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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, August 28, 2014 24 pages / 50 cents3 ARRESTS IN ROBBERYPolice arrested three men in connection with an armed robbery.PAGE 8 A section of the Sun Arcadian 50 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Family Album ..........7 Police Beat ............8 This Week .............9 Religion ..............10 Sports ...............14 Agriculture .......... 22 SHOW AND TELL: History buffs bring out some interesting items ......................................... 3 10 YEARS AFTER: Survivors of Hurricane Charley share memories ........................................ 18 FLORIDAS VENOMOUS SNAKES: Learn about the few venomous reptiles you could encounter .............. 22 INSIDE Like us on Facebook Tailgate Party kicks off Dawgs football season ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACKThe Blazing Blue Band of DeSoto County High School entertained the crowd at the Tailgate Party Friday at the Tree of Knowledge Park. Turn to page 13 for more photos. Destiny Payne, Hailei Cooper, Berketta Clifton, Rita Fudge and Candiace Jacobson photobombed by Patrick Murphy share the Bulldogs spirit Friday. From left: Linda Williams, Emily Suter, Judy Wertz-Strickland, Patrick Murphy, Beth Carsten, Pam Ames and Connie Bateman of Arcadia Main Street welcome guests. The Tail gate Party was held Friday at the Tree of Knowledge Park before the Kicko Classic game.A small percentage of DeSoto County voters approved the status quo Tuesday, as incumbent candidates scored comfortable victories in the Board of County Commission and School Board primary races. In the DeSoto Board of County Commission District 2 and 4 races, incumbent Commissioner Elton Langford was re-elected to a new term Tuesday, while residents voted incumbent Commissioner Jim Selph onto Novembers general election ballot. Langford triumphed over challenger Chris Stephens in the District 4 contest, winning easily with 67 percent of the vote. Unofcial results from the DeSoto Supervisor of Elections Ofce show Langford with 2,289 votes, compared to Stephens 1,116. Glory to God, and I just appreciate everyone who supported me; its a blessing, Langford said Tuesday evening. I enjoy doing what I do, and Im going to continue what Ive been doing in the past, and thats working hard in the best interests of DeSoto residents. In the District 2 race, Selph defeated Mike Hall with 57 percent of the vote. Unofcial results show Selph receiving Incumbents dominate DeSoto primariesBy Steve BauerARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR Selph Langford Allen ViaPRIMARIES | 12 Elections 2014 RC4ix l ) l A i N ''N7 Q .: O;.Pip.J fUESOT0 46 ll l:4 1,-., A n7SOTpL A,V{ R,rllr & 1F rtt 1' 1i df fr ,1,lowM ` {1 t /s -AA-7 @'05252"516216

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Arcadian | Page 2 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 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 Service863-494-2434tjewell@sun-herald.com jbierman@sun-herald.com 108 S Polk Ave DISPLAY ADVERTISINGDeSoto .............................863-494-2434 Joe Gallimore jgallimore@sun-herald.com Susan Hoffman shoffman@sun-herald.com Steve Bauer sbauer@sun-herald.com Tami Jewell tjewell@sun-herald.com Jackie Bierman jbierman@sun-herald.com Kyle Gallimore kgallimore@sun-herald.com DEADLINESEditorial: Monday Noon Classified & Legal Ads: Wednesday 11 a.m. Display Ads: Friday 5 p.m. (or Noon Monday for camera ready ads only) CLASSIFIED & LEGAL ADVERTISING 863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 jbierman@sun-herald.com ONLINE www.yoursun.net Like The Arcadian on Facebook The DeSoto County School Board approved one request for a student to transfer out of the district, and disapproved another, giving some insight to its position on out-of-district transfers. Board Chair Deborah Snyder opened the discussion over two students seeking to transfer to the Charlotte County School District. Snyder said, I know we usually approve transfers as a rule but I question these. In one case, shes asking to transfer a student because of the school rating and because drugs and gangs are much less. Snyder said, Port Charlotte Middle is a C school; DeSoto Middle is a D, and theyre not that much different. The other request, she noted, asked for a transfer because of the school rating and because the child wanted to play soccer. But we have soccer here, and there theyd have to wait a year before they could play so I dont see how a transfer would help. Board Attorney Bucky Waldron said, We have turned down transfer requests based just on athletics. We need to take a look at our district and try to keep students from leaving, Snyder said. Board Member Ronny Allen said some students have transferred for valid reasons, such as the parents working in Charlotte County or the family living close to the county line. But as to the drugs and gangs, I want more information. Every district has problems with drugs, and I have not seen anything on gangs here. Stacy Jacobson, who was seeking a transfer for her child, said she had data from the Department of Juvenile Justice and other sources showing problems with teen pregnancies in DeSoto. DeSoto County was number 5 in the state; now were number 1 for teen pregnancies, she said. She added Charlotte County schools had higher FCAT scores than DeSoto and a lower dropout rate. Further, she lives equal distance from the two schools and acknowledged she would have to take care of her childs transportation, which she agreed to do. I disagree about drugs and gangs, Allen said, but the parent did her research. Snyder agreed the research and Jacobsons statements were persuasive, and the Board voted unanimously to approve her childs transfer. But the parent of the other child seeking to transfer did not appear before the Board, nor submit any persuasive reason why it should be allowed, so the request was unanimously disapproved. Leadership program approved The Board also approved a $182,000 contract with the International Center for Leadership Education Training Program. Board Member Rodney Hollingsworth questioned why that much was being spent on a program without rst comparing whether other rms could offer the same for less money. But Superintendent Karyn Gary said this rm is considered a sole source by the State Department of Education so competitive bids are not required, and DeSoto has had a 10-year relationship with this company. Also, the cost for the program will be funded out of Title II grant money. Because of the districts low scores on standard tests, the state mandated DeSoto to implement a leadership program. The program, Gary said, will include a review of instruction at the school level as well as parent reviews, and will work with teachers to ensure more effective learning. The cost is totally funded by grants. Allen raised the new pay-to-play policy by which student athletes will be required to pay a fee to participate in school athletics. Hollingsworth agreed the district should reconsider that policy. The fee were charging is minimal, Gary said, and we will waive it for anyone who cant afford to pay it.School Board clarifies policy on district transfersBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITORFlorida court clerks warn against scamsThe Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers wishes to make all Florida residents aware of the most recent spike in fraudulent e-mails by entities imper sonating Clerks ofces across the state. This newest round of scams comes in the form of an email referencing a missed court appearance. Unlike past scams, these emails attempt to retrieve personal data, forcefully, by computer virus attached as a .zip le. These malicious attachments contain a Trojan Horse virus that becomes active as soon as the le is unzipped. Recent examples of these scams have been signed by ctitious county clerks. The Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers would like to remind resi dents that all court-related communications are sent through normal mail. Jury summons and failure to appear notices are never sent via phone or email. Important tips to remember: The Clerks ofce does not call or email residents to request payment for missing jury duty. The ofce will also never request payment via any sort of prepaid debit card. The Clerks ofce does not call or email residents to verify information related to jury duty or to notify them that they missed jury duty. Communications are only sent by mail. If a resident misses jury duty, the individual receives a failure to appear notice in the mail from the judge representing their Circuit Court. Arrest warrants are not usually issued for failure to report for jury duty. Please contact the Clerks ofce, if you receive one. Do not open an e-mail attachment from any unfamiliar source, and never provide personal information to an unfamiliar source, either by phone or email. The Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, established in 1969, is a statewide, non-prot member association. The association is comprised of the Florida Clerks of the Circuit Court and Comptrollers. The association provides education and accreditation for Clerks of the Court and Comptrollers, information and technical assistance to local governments.Historical Society screens 1926 movie of ArcadiaThe DeSoto County Historical Society invites everyone to an evening meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 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 St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays or second Saturday; or call 863-494-6607.Ministerial Assoc. holds monthly luncheonOn Wednesday, Sept. 10, the Ministerial Association of DeSoto County will hold its rst luncheon meeting, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the conference room at Arcadia Housing Authority, 7 Booker T. Washington Rd. We will offer a time of fellowship and a free light lunch, then we will hear from Vince Sica and Kristen Spahr from DMH, speaking to us about the urgent plight of the hospital, and the need for keeping state-of-the-art medical care when and where you need it! in our county. While the meeting is primarily for church and religious leaders, all county residents and community leaders are encouraged to attend and become a part of the Ministerial Assn. | NEWS BRIEFS 50471125 AGRICULTURE EQUIPMENT OPERATORS NEEDED DESOTO FRUIT & HARVESTING, INC. 1192 NW Livingston, Arcadia, Florida 34266 Is seeking 17 temporary Agriculture Equipment Operators to operate equipment used to harvest citrus for the contract period of September 16, 2014 to July 14, 2015. Applicants must be able to operate the equipment used to move citrus from the inside of the grove to the trailers and from trailers to the storage facility, operate the equipment used to transport workers to and from work sites and operate equipment used to move supplies and harvesting equipment to and from work sites. The applicant is required to have the correct type of drivers license required by the State and Federal government. All drivers must pass a DOT approved Physical and Drug test. The adverse effect wage rate of $10.26 per hour will apply to this job. Employer will offer 3/4 guarantee for the work period for each employee. DeSoto Fruit & Harvesting, Inc. will at no cost, provide tools and equipment necessary to perform the task of the worker. Housing will be provided for individual workers outside normal commuting distance. Qualified workers will be provided transportation and subsistence expenses to the workplace. Apply for this job at the nearest office of the Department of Economic Opt/Foreign Labor Cert-H2A, MSC G-300 Caldwell Building 107 E. Madison St., Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4140; phone 850-9213466; Job Order #9919637 50471124 FRUIT HARVEST WORKERS NEEDED DESOTO FRUIT & HARVESTING, INC. 1192 NE Livingston, Arcadia, Florida 34266 Is seeking 448 temporary Farm Workers to harvest citrus, blueberries and miscellaneous grove work, from September 16, 2014 until July 14, 2015. During the harvest, workers will be paid a piece rate based on location and variety of Fruit harvested. Workers doing miscellaneous grove work will be paid the adverse Effect Wage Rate. There is a guarantee of the adverse effect wage rate, which at the present date is $10.26. Job location is in Central and South Florida area. Employers will offer a 3/4 guarantee for the work period for each employee. Employer will provide all tools, supplies and equipment necessary to pick fruit. Housing will be provided for individual workers outside normal commuting distance. Qualified workers will be provided transportation and subsistence expenses to the workplace, upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate. All workers interested in the job should contact the Department of Economic Opt/Foreign Labor Cert-H2A; MSC G300 Caldwell Building 107 E. Madison St., Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4140 Phone 850-921-3466. Job Order #9919047. I

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The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 3 | Arcadian The DeSoto County Historical Society held Show and Tell at its Aug. 21 meeting, in which members brought interesting old items to display and explain. Next month, the society will enjoy a movie lmed of Arcadia in 1926 at a special evening meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, at Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. A dinner of baked chicken breast, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, dessert, and beverage will be served at 5:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $10 each, available at Mary Margarets Tea and Biscuit, 10 S. Polk Ave., or on Historical societys Show and Tell BY CAROL MAHLER Irma Avant related how the legendary Bone Mizell was feeling poorly and asked her father to drive him to the train station. On the way, Mizell told the elder Avant that if anything should happen, Avant should keep Mizells horse and saddle. Mizell died that day July 14, 1921 and the saddle has been in Irmas family ever since. Karen Smoke explained that quilts are dated by the most recent fabric used in them. Although the one she had from New Jersey included fabrics commemorating the U.S. Centennial, it was probably completed in 1900 when the red cloth was made. She reminded everyone about the Pine Level Art and Archaeology Day art contest and quilt challenge (details online at www.desotoartscouncil.org/ events.html and www.historicdesoto.org/Page2.html). PHOTOS BY CAROL MAHLERMargaret Way described how she found a childs tea set made in England or Germany before 1891 wrapped in woolen underwear in her grandfathers World War I trunk. She showcased several other items, including a photograph of her grandmother, Muriel Way, as a House Mother for Arcadias soldiers club for the Carl strom and Dorr Field cadets during World War I. She is seated next to the driver in the transport vehicle at the corner of Oak Street and DeSoto Avenue with the DeSoto County Bank (later the Union Bus Station) in the background. Tod Backer showed James Bonds Aston Martin DB5 made by Corgi Toys. Its modeled after the one Bond drove in the movie Goldnger. Arthur Southwell displays a gasoline-powered clothes iron.Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Howard and Velma Meltons Historical Research Library in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street, or call 863-494-6607. INSIDETurn to page 13 for more photos. 5643 Clark Rd., Sarasota Next to Dunkin Donuts @ I-75, exit 205 Go2dental@comcast.net 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 *4000\A.oo000 00 000 0OleOle '4

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VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 4Derek Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group Chairman David Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group President Joe Gallimore Arcadian PublisherSusan E. Homan Arcadian Editor E-mail letters to shoffman@sun-herald.com | THE TIMES/SUE CARLTON | GRITS & PIECES Its time to arm cops with cameras Even as the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., slowly plays out with the world watching, a lot of people clear ly believe they already know the truth: This was an overzealous cop from a mostly white department policing a mostly black community, with the victim both unarmed and black. Or, this 18-year-old who had just committed a robbery was the aggressor when he crossed paths with police. But what if there was video of the shooting, with the potential to show dispassionately and exactly what happened? What if one day police routinely record their encounters with the public? Last year and long before Ferguson, Sarasota police Chief Bernadette DiPino was looking at police body cameras cop cams, some call them. Theyre worn on ofcers collars, hats or sunglasses to record a trafc stop, police call or encounter. This month, the Sarasota City Commission voted to use a federal grant of about $36,000 for a yearlong pilot program to equip ofcers with 24 of those cameras. I think it modies peoples behavior both police ofcers and citizens, DiPino told me this week. And yes, its hard to miss the potential benet for both police and the policed no matter who it benets in the end. Any time you record an incident and you have the facts right in front of you, I think that builds up trust, DiPino says. Okay, so some of us do not love the ever-present surveillance, security and sundry cameras that are now part of our daily lives, the American Civil Liberties Union in particular. But even the ACLU sees police cameras win-win potential for helping protect the public against police misconduct, and helping protect police against false accusations of abuse. With the right policies in place, of course. Heres another buy-in: Tampa criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor Lyann Goudie calls it a great idea that cuts both ways for law enforcement and defendants. It just makes everything that much easier to sort through and resolve in the end, she says. Progressive police departments are paying attention. The Tampa Police Department intends to outt 20 ofcers in each of the citys three districts to test them out. Chief Jane Castor says she expects these cameras in every police department in the United States in the next ve years. And the new chief in St. Petersburg sounds interested in their potential. Id like to look at them to see what they can and cant do, Chief Tony Holloway told me this week. I think it would be a great tool down the road particularly in specic situations like civil unrest, he said. Studies, like one under way by the University of South Florida working with the Orlando Police Department, are still assessing the impact. But one California police department has reported dramatic drops in both the use of force by ofcers and complaints against police. Which only makes sense when theres a tiny camera on hand. No doubt, well see glitches and complications. Will a cameras presence make people less likely to approach a cop? Will some ofcers make self-serving choices on what they record? But when it comes to sobering moments like the deadly encounter in a Missouri town with the world watching seeing for ourselves could be one step toward the truth. | LETTERS TO THE EDITORDont neglect storm prepEditor: This is a subject that stays heavy on my mind. It has been 10 years since Charley came through Arcadia. There were three hurricanes, one right after another. People forget and become very comfortable again as the years go by. I know I was totally destroyed in 2004, a time that I will never forget. Hurricane preparedness should be a part of the planning in our day-to-day lives. Here in Florida, we need to have the supplies we need now, not when its about to hit. And have a plan. It is terrible to run out and get lumber, generators, water, food, etc., when its right here on top of us. We need to have this as part of our everyday lives. Make it your concern to remind your neighbors.Jackie Tucker ArcadiaPreteen pregnancy: Who is at fault?Editor: The uncle of a 12-year-old school child here in Desoto County told me he asked his niece if she was going to go visit a maternal grandmother in another state. The child said her grandmother whom she lives with wouldnt let her go, because she (the child) had told her that six of her 12-year-old classmates were pregnant, and she didnt want her grandchild away from herself. If this is true, then the school and the law enforcement failed to do their jobs. Charges of molestation, child endangerment, rape and many other charges are due to some people.Neville Smith ArcadiaResponse to ISIS too little, too lateEditor: Here we sit, 2014, dumber than a box of rocks with our world falling apart around us. Those who went through the era of WWII, late s-early s and s, know exactly what I am referring to. We have had only two presidents since WWII who have had the guts to face evil threats to our way of life. Harry Truman, a Democrat, dropped the atom bomb ending WWII. Ronald Reagan, a Republican, told Kruschev where to stick it. The gutless wonders who run our country today, both Republicans and Democrats, only try to talk evil to death. You need to destroy it period. I heard Joseph Stalin say, We will never have to engage the United States militarily That 70s Reunion feelin groovy and stayin aliveHear ye, hear ye, calling all DeSoto High Bulldogs who were part of the graduating classes of 1970 through 1979 That 70s Reunion is upon us again, so lets get ready to rumble! This years gathering will take place Sept. 26 and 27 at The Turner Center with an informal tailgate party the rst night and the big reunion on the second. Dress is informal/casual dress comfortably both nights so you can enjoy both nights! This will be our third such reunion, with past gatherings being in 2010 and 2012, and we expect it to be just as fun and memorable this year. The tailgate party is quite casual, to be held beneath the overhang in front of The Turner Center, and well have access to the lobby, restrooms, and concession booth. Friday night is free to all DCHS classmates from the 1970s, other than buying your own concessions. Please bring a folding chair of some sort, as well be there until 11:30 p.m. There will be no program or formalities, just coming together to catch up with old friends, because one night just isnt enough. Saturdays event costs $35 per person, to help pay for food, music, rental of the building, and more. Deadline for registration is coming up soon Sept. 15 so please make out your check to Class of 1978 or get Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson troubador55@embarqmail.com | LETTER SUBMISSION POLICYLetters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All letters must be signed with full name not initials. An address and telephone number must be included; they are not for publication, but must be provided so we may verify authorship if necessary. Due to the number of letters received, we reserve the right to run only one letter per person per month. The Letters to the Editor section is intended as a public forum for community discourse and the opinions and statements made in letters are solely those of the individual writers. The Arcadian takes no responsibility for the content of these letters. Please send or bring correspondence to the Arcadian, 108 S. Polk Ave., Arcadia FL 34266, or fax to 863-494-3533. Readers with access to the internet may e-mail Letters to the Editor at shoffman@sun-herald.com.LETTERS | 17 GRITS & PIECES | 10 NCWS ITEM; COUNTYFLECTION RESULTS / I f I 3++t+ IT SDME (-WD IDATES 1 I )HAM-O I NOWIHoA, NollITLooKS LIP-em m t INUMBERS WMN'TTHE ouLY TNiNG5THf}T C70TPpENS ,j4; 13ALLO4 r1f

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Arcadian | Page 6 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 SATURDAY The Treasure Coast Dog Show takes place at the Turner Center Aug. 28-31. DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Palace Promenaders meet for square and round dance from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle. Art Miller, caller, and Jennie Martin, cueing. Call Jennie at 494-2749 or Mary at 941-380-5336 for information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Kiddush will follow. SUNDAY The Treasure Coast Dog Show takes place at the Turner Center Aug. 28-31. Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visitors avail able to those over 55 and homebound. Phone Senior Friendship Centers at 863-494-5965 to sign up for these free services, staffed by trained volunteers who have had background screenings. Phone also if interested in becoming a volunteer for either program. Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity Group meets at Grace Lutheran Church, W. Oak St. (State Road 70) at 8 p.m. Sunday. MONDAY Happy Labor Day to our readers! There will be no trash collection on Monday, Sept. 1, in honor of Labor Day. The landfill is closed that day. The next service day for DeSoto County Monday customers will be Thursday, Sept. 4. For more information, visit www.womacksanitation.com. Women of Worship WOW Womens ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. All are welcome. A women-only G.I.R.L.S. AA meeting is held at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. on Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 8 p.m. Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Al-anon, offering help for families of alcoholics, meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at Fort Ogden Methodist Church, 6923 S.W. River St. in Fort Ogden. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at the same time. For information call 941-426-7655 or visit www.district 13soflal-anon.org. A women-only G.I.R.L.S. AA meeting is held at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. on Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 8 p.m. Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. TUESDAY Arcadia City Council meets at 6 p.m. at the Margaret Way Building, 23 N. Polk Ave., Arcadia. Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Every Tuesday night, line dance class at the Palace Dance Hall (17N). Beginners welcome. $3 donation. For more info, call Jennie Martin at 494-2749. Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St. For details visit www. weightwatchers.com and find a meeting or call 800-651-6000. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St. Donations gratefully accepted. DeSoto County Library holds story time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Peace River Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, starting Nov. 12, at the Speer Center, U.S. Highway 17 North, Arcadia. For information, contact Bill or Mary Morse at 207-418-4687. ACCESS office is open from 9 a.m. to noon today at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Call for appointments at 494-0320. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. Suncoast Community Blood Bank is open from noon to 6 p.m. today at 710 N. Brevard Ave. (U.S. 17 North), Arcadia. For more information, call 993-9366. WEDNESDAY DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Mobile Pantry is on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Smith Brown Gym starting at 9 a.m. until the food is gone. The only requirement is to be a DeSoto County resident. Sponsored by the All Faiths Food bank of Sarasota. The AA Serenity Group Business Meeting is held at 7:15 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Grace Lutheran Church, 1004 W. Oak St. The Arcadia Writers Group meets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Arcadia Village Clubhouse. For more information, call Sarah Hollenhorst at 244-1663. The Retired Law Enforcement Association of Southwest Florida meets first Wednesday monthly at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall, 23300 Harper Ave., Port Charlotte. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m.; meeting is at 7:30 p.m. For information, call 941-423-0902 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. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. THURSDAY 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 All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at the DeSoto Homeless Center, 1425 MLK Jr. St., from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4. The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council Board of directors meets on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m., at The Arcadian, 108 S. Polk. 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. Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast is at 8 a.m. the first Thursday monthly. Each months location will be announced. The 4-H Stitch in Time sewing club meets every first Thursday at 5 p.m. 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. Cocaine Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. For information, call Curtis Clark at 244-2884 or Sandra Elmore at 352-476-8520. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. COMING EVENTS 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. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at Nocatee Elementary School, 4846 S.W. Shores Ave., Nocatee, from 4:30-6 p.m. (not open to the public before 4:15 p.m.) on Sept. 9 and 23, Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 11 and 25, and Dec. 9. The DeSoto County Ministerial Association will hold its first lunmcheon meeting 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 10, in the conference room at Arcadia Housing Authority, 7 Booker T. Washington Rd. We will offer a time of fellowship and a free light lunch, then Vince Sica and Kristen Spahr from DeSoto Memorial Hospital will speak about the urgent plight of the hospital, and the need for keeping DMH in thecounty. While the meeting is primarily for church and religious leaders, all county residents and community leaders are encouraged to attend and become a part of the Ministerial Assn. The Central Florida Regional Planning Council will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept.10 at the Bartow Public Library, Second Floor Conference Room, 2150 South Broadway Ave., Bartow. The Agenda Packet will be posted to the Councils website at www.cfrpc.org For more information email Patricia M. Steed, Executive Director at psteed@cfrpc.org or call 863-534-7130 ext.130. 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.) The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 101 S. Orange Ave., from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free fresh produce to those in need at the DeSoto Housing Authority, 7 Booker T. Washington Road, from 10-11:30 p.m. on Fridays Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 14 and 28 and Dec. 12. 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. Sunday, Sept. 14, Open house 1-4 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. High Holy tickets will be available. The DeSoto County Library Association will meet on Monday, Sept 15 at 5 p.m. in the DeSoto County Library. 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 djanzen4@msn.com. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at 7th Day Adventist Church, 2865 SE Ami Drive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at Nocatee Elementary School, 4846 S.W. Shores Ave., Nocatee, from 4:30-6 p.m. (not open to the public before 4:15 p.m.) on Sept. 23, Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 11 and 25, and Dec. 9. Wed., Sept. 24, Erev Rosh Hashana service begins at 7:30 p.m., at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at Mount Olive CME, 7683 S.W. Hull Ave., from 9 am. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. NOTE: All phone numbers are in Area Code 863 unless stated otherwise. TODAY The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at Mount Olive CME, 7683 S.W. Hull Ave., from 9 am. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. The Treasure Coast Dog Show takes place at the Turner Center Aug. 28-31. 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. AA Second Tradition Anniversary Night is the last Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Potluck/barbeque before the meeting. AA Second Tradition Anniversary Night is the last Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Open speaker. 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 partici pating in The Common Game.For reservations call Shelli Wetherson at 941-497-7184. Cocaine Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. For information, call Curtis Clark at 244-2884 or Sandra Elmore at 352-476-8520. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 103 FRIDAY The Treasure Coast Dog Show takes place at the Turner Center Aug. 28-31. City Takers for Christ will be giving away free meals on the last Friday of every month, starting at 12:30 p.m. until everything has been distributed, at 607 S. Orange Ave. Arcadia Quilt Club meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Palace Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, Arcadia. Square Dancing classes are held at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, from 7-9 p.m. every Friday. Robert at 813-601-1834 or Mary at 941-380-5336 494-2749 for information. Friday Night Live the City Takers for Christ presents Friday Night Live with Rev. Troy Rowe, every Friday. Come and experience what God is doing in this season through His word and praise and worship. 37 W. Magnolia St. (across from SunTrust drive-through). For information call 244-4341. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Sabbath service begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SPECIAL Veterans Free rides are available to area VA clinics. (Some restrictions apply.) For details, call 993-9670. The Center for the Needy, at the corner of W. Pine St. and S. Orange Ave., is desperately in need of food, clothing, household goods (such as blankets, towels, cooking and eating utensils etc.), supplies anything a person in need might require. The center is dangerously low on food, its shelves are almost bare, and they need to replenish supplies. The cupboards have become almost bare now that the snowbirds have gone. Any donations are gratefully accepted, including cash, to help those in real need in our community. For more information, call 444-0499. Your clutter may be someone elses treasure, so please donate your gently used items to the DeSoto County Historical Society for their annual Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at the Fairgrounds Exhibition Building, 124 Heard St., Arcadia. Drop off your donations on Thursdays before 1 p.m. at the Howard and Velma Melton Historical Research Library in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street, or call 863-494-6607. All proceeds will benefit the Societys efforts to preserve and promote the history of DeSoto County for future generations. Arcadia'sCOMMUNITYCALENDARN

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The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 7 | Arcadian Family Album FAMILY ALBUM PHOTOSSend us a photo to celebrate a birth, birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, etc. The Arcadian will run it free. We must have it no later than noon on Monday. Bring your photo to the office or e-mail to Arcadian.editor@gmail.com PHOTO PROVIDED BY KRISTEN SPAHRSeveral community leaders in DeSoto County were invited to participate in The Harwood Public Innovators Lab oered through a scholarship with The Patterson Foundation. They oered this unique opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of our community and how to use that knowledge to fundamentally change the way we have conversations and solve challenges. This initiative included a three-day lab in Sarasota for training and will result in a yearlong journey with a community project. Pictured here are, from left, Kristen Spahr of DeSoto Memorial Hospital, Cheryl Gorman of The Harwood Institute, VP National Programs, Ashley Coone of DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce, and Mike Provau of Drug Free DeSoto County.Community leaders deepen their skills PHOTO PROVIDED BY JANE POWERSFrom left, MaryLou, Ellen, Suzie, Norma and Barbara from the Ladies Mission Group of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Sarasota are shown with Amy, OB Supervisor at DeDoto Memorial Hospital. They brought 30 sets of layettes to the OB Department at DeSoto Memorial Hospital. They took the time not only to make these layettes but also to bring them personally to the OB Department. They got to see one of the newborns as well. This is a donation made every year and is most appreciated by the OB nursing sta. No doubt the new mothers are equally thrilled with such beautiful layettes.Gift of layettes for new mothers The Fales Family wants to thank everyone who came out, showed up, helped, pitched in, saddled up, rode hard, prayed harder, gave their time, love, money, hugs during the fundraiser held for our son. Words will never be enough. Big thank you to the Arcadia All Florida Saddle Club, DeSoto Auto Mall, Fussell Meats, and everyone who helped make SJs benet a huge success! All our love and thanks, The Fales FamilyThank you Perhaps you sent a lovely card Or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent a funeral spray, If so, we saw it there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words As any friend could say; Perhaps you were not there at all, Just thought of us that day. Whatever you did to console our hearts, We thank you so much, whatever the part. Thank you from the Family of Della Mae David Tolbert Thank youFriends and relatives are invited to join in the celebration of the 50th Wedding Anniversary at a reception for Warren and Arlene Conley from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Family Service Center Annex, 310 West Whidden Street, Arcadia. Arlene Williams of Avon Park, and formerly of the Fish Branch community in Hardee County, became the bride of Warren Conley of Bartow on Sept. 5, 1964 at the Avon Park Church of Christ in a double ring ceremony ofciated by the bridegrooms father, Byron B. Conley. Arlene graduated from Hardee High in 1958 and after attending Florida Christian College in Tampa, worked for the State for several years, then in insurance and banking, and retired Conleys celebrate golden anniversaryfrom the Hardee County Property Appraisers Ofce in Wauchula. Warren is a 1958 graduate of Summerlin Institute in Bartow and Troy State College (Troy, Ala.) in 1962. After serv ing in the U.S. Air Force, he worked in accounting for many years and retired from Grimsley Oil Company in 2000. The Conleys have resided in DeSoto County for the last 25 years. They are members of the Fort Ogden Church of Christ and are active in the DeSoto County Historical Society. No gifts please. PHOTOS PROVIDEDThe Conleys will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sept. 6. The Conleys as newlyweds in 1964. 3078405 BASIC HOME COMPUTERS I. va .rs< vL.l u.GYu vtiyursdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 305:30-7:30 p.m.Master the basics and beyond ofusing a PC-based home computer.SFSC's Basic Home Computers I classis designed especially for beginnerswho have little or no experience withcomputers. Learn in a casualenvironment with other beginners,just like you!To register, fail i o44QJ airequest Course RegistrationNumber (CRN)1154!-;booFor more information about Basic HomeComputers I, call 784-7388 or emailcommunityeducation@southflorida.edu.P SOUTH SFSC DESOTO CAMPUSFLORIDA 2251 N.E. Turner Ave., Arcadiaf State C1) leci: 993-17571 www.southflorida.eduSouth Florida State College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution.South Florida State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)to award the associate and baccalaureate degree. Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South Florida State College.

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Arcadian | Page 8 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 The Arcadia Police Department arrested three men last week in connection with a gas station robbery. APD ofcers responded to a 911 call at the Citgo station on Brevard Avenue in Arcadia around 11 p.m on Aug. 17. A review of store surveillance video showed two masked men, one armed with a modied .30-06 hunting rie, taking cash from a register before eeing. Ofcials said three minutes prior to the robbery, someone called 911 reporting an emergency in the Harlem Circle area of Arcadia. Although investigators say the call was designed to keep APD ofcers away from the site of the robbery, it ended up leading detectives to one of the suspects. We were able to use the information from that phone call to obtain a search warrant on a residence in the Stonegate apartment complex Aug. 20, which resulted in us nding items used in the robbery, APD detective Gary Evans said. Specically, ofcers found the rie used at the scene and a purple shirt worn by the one of the suspects. A live ammunition cartridge was also found in the chamber of the rie. The next day, police arrested Kinajie Dupree in connection with the robbery. After initially refusing to talk, on Friday morning Dupree gave investigators the names of two people he said were involved in the crime. APD ofcers arrested Marcus Bing and Eric Robinson that afternoon without incident. Investigators say Bing held the rie during the robbery while Robinson took cash from the register. Although not seen on the video, police deter mined Dupree drove the getaway vehicle. Citgo employees told police the men took between $1,200-$1,500 in cash. Bing, Dupree and Robinson were charged with grand theft of more than $300 and less than $5,000; robbery with a rearm; and committing a felony while wearing a mask or hood. Bing and Dupree were also charged with possession of a weapon or ammunition by gang-related felon or delinquent; and possession of a weapon (short-barreled gun, rie or machine gun). Bing is being held without bond, while Robinsons bond is set at $130,500. Robinson is also being held for an unrelated incident where he allegedly broke into his girlfriends residence. He was charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling; violation of a domestic protection order; and false imprisonment of an individual under 13 years old. Combined with the robbery charges, he is being held on $421,000 bond.APD nabs three robbery suspectsSTAFF REPORT PHOTO PROVIDEDArcadia Police Department detectives used the Citgo stores surveillance footage to help identify suspects Eric Robertson (purple shirt) and Marcus Bing (black clothing). ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE BAUERThis modied .30-06 rie was conscated during the search of a residence at the Stonegate Apartments complex. APD detectives say when they found the rearm a bullet (pictured) was loaded in the guns chamber. ROBINSON DUPREE BING The purple shirt worn by Robertson during the robbery was one of several items investigators conscated during the search of a residence in the Stonegate Apartments complex. The DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce arrested James Robert Eischen, 77, on charges he defrauded an elderly couple of more than $50,000. Eichen, of the 2500 block of N.E. Turner Ave., Arcadia, was released on his own recognizance. According to the arrest report, in 2012, Eischen befriended an elderly man, who was in poor health, and began to act as a caretaker for him and his wife, who was also not in good health. Eischen reportedly convinced the man to give Eischen the power of attorney, and asked Eischen to take care of the mans 87-year-old wife upon his death. When the man died two weeks later, Eischen at rst said he would sell the mans mobile home and give the assets to the surviving wife. However, later he said the man told him he could keep Eischen charged with bilking elderly couplethe home as well as his car. In Jan. 2013, the wife went to live at an assisted living facility. She believed Eischen was watching over her property including the mobile home, as well as her estate. The understanding with the ALF was that she would pay them once her assets were sold, which Eischen was supposed to have been overseeing. However, in Dec. 2012, Eischen had title of both the mobile home and vehicle transferred to himself and his wife, saying these were gifts the decedent had given him. He presented the power of attorney to the tax collectors ofce. He and his wife reportedly moved into the mobile home, and took a few boxes of personal property to the wife at the ALF. Staff at the ALF later became suspicious and contacted Floridas Department of Children and Families. The report states a bank account was established late in 2012 for the purpose of allowing Eischen to manage the mans estate and provide for the care of the surviving wife. However, records show that he apparently paid for rental on his own mobile home lot for one month out of this caregiver account, and also made multiple payments for lot rental of the decedents mobile home (where Eischen and his wife now lived), as well as issuing checks for various services and taxes. Another check, of more than $4,800, was written out of the account to Eischen. He offered no explanation why, if the mobile home and vehicle were titled in his name, payments for lot rental and taxes were being made out of the caregiver account. Later he reportedly told investigators he would be willing to repay the wife the funds he misappropriated from the caregiver account. He felt, however, the mobile home and vehicle had been owed to him in return for his caring for the man and his wife. EISCHEN |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.DCSO claims Eischen misappropriated personal funds of more than $9,300, and the mobile home and vehicle valued at $43,900, for a total of more than $53,200. Eischen was arrested Friday on charges he exploited an elderly victim for an amount between $20,000 to $100,000, and for theft of $50,000 or more from a person 65 or older. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 2. Bruce Wayne Whitehead, 46, a resident of the Florida Civil Commitment Center (Jimmy Ryce Center) in DeSoto County, was arrested on three counts of battery on staff members there. According to the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce arrest report, Whitehead reportedly initiated a disturbance at FCCC by kicking a door and cursing. When one of the ofcers told him to stop kicking the door, Whitehead said he was going to stab him and kill him. Two other ofcers tried to calm Whitehead down, but he continued to threaten the rst ofcer. Two more ofcers came in and Whitehead began arguing with them. According to DCSOs report, Whitehead came at one of those ofcers, purposely bumping into him, and the ofcers glasses were knocked off. Another ofcer grabbed Whitehead, and Whitehead approached him with sts balled up. As three ofcers worked to subdue and handcuff him, Whitehead continued to struggle and kick the ofcers, and tried to bite one of them. Whitehead was arrested and charged with three counts of felony battery on staff of a violent sexual predator facility. He is being held without bond in the DeSoto County Jail. According to the Florida Department of Corrections website, Whitehead was previously sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempted murder, kidnap FCCC resident charged with batteryand sexual battery with the use or threat to use a deadly weapon or use of physical force in Duval County in 1986. He is a registered sexual predator. Since his connement in DeSoto County, in 2009 he was adjudicated guilty of possession of marijuana and criminal mischief. He also led a civil rights case in 2010 that was dismissed, as well as a habeas corpus petition in 2010 which was denied and dismissed. WHITEHEAD The DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce reported the following arrests: Dominique Raphael LaCroix, 33, 1500 block of S.W. County Road 769, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. William Winford Sexton III, 29, 500 block of N. 10th Ave., Arcadia. Charges: possession or use of drug equipment and driving while license is suspended. Bond: $240. Robin Melinda Mancera, 40, 1300 block of S.E. 3rd Ave., Arcadia. Charge: habitually driving while license is suspended. Bond: $2,000. Mark Wayne Taylor, 22, 2200 block of S.W. Mango Drive, Arcadia. Charge: grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $1,000. Steve Lamont Williams, 42, 1400 block of E. Cypress St., Arcadia. Charges: two counts of failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $100. Elmer Wayne Wood III, 76, 4300 block of S.W. U.S. Hwy. 17, Arcadia. Charge: DUI with alcohol or drugs. Bond: $500. Lamar Lee Alvarez, 34, 1300 block of Oak Trail, Arcadia. Charges: shoplifting from merchant, second offense and petty theft. Bond: $240. Jason Adam Brown, 34, 300 block of N. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. John Keith Davis, 33, 6600 block of N.W. Pinehurst Drive, Arcadia. Charges: two counts of failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $1,200. Daniel Paul Fugate, 60, 300 block of N. Manatee Ave., Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: $2,000. 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The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 9 | Arcadian Aurelio Gonzales Antonio, 47, Bonita Springs, Fla. Charges: habitually driving while license is suspended, and resisting or obstructing an ofcer without violence. Bond: $2,750. Shane Joseph Little, 26, 700 block of N. 17th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Crystal Ann Coker, 25, 8th St., Arcadia. Charge: grand theft auto. Bond: $7,500. Melissa Diane Franko, 42, 1300 block of N.E. Sunset Ave., Arcadia. Charge: petty theft, between $100-$300. Bond: $120. Jose S. Galicia Ortega, 40, Ruskin, Fla. Charge: driving while license is suspended, second offense. Bond: $500. Shauna Gabrielle Harrison, 19, no address, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $750. Joanne Gertrude Simmons, 78, 1100 block of S.W. Fletcher St., Arcadia. Charge: petty theft between $100-$300. Bond: $120. James Randolph Stewart, 38, 200 block of N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none. Frankie Michelle Terry, 40, no address, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Released on recognizance. Daniel Lee Vega, 27, 1000 block of S.E. Adel St., Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended. Bond: $500. James Lesley Allen, 48, 1200 block of Harlem Circle, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: none. Brittany Rushell Hatten, 25, Avon Park, Fla. Charges: three counts of failure to appear. Bond: $6,000. Tyquin Jeremy Kelly, 24, 1000 block of S.W. Golden Drive, Arcadia. Charge: habitually driving while license is suspended. Bond: $2,000. Theresa Lynn Schlier, 39, 5000 block of N.E. Country Ranches Road, Arcadia. Charges: disorderly public intoxication and assault on an ofcer, reghter or EMT. Bond: none. Judgie Ware, 43, Labelle, Fla. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Austin Hames Judson, 35, 6100 block of S.W. Shores Ave., Arcadia. Charges: driving while license is suspended and failing to register motor vehicle. Bond: $240. Krystal Nicole Hernandez, 28, 11900 block of S.W. Spring Lake Drive, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Antonio Cuesta Huerta, 33, Sebring. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: $3,115. Daniel Ray Lynch, 24, 200 block of Providence St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: $745. Kelly Lynn Meringolo, 26, 1300 block of S.E. Peach Drive, Arcadia. Charges: two counts of sale of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and three counts of possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $11,360. Jeffrey Thomas Moxley, 21, St. Augustine. Charges: driving without a valid license and resisting or obstructing an ofcer without violence. Bond: $870. Rosalino Aguirre Chamu, 64, Stuart, Fla. Charge: habitually driving while license is suspended. Bond: $2,000. Amanda Lynn Simes, 26, 7000 block of S.W. Fugate St., Fort Ogden. Charges: seven counts of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure, three counts of grand theft between $100-$300, and two counts of petty theft. Bond: $55,740. Released on recognizance. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Ofce reported the following arrest: Jason Adam Brown, 34, 300 block of N. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation or community control. Bond: none. Compiled by Susan E. HoffmanARRESTSFROM PAGE 8 1964: Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Whidden of Arcadia, are announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Miss Louella Whidden, to Mr. William H. Hollingsworth, also of Arcadia. The couple have planned the wedding date for September 18th at Oak Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Mildred Tisdale, Mrs. Edna Mercer, and Mrs. Myrtle went to Sarasota on business Friday. Beth Tisdale spent the night with Terrie Lynn Ritch. Carla Tisdale, Linda Mercer and Lelon Murphy visited Mrs. Perch Jones in Lake Wales Saturday night. 1979: Dr. and Mrs. Terry Saunders and children are doing ne this week after they narrowly escaped a re that heavily damaged their home on South Brevard Avenue last week. They are temporar ily staying with his parents. Doctor Saunders has relocated his ofce in the Martin Building. The DeSoto County Youth Athletic Association presented a cheerleading camp which was held at the KOA Campgrounds, for 76 girls. The girls ranged from ages 8-14, and were separated into age groups. Six DeSoto High School Varsity Cheerleaders, Mary Allison Treadwell, Susie Blackburn, Cassandra Parker, Kay Boyd, Jenny Grifn, and Kathy Markett, taught the girls some chants, cheers, and jumps in order to prepare them for the upcoming season of the Red Raiders. While DeSoto High School Football Coach Richard Bowers is getting into full swing for the upcoming season this week, those students who play basketball this year are still wondering who their coach will be. Hell be Ray Etters, formally of Eustis, the Arcadian has learned. Hes already been hired as an English and science teacher by the school board. Six DeSoto High School football athletes will be playing for college teams in the upcoming season. Johnny Rembert, the only boy selected from District 2 to play in the High School All-Star game in Gainseville recently. Rembert will play at the Community College in Kansas. Bruce Aaron and Michael Messina will play for Central Florida College, and Manuel Jenkins will play for Orlando Southern College and Johnny Lee is playing for Bethune Cookman College, Daytona. A group of Arcadians took a cruise aboard the SS Emerald Seas to the Bahamas the weekend of August 3-6. Traveling to the Bahamas were John and Sue Parker, Stan and Beth Crews, Buddy Strickland, Jerry Gaskins, Marion Carroll, Scott Fisher, David and Kay Holloman, Mike and Lee Sanders, Bob and Mary Rush, Jimmy and Lisa Norris, Bobby and Shirley Kelly, Jim and Donna Henderson, Darryl and Judy Wertz, and Bobby and Tess Williams. A highlight of the trip was shopping at the unique Straw Market.This Week in DeSoto History Hayley Mercer hayleymariemercer@gmail.comCompiled from back issues of The Arcadian May the Lord fill your heart with love. Celebrative Worship Challenging Bible Study Connection With People Traditional Praise 8:30 -9:30 AM Sunday School/Life Groups 9:45 AM 10:45 AM Contemporary Praise 11:00 AM Noon 863-494-4345 www.cbcarcadia.org 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 www.firstbaptistarcadia.com See Your Church in this spot For Only $ 7 5 0 a week! $7.50 Call Tami at4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. Grace Lutheran Church 1004 W. Oak Street 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: trinityarcadia.com Trinity United Methodist Churc h To know Christ and to make Him know n 304 W. Oak Street 494-2543 St. Edmunds Episcopal Church 327 W. Hickory St. (70 W at Manatee) 863-494-0485 www.EpiscopalArcadiaFL.com HOLY EUCHARIST Sunday 8 & 10 am Misa en espanol Dom 6pm PINE LEVEL UNITED METHODIST CHRIST CENTERED, CHRIST LED. 9596 Pine Level St., Arcadia 863494-0044 9am Children Church 9am Contemporary Service 10am Sunday School 11am Contemporary Service Wednesday Adult, Youth & Childrens Programs 7 PM Nursery Always Available www.pinelevelumc.com 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! 494-7600

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Arcadian | Page 10 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 Want a simple formula for a miserable life? Just focus on the faults of others. Zeroing in on whats wrong with everybody may sound like great sport but it just wounds and destroys. A century ago, the eloquent minister, DeWitt Talmadge, wrote: There is in every community and every church, watch dogs who feel called upon to keep their eyes on others and growl. They are always the rst to hear of anything wrong. Vultures are always the rst to smell carrion. These critics are self-appointed detectives always looking for something mean instead of something grand. They look at their neighbors imperfections through a telescope upside down. The Bible describes these hypocritical people as cannibals: If ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another (Galatians 5:15). This is a tting description of them because these critics are always eating away at the character and reputation of others; always putting people down and in doing so they weaken their homes, their churches, even their nation. They have chosen a path of self destruction. Theres a better way to live. Try looking for the best in others. When we do so, we nd them easier to love. And in loving the ones around us we become more like our Lord. Pauls letter to his friends in Phillipi contains this startling statement: I thank my God upon every remembrance of you (Philippians 1:3). How could the great apostle write this? Was the church to which he wrote perfect? Of course not! Churches are made up of imperfect people. Someone told the still highly respected English minister, C.H. Spurgeon, that he was looking for a perfect church. If you nd one, dont join it or youll spoil it, replied Spurgeon. The rst century church was an excellent example of people conquer ing critical attitudes. There were 120 people gathered in an upper room following the resurrection of Christ and most of their leaders were proven failures. Peter had denied his Lord. Thomas had doubted the resurrection. Philip had a reputation for expecting the least. James and John had tried to outrank the others and the women had gone to the tomb of Jesus with spices to do the work of undertakers, not expecting Him to be alive. In other words, the seeds of failure were among them. Still this unlikely group put away their differences, refused to focus on their faults and became world changers. Were still reaping the benets of their wise decision. Like them, lets look for the best in others. Roger Campbell is an author, a columnist and broadcaster who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at rcministry@ameritech.net.Look for the best in others Roger Campbell It has happened again. As I have written about before, whenever a tragedy occurs anywhere in the world, in this day of instant communication, criminals nd a way to prot some others misfortune. In this case, I am referring to the Ebola outbreak that has touched many people in several African countries, as well as people from other countries, including ours, who have gone to the affected areas to provide aid and assistance. I am not a person with medical background, nor do I claim to know a great deal about Ebola, so for that kind of information you will need to seek another source. What I can share with you is the fact that already there are criminals offering, on-line, bogus products that claim to prevent or treat the disease. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the government agency that has oversight responsibility for new drugs and medications, there is currently no approved treatment or cure for Ebola. While a small number of people showing symptoms of the disease are being treated with real drugs, the agency emphasizes that the drugs are still experimental and under continuing investigation. This information, which the FDA has circulated both on-line and in the media, is in direct contradiction to the claims being made by some of the on-line criminals about their products. Should you be tempted to purchase any of these products, be aware that one of the popular ones is a powder, Garcinia cambogia. One of the individuals is selling a product that has been shown to contain insecticides. If the seller is claiming his product is a dietary supple ment, he is breaking yet another law. It is illegal to claim a dietary supplement can prevent or cure a disease. Should you become aware of any of these phony product offers, obtain as much information as you can about them, without involving yourself, and report the information to the FDA. They can be reached at 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332). The Communities Against Senior Exploitation Program is partnership between the community and the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce to protect the nancial resources of all our residents. To report any suspicious activity related to a scam or fraud or to learn more about the CASE program, call Sheriff Will Wise or Lt. Curt Mays at 863-993-4700; they will be happy to help you.Another tragedy, another scam C.A.S.E. Manager Phyllis Schwartz DeSoto County Sheriffs Office a money order and mail it soon to P.O. Box 443, Arcadia FL 34265, or you may drop by the Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Arcadia during weekdays, ask for Karen, and give it to her. Our meal will be catered by the same group as last year, as they got rave reviews for the wonderful meal they provided us. Tea or water will come with the meal, and a cash bar will be available for the purchase of alcohol and soft drinks. We will have a brief program Saturday evening, as well as dancing, and a special photo booth will be set up for classmates to take their own photos in, at no charge. On display will be the signature banner from our rst reunion in 2010, which was attended by more than 600, counting spouses and teachers. It is something to behold and takes a good while to look over, with so many signatures. Sadly, some of those signers are no longer with us, which is why we want to display it, and why we urge every 1970s classmate to attend were losing way too many. Members of the Class of should be especially excited about coming, as this will be their 40th year after graduation, and because they were cheated out of their 30th, which had been planned for 2004 just before Hurricane Charley hit. Also, the Class of will celebrate its 35th, so were hoping for a strong showing from them as well. We have a number of teachers and educators scheduled to be with us, including John Gambrell, George Latimer, Roosevelt and Betty Johnson, Rocco Russomano, Jesse Blanton, and others, so please make all efforts to come and reacquaint yourself with them and help us give them the rock star treatment they deserve for having had to put up with us back in the day. There is a 10-year age difference in the oldest and youngest class, but after so many years, it seems that weve caught up with each other and it often feels as though were all the same age. One unique thing about a decades worth of classes coming together, compared with a regular reunion of just one class, youll see members of classes other than your own whom youll know, whom you otherwise may not have ever seen again. And dont worry, well have name tags to help you put names with the faces, just in case you show up and wonder who all those old folks are. If you are on Facebook and havent joined That 70s Reunions group page, please do so, and youll not only nd more information there, but can scroll for hours, looking at photos and comments from our past gatherings. If youve not attended one, it might help you recognize some folks if you familiarize yourself with them now. Youll see what a fun time weve had for sure. The reunion is not open to classes before 1970 or after 1979, so that we may hold true to our name, but others may come as a registered guest of a 1970s class member, one on one. Also, be aware that you need not have made it all the way through graduation to come some were part of the 1970s classes but did not nish for whatever reason, or moved away before time to get their diploma, etc. This should be enough information for you to have an idea of what to expect, and hopefully will entice you to come join us. The fun and music will be owing freely with the great tunes of that era, and many memories will be shared and made this year. So get your motor runnin, head out on the highway, lookin for adventure, and come join us. Keep stayin alive and feelin groovy in the meantime, and remember, like a true natures child, you were born to be wild!GRITS & PIECESFROM PAGE 4 NOTICE OF PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING The Board of County Commissioners of DeSoto County, Florida will have the first of two scheduled Budget Hearings on Monday, September 8, 2014, at 6:30 PM in the County Commission Meeting Room 103, Administration Building, 201 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida as follows: TO REVIEW THE PROPOSED 2014/15 BUDGET If special accommodations are required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals should contact the County Administrators Office by calling 863-993-4800 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. 471133 Boats Donate your Boat, Car, Truck,RV, Plane or Collectibles tohelp people needing organtransplants on=f` Match ingb nors.com.Free Vacation VoucherAll you need to do is call:K.dneYs 1-1300-385-0422Boafs4Kidneys.cornOut, 501c3 nonprofit benefits by receiving the proceedsof the donation, and you receive the great tax deduction!!

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The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 11 | Arcadian ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACKOuttted with a snorkel mask and ns, DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ashley Coone is drenched with a bucket of ice water, thanks to Heather Nedley. Coone is one of many DeSoto County residents who have been tapped to take part in the viral fundraiser, meant to raise money for ALS, or Lou Gehrigs Disease.Brrrr! getting drenched for a good cause Nav-A-Gator featured in adventure show ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACKThe Nav-A-Gator Bar & Grill hosted a viewing party on Aug. 19 for customers to watch the Extreme Catches episode of Animal Planets program, O the Hook. DeSoto residents Andy and Jayson Franklin were featured in an alligator hunting scene in this episode, which followed them from the Nav-A-Gator along the Peace River. In the photo, from left, are Andy Franklin and Jayson Franklin of Lake Suzy, along with Nancy and Dennis Kirk, owners of the Nav-A-Gator. A large crowd gathered at the Nav-A-Gator Grill and Marina on Aug. 19 to watch an episode of Animal Planets O the Hook. The episode featured two Lake Suzy residents Andy and Jayson Franklin on a gator hunt along the Peace River. Mason Holland, a former DeSoto County High School basketball star who gained notoriety for pushing a referee during a game, was released from state prison Sunday. Holland had been charged with battery of a sports ofcial in December 2010 after he shoved referee Jim Hamm and then picked him up and threw him on the oor, during a basketball game at DeSoto against the Port Charlotte Pirates. Video of the game quickly went viral on YouTube. Holland was charged with battery of a sports ofcial and was found guilty in February 2013. While his battery case was pending, he was also charged with a sex offense with a victim age 12 to 15, when he was alleged to have had sex with his girlfriend. He was found guilty in Feb. 2013. (A second sex-related charge stemming from the same incident was later dropped.) Holland was sentenced to three years, one month and 11 days in state prison with credit for time served, for both the battery and sex offense cases. He served his time at the Sumter Correctional Institution and was released Sunday.Holland released from prisonSta Report HOLLAND Eye Exams Medical Eye Care Surgery Full Optical Boutique Contact Lenses863.491.7777 2442 NE Highway 70, Arcadia (across from Walgreens) Dr. Ronald O. Sevigny Dr. Mark D. SevignyRonald O. Sevigny, O.D. Mark D. Sevigny, O.D. Robyn Russell, O.D. Daniel Welch, M.D.Hablamos Espaol(24 hour emergency eye care)We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and all major medical plans BlinkyOur Board Certified physicians are committed to not just meeting your expectations but exceeding them!www.7eeye.com 471074 2 Complete Pairs of Shatter Resistant Glasses for $99 Expires 09/30/2014 Shatter Resistant, Scratch Resistant, UV Protecting, Polycarbonate Lenses & Select Frames For patients 18 and under with a valid glasses prescription only. Offer cannot be used in conjuncti on with any other offer, sale, or insurance benefits. Must present this ad to redeem offer EVIGNYAM-kSSOCIATES SEVIGNYASSOCIATES

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Arcadian | Page 12 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 1,229 votes, with Hall at 916. Selph now faces Republican write-in candidate Virginia Algar in Novembers general election. Its been an exhausting few weeks of campaigning, and I thought Mr. Hall ran a good race; we both worked hard at it, Selph said. I appreciate the voters support and their condence in me. Via, Allen win School Board races DeSoto voters elected newcomer Daniel Via to the countys School Board Tuesday, in the seat long held by Rodney Hollingsworth, while incumbent Ronny Allen was awarded another term in ofce. Via, who has no political experience, narrowly edged out Dr. Roosevelt Johnson by 41 votes in the District 1 race, 1,732 to 1,691. Johnson was employed with the DeSoto County School District for 46 years, and served on the Arcadia City Council and the Florida League of Cities. I want to thank the residents of DeSoto County. Im really excited but also a little nervous, Via said. This was my rst political bout, and (Johnson) is a great man and had he been given the opportunity Im sure he would have done a great job. I look forward to serving the county residents. Incumbent Ronny Allen defeated challenger Maria Moreno in the District 5 race with nearly 57 percent of the vote. According to unofcial results by the DeSoto Supervisor of Elections Ofce, Allen received 1,950 votes compared to Morenos 1,483. I want to thank the citizens for giving me the opportunity to serve them, and for those who didnt support me I hope to change their minds and work harder for our children, Allen said. The DeSoto County Supervisor of Elections ofce reported residents cast 3,532 ballots during the primary vote, accounting for only 23.8 percent of the countys 14,840 registered voters. DeSoto voters were more active compared to counties such as Charlotte, however, which reported only a 17 percent turnout for its primary races. This was a similar turnout to what weve seen in the past, said DeSoto Supervisor of Elections Ofces Kelli Johnson. Its usually just under 30 percent for a midterm election, and the numbers for this year are roughly the same as they were for the last midterm in 2010. Judicial, state results In the 12th Judicial Circuit Judge race, Susan Maulucci defeated Art Jackman with 59 percent of the vote, receiving 55,352 votes to Jackmans 37,958. In DeSoto County, Maulucci received 1,645 votes to Jackmans 1,460. Governor Rick Scott will ofcially face Charlie Crist in the November general election after both candidates easily won their primary races. In the Republican primary, Scott defeated challenger Nan Rich with 87 percent of the vote, 834,395 to 100,715 for Rich. Candidate Yinka Abosede Adeshina nished a distant third with 16,903 votes. Crist won the Democratic primary with 74 percent of the vote, tallying 622,980 votes to challenger Nan Richs 214,740. The numbers for both candidates in DeSoto County were similar, with Scott receiving 86 percent of the vote, and Crist receiving 62 percent. George Sheldon defeated Perry Thurston in the state Attorney General Democratic primary, securing 61 per cent of the vote. The nal vote count was 457,747 for Sheldon and 296,871 for Thurston. Again, DeSoto Countys numbers were similar, with Sheldon receiving 57 percent of the vote. Sheldon will square off with incum bent Attorney General Pam Bondi in November. For more information on Novembers general election, including proles and candidate forums for this falls Arcadia City Council and Arcadia Police Department races, watch future issues of the Arcadian. For questions or more information on Tuesdays primary races, contact the DeSoto Supervisor of Elections Ofce at 863-993-4871.PRIMARIESFROM PAGE 1 ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comRoosevelt Johnson, right, shakes hands to congratulate Danny Via who won the School Board District 1 race. Many of the candidates and their supporters gathered in the DeSoto County Commissioners meeting room to watch as the Supervisor of Elections posted results updated throughout the evening. DeSoto County Supervisor of Elections Mark Negley, left, and Kelli Johnson confer before posting updated election results Tuesday night. Jim Selph, who won the Democratic Party nod for DeSoto County Commission District 2, gets a congratulatory hug from his grandson Kale Tarver. Selph, who defeated challenger Mike Hall, will face Republican write-in Virginia Algar in November. Limited harvest starts Sept. 1 for snookThe recreational harvest season for Floridas premier game sh, snook, opens Sept. 1 statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. While the shery is already more than 90 percent catch-and-release, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages anglers to continue to use moderation when deter mining whether or not to take a snook home. Gulf snook populations were negatively impacted by a 2010 cold kill. Gulf snook numbers currently exceed FWC management goals but are still rebuilding to pre-cold-kill levels, which is one of the reasons why it is important to handle sh with care in this region and use moderation when determining whether or not to harvest one. When releasing a snook, proper handling methods can help ensure the species abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about catch-and-release and the best way to handle a sh, visit www.MyFWC. com/Fishing and click on Saltwater, then Recreational Regulations. Regular season closures are designed to help protect the species during vulnerable times such as cold weather and spawning. Snook are closed to harvest Dec. 1 through the end of February, and May 1 through Aug. 31 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park. In Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, snook is closed Dec. 15 through Jan. 31 and June 1 through Aug. 31. Management measures such as the one-sh-per-person, per-day bag limit, annual closed seasons and size limits will help continue rebuilding snook populations on both coasts. Minimum and maximum size limits help protect juvenile and older breeding sh within the population. In the Atlantic, snook must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 32 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the sh is lying on its side. In the Gulf, they must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 33 inches total length. A snook permit as well as a recreational saltwater license is required unless the angler is exempt from having a license. Snook may be targeted or harvested with hook and line gear only. Snagging is prohibited. It is illegal to buy or sell snook. Anglers can report their catch on the Snook & Gamesh Foundations website at www.SnookFoundation. org by clicking on the Angler Action link. Researchers also ask anglers who harvest the sh to save their lleted carcasses and provide them to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. For the county-by-county list, go to www.MyFWC. com/Research and click on Saltwater, then Snook (under Saltwater Fish) and Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research. These carcasses provide biological data, including the size, age, maturity and sex of the catch. This information is important to the FWC in completing stock assessments on species such as snook. If you see a snook shery violation, please call the Wildlife Alert Program at 888-404-FWCC (3922). | NEWS BRIEFS The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 13 | Arcadian PHOTOS BY CAROL MAHLER Barbara Nicholson presented an envelope from the First National Bank of Arcadia that her mother, Opal Keen McCray, had saved from the 1920s. One of the small colorized photographs printed on it depicts Nicholsons grandfather, Rhoden E. Keen, standing beside a truckload of water melons with his daughters, Opal and Polly, sitting nearby eating watermelon. Wilda Meier unfolded a crazy quilt made in 1902 by Orpha Ross, a relative included in the book Meier also showed The Gene alogy of the Descendants of Robert Smith 1723-1923.A look back at some old-fashioned itemsTod Backer displayed toy vehicles from the 1930s and s that belonged to his father and from the 1950s, s, and s that his dad gave to him and his brother. Backer had some with moveable parts. School spirit rises at Tree of Knowledge Park ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACKMembers of the DeSoto County High School varsity football team pose with Willy Bailey. Earlier this year, Bailey was honored with the Do the Right Thing award after saving a young friend from drowning. Bob Miller, Bulldogs fan and member of the Big Dog Club, gives the thumbs-up sign at the Tailgate Party Friday. Below: Summer Stimson, Skylar Holder, Adreanna White and Diana Moya of the Delta Omegas share their school spirit Friday at the Tree of Knowledge Park. The Bulldogs cheerleaders show o some of their moves at the Tree of Knowledge Park before the Kicko Classic on Friday. Young Bulldogs Tyler Demetrik and Powers Shine show o their throwing arms during Fridays Tailgate Party. Hayden and Andy Ames wear their Bulldogs shirts with pride. Alicia and David Lawrence and Lois and Bob Heine Jr. show their school spirit at Fridays Tailgate Party. From left, Logan Adams, Rob Adams, Hooker Browning, Marshal Matt Anderson, Pam Ames and Je Adams promote the BBQ dinners for sale at Fridays Tailgate Party. !i;_' 'C, V \4.. : .w ". "1 owl `: -. ,) -:;. __ ... -, i:dH:?)EsaT ..' : .._i --I I 1ii_L I ik11 ,tii1y F4-Tr :/, 1 l V G. 4,k1&Adi:, ``. ms`s__-./p 'b i (-Z: I L h :-rte= ':t 1Or,. !&w zI Lk:.i4 k \ '. hLt TQ JioiCsrmAAbLASNl"if '\ i-7 0tlenvmvrry 1Pricebreak f I`lannounce or --k,' :' #, > rca iansubscribers! tThe rice of a one earsuhscrrptron to TheArcadian is being reduced .as of Sept, 3 to only c. I$25/year. This means= .,delivery to your Desoto .Shome orwEIS a year, for just = __ I : L1.__ a --.$25. I l.nnP rThe single-copy price '', `% C0 ;'at racks and dealers will _increase to 75 each.'` ALH . ____t:__iL::i6_

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SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 14MORE SPORTS ACTION PAGE 16Check out our continued coverage of the varsity football and volleyball teams preseason game action. Last season the DeSoto County varsity football team mirrored the Clint Eastwood movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. They had moments when they actually played well, while other times they looked pretty bad. All too often they were just plain ugly with penalties, fumbles and mental mistakes resulting in a 2-8 record. During last Fridays 33-6 loss to the eighth-ranked Port Charlotte Pirates, they looked pretty good at times and downright bad at others. But contrary to last season, they never ventured into the ugly category. The Bulldogs had several penalties, but many can be attributed to rust, considering it was their rst game and the team has been practicing most of the preseason in the gym due to bad weather. They played hard and the large home crowd helped keep the teams spirit up even late in the game when the outcome had already been decided. We played a lot better than I thought we would, especially since we had so many practices inside this season, Senior Tajahs Jackson said. Dawayne Hearns had one of two Bulldog interceptions from highly touted Pirate quarterback Anthony Stephens. Hearns pick stopped a Pirate drive at the Bulldog 35-yardline. Jackson nearly picked off a third Stephens pass, but the ball went through his hands at mideld. Alfredrick Tyson also recovered a fumble, and the Bulldogs matched the Pirates play-for-play in the rst two quarters, trailing only 9-6 at the half. The Bulldogs found an accurate eld goal kicker in the right foot of sophomore Cesar Barajas. He accounted for all six Bulldog points on two eld goals, with the nal one from 39 yards just as time expired in the rst half. My limit is about 46 yards, Barajas said. He was named WFLN 1480 am radios Player of the Game. Costly mistakesThe Bulldogs proved to be their own worst enemy several times Friday night, starting with their rst series of the game. On the rst play from scrimmage the Bulldogs had a penalty. Jackson ran for a nice gain on the second play that was called back by another penalty. The third play resulted in a safety for Port Charlotte when the centers snap sailed over Jacksons head and he recovered it in the end zone for a 2-0 Pirate lead. Jackson had a nice 73-yard kickoff return deep into Pirate territory, but the Bulldogs offense was unable to punch it in for a touchdown. We got to work on our end zone plays. We just couldnt get it in, Jackson said. Alternating at quarterback with Jackson was senior Reggie Jones. He led the team with 50 yards rushing and had some exciting carries. His lost fumble deep in Pirate territory, however, cost the Bulldogs a shot at the lead just before the half. We will need to work on some things in practice tomorrow, but well be all right, Jones said.Defensive letdownsThe DeSoto County defense played well in the rst half, but surrendered several big gains in the second half that put the game out of reach. The aggressive Bulldogs defense gave up long runs to Stephens of 55 and 31 yards. The back-breaker came on a third-and-40 deep in the Pirates own territory. Stephens ripped off a 56-yard gain, and the Pirates went from their own 10-yard-line to the Bulldogs 5 in just two plays. Stephens rushed for 193 yards and a touchdown and threw for two more scores.Second-half collapse dooms BulldogsBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER Quarterback Reggie Jones picks up a nice gain but fumbles deep into Pirate territory in the 33-6 loss to Port Charlotte. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comDeSoto Coach Wade Huckabe talks with kicker Cesar Barajas prior to halftime. Barajas second eld goal of the game brought the Bulldogs to within three points at the half. Senior lineman Earnest Robinson gets ready for the rst game of the season. The team had to wait more than an hour for the kicko due to weather conditions. Anthony Lee (11) and Stefan Thumpa Williams give chase to a Port Charlotte ball carrier in the 33-6 loss at home Aug. 22. Alfredrick Tyson (20) comes on to help Deionte Juice Turner and an unidentied player bring down Pirate quarterback Anthony Stephens for a loss. Stephens scored three times in the 33-6 win over DeSoto County.BULLDOGS | 16 471128 DESOTO BULLDOGS FOOTBALL Exclusively on Arcadias only radio station! Tune in each Friday Night as Joe Gallimore and Steve Big Daddy Knapp bring you all the action LIVE! Americas Morning News Laura Ingraham Rush Limbaugh Sean Hannity Alan Colmes Dr. Joy Brown Arcadia Morning Monday Thursday 9:06 AM Veterans Corner Fridays 9:06 AM (14aoAM*iAN r w s R a d o

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The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 15 | Arcadian Probably the only time varsity volleyball coach Laura White is more concerned about how her team plays than the nal score is during the preseason. The wins and losses dont count, referees are being trained and coaches can move their players around and hopefully get an indication of how theyll perform in the regular season. Entering her third year, White knows her team well. Nine players competed on her club team during the offseason, and eight were on the varsity squad last season. The road to the season opener began this summer with a team camp at Florida Southern, followed by regular open gym sessions for skills training. White recently made rotational changes to the lineup, however, leaving questions about some of the skill positions on the team. A pair of preseason matches last week allowed her to see how much of an impact the moves would have on the teams play. We had a traditional 6-2 offense during the club season. We realized over the summer, however, that we needed Bethany Bonville as an outside hitter when she was in the front row and a setter when she was in the back row, White said. With that in mind, White introduced her new lineup with about ve practices left before the preseason games. Although the Bulldogs lost their match against Labelle 3-1, Bonville knocked down 17 kills and added ve assists. The match was pretty even, White said. We had 90 points and they had 95 for the match. Our 15 service errors more than made that decit. Lady Bulldogs earn preseason split By DAVE BREMERSPORTS WRITER Josie Deriso attacks out of the middle in a game against Cypress Lake. The Bulldogs went on to win the match 3-0. Kacey Steyer ashes a playful whats up? look to a teammate after getting a kill against Labelle in the preseason classic. The Dawgs dropped the match 3-1. PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERLucero Perez passes the ball to the target as Micaela Roberts looks on. The Bulldogs lost to Labelle 3-1 in a preseason warmup. Bethany Bonville and Josie Deriso put up a strong double block in a preseason exhibition against Labelle. The Dawgs dropped the match 3-1.LADY BULLDOGS | 16 rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 471014 T iE Cypress St[oil W y 10r rf 1a a 'I o 0 mz ZDr. Laura DeStefanoHickory StLewel lyn CasselsARNP

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Arcadian | Page 16 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 The Bulldogs had several drives where they moved the ball well against the Pirates defense. That DeSoto team is much improved over what they were last year, Pirates Head Coach Dave Hofer said after the game. In the post-game talk, DeSoto County Head Coach Matt Egloff applauded his players efforts but said they need to play smarter. I have to tell you that I think you played your fannies off tonight, but were like Skud missiles out there, he said. I hope Im explaining this right in that Skud missiles were developed to stop incoming missiles but their direction was off and they ended up exploding all over the place. We can explode but now we have to work on getting our direction better. We need to know our plays better; we need to work harder in practice and get in better shape.Strong fan supportOne notable positive on the night came from the fans. With over an hour delay in the starting time due to inclement weather, the fans hung around the parking lot and a few even tailgated before the game. The visitors stands were packed and the Bulldogs stands were nearly full, too. The fans reaction to positive plays for the Bulldogs were appreciated by the team, and during the game many players turned back to admire the biggest crowd many of them had ever played for. Please continue to support the team; they open their season with two straight regular season games at home. The Bulldogs will be ring their mis siles at home tomorrow night at 7 p.m. as they host the Lake Region Thunder. The Thunder edged the Bulldogs last season 19-18.BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 14 Port Charlotte linebacker (and former DeSoto resident) Martin Luther reunites with former teammates Deionte Turner and RayShawn Stroman (64). ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comLineman Chace Higgins listens to music as the Bulldogs waited out bad weather conditions before their Kick O Classic against Port Charlotte. Two days later the Lady Bulldogs came back to Riverdale High School (Lee County) to play Cypress Lake. The teams serving improved (22 service aces to seven service errors), and DeSoto easily won three straight sets. For the match, the team outscored its opponent 75-20.Work in progressAfter watching her team in the preseason, White indicated there are two specic areas that need added attention. We worked on our movement LADY BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 15and passing all summer and its still a work in progress, she said. Were trying to get our bodies in motion before the attack so we can cover more ground on defense, which takes a lot of repetition and muscle memory. When asked about the positives she took away from the games, White was quick to compliment her team. Datasia Wallace set the ball well, which is a key for us, she said. Our outside hitters were very consistent and our middle hitters did ne; they just need a little more zip in their attacks. White added she believes this was one of the more versatile teams shes coached. Our two newcomers, Jayla Cowell and Cassidy Furr, can play anywhere in the front row, she said. Its nice to know you can put either of them in on the left side, middle or right, and they know what to do. They were also talking strategy out there on the court, which was good to see. PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERThe Lady Bulldogs huddle up for the rst time in the 2014 season before playing Labelle in a preseason exhibition. The Dawgs lost the match 3-1. Lucero Perez takes a serve receive with Micaela Roberts and Bethany Bonville surrounding her. The Bulldogs dropped the preseason match against Labelle 3-1. Lady Bulldogs head coach Laura White goes over last-minute instructions before the teams preseason exhibition against Cypress Lake. DeSoto won the match 3-0. Bethany Bonville, Kacey Steyer, and Kaitlin Steyer get ready to switch to their specialty areas in an exhibition against Cypress Lake. The Bulldogs won the match 3-0. 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 28, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 17 | Arcadian The Peace River chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association is organizing its annual banquet. As they begin the third year of planning for the coming event, they welcome several new committee members again this year. It proves to be a bigger and better success with each passing year as new interest, ideas and energy are generated. As in the past, the Arcadia Turner Agri-Civic Center will be the venue for the banquet, which will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 16. Texas Cattle Co. will provide dinner and there will be a cash bar. A silent auction, live auction, and rafes will be held. Tickets prices are $120 per couple: or $65 per individual. Kids (with a childrens meal) are $25 each, and a table is $800. All tickets are sold in advance. None will be sold at the door. The committee is looking for sponsors, donations, and new members. Save the date and help support CCA Florida, Dedicated To Conserving And Protecting Floridas Marine Resources. The Peace River Chapter has supported a Kids Fishing Clinic the past two years, bringing many happy memories and joy to the youth of DeSoto County. Instruction, rods and reels were provided by the Peace River Chapter. For tickets or more information, contact any committee member or email Adam Miller, Regional Director, at amiller@ccaorida.org, or by cell at 941-270-0895; or Chapter President Jim Bushouse at jim@jamesbushouseinc. com or jjbushouse@embarqmail.com.Coastal Conservation dinner planned for OctoberBy JO RIDERCOASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION The Peace River Coastal Conservation Association banquet committee is planning the third annual CCA banquet for Oct. 16. The Peace River Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association sponsors a Kids Fishing Clinic at Lake Katherine every year, and each participating child receives a rod and reel.PHOTOS PROVIDED as theyll rst destroy themselves through their political and educational systems. Our president knew months ago what ISIS was about to do and he did nothing. Recently, he reluctantly chose limited bombing but he could have challenged ISIS much earlier in exposed desert terrain. President Obamas delayed military response has put millions of innocents in major population centers in the hands of ISIS terrorists. Military action is now far more difcult as ISIS is embedded within these communities who will now be exposed to grave collateral damage from any contemplated military action. Now we have a U.S. journalist decapitated, innocent females and children kidnapped and butchered, all in the name of Islamic Jihad. The president refuses to call them what they are: butchers and terror ists. He prefers they be called militants. President Obama is leading us down the road to destruction. I for one believe he knows what he is doing is intentional. I can hardly believe he is that stupid. There are three trains of thought: 1) He knows what he is doing; 2) He really is stupid; 3) He is an intellectual idiot. Pick your poison. We are all going to pay a horrible price.George Pratt Arcadia[More letters received in support of DeSoto Memorial Hospital. There are still additional letters not yet published which will appear at a future date.] Editor: In the 1960s the owner of the hospital announced he was closing the hospital. We would be without a hospital. Your board of county commissioners, of which I was a member, met with our Senator, Doyle Carlton, and Fletcher Brown, a local attorney. They recommended that DeSoto County participate with the federal government in the federal program where the government matches funds put up by the county. We put off the decision for several weeks to see what our citizens felt was the thing to do. A.C. Polk called a public meeting to advice the public to tell their commissioner to go for it. I remember speaking with Mr. Albert Carlton about it, and he said I was the commissioner, do what I thought. We voted to build a new hospital and bonded the county for our part, $1 million. Chairman Harold Garner ew to New York City to slow the bonds. We appointed a hospital board and the hospital was built. The commissioners were Garner, Donald McKay, Bob Wertz, Mr. Procter and myself, Bob Avant. I had two daughters born in the old hospital and my daddy died there in 1968. My brother died in the new hospital in 1969. Folks, we need our hospital. Lets nd a way to keep it.Bob Avant Ret. County Commissioner ArcadiaI had a very good experience in a recent stay while being admitted to the DeSoto Memorial Hospital, one well worthy of writing about. The entire staff that dealt with my issues was highly trained, detailed, courteous, dedicated and informative in their profession. The food prepared for me for my twoday stay was nothing but superior in all respects and well accepted and enjoyed by me. For this, I want to thank everyone for a much appreciated stay on my part and rate them very well against any other hospital staff in the state on this level. Thank you again,Maurice Brown ArcadiaAs retirees, we nd it very convenient to be so close to a hospital. We feel comfortable going to DMH. Its not as nerve-wracking as having to go to/be transported to Charlotte or Sarasota. With no hospital, DeSoto County would be an unsafe place to live. Also, the housing market is bad enough, with no hospital why would anyone want to move here?Karen Hansen ArcadiaIf we want to bring jobs and industry to DeSoto County, we must have a hospital to attraact a better grade of employment options.Byron and Ruth Barney ArcadiaI have been in this local hospital (for a) kidney stone, colonoscopy, MRI and other exams. We must not be required to go to other cities to take care of our problems.Lois and Harold Augustat ArcadiaWe need a local hospital.Cheryl Harmon ArcadiaWe have a lot of older people and workers. We need the hospital.Kevin DeWitt ArcadiaEven though its not the best hospital, its the only one we have.Linda Brodowsky ArcadiaI use the clinic at the hospital and also for the ER. I need to be able to have X-rays and other prcedures done locally. We need a hospital instead of being transported to a hospital 30-50 miles away. This would probably be a life flight that I cant afford to pay.Connie Abbott ArcadiaEmployment, too far to go in emer gency, people will move closer to hospital access. Property values will decline.Terry and Martha Bartholamew ArcadiaIf we dont have a hospital in DeSoto County, the availability of health care would be a problem. We are at least 45 minutes to an hour away from the next closest hospital. Many lives would be affected by the long delay. There are many retirement communities in the area that would be affected.Sandra Stantz ArcadiaLETTERSFROM PAGE 4 471009 iC ,> X cfLand Clearing Tree Removal Tree BurningCitrus Planting Irrigation Maintenance PruningTel: 863-491-0137 Fax: 863-491-8969cgammadCc?cisnerosharvesting.com3501 NE Washington Street Arcadia, FL 34266

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Arcadian | Page 18 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 On Aug. 14, Mac Martin hosted a reception for the Hurricane Charley Retrospective, an evening to share art, essays, poems and songs, and heartfelt memories about that terrible day in 2004 when Charley came calling in DeSoto County. I wasnt here then I did not move to Florida until the following year, when my husband came here to help a friend invest in the real estate business, which was booming a year after the hurricane. (Of course, the market started to tank just about the time the ink on our mortgage papers dried. But by then we were settled and happy to be living in Florida.) But I did not live through the storm and had no story to share. Even the photos I brought to the event werent my own, but taken from The Arcadians 10-year-old les. Thats why I was so impressed, and so emotionally moved, hearing the rst-hand tales others shared. Ive seen the photos, Ive read the Learning the truth about Charley Arcadian Editor Susan E. Hoffman shoffman@sun-herald.com A rapt audience listens to speakers relate their rst-hand experiences of surviving Hurricane Charley. Lois Hendricks read her memoir about seeking shelter in the Turner Center, only to have part of the roof blow o. Her essay repeated the frequent announcements made on the PA system there, making a listener feel as if he were there in person. Gordon Mac Martin played and sang some of his original songs inspired by Hurricane Charley. Debra Fewell of the Peace River Writers Group introduced the speakers who shared their personal experiences of Hurricane Charley. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comSarah Hollenhorst read her essay in the book Summer of the Storms about surviving Hurri cane Charley by holing up in an old bread truck. Carol Mahler read her poem about a mighty oak tree that split in half, during the Charley Retrospective on Aug. 14. Michael Haymans of the Peace River Writers Group gave personal insight into what it was like to live through the hurricane. Frank Desguin of the Peace River Writers Group shared his personal memories of surviving Hurricane Charley. Rob Herron came to the Hurricane Charley Retrospective. People gathered at Mac Martins Gallery to learn more and share memories about the major storm that destroyed much of DeSoto County 10 years ago. Three prospective buyers from China had spent the day looking at DeSoto County properties before coming to Mac Martins Charley Retrospective.CHARLEY | 23 Ak'LISA ? :r1Y f, n rY #e$K5{a 171. l 3. 3'. kq A Y yam:r P Fes:I%ujolAk_A-t' + I tl~+ 411I 1.cOft_

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It can be difcult to stop when you are drumming up so much excitement. Now is not the time to take a risk. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you may have overextended yourself this week. You didnt realize you had taken on so much until it was too late, but there is still time to backtrack. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, committing to a daily routine can have a strong impact on your overall health. Consider tailoring a new routine for yourself, and youll reap the healthy rewards. CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 Take things slow with a budding relationship this week, Cancer. You dont want to go too fast and nd yourself in over your head. Let things develop gradually. LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, carefully consider any offer that seems too good to be true this week. While the person making the offer is not ill-intentioned, you still must exercise caution. VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Big ideas sweep in this week and leave you with a lot of inspiration, Virgo. Dont get too lost in fantastical ideas, though. Wait a little bit before nalizing plans. LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 Err on the side of caution with regard to spending this week, Libra. You have to save up for a bigger purchase thats on the horizon, so try to save as much as you can now. SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, only now do you realize how much you have on your plate. Think about postponing a getaway until your schedule is less packed and you can enjoy the trip even more. SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, turn work into play and things will move along that much more quickly. Split up the tasks at hand with a friend or colleague, and the week will y by. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, even though you dont have much time for yourself, you feel compelled to spend more time with others. Make some time for yourself as well. AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, you secretly enjoy when others come to you for advice. Think carefully before making any suggestions, and your friends will be more appreciative because of it. 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Arcadian | Page 22 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 Most Floridians dont encounter snakes on a daily basis. But those of us who live in rural ar eas are much more likely to meet these legless reptiles. Thirty-ve species of snakes are found in our region; some of the most common are the black racer and yellow rat snake. Most snakes will ee at the vibrations of your approach. If a snake feels threatened it will escape in most situations. Shaking its tail does not mean it is about to strike. It is a bluff to scare predators. Since snakes only eat what they can swallow whole, they no more want to encounter you than you want to meet them. Use caution when you are in snake habitat, and stomp your feet to give reptiles warning and they will most likely avoid you. Snakes should be respected rather than feared. The majority of snakes you are likely to encounter are harmless, but there are four species of venomous snakes that are found in central Florida. Two others, the timber or canebrake rattler and southern copperhead are only found in North Florida. The eastern diamondback and pigmy rattlesnake, water moccasin or cottonmouth and coral snake are our dangerous snakes. Snakes may vary greatly in their appearance, making identication difcult. Juvenile snakes are often quite different than when they mature. Different habitats or how recently the snake has molted may affect their appearance. A good resource with photos of native snakes is http://ufwildlife.ifas. u.edu/snakes/orida.shtml. There are no native snakes in our area with longitudinal stripes. The yellow rat snake, garter snake and ribbon snake are all harmless. So any snake you encounter with stripes running the length of its body poses no threat. Two colorful non-venomous snakes are often mistaken for the venomous coral snake. The scarlet king snake and the Florida scarlet snake are both non-venomous and both have mostly red noses, while the coral snake has a black nose followed by a wide yellow band. The coral snake has bands of red and black bordered with narrow yellow bands. The two non-venomous snakes are similarly colored, but the red and black bands touch. Remember the saying: red next to yellow kills a fellow, red next to black is a friend of Jack. One of the most frequently mistaken harmless snakes is the Florida water snake. Both the cottonmouth and water snakes have a wide thick body with a dark blotched indistinct pattern, but the water snakes markings are typically even bands. The cottonmouth will often hold its head at a 45 degree angle to its body. When agitated they usually display their open mouth and then there is no mistaking them. Cottonmouths have elliptical pupils, while water snakes have round pupils. Both are frequently found near water, but they may be found on high land also. When swimming the cottonmouth is very buoyant, while the body of a water snake is mostly submerged. The Eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the biggest and deadliest native snake in our area. They may grow up to 8 feet in length. Theyre most commonly found in pinelands, in tall grass or thick palmetto stands. They often live in gopher tortoise burrows, and in cold weather may be seen basking in the sun in front of the burrow. They are probably the least aggressive venomous snake. They lie in ambush in the coiled position waiting for prey to come by, but they will usually not strike at something larger than what they can consume. Even if one is startled, it may take a defensive posture and rattle its tail, but then will slowly back away. They can strike up to two thirds their length, and their venom is potent. The best defense is to be aware and wear protective boots and leggings if you are in snake territory. The dusky pigmy rattlesnake probably bites more people than any other snake in our area. They are small, from 12 to 24 inches typically, and are found just about anywhere. They are feisty and aggressive, and their rattle sounds more like the buzz of an insect, and is frequently ignored. However, because of their small size, their venom is seldom fatal. Many other snakes have distinctive blotched patterns and are mistaken for rattlesnakes. The corn snake or red rat snake is a beautiful snake that may be quite colorful, or a gray and black variation. The eastern mud snake has a distinctive pattern of red or orange triangular bars that extend up the sides of the body, but the back is a solid glossy black. The hognose snake may be uniformly black with a light underside, or a blotched yellow and black pattern. Only about 9 to 15 people die from snakebite annually, compared with over 100 each from lightnings strikes and insect bites. Almost half of all snake bites occur from handling or molesting snakes. About 50 percent of the strikes by venomous snakes are dry no venom is injected. Venom injection is a voluntary reex. Snakes depend on their deadly weapon to procure food; they are not likely to deploy it for no reason. If you believe you have been bitten by a venomous snake, the only sound advice is to stay calm and get to a hospital or other medical facility. Symptoms may not show for about two hours. Dont try to kill the snake; a photo on your cell phone will serve just as well for identication. Most of the old remedies of using a tourniquet and cutting the wound site and sucking out the venom are no longer advised. You also should not put an ice pack on the wound, or take pain killers or alcohol. Snakes ll an important niche in Floridas ecosystem. They are mid-level on the food chain, being both predator and prey. Snakes benet us by keeping rats, mice, squirrels, rabbits, other snakes, frogs, toads, lizards, sh and insects in check. Theyre also important food to many mammals including opossums, raccoons and foxes. Birds such as hawks, owls, herons and egrets dine on snakes. Other reptiles including alligators, turtles, and snakes such as the kingsnake and coachwhip prey on snakes. People with a fear of snakes often indiscriminately kill snakes, and others kill snakes because they think theyve identied a venomous snake, taking the attitude better be safe than sorry. Removing or killing snakes disrupts the balance of other wildlife. Instead of fearing or destroying snakes, learn a bit about them, and give them respect and a wide range when encountered. Remove a truly dangerous snake only if it is habitually found in areas where it is a threat to children.Identifying Floridas venomous snakesOver the Garden Gate Al & Karen Smoke aandksmoke@gmail.com PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (TIM VICKERS)The Eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the biggest and deadliest native snake in our area. They can strike up to two thirds their length, and their venom is potent. The best defense is to be aware and wear protective boots and leggings if you are in snake territory. PHOTO FROM SANIBEL-CAPTIVA CONSERVATION FOUNDATION The coral snake delivers potent neurotoxin venom that attacks the nerve system. They are known to tolerate quite a bit of handling before actually biting. Coral snakes average about 30 inches in length. A full size snake can deliver a deadly amount of venom. PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (BLUEAG9)The dusky pigmy rattlesnake probably bites more people than any other snake in our area. They are small, from 12 to 24 inches typically, and are found just about anywhere. However, because of their small size, their venom is seldom fatal. PHOTO PROVIDED BY COMMONS WIKIMEDIA.ORG (CDC)The cottonmouth will often hold its head at a 45 degree angle to its body. When agitated they usually display their open mouth and then there is no mistaking them. Cottonmouths have elliptical pupils, while water snakes have round pupils. When swimming the cottonmouth is very buoyant. Bikers ride to get veterans outdoors ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY THOMAS SIMMONSSmokey Bear was on his cycle Saturday for the Operation Outdoor Freedom fundraiser. While not actually riding, Smokey Bear symbolizes a love for the outdoors, as well as a reminder that those outdoors must be protected. This project will bring recognition to DeSoto County and Southwest Florida by providing a place for camping, shing, and hunting for Floridas wounded veterans. Glen Mayeld, Mike Porter and Cameron Durham work for the Florida Forest Service. They had just returned from ghting forest res in the West in time to be part of the event Operation Outdoor Freedom. As Mike said, This is a way for us to give back some thanks for what the wounded veterans have given for us. This is our way of helping them get back outdoors, our way of saying Thank You. Pat Mahoney, center, along with Rick Christman and Eric Strickland, planned and organized Opera tion Outdoor Freedom. The funds raised will provide Floridas wounded military vets with a place for outdoor recreation free of charge to them. Land on Kings Highway in DeSoto County was provided by the State of Florida and is maintained by the Department of Agriculture and the Forestry Service. V 04-' ^. ,, ;' .IdyAA.1 17fly :.,_1 + ,.C7 i atdoof ..N: 'teranan

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The Sun / Thursday, August 28, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 23 | Arcadian books and news accounts, and Ive driven around and seen much of the damage for myself. But listening to people telling their own personal stories was far more illuminating than anything I had heard before. Sarah Hollenhorst told of holing up in an old bread truck in the middle of a pasture, holding the door closed with great difculty as they watched the terrible wind knock down an entire forest, and their home. I could hear the screaming wind and feel the strain in muscles holding that door the only thing keeping them, and their animals, safe. I could hear in her voice the relief of another woman who panicked seeing shingles blowing across her lawn, only to realize they werent her shingles her roof, and home, were still safe. I heard the fear and awe in the voice of Carol Mahler who watched a mighty oak one it would have taken several people with arms extended to circle its girth being cleaved in half, top to bottom. I could feel the fear of everyone who took shelter at the Turner Center, only to see the roof open up like a sardine can; and through Lois Hendricks voice I heard clearly the voice over the loudspeaker directing people where to go, what to do, and not to panic. Through their eyes, and their stories, I could feel the foreboding, terrible calm of the eye of the storm. I came to appreciate, as a force of nature, the strength of Charley and the terror it laid at DeSoto Countys doorstep. But I also came to appreciate the resilience of those who survived it, and who went on to rebuild and reclaim their lives and their loved ones, even after losing almost everything they owned. Hearing it in person brought to me a deeper understanding of what it meant to survive Charley. You have my utmost respect.CHARLEYFROM PAGE 18 The citrus greening disease that kills trees but rst slashes fruit yields hasnt been conquered. Neither has canker and a host of other pests and diseases. Still, commercial citrus growers and people in related elds arent giving up on a $9-billion-a-year Florida industry that supports an estimated 76,000 jobs. This year theyve attracted more federal and state research dollars for ghting their biggest nemesis: greening, also called HLB. Since rst detected nine years ago in Miami-Dade County, greening has been found in every citrus-producing county in Florida, as well as in portions of Texas and Louisiana. Until HLB-resistant varieties can be developed, growers are concentrating on keeping infected trees as robust as possible. Thats a major driver for the annual Citrus Expo seminar and trade show held last week at Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. It attracted an estimated 2,000 industry members over two days. Top of mind for growers: Boosting yields of usable fruit even as the green ing ght goes on. Weve got to have enough product to make our major juice producers a prot or theyll pull out and the industry collapses, said Norman Todd, a citrus grower and consultant for more than 50 years. Such a debacle doesnt look imminent. Last year the Coca-Cola Co. committed $2 billion to support planting of 25,000 acres of new orange groves in Florida. For Duda Ranches LaBelle properties, a portion of that investment will bring 2,900 acres of new plantings of oranges for the juice market. In a separate undertaking, we have begun lling in empty spaces in our existing 8,000 acres of juice and fresh (fruit) varieties, said Rob Atchley, Duda general manager for citrus groves in Florida and Texas. Todd himself is optimistic well survive greening, although it will be difcult and costly. Helping out: The farm bill President Barack Obama signed into law early February gives a $125 million emergency allocation over ve years for studies into stopping the greening disease. The $77 million budget Gov. Rick Scott signed this spring pledges about $3.5 million for pest and disease control. And in June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced another $6.5 million for three Florida projects aimed at ghting greening. Through taxing themselves on the number of boxes of fruit harvested, Florida citrus growers have invested some $70 million into greening research over the past ve years, said Wayne Simmons, head of LaBelle Fruit Co. and president of Gulf Citrus Growers Association. Theres no quick and easy x, Simmons said, adding: Were closer than we were ve years ago.Citrus industry seeking solutions to greeningBy LAURA RUANEFORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS PHOTO BY LAURA RUANE, FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESSThe 2014 Citrus Expo was held last week at Lee Civic Center, North Fort Myers. It is exclusively for people who work with Floridas iconic, $9-billion-a-year citrus industry. Southwest Florida has played host to this seminar-and-trade show program for 22 years. Organizers say it is a time for fellowship as well as for education and the sharing of ideas on how to keep the industry sustainable. 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. Brevard Ave., Arcadia 863-491-8500 WE OFFER 4-WHEEL FRONT-END ALIGNMENT AND WE WONT STEER YOU WRONG! 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