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Council buckles down on
Anticipated revenues will shrink, but not a lot
By BRIAN ACKLEY
Frostproof Mayor Kay Hutzelman
said she hopes the city will be able to
keep the same tax rate in place for a
fourth straight year, despite a projected
drop in revenues for the new fiscal year
which will start Oct. 1.
Hutzelman and the rest of her
council colleagues began the chore of
crafting a 2011-12 spending blueprint
Monday afternoon during a special
City Finance Director Melody Walsh
projected that the city's general fund
combined revenues might shrink a bit,
from $2,490,423 expected this year to
$2,472,646 in the coming year.
Despite that, Hutzelman said the
goal remains to keep the city's millage
rate at $7.8029. The last time that rate
was raised was for the 2008-09 budget
when it went to the current level from
the previous rate then of $7.4176. In
2006-07, the city's millage rate soared
A study in Frostproof Senior stars win state opener
despite the odds '*
By GEORGE FRANICEVICH
NEWS CORRESPONDENT '-
At the end of a small dead end road in ..--'
Frostproof, hidden from sight, is a piece .: -..
of Americana exemplified. I.M 4,
A small sign on a chain link fence tells
you that you're entering the domain of
Ron's Auto Repair. Old school values
and an old school work ethic have kept f r .
this small town business going for the -
past 26 years.
These days the economy is caus- *,.
ing many businesses to fail. The Big- .
Box outfits with their giant advertis-
ing budgets, armies of advisers, and
tremendous purchasing power, make it
difficult for a small business in a small Frostproof's Xavier Gaines makes the throw to pitcher Stevie Colon covering the plate in an attempt to get a Sebrin
during state baseball playoff action against Sebring Sunday. For more coverage, see pages 10A and 11A. (Photc
GARAGE 12Author will sign books J y
Area author will sign books July 23
By AMY K. POLK
SPECIAL TO THE NEWS
Florida author and retired teacher,
Gloria Grace, will be signing copies
of her latest book, "AWorld Without
Rules" at Hope Christian Book Store in
Frostproof on Saturday, July 23, from 10
a.m. until noon.
In a "World Without Rules" Little G
discovers what happens when he no
longer has to follow any rules. Will life
without rules be as much fun as Little
G always imag- ,I1
ined? Or is it too
All day, all Little
G hears about
are rules rules
from his mom and
dad, rules from
his teacher, rules
from his pas- GLORIA GRACE
tor and Sunday
school teacher at church. If little G
wants to sleep in, he has to get up and
get ready for school because that's the
If he wants to eat ice cream, he has
to eat his vegetables first because that's
Even when he rides his bike, he has
to stay where his parents can see him
because that's the rule.
.Thought provoking and fun, this
book is one children will treasure now
and remember later, when making dif-
ficult choices in life.
"I love teaching children the Word of
God," Grace said in a recent interview.
"It is my prayer, that after reading this
book, children will learn the value of
the rules God has given us and discover
a relationship with Jesus that will last
Retired from Lewis Anna Woodbury
School in Fort Meade after teaching
kindergarten and first grade for 10
years, Grace continues her career of
impacting young lives in a broader
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Thursday at the Movies
"Chieko and the Pine," starting at
10 a.m. at the Latt Maxcy Memo-
rial Library. Rated G. Run time of 30
Monday, July 18
Tampa Taiko Japanese Drumming
Part of the Family Night program
at the Latt Maxcy Memorial Library.
Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, July 19
Mark Jackson, Director of Polk
County Tourism and Sports Market-
ing, will be the featured speaker.
Lunch cost is $9, starting at noon
at the Ramon Theater. Contact the
chamber at 635-9112 for more infor-
Thursday, July 21
Thursday at the Movies
Starts at 10 a.m. at the Latt Maxcy
Memorial Library. Free. "My Neighbor
Totoro." Two young sisters spend a
summer in the Japanese countryside
with their father. The children's strange
new home turns out to be a wonder-
land filled with creatures and a trio of
furry woodland sprites who can only
be seen by children. Animated, rated G.
'Run time of one hour and 28 minutes
Monday, July 25
The Frostproof City Council will meet
for a regularly scheduled meeting start-
ing at 6 p.m. in city hall. A special bud-
get workshop will precede the meeting,
starting at 4 p.m. Meetings are open to
Vacation Bible School
Through August 5. "God is wild about
you" is the theme of this years Vacation
Bible School at First United Method-
ist Church of Frostproof. The evening
sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m, with
an opening, followed by a meal, Bible
study, crafts, music and games. All
sessions will be completed by 8 p.m.
(before dark). The program is geared to
ages 5 through 6th graders. Middle and
High school students will be assisting
adult leaders in the various sessions.
If you would like to register your child,
please call 863-635-7778 (Child Care)
and tell them the names and ages of
Saturday, Aug. 27
Murder mystery dinner theater
"Evil on the Beach" will be the pro-
duction as the Frostproof Chamber
offers another in its popular series
of murder mystery dinner theaters.
Cost is $25. The show starts at 7 at the
Ramon Theater. Tickets must be pur-
chased in advance. Call the chamber
at 635-9112 for more information.
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Judge halts Mosaic mine work, again
By GREG MARTIN
In a move heralded as an encourag-
ing victory by the Sierra Club but a
disappointing setback by the Mosaic
phosphate mining company, a federal
judge late last week reinstated a tempo-
rary injunction blocking all mining on
Mosaic's 10,700-acre South Fort Meade
Ironically, U.S. District Judge Henry
Lee Adams in Jacksonville cites Sierra
Club's argument that Mosaic's own
executives previously testified the
company had no viable alternative to
mining some 535 acres of wetlands and
10 miles of streams.
However, just 11 days after the 1 th
Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta
in February placed a 90-day stay on
the proposed mining permit, Mosaic
submitted a notice that it was going to
commence mining a 700-acre upland
portion of the site.
Mosaic argues it needs no federal
permit to mine that site, designated
as Area 2, because it doesn't contain
Adams concluded that Mosaic's anal-
ysis of alternatives that would avoid
mining the wetlands was "incomplete
and/or improperly verified."
The injunction is to stay in place
until Adams rules on the merits of the
Sierra Club's suit, which challenges the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit
that authorizes the wetlands impacts.
Mosaic has yet to determine how the
injunction will affect operations. The
company already had maneuvered drag
lines around a wetland and across a
highway to prepare for mining Area 2,
aerial photographs show.
Mosaic operates several mines in
Central Florida. However, the company
intends to rely heavily on the ore to be
produced from the proposed mine to
supply its fertilizer plants and its U.S.
and global markets, the company has
said in court records.
"We're very disappointed and we
strongly believe the court's ruling is
wrong," said Russell Schweiss, Mosaic
spokesman. "This extreme activism
is directly harming people and the
economy in Central Florida. We're mov-
ing to get this issue before the Court of
Appeals as quickly as possible."
Mosaic's Executive Vice President
and General Counsel, Richard Mack,
termed the company's response as
"surprised and disappointed.
"The inclusion of uplands mining in
the injunction is particularly unwar-
ranted, because such mining does not
require a federal permit. In fact, the
judge has indicated on the record, in-
cluding in his July 2010 injunction, that
uplands mining is permissible," Mack
said. "We do not believe the injunc-
tion is supported by the overwhelming
facts or the law, and we will vigorously
pursue all options to obtain relief, as
we successfully did with the previous
Before a deal was struck last fall to
allow mining on just 200 acres on the
site, Mosaic had laid off 140 workers
there. They were rehired once the ap-
proaval was reached on the 200 acres,
which Mosaic said previously would
be mined out by now.
"The Court's ruling is inconsistent
with the overall regulatory environ-
ment in Florida and may bring signifi-
cant hardship to our employees and
Mosaic continues to stand by the va-
lidity of the Army Corps' permit, which
allows mining activities in wetlands on
-the Hardee County extension of South
Fort Meade, subject to the permit's
stringent terms and conditions, includ-
ing extensive post-mining reclamation.
This permit received extensive scrutiny
and contains more environmental
protections than any Florida phosphate
mining permit ever issued."
Initally, after the Sierra Club filed its
suit a year ago, Adams granted an in-
junction to block mining until he could
rule on the suit.
However, the appellate court a few
months ago issued a complicated rul-
ing. On one hand, that court dismissed
Adams' injunction. On the other, the
appellate court placed a 90-day stay on
the mining. The stay was intended to
give Adams some time to resolve the
The stay prompted Mosaic's notice
of its intent to mine Area 2. That notice
prompted Sierra's motion for another
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Mosaic's argument that it can mine
the site without touching wetlands
serves as evidence that an "alterna-
tives analysis was incomplete and/or
improperly verified," Adams states.
Adams states he also finds "compel-
ling" the Sierra Club's argument that
changing the plan to mine just Area 2
would require modifications to Mo-
"Accordingly, the Court finds that
Mosaic's notice of Area 2 mining alters
the course of this very complicated
case and further, due to the new de-
velopment, finds that a preliminary
injunction should issue until this case
is decided on the merits," Adams wrote.
The judge also stated the court is
"well aware that this matter is time
sensitive and will expedite its merits
The company said Monday it expects
to incur $200 million in pretax expenses
in fiscal 2012 due to a Florida court
injunction that prevents mining activ-
ity where one of its mines is located.
The company believes it will be able to
support planned finished phosphate
fertilizer production levels through the
end of fiscal 2012 through a combination
of existing phosphate rock inventories,
higher output from its other Florida
mines, increasing shipments from the
Company's Miski Mayo joint venture,
and supplemental purchases of phos-
phate rock from third parties.
Percy Angelo, the Sierra Club's phos-
phate chair, said her organization was
"incredibly pleased" with Adams' ruling.
It shows the court is interested in pro-
tecting the environment while the mine
proposal undergoes the full evaluations
required by the Clean Water Act and the
National Environmental Policy Act, she
"Once again, the Sierra Club has
shown they will push their anti-mining
agenda regardless of the cost," said
Schweiss, Mosaic spokesman.
"Despite having said repeatedly that
we should mine the uplands, they've
now taken legal steps that stop us from
doing exactly what they suggested
without regard to the impact on the
livelihoods of hundreds of families."
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Cutting to four work days has pros and cons
Frostproof city officials are considering a
request from its employees that would create
a four-day work week for the 20 or so full-time
workers on its payroll.
Monday night, there was a debate at the city
council meeting regarding the pros and cons of
such a plan.
City Manager T.R. Croley said she was sur-
prised that all but three of the workers surveyed
favored the plan.
Croley did not appear to believe such a move
would be good for the city, although at least a
couple of council members appeared to support
.the idea on a trial basis.
One of the biggest pros is potential savings
from essentially shutting city hall one day a
week. According to Croley, Mulberry currently
operates this way, and has seen savings by fol-
lowing this model.
A cut in customer service, in the eyes of Croley
and others, however, is also one of the biggest
City halls everywhere are in the customer
service business. That is certainly true in Frost-
proof. If the eventual plan calls for closing city
hall on Friday, it eliminates an important day
of the week in which the city conducts business
with the public.
In fact, as Croley noted, Friday is often a pay
day for private sector workers, which makes it a
day that some come to pay their city utility bill.
True, moving to a four-day, 10-hour work week
would afford citizens more early morning and
late afternoon opportunities to conduct busi-
ness. The work day would be somewhere along
the lines of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Local businessman John Alexander voiced
his skepticism of the plan as well, suggesting
the city is there to serve the taxpayers, and that
perhaps the taxpayers should be surveyed to see
if they would to see a work-week switch made.
Of concern, too, he noted, was the efficiency and
productivity of outdoor workers during the sum-
Greetings from whom?
There is a generation of folks for
whom the concept of military conscrip-
tion the draft is from an era asso-
ciated with dial telephones, automobile
window cranks, and TVs with rabbit
Yes, my children, these things once
existed, as did dinosaurs, though I am
just a few years too young to have had a
The draft was a nuisance in the lives
of young American men, like mosqui-
toes, tires that blew out, and Algebra II.
It was there, and we lived with it.
Upon reaching the age of 18, or upon
graduating from college, most of us
would be classified 1-A, your govern-
ment's recognition that you were a
prime candidate for service, or in mili-
tary parlance, good to go.
It began with a notice in the mail
from your draft board that began,
."Greetings from the President."
The draft ended in 1973. Registration
with Selective Service was continued
until 1975, when that requirement was
Registration was resumed in 1980, but
the draft remains a creature of history.
Little known by most folks, the Selec-
tive Service System still exists, with a
small national cadre of National Guard
and Reserve officers to implement it,
and a network of what Selective Ser-
vice now calls "local boards," which
are standby draft boards by any other
I am quite familiar with this system,
having been a part of it for the last 12
years of my Florida National Guard
career, the final five years as deputy
director of Selective Service in Florida.
That title and five bucks will get you
5.L. Frisbie can be contacted at
a cup of designer coffee created to your
specifications by a barista with a gradu-
ate degree in caffeine engineering.
While the draft ended nearly 40 years
ago, its influence lasted for decades.
I would not have remained in ROTC
for four years and obtained an Army
commission in 1962 had it not been for
the draft, nor would I have pursued a
30-year Florida National Guard career
after serving my two years in the active
Many years later, Dad told me that
both decisions really surprised him.
He did not specifically comment on
my retirement with the grade of colonel.
I think that surprised him, too.
The last remnant of the draft era ends
soon with the retirement of Command
Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger, believed to be
the last draftee still in the Army. He is
retiring after a 39-year career at the age
As a 19-year-old drywall hanger, he
told his draft board in 1972 that he had
a job and didn't need to be drafted,
giving the draft board members a good
laugh. Private Mellinger was assigned to
Germany as a clerk. His demeanor and
bearing caught the attention of his su-
periors, The Associated Press reported,
mer heat. A high percentage of the city's work
force is in public works.
Clearly, while worthy of discussion, it is an
idea that needs much greater research to see
exactly what the community's feelings might be
on it, how much could be saved, and to find out
more specifically what the pros and cons of such
a drastic change might be.
There are certainly some industries where
such a plan makes perfect sense. Perhaps Frost-
proof could adopt a similar plan to the Polk
County Schools, that uses a four-day work week
only during the summer. The district estimates
its yearly savings at $250,000 with the plan.
That's not a lot, when you consider how many
school district buildings there are in the county.
Frostproof's savings might be maybe a thou-
sand or two, not a trifling amount as the city's
total budget is $2.4 million, but maybe not worth
the inconvenience of those who want to conduct
business with the city seeing instead the closed
sign one work day a week.
and he won a berth in the Army's elite
Rangers, where he made more than
3,700 parachute jumps.
In a jump-related accident in 1991, he
suffered a severe leg fracture, requiring
several steel implants to restore mobil-
A year later, he was promoted to
command sergeant major, the highest
When his recovery made possible
removal of the steel from his leg, he
fashioned the metal into a wind chime
reflecting his personal motto, "No whin-
He later survived 27 roadside bombs
Presumably without whining.
He is a fitting soldier to mark the end
of the draft era.
SHe did not plan a military career, but
he responded to the call, and he did his
duty, rising to the elite of the enlisted
Of such persons are soldiers made.
Make that Soldiers with a capital S.
(S. L. Frisbie is retired, from both jour-
nalism and the military. He remembers
the observation of a sergeant at ROTC
summer camp a year before he was com-
missioned: 'i i rni' (actually, the word
he used started with a B) is a private's
privilege. Sergeants don't whine to other
enlisted men. IfI want to whine, I'll
whine to an officer:")
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Do you agree with the verdict
in the Casey Anthony trial?
Frostproof News Page 5A
Bob Goering James Jones
... I didn't really follow it much but
I think she is guilty. She was always
changing her stories and karma will
come back on her.
... I believe she should have been
guilty on the first three charges, I
think there is something wrong with
our judicial system.
... Do I like it? No But they had no
evidence to convict her on.
... Don't agree with it, But not
guilty doesn't mean innocent. She is
Letters to the editor/Other Voices
The other side of offshore
drilling wasn't in editorial
Regarding the July 8th editorial titled,
"No Drilling on Florida's Clean Coast-
line," I think that we have to consider
both sides of this story. No drilling
seems to be proceeded by the scares
of oil spills. We worry about the Gulf's
shoreline closing down by an oil spill
and the effect the spill would have on
Florida's tourism business. I believe the
$5 for a gallon of gas that we are headed
to, will have a disastrous effect on the
state's tourism. If tomorrow the govern-
ment announced that they were lifting
the ban on drilling in various locations
around the country where we know
there is an abundant supply of oil, the
price of a barrel oil will drop at once.
Yes we could expect the possibility of
spills. When we started our space pro-
gram did we expect some of the disas-
ters that took place? I expect that NASA
knew that they were taking chances and
may have written off their concerns as
a learning process. The other day as the
last trip took off into space NASA had
compiled the knowledge to keep the
astronauts as safe as possible, and off
they went. Did we learn anything from
the recent Gulf oil spill? I certainly hope
We are going to need fossil fuels to
power the country for the next 40 to 50
years. We are going to have to drill in
the Gulf in the future. Why wait until
next year or five years from now when
the cost of a fill-up will stop the folks
from driving to the "Sunshine State."
There are doubts growing on the
safety of nuclear energy. Currently
Germany is closing their nuclear plants
and will not be building new ones. I be-
lieved that this action will eventually be
balanced by new safety measures and
Germany's needs. We can't do anything
about a hurricanes or a tornadoes, but
we have learned how to protect people
from these events. I hope that "Big Oil"
will convince us that they'have learned
to drill safer just as others are learn-
ing to prevent future problems in their
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Thanks for a
For three days in May, the Fort Meade
Chamber of Commerce hosted the sec-
ond Peace River Folk Festival. Sincere
thanks go out to our sponsors: Peace
River Packing Co., Florida Flywheelers
Antique Engine Club, SunTrust Bank,
Chinoiserie Antiques & Gifts, Sun Coast
Media Group newspapers, and Aqua-
man Pool and Spa. Their generosity to
and support for Fort Meade provided
this outstanding event to take place.
One of the highlights this year was the
re-enactment of the Battle of Bowlegs
Creek, which was solely sponsored by
Mosaic from the cannon powder to
the ladies' tea. Thank you, Mosaic.
David Hackel, his bride Anna, and her
mother, Terrie Davies, are given acco-
lades for the organization and success
of the re-enactment of the Battle of
Special gratitude to the following for
organizing the various areas of the Fes-
tival: Candi Lott cultural exhibitors;
Michael Lunn frontier encampment;
Susan Delp food vendors; Jessica
Thompson Entertainment; Nell
Smith and the FMMHS Band Parents -
parking; Brenda Duke and the FMMHS
Miner Baseball Boosters parking;
Thelma Sturgis right hand assistance.
The City of Fort Meade personnel were
unbelievably cooperative in helping
with logistics and maintenance.
This year's event was a lot of fun and
even though there were buckets of rain
coming down, it did not dampen the
spirits of those on stage, at the exhibits,
or in the audience.
People came from as far away as Hol-
lywood and from throughout the area.
We certainly thank our visitors for being
In 2012, the re-enactment of the Bat-
tle will be moved up to January 27, 28,
and 29 so that cooler weather will help
the soldiers tolerate the wool uniforms,
as well as the high kicking antics of the
dancers at the Confederate Ball.
Peace River Folk Festival will be held
on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a full day of
entertainment and cultural exhibits
along with the Confederate and Union
armies' living history that will be in
place throughout the weekend.
Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce
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July 13, 2011
Pa e 6A Frost roof News
Florida Citrus Mutual announced
Monday the U.S. Department of Agri-
culture will fund $11 million for citrus
disease research over the next four
Industry officials have said stopping
citrus greening, a bacterial disease that
attacks crops, is crucial to the future of
the state's $9 billion citrus industry.
The money will be awarded between
now and 2014, with $2 million going to
Florida-based researchers immediately
and the rest of the funding coming from
a USDA competitive grant program.
"We deeply appreciate this initial
quick infusion of desperately needed
research funding to supplement what
Florida growers have already spent,"
said MichaelW. Sparks, executive VP/
CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual.
A stakeholder board comprised of
producers and scientists from the
leading citrus producing states includ-
ing Florida, California and Texas will
oversee and evaluate the funding and
research announced Monday. U.S.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will
appoint the board members.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, has been
a long-time proponent of citrus disease
research. He has been working to bring
this issue to the attention of the USDA
and has told the industry he remains
committed to establishing a permanent
citrus research trust fund financed
through a portion of the tariff on im-
ported orange juice.
According to the Congressional
Budget Office, that legislation could
generate $118 million over five years for
research against invasive citrus pest and
Mutual President Vic Story Jr. of Lake
Wales said Mutual will continue to work
tirelessly with the Nelson to make sure
citrus research is adequately funded for
the long term.
"The Citrus Disease Research Trust
Fund must be able to serve as a long-
term source of funding as we continue
to fight HLB and other non-native
diseases that haven't reached U.S. soil
yet," Story said. "The very future of a $9
billion industry and the 76,000 jobs it
supports is at stake."
USDA officials indicated that more
than 250,000 jobs representing key
sectors of the U.S. economy are at
risk, including harvesting, packaging,
processing, transportation, marketing,
retail sales, and nursery production.
The federal agency indicated that cit-
rus greening threatens to destroy more
than 1 million commercial citrus acres
that have an annual production value
of approximately $3 billion across the
nation. Yearly losses could reach $10 bil-
lion if citrus greening is left unchecked.
Citrus greening disease obstructs
the flow of nutrients in citrus trees and
leads many fruits to remain green, grow
lopsided and taste bitter.
The disease is present in Florida and
portions of South Carolina, Louisiana,
Georgia, and Puerto Rico. The Asian
Citrus Psyllid, the insect that spreads
citrus greening, has been detected in-
Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,
Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico,
Guam, American Samoa, and areas of
Southern California and Arizona. This
distribution increases the concern that,
should citrus greening be introduced
into new states, the insect would rapidly
spread the disease, the USDA added.
USDA commits to
greening research funds
Sarah E. Wingate, 88, of Lake Wales
passed away Friday, July 8, 2011, in
She was born Oct. 15, 1922, in Walton
County, Ga. to the late John E. and Stella
M. (Garrett) Thompson; she came here
in the early 1970s from Atlanta. She was
retired from Rich's Department Store,
a member of the First Presbyterian
Church and a veteran of World War II,
serving in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include her husband,
Reginald Gil Wingate; children, Sara L.
Rotenberry of Huntsville, Ala., Linda N.
Finch of Kennesaw, Ga:, John W. Cam-
eron of Marietta, Ga., Nancy A. Baggett
ofAcworth, Ga., Mark R. Cameron of
Pinellas Park, Louis W. Cameron of
Powder Springs, Ga., Judy Gayle Roper
of Lakeland, Lane A. Cocca of Palm Har-
Mrs. Minnie Cecil Bryant, 93, of Me-
ridian, Miss., passed away Sunday, July
3, 2011, at her residence. She was born
Nov. 7, 1917, in Seneca, S.C., to the late
Samuel S. and Nina J. Curtis.
She was the previous owner of the
Orange Hotel in Lakeland and was a
member of the First United Methodist
Church of Frostproof.
Survivors include two daughters,
Jolene McDade and husband, Joe, of
Meridian, Miss., and Lucille Flood of
Frostproof; nine grandchildren, 17
great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-
She was preceded in death by a
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to $8.50 in the face of budget shortfalls.
Most of the small revenue reduc-
tion comes in expected ad valorem
proceeds. This year, the city expects to
collect just more than $965,000. Next
year, Walsh is projecting $948,411.
The mayor said keeping the tax rate
stable would be a challenge, but it
helps that original figures that showed
an erosion of 6 or 7 percent in the city's
taxable value will be much less than
"Actually, I'm pretty pleased. It's more
like 3 percent. That's doable," she said
following the budget workshop. "Our
goal, and I'm not saying we can do it,
but our goal is to try to maintain the
millage rate. If we can do that in these
difficult economic times, that would be
The city council is yet to review the
so-called enterprise fund revenue. That
is the money collected.for city utilities,
andFrostproof has some of the highest
water and sewer rates in ili- area.
It is unclear, however, several hun-
BOOK: Author to sign
FROM PAGE 1A
market, with this book and others cur-
rently in process.
A "World Without Rules" is available
for purchase at HOPE Christian Book-
store in Frostproof, Barnes and Noble
around the state and at Amazon.com
"I'm looking forward to meeting
young readers in the Frostproof area
and seeing who gets a free book," she
said. "Reading to our children from an
early age makes such a huge difference
in their life-long development."
A Winter Haven resident, Gloria
Grace and her husband James Earl
Grace, Sr. have six children and seven
"A World Without Rules" is published
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executive director; David Price, Bok Tower Gardens president; Caroline Lewis, CLEO Institute CEO;
and Kris Jarantoski, Chicago Botanic Garden executive vice president and garden director.
dred new connections made to a
just-completed sewer line project will
pump enough revenue back to the city
to lower those rates, when compared
to the expense of handling significantly
more waste. That issue is expected to
be discussed at the next budget work-
shop on Monday, July 25, That meeting
will start at 4 p.m. at city hall.
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Couple to speak in school classes this year
By BILL RETTEW JR.
The tears and messages were heart-
felt and real.
Tracey Dannemiller tested HIV posi-
tive 26 years ago. Last week she shared
her life experiences, while educat-
ing young adults and their parents or
guardians, at a meeting of the Polk
County Drug Court, Juvenile Division.
During the upcoming school year,
middle and high school Polk County
Public School students, will hear first-
hand from Dannemiller and husband,
Tim Dannemiller, about living with an
HIV positive diagnosis during Repro-
ductive Health classes.
Volunteers, the Dannemiller's speak
to more than 100 groups per year. They
first started publicizing their message
in schools and at venues including the
courthouse 11 years ago.
They lobbied the school district for
several years to give presentations
to the students until a small school
district committee gave them the green
light to talk to Polk students.
"We've taken this negative and
turned it into something positive by
sharing," said Tracey Dannemiller. "I'm
very real and transparent.
"Education is our best defense
against the virus. HIV is very real here
in Polk County."
Her eyes full of tears, Tracey Danne-
miller said she spoke "straight from the
heart" or the name for the presenta-
"I do not want this for any of you,"
Tracey Dannemiller told about two
dozen young adults at the Polk County
Courthouse. "I hope you're leaving this
room a little bit wiser."
The Dannemillers have addressed
many "high-risk" youth groups at the
Audrey Kelley-Fritz, the Polk County
Public School's senior manager of
prevention, health and wellness, said
the district completed the approval
process, thus paving the way for the
Dannemillers to present HIV and AIDS
awareness programs to students.
They're approved to go into schools
at each school principal's discretion,
Parents will be notified in writing
about the programs and be given the
opportunity to opt out, though Kelly-
Fritz said that "99 percent" of parents
support the school district's reproduc-
tive health program.
"The parents have to trust us," said
Kelly-Fritz. "It provides (a basis for)
discussion for them.
Tracey Dannemiller talks about living with HIV Tuesday at the Polk County Courthouse to the Polk County Drug Court Juvenile Division. She and her
husband, Tim, will be talking to classes this year.
"We teach the students, but the par-
ents can also teach the students."
While last week's program at the
courthouse involved talk of barrier
methods of birth control (including
condom use) Polk County School stu-
dents will only hear abstinence educa-
tion. Students will hear how the virus
might be contracted, including through.
shared needles and when getting a
shave at the barber's.
Tim Dannemiller said that conven-
tional types of education concerning
HIV and AIDS awareness was not get-
ting the point across or people are not
"It makes it real for people so
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In another controversial call this Sumter County runner was called safe as Frostproof's Brent
Howell appears to have made a solid tag.
The Frostproof Dixie Senior Allstars took on Sumter County Allstars on Saturday, July 9, in state
baseball playoff action and brought home an 8-1 victory. Sunday, Frostproof lost to Sebring 13-3
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GARAGE: Garage going strong
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town to survive. Some even offer the
same services that Ron has delivered
for a quarter century.
"I survive because of my values and
beliefs" explains Ron Hadden. "One of
my beliefs is to follow your interests. As
far back as I can remember, I had an
interest in mechanical things. I grew
up with a 9/16th wrench in my hand.
I took apart things and put them back
together learning by trial and error".
His love affair was not only with
"I especially liked working on cars,
repairing them, ard restoring them,"
he said. "At the age of 14, I bought my
first car, a '58 Chevy, and after that
repairing, restoring and selling became
a part-time business".
It took a while though before his
interest became his career.
"When I turned 18, I set aside my
main interest. I was just married and
decided I needed a job with health
benefits. I went to work for the Ben Hill
Griffin plant which was later taken over
by Proctor and Gamble," he recalled.
"For next 17 years, harvesting was my
career. Mechanical repair and restora-
tion, became a weekend diversion. I
worked many 12 hour days, sometimes
coming home for a few hours and then
returning to work another shift. At the
age of 22, I became the youngest super-
visor in the plant. This accomplishment
I believe had to do with a set of values
that included a strong work ethic."
About June of 1986, Ron decided it
was time once again to pursue his main
Ron explains "I left my career at Proc-
tor and Gamble behind. I gathered
together my two teen age sons, Frankie
"Bucky" Wayne and Ronald, my Broth-
er, Larry, my brother-in-law, Bobby
Marlowe, (a construction contractor)
and a local electrician, Johnny Hanks.
With their help, Ron's Auto Repair was
literally built from the ground up. We
poured the cement floor, put up the
block walls, and by September my two
sons and I were finishing it off with the
Ron talks about that first year.
"It was rough, especially since I bare-
ly made half the money I was making
at Proctor and Gamble," he recalled.
"With long hours, hard work and a lot
of sacrifice, the business survived that
Now Ron wasn't working hard with
the hopes of getting rich.
"I knew it was unlikely that I'd ever
live a life of leisure, but that wasn't my
goal. I wanted to be able to provide for
my family, while working at an occupa-
tion I enjoyed. My livelihood was de-
pendent on me and my hard work, not
on some corporate executive trying to
impress an investor or stockholder with
the company's bottom line," he said.
Any day of the week Ron's loyal cli-
entele will expound on his work ethic,
adding things like "Ron is great friendly
guy who actually can fix anything that
rolls down the street or floats on the
While Hadden has a great work ethic
and is very talented, any businessman
will probably tell you, it takes a lot
more than just talent to survive in to-
day's market. Big Business will expound
on such things as demographics, mar-
ket shares and advertising. Ron agrees,
"It does take more than just talent
to survive in today's market, but I can't
and won't even try to do what these
businesses are doing," he said. "What
would my customers do if I were to put
one less lug nut on each of their tires
because I need to sustain or increase
my profits. How about I put less oil in
their engines, skimp on the quality or
quantity of their brake fluid."
In fact, in order to compete, he does
just the opposite.
"Don't compete. "Refuse to compete,"
he said. "Remember the people that
come to you are neighbors, friends,
family, and if you like, perhaps clients.
Think of them that way, but never think
of them as customers. Never spend a
penny on any kind of marketing data or
advice. Without that data you won't be
treating the people that frequent your
business as customers and you won't
be assuming that they're too dumb to
read the label on a package, or that
they can't figure out when their time
is being wasted or when they're being
His other mottoes are familiar to
many successful, small business men.
"Treat everyone like family, a good
friend or valued client." Ron said.
"When you come to me, I'm going to
analyze your problem, and give you an
honest estimate of the time and cost
to repair your vehicle. Then I'm going
to do the best job that you can afford.
Now, that's a little different than what
you're going to get elsewhere."
He said that most operations like his
fall under one of four categories.
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There isn't much mechanical that Frostproof's Ron Hadden can't work on.
"The first is your neighborhood
or small town repair shop like mine,
which depends on the town or neigh-
borhood for his business and to stay in
business, they must maintain a good
reputation. They may not always be
the cheapest place to go, but you'll get
quality work and a quick resolution of
any justified complaints."
"The second is the bargain repair
shop. Here you may get a great price,
but there's one thing you have to un-
derstand," he continued."Years ago the
most expensive part of any repair was
the labor costs, but these days the costs
of good quality parts for any major
work generally exceeds the labor costs
and since we know nobody is going to
work for nothing, you're going to have
to question those too good to be true
estimates. Chances are you'll need an
extra "this or that" before the work is
completed arid all of a sudden, you
costs have escalated and no longer look
so great. Remember, once the repair is
done, even poorly done, you'll be out
the door before you realize it and then
it's really going to be tough to get your
Ron is a throwback to yesteryear, and has stayed open for more than a quarter century despite competition from huge, national retailers.
They size of the shop and the stakes
get higher the more you climb the lad-
"Then there's the big money repair
shops. You'll pay top price for parts
plus the mechanics markup. You'll pay
top dollar for labor, usually well over
$100/hour. This is all very well and
good if you're driving a classic or late
model luxury car and you have that
kind of money, but for the average
person you may find the repair costing
more than the value of the car. Prob-
ably much more than you can afford.
Usually there is no middle ground with
the high-end repair shop. You pay their
price or do without the repair."
"Last and least there's the unlicensed
mechanics and/or the "do it yourself"
group, but likely as not they end up
doing more damage than repairing,
costing you more in the long run than
the high end repair shops ."
Being up front with customers is also
"I'll tell you how I arrived at my
prices and if my price isn't the cheap-
est, I'll explain the reason, I want you
to understand how the cheapest initial
price may end being the most expen-
sive repair in the long run," he said.
Being in the business so long has
other advantages too.
"Don't think experience doesn't
count, even in these days of computer-
ized diagnostic tests. While they may
point to a problem, it isn't always the
"core" problem, which increases your
bill if the mechanic has relied solely on
the computer and now has to do extra
work. Sometimes the cost of the diag-
nostic test is many times more expen-
sive than the actual repair," he noted.
"Certain problems an experienced
mechanic may be able to spot, saving
you the diagnostic cost of the repair,
and certain problems an experienced
mechanic will realize are not actually
the core problem, saving the from hav-
ing to come back for additional work."
When Ron was asked about the
future of independent repair shops like
his, he explained that "Sadly, they are
beginning to disappear. And with all
the governmental regulations, county
codes and environmental regulations
that must be met, the cost to open a re-
pair shop today is astronomical, which
means they're unlikely to be replaced.
The taxes small businesses must
absorb compared to residential taxes
and corporate taxes (many of which are
zero) are another factor that makes it
tough to stay in business. These shops
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RON'S: Garage going strong
FROM PAGE 12A
may end up going the way of the small
farm." Ron however is "Old School"
independent. He neither owes nor is
beholding to anyone. So he intends
to around for awhile. Another one of
those old school values.
Now just as the Lone Ranger had
Tonto, Franklin had Eleanor and Sonny
had Cher, Ron has Michelle Young, who
helps keep him centered, and assists
him in the day to day affairs of running
a small business, often acting as that
extra hand a mechanic always seems to
need. You might say, that in this com-
petitive world, Michelle is Ron's secret
And don't forget to say hello to Pea-
nut, as well, the unofficial helped and
The shop is open Monday through
Friday, generally 9 a.m. until about 5:
p.m. He's been know to start a bit ear-
lier and work bit later and even work
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Frostproof Rotary Club installs new officers
The newly-installed officers of the Frostproof Rotary Club for the year beginning July 1 are
President Tenny Croley, President Elect Johnny Russell, Treasurer Sarah Adelt, and Secretary Anne
Stacy Hackworth, left, President of the Frostproof Rotary Club for the Rotary Year Ending June
30, passes the gavel on to Tenny Croley, who will be the President of the Club for the next fiscal
year. The group's annual installation, catered by the Orange Box Cafe this year, was held at the
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The Frostproof Rortary Club held its annual installation of officers dinner in late June.
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