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Volume 91 Number 43

USPS NO 211-260

Frostproof, Polk County Fornda 33843

Copyright 2011 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.

City, citrus end up in budget cross hairs

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Gov. Rick Scott, surrounded by sign-carrying tea party faithful
at The Villages in Sumter County, signed the state budget after
axing some $615 million in what he termed "special-interest
funding"to have more money for education.

The citrus industry
took a big hit and Frost-
proof residents lost a
chance for some utility
bill relief, but University
of South Florida-Poly-
technic got some help to
build a new campus near
Interstate 4, and Polk
State College will be able
to partner with the Lake
Wales Art Center in the
budget Gov. Rick Scott
signed Thursday.
Gov. Scott signed a
$69.1 billion budget,
but before doing that
he vetoed a record $615
million in spending that
included money for envi-
ronmental land purchas-
es, college and univer-
sity buildings, homeless
veterans, public broad-
casting and local projects

ranging from health care
to rowing.
However, he denied $2
million in research fund-
ing for the citrus greening
disease and allowed the
Florida Citrus Commis-
sion (via Senate Bill 2122)
to be cut by three seats.
A request for a util-
ity project loan forgive-
ness, which could have
saved Frostproof almost
$2 million, was axed by
Scott. Polk State College
was able to survive the
veto pen and will get $3
million to form a partner-
ship between the Lake
Wales Art Center and the
J.D. Alexander Center of
Polk State College.
Here's the rundown:
Citrus industry
One place that took a
hard hit this year was the


This map shows what the new Florida Citrus districts will look
like under a new law.

Softball talent takes Frostproof star far

Sydney Jones will represent USA in Germany this August


Since she's been play-
ing the sport from about
the time she was able to
swing a bat, Frostproof's
Sydney Jones knows a
thing or two about taking
a softball road trip.
But this summer, the
game will take her far
beyond where she could
ever have imagined.
Jones, along with four
other players from Polk
County will be part of the
Team America program
to serve as ambassadors
of the sport across the
globe, when they travel to
Germany in August.
Sydney, the daughter
of Rick and Lorrie Jones
and the youngest of three
children, goes to school
in Frostproof where she
started playing softball at
five years of age. In fact,
she'll be graduating nest
She started playing for
a traveling team at the
age of nine and contin-

ued her love of playing
through high school.
Her parents have spent,
countless hours and trav-
eled many miles through
the years supporting.
"There were times
when they only had one
to two weekends a year
off," noted her mom.
By the eighth grade
she was a starter for the
varsity team and contin-
ued being a starter for her
team. Sydney has been
coached by King Smith
since the sixth grade.
He is the head coach at
Frostproof High School
and has only high praises
for Sydney.
"She is a natural in the
outfield, and has great
ability in reading the
ball" Smith said. "When
the ball is batted to the
outfield it seems she is
not going to get to the
ball but makes the catch
in time".
He also noted that she
is very coachable, a fast
learner, trustworthy, hard
worker, and has great eye

to bat coordination, giv-
ing her above .400 batting
-average with no strike-
outs this year.
When asked about her .
being chosen for the trip,
Smith said, "I was not
surprise at all", stating she
deserved the honor.
Not only is she great on
the ball field but played
volleyball on the court
and is an honor student
in the classroom.
She is currently play-
ing in the outfielder the ..
Twilight Twisters traveling
team. They are coached )
by Dianna McKinney who -
has been Sydney's travel-
ling coach for two years.
McKinney has been
around Sydney since a
child, hearing about her
skills as a catcher and
kept an eye on her as she
matured playing ball.
"Sydney so understates
her talent", McKinney
said. "She is very versa-
tile, capable of playing
infield and first base". Sydney Jones poses with the Frostproof Lady Bull-
dogs district championship trophy, which she and
TALENT 16 her teammates won earlier this spring.

Beauties will

meet beasts

in softball


Almost everyone has heard
of the Disney classic Beauty
and the Beast.
Well, the Frostproof Dixie
Youth Baseball and softball
program will put their own
special twist on that theme
when they stage its first ever
Beauties vs. Beasts softball
game next week, for fun and
The event is at 6:30 p.m. next
Thursday at the Frostproof
Sports Complex. It will feature
a game-between the 15 and
under all-star softball team
and the 13 and 14 year old
Dixie boys baseball team.
"It should be a lot of fun and
we hope it will be something
they may continue in years to
come," said Terry White, who
is helping organize and get
the word out on the special
Coaches for the "Beauties"
will be Eric Courtney, Billy

Graham honored by state music club

* Frostproof's An-
hetta Graham traveled
to Niceville last week, for
What she thought was
just a trip to the an-
nual convention of the
Florida Federation of
Music Clubs.
She returned back
home as that club's
Woman of the Year.
She attended the con-
Vention with Drs. Walter
and Isabella Laude and
Wilma Greenwood. They
are all members of the
Lake Wales Music Club,
which celebrated Na-
tional Music Week earlier
this month, and installed
officers for the next two
years. Graham will serve
as the group's second

vice president.
At the convention,
Graham was installed
as President of the Bay
Ridge District by Beth
McAuley, National
Federation Music Club
Southeast Region Vice
Graham was given the
state ward for her selfless
dedication and outstand-
ing service to the FFMC,
club officials noted.
She becomes only the
second member of the
Lake Wales Music Club,
which was first formed
in 1921, to earn the state
honor. Ironically, the
other was Isabella Laude.
The group celebrated
national music week

with an event at the Lake
Wales Arts Center. The
theme for the week was
"Music, an instrument of
universal expression."
According to club of-
ficials, the objective is "to
create and understand-
ing and appreciation of
the value of music in
the home, the commu-
nity, the nation and the
During the May 5 pro-
gram, six piano students
of Virginia Jones provid-
ed entertainment. Each
performer received a
$25 check from the club
in appreciation for their



Mary Cotton, past president of the Lake Wales Music Club, installed new officers earlier this
month, including from left: President Wima Greenwood of Frostproof, First Vice President Wilma
Greenwood of Frostproof, Second Vice President Annetta Graham of Frostproof and secretary/
treasurer Marilyn Fisher.



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Letters to the Editor ..............5A Obituaries............................9A P.O. Box 67
Our View Point....................5A County.................................10A Frostproof, Florida 33843
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Ridge gas prices are dropping, but...

Frostproof resident, others, say not enough

While the price of gas
in this area has dropped
about 20 cents a gallon
in the last two weeks
would-be holiday travel-
ers haven't taken much
notice of it nor do they,
Some of the not-caring
attitude stems from the
fact that prices are al-
ready high and the drop
in gasoline isn't changing
any habits they have.
"It doesn't matter. It
doesn't amount to a hill
of beans. It has to drop
about a dollar per gallon
to mean anything," said
Mike Johnson who lives
in Frostproof.
Gasoline in Polk
County has fallen to less
than $3.80 countywide
after being close to $4
per gallon just two weeks
ago. According to AAA
the average Florida price

is $3.82 per gallon for
unleaded. Last week the
average price was $3.91
in the state. Last year
at this time the average
price was $2.80.
Some of the least
expensive gas is actually
in the Frostproof area,
at the BP station near
the intersection of U.S.
Highway 27 and 98. On
Friday morning,, regular
unleaded was selling for
$3.59 a gallon.
And though Jessica
Brady from AAA said
Central Florida is ex-
periencing some of the
lowest prices in the state,
that doesn't impress Gail
Pilgrim who is moving to
this area from Georgia.
"It's $3.75 per gallon,"
she said while gassing
her car in Highland City.
"In Georgia it's about a
$1 cheaper."
She said she doesn't
understand why the
prices are cheaper where

she comes from than in
Florida because the ports
to where the oil are deliv-
ered are in this state.
"Why is oil cheaper in
Georgia when it comes
into Tampa," she said.
"Tampa's also got refiner-
She said she paid $2.89
per gallon on her way to
Central Florida in Valdo-
sta, Ga., then as soon as
crossed the state line she
noticed the prices were
almost a $1 higher.
For some who already
live here, the price
doesn't really mat-
ter. Gonzalez Alfredo
of Lakeland looks at
the prices at the dif-
ferent pumps, but he
thought the prices had
dropped about 2 or 3
cents a gallon in the last
week rather than dime
it dropped according to
AAA's statistics.
"If it drops about 50
or 60 cents a gallon then


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Thursday, June 2
Dixie Youth Baseball
fund raiser
The Frostproof Di-
xie Youth Baseball and
Softball program will
hold a fun and unusual
fund raiser at the Frost-

proof Sports Complex
starting at 6:30 p.m. The
"Beauties" will take on -
the "Beasts" in a special
softball game. Admission
is $2. The Beauties will
be made up of softball
program all stars while
the Beasts will be com-
prised of baseball league

Monday, June 6
Commission meeting

The Frostproof city
commission will hold its
regularly scheduled meet-
ing in city hall, starting at

Tuesday, June 7
Graduation for Frost-
proof Middle Senior High
School seniors will be
held at Faris Brannen

I'll take more notice," he
The only thing about
gas he thinks about is
on how much to put in
the tanks. "Before I go
to the gas station I think
two times before I fill up
the tank." Brady said the
price of gas while based
on the price per barrel is
also based on how much
credit card companies
charge the retailers.
Last week oil closed
at $99.49 per barrel on
the New York Mercantile
Exchange which was 16
cents less than the previ-
ous week. And, while
gas per gallon has been
cheaper than that when
the barrel price is at that
level, Brady said there
is more than the barrel
price at play. There is the

demand for oil, the price
credit card companies
charge and the fact that
gas prices generally rise
in price faster than they
"We see more and
more gas stations that
use a cash price and a
credit price," she said. "If
someone pays in cash it
could save the retailer 9
percent fee."
She said she always
has a bit of cash on her
for that purpose because
it's worth it to her to pay
a cheaper price for gas
even if the difference is
just a few cents.
"If I can get an extra
gallon of gasoline in my
car and that's 30 miles,
that's a couple of days
of driving to work and
home," she said.

She also noted that tho
retailers' gas prices reac
in about 72 hours in the;
price of gas, but the "ate'
of increase always faster
than rate of decrease," t
she said, adding the re- q
tailers really don't make
lot of money on gasoline
because they're overhead
is usually so high.
All this doesn't make a-
difference to Johnson as"
he has to pay the price -
that's on the pump and t
that isn't going to make 2
any significant change ^
anytime too soon.
"When it's cheaper byw
a dime a gallon you may-.
save about 50 cents at
a gas station," he said.
"If the price were a $1 I
cheaper per gallon that
might be worth traveling-
across town to get." f -


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Stay safe.
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like to give a big thanks to the men and women who
have proudly served or are now serving our country.
To the families of the soldiers that died during service
our hearts and prayers are with you.

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Retired Air Force 1941-1970
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Water's Edge honors Veterans with car show

This mannequin, sitting in front of a 1930 Model A Ford owned by Tim Violette, wears the
uniform once worn by Tim's father, a veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The rifle is a
vintage Remington.

Sparkling customized
vintage cars from the
20's, 30's and 40's lined
the parking lot of the
Water's Edge Retirement
Community Thursday
morning, commemorat-
ing a military era familiar
to many of the residents.
More recent models,
such as Cameros and
Volkswagen buses, were
mixed in with Ford
Model Ts and As from
the 1920s, all meticu-
lously restored. Residents
and visitors enjoyed the
leisurely Memorial Day
event, treated to barbe-
cue provided by Water's
Edge, and ice cream and
door prizes provided by
the Weaver, McClendon
and Penrod Law Firm.

Robert Glamm, a resident of
Water's Edge, is a veteran of
Pearl Harbor, having served
as a Naval Aviator from June
1941 through September
1945. He did hot have a car in
the show, but said the vehicles
brought back a lot of memo-
ries and he had some similar
cars through the years.

A red-white and blue
contest was held toward
the end of the event, with
a high level of creativ-
ity exhibited in the
Some of the vehicles
were owned by veterans
of Korea and the World
Wars, and many by
devotees or family mem-
bers of the era. Robert
Glamm, who proudly
stated he was the only
Pearl Harbor veteran
residing at Water's Edge,
said the cars brought
back a lot of memories.

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Fund growing for family of

Lake Wales teen who drowned

Mayor Mike Carter called with
some good news Wednesday
morning: he heard the fund-
raiser for the family of Miguel
Anthony Vazquez had raised
around $1,500 so far, and the
permit for Saturday's planned
vigil and fundraiser at Kiwanis
Park has been approved.
Bill Redmon, who is helping
coordinate the deposits, through
a hon-profit organization

called "Removing the Barriers,"
confirmed that so far, just over
$1,500 has been raised to assist
Miguel's family with ambulance,
medical and funeral expenses.
The money has been raised
through the diligence and con-
cern of community members,
particularly close friend Joey
Neas, who appeared first to the
city commission then by invita-
tion to the Lake Wales Breakfast
Rotary Club, seeking help for the
A car wash and bake sale was

held Saturday, and several, area
restaurants have held impromp-
tu fund-raisers. Two were also
held at the High School, where
Miguel was to graduate this year.
Republic Services of Polk County
has also participated in the
fund-raising effort.
The final official fund-raiser
will be held Saturday, May 28, at
Kiwanis Park, with a bake sale
and entertainment followed by
a memorial service. Luminary
candles and cards will be avail-
able for purchase.

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Manager search offers challenge, opportunity

\The approaching voluntary
retirement of Lake Wales City
Manager Judy Delmar presents
both a challenge and an oppor-
tunity for the community.
After serving as assistant city
manager for many years, Delmar
became city manager only reluc-
tantly, and at the urging of many
citizens and some commission-
Frustration in dealing with a
highly-polarized commission
was no doubt a factor in her de-
cision to accelerate her planned
The challenge of finding a
replacement falls primarily upon
a select group of citizens charged
with screening a wealth of candi-
dates for the position, including
several from Florida, plus four-
teen other states.
A total of 43 candidates ap-
plied for the job, and that pool
has already been reduced to ten
They will be evaluated against

the needed skills and managerial
experience required for the job
of administrating services for a
city of 14,000 residents and tens
of thousands of other outside
property owners, daily workers
and visitors.
That care is needed in making
the choice is obvious, but even
the best screening and selection
processes often fail. Both Lake
Wales and Polk County govern-
ment can offer proof, as both
suffered under managers who
ended their service amid contro-
versy some 20 years ago.
The opportunity arises in the
possibility of a fresh view and
approach to some of the per-
sistently nagging issues. It is a
cliche to say that the city is 'at
a critical juncture' in need of a
steady hand.
There are few moments in
government when all is in perfect
harmony and everyone is happy.

Questions about the city's
approach to Longleaf Busi-
ness Park, redevelopment of the
Walesbilt Hotel, the downtown
streetscape project, community
and race relations, police admin-
istration, bonded debt levels, and
management of utilities have all
arisen in recent months or years.
While a city manager can bring
the strength of his or her expe-
rience and advice to the table,
the true leadership on these
issues must come from the city
commission, and the recently
re-aligned commission offers
hope of new perspectives and
approaches. The sharp divisions
of recent years on that body cer-
tainly contributed to the appar-
ent lack of progress. .
It seems noteworthy that, when
challenged by a highly-contested
commission election, city voters
turn out in large numbers. They
care about what happens in Lake
Wales, and want their voices to
be heard.

Finding qualified candidates
from which to choose seems to
be a larger issue. Uncontested
elections have produced two
commissioners in recent years.
Given a choice, the electorate
seems to have little difficulty in
picking a favorite, and finding
the true leaders.
Now is the time when the cho-
sen leaders can rise to the chal-
lenges, and lay out a clear pro-
cess by which the issues can be
addressed; create a mechanism
for inviting citizen input before
moving ahead; and state clearly
the short and long-term goals
that will improve the quality of
life and economic health of our
As the new commission reviews
the recommendations of the ,
screening committee, we can all
hope that they will choose wisely,
and find an individual they can
work with, and who will help
focus the energies and potential
of the city.


Foster parents change lives

There are 104 granite
stones, each separated by
three rows of red bricks
from the next.
They bear the names
of each Bartow resident
killed in America's wars.
It is called the Veterans
Memorial Walk. At its
apex is the legend, "They
gave their tomorrow for
your today." Near it is
another stone reading
simply, "POW/MIA."

Each stone bears the
person's name, branch of
service, and war.
Ranks are not shown.
Lloyd Harris, retired
sergeant first class, Flori-
da Army National Guard,
and arguably Bartow's
premier historian, espe-
cially on military subjects,
explained it to me when
the walk was dedicated.
"In death, all are equal."
Lloyd did the lion's
share of the research for
the walk, a project envi-
sioned (and in large part
financed) by Max and
Rosie Thornburg.

Of the 104 stones, 41
bear the names of World
War II casualties, followed
in order by World War I
(27), the Civil War (22),
Korea (6), Vietnam (5), the
Spanish-American War
(2), and the Persian Gulf
War (1). All of the Civil
War casualties fought for

the South.
They served in the
Army (including Con-
federate Army), Army Air
Forces (as the Air Force
was known in World War
II), Navy, Marine Corps,
and the Florida Army
National Guard.

Some of their names
are from well-known Bar-
tow families, including
one from the family that
settled Fort Blount, the
town now.known as Bar-
tow. One is the man for
whom Bartow's American
Legion post is named.
Many of the names*
are familiar to me, and I
count members of their
families as personal
friends. But as best I can
recall, I did not know any
of them personally.
The most poignant
from my personal per-
spective was a young man
who was killed in Vietnam
almost on the day that
his daughter was born in
I knew her as a tod-
dler, when she'attended
the same day care as our
oldest child. Today I know

her as a young profes-
sional. She does not know
it, but she is one of my
most special people.

After visiting the Veter-
ans Memorial Walk and
meditating on the service
and sacrifice of each per-
son, and their families,
I wondered how many
markers could be added
in the walk.
It would be simple to
compute. Each monu-
ment takes up the space
of two rows of bricks,
with three rows between
monuments. Add up the
rows, and divide by five.
I took two steps toward
the end with the unfilled
leg of the walk, then
stopped and turned
around. I didn't want to
May God grant eternal
mercy on their souls, and
comfort to their families.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
He served two years in the
active Army and 30 in the
Florida National Guard.
His father, Loyal, spent
two years as a combat
infantryman in World
War II, including sev-
eral months in a hospital
recovering from frozen
feet suffered at the Battle
of the Bulge. But for the
grace of God, his name
might have been on the

During the month of
May, agencies, organiza-
tions, businesses, media
and others throughout
the nation join together
in events, celebrations
and public awareness
activities highlighting the
importance of May being
Foster Care Awareness
Here locally we have
been working very hard to
redesign our local foster
care system and provide
our local foster parents
with quality training, and
support, and we are com-
mitted to treating all of
our local foster parents as
valued partners.
We have over 165 fam-
ily foster homes in Polk,
Hardee and Highlands
counties that open their
hearts and homes to chil-
dren every day to provide
love, nurturing, stabil-

ity and support to our
local children who have
experienced trauma. Our
local foster parents are
amazing and help heal
one child at a time.
We appreciate them
so much. The trauma a
child experiences when
they come into foster care
must be recognized and
Those of us that are
partners working in the
field of child welfare
whether we are a case
worker, investigator, men-
tal health provider, school
employee, or foster par-
ent must be committed
to surrounding children
with opportunities for
them to build healthy
relationships and be
nurtured so that they can
begin to heal from the
trauma they have expe-
rienced from the abuse

Noise complaints not

I read with interest to-
day's story (May 25) about
complaints from Square
Lake Estates residents
about noise from the lo-
cal motocross track.
My family lives about
the same distance to the
track as those poor folks
up the street, and we're
puzzled to learn they're
so terribly bothered.
While the descrip-
tion of the noise was
fairly accurate, I couldn't
think of a single instance
that the sound of those

motorcycles and the
folks enjoying themselves
while riding them ever
troubled me any more
than noise coming from,
say, the football stadium,
or the ballfields on 555,
or the raucous Friday Fest
celebrations from down-
I'll grant the noise of
powerful dirt bikes is
more persistent, and
lasts a while longer, but
is it really all that much
more annoying than
band practice at the high

and/or neglect.
To be a foster parent
one doesn't have to be
bigger than life, own a
huge home, drive a big
minivan, be a doctor, be
married, etc.
Our local foster parents
are diverse and come
in all shapes and sizes.
Heartland for Children
would like to talk with
you if you have ever
thought about being a
foster parent.
Could you share your
family and home with a
child? Please give us a call
at (863) 519-8900 ext. 289
or visit www.heartland-
forchildren.org and we
will be glad to answer any
questions you may have.

Teri Saunders
Chief Executive Officer
Heartland for Children

school during the season?
I can sympathize to a
point with my put-upon
neighbors, but it seems
they're saying to everyone
else in town, "Dear Young
People: Please put your
lives on hold, while we
finish ours out here by
the Old Tailings Pond."
It's really quite the
selfish outlook, in my
opinion, and not at all

Jeffrey D. Goff

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May 28, 2011

BUDGET: Caught in the cross hairs

citrus industry.
Despite calls from
many agencies for a
veto to changes in the
Florida Citrus Commis-
sion, the commission will
be reduced from 12 to
nine members, and the
districts will be redrawn
from four to three. Com-
missioner terms end this
year and Scott will ap-
point the new members.
The executive director
will serve a four-year
term and no longer will
be hired or fired by the
commission, but will
have to be approved by
the state Senate.
On top of that, in
a separate bill, Scott
vetoed $2 million in
research money for the
Citrus Research and
Development Founda-
tion to fight the HLB
disease, also known as
citrus greening. What
that means in the fight
is not clear as repeated
calls to the industry were
not responded to.
However, Mike Sparks
of Florida Citrus Mutual
said the money from
the line item veto would
have provided "much-
needed funding" and
that the veto will hurt
research into the or-
ange tree killing disease,
for which there is no
cure. However, there is
much research from the
Institute of Agriculture
and Science that is going
into the research and is
funded by citrus farmers.
Farmers in Polk County
have said the citrus
greening disease can
be found on just about

every citrus farm in the
As for Senate Bill 2122,
which passed both Leg-
islative houses unani-
mously in the final week
of the session, most of
the calls for the gover-
nor's veto was because
the industry was not
vetted on the bill. Florida
Citrus Mutual spokes-
man Andrew Meadows
said last week that only
sets a bad precedent.
Ken Keck, the execu-
tive director of the Flor-
ida Citrus Commission
took almost a wait and
see approach to what will
The next meeting of
the commission is sched-
uled June 15.
"It is anticipated that
discussion of the new
law will be included in
the agenda," he wrote
in a memo to the media
on Thursday after the
budget signing.
He added that if the
governor does not ap-
point nine new com-
missioners by the July
1 deadline, the current
board of 12 commission-
ers will continue to be on
the board.
What it means for his
own job, Keck wrote to
media sources that the
FCC has until June 30
to decide its course of
action. As to its taxing.
authority, Keck wrote,
."The new law imposes
lower tax caps across
virtually all varieties of
citrus fruit." In the case
of boxes of oranges for
processing, the new
law imposes a cap at 25
cents per box for crops
below 175 million boxes.

The new law allows for
higher than previous law
tax caps on processed
orange crops at or above
185 million boxes.
Sparks also doesn't
think this will be the final
action. He said over the
next couple of months
Florida Citrus Mutual
will solicit industry input
and stand ready to com-
municate improvements
to streamlining the Legis-
lature and governor for
the next session.
City of Frostproof
After it landed on the
Florida Taxwatch "tur-
key" list earlier this week,
Scott's veto axed what
would have been a huge
economic boost to the
Frostproof City Man-
ager T.R. Croley said the
budget measure didn't
involve any payments
to the city, but rather
forgiveness on two state
loans taken more then
a decade ago when the
federal government
mandated updates and
improvements to the
city's wastewater system.
The city has some of
the area's most expen-
sive water and sewer
rates because of that
debt service, Croley said.
Forgiving the almost $2
million in state Depart-
ment of Environmental
Protection loans would
have allowed the city to
significantly lower those
She said she met with
members of the state
delegation, and individu-
ally with local senator JD
Alexander, who tried to
provide the city with the

"I took an overview to
them (the Polk delega-
tion) and met with JD
Alexander personally,"
Croley said. "We didn't
ask for a set dollar
amount, just some finan-
cial relief. All of that debt
has put a burden on the
citizens. It would have
helped the community
She said she will try
again next year.
"All they can do is say
no again," she added.
University of South
Florida Polytechnic
The Polytechnic got
$35 million of the $46
million budgeted from
the state budget to build
the new campus. It was
happy news for Regional
Chancellor Marshall
"USF Poly's new cam-
pus will be an economic
driver for the state and
falls right in line with
the governor's priorities
of getting Florida back
to work by creating an
additional 36,610 jobs
and an estimated annual
economic impact of $3.2
billion," he said.
The concept ensures
that even graduates in
degree programs outside
of the Science, Technol-
ogy, Engineering, and
Mathematics (STEM)
areas will have train-
ing and education in
those areas and develop
skills applicable to the
21st century economy.
The construction, said
Goodman, will allow "the
state university system
to continue to meet the
growing demand for ac-
Polk State College

Gov. Rick Scott signs the Florida state budget surrounded by
cheering schoolchildren. He said he cut $615 million of special-
interest funding out of the budget so there would be more for

The place for an arts
curriculum for the JD
Alexander Center of
Polk State College and
partnering with the Lake
Wales Arts Center will
happen as the school
was allocated $1 million
in recurring funds and
$2 million in one-time
funds, to address costs
associated with the facil-
ity renovation repairs,
upgrades and mainte-
nance, as well as.costs
associated with program-
ming and ongoing opera-
tions. However, where
it will go next is still not
"Polk State College will
be working with the vol-
unteer board leadership
of the Lake Wales Arts
Center in the coming
weeks and looks forward
to formalizing a partner-
ship in the near future,"
PSC spokesman David
Steele said. "We expect
that partnership to result
in expanded offerings

for students in the Lake
Wales area."
According to LWAC
Executive Director Karl
Hesser, there are current-
ly two classrooms and
a gallery that could be
readily used by students,
but there would be logis-
tics to work out.
Friday, Hesser said he
has still not been able to
locate how much money
was approved, and added
nothing has been ce-
mented about a partner-
ship because it would be
useless without knowing
how much money is
If the college gets
the.money, he said, the
board here can now put
together a committee to
look at it and the college
can put together "some-
thing to see how we can
work together."

(Frostproof News editor
Brian Ackley contributed
to this story.)

TALENT: Jones to represent the US in August

She added that Sydney
is not only a great player

but an overall role model
as well
"The young girls look
up to Sydney wanting

Frostproof Lady Bulldog Sydney Jones will travel to Germany
this summer to serve as a softball ambassador from the USA.
She will be coached by two-time softball Olympic gold-medalist
Dot Richardson.

to emulate her talent
believing they will be
able to someday play like
her", McKinney added.
Being on the traveling
team has helped solidify
friendships not only in
Polk County but across
the state of Florida. After
graduation, she plans on
keeping her talents local
by playing at Webber
International University
Jones said she has
a desire to give back
to others by coaching
younger girls in the fun
and skills of softball.
"I want to share my
experience with others,"
she commented.
Apparently being so
talented and committed
to playing softball is what
helped her get selected
for the trip. McKinney
has been chosen to be
the assistant coach to the
two time Olympian Dot
"What a wonderful
opportunity for Sydney,"
her mom added.
The team will be flying
to Germany which has
Sydney "pretty scared" as
she puts it. "I have never
flown before a day in my

FUNDRAISER: Beauties vs. Beasts

Helms and Leslie Brewer.
They will be match-
ing wits with "Beasts"
coaches Jason White,
Calvin Thomas and Josh
The concession stand
will be open that eve-
ning, and a home run

Also, Mary Cotton, Past
President of the club,
installed the following
officers for the next two
years and gave each a
rose: President Wilma
Greenwood; First Vice
President Carolyn Ann
Walton; Second Vice Pres-
ident Annetta Graham;
and secretary/treasurer
Marilyn Fuller.

derby will take place
prior to the game with
an entry fee of $10 per
person to participate.
Admission for spectators
that night is just $2, with
all proceeds benefiting
the local baseball and
softball program, which
soon will be sending its
all-star teams on the
District all-star con-
test begin with the Dixie

Youth T-ball team in
Fort Meade on June 11.
The girl's softball event
is scheduled June 18
in Frostproof, while
the pitching machine
boys team will travel to
Wahneta on that same
The major league boys
and minor league boys
squad will begin their
respective tournaments
on June 25 in Bartow.

Her mom assured her
she will be in good hands
with Coaches McKinney
and Richardson.
This trip will be many
first for Sydney. The first
time to fly, to walk on
the terrain of another
country, to lie down in a
bed half way around the
world from home and
not having her parents
there to watch and en-
courage her as she plays
her first international
Sydney said she will
take many pictures and
hopes they will be able
to show the games by
One of the goals Syd-
ney wants to accomplish
while she is there is to,
"Show them we have just
as much talent as they
do" and "To see if they
play the game the same

way we do". To Sydney
it's all about playing the
game. ,
Team America will be
training with the other
international teams
and then play three
days of games against
teams from Germany
and the Czech Republic.
The players from Team
America will be hosted
by local families, and in
their free time take tours
of the local countryside

and a 10 mile bicycle ride
through Munich.
The, cost of the trip is
$4,300. Total funds have
not been raised yet, but
Mrs. Jones said "This is
a once in a life time op-
portunity and we cannot
let it pass".
Any donations to help
her make this once in a
life time trip can be sent
to Sydney Jones, 88 ABC
Road, Lake Wales Florida


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Beans-n-Brushes opens for business

Entrepreneurs like
Keith Thompson keep on
getting more and more
creative in consolidat-
ing more than one store
theme. Beans-n-Brushes
is Thompson's latest
small business which
includes lattes, pottery
and gifts.
"We have combined
three different business
concepts at Beans-n-
Brushes which includes,
painting your own
pottery, children' retail
merchandise/ gifts and
a full service cafe," said
Thompson. The most
recent infused concept
has been the full service
cafe which has been
operating for the last
two weeks. "We are a
full service cafe serving
breakfast and lunch,"
said Thompson.
opens at.7 a.m. for
breakfast and some of
the "Food Art" items
include things like Panini
Pressed Breakfast Sand-
wiches, Quiche & Coffee
and Italian Breakfast
Pizza. "We will be add-
ing traditional breakfast
choices as well including
pancakes. Our best seller
right now is our Panini

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Beans-n-Brushes owner and
operator, Keith Thompson,
has recently opened the
cafe part of the store which
includes breakfast and lunch
but we also make a mean
eggs 'Beanedict'," said
The lunch menu
consists of various
sandwiches named after
famous artists like the
"Michelangelo" which
is shaved beef cooked
in Italian seasonings
topped with provolone
cheese served on a Ciab-
batta roll. "One of our
favorites is our 'Da Vinci'
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sandwich served with
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This little shop is a welcome addition to Historic Downtown
Lake Wales.

said Thompson.
The cafe's Barista
menu has things like
Espresso, Cappuccino,
Latte, Smoothies, French
Press Coffee, Hot Cocoa
with whipped cream and
free Internet.
The pottery section
also has a Beans-n-
Brushes Mug Club where
you buy and paint a
coffee mug of any shape
or size and your coffee
refills are only fifty cents
each time you refill your
mug. The cafe menu
also includes soups and
salads along with some

Lake Wales High School celebrates 120 seniors accepted either into college or into military C3;

Military and college-bound

LWHS seniors celebrate

Some happy Lake
Wales High seniors en-
joyed a special barbecue
lunch Friday, May 20, in
the new LWHS agricul-
ture facility. The party

celebrated the achieve-
ments of 120 students
who have been accepted
to colleges, universities
and the military.
About 300 seniors will

participate in the 2011
graduation at Bok Tower
This year's graduation
is set for 8:30 a.m. Satur-
day, June 4.

interesting desserts like
the Florida Sunshine
"Our Florida Sunshine
cake awakens your sens-
es with fresh squeezed
100% Florida orange
juice soaked into each
layer filled with fresh
orange mousse with but-
ter cream frosting," said

Thompson. The cafe will
also deliver in a five mile
There will be a Grand
Opening on Thursday
June 2, 2011 from 3 p.m.
until 8 p.m. including
ribbon cutting ceremony,
drawings for door prizes,
gift certificates, music,.
kids give-away, face
painting and much more
according to Thompson.
"The Grand Prize Give-

away will be a birthday
party for up to eight kids
which is a $150 value,"
said Thompson.
For more informa-
tion call (863) 676-8573.
The hours of operation
are Monday through
Thursday 7 a.m. until
5 p.m., Fridays 7 a.m.
until 9 p.m., and Satur-
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and If you would like to see your event listed on this page,
we can make it happen. Contact us at 863-676-3467

Saturday, May 28
Nature University: In-
tro to Amphibians at Bok
Tower Gardens
Celebrate the sounds
of summer with this
introduction to identi-
fying and locating our
local amphibians. Learn
where to find resources
for identifying frog and
toad calls, practice safe
handling techniques and
learn how your new skills
can benefit the scientific
community. Contact:
Lake Wales Car Show
Every fourth Saturday
of every month. Many
special events and prizes
for anniversary celebra-
tion. Free event for all,
music, kid zone, and
great cars!
Sunday, May 29
Free Tae Kwon Do at
Christ's Church
Tae Kwon Move Group
every Sunday night
from 7 to 8 p.m. at 2039
State Road 60 East in the
shopping plaza across
from Walmart. Contact
Rick McCoy at 863-632-
1781 or rlmccoy9383@
wildblue.net for more

Monday, May 30
Hope Hospice Grief
Support Groups
Hope Hospice Grief
Support Groups are free
and available to anyone
in the community who
has experienced the loss
of a loved one. Group
sessions last approxi-
mately one hour an are
moderated by a trained,
professional therapist
from Hope Hospice every
Monday at the Library
from 10:30 a.m. to 12
p.m. For more informa-
tion call 863-688-4715.
Alzheimer's Support
At the LW Library the
4th Monday of every
month from 1 to 3 p.m.
Call Larry Powell at
863-292-9210 for more
Relaxation Yoga
This twice-weekly class
is led by a Certified Yoga
Instructor each Monday
and Wednesday, 5:30
to 6:45 p.m. in the Lake
Wales Public Library's
Meeting Room. Wear
loose-fitting clothing and

bring water if desired.
Class fees are $10 per
week, $32 for 4 weeks
or $60 for 8 weeks of
instruction. (All fees are
collected by the City of
Lake Wales Recreation
Class fees should be
paid at the City of Lake
Wales Cashier's Office,
201 West Central Av-
enue, LW. Cash, checks
or major credit cards are
accepted. Fees may be
paid by cash or check at
the class. Credit cards
are only accepted at
Cashier's Office. Call the
LW Public Library for
payment or location in-
formation, 863-678-4004,
ext. 221.
Tuesday, May 31
Grief Support Group
Suzy Soliday, Good
Shepherd Hospice Grief
Support Facilitator, Sup-
port Group Meets Last
Tuesday of Every Month
10:30 a.m. Noon Water's
Edge of Lake Wales, 10
Grove Avenue West, Lake
Wales FL 33853 For more
information, call Char-
maine Waldrop, Director
of Health and Wellness
863.678.6800, ext. 414.


If you are looking for
something fun to do, why
not come to the Lake
Wales Car Show to be
held this Saturday? See
Community Calendar for

to the Car Show

Catching eyes at April's Lake Wales Car Show was this 35 Dodge
Humpback Delivery, owned by Art Martin.

Night of Stars shines on LWHS seniors

Lake Wales High School and the
Lake Wales Academic Foundation
honored 34 outstanding students
at the Ninth Annual "Night of
Stars" event on Wednesday, May
Students honored were Kay-
lynn Bowen, Derek Bornemann,
Maggie Nelson, Carter Ullman,
Amber Ullman, Hunter Jackson,
Connor Cash, Heath Williams,
Timmy Mooney, Taylor Snowden,
Kristiana Heath, Damonesha
Sanchious, Taylor Sweet, Patrick
Collins, James Hignight, Andrea
Nunez, Angel Sappington, Shanna
Nations, Austin Hicks, Christina
Vick, Hector Cano-Garcia, Jeremy
Smith, Kaitlyn Pooser, Hannah
Estes, Haley McCollough, Chelsea
Herman, Brooke Shelton, David
Perez, Gary Gethmann, Christo-
pher Dawson, Hunter Massey,
E'Shan Johnson, Gerardo Dudamel
and Tanner Mathewson.
To qualify for Night of Stars,
a LWHS graduating senior must
have at least 970 or 20 on SAT/
ACT college entrance exam; 3.5
unweighted or 3.7 weighted grade


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The 34 students recognized this
year was a record number. In 2010,
only 13 students qualified for the
The annual Night of Stars dinner
and program is hosted by Webber
International University. Guest
speakers were Tammy Atmore, a

1990 LWHS graduate, and LWHS
teacher Dena Elmore.
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and recruits sponsors to under-
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Frostproof News Page 9A

Mav 28. 2011


George T. Carter

George T. Carter of Lake
Wales passed away Thurs-
day, May 26, 2011 at the
(roves Center. He was 97.
Hle was born on Septem-
ber 25, 1913 in Jackson
County, Fla. He moved to
Lake Wales in the 1920s to
work in the citrus indus-
try. He was a veteran of
the U.S. Army, serving in
World War II, and he was
a Charter member of the
Central Avenue Baptist
Church where he served
as a Deacon for many
, Mr. Carter was preced-
ed in death by his mother,
Mattie Lee Carter;
brother, W.H. (Slim)
Couliette; and sisters, Ed-
die Lee Owens and Mrs.

C.E Dicks. He is survived
by nieces, Edna E. Blair
of Lake Wales and Edna
Lanier of Jacksonville;
and nephew, T.J. Owens
of Arlington, Texas.
He was a man of integ-
rity, greatly devoted to his
family and many friends.
Funeral services will be
2 p.m. Wednesday, June
1., 2011, at the Marion
Nelson Funeral Home,
with visitation from 1-2
p.m. Interment will follow
at the Lake Wales Cem-
etery. Condolences may
be sent to the family at
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home is in charge of ar-

Helen Walde Brennan

Helen Walde Brennan
passed away peacefully
25 May 2011, with her son
and daughter-in-law at
her side.
Helen was born in 1915
in Chicago, Ill. In 1925,
the family moved to Lake
Wales, where she attend-
ed and graduated from
Lake Wales H.S. She was a
graduate of Florida State
College for Women (to-
day's FSU) and received
her BA in 1938. Her
studies included Spanish,
French, English, speech
and education. She,was
also known for her award
winning photography and
her beautiful poetry.
* Growing up, her sum-
mers were spent in Day-
tona Beach, where she
met her future husband
Joseph Brennan, who
predeceased her. He in-
troduced Helen to sailing
on the Halifax River and
car racing on the original
Daytona Beach track. In
the years that followed,
they traveled the globe
with their son, James.
They resided in Saudi
Arabia, with extended
stays in Egypt. Based on
her in-depth knowledge
of foreign cultures, she


Alexander, Jr.

Charles Alexander, Jr.
59, Marietta, Ga. died
Thursday May 26, 2011.
He was the son of Anne
and Charles Alexander Sr.
Hazel Evans

Hazel Evans of Babson
Park passed away Tues-
day, May 24, 2011. She
was 90. Marion Nelson
Funeral Home in Lake
Wales is handling the ar-

later introduced them to
her students at Gratigny
Elementary in North
Helen was an avid
reader, who also enjoyed
all types of mental and
math puzzles. She loved
,going to art shows, plays,
poetry readings and
lectures. As a 35-year
resident of Summerland
Key, Fla., she was active
in many civic, and social
clubs in the Keys and was
considered the life of any
gathering. With wit and
humor, she could bring
smiles to most everyone.
Helen in survived by
her loving son, James R.
(Marie Vacca); grandson,
Christopher (Jeannette);
two great grandchildren,
Julian and Caden and
nephew, Robert Wheldon,
Helen lived her life the
way she wanted, enjoying
every sunset across the
water to the fullest.
In lieu of flowers, con-
tributions may be made
in her memory to the Big
Pine Key Library Fund,
for the purchase of books,
at 213 Key Deer Blvd., Big
Pine Key, FL 33043 (305)
872-0992 or to St. Peter's
Education Fund at 31300
Overseas Highway, Big
Pine Key, FL 33042
At a later date, there
will be memorial Masses
celebrated at St. Peter
Catholic Church, Big Pine
Key, FL and St. Augustine
Catholic Church, Coral
Gables, FL
Stanfill Funeral Home
in Miami is in charge of

Betty Jean

Betty Jean Parker of
Frostproof passed away
Friday, May 20, 2011, at
the Lake Wales Medical
Center. She was 90. Mari-
on Nelson Funeral Home
of Lake Wales is handling
the arrangements.

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fire hydrants within the water system. The Water
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tinue until all the hydrants in the City's water sys-
tem have been flow tested. Flow testing will be
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Lake Wales Police Department Citizens Academy

Chief Christopher
Velasquez and the Lake
Wales Police Department
Citizens Academy gradu-
ated seven on May 24.
The five-session pro-
gram offers citizens an
opportunity to familiar-
ize themselves with the
police department on
topics such as the history
of policing and structure
of the police department,
police use of force and
equipment familiariza-
tion, the investigative
process and crime scene,
and narcotic investiga-
tions along with high
liability topics includ-
ing SWAT and vehicle
Instructors were
Captain Patrick Quinn,
Sergeant David Black,
Detective Ivelisse Rodri-
guez, Detective Sergeant
Mark Stroup, and Ser-
geant Nick Crosby.
The next Citizens
Academy will be held in

Introducing the graduates of the Citizens Academy, sponsored by the Lake Wales Police Depart-
ment. Receiving certificates of completion from the Lake Wales Police Department Citizens
Academy. (from left) are: front graduates Wilena Vreeland, Katherine Martin, Markais Neal, and
Barbara Lepree; back Captain Patrick Quinn, graduate Terry Loyd, Sergeant David Black, gradu-
ates Brian Lepree and Chris Arvanites, and Chief Velasquez.

Applications will be
available in September.

Space is limited.
For more information,
contact Jessica Thomp-

son at 678-4223, ext. 254
or jthompson@cityo-

Summer Fun at Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens has
new events for the whole
family throughout the
summer. On Wednesdays,
June 15 through July 27
from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.,
children age 5 to 12 can
participate in Discovery
Days. Children will expe-
rience the joy of learning
through play with themes
including outdoor play,
art projects, nature walks
and environmental top-
ics. The cost is $10 per
class or $55 for all six
classes (no class June 22).
One free adult per regis-
tered child. Reservations
required. Email pro-
org or call (863) 734-1222.
Tickets are now avail-
able for the Live at the
Gardens concert series.
Upcoming concerts are
The Porchdogs on June
25, The Repeatles on July
23, Garrison Doles on
Aug. 27 and Victoria de
Lissovoy on Sept. 24. Con-
certs begin at 7:30 p.m.
Individual Live at the Gar-
dens concert tickets are
$20 with a 10 percent dis-

count for members. Early
reservations are encour-
aged. An optional prepaid
dinner will be served at
the Blue Palmetto Cafe at
5:45 p.m. Purchase tickets'
online at www.boktower-
gardens.org/tickets or call
On Thursday, June 16
through Aug. 18 at 10:30
a.m., family-friendly
films will be shown in the
Visitor Center. The sum-
mer film series includes
"Nova: Hunt for the
Supertwister," "The Cat
in the Hat Knows a Lo"
and "Islands in Time."
Included with Gardens
On Friday, June 17
through Aug. 19 from 10
a.m. to noon, local envi-
ronmentail organizations
will offer demonstrations,
materials and activities to
showcase the unique eco-
system of the Lake Wales
Ridge and conservation
efforts. Included with
Gardens admission.
On Father's Day, June
19, bring the special
dad in your life to picnic

Hillcrest starts Highlander
4-H for local students
Hillcrest Elementary
is starting a Highlander .- -
4-H club for Lake Wales
area students. Nearly
40 students came to a
meeting in mid May with ,
local 4-H agent Nicole
Walker (pictured) and
Hillcrest teachers Bran-
nan Lawson and Nicole '
Goodman, who will help
organize the group. !
The next meeting will ....
be 6 p.m. Thursday, June P OTO PROVIDED
2 at Hillcrest Elementary. PHOTO PROVIDED
Students ages 5-18 are Hillcrest Elementary is
welcome to attend. starting a Highlander 4-H club
for Lake Wales area students.
Nearly 40 students came to a
meeting on May 16.

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to celebrate Bring Your
Own Picnic Day. Find a
peaceful spot, spread out
a blanket and relax to the
sounds of the carillon. Fa-
thers receive free Gardens
Aug. 3 and 17, artists
are invited to paint, draw
and create in the Gardens
free of charge during
Plein Air Days. Children
12 and under can receive
a free watercolor kit at
the Visitor Center. Art-
ists receive free Gardens
On Aug. 6, celebrate
Dog Day of Summer.
Leashed and friendly
dogs are invited to visit
.the Gardens on this one
.special day. Dog groom -.
ing tips, health, safety
and adoption information
will be available from 9
a.m. to noon, along with
Ask a Vet, training special-
ists and doggie boutique
items for sale.
All dogs must be on a
leash, get along well with
others and owners must
dispose of pet waste.
Dog admission, which
includes a doggie gift
bag is $5 per dog, with 50
percent of the proceeds
going to the Humane
Society of Polk County.

Regular human admis-
sion rates apply.
From June 1 through
August 31, the Gardens
will be featuring a Kids'
Photography Contest.
Upload photos of unique
and beautiful sights in the
Gardens to www.boktow-
Weekly winners will be
posted on the Gardens'
Facebook page.
Beginning June 1
through Sept. 30, Florida
residents will receive
$2 off the regular gate
admission of $10 and mo-
torcyclists will receive the
"Bike to Bok" buy one-get
one free admission. Free
admission will be pro-
vided on birthdays with
yalid identification; .fretpe
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to all branches of the mil-
itary, active, retired and
disabled veterans with
. valid ID on Memorial Day
and the Fourth of July,
and grandparents will
receive free admission on
Sept.11, Grandparent's
Day. Summer specials do
not include admission to
Pinewood Estate and can-
not be combined with the
annual AAA Show Your
Card and Save 20 percent
discount or any other
special offers.



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Peace River Basin Board being eliminated

Swiftmud votes to disband seven volunteer basin boards


In a move they said
was dictated from Tal-
lahassee, Southwest Flor-
ida Water Management
District board members
voted Tuesday to get
rid of seven volunteer
boards that help with
everything from restoring
Tampa Bay to planning
for future water needs.
The seven basin
boards, including the
Peace River Basin Board
that covers Polk County,
had their own budgets
and taxes, and some had
been around longer than
the water district itself.
But as of May 31, they
will all be gone.
The proposal to dis-
band all the basin boards
wasn't on the meeting
agenda posted online,
according to Todd Press-
man, the district board
member who cast the
lone vote against. In-
stead, it came up during
a discussion of ways to
cut the budget.
But the leaders of the
state agency commonly
known as Swiftmud were
well aware this was com-
ing, Pressman said, and
that it was being pushed
by Gov. Rick Scott and
his staff.
"It's been in the works
from Tallahassee for
a few months," said
Pressman, a Clearwater
political consultant and
chairman of the Pinellas-
Anclote River Basin

Pressman said he
opposed the change
because no one seemed
to know who would take
over the basin boards'
The Swiftmud member
who made the motion
to eliminate the basin
boards, Neil Combee,
agreed that the word
came from Scott's staff to
get rid of.them.
"Their belief is that
it will help streamline
things and remove a
layer of government,"
Combee, a former Polk
County commissioner
and a co-chairman of the
Peace River Basin Board,
said. He said he agreed
with Scott's staff that
"times have changed"
and the basin boards
were no longer neces-
As a former basin
board member, Combee
said, he became con-
vinced that the Swiftmud
board itself can do the
basin boards' job, cutting
out a layer of bureau-
Neither the basin
board members nor the
governing board mem-
bers are paid, but the
staff estimated that elim-
inating the basin boards
would "save $350,000 to
$400,000 annually," said
Swiftmud spokeswoman
Robyn Felix.
Swiftmud is facing
a major cash crunch
because the governor
and Legislature ordered
it to cut its taxes by 36
percent this year more

than any of the other five
state water districts, said
Among the negatives
listed by the Swiftmud
staff in a memo on
eliminating the basin
boards: "Removes local
representation for local
expenditure of local
taxes." Among the pros:
"Quick, clean and carries
out the direction from
the governor and Depart-
ment of Environmental
The DEP did not
respond to a request for
In 2010 the Peace
River Basin Board in Polk
County provided flood
protection by making a
treatment facility at Lake
Hollingsworth in Lake-
land, a system retrofit at
Lake Gibson in Lakeland
and made repairs at Lake
Annie near Winter Haven
where the berm was
damaged during the 2004
hurricane season.
The basin boards were
set up to cover sections
of Swiftmud's 16-county
region, stretching from
Levy and Marion coun-
ties in the north to
Charlotte County in the
south and to Polk in the
east. Each region covers
the watershed or drain-
age basin for one of the
waterways in that area.
The governor appoints
the basin board mem-
bers, who are confirmed
by the state Senate.
However, in recent years
the appointment process
has lagged, to the point

where some boards were
unable to get a quo-
rum for legal meetings,
Combee said.
Each basin board has
the power to levy up
to 50 cents in taxes for
every $1,000 of property
value, and the money
can be spent only within
that basin. Basin board
tax money helped pay for
such projects as Tampa
Bay Water's desalination
Gerald Seeber, gen-
eral manager of Tampa
Bay Water, worried that
without the basin boards
and their taxes, "fewer
dollars will be available
around the region to city
and county government
for new water supply
However, since the
utility isn't planning to
build anything else for a
while, Seeber said, "the
impact will not be real-
ized at our agency for
several years."
The basin boards
would have had $40 mil-
lion to spend in 2012, Fe-
lix said. That money will
now be handed out by
the Swiftmud board in-
stead, she said, although
how that will work has
yet to be determined.
The Peace River Basin
Board boundaries span
3,078 square miles in
Polk, Hardee, Highlands,
DeSoto and Charlotte
counties. In Polk it covers
969 square miles.
"The basin boards
are not a duplication"
of what the governing

board does, Pressman
said. He said he has
heard intense opposi-
tion to their elimination
from local government

officials throughout
the region, but it was
outweighed by political
pressure from Tallahas-

Tornado concert turnout low; second one Saturday

Although the turnoutto the
benefit gospel concert held May 21
at Haines City Church of God to
raise money to benefit storm and
tornado victims did not pro-
duce a larger than hoped-for at-
tendance, promoter Richard Smith
deemed it a success.
"It was great, because although
there were only about 103 peo-
ple (who attended), we raised
$1,403.13," he said.
But, Smith's still going to try to
help the tornado victims from the
April 28 storms. There is another
gospel concert scheduled at 6
p.m., Saturday, May 28, at Turn-
ing Point Worship Center, 1400
E. Georgia St., Bartow. Scheduled
entertainers will be The Bob Suter
Band, Rod Bostic, Obadiah and

Smith got the idea for the shows
to help the victims last month
after seeing the devastation on
television and on the Internet. The
destruction left tears in his eyes,
he said. One of the towns in Ala-
bama Concord was the town
he grew up in.
Smith said his brother told him
that mail found on the ground
there that was supposed to be in
Smith said it took about a week
for him to locate his aunt, who
was rescued from her house by
a friend who'd taken her in. The
house wasn't destroyed, but it is
Elsewhere In Concord, Randy
Guyton's family got a phone call
from a friend warning them to take
cover. They rushed to the base-
ment garage, piled into a Honda
Ridgeline (a mid-size sports utility

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vehicle) and listened to the roar as
the twister devoured the house in
seconds. Afterward, they could see
outside through the shards of their
home and scrambled out.
"The whole house caved in on
top of that car," he said. "Other
than my boy screaming to the Lord
to save us, being in that car is what
saved us."'
Guyton's son, Justin, 22, remem-
bered the dingy, white cloud mov-
ing quickly toward the house.
"To me it sounded like destruc-
tion," he said. "It was a mean,
mean roar. It was awful."
The concert Saturday is free, but
a love offering will be accepted
for the fund. Those who cannot
attend the show and want to make
a donation could contact him at
'943-4173, or 430-2410, or e-mail
him at bamaboyrichl@yahoo.com.

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Shekinah Knights took to the stage following Amanda Massey's PHOTO BY DONNA LONG SMITH
set. Also on the bill was Crimson Flow.


Souls Afire were second to perform, after Amanda Massey, who had opened the concert.

Amanda Massey was one of the headliners at the gospel

Memorial Day closings

Here are the closings
for Monday, May 29.

BOCC office is
The Polk County
Courthouse is closed.
Parks and Recre-
ation is closed. While
all parks and recreation
areas will be open,
Port Hatchineha will
be closed from May
31-June 30, for replace-
Garbage collection,
will be pushed back one
day; in other words,
Monday collection is
Tuesday, Tuesday is
on Wednesday, and so
The Polk County
Historical Museum is
closed Monday.
Polk County Schools
is closed and all public
schools are closed.
City Hall will be
Library is closed
There will be no gar-
bage collection Monday.
However, garbage nor-
mally collected Monday
will be collected Tues-

day. Garbage collected
Tuesday is Wednesday.
No yard waste will be
collected Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday
collection remains un-
changed. The pool does
not open until June 10,
the day after school lets
Fort Meade
City Hall is closed.
Garbage collection
will be pushed back one
City Hall is closed.
Garbage pickup nor-
mally pickup on Friday
will be on Saturday.
Lake Wales
City Hall is closed.
Library is closed
Garbage collection
will be pushed back one
Other places
The Post Office is
Most banks are
closed. Call your branch
for details.
Business offices of
the The Polk County
Democrat, Lake Wales
News, Fort Meade
Leader and Frostproof
News are closed.

Swiftmud's longtime

chief resigns
By CRAIG PITTMAN ecutive directors to quit.
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES The first, Carol Wehle,
abruptly resigned in
The longtime ex- April after six years on
ecutive director of the the job. Wehle was paid
Southwest Florida Water $200,000 a year to lead
Management District that 1,700-employee
has resigned, lead- agency.
ing to questions about Scott sought to cut by
whether Gov. Rick Scott 25 percent the budgets
is pushing out the direc- of the state's five water
tors of all five of the management districts,
state water districts, which regulate every
Dave Moore, 54, aspect of water use,
did not give a specific from utility pumping to
reason for his depar- wetlands development,
ture in his resignation around the state.
letter, which he sent to But Moore said that
the governor and his Scott's push to remake
board members at 9 the water districts
a.m. Thursday. He did "didn't factor into my
not specify his last day, decision. You just come
instead offering to stay to the point where it's
in the $194,875-a-year time to leave."
job for several months Choosing his replace-
until a replacement is ment could take some
hired, time.
There "may have been "Over the next few
a suggestion" from Tal- weeks, we will be de-
lahassee Moore should termining what process
quit, said Ronald Oak-, we will follow in making
ley, the water district's this important selec-
chairman for the past tiqn," Swiftmud's new
year. chairman, H. Paul Senft,
Moore, who has run wrote in a memo sent
the agency since 2003, to the rest of the board
is the second of the five Thursday.
water management ex-

May 28, 2011

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Pare 12A Frostoroof News May 28, 2011

Highlander Football wraps up spring

with win over Thunder


Welcome to a new era
of Lake Wales Football.
As spring football
comes to a close for this
new Highlander squad,
positive things are brew-
ing for the upcoming
season. Lake Wales trav-
eled to Lake Region High
School this past Thurs-
day Night in their annual
Spring Jamboree where
they put up 21 points in
the first half to get past
the Thunder by the score
of 21-3.
The last couple of
seasons, we have all
watched the air attack
and passing game by
Justin Shafer, but for
this past spring game
the points were put on
the board by the ground
game. This coming sea-
son the run game will be
led by upcoming juniors
Jonte Sergeant, and
David Jones.
"In the first series of
plays, Lake Wales took
control at the Lake
Region 35. Sergeant was
the first back to pick up
yardage, a 10 yard pick
up on the very first play,
which gave the visi-
tors an early first down.
Roland Milligan took
snaps under center on
the drive where his first
pass out of the pocket fell
incomplete to Christian
Blocker, but again it was
the ground attack that
moved the ball. This time

it was Jones who picked
up eight yards. Lake
Wales needed two yards
for the first down on the
19 yard line, but another
bang up the middle by
Sergeant moved the ball
10 more yards. With the
ball lying inside the 10
yard line, two more plays
gave the Highlanders the
first points on the board.
Sergeant plunged in from
two yards out for the
score. Tate Mathewson's
kick was good with 10:40
left with Lake Wales lead-
ing 7-0.
Defensively, Lake Wales
was upfront and physi-
cal as they shut out Lake
Region. The only points'
for the hosts came 10
seconds before the half
came to a close. A defen-
sive interception by the
Thunder set up an easy
field goal for their only
three points in the con-
test. Eddie Chadwick,
Deshaun Dunn, Mil-
ligan, Ladaran Wilson,
and Jones all made huge
plays on the defensive
Another bright spot is
upcoming junior Tate
Mathewson, who takes
over the kicking role
from Marcelo Bonani.
All of his kickoffs rolled
inside the five yard line
with one sailing into the
end zone for a touch-
back. But in the spring
both teams started at the
35 yard line.
No points came across
in the second series but

in the third series with
Milligan under center the
ball was again moving on
the ground after a sack.
Jones picked up the first
down and took it all the
way down to the 25 yard
line with 5:35 left to play
in the half. That's where
Sergeant picked up the
rest and put Lake Wales
around the three yard
line. With the 22 yard
pick up, Jones capped
the drive with the touch-
down to put Lake Wales
up 14-0.
One more score came
for Lake Wales after Lake
Region went three and
out on their next drive.
The drive started with
a pass from upcoming
sophomore Railond Gar-
rett to Lamar Welch on
the Lake Region sideline.
But a Lake Wales penalty
wiped out the positive
But again it was Jones
that pounded the foot-
ball right up the middle
to get eight of the yards
Sergeant picked up a
huge first down after the
incomplete pass. Lake
Wales lost. control of
the football a couple of
plays later, but on Lake
Region's first play from
scrimmage it went back
to the visitors after they
coughed up the f6ot-
' ball on the i'uilnd. It
was picked y Ton .
Reeves and took all the
way to the house for the
final score of the half for

the Highlanders.
The third quarter was
played junior varsity style
as they got some time
under the lights, as the
quarter was played with
a running clock.
Scattered thunder-
storms approached the
fourth quarter as the
Varsity squads suited up

again to take the field
where officials finally
waved off the rest of the
Well for this year's
upcoming squad,
things will look a little
bit different size-wise
and different offensive
approach will be used to
suit the incoming team.

But things are looking
' positive for many juniors
and seniors as spring has
come to a close.
As fans the only thing
one can do is to wait and
see how things will shape
up as the first game will
come against Kathleen,
August 26 in the Kickoff

Way to go, Mini Minor

Champions of the Year

Pitfing the I16 1 Lake Wales Little Leaguq, ini Minor first place tearg,.Don Osbon Construc-
tion. Back row (I to r): Andrew Daly, Mason Plescher, Kenyon Culver, Landon Joiner, MikeyWt,
Mason Hixenbaugh, Nelson Zenteno, Cole Hixenbaugh. Front row (I to r): Caleb Hauss, Jackson
Weeks, Devin Hardy, and Luke Pike. Coaches on the back row from left to right are Travis Pike and
PJ Lewis.

Give credit to those who love the

Sports fans, we have gathered here
today to pay homage to all the sports
games that have taken place this week.
If you love the game, then this is the
perfect place for you to be. It's Me-
morial weekend, the perfect time for ,
barbeque sauce, grilling out and sports.
Let's kick our weekend off right.
Break out the bells and whistles,
soccer's up first. The Lake Wales Soc-
cer Club has had an amazing 3 vs. 3
competitive season. Even though the
season recently ended, there are still
loads of things that will be happening.
Fall competitive try outs and recreation
registration begin on Tuesday, May 31
and Thursday, June 2. The try outs will
take place at the Lake Wales soccer
With summer on the horizon, youth
sports groups are forming all over the
place. The Lake Wales Gators will be
taking signups for youth football and
cheerleading for ages 5-14 years old
and for students up to the ninth grade.
Sign-ups for the 2011 season have

started at American Insurance in Lake
Wales, come one, come all.
All about Bok Academy: the Knights
are wrapping up spring season sports.
This past week.they competed in a ten-
nis match and track and field compe-
tition. The teams have been working
very hard at athletics as well as aca-
demics, which ignites this school with a
fuel that's a cut above the rest. Hats off
to Bok Academy.
Up next is basketball. This sport has
been heating up around the Lake Wales
area. Kirkland Gym facilitates the
Heartland Prowl Semi-Pro Basketball

League every Wednesday. The league is
coached by Levi Williams and assisted
by Fige Williams and Lawrence Mcrae.
The team has had much success;
they are currently ranked 4-0 and
remain undefeated. In 2009, the league
started in Georgia. It was originally
called the Georgia Prowl, but changed
its name in 2010 to the Heartland
Prowl. The Prowl is part of the Conten-
tial Basketball League, the (CBL). The
team plays in the Southeastern Divi-
sion, their league prides itself on their
ability to offer people the opportunity
to watch semi-pro basketball at reason-
able prices and allow college athletes to
continue their careers in basketball.
The league is home to athletes from
all over Florida. Athletes who play in
the league also come from colleges
around the area such as Warner Uni-
versity and Webber University. The
league has been successful in helping
athletes further their basketball career
with overseas basketball. Two athletes
who recently decided to play overseas


on the league are Jordan Prais who
will be playing in France and Jermey
Schreiber who will head off to play in
Italy on June 3.
Team participates on the league in-
clude: Jermey Schreiber, Tyrell Harper,
Junior Geidi, Michael Floyd, Deondra
Clark, Errol Porteous, Jumane Reeve,
Allen Keen, Julius Williams, Jordan
Prais, Derell Henderson, Jovonni
Shuler, Antwan Harris.
The team will play against the Port
City Sharks this Sunday at Webber
University tip off will start at 5:30 p.m.
sharp. Come out and watch some bas-
That is all for this week in sports.
Athletes, parents, coaches and fans, I
leave you with a quote:

"Enjoying success requires the ability
to adapt. Only by being open to change
will you have a true opportunity to get
the most from your talent."

- Nolan Ryan

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Men are Not Born, Men are Made

Striving to be a man!
Not just any kind of man,
but a Man of God! Re-
corded in Genesis 25:21
- 24 we get a glimpse of
the struggle required to
produce a Man of God
as it states "And Isaac
intreated the Lord for his
wife, because she was
barren: and the Lord was
intreated of him, and
Rebekah his wife con-
ceived. And the children
struggled together within
her; and she said, 'If it be
so, why am I thus?' And
she went to inquire of the
Lord. And the Lord said
unto her, 'Two nations
are in thy womb, and
two manner of people
shall be separated from
thy bowels; and the one
people shall be stronger
than the other people;
and the elder shall serve
the younger.' And when
her days to be delivered
were fulfilled, behold,,
there were twins in her
womb." Here we find the
unborn children, Esau
and Jacob as they strive
against each other even
prior to their birth. Both
strived to be born first
and prevail against the
other but only one can
be first and only one can
prevail. Pulling from our
scriptural example, the
key phrase is found in
Gen. 25:27 when it states
"And the boys grew." As
Esau and Jacob grew,
there were unique and
defining characteristics
that began to develop in
their lives. Esau became
known as a cunning
hunter, while Jacob
became known as a plain
man dwelling in tents.
While these character-
istics may not seem so
important, it's how their
days were spent that per-
sonified who they were.
Esau loved to spend his
time in the world pursu-

Sermon of the Week
Rev. Stephen F. Reed
Pentecostals of
Lake Wales

ing vein attempts that
only produced weariness
to the point that even his
inheritance meant noth-
ing to him and gave it all
away for one pot of por-
ridge. Meanwhile, Jacob
remained in his father's
house enduring all of the
internal conflict brought
about by the preference
his father had for his
older brother Esau. Just
as two children strove to
be born, inside the heart
of every male individual
strives two types of men
to prevail in your life. For
Jacob, he never gave up
striving to be a blessed
Man of God. From the
time of his birth he was
seen fighting in the
womb as-he reached and
took hold of Esau's heel.
The heel of a person
represents the power and
authority of which they
possess over those that
are under them as can be
seen in the first Messi-
anic prophecy. Gen. 3:15
states that the heel of our
Messiah, Jesus Christ,
would be bruised in His
striving for superiority
over his enemy, the devil.
This striving resulted
in Jesus Christ being
the head of the church
possessing all power in
heaven and earth. In es-
sence, in order to prevail,
one must strive by taking
hold of the very source
of that which oppresses
and seeks to prevail over
us. This was a charac-
teristic not only seen in
Jacob's birth and the days
of his childhood, but as
he grew into adulthood
as well. Genesis 32 tells
of Jacob's adult life when

he was left alone and
wrestled with a man all
night long. During this
encounter Jacob took
hold of the very object
and source that sought to
prevail against him. The
long night and weariness
of wrestling resulted in
the opposition recogniz-
ing that He could not
prevail against Jacob.
The resulting testimony
of God regarding Jacob
was "Thy name shall be
called no more Jacob,
but Israel: for as a prince
hast thou power with
God and with men, and
hast prevailed." Oh, how
sweet the sound! I have
prevailed against that
which opposes me! I
have prevailed! I have
prevailed! I have pre-
vailed! Can you imagine
iat that moment? From
the time of the wrestling
/ in his mother's womb
with his sibling, through
the internal battles
caused by his father's
preference for Esau,
through the long weary
night of wrestling all
alone, Jacob finally hears
"You have prevailed and
become a Man of God."
What a salutation! The
God of glory recogniz-
ing that striving against
adversity had grown a
person to the place to
receive recognition as a
Man of God. Oh, how
every male should desire
to achieve that high
recognition of God. Oh,
to be a Man of God. It
is with this understand-
ing that one can say,
"men are not born, men
are made." And while
Jacob had to strive all his
infant, childhood and
young adult life, it was
that striving that made
him a Man of God. The
difficulties and striv-
ings in our life are not
our enemy. Satan is our

enemy. Difficulties and
strivings of life are our
friends. It is these very
moments of opposition,
challenge, and weariness
that produce within us
the strength to ultimately
prevail. Remember,
adulthood is not a right
of passage to manhood.
It's not the age of the
person that determines if
he is a man but rather his
ability to prevail against
opposition. For these
reasons, a male must
determine what type of a
man he wants to become
and endeavor to become
that man every day. The,
choices are either one
becomes a Man of God
that embraces difficulties
or a man of the world
that seeks to appease the
yearnings and desires
of the flesh. Men of God
choose to strive against
and prevail over those
things that seek to define
us as being less than the
man God desires us to
be. Retreat, run, sur-
render, give-up, give-in
and such like are not an
option for a Man of God.
Responsibility. Account-
ability. Strength. Honor.
These are words that
begin to describe the
characteristics of a Man
of God. It's this internal
conviction, that regard-
less of how tired we may
be we. get up and go to
work to provide for our
families. And regardless
of how tired we are when
we come home from
work, church attendance
is never an "option." As
for me and my house,
saith the Man of God, we
will serve the Lord. Yes,
we're going to church
every time the doors are
open, the Man of God
tells his family. The Man
of God leads his family
in worship and likewise,
Men of God lead the

church in worship. Men
of God give financially
and sacrificially to the
work of God, knowing
that the work of God
invests in us and likewise
we invest in it. Men of
God love their families
and nothing takes pre-
cedence over them. We
hold our wives tight, love
them strong and provide
for their ever need as
Christ loved the church
and gave himself for it.
Men of God are clad as a
warrior in sacrifice, hard
work and perseverance.
Love with the strength of
all ages and tender as the
leaf of a flower. Men of
God, that's who we are.
So, don't despise your
dark hours or difficult
days. It's the compound-
ing effect of these
challenging events that
makes us men. Strong

men. God's men. Men of
God who can be used in
Men's Ministry.
Rev. Stephen E Reed
is Senior Pastor at The
Pentecostals of Lake
Wales and currently
serves as the Assistant
District Superintendent
in the state of Florida
for the Assemblies of the
Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor
Reed can be contacted at

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