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Democrat Vol. 74, No. 69

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Bartow, Florida 33830


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Food Fiesta

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Two Sections, 24 Pages

50 Cents

May 5, 2005
Copyright 2005 Frisbie Publishing Co., Inc.

Baby Needs Transplant

Staff Writer

Georgia Faith Hicks is eight
months old and was recently
placed as high priority, on COTA,
the Children's Organ Transplant
Little Faith (as she is called)
will need a multivascular (liver,
intestines, stomach and pan-
creas) transplant in order to live.
She and her family are seeking,
Faith was born Aug. 20, 2004,
weighing 1 pound, 15 ounces. She
was 13 inches long and 24 weeks
Her mom is Amanda Sparks
from Bartow. Her dad is Ray
Hicks from Fort Meade. Faith has
'two siblings.
Little Faith, who is now 8
months old, spent the first seven
.months of her life at the Neonatal
Intensive Care units at Tampa

General Hospital and All
Children's Hospital.
Her mom stayed at Ronald
McDonald House be near her, and
to learn how to care for her.
Faith's sisters have been in the
care of relatives for the last eight
In September 2004, Faith lost
90 percent of her bowels when she
became ill with neonatal necrotiz-
ing enterocolitis (NEC), which
causes the bowels to die for. lack
of oxygen.
She is able to tolerate only two
drops of formula by a gastric tube
and must be fed every hour. She
was placed on total parenteral
nutrition (TPN), Hyperal, in
order to live with this condition;
however, the TPN has damaged
her liver.
In seven months little Faith
has had five surgeries, with more
to come.
Although she was released

BABY GEORGIA FAITH Hicks, known as Faith, is held by her
mother, Amanda Sparks of Bartow. Little Faith is in need of organ
donations to live. --(Staff photo)

from the hospital in February
2005, she returned three days
later very jaundiced, with liver
This is when Faith and her
mom were flown to Miami
Jackson Memorial Hospital for
transplant consultation, and she
was placed on the donor recipient
She was sent home with her
mom who was told to enjoy as
much time with her as she could,
that unless a donor match could
be found, Faith would die within
a few months.
Ms. Sparks said she is set up
with home health care at night
for Faith's feedings, so that she is
able to sleep.
The surgery for Faith will cost
more than $1 million. Help is
needed to raise funds for pre-
transplant and post-transplant
cost as well as traveling and other
A benefit has been arranged on
Saturday, May 28, at 1 p.m. at
Harborside in Winter Haven.
There will be a live band, an
auction, and a chance to purchase'
raffle tickets to raise funds to
help Faith.
At a later date, another benefit
will take place at Buck Wild in
Motorcycle clubs have said
they would arrange poker runs,
and concerts, car washes, cook-
outs and other events in order to
help this family.
Ms. Sparks said that because
of all their family has been
through with little Faith's condi-
tion, she has become very aware
of the desperate need for organ
"Even if it should become too
late for Faith, I will be encour-
aged to know that because of the
benefits, fundraisers, and cam-
paigns, more people are made
aware of the desperate need for
organ donors," she said.
A campaign is set up for
Georgia Faith Hicks at
www.COTA.org, and an account
has been set up for her at all
Wachovia Bank.

THREE FLAGPOLES will be the focal point of a small park being
created on the northwest corner of the Bartow High School campus.
David Hansel of the Polk County School Board prepares to do some
touch-up painting on one of the poles. (Staff photo by S. L. Frisbie,

Staff Writer

A 48-year-old man was arrest-
ed in Bartow yesterday for
allegedly having sexual relations
with a: 16-year-old girl he met
over the Internet.
Police say William Lee "Bill"
Golden traveled to Bartow from
his home in Ohio to meet the girl,
whom he'd been having a rela-
tionship with online for about two
When they first began chat-
ting, Golden told the girl his
name was Chris, and that he was
17 years old. After establishing a
relationship with her, and after a
"considerable amount of time"
had passed, police said, Golden
fold the'girl his real name and
, Golden came to Bartow by bus
On April 25. He was staying in
room #238 at Davis Brother's
Motor Lodge, where the girl visit-

ed him daily.
A school resource officer where
the victim attends school heard
rumors of the relationship and
contacted Bartow police yester-
day morning.
Detectives Michael Prevatt
and David Wyant went to the
motel to speak to Golden about
the rumors, and he was taken
into custody.
After his arrest, Golden admit-
ted he had traveled to Florida for
the sole purpose of meeting the
girl, and said he had sexual inter-
course with her three different
times. He said he was aware of
the girl's age from the beginning,
and confessed that he had initial-
ly lied to her about his name and
age because he did not think a
girl so young would want to talk
to a man his age. ,
He is charged with three
counts of sexual battery, one
count of interference with cus-
tody, and one count of soliciting a
minor via the Internet.

William Lee Golden

Golden, who is married and
unemployed, had no sexual or
other significant criminal history
prior to this incident, police said.
He is being held without bond
at the Polk County jail.

LEO LONGWORTH (center) was re-elected coming year. With them is Brian Hinton, who was
mir by his fellow city commissioners Monday sworn in as a new member of the commission.
nri'hi after Commissioner Andy Laurent, vice- Longworth, who drew no opposition in the city elec-
mayor for the past year, turned down the post. tion, also is beginning a new term in office. (Staff
Rosie Thornburg was elected vice-mayor for the photo)

Water, Sewer

Rates To Rise

Bartowans will pay $1.60 more per month for their water and
sewer service, beginning June 1, under an ordinance adopted by the
Bartow city commission.
The ordinance will come up for a public hearing, and final action on
May 16.
The $1.60 increase is based on service through a water meter of
five-eights of an inch and consumption of not more than 5,000 gallons
of water a month. That will apply to about 95 percent of the city's res-
idential customers, according to Harold Bridges of Jones, Edmonds
and Associates, the company that made a water and sewer rate study
for the city.
The increase will take the bill for 5,000 gallons per month from
$40.61 to $42.21.
Water rates rise for larger meters, and for customers who use more
than 5,000 gallons per month. That pricing is designed to encourage
water conservation. The sewer rate is capped at 10,000 gallons, based
on the assumption that anything more than 10,000 gallons is used for
lawn irrigation, and does not go into the sewer system.
The rate study recommends an increase of 4.18 percent this year,
4.21 percent next year, and approximately two percent for the next
four years, through 2010. Those rates should produce an annual prof-
it of about $2.4 million, before capital outlay (new construction and
equipment) and transfers to other funds, the consultant said. Profits
from the utilities systems are a major source of revenue to the city's
general fund.
This year's increase is scheduled to go into effect on June 1, and

subsequent increases on Jan. 1.
Rates for service outside of the
city limits are 25 percent higher
than for city residents.
Bartow's rates are about four
percent higher than those of com-
parable cities, Brown said,
because Bartow is paying for a
new well field and water treat-
ment plant.
Commissioner Andy Laurent
said that the city may not need an
increase in the out years, as resi-
dential development on E.F.
Griffin Road creates new cus-

The $1.60 increase
will take the bill for
5,000 gallons per
month' from $40.61
to $42.21, and will
apply to 95 percent
of the city's resi-

Stormwater Tax Considered


An annual tax of $24 to $48 per
home more for commercial
property for collection and' dis-
posal of stormwater may be
imposed by the city of Bartow on
next year's real estate property
tax bills.
The money would be used to
relieve flooding in areas that do
not drain properly during heavy
The amount of the proposed
stormwater tax will be recom-
mended to the city commission by
a consultant on May 16. Steve
Dutch of the consulting firm of
Chastain Skilllman, Inc., said the
residential rates typically are $2
to $4 per month.
Dutch recommended that the
stormwater fee be billed on annu-

al property tax bills, because that
is more efficient and effective
than trying to bill and collect a
tax of $2 to $4 per month.
'When the streets flood, people
complain," he said. "There needs
to be a perception that the city is
doing something."
At present, improvements to
the stormwater system come from
the public works department bud-
get, funded primarily by profits
from the city's utilities system,
and secondarily by property
taxes. The creation of a "stormwa-
ter utility" would establish a sep-
arate source of funds.
A grant from the Southwest
Florida Water Management
District paid for the storm rate
All site-built single-family
homes will be charged the same
fee, Dutch said. The average
amount of water flowing from a

home is called an Equivalent
Residential Unit, or ERU.
For mobile homes and for
apartments, the assessment will
be three-fourths of an ERU per
dwelling, since mobile homes and
apartments typically create less
storm run-off.
Infrared satellite photography
will establish the amount of
impervious surfaces surfaces
through which water will not
pass, like buildings and parking
lots of each business in the city.
That area will be converted into
ERUs. If a piece of commercial
property sheds five times as much
water as a single-family home,
that business will be billed for
five ERUs, or five times as much
as a residence.
Because a stormwater tax is
considered a user fee, it will be
collected on all property, includ-
ing government buildings and

churches, which are exempt from
ad valorem property taxes.
On Monday, the city adopted
on first reading an ordinance cre-
ating a stormwater utility, but
without determining the amount
of the tax. The tax rate will be
considered in an ordinance on
May 16.
This unusual approach is being
taken in order to get the tax on
the books, and to the tax collector,
by July 1, so that it can be put on
the 2006 tax bill, Dutch said.
Both the creation of the
stormwater utility and the
amount of the tax will come up for
public hearings when the ordi-
nances are considered on final
The hearing on the stormwater
utility is scheduled for June 6,
and the hearing on the amount of
the tax for June 20.

I Longworth Re-Elected Mayor

After Laurent Declines Post

In a rare, perhaps unprece-
dented, change in rotation of
Bartow's mayorship, Vice-Mayor
Andy Laurent turned down the
job Monday night, and after a few
moments of indecision, the com-
mission chose Commissioner Leo
Longworth to serve a second term
in that office.
Commissioner Rosie
Thornburg was elected vice-
mayor, putting her in line to
become mayor next year.-
The unusual transition is a
reflection of Florida's
Government in the Sunshine
Law, which prohibits commission-
ers from meeting in secret to
decide the succession to the may-
orship. For many years, the city
manager had the mayor's new
desk sign ready for his (at that
time, always a male) election, a
decision made days or weeks ear-
Monday night, with Laurent in
line to become mayor, Mrs.
Thornburg moved his election to
the post.
Laurent turned down the nom-
ination, saying that his full-time
job didn't leave him enough time
to perform the duties of the large-

ly ceremonial post.
Commissioner Pat Huff, noting
that Laurent's decision not to
accept the office was an unusual
situation, moved to re-elect
Longworth as mayor. Mrs.
Thornburg seconded.
"Is there anyone else who
wants it?" Longworth said.
With no response to his
inquiry, commissioners voted
unanimously to elect Longworth
to a second term.
At the close of the meeting,
Longworth thanked his fellow
commissioners for their "vote of
confidence," and added" "That
was a surprise."
After Longworth's election to a
second term, Huff nominated
Mrs. Thornburg to be vice-mayor,
and the motion passed unani-
Earlier in the meeting,
Longworth and newly-elected
Commissioner Brian D. Hinton
were given the oath of office, and
the commission recognized the
service of Commissioner Cal
Adams, who served two terms on
the commission.
"This is my family; I love you
all," Adams said to the commis-

sion and the audience.
Longworth said Adams already
'had submitted an application to
serve on one of the city's advisory
The commission also:
Ratified a one-year general
employees union contract with
AFL-CIO Local 1010. The con-
tract calls for a two percent pay
raise, retroactive to last Oct. 1,
and allows additional funeral
leave for out-of-state funerals.
Recognized George Ronald
Sabb for serving on the firefight-
ers pension fund board.
Proclaimed designating May
1 to 7 as Charter School Week,
May 2 to 6 as Nurses Week, May
1 to 7 as Municipal Clerks Week,
and May as Civility Month.
Passed on first reading ordi-
nances to:
(1) Annex .78 of an acre of land
on County Road 555, part of the
land purchased by the city for
expansion of Wildwood Cemetery.
(2) Rezone a parcel of land at
CR 555 and Clower Street from R-
1 (single family residential) to C-
4 (neighborhood commercial) and
R-3 (apartments).
(3) Annex two acres of land on

Lyle Parkway a half-mile west of
Maple Avenue, designate it for
low density residential develop-
, ment, and zone it R-1 with the
restriction that only one home
will be built on the property.
(4) Approve the plat of Laurel
Meadows Subdivision, Phase
Adopted resolutions to:
(1) Accept for public mainte-
nance the infrastructure in Taylor
Brooke Subdivision.
(2) Support proposed state leg-
islation to index gasoline taxes to
inflation, to authorize an infra-
structure sales tax, and to allow a
license tag surcharge for road
(3) Support the Polk Vision,
Inc., plan.
Noted City Atty. George
Dunlap's report on a complaint
from a roofer that he was denied
permission to do roofing work in
Florida, based on his holding a
license from another state.
Dunlap said that the city declined
to recognized out-of-state licen-
sure of any roofers after last

(See Page 5A Col. 4)



'The Polk County

Man Arrested in Bartow for

Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

2A The Polk County Democrat May 5, 2005



Meet Author Juliet Mudembei

Rex Brown
93rd Birthday

Rex Brown of Bartow turned
93 years old Monday.
Born in Harrisburg, Ill., Mr.
Brown has lived in Bartow for
more than 40 years.
He can still be seen raking
leaves and cutting the grass at
his home in Richland Manor, or
cruising the neighborhood on his
three-wheeled bicycle, giving a
friendly wave to those he passes

Annual Nichols
This Saturday

Former residents of the
Nichols community and former
employees of VC and Mobil are
invited to attend the 13th an-
nual Nichols reunion Saturday,
May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
at the Bartow Civic Center.
Those attending are asked to
bring a covered dish. Coffee,
drinks, and water will be fur-
The Civic Center is located at
2250 South Floral.
For further information, call
Hershel or Carol Thompson at

Guild Meeting
Set May 12

The Bartow branch of the
Needlework Guild of America,
Inc., will hold its annual meeting
Thursday, May 12, at 5 p.m., in
the ladies parlor at Associate Re-
formed Presbyterian Church,
205 East Stanford Street.
The Needlework Guild has--
been providing- clothing for
needy school children in the Bar-
tow area for more than 70 years.
Membership is open to anyone
interested in joining.
For further information, con-
tact Janet Harrison at 533-4367.
Donations may be sent to NGA,
Bartow Branch, 290 East
Church Street, Bartow, FL

The Polk County Chapter of
The Knitting Guild of America,
The KnitWits, meet each Mon-
day from 10 a.m. to noon at the
First Presbyterian Church lo-
cated at 175 Lake Hollingsworth
Drive in Lakeland.
Knitters of all ages and levels,
beginner to advanced, are wel-
come to join the group.
For further information, call
Francene Was at 944-2806.

Saturday at Bartow Library

Juliet Mudembei, author of
"Men Don't Cry," will be the fea-
tured author at the Bartow Pub-
lic Library this Saturday, May 7,,
at 10:30 a.m., as part of the li-
brary's "Meet the Author" series.
Born and raised in Kenya,
East Africa, Ms. Mudembei
taught school in Kenya for 10
years. She moved to Florida with
.her family in 1998, and now lives
in Lake Wales.
As a little girl, the future
author always kept notes of
what would become a diary. She
wrote "Men Don't Cry" to share
the experiences of ordinary vil-
lage life in an African setting, as
she witnessed when growing up.
Although the boox is listed as
fiction, Ms. Mudembei states
that all events are factual, with
the exception of names which
have been changed.
Currently, the author is in-
volved in writing more stories.
There is no charge for the pro-
gram. Books will be available for
The program will be held in
the Community Room on the sec-

ond floor of the library.
The library is located at 2150
South Broadway, across from the
Civic Center ball fields.
For further information, call

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Friendship, empowerment
and self-sufficiency are among
the themes of the upcoming fea-
ture film "The Sisterhood of the
Traveling Pants."
People across North America
are being urged to "Join the Sis-
terhood" by donating their gently
used jeans to Goodwill Indus-
tries through May 31.
Inspired by the jeans featured
in the film, each pair of pants
collected at Goodwill stores and
Levi's stores will be donated to
Goodwill Industries.
Goodwill will sell the pants,
earning revenues to support job
training and other career serv-
ices to prepare people for job suc-
To find the closest Goodwill
donation site, call toll-free 888-
279-1988, or visit www.goodwill-
suncoast.org and select the
"Stores" or "Donations" link.
Each person donating a pair
of jeans will receive a special
"Join The Sisterhood" bracelet in

Longtime Bartow Garden
Club member Rita Hilton was in-
stalled as director of District IX
of the Florida Federation of Gar-
den Clubs at the state conven-
tion in Tampa last weekend.
Ms. Hilton has served on the
state board for many years, most
recently as treasurer, and has
served in many capacities during
her 25 years of membership in
the Bartow Garden Club.
Joan Ochs of Winter Park was
installed as state president.
Oren Barnhart, Betty Jean
Bryan, and Audrey Swindal of
the Bartow Garden Club were
welcomed as members of the
FFGC board of directors for
"Beauty by the Bay" was held
at the Grand Hyatt on Tampa
Bay. With 554 in attendance,
participants enjoyed many pro-
grams, including "Fun with
Flowers," horticulture by Tina
Tuttle, state chairman from
Pensacola, and featured de-

signer, Kenn Stephens.
Other members of the Bartow
Garden Club attending were
Hope Barnhart, Eda Marchman,
and Deidra McGraw.

Rita Hilton

Mother's Day Concert at

Historic Bok Sanctuary

Historic Bok Sanctuary will
celebrate Mother's Day with an
afternoon of classical music at
Pinewood Estates.
Featured artists will include
Dr. Shudong Luo, Teresa An-
caya-Scott, and Alexia Jowers
performing selections from Mo-
zart, Debussy, Chopin, Puccini,
and more.
The concert will be held Sun-
day, May 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. A
reception with hours d'oeuvres
and sweets with champagne
punch will be served following
the concert.
Space is limited and reserva-
tions are recommended.
Cost is $25 for members, $32

for non-members, and $12 for
children age 5-12, and includes
admission to the sanctuary.
For tickets, call the sanctuary
at 676-1408, ext. 2216.


The annual Hancock Reunion was held Saturday, April 16, at
Peace River Park in Fort Meade. More than 150 descendants of the
pioneer family attended, some from as far away as Alabama and
Washington, D.C. Lunch was a covered dish affair with everything
from swamp cabbage to guava pudding. A lot of early Peace River

history has been made available, and the reunion has become a
"gold mine" for genealogists, a family member said. Many stayed all
afternoon to take advantage of all the materials. A Hancock Ceme-
tery report indicated that the cemetery did suffer some tree damage
with last year's storms, but has been repaired. (Photo provided)

Fort Meade Plans Summer Fun

Fort Meade Leisure Services
has fun plans for children this
Youth Day Camp will be
held Monday, June 6, through
Friday, July 15. The camp will
last six weeks, and is planned at
Anna Woodbury from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Children ages seven
through 12 may attend.
Activities during the camp
will include indoor table games,
video games, arts and crafts, out-
door sports and weekly field
trips. Trips are planned for bowl-
ing, swimming, roller skating
and to Recreation Station and
Lakeland Fun Center.
The cost for the camp is $20
per child or $50 per family. The
fee includes a shirt for each
child. Additional costs will be as-
sessed for field trips.
For more information or to
register, visit the Fort Meade
Community Center at 10 South-
west Third Street. The camp will
accept the first 75 children regis-
e Swimming lessons will be
offered Monday through Thurs-
day, June 13 through June 23,
from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Bartow

Bus service will be provided
from the Fort Meade Community
Center. Children will leave at
8:30 a.m. and return at 10:30
a.m. on the bus.
The fee for lessons is $5. The
reduced fee is available due to a
grant for the expense of lessons
for the class.
Each participant must be 45
inches tall.
Students may be registered at
the Community Center.
Kids All-American Fishing
Derby will be held on Saturday,
July 9, at Patterson Park, from 8
to 11 a.m.
Children ages 4 to 14 may
register for the event at the
Community Center or at the
park on the date of the event, be-
ginning at 7:30 a.m.
Prizes will be awarded to the
participants who catch the larg-
est and most fish in three age di-
visions. Also, there will be a
casting contest with prizes for
the top three in two age divi-
sions. Door prizes also will be
; Independence Day Celebra-
tion. The highlight of the sum-
mer is the annual Independence

'The Incredibles' to be Shown
Saturday at Peace River Park

New movie release "The In-
credibles" will be the featured at-
traction when the Polk County
Leisure Services Division brings
its Movie Night program to
Peace River Park this Saturday,
May 7.
The PG-rated movie can be
seen free of charge from at 8 to
10 p.m. at the park on Highway
98 East in Fort Meade.
Free popcorn will be served,
and drinks will be available for

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Is this the fish that didn't get
away? Tell us about it, and
your other story ideas!
The Polk County

Moviegoers are encouraged to
bring a chair or blanket and
mosquito repellent for maximum
For additional information on
Movie Night, call Stephanie
Glausser at 534-4340.


Day celebration, planned at the
Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation
Area in the main pavilion.
Local clubs, churches and or-
ganizations will provide conces-
sion and games for all ages to en-
joy. Additionally, Leisure Serv-
ices will provide some family
contest and relays.
All activities will begin at 2
p.m. with an opening ceremony
and the Junior Women's Club
Fireworks will close the day
at 9 p.m.
The Independence Day com-
mittee will meet on Tuesday,
May 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Com-
munity Center to begin coordi-
nating the event.
For more information on the
meeting or to participate in the
celebration, call 285-1110.

FSC Hosts
Lakeland Art
Guild Exhibit

Florida Southern College will
host the annual Lakeland Art
Guild Juried Exhibition in the
Melvin Art Gallery beginning
Saturday, May 7, and running
through Monday, May 30.
The opening reception will
take place Saturday from 7 to 9
p.m. The artists will be on-hand
at the event, and an awards
ceremony will be held.
The Melvin Art Gallery is
open weekdays from 9 a.m. to
4:30 p.m., and during intermis-
sions of most performances of
the FSC Fine Arts Series.
Admission is free.

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Based on Ann Brashares'
best-selling novel, "The Sister-
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about a special summer in the
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May 5, 2005

The Polk County Democrat

Drinking Water Week Bell Named Public
Rafety Tvarerafrr afnr PnIk

First Methodist School middle grades Span- style lunch in the school cafeteria in honor of the
ish classes presented an original play written by day. Pictured on stage in authentic Mexican cos-
FMS Spanish teacher Heidi Zappler de Vazquez tumes provided by the teacher are (front row,
in honor of Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexi- from left) Kyndall Whitson, Nathaneal Bra-
co's victory over the French on May 5, 1862. The bant, and Jennifer Mills; (back row) Stephenie
play was presented this afternoon in the fellow- Long, Megan Graves, Paige Meeks, and James
ship hall of the school. Other students at the Grubbs. (FMS photo)
school attended the play and enjoyed a Mexican-

FMS Students Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo has become a
part of United States culture, yet
few Americans know about the
courageous Mexican peasants
who took up arms against the
French who were occupying their
The French were even more
surprised when they lost their
battle to the Mexicans on May 5,
At the First Methodist School
in Bartow, Spanish teacher
.Heidi Zappler de Vazquez cre-
ated a play for Andrea Payne
,and assistant teacher Carrie
Carroll's fifth, sixth, and seventh
grade students to perform in
honor of Cinco de Mayo.
Sixth and seventh grade girls
wore authentic Mexican cos-
tumes provided by their Spanish
teacher, and all students at the
school were offered a Mexican-
style lunch.
The play was about Malinali
Tenepal, an Aztec princess who
was born between 1502-1505, in
the state of Coatzacoalcos near
present day Veracruz.
After her father, the cacique
or chief, died, her mother remar-
ried and had a son. Although
Malinali was rightful heir to her
father's estate, her mother
wished the wealth to go to her
infant son, so she sold Malinali
to passing traders and then de-
clared that her daughter was

Polk Commissi

Lions of Renai,

Polk County Commissioner
:Bob English told Bartow Lions
:Club members at their luncheon
meeting Tuesday of the Renais-
sance Plan which is designed to
eliminate Polk's infrastructure
deficit and eventually result in
the lowest tax rate of all counties
surrounding Polk County.
English said that Polk now
carries an infrastructure deficit
of $580 million, $300 million of
which is for road construction
and maintenance. Deficits for
roads and schools, he said,
should have been attacked dur-
ing the past eight years.
"We need to decide what we
want Polk County to be like in
the future," said English.
Polk is not a poor county, log-
ging $15 billion in gross sales
last year; boasting $4.6 billion in
bank deposits; recording $6 bil-
lion in industrial shipments; and

dead in 1512, Ms. de Vazquez
Malinali was eventually sold
to a Mayan cacique in the Yuca-
tan. Ofi March 27, 1519, Hernan
Cortez, Padre Jeronimo de Agui-
lar, and accompanying Spanish
soldiers met with the Mayan ca-
cique, who greeted them with a
fiesta in their honor, presenting
them with clothing and other
gifts, along with a group of 20
women which Malinali was a
part of.
Padre Aguilar helped to con-
vert and baptize the women be-
fore they left on their trek north'
to the empire ruled by Mocte-
zuma, where Mexico City is to-
Malinali took the name Dona
Marina when she was baptized.
Because Dona Marina was of
noble birth, she had been edu-
cated and was fluent in Nahuatl,
as well as Mayan. Cortez quickly
saw her skills and made Dona
Marina his interpreter, along
with Padre Aguilar.
Dona Marina's ability to act
as translator and advisor had a
positive impact on Mexico's his-
tory. During the conquest on the
Aztecs, a smallpox epidemic was
rampant, said Ms. de Vazquez.
Cortez may well have saved
many other Mesoamericans by
his successful invasion, she said.
Cortez arranged the marriage

loner Tells

ssance Plan

ranking as the second largest
county in Florida for the produc-
tion of agricultural products.
"We have so much potential in
Polk County," he said, "yet it has
one of the lowest per capital in-
comes in the state."
Among the goals of the Ren-
aissance Plan are to reduce ad
valorem taxes, expand the tax
base, streamline county opera-
tions, eliminate hierarchies, up-
grade accounting computers for
better budgetary control, and to
create Municipal Services Tax-
ing Units while improving school
systems, parks, libraries, roads,
and the quality of life in Polk
"The Renaissance Plan is do-
able, and it will work," English
said in closing.
President Eric Hunt intro-
duced the speaker.

of Dona Marina to Don Juan
Jaramillo, which brought her
recognition and honor among the
Spaniards and Indians. She gave
birth to Don Martin and Dona
Because of the brave deeds,
quick intelligence of this young
princess, and her blending
through marriage of mestizo
blood, Ms. de Vazquez said,
Dona Marina may well be called
the "Mother of the Mexican Na-
Fifth-graders Kyndall Whit-
son, Jennifer Mills, Devin Hall,
Brian Foreman, Gilbert Olinger,
and John Rodriguez played back-
ground characters as Indians in
the play.
Mike Humphrey played
Cortez' soldier. Caitlyn Graves
played young Malinali Tenepal,
and a young Indian.
Paige Meeks was' Dona- Ma-
rina. Nathaneal C. Brabant was
Malinali's father, Mayan ca-
cique, and Moctezuma.
Cortez was played by Teddy
Payne. James Grubbs was Padre
Megan Graves was Bonita,
and Stephenie Long was Wild-
flower, time travelers, who tell
the story.
Chelsea Frazier played an In-



A meeting of the Central Flor-
ida Regional Planning Council is
scheduled for Wednesday, May
11, at 9:30 a.m. in the Highlands
County Health Department con-
ference room at 7205 South
George Boulevard, Sebring.
For more information about
the meeting, call R. Douglas
Leonard, executive director, at
534-7130, ext. 130.

You must regulate your life by
the standards you admire when
you are at your best.
-John M. Thomas

Governor Jeb Bush signed a
proclamation recognizing May 1
through -May 7 as .Florida's
Drinking Water Week, remind-
ing Floridians of the importance
of clean, sustainable supplies of
drinking water.
Ninety-two percent of Flori-
da's drinking water is drawn
from the Florida aquifer system
- the largest, deepest and most
extensive aquifer in the south-
eastern United States. Discharg-
ing more than eight billion gal-
lons of water a day, Florida's aq-
uifers are among the most pro-
ductive in the world.
DEP's Drinking Water Pro-
gram oversees more than 6,200
public water systems, ensuring
compliance with state and fed-
eral laws and regulations to de-
liver safe supplies of drinking
water to millions of homes and
businesses. Over the last five
years, Florida has invested more
than $220 million to upgrade
drinking water facilities state-
wide, funding more than 120
drinking water projects.
Florida is home to the largest
concentration of freshwater
springs in the world. Known as
"bowls of liquid light," springs
are early gauges of trends in

'The Tag Man,' Tax Office
Manager Retires After 34 Years

On May 1, John Grosbeck
celebrated his 35th year with the
Polk County Tax Collector's of-
fice, a career that spanned three
different tax collectors and three
different locations in Lake
Wales, where he served as
branch manager since 1971.
Grosbeck came to work at the
Bartow Tag Agency in 1970.
Randy Hunt, chief deputy of ad-
ministration, recounted that
Grosbeck first became interested
in working for then Tax Collec-
tor Hobson Strain, while work-
ing part-time at a local pizza
"One of the field deputies
dropped by the shop and the
owner wasn't very nice to him,"
Strain said. "John was so im-
pressed with how well the dep-
uty handled the situation, that

he decided to apply for a job
Grosbeck came to work at the
Tax Collector's tag office in Bar,
tow, working both jobs until he
was promoted to the Lake Wales
manager position, just one year
after hiring on with PCTC.
Throughout his long tenure of
public service, John Grosbeck
distinguished himself through
helping others.
"He always enjoyed working
with people," says Carol, his wife
of 42 years. "Wherever he went,
people would ask him tag ques-
tions, even when he was out fish-
ing. He liked taking his time to

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help others." She was quick to
add that, "he appreciated the op-
portunity of working with such
good people as Joe Tedder and
Hobson Strain."
Grosbeck built his relation-
ship with the taxpayers of Lake
Wales by meeting their needs.
The Lake Wales office was origi-
nally run by the American Le-
gion in cooperation with the
Florida Division of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles,
where they performed motor ve-
hicle tag and title work only.
In 1971, its management
shifted to the PCTC, and John
moved from the Bartow tag office
to Lake Wales. It wasn't until
August of 1998, that Lake Wales
became a full service office for
the southeastern part of the
Another colleague, Sabra
Seay, worked with John for 31
years, says he was known as
"The Tag Man" in Lake Wales, a
moniker he sported on the li-
cense plate of his car for many


drinking water quality and
quantity. To protect Florida's un-
derlying groundwater, Governor
Bush began the Florida Springs
Initiative in 2001 as the first
comprehensive, coordinated plan
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the state's more than 700 fresh-
water springs.
The Florida Springs Initiative
has published an updated
Springs Bulletin for the first
time in 25 years to identify
springs and their associated lo-
cal land use, and to record water
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services director.
During his first tenure as
public safety director, from 1991
to 1995, Bell oversaw the Emer-
gency Management Office and
founded the first Emergency Op-
erations Center.
Bell takes the position follow-
ing the retirement of Larry Alex-
"I pledge to be very diligent in
my duties in this position," Bell
told commissioners on Wednes-
day after his appointment.
Bell's former position of trans-
portation director will not be
filled; instead commissioners
voted Wednesday to align the fa-
cilities management and solid
waste divisions with the trans-
portation department and call
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Recruitment is planned for a
public works department direc-
Only Commissioner Randy
Wilkinson, who did vote for the
appointment, spoke against the
new alignment.
He cited a report from staff
following the hurricanes, which
reported some confusion at times
as to who was in charge 6f opera-
"Sometimes I think less is
more," Wilkinson said.
"I think you are overstating
the confusion," Commissioner
Paul Senft said. "During all my
visits (to the emergency opera-
tions center) and communica-
tions following the storms there
was no question who was in
charge, and that was Larry Alex-

Never let your sense of morals
prevent you from doing what is
-Isaac Asimov
*** ,

The Polk County Democrat

May 5, 2005


'Civility Month' Make It

A Year 'Round Commitment

There is a day, week or month to com-
memorate just about any worthy cause,
organization, trade, occupation, and food
product imaginable.
An early item of business on the agenda
of most elective bodies is the declaration of
those days, weeks and months. In the over-
all scheme of things, they get little atten-
tion. It's a cost-free "feel good" way to
extend recognition.
Among those causes is Civility Month,
which is observed or ignored in the
month of May each year.
Nowhere is a commitment to civility
more appropriate than at meetings of elec-
. tive bodies, both by elected officials and by
the people who appear before them.
Civility Month is an initiative of The
Florida Bar.
The annual proclamation of Civility
Month contains these words:
"Civility ... is behavior worthy of citi-
zens living in a community or in common
with others.
"Displays of anger, rudeness, ridicule,
impatience, and a lack of respect and per-
sonal attacks detract from the open
exchange of ideas, prevent fair discussion
of the issues, and can discourage individu-
als from participation in government.
"Civility can assist in reaching consen-
sus on diverse issues and allow for mutu-
ally respectful ongoing relationships.
""Civility can uplift our daily life and make it
more pleasant to live in an organized society."
Civility is a concept that by no means is
or should be confined to meetings of gov-
ernmental bodies. Civility should be prac-
ticed in the work place, in the market
place, in the classroom, on the play-

ground, and indeed, in the home.
It also should be practiced on the editor-
ial page of this and every newspaper, by
editors and columnists and by readers
who share their opinions in letters to the
In each of these forums it is appropriate
to disagree without attacking; to question
the wisdom of an action without impugn-
ing the character or motives of the person
taking that action; to criticize a concept
without criticizing' its proponents.
It's a pleasant concept to declare a day,
week or month to recognize city clerks,
charter schools,. and nurses, all of whom
have "their week" in early May.
The commitment to civility should go
beyond the month of May. It should be a
way of life.
For our part, we attempt to maintain
that standard on this page, and in our
workplace. Sometimes we succeed; some-
times we come up short.
We continue to strive for it.
It is a worthy cause to embrace.

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Too Much Harrumphing

In the movie "Runaway
Bride," it was an entertaining
Julia Roberts time and again
got cold feet just before her
wedding ceremony and ran
In the best scene of the
movie, she ran and jumped into
a Federal Express truck.
One wedding guest turned'
to another and asked "Where is
she going?"
"I don't know," was the
reply, "but she'll be there by
10:30 tomorrow."
When Jennifer Wilbanks of
Duluth, Ga., became a real life
runaway bride last week, it
wasn't funny. Unlike Julia
Roberts, she ran away several
days before the wedding, and
without telling anybody about
It was completely .out of

character for her, so much so
that her family feared she had
been kidnapped. A concerned
nation watched and prayed as
her beaming face was dis-
played in newspapers, on tele-
vision, and on "Missing"
Late Friday night, she turned
up in Albuquerque, N.M., and
said she had been kidnapped.
Less than five hours later, she
admitted that she had gotten
cold feet at the prospect of her
upcoming wedding with 14
bridesmaids, 14 groomsmen,
and more than 500 guests. She
took a bus to Las Vegas, then
another to Albuquerque.
At first, law enforcement
officers expressed a sense of
humor, or at least understand-
But then came the righteous
indignation, and threats to file a

misdemeanor or even a felony
charge against her for making a
false police report.
There was much harrumph-
ing over the possibility of try-
ing to make her pay an estimat-
ed $60,000 to $100,000 in costs
incurred in searching for her.
Whoah there, Bo.
Jennifer Wilbanks didn't
stage a kidnapping; she ran
away from home.. She's a 32-
year-old woman, and she has
the right to hop a bus to Las
Vegas any time she wants to.
Yes, it would have been
mighty thoughtful of her to tell
her family, or her fiancee, or
both that she needed to back
away and take a look at things.
Thoughtful, but not a
requirement of law.
It was her worried family
who reported her .missing,
based on the stuff she left

behind (her cell phone, her dia-
mond ring, and her running
shoes) and the fact that it was
uncharacteristic behavior.
The only expense incurred as
a result of her claim to have
been kidnapped was between
her call to the police at 11:38
p.m. Friday and her admission
at 4 a.m. Saturday that she Ihid
made up the story.
The dog hadn't really eaten
her homework.
So the expense we're looking
at is four-and-a-half hours time
of a couple of detectives who
obviously didn't believe her
story, and maybe a dozen cups
of coffee and a half a dozen
That doesn't come to $60,000,
let alone $100,000.
Unless the coffee came from


Help Avail

As executive director of the
National Alliance for the
Mentally Ill of Polk County
(NAMI), I am writing to inform
readers that May is Mental
Health Awareness Month and
May 3 was Children's Depression
Awareness Day. I would like to
share some information with par-
ents and teens concerning mental
One in five children has a
diagnosable mental, emotional or
behavioral problem that can lead
to school failure, family discord,
violence or suicide. Help is avail-
able. However, two-thirds of chil-
dren with mental health prob-
lems are not getting the help they
Mental health is how we think,
feel and act. It's common for chil-
dren to feel sad or behave badly
from time to time. If you see
troubling ,behaviors that seem
persistent and severe, it's time to




lable for Troubled Youth

take action. These questions can
help you:
1. Does your child seem angry
most of the time? Cry a lot?
Overreact to things?
2. Does he avoid friends or
family? Want to be alone all the
time? Seem to have lost interest
in things usually enjoyed?
3. Does your child destroy
property, break the law or do
things that are life threatening?
Often hurt animals or other peo-
ple? Seem not'to care when you
explain that this behavior is
harmful? Use alcohol or drugs?
4. Is she extremely fearful?
Worry more than other young
5. Is she obsessed about how
she looks? Experiencing unex-
plained changes in sleeping or
eating habits? Often complaining
about headaches, stomachaches
or other physical problems?
6. Is your child limited by poor

concentration? Suddenly having
trouble making decisions?
Grades showing a marked
7. Does your child feel that life
is too hard to handle or talk about
suicide .(a sense of darkness or
If you answer "yes" to any of
these questions, talk to your doc-
tor or pediatrician about your
child's feelings and behavior.
Discuss how your child may have
been affected by recent major
changes in your family. Together,
you may decide that your child
and family need help from some-
one with more mental health
You are not alone. Remember
that all families have strengths to
build on. NAMI Polk County is
one place to call for more infor-
mation on mental health issues:
(863) 616-9642.

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H-ISTORY 0Vx t4EmflAs

Fifty Years Ago

The Bartow High School glee club had a
red letter day at the state glee club contest in
Daytona Beach Friday, winning "superior"
ratings for all three choral groups and being
chosen for special recognition on Friday
Cynthia Lee Kelly, 19-year-old daughter of
Circuit' Judge Clifton M. Kelly, is listed in
"fair" condition after a "fair night" at
Lakeland General Hospital with injuries she
received yesterday when her car slid side-
ways into an oncoming truck.
Renewed approval for the hiring of bands
for Jackets Nest dances at the civic center was
granted Tuesday night at a special meeting of
city officials and youth group representatives.

Forty-Five Years Ago

Aided by a man and three boys in a grove
jeep, state and county law enforcement offi-
cers captured a fugitive in an Alturas citrus
grove Friday afternoon, shortly after he
escaped from a stockade work gang.
Bartow High School rated "superior" in
sight reading and "excellent" in concert band
in the south Florida band contest at Sarasota
over the weekend.
The. Democrat won four awards in the
annual Florida Press Assn. contest for 1969.
This newspaper's awards: first place for edi-
torials,, "Lowest Is Not Always Best," and
best column on a single topic, "Thinking Out
Loud" by Managing Editor, S.L. Frisbie, IV,
"The Star Had Two Beards;" second place in
editorials on the free enterprise system, and
third for best feature photograph.
Lance Beshara, Bartow freshman at Polk
Junior College, was nominated by
Congressman James Haley last -week for the
Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs,
Colo. Beshara, a Bartow High School gradu-
ate, plans to leave for the academy on June
25. Classes will begin on June 29.
Four cars of a Seaboard Coast Line freight
train derailed on both sides of the North
Broadway crossing Saturday night, and a
tank car loaded with phosphate fertilizer
overturned. There were no injuries, and SCL
officials expect to have the wreckage cleared
and the rails repaired by late today.

Forty Years Ago

A Bartow motorcyclist lost a leg in a hit-
and-run traffic accident Tuesday night on
State Road 60 east of Bartow. A North
Carolina woman was arrested a short time
later, and booked on three charges in the acci-
dent: driving while intoxicated, leaving the
scene of an accident, and driving on the
wrong side of the road.
A proposed swap of the old Florida
National Guard property for the 146 acres of
undeveloped land south of the civic center
complex drew the unanimous and enthusias-
tic endorsement of the city recreation board
Wednesday night.

Thirty-Five Years Ago

This may be a record year for candidates
seeking county offices. Heading \the list is the
sheriff's post with seven Democrats, two
Republicans and one Independent. Seeking
the office of school superintendent are six
Democrats and one Republican. Seeking
school board seats, party affiliations not list-
ed, are three for District 2, two for District. 4,
three for District 5. For county commission
seats, there are four candidates for District 1

and three for District 5.
Two hit-and-run accidents within a few
minutes Wednesday night landed a Bartow
woman in jail under multiple driving
charges, sent a bicyclist to the hospital for
treatment of cuts and minor injuries, and
involved the owner of one of the cars in help-
ing lawmen corral the befuddled woman dri-
,Thomas L. Clarke, Jr., of Lakeland became
the newest judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit
in robing ceremonies before a standing-room-
only crowd Friday afternoon.

Thirty Years Ago

Downtown Bartow, Inc., took a deep
breath Monday night and vowed to move for-
ward with (1) raising money to meet a
$33,000 annual budget, (2) hiring a Main
Street manager, and (3) developing plans to
refurbish downtown buildings.
Royster Co. will shut down production for
12 weeks, starting later this month, as it
brings a $27 million package of phosphate
plant improvements on line. The biggest new
production will be providing electricity by
capturing steam which is produced from the
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Mary Anne Coker

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Coker, 91, of
Highland City, died of heart fail-
ure Saturday, April 30, 2005, at
her residence.
Born in Kansas City, Kan., on
Sept. 20, 1913, Mrs. Coker was a
lifelong resident of Highland
She was a retired supervisor,
employed in Polk County govern-
ment for 20 years. She was a
member of Resurrection Catholic
Mrs. Coker was preceded in
death by her husband, C.H. Jack
Survivors include one son,
Larry Coker of Ruskin; one
brother, Louie Skender of Mer-
ritt Island; five grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Thursday, May 5,
from 6 to 8 p.m., at Lakeland Fu-
neral Home, with a rosary serv-
ice at 7:30 p.m.
The funeral: Friday, May 6, at
1 p.m., at Resurrection Catholic
Interment: Oak Hill Burial
Park in Lakeland.

Josh "Daddy Red" Jones


Josh "Daddy Red" Jones, 94,
of Mulberry, died Friday, April
29, 2005, at Delta Health Center
in Tampa.
Mr. Jones was born June 3,
1910, in Quincy, Fla.
He was a mechanic for IMC
Phosphate. He was a member
and a deacon at Jerusalem Mis-
sionary Baptist Church in Mul-
Survivors include three
daughters, Kristi Williams of
Tampa, and Rose Robinson and
Evelyn Knight, both of Mul-
berry; two sons, Roosevelt
Broadnax of Plant City and Ger-
ald Simon of Virginia; 19 grand-
children; and 62 great-grandchil-
Visitation: Friday, May 6,
from 3 to 8 p.m., at Gause Fu-
neral Home in Bartow.
The funeral: Saturday, May 7,
at 2 p.m., at Jerusalem Mission-
ary Baptist Church.
Interment: Laurel Hill Ceme-
tery,in Fuller Heights, Mulberry.

Character cannot be developed
in ease and quiet. Only through
experience of trial and suffer-
ing can the soul be strength-
ened, ambition inspired and suc-
cess achieved.
-Helen Keller

Kathryn Marsh Atkins

Kathryn Marsh

Kathryn Marsh Atkins, 87, of
Winter Haven, died of kidney
failure Monday, May 2, 2005, at
Winter Haven Hospital.
Born in Fort Meade on Aug.
26, 1917, Mrs. Atkins was a life-
long Polk County resident.
She was a homemaker. She
was a member of Alpha Chi
Omega and the Glee Club at
Florida Southern College, and
was a contributor to the Melvin
Art Gallery building at the col-
lege. She was a member of First
Methodist Church of Fort Me-
Mrs. Atkins was preceded in
death by her husband, C.D. At-
kins; and one daughter, Barbara
Atkins Smith.
Survivors include one sdn, Dr.
Robert M. Atkins of Winter Ha-
ven; one niece, Cathy Grace;
nine grandchildren; and 11
Visitation: Thursday, May 5,
from 1 to 2 p.m., at McLean Fu-
neral Home in Fort Meade.
The funeral will follow Thurs-
day at 2 p.m. at the funeral
home, with Rev. Neville Gritt of-
Interment: Evergreen Ceme-
tery in Fort Meade.

Paul A. Bennington, Sr.

Paul A.
Bennington, Sr.

Paul A. Bennington, Sr., 83, of
Lakeland, died of congestive
heart failure Monday, May 2,
2005, at Lakeland Regional
Medical Center.
Born in Madison, Ohio, on
June 12, 1921, Mr. Bennington
was'a longtime Polk County resi-
He was an electrical superin-
tendent for Swift & Co./Estech in
Bartow. He was a Mason and a
Mr. Bennington was preceded
in death by his wife, Evelyn Ben-
Survivors include one daugh-
ter, Paula Adams of Bartow; two
sons, Joseph Bennington of
Tampa and Paul A. Bennington,
Jr., of Boiling Springs, S.C.; nine
grandchildren; 20 great-grand-
children; and one great-great-
Visitation: Thursday, May 5,
from 6 to 8 p.m., at Whidden-
McLean Funeral Home in Bar-
The funeral: Friday, May 6, at
10 a.m., at the funeral home.

People in the Know
In Bartow
Read The Democrat

Members of Bartow's Commu-
nity Redevelopment Agency will
be limited to two consecutive
four-year terms under revised
by-laws approved by the seven-
member board.
In the past, CRA board mem-
bers have served without term
In February, Bill Orr was rec-
ognized when he resigned from
the CRA board after 15 years of
service. He was a charter mem-
ber of the board.
In addition to establishing
term limits, the by-laws provide
for a member's removal after
three unexcused absences or five
excused absences in one year
from its monthly meetings.
By-laws also allow a member'
to serve as chairman or vice-
chairman for no more than.two
consecutive one-year terms.
The CRA was created to pro-
mote redevelopment in the
downtown area, and since has
expanded to include much of
Bartow's residential and com-
mercial property within its
It is supported by "tax incre-
ment financing," meaning that
as improvements are made
within its boundaries, the CRA
gets 90 percent of the increased
property tax revenues. Recon-
struction of Main Street and
street projects to support the
Lowe's Home Improvement Cen-
ter are among its major projects.
The possible purchase of the

Bonnie Rosella

Bonnie Rosella Roper, 92, of
Winter Haven, died of natural
causes Thursday, May 5, 2005,
at Winter Haven Hospital.
Born in Lawrence County,
Ala., on Sept. 26, 1912, Mrs.
Roper was a longtime resident of
Polk County.
She was a homemaker, and a
member of Mt. Olive Primitive
Baptist Church in Mulberry.
Mrs. Roper was preceded in
death by her husband, Dallas
Lester Roper; and three sons,
James A. Roper, Alex Roper, Jr.,
and Charles L. Roper.
Survivors include one daugh-
ter, Louise Lewis of Mulberry; 16
grandchildren; 33 great-grand-
children; 19 great-great-grand-
children; and several nieces and
Visitation: Friday, May 6,
from 6 to 8 p.m., at Whidden-
McLean Funeral Home in Bar-
The funeral: Saturday, May 7,
at 2 p.m., at Mt. Olive Primitive
Baptist Church in Mulberry,
with Rev. Hollis Albritton offici-
Interment: Wildwood Ceme-
tery in Bartow.

Agnes Juanita

Agnes Juanita McCall, 77, of
Bartow, died of Alzheimer's dis-
ease Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at
Brandywyne Health Care Center
in Winter Haven.
Born in Fort Meade on June
14, 1927, Mrs. McCall moved to
Bartow from Bowling Green 20
years ago.
She was a homemaker, and a
member of Paynes Creek Primi-
tive Baptist Church in Bowling
Mrs. McCall was preceded in
death by her husband, Lester S.
Survivors include one son,
Jerry McCall of Bartow; one
daughter, Cindy Warren of
Wauchula; four grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Thursday, May 5,
from 6 to 8 p.m., at Whidden-
McLean Funeral Home in Bar-
The funeral: Friday, May 6, at
2 p.m., at the funeral home, with
Rev. Hollis Albritton officiating.
Interment: Wildwood Ceme-
tery in Bartow.

S-P Mobile Home Park west of
the county government complex
is another CRA initiative. The
CRA also paid one-third of the
cost of a parking garage feasibil-
ity study.

'Magic on Main'
Mayme Clark, chairman of
the CRA, said a Main Street pro-
motion committee is planning a "
Magic on Main" activity to mark
the completion of the Main
Street project in November.
"The time is very ripe for de-
velopment on Main Street," she
said. and the aeencv is askin-e
the Chamber of Commerce Com-
mittee of 100 to help spur eco-
nomic development.
Board Member Terry Hunter
said Main Street is ideal for
niche-type marketing and spe-
cialty shops.
"I don't see people walking on
Van Fleet Drive," he said. "It's
not a pedestrian-friendly envi-
Main Street sidewalks are be-
ing widened and landscaped, and
the street narrowed, to encour-
age pedestrian activity.
"We're putting $3.5 million
down there," CRA Executive Dir.
James Duane said. "We've got to

Juneteenth Celebration

The CRA board authorized ex-

Enjoy the music of Broadway
and the beauty of Lake Wales
with music of Imperial Sym-
phony Orchestra and the 60-bell
carillon at Historic Bok Sanctu-
ary on Saturday, May 7, at 8
The theme of this month's
Music Under the Stars program
will be "Broadway Nights," fea-
turing music from stage favor-
ites and a salute to Richard
Rodgers and Andrew Lloyd
Webber. Gates open at 5 p.m. so
concertgoers can enjoy the gar-
dens in springtime and share a
picnic before the concert.
A picnic decorating contest
will award prizes in three

penditure of $8,000 to reimburse
the West Bartow Front Porch
program for promotion of the
Juneteenth celebration in West
Board Member Ann Dunlap
asked how many people attended
the event last year.
Carl Burgess replied that last
year's attendance was "maybe
1,500," and said the Front Porch
group wants to expand the event
from a West Bartow activity to a
county-wide event.
Other funding for the project
comes from the private sector,
Burgess said.
Mrs. Clark noted that in ap-
proving $8,000 in this year's
budget, the CRA board declared
its intention to reduce that fig-
ure to $4,000 next year.

Legislative Action

Duane reported that the Flor-
ida House of Representatives
passed a bill that would allow
counties to capture some of the
CRA revenues after 20 years. At
his recommendation, board
members went on record oppos-
ing any change to the CRA law.
CRAs, and their diversion of
increased tax revenues from
county commissions to CRA
budgets. have become an in-
creasingly sore point with county
The legislation was sponsored
by the Florida Assn. of Counties.

themes: most elegant, best
spring and best Broadway. Judg-
ing will be at 6:30 p.m.
The Carillon Caf6 will close at
8 p.m., but the Tower and Gar-
den Gift Shop will remain open
until 10:30 p.m.
Preordered boxed dinners
costing $8.95 plus tax can be or-
dered from the Carillon Caf6 by
calling 676-1355. Take-out serv-
ice after 5 p.m. will include
soups, cold sandwiches, salads,
desserts and beverages.
Tickets are $12 for adults or
$6 for children 5-12. For tickets,
call 676-1408, ext. 2223.
For more information, visit

Polk Vision Hosting Info Sessions
on Polk's Infrastructure Deficit

Polk Vision will be hosting
two presentations to inform Polk
County citizens about the cur-
rent- infrastructure deficit and
outline options being discussed
for its elimination.
Fran McAskill, director of the
financial and strategic planning
department for Polk County, will
be presenting attendees with in-
formation on the existing infra-
structure deficit.
These informative meetings
will cover all facets of the infra-
structure deficit issue.


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year's hurricanes.
Noted Al Snapp's report that
the Lakeland Chapter of the
Sons of the American Revolution
presented its Law Enforcement
Commendation Medal to Bartow
Police Capt. Chuck Spencer.
Heard Gerald Cochran
accuse a city employee of "a fab-
ricated lie" in accusing him of
taking too long for a lunch break.
"I'm going to pray for you and I
hope it doesn't happen again," he
told the city commission and city

McAskill's presentation will ex-
plain in detail the current total
deficit amounting to $580 mil-
lion, what factors contributed to
the deficit and potential revenue
The first of two presentations
will be held in Lakeland at the
Polk Museum of Art on Monday,
May 9, at 6 p.m. The second will
be at Historic Bok Sanctuary in
Lake Wales on Tuesday, May 10,
at 6 p.m.
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from 1 to 2 p.m. in the day room
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Meetings include educational
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coping skills, as well as sharing
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the second Tuesday of each
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Chamber Plans Four

Ribbon Cuttings In May

Bartow Chamber of Com-
merce is planning four ribbon-
cuttings for May.
The public is invited to all the
ribbon cutting events.
On Friday, May 6, a ribbon-
cutting for Michael Holley Pon-
tiac Buick GMC is planned at
9:30 a.m. The dealership is lo-
cated at 255 West Van Fleet
Mike Patel, new owner of The
UPS Store, will be cutting the
ribbon at his location at 907 N.
Wilson Avenue at 9:30 a.m. on
Tuesday, May 10. Patel has re-
modeled the store after Hurri-

cane Jeanne did extensive dam-
On Friday, May 13, at 9:30
a.m., One Of A Kind store will
celebrate a ribbon cutting. New
owner Tom Walkup is opening a
new lamp sales and repair shop
located at 330 East Parker
On Wednesday, May 18, at
9:30 a.m., Logo Land, 580 E.
Summerlin Street, will celebrate
new ownership with a Chamber
For more information, contact
the Greater Bartow Chamber of
Commerce at 533-7125.

Study Shows Large Increases
in Florida Farmland Values

A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY held on April 28 for Diges-
tive Health Physicians of Central Florida, PA, celebrated the open-
ing of the practice of Dr. Ned J. Panara. Helping cut the ribbon were:
(from left) Barbara Lawn, Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce
president; Brian Hinton, city commissioner; Ruth Trainor and Con-
nie Brown, Chamber Ambassadors; Mrs. Carmela Panara and Ned
E. Panara (Dr. Panara's parents); Leo Longworth, city commissioner;
helping his dad hold the scissors, Joseph Panara; Dr. Ned J. Panara
with his wife, Patti Panara; Mary Jordan, Chamber Ambassador;
Kathy Hopper, office manager; and Chamber Ambassadors Amy
Herkel and Pamela Sams. Dr. Panara graduated from medical school

at the State University of New York at Buffalo. After being in pri-
vate practice in Buffalo, he moved to Florida in 1998. Dr. Panara
worked at the Bond Clinic in Winter Haven and opened his own pri-
vate gastroenterology practice in Bartow on March 7. He is on staff
at Bartow Memorial Hospital and performs a full range of endoscopic
procedures including colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, ERCP, and peg
feeding tubes. He treats all gastrointestinal and liver diseases. Di-
gestive Health Physicians of Central Florida, PA, is in the office
buildings adjacent to the old Bartow Memorial Hospital, at 1350 E.
Main Street, Suite A-1. Dr. Panara can be reached by calling 519-
0902. (Chamber photo)

Tourism Center Groundbreaking Set

Joan Bremer

Bremer Named
Employee Of

Mosiac has selected Joan Bre-
mer as the Minerals East em-
ployee of the month for April.
Mrs. Bremer is a. mainte-
nance/production clerk at Four
Corners Mine. She has been with
the company for six years.
In her nomination form, Mrs.
Bremer was described as "ex-
tremely buy, yet she takes time
to make all employees feel spe-
cial. She listens to them, and
takes care of the issues that are
important to them."
Mrs. Bremer and her hus-
band, Bill, live in Mulberry. She
is a Notre Dame fan.


Polk County Opportunity
Council, Inc., will hold a break-
fast in celebration of National
Women's Health Week on Mon-
day, May 9, from 7:30 to 9:30
a.m. at the PCOC Resource Cen-
ter, 1045 Highway 17 South,
The event will feature guest
speakers and information pack-
A $8 donation will be col-
In addition to the breakfast,
PCOC will be celebrating health
with three fitness walks.
The local walk will be held on
Tuesday, May 10, at noon at
Mary Holland Park in Bartow.
For more information, call
533-0015, ext. 101.

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Each May, Polk County joins
the Nation in celebrating Na-
tional Tourism Week, but this
year it will hold special meaning.
As part of National Tourism
Week festivities in Polk County,
ground will be broken on the
new Visitors Interpretive Center
to be located at the intersection
of Interstate 4 and Hwy. 27.
The groundbreaking will take
place Tuesday, May 10, at 10
a.m. at Sandspur Court, the fu-
ture home of the center, which is
located a quarter-mile South of
"Polk Outpost 27: Florida's
Adventure Center" is the official
name of the hands on visitors
center, which is expected to see
130,000 visitors pass through its
doors each year beginning in'
January of 2006 when it opens.
"We are looking forward to
taking the next step and seeing
this idea come to fruition," said
Mark Jackson, director of tour-
ism and sports marketing for
Polk County.
Jackson and his staff have
worked closely with the archi-
tects in the design phase of the
$1.5 million dollar project.
"This will not just be another
rest stop along I-4," Jackson
said. "This will be a place where
visitors can get hands on under-

standing of what Polk County
has to offer and assist visitors
with their travels and literally
help them walk right out the
doors and experience it."
Florida Cracker-style archi-
tecture will greet visitors as they
walk up to the building, featur-
ing an authentic Florida theme.
Rocking chairs will be the key to
drawing the visitors further in-
side where they will be greeted
with a variety of opportunities to
"experience a taste of Polk
'Interactive kiosks will tell
visitors more about the area and
Polk "concierges" will be on hand
to answer any questions and
help visitors with .accommoda-
tion and attraction information.
There are plans to have a 50-
seat High Definition theater
which will tell Polk's story to
guests and hands on areas, like
"Discovery Dock" where there
will be themed stations on water
activities, arts and culture, heri-
tage, local flavors (restaurants),
golf (including a large putting
green), aviation, shopping and
economic development.
"Overall, we want to make
this center an attraction in it-
self," Jackson said. "The whole
idea behind this center is conver-
sion. We want to familiarize peo-

Mosaic Expands

ple with our area, and we feel
that once we do that, they will
want to stay longer."
A soft opening date has been
set for January, but work for the
staff of the new visitor's center
will begin long before that.
Training for the staff of the
center will begin in October. The
training will involve customer
service, sales and familiarizing
the staff with tourism opportuni-
ties in Polk County.
The annual tourism luncheon
put on by Polk County Tourism
and Sports Marketing will follow
the groundbreaking on May 10.
At the luncheon, the Dick
Pope Tourism Award will be pre-
sented to a local tourism-related
business, which has enhanced
Polk County's tourism-related
business, as well as the Super
Sports award, which will be
given to Winter Haven High
School basketball standout La
Qwesha Gamble, and the Diplo-
mats of Tourism Awards, which
honor volunteers.
The luncheon will be held at
the Best Western Admiral's Inn
in Winter Haven and will begin
at 11:30 a.m. The cost to attend
the lunch is $8.
For reservations call Polk
County Tourism and Sports
Marketing at 534-2500.

The value of agricultural
land continued to increase in
all areas of the state last year,
buoyed by a population boom
and strong nonagricultural de-
mand for land, according to a
new University of Florida sur-
"Following recent trends,
the market for agricultural
land was very active this past
year, and the rate of increase
in land values was particularly
high in the southern regions
of the state," said John Rey-
nolds, a professor emeritus
with UF's Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences. "In
most land-value categories, we
recorded double-digit in-
He said the most prominent
changes occurred in South
Florida where the value of
cropland increased by 58 per-
cent and pastureland values
jumped by 76 percent. The
largest increases were in the
Indian River area, Okeechobee
County and the Gulf Coast

Cropland and pastureland in
other regions also experienced
substantial increases: 19 to 25
percent in the central region
of the state, 10 to 19 percent
in the northwest region and 9
to 15 percent in the northeast
Although citrus groves did
not increase in value as much
as cropland and pasture, the
value of orange groves in the
south region increased by 10
percent and 12 percent in the
central region. The value of
grapefruit groves increased 34
percent in the south region
,and 15 percent in the central
region. The value of land with
5- to 7-year-old citrus plantings
increased about 9 percent in

Bartow Wins Electric

Operations in Argentina Dept. Safety Award

The Mosaic Company today
announced it is building the first
granular single super phosphate
(GSSP) plant in Argentina.
The news come just one week
after the company announced
the elimination of 65 mechanic
jobs due to outsourcing.
The new plant will have the
capacity to produce up to
240,000 metric tonnes (MT) of
GSSP per year and Mosaic an-
ticipates that the cost to con-
struct the GSSP plant will be ap-
proximately $14 million. It is be-
ing built next to Mosaic's distri-
bution facility in Quebracho, in
the heart of Argentina's soybean
country where demand for fertil-
izer is growing.
The proximity of the new
plant to Mosaic's existing infra-
structure will enable the com-
pany to exploit a number of lo-
gistical and operational advan-
To produce GSSP, the plant
will use imported phosphate rock
and sulfur from nearby plants in
Argentina. Mosaic engineers will
install scrubber systems to mini-
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source, and they are actively
working with Argentinean offi-
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Bartow's city electric depart-
ment placed first for cities of its
size in the annual safety award
program of the Florida Munici-
pal Electric Assn..
The award recognizes the few-
est number of job-related acci-
dents or illnesses using criteria
of the Occupational Safety and
* Health Administration. \
Bartow ranked highest in de-
partments with 50,000 to
199,999 man-hours worked.
Awards were presented at the
FMEA annual safety and Florida
lineman's competition awards
banquet in Tallahassee, the cul-
mination of two days of safety
workshops and training on
safety and training issues.

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a high possibility of serious inju-
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the south and central regions.
The average value of orange
groves in the south region was
$6,540 per acre, about $130 per
acre higher than in the central
region. The estimated value of
grapefruit groves increased to
$5,264 per acre in the south
region, about $746 per acre
higher than in the central re-
gion. The average value of
land with 5- to 7-year-old cit-
rus groves was $5,920 per acre
in the south region, about
$580 per acre higher than in
the central region.
More details on the survey,
"Nonagricultural Demand
Causes Agricultural Land Val-
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available on the UF/IFAS Elec-
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SeA.... &ars

Four seminars will be offered
this month by the Florida Small
Business Development Center at
the Central Florida Development
Council Polk County.
The seminars are held on the
third floor at Citrus & Chemical
Bank, Suite 300, 600 North
Broadway in Bartow.
Scheduled are: "
"Understanding Financial
Statements," Thursday, May 12,
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
"Steps to Starting a Small
Business," Thursday, May 19,
from 10 a.m. to noon.
"Building the Ultimate
Business Plan" (Part I), Thurs-
day, May 19, from 5:30 to 7:30
"Building the Ultimate
Business Plan" (Part II), Thurs-
day, May 26, from 5:30 to 7:30
The fee for each seminar is
$30, including materials.
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Banquet Honors High
Achieving Minority Students


BARTOW HIGH SCHOOL and International
Baccalaureate School is the winner of the Litter
Free Campus Award for this month. Pictured are
(not in order) Arthur Henderson Perkins, Manuel
Servin and Christopher Norris, members of the

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"on-site work program." The men are supervised
by custodian Dave Kelly. Also pictured are Ger-
aldine Watson, Bartow Beautification Board
member, and Assistant Principal Freddie Doug-
las. (Photo provided)

The following students were
honored at the 15th Annual Su-
perintendent's Banquet Honor-
ing High-Achieving Minority
Graduates. Graduating seniors
were honored at the banquet for
achieving a 3.2 grade point aver-
age and above in regular educa-
tion classes.
More than 600 people at-
tended this event including stu-
dents, their parents and fami-
lies, school district staff, admin-
istrators, school board members
and community members. The
event also included naming of
scholarship winners by the Mi-
nority Achievement Program
board, minority graduates with
the highest grade point averages
by school and each school's mi-
nority "most improved" student.
Most improved students were
named for making significant
academic improvements from
their freshman to senior years.
McKeel Academy (Lakeland)
won the Vivien Lillian Postell
Award for the having the largest
percentage of high achieving mi-
nority students among its stu-
dent enrollment.
Honorees with a 3.2 GPA or
above are listed below. Highest
GPA and scholarship winners
are noted in parentheses.
Bartow High: John Abra-
ham, Isabel Aguirre, James Aus-
tin, Latearia Bell, Stephanie
Barrios, Jena Castro, Jessica
Claitt (scholarship winner), Al-
trichia Cook, Shameka Dawson,
Javier Delgado, Lezon Dixon,
Jolanda Eldridge, Shira
Fowlkes, Anastasia Igartua,
Tommie Jackson, Dreshya Ja-

cob, Matthew Jacob, Eugene
Johnson, Janae Lyons, Mara
Manning, Allen Mathew, Cilia
Miles, Freddie Morgan, Belinda
Negron, Bradley Perez, Amy
Rockferry, Albert Rodriguez,
Nery Saucedo(highest GPA),
Wilfredo Zabala. BHS Most Im-
proved-Trenise Parham
Fort Meade High: David
Barfield, Irma Benitez (highest
GPA), John-Michael Laspina,
Andrew McCutchen, Rosa Men-
dez, Janiquel Pierre Paul (schol-
arship winner), Mario
Rodriguez, Brian Whitehurst.
FMHS Most Improved-Anthony
Charles Huntley.
International Baccalaure-
ate: Carla Astudillo, Neal Bhuti-
ani(highest GPA), Indya Carroll,
Geovanni Cantizano, Abre Con-
ner, Jacquese Commons, Mi-
chael Lapnawan, David Levy,
Marie Pantojan, Ravi Patel,
Vivek Patel, Gretchen Suarez,
Yalu Wu (scholarship winner)
Lake Wales High: Michelle
Andrews, Julie-Ann Clark,
Chrissel Figueroa, Yesenia
Lopez, Adileni Lora, Sierra
Luckey, Lacreshia Marlow, Ed-
gar Martinez, Raquisha
McBride, La'Kendra McMath,
Ricardo Navarro, Elease Neu-
mon, Trneice Parker, Rickin Pa-
tel, Anthony Pierce (scholarship
winner), James Pilkington( high-
est GPA), Trevor Pinion, Kitti-
pong Rajkesorn, Massiel Rod-
griguez, Amber Shepard, Re-
becca Sierra, Matthew Smith,
Shari Villeda, Sabrina Williams.
LWHS Most Improved-Shavalis

Registration Closing for.
Economics Summer Program

the question asked when Gause Academ,
dents (from left) Joey Hicklin, Jason White,
Ybarra, Tasha Locke and others perform a]
the same name during a mystery dinner t
on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. The theatrical prod
is directed by Gause Academy English and

Last Chance to
Apply for 2006
Magnet, Choice
May 9 to June 3 is the final
'opportunity for students to apply
for a Polk County magnet or
;:choice school for the 2005-2006
school year.
Applications cah be submitted
online at www.polk-fl.net/school-
choice or by mail. Applications
are available at each magnet or
choice school or at the school dis-
trict administrative office in Bar-
, Applications will be processed
,according to date received or
'date postmarked,
: For more information, call

Shandrea Hill -

On Dean's List

Shandrea Hill of Bartow, a
student at Florida A & M Uni-
versity in Tallahassee, has made
the Dean's list for this Spring
Ms. Hill majors in elementary
education, and is set to graduate
in December 2005.
She is the daughter of Andrea
C. Hill of Bartow.
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teachers and dinner is catered under the direction
of Gause hospitality instructors. The menu in-
cludes appetizers, spaghetti with meatballs or al-
fredo sauce, salad and Italian ice desserts. Tickets
are $8 for adults, $6 for students and $3 for under
10-years-old. Call 534-7425 for information. -
(Staff photo by Rustin Dwyer)

Clemson University is offer-
ing rising high school juniors
and seniors in your area an op-
portunity to attend the 2005
Economics Summer Camp, spon-
sored by the John E. Walker De-
partment of Economics at Clem-
son University.
This summer camp program
offers students the chance to
study a broad range of real world
topics in economics.
The Economics Summer
Camp was founded in 2003 with
a focus on South Carolina stu-
dents, but the popularity of the
program spurred a second pro-
gram for 2005. This expanded
version of the program is open to
students from Florida, Georgia,
Maryland, North Carolina, Vir-
ginia and Washington, D.C.
There is no cost to students
who attend the 2005 Economics
Summer Camp at Clemson. All
program costs, materials, hous-
ing and meals are provided free
of charge to the participants. In
addition, thanks to the BB&T
corporation, each student re-
ceives a $250 stipend at the end
of camp to help cover any travel

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Explorations V Children's
Museum has announced its May
events schedule of Terrific Tues-
days, Magic Mondays and Fun
The sessions are included
with admission, which is $4 for
children, ages 2-15, and $2 for
adults. Children under two and
museum members are admitted
Terrific Tuesdays, an activity
time that focuses on school
readiness skills, begins at 10:30
The May activities and skills
May 10 Bead Stringing
-Eye-hand coordination
May 17 Play Dough Pok-
ing Creativity
May 24 Texture Cartons
- Five senses
May 31 Sand Boxes -
Exploring media
Magical Monday, a preschool
story and activity time, focuses
on literacy for preschoolers and
is held every Monday at 10:30

Scheduled May stories and ac-
tivities are:
May 9 If You Give a Pig a
Pancake Pig Puppet
May 16 Mega Monday -
Butterflies with Rhonda Ste-
phens from Metamorphosis But-
terfly Farm
May 23 Mouse Paint -
Painting with primary colors
Explorations V Children's
Museum will be closed on Mon-
day, May 30, in observance of
Memorial Day.
Fun Friday focuses on creativ-
ity and includes art activities for
children of all ages.
Scheduled sessions are:
May 13 May Day Baskets
May 20 Sticks & Straws
May 27 Clothespin Crea-
Explorations V Children's
Museum is located at 109 North
Kentucky Avenue in downtown
Additional information may
be obtained by calling the mu-
seum at 687-3869 or by e-mail to

The 10th Annual Blueprint
and Model Competition was held
April 29 at the Polk Museum of
Each student received a cash
award toward his education. The
winners of the competition will
be on display at the Polk Mu-
seum of Art until May 8.
Students from the Polk
County high schools entered the
competition and four High
Schools received cash awards for
having more than five entries in
the competition. The four win-
ning schools were George
Jenkins High School, Haines
City High School, Lakeland High
School, and Mulberry High

The award winners are: Best
of Show, Jason Hewitt, Mulberry
Advanced Blueprint, first
place, Jay Heitmann, Lakeland
High; second place, Joe Tubb,
George Jenkins High; third
place, Scotty Sullivan, Mulberry
Basic Blueprint, first place,
Carrie Currie, George Jenkins
High; second place, David
Patach, Lakeland High; third
place, Josh Hall, Mulberry High.
Model winners: first place,
Joe Tubb, George Jenkins High;
second place, Matt Warner,
George Jenkins High; and third
place, Allison Post, Haines City

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Students should submit an
application along with an aca-
demic transcript and at least one
letter of recommendation from a.
teacher or guidance counselor no
later than May 9.
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Inspired Post-Season Play Nets

Smith a JuCo Scholarship

making him an Independence Community College
Pirate, Fort Meade stand out Andrew Smith and
his mom, Suzy, took time to smile for the camera.
ICC is located south of Independence, Kansas in
Montgomery County. Miners Head Coach Mike
Hayde said of Smith, "He is one of the best defen-

sive players that has played for the Miners over
the last several years. He is an excellent safety
who plays the run or the pass equally well. An-
drew has been the quarterback of our defense for
the last two seasons. Smith is a very physical,
smart and fast football player who will bring the
hat to you." (Staff photo)

Summer Swim Lesson

Sign-Ups Now Open

Registration for summer
swimming lessons has been
opened by the City of Lakeland
Parks and Recreation Depart-
The two-week-long program
takes place throughout the
summer beginning June 6.
Ages 4 through adult are
encouraged to register early
for lessons.
Swim lesson times are of-
fered at various times during
the day including one evening
Pre-registration is required
and space is limited.
Lessons are $30 for city resi-
dents and $42 for non-resi-





Now Open

Registration and competition
information for Florida's Sun-
shine State Games 2005 summer
games in Broward County, June
15-19, is now available at
Prospective summer games
participants can also call the
Florida Sports Foundation toll-
free at 1-866-FL-GAMES (354-
2637) to request a copy of the
summer games registration
More than 9,000 of Florida's
:finest amateur athletes are ex-
pected to compete in 25 sports of
the 2005 summer games to be
held in various Broward County
locations. The 2005 games are
the 26th annual edition of Flori-
da's only Olympic-style sports
For more about Florida's Sun-
shine State Games, check www.
flasports.com. or call toll free 1-
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Registration for both the Simp-
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John Buroughs, the American
naturalist, called the robin "the
most native and democratic" of
American birds because they like
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Staff Writer
If you read the defensive
game stats for the Fort Meade
Miners' state championship vic-
tory over Blountstown, one name
jumps right off the page.
Andrew Smith, a defensive
back for the Miners, racked up
16 tackles and two key passes
defended in the title game.
"He saved one of his best
games for last. If he hadn't made
all those tackles, we might not
have been able to stop Blounts-
town from scoring one more
touchdown," said Miners Head
Coach Mike Hayde.
Hayde also praised Smith's
performance in last season's
state title game against Trinity
That's why it's not hard to pic-
ture the athletic senior playing
college ball in one of the nation's
toughest junior college divisions
- the Jayhawk conference.
In his junior season, Smith
had 85 solo tacks, 18 assists, five
tackles for a loss four forced fum-
bles, two fumbles recovered and
four interceptions. Last season,
Smith made 59 solo tackles, 24
assists, one tackle for a loss, two
forced fumbles, two fumbles re-
covered, nine pass break ups and
one interception.
It was those kind of perform-
ances that got the attention of
Derek Williams, the webmaster
of SunshinePreps.com, a recruit-
ing website for Florida athletes.
Williams passed Smith's name
around and one coach came
down hard on the senior.
David Ward, head football
coach of Independence Commu-
nity College in Kansas, called up
Smith immediately and offered
him a scholarship, just like that.
"It'll be a big change," Smith
said about moving to Kansas.
The senior said he has plenty of
relatives in Florida, but he will
be virtually alone in the Mid-
"I'm just happy," said his
mother, Suzy Smith, but added
that she will probably "call him
and cry," quite often.
Smith reciprocated the senti-
ment, saying the the biggest
change of all will be living away
from his mother.
He also said he wans to dive
right into the pre-season train-

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ing program at Independence,
and Hayde is eager to see that
"Andrew is easily one of the
top-five defensive players we've
had in the last seven years for
our football program," said
"I think when he gets to col-
lege and gets to the training ta-
ble, starts lifting some more
weights and he gets to eat in the
cafeteria and naturally grow, I
think someone is going to have a
really good defensive back. I
wouldn't be surprised if he isn't
one of the best people on special
teams for Independence next
At a signing ceremony on
Tuesday, Hayde praised the sen-
ior not just for his play as the
quarterback of the defense, but
also for some clutch perform-
ances blocking on offense
"In our bunch set, he was an
excellent blocker," said Hayde.
"In the sweep with Andrew and
Dariel Huddlin out there in our
bunch sets, Andrew was a devas-
tating blocker, very physical.
"In the game against Belle
Glade, Andrew and Dareil
helped seal the edges, allowing
Brian to score the game winning
"In the district championship
game, we ran the buck sweep
right about 20 times and Andrew
and Dareil cleaned up that edge
and let us run the football."
But Hayde wasn't done prais-
ing Smith's athleticism.
"The fact of the matter is that
if we would have played Andrew
as a wide receiver, he would
have been a great wide receiver
as well, but we didn't have to,"
Hayde said.
Also on hand was Bill Whit-
ener, play-by-play radio an-
nouncer for the Miners and
Booster Club president.

"He's been a very exciting
player to watch play," Whitener
said. "Not just as a fan, but also
as a broadcaster. I've called his
name a number of time over the
last few years."
Smith has his work cut out for
him as he enters into a tough
conference with a new coach.
Last season, Independence went
2-7 overall and won only won
game in the conference.
Smith said he is ready for the
challenge, and is especially ex-
cited to work with Coach Ward.
"He's a pretty nice guy,"
Smith said. "He's also the defen-
sive back coach, so I'll get to
work with him a lot."

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Women's Care Center
Holding Annual Golf Tourney

Registration is now open for
the Women's Care Center sixth
annual golf tournament to be'
held Saturday, May 7, at the
Bartow Golf Course.
Format is a four-person
scramble with prizes for each
flight, the longest drive and clos-
est to the pin as well as random
prize drawings.
Registration will be held from
7 to 7:45 a.m. with a shotgun
start at 8.
Cost is $65 per person, which

includes cart rental, green fees
and access to the awards lunch-
eon, or $260 per team. Corporate
and hole sponsorships are also
All proceeds from the event
will benefit the Women's Care
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For more information or to
register by phone, call Mary
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Iead Coach Jeff Tofanelli explains the set-up to
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win against Berkeley Prep, falling 5-0 and ending
their season. (Staff photo by Rustin Dwyer)

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Ends To Berkeley Prep, 5-0

Staff Writer
Last season, the Fort Meade
High School baseball team took
fans on an unexpected ride, some
would say overachieving all the
way to the state semifinals.
This season, however, the
Miners were a much younger
team, and despite a similar re-
cord, the Miners fell in the dis-
trict semifinals to Berkeley Prep
5-0 at Henley Field in Lakeland,
ending the season.
"Any time you bow out its a
disappointment. Last year in the
semifinals it was a disappoint-
ment," said Miners Head Coach
Jeff Tofanelli. "All we can ask is
that the kids play hard, and they
did. They work hard, they play
hard and they didn't give up."
Senior Andrew McCutchen
got the start on the mound, and
the University of Florida signee
didn't have his best stuff. Wear-
ing a new number (18 instead of
24) McCutchen gave up runs in
the first and second innings be-
fore loading the bases in the
third with two outs on a walk, a
hit batter and an error.

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BHS baseball vs. Lake Wales
at Kathleen, 4:30 p.m.
Lakeland Tigers at home vs.
Clearwater, 7 p.m.
BHS softball at home vs. Arm-
wood, 7:30 p.m.
BHS baseball (if necessary)
vs. TBA at Kathleen, 7:30 p.m.
Lakeland Tigers at St. Lucie,
7 p.m.
FSC baseball at home vs. Eck-
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FSC baseball at home vs. Eck-
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Lakeland Tigers at St. Lucie,.
7 p.m..
FWE wrestling: "The Wres-
tling Party" at 2300 Willow Oak
Road in Mulberry, 8 p.m.
Lakeland Tigers at St. Lucie,
1 p.m.
Lakeland ThunderBolts at
home vs. Kissimmee, 4 p.m.
Lakeland Tigers at St. Lucie,
7 p.m.

McCutchen recovered to
strike out designated hitter Pat
McEvery to end the inning. After
three innings with five strike
outs, McCutchen switched to
center field with Jesse Escobar.
Meanwhile, on the offensive
end, the Miners could not figure
out Berkeley pitcher Matt Ryck-
man. The right-hander stunned
Fort Meade, only allowing one
hit, a single by Escobar in the
With the strong pitching from
Ryckman, Berkeley crushed al-
most all hope of a Fort Meade
rally when third baseman Ryan
Acosta hit a three RBI bases-
loaded double in the fourth.
Despite getting a few base
runners on in the later innings,
Fort Meade could not get the of-
fense going. With the 5-0 final,
Fort Meade's 2005 season came
to an end, pointing all hopes on
next year.
Tofanelli said the loss didn't
come as a shock, due to the inex-
perience of the team. Starting
pitching and timely hitting
wasn't something that could al-
ways be relied on, but injuries,

he said, definitely were.
"We didn't play good enough
to win today. There's no excuses.
Their bleeders fell in and ours
got caught, but you know, that's
baseball. That's how the game
After Tofanelli takes a short
break to spend time with his
wife, he said it right back to
"We are going to prepare for
the Summer. We are just going
to try.and get a little older. This
helped, but the summer's really
going to help.
"Now its our time to get the
kids number one strengthened in
the weight room, but also teach
them the game of baseball. You
do a lot of teaching in the sum-
mer, a lot more than you do dur-
ing the season.
While this season ended un-
ceremoniously at Henley Field,
Tofanelli said Fort Meade can
only get better. All eyes will be
back on Legends Field, the site
of the baseball championships.
"I'm not worried," Tofanelli
said. "These kids will bounce


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