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February 22, 2012

Frostproof News

Frostproof's Hometown News for more than 85 years 750

Volume 92 Number 8 USPS NO 211-260 Frostproof, Polk County Florida 33843

Copyright 2012 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.


Dakota McCullers, center, flanked by sisters Moriah and Scarlett, has signed to play football at
Stetson this fall. Joining him for the signing ceremony were, back row from left: Coach Price
Harris, Athetic Director Chuck Loveless, mother Shayla, father David, and assistant football coach
Craig Merson.

Dakota McCullers taking football
skills, talent to Stetson

It's been a long time since Stetson
University has had to go find some
football players.
In fact, the Hatters haven't fielded
a team since Dwight Eisenhower was
the president. So when' they decided to
bring the sport back starting this fall,
head coach Robert Hughes knew he
would need some cornerstone players,
building blocks to the future.
He didn't have to look too far to
his south to find Frostproof's Dakota
McCullers, who will attend the Deland


Frostproof voters will have choices for
both open council seats in voting later
this spring.
The terms for both Ralph Waters and
Diana Webster-Biehl are up.
Neither has actually been in a contest-
ed election here. Waters was the only one
to file for his seat two years ago, meaning
he was automatically the winner. Biehl
was appointed to her post at the same
time when no one filed for her seat.
Challenging Biehl will be local politi-
cal newcomer Todd Milton for Seat 4.

school this fall and play for the Hatters.
'I really liked the campus and the
students and how the atmosphere was
up there," McCullers said. "The coaches
sold me on all the new facilities and
just the hospitality of the university,
even the lunch ladies were really nice."
McCullers was a two way player
for the Bulldogs, who missed several
games this past fall with a nasty case
of pneumonia. Still, he came back and
was an integral part of the Bulldogs first
playoff team in three years.
He will likely play a fullback or H-back

council seats
Eric Courtney will make his second run
for a council spot in challenging Waters
for Seat 5. Courtney was unsuccessful
last April in his bid to defeat incumbent
Anne Dickinson for her post. Dickinson
received 168 votes, while Courney got 59.
Voting will be Tuesday, April 3 from
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each seat is for a
four-year term. Council members are
paid $100 a month. People can vote
early at the supervisor of Elections Of-
fice in Bartow during business hours
beginning March 19.

City silences

drums, for now

Noise complaints means group

needs to find new practice spot

And, for now, the band will not play
The Frostproof City Council tabled
a resolution Monday night that would
have given permission to the Sun
Devils Drum Corps to practice inside
city limits, but still wants to work with
the group to try and find a suitable
practice site locally.
The band, which practices all day
on Saturday and Sunday afternoons
every other week, have already had
two such sessions in Frostproof. How-
ever, there were concerns about the
band violating the city's noise ordi-
nances, prompting the introduction
of Monday's resolution which would
have given the corps a conditional
exemption to that law.
Resident Jean Starling, who lives
on East Wall Street, was right in the

sound bullseye the last time the group
practiced, and said it was not a tun-
able situation. One practice session
was held at the Depot on Wall Street,
and a second at Dunham Park.
"We bought the house because it
was a quiet street," Starling told coun-
cil members. She said she has lived
there for 11 years."
And to my surprise, the drum corps
was across the street. It about drove
us crazy. I don't know who approved
it, but they are more than welcome to
come to their house and play across
the street. It's not fair. You can't hear
yourself think. We don't like it. None
of the neighbors do, and I'm here to
represent them."
City officials feel that allowing the
group to call Frostproof home would
be beneficial to the city, because they
travel throughout the southeast to

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must be entered by the person submitting them through our website. It's easy. Go to
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This change will give our readers a broader range of community events.
You may, however, purchase additional space for $10 per day, per event, per community
Simply choose"Paid Listing"on the Submit Event page. All paid listings will run in the
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our website, we can type them in on your behalf at the rate of $5 per event, per community
edition, but this fee does not guarantee your event will make the printed version. Please
call (863) 676-3467 Monday through Friday from 9-5 p.m. to make a payment or to have us
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We reserve the right to exclude any submitted event that does not meet our specifica-
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* Saturday, Feb. 25
Craft show, craft show
rainbow resort, 700 County
Rd. 630A, Frostproof, Feb. 25,
9:00am 12:00 noon
Fashion Show &
Lunch, By Friends of Library.
Feb 25 at noon at Methodist
Church in Frostproof. Tickets $17
at library or Bea 635-2523.

* Saturday, March 3
Gospel Sing, 7pm,
Southside Baptist Church, 314
S. Scenic Hwy, Frostproof, FL
33843, 863-635-3872

* Saturday, March 17
Clay Workshop,
10:30 a.m.-noon. Free Family
Fun Workshop. Clay activities.
Latt Maxcy Memorial Library,
Frostproof. 863-688-7743.

* Sunday, March 18
Bellringer Soloist,
Sun, Mar 18, 4PM Methodist
Church, Frostproof. Kristine
Stout plays 37 bells. Tickets $10
at office or Carolyn 635-4975

School Board OKs measures

to improve work quality

Several measures geared to improving
work quality for educators and school
employees were approved by the Polk
County School Board Tuesday.
However, the cost of the software
keeping data such as salary schedules
current was an issue, at least for one
school board member.
The proposals ratified by the Polk
Education Association Jan. 30 include
a retroactive pay increase, a commit-
tee dedicated to paperwork reduction,
and two days notice for classroom
evaluations by district personnel. Also,
teachers required to attend workshops
or conferences on non-school days will
be paid at the rate of $18.09 per hour.
Contract changes for para-educators
and support personnel were also ap-
proved, with salaries for all categories
of school employees moving to the level
they would have been but for the salary

freeze of 2010. Back pay will be due from
the start of the 2010-11 school year. As-
sistant Superintendent for Finance Mark
Gray met a request by the PEA and dis-
trict to have all the salary data loaded,
so the bigger checks could be issued this
month if approved by the board. Febru-
ary paychecks will include back pay as
well as the increase in salary.
The district salary scales are complex,.
and steps are affected by such things
as education, training, certifications
and years of experience. In basic terms,
para-educator salaries now range from
$11,893 to $32,301 annually, and sup-
port personnel from $15,916 to $38,761,
according to job and pay grade. For
teachers, salaries range from $35,000 for
a first-year teacher with no experience,
to $58,895 for a 25-year teacher with
advanced degrees. There is also a plan to
include salaries in budget talks from the
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February 22, 2012 Frostproof News Page 3A

Above: Sidney White of Frost-
proof makes this return in action
last week against Fort Meade.
She was paired with McKenzie
Howell in a doubles match. The
Lady Miners duo of Jazmin and
Esmerelda Fernandez pulled out
this one, 6-7, 6-2 and 12-10.

Right: Kathryn Flood
reaches high to make
this serve against
Fort Meade's Jazmin
Fernandez last week.
Flood won her singles
match, 6-2, 6-0.

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Above: Frostproof's Alissa Riedel
played a big role in helping the
Lady Bulldogs to a 6-1 win over Fort
Meade in girl's varsity tennis action
last week. Riedel took her singles
match, 6-0, 6-3, and also teamed
with Maddie Aldrich to win a doubles
match, 6-3 and 6-0.


Left: Maddie Aldrich, pictured here,
partnered with Lady Bulldogs team-
mate Alissa Reidel to take the No. 1
doubles match against a Fort Meade
pair last week. The Frostproof duo
won, 6-3 and 6-0.


all other items are approved.
"Once we got past the impasse, we
were able to make progress. There's a
new emphasis on transparency and com-
munication. More hopefulness," Mari-
anne Capoziello, PEA president said.
The software that keeps these num-
bers and others organized, current and
ready at a moment's notice costs a lot;
too much in the opinion of at least one
board member, Debra Wright. Having
spent millions to replace the district's fi-

nancial software system in 2010, another
$530,000 is being required this year to
upgrade again. The district IT staff is
being cross-trained to minimize the use
of outside consultants, according to
Assistant Superintendent for Information
Technology Abdu Tagari.
To Wright, however, the cost is unac-
ceptable, even though the software has
greatly increased efficiency and accuracy
according to the finance staff.
"Can we afford to keep putting money
into it?" she asked. "It seems to me it's
digging a hole; we have a system that is
costing more and more."
Wright said because new techno-
logical requirements for schools are

coming down the pipe from Tallahas-
see, she felt the money would be better
spent on that.
Board Member Kay Fields said, "I
understand your concerns, but I feel
the software is saving money in the
long run."
Board Member Lori Cunningham said,
"I understand both views, but I know the
district needs to have accurate figures.
They need actual numbers. I think these
high costs are coming out of our request
for actual numbers."
"Updates are crucial," Board Chairman
Hazel Sellers said. "The cost of not doing
this is more than doing it."
"It's our responsibility to oversee the

use of taxpayer money," Wright conclud-
ed. "I would like to see some negotiation
to try to get the cost down."
A local item was approved by the
board; that of renaming buildings at
the Bartow High School Girls Softball
Complex after volunteers who helped
build the complex and the program. The
following renames were approved as sub-
mitted by Principal Ron Pritchard:
Softball Field, Rock Wren Field; softball
complex, Al Holland Softball Complex;
clubhouse, Bob Fitzgerald Clubhouse;
concession stand, Paula Green Conces-
sion Stand; pitching field, Richard and
Christy Green Pitching Field; and the
press box, the Mark King Press Box.

Lady Bulldogs still

perfect, net third win

Left: Kirsten
Scarborough .,
shows niceform
on this serve
during her singled
match against Fort
Meade's Esmerelda
Fernandez in girl's
varsity tennis
action last week
in Frostproof.
scored a 6-1, 6-0
win in her match.
Frostproof won the
overall match, 6-1,
to improve to 3-0
on the season. .., .1.

Frostproof News Page 3A

February 22, 2012

Page 4A Frostproof News


Haridopolos fails to bully prison

privatization bill through Senate

By his own measure, maybe Senate President
Mike Haridopolos should demote himself after
he couldn't bully his pet prison privatization bill
through a chamber dominated by his fellow Re-
Less than two weeks after he relieved.Republican
Sen. Mike Fasano from his committee chairman-
ship because he had "lost confidence in him" to
toe the leadership line, Haridopolos failed to get a
Senate majority to rubber-stamp his privatization
The revolt represents a dramatic fracturing of a
heretofore solid GOP bloc led by the troika of Hari-
dopolos, Budget Committee Chairman JD Alexan-
der and former House speaker and current Rules
Committee Chairman John Thrasher.

Our Viewpoint
The Senate rebels included two former county
sheriffs who questioned the efficacy of privatiza-
tion and the impact on communities that stood to
lose thousands of corrections jobs to downsizing
and millions of dollars to salary and benefits cuts.
While the failure of privatization in the Senate
represents a victory for corrections officers, it also
represents a win for good governance.
Haridopolos abused his power more than once
during his push to privatize prisons to reward gen-
erous campaign benefactors.
He tried to squeeze the same measure into the
massive appropriations bill in the waning days of
the 2011 legislative session, a gambit ruled uncon-

stitutional by a Tallahassee judge.
This time around, he bypassed proper Senate
oversight by channeling the bill through Alex-
ander's and Thrasher's friendly budget and rules
committees instead of Fasano's former judiciary
committee, which is charged with overseeing the
state's corrections system.
It didn't work. Despite a tightly controlled time-
line designed to limit public input virtually the
same bill that was tacked onto the budget last year
wasn't even introduced by the rules committee
until three weeks ago news stories, editorials
and op-ed columns around the state began high-
lighting the role campaign donations played in the
Good riddance to a bad idea.

Letters to the editor

Helping older Floridians

maintain good nutrition

In today's economy, individuals are about the program or find the
finding it difficult to make ends meet. tion process daunting.
In fact, many older adults in our com- Additionally many are faced
munities lack the basic needs of life, transportation, mobility or tec
including enough food. issues, so many older adults ju
According to the Food Research and apply. Lastly, many older aduli
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Lack of basic nutrition negatively lands, Hardee and Manatee Co
impacts health and increases the risk of overcomes those barriers and
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Many older adults may be eligible for phone, using a telephonic sign
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food that they need. However, many President
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Traffic light in front of

Bartow Hospital wastefu

If traffic lights are put at the Bartow
hospital entrance the 3 and a half mile
stretch of U.S. 98 from Lyle Parkway to
SR 540A would have three traffic lights,
one at the hospital, the new bypass to
U.S. 17 and at the Spessard Holland
What we would have is a six lane
street instead of a highway. The pur-
pose of a highway is to move as much
traffic as possible from point A to point

B in the most expedient and safe
can be designed in a highway sy
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Elder Back when I was a little kid, walking
five miles to elementary school through
the snow (in Central Florida), uphill in
en Kelly both directions, and doing my lessons
md CEO on a slate by the light of a kerosene
;ency on lamp, we celebrated two presidential
ing, Inc. birthdays, both in February Lincoln's
on Feb. 12, Washington's on Feb. 22.
George Washington, our first presi-
dent, was known as the Father of Our
Country. He is reported to have es-
lchewed the title of monarch in favor of
1 that of president.
Abraham Lincoln was about a century
way as ahead of his time, and though seldom
stem. recognized as such, was (in my opinion)
or the Father of the Civil Rights Movement.
pend- Both were the right men in the right
grade place at the right time.
the As little kids, we learned something
cutting a about them, thinking that these two
aste of holidays only 10 days apart were an oc-
casion for celebrating the greatness of
hardson two of our forefathers, not an occasion
Bartow for merchandising events publicized
Bartow by goofy caricatures of them prancing

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S.L. Frisbie can be contacted at

around in TV commercials.
Of course, back then, TV was unheard

Somewhere along the line, Congress
did the unthinkable: it reduced the
number of federal holidays.
The birthdays of Washington and
Lincoln were consolidated into Presi-
dents Day, celebrated on a meaningless
Monday to create another three-day
holiday weekend.
The celebration became a plain


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

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February 22, 2012 Frostproof News Page 5A

large shows. They are even consider-
ing to have a show in Frostproof in
City resident John Alexander under-
stood the noise concerns, but said in
concept having the Sun Devils here
would be a great idea.
"I think it's a marvelous representa-
tion and a rare opportunity," he said
about the corps making Frostproof its
home. "It doesn't cost the city any-
thing significantly."
Councilwoman Diana Webster Biehl
suggested that maybe the corps could
get a "corporate" sponsor like Fer-
guson's or Lowes, and practice there
which offers large open spaces and is
away from homes.
City Manager T.R. Croley said she

FRISBIE: The right m
vanilla, one size fits all (presidents)
holiday, which deems Harry Truman to
have the savoir faire of Jack Kennedy,
and Bill Clinton to be the moral equal
of Gerald Ford.
It has been suggested that the great-
ness of America lies in large part in the
happenstance or Divine Providence
- which saw an aggregation of great
intellects and leaders in one place at
the time of the formation of a new na-
tion. There is merit in that observation.
Can you imagine a group of wealthy
men assembling today to pledge their
lives, their fortunes, and their sacred
honor to declare the independence of a
fledgling nation?
Can you imagine a group of today's

had already discussed the idea with
Stacy Hackworth, general manager of
the local Ferguson distribution center.
Croley said there was no final word
from Hackworth as to the feasibility of
that. Also, the group expressed con-
cerns over the cost of having portable
toilets there since there would be no
other rest room access at that site.
The city is going to contact the Polk
County School District to see if there
might be any wiggle room in their
policy which now charges community
groups to use their facilities. For ex-
ample, many Relay for Life events this
year have been moved off school land
because it would cost $2,000 to hold
the annual event there.
The corps estimated it would cost
$14,000 to use the school facilities,
which eliminated that as an option.
"We're not saying we don't want it.
We're saying we need to find a loca-
tion," noted Mayor Kay Hutzelman.

political leaders writing a Constitu-
tion that more than two centuries later
would remain the world's standard for
representative government, complete
with a Bill of Rights that is the envy
of oppressed people throughout the
We are indeed inheritors of a nation
founded by Washington and other great
leaders, followed by an exceptional few
of the caliber of Abraham Lincoln.
God bless America? He already has.

(S.L. Frisbie is retired. Until his retire-
ment a couple of years ago, he made
it a practice to read the United States
Constitution once a year, to refresh his
memory on exactly what it says and
does not say. How many members of
Congress do you suppose do the same?)


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stepped forward to become a
senior sponsor for Frostproof's
Project Graduation event later
this year. Kegel's president,
Chris Chartrand (right) is
pictured with Frostproof senior
Jacob Bass. Project Graduation
will hold a
fundraiser this Saturday -
the annual golf ball drop.
Tickets are $10 and can be
purchased from most senior
class members or at the
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Pane 6A FrostDroof News February 22, 2012

position for the Hatters, who will play in
the Pioneer Conference starting in 2013.
This fall, Stetson will play a series of six
or so exhibition games.
He said there are things he needs to
improve on before he reports.
"I probably need to work on my
speed and my ball handling skills
because last year was my first year of
playing.fullback," he added.
There were several things that caught
the school's attention.
"They liked the fact I played so many
positions and they really just felt like
I was what they needed to make their
offense complete," McCullers said. He
also visited Georgia Southern and USF
before settling on Stetson, which he
visited early in the process.
"I kind of want my grandparents and
my family to come watch me, so that is
a plus," he said.
Frostproof Coach Price Harris said
McCullers will likely excel there, and
will be sorely missed by the Bulldogs.
"He's going to fit well where he goes
when you've got his work ethic and de-
sire. We're excited about it, we're proud
of him and he's really earned it," Harris
said. "He's done everything he needs
to do to get to the next level, that's his
thing, he's worked hard. He under-
stands that it's not going to be given to
you, you have to earn everything."
Another attribute in McCullers, Har-
ris said, is his unselfishness.
"Since I've been here, he's always
been willing to do whatever it takes to
help the team to be successful. Those
kind of qualities will make you success-
ful at the next level," Harris said. "The
college game is so much different. I
know he will give them everything he
has. They got a great one."


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It wasn't a spur of the moment decision.
for Frank O'Reilly to announce at last week's
Polk County School Board meeting that he
was not going to seek election to the board
for the fourth time. He said later he had
already been around to all his schools in
District 1 (he represents 22 in the Lakeland
area) to tell the principals of his decision.
He said he intends to mentor at some of the
O'Reilly, who had filed his papers in Janu-
ary to run for re-election, said he has many -
reasons for his withdrawal, but at least
part of it appears to be frustration with the
increasing number of charter schools.
"I served on the Lakeland City Commis-
sion for 14 years; six as mayor. I've served
12 years on the school board. If I served
another term I'd be 82 at the end of it. I
have two grandchildren in Tallahassee that
I'd like to see more of. I just thought it was
time to step back," he said.
When asked if his decision had anything
to do with the charter situation, he at first
said "not really" then amended that to
"Well, yes, in a way it does."
O'Reilly's announcement Feb. 14 came
on the heels of criticism regarding district
funding for charter school construction. A
bill mandating that districts share construc-
tion millage money with charters was shot
down Tuesday afternoon in the House.
However, it generated protest earlier that
day from some school board members, in-
cluding O'Reilly. The District 1 board mem-
ber has long been a vocal critic of some
aspects of Polk County's charter schools.

He said he
anything against
charter schools
themselves, he
just wants a level
playing field for the
"Their require-
ments are less
stringent than
those for the non-
charter schools. If Frank O'Reilly
they have a student
who acts up or
does poorly academically, or has parents
who don't participate, they can just send
the child back to his home school. It's no
wonder they have 'A' schools they get to
pick who goes there."
O'Reilly said he also felt the increasing
number of charter schools who can pick
and choose would eventually lead to the
non-charter schools having mostly children
with serious disciplinary or academic
"This is a disservice to them and to their
families," he said.
The Lake Wales Charter School system
came up for particular criticism at both the
work session and school board meeting.
Lake Wales is the only charter group in Polk
County that is a unified system and a Local
Education Authority. However, they don't
really fall into the category that O'Reilly was
referring to: that of picking and choosing
students. The LWCS schools have a broad
ethnic, academic, and socio-economic
student base, and students are not kicked
out for doingpoorly.

This was confirmed by LWCS Superin-
tendent Jesse Jackson.
The one exception to that is behavioral.
The issue that so upset O'Reilly centered
around an assertion from the LWCS, -
through attorney Robin Gibson, that seri-
ously disruptive charter school students
should be sent to district disciplinary
"Gibson says 'we (the LWCS) have no
alternative school.' Well, you wanted the
students, you wanted the money and con-
trol, now you have it. You need to build your
own alternative school."
Jackson said he could not comment
extensively on the disciplinary school issue,
because Gibson is currently working on
some of the legal aspects.
"I don't think he (O'Reilly) really under-
stands the law regarding this," he said. Jack-
son said the course the LWCS is wanting to
follow as to discipline is the same policy the
district follows.
As to charter schools reducing oppor-
tunities for other schools, Jackson said he

would hope that O'Reilly would look at
the net effect on students, looking at the
positive results that most of the charter
schools have had. Jackson said the idea is to
have a variety of options available because
students learn in differing ways and have
differing needs.
"That's why we have magnet schools,
charter schools, non-charter schools and
the virtual school," he said. 'Although
sometimes people think thereis only one
way to do things, having all these choices
has had a positive effect for the students."
Jackson said he does not know O'Reilly,
but wishes him the best when.he retires
and he appreciates his years of service to
Attempts to reach Polk District Super-
intendent Sherrie Nickell as well as the
District's charter office were unsuccessful..
Hunt Berryman is the only person so
far who has filed for the District 1 seat
currently held by O'Reilly. The filing period
for the Polk County School District ends
June 8.

No deal out of Genshaft-Alexander meeting

TALLAHASSEE University of South
Florida President Judy Genshaft and Sen.
JD Alexander met for about an hour Mon-
day but failed to reach an agreement on the
university's proposed budget for next year.
Genshaft and Alexander both described
the conversation as fruitful but failed to
reveal many details about the meeting.
It was the first time the two have met
in months and follows a tumultuous
few weeks that started when Alexander,
the Senate budget chairman, surprised
university officials by supporting a bill to
immediately turn USF Polytechnic into
the state's 12th university. Alexander later
proposed massive and according to the
university disproportionate budget cuts
for the school.
Alexander and Senate leaders say USF's
cuts appear larger because the university is
sitting on nearly $100 million in available

Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, who urged
Monday's meeting. says he is hopeful Alex-
ander will relent on some of the USF cuts.
Alexander did agree to release $25 million
that had been sequestered from the univer-
sity to force their cooperation with the USF
Polytechnic split
Norman is working on a Plan B if
Alexander is unwilling to go further.
The first-term senator and former Hills-
borough County commissioner is drafting
' a proposed budget amendment that would
restore about $33 million of the cuts origi-
nally proposed by Alexander He said he
also wants the Senate to give USF the
$18 million it needs to pay for USF Poly-
technic faculty and $6 million for the phar-
macy school that it'll have to absorb if the
Lakeland branch campus splits off into the
state's 12th university, as Alexander wants.
Norman said the idea has support in the
Senate, and he's getting ready to start work-
ing over House members.

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O'Reilly: Level ground needed for charters

School board member announces withdrawal from fourth term

Surplus citrus funds will go towards more marketing

Federal government won't change testing standards for fungicide


The Florida Department of Citrus
domestic marketing department got $2
million richer last week when uncommitted
funds were transferred to it.
Debra Funkhouser, the acting executive
director, told commissioners because there
have not been as many bad weather events
this year and there is $1.5 million that will
not be used by the Citrus Research and De-
velopment Foundation, there is $2 million
in uncommitted money in the budget.
She said the money will be available after
The suggestion to turn that money over
to the domestic orange juice marketing
programs may be the thing to do and the
staff worked out a way to best use that
money, she said.
Deputy Executive Marketing and Public
Relations Director Leigh Killeen gave an
outline to use that money through June.
She said the department would put out
a 15-second television commercial and
online banners featuring the health, purity
and goodness of Florida orange juice. Add
three weeks of television advertising to the
current budget and that would run through
the first week of April. More public relations
programs and using a spokesperson will
support the health, purity and goodness of
orange juice through online partnerships.
"If I get approval today we can launch
that in the first week of March," Killeen said.
The board approved the move.
The marketing help may be needed now
as the FDA has been testing orange juice
shipped in from overseas weekly for the last
six weeks for the pesticide carbendazim
which is illegal in the U.S.

There is no health concern, but with the
thought of less juice available, processors
have asked the testing process be changed,
a move the FDA refused recently.
The Food and Drug Administration has
declined a request from Brazil, the big-
gest orange juice producer, to temporarily
allow more of a banned fungicide in juice
The United States, the biggest single
importer of orange juice, started testing
shipments for the fungicide carbendazim,
which is banned in U.S. groves, after regula-
tors were alerted to reported traces of the
chemical in December.
Orange juice imports from Brazil will
remain subject to testing the FDA said in
a letter emailed last Thursday, in which it
denied a request on behalf of the Brazil-
ian Citrus Exporters Association to allow
higher tolerances of the fungicide through
June 2013 while exporters eliminate it from
"Without enforcement, we could not
ensure that the food supply is protected,"
Michael Landa, director at the Center for
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said in
the letter to Melvin Drozen, a partner at
Keller and Heckman inWashington, acting
for the Brazilian association.
"If our enforcement is not consistent, it
would provide an unfair advantage to those
who have not taken the steps and incurred
the expenses necessary to ensure that food
they offer for sale in the U.S. complies with
the requirements of the law," Landa wrote.
The FDAhas found 24 orange juice sam-
ples, 12 from Brazil and 12 from Canada;
with carbendazim levels higher than the
10 parts per billion allowed from the 104
shipments it tested, according to a weekly
update from the agency Thursday.

While the FDA recognizes the economic Plant Protection, known as Fundecitrus,
impact on orange juice prices, it won't halt said on Feb. 6 it would stop using carben-
testing or detainment of imports, Landa dazim, which is banned on orange groves
said in the letter. Americans' orange juice in the U.S.
consumption may total 751,259 metric tons Brazil will have no claim with the World
in 2011-12, U.S. Department of Agriculture Trade Organization as suggested in the
data show. growers' request because the testing is with-
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this year after the FDA said it would test "The fact that the agency decides to
all imports for the fungicide used to treat prevent food products, such as orange
a disease known as black spot that affects juice, that contain residues of unauthorized
orange trees. The price reached a record pesticides from entering U.S. commerce is
$2.2695 a pound on Jan. 23. not inconsistent with U.S. WTO obligation,"
Brazil industry group Fund for Citrus Landa said.



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February 22, 2012

A single vehicle accident late last
Tuesday, Feb. 14, took the life of a Lake
Wales man, and prompted a manhunt
in the Frostproof area.
According to records from the Polk
County Sheriff's Office, at approxi-
mately 11 p.m. Feb. 14, a 1996, blue
GMC Jimmy SUV, driven by 30-year-old
Eduardo Mora Mata, 504 Minnesota
Ave., Lake Wales, was travelling north
on U.S. 27, north of U.S. 98, just south
of County Road 630A in Frostproof.
For unknown reasons, police said the
SUV left the roadway and entered the me-
dian. It appears the vehicle began to twist
as it traveled north along the median, ac-
cording to records. Eventually, the vehicle
rolled several times and re-entered the
northbound travel lanes of State Road 25.
During one of the rotations, 22-year-
old Oliver Martinez Garcia, 910 State
Road 60 East #3, Lake Wales, who was
the passenger-side rear passenger, was
ejected and struck the pavement. Ac-
cording to reports, he died on impact.
Police then said'the SUV came to final
rest right side up, facing south in the

northbound lanes and caught on fire,
becoming fully engulfed in flames.
Law enforcers reported that 32-year-
old Evodio Gal-
lardo Garcia, 365
Church St. Apart-
ment 1, Lake
Wales, who was
the rear, middle
seat passenger,
pulled 25-year-
old Noe Garcia,
542 Dawes Road,
Frostproof, who
was the front seat Eduardo Mata faces a
passenger, from variety of charges in
the vehicle, connection with the
Noe Garcia fatal accident.
suffered severe injuries and was initially
transported to Winter Haven Hospital,
and then transported to Lakeland Re-
gional Medical Center in critical condition.
According to the sheriffs office, he had
been moved to a regular hospital room by
Monday and was improving.
Mata, along with a fourth passenger,
Manuel Santiz, unknown address or

date of birth, who was sitting in the
back on the driver's side of the SUV,
fled the scene eastbound and entered a
large wooded area.
PCSO K-9 and air responded in an
attempt to locate Mata and Santiz. The
Frostproof Fire Department responded
and extinguished the fire.
During the investigation, deputies
were advised that a man with an injured
hand was knocking on doors near U.S.
98 and Dawes Road.
Deputies responded and located Mata
hiding behind a shed at a residence
along U.S. 98. Mata deniedbeing in a
car crash, however, Evodio Garcia, and
Noe Garcia both confirmed Mata had
been driving at the time of the crash.
Mata was then transported to Lake
Wales Medical Center to be treated for
his injuries. Deputies received informa-
tion that a suspicious person matching
Santiz's description was in the area of
Dawes Road, however the suspect was
seen getting into a truck and fleeing the
area before deputies arrived.
Due to the severe damage the vehicle

sustained, including fire damage, it is
unknown which occupants, besides
Evodio Garcia, were not wearing a seat-
belt. The roadway was closed until 5:30
a.m. Wednesday.
Mata was transported to Tampa Gen-
eral Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Police allege that evidence indicates that
Mata was impaired and driving while
under the influence of alcohol at the
time of the crash. He faces charges of:
DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a
crash involving death, leaving the scene
of a crash involving serious bodily injury,
and operating a motor vehicle with no
valid driver's license involving a death.
Currently there are no charges pend-
ing against any of the other occupants
of the vehicle. Deputies are asking for
the public's help in locating Santiz in
an attempt to confirm his well-being.
Santiz is a Hispanic male described as
being between the ages of 26-28.
Anyone with information about San-
tiz is urged to contact (863) 298-6200.
As of Monday afternoon, police say he
is still at large.


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Festival is best yet, draws thousands

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Wall Street was constantly filled with hundreds of people from 9 a.m. Saturday until well into the
afternoon. Everyone associated with the event said it was the biggest and best yet.

Frostproof Chamber president Wesley Wise gives final instructions to bikers Saturday morning, to
kick off this year's annual Orange Blossom Festival, which continues to grow bigger and bigger.

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the event which this year drew several thousand visitors.

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February 22,2012

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Looking at the dozens of antique cars is always a highlight. The festival was actually begun by
O'Hara Restorations as a small car show many years ago. Today, it's a day-long event with music,
food, vendors, and attractions.

Even the fog and early morning cool temperatures could keep away the antique car enthuisasts
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Road. Usually, the take
their parade into Fort
Meade, but every few
years they grace the
streets of Frostproof,
much to the delight of
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County seeking public transportation input


Polk County transit officials are con-
ducting listening tours to hear what the
public says it needs in an effort to try to
increase transportation.
Over the next couple of weeks, tours
have been set up in east cities of Polk
County where people can tell the Polk
Transit officials what they want and need.
"That's exactly the goal," said Tom
Phillips, the executive director of Polk
Authority. "We're trying a more holistic
approach to a countywide transpor-
tation this time. My vision is for the
county to first go out and listen to the 17
municipalities and find out exactly what
they want."
No session has been yet scheduled in

Frostproof, but one is expected. One bus
serves the Frostproof area daily.
In a way, this is another effort to get
public transportation more widespread.
Efforts in the past failed. In the 2010
election voters did not approve a ballot
referendum seeking a half-cent surtax
to the Polk Transit Authority. It failed
with only 38 percent voting yes for the
"It is (a reaction to the election). More
of what we're trying to build now is
getting more input from each commu-
nity in Polk County because they each
have different needs," said Polk County
Transit Services Director Paul Simmons.
"This is a different direction than we
were heading in 2010 and we want to
provide the most appropriate service we
can for communities. We may not see

20-foot buses traveling down in Dundee,
but they could use smaller vehicles on a
fixed route."
The next Listening Tour meeting is at
the Bartow Civic Center on Wednesday,
Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. Auburndale is set up
for a Listening Tour at 5:30 p.m. Monday
Feb. 27 at the community center and
there is one set up at the Coleman Bush
building at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
There is one at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday
March 6 at the Eagle Lake Chamber of
The tours being held at these cities
may expand beyond that, too, to get
input from those who need the service.
"You may see us at Walmart or Pub-
lix," Simmons said. "We're trying to get
a better sense of what is needed. Each
community has a better need for public

Phillips said they may hear needs
for services such as a community bus,
an express bus service that could take
people to airports in other counties, for
example or a gitney bus, which is a bus
that looks like an outdoor trailer that
takes people around town.
Phillips and Simmons both said more
Listening Tours will be set up in other
cities. There will be a forum in April in
the Norma Hall in Winter Haven to have
a regional session.
"Then we're going to specifically target
a forum for the business and community
forum," Phillip said. "What they need
from employees and give them what we
learned from the community sessions."-
Then in mid-July, he said, they hope of
roll out a countywide plan.

Deeper look at Central Parkway on horizon


Sometime after July 1, the Florida
Department of Transportation will start
taking a more detailed look at a 13-mile
new road that will link the Polk Parkway
with busy State Road 60.
Dubbed the Central Polk Parkway, the
new road will eventually include another
28 miles stretching east of U.S. 27 and
north to Interstate 4 somewhere near the
Polk and Osceola county line.
Further study of the western leg of the
Central Polk Parkway will begin shortly
after the new fiscal year begins in July,
according to FDOT District One spokes-
woman Cindy Clemmons, "followed by
the remaining segments next year."
Earlier preliminary studies have been

completed, but to qualify for federal
funding, the project study must include
a more detailed environmental look-
see, she says.
The proposed parkway route to be
studied starts about a mile east of Rifle
Range Road at 60, heads north on a
new alignment for about a mile, then
branches; with the west branch con-
necting to the Pollard Road extension,
continuing west from that interchange
south of the Bartow Air Base and Gor-
don Heights just north of Gaskin Road,
crossing 91-Mine Road and U.S. 17. It
then heads north skirting Lake Hancock
to cross State Road 540 and link to the
Polk Parkway.
The parkway originally was planned
as a six-lane turnpike-style highway, but
earlier feasibility examinations indi-

cated that four lanes would probably be
adequate. It will however, still be limited
access with about a dozen interchanges,'
Clemmons explained.
"This study will give us a better snap-
shot," Clemmons said, "and show us
some options for funding."
The corridor maps show the western
leg of the facility also will provide a spur
to serve the proposed intermodal trans-
fer station planned by CSX Railroad
between Winter Haven and S.R. 60.
So far, a total of $38-$40 million has
been set aside to pay for the detailed
study that will look at impacts to en-
vironmental lands, what rights of way
will be needed, water quality and noise
impacts as well as social and economic
impacts on the areas through which the
proposed highway will pass.

Preliminary assessments indicate
the cost of actually building the
entire 30 or so miles of new r6ad will
exceed $1 billion. Added to that will
be about $350 million for right of
way purchases and $191 million for
the design and cost of overseeing the
actual construction for a grand total
of nearly $2 billion.
While the impending studies will only
look at the Central Polk Parkway, the
ultimate goal is to connect to what has
been called the Heartland Parkway, a
massive $5.5 billion project that would,
according to FDOT, relieve congestion
on U.S. 27 and U.S. 17 and stretch 152
miles from Interstate 4 to State Road 82
in Lee County.
No funding has been set aside to pay
for any more work on that project.

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The date of the first publication of this notice is 2/15/12

Attorney for Personal Representatives:

Keith H. Wadsworth
Florida Bar No. 049440
Attorney for Petitioners
P.O. Box 1079
Lake Wales, FL 33859-1079
Telephone: (863) 676-7611
Fax Number: (863) 455-1317

Personal Representatives:

Sarah Jane Alexander
327 Sunset Road
Frostproof, FL 33843

Lucy Anne G. Collier
2750 N. Lake Reedy Blvd.
Frostproof, FL 33843

Harriett G. Harris
1990 El Paso East
Bartow, FL 33830

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Several weeks ago, the Ridge was
paid a visit by representatives with
Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI), the official
economic development organization
for the state.
"We had not had anybody come here
before," said Harold Gallup, economic
development director for the city of Lake
Wales. The purpose of the visit, he said,
was a fact-finding tour to familiarize them-
selves with the Ridge as well as with Polk
County as a whole. It was an eye-opener.
"This was an opportunity for Central
Florida to showcase itself separate and
apart from the West Coast and Tampa and
Orlando," he said. "That was part of what
we were marketing, Central Florida."
The tour came about at the invitation
of Mark McDuff, senior business devel-
opment director with Central Florida
Development Council (CFDC). The two
organizations have a long-standing
working relationship, McDuff said, and
EFI has visited Polk County before. This
time, though, was different.
"We invited them to come down for
an orientation," McDuff said. "We made
it a point to [have them] meet with local
economic development groups."
When the nine-person delegation
was in Lake Wales, they met with Gal-
lup, Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce
President and City Commissioner Betty
Wojcik, City Manager Terry Leary, CFDC
President Jerry Miller, and Joseph Mi-
randa, developer and general contractor
of Longleaf Business Park, among other
city leaders. The Lake Wales contingent
emphasized what the city had to offer
as well as what separated it from other
Polk County communities.
One area of particular interest was the

Longleaf Business Park. According to
Miller, who is also community relations
manager with Progress Energy, Miranda
made a statement that prompted those
with EFI to furiously take notes. Miranda,
said Miller, told EFI that he was willing
to drop the per-square-foot lease rate;
McDuff verified Miller's observation.
To a person, McDuff, Miller, Gallup
and others were convinced the tour
"So far the feedback we've gotten is
they were very impressed," said Gallup.
Miller seconded the impression Gal-
lup earlier expressed about what the
tour revealed.
"They learned things they didn't
know," said Miller. "You can read, talk
on the phone, but when you experience
it, it makes it real."
Among the feedback was what the
Ridge had to offer. Miller said that
because of Interstate 4 and the Polk
Parkway, Lakeland has strength as a
warehouse and distribution center; to a
lesser degree, so does Haines City. How-
ever, The Ridge can also serve as a hub,
said Miller, who pointed to U.S. High-
way 27 and State Road 60. The city, he
said, has a direct link to the Space Coast
to the east, as well as to south central
and southwest Florida.
"At the end of the day, I think the
response from EFI was very positive,"
said Miller, who the president of the
Central Florida Development Council.
Among the areas that most impressed
EFI, added Miller, was how organized
the various municipalities were and
how they presented themselves. "I think
it knocked their socks off."
From Wojcik's perspective, who not
only is a Lake Wales city commissioner,
but also the Chamber president, the
tour was important because it gave both

Any potential business directed to Lake Wales by Enterprise Florida, Inc., will find Longleaf
Business Park general manager and contractor Joseph Miranda willing to negotiate rates.

area businesses as well as the members
of Enterprise Florida the opportunity
to "meet the people they'll be working
with," she said.
More so, said McDuff, was how the
tour reminded EFI of a very important
fact: Job creation.
"The head of the delegation said
'thank you for reminding us of that, be-
cause it is how compelling our mission
is," he said, adding he was struck by the
word "compelling."
Sean Malott, who lives in Lakeland,
was a member of the Enterprise Florida
contingent, and even he was impressed
with the area's potential, especially
Longleaf Business Park. Malott is with
the Business Development Division;
he specializes in logistics and supply
chain. "We did focus on the industrial
park. That is such a wonderful asset.
There's so much opportunity."
Malott was impressed that although a
number of business parks in Polk County
are hurting, and that does include Longleaf,
he said Longleaf has one thing going for it.
Despite the current hard times, Miranda is
sticking to his vision for the campus.

As with everyone else, Malott was pleased
with the tour. "It was a wonderful event."
That was music to the ears of many.

About Enterprise Florida
Enterprise Florida Inc. is a
public-private partnership serving
as Florida's primary organization
devoted to statewide economic devel-
opment. Its mission is to facilitate job
growth for Florida's businesses and
citizens leading to a vibrant statewide
EFI accomplishes this mission
by focusing on a wide range of indus-
try sectors, including clean energy,
life sciences, information technology,
aviation/aerospace, homeland
security/defense, financial/professional
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network of regional and local eco-
nomic development organizations,
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John Frederick Guilfoile

Dr. Bruce Newell, 84, of Lake Wales,
died on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at his
home, of natural causes due to demen-
tia, under the compassionate care of
Hope Hospice.
He was born
March 19, 1927,
in Roxboro, N.C.,
the third son of
Bruce and Come-
lia Sample New-
ell. He attended
local schools and
served in the U.S.
Navy during World
War II. He gradu-
ated from Duke
University-in 1949 -
with a degree in Dr. Bruce Newell
chemistry. There
he was a Dean's
List student, a freshman advisor, and a
member of the Kappa Alpha Order.
Following a brief stint as a quality-
control chemist with the Coca-Cola
Company, he entered Duke University
Medical School, graduating as a medical
doctor in 1956. He interned in Danville,
Va., and served as chief resident at
Mound Park Hospital in St. Petersburg,
now Bayfront Medical Center.
He and his wife, Marilyn, moved to
Indian Lake Estates in 1959 and he
entered general practice in Lake Wales,
sharing an office with Dr. Richard Mott.
He later opened his office on Carlton
Avenue. He served as medical director
and was responsible for the placement
of art at- the former Lake Wales Extend-
ed Care Facility and was the medical
director of the former Dove Healthcare,
now Grace Healthcare in Lake Wales un-
-til his retirement in 1999. He had been a

member of the AMA, Southern Medical
Association, and the Polk County Medi-
cal Society.
He was a member of First Presbyteri-
an Church and the Lake Wales Country
Club, where he enjoyed tennis for many
years. He was a long-time supporter of
the Lake Wales Arts Council and Lake
Wales Art Show.
Bruce was a classical music lover and
especially fond of opera. He loved to
travel via rail and was a "Rail Enthu-
siast," was a pilot and cherished his
private license.
Bruce was preceded in death by his
parents, brothers:Henry and William, a
sister Elizabeth, and a nephew Douglas.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years,
Marilyn Skinner Newell (whom he
met in a class at Duke); sister-in-law,
Jean Davis Newell; nieces, Mims (Ivy)
Coleman, Connie Newell, Betty (Tim)
Bowes, and Linda Newell Garza; neph-
ews, Henry Jr. (Judith) Newell, Robert
(Ginger) Newell, David (Donna) New-
ell, William Newell Jr., Thomas (Sally)
Humphries, Bruce (Ellen) Humphries,
and Bill (Evie) Humphries; grandnieces
and nephews and great-grandnieces
and -nephews; also his caregivers,
Nancy Wager and Dwight Erickson.
Memorials of remembrance may be
made to the Lake Wales Care Center
Free Medical Clinic, First Presbyterian
Church, or the Lake Wales Arts Council.
Visitation will be held Wednesday,
Feb. 23, from 4-6 p.m. at the Johnson
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be
Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian
Church with Rev. Matthew Joldersma
officiating. Interment .with military,
honors will be held Friday at Florida
National Cemetery, Bushnell.

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John Frederick Guilfoile, 75, of Winter
Haven passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14,
2012, at his residence.
He was bom Aug. 10, 1936, in Milwau-
kee, Wis., to the late John C. and Doris
(Clover) Guilfoile. He had been a resident
of Winter Haven since 1978. He retired
from State Farm Insurance, was a member
of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and
served in the United States Marine Corps.
John loved the ocean and boating. He
was quick-witted and was known as Mr.
Fix-it. His greatest love was his grand-
He is survived by his wife of 38 years,
Joan M. Guilfoile; four children, Lisa

Stephen Harold

Sanders Jr.
Stephen Harold Sanders Jr. of Frost-
proof passed away Saturday, Feb. 18,
2012, at the Lake Wales Medical Center.
He was 93.
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Leonora L. "Lodi" Wittman, 59, of
Babson Park passed away Friday, Feb. 17,
2012, at Lake Wales Medical Center.
She was bom Dec. 30,1952, in Miami
to the late John Ferris and Frances Eliza-
beth (Reeder) Lowe; she first came to Lake
Wales during her freshman, sophomore
*and junior years at LakeWales High School,
moved to Miami for her senior year and re-
turned to Lake Wales following her gradua-
tion in the early 1970s. She was a registered
nurse for Hope Hospice and a member of
the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Charles
SD. "Chuck" Wittman: daughter, Kendra
Wittman Barnes (Brian) of Palm Beach
Gardens; sons, Charles D. "Denny"

Wittman of Winter Haven and John L.
Wittman (Channcey) of St. Pete; sisters,
Linda Jaudzimas of Quincy and Julie
Grossman of Milton; and four grandchil-
Memorial service will be held 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at the Marion
Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales with
Father Anthony Bluett officiating. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be made to the
Hope Hospice (4840 Sun N Lake Blvd.,
Sebring, Fla. 33872). Condolences maybe
sent to the family and the webcast of the
service can be viewed at www.marion
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of Colorado, and ToddWeihmeir (wife
Melissa) ofWinter Haven. In addition, he
has three grandchildren, Joshua Tate (wife
Amy), OliviaAngone, and ShelbyWeihmeir.
A memorial service will be held at Holy
Spirit Catholic Church of Lake Wales
on Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be sent to the Catholic
Church or to Mayo Clinic, Cancer Re-
search, 4500 San Pablo Rd. Jacksonville,
FL 32224.
Condolences may be sent to the family
at www.marionnelsonfuneral home.com.
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Jerry F. Collins

Jerry E Collins of Frostproof passed
away Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the Tampa
General Hospital. He was 69.
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This year's Polk CountyYouth Fair was
another demonstration of Frostproof stu-
dents excelling at what they do. Students
entered all areas of the fair from horses to
hogs, archery to vegetables. Here are some
highlights from the competition:
*Moriah McCullers Grand Champion,
Swine, Swine Sr. Showmanship, Tri-Color
in Child Development, Home Furnish-
ing and Table Setting, Reserve Champion
English Breed, Grand Champion Hereford
Dakota McCullers First Place Steer
Weight Gain.
Julian Nelson Champion Female
Standard Chicken.
Austin Spurlock 1st Place Interme-
diate Archery.
Destaney King Grand Champion
Brahma Female.
Cole Newman Reserve Champion
Brahma Influence, Grand Champion
Brahma Bull.
Katherine Springfield Tri-Color
Cake, 3rd place Intermediate Steer
Kaleigh Jenkins Tri-Color Foods.
Marisol Espinoza Tri-Color Citrus
Chris Wingate Grand Champion
Adrian Diaz Best of Breed Rabbit
(New Zealand).'
Katie Smith Best of Breed Rabbit
Harley Zoeckler Tri-Color Dish
Garden, Tri-Color Wall Decoration.-
Allison Briggs -Tri-Color Table Setting.
Rebecca Briggs -Tri-Color Table
Kaylee Norris Tri-Color Guava Jam,
-3rd Place Steer Weight Gain.
This year Kaylee N6rris raised a market
steer and a purebred Hereford heifer. She
bought the steer in July 2011. At that time,
he weighed 750 pounds. Kaylee named
the steer Winston. Every single day, from
July through January, Kaylee walked, .
washed, and groomed Winston. Winston
gained 610 pounds, 4.3 pounds a day,
from the time Kaylee bought him until the
Youth Fair.
However, some students were not
so lucky Dalton Scott has been raising
market hogs for five years. This is some-
thing Dalton puts a lot of time and money
into. But, this is the second year his hog
did not make it to the Youth Fair. The hog
has to weigh between 240 300 pounds in
order to qualify. Dalton's hog weighed in
at 234 pounds, just 6 pounds short.
Dalton does not let that discourage him.
His love for raising hogs will push him to

Kaylee Norris was one of the Frostproof FFA
students who showed well at this year's Polk
County Youth Fair.

try again next year.
Schools throughout Polk County are
observing National FFA week this week,
There will be a special teacher apprecia-
tion breakfast at the school Wednesday.
Frostproof Middle-High's Food For
America program is designed to teach
elementary students about the impor-
tance of agriculture. Eight high school
students from Frostproof High School
will visit Frostproof Elementary Thursday
and teach lessons about horticulture,
livestock, and small animal care. The An -
nual Frostproof FFA Alumni Auction and
Dinner will be held Saturday, February 25,
2012, at Ben Hill Griffin Elemnentan. The
auction starts at 3 p.m. and the dinner fol-
lows. The dinner tickets can be purchased
from any FFA student or alumni member.
The Alumni are also accepting donated
items for the auction. Anyone interested
can contact Paul Webb or Clay Brantley at
(863) 635-7809.
- The National FFA Organization,
formerly known as Future Farmers of
America, is a national youth organiza-
tion of 540,739 student members all
preparing for leadership in the careers in
the science, business and technology of
agriculture as part of 7,489 local FFA
chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and
the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Or-
ganization changed to its present name
in 1988, in recognition of the growth and
diversity of agriculture and agricultural
The FFA mission is to make a positive
difference in the lives of students by devel-
oping their potential for prenuer leader-
ship, personal growth and career success
through agricultural education. Visit www.
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her residence. She was 79.
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