies,” theGrand Jury said. It concluded by stating it recognized “there will always be a degree of risk when investingin new industry or new businesses. “The risk does not authorize those whom the public trusts with its money to be careless andspeculative,” it concluded. It was also highly critical of Grant, who it said “brought no equity, no startup capital, no business track record and no credibility to thetable,” when he applied for the initial funding. It also urged future grand juries, if convened, to “be mindful of our recommendations andtake appropriate action if these recommenda tions are not followed.” Grand Jury Aftermath At the County Commission meeting follow ing the Grand Jury Presentment, commissionersvoted to give the IDA board members and Lam bert a “vote of confidence” and largely ignoredthe recommended changes that were offered.See CARESYNCA5 the potential sale had fallenthrough and employees werebeing immediately terminated. Gilly Knight, a quality assur ance specialist nurse workingfor CareSync, said Dumas thenpropped open all the doors andtold employees to gather theirbelongings and exit the build ing. Smith was contacted by the Tampa Bay Times on Fridayand declined to comment or saywhy he pulled out of the dealjust days after his announce ment to CareSync employees. The Beginning CareSync originated under the name BlueWater, and wasfounded by State Rep. JamieGrant, State Rep. JasonBrodeur and Bond. Grant learned of the eco nomic development incentivesbeing offered to new or existingcompanies looking to establishoperations in Hardee Countythrough State Rep. Ben Albrit ton, who put him in contactwith Bill Lambert, executivedirector of the Hardee CountyIDA. Albritton, along with brother Joe Albritton and Derren Bryan, also had an opportunity toown six percent of the company if they soldshares to local investors and used their connec tions in the insurance industry to boost thegrowth of BlueWater. The agreement was never executed.In 2011, BlueWater received its initial $2.6 million grant from the IDA after making a pres entation that included optimist revenue and em ployment projections. Grant told the board by 2014 he expected the company to turn a profit of more than $15 mil lion. Bond stated during public IDA meetings CareSync would employee 1,000 in HardeeCounty. BlueWater was touted as a revolutionary in ternet-based solution for consolidating sensitivedata in an online vault accessible only by theindividual, family members, authorized med ical personnel and first responders. In 2012, the IDA purchased the former Peace River Electric Cooperative headquarters at theintersection of U.S. 17 and REA Road for$996,000. The IDA then renovated the buildingto house the company. In addition to housing BlueWater, the build ing was to be named the TechRiver Universitytechnology park and serve as an incubator hubfor other technology companies and startupventures. Bond told the IDA board in a September 2012 meeting the goal of TechRiver was tobuild a technology-focused community thatprovides education and creates extraordinarycareers for residents, attracts new talent to thearea, and fosters an environment of growth,progress and ongoing sustainability. None of that ever happened. The potential plan quietly faded away with no explanationever given as to why the plans changed. Later, a Hardee County Grand Jury Present ment labeled the entire “university” concept asa “feel-good charade” and a “publicity stunt.” Eventually the sign in front of the building was changed from “TechRiver” to read “Care Sync,” which was the lone occupant of thebuilding. In August of 2012, Grant as CEO and his girlfriend and COO Jennifer Lux spoke to theHardee County Kiwanis Club and gave a rosyassessment of the company’s progress to dateand its future potential. Less than a month later, on Sept. 12, 2012, Grant and Brodeur sold BlueWater and its par ent company LifeSync to Continuum Labs,owned by Travis Bond, and the company wasrenamed CareSync. The deal provided the original owners of BlueWater with 1.25 million shares in the newcompany. Grant and Brodeur were retained by Contin uum Labs to sell CareSync to insuranceproviders and collected a salary of nearly$6,000 per month. In October of 2012, the IDA voted to give CareSync an additional $3 million to continuedeveloping its product and establish a technol ogy industry in Hardee County. Bond also told the board then that if Care Sync was ever sold or moved out of HardeeCounty, the money received from the IDAwould be repaid. Contract details were not finalized but the A4 The Herald-Advocate, June 28, 2018 CARESYNC Continued From A1 FILE PHOTO This October 2016 photo shows CareSync employees and county officials standing in front of the new sign re naming the Wauchula facility “CareSync” from “Tech River University.” No classes or technology training evertook place at the “university.” The building, located in the former Peace River Electric Cooperative headquartersat the intersection of REA Road and U.S. 17 in Wauchula, was purchased by the Hardee County Industrial De velopment Authority for $996,000 to house the company and now sits empty. FILE PHOTO Travis Bond, the founder and CEO of CareSync, ad dresses the IDA board in 2015. He was at the meetingto announce the company had raised $18 million inventure-capital funds to continue growing the com pany, which was then up to 75 employees. All 125 em ployees at the Hardee County campus lost their jobslast week. They received no severance pay and weretold health insurance benefits would be canceled onJune 30. Between 2011 and 2013, Bond and his wife,Lisa, personally received more than $1.44 million of thegrant funds through salaries, consulting fees and ap plication program interface fees, according to theHardee County Grand Jury Presentment. FILE PHOTO State Rep. James Grant, the founder and CEO of BlueWater, and girlfriend and ChiefOperating Officer Jennifer Lux are shown in this 2012 photo with Kiwanis memberTerry Atchley after the two addressed the club. Less than one month later, Grantsold the company to Continuum Labs in exchange for stock in the new company.Grant was awarded the initial $2.6 million from the IDA despite bringing “no equity,no startup capital, no business track record and no credibility to the table,” accord ing to a Hardee County Grand Jury Presentment. The couple both personally re ceived more than $150,000 from the grant funds while working with the company.

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ABOUT...Letters To The EditorThe Herald-Advocate wel comes letters to the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be brief, and must be writ ten in good taste and include the writers full name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday to be considered for that weeks edition. Submis sions should be typed or legibly written. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, The Herald-Advocate, P.O. Box 338, Wauchula, FL 33873. Fax to (863) 773-0657. June 28, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A5 requests submitted by the company, which accounted for 43 percent of the money it received since 2011. Accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen con ducted the review, and billed the IDA $55,000 for nearly 700 hours of work on the project. Mike Carter, a principal in the firm, said the review found a total of $322,000 in questioned costs, which he said did not necessarily mean the money was not properly spent, but it could not be verified. Carter was able to verify an additional $1.2 million from outside investors was spent on the project between 2011 through June 2014. The board voted to forgive the questioned cost since it was able to prove CareSync spent more than the IDAs $7.25 million investment in the project. The exam also revealed several of the initial hires were flagged as related-party transactions, for being related to various people governing the IDA. They included Robert Birge, son of County Commissioner Sue Birge; Bo See, son of thenIDA board member Jim See; and Bryan Pel ham, husband of IDA employee Sara Pelham. Bond was also flagged numerous times for transactions between his various companies and LifeSync and later Continuum Labs. Even though the IDA board voted to accept and approve the examination report nearly four years ago, it has never become final because Lambert and Bond refuse to sign the represen tation letter required before a final and unmod ified report can be issued. The representation letter, which they refuse to sign, states all the information given was ac curate and free from fraud and all information requested was given to the auditors. They both cited a still-pending public records lawsuit as the reason they would not sign the letter issued by the firm. Lambert also contended the letter states sev eral things he could not attest to, such as all the records requested were received in the review. He said since the IDA was not the custodian of the records being reviewed and the account ing firm dealt directly with Continuum Labs to obtain them, he cant verify all the documents were received. Apparent Success Up until the point the company abruptly closed its doors and ceased operations last week, it looked as if CareSync had weathered the various storms and was on a steady path to success. In 2014, CareSync secured its first round of venture-capital funding. Tullis Funds, CDH Solutions and the Clear well Group combined to invest $4.25 million into the company. CareSync sent out a press release stating the investment provided funding for an additional 20 new positions, and would help the continued growth of operations and commercialization of the company. By October of 2014, 75 people were working at the Hardee County location. One year later, in October 2015, the com pany announced it had secured $18 million in private equity funding and was anticipating rapid growth to its workforce and customer base. Investors in the second round of funding included established names in the health-care in dustry, including Merck Global Health Innovation Fund. October of 2016 brought another promising announcement from Bond. He told the IDA board the company was up to 140 employees in Hardee County with a $5 million annual payroll and more than 100,000 customers using its medical software services. Bond projected to be up to 300 employees in the near future. In January 2017, CareSync said it was doing so well it was nearing capacity in its 18,000square-foot facility, with 175 employees working around the clock in three eight-hour shifts. CareSync had also secured additional funding and had then raised more than $28 million from private equity funds to date. In September of last year, the IDA spent $1.55 million purchasing the for mer Winn-Dixie supermarket building, which is situated across U.S. 17 from CareSync, while anticipating the company would need a larger space. Coming Unraveled Details of what led to the apparent ousting of Bond and subsequent events are unknown at this time. A manager of CareSync who spoke to the Tampa Bay Business Journal on condition of anonymity provided some insight into the com panys recent downfall. He told the magazine there had been several rounds of layoffs in recent weeks, but that a plan to sell the company gave remaining em ployees hope their jobs would remain intact. The employee said the deal fell through and the company had been bleeding money the past several weeks. The shuttering of all operations came as a complete surprise to the employees of the Hardee campus and those in Tampa. Knight said she and her coworkers stood around in complete shock when given the news. She also said many employees, including herself, had personally invested in stock of the company and what, if any, money they would receive for their shares was not addressed. I just hope our last paycheck goes through, she said. Many of the 125 local employees have al ready filed for Unemployment Compensation, and have begun looking for other jobs. JoJo Hernandez, a single mother who worked for CareSync in Tampa, told the Tampa Bay Times she was worried about being able to pay her rent. Travis Bonds favorite words were, We are one family, she told the newspaper. Where are they now? In the future, he would shy away from making such a large investment in a single com pany, he said. The executive director also said the IDA board had shifted away from the grant process for businesses and has focused on buying or building properties and leasing them to various businesses, with economic incentives offered through rent abatement or discount purchase prices tied to job creation. That strategy, he hopes, will lessen the IDAs risk in the future if a business ultimately is not successful. I cant fix this situation with CareSync, Lambert said. I can replace the jobs, and I have every intention of making that happen. Lambert said he was in pretty advanced talks with two medical-related companies that could employee up to 200 people between them. He hopes many of the former CareSync employees, most of whom have a nursing field certification or degree, would be able to land jobs in the coming months with the businesses he is recruiting. Lambert also said he has a plan for the build ing CareSync was using, and expects to an nounce that plan soon. He acknowledges the failure of the company will stir many different opinions regarding his economic development efforts, but he hopes the community can move forward from the loss without divisiveness. At the end of the day, the IDA has done a lot more good for the community than it has lost with the collapse of CareSync, Lambert concluded. Vanessa Hernandez, former chairwoman of the IDA, called the failure of CareSync a tremendous disappointment. To see any company that has had such a substantial payroll in Hardee County close its doors is devastating to our community, she said. It touches a significant number of fami lies. She said the board has an uphill battle to cre ate jobs and opportunities in Hardee County. We are going to experience setbacks from time to time, but this loss of jobs in particular is a hard hit, Hernandez concluded. At the April IDA meeting following the re lease of the presentment, economic develop ment coordinator Sara Pelham told the board she would be resigning after deciding to start her own management and consulting company. She did not give a firm date of when she would leave the organization, and agreed to stay until a replacement could be found. A month later she rescinded her resignation and remains an employee of the Economic De velopment Office. In March of 2016, after he had served as executive director for eight years without a raise, the IDA board voted to increase Lamberts salary from $83,076 to $97,709 per year, which represented two-percent annual raises over the eight years. Three months later, the board voted to in crease Pelhams pay from $47,893 to $57,074. Kristi Schierling, the Economic Develop ment Office manager, was also given a modest raise, to $33,956 from the previous $32,500. Where The Money Went The Grand Jury Presentment stated clearly some individuals employed through the BlueWater and CareSync project were living large off the Hardee County money. It revealed that between 2011 and 2013, Travis Bond and his wife, Lisa, personally received more than $1.44 mil lion of the grant funds through salaries, consulting fees and application program interface fees. Between 2011 and 2014, Grant received $159,671 while Lux was paid $163,833 with the grant funds. Brodeur was paid $60,062 dur ing that time. Grants brother, John Grant III, was paid $20,000 for legal consulting services out of the grant funds. Ken Lambert, brother of Bill Lambert, re ceived $67,940 for marketing and communica tions work for CareSync. Training and mentoring new hires also ate away at the grant funds. The mentors, already employed by Bond through his various compa nies, charged the IDA to train the new hires. In October 2012, the IDA paid Continuum Labs $183,190 in reimbursements for training and mentoring new hires, but the Grand Jury report revealed there werent any employees to train or mentor, because none had been hired at that time. In total, over 14 months, Bond billed the IDA $858,838 in training and mentoring ex penses for new hires. The Grand Jury Presentment stated that ap peared to be chargeable theft, but since the IDA approved the expenditures, nothing could be done. What might appear to be a chargeable theft, sadly but clearly is not when the conduct in question was approved and ratified by those charged with the responsibility of representing the countys taxpayers, it concluded. Financial Examination/Audit The IDA board ordered an audit of the $7.25 million in grant funds received by the company, which was later changed to a less-rigorous ex amination. It reviewed 25 percent of the monthly draw CARESYNC Continued From A4 IDA Continued From A1 Gas prices in Florida de clined for the 30th consecutive day on Sunday. Higher oil prices, however, may soon put the brakes on that downward drive at the pumps. The state average of $2.70 is six cents less than a week ago and 21 cents less than last month. Still, motorists are paying nearly 50 cents more per gallon compared to last year. Oil prices shot up $3 on Fri day, which usually increases the cost of producing gasoline. The increase in crude came after OPEC and Russia an nounced an agreement to raise oil production. While a pro duction increase would nor mally put downward pressure on oil prices, it's still unclear exactly how much more oil will be reintroduced into the market and which countries it will come from. The uncertainty is causing what's considered to be a short-term increase in oil prices. Ultimately, oil prices are forecast to decline after the details are hammered out. On Friday, the price of oil settled at $68.58 per barrel, $3.50 more than the week be fore. Gasoline futures jumped five cents on the NYMEX. "This news could bring some volatility back to the pumps this week," said Mark Jenkins of AAA/The Auto Club. "Gas prices could rise a couple pennies or simply level out. Anything more than that would require crude to make additional gains this week. Regardless, he continued, it's encouraging that OPEC decided to raise production in hopes of avoiding a global supply deficit. That's good news for motorists, because this should eventually lead to lower prices at the pump."Gas Prices Still Drive Downward The Sunshine States economy has seen its fair share of storm clouds in recent years, with the Great Recession taking a signif icant toll on both the housing market and tourism industry. And it took another huge hit in 2017, as Hurricane Irma lost the state 1.8 million out-of-state visitors. But things are looking brighter of late, despite the natural disasters impact. Floridas economy is expected to reach $1 trillion this year, a number greater than that of all but 15 countries. And the unem ployment rate is at just 3.8 percent, below the national average of 4.1. But not everywhere in Florida provides the same employment opportunities. In order to help Floridians make all the right moves, WalletHub compared 135 Florida cities based on 16 met rics that collectively speak to the employment environment that can be found in each. Considered factors range from the number of job openings per unemployed resident and the average starting salary to the share of employers providing benefits and the length of the average work day. Lakeland, for instance, ranked 72. Herere the top and bottom 10: Best Cities Worst Cities 1.) Sarasota 126.) Deltona 2.) Orlando 127.) Hallandale Beach 3.) Land O' Lakes 128.) Lake Worth 4.) Wesley Chapel 129.) Sebastian 5.) Horizon West 130.) 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If using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 1 hour before using. Lightly brush oil and honey mixture all over the skewers. 4. Grill skewers for about 2 minutes per side, or until the cake is toasted and golden, and the strawberries are slightly softened. For the cream: Beat the cream, sugar and zest in a bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Cover and chill until ready to use. For the glaze: In the pitcher of a blender, combine all of the glaze ingredients. Blend on high until everything is well-combined and smooth. Drizzle over the skewers before serving alongside the cream. Makes 8 servings. Recipe courtesy of Handle the Heat.(c) 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. 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NOTICE OF INTENT for the HARDEE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS and the HARDEE COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD to consider the 2018 Local Government Development Agreement between Hardee County and Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC relating to mining activities within an area identified as the Ona Mine – Hardee County and the economic mitigation element of the Hardee County Comprehensive Plan on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. Before the Planning and Zoning Board and Board of County Commissioners Or as soon thereafter as it may be heard in the Hardee County Board of County Commission Chambers, Room 102, Courthouse Annex, 412 West Orange Street, Wauchula, FloridaThe proposed Ona Mine – Hardee County that is the subject of the Local Development Agreement for consideration by the Board of County Com missioners and the Planning and Zoning Board is depicted on the map shown below and is located within Hardee County in the following Sections,Townships, and Ranges:Sections 6-7, 18-19, 30-32 in Township 33 South, Range 23 EastSections 4-20, 22-31, 36 in Township 34 South, Range 23 EastSections 14-23, 26-34 in Township 34 South, Range 24 EastSections 4-5 in Township 35 South, Range 24 EastPrior to the Public Hearings, the proposed Local Development Agreement and associated documents relating to its consideration are availablefor public inspection during weekdays between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. at the Hardee County Plan ning and Development Department, 110 South Ninth Ave., Wauchula, Florida.If you wish to discuss the proposed Local Development Agreement, it is suggested to call 863-767-1964 to schedule an appointment with HardeeCounty Planning/Development Director prior to the public hearings. All interested persons shall have the right to be heard. In rendering its de cision, the Board of County Commissioners shall rely solely on testimony that is relevant and material. Although minutes of the Public Hearingswill be recorded, anyone wishing to appeal any decision made at the public hearings will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings ismade by a court reporter.This is a Disabled-Accessible facility. Any disabled person needing to make special arrangements should contact the County Manager’s Officeat least two (2) working days prior to the public hearing.Russell Melendy, ChairmanBoard of County Commissioners 6:28c County, Mosaic Discuss Ona Economic Mitigation the profitability of phosphatefertilizer over the life of thedeal. The money is payable in 25 annual installments of $1.4million. As part of the county’s Comprehensive Land UsePlan, Mosaic is required to“address the elements of eco nomic development demon strating how each miningoperation and reclamationplan maximize and achieveeconomic development anddiversity.” Schweiss said the mitiga tion amount being offered wasbased off of the 13,630 acresthat would have constraineddevelopment potential aftermining, which includes 7,466acres of clay settling areas and6,164 acres of conservationeasements, and not the entire 26,853-acre mine being con sidered. In addition to the guaran teed payments, Mosaic sub mitted a table tied to“stripping margins,” which isan industry-wide metric thatmeasures the profitability ofthe phosphate industry at anysnapshot in time. Lambert said he had been working on the agreementwith Mosaic for severalmonths and he felt the dealwas fair for the next 25 yearsof mining in Hardee County. Schweiss said the agree ment presented to the boardwas based on the strippingmargins over the past 10years, and used those figuresprojecting out for the next 25years, which would result inan additional $35,768,483paid to the Hardee County In dustrial Development Author ity using that escalator clause. The money would be split among three funds: a generaleconomic development fund,an infrastructure fund avail able to local governments forprojects, and a workforce de velopment endowment thatwould be managed by theHardee Education Foundation. The foundation would man age the endowment, with aproposed minimum balance of$8 million, as a forgivableloan program to encouragelocal residents to obtain four-year degrees in the fields ofscience, technology, engineer ing and mathematics or to ac quire a skilled trade and returnto Hardee County to work. The agreement also grants Hardee County a purchase op tion for 90 acres surroundingthe landfill for future expan sion and a lease agreementwith the IDA (for the price ofthe annual property taxes) onland across from Mosaic’sNorth Pasture office to poten tially locate a solar farm. Commissioner Mike Thompson told Schweiss hewould like to see a higherguaranteed amount of moneyin the agreement. “I wouldlike the base to be $2 millionper year (versus the $1.4 mil lion presented),” he said. “I can’t agree to that tonight,” Schweiss said. “Thatwould require changing theentire equation.” Thompson said he was fine leaving the stripping marginequation in place if the baseguarantee was higher. “I don’t want to cause you any heartburn but we are talk ing about an additional $15million” in guaranteed pay ments, he added. Schweiss countered by stat ing that was a substantialamount of money. “To me it is,” Thompson concluded. Commissioner Sue Birge said the value of reclaimedlands is not the same com pared to the way the land ex ists now. “We have to give thata different value compared totoday’s values,” she said. Chairman Russell Melendy noted the board was not ap proving the agreement duringthe meeting and, after gather ing the consensus among com missioners was to seekadditional guaranteed money,directed Schweiss to “take alook and see if you can get to$2 million per year. “ He thanked both Lambert and Schweiss for their hardwork on developing the agree ment to that point before turn ing to public comment, whereeight citizens addressed theboard. Don Chancey said he would like the funds to be runthrough the Clerk of CourtsOffice instead of being sentdirectly to the IDA. He alsowanted the board to exertmore control over the IDA. Dennis Mader said the en tire agreement needed morescrutiny, and wanted a quali fied economist to look at it be fore approval. He said thestripping margin escalator is acomplete unknown and a gam ble over the next 25 years. “The Ona Mine is more than twice the acres andshould be at least twice theamount of the South FortMeade Agreement,” he said. The South Fort Meade Hardee County Extension to taled just less than 11,000 acres and provided the IDA with $42 million payable overa 10-year period. Brooks Armstrong shared concerned over the county’sability to grow in the future onreclaimed land. He also said since mining has begun, his taxes have con tinued to go up but the serv ices provided by the countyhave decreased. Nancy Armstrong urged commissioners to preservesome of the rural lifestyle thatis appealing to many resi dents. Hugh Richardson said a better statistical analysisneeded to be done on the strip ping margin multiplier effectthat excluded the outlier years. He said if phosphate com panies in other countries choseto go with high-volume, lowerprice dumping, it would driveprices down nationally and thecounty would not receive any where near the projectedamount. Ralph Brooks pointed out no factor for inflation wasbuilt into the 25-year agree ment, and the money would beworth significantly less to ward the end of the deal. The board will take the issue back up during the July9 meeting, which begins at 3p.m. in Courthouse Annex I,412 W. Orange St. inWauchula. By MICHAEL KELLY Of The Herald-Advocate The Hardee County Com mission and Mosaic officialsbegan discussions Thursdayregarding the economic miti gation agreement for the pro posed 26,853-acre Ona Mine. The agreement is part of the Mining Major Special Excep tion permit that will be heardby commissioners and thePlanning & Zoning Board dur ing a joint meeting July 9. Russell Schweiss, director of public affairs, land and re source strategies for Mosaic,and Bill Lambert, executivedirector of economic develop ment for the county, presentedthe board with a tentativeagreement that would providea guaranteed payment of $35million over 25 years and po tentially more, depending onDear Editor: The proposed 28,000-acre Ona mine is up for rezoning atthe July 9 meeting with theHardee County Commissionand the Planning and ZoningBoard that would allow a con tinuation of the sprawling landdestruction that phosphatemining brings. Mosaic sells itself with smil ing employees and sugar coatsitself as a big profit industrywith an altruistic mission tofeed the world. There are alternatives for agriculture. Also don't forgetthe industry's numerous com munity donations to gain thepublic's favor. Phosphate mining is a dirty business. It permanently alters our central Florida ecosystems anddisrupts our surficial aquifersystem. It will take decades for these lands to become functionalagain. The land can never berestored to its original state. This industry has had its foot in the door of HardeeCounty for a long time and inthe forefront is how muchmoney Mosaic will pay tocompensate for this destruc tion of our county. The priceshould be very high. Thecounty should not lose control. This is mass permitting and the county should not let itshands be tied for the next 30years. The commissioners have a very important decision tomake which will impact allHardee County residents foryears to come, especially in the Ona area. I am urging all concerned citizens to attend the meetingJuly 9th at 3pm in the CountyCommission Chambers, lo cated in Room 102 of thecourthouse annex at 412 WestOrange Street in Wauchula. This is your future and your county's future. For more information on mining please go towww.flmines.com and www. protectpeaceriver.org Thank you. Nancy Armstrong Ona Letter To The Editor Ona Resident Concerned Over New Proposed Mine • It was popular British ro mance author Jilly Cooperwho made the following ob servation: "The male is a do mestic animal which, if treatedwith firmness, can be trainedto do most things." • If you're like the average human, you blink about17,000 times every day. • Filmmaker George Lucas is arguably best known for his"Star Wars" franchise, but healso directed "American Graf fiti." During the making of thatearlier film he designated eachreel of film with an R beforethe reel's number, and each in stance of dialog was prefixedwith a D. At one point duringthe sound mixing, the sounddesigner needed to use Reel 2,Dialog 2, and so asked for"R2D2." Lucas liked the soundof it so much that he used it forthe name of a robot characterin his later work. • At 6 feet, 4 inches tall, Abraham Lincoln is the tallestpresident in the history of theUnited States. • If you suffer from ophid iophobia — and, sadly, manypeople do — you may find thefollowing tidbit to be ratherunsettling: There are morethan 3,000 different species ofsnakes. • Researchers have discov ered that humans aren't theonly ones to imbibe alcohol ona regular basis. It seems thatthe tiny pen-tailed tree shrewmakes a habit of consumingnaturally fermented palmflower nectar, which has an al cohol content of 3.8 percent —comparable to that of mostbeers. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Strange But True By Samantha Weaver Are You Concerned Your Child Is Going Down The Wrong Path? DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE PREVENTION HELPLINE 1-866-757-0634 A8 The Herald-Advocate, June 28, 2018

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Obituaries Increasingly Preferred Thank you for the honor & privilege of serving you. View Obits at robartsfuneralhome.com 529 West Main Street Wauchula, Florida 33873 863-773-9773 6:28c In MemoryLOIS EDNA TOMLINSONLois Edna Tomlinson, 97, passed away June 19, 2018, in Sebring. She was born Jan. 21, 1921, in Polk County. Lois loved spending her time tending to her grove and spending lots of time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Tomlinson; her parents, Robert and Mattie Currie; and brother, Chester Currie. Lois is survived by her daughters, Patsy Bostick and her husband Tommy, of Wauchula, and Peggy Brown and her husband Cur tis, of Sebring; grandchil dren, Mark Bostick, and Laura Bostick Wells and her husband Tim; and greatgrandchildren Garratt Bo stick, Dana Bostick, Mattie Wells, and Bailey Wells. Visitation was June 22, 2018, from 10-11 a.m., with service starting at 11 a.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, with Robert Roberts, Mike Roberts, and Joe Bulter officiating. Interment followed at New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Maintenance Fund. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.comPonger-Kays-GradyFuneral Home & Cremation Services Wauchula In MemoryGERTRUDE ALTMAN SHUMARDGertrude Altman Shu mard, 99, of Wauchula, passed away June 20, 2018, at Reshaven in Wauchula. She was born on June 3, 1919, in Desoto County, to the late-Josh and Edna Altman. Gertrude worked as a cafeteria worker at the old Wauchula Elementary and Bessons drug store. She was a lifelong member of Northside Baptist Church, and enjoyed cooking and quilting. She was preceded on death by her husband, Clarence Orville Shumard; parents, Josh and Edna Alt man; bothers, Robert Park Baucom and Melton Alt man; and sister, Mary Berg. Gertrude is survived by her daughters, Jean Smith, of Lakeland, and Glenda Har wood and her husband Arlie, of Spring Hill; son, Lester C. Shumard and his wife Betty, of Wauchula; and sisters, Bessie Wright, of Dade City, and Lessie Sager, of Lyons, Ga.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was held on June 22, 2018, from 1-2 p.m., with service starting at 2 p.m. at PongerKaysGrady Funeral Home Wauchula Chapel. Pastor Mitch Landress officiated. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.comPonger-Kays-GradyFuneral Home & Cremation Services Wauchula In MemorySHERRY VANDYCK MAYSherry VanDyck May, 69, of Wauchula, passed away June 23, 2018, in Sebring. She was born on Aug. 24, 1948, in Orlando. Sherry was a life-long resident of Hardee County, where she worked for the Ford dealer ship for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Nancy VanDyck; two husbands, Nelson Smith and Warren E. May Jr; and one sister, Wanda Jo VanDyck. Sherry is survived by daughters, Tina Smith Gainous and her husband Richard, of Bowling Green, and Vanette See and her hus band Jack, of Wauchula; son, Warren E. May III and his wife Becky, of Zolfo Springs; sister, Linda Rober son, of Wauchula; grandchil dren, Matt Abbott, Blaine Abbott, Tyler Hewett, Kyle Hewett, Stefanie McAbee, Jhett See, Payton May, and Grayson May; nephew, Trampus Fillingim; niece, Temple Johnston; and greatgrandchild, Charleigh Ab bott. Visitation was Wednes day, June 27, 2018, from 1011 a.m., with services at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home Wauchula, with Gene Davis officiating. Burial fol lowed at Wauchula City Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.comPonger-Kays-GradyFuneral Home & Cremation Services Wauchula Ponger-Kays-GradyFuneral Homes & Cremation Services205 N. 9th Ave. Wauchula, Fl. 33873(863) 773-6400PongerKaysGrady.com 6:28c In MemoryBETTY LOUISE CONLEY BLACKBURNBetty Louise Conley Blackburn, of Port Charlotte, gained her heavenly wings June 21, 2018, at Bayfront Health Center. Born on March 18, 1956, in Wauchula, she lived most of her adult life in Charlotte County. She was preceded in death by her father, Clyde E. Conley; her mother, Claudie M. Conley; and her sister, Jo Ann Conley Cobb. Betty is survived by, and was bless with, three chil dren, daughters, Tiffany Blackburn (Rusty), and Tracy Blackburn, both of Port Charlotte, and son, William Kelly Blackburn, of Washington. She is also sur vived by grandsons, Jake Blackburn and Tyler Ward, of Port Charlotte; brother, Russell Conley (Sharon), of Port Charlotte; sisters, Kath lene Carlton, Frankie N. Kelley (Wayne), Jeannie F. Patrick (Steven), of Lake land, and Mary E. Abalos (Serafin), of Wauchula; and extended family, friends, and loved ones including Bing ham and Jackie Blackburn. Memorial services and celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 11 a.m., at New Hope Baptist Church, 1999 S.R. 64, Wauchula. Visita tion will start at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Steven Patrick will lead the services. Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home of Punta Gorda. In lieu of flowers, a Go FundMe has been set up to help the family with expenses (Betty BlackburnButterfly Support). OBITUARY POLICYThe Herald-Advocate publishes obituaries free of charge as a public service. Forms showing the infor mation which may be included in a free obituary are available at local funeral homes or at our office. Paid obituaries may include additional information and rememberances. All obituaries, however, must be submitted by a fu neral home. No personal submissions will be accepted.Funeral homes can submit obituaries to obits@the heraldadvocate.com. Notice is hereby given that the Southwest Florida Water Management District has received an Environmental Resource permit application number 761092 from Circle K Stores, Inc. Application received: 2/26/2018. Proposed activity: commercial development. Project name: Circle K Zolfo Springs. Project size: 2.12 acres Location: Section(s) 27 Township 34 East, Range 25 South, in Hardee County. Out standing Florida Water: No. Aquatic preserve: No. The application is available for public inspection Monday through Friday at 7601 U.S. Highway 301 North, Tampa, Florida 33637 or through the Application & Permit Search Tools function on the Districts website at www.watermatters.org/permits/. Interested persons may inspect a copy of the application and submit written comments concern ing the application. Comments must include the permit application number and be re ceived within 14 days from the date of this notice. If you wish to be notified of intended agency action or an opportunity to request an administrative hearing regarding the application, you must send a written request referencing the permit application number to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Regulation Bureau, 7601 U.S. Highway 301 North, Tampa, Florida 33637 or submit your request through the Districts website at www.watermatters.org. The District does not discriminate based on disabil ity. Anyone requiring accommodation under the ADA should contact the Regulation Bureau at (813)985-7481 or 1(800)836-0797, TDD only 1(800)231-6103. 6:28cNOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATION FOR A WATER USE PERMIT BY THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Notice is hereby given that the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has received an application for a new water use permit for water withdrawal on the Peace Creek from Polk Regional Water Cooperative (PRWC), 330 W. Church Street, Drawer AT01, Bartow, FL. Application number: 20762 Application received: June 15, 2018 Predominant use type(s): Public Supply The proposed Peace Creek Integrated Water Supply Project includes the diversion of an annual average of 12 MGD (50 MGD maximum day) of excess surface water from the Peace Creek system during periods of high flow to provide an alternative water supply to PRWC members. The Project is located in Section 31, Township 29 South, Range 26 East in Polk County. The application is available for public inspection Monday through Friday at the Districts Tampa Service Office located at 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637 or through the Application & Permit Search Tools function on the Districts website at www.watermatters.org/permits/. Interested persons may inspect a copy of the application and submit written comments concerning the application. Comments must include the permit application number and be received within 14 days from the date of this notice. If you wish to be notified of agency action or an opportunity to request an administrative hearing regarding the application, you must send a written request referencing the permit application number to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Regulation Performance Management Department, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899 or submit your request through the Districts website at www.watermatters.org. The District does not discriminate based on disability. Anyone requiring accommodation under the ADA should contact the Regulation Bureau at (813)985-7481 or 1(800)836-0797: TDD only 1(800)231-6103. 6:28c 1. Which band released "Kicks"? 2. Who released "Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart," and when? 3. Which group recorded "Will You Be Staying After Sunday"? 4. Who released "I'd Do Anything for Love"? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: "Another sleep less night I can't explain, Somebody said they heard me call your name, The radio won't let you leave my mind, I know it's over but I don't know why." ANSWERS 1. Paul Revere & the Raiders, in 1966. "Kicks" was one of the first anti-drug songs. It was written for The Ani mals, but Eric Burdon didn't want to record it. 2. Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, in 1963. It was one of many hits written by Ellie Greenwich, including "Be My Baby" and "Then He Kissed Me." 3. The Peppermint Rainbow, in 1969. During one televised clip it was obvious that the group was syncing ... the instruments weren't even plugged in. 4. Meat Loaf, in 1993. It was his first No. 1 single and netted a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance. 5. "Should've Known Better," by Richard Marx, in 1987. Singer-songwriter Marx re leased the song on his debut album; it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 100.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Flash BackBy Chris Richcreek How Low Will Some People Go? Report Exploitation of the Elderly1 (800) 96 Abuse 1 (800) 962 2873 June 28, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A9 1. Is the book of Jonah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Esther 6, what was done to King Ahasuerus when he could not sleep? Sang to, Feet rubbed, Fanned by servants, Read to 3. Which commandment is, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me"? 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 4. In Joppa, who was raised from the dead by the Apostle Peter? Lazarus, Nahum, Tabitha, Hosea 5. Who was the baby born of Zacharias and Elizabeth? Daniel, John the Baptist, Noah, David 6. What was Pontius Pi late's culture group? Roman, Greek, Syrian, Babylonian ANSWERS: 1) Old; 2) Read to; 3) 1st; 4) Tabitha; 5) John the Baptist; 6) Roman Comments? More Trivia? Visit www.TriviaGuy.com(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Bible TriviaBy Wilson Casey VELKOMMEN PIE Looking for the perfect dessert for your Fourth of July picnic? Well, look no further! This pie is only sinful in taste, as it will let even the diabetics at your picnic enjoy dessert. 1 (6-ounce) Keebler choco late pie crust 2 cups (2 medium) bananas, sliced 1 (4-serving) package Jell-O instant sugar-free vanilla pudding mix 2/3 cup Carnation instant nonfat dry milk 1 1/4 cups water 1/4 cup Peter Pan or Skippy reduced-fat chunky peanut butter 3/4 cup Cool Whip Lite 1/4 cup (1 ounce) chopped dry-roasted peanuts 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips 1. Place diced bananas in pie crust. 2. In a medium bowl, combine dry pudding mix and dry milk powder. Add water and peanut butter. Mix well using a wire whisk. Blend in 1/4 cup Cool Whip Lite. 3. Pour mixture evenly over bananas. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes. 4. Evenly spread remaining 1/2 cup Cool Whip Lite over pudding mixture. Sprinkle peanuts and chocolate chips evenly over top. 5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. Cut into 8 servings. TIP: To prevent bananas from turning brown, mix with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or sprinkle with Fruit Fresh.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Comfort Foods Made Fast And HealthyBy Healthy Exchanges

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New Face For Hardee County Politics Works & lives in Hardee County. Has the extensive courtroom & jury trial experience that judges need. On August 28 for Paid for by David Horton, non partisan, candidate for Hardee County Judge 6:28p 6:21-7:5c By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Jason K. Thompson, local musician and senior-highmusic teacher, released hisfirst album digitally thisweek. The Christian-themed album, “Consumed,” is madeup entirely of original songs,mainly Southern and bluesrock style. Thompson, who lives in Wauchula with wife Melodyand two sons, says he wants toreach out to people whowouldn’t normally listen tocontemporary Christianmusic, like what’s played onThe Joy FM. He had written some songs years ago, but never recordedthem. Then, when family wasout of town, he used his“alone time” to record. After ward, Thompson decided toput together a CD. And nowhe’s done just that. “Consumed” was released Tuesday, and will be availableon CD in midor late July.You can download it from hiswebsite, JKTmusic.com or from most streaming anddownloading platforms. Thompson wrote all of the songs himself before sharingthem with some professionalshe knows for advice and feed back. He recalls that some of the songs were easy to write, onlytaking about an hour to finish,while others took long,painstaking brainstormingsessions to complete. There isn’t one method that he uses to write songs, hesays. But there is one step inthe writing process that’s veryimportant to him. “One of the things I do is pray,” he says. “God, what doYou want me to say or whatdo You want people to hear?” Thompson also played all of the instruments for thealbum. To create electronicsounds or parts for instru ments he doesn’t play, he usedthe Apple app GarageBand toconvert his keyboard to playthe sounds he needed. That’s not to say that he doesn’t play many instru ments, though. While he only used his voice, keyboard/piano andguitar for “Consumed,”Thompson’s main instrumentis trombone. He can also playharmonica and most band in struments at least a little bit. And he doesn’t stop at playing instruments. Thomp son teaches two band classes,one jazz band class and threeguitar classes at Hardee Sen ior High School, and directsthe marching band. His advice to aspiring mu sicians is “there’s no substi tute to practice.” If you’rehaving trouble learning some thing, don’t give up – justkeep going. And if you want to write your own music, Thompsonencourages you to revise asmany times as you need to.“For songwriting, the best ad vice that I ever got was that ... the best songs are not written,they’re rewritten,” he says. When reflecting on his work on “Consumed,”Thompson says, “My strengthand what I’m really proud ofin this project is the songs.”He’s happy with the way theyflow and how that helps getacross his message. Thompson was able to fund the album partly through aKickstarter campaign. Kick starter is an online fundraiser.Although the campaign isover, Thompson says the bestway to support the next albumis by buying this one. Although he doesn’t have any specific plans right now,he hopes to make anotheralbum in the future. Local Musician Releases Album PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Jason K. Thompson strums his guitar at Main StreetHeritage Park in Wauchula. You can hear him on his outreach album, “Consumed,” which he hopes will “en courage people to find the joy that Jesus brings in a depressing world.” Scalloping season starts Sunday! State waters off the follow ing areas will open to bay scal lop harvest: Franklin throughnorthwest Taylor County, in cluding Carrabelle, Lanark andSt. Marks; and Levy, Citrusand Hernando counties, in cluding Cedar Key, CrystalRiver and Homosassa. These areas will remain open to harvest through Sept.24. Gov. Rick Scott said, “Scal loping is a great way to enjoyFlorida’s incredible waters andpristine beaches. I encourageall Floridians to get outsideand enjoy our world-class scal lop season with family andfriends.” "Scalloping with your friends and family is classicFlorida fun in the sun," saidFlorida Fish & Wildlife Con servation Commission Chair man Bo Rivard. "The seasonbrings people and an economicboost to these coastal areas, allthe while encouraging conser vation and connecting resi dents and visitors to thewonders of Florida's out doors." Bag and vessel limits in open bay scallop harvest zonesare two gallons whole bayscallops in shell or one pint ofbay scallop meat per person,with a maximum of 10 gallonsof whole bay scallops in shellor 1/2 gallon of bay scallopmeat per vessel. Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing ordip net. Scallops must be landed within areas that are open toharvest and may not be pos sessed on waters outside ofareas that are open to harvestor during the closed season. There is no commercial har vest allowed for bay scallopsin Florida. Be safe when diving for scallops. Stay within 300 feetof a properly displayed divers-down flag or device when scal loping in open water, andwithin 100 feet of a properlydisplayed divers-down flag ordevice if on a river, inlet ornavigation channel. Boat operators traveling within 300 feet of a divers-down flag or device in openwater or within 100 feet of oneon a river, inlet or navigationalchannel must slow to idlespeed. In the excitement of the har vest, always still remember to: • Snorkel with a buddy.• Always have an observer on board the boat while othersare scalloping. • Do not discard scallop shells in inshore waters com monly used for recreational ac tivities such as the HomosassaRiver or Crystal River. Piles ofdiscarded scallop shells cancreate hazards for swimmersand damage seagrass habitat.Scallop shells can be discardedin a trash receptacle or in largerbodies of water where they aremore likely to disperse. • Be aware of changing tides. • Stash your trash.• Wear your personal flota tion device when the boat isunderway. Scalloping Season Opens On Sunday By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Creative youngsters can look forward to next month,when they’ll be able to go to4-H Art Camp. The camp is open to all youngsters ages 8-18 regard less of 4-H membership sta tus, as long as they register inadvance. Art Camp will include such activities as tie-dying T-shirts,making mosaic flower pots,creating unique figurines fromSculpey clay, and much more.One of the crafts, a scrap-metal wind chime/mobile, willbe an eco-friendly project. Senior youth 14-18 years old will also be making smallmosaic stained-glass win dows. Because the camp schedule is subject to change, youth should come every day ofcamp to make sure they don’tmiss their favorite project. The camp will take place in the Extension Office Confer ence Room at the HardeeCounty Agri-Civic Center. Juniors aged 8-10 and inter mediate youth 11-13 can at tend the camp July 9-12.Senior youth can attend onJuly 12 and 13. The camp, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m., will cost $30. The feecovers all supplies andlunches. To register for camp, call 773-2164 or emailmda@ufl.edu before the first day of camp. The Universityof Florida Institute of Food &Agricultural Sciences Exten sion Office is located at 507Civic Center Dr. in Wauchula. Youth Art Camp Coming In July A10 The Herald-Advocate, June 28, 2018

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GATORHEATING& AIRCONDITIONINGREFRIGERATION& ICEMACHINES THINK GREEN • SAVEENERGY• SAVE MONEY 863-832-3399LOCALLYOWNEDSALEONALLNEWUNITS Call For Service Today • All Makes Call For Service Today • All Makes Goodman –A Member of Daikin Group Daikin Industries, Ltd. (DIL) is a Fortune 1000 company with more than 49,000 employees worldwide, making it the number one residential and commercial HVAC manufacturer in the world. Daikan is engaged primarily in the development, manufacture, sales and aftermarket support of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, refrigerants and other chemicals, as well as oil hydraulic products. Licensed & Insured CAC 1815095 6:28c Hot Enough For You? 6:28 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate School and county officials have offered several suggestedcompromises but no firm dealon who will fund school re sources officers in the comingschool year. The Hardee County School Board and the Hardee CountyBoard of County Commission ers met in a rare joint work shop at the Hardee CountyCourthouse last Thursday toreview a request by school of ficials for the county to con tinue to pick up part of the tabfor SROs in the upcomingbudget cycle. “When school starts we have to have boots on theground and be there runningfor our kids and our teachersand our parents and everyonethat visits the school property,”said Sheriff Arnold Lanier. The funding crisis stems from a state mandate throughthe Marjory Stoneman Dou glas High School PublicSafety Act – passed in thewake of the Feb. 14 massacreof 17 students and staff at ahigh school in Parkland –which requires school districtsto place an armed securityforce at every school. Prior to the new law, Hardee County schools were protectedby four deputized SROs fromthe Sheriff’s Office and one of ficer from the Wauchula PoliceDepartment. Immediately following the enactment of the law, Lanierreceived $300,000 in addi tional funds from the CountyCommission to place threemore deputies on campuses forthe remainder of the 2017-18school year. The move brought the total number of on-campus lawmento eight. School officials and the Sheriff’s Office had hoped toextend a pre-existing agree ment between them that callsfor the Sheriff’s Office to fund60 percent and the SchoolBoard to fund 40 percent of thecosts of staffing schools with SROs. During the workshop, county commissioners largelybalked at expanding the agree ment to include the new offi cers. “I think when you boil it all down, the safety and protec tion of our citizens is numberone,” said Russell Melendey,chair of the commission. “Itbecomes pretty easy for me,when you get down to it,which is number one. We allknow that services cost moneyand that is why we are heretonight. As to our own budget,I wish we had all the money todo what we wanted to do, butthat is not the case.” Commissioner Sue Birge added: “It all comes out of thesame pockets whether it is ourmillage or your millage.” One point of contention – for both the county and theschool district – is that the leg islation requiring the addi tional security does notexplicitly regulate whose re sponsibility it is to pay for theadded costs. “In statutes, whose responsi bility is it?” queried Commis sioner Rick Knight. “Legally we are not respon sible but morally we are re sponsible and will do what wecan,” responded Bob Shay man, superintendent ofschools. Lanier estimates the annual cost, including equipment, tobe an additional $300,000. Estimates released by Talla hassee project the district to re ceive $479,185 in Safe inSchools funding for the 2018-19 academic year as part of theappropriations package tied tothe Marjory Stoneman Dou glas Public Safety Act. Theprojected allocation is sharplyhigher than the $131,725 in se curity funding received for thecurrent 2017-18 school year. Outside of the city of Wauchula, which fundsWauchula ElementarySchool’s SRO, municipal con tributions to support staffingwill likely remain minimal. The town of Zolfo Springs contracts with the sheriff forlaw enforcement protectionand the city of Bowling Greenand its Police Department arefacing a lean financial outlook. Commissioners floated sev eral thoughts on reducing coststo outfit officers at schools. Eliminating patrol vehicles for SROs was one option sug gested to cut costs. “I don’t think a vehicle is 100 percent necessary,” saidCommissioner Colin Lambert. Lambert suggested that the officers instead could be out fitted with golf carts or Seg ways. Sheriff Lanier defended out fitting lawmen – who alsowork patrols as road deputies– with patrol cars. “I feel you need the vehicle because there are situationsgoing on at times, and they arerare, but you need helpquickly,” the sheriff said. The presence of marked cars, Lanier added, also acts asa deterrent to some activity. Wauchula City Manager Terry Atchley defended themarked patrol unit policy. “I cannot hire a police offi cer if I cannot assign a vehicleto them,” Atchley said. “It willnot work.” At least two commissioners – Mike Thompson and Birge –endorsed investigating the pos sibility of assisting the SchoolBoard with money for campushardening costs out ofIDA/EDC funds. “Some elements of eco nomic development are goodschools and low taxes,”Thompson said. “I do not andwill not agree to fund govern ment operations money out ofour economic developmentmoney, but I think we might beable to come up with somemoney for some of your infra structure improvements.” Added Birge: “I did ask Bill (Lambert) if there was anymonies available along thosesame lines and if we could getsome money from anotherplace and switch monies and Idon’t know that there is.” Bill Lambert, economic de velopment director, saidmoney from the Economic De velopment Agency (EDA)could possibly be used. “You certainly have EDA money that may be more ap plicable,” the director said.“We would be happy to doanything we can to work thisout. We will certainly do any thing we can to help alleviatethe problem you have.” The school district has ten tatively allocated more than$50,000 of its Safe Schoolsmoney for campus improve ments such as cameras andfencing. The hardening costs are ex pected to rise after the district completes a state-mandated se curity review due in Tallahas see by Aug. 1, according toSchool Board Chairman PaulSamuels. Another suggestion, advo cated by Knight, was for theschool district to reconsider anarmed guardian force. “We are a poor county. We don’t have a lot of money. The school district needs to find acheaper way,” Knight said. “We have discussed the guardian program with thesheriff,” answered Samuels.“The superintendent is stilllooking at the guardian pro gram. It is a volunteer pro gram, and you can ask but youcan’t make them do it. The in-tent of the law is not for theguardian program to replace aSRO. The intent is for it towork with an SRO program toprovide additional security forour students and our cam puses.” Compromises Proposed, But No Deal Yet On SRO Funding A12 The Herald-Advocate, June 28, 2018 With the Fourth of July holiday just days away, the personalfinance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018's Best& Worst Places for Fourth of July celebrations. Included in the report are some interesting stats about the pa triotic holiday. To determine the best places to celebrate this most star-span gled occasion, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. citiesbased on how well they balance holiday cost and fun. The dataset of 19 key metrics ranges from average beer and wine pricesto duration of their fireworks shows to each city’s Fourth of Julyweather forecast. Best Fourth Of July Cities 1.) New York, N.Y. 11.) Dallas, Texas 2.) Los Angeles, Calif. 12.) New Orleans, La. 3.) Chicago, Ill.13.) Minneapolis, Minn.4.) Denver, Colo. 14.) Las Vegas, Nev. 5.) Seattle, Wash. 15.) Sacramento, Calif. 6.) Atlanta, Ga.16.) St. Louis, Mo.7.) Milwaukee, Wisc.17.) Madison, Wisc.8.) San Diego, Calif.18.) San Francisco, Calif.9.) Washington, D.C.19.) Portland, Ore. 10.) Buffalo, N.Y.20.) Boise, Idaho 4th Of July Facts & Figures • $6.9 Billion: Amount Americans plan to spend on Fourth of July food. • 150 Million: Number of hot dogs eaten.• $1.6+ Billion: Amount that will be spent on beer and wine.• $825+ Million: Amount expected to be spent on fireworks.• $5.4 Million: Value of American flags imported annually, mostly from China. • 46.9 Million: Number of people who travel 50+ miles from home for the holiday. Making Fourth Of July Plans? Daniel Harvesting, Inc. is hiring 80 farmworkers to cultivate and harvest watermeloncrops in Sampson County in North Carolina for a temporary period starting on 07/02/2018 and ending on 08/01/2018 The wages offered are the highest of $11.46/hr. or applicable piece rates. This job requires prolonged standing, bending,stooping, and reaching. Job is outdoors and continue s in all types of weather. Workers may be requested to submit to random drug or alcohol tests at no cost tothe worker. Workers must be able to lift 70lbs. to shoulder height repetitivelythroughout the workday and able to lift and carry 70lbs. in field. This job requiresone month experience harvesting crops. Employer guarantees work will be avail able for at least of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be provided at no cost to worker. Housing will be available for workers who cannotreasonably return home after each working day. Transportation and subsistenceexpenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is com pleted, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local StateWorkforce Agency office. Job Order Number: NC10863656. cl6:28p 30 temporary workers needed to harvest peppers, cucumbers and sugar canes nearPalm Beach County, Florida, for JFT Harvesting, Inc., Farm Labor Contractor, withwork beginning on or about 08/10/2018 and ending on or about 06/01/2019. The joboffered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minimum 3 months verifiablework experience in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that work ers will be paid is $11.29 per hour and piece rates may be offered depending on cropactivity. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guar anteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker ar rives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are providedat no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot rea sonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Trans portation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50%of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of in tended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligiblelegally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes toFlorida Dept. of Economic Opportunity, 107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, FL32399, (850) 245-7437, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, andreference job order #FL10720429. EOE. H-300-18170-625512. cl6:28,7:5c

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Herald-AdvocateThursday, June 28, 2018 B THE By KATHY ANN GREGG For The Herald-Advocate Kelly Godwin’s family at tends First Baptist Church ofWauchula, but not these twoweeks! That’s because her 13-yearold son, Wes, and rodeo col leagues Cody Vina, 14, andCayden Newsome, 13, are at tending Cowboy Church at theSouth Dakota Fairgrounds inHuron, S.D., as part of theCinch Junior High FinalsRodeo. These National Finals run June 24-30. All three boys qualified for various events in the Finalsafter spending the past schoolyear competing in 14 rodeosover seven different weekends,ranging from Perry, Ga., at thenorth end to Davie at thesouth, including the State Fi nals that were held at theDavie Arena in May. Onlythe top four in each event areextended an invitation to com pete at the Finals. Cody, Cayden and Wes are part of the 21-member contin gency from Florida, and theycall themselves Team Florida.They will be competingagainst other sixth, seventhand eighth graders from 43states, five Canadianprovinces, Australia and therecently added Mexico. The Opening Ceremonies were this past Sunday, and therodeo competitions run twiceper day through tomorrow(Friday). Each contestant competes three times in each event, withactivity taking place in severalarenas simultaneously. Then,the top 15 in each event com pete one last time on Saturdayin what is known as “the shortround” or “the short go.” The winner is determined by taking the average of the four competitions. Cody is the only one of the three to have attended priorNational Finals, having beenheld the past two years inLebanon, Tenn. Last yearended in a gullywasher as Hur ricane Maria headed in astraight line for that state,causing many contestants toleave early. Before that thecompetition was held in DesMoines, Iowa. When ZolfoSprings resident DawsonCantu became a nationalchampion in the tie-down rop ing event, it was held out inGallup, N.M. At the State Finals, Cody placed first in boys goat-tying;second in team roping as theheeler of the team, with headerBryce Crawford of Labelle;and third in ribbon-roping,with partner Courtney Stalveyof Valdosta, Ga. These are the events in which he qualified for the Fi nals, although he had alsocompeted in tie-down ropingand chute doggin’ throughoutthe season. Cody is the son of April Diruzzo, and Javier andHeather Vina. Cody is beingaccompanied by the Vinas andsister Shawnee. They are trai lering his two rodeo horses,Short-Stop and Ketchup. Javi Vina has held the posi tion of president of the FloridaJunior High School Rodeo As sociation for this past year, andHeather Vina is the state secre tary. Cayden is the son of Clay and Christy Newsome, whoare with him in South Dakota.They, too, brought two horseswith them, Sage and Ellie. Hequalified for the team ropingalso as the heeler of the team,and Wes is the header. Cayden will also be com peting in the tie-down roping and ribbon roping, with part ner Courtney Carbajal of NewSmyrna Beach. All three boys have com peted in youth rodeos since theage of 4. They have participated in the Reality Ranch YouthRodeo, Hardee County YouthRodeo, Arcadia Youth RodeoAssociation and the Top HandChallenge. Cayden and Weshave additionally competed inthe Cracker Trail YouthRodeo, hosted by Mike andBetsy Damboise, and in theAll-Florida Junior Rodeo As sociation. Wes has also regularly com peted in Denton, Texas, at theRoy Cooper’s Junior Super-Looper event, held annuallyover the Fourth of July, andwill do so again this year onthe way back from SouthDakota. Wes is a shining example of the phrase “Cowboy Tough.”Last October, he lost the tip ofthe index finger on his righthand at the first knuckle,which caused him to strugglein the roping events. Problemsarose, and a second surgerywas required earlier this yearto remove remnants of thenailbed. Then he had anotheraccident while hog-hunting.It’s been a tough year, andqualifying for the National Fi nals as a roper in light of thesechallenges shows what Wes ismade of! Other locals involved with these boys are Hardee RanchSupply, which was a sponsorof the Junior High Rodeo allyear long; and Cody’s personalsponsors, Oakwood Construc tion LLC, James M. Pyle III,DDS, First National Bank ofWauchula, Florida Fence Post,Albritton Insurance Co., An drew Smith, and ArcadiaStockyard. Local Teens Competing In National Finals PHOTO BY KATHY ANN GREGG Cody Vina has roped the calf and is on the ground preparing to remove the ropeonce ribbon-roping partner Courtney Stalvey, from Valdosta, Ga., has taken the rib bon from its tail. PHOTO BY KATHY ANN GREGG Cody Vina poses with his parents, Heather and Javier Vina, with the trophy saddlehe won at the State Finals for placing first in the boys goat-tying event. The elderVinas have served as officers of the Florida Junior High School Rodeo Association. PHOTO BY KATHY ANN GREGG Cayden Newsome shows off his roping skills in the tie-down roping from last year'sNational Finals in Lebanon, Tennessee. Note all of the water in the arena, and mostof the arena crew dressed in yellow slickers! PHOTO BY MIKE RASTELLI Wes Godwin heading and Cayden Newsome heeling. Both are 13-year-old com petitors this week at the national Cinch Junior High Finals Rodeo in South Dakota. PHOTO BY KATHY ANN GREGG Cody Vina displays picture-perfect form in the boys goat-tying event.

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By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-AdvocateThe Sertoma Junior Golf Tour swung through Hardee County last week for the fourth event of the summer season at The Bluffs in Zolfo Springs last Thursday (June 21). Zack Deuberry took first place in the boys 16-18 divi sion with a score of 83. Dylan Crawford was second with a score of 86, William Celentano was third with a score of 93, Nick Piccione was fourth with a score of 99, an Zac Taylor was fifth with a score of 110. In the girls 14-16 division, Hannah Revell took first place with a score of 74. Ashley Engle was second with a score of 83, Alyssa Jordan was third with a score of 95, and Saman tha Payne was fourth with a score of 114. Zach Doorlag was first in the boys 14-15 division with a score of 85. Lane Revell and Beckham Donovan tied for second with scores of 86, Ranen Carmichael was fourth with a score of 89, Avery Hurst was fifth with a score of 92, and Matthias Labritz was sixth with a score of 97. Kaleb Revels was seventh with a score of 98, Ethan Kinney was eighth with a score of 101, Ashton Griffin was ninth with a score of 104, and Jace Bryan was 10th with a score of 106. Melanie Suarez was first in the girls 11-13 division with a score of 49, and Madelyn Dep ner was second with a score of 55. Ben Trevino was first in the boys 11-13 division with a score of 45. Trent Bray was second with a score of 47, Ian Frasier was third with a score of 48, Samuel Braxton was fourth with a score of 49, Kale Henderson was fifth with a score of 51, Matthew Suarez was sixth with a score of 52, and J.R. Redding was seventh with a score of 61. Connor Darrow was first in the mixed 9-10 division with a score of 80. Jordan Castillo was first in the mixed 6-8 division with a score of 29. Liam McCann was second with a score of 33, Hannah Castillo was third with a score of 37, Jenesi Trevino was fourth with a score of 44, Gabriel Perez was fifth with a score of 48, and Ashlyn Wortinger was sixth with a score of 54. The tour will next play Friday (June 28) at Pincrest Golf Club in Sebring. EMCI Chapionship Held At Sebring The annual EMCI Wireless Championship was held June 14-15 at the Sebring Municipal Golf Club. Gabriel Perez was first in the 6-8 mixed division with a score of 48. Jenesi Trevino was second with a score of 54, Hannah Castillo was third with a score of 60, Jordan Castillo was fourth with a score of 66, and Liam McGann was fifth with a score of 75. Connor Darrow was first in the boys 9-10 division with a score of 54. Parker Rapp was second with a score of 60, Devin Wortinger was third with a score of 66, and Dillon Parnell was fourth with a score of 75. Kale Henderson was first in the boys 11-13 division with a score of 33. Samuel Braxton was second with a score of 36, J.R. Redding was third with a score of 39, Brody Hall was fourth with a score of 42, and Ian Frasier was fifth with a score of 45. Matthew Suarez was sixth with a score of 48, Trent Bray was seventh with a score of 54, Marquez Angeles was eighth with a score of 60, Jay Walkup was ninth with a score of 66, and Ben Trevino was 10th with a score of 75. Kaleb Revells was first in the boys 14-15 division with a score of 39. Ethan Kinney was second with a score of 42, Ashton Griffin was third with a score of 45, and Owen Moses was fourth with a score of 48. Zach Doorlag was fifth with a score of 54, Ranen Carmichael was sixth with a score of 60, Cade Scarborough was seventh with a score of 66, and Beckham Donovan was eighth with a score of 75. Zac Taylor was first in the boys 16-18 division with a score of 42. Nick Piccione and Clayton Osha tied for second with scores of 46, William Celentano was third with a score of 54, Zach Deuberry was fourth with a score of 60, Will Redding was fifth with a score of 66, and Dylan Crawford was sixth with a score of 75. Madelyn Depner was first in the girls 11-13 division with a score of 66, and Melanie Suarez was second with a score of 75. Samantha Payne was first in the girls 14-18 division with a score of 75. SERTOMA JUNIOR GOLF Tour Swings Into The BluffsBy TOM STAIKOf The Herald-AdvocateRubber didnt hit the pavement (or in this case asphalt) when school officials redesigned the track surrounding Wildcat Stadium during renovations in 2016. Money more accurately a lack of cash was cited as the key reason behind a string of decisions by The School Board of Hardee County to drop plans to rubberize the Hardee Senior High School track. The Board elected to just replace the track, and the associated piping under the track, said Rob Krahl, director of facilities. The effort to modernize the track was part of a larger multi-year project backed through grant funding from Mosaic. The first phase included a $100,355.15 renovation of the bleachers on the visitor side of the complex. Remodeling of the press box and painting the complex were included in the $119,451.80 sec ond phase. Estimated costs ballooned, however, as officials neared the third and final phase that ad dressed the track. School officials solicited a bid in April of 2015 that included five projects for the track: New drainage piping under the field; Reshaping of the field and new turf; A new entrance south of the field house to eliminate vehicle traffic on the track; Additional new paving on the north and south ends of the grandstands; and Installing a rubberized track surface. School officials received sticker shock in April of 2015 when the scope of work received an estimate of $758,961.36. It was rejected by the board and I was asked to negotiate with the contractor, Krahl said. The revised negotiated price, Krahl said, was also rejected by the school board in May of 2015 and a decision was reached to resolicit bids in 2016. The project that was finally approved was a shell of the original plan. A rubberized surface was tossed. New en trances were eliminated. Also eliminated were paving projects. The scope of work that remained was the bare minimum necessary to bring the track into compliance with regulations by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to enable the Hardee High to begin hosting nonchampionship track meets at Wildcat Stadium. The board elected to just replace the track and the associated piping under the track, Krahl said. The track was leveled and reshaped from 440 meters to the 440 meters required by FHSAA. A new base, subbase, curbing, and asphalt was installed, Krahl added. The track was stripped to meet the FHSAA regulations. The final cost of phase three was $341,646.13. The Mosaic grant, spread across all three phases, was $400,000. Work was completed in time for the 2017 track season where, for the first time in years, the Wildcats were able to host a track meet at home where Hardee High exhibited a resur gence in track and field. In the past two seasons, Wildcats have earned more than a dozen individual district titles, a handful of regional nods, and even a state title in shot put. The combined track and field team is the largest of any sport at the high school. Success, though, carried a price of its own this season. Earnest Graham, a youth track coach and school volunteer, appeared before the School Board earlier this month to call for improve ments to the tracks surface. I want to bring to the board a question on the decision on the track to not rubberize it when we had it done, Graham said. Last year we had 104 athletes on the track and 72 percent of them were ailing with injury before the team ever started. The problem, at least according to Graham, is the lack of a rubberized surface the same surface cut from the original renovation plans. The tracks asphalt surface, Graham said, provides little give or support to runners. The injuries involved mostly sprains caused by repetitive impact on the unforgiving surface, he added. This year we had less time on the track be cause of the injuries, Graham said, father of 2018 FHSAA Class 2A shot put state champion Alexis Benjamin-Graham. Hardee High is not alone in its struggles. Across the Sunshine State, high schools are struggling to find the balance the financial costs of track improvement with the responsibility of schools to protect student-athletes from need less injuries. Fort Myers High School in Lee County opted not to practice on its school track during the spring season. Instead, track coach Sheryl Jones opted to practice her team in the grass in stead of on the asphalt. Practicing on the as phalt track at Edison Stadium was not worth the lingering injuries to her student-athletes, she said. Tracks at 10 high schools in Lee County were empty last season as the Lee County School District worked to repair and retrofit all of its high school track facilities. Lee Countys approach is two-fold. One goal is to decrease injuries such as hip and joint problems and shin splints. The second goal is to allow more schools to host meets and decrease travel costs. The FHSAA requires polyurethane track sur faces rubberized tracks in order for schools to host district and regional events. Renovations have been completed at three Lee schools. The estimated cost to rubberize a track in Lee County is $150,000 as part of a piggy-backed bid from 2017 with Palm Beach County Schools. Hardee Highs facility is not just lagging coastal schools. Sebring High School, Frostproof Middle/Se nior High School, and DeSoto County High School have all installed some form of rubber ized surface. A rubberized track surface typically takes one of two forms. The most costly is a full rubber running sur face that replaces any asphalt. The more cost-effective alternative and the one utilized at DeSoto (and by Lee County) is purchasing a rubberized overlay that tops an asphalt base. We did look at the cost of what we have now and the full blown rubber, said Paul Samuels, chairman. I dont know if we looked at the overlay. Added facilities director Rob Krahl: The rubberized portion did not fit in the budget. However, a specialized foundation needed to support rubberizing the track was laid during the project, Krahl added. Examining the possibility of rubberizing the track at Wildcat Stadium has received some support from the School Board with both Samuels and vice-chair Garry McWhorter voicing support. While school officials research financial feasibility, the threat of injuries to local studentathletes remains very real. We literally have to ice bath legs every other day after workout on asphalt, said Rod Smith, head coach of the Lady Wildcat track team. Time For The Rubber To Hit The Track? 6:28c 6:28c I'm getting too old for this. All my friends die off, and I have to make new ones. These new ones went to college and listened to liberal professors. It takes me one presidential elec tion and an off year to clean up their minds. Then it is training a new batch of friends every three years. I am almost 82. Not a whole lot of time left. One friend died recently at age 46. I am having to work in overdrive to train some new mediocre friends. Pickings are scarce. There's not a lot of us left to fight God's battles. I suppose that is why I am still here. God can move mountains, but He gave me a shovel. I was stopped one time by the ATF agents. It looked like an ATF training school there were so many. First, a state trooper pulled me over. I suppose it was a pre-arranged spot, just before sundown. I had a pickup and an open trailer full of clear jugs with my initials "P" on each. They were convinced I was a moonshiner, but they got a state trooper to check for traffic violations, then they swarmed like a hive of migrat ing bees. Every jug was opened and sniffed like a dog's rear-end. Nothing. I was going fishing for two days and three nights, and they were making daylight fly away. I still had to tie hooks and half mile of line to these jugs. Just as I arrived at the spot I had told them I was going, a wildlife officer had to check my license. I liked that because he left so I could fire off one good M80 for a good night of fish frying, had some left over. I like cold fish for breakfast (not so much on cold hush puppies). By midnight I had two half-mile strings out, and I guessed I overfished that sec tion of river. For months people said every catfish caught was a throw-back. Fishing trips are fun and most of the time relaxing, but catching is a lot better than just fishing. I was watching TV once, and they ran a story I was familiar with. This small town police force was in need of more officers, but the council said they could not afford to hire the three men they needed. The chief settled for just the one. He then went to the big city a few miles away and visited a couple of large men's clothing stores. He explained his situation and told of the so lution he had. They each gave him two of their old mannequins. The chief took them back home and placed them in old excess police cars not yet disposed of. He then dressed the man nequins in police uniforms and placed them in high-crime areas at night. With the help of a friend he rigged the blue lights to flash occasionally when vehicles were approaching at ex cess speeds. The dummies worked so well he charged them off to his petty cash fund. Some of the council took notice of the good results and authorized the hiring of two more officers with stipulations the dummies remain as an active part of the force. Other departments adopted this method using dummies and milk jugs as the heads. I talked to a friend of mine where they still use Officer Jughead on occasions where they are needed. As Seen From This SideBy Jerry Gray Wolf PhillipsWauchula SOMEONE DOES CARERUNAWAY HOTLINE1-800-621-4000 B2 The Herald-Advocate, June 28, 2018 PUBLIC NOTICE The Office of Hardee County Emergency Management has scheduled a Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) meeting on July 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., located at Emer gency Operations Center, 404 West Orange Street, Wauchula, FL 33873. The purpose of a local mitigation strategy is to reduce the human, environmental, and economic costs of disasters. Mitigation is any action taken to permanently reduce or eliminate long-term risks to people and their property from the effects of disasters. The goal of the LMS meeting will be to identify specific steps to be taken to reduce the impacts of various nat ural hazards, the timing of those steps, potential funding sources, their priority within the community, and the en tities responsible for implementing each of them. Please come participate in this informative and impor tant public meeting. 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6:28c CUB SCOUTS HONOREDPHOTO BY JIM KELLYCub Scout Pack 875 of Bowling Green was honored on Friday, May 25, at Bowling Green Elementary School. The troop met at the school after the local Methodist Church closed months ago. From left are Cub Master Rebeca Ibarra, Boy Scout Antonio Miguel Ibarra, and Cub Scouts Abraham Garcia and Hilario Ramirez Garcia. Scouting is for boys and girls in grades K-12. For more information call 863-6083855or go to rebeca.ibarra34@gmail.com. BRAG TAGSCOURTESY PHOTOSkye Richardson, 8, is the first to complete the Summer Reading Challenge at the Hardee County Public Library. The Reading Challenge is a list of books, by category, that must be read to earn "Brag Tags. In Skyes case, she read 20 books to complete her chal lenge. Skye is the daughter of Laura and Marty Richardson. She attends Hilltop Elementary School. Alligators become more active during warmer months, and its not uncommon to see them regularly throughout the state during the summertime. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission urges you to call its toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at (866) FWC-Gator, which is 392-4286. The FWC places the highest priority on public safety, said Eric Sutton, FWCs executive director. When someone calls our Nuisance Alligator Hotline to report an alligator they believe poses a threat, we dispatch one of our contracted nuisance alligator trappers to resolve the situation. Although alligator bite incidents resulting in serious in jury are rare in Florida, the FWC recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida and can be found anywhere there is stand ing water. Reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators by swimming only in designated areas during daylight hours. Also, keep pets on a leash and away from the water. Because alligators control their body temperature by basking in the sun, they may be easily spotted, but the FWC urges people to keep their dis tance if they see one. And, the FWC warns, never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal. You can learn more about al ligators and how to safely live around them by visiting the FWCs website at MyFWC.com/Alligator.FWC: Alligator Activity Accelerates In Summer FWC PHOTOAlligators are a common sight in Hardee County. They are more active now; use caution around them, and never feed them. Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue One of the most recognized symbols of the Fourth of July celebration is the American flag. It began with 13 stars, and today 50 stars are displayed to represent the number of states now in the union. This number has grown along with the United States. Alternating in red and white, the 13 stripes also represent the 13 original colonies that joined together to declare their independence from Britain. Originally, the colors red, white and blue had neither spe cific meaning nor representa tion when the flag was adopted in 1777. However, the colors in the Great Seal of the United States did have specific mean ings. Charles Thompson, secre tary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Con gress on the seal, stated: "The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies pu rity and innocence; Red, hardi ness and valor; and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signi fies vigilance, perseverance and justice." July 4th, also known as Inde pendence Day, has a fascinat ing history as well. "No taxation without repre sentation!" That was the battle cry of the 13 colonies in Amer ica that were forced to pay taxes to England's King George III with no voice in Parliament. As dissatisfaction grew, British troops were dispatched to quell any signs of rebellion, and re peated attempts by the colonists to resolve the crisis without war proved fruitless. On June 11, 1776, the colonies' Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadel phia formed a committee to draft a document that would formally sever ties with Great Britain. The committee in cluded Thomas Jefferson, Ben jamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. Jefferson, who was considered the strongest and most eloquent writer, crafted the document. (Nevertheless, a total of 86 changes were made to his draft.) The Continental Congress officially adopted the final version on July 4. The following day, copies of the Declaration of Independ ence were distributed, and on July 6, The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to print the extraor dinary document. The Declaration of Independence has since become our nation's most cher ished symbol of liberty. On July 8, 1776, the first public readings of the Declaration were held in Philadelphia's Independence Square to the ring ing of bells and band music. One year later, on July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independ ence Day by adjourning Con gress and celebrating with bonfires, bells and fireworks. The custom eventually spread to other towns, both large and small, where the day was marked with processions, ora tory, picnics, contests, games, military displays and fire works. Observations through out the nation became even more common at the end of the War of 1812 with Great Britain. Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870, and in 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a holiday, but with full pay for federal em ployees. Today, communities across the nation mark this major summer holiday with parades, firework displays, picnics, and the playing of the "The StarSpangled Banner" and marches by John Philip Sousa while waving the American flag. This delicious Flag Day Watermelon Feta Salad will be an edible reminder of the flag we all hold dear, and a beautiful centerpiece for your Independ ence Day holiday celebration! FLAG DAY WATERMELON FETA SALAD Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel 1 teaspoon sugar, agave syrup or stevia 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/3 cup olive oil 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion Salad: 6 cups fresh arugula (about 5 ounces) 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries 5 cups cubed seedless water melon 1 package (8 ounces) feta cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1. For vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk the first six ingredients; gradually whisk in oil until blended. Stir in onion and set aside. 2. In a large bowl, lightly toss arugula with 1/4 cup vinai grette. Arrange evenly in a 13by-9-inch shallow pan or a large platter with rimmed sides. 3. Arrange the ingredients to create an edible flag as follows: For stars, place blueberries over arugula at the top left cor ner. For stripes, arrange water melon and cheese in alternating rows. 4. Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette. Serve immedi ately.Serves 10 to 12. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children's au thor, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is "The Kitchen Diva's Diabetic Cookbook." Her website is www.divapro.com. To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Face book. Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis KitchenDivaBy Angela Shelf Medearis June 28, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B3

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T HE C LASSIFIEDS ABOUT ... ClassifiedsDEADLINE ....Tuesday noon RATES ..........Minimum of $5.00 for up to 10 words. Each additional word is 25. Ads in all capitals are 35 per word. Headlines are $2 a line. Blind ad box numbers are $5 extra. BILLING ........Ads must be pre-paid. 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 PROGRAM SPECIALIST, PANTHER YOUTH PARTNERS (HARDEE CAMPUS)A full-time, year-round, grant-funded position responsible for serving as Program Specialist of the In-School/Out-ofSchool Panther Youth Partners Program conducted by SFSC for Career Source Heartland. Associate degree required. (Extensive related experience may substitute for degree requirement). Minimum of two years' experience in a similar program required. Must maintain credentialing guidelines established by Workforce Florida, Inc. and Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity for front-line Career Source Heartland staff providers. Travel within district required. starting salary: $32,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package, including retirement, health/life insurance, and vacation/sick leave. Application deadline: July 8, 2018. Please visit http://sfsc.interviewexchange.com for job posting and application.SFSC IS AN EQUAL ACCESS/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTION cl6:28,7:5c 600 West College Drive Avon Park, FL 33825 (863) 784-7132 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 F Advantage Realty #1 Marcus Steven Lambert P.A. "Mark"Realtor Broker Associate 743 US 27 S. Sebring, FL 33872 Cell: 863-832-0401 Office: 863-386-0303 Fax: 1-863-386-1112 Email: mark33862@gmail.com Listings: www.advantagehighlands.com Rentals: www.advantagehighlands.net cl5:10tfc Land Specialist Agricultural Commercial Residential Sales Maintenance Manager Needed Knowledge of building codes and safety regulations Healthcare experience desirable Responsible for general repairs (i.e. water heaters, generators, kitchen equipment, electrical and plumbing) Come Join Our Team! 401 Orange Place Wauchula, Florida 33873(863) 773-3231www.HardeeManorHealthcare.com cl6:21,28c4/3 CB home on 1st Ave in Wauchula$179,000 3/2 home off SR 62 on 2.5 ac, outbuildings$299,000 Pool home, horse barn, creek on 16 ac$425,000 2/1 CB home on Turner Ave in Wauchula$99,000 20 ac Hollandtown Rd, 2 wells$160,000 Residential corner lot .6 ac on SR 64$22,000 198 ac hunting, fishing, grazing$3,500/ac 150 ac, well, triple rd frontage$1,500,000 Residential lot on Lake Byrd in Avon Park$50,000 9.71 ac, fencing, well in Wauchula$120,000 5 ac Deer Run in Zolfo Springs$25,000 .5 ac lot in Briarwood Sub in Wauchula$29,000 SANDY LARRISON, Broker/Owner212 W Main Street, Wauchula 33873 863-767-0565 office/863-832-0130 cellwww.AshbrookRealty.comJohn Freeman 863-781-4084 Rhoda McCoy-Niesz 863-245-0753 Brook Larrison 863-832-0565 Donna Steffens 863-781-3627 Jennifer Hoke 813-215-2915 James Stallings 863-412-4379 Ken Sanders 863-781-0153 Kevin Sanders 863-368-1926 cl6:28c YOURTIREHEADQUARTERS 5101 N. Hwy 17 Bowling Green 375-4461New Tire Changer & Balancer Can Do 26 WheelsMONDAYSATURDAY8 am6 pm BOWLING GREEN QUICK LUBE& AUTO REPAIR Foreign and Domestic Cars Diesel Engines Gas or Diesel Manual or Automatic Transmissions TERRYMIKE Licensed and Insured Reg.# MV-40625 cl6:21tfcBryan Land Services LLCExcavating Grading Land Clearing863-263-8250Ona, FL cl6:7-28p Hills Auto World Dan 735-01 883505 US HWY17 S ZOLFOSPRINGS375-4441 4205 US HWY17 N BOWLINGGREEN cl5:10tfc Sandra Jimmy GENERAL MAINTENANCE MECHANICPAY RATE: $28,128.45 ($13.52/hr.) $38,775.38 ($18.64/hr.)Wanted for the Hardee County Facilities Department. Responsible for general and specialized tasks in the construction, renovation, modification, installation and repair of buildings, equipment, apparatus and facilities. This is skilled maintenance and construction work in various trades. Two (2) years experience in building/repair in one or more trades. Must have a High School Diploma or GED. May be required to possess a valid FloridaClass B Commercial Driver's license. Complete job description and Application forms posted on County website @ www.hardeecounty.net Applica tions accepted in the Human Resources Department @ 205 Hanchey Road, Wauchula, FL 33873, Phone: (863) 773-2161. Position is open until filled. Excellent Benefits including State Retirement. EOEF/M/V. cl6:21,28c THE PALMS 701 La Playa Drive, Wauchula(863) 773-3809 TDD 800-955-8771 Equal Housing Opportunity Employer & Provider Spacious 2, 3 & 4 BR Garden Apts. Rental rates starting at $537 plus utilities Rental Office Hours cl6:7-28c Monday Friday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM ROBERTS Light Medium Heavy TowingLow Boy ServicesLOCKOUTS TIRE CHANGES LICENSED AND INSUREDROBERTS TOWING375-4068 or 781-8195 24 Hourscl6:7-28cFREE ESTIMATES By Hour or ContractH. KIKER Tree Surgery 40 Years Full Time Service INSURED863-453-4942 863-453-4272 Cell: 863-664-9091 Tree Trimming Tree Removal Stump Grinding3601 E. Ramsey Way Avon Park, FL 33825cl5:4tfcCNA/NURSES ALL SHIFTS SIGN-ON Bonus! NEW Shift Differential Pay/ Weekend Differential Pay Apply online at www.palmsofsebring.com cl6:28-7:5cHARDEECARCOMPANY(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 cl5:25tfcNOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE2003 VW VIN: 3VWSK69M33M102337 8:00 A.M. July 13, 2018 ROBERTSTOWING377 Old Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green, FL 33834 cl6:28c DIESEL INJECTION REPAIR Pumps, turbos and injectors. Removal and instillation avail able. 863-381-0538. 2:8-1:17p SOUTH FLORIDA STATE College STAFF ASSISTANT II, HARDEE CAMPUS (PT) Typical work schedule: Monday Thursday, 4-9:30 p.m. Applica tion deadline: 7/22/18. For re quirements and to apply visit http://sfsc.interviewexchange.co m. 863-784-7132. EA/EO/VET ERANS PREF. 6:21-7:19c MECHANICAL ASSEMBLY MonFri 8:30am to 5:00pm. Must have experience and use hand tools and small power tools. Work manship and quality work very important. Must have high school diploma or equivalent and have a valid drivers license. Speak, read and write in English. Some phone technical support. Call Diane 863-767-0155 for appointment 6:21-7:19p FRONT END RECEPTIONIST part to full time front desk, an swer phone, file, busy office, lots of paper work. Fax Resume to 863-773-6193. Bilingual preferred 6:21,28c GENERAL OFFICE & CLERICAL worker, 40 hrs week, $8.50 hr., customer service is a priority, and this position is the first point of contact for visitors. Call Pio neer Creek RV Resort to set up an interview, 863-375-4343. 6:14-7:19c Help Wanted Agriculture LOOKING FOR CERTIFIED CNA & CPR instructors. Need by August 1st. 863-529-9783. 6:14-7:12p HIRING TRUCK DRIVERS, CDL Class A, laborers 18 or older. M-F, 8-5, mill production man ager, mechanic skills required. 863-735-1361, Florida Fence Post Company, 5251 SR64, Ona. 6:7tfc 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 HAVE YOU LOST A PET? Con tact animal control in Bowling Green at 863-375-2255 to see if we have your cat or dog. We also have pets for adoption. 4:16dh/tfc ADOPT A PET! If you have lost a pet or are looking for a new one, the City of Wauchula invites you to come and see if you can find the pet youre looking for. The Wauchula Animal Control is lo cated at 685 Airport Road. Please call 863-773-3265 for more information. tfc-dh Pets Lost/Found Help Wanted 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: 2310 sq. ft., 111-113 building on North 7th Ave., Wauchula. Can be used as one office/store or three, 863-7735717 or 863-781-1105. 6:14-7:5c 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 Rentals Real Estate Pets COMMERCIAL, BEER STORE, dance hall, offices, restaurants, store front, houses, junk yard, 863-773-6616, 863-445-0915. 6:7-7:5p COMPLETE LAWN & TREE Serv ice. James Moore, 786-6629104. 6:14-7:5nc 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 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 Services Rentals B4 The Herald-Advocate, June 28, 2018

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T HE C LASSIFIEDS 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.comcl6:28c 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 $65,000 RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN ARCADIA--THIS PROPERTY IS ZONED R-3 AND IS READY FOR DEVELOPMENT. PEACE, TRANQUILITY, JUST A WEEKEND GET-A-WAY OR FULL TIME RETREAT--WHATEVER YOUR DREAMS DESIRE, YOU WILL FIND IT HERE. This 20 acre property in Arcadia is gorgeous and is like your own picturesque private nature preserve with its oak hammocks and private drive as you enter your place of paradise. The two cabins each have 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. PERFECT PROPERTY IN ARCADIA FOR YOUR RANCH OR DREAM HOME. This 22 +/acres is fenced, cleared yet close to town. $49,000 $219,000 207,000 With the closing of Joe L. Davis Real Estate, I have re located to Ashbrook Realty, bringing with me 34 years of experience, gratitude, enthusiasm and excitement.Your Realtor,Ken Sanders (863) 781-0153 Kennyyourrealtor@yahoo.com cl6:28c G III Harvesting is hiring 44 farmworkers to cultivate and harvest vegetable crops in Jackson County, AL for a temporary period starting on 07/25/2018 and ending on 10/31/2018. The wages offered are the highest of $10.95/hr. or applicable piece rates. Three (3) months verifiable experience harvesting vegetables is required. This job requires prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Job is outdoors and continues in all types of weather. Workers may be re quested to submit to random drug or alcohol tests at no cost to the worker. Drug testing and background checks may occur during the interview process and will be conducted at the sole expense and discretion of the employer. Workers must be able to lift and carry 70lbs. repetitively throughout the workday. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be provided at no cost to worker. Housing will be available for workers who cannot reasonably return home after each working day. Transportation and meal expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: AL2436135. cl6:28p74 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in flue-cured tobacco and sweet potatoes in Wilson County, North Carolina, for Oasis Harvesting, Inc. with work beginning on or about 08/11/2018 and ending on or about 11/23/2018. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minimum 1 month verifiable work experience in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour, and piece rate may be offered. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center Wilson County, 302 Tarboro St. Wilson, NC 27893 (252) 234-1129, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #NC10885729. EOE. H-300-18164-769708. cl6:28c 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. We can offer you multiple company options that may result in a multi-line discount.cl6:28c Justin Smith MAKE AN OFFER! VERY MOTI VATED SELLER! 40 acres Presently used for farming & has a well. $360,000 5 acres with a pond. Currently fenced & being used for cattle. $65,500 6,000+ SF metal building. Located on southbound US Hwy 17. Corner lot with paved parking. Asking $275,000 15 acres with 2 mobile homes Located in Ft Green Asking $800,000 Two 4.7+ ac parcels located in Lorida. One includes a 30x50 building and water holes. Call John Oneal for more infor mation. 1.19 ac metal warehouse with an office. 9,600 total square feet. Zoned A-1. Shallow well. $130,000 5.43 ac vacant land in town on Florida Avenue South. Zoned C-1. $320,000 206 North 6th Avenue, Wauchula, FL 33873 Office (863)773-0060 Evening (863)781-1338 www.jimseerealty.com James V. See, Jr., BrokerRealtor 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 cl6:28c THE WAUCHULA LIONS CLUB collects NOT broken prescrip tion eyeglasses, cases and sunglasses. Please drop off at 735 N. 6th Ave. tfc-dh DO YOU HAVE a problem with drugs? Narcotics Anonymous meets Monday, Thursday and Friday night 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, at the corner of Palmetto and 7th Ave., Wauchula. tfc-dh IS ALCOHOL CAUSING a prob lem? Call Alcoholics Anony mous in Hardee county at 863-781-6414. Several weekly meetings. tfc-dh 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 I WOULD LIKE TO live on agri culture land, security employ ment for housing furnished, Orin (863) 424-5831 6:28,7:5p Wanted Services SATURDAY (WEATHER permitting) 8am-?, 3469 VA Lane, off N. Hollandtown Rd., Wauchula. Teaching resources for primary, DVDs, clothes, toys, games, golf clubs and more! 6:28p LATEST DELIVERY OF Furniture is great. Check it out, especially mirrors, pictures, dining tables, etc. Hannahs Hope Chest. Open M, T, Th, F, 9-4, 226 West Main St. 6:7-28c Yard SalesWant to sell, rent or hire?CLASSIFIEDS DEADLINE IS TUESDAY AT NOON Not working right now? Dont like where you are? Give PACER a try. You can join and go far!(Our entire plant is AIR CONDITIONED!) www.pacergroup.net Apply IN PERSON at 2515 Commerce Court Bowling Green, FLEEO Drug-Free Workplace WE ARE HIRING Assembly & Production Inventory & Receiving (Sales) Account Reps cl6:28,7:5c NEED HELP TO QUIT? CALL THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE HOTLINE1 (800) 662 4357 June 28, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B5

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–H ARDEE L IVING – soc6:28c Get your junk to the curb and it will disappear compliments of the City of Bowling Green Wednesday July 11, 2018 Residential Only No Paint, Chemicals or Other Hazardous Materials 2 Tire Limit Per Address soc6:21-7:5c Ultimate Hair & Nail Design 107 S. 9th Ave. • Wauchula 9am to 5:30pm 863-832-3300 soc6:21,28p COURTESY PHOTO Highlands Hammock State Park’s narrated tram tour ofthe park and restricted areas where visitors may ob serve alligators, water birds, butterflies and otherwildlife will run at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.The tour takes about one hour and 15 minutes. Thetram departs from the picnic area, runs through thehammock, pauses on a bridge in a cypress swamp,and continues through pine flatwoods before runningdown the South Canal wetland. Tickets are sold onlyat the Hammock Inn Concession, open Thursdays-Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information,call the Sebring-area park at (863) 402-0061. TRAM TOURS In keeping with time-hon ored tradition, 35 graduates ofSouth Florida State College’sAssociate Degree in Nursingprogram received RegisteredNurse pins from parents, sib lings, spouses, children andfriends in a ceremony on June18. Nine members of the gradu ating class are from HardeeCounty. Pinning ceremonies recog nize nursing graduates for theiraccomplishments, reiteratetheir responsibilities as health-care providers and officiallywelcome them into the nursingprofession. The Hardee graduates are Jovana Calderon, StephanieEsquivel, Dalton Hammon,Yesenia Lozano, Dennis Mejia, Crystal Morales,Karissa Rivers, Maria Suarezand Savannah Taylor. Keynote speaker Tracy Lethbridge, the lab and clinicalcoordinator of SFSC’s nursingeducation program, talkedabout the importance of familyto the success of a nursing ca reer. As a young nursing stu dent, Lethbridge had theunique experience of complet ing SFSC’s program with hercompetitive mother, who mo tived her to challenge herselfand succeed. Once she began working as a nurse and an educator, Leth bridge came to rely on her ex tended “family of choice” asshe experienced the joys andheartbreaks of a profession“that wants more of us than we sometimes have to give.” “We’re nurses,” Lethbridge said. “We’ll work throughlunches, bathroom breaks,weekends, holidays, birthdays,anniversaries, and our ownmental and physical exhaus tion. Sometimes we do havemore to give, and we can dothis because we are not alone.We are surrounded by a familywho empowers us, who sharestheir energy with us, who loveus.” Class President Patrick Carey III used his parting re marks to remind his peers ofthe value they bring to nursing.“We’re all entering this profes sion for different reasons,” hesaid. “As much as we want tobe nurses, nursing needs us inreturn. Nursing needs caringsouls, different perspectives,and critically thinking minds. Iknow each and every one ofyou has these qualities to offerand will use them to accepthead-on the awesome respon sibility of which we will nowbe entrusted.” Graduates committed them selves to upholding the ethicsof nursing by reciting theNightingale Pledge, a modi fied version of the HippocraticOath, in which they vowed to“maintain and elevate the stan dards of my profession,” “aidthe physician in his work” and“devote myself to the welfareof those committed to mycare.” Created in 1893, the pledge bears the name of FlorenceNightingale, an English warnurse and social reformerwhose advocacy for nursingeducation, ethics and hygienecaused her to become “thefounder of modern nursing.” Having earned Associate de grees, these graduates arequalified to take the NationalCouncil for Licensure Examfor Registered Nurses andapply for RN licenses from theFlorida Board of Nursing. Pinning Ceremony Honors Nursing Grads COURTESY PHOTOS Jesse Reyes presented a Registered Nurse pin to hiswife, Jovana Calderon, who recently earned her Asso ciate Degree in Nursing from South Florida State Col lege. Kimberly Gray presented an RN pin to her sister,Karissa Rivers, during a traditional pinning ceremonyheld on South Florida State College’s campus in Avon Park. Maranatha Baptist Church will host the monthly meetingof the Heartland Youth Fellow ship tomorrow (Friday) from 7to 9 p.m. All area youth enter ing grades 7 through 12 are in vited to attend. There will be lots of fun, food and fellowship followedby a challenging Bible mes sage delivered by a youngBible-college student evangel ist. The event is free. Heartland Youth Fel lowship is a group of inde pendent Baptist churcheslocated in Hardee, DeSoto,Highlands and Okeechobeecounties. Maranatha BaptistChurch is at 2465 OxendineRoad, off Steve Roberts Spe cial east of Zolfo Springs. –––––– Oak Grove Baptist Church will host its Vacation BibleSchool from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.July 15-20. Children 4 years old through fifth grade are invited to attendthis free event, which includesa full meal each night. Themeis “Shipwrecked: Rescued ByJesus.” The church is located at 4350 W. Main St. in Wauchula. –––––– The deadline for Church Newssubmissions is Thursday at 5for the next edition. Church News Roundup ESE Department Hosts Meeting The Exceptional Student Education Department ofthe Hardee County SchoolDistrict will hold a planningmeeting today (Thursday)at 3 p.m. to discuss 2018-19 applications for the Indi viduals with DisabilitiesEducation Act. The meeting will be held at the ESE office at 200 S.Florida Ave. in Wauchula.Interested agencies andparents are welcome to at tend. 1. GENERAL KNOWL EDGE: How many missions did the space shuttles fly dur ing the history of the spaceprogram? 2. SCIENCE: What is an example of sublimation? 3. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Belgium? 4. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What does the word "hip popotamus" mean? 5. MUSIC: How many valves does a trumpet have? 6. MYTHOLOGY: What is the name of the Greek god dess of agriculture? 7. FIRSTS: Who was the first African-American womanto travel in space? 8. MOVIES: In which "Star Wars" film did theEwoks first appear? ANSWERS 1. 1352. Dry ice (sublimation is the transition of a solid to a gaswithout going through the liq uid stage) 3. Brussels4. River horse5. Three6. Demeter7. Mae Jemison8. "Return of the Jedi" (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE 1 (800) 500-1119 B6 The Herald-Advocate, June 28, 2018

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–H ARDEE L IVING – 4-year-olds through 5th Grade Includes a full meal each night for children. O AK G ROVE Baptist Church 4350 W. Main St. Wauchula Fl 33873 Free soc6:28c L EGAL H OLIDAY N OTICE We will be closed W EDNESDAY JUL Y 4 TH Please transact your business with us with that in mind. soc6:28c Greetings from Fort Green!I always type the news on the Sunday before the papercomes out on Thursday, sotoday is June 24 and this wasmy late husband Kay’s birth day. If he had not taken hisfinal journey he would haveturned 88 today! The 25th ishis brother Todd’s birthday.So, birthday wishes are sent toTodd. There have been too many final journeys in the past week.My sincere sympathy is ex tended to the family of LoisTomlinson. She was 97 andlived a good long life, but youare never ready for their depar ture. She was Patsy Bostick’smother. Also, sympathy is extended to the family of Gertrude Shu mard, who turned 99 on June3. She had lived in Resthavenfor some time but used to workat Hardee Memorial when Idid back in the ‘70s. She couldmake the best bread puddingwith a delicious topping that Ihave ever eaten. I knew her personally but did not know Mrs. Tomlinson.Both of these families got toenjoy their mothers for a longtime. Mine had a stroke whenshe was 78, and was paralyzed,tube-fed, and could not talk.That is a bad existence. Sympathy also is extended to the family of Sherry May.She was not very old and madeher final journey last Saturday.One time Wauchula StateBank had a contest among allthe car salesmen to see whocould put the most deals at thebank during a certain time. Thefirstand second-place win ners got a trip to New Orleans,flying out and motel and otherbenefits. Well, Kay and Warren won, so I got to know Sherry betterbut knew her way back whenshe was married to NelsonSmith. She will be missed asshe was about a fixture at theautomobile dealership work ing in the accounting for aslong as I can remember. The last one that I knew was Kenneth Wingate and we justwent to church together longago at First Christian when itwas across the street from theChevrolet place. I actually knew his parents, Jewel andRae, better. Kenneth was just aboy but always polite to usolder folks. Helen Albritton is finally coming home Sunday after noon. She said she is still hav ing difficulty but can getaround with her walker. I un derstand that Mary Samuels isthrough with her radiation.Jack Eason is back in the Or lando hospital. Edith Bassett isback in the hospital in Ten nessee. Sherry Smith hurt herfoot and is in a heavy boot.Kelli Weems Youmans is suf fering from the same problemthat her dad, Keith, had. Pleasepray for these. Joe Gicker was in South Carolina due to the death of hisbrother. We are sorry for hisloss. On a happy note, Sam and Arden Rawls celebrated 59years of wedded bliss Monday,June 25. Congratulations tothem. Paige Danner, a member of our church but moved upNorth a few years ago, wasback last Sunday visiting theWesley and Sherry Smith fam ily. She is one cute young girl,and has grown taller than me. I am on the Cloverleaf Foundation but missed somemeetings and was not awareElizabeth Weeks and, I be lieve, Jolley Pledger won 4-Hscholarships. This is a greathonor and I am happy for bothof them. Kaylee Hogenauer and her mother, Avie Eures, were visi tors to Washington State lastweek to visit family. Kayleehad planned on going by her self and had gotten her ticketand all nine yards but at thelast minute Avie decided to go.She said her ticket cost more toget to sit by her daughter but itwas worth it. I personally was glad she decided to go as I thoughtKaylee was too young to flyby herself, but I told myself Irode the bus by myself whenher age Still, it seems like fly ing is more dangerous! Theyhad a super time, riding on aferry, going up in the SpaceNeedle and many other funthings for them. Now I wouldnot have thought the SpaceNeedle anything but torture! Most people do not read the Public Notice information inthe paper. In case you did not,there is a meeting at theCounty Commission office at9 a.m. on July 5 to discuss im posing a 6-cent additional taxcharge to the fuel anyone pur chases in Hardee County. Youneed to come and at least letthem know your opinion,whether or not you want to paymore for gas or keep it thesame. Chrysta Chancey had a lot of company this past weekend,as they flew in from far andnear to attend the 100th birth day party for B.J. Norris. MikeRouse said Mr. B.J. told himhe wanted a ride on his motor cycle for his birthday. Mikewas driving on some of theback streets and Mr. B.J. toldhim he wanted to go downMain Street, so Mike obligedhim. He had a good time butsaid he was not planning his200th party! We sincerely thank John Burdeshaw for mowingaround the sign at theMethodist Cemetery. He keepsthat area looking great. Sher man usually mows the outsideof the fence but he mowed theinside last week or so. Hismower for the outside wasunder the weather, in otherwords, broke! It is fixed nowso as soon as he catches uphere, he will mow again. Justbear with it now! Drew and Ashley Keene had a real nice housewarmingparty last Sunday afternoon. Remember to pray for each other and our nation. Fort Green News By Rilla Cooper 773-6710 PHOTO BY JIM KELLY Jonathan Torres, regional director for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, spoke to the HardeeRotary Club on Wednesday, May 23, at the Java Cafe. He represents nine countiesincluding Hardee, and his office is in Tampa. He said if you need help regardingSocial Security, the Veterans Administration or other federal matters, call 813-853-1099. From left are Sue Birge, Jonathan Torres, and club president Olivia Minshew. NEED FEDERAL HELP? PHOTOBY JIM KELLY Lt. Col. Stephen McDaniel, who heads up the Hardee High School Junior ROTCprogram, spoke to the Hardee Rotary Club on Wednesday, June 13, at the JavaCafe. The program is affiliated with the U.S. Air Force. There are about 150 membersin grades 9 to 12. There are three aspects: academic, which this coming year willfeature the science of flight and communications; community service, with about2,300 hours of service performed by the cadets; and education which teachesabout books, life skills, leadership, and discipline. From left are Rotary PresidentOlivia Minshew, Stephen McDaniel, and Sue Birge. HHS JR. ROTC REPORT Carlton Care ChiropracticC C h h i i r r o o p p r r a a c c t t i i c c • • L L a a s s e e r r M M u u s s c c u u l l a a r r T T h h e e r r a a p p y y • • D D i i g g i i t t a a l l X X R R a a y yI Can Help!Medicare & Most Insurance AcceptedCall Today To Schedule Your Appointment863-473-4732105 South 9th Av. • Wauchula, FL 33873 Dr. Maria Carlton, DCsoc6:28cDear Editor: Roxie Bentley regrets leaving out this story as she related her life with her fam ily when they lived on Frampton Hill inPocotaligo, S.C. She had an Uncle NeilJeffrey who worked for Holsum Bakeryin south Miami, Fla. Uncle Neil had an older brother Carl who had never visited their sister OliveJeffrey Bentley who resided in Pocotal igo, S.C., and wanted to visit her and herfamily. So Uncle Neil told him since hewas working, for Uncle Carl to takeUncle Neil's wife up to visit our family. When Uncle Carl and his sister-in-law Aunt Thelma arrived, Mama cooked adelicious farm supper for everyone. Sheprepared a huge amount of buttermilkbiscuits and left them in the oven for me to "keep my eyes on" until she and AuntThelma went from our home to get some thing else for supper. I got busy doing something else. All of a sudden "yours truly" smelled somethingburning..."Uh-o! What am I going to do?"I am going to have to make some morebiscuits. I've never made biscuits, haven'tlearned how yet. I thought, "Boy, I'm re ally going to get a 'real tanning' where Idon't want it." I got out Mama's little Red Humphrey's Cookbook and found the recipe for mak ing biscuits. I went exactly by the directions, mixed everything just right, dusted my handswith flour the way I had seen Mama do,picked up a wad of dough, rolled it up ina ball just like I had seen Mama do. It always came out perfectly the way she did it, but mine just rolled out in a"sticky mess." I tried and kept on trying.It just got (as children would say) "stick yer." Well, I knew I had to do something or I would not be able to sit for some time.So I just made my dough a little more"soupy" and poured it in the biscuit panand baked it. It turned out beautifully. From then on instead of having biscuits Mama did it "my way." We would just"break off" however much we wanted. The biscuits may not have been the way they should have been, but my"fanny" was saved. Thanks to the Lord! Roxie Bentley Wauchula Letter To The Editor What Happened After I Burned Mama's Biscuits Don’t Be Left Out! HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM June 28, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B7

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H ARDEE L IVING Starting Monday, July 2 Until Further NoticeMonday & Tuesday 6 am 2 pm Wednesday Saturday 6 am 8 pm Sunday 7 am 2 pmE E n n j j o o y y a a s s a a f f e e & & J J e e s s u u s s f f i i l l l l e e d d S S u u m m m m e e r r ! We will be openJuly 4th 6 am-2 pmP P i i o o n n e e e e r r R R e e s s t t a a u u r r a a n n t t 2902 US Hwy 17 S. Zolfo Springs, FL (Corner of 17 & SR64) 735-0726 soc6:28c PHOTO BY JIM KELLYOn Wednesday, May 9, at the Java Cafe the Hardee Rotary Club welcomed new members Yolanda Esquivel and Kramer Royal. She is an independent insurance agent, selling for Lincoln Heritage and Columbian Life Insurance Company. Kramer recently graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in risk management and insurance. He is employed with Albritton Insurance Company and lives in Tallahassee. From left are Sue Birge, Yolanda Esquivel, Kramer Royal, Tanya Royal, and club president Olivia Minshew. 2 NEW ROTARY MEMBERS PHOTO BY JIM KELLYHardee County ranks next to last among Florida's 67 counties in adults ages 25 to 64 who have a high quality education degree or job credential, Pauline Brown told the Hardee Rotary Club on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Java Cafe. In 2015 only 12.8 percent of Hardee residents had an associate's degree or higher. In 2011 the per centage was 13.1. Brown is program coordinator for Drug Free Hardee. She said the Hardee High School graduation rate is 72.8 percent, compared with a statewide average of 82 percent. In 2015 the percentage of Florida residents who had a high quality education degree was 39.9, compared with 37.9 in 2011, said Brown. The Local College Access Networks reports the average wages for workers by educa tion/training level are $21,277, less than high school; $25,284 for high school diploma; $31,751 for vocational certificate; $53,347 for associate's degree; $48,402 for bachelor's degree; and $83,801 for master's degree or higher. Brown added that 46.9 percent of Florida adults have either a two-year degree or higher or a work force-relevant certificate. From left are Katrina Blandin, Brown, club president Olivia Minshew, and new Rotary member Nickie Eason. HARDEE EMPLOYMENT FILE Fort Meade, Florida 205 N. Charleston(863) 773-2530 (863) 285-8131VISITUS24 HOURSA DAYATwww.directchevy.com NEW 2017 CHEVROLETCRUZ LTAuto, Air, PW/PLStk.#H161$17,995 NEW 2018 CHEVROLETCOLORADOEXT. 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Moon Data Rise: 8:55 PM Set: 6:55 AM Overhead: 1:32 AM Underfoot: 1:56 PM Moon Phase 100% FULL MOON Major Times 1:32 AM 3:32 AM 1:56 PM 3:56 PM Minor Times 6:55 AM 7:55 AM 8:55 PM 9:55 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Best Time Zone UTC: -46/29/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:34 AM Set: 8:26 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 52 mins. Moon Data Rise: 9:41 PM Set: 7:44 AM Overhead: 2:20 AM Underfoot: 2:44 PM Moon Phase 98% Waning Gibbous Major Times 2:20 AM 4:20 AM 2:44 PM 4:44 PM Minor Times 7:44 AM 8:44 AM 9:41 PM 10:41 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Better Time Zone UTC: -4 6/30/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:34 AM Set: 8:26 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 52 mins. Moon Data Rise: 10:23 PM Set: 8:35 AM Overhead: 3:08 AM Underfoot: 3:31 PM Moon Phase 95% Waning Gibbous Major Times 3:08 AM 5:08 AM 3:31 PM 5:31 PM Minor Times 8:35 AM 9:35 AM 10:23 PM 11:23 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Better Time Zone UTC: -47/1/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:35 AM Set: 8:26 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 51 mins. Moon Data Rise: 11:03 PM Set: 9:27 AM Overhead: 3:55 AM Underfoot: 4:18 PM Moon Phase 90% Waning Gibbous Major Times 3:55 AM 5:55 AM 4:18 PM 6:18 PM Minor Times 9:27 AM 10:27 AM 11:03 PM 12:03 AM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 7/2/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:35 AM Set: 8:26 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 51 mins. Moon Data Rise: 11:40 PM Set: 10:19 AM Overhead: 4:40 AM Underfoot: 5:03 PM Moon Phase 83% Waning Gibbous Major Times 4:40 AM 6:40 AM 5:03 PM 7:03 PM Minor Times 10:19 AM 11:19 AM 11:40 PM 12:40 AM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -47/3/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:36 AM Set: 8:26 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 50 mins. Moon Data Rise: --:-Set: 11:12 AM Overhead: 5:25 AM Underfoot: 5:47 PM Moon Phase 75% Waning Gibbous Major Times 5:25 AM 7:25 AM 5:47 PM 7:47 PM Minor Times --:---:-11:12 AM 12:12 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 7/4/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:36 AM Set: 8:26 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 50 mins. Moon Data Rise: 12:15 AM Set: 12:05 PM Overhead: 6:09 AM Underfoot: 6:31 PM Moon Phase 67% Waning Gibbous Major Times 6:09 AM 8:09 AM 6:31 PM 8:31 PM Minor Times 12:15 AM 1:15 AM 12:05 PM 1:05 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -47/5/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:36 AM Set: 8:26 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 50 mins. Moon Data Rise: 12:50 AM Set: 12:59 PM Overhead: 6:53 AM Underfoot: 7:15 PM Moon Phase 57% Waning Gibbous Major Times 6:53 AM 8:53 AM 7:15 PM 9:15 PM Minor Times 12:50 AM 1:50 AM 12:59 PM 1:59 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 Solunar ForecastProvided courtesy of solunarforecast.com

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– CHURCHSCHEDULE– APOSTOLIC LIGHTHOUSE UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 310 Orange Street • 773-1017 Sunday Service.................10:00 a.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. CHESTER GROVE MB CHURCH 708 W. Grape Street Sunday Morn. Worship .......8:00 a.m. Sunday School....................9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study Night Chidren & Youth ................4:30 p.m. Adult Class.........................6:00 p.m. CHRISTIAN BIBLE FELLOWSHIP 3950 Aurora Avenue • 375-2864 Morning Worship ..............10:30 a.m. Youth Group Sunday........6:00 p.m. CHURCH OF GOD 121 West Broward St. • 375-2231 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ...............6:30 p.m. Wednesday.........................7:30 p.m. NEW LIFE POWER OUTREACH CHURCH 725 Palmetto Street Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Wednesday Night Empowerment Class............................7:30 p.m. Evening Worship 1 st Sunday.....................5:00 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Bowling Green 4531 Hwy.17 N • 375-2253 S UNDAY : Bible Study.........................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ..............10:45 a.m. Children’s Church............10:45 a.m.Evening Worship ....... .........6:00 p.m. W EDNESDAY : Youth (7th-12th grade).......6:00 p.m.Adult Discipleship Train. ...6:30 p.m. TeamKID (ages 4-3rd grade) 6:30 p.m. BOLD (4th-6th grade)........6:30 p.m. FORT GREEN BAPTIST CHURCH 2875 Baptist Church Road 773-9013 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening.................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Supper ............6:00 p.m.Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. FOX MEMORIAL HOLINESS CHURCH 140 E. Main Street • 836-273-7576 Sunday Morning Worship .10:00 a.m. Sunday Night Worship .......6:00 p.m. Wednesday Service............7:30 p.m. GATEWAY CHURCH (formerly Faith Assemly of God) 4937 Hwy. 17 N. • 375-4000 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ..............10:30 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:30 p.m. Wednesday Service ...........7:00 p.m. GREATER MACEDONIA PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH 607 Palmetto Street • 375-3226 Church School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Service.................7:00 p.m.Wed. Bible Study/Prayer....7:00 p.m.Communion-2nd Sun. Eve.6:00 p.m. HOLY CHILD SPANISH CATHOLIC MISSION 4315 Chester Avenue • 773-4089 Misa (Espanol) Sunday......7:00 p.m. HOUSE OF PRAISE JOHN 3:16 3920 Murray Road • 863-582-6716 Sunday..............................10:30 a.m. ............................................6:30 p.m. Wednesday............. ............7:00 p.m. IGLESIA DEL DIOS VIVO 105 Dixiana Street • 375-4191 Domingo De Predicacion.11:00 p.m.Martes Estudio Biblico.......7:00 p.m.Miercoles Estudior Juvenil.7:00 p.m.Jueves De Predicacion.......7:00 p.m. IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH 210 E. Broward Street • 445-0290 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ..............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer...............6:00 p.m MT. PISGAH BAPTIST CHURCH 6210 Mt. Pisgah Rd. 375-4409 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Disciples Training ..............5:00 p.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Time .....7:00 p.m. NEW BEGINNINGS 4810 Sally Blvd. • 781-5887 Sense Sunday....................11:00 a.m. “Making Sense of the Non-Sense” Sunday Bread of Life.........3:15 p.m.2nd Sunday Communion..11:00 a.m. NEW BEGINNINGS WORSHIP CENTER 230 E. Lemon St. • 375-3208 Sunday..........10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.Wednesday..............................7 p.m.Friday......................................7 p.m. (Service with Fellowship to follow) PRIMERA MISION BAUTISTA 3920 Murray Road • 375-2295 Domingos Escuela Dom.....9:45 a.m.Servicio de Adoracion ......11:00 a.m. Servicio de Predicacion......5:00 p.m.Miercoles Servico..............6:30 p.m. REAL LIFE CHURCH 3365 US Hwy 17 • 375-4032 Morning Service...............10:30 a.m.Wednesday Study/Learning6:30 p.m. ST. JOHN A.M.E. CHURCH 513 W. Orange Street Sunday Church School.......9:30 a.m.Sunday Morning Worship .11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study.....6:30 p.m. VICTORY PRAISE CENTER 128 E. Main Street Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Thursday Night Services, Evening Worship. ...............7:00 p.m. Kidz Club...........................7:00 p.m. IGLESIA PENTECOSTES VISION POR LAS ALMAS 149 Badger Loop • 448-2831 Martes: Oracion..................7:00 p.m.Jueves: Ensenaza Biblica...7:00 p.m.Domingo: Servicio...........10:30 a.m. LIMESTONE BAPTIST CHURCH 4868 Keystone Ave. • Limestone 863-242-2855 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............6:00 p.m. NEW ZION BAPTIST CHURCH 202 Sidney Roberts Road 735-0123 Sunday School....... .............9:45 a.m. Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting6:30 p.m. ONA BAPTIST CHURCH 131 Bear Lane • 863-245-2371 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Thursday Prayer.................7:00 p.m. UNION BAPTIST CHURCH 5076 Lily Church Rd. • 494-5622 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday SHINE for Kids..............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Time.......7:00 p.m. APOSTOLIC ASSEMBLY 640 Apostolic Road • 773-3052 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Englishg Service...............11:30 a.m.General Worship Service ....1:30 p.m. Tuesday Prayer...................7:00 p.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. BAYSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH HARDEE COUNTY CAMPUS 615 Rainey Blvd. • 941-755-8600 Mybayside.church Sunday Services.................8:15 a.m. ....................10:00 a.m. & 11:45 a.m. Fusion (6th 8th grade)..................... ................Duing all Sunday Services Wednesday Epic (9th 12th grade)... ............................................6:30 p.m. CELEBRATION FELLOWSHIP 773-0427 Celebration Service... .......10:30 a.m. Wednesday Evening Cell Groups Adult Cell Group................7:00 p.m.Youth Cell Group...............7:00 p.m.Children’s Cell Group........7:00 p.m. Call for locations CHARLIE CREEK FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 6885 State Rd. 64 East • 773-3447 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wesnesday Children’s Ministry......... ............................................5:00 p.m. Wednesday Worship ...........6:30 p.m. CHURCH OF CHRIST 240 Will Duke Road 773-2249 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Sunday Morning Worship .11:00 a.m. Wed. Night Bible Class......7:00 p.m. CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS 630 Hanchey Rd. • 773-3532 Sacrament Meeting.............9:00 a.m.Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Priesthood.........................11:00 a.m. ELEVATE COMMUNITY CHURCH 529 West Main Street (Robarts Funeral Home Chapel) Sunday Service.................11:00 a.m. Weekly Life Groups ENDTIME CROSSROAD MINISTRY 908 Martin Luther King Ave 773-0160 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Service...............11:30 a.m.Evening Service.................7:30 p.m.Wed. Bible St. & Yth. Gath7:30 p.m.Friday (Holy Ghost Night).7:30 p.m. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 114 N. 7th Avenue • 773-2105 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Sunday Worship ................11:00 a.m. Wednesday Supper.............6:15 p.m.Wed. Youth Fellowship ......7:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. FAITH TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD 701 N. 7th Avenue • 773-3800 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Sunday Worship ................10:30 a.m. Children’s Chuch..............10:40 a.m.Evening Service.................6:00 p.m.Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1570 W. Main Street • 773-4182 S UNDAY : Bible Study for all ages......9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. W EDNESDAY : Children’s Chiors (PK-Grade 4)..................5:30 p.m. Mid-Week Prayer Meeting6:00 p.m.NEST Backyard (PK-Grade 4)..................6:30 p.m. Club 56..............................6:00 p.m.Youth Group (Grades 7-12)6:00 p.m.Church Orchestra..............5:15 p.m.Adult Choir.......................6:30 p.m. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1121 W. Louisiana St. • 773-9243 S UNDAY : Generations Caf Open..... ................ .................................9:00-10:20 a.m. Kids World Check-In for Nursery-5th Grade...........10:15 a.m. Pre-K Blast.......................10:30 a.m.Kids World B.L.A.S.T. (K-5th)..........................10:30 a.m. Worship Service...............10:30 a.m.W EDNESDAY : Generations Caf Opens.................... ....................................5:15-6:15p.m. Check-In begins for Nursery-5th grade..............5:45 p.m.Classes for children ages PreK-12th grade.........6:30-7:30 p.m.Adutl Bible Studies....6:00-7:30 p.m. FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 511 W. Palmetto Street Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. FIRST MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1347 Martin Luther King Avenue 773-6556 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................4:00 p.m. Wed. Prayer/Bible Study....7:00 p.m. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 207 N. Seventh Avenue • 773-4267 Coffe and Fellowship.........9:15 a.m.Sunday School............. .......9:45 a.m. Blended Sunday Worship .10:55 a.m. Wednesday Night Dinner...6:00 p.m.Youth (0-18) & Adult Programming. ............................................7:00 p.m. FLORIDA’S FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH 1397 South Florida Avenue 773-9386 www.flfirstag.org Sun. Community Groups....9:30 a.m.Sunday Worship ................10:30 a.m. Family Night Wednesday ...7:00 p.m. Ministry for all ages! FOUNTAIN OF LIFE CHURCH IGLESIA FUENTE DE VIDA Bilingual Services / Servicios Bilinges 311 Goolsby St. • 832-9914 Sunday/Domingo..............10:30 a.m.Wednesday/Mircoles........7:30 p.m. THE GOSPEL TABERNACLE 810 Tennessee St. • 781-2708 Sunday Morning Service..10:00 a.m.Sunday Night Service.........6:00 p.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. HIGHER GROUND INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY 1258 West Main Street Sunday School Adult & Youth.......... ..........................................10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship .11:00 a.m. Wed. “Night in the Word”..7:00 p.m.Wed. Extreme Kids............7:00 p.m.Thursday Prayer.................6:00 p.m. IGLESIA ADVENTISTA DEL SEPTIMO DIA 1819 Dishong Road • 767-1010 IGLESIA CHRISTIANA EL REMANENETE 318 W. Main Street Martes Oracion................7:00 p.m.Jueves Clase Biblica........7:00 p.m.Viernes Servicio...............7:30 p.m.Domingo Servicio..........11:00 a.m. IGLESIA de DIOS ALFA Y OMEGA 1909 Stanfield Road Sunday School.................10: 00 a.m.Evening Service.................6:00 p.m.Tuesday (Bible Study & Prayer Night)..............................7:30 p.m. Friday Worship Service ......7:30 p.m. IGLESIA HISPANA PRESENCIA DE DIOS 511 West Palmetto Street Domingos...........................6:00 p.m.Miercoles..............................7:00 p.m. IGLESIA MINISTERIOS CRISTIANO DIOS ES AMOR 807 S. 8th Ave. • 773-4576 Domingos Escuela Dominica......................10:00 a.m. Servicio.............................11:00 a.m.Lunes Oracion....................6:00 p.m.Miercoles Servicio.............7:00 p.m. KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES 155 Altman Road • 767-1131 ENGLISH Sunday Service...................2:00 p.m. SPANISH Sunday Service.................10:00 a.m. LIGHT OF THE WORLD MINISTRIES Womans Center • 131 N 7th Ave. Friday Evening...................6:00 p.m. LAKE DALE BAPTIST CHURCH 3102 Heard Bridge Rd. • 773-6622 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. MINISTERIO INTERNACIONAL Cambriadores de Mundo 704 W. Main Street Wednesday Service............7:30 p.m. MY NEW LIFE IN CHRIST CHURCH 117 West Palmetto St. • 773-2929 Sunday Service.................10:00 a.m.Sunday Evening Service....6:00 p.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. Children Ministries for all services NEW BEGINNINGS 1002 S. Florida Avenue • 781-5887 Sense Saturday...................3:00 p.m. “Making Sense of the Non-Sense” The Bread of Life...............3:15 p.m. NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 1999 State Rd. 64 East • 773-2101 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service .11:00 a.m. Evening Worship Service ...6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper...6:00 p.m.Wednesday Activities (All Ages) .......................7:00 p.m. NEW INSPIRATION CHURCH OF GOD BY FAITH 917 S. 6th Avenue • 863-657-2253 Sunday School....................9:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............10:00 a.m. Thursday Praise..................7:00 p.m. NEW MT. ZION A.M.E. CHURCH 1615 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. 767-0023 Morn. Worship (1st & 3r Sun.) ...............8:00 a.m. Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. 2nd Sunday Youth Service.4:00 p.m.Allen Christian Endeavor...4:00 p.m.Wed. & Fri. Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. NEW PHILADELPHIA WORSHIP CENTER 1652 Old Bradenton Road Sunday .............................10:30 a.m.Wednesday.........................6:30 p.m. NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH 912 N. 8th Avenue • 773-6947 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. OAK GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 4350 W. Main Street • 735-0321 www.ogbcwauchula.org Sunday Schedule:Bible Study for All Ages ....9:30 a.m. Morning Worship ..............10:45 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Schedule:M&M Kid’s Klub...............6:00 p.m.Youth Group.......................6:00 p.m.Prayer Meeting & Bible Study .......... ............................................6:30 p.m. PEACE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH 1643 Stenstrom Road 773-2858 1 st & 3 rd Sun. Worship/Communion.....9:00 a.m. 2 nd & 4 th Sun. Divine Worship ...............9:00 a.m. ** Fellowship each Sunday after service PROGRESSIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 149 Manley Road • 452-1281 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Worship Service................11:00 a.m.Wed. Evening Prayer..........7:00 p.m. RIVERVIEW HEIGHTS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1321 SR 636 East 773-3344 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC CHURCH 408 Heard Bridge Road • 773-4089 Saturday Mass (English)....5:00 p.m. (Spanish).....7:00 p.m. Sunday(English).................8:30 a.m. (Spanish)................11:30 a.m.(Creole)...................1:30 p.m. Catecismo...........................9:45 a.m.Daily Mass in English........8:30 a.m. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 440 Carlton Street • 773-9068 Sabbath School...................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Wed. Prayer Meeting..........6:30 p.m. SOUTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH 505 South 10th Avenue • 773-4368 Sunday School.......... ..........9:45 a.m. Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. TABERNACLE OF PRAISE & JOY 1507 MLK Avenue Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:30 a.m. Evening Worship ................7:00 p.m. Tues. Bible Stdy. & Child Train .................7:00 p.m. Friday Prayer Service.........7:00 p.m. WAUCHULA CHURCH OF GOD 1543 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. 773-0199 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:15 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wed. Night Fam. Training..7:30 p.m.Thurs. Youth Bible Study...7:00 p.m.Friday Night Worship .........7:30 p.m. WAUCHULA HILLS SPANISH CHURCH OF GOD 1000 Stansfield Rd. Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................7:30 p.m. Tuesday Prayer...................7:30 p.m.Thursday Worship ..............7:30 p.m. Saturday Worship ...............7:30 p.m. CREWSVILLE BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 8251 Crewsville Road Church 735-0871 • Pastor 385-7867 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:30 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............6:30 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ZOLFO 320 E. 4th Street • 735-1200 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Training Union...................5:00 p.m.Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Corner of 6th & Suwanee • 735-1544 Gospel Music....................10:30 a.m.Worship Service................11:00 a.m.Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. GARDNER BAPTIST CHURCH 8660 US Highway 17 S Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 Sunday Worship ................ 11:00 AM LIFE CHANGING WORSHIP CENTER 3426 Oak Street • 863-832-9808 Sunday Worship .................2:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study.....6:30 p.m. MARANATHA BAPTIST CHURCH 2465 Oxendine Road • 832-7829 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Worship.............................11:00 a.m.Evening..............................1:00 p.m.Wed. Bible & Prayer Meet.7:00 p.m. NEW BEGINNINGS 3704 U.S. Hwy. 17 S. • 781-5887 M-F Family Services..........8:00 a.m.Sense Friday.......................3:00 p.m. “Making Sense of the Non-Sense” Friday Bread of Life...........3:15 p.m. NEW VISION WORSHIP CENTER 64 E. & School House Road Church 735-8585 Childcare 735-8586 Morning Worship ..............10:00 a.m. Children’s Church............10:00 a.m.Wed. Youth & F.T.H...........7:00 p.m. BOWLING GREEN ONA WAUCHULA WAUCHULA WAUCHULA WAUCHULA ZOLFO SPRINGS ZOLFO SPRINGS Printed as a Public Service by The Herald-Advocate Deadline for changes or additions: Thursday 5 p.m. PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF GOD FAITH TEMPLE Oak Street Sunday Worship ................10:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................7:00 p.m. Tuesday Worship ................7:30 p.m. Thursday Worship ..............7:30 p.m. Saturday Worship ...............7:30 p.m. PRIMERA MISSION BAUTISTA HISPANA 518 8th Avenue East Escuela Dominical............10:00 a.m.Servicio del Domingo.......11:00 a.m. ............................................7:00 p.m. Servicio del Miercoles.......7:30 p.m. PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH Pioneer Park 2nd Sunday.......................10:30 a.m.Evening Service.................6:30 p.m.5th Sunday..........................6:00 p.m. REALITY RANCH COWBOY FELLOWSHIP 2-1/2 Miles east on Hwy. 66 863-781-1578 Sunday Service.................11:00 a.m. ST. PAUL’S MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 3676 U.S. Hwy. 17 S. • 735-0636 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ...................11 a.m. Wed. Prayer Service...........7:00 p.m. SAN ALFONSO MISSION 3027 Schoolhouse Lane • 773-4089 Domingo, Misa en Espano10:00 a.m. SPANISH MISSION 735-8025 Escuela Dominica.............10:00 a.m.Servicio.............................11:00 a.m.Pioneer Club.................. .....6:30 p.m. Servicio de la Noche..........7:00 p.m.Mierecoles Merienda..........6:00 p.m.Servicio..............................8:00 p.m.Sabado Liga de Jovenes.....5:00 p.m. Peace River GrowersWholesale Nursery Donnis & Kathy BarberHwy. 66 EastP.O. Box 760 (863) 735-0470 Zolfo Springs, FL BOWLING GREEN Robert G. Ingersoll is recog nized as one of the most influen tial agnostics who ever lived. Onenight in New York he was dramat ically and forcefully giving a lec ture that explained his doubtsabout judgment and hell. Whenthe gifted lecturer finished his ad dress, a man who was very drunkstumbled his way to the front ofthe auditorium and said in slob bering terms, “I sure hope you areright, Brother Bob. I sure hopeyou are right because I’m count ing on that!” Few today want to think of God as a Judge. It is much more pleas ant to think of Him as a loving,caring, compassionate and gra cious Father which He certainlyis than as a stern judge who will“judge the world in righteous ness.” Many would apologize forconsidering their God in suchterms, but this way of thinking isinconsistent with what God’sWord teaches. And there are many who want to fashion Him after their ownlikes and dislikes and endow Himthe nature and character theywould like Him to possess. Theywant to make Him consistent withtheir own wishful thinking so thatthey will be comfortable in theirsins. Their god has the attributesof our God in that he is compas sionate and loving but they refuseto accept the fact that His attrib utes also contain wrath and jus tice. This would mean that therewould be no judgment and nopunishment for sins. However,our God is a Holy God. But our God, Who “is love,” will one day judge “the worldwith righteousness and the peoplewith truth.” Visit us at: SowerMinistries.org Guido Evangelistic Association Metter, Ga. SeedsofHop eJune 28, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B9

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6:28cAll farmers have a significant role in protect ing our natural resources. Science-based approaches are being taken around the state to ensure that there is adequate use of water and the impact of our agricultural practices is minimal, thus ensuring a cleaner environment for future generations. Due to the size and location of farmland, op erators are usually involved in natural resources conservation efforts, but the average Floridian would not know, unless he had a close relation ship with a farmer. How Can I Help? The first step is to implement sound sciencebased production practices. These are called best management practices, which are tested methods designed to prevent or reduce harm to the environment. The recommended BMPs are cost-effective ways to minimize pollutants en tering water bodies while also improving your land. These practices can have many benefits, such as: Improving crop/animal health. Improving pasture health. Protecting land from soil erosion. Reducing irrigation frequency, fertilizer needs and herbicide costs. Here are some common BMPs that many farmers and ranchers follow as part of their everyday science-based decision-making process: Irrigation BMPs Wells used for irrigation should be con structed by a licensed driller. Schedule irrigation according to soil mois ture and crop water needs. Adjust irrigation amounts to meet varying crop demands at different growth stages. Apply irrigation uniformly and accurately; do not overspray onto impermeable surfaces. Fertilizer BMPs Test soil to determine exact fertilizer needs. Properly calibrate fertilizer application spreaders. Apply fertilizer directly over root zone: for row crops, place fertilizer on top of beds; for pasture or field crops, fertilize the entire planted area. Avoid applying fertilizer near roadways or water bodies. Minimize overlapping fertilizer during ap plication. Pasture BMPs Do not overstock your land with more animals than it can handle; follow the recom mendations and guidelines of the University of Floridas Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences Use high-intensity, shortduration grazing to rejuvenate poor pasture. Allow grass to reach six inches before grazing; remove animals when three inches re main. Mow regularly to encourage grass and dis courage weeds. If available, fertilize pastures according to site-specific soil test recommendations or the IFAS guidelines. Fencing BMPs Fence off or limit animal access to natural water bodies. If needed, pipe water from streams or lakes to a trough located away from the water body. Fence off animal access to areas that have periodic standing water. Use fences to divide pastures into tempo rary plots for rotational grazing. Enroll In BMP Program Your local BMP coordinator, Matt Warren of the Florida Department of Agriculture & Con sumer Services, can provide you with a free manual and other related information to guide you through the process and design a plan ap propriate to your agricultural operation. His office in at the Agri-Civic Center in Wauchula. A periodic verification of your management decisions as well as the overall farm operation is critical in a responsible watershed stewardship approach. Remember, two sets of eyes are usually better than one. For more information on this or any other agriculture topic, call UF/IFAS Extension Hardee County at 773-2164.Best Management Practices Show That Farmers Care Moo, my sons dog, has become our dog by default. Re cently we decided he needed to socialize with other dogs. Okay, actually we decided we needed a break one day a week. We signed him up with one of those places that will take care of your dog for the day. Some people call it Doggie Daycare. I prefer to call san ity preservation. Moo has had a ball with the other dogs. He plays hard all day and then collapses at home. Moo worn out means a more restful evening for us. Last Friday Moo went off to play as usual. He came home plumb tuckered out, as my Aunt Neta used to say. We noticed his tail was down, and he wasnt wagging it back and forth as usual. By bedtime we knew something more serious was up. He wouldnt lay down, wouldnt sit, wouldnt sleep. He kept wandering through the house. I thought eventually he would settle down and sleep. My wife, with more empathy than me, stayed up to try to help him get comfortable. I drifted off to sleep and woke up at 3:00 a.m., realizing Moo and Gina were still awake. He was hurting so bad he couldnt sleep. We gave him some as pirin and he finally settled down. The next day, his tail still drooping, we took him to the vet, worried about what it could be. The vet did a careful examination, turned to us with a smile, and said, I think he has strained his muscles in his tail and his back legs. Was he playing with other dogs yester day? We said he was, and the vet replied, We see this some times. A dog will be so excited to be with other dogs, he will wag his tail so much he strains his muscles. His drive to have a good time wears him out. We were given a bottle of pills and told to let him rest as much as possible. On the way out, I paid the bill: $70. Seventy dollars to cure the dog that was so happy, he was all wagged out. I was tempted to grump and grouse about a dog who didnt know his limits. On the other hand, I thought about living a life where you are so happy you hurt yourself. Then I wondered, Have I ever been so happy with Jesus I had to go to the doctor? Has being happy with Jesus ever cost me $70? Maybe Moo could teach me something. All Wagged Out OPEN24 HOURS526 N. 6th Ave(Across from Nicholas Restaurant)112 W. 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Courthouse ReportCOUNTY COURT The following marriage li censes were issued recently in the Clerk of Courts Of fice: LaToya Devon Young, 34, Bradenton, Michael T. Collins, 38, Bowling Green. Carson Diane Griffin, 24, Wauchula, Dawson McCall Crawford, 24, Wauchula. Daniel Paul Larson, 68, Winter Haven, and Sylvia Lee Parker, 69, Wauchula. Caleb Andrew Chavis, 26, Wauchula, and Kerry Stevonna Mushrush, 26, Wauchula. Tianna Josephine Love McLendon, 18, Fort Meade, and Taylor Nathaniel Thomas, 20, Wauchula. The following civil actions and small claims were dis posed of recently by the county judge: LVNV Funding vs. James Bellew, voluntary dismissal. DNF Associates vs. Jose DeLorea, voluntary dismissal. Midland Funding vs. Adam Torres, default judgment for $1,489.18. Melissa Smith vs. Charlotte Dean, eviction. Bill Staton vs. Troy Weiss, voluntary dismissal. Portfolio Recovery Associ ates vs. Eloisa Trevino, volun tary dismissal. Sherril Barnwell vs. Kris ten Garza, voluntary dis missal. Credit Acceptance Corp. vs. Stephanie Barnett, volun tary dismissal. Midland Funding vs. Juan Gamez, garnishment for $1,939.81. Inorable Agenor vs. Jean Pierre, voluntary dismissal. CIRCUIT COURT The following civil actions were filed recently in the of fice of the Circuit Court: David A. Sanders Sr. and Tracy Ann Sanders, divorce. Saul Castillo Ochoa and Deborah Castillo, divorce. Tammy Jackson vs. Wayne Lee King, child support ad ministrative order. Edith Leon-Perez, petition for name change. Brandy Lynn Parker and Steven Parker, divorce. Suntrust Bank vs. Ana Paredes and Alberto Perez, foreclosure. Audelia Hernandez and Marcos Hernandez, divorce. Benita Casimira Serrano vs. David Cruz Jr., petition for enforcement of administrative support order. Tracie A. King vs. Jayson Preston Hollis, petition for child support. Rosalina Jaimes-Hernandez vs. Lauro Jose Ysasi, adminis trative support order. The following decisions on civil cases pending in the Circuit Court were handed down recently by the circuit judge: Erica Cisneros vs. Shawn Murphy, injunction for protec tion. Edith Garcia to Edith Ugalde DeGarcia, name change. Heidi Lyn Daughtry Wilson and Michael P. Daughtry, di vorce. Claude Poirier vs. Frank Calderone, Alexander Calderone and Anthony C. Calderone, voluntary dismissal. Stephanie Stanford and David Stanford Jr., divorce. The following real estate transactions of $10,000 or more were filed recently in the Clerk of Courts Office: Melissa Woodhouse to Lucio Velasco Paz and Cyn thia Hernandez, $23,000. Adventist Health System Sunbelt Inc. to Hardee County Industrial Development Au thority, $1.3 million. Jimmy and Jackie Lee Dean to David C. and Daniell S. Newcomb, $95,000. Philamena Sease to Dewitt F. Vanarsdale, $58,000. Gaudencio Rodriguez Jr. to Luis Alfonso Hilario and Marisol Arzate Valencia, $90,000. Charles H. Cook to Charles H. Cook and Virginia K. Kersey, $27,100. Frank Edwin Stroud to Barry L. Fogle, $42,000. Terry Hayden and Harriet Nicely to Robert and Marilyn Meeker, $75,500. William B. and Elisabeth F. Wilkett to Christopher S. Solano, $89,000. Michael W. and Ellen W. Roberts to Mosaic Fertilizer, $1,452,000. Summer Calderone, An thony C. Calderone and Claude Poirier to Cindy L. and Robert F. Dutton, $100,000. Reeds Auto Salvage to Gate Pros Inc., $350,000. Janie Evans to Martin and Paula Figueroa,, $60,000.2018 SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR HARDEE COUNTY COMMISSION AND APPOINTED BOARDS Meetings to be held in County Commission Chambers, Room 102 Courthouse Annex, 412 W. Orange Street, Wauchula, Florida unless otherwise noted BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Regular meetings first Thursday at 8:30 a.m. & third Thursday at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF Julyth at 8:30 a.m. and 19th at 6:00 p.m. Planning Session No Planning Session Independence Day 04th County Offices Closed Fireworks at Pioneer Park 09th & 10th (if needed) Joint Meeting Planning & Zoning 3:00 p.m. 16th -18th Budget Workshops at 8:30 a.m. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY INDEPENDENT BOARD MONTH OF July No meeting scheduled. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL/INDUSTRIAL DEVELOP MENT AUTH. Meets on second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. MONTH OF Julyth PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD meets first Thursday night of each month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF July 12th CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD Meets on the second Monday night of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Building Department Conference Room 401 West Main Street MONTH OF Julyth COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD Meets first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF July 02nd LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD Friends of Library meets on first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Library in Annex II MONTH OF July 03rd HOUSING AUTHORITY Meets quarterly on the third Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at 701 LaPlaya Drive Wauchula MONTH OF July No meeting scheduled HARDEE COUNTY INDIGENT HEALTH CARE BOARD Usually meets third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. MONTH OF July 13th This is a Disabled-Accessible facility. Any disabled person needing to make special arrangements should contact the County Commissioners office at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the public meet ing. This notice is published in compliance with Florida Statutes 286.0105. Interested parties may appear at the public meeting and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the members, with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. cl6:28ncNotice is hereby given that the Southwest Florida Water Management District has re ceived Individual Surface Water Management Permit Application Number 766198 from Orange Street Remodel at 104 E Orange Street, Wauchula, FL 33873. Application received: May 30, 2018 Proposed commercial activity: To demolish 614 sf of the existing building on site and construct 2,360 sf of a new addition to that same building. We are also proposing a new parking lot to service the added patrons. There is a proposed dry retention pond for the site, to treat all additional runoff created by this construction. Project Name: Orange Street Remodel Project Size: 0.38 Acres Location: BEG AT NE COR OF LOT 1 & RUN RUN W 100 FT TO BEG THEN S 123 FT W 47 FT N 123 FT E 47 FT TO BEG BLK 35 WAUCHULA ORS LOCATED IN SEC 4 34 25 266P27-29 201025007543-PET /7544-WILL/7545-DC(HLC) /7546-ORDER/7547-ORDER 201325004322-PET/4411/4412-AFF 201625007263/7264-AFF/7269-AFF BEG AT NE COR OF LOT 1 & RUN RUN W 10 FT TO BEG THEN S 123 FT W 90 FT N 123 FT E 90 FT BEG BLK 35 WAUCHULA ORS LOCATED IN SEC 4 34 25 BP4P49 189P133 201025007543PET/7544-WILL/7545DC(HLC) /7546-ORDER/7547-ORDER PMR/12-2010/HLC/10000087CP 201325004322-PET/4411/4412-AFF 201625007263/7264-AFF/7269AFF The application is available for public inspection Monday through Friday at the Tampa Service Office, 7601 US Highway 301, Tampa, FL 33637-6759. Interested persons may inspect a copy of the application and submit written comments concerning the application. Comments must include the permit application number and be received within 14 days from the date of this notice. If you wish to be notified of intended agency action or an opportunity to request an administrative hearing regarding the application, you must send a written request referencing the permit application number to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Regulation Performance Management Department, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899 or submit your request through the Districts website at www.watermatters.org. The District does not discriminate based on disability. Anyone requiring accommodation under the ADA should contact the Regulation Performance Management Department at (352) 796-7211 or 1 (800)423-1476. TDD only 1 (800)231-6103. 6:28c ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 252018DR000225 Flora Gaspar Alonso, Petitioner, and Arnoldo Ruiz Martinez, Respondent, _____________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION Petition to determine paternity To: Arnoldo Ruiz Martinez, 224 Morales Rd., Wauchula FL 33873. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for paternity has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses if any to it on Flora Gaspar Alonso, whose address is 1594 Old Bradenton Rd., Wauchula, FL 33873 on or before July 31, 2018, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at Hardee Co. Clerk of Court P.O. Drawer 1749 Wauchula, FL 33873 before serv ice on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Cir cuit Courts office. You may re view these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of Circuit Courts office notified of your current address. (You may file Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerks office. Warning: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic dis closure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of plead ings. Dated: June 8, 2018 Victoria L. Rogers, Clerk of the Circuit Court By: J. Wingo Deputy Clerk6:14-7:5p __________________________________ Notices Crime BlotterSheriffs deputies and city police officers investigated the fol lowing incidents and made the following arrests during the past week. All suspects are presumed innocent of the charges against them. COUNTY June 24, Ann Louise Bull, 72, of 222 Riverside Dr., Wauchula, was arrested by Cpl. Jeremy Brandeberry on charges of drug delivery and smuggling contraband into a correctional facility. June 24, a vehicle on the 2500 block of Hampton Road was burglarized. June 24, a fight was reported in the 200 block of Maxwell Drive. June 23, Lisa Nuccio, 28, of 499 Maxwell Dr., Wauchula, was arrested by Cpl. Chris Anderson and charged with battery. June 23, criminal mischief was reported on the 2900 block of Schoolhouse Road and in the 1000 block of South Fifth Av enue. June 23, a residence in the 200 block of State Road 64 East was burglarized. June 23, animal cruelty was reported in the Lily County Line and Pine Level area. June 22, a theft was reported in the 1300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. June 21, Crystal Vaughn Chambers, 40, of 1832 Petteway Dr., Wauchula, was taken into custody by Dep. Steve Ahrens on an out-of-county warrant. June 21, a vehicle was reported stolen off the 100 block of Erler Road. June 20, Meko Mewezette Wakely, 41, of 801 Pleasant Way, Bowling Green, was arrested on a public-aid fraud charge by Dep. Mitchell Johnson. June 20, Daniela Martinez, 26, of 298 Griffin Road, Wauchula, was taken into custody by Dep. Brian LaFlam and charged with violation of an injunction for protection. June 20, a break-in was reported at a residence on the 200 block of Griffin Road. June 19, Angelica Valdez, 41, of 502 North Road, Wauchula, was jailed by Sgt. Todd Souther on a non-support of children charge. June 19, criminal mischief was reported on the 300 block of State Road 62. June 18 Tabatha Prestridge, 24, of 315 Bell St., Wauchula, was arrested on a probation violation charge by Dep. Steve Ahrens. June 18 Moises Duran, 22, of 826 Pleasant Way, Bowling Green, was arrested by Dep. Gary Albritton and charged with violation of probation. June 18, criminal mischief was reported on the 300 block of Doc Coil Road. WAUCHULA June 24, dangerous shooting was reported in the 100 block of Illinois Avenue. June 24, criminal mischief occurred in the 100 block of West Main Street. June 23, Kayla Marie Ortega, 19, of 233 N.E. 23rd Pl., Cape Coral; Samantha Jo Flynn, 18, of 4111 S.E. 10th Ave., Cape Coral; and Camron Davonte Blissett, 19, of 11887 Corinne Lee Ct., Fort Myers, were arrested by Ofc. Kaleigh Anderson and each charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of narcotics equipment. Blissett addition ally was charged with possession of liquor by a person under 21. June 22, a theft was reported on the 900 block of South Sixth Avenue. June 22, animal cruelty was reported on the 200 block of North Eighth Avenue. June 21 Jennifer Darena Maldonado, 37, of 139 Earlier St., Wauchula, was booked on charges of two counts uttering forged instruments and two counts grand theft by Det. Chris LeConte. June 21 a theft was reported in the 200 block of North 10th Avenue. June 20, a theft in the 400 block of Goolsby Street was re ported. June 19, a theft was reported in the 700 block of East Main Street. June 19 a home on the 700 block of East Townsend Street was burglarized. June 18, a break-in was reported at a residence on the 400 block of South First Avenue. BOWLING GREEN June 23, a home burglary was reported in the 500 block of Bertha Fulse Street. June 22, a fight was reported on the 800 block of Pleasant Way. June 21, a theft was reported in the 100 block of West Main Street. June 20, a theft on the 800 block of Pleasant Way was re ported. June 19, a break-in was reported in the 4800 block of Epps Avenue.REQUEST FOR PROPOSALSBOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA The Board of County Commissioners, Hardee County, hereinafter referred to as County, is soliciting a request for proposals for the provision of actuarial valuation services at: Purchasing Office 205 Hanchey Road Wauchula, Florida 33873 until Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 3:00pm local time at which time they will be opened by the County Purchasing Director or designee and read aloud. Any Proposals re ceived after the time specified will not be accepted. Important instructions and specifications regarding responses to this Request for Proposal (the RFP) are available at 205 Hanchey Road, Wauchula, FL 33873 or by faxing request to (863)773-0322. The failure of a responding proposer (a Proposer) to follow these instructions could result in Proposer disqualification from consideration for a contract to be awarded pursuant to this RFP. PROPOSALS must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: RFQ 2018 ACTUARIAL SERVICES . Any envelope received after the time specified will be refused and will be returned unopened to the originator. All prospective Proposers are cautioned not to contact any member of the Board of County Commissioners or County employees except for the Purchasing Director. All questions should be directed to Lorie Ayers, Purchasing Director, 205 Hanchey Road, Wauchula, FL 33873, Phone #863-773-5014, EMAIL lorie.ayers@hardeecounty.net Hardee County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid(s) or any parts thereof, waive informalities and/or irregularities, and may postpone the award of the bid for a period of time which shall not extend beyond thirty (30) calendar days. Russell A. Melendy, Chairman 6:28cFair Housing WorkshopHardee County is a fair housing advocate. A workshop to explain the Fair Housing Ordinance for all of the protected classes (familial status, national origin, race or color, disability, religion and gender) has been scheduled Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Hardee County Courthouse Annex, 412 W. Orange St, Rm. 202, Wauchula, FL. The public is invited to attend. Anyone with a disability, visually or hearing impaired or non-English speaking person needing special assistance at the meeting, should contact Lorie Ayers at 863-773-5014 at least five (5) days prior to the meeting and assistance will be provided. June 28, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B11

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She cameinto the public eye ina big way when shestarred as PriscillaPresley in the TVminiseries "Elvisand Me" back in1988, and her acting resumehas since filled with dozens ofstints on major TV shows andin movies. I spoke with her recently about her new Lifetime movie"Murdered at 17" (which pre mieres July 8 at 8/7c), and wehad a lively conversation aboutmany of the highs of her careerso far. For instance, did youknow she played Jerry Sein feld's girlfriend in that infa mous episode where hecouldn't remember her nameand knew only that it rhymedwith a female body part (hername was Dolores, by the way)? With "The Vampire Diaries," Susan and her daughter wouldwatch and text each other aboutit. "I totally loved watching thelonging and the romance. Imean, I loved it. Even though Iwas there, I bought it all hook,line and sinker! So, obviously Iwas a little bummed when my character was killed off." While work ing on "Murdered at17," one of thethings Susan mostenjoyed was thecomradery with therest of the cast andcrew. She also loves that she gets to expand on thekinds of roles she plays as shegets older. "I will always lovebeing an actor. But I thinkwhen I was younger, I wasmore worried about how Ilooked and a thousand otherthings. There is one good thing about getting older: You don't have the pressure of being thatpretty girl anymore. Now I getto be the young, pretty girl'smom. And that's so much fun." *** Q: I've been reading your coverage of the cancelation of"Lucifer." Please tell me youhave good news for us Luci fans! —Kellie D., via Twitter A: I do, Kellie. Netflix has resurrected Fox's "Lucifer"from the bowels of cancelationhell! Season four will contain10 brand-new episodes, and Icouldn't be happier. After the Celebrity Extra By Cindy Elavsky PICKS OF THE WEEK "Gemini" (R) — A lush and moody neo-noir crime thriller,"Gemini" stars Lola Kirke asJill, the personal assistant toimpetuous Hollywood starletHeather (Zoe Kravitz). Trou bled relationships and poor de cision-making put Heather inthe crosshairs of lovers, busi ness partners and admirersalike — and it's Jill's job to sortit all out. But then Heather isfound dead by Jill's borrowedgun, and a detective in chargeof the case (John Cho) is fol lowing as she crisscrosses LosAngeles to solve the mysteryand save her own neck, alongthe way exploring the blurredlines of employment andfriendship, and the nature ofmasked ambitions. "Tyler Perry's Acrimony" (R) — Can a woman who is mis used at every turn find solace ina bitter and venomous re venge? Taraji P. Henson playsMelinda, one such woman. Wewatch as she details to a court-mandated therapist her rela tionship, then marriage andultimately divorce from formerhusband Robert (Lyriq Bent), agold-digging,two-timing in ventor. AfterRobert is donespendingMelinda's inher itance, the rela tionship fallsapart, and she isleft in the dust for the otherwoman (Crystle Stewart).Adding insult to injury, he sud denly becomes successful, andflush with cash and condescen sion. It's enough to drive awoman crazy. Henson is bril liantly sympathetic as a ravinglunatic. She manages to keepthe film above water for themost part, despite the overly moralistic tones and too-clever "chapter" plot devices. "The Endless" (NR) — Two brothers who escaped theclutches of a cult wilderness society end up back at the com pound 10 years later after re ceiving a cryptic video messagefrom one of its members. Theirinvestigation, driven by a needfor closure and some account of the supernatural events sur rounding the group's mission, uncovers strange and unex plainable phenomenon: mid dle-aged residents with no evidence of aging, multiple vis ible celestial bodies and an ap parent portal in the sky, forstarters. It's written, directed, styled and starring cult film makers Justin Benson andAaron Moorhead, of the socio-sci-horror "Spring," and thehype is absolutely warranted, with stirring visuals and impec cable pacing. "In Darkness" (NR) — Na talie Dormer plays blind pianistSofia, resident of an apartmentbuilding with beautiful andmysterious upstairs neighbor Veronique (Emily Rata jkowski).Veronique takesa tumble off herbalcony, and atight-lipped Sofia is ques tioned: Does thelack of sightheighten her other senses, and could shehave been an aural witness tomurder? Jan Bijvoet supportsas Veronique's father, MilosRadic, a Serbian businessmanand war criminal whose fate isentwined with Sofia's. Does the"darkness" of the title refer toSofia's lack of sight, or the murkiness of her situation? (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Couch Theater DVDPreviews By Sam Struckhoff DVDs reviewed here are available in stores the week of June 25. Jared Leto won an Oscar for playing a transsexual in "TheDallas Buyer's Club" (2013)and scored big with "SuicideSquad," playing the Joker. Thefilm raked in $747 million atthe box office. He next took on"Blade Runner 2049," whichbarely recouped its cost with a$259 million gross. His mostrecent film was "The Out sider," which he also producedfor Netflix, with Emile Hirsch.Warners currently is expandinghis "Joker" character from"Suicide Squad" into a majorfilm. You may remember thatHeath Ledger won an Oscar,posthumously, for playing theJoker in "The DarkKnight" (2008). Saoirse Ronan, who received Oscarnominations for"Atonement" (2007)at age 13, "Brooklyn"(2015) at 21 and lastyear, at 23, for "LadyBird," next will takeon the title role in"Mary Queen ofScots," with Margot Robbie(her last year's Oscar competi tion) and former "Doctor Who"David Tennant. It will openDec. 7. "Call Me by Your Name" Oscar nominee Timothee Cha lamet is awaiting the release ofWoody Allen's "A Rainy Dayin New York," with SelenaGomez and Jude Law, and cur rently is filming the Ameri can/Australian co-productionof "The King," with Lily-RoseDepp (daughter of JohnnyDepp) and Robert Pattison.The film is an adaption of theShakespearian plays "HenryIV" and "Henry V." It will beinteresting to see if that willtranslate for modern filmgoers.Brad Pitt is one of the produc ers. Oscar winner Reese Wither spoon will revisit being"Legally Blonde" for the thirdtime. The original 2001 filmearned $141 million, while thesequel netted $124 million. Inaddition, a musical based on the film is still touring the U.S., proving itspopularity. No cast orrelease date has beenannounced for"Legally Blonde 3." Julia Roberts presentedtwo-time Oscar win ner George Clooneywith the American Film Award in a June 7 cere mony, which aired June 8 onTNT. If you missed it, it willre-air in September on TCM. *** "The Addams Family" will never die. First it was a TV se ries with John Aston and Car olyn Jones (1962-1964), thenseveral films with Raul Juliaand Angelica Huston, asGomez and Morticia, in 1991(cost $30 million/gross $191million) and 1993 ($47 millioncost, $49 million U.S. gross).This time out it will be an ani mated film with the voices ofOscar Isaac (as Gomez), Char lize Theron (as Morticia), BetteMidler (as Grandmama), ChloeGrace Moretz (as Wednesday),Nick Kroll" (as Uncle Fester)and Oscar winner Allison Jan ney as their arch-enemy Mar gaux Needler. It's set for anOctober 2019 premiere. Nomention of Thing or Cousin Itt.It just wouldn't be the samewithout Itt or ... uhh, them! (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Hollywood By Tony Rizzo Top10 Movies Inside 1. Incredibles 2 (PG) ani mated 2. Ocean's 8 (PG-13) San dra Bullock, Cate Blanchett 3. Tag (R) Jeremy Ren ner, Ed Helms 4. Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) Alden Ehrenreich,Woody Harrelson 5. Deadpool 2 (R) Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds 6. Superfly (R) Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell 7. Hereditary (R) Toni Col lette, Milly Shapiro 8. Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13) Robert Downey Jr.,Chris Hemsworth 9. Adrift (PG-13) Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin 10. Book Club (PG-13) Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. season three finale (spoileralert) where Lucifer finallyshowed his true self to Chloe, Ican't wait to see how she reacts.I'm thinking this might put acrimp in their burgeoning ro mance. As details emerge, I'llbe sure to let y'all know. *** READERS: For all you "Walking Dead" fans who areupset about Andrew Lincoln'sreported departure after sixepisodes of the upcoming sea son nine, there is some goodnews. Jon Bernthal is set to re turn as Shane for one episode,and many are speculating it'srelated to Andrew's exit asRick. Write to Cindy at King Fea tures Weekly Service, 628 Vir ginia Drive, Orlando, FL32803; or e-mail her at let ters@cindyelavsky.com. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Crop Update June 25 2018 Citrus: The citrus region continued to receive spotty, mostly convective thunderstorm activity. In the northern area,Orlando West (Orange County) had the most rainfall for theweek at 5.09 inches. In the southern area, the most rainfallrecorded was in Muse (Glades County) at 2.12 inches for theweek. Most stations in the Indian River district and the centraland western citrus growing areas received less than an inch ofrainfall for the week. Warm weather over the complete citrus re gion produced highs on most days in the low to mid 90s. Thewarmest maximum temperatures were in Avon Park (PolkCounty) and Clermont (Lake County) at 97F. According to theJune 21, 2018 U.S. Drought Monitor, the entire citrus region wasdrought free. Irrigation continued to run daily across the citrus region. Owners continued with robust grove maintenance schedules.Most were busy spraying, fertilizing, herbiciding and mowing.Field workers were reporting good fruit sets and good sizes.Owners have a positive outlook for the new season’s crop.