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Greeting from sunny
central Florida!


Volume 91 Number 11

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Frostproof's Hometown News for more than 85 years

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Frostproof, Polk County Florida 33843

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return to school leads to award

When her daughter Autumn
started kindergarten at Frost-
proof Elementary School,
her mom Christina decided
it would be a good time to go
back to school herself.
Not college, but Frostproof
Elementary, where she could
give her time and talents to
help make the school a better
And for those efforts, she was
this week named the school's
Volunteer of the Year.
"Whatever they need done,
wether it's putting books up, or
the display boards in the media
center, I"m happy to help," she

"I'm a stay at home Mom,
so I can volunteer a few hours
here and there. And its fun for
me. I meet everybody and the
staff here is very friendly and
very welcoming."
She said she has been sur-
prised by a few things.
"There's a lot more behind
the scenes that you don't really
think about," she said.
"I didn't realize the teachers
didn't get everything pre-cut
and pre-stapled.
You don't realize how much
hand on work there is before it
goes to the student. The teach-
ers have to do a lot to prepare."
And her daughter thinks its
pretty cool that mom gets to
hang out some nearby.
"She sometimes looks for me

...'I didn't see you in the library
mom.' It works for everybody,"
she said.
Ellis is a native of Sebring,
but her husband, Gary, was
born and raised in Frostproof.
The also have a son, Aaron,
who is in preschool.
One of her hobbies, too, is a
skill that has come in handy at
the school.
"They like to use my creative
side in the media center," she
added. "They like to have me
do the boards. I decorate cakes
on the side, so the media cen-
ter is where I let a little of my
creativity come out."
The honor came as a sur-
"I didn't even know they did
such a thing," she added.

,..-.2.. ________ Christina Ellis was named this week as the Frostproof Elementary School Volunteer of the Year.

Pa. not only place groundhog is celebrated

Punxsutawney was
not the only place that
celebrated Groundhog's
Day Wednesday.
The furry critters were
also very much center
stage in the Frostproof
Elementary School class-
room of Barbara Walker,
an admitted admirer
of Pennsylvania's most
famous rodent.
Wednesday, Walker
turned her classroom
into a veritable Punx-
sutawney South, where
her students made
everything from ground-
hog hats to groundhog
cupcakes, and wrote
groundhog stories.
It even included an
online viewing of Punx-
sutawney Phil's emer-
gence from his winter
cubbyhole, in the annual
attempt to beat weather
forecaster's predictions.
(Phil no doubt learned at
an early age that wasn't
all that hard to do.)
Walker herself is so
tickled by the whole
phenomenon that she
even has made a Punx-
sutawney pilgrimage. It

Students in Barbara Walker's kindergarten class at Frostproof Elementary School celebrated Groundhog Day Wednesday with a full
slate of activities and fun.

was in the summertime,
however, not Feb. 2.
Even still, she had her
husband drive some five
hours out of the way to
experience a little Phil
"I just love it. It's a
neat, fun thing to do
with the kids," said
Walker, who's spent 37
years teaching in Frost-
Sproof. "We don't.get
winter here, and I tie it
in with hibernation and
shadows. We do lots of
science and math and
reading activities with it."
Her bucket list still
contains actually head-
ing to the tiny north-
eastern hamlet for Phil's
actual big day.
"We've always talked
about going back in the
wintertime," she said. "I
would love to do it."
The youngsters clearly
were taken by the whole
"The ground hog did
not see his shadow," they
shouted in unison, when
asked about the event's
outcome. That means,
allegedly an early spring,

A Frostproof man who was
reported missing Wednesday was
found Wednesday afternoon in his
vehicle on Interstate 95 in Georgia,
according to information supplied by
the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Earl Comption, 78 of the Camp
Inn Resort, was reported missing
after getting behind the wheel of the
family's 2008 Buick around 7 p.m.
Wednesday. According to the sheriff's
office, Compton has been diagnosed
with dementia and Alzheimer's
A spokesperson for the PCSO said
Compton "has a history of wander-
ing" and had been located at area
Walmart stores on three separate
According to a spokesperson from
the Georgia State Patrol, Compton

was actually found by Troop I Cap-
tain Robert Phillips.
The GSP is broken up into nine
separate troops throughout the state,
and Phillips is in charge of the I
Phillips was apparently heading
from the troop station in Brunswick
to the one in Rincon when he en-
countered Compton's broken down
vehicle on the side of the interstate.
According to the PCSO, Compton's
car had run out of gas. He was found
shorty after 11 a.m. Thursday, the
GSP said.
According to the GSP, Compton
was taken to an area hospital for ob-
servation, and family members were
en route shortly after he was found
to pick him up.

State rests case at Davis trial

A few more witnesses,
and it was over for the
The prosecution rested
their case Thursday at
12:17 p.m., four weeks
and three days into the
Leon Davis triple-murder
Numerous testimo-
nies had been given
throughout the course of
the state's presentation,
including eyewitness
testimony of those who
heard Yvonne Busta-
mante name Davis as her
attacker, to detectives
who poured over the
scene for evidence, to
family members caught

Assistant State Attorney Paul Wallace and Headley Nationwide
Insurance agent Robert Hitchcock discuss the scene at the insur-
ance agency the day of the attack and the placement of security

in the fray and aftermath
of media swirl surround-

Letters to the Editor .............4A Obituaries..............................8A The Frostproof News
Our View Point.......................4A Arrests..................................9A P.O. Box 67
Thinking Out Loud................4A County Report ......................10A Frostproof, Florida 33843
863-635-2171 E-mail:
Briefs.......................................6A news@frostproofnews.net

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To have your event list-
ed here, email informa-
tion to Frostproof News
at news@frostproofnews.
net or mail it to Frost-
proof News, 14 W Wall St.,
Frostproof, FL 33843.

Tuesday, Feb. 8
Community Day of
Monthly meeting at
Frostproof City Hall to
observe monthly day of
prayer. Event starts each
second Tuesday of the
month at approximately
12;10, and runs for 15 to
20 minutes.

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.

Friday, Feb. 18
Angelfood deadline
Those wishing to order
special boxes of food
from the Angelfood Min-
istries, via the Frostproof
Care Center, must do so
by today. Delivery will be
Feb. 26. Food boxes start
as low as $21. Contact
the care center at 635-
5555 for more informa-

Saturday, Feb. 19
Orange Blossom
On Wall Street in
historic downtown
Frostproof featuring
tractor and antique car
parade, antique car show,

Jan. 25
Anthony Shelton,
Hall Street, violation of
probation for posses-
sion of hydrocodine, held
without bond; violation
of possession of metha-
done, held without'bond;
violation of possession of
methamphetamine, held
without bond.

Jan. 26
Ivan Hernandez,
Thompson Avenue, no

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. 510 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


valid driver's license, re-
leased on $500 bond.
Preston Wilson, Lime
Avenue, violation of
injunciton of protection
for domestic violence,
released on $1,000 bond.

Gustavo Eufrasio-Cruz,
Old Stokes Road, no valid
driver's license, released
on $250 bond.
Juan Colindres, Lake
Avenue, no valid driver's

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

license, released on $250

Jan. 30
Raul Hernandez-Limas,
West Frostproof, no valid
driver's license., released
on $250 bond.

Jan. 31
Gerardo Magri, Walter
Avenue, driving while
license suspended or re-
voked, released on $2,000

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

Angelfood orders


The Frostproof Care
Center is taking applica-
tions for its February
order from Angelfood
The program provides
boxed foods in a number
of different categories,
all at a low cost. Orders
must be placed by Feb.
18. The care center can
be reached at 635-5555
for more information.
Each month there
are standard offerings,
including the "Bounti-
ful Blessing Box" which
costs $41. It contains
everything from boneless
skinless chicken breasts
(two pounds), breaded
chicken chunks (two
pounds) and hamburger
steaks (two pounds) to all
the fixings for homemade
chili and even a dozen
There is the "No Child
Goes Without Box" for

$24, a box of gluten free
foods for $25, and the
Bit O' Blessings box, on
a first come first served
basis, for $21.
February specials
include four pounds of
black Angus sirloin steaks
for $25, 10 pounds of
breaded chicken breast
chunks for $18 and a
premium fruit and veggie
box for $23.
Also available is a "Fast
and Flavorful" cuisine
box for $28. This deal
includes convenience
meals great for seniors
and people on the go,
and includes fettuc-
cini alfredo, fish sticks,
roasted white chicken,
sweet and sour pork,
white chicken tetrazzini,
pot roast with vegetables,
white chicken cacciatore,
country steak with gravy,
BBQ white chicken, and
white chicken and gravy.


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Greetings from sunny Central Florida!

Take a look at the front page of the
newspapers or the 24-hour cable TV
channels this week and what do you
No, not Egypt. The other big story.
The one developing in the northern
reaches of our own country.
Snow. Sleet. Wind. Bone-chilling
temperatures. And a lot of the
above. From the frozen Midwest to
the ice-glazed Northeast.
See the people padded in pillows
of down. Leather gloves. Shuffling
along sadly in heavy boots. Wool
caps yanked down below their
eyebrows. Faces squinting with cold
Oh, the agony!
Oh, the humanity!
Oh, the opportunity for those of
us in usually-warm and often-sunny
Southwest Florida! We don't like to
gloat (much), and we don't wish to


see such afflictions visited on our
northern friends, but the continuing
crummy weather across the north-
ern tier this winter presents us with
a million-dollar marketing opportu-
And it's not just for tourism busi-
nesses and marketing agencies. It's
up to you. Do you have a friend in
Chicago, the very windy city buried
in two feet of wet snow? Give her a
call to express your sympathy.
Let loose with crocodile tears;
they won't freeze on your cheeks.
Get in touch with Cousins Stanley
and Katherine in Toledo. Tell them
you miss them. And, by the way,
how did they manage to get to work
Maybe send an e-mail to 50 of
your closest friends in New York
and New Jersey. Let them know you

watched the video feed from Times
Square on CNN. Gosh, what a mess.
And Boston: Imagine the delays at
Tweet much? Now's the time to
report Tuesday's weather in Polk
County: 81 degrees, sunny and
breezy. (Word to wise: Omit men-
tion of recent clouds and rain.
It will pass. Also omit mention of
the freezes and unusually cold tem-
peratures of the past two months.
That's all in the past now.)
Perhaps you'd like to update your
Facebook page. Post a few photos of
you and the hubby, wearing shorts
and T-shirts at The Bok Tower or
Disney World, sipping white wine
while the sun dips over the ridge.
OK, you get the idea.
Puxatawny Phil could barely make
it out of his den Wednesday, no less
see his pathetic shadow. Six more
weeks of this? Misery may love com-
pany, but down deep the miserable

always lust for relief from their sorry
condition. Reach out.
Tell everyone you know that we
are here for them.
Don't leave it for someone else.
Don't leave it for the ad agencies
and "hospitality industry."
And don't gloat (much). Show
empathy, or as much as you can
muster. Just present the possibility
of an alternative:
A week's vacation is only a car trip
or a plane ride away. We have mo-
tels near Disney, Tampa or Orlando.
Heated pools. Fine restaurants,
many with outdoor patios. Sun and
Our region's economy needs a
shot of adrenaline. Tourism has
been and will continue to be vital to
our well-being. Each of us can help,
if just a little bit.
Together we can make a differ-
Do it today.

When Mary and I
retired slightly more than
13 months ago, one of
several activities I decid-
ed to pursue was to take a
few art lessons.
I also decided to see if
I could learn to play the
guitar (I have learned two
chords in 13 months), to
try my hand at golf (my
gift certificate for a golf
lesson is still unused),
to read some books (not
yet), and to write a book
(America's next best seller
on business management
will be coming your way
sooner or later).
On Monday, I took my
first art lesson.
The instructor told me
to do an abstract project.
I did. I call it "Scribbling
with Water Colors."
I am awaiting a' call
from the Dali Museum,
asking for permission to
display it. Waiting. And
waiting. And waiting.

In the 1980s, an artist
named Crisco draped
orange crepe paper over
the entire state of Arizona
and called it art. I called
it foolishness, something
that made "Scribbling
with Water Colors" look
like a masterpiece.
Mary said she thought
it really was art his
project, not mine -
and said his name was
Christo, not Crisco, and
he draped 11 islands in

Biscayne Bay with pink
fabric, not the state of
Arizona with crepe paper.

Early in January, a
grand piano appeared on
a sandbar off Miami.
If pink gauze on an
island is art, this was an
After various fakers
started taking credit for
it, a 16-year-old boy from
Miami said it was his
project, and he had the
photos to prove it.
He and three friends
took the piano, which had
been in storage for four
years after being used as
a movie prop, set it afire,
and then put it on the
I am not in the habit
of burning grand pianos,
but this one, in storage
since 2007, probably was
not in its prime, and if the
kid's parents didn't care,
it's no concern of mine.

He said he hoped it
would help get him into
art school.
The Mew York Philhar-
monic School of Charred

Grand Pianos, I suppose.
But the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Commission
clearly lacking either
a sense of humor or an
appreciation for fine art
gave him 24 hours to
undo his act of what it
deemed to be off-shore
He did.

Now I am as opposed
to offshore littering as any
other environmentalist
tree-hugging pre-Baby
But we live in a nation
that regularly sinks battle-
ships, aircraft carriers,
and small states that
voted wrong in the last
presidential election into
the ocean to create fish
And one charred grand
piano is littering?
Eleven islands covered
with pink chiffon is art
but a grand piano on a
sandbar is littering?
As the old saying goes, I
don't know art, but I know
what I like.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
He is fortunate that he
does not have to live off
the income from mas-
terpieces like "Scribbling
'with Water Colors" or
singing "Hang Down Your
Head, Tom Dooley," which
can be performed with
only two guitar chords.)


February 6 is "Florida
Alzheimer's Awareness
This designation is
to raise public aware-
ness about the disease,
and to honor persons
and families living with
Florida has more than
523,000 with Alzheimer's
including 16,452 residing
in Polk County.
That number is sky-
rocketing because of
the enormous number
of baby boomers reach-
ing at-risk age, and an

New city
Continuing from part
one, "A new city govern-
ment for 2012" (Jan. 19,
2011), this article is a
follow-up of what the city
needs to look for in the
next city manager.
But initially, let's ad-
dress the issue hiring of
Ms. Delmar.
I believed then, and I
believe now, that hiring
Ms. Delmar was the cor-
rect decision under the
At the time of the Otte
firing, the city was in dis-
array and needed stability
quickly, and Ms. Delmar
was the answer.
She was a long time city
employee, was liked by
most, and knew the city's
There can be little
question that she brought
stability back to the situ-
ation; and for doing this
I give Ms. Delmar high
However, we now face
new challenges, and this
is the perfect time to
implement any changes
to the city's administra-
tive structure.
Because the city's de-
partmental structures, job
classifications, job qualifi-
cations, job responsibili-
ties, and pay structures,
should be reexamined,
it is for this reason that
I believe that the city
should hire a person that
is a "troubleshooter" and
an "outsider" for our next
city manager.
First, if everything were
okey-dokey in the land of
Wales, than just hiring a
"keep everything going"

rs must fund program
increasing number of Memory Mobile which
younger people being provides support to
diagnosed. families in rural areas,
Meanwhile, there is and increase funding for
no cure for Alzheimer's caregiver respite services.
disease. As the Florida Legisla-
The threat to so many ture begins their an-
Floridians should be nual Legislative Session
enough to urge action. in March, write your
The Alzheimer's Asso- legislator and tell them
ciation recommends the to remember persons
implementation of a state and families living with

plan of action to address
Alzheimer's disease and
cognitive impairment in
The Legislature must
continue funding the

Gloria J. T. Smith,
President and CEO,
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ter Alzheimer's

management for 2011

city manager would fit
the bill.
However, this is not the
When problems and
the organizational
structures need to be ad-
dressed, then a specialist
is needed.
A troubleshooter
is needed to identify
the problems, provide
solutions, and be robust
enough to implement
any changes needed, in
order to develop a more
efficient city government.
In this case, the City
needs an experienced
troubleshooter, not just
an ordinary city manager.
The City needs some-
one with the ability to
identify problems quickly
and provide proper solu-
tions the first time.
This is important
because when making
changes to any organiza-
tion, there needs to be as
few changes as possible;
as multiple changes can
cause more disruptions
and inefficiencies than
did the old system.
We need a city manager
that has experience with
Second, the new city
manager needs to be an

There is one sure said
fact about life: people
hate change, but every-
thing changes.
The main reason this
person should be an out-
sider is because anyone
with community ties and
friendships will most
likely not have the resolve
to make the needed
changes, and to eliminate
any remnants of the good
ol' boy influences.
An outsider would be
better able to relax the
entrenched "old way of
doing things," and imple-
ment a new more effi-
cient system.
I hope the city commis-
sion heeds this caution-
ing, because community
ties and the pressures
therefrom should not be
one of the obstacles that a
-new city manager should
have to address.
With the city's current
limited funds and finan-
cial limitations, efficiency
and innovation is more
important then ever.
For those of you who
hate to see Ms. Delmar
go, let's take the lemon
and make lemonade (take
a bad situation and make
the best of it).
For those of you who
think it is the right time
for Ms. Delmar to retire,
count it as a double bless-
ing, and let's work for a
better future.
Finally, for those of you
who think Lake Wales
ain't broke, so don't fix
it, I respectfully suggest
you awaken from your

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February 5, 2011

DAVIS: State rests case

ing the incident, now 3
years old.
Thursday's hear-
ing brought poignant
statements from Robert
Hitchcock, an agent
and office manager with
Headley Nationwide
Insurance, who had been
away from the company
for a time, but was asked
to returned to work Dec.
13, 2007, the night of the
attack, to help stabilize
the office and assist in
document recovery.
Hitchcock knew both
Bustamante and Luciano
and had high remarks of
"We were more of a
team than anything else,"
he said.
Davis is accused of
robbing both women
at gunpoint, forcing
them into the restroom,
restraining both with
duct tape, then pouring
gasoline on them, setting
them on fire.
Both women as well
as Luciano's prematurely
delivered son, Michael
Bustamante Jr., perished
of their injuries sustained
in the attack.
Jurors viewed grue-
some autopsy photos
this week and heard the
testimonial of the doctor
who attended the infant,
which Assistant State At-
torney Paul Wallace said
was quite "compelling."
Wallace notes the state
feels confident in their
case against Davis, add-
ing that not only did one
of the victims identify
her attacker, but adding -
the circumstantial evi-
dence, including video
tapes of purchases made

the morning of the at-
tack, would bolster their
position in court.
This week jurors got a
clear view of the Headley
Nationwide Insurance
office located on Central
Avenue in Lake Wales.
They saw video cameras,
which had been turned
toward the wall and
masked with duct tape.
The last of the state's
witnesses also included
Detective Lynette Town-
sel of the Lake Wales
Police Department, who
had presented a photo
pack to Brandon Greis-
man and Carlos Ortiz
for identification of the
She noted that both
didn't hesitate, but im-
mediately identified the
man they believed they
saw walking from the
Greisman, a worker for
the city of Lake Wales,
was shot in the nose
as he tried to assist the
young women on fire.
The photo pack came
under scrutiny during
the first trial, having
been "lost" for a time.
Townsel kept copies
of all her evidence for
Reference purposes, and
testified that when she
was moved from the'
investigations section,
she cleaned out her desk
and boxed her files for
safekeeping in her shed
at home.
When the photo pack
was not found, Townsel
went through her previ-
ously filed boxes and
located it, noting it was
the original, admitting it
wasn't the proper way to
handle evidence.
Ortiz was a neighbor


Defendant Leon Davis takes notes as his lawyers, the judge and the prosecution hold a sidebar in Thursday's hearing.

who lived behind the
agency who also came to
help and saw a tall, black
man walking away from
the scene. He also recog-
pized him as a coworker
at Florida's Natural Grow-
ers, where Davis worked
in the warehouse.
Scott Headley, owner
of Headley Nationwide
Insurance, said he had
hired Bustamante nine
years prior to the attack.
She was a licensed cus-
tomer service represen-
tative whose job involved
dealing with the public

on a daily basis.
Headley noted that one
of the cameras inside
Headley Insurance was
awaiting new software
to function properly. The
system was designed so
that any Headley Insur-
ance office location
could be viewed from the
home office.
Davis had cancelled
his insurance policy a
couple months before
the attack.
Assistant State Attor-
ney Paul Wallace noted
in an interview with

the Lake Wales News
that it was obvious that
Bustamante knew Davis
well unlike other files
where she would put a
person's last name in
writing, she had made
notes in the file labeled
Bustamante's aunt,
Alicia Littleton, told the
Lake Wales News during
the first trial that Busta-
mante's spouse, James
Lugo, and her brother,
Michael Bustamante,
who was married to
Juanita Luciano, Busta-

mante's coworker at
Headley would all go
to the basketball court
in Lake Wales to shoot
hoops with Davis. Little-
ton said Bustamante
knew Leon Davis on a
personal level, outside of
their iriteractidn at Head-
ley Insurance Agency.
On Monday, the
defense will begin its
case, which is expected
to iiiclude a number of
eyewitness experts who
may testify of the "unreli-
ability" of eyewitness

One of the many activities
celebrated Wednesday in
the kindergarten class of
Barbara Walker in honor
of Groundhog Day was
the making of groundhog
cupcakes, complete with
white icing for the snow and
crushed up Oreo's to represent
the dirt around the gopher
hole. Students also wrote
stories using many different
groundhog words.

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February 5, 2011

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Jazzmine Dixon, a
Frostproof High School
senior, was presented a
check for $100 by Pastor
Robert D. Austin, as a
sponsor for this year's
Project Graduation.
Dixon was sponsored
for the annual award
by First Baptist Hilltop
Church. She is the grand-
daughter of Fryson and
Rosa Hampton.
She is a varsity cheer-
leader and senior captain
of the squad.
In addition, she is a
member of the National
Honor Society, varsity
volleyball team, and Teen
Trendsetters. Her plans
are to attend college
and become a computer
engineer. Her greatest
strength is her belief in
God. Her motto is: "With
God I will succeed!"
Project Graduation is
an annual senior celebra-
tion coordinated by the
community to provide
graduating seniors with
a drug- and alcohol-
free, fully-chaperoned,
all-night event after the

Jazzmine Dixon, right, accepts a check from Robert A. Austin,
pastor at First Hilltop Baptist Church in Frostproof, to sponsor
her for this year's Project Graduation.

graduation ceremonies.
This all-night event will
cost a minimum of $100
per senior.
To sponsor a senior,
send donations to Project

Graduation, PO Box 1292,
Frostproof, 33843.
The next Project
Graduation meeting will
be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at
Frostproof High School.

BHG Elementary

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I '- r
Florida conducted a statewide
tornado drill Wednesday
morning, with students at
many area schools including
Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elemen-
tary in Frostproof. Fourth
gradersof Alethea Carter and
Angela Waters found tables
and shelves to duck under
and cover once principal
Patti McGill announced that
a tornado warning had been
issued for Frostproof. That
actually happened several
years ago, just as students
were arriving for the day, she
recalled. Students in Robert
Babington's class found refuge
in a small closet.

Don Hodge Auto Service located at 305 S. Scenic Hwy. in Frostproof has a new look, after sprucing
up with a patriotic red, white and blue paint job. What now is an auto service and repair shop,
this 100 year old building at one time housed a canning factory and was a former Oldmobile car
dealership owned by the late Doc Sullivan of Frostproof. Don has heald his business here for over
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the firm as of January 1, 2011. He received his B.S. in
Finance from the University of Florida, cum laude, in
2003. He then received his M.B.A. from Stetson Univer-
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Shuffleboard club in full swing

Season for Lake Wales
Tourist Club Shuffle-
board has now reached
its halfway point, but
there is still plenty of
activity left for those who
want to have some fun.
Two special events held
at January's end yielded
a handful of winners. On
Jan. 24, a Draw Doubles
Tournament was held.
Each player kept track of
their individual wins and
points scored.
The winners for that
match were Vern Cur-
tis First Place; Walter
Taylor Second Place;
Janet Grammer Third
Place; and Ed Lammers
with Fourth Place. The
tournament was spon-
sored by Lake Wales
Family Restaurant.
Trophies and cash prizes

Lake Wales Charter
Schools Superintendent
Jesse Jackson spoke
Wednesday, Feb. 2, to
more than 100 local men
who came to the B St.
Community Center to ap-
ply for construction jobs
with the Sunrise housing
apprenticeship project.
The project will be
coordinated by general
contractor Bruce Wright.
"We are excited that
local people will have a
chance to work on the
Sunrise housing project,
because it supports our
community's goal of pro-

Lake of the Hills Com-
munity Club will have its
46th Annual Old Fash-
ioned Ice Cream Social
from noon to 3:30 on
Saturday, Feb. 12, at the
Lake of the Hills Com-
munity clubhouse at 47
East Starr Avenue, Lake
Homemade pies,
cakes, ice cream, root
beer floats and bever-
ages will be offered for a
$3.50 donation for adults
and $2.50 for children.
Servers will be dressed in
vintage red and white ice
cream parlor costumes.

were awarded. On Jan.
28, a Single Tournament
proved successful, as
Willadeen Campbell took
home First Place; Bob
Campbell was next with
Second Place; Ed Lam-
mers in Third Place and
Phil Grammer in Fourth
Place. The Single Tourna-
ment was sponsored by
Lake Wales Tourist Club.
Cash prizes were award-
ed to the top winners.
All are welcome to
join the Tourist Club on
Monday, Wednesday, and
Friday at 1 p.m. The club
is located at 205 Fifth
St. North in Lake Wales.
There is equipment
available for use at the
courts. For more infor-
mation, callVern Curtis
atw 324-6957 or Bob
Bowman 439-5438.

viding employment op-
portunities for our own
residents," said Jackson.
LWCS supports the
Sunrise apprenticeship
project because it fits
into the school system's
plan to establish a local
YouthBuild program.
YouthBuild serves low-in-
come people ages 16-24
by helping participants
earn their GEDs or high
school diplomas while
learning job skills and
serving their communi-
ties by building afford-
able housing.

Tickets will be available
at the door.
Music will be offered
throughout the event by
pianist June Felt, vocal-
ist and guitarist Homer
Wickman, along with a
special appearance by
the Lighthouse Singers.
Drawings for prizes
will held throughout the
afternoon. Local mer-
chants including Chalet
Suzanne, Cliff's True Val-
ue Hardware Store, Lake
Wales Little Theater and
Bob Ellington's Massage
Spa have donated gift
certificates and prizes for

Lake Wales Charter School Superintendent Jesse Jackson spoke
this week to a group of people looking for work in the Sunrise
Construction project.

the drawings.
Proceeds from the
event will be used to
benefit the maintenance
fund for the eighty-two
year old clubhouse in
preparation for the
centennial of the club in
For information, dona-
tion of items for prize
drawings, or to volunteer
time or desserts please
call 863-676-4752 or 863-

676-8015. The doors will'
be open to the public.


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February 5, 2011



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Morton birth

Jane A. Cain

Jane A. Cain of Lake
Wales passed away
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2011. She
was 68. Marion Nelson
Funeral Home in Lake
Wales is handling the ar-

Donald Lee William M.

Nancy Helen

Nancy Helen Williams
of Frostproof went home
to be with her Lord and
Savior on Thursday, Feb.
3, 2011. She was 71.
Nancy was born in
Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov.
2, 1939, but grew up in
Avon Park, Fla. Graduat-
ing from high school,
Nancy really wanted to
join the USAF, but her
parents said "no," so
Nancy went to Stetson
University in Deland, Fla.
Returning to Avon Park,
she worked for the Avon
Citrus Bank. She met and
married J. Don Williams
and they had an opportu-
nity to btfy Camp Lester,
a fishing camp located
on the Kissimmee River
Chain. After 12 years of
launching boats, sell-
ing gas, cleaning cabins,
and dipping bait, they
decided it was time to
sell. Wilson Insurance
Agency was for sale, it
was purchased and Frost-
proof became their new
home. Nancy remained
in Frostproof until her
death. She was a member
of First Baptist Church
where she enjoyed serv-
ing as a Sunday School
teacher and teacher in
the AWANA Program.
Nancy enjoyed buying
and selling antiques and
collectibles, and working
in her yard.
Nancy was preceded
in death by her hus-
band of 43 years, J. Don
Williams in Nov. 2001.
Don and Nancy have
one son, Charles Don
Williams, wife Shari of
Frostproof. Nancy leaves
twin grandchildren,
Kaleigh and Justin Wil-
liams, and one adopted
daughter, Joy Owens of
Louisville, Ky. Remaining
in the family are three
nieces, one nephew, three
great-nephews, and three
A graveside service will
be held 11 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 5, 2011 at the Silver
Hill Cemetery in'Frost-
proof. No viewing. In lieu
of flowers, donations may
be made to Hope Hospice
(Team 600, 4840 Sun Lake
Boulevard, Sebring, FL
33872). Condolences may
be sent to the family at
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home is in charge of ar-

Donald Lee Mann, a
native of New Albany,
Ind., and educated in
the schools of Kentucky
and Ohio, passed away
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at
Life Care Center of Winter
He was a graduate of
Erskine College, Due
West, S.C., and had a
graduate degree from the
University of Montevallo,
Montevallo, Ala. After re-
tiring from teaching, Don
worked in various sales
Don was an active
member of the First
Presbyterian Church.
He served as a deacon,
elder, chairman of the
congregation, sang in the
choir, and belonged to
the Stephen's Ministry.
He served also with the
Florida Highway Patrol
Auxiliary for a number of
years. Don was in World
War II and served in the
Pacific Theater. He at-
tained the rank of Staff
He was predeceased
by his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin Stephenson,
and a brother Robert A.
Mann. Don is survived by
his wife of 61 years, Ann
Mann, a daughter Martha
McKenzie (Al) and a son
Donald Mann, Jr., (Shel-
by). He was blessed with
four grandchildren, who
are Joe Ryan McKenzie
(Mandie), Jennifer Pruitt
(Jake), Michael Mann
(Yanelin), and Kathryn
Davis (Houston). Surviv-
ing also are great grand-
children Alyssa, Sara, and
Julie Mann, Owen McK-
enzie, Jackson Pruitt, and
McKenzie Davis. He is
survived by nieces Anne
Campbell (Jeff), Kathryn
Edmunds (Michael), and
nephew Stephen McLen-
don (Sheila) as well.
Funeral services was
held Wednesday, Feb. 2,
at the First Presbyterian
Church, Lake Wales, at 2
p.m. The family received
friends at Marion Nelson
Funeral Home, Tuesday
evening from 5 until 7
Condolences may be
sent to the family and the
webcast of the service can
be viewed at www.mari-
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home is in charge of ar-

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fire hydrants within the water system. The Water
Department will start January 24, 2011 and con-
tinue until all the hydrants in the City's water sys-
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on: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday. No flow testing will be conducted on
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"Bill" Keen
William M. "Bill" Keen
of Lake Wales passed
away Thursday, Feb. 3,
2011 at the Lake Wales
Medical Center. He was
He was born Dec. 5,
1933 in Sumica, Kissim-
mee Island, Lake Wales to
the late Barney Stafford
& Leila Olive (Jenkins)
Keen and was.a graduate
from Florida Southern
College and earned a
degree in Citrus Produc-
tion and Agriculture. He
was retired from the State
of Florida Department of
Agriculture as a specialist
supervisor after 30 years
and four months; he was
also a 5th generation
rancher and president of
K Rocker Ranch, Inc. and
active in the grove busi-
ness. He was a member of
the Masonic Lodge 242 of
Lake Wales, Wayside Bap-
tist Church in Lake Wales,
Pi Kappa Alpha Delta-
Delta Chapter Florida
Southern College, Florida
Cattleman's Association
and former president of
the Citrus Club in Lake-
Survivors include his
wife of 53 years, Doreen
H. Keen; daughter, Bon-
nie Keen of Lake Wales;
son, Loren J. & Vera Keen
of Lake Wales; sister, Eva
Keen Bowers of Lantana;
two grandchildren, Craig
A. Keen and Raymond
Keen; and four grand-
children, Allyson Keen,
Landon Keen, Katelyn
Keen and Wyatt Keen.
Visitation will be held
from 6 p.m. until the
funeral service at 7 p.m,,
Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home in Lake Wales with
Rev. Herb Schlenker and
Rev. B.J. Hudson of-
ficiating. For those who
wish, donations may be
made to the Cornerstone
Hospice, his fraternity in
care of Florida Southern
College or the Masonic
Lodge #242. Condolences'
may be sent to the family
and the webcast of the
service can be viewed at
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home is in charge of ar-

Dorothy Ann

Loving wife, mother,
grandmother and friend,
Dorothy Ann Landry
(formerly Danielson) of
Lake Wales, born July 20,
1928 in Rockford, Illinois
passed away peacefully
after a long illness on Feb.
3, 2011. She was 82.
One of her early aca-
demic passions, besides
the study of law, was
languages; she studied
Swedish, German and
Latin. Dorothy attended
the John Marshall Law
School in Chicago before
marrying John, her hus-
band of 62 years. Dorothy,
was an avid reader, and
enjoyed taking walks
with her family. Dorothy
also enjoyed artwork and
impressionist, especially
Vincent Van Gogh. Doro-
thy also enjoyed music
and played the organ
for many years. Dorothy
worked as an accoun-
tant and office manager
for most of her career
besides assisting her
husband with his medical
Dorothy is survived
by her husband, John;
her daughter, Michelle
Palmer; son-in-law, Troy
Palmer; granddaughter,
Marissa Palmer; son, John
Martin Landry; daughter-
in-law, Maria Garcia-
Landry; grandson, John
Carlos Garcia-Landry;
and son, Tim Landry.
Please remember Doro-
thy's kind soul and spirit;
she will forever be in our
Dorothy's memorial
service will be held 10
a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8,
2011 at the St. Joseph's
Catholic Church in Winter
Haven. Condolences may
be sent to the family at
Marion Nelson Funeral /
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Keith Billie of Okeec-
chobee announce the
birth of their daughter,
Carolyn Grace Billie-
She was born Jan. 26,
2011 at Florida Hospital
Heartland Division. She

Danielle Tabar of Sara-
sota and Jared McLean of
Lake Wales are engaged
to be married.
The bride-to-be is the
daughter of James and
Cheryl Tabar of Sara-
sota. She is a graduate of
the University of South
Florida with a degree in
chemical engineering,
The groom-to-be is the
son of Ken and Treasa

weighed seven pounds
four ounces and was 19
inches long.
Her maternal grand-
parents are Gracie and
Matthews Morton of
Okeechobee and pater-
nal grandparent, Willie

McLean of Lake Wales.
He is a graduate of Lake
Wales High School and
the University of South
Florida with a degree in
civil engineering. He is
currently employed with
PCL Civil Constructors,
The wedding is set
for 5 p.m., May 21, 2011
at Wing Song Farm in

Brewer marriage
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey honeymoon in New York
(Whitney) Brewer were City.
married Dec. 18, 2010 Whitney teaches 3rd
at 2:30 p.m. at the First grade at Babson Park El-
Presbyterian Church of ementary and Jeff works
Lake Wales by Pastor for Polk County EMS as
Chad Reynolds. an EMT. Whitney is the
The reception was held daughter of Jim and Vicki
at La Casa de Josephina Flint and Jeff is the son of
in Highland Park, with Toby and'Dot Brewer of
the couple spending their New Port Richey.

201 W. Central Avenue
February 15, 2011- 6:00 PM

Notice is hereby given that the Lake Wales City
Commission will hold a PUBLIC HEARING
on Ordinance 2011-04 as titled below to consider
various amendments to Zoning, Land Use and
Development Regulations, Chapter 23 of the Lake
Wales Code of Ordinances, amending regulations
for alcoholic beverage sales/service.

A public hearing will be held on the ordinance at
6:00 P.M. or soon thereafter on February 15, 2011
in the Commission Chambers at the Municipal
Administration Building, 201 W. Central Avenue,
Lake Wales, Florida, at which time the City
Commission will consider its adoption into law. All
interested parties may appear at the meeting and
be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance.

The title of the proposed ordinance is set forth
below. The ordinance in its entirety may be
inspected at the office of the City Clerk or
Planning and Zoning Department during regular
working hours.
(Zoning Chapter 23 Amending regulations for alco-
holic beverage sales/service)
All interested parties may appear at the meeting and be
heard with respect to these requests.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by
the City Commission with respect to any matter consid-
ered at such hearing, he will need a record of the pro-
ceeding, and for such purpose he may need to ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.
The Board may continue the public hearing to other
dates and times, as they deem necessary. Any inter-
ested party shall be advised that the dates, times, and
places of any continuation of these or continued public
hearings shall be announced during the hearing and
that no further notices regarding these matters will be
Persons with disabilities needing assistance to partici-
pate in any of these proceedings should contact the City
Clerk 48 hours in advance of the meeting at (863) 678-
4182, Ext. 228. 2535722

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"I was just think-
ing about you!" These
words, when shared
between persons, often
take the recipient by
surprise. To be thought
of or remembered may
not be expected, but if
felt as genuine it can be
a meaningful experience
in this busy, impersonal
world. Perhaps it is be-
cause of this reality that
milestone events such
as high school reunions,
family get-togethers or
homecoming gatherings
are celebrated with such
fervor. Most would agree
that is nice to remember
and to be remembered.
It feels good to know that
you are thought of.
Our culture is once
again in the midst a time
of year when phrases
such as "thinking of you"
and "remembering you
this holiday season" are,
be shared in greeting
cards, seasonal songs
and family traditions.

Rev. Dawn Meadows
Assodate Professor of Bible
and Theology
Warner University

Even retail commercials
are often designed to in-
fluence by capturing the
wistfulness and romance
of missing someone who
is far away. It is a time
when remembrance of
others is encouraged and
recollection of memories
is valued.
We began the holiday
festivities with the na-
tional holiday we know
as Thanksgiving. Fixed
on the fourth Thursday
of November in 1941 by
then president Franklin
D. Roosevelt, its inten-
tion was to commemo-
rate the early settlers
offering of thanks to God
for giving protection,
provision and prosper-
ity in their endeavors.

Thanksgiving was set
aside as a day of praise,
remembrance and rever-
ence, as was the celebra-
tion of Christmas, which
follows soon after. The
"Christ Mass" originated
in practice as a way to
mark the birth of the
long-awaited Messiah
as recorded in the New
Testament. December 25
may enjoy commercial
trappings, but the heart
of the holiday is to reflect
on a day of faith.
New Year's Eve also
lends itself to a mood
of reflection as a year
passes into history. The
practice of remember-
ing and reflecting, both
corporately and as indi-
viduals, aides us as we
journey through passing
days and seasons.
The modern celebra-
tions of national days of
remembrance are not the
first to be commemo-
rated in human history.
The concept of remem-

g or yol

being is intrinsically tied
to scriptural teachings.
Human beings were
created with both the ca-
pacity and command to
remember what God had
done for his creation.
In I Chronicles 16, one
example of this interac-
tion between creator and
creation is recorded. In
this passage, King David
brings the Ark of the Cov-
enant into a tent he has
had made to serve as its
resting place. A celebra-
tion marks the event
led by David himself as
he dances and offers
sacrifices to God who has
made provision for the
nation of Israel. A choir
sings lyrics written espe-
cially for the occasion, "O
give thanks to the Lord,
call on his name, make
known his deeds among
the peoples. Sing to
him, sing praises to him,
tell of all his wonderful
works. Glory in his holy
name; let the hearts of

those who seek the Lord
rejoice. Seek the Lord
and his strength, seek
his presence continually.
Remember the wonder-
ful works he has done,
his miracles, and the
judgments he uttered, O
offspring of his servant
Israel, children of Jacob,
his chosen ones. He is
the LORD our God; his
judgments are in all the
earth. Remember his
covenant forever..." (vss.
8-15a, NRSV).
In the same way that
humans respond from
the heart in being re-
membered, so too God
responds to being re-
membered for his works.
The people of Israel are
instructed to intention-
ally keep in mind those
things that God had
done for them. Over and
over again, God's people
would be called back to
practice this "attitude of
gratitude" when forget-
fulness or indifference

was much more conve-
Many years have
passed since King David's
call for a day of thanks-
giving as recorded in this
passage. However, the
call for God's people to
encourage one another
to remember has not
faded in its empha-
sis. Given thought and
energy, perhaps this will
be a year when believers
can respond to the call
to more intentionally, re-
membering God in all of
His love, mercy, provision
and justice.
A time when disciples
can encourage each
other to hold God in
their hearts and minds
with the same sincerity
that we do family and
friends. May we next
holiday season take to
heart the opportunity
to communicate to God
in thought, word and
deed, "I was just thinking
about you!"


Feb. 5
Magic: The Gathering
Come and explore
another world as we
introduce you to clas-
sic game playing from
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Magic:
The Gathering has been
around since the early
90's, with good reason.
It's a fast paced card
game where you rule

Feb. 1
Cheryl Wertz, 34, of 150
W. Northside Drive, Lake
Wales charged with
forgery, passing a forged
instrument, larceny and ,
fraudulent use of another
person's identification.
RyanVancura, 20, of
125 R.J. Keen Road, Lake
Wales charged with
failure to appear.
Beverly Herndon, 56, of
117 S. Martin Road, Lake
Wales charged with
Donna Hughes, 44, of
3301 Preston Street, Lake
Wales charged with
LadarrienWilson, 27, of
2525 Old Bartow Road,
Lake Wales charged
with violation of pro-
bation, driving with a
suspended license, pos-
session of marijuana and
possession of parapher-

Feb. 2
Daniel Culverhouse,
21, of 99 Charles Street,
Frostproof- charged
with burglary and lar-
Ronald Bunch, 42,
of 4201 Jennings Fish
Camp Road, Lake Wales
- charged with making
a false report and insur-
ance fraud.
Paula Osteen, 35, of
1231 Carlton Avenue,
Lake Wales charged
with battery.

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welcome to bring your
own Magic cards. For
teens and adults, ages 13
and up.

Antiques Arts & Oddities
in Downtown Lake Wales
The folks from It's Hap-
pening Downtown have
a very special day lined
up with special events
and activities for the
whole family. Coverage of
the event can be viewed

Jimmie Blake, 25, of
1068 Hiawatha Avenue,
Lake Wales charged
with possession of
marijuana with intent to
sell within 1000 feet of
a school, possession of
marijuana, possession
of paraphernalia and
maintaining a vehicle for
drug use.
Sheila Perkins, 51, of
25102 Quail Circle, Lake
Wales charged with
driving with a suspended
license and violation of
William Hillard, 48, of
337 S. 2nd Street, Lake
Wales charged with
driving with a suspended
license, possession of a
suspended license, at-
taching a license plate
not assigned to vehicle
and possession of meth-
Sean Arnold, 20, of
4639 Schwinn Drive,
Lake Wales charged
with possession of mari-
juana and possession of
Tara Perrin, 26, of 224
S. Frodens Road, Lake
Wales charged with
violation of violation of
probation, possession of
paraphernalia, and pos-
session of paraphernalia.
Kristopher O'Conner,
30, of 224 S. Frodens
Road, Lake Wales -
charged with possession
of marijuana, possession
of paraphernalia and
maintaining a dwelling
for drug use.

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town" video to get a
sample of what you can
expect. But, while this
event is held on the first
Saturday of every month
in the Market Place, it's
never the same twice.
Location Marketplace in
Downtown Lake Wales.
Contact: It's Happening
Downtown at 863-528-
3188 or 863-604-2800 for
details or vendor tables.

Feb. 6
Free Tae Kwon Do at
Christ's Church
Tae Kwon Move Group
every Sunday night
from 7 to 8 p.m. at 2039
State Road 60 East in the
shopping plaza across
from Wal-Mart. Contact
Rick McCoy at 863-632-
1781 or rlmccoy9383@
wildblue.net for more

Feb. 7

A missing Frostproof
man was found in Bruns-
wich, Ga., apparently
having run out of gas.
,Stanley Earl Compton,
78, of 10404 U.S. 27, Lot
#99, Camp Inn Resort,
Frostproof, was last seen
leaving his residence at 7
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2.
He was driving his white
2008 Buick when his wife
reported him missing.
Compton diagnosed

Teen Crochet Class
Teens and Tweens, ages
10 through 19, can learn
to crochet with library
staffer, Dawn Copple.
Dawn instructs, one-
on-one, each Monday
afternoon, 4 p.m. Sup-
plies provided, no charge
for teens. Call 678-4004,
extension 224.

Hope Hospice Grief
Support Groups
Hope Hospice Grief
Support Groups are free
and available to anyone
in the community who
has experienced the loss
of a loved one. Group
sessions last approxi-
mately one hour an are
moderated by a trained,
professional therapist
from Hope Hospice every
Monday at the First Pres-
byterian Church from
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For
more information call

Feb. 8
Chess for Kids
Play chess with a chess
coach from 11:30 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. Drop-in games
and instruction available

with dementia and
Alzheimer's disease and
had a history of wander-
ing. He had in the past,
been located at area
Walmart stores on three
separate occasions, the
Polk County Sheriff's Of-
fice reports.
While there are no
obvious signs of injury,
Compton was taken to an
area hospital for evalua-

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11:30 a.m. until last chess
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Children through middle
school. 863-678-4004.

Wiggles & Giggles
Toddler Story Time
Wiggles & Giggles is
for walkers through age
3. Music, stories, finger-
plays and fun for little
ones and their caregiv-
ers from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Lake Wales Area Cham-
ber of Commerce Busi-
Sponsored by (AAUW)
American Association
of University Women
at Lake Wales Charter
Schools Office. Contact:
676-3445 for more infor-

LWMC to Offer Free

Blood Pressure
As part of its Live Well!
program, Lake Wales
Medical Center will of-
fer free blood pressure
screenings on Tuesday,
April 27, from 9 to 11
a.m. The screenings will
be offered in Room 201
of the Hunt Building at
the hospital, 410 S. 11th
Appointments are not
necessary. High blood
pressure usually has no
symptoms, and people,
can have it without
knowing it. Left untreat-
ed, it can damage the
heart, blood vessels, kid-
neys and other organs.
For more information,
please call 678-2288.



Missing Frostproof man

found, gasless

201 Central Avenue West
Lake Wales, Florida 33853
February 17, 2011 at 9:00 A.M.


The Lake Wales Board of Adjustment and
Appeals will hold a public hearing on
Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. or
shortly thereafter at the Municipal
Administration Building, 201 W. Central
Avenue, Lake Wales, Florida. The Board of
Appeals will consider the following petition:

Variance 11-0001 4212 Berwick Drive
Request of Christopher Rogers of Rogers
Construction, agent for Gregory Bombard,
for a dimensional variance to allow a 9-foot
rear setback where 15-feet is required for the
construction of a screen room with a hard

County Property ID: 27-29-18-865152-p02100
Zoning: R-1B (PDP) (Residential district)

Application details are available for review in
the Planning Department, at the City
Administration Building, 201 Central Avenue

All interested parties may appear at the meet-
ing and be heard with respect to this request.

If any- person decides to appeal any decisions
made by the Board of Appeals with respect to
any matter considered at such hearings, he
will need a record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose he may need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to be based.

The Board of Appeals may continue the public
hearing to other dates and times, as they
deem necessary. Any interested party shall be
advised that the dates, times, and places of
any continuation off these or continued public
hearings shall be announced during the hear-
ing and that no further notices regarding these
matters will be published.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance
to participate in any of these proceedings
should contact the City Clerk's office 48 hours
in advance of the meeting at (863) 678-4182,

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BOCC OKs mate


transit grants


It may only be a short-
term solution a year's
duration at most but
for that time, northeast
and eastern Polk County
residents will enjoy pub-
lic transportation service,
thanks to the successful
approval of four fed-
eral grants. All that was
needed to be done when
Polk County Commis-
sioners met Feb. 2 was
to authorize matching
funds, as the grants are
part of a joint participa-
tion agreement.
According to Polk
County Transit Services
director Paul Simmons,
the first route, which
called for a resolution
and execution of a Job
Access and Reverse Com-
mute grant, would serve
a route between Poinci-
ana and an end destina-
tion in Haines City. It
would be the first trans-
portation route providing
a regional connection,
said Simmons. It would
entail the purchase of
two mini buses, each at
an approximate cost of
$125,000. But before Sim-
mons could continue, he
was interrupted several
times. In one instance,
county manager Jim
Freeman informed the
BOCC that all four grants
were of one year's dura-
tion and would have to
be applied for again the
next year, and that there
is no guarantee that
renewal is automatic. In
addition to Freeman's

comments, Commis-
sioner Todd Dantzler
questioned whether the
cost of the buses was
justified. Couldn't buses
be purchased at less
cost? A third interrup-
tion came about when
BOCC chairman Edwin
V. Smith asked county
attorney Michael Craig
whether the BOCC could
vote to approve all four
requests in one vote, or
would a separate vote be
required. Craig informed
Smith the BOCC would
be required to vote on
each individually.
The second grant, also
a JARC grant, and for the
south Poinciana com-
munity, covered "curb-
to-curb" service. The
majority of people who
need that service, said
Simmons, need trans-
portation to get to fixed
mass transit routes. Most
of the people needing
this service live in a rural
area of Poinciana.
The third grant, New
Freedom, is also a "curb-
to-curb" service, and
primarily addresses a
specific ridership, the
elderly and disabled. It
came about when transit
services were curtailed
by one-third in Winter
Haven because of budget
cutbacks. As a conse-
quence, a number of
people were particularly
hit hard.
"The whole concept is
to give them back access
to their fixed routes,"
said Simmons.
This was also the only
grant that called for'

what Simmons termed
a "hard" match. While
funding for the first
two grants (as well as
the fourth grant) came
from "soft" matches,
primarily from Medic-
aid payments, which is
permissible by the state,
funds for the third grant
will come from Commu-
nity Redevelopment Act
The fourth grant, also
a JARC grant, covered a
route between U.S. 27 to
U.S. 192. It would be the
second route providing
regional connectivity. A
concern was raised by
Commissioner Bob Eng-
lish. How many stops,
and where would the
buses stop. Would they
be stopping alongside
U.S. 27? Because of the
number of vehicles and
the speed of said ve-
hicles, in addition to the
current lack of sidewalks,
stops on the highway not
only were not feasible,
but unsafe. If and until
improvements were
made, targeted bus
stops would probably be.
shopping centers and
possibility residential .
Before votes were
taken (each had to be
voted upon individu-
ally), in which the BOCC
unanimously approved,
Dantzler asked what
would become of the
buses if grant money for
2012 did not material-
ize. He was told that the
two buses intended to
be purchased for the
Poinciana to Haines City

Paul Simmons (left), director of Polk County Transit Services, outlines for Polk County Commis-
sioners the four federal mathcing grants the county has been awarded that will go to providing
transit services, primarily in northeastern and easter Polk County. He is assisted with his Power-
Point presentation by Dave Walters, communications specialist for the BOCC.

route would be placed
elsewhere. In addition,
Simmons said that if
negotiations with LYNX
were successful, that sys-
tem might provide buses,
making the purchase by
Polk County unneces-
sary; LYNX is officially
known as the Central
Florida Regional Trans-
portation Authority and
in charge of coordinating
public transportation
for Orange, Osceola and
Seminole counties.

Jeffery A. Goldmacher
and Skip Stellfox, mem-
bers of the Committee
for the Advancement of
Poinciana, were pleased
with the vote.
"This is great. This is .
something the Poinci-
ana residents need (to
get them to work," said
Goldmacher. "It's going
to be a real benefit." He
added people would be
surprised by the number
of those who live in rural
areas of Poinciana who

do not have any other
mode of transportation.
There was another
benefit to this, according
to Stellfox.
"I like the idea they
(Poinciana residents)
will be coming into Polk
County to do shop-
ping, rather than Oceola
County," he said. "It gives
them more choices of
jobs, shopping."
"It really opens up
the world to them," said

$11 million for boulevard w(


By Nov. 25, if the
projection date is hit,
motorists heading to the
Posner Center mall in
Davenport will not have
to get onto U.S. 27, as
Polk County Commis-
sioners in an unanimous
vote Feb. 2 awarded
SEMA Construction Inc.
$11.1 million to work on
the Ernie Caldwell Boule-
vard project.
The Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation
is giving $8 million to
offset the cost, with
work scheduled to begin
March 1. The area slated

to be under construction
is on the western side of
U.S. 27.
"This is part of the
project the Board has
long endorsed out of
the North Ridge Com-
munity Redevelopment
Act, to provide a means
of access for the north-
east part of our county
for residents to move in
the area without having
to access U.S. 27," said-
County Manager Jim
Freeman, who added
that the highway is "pro-
jected to be future level
of service failure, espe-
cially in relation to the
area around Interstate 4."
Following the presen-

station, Commissioner
Todd Dantzler asked
whether there would be
an on ramp/off ramp
onto U.S. 27, or would
there just be the over-
pass. Freeman said FDOT
determined an on-ramp
onto U.S. 27 northbound
would not be safe. As a
consequence, the over-
pass had been designed
to use the road network
already in place to con-
nect to Homerun Bou-
levard, FDC Grove Road
and Deer Creek Boule-
vard. Drivers wishing to
get onto U.S. 27 will be
directed to the Homerun
Boulevard intersection,
which has a traffic signal,

or to Deer Creek Bou-
levard "which one day
may warrant a signaliza-
tion" due, in part, to the
close proximity to the
Interstate 4 interchange,
according to Freeman.
While the matter ap-
peared to be cut and
dry, Commissioner Bob
English admitted hav-
ing confusion regarding
the $11.1 million price
tag. He asked was the $8
million from FDOT part
of the $11.1 million, or
in addition to the larger
amount. The FDOT fund
was part of the greater
amount, not separate,
English was told.
Additional work, on

ork approved

the eastern part of Ernie addition to the $8 mi
Caldwell Boulevard, from FDOT, other fur
Freeman told the BOCC, ing is coming from th
was currently under way, North Ridge Commua
which would extend that Development Agency
part of the project to Ernie Caldwell, for
Pine Tree Trail. whom-the boulevard
About Ernie named, served on th(
Caldwell Boulevard Polk County Commis
Upon completion, sion from 1978 to 199
Ernie Caldwell Boulevard He was a county plan
will run approximately ner from 1971-1973,
five miles and consist then chairman of the
of a four-lane divided Central Florida Regio
road and will provide Planning Council fror
-an east-west corridor 1980-1990. He died N
between U.S. 27 and U.S. 9, 2009, after a three-
17-92; the Pine Tree Trail battle with cancer. Oi
segment will be a two- Dec. 15, 2009, the BO
lane suburban road from unanimously voted tc
County Road 54 to Ernie name the road in hoi
Caldwell Boulevard. In of his memory.




Bombing range la

By STEVE STEINER Council detailed to the BOCC
STAFF WRITER the purpose and recommenda-
tions that had been arrived at.
Many people may not be Avon Park Air Force Range has
aware, but there is a military, an important function she told
presence here that incorpo- commissioners, to aid those
rates the counties of Polk, in the military and national
Highlands, Okeechobee and security, especially in today's
Osceola counties, and within world "climate."
those counties, the municipali- One aspect of the study,
ties of Frostproof, Avon Park sponsored and funded by the
and Sebring. That military U.S. Department of Defense,
presence is Avon Park Air Force was that Avon Park Air Force
Range, and while the base Range have a positive af-
itself occupies 1,006 acres in fect upon the community, to
Polk and Highland counties, protect both the health, safety
it touches upon the lines of and welfare of the community
Okeechobee and Oceola coun- while simultaneously address
ties. development that is threaten-
Several years ago a Joint ing or may threaten the range's
Land Use Study was com- mission and support for na-
menced, which concluded this tional security.
past summer, with participa- Creed said the military oper-
tion from the branches of the nations and exercises conduct-
military that use the base for ed at the base, and brought
training purposes, as well as up an interesting highlight
other governmental security that piqued attention. Secu-
agencies and representatives rity operations for the Super
from each county and city gov- Bowl have been conducted at
ernment, and later, with two the range. "It really is a part of
different workshops in each national security," she said, "as
county, the public, well as military operations."
At the Feb. 2 Polk County Because of measures enact-
Commissioners public session, ed in the 1960s by the Federal
Pat Steed, executive director of Aviation Authority, which set
the Central Florida Planning up military air space and coor-

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A view of where the Avon park Air Force Range is located

dinated the effort between that
and commercial and public air
space, said Creed, military air
maneuvers can ranged from
as low as 500 feet to as high as
7,000 feet.
Due to the enormity of
information and each com-
munity's specific needs and
requirements, Creed did not go
into detail about the recom-
mendations the study pre-
sented. Instead, she referred
the BOCC to documentation
each member had received.

However, one of the important
things she did want the BOCC
to know was how successfully
handled was the "Cross Juris-
dictional Coordination" effort,
which she reminded, was
made up of the governmental
leaders from the seven govern-
ments and the branches of the
Creed summarized the
purpose of her appearance
before the BOCC. One was that
she needed commissioners to
acknowledge in a letter that

Polk County had participated,
received the study's results and
had plans to go forward with
implementation. She praised
the BOCC for having already
included a lot of the language
in the study in the county's
policy update.
She left the BOCC with the
hope that this study would
eventually generate further
federal funds, but with the
economy in its current situa-
tion, prospects appeared dim.
She also mentioned a March
28 workshop would be held in
which each jurisdiction would
look into how it would go
about implementation of the
recommendations, and would
be ongoing, with meetings two
times a year as "this is a long-
term implementation and
coordination" process.
BOCC chairman Edwin V.
Smith thanked her, saying she
did an excellent job summariz-
ing a lot of technical informa-
"I think we need to take an
action on that," said Craig.
With Commissioner Sam
Johnson making the mo-
tion, seconded by Commis-
sioner Melony Bell, the motion
passed in an unanimous vote.


use study now complete

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Lions hears from blind local grad

Lake Wales Lions Club
hosted a remarkable pro-
gram recently by Darlene
Acree, who was blinded
at 17 years old while a
senior at Lake Wales High
School, and was in a
coma for several weeks.
Since she had gotten
ahead on credits and
only needed English
credits, her teacher, Mrs.
Grice, homeschooled
her to graduate with the
Class of 1990.

She moved to Daytona
Beach Rehabilitation
Center for the Blind, took
independent living skills
and Braille classes. Then
at Tampa Lighthouse
for the Blind she took
independent living and
computer classes using a
speech program.
After Palmetto's
Southeastern Guiddogs
for the Blind classes, she
received her Irish Setter
Ivory and landed work

as a receptionist at the
Mental Health Asso-
ciation of Hillsbourough
Realizing she wanted
to further her educa-
tion she returned home
attending Polk State Col-
lege, got an AA from War-
ner Southern University
and followed that with
a BA in organizational
To get job experience
she volunteered as office

Bridge destroyed soon to be rebuilt

A bridge destroyed
by the 2004 hurricanes
is about to be rebuilt,
thanks to the Forestry
Division in Lake Wales,
who purchased materi-
als for a new, improved,
eco-friendly bridge. Vol-
unteers throughout the
state maintain the land
along the Florida Na-
tional Scenic Trails, which
is open to anybody who
wishes to hike it. The vol-
unteers are organized by
chapters throughout the
state. Heartland Chapter
maintains the Florida
National Scenic Trail in
Polk, Hardee, DeSoto and
Highlands counties.
The bridge, which mea-
sures 100 ft. by 6 ft. wide,
has to be constructed like
an erector set, piece by
It is all being done by
volunteers which will
travel from all over the
state. Most are members
of the Florida Trail As-
sociation. The Heartland

Chapter is organized
under F-Troop (Florida
Troop) which is run by
the Forestry Department
in association
with the Florida Trail
Association. They or-
ganize the volunteers
for major work projects
needing to be done along
the FNST and in this case
projects that are large
scale and require lots of
volunteers to get the job
done. This bridge will
benefit everyone who
wishes to get outdoors. A
hiking trail goes across it.
It is also a hunting area
and the local Audubon
society frequently goes
to this area on birding
excursions. It is open to
anyone who wishes to get
Other trails the chapter
maintains are the Green
Swamp East, Tenoroc
properties which include
Saddle Creek Park, Kis-
simmee State Park, Tiger
Creek Preserve, the FNST

at the Avon Park Bomb-
ing Range, and all the
trails in the Lake Wales
Ridge State Forest at the
-Arbuckle Tract.
"This bridge will benefit
everyone who wishes
to get outdoors. A hik-
ing trail goes across it.
It is also a hunting area
and the local Audubon
society frequently goes
to this area on birding
excursions. It is open to
anyone who wishes to
get outdoors," said Betty
Piper, Heartland Chapter
Chair of the Florida Trail
"Volunteers are cur-
rently the backbone of
this country," she said.
"Many organizations
and tourist parks are
able to stay open due to
the use of volunteers.
State Parks also fall into
that category. They have
been using volunteers for
years. This enables them
to stay open for everyone
to enjoy."

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assistant at Polk County
Transit Services in Bar-
By then it was time for
Petey, her second guide
dog to retire at nine
years; the good news
was, however, Acree
was able to keep him as
her husband's dog. The
adjustment to her third
canine companion, Mag-
gie, went well.
She is now work-
ing on her masters in
rehabilitation counsel-
ing at Auburn University
in Alabama. She is also
an intern at Division of
Blind Services in Lake-
"I'm so blessed to have
my family and especially
my husband John who
helped me with all my
endeavors," Darlene said.
Her guide dogs give her
freedom and the gift of
"Mobility is my largest

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Lake Wales Lions Club had a special speaker at their January
meeting. Lions President Tom Galloway poses with Darlene
Acree and her husband, John Sellers. Acree's seeing-eye dog,
"Maggie" is from SEGuidedogs.

challenge", she said, so
her guide dogs have been
an answer to that need.
"My first guide dog
Ivory was so protec-
tive, I couldn't have any
boyfriends," she recalled.

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I The only player on the W ebber International .. .. .. .... .
PHOTO BY ED MIGA University Warriors squad from Lake Wales Putting his body on the line 6'6'sophmore
Tyler Hoevenaar explains to Coach Shoffner why he was not guilty of the last foul in WIU Warriors High School, Marvin Williams had silence from Gabriel Rutledge, played some tight defence on
win in double overtime 87-80 vs. Ave Maria University. the crowd during his free throw shots. Monday night's game.

5 LWHS athletes commit on National Signing Day

Five Lake Wales High
School athletes accepted
scholarships and signed
paperwork Wednesday,
which was National Sign-
ing Day.
State champion sprint-
er Octavious Freeman
accepted a scholarship to
the University of Central
Four members of the
LWHS Highlander foot-
ball team also accepted
scholarships: Javess Blue
(#25 wide receiver/de-
fensive back), Texas Tech;
Kevin Prioleau (#30 full-
back/linebacker), Web-

ber International Univer-
sity; Marcelo Bonani (#10
kicker), Florida Atlantic
University; Wesley Strong
(#17 linebacker), Tuscu-
lum College in Greenev-
ille, Tennessee.
A ceremony was held
at 8 a.m. in the LWHS
media center with coach
es, family and friends
present for photographs
as the student-athletes
signed.the necessary pa-
perwork and celebrated
their scholarships.
"Only one-and-a-half
percent of high school
athletes get any kind of

college scholarship, so
this is a really special
day," football Coach Rod
Shafer told the students.
Shafer spent the morning
ensuring that paperwork
was filled out correctly,
signed by parents and
athletes, and ready to .
-return to the colleges.
National Signing Day
is usually on the first
Wednesday in February.
It is the first day a high
school senior can sign a
binding National Let-
ter of Intent for college Five Lake Wales High School athlete
sports. which was National Signing Day. (L
Bonani, Wesley Strong.

Hoop happenings
n rh Mt I

s accepted scholarships and signed paperwork on Wednesday,
to R) Javess Blue, Kevin Prioleau, Octavious Freeman, Marcelo

Alante' Fenner shoots a swish at the freethrow line in Tuesday
night's game vs. Hudson High School.

Kevin Capers was all over the court at Tuesday night's game.
This was one of many productive plays that the point guard

Gliding up the court, number 20 Shaquille Stoudemire looks for
a open player near the hoop.

LW Basketball keeps rolling as postseason approaches


It has been a special
season so far for the
Highlander Boy's Hoop
squad as they posted an-
other perfect week, but
a huge win this past Sat-
urday afternoon against
Haines City is what
secured the number
one seed in next week's
district tournament.
The Highlander Bas-
ketball team, hasn't had
a lot of flaws to this point
either as Head Coach
Billy Dee Washington
held high expectations
for this team entering
the season with Oshey
Washington (Sr.); Terry
Bradley (Sr.); Marcel
White (Jr.); Alante Fenner
(Jr.); Antwan Hadley (Jr.);
Shaquille Stoudemire;
Shakiel Tomlin; Lamar
Welch (Jr.); and Russel
Wilson (Jr.) all returning
to the court. But Kevin
Capers (Sr.),,and Dakota
Brooks (So.) also added
some gel to this very

talented hoops squad.
Lake Wales entered
this past week with a
20-2 record. Their last
loss came over the winter
break to Faith Christian
as they fell 59 to 50. The
only other loss came
back in early December
to Haines City at High-
lander Gym, where they
were knocked off on a
last second shot at the
buzzer by the score of 64
to 62.
Although the game this
past Saturday afternoon
in Haines City was much
like a roller coaster
at times, Lake Wales
seemed to play better as
a team towards the end
of the game that lifted
them past the Hornets
by the score of 72-69 in
front a packed gym to
spoil Senior Night. The
Highlanders were also
coming off a win the
previous night against
Winter Haven by the
score of 81-66.
Washington bagged the
first points of the game

for Lake Wales, as they
took an early lead on
their opening possession
but the hosts came right
back down the court as
they scored two of their
own to tie things up in
just opening seconds of
the game.
The visitors could not
get more than a three
point lead in the entire
first quarter. Washington
and Capers did most
of the work in the first
quarter as Washington
had seven, while Capers
chipped in with four.
Lake Wales held a slim
one point lead entering
the final frame before
intermission, 20-19.
Second quarter ac-
tion seemed to be the
complete opposite of
the first. This time it was
Haines City right out of
the gate with a shot from
three point land that
was good enough to give
them back a two point
advantage. But Brooks
came right back and tied
it up at 22 each with 7:29

left to play in the second
quarter. The Hornets
started to build their
lead at the seven minute
mark, when they hit two
free throws. They lead by
as much as seven, as the
visitors couldn't even the
score by the end of the
half. Lake Wales trailed
44-38 at the half.
It wasn't long before
coming out of the locker
room that they cut the
Hornet lead down by two
as Washington and Wil-
son hit two shots to start
the third quarter. But
again Lake Wales couldn't
quite close the gap on
the Hornets as they still
trailed entering the last
frame down by four.
What a fourth quarter
it was as it truly went
down to the final min-
utes. A pass from Wash-
ington to Bradley under
the basket for two, and
an interception on the
next Haines City inbound
gave Washington another
two-handed dunk, as the
crowd really started to

get into the game with
Lake Wales again only
down by one 56-55 with
less than seven min-
utes left. Marcel White
knotted the game up
at 57 all after Haines
City went one of two on
free throws. Both teams
battled back and forth to
the very end. Washing-
ton hit another shot that
gave Lake Wales a 60 to
58 lead, but Haines came
right back and took ad-
vantage of a Highlander
miscue that gave them
a two and three point
play as they now led with
63-60. But again Lake
Wales never bowed down
as White went off the
backboard for two on the
next play, 63-62 at the
four minute mark.
With 3:28 left, Haines
City led by three 65-62
after a Highlander foul.
The hosts led by five with
two minutes to play, but
Lake Wales stepped up
huge as Washington cut
the lead down to three,
and Bradley then hit a

shot to leave Lake Wales
only down by one.
The possession arrow
remained in favor of the
Highlanders with 1:51
left in the game when
Marcel White gave Lake
Wales a two point shot,
boosting the lead 68 to
67 when Haines City
called a timeout.
After the timeout,
Capers intercepted the
Hornet inbound, where
he was fouled on the
play. Count both baskets
by Capers from behind
the line, Lake Wales now
led by three with 23.8
seconds left.
Another Hornet
timeout came at 11.8
seconds. The Hornets
scored their final points,
and Lake Wales added
another basket before
the buzzer sounded to
give Lake Wales a 72-69
victory over the Hornets
of Haines City.
Check back next week
for the Highlanders's sta-
tus entering the district

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New Dairy Queen graces Lake Wales


After years of not hav-
ing a Dairy Queen, Lake
Wales finally now can
say that yes, it does have
a Dairy Queen, and it is
located at 2417 Hwy. 27.
Owner Christina Win-
ter had the store original-
ly in Dundee. "We really
wanted a store where we
could have a drive-thru
and I have had my eye on
this particular location
for awhile," said Winter.
According to Winter
there was a real need for
a Dairy Queen in Lake
Wales. "Everyone is so
appreciative to have us
here, a lot of our custom-
ers keep thanking us for
coming to Lake Wales,"
said Winter.
The new location has

done some renovating
of the franchise includ-
ing adding a television.
"We've done things the
other stores haven't done
until now. Our TV helps
customers feel at home
while they dine and we
will have the superbowl
on for sports fans this
Sunday," added Winter.
There is also WiFi
available for students,
business people and
anyone who would like
to use the service accord-
ing to Winter. "We have
also updated the way
we coupon we have now
added a texting to the
list," said Winter. To join
the club customers text
DQ4U to 38681 and will
receive daily and weekly
coupons and specials,
customers can also reg-
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estimated that up to one-half of
the approximately 3 million Americans with the disease do
not even know they have it.

Glaucoma occurs when high fluid pressure in the eye press-
es against the optic nerve, causing damage. The damage to
optic nerve fibers can cause blind spots to develop. These
blind spots usually go undetected until the optic nerve is
significantly damaged. If the optic nerve, is destroyed,
blindness results.

While anyone can get glaucoma,
certain groups of people are at
higher risk for the disease. These
include African Americans and
Hispanics, and people with dia-
betes, who are nearly twice as
likely to develop glaucoma as
adults without diabetes.

:" Glaucoma screening can lead to
Early detection and treatment,
which can prevent, slow, or stop
vision loss from the disease. Medical advances have made
it easier to diagnose and treat glaucoma before even mod-
erate vision loss occurs. Because glaucoma progresses
with little or no warning signs or symptoms, and vision
loss from glaucoma is irreversible, it is very important that
people at high risk for the disease receive annual screen-
ing, and that those who have it are treated and monitored


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