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Frostproof News

Frostproof's Hometown News for oX 117"007 FOLRIISTO

Volume 91 Number 49

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Copyright 2011 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.

6, including city employee, charged in gas theft

About $1,650 in fuel stolen according to sheriff's report

By BRIAN ACKLEY Company on County Road


Six Frostproof men, including a
21-year old city worker, were arrested
Monday and charged in connection
with stealing about $1,650 in gasoline,
according to the Polk County Sherriff's
According-to police reports, on or
about June 1, Frostproof City employee
Christopher Vargas, of 108 SW 8th
Court, Frostproof, unlawfully obtained
City of Frostproof gas card.
Without the permission and knowl-
edge of the city, police said, Vargas be-
gan using the fuel card to put gas in his
personal vehicle at the Frostproof Oil

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630. Between the time
the card was obtained and
June 17, Vargas and five
co-defendants used the
fuel card numerous times,
depriving the city $1,650,
police said.
Vargas was arrested and

Jarrod Lee

charged with scheming to
defraud, fraudulent use
of a credit card, dealing in
stolen property, destroying
or tampering with evi-
dence and petit theft.
Also arrested:
26-year-old Gary Alex- Jerel Lance
ander Pruitt Jr. of 697 Keen rumbly

Southern California cornerback Nickell Robey, right, intercepts a pass intended for UCLA wide receiver Randall Ca
during the second half of an NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., last December.

Robey hopes to learn from freshman y

Former Frostproof standout wants to 'shoot for the sta

To reach the pinnacle of suc-
cess, humility is an essential
trait. Realizing you don't know
everything can lead you, possibly,
to learning more than you ever
Last year, Nickell Robey trav-
eled across the coast to enroll at
USC. He knew he was skilled, was

able to play right away, but he
also knew he didn't know every-
"Ifyou didn't ask questions
how would you even understand
this game?" Robey said.
So the cornerback asked ques-
tions. Sure he asked his coaches
where to line up, his teammates
how to play the zone in a Cover 2
(his high school ran a 3-3-5), but
he asked opposing cornerback

Shareece Wright, a recent
pick of the San Diego Che
about the intangibles.
"Coming in I just really
be around (Wright) a lot,
said. "If he wouldn't have
here I don't know if I wou
starting. He was key for n
cause I really used him th
way I could."

Road, Frostproof. Pruitt
was charged with four
counts of dealing in stolen
property and four counts
of petit theft.
17-year-old Justin Kyle
Pruitt of 202 Brooks Road,
Frostproof. He was chargedClinton
with three counts of petit Underwood
theft and three counts of
dealing in stolen property.
Justin is Gary's younger
brother, police indicated.
25-year-old Clinton
Andrew Underwood of
792 First Ave., Frostproof.
Underwood was charged Gary Pruitt, Jr.
with fraudulent use of


credit card, dealing in stolen
property, scheme to de-
fraud, destroy/tamper with
evidence and six counts of
petit theft.
25-year-old Jarrod Witt
Lee of 233 Raymond Ave.,
Frostproof. Lee is charged
with dealing in stolen and
petit theft.
33-year-old Jerel Lance
Crumbly of CR 630 West,
Frostproof. Crumbly is
charged with scheme to
defraud, five counts petit
theft, destroy/tamper with

Justin Pruitt
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1 Traffic wreck claims

Lake Wales teen

Frostproof teen is seriously
injured, but released from hospital
By all accounts, Katlyn Gilbert was a happy, giving teenager,
who made friends everywhere she went.
Katlyn, daughter of Roland and Donna Gilbert, passed
away Monday from injuries she sustained from a single car
crash that occurred Saturday night on County Road 640. A
Frostproof teen was also seriously
injured, as were three other occupants
in the vehicle. She was a front-seat
passenger in the 2005 Chevy Trail-
AP PHOTOblazer
Two of the crash victims, driver
rroll Sarah Carroll and passenger Robert
Kuykendall of Frostproof, have been

rs Regional, three by helicopter.
According to police reports, the five teens were involved
draft in a single vehicle crash which occurred at approximately
rgers, 2:50 p.m. Saturday. Police say the Trailblazer was traveling
had to eastbound on CR 640 and collided with a pine tree. Police in-
Robey dicated that it did not appear that Gilbert was using her seat
been belt at the time of the crash.
ild be Katlyn, a Lake Wales 16-year-old was taken off life support
ne be- Monday, having been kept alive for two days after a crash
ie best so her organs could be donated, according to her pastor,
Methodist Minister Jeff Kantz and her mother, Donna Gilbert.



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Polk County School Superintendent Dr. Sherrie Nickell.

Sherrie Macklin introduced Chuck Thornton who will fill her position as assistant vice president
and manager of the Frostproof branch of Citizens Bank and Trust.

Bob Goering was introduced as the newest Chamber board
member and also a lucky winner of the 50/50 drawing.

Guest speaker Dr. Sherrie Nickell (center) with Frostproof school principals Patti McGill (Ben Hill
Griffin Jr. Elementary, left) and Kim Van Hook (Frostproof Elementary).

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Exemptions should be fair, understandable

Controversy continues to simmer over the
state of official records at the office of the Polk
County Property Appraiser. Lately there has
been more than a little evidence that some of
the evaluations are more than a little bit "out
of whack."
Property Appraiser Marsha Faux has held
the position now for nearly 11 years, during
which every property in the county has been
reviewed for accurate evaluation at least twice.
It is the basis for fair taxation, and one of the
most important functions of local govern-
Real estate taxes may not be the fairest of
taxes, but they are a principal source of rev-
enue for schools, cities and counties. The
amount each property owner pays depends
upon a fair establishment of taxable value,
which is to say, what the property is fairly
worth to you, or another.
Partial exemptions come into play for our
homesteads or principal residences, and for
certain disabilities, veteran or widow status.
There are also enormous exemptions for
agricultural properties, because they provide

Our Viewpoint
essential services, and are to be encouraged.
Uses such as growing paper pulp and sod may
be stretching the definition, but they get their
exemptions, too.
Among all these exemptions, however, are
quite a few that raise enormous legal issues.
The economic crash, brought about in
significant part by speculation in Florida real
estate, has been punishing for billions. Every-
one is suffering.
Yet in the midst of this vast problem, one
person has chosen to offer a special kind of
relief program. Some developers have been
given a free tax reduction, courtesy of the
Property Appraiser.
These lucky few are developers or specula-
tors who got caught 'with their pants down'
in the crash, and ended up holding far more
property than they should have.
In order to cushion this blow, Faux has
determined that some should be entitled to
get assigned agricultural exemptions, paying
virtually no tax, for zoned and platted building

lots. Many lie on paved roads with neighbor-
ing houses paying full taxes.
In some cases, even vacant lots paying full
value lie side-by-side with others who are
enjoying exactly the same circumstances, but
paying a fraction of the taxes. That is because
Faux decided that only those who owned a
minimum of five acres of lots, i.e. the develop-
ers, were worthy of her benefaction.
While schools lay off teachers and staff, and
cities reduce services, these privileged few
individuals get awarded tax cut gifts by none
other than the person charged with establish-
ing a fair value.
The idea that such financial power may be
assumed by any one individual is a severe
stretch of the Florida Constitution and stat-
utes. Tax rates, including rate reductions, are
established only through the powers of de-
liberative bodies like the legislature, school
board, or city and county commissions.
It is up to others to determine just who has
the authority to put a stop to this nonsense,
but for our part, we will continue to wait and

What's on kids' minds

How often have you heard someone
say that some action or event "restored
my faith in the younger generation"? It
is meant as a compliment, but it is not
a phrase I use, because I have never lost
faith in the younger generation.
Like the older generation when we
were young, their number includes a
whole lot of fine youngsters, most of
them filled with the uncertainties of
Some are brilliant, many are main-
stream, and there are a few slackers.
Their number includes future leaders
in government, industry, and com-
munity service; future teachers, doc-
tors, public safety workers, merchants,
clergy, and a few jailbirds. Their genera-
tion is very much the mirror image of
your generation, and mine.

If my faith in the younger generation
does not need to be restored, since I
never lost it, it nonetheless can be bol-
stered by extraordinary events.
One such event is the Seminar for
Tomorrow's Leaders, an annual pro-:
gram of Central Florida Rotary Clubs
conducted at Florida Southern College.
Rotary refers to the week-long program
as S4TL.
It brings together 160 rising high
school seniors one from each par-
ticipating school who have been
identified by their faculties as the next
generation of leaders.
The curriculum of S4TL includes "rap
sessions" with members of the sponsor-
ing Rotary Clubs. In that these sessions
are held on weekdays, the majority of
the Rotary participants are retirees.

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I attended my first S4TL rap session
last week, and I met a fine bunch of
young folks.
All are leaders. Many are at or near
the top of their class academically.
Some are intellectuals. Some are cheer-
leaders. Some are both.
They represent the best and brightest
of their classmates.

Random observations frm the 17
kids in the group that my team of Rotar-.
ians met with, and the answers that
were elicited: Two men were given $1
million each, and told to report back
in five years (a modern parable of the
talents). One gave away all his money,
and five years later was broke and
unemployed; the other built factories
in 40 states, creating thousands of jobs.
Which one was the philanthropist? The
philanthropist was the one who gave
away all his money, but the other exer-
cised stewardship over his gift.
If he made money in the process, that
did not make him evil.

Where lies the value of an educa-
tion? Many of the kids complained that

required courses prevent them from
taking more advanced courses.
But what of summers? Books? Men-
toring opportunities? Education is not
confined to the classroom.
Bill Gates did not have a college
degree. But his success story is a rare
exception to the rule.

Their biggest worries about the
future? The environment and the

Is assisted suicide OK? How about
euthanasia? One adult participant has a
41-year-old son with the developmental
abilities of a 4-month-old.
Several participants have or had

friends or loved ones with Alzheimer's.
My Dad was among them. There is a
difference between Alzheimer's and
terminal physical illness.
I knew Dad's end-of-life wish, and
honored it.
The message from the adults at S4TL:
advance directives and living wills are
essential. One held up his organ/tissue
donor card.
"Part of me will continue to live after
I die."
No, it was not I, but he made a good

S. L. Frisbie is retired. But he is still

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The Inquiring Photographer

Do you think a school uniform policy would

be a good thing for the whole county?

Carmen Espinoza DeDe Lefils
Frostproof Frostproof

"Yes, because it can be a
distraction the way people

Lorraine Wilson Tammy Klifman
Frostproof Frostproof

"Yes, because there would be "No, it would cost more to "No, as for baggy pants do
no way to distinguish between buy the uniforms and as the something. But if the parents
those who have and have not, students grow they would would take more responsibility
there would be a uniform look have to buy more." for the way their kids dress

Not a good a otTA

example for Florida 05o

Just north of Florida in the farm fields
of Georgia, the impact of the nation's
illegal immigration debate is now tak-
ing shape. It's a stark reminder that
when so-called solutions are fueled by
partisan politics and raw emotion, the
outcome is far from ideal.
Several states have passed laws crack-
ing down on illegal immigrants, and
all mandate that employers with more
than 10 employees confirm potential
workers' legal status using the federal
E-Verify database. The new laws will
have the most impact on agriculture -
especially on labor-intensive fruit and
vegetable crops that require many hu-
man hands and strong backs to harvest
and pack. These crops also pay low
piece wages.
In Georgia, we do not need to specu-
late about the outcome of these laws
because enough time has passed for
some harsh evidence to come in. The
Georgia law, HB 87, which does not
take effect until July 1, already has had
an effect as farmworkers are staying
away for fear of racial profiling. Workers
caught with phony documents could be
fined up to $250,000 and get 15 years in
prison the same sentence for murder
in Georgia. The law also gives police,
among other powers, authority to check
the immigration status of criminal
Growers now are scrambling to find
enough workers to keep their crops
from withering on the vine and rotting
on the ground. Each spring and early
summer, thousands of undocumented
workers, mainly from Florida, travel
to Georgia and states further north to
work. Charles Hall, executive director
of Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Asso-
ciation, said farmers are finding only
between 30 and 50 percent of the 11,000
farm hands needed to the harvest their

Bill Maxwell


crops, producing a labor shortage that
will hit the industry with a loss of $250
The shortage clearly puts the lie to
the myth held by critics of U.S. farming
practices that desperate unemployed
U.S. citizens will do farm work if it is
available to them. The Georgia Labor
Department released a survey showing
that unemployment in Irwin County,
where blackberries are a major crop, is
at 13 percent, yet very few people went
to the fields. Of those who did, the over-
whelming majority walked away.
R.T. Stanley Jr., who has grown prized
Vidalia onions since 1970s, told Na-
tional Public Radio recently that the law
is ruining his business because average
residents are not up to the demands of
field work: "They just don't want to do
this hard work. And they'll tell you right
quick. I have 'em to come out and work
for two hours and they say, 'I'm not
doing this. It's too hard.' I got my liveli-
hood on the line. If I don't harvest these
onions, I'll lose my farm."
Florida's get-tough immigrant move-
ment has not damaged agriculture's
bottom line yet, but farm-worker advo-
cates and many growers believe it is just
" a matter of time before conservative
lawmakers get their way as they have
in Alabama. There, lawmakers enacted

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June 29, 2011

School board wants baggy pants gone

Will monitor high school uniform experiment in Lake Wales


The Polk County School board has a
message for students when they return
to the classroom in August: No more
baggy pants.
The board met in a special work ses-
sion last week, covering mainly topics
related to the district's student code of
conduct. The new or updated provi-
sions provoked much discussion, par-
ticularly when the topic turned to dress
codes and the new "Baggy Pants Law"
sponsored by Orlando Democratic Sen.
Bill Siplin and signed into law June 2 by
Gov. Rick Scott.
Virtually all school districts have
dress codes, but Siplin's bill, SB 228,
and the companion house bill HB61,
mandate that schools have rules spe-
cifically banning the showing of under-
wear by boys or girls, (thus the moniker
"Baggy Pants Law") and outlining spe-
cific punishments for breaking these
rules. These are:
For the first offense, the student
shall be given a verbal warning and the
student's parent will be called by the
school principal.
For a second offense, the student is
ineligible to participate in any extra-
curricular activity for a period not to
exceed five days, and the school princi-
pal will meet with the student's parent
or guardian.
For a third or subsequent offense,
a student shall receive an in-school
suspension for a period not to exceed
three days, in addition to the above
sanctions, except that the ban on extra-
curricular activity extends to 30 days.
During last week's discussion, Bruce
Tonjes, associate superintendent of
School-based Operations, noted that
the district already has rules regarding
inappropriate dress, but that with the
new law, "the dilemma comes in when
we attempt to punish there are still
court challenges out there."
Jerome Corbett, senior director of
Specialized Services, said the current
code specifies that pants have to be
worn at the waist, but Board Chairman
Kay Fields said she feels the code is
widely ignored by school administra-
tors, because when she visits schools,
she frequently sees not only baggy

School officials in Polk County say they will keep an eye on a new dress code and uniform policy that will be in place starting this fall at Lake Wales
High School.

pants, but also bare midriffs and other
inappropriate styles on female students
as well.
Board member Tim Harris asked, "Is
there any possibility of this leading to
uniforms for high school, since high
school is where the gang color issues
and the baggy pants issues really are."
Board member Frank O'Reilly spoke
up, saying the school staffs probably
had so many other issues to deal with
that baggy pants were not their highest
priority. "The person who sponsored
this bill should have designated that
all high schools have uniforms; instead
they just focused on the pants issue.
O'Reilly pointed out that Lake Wales
High School is providing somewhat of

a prototype by adopting uniforms this
"We'll see how that works out," he
In other business, Corbett presented
a revised version of the district's policy
on acceptable use of technology, re-
vamped to be more easily understood.
School board attorney Wes Bridges
pointed out that according to law,
students are protected in posting even
highly offensive comments about
teachers, principals, or school staff as
long as it was not done on computers
owned by the district.
"We have authority over what goes
on in our media centers and class-
rooms," Bridges said, "but if a student

goes on Facebook on his own com-
puter, that's no different than a student
saying something about a teacher at
the mall or something."
Bridges added that there was a dis-
tinction between offensive speech and
threats, however, with the latter not
being covered by free speech.
Tonjes noted that the technology
rules were a challenge to keep current.
"We pass a rule and two months later
that technology is obsolete," he said.
Board member Dick Mullinax com-
mented that, "It's interesting that
students can say anything online, but
teachers and administrators can't even
mention a student's name.

The Lake Wales High School dress code

We believe as a school community
that our attitude about what we do or
how we feel about ourselves is often
influenced by what we wear. We are
proud of our efforts to serve a diverse
population of students. The dress code
is one method we use to level the play-
ing field for all students who attend
Lake Wales High School. Adhering to a
common dress code can also serve to
develop a strong sense of community
and school pride.
While we recognize that students
are creative and enjoy expressing their
uniqueness through their attire, we feel
that students have many other avenues
in which they can express their creativ-
ity at Lake Wales High School.
The dress code will be enforced to
help provide an environment where
students feel equal and are not distract-
ed or offended by what other students
wear. This is important in a school
that is economically diverse. It shifts
the focus to academics and the future
rather than on the superficial nature of
clothing and appearance.
The Lake Wales High School dress
code has been established to help
students demonstrate consideration
and'respect for themselves and others.

Students must adhere to the dress code
to attend classes as well as participate
in events that take place off campus.
Keep in mind that extremes in dress or
grooming will not be tolerated, regard-
less of whether they are specifically
mentioned or not.
General Appearance:
All students must be neat and clean
with clothing in good repair at all times.
Shirts must be tucked in and pants
may not be baggy or worn low on the
All skirts, pants, and shorts must be
hemmed. Cut off clothing items are not
Extreme or excessive jewelry, hair-
styles, and makeup are not acceptable.
Excessive and extreme are defined as
unsafe, distracting, or interfering with
Students are not to wear hats, hood-
ies, or other headgear while on cam-
Every Monday through Thursday,
Lake Wales High School students are
expected to wear the following:
Shirts: Black, orange, or white polo
with the LW1HS logo purchased from
the Lake Wales High School uniform
provider. Shirts must be tucked in at

all times.Pants: Khaki (tan only) pants/
skirts/skorts/shorts; All pants, etc.,
must be a decent length and fit. Pants
must not hang on the hips in an inde-
cent manner. Length of skirts/shorts
should be mid-thigh or longer. (See
Code of Conduct for length details.)
Pants, skirts, skorts, and shorts may
be purchased at any store of choice;
however, we suggest the Dickies brand.
Belts are optional. The objective is for
your pants to be on the hip and under-
garments concealed at all times.
Senior Privilege: Seniors will have the
privilege of wearing jeans (pants ONLY;
no jean shorts) Monday through Thurs-
day with their black, orange, or white

polo. If jeans are worn, they must be in
good repair, free from holes, frays, etc.
This privilege will be granted as long
as the seniors treat it with respect and
follow the guidelines.
T-shirts under the uniform: T-shirts,
if worn under the uniform, must be
plain white or black.
Turtlenecks: If worn, turtlenecks
must be black and worn under the Lake
Wales High School shirt.
Shoes: Tennis shoes, TOMS, crocs,
and sandals are all acceptable forms of
shoes. Slippers and any other form of
bedroom shoe are not permissible. Any


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SCHOOL BOARD: Wants baggy pants gone

shoes with a heel taller than one inch
are not allowed. Any student participat-
ing in an elective or physical education
course that requires outdoor activity,
working with equipment, or working
with animals must wear closed toed
Outerwear: Jackets or other outer-
wear must be purchased through the
LWHS uniform provider. Hoods or
oversized jackets will NOT be permit-
ted. Athletic jackets from varsity sports
or extracurricular clubs, such as the
LWHS Band, are perissible (without
hoods). Information will follow regard-
ing the use of outerwear in extreme
cold weather.
Jewelry: Modest jewelry is accept-
able. Pierced ears are acceptable with
moderate jewelry that does not present
a hazard; however, all other body pierc-
ings must be removed or concealed
while on campus or in attendance at a
field trip. Jewelry accessories that may
be used as weapons, such as chains,
spiked jewelry or arm bands are not
allowed. Jewelry with any form of

sexual or gang connotation shall NOT
be worn.
Hats: No hats, hoodies, bandanas,
or other head coverings may be worn
while on campus.
Hair: Styles should not obstruct
one's line of vision or distract others.
We need to see your eyes! Colored hair
such as green, blue, grey, pink, etc.
are not acceptable. No curlers, picks,
bandanas, hats or other headgear while
on campus.
Game Day Attire: For athletes, cheer-
leaders, Scottish Unit, band members,
etc. you may wear a shirt that is ap-
propriate to the function. Please see
your athletic coach or sponsor for more
Every Friday, Lake Wales High School
students are expected to wear the fol-
Shirts: Lake Wales High School T-
shirts with crew neck (Athletic and club
T-shirts are permissible) or uniform
Pants: Jeans (pants ONLY; no jean
shorts) are acceptable in addition to
uniform pants. If jeans are worn, they
must be in good repair, free from holes,

frays, etc.
Students NOT following LWHS dress
code will have their Friday dress down
privileges revoked.*
Note: Do not have any items reflect-
ing or suggesting gangs, drugs, alcohol,
tobacco, profanity, sex, or unhealthy
messages. No items with skulls on
them in any fashion. If any gang signs
or items are displayed, the student will
be jeopardizing his/her place at Lake
Wales High School. No torn or frayed
garments or any items that are offen-
sive. This includes any signs/symbols
that may be disruptive to the learning
All faculty and staff will oversee ob-
servance of the school dress code. Stu-
dents who violate the school dress code
may be detained until their parents
bring them a change of clothing. If this
is not possible appropriate disciplinary
measures will be taken at the discretion
of the Principal or other administra-
tive staff. When any question of proper
dress arises, the Principal and/or ad-
ministrative staff will adjudicate.
It is important for a student to un-

derstand that repeated problems with
adherence to the dress code cease to
be a matter of dress code and become
instead an issue of lack of cooperation
and respect for the school commu-
nity. A student who begins a pattern of
dress code infractions and consistently
violates the standards of the school
community should review schools
in the area to find a school they may
attend with a more relaxed dress code
policy. In all cases, the administration
will determine the appropriate course
of action and consequence for repeated
Overall, the rule of good judgment
should be used by parents and stu-
dents noting that the dress code shifts
the focus to academics and the future
rather than on the superficial nature of
clothing and appearance.
The Principal and the administrative
staff reserve the right to exercise their
judgment to deem what is or is not
appropriate regardless of the specifica-
tions outlined within the dress code

FSC gets fourth service Honor Roll award

Florida Southern College was named
to the President's Higher Education
Community Service Honor Roll for the
fourth year in a row for exemplary ser-
vice to America's communities.
The award recognizes the college's
strong commitment to community
service and civic engagement.
"We are proud of our rich tradition
of service learning, which inspires
leadership and changes lives," said FSC
President Dr. Anne Kerr. "Our students
are truly passionate about what they do

Poly prof gets

recognition for book

"Art for the Middle Classes: America's
Illustrated Magazines of the 1840s" by
Cynthia Patterson of the University of
South Florida Polytechnic, was chosen
to receive the only honorable mention
awarded to books published last year in
the field of American periodical stud-
ies by the Adjudication Panel for the
EBSCO-Research Society for American
Periodicals Book Prize.
Patterson's book was "esteemed by
its readers and judged a 'pioneering
work' that will be 'essential to the study
of 19th Century American literature .
and culture ... and a model for periodi-
cal studies more broadly,' said Craig
Monk, associate dean of the University
of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and
co-editor of "American Periodicals."
Patterson, an assistant professor of
English, said: "To have my first book
receive such recognition by a very dis-
tinguished panel of judges who are my
peers and experts in the field of periodi-
cal studies is indeed truly rewarding. I
am deeply honored by this recognition
from my colleagues for my work."
The book provides a history of the
periodicals that brought art and sophis-
tication to the rising middle class in the
American heartland. Patterson exam-
ines the economics of artistic produc-
tion, innovative engraving techniques,
regional imitators, textual illustrations
accompanying engravings, and the
principal artists and engravers contrib-
uting to these magazines.
"Art for the Middle Classes: America's
Illustrated Magazines of the 1840s" is
available from the University Press of
A Polk County resident, Patterson
joined the USF Polytechnic faculty in
2005 after completing her Ph.D. in cul-
tural studies at George Mason Univer-

and are having a profound impact on
our community."
FSC was one of a select group of edu-
cational institutions in the country to
be admitted to the Honor Roll with dis-
tinction. The Corporation for National
and Community Service, which has
administered the Honor Roll since 2006,
admitted a total of 641 colleges and uni-
versities for their impact on issues from
literacy and neighborhood revitalization
to supporting at-risk youth. Of that to-

tal, 511 were named to the Honor Roll,
114 received the recognition of Honor
Roll with distinction, 11 were identified
as finalists, and six received the Presi-
dential Award.
As part of FSC's commitment to pre-
paring students to make positive and
significant contributions to the world,
the College has undertaken a campus
initiative to integrate academic learn-
ing with community service. Through
Student Awareness Generates Action

(SAGA), the innovative, cross-curricular
program that promotes service learn-
ing, students gain exposure to social
problems and actively participate with
organizations in making substantial
enhancements to the community.
SAGA's theme for 2010-2012 is health
and wellness, which is incorporated
into the curriculum, the common read-
ing assignment, movies shown on the
campus cable system, and residence life

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Lake Wales Little Theatre reveals line up

Lake Wales Little Theater has an-
nounced its slate of shows for the 2011-
12 season.
Starting Sept. 16-25, The Tale of Snow
White (Childrens Theatre) begins.
Then the adult season kicks off with
Nana's Naughty Knickers from Nov.
4-20. Drinking Habits comes Jan. 13-29
and Jerry Finnegan's Sister from Mar.
16 -April 1.
Next June 15-24, 2012, Lagooned! will
be staged as the teen theater produc-
Once again serving as officers of the
board of directors is President Rob
Fritz, Vice President Denny Wittman,
Treasurer Ray Bower, and Secretary
Vicki Illif.
At Large Board Members are:

Fran Alvarez, Leslie Grondin, Mike
Baccus,Chevon Baccus, Linda Davis,
Maryemma Bachelder, Glenda Thur-
mond, Lou Lasch, Cassi Wolf, Felicia
O'neal, Summer Elcock, Ashlyn Cobb,
and Karen Nelson.
Nana's Naughty Knickers had its
world premier last Spring in Pennsyl-
Bridget and her Grandmother are
about to become roommates. However,
what Bridget saw as a unique oppor-
tunity to stay with her favorite Nana in
New York for the summer quickly turns
into an experience she'll never forget.
It seems her sweet Grandma is running
an illegal boutique from her apartment,
selling hand-made naughty knickers to
every senior citizen in the five borough

area! Will Bridget be able to handle all
the excitement? Will her Nana get ar-
rested or worse evicted?
Accusations, mistaken identities, and
romances run wild in "Drinking Habits"
a traditional, laugh-out-loud farce.
Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual
Sewing have been secretly making wine
to keep the convent's doors open, but
Paul and Sally, reporters and former
fiancees, are hot on their trail. They
go undercover as a nun and priest,
but their presence, combined with the
addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia
throughout the convent that spies have
been sent from Rome to shut them
down. Wine and secrets are inevitably
spilled as everyone tries to preserve the
convent and reconnect with lost loves.

In Jerry Finnegan's Sister, Brian Dowd
has spent the last 10 years of his life
wrestling with an unrequited "some-
thing" for his best friend's sister, who
happens to live next door. But each
and every time he's spoken with Beth
Finnegan for more than 30 seconds,
he's ended up with his foot planted
firmly in his mouth.
Now, Brian's time is about to run out.
With recent news that Jerry Finnegan's
sister is getting married, the time has
come for him to put up or shut up.
Like John Wayne in The High and the
Mighty, Brian has reached the point of
no return. What's he got to lose ex-
cept the love of his life.
For more information on the group,
visit www.lwlt.org.

Chamber to offer free, local business consultations

The FrostproofArea Chamber of
Commerce, in cooperation with the
Small Business Development Center of
Central Florida Development Coun-
cil-Polk County will be offering free,
confidential, entrepreneurial technical
assistance, guidance, consulting and
training later this summer.
These services are designed for the
business owner, and are generally
focused on small business start-up,
business planning, marketing, busi-

Kelso, Os


Richard Kelso and Carol Osborne
earned the University of South Florida
Polytechnic's Spring 2011 Outstanding
Faculty Award.
Presented by the Student Govern-
ment Association, the award recognizes
exceptional accomplishments, leader-
ship and service to the USF Polytechnic
campus and community.
"We recognize our faculty for their
dedication to our students," said Aman-
da Paige Morris, former SGA president.
"This award is one way for the students
to honor their professors."
Both Kelso, a visiting instructor of
management, and Osborne, an instruc-
tor of marketing, teach in the division
of Innovation Management.
Speaking of the award's significance,
Kelso said, "I'm humbled by this rec-
ognition, especially since I get to do
something that I'm passionate about
every day. I'm really fortunate to be
surrounded by phenomenal colleagues
and extraordinary students, and genu-
inely honored to receive this award."
Osborne said, "This award sends the
message they approve of my teach-
ing style, which is a great honor, and

ness acquisition/sell, business finance,
marketing and other areas that are
providing a challenge or concern for
the business owner.
Sessions will be held on July 13. Busi-
nesses must register with the chamber
at 635-9112. Frostproof will be the third
Polk County Chamber to offer business
consulting services provided by the
SBDC at its own local location..
This free service will be offered
to chamber members as one of the

borne get

faculty award

sharing it with witty, charismatic Rick
Kelso means I'm much cooler than I
Kelso earned a Ph.D. from USF fol-
lowing a successful 20-year career in
business. He worked in mainframe
sales with IBM and consultative sales
in the training and development field
with Achieve Global and Development
Dimensions International before start-
ing his own executive recruiting firm.
His research interests include organi-
zational debureaucratization, service
quality improvement and leadership
Osborne received an MBA from USE
Her experience includes media adver-
tising, database marketing, affinity pro-
grams and cause marketing. She spent
12 years, including six as vice president
of marketing, at Cox Target Media, a
subsidiary of the nation's eighth larg-
est media company, Cox Enterprises.
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career include work in public relations,
media strategy, promotional partner-
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correlation between artistic design
and functionality in the upcoming
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Schism erupts during work session


It appeared as if Polk County School Board mem-
bers, starting with Tim Harris, had endured enough,
and one by one, they rebuked fellow member Debra
Wright for her chronic complaints, ones that seemed
never to change, whether aired at work sessions, pub-
lic sessions or the retreat held earlier in the year.
Almost without exception, especially the past sev-
eral work sessions as well as the retreat -Wright
would start off with complaints that seemed centered
on her feelings, such as her perception she was being
kept uninformed or misinformed. It also included
personal slights she perceived subtle and overt -
she believed were specifically directed toward her. In
the past, those complaints included claiming others
talking about her when she was in earshot, turning
their back on her, and in at least one, if not several
instances, of others leaving a room as she entered.
In the past, board members had responded by as-
suring her they held nothing against her on either a
personal level, or as one board member to another.
Quite often, they would explain, her experiences as
the newest board member were little or no different
from theirs; that it was part of a learning curve. Still,
Wright's litany of complaints never ceased. However,
this work session, their response differed significantly,
and as a body, each of them rose to the defense of
Polk County Schools Superintendent Sherrie Nickell,
whom Wright had publicly taken to task at the June
14 work session. In that session, Wright had railed
against Nickell and a lack of communication.
Wright had complained that she often found out
about things from reading the newspapers, rather
than from Nickell and the school administration.
"I appreciate the communication style of our su-
perintendent," said Harris, who is the vice chairman,
as he opened his remarks. "She has expressed her
willingness to respond to board members."
It was not his intention to be either a bull in a china
shop, or to use his position on the board as a bully
pulpit, he said. Using an oft-quoted phrase that it was
possible to disagree without being disagreeable, he
said it was his desire that the board work together as a
"cohesive unit."
Harris was immediately joined in that sentiment by
Hazel Sellers. These have been the most difficult times
she has faced in her years on the board, she said.
Without a doubt, it has been a stressful period.
"We are going to get passionate, and we are going
to get upset," said Sellers, who called for everyone to
work in concert with one another. "We have got to
work together. I hope we can remember that as we
move forward."

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Polk County Schools Superintendent Dr. Sherrie Nickell listens,
looking straight ahead, as School Board Member Debra Wright
makes arguments through her PowerPoint presentation taking
Nickell and School Board members to task at the June 28 board
work session.
Nickell sat silently as each board member spoke in
her defense. Sometimes she would mouth a "thank
you," as board members expressed the support and
confidence in her. Most times, she kept her head
down. Other times, she would look up, with what ap-
peared to be a pained expression.
After thanking both Harris and Sellers, Chairwoman
Kay Fields voiced her frustrations, and the lectures.
"C'mon, give me a break. If we're a team, let's show
it," she said. "I'd rather see a sermon every day, not
hear it."
As far as Dick Mullenax was concerned, he'd had
enough with analogies, such as bees and other devices
Wright had used. He also challenged the assertion that
information was not forthcoming. He always received
information requested, although sometimes honor-
ing the request might have been slow. The main thing,
though, was to accept certain things, especially when
he was in the minority and his viewpoint not adopted.
"But I do move on," he said. He closed by saying
what he had not heard from Wright was constructive

Student, employees recognized by commission


The morning session of the June 28 Polk County
Board of Commissioners meeting came and went
without incident, with the highlights being one rec-
ognition to a rising seventh grade student who won a
poster contest, a service award ceremony to nine em-
ployees, and a presentation by members of Lakeland
Regional Medical Center's trauma center, as well as
July 2011 declared Parks and Recreation month.
Of the nine Polk County employees recognized for
their years of service, six have worked for the county
20 years: James Butler, Gena Freeman, Sheryl Jackson,
Jay Jarvis, Jada Randall and Andrea Rourk; two for 25
years: Calvin Spann and Gary Powell; and one for 30
years: Andrew "Andy" Fisher.
Commissioner Todd Dantzler made a presentation
to Jaqueria Lacey, a 12-year-old seventh grade student
from Discovery Academy who placed third in the
statewide Florida Section American Water Works Asso-
ciation Drop Savers poster contest. It was the second
consecutive year Lacey had entered and won a poster
Jacqueline Hollister, an environmental specialist
with Polk County Utilities, extolled Lacey's talent and
accomplishment and gave a brief background on

the competition. Following the presentation, it was
learned that at the end of fifth grade Lacey had also
received a full scholarship to attend Polk State Col-
Originally scheduled to speak were three family
members: Beverly, Cody and Robby McLauchlin, all
with Robby's Septic Tank Service. However, only Bev-
erly McLauchlin was able to appear. Her request that
she be allowed the time
McLauchlin's presentation centered around lime
stabilization facilities. She and her family have run a
septic tank service since the 1990s. In 2003, a neigh-
bor raised a complaint, and since then, the company
has had to operate under some very stringent regu-
lations. However, several other companies in Polk
County that offer the same service, said McLauchlin,
had recently been exempted from the regulations she
was-required to fulfill.
This was not a relatively new matter before the
BOCC, pointed out McLauchlin, who said the is-
sue had been raised with an earlier board (of whom
only Commissioners Bob English and Sam Johnson
remained). Johnson, she said, told her that the then-
current commissioners had determined not to do
anything unless it became an issue elsewhere, which
it did, when one other competitor raised a complaint
against another competitor.

Smith instructed Freeman to'look into the land de-
velopment code that had been applied to McLauchlin
but not to others.

Jaqueria Lacey, 12, a seventh grade student next year at
Discover Academy, is congratulated by Polk County Commis-
sioner Todd Dantzler.

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June 29, 2011

suggestions, and that frustrated him. "I can and will
work with anyone willing to go forward."
In response, Wright claimed her comments had
been misunderstood. Her arguments, she said were
not directed to individuals, and if that was the percep-
tion on the part of others, it was wrong.
'All I'm asking is we become transparent. Some
things are not transparent in my opinion," she said,
and pointed to the issue of furloughs, as an example.
She did not believe she had been provided informa-
tion sufficiently adequate to make an informed deci-
sion. As a result, she was going to speak up about that
and other matters.
"I will speak, and I will not be quiet," she said.
She was countered in the remark by Fields, who said
that opinions will be voiced, but there would be no
"back and forth." Almost immediately, that was disre-
garded as a short-lived exchange developed between
Sellers and Wright, with the latter emphasizing she
was not asking for details, but for clarifications.
This drew Board Member Frank O'Reilly into the
conversation, who began by taking up the issue of
civility among the members.
"I don't think anyone intentionally slights anyone
else," he said.
O'Reilly took issue with Wright over two issues. In
the first, he spoke of the inordinate amount of time
Nickell puts in daily, at least 14 hours. She cannot be
expected to answer "every single thing that happens,"
he said. Otherwise, how would she get anything done.
Her job, he said, is to present a balanced budget to
the board, and in that effort, "I Will back her 1,000
Second, he took issue with Wright publicly criticiz-
ing Nickell and other staff members, and said that
heretofore he had been silent, but he would no longer
allow that to happen without it at least going unsaid.
With that he upbraided Wright.
"You do not criticize our superintendent or other
employees publicly," O'Reilly said. He cautioned that
other school districts are looking for replacements as
qualified as Nickell, and said he would not be sur-
prised if Nickell had already been approached, and
more than once.
Last to weigh in was Board Member Lori Cunning-
ham. While there might be lesser matters that involve
Nickell, as they would anyone else, at some point
Nickell has to "stay out of the weeds and do her job at
30,000 feet high." In other words, Nickell has to be un-
encumbered to allow her to see the "greater picture."
But it was not about Nickell or the school board,
admonished Cunningham.
"The important thing is to work collectively togeth-
er on behalf of the children," she said, of which there
are more than 92,000 enrolled in Polk County Schools.

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June 29, 2011

Area has large vested interest in SunRail decision

SR 60 CSX rail transfer

site, 1,000jobs could be at stake locally


TALLAHASSEE Roused by his tea
party base, Gov. Rick Scott early this year
halted a decades-in-the-works bullet
train linking Tampa and Orlando citing
concerns about possible costs to Florida
Yet a different fate awaits a commuter
rail line in Central Florida that would
cost state taxpayers even more. And local
leaders are awaiting with keen anticipa-
tion with what the final decision might
As part of the deal, CSX would have to
move a large rail transfer facility to Polk
County, midway between Bartow and
Lake Wales near State Road 60. The trans-
fer site itself is projected to employ 100
full time jobs, and local business leaders
have projected in the past that as man as
1,000 additional jobs could be realized
on private warehousing and transfer sites
near the 300-acre CSX site. About 900
acres around the transfer site itself would
be available for private development.
Technically, the land is actually within
the city limits of Winter Haven, but all ac-
cess to and from the site for trucks would
be on State Road 60.
Why is SunRail likely to go forward
when high-speed rail did not?
A mix of politics, legal concerns and an
opportunity to more quickly move com-
mercial cargo, opponents and propo-
nents of the project say.
Scott faces a Saturday deadline to
decide whether to proceed with the 61.5-
mile commuter train connecting down-
town Orlando to neighboring counties.
Tea party activists and other SunRail
opponents plan to protest the project
Tuesday when the state's transportation
secretary hosts public hearings on the
topic with Orlando-area city and county
"Gov. Scott campaigned on govern-
ment accountability and not putting the
taxpayers at risk. That is his mantra. And
he used that when he talked about the
high-speed rail deal," said Beth Dillaha,
a former Winter Park city commissioner
and founder of the group vetosunrail.
org. "I don't know how you could then
support SunRail, which has all the same
issues and then some."
The governor, though, faces challenges
and opportunities with SunRail he didn't
with high-speed rail. And while approv-
ing it will rankle Scott's tea party base,
it could also help advance parts of his
SunRail is a top priority for powerful
House Speaker Dean Cannon, a Winter
Park Republican whose chamber proved
friendly to Scott in the past legislative
State lawmakers have budgeted and
spent millions of dollars on the project.
No state money was budgeted for high-
speed rail.
And the SunRail deal comes with a
sweetener for Scott: $432 million in state
money to move and upgrade commer-
cial freight lines for CSX Corp., a North
American freight rail operator.
It's an investment that could help Scott
advance his goal of turning Florida into
"the shipping capital of the East Coast, if
not the nation."
In a letter sent this month to the gov-
ernor, Florida Chamber of Commerce
president Mark Wilson wrote: "SunRail
will result directly in an increase in global
trade in Florida."
One piece of that puzzle, according to a
Florida Chamber Foundation report that
informed Scott's decision on high-speed
rail, is a state-of-the-art "intermodal"
freight center for CSX in Winter Haven
that's in the SunRail deal.
It's something CSX would build on its
own it built one in Ohio but not un-
til the economy improves, said company
spokesman Gary Sease.
The center will make it easier for CSX
to move freight between trains and
trucks, a critical link in the movement of


Polk County has much on the line later this week when Florida Governor Rick Scott decides yea or
nay on the proposed SunRail project.

cargo that comes in and out of U.S. ports.
Long-term, the site could hold ware-
houses for big-box retailers, or a manu-
facturing plant, which would diversify
Florida's tourism and agriculture-heavy
But concerns about the large payment
to CSX and a requirement that the state
assume all liability for any accidents that
might occur on tracks shared with CSX
kept Florida lawmakers from approving
SunRail in two full legislative sessions.
It finally got the green light in Decem-
ber 2009 during a special session called
by Gov. Charlie Crist to attract federal
stimulus money for high-speed rail,
something that had been in the planning
stages for decades.
Hungry for the bullet train money,
lawmakers were told it wouldn't arrive
without the state also showing a commit-
ment to passenger rail to provide con-
nections to the federal project. So they
approved plans for SunRail, along with
high-speed rail and funding for Tri-Rail, a
small, struggling rail line in South Florida.
"I've been a representative for three
years and that's the vote I'm most un-
comfortable with," said Mike Weinstein,
a Jacksonville Republican and tea party
leader who voted in favor of the rail bills.
"We moved so quickly on a very, very
complicated and potentially costly idea. I
don't think we spent enough time on it. It
was a package deal. We couldn't unravel
the package. It was Tri-Rail, SunRail and
high-speed rail."
A little more than a year later, just
one month after his inauguration, Scott
rejected $2.4 billion in federal money
from President Barack Obama, effectively
killing the high-speed line.
Scott said he was concerned Florida
taxpayers would be on the hook for cost
overruns and operating losses, and would
have to pay back the federal money if
the project failed. Federal officials and
private vendors indicated all those issues
could be addressed, but Scott never put
the project out to bid, saying he would
rather see the money go to ports, high-
ways and freight rail to boost Florida's
international trade opportunities.
Still in play: the SunRail project many
state lawmakers agreed to only as part of
the high-speed rail package.
Scott started examining SunRail shortly
after his inauguration, when he froze
project contracts totaling $238 million as
part of an executive order requiring his
sign-off on any state contract worth more
than $1 million.
He has until Saturday to make a deci-
sion about whether to let SunRail go for-
ward. That's when a 60-day congressional
review of a $178.6 million federal grant
agreement ends.
A letter sent to U.S. House transporta-
tion subcommittee members in early
May says the Federal Transit Adminis-
tration has all it needs to move forward
"with the exception of one outstanding
issue": Scott's expressed support.
Last week, Scott told reporters that
before he responds to the FTA, he wants

to make sure Central Florida residents
understand their financial obligation to
SunRail, and that it may mean they won't
get state money for road projects.
He also said he's determining exactly
what he "can and cannot do" legally given
"what's already been appropriated."
Weinstein, who co-hosted Scott's
budget unveiling at a tea party rally in
February, said he spoke last week to the
governor about SunRail.
"We are so far down the tracks on this,
that the governor may be in a box. He
may not have the same legal protection
that he had when he stopped the high-
speed rail. He may have to sign this docu-
ment even though he may not want to,"
Weinstein said.
The high-speed rail rejection sparked
a lawsuit filed in the Florida Supreme
Court by two state senators. The court,
facing a tight deadline for a ruling, re-
jected their petition, saying it didn't have
enough information.
Some question, though, if Scott is get-
ting the best legal advice on the SunRail
issue. His top attorney, Charles Trippe,
previously worked for CSX.
"The governor has former CSX employ-
ees working for him who might be CSX
employees again in the future and it's dif-
ficult to determine where their loyalties
lie," said Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland,
a longtime vocal opponent of SunRail.
"Once again, the special interests take
precedence over the interests of the
Scott spokesman Brian Hughes said
Trippe has recused himself from discus-
sions of SunRail.
The Florida Department of Transpor-
tation in 2009 estimated SunRail would
cost $2.6 billion over 30 years to build
and operate. The latest information from
the DOT puts the costs at $1.28 billion.
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funding and calculating costs over 20
years instead of 30, said DOT spokesman
Dick Kane.
State taxpayers will pay at least $585
million to build the line, and local taxpay-
ers will contribute at least $153 million.
State and local governments will split
construction cost overruns. The state will
cover any operating losses in the first
seven years, and locals will pick up oper-
ating losses after that.
State Serate President Mike Haridopo-
los, a Republican who is courting the tea
party in a run for the U.S. Senate, sent a
letter to the governor Thursday raising
questions about the terms of the grant
agreement with the federal government.
In particular, he questioned who would
be financially responsible if one of the
project partners can't meet its obliga-
But House Speaker Cannon said earlier
this month that after several conversa-
tions with the governor, he is "cautiously
optimistic" that Scott will approve the
That would be good news to Orlando-
area business leaders and elected of-
ficials, who see SunRail as a job creator
and a growth-management tool that
will ease congestion by getting cars and
freight trains off urban roads.
But it will be a demerit for Scott in the
eyes of his tea party loyalists.
"The provisions given to CSX amount
to corporate welfare," said Karen Jaroch, a
tea party activist who met with Scott right
before he killed high-speed rail. "I've not
met one person in the movement that
would be for SunRail. Seriously. We won't
forget it."

The state

The state is required to pay $432 mil-
lion to freight operator CSX to use the
company's tracks for Central Florida's
SunRail commuter train. Here's how
CSX plans to use the money.
$198 million for improvements to
CSX tracks to accommodate freight
trains moved to make way for passenger
$150 million for access to 61 miles of
track in Volusia, Seminole, Osceola and
Orange counties.
$52 million for statewide CSX rail
improvement projects.
$23 million to relocate CSX op-
erations from Orlando to just off State
Road 60 between Bartow and Lake
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SR 60 intermodal terminal.

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MAXWELL: Not a good example of Florida

the nation's strictest immigration law. It
bans illegal immigrants from receiving
any state or local public benefits, en-
rolling in or attending public colleges
and seeking employment. It outlaws
harboring and transporting illegal
immigrants, renting them property or
"knowingly" hiring them for any work.

Alabama legislators ignored an
incontestable reality: The United States
has an estimated 11.2 million undocu-
mented immigrants, mostly Hispanics
in agriculture.
What do we do with them? Imprison
them? Send them en masse back to
their native countries? Many of these
hard-working people have been here

15 years or more. Many have children
born here. These kids are U.S. citizens.
What to do with these young citizens?
Kick them out of school? Deny them
health care? Obviously, a newspaper
columnist does not have all the an-
swers. But I do know that the nation
would be smart, and humane, to devise
a way for hard-working illegal immi-

grants who pass background checks
to begin a fair process of qualifying for
legal status. This is not blanket amnes-
ty. It is accepting reality for the greater
My hope is that my home state of
Florida does not follow the unwise
examples of Alabama, Arizona and

GAS THEFT: City employee charged

evidence and fraudulent use of credit
According to police, the city has a
contract with the Frostproof Oil Com-
pany to provide fuel for city vehicles.
About June 15, city employees discov-
ered suspicious fuel card transactions
which had all taken place at the Frost-
proof Oil Company.
Upon learning of this suspicious
activity, the city manager contacted
the Polk County Sheriff's Office and
requested assistance, according to

City Manager T.R. Croley said Tues-
day that Vargas has only been hired on
April 21, and that there was no reason
to initially suspect him.
"No blemishes, a good worker, con-
scientious. We we're just pleased with
his effort," Croley noted. "You have to
ask yourself why? It bothers me that
they stole from the residents of this
community in such tough economic
Detectives interviewed Vargas Mon-
day, and Vargas subsequently confessed
to using the fuel card to put fuel in his

personal vehicle and that he had, on
several occasions, sold fuel to several
others at a discounted price.
Vargas also told detectives he at-
tempted to burn the card once he
learned of the investigation. Detectives
estimate that while Vargas had the fuel
card, he profited approximately $150
from illegally selling the fuel.
"We monitor our credit card use pret-
ty closely," Croley added. "Frostproof
Oil was absolutely awesome to work
with. When they realized that there
might be an issue that was not normal,
they contacted us. In working with

them, there appeared to be suspicious
activity, so we immediately involved
the Sheriff's Office. We've been working
on this for over two weeks."
Since Vargas was still on his employ-
ment probationary period, he was im-
mediately terminated.
Croley said the city should recoup
those loses in restitution paid by the
Vargas, Underwood, Gary Pruitt,
Lee, and Crumbley were booked into
the Polk County Jail. Justin Pruitt was
booked into the Juvenile Assessment

WRECK: Claims Lake Wales teen

Her last act, of preserving life for oth-
ers through organ transplants, was in
keeping with the generous, giving per-
son described by those who knew her.
Rev. Kantz recalled in Katlyn "A
sweetheart, full of life, with a mischie-
vous grin. She made life fun.,' Katlyn
was a giver, he said, and participated in
the Stay-at-Home work camp spon-
sored by the Lake Wales Care Center, as
well as many other volunteer projects.
Youth Minister Curtiss Cain remem-
bers a girl who was very light-hearted
and had the ability to laugh at herself.
She had a tendency to mangle phrases,
in the manner of comedian Norm
Crosby. For example, she was singing
the song "The Wheels on the Bus," but
instead of saying "The Wheels on the
bus go round and round, she sang the
wheels on the bus go up and down!"
Cain recalled laughing, and Katlyn
insisted those were the right words.
The energy-filled teenager was not
only involved in her own church, First
United Methodist, but with several
other churches as well. Her siblings,
Nick and Danielle were also active in
youth group.

"She always wanted to be with God,
and spend time with him," Cain noted.
Cain said Katlyn was mentoring an
eight-year-old at church, one of a set
of twins. "The little girl followed Katlyn
everywhere she went," Cain said. "Kat-
lyn always waited for her, to make sure
she was not left behind, She called her
Family friend Irene Dennis said,
"She was one of the sweetest, most
fun-loving kids she got along with
everyone. She and her sister Danielle
were best friends. Katlyn lived her life
to the fullest."
Lake Wales High School Junior ROTC
Capt. Dave Simpson recalled a "Happy,
bubbly person who was a joy to be -
around. She was always in the (ROTC)
office, giving us a hard time and teas-
ing us," Simpson said. "We loved it,"
Simpson said that although Katlyn was
in JROTC first semester, she decided
to give the Agriculture Program a try
second semester, and she immediately
felt at home there.
Her mom, Donna Gilbert, confirmed
that, saying Katlyn was in Future Farm-
ers of America as well as ROTC. The
cow that Katlyn had raised bore a calf,
and she had intended to donate it to

LWHS for a student who couldn't afford
one, her mother said.
And she had just signed up for cheer-
leader tryouts at LWHS.
Her future plans included joining
the service, then someday becoming a
Kissimmee State Park ranger, according
to her mom.
Donna Gilbert said Katlyn got her
sense of humor from her brother, Nick.
When he joined the army and shipped
out, Katlyn said "Hoo-ha, now I get to
be the comedian."
Mrs. Gilbert said Katlyn even joked
about her someday wedding plans.
"Everyone has doves fly at their wed-
dings," Katlyn would say. "I want pigs
to fly at mine."
Her favorite expression, one that will
be familiar to her friends was a long
"Arggggggh!" her mom said.
One of her best friends, Leila Johnson
recalled that "there was never a mo-
ment that she didn't make life fun.".
Leila was at Katlyn's house the day of
the crash, according to Leila's mother
Lori Joiner. The two had plans to go
somewhere that evening. Leila and

ROBEY: Wants to'shoot for the stars'

Aside from their frame, the two
players are relatively different backs.
More than four years separate their
birth, three inches their height and 13
their jersey numbers. Wright is skilled
at forecasting situations, forcing sacks
and fumbles, whereas Robey excels at
following the ball and pacing a receiver,
always ready to catch or deflect a pass.
"I took him under my wing just by
letting him know the ins and outs about
being a college football player and be-
ing a freshman," Wright said. "He was
open to me and took all the advice I
gave him."
One piece of advice Wright gave
Robey happened naturally, without so
many words: how to become a leader.
Come Fall, Robey will be expected to
pick up Wright's former leadership role
and lead USC's secondary, along with
safety and junior T.J. McDonald.
"That's something I'm comfortable
with, I have no problems taking a lead-
ership role. You have to make decisions
that are right for you and the team,"
Robey said. "Being a leader is not just
about doing right in front of the team
it's about doing right period."
The Frostproof native acknowledged
he won't be as loud as guys like Mc-
Donald, but said he'll work as hard as
anyone and let that be its own example.
"I saw that (Robey) wanted to be a
great player from day one so it was easy

for me to help him. I always tell him he's
going to be better than I was when I was
a college football player and he has the
skills and potential," Wright said.
Wright has lofty expectations for
Robey. But nobody has any higher than
Robey himself.
"My freshman year I proved that I can
execute. That I can catch, do the basic
things. But now it's like the mentality -
can I do the small things right and take
my game to the next level? I have to find
a way to kick it up a notch," Robey said.
Every Saturday last year, as Robey
positioned himself near the line, he'd
take a quick glance at the other hash,
and see his role model.
But Wright also became a brother to
Robey in that season. Robey, a Super
Prep All-Dixie and Wright, a Super Prep
All-American, didn't just bond over stats
and footwork. Their family struggles
connected them. As roommates at away
games, they shared stories of Robey's
mom passing, or Wright's personal
setbacks. The two looked over the play-
book, watched film and grew together.
"I told him that I was going to help
him do better than I did by letting him
know about my experiences and the
things I went through," Wright said.
And as much as Robey appreciates
everything Wright taught him, his goal is
to take his 'brother's' experience, learn
from it and sprint after his goals.

Katlyn were inseparable, Lori said, and
when Katlyn heard that Leila was leav-
ing Aug. 1 for basic training, she said
"You can't go; we're not going to let you
Lori Joiner was with the family when
they said their last goodbyes to Katlyn,
and while they waited for brother Nick
to arrive in Lake Wales from his Army
post in Alaska.
Katlyn's mother said in closing "They
say the good die young, and she was
very good. I believe that."
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m.
until the funeral service at 5 p.m.,
Friday, July 1, at the Marion Nelson
Funeral Home in Lake Wales with Rev.
Jeffrey Kantz officiating.
For those who wish, donations may
be made to the Lake Wales Senior High
School FFA (1 Highlander Way, Lake
Wales, FL 33853).
The family has requested that every-
one attending the funeral bring orange
and blue balloons, for a balloon-release
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Getting wetter, but it's still dry

Allfireworks displays are on, but

officials warn

of potential danger


Polk County has turned from red
to yellow, but that doesn't necessarily
mean it's safer to light off fireworks.
On June 14 the Polk County Com-
mission ratified a burn ban that is
punishable by a $500 fine or 60 days
in the county jail or both. At that time,
the county was at 643 on the Keetch-
Byram Drought Index. As of Sunday,
the score number was at 401, but
county spokesman Kristin Guira said
that lower score doesn't necessarily
mean it's a lot safer here.
"It is way down," she said. "All but
21 percent of the county is below 500,
but when 50 percent of the county is
above 500 that's where there is a great
concern for increased brush fires,"
she said.
With a countywide burn ban in ef-
fect, which she said also covers Sun-
day and Monday days of increased
fireworks due to the Fourth of July
holiday there has been more rain
than officials thought there would be.
This, however, has not really de-
creased any kind of danger from the
dry land around us.
Since June 17 the Division of
Forestry has recorded 1.10 inches of
rain in Lake Wales and 2.85 inches in
Lakeland. But the numbers are varied
throughout the county. In the Green
Swamp 9.05 inches was recorded and
Polk City had about seven inches of
In the coming week, temperatures
are forecasted to be in the low to
mid-90s during the day and in the
mid-70s at night. There is a call for
thunderstorms on July 4 and each
day through the early part of that
No community events have been
canceled. Since the county ratified
the ban two weeks ago, other cit-
ies have joined them. Those cities
include Bartow, Eagle Lake, Fort
Meade, Frostproof, Lake Alfred, Lake-
land, Mulberry, Polk City and Winter

In Bartow, the ban has been added
to the city's ordinance and though
the city has a tougher ordinance, Fire
Chief Jay Robinson said there will be
more people on the street and extra
manpower at Mosaic Park for the an-
nual display.
"With the Fourth we have some
additional staffing, but we can't be all
places at all times," Robinson said.
He said because of how dry it is the
danger can come from anywhere and
not just from fireworks.
"As dry as it is right now a small
ember can get out of hand in a short
period of time," he said.
Both the police and the fire depart-
ments will have additional crews at
the park to help out and watch for
people shooting off their own fire-
works, but "we can get one or two
calls somewhere in the city," and that
could drag people away from the
Police Chief Joe Hall wants to be
sure that residents know what is legal
and illegal, but Guira reminds people
with the county burn ban, the fine
and/or jail time could be leveled even
if legal ones are used.
Hall said an illegal firework is "basi-
cally anything that leaves the ground
or goes bang."
Sales at permitted fireworks stands
are limited only to legal fireworks
which are on the Florida Division of
State Fire Marshal's approved spar-
kler list.
He said in an e-mail the best way to
stay safe is to avoid using fireworks at
Bartow's fireworks display. However,
he said, for those who use sparklers,
keep these tips in mind:
Read and follow label directions
Always have an adult present
Buy from a reliable seller
Only use fireworks outdoors
Always have a water hose and
bucket nearby
Never experiment or alter fire-
works from their original packaging
Ignite only one firework at a time

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Never give fireworks to small
Keep a safe distance
Never point or throw fireworks at
another person
Never attempt to relight or "fix"
Stay away from illegal or home-
made fireworks
Never carry fireworks in your
Dispose of fireworks by soaking
them in water first, and then put into
a trash can
Store fireworks in a cool, dry loca-
* Never use fireworks near dry grass
or flammable materials
Trying to keep safe from explosions
is one issue, but Robinson also wants

to remind people of another impor-
tant area: staying comfortable. With
temperatures in the mid- to high 90s,
even after the recent rainstorms, it
won't be hard to become overheated.

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The school has served about 500 stu-
dents a year with its 10-day substance
abuse intervention program. Now it has
fallen to the cost-cutting that's ravaging
Florida's education system. The school's
$250,000 budget has been covered from
other revenues for the past two years,
but this year's lean budget prevents that
from continuing, according to Nancy
Woolcock, assistant superintendent of
Learning Support.
Some district personnel will still be
housed at the school, but the drug-
abatement program is no longer, and
replacing it to meet student needs is
the dilemma. Discussion of alternatives
left several Polk County School Board
members unsatisfied at a special work
session June 22.
The need for the program is clear,
with Bruce Tonjes, associate superin-
tendent of school-based operations,
noting that 37 percent of the districts
expulsions are related to substance

"We will try to come up with a plan
of action for kids with drug problems,"
Woolcock said, but one of the sug-
gestions, that of creating intervention
packets for parents, did not sit well with
the board.
"From what I am hearing, we are
going to give parents a packet and
expect them to deal with it?" Board
Chairperson Kay Fields asked. When
Tonjes noted that marijuana is often
in the home, condoned by the parents,
Fields added "That's a good point; it's
ludicrous to expect this to work. I can't
support this plan," she said.
Jerome Corbett, senior director of
specialized services, told the board that
details are still being hammered out.
Board Member Hazel Sellers said that
Interact, formerly known as The Drug
Resource Center, had volunteered to
help, and the board concluded that
possible links with providers would be
explored to bridge the gap left by clos-
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The information is gathered from police, sheriff's office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records.
Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.

Frostproof city employee charged with stealing gas from city

On or about June 1, 2011, Frostproof
City employee, 21-year-old Christo-
pherVargas, SW 8th Court, Frostproof,
unlawfully obtained City of Frostproof
gas card. Without the permission and
knowledge of the city, Vargas began
using the fuel card to put gas in his
personal vehicle.
Vargas used the fuel card at the Frost-
proof Oil Company located on CR 630.
Between June 1 and June 17, Vargas and
several codefendants listed below used
the fuel card numerous times, depriv-
ing the City of Frostproof approximate-
ly $1,650.
Vargas was arrested and charged with
scheming to defraud, fraudulent use of
a credit card, dealing in stolen property,
(DSP), destroy/tamper with evidence,
and petit theft.
Also arrested: 26-year-old Gary Alex-
ander Pruitt, Jr., Keen Road, Frostproof.
Gary Pruitt was charged with 4 counts
of DSP and 4 counts of petit theft.
17-year-old Justin Kyle Pruitt, Brooks
Road, Frostproof. Justin was charged
with 3 counts of petit theft and 3
counts of dealing in stolen property.
Justin is Gary's younger brother.
Twenty-five-year-old Clinton Andrew
Underwood, Fir Avenue, Frostproof was
charged with fraudulent use of credit
card, DSP, scheme to defraud, destroy/
tamper with evidence and 6 counts of
petit theft.
Jarrod Witt Lee, 25, Raymond Avenue,
Frostproof is charged with DSP and
petit theft.
Jerel Lance Crumbly, 33, CR 630 West,
Frostproof is charged with scheme to
defraud, 5 counts petit theft, destroy/
tamper with evidence and fraudulent
use of credit card.
The City of Frostproof has a contract
with the Frostproof Oil Company to
provide fuel for city vehicles. Around
June 15, city employees discovered
suspicious fuel card transactions which
had all taken place at the Frostproof Oil
Company. Upon learning of this suspi-
cious activity, the city manager con-
tacted the Polk County Sheriff's Office
and requested assistance.

Detectives interviewed Vargas on
Monday, June 27, and Vargas subse-
quently confessed to using the fuel card
to put fuel in his personal vehicle and
that he had, on several occasions, sold
fuel to several others at a discounted
Vargas also told detectives he at-
tempted to burn the card once he
learned of the investigation. Detectives
estimate that while Vargas had the fuel
card, he profited approximately $150
from illegally selling the fuel. Vargas'
employment was terminated as a result
of his criminal activity.
Vargas, Underwood, Gary Pruitt, Lee,
and Crumbly were booked into the Polk
County Jail. Justin Pruitt was booked
into the Juvenile Assessment Center.
The investigation is ongoing at this

Other arrests Lake Wales
Car theft from step-mother

Alexiss K. Thomas, 31, Dothan, Ala.
was arrested June 27 for the June 16
burglary to an unoccupied conveyance
and grand theft of more than $300, but
less than $5,000.
Police say Alexiss Thomas stole items
valued at $725.00 from the unlocked
truck of her step-mother at Brentwood
Reports note items taken included a
watch, necklace, pictures, birth certifi-
cate, and MP3 player.
The police report reads that Alex-
iss Thomas admitted to the theft and
returned some photographs taken from
the truck.

Altercation at DeCosey's Night Club

Tanesia Whiteside reported to police
that a pair of unknown males battered
her with hands, feet and fists caus-
ing a minor laceration to her lip, at
DeCosey's Night Club, 39 W Park Ave.,
June 27.
The 3 a.m. incident was considered
simple battery. Sabrina Taylor wit-
nessed the incident.


Whiteside maintained that when
exiting the bar a man grabbed her from
behind and when she confronted him,
he threw a drink in her face.
She stated that in return she threw
her drink in his face and then another
unknown male punched her in the face

from behind. Lake Wales police officers
were stationed out front and the police
report reads that Whiteside pointed out
a suspect to officers on the scene, but
police made no attempt to contact the
suspect who then left the scene.

June 24
Pearl Dicapua, 25, of 611 Mcclellan
Road, Frostproof charged with pos-
session of marijuana.
Michael Dicapua, 35, of 611 Mcclel-
lan Road, Frostproof charged with
possession of marijuana.
Adrian Durr, 28, of 444 W. 9th Street,
Lake Wales charged with fleeing po-
lice, driving with a suspended license,
giving false information to law enforce-
ment, resisting arrest and violation of
Jimmie Blake, 46, of 304 MLK Blvd.
#A, Lake Wales charged with driving
with a suspended license.
Anthony Richardson, 43, of 1542
Sarah Street, Lake Wales charged
with burglary and larceny.
June 25
Rodrick Snow, 20, of 40 Queens Cove,
Frostproof charged with driving with
a suspended license and driving with-
out a valid license.
June 26
Francisco Martinez, 28, of 236 Johns
Street, Frostproof- charged with bat-
John Richards, 47, of 604 Carver
Drive, Lake Wales charged with lar-
Randall Harkless, 42, of 103 Lime
Street, Lake Wales charged with fail-
ure to appear.

Erika Lewis, 23, of 2331 Laura Street,
Lake Wales charged with burglary.

June 27
Pamela Holland, 57, of 4928 Avon
Street, Lake Wales charged with bat-
Gary Pruitt, 26, of 697 Keen Road,
Frostproof charged with larceny and
dealing in stolen property.
Clinton Underwood, 25, of 792 Fir
Avenue, Frostproof charged with
illegal use of credit cards, larceny, deal-
ing in stolen property, fraud to obtain
property and evidence tampering.
Christopher Vargas, 24, of 108 S.W
8th Court #108, Frostproof- charged
with dealing in stolen property, fraud
to obtain property, evidence tampering
and larceny.
Jarrod Lee, 25, of 233 Raymond Ave-
nue, Frostproof charged with dealing
in stolen property and larceny.

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Hundreds of phone calls from local residents poured in to the corporate office
of the Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Refinery this week-inquiring about items
to be purchased by the team of antique buyers that is on site with OVGSR.
The team of buyers this week are purchasing a vast array of vintage
items, along with the coins, gold jewelry and sterling silver items that the
Refinery usually deals in. It is a local shot in the arm for our economy-the
spokesperson for the event expects to spend in excess of $200,000.00
this week at the Hampton Inn, paying local residents on the spot. The
spokesperson for the company has explained that these collectors are paying
collector prices for the vintage items and it is great way for people to get a
great value for their items.

Above: Refinery representatives will be on hand through Saturday to pur-
chase all gold, silver and platinum items, as well as coins. Public welcome!


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By Ken Mclntosh

Got Coin? It might be just the time to
cash in. This week, starting Tuesday
and continuing through Saturday,
the International Collectors
Association in conjunction with the
Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery
will"be purchasing all types of silver
and gold coins direct from the
public. All types are welcome and
the event is free.
Collectors will be on hand to
identify and sort your coins. Then the
quality or grade will be determined.
The better the grade the more they
are worth, according to collectors I
talked to. With the silver and gold
markets high, prices of older coins
are too. Any coins minted before
1965 in the U.S. are 90% silver,
except nickels and pennies.
The coin's worth is determined
by the rarity and the grade. Old
silver dollars are worth a great
premium right now, even well worn
heavilycirculated ones are bringing
good premiums. Franklin and
Kennedy half dollars, Washington
quarters, Mercury and Roosevelt

COINS: All coins made before 1965:
silver and gold coins, dollars, halves,
quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.
All conditions wanted!
VINTAGE GUITARS: Martin, Gibson,
Fender, National, Rickenbacker,
Gretsch, Mandolins, Banjos & others
Tiffcny, lilplitgmega. Chopard,
Cartier, Philippe, Waltham, Swatch,
Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Ebel,
Illinois, Hamilton & all others
JEWELRY: Gold, silver, platinum,
diamonds, rubies, sapphires, all types
of stones and metals, rings, bracelets,
necklaces, etc. (including broken and
early costume jewelry)

dimes are all worth many times the
face value. While older types like
Seated Liberty, Standing Liberties,
and Barber coins are worth even
Gold coins are really worth a
lot right now, according to Brian
Eades of the International Collectors
Association. "This country didn't
start minting coins until 1792" says
Eades. He explained, "Before that,
people would trade goods using
gold dust and nuggets. Some shop
keepers would take more gold than
needed to pay for items purchased.
There was no uniform system of
making change.".
The government opened the first
mints and began distributing the
coins in 1792. By the beginning of
the 19th century, coins and paper
currency were wide spread and
our monetary system was here to
stay. In 1933 Roosevelt required
all banking institutions to turn in all
gold coins. Once all banks turned
in this gold, the president raised
the gold standard from $20.00
per ounce to $33.00 per ounce.
This was his way of stimulating
the economy during the great
depression. However, gold coins


ANTIQUE TOYS: All makers and
types of toys made before 1965:
Hot Wheels, Tonka, Buddy L, Smith
Miller, Nylint, Robots, Battery Toys,
Mickey Mouse, Train Sets (all gauges,
accessories, individual cars), Barbie,
GI Joe, German & others
WAR MEMORABILIA: Revolutionary
War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc:
swords, badges, clothes, photos,
medals, knives, gear, letters.

Local records reveal to our research
department that recent vintage guitar
sold for $2400.00 and another for
$12,000.00 to a collector that will be
tied into the event this week via live
database feed.

were never redistributed after the
recall. But not all gold coins were
turned in. "Many folks during that
time didn't completely trust the
government and chose to keep their
gold" said Eades.
These gold coins are sought
after. by collectors today and bring
many times the face value. Any gold
coins with the mint marks of CC,
D or O will bring nice premiums.
Collectors at the event will be
glad to show you where to look.
Other types of coins will also be
purchased including foreign coins,
Indian cents, two cent pieces, half
dimes, three cent pieces and buffalo
nickels to name a few.
Collectors warn people against
trying to clean their coins, as
significant damage can be done
and the coin's value lessened.

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A spokesperson for the event said
he expects to spend in excess of
$200,000.00 this week for vintage
items and precious metals from local

At previous events:
One person sold an old
Gibson guitar that was purchased
in the 1960's for less than
$250.00. A collector at the event
paid him $2,175.00 for it.
Another person had a pocket
watch collection that sold for
$4,600.00, with one of the
watches making up,$375.00 of the
$4,600.00 total.
A husband and wife brought in
a box of old jewelry, wrist watches,
coins and 2 German daggers from
WWII and left $785.00 richer.

This is cool that something like this
would come here to our town. Where
else would this stuff ever be sold?
The Refinery has teamed up with the
collectors for a 24 month tour of the
United States, both big and small
towns, to dig up hidden gems.


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They were far short of setting the
record for the most number of dogs
married Saturday at the Eagle Ridge
Mall, but there was no shortage of fun
and canine cracks.
Soon after telling the crowd of that
the mall provided free barking for ev-
eryone, Allan Zuckerman, the man who
married the 62 dog couples gathered in
the back parking lot, "To speak now or
forever hold your pooch."
The record set in 2007 was 178 dog
couples in an event in Littleton, Colo.
Not setting the record didn't bother
The Dogs The Dogs BoWoW owner Jen-
nifer Lucas who organized the event,
and she said she may consider doing it
again next year.
She said the threats and the actual
early downpour may have kept some
people away and could have stopped
others from coming.
"There were a lot of people who
pre-registered that didn't come," she
said. But, she added she doesn't know if
that kept them from setting the record.
Regardless, she said, it was a good time
and good thing for the mall.
"It's been great for the mall," she said.
"And it was fun and people had a good
Abby's maid of honor, Theresa Col-
lins, who said they got the bride's outfit
at The Dogs BoWoW, may have helped
her find a groom. She married Mary,
who came dressed in a Looney Tunes
"The outfit is really hot, but that may
be a girl thing," she said.
She said they had a guy lined up but
he didn't show up and when Marley
saw pink polka-dotted outfit out he
was sold and "she was hot for him," she
When asked how would you get
dogs to say "I do" at the ceremony and
whether they should be called man and
wife, Abby's owner Juliana Averett said,
"I think it should be bow and wow."
Brandon Meredith contemplated
whether forcing his dog Leah into get-
ting married and not asking her directly
was good or bad. Finally though he said
good: "She didn't say, but she licked my
face. I know she's ready."
Pancho Villa was ready to marry Lily,
Tammy Roan said in a Forever friends
"They both said 'yes,' but they said it
would be a open marriage," Roan said.
While many of the dogs met their

mates on site either at the Speed Dat-
ing event or just in front of the registra-
tion line, there were long-time friends
who hooked up.
Angel, who came complete in a wed-
ding dress with a veil, married Diablo.
They have been in friends for years,
mom Sharon Carl said. And, they had
rings to exchange at the ceremony.
"Angel asked Diablo and she's paying
for the wedding," Carl said.
Living in the same Park in Lake
Ashton, Picasso and Izzy were ready for
their coupling. In fact, Izzy "rolled over
for it," mom Kathy Eckstein said. But
Picasso's father Steve Soberman said he
knows what Picasso's getting into.
"She'll cheat on him," he said, adding
that Izzy is always flirting with Angel.
That, of course, brings up the same sex
There was at least one same sex mar-
riage at the ceremony. A family admit-
ted that when Zuckerman asked the
question. He said, "There's no shame ...
it's 2011."
The ceremony was done en masse
with all 62 couples in a squared ring
and two dog couples on stage that in-
cluded Mack and Nikki, who have been'
in love since they met.
Nicolette Stodeard said Nikki is
more domineering and she generally
yaps and yaps to keep Mack from lying
down and playing. But that doesn't
bother her and believes they will be a
good couple.
She said she wouldn't let her "son"
marry just any kind of dog.
When she walks her dog and they
pass the Bowen's house, Nikki will stop
and look at the house looking for Mack.
"They only have eyes for each other,"
Stodeard said.
And, if anyone is questioning wheth-
er the marriages should be considered
real, they very well could be. Zucker-
man drove from Sarasota County for
the event and is the owner of Beach
Breeze Weddings in Venice where he
marries people on the beach there.
And, though he's done hundreds of
marriages, this is the first canine cer-
emony he's officiated for.
"I'm going to consider this practice
because I think I want to do something
like this in my area," he said.
And, practice it was. He tried his
jokes and some worked and some
didn't delight the guests, but after
declaring the couples married, he said,
"You may now sniff the bride or.pee on
someone's leg."

Mack gets a taste of treats at the Mutt-ramoney ceremony at the Eagle Ridge Mall from his
mother Nicolette Stodeard. The treats may have been used in a way to substitute for an "I do."

Allan Zuckerman, a marriage officiate from Sarasota and the owner of Beach Breeze Weddings
there, married the 62 dog couples Saturday at the Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales.

Longtime friends Mack and Nikki were featured on stage during the Mutt-ramoney event at the
Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales.

Lily was fully prepared to enter matrimony Saturday during the Mutt-ramoney event at the Eagle
Ridge Mall. She married Pancho Villa who was decked out in a full tuxedo for the ceremony.


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June 29. 2011

Frostproof News Page 17A

Emergency lesson for the kids

For those who took part in Polk
County's annual Hurricane Expo in
early June there was as much concern
about children's safety as there was for
the safety of structures and neighbor-
There was also a concern, perhaps
with the recent outbreaks across the
South, of tornadoes.
Polk County Parks and Recreation
Department teamed with Sherwin
Williams to supply 400 plastic buckets
to children who attended the annual

The National Weather Service set up a make-
shift tornado in a booth at the Polk County
Hurricane Expo on June 4.

event earlier this month at the Orange
Dome in Winter Haven. Parks and
Recreation supplied stencils and pens
for the kids to decorate the buckets
and mark them as hurricane storage
Parks and Recreation employees
manned the booth outside the center
and children lined the tables to color
"I've been learning just how to be
prepared," said 8-year-old Emma
Whiles aS she stenciled a lightning bolt
onto her bucket.
Her father, Sean, also was there to
tell her what Polk County went through
seven years ago when Hurricanes Char-
ley, Frances and Jeanne came through.
While there may have been some fixing
up to be done at his home in Winter
Haven, he was constantly working.
He works in an ambulance and spent
weeks traveling throughout the county.
"They called us in the day before the
shift to work," he recalled. "There was
a lot of minor stuff and we went to a lot
of different places," but he recalled he

was constantly working.
He said Winter Haven was relatively
lucky, and he thinks being away from
the water Polk County didn't do so
George Apostolos, who lives in Au-
burndale, said he and his belongings
didn't do so badly, but there were oth-
ers who weren't so fortunate.
"Anybody that lost a roof, they re-
member what 2004 was all about," he
His son, John, who is 7, doesn't know
what they went through, but he's heard
the stories.
"Frances was the least intense but
that one sure brought a lot of rain with
it," George said. "Jeanne, well that one
brought wind and rain and it was at
about 4 or 5 a.m. It was much faster."
He said the results in Auburndale
were mixed, but he could see the dam-
age a hurricane can do.
Near the bounce house outside the
.Orange Dome, there was a mobile
home where children learned about fire
Children learned that it's OK to close
the door when they're sleeping. There
is nothing there to fear when it's dark.
Plus, when the door is closed and a fire
breaks out in a home, it is safer. They
learned to stay low to ground when a
house is on fire because smoke rises,
and the toxic fumes are not low to the
The children learned how to get out
of the house through a window and get
far from the house and the fire.
"Make a plan to meet your family
away from the house," the instructor
told them.
One child asked what to do if the
bedroom is on second floor. How would
you get out of the window then?
The instructor said to throw out blan-
kets and pillows and prepare to jump
and to jump safely.
Tornado safety
Another part of the expo was about
tornado warnings and what those
Daniel Noah, with the National
Weather Service, set up a booth show-
ing what a tornado can do.
He pointed out the National Weather
Service has set up pages on Facebook
where people who have gone through
disasters can get in touch with their
families to let them know they're OK.
"After the tornadoes hit (in Little
Rock, Ark.) we had about 14,000 who
became fans of the page," he said.
He said there are Facebook pages set
up in Florida for people who need to
get in touch with their families. It sure
can save people from the heartache of
not knowing anything.
"With all the tornadoes that have
been going on there was no way to get
a message across," he said. "This thing
has really been terrific."

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The results are in.
One-hundred-sixty-five residents
completed a budget survey giving city
budget makers mostly good to excellent
In light of a projected $28.4 million
budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year,
and a reduction since 2000 of 191 to
174 city staffers, respondents gave good
to "excellent" ratings for fire and library
Respondents gave "good" ratings
for crime control, trash and garbage
collection, and downtown landscaping
and maintenance, plus public building
Code enforcement, permitting and
inspection and cemetery maintenance
were rated as fair.
Mayor Mike Carter said that launch-
ing the survey was an excellent idea.
"It's great that we did it," said Carter,
Monday. "We got good information
and I'm glad the citizens gave us some
"We got a lot of good ideas."
Developing budgets is "pretty tricky,"
according to Commissioner John Paul
"The average citizen does not know
how much money we have to spend,"
said Rogers. "With the police depart-
ment budget, the city and Dorothy Pen-
dergrass go over it and City Manager
Judy Delmar goes over it and it goes to
the city commission.
"If anybody can find the money, Judy
(Delmar) can. She's been doing this for
more than 20 years and can find the
The survey reads that general fund
revenues are expected to drop $850,000
from last year and $1.2 million less than
was received for 2008.
"By necessity, spending levels have
been cut significantly to stay within our
needs," reads the city staff prepared
survey. "Due to estimated revenue
shortfalls next year, it will probably be
necessary to make program and service
reductions in order to balance the
Respondents were then asked to
choose where to slice services. Twenty
five percent of residents favored cutting
funding for permitting and inspec-
tions, while 22 percent chose to slash
the code enforcement budget. Just less
than five percent of voters would cut

crime control and 14 percent suggested
limiting traffic enforcement.
Eighteen percent of residents polled
would cut athletic field maintenance,
while less than three percent would
limit alley and street repair.
One unnamed respondent wrote:
"I would not focus on alley repair but
just maintenance of roads, sidewalks
and alleyways when they are at now. I
would not touch fire, police, and library
budgets these are very important and a
vital part of our community."
Several residents opposed the current
level of recreation spending.
"I think the city needs to stop plac-
ing emphasis on recreation," reads one
comment. "Public safety and infrastruc-
ture must become more of a priority.
"Recreation is a want, NOT a need!"
Most residents would not support an
increase in property tax rates.
"To improve the current level of ser-
vices or fund additional services, would
you support an increase in the property
tax rate?" reads a survey question.
Forty eight percent were opposed to
tax rate increases for improvements,
with 37 percent not opposed and 13.5
percent unsure.
"To maintain the current level of ser-
vices or avoid a reduction in services,
would you support and increase the
property tax rate?"
Almost 43 percent answered the
questions affirmatively and an almost
equal number were opposed.
Commissioner Terrye Howell was sur-
prised by the negative response citizens
gave city recreation funding.
"The survey is not ideal," said Howell.
"But it is (the opinion) of the people
who cared to respond to the survey.
"It's not a good representation. Not
enough people in Lake Wales voted."
Delmar responded. She wrote that
only slightly more than one percent of
the population filled out a question-
naire and someone could have voted
"I was surprised at the lack of sup-
port for increased spending on recre-
ation; but it must be noted that this
was a small sample of opinions," wrote
Delmar as part of an email. "We're still
looking at a shortfall of more than $1
million to balance the budget with
existing service levels. -
"The budget survey may help if we
have to determine areas that will have
to be cut."

Richard B. "Dick" Franz of Frostproof
passed away Monday, June 27, 2011 at
the Woodside Hospice House in Pinel-
las Park. He was 88.
He was born July 20, 1922 in Tun-
nelton, WVa. to the late Howard W. and
Esther M. (Bonafield) Franz; he came
to Frostproof from Cleveland, Ohio in
1957. He was the former owner/opera-
tor of Frostproof TV an active member
of the First United Methodist Church of
Frostproof and a veteran of World War
II, serving in the U.S. Marines. He was
a member of the VEW. and American
Legion and an honorary life member
of the Frostproof Rotary. He was very
active in civic affairs as a former mayor
and city council member, and was once
appointed as Justice of the Peace by
then Governor Claude Kirk.
Richard was preceded in death by his
wife, Sally Lou Franz. Survivors include
his daughter, Sherry Lou Smith (John)
of St. Petersburg;. sons, Richard B. Franz
II (Rebecca) of Seminole and Michael
E. Franz (Jerri) of Fleming Island; 5
grandchildren, Richard Franz III, Erica
Smith, Andrea Franz, Graham Smith

Mrs. Ruby Bell Hartline, 84, of Lake
Wales, Fla., died June 23, 2011 at Grace
Health Care, Lake Wales.
She was born in Dover, Fla., on July
27, 1926 moved to Lake Wales from
Tampa 39 years ago.
She was a bookkeeper for the Hart-
line Alarm Company in Lake Wales.
Survivors include her sons Harvey
"Skip" Hartline of Winter Haven and
Alan L. Hartline of Lake Wales, a sister
June Henderson of Little Switzerland,
N. C., six grandchildren and one great

Katlyn C. Gilbert "Katiebell" of Lake
Wales passed away Sunday, June 26,
2011. She was 16. Marion Nelson Fu-

and Caitlin Franz;
and 2 great-grand-
children, Caden
and Colton.
Visitation will
be held from 2:00
p.m. until the
funeral service at
3:00 p.m., Thurs-
day, June 30, 2011
at the First United
Methodist Church
Richard B."Dick"Franz in Frostproof ith
Rev. Brian Smith
officiating. Private
interment will be held at the Florida
National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be made to
the Suncoast Hospice Foundation (5771
Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760-
9962) or the First United Methodist
Church (150 Devane Street, Frostproof,
FL 33843). Condolences may be sent
to the family and the webcast of the
service can be viewed at www.marion-
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.

Ruby Bell Hartline

A celebration
of life will be held
on Thursday, June
30, 2011, from
5:30 p.m. until
7:00 p.m. at the
Johnson Funeral
Johnson Fu-
neral Home is in
charge of arrange-

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the arrangements.


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Swiftmud will lose 36 percent of funding

Translates to $16 decrease in tax bill

Property owners in Polk County will
see their property tax bills drop about
$16 next year due to $210 million sliced
from the water management districts
in the state.
In return for those cuts the South-
west Florida Water Management, which
contains most of Polk County, there
will be fewer water resource projects,
less money for local governments for
projects they may be working on, and
the district will no longer be able to buy
conservation lands to protect.
Last week, Gov. Rick Scott signed a
bill that cut the budgets for not only
Southwest Florida Water Management
District, also known as Swiftmud,
but also for South Florida, St. John's,
Suwanee River and Northwest Florida
water management districts.
For Swiftmud, the cut will amount to
36 percent of its budget.

Robyn Felix, media relations manag-
er for Swiftmud, said that will mean the
budget will drop from $280 million to
$161 million. That new budget will take
effect on Oct. 1. The cuts could also
mean a loss of jobs in the agency but
whether that will happen is not known.
Scott acknowledged the likely job
losses, but said they were a means to
stirring private-sector growth.
"Most people believe government is
larger than it should be," he said.
Specifically what these cuts mean to
the average person is in the Coopera-
tive Funding Program. In this program,
each town can apply for money from
the water management district for
programs to help them save money on
a toilet rebate program or on a flood
protection project or to fix stormwater
runoff into a lake, Felix said.
"Towns will still be able to apply for
money but there won't be as much
money to go around," Felix said.

She also said that Swiftmud is chang-
ing its focus from trying to save land
in conservation buys. There is not any
land in Polk County it will stop trying
to buy, but in Pasco County, for in-
stance, the agency will no longer try to
buy land near the Starkey Preserve. The
price tag was about $8 million.
"That's also been the direction of the
Environmental Protection Agency; pur-
chasing for conservation is no longer
part of our core mission," she said.
Scott signed the bill as he stood be-
fore a large banner proclaiming "Prom-
ises Made, Promises Kept" and said
the law would help fulfill his campaign
mantras of stimulating the economy
and job growth.
"The most important step we can
take to create jobs in our state is to
lower taxes," he said.
The new law requires .the Legislature
to annually review the budget and tax
rate for each of the state's five water

management districts and sets caps
on the rate. Scott said, in effect, "the
public will have a lot better handle on
how their money is spent" and it holds
the districts accountable.
Kirk Fordham, head of the Everglades
Foundation, said the savings to hom-
eowners would be insignificant and
said Scott's appearance was especially
insulting given a severe drought that
has hit the state.
"Since the water management dis-
trict's mission is to protect our natural
resources and water supply, I'm not
certain that gutting the agency in the
midst of a massive water crisis is either
smart politics or very good policy," he
But with the reality of less money this
will give the agencies a reason to focus
on cutting.
"We've been looking for ways to be
efficient, we just have to prioritize what
we can do and fund," Felix said.

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JH Wilson students dream big, achieve goals

Five students working with Janie '
Howard Wilson Elementary resource
teacher Tricia Nettleton set lofty
goals this year they made big gains -.
in math and reading, while keep- 4 .
ing positive attitudes, so Nettleton ~ -
would take them to the Magic King- _..77
dom at Walt Disney World.
"We looked at their FCAT scores
from last year, and set targets for I -T
this year. Each student signed a -
contract and took it home for their
parents to sign. We talked about .lt
their dream of going to Disney, but
we also talked about bigger dreams
as they continue their education,"
said Nettleton, who helped the
students raise money for the Disney PHOTO PROVIDED
trip, which will take place in the fall. Janie Howard Wilson Elementary resource teacher Tricia Nettleton (left) said she was very proud of fourth and fifth graders (I-r) Rushon Gardner,
La'Darius Hart, Matthew Brown, Marcus Brown and Isaiah Marranda.

School District Partners Beef O'Brady's,

Publix Honored By Florida Department of Education

Polk's Bosko Family Enterprises Beef
O'Brady's and Publix Supermarket
Charities were touted among the top
businesses in the state for advancing
and supporting Florida's public educa-
tion system.
The recognition occurred as part of
the 2011 Commissioner's Business Rec-
ognition Awards ceremony coordinated
by the Florida Department of Educa-
tion (FDOE) and the Florida Education
Foundation (FEF). The FDOE and FEF
administer the awards to encourage
successful alliances within the business
community and school districts.
Bosko's Beef O'Brady's and Publix
Supermarket Charities were among
more than 80 business education
partners honored during the Florida
Association of District School Super-'
intendents and Florida School Boards
Association conference held June 9 at
the Grand Hyatt in Tampa. Visit http://
ute-to-commissioner-smith and http://
cbra_2011 _winnersby_district.pdf for
further information and a list of hon-
orees by county. Members of the state
Board of Education also participated in
the June 9 event.

Bosko's Beef O'Brady's and Publix Su-
permarkets Charities were nominated
by the Polk Public Schools and the Polk
Education Foundation.
Bosko Family Enterprises Beef'O'
Brady's has been involved with more
than 25 Polk County schools, donat-
ing more than $50,000 and more than
6,000 volunteer hours throughout 2010
and 2011. Schools receive a percent-
age of sales from Beef'O' Brady's Spirit
Nights. Beef's also honors teachers and
volunteers monthly and annually in
recognition programs. Beef's also has
programs awarding students free meals
for excellence in academics, atten-
dance and behavior.
Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.
has contributed $142,500 for educa-
tion programs benefiting students and
teachers in the Polk Public Schools
during the past seven years. Publix
sponsors major school district events,
funds scholarships and assists projects
that include helping homeless students
and districtwide reading and literacy
"Excellent schools and effective
learning environments do not occur
by chance," said Florida's Education
Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. "They
are built piece by piece through great
teaching, visionary leadership, and
ongoing community and stakeholder

Beef O'Brady's presents a check to George Jenkins High School. (I to r) Tim Bosko, George Jenkins
High principal Buddy Thomas, Don Bosko.

involvement and investment. The busi-
ness partners honored through these
awards embody the type of commit-
ment we need to make every one of

our schools a success and I'm pleased
to recognize them for the vital role
they play in improving our education

JH Wilson students


Minerva Achievement Award

Ten students at Janie Howard Wilson Elemen-
tary earned the Minerva Achievement Award
from the Lakeland Alumnae Chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority for their high achieve-
ment at school and great citizenship in the
community. Pictured (front I-r) are: second
graders Jordan Watts and E'Myah Oneal;
first graders Reggie Sheppard and Tieranie
Cannon; third graders Tanarris Cannon and
A'mya Williams; (back I-r) Principal Beverly
Lynne, fourth graders Meshach Barnes and
Melkayla Irvis; fifth graders Jakari Hadley and
Kaniya Kendrick; and Assistant Principal Steven

Page 20A Frostproof News

June 29, 2011

Medal of Honor recipient recalls battle


In January of 1954, President Dwight
D. Eisenhower awarded the Medal of
Honor to three men, one of them Wil-
liam R. Charette, of Lake Wales.
Charette, who began his Naval career
as a medical corpsman third class, is
humble and unassuming, so his wife
Lou told us about a hospital being
named after him in Portsmouth, Va.,
and that he was one of the people who
selected an "unnamed soldier" for
burial in Arlington Cemetery.
Charette is willing to share the story
of the day in Korea, however, when he
was plunged as a young sailor into the
merciless world of warfare. His recall is
crystal clear.
After finishing the training that
would prepare him to "attach" to a
Marine unit, Charette was shipped to
Korea, where he joined a second medic,
whom he already knew from stateside
(Although Marines are part of the
Navy, they are strictly combat and do
not have medical personnel, so are pro-
vided support by the Naval Corpsmen,
who "attached" to the units, Charette
Charette shipped out in January
1953, and the Korean Conflict ended in
July of that same year. Much happened
in between.
The newly-arrived medic was placed
with company Fox 2-7, a reserve unit.
Reserve units were not front-line, but
camped behind the lines to perform
other functions until their firepower
was needed. Reserve units were
relatively comfortable, as war zones
go, with good food, clean clothes and
showers, Charette said. This arrange-
ment was short-lived, though.
CorpminLn were trained for combat,
and equipped with bayonetted rifles,
a development that began after the
Japanese, in World War II, started using
the medics as targets, easy to spot with
their emblazoned red crosses and lack
of weapons.
Word came down to Fox 2-7 that

the Chinese combatants in Korea had
taken three mountains, nicknamed
Reno, Vegas, and Carson, where U.S.
troops were embedded. The mountains
were named after gambling venues
because we were "taking a chance,"
Charette said. "We were on maneuvers
when we heard a lot of explosions you
could see them in the distance," he
said. It was just before dark. "The Chi-
nese were smart," he said. "They would
throw a bunch of mortars just before
dark to light up the area and help them
see where to shoot. Then after dark,
they quit, making it hard for the US
troops to see what was going on."
Charette's unit started moving, know-
ing that at dawn they were going to
counter-attack, to try to recover the
mountain known as Vegas. The en-
campment there was a large one, with
about 57 men, and although they had a
machine gun section, the Chinese had
overthrown them.
Pretty quickly, once they had crossed
the river to the mountain, the conflict
Charette quickly attended to an
injured man, then found himself with
four injured troops. Charette worked
feverishly, and sometime along the line,
he was struck by a grenade. He said he
apparently was knocked unconscious,
and when he came to, he had dirt on
his face, which he said was common
with grenade strikes, but whatever
injuries he had apparently did not slow
him down.
He physically carried one Marine
from the scene, and tended several
others. His fellow corpsman said "I
have quite a few wounded here," and
between the two of them they got five
to six men out.
Three platoons were involved in the
skirmish that day, and they all observed
Charette working on men from all three
units. Thus, his actions were docu-
mented in no less than three reports.
The survivors were moved out, and
shortly thereafter the Korean Confliet-
Charette's bravery and persistence
did not go unnoticed, however, and

on Jan. 12, 1954, he was awarded the
Medal of Honor by President Dwight
D. Eisenhower. Charette's actions, such
as throwing himself upon a wounded
man to absorb the concussion from a
grenade, and placing his armored vest
on an injured man, were much appre-
ciated by his country.
Charette went to a naval base at
Great Lakes after leaving Korea. There
he met his future wife, Lou, who was
a Medical Corps WAVE. They married,
and Charette spent a total of 27 years
in the Navy, on submarine duty. The
couple had five children.
These days, Lou and William Cha-
rette live a tranquil life, in a wooded
area near the water.
People have not forgotten what he

did, though. Charette gets about 10 re-
quests for autographs each week 58
years after the battle.
In the words of the declaration that
accompanied his Medal of Honor, "His
personal valor reflects the highest cred-
it upon himself and enhances the finest
traditions of the U.S. Naval Service."

Medal of Honor: "The highest military
decoration awarded by the United States
government. Bestowed by the President
in the name of Congress upon members
of the armed forces who distinguish
themselves through conspicuous gal-
lantry ... above and beyond the call of
duty while engaged in an action against
an enemy of the United States." Wiki-


Mr. and Mrs. Charette are interviewed for a television show. The couple met at Great Lakes Navy
base when he was a corpsman and she was a WAVE, and they are still together.


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June 29, 2011

Lake Wales teen has first adventure novel published


If you are in the mood for high ad-
venture, check out a new book offered
for sale on Amazon.com called "Assas-
sin's Water: High Tide."
The author of this tale of intrigue
and suspense is Matthew Smith, a Lake
Wales resident who just finished his ju-
nior year in high school. His pen name
is Odie Matthews, based on his middle
and first name. "Plus I love Odie and
Garfield," Smith said with a grin.
The young writer is pretty busy: he
buses tables at Crazy Fish Restaurant
and just finished an academic regimen
of college and high school classes at the
Collegiate School at Polk State Winter
He also volunteers as a youth mentor
and plays bass guitar for his church,
and will soon be going on a 10-day
mission trip to Brazil.
How did he find the time to finish his
first book and make progress on three
others? By setting aside two hours a
day to write no matter what. Having
started the book at age 13, Smith said
that around this time last year, he start-
ed writing in earnest. He has planning
sheets and notebooks everywhere, and
he always has a pen and paper at the
ready, even at work. He doesn't want to
let an idea get away from him, he said.
A career in the Marines is Smith's
main goal, and he hopes to attend the
Naval Academy or the military program

at University of lurida. IHowever, he
intends to weave writing throughout,
as sort of a secondary career.
Writing is a way of relaxing and "get-
ting away from it all," for Smith. He is
unusual in that he loves writing but
doesn't like to read. "My parents don't
understand how that can be," Smith
said. When he does read for fun, it has
to be a topic he is intensely interested
in, and "needs to get to the point pretty
quickly," he noted. Smith has built his
own writing on that principle, revealing
the main point early on with the rest of
the book telling the "back story."
"I like lots of twists in a book, things
no one is expecting," he said.
Every one of his characters is based
on someone he knows, himself includ-
ed. That's the best way to bring authen-
ticity to the characters, he figures. Traits
of his grandfather, Tom Smith, are sown
throughout several characters, and an
uncle, John Wey, has his own character
in the book. "He was a cryptologist and
a black belt in karate, and spoke several
languages. He spent 18 years in the Air
Force and three in the Army," Smith
noted, so was a rich resource.
Smith's interest in the adventure
and mystery genre developed out of
an early fascination with conspiracies,
such as those surrounding the deaths
of John E Kennedy and Martin Luther
King, he said.
His literary role models are across
a wide spectrum, however, including
Edgar Allen Poe, C.S. Lewis, and Mark

Matthew Smith chats with customers at Crazy Fish Restaurant, where he works part-time.
He also attends the Collegiate High School and does volunteer work for his church. Smith is a
published author, and his first book, "Assassin's Water: High Tide" is available on Amazon.com.

Smith credits his eighth grade Eng-
lish teacher, Jonathan Berkenfield, with
encouraging his writing, and says he
still gives him tips. Smith's editor is a
fellow student, Luke Markley, on whom
he relies for feedback. "He was the first
to read the book, and he liked it, but
he's very honest and would tell me if
something is bad," Matthew said.

His father has read the book, but
his mother hasn't read it yet, since he
wanted to finish it first. His parents are
Dennis and Barb Smith.
"They have been behind me 100
percent," he said.

Mary Cannaday can be reached at:
e-mail: mcannaday@lakewalesnews.com.

Photo restorers alter images, preserve memories

LAKELAND (AP) Edward Bullen
needed a middleman for his memory.
So when he stepped into Phillips
Photographers on South Florida Avenue,
Bullen paused at the front counter for a
moment and didn't jump for the white
envelope Brad Beck slid.toward him.
Peeling the flap ever-so-slightly, Bul-
len, 84, of Lakeland, reached inside
and pulled out a crisp, rectangular,
black-and-white photograph of a little
girl. Behind it, a smaller, dirtier, circular
rendition of the photo tumbled to the
"Of seven children, she's my only
daughter," he said. "I've had it on my
dresser for God knows how long. It's so
small and it's just so nice."
He stared into the photo.
A smile inched across Beck's face.
The photo restoration business has
long involved people like Beck and the
owner of Phillips, Robin Phillips. And in
recent weeks, the demand for the craft
has experienced an uptick, Beck said.
The process, always imperfect,
requires careful scrutiny as restorers
alter images to recreate moments that
are literally fading away. Restorers once
worked by cutting portions of a photo
- "chunks of emotion" and replac-
ing those spots with portions from other
photographs, oil-based paints or water
colors, Beck said.
These past attempts of restoration can
be found in the portraits waiting for face-
lifts in Phillips. Blaring blotches of green
and tan smudge them like diseased acne
where the ink of touch-ups faded at a dif-
ferent rate than the rest of the photo.
Beck pointed to a portrait of a hefty
man in thick glasses. Filling most of the
picture, he stared out from his spot,
bemused, and seemingly unaware of the
scratches to the left of his head. Deterio-
ration stretched across his suit.
"Something got to it, aside from a cat,
and damaged it," Beck said.
Behind most blemished photos are the
usual suspects, which include bugs and
an oppressive humidity.
"A lot of the photographs pre-date air
conditioning," Beck said. "And humidity
is not a friend to the photograph."
Holding the new photo of his daughter
to the light, Bullen examined the resur-
rected (I' l-
"I'm still not sure what she's in,
whether it's a stroller or a playpen," he

said aloud.
Phillips' voice echoed from the back of
the store.
"I'm glad you say that," he shouted
from his office, "because I was wonder-
ing what she was in while I was working
on it."
Bullen's answer: "She was the middle of
our seven children. Obviously, after that,
you forget these things."
About six miles south, at Tony's Studio
on Emerald Ridge Boulevard, Tony Hop-
man said he also has noticed an increase
in the demand for restoration.
In an industry that changes at a gruel-
ing pace, Hopman said the ways people
preserve their photographs be they
digital or printouts evolves constantly
and that the demand for restoration
comes largely from older generations
looking to save their pasts.
Following the end of World War II,
companies like Kodak introduced inex-
pensive cameras and film, vaulting the
art and presence of snapshot photog-
raphy in American culture. Years later,
a tremendous group of people, mostly
baby boomers, inherited and kept the
troves of post-war photos.
"I think a lot of us want to pass those
things on to family members," Hopman
said. "And as they open boxes and cabi-
nets and find things, restoration comes
to mind."
In time, those boxes of photos will dis-
appear, and as digital photography con-
tinues to seize the market, fewer people
will seek photo restoration services, said
Gary Pagaeu, publisher of the Photo Mar-
keting Association out of Jackson, Miss.
Consumer surveys suggest that of the
75 percent of photos not deleted from
personal digital cameras, only 15 percent
get printed.
"The shoeboxes are going to get
scanned, and then after that everything
that matters will be digital," Pagaeu
said. "Eventually, there will be no more
shoeboxes unless they're for storing hard
drives and CDs."
Sitting in his office, Robin Phillips is
surrounded by stacks of photography
books and loose paper, a miniature
skyline stretched across his desk. His
eyes stare into a computer screen, his
main tool for restoration projects. His
father, Dick Phillips, started the business
in 1949.
He and Beck muse about Bullen and

his decision to give the photo of his
daughter to her as a gift.
"I'm sure he could probably go out and
buy his daughter a pair of shoes," Beck

said. "It doesn't have the same sentimen-
tal attachment as, 'This is a part of your
life.' "

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