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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, August 21, 2014 24 pages / 50 centsBREAKING NEWS Deputies found not guilty A federal jury found two former DeSoto County corrections deputies not guilty in the beating of an inmate, and the cover-up after the fact. PAGE 8 A section of the Sun Arcadian 50 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Family Album ..........7 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Religion ..............10 Sports ...............14 Agriculture ...........22 FORE! Improvements at city golf course may draw more customers ................................... 2 RAPE, BATTERY CHARGES: Local man charged with sexual assault, battery ................................. 8 SCHOOL BOARD RACE: Profiles of School Board candidates plus candidate financial reports ............. 12-13 INSIDE Like us on Facebook Schools welcome students back for a new year ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comLong lines form at the entry to West Elementary Monday for the rst day back at school. Turn to page 18 for more photos. Justin, Julia and Jaelyn Hatcher arrive at West Elementary School for their rst day of the new school year. Students arrive at West Elementary and check in at the oce with questions.The Arcadia City Council got a glimpse into the future Tuesday night after hearing strategic planning strategies from county and city staff. Interim County Administrator Mandy Hines discussed the countys efforts to encourage job growth and development in the area, saying its challenges mirror many of those in the city. She said the county hired the site consultant rm Sight Selection Group to analyze DeSotos strengths and weaknesses for potential growth opportunities. As part of the rms report, although the area boasts a 20 percent discount compared to building/relocating to metro areas, several negatives continue to hold the region back. Three areas they noted as negatives are the shortage of a skilled workforce, the lack of access to buildings and sites and the communitys curb appeal, she said. Hines continued that projects such as a Florida Department of Transportation Local Agency Program-funded redevelopment work in downtown Arcadia are the beginning of increased partnerships with the city. I hope we can have a well planned partnership to move projects like this forward, she said. City Planner Carl McQuay, and Jim LaRue and Jeff Matthews from LaRue Planning presented highlights of the citys recent strategic planning efforts, saying its encouraging to see the countys interests in pairing with the city on projects. Matthews said much of the focus in future projects will be directed toward improving the communitys appearance, which is no easy task. Its very difcult to change the visual image of something, but thats our goal, he said. Areas that will require attention include the following: Improved roads and utilitiesCity, county focus on futureBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORFUTURE | 22 RCJ .01 X l ) l A i Nry/ _1 A x14 ri.IP/f T 'l'am1.[FR` rir ,+ ''Cr`'I -T`-e + /ew 1 ,fir1. ti Wit. -.Y, .. ,.._,_,..y. ,c v7 @'05252"516216


Arcadian | Page 2 The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 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 Main Street Program, DeSoto County High Bulldogs, Desoto Art and Humanities Council, Antique Association of Arcadia and the DeSoto County Historical Society are all coming together on Friday for a kick-off Tailgate party for the DeSoto Bulldogs. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. downtown at the Tree of Knowledge Park. There will be face painting and the Mighty Blazing Blue Band will be there. Barbecue chicken dinners will be sold for $8. Call 863-990-9753 to reserve your dinner today. Desserts will be sold by the Antique Association. Students, wear your Bulldog T-shirt and win a prize. Come out and support the Dawgs as they take on the Port Charlotte High School Pirates at 7:30 p.m. at DeSoto County High in the Kick-off Classic, starting another season of Bulldogs football. See page 16 for more details on Bulldogs football.Tailgate with the Bulldogs FridayARCADIA MAIN STREET Since his hire last year, Arcadia Municipal Golf Course Department Head Michael Kotzker has been a man on a mission. Inheriting a course saddled with weeds, disrepair and Changes taking shape at city golf courseBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORdisgruntled golfers, Kotzker and his staff have made tremendous strides in bringing the city-owned entity back to life in time for fall visitors. When I was hired this was all weeds; it was horrendous, Kotzker said. We knew we had our work cut out for us, and were excited to showcase the changes weve made once more golfers arrive in the fall. Changes to the course include the reconstruction of 12 greens, along with some new, elevated tee boxes. And with the help of new course Superintendent Tom Taylor, a more stringent method of weed control has been implemented on the entire course, with fairways and other areas receiving more thorough grooming. A shaky pastKotzkers efforts come in the shadow of a wary city council, which has seen the course lose money for several years. Theft in the pro shop, poor staff attitudes toward patrons and other issues have plagued the course in the past, and council members have questioned whether it should be sold to a private entity. The courses proposed budget for 2015 is more than $411,000, and Kotzker knows he needs to produce results sooner rather than later. But he also believes the small changes hes already made will pay big dividends in the near future. Weve raised the cost of member ship this year, which considering the improvements weve made, really isnt much, he said. But looking at the numbers, I fully expect to see revenues increase by more than 25 percent next year, and I think thats just a start. With a small staff that includes four volunteers, Kotzker said the changes theyve made to the course have been impressive, and by doing it themselves theyve been able to save a tremendous amount of money. He adds that because they began making improvements to the course during last season, the comments from winter visitors were positive. The members see we are working hard to make progress, and they appreciate that, he said. Most of those who left last year were excited to see the improvements and looking forward to returning in the fall. The front nine is currently closed as staff works on green repairs and other course maintenance, but Kotzker says his plan is for the entire course to be open for play by Sept. 1.A long-term payoffAs the city struggles with another tight budget for 2015, both Kotzker and Taylor hope they are given enough time to bring the course back up to par. The long-term gain, they say, will be worth the short-term pain. We inherited a golf course that was already losing money and going down, and have worked very hard to try to get it back into condition where it will make money, Taylor said. When I was rst hired I told them that bringing this course back would be a ve-year deal. I can patch it up enough to get it play able its rst year, but to get this course where it needs to be wont be a quick turnaround. Kotzker says the ultimate goal is to make the course a destination for golfers who in the past would drive past it en route to nearby courses like The Bluffs. I feel like even this year we are going to have as good if not a better course than the Bluffs, he said. If were given the chance to continue to move forward here, in ve years I think this course can come close to being up there with Kingsway. As the areas winter visitors return, Kotzker hopes to disprove any doubters who believe the course will continue to be a drag on the citys nancials. Im bringing money into the city, and I hope the council knows that, he said. Kotzker adds he has one request for council members who doubt the golf course is worth the costs associated with repairing it. I wish they would come out here and let me show them in person, he said. If you can see what weve done in a relatively short time, you can see the enormous potential this course holds for the city. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE BAUERThis green is one of 12 that are being redone by the Arcadia Golf Courses sta. The course plans to have all greens ready for play by September. Golf Course Manager Michael Kotzker checks on one of the greens currently under repair at the course. Course Superintendent Tom Taylor inspects a new border taking shape on a green thats under reconstruction as part of the courses recent updates. A golf course staer uses a walk-behind clipper to trim the grass on one of the reconstructed greens. This green is in the process of being repaired. The process to rebuild each green takes between 8-12 weeks. M i c h a e l D e r h o d g e O D Michael Derhodge O.D. T h o m a s Q u i g l e y M D Thomas Quigley M.D. FREE EYE EXAM FOR NEW PATIENTS Complete medical exam with one of our board certified eye doctors includes prescription for eyeglasses, and test for cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases. Offer applies to US Citizens 59 years and older. 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The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Page 3 | Arcadian DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council in Arcadia is issuing a Call for Art and Quilt Challenge in conjunction with the Pine Level Public Art and Archaeology Day to be held Oct.18. The DeSoto County Historical Society and the Florida Public Archaeology Network West Central Region will host the event to learn more about the community and the people who lived there between 1866 and 1888 and to celebrate its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Pine Level, Florida was established in 1866 as the new county seat of old Manatee County (formed in 1855). By 1887 the little community grew and had a small commercial center, but because of its remote location it was destined to decline. When the county was divided in May 1887, Pine Level became the seat of the newly formed DeSoto County until Arcadia was chosen in November 1888. For a summary of the historical background of the community and existing photos and drawings of the original 40 acre town site, see http:// Artists are asked to create art depicting what they believe the community looked like during its settlement. Streetscapes, scenes of every day life, still lifes of objects of the era are suggested. Art is not limited to two dimensions models, dioramas, or other 3-D art are welcome. Artists of all ages and abilities are encour aged to enter. There will be Peoples Choice Awards in four age categories (Pre-K to elementary school, middle school, high school and adults). For more information see http://bit. ly/1sPEwWQ. A separate Quilt Challenge has been issued for quilts reminiscent of the era. Quilters are asked to create 30 x 30 inch quilts using reproduction fabrics of the 1866-1900 time period. Quilters from all over are invited to participate. Quilts may be entered as a donation to the sponsoring organizations, or may be entered for exhibit only. For more information see Quilt challenge, art contest held for historic Pine LevelBy KAREN SMOKEDESOTO ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL PHOTO PROVIDED BY DESOTO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOWARD AND VELMA MELTON HISTORICAL RESEARCH LIBRARYPine Level was once the county seat of a large area of west central Florida. It was established in 1866 but because of its remote location it was destined to decline. When the county was divided in May 1887, Pine Level became the seat of the newly formed DeSoto County until Arcadia was chosen in November 1888. Area historical, archaeological and art council organizations are cele brating its listing on the National Register of Historic Places with an event planned forOct. 18.Quilts must be received by Oct. 1, and will be displayed at DeSoto County Public Library until the event. At the event on Oct. 18, a sale of priced art and donated quilts will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pine Level United Methodist Church, 9596 NW Pine Level Street, Arcadia. View a historical artifact display, participate in hands-on activities for all ages, and door prizes and refreshments will be available. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Be sure to plan time to visit the charming town of Arcadia, known for its numerous antique shops. Arcadia is located 50 miles east of Sarasota. For more information on what to do and where to stay in DeSoto County, go to No mat te r what yo ure looking fo r, Fr om a new job to a place to live, Cl as si fi ed ha s what yo u ne ed Ch e ck th e Sun Cl as si fi ed first! 5643 Clark Rd., Sarasota Next to Dunkin Donuts @ I-75, exit 205 486578 CROWNS BRIDGES EXTRACTIONS IMPLANTS *Extractions not included. First consultation no charge. May change based on complexity of case. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination, or treatment, that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to advertisement for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. General Dentist Lic#14423 Were the stimulus package for your dental needs. FREE! Consultation X-Rays & Exam D0150, D0330 Must Present Coupon Single Denture $249 Same Day Dentures Available! D5110, D5210 single. Must Present Coupon Crowns $475 D2751 Must Present Coupon Deluxe Denture Complete Set $750 (Reg. $1500) D5110, D5210 Must Present Coupon 941-822-0048 F R E E *FREE S E C O N D SECOND O P I N I O N OPINION Arcadia r.-, Nk4./ / Ole #4 000 o4p Ole71 ...000II j/ IOle/ /OleI / /-------------------------.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...


VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 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 | PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER | GRITS & PIECES No magic cure-all for depressionWe are all shocked and saddened by last weeks apparent suicide of Robin Williams. It leaves us all with a number of questions, including: How could it happen to him? He was so successful. Why couldnt they cure him? He had access to the best mental health care available. Why couldnt this be prevented? Couldnt anyone see it coming? If it happened to him, could it happen to anyone? Most people underestimate the severity and epidemic proportions of depression, which Williams reportedly suffered from. Why else would most health plans offer such inferior coverage for mental-health treatment compared with what they do for skin rashes? One could argue indenitely about what percentage of depression is genetic, biochemical, or cognitive in origin; but its clear that once you have it, you need a great amount of qualied professional help to recover. And there is no happy pill. Prozac was never a cure-all. Way too many doctors, pharmaceutical rms and health-insurance entities would rather you take medicine than go repeatedly to a qualied psychotherapist. Yes, its true that we cannot tell you in advance how many sessions it would take to get you on an even keel. And yet insurance-plan providers, people who often are without any mental-health training, think they can decide. Depression respects no borders, nor education, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or age. It is clearly exacerbated by life events but the number of highly successful people who suffer with it is very high. Take a look at Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by prize-winning author William Styron. The book is a short but elegant introduction to the vortex of helplessness and hopelessness that he felt, even as he was at the pinnacle of success. Undoubtedly, Robin Williams had access to world-class professionals. Did he use them effectively? Even if he attended therapy on a regular basis, it still only adds up to several hours a week. Unless you buy your own psychologist, someone who can live with you 24/7, you are going to have many more hours without that support than with it. It is essential that your network of support also includes family and friends, people who can be with you through your own darkest hours; that is difcult because bouts of depression can last for protracted periods of time and, frankly, people get tired of your depression. Some of that reaction is based on the fear of contagion, but some of it is simply the wish not to be burdened. Suicide cannot be accurately predicted or prevented. That is the real tragedy. Many people who discuss suicidal intent never follow through; many who succeed have never told anyone. If one makes a suicide attempt and survives, most of the time that person would be hospitalized in a psychiatric facility or wing for 72 hours. Then they are back home again. Its almost impossible for anyone to | LETTERS TO THE EDITORLets hear it for Florida orange juice!Editor: It is very disheartening to me to see how the mainstream media portrays the Florida citrus industry to the everyday public. To the average person, it might seem as though Florida is no longer going to have a citrus industry. I can tell you that, while times are tough right now, Florida will always have a citrus industry and here is how I know why. Reason #1 is the passion of its people. Our growers are not going to let it dissipate. I interact with our citrus growers on a daily basis and I can assure you that they are not giving up. The majority of them are the ones spearheading the research and discovering management practices that are aiding in their production. Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Associations membership remains at the highest it has ever been and our members are as active on the issues as ever. Florida Citrus Mutuals annual citrus conference hosted more than 700 attendees, setting a new record of industry members in attendance. The people of our industry are not going anywhere and I am still a rm believer that a cure for citrus greening is going to come from one of our growers, because our growers are some of the most intelligent people, and they know better than anyone how to grow citrus. While the industry might be different in the future, it is still going to be intact. Growing citrus has indeed become more difcult these days and it has truly turned into a farming operation. The days of just spraying a few times a year and turning the pumps on and off are gone. There is strong evidence that the future of our industry might consist of a large combination of growing and management techniques, such as the use of greening-tolerant rootstocks, psyllid control, antimicrobials, heat therapy, soil and water quality management, hedging and topping techniques, etc. Our growers will nd a way to successfully grow citrus in an era that is continuously plagued with pest and disease. Our industry not only counts on our growers to grow orange trees, but it involves making sure every family contin ues to put a carton of Florida orange juice in their refrigerator. There has been quite a bit of recent media coverage about negative health benets of drinking orange juice and declining orange juice sales. The Florida Department of Citrus is working hard to combat these reports with their newly developed marketing and public relations campaigns. Florida Boo hoo breakfast, anyone?A collective sound was heard this past Monday, wafting throughout DeSoto County. It was an intonation of Biblical proportions the sound of much weeping and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, because it was the rst day of the 2014-2015 school year. And not all of it was from students, but parents as well. Im thinking there were at least a few teachers thrown into the mix as well. Alas. This great tug-o-war game manifests itself each year, sometimes with children anxiously hurtling toward school with their brokenhearted parents trying to hold them back, and sometimes with the very grateful parents dragging the kids out of the house as they cling to furniture and door casings for dear life. Such is the struggle from both sides. I even heard that our schools hosted a Boo Hoo Breakfast for parents who were having a hard time dealing with it, featuring coffee, donuts, and tissues to sob into. It was known to some as the Yahoo Breakfast, for those cheering parents who couldnt wait to get rid of those curtain-crawling rug rats who have driven them crazy all summer. Gotta love that. Facebook exploded Monday morning with everyone posting photos of their kids heading off to class. Accordingly, some looked excited and happy, while others appeared mortied because they knew their pictures would be posted before they could even warm up their classroom chairs. Such is life in this age of instant com munication. And yes, I saw my grandkids photos. Loved em and clicked Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson | LETTER SUBMISSION POLICYLetters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All letters must be signed with full name not initials. An address and telephone number must be included; they are not for publication, but must be provided so we may verify authorship if necessary. Due to the number of letters received, we reserve the right to run only one letter per person per month. 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The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Page 5 | Arcadian Brew Crew donates to local schools ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comThe DeSoto County School Board was presented with three Walmart gift cards, one for each elemen tary school, by George Cavas at the August 12 meeting. This money was raised by The Brew Crew, a group of friends who meet for coee, breakfast and conversation each Wednesday morning at The Last Chapter Coee House and Caf. Gatherings are open to the public. Cavas had the initial idea a year ago, and began bringing a coee can each week for voluntary donations, and everyone was receptive, knowing how teachers sometime spend their own money for school supplies. The amount raised totaled $640 and donations are already being taken for next year. It is the hope of The Brew Crew that other organizations and individuals would be inspired to follow suit. Flanking Cavas in this photo are Superintendent Karyn Gary and school board member Debby Johnstone Snyder. Christian, husband, father, and grandfather DeSoto County Agricultural Agent in DeSoto County for 30+ years Married for 46 years to Cindy Selph Graduate of the University of Florida, Bachelors and Masters Degrees Combat Veteran in Viet Nam War United States Army, Commissioned Officer, 1969-1971 Actively involved in our community for 35 years President, DeSoto/Charlotte Farm Bureau past 5 years Vice Chair, Florida Cattlemens Associations Research & Education Committee Workforce Development School Advisory Committee for 20 years Co-owner of a small business (a lakeside mobile home park) Public school teacher for 8 years Director, Florida Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative Vice-Chair, Executive Board, Career Source Heartland Director, Florida Association of Counties Certified County Commissioner and Advanced County Commissioner Vote Tuesday, August 26th Early Voting: August 11th August 23rd Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Jim Selph, Democrat for County Commissioner, Distri ct 2 JIM SELPH 471112 Re-Elect Jim Selph The Best Choice For DeSoto County Commissioner District 2 A Record of Proven Leadership 4 7 1 1 0 8 471108 Yes, We Are Open! ITTTTTTT'** **' 11 3eri11 nDesotoPharmacyYour Friendly Pharmacy" 3. I'Y li pBest Prices in town!We take time to help our customersand provide our service your way!$ 10 OFF $ 10 OFF $ 10 OFF1st Visit Prescription I2nd Visit Prescriptio 3rd Visit Prescription--------------We offer the lowest price! If we are not, well beat the competitor's price!We accept all insurance, including: Medicaid, OS Caremark, I lumana,'I'ricare, Express Scripts, BlueCrow Blue Shield, Workm:ui', Comp, AARP United Healthcare & all other Medicare Part D PlansFREE Home Delivery!FREE Antibiotic ProgramOver 300 Generic Prescriptions for $2.99C flftPfl''S,Chewable Multivitamins for every ,child's nutritional needs!AftFU 1. 1141r7711 CiPark it in the ,CLASSIFIEDSand watch itgofast!


Arcadian | Page 6 The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 a quarter chicken with two sides for $8. Reservations call 990-9753. Desserts sold by Antique Association of Arcadia. Get ready for fall football, starting at 7:30 p.m. with the Kick-off Classic. The Habitat ReSale Store has a 50% off sale (excluding large appliances) through Aug. 23. The Calusa AKC Agility Dog Show takes place at the Turner Center today through Sunday. The August Heartland Bluegrass Assn. Bluegrass Bash will take place Aug. 22-23 at Craigs RV Resort on US 17. Music begins at 1 p.m. Featured performers are The Bugtussle Ramblers, Captain Joe & The Bottom Feeders, and the Heartland Jam Band. Camping available. For details, call 941-467-2051 or visit www. On the second and fourth Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Arcadia Housing Authoritys north side parking lot, a truck will bring free fruits and vegetables to low-income clients in Arcadia/DeSoto County. Three to five volunteers are needed each time. If you are interested in helping, call AHA at 494-4343. 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. SATURDAY A Poker Run sponsored by Operation Outdoor Freedom will be held Aug. 23, starting at the Open Road Bar & Grille. The event will raise funds for outdoor opportunities for Floridas Wounded Warriors. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.; kickstands up at 10:30 a.m., last bike in at 3 p.m. Ride goes to Buckaroo Roadhouse, Charlottes Web and Limestone Country Club before returning to the Open Road. Winner announced at 4 p.m. First hand is $15, second is $5. Also 7-class bike show, $25 to enter. Drinks, food, silent auction, Florida Forest Service, clowns and a special guest appearance. For details, call 494-0140. The Habitat ReSale Store has a 50% off sale (excluding large appliances). The Calusa AKC Agility Dog Show takes place at the Turner Center today through Sunday. The Antique Fair takes place in downtown Arcadia on the fourth Saturday of every month starting at 8 a.m. Dozens of dealers line the sidewalks on and around West Oak St. For information, visit www.ArcadiaFLantiques. com; to inquire about booth space, call 993-5105. The August Heartland Bluegrass Assn. Bluegrass Bash will take place today at Craigs RV Resort on US 17. Music begins at 1 p.m. Featured performers are The Bugtussle Ramblers, Captain Joe & The Bottom Feeders, and the Heartland Jam Band. Camping available. For details, call 941-467-2051 or visit www.heartlandblue The NAACP meets at 6 p.m. every fourth Saturday of the month at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave. DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Dine and Daven breakfast served before service. SUNDAY The Calusa AKC Agility Dog Show takes place at the Turner Center ends today. MONDAY Alzheimers Support Group every 2nd Sat. & 4th Mon. at Arcadia Oaks ALF. 11 am, complimentary lunch. DeSoto County Historical Society board meets at 5:30 p.m. fourth Mondays monthly at the Ingraham Seed House on W. Gibson St., Arcadia. 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. The DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Community Resource Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1425 Martin Luther King St. The center provides referrals for mainstream resources, elderly food stamps (by appointment) and computer service. Salvation Army has office space on Wed. by appoint ment. For more information, call 491-5683. TUESDAY Primary election day. Polls open today 7 a.m.-7 p.m. County Commission will not meet today because of primary elections. Instead, BOCC will meet Thursday. City Council budget workshop 5 p.m. Aug. 26 in Council Chambers, Margaret Way Bldg. The Habitat class for August will be Learning about Wills by attorney Paul Bennett Seusy at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the SunTrust Bank, second floor. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. DeSoto County School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday in the School Board meeting room, 530 La Solona Ave., Arcadia. Private or Core Pesticide License review class will be held Aug. 26 at the Wauchula Extension Office, taught by Steve Futch. To register, call 773-2164. Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. 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. WEDNESDAY The AA Serenity Group Anniversary Night is held at 8 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month at Grace Lutheran Church, 1004 W. Oak St. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. AA Brown Bagger meetings are offered every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity-Big Book meets at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, W. Oak St. (State Road 70). Alcoholics Anonymous open discussion at Trinity Methodist Church, 304 Oak Street. Art for Kids is at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in the DeSoto County Librarys childrens wing. This program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Arts and Humanities Council, is for elementary school-aged children. THURSDAY Caregiver support group meets at 1:30 p.m. at DeSoto Memorial Home Health Care at DeSoto Memorial Hospital Medical Plaza, 1006 N. Mills Ave., Arcadia. For more information, call DeSoto Memorial Home Health Care at 494-8432 or Hospice of Southwest Florida at 993-0662. Habitat for Humanity is dedicating its next home at 5L30 p.m. Aug. 28, at 2261 S.W. Lois Ave. The Family Safety Alliance meeting for DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties is held the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. at the McClure Center, 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. For information, call 941-316-6009. 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.6 p.m.Sign-in 4:50 p.m. 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 partic ipating 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. COMING EVENTS The Treasure Coast Dog Show takes place at the Turner Center Aug. 28-31. DeSoto County 4-H will hold Open House from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 4. For more information, call Kristie at 993-4846. The DeSoto branch of the NAACP is hosting a Youth and Young Adult Empowering Symposium from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave. The program will address such topics as education, GPA, HS diploma and higher learning, careers, job search and more. Parent or guardian must accompany participant. For details call Minister Wendell Campbell at 244-3425, Linda Howell at 558-2919 or Deborah Clifton at 494-5707. On Sept.11, the DeSoto County Historical Society will have an evening dinner meeting at Trinity United Methodist Church. The meeting will feature a silent film about Arcadia filmed in 1926. The meal will start at 5:30 with the meeting and movie to follow at 6 p.m. Buy tickets by Sept. 7 at the August meeting, Mary Margarets Tea & Biscuits or at the Ingraham Seed House, or by calling Bebe Bradbury at 494-6607. Dinner is chicken breast, mashed potato and gravy, vegetables, salad and dessert. For more information, call 494-6607. (It is free to attend the film only, without the meal.) First Baptist Church Arcadia will be hosting a free concert featuring Jonny Diaz, an American Contemporary Christian pop artist originally from Lakeland, Fla., at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the church. The USS Mount McKinley Association of veterans and associated members who served aboard the Amphibious Force Flagship USS Mt. McKinley will hold its 26th annual reunion in Colorado Springs, CO Sept. 17-21. For details contact Dwight L. Jansen, 2515 E. North Altamont Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202, or phone 509-534-3649 or email NOTE: All phone numbers are in Area Code 863 unless stated otherwise. TODAY The Habitat ReSale Store has a 50% off sale (excluding large appliances) Aug. 21-23. The DeSoto County Historical Society will meet at noon today 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 bebebradbury@ 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. The Calusa AKC Agility Dog Show takes place at the Turner Center today through Sunday. 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. 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.6 p.m. Sign-in 4:50 p.m. 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. 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 Mainstreet is hosting a Bulldog Tailgate Party BBQ and face-painting, 4-7 p.m. at the Tree of Knowledge park. Take a swim in the DCHS Cheerleader Dog Bowl, hear the Blazing Blue Band. 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The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Page 7 | Arcadian Family AlbumFAMILY ALBUM PHOTOSSend us a photo to celebrate a birth, birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, etc. The Arcadian will run it free. We must have it no later than noon on Monday. Bring your photo to the office or e-mail to PHOTO PROVIDED BY JANE POWERSDeSoto Memorial Hospital Auxiliary honored several of its volunteers recently. Standing, from left, are Jenese Stark, James Stark and Jerry Jankowich with 100 hours each; Kay Bateman with 2,000 hours, Carmen Miranda with 3,000 hours; President Bob Siegel with 1,500 hours, and Cookie Cindric with 500 hours. Seated, from left, are Jane Powers with 8,500 hours, Twighla Russell with 5,500 hours and Peggy Crites with 4,000 hours. Thats a lot of hours given to the community to support the hospital.Hospital auxiliary honors volunteers PHOTO PROVIDEDFrom left, Tim Martin, Rick Young, Lee Gallagher, Bob Miller and Algie Didlaukies look at the check for $5,380, the amount raised by the Open Road Bar & Grill from a poker run sponsored by the bar earlier this summer. The funds were donated to help pay to bring the Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica to DeSoto County in December.Poker run raises funds for Vietnam Wall 471113 Paid for and Approved by Chris Stephens for County Commissioner District #4 Democrat With my experience as a business owner in the construction/land development fields and farming, I have managed budgets in the millions of dollars and managed hundreds of employees. I am a business minded person, able to weigh out and make hard choices today for the betterment of our future. The ever increasing cost of county provided services will require a diligent effort to maintain the balance without increasing the tax burden on our citizens. 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 opportunities. Second, an effort must be made to tap into our tourism opportunities that exist 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. The balance of tradition and progress is always a difficult 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. ELECT CHRIS STEPHENS COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 4 I will work to REDUCE county tax and debt, NOT INCREASE THE TAX burden on our citizens; while ENSURING our CHILDRENS FUTURE in OUR TOWN. Proven Leader Dedicated Husband & Father Experienced Businessman Successful Administrator 471009 CS FarmsFLO, LLC a _4J :I)jj J'?) 1) J L ALand Clearing Tree Removal Tree BurningCitrus Planting Irrigation Maintenance PruningTel: 863-491-0137 Fax: 863-491-8969cgammad@cisnerosharvesting.com3501 NE Washington Street Arcadia, FL 34266


Arcadian | Page 8 The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 The DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the arrest of Jermaine Tyrone Evans, 36, on charges of sexual assault and battery involving bodily injury. According to the DCSO arrest report, a woman came to a house, telling the resident there she was beaten by a man. When a deputy arrived, he saw the left side of her face was swollen, her jaw appeared to have been broken, she was bleeding from her mouth and ears and she had two long bruises on the back of her legs. She said she had been raped by a black man who was 5 and skinny. The victim was taken to DeSoto Memorial Hospital, where nurses confirmed she had bruises all over her body and was covered with grass and dirt. Samples were collected for evidence. After questioning of the victim and others, DCSO noted the following: The woman said she rst met her attacker at an area bar, where she talked to the suspect intending to buy drugs from him. She then got into a car with the suspect and a man she didnt know. The suspect, later identied as Evans, kept asking to have sex with the victim but she said no. Evans reportedly became angry when the victim said no. When Evans got out of the car at a gas station, she reportedly told the other man she didnt trust Evans. Evans reportedly made her get out of the car to walk home, but the other man convinced him not to let her walk, so he picked her up again and they went to the hospital where the girlfriend of the other men was. Evans first claimed he dropped the man and the victim off there and never saw her again, but later changed his story, saying he went back. DMH video confirms Evans returned and approached the victim again. She said he told her he would take her home, but once she was in the car he began pressing her again for sex. She got out of the car; then Evans reportedly attacked her in a ditch by the road. He reportedly beat and raped the victim, then left her. When she was shown a photo lineup of several men, she picked Evans out. Evans, of the 1400 block of E. Cypress St. in Arcadia, was arrested on charges of sexual assault with sexual battery, and aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability. He is being held in DeSoto County Jail on $275,000 bond. Arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 6.Man charged with sexual assault, battery EVANS |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 Ofce reported the arrest of Brett Richard White, 26, of North Port, on a charge of felony battery when the victim was age 65 or older. According to the arrest report, the 69-year-old victim said he was walking his dog on his street when White began to yell at him through the window of a passing car. The vehicle began to follow the victim, who tried to get to the side of the road. White then reportedly got out of the vehicle, yelling and confronting him. White pushed the man and began hitting him with his sts. The man said he was carrying a metal pipe for self-protection, so he took it out and hit White with it. White then knocked the victim to the ground, causing him to suffer cuts on his arms and legs. White later said he thought the victim had kicked his vehicle as he drove by, and got out to see if there was any damage. White claimed the victim, not he, had not initiated the altercation. However, DCSO concluded White was the main aggressor, and could have removed himself from the situation instead of confronting the victim. He was jailed on $2,500 bond, and was free on bail two days later. Man charged with battery on senior WHITEIsidro Perez, 58, of the 100 block of E, Lowe St., Arcadia, was charged with sexual assault with a victim over 12. According to the Arcadia Police Department arrest report, a woman said while she was using the restroom in the house, Perez entered the room, grabbed her hair and forced her to perform oral sex on him. She continued to resist him and she pushed him away. She called APD to complain, and both the victim and suspect were questioned by APD. Perez claimed he had been making dinner at the time. APD collected Perezs clothing for evidence, and arrested him on a felony sexual battery charge. He is being held in the DeSoto County Jail on $50,000 bond.Report: man charged with sexual battery PEREZJury acquits deputies in alleged jail beatingA federal jury on Wednesday afternoon acquitted two former DeSoto County jailers of all charges in connection with the beating of detainee Jody Holland in 2013. According to Maj. James Vitali of the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce, the federal jury which had been deliberating the case since Monday acquitted Steven Rizza of charges that in 2013 he physically beat Holland. The jury also found former deputy Jonathan Mause of falsifying records related to the alleged beating. Holland was in the jail on charges he violated a protective order against his former ance who had been working, at the time, as a nurse in the jail. The federal trial, held in Fort Myers, began on Aug. 5. The two faced possible sentences of up to 30 years each. | COURT NOTESLee sentencing postponed againSentencing for former Arcadia Police Marshal Charles Lee has been postponed yet again, until sometime in early October, according to the ofce of Judge Kimberly Bonner of the Florida 12th Judicial Circuit. Lee was scheduled to appear in court on Friday for sentencing, but attorney Joseph Viacava, of the Wilbur Smith Law Firm in Fort Myers, said his partner, Wilbur Smith, was injured in an accident while on vacation. The defense attorneys and states attorney reportedly agreed to continue the Aug. 22 hearing until early in October; the exact date has not yet been set. Lee had entered a plea of no contest in May and initially was to have been sentenced in June. Attorneys told the court that the state and Lee reached an agreement, under which, if Lee made full restitution of the $145,000 he stole from the city, he would be sentenced to four years in state prison with no probation upon release. However, if he did not repay the money, he would be sentenced for eight years in prison, followed by 22 years of probation. Sentencing was continued by stipulation of the parties to July 22, then postponed again to Aug. 22 by agreement. Lee was charged last year with embezzling more than $150,000 from the Arcadia Police Department over several years, in his capacity as marshal, along with charges of fraud and ofcial misconduct. He resigned suddenly last year when the Florida Department of Law Enforcement initiated an in-depth investigation. Charges against him were led in September. At a hearing earlier this year, Lee told the court he was trying to get enough money together to repay what he had taken from the city. The DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Kimberly Marie Driggers, 22, Brownville Road, Arcadia. Charge: giving false ID to law officer. Bond: $500. Stephanie Marie Geyer, 28, 500 block of E. Pine St., Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $1,120. Jordy Lee Mendoza, 29, Zolfo Springs. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none. Warren Sylvester Payne, 36, Florida City. Charge: failure to support child or spouse. Purge: $900. John Quincy Williams, 21, Brownville Road, Arcadia. Charge: resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. Bond: $750. Victor Mendoza, 51, 1300 block of 2nd St., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: $500. Justin Layne Reed, 37, 1300 block of N.E. Oak St., Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended, third or subsequent offense. Bond: $1,500. Alex Castillo, 20, 2200 block of E&T Circle, Arcadia. Charges: grand theft between $300-$5,000 and grand theft auto. Bond: $8,500. Franklin Von Faison Jr., 29, 1600 block of N.E. Hickory St., Arcadia. Charges: driving while license is suspended and attached plate not assigned to vehicle. Bond: $240. Alex Justin Hurst, 27, 1000 block of 8th Ave., Arcadia. Charges: grand theft between $300-$5,000 and grand theft auto. Bond: $8,500. Richard Morales, 44, 6700 block of Miami Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $5,000. Roxanna Dayle Muniz, 36, first block of Glendaro Ave., Arcadia. Charges: neglect of elderly or disabled adult with great harm, uttering a fraudulent bank note or check and grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $7,500. Luis Pastor Roman, 36, 6200 block of S.W. Pablo Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: $1,195. Jennifer Lynn Blair, 39, Punta Gorda. Charge: petty theft. Bond: $120. Michael William Rothluebber, 47, 2600 block of S.W. U.S. Highway 17, Arcadia. Charges: hit and run leaving scene of accident involving property damage, and driving while license is suspended. Bond: $620. Gregory Paul Summers Jr., 24, 1800 block of S.W. DeSoto Landing, Arcadia. Chargescarrying concealed firearm and resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. Bond: $2,750. Jose Juan Velazquez, 40, 1200 block of 9th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is more than 4 months expired. Bond: $120. Brett Richard White, 26, 11200 block of S.W. Cedar Ave., Arcadia. Charge: contempt of court (violation of injunction). Bond: none. Lissa Noell Chanza, 26, 9600 block of S.E. State Road 31, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Justin Ray Ganske, 21, Hull Road, Nocatee. Charge: grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $1,000. Michael Enrique Merlo, 26, 5000 block of S.E. Co. Road 760, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Zach Scott Sleeper, 24, Hull Road, Nocatee. Charges: possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver, and grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $2,000. John Lewis Sorrells, 52, 1300 block of S.W. U.S. Highway 17, Arcadia. Charges: battery and tampering/ obstructing justice. Bond: $3,000. Francisco Richard Trinidad, 31, 7400 block of S.E. Prairie Creek Road, Arcadia. Charges: three counts of uttering a false instrument and two counts of grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $25,000. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Mahlon Proctor, 29, 700 block of N. 17th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended, second offense. Bond: $5,000. Shannon Marie Albanese, 38, 1700 block of S.E. 2nd Ave., Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond: $10,000. Robert Jacob Cooley, 43, 8600 block of S.W. Reese St., Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession or use of drug equipment and DUI with alcohol or drugs. Bond: none. The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Johnny Neal, 56, 4600 block of S.W. Bull Pond St., Arcadia. Charge: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond: $1,500. Compiled by Susan E. HoffmanEast Oak Street from Brevard Avenue (US 17) to Volusia Avenue and Volusia Avenue from East Oak Street to East Magnolia Street (State Road 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 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. US 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. | ROADWATCH 471008 `I .1 1 1Andrea Bohannan863.494.2245We Can bond you out of anyCounty in FloridaFast Release Open 24/7301 N. Brevard Ave, Ste. D Arcadia, FL


The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESBeulah Faye HayesBeulah Faye (nee Nida) Hayes 65, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, from an extended illness. She was born Aug. 12, 1948, in West Hamlin, W.Va., the daughter of William Earl Nida and Mary Victoria (nee Gill) Nida. Beulah was a waitress at the Colonial Inn restaurant in Logan, Ohio, for many years. Vibrant and fun-loving, Beulah was loved not only by her family, but also by a wealth of friends; she never met a stranger. Beulah was a member of Fort Ogden First Baptist Church in Fort Ogden, Fla., and was an avid Bingo player. Beulah is survived by her husband of 36 years, Joe; daughter, Kimberly Edmunds; her two stepsons, Dale Hayes of Carroll, Ohio, and Donald Hayes of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Ida Mae Adkins of San Antonio, Texas, Wanda (Ken) Waddell of Batavia, Ohio, Mary Jo (Roy) Ball of Brownstown, Mich., Nellie (Jerry) Miller of Circleville, Ohio, and Rosalie (Dale) Edmunds of Barboursville, W.Va.; brothers, Herbert L (Beverly) Nida of Chesapeake, Ohio, and Dwight Bill (Teresa) Nida of Salt Rock, W.Va.; ve grandchildren, Joshua (Ana) Hayes of Warren, Pa., Kelly Jo Landaverde of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Andrea Annie Hayes, Andrew Drew (Kendra) Hayes and Samantha Hayes, all of Spencer, W.Va.; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Patricia Nida of Barboursville; brothers-in-law, James Hayes of Lewisburg, W.Va., and Edward (Sandra) Hayes of Greer, S.C.; as well as several nieces and nephews. Beulah was preceded in death by her parents, William Earl and Mary Victoria (nee Gill) Nida; her sister, Anna L. England; brother, Lucian Earl Nida; sister-inlaw, Janice Hayes; and two brothersin-law, Bernard Adkins and Rodney England. A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden, 9500 S.W. Hull Ave., Fort Ogden, FL 34269. In lieu of owers, Beulahs family requests that donations be made to First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden; or Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. OBITUARY POLICY Obituaries are accepted from funeral homes only. Theres no charge for publishing an abbreviated death notice. Full obituaries and repeat death notices will be subject to an advertising charge. Obituaries must be submitted to the Charlotte Sun; call 941-206-1000 for details. Please send e-mails to The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. For more Words of Comfort, go to www.inheavenshome.comDEATHS | 10 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 471116 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! 44 N494-7600494-7600f


Arcadian | Page 10 The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Carol Lavonne NiemannCarol Lavonne Niemann, 74, of Lake Suzy, Fla., and formerly of Webster City, Iowa, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. She was born May 28, 1940, the daughter of Carl and LuVern Klaassen. Carol attended school in Pomeroy, Iowa, and graduated in 1958. She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and Moser Secretarial School in Chicago, Ill. Carol was employed by the American Medical Association in Chicago. In 1962, she married Robert J. Bob Niemann in Pomeroy. The next three years were spent at Lowery Air Force Base in Denver, Colo. They moved to Webster City in 1966, where her husband practiced optometry for 36 years. In Webster City, Carol raised three children. She was a Boy and Girl Scout leader, Sunday school leader, and an Active member of the Chapter FD T.T.T. Carol worked part time as the bookkeeper for the Wolfe Eye Clinic in Webster City. In 2002, Carol and Bob moved to Lake Suzy, and became members of Kingsway Country Club. She loved to play bridge, quilt and cross-stitch. In the past 20 years, she made more than 100 quilts, which earned many ribbons for her work. Carol was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte, Fla., where she played in the bell choir. She was a very special person who met everyone with her warm smile and engaging personality. Carol handled her three-year battle with ovarian cancer with grace. She was an inspiration to her friends. She is survived by her husband, Robert; children, David (Shari) Niemann of Snellville, Ga., Sandra (Chris) Wedewer of St. Charles, Mo., and Mark (Sarah) Niemann of Sugar Hill, Ga.; grandchildren, Katelyn, Emily, Aaron, Matthew, Amy, Courtney, Colby, Andrew and Wayne; brother, Gerald (Eloyce) Klaassen of Pomeroy; and brother-in-law, Larry (Ruth) Niemann of Denver, Iowa. Funeral services will be this week in Webster City. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte. A gathering of friends will follow at Kingsway Country Club. In lieu of owers, memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church (bell choir), 1229 Kathy Lane, Webster City, IA 50595; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2565 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952; or Tidewell Hospice, 917 N. Arcadia Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home, Arcadia, Fla.DEATHSFROM PAGE 9 What are we going to do about the president? asked my minister friend. His question took me by surprise. And though many years and presidential administrations have passed since its asking, my response would be the same today. Our responsibility is to pray for the president, I replied, basing my answer on Pauls call for patriotic praying. In his words were to pray for all who are in authority that we may live quiet and peaceable lives (1Timothy 2:2). If my answer seems too simple, consider what it demands. Prayer demands faith. Were to pray for leaders and expect the best from them. During this crisis of condence, our prayers should embrace all government leaders and ought to be heartfelt cries for both protection from terrorism and a national spiritual turnaround. Is there any hope of such an awakening in our time? Doubters dont think so but the Biblical account of an unwilling missionarys ministry in Iraq may offer hope for today. When Jonah was sent to Iraq to warn one of its largest cities, Nineveh, of coming judgment there seemed little hope for success in his mission. Still, shortly after the reluctant prophets arrival in this sin city the unthinkable happened: the king became so convicted of his evil life that he repented and urged others to do the same. This surprising, sudden royal response to plain preaching may have seemed a bit shy to Jonah but soon the entire city followed the kings example, sparing it from destruction. Prayer also demands forgiveness. And when you stand praying, forgive, said our Lord (Mark 11:25). But forgiving political opponents can be difcult to do. Jonah was upset over the forgiveness granted to the immoral king and his subjects. This seems to have been one of the reasons he hadnt wanted to urge them to face up to their sins; fearing they would be forgiven and the city spared. He preferred judgment to grace. Now their repentance had robbed him of the joy of witnessing their destruction. I knew you were a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, he complained. Can you identify with this pouting prophet? Do you know someone you dont want to forgive? Power to forgive comes from being forgiven and both our own forgiveness and the ability to forgive are the results of Gods love. Forgiving another person may enable you to pray more effectively for your family, your church, your country, even your president and other national leaders. Prayer also demands self-examination. A promise given to King Solomon and his people about confessing their sins and seeking forgiveness offers a solution to our present moral and spiritual needs. If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).The preacher and the president Roger Campbell First Baptist Church Arcadia will be hosting a community-wide free concert featuring Jonny Diaz, an American Contemporary Christian pop artist originally from Lakeland, Fla. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 the church. Jonathan Adam Diazs song, More Beautiful You, has charted on American Christian music charts. His major record label debut album of the same name has charted on Billboard Magazines Top Heatseekers and Top Christian Albums charts. After graduating from high school, Diaz was offered a full athletic scholar ship to play baseball for Florida State University. Diaz was the fourth of four brothers to get a college baseball scholarship. His brother Matt Diaz played professional baseball for several major league teams, including the Atlanta Braves. Diaz released his rst album Shades of White in August 2003 right before he began his second year of college; his second album, Everyday God, was released during his fourth year of college. His third CD, They Need Love, came out in March 2007. That album included the song Hold Me, which got him attention when the song placed on the Top 40 charts. Diazs single More Beautiful You hit the American charts in mid-2009 and reached No. 2 on Billboards Hot Christian Songs chart by the end of August. The song tells young women that they are beautiful the way they are. His most recent album, Let It Fly, was released in April. One of the songs from the album, Thank God I Got Her, is currently No. 21 on Billboards Top 50 Hot Christian Songs and No. 9 on Sirius XM The Highway Top 45 Countdown. 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The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Page 11 | Arcadian business leading worship for the youth group of the First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland. The Rev. Matthew Clayton, senior pastor at FBC, said, I feel it is important to provide our youth with good Christian music that not only competes with todays music but exceeds in quality, and certainly in content, music that is available today. Good contemporary Christian music with a message can be enjoyed by Christians of every age. First Baptist Church Arcadia is located at 1006 N. Brevard Avenue, Arcadia, Florida. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship is at 10:45 a.m. For more information, call the church ofce at 863-473-3622.PERFORMFROM PAGE 10 PHOTO PROVIDED BY ASHLEY COONEGEO Care recently presented a $2,500 check to Links2Success. GEO Care has been a longtime supporter of the local non-prot founded by DeSoto County High School alumni. Links2Suc cess provides college and career prep programming to students in DeSoto County. GEO Care has not only been good donors, but they provide excellent feedback and guidance, from an employer standpoint, on what skills our students need to acquire to enter pursuing careers after high school. We are extremely grateful for their partnership and belief in our programs, said Links2Success co-founder and President, Ashley Coone, shown here with GEO Cares Administrative Team. For more information or to become a sponsor, call Links 2Success at 863-990-0527 or email GEO Care helps Links2Success like immediately, of course. This is a landmark year for our four grandkids, with one starting college, one starting high school, one starting middle school, and one starting kindergarten. How did we and they get this old already? The fuss over the first of school is a far cry from days of yore when my generation started. Sure, parents walked their kids to class on that first day and there were separation issues, but the parents had the option of dusting their childrens britches if a hissy fit ensued. Some just dropped them off on the curb. Others just hollered Tuck and roll! as they slowed down a little and shoved them out the door. Well, I may have exaggerated a little about that last one. One sure way to tell when your little student is feeling more grown up is when the day comes that they wont give you a hug or a kiss when being dropped off. Heaven forbid their little friends witness this forbidden clingy interaction. And youll really get the hint when your kid asks you to drop them off a block or two away from the school, leaving the parent to rush home and have an emotional meltdown or show up at work blowing their noses, with streaks of mascara owing freely down their cheeks. Such sadness, but yet all part of the great circle of life, for even the smallest bird must someday try its wings. Hence the term for that other necessary dagger-in-the-heart experience for parents that comes years later that we call empty nest. Ive been there and done that, and somehow survived. Its certainly GRITS & PIECESFROM PAGE 4poignant as a grandparent too, though not quite as heart-wrenching as being a parent. I took photos of our two girls on the rst day of school each year, posing together, and its great to compare them to see changes in clothes fads and hair styles, and even heights, as Daughter No. 2 eventually caught and surpassed Daughter No. 1 and eventually towered over her. The funniest one is of Daughter No. 2 posing on her rst day as a senior, because Daughter No. 1 who had graduated four years earlier was dragged kicking and screaming out of bed and made to stand next to her sister in her gown with sleepy eyes, a pained grimace, and hair that would frighten even Medusa. Its a parent thing, and now theyre getting their turn behind the camera and having fun. Gotta love family traditions like that, I say. Anyway, I hope you survived the experience and that your children/grandchildren are off to a great start and will have a wonderful learning experience. Lets all try to learn something each and every day, and parents, Im talking to you too. And a tip of the hat to our educators and all school staff each year presents fresh challenges to make our school and its students better and smarter, and we applaud everyone who tries their best to make this happen. Our children are an investment in our countrys future, so lets all do our parts to help them grow and learn to be the best they can possibly be. GARAGESALELISTINGSALW AY SI NTHECLASSIFIEDS r fntftbbt rfntb fb rffrn trfrb rrf 471065 j e N s-.4 i' i 1 a Ak. ALI lkI I


Arcadian | Page 12 The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 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 DeSoto County School Board races. 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. It is our hope that the answers reprinted here will help you decide which candidates you want to choose in the Aug. 26 primary election. Questions to the school board candidates 1. As a school board member, how will you help improve student academic achievement? Please be specic. 2. Besides improving academic achievement, what do you believe is the biggest issue facing the school district in the near future? What specic ideas do you have to resolve it? School Board: At a glance Dr. Roosevelt Johnson, DeSoto County School Board, District 1 Age: 69 Education: Bachelor of Science; Master of Science; Doctorate of Education Experience: Work Employed with DeSoto County School District for 46 years; Exceptional Student Education teacher, Smith Brown; Elementary teacher, Smith Brown and Memorial Elementary; Business Education, DeSoto County High School; Assistant Principal, Memorial Elementary; Principal, Memorial Elementary; Director of Exceptional Student Education, DeSoto County School District. Political 20 years on the Arcadia City Council; 14 years as a member of the Board of Directors for the Florida League of Cities; 3 years as a member of the Executive Board for the Florida League of Cities; 6 years as co-chair of the Florida Department of Education State Advisory Committee for Education of Exceptional Students; Appointed by governor to serve on a Blue Ribbon Task Force. 1. My knowledge of the public school is at an overall level. Therefore, I believe this makes me the best candidate for the position of District 1 School Board member. As a school board member, I will be able to help improve student academic achievement by assisting in articulating what the children are to learn and what the teachers are to teach. Also, I would be able to help analyze the data from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Data from the FCAT can help determine what remediation should be given and improve teaching performance. 2. I believe public education is successful when the school system, parents and the community of citizens work together. The School Board should foster a good collaboration with the teachers, parents and community of citizens. This extra effort may take a few minutes, but it could do wonders for the relationship with the parents and the community of citizens. More often than not, this approach allows you to nd some common ground with all individuals involved in the a childs education. When it comes to interacting with the parents, consider how you would respond if you were in their place or situation. Understanding is a key element to unlocking any door to a successful relationship with a students parents. When I was in the classroom, I would think of every student as if he/she was my own child. Every parent loves their child and would appreciate a school board that shows the same concern for their children. JOHNSON 2014 DESOTO COUNTY PRIMARY FAST FACTSEarly voting location Supervisor of Elections office, 201 E. Oak Street, Room 104, Arcadia; 993-4871 Times 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 Tabulator; 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 Oce, 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 OceLOCAL CANDIDATESThe Supervisor of Elections has conrmed the following slate of candidates who have qualied to run for local oces 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. Daniel Via, DeSoto County School Board, District 1 Age: 49 Education: High school Experience: Been a plumber since 1982. Kristie and I started Danny Via Plumbing, Inc. in 1988. No political experience, but lots of common sense. 1. By better educating the educators. 2. We need to work closer with the parents of the children, because it all starts at home and the teachers are not in the schools to raise the children. They are there to teach the children. Some parents need education on how to help their children be achievers. VIA Dont forget to vote on Tuesday! The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Page 13 | Arcadian Maria Moreno, DeSoto County School Board, District 5 Age: 53 Education: Family Service Center, South Florida State College Experience: DeSoto County School District (teachers aide); DeSoto County Education Foundation Inc.; Business owner; Bank employee. 1. We all know that education begins at home, that is the basis of the academic achievement with the collaboration of the teachers it can be develop further. Parents need to be encouraged to form a partnership with the school to help their child prepare for the future. We need to continue to expand on our after school tutoring programs to make sure that the programs are reaching out to more students. I believe that the Superintendent, school board members, teachers, administrators, and staff should work together to form workshops where parents can participate. During the workshops the par ents can learn or share ideas on how to help the students. 2. The students dropping out of school will affect more the drop out rate. We as a community need to work together to make a difference in our school system. We need to build a strong team of teachers that are passionate about working with the children to help them succeed from Pre-K to 12th grade. MORENO Age: 54 Education: Graduated in 1978 from DeSoto High School Experience: Started work for the telephone company two weeks out of high school, and have been in the profession for 36 years; 24 years of experience working with muti-million dollar budgets. 1. Make sure that our great teachers have the tools they need to educate our children. Aim to increase parent involvement, through more after school activities. Try to make sure that administration has an open mind to listen to the opinions of our parents and teachers. 2. We face many big issues, first and foremost is the ever changing mandates from the state. I believe we as a district need to work with other districts to try to help the state understand the harm their decisions do to education and return more control to local educators and stop most of the testing and let our teachers teach. Another issue is employee moral. We as a board need to make sure that every employee in all areas, has the confidence to question and recommend better ways of doing their job without worry of retribution. All of us working together is what is best for our children and our community. Ronny Allen, DeSoto County School Board, District 5 ALLEN The following are candidate campaign nance records TheArcadian pulled from les at the Supervisor of Elections Ofce. Candidates are required to turn in reports each week documenting contributions and expenses. With the exception of net worth, all campaign nance records were taken from the most recent report on le. These numbers are for infor mational purposes to ensure you, the voter, is armed with as much information as possible before voting in the primary election Aug. 26. Daniel Via, DeSoto County School Board, District 1 (Numbers current as of July 18) Total contributions: $3,100 Total expenditures: $2,584.50 Notable contributions: N/A Listed net worth: $3,505,200 Dr. Roosevelt Johnson, DeSoto County School Board, District 1 (Numbers current as of July 25) Total contributions: $1,200 Total expenditures: $1,163.36 Notable contributions: Dr. Johnson and family, $1,000; Gene Bowden, $100 Listed net worth: $287,225 Maria Moreno, DeSoto County School Board, District 5 (Numbers current as of July 25) Total contributions: $1,154.31 Total expenditures: $512.71 Notable contributions: Lucy PolkBates, $100; Jackie Tucker, $250; Darlene Foster, $200; Moreno and family, approximately $600 Listed net worth: $354,522 Ronny Allen, DeSoto County School Board, District 5 (Numbers current as of July 18) Total contributions: $570 Total expenditures: $369.15 Notable contributions: N/A Listed net worth: $263,000 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PRIMARY RACES Mike Hall, DeSoto County Commission, District 2 (Numbers current as of July 25) Total contributions: $2,075 Total expenditures: $1,769.65 Notable contributions: Ed Johnson, $200; Gary Frierson, $100; James Hall, $1,775 Listed net worth: $764,000 Jim Selph, DeSoto County Commission, District 2 (Numbers current as of Aug. 8) Total contributions: $3,775 Total expenditures: $3,393.55 Notable contributions: Luis F. & Barric, $125; Don Conn, $300; Fred and Linda Busack, $250; Kenneth Harrison, $100; Andy Neuhofer, $100; Charles Foster, $200; Charlotte/DeSoto Building Industry Association, $500; Jim Selph and family, approximately $2,700 Listed net worth: $1,523,022.12 Elton Langford, DeSoto County Commission, District 4 (Numbers current as of Aug. 8) Total contributions: $7,625 Total expenditures: $7,231.28 Notable contributions: Edward Yates, $200; F.H.B.A., $500; Ringo Ranch, $500; Phil Turner, $100; Gary Frierson, $100; Don Conn, $300; Linda Busak, $250; D&C Foster, $300; L&B Buenaventura, $125; Elton Langford and family, approximately $5,250 Listed net worth: $247,750 Chris Stephens, DeSoto County Commission, District 4 (Numbers current as of July 18) Total contributions: $4,534.72 Total expenditures: $4,480.60 Notable contributions: D&B Suggs Enterprise, $200; Mac Snyder, $500; Hoyt Hill, $1,000; Ed Johnson, $1,000; Chris Stephens and family, approximately $2,000 Listed net worth: $700,000 Candidate campaign finance figures l 'r\1i"'I___________ ,r7.T y4j


SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Arcadian | Page 14KICKOFF CLASSICDCHS VS. PIRATES PAGE 16The 7:30 p.m. game pits DCHS against Piort Charlotte. Steve Big Daddy knapp asks, Is DeSoto ready? For the rst time in four years, the DeSoto County Bulldogs volleyball squad doesnt have Tishonna Riley to lead them on the court. The reigning Charlotte Sun Player of the Year is now showing her skills on the collegiate level. No longer do opponents have to hear one of her kill shots screaming by them or watch her block what would have otherwise been an easy point. With fellow all-area player Casey Hall and Jillian Deriso also graduating, this years team has some major holes to ll. Head Coach Laura White knows that there isnt just one player that can ll Rileys shoes, but she has several with the ability to take her place. Im hoping that Bethany Bonville and Datasia Wallace will become the leaders on the team and court, she said. I believe Datasia is the leader the girls will look to for answers and Bethany will be the one that will provide the lead by example part. White said she has specic positions in mind for each player. Bethany will be playing a two-fold part in our system this year, she said. She will still be setting, but will also be a front row power hitter opposite either Micaela Roberts or Kacey Steyer. Both middles, Josie Deriso and Kaitlin Steyer, are coming along well and I hope they will be an added benet to our teams offense and defense. Lucero Perez did a solid job at the Libero position last season and returns for another year. Along with defensive specialist Courtney Bonville, the two will be responsible for most of the defense in the back row. Jayla Cowell and Cassidy Furr are Lady Bulldogs back on the courtBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe junior varsity players go through stretching drills during preseason practice. Head Coach Laura White shows her team how she wants them to stand as play begins. Whites team is the defending District 11 champion. Volleyballs stayed in storage during the condi tioning phase of practice. Senior setter Datasia Wallace is the player White says is a leader and someone the other girls will look to for answers.BULLDOGS | 17The Lady Bulldogs begin their season with two games on the road starting next Tuesday. They host Port Charlotte at 6 p.m. Sept. 2, with their next three games against district opponents. 471104 This is a very important election; a watershed election in many ways. Will we continue towards more and more taxes as the two incumbent county commissioners propose, or will we stop trying to bankrupt our local businesses and taxpayers with these unnecessary tax increases? Both incumbent commissioners want to create more and more Municipal Service Taxing Units (MTSU) and Municipal Service Benefit Units (MSBU). This is just a guise to take more of your money in taxes. Each one encumbers your property with more costs to you. We need relief, not more taxes and waste. Last year, the two incumbents, along with two more commissioners pushed through the largest milage increase in decades. The milage rate went from 6.8987 mils to 8.4810 mils, a 22.9% increase and they made no real cuts in expenses. And they are very proud of it, and they will do it again in the future. The Turner Center continues to lose over $300,000 a year; it has lost an estimated $3,962,701 from 2002 to date; and is projected to lose another $332,096 this upcoming year; for an estimated loss of $4,294,797 to the DeSoto County Taxpayers. There is no business plan, and no changes or programs proposed to resolve this growing deficit. The two incumbents are still very happy to continue to lose your tax dollars on this ill-fated course. Nothing is being done to curb or reverse the growth of the Lifetime Post Employment Benefits Insurance cost to the taxpayers. The two incumbents have been scared into submission by threats of litigation from those who receive these free benefits. The cost to date is estimated at $1,400,000; and it will cost another $290,000 this year (for 36 former employees, spouses). The estimated costs to fund the entire life of this program are $9,000,000. The two liberal incumbents will never cut spending nor will they cut or reduce our taxes. They want more and more of your money each year. Next years budget (2014-2015) will be passed without any meaningful cuts. Remember, they happily adopted the largest milage increase in decades last year, rather than cut spending. The only way to get the message through is to replace the two liberals with two conservatives who will listen to the call for a reduction in spending and taxes. It will not change unless you get involved and vote. The challengers are both conservative businessmen; both are State Certified Licensed Building Contractors; each with many years of business experience. In addition, one is a local farmer, and the other is a local cattleman. Each has their own separate business and vested interest in local real estate; they know what it is to make a payroll and pay taxes. They know how to organize projects and make things happen. They know sound business principals. I ask you to vote for the two local conservative businessmen with common sense and good judgment who will provide responsible leadership for us in the next four years. Semper Fi. Thanks, Ed Johnson. Political advertisement paid for and approved by Ed Johnson


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Arcadian | Page 16 The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Friday night cant come soon enough for DeSoto County varsity football players. Finally, they get the opportunity to square off against other players rather than their own teammates. Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. the Port Charlotte Pirates come to town to play the Bulldogs in the Kick Off Classic. The Pirates had their best season ever last year, yet beat the Bulldogs by less than a touchdown. The Pirates are still going to be strong this season, but the new-look Bulldogs are going to be a better team, too. More coaches addedThe nal two coaching spots have been lled, so a lot more instruction has gone into this years preseason workouts. From an embarrassing small staff of just ve coaches last season to a more competitive staff of nine this year, hopes are high the increase will produce both immediate and longterm results on the eld. One of the new coaches is Travis Johnson, who played at Indiana State University. He was both a quarterback and safety and will work with the defensive backs and special teams this season. Returning home is 2003 DeSoto County graduate Jamar Jones. Jones played ball at Michigan State and nished his career at Western Kentucky. He will be working with the wide receivers. DeSoto County Head Coach Matt Egloff told the team, Last year we only had a couple of coaches working with the varsity, and there werent enough eyes and ears to work with all of you. This year you will get coached.Speed trumps size concernsEgloff says his initial concerns regarding a lack of size on the team have eased after watching the team during the preseason. I was worried about our size at the beginning of the season but we will be OK, he said. Weve got some decent size and of course we have some of the fastest boys in the area. We know Tajahs (Jackson) is fast because he is one of the best 100 guys in the state, but Reggie (Jones) can pick them up and lay them down, too. Those two speedsters will spend time at quarterback this season. Three-year starter Kari Williams took his skills to the college level, so the responsibility of leading the offense lands on the shoulders of two quarterbacks with similar styles. Reggie Jones has both the size and speed to be somebody special. He has a lot of natural ability and has posted a video on his Facebook page of a long touchdown run he made last season. Jones said, Expect a lot more of those this season. Tajahs Jackson will also be taking snaps from center this season. Jackson nished in the top 10 for sprinters in the state each of the past two track and eld seasons. Hes got lights-out speed as you would imagine. He wont just be running the ball, however. If they (opponents) start blitzing and leave our receivers uncovered, Im not afraid to throw the ball to one of the open guys, he said.New talents emergeTalent abounds on this team with players such as Nirion Washington, who started at safety last season as a freshman. Washington has the ability to replace all-purpose player Dequan Richardson from last years team. Running backs Oscar The Cuban Assassin Alfonso and Zack Beeles have the ability to run through would-be tacklers. Alfonso may have more speed than Beeles, but when Beeles hits high gear, defensive players might want to mimic a Spanish bullghter and just step to the side and watch as he goes charging by. Both offensive and defensive lines will be anchored by big Deionte Juice Turner. The gentle giant is the biggest and strongest man on the team and has unlimited potential. The big senior has already been contacted by a couple of colleges. A lot of young guys are coming up and they look to us as examples so weve got to show them how its done, he said. Probable starters with Turner on the offensive line are Ernest Robinson (another high-potential player), Rayshaun Stroman and juniors Chace Higgins and Stefan Thumpa Williams. Among those who will be on the receiving end of the passes will be two players who also shined on the basketball court, Anthony Lee and Alfredrick Keepa Tyson. There will be plenty of time to get to know the rest of the players on this years team beginning tomorrow night with the Kick Off Classic starting at 7:30 p.m. The season starts for real the following week as the Bulldogs host Lake Region. If you cant make the games in person, be sure to catch all the action live on WFLN 1480 radio.Bulldogs start season with Kick Off ClassicBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER The DeSoto Bulldogs 2014 varsity football schedule features a three-game home stretch to start the season and four straight away games in October. The 2014 junior varsity football squad begins its season with an Aug. 28 home game against Lake Placid. Rounding out the Bulldogs coaching sta are Jamar Jones and Travis Johnson. Both have experi ence playing at Division I college football programs. Oensive line coach Richard Koonce rides like a king in his chariot as the linemen push the new blocking sled in preseason practice.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, DeSoto County football helmets sit on the locker room bench waiting for action in tomorrow nights Kick O Classic at home against Port Charlotte. 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The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Page 17 | Arcadian sophomores who played well on the junior varsity team last year and have been promoted to the varsity squad. Both players are very versatile and can ll in at several positions. There are ve starters from the District 11 championship team re turning for another season under the leadership of White and assistant coach Kristi Joens. They will lose just three players next year (Wallace, Roberts and Kacey Steyer) to graduation. There are four juniors (both Bonville girls, Deriso and Perez), while Kaitlin Steyer, Cowell and Furr have three more seasons left in the Bulldog blue and white. It is a well balanced team that wont be taking a heavy hit because of graduation. White describes the teams strength in the middle and power position and having seasoned setters. She quickly added, We are a work in progress on serve receive and defense.BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 14 imagine the extreme and unremitting pain of self-loathing and fear that envelopes you in a major depression, unless youve been there yourself. Or unless you have treated many people who have it. Or both. If we were truly a compassionate society, we would not turn our heads when this type of tragedy occurs, but use it as an opportunity to make sure we, and everyone we love and know, receive the kind of care needed to feel whole again. After almost 40 years as a psychologist, Im proud of all the people Ive helped and who have helped me learn more about the insidious malignancy of depression. I wish we had a cure, or a vaccine. We know all too well that we dont. Ann Rosen Spector is a clinical psychologist in Philadelphia. She wrote this for the Philadelphia Inquirer.DEPRESSIONFROM PAGE 4 Twist and Pop clinched the DeSoto County Adult Athletic Association co-ed championship Tuesday night. The team defeated Mosaic in the tour nament final. Watch the Arcadian for photos and stories from this falls DCAAA mens softball league action.Twist and Pop wins co-ed championship DCAAA co-ed champions Twist and Pop are all smiles after defeating Mosaic to clinch the title. PHOTOS BY STEVEN JEWELLTwist and Pops Mike Liddell catches the ball at second before throwing out Mosaics Ryan Beckham at rst. Mosaics Fernando Zepeda waits at rst base during Tuesdays championship game action. Mosaic lost to Twist and Pop. rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 471014 ASPFE Cypress St> v m.CO 4LI o '(D vpQ 1001Z ZDr. Laura DeStefanoHickory StLewellyn CasselsARNP


Arcadian | Page 18 The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Starting the new school year right ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comSgt. Robert Woods of Arcadia Police Depart ment greets John Grueber at West Elementary. Woods son also had his rst day of school Monday at West. Students enjoying breakfast before classes start at West Elementary. Danielle Castro, left, and teacher Joyce Dela torre, and Zykira Bell and teacher Paulette Yarde make friends rst thing Monday morning at West Elementary School. New Principal Bertie Alvarez helps students o the bus on the rst day of school at West Elementary School. Festive reception for library photo contest PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JERRY WATERSWinners of the Summer Fun Photography contest at the DeSoto County Library received certificates at the reception held last Friday. Pictured from left are: Jim Smith, first placeadult, Elise Zarli, second place-adult, Mariana Coronado, second place elementary school, Jasmine Coronado, second place middle school, Tereza Coronado, first place middle school, and Eme Wuthrich, third place middle school. Not pictured are Keegan Orr who won first and third place elementary school, and Jerry Waters, third place adult. Al Smoke sings a few tunes. Elise Zarli provides some musical entertain ment Friday at the library for the Summer Photo Fun reception. 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! 471107 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 11 Weight Loss 62.8 Lbs 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! WEEK #9 LOSE 2 WIN! Check next week for Medical Report Card!! CURRENT WEIGHT 275 333 POUND LOSS 47 lbs. 15.8 lbs. lmoo.


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Arcadian | Page 22 The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Recognition of a diverse population Intensity and height in downtown Integration with the county Peace River and eco-tourism Focus on natural attractions Retention of architectural style LaRue said despite the citys restricted development funding, its important to continually monitor a strategic plan to keep it up-to-date with the areas changing needs. Whether you have lots or little, you still need to strategically plan for your future, he said. The key is to properly connect the dots and ensure you spend whatever funding you have wisely. City Administrator Tom Slaughter said staff was in the process of applying for a Competitive Florida grant, which could bring up to $40,000 in funding for future projects.Special event permitsMcQuay presented a tier system for special event permits, with the hope some of the confusion regarding vendor permits at Saturday downtown events would be resolved. There would be four levels of per mits, ranging from the following: Tier I ($5) garage/yard sale permit; no insurance proof or council approval needed; good for two consecutive days in a one-month period. Tier 2 ($35 1 day, $60 2-3 days, $100 4-14 days) parking lot sale permit, which would include holding a parking lot sale on private property that affects more than one street; must provide insurance proof; one permit/month up to 14 days; no council approval needed. Tier 3 ($75, max of 3 days in any one-month period) minor special event permit, which would include sidewalk sales held in front of store/property frontage on public property in city limits and along the citys right-of-way; must provide proof of insurance and local tax receipt; must prove building ownership/ownership approval; site plan required. No council approval needed for a one-time permit, but it would be required for a re-occurring event. Tier 4 ($300) major special event permit, which would involve the closure of two or more city streets and use of city right-of-way; proof of insurance required; site plan required; must come before city council for approval. McQuay said the tier proposal should help reduce many of the disputes occurring between downtown business owners. I wont say all the complaints will be gone, but this would help, he said. There will also be a list of exempt events, such as most of the usual parades, that will not require these fees, and a method for organizations to request an exemption; details on exemptions will be provided later. After discussion by the council, Slaughter suggested holding one more special public meeting to allow for comments on the revised permits. Staff would then develop draft applications, a fee process and criteria for required site plans before bringing the proposal back to the council for nal approval in the form of a city ordinance.FUTUREFROM PAGE 1 Do you know Florida has 16 wineries? From the Redlands in Dade County to the Panhandle, wineries are scattered throughout Flor ida. Several are located within an easy drive of DeSoto County. Most Florida wines are made from muscadine grapes, but many of the wineries also produce specialty wines including blackberry, blueberry, citrus, raspberry and strawberry. The muscadine wines may be blended to be sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry or dry. Some have a distinct musky avor. The Florida Grape Growers Association was founded in 1923. The organization has sponsored research to develop grapes suited to Florida growing conditions. Muscadine grapes are native to Florida. Scuppernong is a whiteskinned variety. Other varieties range from white to red to dark black. Muscadine grapes grow in loose small clusters and are usually picked indi vidually, rather than the bunch being clipped from the vine. Muscadine grapes are different from bunch grapes and even have a different number of chromosomes. That makes them difcult to hybridize, so there are very few bunch/muscadine hybrids; the best-known such hybrid is the variety Southern Home developed by the University of Florida. The hybrids retain the disease resistance of the native grape and the characteristics of bunch grapes that produce traditional wines. Florida wines may be some of the healthiest wines in the world. The mus cadine grape contains the highest level of antioxidants of all grapes. Moderate drinking has been found to reduce heart attacks by 50 percent. The antioxidants in wine help prevent damage to blood vessels. Resveratrol helps block cancer cells from attacking organs, and helps inhibit tumor growth and the growth of cancer cells. Other chemicals found in wine help raise the level of the good HDL cholesterol. A glass of wine with dinner provides protection when fats from the meal circulate through the bloodstream. Muscadine grape juice and other products offer even more benets. Two ounces of unltered juice contains the same amount of resveratrol as four ounces of red wine. Rosa Fiorelli Winery is located in Manatee County, at 4250 County Road 675, just north of Hunsader Farms. Rosa and Antonio moved here from Casteldaccia, Sicily and established their 10-acre vineyard. The vineyard is open for U-pick August to September. Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery in Lake Placid has a hydroponic strawberry and highbush blueberry patch, and are open for U-pick seasonally. Self-guided tours are always available, or group tours of the 20 acre farm and winery may be scheduled, including gourmet lunch and wine tasting. The farm is located at 980 Henscratch Road. Call them at 863 699 2060 or visit www. The country store features unique gifts, jams, jellies and of course wine. Theres also an educational display depicting the wine-making process. Henscratch Farms owners Brooke Bundy and Drew Jones planted their vineyard in 1999. The rst wine was produced from crushing muscadine and scuppernong grapes from the vineyards in August 2003. They produce seven styles of country style wines celebrating the taste of the south. Last year, Henscratch Farms had more than 2,000 pounds of grapes stomped thanks to those who got in and did The Lucy. Once the grapes are stomped the wine making process begins. After approximately eight weeks, it is ready for bottling. Wine may be ordered with your own private label. The Florida west coast is well peppered with wineries. Florida Orange Groves and Winery in St. Petersburg makes unique tropical citrus and berry wines. Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery located in Spring Hill makes traditional oak fermented red wines, rich whites from hybrid bunch grapes, and southern muscadine wines. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, on U.S. Highway 27 just north of Clermont, holds 12 festivals a year, each with a different theme. There are several more wineries in the St. Augustine/Palatka area and in the Panhandle, and one down in the Redlands area below Miami. We dont recommend a drinking and driving tour of all the wineries but plan a visit to a Florida winery with a designated driver!Floridas vineyards and wineries offer unique experiencesOver the Garden Gate Al & Karen Smoke PHOTOS PROVIDEDThe Muscadine Harvest Festival oers fun for the entire family. Last year, Henscratch Farms in Lake Placid had more than 2,000 pounds of grapes stomped thanks to those who got in and did The Lucy. Once the grapes are stomped the wine making process begins. After approximately eight weeks, it is ready for bottling. Henscratch Farms owners Brooke Bundy and Drew Jones planted their Lake Placid vineyard in 1999. The rst wine was produced from crushing muscadine & scuppernong grapes from the vineyards in August 2003. They produce seven styles of country style wines celebrating the taste of the south. | COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFSRead a book, take a sunset cruiseKing Fisher Fleet, located at Fishermens Village in Punta Gorda, supports National Library Card Sign-Up Month by offering free Sunset Cruises to everyone who gets a new library card during the month of September. Interested library borrowers in Charlotte and Desoto counties may sign up for a new library card at the front desk at any Charlotte or Desoto County library. Once signed-up, borrowers will receive a voucher for a free Sunset Cruise which is valid for use during September or October. The Sunset Cruise is a 90-minute cruise that lets passengers enjoy a glorious Florida sunset over Charlotte Harbor while touring the waterfront. Advance reservations are recommended. For the current schedule, more information, and reservations, call 941-639-0969. King Fisher Fleet offers eight cruises including daylong cruises to the islands of Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, and Boca Grande, narrated tours of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor, as well as sunset cruises and Christmas light canal cruises. King Fisher Fleet also offers charter shing with some of the best shing guides in southwest Florida, departing every day from Fishermens Village Marina. Gift certicates for cruises as well as for shing charters are available at the King Fisher Fleet ofce.Historical Society plans dinner, movieThe DeSoto County Historical Society invites everyone to an evening meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, at Trinity United Methodist Fellowship Hall. The meeting will begin with Pastor Jim Wades invocation in memory of those who died in the 2001 tragedy. Then a short, silent movie of Arcadia lmed in 1926 will be shown. Dinner is available at 5:30 p.m. for $10 and includes baked chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, dessert, and beverage. Tickets are on sale at Mary Margarets Tea and Biscuit, 10 S. Polk Ave.; at the Societys Howard and Melton Historical Research Library, 120 W. Whidden Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays or second Saturday; or call 863-494-6607. rf tN =H FA 4 1, HE ,ANif


The Sun / Thursday, August 21, 2014 Page 23 | Arcadian Orange Juice: Theres Amazing Inside and The Amazing 6: Flavor, Vitamin C, Potassium, Folic Acid, Hesperidin, and No Sugar Added will be used to promote Florida orange juice sales in retail markets and through FDOC promotional events. Florida orange juice is not only a staple of our state, but it is part of our American culture. As Floridians, it is important that despite recent negativity, that we continue to believe in our growers and keep on drinking Florida orange juice!LeAnna Himrod ArcadiaSupport for Tom SlaughterEditor: I have known Mr. Tom Slaughter and his family for over 10 years, maybe longer than anyone in the great city of Arcadia. Tom doesnt have a lot of revenue to work with. The citizens of Arcadia need to band together and offer the support a city manager needs to get the job done. Qualications are one thing, the man for the job is another. In a lot of cities and counties that I have worked in over 52 years, qualications were changed prior to hiring personnel so their friends could qualify for the position. Citizens, we need to stick out our hand and shake Toms and let him know were with him all the way. He needs our help, he works for us. Congratulations, Mr. Slaughter.Butch McDaniel ArcadiaLetters in support of DeSoto Memorial Hospital[More of the letters received by The Arcadian in support of DeSoto memorial Hospital. There are still additional letters not yet printed due to lack of space. If your letter has not yet been printed, it will probably run in a future issue.] I recently had to visit the emergency 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, CNA, lab tech, and all supporting staff showed professional services. Dr. Magdy Kaldas, thank you. The same professional care was provided on the second oor where I was housed and treated. I found the nurses, CNA, 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 ArcadiaWe 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 ArcadiaThe hospital is very important to this community. With serious injury or stroke, time is very important. It can make the difference in other complications or maybe loss of life. New business will look at medical facilities available before they move to this area. The economy could be helped. It is convenient for people in this area and may be a hardship for many to travel to another facility. Keep the hospital here!Bobby Tuttle ArcadiaI am a retired Kentucky and Florida teacher. I am almost 75 and need the local DMH care services. I needed to go to the emergency room on July 4th and received excellent professional care and relief. It is good that Dr. Nathan, Dr. Demler and DMH all have access to my medical records. I need the lab services for my health care. I want to continue having my mammograms here where I have done so the last 25 years since moving from Kentucky. In the past I have had MRI and CT scans and a colonoscopy at DMH. I need DMH to help continue and provide for my health needs.Bonnie Tuttle 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, rst the extra stress put upon our re and rescue workers. Need I mention the community itself as to 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 dont know you. You feel like a number instead of a person. Sherry Rose Miraldi ArcadiaThere are a few reasons that we need a hospital in this community: 1. A lot of our residents dont have the means or transportation to travel out of town to get to a hospital. And their health would suffer from DMH not being here. 2. During an emergency situation, it could be life or death to get to the nearest emergency room. With the nearest hospital being in Punta Gorda 24.71 miles away could be tragic for any member of our community. 3. It would be an economic hardship on the community if we lost the hospitals revenue. Not to mention the jobs the hospital provides in our community. 4. God forbid there ever be another storm disaster like Hurricane Charley come through Arcadia. This facility was a godsend to the community during that time. 5. The snowbirds depend on our facility when they come here each winter. They get all the services that they need right here (i.e., Radiology, Lab, IV Therapy, etc.) If that werent available to them they may decide not to even come here and go somewhere else.Rhonda Smith ArcadiaI live in DeSoto County. I have had cardiac problems and needed DMH. I work in DeSoto County at DeSoto Correctional Institution. There are about 1,800 inmates in DeSoto County. We all need our hospital for emergencies, and everything else.Anita Joy Simmons ArcadiaLETTERSFROM PAGE 4 Visit the following businesses and shop local for quality service and customer service. LAWN EQUIPMENT BOWLING GREEN SMALL ENGINE SERVICE, INC. LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT (863) 375-4056 PO Box 309 (863) 375-4057 4702 U.S. Hwy 17 N. Mon.-Fri. 8-5:30 Bowling Green, FL 33834 Sat. 8-12 AUTOMOTIVE Performance Automotive Total Car & Light Truck ServiceF R E E F r o n t E n d I n s p e c t i o n FREE Front-End Inspection 505 S. 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