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settles on new
By BRIAN ACKLEY
NEWS @ FROSTPROOFNEWS.NET
Frostproof leaders have settled on a
final budget that will keep the current
millage rate of $7.8029 for the 2011-12
The city council gave its unanimous
approval to the spending blueprint,
which projects total estimated general
fund revenues of $2.473,290, and ex-
penses of $2,161,990. Total revenues for
the city's enterprise fund, which covers
utilities, are $1,774,600, while expenses
are calculated at $1,247,670.
For the first time in many years, that
will actually create a fund balance, or-
surplus, in the enterprise account, city
It will be the fourth straight year that
Church finally finds a home
By BRIAN ACKLEY
Frostproof's Church on the Ridge fi-
nally has a place to call home, and with
the city's blessing.
City council members Monday night
gave their unanimous approval to a
deal that will allow the congregation
to use the Wall Street Depot for Sun-
day and Wednesday services, as well
as other activities, and to use for the
Previously, Church Pastor Robby
Weatherholt sought permission to rent
the city hall auditorium for such a use.
However, that idea was rejected by the
council on a 3-2 vote.
The city's involvement in the new
arrangement was necessitated because
the depot is within 500 feet of P and
J Recreation, which serves beer and
wine. As such, the city needed to issue
a conditional use permit to allow the
church to locate there.
The depot is actually operated by
the Frostproof Chamber of Commerce,
and the contractual deal is between the
the night away
Polk County Commissioner
Melony Bell and partner Jim
Reddick were an elegant
entry. See more photos on
K.M. THORNTON, SR.
woman Diana Biehl
and Chuck Thornton,
manager of the
Frostproof branch of
Citizen's Bank and
Trust, cut a number.
President Bush sits with his Chief of Staff Andy Card beside him as fellow politicians sit on the
couch on Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001. The Rep. Adam Putnam is seated on the left. Putnam
was with Bush in Sarasota that day when the terrorist attack occurred.
By ALEX LEARY
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
The group waiting on the steps of
Emma E. Booker Elementary School for
President George W. Bush was informed
he would not stop to talk to them on
the way inside. He had to take a call.
Bush stopped anyway. "I'll be right
there," he told his chief of staff, Andrew
"Mr. President," Card replied, "you
really need to take this phone call."
It was the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
"It's hard to believe it's been 10
years," said former U.S. Rep Adam Put-
nam, now Florida's agriculture commis-
sioner, who was at the school.
Putnam, a Bartow Republican the
president nicknamed "Red," and the
others were preparing for a feel-good
event: a visit with students that would
highlight the school's improvement.
The call Bush took was startling, but
no one knew what was really going on.
Officials first thought a small propeller
plane had hit one of the World Trade
Bush continued with the program,
reading along as second-graders recited
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training to our business owners. Ses-
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and -3 p.m. in the Ramon Theater.
There is no cost for Chamber members.
If you have any questions or would like
to schedule your appointment call the
office at 635-9112.
Friday, Sept. 16
At DeSoto High School. Kickoff 7
Monthly luncheon meeting of the
Frostproof Chamber of Commerce.
Sponsor: Small Business Development
Center. Speaker: Rodney Carson, direc-
tor, Economic Development and Small
Business Development Center. Cost,
including lunch, $9. Contact the Cham-
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or more information.
Tuesday, Oct. 4
Family Financial Fitness
The class will begin with dinner at
5:30 p.m. at the Frostproof Care Center.
The class will be from 6-8 p.m. Chil-
dren are welcomed to come to the
dinner and class, there will be special
fun activities for them to learn to save
money! There will be give aways such
as foods and gift cards. Cost is free for
qualifying Polk, Highllands and Hardee
Friday, Oct. 7
Frostproof's High School Grand
Reunion has been scheduled for Oct. 7
and 8. All graduates members are urged
to attend the Frostproof High School
against rival Fort Meade High at 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Faris Brannen Stadium. Tick-
ets are $6 at the gate. A walking tour
of Historic Downtown Frostproof is
planned for 9 a.m. Saturday All classes
meet at the Ramon Theater where a
brochure will be provided. At noon,
classes will meet individually. At 4 p.m.,
the Grand Reunion will be held at the
Wall Street. Tickets may be purchased
at Frostproof Chamber office, 15 E. Wall
St., or mail a check payable to Frost-
proof Alumni to P.O. Box 863, Frost-
proof, FL 33843. For more info, call the
Chamber at 863-635-9112
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Agriculture's growing problem
Florida's agricultural industry has a growing
problem. While growing is what they are focused
on, their own politics may be getting in the way.
Flexing their clout after decades of relative qui-
et, Florida agricultural interests became highly
active in the political arena in the 1990's, and
have maintained their presence since.
Farmers and citrus growers ran for office, and
supported their own, capturing a significant
number of seats in Florida's Legislature.
Coinciding with the Republican takeover of
Florida's government, almost all agriculture-
allied candidates have run as Republicans.
A significant part of the GOP's rightward-tilted
national platform in recent years has been a
strong anti-immigrant stance. High unemploy-
ment in the U.S. has also increased the focus on
illegal immigration. Conservative voters nation-
wide have demanded, and received, increasingly
tough new laws that prevent 'outsiders,' particu-
larly Latinos, from entering the United States.
The drumbeat of demand for tough anti-immi-
gration laws has motivated Republican ma-
jorities in both the U.S. House and the Florida
legislature to consider forcing employer use of
the Federal "e-Verify" system.
It would require workers to demonstrate a
verifiable Social Security number or legal right
to work, with penalties for employers who hire
"It's a very difficult dilemma," according to
Mike Carlton, director of Labor Relations for
the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association. "It
would severely impact the (growers) ability to
operate. The emotions surrounding the issue
seem to be trumping the economic reality."
Latinos make up the backbone of Florida's
seasonal farm labor pool. Willing to work under
difficult conditions for low pay, they harvest not
only oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit, but
tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers; and dozens of
other crops across the state.
"We make a serious effort to attract domes-
tic workers but frankly, we never come close
to attracting what we need," Carlton said. He
describes pay ranging up to $10 or $12 per hour
based on 'piece rate' work. "It's hard physical
labor, its outside, its hot, its dirty."
Many legal immigrants are upset or intimi-
dated by the focus that falls on Spanish-speaking
residents. Some have been detained simply
because of their accents, and their failure to
immediately produce documents proving their
status. As pressure has grown, guest workers
have shown a greater reluctance to travel into
Without seasonal labor, growers will be forced
to pay ever-higher and more competitive salaries.
to farm workers. Those costs must naturally be
passed along to consumers as higher food costs,
making imported fruit and vegetables relatively
Heated anti-immigrant rhetoric has motivated
the conservative base, but created a serious
conflict for Florida Republicans, who fear op-
posing the national party platform, or vocal and
strongly anti-immigrant Tea Party forces.
Florida's agriculture is an absolutely essential
industry. Government has long been, and should
remain, supportive of it. The issue of access to
a sustainable labor force needs to be resolved
quickly, so that the clouds may be lifted.
The problem is one for which Florida grow-
ers must accept a portion of blame. While their
political leaders have prospered on a diet of in-
flammatory rhetoric, they have allowed Florida's
governing Republican Party to move away from
the pro-business positions it has long champi-
oned. It is a microcosm of the problems prevent-
ing compromise and problem-solving in Wash-
ington D.C. Middle ground always exists.
Some cooler heads and softer speech might
go a long way toward finding solutions in both
Not your grandparents' library
Not your grandparents' library What's
the first word you think of when I say
"library"? I'll wager on "books."
What if the next word association
Quite possibly "Shhh!" When is the
last time that you were allowed to bring
food and drink into the library? Indeed,
not just allowed, but encouraged? And
to consume them on the premises?
Things have changed.
Last week, the Bartow Public Library,
through its Friends of the Library
organization, introduced its Brown Bag
It's just as simple as the name sug-
Visitors are invited to bring a brown
bag lunch and listen to a concert in the
second floor community room. There's
one scheduled at noon on the first Tues-
day of each month.
Instrumental ensembles from Bartow
High School and Southeastern Univer-
sity will perform in alternate months.
For the first concert on Sept. 6, a sax-
ophone quartet from BHS performed
a 30-minute concert that ranged from
chamber music to New Orleans ragtime.
Adding to the intrigue, one member
came up sick on the morning of the
performance, and a college student who
is interning with the Lake Region High
School band was pressed into service
without so much as time for rehearsal.
As fate would have it, she is in her final
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year at Southeastern.
I am not a music critic, except when
it comes to the heavy metal/hard rock
genre, of which I am quite critical.
But with a record enrollment of 175
kids in this year's BHS marching band,
and two full-time band directors on the
faculty, the chances of putting together
several impressive ensembles are pretty
Southeastern, whose reputation in
all academic disciplines is growing
steadily, will make its ensemble debut
on Oct. 4.
Bring a lunch; soft drinks and water
The concert is free.
And you'll never hear a "Shhh!" Yes,
this is not your grandparents' library,
(S. L Frisbie is retired. As a kid he was
never very good at remaining quiet in
libraries. Or anywhere else. He has not
Letters to the editor
Article appears to laud criminal behavior
When I read your article about Athe-
ist Wachs, I was puzzled and disap-
pointed, that she received
"Front-page-billing". The picture
presented her in a glamorous manner
as though her getting out of jail was a
heroic deed. Why should she ask the
public to pay her fines ? She violated
the law, causing a lot of disturbance and
disruption. She wasted valuable time
and taxpayer money. She had no legal
agenda to present and was selfish and
self-serving, discourteous and mean
Her main objective was to inter-
rupt the meetings, objecting to prayer
before meetings and to say "there is
no God." What a foolish thing to say.
Almost 90 percent of Americans be-
lieve there is a God. Our U.S. Coins
are imprinted with the motto, "In God
we trust." Our Pledge of Allegiance to
the flag states "One nation under God".
Atheists such as Ms. Wachs have al-
ready.taken prayer out of our schools.
I'm so proud of our local and county
leaders for recognizing God by opening
public meetings with prayer..
The Frostproof News
Jim Gouvellis Publisher
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The Inquiring Photographer
With the postal service targeting 3,700 post offices across the country that could
be closed, what would it mean to you if the Bartow Post Office were one of them?
"Losing the post office would
be like the end of the world.
Businesses are making
changes, but the post office is
part of this nation."
Patty Carpenter Gene Hayes
"I work at the Bartow Air Base
and we ship more than 500
packages a week, so losing this
post office would be devas-
tating to us. I hope it stays."
"I was born here in Bartow and
the post office has been here
as long as I have. I can't see
them closing this one. They
will most likely target smaller
ones or cities that have more
."It would be very inconve-
nient for me if this post office
was one to close. I get no
delivery at my house in Plant
City, so it would hit me hard.
It would hit a lot of businesses
and employees hard, too."
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Bartow recalls the 'unexpected and horrible surprise
Summerlin cadet says
'we just got right back up
By DIANE NICHOLS
As dawn broke through a darkened
sky, Summerlin Academy cadets gath-
ered in the courtyard for a somber 9/11
observance ceremony Sept. 9 to honor
those who lost their lives.
Attending the 7 a.m. tribute were
Bartow police and fire officials, para-
medics, city commissioners, school
officials and citizens, all gathering to-
gether to remember a day that forever
changed our country.
Cadet Camille Graves opened with a
passage honoring the heroes who gave
the ultimate sacrifice on Sept. 11, 2001:
the civilians who lost their lives at the
World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and
on the ill-fated Flight 93 that crashed
in Pennsylvania, and those from the
armed forces, fire departments, police
departments, and EMTs. Although she
was in elementary school when news
of the attacks rocked the nation, her
memories of that day are still keenly
"The terrorist attack was an unex-
pected and horrible surprise to me,"
said Graves. "I remember feeling a
rush of emotions that washed over me.
Terror, sadness, rage and even revenge.
Sept. 11th will never be forgotten. We
may have been brutally attacked, but
the United States of America came
together and grew stronger because
of what happened that day. I continue
to pray and thank every person who
passed away or risked their life. To me,
they are my heroes."
Hundreds of uniformed JROTC
cadets aligned themselves in front of
the academy's flagpole as the American
flag was hoisted to wave its stars and
stripes at half-staff. After the National
Anthem was sung and a prayer was
shared, Bartow City Commissioner
Leo Longworth read a proclamation
declaring Sept. 9, 2011, as Patriot Day.
The document calls upon the citizens
of Bartow to observe that day with
ceremonies and activities to honor the
lives lost and "to reaffirm our commit-
ment as a democratic nation and to
remain vigilant in our opposition to
terrorism across the globe."
Behind three separate platforms,
floral wreaths were placed by cadets to
pay homage to the fallen representing
humanity, duty and loyalty, heroism,
leadership and never-ending life. Com-
munity representatives placed sym-
bols next to the wreaths to show their
gratitude and pay respects. The tribute
addressed the 55 armed forces heroes
killed at the Pentagon, the 2,550 civil-
ians killed in the World Trade Center,
the Pentagon and on Flight 93, the 343
firefighters and 60 police officers killed
at the World Trade Center, and the 42
paramedics who perished. Silhouettes
were crafted for display by Bartow High
instructor Jimmy Giles and his wood-
working students of a jetliner repre-
senting Flight 93, the Twin Towers and
A 21-gun salute by the drill team
honor guard, "Taps" by a Bartow High
School trumpet player, and "'Amazing
Grace" played by Maj. Cat McDonald
on the bagpipes closed the event.
The 9/11 Ceremony has been held
at Summerlin Academy for the past
five years. Summerlin instructor, Lt.
Col. Mike Lentz, feels it is important
that youth understand the meaning of
Sept. 11 and recognize the sacrifices
that were made by so many. Lentz is
passionate about honoring the 9/11
heroes as he worked at the Pentagon
on the day of the attacks and narrowly
missed being a grim statistic. (See story,
"I was assigned to the Pentagon
in 2001," said Lentz. "It's only by the
grace of God that I wasn't working in
the area of the building that was hit. I
have a deep resolve within myself to
ensure that the students here continue
to remember this. I believe in the old
adage that if you don't know about his-
tory and learn about it then you might
repeat it. I believe our students need to
understand it so it doesn't happen in
Lt. Col. Michael Butler, Summerlin
Academy commandant, remembers
the school principal announcing on
the intercom that there had been an
"accident." By the time he turned on
PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
Veterans, cadets, law enforcement officers, firefighters, citizens recite The Pledge of Allegiance
as they all came together just before sunrise Friday at Summerlin Academy to remember the
tragedy of Sept. 11,2001.
the television, the second plane had hit
and he realized our country was under
"I had some friends that actually
worked in the World Trade Center and I
kept calling trying to get through to see
if they were OK," said Butler. "I finally
got hold of one of my friend's sons at
11 o'clock and I found out she was safe.
She didn't work that day. It brings back
memories of when I was growing up
and my grandmother would talk about
when Kennedy was shot. I know what
that means now after seeing 9/11. It's a
day that changes everything."
Butler acknowledges that students at
his school were between 4 and 10 years
old when the terrorist attacks took
place, giving them no frame of refer-
ence as to why the country has been at
war for 10 years. The observance helps
them understand what changed the
fabric of our country and the important
duty of our military.
Cadet Meagen Stewart, who is plan-
ning a career in the military, was only 7
when the attacks shocked the country,
but sees the good that came out of the
rubble and hopes other Americans do,
"I think we definitely got stronger
from this, if anything," said Stewart.
"We certainly didn't get weaker. Once
we got hit we just got right back up and
we'll keep on doing what we do best."
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Fort Fraser Bridge gets second chance
Cou,missioner believes construction will bring new dangers
By DIANE NICHOLS
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The prospect of t'bllimi I; ,a pedesitian
bicycle bridge over the intersection of
the Fort Fraser Trail is back on the table
thanks to County Commissioner Bob
English. The $1.8 million project pro-
posal was originally considered in 2009
as part of the planned Bartow Northern
Connector, but commissioners agreed
Tuesday to examine the project again.
"I urge the board to reconsider this
bridge," said English during Tuesday's
meeting. "The trail is growing in popu-
larity and on the weekends; that path
is used by 800 people per day. If we
don't build this pedestrian bike bridge
over that new road it's going to split the
trail in two, making it a danger to those
crossing the road."
With the upcoming truck bypass,
English also pointed out the road will
be wide and the county can expect to
see vehicles making. iii iti trips per
day. lie reminded commissioners he
uses the trail himself and knows first-
hand the potential dangers bicyclists
would be facing.
English first attempted to gain ap-
proval on this project in 2009 result-
ing in a 3-2 vote in favor of the bridge
over U.S. Highways 98 and 17. Former
Commissioner Randy Wilkinson later
reversed his vote of approval after
reconsidering the project's $1.8 million
Although commissioners have agreed
to look at the proposal again and to
also see if the estimated cost might be
lower, English feels such an addition
would be an investment in the commu-
nity despite the dollars spent.
"If you would, just consider that once
that bridge is put in place, it's going
to last another 60 or 70 years," said
English. "You can feel more at ease with
its price tag because it will offer service
for years and years to come. It would
also encourage commuters who come
in from Lakeland to Bartow. We have
people working here in the county seat
who commute twice a week using the
English is urging the board to put
plans for the pedestrian bridge back on
the table, stating that bids are expected
to be coming in at the end of the year
on the $32 million truck bypass. The
estimation date for the completion of
the connector is early 2012.
The new Bartow connector road will
be built where Bartow Ford is located,
which was cause for some concern by
Commissioner Melony Bell.
She said officials from Bartow Ford
felt a bridge over Fraser Trail could
interfere with the visibility of their
English disagreed with that theory
and pointed out the traffic on the new
road would most likely give Bartow
Ford added exposure. The bonus would
compensate for any negative impact
a pedestrian bridge might have to the
County Manager Jim Freeman said
due to recent construction bids on the
bypass, the cost of the bridge could
be far less than the original estimate.
On the down side, Freeman expressed
concern that such a bridge would take
months to design and to build requir-
ing a schedule and an agreement to
work alongside Bartow Ford.
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the design and construction of the
bridge in concert with the new road
was met with unanimous approval.
Freeman explained that the commis-
sion will have the chance to approve
the project once the design has been
made and bids for construction come
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Please take notice that Ordinance No 2011-12 will be presented
to the City Council for adoption upon its final reading at the City
Council Chambers, 111 W. First Street, Frostproof, Florida, on the
26th of September, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter.
A copy of the ordinance may be inspected by the public at the
office of the City Clerk, 111 W. First Street, Frostproof, Florida.
Any person may appear and be heard with respect to the
proposed ordinance. The proposed ordinance is entitled as
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AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FROSTPROOF,
FLORIDA, AMENDING THE UNIFIED LAND
DEVELOPMENT CODE OF THE CITY OF FROSTPROOF,
FLORIDA; SPECIFICALLY, TO CORRECT SCRIVENER
ERRORS AND PROVIDE MINOR UPDATES INCLUDING
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REPEALING ALL OTHER ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT
HEREIN; AND PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND
PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
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Dancing duos wow Frostproof
crowd at Theater gala
PHOTOS BY K.M. THORNTON SR.
. ....Saturday's Gala at the Ramon, the theater's
fifth annual, drew a sold out crowd.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd mingled with those in the crowd before the gala. Judd served as
the evening's master of ceremonies.
Sheriff Grady Judd with Joan Thurman and Melba Hutzleman.
Also providing entertainment for the evening
were John Anderson and the Polk State College
Ebonies and Ivory.
Frostproof News Page 9A
We're not exactly sure they look they were
going for, but the crowd enjoyed the "extra"
performance of Kay Hutzelman (left), Gayle
Reeder (center) and Martha Neher.
Frostproof Councilwoman Anne Dickinson (left)
was part of the large crowd that turned out for
the fun and frivolity.
Also providing their own special number were Carmen (right) and
Jerry and Lori Miller were the winners of the
dance competition, part of their anniversary
City Manager Tenny Ruth Croley and
brother Wesley Wise provided a down-
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September 14, 2011
aP e 1 0A Frost roof s
Bulldogs out slug Sebring
to even season mark
By BRIAN ACKLEY
In a game that featured a little bit
of k' Cn\ thing, the Frostproof Bulldogs
came out with what they wanted most
last Friday at Faris Brannen Stadium: A
After a largely uneventful first two
quarters, Frostproof and Sebring
entertained fans with a lively final two
quarters that ended with the Bulldogs
surviving, 20-12, to even their sea-
son mark at 1-1 with the non-league
"It was just a slugfest," Coach Price
Harris sajd. "The biggest thing that was
our defense stepped up. We hadn't had
a turnover in two games, and we ended
up with six Friday night. The defense
got us the ball and the offense was able
Frostproof needed a defensive stand
Frostproof defender Marcus Bobb makes a nice
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A late defensive stand, Frostproof stopping Sebring on four plays from inside the five-yard line late in the fourth quarter, was one of the keys to the
late in the fourth quarter when Sebring
had three chances from the two yard
line to get a potential tying touchdown.
Each time, the Bulldog defense came
up with a stop.
"That was huge. They bowed their
necks and stuck it up in there," he said
about the late defensive stand. "It was
a great gut check, to see what we have
inside of us."
Sebring led 9-6 at intermission with
Frostproof's points coming on a Zack
Jenkins to Tyrone Hamilton connec-
Frostproof got several big plays on a
nice drive early in the third quarter that
ended in Hamilton punching it in from
the two. Smith had a run of nine, Trevis
Herrington a run of seven and Hamil-
ton a 20-yarder on the drive. A six-yard
pass to wide-out David Dyer set the
Bulldogs up at the Blue Streak 13. After
a loss, Jenkins hit Kaleel Gaines on a
16-yarder, however, to set up the short
Smith tacked on six more early in
the fourth on a 16-yard run, set up by
another fumble recovery. Jenkins to
Marcus Bobb provided the two point
PAT for a 20-9 Frostproof lead.
"We definitely improved in some
areas, and we still have some areas
to improve on further," Harris said.
"We played good bend but not break
defense, but we've still got room to
improve. I was impressed with the
effort of the guys Friday night. I was
impressed by their mentality and their
desire to play to win instead of play-
ing not to lose. I thought that was a big
step for us."
On offense, Harris said the play-ac-
tion pass was a good weapon, and that
the running effort was solid.
We were able to pound it a little
more, but we still have points where
we're not blocking as well as I would
like, but we have young linemen that
are going to continue to get better and
better," Harris added.
Fullback Jake Smith had 10 carries for
56 yards and score. Hamilton had five
carries for 42 yards and a touchdown.
He also had a 72-yard touchdown
reception from Jenkins, who was four-
for-11 on the night. For the game, the
Frostproof offense totaled 143 yards on
Several Bulldogs had big games on
the defensive side. Toddrick Gaines
had five solo tackles, four assists, one
tackle for loss, one sack and two forced
Tyrone "Bam" Hamilton fights for the end zone
on this TD effort.
PHOTOS BY K.M. THORNTON SR.
Trevis Herrington breaks through a couple of Sebring special teamers during this kickoff return
last Friday night at Faris Brannen Stadium.
Frostproof's Ricky Cobb makes a tackle.
September 14, 2011 Frostproof News Page 1 LA
FROM PAGE 10A
fumbles. Kaleel Gaines had 10 total
tackles while Reggie Allen had eight.
It was Allen who broke up a last-
second Sebring pass to the end zone on
the game's last play.
Smith chipped in with two solos,
three assists, three tackles for loss, a
half sack, two caused fumbles and
one fumble recovery. Smith caused a
fourth-down fumble on the game sav-
ing defensive stand.
The Bulldogs are on the road Friday
at Desoto in a 7:30 start.
Friday Night Preview
WHAT: Frostproof Bulldogs
(1-1) at Desoto Bulldogs (1-1)
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 16, 7:30
WHERE: DeSoto High School,
KEY PLAYERS: Frostproof
coaches were pleased with
several players on the offensive
line, most notably Jared Warren
and Dustin Saiz. The offense put
up almost 150 yards rushing last
week, and will need to handle a
big, physical Bulldog front this
For the hosts, Xavier Payne is a
major threat out of the backfield.
He scored twice on long runs
in last week's Desoto win over
Okeechobee, including runs of 60
and 39 yards.
THE SKINNY: Desoto lost
to Sebring in week one, 9-7,
but took a 34-21 win over
Okeechobee last week. They
scored two touchdowns in the
game's first three minutes, both
on fumble recoveries.
Payne had the lone TD run,
a 23-yarder, against Sebring.
Coaches were pleased with some
of the improvements Frostproof
showed from week one to week
two, and a late game defensive
goal-line stand is the kind of
statement a team can build on.
Frostproof, however, can't let
its guard down, Desoto still has
some big, athletic talent, espe-
cially in the offensive backfield.
Unlike the previous week, Frostproof's cheerleaders had plenty to get loud about last Friday
evening as the Bulldogs beat Sebring, 20-12.
Get tickets to see
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Caine began his career as a computer
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Company. then moved to the Pillsbury
Company, where he rose to the posi-
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Some time later, Caine become the
Caine until Friday
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Herman returned Godfather's to profit-
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Tickets, which range from $55 to
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For answers to inquiries, e-mail
The Bulldogs had this Sebring runner every which way but loose, attacking from the front, back
and side, including Josh Murphy (10), Mike McFarland (65) and Harrison Johnson (50).
Tyrone "Bam" Hamilton fights for the endzone on this TD effort.
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September 14, 2011
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Frostproof youth football
program hosts Sebring
PHOTOS BY K.M. THORNTON, SR.
The Frostproof Youth football Mighty Mites hosted Sebring in action this past Saturday morning.
This weekend, they will travel to rival Lake Wales.
JV Bulldogs still perfect
after two starts
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Frostproof quarterback Xavier Gaines gets shoved out of bounds just short of the goal line during
junior varsity football action last week as the Bulldogs took on Sebring. Frostproof moved to 2-0
on the season with a 36-22 triumph.
Colby Collier of Frostproof looks for some room to run during youth football action last weekend
at Faris Brannen Stadium. After a trip to Lake Wales this weekend, the team will at Lake Placid
on Sept. 24 and home against Avon Park on Oct. 1.
PHOTOS BY K.M. THORNTON, SR.
Dwayne Larking looks to outrun some of the Sebring defenders.
Frostproof's Major Plain has his eyes on the prize, the end zone, on his way to a touchdown.
Yup, even in youth football a well-placed stiff arm can be an effective tool to keep a defender
September 14, 2011
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September 14. 2011 Frostproof News Page 13A
9/11 ceremony at
Youth Bulldogs at Lake Wales Saturday
Lake Wales junior varsity Steelers are This will be a fundraiser split be-
still undefeated, scoring 2-0 against the tween the two teams that play.
Sebring Thunder Bolts last Saturday. "The Lake Wales junior team has
The Mighty Mites lost by a touchdown some of the top Youth Football players
20-13. in the country," said Coach Barn Ward.
"We know what we have to do to John Jones, Jacquez Johnson, Kawaski
be prepared for the next game," said Stoudemire, Devyn Lewis, John Jones
Coach Marcus Walker," and believe me and Jacquez are the best youth players
we will be prepared." in the country right now, Ward said.
Lake Wales will play at home for the They are a must see.
next three games, Frostproof, Avon "We are trying to contact ESPN to
Park, and DeSoto, and the coaches have them come out and take a look."
hope for a good community turnout. Honorable mention Kawaski Stou-
The teams also need support people demire is the fastest 12-year-old kid in
for fundraisers. They are trying to at- the USA, the coach said.
tract the attention of Bok Academy as For information about games or the
well as the Gators to do a fundraiser open board seats, or to make donations
game at the end of the seasons, to be to the Booster Club, contact Ward at
played at Legion Field for the battle of 676-5400 or Walker at 605-2533.
the city. Tickets are $4 for home games.
PHOTO BY DEBRA GOUVELLIS
Rob Quam officiated the dedication of the Live Oak trees that were planted to not only commem-
orate the anniversary of 9/11 but to dedicate the trees to world peace. Bok Tower guests were
encouraged to plant their thoughts on garden markers through out the gardens.
A patriotic Bill Leggett helps shovel dirt on one of the two Live Oaks that the Bok Tower Gardens
planted to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
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bought the book "Best Places to Retire." After all, Don's career
as a funeral director and Betty's as a secretary trained them
both to be precise. "I've always been good at analyzing details,"
They looked at communities in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
and Tennessee. After spending several days in a golf mecca, they
both realized other activities were more interesting to them.
Then, an AARP ad led them to Lake Wales.
With Don gone, no children and no interest in moving back
to Indiana's cold winters, it was time for Betty to 'shop around'
again. She took her family's advice and visited Water's Edge.
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Musical move hits all the right notes
With a little help from a forklift and driver from O'Haras, this 1926 piano was moved into the
Ramon Theater recently. Ironicially, that's the same year that the theater opened. The piano had
been in the family of Paul and Kay Hutzelman for many years. Don MacDonald of Auburndale
reconditioned the instrument. Paul said he remembers taking many lessons on the instrument
while growing up, whether he wanted to or not.
Unloading the piano was an all-hands-on-deck proposition.
Making sure nothing gets brokenare Eric Hill (right) and Tony
Paul Hutzelman (seated) remembers getting piano lessons on this
instrument, as a youngster. Jerry Fuller looks on.
Getting the lid on correctly was a tricky chore. Helping
were (from left) Tony Sackett, Don MacDonald and Jerry
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his performance in the teams'
win over Sebring last Friday.
Hamilton was credited with eight
tackles on defense, and hauled
in a 73-yard touchdown pass in
the 20-12 triumph.
Running back Glenn Redding has
been selected as the Lake Wales
Highlander Player of the Week for
his performance in his teams' win
over Lake Gibson last Friday,
19-6. Redding ran for 105 yards
on 17 carries, and broke off a 42-
ard touchdown run in the third-
quarter for the 2-0 Highlanders.
September 14, 2011
Page 14A FrostproofNews
CHILLING: Putnam was with President on 9/11
FROM PAGE 1A
The Pet Goat, a story in a workbook..
Then Card walked over and whispered
in his ear, "A second plane hit the sec-
ond tower. America is under attack."
Putnam saw it happen on the televi-
sions in the school library, where Bush
was going to speak to fifth-graders. The
president addressed the nation instead:
"This is a difficult moment for America.
Terrorism against our nation will not
Moments later, Putnam was in the
presidential motorcade speeding
toward Sarasota/Bradenton Inter-
national Airport. On the way he saw
protesters, apparently unaware of the
attacks, waving signs. One guy made
an obscene gesture to Bush's limo, and
Putnam thought the man would regret
it once he learned what had happened.
Putnam and former Rep. Dan Miller,
R-Bradenton, scrambled onto Air Force
One, thinking they were headed back to
"Buckle up tightly," they were told.
The plane climbed rapidly.
CHURCH: Finally a home
FROM PAGE 1A
church and chamber, not the city.
Church members packed council
chambers Monday ready to ask the city
for its approval, but there was no op-
position from the dais to the new plan,
and the final decision was met with a
large round of applause.
The conditional use was approved for
a three-year period. City Attorney Mark
Smith said at the end of that time, the
church had the right to come back and
ask for another conditional use permit.
Weatherholt said they are hoping to
only use the depot for a year or two
while the church scouts for a site to
build their own facility.
A similar arrangement was needed
earlier this year to allow Kings Ranch
Christian Church to hold services at the
Ramon Theater, which also is located
within 500 feet of a drinking establish-
"This is to be as temporary as pos-
sible," Weatherholt said. "This is not the
ideal location for us. However it's the
best available at this time.
Weatherholt said they would work
directly with the chamber to coordinate
Pastor Robby Weatherholt from the Church
on the Ridge, addresses Frostproof leaders
Monday night. Church members packed city
hall as the council gave its approval to a plan
that would see the congregation use the Wall
Street Depot for the next year or two.
the site's use, since from time to time
the chamber does use the property and
building for community events.
"The chamber still has control of the
facility," Weatherholt noted.
Church leaders indicated that ser-
vices would be conducted mainly on
Sunday and Wednesdays.
Bush summoned the congressmen
to the front and said they now had an
F-16 escort and that a threat had been
received against the plane (the White
House later said there was no such
The jet touched down at Barksdale
Air Force Base in Louisiana and was
surrounded by military vehicles. Bush
was taken to a secure location to tape a
speech to the nation.
From his seat, Putnam watched the
plane being prepared for the worst.
"They were loading giant restaurant-
sized trays of loaves of bread and box
after box of produce and box after box
of meat and pallets of three-gallon
containers of water."
Bush flew to Offutt Air Force Base in
Nebraska while Putnam returned to
Washington on the president's backup
plane. It had been waiting at MacDill
Air Force Base in Tampa and had flown
to Barksdale. From the air, Putnam saw
smoke rising from the Pentagon and
a ring of trash trucks, snow plows and
school buses around the U.S. Capitol.
"It was just chilling," he said.
"You just wonder what would have
been different had those attacks not
occurred. Look at everything that has
cascaded from that event: Iraq, Afghan-
istan, the whole emphasis on terrorist
surveillance, the Patriot Act."
He is asked whether it has all been
"It's hard to argue with the fact that
there have been no further attacks
since September 2001. And we know
they have tried."
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FROM PAGE 1A
the city has kept the tax rate at 7.8209,
meaning some homeowners who have
seen a further decrease in their home's
assessed value will pay less in city taxes
this coming year.
The plan includes one-time bonus
payments to city workers in lieu of
raises. Full time workers will get $1,000,
while part time workers will get a pro-
rated amount down to $250.
Also included is $45,000 for new
equipment at Fewox Park, and $35,000
for a LED city sign that will be located
near the intersection of First Street and
City leaders are hoping to sell ad-
vertising to help offset the cost of the
project that will be used to announced
city and community events. During
budget discussions earlier this summer,
Councilwoman Anne Dickinson voted
against the sign expenditure, although
it was favored by the other four council
An idea to spend an additional
$45,000 on equipment at the Wall Street
Playpark was nixed because of con-
cerns about not having enough space at
the site to house it. However, a long-
discussed idea of renovations to the city
hall gymnasium that would eventually
lead to more recreation options for the
city's youth will get $10,000 to at least
begin some badly needed repairs.
A second public hearing and final
adoption of the budget is expected
on Monday, Sept. 26. during a special
budget meeting that will start at 5:30
p.m. at city hall. The council will meet
in regular session that day at6 p.m.
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School Board approves $732 million budget
By DIANE NICHOLS
After meticulous tweaking and trim-
ming, the Polk County School Board
unanimously approved a $732 million
budget for 2011-2012 at their Sept. 6
night meeting. This reflects a $4,581,330
decrease from the prior year's budget as
the district struggles to keep pace with
the failing economy.
One of the changes in the newly-ad-
opted budget is a $989 cut in teacher's
annual salaries. Last year, Polk County
teachers banked an average of $42,838
per year while in the coming year that
figure will change to $41,849. The trim-
ming of teachers' paychecks is the first
decline in salaries since 2008-2009.
A five-year study shows that salaries
rose steadily between 2002 and 2008,
declined in 2008-2009 and rose again
for the next two years until the recent
cut. The Polk County School District
is the largest employer in Polk County
with 14,000 employees including 7,700
teachers. Salaries take up 55.7 percent
of the available general fund.
Although there are no projected lay-
offs, despite the impact of dwindling
state budgets, various programs have
had to be cut, some non-instructional
positions have been eliminated and
there will be a hiring freeze for vacant
positions for the fiscal year 2011-12
that began in July.
Marianne Capoziello, president of
the Polk Education Association, urged
board members to have more dialogue
with the teachers' union regarding
salaries of district employees so the
two entities can work together during
the budgeting process. Despite ex-
pressing appreciation for more sitdown
meetings with the board to discuss
facts and figures before the new budget
was voted on, Capoziello viewed that
small step as the beginning of a much-
"If we can have more open commu-
nication in the 2010-2011 school year,
it would be a step forward so we don't
get left behind in comparison to other
counties, and bring to Polk County and
keep in Polk County the quality staff
that you need to run an A+ school dis-
trict," Capoziello said. "We want you to
be aware that we do look at your docu-
ments. We do look at your numbers
and we do care about the fact that the
district has to be financially stable. We
also look at the fact that your budget
for your mortgage is just as impor-
tant as your budget for your teachers
and your support staff. If you have a
demoralized staff, if you have a flight of
quality teachers, if you have a flight of
quality employees, our children suffer."
With the state eliminating all con-
struction funding, as well as all repair
and maintenance funding, the new
budget has no monies for construc-
tion projects, which pushes back any
new building plans to future years,
depending on whether or not the
capital outlay funding increases. The
focus in the meantime will remain on
maintaining campuses, campus reno-
vations and remodeling that is already
The budget showed a slight decrease
in property taxes as compared to
this year's rate. New figures include a
property tax rate of $7.67 per $1,000
of taxable value, which is a 12 cent
drop from the $7.79 tax rate from this
year. The owner of a home valued at
$100,000 with a $25,000 homestead
exemption can expect to pay $575.25.
An estimated total of $38.3 million
is anticipated by the district from a
capital outlay property tax of $1.50
for every $1,000 of taxable property
value. This total is $3 million less than
the 2010-2011 budget due to declining
property values coupled with redirec-
tion of capital millage to operating
purposes. Categories covered under
the capital outlay budget include
debt service, school bus replacement,
school technology and other equip-
ment, and various maintenance,
renovation and repair projects. Capital
funding will support projects that keep
Polk's technology resources at state-of-
the-art status. All Polk schools, which
include more than 10,000 classrooms,
are networked, enabling students to
connect to the Internet.
Student transportation funds of $103
million have been budgeted to trans-
port students in the district to schools.
The district serves students in 160 sites
throughout the county with approxi-
mately 47,000 of the students relying
on bus transportation every day.
Board members were pleased with
the final budget recognizing the impact
the limping economy has had on the
"In these dire times, we approved a
budget that allowed us to live within
our means," said Chairwoman Kay
OK'd at $1.33B
The Polk County Commission tenta-
tively approved a $1.33 billion budget
The budget is about $40,000 less than
last year's spending plan but it does not
include an increase in ad valorem taxes
though there is an increase in fire as-
sessments and county garbage rates.
Property taxes are proposed at $6.87
per $1,000 for city residents and $7.50
for those in unincorporated areas.
That means a person who lives in a
house with a $200,000 value with a
$50,000 homestead exemption will pay
$1,030.50 in the city and $1,125 in un-
incorporated areas. That figure does not
account for the school district and city
The fire assessment is proposed to
increase from $148 to $160 for a single-
County fire officials requested an
increase because a slowdown in devel-
opment has hurt revenue projections to
improve protection coverage in unin-
corporated areas and staffing had to
On garbage rates commissioners rec-
ommend an increase of $16.50 increase
from $154 to $167.50. They had consid-
ered a smaller increase but decided on
this one with no change for the next five
Because there is less revenue this year
- about $26,000 the county may
have to make some cuts. Those sug-
gested at the workshop were in arts and
However, there was some objection to
that at the workshop.
Arts supporters asked commission-
ers to change the tourism development
ordinance to allow tourism taxes to
be used to fund museums. This move
would not affect the budget as this
money for that comes from hotel, motel
and other rental payments.
Commissioners asked County Attor-
ney Michael Craig to draft a revision in
the tourism ordinance.
A second hearing is scheduled at 6
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Polk
County Administration Building. The
2011-12 budget is to start Oct. 1.
Reflection of terrorism
PHOTOS BY RAY LYNN DEASE
Polk County Fire Rescue members light
candles Sunday during Polk County's
ceremony marking the anniversary of the
Keynote speaker, Diane Fojit, Corporate Crisis
Management, Inc., speaks at the county's
ceremony in Haines City at Lake Eva Banquet
Hall Sunday. Fojit displays a piece of rock from
the World Trade Center. She recalled when she
began working with Polk County EMS in 1977
the most important thing was remembering
CPR, but states emergency responders today
have to do things most people only want
to watch on television. She reminded those
who came to the ceremony that those who
went to rescue people in the Twin Towers did
so without the first thought of what would
happen to their lives.
Among the paintings and images on display
Sunday during the ceremony at Lake Eva
Banquet Hall was this work by Jim Davis,
former Winter Haven Fire Department member.
Mulberry stabbing victim dies
Tina Donelson, 47, stabbed on
Tuesday, Sept. 6, died from her injuries
Sept. 9, the Polk County Sheriff's Office
said, and they plan to charge her boy-
friend with her killing.
Her alleged assailant, David Mc-
Corkle, 55, was taken to Lakeland
Regional Medical Center due to self-
inflicted stab wounds.
Polk County Sheriff's deputies ar-
rested McCorkle Sept. 6 and charged
him with one count of attempted mur-
der, one count of aggravated assault of a
law enforcement officer and one count
animal cruelty causing death, after he
used an 8-inch long butcher knife to
stab his live-in girlfriend and his dog,
severely wounding his girlfriend and
killing the dog. He is now going to be
charged with murder, the sheriff's office
According to the affidavit released
Sept. 8, at or about 2:50 p.m. on Sept.
6, McCorkle got into a verbal argument
with Donelson, his live-in girlfriend,
which turned physical when he armed
himself with an 8-inch butcher knife
and stabbed her multiple times about
the torso, causing life-threatening
When deputies arrived on scene,
both the suspect and the victim came
out of the house, both armed with
knives and covered in blood.
The victim collapsed in the yard in
front of the deputies, while the suspect
stood in the doorway with three visible
stab wounds on his upper torso.
Deputies told McCorkle to put down
the knife, at which time he replied,
"Kill me," and then threw the knife at
them, which narrowly missed one of
the deputies, struck a patrol vehicle,
and landed in the yard. McCorkle then
fell to the ground and was taken into
His girlfriend was taken to LRMC
where she had surgery.
Both McCorkle and his girlfriend told
deputies before EMS transported them
from the scene that they had been fight-
ing over McCorkle being unemployed,
and that McCorkle had stabbed her and
the dog, and then he stabbed himself.
The dog's body was located inside
the home, dead from multiple stab
wounds. His girlfriend stated she
armed herself with a knife during the
attack in an attempt to defend herself;
however, his wounds were self-admit-
tedly self-inflicted, the report said.
McCorkle told deputies he killed the
dog as the dog was trying to protect his
girlfriend from being stabbed.
McCorkle remains at the hospital
under the watch of a deputy, and will
be transported to the Polk County Jail
upon his release, the sheriff's office
Independence has a champion in JD Alexander
By KRIS HUNDLEY
and KIM WILMATH
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
A state senator who holds the purse
strings to Florida's budget appears ready
to upset the status quo at the state uni-
versity system. And so far, there's barely
been a murmur of dissent.
JD Alexander, a Republican senator
from Polk County, wants to create a new
state university in his home county by
severing the Lakeland branch from the
University of South Florida system.
Alexander has proven his clout. Dur-
ing the last legislative session, he was
able to ensure that USF Polytechnic got
$35 million for construction of a new
campus along Interstate 4.
It was the only university capital
improvement project not vetoed by Gov.
Now Alexander, who will be forced
out of the legislature by term limits at
the end of next year, wants that new
location to be Florida's next public
The Board of Governors, which
oversees Florida's 11 public universities,
is set to meet Thursday to talk about
Alexander's push for an institution he
has called Florida Polytechnic. The
state senator argues that USF Poly's
growth has been hampered by its ties
to a mega-university and that its focus
on engineering and applied science will
generate jobs and prosperity for the
region and state.
"Florida is forecasting a need for
100,000 engineers," Alexander said
in late August after pitching his new
university plan to the governor. "If we
can help create more of those ... that's a
But here's the current reality:
At the three commencements since
being dubbed a "Polytechnic" in mid-
2008, USF's Lakeland branch has had
one graduate in engineering.
The majority of its undergraduates are
in business and elementary education.
In the past three years, USF Poly has
granted 53 undergraduate degrees in
information technology, but all courses
for that major are online.
The highest level math
course offered at USF
Poly is college algebra;
students have to go else-
where for calculus.
"We're a work in prog-
ress," said Samantha
Lane, USF Poly's head of
communications. The ALEXANDER
campus opened 23 years
Scott already seems to be on board
with the proposed split.
And even Judy Genshaft, president of
the USF system in Tampa and a power
player in her own right, is putting up
nominal resistance. In a letter to the
Board of Governors, Genshaft said she
would be "willing to consider options"
at USF Poly that she wouldn't consider
But a few people are beginning to
have doubts. Student leaders at USF
Poly say they chose the campus for its
big-name brand and small-college feel
and worry about the value of a diploma
that is missing the USF name.
And Rick Dantzler, a Winter Haven
lawyer who served in the state legis-
lature from 1983 to 1998, said he now
regrets joining 28 other community
leaders who signed a letter in late July
supporting independence. "I got carried
away with a rush of civic and county
pride and forgot about trying to do it
the right way," he said.
Dantzler can understand advocates
wanting to strike while the iron is hot,
"because of JD (Alexander)'s juice, it's
"But there's a good argument to be
made that when times get tough finan-
cially, it's better to be tied to the mother
Listening to Marshall Goodman, USF
Poly's regional chancellor and biggest
cheerleader, it can be tough to sepa-
rate the aspirations from the actuality.
He repeatedly refers to an enrollment
of more than 4,000 at the Lakeland
campus, all commuters. In June, he told
investors, who are considering financing
a dorm on the new campus that enroll-
ment was "approximately" 4,800.
PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Ron Morrow (front) looks at the screen as Polytech Regional Chancellor Dr. Marshall Goodman
talks at a Board of Directors meeting in Lakeland. The board has not made a decision whether it
supports being an independent university.
But that number includes students who
are taking classes online as well as on
campus. It also includes thousands of stu-
dents from other USF branches mostly
Tampa who can't find or can't fit into
similar classes on their home campus.
For the 2010-11 academic year, the to-
tal unduplicated student head count at
USF Poly was 4,069. But most of those
were from other USF campuses; only
1,663 claimed Poly as their home.
Students at Lakeland said they are used
to being stepchildren in the USF system,
but said the benefits of being linked to an
internationally recognized university far
outweigh the disadvantages.
They praise the teachers, small
classes and, most of all, the Polk county
location, which is convenient and
affordable for a student body mostly
drawn from the immediate area.
But several students said they have
yet to see the impact of the "polytech-
nic" concept on their classes. And all
the talk of a high job placement rate for
poly graduates has yet to be seen.
A survey of graduating seniors in June
found that 10 percent had received job
offers; 39 percent were looking for work
but had not yet received any offers; 27
percent were continuing with full-time
positions previously held, some with
promotions; 24 percent were not seek-
Students worry that if USF's name is
removed from their diplomas, they'll
have an even tougher time finding
"Those fighting for this change
already have jobs," said Sage Stevens,
a 37-year-old, senior business major.
"I want out of Polk County, and USF is
widely known. But Florida Poly U?"
Students already fear that the forces
pushing for independence are too
strong to be stopped. One clue, they
feel: A few weeks ago, a student par-
ticipating in a photo for a recruiting
brochure was told to remove his USF
Polytechnic name tag.
Polytech faces challenges in breaking away
By KIM WILMARTH
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
To split or not to split?
That's the big question swirling
around Florida's higher education world
- specifically, should the University of
South Florida Polytechnic campus in
Lakeland become the state's 12th public
That question raises a whole lot more,
like when could this happen? How
much will this cost? What about accred-
itation? Will students want to go there?
Some have clear answers. Others, not
so much. Here are some highlights:
What must happen to make USF
Polytechnic an independent univer-
First, the Board of Governors, which
oversees Florida's public universities,
would have to sign off on the idea.
Next, the proposal would need
support in Tallahassee. That's where
Florida's public universities get fund-
ing, through Public Education Capital
Outlay, or PECO, dollars for construc-
tion projects and state appropriations,
in addition to tuition money, private
donations and federal programs.
How much will it cost to develop the
campus into an independent entity?
A total figure is difficult to pinpoint.
But USF Poly already has a head start
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES PHOTO
Students at the USF's Lakeland campus see the
value in having a degree from a recognized
institution like USF. But independence could
allow the school to chart its own future in what
it can offer academically.
on money for a new campus, getting
a $35 million boost in PECO dollars
the last legislative session and $31.8
million more in the five years before
that. According to the project's 10-year
plan, the whole thing is expected to cost
more than $200 million.
What about the services it currently
shares with the USF system?
As a regional campus, the school is
independent in governance but takes
advantage of a bevy of shared resources,
including legal services, library services,
a computer network, admissions, ath-
letic programs, registrar and research
That set-up "saves the state money,"
Judy Genshaft, USF's president said last
week. And "it provides greater access to
USF is examining the total value of all
the shared services and expects to finish
the study next year. For its part, USF Poly
gave the Tampa campus almost $1 mil-
lion for shared services last year, accord-
ing to USF's outline of that study. The
Tampa campus contributed $38 million.
Would the new school be accredited?
Why is that important?
Without accreditation, students can't
get federal grants or loans, nor are their
course credits recognized by other in-
stitutions. Right now, the Lakeland cam-
pus is covered under the umbrella of
USF's long-standing accreditation with
the Southern Accreditation of Colleges
and Schools, or SACS.
USF Poly has applied for separate
accreditation as both USF St. Peters-
burg and USF Sarasota-Manatee have
earned but approval could take more
than a year. And if it were to split, said
Tom Benberg, SACS vice president and
chief of staff, the Lakeland school would
either have to resubmit its accreditation
application or significantly modify the
one it sent while it was affiliated with
SACS is waiting to hear from the
school's leaders about what they intend
to do before offering any guidance. At
a board meeting last week, the school's
board of directors decided to wait how
to lean until it heard from SACS on ac-
Why are supporters pushing for
They say it is necessary to ensure
more local control and that it would be
easier to garner private donations if the
school could solicit them on its own,
away from the larger USF institution.
In addition, it could more aggressively
seek PECO dollars from the legislature
and new degree program approvals with
its own Board of Trustees working with
the Board of Governors.
"It's going to be successful no matter
what," said Brian Philpot, a real estate
investor and one of 29 Polk County
business and civic leaders who signed
a letter sent to the Board of Governors,
pushing for a split. "But it would make
more sense for it to have its own foun-
dation plot its own course without
having to deal with such bureaucracy
and not having to share the wealth."
When could all this happen?
On Thursday, the Board of Governors
will meet in Miami and hear a presenta-
tion on USF Poly's "potential future."
However, no vote will be taken. Mar-
shall Goodman, USF Polytechnic re-
gional chancellor, told members of the
campus board that some action could
happen as early as November when the
Board of Governors meets again.
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Being active in Relay for Life may have played part in
By JEFF ROSLOW
It could be because the Bartow turn-
out for the Relay of Life event is so large
that it was chosen for this study.
Participants in the 2012 Relay For Life
of Bartow, scheduled April 20-21, will be
asked to take part in a long-term study
on cancer prevention.
Those between 30 and 65, who have
never been diagnosed with cancer, and
are willing, will take part in a study
that could take up to 20 years of testing
and submitting results to the American
Cancer Society. The object of the ACS
Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS3) is to
.discover causes of cancers.
"There are relays that are so pas-
sionate about what they do they are a
conduit to the community," said Nance
Joiner, a CPS3 study coordinator.
She said, however, there are other
reasons communities are chosen for
projects like this. She said it could be
the size or the demographics regarding
age and the American Cancer Society
also looks at infrastructure.
"I would say being active plays a huge
part, but the infrastructure itself could
sway the decision," she said.
However, being chosen for the study
played huge with organizers here.
"We're honored that the American
Cancer Society has chosen Bartow for
this important study," Chief Joe Hall of
the Bartow Police Department and 2012
Relay For Life of Bartow chairman, said.
"I believe we are the first Relay in Polk
PHOTO BY CHRISTINE ROSLOW
Betsy Draper, 9, (left) and Katie Moore,10,
enjoy snow cones as they listen to the enter-
tainment at the Relay for Life in April at the
Bartow High School football field.
County to be asked, and I feel it's be-
cause the people of Bartow have shown
resolve and commitment in the fight
Joiner said the project is a long-term
study that can last up to 20 years. It's
something that the American Cancer
Society has been doing since the 1950s.
This current study will enroll 300,000
people across the United States.
In this study people
would draw blood from
themselves when told they
have to and submit it to the
American Cancer Society
to study. They also have to
submit some medical his-
tory about themselves.
"It's a long-term obser-
vational study," she said.
"Individuals share medical
history, lifestyle, a whole
gamut of what they know
The personal knowledge
that many don't share, or Even as late as
have to share legally, can School football
help hundreds of thou- them walking
sands. for Life rally. B
One huge discovery that's help find cause
been made from this type
of study is the danger from cigarettes.
In 1959 the CPS1 study showed that
early death may occur from smoking
cigarettes. In 1996 a CPS2 study showed
that second-hand smoke can contribute
to people getting cancer.
"In between those times the Surgeon
General's report came out with that
warning," Nantz said. Then, she said,
Congress began passing laws banning
smoking in certain places, she said.
More recently there is some conclu-
sion about the relationship between the
size of people's waists and the incidence
of cancer, she said.
"It shows that those with a more
sedentary lifestyle are affected," she
PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
10 p.m., Friday, April 8, the entire Bartow High
I stadium and track teemed with people, many of
laps to raise money and awareness at the Relay
artow was chosen to be part of an experiment to
es of cancer.
said. "The longer you sit, the shorter
So for those who want to take part in
the survey, the American Cancer Society
is looking for those from all back-
grounds who have not been diagnosed
"We all have the chance of getting
cancer; we just don't know whether we
will," she said. "We want people who
cross all types of backgrounds. It could
be genetic or it could be lifestyle."
In order to commit to the study,
people may enroll at the 2012 Relay
for Life of Bartow for the ACS Cancer
Prevention Study 3 or they can find out
more about it by visiting www.cancer.
org/cps3 or calling 888-604-5888.
Golf tournament hopes to take a swing at knocking out cancer
The Curing Cancer Charity Challenge, a
charity golf tournament to benefit the Re-
lay For Life of Davenport, in conjunction
with the American Cancer Society, will
be held on Oct. 29 at Bartow Golf Course,
located at 190 Idlewood Ave., Bartow. The
Curing Cancer Charity Challenge is being
hosted and sponsored by Fellows Truck-
ing, a Davenport-based business commit-
ted to staying active in the community's
charitable efforts. Other primary sponsors
include Miami-based Alpine Fresh, and
SunnyRidge Farm, headquartered in Win-
ter Haven, with offices in Winter Haven
and Plant City.
"Our family has been personally
affected by cancer and we are commit-
ted to doing whatever we can to help
put an end to this dreaded disease,"
said Tom Fellows, founder and CEO of
Fellows Trucking. "I've had to watch my
wife and daughter battle the disease.
I'm proud of their courageous personal
battles against the disease and am
happy to say that they are both cancer-
"But the worry never goes away. We all
still hold our breath everytime they have
a check-up," he added. "Real progress
has been made in cancer research over
the past few decades, and real progress
continues to be made today. That's why
raising money for the American Cancer
Society is so important, and why we are
honored to sponsor and host the Curing
Cancer Charity Challenge."
About Relay for Life of Davenport
The Relay For Life of Davenport is an
18-hour community-based event that
combines teams, survivors and spon-
sors together in the fight against cancer.
This is the fifth year that Davenport has
hosted a Relay For Life event. In the
four years since its inception, the Relay
For Life of Davenport has raised more
than $100,000 for the fight against can-
cer. The 2012 Relay For Life of Daven-
port will be held April 28-29 at the Lewis
Mathews Sports Complex in Davenport.
About Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society Re-
lay For Life was started in 1985 by Dr.
Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, in
Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Klatt wanted
to increase the money donated to
his local American Cancer Society,
while supporting his patients as well.
So in May 1985, Dr. Klatt ran for 24
hours, and 83 miles, circling the track
at Baker Stadium at the University of
Puget Sound in Tacoma. Throughout
the night, others donated $25 to walk
or run with him. His efforts that night
raised $27,000. That inspired Dr. Klatt,
along with Pat Flynn, now known as the
"Mother of Relay", to host the first Relay
For Life in 1986. That event boasted 19
teams, raised $33,000, and gave birth to
the indescribable spirit that now sweeps
through Relays all over the world. Every
year, 3.5 million people in 5,000 com-
munities across the United States, along
with communities in 20 other countries,
participate in Relay For Life events.
Registration is currently open. Indi-
vidual golfers may register for $50, or as
a team of four for $200. Foursomes will
tee off with an 8:30 am shotgun start.
Light snacks will be provided through
the morning. An awards luncheon, with
raffles and a silent auction, will follow.
Hole sponsorships are still available
at $75 per hole. Bronze sponsorships
are $250 and include the sponsor name
featured in the event program, event
fliers, and press releases. Silver sponsor-
ships are $500 and include the sponsor
name featured in the event's opening
remarks and the event program. The
sponsor name will also be featured
in event fliers, press releases and the
awards luncheon. Silver sponsors are
also entitled to a complimentary team.
Gold sponsorships are $750 and include
a sponsor banner displayed at the
event. The sponsor name will also be
featured in the event's opening remarks
and event program, as well as in event
fliers and press releases. Sponsor ban-
ner will be displayed and name featured
at the awards lunch. Gold sponsors also
receive two complimentary teams.
For more information regarding the
Curing Cancer Community Challenge
golf tournament, to register, or to spon-
sor the event, please contact Kristina
Drexler at (863) 422-8752, ext. 18, or
email@example.com or Donna
Fellows at (863) 422-8752, ext. 12, or
more information regarding the Relay
For Life of Davenport or the American
Cancer Society, please contact Jennifer
Calhoun at (863) 688-2326, ext. 5509, or
FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS
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Antibiotics can give rise to infection
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: A little more
than a month ago, I was hospitalized
for pneumonia. I spent a full week in
the hospital, taking antibiotics. I was
still taking them when I went home.
That's when I developed diarrhea. My
doctor told me to stop the antibiotics,
and I did. The diarrhea continued, and
I had to be readmitted to the hospital.
They put me on a different antibiotic. I
think I'm OK now, but I wonder about
all this. What exactly went wrong? -
ANSWER: You had antibiotic-asso-
ciated colitis, the cause of which is a
bacterium by the name of C. difficile.
It happens like this: People take an
antibiotic for an infection, like your
pneumonia. The antibiotic is some-
what indiscriminate in killing off
bacteria. In this instance, it kills off the
good bacteria in the colon, the ones
that keep the digestive tract in bal-
ance. Then the C. difficile bacterium,
often found in the hospital environ-
ment, takes over the vacuum left by
the death of the good bacteria. Soon it
becomes the predominant bacterium.
Any antibiotic is capable of spawn-
ing the proliferation of C. difficile, but
at the top of the list are clindamycin,
ampicillin, cephalosporins and fluoro-
C. difficile makes toxins (poisons)
that produce diarrhea. In the United
States, estimates indicate that there
are as many as 750,000 infections with
the bacterium every year. Invariably,
the person is on or has been taking
Stopping the antibiotic puts an end
to diarrhea in seven out of 10 cases.
That still leaves a significant number
of people with diarrhea so severe that
it can be life-threatening. Metronida-
zole and vancomycin are two anti-
biotics that usually can eradicate C.
The Food and Drug Administration
has approved a new drug for antibiot-
ic-associated colitis. It's fidaxomicin
(Dificid). It gives doctors additional
ammunition to treat this illness should
other remedies fail.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What can
you tell me about osteomyelitis? I
have it. It started out as severe pain in
my lower back. I thought I had a back
strain. Three months and four doc-
tors later, I found out that one of my
backbones had an infection. How long
does this have to be treated? I've been
taking an antibiotic for three weeks.
My back has stopped hurting. How did
I get this infection? L.H.
ANSWER: Bone infection, osteomy-
elitis, often is difficult to diagnose and
difficult to treat. Germs get to bones
in a number of ways. One is spread
through the blood from an infection in
another part of the body a boil, for
example. Or an infection adjacent to a
bone can seed the bone with germs. A
broken bone that penetrates through
the skin is another way for bone infec-
tion to start.
The length of time to treat a bone
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infection must be individualized.
Infection of backbones often calls for
four to six weeks of treatment. Some-
times the duration of therapy has to be
much longer. The fact that your pain is
gone is a sign that you're winning the
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Every day of
our married life, my husband drank in
excess. He died last year.
Before his death, he made no sense.
I thought he had come down with
Alzheimer's disease, but his doctor
said he had hepatic encephalopathy.
I wasn't clear about what this is, but I
didn't pursue it then. What is it? J.K.
ANSWER: It's brain shutdown due
to liver failure. The liver isn't able to
detoxify cellular-waste products. One
of those products is ammonia, which
is poison to the brain.
In the early stages, the sign of en-
cephalopathy is confusion. If medi-
cines can't right the problem, confu-
sion is followed by agitation, then
coma and death.
Dr Donohue regrets that he is unable
to answer individual letters, but he will
incorporate them in his column when-
ever possible. Readers may write him
or request an order form of available
health newsletters at PRO. Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Readers may
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For all of the trials and tribulations
of puberty, it might be better for kids
not to race through it. Children who
go through puberty at a faster rate are
more likely to suffer from anxiety and
"Past work has examined the timing
of puberty and shown the negative
consequences of entering puberty at
an early age, but there has been little
work done to investigate the effects
of tempo," said Kristine Marceau, a
Penn State researcher and author of a
study published in the journal Devel-
Researchers examined an eclectic
mix of physical and psychological data
on 364 Caucasian boys and 373 Cau-
casian girls that had been collected by
the National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development to study
how variations in the environment
related to children's development.
"We found that earlier timing for
girls was related to a slew of behavior
problems, and we also found that a
faster tempo of development inde-
pendently predicted those same sorts
of problem behaviors," said Marceau.
Racing through puberty
WELL NEWS more likely to suffer from kidney fail-
Scot LaFee ure than white Americans, according
Scott LaFee to the National Kidney Foundation.
Researchers suggest the reasons may
be linked to issues involving obesity,
"Although timing and tempo both
predicted behavior problems in girls,
timing and tempo weren't related
to each other. For boys, though, we
found a strong relationship between
timing and tempo. For example, we
found that boys who have later timing
combined with slower tempo exhibit-
ed the least amount of acting out and
The researchers hypothesized that
the increased behavioral issues associ-
ated with faster puberty were the result
of less time for adolescents to accli-
mate emotionally or socially to their
changing bodies and circumstances.
The study did not address how par-
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fat or 2 percent of the recommended
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It also contains 0 milligrams of
cholesterol; 814 mg of sodium (34
percent); 45.7 grams of total carbo-
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fiber (7 percent); 1.7 g of sugar and
6.2 g of protein.
STORIES FOR THE WAITING
Sick people in Switzerland stay in
the hospital longer than anywhere
else in the world. The average hos-
pital stay is 10 days, according to a
study by the Organization for Eco-
nomic Cooperation and Develop-
ment. (U.S., 5.8 days) Not surpris-
ingly, the Swiss also have the world's
highest number of hospital beds per
capital: 18.3 per 1,000 people. In the
U.S., it's 3.6 per 1,000 people.
Embolectomy the surgical re-
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"I observe the physician with the
same diligence as the disease." -
English poet and priest John Donne
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Prescription Drug Summit in Bartow Sept. 19
The Coalition Partnership of Hardee
County Alliance for Substance Abuse
and Pregnancy Prevention, Drug Free
Highlands, and StandUP Polk will
present the second Prescription Drug
Summit on Monday, Sept. 19, at First
Baptist Church of Bartow.
This collaborative event is being
held to inform the community about
the latest trends in prescription drug
abuse, and develop proactive measures
to prevent substance abuse in families,
schools and businesses.
Event check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.
The keynote speaker will be Sharon
Kelley, MS, PMD, and CEO of Alliance
for Global Narcotics Training, Inc., who
will address attendees from 8:15-10 a.m.
Panel discussions and solution-plan-
ning groups facilitated by the coalition
coordinators and partners will take
place immediately afterwards.
The afternoon session includes a
presentation by Circuit Leadership
advocates for child welfare. A special
workshop, entitled "Everybody's a
Teacher," will focus on how individuals,
leaders, and agencies in the community
can work together to achieve better
education outcomes and offer valuable
support for the education of children in
the foster care system.
Admission is free, but advance registra-
tion is required as seating is limited. Com-
plimentary light breakfast and lunch will
be served, and participants may earn free
CEU's, CME's, or certificates of attendance.
mit to register online, or call Hardee
County ASAPP 773-6349 (to Suzanne
Lambert); Drug Free Highlands 382-
2138 (to Amanda Sherley); or Stand UP
Polk at 802-0777 (to Lisa Jones).
We're Champs at Fighting Strokes.
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring is
Now a Designated Primary Stroke Center
We are the only certified Primary Stroke Center in the Heartland. When a stroke occurs, time is of the
essence. Working closely with EMS, our Emergency Department helps to identify and begin treating
stroke patients before they arrive, because every minute can make a difference.
It is important to understand warning signs.
The symptoms of a stroke include: sudden weakness or numbness of the facc, arm or leg, sudden trouble speaking
or understanding conversation, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eves, sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or
loss of balance or coordination, and/or sudden severe head.iche with no known cause.
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1, and ask to be taken to Florida Hospital.
For more information, please visit www.fhheartland.org
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"Diabetes Survivor Skills" will be taught from
1-3 p.m. ,'edr,-i.1y, Sept. 28, in the Hunt Building
second floor classroom.
This free class is taught by Registered Dietician
Jamie Moore. The class is ideal for those newly-diag-
nosed with diabetes, or those who are struggling with
managing the disease.
Reservations are required, and class size is limited.
Registration is required. To registercall 678-2288.
Participants are encouraged to bring a guest as
Finances to be focus of program
"Take Control of Your Financial Future: A financial
Seminar for Women" will be the program at the Sept.
22 Healthy Woman program.
The program is free, but registration is required..
Michele Ouellette from the Lake Wales office of
Edward Jones, will present an informative, interactive,
engaging presentation on smart ways for women to
manage their money. Learn what you can do now to
prepare for retirement, options to pay for a child's
or grandchild's education, and develop a strategy to
achieve your financial goals.
Light refreshments will be served. Call 678-2288 or
log onto www.lakewalesmedicalcenter.com and click
on Healthy Woman.
CPR class offered
Lake Wales Medical Center has a community CPR
class from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 29, in the
LWMC Hunt Building second floor classroom.
The teacher for the course is Education Director
April Guindon. It'll cost $40 for initial certification,-
$20 for renewal. It is American Heart Association
certified. Participants will need to come to Guindon's
office to fill out a registration form, check out a
course book and then pay for the course before the
To register, call (863) 678-2716 and leave a
message. There must be a minimum of 4 participants
per class, organizers said
AARP driving class offered
Lake Wales Medical Center is offering the AARP Safe
Driving class from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.
This classroom course is designed specifically for
drivers 50 and older. It'll cost $12 for AARP members
and $14 for others. Successful completion of the
course may qualify you for auto insurance discounts.
The class is limited to 30 people, and pre-registra-
tion is required.
For information or to register, call (863) 678-2288.
Baby Care workshop
The Regency Center for Women & Infants offers
a Baby Care Workshop class on basic baby care for
expectant, adoptive, or brand new parents.
The class covers issues like getting to know your
baby bathing, feeding, crying, and safety.
Grandparents and family members are welcome.
Pre-registration is required. Classes are Sept 28,
For information on dates, fees and registration, call
the Regency Library a 294-7020.
Watson Clinic welcomes pediatrician
Watson Clinic added Tamara T. Pistoria to its staff.
Pistoria will practice from the
Watson Clinic South, 1033 N.
Parkway Frontage Road, Lakeland.
She received her medical degree
from Philadelphia College of Osteo-
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Penn. She performed her intern-
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in Allentown, Penn, then moved PISTORIA
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