The Arcadian

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The Arcadian
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Arcadian (Arcadia, Fla.)
DeSoto sun herald
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DeSoto County Pub. Co., Inc.
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Arcadia DeSoto County Fla
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Thursday, December 26, 2013 24 pages / 50 centsHOLIDAY SHOP WITH A COPArcadias Men in Blue take kids Christmas shoppingPAGE 8 A section of the SunINSIDE Arcadian 50 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Family Album ..........7 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Religion ..............10 Sports ...............14 Agriculture ...........18 NETWORK AT NOON: Rep. Albritton visits the Chamber of Commerce ..................................... 5 DONT BE SCROOGED: Get into the true Christmas spirit ................................................... 10 KEEP EM GROWING: How to maintain your holiday plants ................................................ 18 Editors Note: Every year The Arcadian reects on the Top 10 stories that shaped our year. We choose stories that affected the most people, or stories that were surprising, amusing or gained a lot of attention. Following are the Top 10 stories chosen by The Arcadian staff.1 As baseball Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra once famously quipped, Its a case of dj vu all over again. His words aptly describe Arcadias current city administrator situation. Barely a year after the City Council dismissed Lawrence Miller as city administrator, Judith Jankosky abruptly tendered her resignation of the position after rumors swirled that several council members were considering her removal. Jankosky was reportedly under re over controversial rings of two city employees (one of whom was later reinstated), and her per ceived support of disbanding the Arcadia Police Department during the citys most recent budget process. Jankoskys resignation wasnt unexpected, but as her nal day approached the councils preferred plan to nd her eventual replacement was dealt an embarrassing blow. The Range Riders, a group of retired experienced city and county managers who help municipalities, at no charge, in hiring key city staff, denied the citys request for help. In a formal statement, the Range Riders said they were not in a position to provide assistance because of a lack of volunteer resources, and also cited division among the council. In a private email to council, however, Jankosky said, The Range Riders felt all of their hard work and time would be wasted due to the good old boy system just turning around and putting a friend or local without experience in the seat, which puts a mark on their reputation. The city had asked for and then rejected the Range Riders assistance following Millers termination in 2012. Instead, the council abruptly named Jankosky administrator without interviewing a single candidate. Things remained relatively 2013 revisited: A year of storiesBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR JANKOSKYCITY | 12 ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comDozens of happy children received bikes and other toys Saturday as the Salvation Army of Port Charlotte came to DeSoto County to distribute them. Turn to page 2 for more photos. Mike Provau, DeSoto County Salvation Army Coordinator, joins Carlos Osorio, Port Charlotte manager as many bags of toys and three truckloads of bikes are delivered to the church. The Salva tion Army made Christmas brighter for families who preregistered. Salvation Army brings smiles to children with toy delivery ervi DeSoto County since 1887"vWt owAk-cYPlitAllALF/37r1 Via'r y ,'IIWTIf v7 @'05252"51621 6

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Arcadian | Page 2 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 DeSoto General Manager .................. Joe Gallimore .........................................863-494-2434 Arcadian Editor / Art Director ............. Susan E. Hoffman .................................863-494-0300 Assistant Editor .................................... Steve Bauer ............................................863-494-0300 Office Manager / Advertising ........... Tami Jewell ...........................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Customer Service ..... Jackie Bierman ......................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Page Designer .......... Kyle Gallimore .......................................863-494-0300 SUN NEWSPAPERSMember of the Audit Bureau of Circulation DeSOTO CIRCULATIONCustomer Service863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 tjewell@sun-herald.com jbierman@sun-herald.com DISPLAY ADVERTISINGDeSoto ...............................863-494-2434 Joe Gallimore jgallimore@sun-herald.com Susan Hoffman shoffman@sun-herald.com Steve Bauer sbauer@sun-herald.com Tami Jewell tjewell@sun-herald.com Jackie Bierman jbierman@sun-herald.com Kyle Gallimore kgallimore@sun-herald.com DEADLINESEditorial: Monday Noon Classified & Legal Ads: Wednesday 11 a.m. Display Ads: Friday 5 p.m. (or Noon Monday for camera ready ads only) Classified & Legal Advertising 863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 jbierman@sun-herald.com ONLINE www.yoursun.net Like The Arcadian on Facebook Holiday cheer for boys and girls through Salvation Army ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comCaptain Josue Prieto of the Charlotte County Salvation Army assists Pastor Dilman Fuentes with local volunteers to unload 400 bags of new toys and 75 new bikes, for the 400 DeSoto County families waiting at Iglesia Christiana Pacto de Fe Saturday morning. Pastor Dilman and Elizabeth Fuentes and their children Isaac and Nataly celebrate the successful Christmas gift giveaway at their church. The event was hosted by the Salvation Army, which promises to be very active in DeSoto County this year. Hajxsa Thomas and Lydia Smith volunteer to distribute hot dogs, chips, doughnuts and popcorn to the many families who came Saturday to received gifts from the Salvation Army. Stormie Sosa, Miranda Durrance, Tana Durrance and Cheryl Abraham volunteered to help during the Port Charlotte Salvation Army Christmas Giveaway on Saturday. Families who had preregistered were able to receive toys for the children. Carlos Osorio of the Port Charlotte Salvation Army, Mike Provau, DeSoto County Salvation Army, and Captain Josue Prieto, Port Charlotte Salvation Army organizer, pose with School Board Member Karen Chancey and her husband, James, as they look over the many toys and bikes deliv ered to children in Arcadia Saturday. 1 1 0 9 N B r e v a r d A v e 1109 N. Brevard Ave. 8 6 3 4 9 4 6 0 0 0 863-494-6000 The helpful place. HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTER Home Owners Supply NEW STORE HOURS Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm Sat. 8am 4pm Sunday 9am 3pm 50457368 WE SPEAK SPANISHAlejandro Salgado SantiagoImmigration Attorney We O er Immigration Legal Services In: rf Work Visas, Investors Visas & Others ntbt Your Satisfaction is Our Pride rfntbrnb 2972789 1IIII1IIIII?IN,1It

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VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 4Derek Dunn-Rankin President David Dunn-Rankin Publisher Chris Porter Executive editor Brian Gleason Editorial page editor E-mail letters to letters@sun-herald.com | OUR VIEW | GRITS & PIECES No excuses for delaying appealOUR POSITION: The city should follow its own rules and render its employment appeal decision at once.When Arcadia Public Works Director Cathy Miller terminated Jerry Cordes, a clock started ticking to govern Cordes rights. Under the citys personnel manual, a person who is terminated has ve days to appeal to his supervisor (in this case, that would have been Miller, who ter minated him). She had ve days under city policy to set a meeting to hear his appeal and evidence, and another 10 days to issue a nal determination. As she is the one who red him in the rst place, that appeal was little more than a formality. Unhappy with that decision, Cordes next step was to bring an appeal within ve days to then-Administrator Judi Jankosky. The policy also gave her ve days to meet and hear evidence, and then another 10 days to make her decision. Cordes led that appeal ... he is still waiting for someone to take the next step. If the employee is unhappy with the administrators decision, he has one nal bite at the apple. Within 10 days of the administrators determination, he can appeal to City Council. It, in turn, will set a time to review the appeal within 30 days. The council does not take new evidence but can listen to ar guments from both the administration and the employee. Following that, council has 15 days to render a nal decision, which is considered binding on all parties. Cordes has spoken several times, most recently at the Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 meetings. He came to the podium pleading for the administrator to act on his appeal. Interim Administrator Tom Slaughter, however, said the time is not that important; its more important to get it right. We think he is wrong. Cordes has a valid point. He was terminated in September, and now almost four months later, he still does not know whether he has a chance of getting his job back. The system provides a fast track for employment appeals, in part so the individual will know in timely fashion whether he will get his job back, or whether he needs to start sending out his resume. The time limits are there for a pur pose, and they are there for both the city and employee. It is unreasonable, unfair and contrary to the citys own policy to drag this out just because it wants more time. The administrator ought to give Cordes his decision immediately so he can take the next step. Its ironic that one of the reasons for terminating someone is for not following policy. In this case, Cordes has put the city on notice of its own violation. A visit from ol TaterTwas the day after Christmas and all through our house Not a critter was stirring, except for my spouse. The stockings were hung on the wall like before, But each was picked clean and looking quite poor. The grandkids had been here and partied all day, And were home with the stuff theyd carted away. With me in my PJs and Ma in her gown, We took in the scene while wandering around. Then out in the yard we heard a big racket, And ran to the door, not needing a jacket. We swung it wide open and what did we see, But Willy our dog, grinning with glee. His tail was a-wagging and his eyes held a smile, He stood as if he were an innocent child. Something seemed odd and we had not a clue, Though we wondered just what that dog was up to. He ran to and fro, acting quite antsy, And we knew then that something had captured his fancy. Ma put on her house coat and slipped on some shoes, And we ventured outside with nothing to lose. Old Willy was leading us to the back yard, But we couldnt help but to be on guard. Under the carport and out near the shed, We followed him closely as he nodded his head. Out by the big oak he nally did stop, Then motioned for us to look near the top. There fussing and fuming on a branch in the breeze Was the biggest ol rat I ever did see. I thought I was daft because my ears heard Something sounding like shouting with words. I thought to myself, No, rats do not speak, Theyre supposed to only go Eek, eek, eek! I rubbed my eyes good and gave a hard stare, And couldnt believe what I saw up there. It was little gray possum, acting quite human, Complaining and pointing, while ranting and fumin. Call off that mutt, he demanded real loud, And Willy just stood there, acting quite proud. I aint no vermin, no thief or no hater, Its just lil ol me, your old buddy, Tater! I stared a bit closer and then I could see It really was a possum, wearing a Tee. I thought to myself, how could this be? Hes a cartoon character whos drawn by me! I looked around and my wife had passed out, And I stood there confused, with many a doubt. It took me awhile but I did subdue Willy, Then conversed with that possum, which seemed a bit silly. I invited him in, though my nerves were quite jarred, Leaving my wife laying out there in the yard. I made us some coffee and we had a long sit, Talking and laughing and bonding a bit. Then all of a sudden my head felt a blow, I awoke to the point of my wifes left elbow. Youre waking me up, and its getting later and later, What were you dreaming, and who is this Tater? I blinked and I stretched and said, Never mind, I was just visiting with an old friend of mine. Then out in the yard, Willy was yelping and frantic; My wife wondered if he was up to some antic. We grabbed us a light and went out there to see, Hed chased a gray possum up high in our tree. I headed back in, said, Here take this light, Merry Christmas, to yall, and to yall a good night! Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson troubador55@embarqmail.com | LETTER SUBMISSION POLICYLetters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All letters must be signed with full name not initials. An address and telephone number must be included; they are not for publication, but must be provided so we may verify authorship if necessary. Due to the number of letters received, we reserve the right to run only one letter per person per month. The Letters to the Editor section is intended as a public forum for community discourse and the opinions and statements made in letters are solely those of the individual writers. The Arcadian takes no responsibility for the content of these letters. Please send or bring correspondence to the Arcadian, 108 S. Polk Ave., Arcadia FL 34266, or fax to 863-494-3533. Readers with access to the internet may e-mail Letters to the Editor at shoffman@sun-herald.com. NEWS IT NI: uTYE i ToE FINK WgcNcM INTO TK WOUS, BUT WHATTtNTLRCC, NKECT PoTGT../ NoW, fHATS AWGHTY 13IG IF`!COUNryyWATERCITY WATE vizrA ild 1r\At

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The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 5 | Arcadian ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comThe Grinch visited Arcadia on Friday, stopping at DeSoto Jewelry to promote a holiday sale. The Grinch drops by in DeSoto Albritton speaks to Chamber Leadership group Reb. Ben Albritton and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ashley Coone share a hug during the leadership meeting. Albritton teamed with Coone to help establish the coun tys Links2Success program.PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comMembers of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce Leadership class pose with Rep. Ben Albritton during a recent meeting. Rep. Ben Albritton addressed members of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce Leadership class Nov. 18. Left: DeSoto County Public Safety Chief Larry Taylor addresses members during the Chamber of Commerces leadership meeting. You cant catch them if you dont know where they are! Check out the Fish Finder every Thursda y, only in WaterLine,only in You cant catch them if you dont know where they are! Check out the Fish Finder every Thursda y, only in WaterLine,only in You cant catch them if you dont know where they are! Check out the Fish Finder every Thursda y, only in WaterLine,only in BREAKFAST SPECIALS 10PM5AM 7 DAYS A WEEK 1 1 2 1 E O a k S t A r c a d i a F L 8 6 3 4 9 4 4 4 0 4 1121 E. Oak St., Arcadia, FL 863-494-4404 50457331 1 Clock Touchdown Breakfast 2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 links, 2 bacon.........$4.99 2 1/2 order Biscuits & Gravy w/coffee, tea or soda.......................................$4.99 3 Country Fried Steak & Eggs 2 eggs, potato or grits & toast or biscuit..$5.99 4 Spanish or Ham-N-Cheese Omelet w/potato or grits $ toast or biscuit...$5.99 5 Bagel-N-Cream Cheese, Fruit Cup w/coffee, tea or soda..........................$4.99 1 Cup of Soup & 1/2 Sandwich (Tuna, Ham, Turkey) Fries, Onion Rings or Slaw 2 Bistro Ham & Swiss Sandwich, Fries, Onion Rings or Slaw 3 Veggie Plate OR Fried okra, fried eggplant, cucumbers, tomato or onions 4 Turkey Rueben Sandwich. Fries, Onion Rings or Slaw 5 Crispy Chicken Wrap. Fries, Onion Rings or Slaw $5.99 LUNCH SPECIALS 11AM-4PM HOLIDAY HOURS OVEN BAKED DINNERS 1 Pot Roast and one side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.59 2 Lasagna, Salad or Soup and Garlic Toast $7.59 3 Homemade Turkey and Dressing with 2 sides, Soup or Salad and Pie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $11.29 Christmas Day Open 24 Hours Carry Out Available Call Ahead for Reservations for Large Parties O P E N 2 4 H O U R S 7 D A Y S A W E E K C A R R Y O U T A V A I L A B L E OPEN 24 HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK CARRY OUT AVAILABLE impJLSUNN -EMPAM`=

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Arcadian | Page 6 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 941-380-5336 494-2749 for information. Friday Night Live the City Takers for Christ presents Friday Night Live with Rev. Troy Rowe, every Friday. Come and experience what God is doing in this season through His word and praise and worship. 37 W. Magnolia St. (across from SunTrust drive-through). For information call 244-4341. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Sabbath service begins at 8 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SATURDAY DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Palace Promenaders meet for square and round dance from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle. Art Miller, caller, and Jennie Martin, cueing. Call Jennie at 494-2749 or Mary at 941-380-5336 for information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Kiddush will follow. SUNDAY Philip and Diane Crowe will be singing at the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services Sunday, Dec. 29 at Heritage Baptist Church. Philip Crow will be preaching at both services. Heritage Baptist Church is at 27 North Polk Avenue, across from the Post Office. The Tin Can Tourists return to Arcadia for the Bus Nuts Rally at the Turner Agri-Civic Center, Dec. 29-Jan. 1. Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visitors avail able to those over 55 and homebound. Phone Senior Friendship Centers at 863-494-5965 to sign up for these free services, staffed by trained volunteers who have had background screenings. Phone also if interested in becoming a volunteer for either program. Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity Group meets at Grace Lutheran Church, W. Oak St. (State Road 70) at 8 p.m. Sunday. MONDAY AA Brown Bagger meetings are offered every Monday at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Women of Worship WOW Womens ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. All are welcome. A women-only G.I.R.L.S. AA meeting is held at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. on Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 8 p.m. Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Al-anon, offering help for families of alcoholics, meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at Fort Ogden Methodist Church, 6923 S.W. River St. in Fort Ogden. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at the same time. For information call 941-426-7655 or visit www.district13soflal-anon.org. The DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Community Resource Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1425 Martin Luther King St. The center provides referrals for mainstream resources, elderly food stamps (by appointment) and computer service. Salvation Army has office space on Wed. by appoint ment. For more information, call 491-5683. A faith-based addiction recovery ministry meets at 7:30 p.m. every Monday at the Nocatee Baptist Church (red brick church) on U.S. Highway 17 in Nocatee. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. TUESDAY New Years Eve! Have a happy celebration, but do so responsibly! There will be no yard debris collection in DeSoto County on Jan. 1 in observance of the New Years Holiday. Those customers next yard waste date will be Jan. 3. Nature Walks: Babcock Webb Footprints Trail, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Free. Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Every Tuesday night, line dance class at the Palace Dance Hall (17N). Beginners welcome. $3 donation. For more info, call Jennie Martin at 494-2749. Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St. For details visit www.weightwatchers.com and find a meeting or call 800-651-6000. The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday (except the third Tuesday) of the month, on the 147.075, W4MIN repeater with a pl of 100. All amateurs are invited to participate. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. DeSoto County Library holds story time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Peace River Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, starting Nov. 12, at the Speer Center, U.S. Highway 17 North, Arcadia. For information, contact Bill or Mary Morse at 207-418-4687. ACCESS office is open from 9 a.m. to noon today at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Call for appointments at 494-0320. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. Suncoast Community Blood Bank is open from noon to 6 p.m. today at 710 N. Brevard Ave. (U.S. 17 North), Arcadia. For more information, call 993-9366. WEDNESDAY Happy New Year to all of our readers! Peace River Audubon invites you to a New Years Day Walkabout at Ollies Pond at 8 a.m. For details call 603-742-2874 or visit www.PeaceRiverAudubon.org. THURSDAY The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council Board of directors meets on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m., at The Arcadian, 108 S. Polk. Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast is at 8 a.m. the first Thursday monthly. Each months location will be announced. The 4-H Stitch in Time sewing club meets every first Thursday at 5 p.m. DeSoto County Library story time is at 3 p.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Temple Beth El North Port Jewish Center, 33840 South Biscayne Drive, North Port,hosts an American Contract Bridge League every Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the temple. The cost is $6 per session. We will be partic ipating in The Common Game.For reservations call Shelli Wetherson at 941-497-7184. Cocaine Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. The first meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3. For information, call Charles Godwin at 941-357-3945, Mildred Daniels at 993-0373, or Curtis Clark at 263-2935. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. ACCESS office is open from 1-4 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Call for appointments at 494-0320. COMING EVENTS Jan. 4 is the date for art intake for the annual DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council, at the Martin Art Gallery at Florida Outdoor Properties, 207 E. Magnolia Ave. Free for members, $15 per entry for nonmembers, up to 3 pieces per artist. You may prereregister to desotoartscouncilinfo@gmail.com by noon Thursday, Jan 2; your entry form and inventory tags will then be preprinted for you. For details, call Jane at 494-0630. The annual Book Sale by the DeSoto County Library Association is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 4 at the gazebo in the Tree of Knowledge Park. Books sold by the pound. Wide range of topics included. Donations of gently used books being accepted through Jan. 3 at Mid-Florida Credit Union, 128 S. Brevard Ave., in the lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon., Tues. and Thurs., to 6 p.m. Friday and to 1 p.m. Sat. For details, call 993-4231. Nature Talk: Master naturalist John Phillips shares how plants survive in droughts and floods, 10 a.m. on Jan. 8 at DeSoto County Library. Free. Gregg Allman is coming to Sarasota Jan. 8 to Sailor Circus Arena. Doors open 6 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. Special guest, Greg Billings Band. Tickets $35 to $45. Call 941-355-9805 for tickets or information. The annual DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council opens with a reception from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Martin Art Gallery at Florida Outdoor Properties, 207 E. Magnolia Ave. Public welcome; no charge. The first Omelet Brunch of the season, featuring an all you can eat breakfast, will be held at Temple Beth El, North Port Jewish Center, 3841 South Biscayne Drive, North Port, on Jan. 8 from 10: a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Donation is $10 per adult, $5 per child. For reservations, call 941-423-0300. NOTE: All area codes are 863 unless otherwise indicated. TODAY Today is Boxing Day in Canada, and it is also the first day of Kwanzaa! Caregiver support group meets at 1:30 p.m. at DeSoto Memorial Home Health Care at DeSoto Memorial Hospital Medical Plaza, 1006 N. Mills Ave., Arcadia. For more information, call DeSoto Memorial Home Health Care at 494-8432 or Hospice of Southwest Florida at 993-0662. The Family Safety Alliance meeting for DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties is held the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. at the McClure Center, 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. For information, call 941-316-6009. Temple Beth El North Port Jewish Center, 33840 South Biscayne Drive, North Port,hosts an American Contract Bridge League every Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the temple. The cost is $6 per session. We will be partici pating in The Common Game.For reservations call Shelli Wetherson at 941-497-7184. AA Second Tradition Anniversary Night is the last Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Potluck/barbecue before the meeting. AA Second Tradition Anniversary Night is the last Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Open speaker. DeSoto County Library story time is at 3 p.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Cocaine Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. The first meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3. For information, call Charles Godwin at 941-357-3945, Mildred Daniels at 993-0373, or Curtis Clark at 263-2935. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. ACCESS office is open from 1-4 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Call for appointments at 494-0320. FRIDAY The AA G.I.R.L.S. Anniversary Night is at 6 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Oak St. City Takers for Christ will be giving away free meals on the last Friday of every month, starting at 12:30 p.m. until everything has been distributed, at 607 S. Orange Ave. Arcadia Quilt Club meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Palace Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, Arcadia. Square Dancing classes are held at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, from 7-9 p.m. every Friday. Robert at 813-601-1834 or Mary at SPECIAL AARP needs tax volunteers in DeSoto County from Feb. 1 through April 14. Training is available. For details, visit www.AARPfoundation.org and click on Tax Aide Volunteer. The Center for the Needy, at the corner of W. Pine St. and S. Orange Ave., is desperately in need of food, clothing, household goods (such as blankets, towels, cooking and eating utensils etc.), supplies anything a person in need might require. The center is danger ously low on food, its shelves are almost bare, and they need to replenish supplies before the colder months. Any donations are gratefully accepted, including cash, to help those in real need in our community. For more information, call 863-444-0499. The DeSoto County Literacy Council is looking for volunteers for Adult Literacy and ESL (English as a Second Language), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Call 993-1333. 50457315 Be sure and stop in and thank these local businesses who believe that a well-informed citizen is important for our community: Home Owners Supply DeSoto Automall Sevigny Eye Care & Associates These businesses have made 2,500 additional annual subscriptions to the weekly Arcadian Newspaper po ssible. SHOP\ bbSotOFor S-"pport Keep Your Dollars InDeSoto

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The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 7 | Arcadian Family AlbumFAMILY ALBUM PHOTOSSend us a photo to celebrate a birth, birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, etc. The Arcadian will run it free. We must have it no later than noon on Monday. Bring your photo to the office or e-mail to Arcadian.editor@gmail.com PHOTO PROVIDEDOn 01/01/2011, we brought the new year with the ultimate celebration of love ... our wedding. I love you beyond words. Each day is a new adventure! I am so grateful to God for bringing us together. May our love continue to grow in 2014 and beyond. Happy Anniversary, My Love Ashley Happy anniversary PHOTO PROVIDEDHappy Birthday to Jereline and many more from your children Happy birthday Happy 22nd birthday, Samera. Enjoy your day and we love you. Love, Auntie Jereline, Cousin Punkin and the familyHappy birthdayPHOTO PROVIDEDVolunteers efforts acknowledges PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JANE POWERSDeSoto Memorial Hositals Auxiliary honored its volunteers for their achievments. Shown, front row, from left: Gerry Frierson, 1,500 hours; Barbara Wilson, 2,000 hours; Dorothy Miller, 6,000 hours. Back row: Sherry Miraldi, 2,000 hours; and Irwin Steckly, 1,500 hours. The DeSoto Memroial Hospital Auxiliary collected groceries to donate to the Arcadia Center for the Needy. Shown in the photo are Bob Siegel, president, and Carmen Miranda, gift shop chair. Eye Exams Medical Eye Care Surgery Full Optical Boutique Contact Lenses We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and all major medical plans863.491.7777 2442 NE Highway 70, Arcadia (across from Walgreens) Dr. Ronald O. Sevigny Dr. Mark D. SevignyRonald O. Sevigny, O.D. Mark D. Sevigny, O.D. Robyn Russell, O.D. Daniel Welch, M.D.Hablamos Espaol Doctors on site EVERYDAY, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.(24 Hour A Day Emergency Eye Care)Free Lunch & Learn Seminar SeriesThursday Jan. 9th Glaucoma Treatment 11:30 12:30 New Therapies Thursday Jan 23rd Age Related Macular Degeneration 11:30 12:30 Latest DevelopmentsRSVP Today, Complimentary Lunch & Learn 863.491.7777 Call Today! We fill medicaid Eyeglass Perscriptionswww.7eeye.com Blinky 50457386 M 1SEVIGNYASSOCIATES '9--S,;k,/nSaipey 9gs C1PjE5EYE CARE

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Arcadian | Page 8 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 The DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce reported that William Philip Baucom, 48, was found dead in the DeSoto County Jail Saturday morning. Baucom had been admitted to the jail in September. Maj. James Vitali said when Baucom was discovered lifeless, in his bed, there was no indication of foul play. DCSO called the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to help investigate Baucoms death. The cause of death had not been ascertained as of press time. An autopsy was conducted Monday. However, Vitali said, it may be a couple of weeks before results are available. Vitali said Baucom, of the 1000 block of Southeast Street, Arcadia, was known to have a heart condition but did not speculate on whether that was related to his death. Baucom had been jailed in September on felony drug and weapons charges and was being held on $5,240 bond. DeSoto investigates jail death |POLICE BEATThe information for Police Beat is gathered from police, sheriffs office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records. Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system. BAUCOMThe DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce reported the following arrests: Sharine Denise Anderson, 22, Orlando. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: $1.640. Jason Dewayne Carver, 20, 1100 block of N.E. Hickory Ave., Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $3,000. Jessie Lynn Herman, 20, 6800 block of S.W. Albritton St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Adolfo Hernandez, 36, 1300 block of E. Maple St., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $2,500. Vontavian Lashae Hillard, 27, 1st Ave., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Purge: $1,000. Brian Malcom McComb, 26, 1400 block of N.E. Hickory St., Arcadia. Charges: affray and violation of proba tion. Bond: none. Douglas Drail McCuiston, 20, Stone Gate Apts., Arcadia. Charge: affray. Bond: $120. Joseph Dwayne Perry, 45, 1800 block of Eucalyptus Ave., Arcadia. Charge: dealing in stolen property. Bond: $1,000. Angel Ernesto Rodriguez, 32, 2300 block of N.E. Snow St., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $750. Reynoso Vasquez, 47, rst block of 2nd Ave., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Jola Milli Zeleznik, 63, 11900 block of S.W. Kingsway Circle, Arcadia. Charge: trespass on a posted construction site. Bond: $1,500. Jamie Nellie Hutson, 30, 1500 block of S.E. 4th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: out-ofcounty warrant. Bond: none. Michael Enrique Merlo, 25, 5000 block of S.E. County Road 760, Arcadia. Charges: unarmed burglary of an unoc cupied swelling, giving pawn owner false ownership information for item $300 or more, and grand theft between $5,000$10,000. Bond: $17,000. Rene St. Marc, 24, Fort Myers. Charge: failure to support child or spouse, Purge: none stated. Christyl Nicole Stark, 30, 2100 block of S.W. Reynolds St., Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $50. Omar Masterkeyla Hillman, 31, no address, Arcadia. Charge: violation of domestic protection order. Bond: none. Michael Enrique Merlo, 25, 5000 block of S.E. County Rd 760, Arcadia. Charges: unarmed burglary of an unoc cupied dwelling, giving false information to a pawn owner and dealing in stolen property. Bond: $17,000. Teola Hernandez Velasco, 40, 1300 block of Maple Drive, Arcadia. Charges: driving without a valid license and eeing to elude police with sirens on. Bond: $2,120. Jeronimo Jimenez, 28, rst block of Second Ave., Arcadia. Charges: driving without a valid license and eeing to elude police. Bond: $1,120. Polo Gomez Lopez, 24, 2nd Ave., Arcadia. Charges: leaving scene of an accident involving property damage and driving without a valid license. Bond: $620. Ismael Sales Martinez, 27, 1500 block of 1st Avenue, Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Reynoso Vasquez, 47. First block of Second Ave., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Humberto Juarez, 33, 6100 block of 2nd Ave., Arcadia. Charges: unarmed bur glary of an occupied dwelling and petty theft between $100-$300. Bond: $7,620. Lauana Elizabeth Thompson, 56, 600 block of N. Monroe Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Released on recognizance. Curtis Tyrone Turner, 52, 700 block of OHara Drive, Arcadia. Charge: felony battery, second or subsequent offense. Bond: $2,500. Teola Hernandez Velasco, 1300 block of Maple Drive, Arcadia. Charges: driving without a valid license and eeing an ofcer with lights and sirens active. Bond: $2,120. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Ofce reported the following arrests: Jamie Nellie Hutson, 30, 1500 block of S.E. North Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation or community control. Bond: none. Jessie Alexander Lopez, 19, 2500 block of S.W. Daytona St., Arcadia. Charge: petty larceny between $100-$300. Bond: $1,000. The Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce reported the following arrests: Russell William Nowicki, 25, 9000 block of S.W. Raccoon Trail, Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bond: $2,000.Compiled by Susan E. Homan Find it in the CLASSIFIEDS! LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? Just before the Christmas holidays, the Arcadia Police Department went shopping with some special friends. The annual Shop with a Cop event pairs local children with ofcers to help the kids shop for their own family members. The children were given gift cards to buy gifts, and afterward, they brought their purchases back to the Arcadia Police Department for some help getting them wrapped. Several local businesses made this special event possible, including Gator Guns, Home Owners Supply, Animal Ark and Sorrells Brothers.Kids get to Shop with a Cop PHOTOS PROVIDED BY BETH CARSTENMarshall Matt Anderson helps gift-wrap some presents during the annual Shop with a Cop event. Ocers of the Arcadia Police Department helped some children pick out some presents to buy and wrap for the kids families, and after shopping they returned to the department to wrap them. Several APD ocers helped some special children pick out gifts for their family members. 50457360 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE SHED CLEANOUT THE DESOTO COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DIVISION WILL BE HOLDING A HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY. LOCATION: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION BARN LOCATED AT THE DESOTO COUNTY LANDFILL 3268 SW DISHONG AVENUE ARCADIA, FLORIDA DATE: JANUARY 11, 2014 TIME: 9:00 AM UNTIL 1:00 PM ITEMS FOR COLLECTION NOTE: RECYCLABLE ITEMS SUCH AS USED MOTOR OIL CAN BE DISPOSED OF DURING NORMAL WORKING HOURS (7:30 AM 3:30 PM) FREE OF CHARGE. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ITEMS SUCH AS PROPANE CYLINDERS, INFECTIOUS MATERIALS (MEDICAL WASTES), AND EXPLOSIVES (FIREWORKS, AMMUNITION, FLARES, ETC.) PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SHED CLEAN OUT IS FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE ONLY. IF YOU ARE A COMMERCIAL USER, YOU MAY CALL FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING PRICES FOR DISPOSAL OF YOUR MATERIALS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: DESOTO COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DIVISION (ASK FOR CINDY) 993-4826 PAINTS BRAKE FLUIDS DEGREASERS PESTICIDES/HERBICIDES SOLVENTS/THINNERS ANTIFREEZE POOL CHEMICALS MURIATIC ACID CLEANING FLUIDS 11IJ ,JL444s ui \ \1 NSPAP4 N`

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The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESRobert W. RauscheRobert W. Bob Rausche, 77, of Lake Suzy, Fla., passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after a long illness. Mr. Rausche was born July 12, 1936, in Buffalo, N.Y., to William and Henrietta (nee Groh) Rausche, and moved to Florida in 2002. He worked as a sales representative for Buffalo Wire Works. Robert was a past commander of AMVETS Post 7 in Akron, N.Y., and was a past commander of AMVETS Post 312 in North Port, Fla. He was also a member of the Punta Gorda, Fla., Marine Corps League, and a charter member of the mens auxiliary of VFW Post 5690 in Port Charlotte, Fla. Bob was an avid U.S. Marine, but unfortunately his illness kept him away from his different Posts, but they were always in his heart. Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Bahl-Rausche; children, Carol (William) Habarth, Sandra (David Wiepert) and Norman (Teri) Rausche; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two stepchildren; four step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Diane C. Rausche; brothers, William and Richard Rausche; and stepson, David Bahl. A Memorial Service with military honors was held Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Lake Suzy. Veterans from the various posts were asked to join at the services. Please visit Roberts tribute wall at www.schelmfh.com to share memories and to send condolences to the Rausche family. Preferred donations may be made in loving memory of Robert to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Lake Suzy.Billie Jo Walker GaskinsBillie Jo Walker Gaskins, 75, of Venus, Fla., went to rest and be with her Lord, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Lehigh Acres, Fla., after a courageous 14-year battle with cancer. She was born March 2, 1938, in McMinnville, Tenn., to parents James Thomas and Linnie Belle Kirby Walker. Billie Jo met and married the love of her life, Thomas Gaskins Jr., on Oct. 16, 1971, in Nashville, Tenn. She graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, and worked for 20 years for Alico, first as an administrative assistant, finally working as a Corporate Secretary. Billie Jo was a member of Central Church of Christ for many years. She never met a stranger, and always made a friend anywhere she went. Billie Jo leaves behind her loving husband of 42 years, Thomas Gaskins Jr. of Venus; two wonderful sons, Thomas (Jennifer) Gaskins III of LaBelle, Fla., and James (Elise) Gaskins of Lake Placid, Fla.; six of the greatest, adorable, loving grandchildren anyone could ask for, Sadie, Thomas, Walker, Summer, Lily Jo and Wesley; two brothers, James Morris Walker and Larry Thomas Walker, both of McMinnville; and a host of extended family and friends. Visitation was held Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle. A Celebration of Billie Jos life was held Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Central Church of Christ in LaBelle, with Minister Steven Hildebrand officiating. Interment took place at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia, Fla., immediately following the celebration Saturday. In lieu of flowers, Billie Jos family has requested donations to the following charity organizations: Mount Dora Christian Home, 301 W. 13th Ave., Mount Dora, FL 32757; Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation (FCS Foundation), 4371 Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916; Hope Hospice Development Office, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908; or Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Inc., P.O. Box 2000, Boys Ranch, FL 32064. Arrangements are by Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle.Richard Michael ThompsonRichard Michael Thompson, 72, of Lake Suzy, Fla., passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. He was born in Meadville, Pa., and grew up in Saginaw, Mich. Richard graduated from Michigan State University and became a Master Educator for 31 years in the WayneWestland School District in Michigan. He spent his retirement years as a Lake Suzy resident, returning to Traverse City, Mich., during the summer. Richard loved to read and study many different topics, especially history. He enjoyed watching sports, and loved his cats and dog; he also enjoyed world travel, music, art and movies. Richard is survived by his wife, Judith Ann (nee Markle) Thompson; his mother, Mary (nee Hoover) Blehm; brothers, Robert (Loretta) Thompson, Patrick (Rose Ann) Thompson, David Thompson and Matthew (Hope) Blehm; 11 nieces and nephews; and 16 grandnieces and grandnephews. To light a candle in Richards name, please visit www.kays-ponger.com. Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services Port Charlotte, Fla., Chapel. OBITUARY POLICY Obituaries are accepted from funeral homes only. Theres no charge for publishing an abbreviated death notice. Full obituaries and repeat death notices will be subject to an advertising charge. Obituaries must be submitted to the Charlotte Sun; call 941-206-1000 for details. Please send e-mails to obituaries@sun-herald.com. The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. For more Words of Comfort, go to www.inheavenshome.com Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church 2865 SW Co. Rd 661 Expository Preaching Sunday Prayer Time 9:20am Sunday School/Bible Study 9:45am Morning Worship 11:00am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wed. Fellowship Meal 5:45pm Prayer Meeting 6:30pm West on SR 70, left on SR 72, left on CR 661, 3.5 miles on right Office Phone: (863) 494-0307 See Your Church in this spot For Only $ 7 5 0 $7.50 a week! Call Tami at 4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. May the Lord fill your heart with love. First Baptist Church of Arcadia 1006 N. Brevard Ave. Loving God, Connecting with People, Expanding His Kingdom 9:30 Sunday School 10:45 Morning Worship 6:00 Evening Worship Wednesdays 6:00 AWANA & YOUTH 863-494-3622 www.firstbaptistarcadia.com Grace Lutheran Church 1004 W. Oak Street 494-7008 Pastor David E. Nabinger Saturday Prayer Service Starting at 4PM Sunday School 8:45 AM Sunday Worship 10 AM All Welcome! Pastor Ellis Cross 863-494-3455 Worship 11:00 AM Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday 6:30pm Thursday Youth Group 6pm North Hillsborough Baptist Church (253 N. Hillsborough Ave.) NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH Evangelist D.W. Jackson 3877 Highway 70W (1 mile west of Hwy 72) 863-558-0982 Principal Worship Sunday Evening: 5:30 P.M. Wednesday Evening: 5:30pm FREEDOM FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES, INC. Where the Holy Spirit Reigns Freely Worship Center located at: 1528 NE Turner Ave. 863-244-2933 SERVICE TIMES Sunday Bible Study @ 10:00am Sunday Worship Service @ 11:00am Monday Woman at Worship @ 6:15pm 2nd/4th Tuesday Support Group @ 6pm Wednesday Bible Study @ 6:00pm Thursday Choir Rehearsal @ 6:00pm Rev. Dr. Sharon T. Goodman, Pastor See your Church in our Directory for only $7.50 weekly 494-2434 Fort Ogden United Methodist Church 6923 SW River St. 863.494.3881 Sunday Worship 10:00am (Childrens Church Provided) Bible Study 5pm Mondays A.A. & Al-Anon Starting at 7:30pm Wednesdays Youth Ministries K-12 5:30 7:30pm Elizabeth M.B. Church A Place of Worship 101 S. Orange Ave. 9:30am Sunday School 11:00am Church Worship Wednesday 7:00pm Bible Study 993-4212 elizabethmissionarybaptistchurch.org Celebrative Worship Challenging Bible Study Connection With People Sunday: Life Groups 9:30 AM Morning Worship: 10:45 AM Evening Small Groups 5:30 PM Wednesday Activities 6:00 PM 863-494-4345 www.cbcarcadia.org 5104 NW Oak Hill Ave. 863-494-6224 Pastor Dr. Howell Upchurch Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:45 am and 6:00 pm Wednesday 6:30 pm for Prayer Group, Youth & Children Arcadia, Florida FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 209 W est Hickory Street Mission: Take Jesus with you wherever you go Worship: 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Traditional Worship Casual, Family Oriented Arcadia Church of the Brethren, est. 1915 Serving God.... Peacefully, Simply, Together Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. 25 N. Mills Avenue Arcadia, Florida Rev. Joseph Longenecker Sr. Come worship Christ with us Sunday Morning Worship Starting at 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Sun. 4:30 p.m. UMYF Wed. 6:30 pm Bible Study Nursery Available Pastor Jim Wade View Service at: trinityarcadia.com Trinity United Methodist Churc h To know Christ and to make Him know n 304 W. Oak Street 494-2543 St. Edmunds Episcopal Church 327 W. Hickory Street (70 W at Manatee) 863-494-0485 www.EpiscopalArcadiaFL.com HOLY EUCHARIST Sunday 8 & 10 am Misa en espanol Dom 6pm PINE LEVEL UNITED METHODIST CHRIST CENTERED, CHRIST LED. 9596 Pine Level St., Arcadia 863494-0044 Sunday School 10 AM Morning Worship 11 AM Childrens Church 11 AM Wednesday Adult, Youth & Childrens Programs 7 PM Nursery Always Available www.pinelevelumc.com DeSoto DeSoto Church Church Directory Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory 50457383 See Your Church in this spot For Only $ 7 5 0 $7.50 a week! Call Tami at 4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. A.1i494%4947

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Arcadian | Page 10 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 Christmas has arrived and youre not merry. Memories of Christmases past haunt you with scenes of simpler, more meaningful times. Youre tired of all the commercialism, crime and holiday hype that has come to be a part of what ought to be a season of reection and joy over what really happened in Bethlehem, as foretold by the prophets of old. Christmas? Bah! Humbug! Granted, theres a lot to be desired about the way we remember the birth of Christ today, but other periods have had their Christmas celebration problems too. In 1664, the English parliament made it illegal to commemorate Christmas in any way because of the drunkenness and violence that had become part of the season. Then came Christmas carols. Poets and composers began putting the message of peace on earth to music and the impact of these rhythmic reminders of the true meaning of Christmas began to affect how people thought about this special day. Songs about looking back to Bethlehems manger and focusing on what happened there changed the public attitude about how to celebrate Christmas and brought an end to the restrictions. There are some good things about how Christmas is observed in our time. Carols continue their powerful work, echoing through malls and workplaces, brightening attitudes and deepening faith. Thousands of hungry people are fed at Christmas and a special effort is made to nd housing for those who, like the One born in Bethlehem, have no place to lay their heads. Even gift-giving looks back to the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, when wise men from the east came to present gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh as they worshiped the one they had followed a star to nd. But youre still not convinced. Christmas just doesnt measure up to those you remember when the true message came through loud and clear. Fine. Revisit a Christmas past. Choose the one most meaningful to you. Listen again while a family member reads the Biblical record of the birth of Jesus in the stable. In memory, sing carols along with those you love while gathered around the piano, in front of the replace or in a Christmas service at the church you attended as a child. Receive your gifts wide-eyed as you did so long ago and wait with baited breath as someone special to you opens the one you sacriced to buy for him or her. Enjoy your Christmas past but remember even then it was easy to be caught up in the celebration and miss the reason for the season. So break through the traditions youre sharing and hurry to the manger.Christmas revisited Roger Campbell CHRISTMAS | 11 It seems to get earlier every year the Christmas shopping season this year the advertising started after Halloween. What a different life when I was a Santa-believer. My mother didnt spend a lot of time Christmas shopping; instead, she spent every spare minute Christmas baking. In a corner of our kitchen was a pantry, designed with oor-to-ceiling cabinets. At Christmas time, the top layer of that storage space was reserved for Christmas baking, and Mom worked hard at lling it. So as the variety of cookies, bars, and even a fruit cake exited the oven, there was a place waiting for them on the Christmas shelves. (Of course the family usually sampled a few of the freshly-baked treats as they were created). And, as the space became lled with those goodies, Mom produced her nal pice de rsistance: homemade candy, both divinity and chocolate fudge, loaded with freshly shelled hickory nuts from our own trees. So nally the larder was ready, waiting for Christmas guests, school and church parties shared treats for many. And none of us planned on losing weight in December. Then nally the magic time of Christmas Eve arrived. We were each allowed to ask for one gift from Santa and it would be there on Christmas morning along with the traditional coloring book and colors, standard Christmas fare. In addition, Mom displayed her additional talents by making each of the girls a special dress, with new shirts for the boys. So Christmas morning we hurried down the stairs to discover those treats waiting under our huge home-grown tree, and, as we opened them, feasted on Moms frosted, homemade rolls. The gifts have changed dramatically in todays world, with shopping, rather than baking, the important order of the day. And Im sure Mom, that perfect homemaker, watches her descendants excitement from her heavenly vantage point. But the most important celebration, the miraculous birth of a baby, remains unchanged, and is the real reason for this beautiful season. Make it a meaningful day with your family. Merry Christmas!The reason for the season From a Senior Viewpoint Lois Hendricks loistom@embarqmail.com Seasons greetings and I hope every one had a Merry Christmas. Today, I would like to add one more gift to those you have already received. That is the gift of the C.A.S.E. Communities Against Senior Exploitation program. As I hope you already know, this is a true gift for all residents of and visitors to our county because, at absolutely no cost to you, information is available about how to identify frauds and scams, how to avoid becoming a victim and what should be done if you are a victim. As part of my responsibility as volunteer manager of the program, I work closely with Sheriff Wise, Lt. Curt Mays and other Sheriffs Ofce staff to provide to all of you this vital information in as many ways as I can. This means presentations to groups, appearances at community fairs, visiting our local radio station on a regular basis, issuing fraud and related information alerts, developing informational handouts and, of course, this monthly column. And all at no cost to taxpayers. And isnt that the best kind of gift a free one, and one that you can actually use? Once you receive the information about scams and frauds, you can, in turn, give it to someone else. For example, if someone appears at your door trying to sell you a product or service at a cost that seems too good to be true, go with your gut feeling and send him on his way. Then, protect someone you care about, who may not be as perceptive as you were, from becoming a victim, and quickly make them aware of the potential danger. You will be sharing your valuable gift with someone else. Another way to protect those you love is to put pride aside if you have been a victim of a scam or fraud and share your experience. It is difcult to admit we have been taken advantage of, but by telling our stories to those we care about, we give them the gift of knowledge and the value of our sad experiences to help them avoid the same mistakes. The C.A.S.E. program is truly a partnership between the community and the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce to protect the nancial resources of all our residents. Should you need more information, or to report any suspicious activity related to a scam or fraud or to learn more about the program, call Sheriff Wise or Lt. Mays at 863-993-4700; they will be happy to help you or put you in touch with me and I will certainly do whatever I can to assist.CASE The gift that keeps on giving C.A.S.E. Manager Phyllis Schwartz DeSoto County Sheriffs Office | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFDeSoto Arts Council holds Annual Art ShowMartin Art Gallery at Florida Outdoor Properties Inc. will host the DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council Annual Art Show in January. Art receiving will be Saturday, Jan.4 from 10 a.m. to noon at the gallery at 207 E Magnolia Street. This is an open show; all art including traditional media, sculpture and photography is welcome. Each artist may enter up to three pieces. The show is free for DAHC members. Nonmembers pay a fee of $15 which may be applied toward the $35 annual membership at anytime during the year. To preregister for the show, send an email to desotoartscouncilinfo@gmail. com by noon Thursday, Jan. 2. Your entry form and art inventory tags will be preprinted for you. DAHC is seeking a sponsor for the awards for this and future annual shows. Contact the council at the above email address, or call Jane at 863-4940630. Awards may be named for an individual or business. A reception for the show will be held Thursday, Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. 50457366 First Christian Church of Arcadia Music Ministries D e c e m b e r 2 9 2 0 1 3 December 29, 2013 a t 5 : 3 0 p m at 5:30pm C o m e O n e Come One, C o m e A l l Come All! H e a r G r e a t Hear Great C o u n t r y M u s i c Country Music 34 El Verano Ave., Arcadia (off N. Mills Ave.) Sponsoring T h o m a s Thomas S h e l t o n Shelton rAAPNIlflCIlIIilffit 500300)mdome one,dome All!Hear GreatCountry Music

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The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 11 | Arcadian Cut through the paper and ribbons and get to the Person of Christmas. You may remember a Christmas gathering when you made your heart a manger, a home for the newborn King. If so, allow the memory of this faith encounter to change your life. With faith renewed, youll forget the failure of todays holiday celebrations to measure up to your memories. And you wont be a Scrooge anymore. Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at rcministry@ameritech.net.CHRISTMASFROM PAGE 10 The beautiful home of hostess Jamie Kirschner was sparkling with holiday decorations as she and her co-hostesses Kim Fender, Julie Crews and Jennifer Kamberg welcomed the members to the Dec. 11 meeting of the Arcadia Literary Club. Members were treated to a luncheon buffet of chicken salad on croissants, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, ham pinwheels, fresh fruit compote and bread pudding with caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream, as well as holiday beverages. The meeting was called to order by President Laura Amendola. The members welcomed Sharon Helphenstein, guest of Kim Fender. The business portion of the meeting began with the reading of the minutes by Secretary Raye Southwell. She also read a thank-you note from Trinity United Methodist Church Lunch Ministry for the recent donation to their lunch program. The treasurers report was read by Treasurer Sally Aldrich. Shirley Cullom presented the program. In keeping with the goal of reecting on the clubs100th anniversary and honoring members who have come before us, she chose the 1963-1964 Arcadia Literary Club Yearbooks topic, The Lively Arts. In January 1964 then-member Gladys Schmidt gave a presentation titled Rembrandt. Shirley gave an interesting summary of Rembrandt van Rijn, the famous old master painter. He was born in 1606 in the Netherlands, had four children but only one, Titus, lived past childhood. Apparently when his wife died her will provided that he couldnt re-marry, so he and his servant lady friend cohabited and shared life with the daughter she bore him. His paintings are treasured today and hang in museums worldwide. His subjects consisted of biblical pictures, groups, and his favorite topic, self-portraits. Shirley then spoke about her artistic family and her love of dance. Dance has been an important factor all through her life and a source of much pleasure. She credits her appreciation of the lively arts to her parents. Bonnie Molloy spoke about a featured past member of the Arcadia Literary Club, Mary Hewitt Smith. Mary was the rst club president and held that ofce for 25 consecutive years. Members who attended the meeting were: Sally Aldrich, Laura Amendola, Susan Barnes, Diane Baxley, Marcia Brown, Shirley Cullom, Julie Crews, Heidi de Jong, Kim Fender, Darlene Foster, Muriel Hall, Eloise Johnson, Jennifer Kamberg, Jamie Kirschner, Lorraine Mohammadbhoy, Bonnie Molloy, Ann Pepper, Raye Southwell, and Honorary Life Member Joy Tinsley. The next meeting will be on Jan. 8 at the home of Heidi de Jong.Arcadia Literary Club reviews 1963-1964 YearbookSUBMITTED B y DARLENE FOSTERARCADIA LITERARY CLUB PHOTO PROVIDED BY DARLENE FOSTERArcadia Literary CLub members include, from left, Julie Crews, Kim Fender, Jennifer Kamberg and Jamie Kirschner. SAVE $$$$$$Shop theClassifieds SeriousMedicineforYourSkinrfnffnrrfnrtbfrfftbbb btb n frrnrbrfrrrftfnnrfftrnrn 50457355 r` AfOb'John Mm^I. D. O.WATEWS FpCiEOERMATOLOOYE Cypress St ra f ewo mrec.Z zHickory StLewellyn Cassels Dr John MinniARNPI

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Arcadian | Page 12 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 2 Charles Junior Lee resigned his position of Arcadias Marshal suddenly on May 20. He offered no explanation for the sudden move, saying in a letter only that it was effective immediately. But rumors that his resignation was prompted by a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation were conrmed when, on Sept. 18, he was arrested on three felony counts, accused of writing checks from the Arcadia Police Department to himself for $151,100. FDLE charged Lee, 47, on one count of organized scheme to defraud (greater than $50,000), one count of grand theft (over $100,000) and one count of ofcial misconduct. Lees resignation was so sudden that some of his closest work associates said they had no clue he intended to step down from his post. Then-Cpt. Matt Anderson, second-in-command at APD, said he only learned from a lieutenant at APD around 10 a.m. Monday, after the former Marshal turned in his car, badge and keys. I had no idea, no inkling, Anderson said Tuesday morning. He said he tried to call and text Lee but there was no response. As he was walking to his car on his lunch hour, Anderson said, he noticed Lees department car in the lot, and saw Lees APD cell phone in the car and his uniforms in the back seat. Anderson also talked to the APD Code Enforcement ofcial, Carl McQuade, who was friends with Lee. Anderson said McQuade was equally surprised about Lees resignation. City Council appointed Anderson to the post of Marshal for Lees remaining term. Arcadias Marshal is an elected position; Lee held the job since 2001. The job comes up for election in 2014. By not giving two weeks notice of his resignation, he forfeited any benets to which might have otherwise been entitled. FDLE agents from the Sebring Field Ofce began their investigation May 21 at the request of the city of Arcadia after Anderson discovered suspicious transactions involving checks Lee had written, according to an FDLE press re lease. These checks were made payable to Lee from three police department checking accounts, the FDLE reported. State agents executed a search war rant at Lees former ofce at the police department. Investigators examined the checkbooks and found that information on the receipts and checks did not match, the FDLE reported. In addition, agents found several completed checks which had not yet been issued and were backdated to 2011 and 2012, the release states. Investigators believe that checks were backdated in an effort to cover up fraud. Former Marshal Lee quits, charged with theft from city By SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR quiet until Oct. 18, Jankoskys nal day as administrator. By the time the day was over, city hall was ipped on its ear after ve department heads either re signed or were laid off. Jankosky approved generous severance packages for City Clerk Gia Lancaster, Finance Director Renee Green, Public Works Director Cathy Miller and Human Resources Manager Sandy Vitella. Lancaster and Green resigned, while Miller and Vitella were laid off due to budget concerns. The city also lost planning specialist Christi Pence to resignation, and staff discovered Jankosky approved raises for 23 city employees (without any evaluations or explanations). Stunned and angered by Jankoskys actions, the council quickly appointed City Planner Tom Slaughter as interim administrator, and two weeks later voted to deny a majority of monetary and benet packages she had approved. The pay raises were a different story, however, as the council wrestled with having to take away increases to otherwise deserving employees. To complicate matters further, the pay raises were retroactive to Oct. CITYFROM PAGE 1 LEE4 A perfect storm of state-mandated increases, falling property values and confusing budget numbers forced the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners to increase property taxes on DeSoto landowners. In late September, the board voted 4-1 to approve a hike in its millage rate to 8.4810, a 20 percent increase from 2012. One mill equals $1 of tax on every $1,000 of taxable value. The millage hike is expected to bring in an estimated $2.2 million in additional revenue for the county. The BOCC knew it had some hard decisions coming after an August budget workshop revealed the county was nearly $1 million short for the 2013/14 budget. County Administrator Guy Maxcy said because of a state-mandated 10 percent increase in contributions to county employees retirement accounts, any nancial cushion the board was expecting had vanished. Because of the mandates, the surplus we were expecting, poof, its gone, he said. As a result of the mandates, the county would have barely any funds in reserves unless another revenue source was found, and staffs recommendation was to raise the millage rate. They also asked department heads to keep their 2013/14 budgets unchanged from the previous year, and in some cases any non-essential expenditures such as travel and equipment were cut. But without a millage increase, Administrative Services Director Linda Nipper said the county would still be approximately $1 million short. Im afraid this is an option that you must seriously consider, she said. Several commissioners voiced their frustration with the budget situation, but seemed resigned to the fact the millage would need to be raised. There comes a time when we have to do something, said Commissioner Elton Langford. No matter what we do, were going to hurt someone, whether thats raising the millage or cutting staff, he said. We may have to do some things that are unpopular, but something has to be done. We were elected to make decisions that are best for the county, and they are not always going to make people happy. County hikes tax 20 percentBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORIf someone has a marvelous idea out there, please let me know. In the end, the board voted 4-1 to raise the millage rate, with only Commissioner Bob Miller stating his opposition to the move. Comparing the countys budget situation with the struggles NASA and its astronauts faced during the Apollo 13 mission, he said, When the astronauts said, Houston, we have a problem, the NASA engineers knew they had to solve the problem with only the materials available to the astronauts in space. Not one more screw, not one more screwdriver. If this budget had been Apollo 13, the astronauts didnt make it. The millage hike allowed the county to place more than $2 million in its reserves. Earlier this month, Nipper informed the board that because of unexpected funds returned from departments and other factors, the county would receive an additional $500,000 to be placed in its reserve, as well. 5 For a city struggling to dig itself out of a three-year nancial hole, $1.6 million dollars of extra revenue is hard to overlook. That was certainly the case this year for the Arcadia City Council, which during an August budget workshop agreed that dissolving the Arcadia Police Department would be a quick x to their nancial woes. During the workshop, several council members said the city had no other choice but to dissolve the department, and told Marshal Matt Anderson his departments budget was too much for the city to handle. Matt, do you realize that our ad valor em is only $1.4 million, and your budget is $1.6 million? Our budget cannot afford to take such a hit; we need to come up with other options, Councilwoman Alice Frierson said. Other members were more direct in their opinions. You know it hurts me to say this, Matt, but were looking at $1 million here, and as a city we need to do what weve got to do, Councilman Robert Heine said. I dont think we have a choice but to do it. The idea of dissolving the APD isnt a new one for the council, but the reaction of city residents in response had the council scrambling to save face. Shortly after the budget workshop, the APD launched an aggressive social media campaign on Facebook to drum up local Residents rally behind APD By STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR 6 The DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce was rocked with allegations that a detainee was beaten severely and not given medical treatment on request. Jody Holland, 43, formerly of Arcadia, said he was beaten in May by deputies while he was detained in the county jail on charges of domestic battery and violation of a protective order. In August, Holland notied DCSO he intended to le a lawsuit. Hollands claims prompted DCSO to investigate the allegations, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI also commenced their own investigations. As a result of DCSOs probe, three employees deputies Vincent Carlucci, Steve Rizza and Ashley Cross were terminated, and then-jail captain, Ray Kugler, retired suddenly. Two others deputies Sgt. Kevin Filipowicz and Deputy Jarrod Murray were suspended. Holland had been arrested in May on charges he violated a domestic protection order by threatening his then girlfriend, who also happened to be a Man beaten in DeSoto Jail; three firedBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR Undated photo of Jody Holland taken at Hardee County Jail.PHOTO PROVIDED BY HOLLAND FAMILYAn undated photo of Jody Holland.PHOTOS PROVIDEDA photo of Jody Holland dated June 4, at the Hardee County Jail.JAIL | 22 7 Johnny Georges appearance on the ABC television show Shark Tank on Nov. 1 lasted less than 10 minutes, but already it has had global implications. When his Tree T-Pee product was endorsed by investor John Paul DeJoria, word of its water-conserving features spread rapidly. Within three days, Georges was receiving calls and substantial orders from the Middle East and elsewhere all over the world. In fact, Georges said the episode in which Georges appeared is reported to be not only the most watched edition of Shark Tank, but has been seen by more people than all other episodes combined. Georges hosted a premier party of sorts on Nov. 1 at Pine Level United Methodist Church for friends and family to watch the rst showing of his Shark Tank appearance. Local inventor draws top investor on Shark Tank By SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR PHOTO PROVIDEDJohnny Georges and John Paul DeJoria on the set of Shark Tank, after DeJoria agreed to invest in Georges Tree T-Pee company. The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 13 | Arcadian 21 at the request of the city of Arcadia after Anderson discovered suspicious transactions involving checks Lee had written, according to an FDLE press release. These checks were made payable to Lee from three police department checking accounts, the FDLE reported. State agents executed a search war rant at Lees former ofce at the police department. Investigators examined the checkbooks and found that information on the receipts and checks did not match, the FDLE reported. In addition, agents found several completed checks which had not yet been issued and were backdated to 2011 and 2012, the release states. Investigators believe that checks were backdated in an effort to cover up fraud. Investigators reviewed bank records and learned that between 2006 and 2011, Lee wrote 207 checks to himself from the police department checking accounts, totaling $151,100, the release states. These checks ranged in value from $200 to $3,000. Check images were not available prior to 2006, so it is unknown whether Lee wrote checks to himself before that time. When arrested, Lee was booked into the DeSoto County jail on a $41,500 bond. His arrest was listed on the sheriffs website, but no picture was included under a state law exempting former law ofcers from having their photos included. The Ofce of the State Attorney, 12th Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case. Former Marshal Lee quits, charged with theft from city 3 Early in February, School Superintendent Karyn Gary reassigned DeSoto County High School Principal Shannon Fusco, along with assistant principals Karen Pella and Paul Curtis, to other administrative positions pending the outcome of an investigation. Gary offered no other explanation for the reassignments, citing the pending investigation. But during the School Board meeting a week after the sudden suspensions, Board Member Ronny Allen pleaded to have the three placed back in their old positions. Urging Gary to consider putting up a barrier to shield the trio from whatever the matters of concern may be, Allen said, A principals job is more than just this one grading accusation. The details of the investigation have never been revealed and the probe has yet to be completed. Although Gary promised to release a report on the ndings of the investigation, almost a year later the basis of the suspensions remains a mystery. In April, Gary said the investigation deals with grade changes done prior to her taking over as super intendent. These grade changes, she said, could affect student transcripts, athletic eligibility and possibly the school grade from the state Department of Education. They could also affect eligibility for scholarships previously awarded. Fusco was reassigned to work at the Family Service Center, but later was removed from that post because, Gary said, her presence was disruptive. Fusco said she did not know how she had been disruptive, saying she was assigned a desk, and she asked other people in the office what work she could do. Fusco maintains she did nothing wrong and was puzzled by the investigation. We all did what we were directed to do by a team from the state department of education, she said. At several school board meetings, parents, students and school staff often spoke up in support of Fusco and demanded answers about the investigation. At the end of the year, Fuscos contract was not renewed. In addition, nonrenewal letters were sent to DeSoto High assistant principals Pella and Curtis, along with a few other key district staff. The incident led to sharp disagreements among some board members and Gary. Allen continued to question Gary about the basis for the investigation, joined at times by members Rodeny Hollingsworth and Karen Chancey. West Elementary School Principal Robert Shayman was named as acting high school principal. However, he later resigned to accept the position of Deputy Superintendent for the Hardee County School District, and Nelson Stephenson was named to head DCHS. Mark Pryor is Assistant Principal.High school principal Fusco suspended; probe still pending a year laterBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR 1, meaning the employees had already been receiving the increases on their paychecks. Several council members were frustrated, mainly because Jankosky had told them during budget meet ings the city couldnt afford pay raises for anyone in 2013/14 due to the citys tight budget, and had previously denied Marshal Matt Andersons request for salary increases for a handful recently promoted ofcers. Despite opposition from Mayor Alice Frierson, the council ultimately voted to keep the raises intact, hesitating to take raises away that had already been paid out. Nearly three months after Jankosky announced her resignation, the council appointed an administrator advisory committee at its Dec. 17 meeting. The council has set a March 4 deadline for the committee to provide nal recommendation. When a new administrator is hired, the city will have waited six months before permanently lling the position. In the meantime, Slaughter has hired a new city clerk and nance director. Both are local residents, and neither has any prior municipal experience. Only time will tell how the hires pan out, but there is a noticeable pattern forming. Since Ed Strube retired in 2008, the city has had six different administrators, an average of more than one per year. FUSCO to say this, Matt, but were looking at $1 million here, and as a city we need to do what weve got to do, Councilman Robert Heine said. I dont think we have a choice but to do it. The idea of dissolving the APD isnt a new one for the council, but the reaction of city residents in response had the council scrambling to save face. Shortly after the budget workshop, the APD launched an aggressive social media campaign on Facebook to drum up local support, and the results were impressive. At the next regular council meeting, the chamber room was standing-room only with both city and county residents who voiced their displeasure with the council. The police department is such a vital part of our community, I think you would be doing all of us a huge disser vice to dissolve it, said Arcadia resident Tracy Hoppel. Im willing to volunteer my time to help write up grant proposals or help with fundraising efforts if it will keep the department intact. Speaking at the same meeting, some members of the APD were more direct with their feelings toward members of the council. While looking at Heine, ofcer Robert Woods said, I know some of you love us. He then turned his gaze toward Councilman Joe Fink and continued, And I know some of you hate us. But we love this city and will sacrice our lives for you whether you like us or not. The sacrices we make for this city, you Residents rally behind APD episodes combined. Georges hosted a premier party of sorts on Nov. 1 at Pine Level United Methodist Church for friends and family to watch the rst showing of his Shark Tank appearance. Of course, he already knew the outcome before the showing but he had to keep quiet until after it aired. During the Local inventor draws top investor on Shark Tank PHOTO PROVIDED Johnny Georges and John Paul DeJoria on the set of Shark Tank, after DeJoria agreed to invest in Georges Tree T-Pee company. INVENTOR | 228 One of the more head-scratching moments during 2013 was the sudden and short-lived push for taxpayer dollars by DeSoto Memorial Hospital CEO Vince Sica. After DMHs board voted in May to keep the hospital a public entity, Sica asked both the city council and Board of County Commissioners for millage increases to help cover the hospitals $2.5 million annual budget decit, which he says is due in large part to the large amount of indigent care DMH provides local residents. Sica approached both boards in early June looking for a two mill increase, which he projected would raise $2.8 million for the hospital. He suggested the city and county split the millage rates, especially since the citys millage is already set at .0085, leaving it with only .0015 more before it hits the state-mandated limit of .010. When Councilman Bob Heine told Sica he didnt support the idea and suggested the hospital seek a Hospital comes up short on tax pushBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORHOSPITAL | 24 9 In late March the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners held a workshop to consider ways to finance the construction of a new fire station and Sheriffs Office complex. During the workshop, Administrative Services Director Linda Nipper told the board a new fire station would cost approximately $1.5 million, and recommended the funds be raised through Municipal Service Benefit and Municipal Service Taxing units (MSBUs assess properties without regard to value a non-ad valorem assessment while MSTUs assess properties with a millage rate). The proposal was greeted with guarded optimism by several commissioners, who said they had visited County considers new fire, sheriff facilitiesBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORCONSIDERS | 24 10 A shooting in June left one man, Rashard Watson, dead of gunshot wounds and another man, Keith Lamont Clark, behind bars for the homicide. But just a few weeks later, homicide charges against Clark were dropped after prosecutors concluded the Stand Your Ground law applied, because Watson reportedly entered the house on Pleasant Circle where Clarks girl friend lives. (Weapons charges against Clark are still pending.) Arcadia police ofcers directing trafc at a charity kickball game at Louis Anderson Park heard gunshots near a housing complex on Pleasant Circle. When ofcers arrived, they saw a crowd gathered around a residence. According to the arrest report, witnesses saw Clark ee to his girlfriends house on Pleasant Circle, where he was pursued by Watson and several other men. Witnesses said Watson and the other men entered the residence, shortly followed by the sound of gunshots. They then spotted Clark running out of the house. Ofcers saw Watson on the oor with an apparent gunshot wound to his head. APD Sgt. Larry Gleockler and DeSoto County EMS responders tried to resuscitate Watson, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. A second man connected to the incident, Jeremy Cross, had a gunshot wound to his leg and was treated at DeSoto Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. Cross was not charged. Clark was located the following morning in a car southbound on U.S. Highway 17. Clark was found hiding in the back seat with a gun within reach. He was taken into custody and booked into the jail. This was not the rst time Watson and Clark had a run-in. According to an APD report, Watson was allegedly shot in the leg by Clark at the same residence on Pleasant Circle in April 2012. Police did not charge Clark in that incident due to insufcient evidence.No charges in Stand Your Ground homicideBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR WATSON CLARK APD | 22 1`'wr-oI..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... .. :,I atduE7)i:E; p! k i'1

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SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 14SHOCKERS SHOWCASE PAGE 17Four DeSoto players helped the Southern Shockers compete in the teams recent Showcase Tournament. The DeSoto County Bulldogs didnt leave the Port Charlotte gym with a win last Wednesday night, but they did show how much they have improved over the season. Their 68-55 loss shows how much they have progressed since their rst meeting with the Pirates in the rst game of the season Nov.11. The rst game the Bulldogs lost 61-39 but the Pirates called off their horses and emptied the bench early in the second half to make the score a little more respectable. They trailed 50-15 at the half against the Pirates in that contest. This time the Lady Bulldogs trailed by just 11 at 32-21 at the intermission. The rematch was played at Port Charlotte in front of their home crowd. The Pirates are 12-3 for the season while the Bulldogs are 6-8. Its not that Port Charlotte is getting worse as the season goes on, its just that the Bulldogs have shown a lot of improvement since the season began. The Bulldogs still rely on their two seniors for their repower and they didnt let the team down. Tishonna Riley led the team with 22 points despite having a cold. Ladeja Dennis added 20. Oh my gosh weve improved. We did a lot better than we did the rst time. Were not getting blown out anymore, Riley said. Were actually improving. I need to work on my free throw shooting and we need to play as a team. The team needs a couple of players besides Riley and Dennis to step up with scoring. Victavia Tay Blandin added eight points against the Pirates, but the nal ve points were divided up between three players. If either Riley or Dennis gets injured or into foul trouble the Bulldogs need to have another go-to person on the team and there is nobody in sight who looks like they can do it. Head Coach Joe Davis knows he needs someone else to step forward. Weve made strides this season. We can make more strides this season. Were better than we were but Im still Varsity girls show improvement in lossOn the Bench with Big Daddy Steve Knapp Arcadian Sports Director SBigDaddyKnapp@aol.com ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comDeSoto Countys Ladeja Dennis puts up a free throw as part of her 20 points against Port Charlotte Dec. 17. Tishonna Riley looks up at her shot to see if it went in the net. It did as Riley scored two more of her team-leading 22 points. The Bulldogs fell to Port Charlotte 68-55.waiting for this team to come together as a team, he said. Once we do that we can play with anybody on our schedule. If not then the same thing is going to happen, were going to come up short. We cant play as individuals. A bunch of individuals cant beat a team. The team will be back in action after the holiday break Jan. 7 as they host Palmetto, with the junior varsity game starting at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 p.m. Coasting along with a 5-0 district record and an earlier win over Cardinal Mooney, the DeSoto County Bulldogs didnt seem to be concerned when they took a 1-1 tie into halftime. Coach Tracy Hay had to wake up the team with her halftime message as she has done several times this season. They had a newfound re as Rosario Zavala and Chino Vargas scored to put the Bulldogs in front 3-1. Vargas had scored the lone Bulldog goal in the rst half. That extra emotion backred on the Bulldogs as keeper Edgar Olvera drew a yellow card. The guy slugged me pretty hard on my back and the ref said he Bulldog boys lets one slip awayBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comOsiel Nuevo dribbles the ball past a Cardinal Mooney defender in DeSoto Countys lone loss in districts this season.BULLDOG | 19 DeSotoChristianSchoolAnnouncesDrasticPriceCuts E f f e c t i v e J a n u a r y 2 0 1 4 50457376 No registration fee No book fee $50 monthly tuition Experienced, Godly teachers Conservative standards Respect for authority Love of God and Country 27 N. Polk Ave. Arcadia, FL 863-494-6890 Call today for an application Limited spaces available IfT,x46

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The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 15 | Arcadian The Cardinal Mooney Cougars shut out the DeSoto County varsity girls soccer team for the second time this season with another 8-0 victory. The Cougars are without a doubt the best team in the district and proved it again by nishing off the Bulldogs with 17 minutes left in the game. Their other win over the Bulldogs took 10 minutes longer. Bulldog coach Narce Hinojos was short on players and had only two girls on the bench. She had to put some players into difcult positions on the pitch, some were even playing completely new positions. There are probably two or three girls out there that are playing in a position that they are familiar with, she said.Girls soccer blanked by Cardinal MooneyBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comMaria Seguras kick is blocked by a Cardinal Mooney player as the Bulldogs lost their home match Dec. 12. Coming on in relief of the starting goal keeper, Bulldogs Belinda Guerreo blasts the ball downeld. Cardinal Mooney defeated DeSoto County 8-0. The DeSoto County girls junior var sity basketball team used a fast start to defeat the Port Charlotte Pirates for the second time this season. Their 39-31 win at Port Charlotte gave them the season sweep following a 30-24 win in their opening game of the season Nov. 11. The Lady Bulldogs press caused ve turnovers in the rst period and allowed the Bulldogs to jump out to an 8-0 lead, which was the difference in the game. The Pirates missed several easy layups and lost the rebound war in the rst period, but a urry of points late in the period put them back in the game as the Bulldogs led 8-6 after the rst eight minutes. The game was close thereafter as the Bulldogs lead stretched to 25-19 at the half. Opening the third period, Jayla Cowell scored two of her team-high 16 points and then stole the inbounds pass and put up two more points. The Bulldogs won the third quarter by the same 8-6 score as the opening period which gave them a 33-25 lead entering the nal eight minutes. The teams played evenly in the fourth period to give the Bulldogs the 39-31 win. Bulldogs Coach Joe Davis used two platoons of players until midway into the second period, when Lexi Williams picked up her third foul of the game. That forced him to substitute to keep Williams from fouling out of the game. The group that started the game outscored the Pirates 17-3 and the second platoon of players were outscored 6-0 until Davis split them up. The Bulldogs again had troubles from the free throw line. In the rst half they were just 1-for-10 and nished the game slightly better at 3-for-18. That mark is still much too low to continue to win games, especially against some of the better teams on the schedule. Cowell was 0-for-8 from the line while Sarah Bennett had it mastered, with two of her three attempts nding the bottom of the basket. The Bulldogs have good communication on the court, but they still need to control their emotions. Too many times they let a bad call affect them. The players were also slow on the transition after missing a shot and then hanging their heads rather than getting back on defense. Shaderra Daley said, We have to control our emotions and attitude. Just because we feel bad doesnt mean the game is going to stop and wait for us to feel better. All the calls are not going to be good calls. I try to be a leader to the freshmen and keep my head up all the time. Esmerelda Mar, who led the team with 10 points in their win over Community Christian the week before, said, Sometimes I get mad over bad calls, but getting angry isnt going to help me so I try to calm down quickly. We cant get mad at our players if they make a mistake on the court. Coach Davis said despite those problems, he likes the direction the team is headed.They work hard and keep improving every day, he said. Ive been trying to work on them to get back on defense if they miss a shot because if they dont get back on defense and the other team scores then that compounds the mistake. The Bulldogs defeated Sebring in their previous game 48-25. Cowell again led with 12 points, followed by Daley with 11 and Williams with 10.JV girls sink Pirates againB y S TEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR Shaderra Daley brings the ball up court in the win over the Pirates at Port Charlotte Dec. 17. Daley scored 11 points in the previous game against Sebring, which was another win for the Bulldogs. 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Arcadian | Page 16 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 Falling behind by as much as 12 points midway through the third quarter, the DeSoto Middle School boys basketball team made a valiant comeback, outscoring Hill-Gustat in the nal nine minutes. But a last threepoint shot rattled off the rim, and the Panthers lost 30-27. A taller Hill-Gustat team got two quick baskets early in the game and worked the ball inside to put the Panthers in early foul trouble. The HillGustat Golden Eagles found themselves up 12-7 at the end of the rst quarter and already in the free throw bonus. The Panthers got a little spark in the second quarter from Kendhal Stewart and his inside game, pulling the Panthers to within three points, but Hill-Gustat then went on a 6-0 run to take a 19-10 halftime lead. Utilizing the inside game, Hill-Gustat increased their lead to 24-12 midway through the third quarter, but a three-point shot by Elijah Arthur and Anthony Baez pulled DeSoto within three at 26-23, giving the Panthers new life entering the fourth quarter. Hill-Gustat scored two points early in the fourth quarter with another inside shot, but seemed content to take long outside shots for the rest of the game. Ironically, DeSoto had many oppor tunities inside for the nal four minutes of the game, but just couldnt get any of them to fall. Baez hit a two pointer at the 4:30 mark to pull DeSoto back within three, but as the Golden Eagles missed their outside shots, the Panthers missed inside. With the score 28-25 and DeSoto calling timeout to set up a play, Hill-Gustat was called for a technical foul because one of their players went to the DMS huddle during the timeout. Campbell then hit both free throws to bring the decit to one, and the Panthers had possession. DeSoto worked the clock down to 10 seconds trying to nd a good open shot before Hill-Gustat stole the ball and scored a layup. Campbell got a good look at the top of the key as time expired, but the ball rattled off the rim giving Hill-Gustat a fortunate 30-27 victory. These guys were a little better than what we faced Monday night (Sebring), Coach Shea said. It was our game to lose. I told them we didnt need the three to get back in the game, but if its open Im OK with it. We know what we got to do to beat them next time. DeSoto travels to Hill-Gustat Jan. 16 for a rematch.DMS boys comeback falls shortBy DAVE BREMERARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER The Hill-Gustat Golden Eagles grab the ball and hold on to a three-point lead with a minute to go against the Panthers. Both teams discuss strategy during a timeout with the Panthers down by three with just over a minute left to play.PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMER Shawn Campbell makes a three pointer early in the game against Hill-Gustat. The Panthers lost 30-27. After losing a one-point game to Sebring earlier in the week, the DeSoto Lady Panthers refused to lose another close game at home as they clung to a one-point lead most of the game and added a couple of baskets in the last minute to defeat the Hill-Gustat Golden Eagles 12-6. Early on, it was plain to see the taller Hill-Gustat squads plan was to out rebound the DeSoto girls for second-chance points and then apply pressure to point guard and leading scorer Malyssa Jeter. The strategy seemed to be working, forcing Coach Roberts to call a timeout early in the second quarter with DeSoto down 4-2. DeSoto came out of the timeout doing a better job of boxing out and applying pressure on the Hill-Gustat ball handlers, forcing turnovers for the Golden Eagles. With both strategies in place, the defensive battle was on for a low scoring, tight ballgame. Coming out of halftime with the score knotted at four, Hill-Gustat managed two points with two minutes remaining in the quarter. Danashia Wilson made a free throw and Jeter added a basket in the nal minute of the quarter to put the Panthers up 7-6 with a quarter left to go. With less than two minutes to play in the game, neither team had scored in the quarter. Jeter then gave the Panthers some breathing room, scoring a two-point basket with a little over a minute left in the game. To add icing on their rst victory Jeter nailed a three pointer with one second left on an out-of-bounds play, giving the Panthers the victory and 1-2 record for the year. A happy group of Lady Panthers came out of the locker room after the game. Stephanie Whitmore said the victory felt good. I knew it was possible, but for a while I wasnt sure, she said. Coach Roberts sees improvement in the girls. They are progressing very well. They played good defense, broke the press down well and started taking better shots in the second half. The Panthers next home game will be Jan. 9 against Hardee.Lady Panthers notch first winBy DAVE BREMERARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERMalyssa Jeter gets tangled up with a HillGustat player during game action. Coach Roberts changes strategy early in the game against Hill-Gustat. DeSoto won the game Danashia Wilson makes a free throw late in the third quarter to pull the Lady Panters within one point of Hill-Gustat. M i c h a e l D e r h o d g e O D Michael Derhodge O.D. T h o m a s Q u i g l e y M D Thomas Quigley M.D. FREE EYE EXAM FOR NEW PATIENTS Complete medical exam with one of our board certified eye doctors includes prescription for eyeglasses, and test for cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases. Offer applies to US Citizens 59 years and older. 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The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 17 | Arcadian The Southern Shockers hosted the Shockers Winter Showcase softball tournament in Sebring Dec. 13-15. There were teams from the entire state represented as college coaches got the opportunity to see some of the best young talent in the state. College coaches checked up on the progress that some of the players had made since the last time they were scouted. Other players who werent known before had the chance to be seen by college coaches. These types of tournaments are what gets players their scholarships to play ball at the next level. Along with teams from Miami, Orlando, Tampa and other parts of the state, the Southern Shockers were represented. There were four players from DeSoto County on the team: Lauren Rotering, Chelsea Whitmore, Taylor Day and Hannah England.Locals play in Shockers ShowcaseBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comDeSoto County was represented in the Shockers Winter Showcase tournament by (from left) Chelsea Whitmore, Taylor Day, Hannah England and Lauren Rotering. Hannah England res to the plate during a game at the Shockers Winter Showcase tournament. Second basemen Chelsea Whitmore knocks down a ball thrown to second on a steal in one of the Shockers Saturday games. Shockers rst baseman Lauren Rotering makes a nice stretch to get the out on a Miami Lady Canes player. DeSoto County High School The boys junior varsity basketball team lost to Sebring, but then beat the varsity team from Community Christian 58-47. The JV team beat Lake Placid 5942 in their nal game before the break as Jordan Lawson scored a career-high 23 points. The varsity boys basketball team beat Sebring in double overtime 67-66. Four players reached double gures in scoring with Kari Williams leading the way with 18, followed by Tony Lees 13, Prince Powells 12 and Kionte Akins 10. The varsity then beat Lake Placid 71-41 in their nal game before the break. The girls JV basketball team continued to roll with a 48-25 win over Sebring and a 39-31 win over Port Charlotte. They nished the week with another win over Braden River. The varsity girls basketball team lost to Sebring 44-32, Port Charlotte 68-55 and Braden River 62-43. The girls JV and varsity soccer teams both lost to Lake Placid. The boys soccer teams split with Lake Placid, as the JV team won and the varsity lost.By STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comDeSoto County Middle School boys basketball coach Eric Shea is seen handing a piece of green paper with a picture of a dead president on it to the referee (note the American ag in the background) during the faculty vs. students basketball game. The fundraiser saw the faculty beat the students 51-30 (wonder why?). There will be more photos in next weeks Arcadian.ROUNDUP | 19 2014 SPRING TERM Register Nov. 22-Jan. 5 Classes Begin Jan. 6 2014 SUMMER TERM Register Nov. 22-May 6 Classes Begin May 7view the sfsc schedules of classes:www.southorida.edu. 2972192 AWAG) t,4L "Ma rBE A GUARDIAN ANGELRelieving pain. Restoring health. 4' Dental AssistingSometimes saving a life. It's all just I Dental Hygienea day in the life of allied health I Practical Nursingcare workers. If you're looking for I Registered Nursingabove-average pay and the chance to I Nurse Assistantbe someone's angel, South Florida I Emergency MedicalState College's Allied Health Technicianprograms are ready to help you earn I Paramedic(and keep) your wings. I RadiographyREGISTER NowSOUTH Serving DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands CountiesFLORIDA 453-661Stag:' College Desoto Campus: 993-1757South Florida State College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution.South Florida State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award theassociate and baccalaureate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South Florida State College.

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Arcadian | Page 18 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 Poinsettia, Christmas cactus and amaryllis are popular holiday plants. With a bit of care you can grow these plants year-round and they will bloom again next December. Avoid over-watering your holiday plants; water only when the top two inches of soil feels dry. Poinsettias come in a wide range of colors and forms, but if you want to grow your poinsettias and get them to bloom for next year, stick with the standard red or double or triple red. Just after Christmas you can often get a good buy on these plants. Poinsettias are tropical and can be injured by even a blast of cold air. Keep them in fairly bright light away from drafts in a cool location. Temperatures over 75 degrees or extremely dry air will cause the plant to decline. After the holiday season allow the plant to rest by only watering when soil is thoroughly dry. Dont put them outside until all danger of frost is past usually about March 10. In our area it is best to grow them as container plants. When you set plants outside, trim them back by about one-third Getting holiday plants to bloom againOver the Garden Gate Al & Karen Smoke ksmoke@embarqmail.com Christmas cacti are best grown as porch plants. They denitely wont tolerate overwatering from summer rains. If whole branches are dropping from your cactus, its a sure sign the soil is too wet. Christmas cactus will start setting buds in the fall when cooler temperatures arrive.ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKEand fertilize with a balanced fertilizer. Pelleted slow release fertilizer is a good choice. When plants begin to grow, pinch out leaf tips to encourage branching. At the beginning of the rainy season, repot to a larger size pot using a soil mix that drains well. Poinsettias dont like standing in water, so place them in an area where they will not receive too much rainfall, such as under a roof overhang. Scales, mites, thrips and caterpillars may be a problem. Keeping plants in a well ventilated area helps reduce problems. Poinsettias like plenty of sunlight but will appreciate some shade in summer. Stop pinching plants at the end of August, and give a final fertilizer application. Reduce watering as fall approaches. The poinsettia is a daylight-dependent plant. Some of the newer varieties have been bred to be less daylight-dependent, but the old red varieties require approximately 40 days with 14 hours of darkness to form buds. Be sure your plant is not near outdoor lights. Plants will naturally start to form buds about Thanksgiving, but if you want your poinsettia to flower earlier, cover the plant with a large box from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. The Christmas cactus or crab cactus is another popular holiday plant. It is actually an epiphyte and was bred from plants that grow in South American jungles. This plant has no leaves; rather it has flat jointed stems that resemble crab legs. Christmas cactus come in red, orange, salmon, pink, fuchsia, and white. Branches hang down gracefully and blooms are borne on the end of each stalk. Christmas cacti are best grown as porch plants. They definitely wont tolerate overwatering from summer rains. If whole branches are dropping from your cactus, its a sure sign the soil is too wet. Keep plants in a semi-shady dry location and only water about once every two weeks in summer. Use a liquid fertilizer every other watering. Plants do well when somewhat pot-bound. Repot only every three or four years. Plants should be grown in a very porous medium. Use a mix for succulents, or mix potting soil with vermiculite, perlite, shredded osmunda fern (orchid planting medium) or finely shredded pine bark. In the fall, reduce watering even more. As cooler temperatures arrive, youll see tiny buds forming at the ends of branches. The showy amaryllis is also a popular holiday plant. Keep the plant out of direct sunlight to prolong blooming. As individual blooms fade, cut them off to prevent seedpods from forming, which would take energy from the bulb. When all flowers have faded, cut the stalk off just above the neck of the bulb. It will be full of watery sap. Sometimes a second bloom stalk will be produced after the first one. After it is done blooming, let the soil dry thoroughly to give the bulb a rest. About March 10, place the pot outdoors and keep watered and fertilized to promote leaf growth which will enable the bulb to store energy to produce another bloom stalk. Bulbs may be kept in the same container two or more years. Leaves sill begin to turn yellow toward the end of summer. Move the pot to a dry location in early fall. Begin watering again six weeks before you want your bulb to flower. With a little bit of care, you can have these holiday plants blooming again for many Christmases to come. PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (ANDREAS HEIDEMANN)The showy amaryllis is native to tropical regions of South America. Amaryllis come in white, red, shades of pink, rose and salmon, as well as bicolor. Two to six blooms are borne on a tall stalk 18to 36-inches high. You can get these bulbs to bloom again by growing them outdoors over the summer. LIVESTOCK PRICESReported by the Arcadia Stockyard for the week of Dec. 11 Weight Price per cwt. Steers Medium and Large Frame 175-275 $255-345 (avg. $290.76) 275-350 $230-255 (avg. $238.78) 350-425 $190-230 (avg. $204.61) 425-500 $172.50-200 (avg. $179.50) 500-575 $160-180 (avg. $165.53) 575-700 $145-162.50 (avg. $154.38) Steers Light and Medium Frame 175-275 $195-270 (avg. $232.34) 275-350 $175-235 (avg. $213.09) 350-425 $165-200 (avg. $182.18) 425-500 $150-175 (avg. $162.97) 500-575 $142.50-162.50 (avg. $154.51) 575-700 $130-150 (avg. $140.39) Heifers Medium and Large Frame 175-275 $195-300 (avg. $238.70 275-350 $172.50-202.50 (avg. $178.81) 350-425 $165-195 (avg. $170.40) 425-500 $155-182.50 (avg. $160.89) 500-575 $145-175 (avg. $152.46) 575-700 $130-150 (avg. $138.03) Heifers Light and Medium Frame 175-275 $167.50-210 (avg. $182.83) 275-350 $157.50-175 (avg. $167.08) 350-425 $147.50-167.50 (avg. $159.48) 425-500 $140-155 (avg. $148.25) 500-575 $130-145 (avg. $136.76) 575-700 $110-133 (avg. $125.52) Slaughter Classes Cows: Boners 1100-1900 $83-95 (avg. $86.05) Lean 850-1200 $75-84 (avg. $79.77) Low Dressing: 800-1100 $72-81 (avg. $76.91) Shells: 650-800 $30-67.50 (avg. $52.30) Bulls: High Dressing: 1300-2000 $97-110 (avg. $103.18) 1000-1299 $81-93 (avg. $87.13) Low Dressing: under 1100 $50-79 (avg. $64.50) Totals: 2,963; calves 2,480; cows 440; bulls 43 Slaughter cows and bulls were $2 to $5 higher. Feeder steer and heifer calves under 275 lbs. were $12 to $15 higher; feeder steer and heifer calves over 275 lbs. were $5 to $8 higher. The market will be closed for the Christmas holiday Dec. 23-27, open Dec. 30, and closed Dec. 31-Jan. 3. WORKSHOP January 8, 2014 1:00pm 3:00pm Family Service Center Annex 310 West Whidden Street, Arcadia, FL 34266 530 LaSolona Ave. Arcadia, FL 34266 Phone 863-494-4222 Fax: 863-494-9675 What are Reverse Auctions? Learn how Reverse Auctions work, the value Reverse Auctions bring to Public Entities purchasing commodities/services and what opportunities they provide vendors, while conducting the process in compliance with all applicable procurement regulations. When are they Utilized? By meeting three (3) simple criteria, learn when Reverse Auctions can be successfully utilized for the procurement of almost any commodity or service. How are they Conducted? Learn how the Reverse Auctions are conducted using a secure, webbased platform, how it fits into the public procurement process, how it provides vendors with real-time bidding information and multiple bid opportunities to improve their ranking. Reverse Auctions in Government Procurement In both the private and public sector, reverse auctions have come to be recognized as a proven best practice for purchasing goods and services. Propelled by both the pressure of significant budget reductions and the availability of next generation, web-based purchasing technology, a variety of government agencies are successfully implementing competitive bidding through Reverse Auctions The School District of DeSoto will utilize this economical tool for selected purchases as part of its solicitation methodologies. This workshop has been developed to provide you with the opportunity to receive a good, fundamental understanding of Reverse Auctions, when they can be utilized and how they are conducted. The District presentation will be held in cooperation with Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. They are a leader in the Reverse Auction Marketplace and currently partner with several Florida School Districts. IMPORTANT: Please fill out form completely and fax to 863-494-9675 Registration must be received by January 3, 2014 For questions, please call Purchasing Office @ 863-494-4222 Registration (Please type or print) Please complete form for each person requesting attendance. Name: Last Name First Name Title: Company: Address: City: State: Zip+4: Telephone: ( ) Fax: ( ) Email: 50457385 l111tutu Billtuuji.jiii tuul

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The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 19 | Arcadian The Arcadia Garden Club Board members hosted a festive Christmas Party Dec. 2 at the club. Delicious food, music and a gift exchange set the holiday tone. In keeping with the Christ mas spirit, the club welcomed Avon Park Correctional Institute Ofcer Tommy Saul. He is the horticulturist for the Therapy Through Plants program at AVPCI. The program is designed to help men grow mentally, physically and emotionally so that, when released, they will never see prison again. It is supported by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Inc. through donations of material and funds. Classes taught by the garden clubs, along with on-the-job training and an extensive horticultural library, give the inmates an opportunity to increase their knowledge and their ability to be ready to nd a job. Many of the inmates that work with plants are in their 40s and 50s. Saul, who has been with the program three-and-a-half years, said this program is the only one of its type in the United States. They have six greenhouses, each with a primary theme such as orchids, ferns or ornamentals. The nursery is located on ve acres that was a military dump during World War II. They grow roses, begonias and many other plants that are sold to garden club members. Twice a year, the nursery is open to the public, and food as well as plants are sold, and visitors can take a tour. The next sale will be in the spring of 2014. This facility also has a special K-9 dog inmate program that trains dogs for veterans. There were many birthdays and each one got a lighted cupcake. Hazel Stromsnes presented a lively game as part of the entertainment. On Dec. 7, Bob and Suzanne Wilk conducted a tour of their privately-owned 10 acre gar den. The vast array of pawpaw plants were the reason the Wilks purchased this property. Four members of the club participated in this nature walk that included a talk on buttery-attracting plants and a viewing of beautiful butteries including the Zebra Swallowtail. The Wilks will be conducting another tour for the club in May. The next meeting will be at noon on Jan. 6 at the Garden Club building. Visitors may come as our guest. Garden club prepares for ChristmasBy JAMIE PIPHERARCADIA GARDEN CLUB PHOTO PROVIDEDAvon Park Correctional Institute Ocer Tommy Saul, the horticulturist for the Therapy through Plants program at AVPCI, spoke to the Garden Club in December. Weather SummaryMost of the state reported no rain this week, with the exception of Jay (Santa Rosa County) with 0.76 and Defuniak Springs (Walton County) with 1.0 inches. Most of Florida was in the 80s, with the highest temperatures in Sebring (Highlands County) at 88.43 degrees. Four locations had 29 degrees or below with Monticello (Jefferson County) having the lowest temperature of 29.01 degrees.Field CropsFarmers in the northern part of the state were nishing up the harvest of cotton and soybeans due to dryer weather. Planting of oats, wheat, rye and winter grazing was still ongoing. Sugarcane harvest was proceeding as scheduled in Hendry, Palm Beach and Glades counties.Fruits & Vegetables Cabbage planting continued in Flagler and Putnam counties. The ground was ready for potato planting in Flagler and Putnam counties. Vegetables and fruits marketed in the State included avocados, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, strawberries, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, snap beans, radishes, escarole, lettuce and kale.Livestock and PasturesThe cattle condition across the state was mostly good. The majority of the pasture condition ranged from poor to good in the state. Cattlemen were feeding hay and supplements across the state to their cattle. Drought was the main contributing factor for the decline in pasture condition in the central and south part of the state while cold weather in the northern part of the state contributed to pasture decline.CitrusRain was very light this week in the citrus growing region. Only eight stations recorded any precipitation. Dade City (Pasco County) recorded the most precipitation with 0.03 inches. High temperatures were in the low 80s throughout most of the citrus growing area. Growers and caretakers continued to irrigate due to dry conditions. As per the U.S. Drought Monitor last updated Dec.17, abnormally dry conditions covered most of the Indian River and southern growing areas and portions of the northern and central areas. More of the central area and slightly less of the northern area were abnormally dry this week compared to last week. The western growing area remained drought free. Field workers were reporting small sizes on all varieties. Grove activity included harvesting, resetting of new trees, pushing of dead groves and replanting new citrus, mowing, fertilizing and psyllid control. Thirty-nine of 43 packinghouses had opened and begun shipping small quantities of fruit. Sixteen of 19 processing plants were open so far this season. Crop Weather Reports are provided by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. For more information visit www. nass.usda.gov.Very little rain this weekREPORTED FOR THE WEEK ENDING DEC. 22 CITRUS ESTIMATED BOXES HARVESTED in thousands of 1-3/5 bushel boxes Dec. 8 Dec. 15 Dec. 22 Early/mid oranges 2,558 3,988 4,895 Ambersweet 0 1 3 Navel oranges 258 217 111 White grapefruit 45 93 146 Colored grapefruit 351 393 399 Tangelos 82 73 39 Sunburst tangerines 164 150 134 Hobey Tangerines 0 0 1 Total 3,458 4,915 5,728 didnt even see it. I was going to ght him (player) but Coach Hay got out there to stop me, Olvera said. Rather than risk a red card, Hay pulled Olvera off the eld. The Cougars responded with a goal to cut the lead to one. They tied the game with another goal with ve minutes left and won it on a goal with just under three minutes left in the game. That is how quickly a 3-1 lead can turn into a 4-3 loss.BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 14 Senior Chino Vargas splits the Cardinal Mooney defense in the 4-3 loss. Vargas scored the rst and third goals in the DeSoto County loss. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com Luis Perez (11) gets out of the way as his teammate Juan Villafuerte gets a header in the 4-3 loss to Cardinal Mooney.DeSoto County Middle School The boys and girls basketball teams both lost at Avon Park.Upcoming games All of the teams are idle until the new year. The boys JV and varsity basketball teams will go to Hardee Jan. 10 to take on the Wildcats at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. They then host Lake Placid Jan. 14. The girls JV and varsity basketball teams will be home Jan. 7 to play Palmetto at 6 p.m. The girls soccer teams will take on Port Charlotte Jan. 6, with the JV starting at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity to follow at 7 p.m. The boys will host Lemon Bay the following night, with the JV team starting at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. The DeSoto County Panthers will be home against Hardee Jan. 9. The girls game begins at 5:30 p.m. with the boys starting at 6:30 p.m.ROUNDUPFROM PAGE 17 4rrr.J 11 'IMP16to r('; i y r :, 4i'r-' 1.,. ,..' k6Yfij .'j '7. ?w:.l 7 r111

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NOTICE OFACTION3116 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 2013CA000758 Earl L. Carpenter and Diane VanSickle, Plaintiffs, vs Susan M. Creameans, her unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, successors in interest, assignees, lienors, trustees, beneficiaries, and all other parties claiming by, through, under, or against her, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO:Defendant, Susan M. Creameans, her unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, successors in interest, assignees, lienors, trustees, and all other parties claiming by, through, under, or against her; all unknown natural persons if alive, and if dead or not known to be dead or alive, their several and r espective unknown spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, and creditors, or other parties claiming by, through, or under those unknown natural persons; the several and respective unknown assigns, successors in interest, trustees, or any other person claiming by, through, under, or against any corporation or other legal entity named or described as a defendant; and all claimants, persons or parties, natural or corporate, or whose exact legal status is unknown, claiming under any of the above named or described defendants, or parties claiming to have any right, title, or interest in the property hereafter described, except for parties claiming by, through or under these Plaintiffs, and ALL OTHERS WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Quiet Title on the following real property in DeSoto County, Florida: Parcel 12: Begin at the NE corner of NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 8, Township 37 South, Range 25 East, thence N 89degrees 40 West along North line of said tract 245.0 feet; thence South and parallel to East line of said tract 467.0 ft.; thence S 001 degrees 01 West 55.0 ft. to NOTICE OFACTION3116 P .O.B.; thence continue same line 68.0 ft.; thence N 89degrees 40 West 248.63 ft.; thence N 68.0 ft.; thence S 8940 East 248.65 ft. to P.O.B. a/k/a 5104 NE Sandy Road, Arcadia, Florida 34266. Parcel Identification Number: 0837-25-0100-0000-0120. Subject to reservations, restrictions and easements of record. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Sandra Sanders, the plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P .O. Box 903, Arcadia, Florida 34265, on or before January 12, 2014, and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. Dated on December 9, 2013. MITZIE McGAVIC Clerk of the Court By: /s/ N. Daughtrey as Deputy Clerk Published 12/12/13, 12/19/13, 12/26/13 & 1/2/14 203886 2976475 NEEDCASH? IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 13DR765 DIVISION: Y olidabeth Ferrer, Petitioner and Santos Degollado, Jr., Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR T emporary Custody By Extended Family TO: Santos Degollado, Jr. Last known address: Bonita Springs YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Temporary Custody has been filed against you and that you are r equired to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Y olidabeth Ferrer whose address is 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL34266 on or before January 13, 2014, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 115 East Oak St. Arcadia, FL34266 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the r elief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office notified of your current address. (You may file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerks office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, FLorida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can r esult in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated December 11, 2013. MITZIE W. MCGAVIC CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: /s/ Marlene Harris Deputy Clerk Published 12/12/13, 12/19/13, 12/26/13, 1/2/14 131159 2976684 NOTICE OFACTION3116 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2013CA757 DIVISION: CIVIL D. D. GERACI and CHARLES KING, as Co-Trustees of the Geraci-King Ranch Trust dated July 27, 2005, Plaintiffs, v. MILLARD H. STOVER, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, KAREN TINKER, DIANE BEECHAM, KENNETH HOLMAN HUFFINES, DANIEL BIGRAS, FERN BIGRAS, ELON COLLEGE, a North Carolina NonProfit Corporation, JOHN G. MUNROE, KATHLEEN MUNROE, HOWARD EDWIN PERRY as Administrator of the Estate of Leon Irving Perry, LEON IRVING PERRY, FAITH L. WILEY, GLORIA WILEY a/k/a GLORIAWOLF, LEON IRVING PERRY, BEN H. BELL, ALBERT E. BRINK, JR., IRVING SCHLOSSBERG, JEANETTE SCHLOSSBERG, UNKNOWN TRUSTEE OF THE SCHLOSSBERG FAMILY TRUST, VOLUSIA WHOLESALE LAND & PROPERTY, JAMES KELLY, JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: Defendants Millard H. Stover, United States of America, Karen Tinker, Diane Beecham, Kenneth Holman Huffines, Daniel Bigras, Fern Bigras, Elon College, a North Carolina Non-Profit Corporation, John G. Munroe, Kathleen Munroe, Howard Edwin Perry, as Administrator of the Estate of Leon Irving Perry, Leon Irving Perry, Faith L. Wiley, Gloria Wiley a/k/a Gloria Wolfe, Leon Irving Perry, Ben H. Bell, Albert E. Brink, Jr., Irving Schlossberg, Jeanette Schlossberg, Unknown Trustee of the Schlossberg Family Trust, V olusia Wholesale Land & Property, James Kelly, John Doe and Jane Doe (the latter two names being fictitious to account for unknown defendants), and each of the foregoing defendants unknown spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under, or against any of the foregoing defendants, and all unknown persons who may otherwise have an interest in the property hereinafter described, and their unknown spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, and creditors, or other parties claiming by, through, or under those unknown persons, and the several and r espective unknown assigns, successors-in-interest, trustees, or any other person claiming by, through, under, or against any corporation or other legal entity named as a defendant, and all claimants, persons or parties, natural or corporate, or whose exact legal status is unknown, claiming under any of the above named or described defendants or parties or claiming to have any right, title, or interest in the property hereinafter described, except for parties claiming by, through or under this Plaintiff, and ALL OTHERS WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to quiet title on real property in DeSoto County, Florida, has been filed against you. The property is described as: Tracts 55, 86, 257, 300, 440, 688, 703, 707, 719, 724, 1050, PEACE RIVER ESTATES, SECTION 1, according to the map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 10, Page 1, of the Public records of DeSoto County, Florida, less all gas, oil and mineral rights. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses to the lawNOTICE OFACTION3116 suit, if any, on Paul Bennett Seusy, Esquire, the plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 203 W est Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, on or before January 10, 2014 and file the original with the Clerk of this court at 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, either before service on the plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. Dated 9, 2013. MITZIE MCGAVIC Clerk of the Court By: /s/ Marlene Harris Deputy Clerk Published 12/19/13 & 12/26/13 325434 2978648 NOTICE TO CREDITORS3120 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 13-CP-000091AXMX IN RE: ESTATE OF JOSEPHA CASTILLO Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JOSEPHA CASTILLO, deceased, whose date of death was August 2, 2013; File Number 13-CP-000091 AXMX, is pending in the Circuit Court for Desoto County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. Derek B. Alvarez, Esquire FBN: 114278 dba@gendersalvarez.com Anthony F. Diecidue, Esquire FBN: 146528 afd@gendersalvarez.com GENDERS, ALVAREZ, DIECIDUE, P.A. 2307 West Cleveland Street T ampa, Florida 33609 Phone: (813) 254-4744 Fax: (813) 254-5222 MARIA ELENA CASTILLO Personal Representative 311 N. 10th Avenue Arcadia, FL 34266 Published 12/19/13 & 12/26/13 103980 2976210 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 13CP088 IN RE: The Estate of: WILLIAM I. BOGGESS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of William I. Boggess, deceased, A "Senving DeSoto County since 1887" N

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The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 21 | Arcadian NOTICE TO CREDITORS3120 whose date of death was September 16, 2013, and the last four digits of whose social security number are 5557, is pending in the Circuit Court in and for DeSoto County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 115 E. Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below: All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS A FTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedents estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is December 19, 2013. GREEN SCHOENFELD & KYLE LLP Attorneys at Law A ttorneys for Pers. Rep. 1380 Royal Palm Square Blvd. Fort Myers, Florida 33919 (239) 936-7200 BY:/s/BRUCE D. GREEN, ESQUIRE For the Firm Florida Bar No. 260533 Diane J. Boggess, Pers. Rep. P .O. Box 2 Fort Ogden, Florida 34267 Published 12/19/13 & 12/26/13 106443 2978639 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2013-CP-095 IN RE: ESTATE OF Claude E. Thompson Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of CLAUDE E. THOMPSON, deceased, whose date of death was September 19, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for DeSoto County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 115 East Oak Street, A r cadia, Florida 34266. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is r equired to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS A FTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF THE COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS A FTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. A LL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is December 26, 2013. A ttorney for Personal Representative: John D. Cusick, Esq. A ttorney for JOY A. NORMAN Florida Bar Number: 99364 ENGVALSON & ASSOCIATES, P.A. 1920 Victoria Ave Fort Myers, FL 33901 T elephone: (239) 332-7273 Fax: (239) 332-3320 EMail:Engvalson.Pleadings@hotmail.comSecondary EMail: ContactUs@engvalsonlaw.com Personal Representative: JOY A. NORMAN 1598 NE State Road 16 Stark, Florida 32091-6596 NOTICE TO CREDITORS3120 Published 12/26/13 & 1/2/14 264548 2980970 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No.: 14-2012-CA-000379 Division: 1 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, v. SHAWN BONSALL; ET AL. Defendants, NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order REsetting the Foreclosure Sale dated December 16, 2013, 2013 and Final Judgment dated October 24, 2013, entered in Civil Case No.: 14-2012-ca-000379, DIVISION: 1, of the Circuit Court of the TWELFTH Judicial Circuit in and for Desoto County, Florida wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is Plaintiff, and SHAWN BONSALL; KRISTINA BONSALL; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAME UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, are Defendant(s). MITZIE W. MCGAVIC, the Clerk of Court shall sell to the highest bidder for cash at 11:00am., at a public sale at the south door of the courthouse, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266, on the 25th day of March, 2014 the following described real property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment to wit: LOT 1, BLOCK 1, ARCADIA ACRES, SECTION ONE, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 34. If you are a person claiming a right to funds r emaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the clerk no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. After 60 days, only the owner of record as of the date of the lis pendens may claim the surplus. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on December 19, 2014. MITZIE W. MCGAVIC CLERK OF THE COURT By: /s/ B. Wynn Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A. 350 Jim Moran Blvd, Suite 100 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 T elephone: (954) 354-3544 Facsimile: (954) 354-3545 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, the provision of certain assistance. Please contact DeSoto County Clerks Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266; (863)993-4876, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Published 12/26/13 & 1/2/14 296930 2980908 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2013-CA-000416 FLAGSTAR BANK, FSB, Plaintiff, vs. LINDA K. HARVARD A/K/A LINDA KAY HARVARD A/K/A LINDA HARV ARD, et.al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 22, NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 2013, and entered in 2013-CA000416 of the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and for Desoto County, Florida, wherein FLAGSTAR BANK, FSB, is the Plaintiff and LINDA K. HARV ARD A/K/A LINDA KAY HARVARD A/K/A LINDA HARVARD; UNKNOWN TENANT #1 N/K/A STEPAN FLORES are the Defendant(s). Mitzie McGavic as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, the South Door 115 E. Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266, at 11:00 AM on January 16, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: BEGIN AT THE CENTER OF SECTION 5, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 25 EAST, DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE NORTH 11 EAST, UP CENTER LINE OF ROAD, 285.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SAME LINE 175.15 FEET; THENCE NORTH 89 WEST, 343.86 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 1 EAST, 108.40 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 78 EAST, 311.78 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 26th day of November, 2013. Mitzie McGavic As Clerk of the Court By:/s/B. Wynn As Deputy Clerk IMPORT ANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance: Please contact DeSoto County Jury Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266. Telephone: (863) 993-4876. At least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days;If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call 711.Submitted by: Robertson, Anschutz & Schneid, P.L. Attorneys for Plaintiff 6409 Congress Avenue, Suite 100, Boca Raton, FL 33487 T elephone: 561-241-6901 Fax: 561-910-0902 Published 12/26/13 & 1/2/14 331723 2980947 NOTICE OFSALE3130 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 14 2009 CA 000696 Section: ______________ PENNYMAC CORP. Plaintiff, v. JOSEPH PURSELL; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE; JOHN DOE N/K/A PEDRO MARTINEZ; JANE DOE N/K/A MARCH E. FOX-MARTINEZ, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated December 11, 2013 entered in Civil Case No. 14 2009 CA 000696 of the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and for DeSoto County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on 27th day of March, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the South door of the DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, in accordance with Chapter 45 Florida Statutes, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 18 AND THE SOUTH NOTICE OFSALE3130 1/2 OF LOT 16, BLOCK 4, TIER 4, A.W. GILCHRIST`S EAST END ADDITION TO ARCADIA, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 27, AND RE-RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK C5, PAGE 48. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance: Please contact DeSoto County Jury Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266. Telephone: (863) 9934876. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call 711. Dated at ARCADIA, Florida this 12th day of December, 2013 By: /s/ B. Wynn Mitzie W. McGavic CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT DeSoto COUNTY, FLORIDA Published 12/19/13 & 12/26/13 329037 2979481 IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY CIVIL Case No. 14-2010-CA-000005 DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY IXIS REAL ESTATE CAPITAL TRUST, 2006-1 Plaintiff, vs. JESUS PEREZ, KELLIE M. TRUJILLO A/K/A KELLIE TRUJILLO, ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR MERITAGE MORTGAGE, AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/ OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on July 22, 2013, in the Circuit Court of Desoto County, Florida, The Clerk of the Court will sell the property situated in Desoto County, Florida described as: LOT 21, BLOCK E, FOREST PINE ESTATES, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 20 and commonly known as: 1833 PLUM DR SE, ARCADIA, FL 34266; including the building, appurtenances, and fixtures located therein, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, on front steps of the DeSoto County Courthouse, on January 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Any persons claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 19 day of December, 2013. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Mitzie W. McGavic By: Deputy Clerk Edward B. Pritchard (813) 229-0900 x1309 Kass Shuler, P.A. P .O. Box 800 T ampa, FL 33601-0800 ForeclosureService@kasslaw.co m Published 12/26/13 & 1/2/13 101348 2980889 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 14-2012-CA-000640 DIVISION: JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. BURMA W. WHITMIRE, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 18, NOTICE OFSALE3130 2013, and entered in Case No. 14-2012-CA-000640 of the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and for DeSoto County, Florida in which JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, is the Plaintiff and Burma W. Whitmire, T enant # 1, Tenant # 2, The Unknown Spouse of Burma W. Whitmire, are defendants, the DeSoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in/on the DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266; www.desotoclerk.com, DeSoto County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 21st day of January, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: 18, BLOCK B, DESOTO PEACE RIVER HEIGHTS, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOFRECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FORDESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 63. A/K/A 10350 SW RIVERVIEW CIR ARCADIA FL 34269-7070 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Hillsborough County, Florida on this 16th day of December, 2013. /s/ Erik DelEtoile Erik DelEtoile, Esq. FL Bar # 71675 Albertelli Law Attorney for Plaintiff P .O. Box 23028 T ampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 (813) 221-9171 facsimile eService: servealaw@albertellilaw.com If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the DeSoto County Courts ADA Coordinator at 115 E. Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, (863)993-4876 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon r eceiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. To file r esponse please contact DeSoto County Clerk of Court, 115 E. Oak Street, Room 101, Arcadia, FL 34266, Tel: (863) 993-4876; Fax: (863) 993-4669. Published 12/19/13 & 12/26/13 272484 2978794 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 2013-CA-000510 AXMA JMP SOLUTIONS, INC., a Florida corporation, Plaintiff, vs. JAMES OLEARY d/b/a U-ING OIL, Defendant. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 Notice is given pursuant to a Final Judgment in Foreclosure filed December 12, 2013 in Case No. 2013-CA-000510 AXMA, of the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and for DeSoto County, Florida, in which JMP SOLUTIONS, INC., a Florida corporation, is the Plaintiff and JAMES OLEARY, d/b/a U-ING OIL is the Defendant, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at the DeSoto County Clerks Office, on the Courthouse steps, 115 E. Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on February 6, 2014, the following described property set forth in the Final Judgment in Foreclosure: STRAP #: 23-38-24-0000-0182.0000 COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER of Section 23, Township 38 South, Range 24 East, DeSoto County, Florida; thence North 89 degrees 28 West along the North line of said Section 23, 1688.47 feet to the West Rightof-Way of new alignment of State Road 35 (US #17) for Point of Beginning; thence continue same line, 279.29 feet to the East Right-of-Way of the SCL Railroad (Old Atlantic Coast Line Railroad); thence South 21 degrees 15 W est along said East Right-ofWa y, 515.48 feet; thence South 70 de g r ees 40 East, 483.12 NOTICE OFSALE3130 feet to the West Right-of-Way line of new alignment of State Road #35 (US #17); thence North 19 degrees 19 East along said Right-of-Way, 215.76 feet; thence North 70 degrees 40 West along said Right-of-Way, 201.49 feet; thence North 19 degrees 20 East along said Right-ofWa y, 389.50 feet to the Point of Beginning. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens filed herein, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED on December 12, 2013. MITZIE W. McGAVIC As Clerk of said Court By: /s/ B. Wynn Deputy Clerk J. Jeffrey Rice Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. P. O. Box 2366 Fort Myers, Florida 33902 (239) 332-9425 Published 12/19/13 & 12/26/13 285272 2978947 T AX DEEDS3132 AMENDED NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that TC T AMPA 1, LLC; PNC CUS TC T AMPA 1, LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 911 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 T ax Deed File #: 13-44-TD Description of Property: BEGIN AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SW1/4 OF THE NE1/4 OF SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 24 EAST, DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE RUN EAST 347 FFET; THENCE RUN NORTH 210 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SAME LINE, 105 FEET; THENCE RUN EAST, 105 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH, 105 FEET; THENCE RUN WEST, 105 FEET TO THE POINT OF THE BEGINNING. Names in which assessed: DOUGLAS F & SHELIA D PAYNE 1433 SW FLETCHER AVE ARCADIA, FL 34266 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JANUARY 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 16TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2013. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 12/26/13 112132 2978494 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that TC T AMPA 1, LLC; PNC CUS TC T AMPA 1, LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 1065 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 T ax Deed File #: 13-46-TD Description of Property: LOTS 1 AND 2, BLOCK 20, FLORACADIA SUBDIVISION, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 2. TOGETHER WITH A 1993 SKYLINE BUDDY MOTOR HOME. IDENTIFICATION #42611034F. TITLE #64101975. RP# 0553341. Names in which assessed: ARCHIE L MACINNIS ESTATE 2419 SW CHARLOTTE ST ARCADIA, FL 34266 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JANULWOW,0

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Arcadian | Page 22 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 T AX DEEDS3132 A RY 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 16TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2013. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 12/19/13, 12/26/13, 1/2/14 & 1/9/14 112132 2978374 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that US BANK AS CF FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 1727 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 T ax Deed File #: 13-48-TD Description of Property: LOT 9, BLOCK 17, KING AND BAKER, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 105 AND PLAT BOOK C-5, PAGES 63. TOGETHER WITH A 1973 FLEETCRAFT SINGLE WINDE MOBILE HOME. IDENTIFICATION #5L202H2S16831. TITLE #5795049. RP#R0665249. Names in which assessed: HOWARD P MILLER ESTATE 1327 SE ADEL ST ARCADIA, FL 34266 A ll of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JANUA RY 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 11TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2013. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 12/19/13, 12/26/13, 1/2/14 & 1/9/14 112132 2978390 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that US BANK AS CF FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 843 Issuance Date: MAY 28, 2010 T ax Deed File #: 13-49-TD Description of Property: THE EAST FIFTY (50) FEET OF LOT 10, BLOCK 3, HENDRYS SUBDIVISION, LYING IN THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SW1/4 OF SECTION 1, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 24 EAST, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 11. Names in w hich assessed: HOWARD P MILLER ESTATE 1327 SE ADEL ST ARCADIA, FL 34266 A ll of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JANUA RY 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 11TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2013. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 12/19/13, 12/26/13, 1/2/14 & 1/9/14 112132 2978409 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that US BANK AS CF FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 100 T AX DEEDS3132 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 T ax Deed File #: 13-50-TD Description of Property: LOTS 58, AND 59, PEACE RIVER ACRES SUBDIVISION, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 68. Names in which assessed: HOLY GHOST CHURCH OF GOD PURCHASED WITH HIS BLOOD INC. PO BOX 35339 ST PETERSBURG, FL 33705 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JANUARY 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 11TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2013. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 12/19/13, 12/26/13, 1/2/14 & 1/9/14 112132 2978420 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that US BANK AS CF FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 506 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 T ax Deed File #: 13-51-TD Description of Property: LOT 3, WINDY PINE MANOR, AN UNRECORDED PLAT ALSO DESCRIBED AS: BEG AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE NW1/4 OF THE SE1/4 OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 24 EAST; THENCE S 00 DEGREES 06E ALONG EAST LINE OF SAID TRACT, 336.93 FEET TO NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. #72; THENCE S 56 DEGREES 50 W ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF WAY, 200 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SAME LINE, 100.0 FEET; THENCE N 33 DEGREES 10W, 200.0 FEET; THENCE N 56 DEGREES 50 E, 100.0 FEET; THENCE S 33 DEGREES 10E, 200.0 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. SUBJECT TO A 3 FOOT EASTMENT ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY FOR UTILITIES. ALL LYING AND BEING IN DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA. Names in which assessed: ELLA MAY BEAVER 930 CASTLE WAY LAKELAND, FL 33803 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JANUARY 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 11TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2013. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 12/19/13, 12/26/13, 1/2/14 & 1/9/14 112132 2978428 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that US BANK AS CF FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 378 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 T ax Deed File #: 13-52-TD Description of Property: LOTS 9 AND 10, BLOCK B, A/W/ GILCHRISTS SUBDIVISION IN THE SOUTH1/2 OF THE SW1/4 OF THE SW1/4 OF SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 25 EAST, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 65. Names in which assessed: PA TRICIA GLADFELTER ET/AL T AX DEEDS3132 11497 58TH ST N PINELLAS PARK, FL 33565 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JANUARY 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 11TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2013. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 12/19/13, 12/26/13, 1/2/14 & 1/9/14 112132 2978484 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that US BANK AS CF FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 1751 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 T ax Deed File #: 13-53-TD Description of Property: LOTS 1, BLOCK 31, KING AND BAKER SUBDIVISION, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 105 AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK C-5, P AGE 63, INCLUDING ANY REVERSIONARY INTEREST IN THE ALLEYWAY ADJOINING THERETO BY VACATION OF ALLEYWAY AS SHOWN IN O.R. BOOK 115, PAGE 215, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA. SAID INTEREST IN THE ALLEYWAY ABOVE DESCRIBED BEING: TO CENTERLINE OF ALLEYWAY ADJACENT TO THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID LOT 1. Names in which assessed: HECTOR TELLO 1168 SE SEVENTH AVE ARCADIA, FL 34266 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JANUARY 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 17TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2013. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 12/26/13, 1/2/14, 1/9/14 & 1/16/14 112132 2980975 OTHER NOTICES3138 Notice Physician Office Closing Please be advised as of December 31, 2013 DeSoto Memorial Hospital will no longer staff a physicians office specializing in OB/GYN services at 1012 N. Mills Avenue in Arcadia, Florida. Dr. Durfee resigned her position as of September 30, 2013 and we have been using temporary physicians to care for her patients since her departure. As the patient you are entitled to r etain a copy of your personal medical record. Please contact Mrs. Janet Page if you would like your medical records sent to another provider. Mrs. Page can be reached at (863) 494-8401 or 888 N. Robert Avenue in Arcadia. If you desire to continue to be seen by a local physician Dr. T eodorescu and Dr. Mohammadbhoy are available and may be contacted at Community Care Family Health Clinic located at 1110 E. Gibson Avenue, Arcadia, Florida 34266, Telephone number 863494-1918. Both Dr. Teodorescu and Dr. Mohammadbhoy have served this community for many years and would be happy to provide you with quality healthcare services. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Janet Page at (863) 494-8401. Thank you for your dedication and loyalty to DeSoto Memorial Hospital. OTHER NOTICES3138 PUBLIC NOTICE All interested parties within DeSoto County are hereby advised that DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners is applying to the Florida Department of Transportation for a capital grant under Section 5310 of the Federal Transit Act of 1991, as amended, for the purchase of two vehicles to be used for the provision of public transit services with an estimated cost of $42,000 each vehicle to be used within the DeSoto Countys area of operation. A Public Hearing has been scheduled on January 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., at 201 East Oak Street, Suite 103, Arcadia, Florida, 34266, for the purpose of advising all interested parties of service being contemplated if grant funds are awarded, and to ensure that contemplated services would not represent a duplication of current or proposed services provided by existing transit or paratransit operators in the area. This hearing will be conducted if and only if a written request for the hearing is r eceived by January 7, 2014. Requests for a hearing must be addressed to DeSoto County, Peggy Waters, 201 East Oak Street, Suite 202, Arcadia, Florida, 34266 and a copy sent to FDOT District 1, Debra Stephens, Modal Development Office/Public T ransit, Southwest Area Office, 10041 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, Florida 33913. Florida Law and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in public accommodation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or of marital status. Persons believing they have been discriminated against on these conditions may file a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations at 850-488-7082 or 800-3428170 (voice messaging). Published 12/26/13 101305 2980320 FURNITURE6035 Y our Hometown Furniture Store Quality Furniture at affordable prices! Best Prices Anywhere! 126 S. Parker Ave. (one blk S. of Moose Lodge) MISCELLANEOUS6260 Attn: Preppers Large Fresh W ater Tank From Class A RV. 6x14x10 $95 863-4946557 AUTOS WANTED7260 WE BUY & PICK UP JUNK CARS 941-661-1928 T urn your trash into cash! Ad vertise y our yard sale! R V/CAMPER PARTS7382 WHEEL COVERS. Stainless. 19.5. Set of 6. With Hardware. No rust, no dents. $150. (863) 494-6557 CLASSIFIED ADSSELL nurse working at the jail. Holland claimed he was beaten by Rizza and was then not given needed medical attention. The day following his arrest, he was transported to the Hardee County Jail so he would not be in the vicin ity where his girlfriend worked. According to the investigation report, Rizza allegedly used excessive force against Holland and Carlucci witnessed the incident. Reportedly, Rizza grabbed Holland by the shirt and slammed him back into the wall. Cross stopped at the entry to the holding cell and reportedly observed Rizzas actions. In addition, Murray was reportedly sitting in the vicinity and observed Rizza and Carlucci in the room with Holland; Murray reportedly just looked away during the incident. The nurse in question (who was a Health Department employee assigned to the jail) resigned on July 18. Kugler, facing federal charges, pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to federal agents, and faces sentencing in February. Carlucci, also named in the federal suit, reportedly plans to enter a guilty plea to a charge of obstructing justice. Both also agreed to cooperate with federal investigators. In November, the battery and false imprisonment charges against Holland were dropped by the state attorneys ofce, but he was adjudicated guilty of violating the domestic protection order.JAILFROM PAGE 12 episode, DeJoria told him, Farmers are the cornerstone of America. Id like to be your partner, Johnny; I like everything you stand for. Im going to give you everything youre asking for. What youre doing is right and you deserve a chance to make it big and do a lot of good. Now that the show has been aired, he can say he and DeJoria have connected not only as business partners, but also as people who take seriously the need to conserve the worlds resources and to do good for their fellow man. Their views on conservation meshed, and the pair with DeJorias backing and Georges knowledge of farming practices are setting out to help farmers and boost agricultural production around the globe. Georges has now secured patents (with DeJorias help) in dozens of countries including China, Mexico, Great Britain and across Europe. And he says another shark inventor Lori Greiner, well known as a QVC celebrity is also interested in investing in Georges products. The Tree T-Pee was originally invented to protect citrus trees from frost damage. But Georges realized, with a few modications, it could do double-duty by reducing the amount of water needed for trees (by as much as 90 percent), as well as signicantly reduce the amount of fertilizer and pesticide a farmer has to use. That, in turn, also reduces energy costs, meaning better prots for farmers and enhanced productivity. Georges is about to embark on a national Farmers Tour early next year, stopping at farms from coast to coast to share Tree T-Pees with them before he arrives at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif. in February. Even bigger plans are in the works, he says all because of his appearance on Shark Tank.INVENTORFROM PAGE 13 cant calculate that in a budget. In the following days and weeks, messages appeared on business marquees such as Support the APD and We support our police department. By the time the council formally met again in late August, it was clear public pressure had affected members of the council. Thenmayor Keith Keene, for example, wondered out loud during the meeting why anyone thought the council would actually disband the police department. Frierson and Heine also reversed their earlier stances, and the nal budget passed with only minor cuts to APDs budget.APDFROM PAGE 13 Pastor Brian Russell of Pine Level United Methodist Church, on stage with Johnny Georges after his appearance on Shark Tank was shown.ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com 11YI /_iiii

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Arcadian | Page 24 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, December 26, 2013 Christmas parade, postcard winners accept awards PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comDeSoto County Schools Superintendent Dr. Karyn Gary accepts the rst-place award on behalf of the district for Best Religious entry in the Christmas Card Lane contest. Representatives of Habitat for Humanity accept their rst-place award for the Best Theme oat in the Christmas parade. Julies Needle and Thread won rst place in the Lighting category for the stores Christmas parade Summer Days Spa took home the best overall oat during this years Christmas parade. PHOTO PROVIDED BY JANE POWERSThe DeSoto Memorial Hosptial Auxiliary collected toys to donate to Toys for Tots. Shown in the photo are Auxiliary President, Bob Siegel, and Gift Shop Chair, Carmen Miranda.Hospital volunteers help children at Christmas Fire Station 1 and believed it was beyond repair. I dont want to put the burden of a new fire station on the taxpayers, but I dont believe that this building can be rehabbed, Commissioner Gabriel Quave said during the workshop. Other commissioners, notably Elton Langford and Bob Miller, said the county need to look at alternatives to building a new complex. We need to look into other avenues, Miller said. I dont want to put additional burdens on the taxpayers. We need to look at this as a business, and find out which option is most financially responsible. The MSTU/MSBU idea steadily gained steam through the summer, with county staff looking to use that mechanism to fund the Public Safety Department on its own, which would have included a new fire station. The idea had garnered enough internal support to be included in initial budget outlines for 2013/14. The process hit a dead end, however, once it was determined the countys budget was in serious trouble after unfunded state mandates for increases in employee retirement benefits had staff scrambling. The MSTU/MSBU was removed from the budget in late summer, and little was said publicly about a new fire station afterward. The subject did briefly come back to life in November, when Fire Chief Larry Taylor and County Administrator Guy Maxcy said mold had been discovered in the ductwork of the living quarters of the stations module, and they requested the board either approve the purchase of a new module or revive the idea of building a new station. Air quality checks were completed on the structure and the mold was deemed harmless, but the incident did prompt the board to approve the gutting of the old Fire Station 1 building, with the goal of finding out if the existing structure could be rehabbed in the near future.Sheriffs officeDiscussion over a new Sheriffs office complex fizzled after the March workshop, which at the time included ideas on the feasibility of building a new facility, with the focus on the type and size of the complex, along with securing land to build it on. At the conclusion of the workshop, the board directed Maxcy to secure a list of potential land sites the county could purchase for a future facility, but the matter was not brought up again publicly the rest of the year. Maxcy has said he plans to revive the issue in 2014, including moving forward with securing property and discussing possible financing options. CONSIDERSFROM PAGE 13 sales tax increase, Sica rejected the idea. Our calculations are that a one-half cent increase would generate around $1.3 million, which is woefully short of where DMH needs to be. The city voted unanimously to defer any decisions until the BOCC had a chance to discuss the matter. A week later Sica presented his proposal to the county, which voted 5-0 to reject any mill increases for the hospital. The commissioners, while supportive of the hospital and the services it provides to the community, asked Sica whether the hospital had explored every option of raising revenue before seeking a tax hike on DeSoto citizens. Commissioner Elton Langford was skeptical the hospital was doing all it could to cut costs. Why isnt there a representative from the health department in the emergency room helping to educate patients and divert them away if it isnt a true emergency? I would like to see that initiated at some point, he said. During the BOCC meeting, several members of the public also said they object to the hospitals request, including former DeSoto County School District Superintendent Adrian Cline. I am an advocate of the hospital, and we should give them time to exhaust every other option, Cline said. But there should be no mill increases. Many times the infusion of taxpayer money does not help the issue. Its wrong to avoid the publics opinion on the issue. Although the issue has quieted in recent months, 2014 promises to be an active year for the hospitals quest for taxpayer funding. Sica has publicly stated the hospital plans to approach the BOCC for a referendum on the 2014 ballot that would allow taxpayers to approve a one-half cent sales tax to help nance the hospital. If approved, the tax would provide the hospital with an extra $1.3 million in revenue, which is still more than $1 million short of what it needs to cover its operating costs.HOSPITALFROM PAGE 13 Uw r try i J i' r P t Vii=?lamAS 1fiQf}311 c[..[ p of *rIn n ( ra n r, 3k-.. Sb a'sJ rs f`mr'; f C r;? / 1 P