The Polk County Democrat
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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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Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Publication Date: 4/27/2011
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Easter and eggs


Democrat Vol. 80, No. 69

WT~ednesday, April 27,2011
Copyright 2010 Sun Coast Mlledia Group

West Side Men's Glub's Easter egg hunt
at Polk Street Community tenter. She
was ready to go hunting for one of the
S2,000 hard-boiled eggs. Though this
one was plastic, there were 2,000 hard
boiled and painted eggs
For the hunt. To see more egg-
hunting pictures there and the event at
Mosaic Park see Page 2 B.


Below, Love Like Gravity vocalist
Dustin Woods revs up the crowd to
praise God at the Good Friday Gospel
Fest in Bartow's Fort Blount Park
following the Cross Walk.
Several groups and individuals
appeared in the concert which went
unti p.m..

Freeman, Long outlined
the unexpected turn of
events and the impact
it would have upon the
Process. Now, and only
if things progressed in a
timely fashion, it would
be at least 120 days before
the EPA concluded its -
The problem, though,
was the transfer of the -
property to the city was
scheduled to occur in
May, otherwise, the -
county reserved the right
to retain the property and
to raze the building.

Because Long was on
a scheduled vacation,
City Attorney Sean Parker
appeared before the Polk
SCounty Commission at its
April 26 session to ask for
an extension. To reac-
quaint everyone, Parker
gave an update on the
proect. The only concern,
Parker told the BOCC,
was how long it would ac-
tually take. Although the
EPA estimated 120 days,
Parker said that he and
Long, from personal ex-
perience, knew that was

.ick et

Until several weeks
ago, everything was on
schedule for the county
to transfer title of the
Thompson Cigar Factory
to the city of Bartow.
Then at the penul-
timate moment, the
Environmental Protection
Agency stepped in and
told the city it wanted to
conduct its own study us-
ing its own resources. In a
letter from City Manager
George A. Long to Polk
County Manager Jim


One Fantasy 5 player
from Bartow is about
$68,000 richer than he or
she was before the week-
end started.
That person was one of
four winners in Saturday's
Fantasy 5 game. Each of
the winners can claim
As of Tuesday, the win-
ner from Bartow has not
come forward, Lottery

officials said. That person
hias 180 days to claim the
The winning ticket was
sold at JJ Food Store, 1405
U.S. Highway 17 S.
The other winning tick-
ets were bought in Indian
Rocks Beach, Lake Worth
and Hialeah, the Lottery
office said. The winning
numbers were 3, 12, 13,
15 and 32.

There were 350 tick-
ets that matched four
numbers and won $125
each. Another 11,758
tickets matching three
numbers won $10 each,
and 118,455 tickets won a
Quick Pick ticket for pick-
Sing two numbers.
The chance of getting
all five numbers c~or-
rectly in Fantasy 5 is 1 in

Actors and a director from the Bartow
area will produce the final show of the
fourth Bartow Performing Arts Series
season, "The Cemetery Club," with two
performances this weekend.
The play by Ivan Menchell tells the
story of three widowed friends, who
make monthly visits to the cernetery
for their deceased husbands. That is,
until one of them finds a new interest

which may threaten not only their club,
but their friendship, as well.
"The Cemetery Club" is a fun-filled
comedy that can easily be described as
a cross between "The Golden Girls" and
"Steel Magnolias" in Manhattan and is
suitable for patrons of all ages.
"The Bartow Performing Arts Series is
excited to have the opportunity to cast
local talent in this production," spokes-

woman Trish Pfeiffer said.
Debbie Pion, a fourth grade tericher
at Bartow Elementary Academy, plays
Doris, the grounded, sensible member
of the Cemetery Club who desperately
misses her beloved husband, Abe.
Pat Centuolo, a media specialist at
Bartow Hligh School from 1998 to 2001,

Restaurant Mom advises businesses on Legoland

W/ebsite helps local businesses market to families

working in the hospitality
industry at Disney when
she was 16 years old.
Since then, she's complet-
ed hundreds of hours of
research and established
a website to advise busi-
nesses how to best mar-
ket to kids, their parents
and grandparents.
Casey came prepared
during a visit to the
Auburndale Civic Center,
Tuesday, with activity
sheets and coloring books
containing word scram-
bles, mazes and word
searches. Did anybody
know before she showed
them that triangular-
shaped crayons won't roll
off the table?
The Restaurant Mom
smiled when she talked to
about three dozen busi-
ness leaders about par-
ents especially moms
- cringing while view-

ing a restaurant hostess
"rolling the eyes" when a
family hits an eatery.
"Trhere are certain
expectations," said Casey.
"But, they are generally
low expectations."
Casey voiced what she
hears from parents.
"If it's worth my money,
I'm willing to pay for it,"
said Casey about parents.
Casey said that moms
are regular Internet blog-
gers and Facebookers
who often write about
their travel experiences.
"Moms love to talk
about you online," said
Casey. "Happy wife,
happy life."
She told the business
pro s in Au burndale~ about
a common misconcep-
tion that free meals for
kids are a huge draw.
Instead, those families re-
turn to a business and say

nice things concerning
value and cleanliness.
"A dirty bathroom
means a very different
thing to a mom than
any other customer,"
said Casey. "It's a direct
reflection of a restaurant's
Casey listed many of
her "30 Hot Buttons" for
building a kid-friendly
business: #12 -treating
kids in special way; #5
- hiring common sense
employees; #3 -overall
good service; #15 pres-
ent something unique for
the kids; #11 well-con-
trolled noise levels; and
#1 -value.
Think outside the box
and make it worth writing
about, with added value,
said Casey.
The Restaurant Mom


So, you've often read
and heard about those
1,000 jobs and 1.5 to 2
million visitors a year.
And, you own a restau-
rant, hotel or dry cleaning
business mn Bartow or
Lake Wales and you hope
to cash in on the upcom-
ing opening of Merlin
Entertainment's newest
Legoland. The company
with more than 30 theme
parks tentatively expects
to throw open the gates
to the theme park cater-
ing to 2-12-year-olds in
But, have no fear,
the "Restaurant Mom,"
Julie Casey, is presenting
upcoming talks in Lake
Wales and Bartow to ad-
vise business owners.
Casey started out

rnusu or mIwne accen

Another victory
The Bartow girls softball team played Tuesday night in the
Regional Semi-Finals against Lake Wales. The 24-1 Lady Jackets
beat George Jenkins Friday 3-1 after downing Auburndale last
Wednesday in the first Class SA District 6 playoff game 7-4. Here
Lauren West delivers a pitch in Friday's game against the Eagles
at Lake Region. She improved her record to 15-1 this year with
the win.

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County Repor-t.........1B
Conununity ............4B
Sports .......................5B
School Life.........6B-7B

New boat landing site
opening this week

See Page 2A

Beauty-in the Eye.
of the Beholder

See Page 6B

Top baseball seniors

See Page 5B

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Winning Fantasy 5 ticket bought in Bartow

BPAS wraps up theatrical season this weekend

WHERE: Bartow Elementary Academy, 590 5. Wilson
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday
COST: Tickets: At the Bartow Chamber, $15 per show,
$12 for those 55 and older, $10 for students (-12,
other children free. Free valet parking is offered.

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Go od Morning,

Heritage Peace River Landing site launch is Satuxrday

April 27, 2011

e gaP 2A The Polk Coun ocrat

of FPRA consists of PR
professionals represent-
ing nearly~ every industry
in the area, including
government, tourism,
non-profit, education,
healthcare, financial,
and retail. This project
brought all those profes-
sionals together focusing
on a single goal -- family
fun. "We're proud to have
played a role from begin-
ning to end," said Donna
Wood, chapter president.
The chapter members
came together to "roll up
their sleeves" and assist
in clearing the land for
the site. Jamie Brown, the
community involvement '
chairman for the year,
led the charge in get-
ting several members to
come out to the site with
chain saws, rakes and
other tools in hand, and
spend a whole Saturday
clearing the area to pre-
pare the site for opening.
"W~e have always been
concentrated on giving
back to our profession,
but it was very rewarding
to be able to contribute

to something that our
entire count\: and those
that visit our county, can
enjo!," said Kris K'eprios,
previous chapter presi-
"The Homeland
Branch Office of the
Florida Department of
Enviironmental Protec-
tion held great interest
in this project since
the property has been
leased to the county. We
have worked very hard
to make this launch a
reality," said FDEP rep
Charles Cook.
Two of the private
companies involved said
the project represented
a good opportunity to
give back and develop an
important area resource.
"Recreational land
use is part of the Clear
Springs big picture
vision; we were very
pleased to have the op-
portunity to be a partner
in the opening of the
Heritage Peace River
Landing" Clear Springs
"Community involve-

ment, especially when it
comes to projects related
to sustainabilityi, are part
of A-C-T's culture and
passion. This project
sustains our natural en-
vironment and enhances
our community's quality
of life while also provid-
ing public access to one
of Central Florida's great
waterways. We're hon-
ored to be part of the eqf-
fort to make the Heritage
Peace River Landing a
reality for everyone to
enjoy" added Cindy Ro-
driguez of A-C-T.
County Commissioner
Ed Smith lauded all
"The public-private
partnership that made
the Heritage Peace River
Landing possible is a
fine example of what we
can accomplish when
our community works
together. As a result,
citizens and visitors will
be able to launch small
boats into the water and
enjoy one of our natural
resources while traveling
down the Peace River."

A group of local vol-
unteers has opened up
a new boat launch site
on the Peace River, just
north of Fort Meade.
The Dick Pope Polk
County: chapter of the
Florida Public Relations
Association will help
host a grand opening
for the Heritage Peace
River Landing in Home-
land Saturday from 9-11
a.m. The new landing
provides canoe, kayak
and other small craft
access to one of Central
Florida's historically great
waterways. .
Several organizations
worked together in a true
private/public partner-
ship to make it pos-
sible, including the Polk
County Board of County
Commissioners and the
Florida Department of
Environmental Protec-
tion on the public side,
and A-C-T Environmen-
tal &Infrastructure, Clear
Springs and the DP/PC
chapter of FPRA on the
private side.
The DP/PC Chapter

Nature awaits kayakers on the Peace River, just beyond the
new Heritage Peace River Landing in Homeland. Grand opening
for the landing, which is on the east side of the river, will be
Saturday, April 30.

Douglas Davis, Morris
Drive, petit theft.
Toni Miller, North
Holland Parkway, intent
threat to do violence.
Jamil Burrell, East
North Street, battery.
Luis Tovar, Sinkhole
Road, burglary of unoc-
cupied dwelling un-
armed, trespassing.
Kelly Moran, Clark
Road, petit theft less than
$300. .
Dwaunyell Grant, East
Avenue, driving while
license suspended or
Chad Sturm, County
Road 555, driving under
the influence.

Cosme Espitiaangeles,
Georgia Street, expired
driver's license more
than four months.
Candido Hernandez,
Citrus Highlands Drive,
driving while license
suspended or revoked,
possession of controlled
substance without pre-
scription, possession of
drug equipment.
Mark Barre, Lake Mill-
site Road, battery.
Bryan Stenger, Third
Avenue, driving while
license suspended or *
Jerry Caldwell, Lake
Millsite Road, aggra-
vated assault with deadly

weapon without intent
to kill.
April l8
Crispin Baker, Highway
60 East, burglary with
assault, robbery with a
Michael Polk, North
Holland Parkway, driving
while license suspended
or revoked.
Jennifer Whitaker,
Highway 60 East, pos-
session of marijuana less
than 20 grams, posses-
sion of drug equipment,
possession of controlled
Substance without pre-

April l9
Rey Miranda, Searcy
Avenue, battery.
Taron Todd, Transport
Road, two counts of
burglary of unoccupied
conveyance unarmed,
petit theft less than $300,
resisting officer without
Aaron Jensen, Susan
Drive, out of county war-
Floyd Thomas, un-
known address, petit
Michael Sheffield,
South Fifth Avenue, pos-
session of cocaine.

April 20
Alonzo Wright, Wheeler
Street, failure to appear.
Stephen Wolf, two
counts of battery, sexual
assault with weapon on
victim under 12.
Luis Baltazar, San
Heath Road, no valid
driver's license.
Veronica Aguirre-Cruz,
San Heath Road, no valid
driver's license, giving
false information to
19ichael Bender, Manor
Drive, possession of co-
caine, possession of drug
equipment, resisting of-
ficer without violence.

April '15 through 17
Charles McBill, East
Summerlin Street,
driving while license
suspended or revoked,
possession of cocaine,
possession of drug
equipment, giving false
identification to law
enforcement officer.
Vanessa Torres, High
way 60 East, possession
of cocaine, possession
of drug equipment,
resisting officer without
violence, grand theft of
motor vehicle, burglary
of unoccupied convey-
ance unarmed, petit theft
less than $300.

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state prosecutors and deferise at-
On the other side is the bail
bonds industry, whose similar ef-
forts have been beateil back in the
There are basic reasons to keep
the status quo:
*These programs have proven
to be safe. In Okaloosa County,
fewer than 3 percent of all those in
pretrial programs fail to appear in
court. People accused of non-vio-
lent crimes are closely monitored.
Some must submit to drug-
testing. Alternatively under this
measure, some defendants would
post bail and be left on their own
before a court hearing. And if they
couldn't come up with the~bail
money; they would sit in jail.
,*These programs have proven
to be effective. They get people
involved as quickly as possible in


alternatives, like drug court. With-
out the current system, the pro-
cess would be delayed for some.
They may have fewer incentives to
get involved quickly in appropri-
ate treatment programs that have
shown to reduce recidivism.
The legislation would restrict
local pretr-ial programs to indigent
defendants, who would need to
prove their income is below 300
percent of the federal poverty
In an amendment intended to
soften the impact, that provision
would apply only to counties with
populations over 350,000.
Again, why? For one special pri-
vate sector interest, the bail bond
industry..W're all for job creation
in private industry, but not at the
expense of an obvious and over-
whelming public interest in public

More jobs for the private sector.
Less free-riding on "government-
funded" programs.
That's a conservative manta and
that was the spin Rep. Chris Dor-
worth, R-Lake Mary, gave last week
while making closing arguments
to a House committee considering
legislation that would restrict eligi-
bility for pretrial release programs.
So why were so many local of-
ficials who considered themselves
conservatives in good standing
- county and city officials, cor-
rections supervisors and sheriffs
- objecting to Dorworth's leg-
islation? Because it would harm
criminal justice programs that
were developed and controlled on
the local level. It could make com-
munities less safe. And it ~would
mean an increase in jail costs that
will hit local taxpayers in the pock-

many tests
"End of Course Exams".
Or to be read as: Seven
High Stakes Tests during
the last two weeks of the
school year. Which if you
do not pass you will
not walk! At least with
FCAT, the student had
two years and multiple
opportunities to "pass".
Lastly, when the FCAT
was first instated, during
the: Governor Bush Ad-
ministration, not ~a single
elected official who took
it, could "pass" it!
So, who needs more'
David Mc~all
Winter Haven

As a teacher I passed
On Monday, April 18, institutions, I took and
Lynn Rhodes opined that: "passed" the SAT; ACT;
" ... teachers should have and GRE. Additionally, to
to pass the 12th grade be issued my certificate,
FCAT ... Florida DOE required
First, there is no such that I take and pass the
thing as a 12th grade CLAST, FTCE General
FCAT. Knowledge and FTCE
Students are required to Subject Area (Math) Tests.
pass the 10th grade FCAT To renew my certifica-
to graduate. tion, every five years I
Those who do not pass must take and pass six
on their first seating for college credit semes-
the test will have a mini- ter hours, in field; or
mum of nine occasions to complete at least 120 In
retake it, prior to the end Service Hours, etc.
of their senior year. As side note, the FCAT
As' a "certified" teacher, has lived its nine lives
I have both a baccalaure- and is on the way out.
ate's and master's degree. To be replaced by the
To access the awarding current vogtie and trendy

Me ane
It must be the holiday
We all know that the
postal service gets a little
overwhelmed during
Criht as cadsh adm
letters to Santa in De-
cember, and Easter cards
and letters to the Easter
bunny in April.
So I take no offense
that our invitation to the

epd rengtly ha Coten u
played in the international
After all, Mary and I are
practically best friends
with the royal family.

tion Icw se it s i 211
to declare this to be the
Wedding of the Century,
meaning that in the next
89 years, there will not bje
a wedding of such import
as Prince William and

Khat if Lindsey Lohan
and Charlie Sheen get
married, or Lady Gaga
and Elton John? Sure, it
might take a divorce or
two to make it happen,
inu Ezbt Tyo 'a way?
Putting these thin s in
perspective, I recall a big
archaeological find in
Egypt a few years ago.
"Is it safe to say this
is the archaeological
discovery of the century?"
a TV interviewer asked art
Egytologist in Cairo.
Well," she replied, "It's
this year's discovery of the

l family
ish soldier armed with a
modified M-16 rifle. How
it had been modified,
I am not sure, but my
gess is that the modi-
toc tonithah somnea ng
rounds it held.
As I stepped away, the
soldier came to "pres-
ent arnis" a salute
rendered with a rifle
which I thought was
al really neat gesh ed redn-
retired Flor daa National
Guard colonel not even in
Moments later, Mary
exclaimed, "It's Prince
Harry!" as a car came
tareli ot o Ae gtreal
Castle. Our guide con-
firmed the identification
of the driver.
It was indeed 'Arry,
followed by another car
that I presume was his

Yse, fordae mment Mary
and I were only a couple
of meters away from
It's beginning to look
like that is as close as
we'll ever get.
(S. L. Frisbie is retir-ed.
Thoughi his spending hab-
its hint ofa Scotch-Irish
ancestry, he actually tr-aces
his roots back to England.
Two of his favorite songs
from the Mother Country
are "God Save the Wea-
sel" and "Pop Goes the

This is in response to
the ~editorial of April 23,
2011, "No reason to fix
system that works well."
Let me ask you, where
were you last election cy-
cle when w~e saw ACORN,
the New Black Panthers,
SEIU, the claims of voter
fraud, etc? Or better yet,
where will you be next
election cycle?
Don't you realize our
elections have been the
subject of numerous
cases of fraud, and Gov-
ernor Scott is just trying
to minimize the potential
for such actions here in
True, we may not have
had the highly publicized
events here in the Lake
Wales area that we could
specifically identify,
but how about down in
Miami-Dade where you
have a lot of illegal im-
migrants, or across the

The Democratic party
and the unions suffered
a great loss in 2010 do
you think they won't try
to recoup that loss come
election time along with
to save the great Obama
who is out to wreck this
country? All one has to do
is look at the possibility.
It's better to be proac-
tive instead of reactive.
Now, as Mr. Scott goes,
clearly you folks don't.1ike
him or his policy changes,
and you use your news-
paper to promote this ill
feeling to your readers.
I feel you have "drank
the cool-aid" of the very
liberal press media, and/
or you have heartburn
because Sink and McCol-
.lum were defeated, or jyou
just don't like Republican
Oh, you can say you are
unbiased all you want but

your actions say different.
Your editorial on high-
speed rail was earlier
evidence even though
it was bad for the econo-
mies of the U.S. and
Florida, you folks yelled
and screamed when it
was turned down.
You need to set your
politics aside and go back
to unbiased reporting,
and take a good look at
the positive values of the
Governor's decisions.
Remember, Scott didn't
buy the elections many
of us wanted someone
in office who had guts to
get the job done, and it
wasn't Sink or McCollum
who really stood up to the
Floridians chose Scott
and it is our job to help
him succeed, not to tear
him down at every turn.
Richard (Dick) Hilliard
Lake Wales

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I, for one, take a
measure of satisfaction
mthe de laaion ooe
stuffed shirt in the royal
family that the world .
should now refer to her as
Catherine, since she's go-
ing to be two heartbeats
away from the throne as
of nooln Fhidayathe world

Just goes to show you
how much influence the
royals have lost since be-
heading became pass.
You go, girl.

I sq in 2008E Mary and
pean countries, includ- '
ing England. I felt like
we hadr seen most of the
world until we got home
and I discovered that on

eour oe almythe pl ces
we had visited with my
That trip was when
Mary and I became inti-
mates of the royal family.
In a two-hour walking
tour of downtown Lon-
don, we were taken to St.
James Castle.
I had just finished pos-
ing for a picture with one
of the royal guards, a Brit-

My first grader came
home yesterday and
shared what one of his
classmates said about a
teacher which opened up
a conversation about race
A classmate had com-
mented on a teacher
who had a picture of his
Caucasian girlfriend on
his desk.
"You know white
people aren't suppose to
kiss black people," were
the words of his class-
mate. I asked my son if he
believed what his friend
had' said and he paused
and said "No."
I encouraged my son
to ask his classmate why
he believes white people
aren't suppose to kiss
black people and my
husband responded "It's
prObably coming from
Race relations in our
hometown weree recently

challenged by a former
Klan member running for
mayor to which the ma-
jority of our community
said "No" to as well.
Race relations in our
country has been swept
under the rug for too
I wasn't raised in the
South, however, the North
was no better, they just
hid their racism under
the rug a little more dis-
When we as a commu-
nity/society acknowledge
the fact we were raised
in a racist society, that is
when we begin to heal
our minds of the non-
sense we were taught.
I lived in a city 20 min-
utes outside of Detroit
and there were literally
no children, teachers or
business owners of color.
The segregation was
blatantly obvious only
when I left my city of

My father was one of
the few white students in
an all black high school in
Detroit who was beaten
up daily.
Racism is present in all
races. Treating racism is
like AA, NA or overeaters
anonymous, one has to
admit there is a problem
to begin solving it.
I am writing today to
begin the healing process.
I am admitting there is a
problem with racism in
America and vowing to
actively work and learn
to change the way I was
And for my son and his
classmate to not only say
the words but feel them
to be true...All men/wom-
an are created equal.
The things that kids say
can lead us to a better
Debra Gouvellis
Lake Wales


's bail bondsmen

Bailing out state


All that just to open a new
source of revenue to "small busi-
ness people," as Dorworth put it:
bail bondsmen.
The measure passed, but it still
has a way to go in the House and
Senate. Let's hope it comes up
short, as it has in the past.
As Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Hill-
sborough, said, "This is a solution
in search of a problem."
Indeed. A loud chorus of local
officials see no reason to change
the way the systern works in the 28
counties that have already de-
veloped effective pretrial release
The changes are opposed by the
Florida Association of Counties,
the Florida Sheriffs Association,
the professional associations of

Liberal press unfair to Scott

Things kids say can change world

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April 27, 2011

Margie Cobb Brokaw

Ouida Georgia Howze
Baker, 89, died Saturday,
April 23., 2011, at her
home in Fort Meade.
She was born Feb. 28,
1922, in Zolfo Springs.
Mrs. Baker was a home-
maker and bookkeeper '
for her husband at Polk
Ice Company in Fort
Meade. She also was a
devoted member of First
Baptist Church.
She was preceded in
death by her husband,
John A. Baker, Sr., and
Karen Walker.
Survivors include her
three daughters, Patri-
cia Walker and husband
Robert of Englewood,
J udith Cochran and hus-
band Wayne of Lakeland,
and Brenda Ashe and
husband Raymond, of
Clermont; a son, John A
Baker, Jr., and wife Julie
of Fort Meade; seven
grandchildren, Bobby ;
Walker and wife' Carol of
Lakeland, Cindy Easler of
Marietta, Ga., Sara Olson

John Olson and Elisabeth
Johnson, all of Lakeland;
five great-great-grand-
children, Alyssa Walker,
Zachary Walker, Justin
Walker, Conner Wilmot
and Emery Grace Wilmot;
and numerous nieces and
Visitation: Tuesday,
April 26, from 6-8 p.m.,
at McLean Funeral
Home, Fort Meade, and
Wednesday, April 27, from
10-11 a.m., at First Baptist
Church, Fort Meade.
Funeral: Wednesday at
11 a.m., at First Baptist
Church with Rev. Kenny
Slay officiating. Burial will
be at Evergreen Cemetery
in Fort Meade.
Memorial contributions
may be made to Florida
Baptist Children's Home,
EO. Box 8190, Lakeland,
FL 33802 or Good Shep-
herd Hospice, 105 Arne-
son Ave., Auburndale, FL
Condolences may be
sent to the family at way.

Margie Cobb Brokaw,
86, of Palm Bay, passed
away as a result of com-
plications of Alzheimer's
disease Tuesday, April 19,
Born Jan. 5, 1925, in
Branford, Mrs. Brokaw
moired to Polk County in

H ar
Harold Brantley Brooks,
68, of Winter Haven, -
died April 24, 2011, at his
home due to heart failure.
Born July 8, 1942, in
Fort Meade to David and
'Nannie Thomas Brooks,
he was a lifelong resident
of the area.
Mr. Brooks was a vet-
eran of the U.S. Marine
Corps and was a sport-
ing goods department
manager for Walmart
before retiring. He was a
He was preceded in
death by his parents; a
son, Darryl Brooks; and
two brothers, Jack Brooks
and Earl Cochran.

She was preceded in
death by her husband,
James K. Brokaw, and a
daughter, Beth Ann Cobb
Rowles. .
Survivors include a
daughter, Linda Whaley
of Melbourne; four grand-
children, MichaelWhaley,
Amy Whaley, Laura Pey-

ton and Wear Rowles; and
six great- grandchildren.
Interment will take
place at a later date at
Florida National Cem-
etery in Bushnell.
Arrangements: Gentry-
Morrison Funeral Homes,
Southside Chapel, Lake-

Ouida Baker
and husband Eric of
Lakeland, Tara Strickland
and husband Miles of
Lakeland, John A. Baker,
III, and wife Kelley of
Longwood, Jason Baker of
Fort Meade, and Debbra
Johns~on and husband
Donny of Lakeland.
Also, 10 great-grand-
children, Ryan Easler
and Regis Wilmot and
husband Paul of Marietta,
Ga., and Robbie Walker
and wife Dawn, Emily
Strickland, Alaina Olson,
Chloe Strickland, Luke
Olson, Andrew Strickland,

Lakeland; three sisters,
Faye Garcia of Homeland,
Betty Osteen of Baittow,
and Lucy Hartwein of
Fort Myers; and three
grandchildren, Ashley
DeLuca, Jason Brooks and
Josh Brooks.
Visitation: Wednesday,
April 27, from 6-8 p.m., at
Oak Ridge Funeral Care in
Winter Haven.
Funeral: Thursday,
April 28, at 2 p.m., in thie
funeral home chapel.
Interment will follow at
Lakeside Memorial Park.
Condolences may be
sent at www.oakridgefu-


Harold Brooks

Survivors include his
wife of 19 years, Pam; a
daughter, Denise Staples
of Palm Harbor; a broth-
er, Herman Brooks of

Mertice Mathis Jones,
89, of Bartow, died April
24, 2011, at Highlands
Lake Center of respiratory
failure. -
Born May 7, 1921, in
Wauchula, Mrs. Jones
lived most of her life in
Bartow, where she raised
her six children.
Mrs. Jones was a char-
ter member of New Hope .
Baptist Church of Bartow.
She enjoyed reading, gar-
dening and sewing.
She was preceded in
death by her husband,
Harold Lambert; her
parents, Edgar Lee Mathis
and Carrie Lambert
Mathis; a sister, Ver-
mel Mathis Tyson; and a
daughter-in-law, Gera-
lean Simpson, who was
married to James.
Survivors include her
six children, Sandra "San-

ogee, Okla., and Ma'udel
Jones Hughey and hus-
band Gary of Lakeland;
13~ grandchildren; 15 great
grandchildren; and two
great-great-grandchil- .
Visitation: Wednesday,
April 27, from 6-8 p.m.,
at Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home, Bartow. The
family will receive friends
this week at the home of
Jerry and Linda Simpson,
'P195 Hill Court West,
Funeral: Thursday,
April 28, at 1.0 a.m., at the
funeral home. Interment
will follow at Bartow
Wildwood Cemetery, next
to her husband.
Condolences to the
family may be made at~

Robert L. Johnson, 63,
of Fort Meade, passed .
away from respiratory .
failure, Saturday, April 23,
Mr. Johnson was born
on Oct. 29, 1947, in Ge-
neva, Ala.
He was a Marine Corps
veteran of the Vietnam
War, and worked in the
citrus industry: Mr. John-
son was an avid fisher-
He was preceded in '
death by a son, Aarron
Wade Johnson.
Survivors include his
yvife, Carol Johnson;
two daughters, Shawn
L. Aman of Oregon and

brothers, Oneil Johnson
and Bill Johnson, both of
Athens, Ala., and Char-
lie Johnson ofWahneta;
two sisters, Margaret
Barton of Arkansas and
Ann Cline of Athens, Ala.;
and three grandchildren,
Brittney, Brenna, and
Visitation: Tuesday,
April 26, from 6-8 p.m.,
at Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home in Bartow.
Funeral: Wednesday,
April 27, at 11 a.m., at the
funeral home chapel.
Condolences to the
family may be made at

Mertice Jones

dy" Norris and husband
Lawrence of Eaton Park,
James "Jimmy" Simpson
of Havana, Fla.; William
"Billy" Simpson and wife
Carolyn of Bartow, Wally
G. "Jerry" Simpson and
wife Linda of Bartow,
LaDonna Jones Sayes and
husband Archie of Musk-

Neomia Johnson of
Auburndale; two sons,
Steven L. Johnson of Fort
Meade and Joey Warren of
Sneads Ferry, N.C.; three

Rev. Emmett Guy
Mathews, 82, of Lake
Wales passed away Sun-
day, April 24, 2'011, at his
'el. home.
her He was born Nov. 15,
raw- 1928, in Opp, Ala., to the
d late Lona H. and Car-
derie Lee Mooneyham
en, Mathews. He moved to
Lake,Wales from Bartow '
Neil, in 1964.
;a Reverend Mathews was
; and a retired Baptist minister
ren. whose pastorates includ-
y, ed Central Avenue Baptist
SChurch of Lake Wales,
neral Southside Baptist Church
of Frostproof and Lake
ay, Garfield Baptist Church.
.,~ at He was preceded in
apel. death by his first wife,

Clara viathews. .
Survivors include his
wife of 11 years, Vera
Mathews; a son, Randall
Mathews of Silver Spring,
Md.; two stepsons,
Charles Cunningham
of Lake Wales and Steve
Cunningham ofVero
Beach; a stepdaughter,
Lisa Cunningham of Lake
Wales; a brother,~ Elmer
Mathews of Rome, Ga.;
two grandchildren; and
one great-grandchild.
Visitation: Wednesday,
April 27, from 6-8 p.m.. at

Marion Nelson Funeral
Home in Lake Wales.
.Funeral: Thursday,
April 28, at 2 p.m., at the
funeral home, with Rev.
Darrol Hood and Rev.
Charles Cooper officiat-
ing. Interment will follow
at Wildwood Cemetery in
Condolences may be
sent to the family~ and the
webcast of the service can
be viewed at.www.mari-
com. .

Rosa Lee Putnel, 87,
formerly of Fort Meade,
passed away Sunday,
April 24, 2011, at her
home in Wauchula.
Mrs. Putnel was born
in Wimauma, and moved
to Wauchula from Fort
Meade in 1981. She then
spent a short time liv-
ing in Dade City before
returning to Wauchula
She retired from Polk
General Hospital as a
certified nurses assis-
tant in 1981. Mrs. Putnel
attended the Church of

Julian E. (John) Putn
Survivors include
daughters, Freida CI
ford ofWauchula an
Elaine Enfield of Da
City; six gr~aidchildr
Gary Crawford, Dale
Crawford, Paul Mac
John Enfield, Theres
Rosenburg, Lisa Ray
11 great-grandchildl
Visitation: Tuesda
April 26, from 6-8:30
P~m., at Hancock Fu
Home, Fort Meade.
Funeral: WVednesd
April 27, at 10:30 a.m
the funeral home ch

Rosa Lee Putnel
She was preceded in
death by her husband,

Bartow Area Community Calendar

Saturday, April 30-Sunday,
May 1
The Cemetery Club, explores
the lives of three Jewish widows
from Queens, NY who are each
at different stages of healing,
and trying to move on with their
lives after losing their husbands.
Tickets available at the Cham-
ber. 2:30 p.m. Bartow Elemen-
tary Acaderny auditorium.
Wednesday, April 27
Customer Service, 2-5 p.m.,
hosted by CFDC. Neil Combee
County Admmnistrat nh Building,
Bartow $35. 534-5915 for regis-
tration and information.
Saturday, April 30
9-Great A eican Clean Up,
team T-shirt. 533-7193 or 534-

Wd~ns ay, pril 27
22nd Annual "Just Say No" Pa-
rade, Rally and Luncheon, 9a.m.
Begins at Tom's Chicken Shack
and continue down Main Street
then turn left on Broadway
and end at Bartow High School
where the rally will be held.
Luc on ticket at the Bartow

Saturday, April 30
The Souls A Fire Band, 5:30
p.m. Gospel Music Coffee
House, 325 Lyle Parkway, Bar-
tow. 604-3457
Saturday, April 30
Native Plants, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.,
Carver Recreation Center, 1520

3. Idlewood Ave., Bartow. 533-
Friday, April 29
Sum'merlin Academy Walk .
A-Thon, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Bartow
High School's Bartow Memorial
Stadium, 1270 S Broadway Ave.,
Friday, April 29
Veterans Connect, 10 a.m.-3
p.m., free. Medical services,
exhibitors and vendors. Stuart
Center, Extension Services Com-
plx ,51 U.S. 17 S., Bartow.

Saturday, April 30
Community Health Fair, 10
a.m.-3 p.m. Free health screen-
ings, car seat safety, vision driver
safety, blooded bile, di betic
HIV counseling and testing,
prostrate screening, veteran
services mobile, immunizations.
Carver R re tion Centr,9 50 SO

Saturday, April 30
Pill Drop Off, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Florida Department ofTrans-
portation at 801 N. Broadway
Ave., Bartow.

Rriday, Nril 29
Spring barbecue, 11 a.m.-1
p.m. It will raise funds to help
pay for needed landscaping.
Cost $8. Redeemer Lutheran
Church and Preschool, 585 E.
Summerlin St., Bartow. 534-6054
Saturday, April So
Pitch, Hit &c Run, registration

at 8 a.m., competition at 9 a.m.
Four age divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-
12, 13-14. 534-0120. Bartow Park
on County Road 555, Bartow.
Saturday, April 30
Bartow Kiwanis Club 2nd

Annual 5k Run, 7:30-9:30 a.m.,
Bartow High School Stadium,
Participates may register at
www.active.com or by mailing
your Iaym~ent to EO. Box 1021,
Bartow, FL 33830-1021. 559-3806

Ouida Georgia Howze Baker

old Brantley Brooks

Mertice Mathis Jones

Robert L. Johnson

ROV. Emmett Guy Mathews

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not always how things
turned out. Because of
that, Parker asked the
BOCC for an extension
of 180 days. However'
he expressed the hope it
would not take that long.
'As I understand it, the
EPA people are ready to
hit the ground running
with their study," Parker
Almost instantly upon
completion of Parker's
request, Commissioner
Melony Bell made a
motion to grant the
180-day extension. But
before a vote was held'
Commissioner Todd

Dantzler asked about
the brownfield study (a
brownfield, according
to the EPA study is a site
where the expansion,
redevelopment or re-use
can be complicated by
the presence or potential
presence of a hazard-
ous substance, pollutant
or contaminant) and
funding of it. Parker
told Dantzler it was his
(Parker's) understanding
that the county itself was
not eligible for the funds.
However the site was, as
a part of its transfer.
Dantzler expressed
'concern what would oc-
cur if something previ-
ously not discovered

surfaced as a result of
the EPA study.
"If you're not satisfied
with the numbers, you'll
walk away from the
deal?" he asked. If that
occurred, said Parker,
then yes, the city would
walk away. However,
Parker expressed the be-
lief the EPA study would
not reveal anything
substantially different
from the studies already
conducted by A-C-T.
The BOCC unani-
mously approved a 180-
day extension, with the
provision that the city
of Bartow close on the
property on or before
Nov. 3, 2011.


Cast members in "The Cemetery Club are (from left): back Brian Marshall and Molly Judy; front
- Pat Centualo, Debbie Pion and Virginia Zechiel. The play closes the fourth season of Bartow
Performing Arts Series on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1.

BPAS: Wraps up theatrical season

move on with her life.
Rounding out the cast
are Brian Marshall, Polk
County Emergency Man-
agement employee who
plays Sam the Butcher,
and Molly Judy, the
education director for
Theatre Winter Haven,
who plays Mildred.
Bartow native Jennifer
Marshall directs "The
Cemetery Club." Active
in the Central Florida
theater community for

plays Lucille, the sassy
non-conventional widow
who wants everyone to
join her in "playing the
Virginia Zechiel, an ad-
junct professor in music
at Polk State College and
frequent musical direc-
tor at Theatre Winter
Haven, plays Ida, the
sweet homemaker who
struggles with how to

the past seven years,
Marshall has directed,
choreographed, stage
managed and performed
in numerous plays and
musicals in Orlando,
Tampa, Winter Haven,
and Lakeland.
Marshall said she "is
very excited to be able to
share her love of theater
and the work of her dedi-
cated cast and crew with
the Bartow community."


Prior to the start of the April 26 Polk County Commission meeting, Bartow Mayor Wayne Lewis
(back row, left) goes over a point with Ba'rtow Commissioner James F. Clements. At the same
time, Trish Pfeiffer(standing) discusses an issue with City Attorney Sean Parker. Pfeiffer is part of
an organization attempting to save and restore the former Thompson Cigar Factory.

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An estimated 160 members and guests of the Lakeland Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc., gathered at Bartow First Baptist Church for a pre-Mother's Day breakfast and
program Saturday, April l6. chapterr President Patricia Hunter (left) handled closing remarks and
a special presentation, while Gwendolyn L. Hen'dley, with the Fort Pierce Alumanae Chapter, gave
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Smiles, laughter, and overall camaraderie was the order of the day Saturday, April l6, at First
Baptist Church in Bartow, as an estimated 160 members and guests of the Lakeland Alumnae
Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., gathered for a pre-Mother's Day breakfast and

coming .

"This is one instance
We COuld have done
different," he acknowl-
edged, but he maintained
the Board had done the
right thing in naming the
future school after retired
school superintendent Dr.
Gail E McKinzie.
Hazel Sellers, who dis-
trict encompasses Mul-
berry, brought another
aspect to be considered:
the students. In her tray-
els, she had witnessed the
impact a school name has
and said it was of signifi-
cance to them.
"It should be relevant to
the kids," she said. While
she said the policy should
be fleshed out, Sellers did
not favor limiting choices
to jtist neighborhoods. "I
would hate seeing names
never being used."
The same sentiment
was expressed by Board
Member Lori Cunning-
"I would not want to
close the opportunity to
name it after a business
or community leader,"
she said. She had sat in
on the naming of schools
in Poinciana and Day-
enport, in which the com-
munity participated, and
said it brought the com
munity together. It is part
of the current process.
It was determined the
issue would be brought
back at a later work ses-
sion, and Bridges would
assemble his research
about other school dis-
Another hot button
item, and again, one
not on the work session
agenda, was school board
salary, and it was Sellers
who posed the question
whether Florida statute
permitted a school board
to cut salary.
According to Bridges,
there is a "floating stat-
ute" a statute that is
set to expire which is
renewed for another year

-- that permits individual
board members to take a
voluntary cut in salary.
"But the board cannot
impose it," he said. It has
to be an individual deci-
O'Reilly proposed all
board members agree to
voluntarily reduce their
salaries. Hle also proposed
that for one year the
school board not pay its
fee to the Florida School
Board Association (FSBA).
Tim Harris objected to
this. His argument was
that by not paying the an-
nual fee, board members
would not be able to take
advantage of the oppor-
tunity to become both
more qualified in carrying
out their responsibilities,
as well as beirig certi
fied. He said it would be
hypocritical of the board
to not take these courses
while at the same time it
required school admin-
istrators and teachers to
take certain courses.
Sellers said that in ad
edition to courses desig-
nated to improve board
members, that the FSBA
does "many, many things
behind the scenes on
behalf of education."
Board members agreed
that the salary matter
be done privately, but
to develop a guideline
as to how much of a cut
to recommend. Those .
who decide to do so will
notify Superintendent Dr.
Sherrie Nickell in writing'
and she will forward the
information to the proper
The information must
be submitted to Mark
Grey, superintendent
of business services, by
the first week in June, in
order to make it into the
budget for Fiscal Year
2011-12. Although board
members will make their
decisions privately, their
salaries would remain
public record.


Although it was not on
the work session agenda,
the first item Polk County
School Board Chairwom-
an Kay Fields raised at the
top of the April 26 session
was the school naming
Several members, she
said, had expressed the
desire to have it reviewed.
Board Attorney Wes
Bridges said that if there
was an interest in dis-
cussing the issue, it would
help his department in
knowing what direc-
tion. to take the policy.
Because the issue had
first arisen, Bridges said .
he had done extensive
research on other school
districts' policies.
"Predictably, they're
all over the place," said
Bridges. Some school
districts forbade naming
schools after individuals,
limiting naming to neigh-
borhoods, while other
school districts allowed
it, but only for individuals
no longer living.
School Board Mem-
ber Debra Wright said
the current policy is too
general and needed to be
more specific.
However, Fields dis-
"Aill of us think what
we did could have been
handled differently, but
we didn't," she said. "W~e
need to be more mindful
in the future.
She was supported by
BoardMember Frank
O'Reilly,.who said the cur-
rent policy is a good one,
and that in the past there
has not been a problem.
The two have been out-
spoken in their advocacy
that while mistakes were
made naming the yet-
to-be-built elementary
school in Mulberry, they
nevertheless needed to
stand by their decision.

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tion: The
Tribute" is
coming to
South Florida
College in
Well, The
Beatles, but
these guys
look like they
did and prob-
ably: sound
pretty similar.
On May 9,
fanrs of the
Fab Four can
relive the
1960s and go
through their
on the Ed
Sullivan Show
in 1964 and
hear a myriad
of classic rock
n' roll songs
from Revolu-

tiTne show
is at 7:30
p.m., in the
South Florida
College The-
atre for the
Arts onthe

Here's Jim, Tim, Mike and Greg playing Paul, John, Ringo and George
(that's front row first and from left) in Revolution that will appear at
the South Florida Community College Theatre. The full names of the
reenactors are John Lennon is Tim Piper as John Lennon, Jim Neil as
Paul McCartney, Greg Piper as George Harrison, Mike Sarafian as Ringo

fast Rotary and SFCC
Performing Arts.
Tickets range from.
$25-$35 and may be
purchased online 24
hours a day, seven
days a week, online at
Tickets are also
available at 784-7178
or by visiting the SFCC
Box Office in the front
of the Theatre for the
Performing Arts, 600
WV. College Drive, Avon
Park, 11:30 a.m.-2:30
p.m. Monday, Wednes-
day, and Thursday.

sporting mop-tops.
Portraying John Len-
non is Tim Piper, who
was selected by Holly-
wood casting directors
to portray Lennon in
the E! Channel Televi-
sion production of the
John Lennon Story.
Jim Neil portrays Paul
McCartney. Greg Piper,
who has been a singer
and actor since he was
11, plays George H-arri-
son. And Mike Sarafian
plays Ringo Starr.
The performance is
a benefit concert for
the Avon Park Break-

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The University of South
Florida Polytechnic has
named Joel Rodney to -
oversee its global part-
nerships and interna-
tional programs.
H-e comes to USF Poly
from Penn State York,
where he currently serves
as chancellor.
"Dr. Rodney brings
experienced leadership '
in global partnerships to
USF Polytechnic," said
Regional Chancellor Mar-
shall Goodman in a press
release. "He is a pioneer
at developing global

cultural, educational and
social exchange between
USFP and selected coun-
Starting Aug. 1, Rodney
will have responsibility
for developing strate-
gic direction for USFP's
global education and
business partnerships.
He will "lead and admin-
ister initiatives, facilitate
faculty and international
student exchanges and
articulate the vision and
mission of USFP to inter-
national education and
business communities."

The actors for Revolution on stage doing their act recreating the story of The Beatles.
They will be at South Florida Community College.

School name policy,

salaries deliberated'

sort of

Rodney coming to Polytech in July

c p as a
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Jeremiah Arce, 2, started eating some candy a little early at
the West Side Men's (Iub's Easter egg hunt Saturday at the Polk
Street Community Center. More than 2,000 eggs were put into
the field and retrieved by the children in less than 10 minutes,
but Jeremiah wanted some candy early.

Jazmine Jones, 4, was all about the Tootsie Roll she got before Aalighah Arce, 7, and her friend Kourtney Westbrook, 8, wait
the West Side Men's Glub Easter egg hunt began Saturday at for the Kiwanis Club Easter egg hunt to start at Mosaic Park
Polk Street Community Center. Saturday.

Lucas and Jake Manley,
their Easter egg baskets
Saturday at Mosaic Park.
The twin boys took
part in the 68th annual
Kiwanis (Iub egg hunt.

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annual Kiwanis Club Easter egg hunt at Mosaic Park. Going around
the circle, mom {hristina helps her sons, Austin, 4, at the top of the
picture, Jesse, 9, to his left, and Gary wearing the white hat.

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Tickets for the BPAS events are on sale now at the Bartow Chamber. General admission tickets are $15 per show. Senior 155 or
% better) tickets are $12 per show, and students K-12 are $10. Children not yet in school are free with a paying adult. Bartow Elementary
SAcademy is located at 590 S. Wilson Avenue. For more information, contact the Bartow Chamber at (863) 533-7125.

Carver Rec
mation about health care
and safety issues.
Among features of
the fair are free health
screenings, care seat
safety, vision, driver safe-
ty, bloodmobile, police
and fire, diabetic coun-
seling, elderly services,
HITV counseling and test-
ing, prostate screening,
veterans' services, and
Proceeds will benefit
the West Bartow Front
Porch HIV Outreach
For more information


On April 4 the (rickette Club honored Ortelle Bowden (seated, with bouquet), who has played the piano for local civic clubs for
more than 40 years. She is retired from the city of Bartow.

Bowden honored by Crickettes


Ortelle Bow'den was
honored by the Crickette
Club on April 4.
Mrs. Bowden has
played the piano for all
the local civic clubs for
40-plus years. But she
is a Crickette and is so
special to the club that
they wanted to show
their appreciation to her
for sharing her talent,
dedication and love to all
the civic clubs, especially
her own Crickette Club.
The Crickettes ar-
ranged for her two
granddaughters, Amy
Bruce and Katy Forte, to
attend the weekly lun-
cheon with her. She was
then surprised by her
two daughters Joanne
Crum and Janie Robin-
son who attended the
Mrs. Bowden was
roasted by fellow Crick-
ettes Margaret Thomp-
son, Betty Jo Wilson,.
Meromay Davis, Barbara

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celeb rates

Word of Life Christian
School's Spring Spectacu-
lar on Saturday, April 30
is open to the commu-
ni od, music, games
and "tons of fun" for the
whole famil r pl nned

Word of Life Christian
School is at 1555 West
Main Street in Bartow, at
the intersection of State
Road 60 and Couilty
Road 555, across from
Bartow Chevrolet.
For more information
call 519-5747.

Barbecue at


Anytime is a good time
for barbecue, and fans
will have chance to eat
their favorite food and
help a local church this
Redeemer Lutheran
Church, at 585 E. Sum-
merlin Street, is planning
a benefit barbecue for
Friday, April 29, from 11
a.m.-1 p.m.
The church has been
sprucing up and the bar-
becue proceeds will help
pay for landscaping.
Barbecue dinners
include chicken, baked
beans, green beans, roll
and dessert~for $8. Din-
ners may be picked up at
the church or may be de-
livered directly for orders
of 10 or more meals.
Call Pastor Tod Shouse
at the church, 534-6054,
to order a dinner. Leave
Mess ge if there's no

April 11 was the day for saying Happy Birthday to the Crickettes who were born in April (from
left): Margaret Thompson, retired from the Polk County School Board; Suzie Futch, Fred's
Southern Kitchen; Linda Holcomb, Bartow Chamber of Commerce; and Jennifer Sturgis, Semco.
chocolatee and vanilla cupcakes and seasonal jelly beans were provided by Becky Schreiber, Polk
SCounty Sheriff's Department, and Janet Harrison, Florida Farm Bureau. Easter decorations bright-.
ened up the tables. They were arranged by the decorating committee of Gaile Mundy, retired Tax
Collector's Office; Brenda Lang, retired Polk County School Board; Shirley Brosie, Polk Education
Foundation; Ortelle Bowden, retired City of Bartow; and Rhoda Whitten, retired Polk countyy
School Board.

Newell and Rhoda Whit-
ten. The club presented
her with a bouquet of
roses, a Swarovski min-

iature piano and a gift
certificate to the Stanford
All the Crickettes

joined in honoring Mrs.
Bowden for serving her
community in such a fine



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Saturday, April 30, from
10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Carver
Recreation Center, 520
S. Idlewi~ood Avenue, in
Sponsored by Leo E.
Longworth State Farm
Insurance Co., the fair
is presented in partner-
ship with St. James AME
Church and Upsilon Xi
Chapter, linc., Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc.
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RJ. Reynolds is escorted by his parents during Senior Night for
the varsity baseball team at Bartow High School.

Brett Retton and his mother were introduced to the fans during
Senior Night last week for the varsity baseball team at Bartow
Senidr High School.
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Brent Hagood and his parents walk before the fans during
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A day at the museum.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder'

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Union Academy Magnet Middle displayed the art work of its students on the
second floor of Bartow Public Library. Grace Williams, 14, is seen here with her
pastel drawing which she titled "Saving Florida:'

April 27, 2011

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Zane McCann got a kick out of the expression on the face of the recreation of one of Florida's
earliest inhabitants

Fourth grade student Preston Tribble ponders the display of a Polk County soldier from World War
I during a field trip to the Polk County Historical Museum.

Fourth grade students of Floral Avenue Floral Avenue student Neisha Vigo jots down
Elementary School ended their week Thursday an answer she found about how Polk County
with a field trip to the Polk countyy Historical was a haven for the Creek Indians fleeing
Museum. Students were given question Andrew Jackson's forces following the First
sheets and directed to find the answers Seminole War.
within the museum's displays. Dakota
Pittinan found the answer he was looking for
and uses the floor to help write it down.

Photos by

Christine Roslow

Rebecca Bedient found something interesting in a display on the history of the first settlers of
Polk County. Do you know why Polk County is named for a president? Rebecca does.




Union Middle art student Christina Pontenberg,13, shows her father, Dale Lewis, her contribution
to the Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder art show hosted by Bartow Public Library Tuesday,
April l19.


Gabrielle (lark, 13, displayed
her artwork tiled "A House
Undiscovered."The piece
combined varied media such
as a recycled paper towel,
stamps, spray paint, and puff

Danielle Clark accompanied her sister to the art show at Bartow Public Library. Here she looks at
the paintings on the window.

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there will also be a flag
football game between
the upper classmen
against the lower class-
men. And, at the end of
the day, the drill team
will have a pie tossing
fundraiser where teach-
ers and cadets inleader-
ship positions will be the
seeks donations
The Adopt-A-Senior
program is looking for
donations of new hy-
giene and toiletry items
to give to these students
as graduation gifts.
These items go to
homeless seniors who
have overcome substan-
tial obstacles to gradu-
ate high school. The
school district hopes to
conclude the project by
Thursday, April 28-
Although this was an
in-house school district
project, the project has
branched out and cur-
rently includes churches,
professional groups and
organizations, clubs and
service organizations.
Monetary donations are
also being accepted.
For information, e-
mail lorrie.prince@polk-
fl.net or tracy.hannah@
polk-fl.net at 519-8861.
Charter school
A charter school meet-


Earlier this month the
Polk County School Dis-
trict got $26,833 from the
Polk County Tax Collec-
tor's Office for students'
participation in the Tag
Art program.
On Tuesday, April 12.
the tax collector's office
gave the money to the
district at the School
Board meeting.
The total raised in the
five years the program
has been running is
Walk-A-Thon coming
Pies will be flying and
flags will be grabbed
during Summerlin Hligh
School's annualWalk<-A-
Thon next month.
The Walk-a-Thon
is Friday, April 29, at
Bartow High School's
stadium and takes place
from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Walk-A-Thon is to
finance academic and
extracurricular activities
for the cadets.
While cadets run or
walk a minimum of 25
laps in order to raise
money for their school,

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Office and Kids Tag Art chairwoman; Ellen Chastain, Polk Museum of Art; Lisa Kaiser Hickey, Douglass Screen Printers; Meri Mass,
Polk Arts Alliance; Kay Fields, Polk County School Board chairman; Tax Collector Joe Tedder; and Kevin Jones, Mid Florida.

ing is about the applica-
tion process to open a
charter school in Polk
The meeting will be at
the county's administra-
tive office at 1915 S. Flo-
ral Ave., Bartow, ait 8:30
a.m., Tuesday, May 3.
The meeting is es-
sential for any groups
planning to submit an
application to start a
charter school.
To go to the meeting,
people must contact the
school district's Office
of Charter Schools at
534-0625 to register. The
deadline to submit appli-
cations to open a charter
school for the 2012-13

school year is 5 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 1, 2011.
Polk Video Awards
The Polk Video Awards
will feature music videos,
animations, documen-
taries and school news
produced by Polk County
The awards program
on Tuesday, May 3, will
be at Lakeland's Vic-
tory Church, 1401 Griffin
It starts at 5 p.m. and
the shows will be fol-
lowed by the middle and
high school awards at
approximately 7 p.m. The
event is free.
To find out more,

contact David Yates at
647-4254 or david.yates@

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Advice, fun, food and
fellowship are planned
for McLeod Memorial
Presbyterian Church's
celebration of Older Adult
Week, May 1-5, for those
50 and up.
Guest speaker Sandy
Lovern begins the week
on Sunday, May 1, at

noon. She is the author
of "Finding Your Way: A
Spiritual GPS for Caregiv-
ers." Her book includes
advice and direction for
medical decision- mak-
ing, legal issues, finan-
cial arrangements, and
personal care.
Those attending are

asked to bring a covered
dish to share for lunch.
Tuesday, May 3, is
Game Day from 10 a.m.-1
p.m. Guests can enjoy
fellowship, horseshoes,
cornhole or a variety of
board games.
Movie Day is Thursday,
May 5, also from 10 a.m.-

1 p.m. "My Fair Lady"
will be shown with free
popcorn and drinks.
All activities will be at -
McLeod Memorial Pres-
'byterian Church. Contact
the church office at 533-
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A" Iocol company is scamming our elderly customers,
claiming we: are no longer in business........if "A" local
company contacts you, just call our toll free number
to double check that tp~rjak is the Company you will
get..........DONd'T LET T HEM "GET" YOU........they
are also ;hurting lots of good folks.

800 U.S. Highway 27 N.* Avon Parki 453-7571 Sebring 385-1731*. Lake Placid 1&11-;:; 7

Older Adult ~Week at M~cLeod Church

Tura to the Expert!

800-725-7B571 Call this number
Before ~you let "A"NY OTHER
COMPANY touch your air


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