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January 5, 2011

Sunday serving, not selling of alcohol OK'd

Alcohol is expected to
be served at a local res-
taurant Sunday, Feb. 6,
despite a city ordinance
that prohibits its sale on
that day.
Frostproof council
members approved a
plan Monday night that
will allow P & J Recre-
ation to host a "private"

Super Bowl party that
will serve beer and wine.
The catch is that the
restaurant and bar will
only serve alcohol on
that Sunday, not techni-
cally sell it on that day.
Those who attend the
party must prepay for
their tickets in advance.
Mayor Kay Hutzelman
and council members
Wesley Wise and Diana
Biehl voted in favor

of allowing the idea,
while Anne Dickinson
voted against it. Council
member Ralph Waters
was unable to attend the
meeting because of a
family illness.
The item was not listed
on the council's regular
agenda, and there was no
public comment at the
very sparsely attended
meeting. The discus-,
sion ensued when it was

brought up by City Man-
ager T.R. Croley during
her usual segment at the
end of meetings when
she reports to the council
on various items.
It was not clear as to
whether or not the city
actually had to formally
approve the plan, since it
was considered a pri-
vate party, but council
members decided to put
it to a vote to make sure

everyone was clear on
what was and wasn't be-
ing allowed.
In what the council
considered an acceptable
compromise, party tick-
ets will indicate the price
of admission is for food
only, and that beverages
will be provided by P & J
at no cost.
That suggestion came
from Wise. City attorney
Brian Haas, who first

raised concerns about
the intent of the city's
alcohol laws, also said
that was at least a better
idea than including the
costs of beverages in the
party's price.
"I think we can live
with that," Mayor Kay
Hutzelman said.
However, Haas warned
the council the action



According to county
attorney Michael Craig,
Polk County is in a very
unique situation in its
search for a permanent
county manager, in that
interim county manager
Jim Freeman who took
up the reins following
the departure of Mike
Herr is a potential can-
didate. Craig voiced that
as he stood before the
Polk County Commis-
sioners at the podium at
the Jan. 4 public session,
rather than addressing
them from his seat on
the panel.
And, after the commis-
sioners voted to approve
Craig's recommenda-
tions, Freeman will find

out whether he or
someone else becomes
the new county manager
by the end of this month.
"I think it's very im-
portant the board take
action as a group," said
Craig detailed initial
results of the search
process, particularly the
effectiveness of publi-
cizing the opening, by
doing an Internet search.
He said that it appeared
successful, appearing
on the second page on
That notwithstanding,
his concern, he told the
BOCC, was whether the
process is what.commis-
sioners wanted, hence
his purpose standing at
the podium. To seek clar-
ification on the role of

the selection committee.
Is the screening commit-
tee to go through all the
applicants and recom-
mend a final four, which
he termed "shortlisting,"
or were the members of
the screening commit-
tee to also be charged
with the responsibility of
If the BOCC voted to
limit the committee's
role to just "shortlisting,"
an immediate benefit
would be that inter-
views could begin as
early as Jan. 17, a week
earlier than originally
scheduled. Also, the new
county manager could
be installed as early as
Jan. 31 or shortly there-
after, rather than the



Day two of the second
Leon Davis murder trial
embarked on one mis-
sion: seating a jury.
And that task rests
with Circuit Court Judge
Michael Hunter, the pros-
ecution, and the defense.
Davis is accused of the
murders of Headley Na-
tionwide Insurance clerks
Yvonne Bustamante and
Juanita Luciano, as well
as the death of Luciano's
prematurely delivered
son, Michael Bustamante,
Prosecutors say that on
Dec. 13, 2007, Davis en-
tered Headley Insurance,
and robbing both women
at gunpoint, forced them
into the bathroom and
poured gasoline on them,

setting them on fire.
Tuesday jury selection
ended at noon, hav-
ing sifted through some
300 jurors, about half
that 150 will return on
Wednesday for a more
intense round of ques-
State Attorney's Office
spokesman Chip Thull-
bery noted both morn-
ings were relatively quiet,
adding prospective jurors
will be asked about death
penalty views.
Such questioning is a
grueling process for court
officials, who carefully
consider each response.
Davis' first trial ended
in a mistrial when emer-
gency medical technician
Ernest Froehlich testified
of Bustamante's dying
declaration, saying she
sat up on the stretcher

and said "Leon Davis did
this to me."
He added the state-
ment, "without a doubt
in her heart," which upset
the trial, for legally, the
judge said it was "one bell
I can't unring."
In the last trial, ju-
rors were taken into an
individual room, one at
a time, to meet with the
court, and were shown
autopsy photos of the
The reactions were
Some said they couldn't
handle the photos, while
others simply looked at
them and handed them
back to the judge.
Among the first Davis
jury were nurses, former
policemen, teachers, and


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A mysterious New Year's Eve


A full-house filled the Ramon Theater last Friday. The New Year's Even murder-mystery dinner event drew a crowd of about
125 crime solvers, although no table actually correctly chose the right suspect as the murderer. The most recent event was
"Murder on the Petulant Express"which took place on a train in the 1930s.

Diana Biehl portrayed Arianna Altamonte, an Jim Reddick, portraying southern senator Thurm Stroman,
Italian opera singer. No one can hit.a high note was a popular choice among the party goers as a murder
..Ain quite the same way she can suspect. Alas, it was not Stroman who was the murderer.
Among those part of Friday case,
Y from left: Gayle Reeder who
'" .,. portrayed Norweigan figure
/ skater Tonya Fennie; Martha
- Neher who potrayed Francine
'xCooper, a fashion designer with
a fondness for big hats, who in
fact turned out to be the kille;
and Brian Ackley, portraying
baseball palyer Kid Root, who
:.- ,was known for making his own
bats.. The Frostproof Chamber
U hosts murder-mystery events
.at the Ramon several times
_, ~each year, always drawing a big

New manager to be

named this month

Jury selection


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To have your event list-
ed here, email informa-
tion to Frostproof News
at news@frostproofnews.
net or mail it to Frost-
proof News, 14 W. Wall St.,
Frostproof FL 33843.

Thursday, Jan. 6
Business After Hours
Frostproof Chamber
hosts a Business After
Hours at Marian Nelson
Funeral Home from 5 to
7 p.m. RSVP to the cham-
ber at 635-9112.

Saturday, Jan. 8
Long Shot Band
First in the winter mu-
sical series at the Ramon
Theater. Original, classic
and country music from
the Long Shot Band.
Show starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets $15 in advance,
$20 at door. Tickets for all
seven performances in
series available for $75.
Purchase online at www., or
call 635-7222.

Claude Vance and
In concert 7 p.m. at
Frostproof United Meth-
odist Church. Donations
will be taken. Will be
appearing at the church
each Saturday in January
at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan 18
Chamber Luncheon
Sponsored by Royal
Care of Avon Park, $9, at
Ramon Theater, 12 noon.

Thursday, Jan. 20
Citizen's Bank Open
Come join and cel-
ebrate a Frostproof Insti-
tution, Citizen's Bank and
Trust, 2 E. Wall Street,
observing its 90th year

of service to the commu-
nity. Event starts at 5:30
p.m. and is open to the

Saturday, Jan. 22
The Nelsons
Sponsored by Spr-
adelin Promotion at the
Ramon Theater. Show
starts at 7 p.m., tickets
are $10.

Saturday, Jan. 29
Elton John and Elvis:
Music legends im-
persenator Dwight Icen-.
hower with The Repea-
ties at the Ramon, 7 p.m.
Tickets $15 in advance,
$20 at the door.

Friday, Feb. 4
Steve Sternberg
Blues, pop and classi-
cal pianist at the Ramon,
part of the theater's win-
ter music series. Show at
7 p..m.

Friday, Feb. 11
Francesco Attesti
World renowned Ital-
ian pianist Franceso
Attesti will be perform
a fundraiser for the
Frostproof Rotary Club.
Tickets are $10, $15 at
the door. Show starts at
7 p.m. in the city hall

Saturday, Feb. 12
Traditional jazz/swing
band at the Ramon.
Show starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets $15 in advance,
$20 at the door.

Monday, Feb. 14
Heartland Pops
The Heatland Pops will
play a special Valentine's
Day concert at the city

hall auditorium, as a
fundraiser for comple-
tion of renovations of the
aud. Free rose to all the
women to attend! Music
starts at 7 p.m. Tickets
$10 in advance, $15 at
the door. Call 635-7832
for tickets.

Tuesday, Feb. 15
Chamber luncheon
Noon, at the Ramon
Theater, Speaker will
be Polk County Sheriff
Grady Judd. Event spon-
sored by City of Frost-
proof. Tickets are $9.

Saturday, Feb. 19
Orange Blossom
On Wall Street in
historic downtown
Frostproof featuring
tractor and antique car
parade, antique car show,
vendors, food, music and
more. Fun starts at 9 a.m.

Ongoing Events

Frostproof Lions Club
meets at Frostproof Care
Center meeting room at
21 S. Scenic Hwy. The
group meets at 6 p.m. on
second and fourth Tues-
days. Meals are catered
by Pizza Box. RSVP by
calling 635-9700.
Frostproof Rotary Club
meets every other Thurs-
day at noon in the com-
munity room of Frost-
proof Care Center at 21
S. Scenic Hwy. Guests are
always welcome. Meals
can be ordered from The
Pizza Box at 635-9700 to
be delivered to the meet-
ing. Call Stacy Hackworth
at 863-635-8340 for more
Frostproof Masonic
Lodge holds a monthly
barbecue fundraiser the
third Saturday of every
month from 11 a.m.-2
p.m. at 46 W. Wall St.
Cost is $5 and includes
sandwich, chips and
Frostproof Photogra-
phy Club meets the first
Tuesday of every month

at 6 p.m. at Frostproof
Art Gallery, 12 E. Wall St.
Open to beginners and
experienced photogra-
phers all ages. For more
information contact
Mike at 863-528-0006,
Chip at 589-2366 or go
to http://tech.groups.
Free computer classes
every Saturday, 10 a.m.-
noon at House of Praise
Ministries, Hopson Road.
Call Evelyn Lewis at 528-
Pat Bowen teaches
oils and acrylics each
Monday at 9 a.m. Fee is
$10 for members: $12
for non-members. Call
Frostproof Art League,
635-7271, for more-infor-
Citrus Ridge Decora-
tive Arts Society meets at
Frostproof Art League's
Gallery at 9 a.m. on the
fourth Saturday of each
month. Anyone interest-
ed is invited to attend.
Heartland Horses &

Handicapped Inc. offers
pony rides every Monday
from 4-6 p.m. (weather
permitting). Dona-
tion is $5 per child. All
proceeds support a Free
Assisted Riding Program
for adults and children
with special needs. The
program provides free
assisted-riding sessions
for adults and children
with special needs from
9-11 a.m. on Wednes-
days, Thursdays, and
Saturday. For mbre
information, call (863)
452-0006 or visit www.
Highlands County
Shrine Club meets every
Saturday morning for
breakfast. They also '
have a Flea Market every
Saturday from 7 a.m. to
2 p.m. Call 382-2208 for
more information.



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Grandstanding with Sheriff Judd

There's a joke that circulates around
Polk County from time to time. It goes
something like this:
Question: Where is the most danger-
ous place in Polk County?
Answer: Between Sheriff Grady Judd
and a television camera!
Sheriff Judd is a good sheriff.
Evidence of.that is the ever-declining
crime rate in Polk County. He is a
dedicated law enforcement officer
who started with the sheriff's office in
1972 as a dispatcher and worked his
way up to the rank of colonel. He was
elected to the office of sheriff in 2004
and has been an able, popular and
media savvy sheriff.
Did we say media savvy?
Judd is the master of the perp walk,
press conference and video inter-
view. Most of the time we look at the
sheriff's publicity seeking moves as
just that staged events that get him
exposure and most of that time the
exposure is good for Polk County. We
normally applaud the sheriff's crime


fighting techniques and accomplish-
ments, but one of his most recent
moves make us wonder if he isn't lean-
ing a little more'toward his theatrical
side than usual.
When the sheriff announced that he
didn't like seeing inmates playing bas-
ketball while they were incarcerated in
the county jail, he called another press
conference and announced that he
was removing the hoops and donating
them to eight Polk county churches.
The sheriff knows that inmates,
even the ones who are in jail awaiting
trial and are presumed innocent until
proven guilty, are a group with little
voice in public affairs. So, who will
complain about a move like this? Very
few people. The sheriff scores another
public relations coup. Tough on crime
and helping churches ... the perfect
move for a popular sheriff.
But being popular does not always

mean you are doing the right thing.
The supreme law of the state, the
Florida Constitution, states that there
is a prohibition against a Florida
government entity donating directly to
a church. Here are the exact words in
the state Constitution:
No revenue of the state or any politi-
cal subdivision or agency thereof shall
ever be taken from the public treasury
directly or indirectly in aid of any
church, sect, or religious denomination
or in aid of any sectarian institution."
Judd doesn't think he violated any
"We didn't violate the law and we
have not cut a new path here. State
and Federal governments send money
to faith-based organizations all of the
time," he said, noting that his lawyers
told him it was a supportable move.
"There is the Constitution as it is
written and there are other laws," he
Earlier we asked who could argue
against such a move. Well, Judd was

handed an unexpected publicity gift
that not even he could have planned.
The Atheists of Florida Inc. sent the
sheriff a letter threatening legal action
against the move and citing the state
Okay, now the sheriff is tough on
crime, helping churches and oppos-
ing a group of atheists, A politician's
dream if we ever did see one.
But you don't have to be an atheist
to believe that a government official
should not be able to unilaterally give
government property to churches.
The sheriff is a good lawman who
also likes to see his office in the news.
"We are just telling people what the
sheriff is doing well for the commu-
nity," Judd said Tuesday.
We know the sheriff is doing a lot
of good for the community and we
are glad he is in the county's top cop
However, it would be nice to see a
little less media grandstanding from
our sheriff.

From 68th to 67th

How many Episco-
palians does it take to
change a light bulb?
Change that light bulb?
My grandmother gave the
church that light bulb!

Anglicans do not re-
spond well to change.
Born a Methodist, I
have been an Episcopa-
lian for the past 50 years.
Of all our sacred tradi-
tions, opposition to
change is perhaps the
most dear to me.

When I was a child,
about the time that Ponce
DeLeon was looking for
the Fountain of Youth
and Lewis and Clark were
searching for a Northwest
Passage, there were three
college football bowls
of consequence: Rose,
Cotton and Sugar. (There
were two others_that be-
lieved in error that
they were equally impor-
tant: Orange and Sun.)
These stellar post-sea-
son events were preceded
by elaborate parades, .
bisected by unforgettable
half-time shows, and
generally accorded the re-
spect due earth-changing
They also provided
background noise for
New Year's Day naps.
The winners thereof
each had a plausible



S.L Frisbie

claim to being the best
college team in the na-
tion, thus giving sports-
writers something to
argue about until Valen-
tine's Day.

That has changed, and
since change upsets me, I
don't like it.
For one thing, there are
as many college bowls
as there are giant cor-
porations to give them
Even the "real" bowl
games now are appended
with sponsors' names,
and for reasons that
I cannot understand,
newspapers faithfully
report these names as if
they were valid.
Newer bowl games,
which pop up with the
frequency of toadstools
in a rainy spring season,
don't even have meaning-
ful names, like Rutabaga
Bowl or Muenster Cheese
They are identified only
by the brand of dog food
or undergarments that
sponsors them.

At last count, there are
35 of them, which means
70 of the country's best
college football teams -
many of which the more
avid followers of the sport
actually have heard of-
now compete for brag-
ging rights.

What purpose do these
bowls serve, other than
to provide free publicity
for the sponsors' names
and to extend the football
season until three weeks
after Easter?
As far as I can tell, their
significance which
once was to identify the
three best teams in the
country barely exists
They do, however, allow
schools to boast that by
virtue of winning the Ty-
D-Bowl Bowl, they ended
the season ranked 67th
in the nation, instead of
68th, where they were
ranked before the game.
That just might be
enough to salvage a
coach's career for one
more year.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
He offers you this test of
knowledge: What is the
primary use of pigskin in
America? Making foot-
balls, you say? Not even
close. The primary use is
holding pigs together.)

The Frostproof News
Jim Gouvellis Publisher
Aileen Hood General Manager
Brian Ackley Editor

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Less partisan in parties

Your editorial of Dec.
29, 2010 I1 found both in-
teresting and disturbing.
Merrium Websters Col-
legiate Dictionary 11th
edition 2003 has "parti-
san" as "one exhibiting
blind, prejudiced and,
unreasoning allegiance to
a party, faction, cause or
Does America need
someone to serve his
party well "lobby for his
political party's interests"
be a fierce partisan, or do

we the people need lead-
ers who will work hard
to serve all the people
of Florida republican,
democrat, independent
and other?
Our eclectic found-
ing fathers did not allow
"partisanism" deflect
them from cooperating
in crafting our repub-
lics Constitution, Bill of
Rights, and Declaration of
Independence, so that we
the people had protection
for our God given inalien-

able rights of life, liberty
and (property) pursuit of
Our country needs
unity leaders in all par-
ties who adhere to our
republics Constitution
as written and jealousy
guard our states rights
from usurpation.
May our new Florida
GOP chairperson serve
in a spirit our founding
fathers can applaud.
Eleanor Edelson

Groups should repay taxpayers

In response to Ms.
Price's letter in your
December 29 edition, I
would like to offer my
The total dollar figures
these fees generate as a
percentage of the City
budget is not the issue.
The City held its mill-
age rate as a benefit to
each and every taxpayer.
They did so knowing
there would be some
tough times ahead.
The city's costs for
these events are real dol-
lars, it would seem that

in this instance, as in any
event, be it Mardi Gras,
Christmas parade, boat
races or Pioneer Days,
those wishing to promote
their event should realize
not every taxpayer feels
the same about them.
The only fair approach
is for those sponsoring
their event to bear the
cost to the city, costs over
and above the normal
schedule for clean up and
security. Ms. Price's offer
to offset these costs to the
Martin Luther King Day
Parade is a fine gesture

and would be the ulti-
mate answer for those
having a strong affiliation
with any given event.
But the city still has to
be reimbursed for their
One last comment,
there has been no ap-
parent problem with this
approach from any of the
other sponsors subject to
these fees. I suspect they
find it as a very fair way to
allocate scarce taxpayers
Lake Wales

Edwards cartoon was insulting

I am writing in re-
sponse and outrage
regarding the "cartoon"
depicting a politician
telling Elizabeth Edwards
at her gravesite that "He
betrayed us too" in you
December 11, 2010 edi-
How heartless, taste-
less and disgusting can
one get? To compare the
hurt, shame, and betrayal
John Edwards pathetic
behavior towards his wife
and family to his "be-
trayal" to his cronies is
nothing short. of imbe-
cilic. Particularly when
we all know that, at the
very least, 95 percent of
those politicians betray,
lie to and abuse the entire
American People on a

daily, if not minute to
minute, basis. Talk about
"the pot calling the kettle
black", there is no better
portrait of that old cliche'
than your "cartoon".
Your little "funny" or
"satire" or whatever you
thought was a statement
has indeed made one. It
has spoken volumes to
the value and compassion
you place on human life
and the grief of loss felt
by others, as well as the
despicable regard to the
life of this woman.
It seems that the fact
that Mrs. Edwards was
someone's daughter,
someone's aunt and
cousin, someone's sister,
someone's friend, some-
one's mother, and for

one undeserving person,
someone's wife means
nothing to you. Any
of that ever cross your
You have shown,
through your decision to
publish such trash in your
paper, you are not only
heartless but your true
option of women in gen-
eral they are the lowest
of the low.
You have slapped the
face of every woman on
this planet, disrespected
Mrs. Edwards and shown
contempt for all victims
of family and friends of
and survivors of breast
Mrs. Tommie House
Ms. Annette Bond
Miss Julia Bond

January 5, 2011

Page 4A Frostproof News

January 5, 2011 Frostproof News Page 5A

ALCOHOL: Sunday serving, not selling

could be setting an un-
wanted precedent.
"I'm not saying that I
think there's anything in
your ordinance that says
this is absolutely pro-
hibited," Haas said. "I'm
just saying that we have a
business that one of their
primary functions is to
sell beer, and we have an
ordinance that says you
can't sell beer on Sunday.
What we have here is a
plan that basically serves
beer, in an establishment
that serves beer, but on
a Sunday. Now, we can
play games about how
we're going to pay for
it, and that's fine, but
people are going to see
this as this place is open
on Sunday and they are
serving beer. I think it's a
gray area in our ordi-

nance right now.
Haas added his own
football analogy
"I want to point out
that this could be viewed
as an end-around our
law," the attorney added.
"If there's going to be
revenue gained by a
business, there's a po-
tential precedent being
set. Why couldn't some-
body do this every week?
Maybe that's what the
city wants, but we have
to make sure we under-
stand what we're doing
with regards to this one
P & J owner Dick
Easton said the party
would be invitation
only, and that a "rough
estimate" is that 40 or 50
people would attend. He
told the council he was
doing it at the request
of his customers, who

would otherwise go out
of town to attend Super
Bowl events.
"My customers asked
me if I would come here
tonight and get permis-
sion to have a Super
Bowl party," Easton said.
"If not, they're going to
go out of town. They
asked me to do it. I can
do without it. It's not that
important to me."
He said only persons
with prepaid tickets
would be allowed to
attend, and that the busi-
ness would otherwise be
closed to the public that
day. He also told Haas
that about 85 percent of
his revenue comes from
food sales alone.
"I personally would
like to see us keep that
business in Frostproof,"
Wise said regarding
Easton's plans for Super

"I know its been a tra-
dition in Frostproof not
to have alcohol sales on
Sundays" Biehl added.
"I respect that tradition,
although I don't particu-
larly see its necessity."
Dickinson was against
the proposed Sunday
change in 2008, and also
voted against the most
recent alcohol ordinance
change passed late in
2010 allowing beer and
wine to be served in
business and commercial
zones regardless of their
proximity to a church or
"You're setting a prec-
edent," Dickinson said
Monday night. "If he can
do it, any business can
do it."
The city has been at
the center of two alcohol
related debates in recent

years, including one in
2009 which ultimately
re-affirmed the city's no
Sunday alcohol sales
At that time, Jeff Futral,
a local convenience store
owner, asked the city to
reconsider the Sunday
sales policy, because
other municipalities
near Frostproof allowed
for Sunday sales, which
was hurting Frostproof
businesses. However, the
proposal sparked much
public outcry and the
council decided not to
change its law.
Recently, the group
did vote, 3-2, to change
the city's zoning laws,
allowing for a restaurant
to serve beer and wine
as long as the establish-
ment itself is within a
commercial or business
zone. Previously, no res-

taurants within a prede-
termined distance from
a church or school could
serve alcohol, regardless
of what their zoning clas-
sification was.
That change, while
prompting public oppo-
sition, was also equally
supported by those who
spoke at several council
meetings over the sum-
mer, and proved to be
much less controversial
than the Sunday sales
provision. Croley said
she didn't think Easton
actually needed the city's
"He would like to make
sure he follows all the
rules and regulations,"
the city manager said.
"He didn't want to do
anything inappropriate.
In his defense, he could
have done it and not said
anything to us."

COUNTY: New manager to be named

estimated March 1-15 dateline.
A short while later, in a further
clarification, Craig iterated
the purpose of the timeliness
originally developed was to
serve as a guide, that it was not
set in cement.
With Craig at the podium
was Anthony Casas, a human
resources consultant, and Sher
Hooker, Employee Develop-
ment Specialist at Polk County

BOCC, to take questions from
the commissioners.
"Have we received any ap-
plications and where are they
from?" Commissioner Bob
English asked. Casas replied
that approximately two dozen
had been received, only a frac-
tion who were qualified. The
majority had come from Polk
and neighboring counties.
While Commissioner Sam
Johnson stated he was satisfied
with Craig's recommendations

he motioned the BOCC accept
them as presented,
Commissioner Melony
Bell said she would prefer
the screening committee be
expanded from five members.
In response, Chairman Edwin
V Smith said the number of
search committee members
was kept at five to keep the
process moving forward. With
the cutoff date being Friday,
Jan. 7, he would not support
expanding the committee.

Bell countered the Jan. 7
cutoff date was applicable
to'interested candidates and
should not have a bearing on
expanding the committee.
However, she could garner not
support. English said he would
have supported Bell had she
raised the issue earlier than at
the Jan. 4 session.
Johnson's motion was rati-
fied 4-1, with Bell dissenting.
Craig's proposal includes:
The screening committee

determine the four most quali-
fied candidates
Polk County human
resources division will do ref-
erence, education and back-
ground checks
The four most qualified
candidates will be interviewed
by the BOCC from Jan. 17-28
An offer to be tendered Jan.
Newly-appointed county
manager in place (hopefully)
as early as Jan. 31

DAVIS: Jury selection continues

a fireman.
All were approved,
none were self-em-
ployed, none were full-
time students, none were
full-time caregivers.
The judge weeded out
any who would consider
jury service an undo
hardship, as well as some
who had been victims of
violent crime.
One woman was the
victim of a violent crime,
was still kept without
protest from the defense
as the two went through
their permitted "strikes."
Once a pool of final
potentials is reached,
each the prosecution and
defense has an opportu-
nity to eliminate jurors
they do not believe to be
favorable to their side.
This time, however,
prosecutors secured an
expert to assist them in
jury selection, a man
with a PhD in Sociology,
Harvey A. Moore.
Thullbery said the
reason the state is using
Moore's services to help
seat a jury is simply
because the Davis trial is
"an important case."
Other things set to de-
velop in the trial shortly
circle around the judge's
decision as to whether or
not jurors will be allowed
to determine what they
see on a Walmart video.
Months ago in the first

Davis trial, which ended
abruptly in mistrial Oct.
28, prosecutors intro-
duced surveillance video
in which they say Davis
entered Walmart in Lake
Wales at about 7 a.m.,
and purchased a red Bic
lighter, gloves, a soft-
sided lunch bag, a long
sleeve gray T-shirt, and a
baseball style cap.
The video was taken
on Dec. 13, 2007, the day
of the attack at Headley
Nationwide Insurance.
Davis is 6'5" tall and
has tattoos on one of
his arms, said defense
attorney Robert Norgard
during court several
weeks ago.
The state attorney's
office notes that Richard
Smith, video expert for
the defense, said Tuesday
that after examining the
film on a high resolution
monitor, he did not see a
contrast in color on the
arm in question.
Prosecutors filed a mo-
tion, which is still "under
advisement" with Circuit
Court Judge Michael
Hunter, requesting the
court block admissibil-
ity of Smith's opinion,
noting jurors should be
allowed to make that
decision themselves.
Assistant State Attor-
ney Paul Wallace said in
a phone interview last
Wednesday afternoon,
"Our position is that the
jury has the right to look

at it," adding the expert
should not be allowed to
comment on "what he
sees or doesn't see."
Worthy of note, howev-
er, is additional evidence
the state says they have
connecting Davis to the
Headley attacks.
While in Walmart
that same morning, he
allegedly went through
a checkout line three
distinct times within
about a half hour, Wal-
lace notes, with receipts
recording his purchases.
That same morning,
prior to making his pur-
chases, the Walmart store
manager at the time,
Mark Gammons, testified
meeting Davis, and Davis
asking him where he
could find gloves.
Wallace notes Gam-
mons did not call police
even after seeing Davis
on television that night,
and recognizing him as
the man he spoke with
that morning.
This, Wallace said, was
due to Gammons not
feeling he was connected
to the crime, since Davis
had already been ar-
Another person, how-
ever, also remembers
seeing Davis that day,
and allegedly is shown
on the video speaking
with the man the pros-
ecution says is Davis.
That person, accord-
ing to the state attorney's

office, was someone who
had known Davis for a
long time Jennifer De-
Barrows who attended
school with Davis.
DeBarrows was work-
ing at Walmart the day
of the attack and is
expected to testify of
her conversation with
Davis and the upcoming
birthday party for his son
that weekend, a party for
which she received an
"So we've got two
people that will say he
was in there that morn-
ing," Wallace notes.
According to court
records, defense attorney
Robert Norgard filed mo-
tions to exclude several
witnesses connected
with the attack includ-
ing Gammons, but still
has not filed a motion
to exclude DeBarrows'
Norgard urged the
court to exclude Gam-
mons, noting the police
didn't show him a photo
pack, but the judge ruled
to allow his testimony.
Prosecutors note that
witnesses at the scene of
the attack recalled seeing
a man carrying a soft-
sided lunch bag similar
to the one purchased in
the video.
Davis faces the death
penalty if convicted of
the attack.
Jury selection for the
new trial is expected to

begin in Bartow Monday
It took seven days to
seat 12 jurors and four
alternates in the fall. The
trial itself only had start-
ed for a few days before
the mistrial was called.
At that time, officials on
both sides of the case
predicted the testimony
could take at least several
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January 5, 2011

Frostproof News Page 5A

LWLT announces Murder by Natural Causes

Lake Wales Little
Theatre announces the
upcoming production,
"Murder by Natural
Causes" by Tim Kelly.
Production dates run
Jan. 14 through 30.
"All of us at the LWLT
hope you had a wonder-
ful holiday season.
What better way to
polish it off than with

another excellent pro-
duction? Make sure you
do not miss "Murder by
Natural Causes" coming
this month," said Denny
Wittman, director.
Murder by Natural
Causes A stylish and
witty suspense play that
combines laughter with
Arthur Sinclair is a

successful world-famous
metalist in the tradition
of Dunninger. His beauti-
ful wife Allison plots his
murder for the common-
est of all motives-greed.
She enlists the aid of a
struggling young actor.
Her foolproof murder
plan cannot possibly
misfire as it's too skill-
fully inventive-or is it?

After all, Arthur (as
everyone knows) has
psychic gifts. But does
he? Once the killing
scheme is set in motion,
the plot begins to twist
and turn.
Nothing is as it seems.
It will take all of your
mental powers to solve
this wildly clever and
entertaining thriller.

For ticket reservations
call or visit LWLT week-
day box office at (863)
676-7278: Cliff's True
Value Hardware, 101 East
Park Ave., Downtown
Lake Wales, Monday
through Friday.
Cast includes: Arthur
Sinclair played by Nigel
Hill; Allison Sinclair -
played by Kenzie Jen-

nings; George Brubaker
- played by Phil Hagen;
Gil Weston played by
-Trevor Eisinger; Jessica
Prescott played by Les-
lie Grondin; Mrs. Prescott
- played by Karen Nelson;
Marta played byVicki
Lambert Eddie Oak-
man played by Larry

Miracles really do
happen, according to
upcoming Lake Wales
Little Theatre produc-
tion, "The Miracle
Immortalized onstage
and screen by Anne
Bancroft and Patty
Duke, this classic tells
the story of Annie Sul-
livan and her student,
blind and mute Helen
Keller. The Miracle
Worker dramatizes the
volatile relationship be-
tween the lonely teacher
and her charge.
Trapped in a secret,
silent world, unable to
communicate, Helen is
violent, spoiled, almost
sub-human and treated
by her family as such.
Only Annie realizes that
there is a mind and

spirit waiting to be
rescued from the dark,
tortured silence.
Auditions are being
held Jan. 17 and 18 at 7
p.m. at Lake Wales Little
Theatre for the cast.
The roles of Helen
Keller and Annie Sul-
livan were held previ-
ously, so this audition is
for the remainder of the
roles in the show.
Production dates for
this play run Mar. 25
- Apr. 10, with Glenda
Thurmond as the direc-
For more information
and audition materi-
als please contact the
Director Glenda Thur-
mond. glenda.thur- or
call 863-255-1484.

Military healthcare lunch

set for Avon
A military healthcare
luncheon has been set
for Saturday, Jan. 8 at the
Avon Park Range. For
the past.several years,
the South Central florida
Chapter of the MOAA
has sponsored a Military
Healthcare Clinic for
military retirees and
retiree widows in the
area. Colonel Dennis L.
Beatty, USAF, 6th Medical
service group of the 6th
Refueling Wing based at
MacDill AFB, will head a
team of medical person-
nel along with represen-
tatives of the local VA
Outpatient Clinic, the
Highlands County Vet-
erans Service Office and
others who will answer
questions on all levels
of Tricare in conjunc-
tion with Social Security
information. The Jan. 8
event will begin at noon

Park Range
at the AFPark Dining
Facility with a luncheon,
followed by the seminar.
The event is open to all
military retirees as well
as other military veterans
and widows in addition
to Range personnel.
Luncheon cost is $15
per person or $25 per.
Reservations are required
and may be made by
calling one of the fol-
lowing MOAA numbers:
LTC Mabel Langland at
(863) 314-8432; Capt. Lou
Brough at (863) 655-2344
or June Felt at (863) 638-
1225. All reservations are
due no later than Thurs-
day, Jan. 6. Based upon
military requirements
at the time, Avon Park
Range Commander Lt.
Col. Charles MacLaugh-
lin, USAF, has been asked
to give an update on the
tempo of Range activities.

Veteran visits Prims

On Wednesday, Dec. 22, Ryan Hisle of Winter Haven, who
recently returned from deployment to Kuwait, visited the Prims
(1st & 2nd grade girls club) of Lake Wales First Assembly of God.
The girls had written to Ryan during his time overseas. He told
the girls about his duties, the extreme heat, sandstorms, and
other experiences. Ryan gave each of the girls a bracelet made
of camel bones and thanked them for their support. Front:
Mandy Lugo-Noble, Haylee Blankenship, Krissi Henry, Nicole
Lynn, Ryan Hisle, Yazmine Soto, Holly Smith, Eleina Wallace,
Cate Kipe; Back: Jeweliette Barnes, Chantal Pottinger, Katie
Nessa, Laila Brown, Maria Miranda, Erika Wallace and Marissa

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for January

Carolyn Bracewell, 73,
of Lake Wales passed
away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010
at the Lake Wales Medical
She was born Nov.
29, 1937 in Holmes
County, Fla. to the late
Joseph Clyde and Velma
E. (Hicks) Lassiter; and
came here from Dothan,
Ala. in 1965. She retired
from the school cafeteria
at Hillcrest Elementary
and was a member of the
Golfview Park Church of
Carolyn was preceded
in death by her parents,
Joseph and Velma (Hicks)
Lassiter and her sister,
Gwendolyn Fuller. Survi-
vors include her hus-
band of 57 years, Lloyd
R. Bracewell; daughter,
Mellanie J. Russell of
Tishomingo, Okla.; sons,
Lloyd A. Bracewell of
Sebastian, Fla., Joseph E
Bracewell of Lake Wales,
Fla. and David C. Brace-
well of Davenport, Fla.;
sisters, Gayvon Smith of
Slocomb, Ala. and Nancy
Jo Strickland of Lynn
Haven, Fla.; 4 grandchil-
dren, 1 step-grandson; 3
great-grandchildren and 2
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will
be held 11 a.m., Mon-
day, Jan. 03, 2011 at the
Golfview Park Church of
God with Brother Denny
Cothern officiating. Inter-
ment will be held 2 p.m.
CST, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011
at the Collins Mill Cem-
etery in Graceville, Fla.
Family will receive friends
at the church on Monday
from 10 a.m. until service
In lieu of flowers dona-
tions may be made to the
Golfview Park Church of
God or the American Dia-
betes Association Tampa
Office 4902 Eisenhower
Blvd. Suite 295 Tampa,
Fla., 33634.
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home is in charge of ar-


Mr. Samuel W. Penning-
ton, 81, of Lake Wales,
died on Monday, Jan. 3,
2011, at Lake Wales Medi-
cal Center, of cancer.
He was born April 15,
1929 to Samuel H. and
Gladys M. Pennington
in Harrison, Ohio and
moved to Lake Wales 45
years ago from Indiana.
Sam served in the U.S.
Army during the Korean
War as a road builder. He
made a career of oper-
ating and fixing heavy
equipment and worked
in the phosphate mines
in south Polk County. His
passion was flying. As a
private pilot he flew and
owned several aircraft
from a fixed wing Stinson
to more recently a gyro-
copter. He attended the
Golfview Baptist Church.
He was a devoted
husband and father and
is survived by his lov-
ing wife of sixty years
Dorothy M. Pennington,
daughters Peggy W. Foster
and husband Stanley of
Titusville and Patty Boat-
man of Merritt Island;
four grandchildren,
Wendy Gugle, Shannon
Odom, Andrew Merritt,
and Benjamin Boatman;
two great grandchildren,
Bethany Malady and
Miles Merritt; and his
sisters Delores Durham,
Bonnie Tolbert, and Sha-
ron Kayl, all of California.
His brother Homer pre-
ceded him in death.
Memorial services will
be Friday, Jan. 7, 2011,
at 2 p.m. at the Golfview
Baptist Church with
Pastor David Koon of-
ficiating. Interment will
be made at Scottsburg
Cemetery in Scottsburg,
Memorials of remem-
brance may be made to
the Lake Wales Care Cen-
ter 140 East Park Avenue,
Lake Wales, Fla., 33853.
Johnson Funeral Home
Lake Wales, Florida is in
charge of arrangements.

Lessie Mae

Lessie Mae Wade, 92,
formerly of Orlando,
passed away Thursday,
Dec. 30, 2010 at the Glen
Mor Nursing Home in
Thomasville, Ga.
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home is in charge of ar-




Violet Berniece Tyree of
Frostproof passed away
Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at
the Kindred Health Care
in Tampa. She was 76.
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home is in charge of ar-


Mrs. Dorothy Stump,
86, of Lake Wales, Florida,
died on Saturday, Jan. 1,
2011, Lakeland Regional
Medical Center.
Johnson Funeral Home,
Lake Wales is in charge of

Marjorie K.

Marjorie K. Twyford, 87,
of Mims, FL passed away
Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home is in charge of ar-

Doris Taylor

Mrs. Doris Taylor Web-
ster, 83, of Lake Wales,
died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010,
at her home. Services will
be private.
Johnson Funeral Home,
Lake Wales is in charge of



Alphonzo Jackson of
Brunswick, Georgia died
Friday Dec. 31, 2010. He
was 68.
Caver Funeral Home in
Lake Wales is in charge of


Melvin E.

Mr. Melvin E. Germain,
94, of Lake Wales, Florida
died on Monday, Jan.
3, 2011, at Brandywyne
Healthcare, of natural
He was born May 25,
1916 in Wisconsin and
moved to Lake Wales 31
years ago from Michigan.
He served in the Civil-
ian Conservation Corps
and then enlisted in the
U.S. Army for World War
II. He was retired after
thirty-nine years from
Ford Motor Company. He
was always busy in the
A.A.R.P., Mardi Gras, Lake
of the Hills Garden Club,
Saint Vincent's Thrift
Shop; he sang in the choir
and was a member of the
Catholic Church of the
Holy Spirit.
He is survived by his
children Lawrence, Janet,
Lucille, Garry, Evelyn,
Thomas, and Carol,
twenty-six grandchildren,
thirty great-grandchil-
dren, and fifteen great,
great grandchildren. His
wife Marcelyn and sons
Gerard and Andrew pre-
ceded him in death.
Mass of Christian
Burial will be Friday, Jan.
7, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the
Church of the Holy Spirit
with Rev. Andrew O'Reilly
as celebrant. Visitation
will be Thursday from 4
p.m. until 7 p.m. at the
Johnson Funeral Home.
The Most Holy Rosary will
be recited at 5 p.m.
Johnson Funeral Home
Lake Wales is in charge of

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Azaleas and camellias
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Healthy turnout for commissioner's New Year's day hike


By 9 a.m. New Year's
day, nearly every avail-
able parking space near
the Circle B Bar Reserve
pavilion was filled.
Nearly 30 minutes later,
shortly before the start of
the sixth annual "Here's
to Your Health" 21/2 mile
walk, cars were still driv-
ing in to the entrance,
two and three at a time.
Out of the vehicles
poured couples, and
families, often from
several generations. Most
were decked in hiking
regalia: floppy, brimmed
headgear, walking sticks,
binoculars. Some toted
cameras strapped around
their necks.
As they approached,
they were greeted by
Jeff Spence, Polk County
director of the Parks and
"Good morning. If
you're here for the hike,
we'll be starting in about
20 minutes," he said.
"In the meantime the
Center is open, where the
restrooms are, as well as


By 9 a.m. on New Year's day, the parking areas were filled to
capacity, as a crowd of hikers, estimated between 150-200, came
to participate in the sixth annual "Here's to Your Health" hike.

A number of them
headed toward the
pavilion. Others milled
about, talking among
themselves as well as
wishing happy new year.
They awaited the arrival
of Polk County Commis-
sioner Bob English, the
annual walk's organizer.
Shortly before 9:15
a.m., he appeared, ac-
companied by Frank

O'Reilly, Polk County
Schools board of educa-
tion member. A number
of people approached
English, who welcomed
them, often shaking their
hands. He was effusive in
his greetings.
"Glad to see you here
today," English said.
"Good way to start the
new year."
While many had par-

hike, held each New Year's day at the Circle B Bar Reserve, welcomes first-timers Paul Lessard and
Lea Converse.

ticipated in the walk in,
years earlier, a number of
hikers were making the
New Year's day trek for
the first time.
"I got an e-mail from
a friend telling us about
the walk," said Converse.
However, this was not
the first time Converse,
or her companion, Paul

Lessard, both from Lake-
land, had visited Circle B
Bar Reserve. "We come
at least three times a
month," Lessard said.
Each time they do, they
agreed, it is as if they are
visiting for the first time.
"You never know what
you're going to see," Con-
verse said.

Meanwhile, English
was readying to lead the
hikers, whose number
was estimated between
150-200. He commented
about the weather. His
smile was broad as he
"Most of the time, it's
wet and rainy," he said.
"Today it's beautiful."


When Polk
a.m. Thursday
with the Polk
Delegation f
work session
a request for
funding for f
eight project
at the Tuesda
public session
the cut were
widening prc
98 and U.S. 2
ter Haven Ar
(to buy five 3
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and Lake Gw
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Of the four
the one from
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missioner ME
The Polk Cou
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$1,900,000 to
to gang activ
against meth

Commissioners to ask

state to fund 4 projects
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WRITER marijuana grow house projects und,
operations, violent crime eration by th
County and predator/offender appropriatio:
ers meet 9 management and com- Thomas wE
ay, Jan. 6,. munity safety programs. that it was ne
k Legislative While supportive of the the BOCC to
or a joint sheriff and his depart- which of the
i, it will make ment, Bell said she didn't projects was
federal believe Judd needed to tant, and to c
our of the have the BOCC make on those iten
s it reviewed an appeal on behalf the ered appropr
ay, Jan. 4 PCSO. She said because Freeman felt
)n. Making of his renown, being approach wa
two highway perhaps the most famous non-competi
ojects: U.S. sheriff in the entire U.S., and recomm
27; the Win- he could directly go to BOCC consic
ea Transit Washington, D.C., ask for road widening
1-foot buses money ... and get all that the PCSO req
ui-buses), he asked. Lake Gwyn.
vyn Hydro- Because interim However, C
.tion. county manager Jim sioner Bob E:
* rejected, Freeman raised concerns best to preset
i Polk Sheriff about "earmarks," the items: both r
broughtt BOCC asked Lea Ann ing projects a
sure of unin- Thomas, assistant county forW.H.A.T. (
'by Corn- manager for clarification. Edwin V. Smi
elony Bell. There was a difference in vored those t
inty Seriff's terminology. The road panded it to i
questing widening appeals were Lake Gwyn re
be applied projects, and that autho- project. Smitl
ity, the fight rization is made by the mendations


federal government every

in a unanimc

e six other
er consid-
e BOCC are
ent on to say
necessary for
two road
most impor-
lo likewise
ns consid-
the best
s to pick
ing items,
ended the
[er U.S. 98
ig, W.H.A.T.,
quest, and

nglish felt it
nt only three
oad widen-
and funding
th-also fa-
hree, but ex-
include the
h's recom-
were ratified
3us vote.


Concerns voiced sev-
eral weeks ago about the
seeming lack of prog-
ress by the Polk County
Sesquicentennial Cel-
ebration committee were
more than put to rest at
the Jan. 4 public session
of the Polk County Com-
missioners. In fact, the
presentation by Myrtice
Young so excited com-
missioners that serious
deliberation was given to
increasing by as much as
10 times the $5,000 the
Celebration committee
was requesting.
Young, who took over
slightly more than a
month ago as historic
preservation manager
with the parks and recre-
ation division, outlined
the goals and objectives
anti provided a timeline
of the effort thus far.

She also announced a
website will be launched
in mid-January, Polk-, and
spoke of other works in
"We are committed
to the celebration of the
150th anniversary," con-
cluded Young.
BOCC chairman Edwin
V. Smith was effusive in
his praise. "I'm excited.
I had no idea you had
done all this stuff," he
said. "I'm floored."
The presentation
prompted Commissioner
Sam Johnson to believe
the amount requested,
$5,000, was insuffi-
cient, and he calculated
five-to-10 times that
amount would be more
appropriate. Smith went
on record supporting a
$50,000 contribution,
calling it seed money
and hoping it would spur
further donations from

other public and private
institutions, as well as
The euphoria was tem-
pered by Commissioner
Todd Dantzler. He want-
ed to see a more com-
prehensive plan from the
Celebration committee
in two more weeks, when
the BOCC met for its
second monthly public
session. He also recom-
mend the BOCC grant
the $5,000, and then
revisit. He was supported
in that by interim county
manager Jim Freeman,
which would also allow
his department to deter-
mine the impact upon
the county budget and
other projects.
The BOCC unanimous-
ly approved the Sesqui-
centennial Celebration
committee's $5,000
request, and to revisit the
idea of providing further

Highway named for wreck victim


Thirty states in this
country have a law that
bans text messaging
while driving. Florida is
not one of them.
However, there is a bill
that would change that.
Last year the Florida
Senate passed a bill to
ban texting while driv-
ing in a 34-4 vote. The
Florida House of Repre-
sentatives never voted on
the bill. This year, Sen.
Nancy Detert, R-Venice,
has refiled the bill, called
SB 158, that Sen. Paula
Dockery, R-Lakeland, has
"It is our hope that it
will pass once again in
the Senate and that our
colleagues in the House
will push for this impor-
tant life saving initiative
so we can send it to the
governor for his signa-
ture," Sarah Hardy, a
legislative aide to Dock-
ery said at a ceremony
Monday where a portion
of U.S. 27 was named
Heather Hurd Memorial
Monday was the third
anniversary when Hurd
was killed in a 10-car

pileup on U.S. 27 as she
and her fiance, Patrick

Richardson, were driving
to Disney World to meet
a wedding planner. It
happened when a truck
driver, David Lunger,
received a text mes-
sage from his company,
looked away from the
road and hit a line of
cars. The Florida High-
way Patrol reported that
Lunger never hit the
brakes. Witnesses on the
scene said there was steel
all over the road. Stepha-
nie Phillips, 37, of Haines
City, was also killed in
the crash and many oth-
ers were injured.
Hurd's father, Russell,
undertook a campaign to
get a national law passed
banning its use follow-
ing this wreck. Though
he hasn't gotten what
is being called by some
Heather's Law to pass
in Florida, he has been
successful elsewhere.
In Maryland, his home
state, he testified before
the Legislature. There
is a law banning texting
Though there is no bill
in Florida, The Legisla-
ture passed a bill in 2009
renaming the portion of

U.S. 27 for Heather Hurd.
A ceremony held was
held Monday at by Sand
Mine Road in Davenport
at the Berry Town Center.
A sign is now on the
side of the road. Russell
Hurd was given a rep-
lica of that sign. "Now is
time to pass in Florida to
pass Heather's law and
ban cell phones while
driving," Hurd told the
gathering when he spoke
Monday. "Everyone here
today has a Heather in
their life."
More than 220 mil-
lion people in the U.S.
subscribe to wireless
services and 80 percent
of those subscribers use
their phones while driv-
ing, the National Confer-
ence of State Legislatures
reports. Thirty of the
50 states have banned
texting and eight Cal-
ifornia, Connecticut, Del-
aware, Maryland, New
Jersey, New York, Oregon
and Washington and
the District of Columbia
have banned hand-held
phone use by all drivers.
The current bill was
filed Dec. 1. It would
ban a person driving
a motor vehicle from
typing into a wireless


The portion of U.S. Highway 27 between Sand Mine Road and the northern Polk County line has
been named Heather Hurd Memorial Highway to honor a Maryland native killed when her car
was struck by a truck driven by a man who was texting on his cell phone at the time. This photo is
looking north up U.S. 27 from Sand Mine Road.

communications device
or reading from a device
for interpersonal com-
munication. That would -
also include e-mailing
and instant messaging as
well as text messaging.
There are exceptions for
certain people acting in
emergency criminal and
non-criminal ways. There
are also penalties in the
bill ranging from three

to six points a. person
could get on his or her
driver license for violat-
ing the law.
The Legislature starts
its 60-day session on
March 8 and will take
up this bill then. Dock-
ery's aide told the crowd
Monday she will not give
up on this law nor Hurd's
story that could help the
bill become a law.

"I will continue to
share Heather's story un-
til the Legislature passes
the changes that address
the behavior that ended
a promising young life
much too soon," Hardy
To see a video of
Monday's event at www.
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Now is the time to file exemptions

Marsha Faux, Polk
County Property Ap-
praiser, wants to notify
all property owners that
now is the time to file for
exemptions or Agricul-
ture Classification for the
2011 tax year. Faux notes
her office is currently ac-
cepting applications for
Homestead, Portability,
Widow, Widower, Dis-
ability, Veterans, Senior
(Over 65), Conservation,
Religious, and Charitable
Exemptions as well as
applications for Agri-
cultural Classification
through Mar. 1, 2011.

Applicants filing for
Homestead Exemption
for the first time, must
apply in person and
bring their recorded deed
and proof of residency
which includes Florida
Driver's License (with
current address), Florida
Vehicle Registration,
Florida Voter Registration
(with current address),
and Resident Alien Card,
if not a citizen of the
United States. Persons
filing for any exemption
are required to provide
their Social Security
Cards. A husband and

wife must both have
Florida Driver's License,
if both drive. A widow(er)
must provide a copy
of their spouse's death
certificate. Applicants
for Disability Exemption
must provide a letter
from a certified Florida
physician verifying a
totally and permanent
disability. Veterans Ex-
emption applicants must
provide documentation
of percentage of service-
connected disability
from the U.S. Dept. of
Veterans Affairs.
Homestead Exemp-

tion may be allowed on
mobile homes if the land
owner is also the owner
of the mobile home. The
mobile home registration
must be provided at the
time of filing.
Those who have a Tan-
gible Personal Property
account that was exempt
for 2010 and there have
been no changes, the an-
nual filing of a Tangible
Personal Property Tax
Return will be waived
for 2011. Remember, a
return must be filed if the
value of personal prop-
erty exceeds the $25,000

exemption. Failure to file
on an account exceeding
$25,000 could result in
the removal of the ex-
emption and will include
penalties. -
Applications may be
filed in Bartow, Lakeland,
or Winter Haven. For fur-
ther information, please
call the Property Ap-
praiser's office or visit the
website (www.polkpa.
Mail applications to
any one of the following
addresses, whichever is
closest to the property
being exempted:

(863)413-2549, 2551, or
(863) 401-2425, 2424, or
8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM

STEM lab coming to McLaughlin

The community is
invited to an open house
at Lake Wales' McLaugh-
lin Middle And Fine Arts
Academy where students
will demonstrate the
school's new $75,000
STEM laboratory. STEM is
an acronym for a national
education initiative to
enhance instruction in
science, technology, engi-

neering and math.
McLaughlin, which fea-
tures an intensive visual
and performing arts cur-
riculum, has supplement-
ed its math and science
programs and curriculum
with the STEM laboratory.
The laboratory provides
computer-based instruc-
tion and includes fea-
tures in which students

learn concepts through
simulated activities
that include wind tun-
nels, rockets and flight
controls. The laboratory
was paid through federal
grant funds including the
Carl D. Perkins Vocational
And Technical Education
Act grant.
The open house and
STEM lab demonstra-

tion is from 2 to 3:45
p.m., Thursday, January
13, 2011, at McLaughlin
Middle And Fine Arts
Academy, 800 Fourth St.,
Lake Wales.
Contact McLaughlin
principal Matt Burkett
for further information
on the school's STEM
program or open house at
(863) 678-4233.

LWMC to Offer Community CPR Class

Lake Wales Medical
Center will offer a com-
munity CPR class on
Thursday, Jan. 27 from
8 a.m. to noon in the
Hunt Building 2nd floor

classroom. Teacher for
the course is Education
Director Brittany Carson,
Cost is $40 for initial
certification, $20 for

renewal. The course is
American Heart Associa-
tion certified.
Participants will need
to come to Carson's office
to fill out a registration

form, check out a course
book, and then pay for
the course before the
class day. To register, call
863-678-2716 and leave a

Walking is safe, sometimes


Crosswalk signs light
up for a reason to allow
pedestrians to cross the
4 street safely.
But according to
35-year-old Michael
Mayes, drivers need to be
more careful.
Two weeks before
Christmas, Mayes, his
10-year-old son and his
son's friend were at- ,,
tempting to cross SR 60
with the lighted sign, and
nearly were run over, he
"I can not count the
times I have almost been
hit on Third Street and SR
60," Mayes said.
"When the cross walk
sign illuminates 'go
ahead' and I do, then a
car comes out of nowhere
and almost runs me down
to turn left and acts like I
am in the wrong."
The handyman and his
son were walking home
from the Dollar General
store about two blocks
from his house on Polk
"The people making
a left turn don't care if
you have the crosswalk,"
Mayes said, adding that

another troubled spot is
Third St. and Polk Ave.
According to the Pedes-
trian Safety Guide issued
by the Federal Highway
Administration identi-
fies typical problems that
affect pedestrian safety
include poor walking
-conditions, unsafe driv-
ing behaviors and unsafe
pedestrian behaviors.
In Mayes' situation, he
said he was obeying the
crosswalk sign.
The Pedestrian Safety
Guide notes not only do
some drivers fail to yield
to pedestrians, but they
also are guilty of speed-
ing, running red lights,
illegal passing and other
habits that can put the
public on foot at risk.
Add to that, driver dis-
traction by cell phones,
passengers, and other
activities, and the po-
tential for an accident is
The other matter which
contributes to pedestrian
peril is lack of sidewalks,
paths or trails.
Difficult street cross-
ings, such as the one on
SR 60 and Third St. also
present a problem.
Long crossing distances
and wide intersections

which allow cars to turn
at higher speeds con-
tribute to unsafe driver
habits, according to the
Sometimes, the pedes-
trian is the problem, the
FHA notes.
Pedestrians cross the
road without looking.
Others cross the road at
unsafe locations or dart
into the road, not think-
ing of the consequences.
"As with drivers, pedes-
trians can be distracted
by cell phones, iPods,
etc.," says the FHA.
Chief Herbert Gillis
of the Lake Wales Police
Department notes that
generally, traffic volume
in Lake Wales increases
during normal business
hours, from 7 to 9 a.m.
and 4 to 7 p.m.
"Of course, holiday
travel significantly
increases traffic volume
too. Additionally, traffic
volume in Lake Wales in-
creases with the arrival of
transient residents from
our Northern states," Gil-
lis said.
The Lake Wales Police
Department has recom-
mended that crosswalk
improvements are incor-
porated into the redesign

of the Historic Down-
town streetscape, and is
working with the Florida
Department of Transpor-
tation in partnership to
install sidewalks along SR
60 in and around Hillcrest
Elementary School, he
Key traffic principles
from the Florida Pedes-
trian Law Enforcement
Guide include the note
that a road user's right of
way "must be exercised
with due care."
"Traffic laws state who
must yield the right of
way to whom, but do not
assign an absolute right
of way," the guide notes,
adding signals, cross-
walk markings, and other
traffic control devices do
not confer an absolute
right of way for any user."

Wiltshire Scholarship
Foundation sponsors speaker

The Dr. Joseph
A.Wiltshire Scholar-
ship Foundation, Inc.
would like to invite the
community to hear
a featured speaker
from the United States
Department of Agricul-
ture at their first Friday
meeting to be held
Jan. 7, 2011 at the Lake
Wales Library.
Talks will address the
2011 Federal Notice of
Funds Availability to
rural communities and
other U.S.D.A. pro-
This is a free educa-

tional outreach spon-
sored by the founda-
The library is located
at 290 Cypress Gardens
Lane in Lake Wales.
For information
please call (863) 676-
Can't make noon
meeting? Join us for
First Friday Networking
Party at 6 p.m. at the
"B" Street Community
Center in Lake Wales.
Bring your business
cards and be ready to
Public invited.

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First 2011 baby is fifth in family

Polk County's first baby
of the year, Alisha Garcia,
was born at two minutes
past midnight to Maria
Garcia at Heart of Florida
Regional Medical Center
in Haines City.
Through an interpreter,
22-year-old daughter
Viridiana Garcia, the five-
time mother and Haines
City resident Maria Gar-
cia said the pregnancy
came as a big surprise.
The next youngest
child at the Garcia home
is 12 years old.
"I'm excited, but I'm
starting over and'have to
get used to it," said Maria
The 40-year-old, un-
married mother now has
five children. She be-
came a grandmother of
Viridiana's children prior
to giving birth to her fifth
Along with her two
siblings and mother,
Alisha will live in a two
room house with one
Maria Garcia spends
long days packing fruit.
She will use six weeks to


Mom Maria Garcia with brand-new baby Alisha Garcia.

recover from the birth
before returning to work.
Julio R. San Martin,
M.D. delivered the 7
pound, 11 ounce baby
through induced labor.
Viridiana was in the

birthing room with the
mother during natural
child birth.
The Garcia family
received several gifts in-
cluding a baby monitor,
diapers and baby wipes.

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lunch and fashion show
on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
in the Holy Spirit Parish
Center. Ten CCW mem-

bers will be modeling
thirty ensembles from the
Dress Barn in Sebring.
There will be several door
prizes and three 50/50s.
The fashion show will run
from 11 to 12, with lunch
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