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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, August 14, 2014 24 pages / 50 centsHERITAGE BAPTIST VBSHeritage Baptist Church in Arcadia just wrapped up its Vacation Bible SchoolPAGE 7 A section of the Sun Arcadian 50 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Religion ...............7 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Meet & Greet ......10-15 Sports ...............16 Agriculture ...........22 SMITH-BROWN GYM: Barbecue held to raise money for gym renovation .................................. 2 SHOW N TELL: Bring your goodies to show at the Historical Societys meeting ........................... 3 CANDIDATE PROFILES: Profiles of candidates for County Commission seats in primary election ........... 12-13 INSIDE Like us on Facebook The Arcadian thanks Marty Dow, who brought his golden grill and skills to cook the burgers, as well as condiments and supplies to cook the burgers and dogs. We also appreciate the excellent grillmates, Jim Eischen and Rob Herron, who kept the food turning and the trays full. In addition, K & J Produce helped with discounts on the purchase of burgers and dogs; and Mark Moulten with Peace River Delectables donated condiments. Thanks also to Arcadian publisher Joe Gallimore who made all the arrangements and helped pay for the event. Turn to pages 10 through 15 for more photos and our rst Candidate Proles.Many take advantage of Meet-the-Candidates BBQPHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK and SUSAN E. HOFFMAN The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners removed the nal hurdle in DeSoto Memorial Hospitals quest for a 1/2-cent indigent care sales tax referendum on Novembers ballot. In the 5-0 vote, the board approved the nal language of the ordinance which, if approved by voters, will generate approximately $900,000 yearly that will go exclusively toward paying off the hospitals current debt, specically the mortgage it has with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Commissioners voted to move the ordinance to the referendum despite lingering concerns about the hospitals long-term plan to generate additional revenue to help bridge its decit gap. Did anyone come up with a hard copy of a plan of attack on how youre going to reduce that decit? Commissioner Buddy Manseld asked DMH staff. Last time you were here we asked for you to put that plan on paper; do you have that? After no response from DMH representatives, Interim County Administrator Mandy Hines interjected. No, we have not received anything at this time, she said. Commissioner Bob Miller, who has been vocal in the past regarding his concerns over the hospitals long-term future, softened his tone when explaining his decision to vote in favor of moving the ordinance forward. Were not voting on the tax, were voting on the referendum, he said. With that being the case, Ill stand in favor of it. But I will say that its this commission responsible for ensuring the hospital spends the funds properly, and we need to be stringent about monitoring them. Commissioner Gabriel Quave said he was concerned there was no specic end date to the tax, although County Attorney Don Conn previously said the ordinance states the BOCC can vote to end the tax at any time. After reviewing these documents, I believe strongly that we need a sunset date on this, Quave said. Id like to see it placed somewhere on the referendum, which will allow taxpayers to know when this is going to end. After conrming with Dan Hogan, DMHs CFO, that the nal payment on the hospitals mortgage is June 12, 2036, Conn said he would insert that date inthe ordinance. Quave moved to adopt the ordinance, which was approved unanimously.BOCC sends indigent care tax to ballotBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORBOCC | 23 lIANIlk otrn ..7 @'05252"516216


Arcadian | Page 2 The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 If you have a problem with home delivery, please call our office at 863-494-2434 before 10 a.m. so we can correct it for you.Arcadian Publisher .............................. Joe Gallimore .........................................863-494-2434 Arcadian Editor / Art Director ............. Susan E. Hoffman .................................863-494-0300 Assistant Editor .................................... Steve Bauer ............................................863-494-0300 Office Manager / Advertising ........... Tami Jewell ...........................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Customer Service ..... Jackie Bierman ......................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Page Designer .......... Kyle Gallimore .......................................863-494-0300 SUN NEWSPAPERSMember of the Audit Bureau of Circulation DESOTO CIRCULATIONCustomer 108 S Polk Ave DISPLAY ADVERTISINGDeSoto .............................863-494-2434 Joe Gallimore Susan Hoffman Steve Bauer Tami Jewell Jackie Bierman Kyle Gallimore DEADLINESEditorial: Monday Noon Classified & Legal Ads: Wednesday 11 a.m. Display Ads: Friday 5 p.m. (or Noon Monday for camera ready ads only) CLASSIFIED & LEGAL ADVERTISING 863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 ONLINE Like The Arcadian on Facebook The Arcadia City Council and DeSoto Board of County Commissioners both held budget workshops Tuesday to review adjustments made by staff. 2014-15 county reserves are now projected at more than $2 million, which was mandated by the board after the previous workshop. To achieve that number, several areas from the Sheriffs Ofce to Facilities and transportation decit transfers were revised. Were as tight as we can be without reducing services, said Interim County Administrator Mandy Hines. We have achieved an overall 3 percent reduction in departmental budgets. Administrative Services Director Linda Nipper said at a future meeting she would be presenting alternate meth ods for funding larger departments. The board previously requested staff to nd alternate ways to fund larger departments such as Public Safety and Road and Bridges so they would no longer affect the general fund. Nipper said shed be presenting options based off Municipal Service Benet Units. Starting with those two departments would be the most obvious and easiest without much legal hassle, she said. City looks for solutions to deficit The Arcadia City Council debated solutions to an estimated $177,000 decit for its 2014-15 budget. Finance Director Beth Carsten said a combination of factors led to the decit, including high water and sewer costs expected next year and nearly $120,000 in construction costs over what was covered in the Bridle Path Community Development Block Grant. Expenses for the water treatment plant alone will be $100,000 higher next year. I wish I could have come back with a whole bunch of new revenue, but I dont have anything new to present there, she said. Carsten said water and sewer expenses for this year are currently approximately $600,000 under projections, and asked for the councils guidance on whether she should explore using those savings to balance the budget. The council agreed that if Carsten had approval from the citys auditors, they were in favor of going that direction. While this year is tight, I feel if we can get past this revenue bump, next year will be better, she said. Carsten also suggested that after the budget process had been completed, the council look to increase fees in areas like the citys mobile home park to bring it more in line with market rates. We give a lot away, and we need to see what current market rates are and bring our fees in line with those, she said. The council agreed to revisit the matter in the fall, and commended Carsten on her efforts. You inherited one heck of a mess and youre doing one heck of a job, said Councilman Bob Heine. I think its all coming together. After further discussion, Deputy Mayor Joe Fink said he didnt think more workshops were necessary, and the council agreed to cancel the meeting that had been scheduled for Aug. 26. City Administrator Tom Slaughter said the rst public hearing on the budget will be Sept. 16, with the second and nal hearing Sept. 30. The council also agreed to his suggestion of holding a short budget workshop prior to the councils regular Sept. 2 meeting for a nal review of any changes by Carsten. City, County review budget changesBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR It started off as an idea to have a barbecue cook off competition among friends Ronny Allen, Steve Boggess and Craig Cline. Were just a couple of friends who grew up together in DeSoto and love to cook, said Allen. However, after learning about the Smith Brown Community Foundation and its initiative to restore the historic Smith Brown Gym for youth programming, they were driven to find a way to use the competition to raise funds for the cause. When we learned about the Smith Brown Gym Project, we knew we wanted to find a way to turn the competition into a benefit. We think this is truly a worthy cause and the kids in the community really need this type of resource, said Allen. Hence, the 2014 Tater Hill Invitational BBQ Cook-Off benefiting the Smith Brown Gym Renovation Project was born. The Smith Brown Community Foundation was very excited to partner for the BBQ Cook-Off. We were thrilled to have members of our community recognize the need for this youth center and develop ways to raise the funding needed to make it happen, said Ashely Coone, vice-president of the Smith Brown Community Foundation. Plus it provided an opportunity for the community to be philanthropists for a day. This is a com munity project and will require longterm community support to sustain and truly impact our youth. What started out as a small event quickly turned into a fundraiser drawing nearly 350 hungry. I was very proud to see so many people come out to support such a great cause for our community, said Marshal Matt Anderson, a long-time advocate of the project. Pride in our community was shown. Four teams competed in this years competition: The ABC Team (Steve Boggess, Jarred Allen, Ronny R. Allen and Jesse DAurora), Team Lippys (Mike Livingston, Chuck Grantham, Tony Reed and Rick Boggess), The Go Go Gophers (Rick Cassels, Tommy Barnwell, Cecil Altman and Kyle Altman) and the Cracker Rib Company (Thomas Guidry, Glen Walker, Robert Wicker and Jeff Johnson). Each team donated their BBQ and plates were sold to the public for $5. The event included raffles for homemade peanut butter pies and a 50/50 contest. The BBQ benefit netted nearly $4,000 in donations. Prior to the event, Marti Royo issued a $1,000 matching donation, bringing the overall total to nearly $5,000 raised for the project. One of the highlights of the day was watching former students honor Coach Richard Bowers, founder and president of the Smith Brown Community Foundation, for his service to the youth in the community. He was presented with a plaque and brought many in the crowd to tears with his dreams of seeing this project become a reality. It was so humbling to see so many people, many of my former students come out for a cause that is near and dear to my heart, said Bowers. Their support will be a blessing to the many BBQ raises funds for Smith Brown renovationBy ASHLEY COONESMITH BROWN FOUNDATIONPHOTOS PROVIDED BY ASHLEY COONEFrom left, Ashley Coone, Alan Johnson, Lindsay Turner, Richard Bowers, Ronny Allen, and Althea Bryant at the barbecue held at DeSoto Park Saturday to raise money for the Smith Brown Gym renovation project. RENOVATION | 24 50449923 Property Maintenance Standards Review Committee The City of Arcadia is currently accepting applications for citizens who wish to serve on our Property Maintenance Standards Review Committee. Applicants must be County registered voters. Applications are available at the City Administration Office in the Margaret Way Building at 23 North Polk Ave. (863-494-4114) or on the City Website at Open until filled. 471336 Habitat For Humanity August 2014 Volunteer of the Month is Brittany Jarvis! Outstanding Photographer & Cashier One of many helping hands M a k i n g a Making a D i f f e r e n c e Difference In DeSoto County Making aDifferencerp. 1,O V ARrISMORO


The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Page 3 | Arcadian Athletic Director Jarrett Zolkos told the School Board Tuesday the high school may start charging athletes a fee to participate in school sports. Zolkos said some other area school districts such as Charlotte County have a similar pay to play model in which students who qualify for a team have to pay to take part in games. Zolkos said the district is considering a fee of $25 per student to participate in one sport, with another $15 fee for a second sport. Beyond that, no additional fee would be assessed. A family with multiple children could pay $50 for all their children to play whatever sports they qualied for. Zolkos said in Charlotte County, students pay an initial fee of $100 per sport, and $25 for any sports after that. However, he said, We came up with $25 for one sport in DeSoto we recognize were not Charlotte County. The fund, Zolkos said, would be used to replace materials and equipment that wears out, such as uniforms and baseballs. We want to make sure all our athletes are provided with uniforms, and this will help with wear and tear. He believed uniforms could be updated every four years. School Board member Ronny Allen asked what the practice was in nearby counties similar to DeSoto, such as Hardee, Highlands and Glades. Zolkos said neither Hardee nor Highlands presently charges a fee and he had not researched Glades. Allen asked what would happen if a child could not afford to pay the fee. Zolkos said they would set up a scholarship and a student would pay a fee, maybe $10, to apply. A panel, not yet dened, would decide whether the student qualied for a fee waiver. He also did not have a specic income level in mind to qualify for a waiver. Superintendent Karyn Gary said they would consider the family income, the number of children in the family, and the familys expenses. Zolkos added the fee would not have to be paid up front a student could practice with the team, but would not be allowed to play games against other schools until they pay. Allen asked if that would all be specied before it goes to the board for approval, but Gary said this would not be a decision for the board to make; it is something the administration can decide on its own.VPK moving to NocateeGary reported that the DeSoto Early Childhood Center will no longer have Voluntary PreKindergarten, which will instead be offered at Nocatee Elementary. The reason, she said, is that under state law, if a school does not achieve kindergarten-readiness levels, and does not provide the documentation to back up a good cause exemption request, the VPK is no longer allowed to operate at that location. Gary said the administration before hers failed to provide the kind of testing required over a three-year period (from 2010 through 2013), and failed to have the right documentation to support the exemption. Gary said along with changing the location for VPK, the district is also implementing a new curriculum to help students prepare for kindergar ten and elementary school.New school yearOpen houses for DeSoto County High and DeSoto Middle schools were held Wednesday, and open houses are being held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight at all three elementary schools. Most school positions have been filled although they are looking for someone to teach Chorus, as Byron Jones has moved out of town. DeSoto Middle School will have an earlier start time. Gary said staff will be available along with breakfast before the start of the school day if parents drop children off early. There will also be some homework and tutoring help. The different start time was set to accommodate the additional teaching time required at all three elementary schools, and juggling the bus schedules accordingly. Allen questioned why the parents of students in the Gifted program received word only a day or two ago of a meeting on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. to discuss changes in the program. He was concerned working parents may not be able to get there on time; Gary said parents can call the schools if they have questions. School Board Attorney Bucky Waldron reported he had given a draft agreement to the County Commissioners regarding sharing of future payments from Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority, and expects BOCC to approve it in its next meeting. Gary said new day planners/organizers will be given to each DeSoto elementary and middle school student, paid with Title I grand money. The planners will help with parent-teacher communication and homework scheduling, along with having helpful hints and inspirational quotes.District may charge fee for student athletesBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR $$ S AV E MONEY $$ Shop the Classifieds. The DeSoto County Historical Society invites everyone to a special Show and Tell meeting at noon on Aug. 21 at the Family Service Center Annex (old West Elementary School cafeteria) at the corner of N. Orange Ave. and W. Efe St. The event is free and open to the public. At 11:30 a.m., a luncheon including dessert and beverage is available for $6. At noon, President Bebe Bradbury will conduct a short business meeting before she invites members and guests to begin the presentation of family treasures and the stories about them. Carl Champney bought a wood well casing from his stepfather, who bought it at an auction. The top piece is a pump head with a metal handle similar to a pitcher pump. The lower pipes have milled screw-type connectors, and the nal piece has drilled holes to draw up the water. He has donated the set to the Society, and he wants everyone to see them. Wood well pipes were used before the widespread use of cast iron and sometimes even after. In 2006, two Historical Society hosting show and tellBy CAROL MAHLERDESOTO CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTO BY CAROL MAHLERWood screw connectors were used for water pipes before the widespread use of cast iron.SHOW AND TELL | 23 PROUDLYANNOUNCESPULMONARYREHABILITATION PulmonaryRehabilitationisofferedto patientswithchroniclungdiseaseslikeCOPD,to helpimprovelungfunction. Monitoredexercisecanallowyoutoget intoshapewhichmakesyoustronger! Reduceshospitalvisits! Reducessymptomstoallowyoutospend moretimedoingtheactivitiesyouenjoy! 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VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Arcadian | Page 4Derek Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group Chairman David Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group President Joe Gallimore Arcadian PublisherSusan E. Homan Arcadian Editor E-mail letters to | OUR VIEW | GRITS & PIECES Hurricane heroes of all stripesOUR POSITION: Hurricane Charley brought out the hero in all of us. Show me a hero and Ill write you a tragedy. F. Scott FitzgeraldIn the days following Hurricane Charley on Aug. 13, 2004, the pages of the Charlotte Sun flipped that phrase around. Shown a tragedy, our reporters, editors and readers wrote about its heroes. Where words failed, hundreds of photos told the rest of the story. The list of heroes would overflow this space, a testament to our human nature to rise above circumstances. Our series of staff-written profiles and readers-submitted vignettes called Hurricane Heroes found them in all shapes, sizes and ages, from then-7-year-old Jake Whaley, who rescued a neighbors dog, to 84-yearold Barbara Ireland, who rallied her neighbors along Acline Road. Many of the heroes were anonymous, showing up in groups with food and water and chainsaws and axes, leaving relieved and grateful survivors in their wake. Restaurants stepped up, often powered by portable generators, to provide hot meals to residents and the legion of recovery personnel who descended on the county. Other businesses set up relief teams to help out employees and their families. The heroes at Clear Channel risked injury or even death to provide the latest storm information, evacuating the countys emergency management center just before it was blown apart. (See Sun Correspondent Bob Masseys profile of Bob Alexander and Mike Moody in the special section that came with the Aug. 13, 2014 issue of the Sun .) Florida Power & Light crews, along with partner contractors from Pike Electric and Asplundh, worked around the clock for weeks to restore electricity, replace poles and clear tree limbs. Bucking the common perception that our communities lack the social cohesion of less transient towns, neighbor helped neighbor clear debris, cover roofs with tarps and set up generators. Sometimes, they just held each other as they cried, comforting each other amid their losses and their fears. Leaders led. Gov. Jeb Bush and his brother, President George W. Bush, worked with local officials like Emergency Management Director Wayne Sallade and Charlotte County Administrator Bruce Loucks to coordinate disaster relief and recovery efforts. Local first responders, buoyed by units of the Florida National Guard and law enforcement and fire departments from across the state, focused on public safety, securing businesses and homes against looters, managing traffic snarled by blacked-out traffic lights and distributing ice, water and food. | LETTERS TO THE EDITORLetters in support of DeSoto Memorial HospitalEditors note: once again we reprint some of the many letters we were given in support of DMH. If your letter was submitted but has not yet appeared, we still have dozens more that we have not had room to reprint yet. I recently had to visit the emer gency room at DeSoto Memorial Hospital. The staff, from the two ladies who came out to my vehicle and wheeled me into the admission area, to the admission nurse, the ER nurse, Can, lab tech, and all supporting staff showed professional services. Dr. Magdy Kaldas, thank you. The same professional care was provided on the second floor where I was housed and treated. I found the nurses, Can, lab tech, x-ray tech, food service staff, diagnostic tech, housekeeping staff and other supporting staff and volunteers to be caring people. To Dr. Vaidy Nathan, I thank you for taking such good care of me. To all of you at DMH, a job well done. Should you nd yourself a patient at DMH, you may be happily impressed.Jannie A. Brazell Arcadia We need a hospital in DeSoto County. We have a lot of elderly people who need service and cant afford to travel to other cities. We also need this for our winter population. Some people have low incomes and need a service near their home.Judy M. Owens ArcadiaDeSoto County needs a hospital for several reasons. As a mother, I have the comfort in knowing that help is only a few minutes away. Secondly, our winter residents are a big part of our community and have a tremendous impact on our countys economy. However, I feel that not having a hospital in DeSoto County would drive away many of our winter residents. Thank you for your time and consideration.Ashley Scribner ArcadiaThe closing of DeSoto Memorial Hospital is not a very good thing for the county. There are many factors involved that would be detrimental, first the extra stress put upon our fire and rescue workers. Need I mention the community itself as to Remembering a hurricane named CharleyIts beyond me how a decade has already come and gone since our community was devastated by Hur ricane Charley that terrifying Friday the 13th in 2004. Everybody remembers where they were and what they went through and there is no shortage of incredible stories to tell. Like a few physical reminders of the storm that we can still see today, the memories will stand the test of time as well. Ive kept a journal/diary for 35 years now and got to wondering what I may have written about August 13, 2004, so I dug it out and decided to share some of what I recorded then for a column for the anniversary. What is in quotation marks is verbatim and anything else is me writing today. I was at work at the Department of Juvenile Justice, located where G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital was, in the maintenance department, and rode it out in a World War II hangar with a handful of coworkers. What Im sharing here is what I saw in our community the next day after I went by to check on my relatives, who thankfully were unharmed. Rode around this afternoon, taking video around town, Nocatee, etc. I know it was dangerous and crazy for me to be driving with a video camera on my shoulder, but I felt I had to. Plus, there wasnt much trafc anywhere. Damage around town was terrible. Smiths X-Cell Store was a pancake, and got looted. Roofs and windows gone from Paradise Restaurant. Water tower gone from west side of town. Suggs roof gone (old bowling alley). Front of Harry Eagertons garage caved in. One wall and half the roof of the Turner Center collapsed with about 1,400 people in it. Some ornate pieces atop the old Kochs building came off. Magnolia House lost its entire roof. Old Nocatee school lost part of its west wall. South bleachers and covering at rodeo grounds were wiped out. The Tower Bar on south 17 was toppled. Mount Ephraim Baptist Church in Owens caved in. Fort Ogden depot demolished (the building Bone Mizell died outside of). Toymaker shop devastated there. The damage went on and on. And so did the physical and emotional draining of our small community. Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson troubador55@embarqmail.comOUR VIEW | 24 GRITS & PIECES | 24 LETTERS | 23 NE1 js ITEM; DESoToCOUNTY m,nP RS 0160rdE wiV TK WIND,A -MuLly scq Qy gUT NEVER f8RGoT1FRIDAYT+&13r17`' suRvivr, TA\ERThe ADflrJ'8 1J{1'{


The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Page 5 | Arcadian From early grade school years, I was intrigued with writing, and while I have had only a few professional sales, my greatest enjoy ment has been column-writing. My first efforts in that area were from January 1954 to March 1958, when my column, Out on Route One with Loie appeared in each Sundays edition of the Dubuque, Iowas Telegraph-Herald daily newspaper. Then, after retirement from the working world and establishing our new residence in Florida, I began a weekly Seniors column with The Arcadian running from October 2009 to June 2011, after which I took a sabbatical to handle some medical problems. Editor Susan suggested that I restart the column, and I agreed and it has now been running since May 2013. Husband Tom has been my special proofreader and also my invaluable computer guru. But now, after dozens of columns, and a few medical problems, I have decided to retire. I will miss the column-writing, and even more your very welcome comments along the way. Ill think of each of you as I sit with my feet up, and a crossword puzzle on my lap, while remembering the wonderful life weve lived, much of it in Florida.The final chapter From a Senior Viewpoint Lois Hendricks The American Red Cross announced it received a $100,000 grant from The Mosaic Company to support the Red Cross Prepare Florida campaign. Red Cross and Mosaic have partnered since 2004 when the company was formed and the region was devastated by four hurricanes. Prepare Florida is a landmark statewide campaign that will mobilize communities to be better prepared in the face of disaster. This investment in community-based preparedness will empower people to take action before disasters strike and build Red Cross capacity to train and respond. Red Cross chapters through out Florida will train communities to be prepared and engage more people as the Red Cross increases both the tools and training that are needed to meet any disaster Floridians may experience. The partnership between Mosaic and the Red Cross has steadily increased over the years, and this years grant continues to help the local Red Cross chapters in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota and Polk counties provide emergency services such as hurricane and fire relief and health and safety services for victims. As a company we are dedicated to supporting the local communities in which we live and operate, said Gary N. Bo Davis, Mosaic Senior Vice President of Phosphate Operations. Having a strong Red Cross is critical to this area of Florida particularly with the summer weather patterns that have the potential to impact peoples lives. Were pleased to be able to help the Red Cross deliver public safety, crisis preparedness, and quick response services to people in need during hurricanes and throughout the year. This donation is crucial for the region, especially during hurricane season, said Linda Carbone, Chief Executive Officer for Floridas West Coast Region of the Red Cross. The funding will help make sure the Red Cross is prepared to respond compassionately, responsibly and effectively to community emergencies. It strengthens the preparedness of our entire population; and most impor tantly, it saves lives. Since 1881, The American Red Cross has worked to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies, by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. For nearly 100 years, families and individuals in Florida have been turning to the Red Cross for safety, comfort and hope.Mosaic donates to Red Cross to Prepare FloridaSUBMITTED B y HEATHER NEDLEYMOSAIC CO. PHOTO PROVIDEDFrom left: Richard Ghent, Mosaic Public Affairs; Linda Carbone, CEO of Floridas West Coast Region American Red Cross; Bo Davis, Mosaic Sr. Vice President of Phosphate Operations; Martha Monfried, Mosaic Vice President Public Affairs Phosphates; Ann Marie Welty, Amer ican Red Cross Major Gifts Officer; and Diana Youmans, Mosaic, manager of Public Affairs. IXONr fnrtbtt t nbbnb25bttn tbrttr nbb rr t r tr trtbrr rtr tr t fntbftb t trtt trbr tt rrr ftn tnrtnr t b n trb tt t OTEOVEMBERbtttbtr 471044 Vote 1HonestyIntegrity & Common Sense-SUPPORT-*` Lorenz oIXONCITY MARSHALyrfya`A Proven Administrator & Leader. "


Arcadian | Page 6 The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Trophies, door prizes, and 50/50 jackpot. For more information call 494-2020. DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Palace Promenaders meet for square and round dance from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle. Art Miller, caller, and Jennie Martin, cueing. Call Jennie at 494-2749 or Mary at 941-380-5336 for information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Kiddush will follow. SUNDAY Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visitors available to those over 55 and homebound. Phone Senior Friendship Centers at 863-494-5965 to sign up for these free services, staffed by trained volunteers who have had background screenings. Phone also if interested in becoming a volunteer for either program. Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity Group meets at Grace Lutheran Church, W. Oak St. (State Road 70) at 8 p.m. Sunday. MONDAY The first day of school is Monday, August 18. The DeSoto County Special Olympics committee meets at 3 p.m. on the third Monday every month at The Last Chapter Coffee Shop on W. Oak St. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in coaching or working with adults or youth in sports. For more information, call Joyce at 873-8219 or 494-3440. DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets at 6:30 p.m. third Monday monthly at the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center, 2200 N.E. Roan St. The DeSoto County Republican Executive Committee meets on the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Beef OBradys. The DeSoto County Fair Association meets at 7 p.m. third Mondays monthly in the fair office on Heard Street, Arcadia. 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. Al-anon, offering help for families of alcoholics, meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at Fort Ogden Methodist Church, 6923 S.W. River St. in Fort Ogden. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at the same time. For information call 941-426-7655 or visit www. The DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Community Resource Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1425 Martin Luther King St. The center provides referrals for mainstream resources, elderly food stamps (by appointment) and computer service. Salvation Army has office space on Wed. by appointment. For more information, call 491-5683. TUESDAY The Nav-A-Gator is holding an Off the Hook premier party on August 19 at 6 p.m., for the premier episode of Hook, Line and Gator being aired at 6:30 p.m. The Nav-A-Gator is featured in Off the Hook Extreme Catches with Eric Young, which airs on Animal Planet. Arcadia City Council meets at 6 p.m. at the Margaret Way Building, 23 N. Polk Ave., Arcadi DeSoto Memorial Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings from 3 to 4 p.m. in the DeSoto Memorial Hospital McSwain room. Call 494-8432 for details. The AA Intergroup Business meeting is held at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at St. Nathaniels Episcopal Church, 4200 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. The AA District 5 committee business meeting is held at 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at St. Nathaniels Episcopal Church, 4200 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. 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 and find a meeting or call 800-651-6000. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St. Donations gratefully accepted. DeSoto County Library holds story time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Peace River Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, starting Nov. 12, at the Speer Center, U.S. Highway 17 North, Arcadia. For information, contact Bill or Mary Morse at 207-418-4687. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. WEDNESDAY On Aug. 20, Karen Smoke will give a talk on the history of quilting Quilts from necessity to art form at the library, 4 p.m. followed by a Fat Quarter Swap (a fat quarter is a piece of fabric 18 x 21 inches). For each quarter quilters bring they will receive a ticket and then choose fabrics and turn in their tickets. There will also be some pieces available for purchase, priced from $1 to $2.50. The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. following Karen Smokes talk on quilts, at the library. The Calusa AKC Agility Dog Show takes place at the Turner Center Aug. 20-24. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. coffee all for only $6. Door prize and 50/50. So come on out and enjoy breakfast at the airport. DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Mobile Pantry is on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Smith Brown Gym starting at 9 a.m. until the food is gone. The only requirement is to be a DeSoto County resident. Sponsored by the All Faiths Food bank of Sarasota. The First Marine Division Association meets at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday at Family Table Restaurant, 14132 Tamiami Trail, North Port. Call Carl Jones, 941-493-1408 for more information. Community for Seniors meets from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every third Wednesday at TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care administration building on Arcadia Avenue. Open to anyone interested in being a new member. For more information, call Lori Coker at 990-1340. DeSoto County Traffic Safety Team meets at 1:30 p.m. third Wednesdays monthly at the DeSoto County Commissioners room, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Hearing Loss Association demonstrates amplified listening devices from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. third Wednesdays monthly at Charlotte County Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. For more information about HLA meetings, call 941-624-2947. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. 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 Historical Society will meet August 21 at the Family Service Center Annex (old West Elementary cafeteria) on the corner of N. Orange Ave. & Effie Street. The meeting will be a Show and Tell. Bring an item, a story, a photo or any memorabilia from your family history. Thanks to Kay & Leonard Higley, lunch will be available at 11:30 for $6. For information, call Bebe Bradbury at 863-494-6607 or email 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. 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. 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. DeSoto County Historical Society Research Library is open in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except for the second Thursday of the month), and by appointment. The John Morgan Ingraham House is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, except the second Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m.-5:15 p.m., registration and yoga tea; 5:15-6:15 p.m., yoga class. 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. Cocaine Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. 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. FRIDAY The DeSoto County Library is holding a Summer Fun photo contest. Works will be displayed and the public can vote for their favorites through Aug. 14. Reception is at 5 p.m. August 15. Come enjoy some refreshments while you view the photos. 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. MAPP committee and VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) meet at 9 a.m. third Fridays at the Family Service Center, 310 W. Whidden St., Arcadia. Arcadia Quilt Club meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Palace Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, Arcadia. Square Dancing classes are held at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, from 7-9 p.m. every Friday. Robert at 813-601-1834 or Mary at 941-380-5336 494-2749 for information. Friday Night Live the City Takers for Christ presents Friday Night Live with Rev. Troy Rowe, every Friday. Come and experience what God is doing in this season through His word and praise and worship. 37 W. Magnolia St. (across from SunTrust drive-through). For information call 244-4341. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Sabbath service begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SATURDAY Classic car show in downtown Arcadia, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. Sponsored by Team Arcadia. NOTE: All phone numbers are in Area Code 863 unless stated otherwise. TODAY Open house will be held at all Elementary Schools, including the DeSoto Early Childhood Center, tonight, August 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Martin Art Gallery and the DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council will be sponsoring an event remembering and commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley and the effect it had on DeSoto County. The community is invited to display and share artistic interpretations of their experience with paintings, photog raphy, poems, and songs on Aug. 14 (the day after the hurricane struck). This will be a celebration of overcoming the disaster and coming together as a community to rebuild for a better future. The 2014 Citrus EXPO is Aug. 13-14 at the Lee Civic Center. To register, visit or call 352-671-1909. The DeSoto County Veterans Council meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at Arcadia Elks Lodge. For details, call Tom Damron at 491-1404. TEAM Arcadia meets on the second Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Margaret Way Building, 23 N Polk Avenue. The purpose of TEAM Arcadia is to unite community organizations and coordinate community improvement efforts. DeSoto County Historical Society meets on Aug. 21 for this month only. Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity meets at 6 p.m. second Thursdays monthly at the Habitat ReStore, 111 N. Polk Ave. Call 494-4118 or for more information. American Red Cross Youth Corps of DeSoto County meets second Thursdays monthly from 3:30-5 p.m. at DeSoto County High School. For more information, call at 494-2348. Gastric bypass support group meets at 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays monthly at Mardis Citrus on U.S. 17 S. For more information, call 990-0082 or 494-5700. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m.-5:15 p.m., SPECIAL Veterans Free rides are available to area VA clinics. (Some restrictions apply.) For details, call 993-9670. The Center for the Needy, at the corner of W. Pine St. and S. Orange Ave., is desperately in need of food, clothing, household goods (such as blankets, towels, cooking and eating utensils etc.), supplies anything a person in need might require. The center is dangerously low on food, its shelves are almost bare, and they need to replenish supplies. The cupboards have become almost bare now that the snowbirds have gone. Any donations are gratefully accepted, including cash, to help those in real need in our community. For more information, call 444-0499. Your clutter may be someone elses treasure, so please donate your gently used items to the DeSoto County Historical Society for their annual Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at the Fairgrounds Exhibition Building, 124 Heard St., Arcadia. Drop off your donations on Thursdays before 1 p.m. at the Howard and Velma Melton Historical Research Library in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street, or call 863-494-6607. All proceeds will benefit the Societys efforts to preserve and promote the history of DeSoto County for future generations. 50474701 0__-SEACOAST'S_.AGROCERIES FOR P YEA,..Enter to win free groceries for a year!1 t'tyi. fiZy `KAll,15We love where we live, we love what we do and it shows.With the kind of conveniences that make banking easy! 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The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Page 7 | Arcadian In an article titled His Eye is on the Sparrow, Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the best-selling Left Behind prophetic ction book series, introduced his readers to Dameon Sharkey, a seventh grader, whose compassion and faith should be an example to us all. Dameons physical education teacher, Jeff Leeland, was going through the toughest time of his life. His son, Michael, had been diagnosed with leukemia and without a bone marrow transplant wasnt likely to survive. Michaels 7-year-old sister, Amy, proved to be a perfect match but Jeff and Kristi Leelands insurance refused to cover the $200,000 cost of this lifesaving procedure until after a waiting period of a year and Michael wasnt expected to live that long. In the absence of insur ance coverage, the hospital required a $175,000 deposit to proceed with the transplant, an amount the Leelands didnt have and couldnt borrow. Then young Dameon got involved. Dameon told his mother he wanted to empty his savings account and give it all to Mr. Leeland to save Michaels life. When she called Jeff to tell him of Whats that in your hand? Roger Campbell HAND | 9Dameons desire, he tried to decline the offer but Dameon had made up his mind and before long he was placing 12 crumpled $5 bills in his protesting teachers hand, an act of love and generosity that would catch on and save Michaels life. When the news of Dameons gift became known, a fund was started at the school for Michaels transplant and within four weeks it had grown from Dameons $60 donation to $220,000. Amy donated her bone marrow and the operation proceeded. Michael survived the procedure and became cancer-free. Dameon wasnt the rst to give up Heritage Baptist Church held its annual Vacation Bible School last week. It was open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. More than 60 children attended this circus-themed event. Pictured is Pastor David Bedell, his wife, Felicia, and some of the children who attended VBS this year.Heritage Baptist hosts Vacation Bible SchoolPHOTO PROVIDED BY JANET RUBIN PHOTO PROVIDED BY NANCY PRITCHETTTeens attend Heartland Youth RallyEight teenagers from Heritage Baptist Church traveled to Okeechobee to attend the Heartland Youth Rally. Pictured is Pastor David Bedell with Margaret Domingez and Victoria Domingez, holding the trophy they received for the Sword Drill (nding Bible verses the fastest). r fntftbbt rfntb fb rffrn trfrb rrf 471065 AIL


Arcadian | Page 8 The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 When Lee County Sheriffs Office learned that Arcadia Police lost an engine in one of its patrol cars and would need to wait until Octobers budget to make the repairs, they stepped up to help. Lee County Sheriffs Office donated a fully equipped 2009 Ford Police Interceptor to APD. The only expense the city incurred was the cost to apply APDs graphics to the vehicle. This is the second patrol car that Lee County Sheriffs Office has donated to our department, said Marshal Matt Anderson of APD. Although this car has 125,000 miles on it, it is in very good condition and will be an asset to our fleet. Lee County isnt the only agency that has helped us in these difcult nancial times. Collier County Sheriffs Ofce as well as DeSoto County Sheriff Will Wise have donated used equipment to us in the past, said Anderson. We are exploring all avenues to save money and at the same time giving the highest level of police services to the citizens of Arcadia.Lee County donates car to APDSUBMITTED B y MARSHAL MATT ANDERSONARCADIA POLICE DEPT. PHOTO PROVIDEDLee County Sheris Oce recently donated a police vehicle to the Arcadia Police Department. |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.The DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Alex Guadalupe Caballero, 27, no address, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. April Star Fairweather, 30, 700 block of N. 17th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Jose Geanaro Flores Jr., 40, Wauchula. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Letroi James, 21, 100 block of Goodman St., Arcadia. Charge: resisting an officer without violence. Bond: $750. Dale Lee Jenkins, 33, 4600 block of S.W. U.S. Hwy. 17, Arcadia. Charges: battery and criminal mischief with under $200 property damage. Bond: $2,500. Richard Matthew Kerce, 36, 500 block of Clark Lane, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $1,500. Romero Valentine Lara, 26, 100 block of E. Cypress St., Arcadia. Charges: two counts each of unarmed burglary of unoccupied structure and criminal mischief with under $200 property damage. Bond: none. Juan Francisco Mendoza, 27, Bowling Green, Fla. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Isidro Andres Perez, 58, 100 block of E. Lowe St., Arcadia. Charge: sexual assault with victim over 12 with special conditions. Bond: $50,000. Michelle Ranae Sewell, 44, 800 block of St. Rt. 70, Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: $2,000. Sierra Alice Campbell, 26, 4900 block of S.W. Norton St., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly conduct/ brawling. Released on recognizance. Pablo Reyes Carrasco, 42, 2200 block of Carlstrom Field Road, Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Dolores Dominguez, 33, 1500 block of S.E. 2nd Ave., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly conduct/brawling. Bond: $220. Esmerelda Garza, 33, 400 block of S. Fern Terrace, Arcadia. Charges: battery and resisting officer without violence. Bond: $1,500. Shane Joseph Little, 26, 700 block of N. 17th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: trespass. Released on recognizance. Ponciano Gomez Lopez, 59, Punta Gorda. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Shyann Nicole Luncy, 32, 1000 block of S.E. Alabama St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Released on recognizance. Crystal Leigh Stott, 33, 2900 block of S.W. Beard St., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: $525. Joy Lynette McRae, 27, 1900 block of S.E. Heron Cove, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Brett Richard White, 26, North Port. Charge: battery on person 65 or older. Bond: $2,500. James Robert Eischen, 77, 2500 block of N.E. Turner Ave., Arcadia. Charges: unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and petty theft. Bond: $7.620. Omar Owasi Vasquez, 32, Bradenton. Charge: habitually driving while license is suspended. Bond: $2,000. Alexis Apodaca, 20, Pine Bluff Ave., Arcadia. Charges: battery and criminal mischief with property damage under $200. Bond: $870. Derek Matthew Conrad, 41, 1500 S.E. West Farms Road, Arcadia. Charges: driving while license is suspended and possession of a synthetic narcotic with intent to sell or deliver. Bond: $2,620. Christina Rose, Dollar, 33, Fort Myers. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $1,500. Matthew Dilon Giddens, 22, 5600 block of N.W. Pineridge Drive, Arcadia. Charges: two counts of sale of methamphetamine, two counts of possession or use of drug equipment, violation of probation and resisting arrest or obstruction without violence. Bond: none. Jose Ramon Gonzalez, 23, 3000 block of S.E. Myers Road, Arcadia. Charge: criminal mischief with property damage over $1,000. Bond: $1,000. William Edward Green, 44, address not listed. Charge: battery. Bond: none. Bradley Sterling Hernandez, 30, 2000 block of Poinsettia, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: none. Susan Elizabeth Moore, 51, Lake Placid. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: $14,000. Justin Layne Reed, 38, 1300 block of N.E. Oak St., Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended, third or subsequent offense. Bond: $1,500. Compiled by Susan E. Hoffman East Oak Street from Brevard Avenue (US 17) to Volusia Avenue and Volusia Avenue from East Oak Street to East Magnolia Street (State Route 70 eastbound) Crews have closed the on-street parking on the south side of East Oak Street and the west side of Volusia Avenue up to the Chamber of Commerce. The closures are necessary as crews continue installing a new drainage system. This project includes resurfacing, reconstructing curb at the intersection of Volusia Avenue and Magnolia Street, repairing sidewalk and making them ADA compliant. Estimated completion is end of 2014. The contractor is Bun Construction Company. US Highway 17 from south of SW Collins Street in Fort Ogden to County Road 760A south of Nocatee Work is under way to expand US 17 to four lanes. Work includes clearing land for two new travel lanes to the east of the existing US 17 travel lanes and drainage activities. Expect intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures on US 17 between SW Wood Road and County Road 760A 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 end of 2015. The contractor is Ajax Paving. US Hwy. 17 between Flanders Street and Joshua Creek Crews are working on driveways along the roadway. No lane closures are anticipated but motorists should be aware of trucks entering and exiting the highway. State Route 70 westbound (West Hickory Street) from North Lee Avenue to North Orange Avenue State Route 70 (West Hickory Street) has been reduced from two westbound lanes to one westbound lane between North Manatee Avenue and North Lee Avenue. North Lee Avenue, North Dade Avenue and North Manatee Avenue are closed at SR 70 (West Hickory Street). Use West Walnut Street as a detour. The closure is necessary while crews install a new water main. Motorists should use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. This project includes installing underground utilities beneath the roadway, removing and replacing asphalt and curbs, replacing driveway entrances, repairing sidewalk and adding detectable warning surfaces at the side streets. Estimated completion is end of 2014. The contractor is Bun Construction Company. | ROADWATCHThe DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce arrested Michael Wade Ritch, 41, on a charge of distributing obscene material to a minor. According to the arrest report, Ritch, of the 2900 block of N.W. Hollingsworth St., Arcadia, had contacted a juvenile girl in the Fort Pierce area through Facebook. Ritch reportedly had sent naked pictures to the girl, and then told her to come to Arcadia, well get a couple drinks and get a room. He allegedly also sent 10 lewd, naked photos of different women from the waist down. She then reportedly told Ritch her age and said she was going to tell police. She did, in fact, contact the Fort Pierce police who obtained copies of the materials Ritch had allegedly sent her via Facebook. Ritch was arrested on a charge of distributing obscene material to a minor and is being held without bond. Report: Man sent naked photos to girl RITCH 3065730 \ 1This is your life. What do you want to do with it? 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The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Page 9 | Arcadian what was in his hand and see it produce a miracle. Thousands of years earlier, Moses stood near a burning bush in the desert of Midian listening to a call to go to Egypt and lead his people out of slavery. Then this future great leader began to make excuses. Who am I that I should go? he asked. They will not believe me. What is that in your hand? asked a voice from the re. A rod, Moses replied; his answer accentuating how little he had in his hand and how ill equipped he felt for the great task being assigned to him (Exodus 4:2). Yet Mosess rod would later be called the rod of God. He would raise it and the Red Sea would open for his people to escape those who wanted to enslave them again (Exodus 14). He would strike a rock with that rod and refreshing water would ow in the desert to enable these former slaves to drink and keep moving forward. Centuries later, after the disciples of our Lord had run out of ideas about how to feed 5,000 hungry people on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, an unnamed boy gave up his meager lunch of sh and bread and saw it become enough to feed this hungry multitude and have 12 full baskets left over (John 6). We all have something in our hands to give. And there are too many needy people awaiting our help to keep what we have to ourselves; too many problems to solve for us to hold back from helping; too many who need to know what it means to trust God and walk with Him every day to remain silent. Whats that in your hand? Are you willing to release it to make a difference? Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at PAGE 7 | OBITUARIESShirley Marie MurphyShirley Marie Murphy, 74, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Arcadia, Fla., surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 9, 1940, in Lake Alfred, Fla., and moved to Arcadia as a small child with her family. She was of the Protestant faith, and was a member of First Christian Church of Arcadia. To know Shirley was to love her. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and was always ready to give you a helping hand. She loved the outdoors; she worked many years with her husband Billy growing and harvesting vegetables. In her retirement years, Shirley spent her time tending to her home and yard. She is survived by two daughters, Marie Browning and Peggy Murphy, both of Arcadia; ve brothers, Roy Willis of Ona, Fla., Russell (Edith) Willis, Jerry (Retha) Willis and Bobby (Colleen) Willis, all of Lake Placid, Fla., and Fred (Geneva) Willis of Arcadia; three sisters, Bertha (Bob) Loughren of Arcadia, Beatrice (Paul) Kellner of Ruskin, Fla., and Barbara Jean (Jay) Williams of Gulfport, Miss.; three grandchildren, Dr. Robert (Krista) Browning IV of Gainesville, Fla., and William Kyle Browning and Travis Murphy, both of Arcadia; two great-granddaughters, Madelyn and Lillian Browning; and numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Murphy; and parents, Bernard F. Sr. and Essie M. Bishop Willis. Graveside services were held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Lily Cemetery in Lily, Fla., with Brother Bob Loughren ofciating. Donations can be made in Shirleys name to Tidewell Hospice House, 919 N. Arcadia Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. Online condolences can be made at C. DebrowMable C. Debrow, 72, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at DeSoto Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 27, 1941. Mable was a loyal member of Martin Luther King Jr. Church of Christ in Arcadia, Fla. She worked in her early years as a nurses aide in Black Mountain, N.C., and Rochester, N.Y. Mable later worked until the facility closed at The Central Maloney Transformer Plant in Arcadia. Her favor ite pastime was shing. She was married to Feldon Debrow Jr. for 25 years. Mables memory will forever be cherished by her children, daughters, Annette (Wille) Maybell, Jeanette Fortson, Kim (Wilfred) Washington, Rhonda Debrow and Karen (Kennedy) Onori; sons, Feldon Reggie (April) Debrow and Frederick (Deborah) Debrow; siblings, Joyce Russell, Thomas (Karen) Childs, Althea Wallace, Loretta Childs, Annette Childs and Michael her Michael Boy (Bonnie) Childs; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; uncle Willie Ellis; many cousins, nieces and nephews; extended family, the Crumady family, the Primus family and Tracy Rawls; dearest friends, Ruzzell Durham, Rosalee Blandon and Virginia Snipes; and her loving, faithful dog, Meme. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Althea Childs; brother, Bennie Ellis; and sister, Deloris Brown. Visitation was held Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at Hickson Funeral Home in Arcadia. The funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at the Church of Christ. Arrangements are by Hickson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Arcadia.Hazel M. RickenbrodeHazel M. Rickenbrode, 102, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Arcadia. She was born Aug. 8, 1911, in Clearfield, Pa., moving to Arcadia in 1990 from Bradenton, Fla. Hazel was a high school graduate and worked as a beautician. She was a lifetime member of the D.A.R., and a former member of the Arcadia Garden Club. Hazel was an avid reader and an excellent painter, and enjoyed playing bridge and taking long walks, which attributed to her longevity. She was a member of Pine Level United Methodist Church. Survivors include her four grandchildren, Stephanie Blazevich, Stephan M. Rickenbrode III, Thomas A. Rickenbrode and Jacklyn Rickenbrode; two great-grandchildren, Regan and Memphis Blazevich; and daughter-in-law, Mary Alice (Doug) Unger of Americus, Ga. Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Orin Rickenbrode; and a son, Stephan Rickenbrode. Funeral services and entombment took place Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Mansion Memorial Park Cemetery in Ellenton, Fla. The Rev. Roy Arms officiated. Online condolences may be made at www.pongerkaysgrady. com. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia. May the Lord fill your heart with love. Celebrative Worship Challenging Bible Study Connection With People Traditional Praise 8:30 -9:30 AM Sunday School/Life Groups 9:45 AM 10:45 AM Contemporary Praise 11:00 AM Noon 863-494-4345 DeSoto DeSoto Church Church Directory Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory 471072 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 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 Rev. Mark Steinke Interim Pastor Adult Sunday School 8:45 AM Sunday Worship 10:00 AM All Welcome! Pastor Ellis Cross 863-494-3455 Worship 11:00 AM Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday 6:30pm Thursday Youth Group 6pm North Hillsborough Baptist Church (253 N. Hillsborough Ave.) Fort Ogden United Methodist Church 6923 SW River St. 863.494.3881 Sunday School 9:00am Sunday Worship 10:00am (Nursery Childrens Church Provided) Mondays A.A. & Al-Anon 7:30pm Wednesday K-12 Ministry 5:30pm & Bible Study 6:30pm 5104 NW Oak Hill Ave. 863-494-6224 Pastor Dr. Howell Upchurch Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:45 am and 6:00 pm Wednesday 6:30 pm for Prayer Group, Youth & Children Sunday Morning Worship Starting at 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Sun. 4:30 p.m. UMYF Wed. 6:30 pm Bible Study Nursery Available Pastor Jim Wade View Service at: Trinity United Methodist Churc h To know Christ and to make Him know n 304 W. Oak Street 494-2543 St. Edmunds Episcopal Church 327 W. Hickory St. (70 W at Manatee) 863-494-0485 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 9am Children Church 9am Contemporary Service 10am Sunday School 11am Contemporary Service Wednesday Adult, Youth & Childrens Programs 7 PM Nursery Always Available Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church 2865 SW Co. Rd 661 863-993-5568 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 34 El Verano Ave. (863) 558-0982 Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:00am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Prayer Mtg. 6:00pm Where the Bible is preached & Christ is King! OW i l


Arcadian | Page 10 The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 All-American barbecue draws voters to meet political hopefulsPHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK and SUSAN E. HOFFMAN The Peoples Voice in County Government DeSoto County Resident 54 years Graduate DeSoto County High School AA Degree in Business Polk State College Winter Haven State Certified Building Contractor 29 Years Business Owner in DeSoto County for 29 years Former President of the DeSoto County Builders Trade Association Former Employee of the DeSoto County Building Department for 8 1/2 years Member of the Florida Cattlemens Association Cattle Owner and Operator for 16 years Property Owner and Property Taxpayer in DeSoto County Registered Democrat (Conservative) Baptist Faith MIKE MIKE HALL HALL James MIKE MIKE HALL HALL James Political Advertisement Paid For And Approved by James M. Hall Jr. Democrat For DeSoto County Commissioner District 2 VOTE Tuesday, August 26th Early Voting: August 11th August 23rd E l e c t Elect 471077 1:1cclit *


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Arcadian | Page 12 The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 County Commission: At a glance Age: 64 Education: Associates degree from Polk State Experience: State certied building contractor; state certied building inspector 1. I have been a local Florida State Certied Building Contractor since March 6, 1984. Over the past 30 years, I have built many custom homes and remodeled commercial buildings. As a local businessman, I have to solve problems to the satisfaction of my home owners. Making payrolls on a weekly basis and paying payroll taxes and equipment and material bills on a monthly basis gives me an appreciation for the same issues that other local businessmen and women undergo on a regular basis. You cannot ignore your business and succeed. Letting problems go unattended will kill your business. As a small businessman I deal daily with people and issues. I work to address an issue while it is small and manageable. I do not wait until it is a forest re to begin to resolve it. 2. We are facing a decline in population; and a decline in local small businesses; and a decline in available jobs. We have lost three local businesses in the last six months. All of these businesses have been operating in DeSoto County for many years. Hard economic times have taken their toll. Our ad valorem tax base is shrinking, and may continue to do so for years to come; at least until the citrus greening issue can be resolved and construction rebound. As a commissioner I will work to cut government spending and reduce the pressure on those individuals and businesses that are struggling to pay our local taxes. Presently, our local people may be subject to paying on over 30 separate types of taxes. We must make local regulations business friendly. The more stringent they are, the more capital costs it puts on the home owner, new business owner, or those who want to expand their existing facilities. 3. Many of our local residents have family histories which reach back to the days of old Manatee County. As a commissioner I would work to see that the old ways of our traditions and rural culture are not thrown aside and summarily discarded. There is room for new growth and new people without forgetting the past traditions and those pioneer people and businesses who worked so hard to get us to where we are today. Careful planning can make room for both the old and the new. As a building contractor, I often have to work around very sensitive decorations and preserve special aspects of our older homes and ofces while bringing some of it up to date. It takes careful planning; and you have to want to preserve those special pieces of our past. Desoto County is a special place. I want to work to preserve what we have and make room for new growth and new jobs and a better future. Mike Hall (D), DeSoto County Commission, District 2 HALL Jim Selph (D), DeSoto County Commission, District 2 Age: 67 Education: Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of Florida Experience: U.S. Army, September 1969July 1971 (combat veteran of the Vietnam War); teacher, Lake Placid High School and Bartow High School, 1971-1979; UF/ IFAS DeSoto County Extension Director and Livestock and Forages Agent, 1979-2009; DeSoto County Commissioner, District 2, 2010-2014. 1. I believe I am the most qualied candidate to be elected to serve a second term on the County Commission due to my education, my leadership experiences, and my 30 year tenure as a University/County employ ee who has dedicated my working life to public service as the former IFAS County Extension Director and more importantly, my past four years of service as your County Commissioner. In my rst Commission term I aggressively sought education through the Certied County Commission, and Advanced County Commission training programs through the Florida Association of Counties. I also became very active in the Florida Association of Counties and the Small County Coalition. My ability to work cooperatively with others to achieve a goal or solve a problem are key attributes that I believe make me the best candidate. 2. The County has for many years faced a number of challenges and I believe that one of the most important challenges that directly affect our residents is access to highwage job opportunities and economic diversication. This is an issue that I have engaged heavily in during my current term, and one that I will continue to be fully engaged in over the next four years. Specically, I intend to continue to work with my fellow Commissioners, staff, local, regional, and state partners to increase economic opportunity for our residents by building off of the many initiatives we implemented in the past four years to include the formation of the Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Tourist Development Council. In addition, I will support and engage in addressing the barriers that exist in attracting business and industry as presented in the forthcoming Strategic Economic Development Plan that is nearing completion. We must work to make Desoto County an attractive place to do business. 3. The great people in our County live here because they choose to, and I believe in the history and tradition of our County. Preservation of our tradition is important to many, and the need for prosperity is equally important. Tradition and prosperity do not have to occur in competition, it can occur in tandem. Through land preservation, historical preservation, the comprehensive plan and land development regulations in the County, we can work to ensure that development occurs along specic corridors, while preserving our agricultural/ rodeo heritage and tradition. In April, the Commission held a series of Community Conversations, to reach out to the residents we serve to do nothing but listen. The common threads and participant surveys revealed that the most important issues were 1: Community Appearance 2: Economic Opportunity, and 3: Infrastructure. The Community spoke, and we listened. The Commission and staff are actively working to develop a plan to address these areas, and share projects with the community. SELPH In an effort to help you, the voter, decide whom to choose in local elections, The Arcadian submitted questionnaires to the candidates running for local ofces in contested races (County Commission and School Board). This weeks proles are dedicated to the County Commission races, and next week we will focus on the School Board candidates. Each candidate was asked for some basic information and to answer some questions. (The questions were the same for all candidates in the same race: that is, all County Commission candidates were given the same three questions, and all school board candidates the same two questions.) They were asked to answer in no more than 150 words per question. The questions appear below. On the following pages, we have printed the candidates answers as they were submitted to us. Minor changes have been made for grammar and style. (Note: Virginia Algar, the write-in candidate for the Nov. 2 general election in the County Commission District 2 race, did not return her questionnaire.) It is our hope that the answers reprinted here will help you decide which candidates you want to choose in the August 26 primary election. Questions to County Commission candidates 1. In your opinion, what makes you the most qualied individual to be elected to serve on the Commission? 2. What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the county in the next four years, and what is your specic plan to help resolve it? 3. DeSoto County is rich with tradition. As a commissioner, how would you balance the preservation of tradition with the need for progress and quality of live improvements? The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Page 13 | Arcadian Age: 45 Education: Trenton High School, Class of 1987; Lake City Community College, Dept. of Corrections Standards Program Experience: Work 30+ years in agriculture; 5 1/2 years with Department of Corrections; 3 years ranch manager; 7 1/2 years with Desoto County Property Appraisers Ofce. Political Eight years as County Commissioner for Desoto County, currently serving a second term as chairman for the Desoto County Board of County Commissioners; board member of the Peace River Manasota Water Supply Authority for 4 years, currently serving as Chairman of the board. 1. Qualications that will allow me to effectively continue to serve on the board of county commissioners include my hands-on experience and knowledge of county commissioner responsibilities and duties to include budgets, land development regulations, policies and ordinances, and the internal daily business of Desoto County that I have gained while serving as your District 4, county commissioner over the past 8 years. 2. I feel the biggest challenge facing the county over the next 4 years is economic growth. Plans to help resolve this challenge include the promotion of new construction within our county to provide more taxable value that would generate a larger tax base, which in turn, would help reduce taxes for property owners overall. 3. To help preserve Desoto County traditions while working to improve progress and quality of life, I will continue to promote growth within our county by making improvements on the economics tools we currently have in place. These tools include the ERU pool, tax abatement incentives for new businesses, waiver of impact fees, the enterprise zone, and continue to work on rules and regulations that encumber new construction at the county, state and federal levels. Age: 45 Education: 1986 graduate of DeSoto County High School; completed Real Estate School and Construction School. I hold various certications involved in construction and agriculture including: OSHA safety; Trench Safety; Pesticide License; and Conned Space. Experience: License building contractor since 2000; Vice President of Operations for KB Homes for 5 years; Started CS Farms 2011; Ordained minister currently serving at Faith Community Worship Center. 1. With my experience as a business owner in the construction/land development elds and farming, I have managed budgets in the millions of dollars and managed hundreds of employees. My experience as a contractor in dealing with local Land Development regulations gives me a unique perspective on the needs for better development regulations. I am a business minded person, able to weigh out and make hard choices today for the betterment of our future. 2. In my opinion, the biggest challenge we face as a county is the nancial stability of our local government. We are currently facing the decreasing tax value of our agriculture lands because of citrus greening. The ever increasing cost of county provided services will require a diligent effort to maintain the balance without increasing the tax burden on our citi zens. In order to accomplish this, we must have an aggressive Economic Development plan: First, we must help our local businesses generate more opportunities for growth and offer better and more employment oppor tunities. Second, an effort must be made to tap into our tourism opportunities that exists with our downtown antiques, Turner Center functions, Rodeo Association, Watermelon festival and other activities associated with the Peace River. Third, we need to work to attract outside businesses to move into our community. 3. Being a 4th generation farmer, I understand tradition. Tradition is the backbone of our community. However, I also understand the need for progress, innovation and new regulations. The balance of tradition and progress is always a difcult one. However, maintaining our traditional identity of a historical, agricultural based community can still be achieved with the assistance of new innovation which provides the next generation a desire to stay and raise their families in our town. The rich tradition that makes us who we are is only passed down to those who have an under standing of the hard work and sacrice that those before us have paid. The success of our forefathers only came with tradition and progress working hand in hand. We must not stie progress for the cause of tradition; otherwise we have failed. Elton Langford (D), DeSoto County Commission, District 4 LANGFORD Chris Stephens (D), DeSoto County Commission, District 4 STEPHENS 2014 DESOTO COUNTY PRIMARY FAST FACTSEarly voting location Supervisor of Elections office, 201 E. Oak Street, Room 104, Arcadia; 993-4871 Times Aug. 11-15: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Aug. 18-22: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 23: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Personnel and equipment 2-3 office personnel; 1 EV Deputy; 1 Tabu lator; 1 ADA Tabulator; 7 privacy booths; ballot box Primary election day: Aug. 26 Personnel and equipment: 15 precincts, 1 Tabulator; 1 ADA Tabulator; 1 ballot box per precinct; 1 poll deputy; 2-8 poll workers depending on precinct size; 3-25 privacy booth, depending on precinct size.PRECINCTS1 South County Annex, 8789 SW County Road 761, Arcadia 2 Owens Community Center/School, 5586 Owens School St. SW, Arcadia 3 Pine Level United Methodist Church, 9596 NW Pine Level St., Arcadia 5 Smith Brown Recreational Center, 14 School Ave., Arcadia 6 Smith Brown Recreational Center, 14 School Ave., Arcadia 7 Speer Recreation Center, 185 Winifred St., Arcadia 8 Oak Hill Baptist Church, 5104 NW Oak Hill Ave., Arcadia 9 Brownville Baptist Church, 7015 NE Cubitis Ave., Arcadia 10 Rodeo Grounds Ticket Office, 124 Heard St., Arcadia 11 Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. oak St., Arcadia 13 Nocatee United Methodist Church, 4502 SW Welles Ave., Nocatee 14 Fort Ogden United Methodist Church, 6923 SW River St., Fort Ogden 15 First Baptist Church of Christ Life Center, 1006 N. Highway 17, Arcadia 16 McSwain Building, 16 S. Volusia Ave., Arcadia 17 First Baptist Church of Christ Life Center, 1006 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia *There was no Precinct 4 or 12 listed by the Supervisor of Elections OfficeLOCAL CANDIDATESThe Supervisor of Elections has confirmed the following slate of candidates who have qualified to run for local offices in the 2014 elections. City Council (nonpartisan; at-large) three seats William B. Bailey Susan Coker Richard Fazzone Keith Keene (incumbent) Candace Reed Judy Wertz Strickland S. Delshay Turner Mitchell Watson City Marshal (nonpartisan) Matt Anderson (incumbent) Clifton Brown Lorenzo Dixon County School Board (nonpartisan): District 1 Roosevelt Johnson Daniel Via District 3 Deborah Snyder (incumbent) District 5 Ronny Allen (incumbent) Maria Moreno Board of County Commissioners: District 2 James Mike Hall D Jim Selph D (incumbent) Virginia algar R (write-in) District 4 Elton Langford D (incumbent) Chris Stephens D Look for future issues of The Arcadian for more election announcements. r.,.,i1t .:r,rY "i"vV1a w


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SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Arcadian | Page 16CRICKET IN DESOTO PAGE 19Believe it or not, DeSoto County is home to a cricket team. The Arcadian caught up with them during a recent practice session. The DeSoto County Bulldogs football team began practice last week and have seen several new things this season. First there is a new blocking sled that was assembled last Friday before practice. The five-man sled not only builds up strength but it has a resistance to it provided by a strong coil spring. No longer can an offensive man just brush by his block. The sled will provide some resistance not found when a teammate held a dummy as in the past. This piece of equipment also frees up the defen sive team to work on their plays rather than holding dummies for the offense. The players will also be outfitted in new uniforms, both home and on the road. Head Coach Matt Egloff showed the uniforms and pointed out the improved quality over last years jerseys. The blue shirts will be worn for all home games.Fresh facesThe biggest new thing for this years team, however, is the addition of two new coaches. Jeff Golden is a former quarterback at Ohio University and will be working with the quarterbacks. He will be teaching social studies at the high school. The other new edition to Egloffs staff is John Hearon. Hearon has many years experience coaching in New Jersey and will continue his special teams coaching career at DeSoto County High School. He will also teach physics and physical science at the high school. The benefits of additional coaching staff has already been evident. With the first week of practice being in the gym because of rain and lightning, every player was kept busy. There was a lot of activity during the indoor practice sessions. You had to keep your head on a swivel with players and footballs in constant motion. Returning coaches Wade Huckaby and Richard Koonce along with Hearon were working with the linemen in one corner of the gym. Offensive coordinator Bumper Hay Bulldogs ready for new seasonBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER The Bulldogs will be wearing new uniforms for the 2014 season. The blue jersey will be worn for all home games with the white one used on the road. Head Coach Matt Eglo and Darrel Nicklow assemble the teams new blocking sled. Two new varsity coaches include quarterback coach Je Golden (left) and John Hearon. Both coaches will be teaching in the high school.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, Oensive coordinator Bumper Hay hands o to running back Oscar The Cuban Assassin Alfonso.SEASON | 17 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! 471074 2 Complete Pairs of Shatter Resistant Glasses for $99 Expires 09/30/2014 Shatter Resistant, Scratch Resistant, UV Protecting, Polycarbonate Lenses & Select Frames For patients 18 and under with a valid glasses prescription only. Offer cannot be used in conjuncti on with any other offer, sale, or insurance benefits. Must present this ad to redeem offer eftILEVIGNY SSOCIATESmE YE CARh l7.! ASEVIGNYASSOCIATESEYE CARIE-


The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Page 17 | Arcadian Omar Rendon, a 2003 DeSoto County graduate, has been named new varsity boys soccer coach for the 2014-2015 season. Rendon is an outstanding choice as his dedication and commitment to the DeSoto County soccer community is well known. Rendon runs a weekend soccer league at Brewer Park for players of all ages. He knows the players and more importantly the players know him and what he expects from them. He has dreams of creating a soccer academy in DeSoto County that will not only help develop local players, but also players from other communities as well. He has experience as the junior varsity boys soccer coach at DeSoto County High School for four seasons. He also has no plans of leaving the area. Im not going anywhere, he said. This is my home and I want to coach here for as long as they will let me. They wont have to worry about me going to another program, this is where I want to be. Rendon is replacing veteran coach Tracy Hay, who accepted a teaching job at Community Christian in Port Charlotte. Hays three sons are attending the school and she wants to teach at the same school they are attending. Believe me, it was a very hard decision to make, she said. I loved the program here (DeSoto) and the players are wonderful kids. Ive tried to arrange it so I could be here after school in time for practice but it just isnt going to work.Rendon named new varsity boys soccer coachBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comOmar Rendon has been named the varsity boys soccer coach at DeSoto County High School. Rendon, seen here getting ready to paint the lines on a soccer eld before a game, has created a weekend soccer league and is well known and respected in the local soccer community. Junior Stefan Thumpa Williams reads the number on his pads to coach Matt Eglo.was working on handoffs with the running backs and Golden was showing the quarterbacks how to play their position. New head middle school football coach, Ray Allshouse, was throwing passes to the receivers as Egloff went from station to station to help with each group. There was a lot less time for the players to be goofing off between drills with three more coaches keeping them working. Darrel Nicklow rounds out this years staff. The Bulldog coaching staff was undermanned last season with just four or five coaches available on Friday night. Other teams had as many as 13 coaches (North Port) at the games. The Bulldogs will host the Port Charlotte Pirates in the Kick-Off Classic a week from tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 22. They will then begin their 2014 season the following week with a home game against Lake Region. There is a tailgate party sponsored by the Arcadia Main Street Program from 5p.m.-7 p.m. in downtown Arcadia before the game. The Blazing Blue Band will provide live music, and there will be games for the kids. A barbecue chicken dinner will be available for just $8. Reservations for the dinner are available by calling 863-990-9753.SEASONFROM PAGE 16ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 471014 M 40 41_ 1\E Cypress St .r On, "r < a o mZ ZDr. Laura DeStefanoHickory StLewellyn CasselsARNP


Arcadian | Page 18 The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comArcadia resident Jimmy Crites gets high ves from his teammates after blasting a three-run home run well over the fence into right center eld. Crites is a member of the Classic Logos softball team in the Florida Half Century Softball League. The league plays in a dierent city on the rst weekend of every month. They held the August tournament in Punta Gorda.Local competes in senior league Cricket team represents DeSoto County ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThese are part of the players on the Arcadian Thunders cricket team. They practice every Saturday at Brewer Park and play teams from Tampa to Naples. Team members include: Shahriar Sabbir (captain), Mashed, Ray Chowdhury, Moe Chowdhury, Haq and Raz. Shahriar Sabbir takes his turn as batsman for the Thunder. Haq plays the bowler position for the Arcadian Thunders during practice for their upcoming game against Sarasota. 471037 Public Notice SOLICITATION FOR DESOTO COUNTY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL MEMBE R The DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners is actively seeking members for the DeSoto County To urist Development Council (TDC). The TDC is established by Ordinance by the Board of County Commissioners and consists of nine (9) me mbers appointed by the DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners. Requirements Interested party who is involved in the tourism industry and who has a demonstrated interest in to urist development, or is the owner or operator of motels, hotels, recreational vehicle parks, or other tourist accommodations in the county and sub ject to the Tourist Development Tax under the authority of Florida Statute 125.0104 All appointed members will be required to comply with conflict of interest provisions and all applic able provisions of Chapter 112, Florida Statutes. Please submit a brief biography, a letter of interest, and contact information to the DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners, c/o Economic Development Department, 201 E Oak Street, Suite 201, Arcadia, FL 34266 or via email to m.taber@desot Please clearly mark Tourist Development Council on the envelope or email subject line. Submissions will be accepted through Frid ay, August 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM ISG)TopES


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The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Page 23 | Arcadian Board approves fire code ordinanceThe board also voted unanimously to approve a new re code ordinance that includes a section to allow waivers or modications for certain businesses looking to build in the county. The ordinance, believed to be the rst of its kind in the state, allows the county to provide waivers to sidestep several of Floridas stringent re code requirements. The move is designed to encourage more development in the county. This is a bold move by this board, Miller said. It just shows how much were doing to bring businesses and jobs here. Other commissioners echoed Millers sentiment, with Commissioner Elton Langford noting the county lost approximately $500,000 in potential construction last year because of the re codes.Land development regulations ready for publicConn said staff had made more revisions to the countys LDR draft ordinance, and pointed out notable changes: Notice for special exceptions and variances has been moved from 400 feet to 1,000 feet. Quasi-judicial hearings will now allow the public to ask questions and be cross-examined. Minor variances on setbacks have been eliminated. Parking or storing an agricultural vehicle on Agriculture-5 and Agriculture-10 zoned property will be allowed as a permitted use (must be a bona de agriculture use). Buffering has been adjusted to make it more reasonable and workable for businesses. Motor vehicles and RVs that do not have current license plates cannot be parked or stored in any district that allows residential use. Also, an RV is prohibited from being parked on a property unless it is parked on property with a dwelling, or is in an enclosed structure and owned by the property owner. Conn also mentioned changes to minor plats and permitted uses and structures, and the revised LDRs will be presented for two public hearings at the end of September and October. The public is still encouraged to voice its opinion on the LDR revisions, which will not take effect until voted on for nal approval by the board in October. BOCCFROM PAGE 1 pine pipes 12 and 14 feet long with eight-inch bores were unearthed in Manhattan. City workers guessed that they were installed in the 1820s by a company fullling a contract with the city as cheaply as possible, according to a New York Times blog. Surprisingly, the 1934 issue of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers Bulletin (No. 1404) recommends wood well casing only if the length will be continually saturated. Society Secretary Norma Banas will show a collection of items made by the Syroco, or Syracuse Ornamental Company. Founded in 1890 by immigrant Adolph Holstein in Syracuse, New York, the company manufactured molded wood-pulp products that resembled hand-carving. Holstein mixed wood pulp, our, and other materials and extruded the combination into compression molds made from original wood carvings. Early 20th century sales catalogs featured hundreds of relief-style moldings and decorations that could be used on walls, furniture, and even caskets. By the 1930s, the company produced gift and novelty items using wood our and polymer. They were marketed as SyrocoWood or Woodite. Banas donated a SyrocoWood horsehead tie rack to the John Morgan Ingraham House now open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except the second Thursday) and the second Saturday of the month. To decorate the rack, the Society seeks donations of ties worn before 1939 by Arcadias businessmen. Society member Arthur Southwell remembered when the Arcadia Electric, Ice, and Telephone Company structure burned in 1949. After the re, the company invited neighbors to salvage the ruins dating to 1901. Southwell and his father carried off enough boards to build a shed in the back yard of their home. He saved two 6 cypress boards and will bring them to the meeting. The Societys books, Recollections I, II, III, and IV plus the Walking Tour of Historic Arcadia, Florida, booklet will be on sale at the meeting. T-shirt featuring legendary Acrefoot Johnson, as drawn by Luke Wilson, will also be available. All proceeds will benet the Societys efforts to preserve and promote the history of DeSoto County. For information, call Bebe Bradbury at 863-494-6607 or email bebebradbury@ AND TELLFROM PAGE 3 PHOTO BY CAROL MAHLERA SyrocoWood tie rack decorated with a horses head carving, donated by Norma Banas. The Historical Society would like to nd some 1930s-vintage mens ties to hang on the rack for display in the Ingraham House. the loss of employment to the workers and the effects on their families. Also the people in the community that may not be able to get to an ER if they needed to due to funds or lack of transportation. Please dont close our hospital without looking at the whole picture.Donna Mabey ArcadiaI have COPD and sleep apnea. Its nice having a hospital when you need help. We have good doctors, nurses and staff that care about their patients. We like this, Its upsetting when you are sent to doctors or hospitals in other towns you dont know and who don;t know you. You feel like a number instead of a person. Sherry Rose Miraldi ArcadiaLETTERFROM PAGE 4 150 lbs.10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150Would you please pledge towards our weight loss? Steve Bauer and I (Joe Gallimore) are losing weight to win! We are a special project planned by Kristen Spahr, Marketing Director of DeSoto Memorial Hospital. She has encouraged and inspired us to participate in a healthier lifestyle. She has recorded our weight and will monitor each week through November 27, 2014. Steve and I have a combined goal of 150 pound loss. We seek your support in pledging funding toward the pounds we lose. Your pledge multiplied with our weight loss achieved will be a positive gain for our community / county as every dollar earned by pledges will be contributed toward DeSoto County Veterans Appreciation Days. ats right, plans are set for several days of festivities while honoring all veterans who have served our nation. is will include the presence of the Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial. is will be promoted locally and around the state to invite other community and county residents to come to DeSoto and be part of these days of celebration, respect and honor. Your pledge is tax deductible! please be a part of this Win Win scenario. Steves o cial starting weight 322lbs Joes o cial starting weight 348 lbs Collectively, were determined to Lose to Win! Businesses or individuals pledging per pound: Danny Collins $1 Algie Didlaukies $5 David Dunn Rankin $2 Sue Ho man $1 Bob White .25 cent Steve Sachkar .25 cent Geri Kotz .25 cent Carol Moore .25 cent Debbie Dunn Rankin .25 cent Purple House of Charlotte County $1 Gallimore Family $2LOSE TO WIN! 471075 Collectively, were determined to Lose 2 Win! Debbie Dunn-Rankin .25 cent David Dunn-Rankin $2 If you wish to make a pledge contact Joe Gallimore by phone at 990-8099 or 494-2434 or email Week 9 Weight Loss 58 Lbs Current Weight WEEK #1 WEEK #4 Businesses or individuals pledging per pound: Danny Collins $1 Alton Shattuck $5 David Dunn-Rankin $2 Sue Hoffman $1 Bob White .25 cent Steve Sachkar .25 cent Geri Kotz .25 cent Carol Moore .25 cent Debbie Dunn-Rankin .25 cent Purple House of Charlotte County $1 Gallimore Family $2 Derek DunnRankin $1 Mayor-Alice Frierson $1 Geo Care LLC $1 Chuck & Martha Craven $2 Kristen Spahr .25 cent Lotela Gold Band $1 Frank and Rose Bauer .25 cent Lew Ambler .50 cent Dick Fazzone $1 Ed & Mary Lyne .50 cent The Veterans Council $1 Wendy Hunter $1 Don T. Bench .25 cent Dr. Lorenzo Dixon $1 George Dickenson .75 cent Darrell Suggs .50 cent First State Bank $1 Plattners Arcadia Chevrolet Buick $1 K&J Produce $1 Judy Kirkpatrick $1 John Drake & Jackie Scogin .50 cent California Toe Jam Band $1 Celebrity Entertainment $2 Ed Stone .30 cent Don & Mary Finkle .50 cent Steve Big Daddy Knapp .50 cent Patrick Lange .50 cent Rhonda Mixon $1 Mike Kazyzkowski $1 County Commissioner Bob Miller .50 cent City Administrator Tom Slaughter .50 cent Paul Bennett Seusy, Esq. $1 Jane Fricke Martin $1 Dr. Ronald Sevigny $1 John & Trudi Super $1 County Commissioner-Buddy Mansfield $1 Ronnie Jones $1 Jan Schmitz $1 Seacoast Bank $1 Michelle Williamson The Williamson Group $1 Cox Pest Control $1 Mac Martin-Martin Realty Co. 25 cent Jackie Tucker .25 cent Would you please pledge toward our weight loss? Steve Bauer and I (Joe Gallimore) are losing weight 2 win! We are a special project planned by Kristen Spahr, Marketing Director of DeSoto Memorial Hospital. She has encouraged and inspired us to participate in a healthier life-style. She has recorded our weight and will monitor each week through November 27, 2014. Steve and I have a combined goal of 150 pound loss. We seek your support in pledging funding toward the pounds we lose. Your pledge multiplied with our weight loss achieved will be a positive gain for our community/county as EVERY DOLLAR EARNED BY PLEDGES WILL BE CONTRIBUTED TOWARD DESOTO COUNTY VETERANS APPRECIATION DAYS Thats right, plans are set for several days of festivities while honoring all veterans who have served our nation. This will include the presence of the Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial This will be promoted locally and around the state to invite other community and county residents to come to DeSoto and be part of these days of celebration, respect and honor, December 4-7, 2014. Your pledge is TAX DEDUCTIBLE! Please be a part of this Win-Win scenario. Steves official starting weight 322lbs Joes official starting weight 348lbs Collectively, Were determined to Lose 2 Win! 277 335 WEEK #9 LOSE 2 WIN! 4 0


Arcadian | Page 24 The Sun / Thursday, August 14, 2014 Non-prot organizations and faithbased groups, such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, poured into the county with volunteers, supplies and hope. They bolstered the efforts of dozens of local churches, whose members checked in on fellow congregants, manned squads of volunteers and provided spiritual sustenance. Much of the focus on this 10th anniversary has been on our communitys remarkable recovery from Hurricane Charley. That long-term dedication to rebuilding is heroic in its own way. Today, though, we are humbled and grateful to be a part of a community that took the worst nature could throw at it and responded with courage and compassion. That we shook off the dust and served as a model of resilience should make every one of us proud.OUR VIEWFROM PAGE 4The silence the rst few nights after wards was just plain eerie and the heat unbearable, both day and night. One by one, generators began humming in neighborhoods, laboring to keep food in refrigerators and freezers from spoiling. Chain saws were soon heard everywhere, and neighbors helped neighbors. Fallen trees littered yards, leaned on houses, and blocked trafc. Homes in many neighborhoods showed terrible damage, missing doors, porches, windows, and roofs. Then there was the endless debris that was visible in all directions in the streets, in yards, and even in the trees. Some churches rallied and held services two days after the storm. And some church buildings were totally demolished. And then the cavalry came to the rescue, in convoys of trucks from power companies around Florida and many GRITS & PIECESFROM PAGE 4 from states far away, along with out-oftown churches and other organizations that set up tents as food and water stations, all free and such a godsend. Blue tarps soon covered damaged roofs everywhere and this community came together in a way that hadnt been seen since Hurricane Donna brought her fury to DeSoto County in 1960. Everybody shared what they had with family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers. Some lost electricity for weeks and there were some who lost their homes completely. Sponge baths and coffee cooked on grills were luxuries. And I never knew how much a cup of ice water could taste like heaven until then. Picking up the pieces of our shattered town and shattered lives went on for many months, with reminders everywhere. Every time we talked to someone different, wed hear amazing stories and learn of even more damage. One mental image Ill always have is of the countless pine trees, snapped by the terrible winds about 10 feet off the ground, and all leaning to the east, looking like they were bowing to the storm that had rampaged by. I stayed at work that night, helping secure things, and drove home after 11 p.m. in total silence and total darkness. With no electricity anywhere there were no landmarks to see only black silhouettes of buildings barely visible against a backdrop of more stars than I ever knew existed. I drove over fallen wires and around trees, and nally got home, tired and emotionally drained. Lots of family were at my house, sleeping everywhere, and I ate a bowl of cold soup and slept as best I could. Life will always have storms for us to endure. What matters is how prepared we are for them, what we do when theyre upon us, and how we pick up the pieces and move on afterward. They are learning lessons as well, teaching us things about ourselves and our community that we may not have ever considered before. And if we can learn and grow from these experiences, then well have a silver lining for whatever storm clouds may gather in the future. Ive never underestimated the resilience of the human spirit, especially in small communities. And I was proud to see it rise above the devastation, and know that it always stands at the ready. kids who have nowhere to go after school or during the summers. The gym could provide not only a safe haven, but an opportunity to be successful. This is just the beginning, we have a long way to go, but with support like this, this facility will become a reality. Coach Bowers also served as an honorary judge, along with Jonathon Hock, Dan Garner and Melda Allen. In the end, the ABC team took home the award for best chicken and Team Lippys won best ribs and chefs choice. However, the true winners of the competition are the youth who will benet from a restored facility that will provide afterschool and summer programming. The Smith Brown Community Foundation extends an extremely warm thank you to all of the teams who participated, new Friends of the Gym sponsors, Steve and Debi Allen, Commissioner Jim and Cindy Selph and Dr. Jeff Johnson, who each donated $500 to the cause, Commissioner Bob Miller, Debi Waters Barnwell and Melda Allen for providing the beans, Cindy McLeod Ely and Alice McLeod Ames for providing pies for the rafe, and the winner of the 50/50, Christine Ryan Burkart, for donating her prize money back to the cause. To learn more about the project or to become a sponsor, call the Smith Brown Community Foundation at 863-990-0527. RENOVATIONFROM PAGE 2 PHOTO PROVIDED BY ASHLEY COONEDr. Je Johnson presents Coach RIchard Bowers, Smith Brown Community Foundations founder and president, with a plaque honoring his service to the youth of the community. Visit the following businesses and shop local for quality service and customer service. LAWN EQUIPMENT BOWLING GREEN SMALL ENGINE SERVICE, INC. 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