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The Arcadian
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Arcadian (Arcadia, Fla.)
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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, May 15, 2014 24 pages / 50 centsWERE LOVIN ITAfter a 45-day remodeling job, the Arcadia McDonalds has reopened with a new lookPAGE 3 A section of the SunINSIDE Arcadian 50 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Family Album ..........7 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Religion ..............10 Sports ...............14 Agriculture ...........18 FITNESS TROT: Hospital Foundation raises over $5,000 in first 5K/10K run/walk ........................... 5 FOOD STAMPS: How does DeSoto compare with state, nation in food stamp use? ....................... 11 THE A-TEAM: First invitational academic tourney honors John Schudel .................................. 11 The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved County Coordinator Mandy Hines to serve as interim administrator until a permanent replacement is hired. The move is the result of the sudden death of Administrator Guy Maxcy on May 5. Commissioner Bob Miller suggested Hines also receive a salary and benets package equal to Maxcys while she serves as the interim, saying she should be compensated for the additional workload. We should take our time with this (administrator search), and if Mandy is going to be the interim, Id like to see her receive appropriate compensation, he said. Commissioner Jim Selph cautioned that because of Hines added responsibilities and tireless work ethic, it might be necessary to provide her with additional help. I know Mandy; she just wont drop her other duties, but something will end up being sacriced because of that, he said. At some point if this search process drags out, we might need to nd a way to get her help. Hines said several members of the staff had already offered their assistance, and she appreciated the commissioners support and condence. County Attorney Donald Conn suggested Human Resources Director Don Kesterson prepare a job description and qualications list. The board could then formally approve the language and decide on advertising options at the next meeting. Sales tax for indigent careRepresentatives from DeSoto Memorial Hospital asked the board to allow a 1/2-cent sales tax referendum on Novembers ballot. The tax is expect ed to generate $1 million yearly and could be used only for indigent care. Dr. Vaidy Nathan, who is also a member of the hospitals board of directors, said DMH needs the additional money to prevent the hospital from closing, noting the lack of medical services in the county would be devastating for residents and businesses. The closure of the hospital means that no one will have access to medical care, and it will have a trickle-down effect on the entire county, he said. Not only would you County names Hines interim adminBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORCOUNTY | 24 At the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authoritys annual tour and barbecue last week, they had a chance to tout a $1.5 million grant from the State of Florida toward its current renovation and expansion project. The Authoritys Executive Director, Patrick Lehman, said it is in the middle of a $12.8 million project in which they are rehabilitating tanks and equipment that date back to General Development days. When General Development went bankrupt in 1991, the tanks and equipment they had built in 1979 were transferred to this authority, which was formed to serve DeSoto, Charlotte and Sarasota counties and the city of North Port, Lehman said. The treatment plant is located on S.W. Kings Highway in DeSoto County, just south of County Road 761, and covers more than 300 acres. A large reser voir is located on adjacent property owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District The current project includes sand-blasting, repairing and sealing two large concrete tanks, called clarifiers, along with sand filters and related equipment. Lehman pointed out the metal pipes and equipment which, over the years, had rusted and decayed. We have invested more than $300 million over the last 10 years, he said. One of the features of that investment is the one-mile-square reservoir, which stores 6 billion gallons of water. PRMRWSA is financing some of the current renovation work with money Regional water plant billions of gallons servedBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comRaw water enters a series of large tanks, called clariers, where chemicals are mixed to coagulate contaminants before it ows into lters for further treatment and disinfection. The Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority can treat up to 48 million gallons of water daily and operates 65 miles of pipelines to deliver water in DeSoto, Charlotte and Sarasota counties. Patrick Lehman, executive director of the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority, points out the areas served by the authority and the plans for additional pipelines.it held in reserves. DeSoto County will owe $150,000 toward that cost, but Charlotte County users will pay much of the balance. Charlotte County uses about 10 million gallons of the 24.5 million gallons of water the authority delivers every day, but the renovation, Lehman said, will cost the typical Charlotte household only about a penny a day. The plant takes water out of the Peace River through four large intake pumps. The authority is limited on when it may take water from the river no withdrawals are allowed during low-flow periods, so the river and estuary habitats will be protected. But when the river is high, more than 100 million gallons per day may be WATER | 12 IAN11i `IL4 ALNow_7 @'05252"516216

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Arcadian | Page 2 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 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 tjewell@sun-herald.com jbierman@sun-herald.com DISPLAY ADVERTISINGDeSoto .............................863-494-2434 Joe Gallimore jgallimore@sun-herald.com Susan Hoffman shoffman@sun-herald.com Steve Bauer sbauer@sun-herald.com Tami Jewell tjewell@sun-herald.com Jackie Bierman jbierman@sun-herald.com Kyle Gallimore kgallimore@sun-herald.com DEADLINESEditorial: Monday Noon Classified & Legal Ads: Wednesday 11 a.m. Display Ads: Friday 5 p.m. (or Noon Monday for camera ready ads only) Classified & Legal Advertising 863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 jbierman@sun-herald.com ONLINE www.yoursun.net Like The Arcadian on Facebook ARCADIA When the DeSoto Memorial Hospital board of directors met last Thursday with doctors and allied medical associates, the atmosphere quickly became contentious. The special meeting was slated following the April 24 regular board meeting, when Dr. Steven Mishkind told the board the doctors were vigorously opposed to the boards plan to try to sell the hospital. Thursdays gathering was intended to let the medical staff express their concerns and submit any ideas they had to save the hospital. Chairperson Janie Watson said, We did go forward with the (Request for Proposal) to sell the hospital. Were open to anything a buyer, lessor, partner, joint venture, affiliate, anything to continue the vision of this hospital. Saying the board understood the doctors concerns, Watson said, We could make the Physicians Perspective a regular item on the agenda. She added it would be helpful if the doctors could join board members in going out in the public, such as attending Chamber of Commerce events, to make their views known. Dr. Kayum Mohammadbhoy said, First we have to decide what were looking for. We used to have a facility that provided excellent care for years. If it is sold, we cant assure we can continue to provide that care. He cited the hospital in Wauchula which was sold, and now does not provide the kind of care DeSoto has been providing. We need to hold onto the hospital to provide that care, he said. Dr. Mohan Narayanan said a large hospital corporation is not going to care about a small hospital in a small town like Arcadia. He also noted laboratory testing is more frequently being referred to facilities other than the hospital for tests that could be done here. But he mentioned some needs the hospital has to fulfill, such as coding, which he believes is not being done to the level it should be to capture Medicare benefits and expedite collections. Referrals at issueBoard Member Dan Presilla questioned whether doctors are performing some of their own tests and procedures rather than referring them to the hospital. Dr. Wael Alokeh answered, You cant ask me to take from my own business to give it to the hospital. We have a business to run also. Youre telling the board not to do some things but youre unwilling to do some things to help us, like referrals, Presilla said. Alokeh, however, said the doctors have to keep their own office Board, doctors clash on how to save hospitalBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITORHOSPITAL | 8 DeSoto Cares, a grassroots organization in DeSoto County, has recently come together to address the problems of homelessness here, with a goal of nding some solutions. They will meet at 5:15 p.m. every rst and third Thursday (starting tonight) at the Housing Authority conference room, 7 Booker T. Washington Road, Arcadia. As the group begins its mission, they will be focusing on research, identify ing needed services and transitional housing. The group has outlined an ambitious list of tasks leading to the creation of a homeless shelter in DeSoto County. The executive board consists of Rev. Ted Hanus, Rev. Bob Vaughn, Jane Breylinger and Mike Provau. Five committees have been identied Grants, Facility/Needs, Site of Facility, Government and Community, and Immediate Services. Each has a general set of tasks to focus on. Breylinger, executive director of Arcadia-DeSoto Habitat for Humanity, said, We may not have people freezing in the streets today, but winter will come again. At issue for me personally is the fact that my fellow humankind, my neighbor, is suffering with health issues, compounded bu the inadequacy of shelter. ... My conscience will not allow apathy when there are answers and solutions successfully practiced in other counties. Why should DeSoto County have less? Anyone interested in addressing the issues of homeless is welcome to participate.Homeless action group meets tonightSTAFF REPORT DeSoto County School Superintendent Karyn Gary exercised her discretion and authority to dismiss 10 DeSoto teachers without cause. Gary said under a 2011 amendment of the Florida statutes, for teachers hired after July 1, 2011, the district may issue probationary contracts, and teachers working under a probationary contract may be dismissed without cause. (Teachers under an annual contract, after the probationary period, can be dismissed only for just cause, under the law.) But at Tuesdays School Board meeting, Tom Morgan, president of the DeSoto County Teachers Association, told School Board members the red teachers should be given a reason why they are not being asked to return for the next school year. They could work on improvements if they knew why they werent being renewed, said Morgan. If the problem is not their teaching, then what is it, and cant it be dealt with in other ways? Morgan said, This district is willing to turn away proven teachers for unknown reasons. He urged the School Board to give the red teachers a second chance and review Garys decisions. School Board member Ronny Allen asked for a list of the teachers who are being dismissed. Gary later said, however, because the law allows probationary teachers to be red without cause, the School Board cannot reverse the decision. If she were to give a cause, Gary said, it could be harder for those teachers to nd a job elsewhere with that on their record. Graduation requirementsS chool Board Member Rodney Hollingsworth questioned a letter that had been sent out by high school Principal Nelson Stephenson to graduating seniors. The letter stated seniors were required to attend the awards night and the baccalaureate or they would not be allowed to attend graduation ceremonies. Gary said that sentence was supposed to have been deleted and a corrected ver sion of the letter is being sent to seniors. The School Board discussed the proposed Lake Suzy Academy a K through 8 public school that would focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math and learned 135 students have expressed interest in attending the school if it opens for the 2014-15 school year. It is expected to be on the agenda for approval during the next meeting, on May 27. Ann Daniel reported Donny Stiner competed at the State Science Fair with 26 other students in his category and placed fth for sound science and procedure, for which he won a cash award. Board Member Bill Stanko said, Fifth in the state is a big achievement. He is going up against private schools. He did a great job. Daniel urged more students to try out for the science fair next year because $1.7 million in scholarships are awarded.Challenge raised over 10 teachers fired without causeBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR O n c e a g a i n i t i s t i m e f o r u s t o h o n o r o u r Once again, it is time for us to honor our D e S o t o C o u n t y H i g h S c h o o l g r a d u a t e s W e a t DeSoto County High School graduates. We at T h e A r c a d i a n a r e p r e p a r i n g f o r o u r a n n u a l The Arcadian are preparing for our annual g r a d u a t i o n k e e p s a k e e d i t i o n graduation keepsake edition. I t w i l l b e f i l l e d w i t h a l l t h e s e n i o r p i c t u r e s It will be filled with all the senior pictures, c o n g r a t u l a t i o n s f r o m l o c a l congratulations from local b u s i n e s s e s a n d l o v e d o n e s a s w e l l a s m a n y businesses and loved ones, as well as many o t h e r p a g e s f i l l e d w i t h m e m o r i e s f o r t h e other pages filled with memories for the s e n i o r s a n d t h e i r f a m i l i e s t o h a v e a s t h e i r o w n seniors and their families to have as their own k e e p s a k e keepsake. 50456875 T h i s s e c t i o n w i l l a p p e a r i n t h e A r c a d i a n o n J u n e 1 2 t h This section will appear in the Arcadian on June 12th.I f y o u w o u l d l i k e t o h a v e a p i c t u r e o r p i c t u r e s o f y o u r s e n i o r If you would like to have a picture or pictures of your senior a n d a p e r s o n a l m e s s a g e t o t h e m i n o u r s p e c i a l e d i t i o n and a personal message to them in our special edition, c a l l t o d a y a t 8 6 3 4 9 4 2 4 3 4 f o r p r i c i n g a n d t o r e s e r v e y o u r s p o t call today at 863-494-2434 for pricing and to reserve your spot.D e a d l i n e t o t u r n i n p i c t u r e s a n d m e s s a g e s Deadline to turn in pictures and messagesi s W e d n e s d a y M a y 2 8 T H 4 : 0 0 P M is Wednesday, May 28 TH 4:00 PM 2014 F o r M o r e I n f o r m a t i o n : For More Information: C a l l T a m i J e w e l l a t Call Tami Jewell at ( 8 6 3 ) 4 9 4 2 4 3 4 (863)494-2434 o r E m a i l or Email t j e w e l l @ s u n h e r a l d c o m tjewell@sun-herald.com COtCKATULATI tSPoll4pARCADIANJw V`J-L. n r, i r .

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The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 3 | Arcadian The remodeled McDonalds were lovin it ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comTim Vowels, left, and his Director of Operations, Dexter Lewis, pose before the newly remodeled main counter at the Arcadia McDon alds, which has just reopened after a 45-day remodeling job. The totally remodeled dining room is open, spacious and inviting. Comfortable conversation areas and modern nishes highlight the new look. Totiana Ousley is excited to work at the newly remodeled McDonalds. Not only has the dining area been revamped but the entire kitchen has been renewed with the latest equipment. Tim Vowels, left, owner of the Arcadia McDonalds, along with his wife, Pam, and son Brandon greet Chamber of Commerce President Penny Kurtz at a special sneak preview of the remodeled restau rant. A formal grand opening will be scheduled soon. The Watermelon Festival returns Saturday to celebrate one of DeSoto Countys juiciest fruits. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park and includes craft vendors, musical entertainment and, of course, pageants. Pageants are scheduled for the title of Watermelon Queen, Jubilee Pageant, Princess Pageant, Crimson Sweet Pageant and Sugar Babe Pageant. The Queen will compete for the Florida State Watermelon Pageant. There will be a Photogenic Award Winner in each pageant. Also scheduled are the Wacky River Race, a Bed Race, Kids Korner, seed-spitting contest, watermelon-eating contest, arts and crafts and plenty of good food including watermelon, of course. More information and contact numbers can be found on the Arcadia Main Street website, www.arcadiamainstreet.com.Watermelon Festival: Celebrating DeSotos sweet treatSTAFF REPORT ARCADIAN FILE PHOTOThe Watermelon Festival takes place this weekend at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park. Hopeful pageant winners, like these young ladies from last years event, will don their prettiest water melon-themed outts as they compete for coveted titles. No mat te r what yo ure looking fo r, Fr om a new job to a place to live, Cl as si fi ed ha s what yo u ne ed Ch e ck th e Sun Cl as si fi ed first! rfntbffnf tnnfnnnff nrn rfntb Join the FREE Corporate Discount Program today and receive 2 FREE tickets! 3036756 Cpl'/LEGOLA D LEGOLA DL 0 R I D A A T EF; 1'ARKPolice Fire and EMSAppreciation DaysOwltoo,Reward your hard working employees with one of our great Corporate DiscountPrograms! As a corporate partner, LEGOLAND Florida will extend exclusivediscounts for you to share with your employees.No cost or obligation to the employer!Conveniently purchase & print tickets or save all tickets to a SmartphonelFlyers, brochures, and attendance at Employee Vendor Fairs available!To find out more about these programs, please contact Amanda Amico,Corporate Sales Representative,at 863-837-8326 or amanda.amico@)Iegoland.com.r I II II IL _ _ _ _ _ J

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VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net 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 shoffman@sun-herald.com | OUR VIEW | GRITS & PIECES Open and honestWe congratulate Tom Slaughter on his appointment as city administraton. Its clear he now has his work cut out for him. The City Council was sharply divided on which candidate was best for the job, with a controversial vote by Councilman Bob Allen cementing the hire. We were also concerned to have learned during last Tuesdays meeting that the selection committee was told to put Slaughter in the top ve candidates. If he deserved to be there by virtue of his qualications that would be ne, but to put him there simply because he was already the interim makes us wonder if all of the candidates were given a fair shake during the hiring process. While much of what occurred during the Councils administrator search was beyond Slaughters control, its fair to say that despite serving six months as interim, some in the community still view him as an unknown quantity. We urge him to be open and transparent in his dealings representing the city. Weve heard (and experienced rsthand) that he does not always return phone calls or emails promptly. We get that hes busy, but when it comes to city business, he must be reachable, responsive and forthright. We expect him to act professionally and to treat with respect everyone he deals with, from staff and council to the county and, especially, the public. It was great to see him in the audience at Tuesdays Board of County Commissioners meeting, and we encourage him to continue to cultivate that relationship. The city has not always been the best partner to the county in the past, but for positive change to occur the two must work hand-in-hand. For starters, Slaughter should be front and center at the countys next Community Conversation June 4. The citys limited participation in the previous meetings was disappointing (and its worth noting it occurred during Slaughters time as interim). We were also glad Councilman Joe Fink suggested that two background checks (criminal and professional) be conducted on Slaughter. We agree they are important, especially in light of Allens puzzling opposition to the idea. Councilman Keith Keene made an excellent point when he said that if a candidate wasnt willing to stand up to the scrutiny of a background check, then he shouldnt have the job. Lets not have another festering sore suddenly appear out of the woodwork. There are an alarming number of high-prole organizations and businesses which have spent a lot of money on background checks that failed to reveal obvious red ags. A recent example that made national headlines involved a Montana college that hired and red a new sports information director in the span of two hours. After the University of Great Falls announced the hire via a press release, a local newspaper Googled his name and discovered he had a past criminal conviction for sexual relations with a | LETTERS TO THE EDITORResidents, help keep storm drains clearEditor: This is to all readers but especially to the readers in the city limits of Arcadia. The heavy rains will be here before we know it and we will have serious street ooding, once again. I would like to suggest that if you have a tree that has left a lot of fallen leaves at the curb or if you have a storm drain near your property get out there and clean up the debris before it completely clogs the grates. Or if you have a storm water drainage ditch clean out the trash that has collected in them before the rains start. I know many will say its not my job but if we all pitch in a little and help out, our ooding might not be as serious as it can get and we can see the standing water, clear away that much quicker. I say Thank You in advance and safe driving. Margot Ayre ArcadiaCity administrator selection process was faultyEditor: I am kicking myself over and over for not voicing my opinion to the decision-makers on whom I would select for City Administrator out of the nal ve candidates. I did involve myself and certainly care about the future of the city. I can not say enough about how much the Arcadian has helped me in the nal hours of the interviews to conclude my nal choice. I nd it amazing that only two council members were willing to put their personal judgments to the test of others in front of the public before rendering a nal vote allowing for a difference of opinion and possible outcome otherwise. I applaud Mr. Keith Keene and Ms. Alice Frierson risking any open comment they might have made to the world in what might have turned out to be a better selection for the future of city over time. It was evident three Childhood playgrounds, revisitedI ride by nearly every school in our county at least once a week in my comings and goings, including some sites where schools once stood, and my memories usually tap me on the heart and say, Remember those days? I cant forget them, nor do I want to. Perhaps the fondest memories I have of school days involve recess time, when we could escape from desks, books and teachers, and run wild outside with our friends. I can picture the playground so well in my mind, lled with laughter and innocence of children who had no idea how quickly the years would pass and how soon theyd be adults. Who didnt love playing on the playground? Nocatee Elementary (the old one thats long gone now) had a very tall stainless steel slide. The morning sun would heat it up to the point that it would burn your skin, but that didnt deter the long line of kids waiting to use it. The line behind it would be long, and thered even be kids standing on the ladder rungs, anxious to use it. Sometimes wed throw handfuls of sand down it, which served to speed up the sliding. But the most popular kid there would be the one whod snuck a piece of wax paper from their mamas roll. You could sit on that thing and be off the end of the slide and in the dirt before you got sat down good! Remember that? Swings allowed us to soar way up into the sky, as though we were ying. I think we believed if we swung high enough, we go all the way over the top, like in the cartoons. Im kind of glad we didnt, considering the danger aspect now in my old age. We didnt mind swinging real high and jumping out of them, hollering either Geronimo! or Superman! Some would even bail out backwards, meaning under the swing Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson troubador55@embarqmail.com | LETTER SUBMISSION POLICYLetters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All letters must be signed with full name not initials. An address and telephone number must be included; they are not for publication, but must be provided so we may verify authorship if necessary. Due to the number of letters received, we reserve the right to run only one letter per person per month. The Letters to the Editor section is intended as a public forum for community discourse and the opinions and statements made in letters are solely those of the individual writers. The Arcadian takes no responsibility for the content of these letters. Please send or bring correspondence to the Arcadian, 108 S. Polk Ave., Arcadia FL 34266, or fax to 863-494-3533. Readers with access to the internet may e-mail Letters to the Editor at shoffman@sun-herald.com.LETTERS | 22 GRITS & PIECES | 22Our view: New administrator needs to gain trust of the communityOUR VIEW | 22 NOW 15 J-hC TIAC FoR A NEW FASTEPTI' A SfEDIIJG MC-mo...ADt\INI5TRkTR To COME To MoK PaWWULP} AM A LOCOTF IID OF -F WS MOT(oK..ABLE To S *PTrhRo1 H HeoPs W014 ARELP SINGLE 5wmD.NP HELP s d/ T` Bp,CK' iLl LAkk(3 0ERl(C}{ECKS ;^'Q s 1 n GHEE ME ,'-, ;'D __v11 uI'aVU4T ARCADfAN ;5151yAer-

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The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 5 | Arcadian Links2Success is accepting applications through May 16 for the 2014 Youth Leadership & Career Conference for DeSoto Middle School students. The conference is for students currently in 7th and 8th grade with a minimum 2.5 GPA. The conference will run from July 7-12. The 2014 Conference is designed to provide exposure to career, condence, leadership and interest-building activities to middle school students in DeSoto County. The aim of the camp is to introduce students to careers and education that can be obtained upon graduation from DeSoto County High School. The conference will help students develop a love for learning and set a goal to graduate and pursue post-secondary education opportunities. I learned so much about careers and I now know that I want to go to college, said Richelle Stewart, a graduate of the inaugural 2013 class. We had so much fun and Im happy that I was able to be in the rst class. Each day, participants will meet at the South Florida State College. Students will visit local organizations, governmental agencies and businesses. Student will get to experience careers in banking, STEM, judicial, government, law enforcement, non-prot, agriculture and much more. Throughout the week, students will work with the DeSoto Arts & Humanities Council to create artwork to illustrate their current career goals and dreams. The conference will end on July 12 with an art exhibition and award ceremony at the Turner Center Exhibition Hall. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, no behavior referrals, exhibit leadership qualities and complete an application and essay. The conference is provided at no cost and is limited to 30 students. The conference is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the following organizations: Peace River Citrus, George W. and Ethel B. Hoeer Fund at The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Jerome and Mildred Paddock Foundation, Mosaic, South Flroida State College Foundation, Desoto Education Foundation, DrugFree Desoto Coalition, First State Bank, GEO Care, Hackney & Ames, Suncoast Schools Credit Union, Sun Bulb, Tremron, FPL, Benny Albritton Grove Services, Rotary, The Mason G. Smoak Foundation, School District of DeSoto County and United Way. For more information, applications or sponsorship opportunities, visit www. links2success.org. Applications open for middle school leadership campBy ASHLEY COONE LINKS2SUCCESS PHOTO PROVIDEDLast years Youth Leadership Conference gave middle school students a tour of the countys businesses and organizations, including a visit to the FLP photovoltaic solar power plant north of Arcadia. Middle school students will develop a love for learning and gain skills by attending this years summer program. May 18-24 is the 40th anniversary of National Emergency Medical Services Week. President Gerald Ford rst signed legislation authorizing EMS week in 1973, and it was rst celebrat ed in 1974. National EMS week honors the hundreds of thousands of EMS practitioners serving communities across the nation. In DeSoto County, the Public Safety Department oversees the Emergency Medical Services provided in the community. Members of DeSoto Fire Rescue are EMTs and Paramedics and are assigned to the countys re engines and EMS units (ambulances). They all work together 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year to provide dedicated service to the community, and care for the sick and injured. They provide care at the scene and while a patient is being transported to a hospital. EMS is part of a community system that works with local hospitals, physicians and other partners. Take time to acknowledge EMS Week by saying hello to the countys paramedics and EMTs who ensure professional, caring and competent emergency service to citizens whenever and wherever they are needed.National Emergency Medical Services Week starts SundaySUBMITTED B y THOMAS MORANPUBLIC SAFETY DEPT. On May 3, DeSoto Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted its first-ever Fitness Trot, a 10K run and 5K walk/run. The foundation is the fundraising arm of the hospital whose vision is to ensure the hospital has the resources to continue serving the community with the latest medical technology and services available. The 93 Trotters started out at the Turner Agri-Civic Center and ran along a route through the city of Arcadia. The DMH Auxiliary served up smiles at the post-trot pancake breakfast. Congratulations to all the runners, especially the winners Adrian Gonzalez and Trudy Benton for the 10K, and Oscar Gonzalez and Maria Munoz in the 5K. In all, more than $5,325 was raised by the event, which also celebrated the Lose 2 Win program. The results of participants making healthy choices in food and exercise has been remarkable, with a total weight loss of more than 3,600 pounds, with 390 people still enrolled in the program.Hospital celebrates Fitness TrotSUBMITTED B y KRISTEN SPAHRDMH PHOTO BY DEVIN LACAVAA large group of runners gets ready for the 5-K run in DeSoto Memorial Hospitals Fitness Trot on May 3. 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. 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Arcadian | Page 6 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SATURDAY The Watermelon Festival is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park. Classic car show in downtown Arcadia, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. Sponsored by Team Arcadia. Trophies, door prizes, and 50/50 jackpot. For more information call 494-2020. Ice Cream Social tonight in conjunction with the classic car show, sponsored by Team Arcadia, from 5-7 p.m. Homemade ice cream with toppings! Proceeds will benefit Team Arcadias projects including the renovation of Lake Katherine. DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. 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 St. Johns Church, 208 Gordon St., holds its Night in White program on May 18. Call 494-0449 for details. Find thousands of unusual fruiting plants and trees at reasonable prices at the MRFC tree sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 at the Manatee Rare Fruit Council tree sale at Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd, Palmetto. Free admission, parking and expert advice. For more information visit www.mrfc.org, or call Pete Ray, 941-776-0222. 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 Republican Executive Committee meets on the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Beef OBradys. The DeSoto County Fair Association meets at 7 p.m. third Mondays monthly in the fair office on Heard Street, Arcadia. 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 941-4267655 or visit www.district13soflal-anon.org. The DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Community Resource Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1425 Martin Luther King St. The center provides referrals for mainstream resources, elderly food stamps (by appointment) and computer service. Salvation Army has office space on Wed. by appointment. For more information, call 491-5683. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. TUESDAY Arcadia City Council meets at 6 p.m. at the Margaret Way Building, 23 N. Polk Ave., Arcadi The DeSoto County Special Olympics committee meets at 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday every month at The Last Chapter Coffee Shop on W. Oak St. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in coaching or working with adults or youth in sports. For more information, call Joyce at 873-8219 or 494-3440. DeSoto Memorial Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings from 3 to 4 p.m. in the DeSoto Memorial Hospital McSwain room. Call 494-8432 for details. The AA Intergroup Business meeting is held at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at St. Nathaniels Episcopal Church, 4200 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. The AA District 5 committee business meeting is held at 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at St. Nathaniels Episcopal Church, 4200 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets at 7 p.m. third Tuesdays monthly. For information, contact PIO officer Marge Rikcer, call name KG4BWF. Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Every Tuesday night, line dance class at the Palace Dance Hall (17N). Beginners welcome. $3 donation. For more info, call Jennie Martin at 494-2749. Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St. For details visit www. weightwatchers.com and find a meeting or call 800-651-6000. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St. Donations gratefully accepted. DeSoto County Library holds story time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Peace River Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, starting Nov. 12, at the Speer Center, U.S. Highway 17 North, Arcadia. For information, contact Bill or Mary Morse at 207-418-4687. ACCESS office is open from 9 a.m. to noon today at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Call for appointments at 494-0320. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. Suncoast Community Blood Bank is open from noon to 6 p.m. today at 710 N. Brevard Ave. (U.S. 17 North), Arcadia. For more information, call 993-9366. WEDNESDAY The grand reopening and ribbon cutting of Martin Realty Co., 207 E. Magnolia St., takes place at noon on May 21. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. coffee all for only $6. Door prize and 50/50. So come on out and enjoy breakfast at the airport. DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council monthly meet ings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit http://desotoartscouncil. org/index.html. DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Mobile Pantry is on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Smith Brown Gym starting at 9 a.m. until the food is gone. The only requirement is to be a DeSoto County resident. Sponsored by the All Faiths Food bank of Sarasota. The First Marine Division Association meets at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday at Family Table Restaurant, 14132 Tamiami Trail, North Port. Call Carl Jones, 941-4931408 for more information. Heartland Rural Health Networks Food Stamp Outreach grant program will have Angela Hendry come every third Wednesday to help seniors submit applications for food stamps. She will be at the Homeless Coalition Community Resource Center, 1425 Martin Luther King St., Arcadia, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Households should have at least one senior resident. Bring your ID, information on your income, assets, and expenses including medical. For more information call 863-452-0638. Community for Seniors meets from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every third Wednesday at TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care administration building on Arcadia Avenue. Open to anyone interested in being a new member. For more information, call Lori Coker at 990-1340. DeSoto County Traffic Safety Team meets at 1:30 p.m. third Wednesdays monthly at the DeSoto County Commissioners room, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Hearing Loss Association demonstrates amplified listening devices from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. third Wednesdays monthly at Charlotte County Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. For more information about HLA meetings, call 941-624-2947. 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. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. THURSDAY Caregiver support group meets at 1:30 p.m. at DeSoto Memorial Home Health Care at DeSoto Memorial Hospital Medical Plaza, 1006 N. Mills Ave., Arcadia. For more information, call DeSoto Memorial Home Health Care at 494-8432 or Hospice of Southwest Florida at 993-0662. The Family Safety Alliance meeting for DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties is held the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. at the McClure Center, 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. For information, call 941-316-6009. 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. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. ACCESS office is open from 1-4 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Call for appointments at 494-0320. COMING EVENTS May 24 Bluegrass Bash (live music) 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Craigs RV Resort, 7895 Cubitis Ave. A Memorial Day Barrel Race takes place at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena May 25-26. For Desoto County residents there will be no garbage collection on May 26 in observation of Memorial Day. Monday customers next service date will be Thursday, May 29. Public hearings on revisions to the coutys current LDRs will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 27 at the County Commission Chambers, 201 E. Oak St. The Habitat for Humanity class for May is Basic Home Maintenance, presented by Jane Breylinger, Executive Director, and Junior Bird, Construction Manager, at 6 p.m. on May 27 at the SunTrust Bank, second floor. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The ELCFH Finance Committee Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on May 28 at the ELCFH-DeSoto office, 4 W. Oak Street, Suite H in Arcadia as well as via conference call (dial 866-628-8620 and enter participant code 504163#). The Executive Committee follows at the same location (and via same phone participation numbers). The DeSoto County High School Choral Ensemble will present a free concert at 7 p.m. May 29 at the high school cafeteria. If you have not had a chance to hear these students sing before, you should make every effort to attend because they are outstanding. Digital Photography Basics Jerry Waters is offering a free photography class to teach people how to get more out of their digital cameras. The class is 10 a.m. to noon on May 30 at the DeSoto County Library. NOTE: All area codes are 863 unless otherwise indicated. TODAY USDA Commodities Distribution takes place at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2867 Ami Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You qualify if you receive Medicaid, Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, or are eligible based on income. Recipients must fill out a form each time to demonstrate qualification. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. DeSoto Cares, a community group dedicated to searching out homelessness needs and solutions, meets on the first and third Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Housing Authority Conference Room. For details, call Rev. Ted Hanus at 993-3435. Peace River Audubon Society will hold its final meeting of the season on May 15 at First Alliance Church, 20444 Midway Blvd. in Port Charlotte. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments, and meeting starts at 7 p.m. Members are invited to bring their best slide show or homemade video to share presentations should be no more than 5 minutes each. Also election of officers will be held. For more information, visit www.peaceriveraudubon. org. The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center, 2200 Roan St., Arcadia. Anyone interested may attend. Talk in for the meetings is at 147.180+ DARC repeater. Family Safety Alliance for DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties, sponsored by Department of Children and Families, meets at 4 p.m. third Thursdays monthly at Lakewood Ranch Northern Trust Banks community room, 6320 Venture Drive, Lakewood Ranch. For information, call Kerri Gibson at 941-316-6129. 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. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. ACCESS office is open from 1-4 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Call for appointments at 494-0320. FRIDAY MAPP committee and VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) meet at 9 a.m. third Fridays at the Family Service Center, 310 W. Whidden St., Arcadia. 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, SPECIAL The DeSoto County Library is holding a Summer Fun photo contest. Print your photo -either 4 x 6 or 5 x 7, vertical or horizontal -mount it on cardboard or foam core (no border). One free entry per person; additional entries $1 each. Bring your photo to the library by July 12, fill out and attach label. Works will be displayed and the public can vote for their favorites through Aug. 14. Reception is at 5 p.m. August 15. Pick up photos by August 23. Four age groups: pre-K and elementary; middle school; high school; adult. No prizes, just bragging rights. Proceeds benefit DeSoto Co. Library Assoc. The DeSoto County Library is holding an Itty Bitty Art contest. You can enter one piece for free; you can enter additional pieces (up to 5 total) for $1 each, Pick up a 3 x 3-inch art board at the library, create your art (any media, incuding multimedia, as long as it fits within the borders of the art board), and bring it back to the library by June 14. Works will be displayed and the public can vote through July 10. A public reception will be held at 5 p.m. July 11. Pick up art by July 19. Four age groups: pre-K and elementary; middle school; high school; adult. No prizes, just bragging rights. Proceeds benefit DeSoto Co. Library Assoc. Arcadia'sCOMMUNITYCALENDAR

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The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 7 | Arcadian PHOTO PROVIDED BY JACKIE TUCKERThe City of Arcadia has proclaimed the week of May 10-17 as the Elks National Youth Week. Receiving the proclamation on behalf of the Arcadia Elks are city councilmen Keith Keene and Bob Allen. They are both Past Exalted Rulers and Past District Deputies. The major project of the Arcadia Elks is sponsoring the Regional Baton Competition being held during this week. More than 500 youth are expected to attend.City honors Elks dedication to youth PHOTO PROVIDED BY JANE POWERSJanet Dunderman, left, with 10,000 hours, and Shirley LaBocki with 4,500 hours, were honored with awards at the May luncheon for the DeSoto Memorial Hospital Auxiliary volunteers.Volunteers honoredPost office food drive helps those in need Food collected during the annual Mail Carriers Food Drive last weekend was sorted prior to distributrion to those in need.PHOTO PROVIDED BY ASHLEY COONEStudents from Links2Success helped pack the food brought in during last weekends Mail Carrier Food Drive. So much food was gathered, there was not a nal count by press time but a lot of hungry people will be fed through the generosity of customers of the local postal service.PHOTO BY STEVEN JEWELL SAVE $$$$$$Shop theClassifieds rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 50456879 E Cypress Stro c Lam.o mZ ZDr. Laura DeStefanoHickoryStLewellyn CasselsMom,-ARNPI I

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Arcadian | Page 8 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 businesses thriving. It brings in out-of-town patients, and their own practices are what allow the doctors to stay with the hospital. Dr. Maria Galimidi said there are times she has tried to refer work to the hospital, but certain X-rays she was asking for werent being done. She said important parts of the images were being cut off because the hospital did not have the right equipment. So I have to redo them. Members of the hospital staff say these issues could be addressed, and other inefficiencies made more cost-effective, but Ambler responded, Were bleeding $100,000 a month. Well get to the point we cant operate without cash and we could be there in 14 or 15 months. Watson added, to stay open we need to generate more income. We cant cut enough costs to meet that. Or else youll have to cut some services, Ambler said. Board member Dr. Vaidy Nathan said he spoke with the County Commissioners and they planned at their next meeting to consider whether to put the suggested onehalf cent tax on a referendum in the fall, to help fund the hospital.Internal bleedingFrom the audience, local veterinarian Dr. Mike McNulty said, The hospital is suffering from anemia. But it can be changed by the doctors themselves. The main cause is hemorrhage, he said. Losses due to the state turning down Medicaid expansion cant be solved locally, but we can stop the internal hemorrhage. You doctors are the cause of this internal hemorrhage. He blamed the doctors for doing procedures in their offices that the hospital could do, or referring procedures to out-of-town friends while the hospital has a disproportionate amount of non-paying indigents. If a patient stays longer than Medicare pays for, the hospital doesnt get any money for that, but the doctors still get paid, McNulty said. How much money could the hospital regain if these putatively caring doctors supported the hospital? McNulty said, calling them internal parasites. He said the doctors have suddenly become interested in DMH becoming solvent because if it is sold to a big-box hospital, their gig is over. They could no longer perform procedures in their offices. Were reminded, no doctors, no hospital. But now maybe its no hospital, no doctors. Mishkind responded, Does any one own a dog? I do, and my dogs are like family members. When I take my dogs to the vets office for care, the dog may get a prescription. Where is it filled? At the vets office. The same goes for X-rays or surgery. So I think its awfully rich of you to compare this medical staff to parasites. Its totally inappropriate. You do all those procedures in your office, yet youre going to begrudge Dr. Alokeh a few physical therapy massages in his office? Not doing massages in an office is not going to turn the tide. But I havent heard, how are we going to increase market share? Its not our job, but the hospitals how are we going to get patients? Mishkind asked. McNulty also claimed DeSotos hospital executives are making less than their counterparts, as an aver age, in similar hospitals. Our people made only 72 percent of the industry average for this size hospital, he said. Our executives would need raises to be up to their peers. Board member Jerry Waters said he appreciated the doctors input. We have to build a spirit of trust and respect. Dr. Mishkind communicates with this board frequently and eloquently. I never heard before there are things you couldnt get done here and had to go elsewhere. This hospital is vital to this community. I appreciate Dr. Nathan working with the County Commissioners for the tax, but it wont pass unless the hospital and doctors work together and get the message out. Its time to look for solutions. Ambler said, This was a productive meeting. At least we know where each other stands. By the end of the month, well know the results (of the half-cent tax proposal) from the County Commissioners. Im not as positive as Dr. Nathan. By the end of the month well probably know the likelihood of finding a buyer or a partner. The next DMH Board is scheduled to meet next at 5:30 p.m. on May 29 in the McSwain Room at the hospital.HOSPITALFROM PAGE 2 PHOTO PROVIDED BY JAMIE PIPHERCalvary Baptist Womens Ministry participated in Teacher Appreciation Week by distributing over 700 candy bars to Desoto County teachers and support sta. Each candy bar had a special message. For example, Almond Joy bars contained the message You are a Joy. Teacher Appreciation Week is a time to honor teachers for their contributions to learning, child development and to the community.Showing thanks to teachers The DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce reported the following arrests: Jimmy Lee Allan, 38, Tampa. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Dwain Lavone Bacon, 49, Bradenton. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Richard Foster Badger, 36, 2800 block of S.E. Timber Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of domestic protective order. Bond: none. Lionel Gabriel, 33, 2400 block of 3rd Ave., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Justin Ray Ganske, 20, 2400 block of S.W. Co. Road 760A, Nocatee. Charge: failure to appeal. Bond: none. Armando Francisco Gomez, 31, Port Charlotte. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Jose Carlos Hernandez, 25, 600 block of Magnolia St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Ernest Cristian Hoffmeier, 35, 6500 block of N.W. Pine Bridge Road, Arcadia. Charges: armed burglary of a dwelling, structure or conveyance, unarmed burglary of a structure, grand theft between $300-$5,000, grand theft of a rearm and dealing in stolen property. Bond: $67,000. April Marie Jenkins, 30, no address, Nocatee. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and violation of probation. Bond: none. Philip Harrison Kern, 52, 200 block of Singleton Ave., Arcadia. Charge: outof-state fugitive. Bond: none. Thomas Garrett Killmon, 22, 1600 block of S.E. West Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $2,500. Jesus Lopez, 51, Granada Ave., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Juan Angel Martinez, 57, 100 block of Esmeralda St., Arcadia. Charges: disorderly public intoxication, resisting an ofcer without violence and trespass. Bond: $1,120. Clinton Shane Mullis, 26, 1000 block of S. Alabama St., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $1,500. Joseph Burton Nair, 52, 1800 block of S.W. Fletcher St., Arcadia. Charges: petty theft and resisting an ofcer without violence. Bond: $870. Sedrick Raymond Nesmith, 38, no address, Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $2,000. Matthew Dwayne Taylor, 28, Wauchula. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Leobardo Luis Vasquez, 25, 1900 block of Heron Cove, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Kimani Tyrone Deleveaux, 30, Lake Placid. Charge: driving while license is suspended or revoked. Bond: $120. Ricardo Tetlanco Garcia, 31, 1200 block of Esmeralda Drive, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $1,500. Marquice Edwar Gatewood, 22, 1300 block of S.W. Harlem Circle, Arcadia. Charges: uttering a false bill, note or check and grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $2,500. Joseph Scott Grillo, 29, 1200 block of S.W. Fern Terrace, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $1,500. Jessica Gail Hag, 23, 600 N. Monroe Ave., Arcadia. Charge: grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $1,000. Anthony Tyrone Hearns, 39, 300 block of W. Owens Ave., Arcadia. Charges: battery and out-of-county warrant. Bond: $1,190. Jose Antonio Lopez, 26, 1500 block of S.E. 1st Ave., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: released on recognizance. Abigail Rodriguez Ramirez, 19, Zolfo Springs. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Emilio Rodrigues, 43, 1st Ave., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Dusty Lamar Chaney, 30, no address listed, Arcadia. Charges: posses sion of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of a listed chemical for the manufacture of a controlled substance and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $8,620. Angela Torres Hatcher, 32, 1600 block of S.W. Brannon Drive, Arcadia. Charge: two counts of nonsupport of child or spouse. Purge: $2,000. Lee Wright Quave, 38, 1400 block of Magnolia Terrace, Arcadia. Charges: possession of listed chemicals for |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.manufacturing a controlled substance, possession or use of drug equipment, driving while license is suspended and violation of probation. Bond: none. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Ofce reported the following arrests: Danny Rollins, 58, Zolfo Springs. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: $2,000. Gabriel Velazquez Gomez, 35, 2600 block of S.W. Lois Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving on license expired more than 6 months. Bond: $1,000. Jennifer Rae Albritton, 31, 6200 block of S.W. Marco Ave., Arcadia. Charge: grand theft between $300$5,000. Bond: $5,000. Compiled by Susan E. Homan ROADWATCHU.S. Highway 17 from south of SW 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 northbound and southbound on US 17 between SW Hull Road and CR-760A and 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. Expected project completion is the end of 2015. U.S. 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. 50456881 `I .1 1 1 1Andrea Rohannan863.494.2245We Can bond you out of anyCounty in FloridaFast Release Open 24/7301 N. Brevard Ave, Ste. D Arcadia, FL

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The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESLaurence L. CroyLaurence L. Croy, 64, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Fla. He was born Dec. 24, 1949, in Miami, Fla., and lived his entire life in Southwest Florida. Laurence moved to DeSoto County, Fla., as a young man, with his family. He was of the Baptist faith, and attended Central Missionary Baptist Church of Arcadia, Fla. Laurence was a wonderful father, grandfather and brother, and will be greatly missed by all. Before his long illness, Laurence was a Correctional Ofcer at the DeSoto County Road Prison. He was an avid Gators fan, enjoyed going shing, and never missed his grandsons baseball games. He is survived by his daughter, Tammie L. (Trey) Turner of Arcadia; two brothers, John (Marie) Croy of Arcadia, and Larry Croy of Sarasota, Fla.; sister, Dorothy Williams of Arcadia; two grandchildren, Hal Turner and Kameron Turner, both of Arcadia; and numerous nieces and nephews. The visitation was followed by the funeral services on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Chapel of PongerKays-Grady Funeral Homes, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. The Rev. Tim Daniels from Central Missionary Baptist Church in Arcadia ofciated. Interment will be private at Joshua Creek Cemetery in Arcadia. Online condolences can be made at www. pongerkaysgrady.com. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Homes, Arcadia.Howard E. SorrellsHoward E. Sorrells, 87, of Arcadia, Florida, passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Mr. Sorrells was born in Hiram, Georgia, on September 17, 1926. After graduation from Hiram High School in 1943, he joined the Unites States Army (19451947) and worked at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Upon discharge, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from his beloved University of Florida in 1951. Mr. Sorrells was a devoted Gator and could be seen wearing Gator apparel everywhere. He married Celia Blount Sorrells on May 20, 1951. During their 62-year marriage, Howard and Celia had four daughters: Marie Sorrells (1955-1968), Jane Sorrells Cline (Adrian) of Arcadia, Susan Sorrells of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Julie Sorrells Timmons of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Sorrells is survived by ve grandchildren: Jonathan Olive, Benjamin Cline, William Cline, Audra Timmons, and Keegan Timmons. After moving to DeSoto County in 1951, Mr. Sorrells and his brothers were leaders and innovators in the development and expansion of the local citrus industry. Together they founded Sorrells Brothers Packing Company in Arcadia and successfully operated it for decades, providing a valuable marketing outlet for fresh fruit growers in Southwest Florida. In addition, they developed and planted many acres of citrus groves in DeSoto County, becoming one of the most reputable and premier caretaking services, intermediate handlers, and harvesters in Florida. Mr. Sorrells was appointed to the Florida Citrus Commission by Governor Lawton Chiles and served from 19911998. During his tenure, he served as vice-chairman for one year and subsequently as chairman for four years. During Mr. Sorrells term as chair, he helped to redirect the citrus industry from a production orientation to a marketing orientation. To quote Mr. Sorrells, The Commission as a whole felt we needed a marketing program. We have learned how to grow citrus, and now we have to nd more effective ways to sell it. The success of this approach was proven by a 3 percent increase in orange juice volume sales. He also served as a member of the Florida Citrus Mutual from 1957-1997. On the local level, Mr. Sorrells was a member of the Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association. His commitment to agriculture in Florida was not limited to citrus as he was actively engaged in growing watermelons and served on the National Watermelon Association and the Florida Watermelon Association. In 2008, Mr. Sorrells was recognized with the National Watermelon Association Lifetime Achievement Award. For all of his contributions to Florida agriculture, Mr. Sorrells was honored by induction to the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in 2010. He was so proud of this recognition. Mr. Sorrells actively worked to improve his community, particularly in the area of education. From 19681980, Mr. Sorrells proudly served on the School Board of DeSoto County serving as chairman of the board from 1971-1973. In addition, he was a charter director for the DeSoto County Education Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Sorrells stressed the importance of education to their daughters and each graduated from college and became successful in different medical elds. A visitation was held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Calvary Baptist Church, Arcadia. The funeral was held Saturday, May 10, 2014. Dr. T. Howell Upchurch conducted the service. Burial immediately followed at Joshua Creek Cemetery. In lieu of owers, the family requests donations to Tidewell Hospice. Online condolences can be made at pongerkaysgrady.com. Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes are in charge of the arrangements.Sidney Arthur LittleSidney Arthur Little, 63, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014. He was born Aug. 17, 1950, in Alamo, Ga., to Eldon H. and Willie R. (nee Turner) Little. As a young boy, the family moved to Tampa, Fla., and then to DeSoto County, Fla., in 1959. Sidney was a diesel mechanic by trade, and worked for MacBee Harvesting, DeSoto Groves and, most recently, for Sun Ray Harvesting. He enjoyed shing, camping and airboating in his spare time. Sidney was a Nocatee Shade Tree Mechanic. He was of the Baptist faith. Sidney is survived by his brothers, Wilber (Linda) Little of Arcadia, and Doug Little of Seffner, Fla.; cousin, Tom Wideman of Arcadia; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Lloyd Dewayne Little. A visitation was followed by the funeral service on Friday, May 9, 2014, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home. Burial followed at Mount Ephraim Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.pongerkaysgrady.com. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home. OBITUARY POLICY Obituaries are accepted from funeral homes only. Theres no charge for publishing an abbreviated death notice. Full obituaries and repeat death notices will be subject to an advertising charge. Obituaries must be submitted to the Charlotte Sun; call 941-206-1000 for details. Please send e-mails to obituaries@sun-herald.com. The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. DEATHS | 10 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 www.cbcarcadia.org DeSoto DeSoto Church Church Directory Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory 50456910 See Your Church in this spot For Only$ 7 5 0 $7.50 a week! Call Tami at 4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. First Baptist Church of Arcadia 1006 N. Brevard Ave. Loving God, Connecting with People, Expanding His Kingdom 9:30 Sunday School 10:45 Morning Worship 6:00 Evening Worship Wednesdays 6:00 AWANA & YOUTH 863-494-3622 www.firstbaptistarcadia.com 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: trinityarcadia.com Trinity United Methodist Churc h To know Christ and to make Him know n 304 W. Oak Street 494-2543 St. Edmunds Episcopal Church 327 W. Hickory St. (70 W at Manatee) 863-494-0485 www.EpiscopalArcadiaFL.com HOLY EUCHARIST Sunday 8 & 10 am Misa en espanol Dom 6pm PINE LEVEL UNITED METHODIST CHRIST CENTERED, CHRIST LED. 9596 Pine Level St., Arcadia 863494-0044 Sunday School 10 AM Morning Worship 11 AM Childrens Church 11 AM Wednesday Adult, Youth & Childrens Programs 7 PM Nursery Always Available www.pinelevelumc.com Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church 2865 SW Co. Rd 661 Expository Preaching Sunday Prayer Time 9:20am Sunday School/Bible Study 9:45am Morning Worship 11:00am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wed. Fellowship Meal 5:45pm Prayer Meeting 6:30pm West on SR 70, left on SR 72, left on CR 661, 3.5 miles on right Office Phone: (863) 494-0307 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 209 W est Hickory Street Mission: Take Jesus with you wherever you go Worship: 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Traditional Worship Casual, Family Oriented Arcadia, Florida 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. Nocatee United Methodist Church Spanish English Class Tuesday Friday 7amNoon May 7th June 5th info 863-494-3881 fi'r' _._.,..R i14947/o

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Arcadian | Page 10 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 Once, while painting our bathroom ceiling, I ended up in the tub. Heres how it happened: In order to reach every part of the ceiling, I had placed a ladder and a tall kitchen step-stool in the room so I could move from one to the other without coming down to get paint. When stepping from the top of the kitchen stool to the ladder, my foot slipped and in a moment I was airborne, ying backward and crashing into the tub ... well, not quite crashing. My wife, who had been painting lower areas, looked up to see her ying husband headed for the tub and mo mentarily feared I would be seriously hurt. Then, she says, when I reached the tub a strange thing happened. Suddenly, everything seemed to go into slow motion and I was eased into the tub as if waiting hands had lowered me to safety. I sustained no injuries ... not even one bruise. How can I explain this unusual deliverance? To answer that question, I must take you to the bedside of a woman in a hospital where I once did volunteer work as a chaplain. Do you ever read the Bible? I asked. I read the ninety-rst Psalm every day of my life, she replied. This sufferers statement sent me to her favorite Bible text to discover why she visited it so often; why it had become such an important part of her life. There I found many faith-building promises, including: He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone (Psalm 91:11-12). When driving through the parking area of a large shopping plaza, I felt a hard bump from behind, and upon stopping, faced an apologetic driver of a pickup who, unable to stop in time, had crinkled the paint on my rear bumper. When exchanging insurance information, I discovered he had only a temporary driving permit because alcohol use had cost him his drivers license. Now he resumed apologizing again and again. Since I had publications with me intended to help people break free from alcohol, I knew this was no accident and told him to stop apologizing. If this hadnt happened, we wouldnt have met, I said, handing him this bondage-breaking information. He was surprised at my reaction, but I was simply drawing on a Biblical promise that has repeatedly enabled me to see a divine design in every experience: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). For many years, my work has taken me to people in times of crisis. I have been there when tears were owing, castles had tumbled, dreams were The book for all seasons Roger Campbell dashed and the lives of loved ones had ended; sometimes in old age and, even more tragically, in childhood or youth. Often I have felt inadequate to cope with such needs, but I have had a resource that has always been up to the occasion: the Book for all seasons. Troubled people have been lifted by Let not your heart be troubled (John 14:1). Grieving ones have had their tears dried by He shall wipe away all tears from their eyes (Revelation 21:4). Those imprisoned by fear have found the many Fear nots in this Book adequate to overcome their anxieties. No matter what youre going through, theres an answer for you. Youll nd it in the Book for all seasons: the Bible. We each have different favor ites in the food department, so when I opted to make a delicious meal of Spring-harvested parsnips received from a generous Wisconsin brother, I suggested to my husband, Tom, that might be a good opportunity for him to make his favor ite barbecue sandwiches. Parsnips had always been a Spring treat when I was growing up on a Wisconsin farm, so its a nostalgic treat for me, but I know Toms taste buds are elsewhere. While he helps with many household chores except creating meals, which is pretty much my realm Tom has one special recipe which he enjoys making and which conforms to his diet. So, while I enjoy my parsnip treats, which are simply peeled, chunked, precooked, then fried in butter, Toms barbecue recipe is equally simple, but has a wonderful aroma as it cooks ... try it: Saute pound of ground turkey in one tablespoon of canola oil. Then add two chopped green onions, one tablespoon of dark molasses, teaspoon Dash, one teaspoon of dark mustard, cup ketchup and a dash of black pepper. Stir well. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes (smells delicious!) and serve on two whole wheat hamburger buns. So, as I enjoy my simmering parsnips, I smile at the culinary artist at work. Well both have a favorite lunch, with a side of our favorite yogurt-laced Jello with fruit, topped with marshmallows. Bon apptit!Two special lunches From a Senior Viewpoint Lois Hendricks loistom@embarqmail.com Calvin M. HallCalvin M. Gator Hall, 70, of North Port, Fla., passed away peacefully Monday, May 5, 2014, with his family by his side, at Charlotte Harbor Healthcare in Port Charlotte, Fla. He was born in Arcadia, Fla., to E. Murry and Margaret Hall. Calvin graduated from Charlotte High School. In 1962, he married Karen S. LeMunyon, and they were happily married for 50 years. Calvin was aptly nicknamed Gator for his love of University of Florida football. His favorite pastime was watching or attending Gator football games, along with bowling. Calvin was an accomplished, avid bowler, where he received a 300 ring for a perfect game. Calvin found plumbing to be his niche, working at Whiteys Plumbing from 1970 to 1981, before he ventured out in 1982 to form, you got it, Gator Plumbing. He often said of his experience at Whiteys Plumbing, that was the hardest-working man I have ever met, and that the experience laid the groundwork for his work ethic. In 2004, with his son, Steven, they formed Sandlot Plumbing Inc., where he was Vice President until his retirement in 2006. Calvin was also Sexton of the Charlotte Harbor Cemetery, and Trustee for Trinity United Methodist Church for a number of years, and a Charter Member of the Charlotte County Gator Club. Calvin is survived by his three children, including his son, Steven (Diana) Hall; and two daughters, Shellee (Cindy Booher) and Ashlee (Jack) Donlan; as well as grandchildren, Jake, Colbee, Shelbi, Brice and Brady; and his sister, Jewell (Larry) Kantner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen S. Hall. The family will receive friends 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Trinity United Methodist Church, at the corner of Seneca and Parmely in Charlotte Harbor, Fla. Burial will follow at Charlotte Harbor Cemetery. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.Ltaylorfuneral.com and sign the online guest book.Mary Wildon HastyMary Wildon Hasty, 94, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014. Mary, the youngest of 10 children, was born in Bereah (rural Polk County), Fla., halfway between Fort Meade, Fla., and Frostproof, Fla. She lived her younger years in Polk and Hardee County, Fla., and moved to DeSoto County, Fla., 70 years ago. In February 1937, she married J.W. Hasty, and they began their life together, establishing many DeSoto County businesses, including City Cab, Peace River Moving & Storage, and Hasty Ice. At one time, they owned and operated a small motel in Maggie Valley, N.C. It was the cab business that Mary enjoyed most, since it allowed her the freedom to get out driving, meeting and talking to people. Later, they owned and managed their own orange groves. Mary is survived by her son, Jerrill Wayne (Judy) Hasty of Arcadia; daughter, Virginia (Lowell) Liskey of Arcadia; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frances B. and Mary V. (nee Sanders) Waters; nine siblings; and her beloved husband of 73 years, J.W. Hasty. Graveside services were held on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida Baptist Childrens Home, 1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815. Online condolences can be made at www.pongerkaysgrady.com. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home, Arcadia.DEATHSFROM PAGE 9 Memorial Day Special Section On Memorial Day, we honor the men and women of the Armed Forces who have given their lives for their country. We invite you to honor your family, friends and neighbors in the military by sending your thoughts and prayers to those fighting abroad, or a note of remembrance to a fallen military hero. You may submit your photos and messages by email: tjewell@sun-herald.com or US Mail to Memorial Day Special Section, 108 S. Polk Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. All submis sions will be featured in our Memorial Day edition on Thursday, May 29. Deadline for submission is Friday, May 23, 2014 by 5:00 pm. 50456865 Remembering RememberingO u r M i l i t a r y Our Military t]IfillMMI

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The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 11 | Arcadian The use of food stamps in DeSoto County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program. The proportion of DeSoto County residents receiving food stamps hit 21.7 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services. Thats an increase of 13.5 percentage points since 2007, the year the recession started. Across Florida, 17.2 percent of residents in 2011 received support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the food stamp program is ofcially known. Nationally, 14.8 percent of the population receives SNAP benets. Places like DeSoto County, which are located outside metropolitan areas, tend to have a higher percentage of the population receiving SNAP benets. Thats because incomes are generally lower in nonmetropolitan counties. The ination-adjusted median household income in DeSoto County in 2011 was $33,923, compared with the Florida median of $45,830 and the national median of $52,306 (in 2013 dollars). Food stamps may play a larger role in the local economy in rural areas and small towns, according to federal data. In DeSoto County SNAP benets are 1.1 percent of personal income. Nationally, the gure is 0.6 percent. In 2011, residents of DeSoto County received a combined $12,394,381 in SNAP benets. The USDA reports that each $5 in SNAP benets generates $9.20 in spending. SNAP benets start to circulate in the economy quickly. Participants spend nearly all their food stamps within one month of receipt, according to a study by the University of New Hampshire Carsey Institute. Grocers say they feel the impact of SNAP and other USDA nutrition programs like Women, Infants and Children. Without SNAP and WIC, we wouldnt be able to make it, wrote the owner of the Mill City Market in the small town of Mill City, Ore., in a survey of rural grocers conducted by the Oregon Food Bank and Kansas State University Rural Grocery Initiative. Owners know they have to stock the shelves to prepare for more business when SNAP benets hit the streets, said David Procter with the Rural Grocery Initiative Its not just the mom-and-pop stores that see a bump from food-stamp spending in small towns and rural areas. Walmart reported in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission ling that a decrease in SNAP benets last year could affect the retail giants bottom line. Average SNAP benets nationally fell about $30 a month per family in November after a temporary increase that was part of the 2009 economic stimulus package. More funding decreases are on the way. This summer, Congress agreed to trim about $8 billion from SNAP over the next decade. Backers of the cuts said the program had expanded too much in recent years and was creating too much reliance on government assistance. SNAP expenditures increased 135 percent between 2007 and 2011. U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.-R) backed a measure that would have removed SNAP from the farm bill entirely. While [SNAP] is an important part of our safety net, our overriding goal should be to help our citizens with the education and skills they need to get back on their feet so that they can provide for themselves and their families, Rep. Cantor said during congressional debate. Food stamps have been part of the farm bill for the past 50 years. The legislations combination of farming and nutrition programs has helped ensure the bill receives broad backing from farm-country representatives and more urban-based members who support anti-poverty programs. That alliance was tested but held with the passage of the 2014 farm bill. Data for this article came from USDA Food and Nutrition Services, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census. The data was compiled and analyzed by Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D., associate Extension professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Funding for this report came from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Daily Yonder (www. dailyyonder.com) is an independent rural news site published by the nonprot, nonpartisan Center for Rural Strategies.Use of food stamps rises in DeSoto CountyBy EMILY GUERIN and TIM MAREMATHE DAILY YONDER The DeSoto County High School Academic Team the A-Team held its rst John Schudel Memorial Academic Team Tournament on Saturday. Five teams plus DCHS participated in the invitational tournament, named after the late John C. Schudel, a beloved English teacher and former A-Team coach. Schudel died of lung cancer in 2010, but during his tenure as coach, Mr. Shoe led the team to the state championships three times, and also led Team Florida to win the Nationals in 1999. Carolyn Crews, co-coach of the A-Team, said, We could think of no better way to keep alive the memory of Mr. Shoe than by getting out the buzzers and asking a few questions. Schools from neighboring counties traveled to compete in the event and scholarships were awarded. Bishop Verot and DeSoto-A both qualied for the P.A.C.E. Nationals on May 24 in Reston, VA. This is the rst time an A-Team tournament has been held in our county, said co-coach Andrew Hagen. In addition to honoring Mr. Shoe and his achievements as coach, this tournament puts DeSoto on the A-Team map. Every team in attendance has already stated they wish to return, and our goal is to entice about 5 to 10 more schools from neighboring counties to compete. In time, The Shoemorial could become a regional championship. Winners were: First, Bishop Verot; second, DeSoto County; third, Dunbar High School; fourth, Edison Collegiate High School; fth, Palmetto Ridge High School; and sixth, DeSoto Team B. The DeSoto County Education Foundation (sponsored by The Morgan Foundation, Suncoast Credit Union, Mosaic and Peace River Citrus) funded scholarships for the highest performing individuals in the amounts of $750, $500 and $250. These were awarded to Garret Chapman of Palmetto Ridge, Allison Oliva of Bishop Verot, and DeSoto Captain Sergio Villafuerte, respectively. Volunteers and sponsors were: Matt Holloman (reader), Dana Holloman (scorekeeper), Anna Sprinnger (reader), Meredith Shattuck (scorekeeper), Jack Mizell (reader), Pat Schudel (scorekeeper), Derek Markham (tabulator), Larry Bailey (tabulator), Greg Kondukov (tabulator), Mike Mizell (Chef), Riley Mizell (Co-Chef), Cynthia Mizell (accounting), Sheldon Shine (head custodian), Marilyn Lutton (Coach DeSoto B), Carolyn Crews (Catch-all) and Colby Arsenseau (Runner).DeSoto A-Team hosts Shoe-morial academic tourneySUBMITTED B y ANDREW HAGENDCHS A-TEAM Placing second was the DeSoto County High School A-Team Mitchell Moore, Juan Perez, Sergio Villafuerte and Blaine Wallace, with coach Andrew Hagen. 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Arcadian | Page 12 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 pumped from the Peace, and conducted underground and under Kings Highway through 66-inch diameter pipes to the large reservoir. Even at that, the plant removes only about 3 percent of the total annual flow of the river. Raw water is stored in the reservoir, which has an underwater aeration system to keep the water from stagnating. The banks of the reservoir are steplike, which helps it resist wave action. The reservoir is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, and is about 35 feet deep. Raw water is then pumped over to the plant as needed. There are several banks of treatment equipment: the original General Development tanks which produce about 12 million gallons a day (MGD), plus another 12 MGD system added in 2002, and another set of tanks which added 24 MGD in 2009, bringing the total capacity to 48 MGD. Treated water is stored on-site in a series of large tanks, and it can also be squirreled away in an aquifer storage system, the largest of its kind in the eastern United States. Some 6.3 billion gallons of treated water can be stored in a eld of 21 wells that are up to 900 feet deep. The $1.5 million state grant was ceremoniously presented with an oversized check. Lehman invited past PRMRWSA board members, including former DeSoto County commissioner Jerry Hill, who served at the time the plan was developed, to accept the check Friday. Those funds will help expand the plants capacity by an additional 3 million gallons a day. We should put up golden arches and a sign that says billion gallons of water served over the past 20 years, Lehman said.WATERFROM PAGE 1 The State of Florida is presenting $1.5 million to the Peace River/ Manasota Re g treatment plant located on Kings Highway. On Thursday, former representativ e rebuilding plan was approved, were on hand to accept the check during the Au t Pilon; Dick Loftus, former Charlotte County Commissioner; Shannon Staub, for m sioner; State Representative Ken Roberson; and Adam Cummings, former Charl ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comIn the foreground is the wall of one of the original General Development clarier tanks, showing the walls after cleaning and with patches applied to seal any cracks. In the back, another tank has been coated with epoxy inside. Richard Anderson, system operations manager, explains that old metal xtures such as pipes and weirs corroded with rust over the years and need to be repaired or replaced. A complex system of pipes delivers water from the clarier tank to the lter system. Pipes that have corroded or developed leaks over the past 30+ years are being replaced. The newer lters clean the water after the coagulation process. Water is ltered through layers of gravel, sand and charcoal to remove any ne particles prior to disinfection. At the barbecue, a plaque honoring the late Guy Maxcy, DeSoto County administrator, was displayed. DeSoto County Coordinator Mandy Hines, left, greets Tara Poulton, Southwest Florida Water Management Districts government aairs manager, at the wate r authoritys barbecue Friday. DeSoto County Commissioner Bob Miller represents the county on the board of the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority.The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 13 | Arcadian g ional Water Supply Authority toward renovation and expansion of the water e s of the member communities, who served on the board of directors when the t horitys annual tour and barbecue lunch. From left: State Representative Ray m er Sarasota County Commissioner; Jerry Hill, former DeSoto County Commis otte County Commissioner. Four large pumps draw water from the Peace River and direct it to 66-inch diameter underground pipes that bring the water to the reservoir on the other side of Kings Highway. The one-square-mile reservoir, completed in 2009, holds 6 billion gallons of raw water. The banks are nished as stairsteps to reduce the impace of water waves on the slopes. It is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Inset: The area of the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authoritys intake along the Peace River is scenic. The authority withdraws water only when water levels are high enough to assure the river and estuary habitats will be protected. r The regional water authority has won many awards for best-tasting water.

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SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 14 At the May 6 spring sports awards ceremony, DeSoto County softball coach Billy Hines announced his retirement to his 2014 team. It was an emotional announcement, as coaches often become as close to their players as they do to their own families. Family was the reason behind Hines decision to leave after 15 years as the top dog in the very successful softball program. I knew it is time to quit when I realized how much of my grandchildrens lives Ive missed because of the time Ive spent with my team. Ive got three grandchildren ages 15, 13 and 9 and Ive missed a lot of firsts that theyve done and I think it is about time I spend a little more time with them, Hines said. Hines is the kind of coach who doesnt keep track of his record over his 15-year career. I dont coach for records, I coach to help these girls become better players and better people Hines retires as varsity softball coachBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comDeSoto County softball coach Billy Hines is retiring after 15 years at the helm of the Lady Bulldogs softball program. Billy Hines talks to his pitcher Destiny Payne and catcher Hayden Lipe during a game at Lemon Bay this past season.so they have a chance to become successful in their lives, he said. I know weve won three district titles and a handful of runners-up along with a final four a few years ago but I really couldnt tell you my overall record. Coach Billy, as many players call him, is a gentleman who allowed the press to sit in the dugout during games and use his office to go over the books after the games and was always able to come up with a good quote even after a difficult game. He never yelled at his team. He was like a grandpa to the players as he just told them what went wrong and would often say, Weve got to work on a few things to get better. When the team won a game, he referred to them as they. When the Bulldogs came up short on the scoreboard, he referred to the team as we. Downtown Debbie Brown graduates this year after playing on the varsity for four years for Hines. Hes not a mean coach and doesnt yell so that is nice. Im really glad he stayed through my senior year, it would have been sad if he would have left earlier, Brown said. When Charlotte High School softball coach Greg Higgins was told of Hines retirement, Higgins responded, Oh no, not Billy! Hes a true gentleman and was the only coach who came up to me in my first year of coaching and introduced himself to me and welcomed me to the area. Nobody else did that and I respected him for that. Hes going to be missed. Hes an old schooler as a coach and I like that. Im really going to miss not seeing him in the other dugout. Hines might not be completely out of the softball program. Ill help out the new coach if they want me around. Now I dont have to leave My Office (Hines boats name) at 2 p.m. to get to practice or to a game, he said. Now I can show up at 6 p.m. and just watch the game. I dont have to stay late and take care of the field or do any of that stuff anymore. I think Im going to enjoy retirement. ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThese DeSoto County High School athletes were selected to the Charlotte Sun All-Area teams for the winter season. Back row, from left: Tony Lee (basketball); Rosario Zavala (soccer); Kari Williams (basketball); Juan Villafuerte and Manolo Mejia (both for soccer). Sitting, from left: Lucero Perez (soccer); Tishonna Riley (basketball); and Angelica Garcia (soccer). Missing is Chino Vargas, who was selected as the player of the year for boys soccer.DeSoto athletes named to all-area team M i c h a e l D e r h o d g e O D Michael Derhodge O.D. T h o m a s Q u i g l e y M D Thomas Quigley M.D. FREE EYE EXAM FOR NEW PATIENTS Complete medical exam with one of our board certified eye doctors includes prescription for eyeglasses, and test for cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases. Offer applies to US Citizens 59 years and older. Coupon Expires 4/31/14 No Hidden Charges: It is our policy that the patient and or any other person responsible for payment or be reimburse by payment or any other service., examination or treatment which is performed as a result of reimburse with 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. Offer does not apply to Avantica managed insurance plans including Freedom, Optimum and some Universal. 50456883 B o a r d C e r t i f i e d P h y s i c i a n s a n d S u r g e o n s B o a r d C e r t i f i e d P h y s i c i a n s a n d S u r g e o n s 3 3 0 N B r e v a r d A v e ( 8 6 3 ) 9 9 3 2 0 2 0 330 N. Brevard Ave (863)993-2020 N e x t t o F a r m C r e d i t b u i l d i n g Next to Farm Credit building Code: AR00 hltL[3omodl Ctav4BQ Plb}J6ifi(fimm6i mmam--------------------------tI,a-

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The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 15 | Arcadian The DeSoto County High School Athletic Department held its spring sports awards May 6, which concludes a very successful year for Bulldog sports. Eleven of the 18 teams that the high school fields competed in postseason action and got past the district level of play. Several individual athletes made an appearance at the state meet in spring sports including Mike McEwen in weightlifting and Tajahs Jackson in track and field. McEwen finished seventh with a total lift of 585 pounds. Jackson finished third in the triple jump, seventh in the 100 meters and 13th in the long jump.Spring sports banquet ends successful yearBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe 2014 boys and girls track and eld teams. Tajahs Jackson shows his most valuable player trophy as he wears his two state medals around his neck. Athletic Director Jarrett Zolkos introduces Mike McEwen (left) and Tajahs Jackson at the spring sports awards held May 6. Both athletes competed in the state meet, with McEwen nishing seventh in weightlifting and Jackson qualied in three events for the track and eld team. He nished third in the triple jump, seventh in the 100 meters and 13th in the long jump. Showing their awards from the varsity baseball team are Levi Osceola, Tony LaLonde, Robb Adams and Will Nelson. 5641 Clark Rd., Sarasota Next to Dunkin Donuts @ I-75, exit 205 Go2dental@comcast.net 483715 CROWNS BRIDGES EXTRACTIONS IMPLANTS *Extractions not included. First consultation no charge. May change based on complexity of case. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination, or treatment, that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to advertisement for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. General Dentist Lic#14423 Were the stimulus package for your dental needs. FREE! Consultation X-Rays & Exam D0150, D0330 Must Present Coupon Single Denture $249 Same Day Dentures Available! D5110, D5210 single. Must Present Coupon Crowns $475 D2751 Must Present Coupon Deluxe Denture Complete Set $750 (Reg. $1500) D5110, D5210 Must Present Coupon 941-822-0048 F R E E *FREE S E C O N D SECOND O P I N I O N OPINION Arcadia .J O01 1000Ole:r OleooeiiIle

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The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 17 | Arcadian Like many other creatures introduced to Florida, armadillos are destructive to native habitats. Although they have destroyed lawns, golf courses, gardens, groves, and other human efforts with their endless rooting, they have also decimated the leaf litter community of hardwood hammocks. A herpetologist renowned for his studies of sea turtles, Archie Carr (1909-1987), observed and wrote about other species including armadillos. Originally published in the magazine Animal Kingdom and reprinted in his book A Naturalist in Florida, his essay, Armadillo Dilemma, begins with his fascination. There was a time when armadillos seemed to me among the most beguiling of mammals. I rst met them when my father read Kiplings Just So Stories to me, and we got to The Beginning of the Armadillos, in which it is suggested that they arose when the tortoise and the hedgehog combined their special adaptations to foil Painted Jaguar. Nothing I later learned about armadillos has changed my view that as long as they say in their natural range, they are just great. Florida is not the natural range of the armadillo. Originally, they lived in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. They migrated along the Gulf Coast, and they eventually reached the Florida Panhandle in the 20th century. Armadillos also escaped into Floridas wilderness: from a Hialeah zoo in 1920; from a Cocoa zoo during a hurricane in 1924; from an overturned circus truck near Titusville in 1926. The number of animals involved in any of these incidents is unknown, but Carr logically explains how in the intervening decades the progeny of even one pregnant armadillo could have over whelmed the state. In his 1982 essay, he noted, Today peninsular Florida armadillos are more numer ous than any other mammal bigger than a squirrel. Does anyone remember when armadillos were first seen in DeSoto County? Some people including Al and Karen Smoke in their Over the Garden Gate column published in the May 1 issue of The Arcadian consider armadillos to be beneficial because they eat insects considered to be pests. Although armadillos are classified as insect eaters, they are truly omnivores. They will eat anything that will pass through their relatively small, nearly toothless mouth. They also consume millipedes, spiders, snails, toads, lizards, skinks and snakes. In addition, armadillos disrupt the layers of leaves and leaf fragments, decaying debris, detritus, humus and sand, or what Carr describes as the natural order of the peninsulas broadleaved forest communities. In essence, they ruin the habitat for creatures from microbes to vertebrates as well as the production of nutrients to nourish the plants. Through systematic sampling of this leaf litter around Gainesville since the 1930s, Carr documented that the small animals he once found in numbers from 20 to 100 in each sample were completely absent after the armadillos had rooted in the area. Although he is sympathetic to the destruction that armadillos cause to human landscapes, Carr mourns more the loss of Floridas hardwood hammocks fauna. He remained uncertain of its long-term effect on the environment.Another view of armadillosBY CAROL MAHLER ARCADIAN PHOTO BY CAROL MAHLERMany armadillos, like this one, inhabit Morgan Park. The nine bands in the middle of their shells are described by the second word in their scientic name: Dasypus novemcinctus. 50456848 NMITIRE GUARANTEE--{ BUY 4 SELECT TIRES, GET UP TO4V in mail-in rebates* whenyou use the 120Ford Service Credit CardShawn Barney Celeste Brady Jeremy Johnson Ralf LlppsSorjce fvenager Service Advisor Quick Lane Ivnroc1er Ser, i. Advl.< ,nWe service and models. and no appointment neoiissarV HanKOOK DZlNLOPOur technicians are factory-trained and use Motorcraf? parts. Quick Lane offers evening and weekend hours. I TLRE'3R E LL Ii WYOKOHAMAQuick LaneDealer-installed retail purchases only. Limit one redemption perat DeSoto Dodge Chrysler Ford and Jeep customer. $50 tire rebate by prepaid debit card or apply to an activeOwner Advantage Rewards"' account. $60 credit card rebate by3039 S.E. Highway 70 1 Arcadia, FL 34266 prepaid debit card. Subject to credit approval. Complete purchasemust be made on the Ford Service Credit Card. Offer valid between863-494-4848 1 800-880-3099 4/1/14 and 5/31/4. Submit rebates by 6/30/14. Cannot be combinedwith any other tire manufacturer-sponsored or Ford Service CreditVoted best Automotive Service Facility Card rebate/offer. See participating dt for vehicle applications, rebate and account ount details.le is better in the Quick Lanz.There's a RIGHT WAY and there's a WRONG WAY!Contact your Sun Newspaper Advertising Account Executive Today_Their job is... making sure your advertising stays on the right track.Sun Newspapers Advertising Department v 1 <

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Arcadian | Page 18 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 Until a few years ago, the pomegranate was a novelty fruit; entire fruits used for decoration or the bright red arils used as garnish, adding a sparkling of ruby jewels to salads and meats. Then it was discovered that pomegranates are high in anti-oxidants, and overnight pomegranate became a glamour fruit. Pomegranates are also rich in thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins B6, B9, and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Pomegranate may hold potential as an alternative fruit crop for citrus growers and small farmers. Commercially only a few varieties are grown, but there are dozens of other varieties that possibly hold promise for growing in our area. Pomegranate grows in tropical to warm temperate climates. It is native to southern Asia and was grown in ancient Egypt, Babylon, India and Iran. The Spanish cultivated it and brought it to Mexico and California in the 16th century. Pomegranates were also grown in Florida in the 1800s. More than 80 types of pomegranate are currently being evaluated in a study directed by Dr. Bill Castle at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, with a duplicate planting in Winter Garden. More than 5,000 plants have been distributed to commercial growers and home growers around the state, including a small grove in Hardee County. This plant will grow and thrive in our area whether it has value as a commercial crop has not yet been determined. Pomegranate does best in areas with cool winters and hot dry summers. Varieties vary in their frost tolerance, but all are more tolerant than citrus. Pomegranate forms a bushy small tree, usually with multiple trunks. Leaves are dark green and shiny and trees are normally deciduous, but in our area may retain some leaves year round. The flowers are bright orange-red and quite showy. Male flowers that do not produce fruit and self-fertile flowers are produced on new growth in spring. The fruit retains the crownlike calyx at the blossom end as it develops. Fruits average 3 inches in diameter and are round at first, becoming somewhat blocky as they mature. Inside the leathery skin, several irregular chambers are tightly packed with seeds surrounded by the edible juicy flesh called an aril. The seeds range in hardness varieties with soft seeds are desirable for fresh eating, hard seeded varieties are best for juice. The color of the aril also ranges from deep red or purple to white, and the lighter color arils typically contain softer seeds. However, the deep red arils contain the most anti-oxidants. Plants are easily started from cuttings or seeds. Seedlings are highly variable, but since seedlings may begin producing fruit in as little as two years, they are worth exper imenting with. Since the trees tend to sucker from the base and produce a bushy plant, one tree will provide cuttings for many more. Seed should first be washed, dried and then stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks before planting. Sow the seeds about 1 inch deep in potting mix and keep the soil warm and moist. Transplant seedlings to individual pots when they are 4 to 6 inches tall. Root cuttings to get a plant true to the parent. Cuttings taken at any time of the year will root well if using a mist bed; a home grower would probably have better luck with pencil-sized cuttings taken in winter. Scrape the bark gently on the lower end and dip in a rooting hormone compound for best results. The trick is to control moisture so soil at the rooting tip stays moist, but not soggy. Roots will begin to develop in four to eight weeks, and plants are ready to set out at about eight months. Pomegranate is able to grow in a wide range of environmental and soil conditions. Avoid chronically wet conditions and over watering. One of the most significant limiting factors in Florida is their susceptibility to the root-knot nematode. Enriching the soil in advance with organic amendments will help, for other ideas see: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ pdffiles/NG/NG03200.pdf. For best fruiting, plant where trees will receive at least six hours of sun light per day. In groves space plants 10 to 12 feet apart in the row and 20 feet between rows. A fairly heavy moist soil is preferred, with a pH of 5.5 to 7. The exact fertilizer needs are not known. Fertilize pomegranate about the same as citrus. Insect pests such as aphids, mealy bugs, scales, thrips and various mites may occasionally require control. Diseases caused by fungi and bacteria are a serious problem in Florida. Leaf spotting may cause premature leaf drop, reducing plant vigor. Fruit blemishes, fruit drop and fruit rot caused by fungi and bacteria have been reported. Neutral copper fungicide or another spray program to control fungal diseases is recommended. Wonderful is the variety grown commercially in California. Purple Seed and Spanish Ruby are popular dooryard cultivars. Angel Red is a patented variety with cream colored fruit. To open a pomegranate, score the outer shell as if you were quartering it. Smack the stem end down on a hard surface and it will split into irregular sections. Hold fruit over a bowl and pick out the arils. Use the arils as garnish, or squeeze the juice using a potato ricer. The seeds are edible, but some may be tough. Pomegranate is an interesting fruit to grow. Youll find pomegranate trees and hundreds of other fruits suitable for growing in Florida at the Manatee Rare Fruit Council Tree Sale Sunday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34219. For more information see www.mrfc.org, or call Pete Ray, 941-776-0222.Pomegranate holds promise for Florida growersOver the Garden Gate Al & Karen Smoke aandksmoke@gmail.com PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (H. ZELL)Pomegranate forms a bushy small tree, usually with multiple trunks. Leaves are dark green and shiny and trees are normally deciduous, but in our area may retain some leaves year round. PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (H. ZELL)The fruit retains the crown-like calyx at the blossom end as it develops. Fruits average 3 inches diam eter and are round at rst, becoming somewhat blocky as they mature. Inside the leathery skin several irregular chambers are tightly packed with seeds surrounded by the edible juicy esh called an aril. PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (H. ZELL)The owers are bright orange red and quite showy. Male owers that do not produce fruit and self-fertile owers are produced on new growth in spring. PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (EITAN F.)Pomegranate may hold potential as an alter native fruit crop for citrus growers and small farmers. Because of the health benets of this fruit, interest in growing it has surged in recent years. But growing pomegranate is not new to Florida; pomegranates were shipped from Florida in the 1800s. rle Ar' 46%:, t rv 1 l 4 TINNL } L, n d -JOIE ,:;tair r t, ; 1. i/Y J r A13`"ar r -c t qi ,cam Z 71. P I rf _ 't 1r 81rr iF f Y r 6 r ti

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Dated at Arcadia, Florida, this 13th day of May, 2014. /s/ Gary Mckiddy Published 5/15/14 131159 3040149 NOTICE OFACTION3116 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2014 DR 244 Jesus Hernandez Guzman, Petitioner and Maria Elizabeth Sanchez Medrano, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DIS SOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: Maria Elizabeth Sanchez Medrano Last Known Address Mexico YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to on the Petitioner, Jesus Hernandez Guzman whose address is, PO BOX 2607, Arcadia, FL 34265 on or before June 13, 2014 and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 115 E. Oak St. Arcadia, FL 34266 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered a g ainst y ou for the relief NOTICE OFACTION3116 demanded in this petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office. You may review these documents upon request. Y ou must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office notified of your current address. (You may file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915). Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the Clerks office. Dated: May 14, 2014 MITZIE W. MCGAVIC CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ Marlene Harris Deputy Clerk Published 5/15/14, 5/22/14, 5/29/14 & 6/5/14 131159 3040264 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2014 DR 0205 Autumn D. German Rivera, Petitioner and W ilys German, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DIS SOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: Wilys German Last Known Address unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to the Petitioner, Autumn German Rivera whose address is, 209 N. Monroe Avenue, Arcadia, FL 34266 on or before May 23, 20145 and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 115 E. Oak St. Arcadia, FL 34266 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in this petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office. You may review these documents upon request. Y ou must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office notified of your current address. (You may file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915). Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the Clerks office. Dated: April 21, 2014 MITZIE W. MCGAVIC CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ N. Daughter Deputy Clerk Published 4/24/14, 5/1/14, 5/8/14, 5/15/14 131159 3030473 NOTICE TO CREDITORS3120 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDAPROBATE DIVISION File No. 2014 CP 46 Division Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF SARAH B. ROE Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: Y ou are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of Sarah B. Roe, deceased, File NOTICE TO CREDITORS3120 Number 2014 CP 46, by the Circuit Court for Desoto County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266; that the decedents date of death was November 17, 2013; that the total value of the estate is $21,634.23 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: NameAddress Sarah A. Roe 2917 Grandview Atlanta, GA 30305 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is May 8, 2014. Attorney for Person Giving Notice /s/ Ira S. Wiesner Attorney Florida Bar Number: 222887 Professional Association, Advocates in Aging 328 N. Rhodes Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34237 T elephone: (941) 365-9900 Fax: (941) 365-4479 E-Mail: advocates@wiesnerlaw.com Secondary E-Mail: sarah@wiesnerlaw.com Published 5/8/14 & 5/15/14 370391 3037720 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012 CA 000156 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, VS. CLEO SMITH; et al., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sale will be made pursuant to an Order or Final Summary Judgment. Final Judgment was awarded on April 15, 2014 in Civil Case No. 2012 CA 000156, of the Circuit Court of the Judicial Circuit in and for DESOTO County, Florida, wherein, WELLS FARGO BANK, NA is the Plaintiff, and CLEO SMITH; UNKNOWN TENANT #1 N/K/A ALBERT SMITH JR. are Defendants. The clerk of the court, Mitzie W. McGavic, will sell to the highest bidder for cash at Desoto County Courthouse, 115 Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266 at 11:00 a.m. on June 3, 2014 the following described real property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to wit: LOT 114, HARLEM HEIGHTS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 P AGE 82, PUBLIC RECORDS OF 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. Aldridge | Connors, LLP Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Dated this 13th day of May, 2014 1615 South Congress Avenue, Suite 200 Delray Beach, FL 33445 Phone: 561.392.6391 Fax: 561.392.6965 BY: Nalini Singh FBN: 43700 Primary E-Mail: ServiceMail@aclawllp.com Secondary E-Mail: NSingh@aclawllp.com IMPORT ANT 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)993-4876, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Published 5/15/14 & 5/22/14 334261 3040107 F i n d i t i n t h e C l a s s i f i e d s NOTICE OF MEETING3126 Notice of Meeting/ W orkshop Hearing Depar tment of Envir onmental Pr otection The Department of Environmental Protection announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited. Date and Time: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Place: DeSoto County Commission Chambers, 201 E. Oak St., Suite 201, Arcadia, FL 34266 General Subject Matter To Be Considered: Take public testimony on all Florida Forever land acquisition projects, new proposals, and ranking within categories. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Hank V inson, Office of Conservation Services at (850) 245-2713 or on the web at www.dep.state.fl.us/lands/arc_c alendar.htm. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise DeSoto County at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Lauri Jones, DeSoto County Administration Office at (863) 993-4800 or l.terry@desotobocc.com. For more information, you may contact: Hank Vinson, Office of Conservation Services at (850) 245-2713 or hank.vinson@dep.state.fl.us. Published 5/8/14 369999 3035063 A "Serving DeSoto County since 1887" NHARBORCH.ASElebrting 'Cn1U1' 1\'lAt.y OttImaunt nffiacsCOIl fia v.l-------------7L--------------

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Arcadian | Page 20 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 NOTICE OFSALE3130 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case# 2013-CA-000239 W ells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Trustee for WaMu Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-PR1 Trust Plaintiff, vs Diana De Barr, Administrator of The Estate of Anthony C. Pace, Deceased; Natalie R. Pace; Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors, Lienors and Trustees of Anthony C. Pace, Deceased; et al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment, entered in Civil Case No. 2013CA-000239 of the Circuit Court of the 12th Judicial Circuit in and for DeSoto County, Florida, wherein W ells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Trustee for WaMu Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-PR1 Trust, Plaintiff and Diana DeBarr, Administrator of the Estate of ANthony C. Pace, Deceased are defendant(s), I Clerk of Court, Mitzie W. McGavic, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT THE SOUTH ENTRANCE OF THE DESOTO COUNTY COURTHOUSE, AT 11:00 A.M. on may 27, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 9, BLOCK 4, FIRST REPLAT IN PEMBROKE SUBDIVISION, A SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED N PLAT BOOK 9, PAGES 80 THROUGH 80C, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF 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. 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 ADA Coordinator; 2002 Ringling Boulevard, 8th Floor, Sarasota, Florida 34237 (941)861-7811 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon r eceiving this notification of the time before the scheduled appearance is less then 7 days. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Mitzie W. McGavic CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT DeSoto County Florida /s/ B. Wynn DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT Published 5/8/14 & 5/15/14 118683 3037789 Notice of Public Sale, Notice is hereby given that on 6/11/14 at 10:30 am, the following vehicle will be sold at public auction pursuant to F.S. 713.585 to satisfy towing, storage, and labor charges: 1996 FORD #1FALP6538TK199151 The vehicle will be sold for $1171.00. Sale will be held by lienor at Downtown Paint Can245 W Magnolia, Arcadia, FL 34266, 941-628-2720. Pursuant to F.S. 713.585, the cash sum amount of $1171.00 would be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lienor. Any owner, lien holders, or interested parties have a right to a hearing prior to the sale by filing a demand with the Desoto County Clerk of Circuit Court for disposition. The owner has a right to recover possession of the vehicle prior to the sale, by posting a bond pursuant to F.S. 559.917, and if sold, proceeds r emaining from the sale will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Desoto County for disposition. Lienor reserves the right to bid. Published 5/15/14 295152 3040221 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 14-2013-CA-000314 Section: 02 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE ACCREDITED MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007-1 ASSET BACKED NOTES Plaintiff, v. NOTICE OFSALE3130 CYNTHIA BROWN; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; HOMEPLUS FINANCE CORPORATION; AND TENANT Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 11, 2014, entered in Civil Case No. 14-2013-CA000314 of the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and for DeSoto County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on the 27th day of May, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the South door of the DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, in accordance with Chapter 45 Florida Statutes, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 6, BLOCK B, ROBINSON COURT, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 65, PUBLIC RECORDS OF 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. 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 the DeSoto County Clerk`s Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, (863)993-4876, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon r eceiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated at ARCADIA, Florida this 16th day of April, 2014 /s/ Crystal M. Henderson Deputy Clerk Mitzie W. McGavic CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT DeSoto COUNTY, FLORIDA Published 5/15/14 & 5/22/14 329037 3039907 NEEDCASH? IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 2013-CA-000425 AXMA CALUSA NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. AUDREY T. SANBORN and UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment dated March 24, 2014, and entered in Civil Action Number 2013-CA000425 AXMA in the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and for Desoto County, Florida, wherein CALUSA NATIONAL BANK is the Plaintiff and AUDREY T. SANBORN is the Defendant. I WILL SELL to the highest bidder for cash beginning at 11:00 a.m. on July 15, 2014 at the Desoto County Courthouse located at 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266 in accordance with Chapter 45 Florida Statutes the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: Lots 123 and 124, of PEACE RIVER ACRES, FIRST ADDITION, a subdivision according to the map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 6, page 80, of the Public Records of 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 April 25, 2014. Mitzie W. McGavic, Clerk of Court BY: /s/ N. Daughtrey Deputy Clerk Published 5/15/14 & 5/22/14 114849 3039924 NOTICE OFSALE3130 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 142014CA000001 THE FIRST STATE BANK OF ARCADIA Plaintiff, vs. JERROLD M. GASKINS, ET AL Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTES CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a UNIFORM FINAL JUDGMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE dated April 28, 2014, in the above styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266, at 11:00 A.M. on July 8, 2014, the following described property as set forth in UNIFORM FINAL JUDGMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE, to wit: Begin at the Southeast corner of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 12, T ownship 38 South, Range 25 East for Point of Beginning; thence North 88 degrees 00 minutes 40 seconds West along South line of said tract, 371.68 feet; thence North 6 degrees 37 minutes 11 seconds West, 921.87 feet to Southerly right of way of County Road # 760 (formerly S.R. # 760); thence North 54 degrees 00 minutes 54 seconds East along said right of way 460.25 feet to P.C. of curve to right having a cord bearing of North 61 degrees 37 minutes 03 seconds East and a cord distance of 144.57 feet; thence Northeasterly along said right of way on arc of said curve, 144.97 feet to East line of said Southeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4; thence South 0 degrees 59 minutes 21 seconds West along said East line, 1267.96 feet to Point of Beginning. LESS AND EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY: Begin at the Southeast corner of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 12, T ownship 38 South, Range 25 East, DeSoto County, Florida; thence North 88 degrees 00 minutes 40 seconds West along South line of said tract, 291.36 feet for Point of Beginning; thence continue same line, 80.32 feet; thence North 06 degrees 37 minutes 11 seconds West, 416.19 feet; thence South 17 degrees 07 minutes 36 seconds East, 435.52 feet to Point of Beginning. Parcel Id: 12-38-25-00000042-0000 Commonly known as: 6463 CR 760 E, Arcadia, FL 34266 Dated this 29th day of April, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC, Clerk of Court By: /s/ N. Daughtrey 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 Jury Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, telephone: (863) 993-4876, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon r eceiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 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. Published 5/15/14 & 5/22/14 369050 3039871 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 142014CA000012 THE FIRST STATE BANK OF ARCADIA Plaintiff, vs. DEREK W. LINTON a/k/a DEREK WILLIAM LINTON, ET AL Defendants. NOTICE OFSALE3130 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO FLORIDA ST A TUTES CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a UNIFORM FINAL JUDGMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE dated April 28, 2014, in the above styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266, at 11:00 A.M. on May 29, 2014, the following described property as set forth in UNIFORM FINAL JUDGMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE, to wit: The North 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 22, Township 39 South, Range 25 East, DeSoto County, Florida, LESS AND EXCEPT road right-of-way. TOGETHER WITH a 2005 Fleetwood Double-Wide Mobile Home (VIN #GAFL535A90245BH31 and GAFL535B90245BH31). Parcel Id: 22-39-25-0000-0030-0000 Commonly known as: 10670 SE Shelfer Avenue, Arcadia, FL 34266 Dated this 29th day of April, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC Clerk of Court By:/s/ N. Daughtrey 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 Jury Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, telephone: (863) 993-4876, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 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. Published 5/8/14 & 5/15/14 369050 3037747 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 14CA060 WAUCHULA STATE BANK, a Florida banking corporation, Plaintiff, vs. AURORA C. GUERRERO a/k/a AURORA CANO GUERRERO and DIANA GUERRERO HERRERA a/k/a DIANA HERRERA and RICHARD HERRERA, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that pursuant to a final decree of foreclosure entered in the above-entitled cause in the Circuit Court of DeSoto County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in DeSoto County, Florida, described as: Lot 46, PINE RIDGE ESTATES, an unrecorded plat of DeSoto County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: Begin at the Northwest corner of the South 1/2 of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 33, Township 37 South, Range 24 East, DeSoto County, Florida; thence South 89 East, along the North line of said tract, 900.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue along same line, 100.0 feet; thence South 00 East, 250.43 feet; thence North 89 West, 100.0 feet; thence North 00 West, 250.43 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; LESS AND EXCEPT right-of-way for NW Highland Street. TOGETHER WITH a 1996 Trin Single Wide Mobile Home, ID #FLA146M9733, Title #71192217 STREET ADDRESS: 4576 NW Highland Street, Arcadia, Florida. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash, on the Courthouse steps of the DeSoto County Courthouse located at 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida, in accordance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes (2004), at 11:00 a.m., on the 24th day of June 2014. NOTICE: Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the propert y owner as of the date of the NOTICE OFSALE3130 Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. SIGNED this May 2, 2014. MITZIE W. MCGAVIC CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: /s/ B. Wynn Deputy Clerk Published 5/15/14 & 5/22/14 360555 3040089 F i n d y o u r B e s t F r i e n d i n t h e C l a s s i f i e d s OTHER NOTICES3138 Mahendrakumar Patel, MD has closed medical practice at AGIM Inc, 201 E Gibson, FL 34266 on 4/30/14. Records may be obtained from Arcadia Medical Associates, 425 Nursing Home Dr, Arcadia, FL34266. Phone: 863-993-2966. You may see him at Community Care Family Clinic, Arcadia. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF DESOTO COUNTY is soliciting a contract for Financing for School Buses Tax Exempt Lease. Proposals must be submitted no later than May 28, 2014 at 10:00 A.M., at which time they will be opened. Copies of the solicitation may be obtained from our website at www .desotoschools.com the Purchasing Department, at 530 LaSolona Avenue, Arcadia, Florida 34266 or by calling (863)-4944222, ext. 1111. Published 5/8/14 & 5/15/14 103762 3037757 ARCADIAAREA GARAGE SALES6001 SAT 8 am-5pm Furniture, children clothes & misc. 8379 SW Sunn y breeze Rd. ThuS at 8 am? Buildin g material, furniture, & misc. 701 W. Hickor y St. Arcadia A Bargain Hunters Delight Check the Classifieds first! A Whole Marketplace of shopping is right at your fingertips! AUTOS WANTED7260 WE BUY & PICK UP JUNK CARS 941-661-1928 MOTOR HOMES/ RVs7380 GEORGETOWN 34 2 slides, new tires on rear, ne w batteries, 34k miles, 5.5 gen erator, jacks. Camera read y for travel! $17,500 OBO Call 863-491-8170 lv. mess. o r 863-303-4442 for info!! ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, your thoughts are distant right now, almost as if youre living in a fantasy world. This is creatively benecial but not so helpful for practical tasks. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, if youre not careful, you could nd yourself debating family and friends this week. Instead, try to sit back and listen rather than fostering debate. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, a realization about what is really important to you instills a renewed sense of condence this week. You will be focused on important things. CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, if your nances seem like they are in a state of upheaval, it could be because you have not looked at everything in black and white just yet. Make some changes. LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 You come on too strong some times, Leo. Those who know you best can handle this approach, but you can scare o potential new friends if you do not ease up. VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Be patient and do not demand too much of yourself during the next few days, Virgo. You need to keep your workload light; otherwise, you may get easily overwhelmed. LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 This is a time to discover the value of others, Libra. A willingness to try new things and delegate some responsibili ties will free up your calendar. SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Certain personalities dont always click, Scorpio. Dont feel the need to overcompensate for a strained relationship. Spend more time with those with whom you connect. SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 Flexible thinking is key, Sagittarius, especially as you face a few new challenges this week. There are some opportunities to reconnect with family later in the week. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 A rush of activity lls your calendar and keeps your phone ringing o the hook, Capricorn. Your challenge will be separating the pressing events from others. AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, paperwork has built up and requires more time than you had originally planned. There is no way to avoid this task, but a helper can make it move more quickly. PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20 Moderation is your mantra for the week, Pisces. Do not let the pendulum swing too far in either direction. FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS MAY 18 Tina Fey, Actress/Writer (44) MAY 19 Lily Cole, Actress (26) MAY 20 Sierra Boggess, Actress (32) MAY 21 Judge Reinhold, Actor (57) MAY 22 Ginnifer Goodwin, Actress (36) MAY 23 Jewel, Singer/Poet (40) MAY 24 Bob Dylan, Singer (73) 1 I Taff fubtm(I f amcIlmmhMN

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Arcadian | Page 22 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 did not want that discussion opened up, perhaps in fear of not having enough logical or rational support for their obvious candidate to offer in order to win a open debate with the two wanting discussion. If that was the case, it tells me the three did not use good judgment at all or were committed from the beginning with Mr. Slaughter and refused to be fair in judgment. In my opinion they were not fair by placing Mr. Slaughter in the top ve in the middle of the evaluation process when he was not qualied by the grid or criteria necessary to be fair in the evaluation. Again, as a result the council is at great risk of multiple failures or poor performances in the near future by these unfair tactics if found true. Maurice Brown ArcadiaLet owners use RVs on their landEditor: In response to Ms. Paffords views expressed regarding the proposal for ex ception of RV use in DeSoto County, lets set the record straight, or at least provide a fair synopsis of current events that may provide a better understanding of why this exception is being considered. As one of the property owners referred to in this matter, come clarication of Ms. Paffords opinions is in order: 1. Our neighborhood is far from being an RV haven and no one is seeking the right to facilitate an RV park on their privately owned properties. Each individual landowner has invested a great deal in an effort to enjoy and maintain the beauty and simplicity of their land. 2. Each property is secluded and gated, and doesnt create any neighboring opportunity, for those who may nd using a recreational vehicle offensive, or a deterrent. 3. Each landowner is diligent in maintaining proper protocol in waste management, and to suggest otherwise is simply false. I may remind you, primitive camping doesnt allow the use of facili ties, so perhaps the alternative (RV) isnt so bad. 4. It is not illegal to use, own or maintain an RV on ones own property. At present, the only code enforced violation applicable would be for those con sidered living in their RV. Considering we all own a home, this is not our intent, as we simply want the right to enjoy our property as we should be allowed to do without scrutiny. 5. Not only do we pay taxes, we also pay our association fees just as those living in our neighborhood on a fulltime basis, and are willing to work in partnership within our community and contribute where needed. To suggest we contribute nothi8ng to DeSoto County as part-timers denes the lack of knowledge and basis in these claims. We are all established business owners who have supported the local contractors, businesses and people of Arcadia for many years, and have roots planted within the community far beyond takiing ownership of pur properties. None of us are transplants, so to speak, and have a great deal of pride and respect for this area and its peo9ple. Enough of the nonsense, let us enjoy our properties in peace. And lets be fair; the members of BOCC have been both diligent and fair during this process in allowing views, opinions, suggestions and proposed solutions to be heard. We are condent their decision will be fair to all parties involved, and provide a workable solution to the issues at hand.Mary and Michael Muscente ArcadiaDont complain nd a hobbyEditor: First and foremost I would like to thank each of the DeSoto County Commissioners for their diligent work on the exhausting task that they have under taken to update the LDR; it has certainly not been an easy task. As a long-standing member of this community I have admired the courage of the BOCC in many areas; they stand by their convictions and they have always been fair-minded. Thank you BOCC, no matter what the nal outcome of this issue turns out to be. It is beyond comprehension when people think that they have the right to dictate how others are going to live, because they purchased a beautiful serene piece of acreage to get away on the weekends from the hustle and bustle of living in the city. What audacity to think they have a right to belittle, harass and just plain be a nuisance instead of minding their own business. It is appalling the lengths some of these people have gone to continuously badger others, I always believed that most people are good and decent but how do you deal with this repugnant behavior in such a small community. Have you all forgotten that you once did not have a home on your properties? Have we become a society of resentful bitter human beings because maybe the neighbor next-door has something you dont have? Perhaps the question to ask is where this aggression and hostility comes from because, from where I stand, it looks like a spoiled little child who did not get their way or the notorious school yard bully syndrome. Reassess your life, if you have too much time on your hands nd a good hobby, lend a helping hand to someone in need but please stay out of other peoples business. Life is too short for all the negativity displayed in one small community; ask yourselves how do I want to be remembered when my time here is over? Do I want people to be sad but remember all the good things Ive done, or by all the unforgivable acts of ill will that I hurled toward my neighbors? By the way, how do you dare say that these neighbors are still using their RVs illegally? All three of the neighbors you are berating have tents that they are staying in until this matter is settled. Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others. Gerald G. JampolskyMarie-Anne Smith ArcadiaKeep your hands cleanEditor: Everyone has seen the ad. A young girl claiming to be an environmental technician displays her muddy hands and says, I get my hands dirty for the environment. Hands arent the only thing thats dirty about Mosaic, the worlds largest phosphate strip mining company. Friends of Horse Creek maintains that phosphate strip mining is an unsustainable industry that permanently destroys water hydrology and biodiversity. When a corporation has deep pockets, it can try to get the public to believe anything. Lately, Mosaic has launched a darker method to get respectability. Mosaic sends its representatives into the communities where it intends to mine and asks them, What can we do for you? Does your community or organization need money? Mosaic will give you the money. But those who receive the gifts might be reluctant to say anything negative about Mosaic in the future. A long list of organizations and groups who have accepted grant and sponsor ship money is on Mosaics website. By accepting Mosaics money, those groups may feel they shouldnt criticize Mosaic. When Mosaic comes around with its checkbook, keep your own hands clean and turn them down.Tanya Bond Friends of Horse Creek ArcadiaLETTERSFROM PAGE 4 when it was going backwards, sliding out from under it, across the ground on their bellies. I think each class had at least one or two who were crazy enough to do this. The sidewalks could be fun at recess, too, where some played jacks or hopscotch. I never was good at the former, but loved the latter and would play it right now if anyone wanted to. Mother, May I and Red Light, Green Light were popular as well. Have kids today even heard of those games? If not, its a sad commentary on childhood today. There were those kids who had to climb on everything, so the monkey bars or jungle gyms were the best way to let them get that out of their system for the day. Girls loved jumping rope, and had lots of chants that counted rhythm for those jumping remember that? And how about spinning endlessly on the merry-go-round and staggering around, dizzy, after getting off? Interactive sports included kickball and dodge ball, and for the real adventuresome, Red Rover, Red Rover! Remember having sore arms afterwards? I hear there were some players whod intentionally clothesline approaching opponents back in the day, to put them out of the game. But dont look at me I was more likely the one who got that abrupt throat chop! See-saws and teeter-totters were the same thing. Nocatee had very long, wooden ones, with metal handles to hang onto, and after a few minutes of the old up and down routine, somebody would invariably park their end on the ground, leaving their partners end up in the air. Youd be stuck up there forever, and sometimes the person on the ground would suddenly jump off, send ing you straight down for a bump that rattled everything from your tailbone to your eye teeth. And dont say you dont remember being on one end of that or the other, or even both. Some boys (and a few girls too) would draw a circle in the dirt and play marbles for keeps. Theyd drag from the pockets of their dungarees cats eye marbles, clearies, steelies, bouldies, and of course, their favorite shooter. Kids today would probably get arrested for gambling if they tried to play today, and that makes me think that its society who has lost all its marbles. Some of us would play Rock, Scissors, Paper, and wind up with sore arms especially if somebody frogged you. That meant raising the knuckle of your middle nger a little when youd punch your opponents, and it was quite effective remember? Those who really wanted to interact radically would square off in sandspur ghts, and if you ever got hit in the eyelid with one, you likely started rethinking that activity. Especially mean boys would get a small stick and swab sap off the pine trees on the playground, and ing it at your head, so itd stick in your hair. The girls got the worst end of that, until theyd run to the teacher. In that case, youd wind up on the wrong end of a wooden paddle. But it mightve been worth it now and then, just for the fun and experience. While riding past playgrounds brings back good memories, it feels a bit sad if theyre empty. Some kids today still love to play there, thankfully, while I know a lot of kids would rather be playing on iPads or laptops. Howd we go from playgrounds to PlayStations in just a generation or two? Is it not insane that the police are called anytime a child points his nger at a playmate, pretending its a gun, and the kid is sent home and talked about on the evening news? And yet children are allowed to submerge themselves in video games where they hunt others down and blow them away with computerized weapons, complete with blood and brain splatter. How and why is that acceptable? I believe a lot of that has led to weapons at school in recent years. Anyway, Im thankful for my childhood memories and for being allowed to use my imagination in a carefree, simpler time. My inner child enjoys those memories as well. In fact, he wishes he could still go out and play. Hopscotch, anyone?GRITS & PIECESFROM PAGE 4 16-year-old student in Kansas. After the paper reported the information to the schools athletic director, the employee was immediately red. Its a good reminder that not all background checks are created equal. A recent article in USA Today revealed documents showing that the search rm the University of Texas used to hire its new football coach cost $267,000, and did not even include employment reference checks or education verication. The Council has placed its faith in Slaughter to put an end to the citys administrator roller coaster. The rst step to building a strong foundation is to bury any doubts regarding his past, and change the closed-door culture that has permeated city hall in recent years. Only time will tell if Slaughter is up to the task, and we hope the answer is a resounding yes. OUR VIEWFROM PAGE 4 PUBLIC NOTICE TO CITY OF ARCADIA WATER CUSTOMERS On Saturday, May 19, 2014, the city of Arcadia Water Treatment Plant will switch from Chloramines to Free Chlorine Disinfection. This change is a routine main tenance to optimize water quality in the distribution system. The City of Arcadia Water Treatment Plant will switch back to chloramines on June 2, 2014. Users of kidney dialysis machines and owners of aquatic life are urged to contact their respective indus tries for more information about water testing and treatment that may be appropriate for Chloramines rather than Free Chlorine. For more information, please contact City of Arcadia Water Treatment Plant 863-494-1626 or A. J. Berndt 863-558-2091. 50456916

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The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 23 | Arcadian THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF DESOTO COUNTY hereby gives notice to the public that consideration shall be given to the adoption of the following school board policiesThe complete text of all of our proposed policies is available at: http://www.neola.com/desoto-,. The printed version of the proposed policies is also available in the front lobby of our district oce located at 530 La Solana Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. Purpose and Eect: The policies have been developed by the Board within the legal responsibilities and as statutorily required by the State of Florida. F.S.120.536(1), 120.54. The adoption of the policies would re-organize, re-codify and update the policies, conform policies to current legislation, consolidate similar policies on the same subject, eliminate redundant and obsolete language, and make policies easier to nd, understand and use. Once adopted, the new policies will be electronically published, hyperlinked and keyword searchable. Authority: F.S. 1001.41(2); 1001.42, 1001.43, 1012.23, 120.536(1), 120.54 Summary of Statement of Estimated Regulatory Cost: No statement of estimated regulatory costs has been prepared. Any person who wishes to provide information regarding the statement of estimated regulatory costs, or to provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative, must do so in writing within 21 days of this notice. Any aected person may request a public hearing on the proposed repeal and adoption of these policies. Such requests must be submitted in writing to the Superintendent, within 21 days after the date of publication of this notice. Any material pertinent to the issues under consideration submitted to the Superintendent within 21 days after the date of publication of this notice or submitted between the date of publication and the end of the last public hearing shall be considered by the Board and made a part of the rulemaking record. Action on the rule repeal and adoption will occur at the future School Board meeting, which shall be separately noticed. The Person to be Contacted Regarding the policies is: Dr. Karyn E. Gary, Oce of the Superintendent, 530 LaSolana Ave, Arcadia, FL 34266; telephone, 863-494-4222 Any person who decides to appeal a decision with respect to a matter considered at the hearing is hereby advised that, for such purpose, the person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the meeting is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any person with a disability or physical impairment who wishes to attend this meeting and who requires special accommodations should contact the Oce of the Superintendent, 530 LaSolana Ave, Arcadia, FL 34266; telephone, 863-494-4222, at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. 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Arcadian | Page 24 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 15, 2014 lose 300 jobs, but people will choose not to live here if there is no medical care. The end result would be a total nancial collapse for the county. Hospital board member Lew Ambler said the hospital is a critical component of the community. I dont think anyone can argue the value of the hospital for this county, he said. The nancial situation we are in was caused by state and national measures. Im asking you to put this on the ballot. Give me one good reason why it shouldnt be there. Miller noted the sales tax revenue would not go directly to DMH, as by law it would be divided among all county agencies that provide indigent care. He also said the money generated by the tax would not be enough to sustain the hospital. You are asking the people of this county to generate money, but even with that youre still operating at a decit of more than $1 million, he said. Is the (hospital) board doing everything it can? If we ask the people of Arcadia and the county to pay a tax and DMH doesnt do its due diligence, where are we going to ll that monetary gap? You show me how the hospital plans to generate that revenue, and Ill be the rst to make the motion to move this to the ballot. Miller made it clear, however, that he doesnt want the hospital to shut its doors. Dont take my comments as say ing I want DMH to close, but weve got to nd a resolution to ll the remainder of the decit. At this point, I am not in favor of letting it go to referendum until I see more action from the hospital. Commissioner Gabriel Quave agreed, saying the sales tax wouldnt solve the hospitals decit. I dont feel the numbers make sense. The public impression is that DMH closing is on the countys shoulders, he said. Thats inaccurate but the spin cycle has begun. I dont believe the hospital will close, and I dont support putting this tax on the referendum. Nathan said the hospital has two plans to generate the necessary revenue. We are looking to increase facilities in the hospital, in particular leasing the third oor for long-term acute care, he said. We are also looking to expand procedure-oriented practices in areas such as cardiology and gastroenterology. If you give me two weeks, I can have exact numbers for you on paper. Quave responded that expanding services doesnt always equate to additional revenue. Growing services is the goal of every hospital. There is a unique balance to provide services and having the infrastructure to do it, he said. If you arent doing enough procedures, then things can quickly become expensive for the hospital. Not all board members had an issue with the tax going on the ballot. Both Selph and Commissioner Elton Langford had no reservations about letting the voters to decide. We live in a democracy, and I have no problem putting on the ballot and letting the public decide, Langford said. I think a sales tax is the fairest solution, but I do think this community should be educated on the matter before voting. Commissioner Buddy Manseld also supported a public vote, but was also concerned the hospital wouldnt be able to close the nancial decit. I dont have a problem letting the citizens decide, he said. With that said, however, Id also like to see the hospital close that gap. And there are actions being taken at the state level that might further widen that gap. Miller suggested the commissioners hold a workshop with DMHs board of directors. DMH CEO Vince Sica said he was in favor of the idea, and hed work with the county to nd a time convenient for both boards. Conn added that in the meantime, he would begin working with both DMHs and the county health departments legal counsel to draft an ordinance and properly advertise it to the public before a formal vote.Community Conversation follow-upThe board agreed to hold another Community Conversation public meeting June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Turner Center Exhibit Hall. The meeting is meant to be a follow-up on the issues discussed in the four previous meetings held in April. COUNTYFROM PAGE 1 | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFSDeSoto high school arts showDeSoto County High School Visual Arts students will display their talents and skills to the public on Thursday and Friday, May 22 and 23 in the Media Center at the high school. More than 500 works will be on view throughout the school day, until 6 p.m. pm both days. Parents, friends and the public are encouraged to come see the range of talents at the high school.Local organizations partner to offer TIPS for BusinessesThanks to a grant award from Wells Fargo, CareerSource Heartland has collaborated with South Florida State College to offer Employee Development and Training to local businesses. Through this special grant funding, and as a result of employer listening sessions sponsored by CareerSource Heartland and conducted throughout the tri-county region last year, a variety of workshops have been designed to upgrade the skill sets of your current staff, keeping them motivated and your business humming! Classes on Microsoft Word, Excel, and QuickBooks, as well as Customer Service and Leadership, are being offered through the end of June. All classes are at no cost to you. For dates, times, and locations on any TIPS Workshop, call 863-7847034; to register call 863-784-7405. Or visit the Employers Corner on the CareerSource Heartland website at www. careersourceheartland.com for a complete listing of TIPS Workshops.Tidewell needs volunteersTidewell Hospice desperately needs volunteers in DeSoto County, for everything from answering phones at the administrative ofce, to being greeters at the hospice house and sitting with patients. For details, call Kim Hartshorne, our Volunteer Coordinator at 941-9794324 or email Khartshorne@tidewell.org.Historical Society needs volunteersThe DeSoto County Historical Society welcomes volunteers! We need docents every week for the John Morgan Ingraham House and ongoing assistance with upkeep of the museum, grounds, and the Howard and Velma Melton Historical Research Library in the Ingraham Seed House. 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