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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, September 25, 2014 24 pages / 50 centsTODAYS HEARTLAND AGDont miss the special insert on Agriculture in the Heartland in todays Arcadian! A section of the Sun Arcadian 75 County Commission .....2 Police Beat ............3 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Obituaries .............9 Religion ..............10 Sports ...............14 Agriculture ...........17 NO PUPPY LOVE: Puppy mill owner ordered to pay county ............................................... 3 SCAMMERS: The worst kind of fraudsters ............................................................... 10 CITRUS ROUNDTABLE: The view from Brazil ............................................................... 17 INSIDE Over 4,400 followers! Like us on Facebook Monday was Tom Slaughters last day as Arcadias city administrator after he submitted resignation letters. This comes less than ve months after he was hired to the position in May. Slaughters resignation, outlined in two letters emailed to Mayor Alice Frierson, was effective as of 5 p.m. Monday. The letters did not give a specic reason for the move. The rst letter was submitted Friday, with the second dated Monday. In the latter one, Slaughter said, I am resigning for personal reasons that will require my full attention effective Monday, September 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm. I would ask that the city and members of the public respect the privacy of my family and I as we go through a very difcult time. His resignation letters were directed to Frierson with copies to City Attorney T.J. Wohl and City Finance Director Beth Carsten. Slaughter had met with Frierson and Wohl on Friday; the other four council members were later informed of the resignation. During a special meeting held Tuesday night to address the resignation, the Council was mum on details surrounding Slaughters departure. Upon (learning of the resignation), after a brief meeting our legal counsel, nance director and marshal immediately took care of all the city housekeeping business that needed to be taken care of. They did it in a timely, very efcient and very professional manner, and for that the Council thanks them very much, Frierson said. We may not do a lot right in the city, but weve got three good staff members. Frierson continued by wishing Slaughter well in the future. I think I can speak for the entire Council when I say we wish Mr. Slaughter the very best as he continues on in his endeavors, whatever they may be. Councilman Bob Heine moved to appoint Carsten as interim administrator until new council members are elected in November. The Council approved the motion unanimously and quickly adjourned the meeting.Shaky tenureSlaughter was initially hired by for mer City Administrator Judi Jankosky as the city planner but was named interim administrator Oct. 15, 2013, to replace Jankosky when she resigned. At that time, the city appointed a citizens Slaughter resigns as city administratorBy Steve BauerARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR Slaughter SLAUGHTER | 2 2014 Homecoming soggy but victorious ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACKOn the Junior Class oat, Buster the Bulldog says Booker Tornadoes will spin round and round but the Bulldogs will take em down. The Juniors took rst place with their entry. Rain didnt dampen the spirits of these die-hard Bulldog fans, and the team didnt let their fans down. See more 2014 Homecoming photos on pages 12-13. The Blazing Blue Band of DeSoto County High School set the tone for a rousing pep rally. Homecoming King Parker Brown with his date, Katie Pence. Shaderra Daley with her escort, Lincoln Esmie, gettin down with the music at the Home coming Dance.
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After the panel went through the process of ranking candidates, the council voted May 6 to offer the job to Slaughter. On May 20, the council approved a three-year contract with Slaughter, with a starting annual salary of $70,000. The contract also gave Slaughter an option to opt out after the November elections (which could replace up to three current council members), with 12 weeks severance pay. He also negotiated 12 weeks sever ance pay if the city terminated him without cause. Its not preknown whether he will qualify for any severance pay because his resignation is considered voluntary. Although the council had been urged to perform a detailed background check before Slaughter was hired, a report from the city of Venice, where Slaughter had worked for 13 years, came to light only after he was hired. The Arcadian reported May 29 that the Venice report detailed allegations of sexual harassment, intimidation, favoritism, use of off-color language and making disparaging remarks about someones physical handicap. He negotiated a separation agreement with Venice that included $30,000 in severance pay and benets. Slaughter did not return phone calls from The Arcadian seeking comment. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Susan E. Hoffman contributed to this article.SLAUGHTERFROM PAGE 1 Carsten Despite reservations from several board members, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an outdoor event permit for Pumpkin Fest Oct. 18-19 at Veterans Park. Before approving the permit, commissioners questioned the legitimacy of the Lazarus Foundation which is holding the event along with potential negative impacts on local fundraising efforts. This is an organization that is not local, and its going to raise money off the citizens of this county, Commissioner Jim Selph said. Id like to see us have a policy about the use of facilities such as Veterans Park for these types of events. That park is owned by the citizens of this county, and they are going to charge people to come in there, and I dont think thats right. Ive got some real concerns and questions about approving this event. Commissioner Gabriel Quave agreed with Selph, but said not having a written policy in place makes it difcult to deny the permit request. This isnt a group like FFA that we know will benet us on a local level, he said, but we dont have anything in writing about letting these groups in, so this is a real gray area. Id like to see how other counties handle situations like this. Lazarus Fernandez, president of the Sarasota-based group, said his non-prot foundation supports other Florida childrens organizations such as the All Childrens Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club. He said any money raised through the Pumpkin Fest would go to local charity groups provided they apply for the money. He said having the event in Arcadia would generate revenue for local businesses such as restaurants and retail stores. Theres nothing to do here in terms of fall festivals. Holding the event here means this community doesnt have to travel to Manatee County to attend a pumpkin festival, he said. Selph asked Fernandez about a ticket controversy last year in Sarasota, where several people claimed Lazarus wouldnt honor free adult tickets that were distributed through businesses, forcing them to pay $20 for admission to the event. When questioned by Sarasota news station WWSB, Fernandez said he couldnt let adults in for free because the festival BOCC cautiously approves Pumpkin FestBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORFEST | 8 The DeSoto County School Board and DeSoto County Health Department received a prestigious award for their cooperative efforts with the school childrens dental clinic. The Presidential Productivity Award was presented during the Tuesday School Board meeting to School Superintendent Karyn Gary, DeSoto County Health Department Administrator Mary Kay Burns, Assistant Administrator and Nursing Director Penny Kurtz, and Dr. Kirk Snyder and Diane Wilson with the Health Departments dental clinic. On behalf of State Representative Ben Albritton, District Secretary Karen Whaley said, You should recognize that receiving this award is a big deal. Representative Albritton was sorry he couldnt be here, but he wanted you to know DeSoto County is blessed with leadership in education and health care. We are proud of you in DeSoto County. Whaley presented thank-you cards created by some of the children who had used the dental School district, health dept. awarded for dental clinicBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITORAWARD | 22 After lengthy discussions, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners decided to tweak the millage rate slightly, setting the millage at 8.2500 mills, and setting the EMS MSTU (Municipal Service Taxing Unit) at .9128. A mill represents $1 of tax for every $1,000 of taxable property value. BOCC had earlier proposed, for discus sion purposes, a higher millage rate. The Truth In Millage (TRIM) notices listed a possible ad valorem millage rate of 9 mills, which is higher than the current rate of 8.4810 mills, but recognized that rate would probably be reduced somewhat in the nal decision. The board also had tentatively set the EMS MSTU at .9128; the current rate is .4514. The EMS MSTU is a fund specically designated to nance Fire Rescue and emergency services in DeSoto County. Commissioners earlier had hoped to set the ad valorem rate at the current level and not have to raise it at all. But they recognized the county cannot continue indenitely with a stagnant budget. Commissioner Buddy Manseld was concerned the county was putting itself in a position where it could not sustain a decent reserve fund. We may be digging ourselves into a hole we can;t get out if, he said. Our roads arent being maintained properly; the road striping is not being maintained; and maintenance is needed on some of our buildings. When we have to x something, we are robbing Peter to pay Paul. Manseld said. Commissioner Gabriel Quave said the county should be imposing more assessments via MSTUs That creates greater transparency ... by putting it in MSTUs or MSBUs, it puts it in a separate bucket. He favored increasing the MSTU as proposed and reducing the ad valorem millage rate. Emergency service costs would thus be paid out of a separate account, not the general fund, making the costs more apparent to taxpayers. Manseld asked about the impact to city taxpayers, who are assessed the ad valorem millage but not the MSTU. While county residents might pay the same if the millage were reduced and the MSTU increased proportionately, city taxpayers would catch a little break because they would see a lower millage rate without having the MSTU increase. Commissioner Elton Langford noted that the rollback rate of 8.76 mills would get the county the same amount of money as last year, but we have decreasing property values, and if we decrease the ad valorem rate, well have some increase from the MSTU but we also have increasing costs. Last year we had $2 million in reserves because we found that $1.8 million. We likely wont be able to nd more money like that, which could deplete our reserves. Commissioner Bob Miller questioned countering the ad valorem rate with an MSTU hike. I like the idea, but its not apples to apples. Quave, though, said it was, just different avors. Weve toyed with this. Its the direction we need to go. Manseld said, No one wants to raise anyones taxes. But we keep trying to balance the budget with the same amount of money, even though the cost of everything is going up. Whats that they say, when you keep doing the same thing and expect a different result ...? Ultimately, commissioners voted 4-1 to set the millage rate at 8.2500, lower than the 9 mill rate tentatively set earlier and 5.84 percent lower than the rollback rate; and set the EMS MSTU at .9128 (almost double the current rate). Miller cast the dissenting vote. Commissioners also unanimously agreed to set the budget at $63,913,152.LDR reviewBOCC had another look at the proposed revisions to the Land Development Regulations, and while they anticipated a lot of public controversy, the changes generally received public support. Among the key provisions discussed were: Restrictions on parking commer cial vehicles in R-zoned residential properties. The proposed LDRs made the denition of commercial vehicle much broader than the state rule, making it much harder for people to park trucks and trailers where they live. Commissioners debated the pros and cons of the restrictions and agreed some tweaking of the proposal was needed. No parking of RVs at most residential properties unless it is owned by the homeowner, and they can not be hooked up to water, sewer or septic. This will prevent people from living for an extended time in RVs. Several audience members wore stop-sign-shaped stickers reading RVs belong in parks. While landowner David Hall objected to being prohibited from parking his RV on his property by the river and staying there for a weekend, others felt RVs would devalue properties. Hall said he had been told 11 years ago he could use his RV there, but when Miller asked, Who told you that? he said it was his Realtor. Well, perhaps thatll be a lesson to you then, Miller said. Hall replied, There wont be any more lessons, not in this county. Notication requirements for proposed developments. Although the proposed rules expanded who had to be notied and when, Joanna Drinkwater, on behalf of Lake Suzy Property Owners Association, asked for more extensive notices. The maps printed in the paper are hard to read, and the lists of numbers [identifying the property in legal notices] are like Greek to most readers. She said notices should be more clear, signs bigger and easier to read, and nearby residents should have more time to review and comment on proposed developments. She also felt the developers, not the coun ty, should foot the bill for mail notices, ads and signs. Another public hearing on the proposed LDRs is set for Oct. 28 when the revised rules are expected to be adopted. County Attorney Don Conn said these suggestions will be considered and additional revisions made accordingly.County sets final millage rates, mulls land rulesBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR
The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 3 | Arcadian |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.Chelce Dower, who was implicated in a suspected Nocatee puppy mill, pleaded no contest to charges of scheming to defraud, forging veter inary certifications and confining animals without adequate food, water or exercise. On Sept. 4, she was sentenced to five years probation, and for that time she is prohibited from possess ing, breeding, selling, transacting (including assisting) any animals, except that she may co-own her husbands dog (which must be neutered). She was ordered to pay $5,375.15 in restitution to DeSoto County Animal Services, $600 in court costs, $1,340.24 for DeSoto County Sheriffs investigation costs and $100 for cost of prosecution. The county claimed Dower was operating a puppy mill, selling some designer dogs for $2,000-$3,000, and keeping more than 50 dogs in cages with spoiled food, no water and cramped conditions. Puppy mill operator must pay countys costsSOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA A DeSoto County woman is facing 16 charges related to a recent animal-cruelty case, in which Charlotte County Animal Control ofcials said she kept horses and other farm animals that were sick, starving and underweight. Lindsey Victoria Ann Doornenbal, 31, of the 5600 block of Southwest DeSoto woman charged with animal neglect DOORNENBALCharolais Avenue, Nocatee, was served a warrant last week for her arrest by DeSoto County Sheriffs deputies in Arcadia. She was transported to the Charlotte County Jail on Thursday, where she was held on $38,000 bond for 14 counts of animal neglect and two felony counts of animal cruelty. In June, Animal Control received an anonymous complaint about a property on the 41000 block of Little Farm Road, south of Punta Gorda. Authorities found three goats, four donkeys, four horses and eight miniature horses, some of which were underweight. Doornenbal, the animals owner, recently had moved from Iowa, and had the animals sent down. She told ofcers she was housing the animals there only temporarily. When Animal Control checked back less than a month later, the animals were gone. However, on Aug. 10, two of the animals escaped from the property and were hit by cars, court documents show. One was killed; the other had to be euthanized. Ofcers went back to the property and found the other animals still were there and were in bad shape some had rotten teeth, were anemic or were suffering from fungal conditions of the skin. The animals were seized; Animal Control later won custody of them, and they were rehomed late last month. A warrant then was issued for Doornenbals arrest. Email: email@example.comPORT CHARLOTTE Three DeSoto County people were arrested over the weekend after a Charlotte County Sheriffs deputy searched an SUV and found methamphetamine, guns and an oversized snook. The deputy saw the Ford Expedition leaving the abutment of the Barron Collier Bridge around 6:45 a.m. Saturday, when he reportedly noticed the front-seat passenger later identified as Daniel Paul Fugate, 59, of the 300 block of S. Orange Ave., Arcadia drinking a bottle of Heineken. The deputy followed the SUV and conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Race Trac just north of the bridge. Fugate told the deputy the trio had been fishing, and let the deputy check out their catch a 39inch snook. The snook was 6 inches over the legal limit. The deputy then requested to search the rest of the vehicle, and the driver Sherry May Carpenter, 51, of the 600 block of W. Gibson St., Arcadia gave consent. The deputy found a smoking pipe with methamphetamine residue on it, a 12-gauge shotgun, two rifles and 30 rounds of ammunition, Report: Trio busted with illegal guns, drugs and fish MERRELL CARPENTER FUGATEthe CCSO report shows. Carpenter, Fugate and the other passenger Michael Dean Merrell, 48, of the 1900 block of S.E. Heron Cove, Arcadia were all arrested charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession or use of drug equipment. Fugate and Merrell were also charged with possessing a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon. Fugate was additionally charged with violating a fishing regulation for claiming the large snook, and he was given a warning for drinking beer in the vehicle. Fugate remained in the Charlotte County Jail Monday on $9,750 bond, and Merrell remained behind bars on $35,000. Carpenter was released Monday on $7,500. Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Florida Highway Patrol reported a vehicle collision around 11 p.m. on Sept. 20 in which Steve Gilkin, 60, of Punta Gorda was driving the wrong way on U.S. Highway 17 near N.E. Crystal Street (north of Brownville Road). Gilkin was headed northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway while Raghuvir Gelot, 71, of North Carolina was properly driving south. Gilkins vehicle struck Gelots car; Gilkin suffered minor injuries while Gelot and his passenger were not injured. The DeSoto County Sheriffs Office had reportedly attempted to stop Gilkin and was in pursuit, the FHP FHP reports local wrecksFHP | 5 Vote for DIXON, the name you know and can trust to get the job DONE! I am eager with a vision for our city, to provide the best police department possible to the citizens of Arcadia. 25years of administrative and leadership experience. I am capable of eectively leading this Department and making our town safer. I will see to it that every individual is treated equally and fairly regardless of race, gender or life status. proactive and responsive Department, a friendlier and respectful team of ocers, and a Department truly dedicated to protecting and serving you the people! Under my leadership you can say Good-Bye to personal vendettas, bogus and malicious charges against innocent persons, proling, stereotyping, and arrogant and cocky attitudes from this Department. Ocers will be held to a high standard of professionalism.ZERO TOLERANCE to drugs and gangs in our city! Open Door PolicyKeep in mind, Im not asking to be a cop. Im asking to be the administrator and leader of this Department, which is overdue. I pledge to you that as your City Marshal your voice will be heard and your concerns and complaints will be personally addressed and taken care of, rather than pushed under the table. VOTE NOVEMBER4thPolitical advertisement paid for and approved by Lorenzo Dixon campaign 471202
VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 4Derek Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group Chairman David Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group President Joe Gallimore Arcadian PublisherSusan E. Homan Arcadian Editor E-mail letters to email@example.com | GRITS & PIECES | LETTERS TO THE EDITORNeed to address hospital, schoolsEditor: Right now we have two issues that are of grave concern to our community, the hospital and the school system. We need to pull together and try to x these two DeSoto County institutions so our community has the opportunity to thrive and grow and our children can have a future. Not having a local hospital would be absolutely crazy and kill all hope for economic development. In terms of our school system we have issues such as failing schools and extremely low reading scores throughout the district. I would like to encourage our friends in Lake Suzy to see the overall picture that is based on all of the DeSoto County Schools being quality and producing citizens that have the educational training to continue to college or be prepared to contribute to the workforce. All of the 4,500 DeSoto County students deserve a rst-rate education, not just the 155 in the Leadership Academy. I would encourage Dr. Gary to use common sense and leave this issue at rest.Tom Paine ArcadiaWhy should taxpayers help hospital?Editor:Recently, the DeSoto County Board of Commissioners began implementing a plan to raise the DeSoto County sales tax to 7.5 percent, in order to make DeSoto Memorial Hospital more solvent and prevent its possible closing. This was done with no public hearings or explanation to the people of DeSoto County as to why this was being done. This tax increase is projected to raise in excess of $20,000,000 through the year 2036, all out of the pockets of DeSoto County residents. In the poorest county in Florida. Why did DeSoto Memorial Hospital suddenly come into a nancial situation that requires a $20 million bailout for the next 22 years? What documentation was supplied to the County Commission to prove the need for this massive tax increase? Such a tax increase should never be implemented based on one entitys request, but should involve more than one independent agency in its nal implementation. The DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners should immediately request that the State of Florida Auditor Generals ofce dispatch a team of Forensic Accountants to conduct a complete audit of DeSoto Memorials nances. This is the legal and true method to determine if this tax increase, on the people of DeSoto County, is justied and should be implemented. No one wants DeSoto Memorial Hospital to close, but there has to be a full accounting to the people of DeSoto County.Donald McCormick ArcadiaWe need a hospital here[Editors note: A letter concerning DeSoto Memorial Hospital is reprinted here.] Why do we need a hospital in Arcadia? 1. Because the nearest hospital is 30 minutes away. 2. How will we deal with an emergency? 3. What about the elderly and babies? 4. Some people dont have transportation or money to pay someone to take them. 5. What if someone i s cut or shot and have to travel 30 minutes? 6. A lot of people will lose jobs and move away, making Arcadia a ghost town.William Lattimore ArcadiaFootball: From sandlot to easy chairThank goodness pro football season is back! Im sure that got some guys cheering and some gals jeering, but thats to be expected every fall, right? From the rst preseason game kickoff until the nal clock tick from the Pro Bowl game, its on, full force from tackles to touchdowns, and from fumbles to eld goals, as it should be! I know theres been a lot of bad press concerning some of the players in the news lately, and I agree that it needs to be brought to the surface and the guilty parties dealt with. Football is a violent sport the closest thing we have to the gladiators of yore, and many of us loved playing it in our youth but must now get our gridiron action vicariously by being armchair quarterbacks or attending games. Anger management is in the future of some players who abuse their wives, girlfriends, and children, and rightfully so. Game suspensions and/or outright rings are totally justiable. If old-fashioned justice was permitted, maybe a blanket party thrown by team mates and coaches would serve as a good attitude adjustment. That would be a good start. Ive been watching football since I was about 13, and have loved it ever since. I didnt suit up and play in school, though I wish I had now, but my friends and I played more games than I could count at the old Nocatee schoolyard and in cow pastures full tackle and no pads or helmets. We didnt even wear shoes, so it was full-throttle, bone-crunching action every time, with some notable injuries along the way, as one could imagine. We played in the pouring rain, the blistering sun, and even when the ground was so cold that wed take breaks now and then to lay on our backs and stick our feet in the air so they could warm up just a little. With no markings on our makeshift eld to show yardage, our rule for achieving a rst down was completing three passes per series, which led to a lot of ea-ickers and bombs. Good days, fondly remembered. These days, old guys like me are permanently benched, taking refuge in our easy chairs with a death grip on the TV remote. Yes, we wear our lucky jerseys and caps and we holler at the TV screen and come unglued if somebody walks between us and game during a critical play. Speaking of TVs, is there such thing as having a screen too big during football season? I think not. Thank goodness cable has that NFL Network football 365 days a year and 24/7! I remember the eternities between seasons before, and the withdrawal suffered by myself and fellow pursuers of the pigskin. Its still a long while, but at least we have that channel as a temporary x. In fact, now that I think of it, its like a life support system. Those who say Its only a game havent got a clue. To them I want to say, Yeah, right, buddy its like doing without oxygen! Just cut yourself off from that and let me know how that works out for you after a couple of minutes! Some people just dont get it. With all due respect, I dont get some other sports or some TV programs either. If I have to watch a talking head for entertainment or enlightenment, football needs to be coming out of that head. Similarly, I cant watch a show about people crocheting without slipping into a coma. Might as well be watching golf. Sorry, but I just have to be tuned into ball-spiking, ag-throwing, punt-blocking, coach-screaming, Gatorade-dumping, goal line stand football to awaken my inner beast. Hes an old beast, Ill grant you, but he hasnt forgotten how to roar and rage. Well, he at least yells at the TV a lot and does a lot of st and teeth clenching. Now and then someone brings up the old What three wishes would you make if you found a genie in a bottle? query. I dont know about the other two, but the rst one would be to line up with my boyhood friends and neighbors at that old schoolyard and play hard, like there was no tomorrow. If only. 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The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 5 | Arcadian Due to numerous requests for this service from the public, the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce has set up an unwanted prescription medication drop box located at the northeast corner of the Sheriffs Ofce where it is monitored by security cameras. The box is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the public. DCSO hopes this service will help citizens get rid of unwanted medications and prevent unwanted and out-of-date meds from possibly getting into the hands of children. The following items are not accepted: hydrogen peroxide, thermometers, needles (sharps), inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions, liquids or medications from businesses or clinics.DCSO installs drug drop-off boxSUBMITTED B y SHERIFF WILL WISEDESOTO CO. SHERIFFS OFFICE PHOTO PROVIDED BY SHERIFF WISERight: Sheri Will Wise poses next to the new drop-o box, installed by the back entrance of the Sheris oce, where residents can dispose of unwanted or out-of-date medications. The box is under video surveillance 24 hours a day.report said. Gilkin was cited for traveling the wrong way on a oneway thoroughfare. FHP reported two separate collisions involving DeSoto County School buses in the past week. The rst, on Sept. 18 around 8 a.m., involved school bus driver Annette Theresa Arguijo, 44, heading north on U.S. Highway 17 near Sun Bulb Co. She had 37 passengers on the bus. A Cadillac, driven by Timothy Taylor of Punta Gorda, was also northbound, in front of the bus, and was stopped for opposing trafc as it waited to turn left into Sun Bulb. According to FHP, Arguijo had turned around to check on students on the bus, and when she turned back was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting Taylors car. FHP stated Taylor suffered minor injuries and was taken to DeSoto Memorial Hospital for treatment; neither Arguijo nor any of the students had any injuries. Arguijo was cited for careless driving. FHP reported that on Sept. 20 at 7:50 a.m., a school bus driven by Richard S. Roberts, 61, of Arcadia, with 10 children on board, was stopped on State Route 70, headed westbound near Hansel Ave. Its stop signs and lights were activated as the bus waited to pick up a child. A Buick driven by Brian Tune, 56, of Kentucky, failed to stop in time and collided with the rear of the bus. No one was injured. Tune was cited for careless driving.FHPFROM PAGE 3 The DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Kenneth Leon Anglin, 40, first block of Citrus Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $1,500. Kevin Alexander Arismendi, 55, Bradenton. Charges: driving while license is suspended and DUI with alcohol or drugs. Bond: $620. Marvin Lee Bates, 25, 11700 block of County Road 769, Arcadia. Charge: assault/threat to do violence. Bond: $1,500. Jared Dehaven, 34, 100 block of Oak Haven, Arcadia. Charge: possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $5,000. Betty Danielle Elligson, 34, 500 block of E. Pine St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Jerry Bernard Evans, 51, 1100 block of S.W. Golden Ave., Arcadia. Charge: accessory after-the-fact in first degree felony. Bond: $100,000. Yebri Deivi Flores, 23, 3000 block of S.E. Myers Road, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: $1,534. Bobby Van Gilbert, 41, 700 block of N. 17th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Wayne Kendall Grant, 32, Yulee, Fla. Charge: out-ofcounty warrant. Bond: none. Jacob Michael Hansel, 37, 2100 block of S.W. Richard Road, Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $1,000. Robert Steven Harrelson, 37, 1500 block of S.E. Tangelo Drive, Arcadia. Charges: fleeing to elude officer and driving while license is suspended. Bond: none. Leslie Lavon Henderson, 44, 100 block of Oak Haven, Lettuce Lake. Charge: possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver. Bond: $5,000. Verita Nevaeh Hottois, 25, Avon Park, Fla. Charge: grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $1,000. Brad Merryl Ohmit, 39, West Palm Beach. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: none. Joseph Lawton Oneil, 48, 1100 block of Hibiscus Ace., Arcadia. Charges: two counts of failure to appear. Bond: none. Jacob Carl Penoyer, 22, North Fort Myers. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Riki Michelle Reich, 31, 6600 block of S.W. Miami Ave., Arcadia. Charges: driving while license is suspended and DUI with alcohol or drugs. Bond: $620. Laura Ann Thigpen, 42, 3500 block of S.W. U.S. Highway 17, Arcadia. Charges: possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver, and two counts of possession of drug equipment. Bond: $2,620. Bader Khaleel Aburayyan, 35, Orlando. Charge: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Bond: $120. Cody Lee Avant, 28, 8300 block of S. Co Road 760, Arcadia. Charge: three counts of battery and one count of resisting an officer without violence. Bond: $2,250. |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.ARRESTS | 11 5643 Clark Rd., Sarasota Next to Dunkin Donuts @ I-75, exit 205 Go2dental@comcast.net 487143 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 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 adult. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Palace Promenaders meet for square and round dance from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle. Art Miller, caller, and Jennie Martin, cueing. Call Jennie at 494-2749 or Mary at 941-380-5336 for information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Kiddush will follow. SUNDAY Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will host Rev. Dr. Carl Brooks and Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Punta Gorda at 4 p.m. Sept. 28. MONDAY Senior Friendship Center opens Monday at 219 W. Oak St., weekdays 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Activities are available daily. Lunch program available for those 60+ with a 48-hour advance reservation. 494-5965. 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 The Habitat class for September is Basic A/C Maintenance, presented by S.O.A.R. owner Steve Owens at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Habitat ReStore, 114 N. Polk Ave. The class is free and opened to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Every Tuesday night, line dance class at the Palace Dance Hall (17N). Beginners welcome. $3 donation. For more info, call Jennie Martin at 494-2749. 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 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 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. The Retired Law Enforcement Association of Southwest Florida meets first Wednesday monthly at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall, 23300 Harper Ave., Port Charlotte. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m.; meeting is at 7:30 p.m. For information, call 941-423-0902. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Art for Kids is at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in the DeSoto County Librarys childrens wing. This program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Arts and Humanities Council, is for elementary school-aged children. THURSDAY The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at the DeSoto Homeless Center, 1425 MLK Jr. St., from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4. The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council Board of directors meets on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m., at The Arcadian, 108 S. Polk. DeSoto Cares, a community group dedicated to searching out homelessness needs and solutions, meets on the first and third Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Housing Authority Conference Room. For details, call Rev. Ted Hanus at 993-3435. Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast is at 8 a.m. the first Thursday monthly. This months location is Mid Florida Credit Union. The 4-H Stitch in Time sewing club meets every first Thursday at 5 p.m. DeSoto County Historical Society Research Library is open in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except for the second Thursday of the month), and by appointment. The John Morgan Ingraham House is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, except the second Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m. 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. COMING EVENTS Central Florida Regional Planning Council will hold a Finance Committee meeting at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3, at 555 E. Church St., Bartow. Kol Nidre services will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Fall Florida Style! Arcadia Main Street will kick off the new season of Arcadias Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 4, downtown at the Tree of Knowledge. Showcase your homemade, handmade, homegrown products. Vendors, call 990-2340 to secure your spot. Arcadia Main Street invites organizations, businesses and individuals to build a scarecrow in downtown Arcadia starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 4. To make downtown over in the Fall spirit, Arcadia Main Street has secured straw for stuffing scarecrows. You should bring old clothes and whatever else you want to decorate your scarecrow. Once they are done, they will be attached to lampposts throughout the downtown area. Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port, will hold Yom Kippur service at 9 a.m. Oct. 4. Mincha service is at 5 p.m. Break-the-fast after Shofar blowing. The Senior Friendship Centers of DeSoto County will reopen in their new quarters 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6, 219 W. Oak St. For information, call 494-5965. 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. 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. 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. 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. Sabbath service begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SATURDAY Cub Scouts and Crew 39 are selling BBQ dinners for $8 at Desoto Jewelry from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept.27. Help support your local Boy Scouts. Call 993-5577 to place an order; for $1 more your order can be delivered. Shabbat Shuva services will be held at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27. The Antique Fair takes place in downtown Arcadia on the fourth Saturday of every month starting at 8 a.m. Dozens of dealers line the sidewalks on and around West Oak St. For information, visit www.ArcadiaFLantiques.com; to inquire about booth space, call 993-5105. The NAACP meets at 6 p.m. every fourth Saturday of the month at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 319 S. Lee Ave. DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Children must be accompanied by an NOTE: All phone numbers are in Area Code 863 unless stated otherwise. TODAY Charlotte Farm Bureau annual meeting will be held at the Turner Center Sept. 25. The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at Mount Olive CME, 7683 S.W. Hull Ave., from 9 am. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. Thurs., Sept. 25, Rosh Hashana, first day services begin at 9:30 a.m., at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Call 993-4846 Grazing Management School will be held Sept. 25-26 at the Turner Center and UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research Center in Ona, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration $50. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will host Elder Isaac Thomas and St. Mary Primitive Baptist Church of Punta Gorda at 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Caregiver support group meets at 1:30 p.m. at DeSoto Memorial Home Health Care at DeSoto Memorial Hospital Medical Plaza, 1006 N. Mills Ave., Arcadia. For more information, call DeSoto Memorial Home Health Care at 494-8432 or Hospice of Southwest Florida at 993-0662. The Family Safety Alliance meeting for DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties is held the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. at the McClure Center, 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. For information, call 941-316-6009. DeSoto County Historical Society Research Library is open in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except for the second Thursday of the month), and by appointment. The John Morgan Ingraham House is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, except the second Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m. 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. SPECIAL 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. 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Arcadian | Page 8 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 was raising money for charity. This is a fundraiser so I cant just let them in, he said. Fernandez said since then the Foundation has completely restructured its ticketing and marketing programs to prevent confusion. In contrast to what he told WWSB, however, Fernandez said attendees wouldnt have to pay if they cant afford to. We do give away thousands of free tickets for this, but the payment for this event is optional, he said. It is a non-prot organi zation and we do not charge to get in, but we do require you to donate if you can. If you cant then you can come into the event for free. That also goes back to Veterans Park being public, and if they dont wish to pay, they dont need to. Although Fernandez says his organization has a two-year history operating in Sarasota County, when Selph asked him what percentage of revenue from the event actually goes to childrens charities he provided a vague response. The Lazarus Foundation is so new we dont really have upkeep, what we have is event expenses, he said. To hire the entertainment we provide it costs money, and to pay the insurance and our staff, thats a given right there. Any money left over is then placed in a trust and distributed based on requests we receive from various charities.One-year experimentAfter further discussion, the board said they were open to allowing the permit provided Fernandez provide them with accounting gures showing how much revenue was generated and which, if any, local organizations beneted from the Lazarus Foundations event. Were caught between whether we want to take an interesting leap here for a good cause, or it could be spun that were not allowing something into DeSoto County, Quave said. Selph again raised concerns about Fernandezs Foundation taking fundraising dollars away from local groups. Im wondering about groups like 4-H, Future Farmers of America and down to our high school band, he said. The pot that they raise money from is limited. This is an outside agency coming in that is going to take a slice out of that pot. I dont want to seem negative because its something to do, but it is going to take money out of our citizens pockets, and to be frank we dont know where that money is going. Commissioner Elton Langford said although he understands Selphs concerns, he agreed with Quave that if the permit isnt approved the public will blame the board for keeping events out of the county. I dont have a problem approving this for this year, but I would also like to see your numbers after this event to see where the money is going, he said. The way I look at it is that its an economic boost for this community, and if people attend theyll stop to eat somewhere, etc., and thats a free way for us to bring economic value into this community. Commissioners Buddy Manseld and Bob Miller echoed Langfords comments, agreeing to allow the event and asking to see accounting gures before they would allow approval for something similar in 2015. The board then approved the permit in a 5-0 vote. In other business, County Administrator Mandy Hines said the DeSoto County state delegation meeting has been rescheduled to Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m. It was previously scheduled for Oct. 29. She also announced that AgFest would take place Nov. 22, and the commissioner swear ing-in ceremony will be held Nov. 18 at the BOCC chamber room.FESTFROM PAGE 2 50471219 471221
The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESClara Grant ForsytheClara Grant Forsythe, 88, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Clara was born April 6, 1926, in Montgomery County, Tenn., to James and Flora Jones Grant. She moved to DeSoto County, Fla., in 1970. Clara was a proud homemaker, mother of two, and wife to Norman E. Forsythe. In her spare time, Clara enjoyed sewing, gardening and ceramics. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, and volunteered much time to the church, as well as other organizations and causes. Clara is survived by her daughter, Juanita (Charles) Cornish of Arcadia; brothers, James W. (Betty Jo) Grant of Nashville, Tenn., and Joe Henry (Kay) Grant of Braidwood, Ill.; granddaughter, Cynthia (Timothy) Gray of Woodridge, Ill.; great-grandchild, Tyler Gray; and numerous nieces and nephews across the country. Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman E. Forsythe, in 1987; son, Darrell Forsythe; siblings, Ruben Grant, Mary Catherine Grant Harris and Mildred Grant Hill; and grandson, Jerry Pete Gatties. Visitation and the funeral service were held Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home in Arcadia. Pastor Danny Hurlburt will ofciate. Burial followed at Joshua Creek Cemetery. In lieu of owers, donations may be made in Claras honor to the Church of God of Prophecy general fund. Online condolences may be made at www. pongerkaysgrady.com. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home, Arcadia.Ellen S. RathboneEllen S. Rathbone, 90, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Arrangements are by PongerKays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia, Fla.Vonnie Kay StarkVonnie Kay Stark, 62, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. She is survived by Porter Stark, her husband of 32 years; and by her children, Dennis Thomas II, Hannah Stark and Heather Stark. Arrangements are by ICS Cremation and Funerals Inc., Harbour Heights, Fla.James Joseph Van SlambrouckJames Joseph Van Slambrouck, 88, of Lake Suzy, FL. Passed away on September 17, 2014. Jim was a Veteran, having served honorably in the Navy during WWII as an amphibian pilot. In addition to his deep love of family, Jim loved golf. He was a former member of Kingsway Country Club in Lake Suzy, FL, El Conquistador Country Club in Bradenton, FL, and past president at West Shore Country Club in Grosse Ile, MI. Jim retired from Ford Motor Company in 1986, after serving for 37 years in Body Engineering. Jim was a loving husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Barbara; son Jim, his wife Marcia and their two children, Kathryn and Lindsay; daughter, Suzanne and her two sons, Michael, his wife Suhey and their daughter Anna Marie, and son Matthew; stepchildren Charles Chuck, his wife, Maureen and their children, Kathleen, Molly and Charlie; Rose Anne and her daughter Tawney, and Robert Rob, his wife Kristina and their daughter Maddi. A memorial luncheon will be held on October 11, 2014 at West Shore Country Club in Michigan. Donations can be made in Jims name to the Alzheimers Association. Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation services of Port Charlotte are handling the arrangements.Theresa Ann MurphyTheresa Ann Terry (nee Varnadore) Murphy, 60, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Colorado. She was born Jan. 21, 1954, in Miami, Fla., to Joseph L. and Josephine D. Varnadore. Terry graduated from DeSoto County High School in 1972, and served at the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce. In 1975, she moved to Broward County, Fla., and served ve years at the States Attorneys Ofce. Terry then moved to Lake County, Fla., where she served 16 years in the Lake County Sheriffs Ofce Investigation Division, and met her husband Pat. They were married for 29 years. In 1998, Terry and her family moved to Colorado, to fulll her lifetime dream of living in the Rocky Mountains. She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Margaret Varnadore; husband, Pat Murphy; son, Joel (Kylene) Murphy; daughter, Alissia (Josh) Hepperle; grandchildren, Tekoa, MaKenna, Silas, Isaac and Jack; brothers, Edward (Cindy) Varnadore, Joseph (Lori) DeLoach and Rodney (Donna) DeLoach; sisters, Deborah Markham and Daphnea (Randy) Hill; and many nieces and nephews. Terry was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine D. Varnadore. A gathering of family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until a brief service at noon Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, Fla. In lieu of owers, the family request donations in Terrys name to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Inc., 2486 Cecil Webb Place, Live Oak, FL 32064. Online condolences may be made at www.pongerkaysgrady.com. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Homes, Arcadia.John DavisJohn Jack Davis, 89, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was born Aug. 14, 1925, in Woodbury, N.J. Jack was proud to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II, with Navy Seabees Battalion PAD3, stationed on Truck Island in the Philippines. He was a winter resident for 40 years, moving to Arcadia full time in October 2004. Jack was a master carpenter contractor in Massachusetts and Florida. You might say he was a true Jack of all trades. He was an avid musician and karaoke singer. He is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Hunt of Arcadia; son, Paul Files of Randolph, Mass.; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Angelina Davis. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at his home. Interment will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass. In lieu of owers, donations in Jacks name can be sent to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, Fla.DEATHS | 23 May the Lord fill your heart with love. Celebrative Worship Challenging Bible Study Connection With People Traditional Praise 8:30 -9:30 AM Sunday School/Life Groups 9:45 AM 10:45 AM Contemporary Praise 11:00 AM Noon 863-494-4345 www.cbcarcadia.org DeSoto DeSoto Church Church Directory Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory 471215 See Your Church in this spot For Only$ 7 5 0 $7.50 a week! Call Tami at 4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. First Baptist Church of Arcadia 1006 N. Brevard Ave. Loving God, Connecting with People, Expanding His Kingdom 9:30 Sunday School 10:45 Morning Worship 6:00 Evening Worship Wednesdays 6:00 AWANA & YOUTH 863-494-3622 www.firstbaptistarcadia.com See Your Church in this spot For Only $ 7 5 0 a week! $7.50 Call Tami at4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. Grace Lutheran Church 1004 W. Oak Street Rev. Mark Steinke Interim Pastor Adult Sunday School 8:45 AM Sunday Worship 10:00 AM All Welcome! Pastor Ellis Cross 863-494-3455 Worship 11:00 AM Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday 6:30pm Thursday Youth Group 6pm North Hillsborough Baptist Church (253 N. Hillsborough Ave.) Fort Ogden United Methodist Church 6923 SW River St. 863.494.3881 Sunday School 9:00am Sunday Worship 10:00am (Nursery Childrens Church Provided) Mondays A.A. & Al-Anon 7:30pm Wednesday K-12 Ministry 5:30pm & Bible Study 6:30pm 5104 NW Oak Hill Ave. 863-494-6224 Pastor Dr. Howell Upchurch Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:45 am and 6:00 pm Wednesday 6:30 pm for Prayer Group, Youth & Children Sunday Morning Worship Starting at 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Sun. 4:30 p.m. UMYF Wed. 6:30 pm Bible Study Nursery Available Pastor Jim Wade View Service at: trinityarcadia.com Trinity United Methodist Churc h To know Christ and to make Him know n 304 W. Oak Street 494-2543 St. Edmunds Episcopal Church 327 W. Hickory St. (70 W at Manatee) 863-494-0485 www.EpiscopalArcadiaFL.com HOLY EUCHARIST Sunday 8 & 10 am Misa en espanol Dom 6pm PINE LEVEL UNITED METHODIST CHRIST CENTERED, CHRIST LED. 9596 Pine Level St., Arcadia 863494-0044 9am Children Church 9am Contemporary Service 10am Sunday School 11am Contemporary Service Wednesday Adult, Youth & Childrens Programs 7 PM Nursery Always Available www.pinelevelumc.com Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church 2865 SW Co. Rd 661 863-993-5568 Sunday Prayer Time 9:20am Sunday School/Bible Study 9:45am Morning Worship 11:00am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wed. 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Arcadian | Page 10 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 Poets and preachers have long pointed out the similarities between the seasons of the year and life. In effect, were all born in January and immediately start heading toward December. Along the way, were initiated into lifes realities by the cold winds of winter, welcomed by the striking colors and owery fragrances of spring, warmed by the pleasant breezes of summer, made thoughtful by the breathtaking beauty of our sentimental journey through fall and nally, in December, belatedly nd ourselves beginning to think seriously about eternity. Were also affected by the seasons of the soul. An old hymn said, Sometimes Im up; sometimes Im down, but all the time Im heaven-bound. The composer, like most of us, had evidently known both valleys and mountaintops during his journey but had wisely concluded these ups and downs of life had no bearing on the ultimate outcome. Faith provided him a strong anchor when waves were high and assurance that a safe harbor waited after lifes storms. Answering the knock on our door, I faced a grieving father and mother of a young sailor. All of our castles have tumbled, said the father, explaining that their son had been swept over board while standing fog watch in the north Atlantic and wasnt found. My responsibility was to comfort them, to give them hope; a seemingly impossible task but their faith rose to the occasion. These brokenhearted parents were condent about their sons relationship to his Lord and this gave them strength in their season of sorrow. Friends of ours experienced severe nancial reverses. Their formerly thriving business was closed and they lost their home. In spite of these tough trials, however, they found strength through their faith in God to keep them from despair. While out of work, they volunteered for missionary work in the South Pacic, reaching out to needy people with the message of Gods love. Job had been the wealthy father of seven sons and three daughters. Everything seemed to be going his way. Then trouble came in like a ood. His children died. He lost his wealth and health. His formerly faithful wife became so depressed that she urged him to turn against God and die (Job 2:9). Even during this season of trouble, however, Jobs faith remained strong, enabling him to comfort his grieving wife by telling her this melancholy mood was out of character, proving his love for her was unchanged. In what season do you nd yourself? Are you so down that you wonder if God cares? Martin Luther once felt as you do today. Then he heard a bird singing its evening song. As he watched, he saw the bird tuck its head under a wing and fall asleep. In writing of this experience, Luther Strength for all seasons Roger Campbell STRENGTH | 23 To those of you who have read this column over the years, or who have attended one of my community programs, it will not come as a surprise that todays scam is the one I consider most reprehensible, as I have shared that opinion many times. It occurs when someone, frequently a trusted family member or friend, caring for an elderly person, defrauds that person out of money, possessions and/or valuables. The reason I find this scam so horrific is that it is the only one in which the criminal targets a specific, particularly vulnerable, individual. In other scams, the criminal attempts to defraud large numbers of anonymous persons unknown to him, in the hopes that if even only a few are taken in, he will be able to obtain some ill-gotten gains. In committing todays scam, the criminal makes every effort to earn the trust of his intended victim, thereby making it easier to defraud the elderly person. Although this has happened here in DeSoto County before and will, undoubtedly, happen again, I was reminded of its devastating effects when a local resident was arrested for perpetrating this crime against a local, elderly couple whom he had befriended. By the time of his arrest, he was criminally in possession of the couples vehicle, their mobile home, some possessions and the funds in a bank account set up to pay for their living expenses. At the same time I learned of this case, I learned of another in a different area of the state. In that one, a female caregiver stripped the savings of an elderly individual, using the money not only for herself, but claiming the elderly person insisted the caregiver withdraw $100,000 from the accounts to give to each of the caregivers children as gifts. Whenever these cases come to light, the criminal is most often someone the elderly person has learned to trust and count on. Unfortunately, there will always be people who need help and, As scams go, this one is the worst C.A.S.E. Manager Phyllis Schwartz DeSoto County Sheriffs Office SCAMS | 23 Throughout its long history, St. Paul Parish in Arcadia has had the faithful support of its dedicated rural Catholic community. From the beginning, Catholic families rst supported traveling Jesuit priests who rode on horseback to minister the sacraments to the faithful, and then later these same families got together to help sustain the parish that exists today. One family in partic ular, the Smiths, gures prominently in that history. It was with their support, and the help of other families, that the rst church was built in 1915 at the intersection of North Monroe Avenue and West Whidden Street. As part of the diocese of St. Augustine, then the only diocese in Florida, then-Bishop Michael Curley traveled to Arcadia to dedicate the new church. The Smith family legacy continued as Father William J. Carroll was assigned to the parish in 1929, and two days later the newest member of the Smith family, John Smith, was baptized. John Smith is now 84, and attends daily Mass at St. Paul Parish. He was an usher for many years and remains a valued member of the parish. The faithful Catholic grew up in Arcadia and went to DeSoto County High School where he met his wife, Dorothy. In 1950 the couple was married at St. Paul. They later had three children. Smith worked for 44 years at G. Pierce Wood Hospital before retiring. Being active in what is going on at St. Paul was part of my upbringing and came naturally to me, John Smith said. We are a small parish but our faith is strong. That is something everyone here says, and it is so true. Smith followed the family tradition in supporting the parish in any way he could throughout the years, but in particular by joining the effort to raise money to build a new church. The current St. Paul Parish Church, which is on East Oak Street (State Road 70), just east of downtown Arcadia, was dedicated Feb. 17, 1968 by Bishop Coleman F. Carroll of the Diocese of Miami. Of the core group that helped support the building of the current St. Paul Parish Church in 1968, five are still active. This group of dedicated faithful includes Smith, Ginny Fusco, Maryann Roe, Dr. Luca Fusco and Walt Banull. In addition to being a supporter of the parish, Smith is also a generous benefactor of Catholic Charities of DeSoto County, which has offices and services for the needy on the parish property. Sister Ann DeNicolo, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of Catholic Charities said Smith is the type of person on whom everyone can rely if there were ever anything in need. He is a wonderful man whose legacy of support for his parish and Catholic Charities reflects who he is as a man who lives his faith. [Editors Note: John Smith died on Sept. 9, 2014 at the age of 84.]John Smiths legacy connected to St. Paul ParishBy BOB REDDYREPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROMFLORIDA CATHOLIC SMITH 50471184
The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 11 | Arcadian Area artist Becky Van Pelt, who founded the Opera House Artists group in Arcadia, recently learned her work was accepted for the publication of International Contemporary Masters, a leading juried annual art publication presenting noteworthy artists from all over the world. The book is distributed to museums, galleries, collectors, interior designers, libraries and curators. Van Pelt has also been invited to participate in a 2015 exhi bition at the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts in Las Vegas, presenting all artists recognized in the publication. Van Pelt also has some of her work on exhibit at Lexington Manor in Port Charlotte. Van Pelt, who is largely self-taught, has traveled extensively which she feels is a contributing factor to the diversity of her art. She has traveled from Key West to Alaska, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Canada, Bermuda, Monaco, the Bahama Islands and the Virgin Islands. She said her art is inuenced by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Pollock. Van Pelt started the Opera House Artists, who have space in the Opera House building in Arcadia where their artwork is available for purchase. Several area artists, including Jane Hilton from Arcadia, have their works on exhibit there. Van Pelt is a member of the DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council. The Opera House Artists are also exhibiting at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, and will be there for a meet-andgreet from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30. The VAC is at 210 Maude Street in Punta Gorda. The exhibit will be there through Oct. 3. For details, call 941-639-8810 or visit http://visualartcenter.org. For more about Van Pelt, visit http:// beckyvanpelt.com.Area artist accepted for international publication PHOTOS PROVIDEDBecky Van Pelt paints both in a representational style and in a modern abstract style. Her work (seen at left) has been accepted for an annual publication on modern artists. Van Pelt says she is inuenced by several modern artists including Picasso and Pollack. Ulice Bazaldua, 18, 1600 block of Sugarbabe Road, Arcadia. Charges: unarmed burglary of occupied dwelling, two counts of grand theft between $300-$5,000, and out-of-county warrant. Bond: none. Curtis Ameen Talib Brazier, 25, 200 block of Harris Road, Arcadia. Charges: battery and driving without a valid license. Bond: $1,620. Guadalupe Herrejon-Cuna, 32, Oak St., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Steven Anthony Hrabek, 45, Port Charlotte. Charge: DUI with BAC .15 or higher or with person under 18. Bond: $1,500. Richard Matthew Kerce, 36, 500 block of Clark Lane, Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Purge: $690. Clinton Harry Reid, 57, 5600 block of N.W. Pine Bridge Drive, Arcadia. Charge: possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $120. Christopher John Stuart, 50, 3200 block of N.E. McIntyre St., Arcadia. Charges: two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession or use of drug equipment, resisting an officer without violence and smuggling contraband into a detention facility. Bond: $7, 890. Andre Vasquez, 21, no address, Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant Bond: none. John Lester Lowe, 61, 6100 block of S.W. Sable Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Clarence Luther, 50, 1900 block of S. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended. Bond: $120. Tammy Lynn Mendez, 45, 3400 block of S.W. Fender St., Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $10,120. Tony Rock Rizzo, 28, 1700 block of N.E. Ora Drive, Arcadia. Charges: manufacture, distribution or sale of imitation drugs, sale of misbranded drugs in lieu of controlled substances, possession of methampheatmine within 1,000 feet of prohibited area and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $50,000. Kenneth Ray Hemsley, 67, 6100 block of N.W. Cul de Sac, Arcadia. Charges: petty theft and resisting recovery of stolen property. Bond: $18,132. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Gordon Martin, 55, 3100 block of N.W. State Route 70, Arcadia. Charge: DUI. Bond: $1,000. Rhonda May Shatney, 44, 200 block of W. Winiford St., Arcadia. Charge: petty theft. Bond: $2,500. Compiled by Susan E. HoffmanARRESTSFROM PAGE 5 VOTE FOR DESOTO ORDINANCE 2014-04 Penny Sales Tax Means Everybody Pays a Fair Share! Q ) W i l l t h i s pe n n y sale s t a x affe c t t h e c o s t o f g r o c e r i e s ? A) Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia (Florida included) e x c l u d e most food purchased for consumption at home from the state sales tax. (Data obtained from cbpp.org -Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) Q ) H o w m u c h d o e s a pe n n y amou n t to ? A) On a taxable purchase of $10.00 -right now you pay $10.70, with a penny more-$10.75. 50475508
Arcadian | Page 12 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 Bulldogs dont let a little rain spoil Homecoming pep rally, game and dance ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACKThe sophomore class said, When the Tornadoes blow into town, Spike ropes the wind and takes em down. The Senior Class oat says, Bulldogs cant be blown away. When the Tornadoes strike the Dogs will stay. Although their scoreboard shows the Bulldogs winning by a score of 20-15, in fact they were even better, defeating Booker 20-6. Taking a second to pose for photos before hitting the dance oor are, from left, Joshua Gonzalez, Taylor Smith, Hollie Lawson, Colt Boatright, Wyatt Boatright, Joan Perez, Emily Beard, Shannon Bruschner and Tyler Smith. Decked out in beautiful gowns, from left, are Laurel Mercer, Kalyn Murray, Jennifer McMannis, Alissa Blauvelt, Ashley Keen and Brittany Boss. Michael Skidmore Jr. and Annisha Grantham take a break before hitting the dance oor during the Homecoming Dance Saturday night. Left: Desoto County High School is proud to crown the new Homecoming Queen and King, Jami Westberry and Parker Brown, during halftime at the Homecoming Game. Due to the rain, the crowning was done indoors. Right: The senior class of 2015 lets everyone know they rule during the pep rally for the Home coming Game. Left: Eve Pence, left, Homecoming Queen Jami Westberry and Micaela Roberts enjoy iced tea and lemonade with a cheer. Right: Alexis Wright, Tania Hernandez, Paulina Garcia and Masoni Summers ash the peace sign at the DeSoto County High School Homecoming Dance. The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 13 | Arcadian Bulldogs dont let a little rain spoil Homecoming pep rally, game and dance The Senior Class oat says, Bulldogs cant be blown away. When the Tornadoes strike the Dogs will stay. Although their scoreboard shows the Bulldogs winning by a score of 20-15, in fact they were even better, defeating Booker 20-6. The Freshman class had Bowser the Bulldog cooking up a storm. It was too rainy Friday night for the traditional Homecoming Parade down West Oak Street, so the school arranged for the oats to be displayed Tuesday morning at the Turner Center. Decked out in beautiful gowns, from left, are Laurel Mercer, Kalyn Murray, Jennifer McMannis, Alissa Blauvelt, Ashley Keen and Brittany Boss. From left, Max McKettrick, Kalyn Markey, Hannah Lambright and Will Nelson at Saturdays Homecoming Dance. Enjoying the Homecoming Dance festivities are, seated in center, Darrel Nicklow Jr., surrounded by, from left, F. Bobby, Deionte Turner, Brittany Morales, Tajahs Jackson, Keondra Blocker and Mariah Noble. Cole Dedeaux leads the ladies around the dance oor.
SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Arcadian | Page 14DMS ROUTS SEBRING PAGE 16Sporting a new name and uniforms, the DeSoto Middle School football team opened its season with a resounding 34-6 win. If you are a fan of old school football with a muddy, slippery eld and strong defensive play, then Bulldog Stadium was the place for you last Friday night. The DeSoto County Bulldogs and Booker Tornadoes banged heads on a slick eld that made footing conditions treacherous for both teams. The constant rain turned the eld into the areas largest Slip n Slide. When it was all over the Bulldogs came out on top 20-6, giving them a homecoming win and preserving their undefeated record. With a scoreless tie through three periods, all the points were scored in the fourth quarter. It was the kind of game that would be determined by who made the least number of mistakes on the eld. The Tornadoes made one that led to the rst score when they lost a fumble early in the fourth quarter. Of the four total fumbles by both teams, Bookers late fumble was the only one to be recovered by the other team. A pass from Reggie Jones to Tony Lee got the ball down to the two-yardline. The next play moved it to the one, and thats when the big man Deionte Juice Turner stepped in. Turner took the ball from the one-yard-line and powered his 285-pound body into the end zone. I had to get it in there for my team man, an excited Turner said. Booker came back to score and looked like they were going to tie the game at 7. A fumbled snap and an incomplete pass resulted in a onepoint lead for the Dawgs. On the kickoff Lee gave the Bulldogs good eld position with a long return inside the Tornadoes 30-yard-line. A few plays later Jones was in the end zone with an important touchdown to give DeSoto an eight-point lead.Trick play turns tideThe key play of the game came with less than two minutes remaining and the Bulldogs hanging on to an eightpoint lead. Facing a fourth-and-14, the Bulldogs went into punt formation. Earlier in the game they had a punt blocked, and another was nearly blocked. With those memories fresh in DeSoto Head Coach Matt Egloffs mind, he called for a fake punt. Lee was the up man and took the snap and picked up 28 yards to the Booker nine-yardline. Jones took it the last nine yards on the next play to wrap up the game. It was a smart call by Egloff. Had the fake failed, Booker still needed to go 65 yards for a touchdown and make a two-point conversion just to tie the game. Had the Bulldogs attempted another punt, it could have been blocked and a scoop and score could have led to a tie game. I really didnt think I had much of a choice in the matter. We didnt want to take a chance on another punt getting blocked so we called the fake, Egloff said. The punt that was blocked earlier in the game didnt result in any points for Booker. As the Tornadoes were attempting a eld goal they were penalized for delay of game. The penalty moved them back ve yards, and the ensuing kick bounced off the crossbar. The penalty cost Booker three points. The Bulldogs also missed on a rst half scoring opportunity when Jones ran 60 yards for a touchdown, but a holding penalty called the play back. It was one of seven ags dropped on the Bulldogs. Tony Lee had crucial plays that led to all three scores. He had a pass reception to the two-yard-line that led to the rst score. He also had a rst down on a fake punt and a 40-yard kickoff return that led to the other two scores. The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 103-21. The swarming defense has allowed only one touchdown a week, and the points allowed have fallen from eight to six. The run defense held Booker to 15 yards on 20 carries, and the Tornadoes didnt pick up a rst down until midway in the third quarter. The Bulldogs travel to North Port tomorrow night for a 7 p.m. game. Last season the Bobcats won 35-28 as the Bulldogs made all kinds of mistakes, including two lost fumbles, two interceptions and 15 penalties in that game. The way the Bulldogs are playing this season, its highly unlikely that will happen again. If you are unable to make it to the game, you can listen to all of the action on WFLN 1480 AM radio as the Bulldogs try to improve their record to 4-0.Bulldogs stay perfect with homecoming winBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, firstname.lastname@example.orgReggie Jones fakes a pass and runs for 10 yards on a play during the game. The Bulldogs defeated Booker 20-6 to improve their record to 3-0. This extra point by Cesar Barajas turned out to be the winning point as the Bulldogs beat Booker 20-6. The holder is Tony Lee. ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, email@example.com PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACKDeionte Juice Turner demolishes the Booker line to score the go-ahead touchdown for the Bulldogs on a one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter. It was his rst score as an oensive player in Turners career as the Bulldogs beat Booker 20-6 on homecoming. Despite the soggy conditions, the DeSoto High School Band continued to entertain the crowd during the homecoming game. The Bulldogs defeated Booker 20-6 to improve their record to 3-0. 50475507 In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, DeSoto Memorial Radiology is offering special pricing on: Digital Mammogram Screening . . . . $75.00 Bone Density Scan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75.00 Appointment Dates Monday, October 20th Tuesday, October 21st Wednesday, October 22nd Thursday, October 23rd Make Early Detection a Habit You Keep For Life Call Kristen to make an appointment 863-993-7601 Prices listed above are for self-pay patients. 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The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 15 | Arcadian After a hard-fought win over Hardee to go 3-0 in district play, Coach Laura White told her team, Against Lemon Bay and even Sebring, you guys were considered the scrappy team. Last night, Hardee was the scrappy team. The girls agreed with their coach, with Bethany Bonville complimenting the Wildcat squad on their defense. They played tough, she said. Bonville had 27 hardearned kills in the four-set match, as the Wildcats came up with dig after dig before the Bulldogs eventually pulled away for a 3-1 victory. The Bulldogs knew they were in for a ght from the very rst rally. After more than a half-dozen volleys to each other, a Bonville kill nally got the Bulldogs their rst point. DeSoto used strong serving and net play to build an eightpoint lead by the middle of the set, and pushed forward to a 25-13 rst set victory. White knew that even though the Bulldogs came out with a comfortable rst set victory, they were in for a ght the rest of the way. We were fortunate that some balls fell in the middle and Hardee had some service and attack errors, she said, but we were also aware of the many defensive saves they had in that rst set. Hardee proved DeSoto had a right to be concerned in the second set. The Wildcats kept digging and the Bulldogs began accruing attack errors to fall behind 9-5 in the set. Bonville got the hot hand with attack kills and brought the Bulldogs back to tie the set at 17. With the score tied at 23 DeSoto committed a serve receive error and an attack error to give the Wildcats a 25-23 victory, bringing life to Hardees home crowd. The third and fourth sets saw both teams playing even early, before the Bulldogs would eventually pull away with 25-18 and 25-19 wins. There were times early in the sets where Hardee would just not let the ball hit the ground, Middle Hitter Josie Deriso (four kills/four blocks) said. Sometimes players can get frustrated, but fortunately we held pretty steady to pull out the win. I felt we were going to win the match, but Hardee did do a good job of keeping the ball in play. White said the match was a good lesson in never under estimating the opponent. We are 3-0 after the rst round in district play, but know we can take no team for granted, she said. We went ve (sets) with Sebring, we played well against Lemon Bay but have to play at their place next time, and Hardee just proved they can play with anybody (Hardee took Lemon Bay to four sets early in the season). Were working on taking the ball lower on defense, and hoping to get more consistent in the middle.Lady Bulldogs upend Hardee 3-1By DAVE BREMERARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER Lucero Perez, left, and Bethany Bonville get ready to receive serve in a game against Hardee. DeSoto won the match 3-1. PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERAfter a shaky but victorious rst set against Hardee, Coach Laura White reminds her team to play hard and take nothing for granted against the Wildcats. The Bulldogs won the match 3 sets to 1. Outside hitters Kacey Steyer and Micaela Wallace show their frustration during the second set of a recent match against Hardee. Although the Bull dogs dropped the set, they came back to win the match 3-1. Kacey Steyer focuses before starting her serve to Hardee. The Bulldogs defeated Hardee 3-1. Bethany Bonville studies her oppo nent before receiving serve against Hardee. The Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats 3-1 in district play. 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! 471218 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Week 15 Weight Loss 76 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 Tom & Sue Damron .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! CURRENT WEIGHT 264 330 POUND LOSS 58 lbs. 18 lbs.
Arcadian | Page 16 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 It has been a long time since all three of our football teams won in the same week. The varsity squad ran its record to 3-0 with a 20-6 win over Booker. The junior varsity team got into the win column with a 25-7 thrashing of Fort Meade, and the DeSoto Middle School Bulldogs defeated Sebring 34-6 in their rst game of the season. The varsity volleyball team lost to Charlotte 3-1, but earlier in the week beat district rival Hardee by the same 3-1 score. The JV volleyball team had similar results to the varsity squad. After beating Hardee 2-0, they lost to the Tarpons 2-0. They also participated in the North Port JV Volleyball Tournament and went 4-7 in the day-long event. The cross country team went against more than 60 schools at North Port Saturday, Sept. 20. They didnt place in the top 10 but the competition gave them the needed experience to compete in upcoming district and regional meets. The middle school softball team opened its season with 7-6 extra innings loss against Lake Placid.Upcoming games The varsity football team will take its perfect record to North Port for the rst of four straight road games tomorrow. Game time is 7 p.m. and if you cant make it in person all the action can be heard on WFLN 1480 AM radio. Boys golf home against Lake Placid Sept.30. Girls golf is at Lake Placid tonight and at Hardee Sept. 30. JV football is at Avon Park tonight and home next Thursday against Mulberry. The volleyball teams visit Lemon Bay Sept. 30 and are home next Thursday against Lake Placid. The cross country team is at Lake Placid tonight at 4:30 p.m. The DeSoto Middle School football team hosts Lake Placid at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The middle school softball team visits Hardee at 4:30 p.m. tonight, and hosts Avon Park Monday, Sept. 29.DeSoto Sports RoundupBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, email@example.comThe Bulldogs locker room was a happy place with singing, dancing and cheering after their 20-6 win over Booker. Leading the way are RayShawn Stroman, Julio Gaitan and Stefan Williams. It was a long week for the students at DeSoto County High School, with homecoming festivities dominating the thoughts and actions of the students and athletes. That might have had something to do with the sluggish performance for the Lady Bulldogs junior varsity volleyball team during a tournament in North Port Sept. 20.JV girls struggle at tournamentBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, firstname.lastname@example.orgDeSoto Countys Taylor Hoppel goes high on this warmup kill shot. The junior varsity squad competed in a volleyball tournament in North Port Sept. 20.TOURNAMENT | 18 First of all, yes that is correct. The DeSoto Middle School team is now the Bulldogs and wears the high schools colors. Gone are those red and black uni forms and the Panthers name. Also gone is the only coach the football program has known. Monte McLeod, who retired after last season, will always be able to say he guided the Panthers to more wins than anybody else now that the name has been changed. The new head coach, Terry Allshouse, along with his assistants Steve Muse, Mitchell Johnson and Mike Morris, join McLeod holdover Al Blackwood to round out the coaching staff. Blackwood was McLeods former defensive coach, but now works with both the offensive and defensive linemen. Even with the new coaches and uniforms, the team looks like the powerhouse squads were used to seeing at the middle school. The Bulldogs crushed Sebring 34-6 in the season opener Sept. 16.Score summaryThe rst score came from 35 yards out as LaQuan Griffen took the ball on the second play of the series and rumbled into the end zone. He ran like the 2014 DeSoto graduate Terrell Gordon. Gordon led the area in rushing by over 200 yards to his nearest competitor and Griffen has the same forward lean and powerful lower body. He also wears the same number as Gordon (34), and also happens to be his brother! Nehemiah Hillard scored the second touchdown just a minute and a half later to give the Bulldogs a 15-0 lead. After that there was no looking back for the Bulldogs, who put on a show for a good sized crowd at Bulldog Stadium. Arnold Mele punched it in from eight yards out in the second quarter, and Trayvis Smith added another eight-yard score with 1:18 left in the half. The Bulldogs took a 28-0 lead into the break. In the fourth quarter, quarterback Alex Muse snuck it in from a yard out to make it 34-0. The Blue Streaks scored in the nal minutes to avoid the shutout.Offense, defense dominateThe offense dominated the line of scrimmage as the Bulldogs racked up 248 yards on just 29 rushes; an 8.5-yard average. Leading the way was Griffen with 72 yards on just four carries. He ran the rst two plays of the game and then just once in each of the nal two quarters. His 18-yard-per-carry rushing average looked pretty good on the stat sheet. Mele and Hilliard each carried ve DMS football wins in 34-6 routBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, email@example.comDeSotos Rudy Delgado makes a tackle the way its supposed to be done as he keeps his head up and wraps up the Sebring quarterback. DeSotos defense played well in the the teams 34-6 win Sept. 16. DMS | 17 M i c h a e l D e r h o d g e O D Michael Derhodge O.D. 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The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 17 | Arcadian times for 58 and 47 yards respectively. The other two scorers were Muse with six carries for 41 yards and Smith with three runs for 23 yards. It was the defense that really shined, however, and continuously made the big plays. Leading the defense was Smith, Tyler King and Nate Rowe. King, along with his teammates, owned the line while linebackers Smith and Rowe snuffed out any possibility of Sebring moving the ball. Smith made one strong tackle that jarred the ball loose, with Rowe recovering it. Both backers were constantly in on tackles during the game. Allshouse used his secondand thirdteam players for half of the second quarter and most of the second half. They might not get as much playing time in future games, but got plenty of valuable time and experience on the eld against Sebring. Our physicalness was outstanding, but we still have to work on our tackling, Allshouse said. There was a lot of arm tackling out there, but we played well. We got to get ready for next week (Hardee), because they will be ready to play football. The new Bulldogs look very good on both sides of the ball. They have some big guys who like to hit and some smaller guys who play big with a lot of heart. Theyve got the speed that DeSoto County has been known for and are very athletic. There could be a couple of players who could skip the junior varsity team and go straight to varsity next year providing they hit the weight room and continue to progress on the eld. If these players and the current freshmen stick together and stay in the DeSoto school district, they could have an extremely good team in the near future.DMSFROM PAGE 16 Members of the Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association gathered for a roundtable discussion Sept. 18 at the Bright Hour Ranch in Arcadia to learn about the Brazilian citrus industry and some of the major differences between the countrys growers compared to those in Florida. Dr. Stephen Futch, Multi-County Extension Agent with the University of Florida, talked about a July trip he and several local growers took to the country in July, highlighting some of the major differences in how Brazilian growers cultivate their crops, and different options they have to combat the spread of diseases such as greening in groves.Production differencesThe group visited groves in the area around San Paulo, which is home to a majority of the 1.5 million acres of citrus in Brazil. The country is the worlds largest producer of orange juice in the world, producing three of every ve glasses of orange juice consumed worldwide. Because Brazil is located south of the Equator, the countrys growing and harvesting seasons are the opposite of Floridas. And with an average rainfall of 60-80 inches of rain yearly and high costs associated with drilling wells because of the countrys elevation, less than 30 percent of growers utilize irrigation. Brazilian growers sell their product by the box and not pound solids. That means the focus is less on the quality of the fruit and more on quantity. As of July, a box delivered to a processing plant sold for between $4 and $6. Production goals average 600 boxes per acre, and Futch said blocks of groves are typically removed when they produce less than 300-400 boxes per acre. One major difference between Brazilian and U.S. growers is the amount of effort put into spraying and maintaining neighboring groves. This is something Brazilian growers do extensively, Futch said. For every U.S. dollar spent to control their neighbors grove, they have estimated they save themselves approximately $70 in preventing the spread of disease. They have found this method to be highly successful, and its something that is difcult to reproduce here in the U.S.Fighting greeningFutch noted that only 10 percent of Brazils orange crops are infected with greening (compared to 85-90 percent in Florida). Growers methods for ghting the disease are much different than in the United States, due to easier access to land and opportunities for growers to lease their lands for sugar cane production. Approximately 90 percent of larger growers simply eradicate greeningpositive trees, and because of easy access to additional acreage, they will simply plant more trees to offset the loss. Some growers also use enhanced nutrition programs to ght the spread of greening, but it is restricted mainly to smaller farms. After eradicating the infected trees, the larger growers there have the ability to plant on expanded acreage, a luxury we dont have here in Florida, Futch said. He added that Brazilian growers also spray herbicide extensively, with several of the larger growers spraying their borders up to 36 times a year. Many growers, especially those from traditional, smaller farms, have chosen to lease their lands to sugar cane companies, who are paying $150$180 per acre for use of the land. This is an easy choice for many grow ers there, because they are paid very well by these sugar cane companies to use their land for that crops production, and the growers dont have to do anything. Citrus roundtable focuses on BrazilBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR PHOTO BY STEVE BAUERDr. Stephen Futch was the featured speaker at a recent PRVCGA Grower roundtable discussion. CITRUS | 22 rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 50471158
Arcadian | Page 18 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 The Bulldogs had a tough schedule, starting out rst thing in the morning with the eventual tournament champions Charlotte High School. They played better and lasted three games against both North Port and the Manatee Heat. After falling behind in their nal match of the day against Port Charlotte, the Bulldogs came on and won the next two sets to win the match. Their nal record of 4-7 for the daylong tournament can also be blamed in part by the stiff competition on the court. The experience is a good thing, however, because it will benet the Bulldogs over the long run. Two members of the team were on the homecoming court, Bailey Bryant and Keirstyn Barrera, and had a very busy week. We had school, practice homework and activities involved with homecoming this week so yes, it has been a tiring week, Barrera said. Bulldog coach Nora Cail said, Theyve had a long week and maybe that had something to do with us not playing up to our potential or even up to the level that weve shown so far this season. Shea (Lipe) impressed me today, she had a good tournament.TOURNAMENTFROM PAGE 16 Amid the ever-growing bank of dark clouds that continues to hang over Floridas citrus industry, a couple of rays of sunshine broke through last week. Locally, Citrus World, parent to the juice brand Floridas Natural based in Lake Wales, has announced a $10 million tree planting incentive program. The initiative would help fund one million new citrus tree plantings. On the national level, the United States Department of Agriculture also announced it would be launching its own program in which growers whose groves are affected by a deadly citrus disease can recoup some of the cost of tree removal and replanting. Both moves are signicant because growers have become increasingly reluctant to invest in new plantings until the citrus greening crisis, which last year caused near historic low fruit yields, is under control. In 2013, Coca Cola, the parent company to Minute Maid, pledged to support 25,000 acres of new citrus plantings as well. Last years crop came in at around 100 million boxes, which is expected to be near the gure the USDA announces in its rst crop estimate next month, although some analysts said it could be as low as 90 million boxes for the 2014-15 growing season. Citrus Worlds nancial position has never been stronger and we cant think of a better way to invest than with our growers, said CEO Steve Caruso. It is the right thing to do. He also indicated the measure demonstrates Citrus Worlds belief in the long term sustainability of the Florida citrus grower and will help enable the Floridas Natural Brand to Floridas Natural commits $10 million to tree programBy BRIAN ACKLEYBACKLEY@HEARTLANDNEWSPAPERS.COMcontinue to grow. The rms annual stockholder meeting will be held in November. Dave Crumbly, Floridas Natural Vice President of Agricultural Services, said the program would actually cover a period of 10 years, once trees start producing fruit, which usually takes several growing seasons. As long as the fruit from those trees goes to the local juice plant during that time, growers new tree cost would be forgiven $1 a year per tree for 10 years. We felt like the time was right, he said. The grower, that their grove may have fallen below a level of economic return, and that they were struggling with the decision to plant or not to plant, this will be an incentive to help that decision and help keep them in business. Applications to be part of the program are due to Citrus World ofcials by Oct. 31, he said, and the allocation of trees will be made after that. Some of the cooperatives growers have groves as small as ve acres, but that today, as many as 300 trees can be planted on an acre. That would translate to about $3,000 per acre for new trees. The $10 basically covers the cost of the tree as well as planting the tree, he said. Its intended to get the tree in the ground. From that point, the grower would still have to care for that tree and bring it into production. He said there was no restriction on what type of orange tree to plant, other than they be juice oranges. Were encouraging the planting of some Valencias, but at the end of the day, the decision of what variety to plant will be up to the grower based on their particular situation, Crumbly added. The federal program allows farmers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. Under the program, Florida citrus growers will be eligible for up to 50 percent of the cost of the removal of diseased trees, 65 percent of the cost of replanting and labor, and 65 percent of the cost of seedlings. Losses must have occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said its important for Florida growers to remove the diseased trees and replant new trees, otherwise the industry will continue to suffer crop and job losses. We dont really have a denitive solution and in order to keep this contained and hopefully over time, reverse it, said Vilsack. Its going to be necessary for us to put an emphasis on removing diseased trees and planting new trees. He estimated that around 4,500 grove owners could be eligible for the program. Growers can recoup up to $125,000 in assistance; individuals or businesses with average gross incomes exceeding $900,000 are ineligible for payment. We need six million trees to be replanted to make up for the losses already sustained, said Vilsack. Most of Floridas oranges are used for juice, unlike California oranges which are destined for the fresh fruit market. According to the USDA, the U.S. citrus crop was worth $3.15 billion in the 2012-2013 growing season, down 15 percent from the previous season. The value of the Florida citrus crop was PROGRAM | 22 50471211 We now stock KIA oil filters and can handle all your maintenance needs in town! Save the drive and maintain your warranty TRUSTED AUTO REPAIR & SERVICE Weve built our reputation helping friends and neighbors like you stay safe on the road with honest and reliable automotive service. Joe Spicer Service Advisor Service Advisor
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Arcadian | Page 22 www.sunnewspapers.net The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 The Florida Citrus Commission has decided its rainy day has arrived. The group will make a nal decision next month, but a plan announced last week will lower taxes on citrus for the upcoming season to help growers deal with escalating costs and declining pro duction because of the ongoing greening crisis. Commission ofcials said about $5.5 million would be available in its fund balance, or budget surplus, to make up for the lost box tax revenue. Juice oranges would be taxed at 20 cents per box under the plan, down from 23 cents, and taxes for grapefruit, both for juice and fresh shipped, would drop to 27 cents from 34 cents. The reduction would be just for the new growing season. Ofcials said per commission policy, the commissions fund balance would need to have about $9.2 million available, and after last year, there was actually $14.7 million available, meaning the $5.5 million could apply toward a lower tax rate. The proposal was based on an October crop estimate of 100 million boxes, and could be changed if the crop estimate gures are signicantly off. The United States Department of Agriculture is scheduled to release its rst estimate on Oct 10, and the commission is expected to then act on the idea at its next regular ly scheduled meeting on Oct. 22. We absolutely want to make sure if we do this, we do it the right way, and to do that requires the October numbers, said commission comptroller Christine Marion. The commissions yearly budget also contains reserve funding that is not typically released until after the threat of a winter freeze has passed. However, that funding was not released at all last growing season and accounted for about $2.1 million of the $5.5 million overage. Marion also said conservative spending last year contributed to the larger than expected surplus. During the scal year, as crops continued to fall we made some major course corrections in our programs and campaigns which resulted in additional $1.8 million savings, Marion said. As recently as the 2007-08 growing season, Florida produced over 200 million boxes of citrus. During the previous growing season, the commission decided to cancel all of its television advertising to help save money, and to concentrate more on direct public relations efforts to combat the idea that orange juice, for example, contains too much sugar. Citrus Commission proposes tax break for growersBy BRIAN ACKLEYBACKLEY@HEARTLANDNEWSPAPERS.COM Its a very attractive option for them, and were seeing it happen more frequent ly, he said. The countrys growers also battle citrus diseases such as canker, black spot, CVC, post bloom fruit drop and Leprosis, and because of very low fruit prices millions of boxes of fruit are simply dropped because of the low market demand. Futch noted that Florida growers will also likely see post bloom fruit drop issues next year. This will likely be an issue in Southwest Florida next season, we saw it some of the north-central Florida groves last year, and we expect it will become an area of concern here as well, he said. Futch closed the round table by challenging the growers in attendance to think twice about how they plan to move forward with their struggles against greening. Are you a reghter? he asked. Some see opportunities in the case of a re, a chance to rescue others and take control of the situation, and you need to ask yourself if you are one of those individuals in the ght against greening. Will higher citrus costs offset higher prices? We need to continue to work together and do our best to be the reghters in this ght.CITRUSFROM PAGE 17 $1.53 billion in the 20122013 growing season, and the state comprised 63 percent of all U.S. citrus production. This is really good news and should go a long way to incentivize eligible growers to replant citrus, said Michael W. Sparks, executive VP/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. We are a resilient bunch; growers want to replant even in this challenging environment. The new TAP should help shoulder some of the risk. I cant thank enough U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Florida Farm Service Agency Executive Director Rick Dantzler for their hard work in making this program happen. Floridas Natural said it has about 1,000 grower members that have citrus operations on almost 60,000 acres in the state. This program will provide a boost to an industry that is on the brink as we work together to save iconic Florida citrus, added Florida Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam, a Bartow citrus grower. (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)PROGRAMFROM PAGE 18 program. School Board Attorney Bucky Waldron reported the agreement between the School Board and the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners, regarding sharing funds given to the county as host of the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority, had been prepared and was expected to be nalized soon. He reminded the School Board the agreement has to be led with the court. Facilities Director Steven Cummings explained some issues relating to signs and ashing lights in school zones along some routes children take to school. In particular, Turner Avenue is a problem because there are so many intersecting cross streets, and for a school zone to be enforceable, state law requires a school zone to have a sign with correct hours listed based on the start and end of the school day every time another street enters the roadway. Some of the school zones in the city do not have the correct signage and lights, and Turner Avenue presents another issue because the division between city and county jurisdiction is down the center of the road, so it is hard to know whose responsibility it is to install signs and lights. Cpt. Craig Aument of the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce said DCSO is working with the schools to address the issue. AWARDFROM PAGE 2 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANThe Prudential Productivity Award was presented jointly to the DeSoto County Health Depart ment and School District for the school health dental program. Receiving the award are, from left, Dr. Kirk Snyder and Diane Wilson of the Health Department, School Superintendent Karyn Gary, Karen Whaley of Rep. Ben Albrittons oce, and Mary Kay Burns and Penny Kurtz of the DeSoto Co. Health Department. 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The Sun / Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.sunnewspapers.net Page 23 | Arcadian Charles M. NickolsonCharles M. Nickolson, 67, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at home, with his family. He was born April 7, 1947, in Montgomery, Ala., to Charles W. and Mary Ellen (nee Blasingame) Nickolson. Mr. Nickolson served as a Sergeant in the United States Army, and moved to this area 44 years ago. He, along with his late wife Flossie, and daughter, Tammy, operated Nickolsons Portrait Studio in Port Charlotte, Fla. Charles served the community capturing memories through photography in this area since 1979. His daughter Tammy inherited his love of photography, and will continue the family business. He was an avid marksman, competing locally and internationally. Over the years, Charles has earned and received a great deal of recognition for his skill. His love of marksmanship has been passed down to his grandsons. He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Grueber of Port Charlotte; and grandsons, Austin and Dylan Grueber, both of Port Charlotte. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Flossie, in October 2013. A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Lake Suzy, Fla., with Pastor Wayne Earnest ofciating. Please visit Charles tribute wall at www.schelmfh.com to share memories and send condolences to the Nickolson family. Arrangements are by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Lake Suzy.William Nelson WaitsWilliam Nelson Bill Waits, 90, of Nocatee, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was born Feb. 23, 1924, in a log home in Greenbush, Ohio, to Luther Floyd and Urah Mildred (nee Smith) Waits. Bill was a veteran of World War II, serving honorably with the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, and European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three bronze Service Stars. Bill was a POW for eight months during WWII. He loved to travel, pitch horseshoes, sh, play baseball, and watch baseball and nature shows. Bill worked as a millwright for Cincinnati Milling for 20 years, and for Christ Building Co. here in Arcadia, Fla., for 20 years. Survivors are his beloved wife of 67 years, Helen Waits of Nocatee; two daughters, Karen (James) Brown of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Billie Jo (Darrell) Suggs of Arcadia; sisters, Vada M. Edmisten and Nola A. Forman, both of Mount Orab, Ohio, and Sandra K. (Charlie) Armstrong; brothers, Freddy Gene Waits of Manchester, Tenn., Steven (Nell) Waits of Hillsboro, Ohio, and Theodore Waits of Ripley, Ohio; two grandchildren, Jami (Ben) Olive and April (Jr.) Martinez, both of Punta Gorda; and six great-grandchildren, Trenton Olive, Lindsay Olive, Sylvia Suggs, Octavier Martinez, Xavier Martinez and Yoshy Martinez. Bill also leaves behind a brother-in-law, Allen Kirk; and sister-in-law, Eleanor Waits. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Norma K. Farrow, Mildred M. Graves and Wanita Kirk; and brothers, Luther Floyd Waits and Amos Waits. A Celebration of Life for Bill will be conducted from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the Chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Private military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Army Honor Guard at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla. Online condolences may be made at www.pongerkaysgrady.com. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.Sara L. YorkSara L. York, 97, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Arcadia. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home.DEATHSFROM PAGE 9 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. likewise, there will be unscrupulous people ready to take advantage of them. What we all can do to minimize this problem is be very alert to elderly friends, neighbors and family members. If there is the slightest suspicion that the individual is being financially harmed, report it to the Sheriffs Office. The situation will be discreetly but thoroughly investigated by trained personnel who will follow through and follow up, if necessary. The important thing to remember is that you are not being nosy or butting into someone elses business. What you are doing is taking prudent action to prevent a crime. And in Florida, it is a separate criminal offense to exploit an elderly person or commit grand theft from a person 65 years or older. There are other crimes a person can by guilty of such as misappropriation of funds. So please, lets work together to prevent this from happening to anyone in DeSoto County. For more information on this and other scams and frauds, the C.A.S.E. (Communities Against Senior Exploitation) Program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce, is available to anyone in the community. Call Sheriff Will Wise or Lt. Curt Mays at 863-993-4700 and they will be glad to assist you.SCAMSFROM PAGE 10 said: This little bird has had its supper and is now getting ready to go to sleep, quite content, never troubling itself as to what its food will be or where it will lodge on the morrow. Like David, it abides under the shadow of the almighty. It sits on its little twig content and lets God care. My conversation with a December man (in his 90s) turned to the subject of heaven. The days are getting brighter all the time, he said. 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