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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, September 11, 201424 pages / 50 centsCPT. COLLINS RETIRESAfter 26 years of service, Dan Collins retires from DeSoto Fire Rescue.PAGE 7 A section of the Sun Arcadian 50 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Family Album ..........7 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Religion ..............10 Sports ...............14 Agriculture ...........22 FRESH FROM THE FARM: Farmers Market reopens downtown Oct. 4 ...................................... 3 PENCIL IT IN: Arts Council selling calendars of downtown Arcadia paintings ............................. 11 4-H SIGN-UP: 4-H clubs hold open house, sign up new members ....................................... 13 INSIDE Like us on Facebook Composite from Arcadian le photosThe DeSoto Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved its tentative 2014-15 budget Monday, setting the stage for nal approval at its Sept. 23 hearing. Although the board approved increases in the tentative millage rate to 9 (current rate is 8.418) and an EMS Municipal Service Taxing Unit to .9128 (current rate is .4514), its expected the nal budget will be passed with no changes to either. Tentative rates are typically set higher to allow the county room for adjustments in case of unexpected budget changes. One mill equals $1 of tax on every $1,000 of taxable value. The total budget of $57,908,067 includes $2,044,945 to be set aside in a reserve fund for emergency use. Commissioner Bob Miller asked Administrator Mandy Hines if she could run the county this year with no tax increases, and although she responded she could, she added that the 2015-16 budget will present a major challenge to both staff and the board if property values in the county continue to fall. Commissioner Buddy Manseld believed the answer is to place the tax burden equally on all county residents. There are two ways this board can raise revenue. One is to raise the millage, and the other is to increase taxpayers, he said. Id like to see us increase taxpay ers by making everyone pay through a Municipal Service Benets Unit. That would ease the burden on some of the taxpayers now.BOCC approves tentative budgetBy Steve BauerARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORBUDGET | 12 rtoRC41) I AN11%.L All Veveror et 0,0Ille05)I VI *urAtOrr -' jy \"C .vim 3 1 `' I i,., ` Wit..=*--I c7 @'05252"516216


Arcadian | Page 2 The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 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 jbierman@sun-herald.com108 S. Polk Ave., Arcadia FL 34266 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 DeSoto County Fire Rescue organized a ceremony in observance of Patriot Day at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11. The ceremony will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park, with a moment of silence observed at 9:03 a.m., the exact moment when the second World Trade Center Building was struck by a highjacked airplane, and the moment we knew a terrorist attack, not an accident, was unfolding. The event will involve reghters, EMTs, law enforcement, the American Legion, and other community organizations and leaders. The traditional 21-gun salute will take place, along with the ringing of the bell in honor of the firefighters and other first responders who lost their lives 13 years ago. There will be some guest speakers. The public is encour aged to attend.9-11 remembrance, 13 years later No more sharpened No. 2 pencils. No more filling in the circle. No more erasures. DeSoto County School Board members were given a taste of what standardized testing will be like for todays students. And as Laurie Graebner, Assessment Coordinator, explained, those tests will now be done entirely on computer. The FCAT Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is not dead, but dying. A small number of students who are entitled to retake the FCAT will be able to do so, but most students will be taking Florida Standards Assessments, prepared by the School Board gets a taste of new testingBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITORAmerican Institutes for Research, or the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, prepared by Pearson. Graebner said sample test questions (some with accompanying answer keys) can be seen online. If you havent been following the kinds of testing students are required to take, you might be surprised to find out what students are expected to know. You can explore some of the tests for yourself at Click the Training Tests link at the bottom right of the main page, choose Take the Training Test, click Sign In, choose the grade (for example, pick 5) and then youll have a choice of writing, math, or reading and language. Then be prepared for some surprises. The sample tests are not scored, so youll have to write down or remember your answers. Once youre done, go back to http://fsassessments. org/training-tests and look up the Training Test Answer Keys to see how well you did. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christina Britton said there are plenty of instructions with the test to show students how to take the test, and teachers will be working with students throughout the year to familiarize them with the procedures. Students are using computers and other devices daily in their classrooms, she said, so they are very familiar with them. My two-year-old picked up a tablet and immediately figured out how to play a game. While most students have access to a computer, tablet or phone at home, even those who do not are familiar with computers so that the method of testing is not expected to be an issue. The tests will be given only in English. They will be given in sessions of 60 to 90 minutes, sometimes in multiple sessions or days. Teachers are going to be trained in the new testing procedures to prepare their students. Most of the test modules will be graded by computer, although the writing portions will be hand-graded. And while there are sample tests of the writing portion, no answer keys or model answers are yet available.Budget approvedThe School Board approved a 201415 millage rate of 0.7480. (A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value.) This is 2.19 percent less than the rollback rate. (The rollback rate is the rate needed, given current assessed property values, to generate the same amount of ad valorem tax revenue as was raised last year.) The School Board also approved the 2014-15 budget of $62,621,250. No mat te r what yo ure looking fo r, Fr om a new job to a place to live, Cl as si fi ed ha s what yo u ne ed Ch e ck th e Sun Cl as si fi ed first! 50471185 A Big Thank You to DeSoto County I would like to thank the citizens of DeSoto County that supported and put their faith in me by casting a vote for, Maria Moreno. I was not elected this time, but I feel great for the hard work that we all put into making this campaign a success, and a learning experience. Quiero darles las gracias a los ciudadanos del Condado de DeSoto por su apoyo y fe en mi mediante la emission del voto para, Maria Moreno. No fui elegida en esta occasion, pero me siento muy bien por el trabajo duro que todos hicimos en hacer que esta campaa haiga sido un exito y una experiencia de aprendizaje. I want to give a special thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you that made monetary contributions to my campaign, allowed me to put a sign on your yard or property, and my family for moral support. My team of supporters; you all were great. I thank you for helping me get the word out to the community about me running for office (DeSoto County School Board District #5). 50471181 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Board of County Commissioners of DeSoto County, Florida will consider the following ordinance at the first public hearing on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM and the adoption of the ordinance at the second public hearing that will be on October 28, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. or as soon thereafter as it may be heard, in the County Commission Meeting Room 103, Administration Building 201 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida as follows. AN ORDINANCE OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, REVISING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR FINDINGS, APPLICABILITY, AND EFFECT ON EXISTING LAND DEVELOPMENT APPROVALS; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF SPECIFIED REVISIONS TO ORDINANCE 2012-01 AND REPEAL OF CONFLICTING PROVISIONS INCLUDING PROVISIONS CONCERNING INTERPRETATION, NOTICE, MINOR SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS AND VARIANCES OF SETBACKS, QUASI-JUDICIAL HEARINGS, VARIOUS ZONING DISTRICTS, BUFFERS, FENCES, PARKING OR STORAGE OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES, MOTOR VEHICLES, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AND TRAILERS, STORMWATER MANAGEMENT, FLOODPLAIN REGULATIONS, NONCONFORMING USES AND STRUCTURES, DRIVEWAY CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE, ACCESS POINTS, PUBLIC NUISANCES, DEVELOPMENT PERMITS AND CODE VIOLATIONS, MINOR PLATS, USES AND STRUCTURES; ADDING AND REVISING CERTAIN DEFINITIONS; INCORPORATING CERTAIN ORDINANCES INTO THESE REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR REPUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE 2012-01 AS AMENDED HEREBY; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A complete copy of the draft ordinance may be inspected and copied at the Office of the County Administrator in Suite 201 of the above-stated address between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday, through Friday. If special accommodations are required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals should contact the County Administrators Office by calling 863-993-4800 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. 700,1 /Ir -L........................


The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Page 3 | Arcadian Farmers Market returns Oct. 4 Arcadia Main Street will kick off the new season of Arcadias Farmers Market on Oct. 4 at the Tree of Knowledge Park in downtown Arcadia. This is a great opportunity to showcase your home made, handmade, homegrown products. Vendors may call 863-990-2340 to secure your spot today. The theme of the Oct. 4 Farmers Market is Fall Florida Style, featuring Fall produce, Fall crafts and Fall colors. To kick it off, Arcadia Main Street is sponsoring Scarecrows on Main. This will be an opportunity for businesses, clubs and individuals to form a team and build a scarecrow. Use your imagination to make a scarecrow that reflects you and your team. The hay will be provided by Bobby and Julie Fussell. Bring whatever other materials you want for your scarecrow. The scarecrow building will begin at 10 a.m. in the Suntrust parking lot (where the hay will be). The scarecrows will then be featured throughout downtown Arcadia. Spots are limited contact Main Street at 863-990-2340 to register to be part of Scarecrows on Main. Last week, the Mosaic Company hosted its second annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum in Bradenton at Renaissance on 9th, bringing together local, state and national policymakers and nutrition experts to help drive advocacy and action on hunger and nutrition issues. Keynote speaker Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam announced the Floridas Roadmap to Living Healthy program, the rst statewide map that correlates lack of access to nutritious food with poor health indicators in an advanced webbased GIS tool. The possibilities of this roadmap are unlimited, said Commissioner Putnam. It will help state agencies like mine make better-informed decisions about how we use our limited resources to support Florida communities at greatest risk. This tool will also assist nonprots, food banks and other organizations to identify gaps in resources, determine the most effective approaches and yield a greater impact on the residents of Florida. Mosaic Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Mark Kaplan added, With 700,000 people in Central Florida struggling with hunger and 250,000 of those children, its important to elevate the issue today on Hunger Action Day and continue raising awareness every day from this day forward. We are pleased to have invited key leaders to the table to share their expertise and work together to nd solutions to local and global hunger. Additional keynote speakers included Mari Gallagher, an independent food researcher and author of the 2006 breakthrough study, Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago. Gallagher addressed the implications of Floridas Food Deserts, a growing number of rural and urban areas without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Of great concern in Florida is that Food Desert issues exist in both urban and rural areas, said Gallagher. It is great to see state and local leaders come together to address the challenges that residents in poor access areas face and work together to nd solutions utilizing the new statewide web-based map tool. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Healths Joel Gittelsohn, PhD, medical anthropologist and one of the countrys leading researchers implementing and evaluating community-based health and nutrition intervention programs, spoke about environmental interventions to improve food access. We know that improving access to healthier food options can help to prevent obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases, he said. A discussion panel addressed local Hunger relief forum introduces Floridas Roadmap to Living HealthyBy DENISE MOORETHE MOSAIC CO. PHOTO PROVIDEDFFA student volunteers from DeSoto County and elsewhere helped at the forum on hunger held last week in Bradenton. 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VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Arcadian | Page 4Derek Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group Chairman David Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group President Joe Gallimore Arcadian PublisherSusan E. Homan Arcadian Editor E-mail letters to | OUR VIEW | GRITS & PIECES Yes on hospital tax but no on bickeringLast weeks Arcadian made two things clear about DeSoto Memorial Hospital. First, based on the many letters weve received, its obvious people want and need a hospital here in DeSoto County. They are generally satised with the care and treatment theyve received there. They appreciate the convenience in having a hospital nearby for diagnostics, treatment and emergency care. And they genuinely like how the hospital staff have treated them. Second, there is a lot of friction among the hospital administration, board and doctors. There has been a lot of nger-pointing among them, a lot of name-calling, a lot of blame being placed on all sides. We have a dilemma. Clearly, this community needs a hospital. Not only is it essential for treating emergency cases as well as providing for day-today diagnostics and health care, but if DeSoto County is going to attract businesses and residents for economic growth, a hospital is critical. No one will want to live here if there is no hospital. People demand it, they expect it and they deserve it. But our hospital seems to be clinging to the edge of a steep precipice, and the slightest breeze could topple it into the abyss. The Arcadian has reported in the past about the hospitals nancial crisis. The community now has a way to help DeSoto Memorial Hospital weather its serious monetary storm. In November, DeSoto voters will be asked whether they agree with a half-cent tax to go toward the hospitals mortgage. It might have been preferable to direct the half-cent funds to what seems to be DMHs largest burden, the treatment of indigent patients. But at least by helping with the mortgage payments, it will free up other funds to address that problem. The hospital needs to get a handle on that, especially if the DeSoto County Health Department is forced to drastically cut its own services due to funding. Residents are clear in saying we need a hospital in this community. If voters believe that, they need to support the half-cent tax in November. But the hospital community must do its share as well. First, the hospital has to produce a nancial plan of how DMH can be saved. County Commissioners asked for DMHs plan, but the administration claimed during a recent hospital board meeting it was waiting for a written mandate from BOCC. Voters should not have to issue any kind of written mandate before starting a public relations campaign, before the advertising blitz, what DMH needs to do is explain to the voters their plan to save the hospital. Second, the kind of arguing, name-calling and inghting weve seen | LETTERS TO THE EDITORGrateful for hospitalEditor: DeSoto Memorial Hospital is needed in Arcadia, DeSoto County. I am thankful to the staff who expertly used the equipment and technology to spot the breast cancer that was silently invading my body with the intent to kill me. Because of the swift action of DeSoto Memorial the cancer was detected and I was placed on the fast track to get rid of the killer disease. We need DeSoto Memorial and I thank God for its presence in our community It is my fervent prayer that we are able to keep our hospital. I applaud every doctor, nurse, technician, all support staff and administration, and every employee of our hospital. Lets do all that we can to keep our hospital strong.Rev. Dr. Sharon T. Goodman ArcadiaHospital saved a lifeEditor: Our community is more than well served by DeSoto Memorial Hospital. Recently, my husband was taken there by ambulance. He almost refused to go as he felt his problem was only acute heartburn. We are thankful for DeSoto County Fire Rescue and the quick-acting Emergency Room staff. The doctor listened to what my husband did not say, and saved his life. As a result, my husband was own to Sarasota where he received further treatment. The doctors and staff there were amazed he had survived and attributed his survival to the emergency treatment he received at DeSoto Memorial. Our family has always been treated well there and I am forever grateful for the competency of staff and exceptional care we have received at our local hospital.Trudi SuperDMS admin, board need better communicationEditor: Today I read the most appalling details of a public board meeting discussing the best way we could keep the doors of the DeSoto Memorial Hospital open. Arent Board Members, whether America the Beautiful, or America the Compromised?On this, the 13th anniversary of the attacks on our Pentagon, New York Citys Twin Towers, and the loss of lives in a now-memorialized Pennsylvania field, I cant help but take a long look at what is going on with our nation and its involvement with the world today during these days of military unrest. I dont have much in the line of answers and I certainly dont even have all in the information. I just know something needs to be done. Some things are being done, I know. But we need more and we need it now, not only to end it, but to stop the spread of this cancer called terrorism that is mutating around the globe and growing. And like this disease, it needs to be eradicated. Down through the ages and ever since the days of our founding fathers, men and women have answered the call to defend this nation, not only on our own soil during the American Revolution and during the Civil War, but to travel overseas to fight wars that threaten world destruction. And those patriots didnt willingly lay down their lives for their fellow man, only to permit our country to fall because of political correctness or slothful complacency. Ive never liked that America has taken on the role as big brother and defender of so much of the world, but its been proven time and again that its been necessary in order to keep madmen and radicals from shedding innocent blood and overtaking entire countries. Nobody wants war except those who are power-hungry, and the religious zealots. They sacrifice their own to get what they want and generally can only be stopped if annihilated. If We the People dont find a way to stop them, how does that make us look to the rest of the world? How about weak? What do you think of that the rest of the world seeing the mighty United States of America compromising on so many levels, without and within, just to be politically correct. Im all about cultural diversity and free expression, which is part of what our flag stands for. But when any people or sect threaten to kill us in war or through infiltration, I say its time the gloves come off. Whoever thought wed see reports of beheadings on the evening news, accompanied by taunting threats that the same will happen here in America soon? Those who make those threats hide behind not only their head coverings, but behind children, and are true cowards. And if we turn a blind eye to that, the Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson troubador55@embarqmail.comLETTERS | 8 GRITS & PIECES | 10OUR VIEW: Hospital needs to get its own house in order to earn voters trust and their votes.VIEW | 12 NEWS ITEM:5IDE CTF7 SRRY/F-ft rv\oVERDuEA?bLoG f '/ / NELP. 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The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Page 5 | Arcadian I was a young lieutenant, in the jungles of Vietnam and had more destructive power at the other end of a PRC-25 Radio than any one should ever have. I lived for months at a time in the bush. I was an Artillery Ofcer and a forward observer. After 11 years in the Army, I had had enough and would never allow myself to be put in a position to kill any living thing again. I became a captain of private yachts. Big and beautiful, from 75 feet to 120 feet, they were all shining and new, but never mine. And always I would dream of one day owning my own land, away from the water. I would someday move inland, have a little house, with maybe a few acres of land. Not all cleared, I would leave trees and bushes, and it would be quiet. Just the gentle sounds of nature. My wife was in the Army, and would eventually complete 26 years. She had joined a few years after I had left. It was difcult, constant separation, sometimes for months, sometimes for over a year, but we made it, and in those few precious moments together, we would always talk of our little home, far away in the woods, quiet and serene. And then nally the day came. I would leave the sea behind, my wife would retire, and we would nd a little land and live out the rest of our years in peace and quiet. After working so many years on the southeast coast of Florida every winter, we discovered picturesque Southwest Florida. DeSoto County, Florida. How beautiful, how peaceful. It is the ideal combination of small town southern country living, in harmony with crop farming, citrus groves and ranching. It would fulfill our dream, become our home. We bought five acres of raw land just off of Horse Creek in Western DeSoto County. It was perfect. Three years passed; we were happy in our new home and our new community. And then we heard about the Mosaic phosphate strip mine that is coming to Western DeSoto County and that there was nothing we could do about it. Its a done deal, we were told. We learned about strip mining. About how overpowering it would be. Devastation and destruction were planning on moving in next door to us. What could we do? Sell! We talked to a Realtor she advised us that we would lose 20 to 30 percent of the market value because of the mine. We are not rich and we are too old to start the whole process all over. Panic! Where will we go? What will we do? Can we ght? We are told, dont worry, its only a temporary land use. Temporary, I nd out, means the rest of our lifetimes. Can I go back to the late s and become a warrior again? Yes, I can. I dont have artillery re, air strikes or naval gun re at my disposal anymore, but I can and will use something just as powerful words. And when someone asks me, why do you waste your time writing articles and letters to the editor, posting to Facebook, attending numerous meetings, all about Mosaic? I respond, Because, shame on me if I dont try to do something; I may be old, but I am still a warrior.Once I was a warrior Friends of Horse Creek Bob Navin trends and the role of state and local food policy in combating hunger. Expert panelists included Matt Knott, president of Feeding America; Anne Palmer, Program Director, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Diana Greene, Manatee County Public Schools; Hank Scott, Long & Scott Farms; and Brian West, Publix Super Markets. Todays event was a platform for collaboration and it was remarkable to experience the connections being made among community thought leaders that are able to make a difference, said Knott. The afternoon session featured an interactive community group discussion, led by Robin Saey, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness Director with Floridas Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The discussion focused on food access as an economic development tool, addressing the need for community partnerships to develop entrepreneur ship, redevelopment, and agricultural growth. It also focused on strengthening and expanding community food systems through effective statewide collaboration.HUNGERFROM PAGE 3 PHOTO PROVIDEDFloridas Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, center, is surrounded by student volunteers including DeSoto County FFA members during a forum on hunger sponsored by The Mosaic Co. 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. 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Arcadian | Page 6 The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 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. Health Dept. conference room, 34 S. Baldwin Ave. Drop-in $7/class, 8-class package $40 ($5 per class). Bring your own mat. For more information, call Christine at 244-1925. DeSoto County Library story time is at 3 p.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Temple Beth El North Port Jewish Center, 33840 South Biscayne Drive, North Port,hosts an American Contract Bridge League every Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the temple. The cost is $6 per session. We will be participating in The Common Game.For reservations call Shelli Wetherson at 941-497-7184. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. FRIDAY The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free fresh produce to those in need at the DeSoto Housing Authority, 7 Booker T. Washington Road, from 10-11:30 p.m. on Fridays Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 14 and 28 and Dec. 12. On the second and fourth Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Arcadia Housing Authoritys north side parking lot, a truck will bring free fruits and vegetables to low-income clients in Arcadia/DeSoto County. Three to five volunteers are needed each time. If you are interested in helping, call AHA at 494-4343. The Photography Group of DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council meets the second Friday of each month 3:30 5 p.m. at the DeSoto Public Library. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Karen at Peace River Civil War Round Table meets at 1:30 p.m. second Fridays monthly at the Emerald Pointe clubhouse, 25188 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Lunch available. For more information, call 941-575-4269 or 941-639-0782. Arcadia Quilt Club meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Palace Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, Arcadia. Square Dancing classes are held at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, from 7-9 p.m. every Friday. Robert at 813-601-1834 or Mary at 941-380-5336 494-2749 for information. Friday Night Live the City Takers for Christ presents Friday Night Live with Rev. Troy Rowe, every Friday. Come and experience what God is doing in this season through His word and praise and worship. 37 W. Magnolia St. (across from SunTrust drive-through). For information call 244-4341. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Sabbath service begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SATURDAY First Baptist Church Arcadia will be hosting a free concert featuring Jonny Diaz, an American Contemporary Christian pop artist originally from Lakeland, Fla., at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the church. Women in Fellowship Ministry meets every second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church, 256 S. Orange Ave. Be uplifted, motivated and inspired by God. Free and open to the public. Light brunch is served. The John Morgan Ingraham House is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. 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 the second Saturday of the month, and by appointment. DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Palace Promenaders meet for square and round dance from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle. Art Miller, caller, and Jennie Martin, cueing. Call Jennie at 494-2749 or Mary at 941-380-5336 for information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Kiddush will follow. SUNDAY Sunday, Sept. 14, Open house 1-4 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. High Holy tickets will be available. Sept.14 the Nav-A-Gator will have a farm fresh produce stand from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies and more for purchase. Live music, Gary & Kerri, from 2-5 p.m. Cover charge donate canned goods & nonperishable food items. 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. MONDAY On Sept. 15, Chapter 16497 Modern Woodmen of America will meeting at 5p.m. at King Buffet. If you plan to attend, call 494-1679. The DeSoto County Library Association will meet on Monday, Sept 15 at 5 p.m. in the DeSoto County Library. The DeSoto County Special Olympics committee meets at 3 p.m. on the third Monday every month at The Last Chapter Coffee Shop on W. Oak St. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in coaching or working with adults or youth in sports. For more information, call Joyce at 873-8219 or 494-3440. DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets at 6:30 p.m. third Monday monthly at the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center, 2200 N.E. Roan St. The DeSoto County Republican Executive Committee meets on the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Beef OBradys. The DeSoto County Fair Association meets at 7 p.m. third Mondays monthly in the fair office on Heard Street, Arcadia. Women of Worship WOW Womens ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. All are welcome. The DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Community Resource Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1425 Martin Luther King St. The center provides referrals for mainstream resources, elderly food stamps (by appointment) and computer service. Salvation Army has office space on Wed. by appointment. For more information, call 491-5683. TUESDAY Arcadia City Council meets at 6 p.m. at the Margaret Way Building, 23 N. Polk Ave., Arcadi Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St. Donations gratefully accepted. DeSoto County Library holds story time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Peace River Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, starting Nov. 12, at the Speer Center, U.S. Highway 17 North, Arcadia. For information, contact Bill or Mary Morse at 207-418-4687. WEDNESDAY The USS Mount McKinley Association of veterans and associated members who served aboard the Amphibious Force Flagship USS Mt. McKinley will hold its 26th annual reunion in Colorado Springs, CO Sept. 17-21. For details contact Dwight L. Jansen, 2515 E. North Altamont Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202, or phone 509-534-3649 or email Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. The Arcadia Writers Group meets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Arcadia Village in the Cantina Clubhouse, in the small dining room. For more information, call Sarah Hollenhorst at 244-1663. DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Mobile Pantry is on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Smith Brown Gym starting at 9 a.m. until the food is gone. The only requirement is to be a DeSoto County resident. Sponsored by the All Faiths Food bank of Sarasota. The First Marine Division Association meets at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday at Family Table Restaurant, 14132 Tamiami Trail, North Port. Call Carl Jones, 941-493-1408 for more information. Community for Seniors meets from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every third Wednesday at TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care administration building on Arcadia Avenue. Open to anyone interested in being a new member. For more information, call Lori Coker at 990-1340. DeSoto County Traffic Safety Team meets at 1:30 p.m. third Wednesdays monthly at the DeSoto County Commissioners room, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Hearing Loss Association demonstrates amplified listening devices from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. third Wednesdays monthly at Charlotte County Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. For more information about HLA meetings, call 941-624-2947. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Art for Kids is at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in the DeSoto County Librarys childrens wing. This program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Arts and Humanities Council, is for elementary school-aged children. THURSDAY South Florida State College will hold a pre-engineering information session from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 18, in Room 138/150, Dr. Norman L. Stephens Jr. Health and Science Education Center, Highlands Campus. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at 7th Day Adventist Church, 2865 SE Ami Drive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. DeSoto Cares, a community group dedicated to searching out homelessness needs and solutions, meets on the first and third Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Housing Authority Conference Room. For details, call Rev. Ted Hanus at 993-3435. USDA Commodities Distribution takes place at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2867 Ami Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You qualify if you receive Medicaid, Supplemental Social Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Food Stamps, or are eligible based on income. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center, 2200 Roan St., Arcadia. Anyone interested may attend. Talk in for the meetings is at 147.180+ DARC repeater. DeSoto County Historical Society Research Library is open in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except for the second Thursday of the month), and by appointment. NOTE: All phone numbers are in Area Code 863 unless stated otherwise. TODAY DeSoto County Fire Rescue and the American Legion will lead a ceremony starting at 9 a.m. today, at DeSoto County Veterans Memorial Park, to commemorate all those who lost their lives in the 9-11 terrorist attack 13 years ago. Everyone is encouraged to attend. 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. 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 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, personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo etc.), household goods (blankets, towels, cooking and eating utensils etc.), supplies anything a person in need might require. Any donations are gratefully accepted, including cash, to help those in real need in our community. For more information, call 444-0499. The DeSoto County Library Association is looking for you to donate gently used hardback nad paperback books for the annual Book Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8, indoors at the Fairgrounds, 124 Heard St., along with the DeSoto County Historical Societys annual Yard Sale. Drop off your donations at Mid Florida Credit Union, 128 S. Brevard Ave. Proceeds of the sale will be used for childrens library programs and staff development. Sign-up for a new library card at the DeSoto County Library during the month of September, and receive a gift certificate for a FREE sunset cruise with King Fisher Fleet in Punta Gorda. A library card offers access to books and magazines, plus computers with Internet access, Wi-fi, e-books, audio-books, musical CDs, DVDs, online classes, databases, and more. The DeSoto County Library is located at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave, in Arcadia: 863-993-4851 or online at The King Fisher Fleet is located at Fishermens Village and offers cruises, tours, fishing trips, and more. Call 941-639-0969 or check online at Your clutter may be someone elses treasure, so 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, Nov. 8, at the Fairgrounds Exhibition Building, 124 Heard St. Drop off your donations on Thursdays before 1 p.m. at the Howard and Velma Melton Historical Research Library, 120 W. Whidden Street, or call 494-6607. All proceeds will benefit the Societys efforts to preserve and promote the history of DeSoto County for future generations. Ribbon Cutting *Join us as we introduce Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabrfntfbbnbt Dr. Bassam Altajar, Medical Director of Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab, willbeon hand totour guestsand answer questions. bnbr r bt bn nb f btbtrfnt 50449977 Dr. Bassam Altajar, Medical Director of Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab, will be on hand to lead tours and answer questions ,:t#11A


The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Page 7 | Arcadian Ellen Davis was at the beginning of the affordable housing movement. The Arcadian woman started in the early 1980s with the elder hostel program in Fort Myers, transitioning to DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity, where she would become the nonprofits first president. Davis, now 79, has led the effort to build new Habitat homes, many commercial and residential rehab projects in central and southwest Florida. She was named Habitats Volunteer of the Year in July, building and also working the nonprofits thrift store in Arcadia. She has traveled the world with Habitat projects in Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia and Poland. And despite hip surgery, Davis recently finished a successful trip to Portugal, where Habitat volunteers to install piping, flooring, cement work and other upgrades in villages. Even in her advancing years, Davis pitches in with the heavy lifting. And back home, Davis in her time away from Habitat projects volunteers in the kitchen in the local high school. There are very few spare moments in her life. The obvious question is where does a 79-year-old woman find the energy and resolve for the hard work in mixing cement and pounding nails? I was raised on a working farm in Colorado, she said. It builds character and respect for work.Arcadian has tackled DeSoto housing issues for decadesBy CRAIG GARRETTARCADIAN CORRESOPNDENT DAVIS Thank you to everyone for being there for me in my time of need after the passing of my mother, Almeta Cade. Sincerely, Diane Burroughs Cpt. Collins retires from Fire Rescue Tim Alley, left, of DeSoto County Fire Rescue gives Dan Collins a plaque for having the best hair in the department. Theres not a single gray hair, he said.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANRetired former DeSoto County Fire Chief Glenn Prescott hugs Captain Dan Collins at a party held Thursday to mark Collins retirement. When Dan started, Prescott said, you had to be a plumber, an electrician, a mechanic, a little of everything. Collins is retiring after 26-1/2 years with DeSoto County Fire Rescue. Turn to page 13 for more photos. Cpt. Dan Collins gets a bit emotional remem bering his more than 26 years at DeSoto Co. Fire Rescue. I have to thank some people for all they have done to help me over the years, he said. There was never a day I did not want to come to work ... until today. r fntftbbt rfntb fb rffrn trfrb rrf 471186 Thank you DeSoto County for your help and vote of confidence in the primary election. Through your support I will continue to work with diligence for you, the residents of DeSoto County. Thank you and God bless, Elton A. Langford Planning today for tomorrows future T h a n k Y o u T h a n k Y o u Thank You .ddlkkrte,'


Arcadian | Page 8 The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 In June, the state legislature unanimously approved, and Governor Scott signed into law, new legislation which should be of interest to all parents and guardians of children under the age of 18. The K.I.D.S. Act became effective on Sept. 1. K.I.D.S. is the acronym for Keeping IDs Safe and its purpose is to give parents and guardians of young children a way to protect their identities. This young age group is the fastest growing segment of the population to become victims of identity theft. Responsible adults are advised to open credit files for the children and then, by contacting one of the three credit reporting bureaus, request an immediate freeze/fraud alert be put on the account. Adults should be certain the credit bureau knows the account is for a child under the age of 18, and therefore not financial liable for activity on the account. The freeze should be an indefinite one. Additional information will be discussed in an upcoming newspaper article, or from the Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The C.A.S.E. program is a partner ship between the community and the DeSoto County Sheriffs Office to protect the financial resources of all our residents from scams and frauds. If you belong to a group that meets throughout the year, consider a C.A.S.E. program. For more information about C.A.S.E. or about scheduling a presentation, call me or Lt. Curt Mays at 863-993-4700. We will be happy to assist you and put you in touch with our Volunteer C.A.S.E. Manager, Phyllis Schwartz.A word to the wise ... from Sheriff WiseBy SHERIFF WILL WISEDSCOThe DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: William Nathaniel Blount, 26, 4900 block of N.W. Dogwood St., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: $500. Peter Hernandez Delgado, 39, Sarasota. Charges: two counts of failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $2,500. Daniel Farias, 26, Zolfo Springs. Charges: grand theft between $300-$5,000 and home invasion robbery with firearm or other deadly weapon. Bond: $310,000. Michael Lee Mathis, 19, 1600 block of 4th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: petty theft, third or subsequent offense. Bond: none. Loretta Chambers, 43, 1300 block of S.W. Bittersweet Drive, Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $1,620. Casey Lynne King, 34, 5600 block of N.W. Pine Ridge Drive, Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $100. Lucas Allen Colson, 35, Wauchula. Charges: petty theft, third or subsequent offense, resisting recovery of stolen property, and driving while license is suspended. Bond: none. Bobby Joe Hall III, 23, 1300 block of Sugarbabe Ave., Arcadia. Charges: two counts of armed burglary of structure or conveyance, two counts of grand theft from a dwelling $100-$300, two counts of grand theft of firearm, dealing in stolen property and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Bond: $64,240. Tammy Lorraine Martin, 51, Punta Gorda. Charges: driving while license is suspended, driving while license is expired more than 4 months, two counts of possession or use of drug equipment, and smuggling contraband (intoxicating beverage) to inmate. Bond: $1,860. Frank Herbert Olmsted, 48, 8600 block of Turkey Trail, Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $1,120. Francisco Miguel Aguilar, 35, 4th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Clifford Allen Baldwin, 39, 6400 block of S.W. Miami Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $120. Enrique Barron, 18, 1600 block of S.E. Plum Drive, Arcadia. Charges: armed burglary of structure or conveyance, grand theft $300-$5,000 and grand theft of firearm. Bond: $10,000. Simon Nelson Bazuldua, 30, 1600 block of Sugarbabe Ave., Arcadia. Charges: producing marijuana, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $3,120. Lacey Layne Channel, 29, 6600 block of S.W. River St., Fort Ogden. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: $7,500. Charlisa Nicole Franklin, 30, Riviera Beach, Fla. Charges: grand theft auto and dealing in stolen property. Bond: $8,500. Matthew Brandon Gable, 22, 6600 block of N.E. Moore Ave., Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $240. Glen Darren Gordan Jr., 23, 1100 block of S.W. Rainbow Ave., Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: $2,000. David Rivera, 45, Zolfo Springs. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $1,150. Donvelles Cornelius Stone, 36, Deerfield Beach, Fla. Charges: grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Bond: $8,500. Noe Benson Troncoso, 34, 1600 block of N.E. Sugarbabe Road, Arcadia. Charge: producing marijuana. Bond: $1,500. Alicia Ann Veal, 18, Sarasota. Charge: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $240. Brooke Elaine Edwards, 21, Lake Placid. Charges: uttering a false instrument, two counts of using anothers ID without consent, and grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $6,120. Ismael Moreno, 41, 1600 block of Jacaranda Apts., Arcadia. Charges: disorderly public intoxication and criminal mischief with damage under $200. Bond: $240. Riki Michelle Reich, 31, 6600 block of S.W. Miami Ave., Arcadia. Charges: petty theft, second offense, and resisting recovery of stolen property. Bond: $620. Edelis Vazquez, 24, 100 block of Harris Road, Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended or revoked. Bond: $120. Marcus Andrew Baker, 24, 2000 block of S.W. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: none. Octavious Mariel Dennis, 31, 300 block of N. 10th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $120. Ronald Kevin OBrien, 60, Charlotte, Vt. Charge: out-ofcounty warrant. Purge: $5,000. Jerald Lewis Pettet, 33, Corning, Ohio. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession or use of drug equipment and unauthorized use of public assistance over $200. Bond: $2,620. Jamie Lee Prusinski, 32, 1600 block of Cherry St., Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: $10,000. Tina Louise Shaver, 47, 6800 block of S.E. Albritton Road, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Steven Morales Jr., 24, Park Place, Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended or revoked. Bond: $120. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Antoine Terrell Furlow, 67, 1300 block of N.E. Oak St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation or community control. Bond: none. Dana Worth Smallridge, 57, 2600 block of Ouray Drive, Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $2,000. The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrest: Johnny Neal, 56, 4600 block of S.W. Bull Pond St., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none. Compiled by Susan E. Hoffman |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. elected or appointed supposed to be working toward the good of which they represent? It seems to me there is more grandiose behavior instead of listening and learning on the part of some of the Board Members. Yes, an apology should have been made by the hospital administrator for not advising the Board of facts regarding Dr. DeRay helping the hospital improve its medical records system, and the fact Dr. DeRay was instrumental for receiving $1.2 million for development of phase two. No wonder the hospital appears to be failing in so many ways. The lack of communication is, again, appalling. How does board member Dan Presilla think he is helping the situation by responding to Dr. DeRay with insults? If he didnt remember saying the things Dr. DeRay referred to, maybe he should have asked to read the minutes from that meeting before responding in such a detrimental manner. How does this man suppose we will keep well trained doctors in this area if they can expect this kind of treatment from a Board Member? This Board is responsible for so many facets to keep this hospital open and maybe this can be done if we open our ears and close our mouth on occasion unless it is to apologize. Maybe Mr. Sica should have lunch with all of the Board to bring them up to speed. Dr. Alokah and Dr. Nathan have worked very hard to bring young doctors, with outstanding qualications, into this area so they can keep up with our growing population, especially in the winter months. Maybe some of you havent noticed but a good number of snowbirds are now deciding to be year round residents which means we need a local hospital with lab and x-ray facilities here more than ever. My husband and I have also used the services of DeSoto Memorial Hospital emergency services and in-patient as well as out-patient. We are very appreciative of the services received from the ER doctors, nurses, lab techs, x-ray techs and volunteers. I would hate for the community to lose good health care just because the hospital Administration and Board cant get their act together.Beverly Leveille ArcadiaSupport hospital by approving taxEditor: I just want to place my support behind the effort to pass an increased sales tax Nov. 4 to help DeSoto Memorial Hospital continue. Our proximity to any other facility if DMH were to close might well cost lives. The demographics of our area make the facility being or becoming a protable venture near impossible. I am concerned that by the way the board of directors of DMH are appointed (ve by the governor, and two appointed by the hospital district board, according to County Commissioner Bob Miller), that their duciary might lay with a politician in Tallahassee rather than the people of DeSoto County. I would hope this would be changeable through whatever action this would take (at either the local or state level) so that we could elect them to their ofce directly. While living here my life was twice saved because of DMH. I again worry if DMH were to close, how many lives would be put at risk? If a bus load of children going to or from one of our local schools were involved in an accident, how many might be put at risk by the transport to Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, or even Wauchula? Does anyone want to take that responsi bility by not voting a for an extra half-cent?Joseph Fink ArcadiaLETTERSFROM PAGE 4 50471183 Legal Counsel to the Desoto County Value Adjustment Board The DeSoto County Value Adjustment Board (VAB) is seeking applicants for the position of Legal Counsel. The VAB shall appoint private counsel who has practiced law for over 5 years and who meets the requirements of Section 194.015, Florida Statutes. Experience in real or personal property tax matters, the public records act, and the sunshine law, will be given preference. Role of Legal Counsel to the VAB: 1. The primary role of the Legal Counsel shall be to advise the VAB on all aspects of the VAB review process to ensure that all actions taken by the VAB meet the requirements of law. 2. Legal counsel shall advise the VAB regarding: a. Composition and quorum requirements; b. Legal requirements for recommended decisions and final decisions; c. Public meeting and open government laws; and d. Any other duties, responsibilities, actions or requirements of the VAB consistent with the laws of this state. 3. No meeting of the VAB shall take place unless Legal Counsel is present. HOW TO APPLY: Individuals interested in applying for this position should submit a Resume showing years of experience and that demonstrating that they meet the requirements of Section 194.015, Florida Statutes, to: DeSoto County Human Resources Ref: VAB Legal Counsel 201 E. Oak St., Suite 201 Arcadia, FL. 34266


The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESStephen YuskoStephen Yusko, 83, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home, Arcadia.Carmen Whidden AlbrittonCarmen Whidden Albritton, 79, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ponger Kays Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia, Fla.Suella HernandezSuella Hernandez, 53, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Saturday, Sept.6, 2014. Suella was born in Lagrange, Ky., to Charles and Molly Walling Rogers. Her family moved to DeSoto County, Fla., when she was 12 years old. She attended school here, and graduated from DeSoto County High School. Suella worked as an interpreter for the judges of DeSoto County for many years. She enjoyed cooking and baking, but above all, the quality time spent with her family. Suella was a Christian woman and had attended Nocatee Church of God. Suella is survived by her husband of 18 years, Chino Perez Sanchez of Arcadia; son, Michael (Britany) Rogers of Arcadia; daughters, Victoria (Matt) Provau and Michaela Rogers, both of Arcadia; brothers, Fred (Patsy) Rogers, David (Terry) WhiteEagle and Frank (Carol) Blackhawk, all of Kentucky; sister, Nancye Rogers of Arcadia; sisterin-law, Nancy Rogers of Tennessee; and grandchildren, Breanne, Michael, Stephan, Wyatt and Brody. Suella was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Robert Rogers. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the funeral service at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at PongerKays-Grady Funeral Home in Arcadia. Pastor J. Stamey will ofciate. Online condolences can be made at www. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home, Arcadia.Vickie Elaine MurphyVickie Elaine (nee Hazellief) Murphy, 57, went home to the Lord, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. She was born Nov. 10, 1956, in Fort Pierce, Fla., to Doyle and Syble Hazellief. Vickie had been a resident of LaBelle, Fla., for 19 years, and worked with special needs children at West Glades School near Muse, Fla. She was a member of First Baptist Church of LaBelle. She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Ronnie Murphy of LaBelle; brothers, Dewaine (Wendy) Hazellief and Darrell (Bonita) Hazellief, both of Okeechobee, Fla., and Gene Allen (Helen) Hazellief of Fort Pierce; daughter, Margaret (Jim) Williams of LaBelle; two sons, Doyle (Emily) Rigdon of Palmdale, Fla., and Cliff Rigdon of Okeechobee; three grandchildren, Tori, James and Laine, all of LaBelle; as well as beloved nieces, Nicki (Chad) Campbell of Okeechobee, Ashley (Scooter) Arnold and Shelene (Joe) Henrion; and nephew, Travis (Fallon) Hazellief. She also loved as daughters, Sonja Kelly of Okeechobee, and Leigh Grafton of Laurel, Miss.; and she cherished the students and staff at West Glades School. Vickie was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Joshua Dewayne Rigdon. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the funeral home, with Pastor Frank Deery ofciating. Interment will follow at Basinger Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www.okeechobeefuner Arrangements are by Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, Okeechobee.John W. SmithJohn W. Smith, 84, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home, Arcadia.Rosa Pearl ScottRosa Pearl Scott, 57, departed this life Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Sarasota, Fla. She was born Jan. 18, 1957, in Louisville, Ala, to Johnny Lee and Daisy L. Jerden Scott. Rosa moved to Bradenton, Fla., as a young girl, with several of her siblings, where she met her rst and only love of her life, Enoch Glover. With him being a serviceman, they moved to where duty called, nally settling 36 years ago in Arcadia, Fla., where they raised their family. Rosa was of the Baptist faith. Rosa was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister; she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially all her grandchildren. Rosa also enjoyed shing, playing card games, and watching her favorite football team, the Washington Redskins. She leaves to cherish her memory, Enoch Glover of Nocatee, Fla.; son, Darnell Speight of Leesburg, Fla.; daughter, Cherlynn Scott (special friend, John Lloyd) of Punta Gorda, Fla.; God-daughter, Antoinette Smith of Nocatee; four brothers, Alonza (Florence) Scott of Daytona, Fla., Johnny Scott of Eustis, Fla., Larry (Sharon) Scott of Lakeland, Fla., and Gus Robinson of Clayton, Ala.; three sisters, Lola (Bobby) Durham and Viola (Bobby) Simpson, both of Eustis, and Elizabeth (Carlos) Furlow of Ocala, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special niece named after her, Dirty Redd. Rosa was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Minnie Lee Scott; and greatgrandmothers, Lola Stewart and Viola Scott. A gathering of family and friends will be from 11 a.m. until the funeral ser vices at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Pastor Gregory K. Davis will ofciate. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Homes, Arcadia. OBITUARY POLICY Obituaries are accepted from funeral homes only. Theres no charge for publishing an abbreviated death notice. Full obituaries and repeat death notices will be subject to an advertising charge. Obituaries must be submitted to the Charlotte Sun; call 941-206-1000 for details. Please send e-mails to The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. For more Words of Comfort, go to 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! 47-


Arcadian | Page 10 The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 When our children were in their teens, a high school senior friend (a daughter of a local pastor) was involved in a serious auto accident that threatened her ability to ever walk normally. Doctors predicted her chances to recover completely were only about one percent. Undaunted by these precarious percentages, our youngest daughter gave this unforgettable response: God can do a lot with one percent. What about this kind of faith? Is it sensible to pray about situations that seem impossible or is the risk of loss of faith too great to pray about things that call for trust in God when answers to our prayers demand miracles? Perhaps a better question is about what kind of praying pleases God. In his book, Getting Things From God, Charles Blanchard, a former president of Wheaton College, wrote that there is not one record in the Bible of God rebuking praying people for asking too frequently or too largely, pointing out that the opposite has often been true. The problem, said Blanchard, has been that weve asked too little or didnt persevere until answers to prayer arrived. Bible writers agree. James urged his readers to pray in faith, saying those who doubt will receive nothing from the Lord (James 1:6-7). Some commentator then came up with a catchy slogan that makes this Biblical advice easy to remember: We can pray and believe and receive or we can pray and doubt and go without. Does this mean all believing prayers are answered? Not always. If not, why not? After many years of wrestling with these questions, I have settled on the following: We can ask God for the most, exercising faith and expecting answers. At the same time, it is important to remember that we do not always know the will of God about everything that concerns us and that His will is always best. On those occasions when it appears we have lost out on something good we thought was coming our way, let us thank God for his perfect will. The safety net of His sovereignty may have rescued us from a serious fall. Heres another certainty: answers to prayer are not determined by percentag es based on Gods ability to deliver. Im reminded of this when I recall sitting on an outdoor graduation platform where I was to give the benediction and watching the awless gait of a young woman who briskly stepped up to receive her diploma after being told there was only a one percent chance she would ever walk normally again. And as that scene repeatedly visits my memory, I give thanks for the wise words of my daughter that helped me graduate to greater faith: God can do a lot with one percent. Roger Campbell is an author, broadcaster and columnist. He was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at and percentages Roger Campbell PHOTO PROVIDEDPictured in front of Trinity UMCs new bus are Tony Barnes, Susan Barnes, Nichole Curley, Mathew Curley, Alyson Curley, Melony Mathiasen, Savannah Barney, Trent Brodewski, and Tessa Day.Trinity United Methodist Church in Arcadia just purchased a new church bus. The air-conditioned bus has comfortable seats and a handicap hydraulic/electric lift. Matt Curley, the Trinity youth director, said, A multi-purpose bus is just what this community needs. Pastor Jim Wade added, The church congregation pitched in with donations to buy the bus and the Trinity Mens Group paid for the terric graphics. Curley and the Trinity youth took the bus on a 500-mile break-in to Key West, Fla. They spent the weekend volunteering doing clean-up for the local police horse barns and camping. Trinity is offering a local bus pick-up for church service starting Sept. 13.Trinity offers free bus rides to churchBy JIM TRIPPTRINITY UMC Home of the Brave is being slowly overtaken by cowardly inaction. Think about it. Any radical group can move to the United States over a period of time and form cells every where. Whos to say that theyve not been waiting for years now, just for the signal to activate? Im no doomsday prepper, nor do I own an arsenal of weapons, and I certainly dont live in a bunker. But Im aware of what can happen. As political philosopher Edmund Burke said, All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Let that sink in as the cancer spreads across the sea in our direction. Consider the consequences if not for yourself, for your children and grandchildren. What kind of country and society will we be leaving behind for them? What hope of tomorrow do they have for their own children and grandchildren? The angry side of me says we should just go over there and bomb this ISIS group back to the Stone Age in one fell swoop. After all, thats where their thinking lies. The more rational side of me says we can do much if we are continually aggressive and effective. Of course there will be losses of innocent lives; there already is. We cannot win a war by going door-to-door, but this threat needs to be taken out soon. Imagine your house was the whole world and that ISIS (or any terrorist group, for that matter) were a rattlesnake. You and your family are representing the worlds population in this, so do you just let the snake crawl around freely and bite whomever it wishes, whenever it wants? Some might think that, Well, hes just being a snake and doing what snakes do. They bite. No, thats not the answer. The snake needs to be done away with before it kills anybody else. We cant sit back and try to do this nicely and with great sensitivity. Were America, remember? The United States of America, in fact. Or are we still united when it comes to rallying for the greater good of our country and the world? Ever so slowly, America the Beautiful is eroding. How long will it be until we are America the Compromised? Or America the Fallen? The world is watching.GRITS & PIECESFROM PAGE 4 471187 Dr. L. A. Fusco Would li ke t o thank all hi s f ami ly, f ri ends and patients f or thei r thoughts and prayers as he has recovered f rom a broken leg. The of fi ce i s now seei ng patients. Please call t o make or reschedule appoi ntments. 863-4942945 803 E. Magnoli a St Arcadi a Dentist 471200 NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMISSION/ BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEMBER POSITION VACANCY The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners is accepting resumes from any residents who meet the qualifications and are interested in becoming a member or alternate of the County Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment. Two seats on the Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment, as a member or alternate, will become available as of September 30, 2014. The Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment is an Advisory Board to the Board of County Commissioners and receives no compensation. The appointed members or alternates must commit to attend monthly meetings for the remainder of the term being vacated (January 1, 2015 and March 11, 2015). Each appointed member or alternate will be required to file financial disclosure forms annually with the DeSoto County Supervisor of Elections. Qualifications of Members: No member of the Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment may hold any elective office of, or be employed by, any municipality or County government in DeSoto County. Members of the Planning Commission/ Board of Adjustment must be residents of the County for at least five (5) years prior to the date of appointment. No more than two (2) members of the Commission may be from the same business, trade, or profession. To be considered for appointment, please submit your resume and letter of interest by the close of business, no later than September 30, 2014. EMAIL: MAIL: DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners, c/o Planning and Zoning Depart., 201 E. Oak Street, Suite 204, Arcadia, FL 34266 eaI I


The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Page 11 | Arcadian The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council has begun selling 16-month calendars (Sept. 2014 to Dec. 2015) featuring unique paintings of well known Arcadian landmarks. Last year, DAHC held its first Arcadia Plein Air Paintout during which artists from all over Florida painted scenes in the city in one day, framed the paintings for display, and received awards at a reception that evening. The artists were free to choose their subjects, and the paintings ranged from the Opera House and the pink building to the youth rodeo and the old Pace River Bridge. The paintings were photographed and used to create a special calendar. Starting with September 2014, each month features one of the paintings and a brief description on one page, with a full month calendar on the facing page. Interspersed on the pages are quotes about art and photos of some of the artists in action, along with information about the Arts Council. The calendar covers the rest of this year and all of 2015. They are printed on heavy, glossy stock in a large size, with a hole for hanging. The calendars will be on sale for only $5 each, and can be purchased at The Arcadian, Glass Antique or Not, Mid Florida Credit Union, and any DAHC member; or email desotoartscouncilinfo@gmail. com or call 863-703-0373 and leave a message.Arts Council sells calendars of Arcadia paintingsBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR The DAHC Plein Air calendar features a dierent scene each month, along with a brief description, and a month calendar with plenty of space to write in appointments or special dates. The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Councils 16-month calendar features paintings of scenes from Arcadia. rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 50471158 E Cypress St .Ir r 0 '2Mo mZ zDr. Laura DeStefanoHickory StjLewellyn CasselsARNP


Arcadian | Page 12 The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK Spike, the Bulldog mascot (Israel Villegas), is surrounded by Katherine Perez, Sierra Pelham, Hunter Altman and Alyssa McEwen.High school pep rally tunes up school spirit at recent board meetings is not only unbecoming and unprofessional, it erodes the public condence that DMH can shore up its nances. There is an obvious disconnect between the administration (and by association, the board) and the doctors who serve the hospital. We believe the doctors are here because they want to be, and because they want to save this hospital. Skilled medical experts can pretty much go anywhere they want; that these doctors have chosen to practice here says a lot. But they deserve to be treated like professionals. And if we dont learn how to do that, we will lose them and lose DMH altogether. There are two sides to every issue, and we dont necessarily know the whole story. But we do know this kind of inghting is counterproductive. It wont be xed by everyone taking everyone else to lunch its going to take serious commitment on the parts of the doctors, staff, administration and board to repair these relationships so the hospital can move forward. To borrow an old saw, Hospital, heal thyself.VIEWFROM PAGE 4 Commissioner Jim Selph echoed Manselds statement, adding it will be a challenge for the board. This is not an easy thing to understand, he said. Mr. Manseld hit several things on the head about shifting the burden. Id like to shift some things to MSBUs as well, but I dont know how easy thats going to be. Miller then cautioned the board on potentially raising taxes. Taxes are taxes no matter what you call them, he said. Our citizens pockets are lean. I want to keep the focus on this year and not talk about next year now; we know its going to be ugly. Im glad to know we can get through this year operating on current millage and MSTU rates and not put any more burden on the taxpayers. After the nal budget passes, Commissioner Gabriel Quave said hes interested in taking a closer look on how the county classies its revenue. Im looking forward to focusing on where our revenue comes from and how its classied, he said. We are unknowingly misclassifying revenues and its hurting us.County ends PRM partnershipIn other business, the board voted unanimously to enroll in the Florida Association of Counties Trust and Florida Municipal Insurance Trust for its prop erty and casualty insurance coverage. The move marks the end of a quar ter-century partnership with Public Risk Management. Miller told fellow commissioners that as a member of the steering committee responsible for reviewing the insurance agreements, it was clear that FACT and FMIT were the top choice. I can tell you that PRM was my favorite going into this review process, but their cost was $200,000 more that what FACT was, he said. Now to their credit PRM came up with a $129,000 participation credit to make their proposal nancially competitive, but its only for one year with no guarantees beyond that. Both organizations presented to the committee, and FACT answered every question we had to our satisfaction. They also provide up to 22 percent reim bursement of our premium if our claims are low, which is a unique benet. Miller also noted PRM would charge the county $36,000 just to withdraw from its program, which will be paid back over a three-year period. The board then asked both Human Resources Director Don Kesterson and County Purchasing Director Cindy Talamantez if they were comfortable with the change, and both said they were. After further discussion, the board voted to switch to FACT and FMIT.Selph calls out RooneyDuring Commissioner comments, Selph blasted Rep. Tom Rooney for refusing to come to DeSoto County to visit with local veterans on a variety of issues. Congressman Rooney will not come to this county to speak with our veterans, he said. He is the congressman for our district, and weve been asking since June for him to come talk to us, and he wont do it. Im publicly putting Congressman Rooney on notice. When reached for comment, Rooneys Communications Director Michael Mahaffey said the congressmans ofce did receive a request in June from a BOCC staff member. By that time, however, the congressmans schedule for August was fully booked. Given the congressmans deep commitment to serving all of the people of DeSoto, and particularly our veterans in this county, our ofce quickly arranged with the commission to co-host Mobile Ofce Hours this month, Mahaffey said. On Sept. 19, members of Congressman Rooneys staff will be at the Board of Commissioners ofce building to meet with constituents who need assistance with the Veterans Association or any other federal agency. Well be on hand to help any constituent who needs it, and we appreciate the Commission for working with us to host this event for the people of DeSoto County. Mahaffey continued that Rooney, himself a veteran, is working hard for DeSoto veterans. Congressman Rooney has worked tirelessly to improve veterans services, including writing and passing legislation to bolster VA mental health treatment and access, reduce veterans homelessness, and address the VA wait list crisis by ensuring that veterans can receive treatment at private facilities, he said. Our ofce has also worked with veterans across the district, including many in DeSoto County, to resolve issues with the VA, make sure our veterans get prompt medical treatment, and ensure they receive all the benets and services they have earned. We are always available to help any veteran in need, and if theres a veteran reading this who needs assistance, we urge you to give us a call.BUDGETFROM PAGE 1East Oak Street from Brevard Avenue (U.S. Hwy. 17) to Volusia Avenue and Volusia Avenue from East Oak Street to East Magnolia Street (State Route 70 eastbound) Crews have closed the on-street parking on the south side of East Oak Street and the west side of Volusia Avenue up to the Chamber of Commerce. The closures are necessary as crews continue installing a new drainage system. This project includes resurfacing, reconstructing curb at the intersection of Volusia Avenue and Magnolia Street, repairing sidewalk and making them ADA compliant. Estimated completion is end of 2014. The contractor is Bun Construction Company. U.S. Highway 17 between Flanders Street and Joshua Creek Crews are working on driveways along the roadway. No lane closures are anticipated but motorists should be aware of trucks entering and exiting the highway. U.S. Hwy. 17 from south of SW Collins Street in Fort Ogden to County Road 760A south of Nocatee Work is under way to expand U.S. 17 to four lanes. Work includes clearing land for two new travel lanes to the east of the existing U.S. 17 travel lanes and drainage activities. Expect intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures on U.S. 17 between SW Wood Road and County Road 760A while crews are working. South of SW Collins a new northbound ramp through the median will be opened to trafc. 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. 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 State Route 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.Provided by FDOT | ROADWATCH The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Page 13 | Arcadian Friends and colleagues celebrate Collins retirement ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN Cpt. Dan Collins, left, receives congratulations from DeSoto County Commissioners Elton Langford and Buddy Manseld at a party held at DeSoto County Fire Rescue Station 1 for Collins retirement after more than 26 years. Deputy Chief Thomas Moran, left, gives Cpt. Dan Collins a plaque in honor of his 26-1/2 years of dedi cated service to DeSoto County Fire Rescue at a party held Thursday at Station 1 in his honor. DeSoto County 4-H holds annual sign-up day DeSoto County 4-H program assistant Brittany Rowan and 4-H Agent Kristie Popa check over paperwork of students signing up for the various 4-H clubs. Right: Kameron Turner, a returning member of the DeSoto County 4-H Canning Club helps greet new members with club leader Anna Beswick and Micaela Strick land. Students learn methods of canning and preserving food. Right: Students and their parents look over displays provided by each of the DeSoto County 4-H clubs. Besides the usual animal clubs, there are clubs for youth interested in shooting sports, sign language, art, canning and cooking. The Kool Kidz Club is open to any youth, but is primarily home schooled children, and focuses on community outreach programs and service projects. Volunteers are needed to help out with existing clubs, as well as start new clubs. Susan Hatcher is the leader for the DeSoto County 4-H Shooting Sports Club. The club teaches responsible gun handling and safety, and has won numerous awards in competitions. Hannah Jones came to sign up for the DeSoto County 4-H Cooking Club. Members learn about food preparation and safety. Susie Ehling came out to sign up for the DeSoto County 4-H horse club, one of the most popular clubs. Youth dont have to own a horse to participate; its a great way to learn what is involved in owning and caring for a horse. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY AL SMOKEDeSoto County 4-H Rabbit Club leaders Dave Williams and Jaime Dixon talk to interested students and their parents about raising and showing rabbits. I tiy y*.z..: 4::-----1 L_I z: :Nz 1 r:. ;rQc r 2' rFk I I:)_ T r :) I \ I Iyj,*4rns/ )t, :t A-v/s W3ti _! v A' 1 -TA j:fr 4`-:Y 744 \ t FT.,}n j' *k I(1r \1 -a 1T-.-A -T f' I ':1% w:>4, /-, t __ua' I rc$ i_I$JI; :ta art' :\dIf-r*47


SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Arcadian | Page 14SILENT SUCCESS PAGE 16A lifelong hearing impairment hasnt stopped Quay Fudge from succeeding on and off the field. After the rst carry of the game for Bulldog senior running back Zack Beeles, it looked like it might be a special night for the bruising fullback nicknamed The Freight Train. Beeles took the ball on the rst play and rumbled 47 yards to the Lehigh 15-yard-line. Ya, I think that was my longest run ever, said the rain-soaked Beeles. A couple of plays later and Beeles was standing on unfamiliar real estate to give the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead. It was actually the rst time Ive scored in high school. I scored a lot in middle school but that was my rst on varsity, he said. The touchdown was the opening salvo in a 27-8 win over the visiting Lightning. During the past four seasons the Bulldogs have won their opener twice and the other two losses were by a point to Lake Region last year and by two points to Sebring in 2011. Reggie Jones added a spectacular 26-yard run on a third-and-14 play to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead with just barely over half of the rst period played. The talented quarterback rolled to his right and couldnt nd a receiver, so he tucked the ball under his arm and cut across the eld. He put a fake on the nal tackler around the 15 and it was nothing but green grass in front of him. With just a couple of minutes left in the rst half the light towers went dark. As the band played, the cheerleaders and players were a mere shadow on the eld. Within 15 minutes the lights were back on and the Lightning moved the ball down the eld, but an interception in the end zone by Anthony Lee on the nal play of the half gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead at the break. Lee was another one of the defensive players with several big plays in the game.Dawgs pull awayLehigh scored in the third quarter with a touchdown and two point conversion to cut the lead to six, but the Bulldogs responded by going back to Beeles, who scored from the Lehigh 9-yard-line to give DeSoto a 20-8 lead. Kicker Cesar Barajas missed the extra point. He wasnt to blame, however, as the Bulldogs only had 10 men on the eld and the uncovered Lehigh player got a hand on the kick. There was confusion on the eld as the Bulldogs were unsure if they should call timeout or not. As the extra point team came off the eld DeSoto County Head Coach Matt Egloff told them, If that happens again, dont snap it. Just take the (delay of game) penalty. Barajas has been perfect in all extra point and eld goal attempts this season and has a strong leg, so the extra ve yards wouldnt have affected him. The Bulldog defense held Lehigh on a fourth down attempt to give the Bulldogs the ball deep in Lightning territory. The Dawgs then moved it to the 8-yard-line on the nal play of the third quarter. Dawayne Hearns took it the nal eight yards on the rst play of the nal period to give the Bulldogs all they needed to pick up their well deserved 27-8 win. The DeSoto County defense was Bulldogs, Beeles knock out LehighBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER DeSoto Counys Zack Beeles picks up 47 yards on his rst carry in the 27-8 win over Lehigh Sept. 5. Beeles led the team with 104 yards on 13 carries for two touchdowns.BULLDOGS | 18 471178 DeSoto County Garbage Collection Information 2014 / 2015Womack Sanitation, Inc. PO BOx 247, Nocatee, FL 34268 863-494-1580 or 1-800-393-1580www.womacksanitation.comHousehold Garbage*The rate per residence is $165 from October 1, 2014 SeptemberW NE30, 2015 and will show on your non-ad valorem tax details as"S SWC".Addresses with NW, NE and SE in them will have pickup onMondays and Thursdays.Addresses with SW in them will have pickup on Tuesdays andFridays.Each resident is allowed 2 bags or cans per pickup day. SECans or bags may not be more than 32 gallons or 40 lbs and musthave 2 handles.*No barrels, drums, crates or oversized cans will be picked up.Garbage cannot be placed more than 4 feet from curbside.Where a regular collection day falls on a holiday, only one collectionYard Trash shall be provided that week. Customers who missed a collection daydue to a holiday will be permitted to double the amount of waste toYard trash must be bundled or canned, not bagged. be placed out on their next collection day.Cannot not be more than 4 ft lengths, 4 inches in diameter and 2014 2015 H 0 1. I D AV S C H E D U L E40 lbs. October 13, 2014 (Columbus Day)Residents are allowed 2 cans or bundles per month. November 11, 2014 (Veterans' Day)Yard waste resulting from paid landscaping services is excluded November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day)from residential yard trash pickup. November 28, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day After)Addresses with NW, NE and SE in them will have pickup on the December 24, 2014 (Christmas Eve)3rd Wednesday of each month. December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day)Addresses with SW in them will have pickup on the 1st January 1, 2015 (New Year's Day)Wednesday of each month. January 19, 2015 (MLK Jr. Holiday)February 16, 2015 (Presidents' Day)Bulk Items and Exclusions April 3, 2015 (Good Friday)May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day)Appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, hot water July 3, 2015 (Independence Day observed)heaters and such are picked up by the county by calling September 7, 2015 (Labor Day)863-993-4821 and arranging a pickup. October 12, 2015 (Columbus Day)Bulk items such as couches, chairs and mattresses can be picked November 11, 2015 (Veterans' Day)up b y Womack Sanitation by purchasing overages tickets at our November 26, 2015 (Thanksgiving Day)office. Call for details 863-494-1580. November 27, 2015 (Thanksgiving Day After)Hazardous waste and bio-medical waste are excluded from garDecember 24, 2015 (Christmas Eve)bage pickup. December 25, 2015 (Christmas Day)For information or complaints, Womack Sanitation may be reached byphone or mail. An answering machine is available after hours. 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Arcadian | Page 16 The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Bulldog golfers in full swing Freshman David Herbert takes a few warmup swings before the Bulldogs match against Hardee and Port Charlotte. Justin Dameron (left) and Bailey Turner, both seniors on the DeSoto County golf team, wait for their opponents to tee o in their Sept. 2 meet at The Blus golf course. Justin Dameron drives the ball o the rst tee for the Bulldogs. In the Sept. 4 match, Dameron carded a season low and personal best threeover-par 39. DeSoto County Boys Golf Coach Mike Klossner tells Clayton Cassells which hole he will start at in their meet with Hardee and Port Charlotte. Waiting for their directions are Cody Martell and Riley Mizell in the background.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, Theres nothing like hearing your sons name called on the public announcing system at a football game. Parents feel like standing and saying, Thats my boy, a chip off the old block. For the athlete on the eld its a sense of accomplishment that says, Hey, somebody noticed what I did. To hear the crowd and your teammates cheer when you make a big play pushes your adrenaline up a notch. To score on a 30-yard run to put your team ahead or to win the game is a feeling not everyone knows. The cheers from your teammates as you cross the goal line and the spontaneous roar from the fans is something Hollywood movies are made of. What if you cant hear those cheers or your name booming over the loudspeakers? Whats it like to see your teammates and the fans cheering, but you hear nothing? Welcome to the silent world of DeSoto County football player Quay Fudge. Fudge, who turned 16 on Labor Day, is a wide receiver and defensive back for the Bulldogs. He was taken to the doctor at age 2 when his mother noticed that he wasnt as responsive to voices and sounds as he should be. Doctors discovered that Fudge had a distinct hearing loss which couldnt be xed by an operation and can only get worse over time. I just keep my hopes up that it will stay where it is and not get worse, Fudge said. The likeable junior wears hearing aids while on the basketball court for the Bulldogs and he describes his hearing at maybe half the level of what the others hear. For football with its collisions and contact, its not possible to wear the hearing aids so hes learned how to read lips.Ability shines throughFormer middle school football coach Monty McLeod told the story of an early season practice when he didnt The cheers that cant be heardBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER FUDGE | 23 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comQuay Fudge smirks at the camera as he prepares for football practice. You can see by his smile that he is about to do or say something funny. DeSoto County High School The varsity boys golf team lost to both Hardee and Port Charlotte in a Sept. 2 match, and their Sept. 4 match against Palmetto and Hardee was halted due to weather conditions. Justin Dameron shot a season low and personal best three-over-par 39 in the Sept. 4 contest. The junior var sity football game against Hardee was canceled due to lightning and has been rescheduled for Oct. 23. The JV and varsity volleyball teams have split every match so far this season. Against Lake Placid the JV lost 2-0 but the varsity won 3-1. Against North Port the JV won 2-1, but the varsity was bumped 3-1. With Port Charlotte visiting on Sept. 2, the JV won 2-0 and the varsity was shut out 3-0. In their rst district game, the JV lost 2-1, but the varsity took a big step toward defending DeSoto Sports RoundupBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER DeSoto Countys Tajahs Jackson draws a crowd as he totes the pigskin inside the Lehigh 10-yard-line for a Bulldog rst down. 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The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Page 17 | Arcadian It looks like Mother Nature is not a fan of DeSoto County High School football. The fall practices have been cut short due to lightning strikes, so the teams have practiced in the gym and in the Turner Center. With so much work being done indoors, Varsity Head Coach Matt Egloff said, We might be a pretty good arena league team. The junior varsity team had their rst game canceled a couple of weeks before the season began when Lake Placid informed the school that they would not be coming to meet the Bulldogs in their opening game. Mother Nature gets a pass there since she had nothing to do with that. What started as a light drizzle prior to the Bulldogs game against Hardee quickly turned into a steady downpour, and it was mixed with a generous mixture of thunder and many lightning bolts. The storm just sat over Arcadia and continued to drench the area. At 8:15 p.m., DeSoto County Athletic Director Jarrett Zolkos informed both teams that the game would be postponed and would be made up Oct. 23. That puts the JV team two games behind everyone else as far as getting playing time and working the plays. With only four sophomores on the squad, the rest of the team is made up of untested freshmen who have yet to see any live action after six weeks of conditioning and practice.Weather cancels JV football openerBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe Bulldog JV football team sat on the benches in the locker room waiting for the rain to go away. It never did and the game against Hardee was moved to Oct. 23.WEATHER | 18 Everything was in place for a big DeSoto County varsity volleyball win over the visiting Port Charlotte Pirates in the season home opener. The Pirates hadnt won a match all season; in fact, they had only won one set as they strug gled to nd a new identity after losing six seniors to graduation.Lady Bulldogs sunk by PiratesBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comWho would have thought that this would be the Bulldogs highlight of the game, as they took an early lead against Port Charlotte only to lose in three straight sets. Cassidy Furr (5) and Josie Deriso attempt to block this Pirate shot. Port Charlotte got their rst win of the season with a 3-0 whipping in the DeSoto County home opener Sept. 2. DeSoto Countys Micaela Roberts goes on the attack as teammates (left) Kacey Steyer, Datasia Wallace and Kaitlin Steyer look on.LADY BULLDOGS | 23 150 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! 471189 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 13 Weight Loss 71.8 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 California Toe Jam Band $1 Celebrity Entertainment $2 Ed Stone .30 cent Don & Mary Finkle .50 cent Steve Big Daddy Knapp .50 cent John Drake & Jackie Scogin .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 266 333 POUND LOSS 56 lbs. 15.8 lbs. to low


Arcadian | Page 18 The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 their district championship with an exciting 3-2 win. The varsity football team nally got onto the eld this season and turned out the lights on the Lehigh High Lightning 27-8. Upcoming games The varsity football team travels to East Lee tomorrow night, where they will try to make it two wins in a row. If you cant be at the game be sure to listen to all of the action on WFLN 1480 am radio or on your computer. The Bulldogs tamed the Jaguars last season 47-28. Girls golf will be home Sept. 16 as they host Lake Placid at 4 p.m. at The Bluffs. The boys golf team is at home today at 4 p.m. as they take on the Booker Tornadoes at The Bluffs. The JV football team is away tonight as they hopefully will be able to actually get onto the eld to play a game. They play Sebring at 7 p.m. and then return home to host Fort Meade at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18. Cross Country boys and girls teams will travel to Moore Haven today for a 4:30 p.m. match and then will be at North Port Sept. 20 starting at 8:50 a.m. The volleyball teams will be at Hardee Sept. 16 as they play their third straight district match. On Sept. 20 the varsity team will be in a tournament at Riverdale and the JV team will travel to North Port to also play in a tournament. DeSoto County Middle School The middle school softball team will play their rst game under a new coaching staff as they host Sebring at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. The football team is also playing for new coaches after the retirement of Monty McLeod. Meet the coaches at the Fall Scrimmage BBQ this Saturday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Then come out to see the team as they host Sebring the following Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. For more info call 863-990-8272.ROUNDUPFROM PAGE 16 outstanding, with Turner getting three sacks and KeyShawn Smith also getting an interception. Smith had a second pick late in the game but it was nullied by a penalty on the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs also blocked two kicks. Other than a few bad snaps from center, the Bulldogs didnt fumble at all and with a wet ball all game long thats a remarkable feat. Turner should have been wearing a Lehigh jersey with a running backs number on it because he was in the Lightning backeld on nearly every play. He said, I felt we played pretty good on defense tonight, we all were hustling right to the ball. It feels pretty good to play a game. The offense picked up 221 yards, with Beeles leading the way with 104 on just 13 carries. Those yards came compliments of the big boys on the offensive line. As Beeles said, Oh ya they opened some holes tonight. Beeles was named The WFLN radio player of the game and also was named athlete of the week. Egloff was also very happy with the offensive lines performance. You have to give credit to those guys. They played well tonight. I want to be positive because we won, but there were so many things we left out there on the table, he said. We have to learn how to capitalize on those things we get. It took everyone on that sidelines to win that game. It was not just one player, it was a team effort. Part of that team effort includes the linemen. Earnest Robinson, Stefan Williams, Chace Higgins, Rayshawn Stroman and the true freshman Kendhl Stewart are the guys up front, with Hunter Browning lling in for everyone to give them a break. Tomorrow the Bulldogs travel to East Lee County which is just a little over an hour from Arcadia. Last season the Bulldogs tamed the Jaguars 47-28. It will not be as easy for the Bulldogs this season as they need to stay focused and continue to execute on both sides of the ball. The Jaguars had their rst game of the season canceled as did the Bulldogs. They then lost to a very good Cape Coral team 50-13 after trailing 48-7 at the half. They gained more yards on the kick returns than they did on offense. Last week was their bye week so they have had extra time to prepare for the Bulldogs. If you cant attend the game then listen to WFLN 1480 am for all of the action.BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 14 ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comOscar The Cuban Assassin Alfonso leads the DeSoto County defense o the eld after stopping Lehigh on a fourth down try. The Bulldogs won 27-8 in their rst game of the season. Missed games a financial hitThe JV is on the road tonight and then return home on Sept. 18 to host Fort Meade (weather permitting of course!). The loss of the games has a nancial impact on the school. Even though the games are not played, the referees still get paid and there are personnel who sell tickets and work the gate who also receive payment. In addition, there are costs associated with lining the eld. Zolkos said, Missing out on a varsity home game costs us about $10,000. When you consider the gate admission and the parking charge along with the money that isnt made in the concession stand, it adds up in a hurry. For the Kick Off Classic we took in something like $2,000 just on the parking charge. For a JV game there is no parking charge, but a good draw like Hardee means about $2,000 at the gate alone with another $1,000 the concession stand would make. The concession stand is run by the Junior class and the Blazing Blue Band. This lack of income from just the rst varsity and JV game could total around $13,000. That money is a primary revenue source that trickles down to other athletic programs. This loss of income could mean that a team may not get new uniforms or any new equipment that is needed. The varsity football team only has two more home games this season. Homecoming is Sept. 19 when they host Booker, and their nal home game is Oct. 20 against Hardee.WEATHERFROM PAGE 17 For the past 19 years, LJ Fields has worked at Mosaics Four Corners Mine helping produce the nutrients farmers need for healthy crops and abundant harvests. Working for Mosaic, LJ continues to keep machines running that bring phosphate from Florida to farmers across America. And when hes not working, LJ a proud DeSoto County resident enjoys boating with his family and volunteering with 4-H programs that his children participate in and Mosaic supports. LJ is just one of the many Mosaic employees committed to the communities where we all live, work and play. We help the world grow the food it needs. Im lucky to work for a company that supports its employees not only at work, but also through the community.LJ Fields, Mosaics Four Corners Mine orida Learn more about Mosaic in DeSoto County at a breakfast meeting in the Mosaic Community Room on Sept. 18 at 8 a.m. RSVP to Heather.Nedley@mosaicco.comPhoto ( left t o r ight): L J F ields w ith h is w ife M ichelle a nd t heir c hildren A lanMichael a nd L uke 471161 v t III' II II-44Mjoc


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Arcadian | Page 22 The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Weather SummaryAccording to Floridas Automated Weather Network, rainfall ranged from 0.22 to 6.83 inches this past week. Live Oak (Suwannee County) received the most rain with 6.83 inches, followed by MacClenny (Baker County) with 6.38 inches. Per the U.S. Drought Monitor, Florida was 69 percent drought free this past week. Temperatures ranged from 69 to 96 across the State. The highest temperature was 96 degrees in Dover (Hillsborough County), MacClenny (Baker County), and Avalon (Orange County). The lowest temperature in the state was 69 degrees in Defuniak Springs (Walton County), Quincy (Gadsden County), and Joshua (De Soto County).Fruit and VegetablesSouthwest Florida received scattered showers throughout the week. Vegetable growers in southwest Florida continued preparing land, laying plastic, and planting fall vegetables. Fruits and vegetables being planted in Miami-Dade County included okra, boniato, and malanga; being harvested included okra, boniato, avocado, malanga and bitter melon.Field CropsThere was an average of 6.4 days suitable for field work, down slightly from 6.6 days the previous week. Farmers in Escambia County finished harvesting corn. Cotton was in fair condition across the Panhandle, with some hurt by disease. Army worms were still a problem in parts of the Panhandle as was white mold on peanuts. Peanut harvest has not begun in the Panhandle, but had started in Dixie County. Peanut condition was mostly good for the state. Sugarcane planting in Palm Beach County had started.Livestock and PasturesRain in Jefferson County improved moisture levels for pastures this past week. Okeechobee County had many pastures with standing water and cattle look well hydrated. Statewide, the cattle and pasture condition was mostly good.CitrusRainfall in the citrus producing area this past week was widespread and heavy. All stations received some precipitation. Twenty-one stations received more than an inch and six received more than three inches. Lake Alfred (Polk County) received the most at 5.06 inches, followed by St. Lucie West (St. Lucie County) with 4.58 inches. Palmdale (Glades County) recorded the least precipitation with 0.22 inches. Daytime high temperatures were hot, reaching the low to mid 90s in all citrus producing counties. As per the U.S. Drought Monitor, last updated Sept. 2, abnormally dry conditions have returned to the western production area. All other citrus producing regions in Florida remain drought-free. Next seasons crop is progressing well. Growers and caretakers are mowing, irrigating, treating existing trees affected with greening, and giving care to new resets.Heavy rains, hot temps through most of FloridaFOR THE WEEK ENDING SEPT. 6 One of the challenges of Florida vegetable gardening is learning when to plant each crop. Fall begins our vegetable growing season. Instead of thinking of it as one long growing season, think of it as three windows for growing either warm season or cool season crops. The fall warm window extends from mid August to mid December the average date of our rst killing frost. Our cool season window is mid October to late March. Mid February to mid May is our second warm window. Growers of commercial warm season crops have already started planting. Warm season crops are those that cannot tolerate even the lightest of frosts. Warm season crops include beans, cucumbers, corn, eggplant, melons, okra, peppers, southern peas, squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. Check the days to harvest for each vegetable before planting to be sure theres still time to grow the plant to harvest size. Vegetable transplants are showing up in stores now. Smiths Ranch and Garden grows their own transplants, and they are time-tested varieties that are known to grow well in our area. Most gardeners want a few tomato, pepper and eggplant plants. If youve had trouble with root-knot nematodes, these plants can be a challenge. Growing in containers lled with a commercial potting mix is one solution. Another technique some gardeners use is drenching the soil at planting and several times during the growing season with a solution made by mixing a few tablespoons of sesame oil in water with a few drops of mild dish detergent. Shake to emulsify and then drench the soil. The sesame oil is said to repel the nematodes. If youre a basil lover, plant seeds now for a quick crop. Harvest before the rst frost. All types of beans, cucumbers, squash and corn may be planted now until mid-October. Beginning gardeners often plant too much of a single crop. A 20 foot row of beans will yield 8 to 10 pounds of beans in 50 to 60 days. Pole beans yield a bit more, 12 to 15 pounds over a slightly longer period. If you want to grow your own transplants of cool season crops, now is the time to get them started. We use self-watering planter boxes. These boxes come with a tube of pelletized fertilizer that is normally placed down the center of the planter after it is lled with potting mix. Each box can accommodate only two to four transplants. To convert to starting transplants, ll the container to within about 2 inches of the rim, wet the mix and rm it down. Sprinkle three tablespoons of slow release fertilizer pellets, either a balanced blend or one with high phosphorus for good root development. Fill the container to the rim and tamp the mix down. Plant seeds by gently pressing into the surface. Dont plant too many, 20 to 30 seeds will be enough. Try to space the seeds evenly. One technique is to use the eraser end of a pencil to pick up one seed at a time. If you plant more than one variety per planter, divide the area by placing a strip of masking tape across the box and label with what you have planted in each area. Keep the water reservoir lled at all times. When the plants have two sets of true leaves, carefully lift individual plants with a wedge of soil and plant in the garden. Our favorite easy cool season crop is broccoli. Set young plants 18 inches apart. At rst the little plants will look lost, but crowding plants limits their growth and increases insect problems. Use a dilute liquid fertilizer to get them off to a good start, then side dress every other week with a light dusting of granular fertilizer or your choice of organic fertilizer. Frequent small applications of fertilizer will keep plants growing strong. Soil should be moist when applying fertilizer, or sprinkle lightly immediately after applying. From seed, broccoli takes about 75 to 90 days to produce a crop; transplants will produce a crop in 55 to 70 days. A single plant will produce about a half to one pound of broccoli. For a continuous harvest, set plants out every 30 days from now through February. Some varieties are bred to produce a single large head; others will produce smaller side shoots continuously after the main stalk is cut. Collards are another easy sure crop. Six to 10 plants will satisfy even a collard lover. Collards arent too particular about soil, and are fairly drought tolerant, though theyll grow best in soil that is evenly moist and will benet from nitrogen fertilizer. Seeds germinate in ve to seven days. Thin to 9 inches apart. When plants are about 12 inches high, harvest every other plant. These tender baby greens will require a minimum of cooking. Harvest leaves from the bottom up, and plants will remain productive all season long. Each time you harvest, give plants a bit of fertilizer to encourage more growth. When plants are well spaced, aphids are seldom a problem. If aphids do get the upper hand, spray plants with a soap solution either a commercial spray or one made from mild liquid soap. If youre not a collard lover, try growing kale. This leafy green has a more delicate avor and young leaves may be eaten raw or stir fried for a quick nutritious vege table dish. Kale is also a great addition to soups simply tear leaves into small bits and add during the last 15 minutes of cooking. We like the curly leaf varieties they also seem to be less prone to aphids. Other cool season crops may be started from seed now or through the end of November, including beet, cabbage, car rot, cauliower, celery, Chinese cabbage, endive, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsley, radish, spinach, sweet pea, Swiss chard and turnip. Some of these crops should be direct seeded, others may be grown from transplants. For information on additional crops to plant consult The Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide available at www.edis. or the DeSoto County Extension Ofce. Youll nd recommended varieties for our climate as well as specic planting instructions.Planting the fall vegetable gardenOver the Garden Gate Al & Karen Smoke Most gardeners want a few tomato, pepper and eggplant plants. If youve had trouble with root-knot nematodes, these plants can be a challenge. One thing you can try is drenching the soil at planting and several times during the growing season with a solution made by mixing a few tablespoons of sesame oil in water with a few drops of mild dish detergent. Mulching the soil and growing French marigolds may also help control nematodes. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY AL SMOKEOur favorite easy cool season crop is broccoli. Start your own transplants now, or purchase started plants toward the end of the month through November. From seed, broccoli takes about 75 to 90 days to produce a crop; trans plants will produce a crop in 55 to 70 days. A single plant will produce about a half to one pound of broccoli. Frequent small applications of fertilizer will keep plants growing strong. Oriental greens are a good cool season crop. Most of these versatile greens are good raw in salads or lightly stir fried. Wait until the end of the month to begin sowing seeds. Oriental greens sometimes do not transplant well, but if plants are shaded when rst set out they will thrive. L; i Q=mom, led .'L-V1ZN-I1 A'I1161


The Sun / Thursday, September 11, 2014 Page 23 | Arcadian know of Fudges impairment. I was getting on the boys after they messed up a play and I was yelling at them pretty good. Everybody was looking at the ground or off in the distance and trying not to make eye contact with me, he said. As Im explaining what they did wrong I kept noticing one player leaning around his teammates in order to make eye contact with me. I thought it was strange so I yelled, Fudge what are you looking at? The players told me he was deaf and was reading my lips. Wow, did I ever feel bad for yelling at him. I put him at linebacker and he was one of my best players. Middle school basketball coach Eric Shea said, I put him at the position where I put my best athlete and he didnt let me down. Hes a player. Fudge tells what it is like to have a hearing loss. When my teammates are talking or if the ref tells me something I can hear a mumble-like sound off in the distance but I cant make out what they are saying, he said. Against Port Charlotte we called a fake punt but I didnt hear it and thought we were punting. I didnt mess up the play but whoever made the call didnt call it loud enough so I didnt know. Fudge makes up for his lack of hear ing with his athleticism and intelligence on the football eld and basketball court. Bulldogs basketball coach Richard Koonce says, Hes a highly intelligent young man. Hes above so many other players as far as intelligence goes. He sees things that others dont and hes developed his other senses. Hes a special kid. Wade Huckaby coaches football but sees Fudge in his classroom, too. Hes a gem. He brings a different energy to the classroom, he said. He brings the class to a different level. Hes smart and real aware of what is going on around him and in the entire classroom. Hes funny too. The little thing he does with his lip, I dont know what it is, but he makes me laugh. Hes a good kid at home and helps his mom out a lot. Hes a pretty squared away young man. Fudge could have used his hearing impairment as an excuse in both the classroom and in sports. Hes taken his loss and turned it into a positive thing. Hes showed others that you can overcome obstacles in life if you want it bad enough. I just try to do my best at whatever I do, he said. If someone else has a problem like I do, then they can see that I overcame it and they can, too. Maybe I can give hope to someone else.FUDGEFROM PAGE 16 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comDeSoto County Head Coach Matt Eglo talks to the team as Quay Fudge reads his lips. Eglo said, Hes a very athletic kid and a good kid, too. The junior varsity Bulldogs blasted the hapless Pirates in the earlier contest by a two set total of 50-17. The enthusiasm was high, and the big home crowd cheered on the varsity squad. The Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-1 lead as Bethany Bonville, who led the team with 14 kills, started the game off with a blast that went untouched on the Pirate side of the court. Nobody would have believed that big lead would be the highlight of the evening for the girls in blue and white. From there on out the Bulldogs Titanic hit the Pirates iceberg and slowly took on water as they sunk to a disappointing three-set loss 25-22, 26-24 and 25-18.Errors aboundNearly every facet of the game took a dive as several back court balls were missed, passes were sent off mark and serve returns were adventures by themselves as the Bulldogs put on a lackluster performance for their home fans. The Bulldogs kept it close in game two, with the score tied nine times. Kacey Steyer blasted one of her 11 kills, giving the team hope in a modest two-point run to tie the contest at 17. Trading leads and after a long rally tied the score at 22, Josie Derisos soft put back gave the Bulldogs a 23-22 lead. After tying the set at 24, the Pirates put up the nal pair of points on the scoreboard to take a 2-0 set lead. The nal game started the same as the previous two sets, with the Bulldogs taking an early lead. The Pirates broke an 8-8 tie with ve points to take a 13-8 advantage. Lucero Perez brought the Bulldogs back to within a point at 13-12 and they later tied the game at 15. Then the team took on water faster than they could bail it out, with Port Charlotte going on a 10-3 run to send the surprised and disappointed Bulldogs to their rst loss in front of their home crowd. I just keep talking to them about having heart and desire out there. I see it from a few players, but I didnt see it from all six girls when they were out there, Head Coach Laura White said. Port Charlotte didnt want that ball to hit the ground, and they played awesome. We have the mentality that wed rather let the ball hit the ground rather than dive for it. We didnt have many aces against them because they wanted it more than we did. There is a long list of things we need to work on tomorrow (in practice). Our middles need to play a factor in the game. White had a long pause when asked if there was anything positive that could be taken from the match. Kacey (Steyer) had a decent night and of course Bethany (Bonville) did a bang up job, but that was about it, she said. Steyer said the team needs to work on covering better. We just didnt cover, thats our main problem, she said. Our defense wasnt good. This was aggra vating. We should have won, that was ridiculous! Bonville added, We need to work on our blocks. When that one girl (Pirate player) hit the ball she was always right between our middles so we have to work on closing our blocks.LADY BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 17 Visit the following businesses and shop local for quality service and customer service. LAWN EQUIPMENT BOWLING GREEN SMALL ENGINE SERVICE, INC. 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