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Subdivision Opponents Will Appeal Court Order


Petitioners seeking to force a
referendum on a proposed new
subdivision on E.G. Griffin Road
plan to appeal a judge's order
throwing out their petitions,
their lawyer said.
John Frost represents the
nine-member committee that
sought to force the Bartow City
Commission to submit its devel-
opment order to a vote by the
He said his clients will appeal
Chief Circuit Judge J. David
Langford's decision on what
determines if the project is
exempt from voter review.
Judge Langford ruled that the
city's action is exempt from
repeal by the voters because of a
state law which prohibits a refer-
endum on a development order
"that affects five or fewer parcels

of land."
Judge Langford ruled that this
provision prohibits a vote on the
Windmeadows II development,
because the entire 272-acre sub-
division site is owned by
Highland Cassidy LLC.
Frost believes that ruling can
be challenged for two reasons:
The developer acquired 16 or
17 parcels to create the site of the
proposed subdivision,
Windmeadows II.
The petitioners take the
position that surrounding
parcels of land, owned by other
people, would be impacted by
the development, not just the
property owned by the develop-
In his ruling, Judge Langford
said that the Second District
Court of Appeal had considered
the intent of Florida Statute
163.3167(12), which prohibits a
referendum on a development

order "that affects five or fewer
parcels of land."
Frost said the Second DCA did
not rule on how that language
should be interpreted.
In his order, issued on Friday,
Judge Langford supported the
position of the city of Bartow and
the developer, Highland Cassidy
LLC, that approval of the subdi-
vision by the city constitutes
issuance of a development order
which is not subject to a public
referendum because of the five-
parcel rule.
Where not prohibited by state
law, Bartow's city charter allows
citizens to circulate petitions to
force a referendum on any ordi-
nance passed by the city com-
mission. If the petition drive is
successful, the ordinance must
be submitted to the public for a
The judge also ruled that the
Florida law prohibiting a referen-

dum in development order cases
is constitutional.
The judge ruled in a case
brought by a committee of nine
Bartow residents after both the
interim city attorney and the city
commission instructed the city
clerk not to count the petitions
circulated by the committee.
The city and Highland Cassidy
argued and the judge agreed
- that the city charter is super-
seded by Florida law when it
comes to development orders.
The petitioners also asked
Judge Langford to rule that the
law barring petitions in such
cases is unconstitutional. The
judge ruled that it is not.
The issue began with passage
by the city commission of an
ordinance on Sept. 4 of last year
rezoning 272 acres on E.E Griffin
Road for a residential "planned
On Sept. 24, the committee of

petitioners presented petitions
which they said bore more than
2,300 signatures of people who
wanted the ordinance submitted
to the voters for a referendum.
Two days later, John Murphy,
as interim city attorney, ordered
City Clerk Linda Culpepper not
to validate the petitions.
(Validation consists of examining
the petitions to determine if
there are enough signatures, of
registered voters to force a refer-
On Oct. 1, the city commission
voted to overrule Murphy, and
instructed Mrs. Culpepper to
resume the validation process.
But on Nov. 5, the commission
reversed itself and voted to
instruct Mrs. Culpepper to stop
validating the petitions.
The judge's order gave the
petitioners 30 days to file an
appeal with the Second District
Court of Appeal.


Wants DCF At

BMA, But Balks

At Waiving Bids


Uneasy over the possi-
ble reaction of local con-
tractors, Bartow city com-
missioners deadlocked 2-
to-2 Monday afternoon
over approving construc-
tion of a 15,500-square-
foot office building for a
state agency at Bartow
,Municipal Airport for a
state agency without call-
ing for bids.
The agency the
Florida Dept. of Children
and Families wants to
use a Melbourne contrac-
tor that it has used in the
past, and would pay the
airport a rental rate that
would pay for the building
in five years.
And the agency is in a
hurry; its present leases on
several other sites expire in
That was enough to
prompt Commissioners
Brian Hinton and Pat Huff
to vote to authorize pro-
ceeding with the project,
subject to approval of the
no-bid arrangements by
City Atty. Sean Parker, and
arranging of financing by

Airport Mgr. Cynthia
But concern about the
reaction of local contrac-
tors, especially in an econ-
omy in which builders
have been hit especially
hard, prompted
Commissioners Adrian
Jackson and Leo
Longworth to vote "no."
With Commissioner
James E Clements missing
the meeting due to illness,
the tie vote stalled a deci-
Commissioners, meet-
ing as the airport authori-
ty, instructed Parker to
look into state law on
competitive bids on a pro-
ject like this.
They also authorized
Mrs. Barrow to check into
borrowing up to $1.9 mil-
lion to finance the project.
Jim Birch, facilities spe-
cialist for the state, told
commissioners that DCF
needs a new building as
soon as possible, and
wants to consolidate sev-
eral offices in Bartow.
"We'd love to keep those

(See Page 7A)

"Wicked"flowers in the Bartow Garden Club's Flower
Show. Inspired by the Broadway show was this clever
arrangement featuring the Wicked Witch of the West's
famous legs and ruby slippers. Birds will have a fancy
new address in these works by Pavel and Darnela of

Ormond Beach, seen at the Bloomin' Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday. (More photos on Page 12A, win-
ners on Page 5A.) Photos by Dawn Wade and Peggy

Meeting Thursday on 22 Townhouse Units

A neighborhood meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday at the Carver Recreation Center community
room to air a proposal to rezone a parcel of land at First
Avenue and Church Street for a 22-unit townhouse
The development is proposed for the northeast cor-
ner of that intersection.
The owner of the land is DAWA Investments, LLC,

and the applicant is Joshua Cheney of Moduss, Inc.
The proposal would require a change in the city's
comprehensive plan and zoning from heavy industrial
to medium density residential planned unit develop-
For more information, call Planning Dir. Robert
Wiegers at 534-0100.

Almost-St. -Pat's-Day UnParade Is Friday


Bartow's annual Somewhere
Near St. Patrick's Day parade -
an event so unconventional that
its organizers call it an UnParade
- will be held this Friday after-
noon, three days before the rest
of the green-wearing celebrants
in the English-speaking world
mark the holiday.
The event draws its distinctive
name "because it is
Unstructured and Unusual ...
mainly Unusual," said Jenninfer
Daniels, the parade organizer
known in local Irish parlance as
Cindy Wannabe.
Bartow's events feature such
Unconventional activities as
pitching MoonPies to the crowd;
also Mardi Gras beads, which
can be purchased at a substan-

tial discount at this time of year.
The self-proclaimed stars of
the event are the Citrus
Cinderellas, spotted by their sus-
piciously matching blonde hair,
costumes in citrus colors, and
black fishnet stockings.
It is they who will be pitching
the MoonPies and beads into the-
throngs and multitudes that line
the parade route, an audience
that occasionally actually out-
numbers the participants in the
Lance Romance, the romantic
interest of the parade this is
what happens when you let a
bunch of women take over an
event like this will be Casey
Fletcher, II, nephew of Holly
Fletcher Wilson, one of the
Cinderellas. It is a repeat perfor-
mance for Casey.
Give the kid credit; he's a real

All of the Cinderellas, inciden-
tally, are known as Cindy in this
event, so if you can't remember
the name of one of your friends
on the Cinderella float, just call
her Cindy.
As in, "Hey Cindy, throw me
some beads." Or moon pies, if
that is your preference.
Noting that she is the only
local ingenue who has applied
for membership in the Citrus
Cinderellas and not been admit-
ted (hence her designation as
Cindy Wannabe), Jennifer
Daniels speculated:
"I think they're jealous of my
She is the only person in years
perhaps ever who has par-
ticipated in Bartow's UnParade
on a one-wheeler.
Taylor Clements will hold a
new role in the
parade: mini-
Joining the
parade half-,
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will be the New
World Celts, an

group of Celtic bagpipers who
made their Bartow debut at a
Friday Fest last October.
Why will they be joining half-
way along the parade route?
"Honestly," explained
Jennifer, "they're gentlemen of 'a
certain age,' and we weren't too
sure they could make it the
whole way."
To keep things from getting
too dignified (never a real dan-
ger at this event) a troupe of
belly dancers will make a repeat
Jennifer said the UnParade is
still seeking Unusual entries.
"The UnParade continues to
avoid the usual parade floats,
and is slowly reinventing
Bartow's past St. Patrick's Day
"We've confirmed the troupe
of Irish Belly Dancers will be
back and we've added the
marching Celtic color guard.
"We are also pleased to have
the Bartow High School
UnMarching jazz band. We want
to keep the event growing."
* The UnParade will kick off at
Nye Jordan Park at 5:45 p.m. -
or somewhere around then -

travel north on Oak Avenue, turn
left onto Main Street, and end at
the corner of Main and Central
Avenue, where it will morph into
downtown Bartow's monthly
. street party, Friday Fest.
Sponsored this month by the
law firm of Lilly, O'Toole &
Brown, Friday Fest will begin at 6
p.m. and will feature live music
from Rusty Bones and Irish-
Sing-Along performer Rick
The street party takes place
on Main Street between Central
and Wilson Avenues, with roads
closed to traffic.
Green beer, food, and a lep-
rechaun "leaping house" (some
would call it a bouncy house)
also will be available.
For more information on how
to participate in the parade, call
Main Street Bartow at 519-0508.
Previous participants are wel-
Space, according to Jennifer,
is limited.
Just how limited?
"Well, it's limited to the num-
ber of people who want to par-

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FSC Plans Camerata Barbecue Dinner And National Speaker Jeff Ross to
_-_-......Attend Bartow Relay For Life

Ireland Concert

Florida Southern
College and the Festival of
Fine Arts welcome
Camerata Ireland with
Barry Douglas on March
The performance takes
place at 7:30 p.m. in
Branscomb Auditorium on
the Florida Southern cam-
Douglas will conduct
the Shubert 5th Symphony,
Gorecki's "Three Pieces in
the Olden Style for Strings,"
and the "Concerto in D for
String Orchestra," (Basel
Concerto) by Igor
Stravinsky. He also will per-
form as soloist for the
Beethoven "Concerto for
Piano No. 2 in B-flat

Douglas founded
Camerata Ireland in 1999
as an orchestra of Irish
musicians determined to
match the best in the
world. Through its tours in
the U.S., South America,
China and most of Europe,
the orchestra has devel-
oped a reputation for
excellence and for creating
a particularly distinctive'
Irish string sound.
Tickets are $25.
FSC students are admit-
ted free of charge; non-FSC
students are admitted at
half price. For ticket infor-
mation, contact the
Branscomb Auditorium
box office at 680-4296.

Holy Spirit Council

Plans. Holiday Dinner

Holy Spirit Council of
Catholic Woman will hold
its annual St. Patrick's Day
dinner at Parish Center,
644 South Ninth Street,
Lake Wales, on Saturday,
March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Food service will last
until 6:30 p.m.

The menu include
Irish stew, soda bread, an
cake. There also will be
50/50 raffle.
Donations are $7 at th
For more information
contact Hilda Wener

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First Presbyterian
Church of Bartow/Union
Academy Middle School
Relay for Life team will
present a benefit concert
and dinner at 5 p.m. on
Saturday, March 15.
The event will be held in
the First Presbyterian
Church sanctuary, 355
South Florida Ave.
A pulled-pork dinner
with all the sides will fol-
Tickets may be pur-
chased for $15 per plate at
the church office or by
calling Kent Kesler at 521-

The entertainment will
be provided by local musi-
cians to include the
Keslers, Beth Cummings,
the Slide-Show Brass
Ensemble, the First
Presbyterian Old Timey
Gospel Group, Wayne
Lewis, Brian Haymans,
and many other talents.
The dinner will be pre-
pared by "Holy Smokes"
barbecue team with sides
by Fred's Matket and
dessert courtesy of the
Cookie Jar.
All proceeds will go to
the American Cancer

Golden Age Club

Bartow Golden Age Club
monthly luncheon will be
/ on Tuesday, March 18, at
noon, Bartow Civic Center
Main Auditorium.
This month's program
es will be a gospel musical
id program by Mike and
a Linda Greear and Lee and
Don Turner.
he Everyone 55 years of age
and older may attend the


meetings held the third
Tuesday df each month.
Dues each month is 25
cents, which pay for coffee
and tea.
Members may pay $4
toward meat in lieu of
bringing a covered dish.
If you have any ques-
tions, call the Civic Center
at 534-0120.

Adult Concert Band

Performs Sunday

Bartow Adult Concert
Band will perform a free
concert on Sunday, March
16, at 2:30 p.m. at the
Bartow Civic Center-.
The concert, "Lotsa'
Horses" will feature "The
William.Tell Overture," the
theme, from "Gunsm6ke,"
"Horse and Buggy" by

Leroy Anderson, "On The
Trail" from the Grand
Canyon Suite, music from
"Oklahoma," and an audi-
ence sing to "I'm An Old
The band includes 53
musicians. It is conducted
by John DeYoung

Bartow American
Cancer Society Relay For
Life will have a special
guest speaker the night of
the event, April 11-12.
Motivational speaker
Jeff Ross comes from
Shelby, N.C., to speak at
Bartow Relay.
Ross has been involved
in Relay for six years. He is
co-chairman of the
Cleveland County Shelby
Relay For Life, chairman of
the the South Atlantic
Relay For Life Task Force,
member of the National
Relay For Life Advisory
Board, member of the
National Relay For Life
Training Team, and is a
keynote speaker for the
American Cancer Society.
Ross grew up in the pro-
jects ,of Shelby with three
siblings, raised by his sin-
gle mother, Mildred Ross
Allen, a nursing assistant.
Through hard work and
perseverance he rose from
the hospital's housekeep-
ing department, mopping
and chipping gum off
floors, to managing the
hospital's community phil-
anthropy initiatives.
"When my mother was
diagnosed with a rare form

Car Wash for
Relay For Life
This Saturday

Team Summit
Consulting for the Bartow
American Cancer Society
Relay For Life will be hold-
ing a car wash for dona-
tions on Saturday, March
15, from 2 to 6 p.m.
The wash will be held at
Bruster's Ice Cream, 995
County Road 540A East,

Jeff Ross

of gastric cancer, I was
scared and- I was angry,"
Ross said. "We lost that
fight in just 29 short days,
but I am convinced that I
can prevent the same thing
from happening to another
"We are making
progress every .day, and I
want to do my part to make
sure that continues."
Bartow Relay For Life
raised more than $250,000
last year, the sixth highest
amount in Florida.
For more information
on how to support the
Bartow Relay For Life, call
Candy Grubbs at 533-8432.



Savannah Court of
Bartow, 290 Idlewood
Avenue, will hold a block
party on Friday, March 14,
from 4 to 6 p.m.
The free, community
event will feature: food,
entertainment and activi-

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Advertising pays
Big Dividends

. A book signing for "The
Faces of Breast Cancer"
will be. held Thursday,
March 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The signing will be held
at Vintner's Cellar Custom
Winery, at the Merchant's
Walk Plaza, 3615 South
Florida Ave., Suite 450,
The book contains pic-
tures of many women who
have struggled against
breast cancer. Some of the

women featured in the
book and the author,
Rachel Absher, will be pre-
The book will be avail-.
able for sale at the event. A
free bottle of wine will
given with each book pur-
All proceeds will go to
the Bartow Amberican
Cancer Society Relay For
Life, to be held on April 11-


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First United Methodist Celebrates

Restoration Drive on Palm Sunday

First United Methodist
Church of Bartow will cele-
brate the completion of the
first phase of its Capital
Funds Campaign (CFC) on
Palm Sunday with a spe-
cial worship service and
victory party.
A pre-service piano and
organ mini-concert in the
sanctuary begins at 10:40,
presented by Beverly
Etheredge on piano and
Bill Wright on piano and
pipe organ. The concert
will feature two four-hand-
ed piano pieces and Palm
Sunday classics such as
"The Holy City" and "The
The service will begin
with a palm processional
by the children of the
church. Special music will
be provided by the chil-
dren's choir, directed by
Pam Wyant and accompa-
nied by pianist Nadine
Robbins, and the intergen-
erational choir, directed by
Bonnie Allen and accom-
panied by pianist Carol
Keen and organist Wright.
Pledges received during
the past month through
the church's "What Gift
Can We Bring?" campaign
will be dedicated. The pur-
pose of the campaign is to
fund the restoration, reno-
vation, and refurbishment
of the church sanctuary

and the adjoining annex,
which serves as the
Christian education build-
The sanctuary already
has had its foundational
support reinforced. The
stained glass windows
were removed in August for
restoration. Work yet to be
done includes repair of
cracked walls and weather
damaged plaster, painting
the entire interior and
exterior, refurbishment of
the organ and the pews,
and replacement of the
New handicap-accessi-
ble ramps and restrooms,
and additional fire exits
will be constructed in the
annex. All of the rooms of
the annex in the basement,
first, and second floors will
be restored and an elevator
with stops on each floor
will be installed.
The projected costs of
restoration are $1,210,000.
At the end of 2007, the
church had collected funds
totaling just over $600,000
toward these projects and
thus the campaign goal
was set at $610,000. As of
Sunday, March 9, the total
of three-year pledges was
$559, 867.
The church anticipates
reaching or exceeding its
goal this week and by faith

is designating Palm
Sunday as Victory
Achievement Sunday.
Following the 11 a.m. wor-
ship celebration there will
be a covered dish dinner
and CFC victory achieve-
ment party. ,
The party will feature
musical contributions
from Bonnie Allen,
Jennifer Boerger, Bill
Wright, Carol Keen, the
children's choir, the inter-
generational choir, and the
6:33 worship band.
The celebration will
continue with an Easter
egg hunt for children at 2
p.m. It will conclude at
6:33 p.m. with the praise
service in the sanctuary,
marking .the one-year
anniversary of the service
which began on Palm
Sunday 2007.
The community, and
especially former mem-
bers and constituents,
may celebrate with First
United Methodist either in
person or in spirit at these
events. The sanctuary is
located at 310 South
Broadway, and the fellow-
ship hall is located at 455
South Broadway.
For .more information,
call the church office at

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Good Friday Crosswalk and

Mid-day Service Downtown

The annual community
Crosswalk and mid-day
service for Good Friday will
be held March 21 in
Downtown Bartow.
The crosswalk will begin
at four locations starting at
11:40 a.m.:
North Colonial Bank
sign on North Broadway
East Country
Chicken & Fish on East
Main Street .
South First
Assembly of God on South
West ABC Pizza on

West Main Street
Participants in, the
Crosswalk should gather at
11:30 a.m. at the location of
their choice. At 11:40 a.m.
each group will walk and
carry a cross to the center
of town where the Good
Friday crosswalk service
will be held, starting at
noon, at Fort Blount Park.
The service will focus on
the passion and suffering
of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Pastors and musicians
from various local church-
es will share in the leader-

ship of the service.
Worshippers may bring
lawn chairs, towels, or
blankets to sit on.
In the event of
inclement weather, the ser-
vice will be held in the
sanctuary of First United
Methodaist Church, 310 S.
Broadway (three blocks
south of Fort Blount Park).
For more information,
call the event coordinator,
Pastor Jim Hatch of First
Presbysterian Church, at

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First United Methodist
Church of Bartow 6:33
Worship Band will lead a
Christian music fest on the
south lawn of the Historic
County Courthouse on
Good Friday, March 21,
from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The band will play
Christian praise and wor-
ship music in honor of the
atoning sacrifice made by
Jesus Christ through His
death on the cross for the
salvation of the world. The

music will be both a con-
cert and a sing-along.
As with the community
Friday Fests, the commu-
nity is invited and the
music free. Unlike the
other Friday Fests, there
will not be activities for
children or food vendors,
but free refreshments will
be provided.
Those attending may
bring lawn chairs or blan-
kets to sit on as they listen
and join in the music.

Members of the 6:33
band are: Heath Petersen
and Mary Wyant, vocals;
Matthew Ervin and Chris
Snell, guitar and vocals;
Brandon Pickard, bass gui-
tar and vocals; Cory
Anderson, keyboard; and
Michael Brooks, drums.
For more information,
call the First United
Methodist church office at

Community Easter Sunrise

Services Set in Bartow

Bartow Ministerial
Association will hold a
community-wide outdoor
sunrise service on Easter
Sunday starting at 7 a.m.
The service will be at the
IMC-Agrico Park band-
The Easter message will
be presented by three com-
munity youth pastors -
Deb Aguilar of First
Presbyterian Church, Joe
Carvajal of the Associate
Reformed Presbyterian
Church, and Shawn
Fitzgerald of First Baptist
Pastors from various
local churches will share in
the leadership of the ser-
vice. Scriptures will be read
by youth and young adults,
and prayers will be led by
local pastors.
The service will include
a blend of traditional
hymns and contemporary
praise songs. Music will be

provided by Carol Keen on
keyboard and the 6:33 wor-
ship band from First
United Methodist Church.
The ministerial associa-
tion wants to "gather in the
glory of the rising sun to
celebrate the glory of the
Risen Son."
Bleacher seating is
available, though towels
are recommended due to
the probability of morning
dew. A central area also
will be reserved for those
who wish to bring their
own lawn chairs or blan-
In the event of rain, the
service will be held in the
sanctuary of Holy Trinity.
Episcopal. Church, 500
West Stuart St., on the cor-
ner of Stuart Street and
Floral Avenue.
For more information,
call event coordinator
Pastor Roy Lowe of First
United Methodist Church

of Bartow at 533-0904.
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Alliance also will sponsor
an indoor sunrise service
starting at 6 a.m. in the
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March 12,2008

Government in a Hurry Isn't a Good Idea

Government often is criticized,
with good reason, for taking too
long to act.
Government, it is argued,
"should be operated more like a
That is not always the case.
Government is government, not
a business, and all the money it
spends is OPM Other People's
Money specifically, your money
and mine.
The rules for spending OPM are'
The entrepreneur who risks
only his or her capital is free to do
so, and to make or lose money in
the process.
Government is spending our
money, and as such, additional
safeguards are appropriate.
It is in that light that we com-
mend the Bartow City
Commission, acting as the airport
authority, for postponing a deci-
sion Monday afternoon on award-
ing a no-bid contract to build an

office building at Bartow
Municipal Airport for the Florida
Dept. of Children and Families.
In a 2-to-2 tie vote, the commis-
-sion refused to act on the request
until City Atty. Sean Parker can
investigate the legality of waiving
bids in this transaction.
DCF's leases on other facilities
in Polk County expire in June, and
if it can award its chosen contrac-
tor a design/build contract, the
construction arguably will move
faster and perhaps cost less -
than the usual system of design-
ing a building, then putting it out
for bid.
That need for speed may qualify
for an exception in Florida law for
competitive bids on a building
that would be paid for and owned
by the airport.
DCF's rent would pay for the
building in five years, several years
faster than most airport buildings.
But two commissioners (a fifth
missed the meeting because of ill-

ness) wanted Parker to have time
to study the bid waiver, as well as
to consider the wisdom of award-
ing a contract to a Melbourne con-
tractor when local contractors are
hungry for work.
The delay probably will be less
than a week.
Perhaps DCF will find another
landlord in the private sector
before this weekend, and the air-
port will lose the chance to enroll
an excellent tenant.
But when OPM is involved, such
delays sometimes become neces-
sary to ensure that public funds
are being spent in the best possi-
ble way.
Government in a hurry is not
always good government; this was
an.appropriate time to slow down
the process.

Along that same line, commis-
sioners told the airport staff either
to call a special meeting or to have
the airport manager poll the

members by phone after Parker
researches the law.
A poll by phone would be faster,
but it would not allow for a discus-
sion of both the legal and policy
considerations of awarding a no-
bid contract to a non-local vendor.
While we trust Parker to deter-
mine if a phone poll wpuld meet
the technical requirements of
Florida's Government in the
Sunshine Law, it most assuredly
would not meet the intent.
Anyone interested in the out-
come of this item of business -
including contractors who would
like to bid on the job should be
able to hear a full discussion of the
This newspaper covers plenty of
government meetings, and isn't
chomping at the bit to cover an
extra one.
But that's what the Sunshine
Law requires, and that's what the
people are entitled to.
It is good government.


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Any parent who has
sent a son or daughter to
an out-of-state college or
university, or to an in-state
private college or universi-
ty, must surely chuckle, as
I do, at the furor that
erupts every time Florida's
state university system
proposes an increase in
Of the 50 states, the 49
located to the north and
west of Florida charge
more than Florida for a
public university educa-
We're number 50.
Speaking from personal
experience, I signed
promissory notes to
Princeton University for
four years and to George
Washington University for
four more (and I would do
so again in a heartbeat; it
was worth every pennyy.
S- When it came time for
our third child to go to
college, he chose the
*IUniversity of Florida, and
Providers for all my kidding about
having a Gator in the fam-
fly, I gave him a credit card
at the start of every
semester and told him to
send it back home after
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public university system in
1905, and for the past cen-
tury, the Legislature has
fussed and fretted over its
First there was the
Board of Control; then a
Cabinet Budget
Commission to review
what the Board of Control
did; then a Board of
Regents; then a Board of
Trustees for each universi-
ty (shot down by a guber-
natorial veto); then a
Board of Governors.
They all had one thing
in common: they kept the
cost of a university educa-
tion within the reach of
most families, especially
given the availability of'
financial aid and student
Now the Legislature is
considering an amend-
ment to the Florida
Constitution to give -the
Legislature the right to
control university tuitions.
Today, it costs (gasp!)
$3,400 in tuition and fees
for the typical student to
spend a year in a Florida
Bright Futures scholar-
ships are providing some
150,000 students a higher
education each year.

This in a system that
provides a university cam-
pus within a few hours of
every Floridian, a choice of
medical schools and law
schools, one of the coun-
try's best colleges of jour-
nalism, and an assortment
of high tech equipment to
prepare students for
careers in science and
space exploration.
Yes, we have the highest
pupil-teacher ratio in the
nation (31-to-1), and our
university system arguably
is not at the top of the
nation's academic food
But Florida students
(and their parents) are get-
ting a bargain in a state
university education that
is better than any of the
other 49 states offer.
Florida faces its share of
crises; the cost of a public
university education is not
one of them.
We do not need a
Constitutional amend-
ment to keep tuition and
fees down.
It's time for the
Legislature to focus on the
real issues of a Great State,
like a new State Song or an
Official' Insect or some-


Spray the Buzzards

SEBRING (Regarding
Bartow's buzzard prob-
lem): Have the homeown-
ers put a good nozzle on
the ends of their outside
water hoses, turn on full
blast, aim at the buzzards
- a and spray ... poof ...
S -- they're gone.

It will only take a few
minutes so we're not wast-
ing our precious water, but
every time you see them
landing on your roof, trees,
anywhere, just .turn the
hose on and spray. It
Hope this information

will be useful.
Noises will not scare
them off; they just get used
to it.
(Editor's note: the writer
identified herself as a "buz-
zard lover")

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.- BARTOW Every day, we
- experience transactions by
mankind which are identified
as progress, but the evolution
for many is creating mass con-
fusion and perplexities, result-
ing in bewilderment and com-
The best way to explain
about derangement is drastic
results by disturbing normal
functions, such as relocating

roads, changing entries and
exits to and from subdivisions.
A prime example of dilem-
mas or predicaments is when
a dedicated road, designed for
two lanes of traffic is ham-
pered by imposing changes.To
use the word progress, things
happened. Beautiful, elegant
groves were cleared of most of
the 'foliage and trees. The
groves became developed

Subdivisions require
entrances and exits for pedes-
trian and vehicular traffic to
and from the public roads,
resulting in sometimes haz-
ardous conditions.
New construction of subdi-
visions, costly as it is, should
always provide turn lanes for
all subdivisions.

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2008 Bloomin'Arts Fest Winners

Art Show Winners
Best of Show: Terry
Smith, $2,240
2nd Place: Ann
Rosenwald, $1,500
3rd Place: Gregory Jones,
Achievement: Rolly Ray
Feel, $750
Merit: Tony Eitharong,
$500; and R'ita
Wickramasinghe, $500
Honorable Mention:
Thomas Brooks, $350;
Stephen Koury, $350; Brad
Kelly, $350; Rosemary
Carter, $350.
Judge's Award: Barrie
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Best Still Life: Barry
Smith, $150

Quilt Show Winners
Viewers' Choice/Best of
Show: Happy Hexagons by
Emily Osley (10 years old)
of Lakeland; Jackie's Urge
by Emmy Reen of Winter
First place: Cathedral
Windows by Emmy Reen of
Winter Haven
Second place:
Grandmother's Photo
Album II by Lynda Smyth
of Winter Haven
Third place: Compass
Star by Emmy Reen of
Winter Haven

Youth Awards
Senior High School
Best of Show: Josh
Burnett, Harrison
Award of Distinction:
Alexa Undermann,
Harrison; Rachel Cloud,
Bartow IB; Graham
Foreman, Bartow IB;
Jordan Jennings, Harrison.
Award of Achievement:
Paige Ferguson, Bartow IB;
Anna Small, Bartow IB;
Jessica Fletcher, Bartow;
Ashley Vesterfelt,
Festival Judges Award:
Tracey Fletcher; Lake
Region; Ali Obrian,
Award. of Merit: Josh
Burnett, Harrison; Alexa
Underman, Harrison; Paige
Bartow IB; Kristen Reecer,

Middle School Awards
Best of Show: Natalie
Monte, Union Academy
Award of Distinction:
Paris Durant, Young Artist
Group; Bree Lawhead,

Union Academy
Ribbon Awards: Natalie
Monte, Union Academy;
Kayla Wilmont, Union
Academy; Rebecca Roush,
Union Academy

Young Artist Group
First Place: Reb. Reese
Second Place: Paris
Third Place: Murphy

Best Display
Boswell Elementary,
$100 prize

Elementary Awards
Envision School
1st Margo Rogers
2nd Jake Bowen
3rd Joshua Palmer
Merit Anne Lope

Alturas Elementary
1st Alicia Racha
2nd Bailey Lamb
3rd Joshua Palmer
Merit Taylor Martin

Auburndale Central
1st M. McKenzie
2nd Jerica Jones
3rd Brooklyn Smith
Merit Michael Gordon

Boswell Elementary
1st Callie McKenzie
2nd Justin Mills
3rd Madison Conner
Merit Jasmine Adams

Chain Of Lakes
1st Allison
2nd Nilda Soto
3rd Katelyn Dougthy
Merit Brandon

Dr. N. E. Roberts
1st Russell Terry
2nd Zachary Carter
3rd Nyah Deal
Merit Megan Woodring

Dundee Elementary
1st Anareli Raymunda
2nd Chyenne Payne
3rd Shelby Kiffer
Merit Parvina
Espreepersand .

Floral Avenue
1st Matthew Brown
2nd Synthia
3rd Broderich Thomas
Merit Daisy

1st Phillip S.S.
2nd Joanna E.
3rd Katherine H.
Merit Jacquelen L.

Highland Grove
1st NinoshkaValcareel
2nd Clayton Hancock
3rd place Dylan Tice
Merit Abigail

Lake Alfred Elementary
1st Levi Ross
2nd Emily Currie
3rd Valentine MAcedo
Merit Wyatt Hancock

Lewis Anna Woodbury
1st Breanna Chambers
2nd Dustin Russell
3rd Alyssa Whittington
Merit Lasura Chavez

Lewis Anna Woodbury
1st Kayro Gonzales
2nd Christian Herrera
3rd Jason Vaughn
Merit Hannah Filyaw

First Methodist School
1st Rhylee Welch
2nd Kasi Brannon
3rd Olivia
Merit Sam Lnd

1st Courtney F
2nd Sara Roark
3rd Richard Ra
Merit Kathy Re

1st Thomas Be
2nd Hunter Bu
3rd Laura Ellis
Merit J

Studies Academy
1st -
2nd Liana Pres
3rd Daniela Iba

City Merit


Sandhill Elementary
1st Karina Hernandez
2nd Andrew Bruce
3rd Jeremy Soto
Merit David Perez

Stephens Elementary
1st Dylan Webb
2nd David Trent
3rd Sahm Alquran
Merit Robert Mercado

All Saints
1st Connor Jordan
2nd Lia Viltone
3rd Ben Canup
Merit Brooke

Southwest Elementary
1st Marc Greene
2nd Cory Matthews
3rd Chelsea Murray
Merit Jazmyn Smith

Valleyview Elementary I
1st AliljahD.
2nd Melissa H.
3rd Alicia H.
Merit Austin M.

Gibbons Street
1st Hunter Cross
2nd Rebekah Adams
3rd Olimy Arroyo
Merit Olga Avalos

TERRY SMITH receives his Best of Show prize from
Bloomin' Arts Festival Co-chairman Mary Ann Harrell
during the awards program. (Photo provided)

Bartow Elementary
1st Kayla Seger
2nd Alleah Long
3rd Natalie Delle Dome
Merit Emily Harrelson

Young Artist Group
1st Isabella Molina

2nd Chase Altsen
3rd Skye Smith
Merit Zakery Settle

Valleyview II
1st Margie Grickey
2nd Sarah Hernandez
3rd Mallory Carter
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6A The Polk CoUnty Democrat March 12,2008

Cole R. Reed
Cole R. Reed, 78, of Fort
Meade, died of heart fail-
ure on Saturday, March 8,
2008, at Bartow Regional
Medical .Center.
Born July 18, 1929, in
Swifton, Ark., Mr. Reed
came to Fort Meade from
Alturas in 1998. He was a
self-employed fruit- pur-
chaser and agriculture
laborer. He was a
Mr. Reed is survived by
his wife, Theola P Reed of
Fort Meade; seven sons,
James Reed and Michael
Reed, both of Fitzgerald,
Ga., Bobby Reed of
Frostproof, David Reed of
Leesville, La., and Ronnie
Reed, Keith Reed, and
Randy Reed, all of Fort
Meade; three daughters,
Judy O'Dell of Ruskin,
Joyce Reatch of Shelby,
Mich., and Donna Reed of
Fort Meade; a brother,
Mooney Reed, of Swifton,
Ark.; 18 grandchildren,
and several great-grand-
Visitation: Monday,
March 10, 2 to 3 p.m.,
Hancock Funeral Home,
Fort Meade.
Funeral: Monday,
March 10, 3 p.m.,
Evergreen Cemetery, Fort

Edward Dees
Richard Edward Dees,
64, died of heart failure on
Feb. 14, 2008, in Savannah.
Born July 7, 1943, in
Bartow, Mr. Dees lived and
worked in Polk County for
most of his life.
Mr. Dees is survived by
two sisters, Juanita
Serdynski of Pinellas Park
and Nancy Royal of
Savannah; two nieces; and
five nephews.
Memorial Service:
Saturday, March 15, 5 p.m.,
Tree of Life Church of God,
4682 40th Ave. North, St.
The family requests no
flowers be sent.


Jeanette Mathews

Jeanette (Melton)
Mathews, 62, died
Saturday, March 1, 2008, at
her home in Axson, Ga.,
following an extended ill-
Born July 23, 1945, to
Horace and Gladys
Sheffield Melton in
Douglas, Ga., Mrs.
Mathews was raised in
Bartow and graduated
from Bartow High School.
She was a longtime resi-
dent of Lakeland before
moving to Axson five years
She worked for 17 years
as a senior secretary in the
Polk County Utilities
Department in Bartow
before poor health forced
her retirement. She was a
member of, Pearson
Church of God of
Prophecy in Pearson, Ga.
Mrs. Mathews is sur-
vived by her husband, Jim
Mathews of Axson, Ga.; a
daughter, April McMullins
(Travis) of Minneola; her
mother, Gladys S. Melton
of Bartow; four brothers,
Talbert Melton of Fort
Myers, H.L. Melton of
Ocala, C.C. Melton of
Lakeland, and Ricky
Melton of Bartow; a sister,
Betty Binder of Bartow;
three grandchildren; and
several nieces and
Funeral: Tuesday,
March 4, 2 p.m., Pearson
Church of God of
Prophecy, with Rev. Hardy
Crosby officiating.
Memorial service:
Saturday, March 15, 3
p.m., Word of Life
Christian Center, 1555
West Main St., Bartow.
Interment: Old Jowers
Chapel Cemetery.
Arrangements: Relihan
Funeral Home of Pearson,

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Signup sheets are avail- call Barbara Newell or Gail
able at the Bartow Civic Murray at the Bartow Civic
Center. Center, 534-0120.


Bartow will kick off the
Great American Clean-Up
'on Saturday, March 29.
The event is a project of
Keep Polk County
The city's parks and
recreation department
will coordinate Bartow's
annual participation as
teams made up of busi-
nesses and organizations
pick up litter and tidy up
the city.
Team captains will
once again pick up their
supplies, T-shirts and
Historic Bok Sanctuary
tickets on March 26 at the
Bartow Civic Center.
This will allow teams to
receive their T-shirts in
time to wear them during
the Saturday morning
Teams will go directly
to their areas to be
cleaned from 9 to 11 a.m.
They will be asked to
bring bags of trash to
Mary Holland Phrk or
deposit them on the city
Volunteers who haven't
already registered may
receive a T-shirt while
supplies last.
A free hotdog lunch
provided by the city of
bartow will be held at
Mary Holland Park fol-

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and owner of 'Coldwell
Banker Commercial
Saunders Real Estate in
Lakeland, accepted an
invitation by Coldwell
Banker Commercial
President Rick Davidson to
speak at the Coldwell
Banker Commercial
Affiliates, Inc. global con-
vention, held in Orlando,
in February.
Saunders, slated for pre-
sentations at two breakout
sessions, covered a variety
of diverse subjects.
Speaking as .a noted
conservation expert,
Saunders led the seminar
"Land: A Primer on
Easements," which pre-
sented insights and
answers to questions
about conservation ease-
Saunders is a former
Florida legislator who
assisted in creating and
passing important conser-
vation legislation, worked
to further property rights
of landowners, and who
served with Florida U.S.
Senator and Governor
Lawton Chiles.
Saunders' efforts made
conservation history
resulting in the state's very
first purchases of conser-
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The number of conser-
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and landowners attending
the seminar.learned essen-
tial facts about this
In addition, Saunders
participated in the panel
discussion, "Best Practices:
Win Business by Hosting a
Local Industry Event."
He joined Terry
Simmons, Alex Rhoten,
and Jamie Martinson, all
from Coldwell Banker
Commercial Mountain
West in Salem, Oregon.
The panel presented
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Saunders was selected
for this panel for his host-
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Commerce Leadership alumni and the, current class,
Leadership XII, are getting ready to clean up Bartow
during the Great American Clean-up to be held March
29. Leadership Alumni Great American Clean-up
Chairman David White assists Parks and Recreation
Director Barbara Newell in testing out equipment for
the event. Leadership alumni and Class XII members
may sign up at the Chamber to participate by calling
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teacher Tony Piekarski and
his art -class students will
be featured at the monthly
*meeting of Bartow Art
Guild on Monday, March
17, in the adult lounge at
the Bartow Civic Center.
Social time begins at 7
p.m., with the meeting at
7:30. The meeting is open
to the public.
Senior art students of
Piekarski will show several
examples of their work,
discussing what they want
to communicate with each
piece and often some of
the techniques used. For
the past several years this
has been one of the most
entertaining programs of
the year.
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S_._ro Nominations Sought

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Florida Lakeland will
explain everything needed
to transfer to the school on
Transfer Day 2008, March
20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
in the LTB Auditorium at
USF Lakeland.
Faculty and staff will be
on hand to answer ques-
tions, review transcripts,
and help complete appli-

Kaplan Test Prep and
Admissions will present a
free GRE Strategy Seminar
at 6 p.m. A free M.B.A.
information session also is
scheduled at 6 p.m. An
advisor will discuss USF
Lakeland's plans for a new
M.B.A. program and
answer questions.
For more information,
call 667-7746.

mUDCF Building Snag

A little girl's dream (no matter the age) Walter
Graves Construction Co. is putting final touches on the
playhouse to be won by some lucky person at this year's
Relay For Life event to be held April 19. Angel Wandrey
with Carsyn (left) and Linda Calvillo admire the handi-
work of fellow workers, which will be on display Saturday
at the Commuity Center. Photo by Priscilla Perry

Graves Relay Event Offers
More Than A Car Wash

Walter Graves Con-
struction Co. Relay For Life
team will hold a multi-
fundraiser event this
Saturday at the
Community Center with
something for everyone -in
Tickets are on sale now
at Walter Graves
Construction, U.S.
Highway 17 South, as well
as at Graves Plumbing Co.,
15 S. Seminonle Ave.
There are $5 tickets for
the car wash, as well as $5
tickets for barbecue chick-
en dinners.
There will be a bake

sale, face painting, and a
toy sale, also.
Another reason to stop
by the Community Center
will be to see the "ginger-
bread" dollhouse on dis-
Tickets for $2 will be on
sale Saturday for the play-
house drawing to be held
at Relay For Life, April 19.
This is the third item
constructed by Walter
Graves Construction for
Relay For Life. Another
playhouse, as well as a
swing set-have been made
in the past.

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96 jobs here," he said.
The agency has used a
"design/build" process
with the Melbourne con-
tractor that moves pro-
jects along faster and at a
lower cost than the usual
process of having plans
drawn, then going out for
bids, Birch told the com-
DCF has a Melbourne
contractor who it is partic-
ularly pleased with, and
wants that builder to get
the job without a bid, he
The building would be
paid for by the airport,
with the lease set high
enough to repay the entire
cost in five years. That is
several years faster than
the airport usually amor-
tizes new buildings.
The contractor would
bring his "core people" to
the project, but would hire
local subcontractors for
the job, Birch said.

After the first five years,
the city and the DCF
would negotiate a lower
lease payment.
"There are local
builders who would like to
bid on it," Mrs. Barrow told
the commission.
Longworth and Parker
"We want to protect
ourselves against insinua-
tions that we are not sensi-
tive to local builders,"
Jackson said.
Parker said there are
some provisions when
competitive bids can be
waived, including the need
for an accelerated con-
struction schedule.
But he said he wanted a
day or two to see if the
DCF building would meet
the criteria for a waiver.
Commissioners said
they would either hold a
special meeting or have
Mrs. Barrow poll the board
members by telephone
after Parker studies the

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Polk County Public
Schools Hall of Fame is
seeking nominations.
A nominee should be
someone who attended a
public school and made
significant professional
and career contributions in
the arts, business, clergy,
education, entertainment,
government, law, military,
medicine, sports or other
The Hall of Fame 'was
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members. Inductees in
2007 were theatre director

Paul Hughes, U.S.
Congressman Adam
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Clinton Wright (inducted
This year's inductees
will be honored during a
June event along with high
school valedictorians and
salutatorians from the
graduating class of 2008.
The nomination dead-
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Schools community rela-
tions department at 534-
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Notice of Public Hearing for
Planning and Zoning
Commission / Local
Planning Agency
Bartow, Florida
The City of Bartow Planning and Zoning Commission /
Local Planning Agency, will hold a Public Hearing at 5:30
p.m., Monday, March 24, 2008, in the City Commission
Chambers, at 450 N. Wilson Avenue, Bartow, Florida.
The purpose of this meeting is to review and recommend
action to the City Commission on the following
Application #CPA-08-01-LS Review and recommendation
to the City Commission of a request to amend the
Comprehensive Plan to include the Clear Springs Land
Company Optional Sector Plan conceptual long-term
buildout overlay to the Comprehensive Plan (Conceptual
Plan Overlay" or "CPO") pursuant to s. 163.3245(3), Fla.
Stat. The CPO is an amendment to the Comprehensive
Plan but does not change the underlying future land use
designations unless and until a "Detailed Specific Area
Plan" is adopted. The area of the City affected by this
request is shown in the map below.
All interested persons may appear at the meeting and be
heard with respect to the proposed plan amendment.
Notice is hereby given pursuant to Chapter 286.0105,
Florida Statutes, that if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Commission with respect to any
matter considered at this hearing, they will need a record
of the proceeding and may need to insure (at their,
expense) that a verbatim record thereof is made."
Linda R. Culpepper, City Clerk
City of Bartow

Pi Cy of Bartow
Published March 12, 2008, Polk County Democrat

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'Pieces' Of Art At Library

Linda R. Miller created this month's
exhibit at the Pamplin Gallery at the
Bartow Public Library in memory of her
mother, Ruth J. Sowell, who died on
Christmas Day.
"She was always thinking up new
things to make," Ms. Miller said. "With her
love for creating things, she was always
busy making Christmas decorations for
the house and new stockings for the
As an aficionado of Native American
creations, Mrs. Sowell created and collect-
ed many items depicting or made by
Native Americans, and especially loved

She and her husband, EH. "Red"
Sowell, made puzzling something they
could look forward to together.
"She also got my father involved with
his woodwork in making the frames for
the puzzles, so she could donate them to
people or give them away to her friends,"
Ms. Miller said. "You almost could never
walk into the house without her having a
puzzle in progress at the dining room
Many of the pieces on display in the
gallery are for sale.
For information on the exhibit, call the
library at 534-0131.

CONGRESSMAN ADAM PUTNAM (R-12th) was presented the Medicare Choices
Leadership Award for voting against large cuts in Medicare that would significantly
limit health care choices for seniors. Putnam received the award at his Congressional
District Office from WellCare Medidare Advantage members Cathy Sutermeister, Betty
Castor, and Aida Peraza, all of Bartow, and Evelyn Enderton of Auburndale.
Sutermeister, Castor, Peraza, and Enderton each shared their positive experiences
with their Medicare Advantage benefits. They expressed concerns about what cutting
the program would mean to them and more than 790,000 Florida Medicare Advantage
members, and they thanked Putnam for his leadership in the effort to strengthen
Medicare Choices. The Coalition for Medicare Choices has members from all 50 states,
the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and supports high quality health plan choic-
es in Medicare. The Coalition opposes funding cuts that would reduce Medicare
Advantage benefits and raise out-of-pocket costs for the 8 million people covered by
Medicare Advantage health plans. (Photo provided)

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IT Showcase Set

Polk Community
College (PCC), the
University of South Florida
Lakeland (USFL) and the
Polk County Chapter of the
Association of Information
Technology Professionals
(AITP) will team up to host
the second annual IT
Showcase on Wednesday,
March 26, and Thursday,
March 27.
The free showcase will
run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. on both days in the
new LTB building on the
PCC/USFL campus
The event will give
members of the Polk
County IT community an
opportunity to see and
experience the newest
technologies entering the
market from some of the
industry's leading
The IT Showcase will
feature an array of product
sessions each morning
followed by hands-on labs
in the afternoons.
A continental breakfast
and lunch also will be pro-
vided for all attendees on

both days.
Sponsoring organiza-
tions also will provide
product specialists who
will work directly -with
technical users during the
hands-on afternoon labs.
"The purpose -of this
event is to provide IT pro-
fessionals with an oppor-
tunity to see and experi-
ence the latest technolo-
gies,"PCC Professor Cliff
Bennett said.
Each breakout session
is limited to 30 partici-
pants per classroom.
For more information,
call Bennett at 669-2837 or
go to on the

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City commission candi-
date Wayne Lewis
announced that the three
unions representing
members of the Bartow
Fire Dept., the Bartow
Police Dept., and the gen-
* eral employees of the city
of Bartow will endorse his
Teamsters Local Union
No. 79, representing mem-
bers at the BFD; West
Central Florida Police
Benevolent Assn., repre-
senting members of the
BPD; and the
International Union of
Painters and Allied Trades,
representing general
employees; announced
their support for. Lewis,
one of four candidates for
Seat 4 ofi the commission.

A meeting of the South
Central Florida
Ombudsman Council is
set for Monday, March 17,
at 10:30 a.m.
The meeting will be
held at 1350 East Main
Street, Suite 200, Bartow.
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betes and mental illness
will be held on Thursday,
March 13, from 1 to 2:30
p.m. at First Baptist
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BHS Cheerleaders Win First

FHSAA State Championships

Bartow High School
cheerleaders won the first
state championship out of
44 participating high
While the cheerleaders
have attended other tour-
naments. in past years, this
is the first year that the
Florida Department of

Education has recognized
competitive cheerleading
as a sport.
The first Florida High
School Athletics
Association competitive
cheerleading champi-
onships were held at the
FAU Arena in Boca Raton.
On their way back home,

they were greeted by four
Bartow police officers who
escorted them all the way
to the high school where
they were greeted with a
victory cake.
The girls, coached by
Lori Joliff, practice four
days a week for two to
three hours.

Senior Amateur Championship

Qualifying Begins This Month

month at six sites across
the state as competitors
play 18 holes of stroke play
hoping to advance to the
Windsor Parke Golf
Club in Jacksonville, Eagle
Dunes Golf Club in
Sorrento, and The Club at
Renaissance in Fort Myers
held qualifiers on March
10. Lake Jovita Golf &
Country Club in Dade City,
Santa Lucia River Club in
Port St. Lucie, and
Windswept Dunes Golf
Club in Freeport will hold
qualifiers on March 24.
Participants must be 55
or older to participate in
the championship and
enter one of the age divi-
sions, 55-64 and 65 and
older. Players who
advance to the champi-
onship will compete in 54
holes of stroke play with a
cut after 36 holes.

GAGE UPTHEGROVE prepares himself before he
leads the Jackets to victory over the 6A Lakeland
Dreadnaughts, 2-1, on Monday. Upthegrove threw a
complete game, only allowing four hits on the night. He
also recorded eight K's to bring him to 39 K's on.the sea-
son in 24 innings of work with a 4-0 record and a 0.29
ERA. The Jackets' record improved to 8-2 on the season
and 6-0 in the District. They'll travel to face Lake Wales
on Friday. (Photo provided)

FSC Student Wins First at U.S.
Pony Club Research Fair

Ellen Weaver, a junior at
Florida Southern College,
has been awarded first
place for her presentation
given at the United States
Pony Club (USPC)
Research Fair held Jan. 23-
27 in Boston.
USPC is a world-wide
junior equestrian organi-
zation for those aged 4-25
that teaches various
aspects of the mainte-
nance of horses through
instruction and competi-
Weaver presented a
talk on "The Role of the
Caecum in Inducing
Weaver is a biology
major who plans to study
veterinary medicine. She
is also an accomplished
equestrian whose interest
in horses prompted her to
find out more about
laminitis, a serious
equine disease.
Encouraged by her
advisor, Dr. John Tripp of
the FSC biology depart-
ment, Weaver undertook
a directed study involving
a literature review of the
proposed causes of the
disease. After presenting
her findings to her fellow
FSC zoology students, the
local Pony Club requested

she present her study at
the national meetings in
Weaver is the daughter
of FSC psychology profes-
sor Dr. Christopher
Weaver and LindaWeaver,
of Lakeland.

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The Senior Amateur
Championship features a
field including six past
senior champions.
Defending champion Rick
Woulfe of Fort Lauderdale,
looks to win his tenth
career state title and will
join 2006 champion Ron
Cleland of Naples, 2005
champion Edward Craig of
Orlando, and 2004 cham-
pion Bruice Scamehorn of
Winter Haven.
Jim Applegate, the 2001
champion, and Chuck
Smith, the 1995 champi-
on, also will be competing
in hopes of another state
title. Super senior champi-
ons in the field include
Terry Louis, Richard
Evenson, Rennie Law, and
Hal Knuth.
For a complete list of
pairings, tee times and
results, visit the website at

Lady Jackets

Host Lake

Wales Friday

In Softball
The Lady Jackets were
rained out for their Jenkins
and Spoto softball games
last week, but they are still
prepared to take on the
Lake Wales Highlanders at
home on Friday.
The IV bats start crack-
ing at 5:30 p.m. with the
varsity team taking over at
The Jenkins game has
been rescheduled for
Thursday, March 20.

ACHIEVEMENT ACADEMY Pro-Am Tennis Tournament was held over the week-
end. On the winning men's team were pro Mark Palus (middle left) and amateur Stuart
Maslanik. On the winning women's team were pro Ana Kharchenko and amateur Jean
Holan. (Photo provided by Achievement Academy)

Talented FM Hoopster Angel

Mitchell Competes At All-State

Fort Meade High
School freshman Angel
Mitchell was chosen to
compete in the 2008 Prep
Basketball All-State USA
Junior Nationals
Competition held on
March 2, at the University
of Central Florida *in
The USA Junior
Nationals is considered to
be the top amateur high
school basketball compe-
tition in the United States.
The event allows out-
standing high school bas-
ketball players to perform
in a three-game competi-
tion in a setting where
athletes will have top
competition, coaching
and possible scholarship
Mitchell represented
Fort Meade well by shoot-
ing five three-pointers
and receiving favorable
comments from several
college coaches.
She is also one of the
newest members of the
Lakeland Lady Chargers
AAU Basketball team,
where she performed in
her first AAU game March
1, .at the 2008 Suncoast
Shootout Tournament
held in Sarasota.

PCC Speech and Debate

Team Finishes Sixth in State

Polk Community
College's speech and
debate team earned a sixth
place team sweepstakes
award at the Florida
Community College
Activities Association State
Championship held
recently in Tallahassee.
Two PCC students,
Samuel Bishop and Emily
Michie, both of Lakeland,
received a seventh place
award for their duo inter-
Both students were

competing for the first
time. Sweepstakes awards
are given to teams with
the most points, which are
earned from students
advancing to final rounds.
Working under the
direction of Coach Donald
Painter, the students also
competed in informative
speaking, impromptu
speaking, and poetry
interpretation. PCC stu-
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RECOGNIZED FRESHMAN, Angel Mitchell, at home
on the basketball court. (Photo provided)

Also, on the Lady
Chargers team is Fort
Meade's Akaycha
Mitchell also played on
the ninth grade team,

which after five games
won the tournament.
Three MVP awards were
given for the tournament
and she received one of


More than 380 entries
were received for the 2008
Senior Amateur
Championship at Old
Corkscrew Golf Club in
Estero on April 15-17, set-
ting a new tournament
record for entries filed.
Qualifying will begin
next week at six sites
across the state as com-
petitors attempt to
advance to the champi-
Since the number of
entries received has
always surpassed the
capacity of the champi-
onship, a qualifying stage
was instituted in 2005.
While 62 players earned
exempt status through a
variety of different means,
more than 300 competi-
tors will attempt to qualify
to complete the 156-play-
er field.
Qualifying begins this

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Polk County Youth Fair

Parade Of Champions

Addison, Thomas P.,
Haines City Senior FFA,
Market Hog Gain-in-
Weight, Contest, 1st Place
Andrews, Danilyn,
Thunderhooves 4-H,
Horse Show, Costume
Class Junior, 1st Place
Arce, Lexus, Kathleen
Middle FFA, "B"
Horticulture Judging, 1st
Place, Junior FFA Team
Aycock, Michaela,
Imperial 4-H, Commercial
Heifer Show, 1st Place-
Senior Showmanship
Barthle, Leigh A.,
Haines City Senior FFA,
Purebred Beef Show,
Brangus Female Grand
Champion, Purebred Beef
Show, Brahman Breed,
Female Gr.Champion
Babb, T. J., North
Lakeland Wranglers 4-H,
Livestock Judging, 1st
Place Junior 4-H
Bass, Danielle,
Kathleen Senior FFA ,
Science, Metal Works
Department, Best of Show
Belle, Jacob, George
Jenkins Senior FFA, Steer
Show, 1st in Class
Bell, Kaylee, Fort Meade
Middle/Senior FFA,
Market Hog Show, 1st in
Bennett, Zach, Home
Grown 4-H, Poultry & Egg
Show, 1st Place,
Showmanship Junior
Benton, Caitlyn,
Barnyard 4-H
Science, Clothing
Department, Tri-color,
Family/Consumer Science
Child Development, Tri-
color, Tableset/Menu
Plan, Best Junior Informal
Outdoor Entry, Chili Cook
Off Peoples Choice, Scrap
Off, Junior Team 1st Place
Bimes, Hollie K.,
Frostproof Middle/Senior
FFA, Purebred Beef Show,
Hereford, Female Grand
Bird, Brie,
Thunderhooves 4-H,
Horse Show, .English
Showmanship, Senior, 1st
Blenk, Taylor, Bartow
Middle FFA, Market Hog
Show, 1st in Class
Blight, James, Green
Swamp 4-H, Dog Show,
Agility Sub-Novice A
Blocker, Karly,
FortMeade Middle/Senior
FFA, Market Hog Show, 1st
in Class
Boggs, Megan,
McLaughlin Middle FFA,
Rabbit Show, 1st Runner-
up, Rabbit Show, Havana,
Best of Breed
Bohanan, John,
Mulberry, B Poultry
'Judging, FFA Senior Team,
1st Place
Bolden, Jessica, .Lake
Wales Senior FFA,
Family/Consumer Science
Home Furnishings
Department, Tri-color,
Science, Foods
Department, Tri-color
Bourget, Rebecca, Hog
Heaven 4-H,
Tableset/Menu Plan, Best
Elementaryentary Formal
Bracewell, Adam, Sea
Stars 4-H, Dog Show,
Agility Advanced
Bracewell, Michael, Sea
Stars 4-H, Dog Show,
Agility Advanced, Dog
Show Team
Bradley, Baeleigh, All
Paws In 4-H, Dog Show
Agility, Basic
Bragg, Sara, George
Jenkins Senior FFA, Steer
Show, 1st in Class
Brickner, Alesha, Lake
Region High School,
FCCLA Family/Consumer
Science, Child
Development, Tri-color

Burch, Levi, Haines City
Senior FFA, Horticulture
Judging, 1st Place Senior
FFA Team
Calvary, Ethan, Lake
Gibson, Senior
Ornamental Begonia,
Bedding, Tri-color
Camp, Gracie, All Paws
In, 4-H Dog Show, Agility
Campbell, Megan, Hog
Wild, 4-H Rabbit Show,
Polish, Best of Breed,
Poultry & Egg Show, Best
Dozen Brown Eggs,
Poultry & Egg Show
Reserve Dozen Brown
Eggs, Purebred Beef Show
Beef Master Female Grand
Carlton, Morgan,
Country Fun 4-H, Poultry
Judging, 4-H Junior,
Individual 1st Place
Chism, Lindsey, Haines
City Senior FFA, Purebred
Beef, Brahman Breed,
Female Reserve Champ,
Purebred Beef, Beef
B r e e d in g,
JuniorSho.wmanship 1st
Place, Steer Show, Senior
Showmanship, Steer
Show, 1st in Class
Christian, Josalynne,
Homegrown 4-H, Table
Set/Menu Plan, Best
Elementary Informal
Clanton, Olivia, Bartow
Senior FFA,
Science, Home
Furnishings Department,
T r i c o l o r ,
Science, Photography,
Best of Show, Steer Show,
1st in Class
Coile, Ryan N.,
Lakeland Wranglers 4-H,
O r n a m e n t al
Bougainvillea, Grand
Champion, Ornamental
Boxwood, Tri-color,
Strawberries Hanging
Basket, Tri-color,
Horticulture, Premier
Horticulture Exhibitor
Coleman, Kristen, All
Paws In 4-H, Dog Show
Rally, Excellent, Dog Show
Obedience, Novice B, Dog
Show Agility, Advanced
Coleman, Tabitha, All
Paws In 4-H, Dog Show
Team, Dog Show
Obedience, Novice A, Dog
Show Agility, Novice
Costine, Blake, Polk
City 4-H,
Vegetable/Onions, Tri-
Cox, Courtney, Bartow
Senior FFA,
Family/Consumer Science
Foods Department, Tri-
Crawford, Leah, Bartow
Senior FFA, Blueberry, Tri-
Creech, Adam, Bartow
Senior FFA, Market Hog
Show, 1st in Class
Croley, Eli, Country
Ridge 4-H, Market Hog
Junior Showmanship, 1st

Prize-winning blueberries

Davis, Patricia, JPOC
Champions, Dog Show
Showmanship, Novice,
Dog Show Obedience,
Sub-Novice A, Dog Show
Agility, Sub-Novice A
Davis, Sabrina, Road
Ends 4-H, Ornamental
Chenille, Tri-color
Davis, Sumer, Road
Ends 4-H, Ornamental
Knock Out Roses, Tri-color
Discher, Grace, Florida
Crackers 4-H, Storytelling,
1st Place Senior Division
Dodd, Annabeth, Hog
Heaven 4-H,
Science, Home
Furnishings Department,
Tri-color, Table Set/Menu
Plan, Most Creative
Duff, Joshua, Road
Erids 4-H, Market Hog
Show, 1st in Class, Market
Hog Intermediate
Showmanship, 1st Place
Duncan, Devin, Bartow
Middle School, Poultry
Judging, FFA Junior Team,
1st Place
Elliott, Storm,
Thunderhooves 4-H,
Horse Show, Quiz Senior
English/Western, 1st,
Speed, 1st Place
Elrod, Hannah, JPOC
Champions 4-H, Dog
Show, High Point Junior,
Dog Show High Point in
Trial, Dog Show
Showmanship Novice,
Dog Show Rally Novice
B,Dog Show Obedience
Sub-Novice A, Dog Show
Agility Sub-Novice A
Flood, Emily, Sunny
Days 4-H, Table Set/Menu
Plan, Best Junior Formal
Flood, Kaly, Sunny Days
4-H, Table Set/Menu Plan,
Holiday or Celebration,
Best Senior
Flood, Lauren,
Frostproof Middle/Senior
FFA, Family/Consumer
Science, Home
Furnishings Department,
T r i c o l o r,
Family/ Consumer
Science, Food
Preservation Department,
Tri-color, Table Set/Menu
Plan, Most Creative Senior
Floyd, Kyle, Lake
Gibson Senior,
Ornamental Pineapple,
Guava Tri-color
Folds, Ary, Kathleen
Middle FFA, "B"
Horticulture Judging, FFA
Junior High Point
Individual, Horticulture
Judgeing, 1st Place Junior
FFA Team
Forrest, Christi, Lake
Wales Senior FFA,
Commercial Heifer Show,
1st Place Individual
Fox, Rudy, Mulberry, B
Poultry Judging, FFA
Senior, Team 1st Place
Freeman, Shelby, Lake
Gibson Senior FFA, 1st
Livestock Judging, 1st

Place Senior FFA Team
Fuller Brittany Country
Ridge 4-H Steer Show First
Place Individual
Fussell, Reed, Peace
Creek Community 4-H,
Blueberry, Grand
Champion, Purebred Beef
Beef Breeding, Senior
Showmanship, 1st Place
Fussell, Wes, Peace
Creek Community 4-H,
Blueberry, Tri-color
Garcia, Edlin,
FortMeade High School
FCCLA, Family/Consumer
Science, Foods
Department, Tri-color
Gilooley, Dustyn,
Haines City Senior FFA,
Market Hog Barn, Hog
Barn Award
Gleason, Tiffany, Lake
Gibson Senior, Market
Hog, Senior Showmanship
Contest, 1st Place
Gonzalez, Alex, Hog
Heaven 4-H,
Family / Consumer
Science, Foods
Department, Tri-color
Graddy, Natalie,
Barnyard 4-H,
Science, Foods
Department, Tri-color,
Science, Foods
Department, Tri-color,
Chili Cook Off, Peoples
Choice .
Green, Nicole, Kathleen
Middle FFA, 'B"
Horticulture Judging, 1st
Place Junior FFA Team
Hall, Jacob, Sunny Days
4-H, Whip Popping, 1st
Place Individual
Hall, Jessica, Frostproof
Middle/Senior FFA, Steer
Show, 1st in Class
Hamilton, Andrea,
Thunderhooves 4-H,
Horse Show, Western
Pleasure'Senior, 1st Place
Hardee, Karen,
McLaughlin Middle
Rabbit Judging, FFA Junior
Team, 1st Place
I Harper, Olivia,
McLaughlin Middle,
Rabbit Judging, FFA High
Point Individual Junior, 1st
Place, Rabbit Judging, FFA
Junior Team, 1st Place
Hart, Renee, Dundee
Clovers, 4-H Dog Show,
High Point
Intermediate,Dog Show
Showmanship Basic, Dog
Show Rally Basic, Dog
Show Obedience Basic,
Dog Show Agility Basic
Hartley, Robby, Florida
Crackers 4-H, Poultry
Judging 4-H, Senior
Individual, 1st Place, Dog
Show, High Point Senior,
Dog Show Agility, Sub-
Novice A
Harris, Brittani,
Dundee Clovers 4-H, Dog
Show Agility Basic
Higgins, Kristina,
Thunderhooves 4-H,
Horse Show, .Costume

Class Senior, 1st Place
Hodge, Jordan, Country
Fun 4-H, Steer Show, 1st
Place, Group Herdsman
Hodge, Matthew,
Country Fun 4-H, Rabbit
Show, 2nd Runner up,
Rabbit Show, Satin, Best of
Breed, Steer Show, 1st
Place, Group Herdsman
Hopkins, Jana,
Southern Living 4-H,
Science, Foods
Department, Tri-color
Hosegood, Jessica,
Homegrown 4-H, Horse
Show Quiz,
1st Speed, 1st Place, Dog
Show Obedience Sub-
Novice A, Dog Show
Agility Sub-Novice A
Hucks, Shaye, Bartow
Senior FFA, Market Hog
Show, 1st in Class
Janota, Jacob, Home.
Grown 4-H, Poultry & Egg
Show, 1st Place
Intermediate Division
Jenkins, Christopher,
Haines City Senior FFA,
Commercial Heifer Show,
Grand Champion, 2 year
Jenkins, Kaleigh,
Frostproof Middle/Senior
FFA, Family/Consumer
Science,, Home
Furnishings Department,
T r i c o o r ,
Family/ Consumer
Science, Foods
Department, Tri-color
Jenkins, Ryan K.,
Frostproof Middle/Senior
FFA, Steer Show Gain in
Weight, 1st Place
Jenkins, Zach,
Frostproof Middle FFA,
Chili Cook Off, Judges'
Johnson, Kodi .. M.,
McLaughlin Middle FFA,
Purebred Beef Show, Red.
Brangus, Female Grand
Champion, Purebred Beef
Show Red Brangus Bull
Grand Champion,
Purebred Beef Show
Braham Breed Male Grand
Johnting, Morgan,
Peace Creek Community
4-H, Market Hog Show, 1st
in Class
Joiner, Autumn, Bartow
Senior FFA, Horse Show
Grooming &
Conditioning, Senior, 1st
Place, Horse Show Speed.
Showmanship Senior, 1st
Jones, Ryan, Mulberry,
B Poultry Judging, FFA
Senior Team, 1st Place
Kent, Amber, Bartow
Senior FFA, Chili Cook Off,
Best Decorated Booth
Kent, Justin, Bartow
Senior FFA, Blueberry, Tri-
Kicklighter, John M.,
Hog Wild 4-H, Purebred
Beef Show, Brahman Bull,
Grand Champion
Kieffer, Kaitlyn, Hog
Heaven 4-H,
Science, Home
Furnishings Department,
T r i c o 1 o r,
Science, Clothing
Department, Tri-color

King, Destoney, Ridge
Side 4-H, Commercial
Heifer Show Grand
Commercial Heifer Show,
1st Place-Group
Kinstetter, Danielle,
Homegrown 4-H,
Tableset/Menu plan,
Holiday or Celebration,
Best Junior
Kinstetter, Jeremiah,
Homegrown 4-H,
Family/Consumer Science
Foods Department, Tri-
Kirby, Matthew,
Homegrown 4-H,
Family/Consumer Science
Foods Department, Tri-
Knox, Johnna, 'JJPOC
Champions 4-H, Dog
Show, Top Showman
Award, Dog Show Rally
Novice A, Dog Show
Obedience Sub-Novice B,
Dog Show Showmanship
Advanced, Dog Show Rally
Novice B, Dog Show
Agility Novice
Landry, Billy,
Homegrown 4-H, Sew Off,
1st Place Senior Team
Landry, Kinan,
Homegrown 4-H, Sew Off,
1st Place Junior Team
Landry, Megan,
Homegrown 4-H, Sew Off,
1st Place Senior Team
Landry, Nathan,
Homegrown 4-H, Sew Off,
1st Place Junior Team
Lee, Reagan, Bartow
Senior FFA, Blueberry, Tri-
Lefstead, Lyndsey B.,
Lake Wales Senior FFA,
Commercial Heifer Show,
Reserve Champion-2 year
Leonard, Katie, Bartow
Middle School, Po.ultry
Judging, FFA Junior Team,
1st Place
Little. Jessica, Lake
Gibson Senior FFA, Steer
Show, 1st in Class
LoCascio Taylor,
Thunderhooves 4-H,
Horse Show Western
Horsemanship, Senior 1st
Locke, Dusty W, North
Lakeland Wranglers, 4-H
Commercial Heifer Show,
1st Place, Junior
Showmanship, Purebred
Beef Show, Angus Bull,
Grand Champion,
Purebred Beef, English
Breed, Female Reserve
Champ, Purebred Beef,
English Breed, Male Grand
Champion, Purebred Beef,
English Breed, Male
Reserve Champion,
Purebred Beef, Beef
Breeding, Inter Showmarl,
1st Place, Steer Show,
Junior Showmanship
Lunsford, Sara, Bartow
Senior FFA, Purebred Beef
Show, 1st Place, Individual
Mango, Christopher,
Country Fun 4-H, Rabbit
Judging, 4-H Junior
Individual, 1st Place
Mango, Michael,
Country Fun 4-H, Rabbit
Judging 4-H, Senior
Individual, 1st Place, Steer
Show 1st Place, Group
Herdsman, Livestock

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Judging, 1st Place, Senior
Mango, Nathan,
Country Fun 4-H, Rabbit
Show, Mini Satin, Best of
Manley, Travis, Lake
Wales Senior FFA, Whip
Popping, 1st Place
Individual Senior Division,
Purebred Beef Show,
Brahman Female, Grand
Champion, Steer Show, 1st
in Class
Mann, Breanne, Road
Ends 4-H, Market Hog
Show, 1st in Class
Mason, Andy G., Lake
Gibson Senior FFA, Steer
Show, Reserve Grand
Champion, Steer
Livestock Judging, 1st
Place Senior FFA Team
Massam, Courtney,
Thunderhooves 4-H,
Horse Show, English
Pleasure, 1st Place, Horse
Show English Equitation,
1st Place
Massey, Holden, Lake
Wales Senior FFA, Poultry
& Egg Show, Best Dozen
White Eggs, Steer Show,
Eagle Award
Massey, Hunter,
McLaughlin Middle FFA,
Poultry & Egg Show
Reserve Dozen White Eggs
Matthews, Hope C., Hog
Wild 4-H, Purebred Beef,
Maine Anjou, Female
Grand Champion,
Purebred Beef,
Continental Breed, Female
Reserve Champ
Maute Matthew, Road.
Ends 4-H, Purebred Beef,
Simmental, Female Grand
Champion,Purebred Beef,
Continental Breed, Female
Grand Champ.
Maute, Nicholas E.,
Road Ends 4-H, Purebred
Beef, Simmental, Bull
Grand Champion,
Purebred Beef Continental.
Breed, Male Grand
McCall, Kelsey,
Frostproof FFA,
Tableset/Menu Plan,
Informal Indoor Entry,
.Best Junior
McCullers, Dakota,
Frostproof Middle FFA,
Chili Cook Off, Judges'
McCullers, Moriah,
Sunny Days, 4-H
Tableset/Menu Plan,
Informal Outdoor Entry
Best Elementary
McCullers, Scarlett,
Frostproof FFA
Tableset/Menu Plan,
Formal Entry Best Senior
McMillan, Connor,
Barnyard 4-H, Chili Cook
Off, Peoples Choice
McMillan Jessica,
Barnyard 4-H Chili Cook
Off, Peoples Choice
McMullen, Katie, Lake
Wales Senior FFA,
Commercial Heifer Show,
Reserve Champion-year-
Merrit, Pattie, Bartow
Senior FFA, Blueberry, Tri-
Metzker, Ashley D., Lake
Gibson Senior, FFA
Purebred Beef Show,
Angus, Female Grand
Champion, Purebred Beef
Show, English Breed,
Female Grand Champ,
Livestock Judging, 1st
Place Senior FFA Team
Miller, Benny, Florida
Crackers 4-H, Whip
Popping, 1st Place
Individual Junior
Moffitt, Tyler, Haines
City Senior FFA,
Horticulture Judging, 1st
Place Senior FFA Team
Mount, Josh, .Bartow
Senior FFA, Blueberry, Tri-
Myers, Chelsea,
Kathleen Senior FFA,
Horticulture Judging, FFA
Senior High Individual
Myers, Kimberly, Lake
Gibson Senior,

Ornamental Vinca, Tri-
Myers, Lindsey, Lake
Gibson Senior,
Ornamental Begonias, Tri-
Neumain, Cole C., Ridge
Side 4-H, Commercial
Heifer Show, 1st Place-
Group Herdsman
New, Trenton, Fort
Meade Community 4-H,
Market Hog Show, 1st in
Nichols, Austin, Peace
Creek Community 4-H,
Market Hog Show, 1st in
Nicholson, Blake,
Bartow Senior FFA,
Blueberry, Reserve
Ohly, Ryan, Far-Out 4-H,
Family/Cons. Sci.,
Woodworking, Best of
Oesterreicher, Dawn-
Marie, Bartow Senior FFA,
Chili Cook Off, Best
Decorated Booth
Oesterreicher, Shelby,
Bartow Senior FFA, Chili
Cook Off, Best Decorated
Palacios, Brooke, Bartow
Middle FFA,' Market Hog
Show, 1st in Class, Market
Hog Show, Grand
Champion Market Hog
Patrick, Katherine,
Dundee Clovers 4-H,
Tableset/Menu Plan,
Judges Choice, Elementary
Patterson, Taylor,
Dundee Ridge FFA,
Livestock Judging, 1st
Place, FFA Junior
Pettypiece, Lindsey, Hog
Wild 4-H, Ornamental
Fashion Azalea, Tri-color
Pink, Stephen, JPOC
Champions 4-H, Dog Show
Rally Basic
Pooser, Heather, Lake
Wales Senior FFA, Poultry
& Egg Show, Best Female
Powell, Jessica, Dundee
Ridge Middle IFA, Market
Hog Show, 1st in Class
Pridgen, Kimberly, All-
Stars 4-H, Horse Show,
Western Showmanship,
Senior 1st Place
Pridgen, Mariah,
McLaughlin Middle FFA,
Rabbit Show, Holland Lop,
Best of Breed, Rabbit
Judging, FFA Junior Team,
1st Place
Purvis, Stephen, Green
Swamp 4-H, Dog Show
Rally Advanced A, Dog
Show Obedience Novice A,
Dog Show Agility Novice
Rau, Savannah,
Independent Horse Show,
Western Showmanship,
Junior 1st Place, Horse
Show Western Pleasure,
Junior 1st Place, Horse
Show Western
Horsemanship, Junior 1st
Reynolds, Colt, Doris
Sanders LC FFA, Poultry &
Egg Show, Best
Commercial Bird
Reynolds, Lauren, Lake
Region High School
FCCLA, Demonstrations &
Illustrated Talks, Senior 1st
Rhoden, Katy, Far Out 4-
H, Dog Show Agility Basic
Richard, Sarah, Lake
Gibson Senior Ornamental
Impatiens, HB Tri-color
Roberts, Michael,
Bartow Senior, FFA, Rabbit
Judging, FFA Senior Team
1st Place
Robarts, Kasie,
Frostproof Senior FFA
Family/Cons.Sci., Foods
Department, Tri-color,
Tableset/Menu Plan,
Informal Indoor Best
Robarts, Tyler,
Frostproof Middle FFA,
Chili Cook Off, Judges'
Robillard, Ashton,
Frostproof Middle/Senior
FFA, Market Hog Show, 1st

in Class
Ross, Tanner, Bartow
Senior FFA, Rabbit
Judging, FFA Senior Team,
1st Place
Rotsell, Felicia, Fort
Meade High School FFA,
Family/Cons.Sci.4 Home
Furnishing Department,
Rowe, Emily D.,
LakeGibson Senior, FFA
Purebred ,' Beef,
Continental Breeoi, Male
Reserve Champ i
Rowell, Robert,
Mulberry, B Poultry
Judging FFA, Senior Team,
1st Place
Ruskin, Gunnar, New
Horizon 4-H,Rabbit Show,
3rd Runner-up, .Rabbit
Show, Mini Rex, Best of
Rutledge, ';Nikki,
McLaughlin MiddleFFA,
Rabbit Show Best of Show,
Rabbit Show Dutch Best of
Breed, Rabbit Judging FFA
Junior Team 1st Place
Sanford, Emily, Haines
City Senior FFA,
Horticulture Judging, 1st
Place Senior FFA Team
Scarborough, Kirsten,
Frostproof Middle/Senior
FFA Family/Cons.Sci.,
Foods Department, Tri-
color, Purebred Beef,
Limousin, Female Grand
Scarborough, Terry,
Haines City Senior FFA,
Horticulture Judging ,1st
Place Senior FFA Team
Schmick, Marissa,
Kathleen Middle FFA, 'B'
Horticulture Judging, 1st
Place Junior FFA Team
Shaske, Alex, North
Lakeland Wranglers '4-H,
Poultry & Egg Show, Best
Male Standard, Poultry &
Egg Show, Best Female
Standard, Poultry & Egg
Show, 1st Place
Showmanship Senior
Division, Horticulture
Judging, 1st Place 4-H
Senior Individual
Shaske, Suzanne, North
Lakeland Wranglers 4-H,
Poultry & Egg Show, Best
Male Bantam
Sikes, Hannah,
Frostproof Middle/Senior
FFA, Family/Cons!Sci.,
Home Furnishing
Department, Tri-color,
Family/Consumer Science
Foods Department Tri-
Sikes, Rebekah, Cracker
Kids 4-H, Tableset/Menu
Plan, Holiday or
Celebration, Best
Skidmore, Amanda,
Bartow Senior FFA, Rabbit
Judging FFA, Senior Team
1st Place
Smith, Ashley, Lake
Region High School
FCCLA, Family/Cons:Sci.,
Child Development, iTri-
Smith, Brittany,
Frostproof FFA,
Tableset/Menu Plan,
Judges-Choice Senior
Smith, Erin,
Thunderhooves 4-H,
Horse Show, Speed
Showmanship, Junior 1st
Smith, Jacob,
Frostproof Middle, FFA
Chili Cook Off, Judges'
Spencer, Katherine,
JPOC Champions 4-H,
Dog Show Showmanship
Advanced, Dog Show Rally
Excellent, Dog Show
Obedience Open,Dog
Show Rally Novice A, Dog
Show Obedience Sub-
Novice B
Spires, Rachel, Bartow
Senior FFA, Chili Cook Off,
Best Decorated Booth,
Rabbit Judging, FFA High
Point Individual Senior,
1st Place, Rabbit Judging,
FFA Senior Team, 1st Place
Starling, Kassidee, High


Q 4-H, Dog Show
Obedience Basic, Dog
Show Agility Novice
Starling, Kaylie, High Q
4-H, Dog Show
Showmanship Basic, Dog
Show Rally Advanced A,
Dog Show Obedience
Basic, Dog Show Brace
Stegman, Sara, Cracker
Kids 4-H, Rabbit Show,
Netherland Dwarf, Best of
Steine, Brooke, Family
Fun 4-H, Family/ Cons.Sci.,
Foods Department, Tri-
Stevens, Andrew,
Florida Crackers 4-H,
Ornamental Pandora Vine,
Reserve Champion,
Vegetable / Chinese
Cabbage, Tri-color
Stokes, Brent, Imperial
4-H, Market Hog Show, 1st
in Class, Poultry & Egg
Show, Best Miscellaneous
Strickland, Abby, Florida
Crackers 4-H, Horticulture
Judging, 1st Place, 4-H
Junior Individual
Stricklen, Margaret,
Florida Crackers 4-H,
Storytelling, 1st Place,
Junior Division
Stroud, Michelle,
Kathleen Senior FFA,
Ornamental Aluminum
Plants, Tri-color
Tew, Andrew,
Independent 4-H,
Ornamental Xanadu
Philodendron, Tri-color
Thrasher, Mikayla, All
Paws In 4-H, Dog Show
Showmanship Basic, Dog

Show Agility Basic
Tucker, Jordan, Hog
Heaven 4-H,
Family/Cons.Sci., Home
Furnishing Department,
Ullman, Catherine, 4-U
4-H, Tableset/Menu Plan,
Most Creative Junior
Ullman, Carter, 4-U 4-H,
Tableset/Menu Plan,
Informal Outdoor Best
Van Cura, Ryan, Bartow
Senior FFA, Purebred Beef
Show, 1st Place Group
Herdsman, Livestock
Judging High Point, FFA
Walker, Austin C., New
Horizons 4-H, Purebred
Beef Show, Brangus Bull,
Grand Champion,
Purebred Beef, Brahman
Breed, Female Reserve
Walls, Robert, Lake
Gibson FFA, Market Hog
Show Reserve Champion,
Market Hog
Waltz, Tiffany, Peace
Creek Community 4-H,
Rabbit Show, Florida
White, Best of Breed
Waltz, Trevor, Peace
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March 12 2008

Polk County Youth Fair

Parade Of Champions


Bartow In 5Bloo

What's a fair without food? Curly fries and Italian
sausage were popular choices. Local restaurants were
open to feed the many festival visitors, too.

"Jackie's Urge" by Emmy Reen of Winter Haven won
the Quilt Show and visitors' hearts with charming
Sunbonnet Sue's trip through the year.

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Dawn Wade
Peggu Kekoe

Saturday's brisk and windy weather didn't keep Castro
Photography from exhibiting: the street provided a sta-
ble foundation.

Beading bracelets was one of the fun activities under the Children's Art Tent.

Flowers, from the lush to the intricate, were the Cen-
terpiece of this year's bijou Bartow Garden Flower Show
in the Pnilip Berkowitz building.

March 12, 2008`

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