The Arcadian

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The Arcadian
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Arcadian (Arcadia, Fla.)
DeSoto sun herald
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DeSoto County Pub. Co., Inc.
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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, May 22, 2014 24 pages / 50 cents A WALK ON THE WILD SIDESome exciting changes are coming to DeSotos Environmental Learning Lab.PAGE 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 ...........22 ON THE HUNT FOR HELPING HANDS: Local homeless task force searching for volunteers ..................... 2 PITCH PERFECT: High school chorus brings home the hardware ......................................... 5 DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Two high school seniors sign college commitment letters ........................ 14 Watermelon Festival something sweet for everyone ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comIn the Wacky Boat Races, Simple Man battles the DCI Melon Felons through the last turn of the race during Saturdays Watermelon Festival. For more melonfest photos, turn to page 12. The DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce reported that Melvin Hearns, 15, was killed by a bullet wound to the head, and DeAndre Williams, 19, was injured by a bullet in the leg in a midday drive-by shooting in Arcadia on Friday. Hearns, who was known by the nickname Pelo, was a DeSoto County Middle School student. Hearns and Williams were passengers in a car driven by Steve Williams, 22, whom DCSO indicated is DeAndre Williams half-brother. The three had been westbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Street just before noon, with Hearns in the back seat, when gunshots rang out as an eastbound vehicle passed them at the intersection of MLK and Spring Avenue. Williams blue Subaru ran over a speed limit sign and crashed into a chain-link fence before coming to rest in front of a house at the corner of McKinley Avenue. At present, DCSO has not identied a suspect. Witnesses said the car from which the shots came was a black or midnight-blue Impala. DCSO has not yet named a possible motive for the shooting. Hearns Facebook page starting lling up Friday with messages of loss and love shortly after news of the shooting broke. The last post he made on his own Facebook page, at 8 a.m., was, Trynna see what ima get myself into todayy. A funeral is planned for Saturday at the Elizabeth Baptist Church, 101 South Orange Ave., Arcadia.Teen killed in drive-by shootingBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITORThe Arcadia City Council was left speechless Tuesday night when it learned the city is facing a $250,000 budget decit because of an accounting gaffe. Finance Director Beth Carsten presented her quarterly budget analysis to the council, and said although individual departments had done a good job this year of staying below spending guidelines, the accounting error will wipe out any plans to address city street repair or continue with a planned computer software upgrade. At issue is a local ninth-cent fuel tax (a tax on fuel authorized by state law to be imposed by a county), which the previous administration had assumed would bring in nearly $253,000 in revenue for the city. The problem, however, is only $120,000 has been collected this year, and only 20 percent of that is actually allocated to the city. The rest is transferred into the countys general fund. Carsten says after talking to county staff, she believes the revenue that was projected in the budget was a duplication of a previous amount, and for unknown reasons was carried forward into 2014. Deputy Mayor Joe Fink said the allocation shouldnt be based on population, but where the gas stations actually exist. Most of the stations in the county are within the city limits, he said. We should get our fair share, and it should be way more than $20,000. Mayor Alice Frierson responded that Finks argument was a moot point. The reality is that this part of the budget has already been spent, she said. We have four months left in our scal year, and we somehow have to collect more in four months than we have in the rst eight. Fink wondered if the city was intentionally misled. So we spent this money twice, or budgeted it twice? he asked. If someone told us last year it was balanced and it wasnt, the citys ox has been gored. Frierson said that revenue projections had been estimated too high, to which Fink responded, But I didnt vote for it. (Fink voted against last years nal budget). Frierson shot back, Well, good for you. City Administrator Tom Slaughter explained that manual calculations led to the accounting errors, and that he and Carsten would work to gather more detailed information for the council. In a Facebook post Tuesday night, Fink shared his frustration. Im actually embarrassed as well as mad about this, he wrote. Embarrassed because it makes me look like a damned fool; mad because it make feel like Ive broken (city residents) trust.City blindsided by budget errorBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORERROR | 24 a L1 Oq LdD RCi X I I A I Ny +.e44%{, tj'rS!,'. ter 7';.i ,.7.1 t .r. Ji t 1r -'+P per' .d+a4*Zr t , y-4. ., t ,, -trh ,J,i +{' 1s"ii,;,cc; tiTY,;.xpy,'.;', ,k M.14TOWtiAWWV3e77 @'05252"516216

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Arcadian | Page 2 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 DeSoto General Manager .................. Joe Gallimore .........................................863-494-2434 Arcadian Editor / Art Director ............. Susan E. Hoffman .................................863-494-0300 Assistant Editor .................................... Steve Bauer ............................................863-494-0300 Office Manager / Advertising ........... Tami Jewell ...........................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Customer Service ..... Jackie Bierman ......................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Page Designer .......... Kyle Gallimore .......................................863-494-0300 SUN NEWSPAPERSMember of the Audit Bureau of Circulation DeSOTO CIRCULATIONCustomer Service863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 tjewell@sun-herald.com jbierman@sun-herald.com DISPLAY ADVERTISINGDeSoto .............................863-494-2434 Joe Gallimore jgallimore@sun-herald.com Susan Hoffman shoffman@sun-herald.com Steve Bauer sbauer@sun-herald.com Tami Jewell tjewell@sun-herald.com Jackie Bierman jbierman@sun-herald.com Kyle Gallimore kgallimore@sun-herald.com DEADLINESEditorial: Monday Noon Classified & Legal Ads: Wednesday 11 a.m. Display Ads: Friday 5 p.m. (or Noon Monday for camera ready ads only) Classified & Legal Advertising 863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 jbierman@sun-herald.com ONLINE www.yoursun.net Like The Arcadian on Facebook The DeSoto Cares homeless task force took its first step Thursday to fill openings in several subcommittees. The groups board of directors accepted volunteer requests from several people, and continues to seek more volunteers from the public. The five subcommittees are: Grants; Facility/Needs; Site of Facility; Government/Community; and Immediate Services. Habitat for Humanitys Jane Breylinger and Arcadia Housing Development Corporations Becky Sue Mercer agreed to lead the grants committee, with Buddy Hall offering to help. The facility committee consists of Teresa Griffin and Robert Vaughn, although neither opted to chair the committee. Sandy Carlton was the sole volunteer for the site of facility committee, and Clifford Pierce and Mercer offered to help with the immediate services group. Although former DeSoto County School District Superintendent Adrian Cline agreed to serve as a consultant for the government/community group, non one has yet volunteered to serve on the committee. If there is anyone out there in the community who has an interest in being a part of one these groups, we welcome their participation, AHDC chairman Reverend Ted Hanus said. We are always looking for individuals who have skills and connections DeSoto Cares looks to fill subcommitteesBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR in certain areas who would be willing to share their expertise with the task force.Finding fundingThe board discussed the need to research available funding through grant programs before having the grant subcommittee begin to apply for anything specific. We really need to know what funds are out there before applying for them, Hanus said. Its a case of the tail wagging the dog, Im afraid. We have to have our sights set on specific needs for the community, using a shotgun approach to apply for everything available is counterproductive. Mercer also explained that any grants approved will require the group to provide social services on some level. We have to ensure these things are in place before even going after funding, she said. Hanus added the goal is not to receive grant money to provide a permanent living situation for homeless individuals, but to help them get back on their feet. We dont want to be enablers, but instead we want to have the role of facilitators to get them out of homelessness, he said. Our goal is not to provide any sort of permanent housing, because it doesnt benefit the community or the individual. The group ended the meeting by discussing ways to involve other segments of the community in its meetings, including representatives from the African American and Latino communities, and even the homeless themselves. Its important to have the entire community involved in these discussions, and involving all of our minority groups in the county should be a priority for us, Hanus said. The group plans to meet bi-weekly on Thursday evenings. For more information, call Rev. Hanus at 863-494-7008. GARAGESALELISTINGSALW AY SI NTHECLASSIFIEDS Saving money and free estimates have been important in the success of Camilas Carpet & Flooring. But its family that gives the company its edge. Owner Juan Cabrera, best friend and sales associate, Nikol Romero, certied ooring installers Vincent (dad) and Franko Cabrera (brother) are what really set this young company apart from others. Domino, the family pet, even greets customers at the door. Family and price is how we see our selves as different, said Juan Cabrera. An experienced ooring contractor, he decided in 2012 that DeSoto and the surrounding counties needed ooring and installation in a one-stop center. And we dont hand our work to a contractor and hope for the best. It doesnt work that way here. Juan Cabrera and Nikol Romero know the ooring business, understanding that homeowners and merchants work on a budget and want certied installation. And they want a ooring expert to trust. These qualities are reected in Camilas 50 percent growth in commercial and residential trade in the last year, Cabrera said, which includes gift shop ooring at DeSoto Memorial Hospital. In March, the company moved to the 43 W. Magnolia storefront as the demand for ooring and service grew. Existing home upgrades are a key to the success, Cabrera said. The economy is denitely getting better, he said. Every home or business starts from the ground up. Flooring is essential to comfort, enjoyability, value and safety. And while some costs for wood and stone continue to rise, the natural look customers demand is getting a boost in appearance and quality with synthetic substitutes. Laminate is an example of such progress. While durable, laminate surfaces of the 1960s have been displaced by quality materials that look and feel like natural wood. Only its better in endurance (no scratching) and ease in cleaning. Plus laminate is about half the cost of natural and, importantly, it keeps forests critical to the health of our environment intact. Exotic forests in Africa and South America continue to become depleted due to consumer demands around the world. Laminate is an excellent substitute of equal durability and appeal. Juan Cabrera is especially proud to own a business in Arcadia where, he said, there arent enough ooring companies to meet the demand. But, he said, his company installers go everywhere; Lake Placid, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda. We are expanding pretty quickly. My goal in the next couple of years is to be the go-to store. Thats our goal. To be the place customers go for ooring.Camilas Carpet offers service, selection and qualityBy CRAIG GARRETTARCADIAN CORRESPONDENT ARCADIAN PHOTO BY CRAIG GARRETTNikol Romero, owner Juan Cabrera and canine greeter Domino welcome people to the new Cami las Carpet & Flooring showroom at 43 West Magnolia Street. CAMILAS AT A GLANCE: Owner Juan Cabrera, 30 Family installation, sales Founded in Arcadia 2012 43 W. Magnolia, Arcadia Specializes in laminate, vinyl, carpet, ceramic tile Free estimates, certified installation 863-491-8100 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.1 p.m. Saturdays Facebook/camilascarpetsales Se habla espanol NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Board of County Comminssioners of DeSoto County, Florida will consider the adoption of an ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM or as soon thereafter as it may be heard, in the County Commission Meeting Room, 103 Administration Building 201 East Oak Street Arcadia, Florida as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA EXTENDING IMPOSITION OF THE SIXTH (6th) CENT LOCAL OPTION FUEL TAX UPON EVERY GALLON OF MOTOR FUEL AND SPECIAL FUEL SOLD IN DESOTO COUNTY; PROVIDING THAT IMPOSITION OF SAID TAX SHALL BE EFFECTIVE FOR A PERIOD OF THIRTY (30) YEARS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2015; PROVIDING FOR DISTRIBUTION OF A PORTION TO THE CITY OF ARCADIA; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A complete copy of the draft ordinance may be inspected and copied at the Office of the County Administrator in Suite 201 of the above-stated address between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday, through Friday. If special accommodations are required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals should contact the County Administrators Office by calling 863-9934800 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. 50456791 I I

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The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 3 | Arcadian Pictured here is A.J. Berndt, director of Utilities for the City of Arcadia. He is holding the April edition of the Florida Water Resources Journal with the recently completed City of Arcadia Water Treatment Plant featured on the cover. It is a great honor for the City of Arcadia to have its water treatment plant showcased in this magazine. The Florida Water Resource Journal is distributed throughout the state of Florida to all water operators, water facilities, and governing agencies. The article highlights the newly completed water treatment plant which has been upgraded from a lime softening water treatment plant to a state-of-the-art ion exchange plant. The new technologies involved in the ion exchange processes have greatly improved the citys water quality. Additionally, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has given the City of Arcadia grant funds to recondition all of the wells in the City. The current wells are over 60 years old. The reconditioning of the wells will help clean the aquifer and provide cleaner water to the residents of the City of Arcadia.Citys water plant honoredPROVIDED BY CITY OF ARCADIA PHOTO PROVIDEDArcadias Director of Utilities, A.J. Bernt, holds a copy of the April issue of Florida Water Resources Journal featuring Arcadias new water treatment plant as the cover story. The Environmental Learning Lab is undergoing renovations to ready it for a new generation of students. The outdoor classroom, located off Kings Highway (County Road 769) on Environmental Lab Road, comprises more than 40 acres of several ecological habitat types, along with a classroom where students can learn about Floridas natural environment. Since joining the DeSoto County School District in December as an environmental educator, Kate Horne has been busy developing grade-appropriate curricula to introduce students to their natural environment. Her bachelor of science degree in agricultural education and communication pairs with her enthusiasm for bringing the world of nature to her students. Many changes have been implemented at the ELL, including a fresh coat of paint for the outdoor classroom, both inside and outside. It looks fresher and the room has been reorganized to be more appealing and functional. Outside, changes are also being made to the animal enclosures that have always been a popular attraction there. The bobcat has been moved, and a new pool has been built in that spacious enclosure to make way for a black bear that is expected to arrive in the future. Repairs and improvements are being made to the other animal enclosures as well. Although many DeSoto natives remember visiting the ELL during their own school years, not many have been back since. But Horne said, We want people to know the property is open to the public, and they are welcome to come out for a stroll. Visitors can come on their own, or join an occasional tour offered by the Master Naturalist Program or the Peace River Audubon Society. Horne said the school district is considering offering a summer camp for children. Horne said, I am working on a curriculum for the elementary schools, which is our focus now, but eventually we want to include up through high school. Some of the lessons are done in childrens classrooms, and others will Environmental Lab renovations under wayBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR IF YOU GO:Environmental Learning Lab 8152 S.W. Environmental Lab Road (off County Road 769) Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. Sat. (closed Sunday) ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.coThe indoor classroom has been brightened with a fresh coat of paint and new ooring, and rearranged to make it more frunctional.LAB | 13 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 50456949 C h r i s S m i t h Chris Smith H e d g i n g S e r v i c e Hedging ServiceO v e r g r o w t h M a n a g e m e n t Overgrowth Management F e n c e L i n e s F i r e G u a r d s R o a d w a y s Fence Lines Fire Guards Roadways P a s t u r e s D r i v e w a y s Pastures DrivewaysL i c e n s e d & I n s u r e d Licensed & Insured ( 9 4 1 ) 7 3 7 9 2 9 0 ( 9 4 1 ) 7 3 7 9 2 9 0 (941) 737-9290 50456929 Serving DeSoto & Highlands Counties 863-491-8100 863-243-3823 43 W. 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VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 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 Lives needlessly lostWe suffered two tragedies, and three lives lost, in the past week. On Friday, gunshots fired from one car to another took the life of a 14-year-old boy and wounded a second young man. On Sunday, a one-vehicle wreck claimed two lives and left four others with serious injuries. Neither should have happened. In the first instance, anger apparent ly led to the untimely death of young Melvin Pelo Hearns, a middle school student. He was riding in the back seat of a car when an as-yet unidentified assailant took shots at the vehicle. The reason for the shooting remains unknown, although to our mind, there can be no valid justification for such thoughtless violence. Hearns probably had nothing to do with whatever beef the shooter might have had with someone else in the car. He was the innocent passenger who paid for another persons rage with his life. Based on comments on Pelos Facebook page, he leaves behind many family and friends who are mourning his untimely death. The pain of loss is magnified when it is so sudden and illogical. We were reminded that another homicide occurred last summer, just a few blocks from Fridays shooting. That seemed to result from heated words and a long-standing feud, which ended when one man entered the others residence. Anger is a natural human emotion wrought from frustration, disappointment, rejection or pain. Left unmanaged, it causes some people to demand immediate satisfaction of a perceived slight without regard to consequences. Too often, the consequences are needlessly tragic, as happened this week. One sign of maturity is a persons ability to control anger by finding a safer and more productive way to resolve differences. Some people never learn how to manage anger and deflect their emotions to a more constructive solution, and sadly, innocent people like Pelo Hearns too often pay the price. In the second instance this week, Florida Highway Patrol has not yet determined who was driving the SUV that sped across the median on State Road 70 just west of Tobys RV Park, across the eastbound lanes of traffic and overturned after hitting the south shoulder. Two men wre killed Romaldo Aguillon Martinez, 44, who died at the scene, and J. Socorro Aguillon-Montoya, 40, who died at DeSoto Memorial Hospital. Four of the six men in the SUV were ejected. None of the men was wearing a seat belt. Sadly, in our job, we have seen and reported on too many wrecks in which | LETTER TO THE EDITORSlaughter scored in top veEditor: The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan said it best when he said, Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. In a recent Letter to the Editor authored by Maurice Brown, Brown has an interesting opinion of what occurred during our recent City Administrator Selection process; the problem is none of that opinion was based on facts. From reading the letter and the detail Brown used, you would have thought he had actually attended all ve meetings or at least read The Arcadian in detail. He personally attended no meetings. If he had he would have known I made the motion to hold discussion on the selection, not Keene or Frierson; the vote for discuss was 5-0. This totally discredits the bulk of the letter as to the motivation of the decisions of those who voted for Mr. Slaughter. Lastly to the biggest misstatement of Browns letter that according to the grid/criteria process Slaughter wasnt qualied. Following are the actual scores of the ve original candidates and two additional candidates: Poczobut 140; Holsinger 133; Rindeisch 131; Standley 110; Slaughter 103; Murphy 87; Hewett 82. Slaughter is a qualifying nisher for the top ve and far exceeded the scores of the next 2. Rather than second guessing the council, Mr. Brown, why not work with the person we chose? If you really care, help him succeed. I challenge you and any other naysayers to work together with us to x the problems of our city.Joe Fink Arcadia City Councilman ArcadiaEditorial was oensiveEditor: I am deeply offended by your thoughtless editorial about our city councilman who has devoted many years in service to DeSoto County and the City of Arcadia. You owe him an apology.Calvin Martin ArcadiaWatch out for those walking speed bumpsOver the past 30 years Ive written columns on a lot of subjects, but I dont recall doing one on armadillos. Well, their time has come. I read with great interest Karen Smokes article in The Arcadian a few weeks back about these little armored critters, and how they werent so bad after all. And then last week I read with interest Carol Mahlers article about them, and how they werent so good after all. Both these women are friends of mine, as well as being friends with each other, and Im not sure if they were doing a point-counterpoint kind of thing (think Dueling Articles and imagine banjo music), but couldnt resist weighing in. When it comes to armadillos, I can take or leave them. I dont fear them, but I do avoid them at least when theyre on the road and Im in my truck. Some refer to them as natures walking speed bump, and I think thats a fair description (along with road kill, street meat, and road pizzas). Why did the chicken cross the road? To show the armadillo that it could be done, of course. Their armor may help them fend off predators and mosquitos, but its no match for my F-150. Karen and Carol went above and beyond to provide every fact known to man about armadillos, other than the notion that they walk underwater to cross rivers and streams. Ive heard that all my life and thought it was more interesting than all the other trivia combined. One source says they do that because theyre too heavy to swim, so they take a deep breath and launch out into the deep, literally, strolling across the bottom and coming up on the other side. Ive never seen one do that, but Id like to. This same source say they can hold their breath for six minutes, and this allows them to make the underwater trek. That makes me wonder how they came to that conclusion. Did we as taxpayers foot the bill for a $10 million study wherein scientists held armadillos underwater until they drowned, while 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.GRITS & PIECES | 21Our Position: Needless deaths even more tragic.OUR VIEW | 24 NEWS ITEM; WAILS GRADS A2EI44PPY ro f AVc ErARM6t> AIPLOMRS,t4AP CHE252ESURSEDTo L4404) THE 15-46A PINK 5L I P5 How s 4uTA FouR NRr CENT.TARcrMV-

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The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 5 | Arcadian For the rst time ever, the DeSoto County High School chorus not only performed at the State level but all three groups (Concert Chorus, Womens Chorus and Vocal Ensemble) received Superior ratings. Its a signicant accomplishment for a choral group that was rated only fair at the beginning of the year. If you have the chance to hear the DeSoto chorus perform, youll under stand why they earned Superior ratings. They are chills-up-the-spine good. Their voices blend in sublime harmony, rising in crescendos, falling sotto voce with perfect pitch. Last weekend, their director, Byron Jones, took the oncert chorus and vocal ensemble to the Southern Star Festival in Atlanta, where they again received Superior ratings. Matthew Oliveira, president of the student chorus, said, He wanted us to see what its like touring on the road. While there, they also visited Six Flags and the Coca-Cola factory. We spent all year fundraising for this, Oliveira said. We had bake sales, sold doughnuts, had a Christmas dinner but by May everything was all paid up. The group of 52 students left early Friday morning. Oliveira said he was very proud to be part of a group that earned Superior ratings. It shows how much we worked, to improve so much from the beginning of the year. They even had a college professor who worked with the group, showing them different perspectives on the interpretation of music. The community should take pride in our achievements, he said. Most of the credit is due to Jones, who has devotedly worked with the students all year to bring them to this level of performance. Oliveira said hes an inspiration. Hes open and straight with us and really pushes us forward. He draws out our passion for music, he said. Oliveira said he has music in his future. Hes planning to attend Santa Fe College to study musical theater, then transfer to Florida State University. He hopes some day to be on Broadway. Since I was little, Ive always been singing, he said. Mr. Jones brought out my condence and made me believe I can do this. Jones said teaching music is a joy for him. I enjoy watching them blossom, he said. I see them struggle, and then conquer, and I see their success in concert. They love performing. He said every restaurant they go to, they start singing. They even get the wait staff to sing with them. Jones, who was born in Philadelphia, moved to Georgia, eventually coming to Arcadia. He now directs the high school Chorus, the Vocal Ensemble and the Womens Chorus. The DeSoto County High School Chorus will give a public concert on May 29. High school chorus gives Superior performanceBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR PHOTOS PROVIDED BY BYRON JONESThe DeSoto County High School Concert Chorus and Vocal Ensemble earned Superior ratings at the Southern Star Festival in Atlanta last weekend. Here they have fun hamming it up after one of their performances. The DeSoto County Middle School Mens Chorus recently won rst place and a Superior rating at a competition in Orlando. Members of the high school chorus put in many long hours practicing to perfect their performances. Recently the chorus won a Superior rating. Byron Jones directs the high school chorus, which recently earned Superior ratings at a competition in Orlando. Matthew Oliveira, president of the student chorus at DeSoto County High School, hopes some day to perform in Broadway musicals. DCHS CHORUS FREE CONCERT 7 p.m. May 29 DeSoto County High School cafeteria Free and open to the publicDESOTO MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUSCarrie Guffy has been leading the DeSoto Middle School chorus to great achievements this year. She directs the chorus, mens choir and show choir, along with both the middle school and high school plays. This year the DMS mens choir and chow choir competed in Orlando at a national competition. Both groups earled Superior ratings, and the mens choir placed first while the show choir took second. Two students made it to Middle School Honors Series to competing at Carnegie Hall June 25-29. See them perform at the DMS musical, 7-9 p.m. Friday at the cafetorium; admission $5. Eye Exams Medical Eye Care Surgery Full Optical Boutique Contact Lenses863.491.7777 2442 NE Highway 70, Arcadia (across from Walgreens) Dr. Ronald O. Sevigny Dr. Mark D. SevignyRonald O. Sevigny, O.D. Mark D. Sevigny, O.D. Robyn Russell, O.D. Daniel Welch, M.D.Hablamos Espaol(24 hour emergency eye care)We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and all major medical plans BlinkyOur Board Certified physicians are committed to not just meeting your expectations but exceeding them!www.7eeye.com 50456882 \ (FM Le HSEVIGNYASSOCIATES

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Arcadian | Page 6 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 SATURDAY The Antique Fair takes place in downtown Arcadia on the fourth Saturday of every month starting at 8 a.m. Dozens of dealers line the sidewalks on and around West Oak St. For information, visit www.ArcadiaFLantiques.com; to inquire about booth space, call 993-5105. Bluegrass Bash on May 24 at Craigs RV Park, 7895 NE Cubitis Ave. For details and schedule call 941-467-2051, visit www. heartlandbluegrass.org or email heartlandbluegrass@gmail.com. The NAACP meets at 6 p.m. every fourth Saturday of the month at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave. Fit DeSoto meets the fourth Saturday of the month for a free exercise class and run/walk at Morgan Park. High energy and fun! Arrive by 10 a.m. in workout clothes, running shoes with a towel and water. Children must be accompanied by an adult. DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. The first Saturday of every month is Book Buddies, when children read to dogs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Palace Promenaders meet for square and round dance from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle. Art Miller, caller, and Jennie Martin, cueing. Call Jennie at 494-2749 or Mary at 941-380-5336 for information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Kiddush will follow. SUNDAY 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 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. In observation of Memorial Day, all South Florida State College campuses will be closed Monday, May 26. The college will reopen Tuesday. A Memorial Day Barrel Race takes place at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena May 25-26. The Arcadia Rotary will once again host a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 26, at the British Plot at Oak Ridge Cemetery, N. Lee Ave. and Livingston St., Arcadia, to honor the 23 British pilots who lost their lives in the United States while training as pilots during World War II. Several area groups are expected to participate, including the Jacobites Pipe & Drum Band from Sarasota; the Sarasota and Fort Myers British car clubs; and local officials. The Wing Commander at McDill Air Force Base will be this years keynote speaker. DeSoto County will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on May 23 at the DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 E. Oak Street, Arcadia. Alzheimers Support Group every 2nd Sat. & 4th Mon. at Arcadia Oaks ALF. 11 am, complimentary lunch. DeSoto County Historical Society board meets at 5:30 p.m. fourth Mondays monthly at the Ingraham Seed House on W. Gibson St., Arcadia. The 4-H Stitch in Time sewing club meets every fourth Monday at 5 p.m. AA Brown Bagger meetings are offered every Monday at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Women of Worship WOW Womens ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. All are welcome. A women-only G.I.R.L.S. AA meeting is held at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. on Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 8 p.m. Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Al-anon, offering help for families of alcoholics, meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at Fort Ogden Methodist Church, 6923 S.W. River St. in Fort Ogden. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at the same time. For information call 941-426-7655 or visit www. district13soflal-anon.org. The DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Community Resource Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1425 Martin Luther King St. The center provides referrals for mainstream resources, elderly food stamps (by appointment) and computer service. Salvation Army has office space on Wed. by appointment. For more information, call 491-5683. TUESDAY Public hearings on revisions to the countys 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. DeSoto County Commission Board meets at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in room 103, County Administration Building, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. DeSoto County School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday in the School Board meeting room, 530 La Solona Ave., Arcadia. Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Every Tuesday night, line dance class at the Palace Dance Hall (17N). Beginners welcome. $3 donation. For more info, call Jennie Martin at 494-2749. Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St. For details visit www. weight watchers.com and find a meeting or call 800-651-6000. The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday (except the third Tuesday) of the month, on the 147.075, W4MIN repeater with a pl of 100. All amateurs are invited to participate. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St. 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. 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 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 AA Serenity Group Anniversary Night is held at 8 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month at Grace Lutheran Church, 1004 W. Oak St. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. AA Brown Bagger meetings are offered every Monday at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. The Arcadia Eagles, 150 S. Polk Ave., now offers Bingo from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday evenings. Art for Kids is at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in the DeSoto County Librarys childrens wing. This program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Arts and Humanities Council, is for elementary school-aged children. THURSDAY The DeSoto County 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. 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. 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. 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. FRIDAY DeSoto High School Visual Arts Show will be held in the high school Media Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 23. Free and open to the public. On the second and fourth Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Arcadia Housing Authoritys north side parking lot, a truck will bring free fruits and vegetables to low-income clients in Arcadia/DeSoto County. Three to five volunteers are needed each time. If you are interested in helping, call AHA at 494-4343. The AA G.I.R.L.S. Anniversary Night is at 6 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Oak St. City Takers for Christ will be giving away free meals on the last Friday of every month, starting at 12:30 p.m. until everything has been distributed, at 607 S. Orange Ave. Arcadia Quilt Club meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Palace Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, Arcadia. Square Dancing classes are held at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, from 7-9 p.m. every Friday. Robert at 813-601-1834 or Mary at 941-380-5336 494-2749 for information. Friday Night Live the City Takers for Christ presents Friday Night Live with Rev. Troy Rowe, every Friday. Come and experience what God is doing in this season through His word and praise and worship. 37 W. Magnolia St. (across from SunTrust drive-through). For information call 244-4341. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Sabbath service begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. NOTE: All area codes are 863 unless otherwise indicated. TODAY DeSoto High School Visual Arts Show will be held in the high school Media Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 23. Free and open to the public. 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., regis tration 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 SPECIAL Junior Golf Summer Camp at The Bluffs Golf Course, 8 a.m.-noon on Fridays starting in June. Teaching the basics of golf; call for details, 863-993-.4310 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, including 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. NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Economic Development Advisory Committee Upcoming Schedule Friday, June 13, 2014 8:00 AM Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 AM Friday, August 15, 2014 8:00 AM DeSoto County Extension Office 2150 NE Roan Street Arcadia, Florida 34266 Tourism Development Council Upcoming Schedule Friday, June 6, 2014 10:30 AM DeSoto County Administration Building, Room 103 201 E Oak Street Arcadia, Florida 34266 Board Chambers If special accommodations are required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals should contact the County Administrator Office by calling 863-993-4800 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. Please note two or more DeSoto County Commissioners may be in attendance at the meeting and may participate in discussion of the issues. 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The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 7 | Arcadian Family AlbumFAMILY ALBUM PHOTOSSend us a photo to celebrate a birth, birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, etc. The Arcadian will run it free. We must have it no later than noon on Monday. Bring your photo to the office or e-mail to Arcadian.editor@gmail.com PHOTO PROVIDEDHappy 19th Birthday to Arkeith High tower Shannon on May 22 from his grandmother, Mrs. Dorothy Hightower, and the rest of the family plus your cat, Buster, and dog, Bandit. We love you!Happy birthday Happy birthday, Wedda Williams, from AJ.Happy birthday The Arcadia Literary Club held its annual business meeting at the lovely home of host Lorraine Mohammadbhoy. Cohostesses Heather Kamberg, Raye Southwell and Darlene Foster welcomed members to Lorraines home which was beautifully decorated in a springtime theme with fresh ower arrangements from her personal garden. Refreshments of asparagus and broccoli spears, shrimp ceviche, stuffed red and yellow peppers, oriental salad, walnut chocolate cake, fresh fruit compote and various beverages were offered. The meeting was called to order by President Laura Amendola who read the quote of the month: There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these Arcadia Literary Club celebrates its first centuryBy DARLENE FOSTERARCADIA LITERARY COUBriches everyday of your life, by Walt Disney. Secretary Raye Southwell read the previous meetings minutes and recent correspondence. Treasurer Sally Aldrich gave the treasurers report. Muriel Hall, chairperson of the By-Laws and Constitution Committee, gave her committees recommendations for revisions to these documents, all of which were approved by the members. Heidi deJong, chairperson of the Membership Committee, gave her report. The Nominating Committee, chaired by Lorraine Mohammadbhoy, offered the slate of new ofcers for the 2014-2015 year. These new ofcers were overwhelmingly approved. The members appreciated the coverage in The Arcadian newspaper by Carol Mahler as she reported on the recent 100th Anniversary Celebration on March 2 at the historic Owens School. This event was well attended by local dignitaries and members of other Arcadia clubs, and was a wonderful commemoration of such a signicant milestone for the Arcadia Literary Club. Members of the L&E Club and the 20th PHOTO PROVIDED BY DARLENE FOSTERThe Arcadia Literary Club met at the home of Lorraine Mohammadbhoy, decorated with fresh-cut spring owers.CENTURY | 22 rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 50456879 APOdollE Cypress St >Z ZDr. Laura DeStefanoHickory StLewellyn CasselsARNP

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Arcadian | Page 8 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 Luis Omar Alvarez, 36, a former DeSoto County High School band teacher, was sentenced Monday to 12 years in state prison on charges of sexual battery with one of his students. In addition, Alvarez will be on probation for 10 years upon his release, his teaching certicate is permanently revoked and he is now designated a sexual predator. Alvarez was tried on two counts of sexual battery against a person over 12 but under 18 years old where the defendant had custodial authority, a rst-degree felony, and was convicted in April of one count. Alvarez was initially arrested April 11, 2012, for allegedly having sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student. While being interviewed by the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce, he reportedly admitted fondling her when she was 17 and having sexual intercourse with her after she turned 18. Upon his arrest, he was immediately suspended without pay. He had been employed by the DeSoto County School District since 2006 as a band teacher for both the high school and middle school.Ex-teacher sentenced to 12 years in prison ALVAREZAn Arcadia man was sentenced after a one-day trial last week to life in prison for multiple counts relating to sexual abuse against a minor. A jury returned a guilty verdict on May 14 against Walter Knoeringer, 46, of one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12, three counts of sexual battery by a person 18 years old or older upon a child less than 12, and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child 12 years old or older but less than 18. Knoeringer also has sex crimes charges pending in Sarasota and Manatee counties, according to Cliff Ramey, assistant state attorney. Ramey was lead prosecutor in the case. This defendant deserves every day of the life sentence for the crimes he committed, Ramey said. The crimes were committed over a 16-year period from Jan. 1, 1996 to Sept. 16, 2012. DCSO had initially been contacted by a Child Protective Investigator from the Department of Children and Families concerning a report about a 14-year-old child being victimized by Knoeringer. Arcadia man gets life sentence on sex charges |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.His relationship with the child in DeSoto came to light after he had been allegedly chatting with someone he thought was a 13-year-old boy, but was actually a Manatee County detective. He reportedly told the Manatee detective about the child he had victimized starting from when the child was age 9. Knoeringer was arrested in DeSoto County in January 2013. KNOERINGERLarry Wallace, who was arrested and charged with setting his dog on re in March, will undergo a review to determine whether he is mentally competent to proceed with trial. Judge Jame Parker issued an order on May 15 appointing a doctor to examine Wallace to determine whether he understands the nature of the charges against him and the possible penalties. If he is found not mentally competent, the examiner will identify the mental illness causing the incompetence, the treatment needed to address it, and the likelihood that Wallace could later be deemed competent after treatment. The expert is to report his ndings next month. Wallace was charged with animal cruelty and arson after he reportedly poured kerosene on his dog and set re to her. A woman rescued the dog and took her to an animal rescue group, HART, in Hardee County, where she was called Hope. After spending a month being treated at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a specialty veterinary clinic in Tampa, Hope is on the mend and is back at the rescue organization in Hardee County. She has been taken for checkups at BluePearl and is recovering well, growing back much of her hair and skin. Hope garnered worldwide attention via social media, and one company donated a laser tool to BluePearl specifically for her treatment. Wallace to be reviewed for competency WALLACEA one-vehicle wreck Sunday night took the lives of two men and left four others with signicant injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 1999 Dodge Durango was westbound on State Road 70 just past Tobys RV Park, around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when it started to veer off the road onto the north shoulder. The driver overcorrected, forcing the SUV across the median and onto the south shoulder, where it overturned. Four of the occupants were ejected Single-car wreck kills two on Sundayfrom the vehicle. Two men died, including Romaldo Aguillon Martinez, 44, of Arcadia, who died at the scene; and J. Socorro Aguillon-Montoya, 40, of Arcadia, who died after being transported to DeSoto Memorial Hospital. Two of the men were air-lifted to Lee Memorial Hospital: Armando TelloYanes (no age or residence given), listed in critical condition, and Javie Espinoza, 30, of Arcadia, in serious condition. Two others listed in serious condition were taken to DeSoto Memorial Hospital: Roberto Resendiz, 46, and Ramiro Ruiz Reyes, 28, both of Arcadia. FHP reports none of the men was wearing a seat belt. FHP has not deter mined which of the six was the driver. The accident is under investigation and no charges have been led as of yet. The DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: John Allen, 34, 200 block of S. Manatee Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $2,500. James Franklin Barrs Jr., 27, 8700 block of N.W. State Road 70, Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none. Brandon Joseph Philebaum Flaherty, 23, 800 block of S.E. Oak St., Arcadia. Charges: violation of probation and shoplifting, second offense. Bond: none. Mathew Scott Flores, 27, Punta Gorda. Charges: unarmed burglary of unoccupied dwelling, two counts of grand theft between $300-$5,000, dealing in stolen property and trespass. Bond: $10,750. Don Shane Frazier, 33, 7000 block of N.E. Cubitis Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $10,000. Micky Don Hill, 44, 2700 block of S.W. County Road 760A, Arcadia. Charge: battery, second or subsequent offense. Bond: $2,500. Mateo Vazquez Jimenez, 46, 1st Ave., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Donna Ledford Lee, 43, 1100 block of M.E. Rivercrest Drive, Arcadia. Charge: grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $1,000. Jose Diaz Martin, 26, 1200 block of 1st Ave., Arcadia. Charges: battery and giving false ID to law officer. Bond: $1,250. Miguel Roy Martinez, 31, 4900 block of S.W. Norton Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Jesue Yahar Quinones, 26, 700 block of 17th St., Arcadia. Charge: petty theft. Bond: $120. Anthony Jernard Richardson, 31, 1400 block of E. Gibson St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Susan Rissler, 49, 6400 block of S.W. Miami St., Arcadia. Charges: two counts of out-of-county warrants. Bond: $2,025. Michael Pail Sanchez, 38, Bowling Green, Fla. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession or use of drug equipment and driving without a valid license. Bond: $3,620. Dorothy Jessica Unzueta, 23, Wauchula. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession or use of drug equipment, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, smuggling contraband into a detention facility and obstructing a criminal investigation by giving a false ID. Bond: $6,740. Miguel Diaz, 36, 7th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: resisting an officer without violence. Bond: $750. Sherry Carpenter Engel, 50, 600 block of W. Gibson St., Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession or use of drug equipment and DUI alcohol or drugs. Bond: $740. Larry Antonio Flemming, 42, 300 block of S. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Charge: trespass. Bond: $250. Miguel Angel Galaviz, 33, 6600 block of S.W. Pensacola Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Joshua Levi Gulledge, 26, 1500 block of N.E. Hickory St., Arcadia. Charge: domestic battery by strangulation. Bond: $10,000. Joshua Daniel Hendrickson, 37, Punta Gorda. Charge: DUI causing serious bodily injury to another person. Bond: $1,500. Rachael Linette Hodges, 26, 1600 block of E. Cypress St., Arcadia. Charges: leaving scene of accident causing property damage and driving without a valid license. Bond: $240. Hamen Mathew Pettyjohn, 38, 2900 block of N.E. Ouray Drive, Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Purge: $420. Ruben Rivera, 36, Wauchula. Charge: DUI alcohol or drugs. Bond: $500. Michelle Ranae Sewell, 44, 1300 block of N.E. Tangelo Drive, Arcadia. Charges: possession of methamphet amine with intent to sell or deliver, and possession or use of drug equip ment. Bond: $2,620. Kenneth Eugene Wicks, 47, 1400 block of S.W. Harlem Circle. Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $1,500. Michelle Lynn Anderson, 31, 2500 block of S.W. U.S. Highway 17, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Calvin Leon Jones, 26, 1900 block of S.E. Cherry Drive, Arcadia. Charge: petty theft. Bond: $120. Richard Terry Maybell, 35, 400 block of N. Monroe Ave., Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana an resisting an officer without violence. Bond: $890. Emorris Shavon Maybell, 31, 1100 block of Rainbow St., Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $240. Bobby Ridley Jr., 20, 1900 block of S.E. Michigan St., Arcadia. Charges: petty theft and resisting recovery of stolen property. Bond: $620. Compiled by Susan E. Hoffman | ROADWATCH U.S. Highway 17 from south of S.W. Collins Street in Fort Ogden to County Road 760A south of Nocatee Work is under way to expand US 17 to four lanes. Work includes clearing land for two new travel lanes to the east of the existing US 17 travel lanes and drainage activities. Expect intermittent lane closures on SW Beard Street east of US 17 while crews are working. Motorists should be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway during the week. Motorists should also observe the posted speed limit and drive with caution. Expected project completion is the end of 2015. The contractor is Ajax Paving. 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. U.S. 17 at SR 70 Crews are making foundation improvements to the corner of US 17 and SR 70. 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The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESMichael Coronado-LopezMichael Coronado-Lopez, 16, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.Horace Thomas HurstHorace Thomas Hurst, 64, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at his home in the Brownville, Fla., community, surrounded by his loving family. Horace was the owner/operator of Hurst Logging Company. He transported lumber and pulp wood trees throughout the state of Florida. Horace was a devoted family man. He would load the family up and go to the beach, or just drive around looking for trees that he could harvest. He was a member of Upper Room Church of God. Horace is survived by his beloved wife, Mona Ruth McClelland Hurst of Arcadia, Fla.; son, Dean (Jennifer) McCaig of Trenton, Tenn.; four daughters, Jessica Mae Hurst, Tisha (Wesley) Coker, Carry McClelland and Angel Hurst, all of Arcadia; brother, Bud (Judy) Hurst of Arcadia; three sisters, Essie (Wayne) Cooper, Ruby Newberry and Mary (Bill) England, all of Arcadia; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Edward Hurst Sr. and Elvery Mae Fipps Hurst; and two sons, Horace Thomas Hurst Jr. and James L. Hurst. Visitation was conducted before the funeral service on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from the chapel of Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home, Arcadia. The Rev. Wayne Cooper and the Rev. Rufus Caraway ofciated. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, 1813 Cecil Webb Place, Boys Ranch, FL 32060. Online condolences may be made at www. pongerkaysgrady.com. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.Frank H. PlattDr. Frank H. Platt, 85, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014. He was born Dec. 30, 1928, to Frank and Edna McClenithan Platt. Frank was a graduate of DeSoto County High School. He served in the United States Army, and later attended the University of Florida on the GI Bill. Frank later graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1955. He practiced in Okeechobee, Fla., from 1957 to 1996. Frank served in various civic organizations throughout the years, and was a member of the United Methodist Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Reba; daughter, Phyllis Bass; two sons, Kevin (Vicki) Platt and Michael (Theresa) Platt, all of Okeechobee; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation and a memorial service were held Sunday, May 18, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee. In lieu of owers, please send donations to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are by Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, Okeechobee.Perry Andrew WilliamsPerry Andy Andrew Williams, 51, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Arcadia, Fla. He was born Dec. 31, 1962, in Sarasota, Fla. Before becoming ill, Andy was the ofce manager of Waste Management, and the bookkeeper for the family business Williams Disposal. He is survived by his mother, Mary Jane Yearling of Arcadia; brother, Dennis L. Williams of Arcadia; sister, Wanda E. Rickett of East Jordan, Mich.; aunts, Carol Shaver of Arcadia, and Dollie Williams Orne of Sarasota; and God-daughters, Selena Dominguez and Margarita Chaves. Andy was preceded in death by his father, William E. Williams Sr.; and brothers, William E. Williams Jr. and Edward L. Yearling Jr. A memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.Harriett ShepardHarriett Shepard, 99, of Lake Suzy, Florida, fondly known as HoneyNun, passed away May 9, 2014. Harriett and her husband Ben met on a tennis court in Miami and were married in 1934. Upon his death in 2005, they had been together 71 years. They made their home in Hialeah, FL before moving full time to Lake Suzy in 1968. Harriett lived an extraordinary life by any standards. Born in 1915 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. she was a professional model and dancer before becoming a national recognized photographer and author. Although best known for her innovative fashion photography, Harriett also took pictures for advertising agencies and political campaigns, including that of President Harry Truman. In 1960, she and co-author Lenore Meyers wrote the denitive textbook Posing for the Camera, which is still being used today in modeling schools. She was also a frequent speaker at conventions and gatherings for professional photographers. Although she attended the University of Miami, Harriett was primarily an autodidact. Her amazing intellect and imagination led her to undertake a variety of daunting tasks: designing and building her residences in Key Largo and Lake Suzy; researching and writing a Spanish/English Fliptionary, inventing and producing a board game for Latin students; and amassing thousands of books and magazines for an archive of material usually overlooked in academic collections. Harriett was always up for adventure. Her exploits included hunting in the Everglades, searching for treasure off the Florida Keys, cattle ranching on the West Coast of Florida, and teaching generations of children how to drive. Harriett also celebrated her 91st birthday by sky-diving. (She observed her 96th and 98th birthdays the same way.) She and Ben were generous with their time, talent, and money. Theirs was an old-fashioned philanthropy of pitching in where they saw the need, whether that was building sets for community theater group, donating the land and facilities for the local campus of Florida Southern College (which later became a branch of West Virginia Wesleyan), or covering the college tuition for a friends child (asking only that the recipient pay it forward when the opportunity arose). Everyone who knew Harriett will never forget her HoneyNun stories which will live on, even as her 99 years on this Earth come to an end. She is survived by her son Dave (Joann) Shepard; ve grandchildren, Dallas Shepard, Sheri Rowney, Victoria Rogers, George Spofford and Barry Spofford; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Harriett was preceded in death by her husband Ben and daughter Nancy Spofford. Celebration of Harrietts life will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 10548 SW County Road 769 (Kings Highway) Lake Suzy, FL. DEATHS | 16 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 50456932 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 Nocatee United Methodist Church Spanish English Class Tuesday Friday 7amNoon May 7th June 5th info 863-494-3881 First Christian Church of Arcadia 34 El Verano Ave. Arcadia (863) 558-0982 Sunday 9:30am Worship Service, Sunday Eve. & Wednesday at 6pm. Come hear the Bible preached and Christ is King I.4947

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Arcadian | Page 10 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 During a previous memorial season, my column carried readers back to a country cemetery where I reminisced about family members who were no longer with us. My title that week was When It Hurts to Remember; a tting title, I believe, because remembering the passing of people who have been dear to us can sometimes cause the pain we felt at their loss to return. The shortest verse in the Bible describes our Lords broken heart as He stood at the grave of His friend, Lazarus: Jesus wept, wrote John (11:35). But, though memories may sometimes open fountains of tears, they can also mend broken hearts and allow us to relive moments of joy with those we remember. My wise wife has memory places arranged throughout our home that help us revisit our roots and in memory relive happy moments with loved ones at different stages of their lives and ours. Visit our living room and youll see pictures of our grandparents and parents in youth among those of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Climb our stairs and in the hall between bedrooms get in on the action of busy lives in a panorama of growing up, vacationing and enjoying life. At the end of the hall, look back through generations. Do these photos ever invoke a touch of sadness over those we remember but who have left for heaven? Of course. But were glad they once lived among us and that we now know where they are. These are the positives of faith that make memories more than sad movies. When Jesus neared the end of His time with His disciples, He met with them in an upper room to share a nal meal and let them know what was ahead. Let not your heart be troubled, He said (John 14). Then, assuring them that better things awaited them, He added: In my Fathers house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. These words of comfort have entered hospital rooms, been whispered on battleelds and spoken in cemeteries to grieving families over the background sounds of bugles and bagpipes while grateful and grieving people have gathered for words of hope while honoring and remembering those who have given their lives in the cause of freedom. Dale Johnson was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. When he was considering a return to battle, he seemed condent hed make it home. This bird shoots back, he told me. But Dale didnt make it back, going instead to his heavenly home. For his memorial service, I wrote a poem titled My Pilot, that ends as follows: I have a pilot in the sky, And I shall meet Him by and by; Ill walk beside Him on that shore, And stay with Him forevermore. Taking time to remember can hurt. Were not made of wood or stone and like our Lord may nd tears owing out of memories. But remembering a life of faith well lived, culminating in the assurance of heaven, will create its own memorial; one that dries all tears and rests in condent expectation that the best is yet to come. Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at rcministry@ameritech.net.When it helps to remember Roger Campbell May is traditionally the month when many of us begin to take trips or plan for them later in the summer. The purpose of my message today is to offer some suggestions for keeping your excursion whether it be a day trip somewhere fairly close by or one further away for a longer period of time as safe and free of scams as possible. Before even leaving home, resist the urge to share your plans via social networking sites on the Internet. Criminals are constantly seeking out such information on websites for the purpose of breaking into your home while you are gone and committing larceny. While the temptation is great, resist the sharing until you return home, and then share what a wonderful time you had. Likewise, while it is always fun to share experiences in real time by sending pictures, when you do so while away from your home, by doing so you may unwittingly be providing criminals with clues regarding the fact that you are away. It is also a good idea, if you are to be out of state for a period of time, to notify credit card companies and your bank of your plans. That way, should some unauthorized individual attempts to utilize your accounts, the nancial institutions can refuse to honor the transactions and notify you of the attempted activity. Keep a closer than normal eye on handheld communication devices, especially if you have sensitive, personal information stored in them. The number of devices that go lost or are left behind increases dramatically when people are out enjoying themselves and are more easily distracted. If your vacation plans include a motel or hotel stay, be aware of this scam. Criminals are phoning rooms during the night, hoping to catch people groggy and not thinking clearly. They claim to be from the front desk and that there is some confusion regarding your credit card number. Criminals are aware most people use credit cards for room charges. The caller says all the hotel patron has to do is provide the correct credit card number over the phone, and of course, the security code on it as well, and the matter will be immediately straightened out. In fact, there is no problem and the criminals are just trying to gather credit card numbers. They have nothing to do with the hotel. Should you receive such a call, tell the caller that either you will come right down to the desk to straighten out the situation or will do so rst thing in the morning. Either way, they will be discour aged and will have failed to victimize you. Another scam along similar lines occurs when unknown persons slip a ier under your room door or under the windshield wiper of your vehicle, offering free pizza delivery by just phoning the number shown and providing a credit card num ber as payment. In this case, there is no pizza and you are simply giving criminals your credit card information. While I have not been able to warn of every possible scam while you enjoy time away from home, I do hope these are helpful. For more information on these and other scams and frauds, the C.A.S.E.(Communities Against Senior Exploitation) Program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce, is available to anyone in the community. Call Sheriff Will Wise or Lt. Curt Mays at 863-993-4700 and they will be glad to assist you.Helping to ensure a happy, and scam-free, summer trip C.A.S.E. Manager Phyllis Schwartz DeSoto County Sheriffs Office PHOTO PROVIDEDAnjali Sharma is a junior at Pine View School in Osprey. Anjali recently coordinated a book drive as a service project and donated the books to Memorial Elementarys Media Center. The rst attempt was so successful, she plans to do it on a continuing basis next year. Pine View and Memorial have a wonderful partnership dating back to Hurricane Charley when Pine View adopted MES and helped them through those very dicult days. Stevie Peacock spearheaded the eorts then, and now Anjali has revitalized the relationship with another fantastic project. Pictured at the back left is MES Principal Dale Wolgast, Anjali Sharma, many of the MES students, then Pine View Librarian, Camille Phinnes, MES Media Specialist, Marcia Gayle, and Renuka Sharma, Anjalis mother.Pine View donates books to MES 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 L FYII$Ilfi; -4--f -J

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The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 11 | Arcadian For four years, Shasta Grimes of Arcadia has been waiting to bring home her son and daughter from Haiti. Since 1998, she has been traveling to Haiti through T.H.E. Mission Haiti (www. themissionhaiti.com), helping children to get books, supplies, uniforms and an education children who otherwise would not have been able to go to school. In March of 2010 she led a team to work at an orphanage in Bercy, Cabaret, Haiti shortly after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked the island country. That was when she met two children who changed her life forever. I quickly fell in love with a little boy named Fritzon, she said. While I love and adore all the kids there, Fritzon stood out. When I looked at him I saw my own little Christopher. Soon after, a little girl named Wanna captured my heart with her energy, her spirit and the feeling she gave me that I was hanging out with my own daughter Destiny when I was with her. Grimes began leading teams to the orphanage about every four to six weeks, and spent a lot of time bonding and falling in love with the two kids. But at the time, Haiti was just starting to recover and there was no way to start the adoption process. In 2011, she learned Haitian law required prospective adopting parents to be 35, have no biological children of their own, and to have been married at least 10 years. She and her husband, Chris, were only 31 at the time and already had children of their own. But by 2012 they celebrated their 10th anniversary. Shasta then met a woman who promised she could facilitate the adoption. She promised she could help us and that she was the most ethical, transpar ent, least expensive and fastest adoption facilitator in Haiti, Grimes said. We trusted her and began gathering the paperwork need to submit to Haiti. I always believed that adoption would be the most exciting and beautiful experience not the most heart-wrenching, darkest, most tumultuous experience of my life, she said. But as it turned out, the facilitator who claimed to be ethical and transparent turned out to be just the opposite. After being led to believe she was close to bringing the two children home, it all fell apart and Grimes had to begin from scratch. Yet after more tears than I thought I could cry, more strength than I believed was in me and more ght than Ive fought before, I can say that my kids are worth it. When the children should have been on their way home to Arcadia, Grimes was instead trying to salvage what was left of their documents. They had lost most of the money they had already invested, and in the fall of 2013 they began the process of recreating missing documents that were incomplete or deemed fraudulent. Now, a year later, more than four years have passed since they met Wanna and Fritzon, and they have nally submitted everything necessary to the U.S. Embassy for approval. They learned they need Visas for the children, which will require more money. Shasta has learned the documents may cost several thousand dollars for each child. We dont have it and we cant move on without it, she said. I was given until June 6 to be able to get these documents. If we dont get these documents we will face a denial and an end to the adoption, she said. To help raise the money they need, Grimes has started an online fundraising campaign through Go Fund Me, a website designed for personal fundraising. The Grimes campaign can be found at: www.gofundme.com/Fritzon-Wanna. Her goal is to raise $6,000. After all this I do believe this is the end, she said. The U.S. Embassy is the nal step before they will issue the kids Visas so they can y home. If I can get these documents by June 6, the Embassy will be able to issue their approval, give us a Visa date and then we will be home!Family turns to Internet for adoption fundraising AS TOLD TO SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR SHASTA AND CHRIS GRIMES NEED TO RAISE $6,000 BY JUNE 6 FOR: $2,000 in credit card debt to recover the docu ments from the fraudulent facilitator Up to $6,000 to acquire necessary documents for the two children to complete the adoption Travel expenses to visit Haiti in June to complete the document trail and attend Visa appointments in Haiti Additional documentation for the children to complete the adoptions $230 each for the Visas Medical evaluations, $90 for each child Exit letters, around $40 for each child Incidental expenses, including gas, translators and other workers They still need to repay about $5,000 from past trips You can help by going to www.gofundme.com/ Fritzon-Wanna. Both credit card and PayPal payments are accepted. If we dont get these documents by June 6, we will face a denial and an end to the adoption. Shasta GrimesPHOTO PROVIDEDShasta Grimes with Wanna and Fritzon, two childen in Haiti her family is hoping to adopt. To raise the funds necessary to complete the adopting and bring the kids home, she has turned to the Internet. 50456947 Community Community Conversations Conversations NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special Community Conversation meeting to share the results of the Community Conversation meetings held in April. The Community Conversations were a helpful way for your elected officials to gauge what is important to those they serve. The information was collected and we will present the priorities put forth during the four Community Conversations. Location and Date: June 3, 2014 6:00PM Turner Center Exhibit Hall 2260 Roan, Arcadia, FL 34266 If special accommodations are required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals should contact the County Administrators Office by calling 863-993-4800 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. Please note two or more DeSoto County Commissioners may be in attendance at the meeting and may participate in discussions of the issues. For more information, please visit www.desotobocc.com. BE HEARD! 0

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Arcadian | Page 12 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 Saturdays Watermelon Festival at Veterans Park features races, pageants and good eats Brandi Harrison, from Newbury, Fla., the 2014 National Watermelon Queen, says she has many friends from DeSoto County and spends lots of time here. A steady crowd enjoyed the light breeze during Saturdays Watermelon Festival held at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com The DCI team, including Jeremy Hoer, Jay Campbell, Jennifer Robbins, Ryan Thomas, Harrison Miller, Warden David Lawrence and Tim Johnson from Team DCI-Melon Felons, took control early in the Bed Race with their extra-large wheels and captured rst place at this years Watermelon Festival. Nicky Roderiguez learns fast how to step into a karate punch to break the block the very rst time, at the booth for Fusco Full Circle Academy. Brandi Harrison from Newbury, Fla., the reigning National Watermelon Queen, tests the sample of homemade watermelon fudge handed to her by Debra Wilson and Julie Cincotta of Arcadia Sweet Boutique. Gloria Nichols, from Hollywood, Fla., on her rst visit to the Watermelon Festival, shopped for gifts for her family and enjoyed the live entertainment. Chad Chastain broke away from the pack of homemade watercraft early in the Wacky Boat Race. His craft was paddlepower only and by the end of the race, he was hung and pung to take rst place. He said it was not as easy as driving his pickup at the DeSoto Racetrack. The Kollections highlighted the live entertainment at Saturdays Watermelon Festival. Clayton Spoon, David Mott, Randy Colton, Big Gene Bigsby, Gene Bigsby, Kathy Hodges and Brent Bigsby ran hard for 100 yards for the North Hillsborough Baptist Church. Though they ran like the wind, their wheels could not compete with the larger tires of the DCI Melon-Felon team who claimed rst place in the Bed Race. The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 13 | Arcadian include a eld trip to the ELL. The proposed Lake Suzy Academy may also access the ELL, although if it is approved by the School Board, the academy will probably also have some special lessons developed by Horne for that location, she said. The property has a number of bridges, boardwalks and paths that wind through several habitats, in cluding a popash swamp, a palmetto area and cypress swamps. A stream that runs through the property connects with Horse Creek and thence to the Peace River. There are restrooms and a small picnic area. Visitors can see several captive animals, including wild hogs, a bobcat, white-tailed deer, coyotes, raccoons, a skunk and an iguana. Horne invites the public to come see what the ELL has to offer (although at this time of year, you will probably want to bring some bug spray, and watch out for the poison ivy). Soon the black bear is expected to join them. Site caretaker Dave McKean is working on his certication to care for the bear, which has been raised in captivity all its life. He is also awaiting the birth of a fawn to a captive doe at the property.LABFROM PAGE 3 Visitors are welcome at the Environmental Learning Lab, but you are wise to bring bug spray and watch out for poison ivy. Kate Horne, environmental instructor, welcomes the public to explore the Environmental Learning Lab property which is owned by the DeSoto County School District. She is developing curricula for school children to help them learn about the world of nature. Wild coee is a native Florida wildower, so named because its fruit resembles true coee beans. Many native plants, including several types of bromeliads, can be found throughout the ELL property. Inviting boardwalks and footpaths wind through several dierent ecological habitats at the ELL property. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comThe outdoor classroom building has been renovated with a fresh coat of paint and additional plantings done around the grounds. A pair of lively coyotes run laps around their pen whenever people approach. An iguana hangs out in one of the pens near the classroom. T '' 'erf a lei i, ; 'a ..;.., l ; .. pjlp` 7 77 cry k'1..: ,: Ii I `_$1 =T: d L'4 s'?$E :;;2)---F 1, .-'!'].h -115 a .., +r ; ;71, 1 t. )C ,R .fin
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SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 14 A common skill among most athletes is the ability to stretch the truth a little bit when talking about past achievements. Some can even take a thread of truth and weave it into a full suit. Can you imagine sitting through a conver sation with someone and hearing the following? Oh yeah, I remember my senior year in high school. I was the captain of the volleyball team and we won the district title and played into the regionals. During the season I was voted homecoming queen by my fellow students. All-Area team? Oh sure, I made that too. Then I played soccer, which Id never done before. I scored a game winning goal on a penalty kick to win one of our games. I was the vice president of my class and was a Sub-Deb too. I earned a few scholastic achievements along the way. Then I got a scholarship to play volleyball in college. Oh by the way, I also got my certied nurses assistant degree before I received my high school diploma. At what point were you rolling your eyes and smiling about this persons imagination? If it were anybody other than DeSoto Countys Casey Hall you wouldnt believe a word. But for Hall, those accomplishments sum up a dream-like senior year, which was capped when she recently signed a scholarship offer to play volleyball at Ave Maria in Fort Myers. The school is really nice with an all-new campus. The professors are really behind the students and want them to succeed. I know Im going to like it there, Hall said. She adds that she plans to study pre-med and become a doctor. Right now Id like to go into neonatal but that could change, she said. I want to get my prerequisites out of the way and then go on to med school. Hall will go to work on her degree and play for new volleyball coach Scott Barbe. Barbe has been coaching for over 20 years and owns the Dynasty Volleyball Club in Michigan. (Hall) has a great personality and is very coachable, he said. She is aggressive and from what Ive seen of her in club ball, on lm and during tryouts for our team, I was impressed with her skills. We need that kind of player and she will be an asset to our team. DeSoto County volleyball coach Laura White said, She has been one of the in strumental leaders on the team. She has come up with team building ideas; shes that level-headed athlete who makes you feel as if you are talking to an adult. She has a lot of skills on the court too. Halls best memories of her high school career came from the postseason district games. Every district game has really been exciting, she said. In my sophomore year Ti (Tishonna Riley) was injured and our Libero was out of the game and we were down 2-0. We rallied back and won and that made it special. We came back and won it in my last two years, too, so those were special memories. As Hall goes off to college she will leave memories for others too. Caseys mother Cynthia said, Were going to miss her terribly but her games are close enough to home that we can make it to them. Shes a good student and good athlete and she is on her way to a very good college career. She is leaving behind her three-pound Teacup Yorkie named Flirt and a lot of great memories for us.Hall commits to Ave MariaBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comCasey Hall is joined by her parents, Don and Cynthia, and brother Parker at her college signing ceremony. DeSoto County senior Casey Hall signs the papers to make it ocial that she will continue her education and volleyball career at Ave Maria University. Hard throwing right hander Bay Hale has signed a letter of intent to continue his pitching career at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia. He should have no problem learning about the school and campus since his older sister, Sorrel, has continued her softball career as a Nighthawk and will attend the school for another year. My sister has been going to that school for four years and I know it is a good school and a good program. I know the coaches there and the pitching coach will be able to teach me so much more, Hale said. Ive talked to the head coach and hes a good guy so I know I will like it there. DeSoto County baseball coach Trey Hill said, Bay is a real good kid. Hell do whatever I ask him to do and 10 things more. The good thing for Bay is that hell be able to focus on his pitching only. This year he came in as our closer and by the end of the season was probably our top arm. Being 6 he can use his size to his advantage. I see a real bright future for him. Hale, who plans to major in business, wants to do something in agriculture and would like to be a crop inspector. His biggest memory during his baseball career (he was also a receiver on the football team) came in a game his junior season. It was a regional quarternal game at Berkeley Prep in Tampa. The Bulldogs held a 4-1 lead after two innings but fell behind by two runs in the last inning. The Bulldogs rallied for two runs to tie the game at six and lost it 7-6 in 10 innings. I remember we were originally supposed to play at noon but there was rain that day, he said. The game got delayed and then we were supposed to play at 7 p.m. It kept raining and we didnt start the game until like 9 p.m. Then we went extra innings and lost. We didnt get home until about 3 a.m.Hale to pitch for Thomas UniversityBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR Mother Kristie Berg and sisters Sorrel and Blaze Hale surround Bay as he signs his scholarship papers to become a Thomas University Nighthawk. 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The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 15 | Arcadian In the nal DeSoto County Adult Athletic Association mens preseason game, The Bash Brothers handed Motts Auto Repair and Sarasota Transmissions its rst loss. The nal score was 25-17. The Bash Brothers nished the preseason part of the schedule with a 5-2 record, one game behind Motts. Motts was missing three players for the contest, so David Boone took the mound in his rst game as a pitcher. The regular season is now in full swing, with teams playing games Tuesday and Thursday nights at the elds on North Arcadia street.Bash Brothers hand Motts first lossBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR David Boone was making his rst appearance as a pitcher for the Motts team against the Bash Brothers. Boone pitched well but the Bash Brothers were swinging some pretty hot bats that resulted in a 25-17 win. DeSoto County High School senior and star baseball player Tony LaLonde uses his young legs as he motors around third and scores for the Bash Brothers in its win over Motts. Jerrel Mott hustles to rst after an inelder made an error on his ground ball. Bash Brothers rst baseman is Harrison Miller. The Bash Brothers Brandon Bierman waits for a pitch as he drives a long ball to centereld. The Motts Auto Repair and Sarasota Transmission team gathers for a photo after they lost their rst game of the preseason.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe Bash Brothers 2014 team in the DeSoto County Adult Athletic Association mens softball league. 5 0 4 5 6 8 8 0 50456880 1 11 111 aeriDesotoPharmacy,,01,..L--Your Friendly Pharmacy" --lI 1Best Prices in town!We take time to help our customersand provide our service your way!$ 10 OFF $ 10 OFF $ 10 OFF1st Visit Prescription 2nd Visit Prescriptio 3rd Visit PrescriptionWe offer the Iowest price! If we are not, we'll beat the competitor's price!We accept all insurance, including: Medicaid, CVS Caremark, I lum:ma,'I'ricare, Express Scripts,131ticCray Blur Shield, Workman's Comp, ARP United Healthcare & all her \ledii;uc Part I) Pi;ln.FREE Home Delivery!FREE Antibiotic ProgramOver 300 Generic Prescriptions for $2.99CrHr TLD a SNISChewable Multivitamins for every ichild's nutritional needs!1 t 1 sTlzr 71171 -1,11177711I r r n I r l I I, I I I I 1 r.

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Arcadian | Page 16 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 Ron Lambert, Owner of Buckhorn Nursery in Zolfo Springs, presented an informative program at the May meeting of the Arcadia Garden Club. Lambert discussed the role of native plants in our landscaping decisions and provided several examples of shrubs and trees. The Coontie fern is a small palm-like perennial plant that provides larval food for the atala hair streak buttery. It was used by the Seminoles to make our. They would cut up pieces of the stems and pound them out into a powder, wash it in water and let the starch sink to the bottom. The paste was fermented and dried to a powder. The plant is also known as Florida Arrowroot. Mrs. Schillers Delight, Viburnum obovatum, is a dwarf Select Walters Viburnum. It is a semi-evergreen to deciduous shrub that will grow to six to eight feet tall. The term Select indicates the plant is a Florida Garden Select plant designed specically to thrive in Floridas Environment.Other nativesSimpsons Stopper is an attractive, yet often not known, shrub. It provides food for wildlife and needs very little attention once established. Needle palm is a slow-growing native plant that can tolerant temperatures below 0 degrees. Wild Coffee has red berries and owers spring through summer. Fire Bush attracts butteries, hummingbirds, and birds. The foliage does best with shade but owers best in the sun. It will die back when it freezes but growth will return. Lambert is a member of the Florida Association of Native Nurseries, an organization that focuses on native plant production, education and advocacy. Lambert donated all of the shrubs he used in the demonstration to the Arcadia Garden Clubs Native Plant garden located on the grounds of the Garden Club. The club welcomed Odette Flanagan as a new member. Girl Scout Troup #39 was thanked for their hard work this year. The Club donated $500 to the Wekiva Camp scholarship fund that will be used to buy equipment for the camp. The club also donated $700 that will enable two Scouts to attend Girl Scout camp this summer. Members attended the recent District 9 Meeting and were impressed with the presentation by the Archibald Biological Station Learning Center. The centers focus is the Lake Wales Ridge. The Ridge is a series of what were sand islands formed many centuries ago. There are many protected and unique plants and animals found in this area including Snakeroot, Carters Mustard and the Florida Scrub Jay. The Learning Center has two nature trails that are open to the public and is located off State Road 70 on Old State Road 8 (County Road 17). The next meeting of the Arcadia Garden Club will be at noon on June 2 at the club, 1005 W. Magnolia Street. Visitors are welcomed. The speaker will be Jerry Waters, well known nature photographer and Florida Master Naturalist. Native plants have a place in your gardenBy J AMIE PIPHERARCADIA GARDEN CLUB Ronald Lambert displays a small representation of Florida native plants that will enhance any garden or landscaping design. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JAMIE PIPHERThe red-orange ower of a Firebush shrub attracts hummingbirds and butteries. The white blossom of Simpsons Stopper, The coontie fern provides food for the larvae of the atala hairstreak buttery. James W. AtkinsonJames W. Atkinson, 76, of Lake Suzy, Fla., passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014. He was the son of James and Lois (nee Dunagan) Atkinson, born April 27, 1938, in Seminole, Okla. James was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a welder for Total Petroleum in Ardmore, Okla., before retiring. James moved to this area from Ardmore. He was a member of Port Charlotte Church of Christ; he enjoyed shing, playing golf and singing karaoke, and was a member of the Deep Creek Elks. James will be greatly missed by his wife of 26 years, Linda; daughter, Angela (Doug) Fischer of Justin, Texas; son, Gregg (Carla) of Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandchildren, David and Logan; great-grandchild, Bailey; and sister, Alta Jean Kelley of Ada, Okla. A gathering will be held 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, with the service in celebration of James life beginning at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made online to Tidewell Hospice at www. givetotidewell.org. Please visit www. LTaylorFuneral.com and sign the online guest book. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda, Fla.Francis Edmond LavalleeFrancis Edmond Lavallee, 78, of Arcadia, Fla., died Thursday, May 15, 2014. Arrangements are by Robarts Family Funeral Home, Wauchula, Fla.Richard Lee WilliamsRichard Lee Williams, 79, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Arcadia, Fla. He was born July 2, 1934, in Flint, Mich., moving to Arcadia, in 1991 from Flushing, Mich. Richard retired from Buick Division of General Motors, Flint, as a skilled electrician after 36 years of service. He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with his family and friends and collecting and repairing antique clocks. Richard was a member of the Elks Lodge, Port Charlotte, Fla., and was of the Lutheran faith. He is survived by his eight children, Lisa Neph, Tim Williams, Jayne Allen, Susan Williams, Tamara Little, Chris Williams, Patricia Naaman and Heather Cho Chung Hing; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Juanita Phelps Williams; daughter, Angie Williams; and two grandchildren, Billy and Ricky Neph. A Celebration of Life for Richard was held Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia. Online condolences may be made at www.pongerkaysgrady. com. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home and Cremation Services.Sidney Kilmer Jr.Sidney Kilmer Jr., 85, of Arcadia, Fla., and formerly of Claverack, N.Y., passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, at his home. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory.DEATHSFROM PAGE 9 OBITUARY POLICY Obituaries are accepted from funeral homes only. Theres no charge for publishing an abbreviated death notice. Full obituaries and repeat death notices will be subject to an advertising charge. Obituaries must be submitted to the Charlotte Sun; call 941-206-1000 for details. Please send e-mails to obituaries@sun-herald.com. The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. For more Words of Comfort, go to www.inheavenshome.com Ir.a4 r ,yamNN iYt. 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The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 17 | Arcadian The L and E Literary Club held its nal meeting and dinner of the year, Social at the Lake, on May 2 at the beautiful home of Betsy Sorrells on Lake June in Lake Placid. Co-hostesses were Susan Head, Sheila Knoche, Lindsay Knoche and Geraldine Barnwell. As members arrived they were greeted by the hostesses and served Sangria wine, a recipe from the Columbia Restaurant that has been served there since 1905. Following the introduction of guest members Marilyn MacKinnon and Ann Pepper, a delicious dinner of barbecue chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, rolls and coconut cake were served along with tea, coffee and water. Members present were: Nancy Ambler, Betty Brown, Adie Daly, Margaret Hays, Susan Head, Lindsay Knoche, Sheila Knoche, Sue Overcash, Ann Ryals, Betsy Sorrells, Kathryn Standard, Mary Ann Treadwell, Nancy Jo Vaughn, Edith Wildt and Marlou Zolkos. L and E Literary Club will resume its meetings in October.L & E members enjoy a Social at the LakeBy SHEILA KNOCHEL AND E CLUB PHOTOS PROVIDED BY SHEILA KNOCHEThe hostesses for the L & E CLub meeting were, from left, Betsy Sorrells, Sheila Knoche, Lindsay Knoche, and Susan Head. Members of the L and E Club who attended the May meeting were, sitting, from left:Nancey Ambler, Marlou Zolkos, Kathryn Standard, Nancy Jo Vaughn, Adie Daly, Margaret Hays, Betty Brown and Mary Ann Treadwell. Standing: Sue Overcash, Betsy Sorrells, Lindsay Knoche, Susan Head, Edith Wildt, Sheila Knoche and Ann Ryals. 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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Arcadian | Page 18 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 Quick, what is Floridas most economically important crop? If you guessed citrus, guess again. Citrus is the crop that people worldwide identify with Florida, but it is not the top moneymaker. Greenhouse and nursery crops are number one, accounting for over a quarter of cash receipts. Citrus is second, with cattle and calves next, and then sugar cane. All other agricultural products account for just over a quarter of cash receipts. Florida produces about 70 percent of the US citrus crop. Florida is the number one state for producing citrus, sugar cane, sweet corn, and watermelon. Christopher Columbus is credited with bringing citrus to the new world in 1493. By the mid 1500s Spanish explorers and missionaries were sowing orange seeds in Florida. In 1565 settlers planted citrus in St. Augustine, where the rst commercial grove was planted in 1763. The 1800s were a pivotal time for citrus. In 1807 the Dummitt family planted orange groves on Merritt Island, the beginning of the Indian River citrus industry. 1835 saw the rst devastating freeze to affect citrus, but the Dummitt grove survived. The 1880s ushered in the age of rail, and soon citrus was being shipped to the northern states. In 1887 a couple settled in Lake County and named their homestead Kismet from the Turkish word for destiny. Freezes drove the couple to Chicago, where their son Walt was born in 1901. Sixty years later he would return to Florida and change the state forever, not with an agricultural product, but with a mouse. The great freeze of 1894-95 drove groves further south in the state. Groves near large bodies of water or on slopes where the cold air could drain away from the grove were found to fare better in freezes. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings bought an orange grove just south of Gainesville in 1928. Nestled between two lakes with rich hammock soil, the grove provided an income and muse for Marjorie who became a successful writer, selling her rst short story in 1930, and the best seller The Yearling in 1938. Her home is a state park, and although the original grove succumbed to freezes, the park service maintains a small grove. Citruss rst battle with an imported insect pest was waged in 1929 when the Mediterranean fruit y was discovered. The y was eradicated, and by 1940 Polk became the leading citrus-producing county. The 1943-44 season saw Floridas crop surpass that of California, making Florida the world leader until the freezes of the 1980s. Brazil is now the top citrus producer at approximately 28.5 percent of the worldwide crop. Florida produced about 11.6 percent in the 2011 season. Frozen citrus concentrate was developed in 1945. It was quickly popularized in the post-war boom with celebrities such as Bing Crosby advertising the Minute Maid brand on CBS radio in 1948. Floridas population and destination as a winter resort began to boom, and state welcome centers began handing out a free glass of OJ at the state line. In 1950, the harvest exceeded one hundred million boxes. The 256 foot tall Citrus Tower was built in Clermont in 1956, where visitors could look out over row upon row of trees in all directions, an estimated 17 million trees. Hurricane Donna destroyed groves in central Florida in 1960. In 1962 a hard freeze killed six million trees, but growers continued to replant and ex pand. By the late 1960s groves covered one million acres. Citrus canker was detected in 1984 and the state ordered many groves and dooryard trees destroyed. It was not the rst time canker was found in the state. It had been accidentally introduced in 1910, and found in groves in 1913. The 1980s brought several devastating freezes. The Christmas Freeze of 1989 nearly wiped out groves north of Interstate 4, pushing the citrus belt further south. Today the view from the Clermont tower is shopping centers and subdivisions. In 1995 citrus canker returned. Hurricanes of 2004 spread the disease and all attempts to control it were abandoned. In 2005, a new threat was detected, citrus greening or HLB, a bacterial disease that is spread by a tiny insect, the Asian citrus psyllid. By 2013 an estimate of 70 percent of groves in all 32 citrus producing counties were affected. The disease affects fruit quality and slowly kills the tree. Although Florida is no longer the world top producer of citrus, it remains an important part of our states economy, contributing $9 billion annually and 76,000 jobs. Citrus acreage has shrunk to an estimated 525,000 acres. Citrus is the backbone of many communities, including our own. Besides directly supporting processing plants and packing houses, many other businesses are supported by citrus money, including banks, ag-related businesses, truck and auto dealers, restaurants and more. Taxes on citrus acreage support schools, sheriffs ofces and local government. The recent national Farm Bill signed into law dedicates $125 million to citrus research, giving a shot of optimism to the ght to solve the citrus greening problem. Research to develop a disease-resistant rootstock, nutritional programs to offset the disease, and even a novel heat treatment to kill the psyllid are some of the promising methods being tested. Another threat to citrus is more subtle, but potentially devastating. Several health advocates have pointed out that citrus juice is high in carbo hydrates, and many people have given up the daily dose of Florida sunshine. A four-ounce serving of orange juice has no fat or cholesterol and contains approximately 60 calories and 14 grams of carbohydrates, mostly in the form of fructose. Each serving supplies 60 percent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Orange juice also contains bioavonoids, natural compounds that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants inhibit free radicals from damaging DNA or cellular tissue and may help prevent a wide variety of infections and diseases. The key is to drink it in moderation. Do your part, start your day with a glass of OJ.Some interesting facts about Floridas signature cropOver the Garden Gate Al & Karen Smoke aandksmoke@gmail.com Citrus is the crop that people worldwide identify with Florida, but it is not the top moneymaker. Although Florida is no longer the world top producer of citrus, it remains an important part of our states economy, contrib uting $9 billion annually and 76,000 jobs. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY AL SMOKE Citrus has faced many threats over the years, including freezes, hurricanes, the Mediterranean fruit y, citrus canker, and most recently citrus greening. Another threat to citrus is more subtle, but potentially devastating. Several health advocates have pointed out that citrus juice is high in carbohydrates, and many people have given up the daily dose of Florida sunshine. Do your part, start your day with a glass of OJ. DeSoto County High School will host its annual Visual Arts Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in the high school media center. From beginning art skills to intermediate level skills, the show will honor the talents and creativity of the high school students. More than 500 works will be on display, and the show is open to the public. On Friday, the Media Center will remain open until 6 p.m. to accommodate parents and community members. The students will be thrilled to see you there.DeSoto County High School artists hold public show A students portrait drawing.PHOTO PROVIDEDA painting of downtown Arcadia. Examples of student ceramics. rVOW1AIT_ 11 1'y r p. tti UA4 j-'M lik --

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Requirements:Computer skillsExtensive customer service, sales or call centerUnlimited Bonus, BenefitsSend resume to:tucker3314@yahoo.com 210 South Brevard Ave. Arcadia, FL 34266 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 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, NOTICE OFACTION3116 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 NOTICE OFADMIN3118 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 142014CP000041 PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: THE ESTATE OF JEFFERY M. WORTH, Deceased. JUDGE: JAMES S. PARKER NOTICE OF ADMINISTRA TION NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JEFFERY M. WORTH, Deceased, File No. 2014CP000041, is pending in the Circuit Court for DeSoto County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives attorney are set forth below. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All persons on whom this notice is served who have objections that challenge the validity of the Will, the qualifications of the Personal Representative, venue, or jurisdiction of this court are required to file their objections with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All creditors of the Decedent and other persons having claims or demands against Decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the Decedent and persons having claims or demands against the Decedents estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND OBJECTIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is May 22, 2014. P AUL BENNETT SEUSY, P.A. Attorneys for Petitioner 203 West Oak Street Arcadia, Florida 34266 863-491-7285 Office 863-491-8262 Facsimile E-Mail: paul@paulseusy.com By: /s/ Paul Bennett Seusy, Esquire Florida Bar No. 0690252 /s/ Nancy M. Worth Personal Re p resentative NOTICE OFADMIN3118 11422 SE South Hog Bay Avenue Arcadia, Florida 34266 Published 5/22/14 & 5/29/14 325434 3041802 FIND YOUR BEST FRIEND IN THE CLASSIFIEDS! 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, 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 NOTICE OFSALE3130 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 14-2011-CA-000882 REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC.; Plaintiff, vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS OF DAVID H HOTTOIS, ET AL; Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, in accordance with the PLAINTIFFS ORDER TO RESCHEDULE FORECLOSURE SALE dated April 23, 2014 entered in Civil Case No. 14-2011-CA-000882 of the Circuit Court of the TWELFTH Judicial Circuit in and for De Soto County, Florida, wherein Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., Plaintiff and UNKNOWN HEIRS OF DAVID H HOTTOIS, Et Al; are defendant(s). The Clerk will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, AT the SOUTH DOOR of the Courthouse, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266/ IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 45, FLORIDA STATUTES, 11 AM, June 3, 2014 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: THE SOUTH 79.25 FEET OF THE NORTH 164.25 FEET OF THE EAST 150 FEET OF THE NORTH 3 ACRES OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NW 1/4 OF THE SE 1/4 OF SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 24 EAST, DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, LESS AND EXCEPT THE EAST 30 FEET FOR LEE A VENUE RIGHT-OF-WAY. Property Address: 923 N LEE AVENUE, ARCADIA, FL 34266, DE SOTO 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 DeSoto County Jury Office, 115 East Oak Street Arcadia, Florida 34266, (863) 993-4876, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED at Arcadia, Florida, this 15th day of May, 2014. MITZIE W. MCGAVIC, DESOTO CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: /s/ B. Wynn Deputy Clerk Published 5/22/14 & 5/29/14 322095 3041834 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. CYNTHIA BROWN; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND NOTICE OFSALE3130 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 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. A "Serving DeSoto County since 1887" CAD* iA N

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Arcadian | Page 20 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 NOTICE OFSALE3130 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 ADVERTISE! IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 14-2013-CA-000692 Section: 02 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, v. GABRIELA BECERRA-BONVILLE A/K/A GABRIELA BONVILLE; CORY BONVILLE A/K/A CORY MICHAEL BONVILLE; AND 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. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 6, 2014, entered in Civil Case No. 14-2013-CA000692 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 8th day of July, 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 13, BLOCK 30, KING AND BAKER SUBDIVISION, AS RECORDED IN THE PLAT THEREOF IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 105, AND RERECORDED IN PLAT BOOK C-5, P AGE 63, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, INCLUDING ANY REVERSIONARY INTEREST IN THE ALLEYWAY ADJOINING THERETO BY VACATION OF ALLEYWAY AS SHOWN IN O.R. BOOK 115, PAGE 215, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA. SAID INTEREST IN THE ALLEYWAY ABOVE BEING DESCRIBED BEING: TO THE CENTERLINE OF ALLEYWAY ADJACENT TO THE WEST BOUNDARY OF SAID LOT 13. Commonly known as: 1219 Seventh Avenue Southwest, Arcadia, FL 34266 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 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)9934876, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated at ARCADIA, Florida this 7th day of May, 2014 /s/ B. Wynn Mitzie W. McGavic CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT DeSoto COUNTY, FLORIDA Published 5/22/14 & 5/29/14 329037 3042390 NOTICE OFSALE3130 IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No.14-2013-CA-000744 Division1 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. ALTON E. KENT, SAMANTHA L. KENT A/K/A SAMATHA KENT A/K/A SAMANTHA KENT, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR SECURED FUNDING CORP., AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on May 7, 2014, in the Circuit Court of Desoto County, Florida, The Clerk of the Court will sell the property situated in Desoto County, Florida described as: THE SOUTH 27.4 FEET OF LOT 8, AND THE NORTH 53.5 FEET OF LOT 9, BLOCK H, OF AMBLERS REPLAT OF BLOCK H OF VILLA RICA PARK, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 74. and commonly known as: 406 LASOLONA AVENUE, ARCADIA, FL 34266; including the building, appurtenances, and fixtures located therein, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, on front steps of the DeSoto County Courthouse, on June 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Any persons claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 8th day of May, 2014. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Mitzie W. McGavic By: /s/ N. Daughtrey Deputy Clerk Published 5/22/14 & 5/29/14 101348 3042379 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 13-CA-714 JOSEPH L. STEIN, a/k/a JOSEPH STEIN, Plaintiff, vs. MARIA CERDA, JOHN DOE and JANE DOE, Defendants. CLERKS NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO F .S. CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 5, 2014 in the abovestyled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the South Door of the DeSoto County Courthouse, Arcadia, Florida at 11am on June 24, 2014, the following described property located in DeSoto County, Florida: LOT 22, BLOCK N, FOREST PINE ESTATES, as per map or plat thereof recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for DeSoto County, Florida, in Plat Book 9, Page 20. TOGETHER 2005 SILVER CREEK DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME. IDENTIFICATION #SCH01057585A AND IDENTIFICATION #SCH01057585B. TITLE #92693057 AND TITLE #92692290. RP #12252252 AND RP#12252253. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated this 5th day of May, 2014. MITZIE W. MCGAVIC Clerk of Court By: /s/N. Daughtrey as Deputy Clerk Published 5/22/14 & 5/29/14 228541 3042464 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 NOTICE OFSALE3130 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 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, Ran g e NOTICE OFSALE3130 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 property owner as of the date of the 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 T AX DEEDS3132 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that JOHN P SHANNON the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 44 Issuance Date: MAY 31, 2012 T ax Deed File #: 14-12-TD Description of Property: LOT 11, BLOCK 53, ROYAL PARK ESTATES, FIRST ADDITION, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 67. Names in which assessed: THOMAS E MCCRACKEN EST & GENNIVIE MCCRACKEN EST C/O 17631 BOSLEY LN SPRING HILL, FL 34610 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JUNE 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 20th DAY OF MAY, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 5/22/14, 5/29/14, 6/5/14 & 6/12/14 112132 3042645 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that LEWIS AMBLER JR the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 1513 Issuance Date: MAY 31, 2012 T ax Deed File #: 14-13-TD Description of Property: A PORTION OF LOT 14, DESOTO ACRES SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 9 AND RERECORDED IN PLAT BOOK C-5, P AGE 69, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: FROM THE NORTHEASTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 14, RUN S 16 DEGREES 37 E ALONG THE EASTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 14, A DISTANCE OF 160.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE S 10 DEGREES 50 W, A DISTANCE OF 94.22 FEET; THENCE N 81 DEGREES 28 T AX DEEDS3132 W, A DISTANCE OF 105.03 FEET; THENCE N 57 DEGREES 40 E, A DISTANCE OF 143.92 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. BEING 0.114 ACRES MORE OR LESS. Names in which assessed: CURTIS OSGOOD JOHNSON & AMY BARNES JT/ROS 2961 SW AMI DRIVE ARCADIA, FL 34266 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JUNE 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 16th DAY OF MAY, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 5/22/14, 5/29/14, 6/5/14 & 6/12/14 112132 3041806 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that GERACI-KING TRUST the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 938 Issuance Date: MAY 31, 2012 T ax Deed File #: 14-14-TD Description of Property: LOT 194, PEACE RIVER ESTATES, SECTION I, AS PER MAP OR PLAT RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 10, PAGE 1, LESS RESERVED MINERAL RIGHTS. Names in which assessed: MARION E JOHNSON 2145 KING EDWARD DR RENO, NV 89503 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JUNE 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 20th DAY OF MAY, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 5/22/14, 5/29/14, 6/5/14 & 6/12/14 112132 3042646 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that GERACI-KING TRUST the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 945 Issuance Date: MAY 31, 2012 T ax Deed File #: 14-15-TD Description of Property: LOT 668, PEACE RIVER ESTATES, SECTION I, AS PER MAP OR PLAT RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 10, PAGE 1, LESS RESERVED MINERAL RIGHTS. Names in which assessed: EUGENE BAY ESTATE 6247 BURNING TREE LANE TIMBER PINES SPRING HILL, FL 34606 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JUNE 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 20th DAY OF MAY, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 5/22/14, 5/29/14, 6/5/14 & 6/12/14 112132 3042648 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that GERACI-KING TRUST the holdT AX DEEDS3132 er of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 947 Issuance Date: MAY 31, 2012 T ax Deed File #: 14-16-TD Description of Property: LOT 1036, PEACE RIVER ESTATES, SECTION I, AS PER MAP OR PLAT RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 10, PAGE 1, LESS RESERVED MINERAL RIGHTS. Names in which assessed: ELIO DANILO WONG LAMA PO BOX 09-01-10435 GUAYAQUIL ECUADOR SOUTH AMERICA All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JUNE 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 20th DAY OF MAY, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 5/22/14, 5/29/14, 6/5/14 & 6/12/14 112132 3042672 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that GERACI-KING TRUST the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 943 Issuance Date: MAY 31, 2012 T ax Deed File #: 14-17-TD Description of Property: LOT 457, PEACE RIVER ESTATES, SECTION I, AS PER MAP OR PLAT RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 10, PAGE 1, LESS RESERVED MINERAL RIGHTS. Names in which assessed: ROLAND F & ANTOINETTE DUBOIS 8025 WINGED FOOT DRIVE S FORT MYERS, FL 33912 All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JUNE 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 20th DAY OF MAY, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 5/22/14, 5/29/14, 6/5/14 & 6/12/14 112132 3042674 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that GERACI-KING TRUST the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 948 Issuance Date: MAY 31, 2012 T ax Deed File #: 14-18-TD Description of Property: LOT 1037, PEACE RIVER ESTATES, SECTION I, AS PER MAP OR PLAT RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 10, PAGE 1, LESS RESERVED MINERAL RIGHTS. Names in which assessed: ELIO DANILO WONG LAMA PO BOX 09-01-10435 GUAYAQUIL ECUADOR SOUTH AMERICA All of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JUNE 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 20th DAY OF MAY, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC L 0I

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The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 21 | Arcadian T AX DEEDS3132 CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 5/22/14, 5/29/14, 6/5/14 & 6/12/14 112132 3042682 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that GERACI-KING TRUST the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 949 Issuance Date: MAY 31, 2012 T ax Deed File #: 14-19-TD Description of Property: LOT 1038, PEACE RIVER ESTATES, SECTION I, AS PER MAP OR PLAT RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 10, PAGE 1, LESS RESERVED MINERAL RIGHTS. Names in which assessed: OTTON FERNANDO WONG LAMA PO BOX 09-01-10435 GUAYAQUIL ECUADOR SOUTH AMERICA A ll of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JUNE 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 20th DAY OF MAY, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 5/22/14, 5/29/14, 6/5/14 & 6/12/14 112132 3042685 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice is hereby given that GERACI-KING TRUST the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 950 Issuance Date: MAY 31, 2012 T ax Deed File #: 14-20-TD Description of Property: LOT 1039, PEACE RIVER ESTATES, SECTION I, AS PER MAP OR PLAT RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 10, PAGE 1, LESS RESERVED MINERAL RIGHTS. Names in which assessed: GLENDA ELIZABETH WONG LAMA PO BOX 09-01-10435 GUAYAQUIL ECUADOR SOUTH AMERICA A ll of said property being in the County of DeSoto, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the South Courthouse Door on JUNE 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 20th DAY OF MAY, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC CLERK OF COURT DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA By:CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Deputy Clerk Publication Dates: 5/22/14, 5/29/14, 6/5/14 & 6/12/14 112132 3042687 Y Y ou Sa ou Sa ve ve Big Buc Big Buc ks ks Shopping Shopping Classifieds! Classifieds! 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 A ssociates, 425 Nursing Home Dr, Arcadia, FL34266. Phone: 863-993-2966. You may see him at Community Care Family Clinic, A rcadia. CLEANING SERVICES5060 Residential/Commercial Cleaning Call Tina for ref. & info. 863-303-4971 AUCTIONS6020 Saturday, June 7th 9am Accepting Consignments beginning June 2, 2014 Frank E Land, Auctioneer www.landauctionservice.com Lee Civic Center 11831 Bayshore Rd. N. Ft. Myers, FL 333917 Enter at gate 2 (239) 936-4121 AB2084/AU2814 HUGE EQUIPMENT AUCTION! AUTOS WANTED7260 WE BUY & PICK UP JUNK CARS 941-661-1928 A Bargain Hunters Delight Check the Classifieds first! A Whole Marketplace of shopping is right at your fingertips! ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Interaction with an elder is something to cherish this week, Aries. Listen closely to the good advice you are offered, as it will pay dividends down the road. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, a new coworker may come to you with questions. This is your opportunity to serve as a mentor and use your experience to help the next generation. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you are intent on purchasing an expensive item sometime this week, but make sure it can be returned. Hold on to the receipt and carefully survey your finances. CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 It is time to get out of a rut, Cancer. Explore a new fashion choice or dine on a different type of ethnic food. The idea is to step out of your comfort zone. LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, thoughts of returning to school may have oated around in your mind in the past. This week you are energized to investiage your educational options. VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Your creativity is on display this week, Virgo. You have ideas, and you need to put your thoughts in motion, whether through an art project or entrepreneurial venture. LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 Your ability to compromise is a big asset in the workplace, Libra. This alone can propel your career to new heights. Youll take a few steps in the right direction this week. SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Your ability to stay informed helps you to feel in touch with your surroundings, Scorpio. You will enjoy socializing with friends this week and may host a gathering. SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 Do your best to turn a nega tive into a positive, Sagittarius. It may require a little creative thinking to pull this off, but you are up to the task. Start by smiling more often. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Family matters will fare better this week than business matters, Capricorn. Focus more of your energy on your home life than happenings at the office that are beyond your control. AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, pay attention to all of the little details this week. If you can keep your eyes open, you may find new opportunities coming your way in the next few days. PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, dont let your emotions get the best of you when making an important decision this week. Let logic reign. timing them? For the record, I did see a Youtube video of an armadillo swimming around in someones pool. Im guessing he didnt want to walk across the bottom because the chlorine was burning his eyeballs. What I dont like about them is the holes theyve dug on my property over the years. I know theyre foraging for food, but I dont play golf and dont want divots all over my yard. Now, if I was sherman and could teach one to dig for shing worms, I could get rich training and selling them. And its too bad they wouldnt be interested in digging for roadside bombs. For the record, I will say that Ive tasted armadillo meat. My buddy Bruce bumped one off and brought it on a camping trip many years ago, and we barbecued it. No, it didnt taste like chicken, but it was good. He says they have a thick layer of fat between their shells and bodies, which must act as a shock absorber. Also, their chests and bellies are hairy enough to make Tom Selleck jealous. From what Ive learned from some of our community elders, these critters provided meat for the table during hard times. During the Great Depression, some even referred to them as Hoover Hogs, so named for then-President Herbert Hoover. They used to be humongous, too, back in prehistoric days. Ive seen a model of one in a museum in Tallahassee that was bigger than any old brood sow I ever laid eyes on! Apparently these lowly creatures are worthy of musical immortalization, as at least three bands I know of have used them as their namesake The Flying Armadillos, The Armadillo Brothers, and even The Smoking Armadillos. Personally, Ive always thought they were hat-worthy, not unlike the wildly popular Davy Crockett coonskin caps of the 1950s, complete with wagging tail. But Id want mine to have the pointy ears mounted on the front if I had one. I wondered if schools ever adopted them as a mascot, and did a little digging. And sure enough, the crowds cheer on the San Saba Armadillos out in Texas. A bit of personal trivia when I was coming up with sketches for my editorial cartoon character Tater in 1984, I rst submitted a drawing of a little armadillo wearing a cowboy hat. My editor didnt think he looked warm and friendly enough, so back to the drawing board I went, and came back with a possum in a T-shirt. Whether we like or dislike armadillos, I believe were stuck with them. 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Arcadian | Page 22 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 Century Literature Club also attended and presented several gifts to the Arcadia Literary Club in honor of this occasion. These gifts included a beautiful gavel, a plaque to be hung in the public library, and a donation in the clubs honor to the public library. The plaque reads: Presented to the DeSoto County Library in honor of the Arcadia Literary Club on their 100th Anniversary 1914-2014 by the L & E Club. Members present at the meeting were: Sally Aldrich, Laura Amendola, Susan Barnes, Marcia Brown, Beau Carson, Shirley Cullom, Heidi deJong, Darlene Foster, Muriel Hall, Cheri Holingsworth, Eloise Johnson, Tara Welles-Jones, Heather Kamberg, Lorraine Mohammadbhoy, Bonnie Molloy, Jessica Ritch, Raye Southwell, Janie Watson, Theresa Wheeler, and Honorary Life Member Joy Tinsley.CENTURYFROM PAGE 7 PHOTO PROVIDED BY DARLENE FOSTERPresdient-elect Beau Carson and outgoing President Laura Amendola at the April meeting of the Arcadia Literary Club. Cochairmen Ron Kocher and Jackie Tucker thank the DeSoto County mail carriers for all their hard work and dedication this year in collecting food for the annual Postal Carriers Food Drive. They also thank DeSoto residents who donated more than 6,000 pounds of foot items for those in need. Members of the American Legion, the Auxiliary and VFW worked for three days picking the food up at the post office, delivering it to the American legion, sorting it, and distributing it to DeSoto residents. This is the best year yet for donations.Postal carriers food drive breaks recordsBY JACKIE TUCKER Members and volunteers of the American Legion Auxiliary helped with the check-in process for the mail carriers food drive. From left, Eliza Evans, Sue Freeland, Jackie Tucker and Diane Day. Ron Borke, left, and Bill Rowan helped deliver food from the Post Oce to the American Legion, where it was sorted for distribuiton. Hattie Brown is one of several volunteers who pitched in to help with the annual mail carriers food drive. More than 6,000 pounds of food were donated by DeSoto residents this year. Ronald Kocher, left, of the American Legion and Jackie Tucker of the Auxiliary have been cochairmen of the mail carriers food drive in DeSoto County for 12 years.PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JACKIE TUCKER Weather SummaryAccording to Floridas Automated Weather Network, Jay (Santa Rosa County) received the most rain with 5.04 inches of rain. Maximum temperatures ranged from 84 to 93 degrees. Dover (Hillsborough County) received the highest temper ature at 93 degrees. The lowest temperatures in the state ranged from 47 degrees in Defuniak Springs (Walton County) to 66 degrees in Fort Lauderdale (Broward County). 66 degrees in Fort Lauderdale (Broward County). Fruit and VegetablesWatermelon harvest is going strong in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Dixie counties. Potato harvest continued and the last of the cabbage were being harvested in Flagler and Putnam counties. Vegetable producers were cleaning up fields in southwest Florida as the season nears an end. Crops planted in Miami-Dade County were boniato, malanga, okra and bitter melon. Miami-Dade County farmers were harvesting boniato, bitter melon, malanga, okra,and some herbs. Vegetables and fruits coming to market in the southwest were blueberries, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, kale, lettuce, peppers, snap beans, squash, tomatoes, watermelons and specialty items.Field CropsFarmers in the Panhandle and north Florida still have water standing in cultivated fields. Two farmers in Gulf County were planting soybeans. In Jackson County and Okaloosa County farmers were planting cotton. Walton County was drying out but peanut planting was delayed. In Washington County some peanut acreage will be replanted. Dixie County farmers received more rain this past week and 25-30 percent of fields were flooded that had been planted; other fields too wet to start planting. Levy County farmers were finishing up with planting peanuts this past week. Statewide, peanut planting was 48 percent complete, ahead of last years 45 percent but behind the 5-year average of 49 percent.Livestock and PasturesPastures remain wet in the Panhandle. Pasture in southwest Florida received some rain this past week which helped improve condition. The cattle condition for the state was primarily good but the pasture condition was fair to good.CitrusRainfall in the citrus-producing area this past week was widespread. All stations received some precipitation; 10 received more than an inch, and two received more than two inches. Frostproof (Polk County) received the most at 2.29 inches, followed by Dover (Hillsborough County) with 2.16 inches received. Okahumpka (Lake County) and Arcadia (DeSoto County) received the least with 0.20 inches of precipitation recorded. Daytime high temperatures were warm, reaching the upper 80s to low 90s in all citrus-producing counties. As per the U.S. Drought Monitor, last updated May 13, abnormally dry conditions have returned to the southernmost region of the citrus growing area but are currently affecting no active citrus groves. The rainfall of a few weeks ago was beneficial. Some of the healthier and well cared for trees are showing lots of new growth. Next seasons crop is progressing well with oranges marble-size or bigger and grapefruit golf-ball-sized. Growers and caretakers are applying nutritional and post-bloom sprays, fertilizing, ir rigating, mowing, and in some cases resetting new trees. Processing plants are primarily running Valencia oranges from now until the end of the season. Several packinghouses have finished for the season with a few still taking small amounts of late oranges. To subscribe to this report, at no cost, go to the NASS website at http:// www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_ State/Florida/Subscribe_to_FL_ Reports/index.asp.More fieldwork possibloe this weekREPORTED FOR THE WEEK ENDING MAY 19 CITRUS ESTIMATED BOXES HARVESTED in thousands of 1-3/5 bushel boxes May 4 May 11 May 18 Valencia 5,368 4,381 4,100 White grapefruit 19 1 1 Colored grapefruit 65 41 18 Honey tangerines 1 0 0 Total 5,453 4,423 4,119 404PP'-' r.t L:: C y r. f i `\. 'fit _a y a "> r.:,,'+ If .+ 'fir

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The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 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. The board will consider nal adoption of the above described policies at the June 17, 2014 board meeting scheduled for 5:30 pm in the board chambers at 530 LaSolana Avenue, Arcadia, Florida. 50456919 oLsolu lot N[Y cr .>._ CESOIOtot 1Y 110 t. is _>._ 013010 CUl N1Y OOI csr >. vt o,V IX)UNf N)Oi Jcc-.>._r ar_ O.,... Eaw,.[ia0nmmr SAnm c0.: SrUObA,y 5840 -P-7-.d : 1xnn41o..Aaun .m carOmamg rl" 1ero[4inuhn. `.. Ah.r...liveSnoa lry p ,..: *I 11 01 Mmrr: ::.n a v,m. sh.a ,. (nlol tin,,,. u. t._. rla n m rr.0:111 >em nr.rn.-Pn..n .... 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Arcadian | Page 24 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, May 22, 2014 City approves Slaughter contractThe council unanimously approved a three-year contract with Slaughter for its city administrator position. The contract was the same used to hire former administrators Dr. Lawrence Miller and Judith Jankosky. City Attorney T.J. Wohl said there were a few changes, however, that needed further discussion: Contract length, severance pay and base salary. Slaughter wanted a four-year contract, which was in stark contrast to Friersons offer of one year. Slaughter said the reason for wanting a longterm contract was clear. If I am going to make a commitment to this city to move closer and work my butt off, then in my opinion contract length is a bargaining chip, he said. I absolutely reject the one-year offer. This council has a history of short-term administrators, and although I am willing to give my all to this job, I wont be your sacricial lamb. Councilman Keith Keene said he was in favor of a oneor two-year deal, saying the only difference it makes would be the severance the council would have to pay Slaughter if he were terminated. I agree with the mayor, maybe not one year but I think a twoyear agreement is fair, he said. Fink, however, agreed with Slaughter, saying although four years was too much, he had no problem with a three-year deal. After three years well know beyond a doubt whether hes the right man for the job, he said. Frierson responded, If hes going to serve this city well then well know it after the rst year. But Fink disagreed. If we do this for a year, Im telling you well be going through another hiring process all over again. We need to allow the man to do his job, and we arent doing that by offering a one-year deal. Were setting him up to fail, and I think allowing three years is important. Both Councilmen Bob Heine and Bob Allen agreed with Fink, although Allen was the only other member in favor of a four-year contract. After further discussion, council agreed on a three-year contract. An addendum to Slaughters contract not included in previous agreements allows the administrator to opt out of the contract if three new council members are elected in November. Slaughter wanted up to 120 days after the election to decide whether to leave the position, and if he chooses to do so the city would pay him 12 weeks of severance. He also asked the city to pay him 20 weeks of severance if he is terminated without cause, the maximum allowed by Florida law. Several council members had reservations about the provisions, wondering why Slaughter would make such a request. Slaughter said it was to protect himself in the event there was a sudden shift in the councils agenda after the election. I have zero interest in having my name dragged through the mud if something were to happen, he said. Something similar happened when I was in Venice, and having this in place means that (The Arcadians) Steve Bauer doesnt get to write anything negative about me, and I take my secrets to the grave. This provision ensures my viability to live my life beyond this place. Keene believed both the number of days and severance amount should be reduced in a scenario where Slaughter left voluntarily. I think 60 days is more than enough time to make a decision, and eight weeks pay is more than adequate, he said. He also said there was no reason the city should bump up its severance package to 20 weeks, and insisted it stay at 12. Several council members agreed, and Slaughter accepted the revision. The nal sticking point involved Slaughters request for a base salary of $77,000 (the city offered him $70,000). He said his request was based on Millers and Jankoskys base salaries, which were both higher. Thats because their experience levels were higher, Frierson responded. Im also concerned we even have enough money in the budget to pay his salary. Carsten said the city had budgeted $70,012.80 for 2014, and of that amount approximately $20,000 remained. Several members of the public also opposed the higher salary, saying the citys budget couldnt support it. Were already behind in the budget $250,000 after tonights revelation, and you have to ask if this is fair considering there are many employees who havent had raises in years? asked resident Candy Reid. Keene said because Millers salary didnt include health insurance (which Slaughter will have), he was inclined to keep Slaughters pay at $70,000. Wohl said the salary can always be renegotiated on a yearly basis, and after a long pause Slaughter indicated he was OK with the lower pay. The council then unanimously approved the changes to the contract, and Slaughter thanked everyone for their support. I want to give my thanks to the mayor and the time and commitment she spent on this, and a second thank you to the ad hoc committee for their hard work during this process, he said. Third, I want to thank my staff. We need to celebrate the positives around here; too often the negatives are highlighted. Just know that if I make a mistake during my tenure, it will be through execution and not intent. Frierson said Slaughter had passed the background check, although she did not detail what it included. The Arcadian was unable to secure a copy of the background check by press time. Immediately after Slaughter spoke and with ve items still left on the agenda, Allen moved to adjourn the meeting. The gesture was met with hearty laughter by several city staffers and the public, along with smiles from a few council members. Heine then reminded Allen there were still topics to be discussed. The meeting continued until all agenda items were discussed.ERRORFROM PAGE 1 victims were not wearing seatbelts (or not wearing helmets, in the case of motorcycles). While a seatbelt or helmet is no guarantee you will survive, they both greatly enhance your chances. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found: Most drivers and passengers who were killed in crashes were not using seat belts. Seatbelt use by front seat passengers cut the risk of death by almost half, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50 percent. Seat belts saved almost 13,000 lives in car wrecks in 2009; if everyone had been wearing seat belts that year, almost 4,000 more people would be alive. [www.cdc.gov] We cant be certain, of course, that the six men killed or injured in last Saturdays wreck would have fared better had they been wearing seat belts, but the overwhelming odds are they would have. 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