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Frostproof's Hometown News for more than 85 years 750

Volume 91 Number 52

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Frostproof, Polk County Florida 33843

Copyright 2011 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.

Five thousand miles of love

Frostproof men bike for orphans

Ask Mason Gravley how far he'll
travel to help orphans and missionar-
ies, and his face lights up.
"Five thousand miles," he notes.
After his last mission trip to Uganda,
Africa, Gravley was so touched by the
work of the Gospel House that he de-
cided to help.
"They take in numerous people,
whomever, every night, and feed and
house them," he said.
The house was not large enough to
accommodate the great need in the
impoverished area.
So construction began, and Gravley
But more money was needed to fin-
ish the building hence, the trip.
. The starting point?
Fairbanks, Alaska.
The destination?
Orlando, Fla.
Gravley, 21, joined by companion

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Paul Austin, 23, made preparations for
the trip they hoped would raise "aware-
ness and funds" for the Gospel House.
Gravley's father, Reggie Gravley of
Frostproof, said that he felt a "peace"
about his son's trip.
But then, the miracles began before
they left Polk County.
About three weeks before their
departure, the pair searched for large
boxes to ship their bikes to Alaska,
which they would retrieve after flying
to meet them.
"I walked into a bike shop in Lake-
land," Gravley notes.
He knew the shop's owner, Jason
Brown, and had coached his daughter --
in basketball. It was there, at Road and
Trail Bicycle Shop, that miracle number
one unfolded.
Brown took one look at Gravley's
bike, a $15 piece that had been refur-
bished by a man Gravley calls "a bicycle PHOTO PROVIE
genius." Mason Gravley (left) and Paul Austin of Frostproof biked 5,000 miles from Alaska to Florida to
raise awareness and funds for the Gospel House, a facility in Uganda, Africa, which cares for
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four-day q\work week
four-day work week

Could Frostproof City Hall be closed
on Friday in the future?
That's one possibility under a sce-
nario being discussed by city officials of
switching its employees to a four-day
work week.
The topics came up during last week's
meeting of the city council. City Man-
ager T.R. Croley said a recent survey
of city workers indicated that all but
three would be in favor of working four
10-hour days each week. She admitted
to being surprised by the result, since
a similar survey a year earlier showed
only about half of the city workers
wanting to move to that schedule.
Croley told city council members
there were pros and cons to such a
move. One reason to make a switch
would be to close City Hall one day a
week to save on utility costs. How much
savings could be realized was unclear
during the meeting.

The Polk County school system closes
all its buildings on Fridays during sum-
mer vacation. Officials have estimated
those savings at about $250,000 county
Mayor Kay Hutzelman and Coun-
cilwoman Diana Biehl gave tentative
approval to the idea of a trial change, or
at least investigating it more in depth to
see if the idea was indeed feasible.
"I'm going to play devil's advocate,
Croley said. "This is something that
has to be supported by everybody, not
just my decision. One of the things I
immediately responded to in a negative
manner was productivity. How efficient
will we be? And will we be able to pro-
vide the same quality of service to our
residents are we are currently provid-
ing, because of the heat and various
other factors."
She said workers indicated there
would likely be an increase inefficiency
and productivity because of improved

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What's more fun for kids, and big kids and adults too, then wailing away on a drum? That's what
many Frostproof residents got a chance to do Monday at the Latt Maxcy Memorial Library when
the Tampa Taiko Japaneese Drumming Ensemble's Ron Collins (right) put on a special show.
Among those who got to take a whack were Drew Nicholes, and Noel Torres. More coverage on
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SWelcome to your community calendar
an If you would like to see your event listed on this page,
we can make it happen. Contact us at news@frostproofnews.net

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

Saturday, July 22
Book Signing
Winter Haven resident and former
Fort Meade teacher Gloria Grace will
be signing copies of her book "World
Without Rules" at the Hope Christian
Bookstore on Scenic Highway from 10
a.m. to noon.

Monday, July 25

Council meeting
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
the public.

Monday, Aug. 1
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
the children.
Library Family Night
"There and Back Again: Around the
World in 60 Minutes." Join your guides
Joey and Alexandra, with live animals,
Sydney the Eclectus Parrot from the
Solomon Islands and Pippin the Giant
Albino Leopard Geko from the Middle
East as they take on a journey of
mysteries and stories from around the
world using comedy, magic, puppets
and songs. The show is a hilarious ride
that will entertain, involve the audi-
ence, and motivate children with their
reading, and not to be missed! Starts at
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 9
Monthly Day of Prayer
Starts at 12:10 p.m. in city hall audi-
torium. Sponsored by the Frostproof
Ministerial Association. Free, open to

the public.

Tuesday, Aug. 16
Chamber Lunch
The Frostproof Chamber of Com-
merce will hold its monthly luncheon
meeting at the Ramon Theater starting
at 12 noon. Cost is $9. August's featured
speaker will be Polk County Com-
missioner Melony Bell. Contact the
chamber at 632-9112 for reservations
or more information.

Friday August 26
Kickoff Classic
Frostproof Bulldogs at Haines City
Hornets, 7 p.m.

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significant service improvements from the merger. The addition of
T-Mobile's spectrum resources and thousands of cell sites will quickly
increase capacity and coverage, resulting in better call reliability and
dat2; speeds.
Mobile data traffic on AT&T's network has grown 8,000% over the
last four years. With tablets, cloud computing, and a new generation
of bandwidth-hungry devices on the horizon, demand is expected to
increase an additional 8-10 times by 2015.
Integrating T-Mobile's network resources, while continuing AT&T's
network investment, is the surest, fastest, and most efficient way to
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to enjoy innovative technologies, devices, and services for many years to
come. They will have the freedom to keep their existing pricing plans
and phones, and will benefit in the future with expanded capabilities.
T-Mobile customers will also benefit from network enhancements -
such as improved coverage in remote regions and access to AT&T's
planned next generation networks.

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LTE technology is a super-fast way to connect to the Internet.
The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile will allow AT&T to expand its
LTE wireless broadband network to cover over 98% of Florida
residents. That means one million more people in Florida, many in
small towns and rural areas, will get access to LTE due to the merger.
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Stephen Colbert for governor? The psuedo-
conservative comedian may want to think about
moving to Florida and opening a campaign
office, judging from the way his call to spam-
action sparked a response and media attention
From the looks of things, he may be more
popular than our current governor.
Gov. Rick Scott's favorability numbers have
dipped below 30 percent, according to a recent
Quinnipiac University poll.
Apparently, that gives him the lowest ratings of
all governors right now, and while Scott has said
he is unconcerned, he has picked up the public
relations campaign in recent weeks.
Included in that is a spot on his Website (ricks-
cottforflorida.com), where people can fill out a
flattering form-letter and have it automatically
emailed to one of seven major Florida newspa-
pers. ("Rick Scott deserves our unwavering and
enthusiastic support," it reads in part.)
All in all, bogus.
Not singled out as one of the Big Seven, we
weren't included in the would-be media blitz.
But those newspapers and ours do our best to
detect and weed out mass-mail letters, so they
generally don't work. Scott's Website does add,

Our Viewpoint
"please feel free to customize it specific to your
support," in which case a letter might pass the
sniff test. But still, it seems a lame attempt at
public outreach. All the more so, coupled with
a recent onslaught of campaign-style robo-calls
with recorded messages from the governor tout-
ing his accomplishments.
This type of effort is usually ineffective the
robo-phone calls have prompted widespread
complaints, according to reports. It can also
That was the case this time, when the self-pro-
motional form-email campaign drew the atten-
tion of the wise-acres at The Colbert Report.
Colbert fired up his viewers recently by mock-
ing Scott's half-baked solicitation and offering
a mock-counter-campaign of his own. Viewers
were directed to a form on Colbert's Website that
had similar set-up. Only this time, people could
fill in their own choice words in certain choice
spots (think the old Mad Libs).
The form said: "Dear Editor, "It is my strong
belief that Rick Scott is a(n) (adjective) governor.
His letter praising himself makes me want to
(verb) up. I (adverb) (verb) this great nation, and

everyone should (verb) Rick Scott with a (noun)
for a(n) (interjection) full-body shave like a na-
ked mole rat.
"Sincerely, Name, City."
Soon after, the letters started rolling into our
inboxes. Dozens and dozens of letters.
As it turned out, none mentioned a "naked
mole rat."
They were, however, organized by the Florida
Democratic Party, which responded with a han-
dy email function on its own Website. Included
were suggested talking points "As Governor,
Rick Scott has destroyed over 100,000 jobs in
Florida as he works to impose his extreme Tea
Party agenda on our state" and handy writing
tips "Be concise."
Again, the inbox was flooded, and so was the
It's all pretty silly and a waste of time.
Scott won the governorship last year thanks
to a immense campaign war'chest, the surge of
Tea Party favor and general voter dissatisfaction,
but he has shown an iron-ear when it comes to
building a broader base of support.
At this rate, he may want to watch out for the
likes of Stephen Colbert.
At least he's trying to be a comedian.

Jurors have earned their privacy

Despite the belief of many of my jour-
nalistic colleagues, the First Amend-
ment does not belong exclusively to the
It establishes freedom not only of the
press, but also of speech, religion, and
peaceable assembly to seek redress of
This is not the first time I have
addressed this issue, but I have the
impression that some of my associates
have not yet digested the message.
We live in an imperfect world.

If the phrase "chilling effect on the
people's right to know" were stricken
from the lexicon of First Amendment
lawyers, litigation on Freedom of the
Press issues would be far less wordy.
It's one of those phrases like "tax
breaks for the wealthy" or "don't re-elect
anybody" that is repeated incessantly
until we all nod blankly like a phliti
chihuahua in the rear window of a 1948
Chevy pickup truck, assuming that it
must be valid.
I ardently support all the rights
enunciated in the First Amendment,
but I reserve the right to look beneath
the surface.

It got so little attention that I have
been unable to find out how the judge
finally ruled, but I take exception with
my colleagues in the press on efforts to
get the judge in the Casey Anthony trial
to release the names of the jurors. The
last I was able to learn, he was insisting



S.L. Frisbie

S.L Frisbie can be contacted at

on at least a waiting period to allow the
mob frenzy to subside.
I previously have written that the
jury did what it was supposed to do:
it considered the evidence presented,
and pondered whether guilt was proven
beyond a reasonable doubt..
It decided that was not the case, and
rendered a verdict of acquittal, except
on four misdemeanor counts of lying to
living a ii/\,. irresponsible mom is
not a capital crime, And tens of thou-
sands of h)lk-. with'Twitter or I irr-hoo,k
accounts who wish that she had been
convicted and sentenced to death do
not change that.

After the jury delivered its verdict, the
press clamored for the identity of the
jurors. Out of respect for my colleagues,
I will not speculate on their motives.
But I find it a little disingenuous that
one argument offered was that refusal
to release the jurors' names would un-
dermine the public's confidence in the
legal system.

Excuse me.
The public's disdain however
unwarranted for the decision of this
jury is well-established. Exposing the
jurors to public opprobrium by releas-
ing their names has nothing to do with
confidence in the legal system.

Jurors in Florida are paid $15 a day for
the first three days of service, and $30 a
day thereafter.
That's about one-fourth of minimum
wage for the first three days, and one-

half for the balance of a trial, which in
this case lasted a month-and-a-half.
For this service, their names should
be released for endless harassment
- or worse at the hands of Mon-
day morning quarterbacks who have
labeled them collectively as "village
idiots?" Jurors deserve better than that.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. A few weeks ago
he won an award for a column defend-
ing the First Amendment. This one prob-
ably would not have fared as well.)

The Frostproof News
Jim Gouvellis Publisher
* Aileen Hood General Manager Jeff Roslow Editor Brian Ackley Managing Editor

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How have you spent your summer vacation?

Danique Rosius Brianna Harper
Frostproof Frostproof
14 yrs old 12 yrs old

Angel Contreras Meghan Hadden
Frostproof Frostproof
9 yrs old 11 yrs old

"Football workouts all summer

..."I went to Alabama to visit
family and then to Camp Boggie
Creek in North Florida and next
week going to Georgia to visit
more family."

..."Celebrated my birthday and
spent the night with my Aunt and
came to the Library every day."

... "I went to Fort Lauderdale to
the beach and deep sea fishing
with my dad. Next week I am going
to Liki Tiki Village Resort to play on
the water slides."

Letters to the editor/Other Voices

Uniforms, yes, but

not those expensive ones

I agree with Anne Lazzari's article to
the Lake Wales Newspaper, in the July
16 edition.
I like the idea of school uniforms.
Students learn better without students
wearing different clothes, trying to '
compete for the best dressed or in style
clothing, that can be a huge distraction.
Also students can be mean and make
fun of students who do not dress like
the other students.
Parents of students should be able
to buy white shirts that are similar,
anywhere that the they may purchase at
a cheaper price. The parents can either
sew into the white shirts "LW"-color
of the pant/shorts/skirts or how about

wearing a pin-"LW".
Either way, $17.75 is a high price for
a white shirt. $10 or less is much more
reasonable for parents with many stu-
I was a single parent years ago, with-
out child support. I understand com-
Also, the economy is so bad, and no
hopes of greatly improving in the near
future. The Lake Wales High school
should be more understanding of the
parents financial concerns, instead of
the fine tuning the looks of their uni-
Nancy A. Pladziewicz
Lake Wales

"Camera Ready Judd"

is at it o
I certainly hope inmates at the Polk
County jail aren't too upset at the news
our good Sheriff will cease the practice
of providing underwear free of charge;
after all, it could be very much worse
- they could be stuck in Sheriff Joe Ar-
paio's Maricopa County, AZ, jail, where
they'd be required to wear pink undies,
among other indignities.

nee again
One can't help but wonder just how
close to the bottom of the barrel "Cam-
era Ready" Grady Judd's press agent
has gotten with this latest stunt but
my money is on discovery of a deeper
Jeffrey D. Goff

We are looking for local columnists

Would you like to write about local events and share your
opinions and ideas with your fellow readers?
Give us a call at 863-676-3467. Ask for Jim or send a sample
column to Gouvellis@lakewalesnews.com and we will take a
look at your submission.



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Jessie Lewis Margaret L. Christian

Jessie Lewis of Frostproof passed
away Friday, July 15, 2011 at the Good
Shepherd Hospice facility in Sebring.
She was 95.
She was born
March 21, 1916 .
in Altoona, Pa., to -
the late Simon and .
Susanna (Clapper)
Wert; and came to
Frostproof from
Naranja, Fla. 16
years ago.
She was a re-
tired concession
operator for the
Gold Coast Rail- Jessie Lewis
road Museum in
Miami, and was of
the Baptist faith. She was also involved
with carnivals for many years including
Millers Daredevils and trapeze show.
Jessie was preceded in death by her

first husband, Eddie Miller in 1966, and
second husband, Robert Lewis in 1995.
Survivors include her daughter, Sharon
Edwards of Frostproof; sister, Cora M.
Wert Fisher of Frostproof; brothers,
Martin L. Wert of South Williamsport,
Pa., Simon E. Wert of Hollidaysburg, Pa.,
and Frederick Eugene Wert ofAltoona,
Pa.; three grandchildren, Jeffrey, Grego-
ry, and Bradley; three great-grandchil-
dren, Chris, Sierra, and Aaron; and one
great-great-granddaughter, Cassidy.
A graveside service will be held 11
a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the Silver
Hill Cemetery in Frostproof.
In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to Good Shepherd Hospice
(105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Fla.
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Margaret ;
L. Christian, 86, of
Lake Wales, Fla.,
died on Friday,
July 15, 2011, at .
her home, of re- .- .,
spiratory failure.
She was born
February 21, 1925
in EauClaire,
Wis. and moved
to Lake Wales in Margaret L. Christian
1987,from Free
Soil, Mich. She was a homemaker and a
member of the Catholic Church of the

Debra Kay Craft

Debra Kay Craft of Lake Wales passed
away Monday, July 18, 2011 at her
residence. She was 51. Marion Nelson
Funeral Home is in charge of arrange-

Holy Spirit in Lake Wales.
Survivors include her husband Allen
Christian, daughters Alice Scott, Janet
Cowley, Michele Helvey, Marie Raber,
and Barbara Swanson, sons David
Christian, Fred Vernimo, and Mark
Christian, twenty-four grandchildren,
and fourteen great grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be Thursday,
July 21, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. at the Catholic
Church of the Holy Spirit. Inurnment
will be made at a later date at Saint John
Cantius Cemetery in Free Soil.
Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Wales
is in charge of arrangements.

Samuel Rivera
Samuel Rivera of Lake Wales passed
away Sunday, July 17, 2011. He was 67.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake
Wales is handling the arrangements.

Tenative pact formed for hiring at Sunrise

Many spoke, but top two worked out agreement for hiring low-income people

By BILL RETTEW JR. Freund, co-owner of general contractor
STAFF WRITER Brooks & Freund, discussed hiring at the
Sunrise Public Housing work site.
After much talk, the others in the
Most of 20 stakeholders had a say dur- packed room mostly listened as the pair
ing Wednesday's hour long meeting, but resolved differences and planned ahead.
in the end sweeping changes were only During the final five minutes of the
made when two men talked face to face meeting at the housing authority office,
across a conference room table. Horne, who works from an office at the
Clinton Home, Green and Gold Foun- B Street Center, and the project's general
dation president, and builder Richard contractor, Freund, hammered out a

tentative agreement to improve hiring
practices for local, low-income residents
during construction of Phase I of the
project where work started in January.
Home suggested the meeting attend-
ed by Norstar and Primerica's Develop-
ment Director Richard Cavalieri, Paula
Rhodes, Norstar director for develop-
ment of the state of Florida, Freund and
two subcontractors, members of the
Green and Gold Foundation, Executive

Director of the Lake Wales Housing Au-
thority Al Kirkland Jr., two housing au-
thority board members, former Mayor
Jack Van Sickle and several concerned
Home recently said that the builder
failed to hire a single "new hire" for
more than 40 hours from a pool of 235
low-income and mostly local, minority
residents registered with.the Green and
Gold Foundation.

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July 20, 2011

Thornton welcomed as new bank manager

Helped Frostproof to state football title in 1999

Chuck Thornton has taken over as
office manager of Citizens Bank and
Trust's Frostproof branch.
It's a short distance away from the
field where he helped the Frostproof
Middle/High School Bulldogs win the
1999 state championship in football
(he was a starting linebacker), but for
Thornton, the journey hasn't been as
simple as driving a mile or so south
down State Road 17 and taking a left on
Wall Street.
After graduating high school in 2001,
Thornton went on to study business
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Graceland University in Iowa. He com-
pleted his finance degree atWebber
International University in 2005.
Thornton started working for Citi-
zens Bank and Trust in December 2005.
Over the last six years, he's worked in
just about every department from "be-
hind the scenes" positions in the credit
and collections departments to study-
ing lending under Jim Harmon and
learning the "up front" jobs like teller
and customer service representative.
He was assistant manager of the Au-
burndale branch and had been manag-
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hand Friday, flanking Chuck Thornton during a celebration to welcome his arrival as manager of
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2010 before accepting the Frostproof
assignment. He replaces Sherri Mack-
lin, who moved up to a position in the
corporate loan office for the bank.
"I'm very excited to have the oppor-
tunity to be back home and see all the
familiar faces. I look forward to serving
all the banking needs of the hometown
customers," Thornton said, after his
many stops over the past few years.
"Frostproof is the town that raised
me and a large majority of my family
and friends reside here. I can't just say
that I like Frostproof, I have to say that
I love Frostproof and this is where my
heart is," he added.
Missy Maxwell, assistant branch
manager at Frostproof, is happy to have
Thornton as their new manager.
"I've known him since he was a little
boy. He's a great guy and it's wonderful
having him here we're all so proud of
him," she said.
Throughout his time with Citizens

Bank and Trust, Thornton has been
very active in charity and local commu-
nity organizations. He plans to get very
involved in the Frostproof Rotary Club,
where Macklin was also an active mem-
ber, as well as the Chamber of Com-
merce. He's long been a captain of the
annual YMCA Corporate Cup in Lake
Wales, and can always be seen at the
American Heart Association Heartwalk
and other events in the community.
"I love my position because it not
only allows me the opportunity to work
with a wonderful staff, but also to be-
come involved in the great community
of Frostproof," Thornton added.
To honor his move to Frostproof, the
bank held a "meet and greet" for the
community last Friday as bank custom-
ers, family and friends stopped by to
congratulate Thornton and enjoy the
refreshment featuring cupcakes from
Tom Devault of Tom's Tasty Treats.
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Citizen's Bank and Trust representative Rick Phillips had hats, pens, coasters and several other
items to give away. Tony Sackett (right) was one of many Frostproof residents who stopped in for
the festivities.


Byrd birth

Shelley Byrd wishes to announce the
birth of her daughter, Savannah Mi-
chelle Byrd. Savannah's father Michael
Wayne Byrd Jr. passed away on March
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16, 2011 at Florida Hospital in Sebring.
She weighed 8 lbs. 14 oz. and was 22
1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Carl Tip-
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Paternal Grandparents are Michael
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Great-grandparents are Jerry and
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Savannah Michelle Byrd
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The Polk County Youth Fair Board
has banned Michaela Aycock from par-
ticipating in next year's fair, as well as
having a trespass notice served on her
father, Michael Aycock.
"It was not done in anger," said Dab-
ney Conner, an attorney with Boswell &
Dunlap LLP, who is also a member of
the Polk County Youth Fair board.
According to Conner, the determi-
nation was based on the belief the
Aycocks broke the rules. It did not help,
Conner said, that the Aycocks broke the
Conner emphasized that he was
not in attendance at the time of the
incident. His knowledge of this year's
event, held late January, he said, was
based on what had been reported to
him by sources he considered reliable.
The incident in question was the
auctioning of a steer, named White-
bread, that Michaela had raised. When
auction time rolled around, the steer,
named a "grand champion," drew one
bid, for $3 per pound. The low bid

Michaela Aycock and her steer Whitebread that
won grand champion at the Polk County Youth
Fair in January. She is banned from partici-
pating the Youth Fair in the future.
was a major disappointment to the
Aycocks, and Conner acknowledged
being informed that the family was
upset, which led to Aycock being vocal
in his disappointment. Once an animal
is auctioned, it is returned to the barn,
where the previous owner leaves it, to
be retrieved by the successful bidder.
Conner's understanding is the Aycocks
knowingly broke the rules when they

removed the steer.
"We try to instill in young people
who participate in our fair (that) there
are rules," said Conner.
That is not how things transpired, ac-
cording to Michaela Aycock, who spoke
from Perry, Ga., Friday where she was
participating in a cattle show.
After the auction was concluded, a
committee member removed White-
bread from the auction area. While the
steer was in the barn, her father spoke
with the representative from Mosaic
who agreed to reverse the bid.
Michaela said her father informed
Jimmy Bolden, president of the Youth
Fair, what had transpired and asked
whether this was allowed under the
rules. Bolden then called several other
committee members and the group
met in private. Supposedly, they did
a review and determined that what
Aycock proposed was permitted. They
drew up a document detailing the ac-
"I was standing there when he signed
it," she said.
Nor did her father create a scene, she
maintained. Had he, a police officer

present could have halted any distur-
bance, she said.
Learning she was barred from next
year's event came as a surprise, that she
only learned about earlier this week.
It contradicted the sequence of events
Conner, joined by Drew Crawford, an-
other attorney with Boswell & Dunlap,
who is also a Polk County Youth Fair
board member.
According to the two, once the board
made its decision, it had Sgt. David
Wyant personally.serve the trespass
notice, as well as a briefly worded letter
from Bolden to Michaela informing her
she would not be allowed to partici-
pate. Michaela said Wyant did serve the
trespass notice, but nothing else. Wyant
was off duty Friday and could not be
reached for comment.
"I knew I would be here (in Perry,
Ga.), so I asked my 4H leader, Ashley
Sowell, if she would take it (the applica-
tion form) up for me," said Michaela.
Sowell was told by Janice Jackson, who
is with the Youth Fair that Michaela
was no longer welcome. Sowell told
Michaela that Jackson told the 4H
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Iulv 20, 2011

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It wasn't all about banging drums, however.
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Julv 20, 2011

Commissioner wants to study county graduation rate


The future of Polk County's economic
development rests heavily on improv-
ing Polk County's lagging education
system, County Commissioner Bob
English said last week.
In a presentation at Board of County
Commissioners meeting, English
gained unanimous approval for a mo-
tion to analyze the economic impact
that he called the county's educational
attainment deficit may have on the
future and investigate actions to elimi-
nate or lessen such economical impact.
"We're doing well in other areas such
as parks and transportation," said Eng-
lish. "Yet, we're so weak in educational
The concerns were backed by data
English acquired from a study of the
best places for business and careers
published by Forbes.com in June 2011.
According to the survey, Polk County
ranked the lowest on the totem pole in
education with a 187 out of 200 of the
largest metropolitan statistical areas in
America. Other counties such as Hills-
borough weighed in with 136, Orange
at 112, Duval showing 104 and Alachua
boasting 21. Looking beyond statewide
statistics, Polk County also is close to
the lowest nationwide in education.
"Polk County fares pretty well with
their cost of living and crime statistics,"
English stated. "We're a safe county.
With the exception of job growth, Polk
County looks great. The major road-
block to economic prosperity is our low
education. We should have 38,000 more
high school graduates than we do now.
The level of education in our county

has a lot to do with the economy. We
need a plan."
English pointed out to his fellow
commissioners that in 2004 Polk
County had an $800 million deficit in
infrastructure including transporta-
tion, utilities, public safety, parks and
recreation, and drainage. In 2005 the
board constructed a plan to do away
with these deficits and today there are
roads being constructed, fire stations,
EMS stations, an emergency center,
PCSO facilities, wastewater treatment
plants, water supply plants and drain-
age projects.
"I think it's an overwhelming prob-
lem," English said. "We set aside $1
million for roads. Will we set aside $1
million for education? I don't know."
The goal is to get more students to
stay in Polk County, which in turn, in-
volves making the county more inviting
to high-tech companies. However, this
was labeled a "chicken and egg" sce-
nario by Rodney Carson of the Central
Florida Development Council (CFDC)
who said that companies look at K-12
success rates in the county and decide
whether to bring their businesses here.
At the same time, it would take more
high paying jobs to lure Polk's stray-
ing students back to their home turf
instead of going to larger cities such as
Tampa or Orlando for job opportuni-
A proposal of collaborative solutions
involved education at all levels begin-
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school system to hold schools account-
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resources and to help with funding for
low performing schools. Colleges, edu-
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University of South Florida Poly-
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to be reckoned with as far as making
the community more appealing to
our youth with job opportunities. The
proposal suggested bringing in new
professors to the school in the future.
Smith had an emotional draw to the
topic sharing his past experience as a
teacher of gifted students.

"It broke my heart when they left
and didn't come back," Smith said. "We
may have great parks and such, but it's
the availability of high-tech jobs that is
driving our students away. We have a
brain drain. The higher the education
level, the more deficit we show."
Commissioners agreed to take a
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solutions at their retreat in 2012.
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MILES: Biking for orphans

A nice bike, Brown didn't think it
would weather the cross country trip.
He opened a catalogue, Gravley's father
said, and said "I want to give you two of
"These" were mountain bikes with
disc brakes just like the ones on cars.
Each valued at about $1,700, the gifts
were a blessing.
Three weeks later, they mounted
their bikes and hit the road.
The first day they saw a dead grizzly
bear, perhaps an omen of a close-call
they'd encounter later.
They were young, free, and full of
"It was great, every day was a new
road," he said.
"With completely new surroundings.
We never went over the same thing
twice, and that is what kind of just kept
us going."
An atlas with the states they would
pass through outlined in hand, they
spent the first 1,500 miles on the same
road, the Alaskan Highway.
The first three days of their trip, they
faced harsh weather with snow and
high winds.
"The first night we slept after ped-
dling 65 miles, so we rode through the
snow on our second day, and we're
both from Florida ... we went through
it all, from lightning storms to just
pouring rain, to snow and hail. It didn't
matter, we'd ride through it. We were
going to get at least 50 miles in per day,
that was our goal."
The one element they hadn't pre-
calculated was the wind.
"Wind was by far the most difficult
element to deal with," Gravley said.
"My friend described it as emasculat-
ing, because you're on a flat road, or

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Alaska, to Frostproof to raise awareness and funds for the Gospel House orphanage in Uganda, Africa. Gravley has already been to Uganda once and

plans to return next summer to finish the house.
even going down hill, and you don't
understand why you can't go any faster
than you are going it's because the
wind's stopping you completely."
"It would just halt you completely,
and it was frustrating because you
couldn't see it."
Two weeks later, homesickness
settled in. But that day, Gravley notes,
they came upon a forest, "Sign Post
Forest," so called because of the 75,000
road signs therein, mounted on 6 by 6
posts, 15 feet high each.
"There were so many places from

Florida," he said.
"Tons of Polk County license plates. It
was awesome."
Then there were the animals.
The pair saw signs their first day in
British Columbia, somewhere around
Day 20 of their 66-day trip.
"Look out for buffalo," they read.
Gravley thought they resembled
They were everywhere, laying down,
standing up, everywhere.
One at the top of the hill was taking a
nap, and sprung to its feet suddenly as

Gravley and Austin approached.
"It looks at us and just takes off run-
ning down the road on the opposite
lane over the hill, and then the worst
thing that could happen did. He ran
right into the side of a semi-truck." But
the buffalo was fine after impact. The
driver jammed his brakes. The buffalo
ran to the other side of the hill, stand-
ing and watching the pair.
He continued the pattern of run-
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July 20, 2011


July 20, 2011

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MILES: Biking for orphans
FROM PAGE 15A awake.
The tw(
Gravley said. paper-thi
"Over and over again, for 10 miles. It for outside
was crazy." They h
"Another semi stopped and said 'hey quitoes ac
guys there is a buffalo there, and it grunts.
... looks... angry.' The nex
The beast disappeared, only later to a mother
reappear at their campsite. just inches
"I was scared to death, it was almost miraculoi
funny," he said. pair's food
Eventually the beast lost interest, and sandwich
Gravley was one step closer to a deeper People
faith in some higher power. young me
Day 40 of the trip was nice. offered sh
Gravley celebrated his 21st birthday said they
at Mt. Rushmore. another r
Miracle number three came one Fifty-fix
night when Austin shook Gravley

o were asleep inside their
n tent, which had no windows
Ie viewing.
heard an eerie sound of mos-
ccompanied by bone-chilling
xt morning, bear tracks ...
bear and her cubs were
es away from their tent, but
usly, did not get into the
d provisions of peanut butter
along the road helped the
en; some bought lunch, others
shelter for the night. Gravley
always asked them to stay
night, but they kept moving.
ve days of their trip they spent -

in their tent, only spending about $600
over the duration of the three months.
They even stayed in some towns
against the advice of "the locals," being
unafraid of what might happen to them
as strangers in the area.
"I really had to just read Jesus' words
and just believe that what he said was
true when he said 'I am sending you
out like sheep among wolves.' And I am
thinking, the Great Shepherd is tell-
ing us that he is sending us out among
wolves ... to not worry about people
who can kill the body, but worry about
the one who can kill body and soul.
Pre-trip Gravley versus post-trip?
He learned to appreciate a quote by
David Platt.
"The key to living a radical life for

Christ is realizing that death really is
"When you look at death as gain,
nothing will strike fear in you. I feel like
fear and isolation keep us from doing
what we are supposed to do in Christ,"
Gravley said.
For more information on the Gospel
House and how to contribute to Grav-
ley's efforts, visit his Facebook page
called "GospelHouseTour."
Kathy Leigh Berkowitz can be reached
at klberkowitz@lakewalesnews.com

for reading the
Frostproof News

WEEK: Four days, 40 hours

Croley said closing Friday is far from
the only option. In fact, she suggested
it might not be the best day since it is
often a payday for many city residents
who then come in to pay their utility
bills that day.
"If they want to come in when they
have cash in hand, we want to be here
to be able to take that money," she said.
"I'm not advocating one way or an-
other. I'm putting out the pros and cons
I see from where I'm sitting."
Also, that is garbage pickup day in
Frostproof, meaning customer com-
plaints regarding the trash service
would not be able to be processed as
well if City Hall were closed on Fridays.
She also said that it might be neces-
sary to incur some overtime costs if the
city went to a four-day work week.
Croley indicated she had spoken with

Mulberry city officials, where a four-day
work week is already used, and that
there had been at least some savings in
electric use.
Hutzelman noted that by being open
earlier and later on four days, it might
actually be easier for those who work to
pay their bills with extended hours at
City Hall.
If there was a change, it would not af-
fect the city's fire department or library
City resident John R. Alexander spoke
against the idea.
"Taxpayers are looking at city gov-
ernment to run five days a week. It's
been run that way for probably close to
100 years," Alexander said. "Let's run a
survey of the taxpayers. They're paying
the bill. Let's ask them what they want,
not what the workers want. To turn the
world upside down because you ran a
survey of the employees is just, I think,



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