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H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE Thursday, October 25, 2018 THE 118th Year • No. 48 • 2 93¢ Plus 7¢ Sales Tax Man Survives A Slit Throat Alleged Assailant Tries To Hang Himself In Jail Fall Into Fun For The Whole Family W EATHER DATE HIGH LOW RAIN 10/1692720.0210/1793700.0010/1892700.0010/1991710.0110/2091690.0010/2187680.0010/2286640.00 Rainfall to 10/22/18 46.73 Same period last year 48.29 Ten Year Average 49.17 Source: Univ. of Fla. Ona Research Center I NDEX Classifieds............B2 Courthouse Report.....B6Crime Blotter..........B6Hardee Living.........B3Obituaries............A4Save The Date.........A2School Lunch Menus...A3Solunar Forecast.......A5 LANE CHANGE PHOTO BY TOM STAIK The Florida Department of Transportation will soon be having travelers throughZolfo Springs changing lanes. Electronic signs have been installed along SR 64near the intersection of U.S. 17 to warn of pending lane closures. According to areport from FDOT, crews from Ajax Paving Industries of Florida will begin placingsigns and installing erosion control along U.S. 17 from north of Third Street East tothe entrance to the RV park in Zolfo Springs. The construction project, expected tooccur mostly after the first of the year, will include milling and resurfacing, drainageimprovements, curb and gutter installation, signing and pavement marking, andnew signalization. By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern You don’t need to go far to find fun, family-friendly fallevents. Bowling Green held its Fall Festival on Saturday, and thereare two more seasonal activi ties this week in Wauchula. So, get your costume and your sweet tooth and start cel ebrating! Community Fall Festival Saturday Downtown Wauchula is the place to be this Saturdayevening. The annual Community Fall Festival is being held at Her itage Park from 4 to 7 p.m.Trick-or-Treat in HardeeCounty is the same night, from6 to 9 p.m., so you can comehave fun at the festival beforeenjoying the candy-gathering tradition. Free activities will include carnival games, like ring toss,and bounce houses. And visit the tents on the corner of Main Street and Sev enth Avenue to enter the giftcard drawing. Names will bedrawn at 4:30 and 6:45. There will also be a kids’ costume contest at 5:30 at thegazebo for fifth graders andyounger. The categories are“spookiest,” “cutest,” “mostoriginal” and “best all around.” If you want to take some fall-themed pictures, stop bythe photo setting provided byHeartland Events – a minipumpkin patch. Feeling hungry? Restaurants and some businesses on MainStreet will be open and therewill be concession vendors atthe festival.See FUN A2 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Hardee is taking its ‘Cat fight on the road Friday nightas it travels to Arcadia for theannual junkyard scrap with theDeSoto Bulldogs as Florida’soldest high school football ri valry is set for its 100th match. The Bulldogs are the only team standing in the way of athird consecutive 5A-District11 Championship for the Wild cats, 8-0 and 4-0 in districtplay. DeSoto, 6-2 on the year and 3-1 in the district, can still win the district by beating the Wild cats and having Booker lose itsgame at Southeast. If Hardee loses and Booker wins its game, then the Wild cats, Bulldogs and Tornadoeswould have a three-teamtiebreaker. The Florida High School Athletic Association requiresthat “if three or more schoolsare tied for first place in thefinal district standings and thetie cannot be broken based onthe results of regular seasoncompetition, then a districttiebreaker shall be based on the point system throughout theentire regular season to includeweek 11 games.” Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at Bull dog Stadium will open the100th meeting of the intra-county rivals in 98 years ofplay since Hardee County splitfrom DeSoto County in 1921. The Wildcats currently lead the series with 60 wins to DeS oto’s 32 victories. The contesthas resulted in five ties. “Hardee and DeSoto week was always the most intenseweek for the players,” said PaulSamuels, chairman of The School Board of HardeeCounty. Samuels, who was kicker for the Wildcats during his tenureat Hardee High, hails from astrong lineage of Wildcatgridironers. “My father, my brother, and I all played for the Wildcatsand all played in DeSotogames,” Samuels said. “Beinga Wildcat, and being raisedSee RIVALRY A3 PHOTO BY JIM KELLY Police review the scene of a violent attack Friday in Bowling Green. Rice Businessman Accused Of Embezzlement White By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-Advocate A man who sat in a barber chair to have his hair cut in stead ended up with a slit throatand a fight for his life. Meanwhile, his alleged at tacker is now hospitalized aswell, after reportedly trying tohang himself at the HardeeCounty Jail. The strange sequence of events began in the early morn ing hours on Friday, Capt. BrettDowden of the Bowling GreenPolice Department said. Later that same morning, Daniel Calvillo was air-lifted toLakeland Regional MedicalCenter and purported perpetra tor Andrew White was arrested.And while Calvillo survived,two days later his alleged as sailant tried to take his ownlife. Dowden termed the incident “bizarre” as he described what transpired. White, 33, of 5116 Martin Luther King Dr., was withhousemates and others in thewee hours of Friday, he said.“Several people, residents ofthe house, drifted off to bed, leaving these three as it was ap proaching 5 a.m.,” said Dow den. White, a neighbor and Calvillo remained in the room. Dowden said White asked the neighbor to go buyGatorade for them all, which hedid, leaving White and Calvillo alone in the home. Soon, White donned a mask and gloves, armed himself witha knife and a box cutter, and began dancing to music, Dow den said. He offered to give Calvillo a haircut, and the man accepted. “He sat down in the barber chair, and the suspect produced a set of clippers,” he said. But instead of clipping the man’s hair, White allegedlybegan strangling him with the power cord. Calvillo told police he re members screaming, and thenext thing he recalls is wakingup in a pool of blood with his throat slashed. Dowden said when the neighbor returned with the See THROATA2 By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-Advocate A respected community leader and trusted businessman has been accusedof stealing hundreds of thousands ofdollars from the company he managed. Floyd O. Rice Jr., 44, of 803 Shady Nook Circle, Wauchula, was bookedinto the Hardee County Jail on Tuesdaymorning by Det. Sgt. AndrewMcGuckin of the Hardee County Sher iff’s Office. He was charged with grand theft over $100,000, a first-degree felony. Rice remained behind bars as of late Tuesday afternoon in lieu of postingbond to gain his release pending trial.Though Rice had not yet had a first-ap pearance hearing before a judge, thestandard bond for a first-degree felonyis $15,000 cash or surety. Should Rice ultimately be found guilty of the charge against him, hecould face a maximum penalty of 30years in state prison and/or a $10,000fine. Rice, until recently, served as the manager and funeral director at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home inWauchula, his alleged victim, an arrestreport stated. His employment was terminated in September. He is accused to pocketing $347,104.31 in fees collected for fu neral home services but never de posited into Ponger-Kays-Gradyaccounts. Rice first worked for the funeral home headquartered in Arcadia in theearly 2000s. He became a full-time em ployee in 2011, and ultimately wasnamed manager of the Wauchula of fice, located at 404 W. Palmetto St. The siphoning of money spanned years, McGuckin alleged, from Januaryof 2012 to September of 2018. “During an extensive investigation, I was able to locate $166,972.63 de posited into two or more accounts be longing to Floyd and/or Ginger Rice,”See EMBEZZLEMENTA2 Voter’s Guide Special Pullout Section Inside:


A2 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018 Herald-Advocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE TOM STAIK Sports Editor NOEY DeSANTIAGO Production Manager DARLENE WILLIAMS Assistant Production Manager DEADLINES: Hardee Living — Thursday 5 p.m. School News & Photos — Thursday 5 p.m. Sports — Thursday 5 p.m. (Weekend Events, Monday Noon) General News — Monday 5 p.m. Ads — Tuesday Noon SUBSCRIPTIONS: Hardee County — 6 months, $21 • 1 year, $39 • 2 years, $75 Florida — 6 months, $25 • 1 year, $46 • 2 years, $87 Out of State — 6 months, $29 • 1 year, $52 • 2 years, $100 Online — 1 month, $5 • 6 months, $19 • 1 year, $37 • 2 years, $70 LETTERS: The Herald-Advocate welcomes letters to the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be brief, and must be written in good taste, signed and include a daytime phone number. MICHAEL R. KELLY Co-Publisher and Editor JAMES R. KELLY Co-Publisher CYNTHIA M. KRAHL Managing Editor THE 115 S. Seventh Ave. • P.O. Box 338 Wauchula, FL 33873 Phone: (863) 773-3255 • Fax: (863) 773-0657 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. Kelly’s Column By Jim Ruhl (Butch) Spearman, 72, of Wauchula is encouraging everyone born in the early 1940s through the mid-1960s to geta Hepatitis C blood test. He said the virus can remain dormantfor years and then cause cancer of the liver. Butch for the past 18 years has operated a vending machine business. Earlier careers were with NAPA Auto Parts and MacTools. His father Ruhl and uncle Tommy for years operatedSpearman Bros. Garage Auto Repair on S. 7th Ave. in Wauchula. –––––– Stephanie Coatney, 31, a former resident of Hardee County who livesin Tampa, will be performing inDolly Parton's role in the musicalplay "9 to 5" at the Center for Per forming Arts in Tampa Thursdaythrough Sunday, Nov. 1-4 and 8-11.Tickets can be purchased throughStraz Center. Stephanie is the daughter of Rhonda Keating of Riverview andJamie Coatney of Las Vegas and thegranddaughter of LaVerne Keatingof Gardner and the late Bill Keating. –––––– The district title is on the line Friday night in Arcadia in the football matchup of Hardee vs. DeSoto. The Wildcats are unde feated and hope to win a third straight district championship inthree years under head coach Brian Kemp and his impressivecoaching staff. In fact, the Cats hope to be Hardee High's fourth team to play for the state title (1965, 1988, and 1995). Head coach in1965 was Don Herndon who later won a state title at Ha ines City, and the other two appearances were under Bob Martin. –––––– President Donald Trump and the Faith & Freedom Coalition recently released this list of his accomplishments in the first twoyears of office: 1. Pushed Congress to enact a large tax cut, including re ducing the top rate for businesses from 35 to 21 percent. Some85 percent of Americans received tax cuts. 2. Signed many laws to cut unnecessary federal regulatio ns and bureaucratic red tape, saving American businesses over $18billion a year in costs. 3. Emphasizing making America energy-independent, in cluding approving the building of the Keystone XL and DakotaAccess pipelines. 4. Saved the American people $3 trillion over the next 10 years by withdrawing from the so-called Paris climate accord. 5. The American economy is growing faster than it was under President Obama. 6. Cancelled much of ObamaCare after Congress was un able to end it. 7. Congress at the president's urging ended the requirement that all individuals must purchase a government-approved healthinsurance plan. 8. Illegal border crossings have dropped 35 percent, and some illegal aliens are leaving on their own. 9. Declared "war" on the 10,000 ultra-violent MS-13 gang members in the U.S., many of whom came during PresidentObama's "open border" policies. 10. Is allowing American generals to decide how to destroy ISIS, which today controls no territory in the Middle East, andthousands of ISIS fighters have been killed. 11. Ordered a halt to all U.S. taxpayer money going to in ternational organizations that fund or perform abortions. 12. Given states the option to deny Planned Parenthood ac cess to Medicaid and other federal grant money since PlannedParenthood uses this money to facilitate its conducting of over328,000 abortions a year. 13. Issued an executive order to ensure federal agencies do not prosecute and persecute Christians who express their faith. 14. Chose Gov. Mike Pence as his vice president, a "rock solid" conservative as are his other appointments. 15. Has appointed over 150 solid conservatives to our fed eral courts, including Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to theU.S. Supreme Court. 16. Supports police and offered cities federal support to crack down on violent crime, reporting cop killings have beencut in half. OCTOBER 25 –“Stitch by Stitch” Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 25 –Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 27 –Community Fall Festival/Main Street Wauchula/4 pm 27 – Trick or Treat/ Hardee County/6 pm 29 –SHINE Medicare Enrollment Event/Hardee Help Center/10 am 31 –Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 31 –Fall Fest/Florida’s 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 2 –Friday Night Magic/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 5 –Pokmon Limited League/Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 6 –Role Playing Game One-Shot/Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 7 –Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 7 –Ribbon-Cutting Party/ Jazzercise/3:30 pm 7 –Gaming Club/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 8 –Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 8 –“Stitch by Stitch” Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 8 –Gaming Club/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 9 –Friday Night Magic/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 12 –Pokmon Limited League/Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 13 –Role Playing Game One-Shot/Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 14 –Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 14 –Gaming Club/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/3:30 pm 15 –Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 15 –“Stitch by Stitch” Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 17 –Hoofin’ If Off Main/ Main Street Wauchula/8 am 17 –S’mores and Legends/ Hardee Lakes Park/4 pm 19 –Open Mic Night/ Heritage Park/6 pm 20 –Devotion & Lunch/ Hardee Help Center/Noon 21 –Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 22 –Community Thanksgiving Meal/First United Methodist Church of Wauchula/11 am Save The Date will keep resi dents informed of upcomingcommunity happenings. Tohave your non-profit meetingor event posted for free, as far ahead as possible. SAVETHEDATE If you’re bringing a young child, come to Main Street eastof Seventh Avenue to visit thepre-kindergarten area. And for the first year, there will be a sensory-friendly areaduring the festival for anyonewith special needs. That willbe in the wheelchair-accessibleSendMeMissions parking loton the corner of Main Streetand Eighth Avenue and will in clude sensory-friendly activi ties, gluten-free candy andcookies, and volunteers withspecial education back grounds. If you have a special needs request, including food aller gies, you can register for spe cial accommodations The Community Fall Festi val is presented by the HardeeCounty Ministerial Associationand hosted by Main StreetWauchula Inc. The event’ssponsors are Peace River Elec tric Cooperative Inc. and Semi nole Electric Cooperative Inc. In case of rain, the festival will be held on Nov. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. To get more information about the Community Fall Fes tival, call Main StreetWauchula Inc. at 767-0330 orvisit its website, mainstreet Fall Fest Wednesday Want one more chance to get candy after Trick-or-Treatis over? Come on out to Florida’s First Assembly of God’s FallFest on Wednesday eveningfrom 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free, and each guest will get one free hot dog,water, s’more and bag of pop corn. The only cost is if youwant to buy something fromthe Taco Bell or Kona Ice ven dors. Florida’s First Assembly is hosting the event because itwants to provide a place forpeople to spend Halloweennight where they feel safeabout the environment and thefood and candy being handedout. The candy is from the trunkor-treat part of the event. Cos tumes are optional, but thechurch asks that everyone berespectful of the fact that it’s achurch event and avoid offen sive costumes. There will be plenty of nonfood entertainment at the fest,too. Kids can enjoy balloon ani mals, face painting, bouncehouses, nerf gun wars, a kids’train ride, pony rides and a pet ting zoo. And there will be car nival games and “punkinchuckin.” For music, a singer from Lakeland and several localbands will be performing. So if you want somewhere fun and safe to celebrate onHalloween, head over toFlorida’s First Assembly ofGod at 1397 S. Florida Ave. inWauchula. To help support those in need, the church asks thatguests bring a non-perishablefood item for Hardee HelpCenter’s “Drive Out Hunger”campaign if they can. FUN Continued From A1 drinks, he heard a commotion inside the houseand tried to get inside, but couldn’t. He report edly went back to his house to get a stick tobreak a window. The other residents of the house were awak ened by the noise, and went to Calvillo’s side,too, to find him bleeding. Dowden described quick action and a cut that “didn’t reach critical anatomy” with saving theman’s life. White was found nearby at his girl friend’s house, he said. Transported to the police station and inter viewed there, he was later arrested by ChiefJohn Scheel on an aggravated battery charge. His alleged victim was taken to the hospital for surgery. “He is going to survive,” Dowden said. Sheriff Arnold Lanier said White tried to hang himself in the Hardee County Jail on Sun day. “He used a bedsheet on the bunk and sat down, anything that will cut off an airway,”Lanier said. White’s suicide attempt was discovered dur ing a “normal security check,” Lanier said. Staffat the jail worked to revive him. White was thenair-lifted to an unnamed hospital, where he isbeing tended to under 24-hour security. “We were told had it been another couple minutes, he wouldn’t have made it,” Laniernoted on Tuesday. Now, “he’s doing good,” and will be returned to the jail when medically able, the sheriff noted. THROAT Continued From A1 the detective-sergeant alleged in his report. McGuckin said on Tuesday afternoon that upwards of $180,000 remains unaccounted for.“I’m working on that still,” he said. McGuckin said the total amount suspected as stolen was determined based on contracts forfunerals. Customer payments were collected butbusiness deposits did not match. The alleged discrepancy was discovered by the Arcadia office, he said. McGuckin said that up until March of this year, Rice’s wife kept the books at theWauchula funeral home. When she left to attendnursing school, the bookkeeping duties weremoved to Arcadia. Based on contracts for services, $347,104.31 was determined to be missing, he alleged. “I was able to locate $166,972.63,” he said. He allegedly found it by “locating checks,credit card statements and Square credit cardservices, that had deposited specific amountsand names directly related to funeral services.” McGuckin was quick to point out all cus tomers received the services they paid for. Itwas Ponger-Kays-Grady that did not receivetheir payments, he alleged. “No customers lost any money,” the detec tive-sergeant said. “All customers got exactlywhat they paid for,” be it caskets, services andburials, he said. “There was no theft from them,no scam, we want to make that clear.” Then, he added, “It’s just the business did not get their money.” McGuckin has listed in his report 28 alleged instances of Rice depositing funeral homemoney into his personal accounts. Two such accounts were found at Wauchula State Bank, he said. One was opened on May3, 2012, and the other on Sept. 14, 2011, hesaid. Further, he charged, “Rice opened at least one Square account so that he could process creditcard payments directly into his personal ac counts. The business had and currently has itsown credit card processing equipment and ac counts, that Rice did not use to process creditcard payments from customers.” McGuckin alleged customer checks were di rectly deposited into Rice’s accounts as well. “At no point after any of these deposits is there any attempt to reimburse the business ac counts of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home,”he accused. The funds “were used to pay numerous per sonal bills, including but not limited to car pay ments, student loans, mortgages, Disney annualpasses, numerous credit cards, utility bills,phone bills and cable bills. Money was alsospent on many meals, vacations and entertain ment,” the detective-sergeant charged. McGuckin’s accountings to date have al legedly located misappropriated deposits rang ing from $2,605 in July of 2014 to $11,250 inOctober of 2015 to $10,005 in June of 2017 to$2,894 in January of this year – again, 28 theftsallegedly found. McGuckin asks anyone who has done busi ness with the Wauchula branch of Ponger-Kays-Grady and paid by check or credit card tocontact him. He can be reached at 773-0304,extension 219. “We know there are a few amounts missing from 2012,” McGuckin alleged. “I just haven’tfound them yet.” EMBEZZLEMENT Continued From A1 By TOM STAIK Of The Herald-Advocate It took just over three min utes last week for school offi cials to spend more than aquarter-million dollars. The School Board of Hardee County voted unanimously toappropriate $300,000 foremergency repairs at NorthWauchula Elementary andHardee Senior High School. “It is something that is needed and we have to do,”said board member ThomasTrevino. The public hearing, which began at 5:05 and adjourned at5:08, drew no public com ment. A trio of students ob serving the meeting were theonly members of the publicpresent. Chairman Paul Samuels and board member Teresa Craw ford questioned Deputy Super intendent Todd Durden on thelikelihood patch repairs will hold on the chiller at NorthWauchula Elementary and thepower grid at Hardee SeniorHigh School until full repairsare made. “There are things that are beyond our control and wehave a Plan B if somethingwere to happen but there is noPlan C,” Durden said. Both the chiller at the ele mentary school and the electri cal grid at the high schoolfailed in the opening days ofthe school year. The school district reached an agreement with the city ofWauchula to assist with repairsat the high school. The citywill provide manpower. Theschool district will fund equip ment and supplies. The electrical grid repairs are expected to cost $100,000. The new chiller is estimated to cost $200,000. Neither project is expected to begin before the Christmas holiday. Monday’s meeting followed another short gathering by theboard the previous Thursday,Oct. 11. The board approved its an nual long-term work plan anda contract with the HardeeCounty Sheriff’s Office tocontinue to provide school re source officers. The topics were handled in two separate meetings. Thefirst, for the building plan,began at 5:05 p.m. and lastedtwo minutes. The sheriff’scontract and approval of min utes and a short consentagenda were handled in a sec ond meeting that began at 5:10and ended at 5:18. Trevino was absent.There was no public com ment at either meeting. Following the two sessions, the School Board met at 5:30for a closed-door expulsionhearing. School Board OKs Funding For Emergency Repairs


October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A3 1. 1921 – DeSoto 6 – 0 2. 1922 – DeSoto 14 – 93. 1923 – DeSoto 9 – 64. 1923 – DeSoto 14 – 05. 1924 – Hardee 20 – 06. 1924 – DeSoto 20 – 07. 1925 – Hardee 10 – 38. 1926 – Hardee 20 – 09. 1927 – Hardee 7 – 0 10. 1928 – DeSoto 18 – 011. 1929 – DeSoto 12 – 612. 1930 – Hardee 13 – 1213. 1931 – Hardee 13 – 614. 1932 – Hardee 18 – 015. 1933 – Hardee 40 – 016. 1934 – Hardee 13 – 017. 1935 – Hardee 20 – 018. 1936 – Hardee 13 – 019. 1937 – Hardee 6 – 020. 1938 – Tie 0 – 0 21. 1939 – Hardee 18 – 722. 1940 – DeSoto 13 – 023. 1941 – Hardee 18 – 624. 1942 – DeSoto 7 – 025. 1943 – DeSoto 6 – 026. 1944 – Tie 7 – 727. 1945 – DeSoto 19 – 1828. 1946 – Hardee 20 – 029. 1947 – DeSoto 25 – 1430. 1948 – DeSoto 33 – 831. 1949 – DeSoto 6 – 032. 1950 – Hardee 20 – 1933. 1951 – Hardee 27 – 1934. 1952 – Hardee 19 – 735. 1953 – Hardee 53 – 036. 1954 – DeSoto 27 – 037. 1955 – Hardee 15 – 038. 1956 – Hardee 19 – 039. 1957 – DeSoto 7 – 640. 1958 – Hardee 40 – 041. 1959 – Hardee 35 – 1342. 1960 – Hardee 40 – 1443. 1961 – Hardee 33 – 2044. 1962 – DeSoto 13 – 645. 1963 – DeSoto 20 – 646. 1964 – Tie 14 – 1447. 1965 – Hardee 41 – 048. 1966 – DeSoto 26 – 749. 1967 – Tie 27 – 2750. 1968 – Hardee 20 – 1351. 1969 – Hardee 40 – 2052. 1970 – DeSoto 14 – 0 53. 1971 – DeSoto 40 – 1354. 1972 – DeSoto 47 – 755. 1973 – DeSoto 40 – 056. 1974 – Tie 13 – 1357. 1975 – Hardee 27 – 758. 1976 – Hardee 21 – 759. 1977 – Hardee 15 – 660. 1978 – Hardee 6 – 061. 1979 – Hardee 14 – 662. 1980 – Hardee 21 – 1463. 1981 – Hardee 40 – 664. 1982 – Hardee 14 – 065. 1983 – Hardee 21 – 766. 1984 – Hardee 14 – 767. 1985 – DeSoto 21 – 1768. 1986 – Hardee 20 – 069. 1987 – DeSoto 28 – 2470. 1988 – DeSoto 21 – 771. 1989 – DeSoto 34 – 2872. 1990 – DeSoto 14 – 773. 1991 – DeSoto 35 – 1574. 1992 – DeSoto 16 – 1275. 1993 – Hardee 14 – 676. 1994 – Hardee 14 – 077. 1995 – Hardee 60 – 678. 1996 – Hardee 42 – 2079. 1997 – Hardee 47 – 2880. 1998 – DeSoto 20 – 1481. 1999 – Hardee 54 – 682. 2000 – Hardee 41 – 083. 2001 – Hardee 56 – 2184. 2002 – Hardee 40 – 2185. 2003 – Hardee 50 – 086. 2004 – Hardee 19 – 787. 2005 – Hardee 16 – 1288. 2006 – Hardee 10 – 789. 2007 – DeSoto 17 – 090. 2008 – DeSoto 21 – 2091. 2009 – Hardee 28 – 692. 2010 – Hardee 14 – 1293. 2011 – Hardee 42 – 694. 2012 – Hardee 21 – 1395. 2013 – Hardee 26 – 796. 2014 – DeSoto 23 – 1897. 2015 – DeSoto 17 – 1498. 2016 – Hardee 34 – 399. 2017 – Hardee 34 – 0 100. 2018 – 100th Hardee –DeSoto game will be playedOctober 26, 2018 at DeSotoCounty High School inArcadia, FL. HARDEE WILDCATS-DESOTO BULLDOGS: Oldest High School Football Rivalry in Florida Ties: 5 DeSoto wins: 4Hardee wins: 60 Beautician Moves Being at a new location doesn’t mean Emma Selph isnew to the hair industry. Actually, she’s been work ing in the industry for 42 years,including 25 years as theowner of The Hair Boutique onWest Main Street in Wauchula. Since selling the boutique in 2009, she’s rented booths fromseveral other salon owners. Shestarted renting from Rose Ab bott at Rose’s Country Beauty& Barber Shop in July. Selph is in the shop on Thursdays and Fridays, usuallystarting at 9 a.m. Her hoursvary depending on how manyappointments she has bookedeach day. When talking about working with hair, Selph says she’s “al ways had a passion for it.” She says it’s been her pleas ure to serve Hardee County’shair-care needs. Selph and Abbott both work with men’s and women’s hair,doing colors, cuts and perms. Abbott has had her business in Hardee County for 30 yearsand has been at her current lo cation for the last 10 years. Rose’s Country Beauty & Barber Shop is located at 916N. Seventh Ave. in Wauchula. You can contact both women by calling the shop at773-3377 or contact Selph bycalling 781-6615. Hospital Name The hospital in Wauchula will be getting a new name inthe new year. All hospitals solely-owned by Adventist Health System,including Florida HospitalWauchula, will be using thename AdventHealth and a newlogo starting on Jan. 2. The new logo will focus on the cross, and the Seventh-DayAdventist group says it willrepresent wholeness and hope. The name change is part of a push toward a patient-cen tered wholeness approach tohealth, according to a press re lease from Adventist HealthSystem. “The name AdventHealth signals the arrival or beginningof health and expresses astrong and clear connection tothe healing and salvation thatGod has promised,” the pressrelease states. Adventist Health System emphasizes care for patients’physical, spiritual and emo tional needs. The group sayswholeness is a promise it is making through its new brand. However, the group states that “the organization is notchanging in ownership or busi ness structure.” By giving all hospitals and care sites owned by the groupthe same name, AdventistHealth System says it willmake it easier for people to rec ognize its locations.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. Businesses Hold Something New On The Inside, Outside PHOTO BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Emma Selph (right) is renting space from Rose Abbott(left) at Rose’s Country Beauty & Barber Shop. COURTESY PHOTO The medal erroneously claiming the oldest high school football rivalry in the state. a Wildcat, DeSoto was thegame you looked forward toeach year.” The status of historic matchup, however, has beenunder threat. A usurper has risen in recent years to challenge Hardee andDeSoto’s claims for the title ofoldest football rivalry in theSunshine State. St. Augustine High School and Palatka High School havemade a claim to the title and,at least for the past few years,have presented players at theirannual matchup with medalscommemorating “Florida’sOldest Rivalry.” The claim from the pre tenders did not sit well withone member of the Wildcatfaithful, who took to the WorldWide Web to defend Hardee’stitle. “They’re second oldest, we are the oldest,” said EmorySmith, 20, of Wauchula. Smith, who has an encyclo pedic knowledge of all things Wildcat, worked with the DeS oto County School District todraft a concise history of thematchup since Hardee wassliced from DeSoto in 1921. (DeSoto, incidentally, won the first battle between the ‘Catsand the ‘Dawgs in a 6-0 show ing.) Smith, together with DeS oto’s Jill Maassen, complied a comprehensive record of eachgame that included severalearly years where the squadsplayed each other twice. The St. Augustine and Palatka rivalry started one yearlater, in 1922. Where some show their pride in all things orange andblue with putting on cleats andpads or cheering at games,Smith continues to show hissupport with a computer key board. “Their rivalry started in 1922, a year after us,” Smithsaid. “I and many others havebeen arguing with them online.Hardee-DeSoto is the oldest.” RIVALRY Continued From A1 REPORT CHILD ABUSE 1-800-422-4453 At The Herald-Advocate, we want accuracy to be a given, not just our goal. If you believe we have printedan error in fact, please call to report it. We will review theinformation, and if we find it needs correction or clarifi cation, we will do so here. To make a report, call Managing Editor Cynthia Krahl at 773-3255. Corrections By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Superintendent of Schools Bob Shayman is calling onThe School Board of HardeeCounty to end talks to acquirethe former CareSync building. “After six months of con sideration, a tour of the build ing and property, anddiscussion of the pros andcons of moving the school dis trict administration from itscurrent location to the formerPreco/CareSync property, Iheartily recommend that weno longer consider this acqui sition and remain in our cur rent location…,” Shaymanwrote in a letter to the SchoolBoard. The letter – pre-dated Oct. 25 to coincide with tonight’smeeting of the panel – offers10 points for abandoning talkswith the Hardee County In dustrial Development Author ity to acquire the property. • Costs associated with in specting the property; • Unspecified renovation costs for the air system and in ternet wiring; • Costs for new furniture and equipment; • Costs to change the floor plan; • Costs associated with packing and moving the ad ministrative office; • High-cost repairs at exist ing schools scheduled over thenext two years; • Declining revenue from the state of Florida; and • The current unconsoli dated system of offices is “ef ficient.” Shayman further recom mended the School Boardconsider a move into thelargely vacant complex at thehistoric Hardee High building. “For future efforts and con sideration, the school districtshould focus on eventuallyhousing the school district ad ministration team in the oldsenior high school/junior highschool complex if outsidefunding sources allow for thisoption,” Shayman wrote. Former Bowling Green El ementary principal andHardee Senior High alumnaKathy Clark launched a social media campaign last month toadvocate for the district toshift its offices to the old highschool complex instead ofmoving to the CareSyncbuilding. The superintendent’s final point cautioned against divert ing funds away from the “aca demic and emotional growth”of students. “The school district’s first priority is, and will continueto be, the students and em ployees under our tutelage,”Shayman wrote. “Any fundsdiverted away from the aca demic and emotional growthof our students, and providingthe most efficient and produc tive workplace for our em ployees, does not align withthe school district’s vision,mission, and goals set forth inour Strategic Plan.” The School Board will meet tonight (Thursday) at 5 p.m.Consideration of the recom mendation is not a scheduledagenda item. Retiring boardmember Thomas Trevino willbe recognized at the start ofthe meeting. Superintendent Asks School Board To Abandon IDA Talks Recommends Old Junior High As Administrative Home By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The School Board of Hardee County has of fered its support staff employees a 29-centraise. The offer was presented on Tuesday of last week during a bargaining session between theHardee Education Association/United and a ne gotiating team from The School District ofHardee County. The raise would benefit the school system’s roughly 180 educational support professionals,which include bus drivers, custodians, recep tionists and other non-instructional positions. The union negotiating team is requesting ap proximately $403,476 in benefit increasesthrough a $484 step increase and a 90-cent perhour raise for all support professionals. Administration countered with an offer on Oct. 4 valued at $90,502, including the $484step increase and a one-time $400 bonus toabout 46 employees. The School Board assembled for a closeddoor executive session on Oct. 9 to discuss theoffer and authorized staff to prepare three addi tional compensation offers. Costs of the offers range between $102,000 and $132,000. Offer “2A” calls for a step increase of $242 for most support staff, a onetime bonus of $275,and a bonus of $500 for 46.5 employees onhigher steps. Total cost is estimated at $102,377which includes $30,270 in recurring costs. Offer “2B” calls for no step increase and a one-time $650 bonus for all support staff. Offi cials estimate the one-time cost at $132,066. Offer “2C” calls for a 29-cent hourly raise for all support staff, no bonus and no step increases.The estimated recurring annual cost is$107,298. Jim Demchak, lead negotiator for HEA/U, called the offer “insufficient” to the needs ofsupport staff. In an email to The Herald-Advocate on Wednesday of last week, Demchak criticizedreports of a worsening financial crisis at the dis trict. “They cry poverty but they play the money hide-n-seek game every year,” Demchak said. Finance Director Greg Harrelson has re ported the school system is running a $2.2 mil lion deficit in its general fund. The shortfall is being offset by drawing down reserve funds in the district’s general fund,which are expected to dip to $2,938,471 – orroughly 8.38 percent of the budget – by the endof the school year, according to figures releasedby the district office. The 2018-19 budget is the second consecu tive year district leaders have opted to balancethe budget by drawing down reserves. The district spent $1,411.503 in reserve funds to cover a deficit during the 2017-18 academicyear. The move cut overall reserves to$5,214,379 – roughly 14.90 percent of budget. The last time the district actually was able to increase reserves was in 2016-17. Negotiations were scheduled to continue Tuesday. Details were not available as of presstime Tuesday evening. School Board Offers Raise Of 29 Cents To Support Staff 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: fried chicken (k-12), PB&J, (k-12), nachos (k-12),Big Daddy pizza (6-12), spicychicken sandwich (6-12), gar den salad (k-12), pinto beans,fruit and milk WEDNESDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, banana bread, bis cuit & sausage, 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:Not AvailableLunch: chicken alfredo (k12), PB&J (k-12), fiestadapizza (k-12), cheeseburger (6-12), buffalo chicken chunks (6-12), carrots, corn, gardensalad (6-12), fruit and milk FRIDAY Breakfast:Not AvailableLunch: 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 C C e e l l e e b b r r a a t t i i n n g g T T h h i i s s D D a a y y : : • World Pasta Day • National Greasy Foods Day • Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Aware ness Day Top10 Movies 1. Venom (PG-13) Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams 2. A Star Is Born (R) Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper 3. First Man (PG-13) Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy 4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (PG) WendiMcLendon-Covey, MadisonIseman 5. Smallfoot (PG) animated6. Night School (PG-13) Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart 7. Bad Times at El Royale (R) Jeff Bridges, CynthiaErivo 8. The House With a Clock in Its Walls (PG) Jack Black,Cate Blanchett 9. The Hate U Give (PG13) Amandla Stenberg, ReginaHall 10. A Simple Favor (R) Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. • In Uganda, around 48% of the population is under 15years of age.


A4 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018 Obituaries In Loving Memory J J U U A A N N I I T T A A A A N N N N C C H H R R I I S S T T I I A A N N Juanita Ann Christian, 67, of Zolfo Springs, died inLakeland on Wednesday,Oct. 17, 2018. She was born in Haralson County, Ga., on Dec. 31,1950, and moved to HardeeCounty 61 years ago. Sheworked for an assisted livingfacility as a CNA. Survivors include her companion, Joe Gannon, ofZolfo Springs; brother, CurtisKilgore (Linda), of Alabama;sisters, Gladys Dixon, Deb bie Harrell, Mary Freeman(Jim), and Terri Rivera(Paul), all of Douglas, Ga.,and Glenda Selph, of ZolfoSprings; and several nieces,nephews, and cousins. Visitation was Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. atRobarts Garden Chapel. Fu neral services were at theFirst Baptist Church of ZolfoSprings on Saturday, Oct. 20,at 3 p.m. Burial was at NewHope Cemetery.Expressions of comfortmay be made Robarts Family FUNERAL HOME WAUCHULA Provided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home ANNIE MARIE PORTERFIELD Annie Marie Porterfield, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, inLakeland. She was born in Ochlochnee, Ga., on Aug. 20,1929, to Tom and BessieLewis. She moved to FortMeade in 1948, working in thecafeterias of both, Lewis Ele mentary and Fort Meade HighSchool, and serving as a pre-school teacher for many yearsat the Child DevelopmentCenter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Porter field; as well as her parentsand eight siblings. She is survived by her son, Donald Porterfield (Angi), ofApex, N.C.; daughter, ConnieBakach (John), of Lithia; fivegrandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be announced by the family at alater date. Arrangements were by Hancock Funeral Home, FortMeade. MARTHA ANN COKER Martha Ann Coker, 85, of Jacksonville, died Oct. 17,2018. She was born in Wauchula, in 1933, to Robert and AliceLee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip. Survivors include two daughters, Martha Jenningsand Alice Bay (Roy); sister,Louise Gantt (George); fourgrandchildren, Rachel, Renee,David, Nickolas; and threegreat-grandchildren, Icsis,Emily and Logan. Graveside services were held Oct. 20 at Holly Hill Me morial Park, 3601 Old Jen nings Road, Middleburg. Arrangements were by Gid dens-Reed Funeral Home,Baldwin. Honesty Makes A Difference Now more than ever,you need fair,trustworthy service.Making final arrangements fora loved one isn’t easy. That’swhy compassion goes intoeverything we do. We areprepared to arrange any specialrequests you might have.• Traditional Services• Cremation Services• Prearrangement Planning View Obits at 529 W EST M AIN S TREET W AUCHULA F LORIDA 33873 863-773-9773 10:25c In Memory JOHN ROBERT ALEXANDER John Robert Alexander, 82, of Frostproof, diedpeacefully on Oct. 18, 2018,in his home, comforted byhis loving family and his be lief in his Lord and SaviorJesus Christ. Born to Hugh and Hazel Alexander, of Lake Wales,on May 23, 1936, John wasa child fascinated by every thing, a trait that character ized his entire life. In highschool he excelled academi cally, athletically, and artis tically. He earned academichonors at Lake Wales HighSchool while playing as anend on the football team andas a bassoonist in the concertband. He attended Purdue Uni versity on a Naval ROTCScholarship and played thelargest drum in the world intheir marching band. Helater transferred to the Uni versity of North Carolina atChapel Hill where he com peted on the gymnasticsteam in the pommel horseand ring events. He gradu ated in 1958 with a Bachelorof Science in Banking andFinance. Five days after his college graduation, on June 7, 1958,John married Sarah JaneGriffin of Frostproof, begin ning their shared life of mu tual devotion, passionatelove for their family, and anabiding confidence in Christ. For more than 50 years, John remained dedicated tohis church, First Presbyte rian Church of Frostproof,where he faithfully sang inthe church choir every Sun day, taught Sunday schoolclasses, and served as anElder and Moderator of the Session. He especially en joyed his interaction withyoung and old membersalike as their mutual faith inthe Lord grew. John’s professional career began as a second lieutenantin the U.S. Marine Corps.Ultimately, he rose to therank of captain, servingthree years as an active dutyMarine and five years in theMarine Corps Reserves.John touted his militaryservice, in addition to morethan 40 years working atBen Hill Griffin Inc., as thefoundation of his successfulbusiness career. John went on to serve as chief executive officer andpresident of Atlantic BlueInc., and retired as chief ex ecutive officer and chairmanof the board of Alico Inc. John was an avid sports man, and throughout his lifehe loved hunting quail, deer,turkey, and dove with hismany friends and family. Healways cherished the time hespent as a boy with hisbrother, Jim, and father,Hugh, hunting quail on theKissimmee River. He travelled throughout the UnitedStates as cap tain of the 2ndMarine Divi sion Rifle andPistol Team, and in his re tirement in 2009, he com peted regularly on sportingclay and skeet teamsthroughout Central Florida.He and Sarah Jane often setout on big game hunts in thewestern United States andSouth Africa. His enthusi asm for the outdoorsstretched to the Florida Keysand included fishing, boat ing, scuba diving, and catch ing lobster. This dual love ofthe land and the sea earnedhim the nickname of“Jacques Dundee,” a mergerof his more famous counter parts Jacques Cousteau andCrocodile Dundee. He sim ply loved life! John’s unwavering care for his community and statewas evident in his involve ment in Florida TaxWatch,Florida Taxation and BudgetReform Commission,Florida Citrus Commission,Rotary International (PaulHarris Fellow and founder of the annual FrostproofWild Game Dinner), FarmCredit of Southwest Florida,Floridians for Better Gov ernment, Florida Chamberof Commerce, FrostproofPolice Retirement Pension,and Polk State CollegeFoundation. John’s accomplishments, however, pale in comparisonto the surpassing love andacceptance he experiencedfrom his Lord and SaviorJesus Christ. John died infaith, believing “that my Re deemer lives, and He shallstand at last on the earth; andafter my skin is destroyed,this I know, that in my fleshI shall see God.” (Job 19:25-26). Affectionately known as “Pop,” “Daddy,” “Pappy,” orjust “John,” John Alexanderis survived by his wife of 60years, Sarah Jane GriffinAlexander, of Frostproof; ason, John David Alexander(wife, Cindy), of LakeWales; two daughters, LauraGrace Alexander, of WinterPark, and Nancy AlexanderCaswell (husband, Lee), ofAtlanta, Ga.; and five grand children, Britton Alexanderand Keaton Alexander, ofTampa, and R.E. LeeCaswell Jr., Grace Alexan der Caswell, and SarahMann Caswell, all of At lanta, Ga. He is also sur vived by his brother, JamesHugh Alexander (wife,Nancy), of Palm Coast; aswell as extended family inFlorida, throughout theStates, and in England. A visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 4-7 p.m., atFirst Presbyterian Church ofFrostproof (101 N. Palm Av enue) followed by a grave side service at 10 a.m. onWednesday, Oct. 24, at Sil ver Hill Cemetery, Frost proof. Memorials may be made to the John R. AlexanderMemorial Fund at theGiveWell Community Foun dation Inc. (1501 SouthFlorida Avenue, Lakeland,FL 33803). Gifts will go totwo of John’s favorite pas sions: the restoration of the1926 City Auditorium inFrostproof and his homechurch, First Presbyterian. Marion Nelson Funeral Home Frostproof ABOUT... Obituaries Obituaries are published free of charge by The Herald-Advocate as a public service, but must besubmitted through a funeral home. A one-columnphoto of the deceased may be added for $15. Obituaries contain the name, age, place of residence, date of death, occupation, member ships, immediate survivors and funeral arrange ments. The list of survivors may include thenames of a spouse, parents, siblings, children andchlildren’s spouses and grandchildren, and thenumber of great-grandchildren. If there are no im mediate survivors, consideration of other relation ships may be given. Funeral homes can submit obituaries to 1. Is the book of Isaiah in the Old or New Testament orneither? 2. 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Serves 6. • Each serving: About 6 calories, 65mg sodium, 1gtotal carbohydrate.For thousands of triple-testedrecipes, visit our Web site (c) 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved Recipes From Good Housekeeping If You See Something Say Something Report Suspicious Activity 1 (855) Fla Safe 1(855)3527233 Dear Editor: As I prepare for my exit to the Board of County Commis sion, I look back over my lasteight years. I would like tothank the people who sup ported me, prayed for me, andstood by me through difficulttimes and decisions. I am grateful for your trust and confidence in me as your"first woman County Commis sioner" in Hardee County. Iconsider it an honor to havemade history and to be a trail blazer for women in leadershipin this county. I have poured my heart and soul into serving this commu nity. It's disappointing to see itrevert back to an all-maleboard. Please allow me to clarify a couple of things that seemed tohave been misunderstood dur ing the primary campaign. Gas tax has and does exist in all 67 counties of Florida. Thiswas a "renewal" of the existinggas tax. Your gas price at the pumps remain competitive with thesurrounding counties and hadit not been “renewed,” the dif ference would have been ab sorbed as income by the gascompanies. Your gas price didnot go up because of the "re newal" of the gas tax. The Board of County Com mission "appoints" the IDAboard members. We do notgovern or control the decisionsof the IDA board. The next sit ting commissioner will soonlearn the duties and responsi bilities of the Commission as itrelates to the IDA Board andother issues. I have always been and will remain passionate about eco nomic development in HardeeCounty. Housing remains one of the main issues for growth. Whensuccessful in bringing in newbusinesses, through whateveravenue or process, unlesshousing is available, employ ees have to find housing else where. This means they alsoshop elsewhere. The multiplying factor for growth will never work untilthe people who work inHardee County can find ade quate housing and live in thecounty. Rooftops are most im portant to bringing in busi nesses and activity formuch-needed growth. As chair of the Republican Executive Committee I wouldlike to encourage everyone toexercise your right to vote inthe upcoming general election. Whether Republican or De mocrat, your voice is heardwhen you vote! Being the re cipient of a low voter turnout,I am encouraging you to votein the General Election, Nov.6. Early Voting is Oct. 25through Nov. 3. It has been my pleasure to be the Legislative Liaison forthe Commission to our legisla tors. I have stayed engaged,having a voice and keepingthem informed of the needs ofour county. I have also served as an of ficer and currently vice chairof the Small County Coalition.This coalition made up of 39rural counties offers a voice tosmall counties that would oth erwise not have a voice on is sues of concern. My promise to you is, I will continue to work towardsgrowth and quality of life inHardee County. I will continue to remain positive as we diligentlysearch for answers to bringwhat's best for our county, andI will remain involved in theprocess as much as possible tomake it happen. Again, thank you for the privilege of serving as yourCounty Commissioner, fromDistrict 2 the last eight years.God bless! Sue Birge, Commissioner District 2 Wauchula Letter To The Editor Sue Birge Remains PassionateAbout Hardee County’s Future


October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A5 Obituaries In Loving Memory F F R R E E D D R R I I C C K K A A . T T H H O O M M P P S S O O N N Fredrick A. Thompson, 74, of Wauchula, died on Sat urday, Oct. 13, 2018, athome. He was born in St. Mary, Jamaica, on Jan. 23, 1944,and had resided in HardeeCounty most of his life.Fredrick was employed inconstruction as a laborer. He was preceded in death by his companion, MattieJordan; and step-children,Gregory Perry and MargaretCarter. Survivors include two step-sons, William Douglasand Jerry Perry, both of AvonPark; four step-daughters,Patricia Johnson (Anthony),of Lake Wales, CharlottePerry and Vernell Perry, bothof Avon Park, and EmmaPerry, of Winter Haven;along with a host of grand children, great-grandchil dren, and great-great-grandchildren.Expressions of comfortmay be made Robarts Family FUNERAL HOME WAUCHULA Provided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home Chris and Melinda Nicker son, of Zolfo Springs; twobrothers and sisters-in-law,Roger and Judy Nickerson,of Zolfo Springs, andHoward and Debbie Nicker son, of Live Oak; one sister,Alberta Clark, of Wauchula;four grandchildren and theirspouses, Courtney andDustin Campbell, Brittanyand Jeremy Thurlow, Loganand Kayla Nickerson, andHolden and Courtney Nick erson; and seven great-grandchildren, HixonThurlow, Grayson Camp bell, Emma Smith, PiperNickerson, Emory Camp bell, Stella Thurlow, andMcKinley Nickerson. Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 19,2018, at 10 a.m., at the FirstUnited Methodist Church inWauchula with the Rev.Danielle Upton Officiating.Interment will follow theservices in Wauchula Ceme tery. In lieu of flowers, memo rial donations may be madeto the Hardee County F.F.A.Expressions of comfortmay be made Robarts Family FUNERAL HOME WAUCHULA Provided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home In Loving Memory N N O O R R M M A A N N N N I I C C K K E E R R S S O O N N Norman Nickerson, 79, of Wauchula, passed away athis home on Tuesday, Oct.16, 2018. Norm was born in Maple Springs, N.Y., and had beena resident of Hardee Countysince 1954, coming fromNew York. He was a mem ber of the First UnitedMethodistChurch ofWauchula.Norm served inthe U.S. Army and was aself-employed dairy farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Nicker son; and parents, Earl andClara Townsend Nickerson. Survivors include his best friend, Zee Smith, ofWauchula; three sons anddaughters-in-law, Rodneyand Connie Nickerson, ofLakeland, Joe and MarleneNickerson, of Wauchula, and P P o o n n g g e e r r K K a a y y s s G G r r a a d d y y F F u u n n e e r r a a l l H H o o m m e e s s a a n n d d C C r r e e m m a a t t i i o o n n S S e e r r v v i i c c e e s s I would like to let this community know what a privilege it is to be a part of it. My family has beenin the funeral business all of my life, andif you know me you know my age! If youdon’t know me, I would like to tell you alittle more about how Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home & Cremation Services started and where we aregoing. My father, Edward Ponger graduated college in 1956 from Cincinnati Collegeof Mortuary Science. When my parentsreturned to Florida, they caught a ridewith a friend with $20.00 in their pocket. With hard work, dedication and love for his family Ponger-Kays-Grady became the “Premier” funeral home in Charlotte, DeSoto, and now Hardee County. Our family and staff live by the “Golden Rule” and most importantly “God’s Ten Commandments.” We wish to serve everyfamily in this same manner, rich or poor, and every ethnicity. ThisDecember will be my 40 year mark as a Licensed Funeral Director& Embalmer. My daughter Jacquelyn Freeman, working by myside, will be the next generation to serve you. We have just completed the new addition to our building located at the corner of 9th and Palmetto. An open house will beannounced in the near future. In the meantime, I would like to extend an invitation to stop by for a cup of coffee and a sneakpeek. We hope you will feel proud to have your loved one in ourcare at this beautiful facility. We want your family to feel comfortable, and have a peaceful atmosphere during your time of loss. Sincerely and respectfully yours, Allyson Ponger Christ, Owner O O u u r r f f a a m m i i l l y y s s e e r r v v i i n n g g y y o o u u r r f f a a m m i i l l y y 10:25c 205 N. 9th Ave., Wauchula, Florida 33873 (863) 773-6400 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, Florida 34266 (863) 494-4101 Sweet Potatoes or Yams? Sweet potatoes mirror the colors of autumn leaves. Thebeautiful bright-orange to or ange-red hues of the skin arelovely to look at, and the inte rior flesh of the sweet potato,ranging from white to orangeto purple, is even better to eat!Sweet potatoes can be incorpo rated into every meal, fromsweet potato biscuits for break fast, a side of sweet potato friesat lunch, or a roasted sweet po tato for dinner with a smoothsweet potato custard fordessert. Some people refer to sweet potatoes as "yams," but this isa misnomer as a yam is an en tirely different vegetable. Ayam is a tuber cultivated inAfrica that can grow up to 7feet long and weigh as much as150 pounds. When the African captives came to America, they wereused to eating yams as a majorstaple of their diet. When theydidn't find any yams here, theyused sweet potatoes as a substi tute. Some Africans calledsweet potatoes "nyamis," theFulani word for yam, and thatis how American sweet pota toes became known in manyareas as yams. As the sweet potato became more popular in America,growers started labeling them"yams," which we now know isincorrect. The U.S. Departmentof Agriculture now requires theword "yam" to be followed bythe words "sweet potato" whenlabeling a sweet potato prod uct. Some specialty markets carry yams imported from Asiaor Africa. China is the world's largest producer of sweet pota toes, along with India and theUnited States. Sweet potatoescan be stored unrefrigerated forup to three months. Sweet potatoes are high in dietary fiber, vitamins A, C andB-6, and serve as a great lower-carb alternative to regular pota toes. Sweet potatoes contain awealth of orange-huedcarotenoid pigments. In coun tries throughout Africa and inIndia and the Caribbean, sweetpotatoes have been shown to bea highly effective way of pro viding school-age childrenwith sizable amounts of theirdaily vitamin A. In some studies, sweet pota toes were found to be a bettersource of bioavailable beta-carotene than green leafy veg etables. Because sweetpotatoes are available in manycountries on a nearly year-round basis, their ability to pro vide us with a key antioxidantlike beta-carotene makes thema standout antioxidant food. This slow-cooker recipe for Chicken Stew deliciously com bines sweet potatoes, chickenand wild rice in a flavorful,creamy sauce to create the per fect make-ahead side dish for abusy weekday or any day! SLOW-COOKER CHICKEN STEW WITH SWEET POTATOES 6 boneless, skinless chickenthighs (about 1 3/4 pounds)2 tablespoons poultry season ing1 1/2 teaspoon salt2 teaspoons ground blackpepper1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 tablespoons butter1 cup chopped celery1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 tablespoons chopped garlic (about 5 garlic cloves)1/3 cup all-purpose flour4 cups chicken broth4 cups (3 medium) sweet po tatoes cut into 1-inch cubes1/2 cup uncooked wild rice1 teaspoon lemon pepper1 cup half-and-half 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley3 green onions, roots re moved and discarded, white and green parts chopped 1. Season the chicken on both sides with 1 tablespoonpoultry seasoning, 1 teaspoonsalt, 1 teaspoon pepper. Heatoil and butter in a large skilletover medium-high. Addchicken and cook until well-browned, about 5 minutes.Turn chicken over and cook 2 minutes. 2. Transfer chicken to a 5to 6-quart slow cooker. Add cel ery, onion and garlic to skillet. Cook, stirring often, until start ing to soften, about 4 minutes.Add flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1teaspoon black pepper to the skillet, and cook, stirring con stantly, 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil, and cook, stir ring constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. 3. Transfer mixture to slow cooker. Add sweet potatoes,rice and the lemon pepper.Cover and cook on low untilrice, chicken and vegetables are tender, about 3 hours. Stir in half-and-half. Turn heat to high and cook for 5 to 10 min utes. Place stew in individualserving bowls and sprinklewith the parsley and green onions, if desired. Serves 6. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children's au thor, culinary historian and theauthor of seven cookbooks. Hernew cookbook is "The KitchenDiva's Diabetic Cookbook."Her website is To see how-to videos,recipes and much, much more,Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Face book. Recipes may not bereprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. 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A6 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018 By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern With spooky games and costumes, Sanctuary GamingClub welcomed in the Hal loween season with a cosplayand cookout fundraiser. Cosplay, a combination of “costume” and “play,” is a wayfor people to celebrate their fa vorite characters and have fundressing up, according to T.J.Blankinship, who started thegaming club. Not everyone who came to the Saturday party wore a cos tume, but those who did wereallowed to enter a social mediacosplay contest. People votedfor their favorite costume onsocial media, and the winner –Brandon Dean as Link – wasannounced Monday. Dean re ceived a prize of $25. The cosplay contest wasn’t the only competition, though. During the event, six people participated in a “Magic: TheGathering” draft, where partic ipants open new packs of cardsand take turns choosing a cardto keep. Once everyone hasenough cards, they play withtheir new decks. Brandon Sinclair won the draft and took home the prizeof seven extra card packs. Alldraft participants got to keepthe decks they drafted. For the fundraiser part of the event, The Horsemen Motor cycle Club provided food foreveryone, and guests were en couraged to make a donation ifthey could. The selections in cluded grilled hot dogs, chipsand cookies. Sanctuary Gam ing Club earned $240. Blankinship says 30 people attended the party. Sanctuary Gaming Club is a partner with Drug Free Hardee.Blankinship says they’ve rec ognized there’s a need for kidsto have somewhere to go afterschool where they’re super vised. He hopes that since theyhave a safe place to go, they’llavoid substance abuse. And to help Sanctuary Gam ing Club out, a game store inSebring called The BattleZonehelps Blankinship get gamesat-cost. Gaming Club starts at 3:30 p.m. every weekday and goesuntil 7:30 on Monday, 6:30 onTuesday-Thursday and 10 onFriday. It will be closed for oneweek, from Oct. 26-Nov. 1,and will go back to its normalschedule on Nov. 2. Cosplayers Game The Night Away The party included a “Magic: The Gathering” draft. Brandon Sinclair (left) won andreceived seven packs of cards as a prize. Playing video games during the cosplay party are (from left) Thomas Braddock, Jay den Burch and Braddock Dickey. Thomas is cosplaying as Han Solo from “Star Wars.” PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY Caleb Chavis (left) and David Rivera (middle) are members of The Horsemen Mo torcycle Club, which provided food for the cookout portion of Sanctuary GamingClub’s cosplay and cookout party. T.J. Blankinship (right) started Sanctuary Gaming Club in partnership with Drug Free Hardee. Brandon Dean, who cosplayed as Link from “The Leg end of Zelda,” won the social media cosplay contest. Titus Braddock, cosplaying as Knight Terror, plays a video game. Kerry Chavis cosplayed as an original character. 10:25c O PEN 24 H OURS 526 N. 6th Ave (Across from Nicholas Restaurant) 112 W. Palmetto Open: 7 days (Yellow bldg. behind old carwash) NEW MACHINES • CLEAN • A/C 2 LOCATIONS 24 hr. Customer Service 877-394-0173 2:8tfc


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Candidates for elected office in Hardee County are required by thestate Commission on Ethics to filefull and public disclosures of their fi nancial interests. Form 6, on file at the local Super visor of Elections Office, showswhere or what candidates get their in comes from, what businesses theyhave stakes in and where their finan cial ties lie. The disclosure form also requires candidates to give their net worth, andto list any assets and liabilities in ex cess of $1,000. Net worth is the dif ference between all assets owned andall debts owed, not just those requiredto be itemized on the form. Candidates may list only their pro portionate share of an asset or liabil ity, if held jointly with a spouse or ifshared with partners. Income sources, too, must be re ported if the amount received totaledover $1,000 in a year. To do so, can didates may either fill out a swornstatement or provide a copy of theirmost-recent income tax return. If thetax return is used, the state requirescandidates to provide the full docu ment, including all its schedules andattachments. Businesses the candidates own or maintain a share in also must belisted, including the principal activityof each business and the nature of the candidate’s ownership interest. The state requires the Financial Disclosure Form in order to revealhow candidates make their moneyand what businesses they may be aparty to and/or benefit from; it’s anethical protection to keep elected of ficials from using their positions forpersonal gain or to reward familymembers or friends and business as sociates. Below are the reports.Figures are rounded to the nearest dollar. The values of household goodsand personal effects are intentionallyomitted here as a security measure,but are available on the forms. Keepthat in mind as you review the reports,as it may explain a net worth which isnot supported by the assets and liabil ities published in this article. Errors in a candidate's math or in understanding how to fill out theform, if any, are not corrected here.Forms are shown as submitted by thecandidate and as sworn to under oathas being accurate. County Commission District 2 Rafael Arce — Net Worth: $266,119Assets: West Main Street residence, Wauchula, $280,000; 1998 Dodge ex tended-cab truck, $9,000; 2006Honda Accord and 2008 Land Rover, $24,000; 2012 Buick Enclave,$19,000. Liabilities: Chase card, $4,729; Wauchula State Bank loan, $2,975;Credit One Bank, $703; Best BuyCBNA credit card, $445. Joint & Several Liabilities: Ally Fi nancial Auto, $16,383; MidFloridaCredit Union, $121,783; Capital OneBank, $6,864. Income (Statement): Self-employ ment, $40,000; spouse, School Board,$50,000. Business Interests: BLA Enterprise LLC, Wauchula, construction work,sole owner and president.Noey Flores — Net Worth: $399,283Assets: Ohio Avenue residence and Bluegreen timeshare, $285,000; FirstNational Bank, $4,042; WauchulaState Bank, $2,295; Suncoast CreditUnion, $5,348; FBI Homes LLC,$125,588; A.R.E.A. Homes Inc.,$90,000; Primo Investment Propertiesone-third share, $23,900; MLK Av enue mortgage receivable, $15,500. Liabilities: Wauchula State Bank, $12,000; First National Bank,$20,000. Joint & Several Liabilities: First National Bank, real estate, $194,000;Suncoast Credit Union, auto loans,$50,400. Income (Tax Return): First Na tional Bank, $55,155; Flores & FloresInc., $9,397; A.R.E.A. Homes Inc.,$9,983; Primo Investment Properties,$4,314. Secondary Income Sources: Flores & Flores Inc., Wauchula, real estatesales commissions; FBI and A.R.E.A.Homes Inc., Wauchula, rental andmortgage receivables. Business Interests: Flores & Flores Inc. and A.R.E.A. Homes Inc.,Wauchula, real estate brokerage/in vestment company, owner; FBIHomes LLC, Wauchula, real estateinvestment company, 50-percent part ner; Primo Investment Properties,Wauchula, real estate investmentcompany, one-third partner. County Judge Ken Evers — Net Worth: $391,162Assets: West Main Street, Wauchula, office, $150,000; Magno lia Lane, Wauchula, residence,$175,000; Georgetown Loop,Wauchula, residence, $236,000;Lakeview Drive, Sebring, unit,$80,000; Kenneth B. Evers P.A.stock, $168,000; First National Bankof Wauchula stock, $30,000; Mid Florida Credit Union, checking ac count, $1,187; T. Rowe Price, 529account, $1,386. Liabilities: Wauchula State Bank, $79,535; Wauchula State Bank, $83,553; First National Bank ofWauchula, $29,115; First NationalBank of Wauchula, $84,489; First Na tional Bank of Wauchula, $51,953;Nationstar Mortgage d/b/a Mr.Cooper, $71,696; David Garza asTrustee, $51,600; American Educa tion Services, $29,897. Income (Statement): Kenneth B. Evers P.A., $60,000; First NationalBank of Wauchula, $15,000. Secondary Income Sources: Ken neth B. Evers P.A., Hardee Countycounty government, Wauchula; Ken neth B. Ever P.A., Hardee County In dustrial Development Authority,Wauchula. Business Interests: First National Bank of Wauchula, bank, director, 25shares stock (less than or equal to fivepercent).David Horton — Net Worth: -$50,995Assets: MidFlorida Credit Union accounts, $55,000; Ford truck,$5,000; Toyota Camry, $8,000; Stateof Florida Deferred Retirement Ac count, $3,500. Liabilities: Department of Educa tion Federal Loan Servicing,$147,185; MidFlorida Credit Union,$4,210. Income (Statement): State of Florida 10th Judicial Circuit, PublicDefender’s Office, $61,500. Candidates File Financial Disclosures VG2 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018 Noey A.FLORES for HARDEE COUNTY COMMISSION DIST. 2 ABOUT ME:Hardee County GraduateA.S. in Business AdministrationMember of First Baptist ChurchGraduate of the Florida School of BankingBroker/Owner of Flores & Flores, Inc. Real Estate Brokerage Experienced Bank Loan OfficerWauchula Lions Club since 1999, 2x PresidentWauchula Kiwanis Club since 2012, Current PresidentServed on Hardee County Parks and Recreation Committee, Current Chairma Political advertisement paid for and approved by Noey A. Flores, Republican for Hardee County Commissioner District 2 Stands for: The People of Hardee County Transparency Integrity Unity Communication The Future of Generations to Come 10:4pAbout This Guide … All four candidates for public office in Hardee County who are on the General Election ballot were asked toparticipate in this Voter’s Guide. They each filled out a brief biographical sketch. The form asked for their highest degree obtained and 15-year employment history, along with a statement ex plaining why each is the preferred candidate. This Candidate Profile will provide you with an at-aglance glimpse into each candidate and his campaign. Candidates also were asked to answer three ques tions specific to their race and reflecting matters of pub lic interest. Candidates’ answers appear as written b y them, with no editing, and provide a deeper look intoeach candidate’s thoughts on matters important to you. In both instances – the profile statement and the question responses – strict word limits were enforced,50 for the at-a-glance profiles and 200 each for the threerace-specific queries. All four candidates abided by thelimits. Campaign finance reportspublished here are current toOct. 5, three weeks before thestart of Early Voting and a fullmonth before the GeneralElection. The most campaignactivity, however, may occur inthe final days prior to the elec tion date of Nov. 6. Reports forthe time periods Oct. 6-12 andlater, however, were not dueinto the Supervisor of Elec tions Office until after dead line for this section. County Commission District 2 Rafael Arce — Treasurer: SelfContributions: $1,650Expenditures: $1,614Contributors:Self, $1,000.David Garza, Wauchula, self-employed, $100. Self, $200.Nancy Armstrong, no city or occupation listed, $200 Self, $150. Noey Flores — Treasurer: SelfContributions: $6,413.54Expenditures: $4,528.31Contributors:Self, $200.Self, $13.70.Self, $200.Self, $200.Self, $500.Self, $150.Self, $600.Marlene A. Hyde, Bartow, retired, $65. Oralia Flores, Wauchula, retired, $500. M.E. Wilkins, Wauchula, retired, $200. Self, $300.Self, $300.Robert Belflower, Wauchula, retired, $50. Pamela Belflower, Wauchula, retired, $50. Richard L. Maenpaa, Wauchula, retired, $100. Flores & Flores Inc., Wauchula, real estate, in-kind, materials for sign, $191. Self, in-kind, sign materials, $124.78. Antonio Rodriguez, Zolfo Springs, retired, $100. Self, $203.Self, in-kind, hot dogs, $95.54.Pam Belflower, Wauchula, bookkeeper, $500. Oralia Flores, Wauchula, retired, $500. Hardee Republican Party, no city listed, political party, $750. Hardee Republican Party, no city listed, political party, $750. Juan Delatorre, no city listed, real estate, $500. County Judge Ken Evers — Treasurer: SelfContributions: $14,461Expenditures: $13,593.08Contributors:Self, $50.Joe L. Davis Jr. Revocable Trust, Avon Park, citrus, $500. Barbara C. Carlton, Wauchula, citrus, $500. Stanley Pelham, Wauchula, consultant, $200. Dale Johnson, Wauchula, citrus, $500. Kaylor Law Group, Lakeland, lawyer, $250. Ringo Ranch Inc., Lake Suzy, ranch, $500. Walter S. Farr, Wauchula, accountant, $250. F.L. Revell Jr., Wauchula, grove owner, $1,000. James V. See Jr., Wauchula, real estate, $250. Doyle Carlton III, Wauchula, ranch owner, $500. David M. Durrando, Wauchula, ranch owner, $250. John O’Neal, Wauchula, realtor, $100. David Singletary Insurance, Wauchula, insurance, $250. Self, $250.Self, $250.Sharon Moye, Wauchula, farmer, $200. Self, $225.Richard Maenpaa, Wauchula, retired, $200. Charles & Bonnie Potter, Wauchula, retired, $100. Emma Whitehurst, Wauchula, retired, $250. Cliff Ables, Sebring, attorney, $500. Emma Whitehurst, Wauchula, retired, $300. Victoria Albritton, Zolfo Springs, retired, $200. Stanley Pelham, Wauchula, accountant, $250. Marie Z. Lambert, Bowling Green, retired, $500. Barbara Carlton, Wauchula, retired, $500. 4C Partnership, Wauchula, citrus, $500. RGC Heartland, Wauchula, investment, $500. Richard Dye, Zolfo Springs, retired, $100. Clayton & Fay Evers, Wauchula, retired, $1,000. Self, $100.Self, $300.Sammie W. Long Revocable Trust, Wauchula, retired, $100. Self, $260.Self, $30.Clayton Sr. & Fay Evers, Wauchula, retired, $500. Clayton Evers Jr., Dover, IT, $500. Self, $500.Sammie W. Long, Wauchula, retired, $100. Melvin & Marlene Taylor, Taylor Citrus & Cattle, Myakka City, retired, $300. Charles L. Shackelford, Wauchula, retired, $500. James E. Pyle, Wauchula, no occupation listed, in-kind, sign frames, $50. Gayle M. Palmer, Bowling Green, retired, $500. David Horton — Treasurer: SelfContributions: $17,080Expenditures: $16,684.21Contributors:Self, $50.Robert John Trogolo, Mulberry, retired, $100. Mattie Kate Buchanan, St. Petersburg, retired, $1,000. Nummi & Associates, Tampa, attorney, $1,000. Broadas Fernley Horton, Palm Harbor, retired, $1,000. Ruth Horton, Palm Harbor, retired, $1,000. Carla Faletti, Lebanon, Va., attorney, $250. Neal Bertrand Horton, Safety Harbor, retired, $500. Tara Bartosiewicz-Blom, Cranford, N.J., attorney, $30. Geoffrey Foster, Bartow, attorney, $500. Lisa B. Lott, Lakeland, attorney, $250. Peter N. Mills, Bartow, attorney, $200. Kathryn Gillette, St. Petersburg, hospital CEO, $500, Lisa Nummi, St. Petersburg, hospital COO, $1,000. Adam Stohler, Ellsworth AFB, S.D., Air Force officer, $250. Beth M. Arreguin, Jacksonville, attorney, $300. Amy P. Thornhill, Lakeland, attorney, $250. Guy David Bradstock, Bartow, attorney, $300. Robert A. Young, Winter Haven, attorney, $500. James Marion Moorman, Bartow, attorney, $500. Taylor Law, Bartow, law firm, $100. Self, $65. Self, in-kind, no description listed, $157.18. Peter Mills, Bartow, attorney, in-kind, sign, $30. Self, in-kind, business cards, $16.98. Self, in-kind, car magnets, $92.53. Self, in-kind, Facebook ad, $10. Taylor Davidson, Lakeland, attorney, $250. Hackworth Law, Tampa, law firm, $250. Julia Williamson, Auburndale, attorney, $200. Self, in-kind, Facebook ad, $5.Self, in-kind, Facebook ad, $4.Self, in-kind, ad, $12. Gary Delatorre, Wauchula, real estate broker, $500. Kaylor Law Group, Lakeland, law firm $250. Self, in-kind, campaign cards and literature, $141.79. Ted Lasseigne, Haines City, attorney, $250. Anthony Dimillio, Washington, D.C., attorney, $500. Geoff Foster, Bartow, attorney, $250. Carla O’Bryan, Zolfo Springs, in-kind, scrap wood, $20. Gary Delatorre, Wauchula, realtor, $500. J. Marion Moorman, Bartow, retired, in-kind, postage and letters, $441.20. Charles Cannon, Wauchula, retired, $200. Dorothy Trogolo, Mulberry, retired, $100. DDB Law, Lakeland, law firm, $200. Kaylor Kaylor & Leto, law firm, $250. Law Firm of William Lobb, Bartow, law firm, $100. Margaret Blanco, Wauchula, retired, $100. Elver Hodges, Wauchula, retired, $50. Frank Vasquez, Wauchula, realtor, $300. Louise Jones, Wauchula, retired, $100. Self, in-kind, mailers, $62.63. Deborah Goins, Lakeland, attorney, $200. Self, in-kind, advertisement materials, $229.79. William Sharwell, Tampa, attorney, $300. Eric Gardner, Lakeland, attorney, $200. Self, in-kind, advertisement, $50. Ruth G. Horton, Palm Harbor, retired, $1,000. Annette Westfall, Palm Harbor, lab worker, $500. Charles Cannon, Wauchula, retired, $200. Geoffrey Foster, Bartow, lawyer, $500. David Brueckheimer, Winter Haven, lawyer, $150. Self, in-kind, print literature, $284.99. Kathleen Roehm, Wauchula, daycare, in-kind, website, $100. Richard Nummi, St. Petersburg, lawyer, in-kind, wood and screws, $80. Howardene Garrett, Lakeland, attorney, $100. Robert Sauls, Lakeland, mechanic, in-kind, candy for parade, $100. Candidate Campaign Treasury Reports


Vote HORTON for Hardee County Judge! The RIGHT experience trumps where a candidate grew up. A look at the real numbers and experience! Cases closed in Hardee County Court from Jan. 2017 to Nov. 2017Source: Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA) Community Involvement: Wauchula Lions Club President Take Stock In Children Mentor at Hardee High School Wauchula Rotary Club Hardee Habitat For Humanity Board Member First United Methodist Church Cutting Edge Ministries Volunteer Feed My Sheep Food Bank Horton Has The Trial & Courtroom Experience Judges Need! Political advertisement paid for and approved by David Horton, nonpartisan candidate for Hardee County Judge. 10:25c Criminal Offenses Cases 506 8.52% Extensive Criminal Experience 0 Criminal Traffic Cases5739.65%Extensive Criminal Traffic Experience 0 Civil Traffic Cases (Traffic Tickets) 4,661 78.52% Extensive Civil Traffic ( Traffic Tickets) Experience 0 Civil Cases1963.3%Extensive Civil Experience0 Total 5,936 99.99% Jury Trial Experience 52+ 0 Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer 0 Horton Evers Why Should You Vote For Me? Hardee Needs An Experienced Judge Family Law Mediators In Hardee Mental Heath Court in Hardee Teen Court In Hardee Hardee Deserves Same As Other Counties In The Circuit! With mid-term elections traditionally pre senting a shorter ballot, some voters may besurprised by the rather lengthy list of choiceswhich awaits them. In addition to picking a governor, U.S. and state senators and representatives, Cabinetmembers, who’s on the circuit and statebenches, and the two local offices of countycommissioner and county judge, there are 12proposed amendments to the Florida Constitu tion seeking voter approval or rejection. It had been 13, but the state Supreme Court removed one from the ballot last month. Several others still faced legal challenges, but justices last week ruled to keep them all onthe ballot. Of concern was that the referendums placed on the ballot by the Constitution RevisionCommission, which meets only every 20 years,contain multiple, or “bundled,” measuresrather than the single-subject amendments re quired of citizen initiatives. The high court noted the Constitution Revi sion Commission is not bound by the single-subject rule, though it was critical of the“bundling,” which could force voters to mark“yes” on a proposal they disagree with in orderto register a “yes” on one they favor. For ex ample, voting for victims’ rights would alsomean voting for increasing the mandatory re tirement age for judges, or nixing offshore oildrilling will also prohibit vaping at work. Regardless of the legality of it all, the bundling will make decisions tougher at thepolls. Proposed amendments must win 60 percent of the total vote to pass. Below is a summary of each amendment you will face. AMENDMENT 1 Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption Ballot Language : Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to increase the home stead exemption by exempting the assessedvaluation of homestead property greater than$100,000 and up to $125,000 for all leviesother than school district levies. The amend ment shall take effect January 1, 2019. What Your Vote Means:A YES vote exempts home values between $100,000 through $125,000 from propertytaxes – other than school taxes – which in creases the maximum homestead exemption to$75,000. A NO vote keeps the current homestead ex emption structure and retains the $50,000 ex emption rather than raising it to $75,000. AMENDMENT 2 Limitations on Property Tax Exemptions Ballot Language: Proposing an amendment to the state constitution to permanently retainprovisions currently in effect, which limitproperty tax assessment increases on specifiednon-homestead real property, except for schooldistrict taxes, to 10 percent each year. If ap proved, the amendment removes the scheduledrepeal of such provisions in 2019 and shalltake effect January 1, 2019. What Your Vote Means:A YES vote removes the January 1, 2019, sunset provision on the property tax assess ment limitations of 10 percent each year forreal property. A NO vote maintains the January 1, 2019, expiration date for the 10 percent property taxlimitation. AMENDMENT 3 Voter Control of Gambling in Florida Ballot Language: This amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusiveright to decide whether to authorize casinogambling by requiring that, in order for casinogambling to be authorized under Florida law,it must be approved by Florida voters pursuant to Article XI, Section 3 of the Florida Consti tution. Affects articles X and XI. Definescasino gambling and clarifies that this amend ment does not conflict with federal law regard ing state/tribal compacts. What Your Vote Means:A YES vote gives Floridians the exclusive right to authorize casino gambling within thestate. A NO vote keeps the right to authorize casino gambling within the Legislature. AMENDMENT 4 Voting Restoration Amendment Ballot Language: This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony con victions after they complete all terms of theirsentence including parole and probation. Theamendment would not apply to those convictedof murder or sexual offenses, who would con tinue to be permanently barred from voting un less the Governor and Cabinet vote to restoretheir voting rights on a case-by-case basis. What Your Vote Means:A YES vote restores the right to vote for people who have committed felony crimes.There are some exceptions for individuals whohave committed murder or a felony sexual of fense. A NO vote continues the practice of requir ing former felons to petition the state forrestoration of voting rights. AMENDMENT 5 Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees Ballot Language: Prohibits the Legislature from imposing, authorizing, or raising a statetax or fee except through legislation approvedby a two-thirds vote of each house of the Leg islature in a bill containing no other subject.This proposal does not authorize a state tax orfee otherwise prohibited by the Constitutionand does not apply to fees or taxes imposed orauthorized to be imposed by a county, munic ipality, school board, or special district. What Your Vote Means:A YES vote mandates a two-thirds vote by each chamber of the Legislature in order toenact new taxes or raise an existing tax/fee. A NO vote retains the current simple major ity required to enact new taxes or raise existingones. AMENDMENT 6 Rights of Crime Victims and Judges Ballot Language: Creates constitutional rights for victims of crime; requires courts tofacilitate victims’ rights; authorizes victims toenforce their rights throughout criminal and ju venile justice processes. Requires judges andhearing officers to independently interpretstatutes and rules rather than deferring to agovernment agency’s interpretation. Raisesmandatory retirement age of state justices andjudges from 70 to 75 years; deletes authoriza tion to complete judicial term if one-half ofterm has been served by retirement age. What Your Vote Means:A YES vote (1) adds rights for crime vic tims, collectively known as Marsy’s Law, tothe Florida Constitution; (2) requires that statecourts independently interpret statutes ratherthan deferring to administrative agencies; and(3) raises the retirement age for judges from 70to 75. A NO vote (1) retains the status quo on con stitutional rights of crime victims; (2) allowsjudges to continue the pattern of deferenceshown toward agencies; and (3) maintains thecurrent mandatory retirement age for judges. AMENDMENT 7 First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities Ballot Language: Grants mandatory pay ment of death benefits and waiver of certaineducational expenses to qualifying survivorsof certain first responders and military mem bers who die performing official duties. Re quires supermajority votes by universitytrustees and state university system board ofgovernors to raise or impose all legislatively-authorized fees if law requires approval bythose bodies. Establishes existing state collegesystem as constitutional entity; provides gov ernance structure: What Your Vote Means:A YES vote (1) provides mandatory death benefits to the surviving spouses of qualifyingfirst responders and military personnel who diein the course of duty; (2) requires an affirma tive supermajority vote in order to raise uni versity fees; and (3) cements the currentgovernance structure of Florida’s higher edu cation system into the Constitution. A NO vote (1) does not establish mandatory death benefits to first responders and militarypersonnel; (2) retains the simple majority nec essary to raise college fees; and (3) does notadd language regarding the structure of statecolleges to the Constitution. AMENDMENT 8 School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools This Amendment, should it appear on any ballot statewide, will not count. The FloridaSupreme Court ruled Sept. 7 to remove thisAmendment from consideration. AMENDMENT 9 Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces Ballot Language: Prohibits drilling for the exploration or extraction of oil and natural gasbeneath all state-owned waters between themean high water line and the state’s outermostterritorial boundaries. Adds use of vapor-gen erating electronic devices to the current prohi bition of tobacco smoking in enclosed indoorworkplaces with exceptions; permits more re strictive local vapor ordinances. What Your Vote Means:A YES vote (1) forbids offshore drilling for oil and natural gas in Florida waters and (2)bans the use of vapor-generating electronic de vices in indoor workplaces. A NO vote (1) does not actively forbid off shore drilling and (2) does not add language tothe Florida Constitution that prohibits vapingin the workplace. AMENDMENT 10 State and Local Government Structure and Operation Ballot Language: Requires the Legislature to retain department of veterans’ affairs. En sures election of sheriffs, property appraisers,supervisors of elections, tax collectors, andclerks of court in all counties; removes countycharters’ ability to abolish, change term, trans fer duties, or eliminate election of these of fices. Changes annual legislative sessioncommencement date in even-numbered yearsfrom March to January; removes the Legisla ture’s authorization to fix another date. Createsoffice of domestic security and counterterror ism within department of law enforcement. What Your Vote Means: A YES vote (1) requires that the Legislature provide for a Department of Veteran Affairs;(2) creates an Office of Domestic Security &Counter-Terrorism; (3) holds that the Legisla ture meet on the second Tuesday of January in even-numbered years; and (4) prevents coun ties from abolishing certain offices, and re quires elections for those offices. A NO vote (1) simply authorizes the Legis lature to provide for a Department of Veteran Affairs; (2) does not create an Office of Do mestic Security & Counter-Terrorism; (3)keeps the current meeting dates of the Legis lature; and (4) refrains from adding languagethat prevents the abolition of certain county of fices. AMENDMENT 11 Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes Ballot Language: Removes discriminatory language related to real property rights. Re moves obsolete language repealed by voters.Deletes provisions that amendment of a crim inal statute will not affect prosecution or penal ties for a crime committed before theamendment; retains current provision allowingprosecution of a crime committed before therepeal of a criminal statute. What Your Vote Means:A YES vote (1) repeals a provision that pro hibits foreign-born people who are not eligiblefor citizenship from owning, disposing, or in heriting real property; (2) removes obsoletelanguage regarding high-speed transportationin Florida; and (3) clarifies language regardingthe repeal of a criminal statute and its prosecu tion. A NO vote (1) keeps the language that pre vents foreign-born people who are not eligiblefor citizenship from owning, disposing, or in heriting real property; (2) retains the high-speed transportation language in theconstitution; and (3) maintains the current lan guage regarding criminal statutes. AMENDMENT 12 Lobbying and Abuse of Office By Public Officers Ballot Language: Expands current restric tions on lobbying for compensation by formerpublic officers; creates restrictions on lobbyingfor compensation by serving public officersand former justices and judges; provides ex ceptions; prohibits use of a public position bypublic officers and employees to obtain a per sonal benefit. What Your Vote Means:A YES vote prevents public officers from lobbying for compensation during their termand for six years thereafter. A NO vote does not create any additional lobbying restrictions for public officers. AMENDMENT 13 Ends Dog Racing Ballot Language: Phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by2020. Other gaming activities are not affected. What Your Vote Means:A YES vote establishes a constitutional pro hibition on the racing of and gambling on grey hounds or other dogs. A NO vote maintains the status quo regard ing commercial dog racing in Florida. Constitutional Amendments Summary October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate VG3


VG Herald-Advocate would like to wish all candidates good luck in their campaign and ensuing elected positions. It is a privilege and responsibility to get out and VOTE The VG NOTICE TO THE VOTER A candidate in the race for the office of Rep resentative in Congress, District 17 haspassed away resulting in a replacement can didate as permitted by law. Please be ad vised that: A vote cast for Greg Steube will count forGreg Steube. A vote cast for April Freeman will count forAllen Ellison.________________________________________________ AVISO AL VOTANTE Un candidato en la carrera por la oficina deRepresentante en el Congreso, el Distrito 17falleci, lo que resulto en un candidato dereemplazo segn lo permitido pro la ley. Porfavor, este avisado de que: Un voto emitido para Greg Steube contarapara Greg Steube.Un voto emitido para April Freeman contarapara Allen Ellison. 10:25,11:1c VG4 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018 October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate VG5


Hardee County Judge Ken Evers Candidate Profile Age: 50 Occupation: Attorney, Private Practice Highest Degree Obtained: Juris Doctor, Stetson University College of Law, 1995 15-Year Employment History: To Present Private Law Practice, Kenneth B. Evers, P.A./Wauchula What Makes You The Best Candidate?I have the best combination of legal/life experiencesto qualify for the job. County Court Judges hearmainly civil, non-jury cases, and that has been the na ture of my practice in Hardee County for 23 years. 10:25p Candidate Questions Evers 1.) What are the specific aspects of this judicial po sition that moved you to decide to run for it? There are three (3) aspects of the Hardee County Judge position that influenced my decision to run. First, the county court has lower jurisdictional limits at issue and deals primarily with less serious issues. Havingserved on the Tenth Circuit’s Judicial Nominating Com mission (responsible for making recommendations to thegovernor on those fit to fill judicial vacancies), I inter viewed literally hundreds of judicial applicants over theyears and share the opinion of my colleagues that mostlawyers would benefit from starting a judicial career incounty court to gain much needed experience before han dling the more serious issues addressed by a Circuit Judge. Second, the County Judge position is limited to resi dents of Hardee County. I believe a core knowledge of thecommunity is imperative to understanding the community.Having practiced law here for twenty-three (23) years andhaving been a life-long resident, I understand this commu nity and what makes it tick. Lastly, the county court offers the opportunity to inter act with the residents (traffic and small claims) in a waylike no other judicial position. Residents will leave courtknowing they got a fair shake, having been treated with thedignity and respect each deserves. 2.) If you observed a party in your courtroom being poorly represented by an unprepared or ineffectivelawyer, how would you handle the situation? If I observed a party being poorly represented by an unprepared or ineffective lawyer, my response would de pend on the circumstances presented. In civil cases, “unprepared” attorneys appear fre quently. “Ineffective” is hard to determine at any particularmoment in time as what appears to be “ineffective” n ow may still result in a favorable outcome to the client making the representation “effective” regardless. In civil cases, parties hire and fire their own lawyers. It would be inappropriate for a judge to intervene as thatparty has the ability to replace his/her counsel at will. In criminal cases, it is a little more complicated as con stitutional rights may be at issue. A criminal defendantusing a court-appointed attorney may file a motion to ap point new counsel and would be entitled to be heard on that motion. He/she may also use “ineffective assistance ofcounsel” as a basis to appeal any adverse ruling subject toappeal. Either way, it would be inappropriate, if a ju dge unilaterally acted on such observation, unless the ineffec tiveness was blatantly obvious such as sleeping throughtrial. Some instances may justify reporting to the FloridaBar but those would be handled on a case by case basis. 3.) Judges should be selected based on their legal abilities, temperament and commitment to follow thelaw and decide cases impartially, according to theFlorida Bar’s Judicial Independence and Judicial Ad ministration & Evaluation committees. How do youstack up in each regard? It is clearly important for judges to possess legal ability, have the right judicial temperament, and commitment tofollow the law. Because my practice is private, my legal abilities are constantly being tested and measured. They are measuredby the success I have enjoyed over the years in maintaininga practice in a small town. I enjoy a good reputation forbeing reasonable, knowing the law, and providing efficient,yet highly competent representation in and outside thiscounty. Judicial temperament requires discipline and the ability to remain even keeled and level headed with measured re straint to maintain composure under some circumstances.I have demonstrated this trait repeatedly in very public fo rums with my representation of local boards. Impartiality in decision making is a core requirement of any judge. If elected, I am committed to following thelaw and making decisions impartially based on the factspresented and the application of the law to those facts. David N. Horton Candidate Profile Age: 36 Occupation: Attorney, Assistant Public Defender/Hardee County Chief Highest Degree Obtained: Juris Doctor, Appalachian School of Law, 2010 15-Year Employment History: 2010 — Present Assistant Public Defender, 10th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office Summer 2009 Summer Intern, McCormick & O’Brien/Manhattan Summer 2008 Summer Intern, Tazewell Commonwealth Attorney’s Office/Virginia 2005 — 2007 Teacher, Stewart Middle Magnet School/Tampa What Makes You The Best Candidate?I’m the only candidate that lives in Hardee and has the necessary courtroom and trial experience to makethe tough decisions. Also, I’m the only Florida BarBoard Certified Trial Lawyer in Hardee. Over 90% ofcases in County Court are criminal, criminal trafficor civil traffic. That’s my experience. Candidate Questions Horton 1.) What are the specific aspects of this judicial p o sition that moved you to decide to run for it? I want to see people treated fairly and see the rule s fol lowed. For people to be treated fairly by the judge, the judge needs to have experience with the rules of the court. Thejudge needs to have experience trying cases. The judgeneeds to have experience interacting and working wit h law enforcement, defendants, victims, social services, proba tion, the Department of Corrections and the court systemsin Polk and Highlands County. When I realized JudgeMcKibben was being forced to retired due to his age, Ilooked around in this county and thought, “Who has thecourt experience to make sure the Constitution is followedin criminal cases?” None of the big lawyers in Wauchulapractice criminal law. I talked with my wife and fam ily. I prayed about running for judge. I felt moved by Him t o file and moved here to stand up for the people in HardeeCounty. I filed for County Judge, instead of Circuit, becauseI felt I could do the most good for the Hardee. I want tobring Family Law Mediators here from Bartow. I want to start a Mental Health Court and a Teen Court. Hardee de serves the same as Polk and Highlands. 2.) If you observed a party in your courtroom being poorly represented by an unprepared or ineffective lawyer, how would you handle the situation? Essentially, Judges are supposed to be the umpires of the courtroom. Judges are supposed to call the balls and strikes. Judges should not help one party or the other, re gardless of how a lawyer is performing. Judges shou ld al ways remain neutral during the proceedings. How would it look if the Judge helped the a criminal defendant who de cided he wanted to represent himself. How would it lookto a criminal defendant if the Judge helped the prosecutorintroduce a piece of evidence? Biased. A judge must alwaysappear to be neutral. It is up to the lawyers to advocate, to argue for their client. The truth is, plenty of lawyers don’t perform as they should. Not all lawyers are created equal. On occasi on, I’ve won jury trials simply because the opposing lawyer was un derprepared or didn’t master the facts and law of the case. If a lawyer is so unprepared that the lawyer renders something called, “ineffective assistance of counse l,” the upset party can sometimes file a claim after the case is over.If the lawyer’s performance was ineffective, courts cangrant relief depending on the circumstances and the law. Usually, this is in criminal and dependency court. 3.) Judges should be selected based on their legal abilities, temperament and commitment to follow thelaw and decide cases impartially, according to the Florida Bar’s Judicial Independence and Judicial Ad ministration & Evaluation committees. How do you stack up in each regard? Abilities: I am the only Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer in Hardee County. I have passed an extensive ad ditional six hour test, evaluations from judges and l awyers, and I’ve handled many complex jury trials. I have signifi cant experience in all but roughly 3-5% of the county casesclosed last year. I’m very skilled. Ask a trial clerk or a bailiff. Temperament: I have been blessed with a great tem perament. I used to be a school teacher before law school. I look at my current job as one where I can show kind ness and respect to people on what might be the worst day of their life. Impartiality: I’m not from Hardee. I’m not related to anyone in the county but my wife and daughter. I can easilybe fair and impartial without all of the connections enjoyedby my opponent. I’m not worried about who my cousinsare or who sits next to who at church. Impartiality of thejudge is so important to me, that for one client I moved torecuse every single judge in Polk, Hardee and Highland s. The Florida Supreme Court appointed a Circuit Judge from Orlando so my client would have an impartial judge. VG6 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018


Candidate Questions Flores 1.) If elected, what would be your top three objec tives as a county commissioner? I would like to help unify the county which has become very divided. In order to move this county forward, we ascommissioners need have better communication with theconstituents of Hardee County. My plan as a commissioneris to have an open-door policy, for any questions or con cerns. The second objective will be to research an opportunity to provide some type of recreation for the children of thiscommunity. I would like us to develop some type of smallcounty-owned splash water park, to include features likewaterslides, a splash playground, and a lazy river. I have seen this type of park in another similar-sized county. Itprovides self-sustaining revenue and provides a positiveeconomic impact on our county. My third objective is to ease the restrictions on dividing up properties as an affordable option to develop more hous ing opportunities. As we have seen, the values of properties continue to rise due to the lack thereof. It is very importantthat we plan for a supply of affordable housing by utilizingthe severance tax funds to provide infrastructure for new housing developments. 2.) How would you like to see economic develop ment dollars spent to grow the local economy, the taxbase and increase the number of jobs available in our community? I am excited to hear that the last contract for the mining and the severance taxes were allocated to help with infra structure, workforce, and economic development. This ac commodation will open the doors for some funds to be usedfor other projects. The infrastructure portion of the fundscould be used to help provide water and sewer to propertiesoutside the municipalities to help with the development of more housing. Therefore, developers would be able to con tinue with the construction of the roads that would meet therequirements for county takeover. Funds could be used tohelp municipalities with expansion of city water and sewerplants. With the addition of a small water or splash park that created revenue to maintain itself, we might pull in vis itors from surrounding counties. These visitors might spendfurther dollars shopping and dining in Hardee County. That situation might, in turn, create a greater need for new busi nesses. I would like us to work with SWFWMD and othergovernment agencies to allow some type of developmentalong the river for dining and shopping. These funds could assist in providing the necessary infrastructure to help uti lize the Peace River as a draw to Hardee County. 3.) The University of Florida Bureau of Economic & Business Research projects Hardee County’s popu lation to remain relatively flat through the year 2045.Public safety expenditures currently consume nearly all revenue from ad-valorem taxes levied on real and tan gible property across the county. With the countybudget seemingly increasing every year and the tax baseexperiencing relatively flat to modest growth, what would be your solution to address the potential budget ary issues? This tough question requires that the board of commis sioners consider all the factors involved that affect ourcounty’s growth. As we continue to see more young people leave for higher education and employment, budgetary is sues will continue to be a concern. I believe that department heads should review their budgets as if they were their own household budgets. Many times, departments heads try to spend remaining funds intheir budgets to continue receiving the same or more forthe following years. As a government we need to rememberthat these are the tax dollars of the residents of our county and should be spent conservatively. I believe that the county could consider other forms of revenue that provide some type of return of services for theresidents of Hardee County. It is my belief that the water park idea could provide another source of revenue and pro vide some type of recreation to Hardee and surrounding counties. I would also employ some local residents. The budgetary issues are going to require a team effort between the county and residents. The county needs tomake sure that we are conservative with the spending and the residents need to be become better informed. County Commission District 2 Noey A. Flores Candidate Profile Age: 44 Occupation: Broker/Owner, Flores & Flores Inc. Highest Degree Obtained: Associate of Science in Business Administration, South Florida State College, 1995 15-Year Employment History: 2011-Present Broker/Owner, Flores & Flores Inc./ Wauchula 2014-2018 Assistant Vice President/Lender, First National Bank of Wauchula 2003-2011 Broker Associate, Flores & Flores Inc./Wauchula What Makes You The Best Candidate?I am the right choice, due to my past experiences inthe public sector as a business owner and my leader ship roles in local clubs and committees. I promiseto decide on key issues from the heart and make sureit’s in the best interest of Hardee County. Rafael Arce Candidate Profile Age: 51 Occupation: Construction Highest Degree Obtained: High School Diploma, 1985 15-Year Employment History: 2014 — Present Owner/President, BLA Enterprise LLC/Wauchula 2012-2013 Cobb Construction 2006-2011 Construction Work, Self-Employed 2004-2005 Cobb Roofing 2001-2004 RCMA Facility Manager, State of Florida What Makes You The Best Candidate?I’m on the planning and zoning board. I completedFlorida Sunshine Law and commissioner trainings.With construction experience, I’m knowledgeable ofthe codes and regulations. I’ve experienced the lackof growth that has hindered the residents and futuregenerations. I’m the voice to represent the people tomake change happen! Candidate Questions Arce 1.) If elected, what would be your top three ob jectives as a county commissioner? To gain the trust of the people and work with the resi dents by involving them in important decision making forthe benefit of the people and the county. It is important toallow the residents of Hardee County to get involved withthe board meetings and allow them to speak and make theirpoint. The three minute time frame, needs to be revised toallow the residents to complete their views. The countycommissioners need to remember we are here to serve thepublic. This is their county! 2.) How would you like to see economic develop ment dollars spent to grow the local economy, the taxbase and increase the number of jobs available in ourcommunity? I would like there to be a grant created in which exist ing businesses can apply for, so they may use to beautifyor upgrade their building structure, equipment, and techni cal resources. This would encourage locals and visitors tovisit and invest in the local products or services. It wouldallow businesses to prosper and even afford to hire moreemployees. I would also like money to be used to invest inentertainment businesses in Hardee County. This wouldallow employment opportunities. Our residents, visitors,and neighboring counties would benefit from the leisureactivities, as well as contribute to the economic growth ofour community by investing tax dollars in the county. 3.) The University of Florida Bureau of Economic & Business Research projects Hardee County’s popu lation to remain relatively flat through the year 2045.Public safety expenditures currently consume nearly allrevenue from ad-valorem taxes levied on real and tan gible property across the county. With the countybudget seemingly increasing every year and the tax baseexperiencing relatively flat to modest growth, whatwould be your solution to address the potential budget ary issues? The budgetary is an issue that needs to be addressed and revised by the county commissioners. An area thatneeds attention is fair taxing of businesses in our commu nity. It is a known fact that large industries make moremoney from our county, but pay low percentile of tax dol lars compared to other small agriculture or small businessesbecause of set of regulations. In reference to property taxdollars, it is necessary to involve the community input, aswell as well the property appraiser, to address necessaryfair property taxes, before the commissioners can make ap propriate suggestions to the property appraiser and countymanager. This is an area that definitely involves great team work to benefit the county. October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate VG7 On November 6th you will be casting your ballot for the future of our community. You will be casting your ballot for your children and grandchildren’s future in Hardee County. Vote for a brighter tomorrow, Vote Ralph Arce for C OUNTY C OMMISSIONER D ISTRICT 2. Political ad Paid For and Approved By Rafael Arce, Democrat for County Commissioner District Two VG Vote November 6! Precinct 1 Fort Green Baptist Church, 2875 Baptist Church Rd. Precinct 2 Bowling Green Faith Assembly of God, 4937 US Highway 17 North Precinct 3 Bowling Green Council Chambers, 104 E. Main St Precinct 4 First United Methodist Church of Wauchula (Fellowship Hall) 207 North 7th Avenue Precinct 5 Ona Baptist Church, 131 Bear Ln. Precinct 6 Courthouse Annex County Commission Chambers, 412 W. Orange St. Room 102 (Wauchula) Precinct 7 Zolfo Springs Civic Center, 3210 Hwy 17 S. Precinct 8 First Missionary Baptist Church 1333 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.) (Wauchula) Precinct 9 New Hope Baptist Church, 1999 State Road 64 E. (Wauchula) Precinct 10 Wauchula City Hall, 225 E. Main St. (Wauchula) Precinct 11 PRECO (REA) Park, 220 Knight Rd. (Wauchula) Precinct 12 Hardee Civic Center, Civic Center Dr. (Wauchula) Voting Precinct Locations:


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October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A15 Bowling Green Fall Festival Held Oct. 20 PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY Leslie Long, festival co-chair, and Amanda Albritton atthe concession booth Kaylee Murphy, 2, of Wauchula was enjoying her day atthe festival. Henrietta Benson helped run the concession booth. These kids were having fun looking for pirate coins ina tub of water beads as Chiquita Robinson looks on. The Fall Festival Express was driven by Matt Fite. These children enjoyed the Caldron Toss. Face painting was very popular at the festival. Gettingher face painted is Keiana Jackson, 3, of Bowling Greenwhile Amari Deleon of Wauchula did the painting. Also getting his face painted was Naheem Martinez, 5,of Bowling Green with Aliyah Blas of Wauchula. Mother and daughter Cassandra Briseno and Abby Martinez, 9, of Bowling Green enjoy the fun. A game of bowling is always a hit. An old-fashioned cake walk was run by City Commis sioner Shirley Tucker. Her helpers were Patrice and Shelby Baker. Annabelle Horton won these delicious cupcakes at thecake walk on her very first try. Pictured with Annabelleis Patrice Baker. The Bowling Green Police Department was on hand forthe event. Pictured are Blaiaine Molitor and Mayor SamFite, Sgt. Edward Coronado, and Cpl. Sean Guthas. Michelle and N'Kosi Jones, along with Leigha Thomas,of Bowling Green had a great time Saturday at the fes tival sponsored by the Bowling Green Parks and Recre ation Committee. Pictured with Skoolie RepurBus by Habitat For Human ity are Bowling Green Mayor Sam Fite, Board MemberDavid Horton, and Executive Director Leslie Long. Tick ets are available for a drawing for the Skoolie to beheld on Nov. 10 for $20 each. Call 863-832-6255 formore information. Giving a helping hand are Roy and Troy Briseno and Darius Johnson. Tony White of Bowling Green sang and played the gui tar as he entertained the crowd. A game of ring toss was headed up by (from left) Samantha Baker, Dwain Lane, and Wanise Baker.


A16 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018 Please join us Tuesday, October 30th 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hardee County Farm Bureau (1017 U.S. 17 N., Wauchula) for a retirement social for Jay Bryan Agency Manager Finger food refreshments will be provided. T T h h a a n n k k Y Y o o u u F F 3 3 4 4 Y Y e e a a r r s s ! 10:25c Almost 200 Attend Annual Hardee Farm Bureau Meeting PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY The barbecued beef brisket dinner was served by the Cloverleaf Foundation ofHardee County and the Hardee 4-H County Council. From left are Jocelyn Skipper-Hamilton and Rebecca Erekson. Serving beef brisket is Brent Sellers of the Cloverleaf Foundation. The dinner meet ing was held Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Hardee County Argi-Civic Building. Nearly200 people attended. Hardee County Farm Bureau Board of Directors members, from left, are GregShackelford, Scott Henderson, President Tommy Watkins, Vice President SteveJohnson, Corey Lambert, and Dan Smith. Not in photo is W.W. Cornell. Dan Smith gave the opening prayer andled the Pledge of Allegiance to the Amer ican Flag. Entertainment was provided by come dian Tim "The Dairy Farmer" Moffett. Helives in Myakka in Manatee County andhas a dairy in Mayo in north Florida. Hehas signed with comedians Larry TheCable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy and hasjust released his first album, entitled"Farm Raised." His website is agcome


October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A17 soc10:25,11:1p As I sit here this morning drinking my coffee and just en joying the peace and quiet of a new day, I realize how fortunate I am that God has blessed me with this little space I call home. I can sit and watch the birds as they come to the feeder I put out for them, and a squirrel I named Bushy sits in the tree by theporch eating the food I put out for him. I've seen a mother raccoon carrying her baby in her mouth just like a mother cat carries her kittens. There are foxes and pos sums and many other small animals that many of you don't getto observe on a daily basis but give me great pleasure. It's a pleasant break from all the turmoil and violence that go on around us every single day. Even in elementary school there are children acting out what they have seen in their daily lives or on television by hitting, pushing and shoving other children, and teachers don't seem toknow how to handle those situations which makes the next inci dent more dangerous. Celebrities add fuel to the fray by the things they say and do, not caring how their actions influence the younger genera tion. The younger generation is exposed to things in their daily lives that we have no control over unless we keep them lockedup at home. They see things they shouldn't see and hear languagethey shouldn't hear, and some are even exposed to these thingsin their home life. If there are ways that you can make a difference in these children's lives, don't hesitate to do so. You can be a role model for these children, and you may give them the incentive theyneed to want something better for themselves. Every time I have the great-grands, I make sure every visit is a learning experience. When they were here last week, the 6-year-old worked on her crocheting without any help from me. It was what they wanted to do. The oldest didn't have her sewing box because she had left it at her Granby's house. I spoke to one of my son's childhood friends the other day whom I had not seen in years. He told me the things he remembered about coming to our house when he was little were my baked beans and hoe cake. Hesaid he learned how to make hoe cake but somehow it nevertastes like mine. It's funny what children remember. He is now in his early 50s. Jonell Peavy lives in Avon Park and can be reached at 863-453-3589. Peavy’s Ponderings By Jonell Peavy Sugar Possum of the late Truman Thomas It was 50 years and a few months ago that Chesterfield H. Smith was appointed chairmanof a commission to re-write Florida’s Consti tution. Chesterfield was a Bartow attorney, well on his way up the ladder of jurisprudence to be come arguably the most powerful lawyer inFlorida and one of the top lawyers in the coun try. Despite his prominence, even young journal ists such as myself addressed him as Chester field, perhaps because “Mr. Smith” soundedlike the role played by Jimmy Stewart in thepopular movie “Mr. Smith goes to Washing ton,” while “Chesterfield” sounded more likea man on the fast track to become Chancellorof the Exchequer. Upon receiving word of his appointment, I called him at home and asked, “Chesterfield;the last two proposed Florida Constitutionswere rejected by the voters; what makes youthink you can write one that will be adopted?” “S. L.,” he replied, “do you think I would have accepted the appointment if I didn’t thinkI could?” Point well taken.On Nov. 5, 1968, Florida’s voters approved the state’s sixth Constitution (the first datingback to 1838 as a prerequisite to being admit ted to the Union in 1845 as the 27th state). Among other things, it required the conven ing of a Constitutional Revision Commissionevery 20 years to improve, or at least tinkerwith, Florida’s Constitution. There have been 89 amendments proposed over the years, of which 71 have been ap proved. Some have been proposed by the Legislature, some by citizens’ initiative, andsome by the Constitutional Revision Commis sion. I once asked Chesterfield why there were so many amendments to Florida’s Constitutioncompared to so few to the United States Con stitution. Actually, being something of a smart-aleck in my earlieryears, I asked him if he had madethat many mistakes in “his” Con stitution. He said the state Constitu tion needed periodic fine-tuningbecause it contains so many finepoints of government, while the U.S. Constitution deals with broad concepts ofgovernance, which seldom need change. There are 12 amendments on November’s ballot; eight were proposed by the Constitu tional Revision Commission, the others by theLegislature or citizens’ initiative. There arealso several proposals relating to Polk Countyissues on the ballot. At a forum on the amendments a few weeks ago, presenters suggested two standards votersshould consider: (1) Which amendments are good ideas.(2) Which are issues that belong in the Con stitution, rather than in Florida law. Once anissue is put into the Constitution, it is difficultto remove. To which I add a third suggestion:Study the issues, and vote “yes” or “no” on the ones that you deem important. On the ones that don’t make sense to you, vote “no.” You are entitled to a Constitutionthat you can understand.S. L. Frisbie is retired. The issue he feels moststrongly about is extension of the local optionsales tax in Polk County for school improve ments. It is needed, and deserves a “yes” vote. Amendments: Improving Or Just Tinkering? I now live intown, havedone so for 64 years, but Itake time toadmire anycotton field Isee. I canjudge the suc cess of the farmer by the lookof the cotton crop. Some arerich, full bolls while some areso skimpy they look as if a ma chine has already picked it. In my farm days picking was done by hand, two rows at atime, pulling three burlap bagssewn together to make one baglarge enough to hold 50 to 100pounds. At 3 cent per pound itwas possible to earn as much as$3 a day. Although none of the five of us siblings remained on thefarm, the sight of a white fieldof cotton brings back memo ries, both good and bad. The pain of sharp tips on the hard shell of the cotton boll isreminiscent of movies wherenails are shoved under the fin ger nails to inflict pain. The dis comfort can be so painful, sleepis impossible due to the throb ofpain t o the fingers. I find buying medicine, like aspirin, that uses cotton insideavoidable when possible. Thatis severe cotton-picking hatredof picking cotton. I would never forget the in fluence that farming had on mylife. We were taught to workhard, play hard, solve all ourown problems, and help ourneighbor with his while askingthe Lord to take care of us,while we "plowed around thestumps." What could be askedmore? My farming background has affected all my life directions,even spiritual. –––––– I'm 82, and I have never heard of a hurricane hitting myhome in Georgia. MillerCounty (Colquitt) took a hardhit. I can't reach cell phonesthere. Bainbridge, Ga., was hard hit just north of Tallahassee. Myson had heavy losses there. Mydaughter evacuated so we don'tknow if their loss is great or not. It is so strange howdamage is me tered out. Iknow of aman who leftjust west ofMexico Beachon Sunday. No hurricane warning then, so hewent back to his job inNashville not doing any prep.His neighbor sent him photos ofall sides of his property. Everything was just as he left it Sunday, flamingo in the yardand flip-flops on the porch. Justto the east the beach is gone andno business left undamaged. Michael was Florida's Kat rina, just faster and longer allthe way through Thomasvilleand Cairo, Ga. I can't see how Florida can continue without a state incometax to cover the losses of the in creased costs brought by theweather. Beaches will have to be dredged for months or years.Seawalls, where used, are gone.U.S. 98 and 301 to the islandssuffered serious damage. Why anyone would stay on Dog Island (reached only byboat) or St. George Island butthere were some, but we knowGod steered it to the less popu lated areas. As Seen From This Side By Jerry “Gray Wolf” Phillips Wauchula As far back as history records, there were battleswhen the weaker force de feated the stronger force.Why? On October 10, 732, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi led hisUmayyad army of 20,000troops into battle againstCharles Martel, King of theFranks. Charles brought anarmy of 15,000 to Tours (inwest central France) to stop theMuslim army from further ad vances into Europe. The Mus lims had already conqueredNorthern Africa and the Iber ian peninsula, which had beenChristian strongholds. Ghafiqi had a seasoned cav alry; Charles had only infantry.The Umayyad troops had bro ken through the Frankish linesand tried to kill Charles, butwhen the Umayyad troopslearned that Frank scouts werelooting their camp, they brokeoff from the battle to protecttheir treasures. The Umayyadarmy fled with as much treas ure as they could carry, butthey left tents and other lootbehind. Most historians agreethat Charles’ victory at Tourspreserved Europe as a bastionof Christianity. Why didCharles win the battle? When the War of Independ ence began, the cause of theAmericans looked hopeless.They were a loose confedera tion of colonies taking on theworld’s foremost empire. Butstrange things happened in thatwar. France joined the Ameri can cause. An uprising in Indiaprevented the British fromfully engaging in the Americanconflict. The war shifted away from a stalemate in the northerncolonies to a guerilla, hit andrun conflict in the South. When French and Americanforces surrounded Cornwallisat Yorktown, instead of attack ing, he waited on Clinton (theEnglish general, not the ex-president) to bring re-enforce ments from New York. Fivedays after Cornwallis’ surren der, the British re-enforce ments finally arrived. Imagine an America bound by British customs andthought. The Anglican churchwould have remained the es tablished church. There wouldhave been no separation ofchurch and state. Most likelythere would have been no Sec ond or Third Great Awakening,no Azusa Street Revival, noBilly Graham. Why did theAmericans win that war? From July to October 1940, the German Air Force battledthe Royal Air Force over theIsland of Britain. The Germangoal was to force Britain to anegotiated peace settlement.The Germans began the battlewith 2,550 aircrafts; theBritish, 1,963. When the battleended, the Germans had lost1,977 aircrafts, the British,1,744 – almost all of theirplanes. Yet, Germany withdrew from the battle field, to focuson the looming attack of Rus sia, ultimately failing to forcethe British to accommodatetheir war aims. Had they suc ceeded, Russia would havebeen conquered by the Ger mans. Millions more wouldhave been killed in Hitler’sgenocide plans. Britain wouldhave become a vassal state ofGermany instead of an ally ofthe United States. Though Hitler paid lip serv ice to a version of Christianityfavoring the Aryan race, hewas at heart an atheist. Imag ine a world 60 years later withan atheistic state ruling over allof Europe and Russia. Whydid Britain win the battle? Could it be that behind these battles and wars, another handwas at work, the hand of God?Could it be that God causedconfusion in an army, poor de cisions by a commander, and afailure of focus by a dictator?Could it be that God intervenesin the affairs of a nation so hiswill is done? This is not to suggest that every victorious army wasrighteous; war seldom hasclean cut morality. We cannotalways say, “God is on the sideof the victor.” But neither canwe say a nation was “lucky.”This is why we need to readthe prophets. God workedthrough pagan kings and king doms to bring about his will,even if it meant his own peoplewould lose the war. God stillworks through nations, lead ers, armies and wars. Psalm 33:10-11 says, “The Lord foils theplans of the nations; hethwarts the purposes of thepeoples. But the plans ofthe Lord stand firm for ever, the purposes of his heartthrough all generations.” Whatever plan a nation makes that is not in harmonywith the will of God will fail.God will not just oppose thatplan; he will sabotage that planwith all his power and might.God wants his will done notjust in our hearts, but on theworld stage. Which means a wise nation prays, “Father, not our will,but yours be done.” I wonder how many politi cians, campaign contributors,lobbyists, voters, and candi dates are praying for God’swill to be done? Are you?Hardee County native ClaySmith is lead pastor at AliceDrive Baptist Church inSumter, S.C. He and hisbrother and sister still own thefamily ranch in the LemonGrove community east ofWauchula. You can follow himat Who Wins the Battle? Submit A Tip, Save A Life N ATIONAL H UMAN T RAFFICKING H OTLINE 1-888-373-7888 or Text “Help” or “Info” to 233733


A18 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018 U.S. Elections Rick Scott U.S. Senator Greg Steube U.S. Congress State Elections Ron DeSantis Governor Matt Caldwell Commissioner of Agriculture Ashley Moody Attorney General Jimmy Patronis Chief Financial Officer Ben Albritton State Senator Hardee County Elections Noey Flores County Com. Dist. 2 Pol. ad paid for and approved by the Hardee County Republican Executive Committee 10:25c ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 252016DR000092 Antonio Cabrera,Petitioner,andIrma Alvarado,Respondent_____________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO:Irma Alvarado Calle Limon Lt. 9 Mza. 11 Hav. Hertas Luisa 3ra Secc.Naucalpan, Edo de Mexico CP53427+521556638 6741 YOU ARE NOTIFIEDthat an action for dissolution of mar riage has been filed against youand that you are required toserve a copy of your written de fenses, if any, to it on AntonioCabrera, whose address is 326E. Broward St., Bowling Green,FL 33834 on or before Novem ber 9, 2018, and file the originalwith the clerk of this Court atHardee County Clerk of Courts417 W. Main St., Wauchula, FL33873 before service on Peti tioner or immediately thereafter.If you fail to do so, a default maybe entered against you for therelief demanded in the petition. The action is asking the court to decide how the following realor personal property should bedivided: Lots 5 to 8 inclusive andLots 7 to 20 inclusive of block 18of Bowling Green center subdi vision and street as per res 77-17 of Hardee County, FloridaParcel ID 09-33-25-0810-00018-0008. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders,are available at the Clerk of theCircuit CourtÂ’s office. You mayreview these documents uponrequest. You must keep the Clerk of Circuit CourtÂ’s office notified ofyour current address. (You mayfile Designation of Current Mail ing and E-Mail Address, FloridaSupreme Court Approved Fam ily Law Form 12.915.) Future pa pers in this lawsuit will bemailed to the address on recordat the clerkÂ’s office. Warning: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure,requires certain automatic dis closure of documents and infor mation. Failure to comply canresult in sanctions, includingdismissal or striking of plead ings.Dated: October 5, 2018 Victoria L. Rogers, Clerk of the Circuit Court By: J. Wingo Deputy Clerk 10:11-11:1p ______________________________ RECOGNIZING RESPONDERS Second graders at Zolfo Springs Elementary recently took some time to show theirappreciation for first responders, including the schoolÂ’s very own resource officer, Hardee County sheriffÂ’s Dep. Jennifer Soria, and all the firefighters and rescue staffat Hardee County Fire RescueÂ’s Station 2 in Zolfo Springs. COURTESY PHOTOS YOUR BUSINESS COULD APPEAR HERE TOO!!Contact Nancy Davis, Kim Reas or Trayce Daniels 773-3255


Leo Duarte made the PAT kick and Hardee led 7-0 with7:17 left in the opening quar ter. A bad snap and an inten tional grounding penaltyforced a Southeast punt andJean Youte broke through theline and hit the punter as hewas trying to kick and Louiscame down with the ball atSoutheastÂ’s 30. HardeeÂ’s offense could not take advantage of the shortfield and turned the ball overon downs after a fourth-and-one run was stopped for nogain. Southeast could not pick up a first down and was forced topunt back to the Wildcats, asHardee took over from their47. Hodges ran for two first downs before Pearson threw ascreen pass to Hodges whotook it 19 yards for a touch down. Hardee went for two and PearsonÂ’s pass was incompleteas Hardee led 13-0 with 7:13left in the half. SoutheastÂ’s offensive trou bles continued after a bad snapon the first play of the drivewas picked up by Tom Pace atthe 20 and the big man re turned it all the way down to the 3-yard line before losinghis balance and going down. Two plays later Hodges found the end zone for thethird time with a 1-yard run upthe middle. DuarteÂ’s PAT was good and pushed HardeeÂ’s lead to 20-0with 6:16 left in the secondquarter. Southeast looked to be punt ing again after Pace and IssacMoreno sacked Maleek Hug gins on back-to-back plays buta roughing the passer penaltyon a third-down pass gave theSeminoles a first down. Two plays later Quintin Lindsey intercepted HugginsÂ’pass at the 50 and returned it tothe Southeast 32 with 1:33 leftin the half. Duarte was called in to try a 43-yard field goal attempt intothe wind and it came up justshort as time expired at thehalf. Hardee received to start the third quarter and Hodges hadthe ball pop out of his handsand into the arms of EliDaniels who raced 40 yards fora Southeast touchdown. The PAT was no good but HardeeÂ’s lead was cut to 20-6with 9:09 left in the third quar ter. The Wildcat offense re sponded with a 60-yard driveand Duarte made a 30-yardfield goal to make it 23-6 with2:16 left in the third quarter. Matt Tyson broke up a third down pass attempt and forcedanother Southeast three-and-out. Offensive coordinator Jeff Smothers reached deep into hisplaybook on HardeeÂ’s nextpossession and called a doublepass from Pearson to Lindseywho then threw deep down field to Dylan Davis for a 56-yard gain. Two penalties stalled the drive and Hardee elected topunt instead of attempting anearly 50-yard field goal. Southeast started at the seven after the punt and aYoute laid a big hit on GalenWashington who fumbled andYoute was able to recover atthe 2. Facing third-and-goal from the four, Pearson rolled rightand threw back across the fieldto his left and a wide-openMoreno in the end zone. The PAT was good and Hardee lead 30-6 with justmore than six minutes to play. HardeeÂ’s defense forced an other punt and the offense wasable to run out the clock to sealthe victory. By MICHAEL KELLY Of The Herald-Advocate Hardee beat the Seminoles of Southeast (Bradenton) HighSchool, 30-6, on Friday night,and now the Desoto Bulldogsare the only team standing inits way for a third consecutive5A-District 11 Championship. The Wildcats, 8-0 and 4-0 in district play, travel to Desotofor a 7:30 p.m. kickoff againstthe Bulldogs, who are 6-2 onthe year and 3-1 in the district. Desoto can still win the dis trict by beating the Wildcatsand having Booker loose itsgame at Southeast. If Hardee loses and Booker wins its game, then the Wild cats, Bulldogs and Tornadoeswould have a three-teamtiebreaker game on Monday. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead over the Semi noles after the Hardee defenseforced the first of fourturnovers in the game onSoutheastÂ’s opening drive. Sam Louis recovered a fum ble for the Wildcats and re turned it 12 yards to theSoutheast 32. Ellis Hodges ripped off three runs of nine, eight andthen a 16-yard touchdown upthe middle to put the Wildcatson the board. Tom Pace canÂ’t keep his balance after picking up a fumble and rumbling towardthe end zone before going down at the 3-yard line. Michael Rodriquez escorts Ellis Hodges to the end zone for his second rushingtouchdown of the game. PHOTOS BY NOEY DESANTIAGO Quintin Lindsey had an 18-yard return after intercept ing a pass in the second quarter. Jean Youte celebrates with Myron Refoure after he caused and recovered a fumbleat the Southeast 2-yard line. Issac Moreno celebrates with teammates after catching a 4-yard touchdown passfrom James Pearson. District Championship Hopes Hinge On FridayÂ’s Trip To DeSoto Herald-AdvocateThursday, October 25, 2018 THE


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If you have lost apet or are looking for a new one,the City of Wauchula invites youto come and see if you can findthe pet you’re looking for. TheWauchula Animal Control is lo cated at 685 Airport Road.Please call 863-773-3265 for more information.tfc-dhATTENTION! State Statutes 828.29 requires that all cats anddogs sold in Florida be at least8 weeks old, have an officialhealth certificate, have neces sary shots and be free of para sites.tfc-dh Pets Lost/Found Help Wanted 200/WK HOUSES Storefronts,offices, restaurants, bars, no de posits 863-773-6616, 863-4450915 10:25-11:22pATTENTION! The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits advertis ing any preference or limitationbased on race, color, religion,sex, handicap, familial status ornational origin, or the intentionto make such a preference orlimitation. Familial status in cludes children under 18 livingwith parents or guardians and pregnant women.tfc-dh I WILL CLEAN PLANTS, mowsmall yards and pressure washporches. Pick up scrap metal for free. Joe 863-245-9898. 10:25p 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-dh Services Rentals


October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B3– T HE C LASSIFIEDS – *** NEED A WELL OR HAVE PUMP TROUBLE? CALL ULLRICH’S PITCHER PUMP For complete well, sales, service and installation, call 863-773-6448. 7:18tfc DO 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-dhIS 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 Services Noon Tuesday Deadline for all yard sale ads. NEIGHBORHOOD SALE. Satur day 8am-? River Lane, clothes,dishes, Paddington Bears, table chairs and much more. 10:25pSATURDAY 8-? ESTATE SALE, furniture, clothing, dishes,Christmas decorations, every thing must go. 1644 St. Rd 64 E., Zolfo Springs. 10:25pTHURSDAY, FRIDAY, Saturday8-? 3030 Lawndale Zolfo some thing for everyone. 10:25pFRIDAY 8-? 1568 POPASH Rd.,Wauchula, follow parking signs 10:25p SAT. ONLY 8-3 216 Park Dr.Wauchula. Clothes, shoes, toys,household, table and chairs,power wheels with new charger and loads more. 10:25p Yard Sales Advantage Realty #1 Marcus Steven Lambert P.A. "Mark" Realtor Broker Associate 743 US 27 S. • Sebring, FL 33872 Cell: 863-832-0401 • Office: 863-386-0303 Fax: 1-863-386-1112 Email: Listings: Rentals: 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 cl10:18-11:1c STAFF ASSISTANT II, HARDEE CAMPUS (PT) Part-time, year-round position responsible for assistingstudents with admissions and registration; providingclassroom support for distance learning, and assisting theDirector in the day-to-day operations of the Campus. Typicalwork schedule: Monday-Thursday, 4:30-9:30 pm. Threeyears of secretarial/clerical or related experience required.(An A.S. degree in Office Administration or related area maysubstitute for part of the experience requirement.) Proficienttyping skills and computer literacy in word processingrequired. Knowledge of electronic spreadsheet anddatabase software desired. Hourly Rate: $9.74. Open untilfilled. Visit for details andapplication. EQUAL ACCESS/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/VETERAN PREFERENCE cl10:18,25c 600 West College Drive Avon Park, FL 33825 (863) 784-7132 C C e e l l e e b b r r a a t t i i n n g g I I n n O O c c t t o o b b e e r r : : • Church Safety and Security Month • Class Reunion Month • Eat Better, Eat Together Month • Emotional Wellness Month • Feral Hog Month or Hog Out Month • German-American Heritage Month • Global Diversity Awareness Month • Halloween Safety Month • Home Eye Safety Month • Italian-American Heritage Month • International Walk To School Month • National Animal Safety and Protection • National Bake and Decorate Month • National Book Month • National Bullying Prevention Month • National Caramel Month • National Chili Month –H ARDEE L IVING – Wauchula native Tim Cow art has been confined to hishome by amyotrophic lateralsclerosis, also called LouGehrig’s disease. He is able to have visitors, but can’t leave because of thedisease, which affects the brainand spinal cord, making itharder and harder to move.Eventually, the disease willmake even speaking andbreathing impossible. Before his ALS made him stop, Cowart enjoyed fishingand bowling. Bowl of Fun Lanes held a fundraiser for him in August,raising about $4,000 to helpwith medical expenses, accord ing to sister-in-law DebbieFloyd. But just because the bowling event is over doesn’t meanthere isn’t still a fundraisergoing on. There will be an angler ben efit tournament at Lake Istok poga on Dec. 2. The event willinclude raffles and prizes. You can register for the tour nament and buy raffle ticketsfrom Heartland OutdoorWorld, 4601 Southside Sebring. You can also regis ter by going to Dave Allen atO’Reilly Auto Parts, 3665 U.S.27 N. in Sebring or callingChris Taylor at 414-6627,Heartland Outdoor World at451-5579 or Gary McKenzie at698-4286. Entry to the tournament is $75, and there will be an op tional $10 big bass fee. Everyone who participates in the tournament will get 10percent off at Heartland Out door World the morning of theevent. Taylor says he is looking for donors to provide food for theevent. He is also looking forcash donations and item dona tions for the raffle prizes. Ifyou’re interested in helpingout, call him. Floyd has also set up a Go FundMe campaign for the fam ily called “Tim CowartMedical Care.” Her goal is toraise $1,000 through the page.And there is an account inCowart’s name at WauchulaState Bank. Cowart and wife Sylina have two adult children, Tim CowartJr. and Samantha CowartBergens. The Cowarts own Tri angle Body Shop in Wauchula. Fishing Tournament To Benefit Man With ALS COURTESY PHOTO Tim Cowart and daughter Samantha Cowart Bergens ather wedding this past July. Because of his ALS, Cowart had difficulty walking down the aisle. COURTESY PHOTO Don Leafgreen (center) was recently awarded a 60-year pin for his decades of un interrupted service as a Mason. Currently, he fills the role of tyler within the locallodge. He joined the craft in 1958. While the granting of a 60-year pin from theGrand Lodge of Florida isn't all that rare of an occurrence within Freemasonry, it isfor the Wauchula lodge. He is only the second person given such an honor thisyear and will be the last for at least another 10 years, unless someone joins thelocal lodge from another jurisdiction. Leafgreen is flanked here by Lodge MasterScott Johnson (left) and Ron Luke, who both presented the pin and certificate tohim on Oct. 8. 60-YEAR PIN YOUR BUSINESS COULD APPEAR HERE TOO!!Contact Nancy Davis, Kim Reas or Trayce Daniels 773-3255 soc10:25c• The largest recorded Lion’s mane jellyfish had tentaclesreaching 120 feet in length,making it one of the longestknown animals in the world!


B4 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018–H ARDEE L IVING – 8251 C REWSVILLE R D • Z OLFO S PRINGS HOMECOMINGSUNDAY• OCTOBER28 10:30 a.m. (no Sunday School) Guest Speaker BROTHERJAYCOOK Special Music By THEGULFSTATEQUARTETD INNER O N T HE G ROUNDS & O LD F ASHIONED F ELLOWSHIPFAMILY& FRIENDSINVITED~ COMEJOINUS Happy 120th Anniversary Crewsville Bethel Baptist Church soc10:18,25c Crewsville Bethel Baptist Church COURTESY PHOTO Peace River Electric Cooperative is sending nine lineworkers to Florida’s Panhandleto replace fellow crewmen who have worked for 10 days restoring power in the hur ricane-stricken area. The group will provide power restoration assistance to We wahitchka-based Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, a utility serving about 25,000meters in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties. “In timesof severe damage and loss, electric co-ops help electric co-ops restore power,”says Van Crawford, vice president of operations. “Working 16 or more hours a daytakes a toll on our linemen, so PRECO will keep sending replacements until the jobis done.” Heading north are (front, from left) Matt Chapman, Danny Turner, JustinBrown and Tanner Smith; (back) Clay Taylor, George Porter, Jeremy Almaraz andTyler Wise; not pictured, Greg Gilmore. MORE POWER COURTESY PHOTO Highlands Hammock State Park’s “Music in the Park” concert series kicks off thisSaturday with the old-time string band Back Porch Revival. This band will have con cert-goers tapping their toes and keeping time to a sweet blend of fiddle, guitar,dulcimer, banjo, harmonica, bass and more! Admission is $10 per adult. Accompa nied children 10 and younger are admitted free. Admission applies to both campersand day visitors. Pets are not permitted. Concert proceeds benefit park improve ments. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights and enjoy an evening of musicunder the stars. The Hammock Inn concession will be open and other food vendorswill be on site. Park entry fees are waived after 6 on concert night. Highlands Ham mock is located at 5931 Hammock Road in Sebring. CONCERT SERIES COURTESY PHOTO BY JAMA SANDOVAL The City of Wauchula has lower electric rates to residential and commercial cus tomers since changing its power supplier from TECO to Florida Power and LightCompany, James Braddock told the Wauchula Kiwanis Club earlier this year. Thecity is in the second year of a five-year contract. After Hurricane Irma came throughHardee last year the city restored electrical power to the local hospital with 72hours and the entire city within seven days, said Braddock. The Kiwanis Club earlierthis year donated $4,400 for 10 scholarships to Hardee High School graduates. Hesaid protecting tax-exempt municipal bonds is important to cities. From left areJames Braddock and club president Noey Flores. Wauchula now has one of thelowest electric rates in the state among cities that own their own electric systems,said Braddock, ranking the lowest twice in 2018. LOWER ELECTRIC RATES PHOTO BY JIM KELLY Reyna-Olazo-Ramirez, VITAS representative, spoke to the Wauchula Kiwanis Clubon Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Java Cafe about hospice care. Her company servesHardee, Highlands and Polk counties and is starting an Alzheimer's Support Group.Hardee County has 65 residents under VITAS hospice care. Four reasons for pal liative care include cancer, COPD, Alzheimer's/Dementia, and cardiac. There is anoffice on West Main Street in Wauchula. From left are Reyna, Rev. Randy Johnson,and club president Kyle Long. VITAS HOSPICE REPORT Fort Green News By Rilla Cooper 773-6710 Two days of super weather to just tease us, but the long term predicts a severe winter!That is not a good prediction. Of course whenI first moved to Wauchula, I was told only foolsand newcomers predict the weather in Florida! Oak Grove Baptist had a super kickoff to their Senior Ministry. They had a great singerand a delicious meal. The decorations were sopretty I asked their secretary, Essie, how shedid it and I was told she just ran the placematsoff in her printer. They also gave away doorprizes, but I am not lucky in that respect. One time at the civic center with a health fair I won a doll and you would have thought it wasthe TV. I yelled to let them know I was happywith winning something! It really bothers mewhen someone wins a big 60-inch TV and justnonchantly says yes that is me and just strollsup to the front to present their ticket. Oh well,everybody can’t be happy over winning some thing that did not cost them a penny! We have all heard “don’t count your chick ens until they hatch” but I was counting themand counting down the days when Beth Sassercould get out of her boot, Nov. 5, and then Iheard last week that she has another infectionwhich is causing more problems. Please prayhard for Beth. This break was during the lastyear term of school. I thought Florida was not going to change the time anymore but heard a news announcersay last week the time would change Nov. 4.The bill was still sitting in Washington and theyhad not signed off on it yet. This is a terribletime to change as everybody is tired the firstweek and the election is the 6th. Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Emory Burnett. He was another WW2 patriotic American and always knew how togrow good food. He will be missed. Our sympathy is also extended to the family of Norm Nickerson. I considered Norm to beyoung, but he took that final journey. He willbe missed Sherman drove the bus for the Simple Faith Quartet last weekend as they went to northGeorgia. He always has a good time with them just like he does when he drives for Gulf State. A good thing coming up that you need to put on your calendars right now is Oak Grove Bap tist is having a Patriotic Sing on Nov. 5 begin ning at 5 p.m. They announced that there wereabout 30 singers from various churches in thecounty participating in this event. I think it isnice to remind everyone of their patriotic dutythe day before they go to the polls. In the past,Sherry Miller and the Heartland Choral haveput on events such as this. I have been sick with a virus which I usually call the “crud” and did not go to church lastSunday, so I do not have an update on the manysick in our community. Please continue to prayfor Patsy Hughes and others you may knowabout. I was glad to read about Opal Knight reach ing that magical number of 100. I knew she hada birthday coming up but did not announce itin this column. She is blessed to have two at tentive girls and a great person to help outwhen needed. Our nation needs praying for and especially during this time when hundreds of people aremarching to cross into our country. Somepoliticians believe we should not secure ourborders. Who will support these people? Whenyou pay taxes some goes to Medicaid and Iguess that is the route they will go if they haveno jobs. I am sure you are tired of all the political ads on the television but thankful it is about over,but now the Medicare ones begin and will gountil Dec. 7. Just need to turn off your televi sion! Used to I thought Publix had the best com mercial when the serviceman would comehome unexpected at Christmas and start thecoffee and the mother would come down thestairs; now Subaru has some cute ones withdogs, going to school, washing cars, etc. Ichuckle every time I see one. I have always been told, you have nothing to say if you talk about the weather and poli tics, so guess I had nothing to write about! Please pray for each other and our country. YOUR BUSINESS COULD APPEAR HERE TOO!!Nancy Davis, Kim Reas or Trayce Daniels 773-3255


October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B5–H ARDEE L IVING – REALITY RANCH MINISTRIESCOWBOY CHURCH “Where you don’t have to be a cowboy to attend.” Sunday, October 28, 2018 • 11 am Reality Ranch Ministries • Zolfo Springs RODEO Rough Stock Buckle Series Sunday, October 28, 2018 • 1 pm Mutton BustingCalves SteersJr. BullsSr. BullsOpen BullsRanch Broncs Spectators FREE Admission Concessions on Grounds F F o o r r m m o o r r e e i i n n f f o o r r m m a a t t i i o o n n c c a a l l l l R R a a n n d d y y J J o o h h n n s s o o n n • • ( ( 8 8 6 6 3 3 ) ) 7 7 8 8 1 1 1 1 5 5 7 7 8 8 soc10:25c OPEN RODEO 1 1 9 9 8 8 0 0 S S t t a a t t e e R R o o a a d d 6 6 6 6 • • Z Z o o l l f f o o S S p p r r i i n n g g s s , F F l l o o r r i i d d a a Upcoming Nov. 25 Dec. 30 Jan. 27 Feb. 24 “ “ F F o o r r g g e e t t M M e e N N o o t t ” ” Walk for Alzheimer’s Awareness November 30, 2018 • 5:30 PM Hardee Manor HealthCare Center 401 Orange Place, Wauchula Come join Cornerstone Hospice and Hardee Manor as we promote Alzheimer’s awareness and honor loved ones affected by this disease. Walk starts at 5:30, Family Festival and vigil to follow. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association For more info, call Wendy at Hardee Manor: (863) 773-3231 or Peggy at Cornerstone: (863) 944-8347 soc10:25,11:1c After 31 years of service, firefighter/paramedic Rick Ea gerton has retired, but he plansto continue volunteering withHardee County Fire Rescue. Eagerton began his career in DeSoto County, where heworked for about a year be fore moving to HardeeCounty. He currently lives inWauchula. He started working as a fire fighter/emergency medicaltechnician in Hardee Countyon Sept. 12, 1988. Three yearslater, he tested for and becamea paramedic. He has served as a first re sponder to many across thefour decades in his career. Eagerton officially retired on Oct. 3. He and his wife, Lisa, have two married children: WilliamEagerton, whose wife is Julie,and Kaitlyn Trew, whose hus band is Jake. To celebrate his years of service, Hardee County FireRescue threw a retirementparty at Fire Station 1 inWauchula on Sept. 30. In honor of Eagerton’s re tirement, the department hadhis helmet shield mountedonto a plaque next to picturesof the three different patches ithas used for its uniforms dur ing the last 30 years. Everyonewho currently works theresigned Eagerton’s plaque. It was a fitting farewell keepsake, but this first respon der will continue to build onmemories as he volunteers inservice to this community. Firefighter Will Continue As Volunteer After His Retirement COURTESY PHOTOS At his retirement party, Rick Eagerton was surrounded by his fellow firefighters, who mounted a good farewell. Rick Eagerton served with Hardee County Fire Rescuefor 30 years. Rick Eagerton (right) and Nehemiah Ferrante worked together at Hardee County Fire Rescue. Rick Eagerton on the job back in the early days of hispublic-service career, circa the 1990s. Hardee County Fire Rescue gave Eagerton a personal ized plaque for his retirement. New Business In Wauchula CMA/Owner License#2346611009 South 6th Ave. Wauchula, Florida 33873 863-529-9783 soc10:25p • You might be surprised to learn that the British are notthe greatest tea drinkers in theworld. That honor belongs tothe Irish, who consume 1,200cups per capita every year. • Sandpaper can sharpen a dull pair of scissors. Fold apiece of sandpaper in half,rough side out, and make re peated cuts until the blades aresharp again. • Fried lotus leaves are a popular snack in China. • You're probably aware that hot air is lighter than coldair, but did you know that hotwater is heavier than coldwater? (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Strange But True By Samantha Weaver Herald-Advocate Hardee County’s Hometown Coverage PRINTERS • PUBLISHERS Telephone (863) 773-3255 The


B6 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018 Public Notice REVISED DATESPer Florida Statute 101.62 (2), the Canvassing Board will meet on the following dates to canvass Vote-By-Mail Ballots: Monday, November 05, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 08, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. These meetings are open to the public and will be held in the Hardee county public Library meeting room located at 315 N. 6th Ave. Wauchula, FL. 33873Diane Smith Hardee County Supervisor of ElectionsNoticia Publica Fechas RefundidoPor estatua de Florida 101.62 (2), la reunin de escrutinio se llevaran a cabo en las siguiente fechas para al escrutinio de balatas: Lunes 5 de Noviembre 2018 a las 10:30 a.m. Martes 6 de Noviembre 2018 a las 5:00 p.m. Jueves 8 de Noviembre 2018 a las 2:00 p.m. Martes 13 de Noviembre 2018 a las 3:30 p.m. Las reuniones estn abiertas al publico y se llevaran a cabo en la sala de reuniones situado en la biblioteca publica de el Condado Hardee, 315 N. 6th Ave. Wauchula, FL. 33873Diane Smith Condado de Hardee Supervisor de Elecciones 10:18,25c 2018 SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR HARDEE COUNTY COMMISSION AND APPOINTED BOARDS Meetings to be held in County Commission Chambers, Room 102 Courthouse Annex, 412 W. Orange Street, Wauchula, Florida unless otherwise noted BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Regular meetings first Thursday at 8:30 a.m. & third Thursday at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF Novemberst at 8:30 a.m. located at 230 S. Florida Av enue School Board Meeting Room Swearing-In Ceremony November 20th at 8:30 a.m. BCC Chambers Planning Session No Planning Session Veterans Day November 12th County Offices Closed Thanksgiving Holidays November 22nd and 23rd County Offices Closed ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY INDEPENDENT BOARD MONTH OF November No meeting scheduled. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL/INDUSTRIAL DEVELOP MENT AUTH. Meets on second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. MONTH OF Novemberth PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD meets first Thursday night of each month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF November 01st CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD Meets on the second Monday night of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Building Department Conference Room, 401 West Main Street MONTH OF NovemberNo meeting due to holiday. COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD Meets first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF November 05th LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD Friends of Library meets on first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Library in Annex II MONTH OF November 06th HOUSING AUTHORITY Meets quarterly on the third Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at 701 LaPlaya Drive, Wauchula MONTH OF November No meeting scheduled HARDEE COUNTY INDIGENT HEALTH CARE BOARD Usually meets third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. MONTH OF November 20th This is a Disabled-Accessible facility. Any disabled person needing to make special arrangements should contact the County Commissioners office at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the public meet ing. This notice is published in compliance with Florida Statutes 286.0105. Interested parties may appear at the public meeting and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the members, with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. 10:25nc NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME ACT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Name Act, Section 865.09, Florida Statutes, as amended, intends to register with the Secretary of State of the State of Florida, the fictitious name of AventHealth Lab under which the undersigned is en gaged or will engage in busi ness at: 735 S. 5th Ave. in the City of Wauchula, Florida 33873. That the party/parties interested in said business enterprise is/are as follows: Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc. Dated at Palm Beach Gar dens, Palm Beach, Florida 33410.. Person authorizing publica tion: Caitlin Lazarus. Dated: October 17, 2018 10:25p Courthouse ReportCOUNTY COURT The following marriage li censes were issued recently in the Clerk of Courts Of fice: Kennith Reuben James Faulkner, 33, of Wauchula, and Macey Marlo Reas, 26, of Sebring. Angel L. Martinez, 76, of Wauchula, and Sarah Calandra Safford-Butler, 23, of Wauchula. Alexander Perez Rodriguez, 24, of Wauchula, and Lorena Perez-Alvarado, 18, of Wauchula. Sergio Castillo, 26, of Bowling Green, and Lizette Christina Lozano, 30, of Bowling Green. The following criminal traffic and misdemeanor cases were disposed of last week in County Court: Otis Levon Blandin, viola tion of county noise ordinance, not prosecuted. Adrian Martinez, battery, capias issued. Adrienne Alvarado, resist ing officer without violence/force, 63 days jail, credit time served, $575 fines, costs and fees. Daniel Calvillo, domestic battery, 40 days jail, credit time served, $877 fines, costs and fees. CIRCUIT COURT The following civil actions were filed recently in the office of the Circuit Court: Triangle Chemical Co. vs. Severt & Sons Produce Inc. and Ronald N. Young, con tracts and indebtedness. Apolina Cruz-Cortez and Uriel Roblero Perez, petition for divorce. Raymond Hernandez and Jodi St. John Hernandez, petition for divorce. The following felony criminal cases were disposed of last week by the circuit judge: Dustin Phillip Moore, tak ing wildlife on roads or right of way and trespassing, 40 days jail, credit time served, probation restored and modi fied, $350 fines, costs and fees. Kenneth Gallegos, abuse of elderly person or disabled adult, one year probation, anger management course, $1,572 fines, costs and fees. Crispin Gutierrez Dominguez, possession of meth and possession/use of narcotics equipment, 90 days jail, credit time served, $1,220 fines, costs and fees. Telena Jane Murphy, pos session of meth and posses sion/use of narcotics equipment, entered drug pre trial intervention. Josie Marie Medrano, pos session of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession/use of narcotics equipment, entered drug pre trial intervention. Sarah Anderson, possession of meth, possession/use of nar cotics equipment and posses sion of marijuana, entered drug pretrial intervention. Miracle Cheeseborough, failure to redeliver lease equip ment, capias issued. Juan Carlos Vazquez, DUI felony third offense and driv ing without a drivers license, six months jail, three years probation, no alcohol/bars, DUI school, two years inter lock device, license suspended 10 years, 100 hours commu nity work, $4,365 fines, costs and fees. Betty Richardson, violation of probation, original charge possession of meth, probation revoked, two years house ar rest, $350 fines, costs and fees. Adrienne Alvarado, possession of meth and possession/use of narcotics equipment, three years probation, license suspended one year, $1,420 fines, costs and fees. Emily Erin Slone, violation of probation, original charge possession of alprazolam, two years house arrest, probation revoked, $550 fines, costs and fees. Perry Jefferson Taylor, ag gravated battery with deadly weapon/great bodily harm, ad judication withheld, 10 years probation, letter of apology, anger management course, curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. 100 hours community work, $1,4722 fines, costs and fees, $11,022.66 restitution; burglary with assault/ battery, not prosecuted. Daniel Calvillo, possession of meth (adjudication withheld) and possession/use of narcotics equipment, time served, three years probation, $1,420 fines, costs and fees. Jesse Fowler, violation of probation, original charges possession of more than three grams or powder form of synthetic cannabinoids, cathi nones or synthetic phenethylamines (adjudication withheld) and petit theft, 60 days jail, credit time served, three years probation to run consecutive to jail term, $400 fines, costs and fees. The following deeds for real estate transactions of $10,000 or more were filed recently in the Clerk of Courts Office: William J. Farrell to Michael Jungquist, for $10,000. Rachel Lynn Bumgarner, John Nickelson Bumgarner and Kathryn Elise Bumgarner Ballard to MaldoNeal Land Co., for $159,000. 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 Oct. 20, Minoshka Rodriguez, 23, of 350 SR 62, Bowling Green, was arrested by Dep. Jim Hall and charged with battery. Oct. 20, dangerous shooting was reported near the corner of State Road 62 and Hobb Road. Oct. 18, Eliberto Cisneros, 25, of 1826 Dishong Road, Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Beth Gainous and charged with probation violation. Oct. 18, Sarah Marie Stewart, 29, of 6692 N.W. Pine Hurst Drive, Arcadia, was arrested by Dep. Kim Pfeiffer on an out-ofcounty warrant. Oct. 18, Jessica Prince Valdez, 34, of 502 North Road, Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Joseph Austin and charged with two counts of withholding child support. Oct. 18, Willys Fernandez, 36, of 2912 Coach Lamp Road, Mulberry, was arrested by Dep. Kim Pfeiffer and charged with probation violation. Oct. 18, Antonio Carrillo, 36, of 4212 Nursery Road, Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Cpl. Brian LaFlam on an out-of-county warrant. Oct. 18, Yvonne Nicole Mendoza, 21, of 1325 Blue Jay Road, Wauchula, was arrested by Cpl. Brian LaFlam and charged with battery and criminal mischief. Oct. 18, Linda Ann Gamble, 56, of 1705 Epps Ave., Bowling Green, was arrested by the Drug Task Force and charged with possession of synthetic cannabis and possession of narcotics equipment. Oct. 18, Tevori Seean Blake, 30, of 4302 Bayside Village Drive, Tampa, was arrested by Cpl. Brian LaFlam on an out-ofcounty warrant. Oct. 18, a theft was reported on the 1400 block of U.S. 17 North. Oct. 17, Telena Jane Murphy, 45, of 787 Lake Branch Road, Bowling Green, was arrested by Cpl. Octavio Alvarez and charged with contempt of court. Oct. 17, Marshall Scott Lewis, 24, of 631 Green St., Wauchula was arrested by the Drug Task Force and charged with possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams and possession of narcotics equipment. Oct. 17, a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1100 block of State Road 66. Oct. 17, a fight was reported on the 500 block of SR 66. Oct. 16, Edward Taylor, 35, of 526 W. Lake Deer Drive, Winter Haven, was arrested by Dep. Kim Pfeiffer and charged with failure to appear. Oct. 16, Juan Carlos Vazquez, 38, of 205 Goolsby St., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Jim Hall and charged with driv ing under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Oct. 16, a theft was reported on the 1100 block of Mockingbird Road. Oct. 16, dangerous shooting was reported on the 7200 block of Cloud Nine Ranch. Oct. 16, a residence was reported burglarized on the 1100 block of Sparrow Road. Oct. 15, Jacinto Mendoza Valiente, 40, of 413 Bay St. N.W., Fort Meade, was arrested by Dep. Dean DeDominicis and charged with probation violation. Oct. 15, a theft was reported near the corner of George Anderson Road and State Road 64. WAUCHULA Oct. 21, Elijah Williams, 18, of 5002 Poplar Ave., Bowling Green, was arrested by Ofc. Emmanuel Vasquez and charged with battery. Oct. 20, Anthony De Jesus Benitez, 31, of 721 La Playa Drive, Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Estella Islas and charged with possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams and pos session of narcotics equipment. Oct. 20, criminal mischief was reported on the 1100 block of South Sixth Avenue. Oct. 20, a fight was reported on the 600 block of North Eighth Avenue. Oct. 19, a theft was reported on the 400 block of Goolsby Street. Oct. 19, criminal mischief was reported on the 300 block of East Main Street. Oct. 18, a theft was reported on the 100 block of North Sev enth Avenue. Oct. 17, Rogelio Lopez, 32, of 555 N. Seventh Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Estella Islas and charged with burglary, robbery and battery. Oct. 17, Justin Jonathan Kohan, 33, of 5175 Dallas McClel lan Road, Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Cpl. Bryanna Lott on an out-of-county warrant. Oct. 17, a theft was reported on the 400 block of Orange Place. Oct. 15, Christopher Hodges, 34, of 3048 Brantwood Drive, Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Ofc. 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October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B7 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The Wildcats swam by the light of the moon as they battled the visitingGreen Dragons of Lake Placid HighSchool in the final home varsityswimming and diving meet of theseason. The boys and girls in orange and blue took home nine first place fin ishes during the event. Renell Herrera claimed first in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of2:20.73. Abby Duke was first in 200 yard individual medley with a time of2:46.98, and in the 100 yardbackstroke with a time of1:16.86. Kein Knight was first in the 200 yard individ ual medley with a timeof 2:32.90, and in he100 yard breaststrokewith a time of1:14.73. Morgan Hellein was first in the50 yardfreestylewith a timeof 27.86. Trey Stephens was first in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 24.83. Katie Camacho was first in the 1 meter diving competition with ascore of 130.10. It was the first time a Lady Wildcat took first in the eventso far this season. The relay team of Hellein, Emma Hays, Lahna Christian, and Herreratook first in the 200 yard freestylewith a time of 1:53.46. The squads will next see action in the district tournament at Avon Park High School. Diving com petition is set for Oct. 31 be ginning at 10 a.m. Swimming will be held during the day on Nov. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. Individual Results: GirlÂ’s 200Y Medley Relay: 2nd, Hardee (Abby Duke, Rachel Shaw,Emma Hays, and Hannah Ford),2:23.60; 5th, Hardee (Laynee Henry,Macey Kingdon, Jordan Sperry, andMckenzie Burch), 2:35.05; and 6th,Hardee (Chloe Deen, Riley Justiss,Rebekah Erekson, and Mattie Wells), 2:48.73. BoyÂ’s 200Y Medley Relay: 4th, Hardee (Hunter Sellers, KeinKnight, JC Thomas, and Trey Ca nary), 2:08.39; 6th, Hardee (JakeStephens, Gage Camacho, JosephWood, and Miguel Vasquez),2:47.48. GirlÂ’s 200Y Freestyle: 1st, Renell Herrera, 2:20.73; 2nd, Lahna Chris tian, 2:22.36; and 5th, MckenzieBurch, 2:33.61. BoyÂ’s 200Y Freestyle: 2nd, Hugh Pate, 2:07.11; 5th, Jake Stephens, 2:42.31; and 7th, Joseph Wood, 3:30.06. GirlÂ’s 200Y Indi vidual Med ley: 1st, Abby Duke, 2:46.98; 3rd, Emma Hays,2:53.57; and 7th, Riley Justiss,3:08.21. BoyÂ’s 200Y Individual Medley: 1st, Kein Knight, 2:32.90; and 3rd, TreyCanary, 2:43.22. GirlÂ’s 50Y Freestyle: 1st, Morgan Hellein, 27.86; 4th, Hannah Ford,31.40; and 6th, Cadee Richardson,32.81. BoyÂ’s 50Y Freestyle: 1st, Trey Stephens, 24.83; 2nd, Oren Craw ford, 25.50; and 5th, JC Thomas,27.90. GirlÂ’s 1M Diving: 1st, Katie Ca macho, 130.10; 3rd, Rachel Garland, 121.75; and 4th, Rebekah Erekson,109.35. BoyÂ’s 1M Diving: 2nd, Gage Ca macho, 130.20. GirlÂ’s 100Y Butterfly: 2nd, Mor gan Hellein, 1:14.08; 6th, JordanSperry, 1:55.43; and 7th, AubreyBragg, 2:02.48. BoyÂ’s 100Y Butterfly: 2nd, Oren Crawford, 1:12.19; and 4th, JCThomas, 1:25.37. GirlÂ’s 100Y Freestyle: 2nd, Lahna Christian, 1:07.16; 4th, MckenzieBurch, 1:09.97; and 5th, HannahFord, 1:10.55. BoyÂ’s 100Y Freestyle: 4th, Trey Stephens, 55.80; 6th, Hunter Sellers,1:00.84; and 7th, Joseph Wood,1:19.31. GirlÂ’s 500Y Freestyle: 2nd, Renell Herrera, 6:34.68; 3rd, Rachel Shaw,6:45.60; and 4th, Emma Hays,6:48.43. BoyÂ’s 500Y Freestyle: 2nd, Hugh Pate, 6:09.03; 4th, Zack Durastanti,6:52.61; and 7th, Gage Camacho,7:58.95. GirlÂ’s 200Y Freestyle Relay: 1st, Hardee (Morgan Hellein, EmmaHays, Lahna Christian, and RenellHerrera), 1:53.46; 5th, Hardee(Aryanna Burch, Macey Kingdon,Cadee Richardson, and MckenzieBurch), 2:09.17; and 6th, Hardee(Hallie Poucher, Mattie Wells, HaleyCanary, and Jordan Sperry), 2:18.11. BoyÂ’s 200Y Freestyle Relay: 2nd, Hardee (Oren Crawford, KeinKnight, Hugh Pate, and Trey Stephens), 1:43.28; 5th, Hardee (JCThomas, Trey Canary, Jake Stephens, and Gage Camacho), 1:57.26; and 7th, Hardee (MiguelVasquez, Emery Smith, Marcos Ve lasco, and Darious Yang), 2:25.67. GirlÂ’s 100Y Backstroke: 1st, Abby Duke, 1:16.86; 4th, Laynee Henry, 1:27.12; and 5th, Aryanna Burtch,1:31.27. BoyÂ’s 100Y Backstroke: 2nd, Hunter Sellers, 1:15.71; 3rd, Trey Canary, 1:22.51; and 7th, DariousYang, 1:54.48. GirlÂ’s 100Y Breaststroke: 3rd, Macey Kingdon, 1:30.74; 4th, Rachel Shaw, 1:31.24; 5th, RileyJustiss, 1:33.07. BoyÂ’s 100Y Breaststroke: 1st, Kein Knight, 1:14.73. GirlÂ’s 400Y Freestyle Relay: 2nd, Hardee (Renell Herrera, HannahFord, Morgan Hellein, and Lahna Christian), 4:26.68; 5th, Hardee(Aryanna Burch, Riley Justiss,Cadee Richardson, and Abby Duke),4:53.11; and 7th, Hardee (JordanSperry, Chloe Deen, Katie Camacho,and Haley Canary), 5:25.52. BoyÂ’s 400Y Freestyle Relay: 2nd, Hardee (Trey Stephens, Hugh Pate,Hunter Sellers, and Oren Crawford),3:57.28; and 5th, Hardee (ZackDurastanti, Marcos Velasco, Joseph Wood, and Jake Stephens), 4:58.60. Rebekah Erekson finished fourth in the girlÂ’s 1 meter diving competition for the Lady Wildcats. JC Thomas finished fourth for the Wildcats in the 100 yard butterfly. Oren Crawford finished second in the 100 yard butterfly for the Wildcats. PHOTOS BY TOM STAIK Gage Camacho took second in the boyÂ’s diving event for the Wildcats. Jordan Sperry finished sixth in the 100 yard butterfly.


B8 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The boys in orange and blue cruised to a first place finish atthe Wildcat Invitational onOct. 16 at Pioneer Park inZolfo Springs. Hardee Senior High School’s Wildcat squad facedcompetition for nine otherschools from across the regionin the event. “The boys finished first in the meet, their first ‘fisrstplace’ of the season,” notedcoach Rob Beatty. Zack Durastanti, though “a little off his pace,” led the wayfor the Wildcats as he glided toa fourth place finish with atime of 19:10.01. Ivan Rodriguez (11th) and Roberto Gutierrez (12th) alsoreturned solid performances. “Ivan and Roberto worked together to run good times inthe heat – something weworked out at our last meetwhen we did a pack run,”Beatty said. The Wildcats were first with a score of 68. Sebring HighSchool was second with ascore of 84, Lakeland HighSchool was third with a scoreof 91, Geneva Classical Acad emy was fourth with a score of96, and DeSoto High Schoolwas fifth with a score of 107.Also competing were teamsfrom Avon Park High School,Fort Meade High School,Frostproof Middle/SeniorHigh School, Mulberry HighSchool, and Lake Placid HighSchool. The Lady Wildcats finished second in the event out of apack of 10 schools. The squad struggled with the absence of Ingrid Mendozaand the continued absence ofTatiana Mier who is out due toinjury. Adrianna Mier continued to lead the squad with a fourthplace finish after turning in atime of 22:47.89. Also in the top 10 were: Kaitlynn Brande berry, sixth; and JoshlynnSanchez, eighth. “Our biggest gainer over the last few weeks has been fresh man Joshlynn Sanchez, whohas been making tremendousgains,” Beatty said. “The girlsin general ran very well in thisheat – mid 90’s and 100+ heatindex.” The Lady Wildcats earned 44 points. Frostproof was firstwith 29 points, Avon Park wasthird with 54, DeSoto wasfourth with 94, and Sebringwas fifth with 136. Also com peting were runners fromHeartland Christian Academy,Lake Placid, Fort Meade, Mul berry, and Geneva ClassicalAcademy. The squad from Hardee Jun ior High School also took tophonors at the event, bestingDeSoto to claim first place. The squad earned an impres sive five top 10 finishes from:1st, Caleb Nadasky, 11:37.82;4th, Jacob Duncan, 12:31.05;6th, Chase Bryant, 12:44.62;8th, Zander Durastanti,13:36.34; and 10th, GavinPrescott. Nadasky’s effort was even enough for a record. “Caleb Nadasky broke the 3K course record in a finalsprint,” Beatty noted. Individual Results: Junior High Team: 1st, HARDEE, 26; and 2nd, DeS oto, 30. Junior High: 1st, Caleb Nadasky, 11:37.82; 4th, JacobDuncan, 12:31.05; 6th, ChaseBryant, 12:44.62; 8th, ZanderDurastanti, 13:36.34; 10th,Gavin Prescott, 14:09.66;12th, Yadira Sanchez,14:21.75; and 17th, MikaylaMetayer, 15:11.71. Girl’s Varsity Team Scores: 1st, Frostproof, 29; 2nd,HARDEE, 44; 3rd, Avon Park,54; 4th, DeSoto, 94; 5th, Se bring, 136; and 6th, Heartland Christian Academy, 148. Girl’s Varsity: 4th, Adrianna Mier, 22:47.89; 6th, KaitlynnBrandeberry, 24:04.75; 8th,Joshlynn Sanchez, 24:40.17;15th, Laura Ramos, 26:59.55;and 18th, Kareli Plata,27:48.51. Boy’s Varsity Team Scores: 1st, HARDEE, 68; 2nd, Se bring, 84; 3rd, Lakeland, 91;4th, Geneva Classical Acad emy, 96; 5th, DeSoto, 107; 6th,Avon Park, 117; 7th, FortMeade, 196; 8th, Frostproof,206; 9th, Mulberry, 208; and10th, Lake Placid, 253. Boy’s Varsity: 4th, Zack Durastanti, 19:10.01; 11th,Ivan Rodriguez, 19:49.15;12th, Roberto Gutierrez,19:52.64; 20th, Noah Torres,20:48.19; 21st, Dalton Kiella,20:28.96; 37th, Angel Aviles,22:18.21; and 45th, ScottMeeks, 23:34.92. VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY H H a a r r d d e e e e W W i i n n s s W W i i l l d d c c a a t t I I n n v v i i t t a a t t i i o o n n a a l l PHOTOS BY TOM STAIK Competitors in the boy’s varsity event at the Wildcat Invitational receive instructions from Hardee coach Rob Beatty before the start of the run at Pioneer Park. Ivan Rodriguez cruised toan 11th place finish as theWildcats ran to an overallfirst place finish at theWildcat Invitational. Zack Durastanti continues to lead the Wildcat squad.Durastanti finished fourth overall as Hardee’s boys marched to a first place team finish. Noah Torres hits his stride for the Wildcats as Coach Rob Beatty shouts encouragement from the sideline. Roberto Gutierrez finished12th overall in the boy’svarsity competition. Noah Torres (#968) and Dalton Kiella (#965) helpedpush Hardee’s boys to a first place finish at the WildcatInvitational. Coach Rob Beatty chats with Adrianna Mier (center) and Joshlynn Sanchez (right) following the girl’s varsity event at the Wildcat Invitational. By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The Lady Wildcats wrapped up the regular season on Satur day (Oct. 20) with a secondplace finish at the DeSotoHigh School Last ChanceCross Country Meet. “A nice morning to run led to good times for most of therunners,” said coach RobBeatty. The girl’s squad from Hardee Senior High Schoolearned 43 points as theycruised to a second place fin ish. Avon Park High Schoolwas first with 35 points, host ing DeSoto High School wasthird with 68 points, BartowHigh School was fourth with98 points, and Clewiston HighSchool was a distant fifth at113 points. The boy’s squad, again, struggled to find traction as theWildcats finished fourth with ascore of 81. DeSoto was firstwith a score of 44, Clewistonwas second with 61 points,Bartow was third with 78points, and Avon Park wasfifth with 103 points. Beatty said he used the meet as a practice run for today’s(Oct. 25) Florida High SchoolAthletic Association (FHSAA)Class 2A District 9 tournamentat Pioneer Park in ZolfoSprings. “Today was a strategy day for next Thursday’s (Oct. 25)district meet,” Beatty said.“It’s not our one and two (run ners) that will make thebiggest difference as to quali fying for regionals, it’s where 3-4-5 (runners), and even 6and 7 (runners) place,” thecoach said. “So today, for both races, we all started pack running, withleaders holding a little and run ning the pack for Hardee,”Beatty added. Hardee tried a similar tech nique with the boy’s squad at ameet two weeks ago in LakePlacid and “it made a differ ence for several runners.” “It helps them find them selves. It also gives our leadersthe rest they need going intothe district meet. I feel prettygood about how they will per form on Thursday at home fordistricts,” Beatty said. Adrianna Mier finished 4th for the ladies with a time of23:49.83 after using the eventas a pre-district “workout.” Also finishing in the top 10 were Kaitlynn Brandeberry at5th with a time of 23:50.08and Joshlynn Sanchez at 6thwith a time of 23:58.93. “Katie paced with (Mier) as did Joshlynn,” Beatty said. “Itreally helped Joshlynn bringher time down, which is whatwe need for districts. Zack Durastanti was the only Wildcat to break the top10 with an 8th place finish andtime of 19:03.37 after he heldback with the pack. “Zack did the same for his team, running with Ivan (Ro driguez) and Roberto (Gitoer rez) nearly the entire race, andat the end, Ivan had a greattime drop with a season per sonal record, Beatty said. “Roberto ran well also, but is still on recovery but improv ing.” The pack from Hardee Jun ior High School finished sec ond overall with a score of 40after being bested by DeSoto. Caleb Nadasky led the squad with a 4th place finishand a time of 11:06.84. Also inthe top 10 were Chase Bryantat 6th with a time of 11:42.57and Jacob Duncan at 7th witha time of 11:42.92. The varsity squad will com pete today (Thursday), Oct.25, at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park inZolfo Springs as Hardee hoststhe FHSAA Class 2A District9 tournament. The ladiesstepoff at 9 a.m. The boys arescheduled to begin at 9:40. Individual Results: Boy’s Team Scores: 1st, DeSoto, 44; 2nd, Clewiston,61, 3rd, Bartow, 78; 4th,HARDEE, 81; and 5th, AvonPark, 103. Boy’s Varsity: 8th, Zack Durastanti, 19:03.37; 11th,Ivan Rodriguez, 19:06.86;19th, Roberto Gutierrez,19:31.75; 24th, Dalton Kiella,19:43.37; 27th, Noah Torres,19:48.34; 33rd, Angel Aviles,20:42.68; 34th, Scott Meeks,21:14.66; and 43rd, MikeTrevino, 30:34.56. Girl’s Team Scores: 1st, Avon Park, 35; 2nd,HARDEE, 43; 3rd, DeSoto,68; 4th, Bartow, 98; and 5th,Clewiston, 113. Girl’s Varsity: 4th, Adrianna Mier, 23:49.83; 5th, KaitlynnBrandeberry, 23:50.08; 6th, Joshlynn Sanchez, 23:58.93; 13th, Ingrid Mendoza,25:18.20; 18th, Kareli Plata,26:02.13; 28th, Laura Ramos,27:49.34; and 37th, AchelineDelhomme, 32:28.31. Junior High Team Scores: 1st, DeSoto, 19; 2nd,HARDEE, 40. Junior High: 4th, Caleb Nadasky, 11:06.84; 6th, ChaseBryant, 11:42.57; 7th, JacobDuncan, 11:42.92; 12th,Yadira Sanchez, 12:52.40;13th, Gavin Prescott,12:52.75; and Ava Roberts,15:33.35. Lady Cats 2nd At DeSoto District Tourney Today At Pioneer Park COURTESY PHOTO The Lady Wildcats captured second place at the DeSoto High School Last ChanceCross Country Meet on Saturday. Pictured are: Front row (from l), Ingrid Mendoza,Laura Ramos, Joshlynn Sanchez, Kareli Plata, and Acheline Delhomme; and back row (from l), Katie Brandeberry and Adrianna Mier.


October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B9 10:25c Players of the Week Southeast #3 James Pearson Offense #1 Jean Youte Defense #22 Trenton Roberson Special Teams #44 Ariel Whiters Lineman #19 Issac Moreno Wildcat The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Cleveland Brownsat Raymond James Stadium onSunday. The weather was perfect. The fans were excited. Believe it or not, Browns fans actually exist. I was sur prised. And those Dog Poundloving fans were out in fullforce. I’d like to say it was a great game to watch. I’d like to saythat firing Defensive Coordi nator Mike Smith righted theship. I’d like to say quartebacKJameis Winston performed aswell as back up quarterbackRyan Fitzpatrick did in the firsttwo weeks of the season. I can’t say any of those things. What I can say, is the De fense looked better. Dare I say, “much better?” Is it becausethe Bucs have turned into agreat defense? Or, is it becausethe Browns came to town?Maybe, it’s a little a both. Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield only racked up 215passing yards in basically fivequarters of football. That’s ac tually really good for the Bucs’defense. Coming into weekseven, the Bucs were dead lastin passing defense; so at leastthey are heading the right di rection. The defense buckledafter MLB Kwon Alexanderwent down with seconds left inthe first half, but they held inplace. But, when I think of the Bucs’ season, I think of thatold story about the kid holdinghis finger in the dam. Everytime we think the leak gets fixed, another one springsthrough. Winston gets suspended? Sure, the Bucs can fix that,they have Fitzpatrick. The defense is dead last for the second year in a row? Sure,the Bucs can fix that, they canplug the leak by firing MikeSmith and promoting fromwithin. Now that the defense isn’t abysmal, the Bucs’ kickerproblem is back. Wasn’t thataddressed over the offseason?I thought they fixed that leak.On Sunday, kicker ChandlerCatanzaro missed two kicks.The first, was an extra point.The second missed opportunitywould have been the gamewinning field goal. The gamewent to overtime because ofthose missed four points. In the end, the Bucs snapped a three-game losing streak. Butit was dirty. With all of the tal ent on board, the Bucs shouldhave destroyed the Browns,not won in overtime with a 59-yard field goal. It’s a win, but the ship is tak ing on water. Buccaneers Riding Leaking Ship PHOTOS BY DAVID HORTON The Cleveland Browns lineup to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland Browns huddle during Sunday’s game at Tampa. PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING Pro Wrestling Coming To Zolfo Springs Dec. 1 By JIM KELLYOf The Herald-Advocate There is a professional wrestling event scheduled Sat urday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., at theNickerson-Ulrich Building atPioneer Park in Zolfo Springs. There will be six pro matches. The main event willfeature Eddie ‘The WhiteScorpion’ White, ofWauchula, against GoldenBoy Jimmy MC. Golden Boywill be defending his Floridaheavyweight title with EFW(Elite Florida Wrestling). He has held the title nearly 2 year, the same title White held for 2 years before leav ing competitive wrestling five years ago to re-organize hiscareer which includes singingand music. White plays bassguitar and music. “Golden Boy has called me out. This is a real feud,” Whitetold The Herald-Advocate onMonday. The wrestling event will be televised live on the HBTVSports Network on the NOWNetwork. This is part of amovie that will feature the lifeand times of Eddie White,now 38. White is 6-3 and 190 but said he will weigh 200 or 205by Dec. 1 through strongworkouts and increased foodintake. He began his wrestling career at 155 pounds in 1999in the cruiserweight division.His athletic moves were soquick he moved up in weightclass and was winning in theheavyweight division. Advance tickets are $20 for admission and $25 if you alsowant a t-shirt and signed 8x10photo of White. Call 863-245-4022. Tickets will be $25 atthe event Dec. 1. Chocolate Chip Productions of Atlanta, Ga., is making amovie and has issued a castingcall for area residents whomight want to be part of theproduction. Call his agent,Kelvin Lindsay, of BowlingGreen, at 863-245-4022. PHOTO BY JIM KELLY Eddie ‘The White Scorpion’ White signs a movie and book contract with ChocolateChip Productions of Atlanta, Ga., with his agent Kelvin Lindsey, of Bowling Green.There is a casting call for the movie. If interested, call Lindsey at 863-245-4022. HARDEESOUTHEAST PASSING COMPLETIONS,ATTEMPTS AND INTERCEPTIONS11-12-011-19-1PASSING YARDS122108RUSHING ATTEMPTS/YARDS37/13412/1TOTAL YARDS256108TURNOVERS14FIRST DOWNS116PENALTIES, LOST YARDAGE9-708-59SCORING BY QUARTER: Hardee7133730Southeast00606 Game Statistics 5A DISTRICT 11 STANDINGS District Overall RecordRecord Hardee4-08-0Desoto3-16-2Booker3-14-4Southeast2-24-4Bayshore0-43-5Lemon Bay0-41-7 Make The Winning Score!SPORTS NEWS DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5PM (WEEKEND EVENTS, MONDAY AT NOON)


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Future Plans: Go to college to play baseball or football. Matt Tyson Parents: Dawn & Jace StarkHobbies/Special Interests: Varsity cheerleading and competing in variousRodeo Association events such as Florida High School Rodeo Association in which Iam Miss Florida High School RodeoQueen. I enjoy hunting and fishing withfamily and friends.Future Plans: Attend an undetermined university and pursue a degree in marinebiology to become a marine biologist. 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B12 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018Peace River GrowersWholesale Nursery Donnis & Kathy BarberHwy. 66 EastP.O. Box 760 (863) 735-0470 Zolfo Springs, FL Political Ad paid for by the Committee to Elect Keith Merritt Circuit Court Judge, District 10, Group 10 Keith P. Merritt, Esq 10:25p Family Fun For Everyone Heated Pool (winter time) • Hot Tub Pickle Ball Court • Shuffle Board Horse Shoes • Mini Golf Thousand Trails 2555 US Hwy 17 South, Zolfo Springs • 863-735-8888 10:25c ATTENTION SUBSCRIBERS If you are moving orchanging your ad dress, please let oursubscription depart ment know as soonas possible so yourservice will not bedelayed. 863-773-3255 By JOHN SZELIGOFor The Herald-Advocate The Hardee Junior High School Wildcats shut out theDeSoto Bulldogs for the sec ond time this season 48-0 athome before a nice crowd thatincluded the HJH faculty andstaff who held a tailgate partyin the end zone as they sup ported the team. The Cats jumped out to a 36-0 lead at the end of the firstquarter. The running clock wasin effect the rest of game asmany of the Cats got playingtime the rest of the way. HJHis now 6-0 with one last gameat home left. Hardee struck first on the kickoff as Wilney Francois re turned the kickoff 70 yards fora touchdown. Kellon Lindseyhit Trenton Alfred with a passto make it 8-0 as the first quar ter onslaught began. After athree-and-out by DeSoto, theCats second possession beganwith Travis Olds making anice 20-yard run followed by a35-yard touchdown by Fran cois two plays later. The score:14-0, Cats (with barely twominutes off the clock). DeSoto saw their running game was not working in the first possession and went to theair the next possession. Threestraight incomplete passeslater the Cats were back at it.After gains by Olds and Fran cois, Lindsey hit Alfred with atouchdown pass moving thetally to 20-0. The next possession by the hapless Bulldogs saw TravisOlds recover a fumble on DeS oto’s first play. He then madea solid nine-yard run beforeLindsey hit Carson Monts deoca on an 18-yard touch down pass. Lindsey ran in theconversion advancingHardee’s lead to 28-0. DeSoto’s next possession saw a third-and-12 pass playend with a sack by Boone Paz zaglia that forced a fumble re sulting in Travis Olds gettinghis second fumble recovery ofthe game. It only got worse inthe waning minute of the firstquarter when Lindsey hit RyanValdez with a 30-yard touch down pass followed by Oldsrunning in the conversion tomake it 36-0 at the end of thefirst quarter. The second quarter went quicker with the runningclock. It was highlighted bythe defense totally shutting down the Bulldogs. The Catsscored once more in the sec ond quarter after a 35-yard runby Francois and a 10-yard runby Lindsey set up another 18-yard scoring strike to Francoisby Lindsey to make it 42-0 athalftime. The third quarter saw a cou ple of good open field tacklesby Travis Olds and JustinShenfield as the defense com pleted its shutout. The defensealso forced the third fumble byDeSoto. Gavin Sharp recov ered the fumble and set up afinal 23-yard touchdown runby Kellon Lindsey. The scoreof 48-0 became the final scoreas the fourth quarter becamethe fifth quarter (an extra quar ter that ensures that all theplayers get some playingtime). All in all, it was another dominating performance bythe HJH Cats who finishedtheir season on Tuesday evening at home against Avon Park Middle School. Resultswere not available by presstime. DeSoto0 0 0 0 –0HJH 36 6 6 0 –48 HJH FOOTBALL Wildcats Blank Bulldogs By NEIL SIMPSONSpecial To The Herald-Advocate It’s only six weeks until the opening day of the 2018 Florida Senior Games. Registration is now open for the 2018 Florida Senior Games. Entry fees vary bysport. The online registration deadline isNov. 18. Athletes can also download reg istration forms at www.floridase and return the printed forms with payment to the Florida SportsFoundation. Heartland Games athletes are already registering to compete. Tennis – Bonnie Lambert and Lynda Hahn; Christopher Szymanski and MoniWahl; Pat Bentz (singles), JohnnyWilliams, Earl Maslin, Bruce Wyse, Eu gene Bengston, Jane Hollinger, and Cindy Harper. Golf – Rex Smolek, Thomas Kestler, Pete Konowicz, John Schwartz, PatBentz, Mel Olson, Laura Imboden, KellyCramer, Lilliane Fargey, Jerry McClain,Max Gnagy, Anne Kelly, Denise St. Onge,and Donald St. Onge. Cycling – Allen Hughes, Len Alta mura, James Phillips, MJ Chappy, andGlenn Wilkinson. Track & Field – Brenda Scott, Chuck Imboden, Ralph Ricker, Brenda Garner,Harold & Audrey Smith, Sandy Garner,Glenn Wilkinson, and Roland Jones. Bowling – Al and Cheryl Smethurst.Pickleball – JP Lefebvre and Mario Be langer, Craig Schneider, Richard Lewisand Luc Brien, Jay Bowers, and DennisAldridge. Table Tennis – Mike HedgesSwimming – Ted RileyThe 2019 Heartland Games will all take place during the month of February. The Heartland Senior Games started in 1997. A few years ago, it was decided thatthe name of the Games should be ex panded to encourage those 50-65 to par ticipate. The games were then renamedthe Heartland Games For Active Adults.However, people continued to refer tothem as the Senior Games. In keepingwith old traditions and the fact that at boththe state and national level they are calledSenior Games we have reverted to Heart land Senior Games for 2019. The 2019 National Senior Games will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico,June 14-25, 2019. Registration Opens For 2018 Florida Senior Games By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The Lady Wildcats finished the regular season with a winlast Thursday (Oct. 18) in athree way meet hosted by AllSaints Academy. “It was a great meet,” said coach Tracy Pate. “All Saintsis one of the top teams in thearea.” All Saints bested Hardee Senior High School’s swim mers at the Florida SouthernInvitational earlier this season. “It shows how much Hardee has improved,” Pate said. Hardee’s ladies claimed first in 8 out of 12 events. Renell Herrera was first in the 200 yard freestyle with atime of 2:26.79. Abby Duke was first in the 200 yard individual medleywith a time of 2:48.99 and the100 yard backstroke with atime of 1:16.00. Morgan Hellein was first in the 50 yard freestyle with atime of 27.94 and in the 100yard freestle with a time of1:03.79. Rachel Shaw won the 100 yard breaststroke with a timeof 1:28.93. Hardee also won the 200 yard freestyle relay with a timeof 1:54.30 and the 400 yardfreestyle relay with a time of4:38.49. Hardee’s boy’s finished sec ond overall at the event. The squad won two first place titles. Hugh Pate was first in the 500 yard freestyle with a timeof 6:03.92. Kein Knight was first in the 100 yard breaststroke with atime of 1:15.00. Hardee will next see action in the Florida High SchoolAthletic Association Class 2ADistrict 6 swimming and div ing tournament at Avon ParkHigh School. Diving will beheld at 10 a.m. on Oct. 31.Swimming competition will beheld Nov. 1 beginning at 9a.m. Individual Results: Girl’s Medley Relay: 2nd, Hardee, 2:18.14; and 3rd,Hardee, 2:21.94. Girl’s 200Y Freestyle: 1st, Renell Herrera, 2:26.79; and2nd, Mackenzie Burch,2:33.74. Girl’s 200Y Individual Med ley: 1st, Abby Duke, 2:48.99; and 2nd, Emma Hays, 2:51.34. Girl’s 50Y Freestyle: 1st, Morgan Hellein, 27.94; and4th, Hannah Ford, 30.63. Girl’s Diving: 3rd, Rebekah Erekson, 135.00; and KatieCamacho, 125.15. Girl’s 100Y Fly: 3rd, Emma Hays, 1:21.32. Girl’s 100Y Freestyle: 1st, Morgan Hellein, 1:03.79; and2nd, Lahna Christian, 1:05.62. Girl’s 500Y Freestyle: 2nd, Renell Herrera, 6:28.53; and3rd, Rachel Shaw, 6:38.48. Girl’s 200Y Freestyle Relay: 1st, Hardee, 1:54.30; and 3rd,Hardee, 2:13.45. Girl’s 100Y Backstroke: 1st, Abby Duke, 1:16.00; and 2nd,Lahna Christian, 1:16.02. Girl’s 100Y Breaststroke: 1st, Rachel Shaw, 1:28.93; and 2nd, Macy Kingdon, 1:29.52. Girl’s 400Y Freestyle Relay: 1st, Hardee, 4:38.49; and 2nd,Hardee, 5:20.47. Boy’s Medley Relay: 3rd, Hardee, 2:07.88; and 5th,Hardee, 2:59.67. Boy’s 200Y Freestyle: 2nd, Hugh Pate 2:10.23; and 3rd,Jake Stephens, 2:29.92. Boy’s 200Y Individual Med ley: 2nd, Kein Knight, 2:37.91; and 3rd, Trey Canary,2:45.64. Boy’s 50Y Freestyle: 2nd, Oren Crawford, 25.64; and4th, Trey Canary, 25.91. Boy’s Diving: 5th, Gage Ca macho, 141.95. Boy’s 100Y Fly: 3rd, Oren Crawford, 1:15.02; and 4th, JCThomas, 1:20.70. Boy’s 100Y Freestyle: 2nd, Trey Canary, 59.14; and 4th,Joseph Wood, 1:19.26. Boy’s 500Y Freestyle: 1st. Hugh Pate, 6:03.92. Boy’s 200Y Freestyle Relay: 2nd, Hardee, 1:43.57; and 3rd,Hardee, 1:52.16. Boy’s 100Y Backstroke: 4th, Hunter Sellers, 1:19.45; 5th,Trey Canary, 1:21.21. Boy’s 100Y Breaststroke: 1st, Kein Knight, 1:15.00; and4th, Gage Camacho, 1:36.22. VARSITY SWIMMING & DIVING Lady Cats Sink All Saints 1. Entering 2018, when was the last time a pitcher started36 or more games in a major-league season? 2. Which major-league team did Lou Piniella managefirst, and which one did hemanage the longest? 3. When was the last time before 2017 that the Universityof Miami, Fla., won a bowlgame by more than one point? 4. In the 2016-17 NBA sea son, Elfrid Payton became thefifth player in Orlando Magichistory to have at least 1,000points and 500 assists in a sea son. Name two of the otherfour to do it. 5. Who were the last play ers before Pittsburgh's JakeGuentzel in 2018 to reach 20points in 10 or fewer NHLplayoff games? 6. Name the last time be fore 2018 that Russia's men'ssoccer team advanced to theknockout stage of the World Cup. 7. When was the last time before 2018 that the U.S. wonwrestling's World Cup? ANSWERS 1. In 2003, Atlanta's Greg Maddux and Toronto's RoyHalladay each started 36games. 2. The New York Yankees (1986); the Seattle Mariners(1993-2002). 3. It was 2004 (the Hurri canes beat Florida, 27-10, inthe Peach Bowl). 4. Penny Hardaway (three times), Scott Skiles (three),Darrell Armstrong (twice) andSteve Francis (once). 5. Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky, in 1988. 6. It was 1986, when the team represented the SovietUnion. 7. t was 2003. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. SportsQuiz By Chris Richcreek • It was early 20th-century Irish author Robert WilsonLynd who made the followingsage observation: "The beliefin the possibility of a short de cisive war appears to be one ofthe most ancient and danger ous of human illusions." • If you're concerned about the rising cost of groceries, begrateful that you're not astarfish parent. A youngstarfish eats 10 times its ownweight in food every day. • The first car to offer seat belts — the Nash Rambler —rolled off the assembly line in1950. • Those who study such things say that Spain has morewildlife than any other Euro pean nation. *** Thought for the Day: "The true measure of a man is howhe treats someone who can dohim absolutely no good." —Samuel Johnson (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Strange But True By Samantha Weaver


October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B13 ABOUT ME:Hardee County GraduateA.S. in Business AdministrationMember of First Baptist ChurchGradu ate of the Florida School of BankingBroker/Owner of Flores & Flores, Inc. Real Estate BrokerageExperienced Bank Loan OfficerWauchula Lions Club since1999, 2x PresidentWauchula Kiwanis Club since 2012, Past PresidentServed on Hardee CountyParks and Recreation Committee, Current Chairman Dear Hardee CountyResidents, I want to take this time to thank everyone for all thekind words and support onmy win of the primaryelection. The county spokefor change, and now I needyour continued support. Ihave entered this race toserve all the residents ofHardee County. Early votingstarts today, and all I ask isthat you vote and allowyour voice to be heard. Voteyour conscience. Vote for theCandidate who aligns withyour personal beliefs andvalues. Vote for the personwho will be the mosteffective, and vote for theperson with the experienceto bring a positive outlook onthe issues. Vote for theperson who will be able tocommunicate the needs ofHardee County. Sincerely, NOEY A. FLORES FOR HARDEE COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 2 NOVEMBER 6 V V O O T T E E N N O O E E Y Y A A . F F L L O O R R E E S S Political advertisement paid for and approved by Noey A. Flores, Republican for Hardee County Commissioner District 210:25p Fort Meade, Florida 205 N. Charleston (863) 773-2530(863) 285-8131 V ISIT U S 24 H OURS A D AY A T NEW 2018 CHEVROLET EXPRESS CARGO VAN V8, Auto, Air, PW/PL Stk.#J1753 $32,995 NEW 2018 CHEVROLET COLORADO EXT. CAB Air, PW/PL, Tilt/Cruise Stk.#J1239 $24,995 NEW 2017 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 DOUBLE CAB Auto, Air, PW/PL, Tilt/Cruise Stk.#H1357 $25,995 NEW 2018 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 CREW CAB LT 4X4 V8, Auto, Air, PW/PL, Tilt/Cruise, Loaded Stk.#J1605 $38,995 NEW 2018 CHEVROLET EQUINOX LS Auto, Air, PW/PL, Tilt/Cruise Stk.#J1088 $23,995 NEW 2018 CHEVROLET MALIBU LS Auto, Air, PW/PL, Tilt/Cruise Stk.#J128 $21,995 *All rebates and incentives assigned to dealer. APR is W.A.C. for up to 60 months. All prices are plus tax, tag and $249.90 dealer fee. Our selection of trucks, prices and customer service makes it worth the drive to Bob ElliottÂ’s Greenwood Chevrolet! We are here to handle all your GM Service, Parts and Body Shop needs. 10:25c Financing Available at Greenwood Chevrolet 2014 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE LT 7 Passenger, Dual Air, V6, Auto, PW/PL Stk.#H1586A $22,995 2018 CHEVROLET MALIBU PW/PL, Tilt/Cruise Stk.#5214 $20,995 2005 CHEVROLET SILVERADO EXT CAB V8, Auto, Air Stk.#K1070A $8,995 2011 CHEVROLET SILVERADO CREW CAB LT V8, Auto, Air, PW/PL Stk.#J1275A $22,995 2014 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 DOUBLE CAB 4X4 V8, Auto, Air, PW/PL Stk.#J1608B $24,995 2014 BUICK ENCLAVE PREMIUM 7 Passenger, Leather, Dual Air Stk.#H1044C $22,995 2016 CHEVROLET TAHOE LT Leather, 3rd Seat, Dual Air, PW/PL Stk.#J1582A $40,995 2016 CHEVROLET SPARK LS Auto, Air Stk.#H1262AA $8,995 2011 CHEVROLET CAMARO LT V6, Auto, Air, PW/PL, Tilt/Cruise Stk.#J1661A $17,995 PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY Angel Rodriquez and his wife Brenda cooked 46 pork butts for the Saturday, Sept.29, barbecue benefit, which included a cake auction. About 600 meals were served.The site was Gary Delatorre's property south of Vision Ace Hardware in Wauchula. BBQ dinner servers, from left, included Yacine Chibani, Lana Krell, David Hortonand John Whidden. The benefit was for Kelly Weems Yeomans and will allow her to get into Mayo Clinicand help pay for her living expenses until then. From left are Russell Weems, Brink ley Yeomans, Travis Combee, Kelly Yeomans, Nancy Weems and Diana Weems.Kelly has been having neuro-muscular problems in her arms and hands and weak ness in her legs. BBQ Benefit for Kelly Yeomans Raises Over $9,000 Sept. 29 PERFECT POSTERS COURTESY PHOTO Bowling Green Elementary recently held its annual Spaghetti Dinner Poster Con test, drawing a number of creative posters. The overall top three contest winnerseach received a gift card. Celebrating the winning are (from left) Stuart Durastanti,principal; Christian Valdez, third place; Bodhi Derringer, second place; VictoriaMolina, first place; and Ray Rivas, dean.


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B16 The Herald-Advocate, October 25, 2018 10:25c Well football fans, we have passed the midway point in Oc tober. Conferences races are starting to take shape. We also arekeeping an eye on the playoffs as it can change every weekendthough. Clemson, rightfully, has passed Ohio State as the numbertwo team behind Alabama. Notre Dame and LSU are in the otherspots as of today. With Ohio State, North Carolina State, and Cincinnati going down to defeat this week, there are only five unbeaten teams l eft. Three of those are in the playoff discussion but USF and UCFare not. Still think a 16-team playoff with every conferencechamp in is the way to go? Lane Kiffin, “The Golden Boy”, and his FAU Owls were the media darlings this summer with bold predictions of an un defeated season and the access bowl as the nation’s best non-power five team. After all, they have Devin “Motor” Singletary,the nation’s leading rusher and touchdown maker in 2017. Afterbeing demolished by Marshall 31-7, the Owls stand at 3-4 thisseason. The Marshall defense held Singletary to 39 yards on 16carries. The Herd forced five Owl turnovers in the game as well.Ft. Meade’s Tyler King had 125 yards on 21 carries and a touch down for the Herd. Maybe the glow of the “Golden Boy” isn’tas shinny in Boca as it was last summer. There are rumors ar ound Atlanta that he may be going to Georgia Tech. We shall see. TheCoaching Carousel is usually the post season discussion. Purdue has had some success over the years. Bob Griese and Leroy Keys in the 60s is one example. Drew Brees being the most remembered era in Boilermaker history. Now, JeffBrohm is proving he is a legit big time coach. He had success atWestern Kentucky prior to Purdue but the way he out coachedUrban Meyer to the tune of a 29-point blowout was a signatureperformance. Ohio State was ranked number two in the nationbehind Alabama. The Buckeyes were probably overrated asusual. Their strength of schedule was ranked 106th. Regardless,hats off to Jeff Brohm and the Purdue Boilermakers. Wildcat fans wait all year for this game. It is here. Bring on the DeSoto Bulldogs. The State of Florida’s Longest HighSchool Rivalry takes place at DeSoto this Friday night. The 8-0Wildcats will need no more incentive to fire them up than to seetheir old rival. The 6-2 Bulldogs have their attentio n and respect. DeSoto Coach Bumper Hay has turned the program around notonly in the 6-2 record but with attitude and pride. That is a goodthing for this rivalry. Beating your 0-8 or 1-7 arch rival by 40points isn’t that satisfying. Beating a good competitive arch rivalcertainly is. So, get there early and get a good seat. Deck yourselfout in orange and blue and cheer on the ‘Cats to a victory. Let’s look at this week’s bill o’ fare: 1. Baylor at West Virginia – Mountaineers and Will Grier come back strong after a week off. Thursday night in Morgan town. West Virginia 45 — Baylor 20 2. Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech – Should be a good game in Blacksburg but the Hokies will prevail on a Thursday night.Virginia Tech 34 — Georgia Tech 27 3. Miami at Boston College – BC is a slight favorite at home. ‘Canes better step it up if they want back in the big bowlpicture. Boston College 31 — Miami 23 4. Louisiana Tech at FAU – Lane Kiffin and his Owls took a physical beating as well as a score board beat down at Mar shall. Several Owls will be hurt and may be out for this contest.Louisiana Tech 38 — FAU 24 5. USF at Houston – Bulls have been Cinderella in 2018 but a gut feeling says the clock strikes midnight in Houston.Houston 37 — USF 34 6. Clemson at FSU – Tigers see the showdown with ‘Bama coming if they take care of business. ‘Noles would need a “Pur due Miracle”. Clemson 41 — FSU 20 7. Florida at Georgia – The much anticipated “World’s Largest Cocktail Party” looks more even than it did a month ago. Still, the ‘Dawgs get the edge. Always one of the season’s best. Georgia 33 — Florida 24 8. Kansas State at Oklahoma – Sooners still hoping to be a part of the big playoff picture or at least a major bowl. Oklahoma48 — Kansas State 16 9. Texas A&M at Mississippi State – Bulldogs at home squeeze out a tough win over the Aggies. Mississippi State 33 — Texas A&M 30 10. Texas at Oklahoma State – Longhorns struggle early with a surprise from the Cowboys but pull it out. Texas 39 —Oklahoma State 27 11. Kentucky at Missouri – Tigers playing well as of late. UK has had a good season but reality sets in. Missouri 30 —Kentucky 20 12. Tennessee at South Carolina – Gamecocks get over .500. South Carolina 35 — Tennessee 21 13. North Carolina State at Syracuse – Wolfpack drop sec ond straight game. Defense in the Dome does it. Syracuse 24 —North Carolina State 23 14. Iowa at Penn State – Nittany Lions would this game on the road but at home they pull off a hard fought victory. PennState 34 — Iowa 31 15. FIU at Western Kentucky – Panthers continue to top CUSA East with a win. Western Kentucky has fallen on hardtimes. FIU 31 — Western Kentucky 17 16. Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans – Texans are hard to beat at home. Fish are still chasing New England while Hous ton leads their division with the same 4-3 record. Should be agood game. Houston Texans 34 — Miami Dolphins 30 17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals – Bucs come up short in the Queen City. A worth watching gamethough. Cincinnati Bengals 31 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 18. Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars – Eagles take care of business amid Jags turmoil. It won’t be easy but theyprevail. Philadelphia Eagles 35 -Jacksonville Jaguars 21 19. Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Great rivalry game. Chiefs at home with that explosive offense get the nod.Kansas City Chiefs 42 — Denver Broncos 26 20. New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Brady Bunch keeps winning. Never count out the “Goat.” New England Pa triots 38 — Buffalo Bills 23 Stump The Swami By John Szeligo


Hardee Education Foundation Auction & Dinner To Benefit Media Center Programs in Hardee County SchoolsTickets available at Wauchula State Bank, First National Bank, The Hardee County School Board, or any school office.Hardee Civic Center $15 Per PersonSaturday Nov. 3, 2018 Auction5:00pm Doors Open 5:00pm-7:30pm Silent Auction 7:30pm-8:00pm Kids Auction 8:00pm-9:00pm Live Auction Dinner 5:30-7:00 Pulled Pork/Chicken, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Rolls, Banana Pudding Donated Item Donated By Tour for up to 8 at "The Center for Great Apes" The Center for Great Apes (HHS STEM club) 2 Tampa Bay Lightning Tickets and gift basket items (Date TBD) .Elvis Gray 6 Month Membership to "Battleheart Gym"Joe Roe Chauffeured Dinner for 6 to "The Melting Pot" Sarasota ..Alan Jay Automotive Florida State Fair Family 4 pack ticketsDoyle Carlton III Hot air balloon rideFarm Credit Smore's Fire Pit packageMid Florida Baked Good: Chocolate Cake Cat Paw with orange & blue icing Julie Guzman Baked Good: Cheesecake with cherry filling..Julie Guzman Baked GoodPam Albritton Baked Good: Hummingbird CakeKaren Hartman Jewelry set..Idania English (3) designer beltsIdania English Gift BasketRuss and Kristen Melendy Painting..Tara Hines PaintingMeagan Albritton Handmade item: Adirondack chair with foot loungerBruce Perrine Handmade item: Florida Corn Hole gameVent & Teresa Crawford Handmade item: Wooden ice chest insert table..Jeff Johnson Handmade item: Hand knife..Jeff Johnson Handmade item: Wooden penChad Douglas Handmade item: Wooden penChad Douglas Coffee basketDunkin Donuts Haircut coupons...Toni's Cuts Cash Donation..Albritton Insurance Cash DonationHimrod & Himrod Nursery Upper bleach tray and gel packageDr. Pyle Cash DonationWauchula Abstract & Title Co. HHS Cheerleading Package (auctioned at Mosaic back to school tailgate party)HHS cheerleaders HHS Football Package (auctioned at Mosaic back to school tailgate party)HHS football program $25 food gift card..Beef O' Brady's Sebring $25 food gift card..Beef O' Brady's Sebring Cash DonationMike Thompson Cash Donation.Frederick "Rick" Knight Cash Donation..Colon Lambert iPad mini..Thomas Trevino Gift basketHome Solution Lenders Hair basket productsLisa @ Lisa's Hair and Nail Salon Hair basket productsTracy @ Lisa's Hair and Nail Salon Handmade item: Fishing pole holdersHHS Construction program Child size outdoor wooden play house 6' X 8'Oakwood Construction Baked Good: Pumpkin Roll with pecan toffee cream cheese swirl ...Alice Simandl Pizza dinner for 4 plus tour at Fire DepartmentHardee Fire Rescue Ride in fire truck with Santa in Christmas ParadeHardee Fire Rescue Wind Mitigation Inspection for insurance purpose...Brent Driskell 10' hand made bullwhip.Butch Smith Baked Good: Apple cinnamon cheesecake.Michele McCandless Animal vaccination package..Pet Care Center-Dr. Ross Hendry Fishing packageCrooked Hook Outfitters, Inc.-Wes Roe OrchidLouise Sasser Oil and lube package..........OK Tire Flower ArrangementCoopers Wayside Flower Shop 2 Certificates including a round of golf with a cart: To be redeemed by 12/1/18.Bluffs Golf Course Baked Good: Coconut CakeDouble J Resturant Baked Good: Missy Kirkland Rocking ChairTommy Taylor Lap Quilt Jars of Candy..Michelle Knight One Hour of Bowling and shoe rentalBowl of Fun Wood SignHeather Rogers Lap Quilt Wildcat Quilt.Old Soul Quilts by Rayna Parks Baked GoodHannah Benavides Baked GoodAli Terrell 1 year pass to Hardee Lakes ParkHardee County BOCC 1 weekend camping pass @ Hardee Lakes ParkHardee County BOCC Lunch with the SheriffArnold Lanier Hot air balloon rideWauchula State Bank Hot air balloon rideAM SOUTH Realty Hot air balloon ridest National Bank Filet & Lobster dinner for 12Wauchula Garden Club CraftZSE Computer Lab Judy Southwell CraftZSE Vice President Bethany Lee Cheesecake..ZSE Special Area Amy Woods PlantHeart of Florida Greenhouses Art Work.ZSE Art Department Laura Wells Gift BasketCats on Main ZSE 4th, Erica Thornton Fish, Turkey Cooker with Propane TankSuburban Propane CakeZSE 1st, Linda Barrington Floral Arrangement..ZSE Sonja Rammussen, Speech Pathologist Floral Arrangement.Cooper's Wayside Flowers T. Robinson TBAMater'z Steakhouse Jelly BasketJane Klein 1 Hour, $130 Photo Shoot..B's Photography TBA...Caloosa Outfitters, Inc. Baked Good: Coconut CakeMary Beth Bryant Youth BicycleHeartland Pharmacy Pair of Sarama Chickens..Derrell Brown PaintingDeborah Sosa Two reserved front row seats to Miss Hardee County Pageant Mary Lynne Driskell/MHC Committee Chair Lunch with Miss Hardee County...Miss Hardee County Committee Mary Kay Gift BasketAndrea Johnson Gift BasketKrause Services Week at NC CabinCandice Conerly Gift BasketTurquoise Table 30 Minute Photo Shoot with Edited ImagesBA Livestock and Imagery Mrs. Vickie's Famous Chocolate/Chocolate Chip CakeVickie Conerly Principal for a DaySonja Bennett Gift BasketMain Street Wauchula Essential Oils Gift BasketMissy Albritton Gift BasketAnna Watkins/Southern Stitches Cheer at HJH Basketball Game (one game)Jill Tyson/HJH Cheer Coach Featured Guest on WBOBCandice Conerly Fall Door SignBarbara Jernigan Christmas Door SignBarbara Jernigan Announcer for a home Varsity Baseball game..Amy Tubbs/HHS Athletics Metal SignR Squared Customs Strawberry CakeWanda Day Movie Night in WES Media Center (a student and three friends) ...Candice Conerly Cake/DessertCyndi Albritton $25 Walmart Gift Card $25 Walmart Gift Card Eagle picture Framed 38 x 26..Stacie Harris Childrens picnic table..Dennis Jones Bake Good...Suzanne Stagg $15 Gloria's Restaurant Gift CertificateGloria's Restaurant $25 Walmart Gift Card Small Leather Purse..Amy Wilson Friendship CakeMissy Massey Tea Towels/HolderAmy Wilson 5 spath plantsBruce and Donna Klein $50 gift certificate dry cleaning services @ Griffins Dry Cleaners Wauchula..Ray Griffin $50 gift certificate dry cleaning services @ Griffins Dry Cleaners Wauchula..Ray Griffin Western theme quiltErikia Young Holiday table runnerErikia Young Year subscription to The Herald-Advocate newspaper $49Mr. Kelly 2 CocaCola antique bottle holder boxesSusan Barton Metal horseshoe sculpture: Cowboy with laso..Susan Barton TelescopeDiane Bryan Framed Aspen Trees photo printDiane Bryan Gift Basket...Katelyn Baker Photo sessionCharissa Gift BasketGeorge Wadsworth MassageBonny Horton Tampa Bay Lightning Tickets..Jessica Gray Gift BasketMain Street Wauchula-Jessica Newman Dessert..Susan Brewer CupcakesLori Petko Lunch with superintendent...Bob Shayman Wood signSusan Brewer Tanning gift certificateJans TBASheena Deemer Cajun Country Cooking BasketSharon Ekhoff Child's QuiltRegina Kitchens $100 Gift CertificateCrutchfield Auto Repair Coca Cola Cake..Becky Harrelson Honey Bun CakeBecky Harrelson Weekend @ Lake Letta LakehousePhil Rasmussen 90min. Swedish MassageRyan Mortimer 90min. Swedish MassageRyan Mortimer 90min. Swedish MassageRyan Mortimer 90min. Swedish MassageRyan Mortimer 90min. Swedish MassageRyan Mortimer Round UpNutrient chemical company Round Up..Helena chemical company Monetary GiftState Farm/David Singletary 2 Busch Gardens TicketsBusch Gardens Pork loin dinner for 4 cateredAlecia Hughes Wood burned plaque (baby goat)...Debbie Revell Kong Gas Cooker/FryerJerry & Marcia Kapusta Baby goat..Jessica-Heartland Growers Yeti itemsHeartland Growers Beach Bum BasketCornell Family Farm Burea basket of goodiesFarm Bureau Pecan Pie. Missy Kirkland Pumkin Pound Cake..Missy Kirkland Chocolate Chip CookiesJennifer Shackelford Baked GoodJennifer Shackelford Paintball Party for 10 peopleKonitzer Chocolate Chip Cheesecake..Missy Massy VIP Duck HuntMosaic Carrott CakeVeronica Noel Vintage Kids Kitchen.Mary Lynn Driskell10:25c October 25, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B17


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