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Griffin donates $1M to special-needs school
Our Children's Academy raising funds for expansion
By MARY CANNADAY
Ben Hill Griffin III, citrus and busi-
ness magnate and Citrus Hall of Fame
2009 inductee, made a surprise million-
dollar donation to the building fund of
Our Children's Academy last Tuesday
night. The occasion was a meet and
greet at the Lake Wales Country Club
to acquaint the citrus community and
government officials with the school's
Our Children's Academy is a free-
of-charge charter school for students
with special needs, incorporating a
unique medical/educational model. It
serves high-functioning as well as se-
verely challenged children. Some of the
special needs covered by the school's
services include autism, cerebral palsy
and learning disabilities.
The school is not equipped to serve
children with severe mental illness.
Our Children's, which has been in Lake
Wales for six years, has outgrown its
current location and is embarking on a
capital campaign to raise $12.5 million
for expansion and endowment, accord-
ing to the event chairman John Updike.
According to OCA's director Sharon
McManus, the fund now stands at
$2.3 million, including monies contrib-
uted by staff and community combined
with Ben Hill Griffin Ill's gift. The capital
campaign's second phase will kick off
soon, with letters going out to potential
donors, who McManus calls "investors
The Graham family, longtime foster parents,
talk to the audience at Monday night's meet
and greet about what Our Children's Academy
has meant to them. Shown are (back row, I to r)
Jasmine Graham, baby Grace, Cari Graham, and
event organizer John Updike. (Front row) Patty
and Josh Parrish and Bob Graham.
in our children's futures."
A great number of the event's orga-
nizers, also staunch supporters of the
school, have children, grandchildren
or extended family who have special
needs, so they are familiar with the
services provided by the academy.
Griffin explained to reporters part
of the reason behind his gift, speaking
of a son who had special needs due to
oxygen deprivation. The doctors did
'not give him long to live, yet he lived to
the age of 27.
"In his case, he did have the benefit
of getting the services he needed,
but not everyone does. The public
schools are doing the best they can,
but just don't have the resources for the
PHOTOS BY MARY CANNADAY
Ben Hill Griffin III (second from left) made a donation of $1 million to the building fund of
Our Children's Academy Tuesday evening. He is shown here with (1-r) Debbie Griffin, Candy Denton
and Andy Denton.
one-to-one attention that's needed," he
said. The experience with his own son
really "brings this close to home and
creates empathy with others in that
situation." Griffin said.
The academy was complimented
during event Updike's presentation for
always operating in the black. in spite
of their labor-intensive program which
includes speech, behavioral and
physical therapists, and special
education teachers as well as a large
number of aides.
"One beautiful thing about the
school is that it has after-hours therapy
available, which lessens the disruption
to family life," noted Updike,; who has a
family member with special needs.
Updike also noted that there were
only seven schools in the state of
Council wants more time to decide on utility rates
By BRIAN ACKLEY
There was no news coming from the
Frostproof council Monday night regarding
the city's utility rates. Whether of not that
is good news for customers is still up for
Council members decided to set another
special workshop session to discuss the
matter, after deciding Monday that they
wanted to give city staff enough time to
present a full accounting oftSeveral different
options that at various times in the past few
months have been under discussion.
The council did go ahead with a plan to
possibly refinance some of the long term
debt it carries on the city's sewer system,
although Councilwoman Anne Dickinson
voted against the measure. It also set the ,
ball in motion on awarding a contract for an
expansion of the city's wastewater treatment
plant, although the final numbers on that
still need to be worked out as well. That work
is expected to be covered by grant funds.
One plan under consideration is creating
a new minimum usage level, which might
mean lower rates for those who use the
least water. Currently, everyone is billed
for a minimum of 3,000 gallons of water a
month. The new plan would lower that to
2,000 gallonsand effect about 300 of the
city's more than 1,100 water customers.
However, that revenue would likely have
to be made up somewhere on the other
end of the scale, meaning larger water users
could face higher bills.
City finance manager MelodyWalsh said
she would prepare sample bills for council
members to review under the different
options under discussion so a more realistic
impression on how any of the change .'
might impact individual homeowners and
The city is looking at different options to
try and offset a possible rate hike of around
2.5 percent, which is equal to the Consumer
Price Index. However, the city auditor early
this year "strongly" recommended a rate
hike because the city's sewer and water op-
erations basically are a break-even financial
City manager T.R. Croley said staff had
been tied up with an-unusual amount of
immediate requests in the time leading up
to Monday's meeting, and could not pull
together all the data needed.
"I hate to continue to push this off, but I
think it is so important that T think we need
to give our full attention to it and have the
current information available," Croley said.
"I think you need the whole picture."
SMayor Kay Hutzelman said it is a chal-
lenge to balance the needs of the city with
the needs of its customers.
"We're trying to figure out ways to help
our people and have the city still sunrive. It's
making us think," she said. "Bringing forth
a (sample) bill will give us some idea of how
it will effect different people. That's going to
be very important"
"This is not simple job," added
No workshop date has yet been set. The
'next regularly scheduled council meeting is
scheduled for Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m.
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Webber to host baseball camp
Webber International University will be
holding its annual youth baseball camp June
11-14 with a second session set June 18-21.
Frostproof Bulldogs Coach Jeremy Byrd will
serve as one of the instructors.
The camp will be held atWebber
International University's baseball
Campers will have the opportunity to
improve their s kill s in the areas of pitch-.
ing,, hitting, base running, infield play,
: outfield play, and throwing technique.
Webber's coaches will use specific drills
and exercises that will allow campers to
have a great time while becoming better
ball players. Campers will have the chance
to play coach-pitched games. At the end
of the week, competitions will be held and
prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Each day, camp begins at 8:30 a.m. and
ends at noon. All children ages 6 to 15 are
encouraged to attend and the cost is $80
per camper. Each camper will receive a
Webber baseball t-shirt and the chance to
win additional prizes.
For more information please contact
Webber's head baseball coach Brad
Niethanmmner at 863-412-0399 or 863-638-
2951 or via email at Bdhammerl7@Caol.com.
Next-Ramon murder-mystery event is Aug. 25
* The Ramon Theater is getting
ready to hit the links, so to speak, in
scheduling the next of its popular
murder-mystery dinner theater events
"Murder is Par for the Course" on
As the title would indicate, the
fun surrounds an important golf
tournament, according to the website
It was the match of the century for
the prestigious Porous Pines Country
Club. For the past decade, profes-
sional champion Holin Wunn had
dominated the tournaments through-
out the region. His prowess as a pro
resulted in awards, accolades and, of
course, a lifestyle that most golfers
only dream of.Wunn's tenacity on
the tee and rigor in the rough were
unchallenged by any man but not
so when it came to women.
For the past year, Birdie Bigelow,
the undisputed women's regional
champ had repeatedly issued a
challenge to the legendary Wunn.
She would (so she proclaimed) in
match play, demonstrate that Wunn's
stance to keep women out of men's
tournaments was more the result of
fear than fact.
"Golf is more brains than brawn,"
she told the press. "He might drive
the ball farther, but no one can size
up a course like I can." With pressure
from all sides, Wunn finally agreed to
the head-to-head confrontation. The
date of the match was set. Reporters
gushed over a legendary battle of the
sexes to settle the matter once and for
all. It would be 18 holes of golf that
would go down in the annals of the
After 17 holes, Wunn was up-1.
That's when it became dead-even. For
as Wunn teed up for the 18th hole, a
deathly silence fell over the crowd.
Just as his driver reached the zenith
of its arc, Wunn released the club. His
eyes rolled back in their sockets and
he collapsed. All efforts to revive him
failed. At first, observers feared a hid-
den medical problem had surfaced.
yet police thought otherwise. They
.confirmed that the evidence pointed
Who would dare club to death the
gender controversy with such irony?
Why would they even putter around
with such matters? Now, it would be
necessary to trap a killer with a stroke
of investigative genius.
Tickets will go on sale July 2.
Contact the Ramon at 863-635-7222
for reservations or more information.
Tickets are $30 each and advanced
reservations are required. Tickets can
also be purchased online at www.
ramontheater.com. Dinner will start
at 7 p.m.
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June 6, 2012
In another legal setback for the Gov. Rick Scott
administration and the Florida Legislature, a federal
judge and the Department of Justice blocked a pair
of thinly disguised voter suppression measures on
Thursday. The reversals are among a string of ex-
tralegal measures, including a prison privatization
scheme, pension clawbacks and employee drug test-.
ing that have been successfully challenged in court by
First came a federal judge's preliminary injunc-
tion that blocks the enforcement of a law restricting
third-party voter registration drives, such as those
conducted by the League of Women Voters, call-
ing the law's restrictions and penalties "harsh and
impractical." Especially onerous and unnecessary
was a requirement that documentation from voter
registration drives be delivered to Tallahassee elec-
tions officials with 48 hours.
The judge said the time constraint, coupled with
a $1,000 fine for each violation of the statute, put a
"virtually impossible burden" on voter registration
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle minced no words,
in cutting to the intent of the law passed by the
Legislature last year and signed by Scott: "If the goal
is to discourage voter-registration drives and thus
also to make it harder for new voters to register, the
48-hour deadline may succeed."
The League of Women voters, the Florida Public
Interest Research Group and Rock the Vote sued the
state in December. The LWV shut down its voter regis-
tration efforts in response to the law.
Later Thursday, the Department of Justice ordered
the Division of Elections to stop its mistake-riddled
voter purge because the state failed to get permission
required under a long-standing Voting Rights Act
The DOJ also pointed out the purge violated a
federal law that bans the removal of "voters from
the rolls less than 90 days before a federal election,"
according to an Associated Press report.
The DOJ action comes days after a series of reports
about voters who received letters from the state '
requiring them to verify their citizenship, including
a 91-year-old decorated veteran of World War II.
The comedy of errors-by political appointees in the
Division of Elections and governor's office is com-
pounded by the fact Florida has been down this road
before. Former Secretary of State Katherine Harris
oversaw another politically motivated voter purge in
the run-up to the 2000 presidential election that was
similarly flawed in its intent, drafting and execution.
That purge target suspected felons, who lose their
voting rights upon conviction and must apply for
The state paid a Texas company with deep GOP ties
$4 million to compile a purge list. It was later discov-
ered that more than 8,000 voters were erroneously
purged despite the fact they were not felons.
Purging voters under the guise of finding non-
citizens or felons is an abuse of power for political
purposes. Widespread election fraud is a fiction
invented as a front for disenfranchising valid voters
- typically those who tend to vote for the other party.
Botching the job in such spectacular fashion is an
embarrassment for Scott and his allies and further
embarrassment for a state with more than its share
of elections fiascos. It's a shame that shame is in such-
short supply in Tallahassee.
Letters to the editor
My husband is my hero
At this time of year we hear a lot
about Relay for Life events, cancer
survivors, and people who have lost
their battles with Cancer. What we
don't hear about is the caregiver's side
to all of this. I have often asked myself
if it is. harder being the patient or the
caregiver. I do not have the answer to
that, but I know it is every bit as hard
being the caregiver. My husband is
my caregiver and he stands beside
me all the way, through the good and
bad times, through my up and down
emotions, and never misses a doctor
appointment I have. He researches my
disease, wanting to learn all he can, and
To live in a community where you
don't have to lock your house night or
day, would seem like heaven on earth.
Many seniors can recall a time like this.
Car keys were safely left in the ignition
at home and in town. Divorce was rare.
Family, school, church, government,
and media shared moral values.
What changed? Why do we see so
much heartache and tragedy? Our
atheist friends are quick to ask, "How
can there be a God?" The short answer
is "self-will." God has given us the
freedom to make good or evil choices.
Evil, although attractive, has dreadful
consequences. See Genesis 3.
America has made two choices which
have progressively destroyed family and
community: substance abuse and porn.
God's "no adultery" directive protects
marriage by forbidding porn, cohabita-
tion, and homosexuality. Divorce and
abortion are often the consequences of
writes to drug companies trying to get
funding assistance for my very expen-
sive chemo drugs as well as my numer-
ous other meds. He reminds me when
to take my meds and sees to it that I
do. When I get down and depressed, he
senses it and always tries to cheer me
up. Unfortunately, the caregiver's are
the ones hidden in our shadows, but
they have a vitally important role that
is so often overlooked. My husband,
Bruce Twaddell, always says that I am
his hero. Truth is, he is my hero!!
(Children are the ones who are most
adversely affected.) Still on porn's list
for legalization are bestiality and incest.
We see the progressive nature of
porn's agenda with our President's en-
dorsement of the wide road to Sodom
and Gomorrah not a heavenly des-
tination. The Author of husband-wife
sex and the Golden Rule would never
tell children, or anyone, that the wrong
road is the right road. Nor would our
Lord make a moral wrong a civil right.
Because of evil, it is impossible
to have heaven on earth. Heaven is
perfect, but only one person lived a
perfect life our Lord the One in our
He made it possible for anyone to go to
heaven and still keep heaven perfect.
John 3:16 is amazing!
Nothing is a
Early in my part-time career as a
Florida National Guard officer, I made
an interesting discovery:
Nothing is as simple as it seems.
Why I associate this discovery with
my 30 years in the Guard, I am not
It applies equally in the civilian world,
as I will discuss whef I finally get
around to the topic of this essay.
The military; arguably the most
structured entity anywhere, should
be a simple environment in which to
function. No votes are required, no
consensus mandated. As Dad used to
say, the Army exists to defend democ-
racy, not to practice it. When it comes to
a military activity, whether it is planning
the Normandy Invasion or dedicating
an armory, there is no substitute for the
is simple ..
S S.L Frisbie can be contacted at
Plenty of Prior Planning Prevents Poor
Performance. Occasionally it is ex-
panded to a seventh P, but I am writing
for a family audience.
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FROM PAGE 1 A
Florida which offer service- similar 10
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iakes children il as young a r, I1, ilioni-
of age and tlll tof thli st deiiIts, ahniIb
40 percent mac cvelmentLillv imain-
,streat med balk into l ll!.n I! Iriii K cli f s.
A Baison P.irk failiily' kniown fur ber
ing dedicated foster parents, Bob and
Cari Graham, brought their children
with them to the poillmn to speak of
their experience with (-ICA..
"We've never gotten a call from the
school that hiey couldn't handle a situ-
ation," Carl Graham said. "That was not
the case with some of our special needs
kids' previous schools." One of their
foster c(lilid rni, Jasmine, was recently
adopted by the GI iahlmw..
Sharon McManus, who founded the
;((d,.idloin il her Iig-liine' co-worker
.iulI KJrkliilld, t-'\li,liii tl i thc 'w d t l tll
S'ivi.f' is dlld hI I l) llt t i. p wll v / 'k'..
(iv lIoual, ik s hIlhavior'iil.
heit childreti can (iarn piloint tfor
belingi irtespt'ul and kind." khlMaiinus
said!- I'h.v '-;can ihn lrpend those at
mlll '.toreI' laviig -ializldI Ill need |i,
a Bcleaivioral ,\iial-il. sh noted that
succlS((, with that iha "pli tihe children
in charge of thlir own behavior. I h'se
kids, vlL'n ditti-Lill, ai0 only difliculi
bec dlU I no one h.is %addtlesed their
needs," she added.
McManus also told the group that
the school is paying for one of their
master-level staff to return to school for
her Ph.D., during which time she will
do research on the methods used at Ih1'
"I believe we're a model for th. state,"
McManus said of their program,
N( Ir: he new middle-school pro-
gram, planned to kick-off in the upcom-
ing school year,; is still a go, McManus
.sid, in spite f'if.' miiiilinit: problems
State representative Kelli Stargel (right) chats
with a guest at Monday night's event at the
Lake Wales Country Club, held to introduce
the citrus community and local officials to the
work being done at Our Children's Academy.
OCA is currently in the midst of their capital
campaign and hope to raise 12.5 million for a
with their planned location at Warner
University. Classes will be held instead
at I rs. lio' Ii. l 'I lich. ofl ik'i i 1alh,.s,
until permanent Jc Ilii ic.s are ti ',til ler'.
'lolTUIS BY MAnY UANNALAY
Supporters and advocates for Our Children's
Academy spoke to the audience Tuesday night
at Lake Wales Country Club about the services
and philosophy of the school. Shown here are
(l-r) Charter School Board trustee Pat Cain,
event organizer John Updike, and school advo-
cate and OCA legislative liaison Vic Story.,
Those interested in learning more about
Our (Cildd'us'Middle School can
contact Dot Virkhi(l at 863-412-8198
or the school at 863-679-3338.
FROM PAGE 4A
This iiblser iuinioi was brought to
mind by the recent controversy over
the City of Bartow fire tax. Even the
term can invite quibbling. Some call
it an "assessment" rather than a "tax."
Wi .vie it comes on my "assessment bill"
sent to me by the o1uitiM t "assessment
collector," I will reconsider the termi-
nology. Until then, it's a tax.
Ihe- dtlecl.lired purposes. of the fire tax
are to collect enough money to pay
for the cost of fire protection, and to
require every property owner to pay
for that service, whether or not subject
to ad valorem property tax. Those
are simple and perhaps even noble
concepts, but the devil, as always, is in
the details. One hires a consultant to
decide such matters,
Does it cost more to protect a frame .
house than a masonry house; two
stories instead of one; a house next to
a fire hydrant rather than one three
.blocks iw.iy' A business with a sprin-
kler system compared to one with a fire
extinguisher every 20 feet?
Many years ago, a Bartow city
manager used to poke fun at one of his
department heads who, when tasked to
come up with a cost figure for a project,
"will take a rough estimate and carry it
out to three d'ciimal points."
He could have become a consultant.
The fire tax also was to reduce
Bartow's dependence on revenues from
its uliliiies system, as a succession of
external auditors has recommended.
But it is that source that has kept
Biantomv and other municipalities with
ilucir own electric systems in sound
financial condition as property values
have tanked, reducing ad valorem
pii operly tax revenues. (And no, taxes
have not been reduced. Revenues have
been impacted by reductions in value.
Politicians raise or lower taxes; the
real estate market impacts revenues,
whether increasing or reducing them.
And the fire tax, when origin illy
proposed, was to be offset, dollar for
dollar, by a reduction in tax millage.
Give credit to Commissioner James
Cleimeiis for reminding his colleagues
of that long-ignored fact a few days
ago. How you could increase tax
revenues with a fire tax that would be
ollset, dollar for dollar, by a property
tax cut was never clear to me.
My discovery, reported at the time,
that the fire department budget was
almost exC;ily equal to to the total ,
revenue from ad valorem property lax.
drew no rc' omulli.ndation to eliminate
the property tax, as the dollar for dollar
fire tax offset would have required.
loda\ s fire- tax levy supposedly is at
a level to pay one-fourth of the cost
of providing fire protection. The ad
valorem property tax millage remains
unchanged. A robust profit from the
sale of electricity remains the city's
most lucrative and reliable revenue
Nothing is as simple as it seems,.
(S. L. Frisbie is retired. Retirement is
simple,,almost as simple as it seems: You
wake up in the mowing, decide what
you don't want to do that day, and then
don't do it. Life is good.)
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By JEFF ROSLOW
Florida Polytechnic Universiry may not
have much now- staff, students or enough
money to build the campus that is currently
under way but it has supporters..
At least 70, mostly Polk County, business-
people have come together to form Florida
PolyVision and had a press conference last
week to kick off what was called a booster,
"This is a diverse group that we brought
together that now is approaching 70
members that will be a committed voice
to the 12th public university," said Saddle
Creek Corp. President Cliff Otto, the west
co-chairman of the group. "We have the
capability of leading the nation in innovative
He was speaking at a press conference at
the United Way of Central Florida down the
road from the current Polytech campus it
shares with Polk State College. Otto spoke
from a podium that was lined with members
of the group of Polk and state elected offi-
cials and businesspeople ready to do what it
takes to make Florida Polytechnic University
something to make Florida stand out They
made it clear that, despite the situation the
college appears to be in now, and the fact
that it may not open for business in the next
semester, this is too big an opportunity to let
anything bad happen.
a booster club
"We want to recruit the best teachers, the
best students and the best staff in the coun-
try," saidVic Story, the president of The Story
Companies, who said he was representing
the farm industry "I know there's been some
controversy, but I say to you its done, it's
here. It's important to all of us to support this
university and let's be sure it moves forward."
Though he didn't appear to want to
go to the podium, outgoing state Sen. JD
Alexander, said though he wants to stay on
the sideline, having a school like this in Polk
County is something that was a long time
coming. He said when he first got into the
Legislature he got the school system in the
state to agree to move forward with STEM
education. That was 10 years ago and
17 percent were on board with it
"It's 17 percent now," Alexander said.
"It's important to let it grow and to move
forward. Florida doesn't have this. For 15
years we've been working in that path and
we must do this. We know that there's been
some controversy, but I say to you: It's done.
It's here, and it's important to all of us to
support this university and be sure it moves
Otto hopes the list of people on Florida
"As word begins to spread we're gain-
ing two to three people a day," he said.
"Regarding where we stood, (the school)
is here and shame on us if we don't do -
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Dolly Dee Brackin Arnold Comtois
Funeral services for Dolly Dee Brackin
Arnold Comtois, age 87, of Manchester,
were conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday,
May 29, 2012, at Manchester Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Fields
officiating. Burial will follow in Forest
Mill Cemetery. Visitation with the family
was from 10 a.m. until time of service at
the funeral home. Mrs. Comtois passed
away Tuesday, May 22 at Horizon Health
and Rehab in Manchester.
Mrs. Comtois was born in Frostproof,
Fla., the daughter of the late James
Maryland and Emma Leora Grace
Bracken. She was an underwriter for
Aetna Insurance Company and was
a member of Wesley Heights United
In addition to her parents, Dolly
was also preceded in death by her
husband, Carey Talmadge Arnold; four
'sisters, Olivia Victoria Bacon, Ida Mae
Bacon, Theadora White, and Julia Dell
Goss; and two brothers, Dock Brackin
and James Brackin. She is survived
by one sister, Daisy Re.e Robinette;
her faithful caregivers, niece Karen
Zukosky, niece Robbie Robinette, great
nephew Kimberly Rahner, great niece
Carrie McMillan; nephew, Robert
Hensel; and numerous other nieces
The family requests memorial dona-
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Methodist Church, 2101 E. Lincoln
Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388.
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the Lake Wales Medical Center, due to
He was born Feb. 20, 1927, in Babson
Park to the late Hannie W. and Mattie
(Kiser) Bryant; he was a lifelong
resident of this area. His pastorates
included First Baptist Church, Jan
Phyl Village in Winter Haven, Central
Avenue Baptist Church in Lake Wales
from. 1968 until 1992, retired from
1992 until 1996, First Baptist Church of
Alturas from 1996 until 2000 and retired
again in 2000. He also retired from the
Lake Wales Post Office in 1982 after 35
years and was a veteran of World War
II, serving in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed
reading and studying scripture.
Rev. Bryant was preceded in death
by his wife, Tina M. Bryant in 1993.
Survivors include his two sons, David
W. Bryant (Cheryl) of Lake Wales and
Michael A. McDuffie (JuVonne) of
Daleville, Ala.; sister, Mae Watson of
Lake Wales; five grandchildren and
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m.
until 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012
and the funeral service will be held
11 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the
Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake
Wales with David W. Bryant and Michael
A. McDuffie officiating. Interment will
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Project Graduation helps
Watson's Pharmacy owners Dede and Jim LeFils were one of the Project Graduation sponsors for
2012, donating to senior class president Marisol Espinoza. She is planning on attending to study
biology. "Project Graduation would like to thank all of those individuals and businesses who
helped sponsored a senior this year. Best of Luck to all the students"' noted Elvia Espinoza, one of
the coordinator's for this year's drug and alcohol free event.
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speed. You'll find these at Lake Wales Medical Center. The experienced
E.R. physicians and the entire team are committed to working diligently
to have you initially seen by a clinical professional* within 30 minutes
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sponsored for this year's Project Graduation
event by Yates Cattle. Shown presenting the
check is Betty Yates. After graduation, the
seniors were scheduled to meett promptly at
10 p.m. at the Frostproof Baptist Church and
board the buses at 10:30 p.m. They were to
travel to the state FFA Leadership Conven- !
tion Center in Haines City. The night will be
filled with lots of surprises and gifts. The
following morning the seniors should be back
at the Frostproof Baptist Church at 6:30 a.m.
where they will be treated to a breakfast by
the Project Graduation Committee.
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Medical Benefits Settlement
Providing Benefits to Clean-Up Workers and Certain Gulf Coast Residents
If you have a medical claim related to the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill, you could get benefits from a class
action settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc.
and BP America Production Company ("BP"). Go to
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information,
including information on how to file a claim.
WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT?
The Medical Class includes (1) clean-up workers and
(2) certain people who resided in specific geographic
areas in coastal and wetlands areas along the Gulf
Coast during specific periods in 2010. The website
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com has detailed
descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a
geographic location may be included in one of these zones.
Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail info@
DeepwaterHorizonMedicalSettlement.com to find out if a
geographic location is included.
WHAT DOES THE MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT PROVIDE?
The benefits of the Medical Benefits Settlement include:
(1) payments to qualifying people for certain acute (short-
term) and chronic (ongoing) medical conditions occurring
after exposure to oil or chemical dispersants; (2) provision
of periodic medical examinations to qualifying people; and
(3) creation of a Gulf Region Health Outreach Program,
consisting of projects to strengthen the healthcare system.
Benefits (1) and (2) will be provided only after the Court
grants final approval and any appeals are resolved.
How TO- GET BENEFITS FROM THE MEDICAL
You need to submit a Claim Form to request benefits. You
can get a copy of the Claim Form by visiting the website
or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted by
mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim,
you should call the toll-free number for assistance.
The deadline for filing a Claim Form is one year after
the Medical Benefits Settlement becomes effective (that is,
after the Court grants "final approval" and any appeals are
resolved). The exact date of the claim filing deadline will
be posted on the website. It is highly recommended that
Medical Class Members complete and submit their claim
forms promptly. Please read the Economic and Property
Damages Settlement notice because you may also be
eligible for a payment from that settlement.
YOUR OTHER OPTIONS
If you do not want to be legally bound by the Medical
Benefits Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself
by October 1, 2012 or you won't be able to sue BP over
certain medical claims. If you stay in the Medical Benefits
Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The
Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object.
The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012
to consider whether to. approve the Medical Benefits
Settlement. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear
and speak at the hearing at your own cost. Class Counsel
will ask the Court to consider an award of fees, costs,
and expenses of 6% of the value of the benefits actually
provided under the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement.
Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses under the Medical
Benefits Settlement .Agreement and the Economic and
Property Damages Settlement Agreement jointly cannot
exceed $600 million. Class members' payments will not be
reduced if the Court approves the payment of Class Counsel
fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately pay
these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.
Economic and Property Damages Settlement
Providing Money to Individuals and Businesses
If you have economic loss or property damage because of
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get money from
a class action settlement with BP Exploration & Production
Inc. and BP America Production Company ("BP"). Go to
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information,
including Jnformation on how to file a claim.
WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY
The Economic and Property Damages ("E&PD") Settlement
Class includes people, businesses, and other entities in the
states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and certain
counties in Texas and Florida, that were harmed by the oil
spill. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com has
detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a
geographic location may be included in the E&PD Settlement.
Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail questions@
DeepwaterHorizonEconomicSettlement.com to find out if a
geographic location is included.
WHAT DOES THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY DAMAGES
The E&PD Settlement makes payments for the following types
of claims: (1) Seafood Compensation, (2) Economic Damage, (3)
Loss of Subsistence, (4) Vessel Physical Damage, (5) Vessels of
Opportunity Charter Payment, (6) Coastal Real Property Damage,
(7) Wetlands Real Property Damage, and (8) Real Property Sales
Damage. There is no limit on the total dollar amount of the E&PD
Settlement; all qualified claims will be paid.
HOW TO GET BENEFITS FROM THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY
You need to submit a Claim Form to request a payment. You
can get a copy of the various Claim Forms by visiting the website
or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted online or
by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you
should call the toll-free number for assistance.
The deadline to submit most E&PD claims will be April 22,
2014 or-six months after the E&PD Settlement becomes effective
(that is, after the Court grants "final approval" and any appeals
are resolved), whichever is later. There will be an earlier deadline
to submit E&PD Seafood Compensation claims. The earlier
deadline to submit Seafood Compensation claims will be 30 days
after final approval of the Settlement by the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (regardless of appeals).
Actual claim filing deadlines will be posted on the website as they
become available. Valid claims will be paid as they are approved,
beginning shortly after the Court-Supervised Settlement Program
commences. It is highly recommended that E&PD Settlement
Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly.
Please read the Medical Benefits Settlement notice because you
may also be eligible for benefits from that settlement.
YOUR OTHER OPTIONS
If you do not want to be legally bound by the E&PD Settlement,
you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or
you won't be able to sue BP over certain economic and property
damage claims. If you stay in the E&PD Settlement, you may
object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how
to exclude yourself or object.
The Court will hold a hearing on November 8,2012 to consider
whether to approve the E&PD Settlement. You or your own lawyer
may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. The
Court will also consider Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses
including an interim payment of $75 million and additional awards
equal to 6% of class claims and benefits paid. Class Counsel fees,
costs and expenses under the Economic and Property Damages
Settlement Agreement and the Medical Benefits Settlement
Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members'
payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of
Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately
pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.
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Frostproof News Page 11A
45 schools designated as shelters in hurricane season
By CATHY PALMER
One doesn't necessarily think about
the Polk County School Board when it
comes to hurricane preparedness, but
they are a key player should a storm
dance across Central Florida.
Polk's schools cease to be centers
for learning and become safe havens
for hundreds of Polk residents seeking
shelter from the impending storm.
Some 45 schools are designated safe as
shelters in a storm, but only 16 are usu-
ally prepped for service as a refuge for
those fleeing high winds and rain. The
first schools to open are usually high
schools because they are more adapted
to adult use..-
"Schools have to identify specific ar-
eas that meet the hurricane protection
codes," explains Polk County School
Facilities Director Fred Murphy. '"And
when a shelter opens, the Red Cross
staffs it, we're just the landlords."'
"We work cooperatively with the
Board of County Commissioners and
the Red Cross," Murphy added, "and try
to provide as much comfort as we can
within reason," he added.
He said some schools have solar
powered generators, but power is
limited to some areas for short periods
Once a shelter is filled or reaches
a reasonable capacity. Murphy said,.
other schools can be opened. "We open
the shelter schools in tiers, group by
group, depending on the need," he .
said. He did say, however that in north
east Polk, the Poinciana Elementary
School could be designated a primary
shelter because it is a new school and
was built to higher standards than
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However, for Frostproof residents,
there is no shelter nearby. The clos-
est is in Lake Wales, an issue that has
vexed and concerned city leaders for a
number of years.
Murphy isn't new to hurricane
"In 2004 we opened a lot of schools
when all the storms came through,"
he recalled. "We had no damage
reported at any of the schools we used
Murphy said his staff is placed.on
stand-by status when the Emergency
Operations Center is activated. 'All
the local agencies go there. We have a
designated section of the center where
we decided which shelters to open and
when," he explained.
"We also decide when and if we can-
cel school, if it is in session," he said.
In a pinch, the school district also
may be asked to provide transportation
with its school bus fleet, he added.
"Our main goal is to get the shelters
open, get the Red Cross in place to
manage them and then after the storm,
look at the post-storm effects to deter-
mine how long the shelters will have to
stay open, he said.
"Of course, our first responsibility
is to get kids back into the schools as
soon as it is safe. We want to provide
our students and their families as
much normalcy as we can and its been
proven that school reopening, gives
kids that sense of things getting back to
The schools also will provide food
with what's on hand.
"Earlier in the summer we start
stocking our lunch rooms with staples
which we can use if we have to," he
says, "but we encourage people to
bring their own things if they can."
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Each school shelter will also be
staffed with tat least one law enforce-
ment officer, Murphy explained. "We
Want to make sure we don't have
anyone in the shelter that may have
a criminal record as a sex offender
or pedophile," he said. "We have to
protect the people, and especially the
children, that see our schools as a safe
place to be."
Murphy says the schools are ready
for the storm season.
"We are ready and we just want to
caution people not to be lackadaisical
just'because we haven't had any storms
for several years. We know that can
change in an instant.
"We'll be ready."
FIND THE SHELTERS
Emergency Public Shelter maps show the 45 areas
throughout the county and are now available.
People can get them at many Publix supermarkets
in the area and they will be available at Saturday's
Hurricane Expo at the Lake Eva Banquet Hall. The
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PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Stacy Butterfield (left), present with Polk County Commissioner Edwin V. Smith at the Hurri-
cane Expo held Saturday, June 2 at Lake Eva Banquet Hall in Haines, has announced she will be
running for Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller.
Weiss out, two
By STEVE STEINER
Polk County will get a new clerk of
courts this fall.
Richard Weiss announced Friday, June
1, that he would not seek re-election to
the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court
and County Comptroller, a reversal of
his earlier announced intention to seek
yet another term. Weiss has served as
clerk since his appointment by Governor
Lawton Chiles in 1997. Prior to that time
he was chief deputy for 18 years, from
1979 to 1997.
"I find myself in a situation where I will
not be able to devote my full attention to
re-election as a result of personal circum-
stances," Weiss stated in a news release.
"It has been my great honor to serve the
citizens of Polk County as their Clerk and
Comptroller for the past 15 years, and
I am proud of the accomplishments of
my office during my tenure. It's been a
privilege to work with the most dedicated
group of public servants anywhere."
Vying to replace Weiss thus far are
current Polk County Commissioner and
chairman Samuel Johnson, and Stacy
Butterfield, currently Director of Finance
Prior to Johnson's declaring he
planned on running for Office of Clerk
of the Circuit Court, he said he had met
and spoken with Weiss the morning of
Thursday, May 31, to inform Weiss of his
decision to campaign for the position.
"I wanted to meet with him first
because I have a lot of respect for him,"
Johnson said. "I wanted him to hear it
from me first, not from reading a news-
Johnson said Weiss appreciated hear-
ing it firsthand. However, said Johnson,
Weiss called him Thursday afternoon
and asked if Johnson would postpone
publicly announcing his intent until
Weiss had spoken with his staff. Johnson
agreed, adding he had no idea Weiss
would be withdrawing.
Johnson, who term limits off the Board
of County Commission, said he wished
to continue serve in a public venue.
"This is a window of opportunity for
my next step," he said. He acknowledged
- with a caveat that the recent court
decision upholding term limits and
salary did play a role, but was not the
only reason he is running for the position
Weiss is vacating. "I never depended on
that being overturned. At the same time,
I was looking at ways to continue to serve
Among the reasons Butterfield said she
is running for Clerk of the Circuit Court
and County Comptroller is because of
her wealth of experience. She has been
working in the department 26 years,
the last 10 as director of finance and
"I'm the one with the experience,
knowledge and skills," she said. In ad-
dition, she emphasized a key difference
between the Clerk/Comptroller position
and serving on the BOCC. The latter,
she said, makes policy, while the Clerk/
Comptroller position is "truly a profes-
sional administrative position. It needs
education and experience."
She added that she had been preparing
a long time for this position.
In addition to her years working with
Weiss, Butterfield is a licensed CPA in
Florida. She has a Bachelor of Science
degree in accounting, and a Masters of
Business Administration, both earned
from Florida Southern University.
(Prior to public service, Johnson was an
assistant principal who still holds his
certification in education with the State
Butterfield spoke of the experience
having been a part of Weiss' team.
"Richard and his time as clerk has done
an excellent job, a super job." She added
that although he led the department,
Weiss always attributed its success to the
people with whom he surrounded him-
self, and always gave the credit to them.
She believes herself the best candidate,
and is not the only person who also
"I endorse and support her 100
percent. She has all the experience and
knowledge," said Weiss. "This job is very
complex and technical. She has assisted
in every bit of that. It's not something you
walk in off the street and do."
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Jamboree no real party
for football Bulldogs
By BRIAN ACKLEY
Last Thursday's football "jamboree"
wasn't quite the capper Frostproof was
looking for to wrap up what was other-
wise a pretty positive month of spring
football for the Bullogs.
That was the assessment of Coach Price
Harris, who saw his young, talented, but
raw squad play four quarters of football
against decidedly larger schools, Winter
Haven and Tenoroc.
The final scores didn't matter a whole
lot,,Winter Haven put four touchdolqils
on the board against the Bulldogs in their
24 minutes, three of those by University
of Florida committed running backAdam
Lane. Frostproof and Tenoroc battled to a
7-7 tie. Winter Haven edged Tenoroc, 14-13,
in their third of the round-robin affair.
The Bulldogs have a load of talent,
albeit it young in many cases, headlined
by freshman quarterback Xavier Gaines,
who has filled otit to a 6-3, 210 pound
frame already. He was undefeated as the
starting quarterback for the junior varsity
Bulldogs last season before getting called
up to fill holes on a depleted varsity roster
after five games.
He led Frostproof to its only score of
the night, on it first possession of the
evening. In fact, it took the offense just
2:15 to move 65 yards in seven plays to
get their only points of the night. Xavier
Gaines kept it himself and went in from
three yards out for the score. Nice runs
from Kaleel Gaines of eight and 10 yards
and a 15-yard pass completion to Reggie
Allen were some of the key plays of the
After that, however, the Bulldogs were
kept of the scoreboard, and Coach Price
Harris said it was not only up to the play-
ers, but to he and his staff, to make sure,
they are better ready to perform this fall.
"I wanted us to be physical, and we
were physical in places, but we weren't
physical overall," Harris said. "We missed
a lot of tackles, which I wasn't expecting
us to do. We just have a lot of work to do.
The guys are working hard, but we have
to find a way to get it all together and get
it done. I didn't prepare them well enough
to play in this game. We had five weeks
and it didn't look like we were prepared."
The good news, he added, is there
is plenty of time to work out the kinks
between now and the season opener on
Aug. 31 at Avon Park.
"It's not about the game, but it's about
be able to execute what you want to do
on offense and defense," he added. "I just
didn't feel like we executed very well what
we were trying to do, but we will get it
He also said that being young wasn't
a good enough reason for the lack of
"We can blame it on youth every year.
We've got good, young kids every year.
We're Frostproof. We're going to have
young kids, so that's not an excuse.
We just didn't get them prepared well
enough doing the little things. I have to
get better. We'll get there, we're just one
or two things away each play, but one or
two things each play kills you, especially
on offense. Defensively, we had a couple
of arm tackles that made a difference in
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from more of a four-three
look to a three-four.
"Because of all the spread
teams we saw last year, we're
switching," he said. 'And we
did some good things on
defense, but we missed a few
tackles and that will kill you
The offense ran much
of the night with a spread,
"That's yet to be seen," said
Harris as to if that will be the
regular offensive look come
this fall. "We did some good
things, and I saw some things
I didn't like. We just didn't
look like we were on the
same page, we didn't execute.
very well on offense tonight.
That falls on me. I take full
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