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Title: The Frostproof news
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Place of Publication: Frostproof Polk County Fla
Creation Date: January 5, 2006
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Thursday, January-5, 2006- Vol. 91 No. 29 Frostproof's Hometown Newspaper for More Than 85 Years 50 cents

City Council
plans meetings
The Frostproof City Council
would like to remind everyone,
the City Council Public Meet-
ings will be held the first and
third Monday of the month.
The next Regular City Council
Meeting will be held Monday,
Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. Frostproof
City Hall is located at 111 First
Street. For more information
Art League
plans show
The Frostproof Art League's
Annual Art Show is just around
the corner. Local Artists may
enter up to 3 works of ordinal
art in one of 6 categories-water-
color, acrylics, oil, photography,
mixed media and fabric arts.
The entry fee is $5 per entry
with a maximum of 3 per artist.
Rules may be obtained at the
Frostproof Art Gallery. Entries
will only be accepted on Jan. 5
and 6. The Opening Reception
and Awards Ceremony will be
on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. -
Awards will be given at 6 p.m.
The Frostproof Art Gallery
will have its January Meeting
beginning at 6:30 p.m. Election
of the 2006 Board of Directors
will take place and the 2006
'Officers will be elected.
For more information, call
the Gallery Tuesday-Friday
between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for
more information the phone
number is 635 7271.
Register for
Life Line screening
Life Line Screening, Ameri-
can's leading provider of quality
health screenings, will be in
Frostproof on Friday, Jan. 27,
2006. Their tests quickly detect
arterial abnormalities which
can cause disrupted blood flow.
They offer screenings for
S stroke carotid artery, abdominal
S aortic aneurism, and peripheral
arterial disease. The \will also
screen for osteoporosis. The
screenings are non-invasive and
S completely painless.
All screenings will be done
in the lounge at the First United
Methodist Church of Frostproof
Svhich is located across from
the park which faces the Latt
Maxcy Memorial Library. Pre-
registration if required. To regis-
ter and obtain pricing informa-
tion, please call 1-800-324-1851.
Please do not call the church.
seeks "dealers'
The Frostproof Area Cham-
ber of Commerce will be spon-
soring 'A Night in Las Vegas'
fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 28,
7 p.m. at the Depot, 118 East
Wall Street. The Chamber is
looking for. "dealers" for this
event and would like for any-
one interested to please con-
tact Chamber of Cominerce
Fundraising Committee Chair-
: man Estelle Sullivan at 635-
2593 or 635-5411 or 632-2062.
Tickets will be on sale soon
from any Chamber Director
and at local businesses.
sale planned
S Holy Spirit Council of
Catholic Women will hold its
annual rummage sale on Fri.
Jan. 27, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. and Sat. Jan. 28, from 9
a.m. to noon at the Parish Cen-
ter, 644 S. 9th Street, Lake
Wales. There is always.a wide
variety of new and used items
at reasonable prices. 'All are
invited. Donations of good, sell-
able items will be accepted in
the Parish Center on Thursday,
Jan. 26, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 2
:, : p.m, We are unable to pickup
items. For more information
call Office of Religious Educa-
tion at 863-678-1083.

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2006 Tax receipts mailed

Marsha Faux, Polk County
Property Appraiser, announced
Dec. 29 that over 100,000
Receipts for the renewal of
Homestead, Widow, Widower,
and Disability Exemptions for
2006 will be released from the
Post Office this week. The
Receipt should NOT be
returned to the Property
Appraiser's Office UNLESS the
owner is no longer a resident of
the property on January 1, 2006
or if the property has been rent-
ed or sold as of January 1, 2006.

Persons filing for exemption
for the first time must file in per-
son at the Bartow, Lakeland, or
Winter Haven office. The
address for the Bartow office is
255 North Wilson Avenue, the
address for the Lakeland office
is 912 East Parker Street, and the
address for the Winter Haven
office is 3425 Lake Alfred Rd, 3
Gill Jones Plaza. Applicants
should bring their recorded
Deed and proof of residency
which includes their Florida dri-
ver's license, Florida vehicle tag

registration, Florida voter regis-
tration (optional) and Resident
Alien card, if not a citizen of the
United States. Persons filing for
Homestead Exemption are also
required to provide their social
security numbers. A husband
and wife must both have Florida
driver's license, if both drive.
Widows and Widowers must
provide a copy of their spouse's
Death Certificate. Applicants for
Disability Exemption must pro-
vide letters from a Florida physi-
cian verifying their total and per-

manent disability. To qualify for
Senior Exemption, the property
owner must have an existing
Homestead Exemption, be 65
years or older, and have a com-
bined household income that
does not exceed the defined
limit. Please contact our office
for further information.
Homestead Exemption may
be allowed on mobile homes if
the property owner is also the
owner-of the land on which the.
mobile home is sited and the
owner meets the qualifications

for Homestead Exemption. Your
mobile home registration must
be provided to this office at the
time of filing.
Persons who live in coopera-
tive mobile home parks must
bring a copy of their recorded
Proprietary Lease or Share Cer-
tificate in order to apply for
Homestead Exemption.
According to Florida Statute
719.114, all Proprietary Leases
or Share Certificates must be
recorded in order to file for
Homestead Exemption.

FFA Annual

Mini Fair and

Auction set

Frostproof Middle Senior
FFA and the Frostproof FFA
Alumni Association are ready
to host their annual Livestock-
Show, Dinner and Auction..
The Livestock show, which is
used to help the students
showing at the county Youth
Fair get themselves and their

the year and the money raised
will be used for scholarships,
travel to leadership confer-
ences and Conventions for the
FFA students. The Auction
begins at 3 p.m. and all types
'of items will be available. In
the past you could get plants,
livestock feed, tools, services

animals ready, will be held on for cars, haircuts, lawn furni-
Friday, Jan. 21, 2005. The ture, art work, cakes, pies,
show gets started at 6 p.m. jelly, crafts, clothing, cane
and is held at the old softball "syrup, and many other types
field at Frostproof High School of goods. Even if ytu,don't
just off of Scenic Highway. come to buy it's a'good time
On Saturday. Jan. 22, 2005, just listening to the Auction-
at the same area, the FFA eer. Tickets for the annual din-
Alumni will be holding its ner are on sale from FFA
annual Dinner and Auction. members, FFA Alumni, or at
This event is the Alumni Asso- the Frostproof High School
ciation's major fundraiser for- Office or call 635-7809.

Check Contractor

status online

Building Contractor license status viewer became
even more apparent following
License status now the 2004 hurricane season,
wae o e when many residents wanted
available online to hire licensed and insured
contractors to repair storm-
BARTOW,-FL- Thanks to the related damage to homes and
partnership and innovation of businesses.
the Polk County Board of If you want to check the
County Commissioner's-BUiild--<.license status of a contractor,
ing Inspections and Informa- simply log on to the County's
tion Technology Divisions, citi- website, www.polk-county.net
zens who want to determine and click on the hot topic but-
the license status of a building ton on the right hand side
contractor can now do so called "Permit, Project and
online saving a trip to the Contractor License Status
County's Bartow offices. Viewer." All you need from
According to John Hall, there is your contractor's
Building Inspections Division name.
Director, the innovation came This process improvement
partly as a result of last year's will benefit residents in several
overall process review- a proj- ways. You no longer have to
ect that resulted in five divi- call or go to the County's
sions being consolidated into offices to check on a contrac-
three, reduced wait time for tor you're considering, you can
customers as well as viewing, check on several contractors at
permit and project status one time and get your work
online. The need for the done by a licensed contractor.

Youths from Polk and High-
lands Counties are attended
baseball camp last week at
Warner Southern College to
learn baseball tips from the
pros. "Fundamental Frenzy"
was the name of the camp
which took place Dec. 27
through Dec. 30. Leading the
camp was Justin Turner, a pro-
fessional baseball player and
Warner Southern alumnus,
who played 3rd base in col-
lege. Turner has played for the
Boston Red Sox and Anaheim
Angels. Camp staff include
Daniel Barnett. a former All-
American catcher for Warner
Southern who spent two sea-
sons in the Chicago White Sox
organization;. Joe Torres, first-
round draft for the Anaheim
Angels, who pitches for the
team;. Matt Allegra, Oakland

Athletics Minor League Out-
fielder; Tommy Murphy, Out-
fielder for the Anaheim Angels
who. was just added to the 40-
Man Roster;'and Cassidy Turn-
er, who is starting short stop
for the Warner Southern Roy-
als Baseball Team.
Camp participants were
enthusiastic about, the. tech-
niques they were being taught.
Cody Barnes from Frostproof
said he is learned how to bat
correctly. Robert Harrison and
Charlie Jones both appreciated
the technicalities they were
learning about all aspects of
the game. Koy and Kenny
McGrath of Avon Park said they
thought the camp was a lot of
fun and that they were learning
more about catching.
Justin Turner said he wanted
to put the camp on to meet the

needs of youth in the area that
have a passion for baseball. "My
feeling is that a lot of kids never
reach their maximum potential
because they do not always get
the proper instruction that
Would keep their interest level
high. If you learn to do things
correctly at young age, you can
get a jump start on maximizing
your potential," Turner said.
Turner's Web site is
Warner Southern College,
founded in 1968, is a Christian
liberal arts college located five
miles south of Lake Wales on
Highway 27.
Warner Southern College is
accredited by the Commission
on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and
Schools to award the Associ-
ate, Bachelor, and Master

The opera comes to Frostproof

The Frostproof Rotary Club
will host "An Evening of Opera"
to benefit the restoration of the
old high school auditorium on
Thursday evening, Jan. 19, 2006
at 7 p.m. in this same auditori-
um at Frostproof City Hall. Ital-
ian pianistFrancesco Attesti will
accompany German Opera
Soprano Annika Kaschenz.
The pair performs as the

"Rosam cape" Duo, and have
engagements in 2006 in Austria,
Switzerland, England, Ger-
many, New York and Florida.
The performance will includes
arias by some of the world's
most famous composers
including Mozart, Brahms, and
Chopin. Frostproof's own
opera singer Alana Trimmer
will make a guest appearance,

performing one of her favorites.
Tickets are $30 and include a
reception following the con-
cert. For information, call Bea
Reifeis at (863) 635-2523. Tick-
ets are available at locations
around Frostproof, or send your
check to The Frostproof Rotary
Charitable Foundation, Inc.,
PO. Box 456, Frostproof, FL

HBS concert honors founder

A special carillon concert
on Monday, Jan.. 9, 2006, at 1
and 3 p.m. will honor Sanctu-
ary founder Edward W Bok on
the 76th anniversary of his
death Jan. 9. Bok is regarded
as one of America's most
inspiring men. Assistant caril-
lonneur Lee Cobb will perform
Selections chosen for the occa-
Bok came to America at age
6 from Den Helder, Nether-
lands. He overcame numerous
challenges to become an out-
spoken thought-leader who
helped shape the ideas, values
and priorities of the emerging
American middle class. His life
story epitomizes the history of-

immigration, the influence of
journalism on society, social
and environmental advocacy,
as well as the American dream.
Visitors will hear a carillon
tribute selected for the occa-
sion by Cobb. The program
will open with one of Bok's
favorite selections, "America
the Beautiful." Also included in
the program will be Bok's
favorite hymn, "Lead Kindly
Light," by John Dykes. Visitors
will be able to watch the live
performance on the video
monitor located behind the
Japanese Lantern near the
Tower and meet the assistant
carillonneur near the Informa-
tion Booth following the con-

The Sanctuary is a refuge
for people, plants and animals.
Given in gratitude by Bok to
America, it has served as a
source of personal, spiritual
and cultural enrichment for
more than 23 million visitors
since its dedication in 1929.
Bok died on January 9, 1930,
within sight of his beloved
Singing Tower.
Admission to FHistoric Bok
Sanctuary is $8 for adults and
$3 for children ages 5-12.
Members and children under
five are admitted free. For
more information call (863)
676-1408 or visit our Web site
at www.boksanctuary.org.

Looking way back!
The Frostproof Realty Company pictured back in 1925.
Times sure have changed, but you can still see a resem-
blance to the Frostproof Realty building as it stands
today at 10 Scenic Highway N.

Sports: WSC hosts baseball camp


Submitted to the Frostproof News/ WSC
Campers learn baseball tips from pros. Front row (kneeling I to r): Koy McGrath, Kenny
McGrath,'Cody Barnes, Brandon Newell, Charlie Jones, Brandon Patterson, Josh Clark.
Back row (standing I to r): Dan Barnett, Tommy Murphy, Tyler Koruschek, Joe Torres,
Justin Turner, Robert Harrison, Matt Aliegra, Jason Griffin, Chris Pruitt, Cassidy Turner. "-

Local youths enjoy baseball camp


2 The Frostproof News, Thursday, January 5, 2006

Flooding still an issue

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By Cindy Monk
Nov. 24, 2005-A Public Forum
Meeting headed by Senator J.D.
Alexander was held Thursday,
Nov. 17, 2005 to discuss solu-
tions to the flood issues still
plaguing residents living on or
near Crooked Lake, Clinch Lake,
and Reedy Lake.
The meeting drew many City,
County and State officials: Polk
County Commissioner Randy
Wilkerson, Polk County Director
of Natural Resources Jeff
Spence, Southwest Florida
Water Management District Rep-
resentative Brett Cyphers, the
Board members of Southeast
Polk Citizens for.Lake Manage-
ment, Frostproof Mayor Damon
Nicholson and all City Council

A list of permanent drainage
alternatives was provided by
Chastain Skillman for the Lake
Clinch/Lake Reedy connector
and distributed to all. Cost esti-
mates ranged from $1.4 to $3.8
million for proposed solutions,
none of which at this time are
feasible. Further studies of each
of the lakes are needed and
funding obtained before a deci-
sion can be made.
The water levels set for the
lakes by SWFWMD in 1984 must
be maintained, although water
levels were not considered for
Clinch and Reedy when a deci-
sion was made by less than a
handful of officials to 'clean the
ditch' from Crooked to Clinch to
relieve rising water levels in
Crooked Lake, thus causing
flooding. Several Frostproof resi-

dents lost homes and property.
Only now, is there a requirement
to maintaining inflow and out-
flow levels, as well as protocol to
follow in order to implement a
plan to alleviate the flooding.
Several residents attending
the meeting couldn't help but
show their frustration and disap-
pointment over the repetitive
response, meeting after meet-
ing, from SWFWMD and the
Senator J.D. Alexander said
his hope is to come up with a
short term solution. The senator
is personally committed to being
involved. At the conclusion of
the meeting he said he will get
back with the residents of Frost-
proof by the second week in Jan-

Frostproof News/Cindy Monk
2005 Family Dollar opens new store
Jan. 28, 2005-Several customers waited for the doors to open at the new Family Dollar
Store. Customers were greeted with several 'Grand Opening' giveaways (Phone cards,
coffee mugs, coupons, etc.) as well as a chance to win a Home Theater System and a Bas-
ketball goal.

First Habitat

home completed

March 31, 2005-The first home Church in North Carolina came
built by Habitat for Humanity of and the kids, all between 12 and
East Polk County is happily occu- 16 years old did all the nailing of
pied by the Goddard family, Mr. all the panels for the outside
and Mrs. (Debra) Wayne Goddard walls," said Mr. Goddard.
and their 10 year-old son Tyler. "So many people came again
Cargill Juice came forward and again, said Mrs. Goddard,
with the donation of the land. ag a M G dr
with the donation of the land. "Mr. Backus, from here in Frost-
Starting with the groundbreaking proof, is in his 80s and he came
on June 12, 2004, the couple's everyweek!"
church, Emmanuel Baptist Fel-
lowship Church, headed by Pas- Mrs. Van Dusen a member
tor John Mouery, came week after from Emmanuel Baptist Fellow-
week with volunteers to saw, nail ship Church made a scrapbook of
and plaster the house into being. pictures taken of each completed
"A youth group from a Methodist step along the way.

Community joins

to fight (
April 28, 2005-The Frostproof
'Relay for Life' committee and
community members pulled
together Friday, April 22, 2005 and
Saturday, April 23, 2005 at the
third annual American Cancer
Society 'Relay for Life' benefit and
raised over $27,000 to be donated
iio fight against cancer.
This event was held once
again at the Frostproof Middle
Senior High School Track and has
been a growing success with
each passing year due to the great
out pour of the community.
To honor the cancer survivors
and caregivers there was a dinner
catered by Texas Cattlemen Com-
pany at no cost to all, sponsored
by Lowe's.
Opening ceremonies began at
6 p.m., with the invocation by
Mayor Larry Hadden followed by
the 'Pledge of Allegiance' led by
Frostproof High School cheer-
leaders Kaleigh Williams and
Scarlet McCullers. The national
anthem was song by Jennifer
Futch. After the national anthem
was completed Parties by Robert,
DJ Robert Foss introduced the
Frostproof 'Relay for Life' com-
mittee and the many registered
cancer survivors present at the
benefit. Each survivor was given a

balloon and wore a t-shirt repre-
senting their survivorship. There
was a release of balloons depict-
ing the freedom from cancer.
Next on the agenda was the
Victory lap around the track for all
the survivors. Following the victo-
ry lap the cancer survivors were
joined, by their caregivers, family
and friends. Teams of 10 or more
continued through the night tak-
ing turns in the relay walking, jog-
ging or running around the track.
Several fundraising activities
were held throughout the event
such as: a car bash, dunk tank, Jail
cell, $5 haircuts provided by
Libby's Salon, Silent Auction, a
Sock Hop at Midnight, Best Brown-
ie contest, kids carnival games, a
drawing for a 25" Sony color TV
and other chance drawings, as well
as several food concessions.
Donna Sweitzer provided the
music for the luminaries ceremo-
ny held at 9 p.m. The luminaries
were placed around the track in
honor of loved ones.
Several teams registered to
raise money for the American
Cancer Society's 'Relay for Life'.
Funds raised will help fight this
disease through research, educa-
tion, advocacy and patient services.

Buy, sell and trade with the classified

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May 12, 2005-Frostprodf Com-
munity members are invited to a
farewell gathering for David F.
Lewis, Principal at Frostproof Mid-
Community members are
invited to drop in and pass on well
wishes to Mr. Lewis as he pre-
pares for his new position of
Senior Director of Senior High

Feb. 24, 2005-The Frostproof
Care Center's expansion into the for-
mer Intensive Hair Unit facilities is
moving steadily toward completion.
The Care Center is expanding in
order to gain more space for
offices, conference areas, and
reception areas, and to improve
and increase the space used for the

Thrift Store and other programs.
The Care Center is a community
supported agency created to serve
families in the greater Frostproof
area who are in need of financial,
material and emotional assistance.
The staff also works with other
agencies to insure that services are
distributed equally and wisely.

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Schools for the Polk County
School Board.

The 'Drop-In' for Teachers,
Students, Parents and Community
Members will take place, Monday,
May 23, 2005. The program will
be 1 to 2 p.m. Drop-In hours will
be from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Frost-
proof High School Cafeteria.

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Annuity Purchase Program J.G.WENTWORTH.


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New business opens in town
June 16, 2005-The Grand Opening of The Open Door on
Scenic was held on Saturday, June 11,2005. The new cof-
fee/gift shop is owned by Tammy Ard, Donna Respress
and Holly McCraw is located at 215 N. Scenic Highway,
downtown Frostproof. The hours are Monday through Fri-
day, 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. until. The
shop features Barnie's coffee and coolers, ice tea and fla-
vored tea, cookies, muffins, and other enticing confec-
tions. Gifts for family and friends can also be purchased
at The Open Door On Scenic. For more information call
635-9588. Please stop by for a sweet treat and browse
through the gift shop. .. :' ,

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The Frostproof News, Thursday, January 5, 2006 3

Less rain, less concern, not according to locals

:By CindyMonk McKenzie asked that reside
Sept. 22, 2005-Local resident's who signed on the sheet requ
:plagued by rising lake water con- ing answers to their questions
,tinue searching for relief and aloud to speak first, followed i
answers. rotation of all others present \
Several local residents attended had questions. Maryann M
a public meeting at the First Baptist whom has been staying ie
:Church of Frostproof on Thursday, mobile home behind her chg i
:Sept. 15 in seeking relief from the for the last three months, was
:high water levels of area lakes first citizen to ask Jeff Spe
from County officials. first citizen to ask Jeff Spe
from County officials. "wheri was the County goin!
A committee calling them- start pumping the water ou
'selves Southeast Polk Citizens for Saddlebag?" She added that
Lake Management (SPCFLM) has was thankful that the church
:been established with a mission to let her stay there, but would lik
:implement a long term plan to know what is going to happe
alleviate the flooding of homes, her home in Saddlebag.
.improve drainage and restore Spence said the County is scl
:water quality in Southeast Polk uled to begin'pumping the w
:County. Committee members are by the weekend. He added
.Chairman-Richard McKenzie, there had been some issues
:James McClendon, Brian Hanger, private property owners and
:Angie Hanger, Bob Patton, and dents of Lake Rosalie who
Debra Richards Lewis. worried about the contain,
The SPCFLM committee invited water coming down their \
City and County officials as well as Mrs. Moore asked "Why pec
'residents of the surrounding area. weren't warned that this cc
SIn attendance to answer questions happen and why were I
from the public were Jeff Spence, allowed build in these areas?"
Director of Natural Resources, Jay Spence replied that when th
Jarvis, Regional Drainage Manager areas began building the State
of the Natural Resources Division; County did not have National S
;and Brett Cyphers of Southwest dards in place. Mrs. Moore t
'Florida Water Management Dis- asked what are the people tc
trict. Frostproof City Council mem- when there homes are destroy'
lbers present were newly elected who can they look to for help?
:member Larry Sullivan, Otto Polk, Spence replied that the County
and Mike Denby. not spend money on private p
Chairman of SPCFLM Richard erties. He then went on to ad

City Manager face

harassment claim

SBy MaryAnn Morris
SJune 16, 2005-A claim of sexu-
al harassment was made by Frost-
proof's Assistant City Manager,
5jLl.a Heath, against her boss
!newly-hired City Manager, Elly
-Johnson at a Frostproof City
Council meeting Friday, June 3,
Ms. Heath, a resident of Bab-
son Park and Executive Director
,of the Frostproof Chamber of
Commerce had been working as
.Interim City Manager since
' August 2004 in the wake of the
Resignation of the previous man-
ager, Jeff Brown. Mr. Brown
resigned in August 2004, shortly
After the city was hit by Hurricane
The.City ofFroslproof..which is
looking forward to a period of
Strong growth, hired Mr. Johnson
Swho has 37 years experience in
city management. He began work
-with the City of Frostproof just


S Oct. 2005-The Ridge Scenic
Highway Designation Celebration
Event will be held on Saturday
SOct. 29, 2005. Communities along
the Ridge will host various events
to celebrate the designation. All
events are free and open to the
public. After two years of working
towards the designation of SR 17
from Frostproof to Haines City as
one of Florida's Scenic Highways,
the official designation was grant-
ed earlier this year.
Representatives from each of
the 9 communities along the
Ridge Scenic Highway have
worked diligently to create events
to showcase the historical, cultur-
al, ecological and educational
resources located along the route,
S"The hope is that as people enjoy
the day's events along the 30-mile

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over a month ago in April, 2005.
The City of Frostproof has
hired an independent investigator
to look into the matter, as recom-
mended by City Attorney Brian
"This particular investigator
came very well recommended,"
said Mr. Haas, "A thorough and
expeditious investigation will be
"We will continue with our
plans to meet on Monday with
department heads and City Coun-
cil members to set the City's goals
and priorities," said Mr. Johnson
in a telephone interview Friday,
June 10. "I hope this matter is
resolved; quickly. My wife is very
upset since no actual filing has
occurred, yet the story appeared
in the (Lakeland) paper."
Ms. Heath's attorney, Mr. Al
Smith of Winter Haven, reached
by telephone Wednesday, June 8,
would not comment on any
details of the allegation.


corridor, they will learn about the
diversity and offerings in the com-
munities along the Ridge," com-
ments Cindy Turner, Ridge Scenic
Highway Celebration co-chair-
The official Ridge Scenic High-
way dedication ceremony will
take place at 10 a.m. during Days
in Lake Wales on the shores of
Lake Wailes under the tent. State,
County, and local officials will be
there to honor the occasion.
Ridge Scenic Highway Dedica-
tion Celebration Event schedule:
The celebration will begin in
Frostproof 9 a.m.
'For more general information
about the events, contact The
Lake Wales Depot at 863-678-

lub plans

craft class Jan.10
The Frostproof Tourist Com- the class or bring your own and
munity Club is sponsoring a purchase a design to compli-
"Studs for Your Duds" craft class ment your garment.
on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 9 a.m.
to 11 a.m. at the Frostproof We are hoping to get a good
Tourist Club on Wall Street, turn out for this class. For more
Frostproof, located next to the information about this class and
Police Station. to add your name to the class
This craft class is all kinds of please call (863) 635-4325 or
designs that can be applied to (863) 635-3817. Everyone is wel-
any clothing that can stand a hot come. Please stop by anytime
iron. You can purchase shirts at between 9 and 11 a.m.

Steve White appointed

as new FHS principal
July 7, 2005-Superintendent Steve White previous assign-
Dr. Gail McK- ments include: 2004-2005, Princi-
inzie pal, Donald E. Woods Center 2003-
announced the 2004, Principal, Lake Wales High
appointment 1994-2003 Principal, Lake Region
of Steve White High 1989-1993, Principal, Hillcrest
as Principal of Elementary 1986-1989, Assistant
Frostproof Mid- Principal,.Davenport Elementary
die-Senior 1 1 1985-1986, Assistant Principal,
High School in WahnetaElementary 1980-1985.
Frostproof. He has been with Polk County
The Steve Schools since 1975, having served
appointment White as a classroom teacher at Spook
was made Hill Elementary and at from
effective as of July 1,2005. Dundee Elementary until 1980.

that folks to be careful spending
money on repairs until the long
term reports are concluded which
are expected in four to six months.
Mrs. Moore said she wasn't mad
just heartbroken and felt this isn't
the way to do things.
Sally Rouwhorst a resident of
Sugar Sands Mobile Home Park
located on the southeast end of
Lake Clinch asked when would
the residents there be seeing help
from the City, County, State or Fed-
eral officials. She said only eight of
forty-two lots can be rented due to
flooded roads and yards covered
with green slime, foul odors and
mold as well as an abundance of
snakes inhabiting the mobile
home park. She went on to say the
owner is still having to pay the
taxes on a park that can only rent
less than a quarters of its rental
potential. She wanted to know
why the area from Crooked Lake
that originally was the cause for
Clinch Lakes rising water level
could not be shut down until
Clinch Lake could have a chance
to recede. This was not an option
according to Mr. Spence and Mr.
Cyphers. Mrs. Rouwhorst, extend-
ed an invitation to the City, County
and SWFWM officials to stay for a
week FREE in a mobile home on a
lot at Sugar Sands of which the
eight resident's chose in order to
get a true feeling of what it is like to
live in these conditions. No one
extended an interest in the invita-

Frostproof property owner Ver-
non Lambeth said his seventeen
acre property on Clinch has been
devastated as well as several other
people living on Clinch Lake have
been hurt due to the County's
decision to clean out the ditch that
led from Crooked Lake to Clinch
Lake instead of working from the
lower levels of the cleaning project
and moving upward. He's con-
cerned if the value of his property
will ever revert back to a gainful
Several residents attending
Thursday's meeting vocalized that
they feel the County as well as the
State should step up and take
responsibility for their action to all
the individuals who have lost and
continue to loose property and/or
revenue due to an action made in
haste by the County and SWFWM
to relieve the Crooked Lake rising
water issue.
Mr. Spence and Mr. Cyphers
said that the citizens coming
together forming a committee and
holding meetings was a good
thing. Both gentlemen said they
would be available to attend future
meetings in hopes to help imple-
ment a long term plan to see that
this does not repeat in years to
come. The SPCFLM committee is
planning to write a letter to Gover-
nor Bush as well as sending a
signed petition asking for help for
this area.

Frostproof News/Cindy Monk
No Wake! This sign is located on Clinch Lake. The water lev-
els are such a threat to homes located on several.area lakes
that folks are reaching out for help in all directions.

Concerns grow over

rising waste
July 14, 2005-The t-ru.':"oof wo
City Hall Auditorium was over- wat
flowing with local residents at Alth
last Monday nights meeting. it v
Several members of the corn- nee
munity voiced their concerns
and asked questions regarding
rising water levels in the area
Since the deliberate release of
water from Crooked Lake, back
in April, by the County,. along
with all the rain in the last six to
eight weeks, the overflow of
water from Crooked Lake to
Clinch Lake has homeowners on
Clinch and Reedy Lake wanting
immediate action from City,
County and/or State officials.
Hearing a decision as to what
will be done to relieve the threat
of losing their homes is what
brought many to the meeting.
Several homes in Frostproof have
already been damaged, as'well
as roadways becoming flooded.
Unfortunately at Monday's
meeting the City and County offi-
cials had not given any clear-cut
answers as to when and what

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hough, all were in agreement
vas indeed a problem that
ded to be taken care of, soon.

Water quality and health safety
in Lake Clinch, Reedy and
Crooked was a great concern to
residents. Mr. Decker and Mr. Mad-
den have initiated test that were
performed on Clinch Lake, but the

results have not been concluded
as of the Sept. 15 meeting.
The next SPCFLM Public Meet-
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2, 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church
of Frostproof, 96 West B St.

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Frostproof City manager fired

By MaryAnn Morris
Aug. 11, 2005-For the second
time in less than a year, Frost-
proof is looking for a new city
At their Monday meeting, the
Frostproof City Council voted to
fire City Manager Elly Johnson,
and took steps to ensure the city
runs more smoothly in the
The City Council approved an
updated and expanded Person-
nel Policy Manual. This provides
the employees of the City with
rules and guidelines for behavior
at work as well as defining City
standards for such items as
using vacation time. The new
manual had been undergoing
review by department heads and
the City Attorney for some time.
But, recovery from four hurri-
canes last fall, personnel
changes at City Hall and flooding
issues have kept all City Officials
in a constant crisis management
mode since last fall
The sexual harassment com-
plaint made by Stella Heath,
Assistant to the City Manager
and complaints of unprofession-
al behavior by City Manager
Johnson by Ms. Heath and oth-
ers cited in a report by a private
investigator showed just how
critical such policies are.
The complaint investigated
by independent private investi-
gator hired by City Council on
the advice of City Attorney Brian
Haas. This report was the sub-
ject of one agenda item Monday
When the matter was
brought before the Council at
Monday's meeting, Council
Member Kay Hutzelman, after
acknowledging that she was
friends with Stella Heath, began
reading a portion of the private
investigator's report, which
revealed personal details of
problems cited by another
employee with Mr. Johnson,
Council Member Polk called a
point of order.
"Is there a motion on the
floor?" he asked.
"No," replied Mayor Darpon
"Then we shouldn't be dis-
cussing this," Mr. Polk said, "It's
embarrassing to the City and to
the employees."
"I just want to be sure none
of our employees ever goes
through this sort of thing again,"
replied Ms. Hutzelman.
"Sexual harassment is well
defined b\ Title 7Tof the Federal
SCivil Rights Act and Florida
Statute 760," said Brian Haas,
Frostproof City Attorney, "Case
law has refined and expanded
the original laws. To prove Sexu-
al harassment, the harassment
must be.sho\wn to have altered
the terms of employment, been
hostile or abusive in frequency
and severity and humiliating, not
just offensive," he continued. .
"The employer must have
been advised of the problem and
failed to act for liability to exist
for the City," Altorney Haas
There were no fewer than
four motions made regarding

"This Town is more important than any man-
ager. The only way to resolve the situation was
to fire him. The City of Frostproof does not
need that kind of pain,"
Frostproof Mayor Damon Nicholson.

City Manager Elly Johnson's
employment with the City. The
Council was divided, since the
allegations of sexual harassment
were a "he said, she said," situa-
tion, according to the investiga-
tor's report. But five other City
employees attested in the report
to sexually suggestive personal
remarks and shouting by Mr.
Johnson at City Offices.
During the investigation, Mr.
Johnson was asked to release
his past job records. He refused.
"There is a liability to the City
to continue to employ Mr. John-
son after he refused the request
to release past job records," Mr.
Haas said. "Should the City con-
tinue to employ Mr. Johnson
after that refusal, there could be
an issue of negligent retention."
"The City failed to obtain a
background check before hiring
Mr. Johnson," said Mayor
Damon Nicholson in an inter-
view Friday. "Stella Heath was
asked to get a background check
for the city manager we wanted
to hire,"
"She didn't do it," he said.
"Not having a background
check for an employee such as
the City Manager opens the City
to a charge of negligent hiring
with respect to future lawsuits
by employees," said Attorney
Although Ms. Heath has
reportedly worked as a City
employee for a number of years,
there is neither an employee job
application nor resume on file
with the City, according to Mayor
"We have no information
about where she worked
before," he said.
Mr. Johnson did submit to the
City a resume which detailed his
career: jobs, lengths of employ-
ment, duties at each position,
education and professional
awards, certifications and organ-
izations. The resume includes
names of personal references
and their telephone numbers.
Monday night, the City Coun-
cil terminated Mr. Johnson's
employment with-.severance
-vith their fourth motion on the
The Council appointed Inter-
im City Clerk Barbara Smith as
Interim City Manager, pending
the location of a Temporary City
Manager through the League of
Cities to serve in the position
until a permanent replacement
can be advertised and hired.
"I'm speechless," said Ms.
Smith after the meeting.
The Council in another
motion had approved the hiring
of Tenny Crowley as City Clerk,
thus, Ms. Smith was available.
"We have every confidence
in you," said Mayor Nicholson.
This was echoed by other Coun-

cil Members.
"This Town is more impor-
tant than any manager. The only
way to resolve the situation was
to fire him. The city of Frostproof
does not need that kind of pain,"
said the mayor. "Those in power
put enough pressure on our
employees and by putting the
account of these proceedings
into print we will remember
that. I want you to know that my
action was for this community."
Issues about Mr. Johnson are
not the only controversy facing
the city. According to Mayor
Nicholson, altered City Council
meeting minutes is another
issue. The City Clerk hand writes
notes of every City Council meet-
ing with a tape recorded as back-
up. At the meeting of April 4,
2004, one of the items discussed
was a change to Ms. Heath's
position. According to a report
prepared by the Polk County
State Attorney's office, two
copies of minutes were found
on the City's computers. One
copy had been prepared June
29, the last day before the typist's
vacation, the second copy on
July 7, the day of the meeting at
which they were to be approved,
approximately ten minutes
before the meeting was to be
called to order. The Council was
given this second set of minutes
which included a motion by
Council Member Mike Denby to
approve Ms. Heath's promotion
to "Assistant City Manager" with
a salary of $50,000.
"The State Attorney never
questioned me, although, the
Minutes he was. looking at said I
made the motion," Council
Member Mike Denby said.'
"I never made such a motion,
nor would I," said Mr. Denby."
The State Attorney was
unable to determine who altered
the City Council meeting min-
utes, but the minutes were
changed after the typist had left
for vacation.
"Both sets of Minutes track
the Interim Clerk of Court's
hand-written notes exactly," said
Mayor Nicholson, "except that
text_was, added to .tte second,
altered set, adding the motion
and second for Ms. Heath's posi-
tion. That text is not in the
Clerk's notes."
"By charter, the City Council
does not have the power to cre-
ate new positions, nor to hire
employees. Those duties fall to
the City Manager. By City Char-
ter, the Council hires the City
Manager arid the City Attorney,
approves the City Manager's hir-
ing of the City Clerk and Police
Chief and the firing of a depart-
ment head. Otherwise Council
does not have jurisdiction and
cannot act," said City Attorney
Brian Haas.

Community events

FP Rotary to meet
The Frostproof Rotary Club
meets noon every Thursday, at The
Depot, 118 East W'all Street. If you
wojild like to become a member of
:the Rotary or be a guest speaker
contact Bea Reifeis at 863-635-2523.
Please lend a hand to your commu-
nity and throughout the world!

Volunteers needed
for Habitat house
The Frostproof Area Chamber of
Commerce and the City of Frost-
proof are working together building
a new Habitat for Humanity House
in the Frostproof City Limits. A com-
mittee has been formed and volun-
teers are being recruited. To volun-

teer, please call 635-9112. Together
we can be a better community.

Lions Club to meet
The Frostproof Lions Club
meets each month on the second
and fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the
Orange Box Cafe on Highway 27.
Anyone who wishes to join is invit-
ed to attend.

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Cypress Gardens
listed in Top 50 parks
Adventure Parks Group, LLC
is pleased to announce that both
Wild Adventures and Cypress
Gardens Adventure Park are list-
ed among 2005's Top 50 Parks in
North America, according to fig-
ures complied by Amusement
Business magazine and Eco-
nomics Research Associates.
The figures, based on atten-
dance, placed Wild Adventures
at #38 and Cypress Gardens at
This is the first year Cypress
Gardens Adventure Park has
appeared on the charts, quite a
feat for the first year of operation
after changing ownership and
being closed for more than 18
months. Attendance surged past
the initial first-year projections of
750-thousand to just shy of 1.4
million guests. in 2005. With
activities surrounding the 70th
anniversary of the park in 2006,
the park expects to welcome
more than 1.5 million visitors

during the year.
With more than 400 amuse-
ment and theme parks in North
America, it is quite an accom-
plishment to reach the ranks of
the Top 50, which is dominated
by large corporate parks such as
Disney, Universal, Cedar Fair,
Anheiser-Busch and Six Flags.

Only 8 parks on the list, includ-
ing Cypress Gardens and Wild
Adventures, are not corporately
owned and Wild Adventures still
holds the distinction of being the
largest privately-owned theme
park with ticketed gate admis-
sion with Cypress Gardens com-
ing in second.

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Auctions 105
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Card of Thanks 120
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Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

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COW Found in vie. of 120th
St NE, Deer Run Ranch.
Please call to identify.
DOG- Shih-tzu call to describe

male w/blue collar & injured
back leg, & 1 female,
w/red collar. Vic of Betther
Acres behind Post Office
(863)763-7813 Reward
CREDIT CARD: Lost @ Wal-
Mart Parking Lot on Tuesday
morning. Call to ID.
(863)763-6009 ask for Linn
DOG- White with black spots.
Friendly, Orange collar. Lost
12/25/05 Vic. of Oak Park
area. (863)697-9878
male, Tan w/black saddle &
white mask. Vicinity of Taylor
Creek Isles. (863)357-4576
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Vicinity of: Near Palm Dale &
Bellmont. (863)675-3817
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be large dogs. Browns/
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Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
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Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health m Reducing
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Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
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Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

works good $30

round oak-unique, beautiful
$400 (863)763-4982

FREEZER- Upright, 17cu.ft.
Admiral, works great $125
tric range, microwave & self
cleaning oven. In excellent
cond. $100 (863)763-5081
WASHER, Kenmore, Heavy
Duty, White, Used. Good
condition. $175.
WASHER, Whirlpool, Heavy
Duty, White. New, Never
used. $275. (863)467-1973

YEARS. Order now for spring
delivery, and save! Extensive
range of sizes and models.
Built to last. Priced to sell!
Pioneer (800)668-5422.
Clearance. New, never erect-
ed 30x40, 40x60, 50x100
and 60x100. Will Sell for bal-
ance Call Frank

30", Oak, with sink and fau-
cet, $100 (863)675-1634
Buy Direct From Manufactur-
er. 20 colors in stock with all
Accessories. Quick turn
around! Delivery Available
Toll Free (888)393-0335.

Elk Architectural, Light grey,
M. D. approved w/12' of Ridge
Vent. $100 (863)635-9316
WELL SYSTEM fairly new,
$800 for total system

CARDS Racing & Comic.
late 80s early 90s Exc. cond.
$450 neg. 863)763-8943

COMPUTER, Pentium 3, Win-
dows XRP Lots of games, w/,
Monitor, mouse, keyboard.
$175 866-855-0158.
tium 4, dvd/cd-rw, wind. xp,
games, monitor, keyboard,
ext. $350 866-855-0158.

GAS FIRE PLACE 48"wx43"t,
brick style, $1000

BEDROOM SET, like new,
CEDAR CHEST- New with tray
Solid cedar $125
print, green burgundy & gold
$250 (863)467-5032
DINING TABLE- Oval, all wood
w/big pedestal blonde/white,
end tables fruitwood & glass
$100. (863)357-0037
DINING table plus 6 chairs,
metal frame glass top, $600
FAMILY room set, incid, 3pc
sectional, matching over-
stuffed chair, 3 metalic/glass
tables $1800 (239)289-6782
Sectional L-shaped, w/2 re-
cliners, black w/pink & blue,
pin stripe, very good cond.,
$800 neg. (863)634-2094
CHAIRS- Leather, Nice,
Canopy style. Wood grain.
$200 or best offer. Call & I
will e-mail pics. (863)447-0566

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.

GOLF CLUBS- Ladies, Ping,
with bag Great condition
$150. or best offer

shape, Only $100
PRICES Less than Canada.
Viagra $2.75/100mg, Fosa-
max $16.00/month, Advira
$45.00. A better deal than
Medicare. Global Medicines,
American Physician man-
aged. (866)634-0720
WEIGHT BENCH w/leg lift,
160lbs of weights, additional
weight lift bar $80

CERAMIC heater $10

EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made in Hong
Kong 24K, 100yr old. $500
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee

POCKET WATCH- over 100
yrs old, $300 neg.
(863)634-9620. Okeechobee

HOSPITAL BED electric foot
& head board, good cond.
w/2 rails $150
HOSPITAL BED- electric,
works good no mattress
$145 or best offer
SCOOTER, Alanti 2002, Elec-
tric w/basket on back & 2 bat-
teries. Good cond. Holds up to
300 Ibs. $500 (863)763-7697

DIESEL TANK- 260 gallon,
3'Tx2.5'Wx5'L Brand new
Aluminum. $1000/neg. Call
Keith (239)872-3714
EARN DEGREE online from
home. *Medical, *Business,
*Paralegal, *Computers. Job
Placement Assistance. Com-
puter & Financial aid if quali-
fy. (866)858-2121
GENERATOR, Harley, used,
2500 watts, starts first try,
wrought iron, iron arch, lat-
tice work, for weddings
Run your ad STATEWIDE!!!
For only $450 you can place
your 25 word classified ad in
over 150 newspapers
throughout the state reaching
over 5 MILLION readers.
Call this newspaper or Ad-
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at (866)742-1373. Visit us
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males, UKC & CKC regis-
tered, all shots, vet. cert.
$400 each. (863)763-3073
male, 1 female. $150.
old, neutered. Needs room to
run & someone to play with.
$150. neg. (863)824-0703
LOVE BIRDS- 2 beautiful,
about 5 yrs old, with cage,
$80 (863)398-9806
24x24x27, playpen on top
shelf under cage detachable
seed $100. (863)357-0037
YORKIE 2 yrs old. Needs
loving family with time to ap-
preciate. In/Out. $100
(863)697-3805 / 697-3804
YORKIES, ACA Reg. Small/
Adorable, Born 11/25th, Avail.
Feb. 1st Parents on premises.
$500. (863)763-6778
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell it
in the classified.

POOL CUE w/case in excellent
condition $40

GENERATOR 5-6,000 Watt
surge, used 1 week, $500
continuous watt, new never
used, $2000 (863)467-5756
3000psi, whose, wand & tips,
on wheels, 11hp B/S engine,
$350 863-697-9704
gauges, & oxygen tanks. Also,
drill press & 2 grinders. $700
for all (863)763-9527


II ..

Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn 8 Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

32" tall, child broke, incld,
saddle & tack, 2yrs old,
$700. (863)227-0367.

BUSH HOG: TSC, 5 Ft., 2
years old. $500.
863-610-1219 after 9pm or
w/tilt & Balloon Tires. $250.
Craftsman LT 1000. 42" cut.
About 6mos. old. Asking
$1300 (863)697-3211
STEEL GATES-(2) 412H x
For entrance to property.
Good condition. $100 for both
wheels, like new, 6hp B/S
engine, $175 or trade
Great for a flower bed. $5.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectionl 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Government Foreclosed
Homes!!! $0 or Low Down!
No credit OK! Bank & Gov't
Repos available now! HUD,
VA, FHA For Listings

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Coastal Southeast Georgia
Large wooded water access,
marsh view, lake front, and
golf oriented homesites from
the mid $70's Live oaks,
pool, tennis, golf.
(877)266-7376. www.coop-
East Alabama Mountain Prop-
erty For Sale One hour west
.of Atlanta in Piedmont, AL
Beautiful View 48 acres
$144,000 14,400 down
1,087 per month owner fi-
nanced. Call Glenn
(865)717-7775 CHARLOTTE
WINTERS Affordable Homes
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(877)837-2288 EXIT REAL-
NC MOUNTAINS 10.51 acres
on mountain top in gated
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nearby, paved private ac-
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(866) 789-8535
$89,900. Easy to finish cab-
in on secluded site. Million
$$$ Views Available on 1-7
acre parcels
$29,900-$79,900. Free Info
Available (828)256-1004.
North Carolina Gated Lake-
front Community 1.5 acres
plus, 90 miles of shoreline.
Never before offered with
20% pre-development dis-
counts, 90% financing. Call
HOMESITES 1 to 6 acres
from the $40s. Spectacular
lake, mountain and wooded
nature sites newly released.
Just 1-1/2 hours to Nash-
ville. Don't miss out! Call
TREATS New gated commu-
nity. Incredible lake &
mountain views. 1 to 5 acre
building sites from the $40s.
Lake access, boat ramp, pd-
vate slips (limited). Don't
miss out. Call
Your next job could be in
today's classified. Did
you look for it? -

In e I

TREATS New gated commu-
nity. Incredible lake &
mountain views. 1 to 5 acre
building sites from the $40s.
Lake access, boat ramp, pri-
vate slips (limited). Don't
miss out. Call
Tennessee Waterfront Land
Sale! Direct Waterfront par-
cels from only $9,900! Cabin
Package from $64,900! 4.5
acres suitable for 4 homes
and docks only $99,900! All
properties are new to the
market! Call toll-free
(866)770-5263 ext. 8.

Mobile Homes

MobHieams.eL Mobile Hem Parts2Q0lO
Mofbil Heat- Renf i"M
Mobile HomeiPat. I0

Very clean, No hurricane
damage. $4000. you move


AIR BOAT- 2000 Cotton
Mouth, 13.5ft, Poly bottom,
470 continental, runs good,
$7800 (863)946-3857
ALUM. BOAT-14', w/ trr, 20hp
Electric Merc. & 20hp Chrys-
ler. Fish finder, anchors, swivel
seats, $2K (863)635-3627.
BASS BOAT 17ft, 150hp Black
Max, trolling motor, boat motor
and trailer, lots of extras!
$2500/neg (772)559-8558
LOW BOAT '89- 17.5ft, 90HP
Evinrude, Trailmaster trlr,
trolling motor, 2 elec an-
chors, fish finder, bait well,
very good cond, $4500
(239)481-4901 or
PONTOON BOAT 1991, 55 hp
Power Trim w/trolling motor
& trailer. Ready to fish!
$3500. (863)634-5936
Powerwinch, model 315, trlr
winch for boats to 4,000 Ibs.
used very little, $80.

Eagle's Nest


A secludedprivate "
ranch subdivision

vistas of pristine
naturalhabitat. .

Offered in combinable 40-60ac Tracts for discerning
homeowners or weekend nature enthusiasts.
Only eleven of these exceptional tracts available.

Xeinrw~f w.MS

6 The Frostproof News, Thursday, January 5, 2006

w/trailer, 150hp Mercury,
Engine just serviced $3500

cellent condition w/cover, oar
& O/B compatible. $1000.

10k mi., always garaged, all
extras, value priced,
RV with FL room, Very
nice/clean Many extras! Quick
poss. Washer, A/C. 9100 78
W $6900.317-243-3313 Okee
good condition, can be seen
at 1495 Garden St.
$1500/neg (772)224-1132

Fifth-Wheel Hitch 15k. GM
rails included, like new, $780
new yours for $375
(863)946-3269 or

- Steelflex 2000 SUPER
SLICK Epoxy coating, 1 gal-
lon $100 (863)467-6696
BOAT SEAT- Springfield Ma-
rine #3 with rod gimbel &
pedestal $100.
(863)610-0440 (Okee.)
SEA PRO SEAT- With pedestal
$100. (863)610-0440
Endura. 12 volt, tiller type,
501b thrust, 42" shaft. Brand
new. $185 (863)467-6696
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classffieds

new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
GO KART, Yerf, only used 15
hrs or less, Cash Only $900
or best offer. (863)675-2093
ask for Ashley
SUZUKI LTZ 400 2003 Race
Bike. $2400. Firm.


( o wander newspaper
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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 1010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 40W5
Vans 4070

'94, rebuilt trans., V6 3.8 litre
eng., auto, a/c, cruise,
$1500. (863)467-4352

daily. $700 or best offer. Call
after 5pm (863)763-2011
well maintained, fully loaded,
low miles, $9500 or best of-
fer. (772)597-0404
FORD PROBE GT- '93, Sports
model, Great on gas & runs
good. 73K, $3500.
(219)309-5544 (Cell) Ivmsg
HONDA ACCORD 87- $1200
or make offer
(863)467-5401 or
ed. 128K mls. Raisin Pearl col-
or, rear Euro lights. $4500 or
best offer. 863-675-3470 Mel
Needs work. $250 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
SATURN 1992 4 door, new ra-
diator fan, new battery and
tires $2000 or best offer

CHEVY 2 NOVA 1963, All
parts. New motor and tranny.
$2400 or best offer or trade.
'48- 4dr asking $2500
CHEVY TRUCK 1955 auto
and tilt steering, needs work
$2500 (863)357-3633
MGB 1973 Convertible 4cyl., 4
sp. Sell or trade Make some-
one a real deal, Nice car
423-502-2214 Lorida

wheel drive, 3/4 ton, runs
good, $3800.
CHEVY TAHOE LT, 1998, 4x4,
loaded, 144k miles, clean,
$6995 or best offer.

CJ7 JEEP 1984- Lift kit, 33
tires, hard top, soft top, biki-
ni top $5800 (863)697-1397
JEEP WRANGLER- '89, 4" lift,
6 cyl., Auto., A/C, Tires
35x12.5x15, Winch. Exc
cond. $5500.863-673-0920
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified

CHEVY 350 ENGINE, with
stand, 30 over, low miles,
tranny rebuilt w/shift kit,
$1500. (772)618-0607
RIM 16" Dodge Truck Rim
$100 or best offer
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856

New tires & transmission.
Mint condition. $3000
DODGE EXT. Cab 1990- Runs
great w/extras Must see!
2000 or best offer
DODGE RAM- '87, 4X4, Auto.
318, 33" tires Long bed.
Runs good. $1800. neg.
1/4 Ton Pickup 1989. Runs
good. No problems. $1500 or
best offer. (863)634-3797
TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding Systems, Gullwing,
lockable, exc cond. $150
neg (863)697-1645

CAR DOLLEY good condi-
tion, $450 firm

DODGE RAM 2500, '95, 1E
passenger van, NC blows cole
AM/FM Radio. Low miles.
Asking $2500 (239)633-4069

mokes you a more informed
and inteetingperson.No
wonder newspaperreaders
are more sunesofull

When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's tn
to look for a helper in
the clssifieds.

Top 10 consumer complaints ranked

. TALLAHASSEE --Agriculture
and Consumer Services Com-
missioner Charles H. Bronson
has announced that price-goug-
ing complaints have once again
made it into the list of top 10
complaints for calendar year
2005. Last year was the first year
price-gouging even made it to
the top 10 list following an
unprecedented hurricane sea-
son. The No. 1 complaint in
2005 involved violations of
Florida's No Sales. Law. Price-
gouging ranked third.
The price-gouging law is
activated when the governor
declares a state of emergency,
-which occurred several times in
2005. There were 3,464 written
price-gouging complaints since
January 1,2005.
"It is clear that word has got-
ten out to consumers that they
have a place to turn when a per-
son or business is trying to

unfairly make a huge profit dur-
ing an emergency situation,"
Mr. Bronson said. "This Depart-
ment investigates and aggres-
sively takes action on price-
gouging complaints, and I hope
this information sends a mes-
sage to those who would con-
template such egregious
actions when citizens are trying
to protect themselves in a hurri-
cane or other emergency."
Written complaints about
violations of the state's Do Not
Call List led the top 10 list with
4,120 complaints. Mr. Bronson
took legal action against 33
companies in 2005 for Do Not
Call violations and obtained
more than $102,000 in fines
against violators. Travel/vaca-
tion plans ranked second with
3,909 written complaints.
The Department's Division
of Consumer Services is the
clearinghouse for consumer

complaints for Florida. The divi-
sion regulates nearly a dozen
industries and can take a num-
ber of actions against those in
violation of state law including
levying fines, revoking registra-
tions or turning cases over to
Agricultural Law Enforcement
for criminal action. The division
also tries to mediate complaints
for consumers involving indus-
tries that are not regulated by
the Department by contacting
them on behalf of consumers
and working to resolve the dis-
In 2005, the division received
a total of 30,315 written com-
plaints compared with 23,718 in
2004. The Department was able
to recover more than $5.3 mil-
lion in refunds and services for
consumers this past year.
Here is the top 10 list of writ-
ten complaint categories and
number of complaints in each:

1. Do Not Call List 4,120,
2. Travel/vacation plans -
3. Price-gouging 3,464,
4. Motor vehicle repair -
5. Communication- 1,982,
6. Construction- 1,760,
7. Credit/banking- 1,561,
8. Motor vehicle sales/acces-
sories 1,120,
9. Telemarketing 839,
10. Business
opportunity/franchises 727.
Mr. Bronson urges con-
sumers to contact the Depart-
ment's consumer help line at 1-
800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352)
to register any complaints or to
find out the complaint history
against a company before they
do business with them. Con-
sumers can also file complaints
online by visiting the Division of
Consumer Services web site at

Florida schools reduce class size averages

Commissioner John L. Winn has
announced the 2006 school district
class size compliance numbers. In
a Dec. 27, 2005 memo to superin-
tendents, the Florida Department
of Education (DOE) provided infor-
mation on districts' class size aver-
ages and the proposed transfer
amount for those districts. A total of
six districts were found to be out of
compliance Charlotte, Franklin,
Gulf, Manatee, Marion and St.
Lucie. Using more than $3.7 billion
appropriated by the Florida Legis-
lature, the DOE and school districts
ha\e been faithfully implementing
the class size amendment, result-
ing in a significant reduction to
statewide class size averages.
For the 2002-03 school.year,'the
state averaged 23.07 students per
class in Pre-K to Grade 3; 24.16 stu-
dents in Grades 4-8 and 24.10 in
Grades 9-12.
For school year 2003-04, the
state averages 21.54 students in
Grades PreK-3; 22.43 students in
grades 4-8; and 24.06 students in
grades 9-12.
For the school years 2004-05,
the state averages 18.16 students
per class in grades PreK-3; 20.48
students in grades 4-8 and 22.96
students in grades 9-12.
In 2002-03, Polk County Schools
averaged 20.75 students in grades
PreK-Grade 3; in 2003-04, 19.06
students per class; in 2004-05,
17.64 students per class; and, in
2005-06, 17.93 students per class.
Class sizes for Polk County
Grades 4-6 averaged 21.50 students
in 2002-03; 20.62 in 2003-04; 19.77
in 2004-05; and, 19.84 in 2005-06.
Class sizes for Polk County high
school students averaged 22.92
students in 2002-03; 23.98 students
in 2003-04; 23.55 students in 2004-
05 and 23.21. students in 2005-06.
"In the years since the class size
amnendmEnt as implemented,

districts have made real progress in
lowering class sizes. Their efforts
are commendable and have result-
ed in extraordinary reductions, par-
ticularly at the prekindergarten
through third grade level where we
have an average of five less stu-
dents per classroom," said Com-
missioner Winn. "Next year, dis-
tricts are facing an even greater
challenge as we transition to class
size requirements calculated at the
school-level as prescribed by Flori-
da Statutes. This is why the State
Board of Education and I have rec-
ommended $1.9 billion in facilities
funding to help districts meet class
size obligations, which should go a
long way in eliminating the need
for temporary measures, such as
While the State Board of Educa-
tion (SBOE) recognizes co-teach-
ing as a viable instructional strate-
gy, it determined in June that
co-teaching could not be used as a
means to comply with the require-
ments of the class size amendment
as outlined in Florida's State Consti-
tution. The SBOE further deter-
mined that co-teaching would be
included in this year's class size
transfer calculation, but would not
be included in the following year's
calculation. Data on districts' use of
co-teaching has not been finalized,
but preliminary numbers suggest
there will not be any school dis-
tricts out of compliancdue to co-
According to Florida Statute, for
those districts not in compliance, a
transfer of a portion of their operat-
ing budget to their fixed capital out-
lay budget will be made. These
reallocated funds can be used by
districts for the construction of new
or expanded facilities in order to
meet class-size requirements. The
law directs the DOE to calculate for
each district not in compliance a
transfer amount proportionate to

the amount of class size reduction
not accomplished. This year, the
initial calculation resulted in a total
proposed transfer amount of $5.2
million. That figure was then
adjusted for unexpected student
growth, including the influx of stu-
dents displaced by this season's
hurricanes. This resulted in a
reduction of nearly half a million
dollars so that the adjusted total
proposed transfer amount is $4.7
million and impacts six districts
prior to the submission of appeals.
Last year, a final transfer of just
under $1.1 million affected nine
districts. The DOE expects the 2006
final transfer amount to drop fol-
lowing the appeals process.
Impacted districts have a right
to appeal the DOE's transfer calcu-
lation due to extenuating circum-
stances that prevented the district
from meeting class size require-
ments despite good faith efforts to
do so. The appeal is based on the
submission of supporting docu-
mentation. The DOE has initiated
the appeals process and is working
to assist districts with this process.
Following a review of districts'
appeals, the SBOE and Legislative
Budget Commissionwill meet for
final approval of all transfer calcula-
tions. The DOE's transfer calcula-
tion already factors in districts'
unexpected student growth.
"Although I am pleased with the
progress we have made, Florida is
still facing a shortage of more than
30,000 teachers," said Commis-

sioner Winn. "My foremost con-
cern is ensuring we have enough
highly-qualified teachers in Florida
classrooms next year. The benefi-
cial effects of the class size amend-
.ment, if there are any, may be
negated by the all too likely sce-
nario that our schools are lacking
thousands of qualified teachers."

In November 2002, Florida vot-
ers chose to amend the State Con-
stitution to.limit the maximum
number of students in core-curric-
ula courses assigned to one
teacher. By the beginning of the
2010-2011 school year, prekinder-
garten through third grade classes
are required.to have a maximum of
18 students, fourth through eighth
grade classes must not exceed 22
students and ninth through twelfth
grade classes must have no more
than. 25 students. In order to meet
these requirements, the Legislature
enacted a bill reducing the number
of students in each classroom
beginning in fiscal year 2003-2004,
by two students per year until the
maximum number of students
does not exceed the limits defined
in the amendment. Districts were
required to reduce in each of the
three grade groupings at the district
level for the 2003-2004 through
2005-2006 school years, at the
school level for the 2006-2007 and
2007-2008 school years and at the
classroom level beginning with the
2008-2009 school year.


- What do

the numbers mean?

Over the years I have often
written about cholesterol, and it
continues to be a subject that I
get a lot of mail about. People
hear about "good cholesterol"
and "bad cholesterol" but some-
times it can be a little confusing.
Cholesterol is another word
for animal fat. The human body
produces its own cholesterol
and it is a necessary part of the
body's metabolism. Cholesterol
is manufactured in the liver. The
body uses these fats to produce
hormones and to build new
Just how much cholesterol
the body produces, and in what
proportions depends on many
factors including diet, lifestyle
and genetics.
While some cholesterol is
necessary, too much can be dan-
Low Density Lipoproteins
(LDLs) are commonly called
"bad cholesterol." This kind of
cholesterol can clog your arter-
ies, and may lead to a heart
"Good cholesterol" is the
name given to High Density
Lipoproteins (HDLs). HDLs help
clean out the LDLs. A third kind
of cholesterol is Very Low Densi-
ty Lipoproteins (VLDL). While
medical scientists haven't given
this type a nickname, I have
deemed it the "ugly" cholesterol
because some researchers have
linked VLDL levels to cellulite.
(There you have it -Cholesterol:
The good, the bad and the ugly.)
The ideal cholesterol level
may vary according to the indi-
vidual's other health issues.
However, in general a healthy
total cholesterol level is about
200 milligrams per deciliter of
blood. A level of more than 200
mg is be a danger signal. A read-
ing of more than 240 mg is con-
sidered high risk for heart dis-
But the total is not the only
measurement that indicates
health risk. The proportion of
HDL is to LDL also makes a dif-
ference. HDL helps clean out the
fat deposits left by the LDL. The
higher the HDL, the less the
chance a person, will develop
heart disease. Anything lower
than 40 mg of HDL is considered
"at-risk" for heart disease. So if
your total cholesterol is 200, but
your,HDL is only 30, you are still

Healthier -

with Katrina Elsken

at risk of heart disease.
One way to reduce your
"bad" cholesterol and increase
your "good" cholesterol is
through diet. A diet that includes
lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
can help lower your "bad" cho-
lesterol level. Some fats, such as
animal fat, may increase your
LDL. Other fats, such as peanut
oil are fairly neutral, and don't
seem to affect cholesterol levels.
Olive oil helps promote the
body's production of HDL.
Polyunsaturated oils, such as saf-
flower and corn oil, can help
lower LDL but they also lower
Cigarette smoking also affects
cholesterol, increasing the pro-
duction of the "bad" LDL.
Regular exercise helps reduce
LDL levels.
Other factors, such as pre-
scription medications, may also
affect cholesterol levels.
Heredity is an important fac-
tor in cholesterol levels. Some
people's bodies just naturally
produce more cholesterol than
others. Those who naturally
"pear shaped" with fat deposited
mostly around the hips, are at
less risk of heart disease than
those who are "apple shaped"
and carry excess weight around
the middle.
In some cases, diet and exer-
cise may not be enough to lower
cholesterol. Doctors may pre-
scribe medication to get choles-
terol levels down to a safer level.
Before making any change to
your diet or exercise plan, con-
sult your doctor. This:is especial-
ly important -f you are on any
prescription drugs. Some drugs
interact badly with .foods that
would otherwise be considered
(For previous "A healthier
life" columns, see the link at
chobee. Email Katrina Elsken at

FDOT work zones are

made safer for travelers

Awareness system
on highspeed
roadway construction

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) recently introduced the
Motorist Awareness System (MAS)
to its contractors and the traveling
public in an effort to increase work
zone safety and motorist conven-
"The Motorist Awareness Sys-
tem was designed to make travel-
ing through work zones safer," said
Brian Blanchard, 'Director of the
FDOT State Office of Construction.
"It's the coordination of flashing
regulatory signs, radar speed dis-
play units and increased law
enforcement presence to guide the
motorists through the.work zone."
The MAS will be used on high-
way construction sites when the
following conditions exist:
The road construction is
being done on a multilane high-
way (4 or more lanes).

The posted speed limit is 55
miles or greater.
The road construction
requires a lane closure.
Construction workers are
The goal of the system is to
make motorists aware of the
reduced speed in work zones. In
Florida, 130 people were killed in
116 crashes in work zones during
2004. Nearly half of the fatalities
were speed related.
"When workers are not present
and construction is complete for
the day, motorists will be able to
return to the normal posted speed
for the roadway," Mr. Blanchard
said. "The key to the effectiveness
of this system is to discontinue
blanket speed reductions in the
work zone. The system will be acti-
vated when lane closures are pres-
ent and will be deactivated when
lane closures are taken down."
To find out more about FDOT's
work zone safety efforts, visit
www.itseveryonesjob.com or the
department's Web site at