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Title: The Frostproof news
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Alfred H. Mellor
Place of Publication: Frostproof Polk County Fla
Publication Date: January 26, 2011
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Frostproof (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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January 26, 2011

Suspect sought in attempted murder

Altercation leads to stabbing, victim now stable

An altercation last Friday night
resulted in serious stab wounds to one
person, and the alleged assailant is still
at large, according to the Polk County
Sheriff's Office.
Law enforcement is looking for
28-year-ld Raimondi Sebastian, who
police say also used the alias Raimondi
Sebastian-Concepcion, and who is fac-
ing a charge of attempted murder.
According to the PCSO, deputies

responded to 306 South Scenic High-
way around 8:30 p.m. in reference to a
reported stabbing.
Deputies discovered 24-year-old
Jorge Feliciano, 24 of 306 S. Scenic
Highway, Frostproof, who had suffered
two lacerations to his right chest and
under arm area, as well as a laceration
to his right forearm.
Emergency medical services person-
nel responded and transported the
victim to Lakeland Regional Medical
Center in critical condition, police said.
As of Tuesday, his condition had been

upgraded to stable, according to PSCO
spokeswoman Donna Wood.
She also said the suspect was still at
Through the investigation detectives
learned the victim and Sebastian, who
resided at 306 S. Scenic Highway Apt A,
Frostproof, had an altercation.
During the dispute, Sebastian en-
tered the residence and retrieved an
unknown type of knife, according to
After exiting the residence, Sebastian
and the victim had a physical struggle

and the victim was stabbed multiple
times in the upper torso, reports indci-
ated. Sebastian then fled on foot to an
unknown location.
Anyone with information regarding
Sebastian's whereabouts is urged to
contact Detective Robert Gaylord at
863-534-6291, or 863-298-6200.
To remain anonymous and be eli-
gible for cash reward call Heartland
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or
log onto www.heartlandcrimestoppers.
Anonymity is guaranteed.

Sports Hall will induct three
The ranks of the Frost- 1970-74 area because can use."
proof Sports Hall of Fame they won so many state DeMarco, the school's
will swell by three Sat- championships and that cheerleading coach is an
urday when the newest kind of stuff," said Nancy inductee herself, being
honorees are inducted. DeMarco, who helps honored two years ago.
Jack Dyer, Jimmy Hurst organize the event and Special plaques honoring
and Larry Sullivan will be helped inaugurate the each person are installed
inducted. A social hour hall five years ago. in a special area in the
starts at 6 p.m. with din- "It's the number one gymnasium.
ner at 7. It is the largest fund-raiser for the boost- "The first year we
single yearly fundraiser ers," DeMarco added. inducted the pillars," De-
for the Bulldogs booster Tickets are $100. Marco added. That class
club. "The athletic boost- featured George Jackson,
Hurst's father was ers help all the sports at Faris Brannen, Jim Boyd
previously inducted into Frostproof. It's a wonder- and Gary Garrett. Those
the hall. ful fundraiser. We try and four continue to serve as
"We're focusing on the get things that everybody the only four on the hall's

selection committee.
DeMarco said others
outside the group make
recommendations for hall
induction, but that final
decision rests with that
"They still serve as the
committee and the final
vote as to who will be
inducted," DeMarco said.
"They've been here for
the duration."
Contact the high school
for tickets or for more

Steve Sternberg will play in Frostproof Feb. 4 at the Ramon.

Sternberg brings

unique style

to keyboards

The old and the new,
the down 'n dirty and the
sublime ...that's Steve
Sternberg's eclectic blend
of piano music.
The popular tickler of
the ivories will be at the
Ramon Theater Feb 4 as
part of the winter music
series. The show starts at
7 p.m.
Sternberg entertains
audiences throughout
Florida with his wide
range of piano styling's
done with flair. He'll play
a rollicking Pete John-
son or Albert Ammons
boogie-woogie from

the 1930's, an original
contemporary blues, a
Joplin rag, or an evoca-
tive, serene neo-classical
As a solo artist, Stern-
berg has been entertain-
ing audiences from ages
3 to 103 throughout
Florida since 1989. He is
loved for his versatility
and for his upbeat, infor-
mative rapport with his
listeners. In 1990 Steve
was a recording artist for
Mr. Wonderful Records
out of Louisville, KY for



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Lady Bulldogs win district title

Ana Vega tries to use
her skill and body
to shield a McKeel
player away from
this ball during
district playoff
soccer action Friday
night. Frotproof won
the title, 1-0. It was
the second time this
year they had won at
McKeel by that same
score. The two teams
played to a 2-2 tie
during the regular
season in a game
in Frostproof. The
Lady Bulldogs will
open regional play
Thursday night.

Chamber guest

Dr. Jan Howell, director of the Polk HeathCare Plan, was
the guest speaker at last week's Frostproof Chamber of
Commerce monthly luncheon meeting. Howell, who has been
with the county for about 18 monhts, as returned the orga-
nization from a $12 million expenditure to operating with
$25 million reserves. The plan serves approximately 50,000
county citizens with indigent healthcare surtax funds.

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Saturday, Jan. 22
The Nelsons
Sponsored by Spr-
adelin Promotion at the
Ramon Theater. Show
starts at 7 p.m., tickets
are $10.

Church BBQ
The First United
Methodist Church of
Frostproof invites you
to a BBQ chicken dinner
fund raiser. Tickets are $8
and must be bought in
advance. The dinner will
include BBQ chicken,
baked beans, cole slaw,
roll and dessert and may
be eaten in or carried
out. Please stop by the
office at 150 DeVane
Street and get your
tickets by the Jan. 19. No
tickets at the door. For
more information call

Sun Ray Pancake
From 7:30 to 9:30
a.m. in Sun Ray at the
Community Center, 15
George Street (right off
Hwy. 27) in Frostproof.
Cost is $4 for adults and
$3 for children. Breakfast
includes scrambled eggs,
sausage, pancakes, coffee
and juice.

Friday, Jan. 28
Tag and Bake Sales
Sun Ray Annual Tag
and Bake Sale from 8 a.m
to 4 p.m. on and Satur-
day, Jan. 29 from 8
to noon at the Commu-
nity Center, 15 George
Street in Frostproof.

Saturday, Jan. 29
Elton John and Elvis
Music legends im-
persenator Dwight Icen-
hower with The Repea-
ties at the Ramon, 7 p.m.
Tickets $15 in advance,

$20 at the door.

Friday, Feb. 4
Steve Sternberg
Blues, pop and classi-
cal pianist at the Ramon,
part of the theater's win-
ter music series. Show at
7 p:.m.

Flea market, bake sale
The First United Meth-
odist Church of Frost-
proof, 150 Devane Street,
will host a flea market,
bake sale and luncheon
on Saturday, Feb. 5 from
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The flea
market wil also be open
on Friday Feb. 4 from 4
to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11
Francesco Attesti
World renowned Ital-
ian pianist Franceso
Attesti will be perform
a fundraiser for the
Frostproof Rotary Club.
Tickets are $10, $15 at
the door. Show starts at
7 p.m. in the city hall

Saturday, Feb. 12
Traditional jazz/swing
band at the Ramon.
Show starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets $15 in advance,
$20 at the door.

Project Graduation
Murder Mystery Dinner
"Love writes a Deadly
Verse" starting at 6:30
p.m. at Shephard Chrisi-
tan Community on the
east side of Lake Reedy
in Frostproof. Tickets are
$25 and will include la-
sanga, roll, salad, straw-
berry shortcake and tea/
coffee. Limited seating.
Tickets can be purchased
at Frostproof Hardware
and the Latt Maxcy
Memorial Library or by
calling 863-528-0481.

Monday, Feb. 14
Heartland Pops
The Heatland Pops will
play a special Valentine's
Day concert at the city
hall auditorium, as a
fundraiser for comple-
tion of renovations of the
aud. Free rose to all the
women to attend! Music
starts at 7 p.m. Tickets
$10 in advance, $15 at
the door. Call 635-7832
for tickets.

Tuesday, Feb. 15
Chamber luncheon
Noon, at the Ramon
Theater, Speaker will
be Polk County Sheriff
Grady Judd. Event spon-
sored by City of Frost-
proof. Tickets are $9.

Saturday, Feb. 19
Orange Blossom
On Wall Street in
historic downtown
Frostproof featuring
tractor and antique car
parade, antique car show,
vendors, food, music and
more. Fun starts at 9 a.m.

Project Graduation
Golf Ball Drop
The annual Project
Graduation Golf Ball
drop is scheduled at 4
p.m. during the Frost-
proof FFA Alumni Dinner
and Auction at Ben
Hill Griffin Elementary
School. $10 per ticket.
Contact any Project
Graduation member
to purchase tickets or
Debbie Norris at 863-
635-4295. Tickets will
also be on sale at Frost-
proof Hardware, Latt
Maxcy Memorial Library,
Orange Blossom Festival
and at the event.

FFA Dinner and Auc-

FFA Alumni Dinner
and Auction starting at
3 p.m. with the auction
and dinner to follow.
The event is again this
year being held at Ben
Hill Griffin Elemen-
tary. Pulled pork dinners
(cooked by Doug Wise)
are available for $8 along
with starwberry short-
cake for purchase. Con-
tact Mr. Smith and Mr.
Webb at Frostproof High
School Ag department
(863-635-7809) or Kaylee
Norris (863-635-4295) for
tickets and more infor-
mation. Donations for
items to be auctioned off
are also being accepted.

Karaoke Cabaret
Starts at 7 p.m. at the

Tuesday, March 1
Sonshiners Concert
The "Sonshiners" will
be in concert starting at
7 p.,m. at the First United
Methodist Chuch. A love
offering will be taken.

Saturday, March 5
Project Graduation
fishing event
Bass Tournament on
Lake Reedy to benefit
Project Graduation. $60
per boat. Contact Tony
Sackett (863-528-0481) or
Greg Dale (863-528-5276)
for more information.

Tuesday, March 8
Art League & Gallery
"Baubles, Bangles
and Me!" will celebrate
women and their accom-
plishments. Doors open
at 12:30. Do you want to
model or do you have a
garment to exhibit? The
quilt show takes place
at this time also and we

welcome quilts for dis-
play. Tickets are on sale
now. Contact the gallery
at 863-635-7271 for more

Friday, March 25
Frostproof's Got Tal-
First round of the
Frostproof Rotary Club's
annual talent show, with
$1,000 prize to the win-
ner. Applications will
be online soon at the
chamber website, or an
be picked up at various
business around the area
soon as well. Show starts
at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Finals on April 2, all at
the Ramon Theater

Saturday, March
Frostproof's Got Tal-
Second night of open-
ing round acts for annual
Rotary Club talent show,
with $1,000 top prize.
Come see who advances
to the finals on April 2! 7
p.m. at the Ramon.

Friday, April 1

Relay for Life
American Cancer Soci-
ety Relay for Life. Starts
at 5 p.m. runs to 9 a.m.
Saturday, April 2. This is a
unique event that offers
our community to partic-
ipate in the fight against
cancer. It is an overnight
event in which you can
walk, jog, or run around
the track. Anyone can
participate! Celebrate our
survivors, remember the
loved ones who have lost
their fight against cancer
and fight back to raise
awareness and money
for research, education,
advocacy and service.
For more information,
contact Lessa Bradford at

Saturday, April 2
Frostproof's Got Tal-
ent Finals
$1,000 top prize for the
most talented act in the
greater Frostproof area.
Come cheer on your
favorite act. Tickets $10.
All money raised goes to
community and educa-
tion prOojects supported
by the Frostproof Rotary
Club. Don't miss it, 7
p.m. at the Ramon.

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Page 4A Frostproof News January26, 2011


Let voters decide

When the Lake Wales City Com-
mission voted to disregard the
recommendations of its own Char-
ter Review Commission they upset
some members of the commission.
We don't take issue with the com-
mission's right to veto or change the
recommendations of its advisory
commission but we do wonder if it
was the right thing to do.
The commission created the char-
ter group to review the current char-
ter, which had not been reviewed in
recent memory, to see how it could
be improved.
The charter has to be changed
with the approval of the voters.
The charter group worked for a
year to come up with recommenda-
tions, holding meetings and public
hearings to garner input in order to
come up with ideas to improve the
way our local government works.
The charter commission came up
with 14 proposals and the commis-
sion saw fit to put 11 of them on the


The proposal to change the
method by which we elect and pay
our mayor was rejected by commis-
sioners, along with proposal that
would have extend the office's term
to four years.
In a nutshell, the proposals would
have paid the mayor more than
other commissioners, extended his
or her term and made the election
of mayor a city-wide event, allowing
all citizens to vote for this at-large
We are not sure this was a great
idea or not, but we don't think the
commissioners should have pre-
vented voters from deciding its fate.
In fact, we probably share the
commission's concern when it
comes to changing the way the
mayor operates.

city charts
But whether we agree with the
idea or not we think the voters have
the right to decide the issue.
In fact, we think the charter review
process probably should have more
public input and less city commis-
sion input.
In some counties and municipali-
ties the charter review process is
more independent of elected of-
Often, the charter group is elected
by voters and meets every five years
or 10 years.
In some cases charter review
commissions are appointed by the
elected officials but their recom-
mendations are not subject to the
veto of the elected officials.
That way, the reviewers debate
and seek public input and then ask
the voters what they think.
Asking sitting city commission-
ers to pass judgement on how their
business should be run is problem-

r issues

Take the proposal to change how
the office of mayor is run. Jack Van
Sickle is the sitting mayor and John
Paul Rogers and Mike Carter are
beginning their campaigns to suc-
ceed him.
All three of those men certainly
had to look at these proposals a
little differently when they have held
or will potentially hold the office of
That's just human nature.
Wouldn't it be better if the com-
mission picked people for their
charter review commission who, capable and cared
about the City of Lake Wales and
then just let the voters decide the
issues for themselves?
We think the commission did an
excellent job of picking smart and
thoughtful people for the charter
We just wish our elected leaders
had more faith in the voters to make
sound decisions.

When I was a kid,
there was a poster in the
dressing room of Head
and Edwards Haberdash-
ery (later White's Men's
Shop) with a picture of a
guy wearing a really cool
cowboy-style belt.
The caption said, "If
you saw your belt as
others see it, you would
change it more often."
I never understood the
caption, because if I had
a belt that cool, I would
have slept in it.
I have never been con-
sidered a fashion plate.
In fact, I once wrote a
column, after attending
a program on men's fash-
ions, which I captioned,
"Dress for success, or just
to get by."
I put myself in the latter

I worked for 32 years
for an organization that
told me exactly how to
dress, right down to how
many rings I could wear
(two on my fingers,
none in my ears or nose),
how long my hair could
be, what style mustache I
could grow, and even how
much I could weigh.
Of those 32 years, two
were in the active Army,
and 30 in the Florida
Army National Guard.
As Dad used to observe,
the Army exists to defend
democracy, not to prac-
tice it.

ssing the




One morning at Camp
Blanding, as my room-
mate and I were putting
on our uniforms for a day
of National Guard camp,
he told me, "I never
thought I would see the
day that I would wear
colored underdrawers,
and I sure never figured
the Army would make me
do it."
When the Army came
out with its first version of
the battle dress uniform,
better known in Army
circles as BDUs and in the
disco scene as cammies
(as in camouflage), the
uniform included, for the
first time, designated un-
derwear. Both shorts and
T-shirts were an innocu-
ous brown color.
The brown T-shirt
made sense, because the
traditional white was
easily spotted when you
were wearing olive drab
fatigues, obviating the
purpose behind foliage-
colored uniforms.
The purpose of the
matching shorts was
never clear to me, since
I had no intent of going

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Rail would not be worth it

High Speed Rail is a
It may be paid for up
front, but it will be a drain
on the state forever, as
long as it's in service, just
like Amtrak.
A friend once told me,
it's not the cost of the-
horse that's expensive; it's
the upkeep.
The money would be

much better spent (if it's
actually available money),
on expanding the lanes
from Orlando to Tampa.
This train would also
serve very few people
compared to the numbers
that actually travel 1-4.
Also, you need a car to
get to the train station in
Orlando and a car after
you arrive in Tampa. Why

not just drive?
Also, with the stops
they want to add, there
would be nothing "high
speed" about it.
The federal government
does not have the money
for this either; they just
don't realize it yet!

Nancy Pearce
Lake Wales

Don't trust the newcomers
It was several months coming up and I get the ers with very tight purse
ago that I wrote a letter to feeling that those new- strings.
this paper thanking the comers running our office We have too many
City commission for not having no intention of major projects that will
raising our taxes. holding the line of taxes require money and we
I had said that while and, will increase spend- still are facing a dismal
having the power to raise ing our tax dollars. economy for some time
them, they considered the We can't possibly meet to come.
problems all taxpayers all their spending plans, We can't afford to fall
are having with their own more recreation, a pool back to where we were a
finances and chose not to with more borrowing fbr couple of years ago.
do so. instance and still hold the We should all remem-
This meant a great deal line on taxes., ber this come election
to me and, from what my I personally believe day.
neighbors said, an awful the best thing to happen
lot of people agreed. to this town has been a Dean Schumaker
Our annual election is majority of commission- Lake Wales

Obstructing citizen participation

giant," A recent report shows
bout relax- that with over 1,000 fed-
)ld dress eral advisory committees,
ch runs to just a little over 5 percent
of their recommendations
r as to are ever implemented.
colored The recommendations
I to forbid of Lake Wales' advisory
f garlic or committees must be held
in the same low esteem,
accepted because few advisory
nces, col- recommendations are
s hosiery, ever adopted. If the City
n, and the Commission doesn't want
I in tying to take citizens' advice,
then it should a least stop
omen with putting on the facade of
to en- wanting public input, and
the roots stop wasting our time by
ge, they creating futile advisory
dyed. boards. All this does is
se eye- produce angry volun-
all times. teers.
d the code, And this brings us
mber, as to the proposed char-
itain a ter revisions that were
)k for its presented by the Charter
Review Committee, of
dicule, the which I was a member.
month The City Commission
lent. so disemboweled the
e new proposed amendments,
that the proposal is no
FRISBIE 5 longer recognizable. The
two major issues, an
enlarged leadership role.
s for the mayor and a fair
procedure for the fir-
ing of the city manager,
were gutted. Members
of the Charter Review
,OUNTY Committee believed: (1)
5.68 that Lake Wales' leader-
TYMAIL ship vacuum would be
4.00 filled if the mayor had
9.00 an enlarged and distinct
leadership role, and (2) if
ES there was an established
0,00 procedure for the firing of
5.00 a city manager, much of
ON the initial problems and
4.00 the disharmony caused
by the firing of the last


city manager cou
avoided in the fu
These are real pr
that need real sol
ers stated, up unt
day of the vote, tl
had some concern
the provisions ab
new powers of m
but he was going
yes and let the cit
decide. Why the c
He did mention s
thing about the lo
seat 5. And while
missioner Carter
citizen input and
of the people, he
against the recom
tions for enlarging
role and powers o
because he felt th
Wales needed five
ideology is misgu
Commissions b
inherent nature a
sion and policy-m
bodies, not leader
Having five leader
like taking five cal
their tails together
ing them on the g
and yelling, "Lead
A committee does
leader make. Thin
it. What would it b
the U.S. had five P
dents, or if Florida
five governors?
Revisions from

charter review commit-
IN MY tee, unlike other advisory
OWN committees, have to go
NORDS before the citizens to be
approved. Therefore, the
only reasons that any
Ed proposed amendments
Bowlin shouldn't be forwarded
__ for a public vote is: (1) if
they violate a constitu-
tion or statute, (2) if they
ld be attempt to alter America's
ture. greatest principle, no
oblems taxation without direct
utions. representation and (3) if
Rog- they are contrary to the
til the principles of a republi-
hat he can form of government.
ns with None of the proposed
out the amendments violate any
ayor, of the above. Therefore,
to vote the Commission should
tizens stop obstructing, tweak
change ? any provisions that they
ome- have concerns over, and
)ss of then forward them for a
Comn- public vote.
touts In closing, we should
the will never become so comn-
voted placent that we embrace
imenda- foolish adages like "if it
g the ain't broke, don't fix it."
if mayor Where would we be if
at Lake Henry Ford said the Mod-
leaders el A ain't broke, so don't
;this fix it. What if the Wright
ided. brothers said after their
y their first successful flight, the
re deci- airplane ain't broke, so
making don't fix it. What about
rs. our federal Constitution?
rs is If our founders didn't fix
ts, tying it, we wouldn't have our
r, throw- Bill of Rights, the first 10
round, fixes (Amendments). If
I me!" mankind had adopted
not a this adage as its phi-
ik about losophy, we would still be
)e like if doodling animal outlines
Presi- on cave walls, instead of
a had living in our houses fit for


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In the aftermath of re-
cent shootings in which
public officials have been
the target, and especially
in public venues where
bystanders have also
been in harm's way, what
are the concerns of local
officials, and what, if
anything, is being done
This is not necessarily
a new issue, and con-
cerns have been raised
even prior to the two
most recent incidents,
the shooting in Arizona
and at a Panama City
school board meeting
before that.
Twice a month, Polk
County Commissioners
meet in a public ses-
sion. For the most part,
proceedings progress
smoothly and civilly.
Occasionally, passions
are at the forefront, but
rarely does a person
addressing the BOCC ex-
press outright anger and/
or hostility. Still, there is
concern, which perhaps
is natural.
"It gives us pause,"
said commissioner Todd
Dantzler, who added
that until the shooting in
Arizona, "I haven't given
it a lot of thought (until
As in all public forums,
there is the opportu-
nity for members of the
community .to address
the BOCC and speak on
topics not listed on the
agenda. For the past sev-
eral years, and through
the changing of com-
mission members, three
people in particular usu-
ally appear before com-
missioners. Each of the
three usually launch into
familiar complaints, such
as citing passages from
the U.S. Constitution, or
the Polk County charter,
citing how Sheriff Grady
Judd, who is sworn to
uphold the law, is himself
a lawbreaker, and the
like. Even the county
attorney, Michael Craig,
comes under fire, as did
former county manager
Mike Herr.
In a more recent
exchange, one of the
"regulars" complained
how, by installing barri-
ers to all the departments
in the county building,
it made it extremely
difficult to review and
obtain public records. He
inferred this had been
done as a deliberate ef-
fort against him, to make
it more difficult to obtain
the justice he sought. Not
so, according to William
Beasely, deputy county
manager, who said the
"barriers" were installed
in 2009.
"There was a former
employee who was fired,"
he said. "He was coming
every time to the build-
ing and making threats.
The sheriff's department
said it was escalating."
Thus the installation
of the barriers, he said,
adding that the former
employee was eventually
deported from the U.S.
The barriers he spoke
about are glass-paneled,
with doorways. In order
to gain access, county
employees swipe an

e left to identi
SPlease use the telephone located to the left to identify *
yourself and the purpose of your visit. *
When the lock releases, please pull open the door.
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A sign posted on the door to the County Commissioners offices
provides instructions to visitors who wish to enter.

identity card, while
public citizens must
first pick up a phone,
identify themselves and
their purpose seeking
admission, and wait for a
buzzer to sound, indicat-
ing the automatic lock
has been released.
The BOCC chamber
itself, though, for all
intents and purposes, is
open space. The only re-
cent change was moving
the table where reporters
sat, which before was at
the front of a wooden di-
vider that separated the
BOCC from the audience,
to a table directly behind
the divider. This was
done in order to allow a
uniformed PCSO deputy
to cross from one side,
of the room to the other
without any impediment.
There has been talk
about installing addi-
tional safety measures,
including the possibility
of erecting a Plexiglas
shield. In the past, the
idea has been bandied
about having a metal
shield installed behind
the facade where the
commissioners sit. That
way, should someone
ever open fire, commis-
sioners and others who
sit at the dais might be
able to duck down, with
the metal barrier either
intercepting or deflecting
bullets. However, none
of these possibilities has.
ever gained traction.
In light of the shoot-
ing in Arizona, Sheriff
Judd's department began
researching the Neil,
Combee Administration
Building and will be mak-
ing recommendations.
All the commission-
ers acknowledged that
the possibility exists that
when they make public
appearances that the
chance exists they may
be attacked. At the same
time, each uttered the
belief words to the effect,
"that's what comes with
the territory," and added
that "if a person is bound
and determined ... "The
remainder of the expres-
sion was left unsaid.

Polk County Schools
In fact, that expres-
sion got repeated time
and again, from those
with the city of Bartow to
those with Polk County
Schools. It was not a
sense of doom or inevi-
tability, just a factor that
has to be reckoned with
in one form or another.
"The biggest thing is
being vigilant," said Greg
Bondurant, Director of
Safe Schools for Polk

FROM PAGE 4 Thornhill should no lon-
ger be referred to as "flip"
kings. by some of the other
Note: Commissioner Commissioners.


rules would approve of
that belt on the Head and
Edwards poster.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
He generally opts for
jeans, worn with a belt

which boasts a limited-
edition Seminole belt
Since he has no Face-
book page on which to
post such information,
the color of his under-
drawers is not in the
public domain.)

County Schools.
Are metal detectors
being considered? It
has been looked into,
Bondurant said, but
logistics make in not
practical, at least in older
school buildings. Perhaps
newer schools, and those
planned for construction,
could have the capacity,
but like the BOCC, in the
school system, metal de-
tectors are not a measure
that finds much favor.
What is being done is
the employment of other
"As we get funding,
we're putting more and
more cameras on school
grounds," he said. There
are other procedures in
place, such as everyone
on school campuses
and other property, such
as the administration
building, having to wear
an ID badge. Depending
upon location, outsiders
get either an attachable
visitors pass, or in the
case of visiting the ad-
ministration building in
Bartow, a gummed label
picture ID.
As is done at BOCC
public sessions, uni-
formedc officers are
present at the public
session. For Polk County
Schools, two law enforce-
ment personnel from the
Bartow Police Depart-
ment attend, and their
presence is prominent,
as one is posted at each
entrance to the chamber
in which the public ses-
sions are held.
Other than the above,
Bondurant deferred
further comment, citing
safety concerns, except
to say, "We're trying to
do everything we can to
protect our staff and stu-
dents. It is no more than
we do every day."

Bridge cl
The Lake Wales Bridge
Club invites the commu-
nity to play bridge.
Every Tuesday and
Thursday at 12:30 p.m.,
the club meets at the
James P Austin Commu-
nity Center.
"It is a very friendly
game and new com-
ers are most welcome,"
said Janet Hauser, club
Refreshments are
served and a good time
is had by all. Once a
month, a "Tuesday" and
"Thursday" champion-
ship game is held.
Lugina Dzenutis is the
club's director. She is ac-
credited by the American
Contract Bridge League

After 2 weeks of either sold out or
near sold out performances, there
is one last chance to see "Murder by
Natural Causes" this weekend.
There are tickets available for the
remaining three performances for
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, (Jan.
Open seats are going quickly and
Sunday's matinee is already sold out.
A special Thursday performance
was added to make sure everyone

Bok Tower Gardens will
be commemorating its
proud history as one of
America's finest gardens
during this year's Dedica-
tion Day celebrations. On
Jan. 29 and 30, one of the
Gardens' most popular
special events, "Crossing
the Moat," will give visi-
tors a rare opportunity to
cross the moat surround-
ing the Singing Tower
arid walk past the Tower's
Great Brass Door.
Visitors can enter
through the wrought iron
gates from noon to 1 p.m.
and 2 to 3 p.m. to view
the Great Brass Door and
walk past Edward Bok's
burial site.
Other activities planned
for the weekend include
playing the original Dedi-
cation Day video from ,
1929 in the Visitor Center.
Visit www.boktowergar- for more infor-
On Jan. 29, 30 and Feb.
1, William De Turk, the
third carillonneur in the
Gardens' 82 year history,
will perform live caril-
lon concerts at 1 and 3

Shuffleboard season is
off to a good start, despite
some colder weather. The
Lake Wales Tourist Club
Shuffleboard team has
held two special events so
far this season.
Four winners emerged
from the Jan. 3 Hass
Collar Shuffleboard
Tournament. Willadeen
Campbell took home First
Place in the tournament,
followed byVern Curtis in
Second Place, Ed Bailey
in Third Place, and Don
Nalel in Fourth Place.

ub invite
as a director and teacher.
She is also available for
Bridge pointers at 11:30
a.m., giving complimen-
tary instructions before
the game.
In February, there will
be a Silver Point game.
The Jan. 20 game win-
ners were Helen Frost
and Bob Lapsley. Tied for
second and third place
were Pat Thornell and
Mary Simmons with Don
Corbett and Karla Gen-
gles. Winning at B-2 were
the team of Nancy Taylor
and Joana McKenna.
For more information
about the Lake Wales
Bridge Club, contact
Janet Hauser at (863) 439-

who wants to see the show can have
an opportunity to do so.
For Ticket Reservations Call or
visit the LWLT weekday box office
at: Cliff's True Value Hardware, 101
East Park Ave., Downtown Lake Wales
Monday through Friday. (863) 676-
Also, visit the Lake Wales Little
Theatre website at for
information regarding the Theatre's
many performances.

p.m. as part of the 82nd
anniversary celebration.
Visitors can view his live
performance on the video
monitor behind the Japa-
nese Lantern on the west
side of the Tower.
Explore the gardens
during the Dedication
Day scavenger hunt on
Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Visit www.boktower- dedication-
day to sign up to receive
the first scavenger hunt
clue and directions.
The first four families to
complete the scavenger
hunt will receive a gift
certificate to the Tower
& Garden Gift Shop and
Blue Palmetto Caf6. All
other families will receive
a special gift.
Visitors can meet local
author Jan Privett on
Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4
p.m., during a signing of
her new book, "Images
of America: Lake Wales."
The Images of America
series celebrates the his-
tory of'neighborhoods,
town and cities across the
Purchase your book

Then, from the Jan.
7, the Amateur Doubles
Tournament yielded four
pairs of winners: First
Place Bob Bowman and
Melvin Lutz; Second Place
- Vern Curtis and Larry
Callinge; Third Place -
Willadeen Campbell and
Lela Hahn; and Fourth
Place Bob Campbell and
Lenny Lammiers.
The club meets regu-
larly on Mon., Wed., and
Fri., at 1 p.m., for 3 games
of shuffleboard. Begin-
ners are welcome, there

and have it signed by
Privett near the Gift Shop.
Pinewood Estate will be
open for self-guided tours
daily. Tours are Mon-
day through Saturday
from noon to 4 p.m. and
Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Pinewood Estate tour
tickets can be purchased
at the Entrance Gate, Visi-
tor Center or Pinewood
Guided gardens tours,
offered daily, take visitors
on an hour-long walking
tour, sharing informa-
tion regarding the flora
and fauna as well as the
history. Tour times are
Monday through Satur-
day at noon and 2 p.m.
and Sunday at 2 p/m., and
are included with general
Sebring artist Janet
King's exhibit, Pinewood
in Watercolor, will be on
display in the Visitor Cen-
ter through Feb. 3.
The artwork is available
for purchase with a por-
tion of the profits benefit-
ing Bok Tower Gardens.
Call (863) 676-1408.

is equipment available
for use at the courts.
Lake Wales Tourist Club
is located at 205 Fifth
St. North in downtown
Lake Wales. For further
information, contact Vera
Curtis at (863) 324-6957
or Bob Bowman at (863)


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The families of Carolyn C. Lassiter
Bracewell would like to extend our
heartfelt gratitude to each and eve-
ryone for your prayers and acts of
kindness in the recent loss of our pre-
cious Mother, wife, and sister. We
wish to extend our sincere gratitude to
all of the staff at the Grove Center and
Lake Wales Medical Center for the
care she received. The professional
care and attention given to our family
by Marion Nelson Funeral Home staff
will never be forgotten. We will for-
ever be indebted to her church family
at Golfview Church of God. You
always remembered her on every special occasion. Your undying
love, prayers, and care will never be forgotten. It is our hope that
Mother was as much an inspirational blessing to you as she was to us.
She loved her family and you so much.
May God bless you all,
Joy Bracewell Russell and the Bracewell and Lassiter Families

"I have been doing air
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for 20 Years. I may not
know everything, but I do
know a lot. And I will always check
your air conditioning system
at no charge!"
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January 26, 2011

Frostproof News Page 5A

Ah, the good ol' days

A woman ties her turkey wings up with some string "so's they don't fall off during the turning' of
the spit."

One of the big attractions around these parts (Alatia River Rendezvous) was the music.There
were every kind of instrument from a homemade bass to someone playing fiddle for the public to
enjoy during the annual pre-1840's encampment Saturday festivities.

Made from roots, herbs and sassafras, the lines were long for bottles of rootbeer to quench the
parched frontiersman.

These here younguns were all tuckered out from fetching water and delivering supplies to their
elders' trading post sites.


This scene may look like a brawl, however it was a game. The object was to hold on to a stick
attached to a piece of string long enough to cross a line and whoever succeeded won the prize of
$200.They fought long and they fought hard but only one of the lads could win it.

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Young Landon
Richards sizes up
i this target during
h the Hawk and
:U:Knife competition.

Mitchell Bonsignore was proud in his period clothing during the "Apparel Judging" at the School
Tent. Each participant had to be prepared to tell everyone about their clothing and persona.

This tent the
"Poppin Moccasin"
- had no trouble
with theft during
their stay at the

January 26, 2011

Page 6A Frostproof News

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J nuar 26 2011

Car Show

Though the weather was brisk, it didn't stop these car show
participants from joining in on the cake walk.

Cars of all colors and makes lined the streets of
historic downtown Stuart Avenue in Lake Wales for their
monthly car show.

Dylan Green of Miami posed for his grandma next to one of the
many antique cars at the January historic downtown Lake Wales
Car Show.

This little beauty is a 1962 King Midget manufactured in
Athens, Ohio.

A 1958 TNT bicycle was also a part of the car show oohs and
aahs at the Saturday evenings festivities.

We won't tell which backseat we found these saddle shoes in
however the barefoot woman in the poodle skirt would be a

Lake Wales resident and owner of this 1923 Model T Ford cranks
his engine for Chris Sullivan, a spectator at the January Lake
Wales Car Show.

Hoods are up and they are ready to show off their engine. s. .-
Hoods are up and they are ready to show off their engines.

"Papa Che/'also known as Chester DePoli one of our Canadian
neighbors brought his 1930 Model A Ford to his first ever Lake
Wales Car Show. "It took me about five years to refurbish the
vehicle;'," said DePoli. DePoli's children found the car and gave it
to him to restore.

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Page 8A Frostproof News January26, 2011

A Central Polk Parkway
Project Development and
Environment (PD&E)
Study public hearing will
be held Thursday.
The Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation
(FDOT) is hosting a
formal public hearing
to display the preferred
build alternatives for the
Central Polk Parkway and
receive comments from
the public. It is scheduled
on Thursday, Jan. 27,
at First Baptist Church
Ministry Center, 410 East
Church Street in Bartow.
An open house will begin
at 6 p.m. followed by the

Parkway project meeting
public hearing at 7 p.m. study process. to race, color, national
The same information Draft project reports origin, age, sex, religion,
will be presented at both and conceptual plans will disability, or family status.
sessions. be available for public re- Persons who require
The proposed multi- view from Jan. 3 through special accommodations
lane roadways would be Feb. 7 at the Haines City under the Americans
built on new alignments Community Center, 555 with Disabilities Act,
within 350 feet of lim- Ledwith Avenue in Haines or persons who require
ited access right-of-way. City (Monday through translation services (free
The western leg of the Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. of charge) should contact
proposed Central Polk and Saturday 8 a.m. to Project Manager Nicole
Parkway extends from SR noon) and at the Bartow Broome, at (863) 519-2373
60 east of Bartow north- Public Library, 2150 South at least seven days before
westerly to the Polk Park- Broadway Ave. in Bartow the public hearing.
way (SR 570). The eastern (Monday through Thurs- Information about the
leg connects SR 60 east of day 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Central Polk Parkway
Bartow to 1-4 in northeast Friday and Saturday 9 PD&E Study can be found
Polk County. The no-build a.m. to 5 p.m.) on the study Web site
option is also a viable al- Public participation is www.centralpolkparkway.
ternative throughout the solicited without regard com.


January 26
DivorceCare for Sepa-
rated or Divorced
The DivorceCare is a
special weekly seminar
and support group for
people who are separated
or divorced. It's a place
where you can be around
people who understand
what you are feeling. It's
a place where you can
hear valuable informa-
tion about ways to heal
from the hurt of divorce.
DivorceCare groups meet
every week on Wednes-
day from 6 to 8 p.m. in
Room 312 of First Baptist
Church of Lake Wales,
338 E. Central Avenue,
Lake Wales, FL. There is
no charge for the class or
workbook. For more in-
formation, call the church
office at 863-676-3436.

Relaxation Yoga at Your
Monday & Wednes-
days 5:30 PM Relax-
ation Yoga All levels
- $10 single class, 4
classes/$32, 8 classes/$60
- Classes do not expire,
take them at any time call
678-4004 for details For
details on this and other
Library Activities go to

Thursday, January
Inspired Mornings
Book Discussion
From 10 a.m. 11 a.m.
The Inspired Mornings
Book Discussion Group
meets the fourth Thurs-
day of each month at 10
AM. The October title is
"The Silent Governess" by
Julie Klassen. Books are

available for checkout or
to purchase, $5. 678-4004,
extension 221.

Leland Ministries "Re-
covery for Life" Meeting
"Recovery for Life"
meeting at Lake Wales
Care Center at noon every
Thursday. Call for details.
Location :.140 E Park Ave.
Contact: Leland Minis-
tries 863-533-1675.

LWMC Healthy Woman
A different program
every month. Go to www.
corn and see the Healthy
Woman tab for details on
this month's event
For more information
about Healthy Woman at
Lake Wales Medical Cen-
ter, call 863-678-2288.

Teen Program Anime

From 4:15 p.m. 5:15
p.m. at the Library.

Friday, January 28
Open Knitting and
crochet group
Knitters and crocheters
of all experience levels
gather at Lake Wales
every Friday for an hour
starting at 5:30 p.m. It is
free and welcome to all
fiber crafters with some
experience, very little
instruction is provided.
Call 678-4004 ext. 224 for

Family Story Time
From 11 a.m. 12 p.m.
at the Library. Call 678-
4004, extension 224 for
the weekly theme and


Jan. 21
Roger Granger, 52, of 47
Graner Drive, Frostproof
- charged with out-,of-
county warrant.
Kristie Cawthon, 24, of
2619 Olive Avenue, Lake
Wales charged with
violation of probation.'
Nicholas Daniels, 27, of
2619 Olive Avenue, Lake
Wales charged with
violation of probation.
Kajor Lawson, 28, of
208 W. Northside Drive,
Lake Wales charged
with possession of mari-.
juana and possession of
Frank Medina-Marrero,
39, of 142 North Cen-
tral Drive, Lake Wales
- charged with out-of-
county warrant.
JayVanbockel, 18, of
3044 Shady Wood Lane,
Lake Wales charged
with failure to appear.
Errol Miller, 49, of 5019
Polk Avenue, Lake Wales
- charged with battery.

Jan. 22
Joshua Castle, 20, of
585 Mockingbird Court,
Frostpoof-- charged with
aggravated assault with a
motor vehicle, burglary,
larceny, dealing in stolen
property and giving false

information to a metal
Edith Cardenas, 28, of
35 Ferguson Lane, Frost-
proof- charged with
driving with a suspended
Jose Becerra, 21, of
15 C Street, Frostproof
- charged with driving
without a valid license.
Sederick Williams, 22,
of 1300 Mountain Lake
Cutoff Road, Lake Wales
- charged with failure to
appear and battery.
Curtis Norton, 49, of
136 Forden Road, Lake
Wales charged with
driving with a suspended
license and failure to ap-
David Mckeeman, 38,
of 18601 Hwy. 27 S., Lake
Wales charged with
violation of probation.
Alicia Mandujano, 46,
of 414 Miami Street, Lake
Wales charged with
driving with a suspended
Onesimo Salazar, 34, of
1010 Chase Street, Lake
Wales charged with
driving without a valid
Donte Jones, 20, of 505
Ridge Manor, Lake Wales
- charged with driving
with a suspended license.
Richard Rhoden, 29, of
215 Townsend Avenue,
Lake Wales charged

with disorderly conduct.
Richard Register, 44,
of 3825 Abc Road, Lake
Wales charged with
fleeing police at a high

Jan. 23
Joseph Hadden, 45, of
1850 S. Lake Reedy Blvd.,
Frostproof- charged
with driving with a sus-
. pended license.
Duante Armstead, 34,
of 634 Dr. JA Whiltshire,
Lake Wales charged
with driving with a sus-
pended license.
Angela Nuno, 35, of 100
Palm Leaf Avenue, Lake
Wales charged with
violation of probation.
Kenneth Wilkes, 47, of
3548 Shellcracker Drive,
Lake Wales charged
with burglary, larceny,
fraudulent use of a credit
card, uttering a false
instrument, forgery, pos-
session of methamphet-.
amines and possession of

Jan. 24
Natasha Mckenzie, 22,
of 5 Baptist Church Road,
Frostproof charged
with possession of con-
trolled substance without

a prescription and pos-
session of paraphernalia.
Jerry Waddle, 20, of 509
Raymond Avenue, Frost-
proof- charged with
violation of probation.
Jequan Cullors, 18, of
642 Booker Avenue, Lake
Wales charged with

Renee Matile Chaffee,
formerly of Nalcrest,
passed away peacefully
on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 in
Windsor, N.C.
Renee was born on
Nov. 20, 1919, to the late
Emilie and Alex Matile in
Neuchatel, Switzerland,
while her parents were
in the country visiting
family. She was raised in
Dearborn, Michigan.
During World War II Re-
nee worked as a transla-
tor at the French Embassy
to the United States in
Washington, D.C., and the
French Consulate in New
York City, translating dip-
lomatic communiques,
arms and personnel or-
ders as part of the Allied
war effort. Following the
war she married Howard
A. Chaffee in Washington,
D.C., on Nov. 20, 1946.
She was a devoted wife
and loving mother who
cared deeply for her fam-
ily and friends.
An adventurous lady
known for her sweet
nature and kindness,
she had a deep love for
animals and nature and
especially relished op-
portunities to take her
children and grandchil-
dren on trips around the
country to discover the


John Blackmon of Lake
Wales died Sunday, Jan.
16, 2011. ,
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He is survived by his
wife, Jacqueline Black-
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Blackmon; daughter,
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grandchildren, Kelsey
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she resided in Florida and
Virginia before moving to
North Carolina.
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Ali Matile.
She is survived by her
children, Cathleen C. Mc-
Neal and husband Tim of
Hertford, N.C. and Gerald
W. Chaffee of San Anto-
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grandchildren Shannon
Lirio of Seattle, Wash.,
Brad Chaffee of Charlot-
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McNeal of Arlington, Va.;
and three great-grand-
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private service in North
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flowers they request con-
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Notice is hereby given that the City of Frostproof will hold
a Regular Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 5, 2011,
between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., for the election of
two city council members.


The qualifying period begins Monday, February 14, 2011
at 12:00 Noon and ends on Friday, February 18, 2011, at
12:00 Noon at City Hall, 111 West First Street, Frostproof.

To become a candidate, you must be a registered voter in
Polk County, a qualified elector in the City of Frostproof
and a resident of the City of Frostproof. The office is for a
term of three years.

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Victim says he remembers DavisJ face
Victim says he remembers Davis" face


Week two of the Leon
Davis triple-murder trial
got under way as the
defense attempted to
whittle away at a victim's
testimony, even as he
said "I do not remember"
Attorney Robert Nor-
gard, representing the
defendant, asked Bran-
don Greisman about the
length of the suspect's
hair and the color and
type of his clothing. He
asked Greisman what
color the strap was
on the lunch tote the
suspect was said to have
been carrying.
Over and over, sus-
tained by the state's
objections upheld by the
judge, Greisman said "I
do not remember."
But one thing he did
remember clearly.
"I remember his face,"
he said.
Greisman, a streets
worker for the City of
Lake Wales, had just ar-
rived home from work on
Dec. 13, 2007, when he
saw smoke coming from
behind Headley Nation-
wide Insurance. Running
toward the building, he
soon met up with the
woman he now knows
was Yvonne Bustamante,
one of two clerks working
at Headley. She was on
fire; her clothes and skin

in their right mind would
come to help."
He explained to jurors
Monday that this was
how he was able to get a
good look at the suspect's
Norgard took a tape
measure to estimate the
distance the suspect was
from Greisman when
Greisman was shot in
the face, noting the city
worker was perhaps so
focused on the man's gun
that he couldn't see the
suspect's face.
Given that eyewit-
ness experts for the
defense are expected to
testify during the trial,
with the objective to
prove the unreliability
of eyewitness testimony,
this could have been a
defense move to set up .
their argument being
that when a "weapon is
present" a person's focus
is drawn to it instead of
physical characteristics
of the attacker.
The measurement in
court put the suspect
about 11 feet from Greis-
Greisman said he
remembers was seeing
a gun and being shot. In
previous court testimony
during the first Davis
trial, he said everything
after that was a bit of a
According to evidence
presented to the court
by the state, Greisman

even asking Greisman if
the others in the lineup
looked older or younger.
Greisman resisted this
"I picked him out be-
cause that's who did it,"
he testified. "If you're try-
ing to say that he wasn't
the man that did it, then
you're wrong," Greisman
Greisman underwent
numerous operations to
remake his nose after it
was struck by the bullet
during the attack.
Davis is accused of
robbing Headley Nation-
wide Insurance clerks
Yvonne Bustamante
and Juanita Luciano at
gunpoint, forcing them
into the bathroom, then
duct-taping them and
setting them on fire with
gasoline. Bustamante
was also shot in the hand
as she tried to flee.
Bullet casings from the
scene were collected, but
the weapon as of yet, has
still not been found. Both
women, and Luciano's
prematurely delivered
son, Michael Bustamante
Jr., succumbed to their
injuries sustained in the
Yvonne's mother,
Ebelia Rodriguez, was
in court Monday, for
the first time since the
mistrial on Oct. 28, 2010.
She was accompanied by
several family members
and two officers from

Assistant State Attorney Paul Wallace joins Chuck Zeller, investigator with the State Attor-
ney's Office and Brian Moore, from the Polk County Courthouse IT services in viewing a lifesize
billboard of Leon Davis, Jr. Davis is accused of the murders of two Headley Nationwide Insurance
clerks, as well as a prematurely delivered child, all three of which perished of their injuries in the
Dec. 13, 2007 attack.

previous statements he
had made about the type
of hairstyle worn by the
suspect. He said he had
a chance to "look him
in the eye" as the sus-
pect left the scene. Ortiz
also remembers seeing

situation," Ortiz noted,
adding that for him stress
did make him think more
Ortiz quickly identified
Davis as the man with
the revolver leaving the
scene when presented

with a photo lineup by
police four days after the
If found guilty of the
murders, Davis could
face the death penalty,
according to the State
Attorney's Office.

Victim Brandon Greisman testified in court Monday, confirming for jurors that he remembers the
face of the man he says shot him, Leon Davis Jr. Greisman worked for the City of Lake Wales at the
time of the attack and rushed to help Yvonne Bustamante as she was on fire.
identified Davis immedi- the Lake Wales Police

were burning. Greisman
saw a tall black man,
a man he thought was
coming "to help."
"I didn't think he was
a threat," he said. "The
lady was burning to
death. I mean anybody

ately from a photo lineup
presented him.
Norgard challenged
this in court Monday,
noting that digits on the
bottom of the photos
indicating dates of arrest
may have helped him,

Another witness,
Carlos Ortiz, testified
Like Greisman, he told
jurors he didn't remem-
ber much about the
suspect's clothing, nor

STERNBERG: Unique keyboard style

his compositions "Irap"
and "Cool Teacher".
He was a regular per-
former from 1999-2005 at
the Florida Folk Festival,
the nation's largest and
oldest folk fest and has
also performed in other
festivals, events, clubs
and at private parties
throughout the country
both as a soloist and
as a member of pop,
rock, blues, Latin and
jazz bands. His first CD,
Honky Tonk Soulstice
was released in 1997.
Three of the CD's twelve
songs are originals.
In 2002 Sternberg won
an award in the statewide
Will Mclean Foundation's
Best New Florida Song
Contest for "Apalachicola
Blues". That was released
then on his second CD of
the same name.
The song depicts the
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village/tourist attraction
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the soundtrack for the
documentary "Apalachic-
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aired on WFSU-TV in
2004 in the Tallahassee/
Florida panhandle area.
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Lynne get regular airings
as one of the most popu-
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woogies and eight origi-
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release of "Apalachicola
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Coast Blues".
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educator, having per-
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Norgard asked Ortiz if
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at the time he saw the
"At the time you were
making all of these ob-
servations, you were un-
der a lot of stress, right?"
Norgard asked Ortiz,
who lived next door
to Greisman on Stuart
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FaEe bA prostproot News January 26, 2011





Nickell spells out goals,



The challenges and
the opportunities before
Polk County Schools and
its students are what lay
before the county as a
whole, according to Su-
perintendent Dr. Sherrie
"To talk about the
school system is a big
project and a big ven-
ture," she said, as she ap-
peared before the Tiger
Bay Club of Polk County
on Monday, Jan. 24.
Unlike most recent
guest speakers, who
spoke only from pre-
pared notes, or extem-
poraneously, Nickell
employed a PowerPoint
projection in her presen-
Among the top goals
she and board of educa-
tion members have set
out is raising the school
system's state grade.
"My goal is to achieve
an A status," said Nickell.
Currently, the school sys-
tem's state grade is B.
It is going to take
some doing, though,
she pointed out. For one
thing, the school system
is massive. There are 177
schools; 92,804 students
- "And that number
changes daily, if not
hourly," she said; it is the
eighth largest in Florida
and 31st in the U.S. (of
14,000 districts); and is
the largest employer in
Polk County, with 12,195
There are also other
factors. For one, this is
the final year for a source
of federal funding, $34
million in stimulus
funds. Second, while
the school system has
grown over much of the
past decade, that growth
has leveled off the past
several years, and many
schools have seen drops
in enrollment, coupled
with an economy in

Yet still another chal-
lenge, said Nickell, was
the state mandated class-
room size.
"That has been a
challenge for us, and we
have met it," she said.
However, it has come
at a cost. Through the
PowerPoint presenta-
tion, Nickell outlined the
strategies considered,
and the drawbacks at-
tached to each strategy.
One of those strategies,
coupled with the draw-
back, was dividing up the
class, a hardship it would
impose especially upon
kindergarten and first
grade students who had
possibly "bonded" with
their teachers.
Nickell time and again
emphasized the needs of
the students took prece-
dence above all else.
"The student achieve-
ment agenda has to be
number one," she said.
In the past, the focus was
on averages. Now it has
to be upon the individual
"It is imperative we
directly target those stu-
dents, keeping students
up to speed," she said. To
do that, a number of fac-
tors have to be in place,
among them promote a
culture of respect, disci-
pline and integrity; focus
on effectiveness, effi-
* ciency and innovation;
and cultivate intentional
One obstacle is that
65 percent of students
currently qualify and
receive free or reduced
lunches. But while that is
one aspect that may help
to mitigate a student's
situation, the problem
is more extensive. What
goes on within the family
dynamic has an impact,
especially if one or both
parents are out of work.
"When a kid shows up
for school, they are as
stressed as the adults,"
said Nickell. "The thing
is, they don't have the

maturity adults do."
Improving the gradu-
ation rate, as well as
lowering the dropout rate
are also-at the forefront.
The latter, especially, has
an economic impact.
"Three hundred twen-
ty-five billion dollars.
That's how the economy
could have benefitted if
students had remained
in schools," she said.
Nickell added that
research showed that a
substantial number of
dropouts occurred within
or immediately following
ninth grade. A contribut-
ing factor was the shock.
Many who dropped out
spoke of being trauma-
tized by the move from
middle school to high
school. In response,
Polk County Schools
have established fresh-
man academies, where
ninth grade students
can which allows them
a better opportunity to
make the transition and
eventually integrate into
the high school'system.
Another advance has
been the establishment
of career academies,
which creates a founda-
tion and days down for
students possible career
paths. These schools
partner with businesses
and industries.
"We could not have
done it without our local
business partners," said
Nickell. "It's been a won-
derful partnership. She
pointed to the arrange-
ment between students
in the career academy
at Tenoroc High School
and Lakeland Electric.
"The students get the op-
portunity for hands-on
But more than provid-
' ing career opportunities
for students who gradu-
ate from the program, is
the benefit to the greater
community. Upon gradu-
ation and moving into
well-paying positions,
"our students stay here

Dr. Sherrie Nickell answers questions at the Jan. 24 meeting of the Tiger Bay Club of Polk County.
Nickell is superintendent of Polk County Schools.

and pour their resources
back into Polk County."
Those and other com-
ments were not only part
of Nickell's presentation,
but also came from an
intense question and
answer session.
When asked how she
would go about reducing
"bloat," she responded
she is looking at how oth-
er school districts, some
in surrounding counties
are addressing the issue.
Nickell wants as much
funding as possible go-
ing into the classrooms,
not into administration,
and Polk County Schools'
have received accolades
for redirecting funds into
the schools.

While she thought a
proposal by state Rep.
Kelli Stargell, R-Lakeland,
had merit, that teachers
should grade parents,
she said teachers al-
ready "had enough on
their plates," and didn't
believe teachers could
or should handle an ad-
ditional burden.
"It would be very
helpful to our teachers if
they had the support of
parents," she said.
In response to how
private citizens can get
directly involved, Nickell
said there is a need for
"Many students don't
have a positive role
model when are facing

challenges. It's a reality,
a very sad reality." She
added if anyone was in-
terested, to let the school
system know, because
within a week, a citizen
could be paired with a
"Just talk to the child
and that you're inter-
ested, and that you'll be
back the following week,"
she said. "That is. huge."
In the final analy-
sis, said Nickell, is the
importance of having
students ready, for them
to show up, prepared
to learn, and to teach
them to be successful in
"It's our job as educa-
tors," she said.


Merging the D
ment of Citrus ir
state Cabinet's F
Department of A
ture won't save tt
money and mak
sense the agricul
commissioner ai
executive direct
That suggestion
among suggestion
Florida's new gom
Rick Scott made

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Oranges on a tree ii

to save money.
"That has a lot
scratching their
Department of C
executive director
keck said. "The r
tatives will have
what will change
Republican Ag
Commissioner A
Putnam said he ]
talked to Gov. Ri

about that possibil-
ity where he discussed

merging various state
epart- agencies to save money.
nto the The citrus department
lorida operates on a budget that
Lgricul- comes mostly from taxes
he state paid by growers on every
es little box of citrus harvested in
Iture Florida.
nd citrus' The box tax provides 85
or said. percent of the agency's
in was $60.2 million budget,
qns with another 9 percent
vernor coming from federal
recently funds and the remainder
from interest and carry-
over cash from earlier
"There are zero state
dollars going into the
citrus department," Keck
said. "No money from the
general fund (of the state
budget) comes to us."
He said the Depart-
ment of Citrus is funded
entirely from what is
PHOTO BY called a box tax from
E ROSLOW citrus growers. Citrus
farmers pay 4 percent
n Home- from their box tax to the
Department of Citrus, so
in a sense because the
money comes from a tax,
of folks it is "state" money, but
heads," it is not from the state's
,itrus general fund.
)r Ken The only thing that
epresen- may help the state in a
a say on merger is money the De-
e." apartment of Citrus gets
riculture could be used elsewhere,
dam Keck said. However, that
has not is not likely to happen
ck Scott because the money the

Agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam speaks at a
conference in Tallahassee.

Department of Citrus
is funded with is not
technically state money
though comes from a tax.
Taxes are state money.
Keck's thought is
money, for example that
goes to fight the citrus
greening disease, which
is between about $12-$13
million a year, could be
reduced in a merger in
order to use that money
elsewhere. However, he
pointed out that is really
speculation and because
this came from a sugges-
tion from the governor
it is a large look too far
into it.
Putnam, the newly
elected Agriculture com-
missioner, said last week
this plan makes little
sense in saving money

and Florida she
on bigger long-
Putnam told
ists last week a
vention in Talla
more water coi

State: New parkway should

promote development


The Florida Depart-
ment of Public Transpor-
tation showed its plans
Monday, Jan. 24 for a
Central Polk Parkway, a
45-mile, six-lane, limited
access dual highway
estimated by the state
to cost between $1.56
billion-$1.67 billion, or
about $35 million per
The highway would
run more or less in a "U".
shape. Its western seg-
AP PHOTO ment would begin at the
Polk Parkway (State Road
i news 570) between Bartow and
Lakeland and run south-
ould focus east and then east. Its
-term is- eastern segment would
cross U.S. 27 between
journal- Lake Wales and Dundee.
j a con- From there it would run
ahassee north, roughly parallel
nservation with, and two to three
miles east of U.S. 27 and

is needae, along with
novel ways to save water,
including locating de-
salinization plants near
newly permitted nuclear
facilities and paying
private property owners
to store surface water on
their land to be released
when needed. There are
opportunities there for
us to better manage our
water resources, Putnam

Information from the
Florida News Service was
used in this story.

end at Interstate 4 be-
tween Exits 55 and 58.
In its Draft Purpose
and Need Statement,
which was revised in Oc-
tober 2010, the state said
the highway is needed
to promote economic
development and accom-
modate future popula-
tion growth.
Implementing the plan
would mean relocating
59 residences and 12
The plan was laid out
at a public hearing at
Northridge Church in

Haines City. About 295
citizens attended but
most left before oppor-
tunity to comment on
the plan was provided.
A second public hearing
is scheduled at 7 p.m.
Thursday at the First
Baptist Church Ministry
Center, 410 E. Church St.,
Keith Laytham of Poin-
ciana Residents for Smart
Change supported the
plan. The other four per-
sons who spoke, speaking
for themselves, opposed
the plan on grounds from
environmental degrada-
tion and a preference for
mass transit.
Not building the road
"will remain a viable op-
tion," said Nicole Harris,
project manager for the
No money is budgeted
for right-of-way acquisi-
tion or construction. Ac-
cording to state officials,
it would take two years
to acquire all necessary
rights of way, and then
another five to 10 years
to build the highway.
The plan leaves open
whether the highway
would be a toll road.
At the state's request,
Florida's Turnpike En-
terprise estimated that a
toll equal to that charged
on S.R. 570 would net
slightly less than one-
sixth of the cost of the
There was no discus-
sion at the hearing of

Officials: Merging citrus into

Ag Dept. won't save money

January 26, 2011

Page I uA m)stproot News

Citizens Bank open house draws a crowd

Doug and Wesley Wise were helping make sure everyone was well fed.

The barbecue was fine, as was the company.

Wall Street took on the feel of a bistro for the event.

Those that didn't get tables didn't seem to mind standing curbside.

Many local business and community people were on hand.

Mother Nature added her own special touches, with another interesting and colorful Florida

Branch manager Sherri Macklin (center, white shirt) chats wilth customers during an open house
and reception held Thursday on Wall Street. The bank has been a Frostproof institution for 91
years now.

The hostesses
with the mostess
included, front row
from left: Evelyn
Pagan, Judy Dice.
and Helen Pickard.
Back row from left:
Branch Manager
Sherri Macklin,
Sonia Skinner, Missy
Maxwell, Caity Croley
and Annette Stevens.


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January 26, 2011


Page 12A Frostproof News January26, 2011

January's Artist of the Month

Amy Gerard, January's
Artist of the Month at
Lake Wales Public Li-
brary, says she has found
new perspective.
Gerard came to Lake
Wales eight years ago
after an illness.
She said she learned
that "It matters less what
I want to be when I grow
up, than it does to be,
and grow up."
"I'm still working on
that," she said, "as my
health continues to im-
Born to schoolteach-
ers and raised on Long
Island's East End, Gerard
was the kid who climbed
every tree in the neigh-

borhood, yet preferred
those with a good place
to sit while reading a
"I drew at an early age,
and loved making up
stories and illustrating
them," she said. "My ear-
liest pictures were taken
with a plastic Hawkeye
Instamatic. While in my
teens, I discovered 35mm
photography, and bought
a used Nikkormat FTN
single-lens reflex camera.
These days, I have the
use of a Minolta digital
and process my images
with a little help from
computer software and
savvy friends," she notes.
Gerard has degrees in

liberal arts and art his-
tory, as well as continu-
ing education certificates
in graphic arts, book-
keeping, electronics, and
ornamental welding.
She's worked in an ice
plant, varnished a yacht,
assembled jewelry and
medical instruments,
painted house interiors,
worked for several news-
papers, fed baby parrots,
assisted a library direc-
tor, worked in jewelry
stores, tested reading
software, and proofread
coupons .:. among many
other things.
Her work is on display
at the library throughout
the month of January.

Amy Gerard is the January Artist of the Month, and her work is displayed at the Lake Wales Public

Memorial dedication moving


Before an overflow
audience, and beneath
a mostly blue sky, with
breezes that offered tem-
porary respite from the
sun's escalating tempera-
tures, the Polk County
Sheriff's Office Memorial
dedication service took
place 4 p.m.,Wednesday,
Jan. 18, at the newly-
opened facility at Jim
Keene Blvd., Winter
It was a mood both
somber and celebratory,
filled with dignitaries,
family members of those
who had laid down their
lives in the line of duty -
human and K-9 alike -
and those of the general
population who felt the
desire to show their grati-
tude to those who kept
(and keep) them safe.
Etched upon the black
marble base and memo-
rial were the names of

Two K-9s that laid down their lives are honored on the memorial dedicated to Polk County Sheriff
deputies who died while on duty.

those honored, 13 in all,
plus two K-9s. As Chief
of Staff Steve Lester read
off each and every name,
he spelled out how each
and every officer had

given up his life, and the
date occurred. Each time,
after a sheriff's deputy,
most who escorted a
family member to the
memorial, stood before

From left, Polk FRLA president Jeff Vandiver, Lakeland High's Kimberly Martinez, George Jenkins
High's Brenda Doss, Kathleen High's Karen Kilday and Gause Academy's Tina Brennan and Grant
Piche, Polk FRLA vice president of education.

Culinary teachers get
Four Polk high school
culinary arts teach-
ers were awarded $400
grants by the Polk County
chapter of the Florida
Restaurant And Lodging
Association to be used in
their classrooms.
Those getting grants
were were Tina Bren-
nan of Bartow's Gause
Academy, Brenda Doss
of Lakeland's George Jen-
kins High, Karen Kilday
of Lakeland's Kathleen
High and Lakeland High's
Kimberly Martinez.
The FRLA is a profes-
sional organization serv-
ing the state's hospitality
and tourism industry.

Surplus books available
The Polk Public
Schools are offering out-
dated, surplus textbooks
and library books to the
for free.
The books will be
displayed and avail-
able 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 2 and
Thursday, Feb. 3, at the
school district's surplus
book warehouse, 5900
Yates Road, Lakeland.
Call 647-4016.

High School Academic
Tournament coming
The 28th Annual High
School Academic Tour-
nament is coming next

School Briefs
Nineteen high school
teams will test their
knowledge in mathemat-
ics, science, language
arts, social studies, world
languages, technology,
fine arts and humanities.
A high school champi-
onship will be awarded
to the first place school

after completion of the
The tournament is
scheduled from 3:30-5
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at
Lake Region High, 1995
Thunder Road, Eagle
Lake. The semifinals will
be followed by the finals,
from 6-7:30 p.m.
The event is free.

the monument, Lester
offered the comforting
words that as long as the
memory remained, they
would always remain



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