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Wednesday

December 28, 2011


Frostproof News


Frostproof's Hometown News for more than 85 years


Volume 91 Number 64


USPS NO 211-260


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Frostproof, Polk County Florida 33843


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By BRIAN ACKLEY
EDITOR
Stephen White will officially resign
his position as Frostproof Middle Se-
nior High School principal Dec. 31.
But it won't surprise those who know
him that starting Jan. 2, White will go
back to work.
This time, it will be as principal of
The Vanguard School in Lake Wales, a
non-profit accredited, internationally
recognized private school for students
with learning differences, according
to the school's website. The school has


Wales next week
about 125 students.
For White, a Lake Wales native, it's
a matter of taking his educational
career full circle, since he started in
Lake Wales in the ESE program. At that
time, his district boss was Dr. Cathy
Wooley-Brown. Today, she is Vanguard's
president.
"It's like going back to my roots,
When I started out, that's what I did.
Obviously, kids learn in different ways.
I'm looking forward to the opportu-
nity," he said. "I believe in fate. This
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Interesting people, events dominate local 2011 headlines


By BRIAN ACKLEY
EDITOR
There was a mix of news in 2011 that made the list
of the year's top stories in Frostproof, ranging from
deaths, to retirements to learning that the world
will come to Frostproof for a major athletic event in
2014.
A look back at the people and items that made the
most headlines over the past 12, months:


No. 10
Sunday alcohol serving
In a twist to recent attempts to change Sunday
alcohol laws in Frostproof, city council members
approved a measure that would allow it to be served
on Sunday, but not sold. A local bar wanted to host
a Super Bowl party, and asked that it be allowed to
serve alcohol. However, tickets to the event were
presold, meaning that technically, the booze wasn't


being purchased that day. The city council agreed to
the measure, although Sunday liquor sales are still
banned, despite a 2010 attempt to request from a
local business owner to repeal that law.

No. 9
Cold case murder solved
Polk County Sheriff's deputies solved a 13-year
REVIEW 114A


Sheriff's Sept. gives burglary victims a merry Christmas


By BRIAN ACKLEY
BACKLEY @ LAKEWALESNEWS.COM
A Frostproof family had a Christmas
they won't soon forget, thanks to the
generosity of the Polk County Sheriff's
Office and others who came to their
aid.
Police say that they believe sometime
on Dec. 21, the Hopson Road residence
of Karnella Johnson was burglarized.
The thieves, as of Tuesday unidentified,
took wrapped presents from under the
tree in addition to two television sets
and jewelry. The presents were intend-
ed for two children, a 1-year-old boy
and teenage girl.
According to police, the presents
included baby toys, an iPad, a laptop


computer and a Nintendo DS.
But officers working the case, and
many colleagues, made sure Johnson
and her family had as merry a Christ-
mas as possible.
Christmas Eve morning, Sgt. Shawn
Stephenson, his daughter Toni Rae,
and Detective Matthew Radabaugh, the
lead detective working the case, arrived
at Johnson's house bearing gifts.
Deputies and employees working in
the sheriff department's Southeast dis-
.trict, which is responsible for patrolling
and investigating crimes in unincorpo-
rated southeast Winter Haven, Wahn-
eta, Eloise, Lake Wales and in the cities
of Frostproof, Eagle Lake and Dundee,
pooled their funds. The holiday effort
included over $200 in cash, $200 in


store gift cards, more than $250 worth
of food, including a Christmas ham,
and some wrapped presents. The food
and presents were donated by East
and West Community Oriented Police
deputies.
"The southeast district's goal was to
help Ms. Johnson do some last-minute
shopping in an attempt to replace what
was stolen," said spokesperson Carrie
Eleazer, "and to hopefully put smiles on
her children's faces this holiday season.
Ms. Johnson burst into tears at the
generosity."
Police say the suspects entered
the house thorough a window while
Johnson was away at a family member's
MERRY 14A


PHOTO PROVIDED
Polk County Sheriff's Office representatives Toni
Rae Stephenson (Sgt. Stephenson's daughter),
visit with Karnella Johnson, 1-year-old Jarrod,
and Detective Radabaugh. The PCSO got
together and helped raise funds and gifts to
replace what was stolen from Johnson's house
in a recent burglary.


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Mh Welcome to your community calendar

n If you would like to see your event listed on this page,
we can make it happen. Contact us at news@frostproofnews.com.


Saturday, Dec. 31

Murder Mystery
The Ramon Theater will host a gala
murder mystery dinner theater event. The
New Year's Eve murder mystery is "Twas
the Night Before Murder." Cost is $30 per
person, and includes party favors and one
sparkling adult beverage. Contact the the-
ater at (863) 635-7222 for reservations or
more information. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 7

Music Series at the Ramon
The third annual music series at the
Ramon will kick off with an appearance
by the Porch Dogs. Tickets are available
for each performance in advance or at the
door. Pre-sale tickets are cheaper than the
at-the-door price, and there is a special
price for those who purchase tickets for
all of this year's performances. Call the Ra-
mon at (863) 635-7222 for more informa-
tion. All five performances are available for


the low price of S60. Presale tickets for any
show are S15, and all day-of-show tickets
are S20. Those wanting tickets for all five
shows must purchase by Jan. 6.

Fishing Tournament
The Federation of Christian Sportsmen
will hold the Greg Brantley Memorial
Perch Jerkin' Tournament on Lake Reedy
from first safe light until 12 noon. Cost
is $50 per boat, which includes lunch.
There will be a 35 percent payback for
best weight of 10 biggest specks. There
is also a $50 big fish prize. All proceeds
will go for the Wounded Veterans hunt
camp located off State Road 60. For more
information call 559-0257.

Monday, Jan. 9

Council Meeting
The Frostproof City Council will meet
in regular session starting at 6 p.m.
Note, this meeting has been moved
from the traditional first Monday of the
month, since Jan. 2 is a holiday.


Saturday, Jan. 14

Music Series
The second of this year's Ramon
Theater music series offerings will


HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
The following places are closed for the holiday:
The Polk County Courthouse: Monday, Jan. 2.
The Polk County Public Schools is on winter
vacation and students return "w..J. .l.an. 3. School
district offices will also be closed.
The Lake Wales Charter School District is on winter
vacation and students returns Tuesday, Jan. 3. Offices
will also be closed.
Neil Combee Administration Building: Monday,
Jan. 2.
The city of Lake Wales: Monday, Jan. 2. The library:
Saturday, Dec. 31-Monday, Jan. 2.
The city of Bartow, library and Parks and Recre-
ation: Saturday, Dec. 31-Monday, Jan. 2.
The city of Fort Meade, library: Monday, Jan. 2.
Frostproof City Hall and library: Monday, Jan. 2.
For garbage collection in Bartow: No garbage


be The Long Shot Band, All
shows start at 7 p.m. Information
can also be found, and tickets
purchased, at www.ramontheater.
comn.

pickup on Monday, Jan. 2. Those who have their
garbage picked up on '.:lrind ~y .ill have their garbage
collected on Tuesday. Those with Tuesday pickup will
have their garbage collected on Wednesday. Thursday
and Friday pickup will be normal.
For garbage collection Florida Refuse in Lake
Wales, Fort Meade and Frostproof will not change.
The North Central Landfill: Saturday, Dec. 31.
The North Central Landfill will reopen on Monday
,.l'ing rte holidays and all waste collected by the
county will be taken on the regular schedule for both
weeks.
Business offices for the Polk County Democrat, Lake
Wales News, Frostproof News, Fort Meade Herald and
Your Haines City Herald: Monday, Jan. 2.
Most banks will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 and
Monday, Jan. 2. However, people should call their
banks and branches.
The U.S. Post Office: '.lrn.' lr,. 2.


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Robert
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Kimberly
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Dundee


Celestino Vega,
M.D., FAAFP
Haines City


Eduardo
Torres, M.D.
Lake Wales


Darien
Kavasmaneck, M.D.
S.E. Winter Haven


Jaime
Abuan, M.D.
Winter Haven


Auburndale Family Health Center
Jennifer Negrin, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
2028 Highway 92 West I (863) 965-9327


Bartow Family Health Center
Robert Bala, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
1625 N. Carpenter Ave. 1(863) 533-1448


Dundee Family Health Center
Kimberly Jackson, D.O.
Diplomate, American Osteopathic
Board of Family Practice
5999 Dundee Rd., Suite 750 1 (863) 292-4656


Lake Wales Family Health Center
Eduardo Torres, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
201 SR 60 West I (863) 679-9644


Southeast Winter Haven Family Health Center
Darien Kavasmaneck, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
6035 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 1 (863) 324-4725


Winter Haven Family Health Center
Jaime Abuan, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
100 Avenue I, N.E. (863) 292-4077


Haines City Family Health Center
Celestino Vega, M.D., FAAFP
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice

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VIEWPOINT


Time to pass a distracted driver law


We hate to sound like a broken record, but
really, how many people are going to be injured
and die before we pass a law forbidding the
frightening and ever-too-present practice of
driving while texting? Just what will it take? And
why will we have to wait for some high-profile
case that gets so much media attention that
Florida's lawmakers will feel compelled to pass a
law that most citizens consider a no-brainer.
Really, now. What will it take? For starters,
how about the Florida accident last week where
a woman was driving her sport utility vehicle
Thursday morning when she drifted across the
center line into the southbound lane.
She drifted. She was in a drifting state of mind.
Distracted. She "lost control," according to the
FHP Just drifting along, driving 45 mph or so
when she drifted dreamily across the line and
well into the other lane.
Unbeknownst to this 59-year-old driver, anoth-
er vehicle was occupying that aforementioned
southbound lane. But he didn't see it. She was
"drifting" at the time. La-de-da.
The other driver was not drifting, according to


Our Viewpoint
the FHE He was alert, eyes on the road. He saw
the oncoming SUV drifting across the line and
he pulled his Ford pickup off the'two-lane road
and onto the right shoulder.
Good for him. We can only imagine what he
felt watching the SUV drifting in his direction
and might have happened if he was not alert
enough to take evasive action.
The SUV slammed into left side of the pickup
with such force that it ripped off the rear axle. It
also tore off the trailer the pickup had been haul-
ing. As for the SUV the front end was squashed
to the windshield.
All things considered, the pickup driver and his
passenger were "lucky" last Thursday. They were
brought by ambulance to a hospital, treated and
released. The SUV driver, on the other hand, was
flown by helicopter to an intensive care unit.
All for a little drifting on a two-lane road on a
sunny Thursday morning.
We like the deadpan way the FHP trooper de-
scribed the root cause of the crash in his report:


""The crash investigation revealed (the woman)
was a distracted driver as she was texting on
a cellular phone just prior to the time of the
crash."
By now, there have been a number of studies
that demonstrate how dangerous it is to drive
while texting. Simply holding a phone and talk-
ing at the same time is akin to driving drunk.
Driving while texting is worse. You take your eyes
off the road and punch buttons on a cellphone.
You read the display. Don't we all know how
ridiculous and dangerous that behavior is? Why,
there oughtta be a law.
Sen. Nancy Detert,and in Rep. Ray Pillon, have
sponsored legislation that would make driving
while texting a secondary offense. Frankly, we'd
like to see something stronger, but at this point
we'll take anything that can get through the
Legislature, where similar legislation has been
blocked repeatedly.
What will it take? Someone texting while
traveling at high speed and drifting into highway
traffic? Multiple injuries and deaths? Kids? Re-
ally, why do we have to wait?


Yes, He still loves us


When our first child was born, Dad
told me that babies are God's way of
assuring us that He still loves us.
Amen.

In the closing addendum to my
Christmas Eve column about Santa
last week, I noted that I had three
grandchildren, with two more in pros-
pect.
And yes, I do write the addenda my-
self. It's always fun, though occasion-
ally challenging.
Well, it is now four grandchildren
with one more in prospect.
Halfway through the Christmas
party of the far-flung Polk County
holdings of Sun Coast Media Group
last Wednesday afternoon, I got a call
from Loyal, youngest of our three off-
spring, telling me that the delivery of
our fourth grandson would take place
that night at a hospital in Gainesville.
I called Mary over to hear the news.
"I told him we would be there to-
morrow," she announced after talk-
ing to Loyal. Mary has mastered the
simple declarative sentence.

Shortly after noon on Thursday, we
were in Julie Frisbie-Knudsen's room
at North Florida Regional Medical
Center, passing little Asher David
Frisbie-Knudsen from Aunt Peggy to
GranMary to Granddaddy.
That is a major improvement from
the days when even fathers could only
see their newborn children through
the window of a nursery.
Asher (like Dasher, the reindeer, but
without the D) is of appropriate length


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S.f. Frisbie can be contacted at
frisbie@polkcountydemorat.com


and weight (grandfathers can't re-
member those details for more than a
minute or two) with lots of brown hair
and deep blue eyes, which he opens
for a few seconds at a time between
naps to see who is holding him.
His big brother, Addisu, born in
Ethiopia five years ago and adopted
by Loyal and Julie before he turned 2,
declared, "He's big!" He is also soft,
warm, and cuddly.
In short, he is as special to us as
your grandchildren and nieces and
nephews are to you.

We called his two cousins, Liam and
Calvin, 9 and 5, who were visiting their
other grandparents in Nashville, so
they could speak to Asher.
He responded with a profound reply,
something a little like "Eh."
The kid was not yet 24 hours old and
he already speaks Canadian.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. Just before
leaving Gainesville, Asher's Aunt Peggy
told her newest nephew that within a
week, a lot offolks would have heard
about him. Wonder what she meant by
that. Oh, the other prospective grand-
child? Another pending adoption from
Africa.)


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Jim Gouvellis Publisher
Aileen Hood General Manager Jeff Roslow Editor Peggy Kehoe Managing Editor


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Loss of home to fire perhaps a blessing in disguise


Relatives, friends and co-workers


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By STEVE STEINER
SSTEINER LAKIEWALESNEWS.COM

If Jeraldine Donaldson ever wondered
what kind of impact she has had on
people, her Babson Park house burning
down to the ground early last week may
be the barometer by which to gauge how
beloved she is.
From the moment word got round
what had happened, those who know
Donaldson immediately responded with
outpourings from their hearts. They have
donated cash, clothing, toys and supplies.
"It's been great and overwhelming,
what we're seeing right now," said Steve
Thompson, program director at Lake
Wales Care Center. "The phone keeps
ringing."
With what has been coming in, the im-
mediate needs are being met, he added.
The donations made to the Care Cen-
ter come from people who do not work
with her at Lake Wales Medical Center.
Thompson said those include cash do-
nations, which will be presented to them
today.
"We plan on taking them out shop-
ping," Thompson said. "We want to
make sure the family gets what it wants."
Scott Smith, CEO of Lake Wales Medi-
cal Center, was equally pleased.
"I can tell you, the response has been
overwhelming," Smith said and added
that people have donated presents,
clothing, furniture. In addition, Smith
said the medical center has gotten ware-
house space for the furniture that people
have donated. Not only that, but people
also have volunteered rental properties
for Donaldson and her family to live.
"There's been a huge outpouring."


Contribu-
tions are
coming from
other sourc-
es besides
the Care
Center and
the medical
center.
"We got
gifts from ho
the Sheriff's
Office," said
Donaldson.
Those came
Wednesday,
at the Ser-
geant Mary Sherell and Angel Donaldson,
Campbell also Jeraldine's grandchildren,
Community were having a lot of fun at the
Center in party Wednesday night.
Highland
Manor. "They got in touch with us. All
the kids got something."
Betsy Reeves, an art teacher at
McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts
Academy, has also become involved.
She teaches Donaldson's granddaughter,
13-year-old Chykerria Donaldson. She
and a fellow teacher, Aaron Moul, set
up a web site (http://lakewalesfamily.
bbnow.org).
"I originally posted on Facebook. In
the next 12 hours, we got the web site
up," said Reeves. The response has been
phenomenal. "People from across the
country have been donating."
Many have donated cash, mostly $5 or
$10, but one person has donated $300.
Others have sent merchandise, be it
Christmas gifts, clothing or other goods.
"People are really responding," she


PHOTOS BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Polk County Sheriff's Office Deputy Susie Long shows Jeraldine Donaldson's grandson, Sam Ervin
(8) his photo, drawing a beautiful smile in return. The family, having lost everything they owned
in a house fire recently, was touched by the gift shower presented by the PCSO and the Lake


SWales Moose Riders.
said. "It's pretty amazing."
She also called upon a number of
friends, some of whom she knew from
her years as a jewelry designer living
in New York City. One of them was one
of the producers of "Home Makeover,"
and was the person who selected the
families.
"That was my first call," said Reeves,"
but the show was canceled."
Having this opportunity has filled
Reeves with a sense of gratitude. For the
first time in a long time, it has brought
home for her the true spirit of Christmas,
she said. She is not the only person who


has felt the impact the fire has wrought.
The fire has given Chykerria a deeper
insight into her grandmother.
"My grandmother is a giving person,"
said Chykerria. Her grandmother, she
added, is not someone who easily and
readily accepts receiving.
Of all that has been received, Donald-
son is humble and filled with gratitude.
"I've been very grateful," she said.
"Everything we've been given is thanks
to the Lord." The next thing she would
like, she said, is getting back to her job.
"I'll probably be back on Monday, God
willing."


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Putting the'merry' in Merry Christmas


PHOTOS BY K.M. THORNTON SR.


Patrons at P and J Recreation may have noticed this year lots of dollar bills tacked up on the walls
of the Frostproof business. But it was no bar gimmick. P and J took the money, more than $600 in
all, to make sure one Frostproof family had a much merrier Christmas than they might other-
wise have had. The business and its customers help provide several baskets of food, including a
Christmas ham, for dinner along with lots of presents. On hand to help deliver the bounty were,
from left: co-owner Pat Easton, employee Angie Thomas, Billy Sue Easton, co-owner Bill Easton,
customer Eric Courtney and his wife.


Daniel Gordon Bennett


Daniel Gordon Bennett, 90, passed
away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in
Sebring, Fla.
Mr. Bennett was a General Contractor,
member of the First Baptist Church. He
served in the United States Coast Guard
during World War II and had been a life-
long resident of Avon Park, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia
Bennett of Avon Park, Fla.; daugh-
ter, Vaunda Bennett Simpson (John)
of Florida Keys; two sons, Jimmy
Bennett (Palmira) of Ocala, Fla., and
Danny Bennett (Susan) of Avon Park,
Fla.; sister, Mary Wise of Frostproof,

Elaine J. Barnes
Elaine J. Barnes of Lake Wales passed
away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. She
was 46. Marion Nelson Funeral Home
in Lake Wales is handling the
arrangements.


Fla.; nine grandchildren and 14 great
grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 23,
2011, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (one hour
prior to service) at the First Baptist
Church.
Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m.
with Rev. Jon Beck officiating.
Burial will follow in Bougainvillea
Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made
to Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Ham-
mock Road, Sebring, Fla. 33870.
Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home,
Avon Park is in charge of arrangements.

Daniel L.

"Danny" Trudell
Daniel L. "Danny" Trudell passed
away Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. He was 54.
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Choice of Publix marketer is far from unanimous


By JEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW @POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM

Douglas Ackerman, who has been
Publix's marketing manager for the last
two years was appointed the execu-
tive director's job for the
Florida Department of
Citrus after commission-
ers voted 5-4 to hire him.
Commissioner Marty
McKenna will negotiate
a start time and sal-
ary with Ackerman and
acting executive direc- ACKE
tor Debra Funkhouser ACKERMAN
will remain in the post for two more
months as Ackerman gets acquainted
with the staff and others who work for
the Department of Citrus. After that
time, Funkhouser will return to her
job as comptroller, which she has also
been doing since Ken Keck resigned in
August as executive director.
Though the Citrus Commission's
meeting room was full at its regular
meeting last Wednesday, no one spoke
when commissioners discussed Acker-
man, but commissioners on both sides
of whether or not to appoint him had
their say.
"I'm struggling a little bit to move
forward," Michael Taylor said. "I met
with Ackerman and he's a dynamic
young fellow, but do we have time to
step back? Maybe there is someone else
out there. This is such a critical position
and time."
Commissioner Virginia Pena agreed
with Taylor.
"I heard what (Commissioner Mi-
chael) Haycock said last week (at the


selection committee hearing). "I don't
feel like Ackerman has the marketing
level experience we need. This is a big
step and we have a big staff. I really like
him but I'd like to see who is out there
with more marketing expertise."
Ackerman, 42, has 15 years of mar-
keting and advertising experience with
firms such as Publix, HPN Marketing
Services, Bennigan's and Pizza Inn and
also served in the military where he led
the Afghan National Police in Operation
Enduring Freedom where he earned a
Bronze Star.
However, his lack of marketing experi-
ence on the level of the DOC concerned
some on the selection committee as
well as some commissioners atWednes-
day's meeting. And though that gave
some commissioners hesitation, those
in favor of hiring Ackerman Wednesday,
felt Ackerman was well-qualified for the
position.
S"We have someone here today that
could do the job," said G. Ellis Hunt Jr.
"Will we find someone better? I don't
know if he'll be here (if we start again)."
Commissioner Jay Clark said to start
again, go through a process that began
four months ago, could very well pro-
duce the same thing they're faced with
today.
"I don't know if we'll ever get the full
expectations we want or advertised," he
said. "Let's get him on the ground and
move forward."
To further explain that thought,
McKenna said, "We're going to have a
limited number of people when they
see their name in the paper."
In referring to the fact that two of the
three finalists.dropped out last week


after experiencing some public scrutiny,
he added, "We had one who had a boss
and another who was unemployed and
when he was called for interviews it
made him uneasy. The salary range is
going to be limited but that's who we
are."
The advertised salary is between
$190,000-$250,000, which McKenna will
negotiate with Ackerman. When Keck
left the position on Aug. 3 he was mak-
ing $206,000 per year.
Voting to hire him were Commission-
ers Clark, Vernon Hollingsworth III, Hunt,
McKenna and James S. Horrisberger.


Voting against his hire were Michael
Haycock, Michael J. Garavaglia Jr., Taylor
and Pena.
Despite the split vote, commissioners
made it clear that no matter that, Acker-
man would get 100 percent support.
"If we have a divided vote there
should not be any confusion about him
getting 100 percent support," Garava-
glia said. "We do, anyway I do want to
make it clear I back the new executive
director."
Taylor, who also voted against his
hiring, said, "I second that and we just
have to move forward."


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- Page 10A Frostproof News December28, 2011


County considers livestock, fowl nuisance


By DIANE NICHOLS
DNICHOLS @ POLKCOLNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
The thought of fresh eggs and a flock of
chickens might seem like an all-American
image, but to many residents living near
to those who own them, they see it as
more of a smelly, messy nuisance.
After years of complaints, discussions
and concerned citizens weighing in on
the subject, county commissioners will
vote at their Jan. 10 meeting on amend-
ments to the Land Development Code
- addressing the issue of livestock and fowl
in residential neighborhoods.
Erik Peterson from the Land Develop-
ment Division told commissioners at
last Tuesday's meeting that drafting an
amendment to address this issue has
been no easy task.
"We've held focus groups, drafted poli-
cies, and gotten feedback on this topic
and then held more focus groups and
got even more feedback," said Peterson.
"Throughout the two years that we've
been working on this, we've been looking
for the right balance for this amendment.
This issue comes up every five years, so I
hope this reaches that balance."
The goal of the amended ordinance
is to give county code enforcement
officials a way to deal with the weekly
complaints from people in the commu-
nity who claim that pigs, goats, roosters
and chickens pose a nuisance on small
residential lots. Peterson claims few
. of the complaints pertain to cows or
horses and that fowl are among the top
complaints.
On May 17, 2010, the county commis-
sion held a work session to discuss the
potential conflict and nuisance of live-
stock and fowl in residential neighbor-
hoods. Board members concluded staff
should prepare possible changes to the


Polk Land Development Code to address
complaints from citizens regarding odor
and noise based on public involvement,
stakeholder dialogue and a review of the
regulatory measures in other counties.
Focus groups were arranged as part of
this process consisting of people knowl-
edgeable of farm animal care, enforce-
ment of animal ordinances, and resi-
dents with experiences of livestock and
fowl in their neighborhood. As a result
of several tweaks to the original drafted
ordinance, an amendment to the Land
Development Code was recommended
for approval in a 4-3 vote by the Planning
Commission on Nov. 2. Florida Statutes
require the proposed amendment now
fall into the hands of the county com-
mission.
The ordinance contains added
nuisance restrictions which specifies
code enforcement action may only be
initiated by complaint from an owner of
residential property within 250 feet of .
the property on which livestock or fowl
are contained. The proposed provisions
apply only to residential properties less
than 1/2 acre in size excluding land
used for bonafide agricultural use and
require that livestock shall be contained
within fenced areas, fowl be kept in
pens or a fenced area at least 50 feet
from neighboring residential property
lines, and the storage of animal waste
shall be located at least 50 feet from
neighboring residential property lines.
Show animals and educational projects
will be exempted provided the manure
setback requirement can be met. No
specific policies have been put into
place regarding noise nuisances such as
the early morning crowing of roosters
despite several such complaints. Cur-
rently the only provision for noise nui-
sance in the county ordinance pertains


to barking dogs.
"We've gotten many letters from
people regarding roosters, but it's not
appropriate for the Land Development
Code," said Peterson. "This is far from
perfect and a lot of people's concerns
aren't addressed, but I hope this new
amended ordinance puts the issue to
rest for quite a while."
A second reading and a deciding vote
is scheduled at 9 a.m. Jan. 10 in the
board room of the Neil Combee Ad-
ministration Building, 330 W Church
St., Bartow. Agendas may be viewed
and downloaded by going to www.
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Alexander, state leader need $2 billion budget trim


Legislative


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January this year, not March


By GARY FINEOUT
AssoCIAEDH PRESS
TAILLAHASSEE (AP) It's almost
becoming an annual rite each year
in Tallahassee: Another year, another
billion-dollar plus budget shortfall.
Florida lawmakers head into their an-
nual session in January confronted by a
nearly $2 billion.gap. This time around
it is primarily caused by an unenviable
combination of growing expenses in
safety net programs such as Medicaid
at the same time a sluggish economic
recovery is expected to keep tax dollars
from growing significantly.
This coming session legislative lead-
ers and Gov. Rick Scott have already
ruled out one option: Raising taxes
or fees as a way to help balance the
budget.
Despite the shortfall Scott has come
up with own $66.4 billion spending plan
that would significantly boost spending


on schools by making steep cuts in what
the state spends reimbursing hospi-
tals to take care of patients enrolled in
Medicaid. He also wants to shut down a
handful of state prisons and eliminate
some 4,500 state jobs.
The governor's second set of budget
proposals 15 dramatically different from
the one he offered shortly after he was
first sworn in as governor.
Scott now says he's heard from
Floridians that they want more money
spent on education so he is pushing a
budget that would boost public school
spending by roughly $1 billion. His tax
cut proposals, meanwhile, have been
dramatically scaled back. This year
Scott is calling for a modest change in
the state's corporate income tax and
a tax break for companies purchasing
machinery and equipment that together
would cost roughly $30 million.
Scott also hinted that he was willing
to veto the entire budget and force


lawmakers to do it over if they ap-
prove a budget that did not include a
significant increase for schools.
State employees could also find
themselves getting targeted for budget
cuts once again. Legislators may go
after state worker health care benefits
as a potential source of savings. The
state is spending nearly $1.9 billion on
health care benefits for state workers,
with about $1.45 billion coming from
taxpayers.
The Scott administration earlier this
year already negotiated new contracts
with health maintenance organizations
that limited the number of HMOs avail-
able for state workers and is expected
to save the state more than $350 million
over the next two years.
The governor, who currently pays $30
a month to cover himself and his wife,
also has recommended that all state
employees pay the same for health in-
surance. That's a move that would affect


roughly 30,000 state workers, including
Scott, his agency heads, managers and
state legislators. Rank-and-file state
workers pay $50 a month for individual
coverage and $180 a month for family
coverage. Scott's push to require ev-
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health insurance premiums for some
employees by $1,800 a year for family
coverage.
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and the Senate budget chief, has been
looking at whether the state should
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Survey:


By JEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW @ POLKCOUNTYUDEMOCRAT.COM
Florida Citrus Commissioners heard last
week that people know that orange juice
is a healthy choice but they don't seem
to care, according to their shopping and
drinking habits. And, they don't want to
hear about it, either.
"Consumers know juice is better than
soda, but they aren't acting on it," said Lisa
House.
She based this on a number of studies
she conducted last year for the Florida
Department of Citrus and she added those
who reacted to label listings the more
information they got the less interested
they were.
"One thing was consistent, the more we
give consumers the less they act. The more
information we give the more they back off
a little bit."
Commissioners didn't take any action
on it or make moves to take any action,
but some did show their confusion and
dissatisfaction.
"It's quite disheartening that the more
information the more lack there is," Com-
missioner G. Ellis Hunt said. "I've never
met anyone who said though that guy is
overweight it's because he eats oranges."
House, the director of the Florida Ag-
Sricultural Market Research Center at UE,
made the presentation from a study she
did because the Food and DrugAdminis-
tration has a planned upgrade to the front
of pack labeling it will undertake.
The study, done almost entirely online,
took in 15 beverages ranging from water to
those with added sugars, showed mostly
that consumers are doing what they know
is healthy.


People know OJ is healthy, but not


"We are picking up what they think is
healthy," she said. "The message is out and
it has been there for a long time. Now we
have to figure out how to act on it."
Acting Executive Director Debra Funk-
houser said the DOC has been working on
this for quite a while and will continue to
do so.
Hunt and Funkhouser recently went
to Tallahassee with an update on the
changes the DOC wants to make to
the Florida statutes that were enacted
last year at the pushing of State Sen. JD
Alexander, R-Lake Wales. In June the DOC
formed a committee to look into the law
and the changes the Legislature made last
year. Florida Citrus Mutual and the DOC
objected that the changes were made to
the Florida Citrus Code last year without
talking to them first.
Hunt felt the trip successful.
"We have a wonderful delegation and
their open minded," he said, adding
that he doesn't expect any challenges or
changes with the way the 601 Committee
rewrote some of the law.
"We think early or mid January we
should have the 601 presented and ad-
opted," he said.
Among the changes being sought is the
way the executive director is hired and
fired. Under the change made last year, the
Florida Senate has to confirm the executive
director. The committee rewrote that the
commission should have the authority to
hire and fire the executive director without
Senate confirmation. In the rewrite it also
deleted a part that would make the execu-
tive director's term four years.
The five-day work week was also deleted
in the rewrite. Under previous executive di-
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12 to nine and put into staggered terms.
Last year Alexander said he sponsored
the change because he and growers were
unhappy with the Citrus Department lead-
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Keck resigned from his post on Aug. 3.
Last week the Citrus Commission hired
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acting on it

search. He will have to be confirmed by the
Senate before he officially gets the job.
Florida juice will be make it into the
national spotlight in two different areas in
the coming week. A new commercial is to
air starting Jan. 2.
The other place people may see a
becoming familiar DOC character is Capt.
Citrus who will be in the Citrus Bowl
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County leader makes another plea for tax breaks


Commissioner

By DIANE NICHOLS
DNICOLS @ POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
County Commissioner Bob English was
hoping the third time's the charm last week
by rallying his fellow board
members to support a tax
abatement incentive for new
and existing businesses for
the 2012 ballot.
The measure had been / .
cast out by voters in both
2008 and 2010, but English
feels things could be different
this time if the public is more ENGLISH
educated about what such a
tax break would mean to the county.
"Polk County is working to create new
jobs for our residents by encouraging
companies to expand and relocate," said
English. "If we pass this initiative voters
will be asked to consider a measure
that will help Polk County combat one
of the highest unemployment rates in
the State and one of the lowest average
wage rates in Central Florida by offering
property tax breaks on new commercial
businesses or improvements to existing


hopes to spur business growth with


commercial businesses."
The proposal had been supported by
fellow board members in the past, but at
Tuesday's meeting commissioners agreed
that more information would be needed
before they fully stand behind it.
The consensus was that with an appro-
priate report including detailed information
on the measure along with actual numbers
showing projected revenue such an incen-
tive would bring in to the county, it would
be worth looking at again as soon as the
next meeting.
The tax abatement incentive would not
affect the existing tax base and would apply
to new improvements tied to new jobs and
new capital investment. Each incentive ap-
plication would be evaluated on a case-by-
case basis in a public hearing held before
the county commission open to all citizens.
English stated that in 2008 when the
measure first went on the ballot, there was
nobody in Central Florida who had this tax
exemption for an economic development
incentive, but that four years later, similar
abatements are now in place in more than
half of the counties around the state.
"Today, since we put it on the ballot,


other counties have copied us," said
English. "Highlands County, Hillsborough
County, Hardee County and Osceola
County passed an exemption this year."
Commissioner Melony Bell, who was
not on the commission in 2008 or 2010,
stated the tax incentive would fit nicely
into the Enterprise Zone the county is
currently striving for.
"We're talking about including Highway
17 from Fort Meade to Eagle Lake in the
zone," said Bell. "Now Lake Wales' com-
mission is interested in doing it and also
Mulberry and the north corridor. It's mir-
rored after Lakeland and what they've done
to give tax breaks to attract new business to
the area. I think as county commissioners
we need to make sure we have economic
growth here, so I like your plan."
Commissioner Todd Dantzler repri-
manded English for bringing this before the
board with no prior warning and expressed
a desire to have more time to study some-
thing that could go on the ballot. He admit-
ted to liking the concept and to supporting
it in the past, but didn't knowif it was the
same plan or if it had been "tweaked."
Commissioner Sam Johnson wanted


ballot initiative
more details and an understanding of what
it would mean in dollars and cents that
would be coming into the system with such
a provided incentive to businesses.
He stated the public has not been prop-
erly educated on the measure which has led
to a lot of misunderstandings.
"I've heard time and time again from
people that this proposal seemed like noth-
ing more than a backroom deal to benefit a
commissioner's friend," said Johnson. "It's
important to decide how these decisions
will be made, what perimeters it will cover,
what the criteria will be and explain to the
public the benefits and potential funds this
could bring to the county."
English rallied back by saying he felt
they did a pretty good job of educating the -
people, but in retrospect could see where
things went wrong.
"The last time this was on the ballot, it
lost by 501 votes," said English. "I think we
did a pretty good job educating the people,
but looking back, I think where we lost is
that we didn't educate the absentee voters.
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-WHITE: will take over at Vanguard School next week


FROM PAGE 1A

opportunity came along right at the
right time."
His first principal assignment was
at Hillcrest Elementary, which today is
part of the Lake Wales charter system.
From there he went to Jewett Academy,
one of the first magnet schools in the
county, before moving on to open up
Lake Region High School as its first
principal in 1995.
The year before Lake Wales approved
its charter school system, he served as
the high school principal here. For the
last six years, he has been top honcho
in Frostproof.
White said the decision to leave
.Frostproofwas no slam dunk.
"I gave it some thought, but when I
went and toured Vanguard this sum-
mer and saw some of the wonderful


things, when I got that feel, I knew
that would be a good place for me to
be," he said. "It's very much like this
campus here. It's very family oriented.
It felt like it was a family there, just like
I feel here in Frostproof. I've been very
fortunate because I've got the best staff
in Polk County right here in Frostproof.
This is a wonderful job here. As far as
I'm concerned it's the best job in Polk
County. It's got a great staff, great kids
and the community works so well with
you here."
White said he's used a few guiding
principals over the years, but that lead-
ing at Vanguard won't be all that differ-
ent from leading in Frostproof.
"Kids are kids, no matter if they've
got special needs or they don't," he
said. "They want to feel comfortable
in their environment, they want to feel
safe in their environment."


MERRY: Special day thanks to PCSD


FROM PAGE 1A

home dealing with a death in family.
"Sadly, we are working another 'Grin-
ch' case," noted Sheriff Grady Judd,
following the theft of a Toys-for-Tots
box in Plant City earlier in the week.
"What kind of person steals children's
Christmas presents? We hope someone
out there will come forward with infor-
mation about this crime. Remember,


you can remain anonymous and earn
some extra cash. This women and these
children have already suffered through
a death in the family, and now are also
suffering from the trauma of a burglary
in their home. We need your help."
Anyone with information can con-
tact Radabaugh at (863) 412-2212, or
contact Heartland Crimestoppers to
remain anonymous and be eligible for a
reward, at 1-800-226-TIPS.


REVIEW: Top Frostproof stories of 2011


FROM PAGE 1A
'old murder case, thanks to an unusual
set of circumstances.
Police charged Mario Garcia, 36, in
the 1998 machete style murder ofAu-
relio Ramos, whose body was found in
a shallow grave in a grove off Raulerson
Road. A warrant for Garcia's arrest was
issued shortly after the victim's body
was found, but it wasn't until April until
police found their man.
Garcia apparently was involved in
a fender-bender at the BP gas station
at U.S. 27 and 98. Police say they gave
them a wrong name when he returned
to the scene of the mishap, which he
had originally left. Police booked him
for leaving the scene of the accident,
and discovered upon matching finger-
rints that he was wanted for the 1998
killing.

No. 8
Sackett, Michaelis honored
The Frostproof Chamber of Com-
merce selected Tony Sackett and Marti
Michaelis as their Man and Woman of
the Year.
Both are longtime fixtures in the
community. Michaelis was cited largely


for her dedication to working with
many of the youth in the community
in her job at the high school, which
she retired from after the past school
year. Michaelis led the school's Interact
Club, which every year boasted 40 or
50 members who provided countless
volunteer hours on a number of differ-
ent project both at the school and in
the community.
Sackett, who currently serves on the
chamber board, is a long time school
volunteer, having served on the PTO's
at both Frostproof Elementary and Ben
Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary. He was on
the School Advisory Committee and
Parents Advisory Council at Frostproof
Middle Senior High School, as well as
a volunteer for Project Graduation. He
has also been very active as coach and
supporter of the little league sports in
the city.


No. 7
Churches on the move
Two Frostproof congregations found
new homes, unusual ones at that, in
2011, amid some controversy.


White is actually a fifth-generation
Lake Wales native. His great grandfa-
ther, C.L. Johnson, was one of the city's
founding fathers.
The Lake Wales school has made
significant investments in its infra-
structure and programming in recent
years, another aspect of his new job
that appeals to him.
"I rode byVanguard for years and
years and never really did understand
what was back there," he said. "Since
CathyWooley-Brown took over, it
has evolved. She has put together an
outstanding staff. They are certainly
student oriented and are student advo-
cates all the way through and through.
I don't see any reason that the school
won't grow and grow. I don't see that
why in the near future they won't have


a waiting list to get in there."
The school can handle about 140
total students, he said.
Still, he said he will remember fondly
his time in Frostproof, and the things
that he learned to make him a better
administrator.
"I think working here really rein-
forced the fact that if you support your
teachers, if you come to work everyday
and your philosophy is 'what can I do
to make it easy for that teacher to do
their job in the classroom,' I think if
you can truly do that, then they're go-
ing to be happy with their job and it's
going to transform right to the stu-
dent," White said. "And when that hap-
pens you're going to have good results.
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Family Life Church had hoped to call
city hall its home for a couple of years,
after losing the lease on the building on
County Road 630A. However, the idea
came under question by the Frostproof
City Council, which eventually turned
the idea down. They then struck a deal
with the Frostproof Chamber to hold
services in the train depot on Wall
Street.
In February, the city council gave
its blessing to Kings Ranch Christian
Church in the Ramon Theater. The city
had to OK a special use permit because
of the theater's proximity to a business
That served alcohol.

No 6
White, Smith retire
Two Frostproof Middle Senior High
School stalwarts, principal Stephen
White and long-time agriculture
teacher Jimmy Smith, decided that
2011 would be their last at the school.
White will officially step down at the
end of this month, to take a similar
position with the Vanguard School in
Lake Wales. Smith retired after a 38-
year career which touched the lives of
just about every young person in the
city. The school's ag wing was renamed
in honor of one of Frostproof's favorite
sons.

No. 5
Norris plea deal
Daniel Norris, Jr. officially.accepted
a plea deal in a seven year old man-
slaughter case that has long troubled
the community. Many city residents
signed petitions hoping the case
might be re-investigated because of
an alarming number of irregularities


roof stories of 2011
and inconsistencies from the original
accident investigation and subsequent
2007 trial.
Norris was convicted on two counts
of vehicular manslaughter following
the deaths of two of his friends on Walk
In Water Road in 2004. A jury agreed
that Norris was driving his truck which
overturned, and that his blood alcohol
level at the time of the crash was above
the legal limit. He was sentenced to
serve 30 years; the plea deal reduced
that to 15 years, and an additional 10
years of probation. With time served,
he would be eligible for parole in about
nine years.

No. 4
City finances
Five years ago, Frostproof was on the
brink of financial disaster, and in the
hole to the tune of some $20,000.
In March, city auditor Turner Wig-
gins declared, "you are no in a crisis
state anymore" thanks to a dramatically
improved budget picture, including
city reserves that today total nearly $3
million.
Still, he cautioned the group to keep
a close eye on its finances to make sure
it does not put itself in that position
again in the future.

No. 3
George Jackson passes away
Another community icon, George
Jackson, was in the news, after passing
away on Aug. 14. More than 300 family
and friends gathered several days later
in the high school gymnasium on
the basketball court that bears his.
name to remember him.
Jackson taught and coached for a
total of 37 years and Frostproof Middle
Senior High School, and later in life,


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Danny Norris, Jr., left, agreed to a plea deal which reduced his DUI manslaughter sentence from
30 to 15 years. With time served, he should be eligible to be released around 2020.


was known for his courageous battle
with Parkinson's disease, with his
positive attitude and can-do spirit very
much in tact to the end.
Among his community credits: board
member of the Frostproof Care Center
and Frostproof Art League and Dea-
con at Frostproof's First Presbyterian
Church.

No. 2
Foodway Fire
Frostproof lost its only grocery store
for almost a year, following a fire that
investigators termed "suspicious"
at Foodway on Jan. 19. More than
$200,000 in damage is reported, mostly
to the store's inventory.
Heavy smoke was reported by the
Frostproof fire department when it
arrived on scene for the early morning
fire. Officials said the store's sprinkler
system doused much of the fire, but


that smoke and water damage was
heavy.
The store eventually reopened last
month. No charges were ever placed in
connection with the January fire.

No. 1
World comes to Frostproof
Frostproof's Universal Shooting
Academy was selected as the site
for the 2014 International Practical
Shooting Confederations World Cham-
pionship, it was learned this fall. The
Frostproof range regularly holds a
number.of state, national and interna-
tional events, but this one is expected
to bring 1,500 shooters to Polk County
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The other finalist was Bangkok,
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Patton resigns from CFDC
Tom Patton, 55, who has run the
Central Florida Development Council
for the last eight years resigned his po-
sition on March 14. Patton who helped
run the public-private agency that was
created in 1986, told Polk County Man-
ager Jim Freeman it was time for him
to pursue something new. Freeman
said he and his staff will look at this
situation as an opportunity to reassess
the agency and he will take some time
to name an executive director. CFDC
President Jerry Miller said while Patton
was a valuable asset to the CFDC he
sees his resignation as a positive op-
portunity. He said Patton's resignation
is not a driver to look at the organiza-
tion but, "We're going to use this as
positive. We'll look forward and look at
how the state will focus." The CFDC is a
public and private partnership between
the Polk County Board of County Com-
missioners and all the municipalities
and major chambers of commerce in
the county. It is charged with economic
development activity in a region from
Tampa to Orlando. Because of working
in an area that large and in a county of
more than 600,000 residents, Freeman
said it is time to examine the CFDC and
see if it can operate any better than it is
doing now.

Freeman named county manager
Following two days of interviews in
which four candidates were considered,
Polk County Commissioners unani-
mously decided to go with Jim Free-
man as county
manager on Feb.
15. Freeman had


served as interim
county manager
since Oct. 1, 2010,
when Mike Herr
left to become
president of a
division of Econ
Design Develop-,
ment Manage-
ment Services, in
Lakeland. The last
of four candidates
interviewed, Free-
man almost did
not file for the po-
sition, a point he
made early in his
interview. Life, he
said, is about pri-


PHOTO BY STEVE
STEINER
Jim Freeman ponders
an answer to a ques-
tion posed during his
interview. He was
hired Feb. 15.


orities, and he admitted to having been
ambivalent about seeking the position,
at first. However, with the backing and
blessing of his family, and at the last
possible moment, Freeman filled out
an application. Part of his reasoning, he
said, is that the BOCC wants to do right
by the county, and after being in the
county's employ since 1989, so did he.
Toward the end of the interview,
Commissioner Melony Bell asked him
his vision for Polk County. Growing
up in Gwinnett County, it was a rural
county, he said. Now it is part of the
Atlanta metro. When he came to Polk
in 1989, it was mostly rural, with the ex-
ception of Lakeland. His vision includ-
ed high-paying jobs "where his children
and grandchildren can live and work,
where people don't have to commute to
Tampa and Orlando."

Gov. Scott reject high-speed rail
money
The Florida governor in February
rejected the U.S. Department of Trans-
portation's $2.4 billion for a Tampa-to-
Orlando bullet train. The total cost to
build the rail is estimated to be $2.8 bil-


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lion. Scott based his rejection on three
factors: The potential for construction
cost overruns, which could cost the
state $3 billion, whether train ridership
and revenue estimates are optimistic
and the fact that Florida would have
had to return the money to Washington
if it decided later to stop the proj-
ect. And though opponents said the
potential cost to Florida weren't true
the money went elsewhere after there
were efforts to get the money after
Gov. Scott rejected it. Politicians from
the Lakeland City Council to U.S. Sen.
Bill Nelson tried to get the money and
though DOT.head Ray LaHood gave the
state effort, the money went to other
rail projects. Three states New York,
California and Rhode Island urgently
asked for the money after the Scott
rejected it. One of the bigger misun-
derstandings held about the rail, said
former Citrus Connection director
Danny Ours, is the type of train it was.
"Everybody is looking at high-speed rail
as another form of a commuter rail," he
said "It is a system from one metro area
to another in a quick manner. I don't
understand how people are missing the
boat."

No underwear in jail
Tough times call for tough budget


cuts and the
Polk County
Sheriff's Of-
fice is doing
its part. First
it eliminated
basketball
hoops from
the county
jail, then
peanut but-
ter and jelly.
Now, Sheriff
Grady Judd is
aiming below
the belt.
Beginning
Aug. 1, male
county jail -
prisoners no
longer had
underwear
provided to
them by the
jail. They will
have to pur-
chase their
own which
will save
$45,000 per


year. "If you and I need underwear, we
go to the store and buy it," said Judd.
"So, from now on if the men we book
in the county jail need underwear, we'll
sell them to them in the com-
missary. This is the county
jail. It's not a welfare program."
According to Judd, it was a
staff member who realized an
untapped potential in mak-
ing yet another change to how
the jail provides underwear to
its residents. The plan is only
targeted at the male popula-
tion for what Judd stated were
"obvious reasons." The plan
falls within federal law guide- '
lines which does not require
the county jail to provide underwear
to inmates. This plan was announced
July 13 directly after Judd presented
his 2011-12 budget to the Polk County
Board of Commissioners. The budget
devised was $3.8 million less than it
was last year and less than it was the
year before.

Swiftmud loses 36 percent
from budget
Property owners in Polk County will
see their property tax bills drop about
$16 next year due to $210 million sliced
from the water management districts
in the state. In return for
those cuts the Southwest
Florida Water Manage-
Sment, which contains
S. most of Polk County,
;'- there will be fewer water


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Starting Aug. 1, male inmates in Polk County
Sheriff's Office jails no longer received free
underwear. The move saved the PCSO a
projected $45,000 per year. Inmates wanting
underwear will have to purchase it from a
commissary. In addition to briefs (pictured
above that were displayed at a recent press
conference, inmates can opt to select boxers.


resource projects, less
money for local govern-
ments for projects they
may be working on, and
the district will no longer
be able to buy conserva-
tion lands to protect. On
July 13, Gov. Rick Scott
signed a bill that cut
the budgets for not only
Southwest Florida Water
Management District,
also known as Swiftmud,
but also for South Flor-
ida, St. John's, Suwanee
River and Northwest
Florida water man-
agement districts. For
Swiftmud, the cut will
amount to 36 percent of
its budget. Robyn Felix,
media relations manager
for Swiftmud, said that
will mean the budget will


drop from $280 million to $161 million.
That new budget will take effect on
Oct. 1. The cuts meant a loss of jobs in
the agency. Felix said that Swiftmud is
changing its focus from trying to save
land in conservation buys. There is not
any land in Polk County it will stop
trying to buy, but in Pasco County, for
instance, the agency will no longer try
to buy land near the Starkey Preserve.
The price tag was about $8 million.

Weekend of rain keeps residents stuck
in subdivision
Residents in the subdivision of River
Ranch near Lake Wales were stuck
in their homes and some couldn't
get home after a weekend of rain in
mid-October flooded out the only
entrance to the neighborhood. The
only way out for three days for about
150 isolated residents and workers liv-
ing along the two and a half mile long
access road and at the "World's Largest
Dude Ranch" was by airboat or from
the 5,000 foot long airstrip until the
county roadway reopened early Thurs-
day morning. The joint effort by several
government agencies included more
than a dozen county maintenance
employees. Workers toiled around the


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Residents were trapped in their homes for
several days after a large amount of rain
flooded the only way in or out of the subdivi-
sion.

clock, and once the water partially
receded, two breaches or impassible
breaks in the roadway were filled in
and repaired. Twenty-year resident
Knightly acted as a Good Samaritan,
Wednesday, visiting up and down the
street checking on the homes of snow-
birds and then reporting her findings.
She was pleased to have access to a
well-used Wet Vac.
"It's stressful to see what they have to
go through," said Knightly. "It's a lot of
work, but somebody's got to do it. It's
been like a roller coaster." Although up
to 8 feet of storm water rushed through
parts of the resort, Mark Waltrip, the
chief operating officer of Westgate River
Ranch, said that only five motel rooms
suffered water damage.

Property tax drop less than predicted
Polk County is
facing its fourth a
consecutive year
of a drop in prop- i .
erty tax money
but it is less
than what it had
thought it was go-
ing to be. "We had
used for planning Marsha Faux, Polk-
purposes a minus County Property
10 percent de- Appraiser
cline and it came
in at just under 7.2 percent so it didn't
decline as steeply as we thought,"

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Charles Cook unveiled the sign that proclaims Kissengen Spring a state landmark in Florida. The
sign will be permanently place in Mosaic Peace River Park near Homeland.


TOP: Stories of 2011
FROM PAGE 1B

County Manager Jim Freeman said.
Polk County Property Appraiser Marsha
Faux added, "It's still a decline; it's
beginning to slow down but we're not
at a leveling point yet." Overall, the
drop was 7.18 percent, which in terms
of money means the county is taking
in about $12.6 million less than what it
had. Last year, the loss was about $30
million, Faux said. The reduction in
amount lost doesn't mean, however,
the county has a little more money to
use than it planned for. Freeman said
during a county commission retreat
held in February commissioners con-
sidered a 10 percent drop in revenue
from property taxes. The actual figure
being almost 3 percent better than
that makes things a little easier but not
much better. "It's somewhere between
three and four million dollars better
so it helps," Freeman said. "It's a piece
of the puzzle. As far as I'm concerned
it's a positive development and hope-
fully it will get better." In the area, the
drop in property tax rates for Bartow
was 7.22 percent compared to a drop
of 9.24 percent last year. In Fort Meade
it was 12.8 percent compared to 12.35
percent last year. In Frostproof the drop
was 2.76 compared to 9.76 last year. In
Lake Wales the drop was 7.95 percent
compared to 14.77 percent last year.
In Lake Hamilton, a community near
Lake Wales, the drop was 7.2 percent
compared to 10.95 percent last year. In
Haines City the drop was 9.06 percent
compared to 20.87 last year.


Kissengen Springs dedicated
The seemingly ever-flowing water of
Kissengen Spring was best remembered
as being icy cold but the dedication
Aug. 25 in making it a state historical
landmark was remembered warmly
by the hundreds who attended the
ceremony at the Polk County Historical
Museum. For 75 years it was a hot-
spot for Polk County residents and
for tourists. It was the site of politi-
cal rallies and during World War II it
was a spot for rest and recreation for
soldiers. The spring which is south-
east of Bartow stopped its continuous
flow of 20 million gallons of water per
day into the Peace River in 1950 as the
result of excessive groundwater pump-
ing, according to studies by the Florida
Geological Survey. The water was with-
drawn primarily for phosphate mining,
which was booming in the area at the
time. The mining operations consumed
75 million gallons of water per day
- more than twice the demand of all
other users in Polk County combined
- and had installed wells as large as
24 inches in diameter near the spring,
according to a 1951 FGS and other
reports. "This historical marker is cru-
cial," Cynthia Barnett said. "It is finally
getting the historic right it deserves."

Governor attends citrus annual
crop estimate
About 75 citrus growers and politi-
cians, including Gov. Rick Scott, trav-
eled by dirt road in October to a barn at
a citrus grove to hear the annual United


PHOTO BY BILL RETTEW JR.
Florida Secretary of Agriculture Adam Putnam, right, has a cup of coffee with Gov. Rick Scott, left,
prior to the start of the citrus estimate. It was held at Ray-Bob Groves in Alturas.


States Department of Agriculture citrus
crop estimate. As part of a brief break
from the carnival-like atmosphere, a
dropping pin could have been heard as
growers listened to a live radio broad-
cast from Arcadia at 8:30 a.m. project-
ing that the orange crop will increase
this year. Several growers gasped dur-
ing the announcement. The USDA esti-
mated that Florida 2011-12 orange crop
production will top 147 million boxes,
or be up 5 percent from last year. A lot
of hand-shaking took place. Last week's
breakfast was the first time a governor
attended the annual projection session,
held this year at Ray-Bob Groves in
Alturas. Typically a higher crop esti-
mate drives prices that growers receive
downward. Prices regularly rise when
a smaller crop is projected. Although
other organizations make earlier
projections, the USDA estimate is still.
recognized as the benchmark standard.
The USDA number keepers are report-
edly sequestered the night before the
announcement. Citrus grower and the
current Secretary of Agriculture Adam
Putnam said the statistics immedi-
ately posted at the breakfast "set the
tone" for what growers can expect to
recover for their fruit. Putnam said the
yearly estimate spreads "tentacles into
every aspect of the industry." During a
lighter moment as part of a grove tour,
Putnam told the governor that he had
hand-harvested fruit and pruned trees
after freezes. "But I'm no Abe Lincoln,"
Putnam told Scott.

Angel Food closes
Touting itself as a food ministry with
a servant's heart, Angel Food is no
longer available to help families that
need food in the 44 states where it
had monthly distribution. After serv-
ing food to those in need for 17 years,
Angel Food Ministries, citing the eco-
nomic downturn, has closed its home
office in Monroe, Ga., at the end of Sep-


tember. That meant places it distrib-
uted in Polk County are scrambling to
find ways to help the people'it served.
"We're working on other avenues to do
other things," Karen Schaffer, a host
site coordinator at First Baptist Church
in Bartow, said. "A lot of families say it's
a great way to stretch the budget," she
said. "They have to make a decision of
whether to put enough gas in the car to
get to work or feed their children." Pas-
tor Jeff Kantz of First United Methodist
Church of Lake Wales said one woman
told him, "I guess I'm going to have to
stop eating." First Baptist Church in
Bartow had nine churches collecting
food for the monthly distribution from
Angel Food and served anywhere from
75 to 100 families in Bartow. Outside
the town, churches from Auburndale,
Winter Haven, Mulberry, Plant City,
Riverview and South Lakeland got their
food from this distribution point. In
Lake Wales, Kantz said they serve any-
where from 75 to 110 families through
Angel Food, mostly from Lake Wales,
but people from Frostproof go there
as well. They pick up their food from
New Horizon Church in Davenport.
In Frostproof, the Care Center was a
location where families picked up food
they ordered from Angel Food. Without
them there are a handful who need an
alternative, and though Director Ralph
Waters said there is some help, it won't
be able to help like the agency did. "I'd
say we had in the last quarter about 25
to 30 different families and they weren't
the same every month," he said.

Polk OK'd for foreign trade zone
Tampa City Council's vote at the end
of November to include Polk County
in an expanded foreign trade zone
gives the county a tool for job creation
and to help businesses attract more
business and save money to export

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TOP: Stories of 2011
FROM PAGE 2B
merchandise they make here. And it's
effort to do that has given the southeast
part of the county ideas into creating a
Green Zone to allow it to attract busi-
nesses and jobs to the area. The reality


this action, Bartow Community Re-
development Agency Director Patrick
Brett has undertaken putting together
the county and communities from Fort
Meade to Eloise to make a Green Zone
and possibly an Enterprise Zone to get
businesses interested in the U.S. 17


corridor and attract jobs
S- to the area. A group of 20
/ people met in the Polk
SEAGL unt County Administrative
\- Complex in early De-
...*. cember to see if a Green
-"-.-, O Zone could be created.
",x*. "So far, communities have
: .....: voted to have the state
S. Legislature prepare a bill
BARTOW to foster that effort with
. the help of state Rep. Ben
I "TcS Albritton. The Airport
SAuthority for the Bartow
Municipal Airport, which
is on U.S. 17 has ap-
Sproved a resolution for
\L it, too.
Albritton said to get
1 something done in the
FORT MEADE next session, which will
--start early next year, he
i has to get together the
S)local delegation to fill
Them in on what has to
PHOTO PROVIDED get done and a bill has to
be drafted no later than
The outlined area shows what would be a proposed Green Zone Feb. 1 in order to give
where communities and the county could act cohesively and some "breathing room."
attract businesses and take tax advantages of the foreign trade Those involved are will-
zone that Polk County may be allowed to take part in. ing to put forth the effort
to get.this done and Brett
of being included in the Foreign Trade feels like what they are stepping into
Zone is still up to a year away as the ap- could establish something that could
proval has to go to the Tampa Foreign be mimicked throughout the county.
Trade Zone Board for it to begin an "This is like making a model," Brett
application process to get a federal OK. said. "Once that is established, we can
That approval has to come from U.S. do this anywhere."
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Sheriff's office employee allegedly
killed by husband
On Dec. 13, thirteen weeks after
their world was shattered, the sons of
Polk County Sheriff's Office employee
allegedly being brutally murdered by
her husband were given a gift in the
form of a check for $12,700 to help
make a dismal Christmas just a little
bit brighter. Tampa-based radio talk
and entertainment personality Bubba
the Love Sponge presented the check
made out to Bea Reid's sons, Matthew
and Dillon Kirkland at the Polk County
Sheriff's Operations Center in Winter
Haven. The money was raised during
an October "Bikes for Badges" charity
motorcycle ride held in Bea's memory

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PHOTO BY DIANE NICHOLS


Bubba the Love Sponge shakes hands with
Dillon Kirkland. His brother Matthew is
between them. Polk Sheriff Grady Judd
applauds on the left. The money was raised by
The Bubba Army in a charity motorcycle ride
Oct. 22 in honor of Bea Reid, The sheriff's office
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Cummings on medical team for Olympics


The 2012 Summer Olympics are
still seven months away, but FSC's Dr.
Nancy H. Cummings is already excited
and deep into preparations. And who
could blame her?
Cummings, Physical Education De-
partment Chair and Assistant Professor
of Physical Education at FSC, will travel
to London this summer as a select
member of the athletic training and
medical staff for the USA Gymnastics
national team.
In that role, she
will serve some of
the nation's top
athletes.
"It's such an '
honor," said Cum-
mings. "I am very
humbled to be a
part of the team."
It has been a
busy few months
for Cummings.
She accepted the Nancy Cummings
USAG position in
August 2011 and
already has been twice to the Olympic
Training facilities in Texas owned by
renowned coach Bela Karolyi, where
she worked with two Olympic Develop-
ment and Training camps. In October,
Cummings was off to Denmark for the
gymnastics World Cup, and in Novem-
ber she worked at the World Champi-
onships in Birmingham, England.
As a licensed and certified athletic
trainer and strength and condition-
ing specialist who also holds an Ed.D.,
Cummings exemplifies FSC's mission
of educating students through high-
quality classroom instruction as well as
real-world experiences.
She's thrilled to be working on
performance enhancement and injury
prevention with world-class gymnasts,


The Winter Haven Hospital Founda-
tion recently received from Macy's a
$2,500 grant for the Women's Health
Fair it has coming in May.
The fair helps its Regency Center for
Women & Infants.
In its 18th year the fair not only
features a luncheon and fashion show,
it also allows women to get health
screenings, including pap smears
and mammograms; blood chemis-
try profiles and occult blood screens
designed for the early detection of
colorectal cancer.
The money won't necessarily all go
to the event but it will be added to
the money that supports the Regency
Center.
"The funds will be conveyed
through the event to patients and
served through it," said Joel Thomas.
"It won't be used for the event per se,
but through the annual fund for sup-


but Cummings is just as excited to
share her experiences with her students
and to see them learn from real-life
applications.
"One of the best parts of all of this is
collaborating with my students," she
said. "They get to come on this journey
with me."
Cummings was able to teach three
FSC classes viaYouTube while she was
at the World Championships in Novem-
ber.
"It was great to videotape the work
we were doing live with the athletes for
my classes. It was an incredible learn-
ing experience for the students," she
said.
Cummings provides training and
medical support specifically for the
men's and women's trampoline and
tumbling teams, two of the five gym-
nastic disciplines. Three of those dis-
ciplines are now included in Olympic
competition. The artistic events are the
most widely watched and include such
competitions as floor exercise, uneven
bars, vault, and rings, among others.
The second event, acrobatic gymnas-
tics, is a competition of partners or
groups of gymnasts that combines the
precision of gymnastics with dance.
The third, trampoline, allows for one
performance per athlete and con-
sists of 10 bounces. The gymnasts are
judged on the level of difficulty, techni-
cal performance, and average height of
the jumps.
While only one man and one woman
can qualify for the Olympics in the
trampoline event, Cummings will
provide ongoing training, conditioning,
and medical services for the national
team, as well as for team members who
will not compete at the Olympics.

Expertise in the making...


port of women and infants."
The Regency Center delivers about
2,000 well babies per year and takes
care of about 300 neo-natal intensive
care infants.
The money was awarded to the hos-
pital through the My Macy's District
Grant program, which supports local
organizations that are important to
the communities that Macy's serves.
"Macy's is pleased to provide this
grant to the Winter Haven Hospital
Foundation for the RCWI Women's
Health Fair," said Pam McGuire, divi-
sional vice president of Macy's.
"One of our key areas of focus is
screenings and health awareness pro-
grams for women that are made avail-
able through facilities like the Regency
Center for Women & Infants."
Winter Haven Hospital Foundation
staff member Holly Hughes, who facil-
itated the grant with Macy's, said: "The


Dr. Nancy Cummings (second from right, back row) with the US National Trampoline Team, 2011
World Championships, Birmingham, England.


Nancy Cummings is no stranger
to Olympic competition or training
with the nation's top athletes. She has
worked at the Olympic level since 1989,
providing support for the USA water
ski team, the USA soccer team, and the
USA rowing team. She was a member
of the athletic training staff at the 1996
Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Her connections and experience
are of great benefit to her students.
Prior to the World Championships in
November, two of her students in the
Human Movement and Performance
program were able to analyze the
techniques of the USA and Chinese
teams. FSC seniors Bryan Sbryglia and
Katie Wilkerson looked at the athletes'
impact angles and how performance
and fitness could be improved for the
US national team. Cummings and her
students made recommendations that
will be implemented in team training.
Additionally, in her Functional Hu-
man Movement class, students were
able to work with three local athletes
who are currently on the junior na-


tional trampoline and tumbling teams,
to assess and analyze their movements
and to help with training program
concerns.
"The students were able to improve
the athletes' performance and reduce
injury. I love being able to teach these
types of skills to our students," said
Cummings.
Florida Southern College continues
to expand recruiting of exceptional
student-athletes and students interest-
ed in Human Movement and Perfor-
mance.
On Feb. 4-5, the physical education
honors society, Phi Epsilon Kappa, will
host "The Circus of Dreams" at Florida
Southern College. The two-day event
will feature a competition for 300-400
gymnasts from around the country,
many of whom are already members of
the junior national team or the national
team.
"Since the athletes will have the
chance to meet our students and our

CUMMINGS 17B

Winter Haven


gets response

to merger

Winter Haven Hospital's move to seek
a partner has received responses but
where it is going with the offers is yet to
be known.
"We are going to have further details
for everyone later," said spokesman Joel
Thomas.
The hospital has heard from Adventist
Health System, BayCare Health Sys-
tem, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Orlando
Health and Shands HealthCare.
The hospital's move is to increase its
financial access and efficiency, Thomas
said.
"Working with an external partner
will help us to acquire access to capital
and efficiency and support operational
issues," he said.

HAVEN16B


Women's Health Fair attracts attendees
from throughout Polk County and it
is a great way to connect one-on-one
with women.
We are very grateful that a company
with such an international standing as
Macy's has seen it important enough
to invest in this very worthwhile initia-
tive. The RCWI Women's Health Fair
is certainly a great case for corporate
and individual philanthropy. Our ob-
jective is to pass these funds through
the newly created Foundation Fund
for Women and Children to the RCWI
Women's Health Fair.
Ann Hamilton, director of education
for RCWI, said: "We are very thankful
for Macy's support. Over the years,
the Women's Health Fair has grown
into an important community health
event, one that is both fun and infor-
mative."
The event is scheduled on May 19.


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Head and ear noise


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have tin-
nitus. It sounds like roaring in my head.
I take gabapentin for it. Do you know of
anything else for it? -- E.A.
ANSWER: You have an affliction that
would drive me crazy -- tinnitus, a con-
stant noise in one or both ears or the
head that people describe in a variety
of ways as ringing, whistling, buzzing,
hissing or roaring. An estimate of the
number of Americans suffering from
tinnitus (TIN-uh-tiss or tuh-NITE-iss)
is somewhere between 16 million and
60 million.
Tinnitus mostly happens to older
people whose hearing is diminishing.
Why tinnitus arises in them is ex-
plained by the fact that head noises are
generated constantly. Outside noise en-
tering the ears obliterates these inter-
nal noises. When deafness approaches,
the volume of external noises greatly
lessens, and the internal noises then
become prominent and nerve-racking.
If your hearing is growing dimmer, a
hearing aid will help you hear more
clearly and will dampen your tinnitus.
Other causes of tinnitus are as banal
as a wax impaction in the eardrum,
something easily taken care of by the
family doctor. Drugs like aspirin and
the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
medicines (Aleve, Advil, Motrin) can
bring on tinnitus if they are constantly
used.
If a cause cannot be determined,
then other approaches have to be
taken. A bedside radio tuned to a sta-
tion that plays the kind of music you
like can reduce the volume of tinnitus.
Nighttime is the worst time for it.
Tinnitus makers, devices worn like a
hearing aid, emit a constant sound that
dulls tinnitus.


Do get in touch with the American
Tinnitus Association. It will provide you
with a wealth of information on tin-
nitus and its treatments. You can reach
the association online at www.ata.org.
If you don't have a computer, surely a
friend, neighbor or relative does and
can hook you up with the association.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read your
article on a low number of platelets.
What if the count is high? My son had
a stroke at age 48, presumably because
of that. What does bruising at older age
mean? -- L.D.
ANSWER: A high platelet count is
thrombocytosis, thrombocytess" being
another name for platelets, the small
blood cells instrumental in forming
clots. Iron deficiency, some cancers,
some infections and polycythemia are
examples of the conditions in which
the platelet count is high. Essential
thrombocytosis is an overproduction
of platelets without a discernible cause.
High counts can lead to bleeding and
possibly to inappropriate clot forma-
tion. Is this what happened to your
son?
Bruising at older ages has to do with
the fragility of blood vessels that comes
with age and with the loss of cushion-


drives peop]
ing tissues for those vessels, another
age-related problem. It's not ordinarily
a sign of any illness.
TO READERS: Questions on colon
cancer can be found in the booklet
with that name. To order a copy, write:
Dr. Donohue -- No. 505, Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a
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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: A few years
back, my doctor gave me a sulfa antibi-
otic that turned me beet-red. She said
I was allergic to sulfa. Now my scalp
itches like crazy, and I wonder if it's due
to sulfates in the shampoo I use. Are
sulfates related to sulfa? -- K.M.
ANSWER: Sulfa and sulfates are very
distant relatives, because they both
contain some sulfur atoms. But in all
other respects they're quite different.
Sulfas are synthetic materials that stop



HAVEN
FROM PAGE 5B
Hospital President Lance Anastasio
said the proposals are confidential as
hospital trustees review them, but it has
been reported they weren't all in line
with what the hospital expects.
A merger of this kind could help and
hurt the institution. On one hand it
could help it when negotiating with
lending institutions to get lower inter-
est rates and get money for financial
improvements but at the same time
the hospital could give up some of its
independence.


ie crazy
the growth of bacteria.
Sulfates are mainly industrial com-
pounds that also contain some sulfur,
but they are used for different pur-
poses. They are not taken orally like the
sulfa drugs are.
Your allergy is to sulfa drugs. Most
people allergic to sulfa drugs are not
allergic to sulfates. On the outside
chance that you are allergic to sulfates,
stop the shampoo and see what hap-
pens.

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 PO. Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Readers may
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An asymmetrical arm swing -- one
arm swinging less than the other --
when walking is an early sign of Parkin-
son's disease, say researchers at Penn
State University. When recognized early,
scientists say asymmetrical swinging
can be a prompt for a more effective
intervention to slow the progression
of the currently incurable neurological
disorder.
Writing in the journal Gait & Posture,
the scientists say they attached inex-
pensive accelerometers to the arms of
eight Parkinson's patients in the early
stages of the disease -t within three
years of diagnosis. They also attached
accelerometers to 8 persons of simi-
lar age and sex who did not have the
disease.
"Scientists have known for some time
that people with Parkinson's disease
exhibit reduced arm swing during
the later stages of the disease, but no
one had come up with an easy way to
measure this," said Stephen Piazza, an
associate professor of kinesiology.
"We found that not only do people
with the disease exhibit reduced arm
swing, but they also exhibit asymmetric
arm swing, and this asymmetric arm
swing can easily be detected early in
the disease's progression."
Some Parkinson's researchers have
proposed a smell test to identify early-
stage Parkinson's patients because the
disease causes patients to lose their
ability to distinguish odors. However,
other diseases have the same symptom,
making it less than tell-tale.

BODY OF KNOWLEDGE
The average person's skin weighs
more than twice that of his or her
brain: 8 to 10 pounds compared to just
over three, respectively.


The swing

WELL NEWS
Scott LaFee


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percent of the recommended total fat
intake for a 2,000-calorie daily diet.
It also contains 210 milligrams
sodium (9 percent); 36 grams of total
carbohydrates (12 percent); 1 gram of
sugar; 2 g of dietary fiber (8 percent)
and 6 g of protein.

STORIES FOR THE WAITING ROOM
Cornell University scientists have
created a "fake" intestine that might of-
fer relief to children who have lost parts
of the organ or who are born with a
disease called "short bowel syndrome."
In such cases, the children cannot
absorb food properly and need to have
nutrients directly injected. Traditional
treatment involves an intestine trans-
plant, but these are limited in supply.
The artificial intestine consists of
a tiny, three-dimensional scaffolding
composed of collagen upon which in-
testinal stem cells are induced to grow.
The next step is to test the implantable
tube in mice. If successful, the scien-
tists will move onto pigs, they are more
comparable in size and abdominal
characteristics.

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Fluttering eye syndrome patient
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PHOBIA OF THE WEEK
Epistaxiophobia -- fear of nosebleeds
NEVER SAY DIET
The world's speed-eating record for
grilled cheese sandwiches is 47 in 10
minutes, held by Joey Chestnut.

OBSERVATION
"It is a good thing for a physician to
have prematurely gray hair and itch-
ing piles. The first makes him appear
to know more than he does, and the
second gives him an expression of
concern, which the patient interprets
as being on his behalf.
-- American physician and writer A.
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CURTAIN CALLS
In 1999, professional wrestler Owen
Hart was being lowered into the ring
from the rafters of Kember Arena in
Kansas City, Mo., when his safety har-
ness was accidentally released early. He
fell 78 feet, landing chest-first on the
ring's top rope. The impact severed the
aorta in his heart, killing him.
To find out more about Scott LaFee
and read features by other Creators
Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit
the Creators Syndicate website at www.
creators.com.

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CUMMINGS: Olympic medical team


FROM PAGE 5B
campus community, it should be an ex-
cellent recruiting event for the College,"
said Cummings.
Three weeks later, on Feb. 25-26,
the national gymnastics team will be
competing in the Winter Classic event
in Tampa, and many of Cummings' stu-
dents will be helping with the event.
"Many of the athletes will also come
to Florida Southern to visit our Hu-
man Performance Lab where we will be
able to work with them one-on-one in
helping to improve their conditioning
and performance. It will be great for
our students and campus community
to meet some of these top-ranked US
gymnasts. I am really looking forward
to it," said Cummings.
"The Human Performance Lab really
makes FSC special at the national level.
We are.basically a one-stop-facility for
elite athletes, where we analyze and


recreate what athletes face in the na-
tional training facilities. We do testing
in the lab, and we can make recom-
mendations to improve performance
and reduce injuries."
Cummings said that FSC's location
in Central Florida is also a huge plus,
as many national team members live
nearby and can come into the lab for
training with her and her students.
"The USAG has been very open and
receptive to involving my students
where we can," said Cummings. "And
that's what I am most passionate
about."
She also plans to find the time to
set up some type of virtual classroom?
where anyone who is interested in fol-
lowing her to the 2012 Olympics can do
so. "We will probably set up a Face-
book page, and maybe a blog," she said.
"For everyone who can't make it to the
Olympics next year, it may be the next
best thing."


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FROM PAGE 4B
that started and ended at the Lakeland
Winghouse. "Bea was exactly what
was right in the world," said Bubba
before presenting the check. "She was
a hardworking woman who made it to
the top. The glass ceiling didn't pertain
to her. She was a hell of a woman and
no money will ever bring her back. I
wish I didn't have to be here today, but
in lieu of that, I'd like to make a con-
tribution to the two sons on behalf of
the foundation and the Bubba Army for
$.2,700." According to the Plant City
Police Department, Reid's husband,
Lawrence Dickey, turned himself in on
Sept. 18 after admitting to beating his
wife with an aluminum baseball bat
shortly after the couple had returned
home from a Journey concert, police
report. Police officers found Reid, 44,
in the master bedroom of her Paddock
Drive house bloodied, unresponsive
and suffering from blunt force trauma
on her upper body. Reid was flown by
helicopter to Tampa General Hospital
where she succumbed to her injuries.
Dickey has been charged with first-de-
gree murder and has left a community
of stunned friends, family and co-work-
ers grieving and bewildered.

Citrus director resigns; new one hired
Ken Keck the
executive direc-
tor, resigned from
hs post on Aug.
3. The resigna- 7
tion came after
the state Legisla-
ture passed a bill
that reduced the
Citrus Commis-
sion from 12 to
nine members,
and the districts Douglas Ackerman


were redrawn from four to three. It
changed the DOC's taxing authority
and changed the executive director's
job. After his resignation the Citrus
Commission appointed Debra Funk-
houser, the agency's comptroller as
acting executive director as it searched
for a new director. After a four-month
search, it hired Douglas Ackerman, the
Publix marketing manager on Dec. 21.

USF Poly chancellor fired
University of South Florida Poly-
technic Chancellor Marshall Goodman
was fired on Dec. 20 by USF President
Judy Genshaft. Goodman, who has
been one of the
loudest support- -' ..
ers of making the
Lakeland campus
independent, was
in hot water for
months with
students, faculty
and a couple of
state leaders call-
ing into question
his leadership and Judy Genshaft
expenditures. His
departure was effective immediately,
and Polytech board member David
Touchton. The move comes a month
after USF Poly's Faculty Senate cast a
vote of no confidence in Goodman's
leadership, and a vote of confidence in
Genshaft's. For making that decision,
Genshaft came under heat from the
Oversight Committee to oversee the
university meet the Board of Governor's
benchmarks to become independent.
Members said the move was political
because Touchton has expressed he
against Polytech becoming indepen-
dent as Genshaft has also said she is
against it. In a meeting on Dec. 22,
Genshaft apologized for not reviewing
her decision with others and Touch-


ton assured the board he
will move forward with
the Board of Governors
benchmarks. He also
assured the Oversight
committee he is not
interested in becoming
the permanent chancellor.
The outline for a chancel-
lor will be discussed at the
committee's next meeting
Jan. 12.

Legoland opens
inWinter Haven
They came from all
over, Ohio, New Jersey,
North Carolina, and from
overseas, to name but a
few locales. There even
were children (and adults)
from Garden Grove
Elementary and Chain of
Lakes Elementary schools
on Friday, Oct. 14, the day
before Legoland Florida
opened in Winter Ha-
ven. One contingent, five
youths ages 12-15, and
their adult advisors, were
all clad in dark blue shirts
that bore the logo, "Lego-
aces." They hailed from
Granville, Ohio.
They were on hand


because they were the conference.
Moonbot 2.0 grand prize
winners. The students themselves said
they could hardly contain their enthu-
siasm when they learned they were
the top winners, the result of six years
worth of effort that culminated this
past July-August.
Several highlights marked the pre-
Grand Opening ceremony. Follow-
ing speeches, two Legoland mascots
appeared, soon followed by Hanna


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
"Here's looking' at you, Kim," could very well be what the Lego-
land figure is thinking as he peers at Kim Isemann, director
of sales and marketing for Legoland Florida, during a press


Swidler, 9, and 8-year-old Emerio
Obrero, driving two tiny vehicles whose
bodies had been built using Legos.
"Legoland Florida is now officially
open," it was announced to applause.
A single-day ticket is $75 or $65 for
ages 3-12 and 60 and older, plus tax.
Annual passes are $129 or $99 for ages
3-12 and 60-plus. Parking is $12. Check
Web site for hours of operation, which
vary by day and month.


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