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Thursday, January 4,2007- Vol. 92 No. 29 Frostproof's Hometown Newspaper for More Than 85 Years 50 cents
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The next two Regular City
Council Meeting are sched-
uled for the second and
fourth Monday, Jan. 8 and
Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Frostproof
City Hall is located at 111 First
Street. For more information
S Youth soccer
The Frostproof youth soc-
cer will be hosting registra-
tion on Saturdays from 9 a.m.
12 noon in front of Futrals
Foodway. For more informa-
tion please contact John Sul-
livan at 863-635-9184 or Mish
Crumbly at 863-635-3592.
meeting Feb. 5
PAC (Parent Advisory
Committee) is encouraging
more participation from par-
ents with students attending
Frostproof Middle Senior High
School. If you would like to
become more involved in
your child's academics please
attend the next scheduled
meeting, Monday, Feb. 5 at 7
p.m. Meetings are held the
first Monday of each month in
the teacher's lounge at
FMSHS, 1000 Palm Avenue.
Note: There will be no meet-
ings scheduled for Dec. or
Jan. due to the holidays.
'Hall of Fame'
The Frostproof Athletic
Booster Club will hosts the
2007 'Hall of Fame' Gala to
be held at the Lake Wales
Country Club .on Jan. 27.
Social hour is from 6 to 7
p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
Coach Faris Brannen will
be the featured speaker at the
Gala. The Boosters seeks
community support for this
event. Tickets are on sale
now. Cost is $100 per person
and this provides you with a
wonderful dinner and a
chance to win $2500 through
a reverse drawing. Random
raffles and drawings will be
held during the event. The
proceeds raised will benefit
ALL FMSHS sports.
Please contact Nancy
DeMarco at the Frostproof
High School 635-7809.
Citizens Bank and Trust
announces new extended
banking hours beginning at
bank locations in' Auburn-
dale, Dundee, Frostproof,
Haines City, Lake Wales and
The bank's new lobby
hours are Monday Thurs-
day 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.,
and Friday 8:30 a.m. until 6
p.m. Drive-thru services will
now be available Monday -
Thursday 8 a.m. until 5:30
p.m., Friday 8 a.m. until 6
p.m., and Saturday 8:30 a.m.
until 12 noon.
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
Community Links. Individual Voices.
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Exemption receipts mailed
of '07' receipts
Marsha Faux, Polk County
Property Appraiser, announced
that over 100,00,0 receipts for
the renewal of Homestead,
Widow, Widower, and Disabili-
ty Exemptions for.2007 will be
released. The receipt should
NOT be returned to the Proper-
ty Appraiser's Office UNLESS
the owner is no longer a resi-
dent of the property on January
1, 2007 or if the property has
been rented or sold as of Janu-
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. Appli-
cants should bring their record-
ed 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 Flori-
da driver's license, if both drive.
Widows and Widowers must
Local News: School employees nominated
Shirley Brantley/BHG, Jr. Lori Hutto/FMSHS
Tammy Rhoden/BHG, Jr.
Polk School Board lists nominees
The following school dis-
trict employees have been
nominated by their schools for
the 2007 Polk County Public
Schools. Teacher of the Year
and School-Related Employee
of the Year Awards. The
school-related award honors
employees in support roles
such as para-educators, secre-
taries, food service, custodial,
transportation and other
A Teacher of the Year and a
School-Related Employee of
the Year for the entire county
will be announced during the
Teacher and School-Related
Employee of the Year and Busi-
ness Partner Banquet on Feb.
15, 2007 at the Lakeland Cen-
ter. The two winners will be
announced among sixteen
finalists (eight finalists each for
Teacher of the Year and
School-Related Employee of
the Year). Finalists and win-
ners receive cash and other
prizes from banquet sponsors.
Community members from
local organizations and busi-
nesses judge nominee applica-
tions. Judges do not know
nominees' identities or the
school where they work.
Teacher of the Year and
completed an application with
categories that included lead-
ership and professional devel-
opment activities, community
and school involvement and
Combined, Teacher of the
Year and School-Related nomi-
nees have 2,510 years of expe-
rience. The average experi-
ence of Teacher of the Year
nominees is 12 years. The
average experience of School-
Related nominees is 11 years.
The most experienced Teacher
of the Year nominee has 42
years of experience. The most
nominee has 36 years experi-
Teacher of the Year and
School-Related Employee of
the Year nominees are listed by
local area school locations.
See Employees Page 2
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
permanent disability. To qualify
for Senior Exemption, the prop-
erty owner must have an exist-
ing Homestead Exemption, be
65 years or older, and have a
combined 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 Pro-
See Receipts Page 2
Frostproof Middle Senior FFA
and the Frostproof FFA Alumni
Association are preparing to
host their annual Livestock
Show, Dinner and Auction. The
Livestock show will be held on
Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. By holding
the Mini Fair students are able to
be more prepared for showing
their animals at the Annual
County Youth Fair held in March.
The show begins at 6 p.m. and
is held at the old softball field at
Frostproof High School just off
of Scenic Highway.
On Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at
the same area, the FFA Alumni
will be holding its annual Dinner
and Auction. This event is the
Alumni Association's major
fundraiser for the year and the
money raised will be used for
scholarships, travel to leader-
ship conferences and Conven-
tions 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 for
cars, haircuts, lawn furniture, art
work, cakes, pies, jelly, crafts,
clothing, cane syrup, and many .
other types of goods. Even if you
don't come to buy it's a good
time just listening to the Auc-
tioneer. Tickets for the annual
dinner are on sale from FFA
members, FFA Alumni, or at the
Frostproof High School Office or
PC Transit bus
BARTOW, FL. Polk Coun-
ty Transit Services made a long-
overdue New Year's resolution
The new year brings with it
the first fare increase in the his-
tory of the service. The increase
went into effect Jan. 1, 2007 to
help subsidize the service and
ensure continuation of the
The increases were
approved and adopted Nov. 15
by the Winter Haven Area Tran-
sit Policy Board.
Fixed route fares move from
75 cents to $1 for adults.
Seniors (60+) and adults with
disabilities see an increase
from 35 cents to 50 cents. Stu-
dents fare will go from 50 cents
to 75 cents and ADA door-to-
door service will see an
increase from $1 to $1.50.
Passes will increase as well.
Ride Picker (20-ride pass) will
go from $12 to $16. Cit-Pac
(unlimited 31-day monthly
pass will go from $24 to $30.
Class Pass (10 ride student
pass) will rise from $4 to $5 and
student eligibility will be
expanded to all students
regardless of age, grade or
level. Student identification
may be required. The VIP (eld-
erly and disabled 10-ride pass)
will increase from $3.50 to $5.
For more information
please call (863) 534-5500.
Citizens appoints Stangry
Citizens Bank and Trust
recently announced the
appointment of Theron Stan-
gry to its Board of Directors.
Stangry is the bank's Executive
Vice President in charge of
"Theron brings a wealth of
banking experience to the
Board and his appointment
represents our strong commit-
ment to our shareholders,"
said P.T. Wilson, Chairman of
the Board of Directors.
Under Stangry's leadership,
the bank's commercial lending
program grew nearly 26 percent
during 2006 to a total of $2.13
million in loans.
"Since he joined Citizens in
May 2004, Theron has been
instrumental in helping us grow
our products and services to
exceed customer expecta-
tions," said Greg Littleton, Presi-
dent of Citizens Bank and Trust.
While experiencing impres-
sive growth and expansion
throughout East Polk County,
Citizens has maintained its
community focus and the ability
to make local lending decisions
quickly to better serve the cus-
tomer. Citizens is especially
proud of its work helping grow
the local economy by providing
capital and a variety of personal
services for small businesses.
"I am working with a great
team in what is undoubtedly the
best little-big bank in Polk Coun-
ty," Stangry said. "It is an honor
to be appointed to the Board."
A banker for 34 years, Stan-
gry was Senior Vice President
and Lakeland area executive for
Citrus and Chemical Bank just
prior to joining Citizens. He
began his career in 1973 as a
cashier and management
trainee at State Bank of Haines
City, which later became part of
First Union. For 10 years, he
worked for Barnett Bank in
Haines City and Lakeland as a
Vice President and Banking
Center Manager, specializing in
the small business market and
gaining experience in large
Stangry is a graduate of
Haines City High School and
earned a bachelor's degree
from the University of Florida.
He furthered 'his education at
banking schools at the Universi-
ty of Florida and Louisiana State
University. He is a past president
of the Central Florida Develop-
ment Council and has been
active in various community
organizations throughout his
Founded in 1920 and under
the same family management,
Citizens Bank & Trust is the
oldest bank in Polk County and
consistently ranks as one of
Florida's safest five-star institu-
tions. The bank has assets of
$300 million and has eight
locations in Lake Wales, Win-
ter Haven, Auburndale,
Dundee, Frostproof, Haines
City and Indian Lake Estates. A
ninth office will be opening in
the Spring of 2007 in the Win-
terset area on Cypress Gardens
Citizens Bank and Trust appoints.Theron Stangry to Board
information sought in burglary Details inside
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Teachers are listed first with
grades taught or instructional
responsibility followed by
school-related employees listed
with their areas of responsibility.
Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elemen-
tary: Tammy Rhoden, grade 5;
Shirley Brantley; foodservice
Frostproof Elementary: Gin-
ger Sullivan, Title I facilitator;
Lillian Sloan, foodservice
Lori Hutto, ESE; Lesa Lightsey,
Fort Meade Middle-Senior:
Diane Shadle Conley, reading;
Rebecca Naylor, foodservice
Gause Riverside: Amanda
Longhini-Smith, grade 4; Sarah
Lewis Anna Woodbury Ele-
mentary (Woodbury campus):
Nikki Slinkard, grade 4; Vonnie
Lewis Anna Woodbury Ele-
mentary (Lewis campus):
Sherrie Pinion, kindergarten;
Shirley Martin, custodian
McLaughlin Middle: Julian-
na Fisher, reading coach; Clin-
ton Wright Jr., custodian
Roosevelt Academy: Kim
Boyd, reading; Velda Benton,
Spook Hill Elementary:
Patricia Napholz Larson, grade
4; Marian McCoy, paraeducator
District Office: Judy Butler
human resource services
Hospice offers volunteer training
Volunteer class January 17; Wednesday, Jan. 24;
and Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the
benefits patients Good Shepherd Hospice Office at
1230 East Main Street in Bartow.
and families The training sessions on Jan. 17
and 24 will run from 9 a.m. to 4
LAKELAND, FLA. Volun- p.m. The Jan. 31 training session
teers are the heart of Good Shep- will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
herd Hospice, and the organiza- While training is being held in
tion is seeking compassionate Bartow, volunteers can help
individuals who desire to help patients throughout the Good
hospice patients and their families Shepherd service areas of Polk,
by volunteering one-to-four hours Highlands and Hardee Counties.
each week. Volunteers provide Registration, a completed appli-
companionship for terminally ill cation and a pre-training meet-
patients and respite care for their ing with a Good Shepherd Hos-
caregivers. pice volunteer coordinator are
Good Shepherd will hold free required prior to the start of
volunteer training on Wednesday, training.
Good Shepherd Hospice also
offers other fulfilling and chal-
lenging volunteer opportunities,
such as supplying office support;
working at Life's Treasures, the
organization's thrift store; staffing
special events; and providing
massage therapy or hair styling
To register or for more infor-
mation on volunteering with
Good Shepherd Hospice, please
contact Patty Bennick at 863-519-
Good Shepherd Hospice
embraces its mission to make
the most of life by relieving the
suffering of patients and their
families affected by life-limiting
illnesses or end-of-life issues.
The organization is a communi-
ty-based, not-for-profit hospice
that has been a part of Polk,
Hardee and Highlands counties
since 1979. Good Shepherd is
the only agency offering hospice
programs accredited by the Joint
Commission for the Accredita-
tion of Healthcare Organiza-
tions, which sets the national
standards for healthcare accredi-
tation. Community bereavement
programs offered by Good Shep-
herd Hospice are funded in part
by United Way of Central Florida.
For more information, please
visit the website at goodshep-
Art League announces upcoming show
The Frostproof Art Leagues
Annual Art Show is being held
during the month of January. All
area artists are welcome to enter
up to three pieces of art. Entries
will be accepted Thursday, Jan. 4
from 3-7 p.m. or Friday, Jan. 5
from 10-2 p.m. No early entries.
All art works will be juried to see
that they adhere to our hanging
specifications, etc. Entry fee is $5
per piece. Monetary awards for
Best of Show and the top ribbon
winner in seven categories. All
the entries will be on display
until Jan. 31
The opening reception will be
held Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.
The awards will be presented at
February will feature a new
show for area decorative and 3-D
artists. The Gallery is sponsoring
a contest that will feature deco-
rative and folk arts, sculptors,
weaving, carving, etc.
For more information about
these events or our Gallery,
please call 863-635-7271. The
Gallery is located in downtown
Frostproof next to Citizens Bank
at 12 East Wall St.
If it launches or explodes It's illegal
Continued From Page 1
prietary Lease or Share Certificate
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
Faux stated that her staff
would be in various cities and
towns in the county during the
month of February to take Home-
stead and other applications. For
more information on locations
please call 863-534-4799.
BARTOW, FL In Florida, only
sparklers are legal. According to
the Florida Department of Finan-
cial Services State Fire Marshal's
division, "If it launches or
explodes, it's illegal." Those
devices specifically prohibited
include firecrackers, torpedoes,
skyrockets, roman candles, daygo
bombs, and any fireworks con-
training explosive or flammable
Some safety tips for sparklers
Light them on a flat, hard sur-
face. Do not light them on grass.
Use them in an open area.
Keep children and pets at least 30
feet from lit sparklers.
*Light only one item at a time.
Never attempt to re-light a
Do not use any items that are
unwrapped or may have been
Have a fire extinguisher, hose
or bucket of water handy for
emergencies. Drop used sparklers
in the bucket of water.
Remember, sparklers are not
toys and should be used with cau-
tion. They burn hot enough to
melt gold and can create serious
burn injuries. Young people
should NEVER be left unattended.
For more information on Flori-
da's fireworks laws, visit
www.fldfs.com or call your local
fire department's Fire Marshals
PCC offers free
Polk Community College
has developed a series of work-
shops that will assist students
in the learning process. These
free workshops will be offered
by PCC faculty and staff on the
Winter Haven campus to PCC
students throughout the spring
term, which begins Jan. 4.
Jan. 8 from 1-2 p.m., Best
Practices for Learning Work-
shop- with Oscar Ramer-
WAD255. The purpose of this
workshop is to suggest to the
student, ways to prepare for
their classes and how to be
maximize the opportunity for
e Jan. 10 from 1-2:30 p.m.,
Setting and Meeting Goals
Workshop with Sherry Siler -
WFA117. People who set goals
are more consistently success-
ful than people who don't.
While simply writing down
goals does help, there are
strategies that anyone can easi-
ly learn and use to make their
goals more achievable.
*Jan. 18 from 1-2 p.m., Stress
Management Workshop with
Kim Pearsall WAD255. This
workshop will cover techniques
to help the student manage the
pressures of everyday learning.
Jan. 22 from 1-3 p.m.,
Teaching and Learning In Style:
The Gregorc Mind Styles Model
Workshop with Charles Fox
and Jim Rhodes- WLR309. Par-
ticipants will gain a better
understanding of learning
styles and their impact on
thinking, teaching and learn-
ing. Students will identify their
own learning style,,using the
Gregorc Style Delineator and
then compare and contrast the
various styles defined by this
model in an interactive and
Jan. 30 from 2-3 p.m.,
Study Techniques to Reduce
Test Anxiety Workshop- with
Catherine Frank WSC211. This
workshop will cover techniques
to help the student reduce test
anxiety and will feature study
techniques that realty work.
For additional information
on these workshops contact
Oscar Ramer at 292-3757 or e-
Keep your pet healthy; avoid pet obesity
COLLEGE STATION- If you've
got a fat cat or a portly pooch, your
pet may be in danger.
Pets need to count their calories
- at this time of the year, or any
time, for that matter, experts say.
Animals can suffer from obesity
just as people can, and like
humans, it can shorten their lives or
at the very least, affect their quality
It's estimated as many as 25 per-
cent of dogs and cats that enter a
pet clinic are overweight, says Dr.
Alice Blue-McLendon, a veterinari-
an at Texas A&M University's Col-
lege of Veterinary Medicine & Bio-
The reasons for obesity in ani-
mals are the same ones that apply
in humans. Number one is over
eating, and the second major rea-
son is lack of exercise. The rule of
taking in more calories than you
burn equals excess weight is true
for pets just as in people.
"Almost all obese pets are
mature animals, usually two years
or older," she says. "The majority of
obesity in dogs and cats occurs
from about ages 2 to 10. It's easier
to get dogs to exercise than it is
cats. It's harder to manage weight
control on cats."
Animals that have been
neutered are more likely to be
'Almost all obese pets are mature animals, usu-
ally two years or older. The majority of obesity
in dogs and cats occurs from about ages 2 to 10.
It's easier to get dogs to exercise than it is cats.
It's harder to manage weight control on cats."
Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon,
a veterinarian at Texas A&M University's
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
obese, Blue-McLendon explains.
Obese animals can suffer a vari-
ety of health problems. Some
develop heart and liver problems,
arthritis, diabetes, bladder cancer
and skin disorders. Also, animals
that are overweight have a higher
surgical risk while undergoing
Animals that are obese can have
a shortened life span compared to
an animal whose weight is normal,
Obesity in dogs occurs in some
breeds more than others. Breeds
that have a genetic tendency
toward obesity include Dachs-
hunds, Labrador Retrievers, Cocker
Spaniels, Beagles, Basset Hounds
and some Rottweilers, she notes.
Obesity in cats is not confined to
any specific breed, Blue-McLendon
points out, but she adds that a sig-
nificant proportion of the cat popu-
lation tends to be overweight. Dia-
betes and hepatic lipidosis, a
potentially fatal liver disease, are
conditions that affect obese cats.
As with humans, controlling
obesity requires no magic formula.
"The pet owner needs to
decrease the amount of food given
to the animal," she points out.
"If the animal is obese, you
need to take it to your veterinarian
and he or she can diagnose the
problem. It's important to take the
pet in every 3-4 weeks to be re-
weighed to determine if it is getting
closer to its optimal weight.
"Exercising your pet is also rec-
ommended, and if a dog enjoys
swimming, it helps a great deal.
"Sometimes, a special diet may
have to be prescribed and these are
available from many pet food com-
panies," she says. "There are cur-
rently no medicines available that
control obesity in animals, but
numerous companies are working
on such drugs right now. In the
meantime, pet owners should be
careful they don't over feed their
pets. The No.1 nutritional problem
for all pets is obesity."
David Charles Walker
David Charles Walker, 48, of
Frostproof died Tuesday, Dec. 26,
Born June 16, 1957 in Kanka-
kee, IL; he moved here from
Wilwaukee, WI 7 years ago. He
was a maintenance man for
Camp Inn and was of the Catholic
Survivors include his sons,
David C. Walker of Wausaukee,
WI; Joseph Walker of
Wausaukee, WI; parents, Charles
James and Barbara Jean Walker
of Frostproof; brothers, Jimmy
Gurwick of Des Plaines, IL; Eddie
Gurwick of Bradley, IL; Robert J.
Walker of Bradley, IL; Ricky J.
Walker of Frostproof; sister,
Theresa M. Martin of Frostproof;
and one grandchild.
No services are scheduled.
Albert W 'Al'
Albert W "Al" Whitlock, Jr., 74,
of Winter Haven died Sunday,
Dec. 24, 2006.
Born Aug. 08, 1932 in Frost-
proof; he moved to Winter Haven
from Bradenton in 2005. He was a
retired superintendent of road
construction for Gator Asphalt
Company in Bradenton. He was
of the Protestant faith and a veter-
an of Korea, serving in the U.S.
Army. He loved fishing, car racing,
football and baseball.
Survivors include his wife,
Lonnie H. Whitlock of Winter
Haven; sons, Alfred Willie Whit-
lock of Bushnell;, Jimmie Lee
Whitlock of Winter Haven; Terry
Lee Whitlock of Bradenton;
mother, Mary "Maggie" Whitlock
of Lake Wales; brothers, Henry
Whitlock of Brandon; John W.
Whitlock of Lake Wales; Norman
Whitlock of Lake Wales; sisters,
Myrna Bennett of Lake Wales;
Patricia Carothers of Lake Wales;
and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 at the
funeral home with Rev. Keith
Thompson officiating. Interment
followed at the Florida National
Cemetery in Bushnell. Family
requests, in lieu of flowers for
donations to be made to the Good
Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson
Avenue, Auburndale, Florida
Marion Nelson Funeral Home
of Lake Wales was in charge of
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Virginia Hammond Blocker,
80, of Lake Wales died Monday,
Dec. 18, 2006.
Born Sept. 09, 1926 in Zell-
wood, FL; she came to the area 70
years ago from Sebring. She was a
homemaker and a member of the
First Baptist Church of Lake
Wales. She was a fourth genera-
tion native Floridian and was
involved in the PTA and girl
Survivors include her daugh-
ters, Karen Marbutt of Lake
Wales; Kuelinda Hulett of Lake
Wales; son, Wayne Blocker of
Frostproof; five grandsons and 6
Graveside services were held
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006 at the
Lake Wales Cemetery. For those
who wish, donations can be
made to the Juvenile Diabetes
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The Frostproof News, Thursday, January 4, 2007
Five ways to ease financial debt Church Directory
WEST PALM BEACH The
holidays are a wonderful time full
of having fun with friends and fami-
ly and giving gifts to the people we
care about. For many consumers,
however, the joy of the season will
soon be replaced by the stress of
paying holiday debt.
"It is easy to get caught up in the
excitement of giving during the holi-
days," said Jessica Cecere, president
of Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice of Palm Beach County and the
Treasure Coast (CCCS). "But many
overdo a good thing and then strug-
gle to make even minimum pay-
ments on their credit cards."
CCCS advises consumers to top
their list of New Year's resolutions
with a commitment to improve
their financial outlook. To help con-
sumers tackle what can be a stress-
ful time, CCCS suggests following
the following tips:
1. Know how much you owe. A
common mistake is not keeping
track of debt. The thinking is that as
long as you can keep up with the
payments, everything is fine.
However, if circumstances
change due to a layoff or other
unexpected event, you could find
yourself unable to make payments
and in immediate financial stress.
The only way to understand what
you are facing is to have a realistic
picture of what you owe. Gather all
your credit card statements and
other bills and add up the total.
2. Create a spending plan. The
easiest way to take control of your
money is to set out a plan for how
you will spend it. This is not glam-
orous and can be something of a
task, but it gives you the power to
decide where your money goes.
The plan should be flexible and
include monthly expenses such as
mortgage or rent, utilities, food,
clothing, etc. Make sure your
expenses are not more than your
income. If they are, go back to the
plan and make adjustments.
3. Pay off credit card debt. The
average household has close to
$10,000 in credit card debt and the
interest paid on those balances can
be as high as $1,800 a year. Just
think of what you could do with an
extra $150 a month in your budget!
Stop charging additional purchases
today and make a commitment to
yourself that once you have paid off
your debt, you will not charge any
purchases unless you have a plan
in place to pay off the balance in 90
days or less. Sacrifices now will
mean less stress and a better finan-
4. Build a savings cushion. Once
you have paid off your credit card
balances, you should begin to build
a savings cushion for emergency or
unexpected expenses or if you lose
your job. Your goal is three to six
months of living expenses put aside
in a savings account. With this cush-
ion in place, when the refrigerator
stops working, your car's transmis-
sion gives out or your mother-in-law
moves in, you will not have to put
those on a credit card.
5. Develop a strategy for your
financial future. Set aside time at
least twice a month to manage
your finances including paying
bills, balancing your checking
account and analyzing your
expenses. Begin thinking about,
and planning for retirement-con-
sider when you would prefer to
retire, how much money you will
need to live lifestyle of your
choice and what you need to do
now to get there. Establish a retire-
ment fund and contribute to it on a
Not sure where to start? If you
are feeling overwhelmed, there is
help. CCCS provides confidential
budget counseling, money man-
agement education, debt manage-
ment programs and other services
to help consumers. Contact CCCS
at 800-330-CCCS or online at
Submitted photo/Gall Garwood
celebrates 90th birthday
Blanche Gregory McClure Pilch-
er, a 1917 New Year baby in Chat-
tanooga, TN celebrated her 90th
birthday on Saturday, Dec. 30 at
Over 200 friends and-relatives
joined Blanche in dancing to live
music and socializing on Saturday
afternoon to accommodate out of
town relatives from Tennessee and
North Carolina. But you can be
sure she stayed up on New Year's
Eve to ring in the New Year as well
as her actual birthday.
Mrs. Pilcher is an active member
of the First Baptist Church in Frost-
proof as well as a member of a Red
Hat society. She also attends base-
ball spring training games nearby
and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.
Brian Keith Wilson, Jr.
Cindy Lambeth and Brian Wil-
son, Sr. announce the birth of
their son Brian Keith Wilson, Jr.,
on Monday, Nov. 20,2006 at High-
lands Regional Medical Center,
Sebring, FL. He weighed 6
Submitted photo/Cindy Lambeth
pounds 10 ounces and was 19 1/4
inches in length.
Maternal Grandparents: Deb-
bie Lambeth and Dale Harris of
Frostproof; Wayne and Tina Lam-
beth of Frostproof.
Paternal Grandparents: Dar-
lene Barnes of Lake Wales and
Darrell Burgess of Waverly.
Church of Christ
40 West "A' Street Frostproof,
Services are Sunday School 10
a.m. Worship service 11 a.m. and
Wednesday Evening Bible Study at
7 p.m. For more information con-
Family Life Church
Family Life Church meets at the
Frostproof Middle/Senior High
School cafeteria, Sundays at 10
a.m. there is nursery, and chil-
dren's church. For information
please call 635-2704.
Church of God
Rex E. Daniels-Pastor
Frostproof Church of God, 104
Highway 630W, Worship Ser-
vices, Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Sunday Morning Worship 10:45
a.m., Sunday Evening Worship
6:30 p.m., Wednesday Evening 7
p.m. For more information call
Church of God
Reverend Anderson, Jr.
Church Of God By Faith, 208
Hopson Rd., Worship Services;
Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship
Service 11 a.m., Sunday Evening
service 7:30 p.m., Wednesday
Evening Bible study 7:30 p.m. For
more information call 635-7185.
First Assembly of God Church
On The Ridge, 825 County Road
630A, Worship Services; Sunday,
8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., nursery
available, Sunday evening service
6 p.m. Youth Fellowship and Bible
study Wednesday evenings at 7
p.m. For more information call
Church of Frostproof
First Baptist Church of Frost-
proof, 96 West B Street-offers a
Contemporary Celebration Ser-
vice Sunday's at 8:15 a.m., and
Traditional Worship Service at
10:50 a.m. Childcare will be avail-
able for both services. Sunday
School (all ages) 9:30 a.m. Sunday
evening Bible Study 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Children and
youth programs 6:15 p.m., with
adult Bible studies at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday Evenings: Celebrate
Recovery, Divorce Care, Grief
Share, and Divorce Care For Kids 6
p.m. For more information call
Church of Frostproof
First Christian Church of Frost-
proof, 2241 County Road 630 W,
Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship
Service 10:15 a.m., Sunday
Evening Worship 6 p.m. Wednes-
day Evening Bible Study 6 p.m. For
more information call 635-6700.
Church of Babson Park
First Christian Church of Bab-
son Park, 1295 Scenic Higliway N.,
Babson Park, Sunday School 9:30
a.m., Morning Worship 10:30
a.m., Sunday Evening Bible Sun-
day 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening
Bible Study 6:30 p.m. For more
information call 638-1654.
Church of Frostproof
First Presbyterian Church, 101
N. Palm Ave., Sunday School at
9:45 a.m.; Morning Worship Ser-
vice, 11 a.m. For more informa-
tion call 635-3955.
First United Methodist
Church of Frostproof
James C. Isaacson, Pastor
First United Methodist Church
of Frostproof, 150 Devane St., Sun-
day School 9:30 a.m., Traditional
Worship Service 10:30 a.m. For
more information call 635-3107.
Dioste Ama Spanish
Iglesia Bautista Dios Te Ama
(Dioste Ama Spanish- Baptist
Church) lugar (located) 1000 US
Highway 98 West, Frostproof,
annunciate y ivitcion (announces
an invitation) Oir la Palabra de
Dios (to hear the Word of God)
Domingo (Sunday), at 11 a.m.
South Lake Wales
Church of God
South Lake Wales Church of
God, 210 Presidents Dr., Lake
Wales, Sunday School 9 a.m.,
Worship Service 10:30 a.m., Sun-
day Evening Worship 6 p.m.,
Wednesday Evening Worship 6:30
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Alico announces restructuring of Ginn contracts
LA BELLE Alico, Inc.,
announced that its subsidiary,
Alico-Agri, Ltd. has entered into
two restructured contracts with
The Ginn Development Compa-
nies and its associated partner
Lubert-Adler Real Estate Oppor-
tunity Fund, of Philadelphia, Pa.,
for the sale of Alico-Agri's prop-
erty in Lee County, Florida.
The original contracts were
entered into in 2001 and 2003,
respectively, for approximately
5,609 acres near Bonita Springs.
The total contract prices are
$62.9 million for Ginn East and
$75.5 million dollars for Ginn
West, totaling over $138 million.
Each contract required al0 per-
cent initial deposit with future
payments to correspond with
certain zoning approvals.
The amended and renegotiat-
ed contracts that were executed
set Sept. 28, 2007 as the date cer-
tain for payments to Alico-Agri to
begin on both the Ginn East and
Ginn West contracts and require
annual payments for four (4)
years to satisfy full payment.
Additionally, the interest rate
was renegotiated upward to 4
percent on the Ginn East Con-
tract. There are provisions in the
Ginn West Contract for time
extensions, if necessary, effec-
tively extending the outside pay-
ment date on the Ginn West Par-
cel from 2010 to 2014. If the time
extensions are exercised by
Ginn, annual option payments
are required, which could total
over $16 million, bringing the
total proceeds from the two con-
tracts to over $154 million. The
Company is filing an 8K contain-
ing more details concerning the
Alico Chairman and CEO
John Alexander stated that he
was pleased that the Ginn con-
tracts could be restructured in a
mutually acceptable fashion cre-
ating a win-win scenario for
each party and for the communi-
ty. "We continue to be excited
about the benefits that the Ginn
communities will bring to the Ft.
Myers area. We have worked
diligently to improve the con-
tracts for the benefit of the Alico
shareholders. The negotiation of
these amendments demon-
strates our commitment as a
land management company"
Mr. Alexander noted.-
'Do Not Call' leads list of complaints
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson has announced that vio-
lations of the state's "Do Not Call"
program once again are at the
top 10 list of complaints in 2006.
The Department is the clear-
inghouse for consumer com-
plaints in Florida and each year
provides the top ten list so con-
sumers are aware of problem
areas so they can take steps to
protect themselves from unfair
and deceptive business practices.
The Department administers
the Florida "Do Not Call" list
which is sent to commercial tele-
marketers across the country.
Consumers can pay a small fee
($10 initially, with a $5 annual
renewal) to have their home tele-
phone numbers placed on the list
and avoid non-exempted
unwanted sales calls. The fee is
used only to fund the: administra-
tion of the program.
The number of complaints
about "Do Not Call" violations in
2006 was 4,782, about 600 more
than in 2005.
"Consumers recognize that
the department is aggressively
pursuing violators of the 'Do Not
Call' law and they are taking the
time to let us know about these
unwanted calls," Bronson said.
"Telemarketers who do not take
the law seriously are finding that
is a costly mistake."
The Department collected
more than $125,800 in fines in
2006 against telemarketers who
made unwanted sales calls to
people on the "Do Not Call" list.
Travel and vacation plans
ranked second on the list with
3,814 written complaints; third
was motor vehicle repair with
2,078 complaints; construction
fourth with 2,002 written com-
The Department's Division of
Consumer Services is the state's
clearinghouse for consumer
complaints. The division regu-
lates nearly a dozen industries
and can take a number of actions
against those in violation of state
law including levying fines,
revoking registrations or turning
cases over to Agricultural Law
Enforcement for criminal action.
The division also attempts to
mediate complaints for con-
sumers involving industries that
are not regulated by the Depart-
ment by contacting them on
behalf of consumers and working
to resolve the disputes.
In 2006, the division received a
total of 28,000 written com-
plaints. The Department was able
to recover nearly $6.4 million in
refunds and services for con-
sumers this past year, about
millionn more than in 2005.
Rounding out the top 10 list of
written complaint categories:
Motor vehicle sales/acces-
Bronson urges consumers to
contact the Department's con-
sumer hotline at 1-800-HELPFLA
(1-800-435-7352) to register com-
plaints or to find out the com-
plaint history against a company
before they do business with it.
Consumers can also file com-
plaints online by visiting the Divi-
sion of Consumer Services web
site at www.800helpfla.com.
Debt weary consumers face Jan. blues
WEST PALM BEACH Now
that the holidays are over, many
consumers are haunted by the
shopping ghosts of holidays
past, as bulging bank and credit
card statements arrive in the
mail. The momentum turns
from holiday shopping and
cheer to panic and fear for those
who piled holiday charges onto
an already-heavy debt load.
"This is the time of year for
many consumers when the joy of
the holiday season becomes a dis-
tant memory and the conse-
quences of overspending begin to
set in," said Jessica Cecere, presi-
dent of Consumer Credit Counsel-
ing Service of Palm Beach County
and the Treasure Coast (CCCS).
"It is also a great time to get a han-
dle on debt and make changes to
ensure a healthy financial future."
Average credit card debt for
households with at least one
credit card has more than tripled
over the last two decades. As bal-
ances begin to bulge, consumers
should not take the power of
budgeting for granted. CCCS
offers these tips to help con-
sumers get started on a strategy
to reduce and eliminate debt:
Make a New Year's resolu-
tion to: balance your checkbook
each time you receive a pay-
check to ensure that you are not
spending more than the amount
Keep track of your bills. Des-
"This is the time of year for many consumers
when the joy of the holiday season becomes a
distant memory and the consequences of over-
spending begin to set in. It is also a great time to
get a handle on debt and make changes to
ensure a healthy financial future."
president of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of
Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast (CCCS)
ignate a filing cabinet or secured
box for bills and financial state-
ments. Make separate files for
bank statements, tax documents,
credit card bills, medical receipts,
mortgage statements and other
records. Keep up with due dates.
Create a monthly budget.
Your budget is your spending
plan. To create a budget plan,
determine your monthly income
and recurring expenses like rent
or mortgage payments, utility
bills, food, transportation costs,
tuition, savings, entertainment
and personal grooming. Then
identify other recurring and peri-
odic expenses like clothing, appli-
ances and maintenance, gifts,
insurance and vacations.
Prioritize your expenses and
spending. After writing down
your expenses, prioritize them
based on your "needs versus
wants." Set spending limits and
estimate costs for each expense.
If any funds are left over after
monthly expenses are paid, split
them between debt reduction
and savings. Pay down high-inter-
est credit card bills and loans. Use
extra funds to increase your sav-
ings and look for ways to reduce
daily spending. Bringing your
lunch instead of eating out and
skipping that morning coffee and
muffin can add up to hundreds of
dollars in savings each month.
Develop a diversified savings
plan. Savings should not be limit-
ed to retirement planning. It's
important to save for a down pay-
ment on a home or vehicle or for
uncovered medical expenses.
Make regular deposits in an inter-
est-bearing account. Take advan-
tage of employer-sponsored ben-
efits, such as retirement and
flexible spending accounts.
Recognize the early warn-
ing signs of debt trouble. You
may be approaching a debt crisis
if: you're behind on the mort-
gage or rent and utilities, you're
using credit to buy items you
should be able to buy with cash,
you're skipping some payments
to make others, you're getting
notices or calls from bill collec-
tors, or if more than 25 percent
of your take-home pay is going
to credit card debt.
Don't suffer in silence; take
action and get help. If you are
feeling overwhelmed, there are
steps you can take. If you know
you are going to have problems
making payments, you can con-
tact your creditors to explain
your situation and what you're
doing to meet your debt obliga-
tions. Depending on the credi-
tors' policies and your situation,
credit and payment history, you
may be able to negotiate the
amount of your next payment or
a lower interest rate. Remember,
your creditors would rather keep
you as a customer than lose you
to bankruptcy or foreclosure.
You can also work with a certi-
fied credit counselor who will
help you assess your situation
and provide tools to help you
develop a plan of action.
CCCS provides confidential
budget counseling, money man-
agement education, debt Man-
agement programs and other
services to help consumers. Con-
tact CCCS at 800-330-CCCS or
online at www.cccsinc.org.
State of emergency means fee cap for public adjusters
TALLAHASSEE The Depart-
ment of Financial Services is
advising that due to Governor
Bush's declaration of a state of
emergency in Pasco, Volusia,
Lake and Columbia counties as a
result of widespread damage
from tornadoes that struck on
Monday the maximum fee that
public adjusters can charge for
tornado victims in those counties
is capped at 10 percent of the
claim payment. This cap, the
result of a September 3, 2006 rule,
will apply whenever the governor
declares a state of emergency.
Furthermore, public adjusters
are prohibited from demanding
or accepting any type of advance
fees, retainers, or other compen-
sation prior to any payment being
made on the claim.
A new rule, which went into
effect on September 3, 2006, trig-
gers these consumer protections
when the governor declares a
state of emergency. Under the
new rule, the fee cap will not
expire for tornado victims
regardless of when they may
enter a public adjuster contract
for a claim related to damages
sustained from the tornado.
Public adjusters are not affili-
ated with any insurance compa-
ny and are hired by the con-
sumer for a fee which is usually
stated as a percentage of the
claim payment that the public
adjuster is responsible for recov-
ering. Independent and compa-
ny adjusters work for insurance
companies and do not charge
fees to consumers.
Consumers should make sure
they are dealing with a licensed
public adjuster by calling the
storm hotline or by logging on to
www.fldfs.com to verify licensure
of any adjuster, and should also
read and understand any contract
New wage increase
is effective Jan.1
minimum wage will be $6.67 per
hour effective Jan. 1, 2007 for all
hours worked in Florida. This rep-
resents an hourly increase of 27
cents over the current state mini-
mum wage of $6.40 per hour.
Florida's minimum wage was cre-
ated in a constitutional amend-
ment approved by voters on Nov.
2, 2004, and covers all employees
in the state covered by the federal
The increase in the minimum
wage this year represents a 4.2
percent change in the federal con-
sumer price index for urban wage
earners and clerical workers in
the South Region for the 12-
month period prior to Sept. 1,
2006. Florida's new minimum
wage will be $1.52 more than the
current $5.15 federal minimum
Employers must pay their
employees a wage not less than
the amount of the hourly state
minimum wage for all hours
worked in Florida. The definitions
of "employer," "employee," and
"wage" for state purposes are the
same as those established under
the federal Fair Labor Standards
For "tipped employees"
meeting eligibility requirements
for the tip credit under the
FLSA, employers may count tips
actually received as wages
under the FLSA, but the
employer must pay "tipped
employees" a direct wage in an
amount equal to the minimum
wage of $6.67 minus $3.02
(which, as required by Florida's
Constitution, is the 2003 tip
credit existing under the FLSA),
or a direct hourly wage of $3.65
on Jan. 1,2007.
Employees who are not paid
the minimum wage may bring a
civil action in a court of compe-
tent jurisdiction against the
employer or any person violating
Florida's minimum wage law.
The state attorney general may
also bring an enforcement action
to enforce the minimum wage. As
stated in Florida's Constitution,
the case law, administrative inter-
pretations, and other guiding stan-
dards under the FLSA should be
the guide regarding the construc-
tion of Florida's constitutional
amendment creating the mini-
mum wage. FLSA information
and compliance assistance can
be found at http://www.dol.gov/
Beginning in 2007, section
448.109, Florida Statutes, requires
that employers who must pay
their employees the Florida mini-
mum wage to post a minimum
wage notice in a conspicuous and
accessible place in each establish-
ment where such employees are
employed. This poster require-
ment is in addition to the federal
requirement to post a notice of
the federal minimum wage. Flori-
da's minimum wage poster is
available for downloading in Eng-
lish and Spanish from the Agency
for Workforce Innovation's web-
page at: http://www.floridajobs.
The federal poster can be down-
loaded from the U.S. Department
of Labor website at:
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CAMERA CASE, Grayish color
w/2 Camera's inside. Lost on
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Please call (863)763-8944
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magaxinss535
Business EquIpment 545
Children's Items 555
Chin a, Glassware, Etc. 560
Con tamps 570
Drapes, LiUas 1 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AC W/HEAT- Central package
unit, 3.5 ton, York, never in-
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
or In the classified
ANTIQUE TOYS- Over 100
ears old. Fire engine, car.
600 will separate.
DRYER: Kenmore, used but
works great $50.
FLAVOR WAVE OVEN: Very
ood condition. As Seen On
V. $50. (863)675-3401
MICROWAVE w/ cart $20,
will sell separate
SHOW TIME ROTISSERIE &
Bar-B-Que: As Seen On TV:
Very good. $50. or
863-675-3401 LaBelle area
STOVE- GE Electric, 30" self
cleaning, white, like new,
used 6 month's, New $450
asking $185 (863)467-2040
STOVE- Hotpoint, like new,
UNIT: Combomatic 6200,
Energy Splendid. $175.
BICYCLE- Men's 21 speed.
Good condition. $35.
College book, 2nd edition,
great condition, $80
BUILDING SALE...Jan/Feb de-
livery or deposit holds till
Spring. 25'x40'x12' $4800.
40'x60'x16' $12,800. Front
end optional. Rear end in-
cluded. Many others. Pio-
neer, (800)668-5422 or
STEEL BUILDINGS. Factory
Deals. Save $$$. 40 x 60' to
100 x 200'. Ex: 50 x 100 x
12' = $3.60/sq ft.
METAL ROOFING SAVE $$$
Buy Direct From Manufactur-
er. 20 colors in stock with all
around! Delivery Available
(352) 4 98-0778
BOY'S CLOTHING, Size 10/12,
40-shirts, dress & T-shirts
5-shorts & 5-jeans. $65.
DRESS- Turquoise, 2 piece,
Laced bodice & chiffon skirt.
3/4 length. Size 14. Pd. $150.
Sell $50. (863)763-0634
DRESSES (24): Women's,
large size. $240 for all or will
sell separately. Call
863-763-3982 before noon.
FORMAL GOWN, Light sea
green, size 8, never worn,
with tags. $40
COMPUTER- 1 GHz Proces-
sor, 448MB of ram, 89GB H/D,
CD burner, 17" mon. Win2000.
Etc. $250. (863)902-0960
COMPUTER DESK- large, with
adjustable height, good con-
dition $50 or best offer
BEDROOM SET- Solid Light
Wood, King Size Pillow Top
Mattress, $1900 or best of-
CHILDS BED- with a slide and
tent, camoflauge, paid $500
asking $200 brand new
COMPUTER ARMOIRE: Oak,
like new, only 6 mths old,
hardly used, smoke-free
home. $75. 863-634-5034
DINING ROOM TABLE- Smoke
glass, with 4 chairs, Like
new. $500. (863)234-3470
GLIDER CHAIRS- 2, PVC high-
back cushioned w/ottomans.
$150. Will separate.
PATIO/PORCH TABLE- 36",
Round, White. $40.
QUEEN SIZE BED- mattress,
boxspring and frame, $100
RETANGLER DINETTE SET- 2
Chairs & 2 Benches, Dark
Wood, $50 (863)467-5709
High back, beige. $150.
WALL UNIT- 3 Piece w/glass
doors, large, $100
ANTINIO ZOLI: 20 ga mag,
over/under, 28" bbl, full/mod
single trigger, full engraved re-
COLT- 1903, Type III, 32 Auto-
matic Pistol, $400
IVER JOHNSON "Cattleman": 45
cal, 51/2 bbl. Exc cond. Single
action revolver. Blue w/ brass
frame. $375. 937-215-0307
PISTOLS (2) 25 & 380 auto-
matic. $350 for both, will
RIFLE- Marlin 883SS, 22 mag-
num Simmons 4-12x40
scope in box $350.
From Sears, like new, only
used once. $125.
CEILING FANS (2), Hunter.
USA made w/light kit. Cost
$125 each, asking $70 for
both, will sep. (561)633-1371
BEDSIDE COMMODE- New,
$45. (863)357-2891 Leave
MOBILITY CHAIR- Jazzy, ex-
cellent condition, $750 neg.
MOBILITY SCOOTER- like
new, cost $2000 will sell for
AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train
for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Job place-
ment assistance. CALL Avia-
tion Institute of Maintenance
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Computers *Criminal Jus-
tice. Job placement assis-
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Financial Aid if qualified. Call
children, etc. Only one signa-
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govt. fees! Call weekdays
8am-6pm) Alta Divorce,
LLC. Established 1977.
TRANSFER PUMP- New, 2",
Extra motor & pump. $200.
WALK IN BATHTUB Feel safe
& secure taking a bath. Our
bathtubs have a walk-in
door, non-slip floor and seat.
CUSTOM BUILT GUITAR
CABINET- 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
GUITAR- JOHNSON Acoustic,
Black, excellent tone, seldom
used, like new, soft case,
YAMAHA PIANO Upright,
very good cond., $300
ANGEL FISH- $5.00
CKC PEKINGESE PUPS- 6 wks
old on Christmas, 3 white, 3
beige, all shots, beautiful
DACHSHUNDS- w/papers, 7
months old, $300
INDIAN RING NECK PARA.
KEET- with cage, to good
home only, $100
JACK RUSSEL PUPS- (3),
CKC reg., Call for details
PARAKEET: Only $101
CAR STEREO SYSTEM,
(2) 12" subwoofers 1200w,
box, 1800w amp, $600 or
best offer (239)503-5020
SURROUND SOUND- Brand
new in box. Valued @
$2500. Asking $600.
BIG SCREEN TV- RCA, in ex-
cellent condition, beautiful
SONY- 32", P-in-P, Great pic-
ture. New $1600. Asking
DRILLS- Craftsman cordless.
1- 8.4 & 1- 13.2, Good con-
dition. $25. for both
portable, 5500 watts, 7350
starting watts, brand new.
WOOD SPLITTER- 20 ton,
splits wood up to 18" long.
very good condition $500
1 I t -
BARBIE BIG WHEELS- (2) $20
SLOT MACHINE- takes tokens,
electric, asking $275 like
TMX ELMO, brand new, still in
box, never opened, $70.
NEW COIN COLLECTOR want-
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
WANTED: FLORIDA ART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed,'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
BALES OF HAY, 100 bales,
$200. or will sell separate.
HORSE TRAILER- '91, Hart, 3
stalls, small tac room in
back. Large stock room.
WESTERN SADDLE, Black, Ex-
WESTERN SADDLE- Leather,
16" soft seat, brand new
$275 or best offer
LAWNMOWER- Snapper, Rid-
ing, Runs but needs battery
REAR TINE TILLER- very good
condition, asking $75
RIDING MOWER: Dixon, 42"
with 15.5hp Craftsman new
motor. Left side needs adjust-
ment. $350 (239)986-0296
RIDING MOWER, Murray
12hp, runs perfect, needs
STOCK TRAILER- Bumper Pull
Angle Iron with cattle door
Business Places -
Property Sale i010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sate 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
$0 DOWN HOMES Gov't &
Bank Foreclosures! Low or
no down! No credit OK! Call
Homes from $10,000! 1-3
bedroom available! Repos,
REO's, HUD, FHA, etc. These
homes must sell! Listings
call (800)425-1620 ext
PALM HARBOR Factory Liqui-
dation Sale. 2006 Models
Must Go! Modular, Mobile &
Stilt Homes. 0% DOWN
When You Own Your Own
Land!! Call for FREE Color
SMALL 2BR/1BA Detached
garage, fenced, lots of shade.
Next to Clinch Lake Boat Land-
ing. $72K. 863-638-2510
*LAND AUCTION* 300 Props
Must be Sold! Low Down /
E-Z Financing. Free Catalog
s t o n : A U 3 4 4 9 ,
2000' OF LARGE TROUT
CREEK. 2 Large Barns 22
Acres- $349,900. Great
horse farm- private trout
stream. Great low rate, long
term financing Call owner
BEAUTIFUL N. CAROLINA.
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Coastal Georgia- New, Pre-
Construction Golf Commu-
nity. Large lots & condos w/
deepwater, marsh, golf, na-
ture views. Gated, Golf, Fit-
ness Center, Tennis, Trails,
Docks. $70k's- $300k,
Gulf front lots $595k. Homes
starting mid $300k. New
master planned ocean front
community on beautiful
Mustang Island, near Corpus
Chrlsti, TX. www.clnnamon-
Great Florida Real Estate Auc-
tion 38+ properties at auc-
tion Many selling absolute,
regardless of price. Houses,
Condos, Farms, Acreage,
Commercial, Health Food
Store, Marina, Building lots,
Duplexes! All to be sold Jan
13th-Jan. 17th. Visit
for details or call Ben Camp-
866)633-4460 Lie RE Bro-
ker AU201 AB2118.
NC Gated Lakefront Commu-
nity. Pleasantly mild climate
1.5 acres, 90 miles of shore-
line. Never offered before
with 20% pre-development
discounts, 90% financing.
NC MOUNTAIN VIEW LOTS
Top Views start at $50,000.
Amenities include Club, Pool,
Equestrian Facilities, Hiking
Trails and Hi-Speed Internet.
One half to 3.5 acre sites.
NC MOUNTAINS Log Cabin
shell on mountain top, view,
trees, waterfall & large public
lake nearby, paved private
access, gated community,
NO STATE INCOME TAX! Low
property taxes, Four Sea-
sons, Southern Hospitality,
Tennessee Lakefronts start-
ing under $100,000 Views
Properties from $25,000
RARE! DIRECT NATIONAL
FOREST FRONTAGE 17
ACRES- $199,900. 5 min-
utes to Appalachian Trail. Big
mountain views. Heavily fo-
rested, mature hardwoods.
Access to private stocked
trout stream. Call immediate-
ly- ONLY ONE
WYOMING RANCH DISPER-
SAL 35 acres $49,900; 75
acres $95,900; Snow-
capped mountain views. Sur-
rounded by gov't land. Abun-
dant wildlife. Recreational
paradise. Low taxes. EZ
terms. Call Utah Ranches,
BOW RIDER, 17ft., w/70hp
Johnson, trailer. $750
RANGER 354V 1992, 150 hp
Evinrude XRP, SS Prop., Com-
plete rebuild w/less than 75
rs. 36 v. motor guide, 3 bank
charger, tournament rigged.
Ranger trailer w/new wheels &
tires. Cover. Always garaged.
Excellent condition. $10,000.
COACHMAN CATALINA LITE
200136.5 Ft., Front Bedroom,
bunk beds in rear, jackknife
couch & slide out. $10,000.
S863)467-2309 or email
MOTORHOME- '83 Honey,
Exc. cond. 36,000 Orig. ml.
Sleeps 6. Good tires, Runs
good. $5200. 863-467-8161
RIALTA '99- 23mpg, non
smoke, 1 owner, 40K miles,
tow pkg, $35,000
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6 Frostproof News, Thursday, January 4, 2007
RV BOUNDER, '87, 35', 41.5k
mi. New tires, awning & Frig.
Screen/Rm. Lots ext/int stor-
age, $8000. (863)675-2339
SCREEN ROOM- Zips to 35'
motor home awning. Paid
$600 asking $200
ROYALS INTERL- 40', 2 slide
outs. Rear kit. Corlan tops.
New carpet/blinds. $14,500.
(828)890-3202 or 691-2425
1993 with trailer. Runs good.
Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by sel-
lhg thom in the classl-
ANCHORS, Fenders, outrig-
gers, $50 for all or will sep-
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
praae? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
flids and make your
cleanup m a breeze
DIRT BIKE- '02 Honda XR80R,
Excellent condition. $1000.
KAWASAKI KZ1000 '82-
Runs and looks real good.
Asking $2500 or best offer
YAMAHA 750 Special 1979,
Dry Shaft, Runs great. $600
Lost title. (863)467-2609 af-
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Tiucks 4020
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 4065
PONTIAC GRAND AM 1990:
Only 36,000 original miles.
$500 POLICE IMPOUNDS
Cars from $5001 Tax Repos,
US Marshall and IRS sales
Cars, Trucks, SUV's, Toyo-
ta's, Honda's, Chevy's &
morel For Listings Call
CHEVY CAVALIER'S- For parts
1-95 Good trans. & body &
1-96 Good motor. $300. for
FORD T-BIRD '94 & Mercury
Cougar '88, excellent body,
bad motors, have motors.
$600 neg. (561)676-0427
LINCOLN TOWNCAR 1986,
A/C, Excellent condition. Gar-
age kept. $900 or best offer.
(772)618-0607 Ft. Pierce.
'MR2 1988, Hard to find. Fun
car! Sunroof, manual, white,
great mileage, FM/CD, Good
shape. $1500 (561)924-2208
DODGE 3500- '03 Dually, An-
derson '05 Gooseneck 25',
Mustang '03 skidsteer, low
hirs., Tachuchi '00 Minl-
exc., TB016, All or Part: Call
DODGE RAMCHARGER- 5.2,
V-8, Good condition. Many
extra mopar parts. $2500. or
best offer. (239)369-9725
JEEP GRAND WAGONEER
1991; 4x4, Good for work.
Approx. 80K org. mis. $1200
or best offer. 863-675-4079
Shop here first!
The classified ads,
GAS CLUB CAR '95 Recondi-
GOLF CART, 4 passenger, ex-
cellent shape, $1200.
CHEVY TRANSMISSION- 4
speed, w/clutch and fly-
wheel, $450 (863)697-3895
King Pin Locks w/ keys (2), to
lock down trailers. Also an-
tennas for radios (2). $100
for all. 772-812-3300
PICKUP TOOLBOX: Fits Dodge
Dakota '94 '04. Black UWS
diamond plate. $100 neg.
SUPERCHIP #3714- Fits '03
Dodge Hemi 5.7. $150. Call
TIRES & RIMS- 4, New,
LT275/65R20 on 20" Spoke
rims. Fits Fords & GM's $950.
(863)357-1784 or 634-2454
TIRES(6): 35x1250x16.5, Su-
per Swamper TSL Radlals, 4
w/ good tread, 2 spares.
$300 neg. 863-634-1890.
TONNEAU COVER: For 6.5 ft
bed. $75. 239-675-7994
TRAILER HITCH- Off a Buick
Century. Good condition.
TRANSMISSION: '97 Chevy
S10, w/4.3 engine. Will de-
liver from Ft Pierce to WPB
CHEVY '83, '/2Ton, 350 auto.,
2wd, new motor, only 36K
mi. Must see! $1100 neg.
CHEVY- '88, 3/4 ton, 4x4, 400
small block, 4 speed With
low 1st gear, $1000.
CHEVY PICK UP '93: Dually,
white, clean, 2 door,
custom, big block / auto.
FORD F350- '89, Diesel, 4
door, 5 speed, 4 new tires.
A/C works. $4700. or trade
for F250 (863)673-6819.
FORD F350 DUALLY '90, 460
engine, Gas, runs good.
$2500. See at: 6420 Hwy. 98
N. Okee 863-697-2434
FORD RANGER- '97, Good
Cond., runs good, $2000
(863)675-8104 Iv msg.
FORD EXPLORER SPORT- '91,
2 door, needs work, runs,
KIA SPORTAGE '98- runs
great, $4000 or best offer
REESE TRAILER HITCH- load
leveler, complete, $125
CHEVY, '94, Excellent running
condition.- Very dependable.
$900. or best offer.
CHEVY VANDURA 1991 w/TV
& VCR, White w/blue trim.
Asking $2250. neg.
DODGE CARAVAN- '94, 3.3L,
V-6, Runs good. $750. or
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
tie world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
UF finds new
way to fight staph
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Infec-
tions from drug-resistant forms of
Staphylococcus bacteria are sky-
rocketing and have even recently
made headlines by debilitating
some of the NFL's toughest play-
ers. Tools to fight these bugs are
few, but now University of Florida
(UF) researchers have used cut-
ting-edge genetic analysis to find
a new weak spot in this "super-
The weak spot is a specialized
enzymatic process responsible
for producing folate. Among
humans, folate is best known for
being an essential part of a preg-
nant woman's diet. This is
because folate plays an essential
role in cell division.
Humans can't produce folate,
so we get it by eating leafy green
plants. Bacteria can perform this
process, however. This means
that the folate manufacturing
process within a bacterium is the
perfect target for drugs that stop
pathogens from growing and
spreading-because that drug
won't harm humans.
"The problem, of course, is
finding the enzymes within that
process you want to target," said
Valdrie de Crecy-Lagard, UF
microbiologist and lead author
on the research, which appears
in the Dec. 8 issue of the Journal
of Biological Chemistry.
"This process is far from over,
however," Ms. Cr&cy-Lagard said.
"We now have to find the best
way to attack this new target-
and that could take years."
Nonetheless, the resulting
antibacterial could one day prove
vital, said Dr. Kenneth Rand, a
professor of pathology, immunol-
ogy and laboratory medicine at
UF's College of Medicine.
"These pathogens seem to
keep adapting to everything we
can throw at them," he said.
"This process is far
from over, however.
We now have to find
the best way to attack
this new target-and
that could take years."
- Val6rie de Cr6cy-Lagard,
"The bacteria have the oppor-
tunity to change in every per-
son that becomes infected;
There are a countless number
of Staph strains out there.
Tomorrow, there are only going
to be more."
A 2005 study from Vanderbilt
University Medical Center found
that nearly 10 percent of children
in the U.S. carry drug-resistant
Staph bacteria in their noses. In
2002, only 1 percent carried the
The bug is only harmful, how-
ever, if it encounters an open cut
or other vulnerable area on the
body. This makes it especially
dangerous in hospital and locker-
"We do not need to think only
about Staph, though," Ms. Crecy-
Lagard said. "These same
enzymes are found in many other
harmful bacteria, which could
mean that what we design to
attack this target could be a more
In fact, the enzymatic target is
shared by more than 40 other
allowed us to find a very effective
target," Crecy-Lagard said. "This
is a powerful tool that lets us dis-
sect pathogens from the genome
up. In the future, many new drug
targets are going to be found this
Letter to the Editor,
In the issue of Dec.14 the
Lion's Club wrote a 'Letter to
the Editor' publicly thanking
local businesses for their contri-
butions to the club for the
Christmas dinner. Unfortunate-
ly the Bank of America was
On behalf of the Frostproof
Florida Lion's Club we wish to
thank the folks of Bank of
America who graciously and
willing donated items for door
prizes for the Christmas dinner.
I truly apologize for the over-
Frostproof Lion's Club
On Dec. 23, 2006 the Frost-
proof home of Teresa Bethel
and her two sons, Arti and
Zachary was burglarized. All of
Ms. Bethel's jewelry (some
antique from relatives passed)
worth over $10,000, as well as
a38 Special Rossi revolver, a
new Compaq desktop with
LCD monitor, digital camera,
digital video camcorder, 35 mm
camera, swords, etc. Also all of
her two sons Christmas pres-
ents were stolen. They were to
receive new gold chains,
bracelets, Timberland boots,
clothing, etc. Their Xbox and
PS2 along with over 60 to 70
games were taken as well.
A reward is offered to any-
one who can give information,
which would lead to an arrest
or recovery of any items taken.
Please contact the Frostproof
Sheriffs Department at 635-
7849 or Teresa Bethel at 863-
According to Detective But-
ler of the Polk County Sheriffs
Office no arrests have been
made and the investigation is
Please help Ms. Bethel and
her sons to recover their stolen
Older adults at risk of injury from falls
According to the U.S. Center
for Disease Control (CDC), falls
are a leading cause of injury death
among adults over the age of 65.
Falls may be caused by a num-
.ber of factors. Being aware of
those factors may help prevent
injuries. According to the CDC,
these factors include the follow-
*Many older adults lose flexi-
bility and agility due to lack of
exercise. To keep older muscles
strong and flexible, older adults
are encouraged to participate in a
regular exercise program that
includes emphasis on strength,
balance and flexibility.
Medication may cause a per-
son to become lightheaded or
drowsy. Be aware of the side
effects of medications. If a med-
ication makes you dizzy or
drowsy, ask your doctor if an
alternate medication might be
better. If that is not possible, ask
your doctor if you can take the
medication before bedtime.
Poor eyesight can lead to
missteps and falls. Have your eye-
sight checked annually.
Be aware of safety in the
home. Eliminate hazards that
might be tripped over; add rail-
ings to stairways; add a safety bar
with Katrina Elsken
in the shower; make sure rugs
have "no slip" backings; improve
The following information on
falls was provided by the CDC:
is the problem?
More than one third of adults
65 and older fall each year in the
United States. *Among older
adults, falls are the leading cause
of injury deaths. They are also the
most common cause of nonfatal
injuries and hospital admissions
for trauma (CDC 2005).
In 2003, more than 13,700
people 65 and older died from
injuries related to falls; about 1.8
million people 65 and older were
treated in emergency depart-
ments for nonfatal injuries from
falls, and about 460,000 of these
patients were hospitalized
The rates of fall-related
deaths among older adults rose
significantly over the past decade
are linked to falls?
Twenty percent to 30 percent
of people who fall suffer moder-
ate to severe injuries such as
bruises, hip fractures, or head
traumas. These injuries can make
it hard to get around and limit
independent living. They also can
increase the risk of early death
Most fractures among older
adults are caused by falls (Bell et
The most common fractures
are of the spine, hip, forearm, leg,
ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and
hand (Scott 1990).
Many people who fall, even
those who are not injured, devel-
op a fear of falling. This fear may
cause them to limit their activities,
leading to reduced mobility and
physical fitness, and increasing
their actual risk of falling.
In 2000, direct medical costs
totaled $179 million for fatal falls
and $19 billion for nonfatal fall
Who is at risk?
Men are more likely to die
from a fall. After adjusting for age,
the fall fatality rate in 2003 was 49
percent higher for men than for
Women are much more like-
ly than men to have nonfatal fall
In 2003, about 72 percent of
older adults admitted to the hos-
pital for hip fractures were
The risk of being seriously
injured in a fall increases with
age. In 2001, the rates of fall
injuries for adults 85 and older
were four to five times that of
adults 65 to 74.
Nearly 85 percent of deaths
from falls in 2003 were among
people 75 and older.
People 75 and older who fall
are four to five times more likely
to be admitted to a long-term care
facility for year or longer.
Before making any changes in
your diet or exercise routine, con-
sult your doctor. This is especially
important if you are on any pre-
scription medication. Some drugs
react badly to foods that would
otherwise be considered
A new year brings a fresh start to all
Here it is, a brand new year
with all the promise of a fresh
start that comes with it. At FlyLady
we have learned that new begin-
nings can happen any time we
choose and it doesn't take a new
day, new week, new month or
even a new year to start over. That
doesn't change the fact that we
still love new beginnings and
And even though we don't like
New Year's resolutions we still
make goals for ourselves. This is a
healthy thing to do. The other
night at the bowling alley a dear
friend ask me if there was any-
thing I had not done in my life that
I really wanted to do. This was a
very tough question for me. I am
a happy person and I get to do
every day what God put me on
this earth to do. There is not much
better than that! So I thought
about it for about ten minutes and
came up with something that
seemed very strange to my friend.
I told her I wanted to see a vol-
cano, a glacier and the Grand
Canyon up close one day. That
was all I could think of at the time.
One day I will see them but if my
life wete to end today; I would not
feel sorry for myself because I had
not seen them. I have no regrets
about anything. Every decision I
have made in my life has ended
up being a good one even if at the
time it was not. I learned from my
mistakes and did not pine away
my future by beating myself up
over past mistakes. None of us are
perfect and the sooner we under-
stand this and quit punishing our-
selves for this lack of perfection'
the better off we will all be.
Perfectionism keeps us stuck
in the past so we are unable to
function in the present. Let's take
that perfectionism bat you are
beating your self up with on a
daily basis and use it to hit home
runs. Each time you see perfec-
tionism throwing you a curve
ball; turn it around and hit it back
to where it belongs; Out of sight
and out of mind! Perfectionism is
the Body Clutter we all have to
face. Facing our fears head on and
using those fears to propel us to a
new level of understanding about
ourselves and the world around
us will help us to eliminate this
Fear is the opposite of love! In
fact I believe that it is worse than
hate. It is hate disguised as some-
thing else. When we uncover our
fears and bring them into the light
of day; we are acknowledging
that we don't have to be perfect
and that our fears do not make us
less than. Fear of failure is nothing
more than a lack of love for you
-and your abilities.
Face your fears head on in this
New Year! Let go of your perfec-
tionism and you might just find
For more help getting rid of
your CHAOS; check out her Web
site and join her free mentoring
.group at www.FlyLady.net or her
book, "Sink Reflections:, pub-
lished by Bantam and her new
book," Body Clutter:; Copyright
2007; Marla Cilley Used by per-
mission in this publication.
Consider food lessons learned last year
As I've been assessing this year
and thinking about everything
I've learned food-wise in the past
365 days, I made a quick list of the
hard lessons I've learned. I've
noticed that I am (unfortunately)
one of those people who regular-
ly attend the School of Hard
Knocks. I think I'm earning my
doctorate, to be honest.
I've gained some of my body
clutter back and it's because I got
lazy and let go of my previous
rules for myself. I know my body,
I know what I can and cannot do,
so why do I think I can somehow
fool myself? Here are some
answers to that perplexing ques-
1. Everything counts. Yes, even
a bite. Our bodies run on simple
math too much will show up on
2. Everything counts, number
2. Standing over a sink eating, eat-
ing in the car, eating in front of an
open refrigerator, all adds up
when it comes time to a morning
S -- Leanne
of reckoning on the scale.
3. Just this once or other such
similar phrase usually means I am
setting myself up for a downward
spiral in eating and it will take a
few pounds gained before I
address it to knock some sense
4. Good for me food doesn't
mean it's a free for all. Portions
matter and I don't need as much
as I think.
5. Being good in a restaurant
means not finishing everything on
my plate. I still think clean plate
and I don't need to do that!
Restaurants typically give you
enough to feed 3-4 people bag it
up and take it home!
6. The only free food is water.
Everything else has something in
it and will ultimately count when I
step on the scale, including a
glass of wine or a nip of eggnog!
7. The scale is my friend. If the
numbers have gone up, it's a
wake up call to fix whatever it is
that I am doing to cause them to
go up. Getting on it every morn-
ing keeps me honest.
8. Movement is not optional. If
I don't exercise, the numbers go
up even if I eat like a bird. I have a
thyroid issue. The only way to
keep it in check for me is to exer-
cise daily, eat small meals and
take my medication everyday.
9. It's okay to be hungry. I've
been so paranoid about being
hungry (that's when I overeat)
that I've taken to eating too many
times a day and inadvertently, put-
ting on a few pounds because of
not being aware. Becoming
friends with hunger keeps my
food in check a little bit hungry is
10. A food diary is essential! Its
way too easy to get lax, forget and
eat unconsciously. Food is an
issue for me, I need to stay aware
by making sure what I write down
is the same thing that has gone in
Body Clutter is a book that tells
the story of FlyLady's and my
journey into wellness. We have
discovered one year later that
understanding and dealing with
ones body clutter is a never-end-
ing process. I hope my ten things
will help you in your own journey
with Body Clutter.
For more help putting dinner
on your table check out her Web
site www.SavingDinner.com or
her "Saving Dinner" book series
published by Ballantine and her
new book Body Clutter. Copyright
2007; Leanne Ely; Used by per-
mission in this publication.
Bookmarks-From the desk of Frostproofs' Latt Maxcy Memorial Librarian
By Missy Hadden
Our library staff would like to
wish each and every one of you a
HAPPY NEWYEAR! If one of your
resolutions this year was to save
money, please consider visiting
your local public library. Instead
of buying that latest release from
James Patterson, Danielle Steel or
John Grisham come to the library
and check it out FREE.
Memberships are FREE to Polk
County residents! Just bring in a
picture identification card such as
a driver's license and another
piece of identification such as a
utility bill, personal check, voter's
registration card or hunting/fishing
license and we can get you set up
with your very own library card.
Here are some other reasons
the Latt Maxcy Memorial Library
is a great place to visit: FREE
movie and DVD rentals, FREE
Internet access, access to audio
books on CD and cassette, music
on CD, large type books, best sell-
ers, research assistance from
library personnel, programs for
all members of your family, and
much, much more.
Mark your calendars for Tues-
day, Jan. 23 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
The Polk County Extension Ser-
vice will offer a Florida Style Gar-
dening workshop at the library.
This workshop will feature plants
for central Florida. Learn how to
landscape for Florida soils, weath-
er and rainfall. No registration is
required. Call the Latt Maxcy
Memorial Library for more infor-
mation (863) 638-7857.
The library has received its
allotment of tax forms. We now
have a selection of 1040, 1040A,
and 1040EZ forms along with all
the schedules, instructions, and
extra forms. What we do not
have in stock may be found in a
reproducible package that we
have in the lobby. These forms
can be copied for ten cents each
page. For those elusive forms, we
can check out the www.irs.gov
web site and print those forms for
twenty-five cents per page. All in
all we should be able to find
what you are looking for!
The AARP/TCE tax aid will be
available at the library on Monday
and Thursday mornings from 9
a.m. until Noon beginning Feb. 1
to assist anyone in the prepara-
tion of his or her tax forms. Volun-
teers will also be on hand on
Monday evenings from 5 p.m.
until 7 p.m. for those persons
who work during the day. Please
bring your last income tax return
and current tax materials with
you when you come in for help.
No appointments are taken it is
clearly on a first-come, first-
served basis. Library doors open
at 9 a.m. each weekday.
Our Annual Art Show will be
held in February. Artists are
allowed to enter two 2-dimension-
al works. Deadline for entries is set
for Jan. 31st. Artwork will be hung
on Feb. 1 no late entries will be
accepted this year so plan ahead!
Ribbons and monetary prizes will
be awarded for 1st through 3rd
places. Honorable mention rib-
bons will also be given. In con-
junction with the arts reception
being held on Feb. 22 we will also
be hosting an Open House for the
library. This will take place from 6
to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the
library. This Open House and
reception is open to the public.
Please stop by and see what our
library has to offer. Also after our
Arts Reception the Friends of the
Library will be drawing the win-
ning raffle ticket for the Tom Free-
man painting "Morning Aglow."
This painting is available for view-
ing now at the library and tickets
are $1 each or 6 for $5.
The Friends of the Library
book sale is still in place at the
library. You may purchase a bag
of books for only one dollar!
Come in today and see what
treasures you can find. Our book
sale consists of withdrawn books
and donated materials that don't
fit into our collection. As you
begin your spring cleaning don't
forget the library! We accept
donations of books, magazines,
audio and videotapes and now
cd's. So when you get tired of
reading or listening to the same
old things over and over -
remember the library.
Reward offered for
information in burglary