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Creation Date: February 29, 2012
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Frostproof News

Frostproof's Hometown News for more than 85 years 7


Volume 92 Number 20


USPS NO 211-260


Frostproof, Polk County Florida 33843


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Remebering the fallen


Residents face a


PHOTOS BY BRIAN ACKLEY
Frostproof paid tribute to its passed veterans over the Memorial Day weekend as city workers
placed some 600 American Flags on their graves. Checking a map to see where the flags went
are Frostproof's Public Works Director James Keene and city worker Nelson Wright.


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Nelson Wright helps pay tribute to Frostproof veterans buried at Silver Hill Cemetery last
weekend by placing an American Flag next to those grave markers in honor of Memorial
Day. The city puts out some 600 flags each Memorial Day and Fourth of July.


TODAY'S
CONTENTS




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Editorial .............Page 4A
Obituaries ...........Page 7A
County Report .... Page 1B
Feeling Fit...........Page 5B


jump in garbage fees


Increase could be waived if

city extends current contract


By BRIAN ACKLEY
NEWS @FROSTPROOFNEWS.NET
Frostproof residents will get a more
than 5 percent increase in their gar-
bage pickup rates in a month, unless
the city decides it wants to extend
its current contract with Republic
Services.
Each year, the trash hauler is con-
tractually allowed to raise its rate by
the Consumer Price Index average,
and by figuring in for increased fuel
costs. Republic refers to the increases
as the "cost of doing business"
This year, those two figures com-
bined total 5.3 percent according the
company. However, they have also
offered to waive the rate increase,
and included other deal sweeten-
ers, if the city agreed to a three-year
extension of its current contract,
through June 2016.
However, there was at least one
person atvthe May 21 meeting of the
city council that didn't think that was


such a good idea: Tom Baker of Gator
Waste and Recycling, a new company
based in Auburndale that is looking
to compete with Republic.
"I just wanted.to let you know
that you have a choice," Baker said.
"There are very qualified firms out
there that would love to come in and
bid. I think there are firms that pro-
vide greater service levels, and I'm
very confident you can get a better
price by going to market and getting'
bids. I think it would be a good time
to see what's out there."
He claimed that Frostproof's rates
were "somewhat out of line" with
other contracts in the county.
"I think you can save quite a bit of
money," he added.
In 2006, the last time Frostproof
actually put its refuse contract
out to bid, Republic was the only
bidder. Trash Taxi, which was at
one time another garbage hauler
GARBAGE 111A


It only takes one

Hurricane season starts Friday; expo Saturday


By BILL ROGERS
CORRESPONDENT


There likely won't be a lack of
weather knowledge, especially when
it pertains to hurricanes, during
Saturday's Polk County Hurricane
Expo, which is one day after the hur-
ricane season starts.
The Expo will be held from 9 a.m.-
3 p.m. at the Lake Eva Banquet Hall
in Haines City. The address is 799
Johns Ave.
The information session will
feature talks by five meteorologists:
Fox 13 meteorologist Dave Osterberg;
Dan Noah, of the National Weather
Service in Ruskin; News Channel 8
meteorologist Leigh Spann; Deputy
State Meteorologist Michelle Palmer
of the Florida Division of Emergency
Management; and Bay News 9


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meteorologist Josh Linker.
Osterberg said Tuesday he plans to
focus his comments on the Internet
and particularly myfoxhurricane.
com, explaining what terms mean
and how to get to certain things.
Osterberg said he doesn't want to
lecture and wants to provide infor-
mation that people want to know.
The other guest speakers are:
Jessica Lawson, SPCA Florida,
"Hurricane Preparedness and
Your Pet"; Judd Wright, Blue Skies
Professional Services, "The Top
Hurricane Myths"; Capt. Mike
Hilliard, Lake EMS, "Staying Alive:
Disco CPR"; local Emergency
Management staff, "Keeping Polk
County Prepared."
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Two men arrested for alleged

alligator shooting


Two Lake Wales men were arrested
by Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies
shortly after they
allegedly illegally
caught and killed
an alligator.
According to re-
ports, around 3:45
p.m. on Thursday,
May 24, 2012,
41-year-old Rodney
Duane Michael of
4667 Caloosa Blvd.
in Lake Wales, and
28-year-old Dustin
Lee Moore of 3467 Dustin Moore
Canal Court in
Lake Wales, used
a fishing pole with chicken as bait to lure
a 9.5 foot long alligator out of a retention
pond on the northern property of the
Eagle Ridge Mall, and then allegedly shot
and killed it with a.22 caliber rifle. Just
after the shooting, the pair were con-
fronted by an Eagle Ridge Mall Security
representative, and they were reported to
have fled the scene.


Reports note PCSO Detective Bobby
Abbatoy located the two suspects shortly
after they fled the scene. They were
placed under
arrest and inter-
viewed by detec-
tives. The PCSO
says both admitted
to illegally catching
and killing the alli-
gator for monetary
gain. Both were
booked into the
Polk County Jail
on one count each
unlawful killing of Rodney Michael
an alligator.
Polk County
Sheriff's Office
note that Rodney Michael has been
in the Polk County Jail on five prior
occasions, for charges such as DUI,
petit theft, dealing in stolen property,
battery domestic violence, and violation
of probation. Dustin Moore has been in
the Polk County Jail on one prior occa-
sion, for loitering/prowling.


Graduates ready to march into future


By PEGGY KEHOE
NEWS @ FROSTPROOFNEWS.NET
Polk County high school gradu-
ates may be anxious to face the
future or sad to leave their high
school years behind, but prob-
ably some of both for most of the
seniors.
Caps and gowns, yearbooks, class
rings all symbolize the work and
fun of 13 years of school, beginning
with kindergarten. They've made
friends they might see every week
or not again for 40 years.
But commencement is just that:
the beginning of a new stage of life.
In Polk County, commencement
ceremonies run through June 7.
Local ceremonies are:
Frostproof Middle Senior High
School
Senior awards were handed
out last night. Look for coverage
in a future edition of the News.
Baccalaureate, June 3, 4 p.m. at
Frostproof First Baptist Church;
graduation Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30
p.m. at Faris Brannen Stadium. The
rain date is Wednesday, June 6.


Bartow High School/IB/
Summerlin Academy
Senior awards: June 1, 7
p.m., Bartow High School gym;
Baccalaureate: June 4, 6:30 p.m.,
BHS auditorium; Graduation: June
6, 6:30 p.m., The Lakeland Center.
Fort Meade Middle-Senior High
School
Baccalaureate: May 30, 7:30 p.m.,
Beulah Baptist Church; Graduation:
June 1, 7:30 p.m., FMMSHS gym.
Lake Wales High School
Baccalaureate on May 30, 6:30
p.m. at Lake Wales First Baptist
Church; Graduation Saturday, June
2, 8:30 a.m. at Bok Tower Gardens.
Mulberry High School
Senior awards: June 1, 6:30 p.m.,
MHS auditorium; Baccalaureate:
June 3, 5 p.m., MHS auditorium;
Graduation: June 5, 4:30 p.m., The
Lakeland Center.
Polk State College/Lakeland
Collegiate High School
Senior awards: May 30, 6:30 p.m.,
PSC Lakeland campus, LTB audito-
rium; Graduation: June 5, 6:30 p.m.,
Branscomb Auditorium, Florida
Southern College.


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VIEWPOINT



Time to tackle Florida's broken tax structure


"Florida is trying to run a 21st-century economy
that is completely built on a 20th-century tax sys-
tem," Randy Miller, vice president of the Florida
Retail Federation and a former state revenue director,
told the Palm Beach Post in a report this week about
Florida's ongoing budgeting problems.
Actually, outside the antigovernment halls of the
Capitol in Tallahassee, local officials have been forced
to go further back in history to solve their own budget
crises: navia aut caput. The Latin term means ship or
head, with the head being a Roman emperor. Today,
the coin flip is an accepted form or sortition. As op-
posed to, say, Rock, Paper Scissors.
What Miller was referring to is Florida's outdated
reliance on volatile sales-based tax revenue. In ad-
dition to falling during economic slowdowns, when
demand for government services and job-creating
public spending projects actually increases, sales
taxes can't keep up with changing economic trends.
For example, before the recent dive in gas prices,
higher prices at the pump drove motorists to pur-
chase vehicles that got better gas mileage. State
analysts project a $5.1 billion drop in gas tax collec-
tions by 2020, according to the Post report.


Our Viewpoint
Since local, state and federal gas taxes are used to
fund road construction across the state, volatility in
revenues increasing the level of uncertainty in road
construction planning, which is done on a five-year
rotating cycle. Moreover, from 2004 to 2011, the
Legislature diverted some $200 million a year from
transportation trust funds to the general fund to plug
gaps caused by falling sales tax collections and tax
cuts, according to a March 2012 report from the state
Department of Transportation.
Among the conclusions the DOT report reached:
Trust fund revenues are increasingly inadequate
due to moderating growth in vehicle miles traveled,
improved fuel efficiency, and the fact that some fuel
taxes are not inflation-indexed.
The magnitude of project costs has outpaced
the ability of any single existing source to provide
adequate funds.
The Legislature has already seen the light when it
comes to disastrous cuts in school funding in the
2010-2011 session, when $1.3 billion was sliced
from school budgets, forcing thousands of layoffs.


Much was made of a $1 billion increase in this year's
education budget, but as the coin flip scenario clearly
shows, it wasn't enough to stave of further job cuts
(many of which are being absorbed locally via retire-
ments). Schools are also dealing with the expiration
of federal stimulus funding that provided more $500
million in much-needed revenue to keep teachers in
the classroom.
The structure of Florida tax system also means we
are falling behind on education Infrastructure, which
is largely funded via taxes on utilities, such as energy
and telecommunication companies. Increased energy
efficiency and changes in consumer habits, such as
switching from landlines to cellphones, is shrinking
revenues funneled into the Public Education Capital
Outlay fund, which funds school construction and
maintenance, Frank Brogan, chancellor of the state
university system, told the Post.
Something has to give. Closing loopholes, like the
uncollected'taxes on Internet sales and many servic-
es, and ending trust fund raids to bridge self-inflicted
budget gaps is a must. Roads and schools are basic
government functions. Without either, Florida can't
function.


Are libraries next?


Many of us who enjoy unfettered
mobility most of the time have spent
a few days or weeks on crutches or in
a wheelchair as the result of a sprain,
fracture, or surgery.
And most of us have friends who
must cope with impaired mobility on a
daily basis.
Both circumstances create an aware-
ness of how helpful it is when owners
of establishments which cater to the
public make special effort to be acces-
sible to those with limitations. These
can be as simple as reserved parking
spaces and wheelchair ramps or as
elaborate as elevators and other lifting
devices. Wheelchair accessible restroom
facilities long have been mandated
in public buildings. Many property
owners, both private and public, have
made such modifications because they
are the right thing to do. Others have
awaited passage and enforcement
- of Americans with Disabilities Act
standards before taking action.
Whatever the motivation, handicap
accessible features show the compas-
sion and consideration that help make
the United States a special nation.

On at least three occasions, members
of my family have been moved to the
use of crutches or wheelchairs for peri-
ods ranging from a few days to several
months.
I was the lucky one whose immobility
lasted for only a week or two. And it
was my own fault. The rollerskate was
on the step, minding its own business,
and one of my feet had the temerity to
intrude into its space, for which it (the
foot, not the skate) paid the price. As
luck would have it, we had planned a
trip to Disney World for the following
weekend, and my children took on the
responsibility for wheeling me around


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the Magic Kingdom in a wheelchair.
At most of the venues, special accom-
modations were made for wheelchair
passengers and their drivers to bypass
the long lines and take a position down
front. (I have even heard stories of
friends who rent wheelchairs at WDW
and take turns pushing each other
around for that purpose, but I put no
stock in their veracity.) The point is
(and yes, there is a point to all of this)
as much as I appreciated the courtesies
extended to me in my temporary mobil-


ity-challenged state, it never
me to demand that Disney cl
Space Mountain or any other
was not wheelchair accessible
Times have changed.


occurred to
ose down
Side that
e.


The City of Bartow is considering
tearing down the gazebo at what is
named (quite logically) Gazebo Park,
because it is not handicap accessible.
Hey, it's a wooden gazebo, built on pri-
vate property by a man who wanted to
do something nice for his community.
The owner allows the site to be used
for that purpose. It is used occasionally
as a venue for outdoor weddings and
such by those who can negotiate its four
steps. There is no record of a couple
ever having been forced to live indefi-
nitely in an unwed status because there

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Letters to the editor


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Let us follow another way
other always told me, when he that the rich will pay a fair share of
ching me about life, to be aware their, at times obscene, income read
Politicians, and ideologues, oil companies income then, it is
dly accept any wrong. They are time for the Speaker of the House to
They area always blaming pronounce that such an idea will not
er party. Take the recent article be presented in the House as it has no
Do Nothing Congress" that chance of passing.
d in the Lake Wales News on So this political game is played again
2012. In that article the Senate's and again. The idea, created by these
y Leader is portrayed as a guilty two parties, the only solution to a prob-
for following what is a favorite lem is their way of or nothing, defies
sional game at present. The to the most basic rules of decency, we
insists of the House sending a should not tolerate it. The idea that if
ie Senate with something the you do not belong to my party, you are
ion party does not like,, such my enemy, is unpalatable. This should
to Medicare. When the Senate's not have ever happened. The culprits,
y Leader rejects it without even in my view, are unscrupulous politi-
ing it to a vote, he is blamed for cians playing to a gullible electorate.
nothing. That is only a half truth. Gullibility? Let us all follow "In God We
i the same Senate's Majority Trust"...
or the President, submits the ManuelV. Crespo
closing some tax loopholes so Lake Wales


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


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some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters
will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All
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'Hands Across the Arts' a hit


Frostproof councilwoman Diana Webster-Biehl also played one of the characters, much to the delight and enjoyment of a
large crowd at the Ritz in Winter Haven.


Martha Neher, Frostproof councilwoman, and Frostproof Mayor Kay
Hutzelman.


PHOTOS BY K.M. THORNTON SR.


Support from the Winter Have side came from city commissioner Jamie Beckett, Citrus Express
executive Joe Burke, and Polk Arts Alliance Executive Director Meri Mass and her husband
Leonard.


Several of the cast members were from Frostproof including Gale Reeder as Nina Grigio, a
reporter for Wine Line Magazineleft, and Martha Neher as Sue Veneer, gift shop manager for
the Nippy Valley Winery.


As always, Frostproof's Diana Webster-Biehl put on a great performance, but not quite show stop- Frostproof's John Biehl tries to figure out the "mystery" part of the murder-mystery dinner
ping, or food-eating stopping as the case might be for this young fan. theater event.


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Strike up the band! (And chorus too!)


A number of groups performed including the junior high band, shown here, the high school
chorus under the direction and Jhonathan Carter and the junior high chorus as well.


PHOTOS BY K.M.THORNTON SR.


The top award of the night was the Director's Award, which were presented to Ashley Clement,
left, at the high school level and Hannah Hensley, right, for middle school


Several graduating seniors were honored, including, from left: Jennifer Gonzalez, Emily
Babbington, Jenna Lanoue and Brittany Green. Not pictured: Jennifer Wells and Trace Roman.

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OBITUARIES


Shirley Day
Shirley Day of Frostproof passed
away Thursday, May 24, 2012 at
the Lake Wales Medical Center. She
was 82. Marion Nelson Funeral
Home in Frostproof is handling the
arrangements.

Thomas E. Barber
Thomas E. Barber, 65, passed away
Saturday, May 26,2012, at Good Shepherd
House in Sebring.
Mr. Barber was bom in Sebring on April
15, 1947, to Russell and Sara (Grice) Barber.
He attended school in Frostproof before
joining the U.S. Nay in 1967. He earned
dte rank of quiart nncli-aer 3 before he was
honorable\ discharged u i -l.
He worked in restaurant/hotel manage-
ment in Delaware, New Jersey and Florida
until 1984 when he stepped into a manage-
ment role withWard's Nursery, Inc., where
he worked until his retirement in 2004. Mr.
Barber was a member of the Avon Park
Noon Rotary Club and the Florida Citrus
NurserymenAssn.
Mr. Barber was preceded in death by
his parents; sisters Peggy Day Booth and
Deborah Barber; a brother, RussellArnold
Barber; and a son, Damon Hileman.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years,
Debbie; brothers, Russell Barber of Sebring
and John Barber of McRae, Ga.; sisters,
Linda Day (Tony) Todd and Diane (James)
Selph of Avon Park; children, Eric Barber
of Plant City, Doug Barber of Orlando,
Elizabeth (Mike) Abell of Sebring, Patrick
(Jennifer) Barber of Lexington, Tenn., Katie
(Neil) Barnett of CranberryTownship,
Pa., and Robert (Jaime) Barber ofVenice;
five grandchildren, Gavin Abell, Gage
and Logan Barber, Zoey Barnett, and
Addison Barber; and numerous nieces and
nephews.
A memorial service will be held
Thursday, May 31, at 2 p.m., at St Ann's
Episcopal Church, 204 North 9th Avenue,
Wauchula, with Rev. Jim McConnell
officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
memorial contributions be made to either
Camp Wingmann, 3404 Wingmann Rd.,
Avon Park, FL 33825, orwww.curechild
hoodcancer.org.
Arrangements: Stephenson-Nelson
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Taylor Lynn

Carter


Taylor Lynn
Carter, 17, of
Lake Wales
passed away
Sunday, May 27,
2012 at the Lake
Wales Medical
Center.
She was born
June 30, 1994 in
Bartowand was
a lifelong resi-
dent of the Lake Tylor Lynn Carter
Wales. She was a
student at the Lake Wales High School,
was a member of the Interact Club and
played violin in the Orchestra. Taylor
enjoyed going to school and loved
reading. As a member of the Christ
Central Church in Lake Wales, she
loved helping people by volunteering at
the church pantry and touched many
people's lives.
Taylor was preceded in death by her
grandparents, Vern & Susan Byrd and
Phillip Carter. Survivors include her
parents, Steven & Christina Carter of
Lake Wales; biological mother, Candida
Watson of Alabama; siblings, Austin
Carter, Kimberly Caban, Dana Long
and PatrickWoods; grandparents, Edna
& Michael Pokorny; aunts & uncles,
Stephanie Carter, Angela & Greg Wood,
Jeremiah & Tabitha Smith and her
extended family.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m.
until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3.1,
2012 at the Marion Nelson Funeral
Home. Funeral service will be held
3 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012 at the
Christ Central Church in Lake Wales.
Internment will follow at Lake Wales
Cemetery. For those who wish, dona-
tions may be sent to the Christ Central
Church (1396 State Road 60 East, Lake
Wales, FL 33853). Condolences may
be sent to the family and the webcast
of the service can be viewed at www.
marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.


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FROM PAGE 1A

educational event for the entire
family," said Rosa Driggs, Polk
County Fire Rescue public educa-
tion officer. "This is a 'one-stop
shop' to learn about weather,
disasters and preparedness for your
families and your homes."
The 2012 season has gotten off
to an unusual start. Tropical Storm
Alberto formed the third weekend of
May off the coast of South Carolina.
Tropical Storm Beryl, whose winds
nearly reached hurricane strength,
hit northeast Florida on Memorial
Day weekend. The season officially
begins June 1.
"(They) don't pay attention to the
calendar," said Pete McNally, Polk
County's Emergency Management
director.
It has been almost eight years
since Polk received a triple punch
from hurricanes Charley, Jeanne
and Francis. The summer of 2004
was a historic time for the county.
McNally said National Weather
Service officials told him that the eye
of three hurricanes striking the same
county in the same year has never
happened in the United States. And
those three storms struck in Polk in a
period of six weeks.
He believes that those residents
who lived through those storms
aren't complacent and "take it really
serious."
McNally said the "real impact"
of a storm is high winds for a
sustained period of time. Inland
flooding is also a major concern.
Residents of mobile home parks
or low-lying areas need to be think-
ing that they might have to leave,
McNally said.


He advises people to be prepared
to be self-sufficient for three days.
As far as predictions about how
busy a hurricane season will be,.
McNally said it doesn't really matter
because "it justtakes one."
He recalled that the first named
storm in 1992 was And reu. Tha t
hurricane devastated South Florida
and made landfall Aug. 24 three
months after the hurricane season
started.
U.S. forecasters predicted last
week that this year's Atlantic hur-
ricane season would produce a
normal number of about nine to 15
tropical storms, according to the
Associated Press.
As many as four to eight of
those storms could strengthen
into hurricanes, according to the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's initial outlook for
the si\.-mllonth torm Sn eason. One to
thiee ot th0'ose could become major
hu rricane~ with top winds ot 111
mph or higher.
The weathrr phenomenon known
as El Nifno, which \warms Pacific
waters near the equator and in-
creases wind shear over the Atlantic,
may develop by the late summer or
early fall and help suppress storm
development, forecasters said.
"It depends on when and if it de-
velops," Osterberg said of El Nifio."It
would be better right now."
Osterberg, who noted that 1992
was also an El Nifio year, said he
doesn't care about the number of
predicted storms. He added if one
storm hits the U.S. it is a bad year.
Forecasters name tropical storms
when their top winds reach 39 mph;
hurricanes have maximum winds of
at least 74 mph.
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Bulldogs for Jamboree


PHOTOS BY K M. THORNTON SR.
The action was fast and furious at times late last week as the Frostproof Bulldogs varsity and
junior varsity football teams went through their annual spring Red and White scrimmage at Faris
Brannen Stadium. The team is looking to build on its 2011 season which featured a return to the
playoffs for the first time in three years.




One of Frostproof's most
exciting players figures
to be quarterback Xavier
Gaines, shown here
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during a scrimmage held
last week. Gaines, who will
only be a freshman this
fall, was at the helm of the
junior varsity Bulldogs last
fall as an eighth grader,
and was undefeated as a
starter at QB until getting
called up to the varsity.


There's never a bad time to make a coaching point, but right after the scrimmage Head Coach
Price Harris found it was a great time to reinforce a few philosophical and technical football
ideas.



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The Bulldogs scrimmage got them ready for tomorrow's "jamboree" in Winter Haven, which
starts at 7 p.m. Frostproof will play two quarters against Winter Haven and two quarters against
Tenoroc in a round-robin format amongst the three schools.


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There was plenty of hard hitting action during the Red and White scrimmage last week, and it
was a day for the defense to really shine as no points were surrendered by either side in two
quarters of varsity action. The junior varsity side started the action before the varsity players
took to the field at FarisBrannen Stadium.


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FROM PAGE 1A
in Auburndale, held a few county
contracts at that time, including the -
one in Fort Meade. In the last few
years, however, the company was
bought out by Advanced Disposal out
of Jacksonville, and slowly pulled out Zach Jenkins, left, is one of the latest members of the Frost-
of the area. proof senior class to be sponsored for the 2012 Project Gradua-
Last year, Fort Meade's contract tion event, a drug and alcohol overnight "happening" designed
was transferred to Republic from to allow graduates to safely celebrate their accomplishments.
Advanced Disposal after the city He is shown with contributor Joel Jenkins.
commission there gave its approval
for the move. PHOTOS PROVIDED
In addition to waiving this year's
increase, Republic said with an exten-
sion it would also increase its annual
commitment to the community, in-
cluding $2,000 in yearly support to the
Chamber of Commerce, $500 yearly
for Frostproof's Relay for Life and a _
$500 sponsorship to the Ridge League
of Cities on Frostproof's behalf.
In addition, company official
Debbie Mullen indicated that the
company would be willing to negoti-
ate a new rate for the three-year
extension, provide recycling carts to
commercial businesses and perform
waste audits to identify dry waste
savings for local commercial and
industrial customers. Joe Harvey, left, is this year's sponsor for
"We would open the door and take Taylor Dickinson for Project Graduation. This
a direct path of negotiation," Mullen year's event will be an overnight at the FFA
said of the offer. Leadership Training Center in Haines City.
The new residential rate will be
$16.07 per month, up from the
current charge of $15.27. The rate
for commercial dumpsters will rise
to $7.18 per yard, and the rate for
commercial hand pickup will move to
$41.49.
The city also adds a $5 monthly
administration fee. The new rates go
into effect July 1. The council did not
discuss Republic's offer during the
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The presentation from the first graders was most colorful, featuring
butterflies that each student made in class.


OK, so making a tea pot isn't always the easiest thing to remember how
to do, but it sure is fun trying!


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parents and family and friends packed
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Economic and Property Damages Settlement
Providing Money to Individuals and Businesses


If you have economic loss or property damage because of
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get money from
a class action settlement with BP Exploration & Production
Inc. and BP America Production Company ("BP"). Go to
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information,
including information on how to file a claim.

WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY
DAMAGES SETTLEMENT?
The Economic and Property Damages ("E&PD") Settlement
Class includes people, businesses, and other entities in the
states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and certain
counties in Texas and Florida, that were harmed by the oil
spill. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com has
detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a
geographic location may be included in the E&PD Settlement.
Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail questions@
DeepwaterHoiizonEconomicSettlement.com to find out if a
geographic location is included.

WHAT DOES THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY DAMAGES
SETTLEMENT PROVIDE?
The E&PD Settlement makes payments for the following types
of claims: (1) Seafood Compensation, (2) Economic Damage, (3) -
Loss of Subsistence, (4) Vessel Physical Damage, (5) Vessels of
Opportunity Charter Payment, (6) Coastal Real Property Damage,
(7) Wetlands Real Property Damage, and (8) Real Property Sales
Damage. There is no limit on the total dollar amount of the E&PD
Settlement; all qualified claims will be paid.

How TO GET BENEFITS FROM THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY
DAMAGES SETTLEMENT
You need to submit a. Claim Form to request a payment. You
can get a copy of the various Claim Forms by visiting the website
or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted online or
by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you


should call the toll-free number for assistance.
The deadline to submit most E&PD claims will be April 22,
2014 or six months after the E&PD Settlement becomes effective
(that is, after the Court grants "final approval" and any appeals
are resolved), whichever is later. There will be an earlier deadline
to submit E&PD Seafood Compensation claims. The earlier
deadline to submit Seafood Compensation claims will be 30 days
after final approval of the Settlement by the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (regardless of appeals).
Actual claim filing deadlines will be posted on the website as they
become available. Valid claims will be paid as they are approved,
beginning shortly after the Court-Supervised Settlement Program
commences. It is highly recommended that E&PD Settlement
Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly.
Please read the Medical Benefits Settlement notice because you
may also be eligible for benefits from that settlement.

YOUR OTHER OPTIONS
If you do not want to be legally bound by the E&PD Settlement,
you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or
you won't be able to sue BP over certain economic and property
damage claims. If you stay in the E&PD Settlement, you may
object tp it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how
to exclude yourself or object.
The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider
whether to approve the E&PD Settlement. You or your own lawyer
may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. The
Court will also consider Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses
including an interim payment of $75 million and additional awards
equal to 6% of class claims and benefits paid. Class Counsel fees,
costs and expenses under the Economic and Property Damages
Settlement Agreement and the Medical Benefits Settlement
Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members'
payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of
Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately
pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.


Medical Benefits Settlement
Providing Benefits to Clean-Up Workers and Certain Gulf Coast Residents


If you have a medical claim related to the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill, you could get benefits from a class
action settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc.
and BP America Production Company ("BP"). Go to
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information,
including information on how to file a claim.

WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT?
The Medical Class includes (1) clean-up workers and
(2) certain people who resided in specific geographic
areas in coastal and wetlands areas along the Gulf
Coast during specific periods in 2010. The website
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com has detailed
descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a
geographic location may be included in one of these zones.
Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail info@ .
DeepwaterHorizonMedicalSettlement.com to find out if a
geographic location is included.

WHAT DOES THE MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT PROVIDE?
The benefits of the Medical Benefits Settlement include:
(1) payments to qualifying people for certain acute (short-
term) and chronic (ongoing) medical conditions occurring
after exposure to oil or chemical dispersants; (2) provision
of periodic medical examinations to qualifying people; and
(3) creation of a Gulf Region Health Outreach Program,
consisting of projects to strengthen the healthcare system.
Benefits (1) and (2) will be provided only after the Court
grants final approval and any appeals are resolved.

How TO GET BENEFITS FROM THE MEDICAL
BENEFITS SETTLEMENT
You need to submit a Claim Form to request benefits. You
can get a copy of the Claim Form by visiting the website
or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted by


mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim,
you should call the toll-free number for assistance.

The deadline for filing a Claim Form is one year after
the Medical Benefits Settlement becomes effective (that is,
after the Court grants "final approval" and any appeals are
resolved). The exact date of the claim filing deadline will
be posted on the website. It is highly recommended that
Medical Class Members complete and submit their claim
forms promptly. Please read the Economic and Property
Damages Settlement notice because you may also be
eligible for a payment from that settlement.

YOUR OTHER OPTIONS
If you do not want to be legally bound by the Medical
Benefits Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself
by October 1, 2012 or you won't be able to sue BP over
certain medical claims. If you stay in the Medical Benefits
Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The
Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object.

The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to
consider whether to approve the Medical Benefits Settlement.
You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at
the hearing at your own cost. Class Counsel will ask the
Court to consider an award of fees, costs, and expenses of
6% of the value of the benefits actually provided under the
Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement. Class Counsel fees,
costs, and expenses under the Medical Benefits Settlement
Agreement and the Economic and Property Damages
Settlement Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million.
Class members' payments will not be reduced if the Court
approves the payment of Class Counsel fees, costs, and
expenses because BP will separately pay these attorney fees,
costs, and expenses.


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School lunch prices to increase next year


By BILL ROGERS
CORRESPONDENT

Students and adults will be paying
a little more for lunch in Polk County
public schools during the 2012-13
school year.
The School Board of Polk County
approved a price increase of 10 cents
during last week's meeting in Bartow.
The item was listed on the consent
agenda and was not discussed.
In a memorandum to the board,
Foodservice Director Marcia Smith
said, "We are recommending an
increase in lunch prices this year
because Section 205 of the Healthy,
Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 requires
school food authorities to ensure that
schools are providing the same level of
support for lunches served to students
who are not eligible for free or reduced
prices lunches (i.e. paid lunches) as
they are for lunches served to students
eligible for the meals. This provision
went into effect July 1, 201-1."
Smith noted the district currently
receives a reimbursement of $2.46 for a
free lunch from USDA.


FRISBIE
FROM PAGE 4

is no wheelchair ramp.
But the city manager says it would
cost the city some $6,000 to bring this
picturesque facility- which cost the
city nothing into compliance with
ADA standards. It would be cheaper
to tear it down: Also in jeopardy of
demolition is the old city power plant
building. It has not been used for that
purpose since the city started buying
electricity from what was then Florida
Power Corp. more than half a century
ago.
When I was a kid, a popular field trip
for elementary school youngsters was
to go to the building where Bartow's
electricity was produced. It has been
used for a variety of other municipal
purposes since the,mid-20th century,
most recently for the city's information
technology operations. It is hardly a
Mecca for elementary school field trips
or any other large number of visitors,
but it is not handicap accessible, and it
may have to go.

Am I the only person who sees the
difference between requiring that rest-
rooms in high-traffic locations like civic
centers be made accessible to people in
wheelchairs, and requiring wheelchair
ramps for gazebos and offices which
have little public traffic?
If this standard is applied to all


"The new legislation requires that
we begin increasing the price of paid
lunches to ensure that sufficient funds
are provided to the foodservice ac-
count for paid lunches," she said.
The prices for lunch for elementary
students will go up to $1.80. It was
$1.70 this year. Secondary students will
pay $2.10 and the cost for adults will be
$2.75. Reduced lunches will continue
to be 40 cents.
According to Smith, 68.5 percent of
Polk's students participate in the free
and reduced meals program. Smith
noted the percentage has gone up over
the past several years. It was 58 percent
in the 2005-06 school year.
Polk does have a high percentage of
such students, but Smith said it is not
the highest in the state.
The prices for breakfast will remain
the same as last year $1 for elemen-
tary and secondary, a la carte prices for
adults and 30 cents for reduced.
The prices for after school snack will
also stay the same as during the 2011-
12 year 70 cents for elementary and
secondary and 15 cents for reduced.
In other action, the board voted 6-1

tax-supported facilities, how long will
it be before we must tear down librar-
ies because some people are sightless,
or concert halls because some people
cannot hear?
But that's different, you say.
It is? Why?
Because it would make no sense?
I rest my case.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. He is fortunate
to be in pretty good health, but like
many retirees, winces at the thought of
climbing all those steps to the top of a
high school football stadium. He has
no wish to see stadiums torn down,
however)


to approve a contract with Catapult
Learning to provide a summer reading
program for third-graders who score at
Level 1 on the 2012 FCAT.
Board Member Debra Wright voted
against it, saying she didn't know "if it
is working."
Although he voted in favor of it,
Board Member Dick Mullenax said he
would like to see some data to validate
the program.
"If we don't see a lot of student
improvement next year, we need to
look elsewhere," he said.
.During the board's work session
Tuesday morning, Assistant School
Board Attorney John Murphy reported
that Lakeland High School will not
continue moving ahead with its charter
application.
An email was sent late Monday night
by mediator Neal O'Toole to board
members.
It said: "The teachers and staff of
Lakeland High School, with the best
interest of our students at heart, have
worked diligently to follow all of the
rules relating to the possible conver-
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By CATHY PALMER
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Land use, high-tech research and
development and nutrition education
are the three top priorities on the
Florida Department of Agriculture's
agenda for coming years, Agriculture
Commissioner Adam Putnam told
Polk County Tiger Bay Club members
last week.
Putnam, a Bartow native, said those


PHOTO BY AL PALMER
Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services Commissioner Adam Putnam
addresses the Polk County Tiger Bay Club in
Bartow Monday.


three entities could be the long-term
driving forces behind the mainte-
nance and growth of Florida's $100
billion-a-year industry.
Land use is changing, Putnam
explained, and the real estate bubble's
bursting has fostered an increase in
the number of small farms and, in
some cases, it could change an entire
community. He cited the consecutive
freezes that plagued Central Florida
in the 1980s that erased the citrus -
crops in Clairmont and Mineola north
of Polk County.
"We saw what happened when those
groves were wiped out and now there's
development everywhere that may not
have had the best planning," he said.
"We have to guard against that."
Using high technology to help farm-
ers in both crop development and crop
health maintenance and pest eradica-
tion are crucial, the Putnam said.
"Research and development has
developed new varieties of tomatoes
and now we're growing a new breed of
peaches developed just for Florida,"
he said. "These Florida specific
strains are giving landowners new
options for their lands."
He added other high-tech projects
include developing new energy crops
and water farming.
"We've got to keep giving the indus-
try multiple options," he said.
His department is also devoting a
substantial portion of its resources to
improve both nutrition in our crops,
he said, and is educating its residents
on how proper nutrition can effect
residents, especially its children.
Putnam said the state serves more
than 4 million servings of Florida
produce to school children each day
for 180-plus days a year.


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"We need to teach children and
their parents that the proper lifestyle
choices we make today will save us
millions as we and our children age,"
he explained. "We're spending dollars
today that will save us millions in
Medicare in 50 years."
He said, "We're getting students to
pay more attention to nutrition in the
schools by serving healthier choices
in our school lunch and breakfast
programs."
"By encouraging healthy eating
habits, and that turns into a win-
win situation for everyone. It helps
the farmers with an outlet for their
crops and helps our children become
healthier and maintain a health
lifestyle all their lives."
He added that recent state legisla-
tion allowed the DOA to provide that
to school children.
Putnam's department also plays a
lead role in maintaining the state's
water resources and quality.
"We're working with the EPA and
Water Management Districts to de-
velop long-term water solutions. We
can't wait until there's a crisis to act.
We're working now so we don't have
to face a crisis."
Putnam also told the Tiger Bay Club
members that developing self-sus-
taining energy sources also is critical
to maintaining both the agriculture
community and Florida in general. He
said that presently Florida primarily
relies on natural gas to produce elec-
tricity, having virtually abandoned
coal and nuclear energy to generate
electricity.
"Nuclear plant development is so
expensive and the cost of coal is ever
escalating, so we're relying more and
more on natural gas.


on growth

"The problem," he explained, "is
that we're a peninsula sfate and are re-
lying on pipelines from Louisiana. We
saw what happened after Hurricane
Katrina. We can't have that again. We
have to develop alternate sources."
He said his staff was working closely
with both state and federal agen-
cies to assist in developing alternate
sources that may alleviate Florida's
geographic vulnerability.
Putnam also told the group that
researching means of combating
plant pests and diseases were of top
priority.
"We're fighting a battle against
citrus greening that has now affected
every citrus producing state in the
country," he said, adding that when
research dollars were identified with
"pests with fancy names," they were
perceived as unimportant. "But what
we have to make clear is that these
pests can decimate or eliminate a
commodity in our state."
He cited Bee Collapse Disorder as
an example.
"People have to realize that bees
are critically important to every crop
we grow. Our crucial research can be
made to sound goofy, but finding a
way to combat such issues "might just
mean saving an industry."
He also told the club that he fore-
sees Florida's future citrus footprint
diminishing over time.
"We'll never again see that 800,000
acre footprint again," he said. "There
are too many other drink options on
the market, so citrus juice is not as
much in demand."
He added however, that he believes
citrus production in Florida will stabi-
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