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H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE Thursday, September 27, 2018 THE 118th Year • No. 44 • 2 Sectionswww.TheHeraldAdvocate.com 93¢ Plus 7¢ Sales Tax Rodeo Locals GoTo State Finals B1 Wildcats ReturnHome Friday Night 7:30 p.m. Vs. Lemon Bay W EATHER DATE HIGH LOW RAIN 09/1884740.0009/1995740.5409/2095730.0209/2192720.0109/2291730.0109/2393730.0009/2494730.76 Rainfall to 09/24/2018 44.68 Same period last year 46.86 Ten Year Average 49.17 Source: Univ. of Fla. Ona Research Center I NDEX Classifieds...........B10 Courthouse Report.....B2Crime Blotter.........A4Entertainment.........B5 Hardee Living........A14Information Roundup.A15Obituaries............A5Puzzles...............B7Save The Date.........A2School Lunch Menus..B15Solunar Forecast.......A7 School District Fetes A Golden Anniversary Of Public Service Wildcats Nab Spot On AP Football Poll Smuggling Charge Jails HCI Officer IDA AgreesTo Repay$224,700 EYEING OREOS COURTESY PHOTO Lilyana Wilson, a fourth grader in Ashley Wheeler's class at Wauchula Elementary School, keeps a steady eyeand hand on Friday as she sees how high she can stack cookies for the Oreo Challenge. In the challenge, stu dents in her and teacher Sarah Idsardi’s class used the number of cookies in their stacks as data for math andscience questions and for graphing. By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The boys in orange and blue are getting a little statewide at tention. The Wildcat football squad from Hardee Senior HighSchool jumped onto the Asso ciated Press’s Florida HighSchool Football state rankingslast week. Hardee (4-0, 1-0) received 18 points in the Week Fiverankings to slip onto the bot tom of the Top 10 ranking ofClass 5A football. Hardee is ranked sixth over all in the Week Five SunshineState Top 25 Rankings pub lished by the Prep Zone (www.floridahsfootball.com). The Wildcats are the only squad in the Heartland region –or in the district – to earn a slot on either poll. The Wildcats are enjoying an impressive start to the footballseason after amassing a 4-0record after blanking FortMeade, Avon Park and Booker (Sarasota). Hardee’s only major chal lenge thus far this season came in its matchup against the vis iting Sebring Blue Streaks. TheWildcats won that outing in athrilling 29-28 double overtime See WILDCATSA2 Anderson By CYNTHIA KRAHL Of The Herald-Advocate A corrections officer has found himself on the wrongside of the bars after being ac cused of augmenting his in come by selling contraband toinmates. James Edward Anderson, 22, an employee of Hardee Correc tional Institution, was bookedinto the Hardee County Jail onthe afternoon of Wednesday,Sept. 12, and remained there asof late this Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with posses sion of more than 20 grams ofmarijuana and conspiracy to in troduce contraband into a cor rectional facility, both felonies,and possession of narcoticsequipment, possession of a sus pended driver’s license anddriving while license sus pended, all misdemeanors. Bond has been set at $2,250.Anderson has yet to be ar raigned in Hardee CircuitCourt, and no court date has been set, according to court records. Anderson, who lists an ad dress in Avon Park but who was staying in Wauchula, al legedly crossed over onto thewrong side of the law after twoHardee Correctional Institutioninmates approached him and asked him to smuggle in ciga rettes for them. Anderson reportedly agreed, leaving the cigarettes at speci fied locations, to later be See OFFICER A2 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate It was a different world when Joann McCray reported for her first day of work at Hardee Jun ior High School. Man had yet to step on the moon.The month, September. The year, 1968.It was a time of nationwide unease. Mere months had passed since the as sassinations of presidential candidateBobby Kennedy and civil rights leaderMartin Luther King Jr. Protests raged across the United States as causalities continued tomount in Vietnam. RichardNixon battled HubertHumphrey, a Democrat,and George Wallace, astaunch segregationist,on his campaign trek thatwould lead to a presi dency. “A lot of things have changed,” McCraysaid. McCray, who cur rently serves as sec retary to the Hardee County School Board,reached a milestone this month as she cele brates 50 years of public service. Schools Superintendent Bob Shayman feted McCray, who also serves as secretary to the superintendent’s office. He called McCray’s service “instrumental” to the success of the School District of Hardee County. “I could not do this job without her,” Shayman said. “There are three legs that make the superintendent’s office work: the superintendent, a good deputy, and Joann McCray.” Nearly 100 colleagues, family and friends gathered earlier this month for a sur prise reception honoring Mc Cray at the School Board Training Center. “I can’t believe this,” McCray said as shewalked into the cen ter. McCray was pre sented with an en graved glass bowl See GOLDENA3 By MICHAEL KELLY Of The Herald-Advocate The Hardee County Indus trial Development Authorityhas agreed to reimburse RapidSystems $224,700 for addi tional costs it incurred throughthe failed partnership amongthe company, the IDA and theFlorida Rural Broadband Al liance. The board did not grant Rapid Systems’ request for anadditional $720,000 to upgradethe network capacity to 10 gi gabits. Rapid Systems originally re ceived a $2 million grant fromthe Economic DevelopmentAuthority in 2010 after partner ing with the IDA to blanket thecounty with high-speed, wire less internet capabilities. The IDA and Rapid Systems signed a memorandum of un derstanding with FRBA to usethe Hardee County system as amatching portion of a federalstimulus grant in 2009 thatwould provide other rural com munities in the area with aSee IDA A2

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A2 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018 Herald-Advocate HARDEECOUNTYSHOMETOWNCOVERAGE TOM STAIK Sports Editor NOEY DeSANTIAGO Production Manager DARLENE WILLIAMS Assistant Production Manager DEADLINES: Hardee Living Thursday 5 p.m. School News & Photos Thursday 5 p.m. Sports Thursday 5 p.m. (Weekend Events, Monday Noon) General News Monday 5 p.m. Ads Tuesday Noon SUBSCRIPTIONS: Hardee County 6 months, $21 1 year, $39 2 years, $75 Florida 6 months, $25 1 year, $46 2 years, $87 Out of State 6 months, $29 1 year, $52 2 years, $100 Online 1 month, $5 6 months, $19 1 year, $37 2 years, $70 LETTERS: The Herald-Advocate welcomes letters to the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be brief, and must be written in good taste, signed and include a daytime phone number. MICHAEL R. KELLY Co-Publisher and Editor JAMES R. KELLY Co-Publisher CYNTHIA M. KRAHL Managing EditorTHE115 S. Seventh Ave. P.O. Box 338 Wauchula, FL 33873 Phone: (863) 773-3255 Fax: (863) 773-0657 Ads@TheHeraldAdvocate.com Publisher@TheHeraldAdvocate.com Sports@TheHeraldAdvocate.com Published weekly on Thursday at Wauchula, Florida, by the HeraldAdvocate Publishing Co. Inc. Periodical Postage paid at U.S. Post Office, Wauchula, FL 33873 and additional entry office (USPS 578-780). Postmaster, send address changes to: The Herald-Advocate, P.O. Box 338, Wauchula, FL 33873. At The Herald-Advocate, we want accuracy to be a given, not just our goal. If you believe we have printed an error in fact, please call to report it. We will review the information, and if we find it needs correction or clarification, we will do so here. To make a report, call Managing Editor Cynthia Krahl at 773-3255. Corrections Kellys ColumnBy JimSeen on a bumper sticker Tuesday in Wauchula, "Slow down. Look around and enjoy God's creation." One day I would like to see a bumper sticker that says "Bumper Sticker." The late Bruce Campbell of Wauchula used to hand out business cards that contained only two words, "My Card." Congratulations to Tiger Woods for winning his first golf tournament in five years over the weekend, The Tour Championship in Atlanta. This followed personal and marital setbacks and four back surgeries. Congratulations to the Pittsburg Steelers on Monday night for taking some of the "Magic Dust" from the Tampa Bay Bucs and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, winning 30-27 at Raymond James Stadium. Congratulations to the Hardee Wildcats football varsity for being rated No. 6 and No. 10 in Class 5-A in two state football polls this week. The 4-0 Cats will host Englewood Lemon Bay Friday at 7:30 at Wildcat Stadium in a district game. Brian Harding, assistant manager at Vision Ace Hardware, spoke to the Wauchula Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. He said the store has 33 employees. The store raises money for three main charities--Children's Miracle Network, Relay For Life, and Toys For Tots. The local store pays rent to property owners Charles and Penny Nicholson, who used to own and operate Nicholson Sup ply Company/Ace Hardware. The couple now live in Gainesville. The Wauchula store has a large lumberyard and is one of 14 Ace Hardware franchises owned by Jim Ackroyd, who lives in Naples and is also board chairman of the national Ace Hardware organization, said Harding. Harding has been in Wauchula three years and formerly worked in management for Home Depot and Tractor Supply. Charles Cannon, 91, of Wauchula served on the City Coun cil from 1960 to 1977 and defeated challengers Joe Burke, Har mon Farabee and Bobby Evers in re-election campaigns. Cannon was defeated by George Heine Jr. by two votes. Cannon worked for the FBI from 1947 to 1955, and at age 28 came back to Wauchula to help his father run Cannon Build ing Materials, which is the current site of the CVS store. Cannon will be moving to Lakeland in mid-November to Carpenters Home Estates to be closer to his doctors. He has had one knee replacement, three stents and four defibrillators. He works out regularly at the Hardee Family YMCA and looks younger than his years. He and his wife Judy, who insisted on being a stay-at-home mother, raised three very successful children, two boys and a girl. Hardee Wildcat linebacker Matt Tyson is a senior and a four-year varsity starter, not a junior as reported here last week. It is not hard to make a mistake in this business, sort of like a missed tackle. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, says the Trump Administration has waged a campaign of terror against the environment, gutting regulations designed to keep chemicals from poisoning our water and carbon emissions from polluting our air. Brune said the administration has advanced 19th Century fossil fuel energy over clean, renewable power and opened pub lic lands to extraction and exploitation. Nike has a new marketing campaign featuring unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling in 2016 during the National Anthem to protest racial and social injustice. In 2017 and so far in 2018 no NFL team has hired him (he had a losing record as a starter with the 49ers). He believes the NFL owners are boycotting him. The marketing motto is "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything." I always thought Tim Tebow could have been an effective quarterback with the right NFL team. Could his faith have cost him NFL opportunities? Florida Trend lists the largest public and private based com panies in the state and their location, number of employees, rev enue, revenue change from previous year, and business type. The Top 20 public companies are: 1. Tech Data, Clearwater, 14,000, $36.8 billion, up 40.2%, computer distribution. 2. World Fuel Services, Miami, 5,000, $33.7 billion, up 24.7%, petroleum products distribution. 3. Auto Nation, Fort Lauderdale, 26,000, $21.5 billion, down 0,3%, auto dealerships. 4. Jabil Circuit, St. Petersburg, 170,000, $19.1 billion, up 3.9%, electronic components. 5. Carnival, Miami, 97,200, $17.5 billion, up 6.8%, cruise line. 6. NextEra Energy, Juno Beach, 14,700, $17.2 billion, up 6.4%, energy provider. 7. WellCare Health Plans, Tampa, 8,900, $17.0 billion, up 19.5%, health insurance services. 8. Lennar, Miami, 9,111, $12.6 billion, up 15.5%, home construction. 9. CSX, Jacksonville, 24,000, $11.4 billion, up 3.1%, railroads. 10. Office Depot, Boca Raton, 45,000, $10.2 billion, down 7.1%, office products retail/distribution. 11. Fidelity National Information, Jacksonville, 53,000, $9.1 billion, down 1.3%, information technology support services. 12. Hertz Global Holdings, Estero, 37,000, $8.8 billion, no change, car rental. 13. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Miami, 66,000, $8.8 billion, up 3.3%, cruise line. 14. Fidelity National Financial, Jacksonville, 24,367, $7.7 billion, up 5.6%, title insurance. 15. Ryder System, Miami, 36,100, $7.3 billion, up 8.0%, transportation services. 16. Darden Restaurants, Orlando, 175,000, $7.2 billion, up 3.4%, restaurants. 17. Mastec, Coral Gables, 17,300, $6.6 billion, up 28.7%, telecom infrastructure services. 18. Raymond James Financial, St. Petersburg, 12,700, $6.5 billion, up 18.2%, financial services. 19. Harris, Melbourne, 17,000, $5.9 billion, down 1.5%, telecommunications equipment. 20. Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings, Miami, 28,000, $5.4 billion, up 10.8%, cruise line. SEPTEMBER 27 Storytime, HC Public Library/315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/ 10 am 27 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 27 Pokemon Limited League/Sanctuary Gaming Club/ 1321 E. Main St., Wauchula/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 12 Medicare Enrollment Education/Hardee Help Center/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/Floridas First Assembly of God/6:30 pm NOVEMBER 1 Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 1 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 7 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 8 Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 8 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 14 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 15 Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 15 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 amSave The Date will keep residents informed of upcoming community happenings. To have your non-profit meeting or event posted for free, e-mail features@theheraldadvocate. com as far ahead as possible. SAVETHEDATE Extension Office Hosts Sheep & Goat ConferenceIf you own sheep or goats, theres an event coming up for you. The Heartland Sheep & Goat Conference will be held on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences Exten sion Office. The conference will include topics about science-based practices to improve goat herd and sheep flock productivity. Some of those topics are sheep and goat diseases, marketing strategies, small ruminant nu trition, cool season and annual forage alternatives, and poi sonous plants. Live animal demonstrations will be held at the event. Registration costs $25 per person; the cost covers snacks, lunch and materials for the conference. To register, call the Exten sion Office at 773-2164 or buy tickets from eventbrite.com There is a $3.45 convenience fee if you purchase your ticket online. You must register by 5 p.m. on Oct. 8. The Extension Office is at 507 Civic Center Drive in Wauchula. win before a home crowd at Wildcat Stadium. Hardee hopes to shake off a potentially momentum stalling bye schedule last week as they prepare to face the Manta Rays of Lemon Bay (Englewood) High School (1-3, 0-1) on Friday. Kickoff for the Class 5A District 11 match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat Sta dium. WILDCATS Continued From A1 picked up by the inmates. His alleged sideline was dis covered after a fellow correc tions officer offered Anderson a room at his house when An derson needed a place to stay, according to a report filed by Dep. Dean DeDominicis of the Hardee County Sheriffs Of fice. Early in the morning on Sept. 12, the homeowner went into the bedroom he had al lowed Anderson to use while searching for a mouse loose in the house. Looking under the bed, he found a bag and moved it up onto the bed. He noticed it held about six items, the deputy noted, and re moved an odd-looking one wrapped in plastic wrap and electrical tape. Unwrapping it, he found a plastic bag filled with a green leafy substance, DeDominicis alleged. He called authorities. DeDominicis and Dep. Mitchell Johnson responded to the home. A field test of the substance was positive for mar ijuana, the report goes on to al lege. It weighed in at 23.4 grams, according to the report. Other packs in the bag held cell phones wrapped in rubber inner tubes and black electrical tape, the deputy described. Anderson was interviewed while at work at HCI by the warden and detectives with the Hardee County Drug Task Force. He reportedly told the offi cers two inmates had asked him to smuggle marijuana into the prison, and that his contact was a woman in Highlands County. An ounce of marijuana would earn him $400, detec tives alleged in their report. Other alleged payments were $500 for a cell phone, $300 for an ounce of synthetic mari juana and $50 for a pack of cig arettes. Anderson was arrested at the prison, and was walked out of the prison for transport to the county jail. A later search of his truck in the employee parking lot al legedly revealed cigarettes and electrical tape, the report stated. OFFICER Continued From A1 IDA Continued From A1 similar wireless system as de veloped here. FRBA, a non-profit organi zation formed in part by the Florida's Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative, applied for and was awarded $24 million through the federal American Recovery & Investment Act of 2009. IDA Executive Director Bill Lambert served on the FRBA board as Hardee Countys representative before being re moved and replaced by former county commissioner Grady Johnson. Terms of the memorandum of understanding, which was put together hastily by all three parties to meet the grant deadline, outlined a plan for Rapid Systems to tap into bandwidth from the Level 3 connection running through Ona and send it via microwave signal using the towers located throughout Hardee to Highlands County, where it would then be dis persed to the other counties in the region. In the memorandum, FRBA agreed to pay for the additional cost of increasing Rapid Sys tems bandwidth to provide enough capacity for the other counties. Rapid Systems was also going to be the last-mile provider, which served the in dividual customers, in the other counties as part of the deal that would have greatly expanded its customer base. Even though the memorandum of understanding was signed by all parties, a formal contract was never executed and FRBA backed out of the deal and left Rapid Systems owing more than $500,000 for the increased bandwidth from Level 3 that it did not need. Rapid Systems ultimately sued the organization and some individual board members and other involved parties for $25 million. In 2013, while the lawsuit was ongoing, the IDA began the process to transferring ownership of the 15 poles, which were on county rights of way, over to Rapid Systems since it had fulfilled its obligations under the contract. FRBA tried to intervene and block the transfer, citing some of the equipment on the towers was theirs. Rapid Systems attorneys asked the IDA to proceed with the transfer, which the board did. Later in 2013, the IDA board agreed to pay Rapid Systems $127,878 for half of the costs it had incurred to date in its legal dispute with FRBA. Under terms of the agreement, Rapid Systems would reimburse the IDA if the company prevailed in court. The IDA also voted to turn over ownership of the poles to the company, which by that point had a $93,000 UCC-1 lien placed on the equipment and poles by FRBA. Rapid Systems and FRBA reached a settlement in 2016 and all parties involved in the lawsuit signed a non-disclosure agreement, although the lien issue was not addressed and re mains binding on the poles. The IDA has carried the original $127,878 loan to Rapid Systems on its books since then. IDA attorney Ken Evers told the board last week the IDA never actually voted to pay for half of the increased costs oc curred by the company. Board members ultimately agreed to pay for half of the ac crued costs and forgive the original $127,828 loan since the IDA was a partner in the deal with FRBA. Dustin Jurman, CEO of Rapid Systems, said the lien being placed on the poles prohibits the company from put ting the infrastructure up as collateral to borrow money against it to upgrade the net work. He said the upgrades would allow for up to 100 megabytes of wireless service available to the more than 2,000 customers in Hardee County. The board seemed reluctant to fund the $720,000 request to upgrade the network and did not take any formal action to grant or deny the request. Tommy Watkins did say he would like to get the lien issue resolved and would be willing to assist the company in that process. FRBA has since dissolved after spending the millions it received from the federal stimulus grant without ever devel oping a functioning system in any of the other counties. In the end, the failed part nership with FRBA ended up costing both the IDA and Rapid Systems $352,000 each. Go To The Head Of The Class!SCHOOL NEWS DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM

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Officers for this school year are (front, from left) Jay Southwell, Ulrick Virgile, Ryan Rivas and Emma Jane Johnson. didnt feel the offer was legitimate. We dont have to accept a lowball offer, she said. I am not willing to sell it at a loss after we just agreed to sell it last month. Lambert said he has told people the property is avail able for purchase but had not listed it with any Realtor. If we were in a hotter mar ket we could take different ap proaches, he said. I feel fortunate that someone has an interest in expanding retail development here. He went on to say Harvey wanted to option the property, and then shop it around to various retail companies before closing on it. Attorney Ken Evers told the board he despises letters of intent, and encouraged the board to have a standard real estate contract drawn up if it was going to entertain an offer. Hernandez said she was a fan of the developer, who put in the plaza containing Publix in Arcadia, but she felt the board needed to hold out for a better offer. County commissioner and IDA liaison Mike Thompson joined the conversation after Lambert said he had Harvey meet with Thompson and County Manager Lex Albritton last week. Thompson said he believed Harvey got the number wrong in his offer, and his intent was to pay the IDA what it paid for the property last year. The IDA is not in the business to make money on real es tate, he said, adding it would not be a bad thing if the board profited from the deal. Lambert wanted the board to come up with a counteroffer for him to take back to Harvey. Hernandez said the board just set the price last month and she felt Harvey should make the board another offer next month. If he offered us $2 million next month I think the board should strongly consider it, she said. Thompson said he thought that number was too high. Tommy Watkins countered that $2 million was too low. When the board discussed putting the property up for sale last month, Lambert had said, I feel like we can recover our costs and make some money on it. Last year, when he first pitched the idea of purchasing the property, he said it was a great deal after it was appraised at $3.2 million. He also said at the time he liked the idea of controlling what was located in the very visible location. Prior to the IDA purchasing the property, it last sold for $3.6 million in 1997. The Hardee County Prop erty Appraiser lists the current just (market) value at $2.6 mil lion. Lambert and the IDA originally purchased the building when CareSync was looking to expand its operations, and he felt moving them into the building was a good fit. Once CareSync abruptly closed, Lambert said he no longer had a viable option for the property. The board did not take any formal action when rejecting the offer and told Lambert to have Harvey come up with a legitimate offer if he was inter ested in the building. By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-AdvocateThe Hardee County Indus trial Development Authority rejected what it considered a lowball offer presented by Executive Director Bill Lambert for the former Winn-Dixie property. Last month the IDA board agreed to list the property at $2.75 million. It paid $1.55 million last October for the 55,000-square-foot building and 10 acres at the intersection of REA Road and U.S. 17. Lambert presented the board with a letter of intent to purchase the property from William Harvey for $1,450,000. Last month Harvey pur chased the Torrey Oaks Golf Course from Lambert for $1.6 million, and plans on turning that property into a recre ational vehicle park. Lambert encouraged the board to consider accepting the offer or risk sitting on the building for a while. Vanessa Hernandez said sheIDA Rejects Lowball Offer On Old Winn-Dixie PropertyOPEN24 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 Peace River GrowersWholesale Nursery Donnis & Kathy Barber Hwy. 66 East P.O. Box 760 (863) 735-0470 Zolfo Springs, FL PHOTOS BY TOM STAIKSchools Superintendent Bob Shayman presents an engraved crystal bowl to Joann McCray commemorat ing her 50 years of service to the Hardee County School Board. A photo from her first days in 1968 is projected on the screen behind them. GOLDEN Continued From A1 honoring her golden an niversary with the school system. There were many remembrances of her service with Shayman and four past superintendents, in cluding revealing insights into politicos needing to be schooled by McCray on how to prepare and present a meeting agenda. This puts in perspective how long Joann has served the school system. We were able to dig up her ap plication from when she applied to the district office from the elementary school, and the phone number listed only has five digits, Shayman said. McCray, who shies away from limelight whenever possible, said her tenure with the district is nothing special. There was a job in front of me that needed done, McCray said. I have been lucky enough to have a job I truly enjoy. I come to work and try to do the best that I can do. HARDEE COUNTY FOOD PANTRIES Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries 113 N 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-5717 Requirements: Identification, Social Security card When: Wednesday ONLY | 10 am 12 noon Bowling Green Church of God 121 W. Broward Bowling Green, FL 33834 Tele: 863-375-2231 Requirements: Identification When: 3rd Saturday of the month | 8 am noon Cutting Edge Food Ministry 3059 Elm Street Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 Tele: 863-773-2484 Requirements: Identification When: Tuesday & Friday 10 am noon & 1 3 pm First United Methodist Church of Wauchula 207 N. 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-4267 Requirements: ID & Physical address (Light Bill, Lease etc.) When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month 1:00 3:00 pm (first come, first serve) Other Program: Bagged Lunch M, W, F 8 am 12 pm for pre-school age kids & adults. Wednesday Night Free Community Dinner: 5:30 6:30 pm Hardee Help Center 713 E. Bay Street, Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-0034 Programs: Crisis Food (3 times a year) Requirements : Application with proof of hardship When : Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am-12pm and 1-2pm For more information, Contact the Hardee Help Center St. Michaels Catholic Church Food Pantry 408 Heard Bridge Rd, Wauchula, FL 33873 Tele: 863-773-4089 Requirements: Identification or Light Bill When: Every Saturday 6:00 8:00 am Feeding Tampa Bay Mobile Pantry Once a month http://feedingtampabay.org/mobile-pantries/Rev. 9/6/2018 On This Day: In 1962 Marine Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson publishes 'Silent Spring' about the deleterious impacts of pesticide use in the US on the environment In 1963 At 10:59 AM census clock, records US population at 190,000,000 In 2012 The Mars Curiosity rover discovers what evidence of a fastmoving streambed-in Mars In 2017 Researchers confirm existence of giant tree rat "Vika" in the Solomon Islands that can crack open coconuts Add 37 to the number of chirps a cricket makes in 15 seconds and youve got a rough approximation of the outside temp.

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A4 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018 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. 23, Richard Kinder, 23, of 1850 Heard Bridge Road, Wauchula, was arrested by Cpl. Donny Eversole and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sept. 23, Adrian Estrada, 32, general delivery, was arrested by Dep. Mitchell Johnson on two out-of-county warrants. Sept. 23, Otho Allen Barber, 42, of 1421 Maude Road, Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Edilberto Soto and charged with contempt of court. Sept. 23, thefts were reported on the 4500 block of Seminole Trail and the 600 block of Rainey Boulevard. Sept. 23, a residence was burglarized on the 3900 block of Jean Drive. Sept. 22, Cameron High, 26, of 2438 Apple Blossom Lane, Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Edilberto Soto and charged with criminal mischief and a pre-trial release violation. Sept. 22, Gerardo Ramos, 48, of 828 S. Eighth Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Dean DeDominicis and charged with three counts of battery. Sept. 22, a theft was reported on the 4000 block of Dixiana Drive. Sept. 21, Enrique Gonzales Jr., 43, of 3018 N.E. Beech wood Circle, La Belle, was arrested by Sgt. Chris Albritton and charged with three counts of withholding child support. Sept. 21, thefts were reported on the 7100 block of Cloud Nine Ranch and the 2400 block of Apple Blossom Lane. Sept. 20, Jamie Pantoja, 32, of 2414 Ralph Smith Road, Wauchula, was booked into jail by Corrections Ofc. Joshua Clemente on a probation violation charge. Sept. 20, Jesse D. Fowler, 21, of 620 Grove St., Bowling Green, was arrested by Dep. Kim Pfeiffer and charged with pro bation violation. Sept. 20, Ezequiel Rio Garcia, 26, of 1834 Dishong Road, Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Kim Pfeiffer and charged with withholding child support. Sept. 20, fights were reported on the 800 block of Altman Road and the 900 block of East Summit Street. Sept. 19, criminal mischief was reported on the 1100 block of South Florida Avenue, on Lake Branch Road, and on the 600 block of Chamberlain Boulevard. Sept. 18, Michael Dean Roberts, 41, of 2100 Mango Ave., Sarasota, was arrested by Sgt. Todd Souther and charged with probation violation. Sept. 18, a theft was reported on the 800 block of Hudson Street. Sept. 17, Michael Dean Patton, 29, of 220 S. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, was arrested by Sgt. Todd Souther and charged with grand theft vehicle. Sept. 17, a fight was reported near the corner of Rainey Boulevard and Stansfield Avenue. WAUCHULA Sept. 23, animal cruelty was reported on the 700 block of East Townsend Street. Sept. 23, a theft was reported on the 900 block of South Sixth Avenue. Sept. 22, Honesty Martinez, 22, of 711 E. Palmetto St., Wauchula, was arrested by Chief John Eason and charged with DUI alcohol or drugs, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, and possession of narcotics equipment. Sept. 22, Alex Enrique Barajas, 18, of 135 Oak Meadow Lane, Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Christopher Gicker and charged with DUI alcohol or drugs. Sept. 20, Heath Barkley Sanchez, 35, of general delivery, was arrested by Cpl. Bryanna Lott and charged with felony petit theft. Sept. 19, Gary Allen, 43, of 606 S. Eighth Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Det. Pablo Bermudez and charged with battery. Sept. 18, Bobby Lewis Thompkins, 45, of 1232 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Estella Islas and charged with probation violation. 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 descrip tion 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 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.: 107 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2014 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: Guadalupe M. Ramirez Estate Description of Property: Parcel ID Number: 04-33-25-0060-00003-0001 LOTS 1 & 2 BLK 3 A O JONES ADD 431P245P246 433P267 495P743 496P58 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 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: 252018TD036XXXX Date: 09/04/2018 Ad No.: 19:6-27c PUBLIC NOTICE SPECIAL MEETING DATEThe Hardee County Housing Authority will meet for a Special Meeting on Tuesday, October 16 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at 701 LaPlaya Drive, Wauchula. 9:27c ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 25-2018-CP-000088 IN RE: ESTATE OF DONALD ARTHUR WOOLSEY, Deceased. _____________________________/ NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the es tate of DONALD ARTHUR WOOLSEY, deceased, whose date of death was February 9, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hardee County, Florida, Probate Division, the ad dress of which is PO Drawer 1749, Wauchula, FL 33873. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attor ney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served, must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLI CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the dece dent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is: September 27, 2018. Robert D. Hines, Esq. Attorney for Personal Representative Florida Bar No. 0413550 Hines Norman Hines, P.L. 1312 W. Fletcher Avenue, Suite B Tampa, FL 33612 Telephone: 813-265-0100 Email: rhines@hnh-law.com Secondary Email: jrivera@hnh-law.com SUZANNE WOOLSEY Personal Representative 7747 Brookside Way Zolfo Springs, FL 338909:27,10:4c______________________________ Notices As long as I can remember I have had a love for growing things. It all started with a vegetable garden. We made lots of mistakes along the way, but we did learn from our mistakes. When we planted our first garden we really didn't have any thing to garden with. We started out with just the basics---a rake, shovel, a regular hoe, and a grubbing hoe. It got the job done but, let me say, I was never so proud to get a job done as I was to finally get that little garden spot ready to plant. We didn't have a tiller but someone gave us an old plow that had handles like a wheelbarrow and a wheel up front about the size of a bicycle wheel. There were several attachments, and one of them was for making furrows for your seeds or plants. I think pushing that plow was more work than using the hoe to make your rows. I learned a lot from that first garden, and we did buy a rototiller to make our gardening a lot easier. There were always fresh vegetables on the table, and there was always enough to share with family and friends. My husband also bought me a canner so I could can the veg etables that would have gone to waste had I not had the canner. Learning to can was another big experience for me. My motherin-law was like a second mother, and I can still remember the first thing she taught me was how to can tomatoes. She taught me the basics, and a friend gave me a book that contained everything there was to know about food preservation. From raising the vegetables to preserving them always gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment as a young wife and mother to see all the jars side by side on the shelves and know when the garden was gone we would still have garden fresh vegetables on the table. From that same book I also learned to make all kinds of pickles, preserves and jellies, and have continued to make jelly every year as the strawberries, peaches and blueberries are ready to be harvested. In the last few years my youngest daughter decided she wanted to learn to can vegetables and make her own jelly. She has successfully learned to do both, and as of today she still has my canner at her house from when she used it months ago. Jonell Peavy lives in Avon Park and can be reached at 863-4533589. Peavys PonderingsBy Jonell PeavySugar Possum of the late Truman Thomas Family Fun For EveryoneSwimming Miniature golf Trails&Camping$29 9 +tax (up to 6 per night).Thousand Trails 2555 US Hwy 17 South, Zolfo Springs 863-735-88889:27c Looking to sell, rent or hire? CLASSIFIEDS DEADLINE IS TUESDAY AT NOON

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September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A5 OBITUARY POLICYThe Herald-Advocate publishes obituaries free of charge as a public service. Forms showing the infor mation which may be included in a free obituary are available at local funeral homes or at our office. Paid obituaries may include additional information and rememberances. All obituaries, however, must be submitted by a fu neral home. No personal submissions will be accepted.Funeral homes can submit obituaries to obits@the heraldadvocate.com. Ponger-Kays-GradyFuneral Homes & Cremation Services205 N. 9th Ave. Wauchula, Fl. 33873(863) 773-6400PongerKaysGrady.com 8:2tfc Obituaries In Loving Memory J J A A M M E E S S J J I I M M L L . H H U U G G H H E E S S J J R R . James Jim L. Hughes Jr., 70, passed away peace fully at home on Sept. 21, 2018. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert (Bobby) Hughes; and grandson, Jerry Nickerson. Survivors include wife, Lillian Keene Hughes; daughter, Kieley Bronaugh and husband Therman, of Davenport; son, Todd Nick erson and wife Leona, of Ona; grandchildren, James (JT) and Chris (CJ) Bronaugh, and Ethan Nicker son; granddaughter-in-law, Cheryl Treadway; great grandchildren, Tristen, Dawson, and Graison Nickerson; and many other extended family members. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was an in telligent mechanic and he will be remembered for his love of fishing, hunting, and working on John Deere Trac tors. He will be sorely missed by many dear friends and family. Visitation was Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at 4:30 p.m., at Robarts Funeral Home. Funeral services followed at 5 p.m. Interment followed at Paynes Creek Cemetery. Expressions of comfort may be made at ro bartsfh.com.Robarts FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home In MemoryMARCIAL HECTOR CRUZ JIMENEZ JR.Marcial Hector Cruz Jimenez Jr. passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 at his home. He was the son of Mimi Twiddy and Juan Garcia, of Zolfo Springs, brother of Miguel Rodriguez and Dar ren Twiddy, fianc of Nikki Brown, also of Zolfo Springs, and the father of Aiden Marcial Jimenez, of Florida. Hector was preceded in death by his aunt, Renee Twiddy, of North Carolina, and uncle, Jose Garcia, of Zolfo Springs. He was loved greatly by his family and friends and leaves behind his aunt, Do lores King, and husband Wardell; aunt, Cindi; uncle, Buddy and wife Kimberly; uncle, Adrian Twiddy and wife Amber; aunt, Amelia Twiddy and fianc Luis Vazquez; aunt, Falana Twiddy-Gallaga and husband Juan; aunt, Maria Venegas and husband Antonio; aunt, Martha Felix and husband Obed; aunt, Rosi Garcia and husband Juan Duran; aunt, Sofia Garcia; uncle, Everado Garcia; aunt, Dalila Garcia and fianc Beto Molina; maternal grandparents, Irdell and Rachel Twiddy; paternal grandparents, Guadalupe and Maria Garcia; and many cousins and friends. Hector was a special soul. He knew no strangers and would help anyone in need. He enjoyed fishing but being with his family and friends was one of the most impor tant things to him. His cheesy smile will forever live on in our minds and hearts. Services were held at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home chapel in Wauchula, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, from 10-11 a.m. with the funeral at 11 a.m. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.comPonger-Kays-GradyFuneral Home & Cremation Services Wauchula Elmer "Shug" Clyde Shackelford and Terry C. Shack elford. Survivors include one son, Gerald Shackelford and wife Dee, of Wauchula; one daughter, Renee Heither and husband Donnie, of Wauchula; one brother, Charles L. Shackelford, of Wauchula; three grandchil dren, Annie Agarwal and husband Rahul, William Shackelford, and Jonathan Heither; and four greatgrandchildren, Collin, Grif fin, Eden, and Matthan Agarwal. Visitation was Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, from 1-2 p.m., at New Hope Baptist Church followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Mr. Mar cus Shackelford officiated. Interment with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post #2 was at New Hope Cemetery. Expressions of comfort may be made at robartsfh.com.Robarts FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home In Loving MemoryH HI IN N T TO ON N T T. S SH HA AC CK KE EL LF FO OR RD DHinton T. Shackelford, 91, of Zolfo Springs, passed away in Sebring on Wednes day, Sept. 19, 2018. He was born in Wauchula on July 25, 1927. "Shack" was a lifelong resident of Hardee County. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea, formerly worked at Pioneer Park for 14 years as as sistant man ager, and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Mr. Shackelford was preceded in death by his par ents, Lonnie and Annie Shackelford; wife, Jewell D. Shackelford, and brothers, In MemoryGARY MARVIN MOOREGary Marvin Moore, 63, of Lake Placid, went home to be with his Lord on Mon day morning, Sept. 17, 2018, at his residence sur rounded by his loving family. Gary was the son of Con ley Marvin Moore and Janice Rose Riley. He was born on Aug. 15, 1955, in Hunt ington, W.V. Gary has been a resident of Highlands County for most of his life and was a graduate of Sebring High School. After graduating Gary went to work for the High lands County School Sys tem working his way up from mechanic to head mechanic. Gary enjoyed riding motorcycles and traveled throughout the country. He also enjoyed landscaping, building things and tinker ing around the house. Gary loved to be with family and friends any time they could get together. He was of the Christian faith. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Eller bee-Moore; daughters, Ash ley and Mariah; son, Shane; five grandchildren; sister, Teresa; brother, Larry; stepsons, Ronnie Jr. and Ryan; and two step-grandchildren. A gathering for family and friends to reflect on Garys life was held at 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at his residence. This gathering will be a celebration of life in honor of Garys pres ence and time on earth. Many of his joys will be cel ebrated in a casual manner, including catering from one of his favorite restaurants. Words of comfort to the family can be made by vis iting www.scottfuneralser vices.com. Arrangements entrusted with the Scott Funeral Home, 504 W. Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid. 863465-4134. Scott Funeral Home Lake Placid 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 9:27c In MemoryROBERT W. BUCK REDDING IIIRobert W. Buck Red ding III passed away Mon day, Sept. 17, 2018, at home with his loving family by his side. He was born on Oct. 5, 1951, in Wauchula to the late Robert W. and Fannie E. Marshall Redding II. Buck was of the Baptist faith and a member of First Baptist Church of Wauchula. Buck retired from the State of Florida, first work ing for the University of Florida then Hardee County School Board for over 30 years. Buck touched the lives of many students in and out of the FFA at Hardee High School. His legacy lives on through the many students that he has men tored in and out of the classroom. Buck loved the outdoors, he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Nancy L. Boo Boo Redding, of Wauchula; two children, son, Wesley A. (Yvonne) Redding, of Wauchula, and daughter, Sierra (Hunter) Prescott, of Fort Meade; one brother, Bobby Jo (Irene) Redding, of Soperton, Ga.; and one sister, Jeanette (Jerry Gib son), of Bartow; 11 grand children, Will Jr., Luke, Owen, Katie, Kane, Emma, Behr, TJ, Lucy and Gracie. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Elmo Redding and Ronnie Frog Redding; and sister, Gail Deuberry. A gathering of family and friends was Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, from 10-11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Wauchula. A memorial service and celebration of Bucks life will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Brother Kenny Sanders officiating. Inter ment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wauchula State Bank: To Nancy Redding attention: Buck Redding FFA scholar ship. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.comPonger-Kays-GradyFuneral Home & Cremation Services Wauchula Adcox. Edna is survived by two sons, Michael (Becky) Swearingen of Bowling Green and Terry (Lynn) Swearingen of Bowling Green; sisters; June (Odell) Burks, of Missouri and Linda Nichols of Winter Haven; brothers, John (Kathy) Adcox, Junior Campbell, and Kenny (Lisa) Campbell, all of Michigan; eight grand children, Daniel (Elizabeth) Beckman of Auburndale, Darla (Billy) Evans of Wauchula, Michael Daniel Swearingen of Bowling Green; Bobby Ackley II of Wauchula, Brian Swearingen of Wauchula, Summer (TJ) Hall of Wauchula, Brandi (Trey) Strickland of Bowl ing Green and Christina Blackwell of Sebring; and 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Saturday, September 29, 2018 1 p.m., at Robarts Garden Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Bowling Green Cemetery. Mike Gra ham for Real Life Church will officiate. Expressions of comfort may be made at robartsfh.com.Robarts FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home In Loving Memory E E D D N N A A R R U U T T H H S S M M I I T T H H Edna Ruth Smith, 72, of Bowling Green, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018 in Flint Michigan. She was born in Searcy, Arkansas on August 18, 1946. She came to Wauchula, from Michigan in 1973. Edna was a manager for Gilliard's Group Home for many years. She was a Christian. Edna loved to be out doors. She especially loved to be on the water, whether on the houseboat, fishing or just at the beach. She loved her family and friends and she never met a stranger. She will be missed by so many. She is preceded in death by her husband Don Smith; sons, Alan Ackley and Bobby Ackley; mother, Auda Campbell; father Neil Adcox; sisters, Hazel Youngblood, Pat Edwards and Margaret Miller; broth ers, Robert Adcox and Roy In MemoryJOSEPH WALTER WEEKS JR.Joseph Weeks Jr., 71, a lifelong resident of the area passed away on Sept. 23, 2018, in Avon Park. Known to family and friends as Joe, he retired from the Department of Cor rections at A.P.C.I. where he was the Assis tant Warden. Joe was a vet eran of the U.S. Marine Corps and gave his service to the United States during the Vietnam War. Joe was extremely proud of his service and became a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. Surviving are his wife, Paula, of Avon Park; step son, Geratt Evans, of Wauchula, brother, David (Debbie) Weeks, of Lake Placid; sister, Mary Fergu son, of Avon Park; two grandchildren, one niece, three nephews, and many extended and adopted family members that he loved as if his own. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Weeks Sr., and Mary Weikel; daughter, DonaJo Gonzalez; and son, Trevor Weeks. Memorial contributions in Joes name can be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org. Arrangements entrusted to: Stephenson-Nelson Fu neral Home, 111 East Circle Street, Avon Park, FL 33825. Online condolences may be left at: www.stephensonnelsonfh.com. Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Sebring How Low Will Some People Go? Report Exploitation of the Elderly1 (800) 96 Abuse 1 (800) 962 2873 The part of a wall between two windows is called the in terfenestration.

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A6 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018 BLOWN AWAY COURTESY PHOTO Giselle McDaniel’s fifth-grade science classes at North Wauchula ElementarySchool experimented with Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion with some balloonrockets. GO FISH! COURTESY PHOTO Students in Jeannette Miranda's fifth-grade science class at Wauchula ElementarySchool used critical thinking and their classifying skills to play "Classification GoFish." They grouped seemingly unrelated photos together based on a similar char acteristic. RHYME & REASON COURTESY PHOTO Teacher Sharon Ussery and intern Amanda Bissette asked their first graders at ZolfoSprings Elementary School to illustrate their poem for the week. Students also pre dicted what could happen next in the poem. SUPER STUDIES COURTESY PHOTO North Wauchula Elementary School teacher Alexi Ozuna’s stude nts are highlighting key words in their reading material that signal chronological text structure. Then,the fifth graders are able to prepare “Superstar” written responses to questionsposed. WEATHER WISE COURTESY PHOTO Fifth-grade students in Nicole Keen’s classroom at North Wauchula ElementarySchool had their heads in the clouds on this recent school day. They were doingsome research to determine how clouds can be used to predict weather. COURTESY PHOTO Ryan Mejia and Eleni Duarte, pupils in Ashley Rigney’skindergarten class at Hilltop Elementary School, areexcited to welcome this classroom addition. It’s aniPad! IPOPPING! COURTESY PHOTO Fifth graders in Giselle McDaniel's science classes atNorth Wauchula Elementary School made models of awater treatment plant, and then tested their ability toproduce clean water. WATER WORKS COURTESY PHOTO Mariah Witter, a first-grader at North Wauchula Elemen tary School, was the lucky winner of a drawing for aninflatable emoji chair. She was entered in the drawingfor addressing a booklet of postcards to friends andfamily as part of the school’s SchoolMall fundraiser.The postcards invited them to purchase magazinesand other SchoolMall merchandise to benefit Mariah’sschool. HAPPY FACE CLOSE EXAMINATION! COURTESY PHOTO Second graders in Kaylee Webb’s classroom at Zolfo Springs Elementary Schoollearned how to use the hand and tabletop tools of scientists to weigh, measure,magnify and more. Here, they take a close look at a rock, recording all that theirnew view reveals.

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September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A7 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.: 529 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2016 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: Annie Pace LeeDescription of Property:Parcel ID Number: 10-34-25-0843-00001-0007 LOTS 7 & 8 HARLEM HEIGHTS185P366 197P10200725009686-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 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: 252018TD023XXXXDate: 09/04/2018Ad No.: 1 9:6-27c NOTICE The HARDEE COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE will hold a MEETING on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2018, 2:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter in the Hardee County Planning/Development Dept. 110 S. 9th Ave., Wauchula, FL 9:27c PUBLIC NOTICE The Office of Hardee County Emergency Managementhas scheduled a Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) meet ing on October 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., located at Emer gency Operations Center, 404 West Orange Street,Wauchula, FL 33873.The purpose of a local mitigation strategy is to reducethe human, environmental, and economic costs of dis asters. Mitigation is any action taken to permanently re duce or eliminate long-term risks to people and theirproperty from the effects of disasters.The goal of the LMS meeting will be to identify specificsteps to be taken to reduce the impacts of various nat ural hazards, the timing of those steps, potential fundingsources, their priority within the community, and the en tities responsible for implementing each of them. Please come participate in this informative and impor tant public meeting.For more information, please call the Emergency Man agement Office at 863-773-6373. 9:27c 2018 SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR HARDEE COUNTY COMMISSION AND APPOINTED BOARDS Meetings to be held in County Commission Chambers, Room 102 Courthouse Annex, 412 W. Orange Street, Wauchula, Florida unless otherwise noted BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERSRegular meetings first Thursday at 8:30 a.m. & third Thursday at 6:00p.m.MONTH OF October–04th at 8:30 a.m. and 18th at 6:00 p.m.Planning Session –No Planning SessionECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY “INDEPENDENT BOARD” MONTH OF October– To be announced.ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL/INDUSTRIAL DEVELOP MENT AUTH.Meets on second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m.MONTH OF October–09th PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD – meets first Thursday night ofeach month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF October– 04th CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARDMeets on the second Monday night of each month at 6 :00 p.m. in Building Department Conference Room 401 West Main Street MONTH OF October–08th COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION BOARDMeets first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF October– 01st LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARDFriends of Library meets on first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.at Library in Annex II MONTH OF October – 02nd HOUSING AUTHORITYMeets quarterly on the third Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at 701 LaPlaya Drive Wauchula MONTH OF October – No meeting scheduledHARDEE COUNTY INDIGENT HEALTH CARE BOARDUsually meets third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.MONTH OF October – 16th This is a Disabled-Accessible facility. Any disabled person needingto make special arrangements should contact the County Commis sioner’s office at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the public meet ing.This notice is published in compliance with Florida Statutes 286.0105.Interested parties may appear at the public meeting and be heard. Ifa person decides to appeal any decision made by the members, withrespect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/shewill need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedingis made, which record includes the testimony and evidence uponwhich the appeal is to be based. 9:27nc If you’re in the mood for some Puerto Rican food and afriendly, family-oriented at mosphere, head over to down town Wauchula. The Flamboyan Cafe, which opened in the spring,serves both traditional PuertoRican food and American/Eu ropean food, like meatloaf andshepherd’s pie, with a PuertoRican spin. Lizette Cruz, originally from New York and one of thethree owners, has ownedrestaurants before, but hadtrouble getting enough em ployees who could cook thefamily recipes. She says she finds joy see ing others enjoy her food.Cooking is one of her pas sions, but the stress of runninga restaurant without enoughgood help became too muchfor her. But she worked at the post office in Wauchula for fouryears, Cruz’s son and daugh ter-in-law, Joseph and BethNavedo, moved down fromRhode Island. Together, the three started the Flamboyan Cafe. The restaurant is located at 103 E. Main St., between U.S.17 North and U.S. 17 South, inWauchula. Because it’s in a historic area, the family says theyaren’t allowed to put out signsexcept in their windows,which has made it hard to drawin new customers. They say they do get a lot of repeat customers, however,and they have plans to growthe business. As soon as the inspection goes through, they’ll be open ing a food truck that they planto station in Highlands Countyon U.S. 27 South. JosephNavedo says that it takes timeto do it right, but he wants tomake sure all the paperwork isin order before opening thefood truck. He hopes he canopen it soon. The family is also hoping to expand the restaurant eventu ally to include bakery items. For now, though, they’re just looking for more cus tomers so they can expandtheir hours and serve more va riety. The family explained that since they make their foodfresh, they can cook more va riety when they have morecustomers since they don’thave to worry about it going towaste. They hope to start serving breakfast again soon, and might start serving a healthy-options menu one or two daysa week. They would also liketo get an espresso machine. Right now, the cafe opens at 10 a.m. each weekday andcloses at 5 p.m. on Mondays-Wednesdays, 7 p.m. on Thurs days and 9 p.m. on Fridays. Itwill open on the weekend for agroup of eight or more that’smade a reservation. And if you need catering for an event, Flamboyan Cafe willdo that, too. The family is also accom modating with their cooking.They say if a customer wantssomething that isn’t on themenu, they’ll cook it if theyhave the ingredients. If theydon’t have the ingredients onhand, they’re willing to get theingredients and cook the dishon a different day. They want people to see the cafe as a friendly, home envi ronment. If you go in the afternoon, you might find the Navedo’stwo children, Matthew andAlessandra, called “Aly,”doing their homework in therestaurant. “We’re doing this for them,” Joseph Navedo said ofhis kids. He says he likes living here and wants to stay. You can contact Flamboyan Cafe by calling 448-4033 orthrough its Facebook page.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 Restaurant Offers A Taste Of Puerto Rico PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Flamboyan Cafe is a family-run restaurant. Above, Matthew Navedo, whose parentsand grandmother own the business, works on his homework in the cafe. Flamboyan Cafe is located on East Main Street in downtown Wauchula, next to MainStreet Wauchula Inc. Because it’s on a historic street, the owners say they can’tput out signs for their business, but if every customer posts a review on Facebook,it will help spread the word. 9/27/2018Sun DataRise: 7:18 AMSet: 7:18 PMDay Length12 hrs. 00 mins.Moon DataRise: 9:16 PMSet: 9:29 AMOverhead: 3:02 AMUnderfoot: 3:26 PMMoon Phase93% Waning GibbousMajor Times3:02 AM 5:02 AM3:26 PM 5:26 PMMinor Times9:29 AM 10:29 AM9:16 PM 10:16 PMPredictionHunting or FishingGoodTime ZoneUTC: -49/28/2018Sun DataRise: 7:18 AMSet: 7:16 PMDay Length11 hrs. 58 mins.Moon DataRise: 9:56 PMSet: 10:27 AMOverhead: 3:50 AMUnderfoot: 4:15 PMMoon Phase87% Waning GibbousMajor Times3:50 AM 5:50 AM4:15 PM 6:15 PMMinor Times10:27 AM 11:27 AM9:56 PM 10:56 PMPredictionHunting or FishingAverageTime ZoneUTC: -4 9/29/2018Sun DataRise: 7:19 AMSet: 7:15 PMDay Length11 hrs. 56 mins.Moon DataRise: 10:40 PMSet: 11:27 AMOverhead: 4:40 AMUnderfoot: 5:06 PMMoon Phase79% Waning GibbousMajor Times4:40 AM 6:40 AM5:06 PM 7:06 PMMinor Times11:27 AM 12:27 PM10:40 PM 11:40 PMPredictionHunting or FishingAverageTime ZoneUTC: -49/30/2018Sun DataRise: 7:19 AMSet: 7:14 PMDay Length11 hrs. 55 mins.Moon DataRise: 11:30 PMSet: 12:27 PMOverhead: 5:33 AMUnderfoot: 6:01 PMMoon Phase69% Waning GibbousMajor Times5:33 AM 7:33 AM6:01 PM 8:01 PMMinor Times12:27 PM 1:27 PM11:30 PM 12:30 AMPredictionHunting or FishingAverageTime ZoneUTC: -4 10/1/2018Sun DataRise: 7:20 AMSet: 7:13 PMDay Length11 hrs. 53 mins.Moon DataRise: --:--Set: 1:29 PMOverhead: 6:29 AMUnderfoot: 6:57 PMMoon Phase58% Waning GibbousMajor Times6:29 AM 8:29 AM6:57 PM 8:57 PMMinor Times--:---:--1:29 PM 2:29 PMPredictionHunting or FishingAverageTime ZoneUTC: -410/2/2018Sun DataRise: 7:20 AMSet: 7:12 PMDay Length11 hrs. 52 mins.Moon DataRise: 12:23 AMSet: 2:27 PMOverhead: 7:27 AMUnderfoot: 7:56 PMMoon Phase50% Last QuarterMajor Times7:27 AM 9:27 AM7:56 PM 9:56 PMMinor Times12:23 AM 1:23 AM2:27 PM 3:27 PMPredictionHunting or FishingAverage+Time ZoneUTC: -4 10/3/2018Sun DataRise: 7:21 AMSet: 7:11 PMDay Length11 hrs. 50 mins.Moon DataRise: 1:23 AMSet: 3:24 PMOverhead: 8:25 AMUnderfoot: 8:55 PMMoon Phase36% Waning CrescentMajor Times8:25 AM 10:25 AM8:55 PM 10:55 PMMinor Times1:23 AM 2:23 AM3:24 PM 4:24 PMPredictionHunting or FishingAverageTime ZoneUTC: -410/4/2018Sun DataRise: 7:21 AMSet: 7:10 PMDay Length11 hrs. 49 mins.Moon DataRise: 2:25 AMSet: 4:16 PMOverhead: 9:24 AMUnderfoot: 9:53 PMMoon Phase25% Waning CrescentMajor Times9:24 AM 11:24 AM9:53 PM 11:53 PMMinor Times2:25 AM 3:25 AM4:16 PM 5:16 PMPredictionHunting or FishingAverageTime ZoneUTC: -4 Solunar Forecast Provided courtesy of solunarforecast.com Don’t Be Left Out!HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM You Didn’t Ask For It RAPE CRISIS LINE 1 (888) 956 7273 or 863-413-2707

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September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A9 By SANDY SCOTTFor The Herald-Advocate We have been on the road for 24 days now, and the route taken across Texas from Beau mont to El Paso was a first for us. Along theway someone commented to me that we wouldbe disappointed when visiting the Alamo andthat there was nothing much to see there. Iguess you have to enjoy history and perhapslook beyond the physical building at what theAlamo meant to those frontiersmen fighting fortheir cause. After the 13-day siege in 1836, Santa Anna’s Mexican army killed virtually all of the roughly200 Texans defend ing the Alamo in cluding ColonelsJim Bowie andWilliam B. Travis aswell as frontiers man, Davy Crock ett. While the exactnumber and namesare unknown, thosegiving their lives arepaid tribute in casesalong the insidewalls of the Alamo.It is estimated thatonly 15 were sur vivors consisting ofwives, children andservants of the mili tary men. Many of us of the 1950’s may havewatched the weeklyseries “Davy Crock ett” and even recallthe memorable re frain ... “Born on amountain top inTennessee” ... but until you actually visit theAlamo in San Antonio you don’t realize thetenacity these frontiersmen had. On the grounds of the Alamo stands a 140year-old live oak tree that was transplanted toits current location in 1912. Walter Whall wasa retired English seaman and started San Anto nio’s first tree-moving company. He trans ported mature trees through the streets on awagon pulled by four mules. Residents toldWhall this could not be done and the trees thathe transplanted would never survive; however,time and time again he proved them wrong.Today the century-old live oak tree sits majes tically at the back of the Alamo. Its circumfer ence measures 12 feet, and the branches areover 50 feet long. We crossed the Rio Grande River briefly near El Paso, and it was no wider than ourPeace River on State Road 64 West at Zolfo atthis particular point. We were able to see partsof it in other areas, and in fact the internet wasable to provide exact bridges that cross it inareas of New Mexico. We discovered a small RV park in Caballo, New Mexico which is located on Caballo Lake.This is a reservoir of the Rio Grande and is sit uated below the Caballo Mountains. Thesesmall parks are very accommodating and whenasked what the check-out time was, the ownerjust replied, “Whenever you leave.” You can’tbeat the price either at $20 per night! When we left Lakeview RV Park, we headed to the next small town called “Truth or Conse quences.” In 1916, the town was incorporatedas Hot Springs and became the Sierra Countyseat in 1937. In March 1950 Ralph Edwards,the host of the radio quiz show Truth or Conse quences, announced he would air the program on its 10th anniver sary from the firsttown that renameditself after the show;Hot Springs won thehonor, officiallychanging its nameon March 31, 1950,and the programaired from the town. We stayed in Al buerqueque, NewMexico for fourdays and visited thegrave of my greatuncle before contin uing on to the city ofBernalillo where wediscovered a veryunique war memo rial. It included 250names of those fromBernalillo Countywho had lost their lives during the na tion’s conflicts. Nextto the black marblestone stood a statue of a Vietnam era soldier, head bowed in prayeror remembrance with his hand resting on a hel met of a field grave. Located at Wagon Mound, New Mexico is a butte that was a major landmark for pioneersalong the Cimarron Cutoff of the old Santa FeTrail. The mound resembles the top of a cov ered wagon and travelers on the trail frequentlycamped at the site and took on water. Its highestpoint is about 6,930 feet, and it is a NationalHistoric Landmark. I walked up a short dis tance and it actually could have been very easyto climb, but I made Oscar a bit “antsy” withmy decision to do so. Therefore, I had to resortto ground level photos. Years ago in the late 1970’s, we purchased our first video camera. It was the kind that washuge, and you balanced it on your shoulder. Onthat year’s trip to the Smokies and manned withthe video camera balanced on the open window,I began taking videos of all of the scenery, care fully turning it off and on as we approached thevarious curves. After returning from the trip, Itook the VCR tape down to my mom and dad’shouse where we now live to have them watch the results of our trip. I didn’t realize how manyscenes of the mountains that were shot, and Iwill admit it was a bit boring. Soon after watch ing the scenery of thetall cliffs over andover, my dad finallysaid, “OK, Sandy,that’s enough of allthe mountains!” Well, this time, after viewing all ofthe photos each night,I began to think thesame as my dad. NowI am not saying thatthe 1,680 pictures thatI have taken so far arenot interesting, butperhaps I should elim inate some of them tokeep from taking upso much hard drivespace on my com puter. Pikes Peak in Col orado was nothingshort of magnificent.At Mile #1 the eleva tion on Pikes PeakHighway was 7,949feet. Upon entry to thepark, we were advised that we had a few op tions. The 19-mile paved road can be driven ora choice can be made to take a shuttle from the13-mile point or one at the 16-mile point. Theranger pointed up the mountain to where the16-mile point is located, and we quickly de cided on the 13-mile shuttle. Prior to getting tothat 13-mile pointthe road took usaround windingcurves with eleva tions reaching11,000 in a matterof minutes. Havingthe Rand McNallyGPS allowed us tomonitor the eleva tions by a minuteby minute basis.The cog railway tothe summit is nolonger running dueto the cost to main tain it. As (bad) luck would have it, uponreaching the 13-mile point we dis covered the shuttlethere was shutdown, and it wasnecessary for us to drive the next three miles tothe 16-mile stop-over. I was really hoping thistime the shuttle would be working. So, morewinding roads up the next three miles and anelevation with clouds below the highwayquickly brought us to the 16-mile parking. The attendant at the parking lot started waving uson up the mountain, and he pointed to our hand icap sticker and advised us that because of it, we could drive on upto the summit threemore miles up PikesPeak ... well, HELLO... It may only bethree more miles, butif we had our choicewe wanted the shuttledriver to take over atthis point! As we climbed into the shuttle van, Oscarasked the driver howmany of these trips hehad made. This washis 20th round tripthat day, and he saidhe has made 400 sofar this year. I willadmit I was morecomfortable with theshuttle driver takingthe sharp curves upthe mountain than Ihad been the previous 16 miles! I neverthe less kept my camerapointed at every curve we made. The 14,115-foot summit at the top of Pikes Peak provides an unbelievable experience. Theair was somewhat thin even for me, and I no ticed that I didn’t walk as quickly before be coming a little winded. But of course, I needed to get those picturesall around the top,so I just trudged on!There are gift shopsat the 13-mile and16-mile stops aswell as one on thesummit, so ofcourse I got my cer tification that “Imade it to the top.” As I write this we are in Aurora, Col orado and will beheading to Laramie,Wyoming just 135miles away. Aurorais just north of Den ver, and if I ever hada suggestion fordriving on Interstate35 through Denver,it would be not to travel through rush hour. It took us two hours and five lanes of traffic to get through theMile High City at an average pace of 10 miles per hour. I am sure Jack the Cat was hiding in one of his cubby holes back in the travel trailerrather than sitting on the table looking out thewindow at all the traffic! It’s Westward Ho (Again!) ... No. 2 PHOTOS BY SANDY SCOTT Bernalillo Vietnam War Memorial. Sandy in front of the 1912 live oak tree at theAlamo. Truth-Consequences. Sandy & Oscar at the Alamo Caballo Mountains at Lakeview RV Park. I-35 26 miles south of Truth or Consequences, NM. Wagon Mound, New Mexico. Pikes Peak-winding road to the summit. Pikes Peak-winding road up.

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The sole purpose of this meeting will be to discussthe City applying for a grant under the Florida Recreation Development AssistanceProgram (FRDAP) during the 2019-2020 funding cycle. The applications are due Oc tober 15, 2018. The grant application includes improvements to the “Main Street ParkPhase I”.The City of Bowling Green will hold the meeting at the City Hall Commission Cham bers. The public is invited to attend. Handicapped persons wishing to attend, whowill need special accommodations, should contact Mr. Jerry Conerly, City Manager,City of Bowling Green, at (863) 375-2255. 9:27c PUBLIC MEETING The City of Bowling Green will hold a public meeting on October 8, 2018 at 5:45 p.m.or shortly thereafter. The sole purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the City ap plying for a grant under the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program(FRDAP) during the 2019-2020 funding cycle. The applications are due October 15,2018. The grant application includes improvements to the “Main Street Park PhaseII”.The City of Bowling Green will hold the meeting at the City Hall Commission Cham bers. The public is invited to attend. Handicapped persons wishing to attend, whowill need special accommodations, should contact Mr. Jerry Conerly, City Manager,City of Bowling Green, at (863) 375-2255. 9:27c BOOK CLOSING FOR THE 2018 GENERAL ELECTION IS OCTOBER 9, 2018 Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. is to the deadline to:1. Register to vote in the 2018 General Election (17 year olds that will be turning 18 prior to the General Election will be able to vote in the General Election IF they are pre-registered by October 9th). 2. Update signatures.3. Change Party Affiliations.4. Change address. 9:27,10:4c In ninth grade, the course was called “social studies,” aterm that can be applied to abroad spectrum of academicdisciplines. At Bartow High School, our ninth grade social studiesteacher chose to teach a cur riculum that I would later rec ognize as “civics.” It was my rudimentary intro duction to how American gov ernment works, or wassupposed to work. The yearwas 1954. The issue of political parties was of little consequence.Florida was part of the SolidSouth, a region where virtuallyall politicians and voters wereDemocrats. It was the era of “Yellow Dog Democrats,” a term ap plied to citizens who wouldvote for the Democratic nomi nee “if they ran a yellow dog.”Both my granddad and mygreat-granddad were YellowDog Democrats, a philosophyembraced in the name of thenewspaper they established inBartow in 1931, The PolkCounty Democrat. As a freshman at FSU in 1958, I chose a major in publicadministration, which wassoon combined with politicalscience to be renamed thestudy of government. While much of my studies focused on liberal vs. conser vative philosophies of gover nance, the focus was onphilosophy, not on party la bels. The emphasis of govern ment, or so we believed, wason the best interests of theelectorate, a concept embracedby both of the two major par ties. Politically speaking, it was a kinder, simpler era. “Government for the people . .” I miss that concept. Today, each of the two major parties is focused en tirely on success of its own ini tiatives, not on the interests ofits constituents. Republican ideologues ridicule as “Rinos” (Republi cans In Name Only) politicianswho occasionally think forthemselves, rather than blindlyembracing the positions oftheir party leaders. Democrats may have a similarpejorative with which I am un familiar. I still try to cling to my childhood belief that politi cians of both parties have thebest interests of the citizens atheart. My former boss calls methe Patron Saint of LostCauses. In the race between Bill Nel son and Rick Scott for the U.S.Senate, the Republican Partyhas been assailing Nelson, theincumbent Democrat, for vot ing with his party 89 percent ofthe time. This accusation sug gests to me that he voted hisown convictions, and againsthis party leadership, at least 11percent of the time. This is a bad thing?On the inflammatory issue of the Second Amendment (theright to bear arms), many Re publican candidates boast ofan A or A-plus rating by theNational Rifle Assn., whileDemocratic candidates declaretheir pride in a rating of F bythe same organization. At aDemocratic rally a few weeksago, I heard one candidateapologize for having “only” aD, but he proudly assured theaudience that “After my lastvote, that will be an F.” Is there no room for pride in taking a position on this or anyother issue that can recognizethe interests of both ends of thepolitical spectrum? To me, this approach to pol itics would suggest a govern ment that truly is “for thepeople,” not committed to po litical ideologues on one sideand contempt for the other.S. L. Frisbie is retired. Heserved in the military — activeArmy and Army NationalGuard — for 32 years. He sup ports all 10 articles of the Billof Rights. And he believes thatproponents of all sides of thepolitical spectrum should beheard and respected on all is sues. When Government Was “For The People ...” “It’s not you,” she said, “Its me.” Something in her tone,her lowered eyes, and her shiftin the chair told him it was alie; it was definitely him. “Are you breaking up with me?” he asked. “It’s not really a break-up, it’s more like taking a break,you know?” she explained. “Why?” he questioned.“We’ve been seeing each other for a long time,” she re sponded. “I just need somespace. I mean, we startedhanging out together in ele mentary school. And I’d be thefirst to say you’ve been therefor me. When my parents gotdivorced and I really strug gled, you listened to all myheartbreak. In high school, youwere always the one to encour age me. That’s when I felt likewe were the closest. I knowyou pressed me to get serious,but I felt like I just wasn’tready, and I backed away. Nowthat I’m in college, I’m readyto try some different things.” “Like what?” he asked, “Or should I ask ‘who’?” Bowing up a little, she said, “That’s just like you. You al ways want to know more thanI want you to know. You wantme to belong exclusively toyou. If you must know, there’sthis cute guy in my philosophyclass. We’ve been talking peri odically after class. He sees theworld different than you. Hesays we can trust our feelingsand just let love lead us. He’snot into being uptight about things like you are.” “I know all about him,” he said. “I’m sure you can’t trusthim.” “Have you been stalking me? How do you know him?How can you know anythingabout him? This is why I needto break up with you. You al ways act like you know morethan anyone else. You’re al ways telling me what is rightand wrong. What makes youso sure that you know what isright and what is wrong? Anddon’t tell me about how youknow things I can’t even un derstand!” she shouted. “I thought you just wanted a break. Now you are saying youwant to break up?” he asked,with a gentleness in his voice.She replied angrily, “This con versation is over. This is why Ican’t have you in my life any more. You are always askingme to think about some‘deeper meaning’ about what Isay and what I do. I just wantto live my life, have fun, andlive free.” She got up to leave.“Before you leave,” he said, “Iask you to remember twothings. Remember, being freeand living without rules aretwo different things. And re member I will always loveyou.” She grimaced, paused, and looked at him. A tear formed inthe corner of her eye. Shebrushed it away, turned, andwalked on with a determinedstride. Jesus looked sadly down at his nail-scarred hands as hershadow retreated. What elsecould he do to show her that heloved her best, and it would behis love that would set herfree? How many of us have bro ken up with Jesus because hecramped our style? How manyof us have come back to him toadmit life without him justdoesn’t work? How many ofus have to say walking awayfrom Jesus, doing our ownthing, was the worst mistakewe ever made? The good news? He still loves you. Always.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. Are You Breaking Up With Me? TEACHING TEACHERS COURTESY PHOTO Students aren't the only ones who have fun learning at Zolfo Springs Elementary.Teachers at the school had a good time while relating S.T.E.M. and literacy activi ties. That acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics,of course! On This Day:• In 1779 John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Great Britain• In 1912 W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues", considered the 1st blues song• In 1954 School integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore Md public schools• In 1964 Findings of the Warren Commission into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy released, finds Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone

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September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A11 V OTE D AVID HORTON F OR C OUNTY J UDGE A P OSITIVE C HANGE F OR H ARDEE Works and Lives in Hardee County Has the Trial and Courtroom experience Judges need Former School Teacher The only Board Certified Lawyer in Hardee County! Community Involvement: Wauchula Lions Club President Take Stock In Children Mentor at Hardee High School Cutting Edge Ministries Volunteer First United Methodist Church Feed My Sheep Food Bank Wauchula Rotary Club SendMeMissions Hardee County Habitat For Humanity Board Member Only 7% of all Florida lawyers are Board Certified in any field. Florida Bar Board Certified lawyers have been evaluated by ability and experience in their practice fields and professionalism within the legal community. Political advertisement paid for and approved by David Horton, nonpartisan candidate for Hardee County Judge. 9:27c Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer Well football fans, the season is approaching the halfway mark. October will be here soon. There is nothing tha t says foot ball season better than the crisp autumn breeze and the fall fo liage. The SEC has released their 2019 schedules. Gators open with Miami in Orlando and finish with FSU in the Swamp. Cup cake games with UT-Martin and Towson are mixed in. Auburnand LSU from the West Division are included with the traditional East opponents. Overall, it looks like a very tough schedule. The Gators used a balanced attack to beat Tennessee 47-21. FSU got back to winning even though it was a MAC team. The‘Noles did get 473 yards of offense in this one. UCF and FAUplayed a good game on Friday night. The Knights kept theirstreak going but the Owls gave them all they wanted. USF didn’t win impressively but still beat East Carolina 2013 with a fourth quarter touchdown. Miami built a 31-0 lead withPerry at quarterback before giving FIU 17 fourth quarter points.The game was never in doubt. That was the weekend for all ofthe major Florida schools. Will Grier threw for 356 yards and five touchdowns in his Heisman quest. The Mountaineers defeated Kansas State 35-6.Grier had a 94 percent quarterback rating for the game. WVUshould have had more points as two turnovers and two droppedpasses in the end zone may have been the result of not playinglast week due to Florence. Wow, it is the week of Ohio State at Penn State. The powers of the mighty Big 10. Both teams are highly ranked sporting 4-0 records. A closer look reveals the reality. Penn State neededovertime to beat Appalachian State then added wins over the Piti ful Pitt Panthers, Kent State of the MAC and Illinois. The Buck eyes have chomped on cupcakes Oregon State, Tulane andRutgers all with 1-3 records. ABC will over hype this game allweek. You can be sure no announcer will point out Ohio Stateplays the schedule ranked 106 in strength of schedule. Now for this weeks bill ‘o fare.1. North Carolina at Miami — ‘Canes hopefully will settle on a quarterback. The Tar Heels should not offer much of a chal lenge either way. Miami 34 — North Carolina 13 2. Tennessee at Georgia — ‘Vols have given up 40 points or more to both West Virginia and Florida. The ‘Dawgs shouldchow down like they are at Golden Corral. Tennessee has a goodcoaching staff now but it takes time. Georgia 56 — Tennessee17 3. Louisiana at Alabama — Tide empties the bench against a Sun Belt team that Mississippi State beat by 46 points. Ala bama 67 — Louisiana 13 4. Syracuse at Clemson — Orangemen are 4-0 which they have not seen since their Glory Days with Jim Brown, ErnieDavis, Floyd Little and Larry Czonka. Thing is, they have notplayed anybody yet. Clemson 38 — Syracuse 10 5. West Virginia at Texas Tech — Mountaineers have won five straight in this series. Grier needs a big day for that streakto continue. WVU defense is number one in the nation on pointsallowed and number seven overall. They have a big challengewith Raiders offense. West Virginia 48 — Texas Tech 35 6. Marshall at Western Kentucky — Herd needs to rebound and get a win in conference play. The run game and defenseshould win this one. Marshall 31 — WKU 23 7. FSU at Louisville — Two teams with similar seasons so far. Both 2-2 but wins are over cup cakes. ‘Noles get the roadwin they need to turn it around. FSU 34 — Louisville 24 8. Ole Miss at LSU — Death Valley on a Saturday night is always tough. Look for the Tigers to roar. LSU 30 — Ole Miss17 9. Ohio State at Penn State — The “Game of the Week” by the teams who feed off the weak. ABC Prime Time. The game will be over hyped but viewed by millions who really believethe hype. Ohio State 41 — Penn State 27 10. Stanford at Notre Dame — Another matchup of 4-0 top ranked teams. Bryce Love should lead the Cardinal to a win butstrange things happen in South Bend. Stanford has beaten betterteams. Stanford 31 — Notre Dame 21 11. FAU at Middle Tennessee — If the Owls game with UCF is any indicator, they could sweep the rest of the season.Devin Singletary is the real deal at running back. Middle Ten nessee has a good passing attack. FAU 41 — Middle Tennessee 20 12. Florida at Mississippi State — The “Mullen Bowl “ just got better after the improvement the Gators showed last week.Comparative scores, useless as they are, favor UF. Home fieldwill be huge for Mississippi State. Mississippi State 34 —Florida 31 13. Pitt at UCF — Knights will continue the nation’s longest winning streak. Too many weapons for the subpar Pan thers. UCF 48 — Pitt 10 14. Iowa State at TCU — Good game in the Big 12. Cy clones began with optimism and had a game canceled. They havenot recovered it seems. TCU will get back on the winning trackat home. TCU 34 — Iowa State 27 15. Baylor at Oklahoma — After escaping an upset by Army, the Sooners are ready to play a more conventional Big 12team. Oklahoma 45 — Baylor 17 16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears — Bucs run into the Monsters of the Midway sporting a new attitude and asolid defense. Can “Fitzmagic” continue? Tampa Bay Bucca neers 24 — Chicago Bears 20 17. Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots — Fish are 3-0. Pats will be desperate for a win at home. The Lions tookthem to the woodshed last week. New England Patriots 27 —Miami Dolphins 24 18. New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars — Jags are to ugh to beat home. Their defense alone will stop the Jets. Jackso nville Jaguars 34 — New York Jets 20 19. Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders — Chuckie isn’t selling well in the Raiders world. The hype of his return hasturned sour. Can Baker Mayfield win on the road? OaklandRaiders 24 — Cleveland Browns 17 20. Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers — Good ole rivalry between defensive-minded teams. Steelers at home butedge goes to the Ravens. Baltimore Ravens 24 — PittsburghSteelers 21 Stump The Swami By John Szeligo COURTESY PHOTO Students in Leigh Souther’s fourth-grade class atWauchula Elementary School were hands-on withtechnology in social studies. Their lesson on the threebranches of government fit right in with the recentelection. Students used the online curriculum to helpfind answers to a crossword puzzle while learningabout important roles in government and the respon sibilities government officials have to the citizens ofFlorida and the U.S. LAPTOP LEARNING EROSION EQUATION COURTESY PHOTO Wauchula Elementary School fifth graders in Jeannette Miranda's science classused a model to help demonstrate weathering and erosion caused by water, iceand wind. Crop Update September 24, 2018 General: According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Florida, there were 6.3 days suitable for fie ldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 23, 2018. Precipitation es timates ranged from no rain in multiple locations to 4.1 inchesin Milton (Santa Rosa County). The average mean temperatureranged from 79.7F in Fort Pierce (Saint Lucie County) to86.9F in Key West (Monroe County). Citrus: Daily temperatures were above average in the cit rus growing region, with afternoons reaching the high 80s to themid 90s all week. Rainfall was less frequent, with most stationsrecording only one or two days of significant rainfall. Isolatedstations in the western and central areas had over two inches, butall other stations accumulated less than an inch. According tothe September 20th, 2018 U.S. Drought Monitor, the entire citrusregion remained drought free. Caretakers sprayed, pulled vines, and put out fertilizers. Ir rigation was run two to three times a week. Generally, well-maintained groves looked good. Fieldworkers reported thatoranges were about tennis ball size, and grapefruit were as largeas softballs. Grove owners tested maturity levels of early or anges, grapefruit, and tangerines. Packinghouses made prepara tions to begin running in the next week or two. Fruits and Vegetables: Southern Florida continued to have widespread flooding in low-lying fields, and many growers usedthrow-out pumps to remove excess water. Vegetable f ield prepa rations for winter plantings continued in several counties. Straw berry bed preparations were nearly complete in HillsboroughCounty. Producers planted a wide variety of crops, includingbeans, bitter melon, boniato, carrots, leafy greens, malanga, okra,peppers, radish, snap beans, sweet corn, and tomatoes. Cropsharvested included avocado, bitter melon, boniato, malanga, andokra. Livestock and Pastures: Cattlemen in Osceola County shipped some of their calves to market. Hit-or-miss showers ledto some pastures wilting while others stayed soggy. In severalsouthern counties, pasture quality declined seasona lly as grasses matured. Cattle condition remained mostly good. Field Crops: Dry weather in some counties allowed pro ducers to harvest peanuts and hay at a fast rate. However, scat tered, heavy rains prevented harvesting in other counties.Sugarcane continued to look good. The crop was nearing harvestin St. Lucie County. SWIMS will be SWIMS even when turned upside down. The average distance betweenthe stars in the sky is 20 mil lion miles.

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PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMEND MENTS AND REVISIONS FOR THE 2018 GENERAL ELECTION I, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State for Florida,do hereby give notice that the following pro posed amendments and revisions to theFlorida Constitution will be presented ineach county on the 2018 General Electionballot. The language for these amendments mayalso be found at FloridaPublicNotices. com,at DOS.Elections.MyFlorida.com/initiatives,and at this newspaper’s website. NO. 1 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 37 BALLOT TITLE: Increased Homestead Property Tax ExemptionBALLOT SUMMARY:Proposing an amendment to the State Consti tution to increase the homestead exemption byexempting the assessed valuation of home stead property greater than $100,000 and up to$125,000 for all levies other than school districtlevies. The amendment shall take effect Janu ary 1, 2019.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions. —(a) Every person who has the legal or equi table title to real estate and maintains thereonthe permanent residence of the owner, or an other legally or naturally dependent upon theowner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon,except assessments for special benefits, up tothe assessed valuation of twenty-five thousanddollars and, for all levies other than schooldistrict levies, on the assessed valuationgreater than fifty thousand dollars and up toseventy-five thousand dollars, and on the as sessed valuation greater than one hundred thousand dollars and up to one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars upon establish ment of right thereto in the manner prescribedby law. The real estate may be held by legal orequitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in com mon, as a condominium, or indirectly by stockownership or membership representing theowner’s or member’s proprietary interest in acorporation owning a fee or a leasehold initiallyin excess of ninety-eight years. The exemptionshall not apply with respect to any assessmentroll until such roll is first determined to be incompliance with the provisions of section 4 bya state agency designated by general law. Thisexemption is repealed on the effective date ofany amendment to this Article which providesfor the assessment of homestead property atless than just value.(b) Not more than one exemption shall be al lowed any individual or family unit or with re spect to any residential unit. No exemption shallexceed the value of the real estate assessableto the owner or, in case of ownership throughstock or membership in a corporation, the valueof the proportion which the interest in the cor poration bears to the assessed value of theproperty.(c) By general law and subject to conditionsspecified therein, the Legislature may provideto renters, who are permanent residents, advalorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies.Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the formand amount established by general law.(d) The legislature may, by general law, allowcounties or municipalities, for the purpose oftheir respective tax levies and subject to theprovisions of general law, to grant either or bothof the following additional homestead tax ex emptions:(1) An exemption not exceeding fifty thousanddollars to a person who has the legal or equi table title to real estate and maintains thereonthe permanent residence of the owner, who hasattained age sixty-five, and whose householdincome, as defined by general law, does not ex ceed twenty thousand dollars; or(2) An exemption equal to the assessed valueof the property to a person who has the legalor equitable title to real estate with a just valueless than two hundred and fifty thousand dol lars, as determined in the first tax year that theowner applies and is eligible for the exemption,and who has maintained thereon the perma nent residence of the owner for not less thantwenty-five years, who has attained age sixty-five, and whose household income does notexceed the income limitation prescribed inparagraph (1).The general law must allow counties and mu nicipalities to grant these additional exemp tions, within the limits prescribed in thissubsection, by ordinance adopted in the man ner prescribed by general law, and must pro vide for the periodic adjustment of the incomelimitation prescribed in this subsection forchanges in the cost of living.(e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who ispartially or totally permanently disabled shall re ceive a discount from the amount of the ad val orem tax otherwise owed on homesteadproperty the veteran owns and resides in if thedisability was combat related and the veteranwas honorably discharged upon separationfrom military service. The discount shall be in apercentage equal to the percentage of the vet eran’s permanent, serviceconnected disabilityas determined by the United States Departmentof Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discountgranted by this subsection, an applicant mustsubmit to the county property appraiser, byMarch 1, an official letter from the United StatesDepartment of Veterans Affairs stating the per centage of the veteran’s service-connected dis ability and such evidence that reasonablyidentifies the disability as combat related and acopy of the veteran’s honorable discharge. Ifthe property appraiser denies the request for adiscount, the appraiser must notify the appli cant in writing of the reasons for the denial, andthe veteran may reapply. The Legislature may,by general law, waive the annual application re quirement in subsequent years. This subsec tion is self-executing and does not requireimplementing legislation.(f) By general law and subject to conditionsand limitations specified therein, the Legislaturemay provide ad valorem tax relief equal to thetotal amount or a portion of the ad valorem taxotherwise owed on homestead property to:(1) The surviving spouse of a veteran who diedfrom service-connected causes while on activeduty as a member of the United States ArmedForces.(2) The surviving spouse of a first responderwho died in the line of duty. (3) A first responder who is totally and perma nently disabled as a result of an injury or in juries sustained in the line of duty. Causalconnection between a disability and service inthe line of duty shall not be presumed but mustbe determined as provided by general law. Forpurposes of this paragraph, the term “disability”does not include a chronic condition or chronicdisease, unless the injury sustained in the lineof duty was the sole cause of the chronic con dition or chronic disease.As used in this subsection and as further de fined by general law, the term “first responder”means a law enforcement officer, a correctionalofficer, a firefighter, an emergency medicaltechnician, or a paramedic, and the term “in theline of duty” means arising out of and in the ac tual performance of duty required by employ ment as a first responder. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 37. Increased homestead exemp tion. —This section and the amendment to Sec tion 6 of Article VII increasing the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valua tion of homestead property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000 for all levies other than school district levies shall take effect Jan uary 1, 2019. NO. 2 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE XII, SECTION 27 BALLOT TITLE: Limitations on Property Tax AssessmentsBALLOT SUMMARY:Proposing an amendment to the State Consti tution to permanently retain provisions currentlyin effect, which limit property tax assessmentincreases on specified nonhomestead realproperty, except for school district taxes, to 10percent each year. If approved, the amendmentremoves the scheduled repeal of such provi sions in 2019 and shall take effect January 1,2019.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 27. Property tax exemptions andlimitations on property tax assessments. —(a) The amendments to Sections 3, 4, and 6 of Article VII, providing a $25,000 exemptionfor tangible personal property, providing anadditional $25,000 homestead exemption, au thorizing transfer of the accrued benefit fromthe limitations on the assessment of home stead property, and this section, if submitted tothe electors of this state for approval or rejec tion at a special election authorized by law tobe held on January 29, 2008, shall take effectupon approval by the electors and shall op erate retroactively to January 1, 2008, or, ifsubmitted to the electors of this state for ap proval or rejection at the next general election,shall take effect January 1 of the year followingsuch general election. The amendments toSection 4 of Article VII creating subsections(g) (f) and (h) (g) of that section, creating a limi tation on annual assessment increases forspecified real property, shall take effect uponapproval of the electors and shall first limit as sessments beginning January 1, 2009, if ap proved at a special election held on January 29,2008, or shall first limit assessments beginningJanuary 1, 2010, if approved at the generalelection held in November of 2008. Subsec tions (f) and (g) of Section 4 of Article VII are repealed effective January 1, 2019; however, the legislature shall by joint resolution propose an amendment abrogating the repeal of sub sections (f) and (g), which shall be submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejec tion at the general election of 2018 and, if ap proved, shall take effect January 1, 2019. (b) The amendment to subsection (a) abrogat ing the scheduled repeal of subsections (g) and (h) of Section 4 of Article VII of the State Con stitution as it existed in 2017, shall take effect January 1, 2019. NO. 3 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE X, SECTION 29 BALLOT TITLE: Voter Control of Gambling in FloridaBALLOT SUMMARY:This amendment ensures that Florida votersshall have the exclusive right to decide whetherto authorize casino gambling by requiring thatin order for casino gambling to be authorizedunder Florida law, it must be approved byFlorida voters pursuant to Article XI, Section 3of the Florida Constitution. Affects articles Xand XI. Defines casino gambling and clarifiesthat this amendment does not conflict with fed eral law regarding state/tribal compacts.FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:The amendment’s impact on state and localgovernment revenues and costs, if any, cannotbe determined at this time because of its un known effect on gambling operations that havenot been approved by voters through a consti tutional amendment proposed by a citizens’ ini tiative petition process.FULL TEXT:ARTICLE X, FLORIDA CONSTITUTION, is amended to include the following new section: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida. (a) This amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling in the State of Florida. This amendment requires a vote by cit izens’ initiative pursuant to Article XI, section 3, in order for casino gambling to be authorized under Florida law. This section amends this Ar ticle; and also affects Article XI, by making citi zens’ initiatives the exclusive method of authorizing casino gambling. (b) As used in this section, “casino gambling” means any of the types of games typically found in casinos and that are within the defini tion of Class III gaming in the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq. (“IGRA”), and in 25 C.F.R. §502.4, upon adoption of this amendment, and any that are added to such definition of Class III gaming in the future. This includes, but is not limited to, any house banking game, including but not lim ited to card games such as baccarat, chemin de fer, blackjack (21), and pai gow (if played as house banking games); any player-banked game that simulates a house banking game, such as California black jack; casino games such as roulette, craps, and keno; any slot ma chines as defined in 15 U.S.C. 1171(a)(1); and any other game not authorized by Article X, section 15, whether or not defined as a slot ma chine, in which outcomes are determined by random number generator or are similarly as signed randomly, such as instant or historical racing. As used herein, “casino gambling” in cludes any electronic gambling devices, simu lated gambling devices, video lottery devices, internet sweepstakes devices, and any other form of electronic or electromechanical facsim iles of any game of chance, slot machine, or casino-style game, regardless of how such de vices are defined under IGRA. As used herein, “casino gambling” does not include pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, dog racing, or jai alai exhibitions. For purposes of this section, “gam bling” and “gaming” are synonymous. (c) Nothing herein shall be deemed to limit the right of the Legislature to exercise its authority through general law to restrict, regulate, or tax any gaming or gambling activities. In addition, nothing herein shall be construed to limit the ability of the state or Native American tribes to negotiate gaming compacts pursuant to the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act for the conduct of casino gambling on tribal lands, or to affect any existing gambling on tribal lands pursuant to compacts executed by the state and Native American tribes pursuant to IGRA. (d) This section is effective upon approval by the voters, is self-executing, and no Legislative implementation is required. (e) If any part of this section is held invalid for any reason, the remaining portion or portions shall be severed from the invalid portion and given the fullest possible force and effect. NO. 4 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VI, SECTION 4 BALLOT TITLE: Voting Restoration AmendmentBALLOT SUMMARY:This amendment restores the voting rights ofFloridians with felony convictions after theycomplete all terms of their sentence includingparole or probation. The amendment would notapply to those convicted of murder or sexual of fenses, who would continue to be permanentlybarred from voting unless the Governor andCabinet vote to restore their voting rights on acase by case basis.FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:The precise effect of this amendment on stateand local government costs cannot be deter mined, but the operation of current voter regis tration laws, combined with an increasednumber of felons registering to vote, will pro duce higher overall costs relative to theprocesses in place today. The impact, if any, onstate and local government revenues cannot bedetermined. The fiscal impact of any future leg islation that implements a different process can not be reasonably determined.FULL TEXT:Article VI, Section 4. Disqualifications.—(a) No person convicted of a felony, or adjudi cated in this or any other state to be mentallyincompetent, shall be qualified to vote or holdoffice until restoration of civil rights or removalof disability. Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, any disqualification from vot ing arising from a felony conviction shall termi nate and voting rights shall be restored upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or probation. (b) No person convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense shall be qualified to vote until restoration of civil rights. (b c ) No person may appear on the ballot for reelection to any of the following offices:(1) Florida representative,(2) Florida senator,(3) Florida Lieutenant governor,(4) any office of the Florida cabinet,(5) U.S. Representative from Florida, or(6) U.S. Senator from Floridaif, by the end of the current term of office, theperson will have served (or, but for resignation,would have served) in that office for eight con secutive years. NO. 5 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 19 BALLOT TITLE: Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Au thorize, or Raise State Taxes or FeesBALLOT SUMMARY:Prohibits the legislature from imposing, author izing, or raising a state tax or fee exceptthrough legislation approved by a two-thirdsvote of each house of the legislature in a billcontaining no other subject. This proposal doesnot authorize a state tax or fee otherwise pro hibited by the Constitution and does not applyto fees or taxes imposed or authorized to be im posed by a county, municipality, school board,or special district.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 19. Supermajority vote required to impose, authorize, or raise state taxes or fees.— (a) SUPERMAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED TO IMPOSE OR AUTHORIZE NEW STATE TAX OR FEE. No new state tax or fee may be im posed or authorized by the legislature except through legislation approved by two-thirds of the membership of each house of the legisla ture and presented to the Governor for approval pursuant to Article III, Section 8. (b) SUPERMAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED TO RAISE STATE TAXES OR FEES. No state tax or fee may be raised by the legislature except through legislation approved by two-thirds of the membership of each house of the legisla ture and presented to the Governor for approval pursuant to Article III, Section 8. (c) APPLICABILITY. This section does not au thorize the imposition of any state tax or fee otherwise prohibited by this Constitution, and does not apply to any tax or fee imposed by, or authorized to be imposed by, a county, munici pality, school board, or special district. (d) DEFINITIONS. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following mean ings: (1) "Fee" means any charge or payment re quired by law, including any fee for service, fee or cost for licenses, and charge for service. (2) "Raise" means: a. To increase or authorize an increase in the rate of a state tax or fee imposed on a percent age or per mill basis; b. To increase or authorize an increase in the amount of a state tax or fee imposed on a flat or fixed amount basis; or c. To decrease or eliminate a state tax or fee exemption or credit. (e) SINGLE-SUBJECT. A state tax or fee im posed, authorized, or raised under this section must be contained in a separate bill that con tains no other subject. NO. 6 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE I, SECTION 16 ARTICLE V, SECTIONS 8 AND 21 ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION BALLOT TITLE: Rights of Crime Victims; JudgesBALLOT SUMMARY:Creates constitutional rights for victims ofcrime; requires courts to facilitate victims’ rights;authorizes victims to enforce their rightsthroughout criminal and juvenile justiceprocesses. Requires judges and hearing offi cers to independently interpret statutes andrules rather than deferring to governmentagency’s interpretation. Raises mandatory re tirement age of state justices and judges fromseventy to seventy-five years; deletes authori zation to complete judicial term if one-half ofterm has been served by retirement age.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 16. Rights of accused and of vic tims.—(a) In all criminal prosecutions the accusedshall, upon demand, be informed of the natureand cause of the accusation, and shall be fur nished a copy of the charges, and shall havethe right to have compulsory process for wit nesses, to confront at trial adverse witnesses,to be heard in person, by counsel or both, andto have a speedy and public trial by impartialjury in the county where the crime was commit ted. If the county is not known, the indictmentor information may charge venue in two ormore counties conjunctively and proof that thecrime was committed in that area shall be suf ficient; but before pleading the accused mayelect in which of those counties the trial will takeplace. Venue for prosecution of crimes commit ted beyond the boundaries of the state shall befixed by law.(b) To preserve and protect the right of crime victims to achieve justice, ensure a meaningful role throughout the criminal and juvenile justice systems for crime victims, and ensure that crime victims’ rights and interests are respected and protected by law in a manner no less vig orous than protections afforded to criminal de fendants and juvenile delinquents, every victim is entitled to the following rights, beginning at the time of his or her victimization: (1) The right to due process and to be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s dignity. (2) The right to be free from intimidation, ha rassment, and abuse. (3) The right, within the judicial process, to be reasonably protected from the accused and any person acting on behalf of the accused. How ever, nothing contained herein is intended to create a special relationship between the crime victim and any law enforcement agency or of fice absent a special relationship or duty as de fined by Florida law. (4) The right to have the safety and welfare of the victim and the victim’s family considered when setting bail, including setting pretrial re lease conditions that protect the safety and wel fare of the victim and the victim’s family. (5) The right to prevent the disclosure of infor mation or records that could be used to locate or harass the victim or the victim’s family, or which could disclose confidential or privileged information of the victim. (6) A victim shall have the following specific rights upon request: a. The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of, and to be present at, all public pro ceedings involving the criminal conduct, includ ing, but not limited to, trial, plea, sentencing, or adjudication, even if the victim will be a witness at the proceeding, notwithstanding any rule to the contrary. A victim shall also be provided rea sonable, accurate, and timely notice of any re lease or escape of the defendant or delinquent, and any proceeding during which a right of the victim is implicated. b. The right to be heard in any public proceed ing involving pretrial or other release from any form of legal constraint, plea, sentencing, adju dication, or parole, and any proceeding during which a right of the victim is implicated. c. The right to confer with the prosecuting attor ney concerning any plea agreements, partici pation in pretrial diversion programs, release, restitution, sentencing, or any other disposition of the case. d. The right to provide information regarding the impact of the offender’s conduct on the victim and the victim’s family to the individual respon sible for conducting any presentence investiga tion or compiling any presentence investigation report, and to have any such information con sidered in any sentencing recommendations submitted to the court. e. The right to receive a copy of any presen tence report, and any other report or record rel evant to the exercise of a victim’s right, except for such portions made confidential or exempt by law. f. The right to be informed of the conviction, sentence, adjudication, place and time of incar ceration, or other disposition of the convicted offender, any scheduled release date of the of fender, and the release of or the escape of the offender from custody. g. The right to be informed of all postconviction processes and procedures, to participate in such processes and procedures, to provide in formation to the release authority to be consid ered before any release decision is made, and to be notified of any release decision regarding the offender. The parole or early release author ity shall extend the right to be heard to any per son harmed by the offender. h. The right to be informed of clemency and ex pungement procedures, to provide information to the governor, the court, any clemency board, and other authority in these procedures, and to have that information considered before a clemency or expungement decision is made; and to be notified of such decision in advance of any release of the offender. (7) The rights of the victim, as provided in sub paragraph (6)a., subparagraph (6)b., or sub paragraph (6)c., that apply to any first appearance proceeding are satisfied by a rea sonable attempt by the appropriate agency to notify the victim and convey the victim’s views to the court. (8) The right to the prompt return of the victim’s property when no longer needed as evidence in the case. (9) The right to full and timely restitution in every case and from each convicted offender for all losses suffered, both directly and indi rectly, by the victim as a result of the criminal conduct. (10) The right to proceedings free from unrea sonable delay, and to a prompt and final con clusion of the case and any related postjudgment proceedings. a. The state attorney may file a good faith de mand for a speedy trial and the trial court shall hold a calendar call, with notice, within fifteen days of the filing demand, to schedule a trial to commence on a date at least five days but no more than sixty days after the date of the cal endar call unless the trial judge enters an order with specific findings of fact justifying a trial date more than sixty days after the calendar call. b. All state-level appeals and collateral attacks on any judgment must be complete within two years from the date of appeal in non-capital cases and within five years from the date of ap peal in capital cases, unless a court enters an order with specific findings as to why the court was unable to comply with this subparagraph and the circumstances causing the delay. Each year, the chief judge of any district court of ap peal or the chief justice of the supreme court shall report on a case-bycase basis to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate all cases where the court entered an order regarding inability to comply with this subparagraph. The legislature may enact legislation to implement this sub paragraph. (11) The right to be informed of these rights, and to be informed that victims can seek the advice of an attorney with respect to their rights. This information shall be made available to the general public and provided to all crime victims in the form of a card or by other means in tended to effectively advise the victim of their rights under this section. (c) The victim, the retained attorney of the vic tim, a lawful representative of the victim, or the office of the state attorney upon request of the victim, may assert and seek enforcement of the rights enumerated in this section and any other right afforded to a victim by law in any trial or appellate court, or before any other authority with jurisdiction over the case, as a matter of right. The court or other authority with jurisdic tion shall act promptly on such a request, af fording a remedy by due course of law for the violation of any right. The reasons for any deci sion regarding the disposition of a victim’s right shall be clearly stated on the record. (d) The granting of the rights enumerated in this section to victims may not be construed to deny or impair any other rights possessed by victims. The provisions of this section apply throughout criminal and juvenile justice processes, are selfexecuting, and do not require implementing leg islation. This section may not be construed to create any cause of action for damages against the state or a political subdivision of the state, or any officer, employee, or agent of the state or its political subdivisions. (e) As used in this section, a “victim” is a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, psy chological, or financial harm as a result of the commission or attempted commission of a crime or delinquent act or against whom the crime or delinquent act is committed. The term “victim” includes the victim’s lawful representa tive, the parent or guardian of a minor, or the next of kin of a homicide victim, except upon a showing that the interest of such individual would be in actual or potential conflict with the interests of the victim. The term “victim” does not include the accused. The terms “crime” and “criminal” include delinquent acts and conduct Victims of crime or their lawful representatives, including the next of kin of homicide victims, are entitled to the right to be informed, to be pres ent, and to be heard when relevant, at all cru cial stages of criminal proceedings, to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused. ARTICLE V JUDICIARY SECTION 8. Eligibility.—No person shall be el igible for office of justice or judge of any courtunless the person is an elector of the state andresides in the territorial jurisdiction of the court.No justice or judge shall serve after attainingthe age of seventy-five seventy years except upon temporary assignment or to complete a term, one-half of which has been served No person is eligible for the office of justice of thesupreme court or judge of a district court of ap peal unless the person is, and has been for thepreceding ten years, a member of the bar ofFlorida. No person is eligible for the office of cir cuit judge unless the person is, and has beenfor the preceding five years, a member of thebar of Florida. Unless otherwise provided bygeneral law, no person is eligible for the officeof county court judge unless the person is, andhas been for the preceding five years, a mem ber of the bar of Florida. Unless otherwise pro vided by general law, a person shall be eligiblefor election or appointment to the office ofcounty court judge in a county having a popu lation of 40,000 or less if the person is a mem ber in good standing of the bar of Florida.SECTION 21. Judicial interpretation of statutes and rules.—In interpreting a state statute or rule, a state court or an officer hearing an ad ministrative action pursuant to general law may not defer to an administrative agency’s interpre tation of such statute or rule, and must instead interpret such statute or rule de novo. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE Eligibility of justices and judges.—The amend ment to Section 8 of Article V, which increases the age at which a justice or judge is no longer eligible to serve in judicial office except upon temporary assignment, shall take effect July 1, 2019. NO. 7 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE IX, SECTIONS 7 AND 8 ARTICLE X, NEW SECTION BALLOT TITLE:First Responder and Military Member SurvivorBenefits; Public Colleges and UniversitiesBALLOT SUMMARY:Grants mandatory payment of death benefitsand waiver of certain educational expenses toqualifying survivors of certain first respondersand military members who die performing offi cial duties. Requires supermajority votes byuniversity trustees and state university systemboard of governors to raise or impose all leg islatively authorized fees if law requires ap proval by those bodies. Establishes existingstate college system as constitutional entity;provides governance structure.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE IX EDUCATION SECTION 7. State University System.—(a) PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellencethrough teaching students, advancing researchand providing public service for the benefit ofFlorida’s citizens, their communities andeconomies, the people hereby establish a sys tem of governance for the state university sys tem of Florida.(b) STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. There shallbe a single state university system comprisedof all public universities. A board of trusteesshall administer each public university and aboard of governors shall govern the state uni versity system.(c) LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES. Eachlocal constituent university shall be adminis tered by a board of trustees consisting of thir teen members dedicated to the purposes of thestate university system. The board of governorsshall establish the powers and duties of theboards of trustees. Each board of trustees shallconsist of six citizen members appointed by thegovernor and five citizen members appointedby the board of governors. The appointed mem bers shall be confirmed by the senate andserve staggered terms of five years as providedby law. The chair of the faculty senate, or theequivalent, and the president of the studentbody of the university shall also be members.(d) STATEWIDE BOARD OF GOVERNORS.The board of governors shall be a body corpo rate consisting of seventeen members. Theboard shall operate, regulate, control, and befully responsible for the management of thewhole university system. These responsibilitiesshall include, but not be limited to, defining thedistinctive mission of each constituent univer sity and its articulation with free public schoolsand community colleges, ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the sys tem, and avoiding wasteful duplication offacilities or programs. The board’s manage ment shall be subject to the powers of the leg islature to appropriate for the expenditure offunds, and the board shall account for such ex penditures as provided by law. The governorshall appoint to the board fourteen citizens ded icated to the purposes of the state universitysystem. The appointed members shall be con firmed by the senate and serve staggeredterms of seven years as provided by law. Thecommissioner of education, the chair of the ad visory council of faculty senates, or the equiva lent, and the president of the Florida studentassociation, or the equivalent, shall also bemembers of the board.(e) FEES. Any proposal or action of a con stituent university to raise, impose, or authorize any fee, as authorized by law, must be ap proved by at least nine affirmative votes of the members of the board of trustees of the con stituent university, if approval by the board of trustees is required by general law, and at least twelve affirmative votes of the members of the board of governors, if approval by the board of governors is required by general law, in order to take effect. A fee under this subsection shall not include tuition. SECTION 8. State College System.— (a) PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellence and to provide access to undergraduate edu cation to the students of this state; to originate articulated pathways to a baccalaureate de gree; to ensure superior commitment to teach ing and learning; and to respond quickly and efficiently to meet the demand of communities by aligning certificate and degree programs with local and regional workforce needs, the people hereby establish a system of gover nance for the state college system of Florida. (b) STATE COLLEGE SYSTEM. There shall be a single state college system comprised of all public community and state colleges. A local board of trustees shall govern each state col lege system institution and the state board of education shall supervise the state college sys tem. (c) LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES. Each state college system institution shall be gov erned by a local board of trustees dedicated to the purposes of the state college system. A member of a board of trustees must be a resi dent of the service delivery area of the college. The powers and duties of the boards of trustees shall be provided by law. Each member shall be appointed by the governor to staggered 4-year terms, subject to confirmation by the senate. (d) ROLE OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCA TION. The state board of education shall super vise the state college system as provided by law. ARTICLE X MISCELLANEOUS Death benefits for survivors of first responders and military members.— (a) A death benefit shall be paid by the employ ing agency when a firefighter; a paramedic; an emergency medical technician; a law enforce ment, correctional, or correctional probation of ficer; or a member of the Florida National Guard, while engaged in the performance of their official duties, is: (1) Accidentally killed or receives accidental bodily injury which results in the loss of the in dividual’s life, provided that such killing is not the result of suicide and that such bodily injury is not intentionally self-inflicted; or (2) Unlawfully and intentionally killed or dies as a result of such unlawful and intentional act or is killed during active duty. (b) A death benefit shall be paid by funds from general revenue when an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces is: (1) Accidentally killed or receives accidental bodily injury which results in the loss of the in dividual’s life, provided that such killing is not the result of suicide and that such bodily injury is not intentionally self-inflicted; or (2) Unlawfully and intentionally killed or dies as a result of such unlawful and intentional act or is killed during active duty. (c) If a firefighter; a paramedic; an emergency medical technician; a law enforcement, correc tional, or correctional probation officer; or an ac tive duty member of the Florida National Guard or United States Armed Forces is accidentally killed as specified in paragraphs (a)(1) and (b)(1), or unlawfully and intentionally killed as specified in paragraphs (a)(2) and (b)(2), the state shall waive certain educational expenses that the child or spouse of the deceased first re sponder or military member incurs while obtain ing a career certificate, an undergraduate education, or a postgraduate education. (d) An eligible first responder must have been working for the State of Florida or any of its po litical subdivisions or agencies at the time of death. An eligible military member must have been a resident of this state or his or her duty post must have been within this state at the time of death. (e) The legislature shall implement this section by general law. (f) This section shall take effect on July 1, 2019. NO. 8 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE IX, SECTION 4, NEW SECTION ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION BALLOT TITLE: School Board Term Limits and Duties; PublicSchoolsBALLOT SUMMARY:Creates a term limit of eight consecutive yearsfor school board members and requires the leg islature to provide for the promotion of civic lit eracy in public schools. Currently, districtschool boards have a constitutional duty to op erate, control, and supervise all public schools.The amendment maintains a school board’s du ties to public schools it establishes, but permitsthe state to operate, control, and supervisepublic schools not established by the schoolboard.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE IX EDUCATION SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—(a) Each county shall constitute a school dis trict; provided, two or more contiguous coun ties, upon vote of the electors of each countypursuant to law, may be combined into oneschool district. In each school district there shallbe a school board composed of five or moremembers chosen by vote of the electors in anonpartisan election for appropriately stag gered terms of four years, as provided by law.A person may not appear on the ballot for reelection to the office of school board if, by the end of the current term of office, the person would have served, or but for resignation would have served, in that office for eight consecutive years. (b) The school board shall operate, control, andsupervise all free public schools established by the district school board within the school dis trict and determine the rate of school districttaxes within the limits prescribed herein. Two ormore school districts may operate and financejoint educational programs.SECTION Civic literacy.— As education is es sential to the preservation of the rights and lib erties of the people, the legislature shall provide by law for the promotion of civic literacy in order to ensure that students enrolled in public edu cation understand and are prepared to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a constitutional republic. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE Limitation on terms of office for members of a district school board.This section and the amendment to Section 4 of Article IX imposing term limits for the terms of office for members of a district school board shall take effect on the date it is approved by the electorate, but no service in a term of office which commenced prior to November 6, 2018, will be counted against the limitation imposed by this amend ment. NO. 9 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE II, SECTION 7 ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 BALLOT TITLE:Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Pro hibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor WorkplacesBALLOT SUMMARY:Prohibits drilling for the exploration or extractionof oil and natural gas beneath all state-ownedwaters between the mean high water line andthe state’s outermost territorial boundaries.Adds use of vapor-generating electronic de vices to current prohibition of tobacco smokingin enclosed indoor workplaces with exceptions;permits more restrictive local vapor ordinances.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE II GENERAL PROVISIONS SECTION 7. Natural resources and scenicbeauty.—(a) It shall be the policy of the state to conserveand protect its natural resources and scenicbeauty. Adequate provision shall be made bylaw for the abatement of air and water pollutionand of excessive and unnecessary noise andfor the conservation and protection of naturalresources.(b) Those in the Everglades Agricultural Areawho cause water pollution within the Ever glades Protection Area or the Everglades Agri cultural Area shall be primarily responsible forpaying the costs of the abatement of that pollu tion. For the purposes of this subsection, theterms “Everglades Protection Area” and “Ever glades Agricultural Area” shall have the mean ings as defined in statutes in effect on January1, 1996.(c) To protect the people of Florida and their en vironment, drilling for exploration or extraction of oil or natural gas is prohibited on lands be neath all state waters which have not been alienated and that lie between the mean high water line and the outermost boundaries of the state’s territorial seas. This prohibition does not apply to the transportation of oil and gas prod ucts produced outside of such waters. This sub section is self-executing. ARTICLE X MISCELLANEOUSSECTION 20. Workplaces without tobaccosmoke or vapor. — (a) PROHIBITION. As a Florida health initiativeto protect people from the health hazards ofsecond-hand tobacco smoke and vapor to bacco smoking and the use of vapor-generating electronic devices are is prohibited in enclosed indoor workplaces. This section does not pre clude the adoption of ordinances that impose more restrictive regulation on the use of vaporgenerating electronic devices than is provided in this section. (b) EXCEPTIONS. As further explained in the definitions below, tobacco smoking and the use of vapor-generating electronic devices may be permitted in private residences whenever theyare not being used commercially to providechild care, adult care, or health care, or any combination thereof; and further may be per mitted in retail tobacco shops, vapor-generating electronic device retailers, designated smoking guest rooms at hotels and other public lodging establishments; and stand-alone bars. How ever, nothing in this section or in its implement ing legislation or regulations shall prohibit theowner, lessee, or other person in control of the use of an enclosed indoor workplace from fur ther prohibiting or limiting smoking or the use of vapor-generating electronic devices therein. (c) DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this section,the following words and terms shall have the stated meanings:(1) “Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burn ing, carrying, or possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe to bacco, and any other lighted tobacco product.(2) “Second-hand smoke,” also known as envi ronmental tobacco smoke (ETS), meanssmoke emitted from lighted, smoldering, or burning tobacco when the smoker is not inhal ing; smoke emitted at the mouthpiece duringpuff drawing; and smoke exhaled by the smoker. (3) “Work” means any person’s providing anyemployment or employment-type service for or at the request of another individual or individu als or any public or private entity, whether forcompensation or not, whether full or part-time,whether legally or not. “Work” includes, withoutlimitation, any such service performed by an employee, independent contractor, agent, part ner, proprietor, manager, officer, director, ap prentice, trainee, associate, servant, volunteer, and the like. (4) “Enclosed indoor workplace” means anyplace where one or more persons engages in work, and which place is predominantly or to tally bounded on all sides and above by physi cal barriers, regardless of whether such barriers consist of or include uncovered open ings, screened or otherwise partially coveredopenings; or open or closed windows,jalousies, doors, or the like. This section appliesto all such enclosed indoor workplaces withoutregard to whether work is occurring at any given time. (5) “Commercial” use of a private residence means any time during which the owner, les see, or other person occupying or controllingthe use of the private residence is furnishing inthe private residence, or causing or allowing tobe furnished in the private residence, child care, adult care, or health care, or any combi nation thereof, and receiving or expecting to re ceive compensation therefor. (6) “Retail tobacco shop” means any enclosedindoor workplace dedicated to or predominantlyfor the retail sale of tobacco, tobacco products,and accessories for such products, in which the sale of other products or services is merely in cidental. (7) “Designated smoking guest rooms at publiclodging establishments” means the sleepingrooms and directly associated private areas,such as bathrooms, living rooms, and kitchenareas, if any, rented to guests for their exclusive transient occupancy in public lodging establish ments including hotels, motels, resort condo miniums, transient apartments, transientlodging establishments, rooming houses,boarding houses, resort dwellings, bed andbreakfast inns, and the like; and designated by the person or persons having management au thority over such public lodging establishment as rooms in which smoking may be permitted.(8) “Stand-alone bar” means any place of busi ness devoted during any time of operation pre dominantly or totally to serving alcoholic beverages, intoxicating beverages, or intoxicat ing liquors, or any combination thereof, for con sumption on the licensed premises; in whichthe serving of food, if any, is merely incidentalto the consumption of any such beverage; andthat is not located within, and does not shareany common entryway or common indoor area with, any other enclosed indoor workplace in cluding any business for which the sale of foodor any other product or service is more than an incidental source of gross revenue. (9) “Vapor-generating electronic device” means any product that employs an electronic, a chemical, or a mechanical means capable of producing vapor or aerosol from a nicotine product or any other substance, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or other similar device or product, any replace ment cartridge for such device, and any other container of a solution or other substance in tended to be used with or within an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or other similar device or prod uct. (10) “Vapor-generating electronic device re tailer” means any enclosed indoor workplace dedicated to or predominantly for the retail sale of vapor-generating electronic devices and components, parts, and accessories for such products, in which the sale of other products or services is merely incidental. (d) LEGISLATION. In the next regular legisla tive session occurring after voter approval of this section or any amendment to this section amendment the Florida legislature shall adopt legislation to implement this section and any amendment to this section amendment in a manner consistent with its broad purpose andstated terms, and having an effective date no later than July 1 of the year following voter ap proval. Such legislation shall include, withoutlimitation, civil penalties for violations of this section; provisions for administrative enforce ment; and the requirement and authorization of agency rules for implementation and enforce ment. This section does not Nothing herein shall preclude the legislature from enacting any law constituting or allowing a more restrictive regulation of tobacco smoking or the use of vapor-generating electronic devices than is pro vided in this section. NO. 10 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE III, SECTION 3 ARTICLE IV, SECTIONS 4 AND 11 ARTICLE VIII, SECTIONS 1 AND 6 BALLOT TITLE: State and Local Government Structure and Op erationBALLOT SUMMARY:Requires legislature to retain department of vet erans’ affairs. Ensures election of sheriffs, prop erty appraisers, supervisors of elections, tax collectors, and clerks of court in all counties; re moves county charters’ ability to abolish, change term, transfer duties, or eliminate elec tion of these offices. Changes annual legislative session commencement date in evennum bered years from March to January; removeslegislature’s authorization to fix another date. Creates office of domestic security and coun terterrorism within department of law enforce ment.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE III LEGISLATURE SECTION 3. Sessions of the legislature.—(a) ORGANIZATION SESSIONS. On the four teenth day following each general election the legislature shall convene for the exclusive pur pose of organization and selection of officers. (b) REGULAR SESSIONS. A regular session of the legislature shall convene on the first Tues day after the first Monday in March of each oddnumbered year, and on the second first Tuesday after the first Monday in January March, or such other date as may be fixed by law, of each even-numbered year. (c) SPECIAL SESSIONS. (1) The governor, by proclamation stating thepurpose, may convene the legislature in special session during which only such legislative busi ness may be transacted as is within the purviewof the proclamation, or of a communication fromthe governor, or is introduced by consent of two-thirds of the membership of each house. (2) A special session of the legislature may be convened as provided by law. (d) LENGTH OF SESSIONS. A regular session of the legislature shall not exceed sixty consec utive days, and a special session shall not ex ceed twenty consecutive days, unlessextended beyond such limit by a three-fifthsvote of each house. During such an extensionno new business may be taken up in eitherhouse without the consent of two-thirds of its membership.(e) ADJOURNMENT. Neither house shall ad journ for more than seventy-two consecutivehours except pursuant to concurrent resolution.(f) ADJOURNMENT BY GOVERNOR. If, duringany regular or special session, the two housescannot agree upon a time for adjournment, thegovernor may adjourn the session sine die orto any date within the period authorized forsuch session; provided that, at least twenty-fourhours before adjourning the session, and whileneither house is in recess, each house shall be A12 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018

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given formal written notice of the governor’s in tention to do so, and agreement reached withinthat period by both houses on a time for ad journment shall prevail. ARTICLE IV EXECUTIVE SECTION 4. Cabinet.—(a) There shall be a cabinet composed of an at torney general, a chief financial officer, and acommissioner of agriculture. In addition to thepowers and duties specified herein, they shallexercise such powers and perform such dutiesas may be prescribed by law. In the event of atie vote of the governor and cabinet, the sideon which the governor voted shall be deemedto prevail. (b) The attorney general shall be the chief state legal officer. There is created in the office of theattorney general the position of statewide pros ecutor. The statewide prosecutor shall haveconcurrent jurisdiction with the state attorneysto prosecute violations of criminal laws occur ring or having occurred, in two or more judicialcircuits as part of a related transaction, or whenany such offense is affecting or has affectedtwo or more judicial circuits as provided by gen eral law. The statewide prosecutor shall be ap pointed by the attorney general from not lessthan three persons nominated by the judicialnominating commission for the supreme court,or as otherwise provided by general law.(c) The chief financial officer shall serve as thechief fiscal officer of the state, and shall settleand approve accounts against the state, andshall keep all state funds and securities.(d) The commissioner of agriculture shall havesupervision of matters pertaining to agricultureexcept as otherwise provided by law.(e) The governor as chair, the chief financial of ficer, and the attorney general shall constitutethe state board of administration, which shallsucceed to all the power, control, and authorityof the state board of administration establishedpursuant to Article IX, Section 16 of the Consti tution of 1885, and which shall continue as abody at least for the life of Article XII, Section9(c).(f) The governor as chair, the chief financial of ficer, the attorney general, and the commis sioner of agriculture shall constitute the trusteesof the internal improvement trust fundand the land acquisition trust fund as providedby law.(g) The governor as chair, the chief financial of ficer, the attorney general, and the commis sioner of agriculture shall constitute the agencyhead of the Department of Law Enforcement.The Office of Domestic Security and Countert errorism is created within the Department of Law Enforcement. The Office of Domestic Se curity and Counterterrorism shall provide sup port for prosecutors and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that investigate or analyze information relating to attempts or acts of terrorism or that prosecute terrorism, and shall perform any other duties that are pro vided by law. SECTION 11. Department of Veterans’ Veter ans Affairs.—The legislature, by general law, shall provide for a may provide for the estab lishment of the Department of Veterans’ Veter ans Affairs and prescribe its duties. The head of the department is the governor and cabinet ARTICLE VIII LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECTION 1. Counties.—(a) POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS. The state shallbe divided by law into political subdivisionscalled counties. Counties may be created, abol ished or changed by law, with provision for pay ment or apportionment of the public debt.(b) COUNTY FUNDS. The care, custody andmethod of disbursing county funds shall be pro vided by general law.(c) GOVERNMENT. Pursuant to general orspecial law, a county government may be es tablished by charter which shall be adopted,amended or repealed only upon vote of theelectors of the county in a special electioncalled for that purpose.(d) COUNTY OFFICERS. There shall beelected by the electors of each county, for termsof four years, a sheriff, a tax collector, a prop erty appraiser, a supervisor of elections, and aclerk of the circuit court; except, when provided by county charter or special law approved by vote of the electors of the county, any county officer may be chosen in another manner therein specified, or any county office may be abolished when all the duties of the office pre scribed by general law are transferred to an other office Unless When not otherwise provided by county charter or special law ap proved by vote of the electors or pursuant to Ar ticle V, section 16 the clerk of the circuit court shall be ex officio clerk of the board of countycommissioners, auditor, recorder and custodianof all county funds. Notwithstanding subsection 6(e) of this article, a county charter may not abolish the office of a sheriff, a tax collector, a property appraiser, a supervisor of elections, or a clerk of the circuit court; transfer the duties of those officers to another officer or office; change the length of the four-year term of of fice; or establish any manner of selection other than by election by the electors of the county. (e) COMMISSIONERS. Except when otherwiseprovided by county charter, the governing bodyof each county shall be a board of county com missioners composed of five or seven mem bers serving staggered terms of four years.After each decennial census the board ofcounty commissioners shall divide the countyinto districts of contiguous territory as nearlyequal in population as practicable. One com missioner residing in each district shall beelected as provided by law.(f) NON-CHARTER GOVERNMENT. Countiesnot operating under county charters shall havesuch power of self-government as is providedby general or special law. The board of countycommissioners of a county not operating undera charter may enact, in a manner prescribed bygeneral law, county ordinances not inconsistentwith general or special law, but an ordinance inconflict with a municipal ordinance shall not beeffective within the municipality to the extent ofsuch conflict.(g) CHARTER GOVERNMENT. Counties oper ating under county charters shall have all pow ers of local self-government not inconsistentwith general law, or with special law approvedby vote of the electors. The governing body ofa county operating under a charter may enactcounty ordinances not inconsistent with generallaw. The charter shall provide which shall pre vail in the event of conflict between county andmunicipal ordinances.(h) TAXES; LIMITATION. Property situate withinmunicipalities shall not be subject to taxationfor services rendered by the county exclusivelyfor the benefit of the property or residents in un incorporated areas.(i) COUNTY ORDINANCES. Each county ordi nance shall be filed with the custodian of staterecords and shall become effective at such timethereafter as is provided by general law.(j) VIOLATION OF ORDINANCES. Persons vi olating county ordinances shall be prosecutedand punished as provided by law.(k) COUNTY SEAT. In every county there shallbe a county seat at which shall be located theprincipal offices and permanent records of allcounty officers. The county seat may not bemoved except as provided by general law.Branch offices for the conduct of county busi ness may be established elsewhere in thecounty by resolution of the governing body ofthe county in the manner prescribed by law. Noinstrument shall be deemed recorded until filedat the county seat, or a branch office desig nated by the governing body of the county forthe recording of instruments, according to law.SECTION 6. Schedule to Article VIII.—(a) This article shall replace all of Article VIII ofthe Constitution of 1885, as amended, exceptthose sections expressly retained and made apart of this article by reference. (b) COUNTIES; COUNTY SEATS; MUNICI PALITIES; DISTRICTS. The status of the fol lowing items as they exist on the date thisarticle becomes effective is recognized andshall be continued until changed in accordancewith law: the counties of the state; their statuswith respect to the legality of the sale of intoxi cating liquors, wines and beers; the method ofselection of county officers; the performance ofmunicipal functions by county officers; thecounty seats; and the municipalities and specialdistricts of the state, their powers, jurisdictionand government.(c) OFFICERS TO CONTINUE IN OFFICE.Every person holding office when this articlebecomes effective shall continue in office forthe remainder of the term if that office is notabolished. If the office is abolished the incum bent shall be paid adequate compensation, tobe fixed by law, for the loss of emoluments forthe remainder of the term.(d) ORDINANCES. Local laws relating only tounincorporated areas of a county on the effec tive date of this article may be amended or re pealed by county ordinance.(e) CONSOLIDATION AND HOME RULE. Arti cle VIII, Sections 9, 10, 11 and 24, of the Con stitution of 1885, as amended, shall remain infull force and effect as to each county affected,as if this article had not been adopted, until thatcounty shall expressly adopt a charter or homerule plan pursuant to this article. All provisionsof the Metropolitan Dade County Home Rule Charter, heretofore or hereafter adopted by theelectors of Dade County pursuant to Article VIII,Section 11, of the Constitution of 1885, asamended, shall be valid, and any amendmentsto such charter shall be valid; provided that thesaid provisions of such charter and the saidamendments thereto are authorized under saidArticle VIII, Section 11, of the Constitution of1885, as amended.(f) DADE COUNTY; POWERS CONFERREDUPON MUNICIPALITIES. To the extent not in consistent with the powers of existing munici palities or general law, the MetropolitanGovernment of Dade County may exercise allthe powers conferred now or hereafter by gen eral law upon municipalities.(g) SELECTION AND DUTIES OF COUNTY OFFICERS.— (1) Except as provided in this subsection, the amendment to Section 1 of this article, relating to the selection and duties of county officers, shall take effect January 5, 2021, but shall gov ern with respect to the qualifying for and the holding of the primary and general elections for county constitutional officers in 2020. (2) For Miami-Dade County and Broward County, the amendment to Section 1 of this ar ticle, relating to the selection and duties of county officers, shall take effect January 7, 2025, but shall govern with respect to the qual ifying for and the holding of the primary and general elections for county constitutional offi cers in 2024. (h) (g) DELETION OF OBSOLETE SCHEDULE ITEMS. The legislature shall have power, byjoint resolution, to delete from this article anysubsection of this Section 6, including this sub section, when all events to which the subsec tion to be deleted is or could become applicablehave occurred. A legislative determination offact made as a basis for application of this sub section shall be subject to judicial review. NO. 11 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE I, SECTION 2 ARTICLE X, SECTIONS 9 AND 19 BALLOT TITLE: Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provi sion; Criminal StatutesBALLOT SUMMARY:Removes discriminatory language related toreal property rights. Removes obsolete lan guage repealed by voters. Deletes provisionthat amendment of a criminal statute will not af fect prosecution or penalties for a crime com mitted before the amendment; retains currentprovision allowing prosecution of a crime com mitted before the repeal of a criminal statute.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 2. Basic rights.—All natural persons,female and male alike, are equal before the lawand have inalienable rights, among which arethe right to enjoy and defend life and liberty, topursue happiness, to be rewarded for industry,and to acquire, possess and protect property;except that the ownership, inheritance, dispo sition and possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship may be regulated or prohibited by law No person shall be deprived of any right because of race, religion, nationalorigin, or physical disability. ARTICLE X MISCELLANEOUS SECTION 9. Repeal of criminal statutes.—Re peal or amendment of a criminal statute shall not affect prosecution or punishment for any crime previously committed before such repeal SECTION 19. Repealed High speed ground transportation system.—To reduce traffic con gestion and provide alternatives to the traveling public, it is hereby declared to be in the public interest that a high speed ground transportation system consisting of a monorail, fixed guideway or magnetic levitation system, capable of speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, be de veloped and operated in the State of Florida to provide high speed ground transportation by in novative, efficient and effective technologies consisting of dedicated rails or guideways sep arated from motor vehicular traffic that will link the five largest urban areas of the State as de termined by the Legislature and provide for ac cess to existing air and ground transportation facilities and services. The Legislature, the Cabinet and the Governor are hereby directed to proceed with the development of such a sys tem by the State and/or by a private entity pur suant to state approval and authorization, including the acquisition of right-of-way, the fi nancing of design and construction of the sys tem, and the operation of the system, as provided by specific appropriation and by law, with construction to begin on or before Novem ber 1, 2003 NO. 12 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE II, SECTION 8 ARTICLE V, SECTION 13 ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION BALLOT TITLE: Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public OfficersBALLOT SUMMARY:Expands current restrictions on lobbying forcompensation by former public officers; createsrestrictions on lobbying for compensation byserving public officers and former justices andjudges; provides exceptions; prohibits abuse ofa public position by public officers and employ ees to obtain a personal benefit.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE II GENERAL PROVISIONS SECTION 8. Ethics in government.— A publicoffice is a public trust. The people shall havethe right to secure and sustain that trust againstabuse. To assure this right:(a) All elected constitutional officers and candi dates for such offices and, as may be deter mined by law, other public officers, candidates,and employees shall file full and public disclo sure of their financial interests.(b) All elected public officers and candidates forsuch offices shall file full and public disclosureof their campaign finances.(c) Any public officer or employee whobreaches the public trust for private gain andany person or entity inducing such breach shallbe liable to the state for all financial benefits ob tained by such actions. The manner of recoveryand additional damages may be provided bylaw.(d) Any public officer or employee who is con victed of a felony involving a breach of publictrust shall be subject to forfeiture of rights andprivileges under a public retirement system orpension plan in such manner as may be pro vided by law.(e) No member of the legislature or statewideelected officer shall personally represent an other person or entity for compensation beforethe government body or agency of which the in dividual was an officer or member for a periodof two years following vacation of office. Nomember of the legislature shall personally rep resent another person or entity for compensa tion during term of office before any stateagency other than judicial tribunals. Similar re strictions on other public officers and employ ees may be established by law.(f)(1) For purposes of this subsection, the term “public officer” means a statewide elected offi cer, a member of the legislature, a county com missioner, a county officer pursuant to Article VIII or county charter, a school board member, a superintendent of schools, an elected munic ipal officer, an elected special district officer in a special district with ad valorem taxing author ity, or a person serving as a secretary, an ex ecutive director, or other agency head of a department of the executive branch of state government. (2) A public officer shall not lobby for compen sation on issues of policy, appropriations, or procurement before the federal government, the legislature, any state government body or agency, or any political subdivision of this state, during his or her term of office. (3) A public officer shall not lobby for compen sation on issues of policy, appropriations, or procurement for a period of six years after va cation of public position, as follows: a. A statewide elected officer or member of the legislature shall not lobby the legislature or any state government body or agency. b. A person serving as a secretary, an executive director, or other agency head of a department of the executive branch of state government shall not lobby the legislature, the governor, the executive office of the governor, members of the cabinet, a department that is headed by a member of the cabinet, or his or her former de partment. c. A county commissioner, a county officer pur suant to Article VIII or county charter, a school board member, a superintendent of schools, an elected municipal officer, or an elected special district officer in a special district with ad val orem taxing authority shall not lobby his or her former agency or governing body. (4) This subsection shall not be construed to prohibit a public officer from carrying out the du ties of his or her public office. (5) The legislature may enact legislation to im plement this subsection, including, but not lim ited to, defining terms and providing penalties for violations. Any such law shall not contain provisions on any other subject. (g) (f) There shall be an independent commis sion to conduct investigations and make publicreports on all complaints concerning breach ofpublic trust by public officers or employees notwithin the jurisdiction of the judicial qualifica tions commission.(h)(1) (g) A code of ethics for all state employees and nonjudicial officers prohibiting conflict be tween public duty and private interests shall beprescribed by law.(2) A public officer or public employee shall not abuse his or her public position in order to ob tain a disproportionate benefit for himself or herself; his or her spouse, children, or em ployer; or for any business with which he or she contracts; in which he or she is an officer, a partner, a director, or a proprietor; or in which he or she owns an interest. The Florida Com mission on Ethics shall, by rule in accordance with statutory procedures governing adminis trative rulemaking, define the term “dispropor tionate benefit” and prescribe the requisite intent for finding a violation of this prohibition for purposes of enforcing this paragraph. Ap propriate penalties shall be prescribed by law. (i) (h) This section shall not be construed to limit disclosures and prohibitions which may be es tablished by law to preserve the public trust andavoid conflicts between public duties and pri vate interests.(j) (i) Schedule—On the effective date of this amendment and until changed by law:(1) Full and public disclosure of financial inter ests shall mean filing with the custodian of staterecords by July 1 of each year a sworn state ment showing net worth and identifying eachasset and liability in excess of $1,000 and itsvalue together with one of the following:a. A copy of the person’s most recent federal in come tax return; orb. A sworn statement which identifies each sep arate source and amount of income which ex ceeds $1,000. The forms for such sourcedisclosure and the rules under which they areto be filed shall be prescribed by the independ ent commission established in subsection (g)(f), and such rules shall include disclosure ofsecondary sources of income.(2) Persons holding statewide elective officesshall also file disclosure of their financial inter ests pursuant to paragraph (1) subsection (i)(1) (3) The independent commission provided forin subsection (g) (f) shall mean the Florida Commission on Ethics. ARTICLE V JUDICIARY SECTION 13. Ethics in the judiciary Prohibited activities .— (a) All justices and judges shall devote full time to their judicial duties. A justice or judge They shall not engage in the practice of law or holdoffice in any political party.(b) A former justice or former judge shall not lobby for compensation on issues of policy, ap propriations, or procurement before the legisla tive or executive branches of state government for a period of six years after he or she vacates his or her judicial position. The legislature may enact legislation to implement this subsection, including, but not limited to, defining terms and providing penalties for violations. Any such law shall not contain provisions on any other sub ject. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE Prohibitions regarding lobbying for compensa tion and abuse of public position by public offi cers and public employees.—The amendments to Section 8 of Article II and Section 13 of Article V shall take effect December 31, 2022; except that the amendments to Section 8(h) of Article II shall take effect December 31, 2020, and: (a) The Florida Commission on Ethics shall, by rule, define the term “disproportionate benefit” and prescribe the requisite intent for finding a violation of the prohibition against abuse of public position by October 1, 2019, as specified in Section 8(h) of Article II. (b) Following the adoption of rules pursuant to subsection (a), the legislature shall enact im plementing legislation establishing penalties for violations of the prohibition against abuse of public position to take effect December 31, 2020. NO. 13 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE X, NEW SECTION ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION BALLOT TITLE: Ends Dog RacingBALLOT SUMMARY:Phases out commercial dog racing in connec tion with wagering by 2020. Other gaming ac tivities are not affected.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE X MISCELLANEOUS Prohibition on racing of and wagering on grey hounds or other dogs.-The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. After December 31, 2020, a person authorized to conduct gaming or pari-mutuel operations may not race grey hounds or any member of the Canis Familiaris subspecies in connection with any wager for money or any other thing of value in this state, and persons in this state may not wager money or any other thing of value on the outcome of a live dog race occurring in this state. The failure to conduct greyhound racing or wagering on greyhound racing after December 31, 2018, does not constitute grounds to revoke or deny renewal of other related gaming licenses held by a person who is a licensed greyhound permitholder on January 1, 2018, and does not affect the eligibility of such permitholder, or such permitholder’s facility, to conduct other pari-mutuel activities authorized by general law. By general law, the legislature shall specify civil or criminal penalties for violations of this section and for activities that aid or abet violations of this section. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE Prohibition on racing of or wagering on grey hounds or other dogs.-The amendment to Arti cle X, which prohibits the racing of or wagering on greyhound and other dogs, and the creation of this section, shall take effect upon the ap proval of the electors. 10:27dh It pays to advertise in your Hometown Newspaper We are saving this space just for YOU! The HeraldAdvocate 115 S. 7th Ave. Wauchula, FL Telephone: 773-3255 TheHeraldAdvocate.com PEN PALS COURTESY PHOTO Some North Wauchula Elementary School students were encouraged to makefriends outside their grade levels by becoming pen pals. Megan Poreda’s first-gradeclass and Alexi Ozuna’s fifth-grade class met for an exchange of friendly letters be tween pen pals. September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A13

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A14 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018–H ARDEE L IVING – COURTESY PHOTO Robert Roberts, safety coordinator for Mosaic, spoke to the Hardee Rotary Club onWednesday, Sept. 19, at the Java Cafe about Ronin Goju Karate. He is one of 11men in the local program who have earned a black belt in Karate. They teach Karateto about 80 students from youngsters to older adults at the old VFW building at 322Hanchey Road in Wauchula on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The chief teacher is KevinWhite. There is a class for 4 and 5-year-olds on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. They beganthe overall program several years ago with 8 to 10 students. From left are MichaelKelly, Robert Roberts and Sonia Deemer. Dan Graham, owner of DeSoto HomeHealth, is the latest student to earn a black belt. There are 10 levels to earn beforeblack belt and 10 levels of black belt. Ronin Goju Karate is a blend of Japanese andChinese karate and is a total approach for a successful, confident and disciplinedlife, said Roberts. RONIN GOJU KARATE PHOTO BY JIM KELLY Det. Sgt. Andrew McGuckin of the Hardee County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, July31, spoke to the Wauchula Kiwanis Club at the Java Cafe about scams. The mostcommon are telephone scams regarding won vacations, vacation deals, lotto win ners, family member hurt/arrested, outstanding warrants, and IRS taxes owed. Cit izens can protect themselves from most scam calls by registering their phones withwww.donotcall.gov. Beware of callers regarding prizes and vacations. Spoofing en ables scammers to change caller IDsNever take immediate action or use a wiretransfer or prepaid card or give out bank or personal information. Never say "yes"to an unknown caller. Some scammers try to access your bank account. Beware ofunsolicited checks or automatic withdrawals. Don't be fooled by a check's appear ance (most look legitimate and official). Don't deposit checks from strangers orcompanies you have no relationship with. Don't wire money to people you don'tknow. Beware of IRS scams that say you owe back taxes and want immediate pay ment. The IRS never calls by phone but sends letters. Beware of charity scams andlottery sweepstakes. Equifax had a data breech last year with about 143 million IDscompromised. File your IRS taxes early. Keep an eye on your credit rating and useservices such as Credit Karma, Life Lock and Credit Wise. From left are club pres ident Noey Flores, Andrew McGuckin, and Wauchula Police Chief John Eason. WARNING OF SCAMS PHOTO BY JIM KELLY Dr. Joy Jackson, director of the Florida Department of Health in Hardee County,spoke to the Wauchula Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Java Cafe. Thelocal health department offers school health nursing, family planning, communi cable disease surveillance and treatment, tobacco prevention, immunization, emer gency preparedness, environmental health, population health analysis, andcommunity collaboration. Hardee ranks No. 33 among Florida's 67 counties inhealth outcomes. Some 13 percent of Hardee County residents have diabetes, withthe state average of 11 percent. In fair or poor health are 29 percent of residents,the state average being 19 percent. Hardee ranks average in the rate of prematuredeaths (under age 75). Hardee has a lower than state average in prevalence of HIVcases and also has fewer low birth weights than state average. In overall health fac tors Hardee ranks No. 62 of Florida's 67 counties. Some 35 percent of Hardee adultsare obese, the state average being 26 percent. Some 19 percent of Hardee adultsare smokers, compared with a state average of 15 percent. Births from teenagemothers have shown a healthy decline in recent years in Hardee. Hardee ranks wellbelow state average in primary care doctors, dentists and mental health providers.Hardee has one mental health provider per 6,840 residents, compared with thestate ratio of one to 700 residents. Hardee is below average in number of violentcrimes. Hardee is below state average in rates of excessive drinking and drug over doses. From left are attorney Mike Martin, his wife Dr. Joy Jackson, and club pres ident Noey Flores. COUNTY HEALTH REPORT PHOTO BY JIM KELLY On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Ben Yates spoke about wildlife protection. He is a reclama tion specialist for the east mines for Mosaic. He said a nest of the Northern crestedcaracara requires a one-mile buffer of protection. There are five nests in the area,and road kill is picked up and placed near the nests. Mosaic employees are not al lowed to even touch an Eastern indigo snake. Gopher tortoises have to be relo cated. Their burrows can be 30 feet long and up to 20 feet deep and are also usedby spiders, snakes and other animals. Roosting sites of wood storks require pro tection. The nests of bald eagles have to be kept with a buffer and are usually foundin pine trees. Florida burrowing owls have to be trapped and moved to a better habi tat when mining. Florida scrub jays have to be relocated, and the numbers are in creasing. "We try to keep natural wildlife corridors. We have seen a few panthersand bears on Mosaic property." From left are Ben Yates, Mosaic public affairs as sociate Morgan Odum, and club treasurer Terry Atchley. MOSAIC WILDLIFE REPORT COURTESY PHOTO The Heartland Pharmacy’s Relay For Life team recently sold tickets for a drawingto win a Princess House pitcher and griddle. The items were donated to the causeby Elisa F. Ochoa. Shown is cancer survivor Sylvia Lozano as she draws and readsthe winning ticket. With her is Pauline Ochoa of Heartland Pharmacy. The teamraised more than $200 with this fundraiser. The winner was Angel Perez ofWauchula. RELAY RAFFLE 2018 HOMECOMING PARADE Cats On Broadway The Hardee Senior High Student Council Presents Hardee Wildcats vs. Bartow Yellow Jackets OCTOBER 5 2:30PM Entry 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 LET’S ALL SHOW OUR WILDCAT PRIDE!!!!! Email: bguest@hardee.k12.fl.us for official entry form and additional info. 9:13-27c On This Day:• In 1881 Chicago Cubs beat Troy 10-8 before record small "crowd" of 12 • In 1909 US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich pub lic land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes• In 1938 Jewish lawyers forbidden to practise in Germany

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Fort Green NewsBy Rilla Cooper 773-6710 September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A15H ARDEE L IVING soc9:27c Vape Lounge (863) 448-4139Monday ~ Saturday 10am ~ 9pm748 N. 6th Ave., Unit A WauchulaBeside OK Tire Across From Badcock soc9:27p Greetings from Fort Green! The paper comes out this week on Sept. 27 and that is the birthday of a young man, Colby Harrison. I wish him lots of birthday cake and ice cream! Also, that was the wed ding anniversary for my late husband, Kay Silverman, and me. We would have been mar ried 59 years on this date. Sadly we only made 30-1/2, but now Sherman and I have been married 20 going on 21! Time sure does fly! Everyone sure needs to be careful with all this rain. Our neighbors, Mary Lois and Leonard Crawley, found two cotton-mouth moccasins on their front porch. Naturally, they are no longer as Leonard killed them. Just look where you are stepping! I also have a note on my calendar that Mary Lois will celebrate her big 80 on the 28th. Happy birthday wishes are extended to Mary Lois! Speaking of the Crawleys, their grandson, Blake, blows his truck horn every morning at the end of their driveway on his way to work. I think this is nice, lets them know he is up, alive and well! Connie Coker told me Danny is back on shift work. They normally are weekend fishing experts! A group of friends all beach and fish dur ing the summer. Their daughter, Angie, and family moved to Tennessee, so grandparents are planning a trip to visit with that grand daughter, Addie! I am sure they can hardly wait to visit with them, and Connie said Angie and Rocky will be working so they can play with Addie without visiting with grownups! It was good to read about the success of the swimming team in last weeks paper. There were too many deaths again this past week. David King lives in Hardee County during the winter months at Orange Blossom RV Park. He made his final journey last week. He always came to Fort Green when Gulf State was singing and we were having a meal. His wife, Irma, will have to make some adjustments. Dave will be missed. Mable Williamson was happy to have her sister, Cleo, visit her from Chipley. Her daughter, husband and grand daughter were all with her. On a sad note, Jamess sister, Maxine Motes, passed early last Sunday. Our sincere sympathy is extended to James and his family. Then Hinton Shackelford made his final journey, and even though he had been in Resthaven you are never ready to see them go. Helen Albrit ton told me that her grandson, Caleb, and Hintons grandson had been best of friends since first grade. Our sympathy is extended to his family. Buck Redding was wellknown especially by the young people. He taught at the high school for many a year, and students active in FFA and 4-H especially knew him. Our sympathy is extended to his family. Tim Casey sang a special in church last Sunday in honor of Denise and Ernest Millers first wedding anniversary. Denise had him sing I Can Only Imagine at their wed ding, and he did just as good a job on Sunday. It was very pretty. There were quite a few on our prayer requests at church last week. Sherry Smith is sick, possibly with a kidney problem. Geraldine Floyd has broken a couple of toes. Tim Cowart no longer has any appetite and thus is not eating. Patsy Hughes will have sur gery Wednesday in Orlando for a problem with her thyroid and throat area. Killian Soto, a 3-month-old baby, has a problem with her muscles. She was anointed and had special prayer last Wednesday evening. Sherry Miller, of the Heartland Chorale, has some serious health problems. I dont know if she is out of the hospital or not. Please pray for these and others you may be aware of and we are not. Our nation is filled with hate. Everyone needs to be in deep prayer for the USA. It is also important that everyone remembers to get registered to vote if they are not, and make the effort to cast your ballot in November. Dont forget the benefit with a fundraiser this coming Saturday for Kelly Yeomans. They will be selling plates for $10 between 11 and 6 on the empty lot at East Oak Street and U.S. 17. The menu is pulled pork, corn on the cob and baked beans. Also, it would be a good idea to add Kelly to your prayer list! Relay for Life is having a meal soon, Oct. 13, but I have lost my note! We need to support that also. Please pray for one another and our nation. Local non-profit group SendMeMissions Inc. is preparing to send four disas ter relief teams to Wallace, N.C., during the next few weeks. Wallace is about a 40-mile drive north of Wilmington, N.C. The trips will be on the fol lowing dates: Monday, Oct. 1, to Thursday, Oct. 4. Tuesday, Oct. 2, to Sun day, Oct. 7. Sunday, Oct. 7, to Sun day Oct. 14. Wednesday, Oct. 10, to Sunday, Oct. 14. Anyone who wants to vol unteer on a team should fill out SMMs Volunteer Interest Form on the Hurricane Flo rence Disaster Relief page at sendmemissions.com Transportation, lodging and food costs for the trip will be cov ered. Volunteers need to be at least 16 years old. Volunteers younger than 18 need a parent to fill out a release form and an able-bodied chaperone who will also be volunteering to accompany them. To donate financially, visit SMMs Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief page on the groups website. For more information and frequent updates, follow SMM on social media.Group Plans Hurricane Disaster Relief TripsBy JENNIFER M cCONKEYHerald-Advocate InternA local womans undiagnosed medical condition has left her unable to work, mean ing she has no insurance to help with her growing medical expenses. Kelly Weems Yeomans family will be holding a fundraiser for her this Satur day. They will be selling A&B Barbeque & Catering meals of pulled pork, corn on the cob and baked beans for $10 a plate from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be a raffle at 5 p.m. and a cake/pie auction at 5:30. The fundraiser will be held just south of Vision Ace Hardware in the empty lot at the corner of East Oak Street and U.S. 17 North in Wauchula. Items in the raffle are: A Weber gas grill from Vision Ace Hardware. A large flat-screen TV. A Yeti Hopper cooler from Hardee Ranch Supply. A bag of scented seasonal candles from Tractor Supply. A GoPro from Caloosa Outfitters. Western tack from Damboise Ranch. Tire alignment and rota tion from Carranco & Sons Tire & Muffler. Oil changes from Alan Jay Ford. Baskets from the Bee Barn, Therapeutic Massage, Cats on Main, Color Street and Wauchula State Bank. An arrangement from Coopers Wayside Flowers Inc. The cake/pie auction will include pecan pie, peach cobbler, many flavors of cake chocolate, strawberry, co conut, carrot, banana pudding, pound, blueberry, pineapple and red velvet and other desserts. There will be music playing at the event, and possibly a live music performance. You can buy meal tickets from Hardee Ranch Supply, Heartland Gold, Heartland Growers, Cats on Main, Double J Restaurant, Materz Steakhouse, Charlottes Webb Pub, First National Bank and Wauchula State Bank or by calling Nancy Weems at 7811639. You can also purchase tickets at the event.Fundraiser Saturday To Help With Medical Costs Happy Heavenly 20th Birthday Sweet Son of MineAdrian S. Rodriguez, Jr.10-1-1998 11-6-2011 God had other plans that one day we will understand. Son, Happy 20th Birthday today! Knowing again we will see and touch your beautiful face. Son, the Lord needed you more in heaven. Run that ball! Forever loved and missed baby angel #77.Blessings to heaven and all. We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7I love you son, Brenda A. Garcia & familyUntil we meet again. soc9:27pHappy birthday to Lori Bar baree, Jessica Blassingain, Linda Bolin, Mike Davis, Areli Jaimes, Jessie Pearl Davis, Jeannie Makowski, Wendy Hall, Adella O. Ryals and Emily Thomas. Dont forget the first annual 100 Men in Black, where the guest speaker will be the Rev. Courtney J. Mackey, pastor at New Bethel AME Church in Avon Park. This Saturday at 7 p.m. at New Bethel AME Church in Winter Haven, the evening hosts are The Sons of Allen and Rev. Greta Walker, chairperson. Coming Soon Relay For Life fundraiser lunch on Satur day, Oct. 13. Pickup time is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot for the Tax Collectors Office and the Public Library. Lunch will be a pulled pork sandwich, bag of chips and dessert. Any dinners not picked up by 1 will be sold on a first-come basis. We will have extras to buy as well. Tickets are available for pur chase from any Relay For Life member. For more info, call Trayce Daniels at (863) 8321197. Unity Church school con vened at Greater Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church, Elder E. Reed, pastor on Sept. 23. City Wide Mission was Monday evening at Greater MP Baptist Church, Elder E. Reed, pastor. Subject: The More Excellent Way. Prayers to Russell Snelling in Winter Haven Hospital. Also prayers for Mark Brown recovering from surgery. Deepest sympathy to the Lee and Watson families and friends in the home-going of Gladys Watson-Lee. She was a member of Shiloh MB Church. Visitation was Friday evening, and dinner at Shiloh. Service was Saturday morning at the House of God Church Keith Dominion, Arcadia. Repass was at The Womans Club. Pastor Howard Clark spent the weekend of Aug. 25-27 in Jamaica for the annual Youth Convention. The Daniels Family Re union was enjoyed Aug. 31 in St. Augustine. Fifth Sunday Congress will be meeting September 28-29 in Hull at St. Mary Baptist Church, the Rev. Gregory Davis, pastor. Happy birthday to Pastor Mike Davis, on Sept. 21. Appreciation as Pastor at Beulah MB Church in Fort Meade, honoring the Rev. Lewis Shephard, was Sept. 9. Guests were the Rev. Jackson and New Mt. Olive MB Church of Lakeland. Sunday, Sept. 16, guests were the Rev. C. T. Kirkland and Mt. Pleasant MB Church of Tampa. The Sunday, Sept. 23, First Lady Shepherd Annual Appreciation was hosted by Beulah Youth Choir, with service and musical selection. This is Pastor Shepherds sixth year for Pastor Appreciation. The Sons of Allen program will be at New Mt. Zion AME Church, the Rev. Willie Hayes, Wauchula at 11 a.m. on Sept. 30. Dinner will follow in the church dining hall. Liam M. Greene of Lake land spent the weekend in Bowling Green with grand mother Colette Greene and family. Jace Greene enjoyed the weekend in Lakeland with the family. Home game will be this Fri day night at Wildcat Stadium, kickoff at 7:30. Its Hardee Cats vs. Lemon Bay High School of Englewood, Charlotte County colors of navy blue and orange. Hope we all show the Wildcats Orange spirit. Homecoming Parade will be Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. in down town Wauchula on Main Street. Homecoming game at 7:30 at Wildcat Stadium is Cats vs. Bartow High School Yellow Jackets. Fifth Sunday Fellowship of Churches will convene Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. Host church is Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Michael Redmon, pastor. Guests attending will be Friendship Missionary Baptist, the Rev. Louis Ander son of Arcadia; St Paul Mis sionary Baptist Church, the Rev. E. Hollimon of Zolfo Springs; and Mt. Olive Mis sionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Caldwell, pastor, of No catee. All are welcome. Dinner will be served before the 3 p.m. service. 4-City NewsBy Henrietta Benson 448-6737 Roundup HHS Hosts Help NightsHardee Senior High School is hosting three Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, Help Nights at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1-3 in the schools media center for seniors and their parents. Each night will be the same, so families dont need to come more than once. Seniors and their parents will need to visit fafsa.ed.gov to sign up for their FAFSA IDs at least 24 hours beforehand. Families should bring their FAFSA IDs and family financial documents, including their most recent tax returns and bank statements.Private/Core Pesticide ClassThere will be a three-hour pesticide license review and testing class at 9 a.m. next Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Hardee County Exten sion Service Office, 507 Civic Center Drive, Wauchula. The class will re view the private applicator pesticide license test materials; the test will follow at 1 p.m. Three continuing educa tion units, two core and one private, are offered for a $55 fee to those with cur rent pesticide licenses who are renewing using CEUs. You can attend for only CEUs for a $5 fee. The registration fees include re freshments. Call the Extension Office at 7732164 to register as soon as possible. Ag Tree Crop Pesticide ClassThe Hardee County Ex tension Service Office is holding a two-hour pesti cide license review for the commercial ag tree crop license at 9 a.m. on Oct. 11 followed by the test at 11 a.m. Two continuing education units will be offered; registration is $5 for those only getting CEUs and $25 for those also taking the test to renew a current li cense. The fee includes refreshments. To register, call the Ex tension Office at 773-2164 before Oct. 5. The review and test are at the Exten sion Office, 507 Civic Cen ter Drive, Wauchula. To obtain an ag tree crop li cense, you need to have a valid pesticide license or re cently have passed the core category, offered Oct.4.Hospice Trains New VolunteersLocal citizens can volun teer with Cornerstone Hospice and help at events, visit hospice patients in Hardee County, provide support to veterans or as sist at the local office. Vol unteers need to come to training on Oct. 9, 11, 16 and 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at 209 N. Ridgewood Drive, Suite 3 in Sebring. Breakfast items and cof fee will be provided. Con tact volunteer specialist Dorothy Harris at 382-4563 or doharris@cshospice.org to register or to get more in formation. TOUCHDOWN TERIYAKI CHICKEN WINGS 1/2 cupsesame seeds 1 cupsoy sauce 1 cupgrapefruit juice 1/4 cuphoisin sauce 1/4 cupketchup 1/4 cuprice wine vinegar 1/4 cupbrown sugar 5cloves garlic 3 tablespoonsginger 4 poundschicken wings 1. Whisk together all ingredients except chicken. Place chicken wings in a large ziptop food storage bag. Pour marinade over wings, seal bag and turn to coat evenly. Refrig erate at least 2 hours, or up to overnight. 2. Heat grill to mediumhigh. Remove chicken wings and discard marinade. Grill 8 to 10 minutes per side, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through. 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 largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadru plets.

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HAPPY HIKERS COURTESY PHOTOS • MONTAGE BY DARLENE WILLIAMS Wauchula Elementary School held its annual Go Take aHike Walkathon on Tuesday of last week. The walkathonis a fundraiser in which students collect pledges for laps,and then walk or run as many laps as they can to earnmoney for their school. The kids enjoy the time outsidegetting fresh air, exercise and listening to music, all thewhile earning money for WES. POLICY PUNDITS COURTESY PHOTO Students in Nicole Keen's fifth-grade class at North Wauchula Elementary Schooldiscovered that the subject of social studies comes alive with a friendly debate.This was the topic of the day: Do you think it was fair for the U.S. government toforce Native Americans who lived in Florida and the Southeastern United States tomove west of the Mississippi River? HOW HIGH? COURTESY PHOTO Students in teacher Ashley Wheeler's fourth-grade class at Wauchula ElementarySchool were given 15 straws and a piece of masking tape, then were tasked withthe job of engineering the tallest free-standing tower possible. EDUCATION DONATION COURTESY PHOTO Staff from the Dollar General store in Bowling Green brought donated backpacksand school supplies to Bowling Green Elementary. In addition to the colorful back packs, BGE received composition books and a basket full of various classroomsupplies. WALK & TALK COURTESY PHOTO Alexi Ozuna, fifth-grade English teacher at North Wauchula Elementary School,turned her students’ writing lesson into a Gallery Walk, which is a classroom-basedactive learning strategy where groups of students move through different stations.At each, a question or prompt is posted for them to answer and interact and shareknowledge in the process.

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Herald-AdvocateThursday, September 27, 2018 B THE PHOTOS BY KATHY ANN GREGG Members of the HA Bar team are (from left) Hailey Andrews, Corey Fussell, MyronAlbritton (on horseback) and his son, Blaine. The fifth team member at the finals will be Casey King. The 4F Cattle & Hay team members, with their sponsors, in their winning photo atthe Arcadia Ranch Rodeo. Shown (from left) are sponsors Justin Fussell and fatherBobby, Brandon Dieter, Dalton Richards and Amanda Scarbrough, with Florida Cat tlemen’s Sweetheart Elizabeth Tauchen. Missing from the photo are teammatesJustin Peebles and Robert Fussell. The Push Hard Cattle team is composed of (from left) Carson Storey, Christi Pryor,Cody Storey, Billy Adams and Marshall Godsey. Pryor, who has been a member of this team for years, recently joined the U.S. Navy, so she is being replaced at the fi nals by Adams’ daughter, Jenna Stierwalt. The Simmons Cattle team with their buckles at the Manatee County Cattlemen’sRanch Rodeo in early February. Pictured are (from left) Manatee Sweetheart CaseyWingate, Lacey and Hunter Welch, Jerrod Sparks, Justin Feagle and Justin Peebles,with his son Wyatt and friend. Peebles will be replaced on this team by bronc-riderTy Edwards at the finals. Marshall Godsey is the designated bronc rider for the Push Hard Cattle team, andhere he is shown in a picture-perfect ride at the Fort Pierce Ranch Rodeo in late March. Corey Fussell prepares to do the heeling at one of the events at the Smith FamilyCattle Drive & Ranch Rodeo at Brighton in late January. By KATHY ANN GREGG For The Herald-Advocate The 11th annual Florida Cattlemen’s AssociationRanch Rodeo Finals are beingheld this weekend, with per formances both Friday andSaturday nights featuringHardee teams. A total of 16 competing teams are each made up of fourcowboys and a cowgirl. Theyhave been competing since lateJanuary at qualifying eventsaround the state. Teams mak ing these finals at the SilverSpurs Arena in Kissimmee ei ther won or placed at such anevent. Most qualifying rodeos have only five events, such asthe Hardee County Cattle men’s Association RanchRodeo held annually on thethird weekend in July. TheState Finals will feature sevenevents: ranch bronc-riding,roping and branding, teamdoctoring, wild-cow milking,double muggin’, women’ssorting, and wild-colt riding. And Hardee County has its presence all over the finals! Locals will be competing on five of these 16 teams – therewould have been a sixth one,but that team was forced towithdraw when a teammatewas no longer available, andthey couldn’t meet the threeman rule. Hailey Andrews and Corey Fussell are on the HA Barteam. They won the very firstSmith Family Cattle Drive &Ranch Rodeo, held in late Jan uary at the Brighton arena.Fussell is the designated broncrider for the team. The Simmons Cattle team, with Lacey Cumbee Welchand husband Hunter, won theManatee County Cattlemen’sRanch Rodeo. Brandon Dieter, Justin Pee bles and Robert Fussell are onthe 4F Cattle & Hay team thattook top honors at the ArcadiaRanch Rodeo in late July. BothDieter and Fussell are broncriders, so one of them willcomplete the ride at Kissim mee. The remaining two teams have sole Hardee Countians –Marshall Godsey (nephew ofCorvil Justesen of Ona) is thedesignated bronc rider for thePush Hard Cattle team, andLaci Langford (daughter-in-law of the late Alton Langford)is the cowgirl on the RaneyCattle team. And both sides ofLangford’s family are provid ing stock for the cow dog com petition. With all of the qualifying events having been completedby the end of July, the 16teams are now chomping at the bit to see who will be takinghome those beautiful trophysaddles! And that informationwill be revealed on Saturdaynight at the conclusion of thefinals. The full title of this show is the Florida Ranch Rodeo Fi nals & Cowboy Heritage Fes tival, and it’s a weekend full ofcowboy fun and activities. The working cow dog com petition is during the morningon Friday, and the winner willperform on Saturday nightwhile the scores are being tal lied. Saturday is the busy day, starting at 10 a.m. The Cow boy Heritage Festival — withcowboy poetry, music, historyand storytelling along withartists and leather-working aswell as barbecue and swampcabbage cooking — takesplace inside the Heritage Clubarena. Whip-popping competitions take place outside throughoutthe day, for various age groupsand skill levels, with thosewinners also performing at theRanch Rodeo during Satur day’s intermission. And inside the arena all day Saturday is the ranch horsecompetition, starting at 9 a.m.,followed by the second annualSilver Sorting competition at 2p.m. All team members must be 50 years orolder. TheRoman III Ranch usuallysponsors a team in thisevent, and last yearDoyle Carlton IIIhimself did the actual sortingfor the team. Darin Hughes has been a member of the Ranch RodeoCommittee for years, and youwill see him there helping out.Millie Carlton Bolin lends hermelodious voice to one or tworenditions of our National An them. Local sponsors of this event include the Carlton family andtheir Roman III Ranch, Charlie Creek Livestock and D&S Cattle of Zolfo Springs, and Florida Fence Post Co. of Ona. Kathy Ann Gregg is the official photographer for the weekend, and donated pho tos for use in the “Florida Cat tlemen’s Livestock Journal” topromote the event. This weekend’s activities are the major fundraiser for the501(c)(3) Florida Cattlemen’sFoundation. Bolin is one of thedirectors of the Foundation. This is a family event, with activities for all ages – plentyof good eats, vendors, andlotsa fun. Each rodeo perform ance includes aboot scramble for the littletykes. Everything at the heritage festival is free to attend, butthere is a $10 admissioncharge to the Ranch Rodeoperformances at 7 each nightfor those 11 years of age andup. So, come to the Silver Spurs Arena and Osceola HeritagePark this weekend and root forfathers and sons (and one fa ther and daughter), marriedcouples, cousins, brothers (anda brother and sister), and evena set of cowboy twins. Yee haw! LocalsRideInRanchRodeoStateFinals

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B2 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018 Courthouse ReportCOUNTY COURT The following marriage li censes were issued recently in the Clerk of Courts Of fice: Carl Sinclair Atkins Jr., 20, of Wauchula, and Ariana Isabel Ramos, 19, of Wauchula. Justin Mitchell Hinerman, 27, of Wauchula, and Brittany Michelle Dunlap, 24, of Wauchula. The following civil actions and small-claims cases were disposed of recently by the county judge: Credit Acceptance Corp. vs. Travis Bashore and Donovan Richardson, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, satisfaction of final judgment for garnishment of employee wages. Capital One Bank vs. Car olyn L. Gilliard, voluntary dis missal. The following criminal traffic and misdemeanor cases were disposed of last week in County Court: There was no criminal traf fic or misdemeanor sentencing last week as the courts were closed for the Yom Kippur holiday. CIRCUIT COURT The following civil actions were filed recently in the office of the Circuit Court: Discover Bank vs. Jennifer C. Canary, contracts and in debtedness. Stephanie S. Taylor and Robert Clayton Taylor, petition for divorce. The following decisions on civil cases pending in the Circuit Court were handed down recently by the circuit judge: Limestone Ranch, also known as Durando Family Ranch, vs. Organic Matters Inc., stipulation for voluntary dismissal and final order of dismissal. Diana Herradoa vs. Fran cisco Rivera, final judgment of injunction for protection. Janet Waite vs. Ronnie Red ding, final judgment of injunc tion for protection. Florida Department of Rev enue and Tammy L. Spain vs. Randall Brian Albritton, order redirecting payment through state disbursement unit. Deanna Edwards and FDOR vs. Jerry J. Nichols, order on petition to authorize child support credit findings. FDOR and Mario Lopez vs. Melinda S. Seay, order sus pending ongoing child support order on arrears findings. Jennifer Riley Medrano Gaona and FDOR vs. Enrique Garza III, final order on peti tion to establish child support. FDOR and Shameka Tranette Snell vs. Alexander Poole Jr., final judgment on petition for enforcement of ad ministrative support order. FDOR and Jocelyn Saez vs. Enier Durades, final judgment on petition for enforcement of administrative support order. Suntrust Bank vs. Ana Pare des and Alberto Perez, final judgment of foreclosure. FDOR and Abigail Sanchez vs. Juan Rico Jr., final judg ment on petition for enforce ment of administrative support order. Lisa M. Corson and FDOR vs. Peter Andrew Slemons III, final judgment on petition for enforcement of administrative support order. Kelly Purser vs. Michael Purser, voluntary dismissal. The following felony criminal cases were disposed of last week by the circuit judge: Daren Twiddy, possession of meth, adjudication with held, three years probation; possession/use of narcotics equipment, resisting arrest without violence and carrying a concealed weapon/electric or device, probation concurrent with first charge, $970 fines, costs and fees; separate charges of possession of meth and possession/use of nar cotics equipment, not prose cuted. Collis Saymond Morris, burglary of a dwelling and grand theft dwelling/property, four years probation concur rent with a Polk County case, complete anti-theft course, $1,270 fines, costs and fees, $50 restitution; criminal mis chief (above $200), time served, $625 fines, costs and fees, restitution reserved. Kyle David Morris, bur glary of unoccupied con veyance and larceny theft ($300 or more), adjudication withheld, four years proba tion, no weapons/firearms, 100 hours community work, $1,220 fines, costs and fees. Christopher Lee Martin, violation of probation, original charge possession of more than three grams of synthetic marijuana, probation revoked, new term of two years probation, license suspended one year, curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., $350 fines, costs and fees. Mikey Retana, violation of probation, original charge pos session of more than three grams or powder form of synthetic cannabinoids, cathi nones or synthetic phenethylamines, probation restored and modified, license sus pended one year, $300 fines, costs and fees. Mikey Retana, violation of probation, original charges possession of meth and pos session of marijuana, proba tion restored and modified, license suspended one year, re main in jail until bed becomes available at drug treatment center. Marcus Miguel Moton, vio lation of probation, original charge failure to redeliver lease equipment, eight months jail, credit time served, probation revoked, $350 fines, costs and fees. Lashonda Barbitt Baker, burglary with assault/battery, not prosecuted; battery, time served, $1,672 fines, costs and fees; violation of house arrest, original charges possession of cocaine and possession of meth, three years prison, credit time served, $150 fines, costs and fees. Ashley Lana Noles, viola tion of house arrest, original charge possession of meth, 364 days jail, probation re voked, $450 fines, costs and fees. Daisy Calvillo, possession of meth and possession/use of narcotics equipment, entered drug pretrial intervention program. Gertrude Fleurantin, viola tion of probation, original charge possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, probation restored and modi fied to add six months, curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., li cense suspended one year, $350 fines, costs and fees. William Dwight Kilgore, petit theft and defrauding secondary metals recycler (adju dication withheld), three years probation, anti-theft course, 50 hours community work, $1,220 fines, costs and fees, $600 restitution. Jeremy Edwards, grand theft, three years probation concurrent with a Highlands County case, complete antitheft course, $1,270 fines, costs and fees, $247.70 restitu tion. Rosanna Sanchez, violation of probation, original charge possession of meth, probation revoked, license suspended one year, $500 fines, costs and fees; grand theft auto, 18 months prison concurrent with above case, credit time served, $1,270 fines, costs and fees. Kasie Hicks, violation of probation, original charge dealing in stolen property, 13 months prison, credit time served, probation revoked, $550 fines, costs and fees. Sabrina Storme Rohrback, violation of probation, original charges uttering a forgery (check) and grand theft, 30 days jail, credit time served, probation restored and modi fied, 25 hours community work, $300 fines, costs and fees. Ronda Michelle Hernandez, violation of probation, original charge possession of meth, 60 days jail, credit time served, probation restored and modi fied to add two years, curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., li cense suspended one year, $350 fines, costs and fees. Albury Alfred, possession of more than three grams or powder form of synthetic cannabinoids, cathinones or synthetic phenethylamines and possession of electric device by convicted felon, two con secutive years probation, no weapons/firearms, $970 fines, costs and fees. Tommy Lee Parker Jr., ag gravated battery with a deadly weapon, adjudication with held, complete anger management course, $970 fines, costs and fees, restitution reserved; second charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon not prosecuted; child abuse, adjudication withheld, five years probation concurrent with above case, anger man agement course, $970 fines, costs and fees. Bobby Thompkins, violation of probation, original charge sale of meth within 1,000 feet of a church, 30 days jail, probation restored and modified, $350 fines, costs and fees. Refugio Gonzalez Nunez, domestic battery, 12 months probation, anger management course, $1,322 fines, costs and fees; second charge of domes tic battery and tampering/ha rassing witness/victim, not prosecuted. Jordon Crocker, grand theft, adjudication withheld, 25 days jail, credit time served, 12 months probation, 50 hours community work, no weapons/firearms, anti-theft course, $700 fines, costs and fees, $550 restitution. Esbeida Maldonado, pos session of meth and posses sion/use of narcotics equipment, not prosecuted. Darrell Antron Hines, viola tion of probation, original charge possession of meth, probation restored and modi fied to add one year, $350 fines, costs and fees, remain in jail until bed becomes avail able at drug treatment center. Timothy Nekada Burks, possession of firearm/ammo by convicted felon, resisting officer without violence, attempted tampering with physical evidence, possession of more than three grams or pow der form of synthetic cannabinoids, cathinones or synthetic phenethylamines and posses sion/use of narcotics equip ment, bond estreated, capias issued. The following deeds for real estate transactions of $10,000 or more were filed recently in the Clerk of Courts Office: TC 12 LLC to Sergio Jimenez Jr., for $36,000. Sergio Jimenez Jr. to CK Sanders LLC, for $41,000. Jacob McKindle and Jessica Dale Selph to Alfredo N. Pascual Cruz and Rosa Bautista, for $53,000. JPMorgan Chase Bank to Armando and McKenzie Al varez, for $115,500. Javier Garrido to Floyd Smith and Ted Smith, for $123,000. Oakwood Construction to Travis Ray Maldonado and Brandi Nichole Maldonado as trustees of the Travis and Brandi Maldonado Living Trust, for $14,500. Antonio and Li Barlaam to Jonathon Byers and Tabatha Byers, for $177,800. Aaron Drew and Lauren M. Dyess to James B. and Sandra S. Belflower, for $205,000. Donna Skipper to David Williams, for $15,000. J. David and Phyllis T. Fitzgerald to Deborah L. Brambilla, for $34,500. L. Cobb Development to L&L Properties of Central Florida, for $147,500.CITY OF WAUCHULA NOTICE TO THE PUBLICThe City Commission of the City of Wauchula will hold the regular sched uled workshop Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm or as soon thereafter as it reasonably can be held. The agenda can be viewed at www.cityofwauchula.com 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 9:27cThe Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) announces the following public meetings to which all interested persons are invited: Southwest Florida Water Management District Schedule of Meetings Fiscal Year 2019 Governing Board Meeting October 23, 2018 (9:00 a.m., Brooksville Office) November 13, 2018 (9:00 a.m., Tampa Office) December 11, 2018 (9:00 a.m., Brooksville Office) January 22, 2019 (9:00 a.m., Tampa Office) February 26, 2019 (10:00 a.m., Sarasota Office) March 26, 2019 (9:00 a.m., Brooksville Office) April 23, 2019 (10:00 a.m., Lake Eva Banquet Hall, Haines City) May 21, 2019 (9:00 a.m., Tampa Office) June 25, 2019 (9:00 a.m., Tampa Bay Water) July 23, 2019 (9:00 a.m., Tampa Office) August 27, 2019 (9:00 a.m., Brooksville Office) September 24, 2019 (3:00 p.m., Tampa Office) Governing Board Public Budget Hearings 5:01 p.m., Tampa Office 2019 September 10 & 24 Public Meeting for Pending Permit Applications 9:00 a.m., Tampa Office 2018 October 3; November 7; December 5 2019 January 2; February 6; March 6; April 3; May 1; June 5; July 10; August 7; September 4 Environmental Resource Permitting Advisory Group 10:00 a.m., and Water Use Permitting Advisory Group 2:00 p.m., Tampa Office 2018 November 28 2019 March 27; July 24 Agricultural & Green Industry Advisory Committee 9:00 a.m., Tampa Office 2018 December 6 2019 March 7, June 6, September 5 Environmental Advisory Committee 1:30 p.m., Tampa Office 2018 October 2 2019 January 8, April 9, July 9 Industrial Advisory Committee 10:00 a.m., Tampa Office 2018 November 6 2019 February 19, May 14, August 13 Public Supply Advisory Committee 1:00 p.m., Tampa Office 2018 November 6 2019 February 19, May 14, August 13 Well Drillers Advisory Committee 1:30 p.m., Tampa Office 2018 October 10 2019 January 9; April 10; July 10; Springs Coast Management Committee 1:30 p.m., Brooksville Office 2018 October 31, December 12 2019 January 9, February 27, May 15, August 21 Springs Coast Steering Committee 2:00 p.m., Brooksville Office 2019 Jan 30; March 27; August 28 Cooperative Funding Initiatives all meetings begin at 10 a.m. 2019 February 6 Northern Region, Brooksville Office 2019 February 7 Heartland Region, Location to be Determined 2019 February 13 Southern Region, Sarasota Office 2019 February 14 Tampa Bay Region, FDEP Office 2019 April 3 Northern Region, Brooksville Office 2019 April 4 Heartland Region, Bartow City Hall 2019 April 10 Southern Region, Sarasota Office 2019 April 11 Tampa Bay Region, Tampa Office Meeting Locations Brooksville Office 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville 34604-6899 Sarasota Office 6750 Fruitville Road, Sarasota 34240-9711 Tampa Office 7601 US Highway 301 North, Tampa 33637-6759 Lake Eva Banquet Hall 799 Johns Avenue, Haines City 33844-5503 Bartow City Hall 450 N. Wilson Avenue, Bartow 33830 Tampa Bay 2575 Enterprise Road, Clearwater 33763 FDEP 13051 N Telecom Parkway STE 101 Temple Terrace 33637 A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: WaterMatters.org Boards, Meetings & Event Calendar; 1(800)423-1476 (FL only) or (352)796-7211. The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) does not discriminate on the basis of disability. This nondiscrimination policy involves every aspect of the Districts functions, including access to and participation in the Districts programs and activities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Districts Human Resources Bureau Chief, 2379 Broad St., Brooksville, FL 34604-6899; telephone (352) 796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476 (FL only), ext. 4703; or email ADACoordinator@WaterMatters.org. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice). If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board/Committee with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, he/she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence from which the appeal is to be issued. For more information, you may contact: Dennis.cockrell@watermatters.org; 1(800)423-1476 (FL only) or (352)796-7211, x4400 (Ad Order EXE0638) 9:27cHARDEE COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2019 First Quarter Second Quarter January 03rd and 17th April 04th and 18th February 07th and 21st May 02nd and 16th March 07th and 21st June 06th and 20th Third Quarter Fourth Quarter July 18th (6:00 p.m.) October 03rd and 17th August 01st and 15th November 07th and 21st September 05th and 19th December 05th and 19th 2019 PLANNING SESSIONS January 11th July 12th February 15th August 09th March 15th September 13th April 12th October 11th May 10th November No Planning June 14th December No Planning PLEASE NOTE THE FIRST MEETING OF THE MONTH IS AT 8:30 A.M. AND THE SECOND MEETING OF THE MONTH IS AT 6:00 P.M. PLANNING SESSIONS ARE AT 8:30 A.M. THESE MEETING DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE; HOWEVER, ANY CHANGES WILL BE ADVERTISED. 9:27cNOTICE TO CONTRACTORSFlorida Department of Transportation Project Bids will be received by the District One Office until 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 18, 2018 for the following Proposals: E1R96-R0 Power Shearing in DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, and Highlands Counties. Budget Amount: $125,000.00 Complete letting advertisement information for this proj ect is available on our website at http://www.dot.state.fl.us/contractsadministrationdis trict1/ : or by calling (863) 519-2559. 9:27,10:4c

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September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B3 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-AdvocateThe dynamic duo of sisters Adrianna and Tatiana Mier guided the Lady Wildcats to a third place finish at the North Port Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 22). Younger sister Adriana fin ished the day third overall with a time of 21:47.20. Tatiana, a senior, finished the day fourth overall with a time of 21:52.00. The sisters were the only members of the squad to finish in the top 10. Adriana and Tatiana led the way, said coach Rob Beatty. At the half mile point they were in 13 and 14, but by the 1.25 (mile) mark they had moved to 3 and 4, and ran together that way until the final kick where Adrianna pulled slightly ahead to get 3rd. Katie Brandeberry also medaled for Hardee after turning in a 23:43.10 effort a huge personal record to claim 17th place. Also claiming personal records were Ingrid Mendoza who went below 25 minutes for the first time this season, and Karelli Plata who had her best finish of the year, Beatty said. The ladies competed in a field of more than 100 runners representing 10 schools. Hardees boys squad struggled again this week as they finished near the bottom of a 15 school pack despite a stand out performance by Zack Durastanti. Durastanti finished fourth overall the only Wildcat in the top ten with a time of 18:09.00. The boys were again led by Zach Durastanti, who basically ran to 4th place immediately, finishing 4th with a re spectable time in the low 18s, Beatty said. Despite the showing, the boys are continuing to im prove. Some of (Zacks) team mates are starting to close the gap, which is what Ive been waiting for, Beatty said. Almost all of the remaining boys got big personal records. Noah Torres recorded his best time of the year. Ivan Rodriguez also turned in his best performance of the season. Ivan had a season personal record and is starting to look like the Ivan from last season, Beatty said. Roberto Gutierrez is continuing to makes strides recover ing from an injury. He has been trying for to recover from injury, so he was a bit off, so hes going to be doing pool workouts for a few days, Beatty said. Angel Aviles, Scottie Meeks, and Dalton Kiella also received high praise from Beatty for their performances. I was really impressed with newcomer Angel Aviles who dropped a tremendous amount of time from his previous race, Beatty said. Scottie Meeks and Dalton Kiella also had their best efforts thus far. Individual Results: Girls Team Results (Small School Varsity): 1st, Out of Door Academy, 39; 2nd, Lely, 63; 3rd, HARDEE, 71; 4th, Community School of Naples, 125; 5th, St. John Neumann, 127; 6th, Imagine School of North Port, 147; 7th, Lake Placid, 179; 8th, Lehigh, 188; 9th, DeSoto, 199; and 10th, Dunbar, 256. Girls Individual Results: 3rd, Adrianna Mier, 21:47.20; 4th, Tatiana Mier, 21:52.00; 17th, Kaitlynn Brandeberry, 23.43.10; 29th, Ingrid Mendoza, 24:56.30; 44th, Kareli Plata, 26:43.30; 59th, Jessalin Arreola, 28:12.10; 79th, Laura Ramos, 29:11.70; and 83rd, Acheline Delhomme, 32:44.80. Boys Team Results (Small School Varsity): 1st, Lely, 42; 2nd, Bishop Verot, 79; 3rd, DeSoto, 156; 4th, St. John Neumann, 169; 5th, Commu nity School of Naples, 176; 6th, Out of Door Academy, 178; 7th, Oasis, 195; 8th, Canterbury School (Fort Myers), 198; 9th, Lemon Bay, 218; 10th, Bayshore, 226; 11th, HARDEE, 237; 12th, Imagine School at North Port, 265; 13th, Gateway Charter, 307; 14th, Bradenton Christian, 311; and 15th, Lake Placid, 412. Boys Individual Results: 4th, Zack Durastanti, 18:09.00; 51st, Ivan Rodriguez, 20:29.90; 57th, Noah Torres, 20:48.50; 62nd, Roberto Gutierrez, 21:01.10; 72nd, Dalton Kiella, 21;43.60; 88th, Scott Meeks, 222:57.20; 94th, Angel Aviles, 23:28.80; 124th, Devan Rimes, 29:15.30; and 126th, Mike Trevino, 30:25.70. VARSITY CROSSCOUNTRY Lady Cats Take 3rd At Coastal Meet Zack Durastanti, Kaitlynn Brandeberry, and Adriana and Tatiana Mier each earned medals as they represented Hardee Senior High School on Saturday at the North Port Invitational. COURTESY PHOTOSThe Lady Wildcats finished third overall in the North Port Invitational on Saturday as they competed in a field of more than 100 runners from 10 other schools in the small school varsity competition. Kaitlynn Brandeberry (735) medaled on Saturday as she finished 17th overall. Ingrid Mendoza (738) rounds a corner with a pack of runners. Ivan Rodriguez (752) had his best outing of the season Saturday. Kareli Plata (741) set a season high personal record on Saturday as she ran for the Lady Wildcats. 9:27cFriday, September 28Lemon Bay Rays!

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B4 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018 Political Ad paid for by the Committee to Elect Keith Merritt Circuit Court Judge, District 10, Group 10 Keith P. Merritt, Esq 9:27p 9:27c The Buccaneers earned their first loss of the season duringMonday night football. The Pittsburgh Steelers came to town and outscoredthe Bucs 30-27. However, without the Buc caneers’ four turnovers, thisgame would have gone a dif ferent direction. Quarterback Ryan Fitz patrick, the leading NFLpasser, is credited with threeinterceptions. Two of whichare probably his fault, as thethrows were incredibly off tar get. Adding to the interceptions, wide receiver Chris Godwinfumbled in the second quarterwhile being tackled. TheSteelers capitalized on theBuccaneers’ mistakes andscored 24 points in the secondquarter. Despite the loss — despite the interceptions which tallyfour on the year — Ryan Fitz patrick is responsible for oneof the best comebacks in thesecond half in Buccaneer his tory. And again, he threw for over 400 yards. According to the statistics people at the NFL, Fitzpatrickis the first quarterback in his tory to throw for over 400yards in three consecutivegames. And only two quarterbacks have ever thrown over 400yards four times in a singleseason — Peyton Manningand Dan Marino. One moregame of 400 plus yards landsFitzpatrick into some prettygood company. Especially fora backup quarterback. How long will Fitzpatrick start? Will Jameis Winston be back next week? Jay Glazer at Fox Sports re ported that the Bucs will keepFitzpatrck at the helm. However, Monday night’s loss and interceptions mayleave some room for JameisWinston to try and earn his jobback. I don’t know how a coach (or ownership) benches aplayer who just made leaguehistory for passing yards, butthe Bucs haven’t always beenknown for great personnel de cisions. (See Steve Young,Aquib Talib, LegarretteBlount, Bo Jackson, DougWilliams.) I think Fitzpatrick should keep his job until he proves hecan’t be trusted to make gooddecisions. We’ll find out who starts be hind center this Sunday whenthe Bucs head to Chicago totake on the Bears at 1:00 p.m. Fitzpatrick Looks Human, Sort Of By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Hardee Senior High School’s trip to the Lake Placid High School pool to face down the GreenDragons ended with a belly flop as the Wildcatswere bested by the hosting squad in a two-waymeet last Monday (Sept. 17). Lake Placid won the day with 633 points. Hardee was a distance second at 424 points. The Lady Wildcat squad was more competi tive than the boys as they racked up 241 pointsto Lake Placid’s 312. Hardee’s boy’s finished more than 100 points behind the Green Dragons as they garnered 183points to Lake Placid’s 321. The meet did have several Wildcat standout performances. Abby Duke was first in the 200 yard individ ual medley with a time of 2:46.74. Trey Stephens was first in the boy’s 50 yard freestyle with a time of 34.95. Lahna Christian was first in the girl’s 100 yard freestyle with a time of 1:03.22. Renell Herrera was first in the girl’s 500 yard freestyle with a time of 6:35.29. The girl’s 200 yard freestyle relay team of Herrera, Christian, Morgan Hellein, and Han nah Ford took first with a time of 1:55.11. The boy’s 200 yard freestyle relay team of Kein Knight, Hugh Pate, Stephens, and OrenCrawford also took frist with a time of 1:45.01. Individual Results: Girl’s 200Y Medley Relay: 4th, Hardee (Abby Duke, Rachel Shaw, Emma Hays, and HannahFord), 2:26.60; 6th, Hardee (Cadee Richardson,Riley Justiss, Jordan Sperry, and AundreaKerth), 2:43.32; 7th, Hardee (Laynee Henry,Aubrey Bragg, Heidi Smith, and, Macey King don), 2:49.34; and 8th, Hardee (Katie Camacho,Rachel Garland, Rebekah Erekson, and HalliePoucher), 3:09.55. Boy’s 200Y Medley Relay: 3rd, Hardee (Trey Canary, Kein Knight, JC Thomas, and HunterSellers), 2:13.00; and 6th, Hardee (JakeStephens, Emery Smith, Joseph Wood, andGage Camacho), 2:40.72. Girl’s 200Y Freestyle: 2nd, Lahna Christian, 2:22.28; 4th, Mckenzie Burch, 2:35.75; 6th,Haley Canary, 2:53.91; and 8th, Laynee Henry,3:01.52. Boy’s 200Y Freestyle: 4th, Hugh Pate, 2:13.17; and 5th, Jake Stephens, 2:54.13. Girl’s 200Y Individual Medley: 1st, Abby Duke, 2:46.74; 5th, Emma Hays, 2:56.92; 7th,Riley Justiss, 3:07.96; and 8th, Jordan Sperry,3:40.58. Boy’s 200Y Individual Medley: 3rd, Kein Knight, 2:37.92; 5th, Cole Wilson, 2:46.66; and6th, Trey Canary, 2:48.68. Girl’s 50Y Freestyle: 2nd, Renell Herrera, 27.94; 3rd, Morgan Hellein, 28.04; 5th, CadeeRichardson, 34.05; and 6th, Macey Kingdon,35.44. Boy’s 50Y Freestyle: 1st, Trey Stephens, 24.95; 3rd, Oren Crawford, 25.97; 6th, JC Thomas, 28.82; and 8th, Darious Yang, 43.75. Girl’s 1M Diving: 2nd, Rachel Garland, 136.95; Rebekah Erekson, 129.30; 4th, KatieCamacho, 122.35; and 6th, Aryana Burch,117.40. Boy’s 1M Diving: 2nd, Gage Camacho, 120.50; and 3rd, Emery Smith, 111.12. Girl’s 100Y Butterfly: 2nd, Morgan Hellein, 1:13.26; 5th, Heidi Smith, 1:37.27; and 7th,Aubrey Bragg, 2:01.25. Boy’s 100Y Butterfly: 2nd, Hugh Pate, 1:09.65; and 5th, JC Thomas, 1:23.45. Girl’s 100Y Freestyle: 1st, Lahna Christian, 1:03.22; 5th, Hannah Ford, 1:07.62; 6th,Mckenzie Burch, 1:11.21; and 7th, CadeeRichardson, 1:21.72. Boy’s 100Y Freestyle: 2nd, Trey Stephens, 56.75; 3rd, Oren Crawford, 58.21; 5th, HunterSellers, 1:01.25; and 7th, Joseph Wood, 1:15.25. Girl’s 500Y Freestyle: 1st, Renell Herrera, 6:35.29; 3rd, Emma Hays, 7:04.52; 4th, RachelShaw, 7:16.96; and 7th, Haley Canary, 8:11.51. Girl’s 200Y Freestyle Relay: 1st, Hardee (Renell Herrera, Lahna Christian, MorganHellein, and Hannah Ford), 1:55.11; 5th,Hardee (Aryanna Burch, Mckenzie Burch,Macey Kindon, and Cadee Richardson),2:11.42; 7th, Hardee (Rachel Shaw, HalliePoucher, Jordan Sperry, and Haley Canary),2:21.29; and 8th, Hardee (Rachel Garland, LexiScheel, Aundrea Kerth, and Rebekah Erekson),2:30.63. Boy’s 200Y Freestyle Relay: 1st, Hardee (Kein Knight, Hugh Pate, Trey Stephens, andOren Crawford), 1:45.01; and 3rd, Hardee(Hunter Sellers, Cole Wilson, JC Thomas, andTrey Canary), 1:52.40. Girl’s 100Y Backstroke: 2nd, Abby Duke, 1:15.97; 5th, Aryanna Burch, 1:34.21; 6th, Hal lie Poucher, 1:50.73; and 7th, Laynee Henry,1:51.70. Boy’s 100Y Backstroke: 2nd, Hunter Sellers, 1:21.84; 4th, Trey Canary, 1:24.94; and 6th,Jake Stephens, 1:45.58. Girl’s 100Y Breaststroke: 4th, Rachel Shaw, 1:31.16; 5th, Riley Justiss, 1:31.98; 6th, MaceyKingdon, 1:32.75; and 8th, Rachel Garland,1:45.28. Boy’s 100Y Breaststroke: 2nd, Kein Knight, 1:15.77; 5th, Cole Wilson, 1:30.36; 6th, EmerySmith, 1:33.61; and 7th, Gage Camacho,1:36.85. Girl’s 400Y Freestyle Relay: 2nd, Hardee (Hannah Ford, Renell Herrera, Morgan Hellein,and Lahna Christian), 4:28.36; 4th, Hardee(Mckenzie Burch, Abby Duke, Emma Hays,and Aryanna Burch); 4:43.50; 6th, Hardee(Haley Canary, Laynee Henry, Riley Justiss,and Jordan Sperry), 5:16.63; and 8th, Hardee(Aundrea Kerth, Hallie Poucher, Lexi Scheel,and Heidi Smith), 6:00.16. Boy’s 400Y Freestyle Relay: 2nd, Hardee (Cole Wilson, Hugh Pate, Trey Stephens, andOren Crawford), 3:57.01; and 6th, Hardee(Gage Camacho, Jake Stephens, Joseph Wood,and Darious Yang), 5:28.99. VARSITY SWIMMING & DIVING ‘Cats Bow To Green Dragons First-day sales of tickets and parking for what is beingdubbed the 2019 “Super Se bring” doubleheader of theMobil 1 Twelve Hours of Se bring Presented by AdvanceAuto Parts and the WEC 1000Miles of Sebring rose morethan 314 percent over open ing-day sales for the 2018event. A large percentage of re served track-side parkingspaces and Sebring’s premiumticket – Club Sebring – weresold on day one. “The addition of the WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring to thelegendary Mobil 1 TwelveHours of Sebring schedule isalready proving to be a hugesuccess,” said Wayne Estes,president and general managerof Sebring International Race way. “Our phones have beenringing non-stop and onlinesales have been amazing.We’re not only seeing atremendous response from ourreturning fans but also a largeinflux of new fans from Eu rope and Canada alike. Theactivity we’ve seen is backingup our claim to this being oneof the greatest weekends ofsportscar racing in the historyof the United States.” Up to 20 hours of the great est sportscars and drivers inthe world will compete on the3.74-mile 17-turn circuit overtwo days. The WEC 1000Miles of Sebring is expected tobe an eight-hour endurancerace and will take the greenflag at 3:55 p.m. Friday, March15. The next day, the Mobil 1Twelve Hours of Sebring willstart in its traditional 10:40 a.m. time slot. Tickets and reserved trackside parking are available on line at sebringraceway.com orby phone at 800-626-7223.Advance-purchase prices arein effect through Feb. 13, afterwhich gate prices will apply toall ticket sales. A discountedfour-day early-bird Superticketis being offered until Nov. 12.Gates will open at Sebring at 6a.m. Wednesday, March 16,and will remain open 24 hoursa day through Saturday’s 12-hour endurance classic. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will be the secondround of the InternationalMotor Sports Association(IMSA) WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. IMSAwill be celebrating its 50th an niversary in 2019. Friday’sFIA World Endurance Cham pionship (WEC) race will beround six of the “Super Sea son” that concludes at thefamed 24 Hours of Le Mans inJune. A wide variety of ticket op tions are available, includingfour-day, two-day (Friday/Sat urday) and Saturday only. Asalways, children 12 and underwill be admitted free. Activemilitary and student discountsare also available with properID. Race fans will notice many upgrades at the famed Sebringfacility when they arrive inMarch, most notably a newbridge into Green Park forboth vehicles and pedestriansand the new pit lane from Turn15 to the Ulmann Straight tobe used for Friday’s 1000Miles of Sebring. Also on the Sebring 12Hour weekend schedule arethe Michelin Pilot Challenge,which will take place Fridayprior to the 1000 Miles of Se bring, and Thursday’s IMSAPrototype Challenge race.Practice and qualifying willbegin on Wednesday. Sebring also will feature ample off-track activities suchas the traditional driver auto graph session, a display of his toric race cars, entertainmentat The Spring Brake PartyZone and fireworks. Sebring International Race way is North America’s oldestpermanent road-racing facility,established in 1950. The cir cuit originated from a WWIIB-17 combat crew trainingbase known as HendricksField. Nestled among the or ange groves and cattle ranchesof Central Florida, Sebring International Race way has hosted the legendary12-hour endurance classicsince 1952, now part of theprestigious IMSA Weath erTech SportsCar Champi onship. Sebring was the site ofthe first-ever FIA WorldChampionship Sports CarRace in 1953, and in 2012hosted the inaugural race ofthe FIA WEC, which returns in2019 to run the day before theMobil 1 Twelve Hours of Se bring Presented by AdvanceAuto Parts. Sebring is also known as one of the most versatile test ing facilities in the motorsportsindustry, offering a variety ofcircuit configurations for cluband corporate events, privatetesting and racing schools. First-Day Sales of Super Sebring Tickets, Parking Crush Records COURTESY PHOTOS The Le Mans winning Toyota LMP1 will be competing at Sebring for the first time in the 100 Miles of Sebring WEC race. Corvette will be the favorite in the IMSA GTLM category in 2019, but faces tough competition from Porsche, Ford, and BMW. DEAR PAW'S CORNER: My cat "Pedro" had his annual checkup the otherday, and the veterinarian said he needed tolose 10 pounds. Can you believe that? Hedoesn't look fat at all — in fact Pedro looksvery healthy. Could the vet be wrong? —Barbara Y., Burlington, Vermont DEAR BARBARA: A healthy, recom mended weight for a cat does vary betweenbreeds. A Maine Coon, for example, can weighas much as 25 pounds, while some Siamesecats are feather-light at just over 5 pounds. You can verify the vet's diagnosis in two ways: search online for the recommendedhealthy weight for his breed. Or, try these at-home techniques: —Stand over Pedro and look down at him. His body from this angle should look kind oflike an hourglass if he's at a healthy weight. Ifhe looks like a pear, he's outside the norm forweight. —Now, look at Pedro from the side. Does his belly sag? That's typically extra fat. —Finally, hold Pedro in your lap. Can you feel his ribs when you run a hand along his flank? If not, then it's time to slim him down. To help Pedro lose weight, control his feed ing more tightly. Feed him exactly the amountof cat food recommended by the vet, at thetimes of day recommended (sometimes it's once a day, sometimes twice). Don't leave un eaten food in Pedro's dish; clean it out. If hebegs for food between meals, don't give it to him. Increase Pedro's activity wherever you can. When you're relaxing in the front room, havehim chase a feather or mouse toy. You also canbuy a "puzzle feeder" that makes him work a little harder to get his food. Send your questions, tips or comments to ask@pawscorner. com. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Paw’s Corner By Sam Mazzotta Since refillable plastic containers can be safely reused about 25 times, container reuse can lead to a substantial reduction in the demand for landfill space. Do your part and wash and reuse your containers.

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September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B5 PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INFORMATIONPursuant to Section 324 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know act of 1986 (EPCRA), the following information is available to the public upon request during normal business hours by contacting the Central Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee (CFLEPC) for Hazardous Materials. Hazardous Material Safety Data Sheets Facility Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms Section 304 Chemical Release Follow-up Notifications District VII, LEPC Hazardous Materials Emergency Plan The Central Florida LEPC services residents of DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Okee chobee, and Polk Counties. EPCRA requires that any business that regularly uses, handles, or stores certain hazardous chemicals register with State and local regulatory agencies. If you have never registered or wish to verify your requirement to register, contact the CFLEPC at the address or phone number listed below. If you have previously complied, be sure your notifications are current penalties for non-compliance are severe. To obtain notification information or to learn more about EPCRA, please contact: Central Florida LEPC 555 East Church Street P.O. Box 2089 Bartow, Florida 33831 863-534-7130 ext. 107 9:27cCITY OF WAUCHULA COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY NOTICE TO THE PUBLICThe Board of Directors of the City of Wauchula Community Redevelopment Agency (the Board) will hold the regular scheduled workshop Monday October 1, 2018 immediately following the City Commission workshop which will convene at 5:00 pm or as soon thereafter as it reasonably can be held. The agenda can be viewed at 126 S. 7th Avenue or www.cityofwauchula.com The meetings will be held at the Commission Chambers located at 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the Board hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made 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 basis 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) 773-3131. CITY OF WAUCHULA S/Keith Nadaskay Chairman Community Redevelopment Agency ATTEST S/Holly Smith City Clerk 9:27cWAUCHULA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT FY 18 20 DBE METHODOLOGYWauchula Municipal Airport has proposed a DBE Goal of 8.1% for Airport Improvement Projects (AIPs) awarded during FY19. The proposed DBE goal and DBE methodology are available for public inspection at the City Administration Office during normal business hours for a period of thirty (30) days, beginning October 1, 2018. Written comments will be accepted for a period of forty-five (45) days beginning October 1, 2018. Please send all written comments to: City Clerk City of Wauchula 126 S. 7th Avenue Wauchula, FL 33873 9:27cQ: Is Hollywood seriously remaking the classic film "Mary Poppins"? Why must they remake everything? Leave well enough alone. Aimee G., via email A: You have about three months to prepare for the premiere of "Mary Poppins Returns," starring Emily Blunt, but based on the trailer, it looks surprisingly good! This film is actually a sequel, not a remake, of the original "Mary Poppins," which came out back in 1964. Directed by Rob Marshall, the screenplay for the sequel was written by David Magee based on the original "Mary Poppins Stories" by P.L. Travers. You may remember that Emma Thompson played Travers in the biographical movie "Saving Mr. Banks" alongside Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Travers reportedly was not happy with Disney's interpretation of her literary character, even though it went on to win five Oscars. In the sequel, set in Depression-era London, little Michael and Jane Banks are all grown up, and Mary returns to take care of Michael's children after the untimely death of his wife. And if you're won dering why Miss Poppins hasn't aged, remember, she's magic. The Disney film will premiere in theaters Dec. 19 with a star-studded cast. In addition to Blunt, Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Colin Firth all have lent their talents to the musical production. *** Q: I saw that John Legend is one of the rare stars to win an EGOT. How many others have there been? Sally R., via email A: To qualify for the elusive EGOT status, you must have won all four of the big showbiz awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Singer John Legend just achieved this by winning an Emmy as one of the producers of "Jesus Christ Superstar," in which he also starred. Others who can boast EGOT status are Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Mike Nichols and Scott Rudin. Rounding out the list are composers Richard Rodgers, Martin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Robert Lopez, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. *** Q: Is it true that Guy Pearce might become the new James Bond? Isn't he from Australia? Molly B., via email A: I haven't heard even anyCelebrity ExtraBy Dana Jackson PICKS OF THE WEEK "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (PG-13) Confession time: I'm not what you'd call a "Star Wars" fanatic. I've seen (most of) the movies, but I'm not emotionally invested. So your opinion about "Solo: A Star Wars Movie" may be different if you have strong feelings about the franchise. In my case, I found it to be a fun, engaging space Western complete with a train robbery and a charismatic romp befitting the character it centers around: Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), a rascal with a deep heart and something to prove. After he is separated from his scrappy partner in love and crime, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), he vows to spend his life plotting her res cue which will involve Chewbacca and Lando Calriss ian (Donald Glover) and an even bigger heist in the second act. "Uncle Drew" (PG-13) Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is a Harlem streetball manager who loses his team (and the life sav ings he invested to enter them in a tournament) to a childhood rival named Mookie (Nick Kroll). Hard outta luck, an old-timer intro duces him to Uncle Drew (Kyrie Irving), a streetball legend, who agrees to join him in forming a new team that they'll fill out with Drew's old gang: Big Fella (Shaquille O'Neal), Preacher (Chris Webber), Lights (Reggie Miller) and Boots (Nate Robinson). It's camp and dumb and the laughs actually come at a steady drib ble before the Big Message at the end not quite a slam dunk, but pretty good for a movie based on a Pepsi com mercial. "Hot Summer Nights" (R) Set in early '90s Cape Cod, "Hot Summer Nights" puts the drug-dealing scene front and center. Sent to the shore after a personal tragedy, Daniel (Tim othee Chalamet), an awkward teen who seems unlikely to be come an insatiable dealer, meets local bad boy and weed dealer Hunter (Alex Roe). They form a lucrative partner ship, as Daniel secretly also forms a romantic entanglement with Hunter's sister McKayla (Maika Monroe). While the summer and the salty air mix, a little bit is not enough, and things spiral out of control. "Gotti" (R) John Travolta delves deep into the makeup chair for "Gotti," which per haps unsurprisingly chronicles the life and times of mob boss John Gotti, affectionately known as the "Teflon Don." No charges of good filmmaking are sticking here. Gotti is sim ply not a sympathetic character. If this were a sensationalized, true-crime glitz flick, I could get behind it, but it appears to be an attempt at a seri ous character study. It doesn't help that it has a just-slapped-to gether feel Travolta plays John Gotti, and his real-life wife (Kelly Pre ston) portrays Gotti's wife, Vic toria, and the Travoltas' daughter plays the Gottis' daughter, etc. NEW TV RELEASES "Preacher" Season 3 "911" Season 1 "Billions" Season 3 "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" Season 3(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Couch TheaterDVD PreviewsBy Sam Struckhoff DVDs reviewed here are available in stores the week of Sept. 24. Top 10 Movies 1. The Predator (R) Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes 2. The Nun (R) Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga 3. A Simple Favor (R) Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively 4. White Boy Rick (R) Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt 5. Crazy Rich Asians (PG13) Constance Wu, Henry Golding 6. Peppermint (R) Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr. 7. The Meg (PG-13) Jason Statham, Bingbing Li 8. Searching (PG-13) John Cho, Sara Sohn 9. Mission: Impossible Fallout (PG-13) Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill 10. Unbroken: Path to Redemption (PG-13) Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.unfounded rumors about Guy Pearce being slated to take over the James Bond legacy from Daniel Craig, but I have to admit I'd buy tickets for that film. There were rumors that Idris Elba ("Molly's Game") would be next to don the tuxedo, but he told People magazine that it simply isn't true. As for Pearce, he grew up in Australia, but was born in Eng land. You can see him in the se ries "Jack Irish" on the subscription streaming service Acorn TV. Now in its second season, "Jack Irish" is about an antihero, played by Pearce, who finds himself battling to clear his name while searching for a missing person. Acorn TV is North America's largest streaming service focus ing on British and international television. Send me your questions at NewCelebrityExtra@gmail. com(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Dear Editor: Another story from my second year at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Your True story writer re members one day she met a friend of hers and her room mate, who said she had an appointment with my roommate. I told her I knew she was in the room. "Here, take my key and let yourself in. I can go for awhile." When I finished whatever i needed to do, I went up to my room and knocked on the door several times. I could hear them talking quietly, but they didn't unlock the door. I knocked again and told them who I was. They still wouldn't unlock the door. So, I went to the house lady and told her I couldn't get into my room. I asked her for her key. She wasn't in a very good mood to loan me her key, but she did.I got into my room and let those two girls know what I thought of them. Their excuse was that they had not completed their dis cussion. I told them there was a room at the end of the hall where they could have gone to finish their discussion. This was my room, too, They didn't have any business in keeping me locked out of my room when I had been nice enough to lend my key to "our friend." They both apologized and promised to never do it again.I never loaned my key out again. My roommate smoked. I had to open the window to let the smoke out. She said she was too cool when the win dows were open. My response was that I couldn't breathe with all of her smoke. I'll tell you more later about living conditions with a "nonsmoker" and a "smoker." Have a nice "smokeless day." Roxie Bentley WauchulaLetter To The Editor Roxie Bentley Locked Out Of Her Dorm Room At FSC "A Star Is Born," which opens Oct. 5, is Lady Gaga's film acting debut and Bradley Cooper's directorial debut. Owen Gleiberman's review in Variety (the showbiz bible) calls the film "rapturous and swooning, but also delicate, in timate and luminous, which turns into something indelibly heartfelt and revealing, a total emotional knockout, the movie is thrillingly authentic." He concludes, "'A Star Is Born' is more than a throwback it's a reminder of the scrappy grand passion that movies are all about!" This fourth remake of "A Star Is Born" could possibly exceed the others and win Oscars for Gaga and Cooper (possibly as actor and direc tor). The $30 million produc tion probably will fare better than the 125 other remakes and reboots that have been an nounced. Among them: "All Quiet On the Western Front," "The Birds," "Dirty Dancing," "My Fair Lady," "Pet Se matary," "An American Werewolf in London," "Starship Troopers," "The NeverEnding Story," "War Games," "Time Bandits," "The Creature From the Black Lagoon," "Death Wish," "Highlander," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Romancing the Stone," "Scarface," "The Bodyguard" and "The Wild Bunch." Also planned is a re make of "Dune," with Timo thee Chalamet. *** Television is not exempt from remakes. When Netflix successfully rebooted "The Gilmore Girls" and "Full House," among many other oldies, the networks followed suit with "Will & Grace," "Roseanne," "To Tell the Truth," "$100,000 Pyramid," "The Match Game" and "The Gong Show." Now "Roseanne" (minus Roseanne Barr) is going to be "The Conners," along with "Murphy Brown," with the original cast, and "Charmed," with a new cast made up of Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock and Melonie Diaz. *** The latest James "007" Bond film, "Bond 25," probably will be delayed because "Slum Dog Millionaire" Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (who replaced Sam Mendes) has bowed out, and they're searching for a new director, trying to hold onto the October 2019 release date. Daniel Craig has seized the op portunity to start filming "Knives Out" in November for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson before "Bond 25" begins in Decem ber. *** To end on a happy note, we'd like to say Constance Wu, who stars in ABC'S "Fresh Off the Boat," is a great actress. She literally carries her allAsian cast to great heights in "Crazy Rich Asians" (which al ready has announced plans for a sequel). The film is an oldfashioned comedy, like the studios used to make, that pokes fun at old traditions that died in our country years ago but still prevail in Asian cities such as Singapore. Constance will "Wu" you into singing her praises just as she has us!(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. HollywoodBy Tony Rizzo Inside 1. Is the book of 1 Peter in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Who slew a giant that had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot when he defied Israel? Sibbechai, Cyrus, Silas, Jonathan 3. What god of the Philistines had a man's face and hands, but the body and tail of a fish? Bullock, Elohim, Dagon, Baal-gad 4. From Proverbs 22, what is a good name better than? Great riches, Scorn, Its own re ward, Lust 5. What town was home to Jesse's boys? Gilgal, Jericho, Hebron, Bethlehem 6. On which day of creation did dry ground appear? 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B6 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018 DOUGHNUT DUNKERS COURTESY PHOTOS It was a slam-dunk for these cuties in Blaire Thornton’s kindergarten class at ZolfoSprings Elementary School as they tried to sell boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnutsfor the school’s annual fundraiser. Who could say no? As a result of their excellentsalesmanship, this class won a pizza party (top photo) for selling the most dough nuts, 76 dozen. Individual top sellers schoolwide were (middle photo, from left)Anahi Jaimes, Briee Grice and Robert Rabaudo. And students who sold 10 or moredozen were treated to an ice cream sundae party (below). DOT DAY COURTESY PHOTOS To celebrate Dot Day,teacher Sarah Idsardi'sfourth graders atWauchula ElementarySchool participated in abreakout game which is aseries of clues studentshave to figure out to getcodes to open locks.When they opened thefinal lock, they found thebook “Ish,” written byPeter H. Reynolds. DotDay is a global celebra tion of creativity, courageand collaboration. Itbegan with the book “TheDot,” also written byReynolds. CLASSROOM CONUNDRUM COURTESY PHOTO Where in the world is this mystery class? Students inSarah Idsardi’s fourth-grade classroom at Wauchula El ementary School searched maps, researched onlineand worked together to sort through the hints theywere given to help determine where in the world theclass was that they were “mystery Skyping” with. COURTESY PHOTO At the first meeting of North Wauchula ElementarySchool’s Art Club, students enjoyed some patrioticpainting projects. Pictured here is Aidon Smith with hisflag painting. The club is for grades 3-5. PATRIOTIC PAINTING PANCAKES & PJ’S COURTESY PHOTO Kindergartners in Ashley Rigney’s class at Hilltop Elementary School had a fun andtasty time learning about the letter P. They were able to enjoy pancakes in their pa jamas at school! TEACHER TECHIES COURTESY PHOTO These Wauchula Elementary School teachers gathered for “Tech Tuesday” on Sept.4 to learn about Quizizz and Quizlet from fourth-grade teacher Julie Garland. Quiz izz and Quizlet are both online platforms that offer fun and engaging activities tohelp students practice the skills they’re being taught in class.

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September 28, 2018HARDEE__________ LEMON BAY __________ Name: ______________________________________Address: ______________________________________ ______________________________________ Day Phone:___________________________________DEADLINEFORENTRY: FRIDAYAT5 P.M.Fill out entry form and return to:The Herald-Advocate115 S. Seventh Ave. • Wauchula YOUR SCORE Hardee Wildcat FootballS S E E E E Y Y O O U U A A T T W W I I L L D D C C A A T T S S T T A A D D I I U U M M F F O O R R A A L L L L H H O O M M E E G G A A M M E E S S – – 7 7 : : 3 3 0 0 P P . M M . Hardee Roster Lemon Bay SENIOR SPOTLIGHT SENIOR SPOTLIGHT GATORHEATING& AIRCONDITIONING REFRIGERATION& ICEMACHINES T HINK G REEN • S AVE E NERGY • S AVE M ONEY W W i i l l d d c c a a t t s s R R u u l l e e ! 863-832-3399 Call For Service Today! FAMILYOWNED Licensed & Insured CAC 1815095 “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking”, is a registered trademark of the Drug Free Alliance. Sponsored by Tri-County Human Service, Inc. Prevention Department 863-385-0513 Go Wildcats! Good Luck Cats! Let’s Go All The Way! 406 N. 6th Ave. 863-773-4136 HardeeCounty Disposal863-773-6079 S S e e e e Y Y o o u u A A t t W W i i l l d d c c a a t t S S t t a a d d i i u u m m ! G G o o ‘ ‘ C C a a t t s s ! Paul’s Kitchen Come see us before the game for some great food! B BE E T T T T E E R R T T H H A A N N T T H H E E B B E E S S T T. . . L L E E S S S S T T H H A A N N T T H H E ER RE E S S T T Monday Saturday • 6 am 9 pm Sunday • 6 am 3 pm 116 N. 4th Ave. • Wauchula (863) 773-0292 www.7eEye.com863-259-3777735 N. 6th Ave. Wauchula GO CATS! GO CATS! 204 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula • 773-4101 863-773-4151 www.wauchulastatebank.com Member F F D D I I C C Go Wildcats! GUNS HUNTING FISHING & MORE N OW O FFERING C ONCEALED W EAPON C LASSES O FFERING P RIVATE C LASSES A T Y OUR C ONVENIENCE 863-333-5319 610A North 6th Ave. • Wauchula • caloosaoutfitters.com WE DON’TKEEP CALM IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON Doyle Carlton III & Family Sheriff Arnold Lanier & the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office We’ve Got Spirit, YES we do! We’ve Got Spirit, How ‘bout YOU? WILDCATS RULE! Carlton Care Chiropractic Dr. Maria Carlton, DC Chiropractic • Laser • Muscular Therapy • Digital X-Ray 863-473-4732105 South 9th Avenue • Wauchula D&S CATTLECO., INC.LIVESTOCKDEALER Hwy. 66 East • Zolfo Springs863-735-1112 Let’s Go All The Way Wildcats! COMEBYFORGREATFOODBEFORETHEGAME GO WILDCATS! 221 West Main St. • Wauchula • 767-5300 T O U C H D O W N WILDCATS JIM SEE REALTY, INC.REALTORS J AMES V. S EE J R President 773-0060 jim@jimseerealty.com AC • SALES • SERVICE • ELECTRIC • REFRIGERATION 863-773-4447863-402-0000 or 863-453-4444 5232 U.S. Hwy. 27 N. • Sebring markpalmerelectric.com We Service All Makes & Models PRIDE • POWER • VICTORYWILDCATS! 863-448-9297 25% OFF Any Cash Sale Offer Exp. 11/17/181109 S. 6th Ave., Wauchula • 773-4009 Wildcat Wednesdays 216 W. Main St. • Downtown Wauchula • 863-773-6246 When You Wear Your Wildcat Shirt C C O O M M B B I I N N A A T T I I O O N N P P L L A A T T T T E E R R S S ( ( O O n n T T h h e e M M e e n n u u ) ) BOGO1/ 2 OFF BUY ONE • GET ONE Exp. 11/17/18 Save $5 oo on your $25 00 purchase. Present this coupon at time of purchase Expires 11/17/18 • Limit 1 Coupon Per Purchase 863-773-3148 225 E. Oak Street • Wauchula GO WILDCATS! Ponger-Kays-GradyFuneral Homes & Cremation Services 205 N. 9th Ave. • Wauchula • 773-6400 • PongerKaysGrady.com One Team • One Mission B8 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018 September 27, 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 # 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 Jersey #: 11 Position: DE/TE Parents: Sophy & Joel AlvarezHobbies/Special Interests: Playing football, lifting weights, playing my Xbox One with my cousins andbrothers.Future Plans: To go to college and get my electrician degree. Ray Zuniga Parents: John & Zita McBrideHobbies/Special Interests: Cheer & volleyball. Future Plans: I plan on attending college at Polk State to become apediatrician. Elizabeth McBride

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B10 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 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 Lacey Webb863-773-4101204 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula, 33873 cl9:27c Shopping around for car insurance? Don't.Let your local independent agent shop for you, and find the coverage you need.NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE2001 KIA VIN: KNAFB121315022222 8:00 A.M. October 16, 2018 ROBERTSTOWING377 Old Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green, FL 33834 cl9:27c NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE2002 CADI VIN: 1GYEC63T62R177957 8:00 A.M. Oct. 11, 2018DRISKELL SERVICE CENTER903 S. 6th Ave., Wauchula, FL cl9:27cNOTICE OF SALE October 16, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Personal property in the following units will be sold to the highest bidder to satisfy rental liens in accordance with Florida Statute 83.801 through 83.809. Contents may include household items, clothing, closed cartons, etc. The sell will take place on October 16, 2018 at Convenient Mini Storage, 5106 U.S. Highway 17 N., Bowling Green, FL. Unit 11 Eric Flores Unit 22 Joyce Andrews Unit 31 Deborah L. Waters Unit 36 Ryan Rylott Unit 41 Paul Heath Van Sickle cl9:27-10:11c 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 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 33825cl5:4tfcLos Villatoros Harvesting, LLC is hiring 120 farmworkers to harvest sweet potatoes in Greene County, NC for a temporary period from 10/22/2018 to 11/15/2018. The wages offered are the highest of $11.46/hr. or applicable piece rates. One (1) month verifiable experience harvesting sweet potatoes is required. Prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching required. Job is outdoors and continues in all types of weather. Must be able to lift 50lbs to shoulder height repetitively throughout the workday and able to lift and carry 50 lbs. in field. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be provided at no cost to worker. Housing will be available for workers who cannot reasonably return home after each working day. Transportation and meal expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: NC10928705. cl9:27c First Baptist Childrens Academy Now accepting employment applications for the directors position through October 12, 2018. Applicants must demonstrate leadership, super visory, and administrative skills to manage the academy as well as promote spiritual, emo tional, physical, social, and cognitive develop ment of each child. Applicants must profess Jesus Christ as Savior and possess Christian maturity. Preferences include: Two years of pre vious Director experience; Degree with emphasis in early childhood education/child development; experience as classroom teacher in preschool/day care. Active DCF Directors certification will be considered. Candidates should apply in person or by mail to: First Baptist Church Childrens Academy, 1570 West Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873; or by email to mhernandez@fbcwauchula.org For questions call (863) 773-9185.DCF License #C10HA0517 cl9:27c NOW HIRINGHELP WANTEDFirst United Methodist church is seeking a part time administrative assistant. Submit resume by Monday, October 8 to 207 North 7th Avenue, Wauchula or email it to wauchulachurch@gmail.com. Contact Pastor Danielle Upton at 773-4267 for any additional information. cl9:27-10:4cHARDEE CO. BOCC PUBLIC WORKS DIVISION Senior Mechanic (FL BCDL) $15.74-$21.70/hr. + ben. pkg. Solid Waste Heavy Equipment Operator (FL A CDL Air Brake and Tanker endorsements) $13.52-$18.64/hr. + ben. pkg. Equipment Operator (FL DL) $11.13-$15.35/hr. + ben. pkg. Bridge Worker I (FL BCDL) $11.13-$15.35/hr. + ben. pkg. Maintenance Worker II (FL DL) $10.67 $14.70/hr.+ ben. pkg. Positions includes, 100% paid Health Insurance for Em ployee Coverage. Job descriptions @ www.hardeecounty.net w/application. Submit: HR, 205 Hanchey Rd Wauchula, FL 33873, Ph: (863) 773-2161. Positions open until filled. cl9:27c 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 Hills Auto World Dan 735-01 883505 US HWY17 S ZOLFOSPRINGS375-4441 4205 US HWY17 N BOWLINGGREEN cl5:10tfc Sandra Jimmy 10 ac pasture just east of Zolfo Springs Nice trees. Perfect for livestock or homesite. Asking $89,000 5 acres with a pond. Currently fenced & being used for cattle. $65,500 6,000+ SF metal building. Located on southbound US Hwy 17. Corner lot with paved parking. Asking $275,000 4.7+ ac parcel located in Lorida. Includes a 30x50 building, water holes, 3 wells with deisel power unit. Call John ONeal for more information. 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 AVON PARK LAKES LOTS 3 separate lots. Great place to build. Call Justin Smith for details. 206 North 6th Avenue, Wauchula, FL 33873 Office (863)773-0060 Evening (863)781-1338 www.jimseerealty.com James V. See, Jr., Broker Jim SeeRealtor 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 cl9:27cHARDEECARCOMPANY(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 DIESEL INJECTION REPAIR Pumps, turbos and injectors. Removal and instillation avail able, 863-381-0538. 2:8-1:17p LONG-HAUL DRIVER needed, pay 25% of load, zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. Jose 863781-7628 or Billy 786-637-1179. 9:27,10:4p 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. 9:27-1:3p MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED PT, hours vary. Please submit resume to assistantfordoctor@ gmail.com. 9:20,27c Help Wanted Agriculture 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 ULLRICHS MACHINE SHOP. Full time, no experience needed. Apply in person at Ullrichs Water Conditioning, 409 Goolsby Street, Wauchula. 9:13tfc 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 Help Wanted 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 1/2 PRICE SALE, 2 Cemetery plots, side-by-side in Wauchula Cemetery, asking $600. 863-712-8853. 9:27-10:25p 16X60 MOBILE HOME for sale 863-873-6626. Call after 7pm 9:6-10:4p Mobile Homes Miscellaneous Lost/Found 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 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 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 WILL CUT SMALL yards, pres sure wash sidewalks. Call Joe 863-245-9898. 9:27p I, JOE, WILL pickup for free old stoves, refrigerators, mi crowaves, freezers, lawn mow ers and other metals. Call 863-245-9898. 9:27p *** NEED A WELL OR HAVE PUMP TROUBLE? CALL ULLRICHS PITCHER PUMP For complete well, sales, service and installation, call 863-773-6448. 7:18tfc Services Rentals Pets Mobile Homes The following can be read forward or backwards: Do geese see God?

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ABOUT... School News The Herald-Advocate en courages submissions fromHardee County schools.Photos and write-upsshould be of recent events,and must include first andlast names for both stu dents and teachers. Identifyphotos front to back, left toright. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Thursday.Please include the nameand phone number of acontact person. Qualifyingitems will be published asspace allows. September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B11– T HE C LASSIFIEDS – LOCAL AVON LADY. For all yourAvon needs. Call: Pam Merchant863-245-7000. Buy. Sell. Fundraise.9:6-10:4p VITAS INNOVATIVE HOSPICECare offers a bereavement walk-in support group for those thathave experienced the loss of alove one. Beginning 9/2/16 everyFriday at 1 p.m. in the VITAS of fice, 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 THE WAUCHULA LIONS CLUBcollects NOT broken prescrip tion eyeglasses, cases and sun glasses. Please drop off at 735 N. 6th Ave.tfc-dhDO YOU HAVE a problem withdrugs? Narcotics Anonymousmeets Monday, Thursday andFriday night 7:00 p.m. at FirstUnited Methodist Church, at thecorner of Palmetto and 7th Ave., Wauchula.tfc-dh Services IS ALCOHOL CAUSING a prob lem? Call Alcoholics Anony mous in Hardee county at863-781-6414. Several weekly meetings. tfc-dhATTENTION! State Statutes 489119 Section 5 Paragraph B andHardee County Ordinance 87-09Section 10 Paragraph D requireall ads for any construction-re lated service to carry the con tractor’s licence number. tfc-dh Noon Tuesday Deadline for all yard sale ads. 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 MULTI-FAMILY, FRIDAY (10/5),Saturday (10/6), 3206 SteveRoberts Special, Zolfo. Furni ture, Home Interior, dishes, bed ding, toys and lots more. 9:27,10:4p Yard Sales Services 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 9:27c (863) 382-3887www.HeartlandRE.net Hometown Professional Real Estate! cl9:27c ROSE ABBOTT 863-781-0846 roseabbott@ hotmail.com FOR MORE PROPERTIES, SEE OUR WEBSITE @ WWW.HEARTLANDRE.NET MIKEY COLDING863-781-1698 MColding@ HeartlandRE.net MODULAR HOME ON 5 ACRES Nice doublewide home with many features. Kitchen with island, spacious living room with high ceilings, garden tub in master bath, large deck and above ground pool. This property is a must see! Asking price $162,500. –––––– COUNTRY LIVING Nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath home near Lake Istokpoga with many great features. Asking price $129,000. CHARLEY FLESHER (863) 781-2867 cnflesherii@ gmail.com 200 ACRES OF IMPROVED PASTURE LAND Asking price $840,000. –––––– 69 ACRES WORKING CITRUS GROVE Asking price $420,000 –––––– 29 ACRES CITRUS GROVE Asking price $180,000. –––––– 16 ACRES OF ABANDONED GROVE Asking price $105,000. GREAT STARTER HOME 2 bedroom, 1 bath home on 1 acre. Fresh paint inside & out, tile kitchen counters & stainless appliances. Asking price $87,500. Want to sell, rent or hire? CLASSIFIEDS DEADLINE IS TUESDAY AT NOON COURTESY PHOTO Nicole Keen's fifth-grade R.E.A.C.H. students at NorthWauchula Elementary School have been learningabout both the hazards and resources in Florida. Here,they are making and observing a tornado in a bottle.R.E.A.C.H. stands for Realizing Excellence through theAdvanced academic Curriculum of Hardee. TINY TORNADOS CONNECT THE DOTS COURTESY PHOTOS Ashley Wheeler's fourthgraders at Wauchula Ele mentary School partici pated in International DotDay by creating picturesby beginning with a dot.After everyone was fin ished, they put all thedrawings together to cre ate one large piece of art work for the classroomwall. Dot Day is a celebra tion of creativity, courageand collaboration thatbegan with the book “TheDot” by Peter H.Reynolds. COURTESY PHOTO These first-grade students in Maggie Santana’s classat North Wauchula Elementary School are seriousabout taking three-column notes on their new vocabu lary words. They are recording each new word with asynonym and definition. NOTABLE KNOWLEDGE NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME ACT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant tothe provisions of the FictitiousName Act, Section 865.09,Florida Statutes, as amended,intends to register with theSecretary of State of the Stateof Florida, the fictitious nameof Little Charlie RV Park underwhich the undersigned is en gaged or will engage in busi ness at: 1850 Heard BridgeRd., in the City of Wauchula,Florida 33873. That the party/parties inter ested in said business enter prise is/are as follows: BrianSchaper. Dated at Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida 33873. Person authorizing publica tion: Karen Chalk. Dated: Sept. 21, 2018

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PROPUESTAS DE ENMIENDAS Y REVISIONES CONSTITUCIONALES PARA LA ELECCION GENERAL DEL 2018 Yo, Ken Detzner, Secretario de Estado de laFlorida, por el presente notifico que lassiguientes enmiendas constitucionalespropuestas y revisiones estarn presentesen la papeleta de las elecciones generalesen cada condado de la eleccin general del2018. El lenguaje para estas enmiendas tambinse puede encontrar en FloridaPublicNo tices.com, enDOS.Elections.MyFlorida.com/initiatives, yen el sitio web de este peridico. N. 1 ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO VII, SECCI"N 6 ARTCULO XII, SECCI"N 37 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Aumento de la Exencin sobre los Impuestosa la propiedad de la Vivienda Familiar (Homestead)RESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Se propone una enmienda a la Constitucin delEstado con el fin de aumentar la exencin fiscalde la vivienda familiar mediante la exencin dela tasacin fiscal de la propiedad de la viviendafamiliar superior a $100.000 y hasta $125.000para todos los gravmenes, a excepcin de losgravmenes para distritos escolares. La en mienda entrar en vigencia el 1 de enero de2019.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO VII FINANZAS Y TRIBUTACI"N SECCI"N 6. Exenciones fiscales para lavivienda familiar. —(a) Todas las personas que tengan titularidadlegal o equitativa sobre bienes races y man tengan en los mismos la residencia perma nente del propietario, u otra que dependa legalo naturalmente del propietario, quedarn exen tos de la tributacin sobre los mismos, a excep cin de las imposiciones para beneficiosespeciales, hasta la tasacin fiscal de vein ticinco mil dlares y, respecto a todos los otrosgravmenes a excepcin de los gravmenespara distritos escolares, sobre la tasacin fiscalsuperior a cincuenta mil dlares y hasta setentay cinco mil dlares, y sobre la tasacin fiscal superior a cien mil dlares y hasta ciento vein ticinco mil dlares una vez que se establezca el derecho sobre estos segn lo prescribe laley. La titularidad sobre los bienes races podrser legal o equitativa, mancomunada, solidaria,en comn, como condominio, o indirectamentemediante la tenencia de acciones o la partici pacin que representen el derecho del propi etario o socio en una sociedad que tenga eldominio o los derechos de arrendamiento queinicialmente superen noventa y ocho aos. Laexencin no se aplicar respecto a ningn reg istro de evaluacin hasta que primero un or ganismo estatal designado por la ley generaldetermine que dicho registro cumple las dis posiciones de la Seccin 4. Esta exencin serevocar en la fecha de entrada en vigencia decualquier enmienda a este Artculo quedisponga la tasacin de la propiedad de lavivienda familiar a un valor inferior al valorjusto.(b) No se le permitir ms de una exencin aninguna persona o unidad familiar respecto aninguna unidad residencial. Ninguna exencinsuperar el valor de los bienes races tasablesal propietario o, en caso de posesin medianteacciones o participacin en una sociedad, elvalor de la proporcin que devengue de lamembresa en la corporacin sobre el valortasado de la propiedad.(c) De conformidad con la ley general y consujecin a las condiciones que se especificanen la misma, el Poder Legislativo podr entre garles a los arrendatarios que sean residentespermanentes una reduccin fiscal ad valoremsobre todos los gravmenes fiscales ad val orem. Dicha reduccin fiscal ad valorem se es tablecer de la forma y en el monto quedisponga la ley general.(d) El poder legislativo podr, de conformidadcon la ley general, permitirles a los condadoso municipios, para efectos de sus gravmenesfiscales respectivos y con sujecin a las dis posiciones de la ley general, concedercualquiera de las siguientes exenciones fis cales adicionales para la vivienda familiar oambas:(1) Una exencin que no supere cincuenta mildlares para una persona que tenga titularidadlegal o equitativa sobre bienes races y man tenga en los mismos la residencia permanentedel propietario, que haya cumplido la edad desesenta y cinco aos, y cuyos ingresos delhogar, segn lo define la ley general, nosuperen veinte mil dlares; o (2) Una exencin equivalente al valor tasadode la propiedad para una persona que tenga tit ularidad legal o equitativa sobre los bienesraces con un valor justo inferior a doscientoscincuenta mil dlares, segn se determine enel primer ao fiscal que aplique el propietario yque cumpla los requisitos para la exencin, yque haya mantenido en los mismos la residen cia permanente del propietario durante almenos veinticinco aos, que haya cumplido laedad de sesenta y cinco aos, y cuyos ingre sos del hogar no superen la limitacin sobre in gresos que se prescribe en el prrafo (1).La ley general debe permitirles a los condadosy municipios conceder dichas exenciones adi cionales, dentro de los lmites que se pre scriben en esta subseccin, mediante unaordenanza que se adopte de la manera que loprescribe la ley general, y debe disponer elajuste peridico de la limitacin sobre ingresosque se prescribe en esta subseccin respectoa los cambios en el costo de vida.(e) Cada veterano que tenga 65 aos o ms yque se encuentre total o parcialmente dis capacitado recibir un descuento del monto delimpuesto ad valorem que se adeude sobre lapropiedad de la vivienda familiar que posea elveterano y donde el mismo resida si la dis capacidad hubiera sido causada por el com bate y el veterano hubiera sido dado de bajacon honor tras retirarse del servicio militar. Eldescuento se expresar en un porcentajeequivalente al porcentaje de la discapacidadpermanente vinculada al servicio del veterano,segn lo determine el Departamento de Asun tos de los Veteranos de los Estados Unidos.Para optar al descuento que concede esta sub seccin, el solicitante debe presentarle altasador de propiedades del condado, a mstardar el 1 de marzo, una carta oficial del De partamento de Asuntos de los Veteranos de losEstados Unidos mediante la que se indique elporcentaje de la discapacidad vinculada al ser vicio del veterano y las pruebas que de muestren de manera razonable que ladiscapacidad fue causada por el combate, ascomo tambin una copia de la baja honorabledel veterano. Si el tasador de propiedades rec haza la solicitud de descuento, el tasador debenotificarle al solicitante por escrito los motivosdel rechazo, y el veterano podr volver a re alizar la solicitud. El Poder Legislativo podr,de conformidad con la ley general, ceder del re querimiento anual de solicitudes en los aosposteriores. Esta subseccin tiene efecto in mediato y no necesita legislacin de imple mentacin. (f) De conformidad con la ley general y con sujecin a las condiciones y limitaciones quese especifican en la misma, el Poder Legisla tivo podr entregarle una deduccin fiscal advalorem equivalente al monto total o una partedel impuesto ad valorem que se adeude sobrela propiedad de la vivienda familiar a:(1) La cnyuge sobreviviente de un veteranoque haya muerto durante su servicio activo encalidad de miembro de las Fuerzas Armadasde los Estados Unidos.(2) La cnyuge sobreviviente de un miembrode primeros auxilios que haya muerto en actode servicio. (3) Un miembro de primeros auxilios que seencuentre totalmente y permanentemente dis capacitado a causa de una lesin o lesionesque haya sufrido en acto de servicio. La conex in causal entre una discapacidad y el acto deservicio no debe presumirse, sino que debe de terminarse segn lo dispone la ley general.Para efectos de este prrafo, el trmino “dis capacidad” no incluye una condicin crnica oenfermedad crnica, a menos que la lesin quese haya sufrido en acto de servicio hubiera sidola nica causa de la condicin crnica y la en fermedad crnica.Segn se usa en esta subseccin y segn lodefina ms extensamente la ley general, el tr mino “miembro de primeros auxilios” hace ref erencia a un oficial de la polica, un oficialcorreccional, un bombero, un tcnico mdicode emergencia o un paramdico, y el trmino“en servicio activo” significa que surge a razdel desempeo real del servicio que sea nece sario en virtud del trabajo como miembro deprimeros auxilios. ARTCULO XII ANEXO SECCI"N 37. Aumento de exencin fiscal para la vivienda familiar. —Esta seccin y la en mienda a la Seccin 6 del Artculo VII mediante las que se aumenta la exencin fiscal para la vivienda familiar a travs de la exencin de la tasacin fiscal de la propiedad de la vivienda familiar superior a $100.000 y hasta $125.000 para todos los gravmenes, a excepcin de los gravmenes para distritos escolares, entrarn en vigencia el 1 de enero de 2019. N. 2 ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO XII, SECCI"N 27 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Limitaciones sobre las Tasaciones Fiscales delas PropiedadesRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Se propone una enmienda a la Constitucin delEstado con el fin de conservar de manera per manente las disposiciones actualmente vi gentes, las que limitan el aumento de lastasaciones fiscales sobre las propiedades enpropiedades determinadas especficas que nosean destinadas a la vivienda familiar, a excep cin de los gravmenes para distritos esco lares, a un 10% anual. Si se aprueba, laenmienda eliminar la revocacin programadade dichas disposiciones para el 2019 y entraren vigencia el 1 de enero de 2019.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO XII ANEXO SECCI"N 27. Exenciones fiscales sobre laspropiedades y limitaciones sobre las tasa ciones fiscales sobre las propiedades. — (a)Las enmiendas a las Secciones 3, 4 y 6 delArtculo VII, que disponen una exencin de$25.000 para los bienes muebles tangibles,que disponen una exencin fiscal adicionalpara la propiedad de la vivienda principal de$25.000, que autorizan el traspaso de los ben eficios acumulados de las limitaciones sobre latasacin de la propiedad de la vivienda familiar,y esta seccin, si se le presenta a los electoresde este estado para su aprobacin o rechazoen una eleccin especial que la ley autorizque se realizara el 29 de enero de 2008, en trarn en vigencia con la aprobacin de loselectores y operarn de manera retroactivahasta el 1 de enero de 2008 o, si se le presen tan a los electores de este estado para suaprobacin o rechazo en la prxima eleccingeneral, entrarn en vigencia el 1 de enero delao posterior a dicha eleccin general. Las en miendas a la Seccin 4 del Artculo VII medi ante las que se crean las subsecciones (g) (f) y (h) (g) de dicha seccin, mediante las que se crea una limitacin sobre el aumento de latasacin anual para las propiedades determi nadas especficas, entrarn en vigencia con laaprobacin de los electores y primero limitarnlas tasaciones a partir del 1 de enero de 2009,si se aprueban en una eleccin especial que serealice el 29 de enero de 2008, o primero limi tarn las tasaciones a partir del 1 de enero de2010, si se aprueban en la eleccin generalque se realice en noviembre de 2008. Las sub secciones (f) y (g) de la Seccin 4 del Artculo VII se revocan con fecha 1 de enero de 2019; sin embargo, el poder legislativo, mediante res olucin conjunta, propondr una enmienda me diante la que se abrogue la revocacin de las subsecciones (f) y (g), la que se les presentar a los electores de este estado para su aprobacin o rechazo en la eleccin general de 2018 y, si se aprueba, entrar en vigencia el 1 de enero de 2019 (b) La enmienda a la subseccin (a) mediante la que se abroga la revocacin programada de las subsecciones (g) y (h) de la Seccin 4 del Artculo VII de la Constitucin del Estado que exista en 2017 entrar en vigencia el 1 de enero de 2019. N. 3 ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO X, SECCI"N 29 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Control de Apuestas en Florida por parte de losVotantesRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:La presente enmienda garantiza que losvotantes de Florida tengan el derecho exclu sivo a decidir si autorizar o no las apuestas encasinos, exigiendo que para que estas seanautorizadas conforme a la ley de Florida, debanser primero aprobadas por los votantes deFlorida de conformidad con el Artculo XI, Sec cin 3 de la Constitucin de Florida. Afecta losartculos X y XI. Define las apuestas en casinosy aclara que la presente enmienda no discrepacon la ley federal respecto a los conveniosentre tribus y el estado.DECLARACI"N DE IMPACTO FINANCIERO:El impacto de la enmienda en los ingresospblicos y costos del gobierno estatal y local,si los hubiere, no pueden determinarse en estemomento. Esto debido a que se desconoce suefecto en las operaciones de apuestas que nohayan sido aprobadas por los votantes medi ante una enmienda constitucional propuesta atravs de un proceso de peticin de iniciativapor parte de los ciudadanos.TEXTO COMPLETO:EL ARTCULO X DE LA CONSTITUCI"N DE FLORIDA se enmienda para que incluya la siguiente nueva seccin: Control de Apuestas en Florida por parte de los Votantes. (a) La presente enmienda garantiza que los votantes de Florida tengan el derecho exclu sivo a decidir si autorizar o no las apuestas en casinos en el Estado de Florida. La presente enmienda requiere del voto mediante una ini ciativa de los ciudadanos de conformidad con el Artculo XI, Seccin 3, para que las apuestas en casinos sean autorizadas conforme a la ley de Florida. Esta seccin enmienda el presente Artculo; y adems afecta al Artculo XI, al hacer que las iniciativas de los ciudadanos sean el mtodo exclusivo de autorizar las apuestas en casinos. (b) Segn se utiliza en la presente seccin, “apuestas en casinos” hace referencia a cualquiera de los tipos de juegos que suelen encontrarse en los casinos y que se ajustan a la definicin de juegos Clase III de la Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act [Ley Federal de Regulacin de Juegos entre la Poblacin Ind gena], 25 U.S.C. § 2701 y ss. (“IGRA”), y en el 25 C.F.R. §502.4 una vez que se adopte la presente enmienda, y cualquiera que se agregue a dicha definicin de juegos Clase III en el futuro. Esto incluye, sin limitacin, cualquier juego donde la casa participe y pueda ganar, lo que incluye, sin limitacin, juegos de cartas como bacar, chemin de fer, blackjack (21), y pai gow (si se practican como juegos donde la casa participe) cualquier juego ban cado por los jugadores que simule un juego donde la casa participe, como el black jack de California; juegos de casino como la ruleta, el pase ingls y el keno; cualquier mquina trag amonedas segn se definen en 15 U.S.C. 1171(a)(1); y cualquier otro juego no autorizado por el Artculo X, Seccin 15, ya sea si se de fine como una mquina tragamonedas o no, en el que los resultados sean determinados por un generador de nmeros aleatorios o se asignen de manera similar al azar, como instant o his torical racing Segn se utiliza en el presente, “apuestas en casinos” incluye dispositivos elec trnicos de apuestas dispositivos de apuestas simuladas, dispositivos de video lotera, dispos itivos de concursos por Internet, y cualquier otra forma de rplica electrnica o electro mecnica de cualquier juego de azar, mquina tragamonedas, o juego de casino, independi entemente de la manera en que dichos dispos itivos sean definidos conforme a la IGRA. Segn se utiliza en el presente, “apuestas en casinos” no incluye apuestas mutuas en car reras de caballos, carreras de perros o exhibi ciones de cesta punta. Para efectos de la presente seccin, “apuestas” y “juegos” son sinnimos. (c) Ninguna disposicin aqu empleada se con siderar como que limita el derecho del Con greso a ejercer su autoridad a travs de la ley general para restringir, regular o gravar cualquier actividad de apuestas o juegos. Adems, ninguna disposicin aqu empleada se interpretar como que limita la capacidad del estado o de las tribus americanas nativas de negociar convenios en materia de juegos de conformidad con la Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act con el fin de realizar apuestas en casinos en tierras tribales, o de afectar las apuestas existentes en tierras tribales de con formidad con los convenios formalizados por el estado y las tribus americanas nativas segn establece la IGRA. (d) La presente seccin tiene vigencia una vez aprobada por los votantes, tiene efecto inmedi ato y no se requiere ninguna implementacin legislativa. (e) Si cualquier parte de la presente seccin se considera invlida por cualquier razn, la parte o partes restantes sern separadas de la parte invlida y se les asignar la mayor vigencia posible. N. 4 ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO VI, SECCI"N 4 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Enmienda de Restablecimiento de Derechos alVotoRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:La presente enmienda restablece los derechosde votacin de los Floridanos que han sidocondenados por delitos graves despus de quecumplan todos los trminos de su sentencia, loque incluye la libertad condicional o provisional.La enmienda no regira para aquellos conde nados por homicidio o delitos sexuales, aquienes se les seguira prohibiendo de manerapermanente votar, a menos que el Gobernadory el Gabinete votaran para restablecer susderechos de votacin segn cada caso en par ticular.DECLARACI"N DE IMPACTO FINANCIERO:Los efectos precisos de la presente enmiendaen los costos del gobierno estatal y local nopueden determinarse. Sin embargo, la vigenciade las leyes actuales de inscripcin devotantes, as como el mayor nmero de per sonas condenadas por delitos graves que seinscriban para votar, producir mayores costosgenerales en relacin a los procesos que exis ten actualmente. El impacto, si lo hubiere, enlos ingresos pblicos del gobierno estatal ylocal no puede determinarse. El impacto fiscalde cualquier legislacin futura que implementeun proceso distinto no puede determinarse demanera razonable.TEXTO COMPLETO:Artculo VI, Seccin 4. Descalificacin.(a) Ninguna persona que haya sido condenadapor un delito grave, o que haya sido declaradamentalmente incompetente en este o cualquierotro estado, estar habilitada para votar u ocu par un cargo pblico hasta que se restablezcansus derechos civiles o hasta que desaparezcasu discapacidad. Salvo segn se disponga en la subseccin (b) de la presente seccin, cualquier descalificacin votar que surja a raz de una condena por delito grave se extinguir, y los derechos de votacin se restablecern, una vez que se cumplan todos los trminos de la sentencia, incluyendo la libertad condicional o provisional. (b) Ninguna persona que haya sido condenada por homicidio o por un delito sexual grave es tar habilitada para votar hasta que se restablezcan sus derechos civiles. (b c ) Ninguna persona podr ser candidata a la reeleccin para ninguno de los siguientes car gos:(1) Representante de Florida,(2) Senador de Florida,(3) Vicegobernador de Florida,(4) Cualquier cargo del gabinete de Florida,(5) Representante de EE. UU. de Florida, o(6) Senador de EE. UU. de FloridaSi, al trmino del perodo de su cargo, la per sona ha ocupado (o, si no fuera por renuncia,hubiera ocupado) dicho cargo por ocho aosconsecutivos. N. 5 ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO VII, SECCI"N 19 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Voto Mayoritario Requerido para Imponer, Au torizar o Aumentar los Impuestos o Tasas Es tatalesRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Se prohbe al sistema legislativo imponer, au torizar o aumentar los impuestos o tasas es tatales, a excepcin de cuando dos tercios dela membresa de cada casa del sistema legisla tivo hayan aprobado la legislacin a travs deuna ley que no contenga ninguna otra materia.Esta propuesta no autoriza un impuesto o tasaestatal que est prohibido por la Constitucin yno aplica a ningn impuesto o tasa impuestapor, o autorizada para su imposicin por, uncondado, municipalidad, junta escolar o distritoespecial.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO VII FINANZAS Y TRIBUTACI"N SECCI"N 19. Para imponer, autorizar o elevar los impuestos o tasas estatales se requiere una mayora calificada de votos. — (a) VOTO MAYORITARIO REQUERIDO PARA IMPONER O AUTORIZAR NUEVOS IM PUESTOS O TASAS ESTATALES. Ningn im puesto o tasa estatal pueden ser impuestos o autorizados por el sistema legislativo, a excep cin de cuando dos tercios de la membresa de cada casa del sistema legislativo hayan aprobado la legislacin y la misma haya sido presentada al Gobernador para su aprobacin de acuerdo con lo establecido en el Artculo III, Seccin 8. (b) VOTO MAYORITARIO REQUERIDO PARA AUMENTAR LOS IMPUESTOS O TASAS. Ningn impuesto o tasa estatal pueden ser au mentados por el sistema legislativo, a excep cin de cuando dos tercios de la membresa de cada casa del sistema legislativo hayan aprobado la legislacin y la misma haya sido presentada al Gobernador para su aprobacin de acuerdo con lo establecido en el Artculo III, Seccin 8. (c) APLICABILIDAD. Esta seccin no autoriza la imposicin de ningn impuesto o tasa estatal que estn prohibidos por la Constitucin, y no aplica a ningn impuesto o tasa impuesta por, o autorizada para su imposicin por, un con dado, municipalidad, junta escolar o distrito es pecial. (d) DEFINICIONES. Conforme sern utilizados en esta seccin, los siguientes trminos con tarn con los siguientes significados: (1) “Tasa” se refiere a cualquier cobro o pago requerido por la ley, incluyendo tasas de servi cio, tasas o costos de emisin de licencias, y cargos por servicios. (2) “Aumento” se refiere a: a. Aumentar o autorizar el aumento en la tasa de un impuesto estatal o una tasa impuesta sobre una base porcentual o por cada mil; b. Aumentar o autorizar el aumento en la can tidad de impuestos o tasas estatales que son calculados sobre una base plana o fija; o c. Disminuir o eliminar una exoneracin o crdito sobre un impuesto o tasa estatal. (e) MATERIA NICA. Los impuestos o tasas estatales impuestos, autorizados o aumenta dos bajo esta seccin deben estar contenidos en una ley separada que no contenga ninguna otra materia. N. 6 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO I, SECCI"N 16 ARTCULO V, SECCIONES 8 Y 21 ARTCULO XII, NUEVA SECCI"N TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Derechos de las Vctimas de Delitos; JuecesRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Establece derechos constitucionales para lasvctimas de delitos; exige que los tribunales fa ciliten los derechos de las vctimas; autoriza alas vctimas a hacer respetar sus derechos du rante los procesos penales y de justicia juvenil.Exige que los jueces y los oficiales de audien cia interpreten de manera independiente losestatutos y las reglas en lugar de deferir a la in terpretacin de la agencia gubernamental. Au menta la edad obligatoria de jubilacin dejueces y magistrados estatales desde setentaa setenta y cinco aos; elimina la autorizacinpara completar el trmino judicial si la mitad delplazo se ha cumplido antes de la edad de jubi lacin.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO I DECLARACI"N DE DERECHOS SECCI"N 16. Derechos del acusado y de lasvctimas. —(a) En todos los procesamientos penales, elacusado deber, bajo pedido, ser informado dela naturaleza y causa de la acusacin,asimismo se le proporcionar una copia de loscargos, y tendr derecho a tener medidas com pulsivas para la comparecencia de testigos, aenfrentar testigos adversos en el juicio, a serescuchado en persona, por un abogado oambos, y a tener un juicio rpido y pblico im partido por un jurado imparcial en el condadodonde se cometi el crimen. Si no se conoceel condado, la acusacin o informacin podrcobrar lugar en dos o ms condados de man era conjunta y la prueba de que el crimen fuecometido en esa rea ser suficiente; sin em bargo, antes de declararse, el acusado podrelegir en cul de estos condados se llevar acabo el juicio. El lugar para el enjuiciamiento delos delitos cometidos fuera de los lmites del es tado ser fijado por la ley.(b) Para preservar y proteger el derecho de las vctimas de delitos a alcanzar la justicia, garan tizar a las vctimas de delitos un papel significa tivo en todos los sistemas de justicia penal y juvenil, y asegurar que los derechos e intereses de las vctimas de delitos sean respetados y protegidos por la ley de una manera no menos vigorosa que las protecciones otorgadas a los acusados penales y delincuentes juveniles, toda vctima tendr los siguientes derechos, a partir del momento de su victimizacin: (1) El derecho al debido proceso y a ser tratado con rectitud y respeto por la dignidad propia. (2) El derecho a ser libre de intimidacin, acoso y abuso. (3) El derecho, dentro del proceso judicial, de estar razonablemente protegido del acusado y de cualquier persona que acte en nombre del acusado. Sin embargo, nada de lo contenido en este documento tiene la intencin de crear una relacin especial entre la vctima del delito y cualquier agencia u oficina de aplicacin de la ley que no tenga una relacin o deber espe cial segn lo defina la ley de la Florida. (4) El derecho a tener en cuenta la seguridad y el bienestar de la vctima y de la familia de la vctima al establecer la fianza, incluyendo el es tablecimiento de condiciones de libertad provi sional que protejan la seguridad y el bienestar de la vctima y de la familia de la vctima. (5) El derecho a evitar la divulgacin de infor macin o registros que puedan ser utilizados para localizar o acosar a la vctima o la familia de la vctima, o que puedan revelar informacin confidencial o privilegiada de la vctima. (6) Una vctima tendr los siguientes derechos especficos bajo pedido: a. El derecho a recibir una notificacin razon able, precisa y oportuna, y a estar presente en todos los procedimientos pblicos que involu cren la conducta delictiva, incluidos, entre otros: juicio, declaracin de culpabilidad, sen tencia, o adjudicacin, incluso si la vctima ser un testigo en el procedimiento y a pesar de cualquier regla en lo contrario. A la vctima tam bin se le proporcionar una notificacin razon able, precisa y oportuna de cualquier liberacin o escape del acusado o del delincuente, y de cualquier procedimiento durante el cual algn derecho de la vctima est implicado. b. El derecho a ser escuchado en cualquier procedimiento pblico que implique la libertad provisional u otro tipo de liberacin de cualquier forma de restriccin legal, declaracin de cul pabilidad, sentencia, adjudicacin o libertad condicional, y en cualquier procedimiento du rante el cual algn derecho de la vctima est implicado. c. El derecho de consultar con el fiscal sobre cualquier acuerdo de culpabilidad, participacin en programas alternativos previos al juicio, lib eracin, restitucin, sentencia o cualquier otra disposicin del caso. d. El derecho a proporcionar informacin sobre el impacto de la conducta del delincuente sobre la vctima y la familia de la vctima a la persona responsable de llevar a cabo cualquier investi gacin previa a la sentencia, a compilar cualquier informe de investigacin previo a la sentencia, y a hacer considerar cualquier infor macin de este tipo en cualquier recomen dacin de sentencia presentada al tribunal. e. El derecho a recibir una copia de cualquier informe previo a la sentencia y cualquier otro informe o registro relevante para el ejercicio del derecho de la vctima, a excepcin de aquellas partes que sean confidenciales o estn exentas por ley. f. El derecho a ser informado de la condena, sentencia, adjudicacin, lugar y tiempo de en carcelamiento u otra disposicin del delin cuente convicto, as como de cualquier fecha programada para la excarcelacin del delin cuente, y de la liberacin o el escape del delin cuente de la custodia. g. El derecho a ser informado de todos los pro cesos y procedimientos posteriores a la con dena, a participar en tales procesos y procedimientos, a proporcionar informacin a la autoridad de liberacin para que sea consid erada antes de que se tome una decisin de liberacin, y a ser notificado de cualquier de cisin de liberacin con respecto al delin cuente. La autoridad de libertad condicional o de libertad anticipada extender el derecho a ser escuchado a cualquier persona perjudicada por el delincuente. h. El derecho a ser informado de los proced imientos de indulto y expurgo, a proporcionar informacin al gobernador, al tribunal, a cualquier junta de indulto y otras autoridades en estos procedimientos, a que esa informa cin se considere antes de que se tome una decisin de clemencia o expurgo; y a ser noti ficado de tal decisin antes de cualquier lib eracin del delincuente. (7) Los derechos de la vctima, segn lo dis puesto en el subprrafo (6) a., subprrafo (6) b., O subprrafo (6) c., que apliquen a cualquier primer procedimiento de compare cencia se cumplirn mediante un intento razon able por parte de la agencia competente para notificar a la vctima y transmitir las opiniones de la vctima al tribunal. (8) El derecho a la pronta devolucin de la propiedad de la vctima cuando ya no sea necesaria como evidencia en el caso. (9) El derecho a la restitucin completa y opor tuna, en cada caso y por parte de cada delin cuente condenado, por motivo de todas las prdidas sufridas por la vctima como resultado de la conducta delictiva, tanto directa como in directamente. (10) El derecho a procedimientos sin demoras irrazonables, y a una pronta y final conclusin del caso y de cualquier procedimiento posterior al juicio. a. El abogado del estado podr presentar una demanda de buena fe para un juicio rpido, y el tribunal de primera instancia deber celebrar una audiencia de sealamientos, bajo previo aviso, dentro de los quince das de la pre sentacin de la demanda, para programar un juicio que comience en una fecha de al menos cinco das pero no ms de sesenta das de spus de la fecha de la llamada del calendario, a menos que el juez de primera instancia pre sente una orden con determinaciones de hecho que justifiquen una fecha de prueba ms de sesenta das despus de la audiencia de sealamientos. b. Todas las apelaciones a nivel estatal y los ataques colaterales sobre cualquier sentencia debern completarse dentro de los dos aos posteriores a la apelacin en casos que no sean capitales y dentro de los cinco aos pos teriores a la apelacin en casos capitales, a menos que un tribunal dicte una orden con con clusiones especficas acerca de por qu dicho tribunal no pudo cumplir con este subprrafo y las circunstancias que causaron el retraso. Cada ao, el juez principal de cualquier tribunal de apelacin del distrito o el presidente de la Suprema Corte informar caso por caso al presidente de la Cmara de Representantes y al presidente del Senado de todos los casos en que dicho tribunal introdujo una orden con re specto a la incapacidad de cumplir con este subprrafo. La legislatura podr promulgar leg islacin para implementar este subprrafo. (11) El derecho a ser informado de estos dere chos, y a ser informado de que las vctimas pueden buscar el consejo de un abogado con respecto a sus derechos. Esta informacin se pondr a disposicin del pblico en general y se proporcionar a todas las vctimas de delitos en forma de una tarjeta o por otros medios des tinados a informar efectivamente a la vctima de sus derechos en virtud de esta seccin. (c) La vctima, el abogado retenido de la vc tima, un representante legal de la vctima o la oficina del procurador del Estado, a peticin de la vctima, pueden hacer valer y solicitar el cumplimiento de los derechos enumerados en esta seccin y cualquier otro derecho otorgado a una vctima por ley en cualquier juicio o tribu nal de apelacin, o ante cualquier otra autori dad con jurisdiccin sobre el caso, como cuestin de derecho. El tribunal u otra autori dad con jurisdiccin actuar con prontitud sobre dicha solicitud, ofreciendo una solucin jurdica de acuerdo con la ley por la violacin de cualquier derecho. Las razones de cualquier decisin con respecto a la disposicin del dere cho de una vctima se indicarn claramente en el registro. (d) El otorgamiento de los derechos enumera dos en esta seccin a las vctimas no puede in terpretarse como denegacin o menoscabo de otros derechos que poseen las vctimas. Las disposiciones de esta seccin se aplican a todos los procesos penales y de justicia juvenil, son autoejecutables y no requieren una legis lacin de implementacin. Esta seccin no podr ser interpretada para crear cualquier causa de accin por daos y perjuicios contra el estado o una subdivisin poltica del estado, o contra cualquier funcionario, empleado o agente del estado o sus subdivisiones polticas. (e) Como se usa en esta seccin, una "vctima" es una persona que sufre dao fsico, psi colgico o financiero directo o amenazado como resultado de la perpetracin o intento de perpetracin de un delito o acto delincuencial o contra quien el delito o acto delincuente es cometido. El trmino "vctima" incluye al rep resentante legtimo de la vctima, al padre o tutor de un menor o al familiar de una vctima de homicidio, excepto cuando se demuestre que el inters de dicho individuo estara en conflicto real o potencial con los intereses de la vctima. El trmino "vctima" no incluye al acusado. Los trminos "delito" y "delincuente" incluyen conducta y actos delictivos. Las vcti mas del crimen o sus representantes legtimos, incluidos los familiares de las vctimas de homi cidios, tienen derecho a ser informados, a estar presentes, y a ser escuchados cuando sea per tinente, en todas las etapas cruciales de los procedimientos penales, en la medida en que estos derechos no interfieran con los derechos constitucionales del acusado ARTCULO V PODER JUDICIAL SECCI"N 8. Elegibilidad. —Ninguna personaser elegible para el cargo de juez de la cortesuprema o juez de cualquier corte a menos quedicha persona sea electora del estado y resi dente de la jurisdiccin territorial de la corte.Ningn juez o magistrado servir despus dehaber cumplido los setenta y cinco setenta aos de edad, excepto en el caso de una asi gnacin temporal, o para completar un trmino, la mitad del cual ya haya sido cumplido Ninguna persona es elegible para la Oficina deJusticia de la Corte Suprema o para ser juezde un tribunal de apelaciones de distrito, amenos que la persona sea, y haya sido durantelos ltimos diez aos, miembro del colegio deabogados de Florida. Ninguna persona es eleg ible para la oficina de juez del circuito a menosque la persona sea, y haya sido durante los l timos cinco aos, miembro del colegio de abo gados de Florida. A menos que la ley generaldisponga lo contrario, ninguna persona es eleg ible para la oficina de juez del tribunal del con dado, a menos que la persona sea, y haya sidodurante los ltimos cinco aos, miembro delcolegio de abogados de Florida. A menos quela ley general disponga lo contrario, una per sona ser elegible ya sea por eleccin o nom bramiento a la oficina de juez del tribunal delcondado en un condado cuya poblacin sea de40,000 habitantes o menos, si la persona es unmiembro acreditado del Colegio de Abogadosde Florida.SECCI"N 21. Interpretacin judicial de estatu tos y reglas. —Al interpretar un estatuto o norma estatal, un tribunal estatal o un fun cionario atendiendo a una accin administra tiva de conformidad con la ley general no podr deferir a la interpretacin de la agencia admin istrativa de tal estatuto o regla, y deber, por el contrario, interpretar dicho estatuto o regla por segunda vez. ARTCULO XII ANEXO Elegibilidad de magistrados y jueces. —La en mienda a la Seccin 8 del Artculo V, que au menta la edad a la que un juez o magistrado ya no es elegible para servir en un cargo judi cial excepto por asignacin temporal, entrar en vigencia el 1 de julio de 2019. N. 7 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO IX, SECCIONES 7 Y 8 ARTCULO X, NUEVA SECCI"N TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Beneficios para los Sobrevivientes de Miem bros de Primeros Auxilios y Miembros Militares;Colegios y Universidades PblicasRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Concede el pago obligatorio de beneficios porfallecimiento y la exencin de ciertos gastos deeducacin a los sobrevivientes calificados deciertos miembros de primeros auxilios y miem bros militares que mueran realizando tareasoficiales. Exige una supermayora de votos delos administradores universitarios y de la juntade gobernadores del sistema universitario es tatal para recaudar o imponer todas las tarifasautorizadas legislativamente si la ley requierela aprobacin de dichos organismos. Estableceel sistema de colegios estatales existente comouna entidad constitucional; proporciona estruc tura de gobierno.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO IX EDUCACI"N SECCI"N 7. Sistema Universitario Estatal. —(a) PROP"SITOS. Con el fin de lograr la exce lencia a travs de la enseanza de los estudi antes, de avanzar la investigacin y de proveerservicios pblicos para el beneficio de los ciu dadanos de la Florida, sus comunidades yeconomas, el pueblo de la Florida estableceun sistema de gobierno para el sistema univer sitario del estado de la Florida.(b) SISTEMA UNIVERSITARIO ESTATAL.Habr solo un sistema universitario estatal queincluir todas las universidades pblicas. Unajunta de fideicomisarios administrar cada uni versidad pblica y una junta de gobernadoresgobernar el sistema universitario del estado.(c) JUNTAS DE FIDEICOMISARIOS LO CALES. Cada universidad constituyente localser administrada por una junta de fideicomis arios constituida por trece miembros dedicadosa los fines del sistema universitario estatal. Lajunta de gobernadores establecer las facul tades y los deberes de la junta de fideicomis arios. Cada junta de fideicomisarios consistirde seis ciudadanos miembros nombrados porel gobernador y cinco ciudadanos miembrosnombrados por la junta de gobernadores. Losmiembros nombrados debern ser confirmadospor el Senado y servirn por perodos escalon ados de cinco aos como provisto por ley. Elpresidente del senado de la facultad, o suequivalente, y el presidente del cuerpo estudi antil de la universidad tambin sern miem bros.(d) JUNTA ESTATAL DE GOBERNADORES.La junta de gobernadores ser un organismoempresarial consistente de diecisiete miem bros. La junta deber operar, regular, controlar,y ser plenamente responsable por el manejo detodo el sistema universitario. Estas respons abilidades incluyen, sin limitacin, la definicinde la misin propia de cada universidad consti tuyente y su articulacin con escuelas gratuitaspblicas y centros de formacin profesional,asegurando la coordinacin, buena planifi cacin, y funcionamiento del sistema, y laevitacin de la duplicacin excesiva de instala ciones o programas. La direccin de la juntaestar sujeta a los poderes de la legislatura deasignar los gastos de los fondos, y la juntarendir cuentas sobre esos gastos conforme alo previsto por ley. El gobernador nombrar ala junta catorce ciudadanos dedicados a losfines del sistema universitario estatal. Losmiembros nombrados debern ser confirmadospor el Senado y servirn trminos escalonadosde siete aos como dispuesto por ley. El comi sionado de la educacin, el presidente del con sejo asesor del senado de la facultad, o suequivalente, y el presidente de la asociacin deestudiantes de la Florida, o su equivalente,sern tambin miembros de la junta.(e) TARIFAS. Cualquier propuesta o accin de una universidad constituyente para recaudar, imponer o autorizar cualquier tarifa, segn lo autoriza la ley, debe ser aprobada por al menos nueve votos afirmativos de los miembros del consejo directivo de la universidad consti tuyente, en caso de que la aprobacin de la junta directiva sea requerida por la ley general, y al menos doce votos afirmativos de los miem bros de la junta de gobernadores, en caso de que la ley general exija la aprobacin de la junta de gobernadores, para que entre en vi gencia. Una tarifa bajo esta subseccin no in cluir la matrcula. SECCI"N 8. Sistema De Colegios Estatales. — (a) PROP"SITOS. Con el fin de lograr la exce lencia y proporcionar acceso a la educacin universitaria a los estudiantes de este estado; de originar caminos articulados para un grado de bachillerato; de garantizar un compromiso superior con la enseanza y el aprendizaje; y de responder de manera rpida y eficiente a la demanda de las comunidades mediante la alin eacin de los certificados y programas de grado con las necesidades locales y regionales de la fuerza de trabajo, el pueblo de la Florida, en virtud de este acto, establece un sistema de gobierno para el sistema de colegios estatales de la Florida. (b) SISTEMA DE COLEGIOS ESTATALES. Habr un sistema de colegios estatales nico compuesto por todos los institutos de forma cin profesional y colegios estatales pblicos. Una junta directiva local deber gobernar cada institucin del sistema de colegios estatales y la junta de educacin del estado deber super visar el sistema de colegios estatales. (c) JUNTAS DIRECTIVAS LOCALES. Cada in stitucin del sistema de colegios estatales es tar gobernada por una junta directiva local dedicada a los propsitos del sistema de cole gios estatales. Un miembro de la junta directiva debe ser residente del rea en el cual el colegio preste sus servicios. Los poderes y deberes de las juntas directivas sern provistos por la ley. Cada miembro ser designado por el gober nador en trminos escalonados de 4 aos, su jeto a la confirmacin del Senado. (d) PAPEL DE LA JUNTA DE EDUCACI"N DEL ESTADO. La junta de educacin del es tado supervisar el sistema de colegios es tatales segn lo estipule la ley. ARTCULO X MISCELNEO Beneficios para los Sobrevivientes de Miem bros de Primeros Auxilios y Miembros Militares.—(a) La agencia empleadora pagar un beneficio por fallecimiento cuando un bombero; un paramdico; un tcnico mdico de emergencia; un polica, un oficial de correccional, un oficial de libertad condicional; o un miembro de la Guardia Nacional de Florida, mientras partici pan en el desempeo de sus deberes oficiales, sea: (1) Accidentalmente asesinado o reciba le siones corporales accidentales que resulten en la prdida de la vida de la persona, siempre que tal asesinato no sea el resultado de un sui cidio y que tal lesin corporal no sea auto in fligida intencionalmente; o (2) Muera o sea asesinado ilcita e intencional mente como resultado de tal acto ilcito e inten cional o sea asesinado durante el servicio activo. (b) Un beneficio por fallecimiento se pagar con fondos provenientes de los ingresos gen erales cuando un miembro en servicio activo de las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos sea: (1) Accidentalmente asesinado o reciba le siones corporales accidentales que resulten en la prdida de la vida de la persona, siempre que tal asesinato no sea el resultado de un sui cidio y que tal lesin corporal no sea autoin fligida intencionalmente; o (2) Muera o sea asesinado ilcita e intencional mente como resultado de tal acto ilcito e inten cional o sea asesinado durante el servicio activo. (c) Si un bombero; un paramdico; un tcnico mdico de emergencia; un polica, un oficial correccional u oficial de libertad condicional; o un miembro de servicio activo de la Guardia Nacional de la Florida o las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos es asesinado acciden talmente como se especifica en los prrafos (a)(1) y (b)(1) o asesinado ilcita e intencional mente segn lo especificado en los prrafos (a)(2) y (b)(2), el estado deber exonerar cier tos gastos educativos que el nio o el cnyuge del miembro de primeros auxilios o militar fall ecido incurra al obtener un certificado voca cional, una educacin de pregrado o una educacin de posgrado. (d) Un miembro de primeros auxilios elegible debe haber estado trabajando para el Estado de Florida o cualquiera de sus subdivisiones polticas o agencias en el momento de su muerte. Un miembro militar elegible debe haber sido residente de este estado o que su puesto de trabajo haya pertenecido al mismo en el mo mento de su muerte. (e) La legislatura implementar esta seccin por ley general. (f) Esta seccin entrar en vigencia el 1 de julio de 2019. N. 8 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO IX, SECCI"N 4, NUEVA SECCI"N ARTCULO XII, NUEVA SECCI"N TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Lmites y Deberes del Termino de la Junta Es colar; Escuelas Pblicas RESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Establece un lmite de mandato de ocho aos consecutivos para los miembros de la junta es colar y requiere que la legislatura provea fon dos para la promocin de la alfabetizacincvica en las escuelas pblicas. Actualmente,las juntas escolares del distrito tienen el deberconstitucional de operar, controlar y supervisartodas las escuelas pblicas. La enmiendamantiene los deberes de una junta escolar a las escuelas pblicas que establezca, pero per mite que el estado opere, controle y superviselas escuelas pblicas no establecidas por la junta escolar.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO IX EDUCACI"N SECCI"N 4. Distritos escolares; juntas esco lares. —(a) Cada condado constituir un distrito esco lar; sin embargo, dos o ms condados con tiguos, con el voto de los electores de cada condado conforme a ley, podrn ser combina dos en un distrito escolar. En cada distrito es colar habr una junta escolar compuesta decinco o ms miembros electos por el voto delos electores en una eleccin no-partidista,para mandatos de cuatro aos apropiadamente escalonados, segn lo dispuesto por ley. Una persona no puede aparecer en la boleta para la reeleccin a la oficina de la junta escolar si, para el final del mandato actual, la persona hu biese servido, o hubiese servido si no fuese por su renuncia, durante ocho aos consecutivos. (b) La junta escolar deber operar, controlar, y supervisar todas las escuelas gratuitas pbli cas establecidas por la junta escolar del distrito dentro del distrito escolar y deber determinarla tasa de impuestos del distrito escolar dentrode los lmites establecidos en este documento.Dos o ms distritos escolares podrn operar y financiar programas educativos comunes. SECCI"N. Alfabetizacin cvica. — Como la educacin es esencial para la preservacin de los derechos y las libertades de las personas, la legislatura deber proveer fondos por ley para la promocin de la alfabetizacin cvica con el fin de garantizar que los estudiantes ma triculados en la educacin pblica comprendan y estn preparados para ejercer sus derechos y responsabilidades como ciudadanos de una repblica constitucional. ARTCULO XII APNDICE Limitacin del mandato para los miembros de una junta escolar del distrito. Esta seccin y la enmienda a la Seccin 4 del Artculo IX que imponen lmites a los trminos de los mandatos de los miembros de la junta escolar del distrito entrarn en vigor en la fecha en que sean aprobadas por el electorado, pero ningn ser vicio en un mandato que comenz antes del 6 de noviembre de 2018, se contar en contra de la limitacin impuesta por esta enmienda. N. 9 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO II, SECCI"N 7 ARTICULO X, SECCI"N 20 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Prohibicin de la Perforacin de Petrleo y Gas en Alta Mar; Prohibicin del Fumado de Cigar rillos Electrnicos en Lugares de Trabajo Encerrados. RESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Prohbe la perforacin para la exploracin o ex traccin de petrleo y gas natural debajo detodas las aguas estatales entre la lnea de media alta y los lmites territoriales ms aleja dos del estado. Agrega, con excepciones, eluso de dispositivos electrnicos generadoresde vapor a la prohibicin actual de consumo de tabaco en lugares de trabajo encerrados; per mite ordenanzas locales de vapor ms restric tivas.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO II DISPOSICIONES GENERALES SECCI"N 7. Recursos naturales y belleza es cnica. — (a) Ser la poltica de este estado conservar y proteger sus recursos naturales y belleza es cnica. La ley establecer disposiciones ade cuadas para la reduccin de la contaminacin del aire y el agua y del ruido excesivo e innece sario y para la conservacin y proteccin de los recursos naturales.(b) Aquellos en el rea Agrcola de los Ever glades que causen contaminacin del agua dentro del rea de Proteccin de los Ever glades o el rea Agrcola de los Evergladessern los principales responsables de pagar loscostos de la reduccin de esa contaminacin. Para propsito de esta subseccin, los trmi nos “rea Agricultural de los Everglades” y“rea Protegida de los Everglades” tendrn la misma definicin como las definiciones con tenidas en las leyes en efecto el 1 de enero de 1996. (c) Para proteger a la poblacin de Florida y su entorno, la perforacin para exploracin o ex traccin de petrleo o gas natural est pro hibida en tierras debajo de todas las aguas estatales que no se hayan alienado y que se encuentren entre la lnea de media alta y los lmites exteriores de los mares territoriales del estado. Esta prohibicin no aplica al transporte de productos de petrleo y gas producidos fuera de dichas aguas. Esta subseccin es au toejecutable. ARTCULO X MISCELNEO SECCI"N 20. Lugares de trabajo sin humo o vapor de tabaco. — (a) PROHIBICI"N. Como una iniciativa de salud para proteger a las personas de los ries gos de salud del humo y del vapor de tabaco de segunda mano, el consumo de tabaco y el uso de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor estn prohibidos est prohibido en lu gares de trabajo encerrados dentro del estado de Florida. Esta seccin no excluye la adopcin de ordenanzas que impongan una regulacin ms restrictiva sobre el uso de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor que la pro porcionada en esta seccin. (b) EXCEPCIONES. Como se explica en lasdefiniciones siguientes, se puede permitir el consumo de tabaco y el uso de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor en residen cias privadas siempre que no se utilicen com ercialmente para proporcionar cuidado infantil,cuidado de adultos, atencin mdica, ocualquier combinacin de los mismos; y, adems, puede permitirse en tiendas minorisB12 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018

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tas de tabaco, minoristas de dispositivos elec trnicos generadores de vapor habitaciones designadas para fumadores en hoteles y otrosestablecimientos pblicos de alojamiento; y enbares independientes. Sin embargo, nada enesta seccin o en su legislacin de aplicacino reglamentos, le prohbe al propietario, arren datario u otra persona en el control de la uti lizacin de un lugar de trabajo encerrado elderecho de imponer prohibiciones o limita ciones ms estrictas con respecto a fumar o usar dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor en el lugar. (c) DEFINICIONES. A los fines de esta seccin,las siguientes palabras y trminos tendrn lossignificados indicados:(1) "Fumar" significa inhalar, exhalar, quemar,transportar o poseer cualquier producto detabaco encendido, incluidos cigarrillos, ha banos, tabaco para pipa y cualquier otro pro ducto de tabaco encendido.(2) "Humo de segunda mano", tambin cono cido como humo de tabaco ambiental (HTA),significa humo emitido por el tabaco encendido,humeante o en combustin cuando el fumadorno est inhalando; humo emitido en la boquilladurante el soplo; y humo exhalado por el fu mador.(3) "Trabajo" significa cualquier empleo o ser vicio de empleo provedo por una persona apeticin de otra persona o personas o decualquier entidad pblica o privada, ya seapago o no, ya sea a tiempo completo o parcial,ya sea legal o no. "Trabajo" incluye, sin limita ciones, cualquier servicio realizado por un em pleado, contratista independiente, agente,socio, propietario, gerente, funcionario, director,aprendiz, pasante, asociado, servidor, volun tario y similares.(4) “Lugar de trabajo encerrado" significacualquier lugar donde una o ms personas sedediquen al trabajo, cuyo espacio est predom inante o totalmente delimitado por barreras fsi cas en todos los lados y por encima,independientemente de si tales barreras con stituyen o incluyen aberturas descubiertas,aberturas parcialmente cubiertas o con pan tallas; ventanas abiertas o cerradas, persianas,puertas o similares. Esta seccin aplica a todoslos lugares de trabajo encerrados sin importarsi el trabajo se est produciendo en un mo mento dado.(5) El uso "Comercial" de una residencia pri vada significa cualquier perodo durante el cualel propietario, arrendatario u otra persona queocupe o controle el uso de la residencia privadaest suministrando o permitiendo que se sum inistre: cuidado de nios, cuidado de adultosmayores, atencin mdica, o cualquier combi nacin de los mismos en la residencia privada,y que reciba o espere recibir una compen sacin por ello.(6) “Tienda minorista de tabaco" significacualquier lugar de trabajo encerrado dedicadoprincipalmente a la venta al por menor detabaco, productos de tabaco y accesorios paratales productos, en el cual la venta de otrosproductos o servicios sea meramente inciden tal.(7) "Habitaciones designadas para fumadoresen establecimientos pblicos de alojamiento"significa los dormitorios y reas privadas direc tamente asociadas, tales como baos, salas deestar y reas de cocina, si las hay, alquiladasa huspedes para su ocupacin transitoria ex clusiva en establecimientos pblicos de alo jamiento, incluyendo hoteles, moteles,condominios de resorts, apartamentos transi torios, establecimientos de alojamiento transi torio, casas de hospedaje, pensiones,viviendas de complejos tursticos, posadas dealojamiento y desayuno y similares; que seandesignadas por la persona o personas quetienen autoridad de gestin sobre el establec imiento de alojamiento pblico como habita ciones en las que se permite fumar.(8) "Bar independiente" se refiere a un lugar denegocios dedicado, durante cualquier mo mento de su operacin, en mayor parte o total mente a servir bebidas alcohlicas, bebidasembriagantes, licores embriagantes, ocualquier combinacin de los mismos para suconsumo en las instalaciones autorizadas; enel cual el servicio de alimentos, si lo hay, esmeramente secundario al consumo de talesbebidas; y que no se encuentra dentro, ni com parte, cualquier entrada o rea interior comncon ningn otro lugar de trabajo encerrado queincluya cualquier negocio para el cual la ventade alimentos o cualquier otro producto o servi cio sea ms que una fuente incidental de ingre sos brutos.(9) "Dispositivo electrnico generador de vapor" significa cualquier producto que emplee un medio electrnico, qumico o mecnico capaz de producir vapor o aerosol a partir de un producto de nicotina o cualquier otra sus tancia, incluidos, entre otros, un cigarrillo elec trnico, cigarro electrnico, pipa electrnica u otro dispositivo o producto similar, cualquier cartucho de recambio para dicho dispositivo y cualquier otro recipiente de una solucin u otra sustancia destinada a ser utilizada con o dentro de un cigarrillo electrnico, cigarro electrnico, pipa electrnica u otro dispositivo o producto similar. (10) “Minorista de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor" se refiere a cualquier lugar de trabajo encerrado dedicado principal mente a la venta al por menor de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor, y compo nentes y accesorios para tales productos, en el que la venta de otros productos o servicios sea meramente incidental. (d) LEGISLACI"N. En la prxima sesin leg islativa regular que se produzca despus de laaprobacin de esta seccin o cualquier en mienda a esta seccin enmienda por parte de los votantes, la Legislatura de Florida aprobarlegislacin para implementar esta seccin y cualquier enmienda a esta seccin enmienda de una manera consistente con su objetivogeneral y trminos establecidos, y con unafecha de vigencia a ms tardar del 1 de julio delao siguiente de la aprobacin de los votantes.Dicha legislacin deber incluir, sin limita ciones, sanciones civiles por violaciones deesta seccin; disposiciones para la aplicacinde medidas administrativas; y el requisito y au torizacin de las reglas de la agencia para suimplementacin y cumplimiento. Esta seccin no Nada de lo contenido le prohbe a la Legis latura promulgar una ley que constituya o quepermita una regulacin ms restrictiva sobre elconsumo de tabaco y el uso de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor que la pro porcionada en esta seccin. N. 10 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO III, SECCI"N 3 ARTCULO IV, SECCIONES 4 Y 11 ARTCULO VIII, SECCIONES 1 Y 6 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Estructura y Operacin del Gobierno Estatal yLocalRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Requiere legislatura para conservar el Depar tamento de Asuntos de Veteranos. Asegura laeleccin de alguaciles, tasadores depropiedad, supervisores de elecciones, recau dadores de impuestos y secretarios de tribunalen todos los condados; elimina la capacidad delos estatutos del condado para abolir, cambiarel mandato, transferir deberes o eliminar laeleccin de estas oficinas. Cambia la fecha deinicio de la sesin legislativa anual en los aospares de marzo a enero; elimina la autorizacinde la legislatura para fijar otra fecha. Crea unaoficina de seguridad nacional y contraterror ismo dentro del departamento de aplicacin dela ley.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO III LEGISLATURA SECCI"N 3. Sesiones de la legislatura. —(a) SESIONES DE ORGANIZACI"N. En eldecimocuarto da despus de cada eleccingeneral, la Legislatura se convocar en sesincon el propsito exclusivo de la organizacin yseleccin de oficiales.(b) SESIONES REGULARES. Una sesin reg ular de la legislatura se convocar el primermartes despus del primer lunes de marzo decada ao impar, y en el segundo primer martesdespus del primer lunes de enero marzo, o en cualquier otra fecha que pueda ser fijada por ley, de cada ao par. (c) SESIONES ESPECIALES.(1) El gobernador, mediante una proclamacinque declare el propsito, podr convocar a lalegislatura en sesin especial, durante la cualslo se tratar actividad legislativa que sea rel evante a la proclamacin, o a una comuni cacin del gobernador, o que se introduzca conel consentimiento de dos tercios de los miem bros de cada cmara.(2) Una sesin especial de la legislatura podrser convocada segn sea dispuesto por ley.(d) DURACI"N DE LAS SESIONES. Unasesin regular de la legislatura no podr durarms de sesenta das consecutivos, y unasesin especial no durar ms de veinte dasconsecutivos, a menos de que sea extendidams all de ese lmite por un voto de tres quin tas partes de cada cmara. Durante dicha ex tensin ningn asunto nuevo podr ser tratadoen ninguna de las cmaras sin el consen timiento de dos tercios de sus miembros. (e) POSTERGACI"N. Ninguna de las cmaraspodr postergarse por ms de setenta y doshoras consecutivas, a menos que sea en virtudde una resolucin concurrente.(f) POSTERGACI"N POR EL GOBERNADOR.Si durante alguna sesin regular o especial lasdos cmaras no pueden acordar sobre eltiempo de postergacin, el gobernador podrpostergar la sesin sine die o a cualquier fechadurante el perodo autorizado para esas se siones, siempre y cuando, por lo menos vein ticuatro horas antes de postergar la sesin ymientras ninguna cmara est en receso, cadacmara reciba aviso formal y por escrito de laintencin del gobernador. Un acuerdo alcan zado por ambas cmaras acerca del momentode postergacin durante ese perodo deberprevalecer. ARTCULO IV EJECUTIVO SECCI"N 4. Gabinete. —(a) Existir un gabinete compuesto de un fiscalgeneral, un jefe financiero, y un comisionadode agricultura. En adicin a los poderes y de beres especificados aqu, podrn ejercer talespoderes y desempear tales deberes comopueda ser provisto por ley. En caso de unavotacin empate entre el gobernador y el gabi nete, el lado en cul el gobernador vot a favorse considerar prevaleciente. (b) El fiscal general deber ser el jefe legal es tatal. Ser creada en la oficina del fiscal gen eral la posicin de fiscal del estado. El fiscal delestado tendr jurisdiccin concurrente con losabogados del estado para procesar la violacinde leyes criminales que han o hayan ocurridoen dos o ms circuitos judiciales como parte deuna transaccin relacionada, o cuandocualquier tal delito est afectando o haya afec tado a dos o ms circuitos judiciales tal y comoprovisto por ley general. El fiscal del estadoser nombrado por el fiscal general de entre nomenos de tres personas nominadas por lacomisin de nominaciones judiciales para laCorte Suprema, o como sea provisto por leygeneral.(c) El director de finanzas servir como el prin cipal funcionario financiero del estado, saldary aprobar cuentas debidas por el estado, y al macenar todos los fondos y valores del es tado.(d) El comisionado de agricultura tendr super visin sobre asuntos relacionados con la agri cultura excepto cuando sea provisto de locontrario por ley.(e) El gobernador como presidente, el directorde finanzas, y el fiscal general constituirn lajunta estatal de administracin, la cual asumirtodo el poder, control, y autoridad de la juntaestatal de administracin establecida por elArtculo IX, Seccin 16 de la Constitucin de1885, y la cual continuar como entidad por lomenos durante la vida del Artculo XII, Seccin9(c).El gobernador como presidente, el director definanzas, el fiscal general, y el comisionado deagricultura constituirn los administradoresfiduciarios del fideicomiso de mejora internay del fideicomiso de adquisicin de tierrascomo provisto por ley.(g) El gobernador como presidente, el directorde finanzas, el fiscal general, y el comisionadode agricultura constituyen la directiva de agen cia del Departamento de Investigaciones Crim inales. La Oficina de Seguridad Domstica y Contraterrorismo se crea dentro del Departa mento de Aplicacin de la Ley. La Oficina de Seguridad Domstica y Contraterrorismo pro porcionar apoyo a los fiscales y agencias de aplicacin de la ley federal, estatal y local que investiguen o analicen informacin relacionada con intentos y actos de terrorismo o que san cionen el terrorismo, y realizar cualquier otro cometido que establezca la ley. SECCI"N 11. Departamento de Asuntos Vet eranos de Veteranos La legislatura, por ley general, deber organizar podr organizar la creacin de un Departamento de Asuntos Vet eranos de Veteranos y prescribir sus deberes La directiva del departamento son el gober nador y el gabinete. ARTCULO VIII GOBIERNO LOCAL SECCI"N 1. Condados. —(a) SUBDIVISIONES POLTICAS. El estado sedividir, por ley, en subdivisiones polticas lla madas condados. Los Condados podrn sercreados, abolidos o cambiados por ley, conprovisiones para el pago o reparticin de ladeuda pblica.(b) FONDOS DEL CONDADO. El cuidado, cus todia y mtodo de distribuir los fondos del con dado ser provisto por ley general.(c) GOBIERNO. Mediante ley general o espe cial, un gobierno del condado podr ser es tablecido por carta orgnica la cual seadoptar, enmendar, o revocar solo con elvoto de los electores del condado en una elec cin especial convocada para ese propsito.(d) OFICIALES DEL CONDADO. Sern electospor los electores de cada condado, por trmi nos de cuatro aos, un alguacil, un recaudadorde impuestos, un tasador de propiedades, unsupervisor de elecciones, y un secretario de lacorte de circuito; excepto que, cuando lo disponga la carta orgnica o una ley especial aprobada por el voto de los electores del con dado, cualquier funcionario del condado puede ser elegido de otra manera que est especifi cada en ella, o cualquier oficina del condado puede ser abolida cuando todos los deberes de la oficina prescritos por ley general sean trans feridos a otra oficina A menos que Cuando no por ley especial aprobada por la carta orgnica o voto de los electores o de conformidad con el Artculo V, Seccin 16 disponga lo contrario, el secretario de la corte de circuito ser secre tario ex oficio de la junta de comisionados delcondado, auditor, registrador y custodio detodos los fondos del condado. Sin perjuicio de la subseccin 6(e) de este artculo, la carta del condado no puede abolir la oficina de un al guacil, un recaudador de impuestos, un tasador de propiedades, un supervisor de elecciones o un secretario del tribunal de circuito; transferir los deberes de esos oficiales a otro oficial u oficina; cambiar la duracin del mandato de cu atro aos; o establecer cualquier forma de se leccin que no sea por eleccin de los electores del condado. (e) COMISIONADOS. Excepto cuando seaprevisto de otra manera por la carta orgnicadel condado, el cuerpo gobernante de cadacondado ser una junta de comisionados delcondado compuesto de cinco o siete miembrossirviendo trminos escalonados de cuatroaos. Despus de cada censo decenal elcuerpo de comisionados del condado dividirel condado en distritos de territorio contiguos loms iguales en poblacin posible. Un comision ado residiendo en cada distrito ser electocomo previsto por ley.(f) GOBIERNO SIN CARTA ORGNICA Con dados que no operen bajo cartas orgnicastendrn tal poder de autogobierno como seaprevisto por ley general o especial. La junta decomisionados de un condado sin cartaorgnica podr promulgar, en manera prescritapor ley general, ordenanzas de condado queno sean inconsistentes con ley general o espe cial, pero una ordenanza en conflicto con unaordenanza municipal no ser vlida dentro delmunicipio en medida de tal conflicto.(g) GOBIERNO DE CARTA ORGNICA Con dados actuando bajo cartas orgnicas de con dados tendrn todos los poderes deautogobierno local que no sean inconsistentescon ley general, o con ley especial aprobadapor voto de los electores. El cuerpo gobernantede un condado actuando bajo una cartaorgnica podr promulgar ordenanzas del con dado no inconsistentes con ley general. Lacarta orgnica proporcionar aquello que debaprevalecer en caso de conflicto entre ordenan zas del condado y ordenanzas municipales.(h) IMPUESTOS; LIMITACIONES. Propiedadsituada dentro de municipios no ser sujeta aimpuestos por servicios provistos por el con dado exclusivamente para beneficio de lapropiedad o de los residentes en reas no in corporadas.(i) ORDENANZAS DEL CONDADO. Cada or denanza del condado se archivar con el cus todio de los registros estatales y entrar envigor a tal tiempo de all en adelante como seaprevisto por ley general.(j) VIOLACI"N DE ORDENANZAS. Personasque violen las ordenanzas del condado sernprocesadas y castigadas segn lo dispuestopor la ley.(k) SEDE DEL CONDADO. En cada condadohabr una sede del condado donde estarn lo calizadas las oficinas principales y registrospermanentes de todos los oficiales del con dado. La sede del condado no podr sermovida excepto sea previsto por ley general.Oficinas sucursales para conducir asuntos delcondado podrn ser establecidas en otraspartes del condado por resolucin del cuerpogobernante en la manera prescrita por ley.Ningn instrumento se considerar registradohasta que sea archivado en la sede del con dado, o en una oficina sucursal designada porel cuerpo gobernante del condado para el reg istro de instrumentos de acuerdo con la ley.SECCI"N 6. Anexo al Artculo VIII. —(a) Este artculo remplazar todo el Artculo VIIIde la Constitucin de 1885, como fue enmen dada, excepto aquellas secciones retenidas ex presamente y hechas parte de este artculo porreferencia. (b) CONDADOS; SEDE DE CONDADO; MU NICIPIOS; DISTRITOS. El estado de los sigu ientes puntos, tal y como existan en la fecha enque este artculo tome efecto, es reconocido yser prolongado hasta que se cambie deacuerdo con la ley: los condados del estado; sucondicin con respecto a la legalidad de laventa de licores intoxicantes, vinos y cervezas;el mtodo de seleccin de los oficiales del con dado; el desempeo de funciones municipalespor oficiales del condado; las sedes de los con dados; los municipios y distritos especiales delestado, sus poderes, jurisdiccin y gobierno.(c) OFICIALES A CONTINUAR EN ELCARGO. Toda persona que ocupe un cargocuando este artculo tome efecto continuar enel cargo por el resto de su trmino si dichocargo no es abolido. Si el cargo es abolido, altitular del cargo le ser pagada una compen sacin adecuada, la cual ser fijada por ley, porla prdida de emolumentos del resto del tr mino.(d) ORDENANZAS. Las leyes locales rela cionadas solamente con reas no incorporadasdel condado que estn en existencia en lafecha en que este artculo tome efecto podrnser enmendadas o derogadas por ordenanzadel condado.(e) CONSOLIDACI"N Y AUTONOMA DELGOBIERNO LOCAL. El Articulo VIII, Secciones9, 10, 11 y 24, de la Constitucin de 1885,segn enmendada, permanecer en plena vi gencia y efecto en cuanto a cada condadoafectado, como si este artculo nunca hubierasido adoptado, hasta que aquel condadoadopte expresamente una carta orgnica oplan de autonoma gubernamental medianteeste artculo. Todas las provisiones de “LaCarta Orgnica de Autonoma Gubernamentaldel Condado de Dade,” adoptadas hasta ahorao de aqu en adelante por los electores delCondado de Dade, en conformidad con el Ar ticulo VIII, Seccin 11, de la Constitucin de1885, segn enmendada, sern vlidas, ycualquier enmienda a tal carta orgnica servlida; siempre y cuando dichas provisiones dela carta orgnica y dichas enmiendas a lamisma sean autorizadas bajo dicho ArtculoVIII, Seccin 11, de la Constitucin de 1885,segn enmendada.(f) CONDADO DE DADE; PODERES CON FERIDOS SOBRE MUNICIPIOS. En la medidaen que no sea inconsistente con los poderesde municipios existentes o ley general, El Go bierno Metropolitano del Condado de Dadepodr ejercer todos los poderes conferidosahora o de aqu en adelante por ley general alos municipios.(g) SELECCI"N Y OBLIGACIONES DE LOS OFICIALES DEL CONDADO. — (1) Salvo lo dispuesto en esta subseccin, la enmienda a la Seccin 1 de este artculo, rela cionada con la seleccin y obligaciones de los funcionarios del condado, entrar en vigencia el 5 de enero de 2021, pero regir con respecto a la calificacin y la celebracin de las elec ciones primarias y generales para oficiales con stitucionales del condado en 2020. (2) Para el Condado de Miami-Dade y el Con dado de Broward, la enmienda a la Seccin 1 de este artculo, relacionada con la seleccin y obligaciones de los oficiales del condado, en trar en vigencia el 7 de enero de 2025, pero regir con respecto a la calificacin y la cele bracin de las elecciones primarias y generales para oficiales constitucionales del condado en 2024. (h) (g) SUPRESI"N DE ARTCULOS OBSOLE TOS DEL APNDICE. La legislatura tendr elpoder, a travs de resolucin conjunta, de bor rar de este artculo cualquier subseccin deesta Seccin 6, incluyendo esta subseccin,cuando todos los eventos a los cuales la sub seccin que ser borrada es o podra ser aplic able hayan ocurrido. Una determinacinlegislativa hecha como base para la aplicacinde esta subseccin deber ser sujeta a revisinjudicial. N. 11 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO I, SECCI"N 2 ARTICULO X, SECCIONES 9 Y 19 TITULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Derechos de Propiedad; Eliminacin de la Dis posicin Obsoleta; Estatutos CriminalesRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N: Elimina el lenguaje discriminatorio relacionadocon los derechos de propiedades determi nadas. Elimina el lenguaje obsoleto derogadopor los votantes. Elimina la disposicin de quela enmienda de un estatuto penal no afectarel enjuiciamiento o las sanciones para un delitocometido antes de la enmienda; retiene la dis posicin actual que permite el enjuiciamientode un delito cometido antes de la derogacinde un estatuto penal.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO I DECLARACI"N DE DERECHOS SECCI"N 2. Derechos bsicos.—Todas laspersonas naturales, tanto mujeres como hom bres, son iguales ante la ley y tienen derechosinalienables, entre los que se encuentran elderecho a disfrutar y a defender la vida y la lib ertad, a buscar la felicidad, a ser recompensa dos por la industria y a adquirir, poseer yproteger propiedad ; excepto que la posesin, la herencia, la disposicin y la posesin de propiedades determinadas por parte de extran jeros no elegibles para la ciudadana puede estar regulada o prohibida por la ley Ninguna persona ser privada de ningn derecho de bido a su raza, religin, origen nacional o dis capacidad fsica. ARTCULO X MISCELNEO SECCI"N 9. Derogacin de los estatutos pe nales. —La derogacin o enmienda de una ley penal no afectar el enjuiciamiento o castigo por cualquier delito cometido previamente antes de dicha derogacin. SECCI"N 19. Derogada Sistema de transporte terrestre de alta velocidad. —Para reducir la congestin del trfico y proporcionar alternati vas al pblico que viaja, se declara de inters pblico que un sistema de transporte terrestre de alta velocidad compuesto por un monorral, lnea ferroviaria o sistema de levitacin mag ntica, capaz de alcanzar velocidades superi ores a 120 millas por hora, sea desarrollado y operado en el Estado de Florida con el fin de proporcionar transporte terrestre de alta veloci dad mediante tecnologas innovadoras, efi cientes y efectivas que incorporen rieles o carriles separados del trfico de vehculos au tomotores y enlacen las cinco reas urbanas ms grandes del Estado segn lo determinado por la Legislatura, y de proporcionar acceso a las instalaciones y servicios de transporte ter restre y areo ya existentes. Se ordena a la Legislatura, al Gabinete y al Gobernador a pro ceder con el desarrollo de dicho sistema por parte del Estado y/o de una entidad privada en conformidad con la aprobacin y autorizacin del Estado, incluida la adquisicin de los dere chos de va, el financiamiento del diseo y la construccin de este sistema, y la operacin del sistema, como provisto por apropiacin es pecfica y por ley, con la construccin para comenzar el da 1 de noviembre de 2003 o antes de esa fecha. N. 12 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO II, SECCI"N 8 ARTCULO V, SECCI"N 13 ARTCULO XII, NUEVA SECCI"N TITULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Cabildeo y Abuso de Poder por parte de Fun cionarios PblicosRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N: Expande las restricciones actuales sobre el ca bildeo para obtener compensacin por parte deex funcionarios pblicos; crea restricciones alcabildeo por compensacin para funcionariospblicos en servicio y ex magistrados y jueces;proporciona excepciones; prohbe el abuso deun cargo pblico por parte de funcionariospblicos y empleados para obtener un benefi cio personal.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO II PROVISIONES GENERALES SECCI"N 8. tica en el gobierno. – Una oficinapblica constituye un fondo pblico. El pueblotiene el derecho de proteger y sostener esefondo contra el abuso. Para asegurar estederecho:(a) Todo funcionario constitucional electo, loscandidatos para tales cargos, y otros funcionar ios pblicos, candidatos, y empleados, debernpresentar pblica y completamente las revela ciones de sus intereses financieros cuando seadispuesto por ley.(b) Todos los funcionarios pblicos electos ycandidatos para tales cargos debern presen tar pblica y completamente las revelacionesde las finanzas de sus campaas.(c) Cualquier funcionario pblico o empleadoque viole el fondo pblico para obtener benefi cios privados y cualquier persona o entidad queinduzca tal infraccin deber responder al es tado por todos los beneficios econmicos obtenidos por sus acciones. El modo de recu peracin y daos adicionales pueden ser pre vistos por ley.(d) Cualquier funcionario pblico o empleadoque haya sido condenado por un delito gravepor violar el fondo publico estar sujeto aperder sus derechos y privilegios bajo el sis tema de retiro pblico o plan de pensin en lamanera en que pueda ser provisto por ley.(e) Ningn miembro de la legislatura u oficialestatal electo podr representar bajo pago aotra persona o entidad ante una agencia ocuerpo gubernamental del cual el individuo fuefuncionario o miembro por un periodo de dosaos despus de vacar su cargo. Ningnmiembro de la legislatura personalmente rep resentar bajo pago a otra persona o entidaddurante el plazo de su cargo ante cualquieragencia estatal que no sea un tribunal judicial.Restricciones similares contra otros funcionar ios pblicos o empleados podrn ser estable cidas por ley.(f) (1) Para los fines de esta subseccin, el tr mino "funcionario pblico" significa un fun cionario electo estatal, un miembro de la legislatura, un comisionado del condado, un funcionario del condado de conformidad con el Artculo VIII o con el estatuto del condado, un miembro de la junta escolar, un superinten dente de escuelas, un funcionario municipal electo, un oficial de distrito especial elegido en un distrito especial con autoridad tributaria ad valorem, o una persona que sirva como secre taria, directora ejecutiva u otra agencia jefe de departamento de la rama ejecutiva del gob ierno del estado. (2) Un funcionario pblico no cabildear para obtener compensacin sobre asuntos de poltica, asignaciones o adquisiciones ante el gobierno federal, la legislatura, cualquier agen cia u organismo del gobierno estatal o cualquier subdivisin poltica de este estado, durante su mandato. (3) Un funcionario pblico no cabildear para que se le pague una indemnizacin en asuntos de polticas, asignaciones o adquisiciones du rante un perodo de seis aos despus de que su cargo pblico sea vacante, como se indica a continuacin: a. Un funcionario electo a nivel estatal o un miembro de la legislatura no cabildear a la legislatura ni a ningn organismo o agencia del gobierno estatal. b. Una persona que se desempee como sec retaria, directora ejecutiva u otro jefe de agen cia de departamento de la rama ejecutiva del gobierno estatal no cabildear a la legislatura, al gobernador, a la oficina ejecutiva del gober nador, a los miembros del gabinete, a ningn departamento que sea encabezado por un miembro del gabinete, o a su departamento an terior. c. Un comisionado del condado, un funcionario del condado de conformidad con el Artculo VIII o el estatuto del condado, un miembro del con sejo escolar, un superintendente de escuelas, un funcionario municipal electo o un funcionario del distrito especial elegido en un distrito espe cial con autoridad tributaria ad valorem no ca bildear a su antigua agencia u organismo de gobierno. (4) Esta subseccin no se interpretar como que prohbe a un funcionario pblico llevar a cabo los deberes de su cargo pblico. (5) La legislatura podr promulgar legislacin para implementar esta subseccin, que in cluya, entre otras cosas, la definicin de trmi nos y la imposicin de sanciones por violaciones. Dicha ley no deber contener dis posiciones sobre ningn otro tema. (g)(f) Habr una comisin independiente para conducir investigaciones y hacer reportes pbli cos sobre todas las denuncias concernientes ainfracciones contra el fondo pblico por fun cionarios pblicos o empleados no dentro de lajurisdiccin de la comisin de calificaciones ju diciales.(h)(1) (g) Un Cdigo de tica para todos los em pleados estatales y funcionarios no judicialesque prohba conflicto entre cargos pblicos eintereses privados ser previsto por ley.(2) Un funcionario o empleado pblico no de ber abusar de su posicin pblica para obtener un beneficio desproporcionado para s mismo; su cnyuge, hijos o empleador; o para cualquier negocio con el que contrate; en el que l o ella sea un oficial, un socio, un director o un propietario; o en el que posea algn in ters. La Comisin de tica de Florida deber, por norma de conformidad con los proced imientos legales que rigen la reglamentacin administrativa, definir el trmino "beneficio de sproporcionado" y prescribir la intencin re querida para encontrar una violacin de esta prohibicin a los efectos de hacer cumplir este prrafo. Las penalizaciones apropiadas sern prescritas por ley.(i)(h) Esta seccin no se interpretar para limi tar revelaciones y prohibiciones que puedanser establecidas para preservar el bien pblicoy evitar conflictos entre las funciones pblicasy los intereses privados.(j)(i) Apndice. —En la fecha en que esta en mienda sea efectiva y hasta que sea cambiadapor ley:(1) La revelacin pblica y completa de intere ses financieros significar presentar con el cus todio de los registros estatales antes del 1 dejulio de cada ao una declaracin juradamostrando el patrimonio completo e identifi cando cada activo y deuda de ms de $1000 ysu valor junto con uno de los siguientes:a. Una copia de la declaracin federal de im puestos sobre ingresos ms reciente de la per sona; ob. Una declaracin jurada que identifique cadafuente y cantidad de ingreso que supere los$1000. Los formularios para tal declaracin ylas reglas bajo las cuales sern archivadossern prescritos por la comisin independienteestablecida en subseccin (g) (f) y tales reglas incluirn la declaracin de fuentes secundariasde ingresos.(2) Personas ocupando cargos estatales elec tos tambin debern presentar revelaciones desus intereses financieros de acuerdo con el prrafo (1) la subseccin (i)(1) (3) La comisin independiente establecida ensubseccin (g) (f) ser la Comisin de tica de la Florida. ARTCULO V PODER JUDICIAL SECCI"N 13 tica en el Poder Judicial. Activi dades Prohibidas — Todos los jueces se dedicarn a tiempo com pleto a sus funciones judiciales. Un magistrado o juez Estos no podr participar en el ejercicio de la abogaca o desempear cargos enningn partido poltico.(b) Un ex magistrado o ex juez no cabildear para obtener compensacin sobre asuntos de poltica, asignaciones o adquisiciones ante las ramas legislativas o ejecutivas del gobierno es tatal por un perodo de seis aos despus de que l o ella desocupe su puesto judicial. La legislatura puede promulgar legislacin para implementar esta subseccin, que incluya, entre otros, la definicin de trminos y la im posicin de sanciones por violaciones. Dicha ley no deber contener disposiciones sobre ningn otro tema. ARTCULO XII APNDICE Prohibiciones respecto al cabildeo por compen sacin y contra el abuso de la posicin pblica por parte de funcionarios y empleados pbli cos. —Las enmiendas a la Seccin 8 del Artculo II y a la Seccin 13 del Artculo V en trarn en vigencia el 31 de diciembre de 2022; excepto las enmiendas a la Seccin 8 (h) del Artculo II que entrarn en vigencia el 31 de di ciembre de 2020, y: (a) La Comisin de tica de Florida definir, por regla, el trmino "beneficio desproporcionado" y prescribir la intencin requerida para encon trar una violacin de la prohibicin contra el abuso de la posicin pblica antes del 1 de oc tubre de 2019, como se especifica en la Sec cin 8 (h) del Artculo II. (b) Luego de la adopcin de las reglas de con formidad con la subseccin (a), la legislatura deber promulgar una legislacin de imple mentacin que establezca sanciones por viola ciones a la prohibicin contra el abuso de la posicin pblica a partir del 31 de diciembre de 2020. N. 13 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO X, NUEVA SECCI"N ARTCULO XII, NUEVA SECCI"N TITULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Fin a las Carreras CaninasRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N: Elimina progresivamente las carreras caninascomerciales relacionadas con apuestas para el2020. Otras actividades de juego no se venafectadas.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO X MISCELNEO Prohibicin de competir y apostar con galgos u otros perros. El trato humano a los animales es un valor fundamental de las personas del es tado de Florida. Despus del 31 de diciembre de 2020, una persona autorizada para llevar a cabo operaciones de juego o apuestas mutuas no podr competir con galgos o ningn otro miembro de la subespecie Canis Familiaris en cualquier apuesta por dinero u otros objetos de valor en este estado, y las personas en este es tado no podrn apostar dinero o cualquier otra cosa de valor al resultado de una carrera can ina que se produzca en el estado. La no real izacin de carreras o apuestas en carreras de galgos despus del 31 de diciembre de 2018 no constituye motivo para revocar o denegar la renovacin de otras licencias de juego rela cionadas que posea una persona con licencia autorizada para carreras de galgos el 1 de enero de 2018, y no afectar la elegibilidad de dicha persona autorizada, o de las instala ciones de dicha persona para llevar a cabo otras actividades de apuestas mutuas autor izadas por la ley general. Por ley general, la legislatura deber especificar sanciones civiles o penales por infracciones de esta seccin y por actividades que ayuden o contribuyan a in fringir esta seccin. ARTCULO XII APNDICE Prohibicin de competir o apostar con galgos u otros perros.La enmienda al Artculo X, que prohbe competir o apostar con galgos y otros perros, y la creacin de esta seccin, entrarn en vigencia con la aprobacin de los electores. 9:27c ______________________________ 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 Pare-des; Unknown Spouse of Al-berto Perez Defendant(s). _____________________________/ NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to order reschedulingforeclosure sale or Final Judg ment, entered in Civil Case No.25-2018-CA-000245 of the Cir cuit Court of the 10th JudicialCircuit in and for HardeeCounty, Florida, wherein Sun Trust Bank, Plaintiff and AnaParedes are defendant(s), I,Clerk of Court, Victoria L.Rogers, will sell to the highestand best bidder for cashHARDEE COUNTY COURT HOUSE, 417 W. MAIN STREET,2nd FLOOR HALLWAY OUTSIDEOF ROOM 202, WAUCHULA,FLORIDA, 33873 AT 11:00 A.M.on October 3, 2018, the follow ing described property as setforth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 22, TOWN CREEKRANCH, ACCORDING TOTHE PLAT THEREOFRECORDED IN PLATBAR B-47, PAGES 2 AND3, PUBLIC RECORDS OFHARDEE COUNTY,FLORIDA.ANY PERSON CLAIMINGAN INTEREST IN THESURPLUS FROM THESALE, IF ANY, OTHERTHAN THE PROPERTYOWNER AS OF THEDATE OF THE LIS PEN DENS MUST FILE ACLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYSAFTER THE SALE. IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH ADISABILITY WHO NEEDS ANYACCOMMODATION IN ORDERTO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRO CEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED,AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THEPROVISION OF CERTAIN AS SISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACTTHE COURT ADMINISTRATION,(863)-534-4488 WITHIN 2WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RE CEIPT OF THIS NOTICE. IF YOUARE HEARING OR VOICE IM PAIRED, CALL TDD (863) 534-7777 OR FLORIDA RELAYSERVICE 1-800-955-8770. Victoria L. Rogers CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Hardee County, Florida By: Connie Coker Deputy Clerk of Court 9:20,27c ______________________________ Notices If YouSeeSomethingSaySomething Report Suspicious Activity 1 (855) Fla Safe 1(855)3527233 September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B13

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B14 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018 By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern A $3,000 donation from the town of Zolfo Springs will behelping Cutting Edge Min istries, a local non-profit or ganization, as it works toprovide food and basic-needproducts to those in need inHardee County. The decision to give the one-time donation was madelast month at the regular com mission meeting, where the or ganization’s director, PastorWendell G. Smith, presentedthe group’s request. Cutting Edge Ministries will use the money to buyabout 60 feet of palette racksto store food in the group’snew building, the Joseph StoreHouse. The building is namedafter the story of Joseph inGenesis. The Joseph Store House is Cutting Edge Ministries’ sec ond building, and is locatednext to its distribution center.The non-profit has been work ing on the new building sinceDecember. It will be a pre-distribution storage center. Smith ex plained that it won’t be able tohold all of the food they han dle, but having enough foodfor each day on-site will make food-distribution easier foreveryone involved. Cutting Edge Ministries re ports that it helps about 325-350 families each week. Theministry started operating inHardee County after HurricaneCharley came through in 2004,Smith says. He says the ministry wants to help families dealing withfood insecurity. FeedingAmerica says, “Food insecu rity describes a household’s in ability to provide enough foodfor every person to live an ac tive, healthy life.” “We make sure they don’t go hungry,” Smith says. Anyone in Hardee County who is in need can come to thegroup’s distribution center at3059 Elm St. in Zolfo Springsonce a week. The center isopen Tuesdays and Fridaysfrom 10 a.m. to noon and from1 to 3 p.m. While there are no financial requirements for a family toget food, they do need to meetcertain requirements to receiveproducts donated by the U.S.Department of Agriculture. Smith says they don’t turn anyone away. Besides helping families in the community, Cutting EdgeMinistries also gives fresh bread and extra products tolocal groups like Caring Peo ple Ministries, Lydia’s House,Hannah’s House andResthaven. They also give excess prod ucts to churches in the county. The new Joseph Store House will hold about 35-40palettes of food. Smith saysthe group usually gets onesemi-load each month fromOperation Blessing Interna tional, which fills 26 palettesand weighs about 33,000pounds. To fund itself, Cutting Edge Ministries accepts monthly fi nancial support from commu nity members. The non-profitis also currently accepting do nations to help fund a walk-inrefrigerator and a walk-infreezer. Smith says they’re also looking for volunteer truckdrivers, but anyone who vol unteers will need to bescreened and vetted by him. The ministry also needs funding to cover transportationcosts since they get food fromas far as Boca Raton, Smithnotes. Anyone interesting in do nating to Cutting Edge Min istries can do so on its website,cedgemin.com Town Of Zolfo Springs Helps Support Food Bank PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Cutting Edge Ministries has been working on getting the new Joseph Store House ready since December. The Joseph Store House is next to the entrance of the distribution center, which will make food distribution easier for volunteers. Cutting Edge Ministries can always use financial donations to help cover the costof transporting food. The new Joseph Store House will soon have enough storage racks to hold about 11/2 semi-loads of food. 9:27c ON THE MOVE COURTESY PHOTO Second graders at Zolfo Springs Elementary Schoolwere challenged with the problem of making a toy carmove using only a balloon – no pushing! Here, theyoung engineers are demonstrating the designprocess they created. • It was Democratic gover nor and presidential hopefulAdlai Stevenson who madethe following sage observa tion: "A free society is a placewhere it's safe to be unpopu lar." • Statistics show that for every 71,000 skydiving jumpsmade, there is only one fatal ity. That might not seem sur prising until you put it incontext: You have a one in20,000 chance of dying from aregular fall right here on solidground. • A.A. Milne, the British author best known for his chil dren's books about Winnie thePooh, had a teacher and men tor you might not expect: H.G.Wells, one of the acknowl edged fathers of science fic tion and author of such novelsas "The War of the Worlds,""The Invisible Man" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau." • Here's a smart idea: Some fitness centers are now usingthe energy clients expend onits exercise bikes to helppower the building's lighting. • According to not one, but two studies conducted on thesubject, those who have a ringfinger that is longer than theirindex finger tend to be betterathletes. • If you drive a white auto mobile, you have a lot of com pany. There are more whitecars in the United States thanany other color. *** Thought for the Day: "The significant problems weface cannot be solved at thesame level of thinking wewere at when we createdthem." —Albert Einstein (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Strange But True By Samantha Weaver

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September 27, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B15 8:16-9:27c FLORIDA PACE FUNDING AGENCY NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS The Board of Directors (the "Board") of the Florida PACE Funding Agency, a publicbody 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 usethe uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assess ments 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 statewideprovision of funding and financing to construct or pay for energy conservation andefficiency 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 ownermay apply to the Agency for funding and financing of a Qualifying Improvement. Thenon-ad valorem assessments contemplated by this notice are voluntary and are onlyimposed by the Agency with the prior written consent authorized by or on behalf ofaffected property owners who determine to obtain financing for Qualifying Improve ments from the Agency. The Agency is authorized by law to fund and finance Quali fying Improvements and is required to annually collect repayment by non-ad valoremassessments. The Board will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use theuniform 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, atthe River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization Executive Conference Room,2570 W International Speedway Boulevard, Suite 100, Daytona Beach, Florida. Suchresolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of theboundaries of the real property that may be subject to the levy – which is the entiretyof the State of Florida. Copies of the proposed form of resolution are on file at the of fice of Counterpointe Energy Solutions (FL) LLC, Third Party Administrator for theFlorida 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 tothe Board at the above address. Written comments should be received by the Agencyon or before October 29, 2018. Any persons desiring to present oral commentsshould appear at the public hearing.In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board with respect toany 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 personmay need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is made, which recordincludes 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 PlanningOrganization at (386) 226-0422 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of thepublic hearing.By Order of the Board of Directors of Florida PACE Funding Agency on August 14,2018 9:20-10:11c By JOHN SZELIGOFor The Herald-Advocate The Hardee Junior High Wildcats are again on theprowl this season. The squad very much re sembles its big brother on thevarsity squad. The “Little Cats“ also play great defense, explode on of fense, and are very wellcoached. The results are similar as well with HJH postingshutouts over Hill-Gustat Mid dle School (44-0) and DeSotoMiddle School (40-0) with arunning clock early just likethe varsity. One more similarity was ob vious at the DeSoto game thispast Tuesday: Fan support.The Hardee stands were justabout at full capacity. The DeSoto Bulldogs elected to kickoff to the ‘Catsand that was a bad decision.Wilney Francois took theopening kickoff back 60 yardsuntouched for the Hardee’s first score. A two-point con version was stopped by theBulldogs. On DeSoto’s next posses sion, the Wildcat defense —led by David Brown and Jay den Daniels — completelyshut down the ‘Dawgs. A puntwas returned by Francois for a60-yard touchdown. TravisOlds ran in the two point con version this time for a 14-0lead. The Wildcat defense was swarming. The Bulldogs onlyhad a couple plays of five yardgains all night. Most plays re sulted in lost yards the entiregame. Again, on DeSoto’s next possession, the defense held.On a fourth-and-15 punt, itwas Francois again with an other 60-yard punt return for atouchdown. Kellon Lindsey hitZack Carlton with a pass in theback of the end zone for theconversion. Cats 22-0. DeSoto had no luck on its next possession as Carson Montsdeoca made a big hitforcing a fumble recovered byDavid Brown at the DeSoto35. The Wildcat drive then sawLindsey hit Rolant Simon onpass play that set up a 25-yardtouchdown run by Travis Oldsfor a 28-0 lead at the end of thefirst quarter. DeSoto did breakup a pass on the conversion at tempt. The second quarter was no different as the Cats domina tion continued on DeSoto’sfirst possession. Starting on the50-yard line after the kickoff,the Dawgs tried their passinggame. It resulted in a com pleted pass but to Hardee’sFrancois who returned it for a60-yard Hardee touchdown.Pass conversion failed butHJH led 34-0. DeSoto again went threeand-out with Francois return ing another 65-yard punt for ascore. It was called back on apenalty though. The Cats thenran the ball with Tai Blandonblasting through with a 40-yard run and Olds taking thenext run to the one yard line.Lindsey then ran a quarterbackkeeper untouched into the endzone. Halftime saw the Cats up 40-0. The game was over at that point as the third quarter sawbackups get playing time, and,due to a late start, the fourthquarter was played as the “fifthquarter.” Hardee: 28 14 0 0 40 DeSoto: 0 0 0 0 0 HJH FOOTBALL Wildcats Post 2 Shutout Wins I n the1980s mysecond son DeWittworked as abail bonds man. He isnow a Baptistpreacher andworks as a coroner in a county in Georgia. As bondsman he developed a regular handful of clients. This one stands out. Late one afternoon the phone rang at the bond office. DeWitt answered and on the otherend was a familiar voice. "Can you come getme out of jail?" he asked. "Sure, what did youdo this time?" DeWitt asked. "Me and my old lady got in a fight. She drank all my beer." Dewitt replied, "That willcost you $6. I'll be right there." On the way to the jail he had to pass by the drunk's house. There they both sat. DeWittstopped, saying "What happened?" "The po lice ain't got here yet." "Okay, have you got$6?" DeWitt asked. "No, she spent it all downat the juke." "What have you got that's paid for?" After several minutes he determined everything be longed to a furniture company. Then the wiferemembered, "You got that Mossburg shotgunin there." The man asked if that would do. De Witt replied, "Go get it." As the drunk comes out of the house hold ing the shotgun, the police pull up and jumpout with guns drawn. "Hold it, hold it!" Dewitt hollered. "This is a business deal." After signing the bond and bringing him home, DeWitt reminded the drunk that he gotpaid at 3 on Friday. If he had not paid the $6by Friday, at 5 p.m. it was now DeWitt's gun. About 8 p.m. Friday the phone rang. It was the gun owner. "You still got my gun?""Whose gun?" said DeWitt. "Your gun." Even tually DeWitt gave his gun back for the $6. Every time this drunk or his friends saw DeWitt, their standard greeting was "Hey, Mr.Shotgun." –––––– I carry a concealed weapon because I can not carry a policeman. They are still 10 minutesaway. "To protect and to serve" is a misnomer. In reality it means "I'll be there in 10 minutes todo the paperwork." Don't get me wrong. I donot dislike police. It is those government offi cials in charge of spending my taxes whochoose to spend it on things other than my firstresponders. It is easy to believe Polk County, Florida has more deputies than the state has NationalGuards, but even they are still 9 to 10 minutesaway. I carry because my Constitution gives me the right (itdoes not giveanyone per mission tocharge me fora permit). Icarry to makeme equal, nota victim. Gray hair, power chair and handicap tag tells the badguy I am his next target. I don't choose to behis victim. I do not carry to show or pull. I carry to shoot, to obey the laws of my state, and to pro tect myself, my loved ones, others and myproperty. The Bible tells me that should a thief be the receiver of a fatal blow no charges are tobe brought against the property owner. I don't choose to be a victim. I prefer old age instead. –––––– Johnny loved Uncle John's latest batch, but Cindy refused to knowingly get in the carwith him drinking. Vacation meant no alcohol so Johnny took it in stride. The Interstate traf fic was moving along well andJohnny was about to tell Cindyto call ahead and reserve amotel room when he noticedthe long sloping hill ahead withthe traffic at a standstill. Quickly he got into the right lane and took the exit. Stopping for fuel and snacks, he asked what the traffic problem was. A fuel truck had hit a bridge five miles ahead. The heat had col lapsed the roadway down on the Interstate. Hehad taken this detour just in time. It was over100 miles out of the way but not yet crowded. After 10 to 15 miles Cindy said, "Isn't God awesome? Such beautiful well-kept farms andhomes with the occasional rundown old home stead." As she spoke Johnny noticed a bald eagle had flown beside him and was keeping pacewith him. Being an old military man, threethings bring goosebumps--the sound of Taps,the National Anthem, and a bald eagle. He told Cindy to take a picture of the eagle. Her words struck a chord within him,and he didn't pay much attention to her and thecamera. Later in the motel as he looked at the photo of the eagle looking at a very proud man,she noticed a tear in his eye. Cindy leaned over,gave him a kiss and asked, "What's on yourmind?" Johnny looked at her and replied, "You are so right. God is awesome. A few hours ago Iwas on a high-speed wide road to Hell. He putthis detour for me to wake up, slow down andsee what He has been telling me for years. Nowwe travel this detour together." As Seen From This Side By Jerry “Gray Wolf” Phillips Wauchula MONDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, bagel w/creamcheese, chorizo, egg & cheesetaco, juice, fruit and milk Lunch: cherry blossom chicken (k-12), PB&J (k-12),calzone pepperoni (k-12), cal zone buffalo (6-12), pan pizza(6-12), broccoli, green beans,garden salad (6-12), fruit andmilk TUESDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, banana bread, bis cuit & sausage, fruit and milk Lunch: oven fried chicken (k-12), PB&J (k-12), nachos (k-12), Big Daddy Pizza (6-12),spicy chicken sandwich (6-12),garden salad (k-12), pintobeans (k-12), fruit and milk WEDNESDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, donut surprise,pizza, juice, fruit and milk Lunch: chicken fajita wrap (k-12), PB&J (k-12), ravioli dip pers (k-12), chicken sandwich (6-12), Swan’s French Breadpizza (6-12), celery, sweet po tato wedge (k-12), gardensalad (6-12), fruit and milk THURSDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, yogurt parfait,chicken biscuit, pumpkinbread, fruit and milk Lunch: chicken alfredo (k12), PB&J (k-12), fiestada pizza(k-12), cheeseburger (6-12),buffalo chicken chunks (6-12),carrots (k-12), corn, gardensalad (6-12), fruit and milk FRIDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, poptarts, eggs,cheese, bacon, and hashbrown bowl, juice, fruit andmilk Lunch: chicken nuggets (k12), PB&J (k-12), fish wedgew/mac & cheese (k-12), cal zone Cheese, (6-12), frenchfries (k-12), cole slaw (k-12),fruit and milk School Menu Think Someone Needs Help? N ATIONAL H UMAN T RAFFICKING H OTLINE 1-888-373-7888 or Text “Help” or “Info” to 233733 On This Day:• In 1916 1st Native American Day celebrated, honoring American Indi ans• In 1919 Democratic National Committee votes to allow female mem bers• In 1923 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits 1st of his 493 HRs • In 1928 The Nationalist Republic of China is recognised by the United States.• In 1936 1st baseman Walter Alston plays in his only major league game • In 1937 1st Santa Claus Training School opens (Albion NY) • In 1940 Black leaders protest discrimination in US armed forces • In 1954 Steve Allen's "Tonight Show" premieres

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B16 The Herald-Advocate, September 27, 2018 GATORHEATING& AIRCONDITIONINGREFRIGERATION& ICEMACHINESTHINKGREEN SAVEENERGY SAVEMONEY863-832-3399LOCALLYOWNED SALENEWUNITS *Limited Scratch And DentGator thanks everybody for their support. FREEESTIMATESONCHANGEOUTSLicensed & Insured CAC 1815095 CALLFORSERVICETODAYALLMAKES 9:27c TILE TALLYCOURTESY PHOTOStudents in Sharon Usserys first-grade classroom have been working hard learning their new math at Zolfo Springs Elementary. Pictured here are students using domi noes to make true equations. For example, 4 + 3 = 5 + 2. SOCRATIC SEMINARCOURTESY PHOTOTeacher Alexi Ozuna of North Wauchula Elementary School took her fifth-grade stu dents outdoors for fresh air, sunshine and a Socratic Seminar, which is a formal discussion based on a text. The leader of such a seminar asks open-ended ques tions, and students listen closely to the comments of others, think for themselves, and express their own thoughts and responses to the thoughts of others. YOU ROCK!COURTESY PHOTOS MONTAGE BY DARLENE WILLIAMSTeacher Brittany Mishoe's fifth-grade science class at Wauchula Elementary School learned all about rocks using food. Yes, food! Using peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies, Rice Krispies cereal, marshmallows and Snickers candy bars, students made metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks. This activity was yummy but also helped students make connections and understand how each type of rock is formed. The stu dents did eventually eat their "rocks," but be fore they did, they were able to explain the process that each rock goes through.