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Title: The Polk County Democrat
Uniform Title: Polk County Democrat (Bartow, Fla.)
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Language: English
Publisher: Associated Publications Corp.
Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Publication Date: December 15, 2010
Frequency: semiweekly[1946-<1992>]
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Polk -- Bartow
Coordinates: 27.8925 x -81.839722 ( Place of Publication )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1931?
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Holiday Hayride
this weekend

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Help the soldiers for
the holiday

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Bartow High
cheerleaders win
county competition

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THe Polk countyy


Bartow, Florida 33830

Democrat Vol. 80, No. 31

Here comes Santa Claus PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
Santa and Mrs. Claus were the final float in the annual Light Up Bartow Christmas Parade Friday night.
Afterward the couple took their place at the courthouse and children got a chance to sit on his lap and tell
him what they wanted for Christmas. Mamie's School of Dance students also entertained the crowd after the
parade. The parade complete with more than 100 units took about 90 minutes to go down Main Street. For
more photos, see Page 1 B.

$3 a gallon upsetting consumers

Weaker dollar, Chinese
demand driving up prices

Five dollars was all that
David Haley and Daniel
Brown of Bartow could
afford to stick into the gas
tank, Monday, at the Citgo
station on Main Street.
With the less than two gal-
lon purchase, a vehicle that
gets 23 to 25 miles to the
gallon and prices hovering
at $3 a gallon, Brown said he
should barely have enough
fuel to get back and forth
between Lakeland.
Haley and Brown weren't
the only Polk County resi-
dents griping about the cost
to fill their gas tanks.
Bill Ron lives in Indian
Lake Estates, east of Lake
Wales, and has already called
his senators to complain
about recent price increases.
Ron theorized that when
President Barrack Obama

recently barred offshore
drilling for part of the U.S.,
the oil companies reacted by
raising the price.
"And he doesn't have to
worry about the gas prices,"
Ron said about the presi-
"I don't get to town as
much as I used to," said Ron.
"I'm not shopping as much.
"When oil prices go up,
food prices go up."
Jessica Brady, media
spokesperson with AAA in
Tampa, pointed to several
reasons for sticker shock
at the pumps. A weakened
U.S. dollar, increased fuel
demand, especially from a
growing China and investor
optimism have all helped the
price skyrocket.
In Florida, the average
price stands at $2.994/gal-
lon, up from $2.86 a month
ago and $2.672, or almost 33

cents a gallon, a year ago.
The price of crude oil
is down to $87.79/barrel,
which is much lower than
it was at $140 a barrel'when
prices hit $4 a gallon in July
of 2008.
So why does every sign
seem to read, $2.999/gallon?
Brady said reaching three
dollars a gallon price is a
"psychological breaking
point" and merchants actu-
ally profit less from gas sales
when prices climb.
Convenience stores hope
to make a profit off sodas
and candy bars when cus-
tomers fuel up, said Brady.
And what's next, while
we're already seeing the
highest holiday prices ever?
Brady said it depends in
part on whether OPEC de-
cides to increase production
"Anything is possible when
it comes to the cost of crude
oil," said Brady, about prices
for the next week. "If any-

15, 2010

Copyright 2010 Sun Coast Media Group

Class size

changes from

hour to hour

Although the news
was not new on how
Polk County Schools
is striving to comply
with the classroom
size issue, still proves
to be a source of
vexation for school
administrators and
board members.
Although on Oct.
15, every school
classroom was in
compliance, it has
not always remained
that way, according to
Bruce Tonjes, associ-
ate superintendent for
school based opera-
"It remains very
constant, one or two
schools out of compli-
ance," he said. "Why
does that happen?

It is a situation he
said that not only
changes from day to
day, but from hour to
hour. Yet addressing
the issue is complex,
and Tonjes and his
staff have constantly
studied for better,
more efficient ap-
proaches. Currently,
there are two ap-
proaches, one of them
deliberately keeping
classroom size well
below the maximum
allowed. But it has
come at a cost.
"This whole issue of
unfilled seats is mas-
sive," he said. "On Oct.
15, we had thousands
of seats unoccupied."
That has come at a
cost of $2,590 spent
for each unoccupied
seat, he said.
The other approach

has been to assign
additional teachers,
which Tonjes termed
"co-teachers," into a
classroom that has
gone out of compli-
ance. As he spoke, he
said that today there
were 80 co-teachers.
It was costing Polk
County Schools $111
per day per co-teach-
It was apparent that
Tonjes was frustrated
with the situation,
and he added that the
Florida Department
of Education was not'
helpful or instructive.
At least three times
he said he had called
the state DOE to learn
whether Polk County
Schools was handling
* the situation properly,

Former school employee

indicted for bribery

A former assistant
superintendent of the
Polk County school
district faces up to
dozens of years in
federal prison on brib-
ery and conspiracy
charges for alleg-
edly accepting $52,000
worth of improper
gifts from a school
district contractor.

Bob Williams, 67, of
Winter Haven, who
resigned from the
school district in Janu-
ary 2009, was indicted
by a grand jury Friday
with conspiracy to
commit bribery and
other bribery offenses.
And, Lloyd Whann, 50,
of Newberry, Fla., an
executive vice presi-
dent of M.M. Parrish
Construction Co. of

Gainesville, Fla. were
both charged in by the
grand jury.
If convicted, Wil-
liams and Whann face
a maximum penalty of
up to 10 years in fed-
eral prison as to each
of 17 counts of bribery
and up to five years
on the conspiracy
charge. Williams and
Whann also face fines

Professor: Florida

elections nationalized

After a season of politi-
cians coming before the Ti-
ger Bay Club of Polk County
making pitches why they
deserved to be elected, Mon-
day's get-together may have
been a breath of fresh air.
It was definitely more
collegial, as members and
guests welcomed Susan A.
MacManus for the second
time this year -- a rarity,
according to moderator S.L.
Frisbie. MacManus is profes-
sor of political science at the
University of South Florida.
As introduced bv Frisbie,
she has frequently appeared
on Channel 8 to present her
MacManus, who first ad-
dressed the Tiger Bay Club
April 19 this year immediate-
ly brought smiles and laughs
to the gathering, as well as

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Susan A. MacManus, a political
science professor at the USF spoke
about the election results for
Florida at a Tiger Bay meeitng in
a few nodding heads, when
she said Monday's luncheon
was more preferable than
the one she had scheduled

Tuesday: A Yale alumni func-
Levity aside, she spoke of
this year's election, leaving
no doubt that the campaigns
in Florida were different.
"This was the most na-
tionalized mid-term election
I believe I have ever seen,"
MacManus said, and recited
a number of interesting
statistics, among them that
of the top 10 political races
nationwide, two of them
were Marco Rubio's run for
U.S. Senate (the top race),
and Rick Scott's gubernato-
rial campaign (fifth). Also in
the mix were the top 10 most
outrageous campaigns ads,
for which Democrat Alan
Grayson earned the dubious
distinction of being near the
top where he assailed his
opponent, Daniel Webster



Parade Photos......... 1B

County Report........5B
Calendar ..................6B
Feeling Fit..........Inside


It's cold out there and though the weather is going to get warmer as we reach the
weekend the cool weather is going to stay through the end of today, meteorologists
say. At Hilltop Farm the sprinklers froze the blueberries on the outside to keep them
from freezing on the inside. For more on the weather, see Page 2A.

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December 15, 2010

Paee 2A 1The .Polk (inoxt) Democrat

Deputy dies after being hit by car

Staff Report
The passenger in a car
that Sgt. Wes Whitmore
pl,,illJ over Sunday used
the officer's radio to call
for help after he was hit
by a Cadillac Escalade
that killed him.
The 15-year veteran of
the Polk County Sher-
iff's Office was killed
in a Winter Haven 7-11
parking lot Sunday when
a Cadillac Escalade
rammed into his vehicle
causing it to spin 180
degrees, the Polk County
Sheriff's Office reports.
The Escalade, driven
by Leo John Saunders of
1310 West Lake Millsite
Drive, 79, also struck
Wanda Perez of Winter
Haven and continued

through a parking lot,
shrubs and a retention
pond before finally com-
ing to a stop. Whitmore,
60, was taken to Winter
JHaven Hospital where
he died. Perez was also
taken to Winter Haven
Hospital where she was
released on Sunday.
Saunders is currently in
Winter Haven Hospital
where he is being treated
for non-life threatening
Saunders told detec-
tives he had blacked out
and that is likely why
he had driven off the
road. He said he'd never
blacked out before while
driving, said Carrie El-
eazer, a spokesperson for
the sheriff's office.

Sgt. Wes Whitmore
The Escalade was go-
ing south on Spirit Lake
Road in Winter Haven
just south of the rail-
road tracks near Avenue
G N.W. and crashed
through metal barriers,
struck Perez as she stood
outside Wanda's Col-
lectibles, then contin-

ued south through that
parking lot and struck
'..hrn, ore patrol car.
Whitmore was in the
parking lot after pull-
ing over a car with an
expired tag. Both the
4-door car he pulled over
and the squad car were
parked in front of the
Erik Zwicker of Or-
lando, who was the
passenger in the car
Whitmore pulled over,
told authorities that the
Escalade hit Whitmore
before he could close his
door. After being struck,
Zwicker ran to Whit-
more's aid, grabbed the
radio microphone and
asked for help.
Whitmore and his wife

have grown children. He
retired honorably from
the U.S. Air Force after 20
years of service. He be-
came a detention deputy
with the sheriff's office in
1995, and then trans-
ferred to deputy sheriff in
1998. Judd promoted him
to sergeant in 2008 and
his most recent assign-
ment was Central District
patrol, in Winter Haven.
More than 75 com-
ments were posted on
the sheriff's office Face-
book page.
Christina Compton
from the Clewiston
Police, wrote," Our
thoughts & Prayers go
out to his family & Leo
family. May God be with
you during this difficult

Heather Joy Bennett
wrote: "If there is some-
thing that I can or others
can do please let me (us)
know. I am brokenheart-
ed for the family and
friends of this man.
There will be a private
viewing for family and
friends at Oak Ridge Fu-
neral Home, 2425 Haven-
dale Blvd, Winter Haven
Dec. 16. Viewing for oth-
ers is 6-8 p.m. A church
service is scheduled at
10 a.m. Dec. 17 at St.
Joseph's Catholic Church
523 Avenue M N.W, Win-
ter Haven. There will be
no graveside service. Law
enforcement honors will
take place following the
church service.

Temperature's warming up

It's not for another
week that winter starts
but it appears no one told
that to Mother Nature.
It's been cold this week
and though it's going to
get warmer after today,
the coolness will stay to-
day, the National Weather
Service reports.
NWS has a hard freeze
watch in effect for Polk
County through 9 a.m.
Wednesday. That freeze
watch is also in effect for
10 other counties.
But after a wind chill
temperature feeling like
it was in the 20s Monday
night and a low of 25 de-
grees Tuesday night, NWS
said it will start to feel a
little warmer the rest of
the week.
Farmers in town were
getting prepared for the
cold weather. Addison

Barnett, who owns about
600 acres of orange trees
in Fort Meade, was testing
his irrigation systems and
getting ready for Monday
night's cold temperatures.
'And, we'll go out there
about 8 or 9 tonight and
make sure everything's
working right," he said. -
Vic Story, who cares for
about 3,000 acres in Lake
Wales said his son spent
Monday in the fields
making sure his crop
could make it through
what the NWS said would
be the coldest spell this
area has had this year. He
said the lowest tempera-
tures in his fields was 26
"We were right on the
edge," he said. "My son
was out there cutting and
he saw a little bit of ice
in one orange, but other
than that there was no
Tuesday night he said

he'll likewise be out
watching the fruit. He'll
have about 15 of the 70
wells running but he ex-
pects good results again
with the weather forecast
to be warmer.
"I think we'll be in
pretty good shape," he
The five-day forecast
calls for a high of 61
degrees Wednesday with
the night-time low getting
to be about 38 degrees.
Thursday's forecast calls
for a 69 degree high tem-
perature and a low of 50
and on Friday the tem-
perature during the day
will reach 74 degrees with
the nighttime low going
to 55. Over the weekend
the daytime temperature
is forecast to get into the
mid-70s and the night-
time temperatures should
be in the high 40s and low
50s, the NWS reports.

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Bartow City Commission action
n the regular session of nosed with cataracts and pired term of Betty Fay
Bartow City C6mmis- degenerative joint disease Stidham to the Library
n on Dec. 1, city com- in both hips, as well as Advisory Board; appoi:
sioners unanimously inflicted with arthritis. ed Thomas McFadden
)roved the request In other action, city replace Michael DeNe'
;laring as surplus commissioners: whose term on the Re(
perty and the retire- Selected MACTEC reaction Advisory Boarc
nt of Bartow Police Consulting Group of expires; re-appointed 1
apartment K-9 Vegas. Gainesville to conduct chael Bryant to anothi
e vote allowed Officer energy audits (at a cost of term on the Planninga
chelle Smith, to whom $65,000 with funds com- Zoning Commission;
as has been assigned, ing from a grant); Canceled the Dec.
opportunity to take Approved a consid- city commission work
ssession of the 7-year- eration of a Planning session/regular meetii
dog. Advisory Services Agree- and
3ased upon the annual ment with the Central Approved to presei
ysical by police depart- Florida Regional Planning the city commission's
nt veterinarian Dr. Council for FY 2010-11; ability to collect non-a
on Cash, Vegas should Appointed Lauria Ann valorem special assess
retired, being diag- Macon to finish the unex- ments






Life & Learning Center gets acting principal

David Wood has been
appointed the acting
principal of the Polk Life
& Learning Center in Bar-
tow, effective Nov. 29.
Superintendent Sherrie
Nickell introduced Wood
to the Polk County School

Board Tuesday.
New to Polk County
schools, Wood, 62, started
his career in exceptional
student education in 1971
in Lima, Ohio.
He has a bachelor's
in English, a master's in

special education and a
doctorate in educational
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BPAS opens Friday with 'Nutcracker Suites'

"Nutcracker Suites" Trinvti Dozier, Corvell _ldexandra Morris. Kait- andra de Roos. Allvssa Refreshments will be senior (55 or better) tick-
opens the fourth season Drever. Abigail Eckstein, lyn Peliegrini. Madison Beartry. I ill,: Creasy. sold during intermission ets are S12 per show and
of Bartow Performing Sarah Eschrich, Julianna Broxn, Dee Gillingham, Charlie Elam. Emma Pet- in the BE-\ Butterfly Gar- students K-12 are S10. A
Arts Series on at 7:30 Guzzetta, Ava Matute, Rebekah Minter. Katrina coff, Ellie Stavskal. Sierra den. weather permitting. child not yet in school is
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in Maddie *Iuniz, Lauren Ogden. Gina Tortorici. Torres. Drew Koon. Sara "That's Entertain- free with a paying adult.
the Bartow Elementary Seifert, Abbie Stayskal, Alvssa Blythe. Adri- Galindo. Brenna Morris. ment'!" the fourth season Season tickets are also
Academy auditorium. Breanna \Vestergaard, ana ,Mancini, Amberlx IbE,. Morris, Jordan of Bartow Performing available for chepaer
Florida Dance The- Asia Ellis, Peyton Miller, Marvin, Grace Milstead, Muniz. Zaya Owen, Arts Series, runs Decemn- prices. For information
atre will perform "The Jessica Guzzetta, Leah Leigha Mlurdock, Kaitlvn Victoria Pagan. Katie ber through April. call at 533-7125.
Nutcracker," a favorite Milstead, Annamaria :, ,I .- Lillian Sanchez, Phillips. Chloe Seifert, General admission
holiday tradition that Nowak, Robin Martinez, Kaitlin \Watkins, Alex- and Karah Weber. tickets are S15 per show.
transports the audience
to the Land of Snow and
the majestic Garden of
the Sweets.
Company dancers are
Mai Okubo, Rebecca
Yeager, Shanelle Free-
man, Cynthia Thomas-
son, Sarah Oepen, Alexis
Zimmerman (student
trainee), Steven Jeudy,
Abraham Jarrell, Stefan
Dolbashian, and Lorenzo
Edwards. Carol Krajacic
Erkes is the artistic and
founding director; Ferdi-
nand De Jesus is associ-
ate director and resident
Also performing are
Erin Gavin as Clara, Justn
Pagan as her brother
Fritz, Bobby Asen, Jared
Clark, Jasmine Portillo,
Saxon Ballard, Alison
Gavin, Katrina Ogden,
Trinidad Peraza, Lyla
Saxena, Alexandra Sim-
mons, Emily Rozen,
Drew Campbell, Cam-
eron Clark, Emil Clark,
Jesse Clark, Baruch Kirby,
Nic Pagan, Corin Hock-
enberry, Kiersten Harder,
Riley Rhoden, Taylor
Lingley, Sada Barfield,
Miranda Cranford,
Shelby Dorminy, Anna
Henricks, Anya Hock-
enberry, Logan Eick-
meier, Elicia Garza, Eve
Royal, Natasha Stewman,



People are going to be
riding in the.hay next .
The Polk County Farm
Bureau's Young Farmers
& Ranchers Committee.4
is planning to take light
seekers on its Holiday
Hayride Friday, Dec. 17,
and Saturday, Dec. 18, on
George Street in Bartow.
The group will take
riders for $5 a person on
hay-laden, flatbed trailers
through Bartow neigh-
borhoods from 6-9 p.m.
The rides start at the Polk
County Farm Bureau of-
fice at 1715 U.S. High-
wayl7 S., Bartow.
To make reservations
call 533-0561, ext. 1, or e-
The hayrides benefit
the committee's scholar-
ship and leadership fund.
It awards scholarships to
Polk County high school
students who choose
agriculture as a career.



m ust be Horseradish-Crusted Rib Roast
filed now Active Time 25 minutes Total Time up to 3 hours Makes 8

People filing for first- ED1E T P EP 2. Combine rosemary, horseradish
time homestead exemp- 4 carrots Preheat oven to 475F. sauce, Worcestershire, and pepper.
tion or agriculture clas- 2 medium onions Cut carrots, onions, potatoes, and Remove roast from oven. Coat roast
sification should apply 1 (24-oz) bag baby potatoes celery into 1-inch pieces, with horseradish mixture. Bake 1
now to beat the first time
of the year rush, Marsha 8 celery ribs Chop rosemary (leaves only); set aside. to 1 1/2 more hours or until 145F
Faux, Polk County Prop- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (medium-rare) up to 170F (well-done).
erty Appraiser said. leaves, very finely chopped O 1 Use a meat thermometer to accurately

Tne rush happens e- 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 Combine vegetables and olive oil ensure doneness.
tween Jan. 1-March 1.
Faux said her office is 1 Publix Standing Rib Roast (4-5 lb) until evenly coated; transfer to medium- 3. Transfer roast to cutting board;
now accepting applica- 1 teaspoon kosher salt size roasting pan. Season roast on transfer vegetables to serving dish'
tions for homestead, 3/4 cup horseradish sauce all sides with salt. Place roast on rack Let roast stand 10-15 minutes before
portability, widow, wid- 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce arranged over vegetables (wvash hands). slicna; serve.
ower, disability, veterans,
senior, conservation, 1/4 teaspoon coarsely Place roast in oven and immediately
religious, agricultural and ground pepper reduce heat to 325 F. Bake 1 hour.
charitable exemptions.
Applicants must file in
person at county offices '
in Bartow, W inter Haven.. .0.. .... .'... .
or Lakeland. Call 534-
4777 for information.

The Polk Countv Democrat Page 3A

December 15, 2010

Lioness Club has last Christmas dinner

Twenty-nine members of the Bartow Lioness Club pose for a group photo at their last official meeting Dec. 6. The service
club is disbanding after 34 years.

Photos by Peggy Kehoe

Happy 10-month-old Sharla Driskell attended the Lioness Club's
Christmas dinner Dec. 6 with her mother, Amber Driskell. The
club, formed in 1976, is disbanding because the group's sponsor,
the Lions Club, disbanded earlier this year. (For full details, see
the Dec. 11 issue of The Democrat.)

Brady Draper sang several Christmas songs at the Lioness Club's
final meeting on Dec. 6, and surprised his wife Debbie with a
love song in celebration of their 13th anniversary.


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High-speed track to the 21st century

The announcement by the White
House last week that Florida would
receive another S342 million to
build a high-speed rail line between
Tampa and Orlando presents an op-
portunity for the state to become a
national leader in emerging "green"
systems and technologies.
The state's windfall comes after
Wisconsin and Ohio rejected $1.19
billion from the federal government
in high-speed rail funding.
That is short-sighted, but we
welcome the opportunity to cement
our state's participation in a nation-
al effort. It appears the extra money
may mollify critics concerned about
the profitability of commuter rail
in Florida, although Gov.-elect Rick
Scott is still wavering.
The United States still may choose
not to develop high-speed rail in the
coming years. Again, that would be
extremely short-sighted.
If we reject new directions in mass
transit, we will continue to rely
on cars and ever-bigger highways.
We'll rely on a transportation sys-
tem that pollutes the atmosphere


to some degree and contributes to
climate change. We will continue to
spend big money on bigger roads,
no matter how much we spend on
alternatives. That's what we do and
what we've done since the mid-20th
The rest of the world is changing,
Most of the companies competing
for contracts to build the Tampa-Or-
lando line are foreign. They include
companies from Japan, South Korea,
Spain and Germany. Our own vener-
able General Electric Co. has estab-
lished a partnership with Chinese
companies to bid on this and other
No surprise they are ahead of us.
Spain is about to begin a new
high-speed service between Madrid
and Valencia that will cut the time of
a commute in half with only a slight
increase in ticket prices. Just last
week, German and French officials
opened a new high-speed rail bridge

on their border that will be a key
link in bullet-train system that even-
tually will run from Paris to Slovakia.
And then there is China.
The Chinese have been expand-
ing their high-speed rail capacity
rapidly over the past decade. They
now have the world's longest rail
network, a total of more than 4,600
miles. China hopes its high-speed
train system will stretch nearly
10,000 miles in the next decade. It's
safe to bet they'll reach their goal.
And then some. China and Laos
recently announced they will build a
high-speed rail line between the two
countries, with an expected comple-
tion date of 2014. Thailand is eager
to link up. An eventual pan-Asian
system is foreseen.
China also announced last week
that its newly developed 16-car train
hit a new high for speed, 300 mph,
much faster than Japan's bullet
trains. China is fast developing new,
sustainable-transportation technol-
ogy and setting a high bar for the
rest of the world. Chinese officials
are eager to export their new tech-


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"Uneasy lies the head
that wears a crown." -
Henry The Fourth, Part 2,
Act 3,
Scene 1 -W. Shake-
speare, 1597.
Thus laments King
Henry IV, who just
couldn't get a good 40
winks after seizing the
throne from Richard II.
It should be noted that
in some translations,
the wording is the more
familiar "Uneasy lies the
head that wears 'the'
I cannot account for
the inconsistency, espe-
cially since old Bill wrote
in English, and transla-
tions should seem simple
enough if not, indeed,
totally unnecessary.

Three accounts in
this week's news report
modern-day hardships
associated with the nobil-
The most prominent,
of course, occurred in
London, where stu-
dents protesting tuition
increases vented their
wrath on the 33-year-old
Rolls-Royce Phantom VI


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in which were riding the
future king and sort-of-
queen of England.
The car was a gift to
Queen Elizabeth II on the
celebration of her Silver
Jubilee in 1977. Say what
you want to about the fra-
gility of the nobility; the
lady has staying power.
At any rate, the Phan-
tom lacks bulletproof
glass, armored plate,
machine-gun turrets,
anti-aircraft rockets,
and other basics of chief
executive transportation
security of today.
Owing to that inad-
equacy, Prince Charles
and his beloved Camilla,
Duchess of Cornwall,
came under attack, and
may have to quit using
the old clunker for tooling
about London.

Less well known, in
Lucknow, India (I did

not make up that name,
though I am pretty sure
that's where my call goes
when I need help getting
my lawn edger to start),
there is a battle royal
under way between two
brothers-in-law for the
title of Nawab of Awadah.
Apparently the Nawab
is a kind of royalty in that
region. Is, or once was.
This is another one of
those "Uneasy the head"
things, though the pain
may be lessened by the
fact that the kingdom and
its throne haven't existed
for the past 150 years or
You know the old say-
ing: It's not the throne
that's important; it's the
principle of the thing.

And in Abidjan, Ivory
Coast, the lawfully elected
president is conducting
affairs of state (no, really,
legitimate affairs) from a
small hotel room because
the man he defeated
refuses to move out of the
presidential palace.
Cabinet meetings are
held in a tent on the hotel

nologics. The Israelis reportedly are
extremely interested.
High-speed rail will grow through-
out the world throughout the
coming century. Americans can get
onboard or we can sit in our cars
and watch the train of progress
whip past.
The same holds for Florida.
Florida can chose to accept the
windfall from the federal govern-
ment and build the nation's first
high-speed rail line.
We can chose to focus national at-
tention on the state's transportation
We can create new jobs and new
industries in the region. We can
embrace a leadership role in high-
speed rail and alternative energy
technologies like solar power. We
have that option.
Or we can continue to dither and
study the feasibility of green tech-
nologies while the Germans, Span-
ish, Japanese and Chinese pass us
by. Someone else will build it and
use it.
Fact is, they already are.

us al

.tched the City I have worked in retail
sion meeting last downtown for a number
Dec. 12, 2010, it of years. I have more than
o me a great deal a passing acquaintance
'as spent trying with the financial shape
the progress of of the downtown busi-
on the hotel. nesses.
ing that caused Do the contractor and
nder about the the city not realize that
success of the the Park Avenue Arcade
ere the com- has been sitting idle and
r. Gallup made locked for over three
described the years?
nish the first Knowing this, can prof-
f floors for retail its be expected from cre-
es and use the ating more retail space?
)m this to finish I have lived in Lake
*ation. Wales for 32 years. I

Amazed city found

In reading The Lake
Wales News' recent edito-
rial on the Grand Hotel
project I find there are
several glaring omissions
in the "editorial perspec-
tive" on the project.
First, the document is
not and was not a throw
together and involved the
city attorney on legal is-
sues through the process.
The essences of the con-
tract came from the RFPs
and stated city objectives
for redevelopment of the
Second, the hotel
project went through not
one, but two RFPs with
presentations, reviews
and evaluations. There
was a lot of public input.
The often cited option of
demolition of the build-
ing would have cost the
citizens of Lake Wales ap-
proximately $1,000,000.
Third, the city commis-
sion directed the then city
manager to proceed with
development a contract
and that charge was as-
signed to the director of
economic development.
Fourth, the develop-
ment/redevelopment of
a project of this nature
is not an easy project
and, given all things, the
Lake Wales market is not
Disneyland or New York
when it comes to private

City of
Lake Wales

capital flocking to do this
type of project. The mere
fact that so few qualified
responses were received
speaks to the desirability
of the downtown market
to attract such an invest-
Remember, there had
been at least two other
ventures that had tried
to work with the previ-
ous owner only to find
that the market did not
exist for a super high end
project at $400 per square
foot or for the more mun-
dane subsidized housing
concept which caused
the public to recoil from
the thought of such a
project for the downtown
Fifth, during the pro-
cess, informal input was
requested with regards to
elements of the contract.
Sixth, the process used
is not an anomaly in proj-
ect negotiations for either
public or private projects
or combination partner-
Seventh, the project
was presented; the con-
tract key elements were

l money?
would love to see our
downtown come alive
again, but are we expect-
ing more than is possible?
When I moved here
we had a wonderful
downtown many retail
stores. I just hope we are
not leaving ourselves
open for another failed
adventure. And are we
sure it will not eventually
cost us money we don't

Donna Wagner
Lake Wales

reviewed and discussed
in the public meeting.
The term "boiler plate" is
used to reference contract
elements that are usually
not deal elements that are
found in every contract.
Eighth, the request
referenced in the editorial
for "time for the public
to digest the details" was
an eleventh-hour request
that came on the heels of
months and months of
work on the project.
People are amazed that
the city found anyone
willing to work on such a
project in this economic
times. The city has no
funds in the project. The
city is the beneficiary of
the efforts on the prop-
erty even in its current
Many people are
amazed at the constant
negative tone that the
home town press applies
to this project. The home-
town press has stated
that they are not there to
"market the project." It
would be nice if the home
town would just stop try-
ing to stab it to death!
Harold Gallup is the
Director of Economic
Development for the City
of Lake Wales. He negoti-
ated the contract with the
Hotel Grand developer
and the city.

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Louise Rickenbacker

Anna Louise

Anna Louise Ricken-
backer, 60, of Bartow,
died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010,
at Lakeland Regional
Medical Center from
complications of an auto
Born June 1, 1950, in
Glasgow, Mont., Mrs.
Rickenbacker moved to
Florida in 1969 and had
been a resident of the
Bartow area 35 years.
She was a lunchroom
worker at Bartow Middle
School for many years,
retiring from the Polk
County Public Schools in
2007. She was a member
of Women of the Moose,
Bartow Lodge.
Mrs. Rickenbacker
was preceded in death
by her husband, Edwin
Rickenbacker; her father,
John Betmyren; a brother,
Jimmy Beck; and a sister,
Shirley Beck.
Survivors include
two daughters, Rebecca
Anderson Braswell of Fort
Meade, and Sharon Stin-
son and husband Rich
of Bartow; her mother,
Mildred Irwin of Glasgow,
Mont.; two sisters, Linda
Eagler of Grand Junction,
Colo., and Laura Straight
of Thorne Bay, Alaska;
three brothers, Robert
Irwin of Glasgow, Mont.,
John Becke of Quartzsite,
Ariz., and Albert Irwin of
Minot, N.D.; three grand-
daughters, Ashley Deason
and husband Shawn,
and Brittany Scott, all of
Fort Meade, and Allison
Stinson of Bartow; two
grandsons, Corey Stinson
of Orlando and Treay
Stinson of Bartow; one
Ashlynne Deason of Fort
Memorial service:
Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10
a.m. at Whidden-McLean
Funeral Home, Bartow.
Condolences to the
family may be sent at

Martha Lower', 79, of
Fort Meade, died Mon-
day, Dec. 13, 2010, at her
Born April 3, 1931,
in Lumberton, N.C.,
Mrs. Lowery has been a
resident of Fort Meade for
three years. She was for-
merly a longtime resident
of Bartow.
Mrs. Lowery was a
sectionizer for Ben Hill
Griffin Citrus in Bartow
for many years. She was a
member of the Church of
the Nazarene. Mrs. Low-
ery attended the Bartow
Senior Center and was an
avid bingo player.
She was preceded in
death by her husband,
James H. Lowery, and a
daughter, Brenda Fran-
Survivors include two
sons, Gaston Lowery and
Al Lowery, both of Bartow;
three daughters:, Jane
White of Bartow, Vicky
Carter of Fort Meade,
and Mary Sue Kemp of
Bartow; 10 grandchildren;

Raul G. Reyes, Sr, 45,
of Bartow, died Monday,
Dec. 13, 2010.
He was born Aug. 13,
1963, in Tamaulipas, Mex-
ico, and moved to this
area in 1969 from Texas.
He was a truck driver and
a mechanic.
Mr. Reyes was preceded
in death by his father,
Antonio I. Reyes, and a
brother, Carlos L. Reyes,
Survivors include two
daughters, Rachel Reyes
of Bowling Green and An-
drea Reyes of Fort Meade;
three sons; Raul Reyes, Jr.,
and wife Ashley, Vincent
Reyes and Emilio Reyes,
all of Fort Meade; his
mother, Alicia G. Rodri-
guez of Fort Meade; three
sisters, Marie L Rodriguez
of Lake Wales, Francisca
Rodriguez and husband
Rafael of Fort Meade, and
Alicia Reyes of Alturas;
one brother, Jesus Reyes

Felipe Benitez, 82, died
Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010,
at his home in Bowling
He was born Sept. 24,
1928, in Puerto Rico. Mr.
Benitez worked in the
agriculture industry.
Survivors include his
wife, Catarina Benitez
of Bowling Green; two
daughters, Judy Arango
of Bowling Green and Joy
Maldonado of Naples;

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Martha Lowery
and 10 great-grandchil-
Visitation: Wednesday,
Dec. 15, from 10-11 a.m.
at Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home, Bartow.
Funeral: Wednesday,
at 11 a.m. at the funeral
home. Interment will be
at Gandy Cemetery in
Memorials may by
made to Good Shepherd
Hospice, 105 Arneson
Ave., Auburndale, FL
33823. Condolences to
the family may be made
at www.whiddenmclean-


Raul Reyes, Sr.
of Lake Wales; and two
grandchildren, Rene A.
Reyes and Valerie M.
Visitation: Saturday,
Dec. 18, from 9-10 a.m.,
at St. Elizabeth Catholic
Church, 101 N. Edgewood
Drive in Fort Meade. '
Funeral: Saturday, at 10
a.m., at the church.
Arrangements: McLean
Funeral Home, Fort
Meade. Condolences
can be sent to the family
at www.mcleanfuneral-

two stepdaughters, Janie
Hernandez of Naples and
Julie Pena of Lakeland; a
stepson, Jessie Monroe of
Tampa; 14 grandchildren;
and 12 great-grandchil-
Arrangements: McLean
Funeral Home, Fort
Condolences can be
sent to the family at www.

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Wavne "Spud" Morris
Rickels, 58. of Wauchula,
died Thursday, Dec. 9,
2010, at his residence.
He was born in Ham-
ilton, Ohio, on Oct. 3,
1952. He was a dragline
operator for 29 years with
Mr. Rickels was pre-
ceded in death by his
parents, Ralph and Viola
Rickels, and his brother,
Fredrick Dale Rickels.
Survivors include his
wife, Heather Helms
Rickels of Wauchula; four
daughters, Angela Elam
and husband Ron of
Cleveland, Tenn., Jennifer
Clemons and husband
Josh of Gainesville, Missy
Lee Helms of Lakeland,
and April Le'mae Maker
of Winter Haven; two
sons, Stephen Adam Rick-
els of Atlanta and Caleb
Scott Rickels of Crystal
River; two sisters, Sandy
Scott and husband Oscar
of Zolfo Springs, and Mar-
lene Hyde and husband
Roger of Lakeland; and
10 grandchildren, Jordan

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Ybarra, Joshua David
Clemons, Jr., Bubba Joe
Ybarra, Lydia Cheyenne
Ybarra, Emily Grace
Ybarra, Hailee Rickels and
Chloe Rickels.
Funeral: Saturday, Dec.
18, at 2 p.m., at First Bap-
tist Church, 4531 US 17
North, Bowling Green.
Arrangements: McLean
Funeral Home, Fort
Condolences may
be sent to the family
at www.mcleanfuneral-

Elizabeth Joyce Hall

Elizabeth Joyce Hall, 71,
of Lake Wales, died Mon-
day, Dec. 13, 2010.
She was born Oct. 8,
1939, in Nichols. She
worked in customer ser-
vice and was a personal
assistant for the City of
Bartow for 21 years. She
was a Baptist.
Mrs. Hall was preceded
in death by her husband,
James E. Hall, and a son,
James A. Hall.
Survivors include
her two daughters, C.J.
Wilson and husband
Glynn of Lake Wales and
Deborah King of Bartow;
one son, Kenneth Dale
Hall and wife JoEllen of

Circleville, Ohio; two sis-
ters, Mary Ellen Hancock
and husband Vernon of
Fort Meade and Patricia
McNair of Winter Park;
two brothers, Jimmy Olive
and wife Paula of Fort
Meade and H.L. Olive and
wife Gwen of Seffner.
Visitation: Friday,
Dec. 17, from noon-1 at
McLean Funeral Home,
Fort Meade.
Graveside service:
Friday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m.,
at Evergreen Cemetery in
Fort Meade.
Condolences can be
sent to the family at www.

Hazel Odum

Hazel W.

HazelW. Odum, 79, of
Bartow, passed away from
respiratory failure Dec.
Born March 7, 1931 in
Lakeland, Mrs. Odum
was the daughter of the
late Andrew Lee and Lela
(Mason) Winborn. She
was a homemaker and a
member of Lake Garfield
Baptist Church.
Survivors include her
husband of 59 years, Billy'
Joe Odum of Bartow; two
sons, Joe Odum and wife
Leila of Grove City, Ohio,
and Conrad Odum and
wife Vicki of Bartow; three
grandchildren; and six
great grandchildren.
Visitation: Tuesday,
Dec. 14, 10-11 a.m., at
Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home, Bartow.
Funeral: Tuesday, Dec.
14, at 11 a.m. at the fu-
neral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the
family requests that
memorial contributions
may be made to Good
Shepherd Hospice, 105
Arneson Ave., Auburn-
dale, FL 33823.
Condolences may be
sent online at www.whid-

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December 15, 2010

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The Polk County Democrat Page 7A

The Junior Jackets Bas-
-h1, I Il and Cheerleading
began Saturday but there
is still time to get into the
A second sign-up is
coming at 9 a.m. Satur-
day, Dec. 18. The season
begins in January and all
games will be on Sat-
urdavs. Practices are at
Carver Recreation Center,
2250 S. Floral Ave.
The basketball clinics
are supervised by the
Bartow High School boys'
basketball coaching staff
and players. The Junior
Jackets cheerleading
program is run by Krystal
Bemman, recreation
coordinator for the Bar-
tow Parks & Recreation
Department. Participants
will cheer at the basket-
ball games on Saturdays
and perform at halftime.
For basketball, the late
registration fee for Bar-
tow residents is $53.50. If
the child is on free lunch
the fee is $32.10 or re-
duced lunch $42.80. Late
registration fee for a non-
resident is $64.20. If the
child is on free lunch the
fee is $38.52 or reduced
lunch $51.36.
For cheerleading,
the late registration fee
for Bartow residents is
$42.80. If the child is
on free lunch the fee is

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in grades 9-12 who have
a physical disability and
want to pursue a college
or technical post sec-
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The students must be
in Polk County public
schools grades 9-12,
qualify for free or reduced
lunch, have a severe
physical disability and be
on track to graduate with
a standard high school
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funding for these scholar-
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school board's non-profit
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and behavior throughout
high school.
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as "Taliban Dan" for his
support of fundamen-
talist Christian views
on women, marriage,
divorce and abortion.
Another example how
this year's elections in
Florida had transcended
local politics was the
economy, practically to
the exclusion of almost
all else. MacManus
pointed out that Florida
was No. 2 in foreclosures
and fourth in unemploy-
"I think it really hurt
Democrats," she said.
For example, Democrat
gubernatorial candidate
Alex Sink's message of
an anti-corruption and

integrity did not matter
to a majority of voters.
"Pure and simple, it
was a frustration year
election," she said.
"When people are con-
cerned about losing their
jobs and their homes,
nothing else matters."
Even Sink in defeat
acknowledged as much,
said MacManus, when
Sink said the economy
being what it was, no
Democrat was going to
do well. Another reason
Democrats fared poorly,
and MacManus specifi-
cally referenced Kendrick
Meek who ran for the
U.S. Senate, was that
turnout in south Florida
was lower than aver-

age, especially among
black voters, who were
angry because the na-
tional Democratic Party
never truly rallied around
That also extended
to female Democrat
candidates, who paled
in comparison to female
Republican candidates,
such as Pam Bondi, who
won the race for state
attorney general. In fact,
more female conserva-
tives voted this year than
ever before, McManus
It may be a consensus
among political analysts
such as herself that the
U.S. is in the midst of
"wave politics," that the

INDICTED: for bribery

of up to $250,000 on each
count of conviction, and
M.M. Parrish Construc-
tion Co. may be fined
up to $500,000 on each
count of conviction.
The FBI said that if
convicted the fine on
each count may be
increased to twice the
amount they gained
from the crime or twice
the loss suffered by the
Williams was booked
on a $50,000 bond and
Whann on a $100,000
In the indictment
Williams, who was the
assistant superinten-
dent of facilities and
operations was in charge
of awarding construction
contracts. He alleg-
edly received items from
Whann and M.M. Parrish
Construction Co. like
home restorations and
repairs; hunting, fishing
and vacation trips and a
Beretta shotgun.
The indictment alleges
Whann and M.M. Parrish

corruptly conferred sub-
stantial things of value
on Williams to influence
Williams' decision-
marking in their favor. It
alleges that M.M. Parrish
received more than $100
million worth of con-
struction business from
Polk County. Whann, the
executive vice president
and a major Parrish
shareholder, is alleged
to have been directly
involved in corruptly
providing things of value
to Williams.
M.M. Construction is
currently contracted to
do repair work at Winter
Haven High School.
Both Williams and
Whann are scheduled
to appear in an arraign-
ment Dec. 21 in Tampa.
Martin Hernandez said
his firm has not been
fully retained by Williams
so he could not speak on
how the defendant will
plead. He said there is a
law firm in Tallahassee
that may represent him
so he is not at liberty to
discuss the case. And,

repeated phone calls to
Rob Griscti who is rep-
resentanting Whann on
the indictment, were not
As a result of the
allegations the Polk
County School District
has changed its contract
evaluation process in
order to avoid a similar
situation. Fred Murphy
replaced Williams as the
assistant superintendent
for Support Services and
as his first job was to
develop a written process
of how contracts would
be awarded.
In the setup, he said,
companies seeking work
by the school district
would have to appear be-
fore five committees and
they would all evaluate
the companies publicly.
"Because of the way
the process is one person
cannot be in charge of
the outcome," he said.
"and because every-
thing is written down if
something stands out it
will shine like a light in
the sky."

electorate has lost pa-
tience, thus is quicker to
toss out incumbents and
then toss out the succes-
sors to those incumbents
in the next election if the
successors don't perform.
However, whether
that meant the time
had arrived in American
politics for a viable third-
party to emerge, MacMa-
nus had her doubts.
"I don't see a major
third party coming
along," she said.
McManus did castigate
the major media over the
Tea Party and its efforts

to portray its adherents
in a negative light.
"The national media
looked like fools on the
Tea Party movement,"
she said, and pointed to
the successful campaigns
for either independent
candidates, or conserva-
tive Republicans who
had gained Tea Party
At the end of her pre-
sentation and the follow-
up question-and-answer
period, Charlie Crist's
viability came up.
"This is my favorite
question and I am asked

this by every group I
speak to," she said.
"Let me ask you, how
many of you think you
have heard the last of
Charlie Crist?" she asked.
Only a few people
raised their hands. When
she asked if anyone
believed Crist would not
make another run for
political office, no one
raised their hand. Mc-
Manus said the response
of those at the Tiger Bay
club mirrored those of
others elsewhere when-
ever she asked.

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and not once had he yet
received a reply.
Tonjes said he had
been looking at other
school districts and
explained what Semi-
nole County does. When
it reaches the size level
allowed, it "closes" the
class and takes the excess
students to a school that
has an opening. Could
Polk do likewise? School
board member Hazel
Sellers, who said she had
looked at how Seminole
County has faced the is-
sue, said Polk might need
to come up with a hybrid
version. Her comment
prompted board member
Dick Mullenax to jump in
to the debate.
"Seminole County
is more compact. That
model would have a
problem fitting here," he
said. "We have a lot of
schools not within five
miles of another similar
Tonjes was joined by
Fred Murphy, assistant
superintendent, sup-
port services. Seminole,
he said, is 257-square
miles, while Polk is
"It cannot be done
equitably," said Murphy.
"There is no one plan out
there that's going to work
for our district."

Board member Frank
O'Reilly, who had main-
tained a quiet presence
throughout much of the
work session, weighed in,
saying that if the Florida
DOE didn't like what
Polk County Schools had
achieved, then it was for
them to "live with this"
as far as he was con-
"All we're doing is
spinning our wheels,"
he said. "I say, forget it.
Move on and teach the
While that might
sound easy to do, board
member Lori Cunning-
ham asked, at what cost,
financially. Mark Grey,
assistant superintendent
business services, spelled
out the complicated
formula the DOE had es-
tablished for schools not
in compliance. Essen-
tially, districts that don't
comply lose money from
the state. That amount
is then administered to
school districts in com-
However, as far as
Mullenax was concerned,
it was a moot point.
In conversations with
counterparts in other
school districts, he said
they told him that the
dollars that supposedly
were going to come from
the out-of-compliance
school districts was not

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going to materialize.
Mullenax said Broward
County and Miami-Dade
schools were not in
compliance, and "guess
what," he said, it was
those districts whose leg-
islators carried the most
influence, and there was
no way they were going
to lose that money.
"We met it (compli-
ance), they didn't, and
we're the ones worrying
about it," concluded
Sherrie Nickell said
this was of grave con-
cern, because for every
seat unfilled, there is
a cost. However, there
were other factors, and
that was because of
the mandate, perhaps
another layer had been
added to the educational
process. As an example,
following the path al-
ready in place, assigning
a co-teacher, the primary
teacher now had another
set of challenges, such
as how to coordinate the
lesson planss, as well
as be concerned which
students to assign the
"Sometimes, the rem-
edy is more challenging
than the issue," she said.
"We want to do our part
to be in compliance, but
at some point, common
sense needs to prevail."
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in the hotel manager s
office is being used to
maintain official contact
with embassies through-
out the rest of the world.
Well, if it would make
him feel more presi-
dential, I could give the

new president a lead
on where he could get a
good deal on a used 1977
Rolls-Royce Phantom VI
that could be made to
look pretty good once
a few dings were taken
out of it and the busted
windows replaced.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
With insight like this, per-
haps he should have been
an international diplo-
mat or something instead
of a newspaper publisher
The title of Nawab of
Awadah has a nice sound
to it, don't you think?)

GAS: $3 a gallon

thing, prices may de-
crease by a cent or two.
"While that may not
be much of a decrease,
any drop in price is
welcomed by already
strapped consumers."
Brady said that 2010 is
an atypical year for gas
Typically prices peak
during July when sum-

mer vacation travelers hit
the road, but 2010 prices
hit highs in April and
May, and then during
September the cost went
down, said Brady. Typi-
cally prices reach lows
in the wintertime when
retailers sell a less costly
winter blend.
Mary Lou Johns is still
motoring 10,000 miles a
year, but hopes for relief.
"Either pay or become

a coach potato," said
Jane Peck, of Lake
Wales, is looking to a
higher authority then
those senators Ron lob-
"I'm praying," said
Peck. "Every time I go
past the pump, I pray.
"Bring them down,
sweet Jesus, bring them


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Christmas parade lights up Bartow

Bartow's annual Light Up Christmas parade and a
cool evening brought the holiday spirit to town Friday,
Dec. 10. Crowds lined Broadway and Main Street from
Mosaic Park to Tom's Chicken Shack.
Lighted floats and cars were joined by bands, busi-
nesses, horses, kids and dogs, with siren-blowing fire
and police vehicles to announce their arrival.
Following the 1-3/4 hour parade, Mamie's School of
Dance students entertained on Main Street, and food
vendors set up on Central Avenue.

Jett Wilson, 9 months old, had a warm spot to watch the
parade, from his mom's shop on Main Street, The Loft Day Spa.

Many mini Santa's from Mamie's School of Dance entertained the crowd that surrounded them
on East Main Street in front of the Old Polk County Courthouse after Friday's Christmas parade in

Live nativity, manger scenes at Main Street Baptist

Manger scenes, from collectibles to children's versions, from wood to beauti-
Main Street Baptist Church set up a live nativity scene after Bartow's Christmas parade Friday night. Portraying fully-painted ceramics, were displayed at Main Street Baptist Church Friday
the three Wise Men (from left) were Michaela Patterson, Mathew Tomlinson and Jillian Shaffer; Joseph, Kimberli night. This set, featuring the "Peanuts" comic strip characters, was a gift to
Patterson; Mary, Kara Grubbs; and a shepherd, Julie Shaffer. Pastor Terry Coe from his three daughters.

December 15, 2010

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Christmas Cantata

Sunday at ARP Church

Associate Reformed
Presbyterian ( h i r
choir will present "Carols
and Classics" ( Iri r \[T .
cantata at the 11 a.m.
worship service, Sunday,
Dec. 19.
The cantata ill
include selections from
Handel's '.l .- -i i as
well as Latin, French and
traditional carols. The
cantata, arranged by Tom
Fettke, will be directed by
Janet Heidtman.
Musical accompani-
ment will be provided
by Sarah Gibson, piano,
and Lyda Frankenburger,
Vocalists will be Marion
Harrison, Stephanie La-
zanowski, Karen Hall, Liz
Whatley, Kern Cook, Hel-
en Gienau, Kristi Joyner,

Bartow Parks and
Recreation Department's
Zumba fitness program
continues at Carver Rec-
reation Center on Tues-
day and Thursday nights
from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Total cost for a resident
is $24 plus tax ($6 plus
tax per class) and for a
non-resident $29 plus tax
($7.25 plus tax per class).
Registration is ongoing at

Sheryl Cooper, Ginger
Read, Emily Matteson,
Mildred Berry, Leanna
Renfroe, Lee Roebke, and
Liz Gibson, sopranos;
Barbara Lassiter, Martha
Post, Ellie Haag, Cynthia
Matteson, Jenny Heidt-
man, Sandy Sewell, and
Melissa Witmer, altos;
Ernie Cooper, Bob Kelly,
and Neil Bontrager, ten-
ors; and Hugh Crawford,
John James, Steve Har-
rison, Dick Glasgow, Billy
Brown, and Mike Keed,
Soloists will be Harri-
son, Hall, Joyner, Witmer,
and Bontrager. Narration
will be provided by Rev.
Rob Patrick.
The church is at 205
East Stanford St., Bartow.

Golden Age plans meeting

The Bartow Golden Age
Club will have "Wayne
Lewis, Brady Draper,
David Burton and John
Kesler musical" at its
Dec. 21 meeting.
The meeting will start
at noon at the Bartow
Civic Center in the audi-

torium. There will be a
$2 charge for lunch and
people are asked to bring
donations for senior
For questions, contact
Shirley Pittenger at 863-

Carver Recreation Center
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through Friday, 8 a.m.-5
p.m. Information on
upcoming programs and
events is on the website,, or
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Dozens of children got to sit with Santa at the library and were treated to a free showing of "Toy
Story 3."The library has free movies on Saturdays three times a month.

Donate items for military by Dec. 17

The Greater Bartow
Chamber of Commerce
wants items it will send
in care packages to U.S.
military personnel with
the 101st Airborne who
are stationed in Afghani-
stan near the border with
Pakistan. At least two in
the group are natives of
Polk County.
According to reports,
some American bases and
outposts are so close to
the Pakistani border that
they are under regular
sniper and mortar fire. Fly-
ing supplies into the bases
is sometimes once every
four weeks because the
choppers are fired upon.
In some of these out-
posts, sanitary facilities are
often no more than Port-
a-Potties surrounded by
stacks of sandbags. Shower
facilities are sometimes
a black plastic bag with a

Requested items are:
Dried fruit (including,
raisins, trail mixes, etc.)

Fruit cups (not in cans)
Cup of Soup (ones in
bowls already as the sol-
diers do not have bowls)
Ramen noodles (al-
ready in the bowl form is
Macaroni and cheese
(in the cup, not in boxes)
Ground coffee and
Packets of hot choco-
Microwavable lunches
(not refrigerated, located
in the soup isle they
usually have a meat and
potato or some kind of
spaghetti or chili)
Pasta bowls (not re-
frigerated anything that
can be just popped into
the microwave)
Granola bars, Pop
Tarts, Peanuts, Fruit Bars/
Roll Ups etc. (Individu-
ally packaged and small
enough to put in a pocket
for long missions.)
Crackers and cheese
(not in the box, but indi-
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Individually wrapped

candy and candy bars
The individually
'wrapped cookies (such
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Pudding and Jell-O (in
the individually packaged
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Paper bowls for the
Hand sanitizer
Hand, feet and body
Room spray
Foot spray, tea tree oil
Foot powder
Cards and letters of
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Ave. by Friday, Dec. 17.
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Bartow High wins county cheerleading competition


Bartow High School
cheerleading squad was
won the Grand Champi-
onship Saturday at the
Polk County Cheerlead-
ing competition.
That crown means
the varsity squad had
the highest vote total of
the 16 high schools that
However, each of the
16 teams will move to
the regional competition
next month on the way
to state championship.
In the competition
in the BHS gymnasium
The Bartow High junior
varsity team won the
Junior Varsity division,
Lake Wales High won the
non-tumbling division,
Lakeland won the Large
Division and Bartow was
named the Grand Cham-
pion and Co-Ed division
BHS and George
Jenkins are the only two
squads in the county that
have boys, she said.
"Our boys are really
amazing," Jolliff said. "It
gives us more strength
and helps with our
Bartow High's team
won the state finals three
years ago, the first year
cheerleading was ranked
as a sport rather than an
activity by the FHSAA,
and has been in the
finals in each of the last
Other Polk County
squads that have made
it to the finals in the
last three years are Lake
Wales, George Jenkins
and Kathleen High.
Bartow's coach, and
who organized the coun-
ty competition Saturday
Lori Jolliff, thought her
team had a good chance

Winter Haven High School's cheerleaders flip during their dance routine at the Polk County Cheer-
leading competition Saturday in the Bartow High School gym.

Bartow High School's Rayanna Gardner leads the varsity cheer-
leaders Saturday in the county competition. The BHS squad won
the Grand Championship trophy.

to make it back to the
finals this year.
"Absolutely," she said
on whether they can
make it back. "We have
a really good team this
year and this is the first
time we're co-ed."
During the competi-
tion the teams perform
for two and a half min-
There's one minute of
cheering and one minute
of dancing. The teams
do stunts, running,

tumbling and a variety
of other activities the
judges use to rate them.
'"And, there's no half-
time to give them time to
go into the lockerroom
and regroup," Jolliff said.
"These kids have to get
everything done and get
it right."
The regional competi-
tion is scheduled Jan. 22
at Plant City High School.
The finals is Feb. 4-5 at
the Silver Spurs Arena in

Lake Gibson High School
flips one of its cheerleaders
through the air during the
county competition Saturday
in the Bartow High School

New leadership for Polk County Republican party

Members of the Republican Party
of Polk County met Tuesday, Dec. 7,
in the county administration build-
ing in Bartow, where they elected new
officers for the next two years because
current chairman Gene Roberts, who
has served the Republican Party 40
years, recently decided not to run for
Elected to replace Roberts was Jimmy
Nelson. Also elected to positions were
Steve Maxwell, vice chairman; Teresa
Bray, secretary; and Debbi Hannifan,
The new leadership pledged to hold
regular monthly meetings, make ef-
fective use of technology, and offer a
welcoming atmosphere to new mem-
bers who join.
Nelson spoke of the re-energizing
impact of the recent November elec-
tion, in which the GOP strengthened
its control in both houses of the Florida
legislature, gained all Florida cabinet
positions, took the majority in the U.S.
House of Representatives, and made
substantial gains in the U.S. Senate.
"Our goal is to make Polk's Repub-
lican Party a model in harnessing this

new wave of Republican energy," said
Nelson. "This energy, combined with
the experience of longstanding PCREC
members, will assure us of success."
The 2010-12 term for Republican
leadership throughout the state is es-
pecially important with Tampa having
been selected as the site for the 2012
Republican National Convention.

About the new officials

Jimmy Nelson
Jimmy Nelson is a Polk County native
from Lake Wales and a veteran of the
U.S. Navy. He owns and operates J Nel-
son Financial Strategies. He also serves
as vice president to his family's busi-
ness, Marion Nelsoh Funeral Home,
Inc. He holds his Series 7 and Series 63
securities licenses, is a Certified Finan-
cial Planner.
He previously served as a city com-
missioner of Lake Wales and chairman
of the Young Republican Party of Hop-
kins County, Ky. He attends South Lake
Wales Church of God. Nelson has been
married to Kelly for 26 years; they have

two daughters, Kristin and Maggie.
Steve Maxwell
(vice chairman)
Steve Maxwell is a native Floridian
and veteran of the U.S. Navy. For the
past 20 years, he has been involved in
agriculture. From 1994-2003, he served
as vice president of Ben Hill Griffin Inc.,
in Frostproof, where he now resides. In
2005 he purchased the Highland Corp.,
of Mulberry. He serves on the Warner
University Board of Trustees, is an elder
at South Lake Wales Church of God,
and is active in his community as a vol-
unteer for athletic fundraising. Maxwell
previously served on the Frostproof
City Counsel. He has been married to
Beverly for 27 years and they have three
Teresa Bray
Teresa Bray is co-owner of Back
Office Consultants Inc., a firm spe-
cializing in financial accounting and
corporate compliance solutions for
private and public companies. She is
a member of Highland Park Church
of the Nazarene, a Good Shepherd
Hospice volunteer and trustee and sec-

retary of Parker Street Ministries Inc.,
in Lakeland's downtown Parker Street
community. She is married to Joe Paul
and has a family of one daughter, three
sons, and three grandchildren.
Debbie Hannifan
Debbie Hannifan is a private con-
sultant providing education, leader-
ship training and skill development to
groups and individuals. For the past
four years, she has been the program
manager of Florida Partners in Policy-
She has served on the board of
Central Florida Autism Institute Inc.
for more than six years and has previ-
ously served on a variety of committees
within Polk County Schools, including
School Advisory Committee, District
Advisory Committee, ESE Parent Ad-
visory, Inclusion Steering Committee,
Code of Conduct Committee, and PTA.
She is a member of Trinity Presbyterian
Church and Lake Morton Neighbor-
hood Association. She and her hus-
band, Jay, are Lakeland natives residing
in downtown Lakeland with their twin

Share the joy: Willie Bush Toy Drive helps needy kids

Managing Editor

Last ydar's Willie Bush Memorial Toy Drive gave
toys and lunch to more than 675 area children. This
year organizers of the third annual event hope to
spread the joy to even more kids.
What began as a joint project of Mount Gilboa
Missionary Baptist Church and the Bartow Deacons
and Stewards Alliance has grown to include other
businesses, organizations and individuals who want
to give back to their communities to help youth in
Polk County.
Lisa Williams, who grew up in Bartow, is co-
chairperson of Charity Planners of Central Florida,
which is coordinating the drive. Williams now lives
in Orlando where she coordinates other toy drives
and charity events.
Willie Bush was a member of Mount Gilboa for
more than 60 years and was one of the co-founders
of the Deacons and Stewards Alliance.
He served in the United States Marine Corps and
was the first African American enlisted soldier from

Polk County, Williams and Co-chairperson Charity
Wise said in their fundraising letter.
Bush "worked tirelessly for years to create oppor-
tunities for youth in the community," and "funded
youth activities and college scholarships for hun-
dreds of local youth for several decades."
This year's toy drive will be held from 1-5 p.m. Dec.
23 at Carver Recreation Center in Bartow, to help
children from Winter Haven, Lakeland, Lake Wales,
Mulberry, Fort Meade, Bartow and surrounding com-
munities in the county.
Among children who were helped last year were
those with special needs, kids whose parents were
incarcerated and others in financial distress, from
babies to teens.
No registration is required, Williams said; all they
have to do is show up at the center.
And the day wouldn't be complete without Santa
Claus, who will make his appearance on a fire
truck while his sleigh is prepped for Christmas Eve.
Dunkin' Donuts will provide drinks and, naturally,
Plus, in "Candyland," kids will find bags of candy

to make the holiday even sweeter.
Toy donations are being accepted at the sponsor-
ing Bartow Walmart, where three trees are displayed;
Urban Trust Bank inside Walmart; Aaron Rents;
Leo Longworth's State Farm office in Bartow; and
Dunkin' Donuts in Lake Wales and Winter Haven.
Several churches are collecting and donating toys
as well.
Any toys that are left over after the event are do-
nated to shelters, Williams said.
An event like this not only requires lots of toys
and good, dependable volunteers who can keep the
event organized, but also money.
Checks should be made payable to the Willie Bush
Toy Foundation, and sent to P.O. Box 1533, Bartow,
33831. Sponsors will be included in advertising and
those who donate $1,000 or more in toys or money
will be Platinum Sponsors and included in advertis-
ing and on signs at the event.
For information on becoming part of the Toy
Drive, call Williams at 407-486-1333 or Wise at 240-
543-1398, and locally, Bonnie MacFarland at 440-
2991, or Carver Young at 255-2343.


The Polk County Democrat Page 5B

December 15, 2010

Calendar of Events

All phone number
area codes are 863 unless
indicated otherwise. The
Polk County Democrat
and Fort Meade Leader
calendar is provided by
the public. The deadline
to be included in the up-
coming calendar is 4 p.m.
Monday and Thursday of
each week.
For more informa-
tion or questions, call
533-4183 and ask for Jeff
Roslow or Peggy Kehoe.

Through Sunday,
Jan. 2
Middle school art
show, "Art Out Loud" ex-
hibition on display at the
Polk Museum of Art, 800
E. Palmetto St., Lakeland.
Standard admission fees
to enter. Call 647-4730.

Thursday, Dec. 16
Night of music with the
Bach Festival of Central
Florida Chamber Choir
and Orchestra on, 2010,
7:30 p.m., Updike Hall,
Lake Wales Arts Cen-
ter, 1099 SR 60 E, Lake
Wales. Christmas selec-
tions from Handel's most
popular oratorio, "Mes-
siah," include "Hallelujah
Chorus," "The Trumpet
Shall Sound," and "Wor-
thy is the Lamb." Tickets:
$15; students $5; avail-
able at the Lake Wales
Arts Center. 676-8426.

Friday, Dec. 17
Polk Museum of Art
tour of exhibitions
Visual Unity 2 and Eye
See America: Through
the Lens of Joshua Mann
Pallet, 12:15-1 p.m.,
free with paid museum
admission. Visit www.

Saturday, Dec. 18
"Nutcracker Suites"
7:30 p.m., Bartow
Elementary Academy
auditorium, 590 S. Wil-
son Ave., Opening of
the Bartow Performing
Arts Series. Tickets are
$15, $12 for those 55 and
older, $10 for students in
K-12th grade. Call 533-
7125 for season ticket

Friday, Dec. 24
The Charles Hosmer
Morse Museum of Amer-
ican Art's Christmas Eve
Open House. Free, 9:30
a.m.-8 p.m. Live music 5
p.m.-8 p.m. Located 445
N. Park Ave., Winter Park.
For more information,
please visit www.morse-

Wednesday, Jan. 19
An Evening with Mark
Lowry, 7:30 p.m. Tickets
$25 for orchestra and
loge seating; $15 for
mezzanine and balcony
seating. Discounts are
available for groups of 10
or more. Buy at South-
eastern University Box
Office at 669-4010 or visit
the Arts and Events Cal-
endar at www.seuniversi- Fundraiser for the
university's Department
of Communications.

Saturday, Jan. 22
Bird watercolor class, 9
a.m.-noon, Street Audu-
bon Center, 115 Lamer-
aux Road, Winter Haven,
free. 644-5022.

Thursday, Dec. 16
Hacienda Mexico Res-
taurante, ribbon-cutting,
4 p.m., 195 E. Main St,

Tuesday, Dec. 16
Native Plant Society
presents Wetland Plants.
Edward Murawski. LPG
Environmental & Permit-
ting Services. lie will cov-
er physical adaptations
of wetland plants and
systems for categorizing
native plants. Free but
space is limited. Circle B
Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter
Lake Road, Lakeland,

Tuesday, Dec. 21
Golden Age Club
meeting, noon, Bartow
Civic Center auditorium.
Wayne Lewis, Brady
Draper, David Burton
and John Kesler to pro-
vide music. $2 charge
for lunch and people are
asked to bring donations
for senior orphans. 533-

Through Sunday,
Jan. 2
16th annual Christmas
at Pinewood Holiday
Home Tour, 10 a.m.-5
p.m. Monday-Saturday;
1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; 10
a.m.-2 p.m. Christmas
Eve; 1-5 p.m. Christmas
Day, Pinewood Estate at
Bok Tower Gardens.

Friday, Dec. 17-
Saturday, Dec. 18
Polk County Farm
Bureau's Young Farmers
& Ranchers Committee
Holiday Hayride, $5 a
person through Bartow
neighborhoods, 6-9, p.m.
Starts at the Polk County
Farm Bureau office
at 1715 US 17 S., Bar-
tow. 533-0561, ext. 1 or

Friday, Dec. 17
Fort Meade Middle
Senior High School's
Golden Brigade has a
night at the movies at
the football field. Band
concert 6:30 p.m., movie,
"The Santa Clause," 7
p.m. Bring blankets and
chairs. The concession
will be open to purchase

Friday, Dec. 17
Jolly Holiday includes
a visit from Santa and a
photo and entry into a
raffle to win a six-foot
stocking of toys. There
will be a coloring con-
test, decorating cookies
and making ornaments.
Registration is at the Bar-
tow Civic Center, 2250 S.
Floral Ave.. The fee is $5
for a family of four when
registered in advance or
$8 at the door.

Saturday, Dec. 18
Christmas Notes, A
Frontier Christmas, 10
a.m.-8 p.m., Home-
land Heritage Park, 249
Church Ave., Homeland.
Features Civil War Christ-
mas encampment, live
holiday music, bounce
houses, photos with
Santa, hayrides, movies,
cookie decorating, food
and drink. 534-3766 or

Saturday, Dec. 18
The A to J Band, Gos-
pel Music Coffee House.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Open mike for those who
want to sing. 325 Lyle
Parkway, Bartow, 604-

Saturday, Dec. 18
Pix and Popcorn, "A
Christmas Carol," 2:30

and 4:30 p.m.. Barrow
Public Library,. 2150 S.
Broadw'.ay. 534-0131.

Saturday, Dec. 18
9-10:30 a.m., Nature
Tour the Banana Creek
Marsh with guides who
will point out plants,
birds and history of the
property. Limited to 24
guests. Nature Discovery
Center at Circle B Bar Re-
serve, 4399 Winter Lake
Road, Lakeland. Visit
Polk County on the web, or

Monday, Dec. 20
Mr. Willowby's Christ-
mas Tree, Explorations
V Children's Museum,
109 N. Kentucky Ave.,
Lakeland, 10:30 a.m. $5
admission to museum,
senior citizens $2.50,
children less than 2 free.

Tuesday, Dec. 21
Adult Book Discussion
on "Winter in Madrid" by
C.J. Sansom. 10 a.m.-11
a.m. Bartow Public Li-
brary, 2150 S. Broadway.

Through Dec. 21
Bartow Fire Dept.
toy and food collection
for the less fortunate.
Take unwrapped toys or
non-perishable food to
the fire department, 110
E. Church St. between 7
a.m. and 8 p.m. In lieu of
cash or personal checks,
gift cards may be do-

Wednesday, Dec. 22
Free movie night for
ages 13-19, 6-9 p.m.,
Polk Street Community
Center, 1255 W. Polk St.,
Bartow. 537-6125.

Thursday, Dec. 23
Willie Bush Memo-
rial Toy Drive, 1-5 p.m.,
Carver Recreation
Center in Bartow, to help
children in Polk County.
Santa Claus visits on a
fire truck while his sleigh
is prepped for Christ-
mas Eve. 407-486-1333,
240-543-1398, 440-2991,

Monday, Dec. 27
Snowmen at Night,
Explorations V Children's
Museum, 109 N. Ken-
tucky Ave., Lakeland,
10:30 a.m. $5 admission
to museum, senior citi-
zens $2.50, children less
than 2 free. 687-3869.

Friday, Dec. 31
74th annual Christmas
tree burning, 6:30 p.m.,
Mary Holland Park

Saturday, Jan. 8
Bird trip to Mosaic
Phosphate Mines, 8
a.m., free. Reservations
required. Meet at the
Bartow Publix parking for
carpooling, free. 644-

Guitars, maracas, tambourines and colorful clothing tell the theme for Bartow Chamber of
Commerce's annual meeting "Fiesta Bartow!" Set for Jan. 22 at Bartow Civic Center, the event
features a buffet dinner, awards and socializing for members. Incoming Chamber President
Larry Madrid and wife Connie (right) play it up with Melissa Pittman (left) and Misty Peacock of
sponsoring MidFlorida Credit Union. For information about sponsorships and individual tickets
call Linda Holcomb at the Chamber, 533-7125.

Thursday, Jan. 13
The Wild, Wild West
Dinner, 6-8 p.m., Street
Audubon Center, 115th
Lameraux Road, Winter
Haven, $15 per person.

Saturday, Jan. 15
5th annual Pigeon Pull
and Evening Round-Up,
2-10:30 p.m. at the home
of Marty and Angela
Ewell Road, Lakeland.
Four-man flurry skeet
shoot 2-5:30 p.m., eve-
ning party 6-10:30 p.m.
with dinner by Outback
Steakhouse and live en-
tertainment. To benefit
Achievement Academy.
683-6504 or visit www.

Wednesday, Dec. 15
Polk County Commis-
sion, 9 a.m., The meeting
will be held in the county
commission chambers
at 330 W. Church St.,
Bartow. 534-6000.

Monday, Dec. 19
Bartow City Council,
5:30 p.m. work session,
6:30 board meeting, 450
N. Wilson Ave., Bartow
33830. Call 534-0100.

Thursday, Jan. 6
Polk County Legislative
Delegation annual meet-
ing and public hearing, 9
a.m., Polk County Com-
mission Chamber, Polk
County Administration
Building, 330 W. Church
St., Bartow. 679-4847.

Tuesday, Dec.20
Medicare help, 10 a.m.-
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Tuesday, Dec. 20
MBOA from the West
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Agency on Aging to help
Medicare' beneficiaries.
Mulberry Pharmacy, 1011
N. Church St. 1-800-963-

Tuesday, Dec. 21
MBOA Medicare help,
10 a.m.-noon to receive
help on accessing and
utilizing Medicare. Bar-
tow Public Library, 2150
S. Broadway. 534-0131,

Thursday, Dec. 16
Food pantry, Redeemer
Lutheran Church, 390 E.
Parker St. Food items will
be limited per family. Use
Florida Street entrance.

Saturday, Dec. 18
Pre-Christmas Food
and Cloth Drive, 10
a.m., Judah Deliverance
Temple Inc., 1295 E. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,

Sunday, Dec. 19
The Christmas Can-
tata "Noel Night of

Everlasting Love," 10:15
a.m., Redeemer Lutheran
Church, 390 E. Parker St.,
Bartow, 533-6054.

Sunday, Dec. 19
"Carols and Classics"
Christmas, 11 a.m. wor-
ship service at Reformed
Presbyterian Church.
Selections from Handel's
"Messiah," and Latin,
French and traditional
carols. At 205 East Stan-
ford St.

Sunday, Dec. 19
Emmanuel Celebrat-
ing Heaven's Child, 10:15
a.m., First Presbyterian
Church, 355 S. Florida
Ave., Bartow. 533-5005.

Saturday, Jan. 8
Interactive workshop
for all local high school
coaches and athletic
directors, 8 a.m.-noon
for session A, 1-5 p.m.
for session B at 2125
Harden Blvd. in Lake-
land. Session A designed
for coaches working with
athletes prone to shoul-
der, elbow and wrist inju-
ries. Session B designed
for coaches working with
athletes prone to hip,
knee and ankle injuries.

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Shurfine Canned Vegetables
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7.",. Pineapple
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Kingsford Charcoal
16.6 10b. bag A II99
15.7 lb. Mesquite or Hickory........... ?
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29 oz ................................
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Asst. Varieties...................

Cool Whip 8 oz. UY1 GET1FREE
Mrs Smith Pies
37 oz. Asst. Varieties
FRESH 32 oz. Bag -
Frozen Vegetables -. ea.
Stew Mix, Breaded Okra, California Blend,
Cut Broccoli, Cut Okra, Sliced Squash,
Field Peas w/ Snaps, Spec. Butter Beans,
Cut Corn, Your Choice

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Assorted ...............................
Betty Crocker
Brownie Mix 16.5 oz.
W alnut or 18.4 oz. Original ...............
Dixie Crystal
4 lb. bag................ 2 I 5
Vegetable Oil99
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Shurfine 3/ 5
Bleach 3
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3595 Hwy 98E. Ft. Meade, FL 863-285-9464
OPEN DAILY- Monday-Saturday 5:30AM-7:30PM, Sunday 12Noon-5PM

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December 15 2010

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Coordinated by The Polk County Democrat and The Fort Meade Leader

Best Price Valet Service Free Wash
195 N. 3rd Ave. Bartow, FL 33803
863.533.05i81 83.604.8259

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260West Van Fleet Dri-,? Bartow. FL 3,3 30
(863) 533-6958


Highlanld To,.n Cetner
5113 US HAy 98 S
Lakeland. FL 33812
Fax: 863.937.8059


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863.533.9194 'ifE"

1. Fill out entrant form and
place in box.
2. Enter contest each time they
enter store.
3. Each store will have one winner
4. The store owner/manager and
newspaper representative
will pull one lucky winner
5. Salesperson from newspaper
will have the store owner
sign for Publix Gift certificate
to verify certificate delivery.
6. Store owner/manager will
contact winner to come back to
the store to pickup their
Publix Free Ham Gift Certificate.
7. The newspaper will keep a list
of all participating merchants
and winners to be published in
a newspaper story.
8. After the contest the Salesperson
will pickup entrant box.
9. Winners will be announced
on Monday, December 20th


: The UPS
907 N. Wilson Ave.,
Publix Shopping Center,
Bartow, FL. 33830
Tel: 863-519-0800
Fax: 863-519-0801

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Monday-Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-3
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7920 HWY 60 E BARTOW, FL 33830
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Call 863-533-1814
Fax 863-534-8348

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(863) 299-2161


Just Like Home Cooking. Only Better!
Highland City Town Center
Corner of Clubhouse Road and US Hwy 98 South
Highland City


7400 State Rd 60 East 33830
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115 South Woodlawn Ave Barlow. FL 33830
(863) 533-4950 (863) 533- 3C,

New & Used Guns New & Used Parts
Re-finishing & Repairs Archern Sales & Service

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December 15, 2010

Page 8B The Polk County, Democrat

Floral Avenue Winter Concert

With the decorations in front of them, the pre-K class sang five songs during Floral Avenue
Elementary's Winter Concert Tuesday, Dec. 7. From left are Kayla Prine, Zachary Stip, Gavin Hall,
Jesus Angeles and Alexander Chumiso.

Photos by The chorus at Floral Avenue Elementary sings in its Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the
1 school. In the left row from top is Jaqarra Phillips, Chritian Leverett, Megan Leaker and Luis
C pristine Ro slow Reyes. In the right row from top are Deanna Sweet, Adam Walclorff, Tarvis Jones and Breanna
Hunt. To the right of them is Scott Engle.

ordinated by The Polk County Democrat and The Fort Meade Leader



Wesister-To Win A!




The helpful place.
320 N. Charleston Ave. Ft. Meade

1. Fill out entrant form and
place in box.
2. Enter contest each time they
enter store.
3. Each store will have one winner
4. The store owner/manager and
newspaper representative
will pull one lucky winner
5. Salesperson from newspaper
will have the store owner
sign for Publix Gift certificate
to verify certificate delivery.
6. Store owner/manager will
contact winner to come back to
the store to pickup their
Publix Free Ham Gift Certificate.
7. The newspaper will keep a list
of all participating merchants
and winners to be published in
a newspaper story.
8. After the contest the Salesperson
will pickup entrant box.
9. Winners will be announced
on Monday, December 20th

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Fort Meade Animal Clinic
711 East Broadway Fort Meade
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3595 Hwy 98E. Ft.' MeadeL ,FL
3595 Hwy 98E. Ft. Meade, FL

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Now $16,955* Now $23,455* Now $26,955* Now $31,955* Now$39,955*
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S- Monday-Friday 8:30am-7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm

88601US wy 27 Hort, Avon Park FL 33825
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