Union Academy
comes out on top

See Page 2A

DOT gives Florida
another week
on high-speed rail

See Page 8A

Polk County
Youth Fair

See PageS 10A-11A

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Chief: Citizens helped crime drop

SatuLuay, Peb. 26, 2011
Copyright 2010 Sun Coast Media Group

The reported crime rate
in Bartow dipped almost 10
percent during 2010 from the
previous year and Police Chief
Joe Hall said residents played a
large role in the drop.
Overall, reported crime
was cut 9.9 percent, with 19
percent fewer burglaries. Dur-
ing 2009, citizens reported 305
burglaries and in 2010 that
number dipped to 247.
The chief said that a newly
hired crime analyst, proac-
tive work by cops and citizen
involvement in 13 neighbor-
hood watch programs fueled
the downward trend.
"Seventeen thousand people

Tuesday's Feb. 22
Polk County School
Board meeting got off
to an ominous start
when two Atheist of
Florida members,
John Kieffer and

live in the city of Bartow and
we don't have 17,000 cops to
watch everybody, but we do
have neighborhood watch to
be the eyes and ears of the
community," said Hall. "The
community is more involved
and we're working more on the
root cause of the problem -
"The police department can't
do it all by ourselves."
Lyn Bryan, neighborhood
watch coordinator, victim's
advocate and crime analyst,
is thewoman behind place-
ment of several new signs in
areas served by neighborhood
"It gives law enforcement
another tool," said Bryan. "The

mounted a protest to
a prayer invocation
- which led to one
arrest immediately
prior to the start of
the session.
While Polk County
School Board mem-
bers knew the meet-

What the other boards do.
Page 8A
ing might be conten-
tious, as they had
decided at the work
session held earlier
that day to take a vote
on the Mulberry

average citizen knows their
neighborhood better than an
officer who patrols."
Hall: "You know what is un-
usual for your area."
When an interest is ex-
pressed, Bryan helps set up
watch programs for individual
At first, Bryan attends two
introductory community
meetings. During the first, a
citizen commander is chosen
and residents are schooled to
identify suspicious activity or
strange visitors.
For the second meeting, the
names and phone numbers of
neighbors are exchanged, col-
lected, recorded and distrib-

elementary school
naming issue they
had not and could
hot -- have an-,
ticipated that anyone
who professed to be-
ing an atheist would
appear and protest
in what would be a
provocative manner.

The Florida Department of
Law Enforcement publishes
Uniform Crime Reports.
Locally in Bartow,'larcenies
decreased from 813 reported
crimes to 767, a 5.7 percent
drop. Aggravated assaults for
2009 stood at 86, and for 2010
dropped to 58. Robberies
decreased by 8.1 percent and
forcible rapes dropped from
eight to six instances.
On the flip side, during 2009
there were no city murders. IN
2010 there were three. Forcible
fondling jumped 120 percent,
from five toll crimes.
Hall said he was proud of

Bryan's role as crime analy

This was especially so
in light of the fact the
previous public ses-
sion had witnessed no
controversy, when the
prayer invocation was f
first moved to outside
the start of the official


rst Lyn Bryan and Chief Joe Hall display
a sign that he says helped crime
E 17A drop in Bartow.


in kilts

Summerlin cadets
out of uniform
for annual ball
Ryan Sullivan and Brian Forte kept it
a secret for about a month but Friday
night Summerlin Academy cadets saw
Well, not everything,;but they did
see their knees at the annual Military
Ball at the Bartow Civic Center. It was
at this dance where all cadets dressed
in modified Class B uniforms, except
seniors Sullivan and Forte who mim-
icked school Commandant Michael
Butler by wearing kilts.
"Our girlfriends knew about it and
so did a couple of other teachers," Sul-
livan said.
Instructor Kathryn McDonald
helped the friends find kilts with the
school's colors of orange, blue and
In order to dress out of uniform for
the dance the pair got Butler's OK to
do it.
Though they wanted to keep it a
secret, somehow it got to more people
than they may have realized.
A handful of students who were
helping to set up the party knew about
the plan, but they said they were keep-
ing it themselves until party night.
"They wanted to keep it a secret,
but I guess it got out of the bag," cadet
Madison Nickell, who helped set up
the dance, said.

Duane retiring as CRA chief

VE STEINER ments the CRA realized under was it OK to apply it to an-
SWRITER his guidance, other project, the building of a
announced his Duane's announcement that park on Polk Street in an area
executive direc- he would be retiring came on directly below an overpass on
. .. the heels of a memorandum State Road 60.

L Lite ommunIIIIIIIIIIy euevel-
opment Agency at the Feb. 23
CRA board meeting, effective
at the end of the June 5 pay
The announcement came at
the start of the meeting when
Chairwoman Joanne Stidham
said she had received a letter
from Duane.
With that, Duane hurriedly,
and at times almost inaudibly,
read his letter aloud.
Silence followed Duane's an-
nouncement before a motion
was made to accept the resig-
nation. With the vote to accept,
Stidham addressed Duane.
"I just want to take a mo-
ment to thank you," she said,
and she mentioned several of
the programs and accomplish-

7 05252 00025 8
dTo o

dated Feb. 14, from Bartow
City Manager George A. Long
that had been distributed to
city commissioners, CRA board
members, and Duane.
A 67-page report detailed in
a timeline a series of events
and efforts by Long, city Grant
Administrator Linda Allen, and
City Clerk Linda Culpepper to
obtain HUD documents from
Duane, and said that the CRA
executive director made state-
ments that he would forward
said documents but never did.
At the crux of the matter was
whether a supposed $257,000
HUD grant originally ear-
marked for a parking garage
project that was eventually
canceled still existed and if so,


Sports .......................
Obituaries................ 5A

Long and his staff eventually
learned, when they directly
contacted the HUD project
manager, that the money was
still there. However, the park
project did not qualify and not
only that, the project manager
had not heard anything about
it, as it had been several years
since he had last heard from'
Long also discovered that
the HUD money was to go to
the city of Bartow, not the CRA,
and that Duane had signed an
agreement award contract that
clearly indicated beneath his
signature that the city manager
was supposed to sign the con-
tract. Instead, the city manager
title had been crossed out

CoLmrt Report........ 8A
USA \Veekend.... Inside

Community Redevelopment Agency executive director Jim Duane (top left,
wearing tie) announces he will be retiring effective the end of the June 5 pay

and typed alongside it was
Duane's title, instead: execu-
tive director. The report issued
by Long's office also detailed
conversations between Duane,
Allen and Long on the topic,
and included the minutes of
a September city commission


workshop session.
Other board members at
Wednesday's CRA meeting
chimed in with their chorus of
thank yous to Duane, among
them Ken Riley.

Deal of the Day
Be a patron
of the Arts
See Page 9A


SDemocrat Vol. 80, No. 52

Bartow, Florida 33830

Controversy follows atheist arrest

Upon instruction of Assistant Superintendent of School Service Fred Murphy (right), Bartow Police Department officers Julio Pagan and Jason
Griffith, attempted to escort John Kieffer from the Public School meeting. When Kieffer resisted he was subsequently handcuffed and arrested.

Jim Duane a
retirement as
f,-n nrIf, (-i-_

......... . Sports

Union Academy comes out on top

The Union Academy
archery team came out
on top by 220 points dur-
ing their match against
Lewis Anna Woodbury
Elementary on Feb. 8.
Top shooters for Union
Academy were Clayton
Anderson 240, Haley
Fitzhugh 240, John
Gargus 231, Alex Guice
- 231, Jack James 233,
Jacob Kendrick 238,
Trenton New 266,
Cassie Pinion 239, Miti
Shah 232, Sydney Sum-
ner 249, Riley Troutt
- 223 and Hunter Wilkin-
son 242. Their team
total was 4,534.
Other team members
are Brianna Burley 173,
Nicholas Coile 203,
Cassidy Collins 198,
Juliana Herrin 222, Ryan
Holle 220, Mary Kath-
erine Meier 216, Zach
Weiss 216, and Madison
Wesche 222.
::Top shooters for LAW
are Ginna Bell 206,
Kamryn Harpe 226,
Patricia Jaimes 219,
Joshua Lyle 229, Tianna
McClendon 219, Ethan

A Union Academy archer (left) gives her score to a Lewis Anna
Woodbury Elementary archer to document.

McGinnis 215, Jacque-
line Montes 219, Hunter
Santo 231, Wyatt Smith
- 226, Dane Steneco
- 256, BradleyWellden -
220, and Ryan Williams -
219. The team's score was
Other team members
scoring are Veronica

Aviles 201, Kearstin Ay-
ers 195, Brian Johnson
- 157, Demani Lewis -
207, Salma Montes 171,
Raquel Resendez 140,
Pedro Reynoso 209,
Peyton Santo 188, and
Brittany Williams 161.

An archery match on Feb. 8, included 42 archers from Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary and
Union Academy.

Archers aimed for a high score during a Feb. 8 match at Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary.

It's minor league ticket
Tickets for Lakeland
Flying Tigers Florida State
League home games go
on sale at 10 a.m. Satur-
day, Feb. 26, at the Joker
Marchant Stadium box
The Flying Tigers open
the season on Thurs-
day, April 7, against the
two-time defending FSL
champion Tampa Yan-

The box office is at
2301 Lakeland Hills
Blvd., Lakeland. People
can also get tickets at 10
a.m. at www.Lakeland-
FlyingTigers.com or by
telephone at 1-866-66-TI-
GER (84437).
Ticket prices for Flying
Tigers regular season
games are $6 for box
seats, and $5 for reserved
seats. Adults ages 55
and older and children
14 and younger get a

$1 discount. Saturday
tickets are an additional
$1. Parking is free..Season
tickets are $210 and
include special season
ticket holder benefits,
including events, trips
and a ticket exchange
For information
visit www.LakelandFly-
ingTigers.cqm or call
(863) 686-8075.

Tennis anyone?

Men who enjoy playing
tennis need other players
to show up and join.
The players get on
the courts at 8 a.m. on
Monday, Wednesday

Winners for week
2/8/11- two penny putts:
1st- Pat Lowery 28
2nd- Mary Bourque -

and Friday at the Bartow
Civic Center and if you
want to play just show
up, said Rick Gwinn.
Most players who play
rate between 3.0 and 3.5,

Golf Scores
1st Louise Wilkie-18

Week 2/15/11 Quota
1st- Mary Bourque +3

he said.
If you're interested
or have questions, call
Gwinn at 302-234-4415
or just show up.

Tied Keisha hardy- +3
2nd- Pat Lowery -1

1st Louise Wilkie +1



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Call a legislator and let them know you want to help

Homeless people are a very silent
They are rarely heard.
They are barely seen.
That's why the people who work
with the homeless want to rally
community support against state
budget cuts that will lead to fewer
services to this large, unseen com-
Advocates for the homeless said
they would cope with the funding
cuts. No doubt they will.
But right now they need more
financial help, not less.
They need support from the com-
munity. Those who care enough
about the problem need to make
their voices heard in Tallahassee.
Last year the number of homeless
in Polk county jumped 25 percent.
Groups like the Salvation Army, The
Church Service Center in Bartow
and The Care Center in Lake Wales


are finding it harder and harder to
meet the needs of the homeless and
underemployed in this economy.
Our government may be out of
money for frills and extravagances
but feeding the hungry and shelter-
ing the homeless is not an extrava-
It is our duty to help those less
fortunate. We offer you the names,
phone numbers and e-mail ad-
dresses of the seven members of the
state Senate's Budget Subcommit-
tee on Health and Human Services
appropriations, as well as the 11
members of the House Health Care
Appropriations Subcommittee.
We urge people to contact these
legislators. They are: Senate Sub-
committee on Health and Human
Services Appropriations:
Joe Negron, (R), chair, (850) 487-

5088, negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov;
Nan. H. Rich, (D), vice chair, 850-
487-5103, rich.nan.web@flsenate.
Don Gaetz, (R), 850-487-5009,
Rene Garcia, (R), 850-487-5106,
Steve Oelrich, (R), 850-487-5020,
Garrett Richter, (R), 850-487-5124,
Eleanor Sobel, (D), 850-487-5097,
House Health Care Appropriations
Subcommittee: Matt Hudson, (R),
chair, (850) 488-1028, matt.hudson@
Ken Roberson, (R), vice chair,
(850) 488-0060, ken.roberson@my-
Mark S. Pafford, (D), Democratic
ranking member, 850-488-0175,

Charles S. Chestnut IV (D), 850-
488-5794, charles.chestnut@myflori-
Richard Corcoran, (R), 850-488-
8528, richard.corcoran@myflorida-
Janet Cruz, (D), 850- 488-9460,
Daniel Davis, (R), 850-488-5102,
Jose Felix Diaz, (R), 850-488-3616,
James C. Frishe, (R), 850-488-9960,
Gayle B. Harrell, (R), 850-488-
8749, gayle.harrell@myfloridahouse.
Scott Randolph, (D), 850-488-
0660, scott.randolph@myflorida-
The cuts have been proposed
by the governor, but must come
through the Legislature.
Add your voice.

Politics: not my favorite charity

To which of the follow-
ing would you like to give
financial support?
Your church or civic
Local charities (Church
Service Center, Help of
Fort Meade, Lake Wales
Care Center)?
Countywide or regional
campaigns (United Way
of Central Florida, Vol-
unteers in Service to the
National health and
relief organizations (Red
Cross, American Cancer
Society, American Heart
. International organiza-
tions and foundations
(Heifer International,
UNICEF, foundations of
international civic and
service organizations like
Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis,
and Zonta)?
The political party and
candidates whom you
Say what?

Okay, I will march in
lockstep with those who
bemoan the influence of
money in politics, partic-
ularly through campaign
SWhile small grassroots
contributions represent a
genuine wish to provide
tangible support for a
candidate, too often the
major contributions are,
to use polite language,
made as investments to


ensure influence or ac-
Some years ago, a
friend boasted to me
that he had chewed out
a politician for taking a
position adverse to his
organization, which had
made a $500 contribution
to his campaign.
I don't know which
offended me more: his
open boast that the
campaign "gift" was little
more than a paid-in-ad-
vance influence purchase,
or the assumption that
political fealty could be
bought for only $500.

The concept of "public
funding" of campaigns
may have a noble sound
to it, even though money
is distributed without
regard to the wishes of
taxpayers who provide
the money.
But as political insid-
ers know, candidates who
accept tax funds for their
campaigns are not forbid-
den from soliciting and
accepting private contri-
They are only limited
in the amount accepted

from private sources,
meaning that only a lim-
ited number of influence
purchasers are admitted
into the fold.

This subject was
brought to mind by a
Tampa Tribune story
earlier this month that
the Republican National
Committee had fired
members of its commit-
tee arranging the 2012
convention because they
spent upwards of $1 mil-
lion on questionable sala-
ries, lodging, and meals
for themselves.
Tough luck for the
Not really.
The money came from
federal tax funds com-
mitted to both national
parties for their conven-
tions through the public
financing of presidential

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
He read a magazine
article a few days ago
written by a woman who
established a form of dis-
cipline to keep her on her
diet. In any week in which
she did not achieve her
weight loss goal, her cred-
it card company would
automatically charge $5
to her account and send
the money to a political
cause she loathes. Thus
far, she has stayed on her

Klan history and local politics

When Lake Wales City
Commissioner John Paul
Rogers responded to a
letter writer who men-
tioned his past as a leader
of the United Klans of
America, he said that he
was writing his response
"with help."
I gave John Paul a call
at the barbershop and
asked him who it was that
was helping him write the
"That's not important,
is it?" he asked.
"Well, you thought it
was important enough to
mention in your letter to
the citizens. Why did you
mention it then?" I asked.
"Because I like to be
honest and forthright," he
A lot of people have
asked me this week about
the letter to the editor
mentioning the Klan and
John Paul Rogers' re-
One question I received
was, "Do you allow peo-
ple to write letters to the
editor for other people?"
That's a good ques-
tion. Other people write
speeches for politicians
all of the time so I guess it
isn't so bad that John Paul
had someone else write
some of the letter for him.
Of course, we get letters
to the editor all of the
time that we know are
written by someone other
than the person who
signed it.
How do we know this?
Well, when you get a
bunch of letters on the
same topic and they are
formatted exactly the

same it is easy to figure
out that the same per-
son is typing the letters.
-Either that or there are
dozens -rpeople-in Lake
Wales who all went to the
same business letter writ-
ing school.
The point is that when
we call those folks they
always say they wrote the
letters and as long as they
say that, we run them.
It would be nice to
know who is crafting the
words of one of our com-
missioners but it's not
mandatory. It is probably
enough to know that he
didn't write it all himself.
The other question I
was asked this week was
about whether Rogers'
leadership role in the
Klan was a fair topic to be
discussed in the paper.
That's another good
John Paul doesn't think
In the letter that he
.submitted to the paper
he said, "If you will notice
there is one thing that
these letters have in com-
mon, they all assert that
I am a scoundrel because
of a past association of
nearly thirty years ago.
Is this type of guilt by as-
sociation fair? If you are

going to judge me, then
judge me on my actions,
and not on someone
else's words."
He also wrote that
those who question his
years of Klan leadership
are using "venomous
words of hatred."
The Klan is part of our
past. It was not a service
club like Rotary or Ki-
wanis. It was an organiza-
tion that espousedxaciaL
separation and white
The Klan's history is not
one of the bright spots in
the history of our state
and town.
If a candidate for mayor
was the head of a hate
group, then folks have a
right to question whether
he still shares the views of
that hate group.
The community is talk-
ing about Rogers' bid to
be mayor of Lake Wales.
Letters that bring up the
subject are fair game.
As always we stand
ready to publish letters
or columns (as we did
with John Paul Rogers)
from our elected officials
if they think they need to
share something directly
with the community.
In a short while, we
will present readers with.
profiles of all four candi- .
dates which will give their
views on current issues.
The profiles also will
detail the background of
the candidates so that
readers can have facts
that they can use to make
up their own minds about
their qualifications.

We welcome your letters

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some rules. Please keep them
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as grammar and spelling. All
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and telephone number must be

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tion, but must be provided.
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forum for community discourse
and the opinions and state-
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solely those of the individual

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readers can send letters to The
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Lolita Peterson Biggs

Helen B. Gutman

Lolita Peterson Biggs,
47, of Bartow died
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011,
at home.
She was the daughter
of the late Joseph Peter-
son and Sylvia Peterson
McRae of Lake Wales.
She was preceded in
death by her sister, Geor-
gia Mae Norwood.
Survivors include one
daughter, Lacey Khadi-
jah Biggs of Bartow; two
sons, Virgil Eugene Biggs,
II, and Samuel Cordell

Lolita Peterson Biggs
Biggs, both of Bartow;
Three sisters, Venita L.

Glover of Bartow, and
Betty J. Peterson and
Josephine P. Hunter,
both of Melbourne; one
brother, Elton L. Peterson
of Lake Wales; and her ex-
husband, Virgil Biggs, Sr.,
of Bartow.
Funeral: Saturday, Feb.
26, at 11 a.m., at Edge-
wood Church of Christ,
Arrangements: Gause
Funeral Home, Bartow.

Helen B. Gutman, 80, of
Bartow, died Sunday, Feb.
20, 2011, at Rohr Home in
She was born Dec. 24,
1930, in Punta Gorda. She
was a lifelong resident of
this area.
Mrs. Gutman was a
homemaker and a mem-
ber of First Presbyterian
Church of Bartow.
She was preceded in
death by her husband of
37 years, Raymond Gut-
man, and her son, Albert
Ray Gibbs, II.

nelen -uurman
Survivors include her
daughter, Enola Gibbs of

Lakeland; a granddaugh-
ter, Shawna Miller of
Bartow; a grandson, Ray
Gibbs and wife Elizabeth
of Bartow; a daughter-
in-law, Theresa Gibbs of
Winter Haven; a sister,
Margaret Bachtell of
DeLand; and five great-
Arrangements: Whid-
den-McLean Funeral
Home, Bartow.
Condolences may be
sent to the family at www.

Doris Lee Cook

Raymond H. Spieker

Doris Lee Cook, 56, of
Mulberry died Monday,
Feb. 21, 2011, in Lake-
Mrs. Cook was born
May 12, 1954, in Lake-
She was the CEO of
Cook's Cleaning Services.
Mrs. Cook was a member
of Fist Apprenticeship
Church of God in Mul-
Survivors include her
husband, Bishop Willie L.

Doris Cook
Cook, Jr.; three daughters,

Elula Cook, Leola Cook,
and Coretta Cook; and
four sons, Willie D. Cook,
Myron Cook, Demond
Cook, and Thomas Je-
rome Cook. All are from
Visitation: Friday, Feb.
25, from 4-6 p.m,, at First
Apprenticeship Church
of God.
Funeral: Saturday, Feb.
26, at 11 a.m., at St. James
Primitive Baptist Church
in Mulberry.

Bradley W. Tooman

Bradley W Tooman, 59,
of Bartow, died Tuesday,
Feb. 22, 2011, in Tampa.
Mr. Tooman was born
on Feb. 21, 1952, in Ann
Arbor, Mich.
He worked as a fire-
fighter for the City of
Port Huron, Mich., and
worked with that city's
Emergency Medical
Services for 30 years. Mr.
STooman was Presbyte-
He was a member of
the Mackinaw Old Fort
Society and Firefight-
ers Union Local #454, a
past commodore of the
Port Huron Yacht Club, a
past commodore of the
Detroit Regional Yachting
Association, and a past

Bradley W. tooman
commodore of the Com-
modores Club.
Mr. Tooman was very
active in social activities
in the Floral Lakes Com-
munity. He was a mem-
ber of the Floral Lakes

Homeowner's Associa-
tion Board, and served
as president of the Floral
Lakes Social Committee.
Survivors include his
wife, and forever friend
of 26 years, Sandie Mor-
ris of Bartow; his par-
ents, Wayne and Phyllis
Tooman of Port Huron,
Mich.; a brother, Lynn
Tooman and wife Kathy
of Ludington, Mich.; a sis-
ter-in-law, Pamela Merritt
of Bartow; and a nephew,
Daryl Merritt and wife
Michelle of Raleigh, N.C.
Arrangements: Whid-
den-McLean Funeral
Home, Bartow.
Condolences may be
made to family whid-

James Ervin Johnson

James Ervin John-
son, 65, of Sebring, died
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at
Florida Hospital Heart-
land Medical Center in
He was a member of
the Bible Fellowship
Church of Highlands
Mr. Johnson was a car-
penter. He served in the
U.S. Army.,
He was the son of the
late Leroy Johnson and-
the late Alfinder Johnson.
Survivors include his
wife, Susie Johnson of
Sebring; two daughters,
Maya Johnson of Plant
City and Jennifer Miller
and husband Joshua of
Plant City; three sons,
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Mr. Spieker was em-
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of Lakeland; and six
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Monday and Thursday of each
Saturday, Feb. 26-Sunday,
The Over 55 Show Band,
composed of musicians rang-
ing in age from 42 to 80, big
band concert, Polk State Col-
lege's Winter Haven campus
in Fine Arts Building. $8 per
ticket. 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27
Susan Taylor Concert for a
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Monday, Feb. 28
Juneteenth Community

,Celebration committee meet-
ing, 5:30 p.m., Polk Street
Community Center, 1255 W.
Polk St., Bartow. All interested
invited to attend. 533-1773.
Saturday, Feb. 26
Bartow Performing Art
Series, "Mark & Clark," 7:30
p.m., Bartow Elementary
Academy Auditorium. Identi-
cal twins and identical baby
grand pianos performing
selections from Elton John
and Billy Joel to Ferrante &
Teicher. Tickets available at
Greater Bartow Chamber of
Saturday, Feb. 26
The Souls A Fire, 5:30 p.m.,
free, open mike for those who
want to sing. Gospel Music
Coffee House, 325 Lyle Park-
way, Bartow, 604-3457
Saturday, Feb. 26
Photography Hike with
Local Photography Duo, 8-11
a.m., Polk's Nature Discovery
Center at Circle B Bar Re-
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in Lakeland. 668-4673.
Saturday, Feb.26
Scales & Tails Pet Festival,
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Simmers-

Young Park, 5630 West C.R.
542, Winter Haven. 534-6911.
Saturday, Feb.26
Middle, high school
orchestra concerts, 8:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m. and 1:30-6 p.m.,
Tenoroc High, 4905 Saddle
Creek Road, Lakeland. Free.
Thirty-one orchestras play
30-minute intervals. 647-4729
for each school's performance
schedule with selections.
Monday, Feb. 28
Reservation deadline for
dinner/auction for the South-
ern Star Music Festival trip for
Union Academy Magnet band
and orchestra. ARP Church,
Bartow. Dinner is Saturday,
March 5. Preview 5 p.m., a
barbecue dinner 6 p.m. and
live auction 7 p.m. $10 for
dinner. 258-2678 or via e-mail
at rothranch@aol.com.
Monday, Feb. 28
23rd Annual Polk County
Agri-Fest, 10 a.m.-noon. Polk
County Agricultural Center
at 1702 U.S. 17-98 S., Bartow.
581-5877 or heathern@pcfb.
Tuesday, March 1
Florida Southern College's

School of Education open
house for master of educa-
tion, 6 p.m. Eleanor Searle
Drawing Room, 111 Lake Hol-
lingsworth Drive, Lakeland.
Childcare and refreshments
will be provided. 680-4250.
For more information about
the M.Ed. program, visit
Wednesday, March 2
Building Fundraising
Committee for Achievement
Academy, 8 a.m., Putnam,
Creighton & Airth, PA, 500 S.
Florida Ave., #300, Lakeland.
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is a Pre-Kindergarten Charter
School providing educa-
tion and therapy services to
children with developmental
delays/disabilities in Polk
County. Current campuses
are in Lakeland, Bartow and
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Tuesday, March 1
Polk County Commission,
9 a.m., The meeting will be
held in the county com-
mission chambers at 330 W.
Church St., Bartow. 534-6000.
Tuesday, March 1
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administrative office, 1915 S.
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Saturday, Feb. 26
Polk County Gospel Sing-
ing Convention 3 p.m. old
Welcome Primitive Baptist.
Church, corner of County
Roads 630 and 555. 533-8896.

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Monthly gospel sing
featuring The Dosses, 7
p.m., Christian Home Free
Will Baptist Church 1125
Spressard Holland Parkway,
Bartow. 533-4734
Saturday, Feb.26
Rise & Shine Walk for
Children with Special Needs.
Registration begins at 7:30
a.m. at the First Presbyterian
Church, walk 8 a.m. First
Presbyterian Church on Lake
Saturday, Feb. 26
Polk County Gospel Sing-
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Welcome Primitive Baptist
Church, corner of State Road
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March 4
Revival, 7 p.m. nightly,
Judah Deliverance Temple
Inc., 1275 Martin Luther King
Jr. Blvd., Bartow. 440-1920.
Hosted by Elder Jeradas L.
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Fourth Annual Revival,
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Baptist Church, 430 7th Ave.,
Bartow. 712-2219
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19th annual Polk Senior
Games, 9 a.m. Opening cer-
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School athletic field, Eagle
Lake. Following the open-
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competitions will kick off the
first of 92 events in 34 sports
over a 15-day period.
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which is Saturday, March 12,
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Nick Tice, Peggy Way,
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ATHEIST: Controversy follows arrest

agenda and meeting.
"They started taking
flash photos and talked.
They disrupted the invo-
cation and continued to
interrupt," said School
attorneyWes Bridges.
"The Board chair (Kay
Fields) asked them to
leave and they refused."
According to a Bartow
Police Department report
written by Detective Sgt.
David Wyant, Kieffer
had become loud and
talked over the invoca-
tion. Once it was over,
he walked to the stage in
front of the School Board
members, turned to the
audience and began yell-
ing his opposition to the
While Wachs admit-
ted she and Kieffer had
indeed taken photos, she
disputed Bridges' ver-
,sion, adding they were
totally within their legal
"They (the Schools
Board) did the prayer
prior to the start of the
meeting. Anybody is free
to do what they want,"
said Wachs. "It's not my
contention, this is the
law." Wachs is an at-
torney who no longer
She added neither she
nor Kieffer stopped the
pastor from present-
ing the invocation, and
since it had been offered
before the start of the
public meeting, she said
it was inaccurate to say
they were being disor-
"We weren't turn-
ing over the tables, or
punching people," she
said. The School Board's
ire was "simply because

we were doing it during
their prayer. They got
The police report
stated Kieffer's actions
were a distraction and
were preventing the start
of the meeting.
"The whole point in
doing this was to show
how unworkable (hold-
ing a prayer invocation
before the start of the
meeting) was, she said.
"This is civil disobedi-
Wachs also claimed
that it wasn't until after
the invocation that Fields
and other Board mem-
bers displayed any emo-
tion. She said she also
queried Fields whether
the chairwoman was
beginning the meeting?
"Are you calling the
meeting to order?" Wachs
in a later interview said
she asked. "If you are, I'll
take my seat."
She claimed Fields did
not reply to Wachs, and
instead was set upon by
the police. "All of a sud-
den, they were manhan-
dling me."
The two police officers
present, Officers Jason
Griffith and Julio Pagan,
had been instructed by
Fred Murphy, assistant
superintendent for sup-
port services, to escort
Kieffer and Wachs from
the room, according to
the police report. Kieffer
did not cooperate and
tried to free himself from
the officers' grasp, upon
which he was arrested,
handcuffed and escorted
out of the room.
On her own, she said,
Wachs followed Kieffer.
When she demanded
to know what Kieffer

was being charged with,
the officers would not
answer. She said Griffith
warned her if she did not
immediately leave school
administration property
that she would also be
arrested. Wachs removed
herself from the premise.
She later said Kieffer
was kept on the grounds
of the school administra-
tion more than an hour
before he was brought
to the Bartow Police De-
partment, where he was
booked. While being pro-
cessed, Kieffer was found
to be in possession of a
white pill in his pocket
that he was unable to
produce a prescription
He was charged with
resisting an officer
without force, disorderly
conduct and posses-
sion of drugs without a
prescription. Wachs was
given a trespass warning
and instructed she could
no longer step onto any
school grounds. She
said she would seek an
injunction from barring
her, that she would not
be denied her U.S. Con-
stitutional right to free
However, Murphy
denied that having the
police remove Kieffer
and Wachs was an effort
to deny them their con-
stitutional right.
"It was about an
individual disrupting a
school board meeting,"
said Murphy. "Everyone
has their right to freedom
of expression, freedom of
speech. They're entitled
to their opinion."

Wachs: No compro-

CRIME: Chief: Citizens helped drop

and its effect on criminal
Burglaries were tracked
for trends by the time of
day, for what was taken
and the zones of the

DUANE: Retir
"I think you did a lot
of good things, positive
things," Riley told Duane.
At the conclusion of
the CRA board meeting,
Duane at first said "no
comment" when asked if
his announcement had
been precipitated by the
memorandum. Then he
quickly reversed himself.
"This is my second or
third attempt at retiring,"
he said. "I've been think-
ing about it for some
time." Duane added he
had considered announc-
ing his retirement this
past January but held off
until February. He has no
immediate plans once he
"I've worked all my life,
so I've got a new experi-
ence before me."
Stidham said that had

crimes. Officers were
then redirected and the
crime prevention unit/
community police team
and Special Operations
Group worked together.
Both uniformed and

he not made his an-
nouncement which
she only learned about
minutes before the board
meeting that it was
highly probable the mat-
ter would have come up
for discussion.
"It would have been
taken up at the meeting,"
she said. Whether action
would have been taken
at that meeting or at a
specially convened meet-
ing, had Duane not an-
nounced his retirement,
she could not say.
"I certainly believe as a
board, there were certain
things we needed to dis-
cuss," she said. Stidham
said neither she, nor to
her knowledge, any board
member, once they had
received the memoran-
dum, had suggested to
Duane to retire or resign.

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non-uniformed officers
hit the neighborhoods on
bicycles, in cars and on
foot looking for suspi-
cious activity. A recently

The protest did not
pass without comment
by members of the com-
munity when they were
given the opportunity to
address the Board on any
"I have noticed in our
community we have
atheists," said Tabitha
Hunt, who then took a
dramatic pause before
she continued. "God
"They're pretty outspo-
ken," she said. "I think
we as Christians need to
be just as outspoken. As
Christians, we need to be
more aggressive and less
Hunt said prayer needs
to be placed back on the
public agenda.
Board member Frank
O'Reilly said he and oth-
ers school officials want
the prayers returned
to the agenda, but he
also warned the audi-
ence that churches and
synagogues and other
religious entities need
to step up, as the strong
possibility existed there
would be a costly legal
"If they're that serious
about it, they better unite
behind us," he said. On
Thursday at the recess
during the school board
retreat he said it will help
if churches and syna-
gogues earmark money
for Polk County Schools
should a legal battle
ensue. As an example he
said that if each parish-
ioner donated $10, the
amount collected could
be staggering.
When later told of
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sat in a waiting room at
the Polk County Sheriff's

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in Bartow, Wachs said it
indicated the hypocrisy
atheists often face and
pointed out the sarcasm
of the "God forbid" com-
"That's Christian?" she
asked, and added where
was the so-called toler-
ance. Later she would
comment,,tongue in
cheek, "God forbid, you
understand, atheists
have rights."
One of those rights, she
then said, was to be able
to attend government
and public functions,
which included school
board meetings, without
being forced to listen to
prayer invocations.
When asked if any
compromise was pos-

sible, or whether they
considered changing
their tactics, Wachs said
that for herself and Kief-
fer, as well as others, the
answer was no. Overall,
that was and for a long
time has been an issue
even among atheists,
whether the best strategy
is to be accommodating
or confrontational. For
her and Kieffer, it is the
latter because the former
does not work. Anti-
atheists tell atheists to be
polite, but what they are
actually saying, Wachs
claimed, is the message
to sit down and shut up.
By silencing the atheists,
the atheists will then go
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urbeF ary 26 2011

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Moving invocation

before start

not sati

"It isn't going to fly."
So said Annie Laurie
Gaylor, co-president of
the Madison, Wis.-based
Freedom From Reli-
gion Foundation when
informed of the action
Polk County School Board
members decided upon,
moving the prayer invo-
cation before the start of
the public session.
In January, the atheist
organization sent notice
to the Polk County School
District that it believed
the prayer invocation to
open school board public
sessions to be in violation
of the U.S. Constitution.
It warned of possible legal
action if Polk County
School District did not
voluntarily cease and
desist the practice.
The organization's
effort stemmed from a
complaint it had re-
ceived from a former Polk
County resident who said
several acquaintances
had attended a recent
school board session and
had taken exception an
invocation was given.
The complainant, who
wants to be unidentified
he said for personal safety
reasons as he received
threats from having taken
previous, similar, actions,
corroborated this by at-
tending a Polk County
Schools public session
and witnessing for him-
self a prayer invocation
In response to the
notice, board members
at the Jan. 25 work ses-
sion were presented with
several options by School
attorney Wes Bridges.

They could:
Continue the practice
and face the possibility
of a lawsuit that could
initially cost between
$300,000-$500,000, and
could climb higher if
FFRF prevailed, as the
School District would be
on the hook to pay FFRF's
legal costs;
Permanently stop
prayer invocations;
Suspend it until Polk
County Schools was in a
better financial situation
should it have to fight a
The Board went in
another direction, based
upon the suggestion of
chairwoman Kay Fields,
that Polk County Schools
follow the lead of the City
of Lakeland, which cur-
rently is facing a similar
action by Tampa-based
Atheists of Florida. Like
Lakeland, the school
board voted to keep
offering a prayer invoca-
tion, but do so before the
gavel sounded signifying
the start of the public
session; Bridges advised
Board members that as a
precautionary measure to
include a disclaimer on
the school board meeting
agenda, which appeared
for the first time on the
Feb. 8 agenda:
A voluntary invocation
may be offeredbefore the
opening of the School
Board meeting by a
private citizen. The views
or beliefs expressed in the
invocation have not been
reviewed nor approved
by the School Board, and
the Board is not allowed,
by law, to endorse the
religious beliefs or views of
this, or any other speaker.
SUpon learning of the

Polk County Schools deci- perhaps "out" a person
sion, Gaylor said Freedom who might otherwise
From Religion Founda- wish his or her views to
tion will explore further remain private.
actions and would not The Feb. 8 school board
rule out suing. Thus far, meeting was conducted
Schools attorney Bridges with no incident when
has not heard back from the voluntary invocation
FFRE Regardless, Fields, was conducted. How-
who is the wife of Lake- ever, at the point in the
land mayor Gow Fields, meeting when public
is of the firm opinion comments on items not
the Board moved in the on the agenda is solicited,
proper direction. Morgan Smith of Lake-
"We feel we have done land addressed the Board.
what we have to do," said Just like the complainant
Fields. "We'll wait and who contacted the FFRF,
see.". Smith was made aware of
It was a further modi- the situation by a friend,
fiction of the School who suggested a letter
Board practice. Approxi- writing campaign, which
mately a year ago, accord- Smith ruled out, consid-
ing to a report in another ering it ineffectual. Smith,
publication, the Polk felt more direct, more im-
County Schools switched mediate action was called
from Board members for, and he contacted'the
giving an invocation on a Orlando-based Liberty
rotating basis, to inviting Counsel, one of a number
members of the clergy or of organizations of which
others in the community he is a member; When he
to offer up the invocation, explained the situation,
As it now stands, with it gave him a response
the new policy and pro- which he brought to the
cess is place, in practice, school board's attention,
anyone who does not as well as permission
wish to be present can to represent them. The
absent himself or herself Liberty Counsel, he told
from the chamber, but school board members,
that is unacceptable to would help should the
EllenBethWachs, of Lake- FFRF sue.
land, who is the attorney "They would handle
for Atheists of Florida. the case pro bono,"
"Why should I have said Smith in a later
to wait outside and not interview."That's what
participate in the entire they do across the U.S."
government process?" Smith was passionate
she said, speaking of the in his protest, and said he
move in Lakeland that did not support mov-
Polk County Schools has ing the invocation being
decided to emulate. Nor given prior to the start
is it acceptable for her or of the gavel sounding
anyone of a like mind to indicating the start of the
choose to sit down and public session.
not stand, as doing such "It's giving in to some-
would only draw atten- thing that is not a real
tion to that person and threat," he said.

High-speed rail gets another reprieve

Staff, Wire Report he was afraid the state
would be stuck with bil-
TALLAHASSEE (AP) lions in unexpected costs.
A proposed high-speed The governor also
rail line between Tampa rejected the revised plan
and Orlando has gotten for absolving the state of
another reprieve, financial or legal obliga-
U.S. Transportation tion by turning the proj-
Secretary Ray LaHood ect over to local govern-
has given Florida Gov. ments, but now he'll take
Rick Scott another week another look.
to reconsider his decision Polk County Commis-
to turn down $2.4 billion sioners Bob English and
in federal money for the Ed Smith were ecstatic
project after the two met Friday when they heard
Friday in Washington, the news.
D.C. "This is an issue that
LaHood said he gave has some very emo-
Scott additional time tional people on both
before taking the money sides," said Smith. "It is
back after the governor a tremendous economic
asked for more informa- engine for Polk County."
tion about a revised plan. Smith suggested that
Scott refused the origi- the rail line could attract
nal federal offer because tourists, including visitors

Fehr gets (

engineering e

Ralph Fehr of the Uni-
versity of South Florida
Polytechnic named an
outstanding engineer.
He was given the has
been selected for the
IEEE Region 3 Joseph M.
Biedenbach Outstanding
Engineering Award, pre-
sented by the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics
The award recognizes
excellence in student
mentoring and engineer- Ralph Fehr
ing curriculum develop-
ment. elected for this award from
"It is an honor to be se- a region that contains so

to Legoland.
"There are so many
benefits for Polk County,
although I can see the
other side of the coin,"
said Smith. "Sometimes
you have to spend a
nickle to make a quarter."
But how to inake it
"I'm all in favor of
forming a coalition,"
said English. "Let's get
the money released into
Florida and then into
an established political
"Then we could sit
down with the differ-
ent individual political
districts and work out
interlocal agreements."
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson,
who met with LaHood
last week to try to get

Florida more time, said: "I
am grateful the governor
has agreed to listen to the
facts on how the state will
have no financial respon-
sibility in high speed rail.
I'm especially grateful
to Secretary LaHood for
giving Florida at least one
more week before our
money goes to another
Hopefully, this will be
enough time for people of
good intentions to come
together and put Florida's
interests first. There is
too much at stake for us
not to try everything we

-Polk County Demo-
crat Staff Writer Bill
RettewJr. contributed to
this article


educator award

many outstanding educa-
tors," said Fehr, a visiting
assistant professor of
engineering. "The list of
past recipients is most
Region 3 encompasses
more than 30,000 IEEE
members across nine
southeastern states and
Jamaica. Fehr will ac-
-cept the award at annual
regional conference in
March in Nashville.
Fehr earned a bachelor
of science degree in elec-
trical engineering from
Penn State, an masters

in education in electri-
cal engineering from the
University of Colorado,
and a Ph.D. in electri-
cal engineering from
the University of South
His research interests
include power system
planning methods and
reliability enhancement
techniques, infrastructure
design improvements,
high-power semicon-
ductor applications at
medium voltages, and
engineering education

What this could mean

to other boards

Should Atheists of Florida prevail, what might
it portend for other Polk County communities, as
well as the Polk County Board of Commissioners?
Will those communities cease offering prayer invo-
cations, or modify the presentation?

Polk County
"To speculate on what we would do, I don't
know," said Polk County Commission chairman
Edwin V. Smith who said that for the time being,
no change is planned nor warranted. "The BOCC is
going to open with prayer and I believe we are on
solid ground."
In case after case, Smith added, the courts have
said offering an invocation is permitted. "It [the
practice] is as old as the country and it's been done
at every level." He added it is an embedded prac-
"Does it make it right?" he asked rhetorically. "I
could take the adverse position and ask, does it
make it wrong?"
Smith added that the BOCC seeks diversity when
selecting those to give the invocation.
"We have always been very careful not to sponsor
or endorse or show favoritism to any one religion."

"Our practice is that the city commission invite's
members of the local clergy to give the invocation,"
said city attorney Sean Parker. However, anyone
is welcome to request giving the invocation, and
upon occasion it has been offered up by either a
city commissioner or layperson from the commu-
He acknowledged that in a community such as
Bartow, the lack of a synagogue, mosque or other
house of worship not belonging to a Christian faith
could pose a problem, but not one insurmount-
"Anyone is welcome, be they a member of an-
other faith," he said. The challenge is in knowing
and/or locating who living in Bartow is of a "mi-
nority" faith that might be interested in giving an
The possibility of going to a non-denominational
invocation has not arisen, but Parker does not rule
it out.
"I suppose the issue could be developed in the
future," he said. Like other communities, Bartow is
following the developments in Lakeland and Polk
County Schools. He also looks to possible decisions
coming out of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals,
the federal court that covers Florida, Georgia and
Alabama. "It's a very interesting issue."

Fort Meade
It was the same situation in Fort Meade, accord-
ing to its city manager; Fred Hilliard.
"Right now, the commission doesn't have a posi-
tion, as it has not come on the radar screen," Hill-
iard said and mentioned he would raise the issue at
the next commissioner meeting.

Mayor Kay Hutzelman said she did not believe
Frostproof would be the target of any attempt by
an individual or organization threatening a lawsuit
because the town population, which she said is
approximately 2,700. An an interesting sidenote,
despite that small number, she estimated there
are between 26-29 churches. Most of the time,
the invocation at the start of its commissioners
public session is given by a person of the cloth. To
her knowledge, it has always been someone of the
Christian persuasion, and was OK with that.
"I don't believe anyone has been disenfran-
chised," she said.

Lake Wales
"We don't believe that the City of Lake Wales has
a problem," said city manager Judith Delmar. "Our
invocation is regularly presented by Dr. Moyer of
Warner University who has served as our chaplain
for some time. The invocation he delivers is non-
In an e-mail, she went on to state that "In the
opinion of our City Attorney, Albert C. Galloway Jr.,
the City of Lake Wales is not violating any prohibi-
tions in this regard."
With the known exceptions of Lakeland and
Winter Haven, there are no synagogues or mosques
in Lake Wales, which are also absent in other Polk
County municipalities. However, not too far out-
side city limits, there is a Hare Krishna enclave.
Which way would Lake Wales turn?
"Future policy will depend on the court's rul-
ing, which we will evaluate when the time comes,"
Delmar stated in an e-mail.


February 26, 2011

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The Polk County Democrat Page 9A

Nickell to prepare

A controversy at the
start of the Thursday
morning session of the
Polk County School
Board two-day retreat
came perilously close
to derailing that day's
sessions; and while by
day's end 6 V2 hours later
it appeared as though
Board members had
drawn closer to a spirit
of cooperation than any
of the planned exercises
could have hoped to
achieve, that illusion was
obliterated by the end of
Friday's half-day session.
Although he could not
have realized it at the
time he said it, retreat
facilitator Tom Freijo, a
private consultant who
has conducted numerous
retreats, and who is also
with the University of
South Florida-Polytech-
nic, spoke of the possi-
bilities that lay before the
"It's a special opportu-
nity," he said. "I'm going
to 'open the door' for you
and you're welcome to
walk through it."
Within minutes, Debra
Wright asked whether
the morning's session
would be the proper
time and place to discuss
the results of a recent
teacher and support sur-
vey she had requested be
conducted; a report that
was distributed to the
rest of the Board at the
retreat. It was a report
that prompted a rebuke
from chairwoman Kay
"Why did we not
receive notice of the
survey?" Fields asked,
whose displeasure was
Her reaction, as well
as that of several others,
was the "door" Wright

then walked through.
She let it be known how
frustrated she had been
feeling ever since taking
her seat on the board,
having defeated incum-
bent Margaret Lofton in
a runoff.
One key aspect, Wright
said, was how she felt
she has not been kept
up-to-date on matters.
Another was a lack of a
knowledge whether there
even existed a handbook
on policy and procedure.
As a consequence, it
appeared as if she did
something one way, she
would be rebuked, so if
she did something an-
other way, it would draw
another rebuke. The
survey she requested was
now the latest incident.
She would repeatedly use
the word "clarification"
as she voiced frustra-
"Nobody in this room
has told me, this is the
way we handle it," said
It was a frustration
Wright had raised several
times before, at work ses-
sions, and like those pre-
vious times, other board
members solicitously
related to her their expe-
riences when they first
became Board members,
experiences just like hers.
One approach that aided
several of them "come up
to speed" was to take a
backseat role.
"I let the process
come to me, through
observation," said Dick
Mullenax. He added
-that event though he
had a background in
education, having been a
teacher, the first sev-
eral months as a Board
member proved to be
a learning experience,
one that sometimes was
frustrating. Those and

other comments failed
to put the issue to res
and Wright cited her
experience as a schoc
"As a principal, I w
never treat a beginni
teacher as I have bee
treated," she said anc
added that if the way
she felt she had been
treated thus far conti
ued that there would
problems. That said,
added that she had y
believe there was a sf
of teamwork, and lik
the board to everyone
being in their individ
"We're not going to a
complish anything if
don't work together,"
said. That also include
a general feeling of b
ing excluded, as thoi
she was not present.
There have been tim
she said, when peop
discussed things she
may have said or wat
purported to have sa
practically in her pre
ence. It was as though
she was invisible.
One attempt by Fr
to steer the Board ba
to the agenda was sh
down by Frank O'Re
who believed this m,
ter had not yet been
resolved to anyone's
satisfaction, least of.
Wright's, and when I
finally did succeed, 1
leading the Board to
engage in a planned
exercise, he added a
dimension. He had I
members, as well as
Sherrie Nickell, write
down three things th
are the role of the Be
three things that are
the role, and suggest
based upon what ha
just transpired.
"Where should a b
member go if they h
questions of proce-

report on

ed dures?" he challenged.
st, "What or where is the
entry point?"
ol One of the first to fin-
ish was Mullenax, and
would the manner in which
ng he indicated he had
n conjpeted the exercise
d -erxnd to break the mood
of tension that was still
in- "I can tell you were a
be teacher, because you put
she your pencil down as soon
'et to as you were finished,"
ense Treijo said. It was one of
ened the first rounds of laugh-
ie ter to fill the room since
lual the morning session had
.c- the end, by the time
we the retreat agenda
she reached the point where
led budget items on the
)e- agenda were to be pre-
ugh sented and discussed,
the consensus was that
es, Dr. Nickell and her staff
le would work up a propos-
al to be presented to the
s Board that would clarify
lid, policy and procedure.
*s- The mood of Board
h 'members turned mostly
positive from that point
eijo forward, and by 3:20
ack p.m., a full 25 minutes
lot ahead of the projected
illy end time forecast, the
at- patina was a spirit of
teamwork and coopera-
tion had been fostered.
all, Afterward, as Board
Freijo members gathered their
by personal belongings,
Wright, who up until
Thursday had chose to
new err on the side of caution
3oard --- concerned she might
Dr. be "speaking out of
e place" ---and had turned
iat away media requests
board, to comment, reversed
not that position. Up until
tions Thursday, it had felt as if
.d she had been stranded
in the middle of a lake
)oard without an oar. She now
ave' believed that situation
had changed.

Show to do it

However, come the
conclusion of Friday's
half-day session, when
Freijo asked the Board to
assess weaknesses and
strengths of.the retreat,
Wright immediately
spoke up.
"I still don't feel com-
fortable we dealt with
the word, 'silo," she said.
"I left not thinking we
established clarity."
Several Board mem-
bers responded, telling
Wright her feelings were
not unique.
"Many times I feel all
by myself," said Sellers.
In her past experiences
on the Board, especially
during the first years, it
was often felt. However,
after time, that concern
diminished. Wright's
response was should the
Board be like that, and


she still felt the Board
does not work as a team,
a point acknowledged by
chairwoman Kay Fields.
"We're probably not
going to function as a
team," said Fields. "It is
what it is and we have to
deal with it."
However, for Fields,
the two-day retreat had
a positive aspect for her,
and she explained she
was still ahgry at fellow
Board members over an
issue (which she didn't
elaborate upon) related
to Tuesday's work session
and public meeting. The
retreat allowed her to
vent some of that anger.
Lori Cunningham,
she said at times also
felt isolated in her "silo,"
and part of it is attribut-
able to restrictions in the
Sunshine law.

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Youth Fair Parade of

Sumer Davis, Country Ridge
4-H: Rabbit Show, Best of Breed
Madison DeNardo, Dream
Catchers 4-H: Rabbit Show, Best
of Breed Lionhead.
Dominick Desrosiers,
Dundee Clovers: Dog Show Sr.
Obedience Sub-Novice B, First
Place; Dog Show Sr. Team, First
Devin Die, Bartow Middle
FFA: Horticulture Judging Con-
test Jr. Team, First Place.
Anna Beth Dodd, Hog
Heaven 4-H: Foods, Tri-Color;
Jr. Table Setting and Menu Plan-
ning, Best Formal.
Joshua Duff, Haines City Sr.
FFA; Horticulture Ornamentals
Dept., Tri-Color Ornamental-
Dish Garden.
Taeler Dupre, Kathleen
Middle FFA: Commercial Heifer
Show-European Influence,
:Reserve Champion Yearling
Keith Edwards, III, McLaugh-
lin Middle FFA: Food Preser-
vation, Tri-Color; Two Foods
Items, Two Foods.Tri-Colors;
Market Hog Show Class Winner-
Class 16, First Place.
Kristen Ferro, Hog Wild 4-H:
Horticulture Ornamentals
Dept., Tri-Color Ornamental-
Kathryn Floyd, Frostproof
PFA: Grand Champion Limou-
sin Female.
Shelby Freeman, Lake Gib-
son Sr. FFA: Market Steer Show,
Reserve Grand Champion Steer;
Market Steer Show Sr. Show-
manship, Grand Champion
Maine Anjou Female, Grand
Champion Continental Breed
Female, all First Places.
Carley Frost, George Jenkins
Sr. FFA: Sr. Barrels-Horse Show,
First Place.
Gabrielle Fussell, Bok Acad-
emy FFA: Market Hog Show
Class Winner-Class 10, First
Reed Fussell, Fort Fraser
4-H: Horticulture Ornamentals
Dept., Ti-Color Ornamental-
Grape Ivy; Purebred Beef
Brahman Bull, Reserve Grand
Champion; Purebred Beef Re-
serve Champion Angus Female.
Wes Fussell, Bartow Sr. FFA:
Purebred Beef Grand Cham-
pion Angus Female, Purebred
beef Grand Champion English
Breed Female.
Jordan Futch, Hog Wild 4-H:
Sr. Western Horsemanship, First
Jessica Ganey, Mulberry Sr.
FFA: Poultry and Egg Judging,
High Overall Individual, First
Place Team.
Ricky Garcia, Lake Gibson Sr.
FFA: Market Steer Show Class 4,
First Place.
Oliva Glenn, Thunderhooves
4-H: Jr. Western Pleasure-Horse
Show, First Place; Jr. Western
Showmanship-Horse Show,
First Place.
Makayla Goble, Lake Gibson
Sr. FFA: Individual Herdsman
Award Winner.
Morgan Granger, Frostproof
FFA: Eagle Award.
Emily Grant, Bartow Middle
FFA: Horticulture Judging Con-
test Jr. Team, First Place.
James Griffin, Auburndale
Sr. FFA: Rabbit Show, Best of
Breed Rex.
Wyatt Griner, Frostproof
Middle FFA: Livestock Judging
Team Middle School, First
Madison Grode, Home
Grown 4-H: Clothing, Tri-Color.
Kara Grubbs, Ft. Meade
Community 4-H: Jr. Table Set-
ting and Menu Planning, Best
Holiday or Celebration.
Leah Hagen, Polk County Sea
Stars 4-H: Horticulture Judging
Sr. Individual Contest, First
Skylar Hamilton, Lake Gib-
son Sr. FFA: Horticulture Blue-
berry Dept., Grand Champion
Megan Handley, Dream
Catchers 4-H: Poultry Show
Showmanship Intermediate
Division, First Place.
Amanda Harrell, Lake Wales
Sr. FFA: Market Hog Show Class
Winner-Class 18, First Place.
Renee Hart, Dundee Clovers
4-H: Poultry Show, Overall Poul-
try Grand Champion, Cham-
pion Female Bantam; Dog Show
Sr. Team, First Place.
Sebastian Hathcock, Lake
Gibson Sr. FFA: Horticulture
Blueberry Dept., Tri-Color Blue-

berry Plant.
Julieht Hernandez, Haines
City Sr. FCCLA: Child Develop-
ment, Tri-Color.
Katie Harwell, Hoofn' Horn
4-H: Jr. Grooming & Condition-
ing-Horse Show, First Place.
Leigha Heverly, Bartow Sr.
FFA: Sr. Hollow Log-Horse
Show, First Place; Sr. Poles-
Horse Show, First Place; Hor-
ticulture Ornamentals Dept.,
Tri-Color Ornamental-Croton.
Cynthia Hnaituk, Lake
Region Sr. FCCLA: Demon-
strations-Senior Division, First
Anya Hockenberry, Home
Grown 4-H: Storytelling Jr. Divi-
sion, First Place.
Sarah Hodge, Cheval 4-H:
Foods, Tri-Color.
Jessica Hosegood, Home
Grown 4-H: Photography, Best
of Show.
McKenzie Howell, Frostproof
FFA: Foods, Tri-Color.
Ralinzie Hunter, Bartow
Middle FFA: Poultry Show,
Champion Commercial Hen.
Sierra Hylton, Lake Wales
Sr. FFA: Food Preservation,
Tri-Color; Foods, Tri-Color;
Purebred Beef Zebu Female,
Reserve Champion.
Austin Jackson, Kathleen Sr.
FFA: Market Hog Show Class
Winner-Class One, First Place.
Cody Jarvis, George Jenkins
Sr. FFA: Market Hog Show Class
Winner-Class Two, First Place.
Zackary Jenkins, Frostproof
FFA: Market Hog Show Class
Winner-Class 13, First Place.
Meghan Jessee, Country
Ridge 4-H: Sr. Table Setting and
Menu Planning, Judges' Choice.
Jarrod Johnson, Dundee
Clovers: Dog Show Intermedi-
ate Showmanship Basic, First
Place; Dog Show Intermediate
Rally Basic, First Place.
Clayton Kiddey, Kathleen
Sr. FFA:Woodworking, Best of
Destiny King, Frostproof Sr.
FFA: Livestock Judging Contest
Sr. Team, First Place; Purebred
Beef Reserve Champion Her-
eford Bull.
Kaitlyn King, Imperial 4-H:
Market Hog Show Reserve
Champion; Market Hog Show
Class Winner-Class 14, First
Mattie King, Frostproof
Middle FFA: Livestock Judging
Middle School Team, First
Place; Purebred Beef Show
Brahman Bull, Grand Cham-
Johnna Knox, Winter
Haven Sr. FFA: Dog Show Top
Showmanship Award Winner,
Overall Showmanship Award;
Dog Show Sr. Showmanship,
First Place; Dog Show Sr. Rally,
First Place; Dog Show Sr. Brace,
First Place; Dog Show Sr. Rally
Novice B, First Place; Dog Show
Sr. Obedience Novice B, First
Kandace Ladd, Road Ends
4-H: Market Steer Show Class 6,
First Place.
Nathaniel Lawson, Kathleen
Sr. FFA: Market Steer Show
Class 5, First Place.
Kyle Lay, Dream Catchers
4-H: Sr. Walk 'Iot-Horse Show,
First Place; Commercial Heifer
Show-European Influence,
Reserve Champion 2-Year-Old
Division; Dog Show Sr. Agility
Novice, First Place.
Katie Leonard, Bartow HS
FFA: Clothing, Tri-Color; Foods,
Tri-Color; Sr. Table Setting and
Menu Planning, Best Formal;
Storytelling Sr. Division, First
Jillian Lester, All Stars 4-H:
Elementary Table Setting and
Menu Planning, Most Creative.
Michaela Lindley, Lake Wales
Sr. FFA: Sr. Costume-Horse
Show, First Place; Rabbit Show,
Best of Breed French Angora.
Kendall Locke, HogWild 4-H:
Reserve Champion Main Anjou
Female; Reserve Champion
Continental Breed Female; Beef
Breeding Junior Showmanship
Contest, First Place.
Rachel Locke, Bartow Middle
FFA: Poultry and Egg Judg-
ing, First Place Team; Rabbit
Show, First Runner Up; Rabbit
Show, Best of Breed Netherland
Helen Long, Polk Centennial
4-H: Photography, Best of Show;
Cake Auction Contest, Cake
Auction Participant-Italian
Cream Cake; Illustrated Talk
Senior Division, First Place.


Maggie Long, Polk Centen-
nial 4-H: Cake Auction Contest,
Cake Auction Participant-Ger-
man Chocolate Cake; Illustrated
Talk Senior Division, First Place.
Kenny Mantague, Lake
Gibsori Sr. FFA: Grand Cham-
pion Main Anjou Bull; Reserve
Champion Continental breed
Eddie Maute, Road Ends 4-H:
Grand Champion Simmental
Nicholes Maute, Road
Ends 4-H: Reserve Champion
Simmental Female; Grand
Champion Simmental Bull;
Grand Champion Continental
Breed Male.
Bradley McCartney, Lucky
Clovers 4-H: Foods, Tri-Color.
Dakota McCullers, Frostproof
FFA: Livestock Judging Sr. Team,
First Place.
Moriah McCullers, Frostproof
FFA: Two Home Furnishing
items, Two Tri-Colors; Jr. Table
Setting and Menu planning,
Best Informal Outdoor; Market
Hog Show Class Winner-Class
11, First Place; Market Hog
Intermediate Showmanship
Contest, First Place; Sew-Off Sr.
Division, First Place; Livestock
Judging Contest Middle School,
First Place Team; Purebred Beef
Show Brahman Female, Grand
Champion; Purebred beef
Brahman breed female, Reserve
Champion; Purebred Beef
Reserve Champion Hereford
Female; Beef Breeding Inter.
Showmanship, First Place.
Leanna McDuffie, Hoof N
Horn 4-H: Rabbit Show, Best of
Breed Angora.
Johnathon McGuire, Bartow
Middle FFA: Horticulture Citrus
Dept., Reserve Champion
Sam McGuire, Imperial 4-H:
Cake Auction Participant-Hum-
mingbird Cake.
Todd McGuire, Bartow
Middle FFA: Horticulture Citrus
Dept., Grand Champion Citrus.
Shelby McLaughlin, Dream
Catchers 4-H: Reserve Cham-
pion Limousin Female.
Coy McLaughlin, Dream
Catchers 4-H: Group Herdsman
Award Winner.
Winston McLaughlin, Dream
Catchers 4-H: Group Herdsman
Award Winner.
Katlynn Mesmer, Green
Swamp 4-H: Dog Show Inter-
mediate Agility Sub-Novice,
First Place; Dog Show Interme-
diate Obedience Sub-Novice A,
First Place.
Savannah Miller, Hog Heaven
4-H: Foyer Mosaic Mirror, Tri-
Troy Mosher, Thunderhooves
4-H: Sr. Flags-Horse Show, First
Josh Muller, Lake Gibson Sr.
FFA: Horticulture Judging Con-
test Sr. Team, First Place.
Lyndsey Myers, Lake Gibson


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YOUTH FAIR: Parade of Champions

Sr. FFA: Horticulture Judging
Contest Sr. Team, First Place.
Cole Newman, Frostproof
Middle FFA: Livestock Judging
Team Middle School, First Place
Kaylee Norris, Frostproof
FFA: Home Furnishings,
Tri-Color; Livestock Judging
Contest Sr. Grand Champion
Hereford Female, First Place
Team and High Individual; Re-
serve Champion English Breed
Jake Olson, II Star 4-H:
Foods, Tri-Color.
Katherine Patrick, Thun-
derhooves 4-H: Jr. English
Showmanship-Horse Show,
First Place; Jr. English Pleasure-
Horse Show, First Place; Jr.
English Equitation-Horse Show,
First Place; Horse Show Overall
High Point Winner.
Jenna Payne, Lakeland Sr.
FFA: Rabbit Show, Best of Breed
Silver Martin.
James Peach, Mulberry Sr.
FFA: Poultry and Egg Judging,
First Place Team.
Nathan Pearson, Auburndale
Sr. FFA: Poultry Show, Cham-
pion Female Standard.
Victoria Peavey, Dundee
- Clovers 4-H: Dog Show Jr.
Showmanship Novice, First
Place; Dog Show Jr. Obedience
SSub-Novice A, First Place; Dog
Show Jr. Brace, First Place; Rab-
bit Show Second Runner-up;
Best of Breed Himalayan.
Tori Perkins, Haines City Sr.
FFA: Poultry Show Sr. Show-
manship, First Place.
Shelby Peterson, Dundee
Ridge Middle: Jr. Horse Ther-
apy-Horse Show, First Place;
Cake Auction Participant-Ital-
ian Cream Cake.
Lilly Pfeiffer, Bartow Sr. FFA:
SRabbit, Best of Show.
SShelby Phillips, Lake Gibson
Sr. FFA: Horticulture Ornamen-
tals Dept., Grand Champion
Danielle Pittard, George
Jenkins Sr. FFA: Horticulture
Blueberry Dept., Tri-Color
Blueberry Plant.
Darby Pittman, Imperial 4-H:
Jr. Costume-Horse Show, First
Allison Polston, Polk City
4-H: Livestock Judging Sr. Indi-
vidual, First Place.
Trace Porter, Top Notch
4-H: Market Hog Show Class
Winner-Class Five, First Place.
Vincent Puma, Kathleen Sr.
FCCLA: Chili Cook Off, Third
Place Decorated Booth.
Stephen Purvis, Green
Swamp 4-H: Dog Show Sr. Rally
Excellent, First Place; Dog Show
Sr. Agility Advanced, First Place.
Abigail Putnam, Polk Cen-

tennial 4-H: Elementary Table
Setting and Menu Planning,
Best Holiday or Celebration;
Cake Auction Participant-Choc-
olate Hazelnut Cake.
Berto Rangel, Mulberry Sr.
FFA: Poultry and Egg Judging
Contest, First Place Team.
Ashley Raymond, McLaugh-
lin Middle FFA: Cake Auction
Participant-Red Velvet Cake.
Hunter Reeves, Ft. Meade
Community 4-H: Rabbit Show,
Best of Breed Flemish Giant.
Kayla Rhoades, Home Grown
4-H: Jr. Barrels-Horse Show,
First Place.
Maegan Rodden, Polk
County Sea Stars: Rabbit Judg-
ing Contest Junior, First Place
Alex Rodriguez, Mulberry Sr.
FFA: Rabbit Judging Sr. Team,
First Place.
Tanner Ross, Bartow Sr. FFA:
Whip Popping Contest Sr. Divi-
sion, First Place.
Jesse Sanson, Polk Centenni-
al 4-H: Whip Popping Contest,
First Place,
Lyssa Rothrock, Bartow Sr.
FFA: Horticulture Ornamentals
Dept., Tri-Color Ornamental-
Kirsten Scarborough,
Frostproof Sr. FFA: Market Steer
Show Class Two, First Place.
Robert Scott, Road Ends
4-H: Market Hog Show Class
Winner-Class Four, First Place.
Cheyenne Sharp, Bartow
Sr. FFA: Sr. Speed Showman-
ship, First Place; Purebred Beef
Grand Champion Hereford
Bull; Grand Champion English
Breed Male.
Scott Shepherd, Homegrown
4-H: Photography, Best of Show.
Brianna Sherrod, Lake Wales
Sr. FFA: Purebred Beef Zebu
Bull, Reserve Champion.
Hannah Sikes, Frostproof
FFA: Market Hog Show Class
Winner-Class Four, First Place;
Purebred Beef St. Gertrudis
Bull, Grand Champion.
Rebekah Sikes, New Hori-
zons 4-H: Jr. Table Setting and
Menu Planning, Most Creative.
Harley Skinner, Hog Heaven
4-H: Rabbit Show, Best of Breed
Holland Lop and Best of Breed
American Fuzzy Lop.
Erin Smith, Thunderhooves
4-H: Jr. Hollow Log-Horse
Show, First Place; Jr. Poles-
Horse Show, First Place.
Skye Smith, Polk Centennial
4-H: Jr. Trail-Horse Show, First
Dolan Sprout, Dundee Clo-
vers 4-H: Dog Show Sr. Team,
First Place.
Kassidee Starling, Green
Swamp 4-H: Dog Show Inter-
mediate Rally Advanced, First
Place; Dog Show Intermediate
Sub-Novice B, First Place.

Andrew Stevens, FL Crackers
4-H: Horticulture Judging Jr.
Contest Individual, First Place.
Marissa Tarango, Ft. Meade
Community 4-H: Cake Auction
Participant-Carrot Cake.
Kelsey Thompson, Mul-
berry Sr. FFA: Rabbit Judging Sr.
Team, First Place.
Kevin Togolas, Lake Gibson
Sr. FFA: Horticulture Judging
Contest Sr. Team, First Place.
Nick Trejo, Bartow Middle
FFA: Team Poultry and Egg
Judging, First Place Team;
Horticulture Judging Contest Jr.
Team, First Place.
Morgan Turney, Country
Ridge 4-H: Sr. Table Setting and
Menu Planning, Best Holiday or
Austin Vargas, Bartow Sr.
FFA: Commercial Heifer Show-
European Influence, Grand
Champion 2-Year-Old Division;
Purebred Beef Brangus Bull,
Reserve Champion; Purebred
Beef Brahman Breed Female,
Reserve Champion; Purebred
Beef Grand Champion Angus
Bull; Reserve Champion Eng-
lish Breed Male.
Brittany Vaughn, Mulberry
Sr. FFA: Rabbit Judging Contest
Sr., First Place Team.
Grayson Waldman, FL Crack-
ers 4-H: Whip Popping Contest
Jr. Division, First Place.
Austin Walker, Frostproof
FFA: Market Steer Show Class
One, First Place; Livestock
Judging Contest Sr., First Place.
Tristen Walling, Be a Champ
4-H: Market Hog Show Class
Winner-Class 12, First Place;
Rabbit Show, Best of Breed
Trevor Waltz, Imperial 4-H:
Rabbit Show, Best of Breed
Florida White.
Kathleen Wann, All Stars 4-H:
Elementary Table Setting and
Menu Planning, Judges' Choice;
Dog Show Jr. Rally Novice, First
Kristin Ward, Mulberry Sr.
FFA: Rabbit Judging Contest Sr.,
First Place Team; Rabbit Show,
Best of Breed English Lop.
Raymond Ward, II, Kathleen
Sr. FFA: Market Steer Show
Class Three, First Place.
Brett Wasden, Bartow Sr.
FFA: Commercial Heifer Show-
Brahman Influence; Grand
Champion Yearling Division.
Dylan Webb, Top Notch 4-H:
Market Hog Junior Showman-
ship, First Place.
Hunter Westmoreland,
Bartow Middle FFA: Poultry
and Egg Judging, High Overall
Individual, First Place Team;
Horticulture Judging Contest Jr.
Team, First Place.
Leslie White, Polk Centennial
4-H: Demonstrations-Jr. Divi-

sion, First Place.
Caleb Williams, Dundee Clo-
vers 4-H: Dog Show Intermedi-
ate High Point Winner; Dog
Show Int. Showmanship Nov-
ice, First Place; Dog Show Int.
Rally Novice B, First Place; Dog
Show Int. Agility Novice, First
Place; Dog Show Int. Obedience
Novice B, First Place.
Katelyn Williams, Dundee

Clovers 4-H: Dog Show Senior
High Point Winner; Dog Show
Sr. Showmanship Novice, First
Place; Dog Show Sr. Rally Nov-
ice A, First Place; Dog Show Sr.
Agility Sub-Novice, First Place;
Dog Show Sr. Obedience Sub-
Novice A, First Place; Dog Show
Sr. Team, First Place.
Ashley Zimmerman, Home
Grown 4-H: Sr. Table Setting

and Menu Planning, Best
Informal Indoor; Sew-Off Sr.
Division, First Place.
Nicole Zimmerman, Home
Grown 4-H: Sr. Table Setting
and Menu Planning, Most
Creative; Sew-Off Sr. Division,
First Place.
Harley M. Zueckler, Frost-
proof FFA: Commercial Heifer
Show Sr. Showmanship, First.

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State Road 60 work
about to start

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'Great event for kids'

Students celebrate Law Day at old courthouse

Deaolofthe Dayv
3-day sale
See Page 3A


Three-and-a-half years. Three-and-a-half
very long years.
That's how long Alicia Littleton and Julia
Hernandez waited. On Friday, April 29, their
wait was rewarded when Judge J. Michael
Hunter handed down the sentence on Leon
Davis, who was found guilty in the first
degree of murder of Yvonne Bustamante,
Juanita Luciano, and Luciano's prematurely-
delivered son, Michael J. Bustamante Jr.
After having been found guilty in a court
trial that lasted from Jan. 3 through Feb. 15,
the jury on Feb. 18, after having entered into
the penalty phase the day before, recom-
= m :: ::tncd t eat fo dMical
Bustamante, Juanita Luciano and Yvonne
Davis' sentencing took place in a court-
room sparsely attended, in which there
were more members of the media and law
chforcement officials (at least 11 uniformed
Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies) than


Fifth graders made the turn from Main Street onto Broadway Wednesday during a
parade marking the anti-drug Just Say No parade. It is the 22nd year of the parade.

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Fifth graders parade, civic
leaders support anti-drug message


Leon Davis shows no emotion as he hears the

snec fo l fe iemdp sn ent wI t posi tatyof
parole, as well as other charges.

e'reW rtao spe ilal teo bensid-
schools are nothing more than a
micie moope e thehprogram~s
tdiectortand has beb involved in
th fght o oeta 0yas
'Our young people are the most
precious asset we have," said Coo-
per. "We need to work with them
so they make positive choices.
"They've got to be strong and
we've got to teach then.
Award-winner for his handmade
poster, Austin Thompson, of High-
land City Elementary, wore a shirt
paid for mostly through Rotary
funding that read, "Just Say No to
Drugs,' Together We Make Smart
Things Happen.
-Morgan Wrhitfield was excited
to grab second place in the poster
contest for her entry depicting a
frog smoking a cigarette, with the
comment, "Don't smoke or you'll
Proud Highland City Elemen-
tary Principal Chris Roberts said
the Just Say No message works
and he often hears former pro-
gram participants talking about
the program's messages.
Bartow Mayor Wayne Lewis
urged leaders and parents to help
children cope when encounter-
ing peer pressure. The mayor also
read a proclamation declaring Just
So No week.


The message was well-stated
and warranted repeating.
Wednesday, more than 600
fifth graders paraded down Main
Street and onto Broadway to
Bartow High School. Later, at the
Just Say No to Drugs Commtmity
Luncheon, the message got out to
community leaders
Civic leaders from several
organizations, including local
Kiwanians, Rotarians, Crickette
Club and Chamber of Commerce
members and school officials
heard from guest speaker Danid E
Lewis, associate superintendent
of the Polk County School District,
about their role in the "Just Say No
to Drugs" campaign
Lewis talked about preserving
hometownn values" and the fight
against drugs at the luncheon at
the Bartow Civic Center.
"It's tireless work, but reward-
ing," said Lewis. "Stay on course,
we're making a difference.
"One of my biggest concerns is
that parents are not setting rules
at home. It's time for us to step up
and set the rules and make sure
they obey the rules."
Lewis noted that county teen
drug use dropped since 2000, but
still, local teens are using drugs
nearly as often as their counter-
parts both statewide and nation-

ties. It currently has about
20,000 square feet and wants
to expand to 40,000-50,000
square feet in order to make
a dent in the 200 student
waiting list. The DOC build-
ing is 34,000 square feet and
is about 60 years old.
The Achievement Acad-
emy board determined that
it would cost $5.1 million
to renovate the abandoned
DOC building and decided
on April 18 that was too
much money and termi-
nated the contract with the
It will continue to look
for some place to move but
whether it moves to vacant
land or renovates an existing
building is still undecided.
"It depends on how much
it costs," said Paula Sullivan
at Achievement. "We have
property on South 540A but
the issues of whether it is
more reasonable to renovate
or build new we just don't
Achievement currently

February 2010 by state legis-
lative mandate.
The TLC Family Church
won the building by outbid-
ding Flagship Group. That
business offered the DOC
$1.2 million and a deposit
of $20,000.
The move delighted
people at the DOC which
has had the building for
sale almost a year with
few offers. The fact that
the Achievement Academy
turned it down two weeks
ago had sent the DOC back
to the drawing board.
"We wanted to sell that
building," said DOC finan-
cial officer Debbie Funk-
houser just days before the
sale. "We were disappointed
(in Achievement not want-
ing it)."
The Achievement Acade-
my, a charter school head- .
quartered in Lakeland, also
has schools on Summerlin
Street in Bartow and in Win-
ter Haven, and educates 90
pre-K through kindergarten
children who have develop-
mental delays and disabili-

Less than two weeks a ter
the Achievement Acad-
emy turned down buying
a vacant building from
the Florida Department of
Citrus, TLC Family Church
bought it for $1.275 million.
Achievement Academyr
has been looking for a place
to consolidate its three
schools and accept more
children, but after a 90-day
due diligence period, the
school's board decided it
was too expensive to reno-
vate the abandoned DOC
headquarters in Lakeland.
Then on Tuesday the
Florida Citrus Commis-
sion voted unanimously to
accept the church's offer of
$1.275 million to buy the
building as is with a $50,000
nonrefundable deposit. The
building is at 1115 E. Memo-
rial Blvd., Lakeland, and has
been vacant since the DOC
moved to the Bob Crawford
Agricultural Center on East
Main Street in Bartow in

which resembles a tank
Without a turret, and
a pontoon boat. The
vehicles are used in both
search, rescue and recov-
ery operations.
Inside the old court-
house, depending upon
age and grade level, stu-
dents either participated
in a version of "Jeopardy"
(which was held for stu-
dents grade K-5), or sat
in on a re-enactment of
a Teen Court mock trial.
Earlier they listened to a
number of presentations
made by law enforce-

ment officials with the
Polk County Sheriff's
Office, Bartow Police
Department, and judges
and other officials with
the court system.
Two highlights of the
day were a demonstra-
tion by a K-9 officer and
handler, and the oppor-
tunity to don a judicial
robe and pose with
Judge Angela Cowden,
who currently sits mn the
Highlands County Circuit

Thursday was a day of
excitement for a number
of area students as they
descended upon the Polk
County Historical Mu-
seum. They were there in
observation of National
Law Day as well as Take
Your Child to Work Day.
Outside the museum
children and adults alike
were able to get up close
and view several Polk
County Sheriff vehicles,
such as its rescue vehicle,

Jordan Gilbert (standing) serves as prosecuting attorney in the Teen Court mock trial presented
Thursday, April 28, at the Polk County Historical Museum. It was part of the activities scheduled
for National Law Day.

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Atheists appear -
in number at school
board meeting
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Copyright 2010 Sun Coast Media Group

Democrat Vol. 80, No. 7o

Bartow, Florida 33830
a www.PolkCountyDernocrat.com

Davis gets death

Judge gives death to defendant

for two of three murders

TLC Church buys citrus building

Purchase comes less thaJn a week after

Achievement Academy turns it down

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Local project benefit homeless graduates

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April 30, 2011

H-earth Project, dedicated
10 the rights and needs
of homeless students,
so the PLSD's Sunshine
Committee teamed up
with the Hearth Project
for what became the
"Adopt a Senior" project.
They began collect-
ing needed items for
graduating students who
are displaced, whether
through foreclosure,
awaiting foster care,
abandonment, or other
snowballed from its
inception in March, and
has expanded to include
school groups, churches,
professional organiza-

tions, the American
Legion, retirement com-
munities and clubs, ac-
cording to Tracy Hannah,
a clerk with the PLSD.
The project will be
accepting donations
through Tuesday, and
the need is greatest for
gift cards (preferably
Walmart, since almost
anything can be bought
there), rolls of quarters,
and twin-size sheets and
Hannah noted that
a lot of the high school
students are sleeping on
friends' and relatives'
coaches, or on air mat-
tresses, and sheets are a
welcome gift. Quarters,

come in handy for laun-
Assistance for cap
and gown expenses -is
handled through the
Hearth Project, and refer-
rals or inquiries can be
made by calling Dee Dee
Wright, Hearth specialist,
at 534-0210. Referrals are
ordinarily made through
school personnel, but
there may be seniors
whose homeless sta-
tus is not known to the
schools. These students
or their families can get
in touch with Wright.
The statistics posted
on the Hearth Project's
website are startling,
even for a country accus-

tomed to daily reports of
job loss and foreclosures.
For example:
*Today, the average
age of a homeless person
is 9 years old.
*Children and families
are the fastest growing
subset of the homeless,
representing a staggering
40 percent of the popula-
*Along with the
S400,000 families who
are officially homeless,
another 25 milion live
doubled and tripled up
with family and friends
because they lack a
permanent residence of
their own.

*It is estimated that
there are 350 school-
aged, enrolled homeless
children at any given
time in Polk County.
Those who wish to
donate items to Adopt-
A-Senior can drop them
off at the PLSD build-
ing #270 at the Bartow
SAirbase on U.S. 17.
For directions, call 534-
0930. Items not needed
immediately for gradu-
ates will be held over for
the group's Fill-A-Bucket
which provides essen-
tials to 2,300 students at
Christmas, Hannah said.

The happiest event
can lose its luster when
you're homeless.
But the Polk Learning
Services Division (PLSD)
felt that students who
had persevered through
hardship deserved to
enjoy their big moment,
walking across the stage
with their fellow gradu-
The cost of simple
things such as toiletries
and cap and gown can
be out of reach when you
are in survival mode.
Polk County Schools
has a program called the

The improvements are
Scheduled for comple-
tion during the fall for a
5.17-mile section of state
roadway between the
Peace River Bridge to east
of Alan Loop.
Projected work includes
milling and resurfacing,
widening the road sur-

face, base work, shoulder
treatments and drainage
Curbs, gutter and guard
rail improvements, plus
bridge railing retrofits are
scheduled. American Dis-
ability Act improvements
to existing sidewalks from
east of Connersville Road

to Old Connersville Road
also are planned.
Adding new bicycle
lanes, signing and pave-
ment marking to the
stretch of roadway con-
necting Bartow and Lake
Wales will also take place.
"While work is oc-
curring on the (Peace

River) bridge, there will
be a single lane closure
from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.,"
Cindy Clemmons, FDOT
spokeswoman said. One
lane in each direction will
be open for motorists.
Drainage work will also
occur during the day but
is not expected to impact

"All other work will
occur at night between
th'e hours of 7 p.m. and
5:30 a.m. with single lane
closures in place during
these times as well."


Resurfacing and other
work to State Roaa 60
starts May 8, as part of
a $5.4 million~ Florida
Department of Transpor_
station project '

sion and/or
Don Tillme

battery, trespassing,
Lynne Crystal, 46,
Transport Road: battery.
Ellos Delva, 36, Magie
Drive: battery.
April 25-26
Avian Taylor, 25,
Golfyiew Avenue: bat-
tery, criminal mischief
between $200 and
$1,000, grand theft less
than $10,000, unarmed
burglary of unoccupied

after using computer to
lure child, travel to meet
using computer to solicit
guardian, using two-way
communication device
to facilitate a felony.
John Kimble, II, 20,
Dudley Road: battery.
David McCall, 24,
Dietz Road: possession
of a controlled substance
without a prescription,
possession and/or use of
drug equipment.

Moose Lodge Road: two
counts violation of pro-
H-ouston Johnson, 9,
South Courtland Avenue:
loitering or prowling,
two counts violation of
H-arry Mason, 20, Bee
Avenue: driving while
license suspended, first
James Jones, 41, East
Tee Circle: trafficking in
cocaine less than 150 kg,
failure to appear.

April 21
Matthew Adams,
31,E.E Griffin Road: out-
of-county warrant.
Joseph Romans, 55,
Thomas Jefferson Road:
simple assault intent/
threat to do violence.

April 22-24
Ruben Bautista, 21,
Transport Road: two
counts failure to appear.
Thomas Williams, 46,
Scott Avenue: possession
of marijuana not more
than 20 grams, posses-

ley Road: driving under
the influence.
Cordell Johnson, 23,
South Broadway: tres-
passing, possession of
marijuana not more than
-20 grams.
Benjamin Perez, 30,
East Georgia Street: driv-
ing with expired license
more than four months.
Carl Mitchell, 20,
Wheeler Street: driving
while license suspended,

April 27
Phillip Walker, 23, Sem-
inole Trail: 'contempt
of court-failure to make
Isaias Aguirre, 24,
South Kissingen Avenue:
non-support of children
or spouse.
Bryan Carter, 29, South
Ninth Ave.: two counts
violation of probation.
Ashley Ludden, 20,

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State Road 60 work starts in May

Bartow area arrests report
use of drug first offense. dwelling. Danny Cleveland, 22,
Victoria Mobley, 19, Brian Fenn, 36, Lees East Highway 60: failure
on, 36, Dud- South Golfyiew Avenue: Court: travel to meet~ to appear.

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Bartow City Commis-
sioners will likely be busy
at Monday's meetings.
Several agenda items
should generate lively
Following Director Jim
Duane's retirement, talk
about the Community
Redevelopment Agency
will likely center on hir-
ing a new leader.
Commissioners previ-
ously agreed to wait to
advertise to fill the posi-
tion until property tax
assessments, the agen-
cy's main funding source,
become official, probably
in June.
Following lively debate
at earlier meetings, com-
missioners tentatively
agreed to allow the semi-
autonomous, citizen CRA
board to function as it
has for at least the next
Also, as listed on the
agenda for the 5:30 p.m-
work session, is an item
concerning utilities and
utility deposits.
A first reading of an
ordinance designed to

regulate pain manage-
ment CliniCS is up for a
vote at the regular meet-
ing at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting packet
given to commission-
ers in advance of the
meetings reads that the
sheriff's department and
Bartow police want to
better address a pat-
tern of illegal drug use
and distribution of pain
drugs in Polk County.
"The illegal narcotic
activity and increased
crime associated with
such clinics has cre-
ated an urgent situation
requiring immediate ac-
tion to reduce the threat
to the health, safety and
welfare of the city's citi-
zens," reads the prospec-
tive ordinance.
A Community Devel-
opment Block Grant will
pay for continuing reno-
vations to bring the city
into compliance with the
American Disability Act,
at city owned properties.
More than $80,000 will
pay for work at city hall,
police department build-
ings, Carver Recreation
Center and other city

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people interviewed for a segment that subsequent restoration. The Tampa-based ABC affiliate was in town Thursday to film
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ABC affiliate. The segment is tentatively scheduled to air Monday.

The Bartow Parks and
Recreation Department
has a fitness boot camp
coming in May.
Running from May 3
to May 26, every Tuesday.
and Thursday, people can
participate it the hour-
long classes the depart-
ment said will increase
energy, strength and
endurance. It runs from

6-7 a.m. gt Mosaic Park.
The registration dead-
line is Thursday, April 28.
It'll cost $35 for
Bartow residents and
city employees, $40 for
non-residents. People
can register at the Bartow
Civic Center, 2250 S.
Floral Ave. Call 534-0120,
ext. 3.

I make sure the water is clean,
for all o~f us.

As we mine the phosphate needed to help grow
the world's food, it's no coincidence that we
preserve the water quality of nearby creeks and
rivers. As an environmental specialist, I'm part
of a team that monitors these bodies of water
to ensure that the water quality is sustained
or even enhanced. Mosaic takes great care to
meet Florida's clean water standards. Because
stewardship is an integral part of what we do.

,ind~. i see tol it thatlfI-i i(the iS d~one right.

Charlic N. Swain
E6 Navy
Machinist's Mate
Served 1941-1967

Get into shape

at boot camp


Drop prosecution of Polk County atheist leader

try to challenge her own "impression?"
Ditto Stacy Butterfield?
We also wonder about the timing of
the arrest.
It just happened to have occurred
days before Wachs and AoF were to en-
ter into the deposition phase with the
City of Lakeland.
The atheist organization is suing the
city for its practice of invocations given
prior to the start of city commission
The group is also suing the Polk .
County Sheriff's Office because Sherif
Grady Judd gave area churches old bas-
ketball equipment that used to belong
to the county jail. The group has also
clashed with the Polk County School
Board over prayer at public meetings.
Mayor Fields is the husband of Polk
County Board Chairwoman Kay Fields.
Cities, the school board and the sherig
have all had their disputes with the
atheist group.

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April 30, 2011

Let's see if we have this straight. El-
lenBeth Wachs, a noted Polk County
atheist who belongs to Atheists of
Florida, was arrested in early March,
charged with practicing law without a
license, simply based upon the say-so
of three individuals with whom she
has clashed: Gow Fields, the mayor of
Lakeland; Ann Gibson, legal affairs co-
ordinator for the Polk County Sheriff's
Office; and Stacy Butterfield, a board
member of the homeowners associa-
tion in the subdivision where Wachs
Butterfield also happens to be the
director of finance and accounting for
the Board of County Commissioners.
All three stated in the arrest warrant
that it was their "impression" she was a
licensed attorney.
Now, it i's not the fact they were under
that "impression" that we find troubling
but that none of her accusers thought
to challenge their "impressions." Fields
never thought to, at the very least, have
the city attorney confirm the mayor's
Did Ann Gibson, who is an attorney,

Now, the state attorney has arrested
one of its leaders.
Along with Wachs' arrest a search
warrant was issued. Her computer and
other personal effects were confiscated.
On her computer was the information
and other documentation that was to
be used during the deposition. With-
out that data, the deposition had to be
Wachs' and AoF's actions against
Lakeland and Polk County School
Board are generally known.
But a private dispute between Wachs
and the homeowners' association in
her subdivision, of which Butterfield is
an officer? How did that appear on the
state attorney's radar screen, and why?
Without question, Wachs and Athe-
ists of Florida are a thorn in the side of
a number of people and institutions.
Her organization advocates an un-
popular belief and does so vociferously.
That she chooses to exercise her right
to freedom of speech and does so in
a manner in which she was educated,
trained and once licensed to practice
(in Pennsylvania), is her right.


As is her right to use the term "Esq."
or "esquire," since no Florida law
forbids its use by anyone not licensed
to practice law in the state. Hanging a
criminal prosecution on the use of this
word and the impressions of others is,
well, to pitt it bluntly, a little flimsy.
Should our itate attorney's office,
which does a great job of prosecuting
criminals, use its good office to prose-
cute someone who is a thorn in the side
of the county's political establishment?
Wachs has repeatedly emphasized
she is not practicing as an attorney in
Florida precisely because she is not
Wachs' arrest has the appearance of
retaliation, aimed not just at her~ but at
a minority that many scorn.
Whether there should be prayer at
public meetings or the sheriff has the
right to give public property to church-
es are legitimate questions and should
be debated. But stifling free speech in
order to protect freedom of religion is
not the way to go.
The state attorney should drop its'.
case against Wachs.

Help Obama and Scott?
About the recent letter well. words about Sco
"Liberal press unfair to I mean, after all, Ameri- Or does that j~
Scott." Great article Mr. cans chose Obama and ply to the candid
Hilliard. I'm just curious it's our job to help him endorse?
to know if your sentiment succeed, not tear him Jake B:
includes Mr. Obama as down at every turn (your L;

ust ap-
late you

ake Wales

was the sarcastic tweet
last weekend by Brian
Burgess, the communi-
cations director for Gov.
Rick Scott. He com-
plained about a Times/
Herald Tall~hassee bureau
article describing how
Scorr's selective release of
information about large
public pensions advances
his p:itial rge poor
governor gets criticized
for not being transpar-
ent, creates a website
to provide more public
information, and still
gets criticized by whiny
reporters.. My assess-
ment of this snarky tweet:
The Scott administration
views Florida's Sunshine
Laws as a nuisance and
the release of public re-
cords as a personal favor.
It treats public records as
private corporate docu-
ments and grudgingly
distributes what it wants,
when it wants and to
whom it wants. Nearly
three months into the job,
Scott acts as though he is
still the CEO of a private
hospital company who
has no legal obligation to
be transparent. He says
he.supports open govern-
ment, and he signed an
executive order his first
day re-establishing the
Office of Open Govern-
ment created by Gov.
Charlie Crist. But it's
been downhill since then,
.Scott is the Prince of
Darkness, avoiding the
sunshine of open meet
ings and public records
whenever he can. The two
most egregious examples: .

tion about what a public
official is up to when
he does not operate in
public. While the policy is
legal, previous governors
have not employed it, and
it has a chilling effect on
the flow of public infor-
mation. In practice, it
can take a week or more
for the admiinisti'ation
to estimate the cost of
po ddingd rors sol
of waiting for the records
themselves after payment
is made. That is not what
state law contemplates,
and the apparent strategy
is to make the process
too cumbersome for the
media and the public to
By his actions and his
inactions, Scott's indiffer-
ence to the public's right
to know is obvious. He
acknowledges he does
not use e-mail because he
does not want to create a
public record that might
reveal his thinking. His
office so far has refused
to reveal who flies on his
private plane or who vis-
its him in the Governor's
Mansion. His agency
heads are muzzled, under
orders to get approval
before speaking publicly.
Earlier this month,
Scott declined an invita-
tion to walk a block from
the Capitol and attend
the annual luncheon of
the First Amendment
Foundation, a nonpar-
tisan, nonprofit that
promotes open govern-
ment (full disclosure:
I am chairman of the

Private dinners with

Scott refuses to allow
reporters inside, a break
from the practice of his
predecessors that forces
lawmakers to skirt their
own rtiles regarding
public meetings. On one
occasion he invited inside
the friendly editor from
Sunshine State News,
a conservative-leaning
website of suspicious
origin that refuses to
reveal its ownership.
She predictably fund the
governor "utterly charm-
ing." Negotiations with
the' Tallahassee press
corps over allowing a
journalist or two inside to
be the public's eyes and
ears broke down when
the press corps correctly
refused to let Scott pick
the reporter.
A new policy that as-
sesses a fee for answering
public records requests
to the governor's office
that take more than 30
minutes to process.
The administration
apparently believes
reporters are venting
their frustration with
Scott by deluging him .
with demands for public
records. But that is the
best way to get mnforma-

It was in the summer
of 1955 that a 40-year-old
father with his wife and
14-year-old son arrived by
ferry in Havana, 90 miles
south of Florida, part of a
growing flow of tourists to
the nation island of Cuba.
Their 1954 Buick was
packed with clothes for
a two-week visit. Cu-
ban customs officials
searched the car, and told
the young father that he
would have to surrender
his son's khaki trousers,
which were even more
popular then than they
are today.
The father, who had
majored mr Spanish at
Florida Southern Col-
lege, replied that the only
pants his son had with
him were khakis, and .
asked if they expected his
son to spend the next two
weeks touring Cuba in his
Fortunately, the cus-
toms officers relented
slightly, ,allowing the son
to keep the khakis he was
wearing, but confiscating
the rest.
As the 14-year-old in
this story, I was relieved.

Fugencio Batista was
the dictator in control of
Cuba's government, but
he was a pro-U.S. dicta-
Americans had taken
little notice of a revolu-
tion begun by brothers

in the windshield inspec-
tion, they were looking
for decals or stickers
that would indicate our
affiliation with either the
government or the revo-
We never knew which
side was searching our
car, or if different search-
es were conducted by
opposite sides.
Dad, who was a bit of
an adventurer when we
traveled, gave Mother
and me the impression
that this was just the way
travel was in Cuba. That
was good enough for me.
If I had been a father
with his wife and young
son, all these roadblocks
and searches in a totali-
tarian nation would have
scared the bejeebers out
of me.
But Dad wasn't scared,
so neither was I. It is stuff
like this that makes dads
into heroes in their chil-
dren's eyes.

As a young Army officer
in Washington, D.C., fr~om
1962 to 1964 (wearing
khaki uniforms, inciden-
tally) I had sort of a front
row seat for America's
naval blockade of Castro's
Cuba during the Russian
missile crisis.
I was sitting in the
headquarters of the 116th
Intelligence Corps Group

Fidel and Raul Castro a
couple of years earlier. -
Revolutions were some-
thing of a way of life in
many Central and South
American nations.
We would soon learn
that the informal uniform
of the Castro revolu-
tionaries included khaki
pants. That explained the
Few would mistake this
scrawny adolescent for
a revolutionary, and my
khaki britches drew little
attention, though they
probably didri't smell too
good after two weeks.

Our itinerary began in
Havana and took us most
of the length of' the island
to America's naval base at
The main thing that
I remember about that
journey, in which much
of our travel was at night,
was the six to eight times
we were stopped at mili-
tary roadblocks.
Armed men carrying
flashlights searched our
trunk and examined the '
Sb~ase of our windshield.
We later were told that,


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All phone number area
codes are 863 unless indi-
cated otherwise. The Polk
County Democrat cal-
endar is provided by the
public. The deadline to be
included in the upcoming
calendar and for news sto-
ries is 4 p~m. Monday and
Thursday of each week.
For information or .
questions, call 533-4183 *
and ask for Jeff Roslow or
Peggy Kehoe.

Saturday, April 30-
Sunday, May 1
"The Cemetery Club,"
explores the lives of three
Jewish widows from
Queens, N.Y., who are
each at different stages
of healing, and trying to
move on with their lives
after losing their hus-
bands. The bittersweet
comedy is presented by
Bartow Performing Arts
Series. Saturday at 7:30
p.nri., Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets available at the
box office.

Thursday, May 5
Central Park Stroll,
5:30-7:30 p.m., free.
Includes the 11th annual
Florida Outdoor Sculp-
ture Competition. Down-
town Winter Haven.

Saturday, May 7-
Sunday, May 8
Mayfaire by-the-Lake, 9
a.m.-4 p.m., free. Outdoor
art festival featuring 185
artists from all over the
country. 688-7743.

Saturday, April 30
Billy Floyd concert
7 p.m. The Doggie Bag
of Lakeland, 1745 E.
Edgewood Dr. Lakeland.

Thursday, May 5
Legoland presentation
and breakfast. "Is Your
Business Ready?" 8-9:30
a.m., free. Bartow Civic
Center, 2150 E. Broadway,
Bartow. 533-7125.

Thursday, May 5
The Lakeland Metro
Chapter of the National
Association ofWomen
Business Owners, 11:15
a.m.-1 p.m. Cost $20
members, $25 guests.
Register online.at www.
com or phone 647-9463
by May 2. Lakeland Yacht
& Country Club.

Friday, May 6-
Saturday, May 7
Oaks Landing Apart-
ments Open House, 10
a.m.-4 p.m., Price range
from $550-$700. Free
tours and refreshments.
260 W. Van Fleet Drive,
Bartow. 533-6958.

Saturday, April 30
Great American Clean
Up, 9-11 a.m. Sponsored
by Bartow's Solid Waste
Department and Keep
Polk County Beautiful.
After cleaning assigned
areas volunteers will meet
for lunch at Fort Blount
Park. 533-7193 or 534-

Monday, May 2
The Republican Club of
East Polk County presen-
tation of "Fair Tax," 6 p.m.
RSVP to the Republican
Club of East Polk County
via e-mail at: rcepc1956@
gmail.com. Seating lim-
ited. Arabella's Italian Bis-
tro, 326 W. Central Ave.,
'Winter Haven. 398- 0229.

Tuesday, May 3
"Hurriccanes and Boats,"
7-9 p.m., free, Old Salt
Marine, 1922 U.S. High-

way 98 N., Lakeland. 667-
9047 or www.1akelandsail-

Wednesday, May 4
VISTE's annual meet-

1,1123E mM g tha St.,
Lakeland, 683-8458.

Saturday, April
Native Plants, g
ing workshop, 10
p.m., Carver Recre
Center, 1520 S. Id
Ave., Bartow. 533-

Monday, May 2
Introduction to
Computer, 1-3 p.r
tow Public Librar
S. Broadway. 534-

Wednesday, Ma
3-5*year-old Sto
10-10:45 a.m., Bar
Public Library, 21!
Broadway. 534-01

Wednesday, Ma
"Writing your li
with D J Osborne,
p.m. Cost accordil
your ability. $5 do
suggested for eacl
To register contact
Reynolds at ballro
aol.com or 863 29!
The Center for Per
Growth, 151 Secor
Street S.W., Winter

Wednesday, Ma
dreams" with Shir
Curtis-Ference, 2::
p.m. Cost is accord
your ability. $5 do:
suggested for eacl
To register call 94~
The Center for Per
Growth, 151 Secor
Street S.W., Winter

Thursday, May i
Book Babies for
dren from birth to
their parents, 10-1
a.m., Bartow Publj
braryi, 2150 S. Broad

Thursday, May I
Ballroom Dancil
2:30-3:30 p.m. Cos
cording to your ab
$5 donation sugge
for each class. To r
contact Jean Reynl
299-9070. The Cen
Personal Growth, :
ond Street S.W., Wi

Saturday, May 7
Pix and Popcorn
ry Potter and the D
Hallows" (family),
4:30 p.m., Bartow i
Library, 2150 S. Bre

Saturday, May 7
TiAnViCa's fourth
nual Cowboy Up F
fundraiser, 4-7 p.m
benefit the riding
emy's Riding For T
program. Proceed~
equine-assisted ac
ties. Dinner will be
at 4:30 p.m.; Kentu
Derby post time is
p.m. Tickets $30 fo
single, $50 couple,
$200 for a table spe
581-7861 or 581-72
Stuart Conference
1702 U.S. Highway

Saturday, April 3
4th annualAll-C
Dance Gala, 7 p.m.
enport School of T
4751 Highway 547
Tickets $5 per pers
be purchased at th
Dance students fro
eight schools will p
modern, contempt
liturgical, jazz, ball
contemporary ball

Monday, May 2
Union Academy
Spaghetti Dinner o
deadline. Dinners ~
ready for pick up fi
4-6 p.m. Thursday,
curb side in front o
school, or dine in ~a
cafeteria. Tickets aj
advance, and $6 th

of and can be purc
in the Union Acad~

Tuesday, May 3
Charter School m
ing,u 80 a.m. Learl
applicants and sch
board policies rega

Charles D. Straughn, 73,
of Lakeland, died Sunday,
April 24, 2011, of cancer.
Born July 5, 1937,
in Andalusia, Ala., Mr.
Straughn was a lifelong
resident of Lakeland.
He was a commercial
contractor, holding his
general, air condition-
ing, electric, roofing and
plumbing licenses in Polk
He moved to Mara-
thon in 1978, marrying
his wife, Janet Marlene
Moore, in 1979. He devel-
oped Casa Marlene Apart-
ments, naming it for his
wife. He moved back to
Lakeland mn 1994.
Mr. Straughn was in-
volved in many projects
in Polk County through
the years. He was a Ko-
rean War veteran, serving
with the 82nd, 101st and
187th Airborne Divisions.
He was the owner ofA&B
Contractors of Lakeland.

Darlene Norwine and
husband Pat of Lake-
land; Donna Jenkins and
husband Stan of Augusta,
Ga.; three sisters, Bettie
Cutter and husband Ray-
mond, Barbara Joiner and
husband Bill, and Verita
Kinsey and husband
Nickey, all of Lakeland; 25
grandchildren; and seven
.Memorial service:
Thursday, April 28, at 11
a.m., at Scott Lake Baptist
Church, Lakeland.
Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to
Scott Lake Baptist Church
Building Fund, 5811 Scott
Lake Rd., Lakeland, FL
Arrangements: Whid-
den-McLean Funeral
Home, Bartow.
Condolences to the
family may be made at

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Curtis Straughn and wife
Robin of L~akeland, and
Chuck Straughn and wife
Kirsten of Breckenridge '
Colo.; two daughters,

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Ross O. Loowery, 84, of
Fort Meade, passed away
Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at
his residence. .
A lifelong resident of
the area, he retired from
CF Industries as chief op-
erator of the acid plant.
Mr. Ross was a member
of Main Street Baptist
Church in Bartow. He was
a World War II Navy vet-
eran, participating in the
Pacific theater. He was "a
loving husband, father
and grandpa," a family
member said.
Survivors include his
wife, Juanita Lowery of
Fort Meade; four daugh-
ters, Dorene Cook and
husband Steve of Seattle,
Lesa Yates and husband

Lowery; 10 grandchildren;
and three great-grarid-
Visitation: Saturday,
April 30, from 2-3 p.m.
at Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home, Bartow.
Funeral: Saturday at 3
p.m. itt the funeral home.
Burial will follow in
Homeland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions
may be made to Main
Street Baptist Church,
1140 East Main Street,
Bartow, FL 33830, or the
American Heart Asso-
ciation, E.O. Box 840692,
Dallas, TX 75284.
Condolences may be
sent to the family at www.

Ross Lowery
Roc of Lakelnd, An 1 a
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dadS Mie of lanta h
former wife and mother
of his children, Louise

Juanita Parker Mc-
Graw, 86, of Bartow, died
Wednesday, April 27,
2011, of heart failure.
Born July 14, 1924 in
Brewton, Ala., she was
a resident of Bartow 64
years, moving from Ala-
Mrs. McGraw was a
receptionist for the Miller,
Caswall, Coliry & Nobo
Medical Clinic in Bartow
for 26 years. She was
a member of the First
Baptist Church in Bartow,
where she taught Sunday
School for many years.
Survivors include her
husband of 67 years,
Audia L. McGraw; two
daughter, Charlotte

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gomery, Ala.; a brother,
J.E. "Lucky" Parker and
wife Pete of Bartow; five
grandchildren; and nine
Visitation: Friday,
April 29, from 6-8 p.m.
at Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home, Bartow.
Funeral: Saturday, April
30, at 10 a.m., at the fu-
neral home.
Memorial contributions
may be made to Florida
Baptist Children's Home,
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland,
FL 33802.
Condolences to the
family may be made at

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h class. and testing, prostrate
t Jean screening, veteran ser-
loml6@ vices mobile, immuniza-
9-9070. tions. Carver Recreation
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ding to can take them to Florida
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5 Saturday, April 30
chil- The Souls A Fire Band,
2 with 5:30 p.m. Open mike for
0:30 those who want to sing.
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~dway. House, 325 Lyle Parkway,
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5 ~Sunday, May 1
ng, Lee Thrner and Family,
;t ac- 9:30-11 a.m., Gospel Tab-
lility. ernacle, 1600 Derby Road,
rsted Auburndale.
olds at Sunday, May 1
om or Homecoming celebra-
lter for tion. Rev. Travis Hudson
151 Sec- willbe guest speaker.
inter Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.;
morning worship, 11
a.m., service followed by
.dinner on the grounds
,Ha-in the church fellowship
)eathly hall. First Baptist Church
2:30- of Bradley, 610 E. Pine St.,
Public 428-1718.
Saturday, April 30
Pitch, Hit & Run, regis-
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away, the Crickette
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Stanford Inn on Mo
April 18.
The competition
on for best hat.
While some were
designs (Gail Murra
Sheila Broom and T
Spath), others were
The winners of th
contest were Terrie
Terrie Lobb's Cateri
and Becky Grainge~
Stanford Inn. The fe
was exquisite as on
come to expect fror
Chef Lisa at The Sta

Members of the (rickettes came dressed for Easter at their Apri inn.

Easter with the Crickettes
PER Inn-
TThe meal started with
cream of asparagus soup,
week followed by a chicken
Club salad croissant, sum- ~
ter mer salad and best of
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Both the Saturday
performance and Sunday
matinee will be presented
at Bartow Elementary
Academy Auditorium, 590
S. Wilson Ave.
General admission
tickets are $15 per show.
Senior (55 or better)
tickets are $12 per show,

and students K- 12 are
$10. Children not yet in
school are free with a
paying adult. Tickets are
available at the box office
prior to the shows.
Free valet parking is
offered. Refreshments are
sold during intermission.

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
suitable for patrons of all
Debbie Pion, a fourth
grade teacher at Bartow
Elementary Academy,

plays Doris, the ground-
ed, sensible member of
the Cemetery Club who
desperately misses her
husband. Pat Centuolo, a
former media specialist at
Bartow High School, plays
Lucille, the sassy non-
conventional widow who
wants everyone to join
her in "playing the field."
Virginia Zechiel, an
adjunct professor in

music at Polk State Col-
lege, plays Ida, the sweet
homemaker who strug-
gles with how to move on
with her life. Also in the
cast are Brian Marshall
and Molly Judy.
Bartow native Jennifer
Marshall directs "The
Cemetery Club."

Bartow Performing Arts
Series wraps up its fourth
season this weekend with
"The Cemetery Club."
Shows are scheduled at
7:30 p.m., Saturday, April
30, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday,
May 1.
The play by Ivan
Menchell tells the story
of three widowed friends
who make monthly visits
to the cemetery for their

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about the new situations
their children will be fac-
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Parents and incoming
students will be able to
meet the sixth grade teach-
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demonstrations of elective
classes and buy school

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chorus will give a perfor-
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For information contact
Lisa Patterson, BMS Title I
and parent involvement fa-
cilitator, at lisa.patterson@
polk-fl.net or 534-7415.

Bartow parents can get
a look at Bartow Middle
School Tuesday night dur-
ing the Fifth Grade Parent
The event is in the BMS
auditorium and begins at
6 p.m.
Parents can get general
information on the sixth

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April 30, 2011

until just before the pro-
ceeding began.
Scheduled to begin
at 10 a.m., it would be
nearly 10 minutes after
the hour before Hunter
entered and took his
place at the bench.
"This court under-
stands the handling of
capital cases is the most
difficult," Hunter said.
He then launched into
a brief timeline of the
incidents, the charges
and mitigating factors. In
his final analysis, Hunter
said it was the determi-
nation of the court that
the mitigating factors did
not outweigh the ac-
tions, termed aggravating
The murders, he said
were cold, calculated and
pre-meditated without
any pretense of moral or
legal justification.
At any time, Davis
could have put a halt to
his actions. In the light
of the fact the safe was

opened and the women
bound, they posed no *
threat to him.
However, Davis pro-
ceeded to douse the
women with gasoline
and set them ablaze.
The only reason the two
women were killed the
judge said, was to pre-
Svent them from identify-
ing Davis.
His actions were also
declared a capital felony
in that it was especially
heinous, atrocious or
Hunter said that Davis,
armed with a .357-caliber
handgun, could have
Shot each of the victims.
Instead, by being doused
with gasoline, the victims
"could clearly perceive
their impending fate."
Although mitigating
factors were raised dur-
ing the trial, the majority
of those circumstances
were assigned little if any
Hunter announced

it was the judgment of
the court that Davis was
guilty of the murder of
Yvonne Bustamante
and'sentenced to death;
guilty for the murder
of Juanita Luciano, and
sentenced to death;
guilty for the murder of
Michael J. Bustamante
and sentenced to life in
prison without the pos-
sibility of parole. Davis
also had been found
guilty on attempted
murder, possession of
a firearm for the crime
of armed robbery, and.
first-degree arson. All the
sentences were to run
Davis showed no emo-
tion as sentence was
pronounced. Neither did
Littleton nor Hernandez.
It would not be until
outside the courtroom
that Hernandez would
display any reaction. At
first, she looked out the
window. She then sat

"Waiting and waiting
and waiting," she sighed
aloud, barely audible.
She then brushed her
eyes with the back of her
hand. She was the more
quiet of the two women
at the press conference
that shortly followed.
The verdict meant
much, said Littleton.
"I know where he's go-
ing and what's going to
happen," she said. "He's
going to pay for what he
The two believed Judge
Hunter made the proper
"He didn't have to kill
them. Like the judge
said, he could have just
walked away," Littleton
continued. "The sen-
tence is just. He deserves
that and more. He de-
serves every bit of it."
Hernandez was asked
what she had to say to
relatives in an upcom-
ing trial Davis faces, the
shooting deaths of two

Lake Alfred BP Gas Sta-
tion clerks six days prior
to the Dec. 13 attack.
"To be strong. Believe
in God. Pray," she said.
The only disappoint-
ment both women
acknowledged was the
lack of remorse on Davis'
"We would have (liked
that), but we knew he
never would," said Little-
S"He wouldn't even
acknowledge he knew
Yvonne and Juanita," said
Davis also faces trial
in the shooting deaths
of two Lake Alfred BP
Gas Station clerks six
days prior to, the Dec. 13,
2007, attack at Headley
He was represented in
this trial by Robert and:
Andrea Norgard. Assis-
tant State Attorneys Paul
Wallace and John Aguero
represented the State At-
torney's Office.

there were family mem-
bers of the victims. It
did not appear as if any
family or friends of Davis
were present.
Prior to the start of
the sentencing order,
Littleton and Hernandez
sat, their faces expres-
sionless. Their body lan-
guage, however indicated
their concern what the
judge would ultimately
hand down. Littleton
kept rubbing her hands,
which she nestled in her
lap. Hernandez had her
arms tightly crossed,
Every so often the two -
aunts of the two -female
victims spoke to each
other in Spanish'
Meanwhile, Davis'
handcuffed, clad in an
orange-colored prison
jumpsuit, and seated at
the defense table with his
attorneys, was then re-
moved to a waiting area
outside the courtroom
and would not return

the church said it had no
comment on the pur-
chase and it would issue
a statement later,
Reverend Arnold did
not return messages left
on his cell phone though
he gave that number to
reporters who attended
the telephonic meeting.
The commission, which
had another item on its
agenda, asked for report-
ers to contact Arnold on
that phone so the meet-
ing could continue.

"When you're a school
and serve students with
special needs you have to
take all that into consid-
eration," she said.
However, the Depart-
ment of Citrus moved
quickly in selling the
building after Achieve-
ment Academy turned it
down. The Citrus Com-
mission called for a tel-
ephonic meeting on April
27. Representatives from
the TLC Family Church,
Flagship, Florida Citrus
Commission secretary

K~enneth Keck, Funk-
houser, and the nine-
member commission
all listened on separate
telephones to negotiate
and then finalize the sale.
The session started
with TLC offering $1.2
million for the building
and a $50,000 nonre-
fundable deposit. Flag-
ship offered $1.22 million
for the building with a
60-day due diligence
period and a $20,000
deposit. Flagship also
indicated it wanted some

renovations on the build-
ing but it wasn't clear .
whether it would pay for
the renovations or if the
DOC had to.
That's when Commis-
sioner Jay Clark said to
counteroffer TLC to pay
$1.275 million for the
building. That amount is
what Achievement had
Without too much
thought, Kyle Vreeland
from Coldwell Banker,
who was representing
TLC, accepted it,

"They will do $1.275
million and $50,000
hard," he said.
Keck said the accep-
tance of that offer was as
good as it would be if it
were a written contract.
Pastor Steve Arnold,
who also was present at
the telephonic meeting,
said when asked that "the
building would be for the
church." The church is
currently located at 2025
Bartow Road, Lakeland.
When contacted after
the meeting a woman at

Parade banner winners
were Floral Avenue El-
ementary for first place, '
Bartow Elementary Acad-
emy, which garnered
second ()lace, and Lewis
Anna Woodbury Elemen-

dents, it was Teen Court.
"This is always a big
event for these kids," said
Judge J. Dale Durrance,
prior to the start of the
re-enactment. "You see
these kids at work, it
amazes you. It renews
your faith in the next

tary from Fort Meade.
Participating schools
in the day's activities,
composed of mostly
fifth graders in th'e lass
of 2()18, were: Bartow
Elementary Academy,
Alturas, Eagle Lake, First


Poster winners were
sen, who won both the
;ay and poster contest;
,rgan Whitfield, High-
id City Elementary;
d Austin Thompson.

d Flood. "He was very
lch an advocate for
Rights of the ac-
;ed" and the Fourth,
th, Sixth and Eighth
lendments in the U.S.
followingg lunch, the
dents went to the next
:nt. For the older stu-

Judge Susan Flood. It is
held May 1, but because
the date falls on a Satur-
day this year, the various
Polk County law enforce-
ment agencies decided
to hold the celebration
"This year the theme is
Legacy ofJohn Adams,

"It's really a great event
for the kids," said Clever
Epnr snoucd reae rom
Count Teen Court

Na Ioa Lw Day is~a
nationwide event, said

FROM PAGE 5A chat for a few minutes to
~foudatin'sboar of reporters waiting on the
foudaretion' s bof ard of side of the road. Those
dirctos).Hisoffce lso are no substitutes for
ca ld pu1 record the prompt disclosure of
~public records, access to
employees routinely con- meetings with legislators
aductehdebOthee f opndto that ought to be public
'Goermet. cul and broader opportuni-
Govenmen. I ould ties for Scott to give more
tth e vm rnal sn't thoughtful answers than
Ithegovrno als han't sound bites.
~responded to a letter sent The Scott administra-
itwo months ago by the tion revels in its disdain
iFlorida Society of News for traditional media
IEditors seeking a conver~ and seems to enjoy the
satin abut isuesin- daily infighting. To his
Involving access to records
credit, the governor
land meetings. made a funny video for
Scott has created a
the annual press skits
'facade of openness. He this month in which
held one town meeting he pretended to tele-
/on'I~ittr- oodluc phone other Republican
Having a serious public
governors to seek advice
policy discussion in 140 indangwtahoil
Characters and another
Ilas wee on acebok. press (No, Gov. Barbour,
ast eekon Fcebok. I don't think a bottle
jHe will direct his driver of scotch will work). It
/to pull over so he can

;FRISBIE: Khakis

IFROM PAGE 5A del turned over the reins
of government to his
en the red phone rang
slightly younger brother,
land we got a message Raul.
howerng te DeenseI never met either of
1Readiness Condition (or
;DEFCON) from "almost them, but I am pretty
sure I met some of their
Iwar" back to "uneasy
,, revolutionary comrades
peacee" when I was 14 years old.
SThe Russian Navy had
decided hot to run the
blocade.(S.L. Frisbie is retired.
Histrian wold lter Today, he owns one pair
Write that Americans fot ka pns
considerably larger than
land Russians came eye tensiprnsu
Ito eye, and the Russians edr i an n
!blinked udrdi aaai
*~ 1954. He is reminded of
.that trip whenever he
Last week, the aged Fi- te.

would have been even
better if he had bothered
to show up at the skits
as othe4 governors have
over the years. -
This is not just a rou-
tine skirmish between a
governor controlling his
message ani~t a frustrated
Tallahassee press corps.
This is not about new .
media such as ITwitter vs.
traditional media such
as newspapers. This is
about a lack of respect
for the constitutional
rights of all Floridians to

have access to their state
government and the
information necessary to
hold it accountable. Scott
is more hostile to open
meetings and public re-
~cords than any governor
in more than 40 years,
and he has created a dark
cloud over Florida's Sun-
shine Laws. I hope I'm
wrong, but I don't expect
that cloud to lift any time
Tim Nickcens is editor of
editorials at the St. Peters-
buig Times.

TLC CHURCH: Buys citrus building

has 44 students in its
Lakeland location on
East Bella Vista Drive
and 23 each in the Bar-
tow and Winter Haven
schools, she said.
The process.of mov-
ing to one facility and
consolidating has taken
some time, but with the
shape of the economy
and because this is a
school for disabled chil-
dren, Sullivan said they
are investigating care-

PARADE: Just say no
FROM PAGE 1A First Methodist School; em
James Spencer, who I
Several tudets ere grabbed second place, Alf
on andattheluchen'while attending Floral ess
including essay contest Academy Elemnehitary Mo
winners: Brett Alfsen, Scol n ahFre, lan
first place winner from Bartow Elementary Acad- ane

LAW DAY: Great event for kids

Methodist School, Floral
Avenue, Highland City,
S1;epheqq~, Lewis Anna
Wboqdbury, Gibb)S
Street Spps sard d,~i~d
Wahneta', BartjYfl;i
School and Summerlin

NICKENS: Scott keeps public in the dark

Contingency fund needed to pay health premium

Atheists appear in force at School Board

April 30, 2011

Page 10A The Polk County Democrat


the session at the an-
nOunced scheduled time.
On Tuesday, several min-
utes past 5 p.m. elapsed
before the remainder
of the board appeared
from a room off the main
chamber, and even then
the call to order was not
immediate. When she
began, the next series ~of
events appeared to have
been influenced by the
presence of the AoE
When asked to please
stand, the AoF delega-
tion remained seated.
Reimer seemed nervous
and several times he
stammered. Whether by
intent, he concluded the
prayer without invoking
the name of Jesus.
Following the invoca-
tion, Fields called for the
Pledge ofAllegiance, but
quickly reversed herself.
Instead, she turned to
School Superintendent
Sherrie Nickell, who an-
nounced revisions to the
Then it was Wise's turn
to give the Pledge. Those
with the AoF rose from
their seats. When Wise
reached "under God,"
she and those not with
the AoF were drowned
out by those with the
atheist organization who
raised their voices in uni-
son and jumped from "...
one nation, indivisible..."
.That had an immediate
affect, as others in the
audience lost cadence
and the last passage, ...
with liberty and justice
for all ... was said in a
tone of disarray.
As is usually the case


In a "show of strength,"
more than 30 members
of the Atheists of Florida
organization were pres-
ent at Tuesday's School
Board meeting.
Wearing blue or white
T-shirts with the orga-
nization's name embla-
zoned on the front and/
or the back, they occu-
pied most of the first two
rows, and several seats
at both ends of the third
row. Ironically, they sur-
rounded guests of honor,
Pastor Daryl Ileimer, who
leads Christ Communitj
Church in Winter Haven,
and Rachel Wise and
her mother. A student at
Frostproof Elementary,
Wise had been selected
to lead everyone in the
Pledge of Allegiance.
The presence of the
AoF was clearly felt and
created an air of ten-
sion. The Bartow Po-
lice Department had a
greater presence than at
the previous public ses-
sion, while at the same
time, school adminis-
trators and others with
the education system
tried to shake off their
discomfort with nervous
"I should go shake
hands with all of them,"
joked Board Member
Frank O'Reilly as he
wended his way to the
dais to join several fellow
members already seated.
Usually, School Board
Chairwoman Kay Fields
promptlyi calls to order

The overwhelming majonty
of those who identified with
Atheists of Florida wore
T-shirts proclaiming that.

with the public session,
matters on the agenda
were dispatched in short
order. However, every-
thing on the agenda was
overshadowed wheth-
er it was the special
recognition bestowed
upon Cheryl Marion for
National Social Workcer of
the Year, or the request
by Superintendent of
Business Services Mark
Grey as people waited
for whether a protest
might erupt as it had
several months earlier,
when AoF President John
Kieffer disrupted the
It never happened.
But at the point in the
agenda where the public
was invited to talk on
any matter not on the
agenda, AoF members
approached the podium.
The majority of them
were not from Polk
County; most of-those
who spoke said they lived
in the Tampa-St. Peters-
burg area. While their

Members of Atheists of Florida occupied the first two rows in the school administration audito-
rium, and also were seated in the third and fourth rows.

tone was civil, what they
had to say sometimes ap-
peared to be an attempt
to provoke.
"I really think it's
important for every
citizen of Polk County to
know this is not Imperial
Christian Polk County,"
said Rob Curry, who em-
phasized the words "not"
and "Christian." He said
the use of an invocation
was akin to a dog mark-
ing its territory. He added
that the "ritual" deliber-
ately demeans anyone
who is not of the same or
similar religious faith.
"It is immoral, unethi-
cal ahd wrong," he said.
"You have the opportu-
nity to change this."
Curry was followed by
Matt Cooper of Odessa.
His great-grandfather
was once a county
sheriff; his grandfather
a circuit judge. Both of

them, said Cooper, were
religious. However, they
separated their faith
from their public posi-
"They put on their
public hat when they did
their job," Cooper said.
Cooper then cited
several passages from
Sthe New Testament that
Jesus Christ said about
where and when prayer
should be done.
"I hope you will take
it into consideration
when you have taxpayer-
funded public meetings,"
he said.
Not all who were with
AoF were so strident.
Stephen Brown quietly
said there is a solution in
which all parties could
find common ground: A
moment of silence. That
way, everyone, regardless
of whether they believed
in God, could participate

without being singled
But his was perhaps
a "lone voice in the wil-
derness," as those who
followed appeared to be
not as amenable. Bev-
erly Kenemuth said what
she saw was a "bunch
of Christians bullying."
She said she was no't out
to convert people. All
she wanted was respect
to be shown and given
those whose viewpoints
differed on whether one
believed in a supreme
"You're not setting
a good example when
you're bullying some-
one," she said.
Kenemuth said those
on the School Board who
believe in a supreme be-
ing should pray for guid-
ance before the m~eetiqq
"Do it in qdvancegin z.

Classification could mean county would

get less money in property taxes


Martha M. Faux
acquitted herself at the
Tuesday, April 27, Polk
County Commission
Months earlier, Faux,
who heads the Polk
County Property Ap-
praiser's office, had come
under fire because the
property appraiser's of-
fice had granted agricul-
ture designation to sev-
eral large properties that
had already been planted
by developers to.become
residential communities.
The agricultural designa-
tion gave said properties
a lower tax base, which
meant lower tax revenues
to the county.
Agricultural designa-
tion cannot be denied by
zoning. The key deter-
mining factor, -Faux said,
was the actual physical
activity being done on
the land. The key word,
she said, was "use." Faux
cited a Florida Supreme
Court decision~that
stated an agricultural
designation cannot be
denied and that prior

or future land use is ir-,
In Polk County, she
said, the assessed value
of agricultural land is
less than 2 percent of the
overall tax roll. Then she
displayed on the screen
a number of proper-
ties in the county, some
dating back to 1912, that
demonstrated that even
in areas that were popu-
lated, a number of those
properties were desig;-
nated agricultural.
"We've had ag land
next to development
throughout the history of
Polk County," she said.
As she summarized her
presentation, she made
it a point to cite a Florida
statute that the BOCC
may also reclassify lands '
classified agricultural to
Conimissioner Bob
English engaged in a de-
bate over how Faux and
the property appraiser's
office determine whether
a piece of property quali-
fies, as earlier she had
stated that there was no
Minimum standard.
"What does a citizen
have to do in order to get

an agricultural classifica-
tiOn?" he asked.."What
would work for the aver-
age citizen who wants
an agricultural designa-
tion?" Would one acre be
Faux's reply was the `
property had to be put to
use in a bonafide man-
ner. It also depended,
upon the use. Fdr exam-
ple, she said, a bee farm
would qualify for one
acre, but not a hay field. .
Essentially, she said, it
had to be something
that puts food back into
the food chain; some-
thing that would show
a profit. For Faux and
the property appraiser's
office, anything less than
5 acres would be con-
sidered insufficient and
would not qualify.
"L~can tell you, two
acres with a cow is not
going to get you a clas-
sification," she said.
Sam Johnson asked
whether a property less
than 5 acres that is not
designated agricultural
but is adjacent to a prop-
erty that is could also
then get an agricultural

no longer requires a
minimum amount of
property, how did Faux
determine that in Polk
County 5 acres was the
It had to be bonafide,
she said, genuine and
real and not a sham.
To underscore the dire
situation, Faux asked El-
lis Hunt, a citrus grower
for additional insight.
More than 142,000
acres of groves have beeli
abandoned, said Hunt.
Many packing houses
now are gone, and citrus
growers are struggling
to stay in business.
Competition, especially
from overseas, has had a
dramatic impact.
."World competition is
squeezing Florida grow-
ers," he said. "We cannot
afford the ability to grow
Our own food."
Hunt emphasized his
belief that properties
originaally intended for
development and now
classified agricultural
remain in that status.
"The citizens are up-
set," he said. "They think
the speculators are being
shown favoritism."

Iok CC nty Propertr Appraiser Marsha Faux appeared at the
BOCC~~~~ Api 7meig

Faux said that it is a
possibility and has been
done. As an' example,
someone who owns a
piece of property who
leases it to a neighbor,
or in another example,
a property owner whose
neighbor who raises
cattle allows the cattle
to graze on his property.
In that case, an agricul-
tural classification was
Times are difficult,

she said. The market is
declining and it may be
another year to year-
and-a-half before a
turnaround develops.
She said she hoped the
agricultural designation
on properties once slated
for development was a
temporary measure.
"It's a tough, tough de-
cision to have to make,"
she said.
With that, English fired
back. Because Florida


Mark Grey, associate super-
intendent, business services,
asked the Polk County School
Board to authorize $156,000
from the contingency fund in
order to pay the health insur-
ance plan premium.
"We are having to do this
because the revenues high
enough are not being generat-
ed," Grey said. "This is a short-
term solution for a long-term

Costs are rising, for several
reaSons. One reason is the
number of retirees, whose
ranks are growing. Along with
the growing number come
increased complications and
other medical and health con-
cerns. There has also been an
increase in cost to Polk County
Schools as a result of the re-
cently passed national health
care plan, Family members up
to age 26 can now be added
to a policy. Additionally, those
adult members who have chil-
dren of their own can also be

added to the policy of some-
one who is a school employee.
While the School Board was
sympathetic and unanimously
approved Grey's request, it
acknowledged this possibly
could, as Grey said, develop
into a long-term problem. To-
ward that Board Member Tim
Harris asked that a letter be
distributed to all school em-
ployees that the school system
was on "thin ice."
However, in order to save
money where possible, Board
Member Lori Cunningham

suggested that instead of
incurring paper and postage
costs, that school employees
be informed via e-mail or
at the Polk County Schools
In another matter, Cheryl
Marion was recognized and
honored for having been
named National Social Worker
of the Year.
"I'm so humbled, because I
love what I do," said Marion,
who covers five schools in Polk
County, the primary ones be-
ing in Auburndale.

Cheryl Marion was recognized for
having been awarded National
Social Worker of the Year.



Faux, English clash over agricultural land

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April 30, 2011

Regional Arabian horse show

Going to the Show PHOTO PROVIDED
SummerTmn Academy junior Tasia Habershaw (left) and senior John Thompson qualified in compe- .Bartow Elementary Academy championship qualifiers in the Elementary Division (fourth and
tition to take part in the Regional Arabian horse shour in Perry, Ga. Habershaw is the co-captain fifth graders) at the Polk Scholastic Chess Championship Tournament were (from left): front -
and Thompson is the captain of the Summerlin Academy Equestrian team. The regional event, Christopher Callazo, Zackary Beach, Christopher Gill, Madigan Landreth and Nicholas Dawson;
which takes place annually, gives the students a chance to earn a spot in the national event back Sam Henry and Justin Tavares. Their photo was left off the story which ran earlier about
scheduled later this year in Oklahoma City. The top 5 percent of finishers in the event in Perry will BEA's tournament results.
qualify for that. There are between 800 and 1,000 events in Perry. Habershaw and Thompson will
be competing in the dressage events.

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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 (55 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) 5 3-7125.

April 30, 2011

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investigations, criminal
inVeStigations, as well as
hands-on activities such
as firearms training and
fingerprint analysis. A
ride-along with an officer
was also included in the
In addition to de-
partmental speakers,
guest speakers included
Retired Judge Dick
Prince, State Attorney
Brad Copley, Public
Defender Marion Moor-
man, retired newspaper
publisher S.L. Frisbie IV,
FDLE Investigator Scott
Gibson, and defensive
tactics instructor Brian
An addition to the
curriculum this year was
a tour of and demon-
stration by Bartow Fire
Department, which was
coordinated by Firefight-
er Jeff Adams.
The objective of the
Citizens Police Acad-
emy is not to train an
individual to be a police
officer but to produce
informed citizens. For
the most part, when citi-
zens contact the police,
it is because a crime has
been committed or some
type of negative event
has occurred.
SDuring the Citizens
Police Academy, partici-
pants and police officers
meet each other face to

Nineteen people
graduated from Bartow
Police Department's
eighth Citizens' Police
Academy in a ceremony
Thursday, April 21, at
the First Baptist Church
Ministry Center.
City Manager George
A. Long spoke to the
group and answered
questions. BPD Honor
Guard Unit Commander
Officer Kristi Tew gave
a short presentation, as
TI e Citizens Police
Academy, which was
fully funded through a
donation from American
Legion Post 3, was of-
fered to citizens free. The
course began on Thurs-
day, Jan. 20, and ran for
12 weeks.
With the exception of
the patrol/traffic/DUI
activity, fire department
tour and firearms Train-
ing, all of the classes
were held at the First
Baptist Church of Bartow
Ministry Center from
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Throughout the
12-week course, the
class was introduced to
various operations by
BPD personnel. Top-
ics included defensive
tactics, traffic homicide

I a m ' -r m1 4 mm I~
Members of the Bartow Police Dept.'s 2011 citizenss Police Academy class graduated after a 12-week course, funded by American
Legion Post #3.

face in a neutral, friendly
setting. The program is
intended to open the
lines of communication
between the community
and the police depart-
Graduates of the
2011 CPA class are Otto
Brown, Russ Cannon, Te-
resa Jenkins, Robert Mal-
czyk, Shannon Medley,
Caroline Stinson, Karen
Wheeler, Michael Butler,
Russell Cannons, Ma-
rie Wilmot, Anita Lyon,
Cheryl Malczyk, Linda
Culpepper, Christopher
Lyon, Aaron Medley,
Jack Poole, Joyce Thur-
man, Barbara Riley, and
John Trainor.

TiAnViCa's fourth annu-
al "Cowboy Up For Kids"
fundraiser, to benefit the
riding academy's Riding -
For Therapy program,
is set for Saturday, May
7, from 4-7 p.m. at the
Stuart Conference Center,
';1702 Highway 17-98, Eg
TiAnViCa Riding
Academy (pronounced
Tea-On-Vee-Ka) is a cen-
ter in which physically,
mentally and emotionally
challenged individuals
receive educational and
recreational therapeutic
riding activities, hence its
motto Riding for Therapy.
It is a 501(c) (3) chari-
table organization and a
member of the NARHA
Organization. .
Therapeutic riding
lessons, also known as
euine assisted activities,

cord of increasing muscle
strength through mount-
ed game adi iencies,
action through theory
and stable management
classes, and increased
self-confidence and self-
esteem, a spokesman
TiAnViCa also of-
fers NARHA Horses for
Heroes, a program that
partners horses with vet-
erans and their families.
The goal of this program
is to improve the lives of
service men and women
who have suffered in-
jury in the line of duty,
helping them and their
families to adjust ph~ysi-
cally and emotionally to
their post-service lives -
giving them a chance to
enjoy the bond between
horse and human.
Proceeds from Cowboy
Up For Kids go directly
to TiAnViCa to continue
to' fund equine-assisted
activities. The event in-
cludes a barbecue, silent
auction with a Kentucky
Derby flair, and a "Run
for the Roses." A live
broadcast of the Kentucky
Derby, entertainment, a
Win Place Show drawing
and other activities will

bel ner wI be served at
4:30 p.m.; post time is at
6 p.m.
Bartow Kiwanis Club is
sponsoring the event.
Tickets are $30 for a
single, $50 per couple, or
$200 for a table sponsor

(eight tickets). Sponsor-
ship opportunities and
table purchases are also
available. For more infor-
mation, including how

to get tickets, visit the
website at www.tianvica.
org or call 581-7861 or

Pretty glassware delights a little girl who visited the Church Service Center's Day of Sharing on
April 20.0Open to anyone in the Bartow school district, the event allowed families to receive two
bags of food, along with clothing and household goods. Nearly 100 families registered for the
morning giveaway.

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19 graduate from Citizens Police Academy

'Cowboy Up for Kids' benefits

TiAnViCa riding therapy programs

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Sat rda at
Tickets are still avail-
able for Bok Tower Gar-
dens' Concert Under the
Stars this Saturday, April
30 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring
the Imperial Symphony
Orchestra and the Sing-
ing Tower carillon, the
concert theme is "Tribute
To Our Troops." Purchase
tickets online at www.
sPatrioi cs sections will
for their courage, ser-
vice and sacrifice to our
country include "Miss
Saigon," "American Civil
War Fantasy," "Sea to
Shining Sea," "Armed
Forces Salute," "Victory
at Sea," and "Stars and
Stripes Forever." The 60-
bell Singing Tower caril-
lon will be performed
by carilonneur William
De Turk with selections
including "Over There,"

"We know he will bring
a fresh, new approach
for the agency that will
continue to move us
forward,"said United
Way President Terry
Worthington. .
Jimenez previously
served as the public
information officer for
the Polk County Health
Department. He also
has experience working
for various newspaper,

newsletter and magazine
Jimenez has a master's
mn mass communication
from the University of
Florida and a bachelor's
in communication from
Florida International
University. He lives in
Lakeland and is a mem-
ber of the Dick Pope/
Polk County Chapter of
the Florida Public Rela-
tions Association,

munications and public
A graduate of Polk
State College and the
University of Central
Florida, she has been in-
volved with the Kiwanis
Club of Lakeland, AFP-
Polk County Chapter,
Lakeland Vision, United
Way of Central Florida,
Estate Planning Council,
EMERGE Lakeland, and
CampFire USA.

Daniel Jimenez has
been hired as the United
Way of Central Florida's
communications direc-
Jimenez has more than
15 years experience in
journalism, marketing
and public relations. In
his new role, he will be
responsible for public
relations and communi-
cations strategy for the

Previously, Kniss was
employed by the Lake-
land Regional Medical
Center Foundation, as
well as the Community
Foundation of Greater
Lakeland and the Lake-
land and Orlando cham-
bers of commerce.
Kniss's areas of exper-
tise include donor culti-
vation, solicitation, and
stewardship; planned
giving; and special events
coordination. She also
has experience in com-

Ileana San Mlartin
Kniss has joined the Polk
State College Founda-
tion team as director of
She will be based on
the Lakeland campus
and provide links with
Polk State's network of
donors and alumni, with
a particular emphasis
in the greater Lakeland
area, according to Tracy
Porter, executive director
of the Foundation and
vice president of institu-

nleana man maairn annss
tional advancement.

About 40 employees of
the University of South
Florida Polytechnic will
soon move to offices at
439 S. F~lorida Ave. in
The university has
leased a 10,000 sq. ft.
building to house several
administrative units. USF
Polytechnic needs the
additional space because
of recent faculty hir-
ings, which has created a
shortage of office space at
the USFP campus at 3433
Winter Lake Road.
Scheduled to move to
the new operations cen-
ter, called One Poly Place,
are employees from Cam-
pus Planning and Facili-
ties Operations; Market-
mng and Communications;
DevelopmIfen~t; Govern-

ment Relations; Inter-
national Partnerships;
Finance and Account-
ing; Humnan Resources;
Extended University;
Institutional Research, Ef-
fectiveness and Planning;
and the USFP Rath Senior
ConNEXTions and Educa-
tion Center.
USF Polytechnic added
22 faculty members and
26 staff positions in 2010
and plans to hire about 55
more people this year, it
said in a press release.
These additions will
help the school expand
its programs and course
offerings as it prepares
to open the new campus
at the eastern end of the
Polk Parkway and Inter-
state 4 in Lakeland.

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Earth" and "TillWe Meet
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Palmetto Caf6. Down
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the Concert Under the
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