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Delay of


Public reaction has been posi-
Stie to the announcement that
the city will spend another
'.-month or two negotiating details
ito settle a federal court laws&t
-over the Cedar Trail Landfill on
4.E.F Griffin Road.
i City Atry. Sean Parker told die
ICity Commission that "over the
., last three or four days, we got
i.some good feedback from .
':members of the public.'
S"The parties are committed to
moving things along and get back
to you in 30 to 60 days.-
"We are not losing sight of the
,-goal of getting you a finished
v-product very soon."
He said he needed longer "to
finalize the product" and distrib-
ute it to commissioners and the
There is no target date for
completion, he said.
The city has negotiated a set-
dement with Republic Sernices of
:Florida that would allow Republic
to operate a Class I garbagej
Landfill at Cedar Trail, but would
ban the burying of garbage.
Sewage sludge and industrial
wastes would be allowed.
The city has delayed a vote on
the agreement with Republic'
while it negotiates terms with the
Ellsworth brothers, who devel-
oped Cedar Trail nearly 20 years .
'ago and who own adjoining,


Hurt In Car

C Collision
Managing Editor
A motorcyclist was injured
Thursday night when he attempted
to pass a car on-the right and the
vehicles collided, Bartow police
reported. .
Robert S. Box, 60, of Lakeland,
was driving his 2005 Suzuki motor-
cycle east on Old Eagle Lake Bartow
Road, behind a 1996 Chrysler car
driven by Hayle, Rose N lorrow, 20, of*
Palm Beach Gardens about 6:50
p.m., Officer Carl mnith'said.
Morrow was making a right turn
into north entrance of McDonald's
Restaurant. when Box attempted to
pass her on the right side of the road,
according to Smith's report. As the
car's driver started to turn, the front
of her car hit the left side of the
Two witnesses and the cars. driver
said that her right turn signal was
turned on, according to .the report.
However, Boxtold police that the car
had changed lanes into the middle
turn lane, with the left turn signal
on, then moved to the eastbound
turn lane and tried to make the right
turn, colliding with him. '
Police estimated each vehicle's
' speed at fiv e miles per hour.
Box was injured and transported
to Bartow Regional Medical Center, .
police said. He was charged with
:The motorcyclist was wearing a
helmet, according to the report, and
Morrow was using her seatbelt.
Damage to the car was estimated
at $3,000, and to the motorcycle,

Explosion, Fire Endanger

Ethanol, Citrus Plants

An explosion and fire at the Bartow
Ethanol plant on U.S. Highway 17
South at about 10:30 Friday morning
prompted evacuation of the plant
and closure of Nlann Road and Clear
Springs Road.
There were no injuries, and
Highway 17 remained open.
CSX Railroad officials were alerted;
its tracks run adjacent to the plant.
The seven employees of the
ethanol plant were evacuated, as
were 30 to 40 employees of the citrus
processing plant next to it, Bartow
Fire Lt. Mark Olinger said.
Approximately 150 school children
attending an event at the nearby Polk
CountyAgriculture Center were evac- a safety measure.
Ethanol plant workers told. Olinger
that .a 50.000-gallon storage tank
holding 150-proof alcohol sprang a
leak, and some of the alcohol flowed
into the plant.
Whether the explosion caused the
leak or the leak came first was not
known, Olinger said.
At 1 o'clock this afternoon, fire-
fighters were letting the tank cool
down before they got close enough to
inspect the damage and attempt to
determine the cause of the leak and
the fire.
Although the tank has a 50,000-
gallon capacity, it held only about
three inches of product, he said.
Of greater concern to firefighters
were two adjacent tanks filled. with
190-proof alcohol. An explosion of
.either. or both of those tanks could
have caused a disaster.
A multi-story cooling tower at the
ethanol plant, built of w6od and cor-
rugated steel panels, caught fire; fire-0
fighters extinguished that blaze.
The tower. is used to cool water
used in the ethanol production
process, Olinger said.
The purity of alcohol is expressed
as "proof;" pure alcohol is 200 proof.
The 150-proof -tank held a product
that is 75 percent alcohol; the 190-
proof product is 95 percent alcohol.
Eleven fire trucks from the Bartow,
Fort Meade, and Polk County fire
departments responded to the scene,
including the BFD's ladder .truck.
Approximately 30 firefighters -from
the three departments were on the
Fire departments from other cities
stood by to cover any other calls that
might come in for the stations that
responded to the Bartow Ethanol fire.

Flames and smoke rise from Bartow Ethanol Friday morning. A storage tank
exploded at the plant on East Mann Road. Firefighters extinguished a fire in the
multi-story cooling tower, and two nearby tanks of 190-proof alcohol did not
explode. No injuries were reported. (Staff photo by Jessica Thompson)

Polk County Emergency Services
sent a hazmat (hazardous materials)
team to the scene, said Heather Smith
of the Polk County public informa-
tion office.
Also responding were the Bartow
Police Dept., the Polk County Sheriff's
Office, and Polk EMS medical units.
The company's Web site says that
Bartow Ethanol of Florida produces
"distilled and blended liquor." The

. plant faces Mann Road just east of
Highway 17.
The plant is adjacent to the Bartow
Citrus Products plant and Peace River
Cold Storage, a citrus canning and
processing complex.
Bartow Ethanol uses citrus peels to
produce alcohol.
Citrus peels are one of a number of
agricultural products that can be
processed into alcohol.

A proposal to expand the scope and the cost mainly
the cost of the Bartow Recreation Dept.'s summer recre-
ation program ran into a buzz saw of protest at Monday
night's City Commission meeting.
It was a baptism of fire for Angie Whisnant, Bartow's
new parks and recreation director, who, outlined plans for
"Bartow Bash 2009," the city's revamped summer camp
After hearing nearly two hours of protests from the
audience, the City Commission authorized her to begin
registering children for the program on Monday, April 27,
but also directed the city staff to come up with a less
expensive alternative.
As proposed by Ms. Whisnant, the cost which was

$50 for the entire six-week session last year would go to
$75 a week for an eight-week session this summer.
' In addition to lasting two weeks longer, this year's pro-
gram will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Last year's pro-
gram ran from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In the past, parents had the option of enrolling theii
children in an afternoon program of daily field trips for an
additional fee.
The proposal for this year makes the afternoon session
a part of the plan not an option with one field trip a
* Members of a near-capacity audience at City Hall said
the increase from $50 for a six-week program to $600 for
an eight-week program was too much, no matter how
good the program was.
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Some vendors may charge fees for
grooming, animal massages, pet-

from a November 2008 animal
cruelty case in which 117 dogs

Polk Animal Adopt-A- Thon, Pet Fest Today
Pet lovers can have a busy day related accessories and display and puppies were recovered from
today with the annual Scales and booths, food, pony rides, and the a home in South Lakeland. Those
Tails Pet Festival, and the Polk "Run Fur Fun" lure obstacle dogs include Pomeranians,
County Sheriff's* Office Animal course. dachshunds and Chihuahuas.
Control Section Adopt-A-Thon The SPCA and Humane Society All adoptions will be discount-
Pet contests and services, plus will be on site for pet adoptions, ed to $25. Each animal will be
activities for kids and adults, will while Polk County Animal Control spayed or neutered, (in the case of
be featured at the annual Scales will provide low-cost microchip- puppies or kittens, the pets must
and Tails Pet Festival from 10 a.m. ping and vaccines, be returned for spaying and neu-
to 2 p.m. at Simmers-Young Park Pet contests begin at 12:30 p.m. tering at a later date), heartworm
in Winter Haven. and will recognize the best tested, vaccinated, de-wormed,
Polk County Leisure Services dressed, largest, smallest, most licensed and microchipped -
Division hosts the free family obedient and most unique ani- normally a $70 value.
event. The park is at 5630 West mals. Each new pet comes with a
County Road 542, off of K-ville -Visitors to the Adopt-A Thon complimentary basic registration
Avenue behind the Auburndale can find dogs and puppies, cats in a national pet recovery service
Speedway. and kittens waiting for new microchip database.
Free activities at Scales and homes where they can love and To view animals currently in
Tails include the Central Florida be loved forever. The event is from the shelter, visit the Web site at
Flying Disc Challenge (profes- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., today at the and select
sional canines and amateurs wel- Animal Control shelter, 7115 De adoptable animals. For informa-
come), a bounce houses, carnival Castro Road, Winter Haven, adja- tion on adoptions, contact the
games and a "kiddie" train, and cent to the landfill. PCSO Animal Control Section at
live animal show entertainment. Some of the dogs available are 499-2600..

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Cute as a button, this wire-haired dog represents
the dogs and cats, puppies and kittens up for adop-
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April 25, 2009

Around the Town

The Polk County Democrat 3A

'uicy lazz'Pairs Dance,

Band for BPAS Season Finale

It's time to dance!
Florida Dance Theatre joins
the Bartow High School Jazz Band
for an eclectic evening of jazz and
dance in Bartow Performing Arts
Series second season finale,
"Juicy Jazz," on Saturday, April 25.
Selections by the award-win-
ning BHS jazz band will be com-

plemented by the artful and cap-
tivating dancers of Florida Dance
Theatre in a performance that
begins at 7:30 p.m. in Bartow
Elementary Academy auditori-
Performance tickets are $15 for
adults, $10 for seniors 55 or bet-
ter, and $8 for students K-12.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Jonathan Eckman directs the
jazz ensemble, composed of 19 of
the school's most talented instru-
Tickets are available at the

From the Fort Meade Historical Museum


We have some very
good news for you to
Starting in June and
the second Saturday of
each month we will
sponsor a flea market on
the north side of the
farm equipment shed at
the museum.
The vendors are to
pay $15 for a reserved
space to be made in
This reservation fee

can be paid to Mel
Parker in the City Hall or
mailed to the Historical
Society, P.O. Box 1021,
Fort Meade, FL, 33841.
In the last two weeks
we have met Tom
Dankowske, a preserver
of history, who has
found items near the Old
Fort #1 and Fort #2 right
here in Fort Meade.
Dankowske, works at
Cape Canaveral with
NASA and researchers
on his own time.
He has donated sever-
al items dating from the

1830's that include mus-
ket balls, horseshoes,
buckles, and advertising
templates to our muse-
We are so happy that
he is in the process of
locating these historical
sites and we will have
these findings.on display
in the museum. This is

Everytirne we turn
around the museum
needs some sort of
We have some dam-

Fort Meade's newly-built McDonald's will hold an official grand ribbon cut-
ting and grand opening on May 2. (Photo provided)

aged wood on the west
and north side of the
museum, which needs
to be replaced with new
wood, so we are working
on this project to pre-

Don't forget to plan
on attending the
Maypole Dance on
Friday, May 1, at 9 a.m.
The third grade from
Lewis Anna Woodbury
Elementary will be
dancing and the choral
group will be singing.
There will be. approx-
imately 700 students
attending from the ele-
mentary school.
Refreshments of
punch and cookies will
be served after the pro-
gram to everyone.
Do bring a folding
yard chair for your com-

We do give
McDonald's a big wel-
come in opening their
new building.
We missed that drive
through to get a choco-
late sundae so much,
but now it tastes better
than ever.

Schools Plan for 6 Percent Budget Cut

Staff Writer

Polk County School
Board is .preparing for a
6 percent reduction in
its budget for the 2009-
10 fiscal year, Supt. Dr.
Gail McKinzie
announced Tuesday.
Concerns over uncer-
tain revenue from sales
and property taxes have
created headaches for
school board budget
officials, who have been
juggling conflicting
income reports from.
legislators in
Tallahassee who remain
in session until May 1.
"Statewide sales tax
collections continue to
decline due to the
slumping economy," Dr.
McKinzie said.
"Property tax collec-
tions throughout the
state have been down
and are predicted to be
short by almost $1 bil-

Despite better than
expected property tax
collection revenues
locally, it is unclear how
well tax deed sales will
"Polk County proper-
ty tax collections are off
by less than 0.5 percent
from last year, but there
remains a concern that
the tax certificate sale
may not be as robust as
in previous years," the
superintendent said.
In response to the
revenue uncertainties,
school staffers have
drafted three budgets -
reflecting an overall 6
percent reduction in per
pupil funding that
represent preliminary
funding budgets from
the Florida Senate,
Florida House, and Polk
Dr. McKinzie said the
school system is expect-
ed to lose 700 students

next year, resulting in
less state funding, \ii ile
the* district's federal
indirect reimbursement
rate is expected to
increase. However, sup-
plemental educational
services paid for from
federal funds no
longer will be eligible
for cost reimbursement,
another hit on the
school board's bottom
The superintendent
also had mixed news
about projections for
the facilities budget.
Savings from lower
than expected utility
rates will wash on the
school board financial
ledger when a new
school arid additional
classrooms come online
and generate higher
utility usage. Property
insurance for the school
system will increase
after the policy was
reevaluated to reflect

actual replacement
Operating budgets
for the district office are
proposed to be reduced
again next year after
being reduced 4.7 per-
cent in 2007-08 and 10
percent this year.
"The majority of the
reduction is from sav-
ings in our fuel
accounts," Dr. McKinzie
Reminding the
school board that final
figures are not available,
Dr. McKinzie said con-
tract teaching positions
continue to be safe.
"It is most important
to point out that we are
not recommending'
releasing annual con-
tract teachers except
through the district's
regular evaluation
process," the superin-
tendent said.

Florida Dance Theatre will perform with Bartow
High School's Jazz Band for Juicy Jazz, the season
finale of Bartow Performing Arts Series. (Photo

Connector Bypass

To Bear Ernest

Smith's Name

Ernest Smith Boule-
vard edged out Panther
Point Parkway for the
name of Bartow's
planned northern con-
nector bypass.
The road, planned by
the county but located
within Bartow's city
limits, will honor the
founder and owner of
Bartow Ford, one of the.
state's largest Ford deal-
Mayor James E
Clements recommend-
ed naming the road
Ernest Smith Boule- '
vard, carrying on the
name of the entry road
to Bartow Ford, which
will be the west end of
the bypass.
Gerald Cochran said
the east end of the high-
way will come out on
U.S. Highway 17 at a
place once known as
Panther Point because'
panthers occasionally
were spotted there near
Peace River.
He suggested nam-
ing it Panther Point
Commission ner
Adrian Jackson said he
has heard suggestions
that it be named for
Ernest Smith or
Chesterfield Smith, past
president of the
American Bar Assn.,
"but I've got to tell you I
like Panther Point."
Gail Bretz asked if
the road would be

ground-level or raised.
Commissioner Pat
Huff said it will a four-
lane divided highway at
Mrs. Bretz suggested
that the road be named
for U.S. Sen. Spessard L.
Holland, noting that the
Highway 98 terminus
will be near the new
Holland Elementary
Clements said that
Highway 17 already
bears Holland's name.
Mrs. Bretz then pro'
posed-that the new road
be named : Holland-
Smith Parkway.
Clements urged his
colleagues to name the
road for Ernest Smith.
Huff agreed, saying
the road "will be the
entrance to Bartow
He moved naming it
Ernest Smith Boulevard.
Jacksonri asked if the
second phase of the
bypass, from Highway
17 to State Road 60,
would have the same
name. Clements pre-
dicted that it would.
The motion passed


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April 25,2009

Landfill Decision Delay Is a Wise Move

City Atty. Sean Parker told city
commissioners this week that
public response has been favor-
able to his announcement that
the settlement agreement on the
Cedar Trail Landfill lawsuit will
not be rushed to approval.
It will come as no surprise to
regular readers of this page that
we join in that chorus of support.
A decision of this importance to
the community should not -
indeed, it must not be rushed.
The city is in the mess it is in
today because not enough people
spent enough time studying the
1994 approval of a previous law-
suit settlement. If they had, some-
one might have asked why the
agreement prohibited "house-
hold garbage" rather than "all

To that Reasonably Prudent
Man who is the mythical hero of
American jurisprudence, garbage
is garbage. In fact, even the
Florida Dept. of Environmental
Protection does not recognize a
hierarchy in garbage.
But in a court of law, where pre-
cision in the use of language is
properly paramount, the argu-
ment has been made for several
years that there is a difference
between "household garbage"
and its smelly cousins, "commer-
cial garbage" and "industrial
Republic Services of Florida,
which operates Cedar Trail, has
agreed to eliminate garbage -
presumably all classes of garbage
- from the landfill. The space not
occupied by eggshells, coffee

grounds, and dirty diapers
instead would be used for sewage
sludge and industrial sludge.
There are those who consider
that to be a major step forward,
and others who are unimpressed.
But whatever the merits of the
yet-incomplete agreement with
Republic, a major flaw in negotia-
tions is that the city has not
reached an agreement with the
Ellsworth brothers, who devel-
oped the existing landfill and own
adjoining property.
There are three parties
involved in the controversy the
city, which doesn't like the land-
fill, and two present or past land-
fill operators who own substantial
amounts of acreage next to Cedar
Trail and it is essential that the
city's agreement cover all the

Parker told Bartow's
Committee of 100 that approval
of the settlement with Republic
has been delayed until an agree-
ment with the Ellsworths is
It is a prudent decision.
The landfill problem does not
need just half a solution.
After the lawyers and consult-
ants have given the settlement
their best shot, city commission-
ers and citizens at large need
ample time to study it.
They need time not only :to
consider the obvious provisions,
but to ensure that no more
"household garbage" phrases get
in under the radar .

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History From Our Files
Compiled from the files of The Democrat by Loyal Frisbie

50 Years Ago'
Gerry Bowden, 12-
year-old daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Newell Bowden,
has been chosen as the
outstanding member of
Bartow Elementary
School Safety Patrol,
Principal R. Bruce
Wagner said today. A
sixth grader, she is ser-
geant in the patrol.
Summerlin and
Davidson will become
one-way streets tomor-
row, Police Chief K.C.
Myers announced today:
Summerlin, eastbound
.from Floral to Oak
Avenues; Davidson, west-
bound from Oak to
Polk County. officials
apparently will not get
any salary raises this year,
even though the county's
legislative delegation
acknowledged that
"some inequities" exist in
the pay schedule.
Members of the delega-
tion, in a joint statement
mailed from Tallahassee
on Friday, said they are
"sympathetic" with
requests to "eliminate
these inequities" but they
don't plan to raise any
45 Years Ago
The Bartow Key Club
swept state honors again
this year, winning two
first place awards at the
state Key Club conven-
tion held in Jacksonville,
Thursday through Satur-
The club won the cov-
eted achievement award
and, for, the second con-
secutive year, the Bartow
entry copped the top
award in the talent divi-
sion with the Key Three, a
folksinging trio com-
posed of Tom Clements,
Tom Howell, and George
Hal Parkerson, who'
served as state treasurer
during the past year, was
recognized with an award
as the most valuable
member of the Florida
Key Club board of direc-
Carol Anne Kennon
and Craig Hull of Bartow
Junior High School won
first and second place in
the Polk County spelling

bee Friday, making the
fourth consecutive year
Bartow students have
won the top honors.
Miss Lana Murray,
who graduated' magria
cum laude from Florida
State University on
Saturday, was named to
FSU's Hall. of Fame. Her
selection, was based on
her record as editor of the
school newspaper, presi-
dent of the Foundation
Scholarship House, sec-
retary of the Foundation
Scholarship Organiza-
tion, treasurer of Mortar
Board, and a member of
Who's Who, Alpha
Lambda Delta, Phi Beta
Phi, Phi Beta Kappa and
the Board of Publica-
40 Years Ago
Several persons were
injured, but none
required hospitalization,
in a rash of accidents
reported here over the
weekend, according to
police records.
Nancy Chapman
received the keys to the
first Ford Maverick sold
in Bartow from Ernest
Smith, president of the
Bartow Ford Co. The
compact car was intro-
duced Thursday by the
Ford Motor Co.,
Over a lone dissenting
vote, the city commission
voted Monday night to
raise the charge for resi-
dential garbage collec-
tion to $2 a month effec-
tive June 1, a 50-cent
increase over the present
35 Years Ago
A Bartow woman's
mother, who is the offi-
cial poet laureate of the
city of Covington, Ga.,
and Newton County, was
honored at "Mamie
Ozburn 'Odum Day"
today in Covington. Mrs.
Henry Odum, Jr., is the
mother of Mrs. Richard
Frisbie, and has visited
Bartow frequently.
Hans Ludwigsen took
the oath of office as a
Bartow city commission-
er Monday night, .after
being selected by the
other four commission-
ers to take the place of
Ronald E. Johnson, who
resigned his post last

30 Years Ago
Too tall for the neigh-
borhood, a semi-trailer
truck ripped down tele-
phone wires, television
cables and two utility
poles on Wabash Street
on Fourth Avenue on
Tuesday afternoon,
Bartow police reported.
Total damage was esti-
mated at almost $2,000.
The driver kept going but
was arrested in Lakeland
on charges of leaving the
scene of an accident,
driving with a suspended
license, and failing to
report an accident.
After more than eight
months, Bartow has a bus
station again. Greyhound
established a station at
340 West Main Street on
25 Years Ago
James Wardell, an 83-
year-old East Bartow
man, died in a fire at his
home Tuesday morning,
apparently overcome by
smoke as he tried to
make his way to safety.
W.R. Grace & Co. is
closing down its No. 4
phosphate acid plant, the
second of Grace's Bartow
acid plants to be closed
this month, the company
announced today. The
No. 4 unit had beon
scheduled to be shut
down for maintenance in
Instead, the company
advanced the shutdown
date, and will not place
the plant back in opera-
tion "until business con-
ditions warrant," compa-
ny spokesman Fred Ball
A Punta Gorda semi-
truck driver was hospital-
ized this morning after he
used a cigarette lighter to
see whether there was
any fuel in his tanks. The
vaporized fuel in the rear-
empty tank exploded,
burning the driver on the
chest, arms and face. The
accident happened about
3:45 a.m.
Police were called, and
had the injured man
taken to the Polk County
hospital. He is reported
in "satisfactory" condi-
tion today.


Buzzer-Beating in the Capitol

It was back in the
early 1980s that I made
a brief liaison trip, as a
Florida National Guard
officer, to the Republic
of Panama.
While headed for a
visit with one of, my
counterparts in the U.S.
Army, I became dra-
matically sick at my
Not to be too graph-
ic, there is a small area
next to a street that
used to hold lush tropi-
cal greenery on which
to this day, I suspect,
nothing will grow.
A couple of my bud-
dies flagged down a
passing Military Police
paddy wagon, and two
MPs one about six-
foot-six, the other less
than five feet tall -
helped me into their
van, as, with difficulty, I
put one arm around the
neck of each of them.
At Gorgas Army
Hospital, they moved
out a young child to
hustle me onto an
emergency room gur-
ney, where I 'heard
terms I had heard previ-
ously only on the doctor
"Prepare 50 CCs of D-
5-W; get the paddles
(Okay, maybe that's
weed killer, but it was
something like that.)
I listened as the EKG
machine cranked out a
loud, steady beep that
would rival a bass drum
at a half-time show.
"Colonel," the doctor
said to me, "I don't
know what's wrong with
you, but it's sure not a
heart attack."
What was wrong with
me, I figured out for
myself, is that I had
eaten too much ceviche

the night before.,
Ceviche is raw fish (dol-
phin in this case, I
believe) that is prepared
in a heavy, marinade of
vinegar and lemon
The marinade- basi-
cally cooks the fish, and
you can imagine what it
would do to the diges-
tive system of a 40-
something Florida boy
who prefers his, catfish
fried and his shrimp
To be on the safe side,
they rolled me into a
patient room. so they
could keep pumping
fluids into me toreplace
what I left on the: road-
side. ,
There was a televi-
sion set in the room,
tuned to the Armed
Forces TV Network. It
was showing basketball.
Twenty-four hours of
non-stop basketball,
I soon learned that of
the 48 minutes of a bas-
ketball game, the first 47,
are only for show; victo-
ry and defeat are decid-.
ed in the final minute or
less, often by a shot that
is in mid-air when the
final buzzer sounds and
either finds or misses -
usually finds its target,
for a one-point victory.
I got my general to
pull some strings to get
me out of that basket-
ball theater before I
needed transfer to the
psych ward.
I learned to enjoy
ceviche again, but to
this day I cannot watch
basketball on TV

The Florida Legis-
lature is a lot like that.
For weeks, legislators
introduce bills, hold
hearings, issue press
releases, view with

alarm, and generally
tinker with Florida gov-
It is in the last couple
of weeks that decisions
are made, and often
they are decisions on
topics that haven't seen
the light of day in the
first month-and-a-half
of the session.
This year,, with less
than two weeks remain-
A bill, was ,intro-
duced to reduce ,the
options available in ;the
staging of elections.
Critics claimed that it is
an anti-Democratic
effort mounted., ,.by
Republicans to hamper
voters in ,.,the
Democratic Party.
*An .effort was
mounted to allow
drilling for oil within
three miles of the Gulf
Coast. The present limit
is 10. It drew major sup-
port from; legislators,
from Atlantic Coast
After months of leg-
islative hand-wringing
over how to keep the
ship of state from sink-
ing in a sea of red ink,
Gov. Please-Call-Me-
Charlie. Crist
announced ,a plan to
have the Seminole casi-
nos pre-pay $L,1 billion
in the taxes they will
owe over the next few
years. .
All three of these pro-
posals sprang forth like
that buzzer-beating last
shot at a basketball
game. As such, there
was little time for com-
.mittee hearings or pub-
lic debate. .
And like those inter-
minable basketball
games,' this was not a
last-minute anomaly; it
was business as usual.


Reasonable Discussion Needed

with interest the letter
on April 22 opposing
gun control.
I wasn't sure if the
writer was opposed to
having to wait a few
days for an approval to
buy an assault weapon
or if he believes that
someone with a history
of violence has the
right to buy one.

I do know there have
been many good people
killed lately by people
with assault weapons. I
recall an interview with
one police officer who
stated that the police
were outgunned.
No one wants to
deny the hunter a shot-
gun or rifle. No one
wants to deny a gun to
the law abiding citizen

who feels the need for a
gun to protect him or
But somewhere in
this debate we need to
begin thinking about
public safety and have a
reasonable discussion
to figure out what is
best for our communi-


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Sheriff's New Winter Haven Digs

Pose Problem for County Officials

Staff Writer

Plans to move operations for the
Polk County Sheriff's Office from
Bartow to Winter Haven may be in
violation of a state law requiring the
office of the sheriff be located in the
county seat.
Construction is nearing comple-
tion of a new state-of-the-art sheriff's
command center in Winter Haven
that would move Sheriff Grady Judd's
department from the county seat in
downtown Bartow in what appears to
be a violation of Chapter 30 Section 10
of Florida Statutes that states "the
place of office of every sheriff shall be
at the county seat of the county."
, Addressing the issue at
Wednesday's meeting of the Polk
County Commission, Sheriff Judd
called the more than 100-year-old law

"This law is more than 100 years old
and was created when it was neces-
sary to ensure that a newly-elected
sheriff wouldn't ride to Bartow on
election night and then ride back to
Haines City and open a sheriff's office
there," Judd said.
Judd said opponents of his depart-
ment's planned move to Winter Haven
are being fueled by a small group of
government watchdogs following the
battle cries of a disgruntled ex-sher-
iff's office employee.
The sheriff, working with County
Attorney Michael Craig, has been
working on solutions to the problems
raised by the state statute.
"We have been working to find a
solution to the issue," Craig said dur-
ing Wednesday's meeting. "One
option that we can look at .is petition-
ing the state Legislature to designate

the area of county property in Winter
Haven where the sheriff's office is
being built as an independent portion
of the county seat."
Annexation of the land into the city
of Bartow remains another unlikely
For annexation to work, the city of
Bartow would most likely have to
arrange annexation along County
Road 17 past the Bartow Municipal
Airport, through Eagle Lake to the
Winter Haven municipal border. Then
an arrangement would be needed to
transfer Winter Haven's municipal
boundary to Bartow or to use an
"annexation corridor" along State
Road 17 to spot annex the county
property into Bartow.
Judd maintains that despite the
anticipated move of most of his
administration to Winter Haven, his
department would still maintain

offices in Bartow that could satisfy the
state regulations.
"We are not closing all of our offices
in Bartow," Judd said. "The Central
County Jail is still in Bartow, and the
sheriff will Always have an office
County officials have yet to publicly
comment on why the state regulation
did not come to light prior to the proj-
ect moving this far along.
Plans have already been made for
the sheriff's downtown Bartow build-
ing to be used to expand operations at
the Polk County Courthouse.
Wednesday's revelations concern-
ing the new sheriff's building came on
the heels of a decision by the county
commission to approve a 10-acre land
donation to Polk Community College
for the creation of a $31 million public
safety center at its Winter Haven cam-
pus at the county complex.

Live Webinar to Discuss County's Growth Plans

Polk County's Long
Range Planning
Division is developing
a list of "Quality
Growth Plans" to guide
growth and help shape
the county's future.
Citizens are being
recruited to become
involved through the
Urban Form Focus
Group, to help guide
this project. The first
meeting will be held on
Tuesday, April 28 from
8-10 a.m. at the Neil
Building, 330 West
Church Street, Room
413, Bartow.
Citizens that cannot

attend but are interest-
ed in having their opin-
ions heard, are invited
to participate in the.
meeting via a live webi-
nar site.
Citizens may watch
the meeting on the
internet and submit
questions through
email on the web site at
TV. The topic for this
first meeting will be
healthy communities.
The growth plans
being considered,
include a number of
ideas that are intended
to shape the growth
and the look of our
cities and transporta-

Citizens may watch the meeting on
the internet and submit questions
through e-mail ion the Web site at The
topic for this first meeting will be
healthy communities.

tion systems. Some of
the following ideas are
being considered:
Healthy communi-
ties which include
access to health care
services; a safe com-
munity; the presence of
roads, schools, play-
grounds, and other
services to meet the

needs of the people in
that community;
Green building and
development practices
- such as using solar
power, landscaping
with native, drought-
resistant plants and
water efficient prac-
tices, reducing and
recycling construction

and demolition waste
and using energy-effi-
cient and water-saving
appliances and fixtures
Walkable commu-
nities neighborhoods
that are near medical
services, shopping,
public transportation,
schools and libraries
Transit and multi-
modal travel options
such as multi-use trails,
bike lanes, sidewalks
and roads
Mixed-use devel-
opment- the practice of
allowing some combi-
nation of residential,
commercial, industrial,
office, institutional, or
other land uses in one

Increased building
The Urban Form
Focus Group will pro-
vide an opportunity for
citizens to share their
ideas and suggestions
about the proposed
changes to the
Comprehensive Plan
and Land Development
Code based on the
Quality Growth Plans.
If you would like to
participate in future
meetings or serve on
the Urban Form Focus
Group, please contact
John Bohde at johnbo-
or 863-534-6473.

County Urges Residents to Use Weather Radios

It seems we've barely
begun 2009 and we are
already preparing for another
hurricane season. Now is the
time to be preparing you and
your family6before disaster
strikes. Remember, hurri-
cane season runs from June
1 through Nov. 30.
The Polk County
Emergency Management
Division urges residents to

purchase and use a NOAA
(National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration)
Weather Radio. Much like a
smoke alarm, this inexpen-
sive device emits an audible
alarm warning (may also
contain strobe light) to wake
you when a warning is
issued. They also contain
battery powered backups in
the event of a power outage.

\Weather radios provide
you with specific information
from the National Weather
Service or emergency man-
agement officials about the
impending threat. These may
be programmed to receive
only those warnings that
apply to Polk County. In
addition, the NOAA Weather
Radio is an All Hazards public
alert device that can relay

non-weather related emer-
gency messages, such as haz-
ardous material warnings
and other types of civil emer-
NOAA Weather Radio All
Hazards is provided as a pub-
lic service by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administrations National
Weather Service. Radios may
be purchased from many

retail outlets, catalogs and
direct from the manufacturer
via the internet. Costs range
from $20-$200.
For more information on
weather radios, visit For all
hazard preparation tips for
you and your family, visit,

County Launches New Phosphate Study

Staff Writer

County planners
kicked off a two-year
Phosphate Mining
Selected Area Study on
March 31 with a public
forum at the Fort
Meade Community
Polk County began
studying phosphate
lands a decade ago with
a study of future and
former mined lands in
southwest Polk County.
The project never
reached a conclusion,
but at the urging of
county planning staff,
the county commission
is giving the project a
second go.
The Phosphate
Mining Selected Area
Study designed to
examine the feasibility
of utilizing phosphate
lands for development
- will continue April 13
with another public
hearing at the Mount
Olive Missionary
Baptist Church, 155
Church Ave., Bradley
Junction. The work ses-'
sion will begin at 6 p.m.
Goals of the re-imag-

ined mining study
Offering landown-
ers more development
Establishing areas
in mining areas best
suited for development;
Creating buffer
zones (or transitional
zones) in areas where
development is incom-
patible with current
land use;
Protecting natural
resources; and

Encouraging agri-
cultural development.
Ame6 Bailey, project
manager for the study,
said the new program
will provide a vision for
the estimated 188,215
acres in Polk County
that have been or are
scheduled to be mined.
As a result of the 1999
study, a review panel
representing several
state agencies was
added to the county's
growth plan. The panel

was taxed with com-
menting on develop-
ment requests inside
the phosphate area;
however, a specific plan
for future development
was never implement-
Rejecting a request
to build a landfill on
phosphate land (a sec-
ond separate request
was withdrawn before
being heard), the Polk
County Commission
has heard and

approved a handful
of requests for zoning
changes for industrial
development in, phos-
phate zones during the

past few years.
According to Bailey,
the landfill issue will be
central to phosphate

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Sl Council Orders Cheaper Summer Camp Alternative

(From Page 1A)
The summer camp
program will be consoli-
dated at Carver
Recreation Center, Ms.
Whisnant said.
In the past, the pro-
gram has been conduct-
ed at Carver Rec, the
Bartow Civic Center, and
the Polk Street Center.
That consolidation
also drew protests, but
the main criticism was
aimed at the cost.
This year's program
will have more adult
supervision, weekly fiald
trips, T-shirts, swim les-
sons, open swimming,
introduction to golf, and
programs in both gym-
nasiums at Carver Rec.
The fee includes the
cost of swimming les-
sons, thanks to a grant
from the Bartow
Community Healthcare
The police and fire
departments will con-
duct programs for the

Etoile Altman, 93, of
Fort Meade, died April
24, 2009, at her home.
Born April 25, 1915,
in rural Fort Meade,
Miss Altman was the
daughter of Polk County
pioneers John B. Altman
and Maude (Hart)
Altman. She attended
elementary school in
Carney and Fort Meade,
junior high school in
Fort Meade, and com-
pleted high school in
immediately after
high school graduation,
she became the first sec-
retary for the Fort
Meade Public School
System. She later
worked for Langford
Drug and Varn's
Pharmacy, operating the
Western Union and the
public bus station. In
1941, she began working
for the government and
worked from Miami to
Jacksonville for a num-
ber of years.
Miss Altman later
opened a business in
Titusville known as "The
Fabric House." which
she operated prior to
returning to Fort Meade
in 1963 to care for her
aging mother. Upon
returning, she opened a
successful gift and fash-
ion shop, Etoile's Gifts
and Fashion, which she
ran for 17 years.
In 1980, she closed'
the gift shop, built a new
home, and cared for her
mother until her mother
died in April of 1993.
Miss Altman
remained active in the
Fort Meade Historical
Society, and served as
president of the original
Historical Society. She
was a member and past
treasurer of Fort Meade

Clarence "CJ"
Johnson, Jr., of Fort
Meade, died April 16,
Mr. Johnson was for-
merly of Palmetto.
Survivors include two
sons, Anton Cook of
Tampa and VaShawn
Cook of Tennessee; a
daughter, Cierra Martin
of Oneco; his mother,
Shirley Kelly Jones of

youngsters, she said.
Enrollment will be
capped at 150, with a
child-to-staff ratio of 9-
to-1, compared to last
year's ratio of 16-to-1,
she said.
A "Camper
Appreciation Day" is
tentatively scheduled for
Aug. 1.
The fee will be $75 for
residents and $95 for
"This program lost
$23,000 of taxpayer
money last year," she
She listed an array of
projects that could be
accomplished with that
The prices are com-
parable to other sum-
mer recreation pro-
grams in Polk County,
she said, most of which
don't include swim les-
sons or golf.
Bartow's is the only
program that allows
payments in weekly
installments, she said.
The county charges
$90 per week, Plant City

Garden Club, a member
of the Bartow chapter of
United Daughters of the
Confederacy, a member
of the National Society
of Colonial Dames XVII
Century Surgeon
General Matthew Fuller
Chapter of Lakeland, a
member and past presi-
dent of the American
Legion Auxiliary, and a
member of First Baptist
Church of Fort Meade.
She also managed her
own citrus company
and rental properties.
Miss Altman was pre-
ceded in death by her
parents, John B. and
Maude Hart Altman;
and two brothers, Harl
Elmo Altman and
Wilbur Lawrence
Survivors include her
daughter, Betty E.
(Marc) Newsom of Fort
Meade; numerous
cousins in the local area;
and three caregivers,
Evelyn Davis, Martha
Newport, and Joyce
Visitation: Sunday,
April 26, 4 to 6 p.m.,
McLean Funeral Home
Chapel, Fort Meade.
Funeral: Monday,
April 27, 10 a.m., First
Baptist Church of Fort
Meade, with Rev. Kenny
Slay officiating.
Interment: Evergreen
Cemetery, Fort Meade.
Memorial contribu-
tions, may be made to
Hope Hospice, 1525
Lakeland Hills Blvd.,
Lakeland, FL 33805; or
Fort Meade First Baptist
Church, 307 East
Broadway, Fort Meade,
FL 33841.
Condolences to the
family may be sent at

Palmetto; and two sis-
ters, Sabrina (McArthur)
Sellars and Cheryl
Visitation: Friday,
April 24, 5 p.m.,
Westside Funeral Home,
Funeral: Saturday,
April 25, 11 a.m., New
Life General Baptist
Church, Palmetto.

charges $375 for 10
weeks, and First
Methodist School
charges $100 per week,
she said.
"We cannot hire qual-
ity staff for $50 -for a
weekly program," she
Pre-paid cards will be
furnished for use at the
concession stand.
"We know we're ask-
ing people to move out
of their comfort zone,"
she said. "This is the best
quality program we can
put out there.
"This program will
not lose $23,000." She
said she hopes to show a
7.7 percent profit.
Four school buses will
provide transportation
to the Civic Center for
swimming, as well as for
field trips.
The camp is for chil-
dren ages 5 to 12.
In the future, she said,
she hopes to establish a
summer program for
older children.
All but two of the field
trips will be on Fridays,
she said.
The cost of the pro-
gram represents $1.66
per hour for youngsters
who stay for the full 8 to
5 daily schedule, she
Laura Douglas, who
said she would resign
her job the next day as
part-time secretary at
Carver Rec, said the $50
registration fee was
charged last year, with
daily field trips for an
additional $25.
Most children went
on the afternoon field
trips, she said.
"Seventy-five dollars
per week is going to be
hard for parents," she
said. The recreation
department staff was
not asked for input in
this year's decisions, she
"I hope all the chil-
dren black, white,
Hispanic, whatever -
will be able to afford this
program," Ms. Douglas
She said that there
was no community
input into the decisions
about the program.
She said that adult
programs at Carver Rec
would be impacted by
the summer camp.
Children not enrolled
in the summer camp
will not be able to use
the Carver playground
and other facilities, she
Ms. Whisnant said
this year's program will
be safer because the
ratio of staff to campers
will be much greater. All
staff workers will have
two-way radios.
Civic clubs are not
charged for their weekly
-use of the Civic Center,
she said.
She plans to ask each
club for $1,000 a year for
use of the facilities, with
the money to go for
camperships for chil-
dren whose parents
can't afford the full cost
of the summer program.
Debra P. Stephens of
Lakeland, who grew up
in Bartow, asked if par-
ents were surveyed
about this year's plans
or their ability to pay.
"If a survey was done,
it was done before I
arrived," Ms. Whisnant
Mrs. Stephens asked
what qualifications
would be required for
Recreation aides will
be required to have one
year of college, and pro-
gram workers will be

required to have two
years of college, Ms.
Whisnant said.
Mrs. Stephens said
the money will make it
impossible for some
families "to keep their
children off the streets."
The camp will not be
"just a baby-sitting serv-
ice," Ms. Whisnant said.
Clevester L. Oliver,
youth minister at Mount
Olive Freewill Baptist
Church, spoke against
the increase in cost. *
"We're not providing
any more services than
were in the original pro-
gram," he said.
Holding the program
in three locations in the
past allowed many chil-
dren to walk to the pro-
gram, he said.
The new program
eliminates the opportu-
nity for parents to say
what they want their
children to participate
in, and some parents
don't want or need the
afternoon sessions, he
The only sign-up
facility is at the civic
center, he said.
"Now is not the time
to force children out into
the streets," he said.
The all-day schedule
will limit the use of
Carver Rec to only about
two hours a day for
youngsters not enrolled
in the camp, he said.
"You're pushing
teenagers out the door,"
he said.
"It's not black or white
or anything else; it's
Ms. Whisnant said the
recreation department
does not have full-time
staff to accept registra-
tions at Carver Rec and
the Polk Street Center.
The two gymnasiums
at Carver have plenty of
room for 150 children,
she said.
The summer camp
program will not conflict
with any activities at
Carver Rec, she said.
Avis Douglas said she
has been working with
the summer program for
13 years. Children have
paid $20 to $25 per week
with supervision avail-
able until 5 p.m., she
She said that all recre-
ation supervisors should
have been polled about
the new plans.
"We met several times
with all the full-time
supervisors and asked
for their input," Ms.
Whisnant replied.
"Summer camp is the
single most costly pro-
gram that you can offer."
Other programs, like
baseball, are operated by
volunteers, she said,
while the summer camp
requires a full-time paid
Mayor James E.
Clements asked if it
would be feasible for
children to go to the
Civic Center or the Polk
Street center for trans-
portation to and from
Carver Rec.
Ms. Whisnant said she
could look at it, but that
transportation costs
woulcdbe higher.
"I really think it's
worth the extra money,"
Clements said.
"I hear what y'all are
saying," he told the audi-
"I can't imagine hav-
ing three kids and hav-
ing to pay $75 apiece."
Commissioner Leo
Longworth agreed.
The $50 was a one-
time fee, not a weekly
fee, he said.
"That's what people

are accustomed to pay-
ing. From $50 to $600 is
just absolutely too much
money. Some of them
are not going to be able
to afford it.
"It's just too much.
"One of the primary
pet peeves in my district
is parks and recreation."
(His election district
generally covers the East
Bartow community.)
"We just have to lose
the money," Longworth
He also expressed
concern about the
amount of time that
Carver Rec facilities
would not be available
for adults and teenagers.
The $50 one-time fee
did not cover field trips,
Ms. Whisnant said.
She said that the sum-
mer camp program will
not occupy both gyms at
the same time.
Commissioner Wayne
Lewis asked if a second
schedule could be
offered at reduced cost
for a morning-only pro-
"I think we need
another option," he said.
Ms. Whisnant said a
morning-only program
"wouldn't be much more
than supervised play."
Clements said he
doesn't view the cost of
the program as "losing
money." Pool mainte-
nance costs and golf
course expenses exceed
the revenue that those
facilities produce, he
Ms. Whisnant said she
could draw plans for an
alternative program.
City Mgr. George A.
Long said that this year's
costs would be virtually
identical to last year's.
"It's a question of how
much you're willing to
subsidize the cost," Long
told the commission.
"We can set it anywhere
you want to."
He said changes in
the program, including
fees, should be reviewed
by the Recreation
Advisory Board.
George W Watson, a
recreation board mem-
ber, said that last year,
parents paid $50 for the
half-day program for six
weeks, or $110 for the
all-day program.
Commissioner Adrian
Jackson said the city has
never offered a summer,
camp program for
Longworth said that
facilities at Carver Rec
normally used by
teenagers might. not be
available while day
camp is in session.
Rev. Derrien Bonney
of Mt. Gilboa Missionary
Baptist Church said the
new fee "has priced me
out of the program for
my daughter. It would be
cheaper for me to drive
my daughter to
Lakeland" for another
program, he said.
He suggested that the
City Commission lower
the weekly price to $50.
He said that not using
the Polk Street Center
raises the question of
why the city pays to
operate that facility.
"Bartowans are terri-
torial. It's better to know
that your child is five
minutes away than on
the other side of town,"
he said.
The city should draw
on the services of volun-
teers, he told the com-
He also urged the
recreation department
to implement a program
for teenagers.
Some parents would

have to decide which of
their children to send to
summer camp, he said.
Martha Jones, who
used to work in the
recreation department,
said the program has
used the police and fire
departments in the past.
"Her plan looks good,
but that plan has already
been in place," she said.
Jackson said that the
issue wasn't raised until
a week before registra-
tion is scheduled to
"It makes me wonder
if we got enough input,"
he said..
"I understand that it's
got to be affordable for
Long said the pro-
gram is mapped out,
and the only decision is
how the city will finance
Commissioner Pat
Huff commended Ms.
Whisnant for putting the
program together, but
said the city needs to
look at funding, and per-
haps reduce the pro-
gram to a half-day.
He suggested that the
city manager take
another look at the
"We don't want to get
into a four-hour babysit-
ting service," Jackson
told the city manager.
Longworth urged
Long, Ms. Whisnant, and
Watson to work on new
He said the $50 one-
time fee of past years is
not enough, "but it's got
to be subsidized by the
city. We've got to get the
cost down."
Margaret T. Trent said
some civic groups can't
afford to pay $1,000 for
the use of Carver Rec
Clements said the
proposed fee is only for
use of the Civic Center.
Lewis moved to refer
the issue back to the city
manager and the recre-
ation director for a study
of the fee schedule.
"We need something
better than that," Long
replied. "Is the program
Clements said one
problem is that the pro-
posal offers only an all-
day program.
He also urged the city
to arrange transporta-
tion to Carver Rec for
children who can walk
to the Polk Street Center.
Huff suggested reduc-
ing the fee to $50 a week.
"All it takes is three
votes," Long replied.
"You still need to get
input from the citizens,"
Longworth said. He said
he supports the program
but not the fees.
"We've got people out
there who are out of
work and just don't have
it," he said.
Huff asked if the city
"could go forward with
the program and start
registration" and also
develop a half-day pro-
Lewis amended his
motion to approve the
proposed program and
to direct preparation of a
half-day program at
lesser cost. Longworth
seconded. The vote was
Ms. Whisnant said
registration for the new
program will begin as
scheduled on April 27.
She said volunteers
will be used extensively
in the half-day program.


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The Polk County Democrat 7A

Bartow DAR Wins Awards; Plans Tea

Bartow Brownie Troop 437visited Disney's Animal Kingdom as a reward for
selling more than 2,300 boxes of Girl Spout Cookies. Troop members are (from
left) front row Chloe Higgins, Hannah Githens, Ansley Dennis, Amy Powell,
Leslie White and Sarah Githens; back row Jessica Hamer, Abbie Anna
Putnam, ,Denice Wright and Natalie DelleDonne. Troop Leaders are Karen
Boswell and Janet Wickman. Parents accompanying the troop were Pat
DelleDonne, Dee Dee Wright, Wanda Powell, Michell Githens, Kelly White and
Adam Putnam. (Photo provided)



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Bartow Chapter DAR
was recognized at the
Florida State Society
DAR Conference in
Orlando for participat-
ing in the missions of
the Daughters of the
American Revolution.
A first place certifi-
cate for National
Defense and outstand-
ing achievement certifi-
cates in American
Heritage, support for the
state regent's project of
the Haley House for
families visiting patients
in the James A. Haley
Veterans Hospital,
American history, grave
marker presentation,

and the DAR
Scholarship fund were
received from FSSDAR.
The National Society
DAR awarded a certifi-
cate for 100 percent par-
ticipation in the
President General's
project of restoration of
*the NSDAR complex of
historical buildings in
Washington, D.C.
The Daughters of the
American Revolution is
a non-profit, non-politi-
cal volunteer women's
service organization
dedicated to promoting
patriotism, preserving
American history and
securing America's

future through better
Any woman 18 years
or older, regardless of
race, religion, or ethnic
background, ,who can
prove lineal descent
from a patriot of the
American Revolution is
An invitation to the
Bartow Chapter DAR Tea
on May 2, from 2 to 4
p.m. at Bartow Public
Library is extended to
women interested in
learning more about the
Daughters of the
American Revolution.
For information con-
tact 533-6293.

First United Methodist Holds Family

Day At Homeland Heritage Park

First United Method-
ist Church of Bartow will
host the community at
its Church Family Day at
Homeland Heritage
Park Snday, April,26.
In the 1880s,
Homeland was the site
of Peace Creek Camp-
ground and the area
became known as the
"Mother of Methodism"
in South Florida.
Activities begin ,at 10
a.m. with an outdoor
concert by the bluegrass
gospel group Never
Fade. A love offering for
the group will be
At 10:40 a.m.,
FUMC's new puppet
ministry will debut with
a brief presentation in
the old Homeland
At 11 a.m.,.the con-
gregation will gather in
the historic Homeland
Methodist Church
Sanctuary. Music and
especially singing take
on a special character

with the resonant
acoustics of the wooden
floors, walls, and ceiling
of the more-than-100-
year-old building.
Special music
includes Never Fade,
the adult and children's
choirs, and the singing.
of favorites from the
Cokesbury Hymnal,
accompanied on piano
by Carol Keen in her
old-time gospel style.
Following the wor-
ship service will be
"Dinner On The -
Grounds.", Once again
the congregation will
feast on country corn-
on-the-cob, prepared
on site by Chef Bruce
Lee and friends. Fried
chicken will be provided
in addition to special
dishes prepared by the
cooks of Asbury and
First Church.
Attendees are asked
to bring a vegetable or
dessert to share.
Beverages and table-
ware will be provided.

Some picnic tables
and bleacher seating are
available, but folks may
want to bring lawn
chairs and card tables
for a comfortable din-
ner in the shade and
cool of large oak trees.
After-dinner activi-
ties include recreational
activities for the young-
at-heart and more
music by the featured
musicians and open
mike performances.
That evening, the
6:33. p.m. New Praise
Service will be held in
the First United Meth-
odist Church Sanctuary,
305 South Broadway,
with music by the 6:33
Worship Band and a
message presented by
Pastor Roy Lowe.
Morning worship
service will not be held
in First United Meth-
odist Church Sanctuary
on April 26.
For more informa-
tion, call the church
office at 533-0904.

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April 25, 200.

About Face Awards Recognize SFolSummer Tutoring
o In Reading, Writing Set
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Comeback Kids In cn(

Middle and high
school students were
honored at the school
district's About Face.
Awards ceremony for
making positive
improvements in grade
point average, atten-
dance, disposition, and
attitude toward school
or themselves.
The event was held at
the Bartow Civic Center
and Was attended by
About Face honorees,
their families, school
district staff and admin-
istrators, school board
members and commu-
nity members.
The event was also
attended by honorees'
mentors who helped
each honoree make the"
positive changes and
About Face honorees
for Bartow were:a
Mason Hartshaw,
Bartow High
*Vida Parmer, Bartow
Middle I
Lauren Troller,
Compass Middle
Michale Williams,
Gause Academy
Richard Werner,
Polk Life And Learning
Michael Suggs,
Summerlin Academy
Honorees for Fort'
Meade were:
Crystal Hernandez,
Fort Meace Middle
Cary McQuaig, Fort
Meade Senior

Mason Hartshaw Michale Williams

Lauren troller

Michael Suggs

University of South
)oIs Florida Polytechnic will
offer its Summer
Tutoring in Reading and
Writing (STRW) pro-
gram in June for first
through eighth grade
students who are experi-
encing reading difficul-
Tutoring is provided
by graduate candidates
who are completing
their master of arts in
reading from USFP- and
who are current elemen-
tary and middle school
Crystal Hernandez teachers in the.commu-
STRW is supervised
by Drs. Sherry Kragler
and Ruth Sylvester from
the division of child-
hood education and lit-
eracy studies.
Students who are
selected to participate
are assessed using mul-
tiple informal reading
arid writing assess-
ments. Based on the
results of these assess-
ments,. an instruction
Cary McQuaig plan is developed and

implemented for each
child by their assigned

Instruction may be
one-on-one or in small
Tutoring sessions will
be held from 9 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Monday and
Wednesday on June 8,
10, 15, 17, 22, and 24.
The cost for the summer
tutoring is $40.
Transportation to
USF Polytechnic is the
responsibility of the
child's parent or
guardian. At the end of
the project, the child's
guardian will receive a
progress report.
Parents and
guardians can go to
g and select "Register
Online" to register and
pay the $40 registration
fee. Registration dead-
line is May 8.
- For more informa-
tion, call Tracey Cayson
667-7072 or.send e-mail
to tcayson@poly.usf.

Traviss Classes Planned In Fort Meade

Starting August 2009,
Help of Fort Meade and
the East Area Adult
School .will welcome
Traviss Career Center to
Fort Meade.'
Traviss is offering
courses in accounting.
operations, computer
technology, and conve-
sational Spanish.
The accounting oper-

atioris course will train and servicing comput-
its students to become ers.
accounting clerks, asso- In the evenings,
ciates, and assistants. Traviss will offer. a
*. The day program also course on. conversation-
offers computer tech- al Spanish.
nology, where students The East Area Adult
can earn. a certificate of School has already been
completion. The focus of holding GED and
the course is on installa- English classes since the
tion, programming, beginning of this year.
operation, maintenance, Their GED. program is
one of the highest
attended in the county.
The English class is
taught by Ms. Ochoa,.
who was recently
ATION .awarded teacher of the
T year. Both classes are,
free of charge, -and
2 N D childcare is provided for
parents through Fort
Meade Literacy
Council's early literacy
and after school pro.-.
vefages ,grams. ,
Trained staff and v-.,
At unteers work.withW
dren 5 and younger' to
help' prepare them- for
kindergarten aand ele-
mentary .school age
aid' children are mentored
ald' and provided one on
one tutoring.
'For information
about the Traviss' pro-
grams, available in. Fort
Meade irn August,
Travi*ss representatives
B will be at the Fort Meade
May .6 at 10 a.m.
Financial aid is avail-
For information
about attending free
GED, English classes, or
to sign'up a.child in the
Si early literacy and after
school programs, stop
by Gause Riverside
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The Polk County Democrat 9A

Special Need Fort Meade Literacy Council Spotlights HS Volunteers
Conferences Correspondent Lr .

Family Network on
Disabilities of Florida,
Inc. and the Exceptional
Student Education
Department -of the Polk
Public Schools will hold
conferences for parents
and guardians of special
needs individuals;
The conference topic
is transitioning special
needs students from
school to the communi-
ty and will be held on
three separate days: at
three different locations.
The presentation will be.
the same on each of the
three days. There is no
charge to attend. *
The schedule is:
Monday, April 27,
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
Polk County School
Board building in the
Bartow Municipal
Airport off U.S. Highway
17. '
Tuesday, April 28,
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
Family Fundamentals,
. 1021. Lakeland Hills.
Boulevard, Lakeland.
Wednesday, May 13,
4 to 7 p.m., Jim. Miles
Pro fe s sio r a
Developnient Center,
5204 U.S. Highway 98,
South, Lakeland.:
To register for a con-
ference or for further
information, ,call the
Family Network on
Disabilities at 1-800-

* Every Tuesday and Thursday ,'
night, teens from Fort Meade
Middle-Senior High School ..
come to Gause Academy to o,
volunteer with the Fort Meade
Literacy Council's (FMLC)
Early Literacy and After School
They spend three hours out
of their. schedules working
with pre-K through elementary
age children, helping them
with homework, mentoring
them one on one, and prepar-
ing the youngest ones for
The Early Literacy and -
Afterschool Program was
established by United Way and
FMLC in July 2008 because sta-
tistics showed that one out of
two children in Fort Meade
were entering kindergarten.
unprepared. This statistic is 10'' -" "
percent higher than Polk
County. Fort Meade Middle-Senior L
Fort Meade High School are (from left): Giantie Doerga
teens have been instrumental many children they serve. -~- (
in getting th'e Early Literacy
and After School Program off
the ground by helping with
childcare.since 2007. unteering to meet community
Parents are able to attend service hour requirements. "A
classes to obtain their GED, friend, Florentina Gomez, told
learn English, or receive Adult me about the Fort Meade
Basic Education. Because of Literacy Council," she said.
the Early Literacy and After' ; "I have, stayed with the
School Program, Fort Meade's Literacy Council because I saw
Adult School has. the highest that these kids needed a
enrollment in Polk County. chance to go to kindergarten
This year, .four students and I wanted to help them suc-
have demonstrated exception- ceed."
al dedication to the children of When, asked what a typical
Fort Meade. night is like working with Fort
Giantie Doerga began vol- Meade's children, Jessica

igh School volunteers assisting with the Early Literacy program
a, Jessica Combs, and Swestika Doerga along with some of the
Photo provided)

Combs says, "just about every
night we have fun, reading,
singing, and playing with the
pre-K kids."
Swestika Doerga considers
herself a young leader because
she is setting an exaniple for
other young people to help
those in most need
"I learned something new
from the kids each time. Some
of them are so smart. They
amaze me. I also realized I'm a
really good mentor and

"I wants to help because
some of the children live in
poverty," she said.
"High schoolers should vol-
unteer because they can help
their community succeed,"
Giantie Doerga said.
Working with the young chil-
dren has been a learning expe-
rience for each of the girls.
Swestika says.


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and playgrounds and wild spaces that will be here when my grandkids
are grown. The people I work for have planted more than 30 million trees.
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April 25, 2009

April 25, 2009


The Polk County Democrat 11A

Bartow Gets First FAA Airport Stimulus Grant


Bartow Municipal Airport became an early bene-
ficiary of the federal stimulus program on Monday
when it received a grant for more than $500,000 to
resurface a 3,000-foot taxiway.
"The good news is you're first in line," Steven G.
Henriquez of URS Corp., the airport's consulting
engineer, told the Bartow City Commission, meet-
ing as the airport authority.
"The bad news is you're first in line," he added,
because administrative details of the stimulus plan
as it relates to airport still are being worked out.
Gavin J. Fahnestock, program manager for the
Federal Aviation Administration out of Orlando,
was on hand to guide commissioners through exe-
cution of the lengthy document so he could take it
back to the FAA.
The airport 'will receive a grant of $539,545 to

resurface what it designates as Taxiway D, which
runs alongside the airport's two parallel runways.
The amount includes the construction contract
to APAC Southeast, Inc., of Winter Haven, for
$451,365. APAC formerly was known as Macasphalt.
The balance is for engineering and administra-
tive costs.
More good news: the grant pays 100 percent of
the cost of the project, a rarity in FAA grants.
More bad news: Bartow had been approved for a
grant of up to $750,000, and cannot submit another
application for the rest of the funds, Airport Mgr.
Cynthia Barrow told the commission.
The contract has a "buy American" clause, she
Commissioners voted to accept the grant and to
award the construction contract to APAC, and to
award URS a contract to supervise construction of
the project for $78,180.
As a condition of receiving the stimulus grant,

the airport had to spend the balance of any remain-
ing FAA funds from other grants, Mrs. Barrow said.
So commissioners approved a contract with URS
to replace the six-foot chain link fence on the U.S.
Highway 17 side of the airport.
In addition to spending the balance of $117,264
in FAA funds on hand on the fencing project, the
commission voted to transfer $12,220 in funds ear-
marked for drainage improvements. That project
was stopped after the engineering design phase.
In other business:
Mrs. Barrow reported that the lease to the oper-
ator of the airport terminal restaurant expires on
July 31, and the present operator of the restaurant
does not plan to renew the lease.
Commissioners ratified lease of Suites 1 and 2
in Bldg. 250 to the Polk County commission for $890
per month. The lease is for one year, with two one-
year renewal options.

Don't Forget Financial Records When Starting Spring Cleaning

Springtime is a great.
time to clean out the
files and create a system
for organizing and man-
aging your finances.
Many consumers
aren't sure what to keep,
how long to keep it, and
how to file things for
easy reference.
"Organizing your
records and finances can
reduce stress and save
you time and money,"
said Rick Skaggs, presi-
dent of Consumer Credit.
Counseling Service of
Central Florida and the
Florida Gulf Coast.,
CCCS offers these
steps to help jumpstart
your financial spring
cleaning: ;
Out with the Old
Do you really need to
keep that water bill from
1998? How about your
tax returns?

cial records is a critical
part of managing your
household finances, and
spring cleaning is a great
time to review them,
purging what you no
longer need.
These records can
help you ensure timely
payment of bills and
avoid late fees, dispute
errors on credit card
statements, apply for
retirement or disability
benefits, file insurance
claims, and more.
B a n k r a t e
has a table that summa-
rizes how long-to keep
financial records.
Here is a summary:
Keep any tax-related
records for seven years.
* Keep records of IRA
contributions perma-
*. Keep quarterly

Keeping good finan- retirement/savings plan

statements until you
receive an annual state-
ment. If the numbers
match, shred the quar-
terlies and keep the
annual summaries per-
Shred unimportant
bank records after one
year; keep .the rest per-
Keep brokerage
statements until you sell
the securities.
Most of the time you
can shred bills once you
get a cancelled check.
Keep bills for big items
Keep credit card
receipts to reconcile
with your statements;
then keep the state-
ments for seven years.
Paycheck stubs
should be kept until you
receive your end-of-year
tax statements.
Keep house records

Goodman Appointed To CFRPC

Governor Charlie
Crist has appointed Dr.
Marshall Goodman, vice
president and chief
executive officer of the
University of South
Florida Polytechnic, to
the Central Florida
Regional Planning
His term begins April
13 and ends Oct, 1, 2010.
The Central Florida
Regional Planning
Council is a planning
and public policy agency
that works with public
and private leadership
in. central Florida to
achieve a healthy and
sustainable future.
It serves DeSoto,
Hardee, Highlands,
Okeechobee and 'Polk
"I'm honored to serve
the governor and repre-
sent the university and
the, community," said
Goodman. "The deci-
sions and actions of the
council have a signifi-
cant and positive impact
on the future of this

Since joining USF
Polytechnic in 2006,
Goodman' has made
regional economic
development a priority.
In his career he has trav-
eled extensively and has
consulted on state poli-
tics, government ethics,
public administration,
and international trade.
From 1999-2001 he
served Wisconsin Gov.
Tommy Thompson as
special assistant for
globalization. His inter-
national focus areas
have included India, the
Pacific Rim, Central and
South America, and the
European Union.
Goodman's civic
involvement includes
seats on the boards of
the Lakeland Area
Chamber of Commerce,
the Auburndale
Chamber of Commerce,
the Lakeland Economic
Development Council,
the Central Florida
Development Council,
the Polk Museum of Art,

the Learning Resource
Center of Polk County,
Polk Vision, the United
Way of Central Florida,
the Bartow Regional
Medical Center and oth-
He is a participant in
the Tampa Bay
Partnership's CEO
Direct leadership pro-
gram and a member of
the inaugural class of
Leadership Polk and
active with the Tampa
Bay Partnership and

Don't just throw away
statements and other
records you no longer
need to keep. Discarded
financial records are a
prime target for identity
thieves, who look for
account numbers and
personal information to
Purchase an inexpen-
sive cross-cut type
shredder and make sure
it is conveniently locat-
ed so that you will use it,
like right next to your
garbage can. Shred all
documents that contain
personal or financial
information, including
credit card offers and
Review your insur-
ance coverage.
Review your life
insurance policy to
ensure it provides ade-
quate coverage for your
You can save money
by raising your
deductibles, on auto and
homeowners or renters
insurance. Every several
years, shop rates, com-
paring policies point for
Request a credit
Request a free copy of
your credit report by
logging on to
www.annualcreditre- or by calling 1-
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review your report and
promptly address inac-
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regularly getting
reports, you can keep
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Start by evaluating
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Log on to www.ccc- and take the 60-
second financial health
exam. It will help assess
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your current spending
Create a system and
stick to it. You can
organize your records in
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choose one that works
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use it.
Develop a spending
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will spend, and save,
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and insurance, you
should plan your spend-
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haircuts, and an occa-
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As rising gas prices
continue to aGcotnt for
more of your monthly
expenses, reduce spend-
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as eating at restaurants
and your daily purchase
of premium coffee.
Don't forget to plan
your savings too. If you
have a spending plan,
you are more likely to
stick to it.
*Track your income
and your expenses. Use
a calendar to note when

you will receive income
and also record when
bills are due.
Avoid late charges
and unnecessary
finance charges by pay-
ing bills on time.
If you "are mailing
your payments, allow at
least a week for them to
If you pay on-line,
adhere to deadlines by
your bank or creditor to
ensure payments arrive
on time.
Record all spending,
not just bills. That daily
trip to the coffee shop,
the few dollars you
spend on lottery tickets,
your highway tolls, and
other "forgotten"
expenses can quickly
add, up to hundreds of
dollars each month.
Tax organization.'
Start a tax folder for
2009 and start gathering
information that will
help reduce your stress
at tax time. Include
receipts' for charitable
gifts and out-of pocket
medical expenses, docu-
mentation of work-relat-
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bursed, educational or
child care costs, etc.

CCCS provides confi-
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Bartow Area Citations

March 19
Juanita Lopez,
Bartow: speed-careless
Patricia McNeil,
Bartow: no proof of
Frederick Murphy, Jr.,
Bartow: speeding, 48
mph in 35 zone.
Christopher Roberts,
Bartow: speeding.
Jerald Williams,
Bartow: safety belt vio-

March 20
Harlan Bass, Jr.,
Bartow: driving under
the influence.
Codi Hall, Bartow:
speed-careless driving.

March 23
Latonia Garcia,
Bartow: rear window
Tonia Harrelson,
Bartow: failure to obey
stop sign.
Ernesto Lopez,
Bartow: speed-failure to
use due care.
Dustin Malone,
Bartow: violation of
traffic control device.
Henry Martinez,
Bartow: speeding; oper-
ating a motor vehicle
without a driver's
Charles McDonald,
Alturas: violation of
traffic control device.
Benjamin Shoia,
Bartow: speed-careless
Gloria Turner,
Bartow: violation of
traffic control device.

Ashley Carnley,
Highland City: speed-
failure to use due care.

March 25
Thomas Weldon,
Bartow: driving under
the influence.
Juana Alfaro, Bartow:
failure to obey stop sign.
Delano Butler, Jr.,
Bartow: speeding, 48
mph in 30 zone.
Joshua Collier,
Bartow: failure to exhib-
it driver's license on
Dora Gallegos,
Bartow: violation 'of
traffic control device.
Jennifer Gentry,
Bartow: speeding, 42
mph in 30 zone.
Leahshamake Har-
per, Bartow: following
too closely.
Zorina Hudson,
Bartow: failure to yield
to emergency vehicle.
Joshua Strickland,
Bartow; speeding.
Casey White, Bartow:
turning left in front of
approaching traffic,

March 26
Jaime Cortez, Bartow:
violation of traffic con-
trol device.
Jena McKnight,
Alturas: failure to exhib-
it driver's license .on
Nancy Stuart, Bartow,
Jimmy Wagers,
Alturas: 'no valid tag,
operating a motor vehi-
cle without a driver's
Katrina Wyce,

Bartow, speeding.

March 30
Kenneth Thomas,
Bartow: driving under
the influence; driving
while license suspend-
ed or revoked, previous

April 6
Antwannette Bates,
Bartow: speed.-careless
Rafael Bordallo,
Bartow: speeding.
Eamil Bosch, Jr.,
Bartow: speed-careless
Lillian Carter,
Bartow: speed-careless
Jesus Cortez, Bartow:
speed-careless driving.
Pamela Foster,
Bartow: expired tag,
more than four months.
Thomas Guerra,
Bartow: speed-careless
Sherril Hankinson,
Bartow: safety belt vio-
lation, driver.
Jena McKnight,
Alturas: failure to exhib-
it driver's license on
Bobby Mosley,
Bartow: no pioof of
Michael Rivera,
Bartow: speeding,
52mph in 35 zone.
Angela Tanner,
Bartow: safety of vehi-
cle/inspection; driving
while license suspend-
ed or revoked;
Hollace Tarvis,
Bartow: expired tag,
four months or less.

Katrina Wyche,
Bartow: speeding.
Jemaine Irving,
Highland City: speed-
careless driving; driving
while license suspend-
ed or revoked, previous


Jason Bake
safety belt

no proof of insurance.
Joseph Russian,
Bartow; speeding, no
proof of insurance.
Donald Sanchez,
Bartow: no proof of

Lucas Thompson,
Bartow: speeding,
7 63/35.
ar, Bartow: Chase Tyson, Bartow:
violation, tag-no registration cer-
Branch, Johnathan Walker,
speeding, Bartow: speeding,

Tressa Cannon,
Bartow: safety belt vio-
lation, driver.
Albert Dobson,
Bartow: improper single
beam equipment.
Joseph Downey,
Bartow: expired tag,
more than four months.
Amanda French,
Bartow: crash-leaving
the scene, with property
Terrence Hays,
Bartow: speeding.
James Johnson,
Bartow: speeding.
Vicky Lowa, Bartow:
failure to exhibit driver's
license on demand.
Sherry Maynor,
Alturas: safety belt vio-
lation, driver.
Pantaleon Mond-
ragon, Bartow: speed-
Yanci Morgan,
Bartow: speeding.
Sheri Noris, Bartow:
speeding, 65/35.
Jeanne Oesterle,
Bartow: expired tag,
more than four months;
driving while license
suspended or revoked;

Camille Warner-

Lawrence, Bartow:
Wilma Wilkerson,
Bartow: violation .of
traffic control device.
Natalie Wise, Bartow:
violation of traffic con-
trol device.

April 8
Cecil Peek,
Bartow: driving
the influence;
container, driver.

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April 9
Gerald Harden,
Bartow: driving under
the influence.
Joshua Berry, Bartow:
excessive music.
Christopher Hart-
barger, Bartow: speed-
Epolito Mayorga,
Bartow: safety of vehi-
John Santos, Bartow:
bike regulation.
Alma Tovar
Campuzaio, Bartow:
failure to change
address or name.

April 10
Carolyn Lowery,
Bartow: driving while
license suspended or

April 13
Jose Perez-
Hernandez, Bartow:
driving under the influ-
ence, operating a motor
vehicle without a

April 14
Gerald Harden,
Bartow: driving under
the influence.

April 15
Latwana Miller,
Bartow: unlawful sun-
screen mater-

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April 16
Virginia Carroll,
Bartow: speeding.
Edna Castro, Bartow:
safety belt violation,
driver; safety belt viola-
tion, under 16, driver
Michael Castro,
Bartow: safety belt vio-
lation, over 16, passen-
ger cited.
Jose De La Paz
Mederos, Bartow: oper-
ating a motor, vehicle
without a license.
Ruthell Randall,
Bartow: safety belt vio-
lation, driver.
Laurie Carr, Bartow:
driving under the influ-

Bartow Crime Reports

April 15
Burglary of vehicle, 7
p.m., 1700.block Laurel
Circle: $30 cash; sun-
glasses, $25; miscella-
neous documents.
Burglary of vehicle, 3
p.m., 1600 block
Sailpoint Dr.
Burglary of vehicle,
8:30 p.m., 1600 block
Lakeside Dr.
Theft, 7 p.m., 1700
block Laurel Circle:
license plate, $45.
Burglary of vehicle,
3:50 p.m., 1500, block
Sailpoint Dr.: door lock,
Burglary of vehicle,
9:15 p.m., 1100 block
Laurel Circle: iPod,
$300; truck registration;
unknown mail; dash-
board DVD player, $400.
Attempted burglary,
6 p.m., 1700 block
Horizon Way.
Burglary of vehicle, 5
p.m., 1600 block Harbor
Burglary of vehicle, 7
p.m., 1600 block Lagoon
Circle: Mp3 player, $35;

phone charger, $35.
Burglary of vehicle, 6
p.m., 1500 block
Sailpoint Dr.: door lock,
Burglary of vehicle, 7
p.m., 1500 block
Sailpoint Dr.: locking
mechanism, $200.
Burglary of vehicle, 3
p.m., 1500 block
Sailpoint Dr.: door lock,
$250; pocket watch,
$300; digital camera,
$250; GPS navigator,
$250; wristwatch, $120;
tote bag, $50.
Burglary, 11 a.m.,
Bartow High School,
1270 Broadway: laptop
computer, -$1,990; lap-
top computer, $2,714;
computer, $1,999; lap-
top computer, $1,439;
computer, $1,439; com-
puter, $1,439.
Burglary of vehicle, 6
p.m., 1500 block
Lakeside Dr.: stereo,
$650; stereo amplifier,
$180; speakers, $650;
GPS, $120.
Burglary of vehicle, 9
p.m., 1500 block

Lakeside Dr.
Theft, 2100 block
Martin Luther King JR.
Blvd.: VCR/DVD combo,
Burglary, 5:19 p.m.,
800 block East North St.:
game system, $100; two
hoop earrings, $80;
unknown amount of
change; bracelet with X
and 0, $80; bracelet
with S, $60.
Burglary of vehicle, 9
p.m., 1500 block Harbor
Way: binoculars, $200.

April 16
Auto theft, 10 p.m.,
200 block West Clower

April 17
Burglary of vehicle,
1:30 p.m., 1400 block
East Main St.
Criminal mischief, 8
a.m., 1300 block Polk St.

April 18
Burglary of vehicle,
12:30 a.m., 1200 block
Golfview Ave.: purse,
$10; driver's license;

bank card.
Burglary of occupied
dwelling, 9:30 p.m., 600
block West McLeod St.:
bracelet, $250; ring,
$250; $1,200 cash;
bracelet, $250; ring,
Criminal mischief,
9:30 p.m., Southeastern
Christian Assemblies of
God, 1400 East Georgia
Burglary, 10:30 p.m.,
600 block Grace Court:
acoustic guitar, $1,600.
Retail theft, 2:10 p.m.,
Wal-Mart, 1050 East Van
Fleet Dr.: three fishing
lures, $15; fishing
worms, $3; fishing reel,
Retail theft, 7:40 p.m.,
XYZ Liquor Store, 295
Highway 17 South: two
12-packs beer bottles,

April 19
Criminal mischief,
12:30 a.m., Jackson and
Burglary of vehicle, 4
p.m., 1900 block East

Laurel: cassette pouch,
$5; prescription glasses,
$100; sunglasses, $29;
passenger window,
Criminal mischief, 6
p.m., 700 block East
Main St.: car window,
$150; tail light assembly.
Criminal mischief, 4
p.m., Bartow High
School: windows,
Retail theft, XYZ
Liquors: two 12-packs
Natural Ice, $14.

April 20
Auto theft, 500 block
Waldon Ave.: pistol,
Criminal mischief, 4
p.m., Polk County
School Board, 1860 East
Gibbons St.: window,
Burglary, 6:20 a.m.,
2400 block Highway 17
South: two jars of cur-
rency, $10,000; floating
device, $150; hand cart,
$15; metal door, $10.
Auto theft, 12:30
a.m., 1000 block Forrest

Drive: chrome rims,
$2,200; tools, $500;: CD
player, $300; amplifier,
$500; speakers, $500.
Narcotics violation,
10:15 a.m., 500 block
East Clower St.:
cannabis joint.
Criminal mischief, 1
p.m., City of Bartow,
Summerlin Park: wall
tile, $250.
Attempted burglary,
4:43 p.m., 600 block
West Pearl Ave.
Auto theft, 8:45 p.m.,
700 block East Parker St.

April 21
Burglary, 1:30 a.m.,
1100 block Sunset Ave.:
$22 cash.
Burglary, Polk County
School Board, 1795
Wabash St.: Weedeater,
Retail theft, 5:03 p.m.,
Wal-Mart: two Puritan
watches, $24.
Burglary of occupied
dwelling, 8:50 p.m.,
1000 block Golfview

Bartow Happenings

7:30 p.m.
BPAS Event: Juicy
Jazz! featuring Florida
Dance Theatre and BHS
Jazz Band; Bartow
Elementary Academy
Auditorium, 590 S.
Wilson Ave. Doors open
at 6:45.

Friday, May 1
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pig Out Bartow!,
Bartow Civic Center.
Order your meals now
by calling Linda
Holcomb, 533-7125.
Ordet 10 or more din-

pulled pork, corn on the
,cob, baked beans, roll
and dessert for $8.
Proceeds benefit
Chamber of Commerce
E c o n o m i c
Development Program.
Event sponsored by
Bartow Ford, CF
Industries, Fred's
Southern Kitchen and

Thursday, May 7
11:45 a.m.
Spirit of Bartow Joint
Civic Club Luncheon,
Bartow Civic Center,
2250 S. Floral Ave.


Friday, May 8
9 a.m.
Citizens Bank & Trust
Ribbon-cutting, 1450 N.

Saturday, May 9
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Downtown Bartow
Antique Fair

Wednesday, May 13
9:30 a.m.
The Stanford Inn rib-
bon-cutting, 555 E.
Stanford Street.

"Sinkhole de Mayo,"
2030 State Road 60 East.

Friday, May 15
9:30 a.m.
Gator Towing of Polk
County ribbon-cutting,
1505 Hooker Street East
and U.S. Highway 17

Blueberry Fest, spon-
sored by Clear Springs,
Downtown Bartow

Tuesday, May 19
1 p.m.
Youth Villa
Classic, Bartow


Country Club.

May 20-21
Women's Team
Championship, Bartow
Golf Course


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April 25,2009

Arts & Leisure

The Polk County Democrat 13A

Folk Art Exhibit And Sale At

Polk Museum Of Art Today

Today Polk Museum
of Art will be host to a
day of activities to cele-
brate its exhibition,
"Unfiltered: Self-Taught
Artists from the
Permanent Collection."
During the celebra-
tion, local folk artists
will set up in the 'muse-.
um's parking lot to offer
their work for sale to the
"Normally, 'we host
one opening reception
at the beginning of our
major exhibitions;"' said,
Todd Behrens, curator
of art for' Polk, Museum
of Art.
"This 'exhibition real-
ly needed its own event.
There are several local,
self-taught artists
involved, and we want-
ed to make sure they got:
the attention they
deserve."'- '
The event begins at
11 a.m. with a workshop
taught by Lakeland self-
taught artist Jack "Mr. B"
Beverland. :
The- workshop will
cost $10 per person for
art:.. materials s ; and
includes' admission to
the museum. Space is
limited to 20 people and,
advanced registration is
required. .
Starting at noon, an,
afternoon reception
with light refreshments
will be held in the muse-
At that time, local folk
artists .will be in. the
parking lot'showing off
their work.
.. Confirmed artists
include Crossgirl
(Kristin Collier
Bennett), Mike Malone,
Rodney Hardee, Tony,
Garan, John ., Belzer,
Mary -Jo Snell,.,, and.
Missionary Mary L.L
Proctor. Pieces will be
available for purch ase
in a wide range of
prices. The sale willlast)
ufitil 2 p.m...
For more informa-
tion about the events, or
to register for the' work-
shop, call 688-7743, ex-t.

aDoPlfby Mary Jo Snell will be one of the works
featured in the Polk Museum of Art's exhibit,
"Unfiltered: Self-Taught Artists from the
Permanent Collection." (Photo provided)

PCC Planning Peru Trip In 2010

Polk Community
College's .International
Circle, Phi Theta Kappa,
and Polk Equality, clubs
are offering a cultural.
enrichment tour to Peru:
"Land of the Inca" in the
summer of 2010.
Students, community
members, and their
families/friends are
encouraged to discover
Lima, Cuzco, and Mlachu
Picchu by enrolling in
this all-inclusive nine
day tour (around July 22,
through July 30, 2010).
Information about
the educational trip will
be discussed on May 1,
at 6 p.m. in Room LLC-
225 opi gCC's Lakeland
While sdme travel
programs require regis-
tration and payment for
a college class, this pro-

gram is not for college
credit, so no class fees
are required. .
Included in the pro-
gram is round-trip air-
fare from Orlando, seven
overnight stays in hotels
with'private bathrooms,
breakfast and dinner
each day, and two lunch-
Further included are a
full-time bilingual guide
and four sightseeing
tours led by licensed
local guides of Lima,
Cuzco, Sacred Valley,
and Ollantaytambo -
which includes a special
visit to the fabled Lost
City of the Inca: Machu
The group will also
visit the San Francisco
Monastery and the
National Museum of
Archaeology and

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' The cost of the tour is
$2,693 for participants
under the age of 24 or
$3,028 for participants
over 24 who register by
Aug. 31.
EF Tours also has a
payment plan for travel-
ers who do not wish to
pay the fees all in
For travel informa-
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Rosalinda Rivera Collins
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Cirque du Soleil Arena

Show Saltimbanco Coming

Cirque du Soleil
will open a seven-city
Florida tour of
SaltimbancoTM at The
Lakeland Center for a
limited engagement
from April 29 to May 3.
Saltimbanco belongs
to the emblematic style
of Cirque du Soleil a
signature Cirque du
Soleil show with a style
that borrows from the-
atre, dance and music
and where spectacular
costumes, lighting and
make-up take pride of
place. The current cast
of 49 artists, 15 of
whom were part of the
show's original big top
tour, hail from Canada
and 20 other countries.
The high-intensity
acrobatic spectacle will
perform in local arenas
in an intimate theatri-
cal setting.
The world premiere
of Saltimbanco was -
held in Montreal on Duo Trap
April 23, 1992, and fea- presented b
tured a cast of 36 per- May 3. (P
former. During its 14-
year tour under the big
top, the show visited 75
cities on five continents, for a total of
more than 4,000 performances before
a combined audience of 10 million
In 2007, Saltimbanco embarked on
a tour across Canada and the United
States. The new tour model allows
Cirque du Soleil to bring its shows to
additional cities, giving more people
than ever the opportunity to enjoy a
Cirque du Soleil show in their own
Tickets are now on sale and can be
purchased by connecting to, or by call-
ing at 834-8111.
Saltimbanco tickets are now avail-
able and can be purchased online at Tickets

peze is one of the acts in Saltimbanco,
y Cirque du Soleil in Lakeland April 29-
hoto by Olivier Samson Arcand)

range from $40 to $110 for adult and
$32 to $88 for children (12 and under).
Lakeland Center performances are
scheduled for Wednesday and
Thursday, April 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m.;
Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, at
3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 3,
at 1 and 5 p.m.
Tickets range from $110 to $45
(adult) and $88 to $32 (child).
The Web site
promo offers special rates for Family
Four Packs, students and seniors. The
four pack offers two adult tickets and
two children tickets: Premium level
seating at $325, Level 1 seating at
$190, Level 2 seating at $170 and Level
3 seating at $115.

TiAnViCa is holding
its second annual
Cowboy Up For Kids,
fundraiser on May 2.
This year's event will
be a Kentucky Derby
party and dinner catered
by Curly Tails and held at
the historic Bartow
Courthouse Museum
from 5 to 8 p.m.
This is the organiza-

tion's major fundraiser
for the year and the goal
is to raise enough funds
to cover a quarter to a
third of the 2009 budget.
Some of 'the events
will include a live pres-
entation of the Kentucky
Derby, a silent auction,
"horse races," a 50/50
"win, place, show" draw-
ing, and a drawing for a

television (provided by
Following the tradi-
tions of the Derby, the
event will features a hat
contest for the ladies
and other activities.
Tickets are $40 per
For ticket or sponsor-
ship information, call

'Shakespeare In Hollywood' Set

Plant City Entertain-
ment, Inc., will present.
"Shakespeare In Holly-
wood" on May 1, 2, 8 and
This play will be
staged at the Corn-
erstone Center, 315
North Collins Street, at 8
p.m. on May 1, 2, 8. and
9. '
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Sports & Recreation

April 25, 2009

Miners Beat Hardee, Fall To Bartow in Doubleheader

Sports Correspondent

Fort Meade Miner
baseball team finished
out the regular season
Thursday night, splitting
a doubleheader against
non-district rivals,,
Hardee County and
It was Senior Night so
the Miners also took
some time to honor six.
seniors who've been,
huge for the program in"
recent years.
Dakota Chestnut,

Meade was in control
throughout, as the
pitching combo of
Trenton Spears and
Chestnut combined
efforts for the shutout.
Spears was nearly
perfect in his five-plus
innings of work. Not
allowing a baserunner
until the fourth inning,
Spears toyed with a per-
fect game. He eventual-
ly yielded a paltry three
hits and just one walk,
while *striking out nine
In his only real jam,

Freddy Cortez, George Spears had runners at
Senterfitt, Bryan the corners with no outs
Langston, Marc Escobar, nm the sixth, only to
and Ben Derrick were all:; strike out the next two
recognized prior to the Chestnut then
start of the Bartow game. cleaned up in relief, get-
The "Senior Six" will ting.another strikeout to
be missed. The group stand the Wildcat run-
graduates with more ners and preserve the
than 25 years of varsity shutout. He then retired
baseball experience the side in the seventh.
among them, leaving With the shutout, Fort
some rather large shoes Meade got the only runs
to fill for the young guys they would need in the
comingup. second inning.
Back to the game Senior catcher
action Thursday, the Senterfitt led off with a
Miners had a solid 7-0 booming triple to the
win over Hardee, before right field gap. Another
dropping the nightcap senior, pinch-runner
to Bartow 12-0. Derrick, then scored on
Against Hardee, Fort an error by the Hardee

T.J. Daughtrey
reached on another
error, stole second and
then scored on an RBI
single by Nathan Tenney.
The Miners broke the
game open in the fifth
inning, scoring five more
runs on six hits and
three Hardee errors.
Daughtrey led off the
inning with a, single, fol-
lowed by a Joey Shiels
double to the left field
Tenney came through
again, laying down a
perfect squeeze bunt
that eventually, after
three Hardee errors,
scored both Daughtrey
and Shiels. An RBI single
by Jalen Brown then
scored Tenney from
A double by Camp; his
third hit of the game,
scored Brown from sec-
ond. After a passed ball
moved Camp to third
base, Escobar stroked an
RBI ,single, bringing
Camp home. Senterfitt
produced another base
hit but, Hardee would
stop the bleeding with
two ground outs, ending
the scoring in game one.
With the victory, the

Miners matched their
win total of 19 from last
season, including play-
offs. Fort Meade, know-
ing the outcome of game
two, probably would
have been glad to stop
there. After a great time
of cheers and snapshots
for the "Senior Six," the
Miners faced off against
a solid Bartow club in
game two.
Possibly drained from
their afternoon game
and feeling the effects of
three injured starters,
the Miners never were in
this one.
Facing Jacket ace
Gage Upthegrove, Fort
Meade struggled to just
reach base. Meanwhile,
Bartow had no such
worries, as they scored
12 runs on 12 hits for the
The score might have
been altered if the
Miners had limited their
mistakes. The normally
solid defensive team
committed six errors for
the second time in a
week to help set up
much of Bartow's scor-
The Miners did have
some brief shining
moments on the night.

Reserve senior outfield-
er, Ben Derrick, broke
through against
Upthegrove in the sec-
ond inning. Facing a full
count, Derrick smashed
a base hit to left, his first
of the season.
Two more seniors,
starters Langston and
Escobar, came through
in the fourth inning.
First, Langston ripped a
double down the. right
field line, hustling in on
a head-first slide to sec-
ond. Escobar followed
with a sharp single to left
but Langston was forced
to stop at third.
Unfortunately, both run-
ners would be stranded,
as Upthegrove struck
out the-side to end the
One other highlight
came in the fifth inning.
With one out, Nathan
Tenney raced to second,
doing his best "Pete
Rose" imitation by slid-
ing in head first, .just
avoiding the tag.
But the Miners would
fail to score, as Tenney
would be stranded at
third. When Bartow put
up a five-run sixth
inning, it ended any
hopes of a Miner break-

. Fort Meade finished
with a regular season
record of 19 wins and
just nine losses, with
seven coming to higher
classification schools
programs. But that is in
the past, as the Miners
now focus on a run to a
possible state champi-
onship, beginning the
season that really mat-
ters the postseason.
It all begins Tuesday
night at 7 p.m. as Fort
Meade faces the host
Lakeland Christian
Vikings in a district tour-
nament semifinal game.
The winner will advance
to the tourney final on
Thursday at 7 p.m.,
again at Lakeland
The Miners bested
the Vikings 7-1 and 11-1
earlier this season, but
will need both solid
pitching and a better
defensive effort to
Bartow High School's
17-6 season heads into
the district tournament,
hosted at Bartow High
School, on Tuesday
night at 7:30 p.m. First
up for the Jackets is
Ridge Community.

'Pneumonia' Symptoms May Signal A Lady Jackets Head To

More Serious Disease, Blastomycosis District Championship

It's an uncommon but
potentially serious ill-
ness often mistaken for
Even if you don't get
ill, it could sicken or'
even kill your dog. And
the risk comes from the
soil, so avoiding it dur-
ing outdoor activities
may be impossible.
Blastomycosis is a
fungal' infection origi-
nating from soil that .is
contaminated from
decomposed debris, ani-
mal carcasses or excre-
Although overall it
affects humans infre-
quently, those who love
the outdoors can
encounter blastt" in
camping, fishing and'
hunting areas close to
water and the dogs that
often trot along with the
humans are quite sus-,
ceptible also. Disturbing
contaminated soil
releases the fungal
spores into the air.
Tainted earth linked.
to the infection has been
found in many areas of
North America includ-
ing the Midwest,
Ohio/Mississippi River'
Valley, southeastern
Atlantic and southern
Most states don't keep
statistics on blastomy-
cosis, although the
Wisconsin Department
of Public Health says an
average of 86 cases were
reportedly annually in
the mid-to-late 1990s.
The infection is not con-
tagious and can't be
passed to other humans.
According to Dr.
Bruce Klein, professor of
pediatrics and an' infec-
tious-disease researcher
at the University of
Wisconsin School of
Medicine and Public
Health, blastomycosis
begins after a person

inhales spores that come
out of the contaminated
soil. ,
"In the lungs, the
spores cause an infec-
tion that may enter the
bloodstream, skin, bone,
urinary tract, and cen-
tral nervous' system.
Patients can get very
sick," he says.
Symptoms are similar
to pneumonia: a dry
cough and fever leading
to muscle aches; night
sweats; coughing up
blood; shortness of
breath; and chest tight-
ness. If the infection is
diagnosed and treated
promptly, 90 percent of
patients fully recover.
The problem is the
incubation period may
take up to three and a
half months, and people
,who., think they have
other common forms of
pneumonia may actual-
ly have blastomycosis,
which is far more seri-
According to Klein,
the most common drugs
used to eradicate blasto-
mycbsis are ampho-
tericin B and a class of
medications called
.azo4es. Patients may
have to take them up to
a year, and they come
with possible side
"Ampho B may case
anemia, impairment in
kidneys, chills, shaking,
nausea and vomiting,"
says Klein. "Azoles may
cause gastro-intestinal
side effects and liver
"Sometimes, it
becomes a balancing
act on how to reduce the
medication and its side
effects, while at the
same time, giving the
patient enough so it
treats the infection."
Klein and others are
researching other drugs

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to treat blastomycosis.
While a vaccine is not
available for humans,
there have been positive
results in experiments
with animals.
"A vaccine we devel-
oped has been working
very well on the mice we
studied," says Klein. "We
are still trying to under-
stand how it works."
Klein says mice
infected with blastomy-
cosis survived after
being injected with the
experimental vaccine.
Without the treatment,
they all would've died
within three weeks.
Other tests are being
conducted on dogs,
which have been known
to catch the infection
during hunting, fishing
or camping trips with
human companions.
Klein says a study in
northern Wisconsin
determined that. up to
two percent of dogs
acquired the blastomy-
cosis fungus each year,
and nearly two-thirds
died or were euthanized
after the infection was
impossible or too costly
to treat. Fortunately,
dogs cannot pass blasto
to humans.
In the meantime,
Klein says there's no way
to avoid the infection,
but adults and children
should not be discour-
aged from participating

in outdoor activities.
"We aren't clear on
specific recommenda-
tions to avoid the risks
of getting this infec-
tion," he says. "However,
if someone gets a case of
pneumonia where
antibiotics have not
worked, and they had
been traveling in an
area that's endemic for
blastomycosis, the dis-
ease should be consid-
ered by their physician."
According to Florida, the
infection is seen in one
to two out of every
100,000 people in areas
where the fungus most
often occurs. It is even
less common outside
those areas.
The disease usually
affects people with
weakened immune sys-
tems, such as those with
HIV or who have had an
organ transplant. Men
are more likely to be
affected than women.
Lung infection may
produce no symptoms,
but when the infection
spreads, skin or bone
sores (lesions) may
appear. The bladder,
kidney, prostate, and
testes may be affected.
Patients with minor
skin sores (lesions) and
relatively mild lung
infections usually
recover completely.

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Sports Correspondent

Bartow High School
Lady Jackets have
earned another shot at a
district championship.
They accomplished
that feat by blanking a
rpuch improved Haines
City team 7-0 in the
semi-final game on
Thursday afternoon at
the Tenoroc High School
softball complex.
It was a close game,,a
real battle of the Bugs,
until the bottom of the
third when things came
unraveled for the Haines
City Hornets. The Lady
Yellow Jackets were able
to rack three runs off
three hits and were
aided by four fielding
faux pas by the Hornets.
Shelby "Mustang"
Duncan and Courtney
"All Pitchin' and No
Politickin'" Putnam led
the assault for BHS..
Defensively, Putnam

fanned eight; walked
two, and gave up just
three hits in the shut-
On the offense,
Duncan cranked two
hits in four at-bats, one a
tremendous triple that
tallied one run for 'Tow.
Duncan came in to score
when the next batter,
Tiffany Douglas, i sacri-
ficed to center.
Other batters for the
Bugs were: Erin "the Big
E" Foley (two-for-three),
Lizzie "Shattering" Glass
(double)', Tiffany R-r-r-r-
rolette (double), and
"Miz" Kennah Orr.:
With the win, the
Lady Jackets move, to the
Championship Game
Friday night against
Lake Wales Highlanders.
"I thought our kids
played well," Head
Coach Glenn Rutenbar
said. "We are excited
about the opportunity to
play Lake Wales in the
district finals."

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