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Title: The Polk County Democrat
Uniform Title: Polk County Democrat (Bartow, Fla.)
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Language: English
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Publisher: Associated Publications Corp.
Place of Publication: Bartow, Fla
Publication Date: November 10, 2010
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Democrat Vol. 80, No. 21

Copyright 2010 Sun Coast Media Group

The man behind the soldier

Family, friends remember the different side of war hero

A decorated veteran
who co-founded the Bar-
tow High School ROTC
program, will not be on
hand to observe Veteran's

On Nov. 3, John Wil-
liam Long, 79, of Lake-
land, died due to leu-
kemia. To those whose
lives he touched, family,
friends and students
at Bartow High School
and then Mulberry High
School, his passing

leaves a void.
Born Dec. 6, 1930, in
Jacksonville Beach, Fla.,
he enlisted in the U.S.
Army at age 17. His hope
was to fight in World
War II. However, the war
ended before he finished
basic training.

"He said ne missed
fighting 'his' war," said
his wife, Renee Long.
She added, however,
that he did serve during
the Korean War, as well
as two tours of duty in
Vietnam. In the latter,
he was wounded earned

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A Polk County Sheriff's Office deputy leads a riderless horse across the field at Mosaic Park in remembrance of Maj. John Long to
whom the annual Veteran's Day ceremony honored Saturday. The army veteran and co-founder of Bartow High School died Nov. 3.

The bronze Medal and a
Purple Heart.
"He received shrapnel
leaving the battlefield
while carrying a wound-
ed soldier through a live
mine field," she said.
Following 26 years of
active duty he retired
in 1973, at the rank of
Command Sgt. Major, a
battlefield recommenda-
tion and the highest non-
commissioned position
enlisted personnel can
But his military career
was far from finished.
At the request of Col.
Robert Hutchinson, and
First Sgt. Jesse Frier, with
whom Long served in
Vietnam, he was asked
and became one of
the three founders of
Bartow High School's
ROTC program; in part
because a higher ranking
"non-coin" was needed,
according to his wife.
Long served with
Bartow High School's
ROTC program 22 years
and then retired. Even so,
he was called into ROTC
service one final time,
brought back to help the
ROTC program at Mul-
berry. He left an indelible

Veteran's Day
events, page 9A

"He was
always so
caring of his -
students, he
mentored so
many," she
said. "Theyo n h ng
always felt
like they
were his 'son' or 'daugh-
While with the ROTC
program, Long led the,
rifle team, and he often
entered his team in
competitions. He had a
special trick that current
Summerlin Academy
Commandant Col. Mi-
chael Butler recalled.
"His favorite shoot-
ing tricks was to place
an axe head down the
range with balloons and
he would shoot a .22 rifle
and split the bullet and
bust balloons," said But-
ler. "It was amazing."
Butler told this to the
hundreds that had gath-
ered Saturday at Sum-
merlin Academy's Vet-

Commissioner: Tax exemption

failure may hurt Polk County

By the narrowest of margins did the
Polk County Property Tax Exemption ref-
erendum fell short. The irony is, because
less than one-half percent 0.34 percent
- separated the ayes from the nays, it
triggered an automatic, state-mandated
recount. In the original count, the vote
was 75,046 in favor versus 75,545 against.
As a result, Supervisor of Election staff
began Monday afternoon with the auto-
matic machine recount.
In a room on the second floor and
standing before the machines, trays of
ballots before them, almost the entire
department save one person in the

downstairs office loaded one ballot
after another into the machines.
Judith Walker, the director of com-
munity services, originally estimated the
recount effort would be completed no
later than noon Wednesday. It was done a
day early.
The hope was the recount will not vary
by much, and definitely not drop to less
than a quarter percent (0.25 percent)
between the pros and cons.
Had that occurred, then a second,
manual, recount would have been neces-
sary, again by state mandate.
Polk County Commissioner chairman
Bob English said that until the county
commission next met in public session,

no discussion regarding what direction ,
it could go could take place on attracting
businesses here.
"What I'm afraid is, it passed in Hills-
borough and Highland counties, as well
as several nearby counties," he said. "It
could prove to be a disadvantage to us."
Businesses Polk County had hoped
to attract, he said, may choose to locate
"(What) I would recommend is, see
what happens," he said. "If it proves to
work against us, then we'll consider rein-
troducing it on the 2012 ballot."
Commissioner Sam Johnson echoed
similar senti-
ments and ENGLISH 16

Superintendent won't be chained to her desk

Nickell said her top mission is improving graduation rates

The night before Nov.
1, in which Sherrie Nick-
ell began her first day
as the new Polk County
Schools Superintendent,
was unusual. "I slept very
well, which was rare for
me," she said.
Part of that was due to
the fact she had worked
the entire weekend prior
to her first day on Nov. 1,
and she had done more

than move her personal
possessions from her
previous office.
"I spend the weekend
going over issues, mail
and different elements
we have to grapple with
every day," she said.
Among those immedi-
ate concerns was what
she termed the main
priority, the budget. Also
pressing was how the
vote Nov. 2 would go.
"I'm anxiously awaiting
the election results, es-

pecially Amendment 8,"
she said on Election Day.
The vote failed to pass
though nearly 54 percent
voted yes. It required 60
percent to vote in favor
of it to pass.
Like many in educa-
tion, she favored its pas-
sage. Also like many, she
said that in theory the
concept was well-inten-
tioned, but in practice,
the unintended conse-
quences were detrimen-
tal. "It has been far more

disruptive to children
than anyone expected,"
said Nickell.
In Polk County, the sit-
uation is more acute than
in neighboring counties,
which are smaller than
Polk. Due to its size and
population, the county
is larger than Delaware.
Also in comparison to
neighboring counties,
its mobility rate hovers
around 30-35 percent,


They're both blondes, but it was Trish Pfeiffer, not Michelle Pfeiffer, who appeared at the Polk County Commission meeting Wednesday in support of
saving the Thompson Cigar Factory in Bartow.
The photo of the Fort Meade Miners'football game in Saturday's sports section was taken by Mike Creech.

David Lewis, Associate Superintendent of Learning, and Sherrie
Nickell, the new Polk county School Superintendent met with
students from several south Polk County high schools on Nick-
ell's second day in her capacity.

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Editorial................... 4A
Taste Banow ............7A

County Report........9A
Crim e ...................... 12A

Good Morning,

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Deal of the Day
$750 college
grad incentive
See Page I0A

Inside today-

The menus from 36 area
restaurants are inside today's
newspaper. The guide is also
available throughout Polk County.

November 10, 2010

aP e 2A The Polk Count t

Travel to the

Caribbean- in Bartow

Music and food of the
islands will offer visitors
a taste of the Caribbean-
Saturday, Nov. 13, at the
L.B. Brown House in
The Caribbean Festival
of Polk County returns
this year with conch frit-
ters, fried fish, curried
goat and drinks of the
islands, along with enter-
tainment, a kids area and
the limbo, of course.
Musical groups sched-
uled to appear.include

a Latin band, Heavenly
Sound; a Jamaican band,
Azwon; The Voices of
Freedom, performing
Bahamian music; Stick
2 Pan steel drum band;
and other individual acts,
festival Coordinator Van
Bethell said.
The kids are will have a
bounce house and hoopla
games among the activi-
Lots of island food will
be available for purchase,
plus arts and crafts,

including straw products
like bags and hats.
Visitors may also find
information about the
Caribbean islands and
The festival runs from 9
a.m. to 8 p.m., with most
of the music starting in
the afternoon. The L.B.
Brown House is at 470
L.B. Brown Avenue (for-
merly Second Avenue) in

A Polk County Sheriff's Office car carrying three arrested suspects crashed with a 1991 Chevrolet
truck on State Road 60 Thursday night. The prisoners were treated and released into custody. The
people in the truck were uninjured, the sheriff's office reports.

Inmates injured in wreck

A Polk County Sheriff's
vehicle crashed Thursday,
evening with a truck after
a suspect in the patrol
car was in medical dis-
tress, the sheriff's office
The sheriff's deputy
carrying three arrested
suspects had the cruiser
in emergency mode
because of the suspect's
condition. The offi-
cer was heading south
through the intersection
at U.S. Highway 98 and
State Road 60. And after

stopping there he pro-
ceeded through.
The driver of a 1991
Cherovlet truck head-
ing east on SR 60 said he
heard the officer's siren,
checked his rear-view
mirror and after not
seeing any emergency
vehicles, continued on
his route, the sheriff's of-
fice reports.
The deputy struck the
truck on the left and
the patrol vehicle spun
halfway around, coming
to rest in the northbound

turn lane of 98, the sher-
iff's office reports. The
truck also spun halfway
around coming to rest
across the northbound
lanes of US 98.
* EMS took the three
prisoners to Bartow
Memorial Hospital with
complaints of shoulder
and neck pain. All were
treated and released back
into custody. The two
occupants of the Chevy
truck were both wearing
seat belts and were unin-
jured in the crash.

Schools dismiss one hour early

All Polk County schools
are dismissing the stu-
dents one hour earlier
than usual today, the dis-
trict announced.
This means if your child

rides a bus, you should
expect your child to arrive
at the bus stop on his or
her way home an hour
earlier than usual. For
those who pick their child

up from school, plan to
get him or her an hour
earlier than usual.
If you have questions,
contact your child's
school, the district said.

Rental ra
the city wil
for tenants
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rates for in
rentals and
downs the
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year that ir
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Airport rental

rates to go unchanged

L RETTEW JR. Airport Manager Cyn- member that we can only
FF WRITER thia Barrow suggested the raise by the CPI and next
board preserve the status year we can only raise
ites charged by quo. by next year's CPI," said
1 stay the same Board member Adrian board member Pat Huff.
of Bartow Jackson agreed. "It's a Several business at the
Airport and tough enough time for ev- park were not affected
Park. erybody," said Jackson. and have rental rates set
)oard members Rates are controlled by pre-existing contract.
nimously to toe and set by the Consumer In other news, board
d keep rental Price Index, which stood members agreed to buy
idustrial park at 1.4 percent this year. a custom-made sign for
I airplane tie- The CPI is a measure display at the airport to
same. This will of the average change welcome back members
d consecutive of prices paid by urban of the armed forces now
industrial park consumers for a typical stationed overseas.
yed the same market basket of consum- The 2nd Battalion of
cond year for er goods and services, the 116th Field Artillery is
"But we have to re- based at the airport.

iperatures to return to near normal
ake of early the forecast calls for the north which created a
morning's near daytime highs near 80 de- chilly weekend.
temperature grees, with morning lows Barron predicted that
ees in Bartow in the high 50s and low winds will turn from the
iry dipped to 41 60s. Daytime tempera- north to easterly, with
1934) tem- tures might be unseason- little bit more moisture,
should return ably warm, with cooler which will shut off a cold
rmal today, nights than usual. front.
to a National Todd Barron, meteo- "It's going to get a little
service forecast. rologist with the NWS in bit warmer, especially in
d hit 41 degrees, Ruskin, said Tuesday that the afternoon, with clear
iat lasted since last Thursday's cold front nights and not much
and high pressure system wind," said Barron.
the weekend, brought in colder air from BILL RETTEW JR.



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County questions reflect voter mistrust

The fact that two county ques-
tions failed to pass on Nov. 2
probably had a lot to do with
the mood of voters here in Polk
County and across the nation.
The close vote on the ballot
question that asked voters if the
commission should have the
authority to exempt some busi-
nesses from having to pay prop-
erty taxes failed, although by the
slimmest of margins. In fact, the
vote was so close that it neces-
sitated a recount.
Another question, that would
have allowed the county to levy
a one-half sales tax to improve
public transportation, also
We look at the outcome on
these two questions and the
message appears clear. Voters

OUR VIrEWPOINT come to terms with. We weren't
OUR VIEWPOINT sure that giving the commission
the green light to grant exemp-
on the one hand feel over-taxed. tions with little to no guidelines
On the other hand they would would have been an accident
love to see more jobs coming waiting to happen.
to Polk County but there is With Polk County's unemploy-
such a distrust ment rate hovering
of government We would love to see around 13 percent,
these days that we would love to
it looks like a more businesses come see more busi-
majority of Polk here and provide jobs nesses come here
County vot- here and provide jobs.
ers were not But voters are wary
ready to give the commission the when it comes to giving one
power to grant businesses a free business or group special treat-
pass on property taxes. ment if there are no clear guide-
The decision to grant the lines.
exemptions Would have been There was also the question
made by the commission on a of fairness toward existing busi-
case-by-case basis. That was the nesses. A shop owner or manu-
part of the plan that we couldn't facturer who has faithfully paid

his or her property taxes for
years would understandably not
like seeing a new neighbor com-
ing to town and getting a break.
We think the commission
ought to come back at'this idea
with an eye toward determining
exactly what types of businesses
would be eligible for these tax
breaks and then present those
ideas to the public. That way
there would be a better chance
of passing something that would
be fair and understandable to
Commissioner Bob English
worked very hard on this pro-
posal and we know he did so in
an effort to help our economy.
We hope he continues to look for
new ways to attract new busi-
ness to our county.

The 2010 election is
For this, we can all be
Elections have be-
come increasingly uncivil
for a decade or two. This
year's set a new low.
Herewith, my obser-
Big winners? The
Republicans, of course. If
they abuse their new-
found power as badly as
Obama and Pelosi have
abused theirs for the
past couple of years, the
GOP will will go down in
flames in two years, and
deservedly so.
I do not buy the
conventional wisdom that
the election was decided
"It's the economy,
Stupid!" I believe it was
in large part voter disgust
over the arrogance of the
Democratic administra-
tion, cramming Obam-
acare down America's
collective throats before
Congress even had time
to read the plan, let alone
debate it.
In our two-party
system, there's an inher-
ent danger in having one
party -
either party hold-
ing the White House and
both houses of Congress,
with a
veto-proof majority in
the Senate. Our govern-
ment is supposed to


S.L Frisbie

majority rule with mi-
nority rights.
Next biggest win-
ners? The amorphous Tea
Party, whatever it is. One
of the
tenets of America's
political system is that
voters can declare them-
selves to be
Democrats, Repub-
licans, or Libertarians
just because they say so.
Rotarians, and librar-
ians have more stringent
requirements. Tea Par-
tians? I-
haven't figured that one
Other big losers?
The political power struc-
ture in general. A majority
of Florida voters wanted
to end public subsidies
for campaigns; to remove
the authority of local gov-
ernments to amend comp
plans; and to make new
rules reducing the abuses
of power in legislative and
Congressional redistrict-
ing. The first two failed
because they did not
receive a "super majority"
of 60 percent of the vot-

ers. But a clear majority
of voters embraced both.
That should not be lost
on politicians.
Mario Rubio? See
my comment above
about Big Winners. At this.
point, he at
least is talking a good
Kendrick Meek? He
was a good representa-
tive of the Democratic left
wing. He has a future in
Bill Clinton? There
was a time when some-
one who came to Florida
to try to rig an election by
coercing a candidate -
especially a candidate o
f his own party to with-
draw a few days before
Election Day would have
been called a Carpetbag-
Rick Scott is the
biggest question mark
to occupy the governor's
office since
Claude Kirk. You don't
remember Kirk? You aren't
missing much.
Alex Sink? Florida
has lost a capable politi-
cal leader in the Capitol.
Unfortunately, she just is
not a good campaigner.
Charlie Crist? A
really decent guy who
bucked his party on a bad
bill and a bad abortion
bill. He deserved better



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Code enforcement working
ike Wales currently Enforcing the city's benefitted greatly from
bloyes two code codes is very important the efforts of these two
)rcementofficers, to maintain ourneigh- dedicated code enforce-
Harrell and Angela borhoods and business ment officers. I am sure
onnor. Officer Har- districts so that they do other areas of the city
has other duties to not become run down have benefitted as well.
nd to as well as code and unsightly. Pat Turner
)rcement. Our neighborhood has Lake Wales'

something smells in the fishy city

I'm not one for con-
spiracy theories, other
than aliens at Roswell,
the Kennedy assassina-
tion, Bigfoot, the surprise
attack on Pearl Harbor,
and New Coke, but why
is Lake Wales considering
spending nearly $450,000
to build a sewage lift
station for Crooked Lake
Park with our already
enormous debt load?
This smells a little fishy,
so I have asked a lot of
people this question
and one possible reason
surfaced among the rest
of the waste.
Is pressure being ap-
plied to Lake Wales from
outside forces to bor-
row money to fix other
people's problems?
For this cryptic sce-
nario I'm not going to
use words like strong-
arming, Southwest
Florida Water Manage-
ment District (Swiftmud),
Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA), Lake Wales,
Crooked Lake Park,
Crooked Lake, sewage lift
station, and water, but
provide a make-believe
scenario just to see if a
pressure situation is pos-
Cryptic Scenario: The
mud regime and the earth
protection regime are
pressuring the fish people
to build a manure depot

for the park people down
south, so they will stop
polluting their crooked
In return for the
fish people borrowing
$450,000 from the earth
protecting regime to
build the manure depot
for the park people to
help them stop polluting
their crooked liquid, the
mud regime and the earth
protecting regime will
overlook the fish people's
failure to comply with
some currently mandated
rules and regulations.
In addition, the mud
regime will grant the fish
people permission to
pump additional quanti-
ties of clean liquid from
the earth to meet its
future needs.
Quid pro quo.
In a memorandum to
the Mayor and the City
Commissioners dated
October 11, 2010, it was
stated that the mainte-
nance of the Peace Creek
Canal was transferred
to the Southwest Water

Management District and
that this would [some-
how] benefit the City of
Lake Wales because the
Peace Creek Canal would
be better maintained and
we would have better
flood control.
I didn't know we flood-
ed, well unless you're
down on "C" street, and
that's more of a return to
sender, address un-
known" message from the
sewer system than from
the Peace. Creek Canal.
But, there is a bright side:
"There are no costs to the
City or property owners
for any required docu-
ments either recorded
or not for any easement
Wow, at a cost of nearly
$450,000 to build some-
one else a lift station
to have their sewage
pumped here, we get free
Wouldn't it be better
for us if Crooked Lake
Park borrowed the money
from the Environmental
Protection Agency's loan
program to update their
own sewer system?
Then, in 100 years
or so, when we annex
Crooked Lake Park, we
would get it for free.
Is this intergovernmen-
tal relations at is best, or
what? The mob has noth-
ing on Florida.

Bemrnanyphus and Company

An election post-mortem

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Discovery Center -

closes Veterans Day,


Polk's Nature Discov-
ery Center will be closed
on Veterans Day, Nov.
11, but the Sierra Club
presentation will proceed
as scheduled.
The Center also will
close Thursday, Nov.
25-Sunday, Nov. 28, for

Hiking trails and picnic
areas will remain open
during regular hours.
For information call
Polk's Nature Discovery
Center at 668-4673. Polk's
Nature Discovery Center
at Circle B Bar Reserve is
at 4399 Winter Lake Road
in Lakeland.

Alturas United Meth-
odist Church will hold its
annual Fish Fry on Sat-
urday, Nov. 13, from 4-7
p.m. at Leland Young's
Fish, fixin's, drink and




Mildred DeVane Geiger
Woolsey, 92, passed away
Nov. 5, 2010, in Fort Lau-
derdale, where she had
lived for many years.
Mrs. Geiger was born
July 5, 1918, in Fort
Meade, to the late Samuel
L. and LulaV Stephens
She was a dietician for
Broward County School
District; a member of
First Baptist Church, Fort
Lauderdale, where she
also served as a dietician
and teacher; and a former
member of First Baptist
Church, Fort Meade.
Mrs. Woolsey was
preceded in death by her
husbands, Mallory Geiger
and Leonard Woolsey.
Survivors include her
sons, JamesW. Geiger and
wife Mary of Fort Lauder-
dale, and Ron Geiger and
wife Louise of Montgom-
ery, Ala.; a daughter, Gail
Bagby and husband Dick
of Leesburg; eight grand-
children; and 18 great-
Visitation: Tuesday,
Nov. 9, from 1-2 p.m., at
Hancock Funeral Home,
Fort Meade.
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Geneva Needham, 73,
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Nov. 6, 2010, from respira-
tory failure, at her home.
A native of Big Stone
Gap, Va., she moved to
Bartow in 1959. She was a
homemaker andt attended
the Bethel Church of God.
Mrs. Needham was
preceded in death by her
husband, Paul Needham;
and a daughter, Darlene
Survivors include two
daughters, Frances Sim-
mons and husband Bud-
'dy of Mulberry, and Pat
Glass of Winter Haven;
three sons, Frankie Need-
ham of Winter Haven, Joe
Needham of Winter Ha-
ven, and Randy Needham
of Bartow; three broth-
ers, Curtis Mullins of Big
Stone Gap, Va., Jimmy
Mullins of Alabama, and
Delmar Mullins of Eagle
Lake; 16 grandchildren;
15 great-grandchildren;
and her faithful dog and
companion, Sparky.
Visitation: Thursday,
Nov. 11, from 1-2 p.m.,
Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home, Bartow.
Funeral: Thursday at 2
p.m., at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at
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DCT volunteers at Give Kids The World

Bartow High School's
DCT class, taught by
Mike Brennan, went
again this year to Give
Kids The World in Kis-
Every year since 2003,
DCT has gone twice a
year to volunteer at Give
Kids The World (GKTW).
DCT also holds numer-
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the year to raise money
for GKTW.
. In 2008 and 2010 DCT
raised enough money to
purchase a stone to place
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Give Kids The World,
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For the second year, Bartow High School DCT students raised enough money for Give Kids the
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Aside from being able
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change the batteries in
their smoke alarms.
Experts say never
remove a battery from
a properly functioning
smoke alarm to use in
another item. Remem-
ber, no battery means no
chance, the fire depart-
ment said.
Polk County Fire Res-
cue recommends:
Asmoke alarm should
be placed outside of every
sleeping area, as well as

on every level of your
Check your smoke
alarm at least once a
month by pressing the
test button until you
hear the audible sound.
Persons who are deaf or
hard of hearing should
consider the installation
of an alarm that provides
flashing lights, vibration
and/or sound.
Alarm units that are
more than 10 years old
should be replaced. If you
are not sure how old your

Hope for the Holidays

grief support meetings

To help anyone in the
community who may
experience holiday grief,
Hope Hospice profes-
sional grief counselors
conduct bereavement
support groups.
Counselors offer sug-
gestions on alleviating
grief and stress, how to
cope with change, how
to avoid disappointment,
and more.
For more information,
call 800-835-1673.
Scheduled meeting
times and locations are:
Bartow Public Library,
South Broadway, small
meeting room, Thursday,
Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Lakeland Hope Hos-
pice Office, 1525 Lake-
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Monthly maintenance
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SUPERINTENDENT: Meets her students

fluctuating from area to
area within the county.
It (classroom size) has
made for a taut balanc-
ing act, and it has had an
impact upon educator
hiring. In turn, it has had
an impact upon student
Building upon the
growth of the graduation
rate Gail E McKinzie was
instrumental in improv-
ing, will be "Mission
One" for Nickell..
"That to me is going to
be the North Star," she
said. "When our students
leave us, I want them to
walk out the door really
well prepared."
Thus far, the passing of
the torch from now-re-
tired McKinzie to Nickell
had been smooth, as the
former had prepped the
latter at the end of last

"I've been out into
the community the past
three months," Nickell
While her first day
might have found her
"office bound," as Nickell
met her "cabinet," as-
sociate superintendents
and senior department
heads, she has no inten-
tion of being "chained to
her desk."
"If I have extra time,
I will be popping in to
schools," she said and
not to visit teachers and
school administrators.
Proof of that came on
her second day. Nickell
and Associate Super-
intendent of Learning,
David Lewis, had a lun-
cheon conference with
students from several
southern Polk County
high schools (Frostproof
Middle-Senior; Bartow;

Bartow International
Baccalaureate; Sum-
merlin Academy; Gause
Academy; Fort Meade
Middle-Senior and
Mulberry). She and Lewis
would met with two stu-
dents from each school
at the Southwest Florida
Water Management Dis-
trict building.
"I always look forward
hearing what students
have to say," she said.
"Their thoughts, ideas
are very important to
me," said Nickell. "Theirs
are the lives we're trying
to particularly impact."
The luncheon be-
tween Nickell, Lewis and
the students went off
without a hitch. While
respectful, the students
showed no hesitancy
speaking their minds.
Among several stu-
dents, they said the
current teaching struc-

SOLDIER: Remembering a hero

eran's Day observation,
where Long's memory
was honored. Butler was
an ROTC student in the
1970s and Long was his
After the ceremony,
Butler said Long was one
of the most influential
people he'd ever met.
"Probably what
impacted me the most
about him was the way
he respected the uni-
forms and he respected
the fact that he was a
citizen (of the United
States)," Butler said. "He
taught us you could ac-
complish whatever you
want in this life if you
want to accomplish it."
Long's attitude, Butler
said, was resolute but not
overly harsh.
"He was tough as
nails," Butler said. "He
respected people and
people respected him."
When he finally retired
from the ROTC for the
second time, Long went
on to his third career, as
an employee of Lake-
land's Gun Shed, where
he enjoyed making new
friends. He was a long-
time member and past
president of the Lakeland
Gun & Rifle Club. He also
ran the sporting clays
program for many years.
Long's two sons, Eric,
31, and Dirk Williamson,
S28, remembered their
father with fondness and
they attributed his and
their mother's influence
as instrumental in the

career choices each has
pursued. He also had a
profound impact upon
them in other areas of-
their lives; honoring fam-
ily and tradition among
those values.
"The memories I have,
we would go to the fam-
ily cemetery in Live Oak,
Fla., and decorate the
family memorials," said
Eric Williamson.
There were fun times,
"We used to go fishing
in WeekiWachee," said
Eric. "We would catch
mullets, but we would
catch them on a trout
line, rather than using a
Long also enjoyed
taking his sons and go
"scalloping" in the Gulf
of Mexico.
*Education was also of
paramount importance,
said Eric, who added that
his mother, Renee, who
is a teacher at Bartow
Middle School, was inte-
grally involved.
"Even though he was a
military person, he was
also an educator," Eric
He added one final
thought about his father.
"He came across as
tough, rigid," said Eric.
"Yet he let you know you
were important, that he
respected you."
His brother, Dirk,
agreed that theirs was a
disciplined childhood,
and that it was worth
it, and that it had its
rewards. Often, his dad

would be asked to attend
activities, and because
of his involvement
with the ROTC or other
organizations, he would
be invited to attend free
of charge. Long always
made sure to include his
"He always involved
me with everything he
did," said Dirk. "As a kid,
wherever my dad went, I
Like his older brother,
Dirk lauded his father's
influence in Dirk's career
choice. While he did not
enter military service -
although he did serve
with in the Bartow ROTC
program, where he was
captain of the rifle team
starting his sophomore
year Dirk went into
law enforcement, where
he is with the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission.

His other side
There was another side
many people did not
"If anybody ever
needed anything, they
could always call John
Long, even at 2 a.m., and
he would come out to
help," said Dirk.
Younger brother, Curtis
Long, said: "As kids, we
used to fight like cats and
dog," but he added he
used to josh his brother
when comparing mili-
tary service. Curtis was a
John Long's sister-in-
law, Mary Ann, said he

ture which is termed
a "4x7 block" made
it difficult to keep one's
interest and engagement
and that it served as a
disincentive to being
motivated. (A "4x7 block"
is when a student attends
four classes each day and
three of the four blocks
last 90 minutes. There
are A and B days, and
students alternate classes
depending upon the day
of the week.
One student claimed
that no matter how moti-
vated a student is, about
half-way through the
class, boredom sets in.
In turn, Nickell asked
the student what would
he recommend. The stu-
dent's reply was for every
class to be taught every
day, for 45 minutes each
day. His solution found
favor among his peers.
"Forty-five minutes.

was "rough on the out-
side, but mellow on the
inside. It was a side not
many knew.
She added that both
her husband, Curtis,
and John, turned out to
be the men they were
thanks to their mother.
John was 14 and Curtis
was 9 when their father
died. Practically single-
handedly, their mother
took over running the
trucking firm her hus-
band started, while also
raising their sons to be-
come responsible adults.
Another side of him
not many were privy was
his love of cooking, his
wife said.
"As a youth, he worked
for a butcher," she said.
"He knew how to select
the best cuts."
In the closing days, he
earned one final military
honor. He was named a
Distinguished Member of
the 16th Infantry Regi-

Short and sweet," said
Nick Archer, of Gause
Academy. "Keeps it to the
Going off-campus was
another topic.
Again, Archer spoke.
He told of a friend who
had moved to North
Carolina who could go
off-campus during cer-
tain parts of the school
Nickell spoke of her ex-
perience visiting schools
in China. Students there
attend school 210 days,
including a half-day on
Saturday. However, the
school day lasts longer,
and halfway through the
day, students are allowed
to leave for several hours
before returning.
Talk of students in
China sparked inter-
est among the students
meeting with Nickell,
who added other facts

such as the average class-
room size being not less
than 50 students.
The luncheon closed
with a request from
"Yesterday was my
first day," she said. "Do
you have any advice or
ideas for me you wish to
A slew of ideas flew:
Enforce grade-point
averages in order to par-
ticipate in athletics and
other after-school activi-
ties. Enforce dress codes.
Integrate technology into
the classroom.
However, one com-
ment resonated above
the others.
"I think you should
visit us more," said Katie
Campbell, of Bartow
High School. "It's impor-
tant we know who you

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added other strat-
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looked in to.
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FRISBIE: Election

treatment by the GOP. He
ship. I doubt we will
hear much from him in
the future.
Florida's Cabinet
will have an all-rookie
line-up for the first time
decades. That is an
interesting prospect in
Florida's unique gov-
Adam Putnam ran

the most positive state-
wide campaign by far. He
told the
voters what he stands
for and what he hopes to
achieve. He did not take
cheap shots at his op-
ponent. Eight years as
Commissioner of Agri-
culture, then
eight years as Gover-
nor. His parents and I are
friends and contempo-
raries. We will be 86 or so
when America elects a
President 16 years hence.

Don't bet against Adam.

(S. L. Frisbie is
retired. In answer to
several questions he has
received, he
has no idea what
Randy Wilkinson will do
for a living now that he is
going off
of the county com-
mission and has lost his
race for Congress. S. L. is
betting that
we have not heard the
end of Randy.)

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Enjoying food and conversation at the Cedar Creek Seafood booth are Jennifer Daniels (left),
Grady Daniels and Deborah Wells. They were among visitors to the first Taste of Polk in Bartow.

Culinary delights

at Taste of Polk
Where could you find Mexican, Cuban, Southern and gourmet food in one loca-
tion? Downtown Bartow on Saturday afternoon during Taste of Polk.
While organizers hoped for a larger
crowd, those who attended couldn't
have been disappointed with the tasty
treats, or the prices.
At S10 for 10 tickets, diners on Nov.
6 could buy fried fish, clam chowder,
tostadas, barbecue, Cuban specialities,
soup, Monte Cristo sandwiches, delight-.
ful desserts and much more from several
Polk County eateries.
Taking part were Abuelo's Mexican
Food Embassy, Cedar Creek Seafood,
KC's Big Dipper Frozen Custard, Shane's
Rib Shack, Terrie Lobb Catering, MoJos,
Sundown Southern Eatery, MJs Cuban
Cafe, Palace Pizza, Good Measures
Coffee House & Cafe, the Stanford Inn
Restaurant, Havana Delights, La Hacien-
da, Big Belly Burgers, Great Wall Chinese
Restaurant, and Cookie Jar Bakeshop.
Hunter Smith offered vocals for visi-
tors roaming Main Street on a sunny fall
afternoon. A Kids Zone was sponsored
by Cutrale Citrus Juices.
Presented by Polk County Parks & Rec-
reation, sponsors included The Mosaic
Company, Coca Cola Enterprises, Main Hunter Smith's smooth vocals could be heard
Street Bartow, and the Bartow Chamber throughout Downtown Bartow during the
of Commerce Taste of Polk Saturday on Main Street. The
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Winter Haven singer-songwriter offered
the Polk County Historical Museum. a variety of songs for those attending the
benefit for the Polk County Historical Museum.

Offering treats from The Stanford Inn are (from left) Chef Lisa Corsentino, Brianna Graham and
Cathrine Pfeiffer at Taste of Polk Saturday on Bartow's Main Street.

Sue Hanson of Bartow's Cool Shoppe buys her Taste of Polk tickets from Danta Walker and Anna
Sancruzado of Polk County Parks and Recreation. The event, presented by Polk Leisure Services
was a benefit for the Polk County Historical Museum.

Photos and text by Peggy Kehoe

Colorful treats at Terrie Lobb Catering's booth at Taste of Polk included chocolate mousse, key
lime cups, fruit-topped tarts and mini chicken salad croissants.

Plein Air artists

paint the town

Plein Air Bartow, the
city's fourth annual
outdoor painting event,
brought artists from
around Central Florida
to paint nature, historic
buildings and homes,
and businesses.
Artists painted in

Mary Holland Park on
Thursday, Nov. 4, then
in Downtown Bartow
on Friday and Saturday,
when there also was a
quick draw competi-
tion on Church Street.
Sunday was the recep-
tion and silent auction in

the Historic Polk County
Courthouse. Potential
buyers could preview and
purchase art as it came
in to dry at Carolyn's
The four-day event
was presented by Bartow
Art Guild, Main Street
Bartow, Community Re-
development Agency, the
city of Bartow, the Old
Polk County Courthouse
and the Greater Bartow
Chamber of Commerce,
with help from sponsors
--ood Measure.Coffee
and Cafe, RayMar Art,
Community Southern
Bank, Spath Jewelers and
Cookie Jar Bakeshop.

Tatyana Hankinson of Tampa paints at the corner of East Main Street and Wilson Avenue Friday
during Bartow's four-day Plein Air event.The subject for her oil painting was the Lilly, O'Toole &
Brown building. This was Hankinson's third year to participate in Plein Air.

Melisa Hallock of Winter Haven prepares to do a watercolor
of the porch behind her Saturday on Stanford Street during
Bartow's four-day Plein Air event."I love to paint," she said.
"It's my passion."This was the fourth year for the event, which
Hallock said "Bartow does a nice job of pulling off."


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Two women pleased by Bartow's fourth annual Plein Air event were artist Sandy Henry (right), who painted a watercolor of Sara's
Flowers, and Debbie Lovelace, owner of the shop, who purchased the artwork at Carolyn's Gallery. Artists brought their paintings
to Carolyn's to dry and be framed. Prospective buyers could view the "wetroom gems" at the gallery.

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Monday and Thursday of
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Deadlines for getting
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also 4 p.m. Monday and
For more information
or questions, call 533-4183
and ask for Jeff Roslow or
Peggy Kehoe.

Friday, Nov. 12
Marcene H. and Robert
E. Christoverson Humani-
ties Building dedication,
1:15 p.m., Florida South-
ern College, Holling-
sworth Drive at Johnson

Friday, Nov. 12-Satur-
day, Nov. 13
Abridged," 7:30 p.m., Lake
Mirror Theatre, 121 S.
Lake Ave, Lakeland.

Friday, Nov. 12
Polk Museum of Art
hosts View & Review, an
informal art critique for
emerging artists. Led by
Rocky Bridges and Leslie
Neumann, two of the
artists who have work on
display. 6 p.m. Admission
$15 per piece for art-
ists who are presenting
artwork and $5 for the
audience. Cash bar. Art-
ists pre-register by calling
688-5423 by Nov. 9.

Thursday, Nov. 18
Polk Museum of Art an-
nual Holiday Luncheon.
One seating available at
11:30 a.m. Admission $30
per person for museum
members, $35 for non-
members or $250 for a
table of eight. Reserva-
tions required. Gems
& Jewels Artist Market


Drive for

the kids

Stephens Elementary School
received the biggest check
yet from the Chrysler Drive
for the Kids through the
Bartow dealership of Tom
Edwards Chrysler Dodge Jeep.
Randy Edwards presented
Principal April Sumner with a
check for $1,280, which will
be used for Positive Behavior
projects and monthly rewards
for students. Tom Edwards
Chrysler brought sales
representatives and three
vehicles to the school for test
drives in September. Taking
test drives were 128 people,
representing a quarter of the
students, Sumner said.

taking place concurrently.
Call 688-7743, ext. 240, to
make reservations or visit

Wednesday, Nov. 10
New Reflections
ribbon-cutting, 140 S.
Woodlawn Ave. Bartow.
9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Church Service Center
ribbon-cutting and open
house, 495 E. Summerlin
St., Bartow. 9 a.m.-noon.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Bartow Chamber Young
Professionals Coffee &
Networking Event at
Good Measure Coffee
House. Contact Catherine
Tucker for more informa-
tion, 287-2961. 7:30 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 19
DJ's Lawn Service
ribbon-cutting, 9:30 a.m.
at Bartow Chamber of
Commerce, 510 N. Broad-

Saturday, Nov. 13
Rotary Club's sec-
ond "Ride of Your Life"
benefiting the Rotary
Dictionary Project, Rotary
Rides So Kids Can Read.
Events include children's
bike rodeo, games, arts
and crafts show, conces-
sions, raffles, club chal-
lenges, fun, rides, food.
8:30 a.m. in downtown
Bartow. Registration fees.

Saturday, Nov. 13
Alzheimer's Association
Memory Walk, pre-walk
activities begin at 8 a.m.,
walk begins at 9 a.m. 121
S. Lake Avenue, Lakeland,
292-9210; wilsonc@alzfl-

Tuesday, Nov. 16
Golden Age Club
Thanksgiving luncheon,
Bartow Civic Center audi-
torium. Bring in canned
goods for Church Service
Center. $2 for meal. 533-

Tuesday, Nov. 16
United Way of Central
.Florida State Employees
Charitable Campaign
steering committee,
9-11 a.m., at DOT, 801 N.
Broadway, Bartow. Meet-
ing to allocate funds for
2009 campaign. 519-2567.

Wednesday, Nov.
10-Saturday, Nov. 13
Replica of Vietnam
Veteran's Memorial Wall,
9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Polk
County's Visitor Informa-
tion Center, Polk Outpost
27, a quarter-mile south
of Interstate 4 at Exit 55
on U.S. 27. Also tributes
including displays featur-
ing patches from units
that served in Vietnam, a
Cold War Victory Medal
and pieces of the Berlin
Wall. Call 1-800-828-7655
or 420-2586 or www.Visit-

Thursday, Nov. 11
7:15-9 p.m., Sierra Club
presents Breeding Turtles
in Captivity. Wayne Hill,
director, National Reptile
Breeders Expo. Workshop
and a covered dish dinner
at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish
to share and your own
utensils if you would like
to eat dinner. Free but
space is limited. Circle B
Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter
Lake Road, Lakeland,

Thursday, Nov. 11
Our Hometown He-
roes luncheon honors
veterans of all military
conflicts with special
acknowledgements of
World War II and Korean
War veterans. Peace River
Country Club, noon. Seat-
ing of 250 people. Com-
plimentary to veterans
and their spouses but
$25 per person to others.
Call Pam Mitchell at 534-
3585, Freda Ridgway at
813-500-6925, or Virginia
Condello at 533-7125.

Thursday, Nov. 11
Chamber of Commerce
Fun Thursday at Bartow

Regional Medical Center.
Networking and socializ-
ing for Chamber mem-
bers. 5:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 12
Third annual Bluegrass
& Barbeque Festival and
16th annual Fall Craft
Fair, 6 p.m. downtown

Saturday, Nov. 13
Fort Meade Veterans
of Foreign Wars and
American Legion sponsor
a tribute to veterans. Cor-
ner memorial adjacent to
City Hall at 11 a.m. Fort
Meade Middle-Senior
High School band provide
patriotic music with the
main address delivered
by Maj. Dave Wilson, U.S.

Saturday, Nov. 13
Tire recycling, 8 a.m.-
noon at the Latino Night
Club, 1325 N. Combee
Road, Lakeland. Resi-
dents may discard up to
10 standard-sized tires.:
Participants must show
photo ID and proof of
Polk County residency.
Also take rechargeable
batteries that weigh one
pound or less, used ink
cartridges and mobile
phones. 676-7019.

Saturday, Nov. 13
19th annual Down-
town Bartow Craft Fair
and Bluegrass Festival, 9
a.m.-5 p.m., downtown
Bartow. Bounce house,
pony rides, sand art,
face painting, temporary
tattoos. Classic car show.

Saturday, Nov. 13
Caribbean Festival
at L.B. Brown House &
Museum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Music and food of the is
lands, kids' activities, arts
and crafts. 470'L.B. Brown
Ave., Bartow.

Saturday, Nov. 13
Gospel Music Coffee
House has the Souls Afire
band. Doors open at 5:30
p.m. At 325 Lyle Parkway,
Bartow. Call 604-3457.

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Saturday, Nov. 13
Summerlin Academy
Equestrian Booster Club
second annual yard sale.
First Methodist School,
455 S. Broadway, Bartow,
8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 16
All-County School
Chorus, 7:30 p.m., Florida
Southern College's Brans-
comb Auditorium, 111
Lake Hollingsworth Drive,
Lakeland. Free. 647-4737.

Tuesday, Nov. 16
Polk School Board to
have hearing with Polk
Education Association, 10
a.m. in the auditorium of
the district administra-
tive office, 1915 S. Floral
Avenue, Bartow. 534-0731.

Thursday, Nov. 18
Teacher of the Year /
School Employee of the
Year Breakfast sponsored
by Bartow Community
Healthcare Foundation. 8
a.m. Bartow Civic Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 10
Central Florida Region-
al Planning Council, 9:30
a.m., Highlands County
Health Department
Conference Room, 7205
S. George Blvd., Sebring.

Wednesday, Nov. 10
Farm Animals in Resi-
dential Districts Focus
Group for Polk County
meeting, 9 a.m., County
Commission boardroom,
first floor of the Neil
Combee Administration
building, 330 W. Church
St. Bartow. 534-5997.

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Hundreds attend Vet's Day ceremony

"For every home in
Polk County the equiva-
lent of one out of 10
veterans died overall
(in fighting wars for the
United States)," Rev.
David C. Groves said
Saturday during Sum-
merlin Academy's annual
Veteran's Day Celebra-
Hundreds of people
from around the county
bundled up in the 50-de-
gree weather at Mosaic
Park to attend the cer-
emony where hundreds
of Summerlin Academy
students performed cer-
"These cadets are do-
ing what I did 63 years
ago," Groves said when
he first approached the
Cadets performed an
armed forces salute, did
a Flags of Remembrance
ceremony, and a drill
team routine, and the
Polk County Sheriff's
Department performed
a 21-gun salute. Bar-
tow High School's band
played "The Star Span-
gled Banner," "America
the Beautiful," "Armed
Forces Salute," "Missing
Man" and "Taps."
"We stand here in
silence and awe when we
view the pictures of roses
and the rows and rows of
graves (of our soldiers),"
said Groves, a pastor
of 64 years who helped
liberate the Hammelberg
and Moosberg prison
camps in Germany dur-
ing World War II. In his
service, Groves earned
the Purple Heart, the
Combat Infantry Badge
and Bronze Star.
This year's ceremony
honored Sgt. Maj. John
Long of Bartow who died
Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 79.
Long was among the co-
founders of the Bartow
High School JROTC pro-
gram and served 26 years
in the military where he
earned a Bronze Star and
the Purple Heart. Last
week, he was honored
with becoming named a
Distinguished Member of
the 16th Infantry Regi-
A riderless horse was
led across the field in his
"Sergeant Major, you
will be missed," Sum-
merlin Academy Com-
mandant Col. Michael
Butler told the crowd.

Summerlin Academy cadets (from left) Taryn Munger, Aaron The Rev. David C. Groves, the guest speaker at the annual
Melton and Samuel Flynn stand at attention and listen during Veteran's Day ceremony by Summerlin Academy, told attendees
the annual Veteran's Day ceremony Saturday at Mosaic Park in that he went through the exercises today's cadets died 63 years
Bartow. ago.


Summerlin Academy drill
team cadets do their routine
during the annual Veteran's
Day ceremony Saturday in
Mosaic Park in Bartow.

Wednesday, Nov.
10-Saturday, Nov. 13

* Replica of Vietnam Veteran's
Memorial Wall, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
at the Polk County's Visitor
Information Center, Polk Outpost
27, a quarter-mile south of
Interstate 4 at Exit 55 on U.S. 27.
Also tributes including displays
featuring patches from units
that served in Vietnam, a Cold
War Victory Medal and pieces of
the Berlin Wall. Call 1-800-828-
7655 or 420-2586 or www.

Thursday, Nov. 11
* Our Hometown Heroes
luncheon honors veterans of all
military conflicts with special
acknowledgements of World
War II and Korean War veterans.
Peace River Country Club,
noon. Seating of 250 people.
Complimentary to veterans and
their spouses but $25 per person
to others. Call Pam Mitchell
at 534-3585, Freda Ridgway
at 813-500-6925 or Virginia
Condello at 533-7125.

* Celebration hosted by Veterans
of Foreign War Post 2420 at
Cypress Gardens Campground on
Cypress Gardens Boulevard next
to Walmart, Lake Wales. 2 p.m.
Ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m.

* Ceremony at Avon Park High
School, 700 E. Main St.

* Veterans Day Hangar Door
Canteen Dinner Dance at Sun
'n Fun, 4175 Medulla Road,
Lakeland, 6:30-11 p.m., 644
-2431. Salute to area's World
War II veterans In recognition of
the 65th anniversary of the end
of the war. 1940s USO Big Band
Dinner Dance to benefit the
Florida Air Museum, $75, $65 for
veterans. Information & tickets
at With
$25 donation free admission to
World War II veterans.

* Veterans Day Carillon Concert
at Bok Tower Gardens, 1-3p.m.
Musical salute of gratitude to
nation's veterans and current
members of America's armed
forces. Free to all branches of
the military, active, retired and
disabled veterans with valid ID.
Concert included with general
admission., www.boktowergar-, 676-1408

Saturday, Nov. 13
* Fort Meade Veterans of Foreign
Wars and American Legion
sponsor a tribute to veterans.
Corner memorial, adjacent to
City Hall at 11 a.m. Fort Meade
Middle-Senior High School band
will provide patriotic music with
the main address delivered by
Maj. Dave Wilson, U.S. Army.

2010 property tax bills on their way

Annual property tax no-
tices were mailed out on
Oct. 31, the tax collector's
office said..
Tax collector Joe G. Ted-
der said his office wants
to make sure everyone
gets their bill on or before
Nov. 12. Because of the
way the law is written,
the burden is with the
property owner to notify
the Tax Collector's office
should they fail to receive
a bill, he said.
This year, the property
tax bill mailing went out
to more than 425,644
property owners in Polk
County. Only property
owners who have opted
to pay by installment will
not receive a November
bill and third quarter
installments are not due
until Dec. 1.
Taxes for 2010 have a
total taxable amount of
$544,666,391 as com-
pared to last year's tax roll

which had a total taxable
amount of $616,693,658.
This year's tax roll
represents a 12 percent
decrease in taxes and as-
sessments billed from the
prior year, Tedder said in
a press release.
Tedder's office also pro-
vides an insert with the
tax notice to help answer
It provides instructions
and information, includ-
ing a listing of taxing and
levying authorities and
their telephone num-
bers, as well as a brief
description of taxes and/
or assessments that may
appear on an individual's
Property owners who
do not receive their
notice by Friday, Nov. 12
should contact the Tax
Collector's Office 534-
4721 in Bartow; 603-6498
in Lakeland; 678-4671
in Lake Wales; or 298-

7578 in Winter Haven or
Haines City.
The Tax Collector's
Office is accepting 2010
property tax payments at
any office. Payments may
also be made by:
BY MAIL. People can
use return envelope and
make sure to-mail the
lower part of the form to
the Tax Collector's Office
for validating when pay-
ing taxes.
ONLINE. Go to www. and follow
the online payment direc-
IN PERSON. Payments
are accepted at the Tax
Collector's Bartow Main
Office, at 430 E. Main St.;
Lakeland Branch Office in
the Polk County Govern-
ment Center at 930 E.
Parker St., Room 261;
Lake Wales Branch Office
in the Polk County Gov-
ernment Center at 658
Highway 60 W.; and, the

Haines City Branch Office Winter Haven Tag Agency, property taxes, visit the
at 74 Maxcy Plaza Circle. located at 300 Avenue M Tax Collector's web site at
For customer conve- N.W.
nience, tax payments may For maps to these Those paying in person
also be placed in a drop locations or other infor- should have both parts of
box provided inside the mation related to your the notice form.

Farm animals focus

group meets

The Farm Animals
in Residential Districts
Focus Group for Polk
County has its sec-
ond meeting at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 10,
in the Board of County
Commissioners board-
Staff will present the
draft regulations, along
with data and analysis
to support them, and
gather input from the
focus group members.

Anyone can partici-
pate in the focus group
and those who cannot
can submit comments
and suggestions via the
Internet during the dis-
cussion portion of the
meeting. No pre-regis-
tration is required to be
an online participant. To
do so, log onto any part-
nering host site, such as
Hall Communications,
Lakeland Chamber, Polk
Growth Matters, The

Ledger, and News Chief.
People can also watch
the focus group live on
Polk's Government Tele-
vision Bright House
622, Comcast 5 and
Verizon 20.
The meeting will be
held on the first floor
of the Neil Combee
Administration build-
ing, 330 W. Church St.,
For information, call

The Polk County Democrat Page 9A

November 10 2010


Christoverson Humanities

building to be dedicated

Florida Southern Col-
lege said the Dr. Marcene
H. and Robert E. Christo-
verson Humanities Build-
ing will open at a dedica-
tion ceremony 1:15 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 12.
The 25,000-square-foot
contemporary building,
designed by renowned
New York architect Rob-
ert A.M. Stern from Yale,
provides a dedicated set-
ting for the study of the
Humanities, the school
said in a press release.
Classrooms, seminar
rooms, a writing center,
language and computer
labs, a film studies the-
ater, faculty offices, and
a two-story lobby gallery
are among the building's
As the new home for
the English and modern
languages department,
students will take classes
The building, on Lake
Hollingsworth Drive at
Johnson Avenue, cre-


Bartow Parks & Rec-
reation said about 3,500
people attended the
Family Fall Festival held
the day before Oct. 22
In its second year, the
free event with a hayride,
games and a pumpkin
contest in the Bartow
Civic Center drew people
from all over the county.
More than 900 peo-
ple rode the Haunted
Hayride through Mary
Holland Park to see the
Legend of Jacob Hatcher
and the line circled the
tennis courts.
The Jack-O-Lantern
Contest presented by
Greenovative Design
and Engineering had 29
entries. Winners were
Tommy Soukhavong,


ates a spectacular new
gateway to the historic
campus, known inter-
nationally for its Frank
Lloyd Wright-designed
west campus, the school
Christoverson made
the lead gift for the build-
She began her career
as a Navy WAVE during
World War II; became
a photo engraver fol-
lowing her discharge;
and in 1947,,became a
bookkeeper for St. John
Associates Inc.
Over the years, she
rose through the ranks
to become chairman,
president, and CEO of
the Bronx-based com-
pany, arguably the largest
woman-owned direct
mail house in the world.
A Trustee of Florida
Southern since 2000,
Christoverson launched
the campaign to fund
the College's Humanities
Building. She believes the


'all Fest
McKenzie Johnting, Pey-
ton Palmer and Melissa
Loder. Three took home
$100 Visa gift cards and
Loder won a $100 gift
card to ACE Hardware.
The Parks and Rec-
reation Department is
working on the second
Jolly Holiday family event
scheduled Dec. 17 at the
civic center. During this
event participants will
receive one free picture
with Santa and families
are entered into a raffle
for a six-foot stocking
filled with toys.
For those who want
more information on this
and other Parks and Rec-
reation events visit www.

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With the district season
over and the majority of
the year over, the Bartow
Yellow Jacket football
team will be taking on
the Lake Wales High-
landers Friday for the
last game of the Jacket
Much like the game
against Fort Meade,
dubbed the "Highway 17
Bowl" by some fans, the
Lake Wales game, a State
Road 60 Bowl, is highly
anticipated by the in-
county rivals.
Last Friday night, Bar-
tow was at Lake Region
for the last district game
for this year. The Jack-
ets lost the game with a
score of 19-14.
It was a close-fought,
battle that night, but
Lake Region had one ex-
tra trick up their sleeves.
The Thunder won the
game in the end by tak-
ing two knees in order to
run the clock down and
prevent the Jackets from
receiving any more goals
that could change the
The first quarter of
the game resulted in no
points on the scoreboard
for either team. The de-
fense on both teams was
determined not to let the
opponent be successful
in getting past them.
The first touchdown for
the night for the Jackets
was obtained by senior
Jajuan Mikell. Quarter-
back Andrew Tedder
made a couple of passes

that moved the Jackets
closer and closer to the
end zone. With fellow
Jackets on his side pro-
tecting him, Mikell was
able to make it through
the center of the lineup
to get the touchdown.
Lake Region received
the majority of their goals
in the very end of the first
half.-Dante Lambert was
able to break through the
Jacket defense and get a
goal for the Thunder. He
also came through with
more points for Lake
Region after a pass by' the
Jackets was fumbled.
Just when fans thought
the first half was over,
Barell Pierce wa s able to
run the ball into the end
zone with five seconds
left on the clock. Thunder
had gained 19 points in
one quarter.
After coming back, the
Jackets were on fire and
were able to gain yards
with passes by Tedder to
Buddy Putnam. Mikell
was able to fight of Thun-
der defense again and
run right into the end
zone. Rick Holland got
a two-point conversion
for the Jackets, taking the
score to 19-14.
The score remained the
same for the remainder
of the game.
Jackets are not discour-
aged and are ready to
take on the Highlanders
for the last game of the
"I'm ready to just go
out there and have fun,"
senior Rick Holland said.
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The Norris family from Zolfo Springs celebrated dad's 50th birthday Saturday hearing the Orlando
Philharmonic Orchestra at Bok Tower Gardens. They packed up a full meal to hear the outdoor
concert. Mom Robyn handed her daughter Courtney her plate.while Kara and son Garrett, who is
hidden, eats behind her. Dad Ben can be seen through the top of the mashed potato bowl. Robyn
said the show was "slightly" his birthday present as Ben also got a new trumpet.

Susanan Diaz sings from "Sempre Libera" by Verde with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Saturday night at Bok Tower Gardens. She was part of the Sunset & Symphony show at the park
where temperatures dipped into the 50s for the outdoor show. The well-attended show featured
music at the end from the Harry Potter films where children with lit wands stood in front of the
stage and conducted the band with lead conductor Dirk Meyer.

Museum will remember Larry Hodge

We pay tribute this
week to Larry Hodge, one
of our faithful and active
board members in the
Fort Meade Historical
When Larry and his
family moved to Fort
Meade we asked him to
join the Historical Society
and to serve on the board
of directors, and he im-
mediately replied with a
He was very caring
and compassionate as
he joined in with the
activity of the museum. If
the museum needed an
item such as a different

Larry Hodge
telephone, Larry saw to it
that day that we received
the telephone.
He was enthusiastic
about our Fort Meade
history and the muse-
um's history and played a

Harvest Moon

dance at St. Thomas

A guest singer and disc
jockey will be featured
at the second annual St.
Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Church Harvest Moon
Dance on Saturday, Nov.
The event runs from
6:30-9 p.m. in the church
social hall. Snacks,
drinks, door prizes will
be available

Tickets are $5 person
and may be purchased
by calling 533-6520 or
Chili and salad may
be purchased for dona-
tions. Proceeds go to the
church food pantry.
St. Thomas is at 1305
East Mann Road in Bar-

Summerlin Equestrian

yard sale Saturday

Summerlin Academy
Equestrian Booster Club
is holding its second yard
sale on Saturday, Nov. 13,
at First Methodist School
in Bartow.
A variety of items will
be sold with proceeds

helping to buy equip-
ment and send team
members to competitive
The sale will be from 8
a.m.-2 p.m. in the park-
ing lot of FMS, 455 South
Broadway, Bartow.

Souls Afire at Coffee House

Gospel Music Coffee
House will feature The
Souls Afire Band, Satur-
day, Nov. 13.
Doors open at 5:30
p.m. Open mike is avail-

able for those who want
to sing.
The coffee house is at
325 Lyle Parkway in Bar-
tow. For information, call

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with Larry's name will be
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Orchestra fans from all over Central Florida wore warm clothes to hear the Orlando Philharmonic
Orchestra perform Saturday night at Bok Tower Gardens.



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Former inmate dies;

examiner said suicide

November 10, 2010

Teen pleads guilty to

fatal homeless beating

Former Polk County
jail inmate Bradley Nor-
ris, 20, of Winter Haven,
died on Wednesday, Nov.
3, at Lake Wales Hospital
and the medical exam-
iner has ruled his death,
was a suicide.
Norris had been at
Lake Wales Hospital 9n
a life support ventila-
tor since Oct. 24 after
he tried to kill himself
in his isolation cell by
tying a sheet around his
neck. Last Wednesday he
went into cardiac arrest
at the hospital and died,
the Polk County Sheriff's
Office reports. Doctors
pronounced him dead at
10:35 p.m.
Dr. Stephen Nelson
ruled Norris died from
complications from the
hanging attempt and has
'ruled the death a suicide.
Norris was no longer a
Polk County Jail inmate
as of Tuesday, Nov. 2,
when Assistant State
Attorney Michael Cusick

Bradley Norris
nollee pressed" him due
to his impending death.
Norris was arrested on
May 1 for 10 counts of
violation of probation on
original charges rang-
ing from grand theft to
burglary and trespassing,
two counts armed rob-
bery, one count aggra-
vated battery, one count
giving a false name to law
enforcement officers, and
one count of conspiracy.
Earlier this year Norris
was taken to the Lake
Wales Hospital and tried

to escape from there
three days later on May
11. After he was found
and returned to jail he
had additional charges of
attempted murder on a
law enforcement officer,
attempt to deprive a law
enforcement officer's
means of communica-
tion, escape, possession
of a weapon by a con-
victed felon, petit theft,
and battery.
Norris was previously
arrested by PCSO in 2001,
2002 and 2006; by the
Hendry County Sheriff's
Office in 2003; and by the
Osceola County Sheriff's
Office in 2006.
On Jan. 2, 2007, Norris
was sentenced to three
years in state prison for
Polk County charges of
escape, burglary and
grand theft. He was re-
leased from state prison
on July 17, 2009, and
sentenced to five years
of probation, the sheriff's
office reports.

Central Florida teen
pleaded guilty last week
in the beating death of a
homeless man earlier his
Authorities say 19-year-
old Christopher Decatur
and two other teens

fatally beat 52-year-old
Joseph Ruba during a
fight outside a Lakeland
restaurant in April.
Decatur was initially
charged with second-de-
gree murder, but prosecu-
tors allowed him to plead
guilty Friday to the lesser

charge of manslaughter.
He faces up to 15 years
in prison at his Dec. 20
Two other teens still
face second-degree mur-
der charges for the fight.

Student stabs student

at Winter Haven High

- One 16-year-old is
in custody and another
16-year-old is hospital-
ized after a stabbing
at Winter Haven High
School Monday.
Winter Haven Police
Chief Gary Hester says
there appeared to be no
motive for the stabbing
before classes Monday in
the Winter Haven High
School courtyard. It hap-

opened at about 7 a.m.
Hester says Luke Kend-
all was stabbed five times
by Jade Mose.
Kendall was flown
to and hospitalized at
the Lakeland Regional
Medical Center in stable
According to police,
Mose was charged
April 27 with possess-
ing a weapon on school
property. There was no

violence in that incident,
police report.
Mose was being held
at a juvenile detention
center on charges of at-
tempted second-degree
murder, carrying a con-
cealed weapon, carry-
ing a weapon on school
property and violating
Lt. Brad Coleman said
police will ask for Mose to
be charged as an adult.

Bartow Crime Reports

Oct. 20
Burglary, 2 p.m., 2200
block Boardman Road:
air-conditioner compres-
sor, $2,500; copper tub-
ing, $600; amplifier, $200;
refrigerator, $300; speaker
box, $200; ladder, $100.
Theft, 10:15 a.m., 200
block North Broadway:
Food Stamp card, $20;
photo ID, $5.
Burglary, noon, 900
block South U.S. Highway
17: tires, $1,250.
Retail theft, 4 p.m.,
Bealls Outlet, 345 East
Van Fleet Dr.: five infant
sleepers, $28; diaper bag,
$21; two packages of eye

shadow, $8; pair of infant
'shoes, $14; two bottles of
cologne, $5. .
Theft, 6 p.m., 600 block
Formosa Place: three rolls
of fencing, $360; tire and
rim, $90; 10 five-gallon
buckets, $70.
Oct. 21
Criminal mischief,
2:40 p.m., Tom's Chicken
Shack, 901 East Main St.:
dry wall, $50.
Burglary, 11:10 p.m.,
700 block North Oak Ave.:
DVD player, $60; wedding
ring with stone and band,
$120; $10 change.
Oct. 22
Criminal mischief,

1 p.m., City of Bartow,
Clinton/West Commerce
Park: paint, $50.
Theft, noon, 1700 block
Bosarge Dr.: license plate,
Attempted burglary, 4
p.m., The Stanford Inn,
555 West. Stanford St.
Burglary, 11 p.m., Peace
River Village, 2405 State
Road 60 East.
Oct. 23
Retail theft, 1:36 a.m.,
Sunoco, 1385 North
Broadway: strawberry
wine, $21.
Auto theft, 10 p.m.,
Hamilton Street.
Burglary of vehicle,

10:30 p.m., 2100 block
Country Manor Dr.: car
stereo, $100.
Burglary, 12:30 a.m.,
2200 block Tallgrass Dr.:
portable television, $250;
iPod, $150.
Burglary of vehicle, 6
p.m., 2200 block Tallgrass
Dr.: paper pad, credit
card, folder, plastic bag.
Burglary of vehicle, 8
p.m., 1900 block Sunflow-
er St.: Tarheel hat, $10;
$2.50 cash.
Burglary of vehicle, 1:30
a.m., 2000 block Country
Manor St.: CD player,
$600; cell phone, $140;
wallet with credit cards,

Retail theft, 11:50 a.m.,
Walmart, 1050 East Van
Fleet Dr.: floodlight, $9.
Burglary, 5 p.m., 2200
block Barn Owl Ave.: iPod,
$50; game system, $285;
multiple games; iPod,
$200; portable television,
Attempted burglary of
occupied dwelling, 10:58
p.m., 700 block Azalea Dr.
Narcotics violation,
11:33 p.m., Floral Avenue
and Lemon Street: two
white oval pills, wrapping
papers, clear plastic bag,
19 grams of cannabis,
small yellow bag.

Oct. 25
Burglary of vehicle, 10
p.m., 700 block South Flo-
ral Ave.: battery, $30; leaf
blower, $40; smoker, $40;
Weed Eater, $50; hedge
trimmer, $50.
Burglary, 4 p.m., 1900
block Marshall St.: com-
puter, $500; DVD player,
$60; television, $200.
Burglary, 11 a.m., 500
block South Third Ave.:
necklace with charm,
$600; watch, $200.
Oct. 26
Theft, 6:30 p.m., 300
block Ralph St.: sunglass-
es, $300; perfume, $80.


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