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H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE Thursday, September 20, 2018 THE 118th Year • No. 43 • 2 Sectionswww.TheHeraldAdvocate.com 93¢ Plus 7¢ Sales Tax Boy Wins OnThe Keto Diet A13 Hip-Hop ArtistSigns Contract A4 PHOTO COURTESY HCSO DET. YOLANDA HERNANDEZ Remembering Dep. Julie Bridges W EATHER DATE HIGH LOW RAIN 09/1192730.00 09/1294760.0009/1394750.9109/1494720.0109/1593750.0009/1693750.0009/1793730.00 Rainfall to 09/17/2018 43.34 Same period last year 64.23 Ten Year Average 49.17 Source: Univ. of Fla. Ona Research Center I NDEX Classifieds...........B10 Courthouse Report.....B5Crime Blotter..........B5Entertainment........A15 Hardee Living........B14Obituaries............A5Puzzles..............B13Save The Date.........A2School Lunch Menus..B15Solunar Forecast.......A7Wildcat Scratches.....A16 By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-Advocate “I honestly can’t remem ber if I knew before I leftthe EOC that the deputy in volved was Julie, but Iknew it was a deputy, and Ihad a job to do.” Cpl. Kimberly Be navidez, homicide crashinvestigator for the FloridaHighway Patrol, recalledthat day a year ago when alaw officer was killed whiledriving home to retrievesome supplies for a hurri cane shelter. Dep. Julie Ann England Bridges, a deputy with theHardee County Sheriff’sOffice for 13 years, hadmade her final run. She be came the first HardeeCounty law enforcementofficer to die in the line ofduty. Benavidez was at the Hardee County EmergencyOperations Center whenthe call came in. “The hurricane was al ready coming, with outerbands of rain immediatelypending,” she described.“I took photographs ofthe scene prior toone of the rainbands hitting us.After that, every thing else wasdone in thepouring rain.” Bridges had been travel ing eastbound on StateRoad 66 when a west bound vehicle driven byJoseph Ossman Jr., of Se bring, a corrections officerheaded to work at HardeeCorrectional Institution,crossed over the centerline and struck her cruiserhead-on. “Both were pronounced deceased on scene priorto my arrival,” Benavidezcontinued. “I remember both driversbeing removed from thevehicles and placed in theback of the ambulancewhile I continued to work. “The medical examiner’s transport van had arrivedabout the time I was finish ing with scene measure ments and putting myequipment back into mypatrol car,” she said.“FHP, Hardee sheriff’s of ficers and EMS person nel lined up on eitherside of the back of theambulance to pay re spect and salute Julieas they transferredher from the ambu lance to the trans port van. “And that’s when it hit me! Uncontrol lable emo tions of grief and sad ness,” said Benavidez. Others, too, remem bered that day, Sept. 10,2017, as they observed thefirst anniversary of Dep.Bridges’ death last week. Sheriff’s Dep. Kim Pfeif fer, who was the last to work with Bridges as they shared a shift at the hurricane shelter established atBowling Green ElementarySchool, has difficulty put ting those memories intowords. “It is hard to relivethat day,” she said. The two had just fin ished a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.shift at the shelter, whichdrew record crowds as See CRASHA3 Mother In Bus Stop Crash Dies Boy, 6, Out Of Hospital No DecisionUntil OctoberOn IDA OfferCourthouseBats CauseMinor Illnesses By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The mother who was struck by a car as she walked her twoyoung children to the bus stophas died. Josefina Pablo Aguirre, 26, of Wauchula, died last Thurs day at Tampa General Hospi tal. Aguirre – who was eight months pregnant at the time ofthe crash – suffered severebrain trauma after being hit bya sedan driven by Jose ManuelMontes-Loredo around 6:45a.m. on Sept. 10 in front of herhome on Old Bradenton Road. Her unborn baby died.Funeral services for the mother and baby have been setfor this Saturday at PongerKays Grady Funeral Home inWauchula. Visitation starts at10 a.m. Services are scheduledto begin at noon. Aguirre’s two children – Joel Diaz Pablo, 6, and AnayDiaz Pablo, 8 – were alsostruck by the car. The youngerchild suffered serious injuriesand was also flown to Tampa General Hospital. He was re leased from the hospital lastThursday and is recovering atthe home of a family memberin Polk County, according toschool officials. Hilltop Elementary School – where the children attend – iscontinuing to rally around thefamily as officials ask thecommunity to “please con tinue to pray” for the Pablosiblings and their family. “They will need support and love in the coming days andmonths,” said Donna Parks,dean of students. The school is also coordinat ing a financial collection forthe family to defray funeralcosts. “After speaking with the fa ther and asking what we cando to support them, he men tioned the financial strain thatis the most immediate need forthem,” Parks said. Financial donations can be made to school bookkeeperVeronica Noel in the front of fice.See CRASHA2 By TOM STAIK Of The Herald-Advocate It will likely be next month before The School Board ofHardee County makes a deci sion on relocating administra tive offices for the schooldistrict to a centralized loca tion. “It will likely be at one on the regular meetings in Octo ber,” said Chairman PaulSamuels. “We need to givestaff enough time to review allof the specifics.” The School Board met Tues day afternoon in a workshopsession to weigh the possibilityof consolidating the adminis trative offices at the now-va cant CareSync building onU.S. 17. Bill Lambert, director of the Hardee County Industrial De velopment Authority, attendedthe workshop to answer ques tions about the complex. Lambert said initial talks be tween himself and Samuels fo cused on the possibility of swapping the IDA’s CareSync building in exchange for thedistrict’s complex of adminis trative buildings on U.S. 17. “In the conversation that Paul (Samuels) and I originallyhad, we felt like we would tryto exchange buildings,” Lam bert said.See IDAA2 By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-Advocate The colony of bats taking up residency in the attic of theHardee County Courthousehas been removed but the lin gering effects from its pres ence are being blamed forabout a dozen illnesses suf fered by courthouse personnellast week. Nick Sudzina, court admin istrator for the 10th JudicialCircuit in Bartow, said he wasconfident the bat guano andthe initial removal and cleanupprocess were responsible forcausing the respiratory issuesexperienced. Sudzina said most of the symptoms were “mild in na ture” and consisted of peoplecoughing, sore throats, eye ir ritations and itchy skin. See BATS A2

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A2 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 Herald-Advocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE 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 Editor THE 115 S. Seventh Ave. • P.O. Box 338 Wauchula, FL 33873 Phone: (863) 773-3255 • Fax: (863) 773-0657 Ads@TheHeraldAdvocate.com Publisher@TheHeraldAdvocate.com Sports@TheHeraldAdvocate.com Published weekly on Thursday at Wauchula, Florida, by the HeraldAdvocate Publishing Co. Inc. Periodical Postage paid at U.S. Post Office, Wauchula, FL 33873 and additional entry office (USPS 578-780). “Postmaster,” send address changes to: The Herald-Advocate, P.O. Box 338, Wauchula, FL 33873. At The Herald-Advocate, we want accuracy to be a given, not just our goal. If you believe we have printedan error in fact, please call to report it. We will review theinformation, 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. Corrections Kelly’s Column By Jim The Herald-Advocate average weekly paid circulation this past year was 3,388, an increase of 14 from a year ago. Althougha small increase, we're glad to take it, considering Hardee Countyis not growing in population to any degree and some newspapersare seeing circulation decreases. The recent price increase from 69 cents to 93 cents was needed (state sales tax made the price 75 cents and $1). Ourprinting bill with the Lakeland Ledger in August was just over$9,000, which included a back-to-school issue. Paid circulation is far more effective for advertisers than free circulation, and paid weekly newspapers are read by two tothree people, an average of 2.5. –––––– Several decades ago in Miami my Aunt Pat Kelly introduced me to a great drink--Coca Cola with fresh juice from Florida KeyLimes. –––––– About 15 years ago a lady shopper in Winn-Dixie told me how to make a Key Lime pie that does not have to be baked orcooked. Does not seem possible, I said. She was right. You blend an 8-ounce package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese with a can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk, add a lot offresh Key Lime juice and lime peel zest, and pour into a GrahamCracker Pie Crust. Then put into the refrigerator or freezer to thicken. Cut a piece and add whipped cream on top for a sour-sweet contrast. I used a little over a half cup of lime juice fo r extra tartness. To me, much better than other Key Lime pies. –––––– Jackie See and Johnny Terrell will be inducted into the Wildcat Sports Hall of Fame Friday night at the Hardee AthleticFoundation Dinner at the Hardee Agri-Civic Center. –––––– The Hardee Wildcat football team rolls on with three shutouts in the first four games. A key piece of the defense isthree-year starting junior linebacker Matt Tyson. Look for hisNo. 42. The defensive secondary is not shy about trying to in tercept passes, a trait encouraged by a former HHS defensiveback — now head coach Brian Kemp. On offense the Cats have a good group of runningbacks, but new quarterback James Pearson, a Sebring transfer, is throwingthe pigskin all over the field to some receivers who can catch it.He is given good protection by a big experienced O-line coachedby Jason Clark. –––––– Look for a letter to the editor inside this issue by former Wildcat star Jim Moseley (has four photos) who is establishinga self-perpetuating athletic scholarship at his alma materArkansas State University in memory of HHS coach Leon Sharp.He's looking for donations to the fund to make it complete. –––––– There is an interesting page inside about code enforcement of properties, especially one owned by David Lee Smith wholives on Snell Street in rural Wauchula. –––––– The September 2018 issue of Citrus Industry Magazine has at least two interesting topics: the overuse of glyphosate(Roundup) which causes fruit drop when applied to the lowercanopy of trees (page 12) and soil health (page 27). For years I have felt that using too much weed kill ers are bad for the soil and long-term tree health. Among other thingsbut extremely important, citrus trees need healthy soil andhealthy roots. –––––– Dr. Joy Jackson, director of the Florida Department of Health in Hardee County, spoke to the Wauchula Kiwanis Clubon Tuesday and mentioned the fairly new concept called 5-2-1-0 for better health and life outcomes. This means 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity, and 0 sodas. –––––– Sad but true — a loss for Hardee County, Charles Cannon, 91, of Wauchula will be moving in a couple of months to Lake land to Carpenters Home Retirement Village to be closer to hisdoctors. Others have done the same, including the late Dr. Billand Neva Howard of Wauchula. SEPTEMBER 20 –Storytime, HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/10 am 20 –“Stitch by Stitch” Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 20 –Pokemon Limited League/Sanctuary Gaming Club/1321 E. Main St., Wauchula/3:30 pm 21 –Friday Night Magic/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 24 –Gaming Club/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 25 –One-Shot RPG/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 25 –Money Smart for Families/Hardee Help Center/713 E Bay St, Wauchula/6 pm 26 –Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 26 –Gaming Club/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 27 –Storytime, HC Public Library/10 am 27 –“Stitch by Stitch” Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 27 –Pokemon Limited League/Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 28 –Friday Night Magic/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm OCTOBER 3 –Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 4 –Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 4 –“Stitch by Stitch” Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 5 –Homecoming Parade/ 2:30 pm 10 –Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 11 –Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 11 –“Stitch by Stitch” Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 15 –Open Mic Night/ Heritage Park/6 pm 16 –Devotion & Lunch/ Hardee Help Center/Noon 17 –Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 18 –Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 18 –“Stitch by Stitch” Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 24 –Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 25 –Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 25 –“Stitch by Stitch” Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 27 –Community Fall Festival/Main Street Wauchula/4 pm 31 –Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 31 –Fall Fest/Florida’s First Assembly of God/6:30 pm Save The Date will keep resi dents informed of upcomingcommunity happenings. Tohave your non-profit meetingor event posted for free, e-mailfeatures@theheraldadvocate.com as far ahead as possible. SAVETHEDATE Don’t Be Left Out!HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM PHOTO BY KATHY ANN GREGG Looking for some excitement this weekend? Thencome on out to Lucky C’s Open Rodeo on Saturday atthe Hardee County Cattleman’s Arena at Stenstromand Altman roads. Events are breakaway, tie-down andteam roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and ranchbronc-riding and bull riding. Gates open at 5 p.m., withthe rodeo action starting at 7. Admission is $12 foradults, seniors 60+ are $8, and children 10 and underare free. And come hungry, as Vision Ace Hardware issponsoring the concessions to raise money forHardee’s Relay for Life. See y’all at the rodeo! RIP ROARIN’ Montes-Loredo was arrested by the Florida Highway Patroland charged with careless driv ing involving a death and driv ing with no valid driver’slicense involving a death. Hewas booked in the HardeeCounty Jail. County Judge Jeff McK ibben set Montes-Loredo’sbond at $50,000 during a first-appearance hearing Tuesdaymorning. Montes-Loredo has since bonded out of jail. According to court records on file with the Hardee CountyClerk of Courts Office, thesuspect allegedly told investi gating troopers that he veeredoff the road because “it wasdark out and that his windowswere fogged up.” Montes-Loredo, who does not have a valid license ac cording to the FHP, was iden tified by investigators by “thephotograph on his MexicanConsular Identification Card.” He has yet to be charged with Aguirre’s death. The State Attorney Office in Bartow did not immediatelyrespond to a request for com ment. The investigation into the crash is continuing, accordingto the FHP. CRASH Continued From A1 The IDA building, accord ing to Lambert, is assessed bythe Hardee County PropertyAppraiser’s Office at roughly$1.4 million. The school district’s com plex, according to Finance Di rector Greg Harrelson,includes two adjoining proper ties roughly assessed at $1.1million. The move would also most likely involve additional costsfor remodeling, technologyupgrades, new furniture, andinspections. Facilities Director Rob Krahl presented the board witha bleak outlook on availableinfrastructure funds. “The most concerning is the current year, because we are at $850,000 (in projects) and weare not even out of the firstquarter yet,” Krahl said. According to Harrelson, the district has approximately$410,000 in uncommitted in frastructure funds in reserve. The funds, according to Krahl, might not last long asthe district continues to battlesystemic infrastructure failuresat school sites across thecounty. “We have got a lot of aging infrastructure,” Krahl said.“We have deferred mainte nance for years and it hascaught up with us, and it istime to pay the piper.” Lambert said he would be prepared to present alternativeoffers from the School Board including leasing the CareSyncbuilding or a purchase agree ment where the IDA would ac cept payments over time forthe sale of the building. Kathy Clark, former Bowl ing Green Elementary princi pal, was the only member ofthe public to speak at the meet ing. She advocated the largelyvacant old Hardee HighSchool building for the site ofa consolidated administrativecomplex. “I think that it is a term of endearment to a lot of thealumni,” Clark said. Due to printing deadlines on Tuesday, detailed coveragewill be available in nextweek’s edition of The Herald-Advocate. IDA Continued From A1 After the guano was removed, the third floor of the courthouse was reopened last Thursday be fore the illnesses occurred. Out of precaution,the third floor of the courthouse was once againclosed later that day until the situation can beremediated, he said. Sudzina said he is meeting with a hygienist to come up with a plan to address the air-qualityissues. “We don’t want to send anyone back into that environment until the issue is resolved, no mat ter how mild the symptoms are” he said. The county initially hired a professional con sulting firm to assist in assessing the situationand in instructing county staff how to properlyclean up the mess left behind by the estimated1,500 bats living in the attic. County Manager Lex Albritton said he wished the company he initially hired had betterprepared county staff about how to properlyclean up the mess. He said another companythat is better suited to deal with the situation hasbeen hired to further assist in the cleanup efforts. He said all the guano has been removed but now urine seems to be causing the issue. Albritton said as the urine dries over time, it crystallizes and can’t be readily seen by thenaked eye. The new company brought in black lights which show the crystallized urine scatteredthroughout the area inhabited by the bats. County staff was provided with vacuum equipment to begin initial cleanup efforts butmore specialized equipment is needed to ade quately address the issue. Some of the urine has soaked into the wood of the building, which might need to be sandeddown or encapsulated with paint or anothersealant before the smell and air-quality prob lems are permanently resolved. Albritton did say one employee briefly went to the hospital after the air caused complicationsto a pre-existing asthma condition. Hardee County Judge Jeff McKibben and Circuit Judge Marcus Ezelle decided to closethe third floor of the courthouse last monthwhen the foul odor in the courtrooms was firstdiscovered. Sudzina said county staff has been very co operative throughout the past several weeks. Jury trials have been held in the County Commission Chambers adjacent to the court house, and the hearing room at the HardeeCounty Jail has also been utilized. “We are not missing a beat and will also not be putting people in harm’s way until the air-quality issues are resolved,” Sudzina said. No live bats were ever found inside the court house, and the situation seems to have been con fined to the attic. The odor issue was initially caused by the air ducts carrying the smell from the attic areadown into the third floor of the building. Last month McKibben said county staff had sealed all apparent access point into the attic andinstalled a one-way portal to allow any bats thatremained an opportunity to get out. Albritton said he expects the third floor of the courthouse to remain closed for another weekor so. BATS Continued From A1 Up To $3,000 Reward! Anonymous Tips: 1(800) 226 8477 If YouSeeSomethingSaySomething Report Suspicious Activity 1 (855) Fla Safe 1(855)3527233 ATTENTION SUBSCRIBERS If you are moving or changing your address, please letour subscription department know as soon as possibleso your service will not be delayed. 863-773-3255

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September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A3 BRIDGES Continued From A1 Hurricane Irma closed in on Hardee County inwhat was predicted to be a direct hit. “Our planwas to run home and grab some things for theshelter and come back,” Pfeiffer said. “It wassupposed to be a quick trip home, so that wecould get back to the shelter and get some sleepthere before our next shift started.” Bridges was a half-mile from her house when the fatal crash occurred – just 2,640 feet fromsafety. Pfeiffer was at Hardee County Fire Rescue at that moment, checking in with her husband, Lt.Greg Pfeiffer, who also was on duty that day.Deputies Alice Simandland Maria Hall were onday shift back at theshelter. “I was at Station 1 when I heard the tonesdrop and dispatch say ing there was an acci dent at 66 and OldCrewsville Road. I did n’t realize it was her. “I got in the car to head back to the shel ter,” she continued. “Iheard on the law en forcement channel thatit was a marked unit.When I got back to theshelter and when I sawDep. Simandl and Dep.Hall, I knew, I justknew.” Dep. Ryan Abbott re membered, “News ofher accident came whenthe hurricane was at ourdoorstep, and when ourmindsets, resources, and patience werestretched to the thinnest of breaking points. “But somehow, during that following dark night as the storm rolled through, there was astrange calmness,” he went on to describe.“While assisting with shelter assignments, com forting those in fear, and securing windows anddoors, I think I speak for most officers thatfound an elevated sense of purpose.” Said Sheriff Arnold Lanier, “It was a very hard time for all employees at the Sheriff’s Of fice, as Hurricane Irma was upon us and all ofus being prepared for a disaster, as we have inthe past. “There are no words to describe how we all felt when we got the news of Julie’s crash anddeath,” Lanier continued. “Each one grieves dif ferently. We all tried to maintain ourselves andmake it through, not only the tragedy of the hur ricane but the tragedy of the loss of one of ourown.” In Abbott’s words, “Julie's sacrifice was painful and sobering, yet still a powerful andmotivational reminder of what this calling mayone day ask of any one of us. Julie's sacrificewas and will continue to be instrumental in thedevelopment of new officers, training even now,who will one day take the oath to walk The ThinBlue Line.” The Thin Blue Line “It was, and still remains, a very traumatic event in our lives,” said Lanier. “We pulled to gether for Julie’s family. We pulled together asa law enforcement family. “It has a very devastating effect on agency members. It is FOREVER, one that we maynever totally get through, but from the grace ofGod,” the sheriff said. A memorial sits at the corner of State Road 66 andOld Crewsville Road. Thereare the highway fatalitymarkers placed by the state,one for Bridges and one forOssman, but there is more. A large wooden cross and a flagpole mark the spot.The U.S. flag and the ThinBlue Line flag wave in gen tle breezes unlike the windsof that fateful morning. Aminiature stuffed MinnieMouse, affixed to one armof the cross, sits vigil –those who knew her knewBridges loved all thingsDisney. Lanier noted the memo rial was erected by and ismaintained by “all who loved and worked withJulie.” Those numbers are vast; the roadside tribute remains well-maintained. “The best memory of Julie is that smile, no one could ever forget her smile,” Det. YolandaHernandez said last week on the anniversary ofBridges’ line-of-duty death. It was Hernandezwho took the photograph which accompaniesthis article, of Dep. Mitch Johnson, Dep. ChrisBandy and Cpl. Donnie Eversole in the dark ofnight saluting their fallen sister as a cruiser’slight bar emits a thin blue line. “Regardless if she had a good or bad day, she smiled through it all, which in turn made others around her smile,” the detective recalled. “It is, without a doubt, different without Julie being around,” Hernandez continued. “Every one has their daily routines during their work days, and seeing her at the office getting readyfor shift or at the end of the day changing intoher personal vehicle from her marked unit, be cause she had something to do with (son)Caiden, was the biggest adjustment not only forme but several of us at the office. “I keep Julie's challenge coin in my office and another in my work vehicle, to keep her with meat all times,” Hernandez noted. Said Johnson, “I re member Julie at thestation and at the court house. Julie alwaysseemed to be happy,and she always had apositive attitude. I re member sharing a storywith her about herchild and mine, severalweeks before she leftus. Happy and loving,that is how I rememberJulie. “To cope with the loss, I live my life tothe fullest and enjoyeach moment, becauseit can all be lost in aninstant,” he added. “I remember Julie's vibrant smile and in fectious personality,”Eversole said. “Despiteher everyday struggles,she never showed it.Seeing Julie instantly made everyone's day better. “I cope with this by riding by her memorial on occasion, and also I try to have a moment ofsilence for her when I'm back in the civil sec tion,” said Eversole. “Julie loved her little boy like nobody’s busi ness,” Dep. Sylvia Hendrickson noted. “I actu ally have a picture in my office of her and herlittle boy holding a chalkboard that says ‘Whoneeds a superhero when your mom is a deputysheriff.’ “That,” she added, “is my all-time favorite picture of her because that said it all. She lovedbeing a cop, and would move heaven and earthfor her family. Hendrickson went on to remember, “I first met Julie in January of 2004. She and Lt.(Rosie) Wendell pulled up at Pine Cone TrailerPark. Lt. Wendell was showing her around, andall I remember was her smiling. “Julie would stop and talk to anyone and everyone,” she continued. “She was always try ing to help. At times she would get herself introuble for not hustling back to the office, whenthe supervisor would ask ‘Where’s Julie,’ it was‘never mind, I know.’ “ Dep. Pfeiffer shared similar memories. “Julie was an absolutely amazingly sweet person!”Pfeiffer began. “She lived by my mom, dad, andbrother for a little while, and she would alwaystake them some kind of small sweet gift, just tolet them know she was thinking about them. “She was that person who would always try to do something small for the people aroundher,” she said. “Her death still affects me to this day. It still affects everyone at the office, but we know shewould want us to be strong for Caiden, so forher and Caiden, we stay strong,” Pfeiffer said. “Julie was such a sweet person, with a goldenheart,” the FHP’s Benavidezconcurred. “She was alwayscheerful, and had a brightand godly outlook to life. Iwill truly miss her and ourlittle chats throughout theday.” “She was the epit ome of genuine,” Dep. Ab bott commented.“Regardless of circum stance, weather, time orlength of day or shift, JulieBridges was ALWAYS eagerto smile and greet anyonewho called upon her. “She was never illtempered that I remember, nor was she rushed or hur ried in her responses,” he recalled. “She devotedher time to speak, listen, and genuinely showhow much she cared about each person and theircircumstances. “Her soft and gentle approach, although it being an almost oxymoron in the field of lawenforcement, is what most found so refreshingand helpful at time of most need, including herfellow officers,” said Abbott. It feels “awkward” no longer seeing her at the courthouse, he added. “Julie's memory is not one of sorrow, pain, re gret, or even anger. But one of hope! Hope thatthousands of men and women like her don thatuniform, lace those boots, and honor the badge or star each and every day with prideand without hesitation,” Abbott con tinued. “Julie answered the call to serve and help her community in a time itneeded her most. I hope that one day,I will be able to tell her just how muchher testimony, her story, and her sacri fice meant to not only me, but an en tire community. “It is my sincere prayer and hope that more officers and deputies willserve their communities with anunashamed and unapologetic love forpeople the way Julie Bridges did,” Ab bott concluded. Runs Thick “Julie will be FOREVER in our hearts and minds, not only in HardeeCounty, but the state of Florida and thenation,” Sheriff Lanier said last week.“Julie’s name is inscribed in theFlorida Sheriff’s Law EnforcementMemorial in Tallahassee and the LawEnforcement Memorial in Washing ton, D.C., because of her unselfishservice and dedication to law enforce ment. “Julie stood for service above self. She would help anyone in need. “She served as a patrol deputy for years and was currently in the civil division upon herdeath, to spend more time with her 8-year-oldson, Caiden. Julie loved what she did, and theHardee County Sheriff’s Office reaped the ben efits. “We are a better agency because of Julie Ann England Bridges’ service for 13 years,” Lanierended. “As I reflected yesterday on the tragic events that took Dep. Julie Bridges from us a year ago,I was overwhelmed with emotion,” WauchulaPolice Chief John Eason said last week. “Julie was a shining example, and exempli fied the characteristics of a law enforcement of ficer,” he continued. “Julie was always willingto help anyone who was in need, and would goabove and beyond to ensure they received thathelp. Julie always had a smile on her face andrepresented the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office,and the law enforcement profession, with prideand professionalism.” Eason went on to note, “The bond that exists between law enforcement officers, as well as theentire public safety community, is one thatmany ‘civilians’ will never be able to under stand. “Yesterday, the 2018 BrotherhoodRide passed throughHardee County, rid ing in honor of 20Florida heroeswhom they nevermet. These men andwomen will ride justover 600 miles overthe next few days tohonor the sacrificeeach of these fallenheroes gave in de fense of their com munity and thecitizens they serve,”said Eason. Bridges’ name was among the 20etched onto plaquesand hearts at the rid ers cycled up U.S.17, detouring to stopat the roadside me morial to Bridges.Riders includedTodd Barton, JavierFernandez andBobby Respress with Hardee County Fire Res cue and, for the first time ever, a member of adeceased first responder’s family, Bridges’brother Brett England. “When we (LEOs) hear of a law enforcement death, or any other public safety death, we im mediately come to the aid of the family andagency which experienced the tragedy,” Easonexplained. “Many times we do not know the of ficer or family, but know they are part of thebigger family which is the lawenforcement/public safety community. “We will never forget the sacrifice each of he roes, and their families, have given to their com munity,” said Eason. “While it may soundclich, each of the members of our local agen cies is ready and willing to ‘run in while othersare running out’ to ensure the safety of our com munity. We do not do this for glory, fame oreven pay. We do this, because I truly believe,being a LEO is a calling and a career, not ‘justa job.’ “I am honored to have worked with Julie and to have been a friend,” Eason concluded. “Imiss her dearly, think of her often and am grate ful to have been able to know her for 13 years.” Bowling Green Police Department Capt. Brett Dowden stated a similar sentiment. “There is an unspoken bond and kinship amongst law enforcement, and while we sometimes have op erational differences and policy differences, at the heart of the matter we are all cops. “To lose another officer is always something that affects us greatly, even when we don't knowthe officer personally,” he continued. “To lose one that you know, work with and have a friend ship with is an even harder matter to accept. “Most of the friends I have that are law en forcement officers are also Hardee CountySheriff's Office deputies. I am used to workingwith them and know some quite well. Watchingthem suffer the loss of their co-worker and friend was painful and difficult. “I remember Julie's smiling, kind face and know for certain that we are poorer with her loss,” Dowden said. Dowden, who with his wife handled Bridges’ funeral, which came with full law enforcementhonors, noted the difficulty of doing so whiledealing with his own “emotional pain.” He said, “Some things are just too close.” “Julie was a kind person and a good mother, wife and someone that I called a friend,” saidDowden. “Her death was a large blow to the community as a whole, not just law enforce ment. “I had no way to know the last time Ispoke to her that shewould lose her life inless than 24 hours. Iwas told of her death,and it shocked meand left me feelingvery sad. It seemsthat often the ones ofus who lose our livesin the line of duty arethe best among us.Julie certainly was,” Dowden said. “When one of our sheriff’s offices losesa deputy, it is as if you have lost a mem ber,” noted High lands County SheriffPaul Blackman, stillreeling from theshooting death of oneof his own deputiesearlier this year,while responding to a neighborhood argu ment over a cat. “It goes without saying, in communities such as ours, we tend to know the deputies/law en forcement officers who work across the countyline, which makes it even more difficult when one is lost. “Truly it does not seem as a year has already passed since that tragic morning,” Blackmancontinued. “Sheriff Lanier and his organizationwere faced with a great deal of adversity duringthat time. He and his organization respondedamazingly, and we at the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office are proud to call them neigh bors, friends and family.” The “line” runs far and strong, considering the response from Crisp County, Ga., SheriffBilly Hancock, who participated in a fundraiserat The Fritz Farm for first responders who madethe ultimate sacrifice during hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He flew from Georgia to deliver $1,000 checks to the families of Bridges and Ossman. “There is no doubt that law enforcement of ficers have an undeniable bond,” he said last week. “Although our uniforms look different, our badges are not all the same shape, and there arecountless miles that divide us, we are a family,” concluded Hancock. This photo is the last of Dep. Julie Bridges, in a selfietaken by Dep. Kim Pfeiffer at the end of the night shiftat the hurricane shelter. INMATE DRAWING

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A4 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 BUDGET SUMMARY HARDEE COUNTY INDEPENDENT INDIGENT HEALTH CARE SPECIAL DISTRICT BOARD FISCAL YEAR 2018-19 MILLAGE RATE: 0.2137 AD VALOREM TAXES 344,884 OTHER SOURCES 225 LESS 5% (27,493) CASH FORWARD 205,000 TOTAL REVENUES 532,864 ADMINISTRATIVE COST 34,750 INDIGENT HEALTH CARE COST493,114CONTINGENCIES/RESERVES 5,000 TOTAL EXPENDITURES 532,864 9:20c NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING The Hardee County Independent Indigent Health Care Special District Board has tentatively adopted a budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES willhe held on: September 24, 2018 5:30 P.M. 412 West Orange Street BoCC Chambers Wauchula, FL 33873 9:20c PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY Damon Hughes serves prime rib. About160 attended Purina Field Day Thursday, Sept. 13, at RobertsonFarms in the Sweetwater area. The cattle event was hosted by HardeeRanch Supply and landowner/cattleman Wilbur Robertson. Lunch in cluded prime rib, potatoes, green beans and peach cobbler. From left are Hardee Ranch Supply assistant manager Jay Cook with prize winnersMatt Warren, rocking chair; Farrell Johnson, Yeti cooler; and Donald Griffin, truck load of liquid feed. From left are Hardee Ranch Supply manager Ronnie Durrance, Tracy Hood, Rod Nulik, Dr. Elizabeth Backes,Wilbur Robertson, Dr. Martha Moen, Jay Cook, Matt Pearce, and Kevin Huesman. Wilbur Robertson was oneof five area cattlemen ona panel who said Purinaproducts helped their cat tle herd. Hardee Ranch Supply, Purina Host Cattlemen's Field Day Dear Editor: Humans are human this is true. None are worth more orless than me or you. We all have equal value, purchased by the blood of theSon of God slain. Tho we areuniquely different we humansare all the same. Just not all ofus see it that way. People who look down on others and consider them lessbecause they do not have theright bank account or the rightcareer or live in the rightneighborhood or wear the rightclothes are placing a monetaryvalue on human life, and theyare cheapening the blood ofJesus. All life, every person is worth his blood. When we seeit any other way I think itmeans we serve money, notGod. I have been guilty of itmyself. I look around, and I see it everywhere. People get theirself-worth by taking valueaway from others by lookingdown on them and treatingthem like they are less becauseof what they have or what theycan do. The Bible says we are to es teem others better than our selves. I think only someone who understands that their worth isbased on the fact that the Cre ator gave His life for them iscapable of esteeming othersbetter. I do not think that means we are to take value away from ourselves to give it to another. I think it means that we under stand that it doesn't take awayfrom our own value to ac knowledge other humans to beof a worth that is not based onmonetary value, because if weplace monetary value onhuman life then I think that isserving mammon (money).Jesus said we cannot serveboth God and mammon. If I get my self-worth and value from what I do or what I have or who I know, then I am saying all that is more impor tant than the blood of Jesusthat gives me my true worth. My life is worth God's life and so is every human life onthis planet. But the world's value system is money. It is good to get apaycheck for a job done, butwhen we place our own valueon the amount of the paycheckwe get and compare ourselvesto others who are making moreor less than us, then we areserving money not God be cause in God's eyes everyhuman is worth Jesus' bloodthat was shed. Mary Ellen YbarraWauchula Letter To The Editor All Humans Have The Same Value To Jesus Dear Editor: Your True Story writer has not told you anything abouther college experience atFlorida Southern Collegewhich is located in Lakelandbeside Lake Hollingsworth. My first year at Florida Southern my room was on thesecond floor of the JosephReynolds Building. The ma jority of the girls in the suitewere from New York and wereof Jewish background. I was a plain old farm girl who enjoyed country music---like that from WSM inNashville, Tenn. My radiowas on that kind of music. Ileft it on one day to go to therestroom. When I returned tomy room someone hadchanged my station to music Ididn't care for. Nearly all the girls in this area were of Jewish national ity. (I don't have anythingagainst them, but I have myrights, too!) I liked and stilllike country music whichcomes from WSM. Our "house mother" moved me to the other end of thefreshman dorm right next to aroom of two girls---one was adoctor's daughter and the other one was a Methodistpreacher's daughter. We gotalong real well. One day the "house mother" came to me and explained tome that there was a girl whohad been accused of stealingmoney from her roommate.The house mother asked me ifI would mind if she moved thisgirl to be my roommate. I said,"No", move her in," which shedid. The girl and I got along fine. She ran out of money one dayand asked me if I would loanher some. I said, "Sure." (I hadonly been given 15 dollars amonth, but I was willing togive her what she needed. Themajority of the girls receivedclose to $50 a month.) When she received her al lowance she paid me back. Wehad no problem. We got along well. We were roommates forthe rest of our freshman year. Be sure when a person is "up-the-creek" and needs help,do what you can to help them"swim." That's what our Bibletells us to do. That's what theLord tells us to do! I'll talk to you another day! Roxie Bentley Wauchula Letter To The Editor My Early Experiences AtFlorida Southern College The next time you hear hiphop music while watching TVor a movie, check to see whoit’s by. You might be listening to Bowling Green native TheoJones, known in the musicworld as Theolodge. Theolodge just signed his first publishing deal last monthafter returning from his Euro pean tour. The deal is with 411Music Group, which he says isa music publishing companyand custom songwriting houseout of Los Angeles, Calif. Members of 411 Music Group heard Theolodge’smusic and set up a meeting insouthern France while he wason his tour earlier this year. He says they started negoti ating a contract when he gotback to the United States, andcame to a final agreement.Theolodge signed the deal onAug. 23. So in the future, when you’re watching your favoritemovie, TV show, or sport, “beon the listen for my music,”Theolodge says. Theolodge, who was per forming as an independentartist during his European tour,received four contract offersbefore returning to the states. 411 Music Group posted on its Facebook page on Aug. 28,“We are so excited to an nounce our newest signee,Theolodge … We're super ex cited to be working with Theoand repping some of his musicthe future is bright!” “It all started with a dollar and a dream,” Theolodge saysof his career. He wants peopleto dream, believe, and knowthat God is great. Hip-Hop Artist Signs First Deal Theolodge • Recycling your aluminum cans is a breeze. Just remove all food and any plastic lids and rinse lightly. They are 100 percentrecyclable. Not acceptable is aluminum contaminated with soil,food or garbage, or burned cans.• Watch for situations where emergency vehicles, sanitation and utility service vehicles are pulled off on the side of the roadto make sure you do not violate the Move Over law.

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OBITUARY POLICYThe Herald-Advo cate publishes obitu aries free of charge as a public service. Forms showing the information which may be included in a free obituary are available at local funeral homes or at our office. Paid obituaries may include additional in formation and remem berances. All obituaries, how ever, must be submit ted by a funeral home. No personal submis sions will be accepted.Funeral homes can submit obituaries to obits@theheraldadvo cate.com. September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A5 Ponger-Kays-GradyFuneral Homes & Cremation Services205 N. 9th Ave. Wauchula, Fl. 33873(863) 773-6400PongerKaysGrady.com 8:2tfc In Loving Memory S S A A L L V V A A D D O O R R V V I I L L L L E E G G A A S S Salvador Villegas, 62, of Zolfo Springs, died on Sept. 5, 2018, in Sebring. He was born in Reynosa, Mexico, on Aug. 24, 1956, and came to Hardee County in 1972. Salvador was Catholic and worked in cit rus as a laborer. Survivors include five brothers, Jose Salvador Vil legas, Lorenzo Villegas, and Alfredo Villegas, all of Zolfo Springs, and Jesus Villegas and Jose Enrique Villegas, both of Mexico; and two sis ters, Maria Deanda (Isidro) and Maria Suarez, of Zolfo Springs. Expressions of comfort may be made at robartsfh.com.Robarts FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Wayne Purser Sr. He is survived by his loving mother, Delphine Purser; one son, Jarrod Wayne Purser and wife Amanda; brother, Steven Purser; brother, Michael Purser and wife Kelly; four grandchil dren, Olivia, Penelope, Kamryn, and Mireya; nieces and nephews, Dustin, Caleb, Noah, Lane, Alana, and Ethan; wife, Jennifer Purser; and stepchildren, Bryant, Alex, and Caitlyn. Jerry will be greatly missed by many. A memorial service was held in the Robarts Garden Chapel on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Officiating was Pastor Mike Davis. Expressions of comfort may be made at robartsfh.com.Robarts FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home In Loving Memory J J E E R R R R Y Y W W A A Y Y N N E E P P U U R R S S E E R R J J R R . Wayne Purser Jr. passed away on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in Lakeland. Jerry was a lifelong Hardee County resident. When he graduated from high school in 1987, he joined the U.S. Army. He returned home in 1991 and began his career with IMC. Jerry never met a stranger. He was humbly known for his willingness to help if ever a friend needed. He enjoyed life to the fullest and loved his family and We are Hardee Countys ONLY LOCALLY OWNED and OPE TED funeral home.We offer superior care and services, combined with the lowest prices guaranteed.Thank you for the honor & privilege of serving you. View Obits at robartsfuneralhome.com529 West Main Street Wauchula, Florida33873 863-773-9773 9:20cEn MemoriaJOSEFINA PABLO AGUIRRE Josefina Pablo Aguirre oc tubre 28, 1991-septiembre 13, 2018 y Chiara Diaz Pablo septiembre 10, 2018 Josefina nacio en El Mu nicipio De El Por Venir, Oaxaca Mexico el 28 de Octubre de 1991. Fue miembro de la Iglesia Apostolica De La Fe En Cristo Jesus, Lakeland, FL. Ella deja a su esposo Joel Diaz Sanchez; dos nias, Maria Elena Diaz Pablo de 9 aos y Anai Diaz Pablo de 8 aos; un nio, Joel Diaz Pablo de 6 aos; a su mama, Maria Crispina Aguirre Gon zales; tres hermanos y dos hermanas. Amados hermanos, fa milia, y amigos, mi carrera ha terminado. Voy a casa. He peleado la buena batalla, he acabado la carrera, he guardado la fe. Por lo dems, me est guardada la corona de justi cia, la cual me dar el Seor, juez justo, en aquel da; y no slo a mi, sino tambin a todos los que aman su venida. 2 Timoteo 4:7-8 El velorio sera de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m. el sabado, 22 de septiembre. El servicio fu nerario seguira a las 12 p.m. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.comPonger-Kays-GradyFuneral Home & Cremation Services Wauchula FAY MOODY PROTHEROE Fay Moody Protheroe, 88, died Sept. 12, 2018, in Sarasota. She was born Sept. 17, 1930, in Tiger Bay, to parents, Dwight L. and Eldora Johnson Moody. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Fort Meade. She was a realtor and was the first woman ap pointed to the Florida Farm Bureau Board of Directors. She was preceded in death by her father, Dwight L. Moody; mother and step-fa ther, Eldora and Bud Moody Bass; first husband, Tony Han cock; second husband, Vince Protheroe; daughter, Melody Hancock Clyatt; brother, Dan L. Moody; and sister, Norma Moody Aggelis. She is survived by sons, Richard Hancock (Francine), of Dade City, and Shade Hancock (Linda), of Bartow; daughter, Darla K. Hancock, of Sarasota; son-in-law, John Clyatt, of Fort Meade; broth ers, Paul Bass (Evelyn), of Iron City, Ga., Roy C. Bass (Debbie), of Pensacola; sister, Loraine Harrell (Doug), of St. Petersburg; sister-in-law, Ruby G. Moody, of Lakeland; five grandchildren, Chris, Jonathan, Mary, Morgan, and Jeff; and 14 great-grandchil dren. Visitation was Sept. 17 at the First United Methodist Church, Fort Meade. Funeral services were in the church sanctuary with the Rev. Doug Harrell officiating. Interment was in Hancock Cemetery, Fort Meade. Arrangements were by Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade. 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 10th day of October, 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.: 529 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2016 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: Annie Pace Lee Description of Property: Parcel ID Number: 10-34-25-0843-00001-0007 LOTS 7 & 8 HARLEM HEIGHTS 185P366 197P10 200725009686-FJ 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 October 10, 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: 252018TD023XXXX Date: 09/04/2018 Ad No.: 19:6-27c They Deserve Better!ELDER ABUSE HOTLINE1 (800) 962 2873 Obituaries ______________________________ Elvia P. Garcia (292698) Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C. 1035 Santa Barbara Street, 2nd Floor Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Telephone: (805) 965-3703 Fax: (805) 965-0678 Attorneys for Petitioner, ANGELINA GONZALEZ SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF VENTURA FAMILY DIVISION Case No. D388882 NOTICE OF SUMMONS In re the Matter of: Petitioner: ANGELINA GONZALEZ, and Respondent: ISIDORO VELASCO ______________________________ NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PETITION TO ESTABLISH PARENTAL RELATIONSHIP TO: ISIDORO VELASCO, YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Pe tition to Establish Parental Relationship has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Angelina Gonzalez whose address is 1035 Santa Barbara Street #7, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, on or before September 28, 2018, and file the original with the clerk of Ventura County Superior Court, Family Division, 800 South Vic toria Avenue, Ventura, California 93009, before service on Peti tioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition.8:30-9:20c __________________________________ Notices1. Is the book of Shimeah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Genesis 2, what phrase describes the marriage of a man and a woman? Holy matrimony, God's reward, One flesh, Today forever 3. In Joshua 10, what peo ple were killed by great stones cast down from heaven? Amorites, Samarians, Canaan ites, Nazarenes 4. Which insect is men tioned in the book of James as an eater of garments? Gnat, Hornet, Ant, Moth 5. What king of Bashan had an iron bed 13 1/2 feet long? Edrei, Og, Argob, Senir 6. On which day of creation was the sun created? First, Second, Third, Fourth ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) One flesh; 3) Amorites; 4) Moth; 5) Og; 6) Fourth "Test Your Bible Knowledge," featuring 1,206 multiplechoice questions by columnist Wilson Casey, is now available in stores and online.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Bible TriviaBy Wilson Casey CRESCENT MEAT BAKE From its caramel-color golden crust to the filling in side, this is a wonderful main dish. 8 ounces extra-lean ground sirloin beef or turkey breast 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 (2.5-ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar Twin 1 cup chunky salsa (mild, medium or hot) 1 teaspoon chili seasoning 1 (8-ounce) can Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls 4 (3/4-ounce) slices reducedfat American cheese 1. Heat oven to 350 F. In large skillet sprayed with olive oil-flavored cooking spray, brown meat and onion. Stir in mushrooms. 2. In small bowl, combine tomato sauce, brown sugar, salsa and chili seasoning. Pour 1/2 cup sauce mixture into skillet with browned meat. Mix well to combine. Remove from heat. Place skillet on wire rack and allow mixture to cool completely. 3. On large baking sheet, press crescent rolls together to form an 8-by-13-inch rectan gle. Spread cooled meat mix ture on one-half of dough, long ways. Place cheese slices on top of meat. Fold over other half of dough. Pinch sides shut with fork. Form into crescent moon shape. Make slits over top for steam vents. Lightly spray top with olive oil-fla vored cooking spray. Bake 2025 minutes or until golden brown. 4. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, pour remaining sauce mixture. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until crescent is done. Cut crescent into 6 servings. Place each serving on a plate and pour about 2 table spoons sauce mixture over top. Serve immediately. Each serving equals: 239 calories, 11g fat, 11g protein, 24g carbs, 878mg sodium, 173mg calcium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 Protein, 1 Starch, 1/2 Vegetable; Carb Choices: 1 1/2.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Comfort Foods Made Fast And HealthyBy Healthy Exchanges Herald-AdvocateHardee Countys Hometown CoveragePRINTERS PUBLISHERS 115 S. 7th Ave. Wauchula, FL 33873 Telephone (863) 773-3255www.TheHeraldAdvocate.comThe Peace River GrowersWholesale Nursery Donnis & Kathy Barber Hwy. 66 East P.O. Box 760 (863) 735-0470 Zolfo Springs, FL OBITUARY POLICYThe Herald-Advocate publishes obituaries free of charge as a public service. Forms showing the information which may be included in a free obituary are available at local fu neral homes or at our office. Paid obituaries may include additional information and re memberances. All obituaries, however, must be submitted by a funeral home. No personal submissions will be accepted. 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Koinonia Spa offers five types of massages: Swedish,medical, deep tissue, hot stoneand hot bamboo. Horton had totake three extra classes to getcertified to give medical mas sages, which help with ongo ing issues like pain. She plans to eventually offer manicures, pedicures andhealth coaching at the spa aswell. Horton is a fourth-genera tion Wauchula native. She wasworking as the executive di rector of the YMCA when shelearned about massage duringher health and wellness train ing. She was able to get a lot of good training and experiencein the field during the past fouryears – Horton and her hus band lived on a sailboat duringthat time, and she was able towork at some luxury resorts. In addition to Horton, two contractors will soon be work ing at Koinonia Spa. Carla Watts, an esthetician from Ona, will do facials.Maria Rex, from Punta Gorda,will be offering permanentmakeup treatments. Horton is planning an open house for the spa on Oct. 8from 6 to 8 p.m. The openhouse will include a drawingfor free services, live videoand an introduction to Wattsand Rex. To schedule an appointment or learn more about Koinonia’sservices, you can contact Hor ton through the spa’s Face book page. Just send a privatemessage asking for rates orother information and Hortonwill contact you. Horton says she offers sea sonal specials, so you mightwant to ask about those also. Koinonia Spa is open every day but Tuesday, but you needto have an appointment sched uled before you go. The spa is located at 212 W. Main St. in Wauchula. Hortonis sharing the building withAshbrook Realty.Do you have, or know of, abusiness that is opening, mov ing, remodeling or under newmanagement? Call JenniferMcConkey at 773-3255 for afree write-up. New Spa Brings Resort-Like Treatments To Wauchula PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Bonnie Horton is ready to ease your stress or pain, among a myriad of other serv ices. Koinonia Spa is located on Main Street in downtown Wauchula, right across fromHeritage Park. By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern It’s too early to start send ing small disaster relief teamsto help with victims of Hurri cane Florence, says JamieSamuels, president of Send MeMissions Inc., but a localteam will go in a few weeks. SendMeMissions is a local Christian non-profit group thathelped lead disaster relief inHardee County after Hurri cane Irma struck last Septem ber. Samuels says the evacua tion shelters have enough toworry about without having tohouse a relief team right now,and there’s not much a smallgroup could do until the flood ing subsides anyway. But she knows from experi ence that the areas affected bythe storm will have long-termneeds. That’s why the SMM disas ter relief team will wait untilthe first part of October tohead out. The team will eithergo from Oct. 3-7 or Oct. 10-14. Samuels hopes to finalizethe dates by this weekend. She says they will probably go to either Wilmington, Lum berton or Fayetteville, N.C.,where SMM has contacts withties to Hardee County. Whichever city they go to, Samuels says SMM will part ner with a local disaster relieforganization. The team will be taking heavy equipment to help withtree removal. They will also behelping with jobs like mud-outs (getting wet debris out ofhomes) and serving food, de pending on the community’sneeds. Anyone who’s interested in joining the team or supportingit financially or through prayercan visit sendmemissions.com to get more information. TheHurricane Florence disasterrelief page will be updated asmore information about thetrip is available. Filling out the site’s Volun teer Interest Form is just to letSMM know you want to getupdates about trip prepara tions, Samuels says. It’s not acommitment to join the team. If you want to go on the trip, she says you’ll need to beable-bodied. Teenagers 16 and older are allowed to come if a parentfills out a release form and achaperone who is able andwilling to work comes on thetrip with them. When it’s closer to the trip date, SMM will post a list ofneeded supplies on its website. Until they know the spe cific needs of the communitythey’re going to, though,Samuels says SMM will notbe accepting donations for vic tims of the storm. When the supply list is posted, it will probably be anAmazon.com Wish List so donors can order the suppliesto be shipped directly to theteam’s destination. Samuels says SMM will probably have the detailsabout five days before the trip. Before then, community members can help by donatingfinancially to SMM. You canalso sign up for the HurricaneFlorence prayer list on theSMM website to get updatesabout specific prayer requests. Hurricane Florence: Too Soon To Send Disaster Relief PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY A map at the SendMeMissions Inc. office shows several cities in North Carolina withresidents who have ties to Hardee County. SMM has been in contact with thosepeople, and toward the end of September will decide which city to send a disaster relief team to. FUTURE PLANS COURTESY PHOTO It's never too early to begin thinking of what you want to do with your future. Hereare some plans for Maggie Santana's first graders at North Wauchula ElementarySchool.

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September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A7 NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASEThe Town of Zolfo Springs has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last years property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy$218,780 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes.. 7,252 C. Actual property tax levy...$211,528 This years proposed tax levy...$224,297 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing On the tax increase to be held on: Monday, September 24, 2018 6:00 P.M. At 3210 Main Street Zolfo Springs Town Hall Zolfo Springs, Fl 33890 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. 9:20c 9:20cOPEN24 HOURS526 N. 6th Ave(Across from Nicholas Restaurant)112 W. PalmettoOpen: 7 days(Yellow bldg. behind old carwash)NEW MACHINES CLEAN A/C 2 LOCATIONS www.supermattlaundries.com 24 hr. Customer Service 877-394-01732:8tfc ROBBYELLIOTTinvites all his friends and neighbors to come see him at205 N. Charleston Fort Meade1-800-673-9512 www.directchevy.com 9:20c 9/20/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:15 AM Set: 7:26 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 11 mins. Moon Data Rise: 5:00 PM Set: 3:11 AM Overhead: 10:31 PM Underfoot: 10:08 AM Moon Phase 82% Waxing Gibbous Major Times 10:08 AM 12:08 PM 10:31 PM 12:31 AM Minor Times 3:11 AM 4:11 AM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -49/21/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:15 AM Set: 7:25 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 10 mins. Moon Data Rise: 5:40 PM Set: 4:03 AM Overhead: 11:17 PM Underfoot: 10:54 AM Moon Phase 89% Waxing Gibbous Major Times 10:54 AM 12:54 PM 11:17 PM 1:17 AM Minor Times 4:03 AM 5:03 AM 5:40 PM 6:40 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 9/22/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:15 AM Set: 7:23 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 08 mins. Moon Data Rise: 6:17 PM Set: 4:56 AM Overhead: --:-Underfoot: 11:40 AM Moon Phase 94% Waxing Gibbous Major Times --:---:-11:40 AM 1:40 PM Minor Times 4:56 AM 5:56 AM 6:17 PM 7:17 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Better Time Zone UTC: -49/23/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:16 AM Set: 7:22 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 06 mins. Moon Data Rise: 6:53 PM Set: 5:49 AM Overhead: 12:02 AM Underfoot: 12:24 PM Moon Phase 98% Waxing Gibbous Major Times 12:02 AM 2:02 AM 12:24 PM 2:24 PM Minor Times 5:49 AM 6:49 AM 6:53 PM 7:53 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Better Time Zone UTC: -4 9/24/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:16 AM Set: 7:21 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 05 mins. Moon Data Rise: 7:28 PM Set: 6:43 AM Overhead: 12:47 AM Underfoot: 1:09 PM Moon Phase 100% FULL MOON Major Times 12:47 AM 2:47 AM 1:09 PM 3:09 PM Minor Times 6:43 AM 7:43 AM 7:28 PM 8:28 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Best Time Zone UTC: -49/25/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:17 AM Set: 7:20 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 03 mins. Moon Data Rise: 8:02 PM Set: 7:38 AM Overhead: 1:31 AM Underfoot: 1:53 PM Moon Phase 100% Waning Gibbous Major Times 1:31 AM 3:31 AM 1:53 PM 3:53 PM Minor Times 7:38 AM 8:38 AM 8:02 PM 9:02 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Best++ Time Zone UTC: -4 9/26/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:17 AM Set: 7:19 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 02 mins. Moon Data Rise: 8:38 PM Set: 8:32 AM Overhead: 2:16 AM Underfoot: 2:39 PM Moon Phase 97% Waning Gibbous Major Times 2:16 AM 4:16 AM 2:39 PM 4:39 PM Minor Times 8:32 AM 9:32 AM 8:38 PM 9:38 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Better Time Zone UTC: -49/27/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:18 AM Set: 7:18 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 00 mins. Moon Data Rise: 9:16 PM Set: 9:29 AM Overhead: 3:02 AM Underfoot: 3:26 PM Moon Phase 93% Waning Gibbous Major Times 3:02 AM 5:02 AM 3:26 PM 5:26 PM Minor Times 9:29 AM 10:29 AM 9:16 PM 10:16 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Good Time Zone UTC: -4 Solunar ForecastProvided courtesy of solunarforecast.com VICTORIAN FURNITURE Large, ornate Victorian furniture is selling for low prices at auctions for many reasons. Houses are smaller and bed rooms have more windows and closets, so there are fewer plain walls for large double beds or dressers. Plus, the elaborate carvings are out of style. The furniture also is very heavy and hard to move. Sometimes the headboard is too high for a modern room with an 8-foot ceiling, and the bedroom sets have too many pieces. A few makers are so impor tant that their work is treated as art. John Henry Belter, Alexander Roux, Joseph Meeks and John Jelliff are a few designers who still are getting very high prices; how ever, bargains also exist in well-made, stylish Victorian pieces manufactured away from the East Coast. The H.B. Mudge Furniture Co. of Cincinnati designed and made a Victorian suite consist ing of a washstand with mir ror, commode, dresser and a bed with a high, carved headboard and footboard (pictured). It descended in the Mudge family and was auc tioned by Cowan Auctions of Cincinnati for $5,400 (in cludes buyer's premium). The company was founded in 1837 and made many kinds of household furniture. *** Q: I just bought a hand crafted silver ring with a multicolored flat "stone" with a tag that reads "ster ling silver with an authentic piece of Fordite." No one here knows what Fordite is. Can you help? A: We first learned about Fordite over 20 years ago. Many car manufacturers were closing their plants. Someone noticed that the floor where they had been painting the cars was covered with a thick lay ers of hard automobile paint. Since cars were made in many different colors, the floor had swirling patterns in the hard ened material. Rock hounds and other collectors "mined" the material, sometimes with permission and sometimes after the plants were about to be torn down. Small pieces of this mined material are still available, and they usually are made into jewelry. We have seen pendants and rings made with Fordite set in gold that sell for more than $1,000. Available for pre-order TODAY: The all new Kovels Antiques & Collectibles 2019 Price Guide. To order, go to Kovels.com; call 800-3031996; or write to Kovels, P.O. Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Kovels Antiques & CollectingBy Terry & Kim Kovel BULLETIN BOARD COURTESY PHOTONorth Wauchula Elementary School teachers participated in a friendly competition by decorating bulletin boards for the cafeteria. Each bulletin board was to reflect college/career awareness to support the Advancement Via Individual Determination program begun at the school this year. Photos of each teams bulletin board were posted on Facebook for followers to vote on by "liking." The winning team was third grade, with teachers (from left) Mary Rodriguez, Alecia Hughes, Louisa Juarez, Priscilla Bowes and Angie Ioannidis.

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A8 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 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 the10th day of October, 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.: 107 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2014NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: Guadalupe M.Ramirez EstateDescription of Property:Parcel ID Number: 04-33-25-0060-00003-0001 LOTS 1 & 2 BLK 3A O JONES ADD431P245P246 433P267 495P743496P58 DC-602P290 (RR)200825005652/DC-RR 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 redeemedaccording to law, the property described in the cer tificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bid der on October 10, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk Pursuant to F.S. 197.512Victoria L. RogersHardee County, Clerk of the Circuit Court andComptrollerTax Deed File: 252018TD036XXXXDate: 09/04/2018Ad No.: 1 9:6-27c • It was 19th-century Eng lish naturalist and biologistCharles Darwin who made thefollowing sage observation:"It is not the strongest of thespecies that survive, nor themost intelligent, but the onemost responsive to change." • In Nazi Germany it was illegal to name a horseAdolph. • If you grew up with the Girl Scouts decades ago (as Idid), you might be surprisedto learn about a new badgethey're offering: cybersecu rity. Yep, that's right. The na tional organization workedwith a security company tocome up with a curriculum,and now Girl Scouts every where can earn a badge forlearning about cyberattacks,online safety and computernetworks. • In 1950, 70 percent of all the cars, buses and trucks inthe world could be found inthe United States. • Statisticians claim that the more money a man makes,the more likely he is to cheaton his spouse. • On at least one early map of the New World you'll seethe name "Codfish Country"on the area now known as theUnited States. • Between 1960 and 2006, the average American's pro duction of solid waste — in cluding everything from paperpackaging to lawn clippings— increased by 150 percent to4.5 pounds every day. • Those who study such things say that the tradition ofa bride and groom exchangingwedding rings originated inthe Middle East. *** Thought for the Day: "The first symptom of love ina young man is timidity; in agirl, boldness." —Victor Hugo (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Strange But True By Samantha Weaver SUNSHINE CLUB COURTESY PHOTO The first-grade team members at North Wauchula Elementary School celebratedbeing the first team to have every member join the school’s Sunshine Club. TheSunshine Club provides encouragement and boosts morale for staff members ingood times and bad: new babies, weddings, loss of an immediate family member,etc. STORY STUDIES COURTESY PHOTO Students in Mary Rodriguez’s third-grade class at North Wauchula ElementarySchool are putting their heads together to map story elements. This process helpsthem better understand the stories they read. READING REVIEW COURTESY PHOTO Students in Blanca Chavez's class at North Wauchula Elementary School chart theirunderstanding of the historical fiction book “Sarah, Plain and Tall.” The studentsidentify things like character names, the book’s theme, and what happens at thebeginning, middle and end of the story. PLANNING PLEDGES COURTESY PHOTO North Wauchula Elementary School students enjoyed an assembly with "Mr.Walkathon Man" Pablo Montanez, of Go Take A Hike. The kids were entertained byhis hilarious stories and excited to collect pledges to earn prizes for themselvesand funds for their school. OFFICER ORATOR COURTESY PHOTO Students in Katelyn Reader's class at North Wauchula Elementary School listen toa special guest speaker, school resource officer Sgt. Paul Johnson of the HardeeCounty Sheriff’s Office. Reader arranged the visit after several students had ex pressed an interest in law enforcement. Students received honorary badges duringthe visit. SPAGHETTI STRUCTURES COURTESY PHOTO Mary Idsardi's second graders at North Wauchula Elementary School were chal lenged to work cooperatively in groups to build tallest tower possible usingspaghetti, marshmallows, toothpicks, labels and paper clips. Points were awardedper inch of height and use of different materials. 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September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A9 9:20c GOOD MORNING! COURTESY PHOTO Bayside Community Church in Wauchula provided breakfast to the staff of Bowling Green Elementary duringthose hectic pre-school days of planning and preparing. Staff members enjoyed a bounty of fruit, breakfast bur ritos, juice and fellowship. COURTESY PHOTOS Students were filled with excitement and all smiles dur ing Spirit Day at Zolfo Springs Elementary as they linedup to have their hair sprayed orange and blue, getwhite spirit beads and bracelets, or to have their facespainted in Wildcat colors. SPIRIT DAY COURTESY PHOTO North Wauchula Elementary School first graders inMaggie Santana's class were able to have some hands-on experience with their vocabulary word, "rebuild." BUILDING VOCABULARY COURTESY PHOTO Magnifying glasses in hand, students in Julia Roberts’first-grade class at Zolfo Springs Elementary Schoolare observing tadpoles as they study the life cycle of afrog. JUST A TAD COURTESY PHOTO Students at North Wauchula Elementary School havebeen working on mastering a good underhand throwduring physical education class. They’ve been practic ing using rings, bean bags, balls and more under theguidance of PE coach Austin Helms and assistantcoach Tonya Grice. TERRIFIC TOSS COURTESY PHOTO North Wauchula Elementary School students who readthe Sunshine State Young Reader Award book “UglyCat and Pablo” and successfully tested on it were in vited to an after-school book club. There, they enjoyedhaving their knowledge of the book and its Spanishwords and phrases challenged through a game of Ka hoot and Quizlet Live. They also had an art lesson onhow to draw a mouse, which was a character in thebook, and enjoyed a coconut paleta treat. BOOK CLUB COURTESY PHOTO Giselle McDaniel’s fifth-grade science students atNorth Wauchula Elementary School enjoyed a game of“Scoot” to demonstrate their knowledge of scientifictools. In Scoot, questions are placed around the tableand students are given a time limit to answer the ques tion in front of them on a record sheet. They “scoot”when time is up to the next question or task. SCOOT’S A HOOT COURTESY PHOTO North Wauchula Elementary School fourth graders inteacher Jamie Heine’s class are learning to measurewith a spring scale during science. ParaprofessionalSylvia Reyna (above) is helping with the lesson. SCIENTIFIC SPRINGS

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A10 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 Letter To The Editor Daughter Defends Dad In Code Enforcement Issue Dear Editor: Hardee County elderly resi dents treated unfairly ... I care not to mention who I am in this letter of complaint.I was born and raised inHardee. I have not lived here inover 30 years, but I would liketo make a verbal complaint ofmy feelings in regards to theCounty Judge McKibben (whocovers the codes affairs) andCode Enforcer Mr. Jim Wells. When you have worked all your life and try your best tofollow the rules, I want toknow what type of jurisdictionthe code enforcer has here inthis town. It makes me sick toknow that only certain peopleare made to clean up theirproperties around Wauchula. I want the judge who is over this department to take a ridethrough every community inWauchula and see who has thejunkiest places. No one makesthose who are able body toclean up. Take a ride down through Magnolia Manor, out on 64and some of these neighbor hoods out by the high schooland tell me what you see inevery yard. Don't come tellingme that only the ones who aresickly or disabled have to cleantheir property. If the code enforcer and the judge are being fair, take alook around and make thoseother properties get cleaned upalso. I have been spending a sig nificant amount of time overthese last few months to cleanup some property there due tofines and fees from the codeenforcer. But when I lookaround I see others that are inworse shape than the one I'vecleaned. I refuse to allow theCounty Judge McKibben orCode Enforcer Jim Wells toabuse their power in this mat ter any longer, from themtelling people in town that theywill seize their property deeds, to threatening to arrest them. Also, if items are contained in a fence it is not the county'sbusiness to make them tear thefence down and remove theitems inside the fence. That iswhy people have fences. See, Idon't think the county cares aslong as they are not their fam ily or their problem. But now this is your prob lem because I'm making itknown that people are beingtreated unfairly and it's time toSTOP this yard racism of whohas to clean up and who doesnot. If we do not speak out when things like this take place, gov ernment will continue to walkover you and your family'sproperty. I am speaking out be cause I'm tired of the changesevery week when Jim Wellscomes by my property. Todaytops the cake. Mr. Wells, stop making up rules as you go along. It'scalled being unfair, to the citi zens who have no money andthose who cannot clean theirproperty themselves. In the eyes of the law you are wrong for singling out cer tain people in certain commu nities. You want to be fairabout the situation. Tell yourfriends to clean their propertyand the ones you use to snitchto tell you who needs theirproperty cleaned. See, you have to be careful. You never know who knowswho in Hardee County. Ofcourse, I no longer live here,but my family remains thereand refuses to allow you or anyothers to mistreat them. If youhave a job, do it to the best ofyour ability. Stacy LaneCrescent City, Fla. Editor's note: Stacy Lane isthe daughter of David LeeSmith, who owns the home andproperty at 671 Snell St. Helives there with his cat andthree redbone hounds. David Lee Smith has had one stroke and four heart at tacks and receives dialysis three times a week for fail ing kidneys. He is disabled and not able to do physicalwork to any significant degree. He is 61, lives off of$760 a month in disability benefits and says buying andselling used items helps earn him a little extra money,saying sometimes he has to borrow $10 or $20 to finishout a month (9-10-18). Old logging trailer and other equipment at end of Pe terson St. (open case with code enforcement). CURRENT PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY Old trailer on Fairfax Rd. (open case with code en forcement). Early 1960s Impala wagon on Lincoln St. Martin Luther King Ave. and Tuskegee St. house hasbeen flagged (open case goes to court Oct. 5). Mowatt St. and Baker St. scene (open case with codeenforcement). COURTESY PHOTO/ HARDEE COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT 671 Snell St. site visit Jan. 5,, 2011. David Smith used to love to fish, especially for speck led perch, but said he can no longer hold a pole dueto his arm with ports for his dialysis. The decal is onthe rear window of his Ford pickup. COURTESY PHOTO/ HARDEE COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT 671 Snell St. site visit in Jan., 2011. COURTESY PHOTO/ HARDEE COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT 671 Snell St. site visit Sept. 1, 2011. The case startedin 2010. COURTESY PHOTO/ HARDEE COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT 671 Snell St. visit Oct. 11, 2017. David Smith lives alone except for his three redbonehounds and a cat. His wife Simmie used to cook forDouble-J Restaurant, but she passed away about fiveyears ago. Old abandoned partially built home at Martin LutherKing Ave. and Peterson St. (open case with code en forcement. Property recently changed ownership). David Lee Smith's home on 9-10-18. His redbone hounds are a carryover from when heused to be an avid raccoon hunter, using hounds totrail and tree the coons. Hardee County Code Enforce ment officer LaDonna Perry said they are aware of hishealth and financial condition and have been workingwith him since 2010. She said he is very near to codecompliance. A County Court hearing in early Augusthad him charged with public nuisance and operationof a junk yard, giving him 30 days to comply with get ting his trash off Mrs. Bobby Brown's property or thecounty would proceed with a process of getting bidsto clean up his property and file a lien if the costs arenot paid. David Smith said 9-10-18, "A disabled person catchesthe devil. Why are they after me so hard when there aremany properties that don't look so good?" Smithshowed several nearby properties to The Herald-Advo cate that he felt were out of compliance, but all but oneturned out to be active cases by Hardee County CodeEnforcement.

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September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A11 Trained at the most prestigious institutions in the country. Bringing the most compassionate expertise to Hardee County. Would you like to be seen by the best? Call for appointments now. (863) 773-4700 Bernard Ashby MD, MPP, RPVIVascular Cardiologist Dr. Ashby attended medical school at Cornell University inNew York and studied health policy at Princeton University inNew Jersey. He completed his internship and residency atColumbia University Medical Center in New York. He completedhis cardiology training at George Washington University MedicalCenter in Washington, DC, where he was named chief fellow.Dr. Ashby also completed a postdoctoral clinical and researchfellowship in vascular medicine at Johns Hopkins University inBaltimore, Maryland. He started his career as an academicvascular cardiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center andprofessor of Medicine at Columbia University. Dr. Ashby is nowjoining Bay Street Medical. Bay Street Medical117 West Bay StreetWauchula, Florida 33873(863) 773-4700www.baystreetmed.com 9:20c BEAT THE HEAT COURTESY PHOTOS MONTAGE BY DARLENE WILLIAMS When the air conditioning went out atNorth Wauchula Elementary School,the PTO and school administrationcame to the rescue. The PTO servedfree snow cones to all the studentsand the administration served Sonicdrinks to the school’s staff. GRAND DAY! COURTESY PHOTOS • MONTAGE BY DARLENE WILLIAMS First-grade students at North WauchulaElementary School enjoyed having someextra special guests join them in theirclassroom for a Grandparents Day cele bration. They shared refreshments whileshowing their visitors some of the specialthings they are doing and learning inclass.

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A12 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 9:20c NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE The Hardee County Board of County Commissioners hastentatively adopted a measure to increase its property taxlevy.Last year's property tax levy:A. Initially proposed tax levyÂ…Â…Â…Â…Â…Â…$ 13,756,770.00 B. Less tax reduction due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes...............$ (133,314.00)C. Actual property tax levyÂ…Â…Â…Â…Â…Â…...$ 13,890,084.00 This yearÂ’s proposed tax levy Â…Â…Â…Â….Â…$ 14,299,951.00 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the tax increase to be held on: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 6:00 p.m. 412 West Orange Street Wauchula, FL 33873 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. 9:20c Dear Editor: On Easter weekend 1961 Coach Leon Sharp took JimMoseley, Tom Dillard, LarryGilliard and Bill McCall on anexcursion headed for SouthernArkansas University (thencalled Southern State College)in Magnolia, Arkansas. We were to be interviewed and "sized-up" for athleticscholarships by the athletic di rector and head football coach.After returning to Wauchula,two out of the group receivedoffers for full scholarships, andthe other two were asked to"walk-on" to possibly earn ascholarship. This started a migration of students from Hardee Countyto Southern State College. Dueto Coach Sharp's influence,others who followed that firstgroup included Pete Carlton,Wayne Henderson, Sloan Les ley, Billy Brooks, JamesCrews and possibly others.Thanks to scholarship pro grams these students weregiven the opportunity to fur ther their education. In order to honor Coach Leon Sharp, we are asking forcontributions to The LeonSharp Scholarship for a perpet ual scholarship in his name.Please make your checkspayable to Southern Arkansas University Foundation andsend them to SouthernArkansas University, 100 E.University, MSC 9174, Mag nolia, Arkansas 71753. Pleasemark all contributions "LeonSharp Scholarship". Showyour return mailing address sothat you will receive a taxstatement for your tax-de ductible gift. Southern Arkansas Univer sity has a tuition cost of ap proximately $8,000 per year.The Foundation will onlywithdraw 4.25 percent per yearof the fund, so a full tuitionscholarship would need$190,000 to generate $8,075per year for a full tuition-paidscholarship. The Foundationcan fund a partial scholarshipif the funds for an investmentdo not earn the full $8,000. So please remember Coach Sharp's dedication and gen erosity when you mail yourcontributions in his memory.Thank you and please feel freeto call me at 979-778-3696with any questions or com ments. Sincerely,James F. MoseleyHardee High School, Class of 1961 3924 Austin's Estates DriveBryan, Texas 77808 Letter To The Editor Scholarship Planned InMemory Of Leon Sharp PHOTOS FROM HHS ANNUALS Tommy Dilliard Billy McCall Larry Gilliard Jim Moseley HARDEEBOOKER PASSING COMPLETIONS,ATTEMPTS AND INTERCEPTIONS5-9-011-16-1PASSING YARDS114104RUSHING ATTEMPTS/YARDS30/13013/31TOTAL YARDS244135TURNOVERS03FIRST DOWNS136PENALTIES, LOST YARDAGE4-3512-77SCORING BY QUARTER: Hardee191410649Booker00000 Game Statistics By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern A rabid raccoon was trapped in the northwest partof Hardee County last week,according to the Florida De partment of Health. The SheriffÂ’s Office re ported that a deputy respondedto an animal bite complaint.The raccoon had bitten orscratched a girl and bitten afamily dog before the familytrapped it. The raccoon was sent to the Florida Department of Healthfor evaluation. The departmentreports that the coon has beeneuthanized. When the rabies was dis covered, the department con tacted everyone involved withadvice on treatment. The department says signs of rabies include walking incircles, aggressiveness, con fused behavior and lethargy(sluggish behavior). If you think an animal has rabies, contact the Florida De partment of Health at 773-4161. If youÂ’re bitten orscratched by any wild animal,contact a doctor right away. While itÂ’s important to be careful around unfamiliar ani mals, the department notesthat one rabid raccoon is notan outbreak or a cause forpanic. Rabid Raccoon Captured

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September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A13 NOTICE OF HEARING TO IMPOSE AND PROVIDE FOR COLLECTION OF FIRE RESCUE SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS Notice is hereby given that the Board of County Com missioners of Hardee County will conduct a final public hearing to continue the imposition of annual fire res cue special assessments for the provision of fire rescue services within the unincor porated area of Hardee County and within the municipalities of Wauchula, ZolfoSprings, and Bowling Green. The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as it may be heard on Tuesday September 25, 2018, at 412 West Orange Street, Wauchula, Florida, forthe purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed ass essments and their col lection on the ad valorem tax bill. All affected property owners have a right to appearat the hearing and to file written objections with the County Commission within 20days of this notice. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the CountyCommission with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person willneed a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record ismade, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made.In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special ac commodation or an interpreter to participate in thi s proceeding should contact the County Commissioner's Office at (863)773-9430 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior tothe date of the hearing. The assessment for each parcel of property will be based upon each parcel’s classification and the total number of billing units attributed to that parcel. The fol lowing table reflects the proposed Fire Rescue Assessment schedule: FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENTS FOR FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2018 SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 Copies of the Fire Rescue Assessment Ordinance, the Initial Assessment Res olution, the Final Assessment Resolution, and the updated Assessment Roll are avail able for inspection at the office of Management and Budget, 412 West Orange Street,Room 204, Wauchula, Florida Between the hours of 8: 30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The assessments will be collected on the ad valorem tax bill to be mailed in November 2018, as authorized by section 197.3632, Florida Statutes. Failure to paythe assessments will cause a tax certificate to be issued against the property whichmay result in a loss of title. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Management and Budget at (863)773-3199, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. COUNTY COMMISSION HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Property Categories Rates Residential $146.76 per dwelling unit Commercial $.13 per sq. ft. Industrial/Warehouse $.09 per sq. ft. Institutional $.14 per sq. ft. 9:20c NOTICE OF HEARING TO IMPOSE AND PROVIDE FOR COLLECTION OF SOLID WASTE COLLECTIONS AND DISPOSAL SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS Notice is hereby given that the Board of County Com missioners of Hardee County will conduct a final public hearing to continue the imposition of annual solidwaste collection and disposal special assessments for the provision of solid wastecollection and disposal services within the unincorporated area of Hardee County. The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as it may be heard on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, in the Board Chambers, Hardee County Court house, 412 West Orange Street, Wauchula, Florida, for the purpose of receiving publiccomment on the proposed assessments and their collection on the ad valorem taxbill. All affected property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to file writ ten objections with the County Commission within 20 days of this notice. If a persondecides to appeal any decision made by the County Commission with respect to anymatter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedingsand may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony andevidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americanswith Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter toparticipate in this proceeding should contact the County Commissioner's Office at(863)773-9430 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of the hearing. The assessment for each parcel of property will be based upon each parcel’s residential classification and the total number of billing units attributed to that parcel.The following table reflects the proposed Solid Waste Collection and Disposal As sessment schedule: SOLID WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL ASSESSMENTS FOR FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2018 SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 Copies of the Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Assessment Ordinance, the Assessment Resolution, and the updated Assessment Roll are available for in spection at the office of Management and Budget, 412 West Orange Street, Room204, Wauchula, Florida Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday. The assessments will be collected on the ad valorem tax bill to be mailed in November 2018, as authorized by section 197.3632, Florida Statutes. Failure to paythe assessments will cause a tax certificate to be issued against the property whichmay result in a loss of title. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Management and Budget at (863)773-3199, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. COUNTY COMMISSION HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Property Categories Rates Unincorporated Residential Collection Portion 125.40 Disposal Portion 87.08 Total 212.48 9:20c By JENNIFER M c CONKEY Herald-Advocate Intern Many people talk about going on a diet to lose weight,but what if weight loss wasn’tthe main goal of dieting butwas just a happy side effect? That’s what happened for 12-year-old Isaiah Benton. Isaiah had been dealing with Attention Deficit HyperactivityDisorder and several health is sues, including high bloodpressure, rapid heartrate,headaches, skin irritation andtrouble sleeping. In fact, hissnoring was so bad that hismom, Nina, said it “soundedlike he was choking.” He was also dealing with bullying so severe that hewould claim to be sick to getout of going to school or to getsent home early. When Nina received a mes sage from a school nurse thatIsaiah’s heartrate was 140while sitting in class, she knewshe needed to take action. She and her husband, Randy, realized that Isaiah’sdiet-based troubles were out side his control, since he’s tooyoung to buy his own food ordrive himself to the gym. “Wehad to admit that we were theproblem and he was the onesuffering,” Nina said. “That isa horrible place to be in as aparent.” Nina had heard success sto ries about ketogenic, or keto,diets from some of her co-workers, so she and Randy de cided to try it. According to Healthline, a keto diet “is a low-carb, high-fat diet.” It helps the body burnfat more easily and can lowerinsulin and blood sugar levels. Isaiah’s parents had a seri ous conversation with him onthe first day of the diet, letting him know it would be hard, butthey weren’t going to give upon it. During the first three days, that dedication was put to thetest. As Isaiah’s body worked to adjust to getting much lesssugar, he experienced severemoodiness. “I was, like, really mean when we first started,” said Isa iah. Nina said those were theworst three days of her life. But things got better. Many Positive Changes “His diet has helped his out look, self-esteem, physicalabilities, and his generalhealth,” Nina said. And he’s able to focus bet ter, which is helping a lot withschool. The Bentons had been hop ing they could help Isaiah’sADHD through diet instead ofmedication, since the medicinegave him bad side effects. Last year, Isaiah failed sixth grade. Nina believes that wasprimarily because of hisADHD. She recalls that he hadtrouble focusing in class andwould forget to bring his com pleted homework to school, re sulting in many failedassignments. But according to an Acceler ated Reader test Isaiah tookafter school started last month,he is reading on a seventh-grade level. And Nina said hisgrades are better so far thisyear. The diet has also improved Isaiah’s other health problems. His skin irritation is clearing up and a brown ring that wasaround his neck, a sign of pos sible pre-diabetes, is gone. Nina said she and Randy don’t have the same concerns about Isaiah’s health as before. Isaiah has also gone from 163 pounds at the beginning ofsummer break to 146 at thestart of the school year. He andhis family have agreed that thegoal is to get down to 130pounds. And the diet is helping with weight loss for more than justIsaiah – Randy has lost 13pounds and Isaiah’s olderbrother, Julien, has lost 15. To reach his goal of 130 pounds, Isaiah is now focusingmore on exercise, which issomething he didn’t enjoy pre viously. Before starting thediet, Isaiah didn’t even want togo outside and play with hissiblings, but now he wants torun. Isaiah exercises with his par ents at least twice a week, andthey’ve added him to theirYMCA membership. He’s also hoping to do the Hardee Color Run 5K with hismom later this month. Nina said Isaiah’s doctor wants him to get down to be tween 100-110 pounds, but thefamily is focusing more on Isa iah’s heart and healthy lifestylethan his weight. A Healthy Lifestyle As part of a healthy lifestyle, Isaiah spent the summer learn ing to cook for himself and say“no” to bad foods. Nina’s goal is to teach Isaiah to take care of himself so hecan overcome issues like bully ing, lack of focus, and a seden tary lifestyle. Nina encourages him that one bad food choice doesn’tmean you give up. You getright back on track at the nextmeal. Finding healthy food for the diet hasn’t been hard. “There’s always new recipes,” Nina said, and there’splenty of variety, so the dietdoesn’t get boring. The familyhas also had great communitysupport with people sendingthem recipes. Even strangers send them keto diet recipes, Isaiah added. And while he wasn’t a picky eater before, Isaiah likes foodsnow that he didn’t used to. Onebig surprise to him was whenhe found out the chocolate“pudding” he’s been enjoyingthis summer is made with avo cados. Nina said they also make their own healthy version of icecream using bananas andpeanut butter. And now that school’s started back up, Isaiah’s parentspack him a healthy lunch eachday. Watch For Signs Nina wants to encourage other parents to pay attention totheir children’s actions so theycan catch problems the childrenaren’t talking about. “I don’t think it would have taken us so long to identify theproblems if we would havewatched his behaviors, bothemotional and physical, moreclosely,” she said. She said Isaiah rarely talked about the bullying he wasgoing through and never men tioned having a problem withhis weight, because he was em barrassed and didn’t know howto ask for help. But he was showing signs of distress, like attitude changes,arguing more than normal, re ceiving bad grades, having nodesire to improve his grades,not wanting to participate in ac tivities, and claiming to be sickto get out of going to school. Once his parents realized the problems that Isaiah was deal ing with physically and so cially, things changed. “Helping him feel better about himself has helped himchange his outlook on life,”Nina said. “He was always avery happy kid with a verygood sense of humor and,somewhere in his struggles, helost that. We are very happy tohave our son back.” “This journey has never been about his weight,” Ninasaid. “It is about his health andthe quality of his life. It’s aboutour relationship and how we, ashis parents, equip him to livethe life he’s been given. It’sabout teaching him how to carefor himself now and in the fu ture. It’s about identifying whatchoices are good and whatchoices are bad, and how hischoices affect his life and livesof the people that love himmost.” 12-Year-Old Succeeds In Many Ways On Keto Diet COURTESY PHOTOS Isaiah Benton before starting the keto diet (left) and at the end of the summer (mid dle and right).

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A14 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 9:20c P IS FOR … COURTESY PHOTO Kindergartners at North Wauchula Elementary School learned that the letter P is for pizza, pajamas and pals. Itwas fun to show up for school in their nightwear, spend time with friends and share pizzas with all sorts of top pings, including, of course, pepperoni! 4-EXPLORE COURTESY PHOTO The county’s 4-H leaders come to Zolfo Springs Elementary once a week to work with the students who partic ipate in ZSE’s after-school program. For the kids, it is time to explore new and fun activities. Currently, theyoungsters are learning about growing plants and are also working to hatch quail eggs. With such diversehands-on pursuits, the kids have come to look forward to the 4-H visits. COURTESY PHOTO The tradition of learning cursive continues. Studentsin teacher Priscilla Bowes’ third-grade class at NorthWauchula Elementary School were very excited tolearn how to have beautiful penmanship. CURSIVE CLASS COURTESY PHOTO Students in Nicole Keen’s fifth-grade class at NorthWauchula Elementary School are learning to work to gether to carry out controlled experiments in science.This class is part of the R.E.A.C.H. — Realizing Excel lence through the advanced Academic Curriculum ofHardee — program. REACH RESEARCH COURTESY PHOTO North Wauchula Elementary School students enjoyedmaking a digital superhero using drawing tools, andgiving their superhero a name and superpowers usingtext tools. This activity was part of their weekly MediaCenter class with media specialist Linda Hernandez. DIGITAL DRAWING

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9:20c 9:20c Every September, serious students (and ad mirers) of the United States Constitution givepause to review that document — ratified inSeptember 1787 — and to reflect on its para mount influence on our government. It is generally acknowledged by scholars to be the finest written constitution in the world;Great Britain is generally acknowledged tohave the finest unwritten constitution. This Ilearned in ninth grade civics class. Neither then, nor in four years as a govern ment major at Florida State University, did Ilearn how an “unwritten constitution” works. Apparently it is possible for one of the great est governments in the history of the world tofunction based on a commitment to what is“cricket,” not what is written. One of the most remarkable things about the United States Constitution is that in 231 years,it has been amended only 27 times. (By contrastthere will be 13 proposed amendments toFlorida’s Constitution on the November generalelection ballot.) Of those 27 amendments, 10 — the Bill of Rights — didn’t change the Constitution, butspelled out the rights guaranteed to all Ameri cans. Two amendments — Prohibition and Repeal — cancelled each other out. That leaves 15 amendments that actually changed things. Of these, the most dramatic changes were the Civil Rights amendments, all adopted withinfive years of the end of the Civil War. Thesewere the 13th (abolishing slavery), 14th (ex tending civil rights to all citizens), and 15th (ex tending the right to vote without regard to “race,color, or previous condition of servitude”). Women didn’t get the right to vote until 60 years later, with the19th amendment. The 24th, forbidding poll taxes as a prerequisite to voting, wasintroduced and shepherded throughto passage by U.S. Sen. Spessard L.Holland of Bartow. The most recent amendment, the 27th, was ratified in 1992, nearly 203 yearsafter it was proposed. It forbids members ofCongress from raising their own salaries withan effective date before the next election ofmembers of the House of Representatives. We in the press tend to think of the First Amendment as “our amendment.” Indeed,without it, the right of the press to criticizepoliticians would never have survived. But there are four freedoms in the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, and “theright of the people peaceably to assemble, andto petition the Government for a redress ofgrievances.” These rights, arguably more than any others, give Americans a degree of certainty of the sur vival of the Republic in uncertain times.S. L. Frisbie is retired. He has long observedthat citizens are more willing to accept actionsof government that they don’t like when theyhave the opportunity to voice their oppositionbefore a vote is taken. The Constitution: Certainty In Uncertain Times The weather, football, baseball and the start of hunting sea son give everyone something to look forward to. Everyone looks forward to the end of hurricane season and prays that any that develop stay over water and don't comeashore to wreck havoc where it goes. The aftermath of a hurricane leaves destruction and possibly the end of everything you have worked all your life for. As you look around you can see others who have also lost everything.Things can be replaced. Just be thankful you have survived, andhopefully you will be able to start replacing some of the thingsyou have lost. Football and baseball season are in full swing. Many of you have children who play on their school team. You take them backand forth to practice, and come game time you are right therecheering them on. It's a time in their lives they will always re member. All they had to do was look across the field to see you, their biggest fan, cheering them on. At home all you have to do is turn the TV on and you can watch your favorite teams from the comfort of your own chair. As an added bonus, you are just a few steps away from thekitchen if you decide you want a snack. Last but not least, hunting season has started, and that was always every weekend for Buddy and his Daddy. The truck was loaded up on Friday evening, and Saturday morning would findthem in line waiting for the gate to open so they could get in theAvon Park Bombing Range to hunt. From the time Buddy was 4 or 5 years old his Dad took him hunting. They hunted every weekend with the same group. Thewhole group helped look out for him, and I think he learnedsomething from each of them. As he got a little older he learned to drive even though he could hardly see over the steering wheel. It became his job tomove the trucks when they needed to be moved. He probablyenjoyed that as much as the hunting. His Dad has been gone for many years, but he left Buddy with a love of hunting. He now has his own little group he huntsand camps with. Jonell Peavy lives in Avon Park and can be reached at 863-4533589. Peavy’s Ponderings By Jonell Peavy Sugar Possum of the late Truman Thomas He was tired. It had been a long day with the crowds,teaching them truths aboutKingdom life. If you’ve evertaught from sun-up to sun-down, you know how exhaust ing it can be. The crowd wasso large he even had to get in aboat, so he could get some dis tance from the crowd, and beseen and heard. As the sun faded behind the hills he told his friends, “Let’scross the lake.” They were inan open boat, about 25 feetlong, with a simple mast andsail. They pushed off fromshore and few other boats fol lowed, and the crowd began tomake their way home. With the crowd behind him, he said to the men in the boat,“Mind if I lay down? I’mpretty tired.” Someone found acushion, moldy and damp, forhim to lay his head on. Whenyou’re exhausted, you’re notpicky about your pillow. The stars began to disappear behind clouds, and a darknight was swallowed by shad ows on the water. The experi enced fishermen on the boat— Peter, Andrew, James, andJohn — knew the first hints ofa storm. They had ridden out many storms on this lake and likemost men were confident intheir knowledge. They grinnedat each other and holleredgood-natured insults at thenon-sailors, like Matthew:“Hey, tax boy! Better holdonto your stomach!” From theback of the boat, there was thesteady, breathing rhythm ofsound sleep. The wind started to build, the waves began to whitecapwith luminous foam. Harddrops of rain began to stingtheir skin. You would expect asleeping man to wake up, butthe man in the back of the boatslept on. There comes a point when experience and knowledge runout. The waves grew higher,the wind stopped blowing andstarted howling, and the rainbegan to mix with hail. Waterwas starting to wash over thelow gunwale. Peter and John stopped ex changing wise-guy grins andbegan to look at each otheranxiously. The boat was not being pushed by the wind; itwas being tossed by the wavesand slammed by the fierce air.It seemed like the atmospherewas attacking the boat and theothers on the lake. How weary must you be to sleep through a storm? Howfrightened do you have to be toadmit you don’t know what todo? It dawned on them thatthey needed to wake him andlet him know they were allabout die — and him, too.How could a man sleep withdeath approaching? “Rabbi,” they said, “don’t you even care that we aredying?” Translation: “Howcan you sleep at a time likethis? We’re all about to die!” It was funny when they thought back about it later. Hiseyes scrunched up, like eyesdo when they are woken tooearly. His shoulder musclestightened and then relaxed. Fi nally, his eyes opened, with notrace of anxiety or panic. Hewas the same Rabbi they hadseen awaken so many calmmornings on land. He looked at their panicstricken faces and smiled.They were like children whothink the world is ending be cause there is no peanut butterin the house. Lifting his headfrom the pillow, with just atrace of “being-woke-too-early” in his voice, he turnedaway from his followers tospeak to the storm. “Peace! Be still!” It was a tone of voice they recognized.He was not speaking a sugges tion to the storm but giving acommand. His voice held the same authority he used to driveout demons and heal the sick.It was the voice that hadechoes of calling stars intobeing and commanding plantsto spring up out of the ground.When he spoke like this,things happened. This time, something stopped happening. As thewords rolled off his lips, thewind stopped. The waves didnot die down — they disap peared. In a second, a blink ofan eye, the “we’re going todie” storm changed to com plete peace. He looked at them with a puzzled expression, “Whywere you so worked up? Areyou still missing faith?” They looked at each other, jaws dropped. It was Peterwho spoke first (always):“Who is this guy? He’s not justa healer, not just a teacher.Creation obeys him. Creationonly obeys the creator. So, thismeans … Whoa!” Whatever storm you are fac ing, Jesus is not anxious aboutit. His peace is greater than anywind that blows. His grace isstronger than your fear. Hislove can heal the bruises of thehail and the sting of the rain.Call out to him. Tell him youneed him. Let him calm thestorm raging in you. 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 of Wauchula. You can follow him at unlikelyclay.com. Lord Of The Storm 1. Which group had a 1969 hit with "No Time"? 2. Who penned and re leased "Do You Know What IMean"? 3. Name the group that had a hit with "Who Do YouThink You Are?" 4. Who wrote and released the original "Keep On Run ning"? 5. Name the song that con tains this lyric: "I was the onewho came runnin' when youwere lonely, I haven't livedone day not lovin' you only." ANSWERS 1. The Canadian rock band Guess Who. The song wasused in the TV bio film "Pi rates of Silicon Valley" in 1999, about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. 2. Lee Michaels, in 1971. The song shot to No. 6 andfinished on the Billboard listas the year's No. 19 song. 3. Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, in 1974. 4. Jackie Edwards, in 1965. Shortly after, theSpencer Davis Group re leased a chart-topping versionof the song. That version wasused in the film "Buster" in1988. 5. "Wedding Bell Blues," by the 5th Dimension, in1969. The song, written byLaura Nyro, wasn't the firstNyro song picked up by the5th Dimension. They alsocovered her "Stoned Soul Pic nic" in 1968. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Flash Back By Chris Richcreek September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A15

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Herald-AdvocateThursday, September 20, 2018 B THE By TOM STAIK Of The Herald-Advocate The Lady Wildcats defeated SebringÂ’s Lady Streaks for thesecond time this season in ameet last Tuesday (Sept. 11) atthe Hardee Senior HighSchool pool. HardeeÂ’s ladies earned nine first place finishes out of 12events. Mckenzie Burch took first in the 200 yard freestyle with atime of 2:34.74. Abby Duke was first in the 200 yard individual medleywith a time of 2:49.96. Renell Herrera was first in the 50 yard freestyle with atime of 27.07, and the 500 yardfreestyle with a time of6:40.50. Morgan Hellein was first in the 100 yard butterfly with atime of 1:12.88. The relay team of Hannah Ford, Herrera, Lahna Chris tian, and Hellein was first inthe 200 yard freestyle relaywith a time of 1:55.44. Christian was first in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of1:14.44. The relay team of Hellein, Ford, Duke, and Rachel Shawwas first in the 400 yardfreestyle relay with a time of4:34.18. The squad, Christian, Her rera and Hellein, also earned afirst place nod in the 200 yardmedley relay. The Wildcats were narrowly edged by the Sebring boyÂ’ssquad, but managed to turn inseveral second place finishes. Individual Results: BoyÂ’s Team Results: 1st, Se bring, 148; 2nd, Hardee, 138;and 3rd, Bartow, 89. GirlÂ’s Team Results: 1st, Hardee, 146; 2nd, Sebring,130; and 3rd, Bartow, 112. GirlÂ’s 200Y Medley Relay: 1st, Hardee (Lahna Christian,Renell Herrera, MorganHellein), 2:12.97; and 6th,Hardee (Cadee Richadson,Aubrey Bragg, Tapanga Vick ery, and Lexi Scheel), 3:05.09. BoyÂ’s 200Y Medley Relay: 3rd, Hardee (Hunter Sellers,Trey Stephens, JC Thomas,and RawsonAubrey), 2:13.06; and 5th, Hardee(Emery Smith, Gage Cama cho, and Trey Canary),2:36.41. GirlÂ’s 200Y Freestyle: 1st, Mckenzie Burch, 2:34.74; and4th, Haley Canary, 2:58.91. BoyÂ’s 200Y Freestyle: 2nd, Hugh Pate, 2:07.50; and 4th,Jake Stephens, 2:38.56. GirlÂ’s 200Y Individual Med ley: 1st, Abby Duke, 2:49.96;and 5th, Rachel Shaw, 3:02.94. BoyÂ’s 200Y Individ ual Medley: 3rd, KeinKnight, 2:35.84;and 4th, OrenCrawford,2:41.96. GirlÂ’s 50Y Freestyle: 1st,Renell Her rera, 27.07;and 2nd,LahnaChris tian, 27.88. BoyÂ’s 50Y Freestyle: 2nd, Trey Stephens, 24.75; and 5th,Hunter Sellers, 26.65. GirlÂ’s 1M Diving: 2nd, Rachel Garland, 119.50; and3rd, Katie Camacho, 117.20. BoyÂ’s 1M Diving: 3rd, Gage Camacho, 92.85. GirlÂ’s 100Y Butterfly: 1st, Morgan Hellein, 1:12.88; and6th, Aubrey Bragg, 2:00.59. BoyÂ’s 100Y Butterfly: 4th, Oren Craw ford, 1:13.72; and 5th, JC Thomas, 1:23.07. GirlÂ’s 100Y Freestyle: 2nd, Han nah Ford, 1:07.93; and 3rd, Mckenzie Burch, 1:10.69. BoyÂ’s 100Y Freestyle: 2nd, Cole Wilson, 57.97; and 5th,Joseph Wood, 1:18.34. GirlÂ’s 500Y Freestyle: 1st, Renell Herrera, 6:40.50; and2nd, Emma Hays, 7:11.10. BoyÂ’s 500Y Freestyle: 2nd, Trey Stephens, 6:31.05; and3rd, Zack Durastanti, 6:43.97. GirlÂ’s 200Y Freestyle Relay: 1st, Hardee (Hannah Ford,Renell Herrera, Lahna Chris tian, and Morgan Hellein),1:55.44; and 5th, Hardee(Aundrea Kerth, Lexi Scheel,Haley Canary, and TapangaVickery), 2:35.47. BoyÂ’s 200Y Freestyle Relay: 2nd, Hardee (Cole Wil son, Hugh Pate, Kein Knight,and Oren Crawford), 1:44.88;and 5th, Hardee (Hunter Sell ers, Trey Stephens, JCThomas, and Rawson Aubrey), 1:55.63. GirlÂ’s 100Y Backstroke: 1st, Lahna Christian, 1:14.44; and2nd, Abby Duke, 1:15.62. BoyÂ’s 100Y Backstroke: 3rd, Trey Canary, 1:22.44; and 5th, Cole Wilson, 1:30.50. GirlÂ’s 100Y Breaststroke: 3rd, Rachel Shaw, 1:28.41;and 5th, Emma Hays, 1:34.91. BoyÂ’s 100Y Breaststroke: 2nd, Kein Knight, 1:17.44; and5th, Emery Smith, 1:30.00. GirlÂ’s 400Y Freestyle Relay: 1st, Hadee (Morgan Hellein,Hannah Ford, Abby Duke, andRachel Shaw), 4:34.18; and4th, Hardee (Mckenzie Burch,Cadee Richardson, AundreaKerth, and Katie Camacho),5:30.66. BoyÂ’s 400Y Freestyle Relay: 2nd, Hardee (OrenCrawford, Hugh Pate, ColeWilson, and Kein Knight),4:01.03; and 4th, Hardee (JCThomas, Zack Durastanti, Hunter Sellers, and Rawson Aubrey), 4:27.19. Oren Crawford powers his way down the lane for the Wildcats as Hardeetook on Sebring and Bartow last Tuesday. For more pictures see B3. PHOTOS BY TOM STAIK A large throng of spectators watch as Katie Camacho makes a dive attempt for the Lady Wildcat varsity squad. Emery Smith prepares to slide into the water as a mem ber of HardeeÂ’s junior varsity squad. Jacob Stephens works his way down the lane. Rachel Shaw backstrokes down the lane for the LadyWildcats.

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B2 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 9:20cNOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGThe City of Wauchula has tentatively adopted a budget for Fiscal Year 2018/2019. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: DATE: Monday, September 24, 2018 TIME: 5:05 P.M. PLACE: 225 E. Main Street, City Commission Chambers TOWN: City of Wauchula 9:20c Well football Fans, it was a weekend without football for many fans thanks to Florence. For others it was a weekend of upsets. For some it was a weekend when their team moved up in the rankings. Hurricane Florence has already cost the lives of 15 people and the destruction of homes and lives for many others. With the true sadness of the situation in mind, it seems trivial that a few football games were cancelled. Nevertheless, for the Swami s teams (Marshall and West Virginia), missing games did affect the season along with UCF, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and North Carolina State. There are no plans to reschedule the games at this time. Did you know teams have insurance policies covering revenue losses in this situation? Read on the Marshall media boards the school will receive around a million dollars in compensation. USF continues to amaze this season. Barnett threw for 411 yards with two touchdowns while Florida transfer Jordan Cronkrite rushed for 136 yards with a touchdown in the Bulls win over Illinois. The Bulls were down 19-7 going into the fourth quarter when they rallied for 18 points to win 25-19. USF is now at 3-0. The Gators got the run game going but relied on some fan tastic play from the special teams in their 48-10 win over Col orado State. The Gators had 222 yards on the ground but Franks needs to step up with the passing game. Miami took care of business at Toledo with a 49-24 victory over the Rockets. It was nothing spectacular for the Canes in this game but a still a solid win for Miami. Still find it strange that the Canes would travel to play a MAC team. Ohio State has moved into fourth place in the current rank ings. Oklahoma is fifth while LSU has moved up to sixth. To the casual observer, they might not notice. To the rest of us, it looks like business as usual to promote the Buckeyes playoff appear ance again. Sure, they beat a good -not great -TCU team on the road. Take a look at the rest of the schedule for Ohio State. There are more cupcakes than you would find at a Hostess Bak ery. The Buckeyes play Tulane this week and have wins over Rutgers and Oregon State which makes a true fan yawn. Con sider the fact they beat Rutgers 52-3 while Kansas beat Rutgers 55-14. That makes the Buckeyes about equal with the bottom feeder of the Big 12. Penn State and Michigan are the only real football teams on the schedule. LSU, on the other hand, has already beaten Miami and Auburn when both were highly ranked. They play the nations toughest schedule with games at Florida and Texas A&M while hosting Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi State respectively. If Ohio State played LSUs schedule, they would finish 8-4 or 93. It is time to scrap this phony 4 team playoff system and go to a 16 team model. The Ryan Fitzpatrick show in Tampa is playing to apprecia tive audiences all over the Bay Area. He himself seems to be en joying the moment too. His postgame press conference was classic. If he keeps playing at this level, the 2018 Bucs is his team for the playoff run. Got to give a shout out to the Hardee Wildcats. What a job they have done in the first four regular season games. The Cats are averaging 40 points per game while giving up 7. Posting three blowout shutouts over rivals Ft. Meade, Avon Park, and Booker in the process has to make fans smile. It may be too early but fans minds are thinking 1988 and 1995. As Dusty Springfield sang in 1964, Wishing & Hoping. Keep it up Cats. Now, lets look at this weeks bill o fare: 1. FAU at UCF Knights should be well rested and ready to get back in action. Lane Kiffin is in for another whippin. UCF 51 FAU 14 2. North Carolina State at Marshall Herd missed out on a road win over an SEC team at South Carolina last week. At home, where thy have the nations best winning percentage, they get one over an ACC opponent. Marshall 35 North Carolina State 31 3. Kansas State at West Virginia Will Grier missed a probable 400 yard and five touchdown passes game last week at North Carolina State on his Heisman quest. Look for him and his receivers to make up for that this week. West Virginia 48 Kansas State 17 4. Texas A&M at Alabama Jimbo gets his first confer ence shot at the Tide. The Aggies are solid but this is the Tide at their place. Alabama 40 Texas A&M 20 5. Arkansas at Auburn Hogs face Auburn, Texas A&M and Alabama in a row after losing to a poor Colorado State team and being blown out by North Texas. This will be such a slaugh ter that Auburn restaurants will have so much BBQ it will cheap to eat out. Auburn 67 Arkansas 13 6. Florida at Tennessee Vols have outscored their last two opponents 83-3. Those would be East Tennessee State and C-USA bottom feeder UTEP. Gators should come home victorious. Florida 31 Tennessee 17 7. FIU at Miami Hopefully, there will be no fight be tween the teams this time. Canes should have no trouble at home. Miami 45 FIU 13 8. Northern Illinois at FSU The Noles better get it going quick or this season is lost. This is the chance to even the record at 2-2. FSU 27 Northern Illinois 16 9. East Carolina at USF Pirates will be rested after Florence canceled their game with Virginia Tech. They will also be disrupted with practice and their normal routine with game preparation. USF 43 East Carolina 17 10. Georgia at Missouri Dawgs have not been challenged and probably wont be until they play at LSU and host Auburn. This is one Bad team in 2018. The SEC Title Game should be Bama versus Dawgs. Georgia 43 -Missouri 14 11. Clemson at Georgia Tech Jackets have fallen to USF in a good game. Inexplicably lost to Pitt last week. This is not what they need after a tough two week slide. Clemson 38 Georgia Tech 17 12. Army at Oklahoma The service academies have the nations utmost respect but playing at Oklahoma is a tall order. Oklahoma 52 Army 14 13. Mississippi State at Kentucky Wildcats open 3-0 for the first time in 15 years. The fun stops here. Bulldogs wake UK back to reality. Mississippi State 37 Kentucky 20 14. TCU at Texas Longhorns woke up against USC last week. TCU played Ohio State tough. This game is must watch in the Big 12. TCU 36 Texas 33 15. South Carolina at Vanderbilt Vandy has two blowout wins and played Notre Dame Close. Gamecocks need to rebound after Georgia loss. USC 30 Vanderbilt 23 16. Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins Chucky Gru den is off to an 0-2 start with the Raiders. Fish will make that 03. Miami Dolphins 23 Oakland Raiders 20 17. Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars Jags de fense and home field advantage drop the Titans to 1-2. Jack sonville Jaguars 31 Tennessee Titans 19 18. Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Do the Steelers and Big Ben end the optimism in Tampa? Steelers opened a 2-point favorite. Monday Night will be rocking in Tampa. Still have faith in the Bucs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 Pittsburgh Steelers 30 19. San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs Ma homes, Kelce, Hunt & Hill put up big numbers going to 3-0. Kansas City Chiefs 41 San Francisco 49ers 20 20. New England Patriots at Detroit Lions Brady has some new receivers but 2018 has him looking average so far. 250 yard games with two touchdown passes are not BradyLike. New England Patriots 34 Detroit Lions 27 Stump The SwamiBy John Szeligo By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-AdvocateThe Lady Wildcats paced themselves into a second place finish at a five-way cross country meet in Avon Park last Tuesday (Sept. 11). Avon Park took the low score at the event with 27 points to edge out the ladies from Hardee Senior High School who finished the day in second with 36 points. Lake Placid finished third with 72 points, Moore Haven finished fourth with 116 points, and Se bring finished in fifth place with 120 points. The ladies were led by solid performances by Adrianna Mier, Tatiana Mier, and Katie Brandeberry who each fin ished in the top five. The Wildcat squad finished the day third overall after standout performances from Roberto Guittierrez and Zack Durastanti. Zack is back into the 17s (minutes) and Robert broke that 20 minute barrier, said coach Rob Beatty. Consider ing it was in the 90s, those were good improvements. Beatty said the three-day turnaround from the previous meet impacted some players. We had some go the opposite way, however, the short turnaround from Saturdays meet may have been an impact which more conditioning may resolve. Individual Results: Girls Varsity Team Results: 1st, Avon Park, 27; 2nd, Hardee, 36; 3rd, Lake Placid, 72; 4th, Moore Haven, 116; and 5th, Sebring, 120. Girls Varsity: 2nd, Adrianna Mier, 21:58; 4th, Tatiana Mier, 23:50; 5th, Katie Brandeberry, 25:18; 11th, Ingrid Mendoza, 27:03; 14th, Kareli Plata, 28:06; 21st, Jessalin Arrcola, 30:06; and 22nd, Laura Ramos, 30:24. Boys Varsity Team Results: 1st, Avon Park, 39; 2nd, Se bring, 59; 3rd, Hardee, 61; 4th, Moore Haven, 94; and 5th, Lake Placid, 117. Boys Varsity: 2nd, Zack Durastanti, 17:53; 4th, Roberto Gutierrez, 19:33; 16th, Noah Torres, 22:57; 17th, Dalton Kiella, 23:23; 22nd, Ivan Ro driguez, 25:05; and 26th, Scot tie Meeks, 26:58. VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY Lady Cats 2nd At AP Meet HAIRSALON773-5665116 Carlton St. Wauchula Hours: Tuesday Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-3 9:20c VEGETARIAN CHILI MACARONI This comforting mac makes the perfect Meatless Monday meal. 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon canola oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 pound macaroni, cooked 1 cup shredded sharp ched dar Cilantro, for garnish 1. In large pot, cook onion, chili powder, canola oil and salt on medium for 8 minutes, stirring often. Add crushed tomatoes and black beans. 2. Heat to simmering on high, simmer 5 minutes. Toss with macaroni and cheddar. Top with cilantro. Makes 6 servings. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our Web site at www.goodhousekeeping.com/r ecipes/.(c) 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved Recipes FromGood Housekeeping The Florida Everglades are the only place in the world where alligators and crocodile co-exist. 1. GEOGRAPHY: The ancient city-state of Tenochtitlan once existed at the same site as what major world city? 2. ANATOMY: In humans, which gland regulates metabolism? 3. HISTORY: Which as tronaut stayed aboard the Apollo 11 command service module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969? 4. LITERATURE: What was the working title of "The Secret Garden"? 5. FAMOUS QUOTES: What modern novelist once wrote, "It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities"? 6. ANIMAL KINGDOM: The wombat is a native of what country? 7. GENERAL KNOWL EDGE: Which major U.S. cities did Route 66 connect? 8. LANGUAGE: What is a plage? 9. TELEVISION: Who played the Enterprise captain in the TV series "Star Trek: The Next Generation"? 10. ART: In what city is the Van Gogh Museum lo cated? ANSWERS 1. Mexico City 2. Thyroid 3. Michael Collins 4. "Mistress Mary" 5. J.K. Rowling, in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" 6. Australia 7. Chicago and Los Angeles 8. A beach 9. Patrick Stewart 10. Amsterdam(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Trivia TestBy Fifi Rodriguez

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September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B3 Hunter Sellers starts a backstroke lap from the wall. Joseph Wood prepares to enter the water for the Wildcats from the starting block. Aubrey Bragg makes her way down the lane for theLady Wildcats. Renell Herrera was a leader for the Lady Wildcats asthey edged past Sebring last Tuesday. Cole Wilson splashes his way down the lane for theWildcats. Rebekah Erekson prepares aerial gymnastics before in a diving effort for the LadyWildcat junior varsity squad. Gage Camacho led the Wildcats from the diving boardas he claimed third place for the Hardee squad. Ryan Fitzpatrick took an other step towards becomingthe Tampa Bay Buccaneer'sstarting quarterback as he ledthe Bucs to a second win onSunday. At 35 years old, Fitzpatrick is showing that age is just anumber. And his numbers are insane. Two games into the season,Fitzpatrick has thrown for 819yards on 61 attempts with 8TDs with one rushing touch down. How does that compare through the league? I'm gladyou asked. First in the league in yards, second in touchdowns. This35-year-old journeyman isleading the NFL with a quar terback rating of 151.5. Thisyear, Fitzpatrick is better thanTom Brady. He's better thanDrew Brees and he's betterthan Cam Newton. And it's notlike he's beating up the Bills orBrowns. He sliced up thereigning Super Bowl champs,the Philadelphia Eagles andplayoff contender New Or leans Saints. It stands to reason that Fitz is going to be a better optionthan quarterback Jameis Win ston, right? How in the worldcould the Bucs justify pullingFitzpatrick? This is the first time the Buccaneers have started 2-0since 2010. Winston has neverplayed an NFL game the wayFitzpatrick has played over thelast two weeks. But to be fair,neither has Fitzpatrick. Thelast two weeks are the best ofhis 13 year NFL career. Can Fitzpatrick keep it up? A win next week against theSteelers should cement hisplace at the top of the depthchart. I have to wonder how much of the Bucs’ success comes from Fitzpatrick's talent com pared to the other intangiblesat play. As I mentioned last week, Todd Monken is now callingthe plays. And that's what anoffensive coordinator is for; heshould be calling the plays.But, more important than Fitz'sarm or the play calling is Fitz patrick's leadership style onand off the field. He's a good sport. No off the field issues. No black cloudhanging over the team. He'sable to motivate the other,younger Buccaneers in a waythat Winston hasn't been ableto master. The team hustles onevery play. No one seems to begiving up early. And then, there's post-game press conference. Fitzpatrick"borrowed" DeSean Jackson'sclothes, chains and sunglassesto joke around with the re porters. He's playing the best foot ball of his life and he talksabout his teammates. Fitzpat ick doesn't talk about howgreat it feels to break his per sonal records, shutdown thenay-sayers or be at the top ofthe NFL's passing statistics.He cracks jokes. It has taken years, but the Bucs may have found a leaderfor the team. Someone that el evates and motivates his team mates. In the past, commentators have referred to him as theAmish Rifle or Fitzmagic.After watching these twoweeks and the press confer ence, I'll go with FitzSwagger.One more week of this type ofplay and I'm going to have tosend him an apology letter. ... I’ll Go With FitzSwagger COURTESY PHOTO/WWW.BUCANEERS.COM Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick donned a little bling as he‘borrowed’ teammate DeSean Jackson’s clothes,chains, and sunglasses during a lighthearted postgamepress conference on Sunday. Players of the Week Booker #7 Ellis Hodges Offense #1 Jean Youte Defense #7 Ellis Hodges Special Teams #54 Bo Villarreal Lineman #18 Caden Dunlap Wildcat 1. Baltimore's Zach Britton set an American League recordin 2017 by converting 60 con secutive save opportunities.Who had held the A.L. mark? 2. Which two teammates on the 1986 New York Mets'World Series winner also weremembers on the New YorkYankees team that went on towin the 1996 World Series? 3. When was the last time before 2016 that the Universityof Hawaii football team won abowl game? 4. In the franchise history of the Los Angeles Clippers,name the two players who sur passed 10,000 career points. 5. Who was the only NHL player in the 2017-18 seasonwho played at least 1,500 reg ular-season minutes at age 40or older? 6. Name the Olympic ath lete who has won the most ca reer medals in women'sspeedskating. 7. Sei Young Kim set an LPGA tournament record in2018 by shooting a 31-under257. Who had she been tiedwith at the old record of 27-under par for a tournament? ANSWERS 1. Tom Gordon of the Boston Red Sox (1998-99),with 54 consecutive saves. 2. Dwight Gooden and Dar ryl Strawberry. 3. It was 2006.4. Randy Smith (12,735 points) and Blake Griffin(10,863). 5. Boston's Zdeno Chara.6. Ireen Wust of the Nether lands, with 11 (2006-2018). 7. Annika Sorenstam. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Sports Quiz By Chris Richcreek • The first ever VCR, which was made in 1956, was the sizeof a piano! Make The Winning Score!SPORTS NEWS DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5PM (WEEKEND EVENTS, MONDAY AT NOON) Are You Concerned Your Child Is Going Down The Wrong Path? DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE PREVENTION HELPLINE 1-866-757-0634

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8:16-9:27cCITY OF WAUCHULA NOTICE TO THE PUBLICThe City Commission of the City of Wauchula will hold a Special Meeting Monday September 24, 2018 at 5:05pm, or as soon thereafter as it reasonably can be held and any other business that may come before the Commission. The meetings will be held at the Commission Chambers located at 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the City Commission hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at the proceedings, he will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record in cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City Commission of the City of Wauchula, Florida does not discriminate upon the basis of any individuals disability status. This non-discriminatory policy in volves every aspect of the Commissions functions, including ones access to, partic ipation, employment or treatment in its programs or activities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the City Clerk at (863) 773-3131. CITY OF WAUCHULA S/ Richard K. Nadaskay Jr. Mayor ATTEST S/Holly Smith City Clerk 9:20c ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 25-2013-CA-000661 Wells Fargo Bank, NA Plaintiff, vs. Paul E. Rickett and Tina D. Rickett, Husband and Wife; HSBC Mortgage Services, Inc.; Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants 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 Defendant(s). _____________________________/ NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to order rescheduling foreclosure sale or Final Judg ment, entered in Civil Case No. 25-2013-CA-000661 of the Cir cuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit in and for Hardee County, Florida, wherein Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Plaintiff and Paul E. Rickett and Tina D. Rickett, Husband and Wife are defen dant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Victoria L. Rogers, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash HARDEE COUNTY COURT HOUSE, 417 W. MAIN STREET, 2nd FLOOR HALLWAY OUTSIDE OF ROOM 202, WAUCHULA, FLORIDA, 33873 AT 11:00 A.M. on September 26, 2018, the fol lowing described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: BEGIN AT THE NW CORNER OF THE SE 1/4 OF THE NE 1/4 OF SECTION 24, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 25 EAST, HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND RUN S. 89'17" W., 106.64 FEET; THENCE S. 38'47" W., 266.22 FEET; THENCE N. 89'17" E., 208.71 FEET; THENCE N 38'47" E. TO A POINT ON THE WEST LINE OF SAID SE 1/4 OF THE NE 1/4; THENCE N. 0'00" E. ALONG SAID WEST LINE TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, AND, BEGIN AT THE NW CORNER OF THE SE 1/4 OF THE NE 1/4 OF SECTION 24, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 25 EAST, HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND RUN N. 89'17" E., 102.07 FEET; THENCE S. 38'47" W. TO A POINT ON THE WEST LINE OF SAID SE 1/4 OF THE NE 1/4; THENCE N. 0'00" E. AND ALONG SAID WEST LINE TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. 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 Clerk9:13,20c______________________________ Q: Is it true that Madonna auditioned for the original "Footloose" movie that starred Kevin Bacon? Was it before she became famous? D. Bell, via email A: Yes, apparently Madonna was one of many big names who auditioned for the hit film "Footloose," but it wasn't meant to be. Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe both were possibilities for the lead role that made Kevin Bacon a household name, and Madonna was on the cusp of stardom when she audi tioned, having just released the single "Borderline." However, the role of Ariel went to ac tress/cellist Lori Singer instead. As for Singer, she's been act ing steadily ever since. Next up for her is voicing the documen tary "God Knows Where I Am," which will air Monday, Oct. 15, on PBS (check local listings). It's the true story of a mentally ill woman who kept a diary while spending a freezing winter in a barn before she died. Singer reads aloud the woman's journal entries. Right after the presentation, PBS will do a discussion panel with the filmmakers and a psychiatrist about the ever-growing issues surrounding mental health and homelessness. *** Q: I read that Olivia Munn almost didn't present at the recent MTV Movie Awards alongside her co-star from "The Predator" movie. I just saw that movie. Was it Keegan-Michael Key from "Mad TV?" I love him. Did they not get along while filming? S.G. A: Munn told The Los An geles Times that she didn't feel comfortable presenting at the MTV Video Music Awards rep resenting her new film "The Predator," but her beef wasn't with Key. She had an issue with actor Steven Wilder Striegel, who had a role in the film, which was directed by his friend, Shane Black. Before the awards, Munn found out that back in 2010, Striegel pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer. He served six months in prison. Munn told the Times that she notified the studio about her finding, but didn't get a response for a cou ple days. With the MTV awards coming up, Munn balked at being a presenter (essentially promoting "The Predator") but soon the studio did respond, is sued a public statement and cut the actor's scene out of the movie. Celebrity ExtraBy Dana Jackson PICKS OF THE WEEK "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" (PG-13) The di nosaurs of the lost Jurassic World or what remain of them are in jeopardy from a volcanic eruption, and the U.S. government is not inclined to step in to save them. Enter Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), onetime operations manager and now dinosaur activist, who gets a suspicious lifeline from Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), former partner in cloning of the pale ontology park. The offer: He'll re-home the dinos if Dearing goes to get them. The gang's all back, as Claire recruits Owen (Chris Pratt), alpha male and all-around hunk, to help get Blue, the last remaining veloci raptor, to safety. There's a ton of action and some interesting twists, but also a vague unfortunate fading feeling of a franchise that's gone too far. "Billionaire Boys Club" (R) In real-life 1980s glitzy Los Angeles, a group of overprivileged and wannabe-overprivi leged young men got themselves all rolled up in a Ponzi scheme, which, when it played out as they usually do left several young men murderers and accomplices to murder. Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton star as two of these young men. Well-cast whitebread looks and confident wardrobe choices aside, I found it hard to like the film despite my affection for the ac tors it's slick hedonism of the get-rich-quick variety, with no discernable sympathetic characters, despite an attempt to present them as such. "Damsel" (R) Dandy Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pat tinson) is ready to cross the great American West of the 1870s in search of his kid napped fiancee, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska), a sure-minded woman whom he intends to marry on the spot after he presents her with a gift of a tiny horse named Butterscotch. He enlists the help of "Parson" Henry (David Zellner), a drunkard look ing to turn a new leaf, and the pair set off on a grand ad venture, with surprises and rev elations along the way. Slapstick Western? Quirky take on traditional tropes? The Zell ner brothers' "Damsel" is mostly cute and thoughtful, with only brief moments of self-awareness in which it tries a little too hard to be zany. High-fives for the opening se quence featuring a sermon by an old preacher played by Robert Forster. "Siberia" (R) Keanu Reeves plays Lucas Hill, a dia mond merchant who goes to St. Petersburg, Russia, to sell a du bious batch of rare blue dia monds. His partner is murdered, and while he waits for the deal to play out, he is engaged in a game of seduction with the owner of a small cafe, played by Ana Ularu. It's billed as a romantic thriller, or maybe a crime drama, but there's never any steam, only impene trable cold. NEW TV RELEASES "Fahrenheit 451" "American Horror Story: Cult" "MacGyver" Season 2 "You're the Worst" The Complete Fourth Season(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Couch TheaterDVD PreviewsBy Sam Struckhoff DVDs reviewed here are available in stores the week of Feb. 5. Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep (from 21 nomi nations), has been dabbling with small roles in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," the upcoming "Mary Poppins Re turns" (opening Dec. 19) and playing Martha Louise Wright in season two of HBO's "Big Little Lies." Now it looks like she'll take on playing the mother in the Louisa May Al cott classic "Little Women." Among the "Little Women" will be Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern and Emma Watson, who replaces "La La Land's" Emma Stone. Watson grossed $1.2 million with "Beauty & The Beast" but just $40 million with "The Circle," which also starred Tom Hanks. Joining the women is last year's "Call Me By Your Name" Oscar-nominee Timothee Chalamet, soon to be seen in Woody Allen's new film "A Rainy Day in New York." *** Ryan Reynolds, whose "Deadpool" grossed $783 mil lion and its sequel $734 mil lion, is currently on big screens in the Gothic horror film "The Little Stranger," with Domh nall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling. Next he'll play the title role in the live-action "Pokeman: Detective Pikachu," with Ken Watanabe, due May 10. *** Matt Smith, who shot to fame as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor (2010-2014) in the "Doctor Who" BBC sci-fi se ries, then successfully moved into playing Prince Phillip in "The Crown" for two seasons, now will be joining "Star Wars" regulars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver in "Star Wars: Episode IX." They'll be joined by original cast members Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels for a December 2019 opening. Smith is currently on theater screens in the action/horror film "Patient Zero," with Na talie Dormer and Stanley Tucci, and recently played famed controversial photogra pher Robert Mapplethorpe in "Mapplethorpe," which screened in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. But the shocker is that he will play mass-mur der mastermind Charles Man son in "Charlie Says," with Suki Waterhouse, which preemed Sept. 2 at the Venice Film Festival. Smith just com pleted shooting the political thriller "Official Secrets," with Keira Knightley and Ralph Fi ennes. *** Did anyone really believe they would make a sequel to "Top Gun," 32 years after the original was released? Well, believe it, and believe that Tom Cruise will reprise his original role of Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (then 24, now 56). Val Kilmer returns as Lt. Tom "Ice man" Kazansky (then 27, now 58). Now add to the mix Oscar-nominee Miles Teller, Oscar-winner Jennifer Con nelly, "Mad Men" Emmy-winner Jon Hamm, four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris and Lewis Pullman, the 25-yearold son of actor Bill Pullman. Coming off his $540 million grosses for "Mission Impossible: Fallout," if anyone can pull this off it is Tom Cruise, 'cause he's always been a "Top Gun" at the box office. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. HollywoodBy Tony Rizzo Top 10 Movies Inside 1. The Nun (R) Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga 2. Crazy Rich Asians (PG13) Constance Wu, Henry Golding 3. Peppermint (R) Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr. 4. The Meg (PG-13) Jason Statham, Bingbing Li 5. Searching (PG-13) John Cho, Sara Sohn 6. Mission: Impossible Fallout (PG-13) Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill 7. Christopher Robin (PG) Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell 8. Operation Finale (PG13) Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley 9. Alpha (PG-13) Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Malthe 10. BlacKkKlansman (R) John David Washington, Adam Driver(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.*** Q: I heard that TV chef Jamie Oliver chased down a burglar. Is he OK? Where did this happen? Sarah O., via email A: Oliver was at home in London with his wife, Jools, and their five children when someone tried to break in. The super chef chased down the man and held him until he was arrested. Fortunately, his wife and children Poppy, Daisy, Petal, Buddy and River all were safe. E!Online reported that the of fender attempted to break in to other homes in the same afflu ent area, including model Kate Moss', before making the mis take of targeting the Oliver res idence. Send me your questions at NewCelebrityExtra@gmail. com!(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. B4 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018

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September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B5 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 10th day of October, 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.: 118 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2016 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: Florencio Gonzales and Maria Balboa Description of Property: Parcel ID Number: 05-33-25-0000-06530-0000 .24 AC BEG 606 FT W OF NE COR OF NE1/4 OF NE1/4 RUN W 100 FT S 105 FT E 100 FT N 105 FT TO POB 05 33S 25E 257P805 274P422 306P875 CA-G-88-480 369P214 375P90 DC-546P909 LP554P535 CA-98-449 FJ-564P343P347 566P212P213 574P280 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 October 10, 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: 252018TD031XXXX Date: 09/04/2018 Ad No.: 19:6-27c 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 10th day of October, 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.: 586 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: Guillermo Garcia and Maria Elena Garcia Description of Property: Parcel ID Number: 03-34-25-0480-00005-0007 COM AT SE COR OF LOT 5 BLK 4 RUN N 284 FT FOR POB N 50 FT W 101.20 FT S 50 FT E 101.10 FT TO POB LESS R/W WAUCHULA VILLAS SUBD 451P53 464P574 533P69 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 October 10, 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: 252018TD033XXXX Date: 09/04/2018 Ad No.: 19:6-27c 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 Sept. 16, Justino Hernandez Macedo-Hernandez, 40, of 4816 Church Ave., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Cpl. Jeremy Brandeberry and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sept. 16, a theft was reported on the 100 block of Carlton Street. Sept. 16, a fight occurred on the 800 block of Sumner Road. Sept. 15, Dwayne Lionel McTaw, 29, of 204 Carlton St., Wauchula, was arrested by the Drug Task Force and charged with resisting an officer without violence and armed trespass ing. Sept. 15, dangerous shooting was reported near the corner of Fourth and Suwannee streets. Sept. 15, a theft was reported on the 400 block of Owen Roberts Road. Sept. 14, Tony Perez, 36, of 613 N. Ninth Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Joseph Austin and charged with withhold ing child support. Sept. 14, criminal mischief was reported on the 800 block of Sally Place and the 2500 block of U.S. 17 South. Sept. 13, Ernesto Desantiago, 34, of 4621 Pine Ave., Bowling Green, was arrested by Dep. Dean DeDominicis and charged with probation violation. Sept. 13, Keith Brown, 38, of 355 Fairfax Dr., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. John Layport and charged with withholding child support. Sept. 13, a theft was reported on the 100 block of Heartland Way. Sept. 12, James Edward Anderson, 22, of 222 S Hart Ave., Avon Park, was arrested by Dep. Dean DeDominicis and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics equipment, and public order crimes. Sept. 12, thefts were reported on the 200 block of Possum Trot and the 3000 block of Colin Poucher Road. Sept. 11, thefts were reported on the 1400 block of U.S. 17 North, the 1700 block of North Florida Avenue and the 4100 block of Alderman Road. Sept. 11, criminal mischief was reported on the 100 block of Carlton Street. Sept. 11, a vehicle was stolen from the 3400 block of Hanusch Road. Sept. 10, Ascencion Vasquez, 28, of 3539 Palmetto St., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol Tpr. Den nis Bogusky and charged with DUI with damages and possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. Sept. 10, Ledarius Sampson, 23, of 509 S Oak Ave., Fort Meade, was arrested by Dep. Octavio Alvarez and charged with probation violation. Sept. 10, Acerulio Hernandez Martinez, 28, of 680 Murphy Road, Ona, was arrested by Probation Ofc. Yolanda Cantu and charged with two counts of probation violation. Sept. 10, a theft was reported on the 1400 block of U.S. 17 North. WAUCHULA Sept. 15, Vincente Cabrera, 35, of 818 E Bay St., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Emmanuel Vazquez and charged with DUI alcohol or drugs. Sept. 15, Victor Manuel Guzman Perez, 21, of 180 Brooks Road, Frostproof, was arrested by Ofc. Jason Cohen and charged with possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, possession of narcotics equipment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and interfering with the custody of a minor. Sept. 14, Michael Renard Barker, 29, of 253 Georgetown Loop, Wauchula, was arrested by Cpl. Bryanna Lott and charged with possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams and pos session of narcotics equipment. Sept. 14, Everick Boston, 21, of 855 17th Terrace N.E., Winter Haven, was arrested by Chief John Eason and charged with possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, possession of narcotics equipment, and tampering with evidence. Sept. 14, a fight occurred on the 100 block of West Oak Street. Sept. 13, a theft was reported on the 100 block of West Palmetto Street. Sept. 11, Jennifer Darena Maldonado, 37, 1553 Lisa Dr., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Kaleigh Anderson and charged with two counts of passing forgery. Sept. 10, a conveyance was burglarized on the 300 block of River Chase Circle. Sept. 10, a theft was reported on the 100 block of North Seventh Avenue. Courthouse ReportCOUNTY COURT The following marriage li censes were issued recently in the Clerk of Courts Of fice: Patrick Kyle Albritton, 28, of Ona, and Ashley Nicole Stace, 28, of Ona. Timothy James Cox, 60, of Wauchula, and Rose Marie Picon, 60, of Bartow. Marco Rafael Juarez, 22, of Bowling Green, and Aaliyah Marie Munoz, 20, of Bowling Green. The following civil actions and small-claims cases were disposed of recently by the county judge: Cavalry SPV I vs. Mazen Ottallah, voluntary dismissal. Midland Funding vs. Arturo Belmares, default judgment for $3,039.51. Suncoast Credit Union vs. Cynthia Torres, final judgment for $5,705.24. Discover Bank vs. Candace A. English, default final judgment for $6,482.06. AmeriCredit Financial Services vs. Jessica Santos, voluntary dismissal. The following criminal traffic and misdemeanor cases were disposed of last week in County Court: There was no criminal traf fic or misdemeanor sentencing as it was jury trial week. CIRCUIT COURT The following civil actions were filed recently in the office of the Circuit Court: Norma Daisy Figueroa and the Florida Department of Revenue vs. Robert Manuel Figueroa, petition for enforcement of administrative support order. Martina Lynn Eures and FDOR vs. Robert Jacob Eures, petition to establish child sup port. Lyn Barbara Lubin and FDOR vs. Joanne SaintAmour, petition to establish administrative support order. Fabiola Gonzales and FDOR vs. Misael Lauriano DeLaCruz, petition for en forcement of administrative support order. Aremi Asuncion Perez Lopez and FDOR vs. Alejan dro Alvarez Gonzalez, petition to establish administrative sup port order. Crystal Ann Johnson and Jason Ryan Johnson, petition for divorce. The following decisions on civil cases pending in the Circuit Court were handed down recently by the circuit judge: Mary Esquivel vs. Adam Esquivel, final judgment of in junction for protection. Jacob Decker and Mandy Decker, final judgment of di vorce. TBF Financial vs. Lloyd Lynn Cooper, default final judgment for $68,035.50. Steven A. Parker and Brandy Lynn Murphy, final judgment of divorce. Valerie Lynn Grey and Rus sell Robert Grey Jr., final judg ment of divorce. Sandra Flores vs. Inocencio Flores, final judgment of in junction for protection. American Family Life As surance Co. of Columbus vs. the Estate of Julie Ann Bridges, Jereme R. Bridges, Brett W. England, and minor child, summary final judg ment. Mylene Del Rio vs. Nathaniel Vancleave, final judgment of injunction for pro tection. Savanah Marie Chancey and James Chancey Jr., voluntary dismissal. Anita McCumber vs. Jes sica Ramos, final judgment of injunction for protection. Anita McCumber vs. David Ramos, final judgment of in junction for protection. Alex Alamia and the Florida Department of Revenue vs. Priscilla Anita Gaona, order suspending ongoing child sup port. The following felony criminal cases were disposed of last week by the circuit judge: There was no felony criminal sentencing as it was jury trial week. The following deeds for real estate transactions of $10,000 or more were filed recently in the Clerk of Courts Office: Victoria Albritton, individu ally and as trustee of the Bessie L. McClellan Trust to Palm Hammock Inc., for $180,000. Jorge Molina to Dustin Nicholas and Kayla Elizabeth Adcock, for $127,000. John A. II and Jane F. Hamilton to Rebecca Sroda, for $80,000. Samual Broughton, Edna Clough Broughton and Ray mond Jones to Pedro DeJesus, for $12,000. Red Stagg Capital to Julian Reyes Delgado and Olivia Silva Rodriguez, for $30,000. Sara K. Miller to Robert G. Cerna and Cindy Chrystal Granados, for $89,900. White Grove to Always Green 168 Properties, for $325,000. Angela Marina Newman to Dawson M. and Carson G. Crawford, for $116,000. Agri-Citrus to Stephen and Lindsay Norris, for $120,000.______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE #: 25-2018-CA-000245 SunTrust Bank Plaintiff, -vs.Ana Paredes; Alberto Perez; Unknown Spouse of Ana Paredes; Unknown Spouse of Alberto Perez Defendant(s). _____________________________/ NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to order rescheduling foreclosure sale or Final Judg ment, entered in Civil Case No. 25-2018-CA-000245 of the Cir cuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit in and for Hardee County, Florida, wherein Sun Trust Bank, Plaintiff and Ana Paredes are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Victoria L. Rogers, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash HARDEE COUNTY COURT HOUSE, 417 W. MAIN STREET, 2nd FLOOR HALLWAY OUTSIDE OF ROOM 202, WAUCHULA, FLORIDA, 33873 AT 11:00 A.M. on October 3, 2018, the follow ing described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, towit: LOT 22, TOWN CREEK RANCH, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BAR B-47, PAGES 2 AND 3, 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 CLERKCLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURTHardee County, Florida By: Connie Coker Deputy Clerk of Court9:20,27c______________________________ NoticesHARDEE COUNTY EDC/IDA NOTICE OF MEETING The Hardee County Economic Development Council/ Industrial Development Authority will meet Thursday September 20, 2018 at the Hardee County BOCC to reconvene in continuation of the September 13, 2018 meeting, to be recessed and reconvened at 9am at the Hardee County School Board Meeting Room located at 230 South Florida Avenue, Wauchula Florida. This is a Disabled-Accessible facility. Any disabled per son needing to make special arrangements should con tact the Economic Development Office (773-3030) at least forty-eight (48) prior to the meeting. Gene Davis, CHAIR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA 9:20c DONT BE A VICTIM, BE A SURVIVOR RAPE CRISIS LINE1 (888) 956 7273or863-413-2707 Wildfires, smoke, fog and heavy rain can all lower visibility on the roads, so its important for motorists to drive as safely as possible in these conditions.

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B6 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 9:20p COLLEGE AID COURTESY PHOTO Jerry Donna, South Florida State College director of financial aid, was recognizedrecently by the Hardee County School Board for assisting high school guidancecounselors in increasing the number of seniors who complete the Free Applicationfor Federal Student Aid. Donna attended FAFSA Night at Hardee Senior High Schooland helped answer questions about information required on the FAFSA form. InApril, the Florida College Access Network announced the winners of the 2018Florida FAFSA Challenge, and Hardee County was deemed “Most Improved” of allsmall districts. Pictured (from left) are guidance counselors Leigh Beumel, KimDavis and Teresa White; Donna; Teresa Crawford, School Board member and di rector of the SFSC Hardee Campus; Dr. Michele Polk, Hardee High principal; andBob Shayman, schools superintendent. SKYPE HYPE COURTESY PHOTO North Wauchula Elementary School students in Mary Idsardi's second-grade classlearned about the tools that scientists use, then Skyped a real scientist. He talkedabout the tools he uses and research he has done, and then answered questionsthey had. The scientist they spoke with was Dr. Bo Idsardi, who is an assistant pro fessor at Eastern Washington University and is their teacher’s son. ACTIVE ACADEMICS COURTESY PHOTO Students in Mary Idsardi's second-grade R.E.A.C.H. class at North Wauchula Ele mentary School didn’t sit still to study Venn diagrams – they became the data them selves. They picked which circle they belonged in, or if instead they belonged inthe intersection or outside of the diagram. R.E.A.C.H. stands for Realizing Excel lence through the Advanced academic Curriculum of Hardee. DECIMAL DOERS COURTESY PHOTO Students in Blanca Chavez's class at North Wauchula Elementary School piecedtogether their understanding of decimals in expanded form by using puzzles. SWEET TREAT COURTESY PHOTO What can make a Friday even better? The Parent Teacher Organization at NorthWauchula Elementary School knows. Its members recently treated teachers andstaff to a big spread of tempting sweets. COURTESY PHOTO Coach Austin Helms and assistant coach Tonya Gricehave been helping students at North Wauchula Ele mentary School learn the fundamentals to get ready toplay basketball. They have been learning to shoot bas kets and dribble the ball. BASKETBALL BEGINNERS

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September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B7 FLORIDA PACE FUNDING AGENCY NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTSThe Board of Directors (the "Board") of the Florida PACE Funding Agency, a public body corporate and politic (the "Agency"), hereby provides notice, pursuant to Sec tions 163.08(2), (3) and (4) and 197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessments for more than one year to be levied within the area encompassed by the boundaries of every county in Florida, or any of the municipalities therein, subscribing to or served by the Agency's statewide provision of funding and financing to construct or pay for energy conservation and efficiency improvements, renewable energy improvements and wind resistance im provements in accordance with Section 163.08, Florida Statutes (collectively, the "Qualifying Improvements"). By law and resolution of the Agency, a property owner may apply to the Agency for funding and financing of a Qualifying Improvement. The non-ad valorem assessments contemplated by this notice are voluntary and are only imposed by the Agency with the prior written consent authorized by or on behalf of affected property owners who determine to obtain financing for Qualifying Improvements from the Agency. The Agency is authorized by law to fund and finance Qualifying Improvements and is required to annually collect repayment by non-ad valorem assessments. The Board will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 1:00 p.m. on October 30, 2018, at the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization Executive Conference Room, 2570 W International Speedway Boulevard, Suite 100, Daytona Beach, Florida. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the boundaries of the real property that may be subject to the levy which is the entirety of the State of Florida. Copies of the proposed form of resolution are on file at the office of Counterpointe Energy Solutions (FL) LLC, Third Party Administrator for the Florida PACE Funding Agency, 2600 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 163, Maitland, Florida 32751, email: gov@counterpointees.com All interested persons are invited to present oral comments at the public hearing and/or submit written comments to the Board at the above address. Written comments should be received by the Agency on or before October 29, 2018. Any persons desiring to present oral comments should appear at the public hearing. In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board with respect to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the referenced public hear ing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to partici pate in such public hearing should contact the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization at (386) 226-0422 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of the public hearing. By Order of the Board of Directors of Florida PACE Funding Agency on August 14, 2018 9:20-10:11cCITY OF BOWLING GREEN COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY NOTICE TO THE PUBLICThe Board of Directors of the City of Bowling Green Community Rede velopment Agency (the Board) will hold a public meeting Monday, September 24, 2018, immediately following the Final Budget Hearing which will convene at 6:00pm. The agenda will include adoption of the CRA Resolution 2018-01 to approve the FY 18/19 CRA Budget. The complete agenda can be viewed at 104 E. Main Street or www.bowlinggreenfl.org The meetings will be held at the Commission Chambers located at 104 East Main Street, Bowling Green, FL 33834. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the Board hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the proceedings, he will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The Board does not discriminate upon the bases of any individuals disability status. This non-discriminatory policy involves every aspect of the Boards functions, including ones access to, participation, employment or treatment in its programs or activities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Amer icans with Disabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the City Clerk at (863)375-2255. CITY OF BOWLING GREEN S/Robert S. Fite Jr. Chair Community Redevelopment Agency ATTEST S/Maria C. Silva City Clerk 9:20c Ingrown Toenail?Feet Hurt?Get care for all your foot problems Call Dale Anderson, DPM at 863-314-8600 for an appointment in WauchulaNo Insurance Necessary Hablamos espaol Sebring Podiatry Center6801 US 27 North, Suite D3 Sebring, FL 33870863-314-8600 Wauchula & Lake Placid Appointments Available! Dr. Dale C. AndersonPodiatric Physician & Surgeon9:20cBy TOM STAIKOf The Herald-AdvocateRefuse bins are being deliv ered this week to a new set of Wauchulas residential garbage customers. According to Assistant City Manager Olivia Minshew, workmen began delivering the bins to customers in the south west quadrant of the city on Wednesday. The bins are being delivered to homes south of West Main Street and west of U.S. 17. If all goes as planned, Min shew said, customers in the zone will have their first pickup with the automated sys tem on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The roll-out is the second phase of a citywide conversion to an automated garbage col lection system expected to save Wauchula $168,000 annually. Phase One was launched in late August and focused on homes north of West Main Street and west of U.S. 17. According to Minshew, the city is on target to have the en tire city converted to the new system by the first week of Oc tober. Brown-colored bins each marked with the citys logo will continue to hit the streets prior to the citywide conver sion. The 96-gallon wheeled bins are also individually numbered so they can be registered to a specific home. They can hold 5-6 bags of garbage. Any garbage placed beside or on top of the cans will not be collected. Park It/Point It/Space It Placement of the rolling bins is critical to the success of the automated system. Bins should be parked just off the road or at the end of driveways. The canisters should be pointed with the lid opening facing the street. Each bin has white arrows on the lid. Those arrows should be pointed to ward the road. Spacing around the bins is also key. The lift arm on the truck requires four feet of clearance on either side of the bin. Homeowners should avoid placing the bins near trees, shrubs, parked vehicles, or mailboxes. Residents need to also be aware of overhead utility lines. Once-A-Week Pickup Garbage will only be picked up once a week. Tuesday pickups will be for homes located north of West Main Street and west of U.S. 17. Wednesday pickups will in clude homes south of West Main Street and west of U.S. 17. Thursday pickups will in clude all homes east of U.S. 17. Yard debris removal will be on Wednesday, but cannot be left in the new bins. Furniture removal will be on Fridays. The wheeled cans must be to the curb no later than 7 a.m. The new bins are being dis tributed one to a home without an additional fee and will be replaced free of charge for normal wear and tear. Customers willing to pay an additional pickup fee can re quest an extra bin. The city currently has 1,375 residential costumers who will be served under the new sys tem. Information on the new sys tem is available at cityofwauchula.com or by calling City Hall at 773-3131.Wauchula Expands Garbage SystemFILE PHOTO The city of Wauchula is expanding the rollout of new refuse bins to the southwest quadrant of the city. In Other ActionZS Town CommissionThe Zolfo Springs Town Com mission considered the follow ing items during its 37-minute meeting on Aug. 28. All five commissioners were present. Commissioner Sara Schofield was dismissed early for work. heard a presentation from Pastor Wendell G. Smith, di rector of Cutting Edge Min istries, Inc. The commissioners voted to give a one-time dona tion of $3,000 to Cutting Edge Ministries to cover the cost of adding palette racks to one of their buildings for food stor age. passed a maintenance agreement with the Florida De partment of Transportation to maintain the sidewalks and urban flare driveways that are being added on North Hickory Street between Sixth Avenue and Fourth Street East. approved the hiring of au ditors Christopher, Smith and Leonard for fiscal year 201718. passed a contract with the Hardee County Sheriffs Office for another year with a 2.5 per cent, or $3,507.77, increase for a total of $143,818.49. The commissioners also dis cussed with Dep. Johnny Trammell how the new U.S. 17 has reduced the number of accidents in Zolfo Springs and the need to reduce speeding on side-streets. passed a resolution to apply for a Florida Recreation Development Assistance Pro gram grant to make improvements to Martin Luther King Jr. Park, off Suwannee Street, and Pioneer Heights Park, off the corner of Second Street West and Vermillion Court. accepted the monthly sheriffs report for July, show ing 9 offenses handled, 18 re quests for information and 20 tickets issued. Town Manager Linda Roberson said she is working on scheduling an open house for the Civic Center/Town Hall sometime in September. Town Clerk Amanda Wal lace announced that the final budget hearing will be held on Monday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. The commissioners voted to hold the regular September commission meeting on Mon day, Sept. 24 in combination with the final budget hearing. The next Zolfo Springs Town Commission meeting will be Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 3210 Main St., Zolfo Springs.Oral Cancer Screenings Free At SFSCSouth Florida State Col leges dental hygiene program will hold free oral cancer screenings next month. The screenings will be on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Building T on the Highlands Campus. Appoint ments are required. The screening is a simple process that takes about 10 minutes. After a brief medical history, patients will undergo a head and neck examination. When needed, the visual exam is followed by a VELscope inspection in which a florescent light helps to detect abnormal cells that are not visible to the naked eye. According to cancer statis tics, oral cancer is more deadly than Hodgkins lymphoma, cervical, thyroid and skin can cers, and kills one person every hour of the day. When found early, oral cancer pa tients have a 90 percent sur vival rate. Oral cancer risk factors in clude alcohol and tobacco use, advancing age, sun exposure, a diet low in fruits and vegetables, and the human papilloma virus (HPV), which makes it five times more likely for an occurrence in people under the age of 40. To make an appointment, call (863) 784-7020.SFSC Honors Students Win ScholarshipEight students in South Florida State Colleges honors program have been awarded the Edward K. Roberts Book Scholarship. This scholarship helps students cover the cost of textbooks. The students include Nicholas Fischer, Lisandro Hernandez, Cambrie Landress, Jami Mercer, Leticia Jauregui, Robert Bobby Brown, Peyton Roberts and Anthony Zepeda. Students awarded the meritbased scholarship receive $250 in the form of a credit they can use toward the purchase of text books at SFSCs Campus Store. Recipients must enroll in one honors course during the academic term in which they receive the scholarship. Returning students must achieve a 3.3 cumulative college GPA and continue to make satisfactory progress toward the Honors Program Associate in Arts degree. Hardee County plans to open its first pet-friendly hurricane shelter since the 2004 hurricane season. Bowling Green Elementary School will be the place where pet owners who must evacuate can bring their pets for shelter during declared emergencies. This new pet-friendly shelter is a joint effort of Hardee County Emergency Manage ment and the School Board of Hardee County. BGE is located at 4530 Church Ave. in Bowling Green. Under the program, residents of an emergency evacuation area and their pets will be shel tered in separate designated areas of the facility, with Hardee County Animal Control caring for the pets during the storm and Hardee County School District staff managing the shelter. Pre-registration for the 2018 and 2019 hurricane seasons is now open. Pet owners are required to show proof they reside in the county and that their pets have up-to-date vaccinations and rabies shots. If you live in an area that is normally ordered to evacuate such as low-lying lands, mobile homes, RVs or old-construction homes and you have nowhere else to take shelter, pre-register at Hardee County Emergency Management, 404 W. Orange St. in Wauchula, 773-6373, or download the reg istration form at hardeecounty.net/eoc.htm and bring it by or email it to EM@hardeecounty.net The pet-friendly shelter con cept is a very good idea, because we know of instances where people with pets have elected to stay in their homes in the evac uation zone during declared emergencies because they had no place that would take their pets, said Jill Newman, direc tor of Emergency Management. Despite the existence of this new shelter, people who live in an emergency evacuation area are strongly urged to make prior arrangements to go to the homes of friends or relatives who re side outside the evacuation zone. This is usually a more comfortable alternative for both people and pets than a public shelter.County Now Has A Pet-Friendly Shelter

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Ponger-Kays-GradyFuneral Homes & Cremation Services 205 N. 9th Ave. • Wauchula • 773-6400 • PongerKaysGrady.com One Team • One Mission B8 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B9 # Name Grade Position 1Jean Youte12WR/DB2Sam Louis12WR/DB3James Pearson12QB4Jean St. Louis12DB/DL5Ke’Varreis White9WR/DB 6Dylan Davis11WR/DB7Ellis Hodges10RB/LB9Randy McCleod12RB/DE 10Cade Alexy11RB/DB11Ray Zuniga12TE/DE12Damian Rodriguez12QB/DB13Myron Refoure10WR/DB14Jacob Davidson12WR/DB15Trayvon Thomas10TE/LB17Leo Duarte11K18Caden Dunlap9WR/DB 19Issac Moreno12TE/LB20Kaleb Floyd12WR/DB21Quintin Lindsey11WR/DB22Trenton Roberson11TE/LB25Griffin Clark11WR/DB28Eli Bertand9RB/LB 33Aaron Cook12WR/DB34Bryce Rucker11RB/DB42Matt Tyson11RB/LB44Ariel Whiters10RB/LB45Hardee Pace12TE/DL51Rakeim Baker10OL/DL53Tyler Steedley12OL/DL54Bo Villarreal11OL/DL55Tom Pace12OL/DL56Jesus Lopez11OL/DL58Evan Webster10OL/DL59Michael Rodriguez11OL/DL65Rafael Alvarez11OL/DL70Dustin Willis12OL/DL Parents: Michael & Malena KleinHobbies/Special Interests: Shopping, going to the beach andspending time withfamily and friends. Future Plans: I want to attend the University of Florida. Michaela Klein Jersey #: 9 Position: RB, DE Parents: Randy McLeod, Sr. & OctaviaPattersonHobbies/Special Interests: Play Madden & 2K. Future Plans: Football coach. Randy McLeod, Jr. # Name Grade Position 1Devante Roberson12QB/DB2John Moore11K/P3Jordan Andrle12RB/DB4Gunnar Kolberg12WR/FS5Sean Shamasian12WR/DB7Trevor Hedges12QB/DB9Martell Yale12WR/DB 10Ashton Gilbert11K/P14Billy Martin12RB/DL15Riley Haynes11WR/DB17Keegan Marinola12RB/LB18Tye Walchle12RB/LB20Colby McCauley11RB/DB21Anthony Amo12RB/LB23Aidan Cannon12RB/LB24Jason Hobbs11RB/LB26Dylan Schoeneck11WR/DB35Louis Baldor10WR/DE 36Aidan Moore11RB/LB44Henry Schouten10RB/LB45Derick Dagg10RB/LB48Nicolas Dimatteo12RB/DL51Liam Johnson12OL/DL52Dahilo Francios11OL/DL54Hayden Bosley11OL/DL55Jacob Patterson11OL/DL56Alan Symons12OL/LB58Coby Lambert11OL/LB62Jamie O’Connell12OL/DL63Kyle Dragon12OL/DL67Brock Lavallee12OL/DL68Jacob Wright11OL/DL74Wyatt Soucy12OL/DL75Max Rozen11OL/DL76Iraj Patel12OL/DL85Andrew Mitchell11WR/DB

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B10 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018T HE C LASSIFIEDS ABOUT ... ClassifiedsDEADLINE ....Tuesday noon RATES ..........Minimum of $5.00 for up to 10 words. Each additional word is 25. Ads in all capitals are 35 per word. Headlines are $2 a line. Blind ad box numbers are $5 extra. BILLING ........Ads must be pre-paid. CLASSIFICATIONS:Agriculture Mobile Homes Appliances Notices Automobile Personal Boats Pets Furniture Plants/Produce Guns Real Estate Help Wanted Recreational Houses Rentals LivestockRentals, CommercialLost & Found Services Miscellaneous Wanted Motorcycles Yard Sales Stephanie Tyler863-773-4101204 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula, 33873 cl9:20c Justin Smith UNDER CONTRACT! Beautiful 5 bed room, 2.5 bath double wide mobile home on 7.5 acres close to town. Move in ready! Listed for $179,500 $174,500 AVON PARK LAKES LOTS 3 separate lots. Great place to build. Call Justin Smith for details. 10 ac pasture just east of Zolfo Springs Nice trees. Perfect for livestock or homesite. Asking $89,000 6,000+ SF metal building. Located on southbound US Hwy 17. Corner lot with paved parking. Asking $275,000 5 acres with a pond. Currently fenced & being used for cattle. $65,500 4.7+ ac parcel located in Lorida. Includes a 30x50 building, water holes, 3 wells with deisel power unit. Asking $65,000 5.43 ac vacant land in town on Florida Avenue South. Zoned C-1. $320,000 1.19 ac metal warehouse with an office. 9,600 total square feet. Zoned A-1. Has a shallow well. $130,000 15+ acres with 2 mobile homes in Ft. Green Zoned Commercial. REDUCED TO $650,000 206 North 6th Avenue, Wauchula, FL 33873 Office (863)773-0060 Evening (863)781-1338 www.jimseerealty.com James V. See, Jr., BrokerRealtor Associates Rick Knight ............... (863) 781-1396 Dusty Albritton ........... (863) 781-0161 Shane Conley ............. (863) 781-9664 Justin Smith ................ (863-781-3432 John ONeal ............... (863) 381-2535 Karen ONeal............ (863) 781-7633 Brandi Maldonado............ (863) 414-3349 cl9:20c99 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor hand-harvesting onions in Candler and Tattnall Counties, GA, for ORea & Sons Harvesting & Hauling, Inc. with work beginning on or about 11/05/2018 and ending on or about 01/05/2019. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minimum 3 month verifiable work experience in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $10.95 per hour, and piece rate may be offered depending on crop activity. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guar anteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker 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 rea sonably 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 in tended 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 #GA2621570200. EOE. H-300-18240-800481. cl9:20cHARDEECARCOMPANY(Across From First National Bank) B Bu uy y H He er r e e P P a ay y H He er r e e773-6667 cl5:25tfc CUSTODIAN, HARDEE CAMPUS (PT)Part-time, year-round position responsible for the general cleaning of campus buildings and facilities at SFSC's Hardee Campus (Bowling Green). Typical work schedule: Monday Friday, 7:00 am-12:30 pm. Hourly Rate: $8.60 (approx. 25 hrs/wk). Open until filled. Visit http://sfsc.interviewex change.com for details and application.EQUAL ACCESS/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/VETERAN PREFERENCE cl9:13,20c 600 West College Drive Avon Park, FL 33825 (863) 784-7132 Sam Albritton Electrical Services, Inc.863-773-0192 Office 863-781-0377 Mobile Residential and Commercial Wiring Electrical Inspections Electrical Preventative Maintenance Ground Testing Lightning Arrestor24 Hour Emergency ServiceServing Hardee County Since 1994EC13002737 cl8:30tfc YOURTIREHEADQUARTERS 5101 N. Hwy 17 Bowling Green 375-4461New Tire Changer & Balancer Can Do 26 WheelsMONDAYSATURDAY8 am6 pm BOWLING GREEN QUICK LUBE& AUTO REPAIR Foreign and Domestic Cars Diesel Engines Gas or Diesel Manual or Automatic Transmissions TERRYMIKE Licensed and Insured Reg.# MV-40625 cl6:21tfcFREE ESTIMATES By Hour or ContractH. KIKER Tree Surgery 40 Years Full Time Service INSURED863-453-4942 863-453-4272 Cell: 863-664-9091 Tree Trimming Tree Removal Stump Grinding3601 E. Ramsey Way Avon Park, FL 33825cl5:4tfcKen Sanders(863)781-0153 Kennyyourrealtor@yahoo.comOPEN HOUSE: SEPTEMBER 23, 20182109 St Rd 62, Bowling Green, FL From 2:00pm-5:00pm Come see this beautiful custom built home on a 2.5 acre country setting. It has all custom features; all doors are wheelchair accessible, abundance of closets and storage rooms above the garage, as well as an office. Wait till you see the pantry next to the kitchen, its a room of its own. New plush carpet in all bedrooms. With tile floors in living area and bathrooms. This home has two porches; both front and back screened-in; to end or begin your day with a cup of coffee or a glass of sweet tea. Come make an offer...seller is motivated. cl9:20c Hills Auto World Dan 735-01 883505 US HWY17 S ZOLFOSPRINGS375-4441 4205 US HWY17 N BOWLINGGREEN cl5:10tfc Sandra Jimmy REVELLAUTOSALES BUYHEREPAYHERE8 86 63 3-3 37 75 5-4 41 11 13 3A A f f t t e e r r H H o ou u r r s s C C a a l l l l : :Travis Revell Sandra Miller863-245-0383 863-781-45775220 Hwy 17N Bowling Green (across from BP)Se Habla EspaolWE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS cl9:13tfc NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTIONYou are hereby notified that Wauchula State Bank will sell the vehicle described below As Is to the highest bidder for cash, free of prior liens, to satisfy legal obligations.2000 Ford Expedition VIN#1FMRU1567YLC08445Contact Shannon Hays for details at Wauchula State Bank 863-773-4151. The sale will be held on Friday September 21, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Wauchula State Bank parking lot located at 106 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL. cl9:13,20c MUST SELL! 2014 KW T660, Paccar engine, 10 spd., 72 sleeper, approx. 524,000 mi. Clean. No damage. $40,000. 863-832-0410. 9:20p DIESEL INJECTION REPAIR Pumps, turbos and injectors. Removal and instillation avail able, 863-381-0538. 2:8-1:17p DETAILERS AND TECHNICIANS needed at Alan Jay Chevrolet/Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/ Ram. Apply in person at 1405 Hwy. 17 S., Wauchula. Ask for Robert Austin. 9:20,27c MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED PT, hours vary. Please submit resume to assistantfordoctor@ gmail.com. 9:20,27c PLANT NURSERY LOOKING for motivated individual to apply pesticides, mowing, etc. Would prefer someone with experi ence. You can call 863-832-4252 or 863-773-6662 and ask for Carolyn. 9:13,20c ULLRICHS MACHINE SHOP. Full time apply in person at Ullrichs Water Conditioning, 409 Goolsby Street, Wauchula. 9:13tfc Help Wanted Agriculture MULTI LOCATION MANAGER for Arcadia, Wauchula, & Se bring $30,000/year generous 401K, paid vacation after 6 months, company van. One working weekend per month. Forward resume to SuperMatt.Lisa@outlook.com. 8:9tfc LEARN TO DRIVE A TRUCK! Get your Commercial Driver's Li cense today at South Florida State College. Scholarships available to eligible participants. 863-784-7033. 3:1-9:20p HAVE YOU LOST A PET? Con tact animal control in Bowling Green at 863-375-2255 to see if we have your cat or dog. We also have pets for adoption. 4:16dh/tfc 3/2 SINGLEWIDE MOBILE home $49,000 includes lot and all improvements. Ready to move in $4,000 down $462 monthly. No credit needed, owner financing. Call Paulita 863-675-8888. 9:13-10:11p Mobile Homes Lost/Found Help Wanted 3/2 NEW DOUBLEWIDE ON lot in Charlie Creek $89,900. $4,500 down with credit score of 575 or higher. Very easy approval. Call Paulita 863-675-8888. 9:13-10:11p 3/2 DOUBLEWIDE LOCATED on a lot in Charlie Creek $5,000 down $492 monthly, no credit needed, owner financing. Call Paulita 863-675-8888. 9:13-10:11p 3/2 LARGE DOUBLEWIDE FOR only $64,900 including lot $5,000 down. $568 monthly, no credit needed. Call Paulita 863-6758888. 9:13-10:11p 16X60 MOBILE HOME for sale 863-873-6626. Call after 7pm 9:6-10:4p ADOPT A PET! If you have lost a pet or are looking for a new one, the City of Wauchula invites you to come and see if you can find the pet youre looking for. The Wauchula Animal Control is lo cated at 685 Airport Road. Please call 863-773-3265 for more information. tfc-dh ATTENTION! State Statutes 828.29 requires that all cats and dogs sold in Florida be at least 8 weeks old, have an official health certificate, have neces sary shots and be free of para sites. tfc-dh ATTENTION! The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits advertis ing any preference or limitation based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or the intention to make such a preference or limitation. Familial status in cludes children under 18 living with parents or guardians and pregnant women. tfc-dh Rentals Pets Mobile Homes ULLRICHS STORAGE UNITS, several sizes, corner of 9th Ave. & Goolsby St., 863-773-6448 or 863-773-9291. 9:20c LOCAL AVON LADY. For all your Avon needs. Call: Pam Merchant 863-245-7000. Buy. Sell. Fundraise. 9:6-10:4p VITAS INNOVATIVE HOSPICE Care offers a bereavement walkin support group for those that have experienced the loss of a love one. Beginning 9/2/16 every Friday at 1 p.m. in the VITAS office, 113 W. Main Street, Wauchula, 863-583-7100. 8:18tfc-dh ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Thursday 7:00 p.m., Grace Fel lowship Church, 131 S. 8th Ave., Wauchula. Bill 727-326-3816. tfc-dh *** NEED A WELL OR HAVE PUMP TROUBLE? CALL ULLRICHS PITCHER PUMP For complete well, sales, service and installation, call 863-773-6448. 7:18tfc THE WAUCHULA LIONS CLUB collects NOT broken prescrip tion eyeglasses, cases and sunglasses. Please drop off at 735 N. 6th Ave. tfc-dh DO YOU HAVE a problem with drugs? Narcotics Anonymous meets Monday, Thursday and Friday night 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, at the corner of Palmetto and 7th Ave., Wauchula. tfc-dh ATTENTION! State Statutes 489119 Section 5 Paragraph B and Hardee County Ordinance 87-09 Section 10 Paragraph D require all ads for any construction-related service to carry the con tractors licence number. tfc-dh Services Rentals

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September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B11 IS ALCOHOL CAUSING a prob lem? Call Alcoholics Anony mous in Hardee county at863-781-6414. Several weekly meetings. tfc-dh Noon Tuesday Deadline for all yard sale ads. FRIDAY, SATURDAY, 8-2,2215 Ralph Smith Rd., Wauchula.9:20p Yard Sales Services ANGIE’S ATTIC THRIFT Storehas relocated to 752 North 6thAve., Wauchula. Open Tuesdaythrough Saturday, 10 am 3 pm.Closed Sunday & Monday. 8:30-9:27p MOVING SALE, Thursday, Fri day, Saturday, 8-?. Furniture,clothing, odds and ends. 1060Knollwood Circle, Wauchula. 9:20p HUGE SALE, Friday, Saturday,9-?, 4276 East Main, Wauchula.Electronics, toys, clothes, household, misc.9:20p Yard Sales Advantage Realty #1 Marcus Steven Lambert P.A. "Mark" Realtor Broker Associate 743 US 27 S. • Sebring, FL 33872 Cell: 863-832-0401 • Office: 863-386-0303 Fax: 1-863-386-1112 Email: mark33862@gmail.com Listings: www.advantagehighlands.com Rentals: www.advantagehighlands.net Beautiful 264 acres on Peace River and Hwy 17 joinscity water and sewer. 5 to nearly 200 acres on Johnston Rd. Owner will di vide. Great home sites, pasture or farming. 6" well. 476 acres in Polk County Hwy 60. Mostly wooded with233 acres in 16 year old pine timber. Great hunting18.5 acres on Silver Lake in Polk County. High andDry. Great home site! P P R R O O P P E E R R T T I I E E S S F F O O R R S S A A L L E E cl8:16tfc Stephanie Gugle Computer Tech (863) 781-9720 s.gugle@guglescomputerservices.com www.GuglesComputerServices.com cl9:20c I N H OME S ERVICE PROGRAM SPECIALIST, PANTHER YOUTH PARTNERS (HARDEE CAMPUS) A full-time, year-round, grant-funded position responsible forserving as Program Specialist of the In-School/Out-of-School Panther Youth Partners Program conducted bySFSC for Career Source Heartland. Associate degree re quired. (Extensive related experience may substitute for de gree requirement). Minimum of two years' experience in asimilar program required. Must maintain credentialing gu ide lines established by Workforce Florida, Inc. and Florida's De partment of Economic Opportunity for front-line CareerSource Heartland staff providers. Travel within district re quired. Starting salary: $32,000 plus a comprehensive ben efits package, including retirement, health/life insurance, andvacation/sick leave. Application deadline: September 25,2018. Please visit http://sfsc.interviewexchange.com for jobposting and application. SFSC IS AN EQUAL ACCESS/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTION cl9:13,20c 600 West College Drive Avon Park, FL 33825 (863) 784-7132 HELP WANTED PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (PIO) Full Time $30,000.00 $38,000.00 ($13.74hr – $17.40hr / 42hr wk) The Hardee County Sheriff’s Office is takingapplications for a Public Information Officer(PIO). You must be at least 19 years of age,have a high school diploma or equivalent,never been convicted of a felony, be willing tobe fingerprinted, pass a drug test and workshifts. Education and/or experience in journal ism is preferred and will be taken into consid eration for salary. For a complete jobdescription, please contact the Sheriff’s Officeat 863-773-0304 ext. 211. Applications may beobtained and returned by 4 p.m., September28, 2018, at the Sheriff’s Office, 900 E. SummitSt., Wauchula, FL. Applications are availablefor download at www.hardeeso.com If other arrangements are necessary, call 863-773-0304 ext. 211. EOE cl9:13,20c – T HE C LASSIFIEDS – COURTESY PHOTO Florida citrus growers can learn about the latest re search from the University of Florida Institute of Food& Agricultural Sciences and test new technology at aworkshop in Sebring on Sept. 25-26. Faculty will covertopics in entomology, horticulture and plant pathologyand will teach growers how to test soil pH, soil electri cal conductivity -which measures nutrients in soil --soil moisture and tree root health with simple methodsand easy-to-use instruments. The workshop will be atthe UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County Bert J. HarrisJr. Agricultural Center, O.S. “Sam” Polston Auditorium,4509 George Blvd., Sebring. Go to eventbrite.com to register. Cost is $20. Pictured is Megan Dewdney, anassociate professor of plant pathology. CITRUS WORKSHOP COURTESY PHOTO Students in Mary Idsardi's second-grade R.E.A.C.H.class at North Wauchula Elementary read two pas sages about San Francisco's famous cable cars thencollaborated to compare and contrast those passagesby using a graphic organizer known as the Venn Dia gram. The acronym stands for Realizing Excellencethrough the Advanced academic Curriculum ofHardee. COMPARE & CONTRAST COURTESY PHOTO Students in Sharon Ussery's first-grade class at ZolfoSprings Elementary School practice coding words,reading them, and then putting them in a sentencewhile grooving to the music. TUNING IN COURTESY PHOTO Students in Chantelle Garcia's first-grade class atNorth Wauchula Elementary School practiced usingscientific tools for their inquiry activities. There waseverything from tape measures to magnifying glassesto scales to thermometers. COOL TOOLS COURTESY PHOTO Several students from Alexi Ozuna's fifth-grade lan guage arts classes at North Wauchula ElementarySchool chose to cash in the points they earned forhard work and good behavior for the opportunity tohave lunch with a professional boxer. Ozuna just hap pened to have the right connections to make this hap pen for her pupils; she is the wife of boxer RubenOzuna. BOXING BUDDIES COURTESY PHOTO The PTO at North Wauchula Elementary School appliedlots of visual spirit to Wildcat fan faces with temporarytattoos before the big game. Spirit beads also werepopular. Go ‘Cats! FAN FACES COURTESY PHOTO North Wauchula Elementary second grader JoseGomez was the first student at his school to completereading and testing on all 15 of the Sunshine StateYoung Reader Award Junior Books. Here, Jose is pic tured with the Book Skirmish’s mouse mascot. FIRST ONE!

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B12 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE The City of Bowling Green has tentatively adopted a measureto increase its property tax levy.Last year’s property tax levy:A.Initially proposed tax levy…………………...........$244,975 B.Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes………………….$ (445) C. Actual property tax levy……………………...........$ 245,420 This year’s proposed tax levy ………………………..$273,765 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearingon the TAX INCREASE to be held on: Monday, September 24, 2018 6:00 p.m. at CITY HALL COMMISSION CHAMBERS 104 East Main Street Bowling Green, FL 33834 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed TAX INCREASE andthe BUDGET will be made at this hearing. 9:20c 9:20c As Seen From This Side By Jerry “Gray Wolf” Phillips Wauchula We spent a lot of time with Uncle Dewey's family. He was my Mom's second to last brother, Uncle O'Neal being theyoungest. Mom and Aunt Ella would spend weekends canning veg etables and fruit and in the winter help each other with preparingmeat for the long cold months of a south Georgia winter. After the many hours of picking and preparing everything for Mom and Aunt Ella, we kids had the rest ofthe weekend to use our imagination. Our toyswere not bought. They were made by hand andimagination. Aunt Ella's brother lived on the back side of their property. The only way to their house wasthrough Aunt Ella's yard, a "cow path" road pastor through a pond of unstable depths. This pond was a great big ocean with our ships always being blown back and forth. This pond had a lot of live oak and wateroak trees, easy to climb and launch airplanes from the topbranches. When we were not knee-deep in water we were 30 feet off the ground. My brother Stanley and I were four years apart inages. Gene was two years older than I, two years younger thanStanley. Poor Stanley. Every time we did something wrong Stanley got the blame and punishment from Mom. (He was alwaysMom's scapegoat, and we never knew why.) I don't know how many times we fell out of those trees, but we had the pond to catch us. You have seen birds fly down at cats or dogs to scare them away from their nests. We had that problem with blue j ays peck ing our heads in those threes. Those beaks are like nails whenthey peck your head. Boys today do not know how to play when it is only their imagination to work with. –––––– Uncle Dewey and Aunt Ella had four children--two girls, a boy, then another girl. The second girl married an Air Force guy,and for a time he was stationed at Cocoa Beach in Florida. Thelast girl is retired F.B.I. The Air Force in its infinite wisdom decided Blackie was needed in England. They had a problem--a city dog. This familymember would not go to the U.K., so it came to live withGrandpa. As was the custom on the farms of the '50s, grass was not allowed to grow with the crops. One sure way to remove it waswith a goose-neck hoe. And it was another custom of being on afarm in the '50s that you "swapped work." A few days weworked for them and they the same with us. No money needs(orhad). We were about a third of the way to the east end of some rows of cotton when this "city dog" found a rabbit, his first. Notknowing anything about rabbits but too eager to learn, he gotthis great idea of catching it. There was no contest. The rabbit casually left "Big City" in his dust, all the way down the row of cotton, through GroverDunlap's fence to places unknown. Not willing to concede the race this poor unsuspecting dog hit the wire fence at full speed. With a loud yelp he found himselfback about 10 feet from the fence, very shook up. A lesson welllearned — look as you go. From that day forward he would run "wide open" about 30 feet, then stop and off again. We figured he kept looking for thatrabbit to put up another fence. There is a saying "you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy." Maybe it goes in reverse with "city dogs." He never did be come a country boy. –––––– "Love at first sight." Some people say that is just an old say ing, that this never happens. It really does happen. The first day I was employed by Winn-Dixie (Winn and Lovett Grocery) a beautiful girl walked past going to the meatdepartment. I asked the stock clerk (I was working beside him)who was she. He said one of those Enfinger girls. I asked what her name was. He said Mary Alice, then asked why. I said she is going to be my wife. He told me I was crazy,that she didn't have anything to do with any boy. A year and ahalf later we were married (she 16, I 19). I have nothing bad to say about her. All our problems belong to me, 100 percent my fault. My cousin Gene, two years older than me, was my "running buddy." Every girl we ever dated was just someone to be around,had nothing in common until I met Alice. Everything changed. Alice had a best friend just as Gene and I were. One Satur day we arranged for Gene and Emorie to meet. They rode downto the Bainbridge boat ramps for a short while, and we met at our cousins' grocery store about three buildings from Alice'shouse. When we walked in I could tell by the look on his face--he had the same feeling I had felt the first time I saw Alice. The lastof October Gene and Emorie will be married 55 years. I can only imagine the life I could have had if I had not ru ined the best things in my life. Even today I love Alice as much now as I did that first day. By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern The Zolfo Springs Town Commission held its firstbudget hearing on Monday ofthis week. No members of the public were at the meeting and nochanges were made to thebudget. The final public hearing be fore the commissioners vote toaccept and adopt the budgetwill be this coming Monday at6 p.m., followed by themonthly commission meeting.The hearing and meeting willbe at Town Hall, 3210 MainSt. in Zolfo Springs. There are no tax or millage rate increases in the proposedbudget. Regular town employees, a category that does not includethe commissioners, will be re ceiving a three-percent payraise if the budget passes.Town Clerk Amanda Wallacesays the pay raises will not af fect tax rates. Any citizen who wants to see the budget and/or expressconcerns about it before thecommissioners vote to pass itcan attend the final hearing onMonday. To see the budget before the meeting, you can visit thetown of Zolfo Springs’ web site. Click on “Government,”then on “Administration.”From there, you can downloadthe budget by clicking on“2019 Final Budget” on theleft side of the screen. You can also go in to the Fire Department/UtilitiesBuilding at 104 Fifth St. be tween 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.today (Thursday) or Mondayto view the budget. Final ZS Budget Hearing Monday Go To The Head Of The Class! SCHOOL NEWS DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM YOUR BUSINESS COULD APPEAR HERE TOO!!Nancy Davis, Kim Reas or Trayce Daniels 773-3255 www.TheHeraldAdvocate.com

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B14 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018–H ARDEE L IVING – COURTESY PHOTOS Over the summer Heart ofHardee 4-H club memberstook on the service proj ect of redoing the county4-H hog scales and trailer.The trailer was sand blasted, painted, rewiredand all the boards werereplaced. We made it looklike a brand new hogscale trailer for all theHardee County 4-H clubsto use! Our club alsoworked on a way to dis play our new club banner.A huge thank you goesout to Vision Ace Hardware of Wauchula for donating all of the supplies needed to create the PVC banner holder.It is going to be a great asset to our club! At our first 4-H meeting of the new year, on Sept. 4, we had severalnew faces. The members had a wonderful time electing new officers and practicing parliamentary procedureby creating trail mix. – By Reporter Janelle McDuffie SUMMER PROJECT COURTESY PHOTO Steve and Mary Storts of Wauchula celebrated their50th wedding anniversary with a party with family andfriends on Saturday, Sept. 8. The couple were marriedon Sept. 7, 1968, in Bradenton. They have resided inHardee County since 1969. He was employed by Mo saic, retiring after nearly 30 years of service. The cou-ple have four children, Aaron Storts, Wesley Storts,Jennifer Billingsley, and Amy Lininger; seven grand children; and one great-grandchild. The Stortses enjoytraveling, spending time with their grandchildren, andtheir volunteer ministry. GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CURRENT PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY After years of boarded-up leaky windows, First Baptist Church of Fort Meade is ren ovating its building inside and out. Deacon Kevin Collier said the word behind thepulpit won’t change, but the things around it will. Church leadership doesn’t wantpotential visitors to bypass the church because its looks rundown, he explained.Instead, they want a modern look. The external renovations include new windowsand doors, a fresh paint job, a digital sign out front, and new landscaping aroundthe building. Church member Tim Walker, a manager with Sunshine Growers Inc.,is doing the landscaping, Collier said. The church also had two large oak trees re moved so the church is more visible from the road. Most of the renovation costsare being covered by unexpected donations the church received, Collier noted.Above is the church before; below is the church mid-renovation. NEW LOOK COURTESY PHOTO The Wauchula Garden Club each year donates funds to organizations which helpHardee County citizens. Pictured receiving donations are (from left) Jessica Garner,Resthaven administrator, and Amy Harper, Hardee Help Center executive director,who were guests at the May club meeting; and 2018 Hardee High School graduat ing seniors Jose Sustaita and Jose Aleman, who were awarded college scholar ships to pursue their interest in horticulture. Checks were presented by CarolSaunders, Garden Club treasurer. The new club year begins this week. Membershipis open to anyone with an interest in plants, landscaping and horticulture. Meetingsare the third Wednesday of each month, September through May, at 131 N. EighthAve. Membership dues are $25. CULTIVATING OTHERS Amelia Caroline Johnson, of Fernandina Beach, and JacobPaul Neuhofer, of Wauchula,have announced their engage ment and upcoming marriage. The bride-elect is the daugh ter Janis Johnson of FernandinaBeach and the late Jeff Johnson.She is a 2018 graduate of theUniversity of Florida Collegeof Nursing, and is a registerednurse employed at St. VincentHospital in Jacksonville. The prospective groom is the son of Gina and Chris Neuhoferof Wauchula. He is a 2018graduate of the University ofFlorida Hough GraduateSchool of Business, with aMaster of Science degree inmanagement. He is employedby AXA Financial Advisors inJacksonville. Plans are being finalized for a Saturday, Nov. 3, wedding inFernandina Beach at the FirstBaptist Church of FernandinaBeach. Amelia Johnson & Jacob Neuhofer Become Engaged COURTESY PHOTO Jacob Neuhofer and Amelia Johnson LUCKY CLOVERS My name is Jaymie Chancey, I am the new Re porter for the Lucky Clovers 4-H club. At our recent meeting we discussed the following: rules,fundraisers, and our monthlymeeting schedule. We alsolearned about Zingbooks,which is an online recordbook. Our officers were also cho sen at our meeting by vote. We also learned we will be putting up new 4-H signs en tering the county on SR 66 andSR 62! Lastly, we went overour future field trips. Our meeting was tons of fun and we have a lot to look for ward to this year! 4-H Club News On This Day:• In 1519 Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets off on the 1st successful circumnavigation of the globe (Mag ellan killed on route)• In 1565 Spaniards capture Fort Caroline Florida & massacre the French • In 1664 Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermar riage of English women & black men Don’t Be Left Out!HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM ATTENTION SUBSCRIBERS If you are movingor changing youraddress, pleaselet our subscrip tion departmentknow as soon aspossible so yourservice will not bedelayed. 863-773-3255

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4-City NewsBy Henrietta Benson 448-6737 September 20, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B15H ARDEE L IVING Vape Lounge (863) 448-4139Monday ~ Saturday 10am ~ 9pm748 N. 6th Ave., Unit A WauchulaBeside OK Tire Across From Badcock soc9:20p A-1 SAFARI GLASS 300 N. Florida Ave. Wauchula863-773-3434Now offering AUTO WINDOW TINTING in the Hardee County area. Let us help you beat the summer heat. Call for a FREE quote.For All Your Glass NeedsCommercial Residential AutoLicense # SCC131151430 Insuredsoc9:20c COURTESY PHOTO American Legion Post No. 2 in Wauchula is in the process of upgrading its grounds and creating an extension to its veterans park, which is situated behind the memorial erected to honor Hardee Countys fallen heroes. The post hopes to share its story with the locals and travelers who view or visit the memorial and park. Mem bership is open to any wartime veteran. Call the post at 773-2331 or the adjutant at 781-0296 for more information. VETERANS PARK Greetings from Fort Green! Our sincere sympathy is ex tended to the family of Edward Alderman, who made his final journey last week. He grew up in Fort Green and his dad was Mug Alderman. He lived in Kissimmee his adult years and retired from the Florida Highway Patrol. He will certainly be missed. Also, sympathy is extended to the family of Henry Daniels. His girls were in the 4-H Club at Bowling Green when I was the leader. If my memory is correct, he worked for the Carltons on Bay Street. It seems to me that when my late husband Kays daddy passed, Henry would bring delicious hot biscuits to the house. He had been sick for some time. Also, the girls mother, Henrietta Benson, was my assistant leader with the 4-H Club. Abby Duke and Aubrey Bragg both are members of our church. Congratulations to them as they came in first and second respectively in their swim meet last week. Then over the weekend they went to Florida Southern and Abby took first place in her class. Way to go, girls! Everyone is talking about the storm in North and South Carolina. We certainly need to be in prayer for them and also give thanks that it did not hit us. Everyone was happy to see Mable Williamson in Sunday School last week. She has missed quite a few times with sickness or else her husband, James, was ill. He could not at tend with her as he was sick with a bad headache. Charles Abbot is our teacher and he was unable to attend for the same reason. Brother Mike Roberts was a guest in our class and we gave him the job of teaching! He visits different classes each Sunday while he is filling in as supply preacher. He certainly does a good job. Our drop a dime program is beginning again at church. The money collected goes to the shoeboxes we fill around Christmas. Joe Fields said if we collect at least $350, he and his wife, Dollene, will furnish and cook breakfast for the church. The meal was deli cious last time. I would not know how to begin cooking for about 100 people for one meal, how much to buy, etc. Of course, he works for the county and I believe Danny Weeks is his su pervisor, and Danny can plan a meal for over 100 and know how much to buy, etc. We had a beautiful bouquet on the Lord s Table this past Sunday. Stephanie and Scooter Reid sent them in honor of their son, Chris, who passed away in a tragedy a year ago. John Alexander, a fairly old man, visits his son often and always comes to church, either alone or with his daughter-inlaw, Roberta. He posted a picture of guava jam he had made from guavas he took home with him from his recent visit. He has got more stamina than me, to drive the distance to Tennessee and then get busy making jam! Tracy Powell had surgery last Friday. He is home from the hospital but his wife said he is taking medicine as he is in pretty bad pain. Please pray for Tracy. Also, the article in the paper about Kelly Weems Yeomans is pretty bad. If you have a sickness and they do not know what it is so cannot treat it correctly. Tracy had the problem with doctors not able to determine the problem. After his surgery they now know a little more. I hope the person who hit the family with their car was not on the phone! In a store last week, a person was busy texting on her phone and about walked into me. I said pretty loud excuse me and with that she looked up and veered! Those phones can be a prob lem but are needed in an emer gency. Please pray for each other and our nation. Fort Green NewsBy Rilla Cooper 773-6710 The Fifth Sunday Union Meeting will convene Sept. 26-29 in Wauchula. Host church is Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Arthur Powell Jr., pastor-president. Sept. 23 at 3 p.m., Friendship Baptist Church Rev. Leroy Sims, of Davenport, will render service at close of the Rev. Arthur Powell Jr. Annual Anniversary at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. Dont forget the first annual 100 Men in Black on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at Bethel AME Church in Winter Haven. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Courtney J. Mackey. Dr. Herbert L. Brown, 96, passed Sept. 5 in Winter Haven. He was a retired pastor and member at Mt. Zion MB Church in Auburndale. Deepest sympathy to the family. Visitation was Sept. 14 and services Sept. 15. Deepest sympathy to the Middleton family. The Celebration of Life for Ellis James Choo Choo Middleton was Sept. 13 in Arcadia at Mt. Zion AME Church. Born Dec. 24, 1932, passed Thursday morning, Sept. 6. He attended school in Wauchula and Bethune Cookman Col lege, served in Korean War. The Rev. V.C. Fayson delivered the memorial mes sage. Alton and Edward Brown, Eric Middleton, Deshawn, Kavauris and Ke shawn Polk were pallbearers. Interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Congratulations to Sam Fite, mayor of Bowling Green, newly appointed as pres ident of the Ridge League of Cities for 2018-19. New officers: Rob Robinson, mayor of Davenport, vice president; Judy Wertz-Strickland, mayor of Arcadia, treasurer; Neda Eagle Cobb, mayor protem of Wauchula, secretary. Congratulations to all. Saturday was the home-going service for Walter Henry Sug Daniels at Pro gressive MB Church, the Rev. Arthur Powell Jr., pastor and eulogist. He was born April 2, 1943, and passed on Sept. 6. Selection by choir; Elder Michael McMillian, invocation; Scripture by Min. Aubrey Graham the O.T. and Pastor Scott Waldron the N.T; As I Knew Him, Brandy Richardson of Hardee Manor; words of comfort, the Rev. Willie J. Car penter; and the Rev. Arthur Powell Jr. de livered the eulogy. Jamie Louis, Dwain Lane, Chris Manuel, Elder Michael McMillian, Perry McDonald and Willie Robinson were active pallbearers. James Greene, Richard Louise, Vernon K. Greene, Alvin Ster ling, Jonathan Benson, Fred Miller, Bobby Brown, Jerry Rich, Vernon R. Greene and Pastor Nick Jones were honorary pallbearers. Interment at Magnolia Manor Cemetery, repast at Progressive dining room, Wauchula. There was a surprise 75th birthday cel ebration honoring Allane Ted Tillman Brown on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the First Baptist Multi Resource Building on MLK. Daughter Shameika Brown-Jack son of Atlanta introduced the mistress of ceremonies, Lucille Means-Butler of Cincinnati. Son Reginald Brown gave the welcome, Bishop Harold Lonton the Scripture, Bro. Joe Lee the prayer, and her brother Minister Allen Tillman a selection. Words: Sis. Loise Taplin, Worthy Ma-SFSC Foundation Welcomes 2 New Board MembersAlex Fells and Darrell L. Jensen were recently elected to serve on the South Florida State College Foundation Board of Directors for a threeyear term. Representing Highlands County, Fells is the assistant vice president of asset management for Legacy Communities, based in Sebring. Jensen, who also represents Highlands County, is the chief financial officer of Heacock Insurance Group in Sebring. The SFSC Foundation is the official fundraising and gift-re ceiving organization for SFSC. As a nonprofit corporation, it works with local business partners and friends to estab lish scholarships, fund endow ments, and offset capital expenditures. To make a dona tion to the SFSC Foundation, call 453-3133 or email founda tion@southflorida.edu. tron of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 110; as neighbors, Girlene McWhor-ter, Diane Smith, Stephane and Patricia Carl ton; as a family member, Patrica Hodges Lunsford; selection by Pastor John Donaldson and goddaughter Katessa Camel Swint; as a sister, Inell Tillman; as a niece, June Jordan; Allanes history by Mae L. Simpkins. Sister-in-law Mardrivon B. Daniels of Jacksonville was not able to attend. Carol Tillman, Bishop Harold Lonton rendered a selection, Children: Mark, Reginald and Shameika, husband Bobby Brown. Selec tion render by Prophetess Nitarsha Gor don. Words as her pastor, by landline, the Rev. Reginald Franklin. Thanks to all by son Mark Brown of Lakeland. Pastor Gloria Lonton, the invocation. Special thanks to Pastor R. Franklin, First Baptist, Betsey Outley, Laticia Wilkins, Ossie Johnson, Latoya Wiggins and D.J. John Mosley. The guests enjoyed a dinner and the fish fry at the Brown residence on Baker Street. Mrs. Ted Brown returned up to Cincin nati for a stay with friend Lucille Butler, arrived home last Thursday evening. Mattie Daniels is home after a stay in the Sebring hospital. Pray for all the sick and shut-ins: Jessie E. Belcher, Ali Mor ris, Barbara Baker, Thelma Blakley, James A. White and Stanley Davis. Mardrivon B. Daniels of Jacksonville spent the weekend in Hardee with rela tives, the Bobby Brown family, the Irvins, Kemps, Bensons, Danielses and other rel atives and friends. Walter Frazier Jr. of Miami spent the weekend in Wauchula with family and friends. Mt. Camel PB Church, Elder Haughbrook, pastor, of Nichols, will render the An nual Church Anniversary at Greater MP Church. Guest church will be Mt. Pleasant PB Church of Fort Meade. Today (Thursday) evening service, guest church will be Mt. Sinai PB Church of Lakeland, Pastor John Smith, for Greater MPB Church Elder E. Reed, pastor. 2018 HOMECOMING PARADE Cats On BroadwayThe Hardee Senior High Student Council PresentsHardee Wildcats vs.Bartow Yellow JacketsOCTOBER 5 2:30PMEntry Fee: $15.00 Entry Deadline: Friday, September 28, 2018 Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best HHS Class Float Best HHS Club Float Best Elementary/Junior High Float Best Business/Organization Float LETS ALL SHOW OUR WILDCAT PRIDE!!!!! Email: bguest@hardee.k12.fl.us for official entry form and additional info. 9:13-27c MONDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, scone, french toast sticks, fruit and milk Lunch: hot dog (k-12), PB&J (k-12), mozzarella pin wheel (k-12), cheeseburger (612), pan pizza (6-12), baked beans, cucumbers, garden salad (6-12), fruit and milk (k12) TUESDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, eggs w/cheese & bacon on flat bread, pancake balls, juice, fruit and milk Lunch: cheese pizza (k-12), PB&J (k-12), turkey sub (k-12), chicken sandwich (6-12), spicy chicken sandwich (6-12), car rots, mashed potatoes (k-12), garden salad (6-12), fruit and milk WEDNESDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, omelet, banana bread, fruit and milk Lunch: cheeseburger (k12), PB&J (k-12), beef/bean burrito (k-12), Swans French Bread Pizza, broccoli, green beans, garden salad (6-12), fruit and milk THURSDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, donut holes, chicken biscuit, fruit and milk Lunch: pasta w/meat sauce, (k-12), PB&J (k-12), stuff crust pizza (k-5), Big Daddy pizza (6-12), chicken nuggets (6-12), buffalo chicken chunks (6-12), celery (k-12), garden salad (k12), corn, fruit and milk FRIDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, breakfast tornado, pumpkin bread, fruit and milk Lunch: chicken sandwich (k-12), PB&J (k-12), chicken & cheese taquito (k-12), calzone cheese (6-12), french fries (k12), cole slaw (k-12), fruit and milk School Menu On average, people who complain live longer. Releas ing the tension increases immunity and boosts their health. The most difficult tongue twister in the English lan guage is sixth sick sheiks sixth sheeps sick.

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‘Cats Storm Tornado Alley B16 The Herald-Advocate, September 20, 2018 Ariel Whiters bowls his way across the goal line for a Wildcat touchdown. Linebacker Sam Louis emerges from the pile after coming down with an intercep tion. Kicker Leo Duarte holds up the ball after recovering a fumble caused by Ke’Varreis White on a kickoff. PHOTOS BY NOEY DESANTIAGO Ellis Hodges outruns the Booker defenders for a 90-yard kick return touchdown to open the second half. Trenton Roberson celebrates catching a touchdown pass. Senior linebacker Matt Tyson sacks quarterback King Winkfield. Michael Rodriquez congratulates Jean St. Louis afterhe scored a touchdown. Booker 13-yard line. Ellis Hodges ripped off three consecutive runs to findthe end zone and give Hardeea quick 6-0 lead with 10:39 leftin the opening quarter. Hardee elected to go for two but James Pearson’s pass at tempt fell incomplete. Booker picked up one first down on its opening posses sion before having to punt. A bad snap forced punter Andy Lopez to abort the kickand run but Matt Tysonquickly tackled him at theBooker 40. Pearson then connected with Hodges for a 27-yardcompletion before Jean St.Louis ripped off a 13-yard runbefore punching it in from the2. Hardee unsuccessfully went for two and led 12-0 with 5:25left in the first quarter. Booker started its next drive from its own 10-yard line aftera penalty on the kickoff andHardee’s defense forced athree-and-out. A poor punt went out of bounds after only traveling 17yards and Hardee took over atthe Tornadoes 32. Six plays later Pearson faked a handoff and foundtight end Trenton Robersonopen in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown reception. Leo Duarte made the PAT and Hardee pushed its lead to19-0 with 53 seconds left inthe first quarter. Booker took the ensuing kickoff and returned it to mid field before Ke’Varreis Whitelaid a hard hit on KeyshawnTimmons and forced a fumble By MICHAEL KELLY Of The Herald-Advocate The Hardee Wildcats scored early and often against Booker(Sarasota) High School as theteam cruised to its second con secutive shutout by beating theTornadoes 49-0 as the squadimproved to 4-0 for the season. Hardee enters its bye week after beating the first four op ponents by a combined scoreof 162-28 with Sebring beingthe only team that has scoredagainst the Wildcats, whichheld Fort Meade, Avon Parkand Booker scoreless. Head coach Brian Kemp is very pleased with the way theteam has played during thefirst four games of the seasonbut also thinks there is roomfor improvement. “We still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “We have someindividual players who aregrading out lower than thescore would indicate.” Kemp wants to focus on im proving the defensive align ment and work on increasingthe tempo of the offense. He gave the players the day off Monday and might also letthem take Friday off if theyhave a good week of practice. Kemp and some of the other coaches will travel on Fridaynight to scout some ofHardee’s upcoming opponents. The Wildcats took advan tage of early miscues byBooker and converted theminto touchdowns on their firstfive offensive possessions ofthe game. Jean Youte recovered a fumble of the opening kickoffand Hardee took over at the yards and Hardee took overfrom its 35. Pearson connected with Dylan Davis for a 28-yardcompletion to start the driveand move into Booker terri tory. Pearson then ran for another first down followed by a 14-yard run by Hodges. Hodges then capped off the drive with a 4-yard touchdownrun up the middle. Duarte’s PAT kick was good and Hardee led 33-0 with 3:57left in the half. The Tornadoes’ offense picked up one first down be fore Roberson sacked Wink field for a 6-yard loss. The next play Sam Louis in tercepted Winkfield and re turned it 8 yards to the Booker43 with 1:40 left in the half. The Wildcats were unable which was recovered byDuarte at the Tornadoes 45. Pearson completed a thirddown pass attempt to MyronRefoure for a 32-yard gain anda first down to the 14. Three plays later fullback Ariel Whiters pounded his wayacross the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown. Duarte’s PATwas good and Hardee led 26-0with 10:29 left in the first half. Booker completed a long pass to move into Hardee ter ritory for the first time duringthe game before Tyson andJesus Lopez teamed up to sackKing Winkfield and force an other punt, which only went 7 to score and punted for the firsttime in the opening half with15 seconds left on the clock. Hardee received to start the second half and Hodges tookthe kick back 90 yards for atouchdown. Duarte’s PAT was good and Hardee led 40-0, which trig gered a running clock for theremainder of the game. Three of the four Wildcat victories this season have hada running clock in the game. Booker was forced to punt on its next drive and Hardeetook over at the Tornadoes 41before settling for a 37-yardfield goal by Duarte to make it43-0 with 1:00 left in the thirdquarter. Hardee’s defense continued to stymie the Booker offenseand forced another three-and-out after Isaac Moreno sacked Winkfield on a third-downpass attempt. Moreno then broke through the line on the next play andblocked the punt and Hardeetook over at the Booker 19. Hardee’s coaching staff then began subbing many ofthe players but they did nottake their foot of the gas pedal. Cade Alexy ran for a first down before freshman backupquarterback Caden Dunlapdropped back and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass toDamien Rodriquez with 2:45left in the game. Other than a few bumps and bruises, the Wildcats haveemerged a healthy team afterthe first four games of the sea son and will be rested andready to resume district playwhen Lemon Bay comes totown on September 28.