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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, April 3, 2014 24 pages / 50 centsREALLIFE COWBOYS IN TOWNThe ranch rodeo comes to Arcadia Sunday, showcasing the skills of working Florida cowboys.PAGE 21 A section of the Sun Arcadian 50 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Family Album ..........7 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Religion ..............10 Sports ...............14 Garden Gate ..........18 MOVING FORWARD: City Council to hold special meeting on administrator hiring process ................ 3 WILLIAMS SENTENCED: Court orders 12 years for bilking elderly client .................................... 8 SOUTHERN CROSS OF HONOR: Community recognizes Confederate veterans at Oak Ridge Cemetery ....... 12 INSIDE Like us on Facebook The DeSoto Memorial Hospital board of directors voted 5-0 last Thursday to pursue the sale of the hospital to a private entity. The move allows hospital administration to begin the process of seeking potential bid proposals under Florida Statute 115.40, which dictates necessary steps a public hospital must take when considering its sale. During his report to the board, CEO Vince Sica outlined the hospitals current nancial situation, noting its net revenue for 2014 so far was down $1.5 million compared with the previous year and accounts receivable was at $3.3 million. He added the decit had only affected DMHs bottom line by $150,000 because of extraordinary efforts by the hospitals staff to reduce costs by efforts such as furlough days, reduced spending and other money-saving efforts. I commend the entire hospital staff for the sacrices theyve made; a majority of the savings weve had is attributed to them, he said. Noting the low probability of having a sales tax approved via referendum, the reduced payments for services from Medicare/Medicaid and the lack of funding for providing indigent care, Sica suggested the board take a serious look at other ways to increase revenue. I think the board needs to consider taking action to nd other means of generating revenue, he said. Sica said DMH would be attractive to potential buyers because of the amount of revenue it could generate if it offered cardiology or neurology services. This is an area potential buyers look at with interest because its a money-maker that currently is referred out of the hospital, he said. Sica continued that, although the administration and board had previously talked about the possibility of a sale, lease or afliation, to legally pursue the option the board had to formally approve a motion to move forward. Board explains decision to sellBoard member Rose Polston made a motion for the hospital to move forward DMH moves toward saleBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR DMH | 18 A tragic family tale unfolded last Thursday night when George Burnham was killed and his wife, JoAnn, was severely beaten, allegedly by their son, Karl Edward Burnham, according to the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce. New information from the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce states that Karl Burnham, 49, entered a room in his parents home in the 2400 block of N.W. Owens Avenue and began attacking his mother, JoAnn Burnham, 72, with a wooden hammer. When her husband, 79-year-old George Burnham, came to her defense, Karl attacked him as well. Karl Burnham then took off with his parents car, a 2012 Lexus. According to the afdavit on which the arrest warrant is based, the incident happened around 1 p.m. JoAnn and George were not discovered until around 5 p.m. when their daughter, Tammy Gross, arrived at the home, nding her father lying in a pool of blood and her injured mother on the living room couch. According to DCSOs statement, Gross asked her mother whether Karl had done this, and JoAnn replied yes. Gross immediately called 911, reporting her parents injuries and that the family car was missing. When DCSO detectives arrived, JoAnn was able to talk to them. JoAnn told them Karl struck her multiple times, and when she asked him why, he did not answer. JoAnn yelled to George for help, and he came to her aid, but she DeSoto family tragedyBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR HOW TO HELP THE FAMILYA bank account has been established at Bank of America under the name Burnham Family for donations to help the family with funeral expenses and medical bills. Anyone wishing to send a card can bring or mail it in care of Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church, 2865 County Road 661, Arcadia 34266, and the church will deliver it. The Rev. Jonathon Booher asks the community to keep the Burnham family in their prayers.Son arrested:TRAGEDY | 13PORT CHARLOTTE The Sun Coast Media Group, parent company of The Arcadian, has purchased the Sebring News-Sun, Highlands Countys hometown newspaper since 1927, further expanding its unique brand of local news. Details of the transaction, which occurred Tuesday afternoon, were not immediately available. But the NewsSun is publishing today under new ownership. We think its been more than 50 years since the News-Sun belonged to a family and were happy that its now part of our family, said Sun Coast Media Group president David Dunn-Rankin. The previous owner of the Sebring News-Sun was Halifax Media Group, a U.S. newspaper company owning more than 30 newspapers in the Southeastern U.S., including the Sarasota HeraldTribune and the Lakeland Ledger. Halifax purchased the Ledger and HeraldTribune from The New York Times Sun Coast Media Group buys Sebring paperBy GARY ROBERTSSTAFF WRITER PAPER | 21April Fools race to help Rotary, DeSoto schools ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comSevigny Eye Care employees and family members get ready for the April Fools 5K run/walk sponsored by the Arcadia Rotary. Proceeds of the race went to Rotary charities and the DeSoto School District AVID program. Turn to page 13 for more photos. 4r-AwlR Ai\AIV 19T'. A --fl,"O irk Irl__"rCa_i Y'`.'f \-fl`, ''e1, / y% 3: (). 'f tp .N .1. Jr.f K' 7 @'05252"516211 6


Arcadian | Page 2 The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Ashely Coone, 31, South Florida State College graduate and lifelong DeSoto County resident, is the executive director of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce, bringing a fresh perspective. After graduating from SFSC in 2002 with an Associate in Arts degree, Coone earned a bachelors degree in business management from Florida Gulf Coast University and a masters in management and leadership from Webster University. As executive director, she is a key representative and advocate for business owners and employers in the community. She has the responsibility for man agement of operations, administration, budget, nance/accounting, building and facilities, chamber development and marketing programs, long-term strategic planning, and oversight of all board-directed initiatives. Before coming to the chamber, Coone worked as a retention coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast University and then served in the ofce of Congressman Connie Mack. She was also appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to chair the Early Learning Coalition of Floridas Heartland. Coone was also a student advocate and mentor for Take Stock in Children at SFSC. She was recently recognized by Florida Gulf Coast University, as a Soaring Eagle. This award honors alumni who are thriving in their careers and giving back to their communities. She credits her education and experience at SFSC for giving her a well rounded foundation for business. SFSC is where it all started, Coone said. SFSC provided small class sizes, affordable housing, and close proximity to my family. I enjoyed the small campus atmosphere and the close relationships I formed with faculty and staff. While Coone has a successful career with the Chamber, she discovered that a strong passion for helping students in her community was her true calling. Growing up, Coones parents fostered children for more than 30 years. This inspired her to start a nonprot to give students in DeSoto the necessary resources to continue their education and become successful. SFSC alumna finds passion for helping studentsPROVIDED B y SUMMER MILLERSFSC PHOTO PROVIDEDAs Executive Director of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, Ashley Coone bears responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the chamber. She also founded Links2Success, helping DeSoto students realize higher education as an attainable goal.PASSION | 24 Standing before the Arcadia City Council recently, the Smith Brown Community Foundation Board of Directors unveiled an ambitious plan to renovate the Smith Brown Gym. The foundation laid out plans to transform the gym into a community facility. In their vision, the renovated gym will be a safe building for organizations to offer services and activities for everyone from youth to seniors. The renovation plans are the result of the foundations yearlong community needs assessment and their past programming in the facility. Theres such a rich history in this building, said Richard Coach Bowers, who chairs the Smith Brown Community Foundation. There are so many kids who started out playing and learning in this gym during school, after school, and summers. Many of these kids have become extremely successful adults. We look forward to restor ing the gym and providing enrichment services to the youth of today and continuing a tradition of success. The foundation has a plan to do just that. The initial phase would make the building safe and usable. Long term plans include updating fixtures, equipment, adding air conditioning, painting and more. Nestled in the middle of the Arcadia Housing Authority, the building is adjacent to Redlands Christian Migrant Association. Owned by the city, the facility was built in the 1950s as a gymnasium for the Smith Brown School during segregation. Prior to the buildings closure, it had been used for community events, food distributions and more. The foundation Foundation seeks to restore Smith Brown GymSUBMITTED B y ASHLEY COONESBCF ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comLindsay Turner, left, and Ashley Coone look over some post-Charley plans that included improvements to the Smith Brown Gym. They are working to restore the gym so it can be available for more community uses. Forgotten trophies, gathering dust and cobwebs, suggest a time when Smith Brown Gym was a vibrant part of the community. A group of civic leaders hopes to restore it to continue serving the children and others in the community. Coach Richard Bowers, chair of the Smith Brown Community Foundation, envisions a time when the gym will serve many community functions and programs.RESTORE | 24 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Board of County Comminssioners of DeSoto County, Florida will consider the adoption of an ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 22, 20014 and May 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM or as soon thereafter as it may be heard, in the County Commission Meeting Room, 103 Administration Building 201 East Oak Street Arcadia, Florida as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA REVISING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR FINDINGS, APPLICABILITY, AND EFFECT ON EXISTING LAND DEVELOPMENT APPROVALS; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTIONS OF SPECIFIED REVISIONS TO ORDINANCE 2012-01, INCLUDING THOSE RELATED TO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING, MINOR SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS AND MINOR VARIANCES OF SETBACKS, DEVELOPMENT ON PROPERTY WITH CODE VIOLATIONS, IMPROVEMENT PLANS, USES ALLOWED IN VARIOUS ZONING DISTRICTS, BUFFERING, INTERPRETATIONS, CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS, NONCONFORMING STRUCTURES, REGULATION OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES, PARKING OF VEHICLES AND OTHER MATTERS, PROVIDING FOR REPUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE 2012-01 AS AMENDED HEREBY; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A complete copy of the draft ordinance may be inspected and copied after April 16, 2014 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, at the Office of the County Administrator in Suite 201. Members of the public are advised that if any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at a board meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceeding, and that for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record included testimony and evidence upon which, the appeal is made. If special accommodations are required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals should contact the County Administrators Office by calling 863-9934800 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. 50456791


The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Page 3 | Arcadian Arcadian Publisher .............................. 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 DISPLAY ADVERTISINGDeSoto ...............................863-494-2434 Joe Gallimore Susan Hoffman Steve Bauer Tami Jewell Jackie Bierman Kyle Gallimore 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 ONLINE Like The Arcadian on Facebook Bill McGavic wanted to let the community know his wife, Mitzie McGavic, is expected to recover fully from injuries she suffered in a vehicular wreck on March 24. Its going to be a long time, he said, but her doctors say she has good prospects for 100 percent recovery. She had back surgery last week, and surgery on her heel this week. Bill said she would not even be able to put a little weight on her right foot for a few months. But he added she is in good spirits and is ready to tackle the new challenge. He expected Mitzie might be moved to rehab by the end of this week, closer to DeSoto County. In the meantime, friends can bring cards and get-well wishes to the Clerk of Courts office in the DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 E. Oak Street, and they will be delivered to her. McGavic is the DeSoto County Clerk of Courts and is well known throughout the community for her many volunteer efforts, including active roles in the DeSoto County Historical Society, Book Buddies (in which children read books to dogs at the library) and Team Arcadia. Team Arcadia has been working on a project to renovate Lake Katherine Park for several months. In last weeks accident, a truck westbound on State Road 70 just where the two lanes merge lost control, and jumped across the median, directly into Mitzie McGavics eastbound path. Her car struck the passenger side of the truck and was forced toward the lake, ending up nearly submerged in the water before she was rescued. She was taken to Tampa General for treatment.McGavic expected to recover fullySTAFF REPORT The Arcadia City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in council chambers to nalize a formal hiring process and gather questions to be asked during interviews with city administrator nalists. The move came after City Clerk Penny Delaney asked the council for guidance on how to move forward in the hiring process. Several members suggested the rst step would be to come up with a list of identical questions for each candidate. We need to come up with this list rst and foremost, and in my opinion the questions should be the same for each applicant, said Councilman Keith Keene. Were faced with a unique challenge as four of our nalists are currently living outside Florida. Id like to see us meet separately so we can put a structured hiring process in place. Mayor Alice Frierson agreed, saying she didnt want the process to drag out Council to meet Monday on administrator search By STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR SEARCH | 10 A 12th judicial circuit judge ruled Arcadia resident Lorenzo Dixon was not guilty of charges of improper exhibition of a rie and attempt and/or assault. The charges stem from a July 18, 2013, incident when private process server Zachary Kaufman told Arcadia Police Department ofcers that Dixon brandished a rie and pointed it at Kaufman in the driveway as he attempted to serve papers at Dixons home. Dixon, whose property is posted with no trespassing signs, told the court his wife had seen someone lurking outside the house and peeking in their windows, and when he opened the front door, he noticed Kaufman was dressed casually and had nothing that indicated he was a process server. I jumped up and answered the door, and told the man whoever you are or whatever youre here for were not interested and to get the hell off my property, Dixon said. I then slammed the door closed. Dixon said Kaufman then went to his car and stayed there for two or three minutes. Although Kaufman told authorities he went to his vehicle to call the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce to help him serve papers, it was later discovered he called the Arcadia Police Department to report a rie had been pointed at him. Dixon says he grabbed a sheathed antique sword and held it at his side while standing in the doorway, again ordering Kaufman to leave. He denies owning any type of rie or long gun, and although charges were still led APD ofcers on the scene deter mined no crime had been committed. The judge in the case, Kimberly Carlton Bonner, ruled that although there are conicting accounts of what happened at Dixons residence that day, the server was clearly never authorized, invited or licensed to enter the Defendants property. Bonner said that if Dixons version of the event was cor rect, Kaufman disobeyed no less than two orders to leave the premises by rst ignoring the no trespassing signs, and then ignoring the verbal command to leave. Bonner continued that the state had failed to offer sufcient proof Dixon possessed a rie and that Kaufmans violation of posted property supported Dixons claim of self defense. She also ruled the state presented insufcient evidence to support its attempt/assault charge. Dixon says he felt vindicated by the ruling. We are very pleased with the outcome. We believe the judge has made the right ruling by exonerating me and adjudicating me as not guilty of the bogus charges that the Arcadia Police Department put together, he said. Dixons attorney, E. Vernon Douglas, says Dixons case is distinguishable because of Kaufmans actions when attempting to serve Dixon. I think its important to point out that (Kaufman) was not known to be a process server until the event was totally over, he said. The server entered posted private property, which he does not have a right to do. In this case you had a perfect storm where a process server, not dressed professionally, with no way of knowing who he was beforehand, is trespassing and peering through windows in casual clothes. It was clear that police had one predetermined target and provided inaccurate information to the state attorney to cause the ling of charges. When government is over reaching its authority citizens like Mr. Dixon have to stand strong against it. Dixon hinted at a recent City Council meeting of possible actions being taken against the city, but would not elaborate further. Calls for comment to the APD were not returned as of press time.Dixon found not guilty on chargesBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR PHOTOS PROVIDEDLorenzo Dixon said a process server who entered his property to serve papers was dressed casu ally, in ip ops, not in professional attire. BREAKFAST SPECIALS MondayF riday ANYTIME 1 1 2 1 E O a k S t r e e t A r c a d i a F L 8 6 3 4 9 4 4 4 0 4 1121 E. 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VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Arcadian | Page 4Derek Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group Chairman David Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group President Joe Gallimore Arcadian PublisherSusan E. Homan Arcadian Editor E-mail letters to | GRITS & PIECES | LETTERS TO THE EDITORThe progress of man, the regress of humanityTime changes everything, it is said, and Id say thats true for most anything there is. But is change always for the better? Not a chance, I decided, after pondering a few aspects of life and the so-called progress weve made. Used to be, the whole family would pile into the station wagon and go to the drive-in movie with homemade snacks and the kiddies in their pajamas, and enjoy a couple of family-friendly movies. These days, if you edited out all the bad language, some would be silent, and if you cut out the nasty scenes and violence, some would last only a half hour. Television is basically in the same boat. When a large percentage of viewers is suddenly appalled when members of an actual family come together to ask the blessing on their meals, and then never bats an eye at the blatant vulgarity and violence theyve been happily watching for years on countless other prime time programs, I have to wonder just what kind of destructive tailspin were in now. Also, Im beginning to think that even some commercials should come with parental advising. Just ask your self this howd we go from Shirley Temple to Honey Boo Boo? Weve gone from family and friends sitting on the front porch, leisurely sharing news of the day while the sun went down, to texting and tweeting on the y. This is getting so crazy that pretty soon, the phone will be nothing but an app, as that gizmo that you cant turn loose of does so many things that theres not time to use it for a phone. When I tell young folks about how we had party lines, they look at me as though I may as well be telling them we communicated with smoke signals. And I guess a form of the old party line still exists with the NSA. Big Brother has got your number, quite literally. Victory gardens were once the thing, but most of todays generation couldnt even grow sandspurs and weeds, let alone something t to eat. Today we rely on lots of processed food that comes with lists of ingredients that we dont recognize, and wed simply starve to death if we couldnt run to the nearest big box store and buy some. Alas, freshness has fallen to convenience and laziness. Just look at marriage. Once upon a time, vows were taken seriously. Now, the meaning of Til death do us part, has morphed into, Ill stick around til it ceases being all kicks and giggles. Nobody gets rainbows without the rain, and nobody gets roses without the thorns. Too many young folks refuse to suck it up and deal with it, and choose to give it up and move on to the next patch of greener grass. Something Ive always told my kids the grass may be greener on the other side, but its just as hard to mow. When was the last time your family all sat together around the dinner table for a home-cooked meal, and took turns sharing the events of their day? The way schedules conict, families are coming and going at different times, and even if theyre home, often they settle for eating in the living room so they can watch TV, instead of having to communicate. And who cooks from scratch anymore? Todays version of a meal from scratch is more like scratching around in your purse or vehicle ash tray for change so you can afford a sack of food at the driveup window. Used to be, this nation had a very admirable work force. These days, jobs arent as scarce as they are unwanted, and the work force cant be forced to work. But they sure do like to eat and receive subsidies. If the government has to pay you just to exist, Id say that pretty much relegates you to the parasite and pariah category. I wonder sometimes, how many baby boomers who grew up watching TV Westerns and playing with cap pistols and stick ponies actually grew up to be armed-to-the-teeth whackos who shoot up shopping malls, movie theaters, and schools? Seems to me that this particular spawn of humanity cut their teeth on violent video games and in-your-face horror movies. And now an elementary school student cant even point his nger and say Bang! without being vilied, expelled, whisked off to therapy, and plastered all over the 6 oclock news. And one that is really getting old is that the Golden Rule of Do unto others what you would have them do unto you has become Do unto others before they can do unto you. What were seeing a lot of in the progress of todays so-called advanced society is more like Do unto me unless I decide it offends me for whatever reason, and then expect to hear from my lawyer and be labeled whatever I decide to call you. I just shake my head sometimes, wishing I could be back on the front porch of my good old days, listening to elder family members talk about the times they considered to be their good old days. Are we as humanity evolving or dissolving? Think about it, and act accordingly, neighbors. Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson troubador55@embarqmail.comStory was not placed appropriatelyEditor: Really! ... Big headline and front page of unacceptable abuse toward a dog. Yes, I am as much an animal lover as the next guy. I also was revolted by the news report. However, I am also a long-time friend of one of our communitys most dedicated and hard-working citizen in DeSoto County. Sorry, but I have to question your judgment of obscuring the news report of a loving, loyal community champion to the position in the paper where it landed. For those of us nding it, we now must pass the word for prayers to Mitzie, her family and all that are privileged to know her, for a speedy and complete recovery.Jo Rider ArcadiaThanks to Treasure AlleyEditor: I would like to thank Renee and Tim Kilkelly and Libby Roller of Treasure Alley. My name is Charlotte Holcomb. I am Team Captain for Relay for Life at Tobys RV Park. On March 22, I was given a spot in front of Treasure Alley to raise money for Relay. I collected $89. Treasure Alley is a big help to me in collecting money for Relay. They also allow me to put a coin can in the store on the counter.Thank you again. Charlotte Holcomb ArcadiaVoters should not just follow party linesEditor: Why is our electorate, meaning those who vote, more interested and wrapped up in their loyalty to their particular political party, than the country in which they live? As a former Democrat, I have no interest in being either Republican or Democrat. I personally will vote for whichever candidate falls within my personal idea of what a solid American citizen should be. This present administration is slowly destroying this country and everything it stands for. I do not mean to imply that all Democrats now in ofce are tarnished, but they are placing party loyalty rst, and in doing so, they are paving the road to oblivion. Obama is criticized for not knowing what he is doing, but contrary to popular belief, he knows exactly what he is doing and he is getting away with it. I would like to think I am wrong, but as my grandmother pointed out many years ago, Ignorance is bliss. But its not limited to either political party. In 2012 Obama said he was going to reform the government of the United States, and he is on his way to succeeding.George Pratt Arcadia | 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. 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The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Page 5 | Arcadian Arcadia Village helps high school concert band The DeSoto County High School concert band delivered a crowd-pleasing performance Thursday for residents of Arcadia Village. Renae Krause teamed up with Herb Rose to collect money for the DeSoto County High School Concert Band by running a 50/50 drawing all winter. Proceeds were given to band director James Mock. Gerry Stewart thanks Herb Rose and Bob Bowman for donating their 50/50 winnings back to the Desoto County High School Concert Band. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comThe trumpets blare the melody as the DeSoto County High School band entertains Arcadia Village residents. Arcadia Villagers enjoy the sweet sounds of the DeSoto County High School concert band on Thursday evening. The tuba section adds heart to the performance by the DeSoto County High School concert band Thursday at Arcadia Village. Sydney Whitman, percussionist for Desoto County High Schools concert band, keeps the beat in a performance for Arcadia Village residents. Gerry Stewart of Arcadia Village hands a check to DeSoto County High School concert band director James Mock. Residents raised the donation for the band over the past year. Eye Exams Medical Eye Care Surgery Full Optical Boutique Contact Lenses863.491.7777 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(24 hour emergency eye care)We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and all major medical plans BlinkyOur Board Certified physicians are committed to not just meeting your expectations but exceeding them! 50456795 V ^V6awrs Sr9^1BttOC11J0SEVIGNYASSOCIATES


Arcadian | Page 6 The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 FRIDAY St. Pauls Knights of Columbus will hold its Lenten Fish Fry fundraiser from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Fridayw, April 4 and April 11, at St. Pauls Catholic Church Parish Hall (next to Burger King). Open to the public. For details, call 444-0082. DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council will take a field trip April 4 to the Museum of Florida Arts and Culture, South Fla. State College, Avon Park. Meet 10:30 a.m. at The Arcadian parking lot, 108 S. Polk Ave. to car pool. Lunch on your own at the Jacaranda Hotel. Return to Arcadia by approximately 5:30 p.m. Call 863-703-0373 and leave a message for more information and to RSVP, or email The film Cowboys of Florida will be screened at 7 p.m. April 4 at the Charlotte County Cultural Center Theater, with a 6 p.m. meet-and-greet with director Victor Milt and producers Mac Martin and George Pratt. Tickets ate $10 online at www.theculturalcenter. com or at The Cultural Center Box Office, 2280 Aaron Street in Port Charlotte. Call 941-625-4175 ext. 221 for more information. DeSoto School District/DCTA Collective Bargaining meeting will be held 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 4 at the School Board chambers. 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 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 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SATURDAY The Relay for Life is scheduled for April 5 at Veterans Memorial Park. The Olde Town Market and Main Street Farmers Market are held the first Saturday every month in downtown Arcadia from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh produce,pickled products,jams, jellies, homemade granola bars, baked goods, fresh and dried herbs, arts, crafts, woodworking, quilts, sewing, plants and other goodies. For vendor info call the Arcadia Main Street office at 494-2020. THis is the last Olde Town Market for the season. Boaters Get-Together meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at Nav-A-Gator Grill, 9700 S.W. Riverview Circle (off Kings Hwy/C.R. 769). For more information, call 941-627-3474. DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. The first Saturday of every month is Book Buddies, when children read to dogs. 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 The Working Ranch Cowboy Association Ranch Rodeo takes places on April 6. The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 304 W. Myrtle St., invites you to help them celebrate the 104th anniversary of the church. On April 4 at 7 p.m., Pastor Troy and City Takers. April 6 at 3:30 p.m., Pastor Norris and Shiloh Baptist Church. On April 18 at 7 p.m., Pastor Greene and Mt. Pilgrim. April 27 at 3 p.m., Pastor Taisin of Mt. Zion AME Church. On April 6,the Nav-a-Gator Grill & Marina hosts Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project. Donate a pair of new athletic shoes, which all are given to Charlotte County Kids. Then spend the day with great music by Gary & Kerri 2 p.m.-5 p.m. For details call 941-627-3474 Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visitors available 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 The DeSoto County School District will hold another open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 7 at the former Laurel Oaks Academy in Lake Suzy, 12100 S.W. Academy Drive. The district is evaluating whether to open a free public school for grades K through 8 to focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math and is seeking input from parents and students. The open house is a chance for parents to ask questions and show their interest in such a school so the district can decide whether enough support exists to go forward. The school would not charge tuition and would be open to any student in the county. 4-H county council, leaders and volunteers meet at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the DeSoto County Turner Center extension office. The AA G.I.R.L.S. business meeting is held the first Monday at 7:15 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. The Arcadia Garden Club meets at noon on the first Monday of each month Oct. through June at its office, 1005 W. Magnolia St. Bring a covered dish to share. 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. 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 appointment. For more information, call 491-5683. TUESDAY Nature Walks: Environmental Learning Lab, 8:30 a.m. April 8. Free. DeSoto County Commission Board meets at 9 a.m. at the County Administration building, Room 103, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. DeSoto County School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the School Board meeting room of the DeSoto County School District, 530 La Solona Ave., Arcadia. 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. 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. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. 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 DeSoto County Commission Community Conversations will be held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on April 9 at the Turner Center Exhibit Hall; and April 10 at Kingsway Country Club, Kingsway Circle in Lake Suzy. Nature Talk: Mike Rhodes shares information about beautiful but dangerous exotic plants, 10 a.m. on April 9 at DeSoto County Library. Free. The Central Florida Regional Planning Council will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 9 at DeSoto County Commission chambers, 201 E. Oak St. For more information, contact Patricia M. Steed, Executive Director at or 863-534-7130 ext.130. Been There Ranchers and Farmers Club meets every second and fourth Wed. through April at 1 p.m., first clubhouse inside South Entrance Arcadia Village Country Club. North of Walmart, State Road 70. Call Max R. Fitzpatrick at 863-494-6257. Free. Tours, speakers, conversation, friends, fun all welcome. The DeSoto County Ministerial Association will meet at 8:30 a.m. for prayer and 9 a.m. for the meeting at the SunTrust Building on W. Oak St., second floor conference room. Pastors or representatives of all denominations and churches are invited to attend as we address community challenges and coordinate worship services to serve county residents. Narcotics Anonymous meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Arcadia Oaks Multipurpose Room at 1013 E. Gibson St., Arcadia. Open to the public. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. AA Brown Bagger meetings are offered every Monday at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. The Arcadia Eagles, 150 S. Polk Ave., now offers Bingo from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday evenings. Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity-Big Book meets at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, W. Oak St. (State Road 70). Alcoholics Anonymous open discussion at Trinity Methodist Church, 304 Oak Street. Art for Kids is at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in the DeSoto County Librarys childrens wing. This program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Arts and Humanities Council, is for elementary school-aged children. THURSDAY The DeSoto County Economic Development Advisory Committee will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 10 at the DeSoto County Extension Office, 2150 N.E. Roan St. TEAM Arcadia meets on the second Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Margaret Way Building, 23 N Polk Avenue. The purpose of TEAM Arcadia is to unite community organizations and coordinate community improvement efforts. DeSoto County Historical Society meets at noon every second Thursday monthly at the Family Service Center annex, 310 W. Whidden St., Arcadia. Lunch is available for $6 at 11:30 a.m. Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity meets at 6 p.m. second Thursdays monthly at the Habitat ReStore, 111 N. Polk Ave. Call 494-4118 or for more information. American Red Cross Youth Corps of DeSoto County meets second Thursdays monthly from 3:30-5 p.m. at DeSoto County High School. For more information, call at 494-2348. Gastric bypass support group meets at 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays monthly at Mardis Citrus on U.S. 17 S. For more information, call 990-0082 or 494-5700. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m.-5:15 p.m., registration and yoga tea; 5:15-6:15 p.m., yoga class. Come enjoy an hour of serenity focused on breathing, gentle yoga poses, peaceful stretching and quiet relaxation. Held in the Health Dept,. conference room, 34 S. Baldwin Ave. Drop-in $7/class, 8-class package $40 ($5 per class). Bring your own mat. For more information, call Christine at 244-1925. 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 participating 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. For information, call Curtis Clark at 244-2884 or Sandra Elmore at 352-476-8520. NOTE: All area codes are 863 unless otherwise indicated. TODAY DeSoto County Commission Community Conversations will be held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on April 3 at First Baptist Church in Fort Ogden. 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. This month it will be at the offices of Mosaic in their Community Room. Park in the empty lot at Volusia and Oak and walk to the meeting site at 222 E. Oak St. The 4-H Stitch in Time sewing club meets every first Thursday at 5 p.m. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m.-5:15 p.m., registration and yoga tea; 5:15-6:15 p.m., yoga class. Come enjoy an hour of serenity focused on breathing, gentle yoga poses, peaceful stretching and quiet relaxation. Held in the Health Dept,. conference room, 34 S. Baldwin Ave. Drop-in $7/class, 8-class package $40 ($5 per class). Bring your own mat. For more information, call Christine at 244-1925. 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 participating 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. For information, call Curtis Clark at 244-2884 or Sandra Elmore at 352-476-8520. 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. SPECIAL Free Spanish-English class, Monday through Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Nocatee United Methodist Church, 4502 S.W. Welles Ave. For information, call 494-3881. Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers the first week in April to help lay tile at the new home for Tonya Jackson and sons on Myrtle St. Call Junior at 303-3913 to volunteer. The home will be dedicated April 10. 5 0 4 5 6 8 2 1 50456821 ' 11 111 Jeri= Desoto& Pharmacy4.,L--Your Friendly Pharmacy" iJ -4--Best Prices in town! 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The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 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 PHOTO PROVIDEDSnowbirds Gary and Linda Hagy from Brownstown, Ill. were crowned king and queen at Craigs RV Park Senior Prom on March 21.Craigs RV Park crowns prom king, queen Skye Dyer, Rose and Sadie Carroll, Thersea Fairweather, Erin Kilkelly and Renee Otto display the tasty treats offered in Saturdays bake-off, sponsored by Team Arcadia. Sweet treats are downtown winners CITY PARK HONORS STAFFOn Friday, March 14, the residents of the City Mobile Home Park held a carry-in luncheon for Rick Huckaby, the parks groundskeeper, in recognition of all he does for the residents of the park. After the meal, several residents held a roast for Ricky. He was also given a plaque and a gift. He has been the groundskeeper for the park for 17 years. Carol Anderson, park manager, was also honored with a bouquet of roses. PHOTO PROVIDEDSpecial thanks to Tobys Recycling Committee and the residents for a $1,000 contribution to Senior Friend ship Centers of DeSoto Countys Home-Delivered Meal Program. This donation represents a years work by the committee of collecting, smashing, and selling 100 pounds of aluminum and 1,999 pounds of cans the equiva lent of 58,795 cans or 4.63 miles if laid end-to-end. Pictured, from left, front: committee members Tom Nelson, Fred Zerwitz, Bill Payne, SFC Director Karen Blanchette, committee chairman Bill Conant, Dave Colven, Joe Lovernec, Wayne Crandal, and Tobys RV Park Manager Matt Cohen. Residents of Tobys who helped by providing the aluminum cans are pictured in the background.Tobys RV Park helps Senior CenterARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, 50456779 CareerSource Heartland: Committed to the Community February 10th marked the official activation of the new CareerSource Heartland brand, and along with the launch of the new brand comes a new website with a fresh new look! Our commitment to our core missions remains firm, and our top priority continues to be connecting job seekers and employers. Check out today for your workforce needs employers and job seekers alike! As a member of the new statewide CareerSource Florida network, CareerSource Heartland formerly Heartland Workforce is helping to ensure businesses and job seekers anywhere in Florida can easily find employment and hiri ng assistance, connecting with services and resources to help them succeed. We appreciate the support of our customers and communit y as we implemented our brand transition! How job seekers and businesses will benefit Our top priority is helping Floridians enter, remain and advance in the workforce. We do this by c onnecting employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development oppor tunities. The unified brand will improve customer and market awareness and use of the systems services and resources to address the current future workforce needs of our employers, job seekers, and workers. The new unified brand is designed to minimize the confusion among job seekers and businesses who were trying to navigate the old systems comprised of 25 different board names and logos throughout the state. As CareerSource Heartland we will continue to offer valuable services to connect job seekers and businesses in the most strategic, comprehensive manner possible, to ensure the regions demands for talent and training are met. As CareerSource Heartland we still retain our flexibility to design and deliver programs that best meet local needs. Stop in today or contact us at any one of our three Centers in DeSoto, Hardee or Highlands Employers... let us show you what you can do to help you be more successful! Job Seekers... let us connect you with the next great job! DeSoto County 2160 NE Roan Ave. Arcadia (863) 993-1008 Hardee County 324 6th Avenue North Wauchula (863) 773-3474 Highlands County 5901 US Hwy 27 S. Suite 1 Sebring (863) 385-3672 CareerSource Heartland is an equal oppurtunity employer program. Auxiliary aids and services are ava ilable upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. CareerSourceHEARTLAND


Arcadian | Page 8 The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 PHOTO PROVIDED BY BLUEPEARL VETERINARY PARTNERSDoctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa say Hope, the dog that was set on re in Arcadia March 20, is doing well with her healing and recovery. Doctors gave Hope an antiseptic wash this week, which helped with the removal of dead skin and bad tissue. She was also given her sixth laser therapy treatment and remains in BluePearls intensive care unit. So far Hope is doing very well in response to our treatment plan, said BluePearl surgeon Dr.Helga Bleyaert. Im still a little concerned about her eyes, but we should know more this week when our ophthal mologists take another look at them. Hope continues her road to recoveryErma Jean Williams, 61, was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison with another 15 years of probation for defrauding an elderly person of more than $100,000. Williams, who was convicted by a jury in February, was sentenced Monday, said Lisa Chittaro of the State Attorneys Office who prosecuted the case. Williams, of the 7200 block of S.W. Liverpool Road, Fort Ogden, was ar rested in 2010 on charges she bilked an elderly woman, for whom she was a caretaker, of her money, possessions and property. An investigation report stated Williams had first been a caregiver for the victims husband, and continued to work for the woman after her spouse passed away in 2005. The arrest report details a complex series of steps Williams allegedly undertook to convince the woman she cared for to give her a $65,000 Cadillac, to revise her will and leave her home and all her possessions to Williams, and to set up numerous bank and credit accounts from which several payments were directed to Williams. The sheriffs report said Williams was believed to have obtained money, goods and benefits from the woman in excess of $200,000, secured in part by coercing, threatening and isolating the victim. The victim died prior to Williams conviction and sentencing. Chittaro said, I am happy she will be serving prison time for these crimes, and that she will no longer be allowed to work in caring for the elderly.Williams sentenced to 12 years for bilking elderly woman WILLIAMSThe DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Stephen Richard Benning., 29, 11000 block of Welch Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $750. Christina Marie Bevilacqua, 31, Port Charlotte, Fla. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Fabian Castro, 46, 1100 block of S. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $1,000. Ausencio Villanueva Garcia, 47, 200 block of S. Hernando Ave., Arcadia. Charges: disorderly public intoxication and trespass. Bond: $370. Manuel Manzano Lopez, 45, 4200 block of DeSoto Ave., Arcadia. |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.Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Antonio Martinez, 57, no address, Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Justin Matthew Rettel, 28, 6400 block of S.W. Pensacola Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Oscar Ramirez Villalobos, 46, no address, Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Cherye Darlene Whidden, 54, 6400 block of S.W. Sable Ave., Arcadia. Charges: possession or use of drug equipment and destroying, tamper ing with or fabricating evidence. Bond: none. Jose Huan Carranza, 43, 1300 block of1st Ave., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none. Joshua Benjamin Dean, 30, Springhill, Fla. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $180. Jameka Latrice Ezell, 35, Port Charlotte. Charge: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond: $1,000. Byron Keith Hartsfield, 46, 21800 block of Beverly Ave., Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and driving while license is suspended. Bond: $3,000. Deron Johnson, 19, Fort Lauderdale. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none. Christina Lee Lemacks, 28, 6200 block of N.E. Ranch Drive, Arcadia. Charge: fleeing to elude officer. Bond: $2,000. Richard Lewis Mink, 32, no address, Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: released on recognizance. Marisol Padron, 34, 1200 block of S.E. Maple Drive, Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is expired more than 4 months. Bond: $120. Jamie Lee Prusinski, 32, 3000 block of N.E. Buddy Drive, Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended. Bond: $120. Cory Elton Quattlebaum, 22, Lexington S.C. Charge: petty theft. Bond: $120. Katrinia Tynise Smith, 39, 1100 block of S.W. Rainbow Ave., Arcadia. Charge: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond: $1,000. Roberto Tito Frazier, 20, 1600 block of N.E. Eastling Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: none. Otis L. Jackson, 59, FCCC, Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none. Frank Herbert Olmstead II, 48, 3600 block of S.W. Turkey Trail, Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $1,120. Jessica Picard, 23, 300 block of W. Oak St., Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: none. Laura Liliana Valle-Pineda, 29, 1900 block of S.W. Duke St., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Danny Long Floyd, 59, 100 block of S. Luther Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery on a person 65 or older. Bond: $2,500. Christopher King, 44, 12600 block of S.W. Suzy Ave., Lake Suzy. Charge: producing or selling marijuana. Bond: $5,000. Michael Adam Thorpe, 28, 11500 block of S.W. Courtley Manor Drive, Lake Suzy. Charges: producing marijuana, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and posses sion or use of drug equipment. Bond: $6,620. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: David Rivera, 25, 2600 block of S.W. Beard St., Arcadia. Charge: two counts each of possession or use of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than 3 grams of a synthetic cannabinoid. Bond: $10,000. Aysa Michelle Smith, 25, 300 block of N. 14th Ave., Arcadia. Charges: possession of under 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $5,000. Brandy Michelle Stone, 31, 10500 block of Park Ave., Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: none. Anthony Ricardo Dominguez, 23, 500 block of 9th St., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $1,000. Timothy Ray Phelps, 31, 2400 block of N.W. Howard Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Jose Juan Carranza-Cocino, 43, 1300 block of 1st Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation or community control. Bond: none. Compiled by Susan E. Hoffman | ROADWATCHU.S. Highway 17 from south of S.W. Collins Street in Fort Ogden to County Road 760A south of Nocatee Work is under way to expand US 17 to four lanes. Work includes clearing land for two new travel lanes to the east of the existing US 17 travel lanes and drainage activities. Expect intermittent lane closures on SW Beard Street east of US 17 while crews are working. Motorists should be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway during the week. Motorists should also observe the posted speed limit and drive with caution. Project completion is expected at the end of 2015. US 17 from Magnolia Street to Hickory Street Crews are cleaning storm drains. No lane closures are expected. Motorists should use caution and expect possible delays. State Road 70 east of Turkey Hammock Road Crews are constructing a left-turn lane. There will be eastbound and westbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the duration of the project. Motorists should use caution while in the area and expect possible delays. Florida Safety Contractors is the contractor. | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFSAirport group gets nonprofit statusFriends of Arcadia Airport Inc. is a State of Florida nonprot corporation authorized to solicit charitable donations. The group has just received 501(c)(3) tax status from the IRS. This will allow them to apply for grants that may be used for improvements that are not covered by the FAA and FDOT airport funding process. This also means that your donations to Friends will now be fully tax deductible. The groups mission is to support Arcadia Airport and general aviation by hosting events that promote the airport and local economic development. All funds raised will be spent to support that mission. Friends of Arcadia Airport is an all volunteer group. To join or volunteer, email program for Nam vetsOn March 22, Wilbur Little, who has been a resident of Arcadia since he was 12 years old, was interviewed by Mack Payne, host of the Internet radio program Vietnam Veteran News. Wilbur served in the US Marines in the early days of the Vietnam War. He participated in combat operations as an infantryman in the northern regions of South Vietnam. His unit operated in areas from DaNang to the DMZ and as far west at Khe Shan. He was wounded twice during combat. The second time his injuries were serious enough to end his tour after 10 months. After that second injury he was evacuated to Guam for recovery from his wounds. Vietnam Veteran News, an Internet podcasting service, was established by Vietnam veteran Mack Payne to broadcast news about Vietnam veterans, including interviews. Payne believes it is important to preserve the memories of individual veterans. He realized the World War II generation is rapidly passing away and, when they are gone, so are the personal memories of individual soldiers. One of the main goals of the Vietnam Veteran News is to preserve the memories of the Vietnam War era soldiers. Littles interview details the exciting exploits of a brave American from Arcadia who willingly answered the call of his country. His interview is lled with interesting descriptions of his battleeld experiences. Wilburs interview can be accessed at 50456797 1 1 111t \Andrea Bohannan863.494.2245We Can bond you out of anyCounty in FloridaFast Release Open 24/7301 N. Brevard Ave, Ste. D Arcadia, FL


The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESGary GammadGary Gammad, 52, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at St. Pauls Catholic Hospital, Tuguegarao, Philippines. He was born Dec. 1, 1961, in Long Beach, Calif. Gary retired as a sergeant for the Hardee Correctional Institution, where he worked for 26 years. He was an avid Oakland Raiders fan. Gary enjoyed spending time with his family. He was of the Catholic faith. Gary is survived by his beloved wife, Maria Gammad of Arcadia, Fla.; son, Gary Gammad Jr. of Arcadia; three daughters, Courtney Gammad and Heather Gammad, both of Arcadia, and Ashley Morgan of Wharton, N.J.; brothers, Anthony, Gerald, Ryan and Rodney Gammad, all of Sacramento, Calif.; mother, Remedios Gammad of Philippines; and one grandchild, Kason Hodges of Arcadia. He was preceded in death by his father, Vicente Gammad; and a sister, Vicky Lee Dukes. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at the PongerKays-Grady Funeral Home Chapel, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, Fla. Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Jerry Waters ofciating. Online condolences may be made at www.pongerkaysgrady. com. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia. 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 The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. 1974: Donna Jo Cline, wife of Sheriff Frank E. Cline, won two awards: a medal for highest overall score among the women and a medal for highest overall score for women who competed during the 3rd Annual Tri-County Combat Pistol Meet. Some 38 shooters from eight law enforcement and related law enforcement agencies battled each other and the wind on Saturday. Terryl Lynn Treadwell will be learning abut government and politics by participating this June when she attends Girl State in Tallahassee. Miss Treadwell, 16, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Treadwell. A junior at DeSoto High School, she is a varsity cheerleader and a member of The Growl staff and the Sub-Debs. The Reverend Jimmie Collins and his family will be honored by their congregation this coming Sunday. This special event is to give recognition to the Reverend and his family for their outstanding contribution to the community. Mr. Collins and his family moved to Fort Ogden in September 1969 and have since that time earned the respect of the community as a result of their involvement in local affairs. 1979: The DHS baseball team has a score so far of 7-4 our favor. In conference games we have a score so far of 2-0, undefeated. The line-up is Greg Stroman, John Attardi, Bart Evers, Tom Boehm, Bobby Gambrell, Kevin Cross, Sam McCloud, Pete Boehm and Danny Neads. Betty Provau, a long-time employ ee of the DeSoto County School Board and an aide at Nocatee Elementary, has recently been named Queen for a Day and Chieftain of the Aides by her co-workers. Betty is a valuable employee at Nocatee Elementary School. She serves as aide, doctor, nurse, seamstress, police woman, custodian, cafeteria monitor, bus patrol, duplicator machine operator and repair woman. Were sure shes exhausted by the time she returns to her husband, Fred. The curtain will open next week on Rashomon, to be presented by the DeSoto High School Drama Club. The assistant director of this years annual spring production is Marsha Hilston. Joe Blackburn will play the bandit, Sal DeBella is the husband, Susan Johnson is the wife, Greg Strickland is the priest, Wayne Hayden is the woodcutter and Dutch Mann is the wig maker. 1994: Miss Laurel Padget was crowned as the 1994 DeSoto County Junior Miss Wednesday night at the county fair. Her court is comprised of 4th runner-up Sarah Burtscher; 3rd runner-up Kristie Sorrells; 2nd runner-up Carla Morgan; and 1st runner-up Arah Show. DeSoto County High School Senior Miss Traci Hines was crowned as Miss DeSoto County 1994 Monday night at the DeSoto County Fair. Miss Jamie Hollingsworth was named as first runner-up. She is also a senior at DeSoto High.This Week in DeSoto History Hayley Mercer hayleymariemercer@gmail.comCompiled from back issues of The Arcadian May the Lord fill your heart with love. Celebrative Worship Challenging Bible Study Connection With People Traditional Praise 8:30 -9:30 AM Sunday School/Life Groups 9:45 AM 10:45 AM Contemporary Praise 11:00 AM Noon 863-494-4345 DeSoto DeSoto Church Church Directory Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory 50456799 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 See Your Church in this spot For Only $ 7 5 0 a week! $7.50 Call Tami at4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. 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.) Fort Ogden United Methodist Church 6923 SW River St. 863.494.3881 Sunday School 9:00am Sunday Worship 10:00am (Nursery Childrens Church Provided) Mondays A.A. & Al-Anon 7:30pm Wednesday K-12 Ministry 5:30pm & Bible Study 6:30pm 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 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: 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. 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Arcadian | Page 10 The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Whats the primary cause of dissension in churches today? New styles of worship. And this is especially true relating to music. At one time, orders of worship in most churches were marked by sameness: singing hymns, Bible readings, prayer, an offering, a sermon, sometimes followed by an altar call and a benediction. Then the worship revolution arrived. This development, for the most part, rejected congregational singing not addressed to God. Songs or hymns about God or His work in our lives began to be spurned as not worshipful, giving birth to the writing and singing of praise choruses, many of which are truly great expressions of worship. Why has this created a problem? While singing praise choruses exclusively and focusing on a fresh way to worship has brought new life to some churches, it had divided others into groups with conicting tastes in music and built barriers between members, often according to age. Many churches once known for their growth, love and unity, have become divided and attendance has dwindled due to continuing worship wars. Have churches ever gone through changes in worship music before? Yes. At one time, congregations wor shiped by singing Psalms or songs taken from other Biblical texts. Moves to change this pattern met with strong opposition but were nally successful, ushering in an era of singing what we now call the great hymns of the faith. When these new songs were introduced, some thought them too light, too loud or too fast. Still they endured, having developed the faith of many, including some who are now eager to relegate them to the past, depriving current generations of their life changing power. Pauls call on music stressed the need for great variety and heartfelt singing. In his words, church music was to include Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs that enabled those in the congregations to make melody in their hearts to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19). He recommended blended church services that had no age barriers. Making worship and music styles acceptable to all ages and preferences requires love and mutual understanding but achieving harmony in a congregation is worth the effort. People who love one another can learn to appreciate a broader range of lyrics, beat and style. Focusing on the use of worship music recommended in the Bible should enable people of all ages to call a truce on preferences and be united in love. As to the need for a truce on volume, consider the advice of two respected ministers of the past. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church, said, Sing lustily and of a good courage. Beware of singing as if you are half dead or half asleep but lift up your voice with strength. And more than a century ago, the still highly regarded English minister, Charles Spurgeon, established the following parameters for music in his church that would end most worship wars today: No chorus is too loud, no orchestra too large, no Psalm to lofty for praising the Lord. Roger Campbell is an author, broadcaster, and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at A truce in the worship wars Roger Campbell As the fog cleared, a brilliant sun took over the east horizon, enticing me into my mile-long morning exercise walk. Exiting the house, I paused before going down the steps, surveying the landscape, especially the pasture that borders our lot. It contains a variety of grazing cattle, but sometimes, visitors three deer join them. No deer this morning, but there is a loud honking bird demanding attention. As it repeated its call, I smiled; it sounded like a mother trying to get her sleepy children out of the nest. Continuing on my walk, in the next grove of trees theres a veritable chatter of birds must be gossip time or per haps plan-making for the new day. And to add to the good morning vista, some warblers join in; I smile at the effort and the ear-pleasing sounds. Then a new sight emerges: two sand hill cranes, with their impossibly thin legs and long, arched necks, slowly cross my path with their slow-paced gait. They head for a small, grassy mound, where bread crumbs are often scattered for an early morning treat. But this morning, the big birds have been out-maneuvered; two bushytailed squirrels are hurrying down the opposite side of the little knoll, indicating that the treats have already been harvested, but the cranes still climb and peck at the grass perhaps there are some crumbs left before they continue their slow progress A pair of rabbits sit on their haunches, watching them. All the parks animals are making their morning rounds, but I didnt see any turtles; they, too, occasionally make a slow journey, crossing the road to the lake. Seeing all the animals, Im happy management has posted several Drive Slowly signs to protect the crawling and hopping residents. Continuing, I greet several of our pet-walking neighbors. Then, as my morning exercise nears an end, I head for home where a cup of tea and the days crossword awaits a new day has dawned in Florida.A panorama of a Florida morning From a Senior Viewpoint Lois Hendricks T U R N Y O U R T R A S H I N T O C A $ H T U R N Y O U R T R A S H I N T O C A $ H TURN YO UR TRASH IN TO CA$H A DVERTISE IN TH E CLASSIFIEDS C ALL (941) 206-1200 (863) 494-2434 The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invite all members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to participate in the 184th Semiannual General Conference this weekend, April 5 and 6. Messages will be given by the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and general ofcers of the Church. President Thomas S. Monson said at the close of a recent conference, We face many challenges in the world today, but I assure you that our Heavenly Father is mindful of us. He loves each of us and will bless us as we seek Him through prayer and strive to keep His commandments. We are a global church. Our membership is found throughout the world. May we be good citizens of the nations in which we live and good neighbors in our communities, reaching out to those of other faiths as well as to those of our own. May we be examples of honesty and integrity wherever we go and in whatever we do. General Sessions will be broadcast live from the Churchs Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday at noon and 4 p.m., and can be viewed at the local chapel at 1761 S. Gibson St. Everyone is welcome to attend. Two more general sessions will be broadcast on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; the morning session includes the Mormon Tabernacle Choirs broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. Mormom conference to be aired this weekendSUBMITTED BY CINDY SIEGEL further. We should be speedy with this, and I think we should meet Monday to address this issue, she said. Councilman Joe Fink expressed concerns over the council having an identical set of questions for each candidate, saying each individual comes from a different background and questions should be tailored to each situation. I dont like the constraint were putting on ourselves; we need to be able to ask questions outside of a pre-approved list, he said. Keene disagreed, responding, If were not going to commit ourselves to an approved list, then thats a problem for me. During the discussion, City Attorney T.J. Wohl told council members that follow-up questions will ensure the council can go off script if needed. Everyone will have the opportunity to follow up with questions as the need arises, Wohl said. With that in mind, there should be little concern that a specic question wont get asked. The council also agreed that any candidates who wish to interview in person would need to pay their own expenses. If youre interested in the job, then get on a plane and get here at your own expense, Councilman Bob Heine said. Dick Fazzone, a member of the now-dissolved Administrator Advisory Committee, said the committee failed to conduct background checks or discover salary expectations of each nalists, which was laid out in the resolution that formed the committee. The council agreed that the backgrounds and salary issues would be ferreted out during the hiring process regardless, but thanked Fazzone for the notication. In other business, the council heard from Mike Cross of Miss DeSoto Softball seeking approval of a ve-year contract with the organization to lease the softball elds on Arcadia Avenue. Cross said his organization had already spent $18,000 on renovations to the elds and surrounding areas, and they would be hesitant to invest any more money in the facility unless they were assured the city would agree to a long-term lease. Council members were quick to praise the efforts of the organization, saying the agreement was a win for both the city and Miss DeSoto Softball. We have a chance to enhance what has already been a great partnership with Miss DeSoto, and Im all in favor of extending the contract, Keene said. Frierson agreed, saying, I dont think ve years is too much to ask; I absolutely support this idea. Wohl said it was important that the city ensure the elds are available to the public, and city staff would need to meet with the organization and any other groups affected by the lease to ensure there is access for everyone. The council also unanimously approved nal lease agreements for a new vacuum truck and two garbage trucks. 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Arcadian | Page 12 The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Community honors Confederate veterans ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comThe Southern Cross of Honor is a military symbol placed on the graves of Confederate veterans to designate their honor and service during the Civil War. A reenactment, including authentic uniforms, was held Saturday at Oak Ridge Cemetery, with a dedication and memorial service to place the Southern Cross of Honor at the graves of the following: Pvt. E. Seth A. McCullers, Pvt. Peyton Pearce, Pvt. Emmerson Pooser and Capt. Atkinson Pooser, C.S.A. Troops attending the event include the Confederate Cow Cavalry SVC #2818, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Emeline Piggot, Order of the Confederate Rose, Cpt. John W. Whidden, and United Daughters of the Confederacy. Seated in front are members of the Pooser family. The Color Guard stands at attention proudly in their gray uniforms to honor Confederate Army veterans at Oak Ridge Cemetery on Saturday. Confederate soldiers execute the traditional 21-gun salute at Oak Ridge Cemetery on Saturday. Commander Leon Arthur gives a hug to Frances Pooser. Ladonna Perry of the Confederate Rose Society is dressed in a traditional mourning dress from the past. Clinton Howerton unveils the Southern Cross of Honor at the grave of Pvt. E. Seth A. McCuller. The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Page 13 | Arcadian Jester opens April Fools 5K race at Morgan Park Rotary President-elect Rhonda Mixon congrat ulates Lisandro Disneros for his win with a time of 19:55 in the 5K April Fools Race held Saturday at Morgan Park. Brad Lawrence ran the April Fools 5K race, sponsored by the Arcadia Rotary Club, in 23.22. His family Braden, baby Harlan and mom Cassie are very proud of Dads run. The April Fools 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Arcadia Rotary Club, had an appropriate mascot to welcome runners and walkers at Morgan Park on Saturday. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACKAngie Harrell, Cathee Ford, Micaela Hall and Amber Walker get ready to run the 5K race at Morgan Park on Saturday. Kristen Spahr, right, and Jackie Manget from DeSoto Memorial Hospital check in for the April Fools 5K run. does not remember anything after that. According to the warrant, George was not breathing and paramedics pronounced him deceased at the scene. JoAnn was transported to DeSoto Memorial Hospital, and later was taken to Blake Medical Center. DCSO called on other law enforcement agencies to help nd Karl Burnham, who lists his parents Owens Avenue home as his residence. A warrant for Karls arrest was issued and ofcers from sever al agencies were seen watching trafc Thursday night in DeSoto County, looking for the Lexus. DCSO was contacted around 9 p.m. by the Orange County Sheriffs Ofce advising Karl had been arrested near Orlando, reportedly driving the Lexus. Orange County deputies said a wooden hammer was found in plain view in the cars back seat, according to the afdavit. Karl Burnham was brought back to DeSoto County late Friday afternoon and was charged with rst degree murder, attempted murder and grand theft of an automobile. He remains in the DeSoto County Jail without bond.Trying to copeThe family has been deeply shaken, and JoAnn is still recovering from her physical injuries. The family asked not to be contacted at this time, and only immediate family and their pastor, the Rev. Jonathon Booher of Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church, are permitted to visit. Booher said JoAnns health is improving and she hopes to be released in the near future. The Burnhams have attended Mt. Ephraim for more than 30 years, and Booher said JoAnn has a wonderful ministry in the church. She makes beautiful handmade cards, he said, which she gives to other members of the congregation for special occasions or to cheer them up. These are not just ordinary cards they are works of art, he said. She also does the church bulletin. This is an unbelievably tragic loss for the Burnham family, Booher said. This is a praying community, and we ask that you all keep them in your prayers. Funeral arrangements for George Burnham have not yet been announced.No stranger to the lawKarl Burnham is no stranger to law enforcement. He has arrest records dating to 1985 in Manatee County, with charges including forgery and grand theft auto, according to Florida Department of Corrections records. Karl again was arrested in Orange County 1988 this time on charges of second-degree murder, unarmed robbery and grand theft auto for which he was sentenced in 1989 to 22 years in prison, according to the Department of Corrections. An Orlando Sentinel story from November 1988 mentioned Karl as a suspect, along with two other men, in the killing of a vacationing 43-year-old Natick, Mass., man, whom authorities found suffocated in a motel room in Orlando. The victims credit cards, cash and rental van had been stolen, the Sentinel story states. Karl was released in 2004, back in custody in 2006, released again in March 2010, and back in custody by October of that year. He was released nearly 16 months later in early 2012. DCSO records show his parents called the Sheriffs Ofce in August 2010, when they discovered Karl had taken their debit card and obtained $100 in cash advances two days in a row, then took the couples truck without permission. They also found he had taken two 9 mm handguns. Karl had told them at the time he needed the truck because he was scheduled to pick up medication from the DeSoto County Health Department. However, they later learned he was not scheduled to pick up his medication for four more days, according to the arrest report. He was charged with grand theft auto, grand theft of rearms, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. However, DeSoto court records show that case was dropped in October 2010. Karl was charged in January of this year in DeSoto with disorderly public intoxication and criminal mischief, with less than $200 in property damage. He pleaded no contest to those charges, was found guilty, and was assessed costs. Facebook postings from the familys pages indicate George and JoAnn Burnham celebrated their 50th wedding anniver sary last year. George retired at the rank of major from the DeSoto Road Prison. JoAnn worked for many years at G. Pierce Wood mental hospital and, according to Facebook postings, was well liked by her colleagues.TRAGEDYFROM PAGE 1 SUN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. 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SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Arcadian | Page 14A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN PAGE 16Miss DeSoto Softballs eightand-under team wouldnt let a loss to North Port put a damper on a great season full of fun. The last time the DeSoto County softball team battled the Lemon Bay Mantas was March 7. It was a good game but the Bulldogs just couldnt get the a big hit to get the team going and they lost a close 3-1 game. Just before spring break there was a game at Charlotte that was rained out. Then the game right after spring break at home against North Port was also canceled because of the weather. When the Lady Bulldogs took the eld at Lemon Bay March 25, it meant DeSoto hadnt been tested in action for 17 days. No matter how much you practice between games, there is nothing like facing anoth er team to keep your skills sharp. The second meeting of these district rivals turned out much differently than the rst contest. Lemon Bay is a solid team that makes few mistakes and will capitalize on the mistakes of their opponents. They did that against the Bulldogs.Bad inning dooms DawgsThe Mantas Ashton Werden struck out the side in the rst inning. Hayden Lipe had a two-out single but didnt get past rst. Shelby Cross led off the second with a single and was sacriced to second by DeSotos starting pitcher Amber Reid. Another strikeout (second one caught looking) and a ground ball kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. Trailing 2-0 in the top of the third, Makayla Greene led off with a free pass and after yet another strikeout, freshman Taylor Day laid down a nice bunt. The third baseman and Werden collided as Werden made her throw to rst and the ball ended up against the fence down the right eld line. Greene scrambled all the way around the bases as Day motored into third. Lipe hit a y ball to right that was held up by strong winds and after it was caught, Day was doubled up trying to score on a close play at the plate. Lemon Bay then proceeded to pick up ten runs in the bottom of the third to put the game away. It started out the way many bad innings do, with an error. Six walks, three singles, one hit batter, three errors and a mental error later, the Bulldogs were looking at the short end of the 12-1 score. The Bulldogs were fortunate that one out was recorded when the runner missed the sign and was easily thrown out at second on a steal attempt, and another runner was forced at second on a ball hit into short center eld. There Lady Bulldogs rusty in 12-1 lossBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR DeSoto County catcher Hayden Lipe drills a two-out rstinning single into center eld for one of three Bulldog hits in the 12-1 loss at Lemon Bay March 25. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comTaylor Day works on her bunting in pre-game warmups. Her successful bunt led to the only Bulldog run in DeSotos 12-1 loss to Lemon Bay. BULLDOGS | 16The DeSoto County varsity baseball team apparently likes long bus rides to their games, as they had won only one game at home in six tries before the Booker Tornadoes came to town March 27. The Bulldogs 5-3 win wasnt pretty, taking a game that should have been a blowout and turning it into a close contest. Freshman Robb Adams was unhittable on the mound for the rst four innings. The Tornadoes couldnt get a grip on the southpaw slants as he held them hitless and struck out four and walked one. The only other runner came on a hit batter. Meanwhile the Bulldogs offense was in the process of banging out 13 hits, with a two-run single by rst baseman Javier Zamora putting the Bulldogs on the board rst in the third inning. A fourth-inning leadoff single by Corey Omar, the second of his three hits in the game, followed by Casey Rittenburgs second hit set up a two-run single by Tony Lalonde. Will Nelson plated Lalonde and the Bulldogs were out in front 5-0. Adams came out of the game after throwing 59 pitches and Lalonde took the hill. Adams wanted to continue his no-hit bid, but it was a cool and windy night. He is just a freshman and since the game was a non-district contest, it made sense not to take a chance on his arm and possible injury. Lalonde did a nice job going three innings and giving up just two hits and striking out three, but he also allowed all three Booker runs in the fth inning. He didnt get a lot of help from his defense, as the inning was stretched out from errors and plays that werent made. There were two errors, a mental error and a wild pitch that all contributed to the Booker comeback. Neither team could score after the top of the fth, with the nal 5-3 score giving the Bulldogs their second home win of the season. Omar and Nelson had three hits each while Rittenburg added two more. Lalonde knocked in two and scored twice, along with getting the save in the game. Nelson said, We went through a little rough patch there in the fth and didnt play as a team. We have to work together. We let them slip back into the game and one error led to another and it Bulldogs hang on for second home winBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comBulldog pitcher Tony Lalonde picks o a Booker runner as Javier Zamora res to Brad Roberts to try and throw out the player. 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The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Page 15 | Arcadian Track teams prep for district, regional meets ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe DeSoto County track and field team will have its last meet tomorrow before districts as they travel to Berkeley Prep for a 1 p.m. meet. They will have the district meet at Booker on April 11 at 11 a.m., and regionals at Berkeley Prep on April 16 with another 11 a.m. start. The scoreboard operator was the busiest person at the game when the junior varsity Bulldogs hosted Sebring March 28. Sebring failed to score in the rst inning but scored every inning after that. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, scored in the rst three innings, including a seven-run third to pull back within a run, but were shut out in the nal two innings. The end result was an exciting 19-10 DeSoto loss. The Bulldogs scored rst on a two-run single by Peyton Smith. The Bulldogs had runners on second and third with one out but failed to pad their lead, as a strikeout and ground out ended the threat. Sebring scored seven times in the second to take a 7-2 lead going into the bottom of the second. Trailing 11-3 in the third, the Bulldogs didnt quit and scored seven times on four walks, a hit batter and three singles. Catcher Hunter Browning knocked in the nal two with a single, but again a strikeout and ground out kept the Bulldogs from tying the game. That was the end of the scoring for the Bulldogs, as the Blue Streaks brought in their ace pitcher to cool off the DeSoto bats. A disastrous fth inning led to seven more runs for the Blue Streaks on three Bulldog errors, four walks and three hits. Every player in the DeSoto lineup got on base at least once, with Jonathan JV boys lose offensive showdownBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, The Bulldogs Jonathan England started on the mound against Sebring in the DeSoto County game March 28.SHOWDOWN | 16 work we do at Mosaic is critical to helping feed the world. We provide farmers with phosphate crop nutrients that enable them to produce more food on less land. Essential crop nutrients like phosphate mined and manufactured in Florida are responsible for 40-60 percent of the crop yields farmers produce worldwide.* That translatesintomore abundant and affordable food here at home. As our world keeps growing,Mosaickeepsworking to help put food on the table, for all of us. We help the world grow the food it needs.*Source: Agronomy JournalIMAGINE A WORLD WITH HALF AS MUCH FOOD.Without crop nutrients, that would be our reality. 50456788 40Luc,e1 Ili .\ J r',' "t, 1 j? 1 ` r 3yMis


Arcadian | Page 16 The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 was a elding error, throwing error, an overrun y ball and an inelder who had to avoid the runner to throw home when she could have tagged the runner right in front of her and thrown to rst for an inning-ending double play. Reid and relief pitcher Destiny Payne only allowed three hits in the inning, but the six walks and poor defense quickly turned the game into an ugly one. Bulldog catcher Hayden Lipe said, The umpire was not very consistent tonight, Amber missed a few pitches but there were others that looked like strikes to me but were called balls. I think the long time between games really hurt us. The time off hurt for sure, but then you have the dropped balls and errors and it just escalated from there. This game is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical and we were out of it after the third inning, said head coach Billy Hines. You could see that. Walks and errors will kill you. April 13 is when it all starts (district tournament).BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 14 England, Luke Womack, Smith and Casen Cross each getting two hits to pace the Bulldogs 10-hit attack. Womack, Smith and Browning each had two RBIs. Im proud of yall. You didnt quit and you put a scare into them. They disrespected you and you showed them that they had to bring in their ace pitcher or else we were going to beat them. You didnt quit, ever! said coach Ryan Fullerton. Our record doesnt show how good we really are. We usually get ahead and then have a bad inning late in the game and then lose, Fullerton said. Weve had a couple of bad games, but weve led in every game except two. The nal home game of the season is April 7 as the Avon Park Red Devils come to town. Game time is 6 p.m.SHOWDOWNFROM PAGE 15 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comBulldog center elder Peyton Smith drills this pitch into right center for a two-run single in the rst inning to put DeSoto County on top 2-0 over Sebring. The Blue Streaks came back and defeated the Bulldogs in the March 28 game. ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comSenior Brad Roberts has been selected as the DeSoto County Player of the Month for March. Roberts had a hit in every game except the nal game as he hit .500 for the month. Roberts is a four-year varsity letterman and is a member of the National Honor Society.Roberts named player of the month The eight-and-under division of the Miss DeSoto softball teams played a game at North Port last Saturday and even though they lost by a run, you couldnt tell it after the game. They play for the fun of the sport and have a 3-3 record on the season. Smallest of the Lady Bullpups enjoy gameBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe eight-and-under Lil Bullpups just after their game at North Port March 29. Taysia Zieschang puts on her catch ers equipment during her teams game in North Port last Saturday. The Lil Bullpups have a strong bond as a team. When one of the girls in the front row lost her balance, she took the rest of the row with her as they never unlocked their arms and landed face-rst in the grass. Now theres a team that sticks together! Julie Barber, a 6-year-old student at Nocatee Elementary, gives me pointers on how to bat as she waits for her turn at the plate in the game at North Port March 29. When asked where she plays, she pointed to the eld and said, Out there, which makes sense. 50456793 1419or o /Portra 't o turfff, HoseYmrkita vAP.urn ,ti!IY


The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Page 17 | Arcadian The varsity softball team lost two games last week. In a district game at Englewood the girls had a bad inning and never recovered and lost 12-1. On Friday they traveled to Sebring and lost 11-7. The junior varsity softball team had their game canceled at Lemon Bay because of the wet eld, but they continued their winning ways with a 14-6 whipping at Sebring. The varsity baseball team split two games last week. After beating Booker 5-3, they lost at Sebring 5-2. Tony LaLonde was named player of the game for both contests. The JV baseball team lost both games last week against Sebring and Lake Placid. The Miss DeSoto fast-pitch softball league was represented at North Port last Saturday. The 8U girls lost a close game by a run, but the 16U girls split their two games with North Port. After losing the opener of the doubleheader 8-7, they rallied from a 4-1 decit to win the game 5-4 thanks to a two-out single by Cheyenne Torres. Photos of the games will be printed in a future edition of The Arcadian. Upcoming games The track and eld teams will travel to Berkeley Prep tomorrow for a 1 p.m. meet. They will have their district meet at Booker April 11 and the regionals will be held at Berkeley Prep April 16. The JV baseball team will be home next Monday at 6 p.m. against Avon Park, and have a 4:30 p.m. game April 10. The varsity baseball team will host district rival Hardee at 7 p.m. tonight. The JV and varsity softball teams will be home tonight as Hardee comes to town, and will host Port Charlotte tomorrow night. JV games start at 5 p.m., with the varsity games scheduled for 7 p.m. The boys weightlifting team travels to Avon Park April 8 for the district meet. The middle school volleyball teams travel to Lake Placid tonight.By STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR The big lefty on the hill for the Bull dogs, Robb Adams, looks in for the sign as he no-hit the Booker Torna does for four innings before being taken out in the fth. He walked one and hit one in the 59-pitch eort in DeSotos 5-3 win.ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, got out of hand. We just didnt have our heads in the game, said Wesley Georges. We missed eight signs in the game and didnt play our best tonight. We still came out with the win and were excited for that but not for the way we played.WINFROM PAGE 14 Javier Zamora connects on this pitch to put the Bulldogs ahead in the third inning. DeSoto County beat Booker 5-3.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comDeSoto Countys Tony Lalonde hustles back to rst on a picko attempt after his two-run single put the Bulldogs ahead 4-0. Lalonde scored the nal Bulldog run on a single by Will Nelson. 50456774 4ViCkligrogir" Service Around Your ScheduleTIRE & AUTO CENTERITTTIRE GUARANTEEBUY 4 SELECT TIRES, GET UP TO4_ tIVT T f~ 1 IrAI 13017` i in mail-in rebates* when you use theShawn Barney Celeste Brady Jeremy Johnson Ralf Llpps Ford Service Credit CardSevice Manager Servce Advisor Quick Lane Manager Service AdvisorWe service makes and models. you waft and no appointment 2IIDCESTOOEin e1 technicians factory-trained I use IMotorcrafti" parts. Quick LaneP offers evening and weekend hours. DUNLOP IFLLI >>&YOKOHAMATIRE"'40 rebate on Firestone tires. $50 rebate on General Tires. $60 rebateQuick Lane on Goodyear, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Yokohama fires, $70 rebateon Michelin tires, $80 rebate on Pirelli tires. Dealer-installed, retailat DeSoto Dodge Chrysler Ford and Jeep purchases only. Limit one redemption per customer. Rebate byprepaid debit card or apply to an active Owner Advantage Rewards3039 S.E. Highway 70 1 Arcadia, FL 34266 account. $50 credit card rebate by prepaid debit card. Subject tocredit approval. Complete purchase must be made on the Ford863-494-4848 1800-880-3099 Service Credit card. Offer valid between 3/31/14 and 4/30/14. Submitrebates by 4/30/14. Cannot be combined with any other tiremanufacturer-sponsored or Ford Service Credit Card rebate/offer.See dealership for vehicle applications, rebate and account details.Life is better in the Quick Lane.0 0-1, L-e.nd 111.d-kW Ford M.I.r C-p-y


Arcadian | Page 18 The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Wild turkey hens are nesting now, and spring gobbler hunting season is under way. (Check for dates and regulations.) The wild turkey is said to be the wariest of game birds. DeSoto County has the habitat to support a good population of wild turkeys, but you typically wont see these birds unless they have become accustomed to visiting a regular food source such as a game feeder. These birds are elusive and masters at detection of any movement. Meleagris gallopavo is known for its crafty secretive behavior. If Benjamin Franklin had prevailed in selecting our national symbol, it would have been the wild turkey, not the bald eagle, which Franklin dismissed as a mere carrion eater. Nothing is more elegant than a male wild turkey with his iridescent tail feathers spread, while he gobbles and struts for his harem of females. There are ve subspecies of wild turkey in North America. Florida has two the eastern and the Osceola. Osceola is similar to the eastern but tends to be a bit smaller and typically a darker shade with less white barring on the ight feathers of its wings. The Osceola subspecies occurs only in peninsular Florida. Because of this, Florida is a destination of turkey hunters from around the world seeking to harvest each of the subspecies of wild turkey. Hunters search out suitable habitat before season and spend hours imitating turkey calls with various devices in hopes of glimpsing these magnicent birds. Roosting sites are identied; then when season opens a silent stalk to the roost site well before dawn is made, so that the hunter is in place when the birds y down from the roost. Calls are most often heard at dawn. The male gives the characteristic gobble, gobble, gobble. Females give a loud sharp tuk or a whiny yike, yike. Both sexes use a variety of other soft clucks and rolling calls. If the turkeys detect even the slightest movement by the hunter they will scatter. The hunter can try to draw the gobblers back by making enticing hen calls, but often the turkey wins the round. Males court a harem of females, but females do not mate exclusively with the dominant male. Young males are known as jakes. Male turkeys have a cluster of bristles that hangs down from the breast known as a beard, but occasionally hens have a beard also. The beard grows longer each year, and is not shed as feathers are. Females with beards are capable of reproduction so although the beard is considered a sexual characteristic, it actually isnt. After mating the female builds a crude nest on the ground. The shallow depression is well concealed in vegetation. When the hen leaves the nest, she covers the eggs with dry leaves. The female will leave the nest in different directions to help avoid detection. Clutches average about 10 eggs. Eggs are a bit larger than a hens egg and buff colored with brown and black speckles. The female stays on the nest, except for brief forays for food in mid-afternoon. Nesting season runs from mid-March through June. If a clutch of eggs is destroyed, hens will re-nest, but rarely does a hen produce two broods in a season. Incubation takes 26 to 28 days, and hatching may take about two days. The hen and poults leave the nest shortly after all are hatched. By the time the poults are a week old they begin to y, and by two weeks of age are roosting in trees. Roughly half the nests are successful and about 30 percent of hatchlings survive the rst two weeks. Turkeys are considered to be a prey species, providing food for bobcats, raccoons, skunks, opossum, fox, coyotes, armadillos, raptors and a variety of snakes. Their relatively high reproduction rate enables them to survive. The wild turkey is a swift runner and will often run a considerable distance before taking ight. They are powerful iers, especially for short distances. Their wings are designed for short, fast ight, but they can cover a mile or more. Wild turkeys prefer wooded areas where they are able to see approximately 100 yards at turkey eye level to detect approaching danger. Forested areas, especially hardwood hammocks, bottomland hardwoods, wooded swamps, cypress woods and mixed pine/hardwood habitat are ideal for turkeys. Roosting habitat generally consists of cypress or pine trees in close proximity to or over water. Good turkey nesting habitat has open areas with abundant insects and nearby escape cover that averages one to three feet high. If vegetation is too dense it impedes the movement of chicks. Grazed pastureland often offers ideal turkey habitat. Insects make up the majority of a young poults diet but seed heads and other plant material are important. In fall and winter turkeys dine on acorns and other mast. For a detailed delightful look into the life of the wild turkey, read Illumination in the Flatwoods by Joe Hutto. An artist, naturalist and wildlife biologist, Hutto raised a ock of wild turkeys from incubated eggs. From the intimate moments of the eggs pipping (the rst small air hole the young poult makes in the shell) to the scattering of the ock as they mature, and the return of one male who aggressively xates on Hutto, this book will make you realize how intricate the web of survival is. DeSoto County Library has the book, as well as a DVD of the author with the ock.Its wild turkey nesting timeOver the Garden Gate Al & Karen Smoke PHOTO PROVIDED BY WIKIMEDIA.ORG (KEN THOMAS)DeSoto County has the habitat to support a good population of wild turkeys, but you typically wont see these birds unless they have become accus tomed to visiting a regular food source such as a game feeder. These birds are elusive and masters at detection of any movement. PHOTO PROVIDED BY WIKIMEDIA.ORG (D. GORDON E. ROBINSON) Wild turkey hens build a crude nest on the ground. The shallow depression is well concealed in vegetation. When the hen leaves the nest, she covers the eggs with dry leaves. Clutches average about ten eggs. Eggs are a bit larger than a hens egg and bu colored with brown and black speckles. A new survey by Consumer Reports on hospital patient safety lists DeSoto Memorial Hospital second-to-last in the state. The survey, which is available at www.consumerreports. org, allows users to compare hospitals based on the patient safety score, as well as individual measures relating to patient experience, patient outcomes, and certain hospital practices. Hospitals are ranked in four categories: safety score, patient outcomes, patient experience and hospital practices. Each category was ranked based on a 20-point scale, with a maximum score of 100 and a minimum score of one. DMH scored a 26, with low scores in areas such avoiding death, chest scanning, abdominal scanning, communications about drug information and avoiding readmissions. It scored well in doctor-pa tient communication, nurse-patient communication, pain control and room quietness and cleanliness. It should be noted several areas of the hospital did not receive a rating, including categories related to patient outcomes and use of electronic health records. For comparison, the top-rated hospital in the state is Parrish Medical Center in Titusville with a 68, and the lowest St. Petersburg General Hosptital in St. Petersburg with a 25. Nearly 50 hospitals in the state received no rating at all. Area hospitals ranked in the report include Fawcett Memorial in Port Charlotte, 59; Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 59; Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Bradenton, 56; Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Sebring, 50; Bayfront Hospital in Port Charlotte, 48; Sarasota Memorial, 48; Bayfront Hospital in Punta Gorda, 47; and Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring, 38.DMH near bottom of patient safety surveyBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORto nd a viable suitor. The state legislature has failed to accept federal funds available to provide health care coverage to the working poor, and at the local level, we were unsuccessful in persuading the Board of County Commissioners that an indigent care tax was good for the community, she said. The hospitals cash ow reserves are being eroded and I can see some real benets to being associated with a larger health care system given todays economic environment. I believe it would be in the best interest of DeSoto County and the hospital board to consider any and all viable alternatives that will allow us to maintain a hospital in Arcadia. Lew Ambler seconded the motion, adding, Weve reached a point where its no longer possible for DMH to act independently in providing medical care to this community, he said. Without an inux of money we wont be able to make our payments or meet payroll, and the likelihood of outside revenue is near zero. If the sales tax ever gets to a ballot, its my belief it wont pass. After the motion was approved, the board asked Sica for guidance on how best to move forward. He suggested the board hold a 60-day public request for proposals. When all bids have been received, the administration would choose two nalists to present to the board.Agreement with Manatee Health nearSica said DMH was closer to becoming the referral clearinghouse for Manatee Regional Health. The move will capture revenue that was previously leaving the county without beneting the hospital. This gives us an opportunity to increase our volume on things we didnt even know were leaving town, so this is a great opportunity for the hospital, he said. The hospitals new radiology suite is now complete and ready for use. Staff members are currently learning how to use all new equipment, and plans are being made to hold an open house for the public to view the room. DMHFROM PAGE 1 r '; 1 r


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HANSEL: YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for replevin and to recover damages resulting from the breach of a promissory note on the following property: 2003 Chevrolet Suburban V ehicle Identification Number: 1GNEC16Z43J276681 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Connie L. Collins, Esquire, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 124 North Brevard Avenue, Arcadia, FL 34266, on or before May 15, 2014, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or Petition. DATED on: march 25, 2014. Mitzie W. McGavic Clerk of Court By: /s/ N. Daughtrey As Deputy Clerk Published 4/3/14, 4/10/14, 4/17/14 & 4/24/14 228541 3023597 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 14-2009-CA-000400 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE IN TRUST FOR THE BENIFIT OF THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS FOR AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE SECURITIES TRUST 2005-R3, ASSETBACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-R3, Plaintiff, NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 vs. BETTY MATHENY AND CHERYL MATHENY, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated February 19, 2014, and entered in 14-2009CA-000400 of the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and for Desoto County, Florida, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE IN TRUST FOR THE BENIFIT OF THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS FOR AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE SECURITIES TRUST 2005-R3, ASSET-BACKED PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-R3, is the Plaintiff and CHERYL MATHENY; ESTATE OF BETTY MATHENY 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 April 17, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 9, TALL PINES ESTATES FIRST ADDITION, SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 24 EAST, DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA.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 20th day of February, 2014. 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. Published 4/3/14 & 4/10/14 331723 3023577 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 14-2010-CA-000708 DIVISION: 02 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. A THENA L. PEEL et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated March 11, 2014 and entered in Case No. 14-2010-CA-000708 of the Circuit Court of the TWELFTH Judicial Circuit in and for DESOTO County, Florida wherein NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC1, is the Plaintiff and ATHENA L PEEL; DEMPSEY B PEEL; BANK OF AMERICA, NA; are the DefenNOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 dants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266 at 11:00AM, on the 24th day of April, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOTS 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 AND 20, BLOCK 2, AND ALL OF BLOCK 1 OF H.L. AND Z.S. HOLLINGSWORTH ADDITION TO BROWNVILLE, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA. ALSO, THAT PORTION OF VACATED STREETS LYING BETWEEN BLOCKS 1 AND 2 IN SAID SUBDIVISION. LESS AND EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LANDS: A P ARCEL OF LAND BEING A PORTION OF LOTS 9 AND 10, AND ALL OF LOT 11, BLOCK 1, AND PART OF A FORTY FOOT STREET DIVIDING BLOCKS 1 AND 2, SAID STREET NOT ABANDONED, ALL BEING A PART OF H.L. AND Z.S. HOLLINGSWORTH ADDITION TO BROWNVILLE, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 11, THENCE NORTH 20 DEGREES 00 MINUTES EAST, 85.02 FEET; THENCE NORTH 70 DEGREES 00 MINUTES WEST, 120.03 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 20 DEGREES 00 MINUTES WEST, 128.70 FEET; THENCE EAST 127.65 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING, LESS PAVED COUNTRY ROAD RIGHT-OFWAY ON EAST AND SOUTH SIDES, ALSO LESS THAT PORTION OF VACATED STREET LY ING EAST OF LOT 12 IN BLOCK 2 AND LYING EAST OF UNNUMBERED LOT IN SAID BLOCK 2. ALSO LESS THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LANDS: BEGIN AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 11, BLOCK 1, H.L. AND Z.S. HOLLINGSWORTH ADDITION TO BROWNVILLE AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 5, DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND RUN NORTH 20 DEGREES 00 MINUTES EAST, 85.02 FEET FOR A POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE CONTINUE THE SAME LINE 148.51 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 70 DEGREES 00 MINUTES WEST, 119.61 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 20 DEGREES 00 MINUTES WEST, 147.61 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 70 DEGREES 00 MINUTES EAST, 120.03 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, LOSS PAVED COUNTY ROAD RIGHT OF-WAY ON THE EAST SIDE. A/K/A 7195 NE HIGHWAY 17, ARCADIA, FL 34266 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 sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on March 14, 2014. Mitzie McGavic Clerk of the Circuit Court By:/s/ B. Wynn Deputy Clerk NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 **See 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, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Ms. Ann Olson P. O. Box 48927 Sarasota, FL 34230 Phone: 941-861-4813 Fax: 941-861-7810 Published 3/27/14 & 4/3/14 234766 3020458 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 14-2013-CA-000208 SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. DEBORAH L. JETER A/K/A DEBORAH LADANE JETER JOSEPH MICHAEL KOZLOWSKI, UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 1, UNKOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 2, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure filed February 21, 2014 entered in Civil Case No. 14-2013-CA-000208 of the Circuit Court of the TWELFTH Judicial Circuit in and for DeSoto County, Arcadia, Florida, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the south door of the DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL. 34266 in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes on the 17th day of April, 2014 at 11:00 AM on the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to-wit: Lot 5, Block 2, Section 10A, Sunnybreeze Harbor, as per map or plat thereof r ecorded in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for DeSoto County, Florida, in Plat Book 6, Page 84. 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 21st day of February, 2014. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT As Clerk of the Court BY: /s/ B. Wynn Deputy Clerk 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. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call 711. Published 3/27/14 & 4/3/14 338116 3020127 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2013-CA-000770 CHARLES W. HARRISON, JR., Plaintiff, vs. NADINE LIPPEL ANTHONY and PEMBROKE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., Defendants. A "Serving DeSoto County since 1887" NLwoM40000000000001**Ao****Alo**ANMMM00000000000r-JLlwtisty-. -.i


Arcadian | Page 20 The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Notice is hereby given that on the 14 day of May, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., the following described real property will be sold to the highest bidder for cash: Lot 19, Block 2, First Replat of PEMBROKE SUBDIVISION, according to the map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 9, Page 80, Public Records of Desoto County, Florida (the Property). Said sale will be held at the DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266. This sale will be made pursuant to the Uniform Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated and entered March 24, 2014. 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. The name of the Clerk making the sale is Mitzie W. McGavic. Dated at DeSoto County, Florida, this 25th day of March, 2014. Mitzie W. McGavic DeSoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ B. Wynn A s Deputy Clerk Published 4/3/14 & 4/10/14 315372 30235383 NOTICE OFSALE3130 IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CENLAR FSB Plaintiff, vs. JEREMY SPEAKMAN, ALISHA A LLEN AND UNKNOWN TENA NTS/OWNERS, Defendants. Case No. 14-2012-CA-000829 Division2 NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on March 17, 2014, in the Circuit Court of Desoto County, Florida, The Clerk of the Court will sell the property situated in Desoto County, Florida described as: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHW EST CORNER OF SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 25 EAST, AND RUNNING NORTH 283 FEET; THENCE EAST 295 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE NORTH 19 DEGREES 45 EAST 270 FEET; THENCE EAST 132 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 19 DEGREES 45 WEST 270 FEET; THENCE WEST 132 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. and commonly known as: 345 W W INIFRED ST, 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 May 20, 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 17 day of March, 2014. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Mitzie W. McGavic By:/s/ B. Wynn Deputy Clerk Published 3/27/14 & 4/3/14 101348 3020116 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN A ND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, CIVIL ACTION CASE NO: 2013CA000228AXMA BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff vs. LORENZO A. RAMIREZ A/K/A LORENZO ALFARO RAMIREZ, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a UFJ dated March 13, 2014, entered in Civil Case Number 2013CA000228AXMA, in the Circuit Court for DeSoto County, Florida, wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is the Plaintiff, and LORENZO A. RAMIREZ A/K/A LORENZO ALFARO RAMIREZ, et al., are the Defendants, DeSoto County Clerk of Court will sell the property situated in DeSoto County, Florida, described as: NOTICE OFSALE3130 LOT 5, BLOCK H, EL DORADO P ARK SUBDIVISION, as per map or plat thereof recorded in the Office of the Clerk, of Circuit Court in and for DeSoto County, Florida, in Plat Book 5, Page 71. T ogether with a 2008 Nobility Homes King Doublewide mobile home with Identification #s N813414A and N813414B and HUD Label numbers FLA 802925 and FLA 8021924, Model #40C3H. Which by intention of the parties and upon retirement of the certificate of title as provided in 319.261 FLA. Stat., shall constitute a part of the realty and shall pass with it. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at 201 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 33821 at 11am, on the 17th day of June, 2014. 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 withing 60 days after the sale. Dated this 14th day of March, 2014. DeSoto County Clerk of Court By: /s/ B. Wynn Deputy Clerk 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. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call 711. Published 3/27/14 & 4/3/14 276862 3020215 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given, that we will sell or otherwise dispose of the contents of the following self storage units in order to satisfy the delinquent storage lien placed in accordance with the State of Florida Statute 83.806. UNIT#NAME CONTENTS 70W083 Adrian Aldape Household Goods The above 1 unit(s) are located @ 4599 NW Hwy 70, Arcadia, FL 34266 17N037 LaTeapha Z McBurney Household Goods The above 1 unit(s) is located @ 3153 NE Hwy 17, Arcadia, FL 34266 31S033 Phillip I Sims Household Goods The above 1 unit(s) is located @ 2999 SE Hwy 31, Arcadia, FL 34266 The public sale will be conducted at Easy Mini Storage, 4599 N.W. Hwy. 70, Arcadia, Fl. 34266, at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014. Units will be sold to the highest bidder. Open door sale, cash only. A cleaning deposit will be taken. (863) 993-2220. Published 3/27/14 & 4/3/14 222020 3020132 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 14-2013-CA-000294-CAAX-MA STATE FARM BANK, F.S.B., Plaintiff, vs. LOMA ASHFORD; JESSE ASHFORD JR.; RONNIE HEARNS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RONNIE HEARNS; DOLECIEA HEARNS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DOLECIEA HEARNS; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S); GIFFORD & GIFFORD CONSTRUCTION, INC.; WHETHER DISSOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXISTING, TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFENDANT(S) AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST DEFENDANT(S); UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above styled cause, in the Circuit Court of Desoto County, Florida, I will sell the property situate in Desoto County, Florida, described as: NOTICE OFSALE3130 LOTS 25 AND 26, BLOCK B, JOE LOUIS FARMS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 34, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DE SOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, South door of the courthouse facing Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 33821 at 11:00 AM, on April 22, 2014. 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. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 1st day of April, 2014. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: /s/ B. Wynn Deputy Clerk 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 Clerks Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, (863)9934876, 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 4/3/14 & 4/10/14 107236 3023624 T AX DEEDS3132 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: 1545 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 T ax Deed File #: 14-10-TD Description of Property: LOTS 8 AND 9, DESOTO ACRES 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 9, PAGE 9. Names in which assessed: OSWEGO ENTERPRISES 4556 SE BROWN RD 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 APRIL 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 14th DAY OF MARCH, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 3/20/14, 3/27/14, 4/3/14, 4/10/14 112132 3015995 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that US BANK, CUST FOR TRC 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: 125 Issuance Date: MAY 27, 2011 T ax Deed File #: 14-11-TD Description of Property: LOTS 1 AND 20, BLOCK C, DESOTO PEACE RIVER HEIGHTS, 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 6, PAGE 63. Names in which assessed: RICHARD GOOCH 2155 CASS STREET SARASOTA, FL 34231 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 hi g hest bidder at the T AX DEEDS3132 South Courthouse Door on MAY 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 26th DAY OF MARCH, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 4/3/14, 4/10/14, 4/17/14 & 4/24/14 112132 3023630 OTHER NOTICES3138 **OFFICIAL** NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION I, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in DESOTO County, State of Florida, on the FOURTH day of NOVEMBER, 2014, A.D., to fill or retain the following offices: Representative in Congress: District 17 Florida Cabinet Governor Florida Cabinet Lieutenant Governor Florida Cabinet Attorney General Florida Cabinet: Chief Financial Officer Florida Cabinet: Commissioner of Agriculture State Senator: District 26 State Representative: District 56 Second District Court of Appeal: Retention of Three Judges Circuit Judge, Twelfth Judicial Circuit: Groups 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 17, 18 and 19 School Board: Districts 1,3 and 5 County Commissioner: Districts 2 and 4 Peace River Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 1, 3 and 5 Published 4/3/14 & 4/17/14 283740 3011181 **OFICIAL** A VISO DE ELECCIONES GENERALES Y o, Ken Detzner, Secretario de Estado del Estado de la Florida, por el presente notifico que se llevarn a cabo ELECCIONES GENERALES en el Condado de DESOTO, Estado de la Florida, el da CUATRO de NOVIEMBRE de 2014 d. C., para determinar la ocupacin o la retencin de los siguientes cargos: Representante ante el Congreso: distrito 17 Gabinete de la Florida Gobernador Gabinete de la Florida Vicegobernador Gabinete de la Florida Procurador General Gabinete de la Florida Funcionario Principal de Finanzas Gabinete de la Florida Comisionado de Agricultura Senador Estatal: distrito 26 Representante Estatal: distrito 56 T ribunal de Apelaciones del 2. Distrito: retencin de 3 jueces Juez del Circuito, 12. Circuito Judicial: grupos 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 17, 18 y 19 Junta Escolar: distritos 1, 3 y 5 Comisionado del Condado: distritos 2 y 4 Distrito de Conservacin de Tierra y Agua de Peace River: grupos 1, 3 y 5 Published 4/3/14 & 4/17/14 283740 3011156 PO #1448893 2X10 NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATION TO THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Notice is hereby given that the Southwest Florida Water Management District received an application for a water use permit to withdraw water from wells and/or surface waters from Application Number: 2001245.001. Application received: December 19, 2013; Predominant use type: Agriculture. Total requested withdrawal average daily gallons per day: 552,700. Peak month average requested withdrawal average daily gallons per day: 1,440,000 gpd and cold protection quantities of 0 gpd; From 1 existing groundwater withdrawals. Location: Sections; 9; T ownship: 38 S; Range 22 E, in Sarasota County. The file(s) pertaining to the project referred to above is available for inspection Monday through Friday except for legal holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Southwest Florida W ater Management District (District) Tampa Service office located at 7601 Highway 301 North, OTHER NOTICES3138 T ampa, FL 33637-6759. Interested persons may inspect a copy of the application and submit written comments concerning the application. Comments must include the permit application number and be received within 14 days from the date of this notice. If you wish to be notified of agency action or an opportunity to r equest and administrative hearing regarding the application you must send a written request referencing the permit application number to the Southwest Florida W ater Management District, Regulation Performance management Department, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 346046899 or submit your request through the Districts website at The District does not discriminate based on disability. 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The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Page 21 | Arcadian One of Americas oldest original sports takes place Sunday in the Arcadia Rodeo Arena Floridas Best of the Ranches Rodeo. Sanctioned by the Working Ranch Cowboy Association, the ranch rodeo showcases the skills real working Florida cowboys use every day as they tend to cattle. Unlike the professional rodeo, featuring professional rodeo competitors, the ranch rodeo includes authentic cowboys who chase, rope, sort, brand and doctor cattle for a living. Its not an easy life up before dawn in torrential rains, erce sun or freezing cold, riding horses in places no vehicle can reach, and rescuing cattle from palmetto thickets. A ranch rodeo is a way to show off the unique skillset these intrepid cowboys and cowgirls use every day. The event categories include: Saddle bronc riding using the heavy saddles cowboys ride in all day long, not the abbreviated versions you see in professional rodeo. Cowboys often have to train their own horses, and the rst ride can be wild as you will see. Team branding Cowboys work together on the range to gather the calves and make sure they are branded or marked with an identifying ear tag. The branding in this event uses a mop with white lime powder but the skills to achieve it are the same. Stray gathering Cowboys work as a team to gather up the cattle to move them to fresh pastures or bring them in for pen work. In this event, team members have to cooperate to move certain cattle to a location and keep certain others behind. It requires coordination among team members as well as well trained horses to get the job done. Other events include team penning and wild cow milking (and no, cowboys dont normally milk wild cows, but the skills to be able to do that are close to what they perform on a daily basis). The ranch rodeo will include cowboys from all over the state of Florida, and will count toward qualifying to compete in the WRCA nationals held in November in Amarillo, Texas. The ranch rodeo will be held at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena, 124 Heard Street. Gates open at 2 p.m. and the show begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate for $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Parking is $5. Come see what the real American cowboy does see an authentic Florida icon at work.Ranch rodeo fast and wildBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR Saddle bronc riding in the Ranch Rodeo uses the ordinary saddle a coby would use on a daily basis -not the scaled-down version you see in professional rodeos. The Best of the Florida Ranches Rodeo takes plase Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Arcadia rodeo arena.FILE PHOTO The Cowboys of Florida, a lm highlighting the life of working cowboys in the Sunshine State, will be screened in a special presentation Friday at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. The lm was made in this region of Florida, and features several local participants and backers. George Pratt, a well known horseman who lives in Arcadia, was the producer and appears in the lm, and Realtor Gordon Mac Martin performs the musical accompaniment. Other local participants include Dr. Barbara Carlton, Howard Melton, Elton Langford, Larry Hudson, Goat Rowan and Windy Walker, and featuring the Arcadia Rodeo and the DeSoto County High School band. The lm shows what a cowboys life is like, from cattle drives through palmetto-choked pastures to participating in friendly competitions. Its a lifestyle that has been romanticized, but its not all sunsets and harmonicas cowboys endure hardships most people could not tolerate. Florida cowboys continue to live this way even today, and there will always be a need for cowboys as long as horses can go where vehicles cant make it. How long this lifestyle will continue is uncertain. The Cowboys of Florida shows you how they live and what they do right here in DeSoto County. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and an opportunity to meet some of the key gures in the lm before the showing. It will be held in the theater at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron Street in Port Charlotte. Tickets are $10 each and can be pur chased online at www.theculturalcenter. com or at The Cultural Center Box Ofce from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and one hour before the show. Call 941-625-4175 x221 for more information.Cowboys of Florida to be shown FridayBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR DeSoto students meet Air Force Thunderbirds ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comMajor Curtis Dougherty, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, visited DeSoto County High School and posed for a photo along with Sgt. Jessica Rivers, Sgt. Matthew Wetter, Sta Sergeant Jesse Theophilopoulos, recruiter for the Air Force for Charlotte and DeSoto County, and First Sergeant Tim Edsell of DCHS ROTC; along with several DCHS students. Sgt. Jessica Rivers of the U.S. Air Force talks to DeSoto County High School students about the F-16, which tops out at 1,500 mph with 29,000 pounds of thrust at sea level. Every jet with a full tank can y for about one hour, and a one-hour ight requires up to 12 hours of inspection. Sgt. Matthew Wetter talked to DeSoto County High School students about the F-16s safety record. They have never had an accident during an air show although malfunctions have occurred during training. Regional Newspaper Group in 2010, and added the News-Sun in September of 2013. Over the years, Sun Coast Media Group has added several newspapers in southwestern and central Florida, beginning in 1977 with the Venice Gondolier, purchased by founder and chairman Derek Dunn-Rankin. With an interest in newspapers since delivering papers at age 11, Derek decid ed early on to own a paper one day. And from little kids come big dreams. I didnt know we would have papers in so many different towns, he said. He eventually grew the company to include the Charlotte Sun the Englewood Sun the North Port Sun and The Arcadian. The Charlotte Sun a 30,000-circulation daily, remains the last family-owned daily newspaper in the state. Then ve years ago, Sun Coast Media Group added the Polk County Democrat in Bartow, the Frostproof News, the Lake Wales News and the Fort Meade Leader. A year later, the company expanded into Highlands County and bought the Lake Placid Journal. We think a newspaper is to focus on the community, what it needs, what kind of forum do they have to express themselves all of these things are very important, Derek Dunn-Rankin said. And the advertisers need a way to reach out to their prospects. The News-Sun will be the companys only tri-weekly newspaper. We are excited about becoming part of the Sun Newspapers group, said Romona Washington, publisher and executive editor of the Sebring News-Sun. We will be joining a group of community newspapers that not only share many things in common with the News-Sun, but they are also very focused on their local communities. Being able to work as a team with Sun Newspapers will also give us an oppor tunity to better share the events and news of Central Florida. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Sebring reported a population of 10,491 and is the county seat of Highlands County. The News-Sun is the result of a merger in 1996 of the Sebring News, which started in June 1927, and the Avon Park Sun. The News-Sun staff has always felt like a big family. Now we will become part of a bigger family, Washington said.Email: groberts@sun-herald.comPAPERFROM PAGE 1 rJ .WIWI -;a_,Ow pUESOTOAc's +.AV"


Arcadian | Page 22 The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Weather SummaryAccording to Floridas Automated Weather Network (FAWN), only three locations in the state received below one inch of rain. Dade City (Pasco County) received the most rain with 3.64 inches. Maximum temperatures were in the 70s to 80s degrees, with the highest temperature in Fort Lauderdale (Broward County) with 85 degrees. The lowest temperatures in the state ranged from 30 degrees in Defuniak Springs (Walton County) to 56 degrees in Fort Lauderdale (Broward County). Fruit and VegetablesFlagler and Putnam farmers continued to harvest cabbage. Dixie and Levy county farmers finished planting watermelons. Crops being planted in Miami-Dade County were okra, bitter melon, and Asian crops. Miami-Dade County farmers were harvesting eggplant, green beans, herbs, peppers, yellow squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, Cuban sweet potatoes (Boniato), and zucchini. Vegetables coming to market in the southwest were beets, blueberries, cabbage, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, herbs, lettuce, kale, peppers, potatoes, snap beans, squash, straw berries, sweet corn, tomatoes, water melons, and specialty items.Field CropsSome field corn was planted in Jackson County before the rain. Most fields in the Panhandle were too wet for work. Levy County farmers started planting peanuts and Dixie County farmers prepared fields for peanut planting. Sugarcane harvest was nearing its finish. Livestock and PasturesWarmer temperatures have improved pasture quality; however, some pasture remains wet in the Panhandle from recent heavy rain. Rains in the southwest have helped the pastures maintain a favorable condition. The cattle condition for the state primarily ranged from fair to good but the pasture condition was mostly fair. CitrusRain was widespread and heavy in the citrus area this past week. All but one station recorded more than an inch of rainfall. Eight recorded more than two inches. Sebring (Highlands County) recorded the least at 0.94 inches. The most recorded was in Dade City (Pasco County) at 3.65 inches. Daytime temperatures were seasonable, reaching the low 80s in all citrus producing counties. As per the U.S. Drought Monitor, last updated March 25, no drought exists within the citrus growing area. Grove activity included irrigating on several days during the week, hedging, topping and spraying. Growers were continuing to plant new trees in existing groves. Full bloom is evident in all areas on both oranges and grapefruit. Some trees are bearing very small fruit already for next seasons crop. Several processing plants have closed temporarily and were waiting for Valencia oranges to start coming in. A few plants were running grapefruit only. All but four packing houses were open and were shipping fruit in limited quantities; some had transitioned to gift fruit packing only. Rainy week slows planting and harvestingREPORTED FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 30 CITRUS ESTIMATED BOXES HARVESTED in thousands of 1-3/5 bushel boxes Mar. 16 Mar. 23 Mar. 30 Early/mid oranges 47 9 1 Valencia 1,888 3,090 3,659 Navel oranges 3 2 3 White grapefruit 382 170 173 Colored grapefruit 571 473 426 Temples 46 23 53 Tangelos 3 0 0 Honey tangerines 89 48 70 Total 3,029 3,815 4,385 LIVESTOCK SALESReported by the Arcadia Stockyard for the week of March 26 Weight Price per cwt. Steers Medium and Large Frame 175-275 $290-370 (avg. $317.93) 275-350 $250-290 (avg. $263.61) 350-425 $235-242.50 (avg. $238.30) 425-500 $217.50-230 (avg. $221.76) 500-575 $185-205 (avg. $196.14) 575-700 $165-177 (avg. $171.17) Steers Light and Medium Frame 175-275 $245-300 (avg. $275.94) 275-350 $232.50-252.50 (avg. $244.02) 350-425 $220-237.50 (avg. $229.78) 425-500 $195-219 (avg. $210.01) 500-575 $170-190 (avg. $177.81) 575-700 $145-170 (avg. $158.63) Heifers Medium and Large Frame 175-275 $245-320 (avg. $263.06) 275-350 $222.50-260 (avg. $229.43) 350-425 $205-225 (avg. $212.53) 425-500 $190-212.50 (avg. $195.75) 500-575 $167.50-180 (avg. $172.83) 575-700 $160-185 (avg. $167) Heifers Light and Medium Frame 175-275 $220-255 (avg. $238.15) 275-350 $205-225 (avg. $217.28) 350-425 $182.50-207.50 (avg. $197.03) 425-500 $160-192.50 (avg. $180.18) 500-575 $145-170 (avg. $159.46) 575-700 $127.50-160 (avg. $148.21) Slaughter Classes Cows: Boners 1100-1900 $95-116 (avg. $98.12) Lean 850-1200 $81-96 (avg. $88.41) Low Dressing: 800-1100 $72-92 (avg. $84.17) Shells: 650-800 $51-67 (avg. $61.68) Bulls: High Dressing: 1300-2000 $121-139 (avg. $128) 1000-1299 $95-118 (avg. $107.88) Low Dressing: under 1100 $93-116 avg. $107.29) Totals: 1,487; calves 1,150; cows 285; bulls 52 Slaughter cows were $4 to $6 lower. Slaughter bulls were steady to $2 higher. Feeder steer and heifer calves under 500 pounds were $3 to $6 lower. Feeder steer and heifer calves over 500 pounds were $6 to $8 higher. Pets, owners benefit with low-cost vaccinations ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comMarie Whitaker, right, hands her poodle Palm to Susan Brodowsky and Tracy Sprunger for shots. Tish Keller gathers her dogs, two of which are rescue dogs. She brought her pets to take advantage of the low-cost vaccinations oered Saturday by DeSoto County Animal Services. Susan Miller brought her new puppy over for shots at the vaccination clinic held Saturday by DeSoto County Animal Services. Jessica Burns, Fay Christ and Anita Selkowitz and their pets join the dozens of dogs awaiting their turns Saturday at the vaccination clinic sponsored by DeSoto County Animal Services. Animal Ark veterinarian Pam Wright inspects Indo for her chip while Debbie Merkin, Animal Services supervisor, calms the dog. 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The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 Page 23 | Arcadian rfntb Heres your chance to give your favorite local businesses the spotlight! Vote in our 2014 DeSoto Readers Choice contest to help us recognize the best of the best. Just ll in your choice for the best business in each of the categories listed below. rfnt brtrrnwhen you submit your completed 2014 Readers Choice voting form to us before April 30, 2014. Antiques _____________________________ Appliance Store _________________________ Auto Dealership _________________________ Bookstore ____________________________ Boutique _____________________________ Bridal Boutique _________________________ Clothing Store (mens) _____________________ Clothing Store (womens) ___________________ Convenience Store _______________________ Electronics Store ________________________ Feed/Ranch Store _______________________ Furniture Store _________________________ Gift Shop _____________________________ Grocery Store __________________________ Hardware Store _________________________ Jewelry Store __________________________ Liquor Store ___________________________ Produce _____________________________ Shoes_______________________________ Sporting Goods _________________________ Storage Sheds __________________________ Thrift Store ____________________________ Artist _______________________________ Band (local) ___________________________ Golf Course ____________________________ Live Music Venue ________________________ Camping _____________________________ Canoeing _____________________________ Photography ___________________________ Assisted Living _________________________ Chiropractor ___________________________ Dietitian _____________________________ Dance Studio ___________________________ Dentist ______________________________ Doctor (family) _________________________ Doctor (pediatrician) ______________________ Doctor (specialty)________________________ Exercise/Gym __________________________ Hearing ______________________________ Home Health Care ________________________ Message Therapy________________________ Nursing ______________________________ Pharmacy ____________________________ Veterinarian ___________________________1. You must be at least 18 years or older to enter. 2. You may only submit one completed ballot, additional submissions will automatically disqualify you from voting in the contest. 3. The questionnaire must be 50% completed or it will be disquali ed. 4. All entries must be received in our o ce by April 30, 2014 at 5 p.m. 5. The winner will be chosen by random drawing. 6. The Readers Choice Winners will be determined by the highest number of votes from the entries.7. Contest results do not re ect the views of the Arcadian Your Name: _______________________ Address: _________________________ City:___________________________ State:________Zip:________________ E-mail:__________________________ Phone:__________________________108 S. Polk Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266 863-494-7600Please mail completed questionnaire to:Bakery ______________________________ Bar ________________________________ Barbecue _____________________________ Breakfast _____________________________ Bu et _______________________________ Cheap Eats ____________________________ Chinese ______________________________ Co ee _______________________________ Deli ________________________________ Dinner ______________________________ Family-Friendly Eats ______________________ Fast Food _____________________________ Fried Chicken __________________________ Hamburger ____________________________ Ice Cream ____________________________ Italian _______________________________ Lunch _______________________________ Mexican_____________________________ Pickling Products ________________________ Seafood ______________________________ Steak_______________________________ Sweet Tea ____________________________ Accountant ____________________________ AC/Heating ____________________________ Auto Body Shop _________________________ Auto Repair ___________________________ Bank _______________________________ Barber Shop ___________________________ Carpet Cleaning _________________________ Caterer ______________________________ Cellular Service _________________________ Check Cashing __________________________ Child Care _____________________________ Computer Repair ________________________ Electrician ____________________________ Florist _______________________________ Hairstylist ____________________________ Hotel _______________________________ Insurance Agency ________________________ Law Firm _____________________________ Lawn Care ____________________________ Mail/Shipping __________________________ Nail Salon ____________________________ Pest Control ___________________________ Pet Grooming __________________________ Plumber _____________________________ Realtor ______________________________ School _______________________________ Signs/Banners__________________________ Tanning Salon __________________________ Tax Service ____________________________ Veterinarian ___________________________ Window Tinting _________________________ ff rn n___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ tf ff f ft 50456794 5+ C H OICO ugj I / I Poi '(q 9 .CARCADIAN c .Best of DeSoto _2014,E r L2J (j]g at ir 1'IiIGtjA Son'in,' DeSoto Counh-since 1&47"CADIA N


Arcadian | Page 24 The Sun / Thursday, April 3, 2014 provided services there for many years including tutoring, afterschool and summer programs for children. Since the gyms closing, the foundation has had to turn some away from its tutoring program. The city council certainly recognizes the need for recreational facil ities, said Councilman Keith Keene. We made a commitment recognizing that its an asset when we committed to doing the roof repair. And we are real excited about an opportunity that has risen recently that will allow us to collaborate with our community to improve this facility to the betterment of our community. The Smith Brown Foundation was established in 1998 to provide resources to youth in southeast Arcadia. Today the foundations mission has expanded to include working collaboratively with individuals and community organizations to provide experiences that will improve the quality of life and foster a sense of neighborhood and family for all people. A steering committee has been formed to guide the restoration of the building as a community facility and to bring it into full use. Members include Alan Johnson, Ashley Coone, Lindsay Turner, Jaccarie Simons, and Emily Suter. The committee has been grateful for all of the pro bono work of its building planning committee in cluding Sofia Konstantinidis Nugent, Bumper Hay and Brian Hoopingarner. Bowers said, This project is near and dear to my heart and Im excited to see it through. We cant do it alone we need community support. The return on investment for our kids today and our kids of the future is priceless. For more information about this project, call the steering committee at 863-990-0527.RESTOREFROM PAGE 2 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comMembers of the Smith Brown Community Foundation hope to renovate Smith Brown Gym and make it safe and functional to serve a variety of community uses. Having multiple siblings come in and out of my life had a huge impact on me, she said. It shaped me as a person. My passion and priorities in life are family and helping our youth plan for life after high school. Coone founded Links2Success in 2012 with a goal to encourage DeSoto County students pursue education beyond high school. Links2Success equips students with the skills, knowledge and habits they need to achieve higher education and successful careers. I hope that more of our students will not only graduate from high school and go on to college, but complete college and enter into the professional world as productive members of society, Coone said. So many youth in my community have the potential. These students are our future, and I want to help facilitate a strong foundation for their lives. She urges students to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible, whether its through mentoring, volunteering, interning, or getting involved in student organizations. She continues to be sold on SFSC as the college of choice for students who desire an exceptional education and opportunities that add value to the learning environment. I encourage students to explore what is best for them, Coone said. Im pro-education, but realize that four-year degrees arent for everyone. As long as students plan for a career or life after high school, they can be successful. My goal is to help youth in the community become more aware of the opportunities right here at home.PASSIONFROM PAGE 2 Visit the following businesses and shop local for quality service and customer service. LAWN EQUIPMENT BOWLING GREEN SMALL ENGINE SERVICE, INC. LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT (863) 375-4056 PO Box 309 (863) 375-4057 4702 U.S. Hwy 17 N. 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