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H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE Thursday, August 2, 2018 THE 118th Year • No. 36 • 3 70¢ Plus 5¢ Sales Tax B B a a c c k k T T o o S S c c h h o o o o l l S S p p e e c c i i a a l l I I n n s s i i d d e e ! W EATHER DATE HIGH LOW RAIN 07/2490740.1507/2591750.0007/2692740.0007/2793750.0007/2895721.7307/2992731.6507/3091691.98 Rainfall to 07/30/2018 34.91 Same period last year 24.81 Ten Year Average 49.17 Source: Univ. of Fla. Ona Research Center I NDEX Classifieds............B8 Courthouse Report.....B3Crime Blotter..........B3Hardee Living.........A4Obituaries............B5Save The Date.........A2Solunar Forecast.......A9 SROs Will Protect All Schools MurderSuspectBack InHardee HJHEasesDressCode NEW RECRUITS PHOTO BY TOM STAIK Hardee County’s 22 newest teachers went back to school this week for indoctrina tion in all things orange and blue. The educators – including a contingent of fourinstructors recruited from out of state – gathered at the District Training Center onMonday for breakfast and a chance to meet school and community heads. Thenewly-minted leaders of the Wildcat pack were presented with tote bags containingan assortment of goodies donated by local businesses and had the opportunity toperuse information tables manned by representatives of local businesses and or ganizations. For more on the recruits, see A10. Newspaper Price Increasing To $1 Beginning with the Aug. 16 issue, The Herald-Advocate will increase its single-copyprice from 75 cents to $1. That amount will include all applicable sales tax. The price adjustment, which is the news paper’s first since 2011, is due to a recent 30-percent tariff imposed on Canadian newsprintand a 33-percent price hike in printing andmanufacturing costs by The Ledger in Lake land, which now prints The Herald-Advocate. Current and new subscribers can lock in existing subscription rates for up to an addi tional year by calling our office at (863) 773-3255. The Herald-Advocate values each and every one of our readers. We hope you willcontinue to support your hometown paper,which is now in its 118th year. We are committed to continuing to bring you high-quality, award-winning journalismcoverage of Hardee County and its peopleeach and every week. — Michael R. Kelly Co-Publisher & Editor Ceja By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Dr. Elver “Doc” Hodges was born almost two years before World War I began. He entered the world on Aug. 2, 1912, and today he’s reached his 106th birthday. When talking about reaching an age that is rare to anyone to see, Hodges says merely,“There’s nothing remarkable about that ex cept that I did it.” He has three daughters, Margaret, Kathy and Lucinda, three living grandchildren (afourth is deceased) and several great-grand children. Margaret lives with Doc in HardeeCounty, Kathy lives in Guilderland, N.Y.,and Lucinda lives in Birmingham, Ala. Hodges moved to Florida in January of 1942. He lived in Gainesville for about amonth before moving to Wauchula. In 1945,he moved to Ona, where he lived for 22years before moving to his current home be tween Zolfo Springs and Wauchula. He joined the First United Methodist Church of Wauchula in 1942 and is still amember to this day. In fact, the church is where his birthday party was held on Sunday. But Florida wasn’t the first place Hodges moved after leaving his hometown of Sun shine Bottom, Neb.See 106 A2 PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Today is Dr. Elver Hodges’ 106th birthday. His party was held at theFirst United Methodist Church of Wauchula this past Sunday. 106 ‘Nothing Remarkable About That’ By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Students will have more flexibility in their clothing op tions when they return toHardee Junior High School next week. The School Board of Hardee County voted 4-0 last Thursdayto adopt changes to theschool’s “Dress for Success”requirements that incorporate additional clothing choices. Students will now be al lowed to wear pants with elas tic waistbands. So-called“jogger” pants had previouslybeen banned, as the formerdress code limited pantschoices to those with buttons and zippers. “Jogger-type pants with elas tic waistband may be worn aslong as they are not more than‘1’ size larger than the student’smeasured size,” the rule now states. Short pants – such as gym shorts – with an elastic waist See DRESS A3 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Lawmen will be posted at all seven public schools when theopening bell of the new schoolyear rings next Friday. The School Board of Hardee County voted 4-0 during a spe cial session Monday to approvea funding deal with the HardeeCounty Sheriff’s Office thatwill place school resource offi cers on all district campuses. “I think this is a good deal and I am glad we are doingthis,” said Mildred Smith, board member. The $371,944 funding deal brings to a close months ofback-and-forth debate betweenthe School Board and theHardee County Board ofCounty Commissioners as thetwo bodies worked to developa plan to protect students andstaff at area schools in the wakeof the Valentine’s Day slayingof 17 students and staff at Park land’s Marjory Stoneman Dou glas High School. “I appreciate the School Board’s vote of confidence,” said Sheriff Arnold Lanier. “Ithas been a challenge, but I ap preciate everyone coming onboard.” Hardee County became one of the first school districts inthe Sunshine State to have anarmed lawman at every schoolin the wake of the tragedy. Sheriff Lanier gained a $200,000 emergency appropri ation earlier this year from theCounty Commission duringSpring Break that allowed fordeputies to be assigned toZolfo Springs, Bowling Green and North Wauchula elemen tary schools when classes re sumed. That move, at least in part, was a response to the FloridaLegislature’s passage of theMarjory Stoneman DouglasHigh School Public Safety Act. The law, signed by Gov. Rick Scott, requires school dis tricts to protect each and everyschool with an armed securitydetail of either SROs or trainedcivilian guardians. Hardee Senior High, Hardee Junior High and Hilltop Ele mentary were already protectedby SROs under an existingcost-sharing plan. Under thoseterms, the School Board paid40 percent of costs and theSheriff’s Office funded the re maining 60 percent. Wauchula Elementary School was also previouslyprotected with an SRO, pro vided by the Wauchula PoliceDepartment and fully paid forby the city. The temporary funding plan, however, began to show strainsas the school officials and the county entered budget planning sessions earlier this summer. The school district was ear marked to receive $479,185 inSafe Schools funding from thestate as part of the MarjoryStoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. The earmark – though a sharp increase from the $132,300 in Safe Schools fund ing from the previous year – fell far short of actual costs. “There is not a single district in the state that received See SCHOOLSA3 By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-Advocate A local murder suspect who fled across state lines has nowbeen returned to face chargeshere. Gabriel Arenas Ceja, 25, of 816 Pleasant Way, BowlingGreen, was booked into theHardee County Jail at 11:16 onSaturday night after beingtransferred from a Georgia jailcell. The Bowling Green Police Department had issued an ar rest warrant for Ceja in connec tion with the July 13 shootingof 18-year-old Eddie Grant ofBowling Green. The U.S. Mar shals Service captured him inTift County, Ga., on July 18.See SUSPECTA2


A2 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 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 Published weekly on Thursday at Wauchula, Florida, by the HeraldAdvocate Publishing Co. Inc. Periodical Postage paid at U.S. Post Office, Wauchula, FL 33873 and additional entry office (USPS 578-780). Postmaster, send address changes to: The Herald-Advocate, P.O. Box 338, Wauchula, FL 33873. At The Herald-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. CorrectionsAUGUST 2 Storytime, HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 2 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 8 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 8 Back to School Free Food & Fun/Oak Grove Baptist Church/4350 W Main St, Wauchula/ 6 pm 9 Storytime, HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 9 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 10 Wildcat Tailgate Party/Main Street Wauchula Inc./6 pm 10 Scout Club/Main Street Wauchula Inc./6 pm 15 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 16 Storytime, HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 16 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 16 Hardee County Candidate Forum/ Hilltop Elementary Auditorium/6 pm 17 Class for Seniors/ Medicare Basics/Hardee Help Center/10 am 21 Devotion & Lunch/ Hardee Help Center/Noon 22 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 23 Storytime, HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 23 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 25 HC Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament 29 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 30 Storytime, HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 30 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am SEPTEMBER 4 Money Smart for Families/Hardee Help Center/6 pm 5 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 6 Storytime, HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 6 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 11 Money Smart for Families/Hardee Help Center/6 pm 12 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 13 Storytime, HC Public Library/10 amSave 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 Kellys ColumnBy JimIt is hard to believe but football season is around the corner and local schools will open to students Aug. 10. The weather has not been too hot recently, and frequent summer rains have continued as expected. The Tampa Bay Rays, not unexpectedly, recently lost three games in a row at last-place Baltimore and likely fell out of wild card contention, as team ownership/management unloaded sev eral players to lower the payroll. Retired Atlanta Braves shortstop Chipper Jones gave an ex cellent talk at his induction to the Major League Hall of Fame this week. The Aug. 28 election is approaching soon, and excitement is building. Interestingly, the DeSoto County Commission recently voted 4-1 to deny Mosaic's application to open a phosphate mine on 18,000 acres in DeSoto. Meanwhile the Hardee County Com mission voted 5-0 to approve a new mine (Ona, 26,853 acres) in Hardee which has had phosphate mining for many years. The DeSoto decision may be challenged in court. The old theatre building on East Main Street in Bowling Green was razed last week. Howard Bolin is building five duplex apartment buildings on Church Ave. and Jones St. in Bowling Green. According to the Audubon Magazine there were 38.67 mil lion Northern Bobwhite Quail across 36 states (including Florida) in the U.S. in 1967. The population had declined to 5.8 million by 2014, an 85 percent decrease. Conservationists could never set aside enough public land to reverse the decline, so programs like Working Lands For Wildlife created in 2012 focused on private property. Over twothirds of the land in the lower 48 states is privately owned. Quails' fate is tied to farms, ranches and private woodlands. "Scientists with the National Bobwhite Conservation Insti tute believe those programs if implemented on all priority lands could increase the number of the birds, the only native quail in the East, by 55 million. And if we do this right everything should be just as valuable for other declining grassland birds and polli nators." said initiative director Don McKenzie. Audubon says under ideal habitat conditions, a pair of Northern Bobwhites can produce two dozen offspring in a single breeding season. Years ago some Mexican quail (smaller than Bobwhites) were released in this area but did not reproduce successfully. There are many factors involved in improving Bobwhite popu lation, including prescribed burning, predators, stop using chem icals, etc. Wild game needs adequate food, water, cover and space to thrive. Quail need plenty of room to walk and lots of insects and seeds. The Avon Park Air Force Range is managing its land better for quail and is seeing increased numbers. "He is a fool who will descend into a well on another man's rope." Louis L'Amour, Western novelist (1908-88). "Nothing grows well in the shade of a big tree." Constantin Brancusi, sculptor, painter and photographer (1876-1957). "Don't depend on others, or by and by you won't be able to depend on yourself--nor will anyone else." B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine founder (1880-1954). Forges Magazine reports 6-5 Dwayne Johnson, 46, also known as "The Rock," has become Hollywood's most bankable movie star, earning $124 million last year, the vast majority by acting. He has a past in football and wrestling. In 1995 he was cut by the Canadian Football League and arrived in Tampa broke. "I had a five, a one and change." "Thanks to his mixed Samoan and African-American her itage, his melting-pot looks make him a hero around the globe," wrote Natalie Robehmed. Last year over 64 percent of his movies' box office grosses came from international audiences. In July 2018 Florida Agriculture Magazine published by Farm Bureau reports mangoes were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago and are a good source of vitamins A and C. A typical mango is between 3 and 10 inches long. They can be eaten as fresh fruit or can be used in salads, desserts, sauces, juices and chutney. Hardee County has a growing number of mango trees. Farm Bureau says peanuts are planted on over 114,000 acres in Florida with a farmgate value of over $220 million annually. Primarily grown in northern Florida, peanuts are considered the most efficient and affordable source of protein, says Jeffrey Pittman, a peanut producer in Jackson County which devotes 30,000 acres to the crop. The average U.S. consumer eats more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut products annually, says the American Peanut Council. Peanuts have many uses including oil and flour. Peanut hulls can be used as livestock food pellets, compost material and cat litter, wrote Alex Lucas. Farm Bureau reports Florida has lost 15 to 20 percent of its avocado acreage and 50,000 trees to the laurel wilt disease, a fungus first detected in Florida avocado groves in 2011. The fun gus is spread by the redbay ambrosia beetle. Hurricane Irma also impacted the south Florida avocado crop last year, but over half the fruit had already been harvested, wrote Amanda Overstreet. Several avocado trees in Hardee have died of the laurel wilt disease. Peace River GrowersWholesale Nursery Donnis & Kathy Barber Hwy. 66 East P.O. Box 760 (863) 735-0470 Zolfo Springs, FLMosaic Approves Mitigation Dealditional $37.4 million for eco nomic development, bringing the total compensation to $87.4 million. The agreement also granted Hardee County a purchase option for 90 acres surrounding the county landfill for future expansion, and a lease agree ment with the Industrial De velopment Authority on land across from Mosaics North Pasture office, located off of C.R. 663 in Fort Green, to potentially locate a solar farm. The tentative agreement was dependent on this final ap proval by Mosaics Board of Directors. Mosaic is required to ad dress the elements of eco nomic development demonstrating how each mining op eration and reclamation plan maximize and achieve eco nomic development and diver sity as part of the mining permitting process outlined in the countys Comprehensive Land Use Plan. By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-AdvocateThe Mosaic Companys Board of Directors met and signed off on the proposed economic mitigation agree ment for the Ona Mine that was approved by the Hardee County Commission last month. Mosaic representatives and the county had tentatively agreed to a deal requiring the company to provide a mini mum of $50 million in eco nomic mitigation for the 26,853-acre mine. In addition to guaranteed payments of $2 million annu ally for 25 years, the county will receive additional com pensation tied to Mosaics stripping margins, which is an industry-wide metric that measures the profitability of the phosphate industry in any given year. If the stripping-margin model materializes as pre sented, it would provide an ad 106 Continued From A1 Hodges says the first far away place he traveled to was Lincoln, Neb., where he at tended the University of Ne braska. But that certainly wasnt the farthest he would move. In 1939-41, Hodges lived in Hawaii. And in 1979-81, he lived in Malawi, which is in eastern Africa. Hes also traveled internationally for work and has been on two cruises to Europe. Including North America, Hodges has been to four conti nents in his life. Ive been around, he says. Nowadays, Hodges likes to grow orchids and read Civil War history. He also talked about history connected to his home state of Nebraska, explaining the his tory of the Missouri River and talking about when the Lewis & Clark Expedition stopped at the Nebraska buttes. While he doesnt use it for very long at a time, Hodges gets on his exercise bike al most every day. Basically, Im just living one day at a time, he says. Tomorrows another day. And his advice to younger people? Do what you like to do. SUSPECT Continued From A1 A prisoner transport service was contracted by the Hardee County Sheriffs Office to bring Ceja back to the Hardee County Jail. On his arrival here, he was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, posses sion of a firearm by a con victed felon and tampering with a witness. Ceja is being held without bond, jail records show. Because of the seriousness of the charges against him, Ceja is being held in close management rather than with the general population. He is in a cell by himself. Charges stem from a Friday night incident at the Azalea Apartments in Bowling Green, where Ceja and Grant fought over a cell phone before Ceja allegedly broke away and re trieved a gun from his car, according to Capt. Brett Dowden of the Bowling Green Police Department. Ceja allegedly shot Grant multiple times as the teen stood on his own front porch with his girlfriend. After firing at Grant, Ceja turned the gun on the girl and said, If you say anything, Ill kill you, too, Dowden further charged. Ceja then drove away from the apartment complex, even tually crossing the state line into Georgia. Dowden said case work here continues. Our investigation is not quite done, he noted on Tuesday afternoon. Were getting close to where we want to be with it; were tying up loose ends. 1. FOOD & DRINK: What ingredient is added to sugar to make it brown sugar? 2. CURRENCY: Which historical figure featured on a $100 bill was NOT a president? 3. GEOGRAPHY: How many countries border Ger many? 4. GAMES: Who invented the game of roulette? 5. ANIMAL KINGDOM: On which continent would you find a dingo, a wild dog? 6. FAMOUS QUOTA TIONS: What American in dustrialist once said, "Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil"? 7. HISTORY: Who was the last queen of France? 8. GENERAL KNOWL EDGE: How long did the Pony Express deliver mail in the United States? 9. SCIENCE: What is the filament in an incandescent light bulb made of? 10. MOVIES: Which Dis ney movie features a character named Cruella de Vil? ANSWERS 1. Molasses 2. Benjamin Franklin 3. Nine 4. French mathematician Blaise Pascal 5. Australia (or Oceania) 6. J. Paul Getty 7. Marie Antoinette 8. 1860-61 (18 months) 9. Tungsten 10. "101 Dalmatians"(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Trivia TestBy Fifi Rodriguez Up To $3,000 Reward!Heartland Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tips:1 (800) 226 Tips 1(800) 226 DEAR PAW'S CORNER: Why are organizations making so much noise about se curing pets in the car when it's moving? My dog "Archie" loves to put his head out the window, and has never needed a seat belt or carrier. He loves car trips. Fred H., via email DEAR FRED: Even though Archie loves riding in the car, he still faces the same risks as humans if knock on wood an accident happens. Unrestrained, he could be thrown around the car and injured, or even worse, thrown out of the car. Most experts recommend that pets be in a secure carrier, and that the carrier itself be held in place with sturdy straps (not bungie cords) so it doesn't slide around when driving around corners or making tight turns. However, like many dogs, Archie wants to have some mo bility and enjoys sticking his head out of the window. That's natural. Fortunately, there are manufacturers out there trying to blend pet safety with comfort. Restraint systems are available for larger dogs that allow them to sit or lie down on the rear passenger seat, while keeping them from wandering around the car's interior. For smaller dogs, pet booster seats are available that lift them higher on the seat so that they can look out the window without having to stand on their rear legs. Keep in mind that there are no performance standards or test protocols for verifying exactly how safe a restraint system or carrier is. Subaru of America and the Center for Pet Safety recently joined forces to test a few products. But you should take a look at several types of restraint systems for Archie to find the one he'll like best. Send your questions, comments or tips to 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Paws CornerBy Sam Mazzotta Speak Up!CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE1-800-422-4453


August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A3 Hardee Junior High School 2018-19 Dress CodeShirt Requirements: 1. Shirts may be worn out over the waistline or tucked in. Shirt size shall not be more than size larger or smaller than the students measured size and must be no lower than 2 inches for the inner aspect of the collar bone (below the neck). 2. The following shirts are the only allowable shirts to be worn by students at Hardee Junior High School: Hardee Junior High spirit, athletic and club shirts (shortor long-sleeved) in Wild cat orange, gray, and navy or royal blue. Shirts will be available for purchase in the administration building or school store. Additionally, Hardee Wildcats or Wildcats shirts in Wildcat orange, gray, and navy or royal blue may be worn. These are also available from outside vendors. The 2 inch rule from #1 will apply. College shirts or U.S. Armed Forces shirts (must display military branch logo or emblem) of any color may be worn to promote institutions of higher learning and for team spirit purposes. Polo shirts, (shortor long-sleeved, maximum of 4 buttons) in Wildcat orange, gray, and navy or royal blue. Girls may wear polo shirts with cap sleeves. Polo shirts may have small designer logos or emblems located near the chest area, as long as they are smaller than the size of a student ID and are appropriate for school. Parents are encouraged to purchase polo shirts from retail stores; however, the Dress for Success attire should be strictly adhered to. Remember, the approved colors: Wildcat orange, gray and navy or royal blue. The 2 inch rule from #1 will apply. Pants/Shorts/Skirts Requirements: 1. Pants must be fastened and worn at the natural waistline for boys and at the hips for girls. Pants, shorts, skirts, and skorts waist size shall not be more than size larger than the students measured size. Pants, slacks, and shorts cannot be ex cessively baggy in fit. Undergarments (boxers, briefs, or shorts, or panties) should not be visible at any time. They should be no longer in length than the heels of the shoes. 2. Skirts, shorts, and skorts shall be no shorter than two inches above the knee with no slits. 3. All clothing must be free from rips and tears that expose bare skin. If clothing is ripped or torn and exposing bare skin, then the student is considered out of dress code regardless of the location of the rip or tear. If pants/shorts have rips or tears students must wear something under the pants or shorts. 4. Jogger type pants with elastic waist band may be worn as long as they are not more than size larger than the students measured size. 5. Shorts/pants with elastic waist band may be worn as long as they are not more than size larger than the students measured size. Shorts must be no shorter than two inches above the knee. Other Dress for Success Requirements: Shoes must be worn at all times. Students should not wear any clothing, jewelry, buttons, or any other items, words, phrases, symbols, pictures with words, phrases, symbols, pictures, patches or graphics which use indecent, swear, or suggestive words or are drug/alcohol or gang related. Sunglasses, hats, caps or any other head covering, are not to be worn in the buildings. Extremes in dress or grooming that cause undue attention or cause disruptive influxes, such as unnaturally colored hair, tattoos, and body piercing (other than ears) are examples of extreme dress and grooming and are prohibited.THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT ALLOWED AT SCHOOL: Bandanas of any color or style, visors, shower caps, nylon caps, hair nets, and skull caps. Hair rollers Chain wallets, dog collars, spiked wrist bands, or neck bands Unbuckled belts, overalls, or suspenders Yoga pants Pajamas or sleepwear Leggings of any kind are not allowed Bicycling, stretch, or spandex pants or shorts Excessively short or tight clothing Hooded garments Bedroom slippers, sliders, heelys, or skate shoes Bare feet Gang related items of any kind Winter/Cold Weather Policy: Outer wear is defined and includes: Hoodless clothing specifically designed for protection against cold weather such as sweater, coats, jackets, overcoats etc. A. Out of dress code long-sleeve shirts or out of dress code long-sleeve t-shirts warn for warmth as outermost garment are not allowed. B. Out of dress code long-sleeve shirts cannot be visibly worn under short sleeve dress code t-shirts. The following outerwear articles of clothing are allowed and may be worn all day without removal: Zip-up (or button-up) coats, jackets or sweaters. These items should be free from any inflammatory print or design. Pull-over sweatshirts and sweaters. These items should be free of inflammatory print or design. Longor short-sleeved solid colored t-shirts in Wildcat orange, gray, navy or royal blue are allowed and may be worn underneath Dress for Success t-shirts or polos. These undershirts should be tucked and should not extend below the outer tshirt or polo. All outerwear items must be free of rips or tears, and must fit within one size of the students measured size. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEEDWARNING THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN OR IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVE LEGAL INTEREST. The property will be sold at a public auction on the 15th day of August, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., unless the back taxes are paid. To make payment or for ques tions concerning real property taxes, contact the Hardee County Tax Collectors Office at (863) 7739144 (PO Box 445, Wauchula, FL 33873). To receive further information regarding the Tax Deed Sale, contact the Hardee County Clerk of the Courts, immediately, at (863) 773-4174 (P.O. Drawer 1749, Wauchula, Florida, 33873). The holder of the following tax certificate has filed the certificate for a tax deed to be issued. The cer tificate number and year of issuance, the descrip tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are: CERTIFICATE NO.: 1310 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2012 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: James A. Cunningham, Trustee Description of Property: Parcel Identification Number 16-34-27-0000-565400000 DESCRIPTION 390 AC 1/32 MINERAL RIGHTS ALL W OF RD LESS 1975.13 FT THEREOF PART OF 9185 ACRE TRACT LESS PHOSPHATE OR228P790 16 34S 27E SUBJECT TO RESERVATIONS, COVENANTS, RE STRICTIONS, AND EASEMENTS OF RECORD. All of the property is in HARDEE County, Florida. Unless the certificate or certificates are redeemed according to law, the property described in the cer tificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bid der on August 15, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk 7:12-8:2c ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 25-2017-CA-000280 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Plaintiff, vs. Margaret A. Barringer a/k/a Margaret Barringer; Unknown Spouse of Margaret A. Barringer a/k/a Margaret Barringer; Hardee County, Florida; Erin I. Fitzpatrick; Unknown Parties in Possession #1, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in Possession #2, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendant(s). _____________________________/ NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to order rescheduling foreclosure sale or Final Judg ment, entered in Civil Case No. 2017-CA-000280 of the Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit in and for Hardee County, Florida, wherein JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Associa tion, Plaintiff and Margaret A. Barringer a/k/a Margaret Bar ringer are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Victoria L. Rogers, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash HARDEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 417 W. MAIN STREET, 2nd FLOOR HALLWAY OUTSIDE OF ROOM 202, WAUCHULA, FLORIDA, 33873 AT 11:00 A.M. on August 8, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: THE EAST 25 FEET OF LOT 4 AND ALL OF LOT 3, BLOCK 5, SUNSET PARK SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 9 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS ANY ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRO CEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT THE COURT ADMINISTRATION, (863)-534-4488 WITHIN 2 WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RE CEIPT OF THIS NOTICE. IF YOU ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED, CALL TDD (863) 5347777 OR FLORIDA RELAY SERVICE 1-800-955-8770. VICTORIA L. ROGERS, Clerk of the Circuit Court Hardee County, Florida By: Connie Coker Deputy Clerk7:26, 8:2c______________________________Amberjack Season Now OpenThe recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish reopened in Gulf of Mexico state and federal wa ters on Wednesday. The amberjack season will remain open through Oct. 31 in state waters. The triggerfish season will remain open through Dec. 31 in state waters. For greater amberjack in the Gulf, the minimum size limit is 34 inches fork length, and the daily bag limit is one fish per person. For gray triggerfish in the Gulf, the minimum size limit is 15 inches fork length, and the daily bag limit is one fish per person. DRESS Continued From A1 SCHOOLS Continued From A1 may be worn as well, provided they are not shorter than two inches above the knee. New rules for pants, shorts and skirts include a prohibition against clothing that includes rips and tears that expose bare skin. If clothing is ripped or torn and exposing bare skin, then the student is considered out of dress code regardless of the location of the rip or tear, the new rules state. If pants/shorts have rips or tears, students must wear something under the pants or shorts. The new rules also add a prohibition of slider type shoes. The existing ban includes bedroom slippers, heelys and skate shoes. The new rules also include an expanded cold weather policy. The new winter policy defines outerwear as hoodless clothing specifically designed for protection against cold weather, such as sweaters, coats, jackets, overcoats, etc. The rules prohibit students from wearing out of dress code long-sleeved shirts or out of dress code long-sleeved T-shirts worn for warmth as outermost garment. A related rule prohibits such clothing being visibly worn under short-sleeved dress code T-shirts. The winter weather rules remove specific color requirements from outerwear. The rules previously said all jackets or sweaters and sweatshirts had to be in Wildcat orange, gray, navy or royal blue. Students will continue to be allowed to wear long-sleeved solid-colored T-shirts in Wildcat orange, gray, navy or royal blue underneath Dress for Success T-shirts or polos as a means of additional warmth. enough money to cover it, said Bob Shayman, superin tendent. The new funding agreement calls for the school district and the sheriff to continue the 60/40 cost share for the four existing deputies at a cost of $171,944 for the schools. An additional $200,000 will fund and equipment, including vehicles, the three new deputies for Bowling Green, Zolfo Springs and North Wauchula. A separate budget agreement is planned with WPD for $24,577 to help offset the cost of the SRO at Wauchula Ele mentary. The officers will be on sta tion before the official start of the new school year. The new officers are all trained, Lanier said. The ex isting officers are in training today. I went ahead and trained the ones we had selected so we would be ready on Aug. 10. It will be a learning experience for some of them, and a con tinuing experience for the ones that were already there. The Sheriffs Office had ini tially presented a $520,907 plan to provide SROs. Smarting with sticker shock, school administrators began looking at alternatives. The so-called Plan B in volved abandoning SROs at Zolfo Springs, Bowling Green and North Wauchula and re placing them with retired law enforcement officers who would serve as security offi cers. We could not cover the first offer with the funds that we have, so I looked at Plan B, Shayman said. Over the course of two weeks. I met with three former deputies here from Hardee County All three of them said they are interested and agreed to come in. Plan B called for the school district to continue to pay $171,944 to the sheriff for the four existing officers. The three other schools would be covered by the security offi cers paid directly by the school district at an addi tional cost of $179,807. The School Board was briefed on both plans at a workshop on Thursday of last week. Funding-wise, we have the funds for either, Shayman said. Support quickly turned to ward contracting with the sher iff. I have an issue, Smith said. To me, the safety of everyone in the county comes under the county and the Sher iff's Office. I would rather use his men and his training. I wish the county commission ers had agreed to fund all of them 60/40. We are here to educate chil dren, added Smith, a retired Hardee County educator. Member Thomas Trevino cited the countys ongoing budget woes in answer to Smiths concerns. We met with the County Commission, and they are having funding is sues, he said. But so are we, Smith re sponded. We will always have ours and they will always have theirs. Members also favored al lowing liability and training of the SROs being shouldered by the sheriff. Going with the sheriff's plan, it is $20,000 more, but the liability is on them, Trevino said. Vice Chairman Garry McWhorter agreed. For $20,000 we put all the burden on the sheriff, McWhorter added. I personally think that $20,000 is OK considering the liability falls on the S.O., Smith said. Plan B was projected to cost $376,328. The deal with the sheriff, including the payment to the WPD, is $396,521. Board member Teresa Crawford was absent from both meetings. It was poet, philosopher and satirist Horace, who lived in the first century B.C., who made the following sage ob servation: "He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses." Legislators in Vermont once found it necessary to out law whistling while underwa ter. If someone were to ask you to name the sunniest spot on Earth, you might be tempted to answer "the Sahara Desert" or some other such ex otic place. You would be wrong, though; that distinction belongs to a town right here in America. Out of the possible 4,456 daylight hours each year, the sun shines for an average of 4,050 in Yuma, Arizona. That means that there's cloud cover or rain for only about 10 percent of the time there. You might be surprised to learn that, according to those who study such things, Alaskans eat twice as much ice cream per capita than the rest of the nation. Those who have the time to study such things claim that the most difficult small object to flush down a toilet is a pingpong ball. In 2010 a new species of slug was discovered in the mountains of Borneo. It is dis tinguished from other species of slug by its novel method of mating: It shoots its mate with a so-called love dart made of calcium carbonate and con taining hormones. The re searchers nicknamed the gastropods "ninja slugs."(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Strange But TrueBy Samantha Weaver Go To The Head Of The Class!SCHOOL NEWS DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM


–H ARDEE L IVING – PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY Lester Elbertson, 55, (right) sustainedserious burns on his face, arms andhands on July 1 from a brush fire andwas airlifted to Blake Memorial Hospitalin Bradenton. Skin grafts were requiredas he is still recuperating. At left is hisbrother David Elbertson, 63, former citymanager of Bowling Green. BURN VICTIM FUNDRAISER This moose head hangs on the wall ofWauchula Moose Lodge No. 1487 at EastMain Street and King Road. Benefit barbecue servers Saturday, from left, included Stephanie Wilkerson, AshleyForrester, Celena Goode, Dennis Lake, Machele Albritton, Candice Harris, andCindy Dutton. The benefit, which included a BBQ pulled pork and chicken dinnerplus raffles, silent auction and 50/50 drawing, raised over $7,000 for Lester Elbert son, who is employed with Florida Fertilizer Company. Wauchula Moose Club officers, from left, include Jimmy Richardson, first past gov ernor; Jerry Albritton, trustee; Dennis Lake, vice governor; Alton Wilkerson, gover nor; and Timmy Keene, trustee. The lodge has over 200 members. For moreinformation call 863-445-1193. PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY On Sunday afternoon the First United Methodist Church of Wauchula hosted a 106thbirthday celebration for Dr. Elver Hodges. From left are Bill Baldwin, Nancy Craft,Dr. Hodges, Karl Framer, and Lorraine Baldwin. Bill Baldwin is pastor of the SpringLake United Methodist Church in Highlands County. 106TH BIRTHDAY Standing are David Weis and LaDonna Weis. Sitting are Louise Weis, Dr. Hodges,Carl Weis, and Margaret Hodges Blanco, Dr. Hodges' daughter. His actual birth dateis Aug. 2. PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY The First United Methodist Church of Wauchula is finishing its renovations thisweek. The remodeling, which began in January, will help the whole church campuslook more uniform by adding brickwork and other changes. The work is being doneby Halfacre Construction Co. The church will celebrate the finished renovationsthis Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community members are invited to attendthe event. CHURCH CHANGE RURAL HEALTHCARE REPORT PHOTO BY JIM KELLY John Gill, a physician's assistant at Pioneer Medical Center, spoke to the WauchulaKiwanis Club on Tuesday, July 24, at the Java Cafe. He is president of the NationalAssociation of Rural Health and has lobbied in Washington, D.C. Healthcare ischanging, and striking a balance of costs, patient care, new technology, insurance,government role, and information-sharing is a continuing challenge. He said tech nology exists today to put a smart phone over one's chest and do an electrocardio gram, to take one's temperature and pulse, and take and send a photo of a rash tothe doctor for diagnosis and suggested treatment. Adapting technology could re duce the number of visits to a doctor's office. From left are Gary Delatorre, CharlesCannon, John Gill, and club vice president Kyle Long. 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, DCsoc7:19tfcHannah’s Hope Chest Thrift Store Come check out another NEW load of furniture from Longboat Key! New Longer Hours Mon 9:00 to 4:30 Tue, Thu & Fri 9:00 to 6:00 Wed 9:00 to Noon Sat 9:00 to 1:00 226 W. Main St. • Wauchula, FL soc8:2c Ain’t she cute Ain’t she sporty And I guess by golly She’ll never look 40 Your family that loves you! soc8:2p First United Methodist Church of Wauchula will host its Children's Wing grandopening this Saturday from10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There willbe tours, bounce houses, hotdogs, the Children's Choir andso much more! The public isinvited to come see the remod eling at 207 N. Seventh Ave. –––––– The deadline for Church Newssubmissions is Thursday at 5for the next edition. Church News Don’t Be Left Out!HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM A4 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018


H ARDEE L IVING Fundraiser for Vietnam Veteran Yard SaleSaturday 7-? Spaghetti Dinners $5 11-?All proceeds benefit a local Vietnam Veteran who served 3 toursCounty Line Club 245 Hwy 17 N., Bowling Green soc8:2pSorry for the inconvenience, butWe will be CLOSEDMonday, August 6 throughSunday, August 12We will REOPENMonday, August 13at 6amThank You!Summer Hours:Mon. & Tues. 6 am 2 pm Wed. Sat. 6 am 8 pm Sun. 7 am 2 pm P Pi io on ne ee er r R R e es s t t a au ur r a an nt t 2902 US Hwy 17 S. Zolfo Springs, FL(Corner of 17 & SR64)735-0726soc8:2c Stephanie Gugle Computer Tech (863) soc8:2c INHOMESERVICEGreetings from Fort Green! We are losing some good neighbors as Pam and Harry Northup have recently sold their home to a person from Winter Haven. They told me they needed and wanted to downsize. The new neighbors are from the city, and I can understand people wanting to leave cities for the peace and quiet of the country. If you are not familiar where the Northups lived, it was the old Buddy Patton home place. Amazing how homes retain the original owners name. I still live in Merle Abbotts old home place! Our sincere sympathy is ex tended to the family of Cal Young. He is the uncle of Ron nie Moye, and they were telling me all the tradgies his wife has endured. Besides her husband being so sick for so long, some family have al ready made their final journeys and sometimes a person has more than their share. Sympathy is also extended to the family of Joe Sanders. He is a friend I made while working at Gardiner and I knew all his family, brother and sister and his children and their children. If I had known about the services in advance I would have gone. I saw his daughter, Lynn, some years back in Balm when my daughter still lived in Tampa. I was on the way home after spending a weekend with her and stopped to get a drink and a beautiful young girl said you dont recognize me do you? She could drive a goat and park it right beside the trailer without an inch in be tween! Joe will be missed. Faye Chanceys bill burgess always blooms before mine and are more beautiful than mine! Our yard looks terrible now but is beginning to look a little better or really we are probably just getting used to it. We had the beautiful old wonderful shade tree cut down all but one branch that the swing hangs on. It was rotting and we were afraid when the hurricane winds come it would blow over on the house. It will take a month of Saturdays to get the deep tracks out from around where it stood as the machines are so heavy. Eventually it will be acceptable! Sherman said we need two fast-growing trees but the only ones I know that will grow overnight are the male mul berry and we sure dont want them. Ray Durrance gave me one years ago and I ended up hiring Charles Abbott and his group to dig them up! I had even been giving them shots of roundup in their trunk but when one died, five others sprang up! The Gulf State Quartet sang at Gardner last Sunday morn ing. Gladys Douglas was there and sent word to tell me hello. She is one sweet lady I really got to know back when Hardee County had Homemaker Clubs. Also I saw Hazel Far well at Doc Hodges party and we visited. She also goes to Gardner and I got to know her the same way and consider them good friends that you just dont see except once in a coons age. Docs party was very nice. Carolyn Wyatt told me she brought her young grandson with her because he said he had never seen a 106-age per son! Out of the mouth of babes. It was great to see people you never see unless at a funeral! Jean Burton looked super as did Florence Heath. I got to speak to Dutchie Clavel, and plenty others. Connie Rowe was there and intro duced herself and it is things like that make it more special. Geraldine Crews manned the piano while someone led in some of the old songs that our generation knows, Let Me Call You Sweetheart and Always. The younger genera tion does not know what good music is like! Dennis Sasser and Beth are back from a wonderful vaca tion and Dennis announced that Carolyn and Gene Con leys home burned and that Gene made his final journey the next day. That is nearly more than a person can take. Our deep sympathy is ex tended to them. Denise Erekson has been on our prayer list for some time and got well some of the time. She says she is now a chronic patient with incurable cancer. Her husband and entire family are active in the Mission Me chanic Flyer, and Ronny goes to Belize and is trying to get a route to Honduras. They are very happy with any donations for this missionary team. I understand Bruce Dur rance was back at church, al ready playing the keyboard after three bypasses. He is remarkable. We had quite a few on the prayer list last Sunday. Tina Owens cannot get around without help. Helen Albritton is still not able to get out. Mary Samuels is still in Hardee Manor receiving therapy and Lynda Abbott is still recover ing at home. Barbara Casey was not feeling too good on Sunday but is enjoying her grandson and children from Virginia. She had never seen the great-grandkids. Andrew has been visiting for a couple of weeks. Please remember all the sick in prayer. Roberta and Courtney Alexander had a great week in Daytona visiting relatives. Makayla Chancey also en joyed the week. Avie and Allen Eures and Kaylee Hogenauer are back home after a couple of weeks at Anna Maria Island. They and a group of friends plan their trip every year. Happy birthday wishes to Faye Davis on Aug. 1, Avie Eures on the third and my granddaughter on the 4th. Important dates! Sure hope you went to town and registered to vote in the August primary. I got to meet Diane Smith and she is very likable. Ones working in the polls had training last week. Please pray for each other and our nation. Fort Green NewsBy Rilla Cooper 773-6710 Dear Editor: Arrived home about 12:47 from Avon Park in a Corolla. I am not happy about it because this car operates so differently from my old "770" Chevrolet. I drove about 45 to 60 mph home from Avon Park. The instruments are so different from my U.S. made vehicle (I like my old car better.) I was very uncomfortable seated in this Corolla because I did not know how to make the seats and the back of the seat fit my short body. These foreign-made cars are not for me. I'm "too young" (91) to enjoy driving these "new fangled" vehicles that are on the roadways in this "day and time." Give me back my "old timers" like my "old used Chevy," and I'll be as "happy as a meadowlark." I'll leave these new-fangled models to the younger "whipper-snappers." Just be sure they leave their "play things" at home in their "play pens" so they don't drive with them. They can keep or take their eyes off the road. I have just received a call from Alan Jay that it is impossible to repair my vehicle. I am supposed to receive a call to morrow (Saturday a.m.) to make some arrangements about "what-ever." I received another call at 1:35 p.m. today, Friday, July 27. Whoever was to contact me tomorrow said "can't see me until Monday a.m." I am driving a vehicle now (a Corolla Toyota). I don't like it. It is too different from my Chevy 700. Neither am I in the mood to buy a vehicle. I do need to get some "wheels." (I don't believe I could manage a bicycle like I once could.) It seems "I'm way up a creek without a paddle." I have re ceived word this afternoon I can't be seen until sometime on Monday a.m. At my age I am not "looking forward" to a car payment. I don't know what I am going to do? Only the Good Lord will provide "what-ever" I am to do. Read my story in the future. Maybe by-and-by we will all know the ending of this inci dent. The Lord will provide. Roxie Bentley says "bless you!" Roxie Bentley WauchulaLetter To The Editor Roxie Finds Herself Up A Creek Without A PaddleDear Editor: I am writing to encourage all citizens to get out and vote in the August 28 primary elec tion. And I am especially encour aging you to vote for Keith Merritt for Circuit Court Judge in the 10th Circuit. Keith is a longtime resident of Polk County, graduating from Lakeland Senior High School in 1980. He served six years of active duty as a nu clear electrician, he earned his Dolphins aboard two sub marines, became a Navy scuba diver and received commenda tions from the Commander of Submarines in the Pacific and the Commanding Officer of the USS Bremerton. These leadership skills along with his continuing serv ice to the community, serving as a Lakeland City Commissioner while still practicing the law and serving his clients with legal skill and compas sion, gives Keith the ability to serve as a knowledgeable and fair 10th Circuit Court Judge. Barbara Stampfl LakelandLetter To The Editor Keith Merritt Would Be A Good Circuit Judge What were Hardee Countians thinking and talking about in the 1960s, or maybe the s? Each issue, we will revisit that corresponding week and year in a decade past, using old copies of The Florida Advo cate, the Hardee County Her ald, or The Herald-Advocate. This week, the decade of The sAug. 4, 1988 Fast Freedom: An escapee from the Hardee County Jail has been captured after less than four days. Two other es capees were caught within 48 hours but one led authorities on extensive chases and searches until he was spotted last Wednesday at 3 p.m., hiding in a Wauchula home. He was caught and apprehended by 15 officers and will be charged with two vehicle thefts, in addition to current pending charges. Confusing Art: Carol Brush writes in her column this week about the statue she had under stood to be a representation of The Last Supper. After in vesting $75 to have her photo of this artwork framed and hung on her dining room wall, it was brought to her attention that this statue portrayed only 11 disciples instead of 12. She is now searching for more information on this interpreta tion of the biblical event. No-Diet Diet: Why worry about the hassle of dieting? If you cant take dieting anymore, take charge at the Fortu nate Life Weight Loss Center. This new business advertised its upcoming opening at 116 W. Orange St. in Wauchula. The ad proclaims it is a safe, successful, state-of-the-art weight loss center and one of the first in Hardee, Highlands and DeSoto counties. Decades In Other ActionZS Town Commission The Zolfo Springs Town Com mission considered the follow ing items during its 40-minute meeting last week. All five com missioners were present. discussed, in a public hearing, the towns Commu nity Development Block Grant application. passed the Florida Beef permit renewal. approved an agreement about highway corridor work with the countys Economic Development Council, with the stipulation that the EDC uses Zolfo Springs engineers in stead of bringing in new ones. accepted the monthly sheriffs report for June, show ing 12 offenses handled, 16 re quests for information and 13 tickets issued. accepted the water and waste/water and transportation monthly report. noted that Peace River Electric Cooperative will prob ably take over the residential part of Hardee County from Duke Energy. The commis sioners want to make sure the streetlights are changed to LED bulbs since the town already has an agreement about that with Duke Energy. approved the purchase of a new public address system for town hall for an initial cost of $8,694.80 and a yearly cost of $1,290.20. discussed updated costs for the Civic Center renovation. Town Clerk Amanda Wal lace reminded commissioners Irby and Cannon that they are up for re-election. Qualifying time for the election for seats 1 and 3 is from Aug. 20 at 7:30 a.m. to Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. The next Zolfo Springs Town Commission meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. Location to be determined.HARDEE COUNTY FOOD PANTRIES Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries 113 N 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-5717 Requirements: Identification, Social Security card When: Wednesday ONLY | 10 am 12 noon Bowling Green Church of God 121 W. Broward Bowling Green, FL 33834 Tele: 863-375-2231 Requirements: Identification When: 3rd Saturday of the month | 8 am noon Cutting Edge Food Ministry 3059 Elm Street Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 Tele: 863-773-2484 Requirements: Identification When: Tuesday & Friday 10 am noon & 1 3 pm First United Methodist Church of Wauchula 207 N. 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-4267 Requirements: ID & Physical address (Light Bill, Lease etc.) When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month 1:00 3:00 pm (first come, first serve) Other Program: Bagged Lunch M, W, F 8 am 12 pm for pre-school age kids & adults. Wednesday Night Free Community Dinner: 5:30 6:30 pm Hardee Help Center 713 E. Bay Street, Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-0034 Requirements: Application with proof of hardship Programs: Emergency & Homelessness Assistance For more information, Contact the Hardee Help Center St. Michaels Catholic Church Food Pantry 408 Heard Bridge Rd, Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-4089 Requirements: Identification or Light Bill When: Every Saturday 6:00 8:00 amRev. 12/19/2017 August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A5


Gov. Scott Makes U.S. Senate Race Campaign Stop In Hardee By JIM KELLYOf The Herald-Advocate Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday morning made aone-hour campaign stop atMater'z Steak House inWauchula. He has been gover nor for 7-1/2 years, and theRepublican from Naples isseeking the U.S. Senate seatcurrently held by U.S. Sen.Bill Nelson, a Democrat. Theelection will be Nov. 6. Scott said the state's crime rate is at a 47-year low and thatFlorida has added 1.5 millionjobs since he has been gover nor. He said he has been en dorsed by 56 of Florida's 67sheriffs and had high praise forHardee Sheriff Arnold Lanier. Scott said the federal gov ernment needs to change to represent everybody and thathe will represent Florida's 21million residents if elected tothe U.S. Senate. He said he hasshaken hands with 500,000people. "I will try to solveproblems." He served in the Navy. Scott said his favorite job is being agrandparent. He enjoys talkingto children. Scott said he grew up in public housing, did not knowhis natural father and wasadopted by his stepfather. Wauchula was among four city stops planned for Thurs day. Scott would also like to see term limits established for U.S.representatives and senatorsand control federal spendingmore efficiently. PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY Bowling Green Mayor Sam Fite, who is also presidentof the Florida Ridge League of Cities, talks with Gov.Scott. Polk County Commissioner Melony Bell of Bartow is running for state representative in this district in No vember. Keith Davis of rural Wauchula is a citrus grower and part-owner of Florida Fertilizer Company. Rev. Rod Cannon is a member of the Zolfo SpringsTown Council and pastor of New Vision Worship Cen ter. Wauchula Realtor Ken Lambert, owner of Lambert Re alty Company, is a member of the Wauchula City Coun cil. Governor shown with Ann Schwartz and her daughterCamille, 10. At right is Bowling Green City Commissioner DavidDurastanti, former superintendent of schools in HardeeCounty. Gov. Scott and Nicholas LeConte, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher LeConte. Rev. Jeff Fowler, pastor of Florida's First Assembly ofGod on Florida Avenue in Wauchula, attended Gov. Scott's campaign stop. From left are Mazie Pelham, 8, Hardee County Economic Development CoordinatorSarah Pelham, Gracie Pelham, 10, and Gov. Scott. Hardee County Economic Development Office Manager Kristie Schierling and her daughter Kaitlyn, 10, and son Dylan, 7. Wauchula Realtor Noey Flores is running for a HardeeCounty Commission seat on Aug. 28. In center is R.Roy Petteway. Doyle E. Carlton III talks with governor. His grandfatherDoyle E. Carlton Sr. was Florida's governor in 1929-33. A6 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018


The governor is shown with Wauchula Assistant City Manager Olivia Minshew, CityCouncilman Ken Lambert, City Manager Terry Atchley, and City Councilman GarySmith. Hardee Sheriff Arnold Lanier, Gov. Rick Scott, and Hardee County CommissionerSue Birge, chair of the Hardee Republican Executive Committee. She is seeking re-election as commissioner this year. Four Wauchula Police officers pose with Scott. From left are Lt. Matthew Whatley,Cpl. Bryanna Lott, Ptl. Kaleigh Anderson, and Det. Sgt. Christopher LeConte. Attending event were Edward Flood and Hannah Potter, assistant state attorneys, and Hardee County Commissioner Colon Lambert. Mater'z owners Tami and Scott Halstead pose with Scott. Hardee County Commissioner Rick Knight talks with Scott. Shown here are Lt. Herschel Stone of the HardeeCounty Sheriff's Office and Hardee Clerk of CourtsVickie Rogers. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED WARNING THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE PROPERTYWHICH YOU OWN OR IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVELEGAL INTEREST.The property will be sold at a public auction on the15th day of August, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., unless theback taxes are paid. To make payment or for ques tions concerning real property taxes, contact the Hardee County Tax Collector’s Office at (863) 7739144 (PO Box 445, Wauchula, FL 33873). To receive further information regarding the Tax Deed Sale,contact the Hardee County Clerk of the Courts, im mediately, at (863) 773-4174 (P.O. Drawer 1749,Wauchula, Florida, 33873).The holder of the following tax certificate has filedthe certificate for a tax deed to be issued. The cer tificate number and year of issuance, the descrip tion of the property, and the names in which it wasassessed are:CERTIFICATE NO.: 1312 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2012 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: James A.Cunningham, TrusteeDescription of Property:Parcel Identification Number 20-34-27-0000-50050-0000DESCRPTION:625 AC 1/32 MINERAL RIGHTSALL LESS S 15 ACRES OFSE1/4 OF SW1/4 PART OF 9185ACRE TRACT LESS PHOSPHATEOR 228 P 790SUBJECT TO RESERVATIONS, COVENANTS, RE STRICTIONS, AND EASEMENTS OF RECORD.All of the property is in HARDEE County, Florida. Unless the certificate or certificates are redeemedaccording to law, the property described in the cer tificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bid der on August 15, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk 7:12-8:2c ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 18-CA-007069 In re: Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors ofCARESYNC, INC., Assignor, To:JOSEPH J. LUZINSKI, Assignee. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT TO: CREDITORS AND OTHERINTERESTED PARTIES: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on July 23, 2018, a petition com mencing an assignment for thebenefit of creditors pursuant tochapter 727, Florida Statutes,made by CareSync, Inc., as signor, with principal place ofbusiness at 14055 RiveredgeDrive, #600, Tampa, Florida33637, to Joseph J. Luzinski, as signee, whose address is 500West Cypress Creek Road, Suite400, Fort Lauderdale, Florida33309, was filed. YOU ARE HEREBY further no tified that in order to receive anydividend in this proceeding youmust file a proof of claim withthe assignee or the assignee'sattorney on or before November20, 2018.STEPHANIE C. LIEBRHYS P. LEONARDTRENAM, KEMKER, SCHARF, BARKIN, FRYE, O’NEILL & MULLIS, P.A. PO Box 1102Tampa, FL 33601-1102Tel: (813) 223-7474 Proposed Attorneys for the Assignee, Joseph J. Luzinski 8:2-23c __________________________________ PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Bowling Green election qualifying period for Commission Seats 1, 2, & 3will open August 13, 2018 at 8:00am and will run until August 17, 2018 at 4:00pm fora November 13, 2018 election. Qualifying fee is $10.00 plus a $30.00 Election Assess ment. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, registered voters and residentsof the City of Bowling Green for the past 6 months. Can didates must qualify at the City of Bowling Green administrative office, 104 E. Main Street, Bowling Green, Florida during the above stated hours. Any questions regarding the election may be directedto the office of the City Clerk at 863-375-2255.M. Carmen SilvaCity Clerk 8:2,9c August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A7 On This Day:• In 1937 Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuanaand all its by-products illegal• In 1944 Jewish survivors of Kovono Ghetto emerge from their bunker• In 1972 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in Lon don• In 1999 "The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment,premieres• In 2012 American swimmer Michael Phelps wins an unprecedented third consecutive goldmedal in the 200m individual medley in 1:54.27at the London Olympics


A8 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 7:26-8:9c WHO IS BY FAR THE MOST EXPERIENCED, QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY JUDGE? 8:2p NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED WARNING THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE PROPERTYWHICH YOU OWN OR IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVELEGAL INTEREST.The property will be sold at a public auction on the15th day of August, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., unless theback taxes are paid. To make payment or for ques tions concerning real property taxes, contact the Hardee County Tax Collector’s Office at (863) 7739144 (PO Box 445, Wauchula, FL 33873). To receive further information regarding the Tax Deed Sale,contact the Hardee County Clerk of the Courts, im mediately, at (863) 773-4174 (P.O. Drawer 1749,Wauchula, Florida, 33873).The holder of the following tax certificate has filedthe certificate for a tax deed to be issued. The cer tificate number and year of issuance, the descrip tion of the property, and the names in which it wasassessed are:CERTIFICATE NO.: 1308 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2012 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: James A.Cunningham, TrusteeDescription of Property:Parcel Identification Number 15-34-27-0000-53270-0000DESCRIPTION640 AC 1/32 MINERAL RIGHTSALL OF SECTION 15 34S 27EPARK OF 9185 ACRE TRACT OR228 P 790 LESS PHOSPATESUBJECT TO RESERVATIONS, COVENANTS, RE STRICTIONS, AND EASEMENTS OF RECORD.All of the property is in HARDEE County, Florida. Unless the certificate or certificates are redeemedaccording to law, the property described in the cer tificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bid der on August 15, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk 7:12-8:2c By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-Advocate A Hardee County man who allegedly tried to run from au thorities ended up behind barsin a neighboring county facingdrug and other charges. Joseph Thomas Martinez, 31, of 4810 Sally Blvd., Bowl ing Green, evaded “stopsticks” and eluded pursuing of ficers for more than 20 milesbefore being taken into cus tody in the sandy soil of anAvon Park orange grove, ac cording to Dep. ChadwickDouberley of the HighlandsCounty Sheriff’s Office. Martinez was booked into the Highlands County Jail at3:16 a.m. on Sunday, where heremained as of late Tuesday af ternoon. Charges against the suspect include possession of cocaine,possession of a controlled sub stance without a prescription,possession of drug equipment,fleeing to elude a police officerand driving while license sus pended or revoked habitual of fender. Bond has been set at $22,000, Highlands CountyJail records show. It all allegedly began as law enforcement officers here at tempted to pull over Martinez,who was driving a Ford SUV.Martinez instead took flight. With Hardee County Sher iff’s Office deputies andWauchula Police Departmentofficers in pursuit, Martinezheaded eastbound on StateRoad 64 toward the countyline. Dispatchers advisedHighlands County of thechase. Douberley said he stopped his Highlands County Sheriff’sOffice patrol car on SR64 atSelf Avenue and deployed“stop sticks” to impede theSUV’s progress. He watchedas the fleeing vehicle and itspursuers approached, but theSUV turned north 300 yardsbefore hitting his location, hesaid. From there, Martinez al legedly drove the SUV alongOleander Road toward StrykerRoad as law enforcement offi cers continued to follow himand Douberley took a parallelpath on U.S. 27 before rejoin ing the chase at Lanier Boule vard. At that point, the Highlands deputy said, he saw Martinezdriving on a sandy grove road,pull to the side and stop. Hardee County Sheriff’s Of fice deputies and Wauchulapolice officers then took Mar tinez into custody, he said. Douberley said the WPD conducted a search of the sus pect vehicle as he observed. Located in the center con sole was a black box contain ing two small plastic bags, oneof a clear crystal substance and the other of a white powder. A glass tube with burned residuewas behind the driver’s seat,he alleged. On the rear seat, the High lands deputy said he saw ablack safe holding two moreglass tubes with residue and awhite tube. He also spottedtwo digital scales as are com monly used to weigh narcotics,he alleged. Douberley said the suspect substances were field tested.The clear crystal material wasmethamphetamine, he alleged,and weighed in at .4 grams.The white powder was posi tive for cocaine. It weighed 1.2grams, the deputy furthercharged. Martinez was placed into Douberley’s patrol vehicle andtransported to the HighlandsCounty Jail. Fleeing Suspect Lands In Highlands County Jail Martinez YOUR BUSINESS COULD APPEAR HERE TOO!!Contact Nancy Davis, Kim Reas or Trayce Daniels 773-3255 Notices To Your Good Health By Keith Roach, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Do you prescribe vitamins ortreatments to enhance theimmune system? —C.N. ANSWER: I do not. In my opinion, a healthy diet makes adeficiency of a vitamin or min eral severe enough to weakenthe immune system unlikely.Stress reduction (through manytechniques) and good sleep aremore important than supple ments. People think that a daily vi tamin and mineral supplementis like an insurance policyagainst a good diet. However,many studies have shown thattaking vitamins does not, ingeneral, lead to improvementsin prevention of disease, in cluding heart disease, cancer orinfections. So I would be muchmore likely to recommend abetter diet (especially in thefresh fruits and vegetables)than I would a supplement. Many adults have not gotten all the vaccines that are recom mended, and these are a hugebenefit to your immune systemfor those specific bacteria andviruses. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 81-year-old male in gener ally good health. I am maybe10 pounds overweight. I havehad no heart attacks or car diac symptoms. I walk on thetreadmill for exercise. I have controlled hyperten sion, and have been takingsimvastatin, 10 mg. My LDLis 71, very favorable. MyHDL is also good, at 73. Several years back, when I started the statin, my doctoradded Zetia, 10 mg. At thetime, I wondered why thiswould be OK, and he said,"Well, there is a certain syn ergy there." While I havecontinued taking the Zetiaand suppose it might be help ful, I wonder if I need it. I saythis because it is rather ex pensive (about $500 a yearwith my part D coverage). Itis the only thing I take thatcosts me this much. My reading of the litera ture suggests that while Zetiamight help the LDL level,there is no evidence that itimproves longevity (i.e. car diovascular). —J.P. ANSWER: This is a confus ing subject, because the theory(that lowering cholesterol pro tects your heart) and the evi dence (that it actually works)don't exactly align. High cho lesterol certainly is associatedwith a higher likelihood ofheart blockages, which canlead to heart attack and death.However, not all treatmentsthat lower cholesterol reducerisk of heart attack. On the one hand, there are treatments that lower choles terol that do help your heart.The Mediterranean diet clearlyreduces risk of heart attack. Dr.Dean Ornish's plant-based dietof very little fat and little or nomeat, in combination withstress reduction and smokingcessation, actually reversesblockages in arteries in somepeople. Statin drugs reducecholesterol and help preventheart attacks, at least in peopleat high risk for them. On the other hand, ezetimibe (Zetia) reduces cholesterol, butlike most nonstatin drugs totreat high cholesterol, it has notbeen proven to reduce heartdisease risk. It tends to havefew side effects and probably isnot harmful. But you are cor rect that it is expensive, andlike all medications, it can pos sibly cause harm. Being con servative about medication, Ivery rarely prescribe it. Studiesare ongoing, and I will read dress this topic when there ismore evidence.Dr. Roach regrets that he is un able to answer individual let ters, but will incorporate themin the column whenever possi ble. Readers may email ques tions to To view andorder health pamphlets,, or writeto Good Health, 628 VirginiaDrive, Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2018 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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This test will take place beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Hardee County Public Library, 315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula, FL. Any interested persons are invited to attend.Diane Smith, Supervisor of Elections Hardee CountyOFICINA DE ELECCIONES DEL CONDADO DE HARDEE PRUEBA DE TABULACIN PRE-ELECCIN (FS 101.5612)POR LA PRESENTE SE NOTIFICIA que el lunes 13 de agosto de 2018 se realizar una prueba pre-electoral del equipo automtico de tabulacin para asegurarse de que el equipo cuente correctamente todos los votos emitidos el 28 de agosto de 2018, Eleccin Primaria. La prueba se llevar comenzando en a la 11:00 a.m. en la Hardee County Biblioteca Publica, 315 N. 6th Ave.; Wauchula, FL. Cualquir personas interesado est invitado a aten der.Diane Smith, Supervisor de Elecciones Condado de Hardee 8:2c Political Ad paid for by the Committee to Elect Keith Merritt Circuit Court Judge, District 10, Group 10 Keith P. Merritt, Esq8:2pDuke Energy Florida an nounced last week that it will file a request with the Florida Public Service Commission to transfer about 3,000 customers in Hardee County and a small area of Polk County north of Bowling Green to Peace River Electric Cooperative. The companys current terri torial agreement with PRECO will expire in December 2019; however, before the current agreement expires, Duke En ergy and PRECO will enter into a new territorial agreement to revise the service-area boundaries between the two utilities and allow each com pany to continue to provide safe and reliable electricity. Customers affected by the transfer will be notified by mail. Territorial agreements allow for the efficient delivery of electrical service and establish and define geographical areas where a utility is the exclusive provider of electric service. These agreements also avoid the duplication of electrical distribution lines, services and facilities of utilities in the same communities. PRECO will serve the trans ferred residential and business customers through the electric distribution system, and Duke Energy Florida will continue to retain and expand transmission-level services within Hardee County. With new growth and development over the years, util ity company service areas may overlap, which results in duplicate facilities such as power poles and lines in the same areas, said Catherine Stem pien, Duke Energy Florida state president. Although we regret not having the opportunity to continue to serve these customers, were confident PRECO will do an excellent job meeting their energy needs, and both companies will work together to ensure a smooth transition. The proposed agreement re quires Florida Public Service Commission approval and will be filed on Aug. 31. The ap proval process could take up to six months. Once approved, it may take up to three years to complete the transition. Cus tomers will have an opportu nity to provide comments to the FPSC during its review process. PRECO has a long-stand ing commitment to the local community, said Randy Shaw, general manager of PRECO. This territorial agreement pro vides the framework for both companies to gain operational efficiencies and ensure cus tomers continue to receive the safe, reliable electric service they expect and deserve. Customers Rates PRECO will request ap proval from the FPSC to allow customers to either keep their current rate or move to PRECOs rates for the first few years after their service has been transferred. On average, customers bills will remain about the same. As of July 2018, the total monthly bill for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatthours per month is $124.16 for Duke Energy and $128.78 for PRECO. PRECO Open House All customers affected by the transfer are invited to an open house event on Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. at PRECOs headquarters, 210 Metheny Road, Wauchula. Customers can ask questions of both utilities and meet mem bers of the PRECO team.Duke Energy Customers To Become PRECOs 8/2/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:51 AM Set: 8:15 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 24 mins. Moon Data Rise: --:-Set: 11:47 AM Overhead: 5:35 AM Underfoot: 5:57 PM Moon Phase 71% Waning Gibbous Major Times 5:35 AM 7:35 AM 5:57 PM 7:57 PM Minor Times --:---:-11:47 AM 12:47 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -48/3/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:51 AM Set: 8:14 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 23 mins. Moon Data Rise: 12:00 AM Set: 12:42 PM Overhead: 6:20 AM Underfoot: 6:43 PM Moon Phase 62% Waning Gibbous Major Times 6:20 AM 8:20 AM 6:43 PM 8:43 PM Minor Times 12:00 AM 1:00 AM 12:42 PM 1:42 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 8/4/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:52 AM Set: 8:13 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 21 mins. Moon Data Rise: 12:36 AM Set: 1:40 PM Overhead: 7:07 AM Underfoot: 7:31 PM Moon Phase 50% Last Quarter Major Times 7:07 AM 9:07 AM 7:31 PM 9:31 PM Minor Times 12:36 AM 1:36 AM 1:40 PM 2:40 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -48/5/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:52 AM Set: 8:13 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 21 mins. Moon Data Rise: 1:16 AM Set: 2:39 PM Overhead: 7:56 AM Underfoot: 8:23 PM Moon Phase 40% Waning Crescent Major Times 7:56 AM 9:56 AM 8:23 PM 10:23 PM Minor Times 1:16 AM 2:16 AM 2:39 PM 3:39 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 8/6/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:53 AM Set: 8:12 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 19 mins. Moon Data Rise: 2:00 AM Set: 3:42 PM Overhead: 8:50 AM Underfoot: 9:18 PM Moon Phase 29% Waning Crescent Major Times 8:50 AM 10:50 AM 9:18 PM 11:18 PM Minor Times 2:00 AM 3:00 AM 3:42 PM 4:42 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -48/7/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:53 AM Set: 8:11 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 18 mins. Moon Data Rise: 2:49 AM Set: 4:46 PM Overhead: 9:47 AM Underfoot: 10:17 PM Moon Phase 20% Waning Crescent Major Times 9:47 AM 11:47 AM 10:17 PM 12:17 AM Minor Times 2:49 AM 3:49 AM 4:46 PM 5:46 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 8/8/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:54 AM Set: 8:10 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 16 mins. Moon Data Rise: 3:45 AM Set: 5:49 PM Overhead: 10:48 AM Underfoot: 11:19 PM Moon Phase 11% Waning Crescent Major Times 10:48 AM 12:48 PM 11:19 PM 1:19 AM Minor Times 3:45 AM 4:45 AM 5:49 PM 6:49 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -48/9/2018Sun Data Rise: 6:54 AM Set: 8:10 PM Day Length 13 hrs. 16 mins. 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A10 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 M EET I NG T H E C H A LL E NG ES F AC I NG T H E I SS U ES Political Advertisement approved and paid for by Sue Birge, Republican for Hardee County Commissioner District Two • BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL• STRONG FAMILY TIES• DEEP CHRISTIAN VALUES• HEAVY COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT • ACTIVE SUPPORTER OF OUR VETERANS About me: Sue Green Birge. Raised in a strict,Christian environment with a family ofnine, (parents Jesse and MildredGreen). I was taught early in life theimportance of a good work ethic.Growing up in a large family makes youa survivor. We learned responsibilitiesearly! Three things were very important: • Work• School • Church If you wanted to prosper and do well you didn't miss any of them! Allthree of these influences taught me to be a builder I was expected to foster goodwill and advancement in our government, believe in our leaders and our workers and challenge each other to do more eachday.My daughter, Joya and my son Bryan have given me three wonderfulgrandchildren.My sisters, all five of us known as the Green Sisters live and haveworked right here in Hardee County. Our Christian heritage and this county remains a very important partof our lives. A snapshot of my community involvement: • Florida’s First Assembly Worship Team• Current Director of Hardee County Rotary Club, Past President (3 X) & Assistant District Governor • Current Board Member of Heartland Crime Stoppers, Past Chair • Hardee Republican Executive Committee, Chair• Rotary Freedom Flights Coordinator for Veterans • Heartland Chorale• Hardee County Chamber of Commerce Core Tenets : • Champion of business opportunities with a sixth sense for solving problems in complex business situations • A staunch supporter for those who are diligently trying to make a difference • A proven leader, unafraid to do what's right and undeterred by naysayers • A mom with a heart for our children and their future• A woman of faith who seeks higher counsel 8:2p Re-Elect “PROVEN AND EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP” Sue Birge Experienced leadership and qualifications matter. A Vote to Re-Elect SUE BIRGE, for your County Commissioner, District Two, is a Vote that matters! 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Uber, who pronounces her name without the “ewe” andwith an “ub,” got a quick laughwith the quip as she introducedherself as the newest memberof the English Department atHardee Junior High School. New teachers – 22 in total across the Hardee CountySchool District – were intro duced to Hardee County andall things Wildcat during thetwo-day “Great Beginnings”teacher orientation at the Dis trict Training Center earlierthis week. Uber, hailing from Pennsyl vania, is one of four new teach ers recruited by districtofficials during whirlwind out-of-state recruiting drives ear lier this year. Hardee Senior High gar nered a triple play as they net ted three of the fourout-of-state recruits. “I am super excited,” said Dr. Michele Polk, principal ofHardee High. “Not only arethey great additions to the staff,they all found a place to livelocally and that is hard consid ering the housing situation.” Nicholas Masiello, who comes from New York to jointhe high school social studiesstaff, came prepped for prideas he honored his new schoolcolors with an orange-and-bluetie. Also joining the high school staff is Israel Pierre in theSpanish Department. Hardee Junior High added Tiffany Browdy, Matthew Christiansen, Marcus Jenkins,Kathleen Jordan and EricaRoberts to the staff. Noemi Molina and Kristen Villafranca joined the staff ofBowling Green Elementary. North Wauchula Elementary added Priscilla Bowes, LindaHernandez, Amber Huddlen,Alexi Ozuna, and KatelynReader. Christina Duncan, Randa Kellogg, Brandi Lefevre, Brit tany Mishoe and Stacey Peter son joined the staff ofWauchula Elementary. Juliann Hunnicutt joined the staff of Zolfo Springs Elemen tary. Hilltop Elementary added Lisa Coker to the staff. The orientation – Monday and Tuesday – was a Cliffs Notes version of the schoolsystem, with requisite intro ductions in district policies andits insurance plan to how to re quest a light bulb be replaced. Monday’s morning session escaped the mundane how-to-dos of the life of a new teacheras speakers focused on life inHardee County. Sheriff Arnold Lanier, who handed his card to each andevery new recruit, took time toreassure teachers entering theclassroom for the first time ina post-Parkland world. “Our guys are there to help you with anything you need,”said Lanier. State Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Zolfo Springs), herself aHardee High alum, tailored herremarks to teachers returningto teach after exploring lifeoutside Hardee County. “Growing up I was dying to get out, and I did, but I didn’tget far,” Grimsley said. “I got to Sebring and when I did Iwas dying to get back.” Doyle Carlton III, whose family roots in Hardee Countytrace back more than 100years, served as the keynotespeaker on Monday. “You have heard from the lawman and the politician, Iguess it is time you hear fromthe cowboy,” Carlton said. A long-time coach at Hardee High, Carlton provided insightinto the spirit of the orange andthe blue. “The Wildcat is amascot, but it is much morethan that: it is a mindset; it is aculture,” Carlton said. “I encourage you as you move here to open your armsup and embrace us, because weare going to embrace you,” hecontinued. Carlton adapted a quote from Publix founder GeorgeJenkins in his closing remarks: “Hardee County School Dis trict is going to be a great placeor not quite as good of a placebecause of you,” he said. 22 New Teachers Prepare To Enter Local Classrooms PHOTOS BY TOM STAIK The Hardee County School District’s 22 new teachers were welcomed by various local vendors – from banks to insurance agents – and district administrators during orientation on Monday. State Sen. Denise Grimsley was a featured speaker at Monday’s new teacher orien tation. Harrison Ford, who first played Indiana Jones in "TheRaiders of the Lost Ark"(1981) at age 39, will play himfor the fifth time at age 81, in"Indiana Jones 5," a continua tion of "The Kingdom of theCrystal Skull" (minus ShiaLaBeouf). But first he'll beheard in "The Secret Life ofPets 2" before reuniting withGeorge Lucas (producing) andSteven Spielberg (directing)for "Indiana Jones 5." Spielberg recently has pro duced "First Man,"with Ryan Goslingas Neil Armstrong(the first man towalk on the moon),coming Oct. 12,and "Bumble Bee,"with Hailee Stein feld and John Cena,out Dec. 21. WhenDisney put off"Jones 5," for twoyears, Spielberg became freeto do his reboot of the secondhighest-grossing film of 1966, "West Side Story," which holds the record for the mostOscars awarded a musical (10out of 11 nominations), and"The Turning," a modern su pernatural horror adaption ofHenry James' "The Turning ofthe Screw." It will starMackenzie Davis ("The Mar tian" and "Blade Runner2049") and Finn Wolfhard("It" and the Netflix series"Stranger Things"). *** It could be a race for time for two "Joker"films going into pro duction, one withOscar-winner JaredLeto, who playedhim in "SuicideSquad," and theother with Oscar-nominee JoaquinPhoenix. Jason Momoa, who stars as "Aquaman" (opening Dec.21), will play a fearless war rior, leader and guardian in Apple's original drama series"The Lone Night." Momoastarred in the original HBO se ries "Game of Thrones" andwill topline the prequel, whichbegins shooting in Belfast, Ire land, in October. *** Jerry O'Connell did so well guest-hosting "The WendyWilliams Show" for a weekwhen she was ill that he'll hosta new Bravo late night talkshow, produced by AndyCohen. It will feature a panelof male celebrities, comics andtaste makers, discussing thebuzziest Bravo moments and avariety of topics steeped in popculture. Also going the talk-show route is RuPaul, who has justcompleted a pilot for a talkshow. RuPaul found successwith a reality show, "Ru Paul'sDrag Race," and hopefully willagain with the upcoming Net flix comedy series "AJ and theQueen." (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Hollywood By Tony Rizzo Inside


Herald-AdvocateThursday, August 2, 2018 B THE A dozen Hardee County res idents were among the 28graduates of South FloridaState College’s practical nurs ing program who were hon ored at a pinning ceremony onThursday. The traditional ceremony was held in the Alan Jay Wild stein Center for the PerformingArts on the Avon Park campus. Pinning ceremonies recog nize nursing graduates for theiraccomplishments, emphasizetheir responsibilities as health-care providers, and officiallywelcome them into the nursingprofession. Having earned their occupa tional certificates in practicalnursing, the graduates are noweligible to take the NationalCouncil for Licensure Examfor Registered Nurses andapply for practical nursing li censes from the Florida Boardof Nursing. The 2018 practical gradu ates from Hardee County areAhlam Alqabsi, RehamAlqabsi, Irma Alvarado,Stephanie DeAnda, Erica De Loera, Maria Diego Macedo,Sonya Fowler, Maribel Garza,Erica Molina, Christina Moye,Jessica Roarx and BereniceRoblero. On behalf of the college, Dr. Michaela Tomova, dean of arts and sciences, congratulated thegraduates. “We are thankfulfor your accomplishments. Weknow as you embark on yourprofessional journey, you willtake part of the South FloridaState College spirit with you inyour heart, and you’ll alwaysremember the support, theknowledge, and the love youhave gained in our institution. “I know you will impart that faith, love and support to peo ple you are destined to meet inyour professional career.Thank you for being our prideand joy,” she concluded. Nursing instructor and keynote speaker Candra Polkencouraged the graduates tofollow the example of actorWill Smith by creating an an nual personal mission state ment defining how they willimprove the lives of others bycontinually striving to improvethemselves. “No matter who you are or what you do each day, it is soimportant to stay driven, tocontinually elevate your mind,to elevate your spirit, and tocare for your bodies so thatyou will be able to love andcare for as many people as ef fectively as possible with thismystery of life we’ve beengiven,” she said. Class President Dalal “Dee” Zaban thanked the extensivevillage of family, friends,teachers and others who sup ported the nursing studentswhile they pursued their edu cation, and she reminded herclassmates that it is now theirduty to serve a village of pa tients and their families. She shared her own personal philosophy that defines her ap proach to nursing: “If I cannotdo great things, I will do greatthings in a small way.” “It is not the measure of how we will change lives, but in thegreat way we will do it:through human touch, atten tion, giving a bath, refreshingbed linens, distracting a cryingtoddler while getting vacci nated, holding a patient’s handwhen they are scared or con fused, or being there for thefamilies of the patients in ourcare,” Zaban said. Graduates received their pins from a person of theirchoice, such as family mem bers and friends. The ceremony concluded with the new nurses lightingcandles to symbolize the im pact they will make on theworld, and then reciting theNightingale Pledge of nursingethics, named after FlorenceNightingale, the founder ofmodern nursing. Pinning Ceremony Honors 12 Local Nursing Grads Sisters Ahlam Alqabsi (left) and Reham Alqabsi light candles together during SouthFlorida State College’s traditional pinning ceremony for practical nursing gradu ates. David Fowler proudly pins his daughter, practical nursing graduate Sonya Fowler. COURTESY PHOTOS Little Ivy Diego Macedo has the big task of presenting a nursing pin to her mother, Maria. Local Girl, 8, Plays On National Softball Squad Valerieh Juarez, of Wauchula, was se lected to play fastpitch softball for 9UUSSSA Atlantic National Team in the All-American Games this week. The tournament began Monday (July 30) at the USSSA Space Coast Complex, inViera, and is expected to conclude Satur day, Aug. 4. “Valerieh tried out Jan. 28 of this year, and out of 300 or more girls she is theyoungest member to make this elite team,”said Sharon Knight, athletic director atHardee Junior High School. The USSSA All American Fastpitch Pro gram created an environment where ath letes are evaluated by the top players and coaches in softball based on the athlete'sskill level and athleticism. Athletes who are selected to regional teams then compete against the other re gional teams in the USSSA All AmericanGames. The eight regions include the Far West, Northwest, Midwest, Central, Great Lakes,Southeast, Atlantic, and Northeast. Valerieh, 8, is the daughter of Adam Juarez and Blanca Rivera, of Wauchula,and is a fourth grader at Hilltop Elementary. She is a member of the FL Impact travel team in Dover, and she was a 10U HardeeCounty Youth Softball Allstar as a pitcherand shortstop. COURTESY PHOTO Valerieh Juarez, 8, is competing this week as a member of the 9UUSSSA Atlantic National Team in the All-American Games at Viera. Sheis the youngest member of the squad. Check out our Back-To-School tabloid section for more information about your childs’ school.


B2 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 Other requirements: Recent TABE test, transcripts from high school, GED or college and proof of residency. Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify. This is a Career Pathways program. For additional information contact FSC at 863-993-1333 or visit us at and Click on Applications C C N N A A C C L L A A S S S S E E S S Classes will be August 16, 2018 — November 8, 2018 Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00pm 9:00pm Clinical Days Will Vary 8:2,9c 7:19-8:2p Notices When my mother and step father married, we moved offthe ranch and lived in Largo,Florida, where I went to highschool. Largo was home to theBand of Gold, perhaps thefinest high school band ever toexist in this country. We won five National Championships, a WorldChampionship, and so manystate championships we liter ally ran out of wall space todisplay the trophies. For the 12years Bob Cotter was the di rector, the Band of Gold was amusical force. From the first time I heard the band, I wanted to be in it. Ilearned to play trumpet, thenFrench horn. When I finallyput on the shimmering goldshirt, I knew I belonged tosomething bigger than myself.One man playing a Frenchhorn could make a sound; 150people could make a tidalwave of sound. We didn’t just play at high school football games; weplayed at Miami Dolphingames and did halftime at thevery first Tampa Bay Bucca neers’ game. My senior year,we played at a University ofFlorida Gator game at TampaStadium. One of our songs wasthe theme from “Jaws.” TheGator cheerleaders asked us toplay it over and over. That’sright: the Band of Gold origi nated the famous Gator“chomp.” I don’t mean to throw other high school bands under thebus, but we were drilled in thefundamentals of marching andmusic. It showed. We marchedin step. Ever notice how the TV cameras will always focus onthe one kid out of step in theband? They never found “thatguy” in the Band of Gold. Weplayed in tune. For the non-musical among you, thatmeant we sounded like one in strument though we were 150different instruments. There were lots of different soundsmaking one song. Playing in the band meant you didn’t really hear themusic; you heard the echo offthe stadium. You never saw theshow; you saw the impact. Idon’t remember ever perform ing and not receiving a stand ing ovation. At the World Music Contest in Holland, I remember thestanding ovation went on for15 minutes. Nothing else inmy life has ever been quite likeit. I realize now the Band of Gold and Mr. Cotter, the direc tor, taught me a lot aboutchurch. When you are doingchurch – I mean really doing it– you don’t see what it lookslike. You can see people’s re action to church, you can hearthe cheers and boos, you canhear the echoes, but you don’tget the true picture when youare part of the movement ofJesus. There is, however, some thing powerful, something be yond ourselves, when we joinwith others to have impact. Wecan meet the needs of our com munity with a tidal wave ofgrace. People will stand up andnotice when we are in step andin tune. When church sticks tothe fundamentals – lovingJesus, loving each other, andloving God’s world – there is apower that overwhelms doubtand difference. I went back recently for the 50th Anniversary of the found ing of the Band of Gold andthe 40th Anniversary of theWorld Championship. Wegathered to remember and cel ebrate old times that are not forgotten. They showed oldvideos of field shows, and Isaw the impact we made. Maybe that is part of Heaven: there, we will actuallysee the impact of our churches.Which makes me wonder: Willwe see the impact of the uni fied body of Christ, bringinggrace to a hurting world? Orwill we see the feeble attemptsof a group of people doingtheir own thing, playing theirown tune, putting Jesus’ nameon it, and calling it a church? Is it time for you to get in step and in tune?Hardee County native ClaySmith is lead pastor at AliceDrive Baptist Church inSumter, S.C. He and hisbrother and sister still own thefamily ranch in the LemonGrove community east ofWauchula. You can follow himat Old Times There Are Not Forgotten ALUMINUM ARMCHAIR Sometimes a designer be comes very popular with a newdesign, sells his products, be comes wealthy, and then hisdesigns become commonplaceand he eventually goes bank rupt. That is the sad story ofWarren McArthur, a talenteddesigner of the 1930s who wasamong the first to make alu minum furniture. McArthur (1885-1961) was born in Chicago and grew up ina house designed by FrankLloyd Wright. He went to Cor nell to study mechanical engi neering, and by 1914, he hadfiled for 10 patents for lamp de signs. He moved to Phoenixand, with his brother, ownedcar dealerships and a radio sta tion, and built the Arizona Bilt more. He also patented a usefuladapter for a car radiator. Allwere successful. In 1929, he moved to Los Angeles and started a metalfurniture business. He im proved the manufacturingprocess with his inventions, in cluding an aluminum that didn'ttarnish and a way to perma nently color the metal. Thebrightly colored metal furniturewas popular in Hollywood, andwas featured in movie theatersand stars' homes. During the Depression in the 1930s, McArthur moved toNew York City and then toConnecticut two years later.His company made airplaneseats during World War II, butwent bankrupt in 1948.McArthur died in 1961. *** Q: What is the value of a Fowler's Cherry Smashsyrup dispenser? It was usedat a soda fountain counter.It's about 17 inches tall.There's a pump at the top,and it reads "Always drinkFowler's Cherry Smash --our nation's beverage" on thefront and back. There is a 5cent symbol on both sidesand three cherries withstems. Underneath the base itreads "John E. Fowler, Rich mond Va., to be used byCherry Smash only." A: At one time, Cherry Smash was the second mostpopular soft drink in the UnitedStates. The name "CherrySmash" was registered by JohnE. Fowler in 1909. The com pany started out in Richmondbut moved to Rosslyn, Vir ginia, in 1920. After Prohibi tion ended in 1933, Fowlerstarted the Dixie BrewingCorp., but no beer was everbrewed there. Cherry Smashwas produced in Rosslyn until1935. Your dispenser was madebefore that. Value about $2,000to $3,000. CURRENT PRICES Biscuit tin, embossed with blueberries and leaves, squarecanister, serpentine corners,beaded border, hinged lid, c. 1905, 7 x 7 inches, $25. Strawberry serving set, sugar and creamer, oval tray with inset holders for jugs, straw berry leaf design, G. Jones, c. 1880, 14 inches, $360. Lap guitar, steel, wood with inlaid mother of pearl dots, 29frets, tube amplifier andspeaker, case, Kay, 33 x 10 inches, $635. Pudding spoons, sterling sil ver, medallion handle tips andflower button on reeded stem,Ball Black & Co., 1860s, Set of 10, $1,560. TIP: Never use mending tape or transparent tape on a book. It will eventually perma nently damage the paper. EvenPost-its eventually will leave a spot. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Kovels Antiques & Collecting By Terry & Kim Kovel This brushed and polished alu minum armchair made in the1930s has the original paperlabel. The wooden arms haveweathered original green enamelpaint. It auctioned for $2,400 last year at a James Julia auction. Dear Editor, I am wondering why there are so many relationships thatgo awry. I believe the reasoncould be because there are twodifferent people with two dif ferent opinions and when thesetwo different people are stub born and angry and each onewants to keep their opinion,then we have WW 3. The worst thing about argu ing is when someone choosesto just hang up the phone anddoesn't want to discuss comingup with a solution. This is therudest and most selfish thingsomeone can do to someone ina relationship. Jesus said to turn the other cheek when someone hits youand threatens you. I believe Hesaid to do that so you wouldn'tjudge the other person. I be lieve in today's world we mayget ourselves shot. Actually I believe when two people argue, they do not want a relationship; they are want ing to hang on to always beingright and are not interested inhearing anyone else's ideas. InLove Story there is a phrase"love means never having tosay you are sorry." I believe I can identify with that theory. i believe it meansto accept the other person justthe way they are uncondition ally, and then I believe wewould be living in a com pletely different place. Itwould be called Heaven andnot Earth. Wouldn't that bewonderful, Heaven on Earth. Actually in reality if we had Heaven on Earth there wouldbe no reason to die or look for ward to being with Jesus inHeaven. It sure would makelife be a lot easier and happier. Hope everyone is having a blessed summer. Connie Rowe Wauchula Letter To The Editor Connie Rowe WishesAll A Blessed Summer C C e e l l e e b b r r a a t t i i n n g g I I n n A A u u g g u u s s t t : : • Admit You're Happy Month • Family Fun Month • National Catfish Month • National Eye Exam Month • National Golf Month • Peach Month • National Crayon Collection Month ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 252018CA000119 SOUTH FT. MEADE LANDMANAGEMENT, INC., aFlorida corporation Plaintiff, vs.IDOB, INC., a dissolved Floridacorporation, and itsofficers, directors, stockholders, creditors, and all other parties claiming by,through, under or against it, Defendants. _____________________________/ AMENDED NOTICE OF ACTION TO: IDOB, INC., a dissolved Florida corporation, and its offi cers, directors, stockholders,creditors, and all other partiesclaiming by, through, under or against it.C/O Winfried KunkelHaupetstrabe 70A 7302 Nikitsch OsterreichAustriaYOU ARE NOTIFIED that an ac tion has been filed against you to quiet title on the following de scribed property in Hardee County, Florida: Parcel ID No. 15-34-240000-00160-0000 Tract B-12, IDOB, INC.,CITRUS GROVES, moreparticularly described as: Begin at the NW corner ofsaid Section 15, Township34 South, Range 24 East,Hardee County, Florida,and run thence S.8942’41” E. and along theNorth line of said Section15, 73.91 feet; thenceS.043’30”W, 1679.95 feetto the P.O.B.; thence con tinue same line, 385.0 feet;thence S. 8938’32” E,86.00 feet; thence S.043’30” W, 55.00 feet;thence S. 8938’32’ E, 744.0feet; thence N 043’30” E,385.0 feet; thence N8938’32” W, 682.0 feet;thence N 043’30” E, 55.0feet; thence N 8938’32”W,148.0 feet P.O.B. Subjectto a 10 ft. road and mainte nance easement alongEast side.ANDCommence at NW cornerof Section 15, Township 34South, Range 24 East,Hardee County, Florida,and run thence S.8942’41” E, and along theNorth line of said Section15 a distance of 73.91 feet;thence S. 043’30” W,2064.95 feet to the Point ofBeginning; thence con tinue S 043’30” W, 55.00feet; thence S 8938’32” E,86.00 feet; thence N043’30” E, 55.00 feet;thence N. 8938’32” W,86.00 feet to the Point ofBeginning. and you are required to serve acopy of your written defenses, ifany, to JOHN W. H. BURTON of John W. H. Burton, P.A., Post Of fice Drawer 1729, Wauchula, FL33873-1729, on or before the31st day of August, 2018, and filethe original with the Clerk of theCourt either before service on Plaintiffs’ attorney or immedi ately thereafter, or a default will be entered against you for the re lief demanded in the complaint or petition. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on this 26th day of July, 2018. VICTORIA L. ROGERS, Clerk of Courts By: J Wingo Deputy Clerk 8:2,23c __________________________________


Crime BlotterSheriffs deputies and city police officers investigated the fol lowing incidents and made the following arrests during the past week. All suspects or defendants are presumed innocent of the charges against them. COUNTY July 29, Rosanna M. Sanchez, 35, of 1575 N. Florida Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Edilberto Soto and Dep. Donny Eversole and charged with vehicle theft and probation violation. July 29, Daniel Cuevas, 28, of 223 Park Dr., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Dean DeDominicis and charged with battery. July 29, a vehicle was reported stolen on the 1700 block of North Florida Avenue. July 29, a residence was burglarized on the 100 block of East Broward Street. July 29, animal cruelty was reported on the 2900 block of Redbird Lane. July 28, Oliver Alexander Elias-Aguinaga, 28, of 1029 S. Central, Lakeland, was arrested by Dep. John Layport and charged with failure to appear in court. July 28, a vehicle was reported stolen on the 100 block of Garza Road. July 28, a theft was reported on the 3900 block of Raccoon Road. July 27, Christopher Lee Eures, 23, of 316 S. 11th Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Cierra Johnson and charged with contempt of court. July 27, thefts were reported on the 1400 block of U.S. 17 North, the 2500 block of U.S. 17 South, the 800 block of Sally Place and the 100 block of East Broward Street. July 27, criminal mischief was reported on the 1000 block of Makowski Road. July 26, residences were burglarized on the 3100 block of Edwards Peace Drive and on the 700 block of Chamberlain Boulevard. July 25, Ronda Michelle Hernandez, 45, of 1131 Old South Dr., Lakeland, was arrested by Dep. Steve Ahrens and charged with probation violation. July 24, Ricardo Luis Colon, 35, of 1557 Sycamore Ave., Lake Placid, was booked in by Corrections Ofc. Trevor Napier and charged with probation violation. July 24, criminal mischief was reported on the 2100 block of Stansfield Avenue. July 23, Anthony Lashaun Belcher, 41, of 811 Chamberlain Blvd., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. John Layport and charged with battery. WAUCHULA July 29, George Gil, 34, of 4520 Fifth St. W., Bradenton, was arrested by Det. Pablo Bermudez and charged with posses sion of methamphetamine, possession of drugs without a pre scription, and possession of narcotics equipment. July 29, a residence was burglarized on the 800 block of South Ninth Avenue. July 28, Sergio Alexandro Reyna, 31, of 902 N. Florida Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Estella Islas and charged with cocaine trafficking, possession of methamphetamine, pos session of narcotics equipment, and possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. July 28, Yolonda Dawn Kersey, 18, of 5165 Deer Run, Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Ofc. Emmanuel Vazquez and charged with probation violation. July 27, a residence was burglarized on the 300 block of East Main Street. July 27, a vehicle was reported stolen on the 600 block of South First Avenue. July 24, a theft was reported on the 400 block of North Ninth Avenue. July 23, a fight occurred on the 1000 block of Downing Cir cle. BOWLING GREEN July 28, criminal mischief was reported on the 5000 block of Willow Avenue. July 27, Adrian Rios, 27, of 3507 Ninth St. Ct. W., Bradenton, was arrested by Sgt. Eddie Coronado on an out-of-county warrant. July 24, Marco Antonio Calvillo, 28, of 5121 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Bowling Green, was arrested by Ofc. Robert Wright and charged with resisting an officer without violence. July 24, a vehicle was burglarized on the 4400 block of Bryan Avenue.INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS REMOVE AND REPLACE EXISTING AIR HANDLING UNITS AT HARDEE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL BLDG 600 & BLDG 700Sealed bids will be received by The School Board of Hardee County, at the Superintendents Office, 1009 North 6th Ave., Wauchula, Florida 33873 until 2:00 p.m. on September 11, 2018, at which time all bids shall be publicly opened for furnishing all labor and material and performing all work necessary for the Removal and Replacement of two existing Air Handling Units #1 and as sociated piping at Hardee Senior High School, Bldg 600 and Bldg 700, at 830 Altman Road, Wauchula, FL. Each bid shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond and shall be written on the form of Bid Bond satisfactory to the Board or a Cashiers Check in an amount no less than five percent (5%) of the total amount of the base bid as a guarantee that the Bidder shall, if awarded the con tract, enter into a written contract with the Board, satis factory in form to the Board, containing a liquidated damages clause, requiring Workers Compensation and Public Liability Insurance as required by the Board. The successful bidder shall give a Performance and Pay ment Bond satisfactory in form to the Board in the full amount of the Contract price within ten (10) days after acceptance of the bid by the Board. Bidder must be a licensed Florida Contractor (Contractor) unless other wise set forth in these bid documents. Each bid shall be submitted to the Office of the Super intendent of Schools, Hardee County School Board, P.O. Box 1678, Wauchula, FL 33873. Bids shall be Sealed and plainly marked: BID REMOVE AND REPLACE AIR HANDLING UNITS #1 BLDG 600 AND BLDG 700 Hardee Senior High School September 11, 2018 2:00 P.M. The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids received and to waive any and all irregularities in regard thereto. Unsealed bids, e.g., fax transmissions, will not be accepted. No bids may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids for a period of thirty (30) days. MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: August 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Educational Facilities Department, 1015 SR 66 Zolfo Springs, FL Telephone number (863)735-2055. Bid documents and specifications will be issued at this time. All bidding contractors shall attend the pre-bid conference in order to have a valid bid proposal considered for this project. Bid Proposals from Contractors not in attendance of the mandatory pre-bid conference will be considered unresponsive. Bid tabulations with recommended awards shall be posted for review by interested parties at the Hardee County School Board office and web site, Failure to file a protest within the time prescribed by Section 120.53(5), Florida Statutes, shall constitute a waiver of proceedings under Chapter 120, Florida Statutes. NEW PAYMENT PROCESS The Hardee County School District (District) shall have the option of using the Districts purchasing card (from Bank of America) to make purchases, partial payments and/or draws under the contract or purchase order. The Districts purchasing card is similar to a credit card in that there will be a small fee which the contractor will be required to pay and the contractor will receive payment directly from the card issuer rather than the District. Any and all fees related to this type of payment are the responsibility of the contractor. In no case will the District allow in creases in prices to offset credit card fees paid by the contractor or any other charges incurred by the contractor, unless specifically stated in the terms of the contract or purchase order. Payment through the District purchasing card is a method of payment, not a method of contract award. Procedural requirements for awards of contracts and orders must still be followed. Bob Shayman Superintendent of Schools 8:2cSTATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUEThe Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces Notice of Intent to issue a variance (File No. 0142476-076) under Section 378.212, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Rule 62C-16.0045, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) to Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC (Mosaic). Mosaic is requesting a variance for the Fort Green Mine from the require ments of Chapters 378.209(1), F.S., and Rule 62C-16.0051(12)(b) Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C). The project site is located north and south of SR 62 and east of SR 37 in Polk, Hardee, and Manatee Counties. The Fort Green Mine includes all or portions of Sections 20, 22, 27-29 Township 32 South, Range 23 East; Sections 35, 9-10, 29-32, Township 33 South, Range 23 East; 5-8, 18 Township 34 South, Range 23 East; and Sections 1314, Township 34 South, Range 23 East. The mine is located within the landward extent of the folloing Class III waters: Gum Swamp Branch, Horse Creek, Myakka River, Payne Creek, and the West Fork of Horse Creek. The project file is available online and can be accessed through the Departments Information Portal at:[freeText=]&[folderName=]&[profile=R eclamation]&[creator=]&[entityType=any]&[createdDateTo=]&[catalog=26]&[searchBy=Profile]&[sortBy=Doc ument+Date]&[createdDate=]&{County=_EQ_HARDEE}&{District=_EQ_SWD}&{FacilitySite+ID=_EQ_MMR_142476}&{Application+Number=_EQ_0142476076} A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. Pursuant to Rule 28-106.201, F.A.C., a petition for an administrative hearing must contain the following information: a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agencys file or identification number, if known; b) The name, address, any email address, any facsimile number, and telephone number of the petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioners representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the peti tioners substantial interests are or will be affected by the agency determination; c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency decision; d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agencys proposed action; f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes that the petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the agencys proposed action, including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the specific rules or statutes; and g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action that the petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agencys proposed action. The petition must be filed (received by the Clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Com monwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 323993000 or at Also, a copy of the petition shall be mailed to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of filing. In accordance with rule 62-110.106(3), F.A.C., petitions for an administrative hearing by the applicant must be filed within 14 days of receipt of this written notice. Petitions filed by any persons other than the applicant, and other than those entitled to written notice under section 120.60(3), F.S., must be filed within 14 days of publication of the notice or within 14 days of receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs first. Under section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person who has asked the Department for notice of agency action may file a petition within 14 days of re ceipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publication. The failure to file a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person's right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under sec tions 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with rule 28-106.205, F.A.C. Under Rule 62-110.106(4), F.A.C., a person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may also request an extension of time to file a petition for an administrative hearing. The Department may, for good cause shown, grant the request for an extension of time. Requests for extension of time must be filed with the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 323993000, before the applicable deadline for filing a petition for an administrative hearing. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for filing a petition until the Mediation is not available in this proceeding. The files associated with this order are available upon request. Please address your email request to MiningAnd or contact our office at 850.245.8336; please include the file number in your request. 8:2c Courthouse ReportCOUNTY COURT The following marriage li censes were issued recently in the Clerk of Courts Office: No marriage licenses were issued during this recording pe riod. The following civil actions and small-claims cases were disposed of recently by the county judge: Gregorio Guzman vs. Sur gery Partners of Millenia, vol untary dismissal. Bank of America vs. Marilyn L. Pierre-Paul, final sum mary judgment for $11,472.51. Capital One Bank vs. Denia D. Mitchell, final judgment for $3,025.95. Sentencing data for criminal traffic, misdemeanor and felony court cases will return to this weekly Courthouse Re port within the next 2-3 weeks as reporting arrangements are finalized. CIRCUIT COURT The following civil actions were filed recently in the of fice of the Circuit Court: Nationstar Mortgage vs. Heirs of Wanda Durrance, mortgage foreclosure. Valerie Inez Hernandez vs. Francisco Granadero Jr., peti tion for child support. Quinton Stacy Young and Jackie L. Young, petition for divorce. Deutsche Bank National vs. Maria Rivera, Hardee County, Cavalry Portfolio Services Inc. and Alvaro Lemus, mortgage foreclosure. Deanna Mullins and Robert Mullins, petition for divorce. Katherine Beth Farabee vs. Gary Dean Farabee, child sup port administrative order. Luis and Ada Navarro vs. Security First Insurance Co., contracts and indebtedness. Juan Garcia and Rebecca Olvera vs. American Integrity Insurance Co., contracts and indebtedness. The following decisions on civil cases pending in the Cir cuit Court were handed down recently by the circuit judge: Pamela Moralez and Eliseo Moralez, voluntary dismissal. Tina Skinner vs. Manuel Casas, final judgment for in junction for protection against violence. Rosa Estrada vs. Marsha Jean Fields, Brenda Bryan Gough and Progressive Amer ican Insurance Co., dismissal of defendant Progressive American Insurance Co. Florida Department of Rev enue and Stephanie Lashawn Thomas vs. Adrienne Al varado, notice of voluntary dis missal. Janice Aison Ellison and Ralph Williams III, final judg ment of divorce. Gladys W. Craycraft and Gregory Craycraft, final judg ment of divorce. The following deeds for real estate transactions of $10,000 or more were filed recently in the Clerk of Courts Office: George E. Pippin Jr. to Richard D. Pippin Sr., for $127,900. Staton Housing Inc. to Fran cisca Corsbie, for $137,500. Carmen J. and Barbara Anne Casile to Carl R. Van Gorkom, for $52,000. J. Leonard and Mary Lois Crawley to J. Leonard Craw ley, Mary Lois Crawley, Todd Leonard Crawley and Michelle Lynn Yeomans, for $60,300. Tammy D. Kirk to Mark El liott and Andrea Paige McCoy, for $42,000. Irdia Raj and Angela Desai to W. Kelly and Elizabeth A. Durrance, for $237,500. Samuel J. and Karen D. Albritton to Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries Inc., for $132,000. August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B3


By ANNETA S. KRAUS Special To The Herald-Advocate Texans “strut their stuff” like the cowboys they are.Truth be told, Floridians wereinto cattle more than 300 yearsbefore a Texan tugged on apair of cowboy boots! On their second trip to Florida the Spanish sailed intowhat is now St. Augustine in1521 bringing Andalusiancows with them. When PonceDe Leon pulled in his anchorand sailed away he left sevencows. The Spaniards had hadenough of the heat, humidity,mosquitoes, and uncooperativeNative Indians. The cows took to the shelter of the palmetto bushes, in creasing in numbers as theyfreely moved about. Theywere not a bit bothered by thenatural elements of our fairland. These Andalusian cows were smaller than those thatgraze around Florida today.They had long horns andweighed about 600 pounds.Some Florida ranchers haveprotected the cracker cow’spurity so they can be seentoday. Hearty Spanish missionar ies decided to stay in Floridaand try to bring the “heathenIndians” into the fold of aChristian community. Theyraised cattle to feed themselvesand sold some to Cubans in the1600s. Not to be left out by the un expected bounty, the local In dians caught on to the value ofcows and began to raise themin the 1700s. Technically, theFlorida Indians were the firstFlorida cracker cowmen. Finally the Spanish threw up their hands in frustration.Their disenchantment of ourbeautiful Florida caused themto sell out to the United Statesand they returned to Spain intheir ships in 1821. There wereno return trips this timearound! Florida became a state in 1845, opening up land tohomesteading. This encour aged many other settlers to riskthe trek to this wild inhos pitable new state After the Civil War confed erate soldiers recognized their fate would not be good in thehands of the carpetbaggersflooding the South. Theyloaded their wagons with theirworldly goods, tied their live stock to the wagon and hoistedtheir families aboard to beginthe rugged dangerous trip fur ther south to an unknown land. As late as 1850 the number of families settling in HardeeCounty could be counted onone’s fingers. Compare this toNew York City in the 1850swhere the population was813,000. We Floridians mayhave been late starters, but wecaught up fast! During the late 1800s through the early 1900s ances tors of many of our noted citi zens of today stopped to maketheir homes in what is nowHardee. They unloaded theirpacked wagons, brought outtheir tools and began to makea home for their families. They went into the ham mocks, dense palmettos, andswamps to find cows to starttheir ranches. That is why his tory refers to Florida cowmenoriginally as “cowcatchers.” These ranchers used whips to urge the cows out from theirhiding places. The whips wereshorter than western whips andcould rotate, adapting them touse in the dense under brush(and scare off snakes). Thewhips made a loud “crackingnoise,” hence natural-bornFloridians are now referred toas “crackers.” By the way weconsider this a compliment. Among these early settlers was a chap by the name of“Smith.” This fact brings us to the central character of our article,Robert Ray Smith, descendentof a long line of true Floridacracker cowmen and citrusgrowers. Robert Ray is the son of Hoyt and Annie Mae Smith.There were three girls and fourboys in the family. He wasraised in the Lemon Grovecommunity. Robert Ray lovedto fish, hunt, and lasso calves.He would spend hours practic ing even as a grown man. Hislove of lassoing calves broughthim into rodeo competition atan early age. His companions were the five sons of Hosey Albrittonwho lived down the road. Theywere hearty fellows, alwaysworking or competing in ath letic endeavors. Robert Raywanted to be just like them. Robert Ray went to the Tor rey School in Lemon Grovethen to Bowling Green Ele mentary Strawberry School.Strawberry schools were insession during the summermonths so their students couldpick strawberries in the winter. At the age of 15 Robert Ray was hired by one of Florida’s most successful cattle barons,King Kong Smith. He and apal, J. W. Weeks, drove cattle. On an occasion east of Lemon Grove the boys inad vertently caused a cattle stam pede in the middle of the night.The stampede headed right fortheir camp. Robert Ray saidthe hair stood straight up onthe back of his neck! No onegot hurt — and no one “told.”It took two days to pull all ofthose cattle out of the palmet tos! Robert Ray, now known by his friends as “Rabbit,” gradu ated from Hardee County HighSchool where he “majored” inathletics, being co-captain ofthe football team and presidentof his class. Robert Ray tried college but was so homesick for HardeeCounty that he left, saying hehad to go home to help hisfolks. The U.S. Military draft de cided differently. The Armyclaimed him for two years atFt. Jackson, South Carolina.This was during the KoreanWar. He was not sent overseas.However, he did manage toplay softball for his Armyteam. After returning to his beloved Hardee in 1953,Robert Ray married his highschool sweetheart, Deloris JoTaylor. The young groom worked for Doyle Carlton as a cow man for many years whilemaking progress on assem bling his own ranch and grove. Robert Ray owned and op erated the Hardee CountyLivestock Market in Wauchulafrom 1970 to 2010 His son owns Hardee Ranch Supply.At 91 years old Robert goes tothat office for a few hours sev eral times a week. Robert Ray lost his lovely wife Deloris Jo in 2014. He has had a terminal ill ness for 15 years, giving up onmodern medicine a few yearsago. He takes care of himselfin the home he and Deloris Jobuilt in 1960. Photos, plaques, and cow boy paraphernalia are all overthe home reminding him oftheir life together. Robert Ray and Deloris Jo were blessed with a daughter,Cathy Jo; son, Bobby, threegrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. They fre quently look in on him or callto be sure he is safe and well. Robert Ray has wonderful memories that comfort him ashe relaxes in his favorite chair.He has earned his rest after alife well lived. Robert RaySmith was a cracker cowmanat 15. At 91 he is still a crackercowman in his memories. Robert Ray Smith, 91, Remains A Hardee Florida Cracker Cowman Robert Ray played football for Hardee High School. A Florida Cracker cowman. COURTESY PHOTOS His wife Deloris Jo. Robert Ray, Deloris Jo and daughter Cathy. His home is his Cowboy Castle. He loved to hunt, fish and lasso calves. 8:2p B4 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018


It’s about caring... Superior Service Guaranteed Lowest Cost A Trusted Family Name Since 1906529 West Main Street • Wauchula863-773-9773 Locally owned andoperated. Our family serving your family. 8:2c Obituaries OBITUARY POLICY The Herald-Advocate publishes obituaries free of charge as a public service. Forms showing the infor mation which may be included in a free obituary areavailable 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 In Memory KENNETH EUGENE ‘GENE’ CONERLY Kenneth Eugene “Gene” Conerly, 79, of Sebring, for merly of Wauchula, passedaway Sunday, July 22, 2018,in Sebring. He was born on June 8, 1939, in Akron, Ohio. Ken neth was a member of theFlorida Cattleman’s Associa tion and attended New ZionBaptist Church. He alsoproudly servedhis country inthe U.S. MarineCorps. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey andClara Roth Conerly. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Carolyn Stephens Con erly, of Sebring; son, KenConerly (and his wife Si mone), of Deltona; daugh ters, Joy Waters (and herhusband Rob), of Minneapo lis Minn., and Amber Rickert(and her husband Adam), ofSarasota; brother, JimmyConerly (and his wifeSusan), of Cape Carteret,N.C.; and grandchildren,Kenneth (and his wifeSarah), Morgan, Griffin,Thomas, Taylor, Katherine,and Lilah. Burial will be private in New Zion Baptist Cemeteryin Ona. A public service willbe held at 10 a.m. on Satur day, Aug. 4, 2018, at NewZion Baptist Church in Ona,with Pastor Stephen Darleyofficiating. In lieu of flowers the fam ily has requested donationsbe made to New Zion BaptistChurch Cemetery Mainte nance Fund, 202 SidneyRoberts Road, Ona, FL33865. Online condolences may be made at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home & Cremation Services Wauchula Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes & Cremation Services 205 N. 9th Ave. • Wauchula, Fl. 33873 (863) 773-6400 8:2c CITY OF WAUCHULA NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC The City Commission of the City of Wauchula will hold the regular sched uled workshop Monday, August 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm or as soon thereafter as itreasonably can be held. The agenda can be viewed at The meetings will be held at the Commission Chambers located at 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the City Com mission hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decisionmade by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at the proceed ings, he will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he mayneed to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record in cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City Commission of the City of Wauchula, Florida does not discriminate upon the basis of any individual’s disability status. This non-discriminatory policy in volves every aspect of the Commission’s functions, including ones access to, partic ipation, employment or treatment in its programs or activities. Anyone requiringreasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act orSection 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the City Clerk at (863) 773-3131. CITY OF WAUCHULAS/ Richard K. Nadaskay Jr.Mayor ATTESTS/Holly SmithCity Clerk 8:2c CITY OF WAUCHULA COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC The Board of Directors of the City of Wauchula Community Redevelop ment Agency (the Board) will hold the regular scheduled workshop Monday Au gust 6, 2018 immediately following the City Commission workshop which willconvene at 5:00 pm or as soon thereafter as it reasonably can be held. Theagenda can be viewed at 126 S. 7th Avenue or The meetings will be held at the Commission Chambers located at 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the Board hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made bythe Board with respect to any matter considered at the proceedings, he will need arecord of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he may need to insure that averbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony andevidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The Board does not discriminate upon the basis of any individual’s disability status. This non-discriminatory policy involves every aspect of the Board’s functions,including ones access to, participation, employment or treatment in its programs oractivities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Amer icans with Disabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the CityClerk at (863) 773-3131. CITY OF WAUCHULAS/Keith NadaskayChairmanCommunity Redevelopment Agency ATTESTS/Holly SmithCity Clerk 8:2c 1. Is the book of Ecclesi astes in the Old or New Testa ment or neither? 2. Who asked God, "Why is pain perpetual, and my woundincurable"? Moses, Jeremiah,Abraham, Noah 3. Where is "For whatso ever a man soweth, that shallhe also reap" found? Eph esians, Colossians, Galatians,1 Timothy 4. With what did the seraph touch the frightened Isaiah'smouth? Unclean finger, Sod,Live coal, Holy water 5. From Proverbs 15, what does a soft answer turnethaway? Harm, Wrath, Lust,Tears 6. How many angels res cued Lot and his family fromSodom? 2, 7, 13, Hundreds ANSWERS: 1) Old; 2) Jer emiah; 3) Galatians; 4) Livecoal; 5) Wrath; 6) 2Visit Wilson Casey's newTrivia Fan Site at (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Bible Trivia By Wilson Casey Tomatoes With A Southern Drawl Tomatoes are some of the most popular garden vegeta bles in America. Scientifically,tomatoes are classified as afruit, but since they don't con tain the sweet flavor of mostfruits and are typically used insavory dishes, they are legallyclassified as a vegetable. Tomatoes date back to the Aztecs, circa 500 AD. Aftercenturies of cross cultivationand new varieties, they madetheir way to Europe in the1500s. Ironically, the nobles,who ate tomatoes from theirpewter plates, suffered fromlead poisoning. It was the acid ity in the tomatoes that causedthe lead to leech out. However,the commoners, who ate offwooden plates, were not af fected. The myth about tomatoes being poisonous continued foryears until it was debunked byRobert Gibbon Johnson, anAmerican farmer, historian,horticulturalist and judge wholived in Salem, New Jersey. Heis best known for supposedlypublicly eating a basket oftomatoes at the Old SalemCounty Courthouse in 1820 todemonstrate that they were notpoisonous. Today, Americans consume more than 80 pounds of toma toes each year in a variety ofways, both fresh and canned.Fresh is best, and the flavor oftomatoes is at its peak whenthey are vine-ripened and in-season. If fresh tomatoes aren'tavailable, processed, cannedtomatoes can be a good choicefor most recipes. One type of canned tomato that is used by chefs the worldover is the Italian, SanMarzano variety. San Marzanotomatoes are celebrated as thefoundation for the best tomatosauce in the world! This varietyis named for the town wherethey are grown, San Marzanosul Sarno. They've been com mercially popular since around1875, when the first cannerystarted and San Marzanos wereshipped throughout Europe. San Marzano tomatoes orig inated near Naples, Italy, wherethey thrive in the Mediter ranean microclimate of theCampania region and the nutri ent-rich volcanic soil fromMount Vesuvius. Similar toFrench Champagne, there is aprotected variety of SanMarzano tomatoes that aregrown under strict regulations,ensuring that only growerswithin a defined area can selltomatoes labeled as SanMarzano. Traditionally, all San Marzano tomatoes come from Italy and are typically onlyfound canned in the U.S. How ever, there also are varietiesgrown in the United States andMexico that are classified asheirlooms. San Marzano toma toes are available midto latesummer at local farmers mar kets, and can be found cannedyear-round. This variety of tomatoes is ideal for making tomato saucesand are the only variety thatcan be used for a truly authen tic Neapolitan pizza. This recipe for Italian Tomato Marina Sauce WithSouthern Cheese Dumplingscombines the best tomatoes ofsouthern Italy with a dumplingtypically used in AmericanSouth recipes with delicious re sults! TOMATO MARINA SAUCE WITH CHEESE DUMPLINGS If you can't find (or afford) San Marzano tomatoes, Amer ican Red Pack or Red Goldcanned tomatoes are a deli cious substitute.1 (28-ounce) can whole,peeled, San Marzano or RedPack (or Red Gold) tomatoes2 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter2 tablespoons finely choppedonion 2 tablespoons finely choppedgreen bell pepper2 tablespoons finely choppedcelery2 tablespoons dried Italianseasoning mix2 tablespoons garlic2 tablespoons flour 1 bay leaf1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon ground black pep per1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/8 teaspoon ground cloves ornutmeg DUMPLINGS 1 cup flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon cold butter1/2 cup shredded Parmesancheese 3 tablespoons chopped pars ley1/2 cup milk 1. Pour the whole tomatoes into a large bowl. Using yourhands, carefully crush thetomatoes to break them intopieces. 2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt butterand add onions, green pepper,celery and Italian Seasoning.Saute vegetables until tender,about 2 minutes. Add garlicand saute for another minute.Add 2 tablespoons flour; stirwell, cook about 2 minutes.Gradually blend in crushedtomatoes and the juices and thebay leaf. Mix well. 3. Add sugar, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper andcloves or nutmeg. Boil overmedium heat. Cook and stir for2 minutes. Reduce heat; coverand simmer for 5 minutes. 4. For the dumplings: Combine flour, baking powderand salt in a bowl; cut in butterusing pastry cutter or 2 forksuntil crumbly. Add cheese. Stirin parsley and milk, gentlycombine until dough is justmoistened. 5. Drop the dough by table spoons onto simmering tomatosauce. Cover and simmer for20 minutes or until a toothpickinserted in a dumpling comesout clean (do not lift the coverwhile simmering). Discard bayleaf and serve immediatelytopped with more Parmesancheese and parsley, optional.Angela Shelf Medearis is anaward-winning children's au thor, culinary historian and theauthor of seven cookbooks. Hernew cookbook is "The KitchenDiva's Diabetic Cookbook."Her website is To see how-to videos,recipes and much, much more,Like Angela Shelf Medearis,The Kitchen Diva! on Face book. Recipes may not bereprinted without permissionfrom Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis Kitchen Diva By Angela Shelf Medearis The Southwest Florida WaterManagement District(SWFWMD) announces the fol lowing public meeting to whichall interested persons are in vited:Springs Coast ManagementCommittee: Discussion will in clude an update on manage ment plan implementation andFY2020 Springs funding appli cation and evaluationprocess. All or part of thismeeting may be conducted bymeans of communicationsmedia technology in order topermit maximum participationof committee members.DATE/TIME: Wed., Aug. 15,2018; 1:30 p.m.PLACE: SWFWMD BrooksvilleOffice, 2379 Broad Street,Brooksville, FL 34604A copy of the agenda may beobtained by contacting: Water – Boards, Meetings& Event Calendar; 1(800)423-1476 (FL only) or (352)796-7211.The Southwest Florida WaterManagement District (District)does not discriminate on thebasis of disability. This nondis crimination policy involves everyaspect of the District’s functions,including access to and partici pation in the District’s programsand activities. Anyone requiringreasonable accommodation asprovided for in the Americanswith Disabilities Act should con tact the District’s Human Re sources Bureau Chief, 2379Broad St., Brooksville, FL34604-6899; telephone (352)796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476 (FLonly), ext. 4703; or email ADA you are hearing or speech im paired, please contact theagency using the Florida RelayService, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD)or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).If any person decides to appealany decision made by theBoard/Committee with respectto any matter considered at thismeeting or hearing, he/she willneed to ensure that a verbatimrecord of the proceeding ismade, which record includesthe testimony and evidencefrom which the appeal is to beissued. For more information, you maycontact:; 1(800)423-1476 (FLonly) or (352)796-7211, x4605(Ad Order EXE0630) 8:2c Notices August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B5


8:2p NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEEDWARNING THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN OR IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVE LEGAL INTEREST. The property will be sold at a public auction on the 29th day of August, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., unless the back taxes are paid. To make payment or for ques tions concerning real property taxes, contact the Hardee County Tax Collectors Office at (863) 7739144 (PO Box 445, Wauchula, FL 33873) To receive further information regarding the Tax Deed Sale, contact the Hardee County Clerk of the Courts, immediately, at (863) 773-4174 (P.O. Drawer 1749, Wauchula, Florida, 33873). The holder of the following tax certificate has filed the certificate for a tax deed to be issued. The cer tificate number and year of issuance, the descrip tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are: CERTIFICATE NO.: 1318 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2012 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: James A. Cunningham, Trustee Description of Property: Parcel ID Number: 34-34-27-0000-50050-0000 600 AC 1/32 MINERAL RIGHTS ALL LESS NW1/4 OF NW1/4 PART OF 9185 ACRE TRACT LESS PHOSPHATE OR 228 P 790 SUBJECT TO RESERVATIONS, COVENANTS, RE STRICTIONS, AND EASEMENTS OF RECORD. All of the property is in HARDEE County, Florida. Unless the certificate or certificates are redeemed according to law, the property described in the cer tificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bid der on August 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk Pursuant to F.S. 197.512 Victoria L. Rogers Hardee County, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Tax Deed File: 252018TD008XXXX Date: 07/23/2018 Ad No.: 17:26-8:16c NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEEDWARNING THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN OR IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVE LEGAL INTEREST. The property will be sold at a public auction on the 29th day of August, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., unless the back taxes are paid. To make payment or for ques tions concerning real property taxes, contact the Hardee County Tax Collectors Office at (863) 7739144 (PO Box 445, Wauchula, FL 33873) To receive further information regarding the Tax Deed Sale, contact the Hardee County Clerk of the Courts, immediately, at (863) 773-4174 (P.O. Drawer 1749, Wauchula, Florida, 33873). The holder of the following tax certificate has filed the certificate for a tax deed to be issued. The cer tificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are: CERTIFICATE NO.: 1313 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2012 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: James A. Cunningham, Trustee Description of Property: Parcel ID Number: 21-34-27-9000-50050-0000 500 AC 1/32 MINERAL RIGHTS ALL N OF SR636 PART OF 9185 ACRE TRACT LESS PHOSPHATE OR228P790 21 34S 27E SUBJECT TO RESERVATIONS, COVENANTS, RE STRICTIONS, AND EASEMENTS OF RECORD. All of the property is in HARDEE County, Florida. Unless the certificate or certificates are redeemed according to law, the property described in the cer tificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bid der on August 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk Pursuant to F.S. 197.512 Victoria L. Rogers Hardee County, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Tax Deed File: 252018TD009XXXX Date: 07/23/2018 Ad No.: 17:26-8:16c NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEEDWARNING THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN OR IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVE LEGAL INTEREST. The property will be sold at a public auction on the 29th day of August, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., unless the back taxes are paid. To make payment or for ques tions concerning real property taxes, contact the Hardee County Tax Collectors Office at (863) 7739144 (PO Box 445, Wauchula, FL 33873) To receive further information regarding the Tax Deed Sale, contact the Hardee County Clerk of the Courts, immediately, at (863) 773-4174 (P.O. Drawer 1749, Wauchula, Florida, 33873). The holder of the following tax certificate has filed the certificate for a tax deed to be issued. The cer tificate number and year of issuance, the descrip tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are: CERTIFICATE NO.: 1315 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2012 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: James A. Cunningham, Trustee Description of Property: Parcel ID Number: 27-34-27-0000-52500-0000 409 AC 1/32 MINERAL RIGHTS ALL W OF RD LESS SE1/4 PART OF 9185 ACRE TRACT LESS PHOSPHATE OR228P790 27 34S 27E SUBJECT TO RESERVATIONS, COVENANTS, RE STRICTIONS, AND EASEMENTS OF RECORD. All of the property is in HARDEE County, Florida. Unless the certificate or certificates are redeemed according to law, the property described in the cer tificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bid der on August 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk Pursuant to F.S. 197.512 Victoria L. Rogers Hardee County, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Tax Deed File: 252018TD010XXXX Date: 07/23/2018 Ad No.: 17:26-8:16c County Proposes $61 Million Budgetagreed to give Lanier a $521,065 increase over last year, which was nearly all the additional revenue from the rise in ad-valorem proceeds. Lanier told commissioners he is losing deputies to sur rounding counties and was struggling to attract new hires. He was proposing a hike in starting salaries from $34,600 to $40,900, along with bumping up salaries for existing employees to make it comparable with new hires. Commissioner Colon Lambert, who led the discussions to keep the millage rate the same, felt the sheriffs budget should be proportionate to the countys total budget. If we allow a substantial increase to his budget, it has to come out of another budget or we have to raise taxes, he said. Lambert said having a lower millage rate is crucial for the local economy to be able to grow. The millage rate either drives people here or it drives them away, he said. Its one of the first things peo ple ask me when they are look ing at buying property here. Commissioner Sue Birge agreed with Lamberts assessment, adding that the proposal gives the sheriff everything we can. Commissioners left all other budgets as presented by county staff, which were mostly funded at prior-year levels with a few modest increases after insurance adjustments and the five-percent raises were factored in. Commissioner Mike Thompson wanted to advertise a millage rate of 8.999, a slight increase over the current year, with the option of lowering the rate during final budget adoption hearings in September. Commissioners have the option of lowering the tax rate once it has been advertised, but they cannot raise it during the final two hearings. I would like to propose ad vertising the TRIM (Truth In Millage) notice with an 8.999 millage rate, and would be per fectly happy setting the final rate at 8.8991 mills come September, he said. He expressed concern over the fund balances and contin gency levels, which he called dangerously low if the county experienced another storm or other large unex pected expense. After Lambert made a mo tion, it passed 4-1 with Thompson opposing. Public safety, which in cluded the sheriffs budget, emergency medical services and emergency management, consumes more than $14 million in the proposed budget and almost all of the proceeds from ad-valorem taxes levied on real and tangible property across the county. General county govern ment, which includes all de partments and constitutional offices, is budgeted at $6.7 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Transportation projects, which are funded entirely by state grants, will be more than $15 million next year. Fire control, funded through special fire assessments, will be $3.35 million. The Wauchula Hills water and wastewater projects, also funded exclusively with state grant funds, will have nearly $6 million in projects coming on line next year. Contingency funds across the entire budget will be around two percent, well below the recommended fivepercent level. Fund balances, which fund the budget with cash carryfor wards for the first few months until taxes are collected, will be around eight percent, below the recommended level of 10 percent. By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-AdvocateAfter being presented with a budget built on a 9.46 per cent tax increase, county commissioners cut the Sheriffs Office request for a $1.6 mil lion increase and proposed leaving the millage rate the same as last year at 8.991, or $8.99 per $1,000 of taxable values. Taxable property values across the county increased nearly $60 million to $1.60 billion, which will generate an additional $557,540 in ad-valorem proceeds at the current tax rate. All county employees are poised to receive a five percent raise, which includes a 2.5 per cent cost of living adjustment and a 2.5 percent step increase. Health insurance costs countywide rose two percent while property insurance in creased seven percent. Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier was seeking an $11.5 million budget alloca tion, up $1.6 million from the current budget of $9.7 million. Commissioners ultimately Family Fun For Everyone Heated Pool (winter time) Hot Tub Pickle Ball Court Shuffle Board Horse Shoes Mini GolfThousand Trails 2555 US Hwy 17 South, Zolfo Springs 863-735-88888:2c Crop UpdateJuly 30, 2018 General: According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Florida, there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 29, 2018. Precipitation estimates ranged from trace amounts of rain in Dry Tortugas (Monroe County) to 7.2 inches in Winter Haven (Polk County). The av erage mean temperature ranged from 78.3F in Moore Haven (Glades County) to 86.5F in Marco Island (Collier County). Citrus: Average or slightly higher than average tempera tures remained constant the entire week in the citrus producing region. Afternoon highs were in the high 80s to low 90s, with a couple extremes in the mid 90s. The warmest temperature recorded was in Palmdale (Glades County) at 96F. Tropical moisture and rain showers on several days resulted in above nor mal precipitation for much of the citrus producing region during the last week. Several locations in the central and northern areas received between 2 and 4 inches of rainfall. In the northern area, the most rainfall was in Dade City (Pasco County) at 7.2 inches, and in the central area, Winter Haven (Polk County) had 6.6 inches of rainfall. According to the July 26, 2018 U.S. Drought Monitor, the entire citrus region remains drought free. Care takers continued normal maintenance and spray pro grams, consisting of applying summer oils, treating for greening, fertilizing and mowing. Irrigation was less regular in counties where it rained several days during the week. In areas where owners are taking care of their groves, the fruit and trees look good, and growers are optimistic about the upcoming crop. Fruits and Vegetables: Crops harvested included avocado, bitter melon, boniato, malanga, mango, and okra. Livestock and Pastures: Pastures in Polk County are growing well with the recent rainfall. Some flooded areas were noted in Hernando and Sumter County. Cattle condition im proved slightly from the previous week. Field Crops: Hay was cut this week in Dixie County but the rain prevented cutting in Lafayette Count and delayed pro ducers in Levy County. Field corn was harvested in Dixie County and will begin soon in Suwannee County. Some peanuts are beginning to suffer from the excess moisture in Levy County. Sugarcane continues to thrive. It took 17 years to create and fund the idea of the interstate. Two members of the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads presented a report to Congress in 1939 that detailed the need for a non-tolled road system in the U.S. It wasnt until the act of 1956 that funding was finally allocated to its construction. Make The Winning Score!SPORTS NEWS DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5PM (WEEKEND EVENTS, MONDAY AT NOON) B6 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018


Stump The Swami By John Szeligo C-USA Will See Growth At FAU Well football fans, it is time to take a look at the conference races in which the Florida Teams will be competing. We will start with Conference-USA this week. Florida At lantic University (FAU) and Florida International University(FIU) both are in the East Division of C-USA. Next up will bethe American Athletic Conference (AAC) where both Universityof South Florida (USF) and University of Central Florida (UCF)are forces to be reckoned. Following these articles will be theAtlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with Miami and Florida StateUniversity (FSU) primed to make a run. The final conference ar ticle will be the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The FloridaGators — with 19 starters returning — are optimistic for the2018 season. Let’s get to it.Conference-USA stretches from El Paso, Texas, in the West, to Miami in the southeast, and north to Huntington, West Vir ginia. The conference has 14 member schools spread across nine southern states. Nine member teams participated in 2017 BowlGames (winning four) and led by Marshall’s impressive win inNew Mexico over Colorado State. Marshall has won six straightbowl games which is the longest bowl winning streak at present.The conference has two divisions with a championship game. The 2017 season saw FAU’s Owls — led by new coach Lane Kiffin — win the school’s first conference title after fin ishing 11-3 that included a 50-3 victory over Akron in a bowlgame. The Owls had three previous seasons with 3-9 records. FIU welcomed new coach and proven winner Butch Davis in 2017. The Panthers responded with an 8-5 record and a bowlappearance. While most prognosticators are high on FAU, FIUreviews do not see the Panthers coming near their record of lastseason. Now, let us take a look at how the Swami sees C-USA fin ishing in 2018. We will start with CUSA East Division contain ing the Florida schools along with Charlotte, Old Dominion,Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and two-time NationalChampion Marshall. C-USA is more than likely a two-team racebetween Marshall and FAU. The focus will be on those teams. Conference — USA East Division 1. Marshall — The Thundering Herd heads into the season primed for a banner campaign. The squad returns 19 starters —including the entire offensive line blocking for an experiencedrunning back corps led by Ft. Meade’s Tyler King who had 820yards and seven TDs and Keion Davis who added 812 yard s. Quarterback Chase Litton is gone to the Kansas City Chiefs, buttransfer Alex Thomson, who picked Marshall over Tennessee,will ease the loss. Isaiah Green looked impressive in the springas well at quarterback. Whichever one is throwing the ball willhave the best receiving corps in the conference led by likely first-round pick Tyree Brady. He had 62 receptions for 942 yards witha 15 yard per catch average in 2017. Xavier Gaines, Lake Wales,is at tight end along with Cody Mitchell. The defense was ranked24th in the nation in 2017 and returns nine starters. Ryan Bee isan All-American Candidate on the DL. The line backing corpscan be described as “SEC like”. The secondary is the best in C-USA as well. Ty Tyler and Nirion Washington add local flavorto the Herd also. Both are from DeSoto County. Schedule – TheHerd has a demanding schedule with a trip to South Carolina toface the Gamecocks early. They are undefeated in Williams-Bryce Stadium having beat University of Southern California,24-21, in 1998, on a last second field goal. North Carolina Statevisits Huntington in September as well. October 20th is the dayFAU comes to Marshall. Expect a sellout and a Herd victory enroute to a 12-1 and an extension to seven bowl wins. 2. Florida Atlantic University — The Owls have Lane Kif fin with a new 10 year contract and a C-USA championship in2018 under their belts. They will be led by All-American runningback Devin Singletary who rushed for just under 2000 yards lastseason. The offensive line returns the tackles but has holes tofill. The quarterback could be FSU transfer De’Andre Johnson.He will have some good receivers to throw to in Harrison Bryantat tight end, Willie Wright, and West Virginia transfer Jovan Du rante. Defensively the Owls return 10 starters. Games at Okla homa, Middle Tennessee, UCF and Marshall will test this teamin 2018. 3. Middle Tennessee — Rick Stockstill, former Georgia quarterback, has another solid team led by his son Brent, at quar terback. He threw for 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2017despite being injured. The Blue Raiders have solid receivers andrunning backs. This team could get a bowl bid but play a toughout of conference schedule with games against three SEC teams(Vanderbilt, Georgia and Kentucky). 4. Old Dominion — Could have a winning season but 6-6 looks more probable. 5. Florida International University — Returns 11 starters but Butch Davis has more of a wild card team than a proven win ner in 2018 — 5-7 looks realistic. 6. Western Kentucky — Hilltoppers have fallen since Jeff Brohm left for Purdue. It is doubtful they can repeat their 7-6season in 2018. 7. Charlotte — Returns 18 starters but that may be the bad news. They were 1-11 last year. Don’t look for much improve ment in 2018. Conference — USA West Division 1. North Texas — The Mean Green made it to the C-USA title game in 2017 and could repeat in 2018 with 17 starters setreturn. This team can put up points but have had problems al lowing just as many. 2. UAB — Blazers will have North Texas looking over their shoulders along with Louisiana Tech. The West is a threeteam race in 2018. UAB has recovered from the end of the pro gram a few years ago rising to challenge again. They also return17 starters. 3. Louisiana Tech – 15 starters return and projections are for Louisiana Tech, North Texas and UAB to all win eightgames. How that shakes out in the tie-breakers will determine the fate of all three. 4. Southern Miss — Golden Eagles only return nine starters but this team is still in the hunt. They could be a spoiler on bothsides of the conference. Expect to see them in a bowl game again— 7-5 with a bowl in 2018. 5. UT—San Antonio — Used a great defense to go to a bowl game in 2017 but have too many loses on both sides of theball to repeat that success in 2018. 6. Rice — Only returning five starters on each side of the ball and playing a tough schedule will see the Owls finish nearthe bottom with a 2or 3-win season. 7. UTEP — Coming off a 0-12 season with 12 starters re turning, things do not look any better for new coach Dana Dimelwho comes in from Kansas State. The Miners are not favored inany game this season. Their best odds are against Northern Ari zona in the opener. 8:2c The Hardee Sole Crushers were well represented earlierthis month at the AAU Pri mary Club Championship atthe ESPN Wide World ofSports at Walt Disney World inOrlando. Three members of the travel track and field squad earnedeight medals at the July 7event that caps the sport’ssummer travel competitionseason. Isabella Mier, 5, earned three medals. Mier took third in the shot put with a distance of 6’11”.She was also third in the longjump after recording a 6’7” ef fort. The youngster also took third place honors in the 800meter with a time of 4:03.83. Amelia “Nuggie” Roberts, 6, also earned three medals. Roberts was second – the delegation’s top effort – in the shot put with a distance of10’8”. She earned a sixth placefinish in the 800 meter with atime of 3:28.21. She claimed10th place honors in the longjump with a 7’5” effort. Shanah Virgile, 8, claimed two medals. Virgile was sixth in the 1,500 meter with a time of6:15.26. The youngster alsoclaimed 15th place in the 800meter event with a time of3:12.37. Sole Crushers Take Honors At Championship COURTESY PHOTO Isabella Mier, Amelia Roberts, and Shanah Virgile withcoach Regan Davenport following the AAU Primary Club Championship earlier this month. Isabela Mier and Amelia Roberts mug for the camera as they display their championship medals. O PEN 24 H OURS 526 N. 6th Ave (Across from Nicholas Restaurant) 112 W. Palmetto Open: 7 days (Yellow bldg. behind old carwash) NEW MACHINES • CLEAN • A/C 2 LOCATIONS 24 hr. 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County Line Club, 245 Hwy. 17 N., BG. 8:2p Yard SalesDel Sur Harvesting, LLC is hiring 6 Ag Equipment Operators to operate equipment used to harvest apples in Henderson County, NC for a temporary period starting on 08/15/2018 and ending on 10/15/2018. One (1) month of verifiable work experience operating ag equipment are required. The wages offered are the highest of $11.46/hr. or applicable piece rates. Must have the correct type of license required by State and Federals laws. All drivers will be required to have a CDL license, and drivers responsible for transporting workers will be required to have a valid and unexpired Federal Farm Labor Contractor or Federal Farm Labor Contractor Employee Registration with driving authorization. Will be responsible for operating the buses used to move apples from the field to the packing house and storage facility. Must be able to safely operate the buses that are used to trans port workers to and from work sites. Should be able to provide proof of accident-free driving record and background. Workers must be able to lift 80lbs. to shoulder height repetitively throughout the workday and able to lift and carry 80lbs. in field. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be provided at no cost to worker. Housing will be avail able for workers who cannot reasonably return home after each working day. Transporta tion and subsistence expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: NC10891118. cl8:2c8 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in tobacco, sweet potatoes, cotton, corn, soy, peanuts, hemp and other diversified crops in Martin County, North Carolina, for Edmondson AG LLC., with work beginning on or about 09/15/2018 and ending on or about 12/01/2018. 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 rates may be offered depending on crop activity. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send re sumes to NCWorks Career Center Martin County, 407 East Blvd., Williamston, NC 27892, (252) 792-7816 or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #NC10905771. EOE. H-300-18198-472050. cl8:2c10 temporary vegetable warehouse workers needed in Barwick, GA, for Barwick Packing, LLC with work beginning on or about 10/01/2018 and ending on or about 06/30/2019. The job offered is for a skilled farmworker and requires minimum 3 months verifiable work experience as a vegetable warehouse worker. The mini mum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $10.95 per hour. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to GA DOL, 148 Andrew Young Intl Blvd. Suite 450, Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 232-3500, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and reference job order #GA2495825691. EOE. H-300-18204-065093. cl8:2c200 temporary farmworkers needed for hand harvesting sweet potatoes in Greene County, North Carolina, for Francisco Valadez, Jr., LLC, with work beginning on or about 09/15/2018 and ending on or about 11/28/2018. The job offered is for an ex perienced farmworker and requires minimum 1 month verifiable farm work experi ence in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour and piece rates may be offered. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the con tract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsis tence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work con tract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center Lenoir County, 231 Hwy 58 South, PO Box 822, Kinston NC 28501, (252) 775-6021, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency and reference job order #NC10905580. EOE. H-300-18201-096157. cl8:2cHacienda Farms, Inc. is hiring 40 farmworkers to cultivate and harvest vegetable crops in Transylvania County, NC for a temporary period starting on 08/25/2018 and ending on 10/15/2018. One (1) month of work experience harvesting vegetables is required. 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 continues in all types of weather. Workers must be able to lift 70lbs. to shoulder height repetitively throughout the workday and able to lift and carry 70lbs. in field. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be provided at no cost to worker. Housing will be available for workers who cannot reasonably return home after each working day. Trans portation and subsistence expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: NC10897805. cl8:2pDel Sur Harvesting, LLC is hiring 54 farmworkers to harvest apples in Henderson County, NC for a temporary period starting on 08/15/2018 and ending on 10/15/2018. One (1) month of experience harvesting apples is required. The wages offered are $11.46/hr. This job requires prolonged standing, bending, stooping, lift ing and reaching. Job continues in all types of weather. Workers must be able to lift 80lbs. to shoulder height repetitively throughout the workday and able to lift and carry 80lbs. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least 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 re turn home after each working day. Transportation and subsistence expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: NC10885924. cl8:2c Advantage Realty #1 Marcus Steven Lambert P.A. "Mark"Realtor Broker Associate 743 US 27 S. 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I look around and everywhere I see an empty store for a few weeks, then there is suddenly an exercise store. Call these stores what you may, but it just doesn't make sense. I received pay for picking up items and putting them somewhere else. Now people pay those stores to let them pick up items and put them back down in the same place. It just doesn't make sense. Think about this. It really sounds stupid. Get paid to do it or pay someone to let you do it. For me I'd rather be the one getting paid. Dunkin Donuts is finally going to do something with the worst-tasting coffee I have ever tried to drink. They are now going for the town drunks by putting alcohol in some of their coffee. Neither will be satisfied. The beer is six percent, and the coffee is just coffee flavorno caffeine. Wonder how long this will last? That's like Johnny putting flea and tick drops in his beard. Of course, I have seen some that needed it on their head and beard. Why wear one if you don't want it to improve your looks? Johnny was one-quarter Cherokee and from age 10 he would not get his hair cut. That is, until it got caught in some farm equipment. He kept it below his shoulder blades, usually in a single braid. One day he and his birddogs were visiting across the country on an organ ized hunt. The trouble was it was one of the worst flea seasons in years. He and his dogs were inundated with far more fleas that the liquid could handle. It kills after the bite. After a quart of flea soap and showers he seemed to have all the dogs flealess, but it is true if you see one somewhere else you will feel them crawl ing on you even if there is none. Cindy walked in and saw him put ting flea drops in his beard and on his neck. She informed him it would be separate beds and bedrooms for a few days. He tried explaining that he had not seen one since he took two showers. This was just a precaution. She said yes, that was what she was doing--taking a pre caution. He was just like all of us men. The more he tried to explain the more ammo she had to use so he just gave up and slept on the couch watching TV. Back in the '50s you only had three channels until they added another knob separating UHF from VHF, adding two more channels. If the president was on you had only the ones (all of them) he was on. I have a suggestion for the NFL's fines for the "kneelers." Give them a three-year suspension with pay. Thus they can't play football with any team while under suspension. Little known fact: Every part of your auto came from the earth. Plas tics, steel, upholstery, lights, etc. A "super food" com mercial said he had not been sick since taking the super food. How many millions can say they have not been sick Not taking super food? I think I may be getting on a firstname basis with the young deer. Three came up from the state park, walked beside my vehicle as I left it to go to the porch where I went and sat down in a chair. They proceeded to the edge of the street and began eating while I took pictures of them. One stopped eating as if posing for her photo. My little oneeyed dog tries to make them run. They think he is somewhat strange and hesitate to run while they try to figure him out. I keep telling him their hoofs can cut him in two, but they let him within three or four feet before they decide to leave. I am going to start trying to handfeed them. They know they are safe. They have the run of the neighborhood and go down to Duck River to get water. As Seen From This SideBy Jerry Gray Wolf PhillipsWauchula Ladies, I guess you could say this column is written with you in mind. I also know if you live alone there are certain chores that need doing such as mowing, weed eating, and trim ming those low hanging limbs that catch your hair or clothes when you walk under the tree. So you either do it yourself, pay someone to do it, or ask for help from family and friends. I hate to ask for help so I have fig ured out how to do most of these things myself. Get yourself a push mower if you are so inclined. Look at the benefits. You get your yard mowed, you don't have to pay someone to mow it, and you get a whole body workout. I bought an electric weed-eater because it is smaller than the gas ones. I just weigh 116 pounds, so the big one would have probably drug me all over the yard. My little electric Black and Decker weed-eater does the job, and I can handle it just fine. I also have a small electric chain saw I bought at a yard sale for eight dollars. i was asked, "What are you gonna do with a chain saw?" True, I had never used one, but I could see all kinds of possibilities to having one of my own. I did have a lot to learn though. The first time it got stuck in a limb, and I had to figure how to get it out. The chain got too loose, had to figure out how to tighten it back up. It was a learn ing experience to say the least, with safety always at the forefront of learning what I could do with my saw. I am saying, "If you find yourself alone when you used to have someone to do these things for you, you can do whatever you put your mind to." You will find you have strengths and talents you never knew you had, and you will become stronger and more self-reliant as time goes by. Just say to yourself, "I can do this. I will do this." Jonell Peavy lives in Avon Park and can be reached at 863-4533589. Peavys PonderingsBy Jonell PeavySugar Possum of the late Truman Thomas On This Day:In 1610 Henry Hudson enters the bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay In 1776 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians) In 1790 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves In 1791 Samuel Briggs and his son, patent nail-making machine In 1819 1st parachute jump in US In 1858 1st mailboxes installed in Boston and NYC streets In 1875 1st roller skating rink opens (London) Ask For HelpRAPE CRISIS LINE1 (888) 956 7273or863-413-2707 August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B9


B10 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 8:2cBack when I was a little kid of 10 or so were talking about maybe 1951 one of my great adventures was to ride my bicycle a couple of miles to the Wonder House on the south side of Bartow and see the wonders that were aggregated there. It cost a nickel to get into the ground floor of this four-story domicile and see dead snakes preserved in gallon jars of whatever dead snakes are preserved in. Until last week, I considered myself to be one of Bartows foremost authorities on the Wonder House, based on sto ries told to me by Dad and a number of stories published by our newspapers and others. After hearing the present owners Drew Davis and Krislin Kreis speak to Ro tary last week, I realize the paucity of my knowledge. Long-time Bartowans know the basics: in 1926, Conrad Schuck, who lived in Pitts burgh, was told by his doctor that he had only a few months to live, perhaps a year if he moved to Florida. Being nobodys fool, he moved to Florida with his five sons and four daughters (a tenth child had died in infancy) and set out to build his dream house. He lived another 40 years. An inventor of no small imagination, he built a home that was described, among other things, as The House of a Thousand Gadgets. Rock quarried from the north side of the house was used to create a swimming pool (some call it a moat) in the front yard, and provided part of the building material for the house. The design included a natu ral air conditioning system that involved capturing rainwater and flowing it through hollow concrete columns built into the walls. There were porches on all four sides of the house. Every bedroom in the four-story home had a balcony with an outdoor bathtub. In addition to its four floors, it had a basement and a subbasement. In its earlier days, it some times was referred to as The Crazy House by people who declared that the person building it must be crazy. It had a mirror on the top of the chimney which directed sunlight into a mirror in the fireplace three floors below, which then focused light onto a prism which could be ad justed to project a variety of colors into the living room. Given Conrads German heritage, this device was believed by some to be used to signal Germans. He was ar rested and jailed for three days during World War II, then re leased. The FBI issued a press re lease declaring that Conrad Schuck was not a German spy. Though there are different dates given as likely comple tion, the present owners be lieve construction ended in 1941. Conrad lived in another house diagonally across the street from his Wonder House (it drew its name from a Rip leys Believe It or Not feature) and never lived in his remark able creation. Its first resident was Lucy DuCharme, who bought it in 1964. Given her flair for the dramatic in any activity she undertook, she was known with affection as Lucy B. DeMille. Since Lucys death, the house has been purchased and abandoned by two purchasers who were unable to take on the investment to renovate it. Drew and Krislin have un dertaken to restore it to its onetime grandeur, undeterred by water leaks, termites, and the damage inflicted by vandals. Their goal, they say, is to not to create a Wonder House of their own imagination, but to ask themselves at each junc ture in the restoration process, What would Conrad Schuck do? S. L. Frisbie is retired. He and Mary visited Lucy in her showplace home several times. She once confided to them that she had given consent to filming of scenes for a first run movie on the grounds. Unknown to her, the movie was the story of a priest who recruited altar boys as sexual conquests. The Wonder House scenes were filmed beneath one of the two bridges over the pool in front of the house. Lucy referred to it as that wretched movie!What Would Conrad Schuck Do? COURTESY IMAGE Wonder House, Bartow.


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To the Citizens of Hardee County: Whether you are a 5-year-old child starting kindergarten, a highschool senior anticipating his or her last year of school prior to graduation, or a school-district employee busy with last-minute details, there is a tinge of excitement in the air as the Hardee County School District prepares to begin another school year. With teachers, administrators and support staff returningback to work on Aug. 2, there will be just a few more days to get prepared for the 5,300 students who will arri ve on Friday, Aug. 10, for the 2018-19 school year. This summer has been our busiest in many years, as we have had several major structural repair and renovation proj ects in place at Bowling Green Elementary, new cafeteria roof; North Wauchula Elementary, new main water line installed; Zolfo Springs Elementary, new main water line installed; and Hardee Sen ior High School, auditorium renovation as a result of Hurricane Irma. School safety and security projects are also in full swing at each school, with the addition of new fencing, replacement and addition of security cameras, relocation of the school re source officers at the high school, and the installation of a security gate at North WauchulaElementary School. Additional maintenance projects throughout the school district include a facelift in several areas of the football stadium along with cleaning, painting and general maintenance at allschools. The entire administrative staff will be returning for the upcoming school year.Hilltop Elementary School will implement a new dean position that will be filled by former guidance counselor Donna Parks, Ray Rivas will be the new dean at Bowling Green Ele mentary School, and Dr. Marcus Jenkins will replace Ray Rivas as a dean at Hardee JuniorHigh School. Jessica Gilliard has been hired as the graduation coach at Hardee Senior HighSchool, moving over from Hardee Junior High School. The A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program continues to expand academic and college opportunities for students at both Hardee Junior High School and atHardee Senior High School, and North Wauchula Elementary School will become our schooldistrict’s first elementary school to participate in this program in the fall. The high school will expand its highly successful algebra program, Agile Minds, to more students and teachers, and teachers and administrators from each of our district’s schoolshave been attending training sessions and professional development classes throughout thesummer. With the highly successful results of the 2018 Florida Standards Assessments behind us, the Hardee County School District will continue to seek improvement and academic excel lence for each of our students. I am looking forward to another year of “Wildcat Pride” in the classrooms, on the athletic fields, and among all of the activities in which our students take part. Wishing nothing but the best to our students, teachers, administrators and support staff in the upcoming school year. Respectfully, Bob Shayman, Superintendent of Schools From The Superintendent … 2 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Stacks of knowledge and entertainment await studentsat Wauchula Elementary School and throughout the dis trict as media centers prepare for small hands to grabbig adventures. ON THE COVER … D&S CATTLECO., INC.LIVESTOCKDEALER Hwy. 66 East • Zolfo Springs 863-735-1112 School Starts Aug. 10Drive Carefully & Obey Speed Limits BTS18


August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 3 Save While Shopping With Sales-Tax HolidayHelp Your Child Adjust To School TransitionsBy JENNIFER M cCONKEYHerald-Advocate InternWhether its entering kinder garten, moving to a new school or starting their freshman year at HHS, adjusting to a new campus can be stressful for students. So how can you help? Even though you cant follow your child to class and make sure everythings going well, there are plenty of ways to make the transi tion smooth and even enjoyable. Starting Kindergarten Starting kindergarten can be scary for children. Carey Craw ford, a school counselor at Bowling Green Elementary, offers some advice to parents of kindergarten ers: Help your child mentally pre pare by touring the school together and meeting the teacher before school starts. Be openly enthusias tic during that time to show your youngster that theres nothing to be anxious about. If possible, try to introduce your kindergartener to some future classmates so there are familiar faces on the first day. Discuss school with your child. Listen to any concerns and let your youngster know that its nor mal to be concerned about a new experience. Answer all questions in a positive way, and share some happy memories from when you were in school. Reassure your child that even though kids go to school during the day, they come home to their parents every afternoon. Attend school functions and stay connected with your childs teacher throughout the year; let the teacher know if you have any questions or concerns. Help your child with home work, and do other educational ac tivities together. If you have older children, encourage them to par ticipate as well. Being involved with your childrens educations can be a huge contribution to their success. New Grade, New School Starting at the junior or senior high is a major milestone, but how do you keep the excitement stronger than the stress? Dr. Michele Polk, principal at Hardee High School, urges parents to attend parent events at the schools. The junior high will be hosting a sixth-grade parent night and the senior high will hold a separate parent night for each grade. Polk also encourages parents to monitor their childrens school at tendance. Checking report cards and holding your children ac countable is an important step in encouraging success at the next level of schooling. Hardee Junior High Assistant Principal Gilbert Vasquez says that reading the student handbook is a good way to help incoming sixthgraders prepare. And learning the schools dress code will help with back-to-school shopping. Parents of high school students can also sign up for Remind text messages from Polk, which will include dates of parent nights. In structions for signing up will be available in the schools parent packet. And if you have any concerns about your child, contact the schools guidance department. They can help you schedule a meeting with your childs teacher(s). A New District While moving to a new school district can mean the opportunity to make new friends, it is often stressful for children. Dr. Sheryl Mosley, HJH princi pal, recommends that parents schedule a time to tour the school with their children before the first day of classes if possible. Getting your child familiar with a new school without hundreds of other students around can help minimize first-day stress. Even if youre changing dis tricts in the middle of a school year, Crawford urges parents to schedule a meeting with the new teacher and a tour of the new school. You can also check the schools website for information like the dress code, supply list and current events. Show enthusiasm about the school change and discuss it with your children. Let them know that its OK to feel the way they feel and that those feelings will gradu ally subside. And assure your kids that theyll be able to stay in touch with their current friends and make new friends. Help your children fit in by making sure theyre prepared for classes like art, music and physical education. And look for extracur ricular activities your kids are in terested in. If youre concerned about your kids adjusting, contact the school counselor so you have someone at the school that can check on them periodically. Communication with your childrens teachers is also im portant. By JENNIFER M cCONKEYHerald-Advocate InternLooking to save money on school clothing and supplies? Florida will observe a statewide back-to-school sales-tax holiday this Friday through Sunday. The sales-tax holiday will allow you to do most, if not all, of your back-to-school shopping without paying any sales tax. Thats an automatic seven percent savings! The holiday will apply to any school supplies that cost under $15. Thats $15 per in dividual item, so you can buy as many school supplies as you want in one trip. Eligible supplies include such items as transparent tape, colored pencils and crayons, pencils and pens, markers and highlighters, erasers, glue and paste, fold ers and binders, composition books, notebooks and notebook paper, legal pads, construction paper, poster board and paper, calculators, rulers, protrac tors, compasses, scissors, blank computer disks and lunch boxes. But, there are some office supplies that are not tax-exempt. These include computer and printer paper; correction tape, fluid or pens; staplers and sta ples; masking tape; and most books. Many clothing items, footwear and accessories that cost under $60 each will also be tax-exempt. The clothing category includes typical items, but also un usual or unexpected ones such as bibs, aprons, hair bows, diapers, shoe inserts and formal clothing. This category also includes bags like backpacks, purses, diaper bags, fanny packs and even wallets. It does not include garment bags, briefcases or suit cases. Accessories like watches, umbrellas and jewelry and activity footwear like rollerblades or swim fins will not be tax-exempt. Certain types of clothing wont qualify either, like athletic gloves and pads, life jackets, and sports helmets. The Florida Department of Revenue has an exten sive list of items that are not tax-exempt, so check online at before you shop. And heres an important note on coupons: If you have a manu facturers coupon that lowers the price of an item below the cutoff dollar amount, you will still have to pay tax. But, if you have a store coupon that lowers the items cost below the cutoff, you will not have to pay tax. Theres good news for online shoppers as well. You can order tax-exempt items online during the holiday. But there are a few things you should know: The company you order from has to accept your order before the tax holiday ends, so make sure you dont do all your ordering at 11:59 Sunday night. If you order items but request to delay the ship ment until after Sunday, you wont get the tax ex emption. Dont worry though if the company delays shipping but you arent the one who requested it, youll still get the exemption. Shipping and handling costs will be calculated into the total cost of each item. If the shipping cost puts you over the cutoff price, the item will not be tax-exempt. You can visit for more information on how to calculate the total cost of items you purchase online. Most stores in Florida are required to participate in this sales-tax holiday, but a few are exempt or arent eligible, so check before making your pur chases if you arent sure. 863-773-4101204 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula, 33873 Welcome Back Students BTS18


4 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 NWES Taking A ‘Quest For Success’ By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern You don’t need to fight a dragon in a castle to go completea quest. At least not at North Wauchula Elementary, which is following aroyal theme this year. And the school will provide help as the students journeythrough the school year. NWE is the first of the county elementary schools to join thejunior and senior high schools asan Advancement Via IndividualDetermination school. Thatmeans they’ll be working on col lege and career prep by focusingon WICOR — writing to learn,inquiry, collaboration, organiza tion and reading — strategies inall their classes. Fifth graders will visit South Florida State College on a fieldtrip to learn more about collegeoptions. Some of the younger students will be introduced to more com plex and quality literature textsthis year, and the school is pur chasing a new vocabulary pro gram. And R.E.A.C.H. — realizing excellence through advanced ac ademic curriculum of Hardee —classes, which help challenge themost advanced students, have ex panded to cover fifth grade. New technology to support the school’s quest for success in cludes a full class set of GoogleExpeditions Virtual Reality Head sets for virtual field trips, a postermaker and a 3D printer. There are three new extracur ricular options for students: K-Kids Club, a service clubdeveloped by Kiwanis Interna tional; Heart & Sole RunningClub; and a student-run branch ofSuncoast Federal Credit Union. The school will be seeing sev eral staff changes this year. New first-grade teacher Cristina Gallegos is transferringin from Hilltop ElementarySchool. And transferring fromWauchula Elementary School forthe second-grade R.E.A.C.H. po sition is Mary Idsardi. VickieConerly and Sherri Himrod aremoving from fourth to secondgrade this year. Third grade will have three new teachers: Priscilla Bowes, anSFSC graduate, and AleciaHughes and Mary Rodriguez,both transferring from WES. Coming from HES to teach fourth grade are Amy Franks andLisa Spencer. A new fifth-gradeteacher is Alexi Ozuna, SFSCgraduate. Nicole Keen, whotaught fourth grade last year, willbe a fifth-grade R.E.A.C.H.teacher. Linda Hernandez, who is re turning to the district, will be amedia specialist. And joining asan Exceptional Student Educationteacher is West Virginia Univer sity graduate Katelyn Reader. Peggy Chaney, who taught sec ond grade, retired this year. Andmedia specialist Pam Justice, sec ond-grade teacher Kim Hanshawand fifth-grade teacher Amy Pariswill be transferring to other dis trict schools. While the school won’t be guarded by a moat, a new securitygate will be installed. This way,visitors will need to use an inter com with the office to enter the school, making the campus saferand easier for students to movearound. The school is also going to be getting new cafeteria tables andseating at some point during theschool year. Parents who want to help the school’s quest for success by join ing the PTO can attend an organi zational meeting on Aug. 21 at5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria or con tact the school office. Open house will be Wednes day, Aug. 8, from 10 to noon. Par ents should bring IDs. To avoid long lines, come by the school office to pick up an emergency care card. Fill it outand get it notarized before open house, and you can use the ex press line. And if you have a kindergart ner or a child who is new at NWE, come to the office to register be fore open house. Office hours are Monday-Friday 7-3. If you drive your children to school, make sure you do not dropthem off before 7 a.m. If you wantthem to eat breakfast at school,they’ll need time to get to thecafeteria by 7:20, and all studentsneed to be in class by 7:35. Youcan pick your child up after school at 2 p.m. Office manager Haley Tyson is getting files ready for the firstday of school. PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Custodians Maria Carrera (left) and Amber Kelly prepare rooms for students’ return. PTO Info First meeting is Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. If you can’t attend it, contact the school office for info on joining. TAKE NOTE Wauchula Elementary School Open House Wednesday, Aug. 8, 10-noon School Hours Breakfast: 7:00-7:20 a.m. Drop Off: No earlier than 7 a.m. Must be in class by 7:35. Pick Up: 2:00 p.m.


N N o o r r t t h h W W a a u u c c h h u u l l a a E E l l e e m m e e n n t t a a r r y y S S u u p p p p l l y y L L i i s s t t KINDERGARTEN • 4 packs 24-count crayons • 1 box of colored pencils • Small Fiskars blunt-tip scissors • 2 large pink erasers • 2 packs of 2 Ticonderoga “My First” pencils • Pencil box• 8 glue sticks • Hand sanitizer • 1 pack of copy paper• 1 box of tissues • 1 pair of earbuds • Disinfectant wipes • Girls – 1 box of gallon-size Ziploc bags • Boys – 1 box of quart-size Ziploc bags FIRST GRADE • Backpack (non-rolling) • Large pencil box • 1 box of No. 2 pencils (no mechanical pencils)• 2 large Elmer's glue sticks • Scissors (blunt tip) • 1 box of 24 crayons • 2 plastic folders with pockets • 1 1-inch 3-ring binder with clear plastic front pocket• 2-3 large pink erasers • Disinfectant wipes ** Wish List: Ziploc bags, colored copy paper, cardstock, sentence strips, tissues, large hand sanitizer SECOND GRADE • Backpack (non-rolling) • Scissors (blunt tip) • 24 No. 2 Pencils (no pencil sharpeners) • 4 glue sticks • 1 box of crayons (24 or less) • 2 large pink erasers • 1 pack of cap erasers • 1 1-inch 3-ring binder • 1 red spiral notebook • 1 blue spiral notebook • 1 package of wide-ruled notebook paper **Wish List: Snack, quart and gallon Ziploc bags, dry-erase markers, disinfectant wipes, tissues, large hand sanitizer THIRD GRADE • 1 1-inch 3-ring black binder with clear plastic front pocket• 2 1-inch 3-ring binders of any color • Backpack (non-rolling)• 4 packs of wide-ruled notebook paper • 2 large pink erasers• 1 large zippered pencil pouch • 72 No. 2 pencils (2 a week) • Colored pencils • 4 dry-erase markers • 1 ruler with inches and centimeters • Yellow highlighters• 4 glue sticks• 1 bottle of glue • Scissors **Wish List: Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, Ziploc bags FOURTH GRADE • 1 1-inch 3-ring binder• 1 large zippered pencil pouch• 1 set of notebook dividers with 8 tabs • Scissors • Colored pencils • 1 pack of cap erasers • Highlighter• 2 dry-erase markers• 2 packs of sticky notes• 3 packages of wide-ruled notebook paper • 2 glue sticks• 48 No. 2 Pencils • Pencil sharpener • 2 spiral notebooks• 2 plastic folders with prongs FIFTH GRADE • 1 1-inch 3-ring binder• 1 2-inch 3-ring binder• 1 package of 5-tab dividers• Loose-leaf notebook paper• 2 composition books, lined paper • 1 package of erasers• No. 2 pencils (no mechanical) • Colored pencils • Scissors • Zippered pencil pouch (for binder) • 2 large glue sticks• 2 dry-erase markers • 1 pair of earbuds • Highlighters • Boys – 1 pack of 3x5 index cards • Girls – 1 box of Ziploc baggies August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 5 Principal Jessica Gray stands next to a new mural in the school. The mural was painted byAssistant Principal Tamara Taylor-Camilo, retired WES art teacher Donna Patterson, andNWES office secretary Susan Brewer. Cody Rieder, who will be going into sixth-grade this year, is helping Mary Idsardi get hercastle ready. The castle fits North Wauchula Elementary’s royal theme. He is the son of HaleyTyson, who also works at the school. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” — Chinese Proverb


6 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 Education Is A Super Power At BGE By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern The teachers at Bowling Green Elementary will be suiting up thisyear to continue their tradition ofteaching like superheroes. And to keep their teaching skills strong, the teachers will bereading the book “Teach Like aSuperhero!” by Brent Hand. Students and their parents can come meet their super-teachers atopen house on Thursday, Aug. 9,from 1 to 3 p.m. The team of heroes is strong this year, with former assistantprincipal Stuart Durastanti step ping up to fill the role left by prin cipal Kathy Clark’s retirement.And he’s receiving strong supportfrom new dean Ray Rivas. There have been some changes among teachers as well. Newkindergarten teacher Kristen Vil lafranca will be filling the void leftby the retirement of Renee Hei ther. In the fourth-grade, former BGE intern Noemi Molina will bestepping into the math positionleft vacant by Daniel Witt, who ismoving to the third-grade team.Third-grade teacher Janice Bass isretiring. And helping students stay strong as superheroes will becoach Rob Davis, who is takingon Phil Rasmussen’s role, as Ras mussen is retiring. Like any good superhero team, the school staff has a plan to helpstudents do their best. The goal isto get the school back up to at leastan overall B grade. The third, fourth and fifth grades will have a literacy blockeach day, when paraprofessionalsand special area teachers focusonly on helping students throughindividual instruction. For students who need some additional support with their mathand reading, the after-school pro gram will begin in October. Thirdthrough fifth graders can stay afterschool twice a week to receivemore help with those subjects. And just like many super heroes, the teachers will haveplenty of super technology to helpthem out. The school has added 50Chromebooks for students to use,and every regular classroom willhave an interactive board. Students can also look forward to something more traditional butjust as exciting – new playgroundequipment will be added duringthe school year. The school is also redoing the cafeteria roof. Of course, there are fun afterschool activities for students tolook forward to. This year, BGEwill have a Student Council, awriting club, a pep squad, a bookclub, and the Elementary NationalHonor Society. And as some reminders to par ents: School starts at 7:30, so if you’re driving your kids to school,drop them off between 7 and 7:25,not before 7 as there will be no su pervision. A PTO is organizing, and PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY As the new school year approaches, teachers are working hard to get ready. Above are third-grade teachers Brittany Derringer, Daniel Witt, Melinda Lackey, Christina Butler and Amy Wilson. Bowling Green Elementary’s superhero theme is inspired by the staff, who the administratorssay teach like superheroes. Standing next to the school’s board of heroes is office managerDarlina Conerly. would welcome your participa tion. The first meeting, on Aug.15, will be held at 6 p.m. If you’re interested in joining, contact Pres ident Ashley Faulkner Brown at or 781-7514, or visit the group’stable at open house or orientation. ITALIAN CUISINE 767-5300 Southern Italian Cafe Serving wood-fired pizza, pasta and delicious desserts in a warm atmosphere with park views. Hours: Monday Saturday • 11 am 9 pm Closed on Sunday 221 W. Main Street Wauchula BTS18 a b c d e 1 2 3 4 5


August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 7 B B o o w w i i n n g g G G r r e e e e n n E E l l e e m m e e n n t t a a r r y y S S u u p p p p l l y y L L i i s s t t KINDERGARTEN • 1 pack of plain yellow or orange pencils • 8 glue sticks• 1 pair of blunt-tip scissors• 2 large pink erasers• 4 boxes of 8or 16-count Crayola crayons• 1 supply box (not zipper case)• Large towel (no mats)• 1 backpack (large enough to hold a notebook)• 1 pack of dry-erase markers (black only)• Girls –1 box of quart-size Ziploc bags• Boys –1 box of gallon-size Ziploc bags FIRST GRADE • 2 boxes of 16 crayons• 1 pair of blunt-tip scissors• 2 boxes of No. 2 pencils (no mechanical) • 2 hand sanitizers• 1 pack of dry-erase markers • 1 pack of glue sticks • 1 box of quart-size Ziploc bags• 1 pack of cap erasers• 1 box of gallon-size Ziploc bags• 2 composition books• 1 red folder with prongs and pockets• 1 supply box• 1 blue folder with prongs and pockets • 1 backpack SECOND GRADE • 4 packs of No. 2 pencils (no mechanical)• 2 glue sticks• 1 box of 24 Crayola crayons• 1 pack of highlighters• 1 pair of blunt-tip scissors • 1 pack of pencil-top erasers• 2 packs of wide-ruled loose-leaf paper • 3 spiral notebooks• 5 folders (3 prongs with 2 pockets) • Hand sanitizer (12 oz.)• Boys – 1 pack of thick dry-erase markers • 1 Ruler (in/cm)• Girls – 1 pack of thin dry-erase markers • 1 1-inch binder THIRD GRADE • 6 pack of No. 2 pencils (no mechanical) • 2 packs crayons• 5 plastic pocket folders with prongs • 2 spiral notebooks • 2 packs pencil-top erasers • 1 pack dry-erase markers (black)• 2 pks. wide-ruled loose-leaf paper • 1 pair blunt tip scissors• Hand sanitizer • 1 ruler • 1 Clearview binder 1 inch • 4 glue sticks • 1 pkg. colored pencils no markers • Supply/crayon box FOURTH GRADE • 5 folders (3 prongs with 2 pockets) • 1 1 subject notebook• 2 pks wide-ruled loose-leaf paper • 3 pcks pencil top erasers• 2 pcks of No. 2 pencils (no mechanical)• 2 hand sanitizers • 1 pair blunt-tip scissors • 1 1 inch binder• 2 pcks of dry-erase markers FIFTH GRADE • 36 pencils • 4 folders (3 prongs with 2 pockets) • Crayons or colored pencils (no markers)• Hand sanitizer• 1 pkg. wide-ruled loose-leaf paper • 4 large pink erasers• 1 pair blunt-tip scissors • 1 pack dry-erase markers • 1 pack of100 index cards By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern A new school year means tak ing on new roles, at least for Stu art Durastanti and Ray Rivas. Durastanti is moving up from assistant principal to principalafter the retirement of KathyClark. And coming in as a new ad ministrator is Rivas, who will bedean this year. Although he’s new to the school, Rivas is not new to thedistrict. He is transferring in fromHardee Junior High, where heworked as dean of students last year. Prior to that, he taught phys ical education at Wauchula Ele mentary for nine years. Rivas also has coached football at Hardee High for 10 years, girls’softball at HJH for two years andjust finished his third year as headcoach at HJH. Outside school, Rivas serves as the Hardee County Youth SportsInc. president. He says he wantsto be involved in the community,both in and outside of sports. “I’m here for the kids,” he says. Rivas earned his Associate’s Degree from South Florida State College and earned a Bachelor’sDegree in organizational manage ment from Warner University. Hereceived his training through theHeartland Educational Consor tium’s alternative certificationprogram. He’s starting a Master’sDegree program in educationalleadership this year. Even though school hasn’t started yet, Rivas is already work ing on ways to encourage goodbehavior in students. He came upwith “Panther Tickets,” whichwill allow students who showgood behavior to enter a drawingeach Friday. PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Newly appointed Principal Stuart Durastanti (left) and Dean Ray Rivas stand beside theirfreshly painted school sign, which was donated by Mosaic. New Administrators Lead BGE This Year or orientation, or contact President Ashley Faulkner Brown at ashley. or 781-7514 to join. TAKE NOTE Bowling Green Elementary School Open House Thursday, Aug. 9, 1-3 p.m. School Hours Drop Off: 7-7:25 a.m./ no earlier than 7 Pick-up: 1:45 p.m. PTO Info First meeting is Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. Meetings will be third Wednesday of each month. Visit table at open house,


Students Are Superheroes At HES By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern They might not be a Spider man, but kids at Hilltop Elemen tary this year are superheroes intheir own right. The school’s superhero theme is built on its motto, “KnowledgeIs Power.” And it’s already off to a great start: Last year, HES received theExceeding Expectations Award toacknowledge that student achieve ment went above expectations. Safety is important to super heroes and HES, so the school isadding a barrier fence along thesidewalk all the way to KeetonRoad to protect students who walkto school. The school will also belocking the exterior entry drive-through gates after the tardy bellrings, so no one can enter campuswithout coming through the frontdoor. The school will be emphasizing reading again this year. PrincipalBeverly Cornelius says their “goalis for each student to become thebest reader they can be to becomesuccessful.” And HES will be expanding the Top Score Writing program thisyear from just fourth grade togrades 2-5. Top Score Writinghelps students prepare for the statewriting test. This will be the first full year with S.T.E.M. – that’s science,technology, engineering and math ematics – labs for kindergartenclasses. The labs were imple mented during the middle of lastyear and allow students to do sci ence activities. But HES doesn’t just want students to do well academically;Cornelius says their goal is for stu dents to excel both academicallyand socially. For super-students who work hard to strengthen their powerthrough knowledge, the schoolwill be bringing back NationalJunior Honor Society. And even superheroes need to have fun – HES has enlarged theplayground! This year there will be several changes in staff at the school. Donna Parks will be officially taking on the title of dean thisyear, a position that the schooldidn’t have last year. The districtadded the position because HESwas its only elementary schoolwithout an assistant principal. Filling the guidance counselor position left vacant by Parks willbe Kelly Daane, coming fromZolfo Springs Elementary, whowill also be leading the school’sNational Junior Honor Society. Joining HES as a literacy coach is Pam Justice, transferring fromNorth Wauchula Elementary.Coming in from Hardee JuniorHigh is Kris Harden, who will bean Exceptional Student Educationresource teacher. And coming outof retirement to teach first grade isDottie Brownlee. Hannah Benavides from Bowl ing Green Elementary and Missy Sperry will be coming in as sec ond-grade teachers. Jessica Bandawill be returning to the district asa fifth-grade teacher. Ali Terrell, who was an ESE re source teacher last year, andTammy Miller, who was a literacycoach last year, will be teachingthird grade. Sabrina Tyler isswitching from second to firstgrade, and Lisa Spires is switchingfrom fifth to second grade. HES is planning to start a PTO this year. If you’re interested injoining, you can sign up at openhouse. Open house this year will be on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 4 to 6p.m. Bring your ID and come tothe cafeteria when you arrive. You can come to the school of fice before open house to get anemergency care card. Bring itfilled out to open house to get itnotarized. If you have a kindergartner this year, make sure you bring yourchild’s shot record, physical, birthcertificate, proof of residence, andSocial Security card when youcome to enroll. It’s best if you dothis before open house. If you’re driving your superstudents to school or letting themwalk this year, here are the drop-off and pick-up times. The gateopens at 7 a.m., and students needtime to get to class before thetardy bell at 7:35. Breakfast isserved from 7 to 7:20. You canpick your student up from 1:50 to2 p.m. PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Getting ready to welcome students back to HES are (from left) Dean Donna Parks, PrincipalBeverly Cornelius, guidance counselor Kelly Daane and literacy coach Pam Justice. Art teacher Gretchen Mason is adding student art to the wallsof HES. Each year, she takes one piece of student art fromeach grade and paints an enlarged version on the walls. The art pieces show how the students see their school. Friday, August 10 We wish all students and staff a safe and eventful year! BTS18 863-773-4136 8 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018


TAKE NOTEHilltop Elementary SchoolOpen House Wednesday, Aug. 8, 4-6 p.m.School Hours Breakfast: 7:00-7:20 a.m. Drop Off: No earlier than 7 a.m. Must be in class by 7:30 Pick Up: 1:50-2:10 p.m.PTO Info HES will be creating a PTO this year. You can sign up at open house. H H i i l l l lt t o o p p E El le em m e en n t ta a r r y y S Su up p p pl l y y L Li i s s t t KINDERGARTEN 2 pks of pencils (fat pencils if possible) 1 fat eraser 4 boxes of crayola crayons 1 bottle of Elmers glue 1 pair of Fiskars blunt-tip scissors Towel or mat 2 Composition notebooks 3 3-prong folders with pockets 1 3 ring white binder with clear pocket on front 2 containers of disinfectant wipes 1 backpack no wheels 1 box Ziploc quart-size bags (girls) 1 box Ziploc gallon-size bags (boys)FIRST GRADE 2 boxes of 24 Crayola crayons 1 pair of scissors 4 large pink-wedge pencil eraser 2 Composition books 3 glue stick (no glitter) Plastic Supply/Pencil box 24 plain yellow No. 2 wooden pencils 2 single subject spiral notebooks Book bag (no wheels please) 4 3-pronged folders with pockets Optional 1 box quart-sixe Ziploc bags 1 box of baby wipes 1 8 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer 1 craft item (such as glitter, pipe cleaners, buttons, ribbon, yarn, stickers, etc. to help with special projects) SECOND GRADE Small pencil bag or box 1 pack of colored pencils 4 packs of No. 2 plain pencils (no mechanical) 1 pack of crayons Student scissors (small) 2 glue sticks 3 packages of wide-ruled notebook paper 2 pocket folders with middle brackets (paper-solid colors) One 1inch binder 1 composition book 2 highlighters 1 pack of dry erase markers 1 dry erase board eraser Bottle of hand sanitizer 1 pack of 4 large pink erasersTHIRD GRADE 2 packs of wide-ruled notebook paper 1 pencil pouch Scissors 8 glue sticks 2 pink erasers 5 spiral notebooks (not composition notebooks) 4 cap erasers 2 pack of 12 pencils (not mechanical) Sleeve protectors 1 green folder with holes 1 red folder with holes 1 1-1/2or 2-inch 3-ring binder with pockets 1 multi-colored pack of highlighters 1 hand sanitizer 1 pack of colored pencils 1 book bag (not rolling)FOURTH GRADE 2 packs of pencils (not mechanical) 2 packs of lined paper 1 1-subject spiral notebook 1 pack of colored pencils 1 pack of index cards 1 2-inch binder 4 glue sticks 1 package of 8 plastic-tab pocket dividers 1 hand sanitizer 1 pair of earbuds/headphones 1 pair of scissors 1 pack of cap erasers 1 container of disinfectant wipes 2 black dry-erase markers 3 pocket folders with prongs (yellow, blue and a color of your choice)FIFTH GRADE 1 2-inch 3-ring binder 1 set of 5 dividers (for binder) 2 3-prong folders (one must be blue) Colored pencils 3 12-packs of No. 2 pencils (no mechanical) Scissors 4 different-colored highlighters 1 pack of red-ink pens 4 packs of notebook paper 1 small pack of fine-tip markers 8 glue sticks Pencil bag 1 spiral notebook 3 composition notebooks (3 different colors) Cap erasers 1 pair of earbud headphones 4 dry-erase markers Reusable water bottle Boys 1 container of disinfectant wipes Girls 1 box of adhesive bandages or 1 bottle of hand sanitizerHilltop Welcomes New DeanBy JENNIFER M cCONKEYHerald-Advocate InternHilltop Elementary School has a new administrative position, but the person filling it is familiar to the school. Donna Parks, who worked as HES guidance counselor last year, will be taking on the role of dean for the upcoming school year. As dean, Parks will work closely with Principal Beverly Cornelius. Parks served as guid ance counselor last year and was already filling a very similar role to what shell be doing this year, so her transition to dean should be a smooth one. Parks has a Masters Degree in educational leadership and a Mas ters Degree in curriculum and assessment. In addition to working as HESs guidance counselor, Parks also has experience teaching at the juniorand senior-high levels. BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL!1/2 Price Off of Installation the Entire Month of August!!! Be sure to mention this ad!CALL: 863-448-9297BTS18 August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 9 Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson MandelaSchools Starts August 10


WES Is Helping Students Get Places By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern You are capable of achieving any job, any goal and any dream. That’s what Wauchula Elemen tary Principal Sonja Bennett saysshe wants her students to learn thisyear. The school’s theme is “We’re Going Places,” and its motto is“Our world is big, our future isbright, we’ve set our goals andthey are in our sight.” Bennett wants students to “con nect learning to their future suc cess.” One of the ways WES plans to do that is by emphasizing goal set ting. In fact, the school’s hashtagfor the year is #goalgetter. Staff goals are “to help every student reach grade-level profi ciency” and “to help them connectto school and enjoy learning.”Teachers want to increase studentachievement by focusing on im proving their instructional strate gies through book studies andextra training. This year, the school will be providing small-group math reme diation for fourth and fifth graderswho need some help. The school will have some physical changes, too. A con demned building was demolishedover the summer and the flag poleis being moved away from the of fice doors. The Bobcat’s Den isalso being upgraded, and the frontoffice is scheduled to be updatedover Christmas break. And there are some staff changes as well. Candace Conerlyis leaving the first grade to workas the school’s media specialist asMary Idsardi is transferring toNorth Wauchula Elementary. Ja neen Gibson is moving fromfourth grade to art since DonnaPatterson is retiring, and KimTyson moving to reading remedi ation teacher. Last year’s readingremediation teacher, Amy Monts DeOca, is leaving the district. Second-grade teacher Mary Rodriguez will be transferring toNWE this year and third-gradeteacher Jill Tyson will be movingto Hardee High. New to the school and the dis trict are first-grade teachers Christina Duncan, Brandi Lefevreand Staci Peterson and third-gradeteacher Randa Kellogg. Coming in as a third-grade teacher from Hilltop Elementaryis Cassidy Abbott. And joining asa full-time fifth-grade teacher isBrittany Mishoe, who subbed atWES last year. Taking on the role of Excep tional Student Education resourceteacher and working in remedia tion of skills is Guille Trevino,who is returning to the districtafter taking a year off. And return ing to the county is HHS graduateErica Stewart, who will be joiningthe team as a paraprofessionalafter working in Orlando. The school will be welcoming a new school resource officer,Ofc. Rene Benavides, who will bejoining Ofc. Amy Drake. There are some important school policies for parents to note. If you bring your children to school, you can drop them off asearly as 7 a.m. Breakfast is serveduntil 7:20, and your kids will needto be in class by 7:35. Students can be picked up at 2 p.m. The school encourages par ents to wait until at least 1:45 arrive in the pickup line. And there is a policy change for picking your students up fromschool this year – no dismissalchanges after 1:30 p.m. So if youwant your child to get home a dif ferent way than normal, make surethe school knows before that time. Another change is that students with more than 15 absences dur ing the school year won’t be al lowed to go on off-campus trips. Students will be able to look forward to two new extracurricu lar options: several art events heldthroughout the year and a leader ship program available to fifthgraders. Meet Your Teacher will be Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 3p.m. To avoid waiting in longlines, Bennett urges parents tocome to the office during the sum mer to fill out their emergencycare cards. If you’re interested in partici pating in the school’s PTO, you can stop by the table at Meet YourTeacher. The PTO holds meetings once a month. PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY WES Principal Sonja Bennett wants to help her students “be self-confident learners and seethemselves as capable of graduating high school, going to college or a trade school, orlanding their dream job.” Guidance counselor Dena Patterson has been busy inputting student information to get class lists ready. 2 2 0 0 2 2 W W . M M a a i i n n S S t t r r e e e e t t • • S S u u i i t t e e 1 1 0 0 1 1 W W a a u u c c h h u u l l a a , F F L L 3 3 3 3 8 8 7 7 3 3 P P h h : : ( ( 8 8 6 6 3 3 ) ) 7 7 6 6 7 7 9 9 0 0 0 0 4 4M M o o n n d d a a y y – – F F r r i i d d a a y y 7 7 : : 0 0 0 0 a a m m t t o o 3 3 : : 0 0 0 0 p p m mB B a a n n q q u u e e t t R R o o o o m m & & C C a a t t e e r r i i n n g g A A v v a a i i l l a a b b l l e e BTS18 10 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018


Third-grade teacher Randa Kellogg is getting her classroom ready with help from sons Jett(left) and Jace. Jett will be a fifth-grade student at WES and Jace will be entering the eighthgrade at the junior high. CLEANING UP CAMPUS COURTESY PHOTO The former four-room building at Wauchula Elementary School, which has been vacant formore than 10 years, was demolished over the summer. The Florida Department of Educationcondemned the building in May, and Principal Sonja Bennett is excited that it’s no longeron campus. She says it posed a security risk, because someone could have attempted tohide in the building or children could have tried to sneak in. Bennett has several remodelingideas she hopes will happen over the next few years, and removing this old building is agood first step. W W a a u u c c h h u u l l a a E E l l e e m m e e n n t t a a r r y y S S u u p p p p l l y y L L i i s s t tN N o o r r o o l l l l i i n n g g b b o o o o k k b b a a g g s s i i n n k k i i n n d d e e r r g g a a r r t t e e n n o o r r f f i i r r s s t t g g r r a a d d e e . KINDERGARTEN • 4 Ticonderoga My First Pencils (fat pencils) • 8 glue sticks• 1 pair of scissors • 1 pencil/crayon box • 1 pair of headphones• 4 boxes of 24-pack crayons (no colored pencils)• 1 towel, blanket or mat for rest time• 1 pencil pouch with 3 holes and zipper • 1 primary journal (not a composition book – pages have a space for a picture and wide lines for writing) • Girls – 1 pack of baby wipes & 1 of disinfectant wipes • Boys – 1 box of Ziploc bags (quart or gallon size) & 1 box of Kleenex tissues Optional: • Dry-erase markers FIRST GRADE • 2 2-pocket plastic folders with 3 prongs (no binders)• 2 boxes of 24 plain yellow pencils • 4 boxes of 24 crayons• 1 pair of blunt-tipped scissors • 1 bottle of Elmer’s glue • 4 glue sticks • 1 spiral notebook • 1 small pencil box• 1 pair of earbuds/headphones • 4 large pink erasers • Girls 2 packs of baby wipes and 1 box of quart-size Ziploc bags • Boys 1 container of disinfectant wipes and 1 box of gallon-size Ziploc bags SECOND GRADE • 2 boxes of Ticonderoga pencils • 4 boxes of crayons• 3 packs of pink erasers (not cap) • 1 pair of student scissors• 3 2-pocket plastic folders with 3 prongs • 4 glue sticks• 1 pack of sticky notes • 1 pair of headphones • 1 non-bendable ruler (inches and centimeters) • 1 backpack• 1 pencil pouch with 3 holes (no boxes) • Girls – 1 box of quart-size Ziploc bags and hand sanitizer • Boys – 1 box of gallon-size Ziploc bags and disinfectant or baby wipes THIRD GRADE • 3 12-packs of pre-sharpened pencils • Large pencil pouch• 1-inch 3-ring binder with pockets • Scissors • Sticky notes• Crayons or colored pencils • Earbuds • 1 3-pack of glue sticks• Erasers • 1 black dry-erase marker • 2 composition books • Girls – 1 container of disinfectant wipes • Boys – 1 container of hand sanitizer FOURTH GRADE • 5 12-packs of No. 2 pencils • Colored pencils • Scissors • Highlighters (4 colors) • Ruler (standardand metric-ruled) • 5 3-prong, 2-pocket folders (red, blue, orange, yellow, green)• 2 packs of loose-leaf wide-ruled notebook paper• 4 dry-erase markers (any color) • Sticky notes• 1 composition book• Earbuds or headphones or $11• Glue sticks • Pencil bag • 1-inch binder with clear cover • Girls – 3x5 index cards • Boys – 1 box of quartor gallon-size Ziploc bags FIFTH GRADE • 48 No. 2 pencils • Erasers • Red pens • Markers• Scissors • 4 packs of loose-leaf wide-ruled notebook paper• 6 glue sticks • Pencil pouch (no crayon/pencil box)• 1-inch binder • Multi-colored highlighters• 3x5 lined white index cards • Earbuds or headphones• Hand-held pencil sharpener• 3 3-prong, 2-pocket folders (1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow)• 3 1-subject spiral notebooks (1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow) • Last name A-M – quart-size Ziploc bags • Last name N-Z – gallon-size Ziploc bags TAKE NOTE Wauchula Elementary School Open House Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1-3 p.m. School Hours Breakfast: 7:00-7:20 a.m. Drop Off: No earlier than 7 a.m. Must be in class by 7:35. Pick Up: 2:00 p.m. /do not arrive before 1:45 PTO Info Visit the booth at Meet Your Teacher to sign up. Meetings are once a month. August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 11


12 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Zolfo Springs Elementary knows “it’s not a sprint, it’s amarathon,” and that attitude ispaying off. As the only school in the Heart land Education Consortium toearn an “A” last year, ZSE is wellalong its way on the theme, “Rac ing To Success.” “Our staff works hard,” said Principal Tammy Pohl, comparingthem to a family. And they’re ex cited to get back. The teachers this year will be reading “Teaching in the FastLane” by Suzy Pepper Rollins tocontinue improving their instruc tional styles. Pohl believes that all students can be successful. She wants theschool to answer the question,“How can we get there together?” One way they’re hoping to con tinue along the road to success isthrough new technology. If fundsallow for it, the school is hoping to purchase 50 Chromebooks forthe first grade and 25-30 for thesecond grade. There are a few staff changes this year to note. Juliann Hunnicutt will be join ing the ZSE team as a reading re mediation teacher. Hunnicuttgrew up in Hardee County, and isreturning to the area after workingin Fort Myers. And returning to ZSE after re tiring a couple years ago is LindaBarrington. She will be workingas a second-grade teacher thisyear. The building has also gone through some changes, includingpainting and a new water line.New security cameras are alsobeing added. Students and parents will have a chance to meet their hard-work ing teachers at open house onWednesday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 3p.m. Parents are urged to bring anID so they can get their emer gency cards notarized. You will also need to present ID to haveyour volunteer form notarized. If you’re interested in joining the school’s PTO, you will need tofill out a volunteer form, even ifyou filled one out last year. ThePTO will have a booth at openhouse where you can get more in formation. And don’t forget about clubs for your kids. ZSE will be continuing its clubs for art, running, music,books and chess along with itsStudent Council and Safety Pa trol. The school wants to makesure it has something for every one, especially since many stu dents don’t have transportation toplaces like the YMCA after schoolends. For parents who do transport their children to and from school,remember that students can havebreakfast at 6:50 and school startsat 7:30. School is dismissed at1:45, so pick up your children be fore 2:05. The Race To Success Continues At ZSE Custodians (from left) Maria Saldivar, Stacy Mushrush andEstella Meza have been getting Zolfo Springs Elementaryready for a great school year. PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Leading the race to success are (from left) Assistant Principal Leigh LaJeunesse and Principal Tammy Pohl. Central Pump and Irrigation, Inc. Computer Designed Irrigation Systems Pumps and Irrigation Supplies RON HENDERSON 2318 E. Main St. Wauchula, FL 33873 (863) 773-6259 BTS18 TAKE NOTEZolfo Springs Elementary SchoolOpen House Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1-3 p.m. Parents, bring your IDSchool Hours Breakfast: 6:50 a.m. Drop Off: Must be in class by 7:30 a.m. Pick Up: 1:45 p.m./ no later than 2:05 p.m.PTO Info Visit the booth at open house for information. Get a volunteer form notarized to join.


Z Z o o l l f f o o S S p p r r i i n n g g s s E E l l e e m m e e n n t t a a r r y y S S u u p p p p l l y y L L i i s s t t ALL GRADES *NO rolling backpacks *NO mechanical pencils *NO pencil sharpeners *NO Trapper Keepers *Label all of your child’s supplies with child’s name. KINDERGARTEN • 3 or 4 sharpened pencils • 4 big pink erasers • 1 box of 24 crayons (not twistable) • Blunt-end scissors• 4 big glue sticks (no bottles) • Small plastic school box (no zippers) FIRST GRADE • 1 backpack• 1 supply box • 2 big glue sticks • 1 pair of scissors • 1 box of 24 crayons • 2 big erasers• 1 box of colored pencils • 1 composition book • 24 No. 2 pencils • 3 small-tip dry-erase markers • 2-pack of yellow highlighters • 1 1-inch 3-ring binder • 1 box of disinfectant wipes • Girls –1 box of quart-size Ziploc bags • Boys –1 box of gallon-size Ziploc bags SECOND GRADE • 1 24-count box of Crayola crayons • 30 sharpened pencils• 1 pair of Fiskars scissors for kids (pointed tip)• 10 glue sticks • 1 pencil box for storage • 1 backpack• 3 plastic folders with prongs and pockets (1 red, 1 blue, 1 green)• 2 large white erasers• 3 spiral-bound notebooks• 1 ruler (inches and centimeters clearly marked)• 2 highlighters (any color) • 1 pack of dry-erase markers• 1 pack of wide-ruled notebook paper • 1 pencil pouch• 1 1-inch 3-ring binder • Boys – disinfectant wipes • Girls – hand sanitizer (8 oz. or larger) THIRD GRADE • 2 spiral-bound 1-subject notebooks • Scissors • 2 packs of wide-ruled notebook paper • Clipboard • 2 plastic folders with prongs (orange and blue)• 2 24-packs of No. 2 pencils (restock as needed)• 1 24-pack of Crayola crayons • 1 6-pack of glue sticks • 1 12-pack of Crayola colored pencils • Pump hand sanitizer• Pencil pouch with holes for binder • 1 1-inch binder with clear front sleeve FOURTH GRADE • Continuous supply of yellow No. 2 pencils • Scissors• 6-8 glue sticks • Pencil pouch • Crayons and markers• 4 plastic folders with 3 prongs and pockets• 2 packs of cap erasers• 5 spiral-bound notebooks• 1 1-inch 3-ring binder • Clipboard • Dry-erase markers • Headphones • 2 packs of wide-ruled notebook paper • Highlighters • Girls – quart-size Ziploc bags • Boys – gallon-size Ziploc bags FIFTH GRADE • 4 glue sticks • 4 spiral notebooks • 1 composition notebook • 4 packs lined notebook paper • 5 dry-erase markers • 1 pack of index cards • 1-inch binder with plastic cover • 2 yellow highlighters • Sticky notes • Gallon-size Ziploc bags• Disinfectant wipes • No. 2 pencils • Earbuds or headphones • Scissors • Cap erasers Zolfo Springs Elementary’s theme, “Racing To Success,” reminds teachers and students tokeep working hard while having fun. H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE THE Welcome Back To School Teachers, Staff and Students The school year is a new beginning. A time to make changes and set priorities for the year to come. A time to greet old friends and make new ones, and a time to make memories that will last a lifetime. Parents take an interest in your child's education. You are the most influential people in their life. EDUCATION OPENS THE DOOR TO YOUR FUTURE. BTS18 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 13


14 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Alane Academy is getting ready for a new year of learning. Unlike the public schools, Alane will be starting classes onAug. 13, which is a Monday. Open house will be next Thurs day, Aug. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.That’s when you’ll get to meetyour teacher and pick up your uni forms. It’s also when you get to see the big reveal of your classroomtheme. Principal Julie PoucherTaylor says she and the teachersare excited for the reveal. The school’s overall focus, though, is on leadership and char acter development. Taylor wants her students to be leaders in whatever area they findthemselves, and knows they needgood character development forthat to happen. In addition to spending 10-15 minutes a day directly teachingabout good habits, Alane staffwork to integrate those lessonsinto the rest of the day. They wantto carry the school’s core valuesthroughout all parts of school.Taylor encourages respect be tween students and teachers. That doesn’t mean they put ac ademics on the back burner,though. Last year, Alane’s Stan ford Achievement Test scoresshowed that the school’s averagewas above the national average. This year, Alane is expanding its art program. Depending ongrade level, other new additionsare agriculture experience, Span ish, and keyboarding. And there will be a new music program that includes digital andanimated lessons. It will teach stu dents about reading, composing,performing and responding tomusic. Taylor plans to continue having community members come to theschool to teach the kids about theircareers in addition to taking stu dents on a couple of educationalfieldtrips. Alane has two new teachers this year. Candice Lozano will be teach ing pre-K, which she has 10 yearsof experience with. And ClaireThomas will be taking over thevirtual lab. She has experience fa cilitating Florida Virtual Schoolfor homeschoolers and teaching inpublic school. As a reminder to parents, dropoff time is from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m.and pick-up time is from 2:15 to2:30 p.m. If your children arestaying for after-school care,you’ll need to pick them up by 5p.m. at the latest. And note that the mandatory parent-teacher conferences will bethe weeks of Oct. 22 and March25. While most grades are already full for this year, if you’re inter ested in enrolling your child atAlane, you can still call or emailthe school to check availability. Alane Academy has experi enced huge growth in enrollmentsince it opened in 2011 as an ele mentary school and had nine stu dents. Now, Alane has between60-70 students from pre-kinder garten through eighth grade. Taylor says she’s very blessed by the growth, but that they’reoutgrowing the school. While she hasn’t decided what she’s going to do about that issueyet, she wants parents and stu dents to know that whatever shedecides, she always plans to keepthe charm, culture and special feelthat Alane Academy has. Alane Academy Grows Along With Students PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Teachers Tonya Barwick (left) and Kaylynn Pearlman are preparing for the new school year. COURTESY PHOTO Principal Julie Poucher Tay lor is excited for the new yearand new staff members. TAKE NOTE Alane Academy Open House Thursday, Aug. 9, 4-6 p.m. Uniform pickup is at that time. First Day Monday, Aug. 13 School Hours Drop Off: 7:30-7:45 a.m. Pick Up: 2:15-2:30 p.m. After-school program: Pick up your child by 5 p.m. Superior OK Tire Store740 Hwy 17 North • Wauchula773-3261 BTS18 W W e e l l c c o o m m e eB B a a c c k k T T o o S S c c h h o o o o l l New Vision Learning Center Accepting registrations Infants thru 5th Grade Call 863-735-8586 Lunches and snacks provided. Paticipants of the USDA Food Program. 2920 Schoolhouse Road • Zolfo Springs A Ministry of New Vision Worship Center DCF Lic.# C10HA0516 BTS18


Cyberbullying: A Dangerous Problem By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern When you hear the word “bullying,” what do you picture? Probably a child hitting or kicking an other child, or maybe a group of young sters name-calling on the playground. But there’s a less obvious yet just as dangerous type of bullying going on rightunder many parent’s noses – cyberbully ing. According to “Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place overdigital devices like cell phones, computersand tablets.” This can include sharing nude or sexual photos without permission, spreading liesabout someone, creating a false identityand using it to gain another student’s trustbefore spreading personal information,sharing or threatening to share someone’sprivate information online, or creating aFacebook group to oppose a targeted stu dent. It can also include encouraging some one to self-harm or take their own life.This allegedly happened to 12-year-oldMallory Grossman last year, who did endher own life. Cyberbullying can take place alongside school bullying, as in the case of PhoebePrince. She experienced verbal and cyber bullying, resulting in her death by suicidein 2010. Following Prince’s death, fivestudents who bullied her faced legal con sequences. This type of bullying is most common in high schools, says Although it’s not usually as obvious to parents and teachers, cyberbullying canfeel nearly inescapable to someone expe riencing it. And it can have long-term conse quences for both parties. says that a damaged online reputation canaffect college and job applications yearslater. So why do people cyberbully others? It’s easy. And it’s often anonymous. Signs that a child is involved in cyber bullying include increased desire for pri vacy about online activity, socialwithdrawal, changes in the amount of timespent on electronic devices, emotional re actions while using an electronic device,and replacing social media accounts withnew ones, says. How To Respond If your student is involved in cyberbul lying or is aware of it happening to some one else, report it, say districtadministrators, Wauchula Police ChiefJohn Eason and Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier. Tell law enforcement or a school staff member, or report it anony mously online through the district’s web site or Heartland Crime Stoppers’ websiteor app. When the school district gets a report of cyberbullying, it passes the information tolocal law enforcement, which investigatesthe bullying. Just like with school bullying, stopbul urges parents of children who are being cyberbullied to give open support totheir children. If your child has access to a cell phone or social media, make sure she under stands what cyberbullying is, why it is soserious, and how to respond when she seesit happening. This can help prevent yourchild from cyberbullying someone elseand will let her know what to do if she isever cyberbullied. Eason urges parents to stay aware of what their children are doing on theirphones and on social media. Make surethey understand that as soon as they senda picture or information to a friend, it’spublic. If you’re being cyberbullied, it’s a good idea to take screenshots as evidence, sincesome social media sites automatically re move posts after a certain amount of timeand the original poster could take downthe offending posts. And students should be careful about what they say of others, says Lanier. It’seasy to say something online that hurts an other person. Florida’s anti-bullying and anti-harass ment laws cover in-person bullying andcyberbullying. If you or your child is ex periencing bullying, you can visit stopbul to find out more about your legal protection and how to help. Recognize & Prevent Bullying At School By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern It’s a serious problem many people do not know how to handle. Bullying can be physical or emotional, by a group or an individual. Physical bullying includes activities like hitting, spitting and taking or breakingsomeone’s possessions, This type of bullying can sometimes en courage the bullied child to respond with vi olence. This happened to 11-year old TyField in 2010, and ended tragically. Whenhe responded to physical bullying by fight ing back, he was suspended. Following thesuspension, Ty took his own life. Emotional bullying can be verbal, like name calling, teasing or threatening harm.It can also be social, like intentionally ex cluding someone, spreading rumors or pub licly embarrassing someone. One sad example of social bullying is the story of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons, whowas removed from life support following anattempt to take her own life in 2013 afterher fellow students circulated a sexually ex plicit photo of her. Junior high campuses have more bully ing than other schools, according to the Na tional Education Association. Hardee Junior High is working to edu cate its students about bullying through var ious assemblies and programs. One of itsmain focuses is telling students about thelegal issues involved. Students in this agegroup may not realize the legal conse quences of bullying behaviors, and schoolstaff members want to make sure they un derstand. The school’s administrators say they don’t put up with bullying. School resource officers at all district campuses also work to help prevent bully ing by mentoring and getting support for at-risk youngsters. Unfortunately, kids in bullying situations (either as the bully, being bullied, or observ ing) usually don’t tell adults, according to Signs that a child is involved in bullying include unexplained changes in behavior,grades or emotions; faking illness, feeling sick often; and physical injuries. Even if your child isn’t involved in a bul lying situation, it’s good to have open com munication about bullying so he will feel comfortable coming to you if it does hap pen. How To Respond Recognizing bullying is important, but what should you do next? provides the following advice: If your child is being bullied, let her know you want to help. If she needs morehelp than you can give, you might involve a school counselor or mental health profes sional. Work with the school to come up with prevention techniques. Don’t tell kids to ig nore bullying or fight back. The Hardee School District considers any form of retal iation to be bullying, also. Be supportive of any child involved in a bullying situation. Although most youngpeople who are bullied don’t have suicidalthoughts, other risk factors combined with bullying could lead to that. If a child is al ready depressed, for example, bullying can make the situation worse. Make sure you’re patient and persistent – bullying situations aren’t always solved quickly. If your child is bullying someone else, model respect as you explain why his be havior is unacceptable. Find out why yourchild started bullying. If you need to, help him get connected with a mental health pro fessional. Kids might bully others without meaning any harm, so help your child empathizewith and make amends to the bullied child. If a child is thinking of suicide or feeling hopeless or helpless, call the National Sui cide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 2738255. And remember, there are laws in place to help protect you and your children from bullying. lists detailed in formation about Florida’s anti-bullying and anti-harassment laws. Wauchula Police Chief John Eason and Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier bothencourage students and parents to report any bullying, even if they aren’t involved. If you aren’t comfortable telling law en forcement, you should still tell a school staff member or report the bullying anonymously online through the district’s website. August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 15


16 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 4 New Coaches Join Wildcat RosterYes, Virginia, There Is A Free LunchBy JENNIFER M cCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern If feeding your kids healthy meals is difficult in your home, dont worry. Free breakfasts and lunches will continue to be available to all Hardee County School District stu dents this year. These meals are de signed to meet the health standards of the U.S. Department of Agricul ture. Theres no application unless your child has a special food re quirement, like a food allergy or physical condition that limits cer tain foods. You can find forms for food needs on the districts website. The school district will provide free meals regardless of a childs dietary restrictions just make sure to let the school know what your kid needs. And, of course, if you would rather pack your childrens lunches, thats no problem. Kids arent re quired to eat the school meals. Hardee High School Athletics 2018-19 Season TicketsR RE ES SE ER RV VE E S SE EA AT TI IN NG G, A AN ND D A AD DV VE ER RT TI IS SE EM ME EN NT T B BA AN NN NE ER RS S O ON N S SA AL LE E N NO OW W Season TicketsSuper Booster (Admission to all Regular Season Hardee High School Home Sporting Events) $80.00 Football Booster (Admission to all Regular Season JV and Varsity Home Football Games) $40.00 Student Super Booster (All Students Attending Hardee County Public Schools) $40.00 Reserve Seating for Regular Season Varsity Football Games$15.00 per Seat Good Seats Available for PurchaseAdmission to ALL 2018 Varsity/JV Home Regular Season Football games will be $6. Banner Advertisement PricesFootball $600.00 Gym $300.00 Baseball Field $300.00 Softball Field $300.00*Package Prices Available* If you have any questions or if you would like tickets delivered contact T T r r a a v vi is s T T u ub b b bs s a a t t 8 86 63 3-7 77 73 3-3 31 18 81 1 e e x xt t. 2 21 14 4 o or r Ticket Pick-Up Time and LocationHardee High School beginning August 2nd from 8:30-3:30 BTS18By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-AdvocateThe Wildcats will have a pack of fresh faces on the sidelines this year. The Lady Wildcats will see new coaches in golf, soccer and volleyball, according to Travis Tubbs, athletic director of Hardee Senior High School. The Wildcats will also have a fresh face with the hiring of a new track coach, Tubbs said. Volleyball Erica Roberts will be taking over the head-coaching duties for the volleyball squad. Roberts, who lettered in vol leyball at Hardee High, as cends to the high school post after a stint as assistant coach for the volleyball squad at Hardee Junior High School. One big goal that I would like to bring is building a sense of openness, communication and family, Roberts said. Roberts will also be joining the teaching staff at the junior high in the sixth-grade math department. Soccer Nikki Rast brings years of youth sports experience to the pitch as she begins her tenure as the head coach of the Lady Wild cats soccer program. Rast began her coaching ca reer with the Hardee County Family YMCA, where she led her daugh ters soccer squad for five seasons before being asked to take the helm of the Lady Wildcats junior varsity soccer program. During this time, I realized how developmentally behind girls soccer was from the local district areas, Rast said. Working with coach Israel Tor res, coach Chris Bishop and the YMCA, Rast helped found an allgirls league. The first year was quite suc cessful as we had nearly 40 girls participate, Rast said. The focus was to isolate the girls and allow them to become comfortable with our coaching philosophy and de velop as a group without the high competitiveness that the boys bring. Rast ran a ball skills practice through the summer that was open to all juniorand senior-high school-aged girls and focused on the basics of dribbling, passing, first touch, turning with the ball, and shooting properly. My job is to make a safe, fun, interesting, and challenging environment where these girls can learn the game and develop quickly, Rast said. In short, we are in an extremely competitive district, the goal is to compete successfully, not strictly to win. Winning or losing is simply a bi-product of playing the game. Track Ernest Graham has been hitting the ground running as the new head coach of the Wildcat track and field program. Graham, as a volunteer, logged hundreds of hours the past two seasons assisting Hardee High with its track-andfield pro gram. Succeed ing Rob Beatty in the head-coach ing slot, Graham has taken an active role in petitioning The School Board of Hardee County for im Hash PlumbingCommercial/Residential1000 S. 6th Ave. Wauchula, FL 33873863-773-9294hashplumbling49@gmail.comCFC1428999 RF11067464BTS18 proved and safer playing conditions for the squad, and called for officials to examine the possibility of installing a regulation rubberized overlay on the track at Wildcat Stadium. The founder of the local sum mer travel track-and-field squad, Graham is the father of Alexis Benjamin-Graham, who earlier this year claimed Hardee Highs first state title in shot put. Golf The Lady Wildcats golf team is also teeing up with a new head coach. Jennifer Gough will be taking over leadership duties of the squad as the team returns to the links for the fall season.


By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern The marching band at Hardee Senior High School is gettingready for an exciting season ofscary music. Its show this year is called “Worst Nightmare,” and perform ances will consist of scary filmmusic, including selections from“Psycho,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Spi derman” and “Tales from theCrypt.” This year’s show is going to have a lot of visual elements withthe students’ movement, says banddirector Jason K. Thompson. Infact, he says he’s planning themost exciting halftime show sincehe’s been at the school. The band, which has about 50 members, began full practice onWednesday. In addition to theseAugust practices, the drumline hadsome practices in June and thecolor guard started practice in July. “I wish people could see how hard the kids work, especiallywhen it’s hot,” says Thompson. Not only do the members need to learn the marching pattern andmovements, they also need tomemorize all of their show music, including music for their pregameshow. Thompson won’t allow stu dents to use lyres — music holdersthat attach to an instrument orwrist — after the first couple ofgames, and doesn’t like letting stu dents use them at all. That’s be cause the band is also preparingfor competitions, where marchingbands are expected to have all oftheir music memorized. The band will be attending three competitions this season.The regional competitions will beat Durant High School in PlantCity on Sept. 29 and West PortHigh School in Ocala on Oct. 20.The district assessment will be atLakewood Ranch High School inBradenton on Oct. 27. While Thompson is the only full-time marching band staffmember, there are several othershelping the band prepare. Colorguard coach Meagan Yopp, drum line coach David Adams and vi sual tech Allison Yopp are allworking with the band this year. And leading the band onto the field will be two drum majors:senior Alejandra Ramirez and jun ior Isaac Estrada. Marching Band Dreams Of Nightmares PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY The color guard started practicing in July, before band camp started this week. Color guardsare able to add visual elements to a marching band’s show that other members can’t do with their instruments. Wildcats Seeking Third Straight District Crown By MICHAEL KELLYHerald-Advocate Intern The 2018 Hardee Wildcats had a “really good” summer, accord ing to third-year Head CoachBrian Kemp, as the team turns itsattention to the upcoming seasonand pursuing its third straight 5A-District 11 Championship. Standing in its way will be Bradenton Bayshore, SarasotaBooker, Lemon Bay, BradentonSoutheast and the arch-rival DeS oto Bulldogs Kemp said the players have put in a lot of work this summer, andhe feels it has been the best offsea son program since he returned tohis Alma Matter as head coach in2016. After the spring game, he gave all players and coaches threeweeks off before beginning sum mer weightlifting and condition ing work. And work they have, Kemp said, since returning for four daysa week of weightlifting and condi tioning on June 10. “You can really see the changes in their bodies,” Kemp said, anx ious for the season to begin. “Theplayers have been very committedand it shows.” Leading the way for the Wild cats are 16 seniors who are hungryto take the program further intothe playoffs after being bounced inthe first round each of the past twoseasons. They are Jean Youte, Sam Louis, James Pearson, DanielEverett, Randy McLeod, Ray Zu niga, Ra’hym Lewis, Kaleb Floyd,Jacob Davidson, Jean St. Louis,Matt Tyson, Hardee Pace, TylerSteedley, Bo Villarreal, Tom Paceand Isaac Moreno, who returnedto the team this summer aftermissing the spring for disciplinaryreasons. Kemp said the class has a “good shot” at repeating as districtchampions and hopes his seniorleaders of the team can learn fromprevious mistakes in postseasonplay to advance further. The team did not attend any summer camps and instead stayedin Hardee and worked really hard in the weight room together. In addition to working on the field, Kemp has led the team instudying the R.E.A.L. Man pro gram, developed by a coach,Frank DiCocco, and the H.O.P.E.Foundation to help today’s youthin character development. Kemp hopes going through the program will help his players copebetter with adversity, both duringthe games and after their Wildcatcareers are over. The team did attend a Fellow ship of Christian Athletes seven-on-seven passing competitionduring the end of June, and Pear son, who will be the starting quar terback after transferring to Hardee in January, is getting moreand more comfortable workingwith his receivers. Fall practices got underway July 30. The first game, the Kick-off Classic, will take place atWildcat Stadium on Aug. 17 at7:30. The regular season starts with Hardee’s second biggest rival, theFort Meade Miners, which willhost the Wildcats on Aug. 24. When Kemp returned to Hardee, he put a big emphasis onwinning the “Highway 17” rivalrygames against Fort Meade andDeSoto, and so far his teams areundefeated against both the Min ers and Bulldogs. Hardee’s regular-season home games get underway with Sebringvisiting Wildcat Stadium on Aug.31 and the Avon Park Red Devilscoming to town Sept. 7. Both Highlands County teams have improved dramatically dur ing the past several seasons, andthe Wildcats will look to avenge apair of loses from last seasonagainst the neighboring foes. District play begins Sept. 14 when the Cats take a road trip toSarasota to take on Booker before having a bye week on Sept. 21. Play resumes on Sept. 28 with another district opponent in Lemon Bay visiting Wildcat Sta dium. Homecoming is Oct. 5 and Hardee will host the Bartow Yel low Jackets for the occasion. Senior night and Hardee’s last regular season home game is Oct.12 and is against Bradenton Bayshore, a district opponent. The final two games of district competition will be on the road for Hardee. Southeast, typically one of the stronger teams in the district, hostsHardee on Oct. 19 before the Wildcats travel to DeSoto to hope fully wrap up the district crown on Oct. 26. The last game of the year is in Naples against Barron Collier on Nov. 2. The first round of playoffs is set to begin the following week, on Nov. 9. August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 17


18 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 HJHIsWorkingHardForExcellence By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Hardee Junior High is getting ready for a new school year, andDr. Sheryl Mosley, the school’sprincipal, hopes that it’s evenmore successful than last year. Her goal for this year is for the school to be at state level or abovein all subjects. The school cameclose to that goal last year, andMosley wants this year to be evenbetter. The school, following its theme of “Anchored in Excellence,” willbe encouraging students to workhard by rewarding good grades. Students who make the Honor Roll will receive a reward – andthe reward is different each nineweeks, so don’t quit trying aftermaking it only once. There will also be a different reward each nine weeks for stu dents who meet the AcceleratedReading goal for that quarter. And for students who are inter ested in career training, the schoolhas several electives to choosefrom, including computer, agricul ture and journalism, which is newfor seventh and eighth graders thisyear. Students have the option of tak ing Career and Technical Educa tion classes to become certified asadministrative office specialistsand agriculture associates. Eighthgraders can also earn high schoolcredit while beginning theagritechnology and agriculturalbiotechnology programs. The school also has some new staff members. New to the district are science teachers Micaela Ford and TiffanyBrowdy, English Language Artsteachers Matthew Christansen andKathleen Jordan, math teacherErica Roberts and dean of studentsDr. Marcus Jenkins. Transferring to HJH are science teachers Brittany Wiggins fromHilltop Elementary School andKim Hanshaw from NorthWauchula Elementary, mathteacher Tracey White from HESand reading teacher Monica Blockfrom Zolfo Springs Elementary. Some teachers will be changing subjects: Sheena Newman andLinda Calvillo are switching fromscience to ELA, Daniel Estrada isswitching from ELA to civics,Emily Ibanez is switching fromscience to civics, and Sean Brownis switching from ELA to Ad vancement Via Individual Deter mination and research. And some teachers are leaving HJH. Reading teacher YolandaGray retired. A.V.I.D. teacher Jes sica Gilliard transferred to HardeeHigh, civics teacher Kris Hardentransferred to HES and dean ofstudents Ray Rivas transferred toBowling Green Elementary. Open house time will depend on your child’s grade, so makesure you mark your calendar. Sev enthand eighth-grade open housewill be on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from1 to 5 p.m. Sixth-grade openhouse will take place on Wednes day, Aug. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Parents are encouraged to come in before open house to pick uptheir children’s emergency carecards. These cards need to becompleted and turned in at openhouse, so filling them out ahead oftime will save you from having towait in line as long. And for parents of sixth graders, you can look forward toparents’ night, which will be an nounced on the school calendar. There’s also the possibility of a Parent-Teacher Organizationforming this year. Once schoolstarts, the administration plans toask parents if they would like tohelp form this organization. Ifyou’re interested, make sure to letthe school know. PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Sixth-grade English Language Arts teacher Sheena Newman encourages her students duringa test. HJH administrators encourage parents to fill their role inkeeping the school safe by following all security policies.Even if school staff members know you, you’ll still need to show photo ID to sign out your student. The City of Wauchula Commissioners & Staff School Starts August 10Drive Safe! BTS18


August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 19 Assistant principals Suzanne Stagg and Gilbert Vasquez flank principal Dr. Sheryl Mosley. MentorsGoOne-On-OneWithKidsBy JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Hardee Junior High will be starting a new mentor program for select students this year. The program, called “Check and Connect,” will start off with 10 staff members, including teach ers, paraprofessionals, deans andcoaches. Each of them will take onone student to mentor throughout the school year. The goal is for these staff mem bers to help monitor their stu dents’ progress and encouragethem academically by meeting with the students during school. They will also work to make a personal connection with their stu dents’ families. These families will be invited to the school in Au gust for a meet and greet, in De cember for a holiday event, and at the end of the school year to cele brate completing the year. If the program goes well, the school plans to expand it to in clude more staff members and stu dents later in the year. Each staff member will only take on one stu dent at a time, though, to makesure each student involved gets enough one-on-one attention. Hardee Junior High 2018-19 Supply List • No. 2 pencils (not mechanical) • Paper • Colored pencils • Simple Basic Calculator (needs to have square root) • Pocket folders with fasteners (1 each: blue, red, green and yellow) • Science Supplies: Glue Sticks Washable Markers Ruler Sticky Notes Scissors Index cardsMeet with teachers at open house for any other supply needs. TAKE NOTE Hardee Junior High School Open House Grades 7 & 8 –Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1-5 p.m. Grade 6 –Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1-3 p.m. School Hours Drop Off: Must be in class by 7:30 a.m. Pick Up: 3:00-3:20 p.m. PTO Info Once classes start, contact the school if you’re interested in helping start a PTO BTS18 “Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” —Malala Yousafzai


20 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 HHS Offers Path To Successful Future By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Hardee High School has been making improvements in academ ics and around campus. Academically, the school has been showing signs of growth. Itsletter grade went up from a D to aC last year, and the graduationrate, which has been going up thelast two years, is now at 72.1 per cent. Principal Dr. Michele Polk says the school’s ultimate goal “is tohave every student that entersHardee High School graduate ontime with a solid plan for their fu ture.” She encourages parents to help hold their children accountable fortheir schoolwork by following the2018-19 Report Card and ProgressReport dates (see calendar on page21) and checking their grades. The teachers will be learning more about helping studentsstrengthen their WICOR skills,which stands for writing, inquiry,collaboration, organization andreading. According to MeredithDurastanti, using WICOR teach ing helps students with differentlearning styles. The school will also continue upgrading its technology byadding new smartboards to severalclassrooms. And, good news for students in terested in writing, HHS will beoffering a creative writing electivethis year! HHS will also continue offer ing students the opportunity toearn industry certifications. Elec trocardiogram (EKG) Technicianwill be a new certification avail able this year. The other certifica tions are Food ServiceManagement, Certified NursingAssistant, Agritechnology Spe cialist, Agriculture Associate,Agricultural Biotechnology Spe cialist, National Center for Con struction Education & ResearchCarpentry, Microsoft Office Spe cialist, Microsoft Office SpecialistMaster and Intuit QuickBooks. The school will also be expand ing the Agile Minds math curricu lum to include more students,especially freshmen and sopho mores. And, of course, there will be some staff changes this year. Amy Paris, who taught last year at North Wauchula Elementary,will be coming on as a scienceteacher. Jill Tyson will be joiningHHS from Wauchula Elementaryas a physical education teacher.Ana Collom is coming in as amedia teacher. And JessicaGilliard will be transferring fromthe junior high to work as a grad uation coach. The Social Studies Department is welcoming Joni Creed, who istransferring from Hilltop Elemen tary, and Nicholas Masiello andJennifer Gough, who are new tothe district. Also new to the district this year are Cathryn Uber, who willbe teaching English; Israel Pierre,who will be teaching Spanish; andStephanie Douglas, who will bean Exceptional Student Educationparaprofessional. Physical education teacher Byron Jarnagin retired this year,and social studies teacher RobDavis is transferring to BowlingGreen Elementary. The school will also have some physical improvements this year. To help keep the campus se cure, the school resource officers’office and the attendance officeare switching places. The atten dance office will be closer to thefront of the school, and a fencewill be added to try to keep visi tors from going past that officewithout permission. And to fix the auditorium’s flooding problem, the school is re doing the drainage system. Oncethat’s finished, new seating andcarpeting will be put in. You’ll be able to see the cam pus and pick up your schedule atopen house, which is Wednesday,Aug. 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. Parentsshould bring their IDs. A few days before open house, the school will call parents to letthem know they can come pick uptheir parent packets. If you don’twant to wait in as many lines atopen house, fill out the paperworkand get your signatures notarizedbeforehand. Polk encourages parents to at tend parent night. Check the datefor your parent night in the “TakeNote” box here. She also strongly urges seniors and their parents to attend FAFSAHelp Night on Oct. 1, 2 or 3. Theevent will be held at 6 p.m. on allthree evenings. Those letters standfor Free Application for FederalStudent Aid. To help you remember impor tant dates and receive other impor tant information, you can followthe instructions in your parentpacket to sign up for the princi pal’s “Remind” messages. School hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:22 p.m. Drop-off time is from 8to 8:25 a.m. and pick-up time isfrom 3:22 to 3:45 p.m. Principal Dr. Michele Polk (left) and Assistant Principal MaryFarr take a short break during a busy summer work day. They, along with Assistant Principal Ron Herron (not pic tured), will be continuing their roles as administrators this school year. PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY To help improve school security, the attendance office and school resource officers’ officewill be switching places this year. Here, (from left) Jimbo Williams, Jeff Johnson and Richard Smith are working hard to get the new attendance office ready. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” —Albert Einstein


August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 21 Teachers (from left) Nicole Aubry, Cindy Moffat, Martha Shiver, Joni Creed and JenniferGough are having a U.S. History planning meeting. Creed and Gough are new to HHS this year. Parents, Do You Want To Be Involved?By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern While Hardee High School doesn’t have a PTO, it does have a School Advisory Council. The SAC helps build and mon itor the school improvement plan,and is made up of students and parents. If you’re a parent interested in serving on the SAC, you can com plete a SAC Interest Form, which will be in your parent packet. Par ent packets are distributed at the beginning of the school year. After the submission deadline, everyone who’s interested in serv ing will have their name placed on a ballot. Seats will be filled based on the voting results and alignment withthe demographics of the school’sstudent body. For example, if the student body is 40 percent Cau casian, then about 40 percent ofthe parents on the SAC need to be Caucasian also. Students don’t complete an ap plication to join the SAC. Theschool looks for students whohave been voted on as leaderswithin various clubs active on the school campus. Hardee High School 2018-19 Supply List All Students Will Need: • One 3-inch ring binder (or two 2.5-inch binders) per semester • 7 dividers (one for each of your courses)• Pencil pouch that clips into the rings of the binder• Notebook paper, pens and pencils• Calendar or planner Additional supplies will be determined by individual classroom teachers. Hardee High School 2018-19 Report Card & Progress Report Dates: • Sept. 12 – First Nine-Weeks Progress Report• Oct. 29 – First Report Card• Nov. 14 – Second Nine-Weeks Progress Report• Jan. 16 – Second Report Card• Feb. 7 – Third Nine-Weeks Progress Report• April 3 – Third Report Card• April 18 – Fourth Nine-Weeks Progress Report• June – Fourth Report Card (available after state test results are released) TAKE NOTE Hardee Senior High School Open House Wednesday, Aug. 8, 3-6 p.m. School Hours Drop Off: 8-8:25 a.m. Pick Up: 3:22-3:45 p.m. School Advisory Council Info Parents can fill out the SAC Interest Form in the parent packet and turn it in by the deadline to have their names added to the ballot. Parent Nights Freshman Student: Sept. 6, 6 p.m. Sophomore Student: Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Junior Student: Sept. 24, 6 p.m. Senior Student: Sept. 18, 6 p.m. FAFSA Help: Oct. 1, 2 & 3, 6 p.m. Good Luck This School Year! Monday Friday • 8 am 5 pm Saturday • 8 am Noon 863-773-6079 HardeeCounty Disposal BTS18


H H o o m m e e s s c c h h o o o o l l : : A A n n I I n n t t e e r r a a c c t t i i v v e e A A n n d d S S o o c c i i a a l l W W a a y y T T o o L L e e a a r r n n By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Many people wonder how homeschoolers get enough social ization. “That’s a huge misconception,” says homeschool mom ChristinaPesco when asked about it. In fact,she says her family has to turndown some invitations becausetheir social calendar is so full. Homeschool students partici pate in church, library activities,sports, 4-H, music classes andhomeschool groups. They alsohave opportunities to participatein all school extracurricular activ ities and field trips, and can attend prom and a graduation ceremonyat a Florida Parent Educators As sociation convention each spring. Alasha Mikell, who home schools her two daughters, saysher oldest is probably more social ized now than she was while at tending public school. She says her family isn’t hiding from the world, they’re preparingtheir children for it. That’s one of the reasons some parents choose to homeschooltheir children. Anna Dickey saysshe decided to homeschool partlybecause she chose not to exposeher kids to worldly things on theworld’s terms. She says her kids get plenty of socialization and cul tural exposure, but on her terms. Pesco and Mikell also like that they can customize each of theirchildren’s lessons to fit their inter ests and learning styles. Andhomeschooling provides morehands-on, real-world opportunitiesto learn, says Dickey. Homeschooling also allows more flexibility for traveling,which many homeschool familiesenjoy. Jeannie Palacios says she likes teaching her kids how to learn, notjust what to learn. All four of the moms say they would recommend homeschool ing to other families if the parentshave a desire to do it. You don’tneed an education degree. “If you can read, you can homeschool,” says Mikell. Youjust need to care about doing it. She also encourages home schooling parents to build a sup port system so you aren’thomeschooling alone. Be prepared for a lot of work, though. Pesco says that home schooling is a job, and you need todo work, like lesson planning,even on the weekends. Dickey says that if God gives you the desire to homeschool, Hewill give you the ability. Palacios agrees. She says that if you have the desire to home school, you’re already 80 percent of the way there. Palacios is the director of Hardee County’s Classical Con versations homeschool group. CCis an international program thatlets homeschool families go through the same curriculum to gether and meet once a week forgroup classes. The CC school yearwill start on Aug. 13, but familiescan join any time during the year. There are also many families in Hardee County who aren’t mem bers of CC, like Pesco’s family.Although Hardee doesn’t have aco-op (homeschool group thatdoesn’t use a specific curriculum),Highlands County has one that families can go to. PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Alasha Mikell homeschools her two daughters, Morgan (left) and Savannah. Morgan saysher favorite thing about being homeschooled is that she doesn’t get bullied and can learnmore about God than she did in public school, and Savannah says “it’s just fun.” Homeschoolers Khale, Morgan, and Braddock Dickey work hard to get their schoolworkdone. Braddock and Khale say being homeschooled is fun, and all three agree that one oftheir favorite things about it is that they can spend more time with their friends. BTS18 22 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018


NEEDTOFINISHYOURHIGHSCHOOLDIPLOMA? GED is computer based with results in 2 days. Must be taken at an Official GED Testing Center. Hardee County Adult Education Center is the Official Test Center for Hardee County. Improve your READING and MATH skills through Adult Basic Education classes. Prepare to Earn a GED (General Education Development Diploma), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Classes offered both day and night throughout the year. Take your classes and test in Wauchula withHardee County Adult Education901 West Main Street Wauchula We are committed to serving our students. Give us a call today so we can help get you started.863-773-3173LEARN MORE EARN MORE BTS18Adult Ed: More Than You ThinkBy JENNIFER M cCONKEYHerald-Advocate InternWhen you hear the title Adult Education Center, you probably think of GED classes or English classes. But the Hardee County Adult Education Center does much more than that. While it does offer Adult Basic Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages and General Educational Development classes, it also oversees high school and junior high Career and Technical Education, the Hardee County Recreation Complex and the dis tricts Advancement Via Individ ual Determination program. Director Meredith Durastanti says theyre here to support the community. Adults can enroll with the Adult Education Center at any point during the year. Durastanti wants people to know that earning a GED isnt easy but the reward is huge. Students need to be very committed to reach their goal. For students who are still in school, the center still provides plenty of opportunities. Career and Technical Education lets juniorand senior-high stu dents take classes and become in dustry certified. These certifications can help increase college options and job prospects, and can increase a students future income. And for younger students, the A.V.I.D. program is expanding this year from just the junior and senior high schools to include North Wauchula Elementary. According to Durastanti, A.V.I.D. is a college-readiness program that helps students who are capable of going to college but dont have the support they need. The program helps these students by raising expectations and pro viding rigorous classes while providing a support system. It also uses WICOR writ ing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading teaching techniques to help students with different learning styles. So as the new school year ap proaches, the Adult Education Center is excited to welcome everyone back. Even if you arent an adult yet, youll probably be impacted by the work theyre doing. PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEYAdult Education Center Director Meredith Durastanti (right) says the center is eager to welcome staff and students back to school. With her is instructor Yvonne Floyd. August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 23


24 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Bailey Wells demonstrates how to paint a fun design on paper using shaving cream. Nix Brand Names & Design Your Own School Supplies By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Kids often want brand-name folders, binders and backpacks be cause of the interesting designsthey have. But you can save money and make school shopping more funfor your kids by helping them cus tom-decorate generic items. If you don’t have the supplies you need at home, try checkingwith friends before buying. Or, ifyou get several families involved,you can split the cost of neededcraft items. And make sure tocheck the dollar stores; they oftenhave items you can use. Here are a few ideas from Zolfo Springs Elementary art teacherLaura Wells to help get you started. Just remember to be cre ative and have fun with it! Fabric Items Start with a canvas pencil pouch, backpack or lunchbox. You can either buy an iron-on or sew-on patch, or you can cut afun shape out of felt. If you aren’tinto sewing, attach the patch orfelt with fabric glue or super glue. If you have some small craft pom-poms, you can glue those onas embellishments as well. Or, if you want something that doesn’t involve glue, try usingpuffy paint or fabric paint to createa unique design right on the fab ric. Mosaic Collages Just because your school tells you what color folders and note books to buy doesn’t mean youcan’t make them unique! You can add a fun mosaic col lage to your folders, notebooks,binders, clipboards, tab-dividersetc. by decoupaging different pa pers on with a sealer. And if yoursupply list says you need certaincolor binders, just use differentshades and patterns of that colorfor the collage. You can use scrapbook or pat terned paper, cutouts from oldmagazines or family photos foryour design. You can even use ma terials like ribbon, stickers, plasticgems or patterned duct tape. Cut and arrange the different See BRAND 25 Hardee County Supervisor of Elections Staff WELCOME BACK Students,Teachers and All Other Staff May your 2018-2019 school year be EDUCATIONAL and Enlightening; yet fun and SAFE. Students, remember you can pre-register to vote at age 16. Do it now ... It’ll be one less IMPORTANT thing to think about when you turn 18. EARLY VOTING: August 16 –25, 2018 In the Hardee County Public Library (315 N. 6th Ave. • Wauchula) PRIMARY ELECTION: August 28, 2018 LAST DAY TO REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOTS: August 22, 2018 BTS18 Library Offers Art For Homeschoolers By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Homeschoolers can look for ward to another great year of artprojects at the Hardee CountyPublic Library. “Homeschool Art” will be of fered for free to all homeschoolfamilies each Tuesday, starting onSept. 11. The lesson runs from 10to 11 a.m. Dee Shackleford, who teaches the classes, makes sure to chooseprojects that are appropriate forany youth pre-K to 12th grade.She doesn’t turn away any childwho wants to participate. The crafts will include differ ent forms of art, such as painting,coloring, creating sculptures andusing watercolors. Many of the projects this year will be artist studies. Shacklefordwill teach the students about anartist, and then they will do aproject imitating that artist’s work. There will also be some mis cellaneous projects. One of the first crafts of the year, for exam ple, will be bird sculptures thatthe students can assemble and color. You don’t need to worry about signing up – just show up, and join in! And always feel free to check the library’s Facebook page orcall 773-6438 if you have any questions. The library is located at 315 N. Sixth Ave. in Wauchula, inside the Curtis Ezelle Government Com plex on U.S. 17 at Oak Street.


The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 25 papers/photos however you want, then attach them to the back ground with sealer. Just rememberto use thin layers of sealer for thisproject. If you use this method to make a binder insert, make sure it’scompletely dry before putting itinto the binder. Even if yourschool gives you an insert for thefront of the binder, most also havea clear sleeve on the back that youcan add a decorated page to. Paint Designs Have any shaving cream around the house? You can spread out a layer of shaving cream in a tray, then addsome paint on top. If you want to,you can swirl the paint around tomake a more abstract design. Then, press a piece of paper onto the shaving cream. Lift thepaper up, scrape the cream off,and let the page dry. When you’redone, decoupage the page ontoyour notebook or folder. If you don’t want to use shav ing cream, you can still get uniqueabstract patterns by splatter-paint ing. Don’t have any paint? Use up some old sidewalk chalk instead. For this easy project, just put some water into a tray and scrape some chalk onto the surface of thewater. Gently lay a piece of paperon top of the water, then lift it up and let it dry. An important note about de coupaging: When you’re applyinga sealer over paint or chalk, eitheruse a spray sealer or work quickly to avoid smearing the colors. Backpack Dangles Get creative with backpack ac cessories this school year! You can use items like seashells, small pom-poms, beads,ribbons and even clay to createyour own unique keychains todangle from your backpack or lunchbox. If you want to make your own pom-poms instead of buyingsome, you can use scraps of yarn to make multi-colored ones. And if you don’t have keyrings lying around, you can attach yourdangles to your bag’s zippers with pipe cleaners or paperclips. And More ... Don’t limit yourself to the proj ects here. Use these ideas to jumpstart your own creativity. Try thingslike making ribbon bookmarks,decorating your calculator case orscissor handles with nail polish oradding colored duct tape stripes to your pencils and pens. Make your school supplies truly your own. Just make sure that your cus tomization doesn’t violate any school rules. BRAND Continued From 24 If your pieces of sidewalk chalk are getting too small to use, don’t throw them away. You can use them to make these beautiful covers for your notebooks or binders. Laura Wells creates this unique folder using different shadesof the same color. A student could use this folder to meet anelementary school’s “red folder” requirements. Paul’s Kitchen116 N. 4th Ave. ~ Wauchula(863) 773-0292 WelcomeTeachers & Students Every Tuesday Homemade Meatloaf & Homemade Beef Tips w/Noodles See Our Speical of the Day $ 7 99 Best Breakfast In Town! Monday Saturday 7 am 9 pm ~~ Sunday 7 am 3 pm BTS18 Science Is In The Books! By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern Each year, the Hardee County School District purchases newbooks for one subject. This year itwas time to update the sciencecurriculum. The new curriculum will em brace modern technology – in ad dition to printed material, therewill be online material for teachersand students. The district wanted its new cur riculum to cover scientific prac tices and big ideas, and to alignwith the Next Generation Sun shine State Standards. The new curriculum does just that and more. The elementary schools and junior high are looking forward tointeractive hands-on lessons withtheir new science study plan. Theteachers want their students to domore than just read about science. And students at the junior and senior high schools will be learn ing with a science, technology, en gineering and mathematics focus. The senior high’s new curricu lum will also be focusing on stan dards alignment.


Help Your Kids Stay Happy & Healthy This School YearBy JENNIFER M cCONKEYHerald-Advocate InternKids are like petri dishes, a doc tor once said, referring to how many germs they always seem to carry. So with all these little germspreaders heading back to school, what are some good ways to keep your kids healthy? Mayo Clinic offers some good advice to parents: Wash Those Hands! It seems two questions kids are always hearing are, Did you wash your hands? and Did you use soap? Thats because many par ents already recognize how power ful handwashing is in stopping the spread of germs. But that doesnt mean that kids get it. Children should be reminded to suds up after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing or blowing their noses and before eating anything. And for times at school when your child doesnt have immediate access to soap and water, you can send alcohol-based hand sanitizer with them. Parents should also teach their kids to cover their mouths/noses when coughing or sneezing, avoid people with colds when possible, and keep their hands away from their faces. Eat Well Do you know what each of your children should be eating to stay healthy? Its likely different for each one depending on age and gender. Mayo Clinic provides free guidelines for the dietary needs of children ages 2-18 on its website, for instance girls 4-8 need 1.200 to 1,800 calories a day while boys the same age need 1,200-2,000. As kids grow, so do their caloric needs: ages 9-13 girls 1,400 to 2,200 and boys 1,600 to 2,600; ages 14-18 girls 1,800 to 2,400 and boys 2,000 to 3,200. Those calories should come from healthy sources like lean pro tein; fresh, canned, frozen or dried fruits and vegetables; whole grains; and fat-free or low-fat dairy. The website specifies how much of each. And Mayo offers some advice: If you dont keep junk food in your home, your kids likely wont ask for it so much. This combined with a no snacks during screen time rule can help your kids de velop healthier eating habits. Even if getting your kids to eat healthy is difficult, dont give up. Helping your children form good eating habits now is important. Check out and click on Healthy Lifestyle. Be Active Physical activity is essential for your childs health, whether its through sports or other activities. While sports can be a great way for kids to stay active, be cautious about joining competitive team too early. Younger children should enjoy the sports they play without feeling unnecessary pressure. For children who dont enjoy or ganized sports, the Mayo Clinic suggests that parents find fun phys ical activities they can do with their kids, like hiking, biking, dancing or swimming. Whether your child is on a sports team or playing tag with friends, al ways remember your kids safety. For sports, make sure the coach pays attention to safety equipment, hydration, warm-up and cool-down time, injury prevention and care, etc. Also consider your childs limi tations. This is especially important around puberty kids who are the same age might be very different in size, which can increase the chances of the smaller youth getting hurt during contact sports. If you keep safety in mind and let your children do activities they enjoy, you should have kids who are running down the path toward good health. BTS18 Benjamin R. HashBuilding Contractor1000 S. 6th Ave. Wauchula, FL 33873863-773-9294St. Lic. Num. CBC-059824BTS18Stephanie Gugle Computer Tech (863) I I n n H H o o m m e e S S e e r r v v i i c c e e26 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018


How Much Is Too Much? By JENNIFER M cCONKEYHerald-Advocate InternElectronics have become such an important part of most peoples lives today that its hard for young people to imagine a time without phone and computer screens. But is this love for electronics healthy? According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, spending time on electronics isnt necessarily bad for school-aged children and teens. But too much or the wrong kind of screen time can hurt a childs mental and social develop ment. Since youth typically replace real-world activities with virtual equivalents, parents should be just as involved in their childrens vir tual environments as they are in their real ones. For example, if your children arent supposed to read books with adult themes, make sure they arent doing so on line, or maybe even watching videos with those themes. Parents of younger children should check videos, apps, etc. be fore giving their kids access. Specifically look for something interactive passive viewing isnt healthy for young children. You can also use filters or parental controls on many devices to block inappropriate content. And as with real-world activi ties, make sure to participate with your children. For example, you can play video games or watch and discuss programs with your kids. Just dont let your children replace all of their social interac tions with virtual ones. Remember that unplugged, unstructured playtime is better for your kids mental development, and it should be prioritized over screen time, the Mayo Clinic says. Its good to have designated time without electronics, espe cially leading up to bedtime. And speaking of bedtime, keeping electronics out of the bed room entirely is helpful. Dr. Victoria L. Dunckley with Psychology Today says that children and teens who get too much of their social interaction online will struggle with developing healthy social skills. If your child is shy or seems to be men tally behind other children, cutting back on screen time might help a lot. She also says that junior high is too early to have a cell phone or social media accounts. The type of brain development happening at that age does not respond well to social media. If your child keeps insisting, you might consider crePHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Fourth-grader Khale Dickey plays a computer game after fin ishing her schoolwork. She doesnt spend all her free time on the computer, though, Khale enjoys participating in gym nastics and 4-H, among other activities.Why Is My Teen Always Tired?By JENNIFER M cCONKEYHerald-Advocate InternAdequate sleep can be a prob lem, especially in the teen years. Many parents notice their teens are almost always tired, yet dont want to go to bed at a reasonable time. So whats going on? Because of physical changes as sociated with puberty, its normal for teenagers to have trouble going to sleep before 11 p.m., John Hop kins Medicine doctors say. But that doesnt mean they need less sleep. Teens actually need about 9 to 9-1/2 hours of sleep each night, which is more than they needed before puberty. But with classes starting at an early hour and homework and sports to do in the evenings, its rare to find a teenager who gets enough sleep each night. So what can you do to help keep your teen rested and re freshed? As the school year approaches, encourage your adolescents to start going to bed at a time that will still work once school begins. If theyre used to staying up late and sleeping in all summer, a sudden change can be a bad shock. And dont try to talk them out of napping. Its actually healthier to take a 30to 45-minute nap in the afternoon than to sleep in. One technique to inspire teens to get more sleep, while also keep ing them safer, is to tie sleep with driving privileges. If a teenager hasnt gotten enough sleep the night before, it wont be safe to drive that day. John Hopkins Medicine encourages parents to take away driving privileges unless their teen has gotten enough sleep. Urging teens to do their home work before other evening activi ties and keeping technology out of their bedrooms are also great ways to help. Remember that your teenagers sleeping troubles arent a sign of rebellion but a normal part of ado lescence, and work with them to come up with a healthy solution. 1109 S. 6th Ave., Wauchula 773-4009 Come in while they last and get a FREE* School Bag!Stop in & register to win aFREE* 7 Acer TabletOffer exp. 8/18/18*No Purchase Necessary.BTS18 ating a family account so your kids can see what their friends are doing with your supervision. For teens, Mayo Clinic sug gests that parents let them partici pate in social media and other online relationships if they un derstand what is appropriate. Emphasize that anything they put online is public for everyone, forever. Even if the teen takes down the original post, someone else could have saved it and can republish it without the teens per mission. And keep in mind, even for teenagers, in-person interaction is better than online, says Dunckley. Teens with social anxiety or poor social skills often prefer vir tual interactions because they can hide behind the screen. But by de creasing real-world social interac tions, the teen will learn fewer social skills, creating a downward spiral of shyness and social with drawal. Encourage your teens to spend phone-free time with their friends and family members, Dunkley says, and theyll be happier over all. August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 27


BTS18 28 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018 RESTROOM RESPECT Courtesy Photos • Montage By MARIA TRUJILLO All restrooms need a touchup from time to time, butZolfo Springs Elementary’s restrooms now have avery special touch. PTO members Bethany Lee andJessica "Jessie" Nord came up with the idea to pro mote and build students’ self-esteem and charactertraits – painting positive and encouraging muralsand messages in the restrooms. Both women, alongwith their children, worked hard to make a mundanesetting fun and inspiring as students return nextweek.


Knowing A ChildÂ’s Learning Type Helps At School, Home By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern When you were a student, did you ever have trouble learningfrom homework? Maybe you had trouble remem bering what you read in your text book, or no matter how manytimes you copied your spellingwords you still couldnÂ’t rememberthe correct spelling? ThatÂ’s probably because the work didnÂ’t match your primarylearning style. Luckily, teachers today are very aware of how different learningstyles can affect a studentÂ’s class room experience. They work hardto include the three main learningstyles in their lessons to help everystudent understand, says KerryTerrell, the Hardee School Dis trictÂ’s assistant director of Excep tional Student Education. Those three learning styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Visual learners are more likely to learn by watching videos, usingdifferent colored pencils and high lighters for taking notes, looking atmaps and flowcharts, making lists,looking at pictures or cartoons andmoving notes around their desk toorganize them. These learners arealso more likely to be distracted bymovement around them. Auditory learners tend to learn best using sound, rhythm andmusic. This can involve makingrhymes or acronyms to help mem orize something, reading aloud,discussing the subject aloud andasking questions. TheyÂ’re morelikely to get distracted by noisethan other types of learners. Kinesthetic, or hands-on, learn ers usually do well with writing,drawing, demonstrating a concept,using flashcards, tracing words,writing with different-sized pen cils, roleplaying, moving around(including snapping or tappingtheir fingers) and taking noteswhile reading or listening to aspeaker. They usually have troubleconcentrating when they have tosit still and read. So how can parents use this in formation? One way is to figure out each of your childrenÂ’s main learning styleand use that information to helpwith homework. For example, if you have a kinesthetic learner, you might askher to act out what sheÂ’s reading.Or if you have an auditory learner,you can have him read his assign ment aloud. But you can also use what you know about your childÂ’s learningstyle to help make chores easier. If you notice your daughter rarely does everything you tell herto do, for example, try writing it down. She might be a visuallearner, and have trouble remem bering spoken instructions. Or if your son asks a lot of questions about a list of chores youwrote, discuss it with him. Hemight be an auditory learner. Ultimately, Terrell suggests that parents keep trying different thingsuntil they figure out what works.Ask your children what helps themlearn. Listening to how your chil dren explain things and what ques tions they ask can also help youfigure it out. Once you know your childÂ’s main learning style, though, donÂ’t start ignoring the other two. Kids need to learn to use all three learning styles to some ex tent. For example, kinestheticlearners still need to be able to sitstill and take tests, and visuallearners still need to pay attention when their teacher is speaking. Use your childÂ’s main learning style while helping him practicewith the other two. The kinestheticlearners might be able to tap theirfingers quietly during a test or thevisual learners might take notes during a lecture to reread later. Ultimately, find a way to make learning interesting for your child. The Sta & Families Of The Town of Zolfo Springs Welcomes All Teachers, Sta & Students Back To School! BTS18 2310 US Highway 17 South Zolfo Springs 863-735-0405 Have An Awesome Year! 2018-2019 PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Sometimes family members will help teachers get their class rooms ready. Here, Savannah Conerly is helping enter infor mation for her grandmother, Vickie Conerly, who will beteaching second-grade at North Wauchula Elementary. HELPING HANDS August 2, 2018, The Herald-Advocate 29


BTS18 863-385-0513 Schools, Law Enforcement Working To Keep Kids Safe By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern School security is becoming more and more important, and Su perintendent Bob Shayman saysthe district is going to do whateverit needs to keep the kids safe. The Hardee County School District is working hard with theSheriff’s Office and police depart ments and is following stateguidelines and regulations to im prove security. Security cameras are being in stalled at schools that didn’t haveany last year, and the cameras thatwere already in place are beingmaintained. And one of the biggest meas ures is that all district schools willcontinue having at least oneschool resource officer or securityofficer on campus. While there are still discussions about who will pay, each schoolwill have an officer regardless. There will be two SROs each for Hardee High School andHardee Junior High/Hilltop Ele mentary School (which share a campus) and Wauchula Elemen tary School. There will be one of ficer per school for NorthWauchula, Zolfo Springs andBowling Green elementaries. SROs have arrest power and their marked units parked atschools serve as deterrents againstcrime. They also go to footballgames and accompany the bus foraway games. But those aren’t the only rea sons they’re at the schools. Members of law enforcement want children and teens to becomfortable coming to them withconcerns. Having SROs in schoolshelps kids become more familiarwith law enforcement. And by interacting with stu dents, SROs can look for problemsigns and intervene earlier, saysWauchula Police Chief JohnEason. Deputy Schools Superin tendent Todd Durden says hewants to include the SROs in theirschools’ threat assessment teams,which will also consist of schoolstaff members. Durden will receive training and Florida Department of Educa tion certification as the districtsafety specialist, then will trainthose teams. And all school staff members will receive some mental healthand First Aid training. This willinclude how to recognize signs ofmental health issues. The mental health training is part of a proactive approach tohelp provide services to at-riskstudents, according to Kerry Ter rell, the district’s assistant directorof Exceptional Student Education. The district is also looking to hire two social workers to helpwith mental health safety. When it’s needed, the district already offers individual andgroup counseling, Terrell says,and they have a contract with amental health counselor. But so cial workers would be able to gofurther and work with whole fam ilies to help students. The schools will also be teach ing students about general safety,and Eason encourages parents toget involved with their kids as well. Be aware of what they’redoing online, he says. And if you or your child sees something suspicious online, re port it, say Eason and SheriffArnold Lanier. It’s a good idea toscreenshot the suspicious post ifyou can. Even if you or your child see or hear something suspicious regard ing another school, still report it,says Lanier. If it’s not an immediate threat, you can call the Hardee CountySheriff’s Office at 773-4144, theWauchula Police Department at773-3265 or the Bowling GreenPolice Department at 375-3549.Of course, if there’s an immediatethreat, call 911. You can also make reports through Facebook to WPD or theSheriff’s Office, but they don’t monitor social media 24/7, so you should call with anything urgent. If you want to remain anony mous, you can report to HeartlandCrime Stoppers by calling (800)226-8477, texting “TIP196” andyour concern to 274637, visiting or using their “P3 Tips” app on yoursmartphone. Like with Facebook, though, you won’t get an immedi ate response. Encourage your children to talk to their SRO or a school staffmember about anything that makes them concerned or uncom fortable, even if it doesn’t seemlike a big deal. The same goes foradults – if you see something or someone suspicious, report it. It’s better to call in a false alarm than not call and it turns out to be serious, Eason says. 30 The Herald-Advocate, August 2, 2018


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