The Polk County Democrat
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December 10, 2011

Polk County Democrat

Bartow's Hometown Newspaper Since 1931 750

Volume 82 Number 30

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Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830

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Theron Walker is seen through the tail rotor of the Polk County EMT medi-copter that flew in to visit medical skills
students at Bartow Middle School Wednesday. More than 200 students saw the Aeromed copter which is stationed at
Bartow Municipal Airport. The airborne ambulance delivers patients from this area to Tampa General Hospital.See more
photos from the visit on Page 6A.

Grant teaches teachers
who teach it to the kids
Two years ago Polk County Public Schools got
nearly $1 million in grant money that is being used
to teach teachers about American history and those
teachers are able to give their students more educa-
tion than they got before.
The $998,640 "Our Heritage Our Future" Teach-
ing American History Grant has a goal to improve
teachers' knowledge in order to improve students'
knowledge. And, with the trips to see and experi-
ence history teachers are not just using it for history
lessons. They're giving the students historical les-
sons in other areas.
"We're doing it in the skills of reading," said

Bartow Middle one of two
schools in BYOD program
Students at Bartow Middle School and Winter
Haven High School may take part in a pilot program
next semester that allows them to BYOD: Bring Your
Own Device to school.
The program is on the agenda for consideration
by the Polk County School Board at its Dec. 13
"We would never be able to buy computers for
every student, but we don't want to be an obstacle
for those that have some devices," Abdu Taguri, as-
sistant superintendent of information systems and
technology, explained.
Students in the program will be encouraged to

Feral cats

slated for

The clock is ticking regarding the fate of approxi-
mately 80 feral cats that reside in Saddle Creek Park.
Despite a passionate plea by the president of Feral
Fanciers to the county commission Tuesday to con-
sider a proposal to humanely handle the cat colony,
an email was sent less than 48 hours later that es-
sentially puts the furry felines on death row.
"I'm shocked and sickened," sai Dina Raymond,
president of Feral Fanciers. "I presented a 77-page
proposal to the commissioners with scientific facts
and a sound strategy to trap, spay and neuter, and
let these cats live out their lives peacefully without
causing any harm to anyone, yet I'm very suspi-
cious that the document wasn't even read. It's
amazing because I left the meeting thinking we had
a real chance."
Raymond's extensive report was in response to
expressed concerns she says are not true that the
free-roaming cats would pose a health threat to
people in the park as well as have a negative impact
on the environment. The report broke down each
area of concern with specific facts, figures and
information to clear up common misconceptions

A feral cat looks out from the bushes in Saddle Creek Park.
About 80 cats live in the park which violates a county ordi-
nance. The cats may be captured by Animal Control after Feral
Fanciers brought it to commissioners'attention Tuesday.

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Economy prompts city to eliminate some impact fees


After a tug of war on opinions, the Bar-
tow city commissioners returned a 3-2
vote in favor of trimming some impact
fees for new development in effort to
bring more construction projects to the
area. The decision came after careful ex-
amination regarding water and wastewa-
ter connection charges and who should
rightfully pick up the tab.
Citing an'economic recession that
has resulted in escalating unemploy-
ment rates and a blow to residential
and commercial development projects
in the city over the last three years, the
new one-year proposal would waive
certain impact fees for developers
when it comes to roads, public facilities
or parks. Commissioners did choose,
however, to still impose fees for water
and wastewater services saving the
taxpayers that extra expense.
The final vote was rendered after
Commissioners James Clements and
Wayne Lewis expressed their desire to
waive the connection fees in question
to lure more builders to the area. In

opposition were commissioners A.J. Jack-
son and Leo Longworth, as well as Mayor
Pat Huff who felt the burden should not
go to the shoulders of Bartow's citizens.
"I can't support a moratorium on con-
nection charges when we're talking about
charges covering the city's cost for water
meters and things," said Jackson. "Some-
body has to pay for this, but I can't pass
this on to taxpayers who have already
paid for connection charges. I'm OK with
a moratorium on roads, parks and recre-
ation, but if we do this we might as well
throw out the strategic plan."
In contrast, Clements felt by not
including the connection charges in the
waiver, the city would be shooting itself
in the foot.
"I've seen huge multi-million dollar
plants that have gone to other juris-
dictions bringing jobs and economic
stimulus to those other communities,"
said Clements. "I'm hoping we are on
the cusp of the economy coming back,
but we need to give a developer a reason
to come to Bartow. Waiving the connec-
tion fees may mean a small amount of
money now, but would pay off for the
city in the long run."

Jackson retaliated by saying the city
already funds the connection of the
water and wastewater meters as well
as service connections. He further
explained that the impact fees de-
velopers pay reserve capacity in the
water and wastewater system, as well
as fund future expansions. Jackson
argued it would be the city's existing
customers who would ultimately have
to take on that expense if these fees
aren't paid and reminded commission-
ers that many are barely making their
bills as it is.
It was noted during the discussion
that by eliminating some of the impact
fees, Bartow would be one of a handful
of cities in the county using this strategy
in effort to stimulate the economy. The
county, as well as Polk City and Lakeland
have already adopted moratoriums to
attract developers and give a boost to
future infrastructure.
In the presentation package, commis-
sioners had the chance to view what their
vote would mean to an actual commer-
cial project on the horizon. A permit ap-
plication filed by American Compliance
Technologies for a new 9,800-square-foot

building to be constructed at 1875 Main
St. outlined plans for the installment of
one urinal, six toilets, a kitchen sink, five
bathroom sinks, a drinking fountain and
three floor drains. The estimated water
and wastewater impact fees totaled
$13,287 for the project.
"To me, the figures are actually star-
tling when you look at an actual project,"
said Lewis. "This seems excessive. I think
we need to look at our formula before
arriving at those kinds of numbers."
The approved impact fee moratorium,
which went into effect immediately
following the vote Monday evening, will
save American Compliance Technologies
approximately $13,000 in impact fees for
roads, public facilities and parks. Seeing
this, Longworth was prompted to remind
his fellow commissioners to let develop-
ers carry the load.
"We'll be one of the few municipalities
in the county doing this," said Long-
worth. "In this example, we see $13,000
in savings, but I don't believe in throw-
ing the baby out with the bath water.
We should be cautious. I'm a business
person and I believe growth has to pay
for its own way."

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Scott right to seek end to Citizens

Florida Gov. Rick Scott learned about the limits
of gubernatorial power in his first year as governor,
as several of his policy initiatives ran into legal and
political headwinds. Of late, his goal of getting Florida
out of the insurance business is hitting economic, bu-
reaucratic and fiscal barriers, in addition to passive,
but powerful, political resistance.
Scott's desire to downsize Citizens Property Insur-
ance, the state-run insurer of last resort, is frustrating
the governor on so many levels, he took his hand-
picked appointee to task at a Cabinet meeting this
"If someone is going to build a new home, does it
make sense for an existing citizen of the state basical-
ly to subsidize their property insurance?" Scott asked.
"If someone wants to build a home in an area where
it is difficult or impossible to get insurance, should
we be subsidizing that?"
The correct answer is no and we applaud Scott for
asking the question of Carlos Lacasa, a former legisla-
tor the governor appointed to be Citizens chairman
with a mandate to reduce the 1.5 million policies
it underwrites and reduce taxpayers' exposure to
catastrophic losses in the event of a hurricane or hur-

Our Viewpoint
ricanes. Just last month, Scott expressed displeasure
with the state's Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, which
would not be able to raise enough money in the
private bond market to cover its exposure to insur-
ance companies who buy reinsurance from the Cat
Fund, as it is known. Earlier this year, Cat Fund Chief
Operating Officer Jack Nicholson told the Cabinet it
faces a potential $3.2 billion shortfall. An uneventful
hurricane season reduced that amount to $1.9 billion,
but that is still a check Florida's taxpayers can't write.
Scott is taking no small political risk with his criti-
cism of Citizens' coastal underwriting business or
his desire to exit the business entirely. (Last month,
he asked how much Citizens would fetch if the state
sold it.) Lawmakers have previously capped premium
increases Citizens can exact from policyholders at 10
percent, regardless of the situation on the ground.
Even Lacasa warned Scott of the pushback from the
homebuilding industry and legislators if Citizens
stopped issuing new coastal policies because of the
impact building activity has on local economies.

The problem Scott recognizes is that Citizens is
selling policies for less than the private market would
bear because its parent company, the State of Florida,
can simply tack surcharges on all insurance policies
to cover any shortfall; At last month's Cabinet meet-
ing, Citizens' executives said a 100-year storm would
wipe out an existing surplus and require Citizens to
hit policyholders with a surcharge averaging $1,100,
according to The News Service of Florida.
Florida is playing the same game with the Cat
Fund, underpricing its reinsurance to hold down
premiums. If the Cat Fund exposure is reduced, in-
surers will pass on higher private-market reinsurance
costs to their customers. A sixth straight hurricane
season recently passed without a landfalling storm in
Florida, but forecasters predict an active 2012.
Which policy will prevail? Will Scott succeed in
re-privatizing the property insurance market, which
would drive up premiums, or will the Legislature roll
the dice on the status quo?'
We don't pretend to know the answer, but we do
know a Hurricane Andrew or a repeat of the 2004-
2005 seasons would be cat's eyes for Florida taxpay-

Recognizing our heroes

Seventy years ago this week, Japan
bombed American naval forces at Pearl
Harbor, bringing the United States into
World War II.
Less than 10 years later, American
forces were immersed in the Korean War.
On Veterans Day last month, a 37-min-
ute video entitled "Hometown Heroes"
was shown at a luncheon honoring all
local veterans of the armed forces who
served in both war and peace.
That video consisted of interviews with
nine Bartow citizens who served in one
or both of those wars. I had the honor of
conducting the interviews.

The veterans represented a cross-sec-
tion of services -Army, Navy, Army Air
Corps, and Marines.
Their stories ranged from funny to
poignant, their service from stateside to
battlefield. Three of the combat veterans
rubbed their eyes as they spoke.
All spoke matter-of-factly of their
service, with neither bravado nor reluc-
tance. I know for a fact that they shared
some stories during these interviews that
they had not previously shared with their
Just as it was difficult for Miles Carr to
edit five hours of interviews down to a
37-minute video, it will be difficult to do
justice to their stories in a few hundred
words. But I shall try.

Dr. Paul Coury entered World War II
as an enlisted medic, leaving college as
a pre-med student to join the Army. He
treated wounded soldiers at statewide
hospitals, and was about to be sent to the
Philippines when the war ended. Com-
missioned in the medical corps, he served
in the Korean War as a surgeon.
A member of "The Greatest Gen-
eration," he believes the women who


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entered the workplace when men went to
war Rosie the Riveter, they were called
- deserve more recognition.
Carl Locke fought in the Korean War as
a military policeman. He was awarded
the Bronze Star Medal for waking up a
South Korean general and telling him to
make his soldiers get into the fight and
follow orders of American officers.
Carl was a corporal at the time.
Freddie Wright served as a Navy nurse,
treating sailors and Marines in Ports-
mouth, Va. She was aggravated at being
assigned initially to the maternity ward,
but soon was reassigned to treating
wounded servicemen.
One day she went out to visit a subma-
rine, where she met a naval officer named
Hugh Wright. They have been married for
66 years.
W.B. (Steve) Stevens was a member of
the famous Merrill's Marauders, fighting
hundreds of miles behind enemy lines
with minimum resupply and inadequate
rations. He was awarded the Silver Star for
his heroism.
One of his biggest scares occurred
when he feared he would be mistaken for
a Japanese soldier and killed by Ameri-
can forces.
Bill McCraney was awarded the Dis-
tinguished Service Cross, second only to
the Medal of Honor, for service in Korea.


Letters to the editor

Time to remove the hired help

My father used to tell me about the
word "liberty". He explained when we
talk about liberty, we talk about the
power and ability, based in the reason
and free will that humans have, to act or
not to act, to do or not to do, deliberate
actions by themselves.
Because of this free will humans are
responsible for their actions individu-
This "liberty" should be used as a
fountain to individual mental improve-
ment and spiral growing in search for
the truth, and kindness to other people.
"Liberty" reaches its pinnacle when all
our actions are dedicated to our God,
since in our Jude-Christian faith that is
our last destination and hope. Unfor-
tunately, our hired help in Washington

has forgotten the basic principles of
the reason for their existence. The last
display of the now famous Super Com-
mittee is a vivid example how "power"
has substituted "good reasoning".
This is an example of how humans
should not behave, this type of behavior
is crass. Because of the inability of this
committee to come to accord our mon-
etary future is in peril.
The behavior of these so called "hon-
ored people", in my view, is not honor-
able at all.
The honorable thing for us to do is to
remove this hired help we put in power
in the next election. Let us all do the
honorable thing.
Manual V. Crespo
Lake Wales

The Polk County Democrat
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We welcome your letters
Letters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have
some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters
will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All
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and telephone number must be included. The phone number and
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to the Editor section is designed as a public forum for community
discourse and the opinions and statements made in letters are
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tydemocrat.com or mail them to 190 South Florida Avenue,
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December 10, 2011

The information is gathered from police, sheriffs office, Florida
^ L ^ ^ L f L ^ l L rj HighwayPatroljailandfirerecords.Noteveryarrestleadstoa
conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.


William Dawkins, 20, 2776 Frazier Street posses-
sion of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Vinzena Wardell, 3.0, 2881 N. 91 Mine Road -
forgery, grand theft, theft of personal identification,
fraudulent use of credit cards, crimes against an elderly

Jordan Bryant, 21, 3462 N. 91 Mine Road posses-
sion of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to
sell, keeping a shop or vehicle for drug use, possession of
paraphernalia and resisting arrest without violence.
Chaldrick Kelley, 34, 955 Laurel Street possession
of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell,
evidence tampering and possession of paraphernalia.
Curtis Sailor, 37, at large petit theft.
Thomas Riddlebarger, 20, 810 N. Oak Avenue -
failure to appear.

Michael Newman, 49, at large disorderly conduct.
public intoxication.
Alphonso Brooks, 20, 3012 Simpson Drive out-of-
county warrant.

Stacy Jacobs, 18, Spessard Holland Parkway petit
theft and battery.

Calvin Spann, 27, 2035 Greentree Court driving
with a suspended license.
Emigdio Rivera, 27, 495 N. Oak Avenue driving
without a valid license.
Phillip McLeod, 24, 775 S. Hilmer Avenue failure
to register a motor vehicle.
Mitchell Lott, 56, 2320 Hamilton Street non-
payment of child support.

Cord Cox, 45, transient trespassing.

Nov. 26
Kyle Harris, 18, 5865 Vaughn Road hit and run.
Gregory Hill, 53, 690 Walden Road larceny.
Derrian Leon, 35, 2640 Gerties Road driving with
a suspended license. "
James Rowland, 27, 222 W. Ethelene Street, Apt. 56
- driving with a suspended license.
Ronald Pressley, 40, 222 W. Ethelene Street #32 -

Atheists factions

Two factions of the Atheists of
Florida sought help from the courts
this week in a struggle over control of
the organization.
The controversy stems from a Nov. 6
meeting at which the board voted to
expel acting president EllenBeth Wachs
and former president John Kieffer.
Wachs filed a defamation suit against
eight board members Monday. On
Tuesday, the Atheists of Florida sought
an injunction against her.
Wachs and Kieffer made news this
year when they were arrested in Polk
Wachs was accused of impersonat-
ing a lawyer and, in a separate case,
simulating a sexual act in the presence
of a child. She said the charges were
Kieffer is scheduled to go to court in
January on charges of disrupting a law-
ful assembly, resisting arrest without
violence and disorderly conduct.
In a suit filed in Hillsborough County,
Wachs said board members lied in an
email and web posting in saying she had
"been expelled from the membership

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fight for control
for seriously obstructing the organi-
zation's business, misappropriating
the organization's name, misappro-
priating the organization's funds, and
acting in a way that discredits the
Wachs said she has no idea where
those accusations come from.
She said she had set the board meet-
ing but later canceled it. Wachs said the
board told her members would meet
When they did, she was present, said
Ryan Carey, an attorney for the Atheists
of Florida.
"The board voted unanimously to
remove them," Carey said.
But for now, Wachs and Kieffer retain
power over the organization's website,
Pay Pal account, membership lists,
Facebook account and Meetup.com ac-
counts. The Atheists of Florida filed an
injunction Tuesday to get them to turn
over the information and passwords.
Wachs maintains she is acting
president and that the board members'
terms expired Nov. 30. On the website,
she announced elections for new board
members on Dec. 16.
Carey said the atheists have docu-
mentation to support their assertions.


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Air ambulance tour


Hunter Gainey had the opportunity to get an up-close look inside the Polk County medic-copter
Wednesday, Dec. 7. Bartow Middle School is the first middle school to offer Medical Skills classes.
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Hunter Gainey had the opportunity to get an up-close look inside the Polk County medic-copter
Wednesday, Dec. 7. Bartow Middle School is the first middle school to offer Medical Skills classes.

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Left: Dalton Hinks takes a peek inside
the rear opening of the medi-copter
that visited his school Wednesday,
Dec. 7. This is the third year that
Bartow Middle has offered Medical
Skills classes. About 200 students
visited the helicopter on the baseball

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Right: On Wed., Dec. 7 a medi-copter visited
Bartow Middle School's Medical Skills classes.
Polk County Fire and Rescue and members of
the Emergency Medical Response Team were
also on hand to help prepare students planning
to enter the Medical Program at Bartow High.


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Members of the Bartow High Medical and Fire Academy (from left) Miguel Sanchez, Matthew
Nave, Brianna Grahan and Rett Corbett came to the middle school Wednesday to help with the
demonstration of the capabilities of the medi-copter. After completing their training in high
school, students can be certified in a number of areas including EMT, EMR, EKG tech, nursing
assistant, and fire rescue.

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Because Polk County had the larg-
est increase in the number of minority
students getting a 3 or better on the AP
exam and due to it being the nation's
leader in large school districts it will get
an AP Award next week.
Officials from the school district will
be at a presentation Monday and Tues-
day as the College Board gives it the
2011 Advanced Placement Equity and
Excellence District of the Year Award.
The ceremony Monday is at 6 p.m.
at Tenoroc High School, 4905 Saddle
Creek Road. The ceremony Tuesday is
at 7:30 a.m. at Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway Ave.
Among those speaking at the cer-
emony Monday will be two students,
one who has finished school using the
AP subjects offered, and another who
is in the program now. Other speakers
Monday will be Superintendent Sherrie

Nickell, Lee Fails, senior vice president
of region and account services for the
College Board; David E Lewis, associ-
ate superintendent of learning, Polk
County Schools; Rebecca Braaten,
director of academic rigor with Polk
County Schools; Mark Matthews, senior
district director K-12 of the Florida Col-
lege Board; and Ernest Joe, principal at
Tenoroc High School.
On Tuesday, Nickell, Fails, Lewis, and
Hazel Sellers, Polk County School Board
chairman, will speak.
Founded in 1900, the College Board
was created to expand access to higher
education. Today, the membership as-
sociation is made up of more than 5,900
of the world's educational institutions.
In 2010, 1.8 million students rep-
resenting more than 17,000 schools
around the world, both public and
private, took 3.2 million AP exams.

First Methodist Honor Roll

Citizenship Awards: Audrey C., Colt B., Isaac A., Kymber B., Dennis T., Emmi W., Jason B., Kayla A.,
Hayden W., Victoria P., Ethan B., Kasi B., Rhylee W.

A Honor Roll
Ist grade-Alayna M.
2nd grade- Isaac A., Nicholas R.
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Frontier Christmas

An intricately worked St. Nicholas was placed next to an upstairs fireplace filled with holiday

One of the many
Christmas trees in Mann
Manor is located in
the upstairs landing.
The rooms upstairs are
mainly used as offices
for the Sutton Law Firm.

Christine Miller, in a beautiful period-style dress, walks the
first floor hallway into the front entryway with two toy
soldiers to guard her approach.

A.J. and Jan Jackson .
made a perfectly
matched frontier
couple as they
celebrated with friends
Tuesday, Dec. 6, at .'
Mann Manor, now the
home of The Sutton
Law Firm. :

Debra Sutton presented
her mother, Elizabeth
with roses after a small
ceremony to unveil the
plaque which proclaims
the Mann Manor its
place in the National
Register of Historic
Places. George and Kate
Mann built the Mann
Manor built the house
at 325 W. Main St. in
the 1930s. The Suttons
bought and restored
it saving it from being
wrecked. It is now is
the office of Sutton Law
Firm. Tuesday there
was Frontier Christmas
after-hours social at the

Keith Miller added a touch of
Celtic charm to the frontier
Christmas after hours social held
to celebrate the inclusion of The
Mann Manor into the National
Register of Historic Places
Tuesday, Dec.6.

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December 10, 2011

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Jean Patterson Arnold

Getting on the bus



Davonte'Fason signs in for the bus trip POPS students took Wednesday as they went to the
Winter Haven One-Stop to learn how to fill out resumes and search for jobs. Gwen Young,
a program developer with the Professional Opportunities Program for Students signed up
some 50 students who went. Shonessey Simpkins is in the center waiting her turn to sign in.

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ties Program
for Students,
get on a bus as
they go to the
Winter Haven
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how to fill out
J resumes and
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in a computer

Patricia Ann

Patricia Ann Swartz, 79, of Fort
Meade, passed away Dec. 7, 2011, in
Bartow of heart failure.
She is survived by daughter, Lea Ann
Treen of Dunedin.
Arrangements: Hancock Funeral
Home, Fort Meade. (863) 285-8171.
Words of Comfort
Death is the end of a lifetime.
not the end of a relationship.
Mitch Albonm

Mrs. Patterson was preceded in death
by her parents; her siblings, "Mackie"
Patterson, William (Billy) "Red" Pat-
terson, Martha Sue Patterson Hum and
Nell Patterson Jones; and her husband.
Survivors include her nieces, Jean
(Hum) Linn-Gettel and husband Ger-
ald of Bartow, Billie Sue Patterson Hin-
son and husband Wylie of Homerville,
Ga., Elizabeth "Libby" Patterson Eickel-
man, as well as other loving nieces
and nephews; and her dear friend,
Colleen Green and husband Marvin
of Belleview.
A celebration of Jean's life will be held
at a later date in Homerville.
Arrangements: Hiers-Baxley Funeral
Services, Ocala, and Roundtree Funeral
Home, Homerville, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations may be made to the Florida
Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc., P.O. Box
2000, Boys Ranch, FL 32064.

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She was born in Argyle, Ga., on
Nov. 13, 1921, to William Jasper and Iva
(Sweat) Patterson, and was raised in
Homerville, Ga. She married Needham
Arnold and they moved to Baldwin, Fla.
Mrs. Patterson worked for Florida
Telephone Corp., also known as United
Telephone Co., as a telephone operator.
She lived in Zephyrhills, moving to
Ocala in 1973, and retiring in 1986. In
2008 she moved to Bartow to live with
her niece. She was a Methodist.
She loved to sew, and was an excel-
lent seamstress, having learned from
her mother at an early age. Mrs. Patter-
son also enjoyed antiques, gardening,
travel, keeping company with family
and good friends, playing cards, and a
good cup of coffee.

Words of Comfort
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and bring forth beautiful flowers
upon the earth what seems to
have passed away, has in truth
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Bring on the basketball

The Hive was alive Tuesday as the
Bartow High School boys basketball
team finally had a home game.
Just like the football team that
started the year with games on the
road, the basketball team played
their first four games in unfriendly
confines. It was a welcome sight
to see the team in the white home
After the junior varsity squad fell
to the visiting Teneroc Titans by a
59-49 score, the 2011-2012 Yellow
Jacket varsity squad headed to the
floor. Wearing warm-up T-shirts
bearing the slogan E Pluribus Unum
(Latin for "From many, one) and
striped warm-up pants, the team
gathered at center court. The open-
ing ceremonies included the recog-
nition of sponsors, who walked to
the court, flanked on each side by
lines of Bartow High School cheer-
leaders. Each sponsor representative
received a plaque and had his or her
picture taken. These sponsors were
then ushered to a special center
court seating section to watch the
Once the squads took the floor for
warmups, Bartow's group focused on
the layup and rebounding drill and
then went to work on precision pass-
ing and shooting. When the horn
sounded at 8 p.m., a good crowd was
on hand to cheer the home team.
Bartow's starting five were Kerry
Jones, Ricky Williams, Akeem Sev-
erin, Michael "Chicken" Walker and
Christopher Perry.
The visitors jumped out to a
6-0 lead before Bartow got on the
board with a free throw from Von-
tarius West. Williams added two free
throws and a nice pass from Perry to
Quincy Childs put Bartow down by a
single point. Teneroc ran up a 13-7
advantage with under two minutes
to play in the first quarter and the
teams traded baskets to end the
segment with the score Teneroc 15,
Bartow 9.

THIS WEEK (DEC. 10- 16)
(V = Varsity, JV = Junior Varsity)

Today Polk County Competitive Cheerleading at
Bartow High School
Today Wrestling (JV) Bartow at George Jenkins
Dec. 12 Girls basketball (V/JV) Bartow at George
Dec. 12 Boys soccer (V) Bartow at Lake Wales
Dec. 13 Boys basketball (V/JV) Ridge Commu-
nity at Bartow
Dec. 13 Boys soccer (V) Bartow at George
Dec. 13 Girls soccer (V/JV) George Jenkins at
Dec. 15 Boys basketball (V/JV) Lakeland at
Dec. 15 Boys soccer (V/JV) Lake Region at
Dec. 15 Girls soccer (V/JV) Bartow at Lake
Dec. 15 Wrestling Bartow at Sebring
Dec. 16 Boys basketball (V/JV) Kathleen at
Dec. 16- Girls basketball (V/JV) Bartow at
Haines City
Dec. 16- Girls soccer (V) Teneroc at Bartow
Dec. 16 Wrestling Bartow at George Jenkins

The 2011-12 Bartow High School basketball team. In the top row, from left is head coach Terrence McGriff, Quincy Childs, Akeem Severin, Adrian
Williams, Christopher Perry, Darius Jackson and Ledarion Jones. In the second row is Howe Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Jeramy Williams, Ricky Williams,
Vontarius West and Robert Webb. In the bottom row is Larry Tucker, Jordan White, Tevin Young, Michael Walker, Kerry Jones and Marion Austin.

The visitors scored seven unan-
swered points to start the second
quarter before West broke through
with a shot from the baseline. West
scored again with a bucket and free
throw to cut the Teneroc lead to 8.
JHe would do most of the scoring
for the team in the quarter. Ten-
eroc reeled off eight points in two
minutes before Bartow could score
again. The Jackets trailed 35-22 at
the halftime break.
Neither team could score for the
first three minutes of the second and
Teneroc broke the ice with a pair of
free throws. Bartow scored
15 seconds later with Perry draining
a pair of foul shots. Jeramy Williams
knocked down a Bartow three-
pointer and Childs picked up a two-
pointer. Bartow scored only 7 points
in the third quarter, but Teneroc only
managed 8.
The final quarter began with a
Teneroc dunk shot, giving the Titans
a 16-point lead. The teams again
traded points until Childs picked
up Bartow's second three-pointer.
Right after that shot, two Bartow
players were going for a loose ball
when Ricky Williams fell to the floor
in pain. He was carried from the
court with an apparent right knee
injury and didn't return to the game.
Childs' bucket proved to be the last
Bartow points as Teneroc added five
more to capture a 54-36 win. The
loss put Bartow's record at one win
against four losses. The next home
game is Tuesday against Ridge.
The members of the 2011-2012
team are Kerry Jones, Ricky Williams,
Akeem Severin, Brandon Gibson,
Vontarius West, Quincy Childs, Mi-
chael Walker, Jeramy Williams, Chris-
topher Perry, Darius Jackson and
Tevin Young. The team is coached
by Terrence McGriff with assistant
coaches Marlon Austin, Larry Tucker,
Howe Wallace and Ledarion Jones.


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SBUSINESS Roundina up the areen

Saturday, Dec. 10
Solar Energy and You, sponsored by Design, Construction
& Sustainability Institute of the P,:4 ii.'le Corporate College.
$19 per person. Session 1 is 9-11 a.m. geared toward
homeowners. Session 2 is 12:30-2:30 p.m. geared toward
installers. 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland. (863) 669-2952
or send e-mail to ejackson@polk.edu. Reservations can be
made online at https://passport.polk.edu/Genesis/registra-
tion/coursesearch.jsp and entering the Course ID: CEV1554.

Tuesday, Dec. 20
Golden Age Club, noon. Meeting to feature Morris
Guthery and Carol Sharp for entertainment. In lieu of
covered dish or desserts meal is $4. Bartow Civic Center,
2250 S. Floral Ave.,.Bartow, (863) 533-1091.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Christmas in the Village, 6-9 p.m. Go back in time and
revisit Christmas from a long time ago. Find the early 20th
century village at Florida Flywheeler Park. Admission is a
non-perishable food item, unwrapped toys or a cash donation.
Avon Park Cutoff Road off U.S. Highway 98 east of Fort Meade.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Pet Fest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Polk County Sheriff's Animal
Control Section offers reduced price adoptions, microchipping
and vaccinations. Pet clinics, food, activities for families and
kids, demonstrations, vendors. Santa and Mrs. Claus on site for
photos. 7115 De Castro Road, Winter Haven just off the Polk
Parkway near the Polk County landfill. (863) 499-2600.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Paws to Read, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Children receive a
free book and a sticker and read books to dogs. Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, (863) 534-0131.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Milk and Cookies-with Santa, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.,
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, (863) 534-0131.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Festive Fashions for the Holiday Season, show and
luncheon, 11:30 a.m., $20. The Stanford Inn, 555 East
Stanford St., Bartow. 863-533-2393.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Pictures with Santa, 10 a.m.-noon, Ramon Theater, 15 E.
Wall Street, Historic Downtown Frostproof. (863) 635-7222.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Lake Wales parade, 6 p.m. Parade begins at Lakeshore
Boulevard and Central Avenue, go up Central Avenue and end
at Martin Luther King Boulevard. Floats will then take Sessoms
Avenue back down to the lake, where they will disperse.
Citizen of the Year and Pioneer of the Year will be named.
(863) 676-1411 or visit www.lakewaleschamber.com.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Antique Fair, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Main Street, Bartow. Booth
spaces are $15, held second Saturday of every month.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Pix and Popcorn, (kids) 2:30 p.m. Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway, (863) 534-0131 for title information.

Monday, Dec. 12
Computer Classes, 1-3 p.m.,"Email;"Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broadway, (863) 534-0131.

Tuesday, Dec. 13-Wednesday, Dec. 22
10th annual Winter Wonderland. Lighthouse Ministries,
6-8 p.m., free. Interactive games, bounce houses, nightly
visits from Santa and visits from some holiday characters.
Live nativity and petting zoo, the telling of the Christmas
story, a kids'chapel and arts and crafts. Refreshments are
provided. (863) 687-4076, ext. 222.

Wednesday, Dec. 14
Sounds and Silences of Christmas, noon, take time out to
worship with music, features vocals and instrumentals, First
United Methodist sanctuary, 310 S. Broadway, Bartow.

Friday, Dec. 16
Jolly Holidays, 6-9 p.m., $5 for a family of four when
registered in advance or $8 at the door. Included in admission
is a complimentary picture with Santa and entry in a drawing
to win a six-foot stocking filled with toys. Bartow Civic Center
(west side) at 2250 S. Floral Ave. (863) 534-0120.

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Monday, Dec. 12
USF Polytechnic fall commencement, 7 p.m., 117
students expected to graduate. Youkey Theatre in the
Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland.
Tuesday, Dec. 13
"Behind All Things Lies Nothing at All," 3-5 p.m. Lecture
and discussion by Derek Menchan from Polk State college.
Free to first 30, $5 per person after. Polk Museum of Art, at
800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland.

Monday, Dec. 12
Bartow Airport Authority, 5:30 p.m., Bartow Municipal
Airport, U.S. Highway 17 North. (863) 534-0100.
Tuesday Dec. 13
Polk County School Board meeting, work session 9 a.m.,
meeting 1:30 p.m. Polk County School District, 1915 S. Floral
Ave., Bartow. 534-0521 to register for agenda or see it at
Wednesday, Dec. 14
Surplus land workshop, 6-8 p.m. Southwest Florida
Water Management District, workshop is to get public input
on land it owns and assess whether it should be protected.
Bartow Service Office, 170 Century Blvd., Bartow. Visit
www.WaterMatters.org/SurplusLands/ for details.

Wednesday, Dec. 14
"Divorce Care: Surviving The Holidays," 6-8 p.m., free.
Seminar for people facing the holidays after a separation
or divorce. First Baptist Church of Lake Wales, 338 E. Central
Ave. in room 312. Call Jill at (863) 676-3436 to register.

Sunday, Dec. 11
"Celebrate the Season" Christmas cantata, 7 p.m., free.
The Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist Church of
Fort Meade, 135 E. Broadway, Fort Meade, (863) 285-8171.
Sunday, Dec. 11
"Lead Me Back to Bethlehem"cantata, 6:30 p.m., free.
Presented by the combined choirs of First United Methodist
Church, 355 South Broadway, Bartow. 863-533-0904.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
Advent Concert Sounds and Silences of Christmas,
noon, free. First United Methodist Church, 355 South
Broadway, Bartow.

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Fall Summerlin Slam Championship Judo Champion-
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students from Florida in grades 9-12. $25 per angler entry fee
if not an SAF member. Camp Mack on Lake Kissimmee.
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In the third and final meeting on the
Community Planning Strategy Thursday
night, attendees got a lesson on the con-
cept of mobility fees, a peek at the final
draft of the strategy to be presented to
the county commission, and a chance to
share their own photos of "Livable Polk
County," including their favorite places.
Tom Deardorff, director of Polk County's
Office of Planning and Development,
led the meetings incorporating sugges-
tions, thoughts and responses from local
citizens, many of whom are local planners,
who discussed topics and filled out ques-
tionnaires regarding roads and schools,
where they feel growth should occur.
how future communities should look and
function, and how to fix growth problems,
including the possibility of adopting new
methods such as mobility fees.
Deardorff feels the Community
Planning Strategy format is impor-
tant because of significant changes in
state growth law and Polk's growing
population. According to data, Polk's
population is expected to increase from

602,000 to 817,000 by 2035. Still, despite
crunching numbers and projecting
Polk's future, Deardorff sees a lack of
interest from the community.
"I won't pretend to have all of the an-
swers because this whole process is new
to us," said Deardorff. "One of the chal-
lenges is how to engage people in com-
ing to these meetings. Years ago there
were a lot of people at public meetings,
but people aren't as concerned about
growth now as they were five years ago.
That's really the challenge."
The final consensus was to come up
with the final draft of the Community
Planning Strategy and present it to the
county commission, expressing that the
draft represents status reports based on
comments gathered through all three
growth meetings. It would further be
stated that the group was in support of
these strategies, but the recommenda-
tion going forward is for Deardorff to .
take the draft on the road for additional
public comment and community out-
reach due to a limited number of 50 or
less attendees at each of the sessions.
Other suggestions included posting the
final draft and topics addressed online

and in webcasts to gain more input. Dear-
dorff also expressed an interest in posting
a blog about the process with updates.
The notion of holding such growth
meetings and creating a common con-
sensus to present to government officials
is the result of significant changes intro-
duced to the Community Planning Act
this year. The passage calls for an over-
riding change in the focus of community
planning efforts, shifting from state con-
trol oversight to more local control and
flexibility. The state's focus will be on the
protection of important state resources
and facilities, while local governments
will have more control and flexibility in
implementing growth management pro-
grams and initiatives at the local level.
The final draft reflected the key strate-
gies participants felt would contribute to
the future growth of Polk County. Examples
include implementing a peer exchange
program for streamlined development
review and permitting, up'dl. i i g lo cal
comprehensive plans to promote economic
development and job creation, prepar-
ing recommended geographic zones for
transportation impact fees or mobility fees,
piin it ling vil the private sector to fund

infrastructure to support future mobility
needs, and to explore a mobility fee system
as an alternative to transportation impact
fees and transportation concurrency.
At the conclusion of the meeting, a
slide show of photos brought by partici-
pants was shown to the group of what
people felt depicted "livable places" in
Polk County. The photos will be added
to the final version of the Community
Planning Strategy. The array of images in-
cluded kayaking on area lakes, wildflow-
ers and meadows, photos of Peace River,
Lake Mirror Tower, Kentucky Avenue
businesses, Munn Park, a couple walking
a dog along Lake Hollingsworth and 4H
kids in a field learning about the environ-
ment. The collection included both rural
and urban emphasis and the unique
contributions both made to the beauty
and enjoyable lifestyle of the county.
Chandra Frederick, Polk County Land
Development Division director, ended
the meeting with her sentiments after
the slide show.
"1I love Polk County because I was
born here," said Frederick. "Now, see-
ing this collection of amazing pictures
reminds me of why I still live here."

Magnet assignment]

Polk County Schools administrators
believe they have come up with the best
magnet and choice enrollment plan
possible to have these schools mirror the
diversity of their communities.
The new plan was the only topic at a
special work session held Monday with
Polk County School Board members to
explain the details.
Changes were necessary because of
a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that race
cannot be the sole determining factor in
student assignments.
Magnet schools were created to help
desegregate the community and were
"very, very effective in doing so," Dr. Maree
Sneed of Hogan Lovells law firm, told the
board. She has worked with school dis-
tricts around the country.
As a result of court decisions, Polk
merged its black and non-black waiting
lists. More black students were on the
waiting lists than the percentage in the
students' communities, Carolyn Bridges,
senior director of the Office of Magnet,
Choice and Charter Schools, said. Schools
were becoming increasing less diverse
in regard to free and reduced lunch and
minority students.
"We're not eliminating the waiting list,"
she said. "We made a commitment to the
parents." Some 10,000 children are on the
waiting lists. Also students will continue
to apply annually for the magnet schools,
and they plan to gradually move to an an-
nual waiting list.
Currently the applicant pool is cre-
ated annually, while the waiting list stays
through the years a student remains
eligible for the school applied for.
School Superintendent Sherrie Nickell
said there will be a dual system for a few
years in order not to renege on students
already in the system. Beginning with
kindergarten applicants in the next
enrollment period, there will only be an
applicant pool, and going by grade level,
the waiting list will eventually be depleted,
Bridges explained.
While the enrollment process remains
the same for parents and students, the
assignment process will change to assure
that schools are racially and economically
diverse. Parents will continue to apply for
child during open enrollment each year
and submit a separate application for each
child every January until the student is

enrolled in a magnet or choice school.
Under the new system, county grids
based on range, township and section will
be used for the existing magnet zones:
Lakeland; Bartow/Mulberry, Frostproof/
Fort Meade/Lake Wales; Winter Haven/
Auburndale; and Haines City/Davenport.
Four demographic categories will be
used: free or reduced lunch status, race,
students with disabilities, and English lan-
guage learners. These were used to create
three color-coded pools created through
a point system that weighs each category.
Students in the highest range of the four
categories are in the blue pool, those in the
middle range are in the green pool, and
those with the lowest percentage are in the
lavender pool.
The maps of the magnet zones have
been color coded by grid to match the
pools. The system will be used for magnet
and choice schools and perhaps charter
schools may follow.
"We want schools to be reflective of our
communities," Bridges said.
She explained that there is not advan-
tage to living in a particular pool. "We don't
know what pool we'll need to pick from" to
maintain the diversity of a school:
Another change to the process will be
to the sibling policy. Currently all kinder-
garten siblings of students already in a
magnet or choice school have priority to
fill available seats. Two other options were
presented: no sibling priority or filling up
to 50 percent of available kindergarten
slots with siblings. While this doesn't guar-
antee a sibling will get in the school, those
not selected will have a second shot by
being part of the general application pool.
Bridges said the choice came down to
values, "because certainly keeping families
together is a value, but that value does not
extend greater than the purpose of the
magnet schools, which is to create diver-
sity in the community."
She believes under the 50 percent op-
tion "the majority of siblings would be
enrolled but it's not an absolute."
This option drew a favorable consensus
from the five board members present -
Hazel Sellers, Tim Harris, Frank O'Reilly,
Kay Fields and Dick Mullenax -- and will
be part of the policy change presented to
the board to take effect in January.
The new assignment plan has been
"under construction" since October 2010,
with costs paid by part of $11.3 million
magnet school grant, which will also be

plan to help diversify
used to develop Crystal Lake Academy and Union Academy, Linco
programs at other magnet schools. Academy, Jewett Acade
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Planning director down about growth meeting interest

CATS: Feral felines slated for capture

dealing with each subject. Raymond also explained
how Feral. Fanciers' plan would save money pointing
out the cost to the county to have animal control trap
and collect the cats, transport them to their facility
and euthanize them would be in excess of $14,000.
The proven technique of Trap-Neuter-Return, also
called TNR, was Raymond's solution as cited in her
report. According to her data, an 11-year TNR project
,as conducted at the University of Florida resulting
in a 68 percent decline in the feral population over
the course of the study. The conclusion was that trap-
ping and killing had been practiced for many years
and had no impact on the problem.
Commissioner Bob English asked Raymond how
many feral cat roamed Polk County. Raymond's esti-
mate according to a specific formula the non-profit
uses when applying for grants was 300,000.
Following the meeting, County Manager Jim Free-
man said Jeff Spence and Mike Callender from Polk
County Parks and Natural Resources would make
a visit to Feral Fanciers to discuss the proposal and
join forces to reach an agreement. A report was to be
brought back for commissioners' review by the end
of the month. Instead, an email to Raymond from
Spence himself proved no such teamwork would be
taking place.
"Unfortunately, the plan does not address the
ultimate removal of the feral/abandoned cats as I
requested in my email of Nov. 22, 2011," the letter
read. "After discussion with my Administration, the
County Attorney's Office, the Health Department, our
Risk Management Director and Polk County Animal
Control, I must proceed with the removal of the cat
colony in an expeditious manner."
Spence added that he supports the concept of TNR,
but feels a public park is not a suitable location for a
feral/abandoned cat colony and would be a violation
of an ordinance which specifies regulations for Polk
County Parks. Spence stated that his primary concern
is the health and safety of patrons and employees of
the parks. He said he would make every attempt to
find homes for as many of the cats as possible that
Animal Control confiscates.
"This is one of the misconceptions," said Raymond.
"Cats don't carry human diseases, but can be a carrier

of rabies. Our proposal included plans to trap these
cats, and give them immunizations even though it is
very rare a person would be bitten by a feral cat. They
are skittish of people and run when approached. As
for the fear of toxoplasmosis, a person would have to
literally ingest the feces of these cats to get a disease
from parasites. I don't think these people are using
logic. Birds carry diseases that can be transmitted to
humans, so what about all of the buzzards at Saddle
Creek? That's the real threat."
Since receiving Spence's email Raymond has
contacted all 25 volunteers who donate time at Feral
Fanciers in hopes someone can help to find an im-
mediate location for the cats. Feeling Commissioners
Melony Bell and Bob English were the more com-
passionate members on the board, Raymond also
sent emails asking for their help in calling off animal
control. Her letter told them that the director of Best
Friends Animal Society in Utah, the nation's largest
sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals, has of-
fered to work with county officials to help draft a new
ordinance that would support her proposal address-
ing feral cats.
In response to Spence's email, Raymond wrote
back, "I have to say I am both impressed and disap-
pointed at the same time. Impressed that everyone
has been able to read and digest 77 pages of materi-
als, some highly scientific, in such a short period of
time, but disappointed they don't seem to understand
Confiscating won't solve problem
Raymond explained to Spence that having animal
control confiscate the cats would do nothing to ad-
dress the problem of animal dumping and that his
fears of the animals being a health risk are unwar-
ranted as their nature is "flight" not "fight." She
added that although there is a penalty in the current
ordinance against the people who abandon ani-
mals, commissioners could amend the ordinance to
specify that a properly managed TNR program by a
recognized Animal Welfare Organization is one of the
possible actions the county can take in cases like this.
Attached to Raymond's email was a similar resolution
passed by Hillsborough County on Wednesday.
"I would ask that you suspend requesting any
action by Animal Control until the Commission-

Some 80 feral cats live in Saddle Creek Park between Winter
Haven and Lakeland. The cats may be captured and removed
from the park.
ers have had a proper amount of time to consider
our proposal and potential action to allow for it as a
remedy," she writes in closing. "Trapping by Animal
Control will be certain death for all of these cats. That
is proven by their own statistics."
No set time was specified by Spence when Animal
Control would confiscate the colony of cats at the
park. He did specify to Raymond that any cats to be
saved should be out of there "ASAP."
Raymond feels trapping the cats will be a project in
itself because her organization has already trapped 80
percent of them and had them spayed or neutered.
She explained that once a feral cat has been caught, it
won't want to go near another trap again.
Raymond hopes for a quick response by commis-
sioners to halt any action by Animal Control, but is
also planning for the worst by trying to find more
people to provide homes for the cats. She is particu-
larly hoping that people with acreage and farms who
have ample room to take a large number of them will
open their hearts to help.
One such angel of mercy has already stepped
forward by the name of Lisa Moehring. She is the
Founder of Save Our Homeless Pets, a Polk County
rescue organization, and upon hearing of the cats at
Saddle Creek contacted Raymond to let her know she
posted the urgent situation on their web page and al-
ready has someone who knows someone with a farm
who might take 30 of the cats. Moehring ends her
letter expressing worry about how much time there is
to work with and asks when the trapping and killing
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GRANT: Helping tea
Jennifer Joyner, a teacher from Floral
Avenue Elementary School said. "You
have to compare and contrast the text
structure. The lost city of Roanoke was
very interesting to them. They didn't
even know Pocahontas was a real per-
son. They thought it was something in
Joyner was one of three teachers
from Floral Avenue who participated
in the grant project last summer along
with Kelly Roberts and Gina Lucas.
They participated in an informa-
tional workshop that led to a week-long
field trip in Massachusetts. They took
online courses and visited sites in the
area where they learned about Colonial
America and what it was like to live
then. From this experience the teach-
ers had to choose to make a video or a
teaching trunk, which is a written work
that can be used to teach students. It is
also used in other lessons. For example
the trio from Floral Elementary are
using what they learned in reading les-
"Most definitely you can see it in the
classroom," Joyner said. "Social studies
is not being taught like math and read-
ing. This gets social studies into the
reading program."
Rozy Scott, the American his-
tory project manager for Polk County
schools, said the students need more
of a handle on American history for a
number of reasons, though she doesn't

As a 19-year-old squad leader, he led a
successful attack against a hill held by
heavily fortified enemy forces, knocking
out a machine gun emplacement.
"I'm still shaking when I talk about it,"
he said in his interview. "It was raining
grenades." Although he had sustained
several wounds, he took a Browning
Automatic Rifle from a wounded BAR
rifleman, and wiped out several more
enemy positions.
Bruce Tyndall served on an attack
transport ship, one of only three of its
type in the Navy. Radar was barely
known at that time. A radar technician
picked up a trace of a ship ahead.
The captain, an Annapolis graduate,
couldn't see the ship, didn't believe in ra-
dar, and ignored the warning. A lookout
spotted a tanker, motionless in the water.
The captain made a sharp turn to avoid a
collision. He became a believer.
Mac McCall fought at the Battle of the
Bulge in World War II. His entire unit was
captured by the Germans, and he spent
four-and-a-half months in a POW camp.
The prisoners were loaded into cattle
boxcars, 60 men to a car, for transport
to Stalag 9B. The car next to his was

B fy.

chers teach history
believe the education is less without
the advantage of this grant.
"This is so important because there
are so many students in this country
that because their parents may not
have grown up here they don't have a
strong grasp of our nation."
She also said she's heard about situa-
tions where students in middle school
don't know too much about the Ameri-
can Revolution.
She added that FCAT tests deal with
history, though the main areas tested
are English, math and science.
"Social studies is one of the big-
ger contents on the FCAT tests," she
said. "It's always been that way. We're
beginning to incorporate social studies
into the reading skills. That's what the
teachers who have been in this grant
program are doing."
Scott recently saw how Floral Avenue
Elementary teachers who participated
are teaching the children with this proj-
ect. On Scott was on a recent visit there
to see Roberts, Lucas asked her to come
see her class while she was teaching a
History Alive lesson from the program's
first grant.
"She set up a couple of tapes in her
room and it was sunken ships that
made voyages to the New World. The
kids worked with partners, had to swim
to get artifacts and tell why the artifact
was important," Scott said.
Then Lucas did a document-shaped
program on Why people died in James-
town. The students had to write a five-

bombed by American forces who did not
know it held American POWs. A burial
detail in the camp averaged burial of one
prisoner every other day.
Mac will never forget the elation of see-
ing American tanks crashing through the
gates of the POW camp. He weighed 92
pounds when he was liberated.
Dick Pipes and several of his friends
joined the Army the day after Pearl Harbor
Day. He served as a bombardier in the
Army Air Corps. His plane attacked oil-
fields that were supplying Hitler's forces.
He flew 49 combat missions, and
was sent home after a colonel saw him
coming off an aircraft using crutches
because he had shrapnel in his leg.
Brownie Brown served in the Marine
Corps, supplementing inadequate rations
by watching birds and animals eating
berries to determine which ones were
He and his fellow Marines destroyed
an artillery emplacement in a cave by
attaching dynamite to five-gallon cans of
petroleum and lowering them by ropes
into the cave.
"War is hell. I don't care where it is or
who is doing the fighting," he said.
(S. L. Frisbie is retired. In halfa century
as a journalist, he conducted thousands
of interviews. Few were as memorable as

paragraph essay, "which is what they
do on FCAT," she said. "They learned a
tremendous amount about history."
Last June 32 teachers in Polk County
schools took part in the program. The
projects they put together are being
used within the school district in other
schools, but are also getting attention
from other areas. The school district
in Baltimore contacted Scott to ask if
it could use the project done about a
newsboy strike. The history museum in
Punta Gorda asked if they could use the
project on Cracker culture.
The projects the teachers have put
together stay on the school district's
website at www.polk-fl.net/staff/
The program began in 2001 and Polk
County got its first grant in 2002; now
it has gotten three, Scott said. She said
the grant program is being looked at by

take their own computers or other
personal devices to access the In-
ternet in class, "so they can do some
work in a very secure environment,"
Taguri said, connected to the Internet
through the schools' network. Two or
three teachers will be chosen in each
school to see if the BYOD program
helps students with their work, atten-
dance and/or discipline.
"If we see any progress, we would
open it to all high schools next year,"
he said.
"Most kids have some kind of
device," Taguri added, and most of
the school district services are online,
such as the student portal, Odyssey
(an online learning program) and a

Congress so there is some question of
whether it will survive.
Scott said the money, of course, has
to be spent on what the grant's goal is,
but she has been frugal with the money
and has been able to expand the pro-
"I spent some money on additional
teacher training," she said. "I bought
some Constitution Day material for
a new requirement that we celebrate
Constitution Day in the schools. It
(the money) has to be geared toward
teacher knowledge of American history
and direct it to the students."
In all, Scott is quite pleased with
what the teachers and students are
getting from this grant and hopes it will
stick around.
"I absolutely love this ... this is great,"
she said. "There are some days I say,
'they pay me to do this?'"

number of resource programs.
At Winter Haven High School, the
pilot program would include some
students using district-owned devices
on loan both at school and at home.
Also on the agenda is another
technology proposal from Taguri's
department, the Computer Donation
Initiative, also planned for the second
semester of this school year.
The program would distribute com-
puters no longer needed by the district
to students based on free and reduced
lunch status and standardized test
scores. District data will be removed
from the computers and Microsoft Of-
fice and operating systems installed at
a cost of $12 per computer.
Not having computers puts students
at a disadvantage since they can't
complete technology assignments at
home or do research on the Internet.

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Holiday fun on Thursday

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by guests at the Bartow Chamber of Commerce monthly Fun

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Bartow First UM
First United Methodist choirs will
present a Christmas Night of Music on
Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m.
The one-hour concert, free concert
will feature the cantata "Lead Me Back to
Bethlehem," directed by Bonnie Allen.
Vocals and instrumentals will precede
the cantata, which will feature both
youth and adult choirs.
Refreshments will be served in the
courtyard afterwards. First United
Methodist Church is at 355 S. Broadway.
The second in a series of Advent con-
certs, "Sounds and Silences of Christ-
mas," will begin at noon on Wednesday,
Dec. 14, in the sanctuary. Admission is
Vocals will be presented by Bon-
nie and Ken Allen, Kathy Wood, Jenny
Heidtman, Gene and Marsha Whitney,
Molly Grace Moore, and a quartet com-
posed of John and EdnaVas and Dale
and Bob Blauvelt.
Instrumentals will be offered by Rich-
ard Lake and Gary Brown on trumpet,
Bill Wright and Beverly Etheredge on
piano and organ, Gene Whitney play-
ing the dulcimer, and Tim Walker, Carol
Keen and Janet Heidtman on piano.
The next concert will be Dec. 21.

Having fun at Fun Thursday were (from left) Winnie Hall, Marie Wilmot
of Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute, Bartow Police
Chief Joe Hall, and Michell Githens of State Farm Insurance. This
month's Chamber of Commerce networking and social event was
hosted by Community Southern Bank at Fort Blount Park on Dec. 8.

Ladies of Essence offer PSC prof to present lecture, discussion

Christmas musical
The Ladies of Essence Club will kick
off the holiday season with a Christmas
musical entitled "Light Up for Christ."
Celebrating the birth of Jesus, the
event will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, at
6:30 p.m., at Mt. Zion AME Church at
117 Fourth Avenue S.W., in Mulberry.

Polk State College Professor Derek
Menchan has planned a lecture and
discussion titled "Behind All Things Lies
Nothing at All" from 3-5 p.m. on Tues-
day, Dec. 13 at the Polk Museum
of Art in Lakeland.
The first 30 attendees will be admit-
ted for free. For others, there is a $5

Menchan, a humanities professor at
Polk State's Lakeland campus, said the
event will be thought-provoking and he
will ask attendees to analyze how and
why they make the decisions they do.
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