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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, September 4, 2014 24 pages / 50 centsSTEPPING UP TO THE PLATECommunity members come together to celebrate new batting cages.PAGE 17 A section of the Sun Arcadian 75 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Religion ..............10 Family Album .........10 Sports ...............14 Agriculture ...........18 NO SONOMA FOR NOW: County puts brakes on proposed Lake Suzy housing development ............... 3 A FEW GOOD WOMEN: Precious Pearls Project seeks women to mentor young girls ........................ 5 GIVE ME A HOME: Gor room in your heart and home for a great pet? ..................................... XX INSIDE Like us on Facebook Three area Forest Rangers were among many reghters from across the nation who were called on recently to help battle massive blazes out west. From the Myakka River District which serves DeSoto County, Glen Mayeld, Mike Porter and Cameron Durham each spent a month ghting res in Washington and Oregon. They sat down with The Arcadian recently to talk about their experiences. Its no easy task just to qualify to ght big res managed by the federal government. Porter explained, You have to pass the pack test. That means you have to be able to carry a 45-pound pack, walking, a distance of three miles in 45 minutes. Its not easy. Fireghters also must demonstrate they have the proper kind of training and experience. But once they arrive at the site of a big blaze, they are working with reghters from all over the country. All the reghters manage to work well together because they have all had the same kind of training. We all do about the same thing, Durham said. Mayeld added, Everyone in the country is trained in the same tactics. They were each there a month. Mayeld battled the Buzzard Complex and Kitten Complex res in Oregon, and the Little Bridge in Washington, while Porter and Durham were at Wenatchee in Washington. Mayeld and Porter had been to several res out west over the years, while this was Durhams rst time battling blazes across the country. Mayeld, a reghter for more than 25 years, said he has been going out west for ve years. Porters rst trip out west was 30 years ago. Yeah, they were still using horses back then, Durham joked. And we made air drops with pterodactyls, Porter said. Yeah, and he was 6-foot-5 when he started! added Wildre Mitigation Specialist Patrick Mahoney. For Durhams rst trip, he had to y out on his wedding anniversary. Weve only been married three years, he said. It was hard, but we had to change plans. I wanted to get the experience. But he enjoyed meeting different people from across the country, and hopes he can go again next year. He called the experience a good diet plan.West vs. EastForest res out west are lot different than here, Durham said. For one thing, they have elevations higher than 26 feet, he said. How they manage res and personnel is different. Wind-driven res act a lot different, too. In addition, res can move upslope or downslope and the terrain is much different from what Florida rangers are used to. Tall trees can create chimneys to spread the re rapidly. Humidity, too, can be as low as 9 percent, they said. Its a challenge just laying hose with a re like that. Porter said they were laying hose miles long, in 100-foot sections. We had to lay hose up and down mountains, with Y (connectors) and lateral lines. A re complex can include several smaller res, all managed by one team. The res are typically named after some prominent feature in the area. For instance, Mayeld was working at the Kitten Complex, named after the Kitten Canyon where it started. Vendors sometimes draw up souvenir T-shirts and sell them. He showed a photo of the Kitten Complex T-shirt, depicting an angry, re-breathing kitten throwing ames. The res drove out a lot of wildlife. Mayeld said, We had a pet deer there, with twins. We were pulling a hose line and we found a fawn, with burned feet. And a deer we named Deborah walked right into one of our meetings one time. The overall experience was much different from ghting res in Florida. Porter said they would move from one Fighting fires out west challenges local Forest RangersBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANLocal Forest Rangers, from left, Mike Porter, Glen Mayeld, and at far right, Cameron Durham, with Wildre Mitigation Specialist Patrick Mahoney, pose at the Arcadia Forest Service station. They shared their experiences ghting massive res out west.RANGERS | 12 What started as an apology to phy sicians at DeSoto Memorial Hospital from CEO Vince Sica morphed into a war of words between a DMH board member and a handful of the hospitals doctors. Sica begin his CEO report by apologizing to the hospitals physicians for not stepping in during a May 8 meeting between board members and doctors aimed at generating ideas for improving the hospital. The meeting was marred by insults and personal attacks, with many of the hospitals doctors accused of referring patients to outside facilities and performing exams and tests themselves instead of using the hospitals facilities. I made the conscious decision not to initiate or facilitate the discussions, Sica said. At that time I thought it would be better if it came from the board and the medical staff, and believed it would be more productive without my input. In retrospect, that was a very bad decision on my part. I need to publicly apologize to the board for failing to use my skills and experience in a manner that would have served the best interests of the hospital. I need to publicly apologize to all of our physicians and our entire medical staff. Not only did I fail to facilitate a creative exchange of ideas, I failed to acknowledge the contributions of the physicians who have earned my respect and have a vested interest in the success of the hospital. Sica continued that his failure to react allowed misinformation about the hospitals physicians to spread in the community. I feel responsible for allowing things to be said that were inaccurate and hurtful for those who truly support the hospital, and I have an obligation to set the record straight, Apology, infighting at hospital meetingBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORHOSPITAL | 2 NEXT MEETINGThe DMH board meets again at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 in the hospitals McSwain room. 1 ~ 1 lvas _1 INaRCJ X 1) I AN1. 1 41 7 "kA .27 @'05252"516216


Arcadian | Page 2 The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 If you have a problem with home delivery, please call our office at 863-494-2434 before 10 a.m. so we can correct it for you.Arcadian Publisher .............................. Joe Gallimore .........................................863-494-2434 Arcadian Editor / Art Director ............. Susan E. Hoffman .................................863-494-0300 Assistant Editor .................................... Steve Bauer ............................................863-494-0300 Office Manager / Advertising ........... Tami Jewell ...........................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Customer Service ..... Jackie Bierman ......................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Page Designer .......... Kyle Gallimore .......................................863-494-0300 SUN NEWSPAPERSMember of the Audit Bureau of Circulation DESOTO CIRCULATIONCustomer 108 S Polk Ave DISPLAY ADVERTISINGDeSoto .............................863-494-2434 Joe Gallimore Susan Hoffman Steve Bauer Tami Jewell Jackie Bierman Kyle Gallimore DEADLINESEditorial: Monday Noon Classified & Legal Ads: Wednesday 11 a.m. Display Ads: Friday 5 p.m. (or Noon Monday for camera ready ads only) CLASSIFIED & LEGAL ADVERTISING 863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 ONLINE Like The Arcadian on Facebook he said. At this point in the history of the hospital we need everybody the board, the physicians, the staff and our entire community to be focused on one goal, which should be the success of the hospital. Since that May 8 meeting, Ive really agonized over how I could have done a better job, and how I can create an atmosphere that focuses on the good things were doing and acknowledge the contributions of the physicians. Sica then mentioned the contributions of one of DMHs newest physicians, Dr. Dipesh DeRay, who helped the hospital improve its medical records system. He was instrumental in the hospital receiving $1.2 million for development of phase two, Sica said. I dont think anybody knew that until tonight, and I think thats probably another thing I need to apologize to Dr. DeRay for not letting you guys know he contributed a great deal for us acquiring that money. Sica ended his apology by encouraging board members to reach out to the hospitals physicians and initiate more one-on-one conversations.Presilla, doctors sparDuring the public comments portion of the meeting DeRay, who was not at the May 8 meeting, thanked Sica for the apology and for voicing his public support for the doctors. He added, however, it shouldnt have taken four months for it to happen. At that May meeting, we were called a lot of things, but in short we were labeled as crooks, DeRay said. It took approximately four months for the board and administration to formally apologize for what was said, which in my opinion should have happened on the spot during the May meeting. Whatever happened that day was not only hurtful and insulting, but we expected some level of support from someone from the hospitals administration. DeRay said he was recruited to DMH by Dr. Wael Alokeh, who was one of the doctors targeted in the May meeting, and said if it wasnt for Alokehs per suasion, he would not be practicing medicine in DeSoto County. Dr. Alokeh has an undying support for this county, and he recruited me out of Michigan. I could have gone anywhere, but Dr. Alokeh sold DeSoto Memorial to me, he said. And thats the only reason I came here in the rst place, and within 10 months I was criminalized. Somebody made these accusations up and in my opinion it was a staged ambush. It was extremely hurtful and unfair, and it will take awhile for us to get over it. Trust me, for every dollar that physicians like Dr. Nathan and Alokeh make, the hospital makes $10 more. We need to see some public effort by the board and administration to support the physicians, and not label us as crooks making money at the expense of the hospital. I was especially harrowed that after all the accusations that happened that meeting, that Board Member Dan Presilla doesnt even know who I am. Presilla then addressed DeRay direct ly. Since you called me by name, I have absolutely no idea what youre talking about, he said. I was not here then, but I overheard that was the case, DeRay responded. Well you overheard nothing. The posse attacked happily, and it was fun, we had a good time, but I have no idea in what context you were brought up, Presilla said. Just tell me, did you know who I was? DeRay asked. How am I going to know who you are? Have you ever come over to me and said Dan, how are you? Why dont you come shake my hand, doctor? Do you think I have time? Thats my point, I am not sitting around, said DeRay. And I am sitting around? You are a very interesting young man, do you know that? As the argument between Presilla and DeRay grew louder, Sica attempted to deescalate the situation by telling Presilla several times, Dan, lets have lunch. Presillas response was direct. No, I dont want to have lunch. What is this BS, that Ive got to sit here and listen to this crap? DeRay then left the meeting, and several doctors in attendance spoke up in his defense, calling Presillas comments out of line and verifying he did not know who DeRay was when his name was mentioned during the May meeting. Presilla responded that he was verbally attacked at the meeting. You people insulted me last time, Presilla said. I didnt insult you at all, said Dr. Maria Galimidi, who was at the May meeting. Sure you did, I didnt know who the hell you were, Presilla responded. Now I know who the hell you are. The bottom line is, were sick and tired of the way the board either does not support the doctors or behavior like this is allowed, Galimidi said. When Board Chairman Janie Watson attempted to move on to other business, Galimidi interjected, Yeah, everything needs to move forward, right? Lets just push everything aside and ignore it. Board member Jerry Waters said he contacted three doctors who were at May 8 meeting within days of the event, and said his discussions were positive. I let them know I wasnt speaking on behalf of the board, but I was just contacting them out of concern, he said. I met personally with Dr. Alokeh. Its not that there was no support; perhaps Dr. Alokeh didnt share it with the other doctors, and I havent shared it because I didnt feel it was appropriate to do so. I was over there as quickly as I could arrange to see him. Board member Rose Polston also said she supports the physicians, and claimed she was caught off guard by the May meeting as well. I was just as shocked and appalled as you were, she said. But I can tell you it wasnt an ambush, and this board fully supports the hospitals physicians.HOSPITALFROM PAGE 1 The Arcadia City Council discussed formally adopting an ordinance rst introduced in 2012 that would provide rules of conduct for the council to follow. Councilman Bob Heine wondered if the council had ever formally voted to ap prove the ordinance. Mayor Alice Frierson and Deputy Mayor Joe Fink recalled that although the council agreed to use it as a guideline, it was never formally voted on. Councilman Keith Keene said in the two years since the ordinance was rst presented, its become clear a code of conduct is necessary. Ive always believed that as adults we should be able to act as such, Keene said, but since this was rst introduced in 2012 Ive had a change of heart and agree we do need a code of conduct. Keene did add a word of caution about adopting the document. I personally nd it troubling whenever we consider a civility proclamation, he said. At rst were all behind it, and before you know it everything goes awry. City Attorney T.J. Wohl said although he agrees with the substance of the document, it would require rewording and a change from an ordinance to a resolution. The language needs to be toned down so it doesnt limit council members to what they can or cannot say, Wohl said. What may be appropriate for one councilman would be inappropriate to another. It shouldnt be an ordinance, because as much as we may want to, we cant tell people how to act. A resolution is a desire, an ordinance is an order. Keene mentioned he was surprised the council had never formally adopted Roberts Rules of Order, and Fink suggested Wohl research if language can be placed in the citys code making Roberts Rules the councils de facto guidelines. The council then voted unanimously to have Wohl come back at a future meeting with a revised version of the document.Council reviews personal conduct policyBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR On 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. There will be 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 state-of-theart medical care when and where you need it in DeSoto County. The meeting is primarily for church and religious leaders. County residents and community leaders should encourage their pastors and religious leaders to attend and become a part of the Ministerial Association.Ministerial Association holds monthly luncheon A short movie of Arcadia lmed in 1926 will be shown at an evening meeting of the DeSoto County Historical Society at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, at Trinity United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 304 W. Oak St. Pastor Jim Wade will offer an invocation in memory of those who died on that date in the 2001 tragedy. 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 until Sept. 7 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 today; or call 863-494-6607. It is free to attend the lm only, without the meal.Reserve soon for 1926 Arcadia film showingBy CAROL MAHLERDESOTO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 50471160 Kathryn J Hill Tax Collector C.F.C. DeSoto County FLORIDA SENATE PASSES CUT IN MOTOR VEHICLE FEES DeSot o County Tax Collect or, Kathryn Hi ll wants you t o know that mot ori sts i n Flori da wi ll be getti ng a break i n the f ees they pay t o renew thei r vehi cle regi strati ons The Stat e of Flori da delayed the mai li ng of the September renewals because of the rat e change that takes place on September 01, 2014. If you have a September bi rthday you wi ll be one of the fi rst t o see the benef it. September renewals cannot be renewed unti l the month of September. If you have an August bi rthday do not wai t unti l September t o renew. If you wai t, you wi ll have t o pay the old rat e plus a lat e f ee. If you have any questi ons, please contact the DeSot o County Tax Collect ors of fi ce at 863993-4861. I ...j


The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Page 3 | Arcadian The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a contract making Mandy Hines permanent County Administrator. County attorney Don Conn said hed reached an agreement with Hines, noting it will remain in effect until she resigns, is terminated or reassigned. Her annual salary is set at $100,000, and per her request she will not have a county vehicle or car allowance. Hines did negotiate an option that allows her to resume her previous position of County Coordinator for a three-year period if the board votes to reassign or terminate her. Other details of the contract include 20 weeks of severance pay if she is terminated by the board not due to crime or misconduct; 30-day written notice in the case of a resignation; and standard vacation/sick leave at the administrator rate. I was hopeful Mr. Conn would be able to negotiate a contract that meets the boards needs and gives Mandy some protection, and Im delighted that weve been able to achieve that, Commissioner Bob Miller said.Health Department hurtingDeSoto County Health Department Director Mary Kay Burns provided a nancial update for her department, and said the possible loss of a signicant grant could force the Health Department to cut hours and reduce services. Burns said a $375,000 emergency room diversion grant from the state runs out in June 2015, and although they have applied for a new grant, there is no guarantee it will be approved. We had 23,991 patients last year, and as you know 60 percent of them are no pay, Burns said. If we dont receive this grant, we will have to cut our hours to ve days a week from the current six, and we would only stay open eight hours (the Department currently is open 12 hours per day). Burns added that the grant loss would place additional pressure on DeSoto Memorial Hospitals ER, where most of the Health Departments patients would likely go if services were not available elsewhere. I need you to know that this loss of funding is going to impact our services in a signicant way, she said. She also mentioned skyrocketing utility costs at its Baldwin Street location, with 2013s numbers at more than $92,000. Several commissioners said they would look into ways to help the Health Department receive the necessary funding to continue current levels of services, as well as having a crew inspect the Baldwin facilitys air conditioning system and insulation.Utility hookup charges on holdUtilities Director Eddie Miller promissory note language and several payback options for new utility customers wanting to connect to county water and sewer lines, but who cant afford the upfront cost. Miller suggested three payback options, with monthly payments added to a customers utility bill for either one, two or three years. I think allowing a little exibility on our part to allow a gradual payback will be helpful with economic development, Miller said. Although the commissioners were in favor of the payment plan, some questioned whether it should be up to the board to decide the length of payments. I dont really have a problem with anyone paying us back gradually, but I think it needs to be more up to the customer to decide how long they want to take to pay it back, Commissioner Elton Langford said. The board also questioned if Millers departmental budget could carry the upfront costs of providing labor and equipment without receiving immediate payment. Thats a great question, but Ive had discussions with Mandy (Hines) about this and I dont anticipate it being a problem for this year, he said. Commissioner Buddy Manseld questioned why customers wont be required to pay a higher deposit when rst connecting to the countys utilities. The current deposit fee is only $125. Someone has to have some skin in the game besides us, he said. I agree with nancing new customers, but Id like to see them put more money down up front so Eddies not footing the whole bill. After further discussion, the issue was tabled to allow Miller to work with Conn on specics regarding language in the promissory note.Hines agrees to administrator contractBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners Thursday night tabled review of plans for a 999-unit residential development called Sonoma Preserve in the Lake Suzy area over concerns that notice to nearby landowners could be challenged. DeSoto Countys Planning Manager, Thomas Cookingham, presented the project to the commissioners. The developers want the 515-acre property re zoned from Agriculture-10 to Planned Unit Development. The project, located in Lake Suzy north of Courtly Manor Drive and east of S.W. Kings Row, would include mixed residential singleand multi-family units, with more than 200 acres of open space and preserve. Cookingham said the property, which abuts the Charlotte County line on its southern border, had been zoned with a PUD overlay back in 2004, but in 2011 it was rezoned to A-10. Now the developers want to rezone it to make way for construction. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning, with several conditions such as creating a Homeowners Association, maintaining emergency access, lighting, and turning lanes off Kings Highway. The development will be required to tie into DeSoto Countys water and sewer systems. But when commissioners asked Cookingham about how public notice was given, questions were raised. The meeting had originally been scheduled for Aug. 26, and Cookingham said notice had been published in the pa per, mailed to nearby landowners and posted at the property, as required. But the BOCC meeting had to be rescheduled because election returns were to be tallied in the commissioners meeting room on Aug. 26, so the hearing was reset to Aug. 28. Was the change properly noticed in the correct time? Chairman Elton Langford asked. Cookingham said it had been. But on further probing, Cookingham admitted notice of the revised meeting date had not been sent out to the nearby property owners (even though the new date was posted on the property and published in the newspaper). I dont feel comfortable with this, Langford said. I dont want us to end up being sued over something like this. Gabriel Quave wanted to table the proposal. We need to get this completely right dot every i and cross every t weve learned what can happen if you dont do everything exactly. 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VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Arcadian | Page 4Derek Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group Chairman David Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group President Joe Gallimore Arcadian PublisherSusan E. Homan Arcadian Editor E-mail letters to | THE WASHINGTON POST | GRITS & PIECES Mideast: Dont think, just panicTheres a new message coalescing around events in the Middle East, coming from Republicans, the media and even a few Democrats: Its time to panic. Forget about under standing the complexities of an intricate situation, forget about unintended consequences, forget about the disasters of the past that grew from exactly this mind-set. We have to panic, and we have to panic now. The centerpiece of every Sunday news show was a sentence that President Obama spoke in a news conference Thursday. He answered a question about going into Syria by saying that we shouldnt put the cart before the horse. We dont have a strategy yet. Republicans leaped to argue that Obama wasnt actually talking about military action in Syria, but about dealing with the Islamic State more generally, and who knows what else. Many in the media took the same line. The first rule of a gaffe is that it should be taken out of context. So on Meet the Press, Andrea Mitchell asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Is the president wrong to signal indecision by saying that we still dont have a strategy against ISIS? When that didnt elicit a sufciently strong condemnation, Mitchell pressed on: Doesnt that project weakness from the White House? Obviously, theres nothing worse than signaling indecision or projecting weakness. Not even, say, invading a country without having a plan for what to do after the bombs stop falling. Lets not forget that the Obama administration is already taking military action against the Islamic State by bombing its positions in Iraq. And the military is conducting surveillance ights over Syria in preparation for military action there. But to the war caucus, whose advice has proven so calamitous in the past, its not big enough and its not fast enough. We should be able to agree on at least one thing: Anyone proposing large-scale military action in Iraq or Syria, or both, ought to be required to explain how and why it will achieve the goal of destroying the Islamic State and exactly why the unintended consequences that result from some kind of invasion wont be worse than those that would grow from a more carefully planned course of action. Just start bombing already! doesnt qualify as an explanation. If the war advocates ever get around to thinking about those consequences, they may come up with a compelling case for why proceeding carefully is a mistake, and why the dangers of acting methodically are greater than the dangers of acting with maximal force as soon as possible. They could be right. I think most Americans would be willing to listen. But they havent even tried to make that case. Instead, what were hearing is a lot like what we heard in 2003: The clock is ticking, the danger is rising, if we stop to think then were all gonna die. | LETTERS TO THE EDITORApplause for Arcadia International GolfEditor: Why dont Arcadians support your glorious golf course more than outsiders? What if your course closed? Would your citizens see what this outstanding recreational opportunity means economically? How would Arcadians replace this treasure? Unlikely that your awesome course would be succeeded by an Orlando-like amusement park. Improbable that your city would establish a college campus like Sarasotas New College. Or even replace your golf attraction with a Tampa-like zoo. Nor do any of these options seem more plausible than the once-proposed nudist colony. Recognizing your powerful golng magnet, Myakka Cityites enjoy calling your appealing course their home facility. Over the past decade, super duper managers like diligent Don Waters and colorful Carrie Taylor have improved the course itself, the putting green and driving range. They also expanded the golf shop in terms of refreshments and special events. Now, methodical Mike Kotzker is spearheading added innovations and is even more ready to welcome yearround residents. Since we Myakkaites benet from all these improvements, we help sponsor golf outings and charity events. Again, we ask that Arcadias groups and organizations enjoy and employ their own international attraction. Whats strange is that several Arcadians view a golf course in another town as their home course. This is stranger still when you realize that Arcadia International is well designed, price competitive, and open to the entire public. Up North, my GrandSUN(sp.) has started golng. Hes gone to Disney and the Tampa zoo. Hes too young for New College. And a nudist colony? So hes eager to play on Myakkas exceptional course ... in Arcadia. Why dont yall join us? Mack Goode Myakka City[More letters received in support of DeSoto Memorial Hospital. There are still additional letters not yet published which will appear at a future date.] We need emergency room care, couldnt make it to another hospital if suffering from allergic reaction, Our community would fold, people wouldnt move here if no hospital was available.Carmel Harrington ArcadiaLaboring over some working memoriesLabor Day weeks seems like a perfectly good time to talk about laboring. No, not the baby-having kind, but the laboring known as work and jobs, and stuff of that nature. If youre not familiar with the concept, you should be. And with hands-on experience. My earliest memories involving labor revolve around my allowance. My chores were few and simple. I made my bed, cleaned my room, took the trash out to the burn pile, and helped babysit siblings. Fed the chickens and cows sometimes too. And for all this labor, I received 75 cents. I was paid weekly; very weakly, you might say. Besides gathering soft drink bottles in roadside ditches to clean and redeem for two cents each, I labored at mowing yards once I was big enough to wrestle the push mower. I remember charging a whopping four dollars for some yards, and my largest check for a yard was an astronomical $14. On the side I repaired eight-track tapes for 50 cents each, but that wasnt making me rich, either. So I did what many other boys my age have done for generations I bagged groceries. First it was with Woods Supermarket in Nocatee, owned by the fastest-talking Georgia man I ever knew Henry Wood. He could rattle off a hundred items and prices in his radio blurbs, it seemed, Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson | LETTER SUBMISSION POLICYLetters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. 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The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Page 5 | Arcadian Precious Pearls is looking for women who can be mentors for middle-schoolage girls. The group founded by Shameka Holliman was created to empower DeSoto County girls in grades 6 through 8. Its goals are to help young girls understand their own value, develop self-condence and aim for success. Holliman is seeking women who can help mentor the girls in The Precious Pearls Project. We want about 20 mentors, as we expect to have about 20 girls in the group, she said. The mentors would agree to a background check, and would attend a one-time orientation for a couple of hours on a Saturday. Parents will bring their daughters to the session to meet their mentors. After that, the mentors would be expected to talk to their mentees on the phone twice a month, and then have a once-a-month personal outing with the girl. That could be a hike together in the park, going out to lunch, or just nding a quiet place to talk. They don[t have to spend any money, Holliman said, just spend a little time with the girls. We want the girls to have an adult friend, apart from their family, someone to talk to, to talk over problems and get advice, Holliman said. Anyone interested in volunteering to mentor a girl should call Holliman at 863-244-8482. She also mentioned the group is going to start a book club. Her concept is that mother and daughter will both read the same book, then talk about it as a way to start a conversation.Precious Pearls seeks female mentorsBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR Celebrate National Library Card Signup Month at the DeSoto County Library! When you sign up for a new library card during the month of September, youll receive a gift certicate for a free sunset cruise from King Fisher Fleet. These hour-long cruises are available at Fishermens Village Marina in Punta Gorda. A library card offers access to books and magazines plus an amazing wealth of resources for both adults and children, such as computers with Internet access, wi-fi, e-books, audio books, online classes, and databases of information for genealogists and many others. Linda Waters, director of the library, said, A library card is so important for students. Children and teens can use the library to check out books, music, and DVDs, but they can also play literacy games, watch the Saturday matine, and attend the Lego Club, story time, Book Buddies, or Art for Kids. We have so many programs at the DeSoto County Library just last week, we had a presentation about the history of quilts. The best part for both kids and parents is that its all free with a library card. The American Library Association reports, Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. To sign up for a library card, you must show proof of residency in DeSoto County, and minors must be accompanied by a parent. The DeSoto County Library is located at 125 N. Hillsborough Avenue in Arcadia. For information, call 863-993-4851 or check online at The King Fisher Fleet offers sight seeing cruises to the outer islands, eco-tours, full and half day cruises, sunset cruises and harbor tours as well as deep sea charter fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or back bay fishing in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve. For information, call 941639-0969 or check online at www. library card, take a free river cruiseBY CAROL MAHLER Need that hardto -f ind item? Find it in the Classifieds 5643 Clark Rd., Sarasota Next to Dunkin Donuts @ I-75, exit 205 486604 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 F I`! O0 0OleOle '000, OleOle '400,/ / / / /,4 0/ // / /


Arcadian | Page 6 The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 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 The DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Community Resource Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1425 Martin Luther King St. The center provides referrals for mainstream resources, elderly food stamps (by appointment) and computer service. Salvation Army has office space on Wed. by appointment. For more information, call 491-5683. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. TUESDAY 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. DeSoto County Commission Board meets at 9 a.m. at the County Administration building, Room 103, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. DeSoto County School Board meets at 4 p.m. for a School Board Workshop, at the School Board meeting room of the DeSoto County School District, 530 La Solona Ave., Arcadia. It will be followed by a Special Budget Meeting at 5:01 p.m., which will be followed by the regular School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m., followed by an Executive Session at the conclusion of the regular meeting. Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Every Tuesday night, line dance class at the Palace Dance Hall (17N). Beginners welcome. $3 donation. For more info, call Jennie Martin at 494-2749. Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St. For details visit www. weight and find a meeting or call 800-651-6000. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St. Donations gratefully accepted. DeSoto County Library holds story time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Peace River Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, starting Nov. 12, at the Speer Center, U.S. Highway 17 North, Arcadia. For information, contact Bill or Mary Morse at 207-418-4687. ACCESS office is open from 9 a.m. to noon today at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Call for appointments at 494-0320. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. Suncoast Community Blood Bank is open from noon to 6 p.m. today at 710 N. Brevard Ave. (U.S. 17 North), Arcadia. For more information, call 993-9366. WEDNESDAY The DeSoto County Ministerial Association will hold its first luncheon 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. The meeting is primarily for church and religious leaders, who 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 For more information email Patricia M. Steed, Executive Director at or call 863-534-7130 ext.130. Narcotics Anonymous meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Arcadia Oaks Multipurpose Room at 1013 E. Gibson St., Arcadia. Open to the public. 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 The Annual Title 1 Parent Involvement Meeting for High School and Middle School families only will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the DeSoto Middle School cafeteria. Families are invited to attend for refreshments and giveaways. For more information contact your respective schools 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 DeSoto County Veterans Council meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at Arcadia Elks Lodge. For details, call Tom Damron at 491-1404. TEAM Arcadia meets on the second Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Margaret Way Building, 23 N Polk Avenue. The purpose of TEAM Arcadia is to unite community organizations and coordinate community improvement efforts. DeSoto County Historical Society meets at noon every second Thursday monthly at the Family Service Center annex, 310 W. Whidden St., Arcadia. Lunch is available for $6 at 11:30 a.m. Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity meets at 6 p.m. second Thursdays monthly at the Habitat ReStore, 111 N. Polk Ave. Call 494-4118 or for more information. American Red Cross Youth Corps of DeSoto County meets second Thursdays monthly from 3:30-5 p.m. at DeSoto County High School. For more information, call at 494-2348. Gastric bypass support group meets at 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays monthly at Mardis Citrus on U.S. 17 S. For more information, call 990-0082 or 494-5700. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m. 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 participating in The Common Game.For reservations call Shelli Wetherson at 941-497-7184. Cocaine Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. For information, call Curtis Clark at 244-2884 or Sandra Elmore at 352-476-8520. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. Friday Night Live the City Takers for Christ presents Friday Night Live with Rev. Troy Rowe, every Friday. Come and experience what God is doing in this season through His word and praise and worship. 37 W. Magnolia St. (across from SunTrust drive-through). For information call 244-4341. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Sabbath service begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SATURDAY 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. Boaters Get-Together meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at Nav-A-Gator Grill, 9700 S.W. Riverview Circle (off Kings Hwy/C.R. 769). For more information, call 941-627-3474. DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. The first Saturday of every month is Book Buddies, when children read to dogs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Palace Promenaders meet for square and round dance from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle. Art Miller, caller, and Jennie Martin, cueing. Call Jennie at 494-2749 or Mary at 941-380-5336 for information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Kiddush will follow. SUNDAY Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visitors available to those over 55 and homebound. Phone Senior Friendship Centers at 863-494-5965 to sign up for these free services, staffed by trained volunteers who have had background screenings. Phone also if interested in becoming a volunteer for either program. Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity Group meets at Grace Lutheran Church, W. Oak St. (State Road 70) at 8 p.m. Sunday. MONDAY DeSoto County Veterans Honor Guard practices at 6 p.m. second Mondays monthly at the American Legion Post. The American Legion Post K-11 will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday, 2124 N.W. American Legion Drive. For more information, call Roger Bumgarner at 993-0129. The GFWC Arcadia Womans Club meets on the second Monday of every month Sept. through May at the clubhouse in Veterans Memorial Park, 2288 N.W. American Legion Way, with a pot luck lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a meeting. Members are encouraged to bring guests. For more information call 494-2966. The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday each month. The AA Second Tradition Business Meeting is held every second Monday at 7:15 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Arcadia/DeSoto County Beautification Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. today at the DeSoto County extension office, 2150 N.E. Roan St., Arcadia. The American Merchant Marines Veterans, Robert J. MacAlvanah Chapter (Suncoast Chapter), meets at noon every second Monday at The Family Table Restaurant, 14132 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port. All Merchant Mariners and their spouses are welcome. For information, call 941-625-3234. Women of Worship WOW Womens ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, NOTE: All phone numbers are in Area Code 863 unless stated otherwise. TODAY 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 participating in The Common Game.For reservations call Shelli Wetherson at 941-497-7184. Cocaine Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. For information, call Curtis Clark at 244-2884 or Sandra Elmore at 352-476-8520. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Prescription Assistance is at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic Location: 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Call to make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256. FRIDAY 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. 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. 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Arcadian | Page 8 The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 The DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce arrested Amanda Lynn Simes, 26, of the 7000 block of S.W. Fugate St., Fort Ogden, on seven counts of burglary, plus charges of grand and petty theft. According to the arrest report, a man rst reported a burglary at his residence at a migrant camp in February, noting a window screen had been cut. A set of speakers and $50 of loose change had been taken. In following up on the investigation in February, deputies questioned Jonathan Heath Hall. The report stated Amanda Simes was his girlfriend. Deputies secured a warrant to search where Hall and Simes lived, and reportedly found several items, recently reported as stolen, in a bedroom. The room was so cluttered they could not walk around without stepping on some of the property. They found luggage, tool boxes, piles of clothing, plastic tubs and several Mexican passports which were reported stolen. They questioned Simes, who reportedly said she accompanied Hall when he burglarized several residences. Among the locations were labor camps near the high school, McCaskill Street and Limestone Heights. She denied being involved in burglaries of migrant camps at Hull Road or Owens Street. She reportedly helped deputies identify stolen property including sets of china, shoes, jackets, CDs and stereo equipment. The report notes several labor camps were reported to have been burglarized in the months of January and February. Most of the burglaries were conducted during daytime hours while residents were at work. Simes denied being directly involved in the burglaries, but reportedly admitted in some cases she would drop Hall off or wait in the truck as he entered the buildings and returned with money, electronics, phones and other items. Simes was arrested on charges of seven counts of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure, three counts of grand theft between $100-$300, and two counts of petty theft. Bond was set at $55,740 but she was released on recognizance. Hall was previously arrested in February on 17 counts of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, 16 counts of grand theft, 1 count of petty theft, giving a false ID to an ofcer, and an outstanding warrant from Manatee County. Report: woman charged in labor camp burglaries Simes The DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce arrested Kevin Edward Wright, 41, of the 1500 block of S.E. State Road 31, Arcadia, on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and armed burglary of a dwelling. According to the arrest report, on the evening of July 5, a man was sleeping inside his home on N.E. Floridian Circle when he heard a knock on his door. According to the witness, Wright then kicked his front door in and, armed with a baseball bat, yelled Where is your brother? while chasing the victim around in the house. The victim feared Wright was going to hit him with the bat. Wright chased him out the back door, and the victim ran to his landlords house to call 911. He reported the tag of the truck in which Wright drove away. Deputies located Wright, and brought the victim to his location where he identied Wright as the man who threatened him with the bat. Wright claimed the victim had threatened to shoot Wrights house. Wright admitted going to the victims house armed with the bat. Wright was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, burglary of a structure or dwelling with assault or battery, criminal mischief and armed bur glary of a dwelling or conveyance. Bond was set at $300,000.Report: man threatened victim with baseball bat Wright ARCADIA A DeSoto County school bus was involved in a hit-and-run early Thursday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The bus, which had ve students on board, was traveling south on U.S. 17 at 7 a.m. As the bus driver tried to turn left onto Southwest Senate Street, a vehicle attempted to turn onto U.S. 17 behind the bus, striking the back corner of the bus, the report shows. The bus driver Deborah Webb, 58, of Arcadia and the students were uninjured. Its not clear what grades the students were in. The bus was a 2015 model. The other vehicle involved in the crash ed the scene. As of Thursday afternoon, the FHP did not have any information about that vehicle or its driver. Anyone with information is asked to call the local FHP ofce at 239-938-1800.4-wheeler fatality reportedMaj. James Vitali of the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce conrmed that a fatality occurred over the Labor Day weekend as a result of a single 4-wheeler accident at the Peace River Campground in Arcadia. No further details are available as of press time. The DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce reported the following arrests: James Lesley Allen, 48, 1200 block of Harlem Circle, Arcadia. Charge: out-ofcounty warrant. Bond: $2,500. Rodney Lee Dakin, 47, Duette, Fla. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. John Keith Davis, 33, 6600 block of Pine Hurst Drive, Arcadia. Charges: two counts of failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $400. William Franklin Driggers, 40, 5800 block of N.E. Co. Rd. 660, Arcadia. Charges: producing schedule III or IV drug and possession or use of drug equipment. Released on recognizance. Don Shane Frazier, 33, 7000 block of N.E. Cubitis Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: none. Hubert Lyons, 34, Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Charge: out-of-state fugitive. Bond: none. Robert Allen, 38, 1400 block of N.E. Gibson St., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $5,000. Alberto Cordero, 43, Winifred St., Arcadia. Charges: DUI with BAC .15 or higher or with person under 18, and driving without a valid license. Bond: $1,620. Elfego Nolasco Mejia, 25, Lake Worth, Fla. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Marta DeJesus Romero, 40, Indianapolis. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Patrick Corey Royce, 28, 1600 S.E. West Ave., Arcadia. Charge: DUI with alcohol or drugs. Bond: $500. Amanda Lynn Silman, 28, 1200 block of S.E. 1st Ave., Arcadia. Charges: felony battery and burglary with assault or battery. Bond: $3.250. Rogerio Garcia, 19, 1000 block of S.E. Mills Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Raymond Wayne Lanier, 48, 3800 block of S.E. County Road 760A, Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear and failure to support spouse or child. Bond: $1,320. Tammy Lorraine Martin, 51, Punta Gorda. Charges: possession or use of drug equipment and driving while license is more than 4 months expired. Bond: $240. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Ofce reported the following arrests: Amanda Brittany Jones, 23, 100 block of Asbury St., Arcadia. Charge: DUI with alcohol or drugs. Bond: $2,000. R.L. Grifn, 57, 10300 block of S.W. Grape St., Arcadia. Charge: DUI fourth or subsequent offense, and failure to submit to testing. Bond: $9,000. James Leslie Allen, 48, 100 block of N.E. Oak St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation or community control. Bond: none. Heath Lynn Fuhlman, 44, 2700 block of N.W. Eucalyptus Ave., Arcadia. Charges: petty theft and resisting an ofcer or merchant in retail theft. Bond: none. Compiled by Susan E. Hoffman. Adam Kreger contributed to this report.Report: DeSoto school bus involved in hit-and-run |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.U.S. Highway 17 between Flanders Street and Joshua Creek Crews are working on driveways along the roadway. No lane closures are anticipated but mo torists should be aware of trucks entering and exiting the highway. East Oak Street from Brevard Avenue (US 17) to Volusia Avenue and Volusia Avenue from East Oak Street to East Magnolia Street (State Route 70 east bound) Crews have closed the on-street parking on the south side of East Oak Street and the west side of Volusia Avenue up to the Chamber of Commerce. The closures are necessary as crews continue installing a new drainage system. This project includes resurfacing, reconstructing curb at the intersection of Volusia Avenue and Magnolia Street, repairing sidewalk and making them ADA compliant. Estimated completion is end of 2014. The contractor is Bun Construction Company. State Route 70 Westbound (West Hickory Street) from North Lee Avenue to North Orange Avenue State Route 70 (West Hickory Street) has been reduced from two westbound lanes to one westbound lane between North Manatee Avenue and North Lee Avenue. North Lee Avenue, North Dade Avenue and North Manatee Avenue are closed at S.R. 70 (West Hickory Street). Use West Walnut Street as a detour. The closure is necessary while crews install a new water main. Motorists should use caution and watch for changes in the trafc pattern. This project includes installing underground utilities beneath the roadway, removing and replacing asphalt and curbs, replacing driveway entrances, repairing sidewalk and adding detectable warning surfaces at the side streets. Estimated completion is end of 2014. The contractor is Bun Construction Company. U.S. Highway 17 from south of SW Collins Street in Fort Ogden to County Road 760A south of Nocatee Work is under way to expand US 17 to four lanes. Work includes clearing land for two new travel lanes to the east of the existing US 17 travel lanes and drainage activities. Expect intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures on US 17 between SW Wood Road and CR 760A while crews are working. Motorists should be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway during the week. Motorists should also observe the posted speed limit and drive with caution. Expected project completion is end of 2015. The contractor is Ajax Paving.PROVIDED BY FDOT | ROADWATCH 50471177 We want to hear from you Please join the Citys police and community development team in a public open house-style workshop to discuss and hear ideas towards improving special event planning for Arcadias historic downtown. Our public and private partnerships play an important role in the City successfully hosting numerous special events including the antique fairs, farmers market, car shows and holiday festivals. Make your voice heard and help us improve Arcadias downtown special event planning and programs Arcadia Downtown Special Event Planning Series Public Meeting Schedule Thursday, September 11, at 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.r i7LORtOIT. I


The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESAlmeta CadeAlmeta Cade, 71, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home, Arcadia.Mariann ConantMariann Mary Conant, 75, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.Linda J. DavisLinda J. Wendy Davis, 67, of Arcadia, Fla., loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, peacefully passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. She was born May 7, 1947, to Harrison Roosevelt Parker and Jesse James Parker. Wendy was the fth of six children. She spent her early life in Gastonia, N.C. She gave birth to her daughter, Debbie Davis Jones, in 1965. Wendy married her beloved husband, Roy L. Davis, in 1970, and lived happily with him until his passing in 2010, enjoying a 40-year marriage of love and admiration. During that time, she raised her daughter and two grandchildren, William Lee Will Davis and Brandon Michael Mikey Davis. She loved gar dening, caring for her animals, arts and crafts, and getting into mischief with her Partner in crime, Peggy Carter. Wendy also spent her time lovingly caring for everyone she could, relative or otherwise. She truly loved all, and will be missed by those she touched. Visitation was conducted Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at the Chapel of PongerKays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at the Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Doug King of Temple Baptist Church ofciating. Burial followed at Joshua Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.Daniel L. ParkynDaniel L. Parkyn, a long-time resident of DeSoto County, born Oct. 28, 1938, died Sept. 1, 2014 in Chattanooga, Tenn. OBITUARY POLICY Obituaries are accepted from funeral homes only. Theres no charge for publishing an abbreviated death notice. Full obituaries and repeat death notices will be subject to an advertising charge. Obituaries must be submitted to the Charlotte Sun; call 941-206-1000 for details. Please send e-mails to The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. and never take a breath. Then I went to Tinsleys IGA for a brief time, until I got red for being a smarty-britches to my supervisor. My early attempts at sharing humor just werent appreciated, I feel. From there I labored for John Reynolds, hoeing orange trees, mixing soil, and potting palm trees. By then, minimum wage had skyrocketed to a buck and a half an hour and I was rolling in the dough. I mean, I was rolling in change, trying to stay alive. Of course, gas was cheap then and I could ll up my tank for less than a n (thats a ve-dollar bill to you young whipper snappers). John was a great boss, and he is my friend to this day, and I owe him a lot. Had to move on, though, as it didnt take too long to gure out that I didnt want to spend the rest of my days hanging onto a hoe handle. My lifes ambition? It was to be a Coast Guardsman ever since I could walk and talk, since my father spent 24 years with them and sometimes took me to work with him. My big surprise came after graduation when I found out they wouldnt take me. I had no plan B, so I worked part of a summer as a salesman in the automotive/household department at Grant City (sometimes called W.T. Grants) in Port Charlotte. Who besides me remembers that place? It later became what some remember as the old K-Mart, and was torn down years ago and a Publix is near where it stood, along Highway 41. That lasted a few weeks, and then I started laboring at our local state facility, G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital, where I spent nearly 30 years before it was closed down in 2002. I performed various forms of labor there and got laid off when they pulled the plug. Three months later I was hired back at that location, which had been taken over by the Department of Juvenile Justice, and I worked another six years before retiring. Somewhere along the way, over 30 years ago, I started laboring at writing newspaper columns and drawing cartoons. And I think it might be my favorite kind of labor kicking back in my pajamas at home, drinking coffee, and trying to come up with stuff like what youre reading right now. Somebody once said that we should try to gure out what we love doing best and gure out a way to make money at it, and wed never have to work a day in our life. All I can say is, life is good in PJville!GRITS & PIECESFROM PAGE 4 Synagogue Council Open HouseOn Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, Temple Beth El North Port Jewish Center, a Conservative Temple, will be par ticipating in the Community Wide Synagogue Council of SarasotaManatee Open House. Anyone wishing to purchase High Holy Day tickets at a cost of $125 per person should plan on coming to the Open House between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Come tour our building and meet some of our members. If you cannot attend the open house but are interested in purchasing tickets, call the temples ofce at 941423-0300 to make arrangements. Temple Beth El is affiliated with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Sarasota-Manatee Synagogue Council. We are a liberal, egalitarian Conservative synagogue. For further information, call 941-4230300 or visit | NEWS BRIEF May the Lord fill your heart with love. Celebrative Worship Challenging Bible Study Connection With People Traditional Praise 8:30 -9:30 AM Sunday School/Life Groups 9:45 AM 10:45 AM Contemporary Praise 11:00 AM Noon 863-494-4345 DeSoto DeSoto Church Church Directory Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory 471134 See Your Church in this spot For Only$ 7 5 0 $7.50 a week! Call Tami at 4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. First Baptist Church of Arcadia 1006 N. Brevard Ave. Loving God, Connecting with People, Expanding His Kingdom 9:30 Sunday School 10:45 Morning Worship 6:00 Evening Worship Wednesdays 6:00 AWANA & YOUTH 863-494-3622 See Your Church in this spot For Only $ 7 5 0 a week! $7.50 Call Tami at4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. Grace Lutheran Church 1004 W. Oak Street Rev. Mark Steinke Interim Pastor Adult Sunday School 8:45 AM Sunday Worship 10:00 AM All Welcome! Pastor Ellis Cross 863-494-3455 Worship 11:00 AM Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday 6:30pm Thursday Youth Group 6pm North Hillsborough Baptist Church (253 N. Hillsborough Ave.) Fort Ogden United Methodist Church 6923 SW River St. 863.494.3881 Sunday School 9:00am Sunday Worship 10:00am (Nursery Childrens Church Provided) Mondays A.A. & Al-Anon 7:30pm Wednesday K-12 Ministry 5:30pm & Bible Study 6:30pm 5104 NW Oak Hill Ave. 863-494-6224 Pastor Dr. Howell Upchurch Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:45 am and 6:00 pm Wednesday 6:30 pm for Prayer Group, Youth & Children Sunday Morning Worship Starting at 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Sun. 4:30 p.m. UMYF Wed. 6:30 pm Bible Study Nursery Available Pastor Jim Wade View Service at: Trinity United Methodist Churc h To know Christ and to make Him know n 304 W. Oak Street 494-2543 St. Edmunds Episcopal Church 327 W. Hickory St. (70 W at Manatee) 863-494-0485 HOLY EUCHARIST Sunday 8 & 10 am Misa en espanol Dom 6pm PINE LEVEL UNITED METHODIST CHRIST CENTERED, CHRIST LED. 9596 Pine Level St., Arcadia 863494-0044 9am Children Church 9am Contemporary Service 10am Sunday School 11am Contemporary Service Wednesday Adult, Youth & Childrens Programs 7 PM Nursery Always Available Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church 2865 SW Co. Rd 661 863-993-5568 Sunday Prayer Time 9:20am Sunday School/Bible Study 9:45am Morning Worship 11:00am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wed. Fellowship Meal 5:45pm Prayer Meeting 6:30pm West on SR 70, left on SR 72, left on CR 661, 3.5 miles on right Office Phone: (863) 494-0307 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 209 W est Hickory Street Mission: Take Jesus with you wherever you go Worship: 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Traditional Worship Casual, Family Oriented Arcadia, Florida Nocatee United Methodist Church Spanish English Class Tuesday Friday 7amNoon May 7th June 5th info 863-494-3881 First Christian Church 34 El Verano Ave. (863) 558-0982 Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:00am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Prayer Mtg. 6:00pm Where the Bible is preached & Christ is King! 07-e /o===Don't forget to recycle-=your newspapers! (I


Arcadian | Page 10 The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 The late A.W. Tozer, whose many books are now considered Christian classics, once wrote a magazine article titled The Great God Entertainment in which he described people who are so addicted to the need of constantly being entertained that what had been intended to enable them to relax in idle times had now become idolatry. An interesting thought! And if you think its too far out, consider that many call their favorite actors, actresses or athletes their idols. In 1787, Edward Gibbon completed his book, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, giving the following reasons for its destruction: the rapid increase of divorce with the resultant undermining of the home; higher and higher taxes and the spending of public money for free circuses for the people; the mad craze for sports, which became more and more brutal; the building of gigantic armaments, when the real enemy was within; and the decay of religious faith, which faded into formalism and became impotent. In short, Gibbon concluded that satisfying the desires of the people for comforts and entertainment became more important than their relationship with God. Like another civilization before them described in the Bible, they worshiped and served the creature more than the creator (Romans 1:25). Can this be happening to us? Think about it. What often monopolizes our conversations when were with friends or family? Probably famous athletes, entertainers or entertainment. This is not to say that all entertainment is destructive or immoral. We need periodic breaks from the routines of life; time out from the daily grind. Jesus told His disciples to come apart and rest awhile (Mark 6:31), prompting someone to wisely observe that if we dont come apart, well come apart. Laughter was prescribed by wise Solomon for good health: A merry heart does good like a medicine, he wrote (Proverbs 17:22), adding there is a time to laugh (Ecclesiastes 3:4). But if this laughter comes at the expense of compromising high moral standards intended to keep us on the right road, it isnt healthy at all. We live in an age of entertaining gadgets that can be either pleasant antidotes to boredom and fatigue or dangerous inuences that move us to violence, immorality and despair. What we think, we are! And to imagine that anyone, young or old, can continually be exposed to negative input and not be affected by it is ridiculous. The greatest danger in too much entertainment is the squandering of time. Were all given this precious gift at birth with a fresh supply each day. To make the best use of time, we must invest it wisely, worshiping and serving God, nding His will for our lives and living for the good of others. We dont have time to entertain our lives away. Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at danger of too much entertainment Roger Campbell DeSoto Christian School is beginning its 15th year of operation, oering private Christian education for kindergarten though 12th grade.DeSoto Christian School starts new year PHOTOS PROVIDEDDeSoto Christian School began its 15th year of operation on Aug. 25. The school is located at 27 N. Polk Ave. in downtown Arcadia. It is a private Christian school operated by Heritage Baptist Church, oering kindergarten through grade 12 using the A Beka curriculum. With enrollment currently at 21 students, some of whom are pictured here, and a monthly tuition of $50, DCS is growing. For more information, call Pastor David Bedell at 863-244-1247, Family Album 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 PHOTO PROVIDEDHappy 70th Birthday to John Habeck on September 10. From your family and friends.Happy birthday Last Saturday afternoon, Bridgette Ervin, business teacher at DeSoto County High School, and Richard Koonce, also a teacher and football, basketball and weightlifting coach at DCHS, were married. They were surrounded by family and friends as they began their new lives together. It was a beautiful ceremony, with outstanding food and music as everyone danced the night away.Congratulations ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe City of Arcadia and DeSoto County have both been working on Strategic Plans to promote business in our community. They each have their own plans but success will require them to work together in many areas. One such effort involves our local City-owned airport that happens to be located outside the city limits within DeSoto County. The city, county and Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. have joined forces to develop a plan, proposed by Friends, which will help make Arcadia Municipal a destination airport. The plan calls for Friends to develop a never-used section of the airport into a Fly-In/Camp-Out Center. The wooded area is being cleaned up by Friends volunteers. The site will offer a pilot shelter with picnic tables, a large brick paver re pit, tent sites and a horse shoe pit. Once nished the facility components will be donated to the City Airport by Friends. Fly-in/camp-out center under construction at airportBy GEORGE CHASEFRIENDS OF ARCADIA AIRPORT An area of the Arcadia Airport is being cleared so that pilots can y-in and camp at the airport in order to enjoy weekend activities in town.PHOTO PROVIDED BY GEORGE CHASE fib,AllteS iit `-l.< jai Ay ;ri7II


The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Page 11 | Arcadian September is National Preparedness Month and it should remind us of the importance of preparing for hurricanes and other types of disasters. The 2014 NPM theme is: Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare. It has been 10 years since hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne affected Florida. Flooding, tornadoes and wildfire are other hazards to be prepared for. The most valuable lesson for us today is that the time to prepare for the next emergency or disaster is now. Each week in September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will focus on a specific area of preparedness. National Preparedness Month culminates on Sept. 30 with Americas PrepareAthon!, a national day of action to encourage individuals, businesses, organizations and communities to take part in preparedness activities. Week 1 How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster. Do this by creating a family emergency communication plan, and by knowing how you will contact family and friends before, during and after a disaster. Week 2 Know How To ... Plan for Specic Needs before a Disaster. Do this by understanding your emergency preparedness specic needs and by putting together a written emergency preparedness plan Week 3 How to Build an Emergency Kit. Build a basic emer gency supply kit or have supplies you need in case of an emergency. Create hazard-specic emergency supply kits. Weeks 4 and 5 How to Practice for an Emergency. Just like re drills, you can practice for any type of emer gency Involve your family, neighbors and friends. Visit or for emergency preparedness resources such as a family emergency plan and a guide on building emergency kits. Find events near you, and register your preparedness activity at www.ready. gov/prepare.The time to plan for disaster is nowSUBMITTED B y THOMAS MORANDESOTO CO. FIRE RESCUE Turner Center a hit for competitive dog owners ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACKConnie Telesco of Punta Gorda gives her Doberman Dexter a treat for his good perfor mance. Dexter competes in the Master Class. Susan Flower, left, of Riverview, Fla., holds a Havanese named Willow while handler Kristy Lohman holds Chiodo, a Yorkshire Terrier. Competitors from across Florida converged in Arcadia to try their dogs skills over hurdles and down ramps in agility events. Christy McDonald of Fort Myers helps her 7-year-old English Springer Spaniel, Daphne, practice on one of the hurdles at the Turner Center last weekend. The Treasure Coast Dog Agility Club held a competition there over four days. rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 50471158 J Ass,iE Cypress St E v '.r" I o m yo mZ zDr. Laura DeStefanoHickory StLewellyn CasselsARNP


Arcadian | Page 12 The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 camp to another we were always moving to follow the re. They might have to go six days without showering. Imagine a bunch of guys with no showers for six days, he said. They were always on the lookout for venomous critters, too. One day we went by a sign for rattlesnake habitat. Later on, one came into camp where a bunch of guys were smoking. Some days are lled with hard work, Durham said, such as cutting brush to make a re line its all hand work, and they have to cut big relines there because, with tall trees and steep topography, a re can easily jump a line. They might be called upon for different jobs, depending on conditions. One day, Porter said, they started us out lling sandbags because of so much rain. The res burn the vegetation off the hillsides and theres nothing left to hold it.Camp lifeThe work is hard and the living situations have their own challenges. Porter said all the reghters are in a camp that may include from 1,200 to 4,000 people. When possible, they may set up a camp in a school, but Mayeld had one at a sh hatchery. They are working 16-hour days sometimes, starting at 6 a.m. and they may not get back to camp until 9 p.m. There is a trailer with 12 shower facilities on board, and you may have to wait a long time to shower or choose between eating or showering. Some camps have pretty good food others, said Porter, need to go to cooking school. One of the camps had pastrami sandwiches 11 days in a row. Sometimes, at a spike camp (one far removed from the main camp, in tents), the food comes in buckets sometimes its three hours to get there and by then its not hot, said Mayeld. Also sometimes youre eating MREs (military-style Meals Ready to Eat) for days. And dont eat the beef brisket MRE, he said. It tastes like Alpo. Then there was the time they were served dinner by an appreciative Indian tribe in Spokane, Wa. They served us 300 wild-caught salmon, Durham said. They were very good. The equipment comes from all over the country, too. Mayeld said they had re engines from Alaska and South Carolina on some of the res he saw. Managers will send out a nationwide alert as to what equipment they need, and companies from all over the country can respond.Working away from homeWhen local reghters battle federally-managed blazes, they can go on state time which means it does not count against their own vacation but the pay is not as good or they can use their own vacation time and work as an independent contractor, in which case the pay is much higher. While the money is good, the toll on families can be a challenge. Porter said sometimes you are at a re where theres no phone service and you cant reach your family for several days. Back in Florida, Mahoney tries to stay in touch with the families and make sure theyre OK, and he passes along information. Porter said his wife had surgery while he was gone, and he regrets not being able to be there for her. Yet the people who live in the areas where theyre working are very appreciative. They are so grateful, Porter said. Sometimes they bring us fruit or cookies, or they sit outside their houses with thank you signs as we drive by. Sometimes they ask where youre from, Mayeld added. Theyre always surprised when we tell them were from Florida. But its rewarding to help those people who need us.FORESTRYFROM PAGE 1 PHOTOS PROVIDEDThe damage from a major re is apparent on the near hillside as well as distant slopes. Flames lick up the trunks of tall trees and can be spread when trees fall. Fire lines to prevent the spread of res have to be wide. Smoke from a nearby re billows like fat, white clouds, signaling the approach of the ames. Thick gray-brown smoke blots out the sky as a raging re approaches. The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Page 13 | Arcadian American Legion lists new officers Doug Delerlein, right, presents a special plaque to outgoing American Legion Commander Art Southwell for reaching 98 percent membership by June 30. American Legion Auxiliary member Sue Freeland, left, in back, is pictured with Auxiliary volun teers who have helped throughout the year with many of the projects: from left, Diane Day, Jesse Alford, and back right, Eliza Evans. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JACKIE TUCKERBarbara Field, left, American Legion Auxiliary 8th District president, installs Jackie Tucker as President of the American Legional Auxiliary K11 for this year. Doug Deierlein, left, commander of American Legion District 8, installs Gary Carter as the new Commander of American Legion Post K11. American Legion Auxiliary ocers for 2014-15 are, from left, Chaplain Hattie Brown, Sergeant-atArms Marcella Beckwith, and Vice-President Mary Lyne. Pictured are the newly installed ocers of American Legion Post K11 for the 2014-15 year: Commander Gary Carter, First Vice Commander Robert Thomas, Second Vice Commander Carl Turner, Third Vice Commander Edward Lyne, Adjutant Lee Gallagher, Finance Ocer Jerry Stidham, Chaplain James OLeary, Historian Harry Coleman, Sergeant-at-Arms Ronald Kocher, and Executive Committeemen James Howk, Charles Caldwell and Tim Hagar. Two projects approvedThe county did approve Special Exceptions for two other projects. Walt Johnson and Eugene H. Turner Jr. sought approval to open an airboat operation with a small convenience store on the Peace River across the road from the Nocatee Boat Ramp. The 22-acre parcel, located on the north side of County Road 760 between Adventure Way and the river, has an existing pavilion, boat ramp and store building. Johnson and Turner plan to offer air boat rides, with the pavilion and store serving mainly boating customers. The operation would run during daylight hours, not at night. There would probably be two airboats. Commissioners unanimously approved the Special Exception. Commissioners also approved a Special Exception for 1,500-foot play ground at the Iglesia Christiana Pacto de Fe, located on S. Hillsborough Ave. east of the Arcadia Rodeo Arena. Commissioners also approved slight increases in the non-ad valorem Municipal Service Benefit Unit payments for three lighting districts. The increases are needed because the costs of providing electricity to light these areas have risen. The payments are made by each lot owner. Assessment increases are $10/ lot a year for Golden Melody, $4 for Harlem Heights, and $7 for Kings Crossing. Gerry Barnes, on behalf of the Alliance of Lake Suzy Homeowners Association, questioned how the costs were determined, and wondered why condos were assessed the same amount as single family homes. We are already paying unsightly rates for water and sewer, she said. Debra Goodson, MSBU coordinator for the countys Administrative Services department, said the cost is based on what it costs the county to provide lighting in that area and said the money collected is used only for that purpose. Langford noted the MSBU was approved by the majority of landowners. Commissioner Bob Miller said all landowners are assessed the same because they all benet equally from having street lighting in the neighborhood. The board unanimously approved the MSBU increases.PLANSFROM PAGE 3 't I 4 ;: h :rJ J 4\ i i( t/;:/.j .f :1 \7/ .a e .. qn' ..;, ,,{ iii 1'_ :'/ ,1. 7a3 1 .t ,{, a ,(^Mt I. + + a1 < :M {1' I 11 y* E ?? ail,' T ] 'V:. 1 .,f jI"a T -7-J11T' w`..! n r r i' +6' Lhifl ,,y,_, .. 1IjrIr,r,r, :1r-1\J ii _.w n I 1 ,:IsLw,c 4 : S44E $,App:.f6{ar -I '2 r+e,.'P..P r 'il YV ,FMxy dI;y t' goni.., x Si ,I ,t < F'px; +d'7QR: p ,aF9y'r"f .`#f ^ kw '`} 3' 't fT t(yp n't R1J9 Iq1 ri a:'_.: r w+q /"woG \ ':1'l i;9/,__;Y \ yfir. 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SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Arcadian | Page 14HUNT OF A LIFETIME PAGE 17The Peace River offered the perfect setting for two friends alligator hunting adventure. In a match where both teams had opportunities to take control, the North Port Bobcats outdueled the Lady Bulldogs 3-1. A lack of ball control by DeSoto combined with strong blocking by North Port sealed the victory for the Bobcats. DeSoto started the night struggling with its serve receive, along with adding attack errors to their woes. Coach Laura White found herself calling a second timeout with her team down 19-10. A string of strong serving, however, helped the Bulldogs quickly turn the game around. A Kacey Steyer kill gave Datasia Wallace the serve with the Dawgs down 22-15. Wallace served up two aces before North Port got the ball back. A quick sideout gave the serve to Courtney Bonnville with the Bulldogs down 23-18. The Bulldogs then ran off seven straight service points to steal the set 25-23. The second set started well for the Bulldogs as they built an early 9-5 lead and it looked like it might be an easy night for DeSoto. But North Port wasnt ready to fold, scoring eight straight points to swing the momentum. DeSoto hung around near the end of the set, but attack errors and timely kills by North Ports outside hitter North Port too much for Lady BulldogsBy DAVE BREMERSPORTS WRITER After a comeback win in the rst set, Coach White goes over strategy with her team before the second set. North Port rallied back to win the next three sets to steal the match from the Bulldogs. Bethany Bonville and Josie Deriso team up to put up a block against a North Port attack. North Port went on to win the match 3-1. Libero player Lucero Perez goes down low to pass a ball in a volleyball match against North Port. The Bulldogs lost the match 3-1. PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERJosie Deriso tries to tip the ball around a North Port double block in the middle. The Bulldogs dropped the match 3-1 against the Bobcats. Bethany Bonville shows her serving form, scoring four service aces in a match against North Port. It was not enough, however, as the Bulldogs lost 3-1.BULLDOGS | 16 471172 Advertisement paid for and approved by Jim Selph, Democrat for County Commissioner, District 2, DeSo to Experience Education Leadership For DeSoto County Commissioner District 2 JIM SELPH JIM SELPHF o r D e S o t o C o u n t y C o m m i s s i o n e r D i s t r i c t 2 For DeSoto County Commissioner District 2 Thank You I sincerely appreciate the support that you gave me with your vote in last Tuesdays primary election. With your help, we will now move forward to the general election on November 4, 2014. I ask for your continued support as we begin anew the campaign for the general election. Thank you again for your confidence, support and your vote this past Tuesday in the primary election. *AN'oDoto t u ftC fi flo Dfltct


The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Page 15 | Arcadian After an opening season loss to Lake Placid, two nights later Coach Nora Cail and her junior varsity volleyball squad traveled to North Port for their second match of the year. Cail hoped to see any kind of improvement after the Lake Placid loss. We obviously worked on passing and serving in practice, but Id be happy to see anything improve after that rst game, Cail said before the game. It didnt happen right away, but Cails team showed progress and then some, winning the match 2-1. The rst set saw the Lady Bulldogs pick up where they left off at Lake Placid. Errant passes, two net violations and two bad serves forced Cail to call her rst time out with the team down 9-4. Miscues continued for the Bulldogs, who were down 18-7 before the girls did a little better job of keeping the ball in play near the end while losing 25-14. Even Cail couldnt say exactly what changed after the rst set, but a whole new team came out for the rest of the night. I know I was disgusted with them after that rst set, she said. They just came out and got an early lead and started having fun winning. Service aces by Shea Lipe and attack kills by Heather Murphy gave the Bulldogs an early 6-1 lead. A kill by Murphy sent her to the service line, where she served four straight service aces to give the JV girls rally for first winBy DAVE BREMERSPORTS WRITER PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERShea Lipe and Malyssa Jeter go up for a block against a North Port hitter in a recent JV volley ball match. The Bulldogs won the match 2-1. Keirsten Barrera shows o her serving form in a volleyball match against North Port. The JV Bulldogs won the match 2-1. JV setter Shea Lipe has on her game face during a recent match against North Port. The Bulldogs defeated the Bobcats 2-1. Below: Bailey Bryant goes low for a pass against North Port. The Bulldogs got their rst win of the early season 2-1.WIN | 16 150 lbs.10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150Would you please pledge towards our weight loss? Steve Bauer and I (Joe Gallimore) are losing weight to win! We are a special project planned by Kristen Spahr, Marketing Director of DeSoto Memorial Hospital. She has encouraged and inspired us to participate in a healthier lifestyle. She has recorded our weight and will monitor each week through November 27, 2014. Steve and I have a combined goal of 150 pound loss. We seek your support in pledging funding toward the pounds we lose. Your pledge multiplied with our weight loss achieved will be a positive gain for our community / county as every dollar earned by pledges will be contributed toward DeSoto County Veterans Appreciation Days. ats right, plans are set for several days of festivities while honoring all veterans who have served our nation. is will include the presence of the Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial. is will be promoted locally and around the state to invite other community and county residents to come to DeSoto and be part of these days of celebration, respect and honor. Your pledge is tax deductible! please be a part of this Win Win scenario. Steves o cial starting weight 322lbs Joes o cial starting weight 348 lbs Collectively, were determined to Lose to Win! Businesses or individuals pledging per pound: Danny Collins $1 Algie Didlaukies $5 David Dunn Rankin $2 Sue Ho man $1 Bob White .25 cent Steve Sachkar .25 cent Geri Kotz .25 cent Carol Moore .25 cent Debbie Dunn Rankin .25 cent Purple House of Charlotte County $1 Gallimore Family $2LOSE TO WIN! 471154 Collectively, were determined to Lose 2 Win! Debbie Dunn-Rankin .25 cent David Dunn-Rankin $2 If you wish to make a pledge contact Joe Gallimore by phone at 990-8099 or 494-2434 or email Week 11 Weight Loss 62.8 Lbs WEEK #1 WEEK #4 Businesses or individuals pledging per pound: Danny Collins $1 Alton Shattuck $5 David Dunn-Rankin $2 Sue Hoffman $1 Bob White .25 cent Steve Sachkar .25 cent Geri Kotz .25 cent Carol Moore .25 cent Debbie Dunn-Rankin .25 cent Purple House of Charlotte County $1 Gallimore Family $2 Derek DunnRankin $1 Mayor-Alice Frierson $1 Geo Care LLC $1 Chuck & Martha Craven $2 Kristen Spahr .25 cent Lotela Gold Band $1 Frank and Rose Bauer .25 cent Lew Ambler .50 cent Dick Fazzone $1 Ed & Mary Lyne .50 cent The Veterans Council $1 Wendy Hunter $1 Don T. Bench .25 cent Dr. Lorenzo Dixon $1 George Dickenson .75 cent Darrell Suggs .50 cent First State Bank $1 Plattners Arcadia Chevrolet Buick $1 K&J Produce $1 Judy Kirkpatrick $1 John Drake & Jackie Scogin .50 cent California Toe Jam Band $1 Celebrity Entertainment $2 Ed Stone .30 cent Don & Mary Finkle .50 cent Steve Big Daddy Knapp .50 cent Patrick Lange .50 cent Rhonda Mixon $1 Mike Kazyzkowski $1 County Commissioner Bob Miller .50 cent City Administrator Tom Slaughter .50 cent Paul Bennett Seusy, Esq. $1 Jane Fricke Martin $1 Dr. Ronald Sevigny $1 John & Trudi Super $1 County Commissioner-Buddy Mansfield $1 Ronnie Jones $1 Jan Schmitz $1 Seacoast Bank $1 Michelle Williamson The Williamson Group $1 Cox Pest Control $1 Mac Martin-Martin Realty Co. 25 cent Jackie Tucker .25 cent Would you please pledge toward our weight loss? Steve Bauer and I (Joe Gallimore) are losing weight 2 win! We are a special project planned by Kristen Spahr, Marketing Director of DeSoto Memorial Hospital. She has encouraged and inspired us to participate in a healthier life-style. She has recorded our weight and will monitor each week through November 27, 2014. Steve and I have a combined goal of 150 pound loss. We seek your support in pledging funding toward the pounds we lose. Your pledge multiplied with our weight loss achieved will be a positive gain for our community/county as EVERY DOLLAR EARNED BY PLEDGES WILL BE CONTRIBUTED TOWARD DESOTO COUNTY VETERANS APPRECIATION DAYS Thats right, plans are set for several days of festivities while honoring all veterans who have served our nation. This will include the presence of the Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial This will be promoted locally and around the state to invite other community and county residents to come to DeSoto and be part of these days of celebration, respect and honor, December 4-7, 2014. Your pledge is TAX DEDUCTIBLE! Please be a part of this Win-Win scenario. Steves official starting weight 322lbs Joes official starting weight 348lbs Collectively, Were determined to Lose 2 Win! WEEK #9 LOSE 2 WIN! Check next week for Medical Report Card!! CURRENT WEIGHT 275 333 POUND LOSS 47 lbs. 15.8 lbs. (7,21lowA &A A ;, Ao


Arcadian | Page 16 The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Aspen Davidson gave the Bobcasts a 25-19 victory. The third set was all North Port, with DeSoto playing very at. The Bobcats seemed to know where the Bulldogs were going with the ball and had a solid block waiting. Davidson kept knocking down kills from the outside attack, accumulating 15 for the night. North Port walked away with a 25-14 win and seemed in total control of the game. Unlike the other three sets, there were no long momentum runs in the fourth. The biggest lead by either team was three points throughout the set. With DeSoto down 24-23, Courtney Bonville served up one of her ve service aces, and Bethany Bonville followed it up with a kill to give the Bulldogs a 25-24 lead. With Davidson in the back row for North Port, it looked like the Bulldogs were in position to win the set, but Davidson got two of the Bobcats nal three points with kills out of the back row, giving North Port a 27-25 win. Bethany Bonville managed 12 kills out of 51 attempts for the Bulldogs while facing a strong double block all night. Ive got to work on hitting around the block better, she said after the game. White saw it more as a domino effect. Bethany had a hard time hitting around the block because the sets were inside, she said. The sets were inside because the setter was setting passes that were way off target, which brings us back to passing. Weve got to learn to play lose and low. White hopes her team makes the proper adjustments by Thursday, when they open up district play at Sebring.BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 14 PHOTO BY DAVE BREMERThe Lady Bulldogs cheered on their teammates during introductions before their match against North Port. The Bulldogs won the rst set, but dropped the next three. Bulldogs an 11-2 cushion. From there the Bulldogs held steady in their play, and North Port added some service errors of their own to give DeSoto multiple opportunities to nish the game with a 25-9 win. It was the teams rst set victory of the year. The third set was a continuation of the second. Lipe and Murphy had three kills collectively and DeSoto built an early 5-0 lead. North Port quickly fell apart with their rst two servers committing service errors, and the Bulldogs took advantage to build a 9-2 lead. The Bobcats had a slight surge near the end of the game closing the score to 13-8, but an attack and passing error gave the Bulldogs a 15-8 victory, their rst of the young season. Murphy had the hot hand, contributing three kills and eight service aces out of 11 attempts in the two sets. When Murphy was asked about the sudden change, she just smiled and said, I dont know, we just wanted to win. Cail saw the same thing. Theyre a young team; were likely to have ve freshmen and one sophomore on the court at any time, she said. I think they got that lead and gured out they could win.WINFROM PAGE 15 Samantha Kilgore and Cassie Rodgers put up a double block against a North Port hitter in a JV volleyball match. The Bulldogs won the match 2-1. PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERShea Lipe tosses up a serve to begin a match against North Port. The junior varsity Bulldogs lost the rst set but came back to win the next two to take a 2-1 victory for their rst win of the season. The DeSoto County High School varsity football game against the Lake Region Thunder was canceled last Friday due to excessive lightning strikes and heavy rain that fell for over an hour. The home opener wont be rescheduled, so while the DeSoto County High School Bulldogs remain undefeated on the field, they are winless against Mother Nature. The Bulldogs lost 19-18 to Lake Region last year in the season opener but were looking forward to meeting them on their own turf to avenge the loss. Bulldogs Head Coach Matt Egloff was frustrated with the rainout. It was a very winable game for us, but now we have one less game under our belts. We dont know how we would have stacked up with them after last weeks game and we needed to see what we need to work on, he said. This actually was a good week of practice for us. It doesnt mean we would have played well, but you could tell the kids were trying to do Mother Nature 1, Bulldogs 0By STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITERthe right things. The squad is guaranteed to see lightning again tomorrow night, as they play host to the Lehigh Lightning. The Bulldogs game against Lehigh was postponed last year because of lightning at the Lehigh field. That game was played on Saturday morning, and with a small roster the Bulldogs pulled out a 36-35 win on a last-minute interception deep in Bulldog territory by Dequan Richardson. Richardson was hurt on the play and missed a couple of games after that. The Bulldogs also lost Oscar Alfonso and Caleb Blackwood to injuries that caused them to miss several game, too. By the end of the game with just a few healthy bodies left, the Bulldogs looked like the famous picture of the Revolutionary war with the fife player, drummer and flag holder limping off to battle. Lehigh lost last week 30-27, blowing a 20-0 halftime lead and allowing 24 fourth quarter points to Palmetto Ridge, including the game-winning pass with 47 seconds remaining. The game will be played at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. If you are unable to make it to the game you can hear all of the action on WFLN radio 1480 AM. ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comBulldogs Coach Matt Egloff had his team back on the field with a Labor Day practice after the opening game of the season was canceled due to lightning strikes in the area. I sure would have liked to have seen where we were at since the Kick Off Classic, he said. We had a good week of practice. 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 Il1asoAm;wR


The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Page 17 | Arcadian Hunting foursome Ryan Locklear, Tommy Beasley, Mike Gregg of Meadville, Penn., and Lary Smock of Fort Ogden tagged two alligators during a recent hunt. What an exciting hunt to harvest two gators on the Peace River in DeSoto County! The rst gator was taken Aug. 16 and measured in at eight feet. The second was tagged on Aug. 18. Our hunt had it all: Frayed nerves; bent arrows; broken harpoon; tangled lines; close calls with whipping gator tails; and over an hour ght to bring the 500-pound monster into the boat.A gator hunting adventureSUBMITTED BY LARY SMOCK PHOTOS PROVIDEDRyan Locklear, left, and Larry Smock. Ryan Locklear, left, Mike Gregg and Tommy Beasley with a nice eight-foot alligator. The Big Dog Club Athletic Boosters and DeSoto County School District celebrated the grand opening of a DeSoto County High School baseball and softball batting facility. Improvements to the batting cages and warm up areas were made possible by a grant from Mosaic. Business partners, like Mosaic, are vital. We are grateful for their support, said DeSoto County School District Superintendent Karyn Gary. We applaud the Big Dog Club for spearheading this project in support of DeSoto County High School Ribbon cutting celebrates new batting cages DeSoto County High School has a new covered batting facility for baseball and softball use. A ribbon cutting for the facility was held by the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce last week. PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERDeSoto County School District Superintendent Karyn Gary presents a plaque of appreciation to Mosaic Public Aairs Manager Heather Nedley. The DeSoto County High School covered batting facility includes lighting, netting and articial turf in addition to room for storage.NEW | 23 50471176 I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the residents of DeSoto County for your support of my successful candidacy for the School Board District 1 seat. Please keep our entire School Board in your prayers as we work together to improve our schools & provide our youth with the best education possible. Respectfully Danny Via rf Thank Yourfrnntbfrfnrtntnbttnbrnnt A L6COWL 1A-A --w4ftkiAAmv W-


Arcadian | Page 18 The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 These great pets need furr-ever homes ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANThis little ball of fuzz is a male Long-haired Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix, tan with chocolate features (and one foot with all white toes). He is about 9 weeks old and has a sweet personality. He was picked up as a stray with his littermate, and he deserves a good home. If you would like to adopt this little fuzzball, call the DeSoto County Animal Services at 863-993-4899. This pretty yellow Long-haired Chihuahua/Pomer anian mix is the sister to the other Pom/Chihuahua mix. They were found together as strays and she is also about 9 weeks old. Visit the DeSoto Animal Control oce at 2048 N.E. McKay St. Reggie is a Beagle/ Dachshund mix with a great personality. He is estimated at one to one-and-a-half years old and was found as a stray. The black and tan dog gets along well with other dogs and walks well on a leash. Nanook was found as a stray near the Turner Center. He is a mature Husky, 9-11 years old, and is well mannered and good on a leash. He has already been neutered and would be good in an adult household. Sterling is a silver-gray female kitten, about 9 weeks old. She purrs readily and is very playful. Remington is a steel blue male domestic shorthair kitten, about 10 weeks old. He is a bit shy but appreciates a little attention to bring him out of his shell. Jelly is an orange and white male domestic shorthair kitten. He is about 8 weeks old and was found as a stray. Tippy is a male Chihuahua/ Manchester Terrier mix. He is 10 months old and is tri-color. Hes very playful and energetic and does not like to hold still for photos. To adopt Tippy, call 863-993-4855. Lala us a black female Papillon/Poodle mix. She is 4 years old and is spayed. Her owner had to surrender her for health reasons and now she is looking for another good home. She is housetrained and she even dances. If you can give Lala a good home, stop by to see her at Animal Control, 2048 N.E. McKay St. IiIr ftowQf J r s r r'e:511it,+h` ) car3 ` K .:\'\ \I 'din Vy$ d V L f ` 'Tp yi10, 1e r.. .r .-7 G r b


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The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Page 21 | Arcadian As a senior citizen with health problems, keeping DMH open is a must, not only the ER but all the other services, X-ray etc. Please consider our needs. In an emergency time is important.Harry Coleman ArcadiaIt would be a tragedy to not have an ER. Also the lack of lab work and diagnostics. It would be a big loss of lost jobs and a blow to the economy for DeSoto.Carolyn Edwards ArcadiaEveryone needs a hospital at some time in their life and I sure do hope its close. Please keep the hos pital in Arcadia. If I or my husband has a heart attack, Id like to know that it was close by for resuscitation. I also dont want to travel far.Jan M. Bartholomew ArcadiaHaving a vibrant ER and regional hospital is critical to DeSoto County. A hospital is a magnet for medical services and specialties we all need. Without DMH, lives would be in danger.Steve Hanlon ArcadiaDeSoto County provides many Arcadians with employment here at DeSoto Memorial. I am a single mother and depend highly on my employment here. I also attend college and nd it to be one of the best opportunities to advance my career. This hospital offers a variety of services not only to Arcadians but the Hardee County area as well. So therefore, without DMH not only would it impact our townspeople but surrounding areas too. I can not afford to be unsure of my future so Im depending on this hospital to be up and operating to provide for myself, my family and our community.Rita Apac ArcadiaI have worked at the hospital for four years. Many people will be unemployed [if the hospital closes]. It takes 45 minutes to an hour to get to another hospital. Many people come here to get treatment in IV therapy, X-ray or lab work. Danielle Philbrook ArcadiaThe hospital is needed to provide medical services and care to the community, including unpaid indigent care. The hospital is also needed to attract and retain people (including especially snowbirds) and businesses to the community, all of whom contribute to the local economy and tax base.Jonathan Wuthrich ArcadiaDeSoto County has a high number of elderly members that live here year-round and seasonally. These people need a hospital close to home for care. DMH is also an employer to many people in Arcadia. Without a hospital for care, I think many people will stop coming to Arcadia seasonally.Montgomery Winslow II ArcadiaMost Arcadians do not have the means to travel to another county for emergencies or treatment.Kenneth BurnsetWe (my husband and I) moved here to be close to doctors and a hospital. It would be a real burden if we lost this hospital. We have used the emergency four times and for several tests [because of the] convenience.Royal and Carol OlsenWe need a hospital in DeSoto County for employment. Snowbirds will choose another location with a hospital available, less revenue for the city with less population due to decreased employment available and decrease health care. Property values will decline.Cynthia Brooks ArcadiaWe need DeSoto Memorial Hospital. My birth took place there and Ive had three operations there, all successful, and the care I received there was excellent. How can we keep expert doctors here if the hospital closed? We need expert intelligence in Administrative Management and plenty of prayers for guidance in order to keep the hospital open.Charles L. Dirr ArcadiaI would use the hospital for emergencies, lab work, mammograms, X-rays. I really feel we need a hospital in DeSoto County.Jennifer Morton ArcadiaIt is the only hospital that is near in this area. It also employs a lot of people that live in the community. A big change in administration would make a big difference for this hospital.Ermelinsa Rios ArcadiaThe drive [to another hospital is too far]. We need an emergency room here.Brittany Skinner ArcadiaWe need a hospital in DeSoto County.Mary DowLETTERSFROM PAGE 4 ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, take the high road when you nd yourself in the midst of a disagreement with a friend. It may be tempting to stick to your guns, but the disagreement is nothing too signicant. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Much is going on, Taurus, and you have trouble zeroing in on a focal point. Unless you make a list of all you want to accomplish, you may get lost in the shufe. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 You sometimes change your moods on a whim, Gemini. But lately you have been more steadfast in your convictions. This behavior will continue for some time. CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 Dont make any rash moves in the next few days, Cancer. For whatever reason your common sense meter is a little off. You may want to run ideas past a trusted friend for a while. LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, unless you try you will never be able to tell if something is within your capabilities. Do not be afraid to fail. Its better than putting in no effort at all. VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, youre wearing your heart on your sleeve this week. Dont worry, as your willingness to share your emotions will endear you to others. LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 There are only so many hours in the day, Libra. You need to pick and choose your activities accordingly. You likely will not be able to squeeze everything in. SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, if you want to get involved in something, then by all means give it your best shot. If its something foreign to you, let others take the reigns until youre more comfortable. SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 A new perspective is all you need to feel better this week, Sagittarius. A change of scenery or even looking to an old friend for advice can make a real difference. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 The friends you thought you could count on turn out to be the real deal, Capricorn. Just see what they have in store for you this week. You will be so surprised. AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 It is okay to have strong opinions, Aquarius. But respect the opinions of others who may disagree with your point of view. Learn how to walk away from pointless situations. PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20 Theres more to the story than meets the eye, Pisces. Quick judgement may land you in hot water. Wait for the dust to settle. Weight Price per cwt. Steers Medium and Large Frame 175-275 $410-530 (avg. $445.08) 275-350 $355-430 (avg. $375.11) 350-425 $300-360 (avg. $318.24) 425-500 $247.50-310 (avg. $266.96) 500-575 $235-262.50 (avg. $243.68) 575-700 $220-252.50 (avg. $230.92) Steers Light and Medium Frame 175-275 $320-430 (avg. $388.59) 275-350 $295-365 (avg. $334.21) 350-425 $250-305 (avg. $282.72) 425-500 $220-255 (avg. $236.85) 500-575 $211-237.50 (avg. $224.33) 575-700 $185-225 (avg. $209.85) Heifers Medium and Large Frame 175-275 $355-480 (avg. $378.90) 275-350 $300-350 (avg. $315.87) 350-425 $242.50-330 (avg. $261.10) 425-500 $230-260 (avg. $239) 500-575 $215-270 (avg. $227.90) 575-700 $200-270 (avg. $221.11) Heifers Light and Medium Frame 175-275 $295-365 (avg. $330.93) 275-350 $247.50-305(avg. $276.76) 350-425 $220-247.50 (avg. $236.31) 425-500 $212.50-235 (avg. $224.53) 500-575 $200-220 (avg. $211.25) 575-700 $184-207.50 (avg. $192.81) Slaughter Classes Cows: Boners 1100-1900 $110-126 (avg. $114.10) Lean 850-1200 $97-115 (avg. $105.18) Low Dressing: 800-1100 $85-107 (avg. $98.07) Shells: 650-800 $68-91 (avg. $79.27) Bulls: High Dressing: 1300-2000 $125-145 (avg. $132) 1000-1299 $105-126 (avg. $114) Low Dressing: under 1100 $105-120 (avg. $113.69) Totals: 2,390; calves 2,082; cows 262; bulls 46 Slaughter cows were $1 to $3 higher; slaughter bulls were steady. 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Arcadian | Page 22 The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Aloe vera is often referred to as a miracle plant for its ability to soothe and heal wounds, especially burns, and for relieving aches and pains. The aloe family contains over 200 species. Aloe barbadensis is the botanical name of the plant grown for its medicinal uses. The plant has been used medicinally since ancient times. Historical references dating back to 1500 B.C. mention its use for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Cleopatras beauty was attributed to the use of aloe gel. Aloe grows naturally in dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. This member of the lily family is a semi tropical perennial succulent. Aloe plants are known as xeroids because they are able to completely close the pores or stomata on their leaves to avoid the loss of water, making them very drought tolerant. When a leaf is broken off, the outer cells of both the plant and the broken piece seal off the wound to prevent moisture loss. Aloe has thick stiff lance-shaped leaves with a sharp tip and spiny edges. They vary from a grayish green to bright green, and there are also striped varieties. There are tiny miniatures to plants that grow to 2 feet in diameter. Aloe will produce blooms in late winter or early spring. Watch for a leaess stem emerging from the base of the plant. The stem will be topped with a cluster of buds that open into yellow or reddish pink tube shaped blooms that are favored by hummingbirds. Aloe vera may be grown as an outdoor plant in Florida, or as a potted plant. It needs good sun exposure to remain healthy. It may have difculty in wet locations. Plant in areas where it will receive some protection from heavy rains, such as under a roof overhang with gutters to direct rain away from the foundation area. It should receive shade at least part of the day. When grown as a potted plant, use a light potting medium formulated for succulents and water only when the soil is dry 2 inches deep or the leaves begin to look a bit withered. The plant is easy to propagate. New shoots or pups are sent out from the base of the plant and are easily separated. Aloe has a shallow, spreading root system. Sprinkle soil with Epsom salts to help roots get established. Aloes fertilizer needs are low, and it will thrive in most soils as long as it has good drainage. During the winter months, the plant will become somewhat dormant, and utilize very little moisture. Aloe will be injured by freezing temperatures, but will come back when warm weather returns. Cover with a blanket, or bring potted aloe indoors. When growth resumes in spring, use a light application of bloom fertilizer or blood meal to encourage blooming. Watch for mealybugs and fungus on leaves, especially if plants are crowded. Treat mealybugs by misting plants with isopropyl alcohol in late afternoon. Remove diseased leaves, and spray the plants with liquid copper to control fungus during the rainy season. If aloe is planted in full sun and kept thinned properly, fungus and insects should not be a problem. Aloe seems to be able to speed wound healing by improving blood circulation through the area and preventing cell death around a wound. It also appears that aloe gel has properties that are harmful to certain types of bacteria and fungi. The mucilaginous gel contains at least six natural antiseptics, which are able to kill mold, bacteria, funguses, and viruses. Although used in its natural form for centuries, it wasnt until after WWII that a method of preserving the gel was devised. A chemical engineer visiting Florida in 1942 was impressed with its healing ability after a friend broke off a piece and gave it to him to apply to his sun burnt skin. In 1947, Robert M. Stockton moved to Florida to work on a method of preserving and stabilizing the gel. Aloe vera is now a common ingredient in cosmetics, skin creams, cleansers, shaving preparations, shampoo and sunscreen. Its healing abilities are attributed to the polysaccharides and other compounds in the gel. It is widely recognized as harmless with no side effects. A very few people may experience a mild aller gic reaction to it such as stinging or rash. Interestingly, in people who have allergic reactions to other substances, if they are able to tolerate aloe, it often relieves their other allergic reactions. As a treatment for burns, it helps reduce pain and the chance of infection and scarring, while encouraging the healing process. However, aloe should not be applied if infection is already present, because it may trap bacteria and allow it to multiply. Use a sunscreen containing aloe for preventing sunburn. Use the gel from a leaf, or an ointment containing aloe for treating mild sunburn. It is also great for relieving the itch of poison ivy or other rashes, insect bites and jellysh stings. The juice may be extracted and taken as a general tonic to aid in digestion and bowel problems. Prepare your own by combining fresh aloe gel, water and fruit juice or sweetener in a blender. The juice may help heal ulcers, and is said to bring relief from arthritis, sore throat and sinus problems. The juice is also useful as a shampoo. Substances in aloe may improve the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin. Diabetics should consult with a physician before using aloe vera products. If you want to take aloe juice medicinally, look for commercial, certied organic juice made from the gel only. Cutting leaves from the plant does not harm it, as the plant quickly seals off the wound. Use a sharp knife to cut lower leaf blades close to the ground level. Older, larger leaves contain the most potent gel. Cut off the tip and spiny edges, and then peel off the outer skin. You may notice a yellowish sap or latex directly beneath the skin. The sap is bitter and should be rinsed off. The latex has been used in laxative preparations, but because it might cause cancer and is hard on the kidneys and could lead to serious kidney disease and even death, it has been banned by the FDA since 2002. The transparent gooey gel in the interior of the leaf is the healing substance. Simply scrape off and apply to the skin, or lay the entire peeled leaf over a wound. Wrap unused leaves in saran wrap and store in the refrigerator; theyll stay fresh about 2 weeks. Once you dis cover the healing power of aloe, you will want to always have this plant on hand. For tips on forty ways to use aloe, visit amazing-aloe-vera.htmAloe verathe healing medicinal plantOver the Garden Gate Al & Karen Smoke ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY AL SMOKE Aloe vera may be grown as an outdoor plant in Florida, or as a potted plant. It needs good sun exposure to remain healthy. It may have difficulty in wet locations. Plant in areas where it will receive some protection from heavy rains, such as under a roof overhang with gutters to direct rain away from the foundation area. Aloe vera plants have thick sti lance-shaped leaves with a sharp tip and spiny edges. They vary from a grayish green to bright green, and there are also striped varieties. Plant size ranges from tiny miniatures to plants that grow to 2 foot diameter. The plant has been used medicinally since ancient times. Aloe is easy to propagate. New shoots or pups are sent out from the base of the plant and are easily separated. Plants will not attain full size when overcrowded. When grown as a potted plant, use a light potting medium formulated for succulents and water only when the soil is dry 2 inches deep or the leaves begin to look a bit withered. Older, larger leaves contain the most potent gel. Use a sharp knife to cut lower leaf blades close to the ground level. 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The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 Page 23 | Arcadian athletics. This is a great example of community involvement. The remodeled cages are now covered by a building complete with lighting, netting and artificial turf in addition to room for storage. The improvements will now allow players to participate in batting practice out of the weather and keep equipment out of the elements. In addition to the grant from Mosaic, Baxley Electric, Florida Power & Light and Partin Concrete provided additional support for the improvements. This facility will be a tool our baseball and softball programs will utilize for years to come to further sharpen their batting skills, training players to hit like a Bulldog, said County Commissioner and Big Dog Club President Bob Miller. Mosaic recognizes the importance and value of investing in the communities where our employees live and work. We support our local youth in the classroom and on the field and look forward to seeing how these improvements benefit the players experiences, Mosaic Public Affairs Manager Heather Nedley said.NEWFROM PAGE 17 Community members help dedicate the new covered batting cage facility at DeSoto County High School. PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERCounty Commissioner and Big Dog Club President Bob Miller addresses the community members before the ribbon cutting ceremony. Weather SummaryAccording to Floridas Automated Weather Network, rainfall ranged from no rain to 4.11 inches this past week. Pierson (Volusia County) received the most rain with 4.11 inches, followed by Lake Alfred (Polk County) with 3.63 inches. Per the U.S. Drought Monitor, Florida was 79 percent drought free this past week. The highest temperature was 97 degrees in Lake Alfred (Polk County), Pierson (Volusia County) and Sebring (Highlands County). The lowest temperature in the state was 63 degrees in Mayo (Lafayette County).Fruit and VegetablesSouthwest Florida received scattered showers throughout the week. Vegetable growers in southwest Florida continued planting melons, tomatoes, peppers, squash, preparing land and laying plastic for fall crops. Fruits and vegetables being planted in MiamiDade County included okra, boniato, and malanga; being harvested included okra, boniato, avocado and longan.Field CropsThere was an average of 6.6 days suitable for field work, down slightly from 6.7 days the previous week. Hay, corn, soybeans and peanuts were being harvested in the Panhandle, north, and central Florida. Isolated fields in the Panhandle have received scattered showers this past week. Lack of rain placed stress on corn, soybeans and peanuts. Army worms were still a problem in parts of the Panhandle. Peanut condition was mostly good for the state. Sugarcane fields in Palm Beach County were being prepared for planting.Livestock and PasturesStatewide, the cattle and pasture condition was mostly good. Cattle were heat stressed.CitrusRainfall in the citrus producing area this past week was widespread and generally heavy. All but one station received some precipitation. Eleven stations received more than an inch and three received more than two inches. Pierson (Volusia County) received the most at 4.11 inches, followed by Lake Alfred (Polk County) with 3.63 inches. North Port (Sarasota County) recorded the least with 0 inches of precipitation. Daytime high temperatures were hot, reaching the mid to upper 90s in all citrus producing counties. As per the U.S. Drought Monitor, last updated August 26, the entire citrus-producing region in Florida remains drought-free. Next seasons crop is progressing well. 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Arcadian | Page 24 The Sun / Thursday, September 4, 2014 D e S o t o C o u n t y H i g h S c h o o l D e S o t o C o u n t y H i g h S c h o o l DeSoto County High School B u l l d o g F o o t b a l l B u l l d o g F o o t b a l l Bulldog Football PHILS AUTOMOTIVE Full Service Auto Care Phil & Weldon 3193 N.E. Highway 17, Arcadia, FL 34266 863-993-1141 G o D o g s h a v e a g r e a t s e a s o n 494-4848 471130 We HELP the world GROW the FOOD it needs We help the world grow the food it needs 2014 15 DeSoto Bulldogs Varsity Football Schedule Julee Judy Monica Rita Heres to a Successful Season! Go Bulldogs!!! Dr. Karyn E. Gary Superintendent of Schools Fender Auto Parts Rodger B. Fender 4460 S Hwy 17, Nocatee, FL 863-494-1866 The Dynamic Duo Fawn Harrison, MD and Kyle Fairchild, ARNP Working TOGETHER to Keep the Children of DeSoto County HEALTHY! CENTER FOR FAMILY HEALTH DESOTO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 888 N. Robert Ave. Arcadia 863-494-8401 Tel: 863.491.6916 9 W. Magnolia St. Arcadia, FL 34266 Go Bulldogs 11am 10pm Sun Thurs 11am-11pm Fri & Sat 1703 E. Oak St., Arcadia 494-9333 Best Chicken Wings in DeSoto Go Dawgs! Arcadia Do it Best Hardware Worlds Largest Hardware Store 1705 E Oak St. Arcadia 993-1773 Lumber Plumbing Electrical Tools Paint & Much More Go Dawgs! WFLN 1480 News Radio No Player of the Week. Game Cancelled Qua Fudgeputs his helmet on asall of the DeSoto County football players get back to work at Mondays practice. Their season opener last Friday was canceled due to lightning. Bulldog senior Anthony Lee shows a towel that was given to him that shows the spirit and pridethere is to be aDeSoto Bulldog. Deionte Juice Turner and Stefan Thumpa Williams bang heads as the Bulldogs prepare for their home game tomorrow against Lehigh High School. Bulldog quarterback Reggie Jones pitches to running back Taj Jackson in practice Monday afternoon. As usual for this season, the practice was cut short by lightning near the school. SCORE 08/22 7:30pm Port Charlotte L6 33 08/29 7:00pm Lake Region Cancelled 09/05 7:00pm Lehigh Acres 09/12 7:00pm @ East Lee 09/19 7:30pm Booker 09/26 7:00pm @ North Port 10/03 7:30pm @ Bayshore 10/10 7:00pm @ Frostproof 10/17 7:30pm @ Southeast 10/30 7:00pm Hardee 11/07 7:00pm @ Braden River q -))lotr .A Y/' otn High SchoolBULLDOGPRIDEM IrElect Matt l rjosftua CreekMosaic !AftF4PP I AJudJANE FAlCKE I:ARTIh' BROKER, GRIWertz-Stricklandy A 0"Committed Proven Trustworthy 863-990-7112City ' For YourCouncilCity Marshal603 E. Magnolia St. Arcad a. FL 34266C3o Deco9 hmwsesoto Tsmmef v.fr3PePeOffice: (863) 375-4056gg M,a, T'Q t Monday-Friday-STREET 8am-5:30pmc? Saturday`7SgcrSlr'lLL /J 8am12 NoonIVBowling Green Small Engine Service, Inc.Lawn & Garden Equipment0702 US Hwy 17 N Bowling Green. FL 33834I13EEFOIBRAYSIBEAUTY SALO\'I416 N. Brevard Ave. 863-494-4835