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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, May 8, 2014 24 pages / 50 centsCELEBRATE MOM SUNDAY A section of the Sun Arcadian 50 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Family Album ..........7 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Religion ..............10 Sports ...............14 Agriculture ...........18 A SPECIAL GUY: Guest editorial remembering Guy Maxcys contributions ............................. 5 DROWNING CASE: Two take plea deals in case of drowned teen .......................................... 8 NEW LEADER: Peace River Valley Citrus Growers hire new executive director ............................. 17 INSIDE Like us on FacebookDont miss the special Mothers Day ads throughout todays Arcadian!DeSoto joins nation in Day of Prayer ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comPenny Kurtz, Sister Ann DeNicolo and Deborah Dekeulenaere join and raise their hands in prayer during Thursdays Day of Prayer held at the DeSoto County Comission Chambers. Others in the photo include, from left, Father Vincent Clemente of St. Paul Catholic Church, Jane Breylinger of Habitat for Humanity, Rev. Ted Hanus, and Pastor Eric Romick of First Baptist Church in Nocatee. Turn to page 12 for more photos. Penny Delaney closed the observation of the Day of Prayer with a heartfelt rendition of The Lords Prayer. ARCADIA Charles Junior Lee, formerly the elected marshal of the Arcadia Police Department, entered a plea of no contest Tuesday to charges of obtaining property by fraud and ofcial misconduct. The state dropped a third charge grand theft of over $100,000. Sentencing is expected to take place within 30 days. A hearing will be scheduled for both Lee and the state to present witnesses. Assistant State Attorney Daniel W. Yuter of the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorneys Ofce told Judge Kimberly Bonner of Sarasota that, if Lee repays $145,000 to the city of Arcadia within 30 days, he would be sentenced to four years in state prison, with no probation afterward. However, if he does not repay $145,000 prior to sentencing, he would be sentenced to eight years in prison followed by 22 years of probation. The maximum sentence for scheming to obtain money by fraud would have been 30 years, with 5 years the maximum for the ofcial misconduct charge. Yuter said the grand theft charge was dropped because the State could not have prosecuted both that and the scheming to defraud charge, because the theft was a part of the fraud charge. Yuter explained to the court that the City of Arcadia would give checks to Lee, as the chief of police, to use in the departments ofcial business. However, he would write checks to himself a total of 270 checks and then attempted to cover it up by falsifying records. Yuter said Lee confessed to the allegations and had agreed to the plea and the recommended sentences.Former marshal Lee pleads no contest to fraud, misconductBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comFormer Arcadia marshal Charles Lee, left, talks with his lawyer after entering a plea of no contest to two felonies. Lee was accused of stealing more than $150,000 from city coers while he was police chief.LEE | 24In a meeting full of personal attacks and innuendos of a fixed vote, the Arcadia city council voted 3-2 to offer the city administrator position to current interim Tom Slaughter. Councilmen Bob Allen, Joe Fink and Bob Heine voted in favor of the appointment, with Mayor Alice Frierson and Councilman Keith Keene dissenting. After Frierson, Keene and Fink noted the high quality of candidates involved and how difficult a job it was narrowing their choices down, the meeting quickly turned sour when Allen objected to a suggestion the council discuss the reasons behind their decisions before voting on a candidate. I spent a long time reviewing the notes Id made and looking over resumes, Keene said, and I would just like for us to have a discussion before moving forward, just to get it out what our feelings are about the candidates. Allen was quick to dismiss Keenes suggestion. I do not think we ought to go into this type of conversation; weve already had this the last couple of months, he said. Its time to move forward and stand up and select the person we think is best. But we havent had a discussion yet, Keene responded. Allen then quipped, And were not going to have a discussion. Were not? Keene asked. If you snuff out the discussion, why are we even here? You can go ahead and discuss all you want to, Allen said, but its time for the board to make a decision. Frierson agreed with Keene that a discussion was in order. Not only the council, but several members of the public sat in on the interviews and I would like to hear from them, she said. I would like to have a discussion; I think were short-changing City chooses SlaughterBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITORCITY | 21 VILRCJ X I IAN{SC

Arcadian | Page 2 The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 South Florida State Colleges Take Stock in Children program recently awarded ve new scholarships to students in DeSoto County. Students who received scholarships were Maximino Montoya, Prince Powell, Noel Morales, Ainne Cortes, and Eduardo Manriquez. Take Stock in Children is a statewide program that provides at-risk children with a mentor and a college scholarship. In return, TSIC scholars sign contracts in which they promise to remain drugfree, to avoid behavior that would get them into trouble with law enforcement, to attend school regularly, and to earn satisfactory grades. The students parents also sign the contracts and agree to provide home environments conducive to education and to participate in. When we awarded these 33 scholar ships throughout DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands school districts, it was phenomenal, said Irene Castanon, TSIC program coordinator. There were so many students who were really nervous and excited at this years contract signings. More importantly, their hope of going to college has now become a reality. The South Florida State College Foundation is the lead agency for Take Stock in Children within the colleges service district of DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties. The program has been in place for 19 years and has awarded scholarships to more than 400 local students. For information about Take Stock in Children, call Irene Castanon, pro gram coordinator, at 863-453-3133 or visit foundation/takestock.Five DeSoto students earn Take Stock scholarshipsPROVIDED BY SFSC FOUNDATION PHOTO PROVIDEDFive DeSoto County students received two-year tuition scholarships through Take Stock in Chil dren, a nonprot organization that helps low-income children with mentoring and scholarships to a college or a vocational school, on April 9 at the DeSoto County School Board. Pictured, from left, are: Debbie Hackney, TSIC college success coach; Maximino Montoya; Prince Powell; Noel Morales; Ainne Cortes; Eduardo Manriquez; and Don Appelquist, TSIC executive director. Jared Barnwell and Bailey Lyons, both members of DeSoto County High Schools FFA, have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by DeSoto Auto Mall and Ford Motor Company through the National FFA Scholarship program. The Built Ford Tough FFA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize FFA members talents and accomplishments while encouraging their future academic achievements. The scholarships are among 530 scholarships awarded by Ford Division, Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Dealers to FFA members who are high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall of 2014, or current collegiate students. This program is a part of Fords overall commitment to the National FFA Organization. Ford has supported the National FFA Foundation since the rst F-Series truck was introduced in 1948, and has sponsored the Built Ford Tough collegiate scholarship program since 1997. To date, the program has awarded $8,145,000 in scholarships to 8,184 FFA members throughout the country. Ford knows the value of hard work, and believes that hard work should be rewarded. Educating aspiring young people to become the leaders of tomorrow is just another way of ensuring a successful future.Desoto Auto Mall awards scholarships to two FFA membersSUBMITTED B y DUANE BRODTNATIONAL FFA Celebrating a 121-year-old tradition ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY HAYLEY MERCERA pinic like this takes a lot of volunteers! Some of the folks who gave of their time and talents gathered for a photo during the 121st annual Fort Ogden May Day Picnic. Marty Dow brought his super grill to the 121st annual Fort Ogden May Day Picnic. Long lines of people and food oered some ne eats at the annual Fort Ogden May Day picnic held at King Park on Sunday. O n c e a g a i n i t i s t i m e f o r u s t o h o n o r o u r Once again, it is time for us to honor our D e S o t o C o u n t y H i g h S c h o o l g r a d u a t e s W e a t DeSoto County High School graduates. We at T h e A r c a d i a n a r e p r e p a r i n g f o r o u r a n n u a l The Arcadian are preparing for our annual g r a d u a t i o n k e e p s a k e e d i t i o n graduation keepsake edition. I t w i l l b e f i l l e d w i t h a l l t h e s e n i o r p i c t u r e s It will be filled with all the senior pictures, c o n g r a t u l a t i o n s f r o m l o c a l congratulations from local b u s i n e s s e s a n d l o v e d o n e s a s w e l l a s m a n y businesses and loved ones, as well as many o t h e r p a g e s f i l l e d w i t h m e m o r i e s f o r t h e other pages filled with memories for the s e n i o r s a n d t h e i r f a m i l i e s t o h a v e a s t h e i r o w n seniors and their families to have as their own k e e p s a k e keepsake. 50456875 T h i s s e c t i o n w i l l a p p e a r i n t h e A r c a d i a n o n J u n e 1 2 t h This section will appear in the Arcadian on June 12th.I f y o u w o u l d l i k e t o h a v e a p i c t u r e o r p i c t u r e s o f y o u r s e n i o r If you would like to have a picture or pictures of your senior a n d a p e r s o n a l m e s s a g e t o t h e m i n o u r s p e c i a l e d i t i o n and a personal message to them in our special edition, c a l l t o d a y a t 8 6 3 4 9 4 2 4 3 4 f o r p r i c i n g a n d t o r e s e r v e y o u r s p o t call today at 863-494-2434 for pricing and to reserve your spot.D e a d l i n e t o t u r n i n p i c t u r e s a n d m e s s a g e s Deadline to turn in pictures and messagesi s W e d n e s d a y M a y 2 8 T H 4 : 0 0 P M is Wednesday, May 28 TH 4:00 PM 2014 F o r M o r e I n f o r m a t i o n : For More Information: C a l l T a m i J e w e l l a t Call Tami Jewell at ( 8 6 3 ) 4 9 4 2 4 3 4 (863)494-2434 o r E m a i l or Email t j e w e l l @ s u n h e r a l d c o m 50456872 PUBLIC NOTICE ANNUAL PUBLIC HEARING AND REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING DESOTO COUNTY LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED Will meet on May 14, 2014 at 9:30am at 201 East Oak Street, Suite 103, Arcadia, Florida 34266 To obtain additional information concerning the meeting contact Peggy Waters, at (863) 993-4858 or E-mail HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE FACILITIES I ICO I.CKATLL Afl()t.sC&A O 001.\.nuit hrti.r.ARCADIAN


The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Page 3 | Arcadian Arcadian Publisher .............................. Joe Gallimore .........................................863-494-2434 Arcadian Editor / Art Director ............. Susan E. Hoffman .................................863-494-0300 Assistant Editor .................................... Steve Bauer ............................................863-494-0300 Office Manager / Advertising ........... Tami Jewell ...........................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Customer Service ..... Jackie Bierman ......................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Page Designer .......... Kyle Gallimore .......................................863-494-0300 SUN NEWSPAPERSMember of the Audit Bureau of Circulation DeSOTO CIRCULATIONCustomer Service863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 DISPLAY ADVERTISINGDeSoto ...............................863-494-2434 Joe Gallimore Susan Hoffman Steve Bauer Tami Jewell Jackie Bierman Kyle Gallimore DEADLINESEditorial: Monday Noon Classified & Legal Ads: Wednesday 11 a.m. Display Ads: Friday 5 p.m. (or Noon Monday for camera ready ads only) Classified & Legal Advertising 863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 ONLINE Like The Arcadian on Facebook The DeSoto County Historical Society celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week by opening the John Morgan Ingraham House, 300 N. Monroe Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and Thursdays, May 15, 22, and 29. The rst full week in May (May 3 through 11) is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week. Established by a Congressional joint resolution passed in 1983, National Travel and Tourism Week has been celebrated since 1984. Florida marks the week as part of its continuation of the Viva 500 campaign which commemorates Ponce de Leons landing in Florida in 1513. In Arcadia, Robert Early Whidden rst passenger agent for the Florida Southern Railway built the John Morgan Ingraham House in the late 1800s. John Morgan Ingraham purchased it in 1919 and lived there until his death in 1980. A local businessman, he served two terms in the Florida House of Representatives. The Pipkin family donated the structure to the society in 2002, and DCHS began restoration. In 2004, Hurricane Charley wrecked the building beyond the DCHSs ability and nances to repair it. The society received four grants from Ingraham House open for National Travel & Tourism WeekBy CAROL MAHLERDESOTO CO, HISTORICAL SOCIETYHOUSE | 10 They came from the Gold Coast, the Gulf Coast, but mostly from central Florida where their homestead families rst settled more than a century ago. Descendants of the Ingraham and Langford families gathered May 3 for an annual reunion in Arcadias Morgan Park, not allowing a heavy rain to ruin the spirit of the celebration, said Kathleen Ingraham Kuhns. Her grandfather was John Morgan Ingraham, one of DeSoto Countys rst settlers whose home was opened as a museum in January. John Ingraham homesteaded land near Arcadia around 1880. The small children splashed in the rain as three dozen or so adults shared cornbread, pulled pork and fried chicken under a shelter. Id like these small cousins, when they grow older, to have known one another forever, said Ingraham Kuhns (These) Family reunion builds on Arcadias settlement legacyBy CRAIG GARRETTARCADIAN CORRESPONDENT ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY CRAIG GARRETTTara Jones and her son, Remington, 8, of Arcadia are descendents of John Morgan Ingraham. Chancey Jae Wright, 10, of Arcadia is a descen dent of John Morgan Ingraham.REUNION | 10 5641 Clark Rd., Sarasota Next to Dunkin Donuts @ I-75, exit 205 483715 CROWNS BRIDGES EXTRACTIONS IMPLANTS *Extractions not included. First consultation no charge. May change based on complexity of case. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination, or treatment, that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to advertisement for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. General Dentist Lic#14423 Were the stimulus package for your dental needs. FREE! Consultation X-Rays & Exam D0150, D0330 Must Present Coupon Single Denture $249 Same Day Dentures Available! D5110, D5210 single. Must Present Coupon Crowns $475 D2751 Must Present Coupon Deluxe Denture Complete Set $750 (Reg. $1500) D5110, D5210 Must Present Coupon 941-822-0048 F R E E *FREE S E C O N D SECOND O P I N I O N OPINION Arcadia .1000000000.1ooeOleOle010*1000,Tf-` r I / ? ? I/ ? /*OP / / ?/ ?? / /? / / / ?? I/? / / / I/? / ? /''9 ? / ? / ? /Ole ?I


VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Arcadian | Page 4Derek Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group Chairman David Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group President Joe Gallimore Arcadian PublisherSusan E. Homan Arcadian Editor E-mail letters to | OUR VIEW | GRITS & PIECES Allen should step downArcadia City Councilman Bob Allen should resign. His behavior over the past several months and particularly during the process of choosing a new City Administrator indicates he is either unable or unwilling to do the job the city should expect of its officials. He has been an embarrassment to himself, his colleagues on council, the city and the county, and most especially the public. Through his actions and statements, he has made it clear he does not take his job as a councilman seriously; he is not willing to devote the time and attention needed to perform his job; and he utterly failed to educate himself adequately about prospective administrator candidates so that he could make an informed decision. The best thing he could do now is to submit his resignation so that his seat might be filled by someone more capable. Lets look at some of the things he did during the selection process: During the interview of Dennis Murphy, after one hour, Allen cut the candidate off and moved to adjourn, saying, We have other candidates we still have to interview. When pushed by fellow council members why he wanted to end the interview early, he responded, Im hungry and I want to go home. During the interview of Steven Holsinger, after 20 minutes, he got up and walked out the side door, without saying goodbye or offering an explanation. Councilman Bob Heine noted that Allen was going to church that night. During the City Council meeting that followed all five interviews, Allen begin arguing with another council member who suggested they discuss the candidates first, with Allen saying no further discussion was necessary. Apparently he had already made up his mind and nothing said was going to change it. He strongly objected to conducting a background check of the chosen candidate which seems foolish, given that the lack of a background check got the city into a morass in the past. In recent months, Allen had on several occasions moved to adjourn a council meeting even thought they had not finished covering all items on the agenda. Most often, when something was being discussed and Allen was asked his opinion, he had nothing to offer. Often he failed to follow the discussion along with the handout documents, and more than once a nearby councilman had to show Allen what page they were on. On the rare occasions he spoke, other than to move to adjourn, he mumbled into his microphone and | LETTER TO THE EDITORDeSoto should not be RV havenEditor: DeSoto County wants to turn our county into a haven for RV owners from everywhere to recreate on our vacant agricultural lands. 1. A violation concerning RV use on Ag land according to current laws was reported by a neighbor. 2. Code enforcement came out. 3. The three property owners, non-residents of DeSoto County, led with the BOCC for an exception. They then went to a commission meeting and asked that the laws be changed for their benet. 4. This is when we, and other owners, who oppose the use of RVs, started fact-checking and getting actively involved in stopping our neighborhood and all of DeSoto County from becoming an unrestricted RV campground. 5. At some point every Commissioner, the County Attorney, County Administrator and many other ofcials were contacted by those opposing these changes. 6. Surrounding counties were called and asked about their handling of permanent RVs on Agricultural land. None are taking the steps that DeSoto County is considering. 7. This has dragged on for a number of months and the three property owners who asked for the exception are still using their RVs in an illegal manner. Nothing has been done to legally remove them. 8. Staff and some commissioners seem to be willing to grant a change in RV restrictions for three property owners who only recreate in their RVs, who have not used proper sewage removal nor electric hookups and are on ood plains 9. These three owners could not do what they are asking DeSoto County to do in their own counties. 10. They pay no taxes other than for their agricultural land. They pay no garbage fees. They contribute essentially nothing to DeSoto County.The taming of the tongueOf all the words ying around out there that can be interpreted as a bad one, suddenly bossy is being singled out a lot. Are you kidding me, with all the garbage we hear in music, in movies, on TV, and the stuff we see on T-shirts and bumper stickers?! And bossy is the only one theyre taking aim at? You may have seen the TV commercial already, but it includes some Hollywood folks and others condemning the use of the word. Their mantra is Lets change the world by banning bossy. The idea behind it is that it labels young girls, saying that by middle school age theyre less interested in leadership positions because theyre worried about being called that. Im nowhere close to conquering the world with what little Ive done with my 59 years on planet Earth, but if Id let name-calling change my world, Id have been hiding under the bed all my life, afraid of how someone might interpret me. The Oxford dictionary denes bossy as being someone who is domineering and fond of giving orders. The world has known many leaders, good and bad, who exhibited this behavior. Male and female, I might add. One web version of the root word boss that I saw offered three denitions: 1. a person in charge of a worker or organization (noun), 2. give (someone) orders in a domineering manner (verb), and 3. excellent; outstanding (adjective). And that last one even gave the example shes a real boss chick. Note the use of she and another term some women dont like, chick. Then there is the wildly popular catch phrase, doing things like a boss. That is dened as impressively, an adverb that also means good, okay, cool, awesome, and even fun. So where does all that leave us? It leaves us able to utilize and champion our own interpretation of bossy and any other word we choose. Am I right, Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson | LETTER SUBMISSION POLICYLetters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All letters must be signed with full name not initials. An address and telephone number must be included; they are not for publication, but must be provided so we may verify authorship if necessary. Due to the number of letters received, we reserve the right to run only one letter per person per month. The Letters to the Editor section is intended as a public forum for community discourse and the opinions and statements made in letters are solely those of the individual writers. The Arcadian takes no responsibility for the content of these letters. Please send or bring correspondence to the Arcadian, 108 S. Polk Ave., Arcadia FL 34266, or fax to 863-494-3533. Readers with access to the internet may e-mail Letters to the Editor at | 5 GRITS & PIECES | 5Our view: Councilman who is not doing his job has no place representing the publicOUR VIEW | 24 WHO SAYS FLae-t DA DoE5N'T R1 VEf}NGINaOF fEE5 5'ojS? li ekCFFAS SNOWBfkDS N?lC7MT, n1oRT?+,WK CLoUPS Of ?-oVE O3U45 Wt k'. Tffc "P'lZOm GAT ?N,l S? 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The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Page 5 | Arcadian We extend our condolences to the Maxcy family and send our collective prayers to Jacque Maxcy and Chet, Caitlin and Carolyn Louise and every one else who is as shocked and saddened by his death as we are. We can only imagine the depth of their loss, and thank them for sharing Guy with us for so many years. He was a true servant leader. Open and approachable, Guy believed in public access to government. Ask anyone to describe him and the answer invariably begins, He was such a wonderful man ... We will miss his outlook, his counsel, his experience, generosity and smile. Born and raised in Sebring, Guy was a third-generation Floridian. His grandfather, Guy Maxcy, arrived in Central Florida in the 1920s when he emigrated from Tennessee with his three older brothers. One became a rancher, another a banker, and the third owned a citrus packing company. Guys grandfather became a citrus grower. Over the years the Maxcys became leaders in the community. Guy could have coasted on his familys reputation, but he set out to make a name of his own. After establishing the Maxcy Insurance Group, Guy began his second career of giving back to the community. His volunteer work is legendary he served on a wide variety of boards, from the Library Advisory Committee to the Health Care Council and Rural Health Network and spent 18 years as a county commissioner. From the moment he took ofce as a commissioner back in the day before the government center was built and the county commission met in the jury selection room in what is now the state attorneys ofce he cared about his constituents and the people employed by the county. He once said, Ive always tried to vote the will of the people. Just turned 60, Guy had not begun to slow down. In 2011, when DeSoto Guy Maxcy remembered in SebringBy SCOTT DRESSELTHE SEBRING NEWS SUN | THE SEBRING NEWS SUN County needed a new administrator in difcult circumstances, he stepped forward helping elected ofcials return the county government to order. His unexpected death is a shock. His loss leaves a gaping hole because Guy was more than good company, he was a model of an engaged and caring citizen who got things done. The world could use more people like Guy Maxcy. We will definitely miss him. ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comLake Katherine is looking much better these days, now that much of the excess vegetation has been removed from around the shoreline. Sand Hill Growers has been working on the lake, preparing to install more suitable plants. The work is funded by a grant from Mosaic Co. to Team Arcadia, which also paid to replace the old disfunctional fountain with a better, more attractive fountain.Lake K, mid-makeover or am I right? Those who dont like to be called bossy shouldnt boss people around. Asking people to do something or suggesting politely that they do it would go a long way toward that word fading away, in my opinion. Now that I think of it, wouldnt anyone telling me I need to stop using that word be bossy by doing so? Arent there a lot of other words that our vocabularies would be better off without? Of course, I cant list many of them here, as you know. We all know what they are, what they mean, and what effects they have on those theyre directed at. But how often do we stop to think about how it affects us? By that I mean it sends the signal to others that maybe our vocabulary is not only very limited, but its a poor one at that. What if we focused on using our encouraging words on each other, rather than our degrading ones? When was the last time someone admired your command of speech and vocabulary? Hearing repetitive vulgarity serves to desensitize us to how bad it is when it should instead make us aware of poor judgment and use of vocabulary. I dont mean to sound bossy by telling anyone how they should talk, but I feel if we kept the venom we create in our minds and hearts in our mouths, we wouldnt be spewing them at others. And if we didnt like the taste of our own poison, maybe wed stop formulating it. Just my two cents.GRITS & PIECESFROM PAGE 4 11. DeSoto County cannot afford to lose income generated by taxes on property, so why are a couple of our commissioners considering doing just that? Are you willing to pick up the tab? 12. Our commissioners are supposed to be serving the entire county with well-thought-out decisions, not a minority of part-time residents with no real ties to DeSoto County. Code Enforcement needs to be allowed to enforce the law swiftly when violations are called in and duly noted as true. 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Arcadian | Page 6 The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 NOTE: All area codes are 863 unless otherwise indicated. TODAY Project Graduation volunteers will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 8 at the DeSoto County Extension Office, 2150 N.E. Roan Ave. The DeSoto County Veterans Council meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at Arcadia Elks Lodge. For details, call Tom Damron at 491-1404. TEAM Arcadia meets on the second Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Margaret Way Building, 23 N Polk Avenue. The purpose of TEAM Arcadia is to unite community organizations and coordinate community improvement efforts. DeSoto County Historical Society meets at noon every second Thursday monthly at the Family Service Center annex, 310 W. Whidden St., Arcadia. Lunch is available for $6 at 11:30 a.m. Speakers are Alvin Futch and Charles Futch, authors of books on the adventures of a Florida Cracker cowboy. Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity meets at 6 p.m. second Thursdays monthly at the Habitat ReStore, 111 N. Polk Ave. Call 494-4118 or for more information. American Red Cross Youth Corps of DeSoto County meets second Thursdays monthly from 3:30-5 p.m. at DeSoto County High School. For more information, call at 494-2348. Gastric bypass support group meets at 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays monthly at Mardis Citrus on U.S. 17 S. For more information, call 990-0082 or 494-5700. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m.-5:15 p.m., registration and yoga tea; 5:15-6:15 p.m., yoga class. Come enjoy an hour of serenity focused on breathing, gentle yoga poses, peaceful stretching and quiet relaxation. Held in the Health Dept,. conference room, 34 S. Baldwin Ave. Drop-in $7/class, 8-class package $40 ($5 per class). Bring your own mat. For more information, call Christine at 244-1925. DeSoto County Library story time is at 3 p.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Temple Beth El North Port Jewish Center, 33840 South Biscayne Drive, North Port,hosts an American Contract Bridge League every Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the temple. The cost is $6 per session. We will be participating in The Common Game.For reservations call Shelli Wetherson at 941-497-7184. Cocaine Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. For information, call Curtis Clark at 244-2884 or Sandra Elmore at 352-476-8520. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. FRIDAY The DeSoto County High School A-Team will host its first John Schudel Invitational Academic Tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 9. Schools from several neighboring districts are expected to compete. On the second and fourth Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Arcadia Housing Authoritys north side parking lot, a truck will bring free fruits and vegetables to low-income clients in Arcadia/DeSoto County. Three to five volunteers are needed each time. If you are interested in helping, call AHA at 494-4343. The Photography Group of DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council meets the second Friday of each month 3:30 5 p.m. at the DeSoto Public Library. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Karen at Peace River Civil War Round Table meets at 1:30 p.m. second Fridays monthly at the Emerald Pointe clubhouse, 25188 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Lunch available. For more information, call 941-575-4269 or 941-639-0782. The Warm Mineral Springs/Little Salt Spring Archaeological Society hosts the Annual Meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society in Punta Gorda May 9 11 at the Charlotte County Conference and Event Center. It will include presentations about Florida archaeology, anthropology, history and current research. For more information visit Arcadia Quilt Club meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Palace Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, Arcadia. Square Dancing classes are held at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, from 7-9 p.m. every Friday. Robert at 813-601-1834 or Mary at 941-380-5336 494-2749 for information. Friday Night Live the City Takers for Christ presents Friday Night Live with Rev. Troy Rowe, every Friday. Come and experience what God is doing in this season through His word and praise and worship. 37 W. Magnolia St. (across from SunTrust drive-through). For information call 244-4341. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Sabbath service begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SATURDAY The annual Mail Carrier Food Drive is May 10. Hang your donations of nonperishable food items in a bag on your mailbox today for your carrier to pick up and take to the post office. On May 12, food will be distributed to anyone in need in the community. Do not donate food that has expired, and no glass containers. For more information, call Ronald Kocher at 494-6520 or Jackie Tucker at 993-0083. Women in Fellowship Ministry meets every second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church, 256 S. Orange Ave. Be uplifted, motivated and inspired by God. Free and open to the public. Light brunch is served. DeSoto County Library story time is at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Palace Promenaders meet for square and round dance from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle. Art Miller, caller, and Jennie Martin, cueing. Call Jennie at 494-2749 or Mary at 941-380-5336 for information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Kiddush will follow. SUNDAY Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visitors available to those over 55 and homebound. Phone Senior Friendship Centers at 863-494-5965 to sign up for these free services, staffed by trained volunteers who have had background screenings. Phone also if interested in becoming a volunteer for either program. Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity Group meets at Grace Lutheran Church, W. Oak St. (State Road 70) at 8 p.m. Sunday. MONDAY DeSoto County Veterans Honor Guard practices at 6 p.m. second Mondays monthly at the American Legion Post. The American Legion Post K-11 will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday, 2124 N.W. American Legion Drive. For more information, call Roger Bumgarner at 993-0129. The GFWC Arcadia Womans Club meets on the second Monday of every month Sept. through May at the clubhouse in Veterans Memorial Park, 2288 N.W. American Legion Way, with a pot luck lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a meeting. Members are encouraged to bring guests. For more information call 494-2966. The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday each month. The AA Second Tradition Business Meeting is held every second Monday at 7:15 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Arcadia/DeSoto County Beautification Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. today at the DeSoto County extension office, 2150 N.E. Roan St., Arcadia. The American Merchant Marines Veterans, Robert J. MacAlvanah Chapter (Suncoast Chapter), meets at noon every second Monday at The Family Table Restaurant, 14132 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port. All Merchant Mariners and their spouses are welcome. For information, call 941-625-3234. AA Brown Bagger meetings are offered every Monday at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Women of Worship WOW Womens ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. All are welcome. A women-only G.I.R.L.S. AA meeting is held at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. on Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church at 8 p.m. Monday at 327 W. Hickory St. Al-anon, offering help for families of alcoholics, meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at Fort Ogden Methodist Church, 6923 S.W. River St. in Fort Ogden. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at the same time. For information call 941-426-7655 or visit www. The DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Community Resource Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1425 Martin Luther King St. The center provides referrals for mainstream resources, elderly food stamps (by appointment) and computer service. Salvation Army has office space on Wed. by appointment. For more information, call 491-5683. TUESDAY DeSoto County Commission Board meets at 9 a.m. at the County Administration building, Room 103, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia. DeSoto County School Board will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. for a workshop on school board policies and procedures; open to the public. The regular School Board meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. at the School Board chambers of the DeSoto County School District, 530 La Solona Ave., Arcadia. Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Every Tuesday night, line dance class at the Palace Dance Hall (17N). Beginners welcome. $3 donation. For more info, call Jennie Martin at 494-2749. Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St. For details visit www. and find a meeting or call 800-651-6000. The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday (except the third Tuesday) of the month, on the 147.075, W4MIN repeater with a pl of 100. All amateurs are invited to participate. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St. Donations gratefully accepted. DeSoto County Library holds story time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Peace River Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, starting Nov. 12, at the Speer Center, U.S. Highway 17 North, Arcadia. For information, contact Bill or Mary Morse at 207-418-4687. Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St. Suncoast Community Blood Bank is open from noon to 6 p.m. today at 710 N. Brevard Ave. (U.S. 17 North), Arcadia. For more information, call 993-9366. WEDNESDAY Nature Talk: Master Naturalist Jamie Reynolds shares information on local wildflowers, 10 a.m. on May 14 at DeSoto County Library. Free. The DeSoto County Ministerial Association will meet at 8:30 a.m. for prayer and 9 a.m. for the meeting at the SunTrust Building on W. Oak St., second floor conference room. Pastors or representatives of all denominations and churches are invited to attend as we address community challenges and coordinate worship services to serve county residents. Narcotics Anonymous meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Arcadia Oaks Multipurpose Room at 1013 E. Gibson St., Arcadia. Open to the public. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. AA Brown Bagger meetings are offered every Monday at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. The Arcadia Eagles, 150 S. Polk Ave., now offers Bingo from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday evenings. Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity-Big Book meets at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, W. Oak St. (State Road 70). Alcoholics Anonymous open discussion at Trinity Methodist Church, 304 Oak Street. Art for Kids is at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in the DeSoto County Librarys childrens wing. This program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Arts and Humanities Council, is for elementary school-aged children. THURSDAY USDA Commodities Distribution takes place at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2867 Ami Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You qualify if you receive Medicaid, Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, or are eligible based on income. Recipients must fill out a form each time to demonstrate qualification. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Peace River Audubon Society will hold its final meeting of the season on May 15 at First Alliance Church, 20444 Midway Blvd. in Port Charlotte. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments, and meeting starts at 7 p.m. Members are invited to bring their best slide show or homemade video to share presentations should be no more than 5 minutes each. Also election of officers will be held. For more information, visit www. The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center, 2200 Roan St., Arcadia. Anyone interested may attend. Talk in for the meetings is at 147.180+ DARC repeater. Family Safety Alliance for DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties, sponsored by Department of Children and Families, meets at 4 p.m. third Thursdays monthly at Lakewood Ranch Northern Trust Banks community room, 6320 Venture Drive, Lakewood Ranch. For information, call Kerri Gibson at 941-316-6129. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m.-5:15 p.m., registration and yoga tea; 5:15-6:15 p.m., yoga class. Come enjoy an hour of serenity focused on breathing, gentle yoga poses, peaceful stretching and quiet relaxation. Held in the Health Dept,. conference room, 34 S. Baldwin Ave. Drop-in $7/class, 8-class package $40 ($5 per class). Bring your own mat. For more information, call Christine at 244-1925. DeSoto County Library story time is at 3 p.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Temple Beth El North Port Jewish Center, 33840 South Biscayne Drive, North Port,hosts an American Contract Bridge League every Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the temple. The cost is $6 per session. We will be participating in The Common Game.For reservations call Shelli Wetherson at 941-497-7184. Cocaine Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. For information, call Curtis Clark at 244-2884 or Sandra Elmore at 352-476-8520. 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The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Page 7 | Arcadian In October, DeSoto County Fire Rescue raised money for breast cancer awareness, with the proceeds going to a local group or person chosen by the department. This year, Strolling 4 A Cure was chosen for the work it does to help cancer patients in DeSoto and Hardee counties. The donation was a little over $3,000. Strolling 4 A Cure is a cancer walk that takes place at the Brookside Bluffs community every year in November. It was started four years ago by Janet Preston in memory of her sister, Susan Buehler, and to date it has provided mammograms, helped with two biopsies, a diagnostic mammogram, and other cancer screenings and assistance. Strolling 4 A Cure works with Kristen Spahr at DeSoto Memorial Hospital in providing these screenings. For more information, call Janet at 863-303-1690. This years walk will take place on Nov. 1. Watch for details to become a part of this great community event.Fire Rescue helps Strolling 4 A CureSUBMITTED B y JANET PRESTONSTROLLING 4 A CURE Public Safety Chief Larry Taylor, left, and Deputy Chief Thomas Moran, right, give a check to Janot Preston, founder of Strolling 4 A Cure. The donation will help fund mammograms and other procedures for local women.PHOTO PROVIDED Alvin C. Futch and his cousin Charles E. Chuck Futch authors of two books about Alvins life as a Florida Cracker cowboy will speak to the DeSoto County Historical Society. Free and open to the public, the meeting is today at the Family Service Center Annex (old West Elementary School cafeteria) at the corner of N. Orange Ave. and W. Effie St. At 11:30 a.m., a luncheon including dessert is available for $6. At noon, Vice-president Vernon Keen will conduct a short business meeting before he introduces the authors. When Charles Futch retired, he invited his cousin Alvin to join him in a project. Chuck wanted to write the great stories that Alvin was always telling about his life experiences. Son of Ralph Futch and Ruth Cone Futch, Alvin grew up during the 1930s on the familys Single R Ranch in east Hillsborough County and worked as a cowboy. In the 1950s with three friends, he leased 35,000 acres in the Everglades and built 30 miles of fence around the perimeter using a marsh buggy and an ax. The stories that Alvin told and Chuck wrote were published in the In The Field, a monthly magazine. When Editor-in-chief Al Berry suggested that the two self-publish a book, they titled it: Wild and Wooley And Full of Fleas: The Life and Times of Alvin C. Futch. They sold copies at Cracker Country during the Florida State Fair, and Chuck said that he and Alvin met relatives that they didnt know they had. (Chuck said he discovered that he is related to the Albritton family, among others.) The two didnt know each other until they were adults, but they have been close since Chuck moved to Plant City in 1956. He was born and raised in Sarasota County where his father, Charles E. Tobe Futch Sr., managed a large ranch and farm. Chuck wrote that he was almost living a parallel life to Alvin. So many people read and loved Wild and Wooley that Alvin and Chuck published a sequel: Saw Mill: Just Another Hard Day, However Very Rewarding. The volume narrates Alvins challenges and hardships from 1962 into the 1990s as he expanded his business and family. Dr. Jim Paul, a retired University of South Florida professor, wrote a review of Wild and Wooley posted on Alvins Web site (www.alvinfutch. com): What a trip! Alvin Futch and his scribe, cousin Chuck, lead us into a quaint, exciting, poignant, and sometimes unbelievable history of life on a ranch in West Central Florida during the second third of the 20th century. Rarely does one have the opportunity to see, feel, and smell days now long gone. The Futches will have books available to sell and sign after their presentation. The Societys books, Recollections I, II, III, and IV plus the Walking Tour of Historic Arcadia, Florida, booklet will be on sale at the meeting. T-shirts featuring legendary Acrefoot Johnson as drawn by Luke Wilson will also be available. All proceeds will benefit the societys efforts to preserve and promote the history of DeSoto County. For information, call Bebe Bradbury at 494-6607 or email cousins to discuss their book on cowboy lifeBy CAROL MAHLERDESOTO CO. HIST. SOCI. PHOTO PROVIDED BY CAROL MAHLERChuck and Alvin Futch display the book on which they collaborated, recounting Alvins life as a Cracker Cowboy. ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 No matter how challenging it may be, slow down and give yourself time to reect, Aries. Youre always on the go, but its important to slow down every now and then. 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Arcadian | Page 8 The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 A prisoner in the DeSoto County jail apparently believed a trip to the hospital would be his ticket to freedom. According to the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce arrest report, Clint Avant, 41, of Cotton Dale, Fla., was a prisoner in the jail when he was transported on Friday to DeSoto Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. The ofcer who took him there explained he was considered to be within extended limits of connement and was to consider his room his cell. He was directed not to leave the hospital, and informed that once his treatment was complete, a deputy would pick him up and take him back to the jail. However, before a deputy was called, Avant asked to use the phone in his room. A nurse overheard him on the phone telling someone to meet him at Walmart, but not to tell anyone. He had removed his jail shirt but was still wearing the jail pants. An Emergency Room receptionist saw him walk out the door. Avant reportedly asked his mother to pick him up, and told her he was free to leave. His mother said he could not go to her house because her husband had an injunction against him, so he had her take him to a relatives house. The relative was unaware he was an escaped inmate. When DCSO discovered Avant was not at the hospital, they soon learned he had been taken to the relatives house. Although Avant had told the relative he was not running and that the hospital had told him to call for a ride, the relative said he should have gured it out when he saw Avant still wearing the black-andwhite striped jail pants. Avant was cuffed and taken back to the jail, where he was charged with escape and two counts of violation of probation. He is being held without bond.Report: Prisoner walks out of hospital AVANT |POLICE BEATThe information for Police Beat is gathered from police, sheriffs 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.DeSoto County Animal Services led a petition in DeSoto County Court last week, asking for full legal custody and control of the dogs the county recently acquired from an alleged Nocatee puppy mill. The petition is directed against Chelce Lillian Dower and Andrew Macauley who were both arrested in connection with the alleged puppy mill, and Stephen Archer, who were alleged to have lived at the S.W Salerno Avenue residence where the alleged puppy mill was located. Animal services seized 56 dogs and puppies and brought them to the countys McKay Street facility, where county personnel and volunteers are helping to care for them pending a court order. Both Dower and Macauley were arrested on April 24 for allegedly forging veterinary health certicates for puppies that were sold, failing to properly inoculate a dog prior to transporting it for sale, and obtaining property or money by fraud. Puppies were reportedly being sold for up to $3,000 each. Archer had been charged in December 2013 with animal cruelty for shooting dogs with an Airsoft gun (a type of air gun that res plastic pellets using compressed gas or carbon dioxide). His address was said to be the same Salerno Avenue residence. The countys petition stated most of the animals owned by Dower, Macauley and Archer had hookworms and had eas, and many were dehydrated, suffering respiratory problems, and/or anemic. Dogs were reportedly being kept in cramped quarters, many in feces-covered pens, without room to move; most had no water and all had dirty food. The county claimed they were breeding and selling dogs without proper registration. The petition seeks full legal custody of these 56 dogs and any others owned by the three respondents. The petition is expected to be heard in court within 30 days. The county is unable to adopt out any of the dogs unless and until the court grants Animal Services full legal custody. Dower was named in a similar case in 2012, when she was charged with uttering a forged instrument. In that case, which is still open, a veterinarian reportedly wrote a health certicate for one puppy County seeks control of alleged puppy mill dogswhich was healthy. However, according to a police investigation, the ofce received information that health certicates may have been altered and delivered with other puppies, which turned out to be sick, or infected with tapeworms, kennel cough and/or mange. In those transactions, Dower was alleged to have used the name Kaytee Richards. The veterinarians ofce concluded Richards was really Dower, a past customer. During the last week of this years legislative session in Tallahassee, a bill was passed that would compensate James Joseph Richardson, formerly of Arcadia, for 20-plus years he spent wrongfully incar cerated. The bill needs only Gov. Rick Scotts signature to become law. If enacted into law, the bill could authorize Richardson to collect $1.2 million for the 21 years he spent in prison. A Senate bill (SB-326) was introduced earlier by Sen. Geraldine Thompson of Orange County, and House Bill 227 was Bill to compensate Richardson awaits Scotts signaturesponsored by Rep. Dave Kerner of Lake Worth. Ultimately the bill was unanimously passed by both the House (116 to 0) and Senate (38 to 0) on May 2. It will become law if Gov. Rick Scott signs it. Richardson, a poor, black eldhand, was arrested in 1967 for the death of seven of his children, ages two through eight. The children were determined to have died from eating parathion, a potent pesticide. Richardson was convicted in 1968 of murdering one of the children and given a death sentence, which was commuted to a life term after the death penalty was declared unconstitutional. Richardson spent more than 20 years in the Florida correctional system, until former Gov. Bob Martinez directed thenState Attorney Janet Reno to investigate the circumstances. In her report, Reno concluded Richardson had been wrongfully convicted, based on several irregularities about his hasty trial, including evidence that was withheld from him and questionable testimony. His conviction was nolle prossed, from the Latin, nolle prosequi, meaning that the state declined to pursue charges. After being released from prison, Richardson eventually moved to Kansas. A few years ago, Richardson had applied for compensation under an earlier Florida law designed to repay wrongfully imprisoned individuals, but his claim was rejected because of particular wording in the statute. The law required the victim to prove himself innocent. An administrative law judge determined on appeal that having his case nolle prossed was not the same as proving himself innocent, so payment was denied. Someone who had been wrongfully convicted and who could now prove he was not the culprit, for instance, based on new DNA evidence, could show he was innocent. But DNA evidence was not available for Richardson, and many witnesses who had testied earlier were no longer available including a former neighbor, Bessie Reese, who on her deathbed reportedly confessed to causing the deaths of the children. Richardson was reportedly present dur ing a legislative session the day before the bill was approved by both houses, but was not there Friday to see it nally passed. He now lives in Kansas. The children are buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery. When he visited Arcadia last October at the invitation of Dr. Sharon Goodman, he was offered the opportunity to visit their graves, but he declined. He said he was too emotional to visit their graves and afraid of the effect it might have on his fragile heart. Ive been hurt, he said. I dont want to be hurt no more. RICHARDSON Two men have entered pleas in connection with the 2012 drowning death of a Tampa teenager at the Peace River. According to records at the DeSoto Clerk of Courts ofce, Mark Allen Huntley, 30, of Tampa, is being sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections for tampering with, destroy ing or fabricating evidence in the death of 17-year-old Jerridedan Lakisha Bolds Froyer of Tampa. State prosecutors dropped a negligent homicide charge against him. The maximum penalty for the tamper ing charge is ve years imprisonment. Andrew Jeremy Skevington, 30, of Arcadia, entered a plea of no contest Two sentenced in 2012 teen drowningand is being sentenced to two years of probation on a charge of tampering with evidence, with adjudication withheld, while a charge of accessory after-the-fact was dropped by the state. Skevington and Huntley reportedly met Froyer in Tampa and brought her back to Arcadia on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. Later in the day, the three were on the old Peace River Bridge when Huntley reportedly tried to coax her to jump in the river. She protested she could not swim. Witnesses said Huntley then pushed her off the ledge and she fell into the river. Witnesses said Skevington and Huntley then jumped in to try to save her but were unable, so they gathered up her clothes and other items and drove away. Skevington was arrested later that day, while Huntley was arrested the next day reportedly trying to hitchhike back to Tampa. Meanwhile, a 911 call came into the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce and a search for the victim was initiated. Her body was recovered on Sept. 10 about three or four miles downstream of where she fell into the river. She was identied the following day through ngerprints. Several Arcadia residents held a candlelight vigil for Froyer on Sept. 16. FROYER HUNTLEY SKEVINGTON The DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: John Micheal Guy, 48, 200 block of S. Pasco Ave., Arcadia. Charge: assault. Bond: $1,500. Micky Don Hill, 44, Nashville, Tenn. Charge: battery. Bond: $750. Travorice Horel Nyshawn Hudson, 25, Seffner, Fla. Charge: sale of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of specified area. Bond: $25,000. James Allen Jenkins, 20, 4600 block of S.W. U.S. Highway 17, Arcadia. Charge: petty theft. Bond: $120. Ernesimo Juarez, 51, Esmarelda St., Arcadia. Charge: disorderly public intoxication. Bond: $120. Sharon Michon Kanter, 44, Stonegate Apts., Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $1,500. Evelyn Ruthann Pifer, 26, 700 block of W. Pine St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Elias Vasquez Velasquez, 44, 2nd Ave., Arcadia. Charge: misuse of 911 system. Bond: $1,500. Cherye Darlene Whidden, 54, 6400 block of S.W. Sable Ave., Nocatee. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Jola Milli Zeleznik, 63, 11900 block of S.W. Kingsway Circle, Lake Suzy. Charges: battery, resisting an officer with violence and assault on a cop, firefighter or EMT. Bond: $7,500. Lucas Allen Colson, 34, Avon Park, Fla. Charges: petty theft, third or subsequent offense, and resisting recovery of stolen property. Bond: $5,500. Robert Mark Defino, 59, North Fort Myers, Fla. Charge: dealing in stolen property. Bond: $1,000. Stephen Gallegos, 25, Lehigh Acres, Fla. Charge: interfering with custody of a minor. Bond: $1,000. Delfino Silva Gil, 44, 6600 block of S.W. Miami Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Tera Lee Martin, 34, Port Charlotte. Charge: failure to appear. Bond: $2,000. Shyenne Belle Richter, 18, Sarasota. Charge: petty theft. Bond: $120. Rosalva Rodriguez, 41, Port Charlotte. Charge: aggravated battery causing harm or disability. Bond: $1,500. Roy Gordon Skiba, 19, 1300 block of E. Maple St., Arcadia. Charge: petty theft. Bond: $120. Eugenio Santana Soriano, 35, 1100 block of 8th Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving on expired license more than 4 months. Bond: $120. Franklin Summersett Jr., 28, 1600 block of S.E. Hargrave St., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Purge: $570. Yesenia Vargas, 34, first block of Park Place, Arcadia. Charge: aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability. Bond: $1,500. Fantavia Shayalendria Williams, 28, 100 block of S. Luther Ave., Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession or use of drug equipment and fleeing police by failing to obey order to stop. Bond: $1,240. Abad Castro, 26, Polk Ave., Arcadia. Charges: driving without a valid license and violation of probation. Bond: none. Alan Eugene Hudson, 33, 4800 block of N.W. Dill Road, Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Purge: $13,782.80. Candi Seare Redding, 34, 600 block of Harris Road, Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $800. Jason Lavon Stevens, 34, North Carolina. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Jose Miguel Ruiz, 38, 6100 block of S.W. Wilcox Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $1,500. Amy Marie Wilson, 34, 1500 block of S.E. West Farms Road, Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $1,120. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Terry Arthur Partaka Jr., 32, 9900 block of S.W. Judy Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation or community control. Bond: none. Andrea Rea Rance, 40, 700 block of N. Lee Ave., Arcadia. Charge: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $15,000. Marcelino Gomez Patistan, 26, 1100 block of S.E. Hargrave St., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $1,000. The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Jason Blair, 31, 11000 block of S.W. Crenshaw Ave., Arcadia. Charge: failure to appear on grand larceny charge ($300-$5,000). 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The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESJohn D. DunnJohn D. Dunn, 62, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Arcadia, Fla. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Homes.George E. Hensel IIGeorge E. Hensel II, 85, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014. He was born Dec. 25, 1928, in North Lawrence, Ohio, to George and Gertrude Eimmerley Hensel. After high school, George joined the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conict and two tours of active duty during the Vietnam War. He was a decorated Veteran, including a Bronze Star recipient. George married his true love, Betty Bates, in 1955. After 20 years, he retired as a Master Sergeant. In 1979, the Hensel family moved to Florida, where George went back to work. He was employed by the 2x4 Ranch, and later as the Foreman for Little Myakka Ranch. George was a sherman for as long as anyone can remember, and enjoyed teaching his kids how to sh, hunt hogs and armadillos, and how to camp. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed. George is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Betty Hensel; sons, George Butch (Becky) Hensel III, Terry Hensel, and Dickie and Jimmy Rowland; daughters, Madeline (Paul) Bass, Cindy (Peter) Bell, Linette (Juan) Andrade and Barbara Saladin; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two siblings. A celebration of life service was held Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Kingsway Baptist Church, Brownville (DeSoto County), Fla. In lieu of owers, contributions in Georges honor may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home, Arcadia.Thomas WorleyThomas Uncle Joe Worley, 74, of Arcadia, Fla., passed Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the youngest son of Paul and Elsie Worley. Thomas is survived by his sons, Jeff and Cliff; daughter, Beverly; granddaughter, Jessie; great-grandson, Wyatt; sisters, Wanda, Martha and Sandy; and brother, Ned. He may be remembered at www. Jackson CookHakeem Jackson Cook, 22, was called home to God, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, without warning. He was born Sept. 26, 1991, in Arcadia, Fla., to Melinda Jackson-Cook and Shingi Cook. Hakeem had a special bond with all his seven siblings, but was very close with his brother, Jakarri Cook. He was baptized at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Arcadia, and was a devoted member of the A.M.E. Church in Miami, Fla., and Plant City, Fla. Hakeem was determined to get his life on the right path again, and he received a letter March 11, 2014, stating he had passed his GED test. He always tried to make his mother proud, in his voice, my ole girl. Hakeem was a very special and unique person. He touched many lives, and always had a smile on his face. Hakeem had a giving heart; like his mom, he loved hard and just wanted to be respected in the same way. He leaves his cherished memories to his mother, Melinda; stepfather, who loved Hakeem as his own, Ronnie; his ance, Sheryl Lafrance; grandparents, Wanda and Bobby Young, and Olivia and Billie Sampson; step-grandparents, Carol and Harold; great-grandparents, Ruth Jackson and Virginia Young; brothers, Jakarri, Shang, Billie, Shingi and Isaiah Cook; sisters, Shanice and Shaniya Cook; stepsisters, Daniel and Janae; four aunts; ve uncles; two step-aunts; two step-uncles; and a host of great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins who loved him dearly. Hakeem was preceded in death by his father, Shingi Cook. Visitation was held Friday, May 2, 2014, at Hickson Funeral Home in Arcadia. The funeral service was held Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Mount Zion AME Church, Arcadia. Burial followed at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia.Malcolm Garner Sr.Malcolm Garner Sr., 90, of Hampton, Va., and formerly of Arcadia, Fla., died peacefully Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in his home. Arrangements are by Parklawn Wood Funeral Home, Hampton.C. Guy MaxcyC. Guy Maxcy, 60, of Sebring, Fla., died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Fla. Guy was born in Avon Park, Fla., the son of James G. and Louise (nee Cope) Maxcy. He had an AS degree from Polk Community College, and a Bachelors degree from Warner Southern. Guy was founder and President of The Maxcy Group, and proudly served as a Highlands County Commissioner for 18 years. During his Highlands tenure, he served on many committees, such as: Health Care & Rural Network Committee, Heartland Library Cooperative, Library Advisory Board, Historic Preservation, Small County Coalition Board of Directors, Insurance committee, and Workforce Investment Board. Guy was also the President of the Florida Association of Counties for a term. Guy had served as County Administrator for DeSoto County, Fla., since 2011. He was a member of the Sebring Kiwanis Club and Sebring Firemen Inc., and was a faithful member and Deacon at Bible Fellowship. He was an avid outdoorsman, and served as director of the Maxcy Memorial Fishing Event; he also enjoyed coaching Little League baseball. Guy was a true family man who will be missed by his loving wife, Jacqueline G. Maxcy; son, Chet (Jennifer L.) Maxcy of Lake Placid, Fla.; daughters, Caitlin Laura Maxcy of Miami, Fla., and Caroline Louise Maxcy of Sebring; brother, James G. (Nancy) Maxcy Jr. of Sebring; grandchildren, Alexis Maulden, Daniel Maulden and Hunter Maxcy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Saturday, May 3, 2014, with services following at Highlands Today Center, Sebring Firemens Field, Sebring. Burial followed at Pinecrest Cemetery. Arrangements are by Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring. DEATHS | 20 May the Lord fill your heart with love. Celebrative Worship Challenging Bible Study Connection With People Traditional Praise 8:30 -9:30 AM Sunday School/Life Groups 9:45 AM 10:45 AM Contemporary Praise 11:00 AM Noon 863-494-4345 DeSoto DeSoto Church Church Directory Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory 50456910 See Your Church in this spot For Only$ 7 5 0 $7.50 a week! Call Tami at 4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. First Baptist Church of Arcadia 1006 N. Brevard Ave. Loving God, Connecting with People, Expanding His Kingdom 9:30 Sunday School 10:45 Morning Worship 6:00 Evening Worship Wednesdays 6:00 AWANA & YOUTH 863-494-3622 See Your Church in this spot For Only $ 7 5 0 a week! $7.50 Call Tami at4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. Grace Lutheran Church 1004 W. Oak Street 494-7008 Pastor David E. Nabinger Saturday Prayer Service Starting at 4PM Sunday School 8:45 AM Sunday Worship 10 AM All Welcome! Pastor Ellis Cross 863-494-3455 Worship 11:00 AM Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday 6:30pm Thursday Youth Group 6pm North Hillsborough Baptist Church (253 N. Hillsborough Ave.) Fort Ogden United Methodist Church 6923 SW River St. 863.494.3881 Sunday School 9:00am Sunday Worship 10:00am (Nursery Childrens Church Provided) Mondays A.A. & Al-Anon 7:30pm Wednesday K-12 Ministry 5:30pm & Bible Study 6:30pm 5104 NW Oak Hill Ave. 863-494-6224 Pastor Dr. Howell Upchurch Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:45 am and 6:00 pm Wednesday 6:30 pm for Prayer Group, Youth & Children Sunday Morning Worship Starting at 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Sun. 4:30 p.m. UMYF Wed. 6:30 pm Bible Study Nursery Available Pastor Jim Wade View Service at: Trinity United Methodist Churc h To know Christ and to make Him know n 304 W. Oak Street 494-2543 St. Edmunds Episcopal Church 327 W. 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Arcadian | Page 10 The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 One of the most unforgettable calls I have ever received came from a woman I had never met. This mother had endured such severe parental pain that just hearing her describe it nearly moved me to tears. Her son at age 27 had died in prison of leukemia only a few months before he was to be released; a sad enough tale in itself, but that was only the tragic end of her story. At 15 and intoxicated, my callers son had ended the life of his 18-year-old girlfriend. As a result, he became the rst 15-year-old in that state to be tried, convicted and sentenced as an adult, resulting in a 30-year prison term. Later, however, due to his exemplary conduct and educational achievements while in prison, he would have been paroled after 12 years. Then leukemia overruled the parole board, preventing this grieving mother from bringing her son home alive. How did you survive? I asked. By the grace of God, she replied. My caller that day wasnt the rst mother to have needed the grace of God to make it through a severe trial brought on by one of her children. Nor Grace for mothers and others Roger Campbell is she the only mother to become an innocent victim of alcohols devastating effect on her family. John Newton, whose father ran a bar, brought great grief to his mother, a devout woman of faith. Regardless of the bad reports about her son, she kept praying for him; often while she labored over her washboard. John had left his home in England while very young, choosing the life of a sailor. And the news that oated home about him wasnt good. He had become involved in slave trading and fallen into such a vile lifestyle that the saved a wretch like me line in the rst stanza of the hymn he later wrote is understandable. John Newton traveled far but was never beyond the reach of his mothers prayers. Then one day, during a storm at sea that he thought would end his life, John remembered the faith of his mother and trusted her Lord as his own. After surviving the storm, John began to study the Bible and at the age of 39 was ordained to the ministry in the little village of Olney, near Cambridge, England. His mothers prayers had nally been answered. Most of the congregational singing in Newtons day consisted of Psalms set to music. John nally discovered that simple heart-felt hymns added greater impact to his preaching and when enough hymns couldnt be found, he started writing his own. The most enduring of these has been Amazing Grace, which is still a favorite of millions. There are even Amazing Grace groups that meet in prisons and other places to talk about this old hymn and tell what it means to them, unaware that their favorite hymn is a washboard tune, born before it was written in the life of a praying mother who found Gods grace sufcient during a tough time. Whats so amazing about grace? It is the vehicle of Gods love that arrives at the door of the weak and undeserving offering forgiveness and new life. And its still available to mothers and others like you and me. Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at children dont know who theyre going to be if they dont know where they came from. Ingraham Kuhns said these descendants and others gathered annually, in differing waves of enthusiasm, for longer than she cared to remember. One memory she recalls is a reunion as a child at the John Morgan Ingraham home, play ing on the porch and the open grounds around the home on North Monroe near the downtown district. The home, in fact, now has a black-and-white photo of a very young Kathleen Ingraham in a washtub. Her grandfather was a seed merchant, elected ofcial, and senior patriarch who loved sharing stories on the porch of his home. He regularly hosted reunions at his home. He died at age 97 in 1980. One of the more interesting reunion guests was Remer Langford, who at 85 has clear memories of his childhood in the Arcadia and DeSoto County area. The Langfords and Ingrahams inter-married. Remer Langford recalls such reunions over the decades where 150 to 200 friends and relatives would turn out. It gets smaller every year, said Langford, a tall and hardy man who as a boy traded several hogs for a roping horse. Youd lasso cattle, and walk your horse around his legs til he tripped up, he added. You get the screw worms off them, get the worms off and rub tar on the open sore. We did a lot more at age 13 back then. John Morgan Ingrahams home has been restored by the DeSoto County Historical Society, and adjacent to it is the former Ingraham Seed House, now home to the Howard and Velma Melton Historical Research Library. Here the Historical Society keeps its collection of artifacts and records, all of which will be digitized for online access. The fully restored home is a showcase of Floridas early settlement period. Kathleen Ingraham Kuhns said she and her family will continue to honor her clans legacy with annual reunions and, more importantly, work to build enthusiasm for heritage for the younger generations who are following in the older generations footsteps, she said. Her message was not lost on 14-yearold Jake Datman, a member of the extended Ingraham-Langford family at the Saturday reunion. Its good for everyone to be together, the teen said. Except for a couple of years, Ive been doing it as long as Ive been alive.REUNIONFROM PAGE 3 the State of Florida, Division of Historic Resources totaling $158,000 to restore the house. The Mosaic Company Foundation also donated $40,000 to the project. The society considers the house a memorial to all early pioneer families of the City of Arcadia and DeSoto County. The structure showcases Florida Cracker architecture and lifestyle. The museum displays period furniture and furnishings some of which belonged to the Ingraham family as well as a wealth of information about the area in which they lived. Adjacent to the Ingraham House is the DCHSs Howard and Velma Melton Historical Research Library in the Ingraham Seed House. Designed as a replica of the store which Ingraham built in the late 1920s, the structure is a modern research facility featuring both artifacts and archives. Research assistance is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 10, 15, 22, and 29, or by appointment. Opening the Ingraham House to the public also observes May as Preservation Month, an annual observance established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. More information is available online at For information about the societys Ingraham House or Research Library, call Carol Mahler at 863-445-0789 or email PAGE 3 | ROADWATCHU.S. Highway 17 from south of S.W. 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The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Page 11 | Arcadian Sandy Kavouras, a Master Flower Show Judge from the Fort Myers/Lee County Garden Club, spoke to Arcadia Garden Club members at its April meeting on enjoying life, appreciating art work and having fun with floral design. We are not perfect, Kavouras said, and neither are flowers. It is OK to make a mistake, she said, when describing floral arrangements for home use. Kavouras kept attendees laughing as she made beautiful oral designs using less than ideal owers and glassware from yard sales and Goodwill. Creating ower arrangements should be enjoyable, not stressful. Use owers and fruits from your yard. Myers lemons in a tall vase with mums and palm leaves can be used to create the ideal display for your guests. Placing carnations and bear grass in water-lled stratied vases communicates a calm and peaceful environment. Bear grass is often used in oral design. It looks like grass, but really belongs to the lily family and grows to be about 4 to 5 feet tall. All of the oral arrangements were auctioned and taken home by members to be enjoyed. Kavouras explained the importance of the Art in Bloom program. Art in Bloom is a tribute to art and owers expressed through a community event where oral designers use a work of art as an inspiration to create a oral display. The work of art may be a museum piece, student work, craft work or family antique. It can be a painting, quilt, designer gown, photo or a piece of sculpture. It is geared to engage people of all ages, interests and life experiences. It is a wonderful way to demonstrate art and oral talent. The program has been sponsored by many garden clubs across the US. Pamela Farwell and Shirley Platt were introduced as guests. Shirley Platts birthday and Jamie Piphers anniversa ry were celebrated. Members were given information on how to obtain non-hybrid, GMO-free vegetable, herb and ower seeds and plants: A catalog can be obtained at Members, friends and others were encouraged to attend the Avon Park Correctional Institution Nursery Plant Sale on May 3. The sale supports the very important and worthwhile Therapy Through Plants program. UF/IFAS Florida Gardening monthly guide reports annual plants that can take our summer are salvia, wax begonia and coleus. Herbs include basil, Mexican tarragon and rosemary. Vegetables to plant now are okra, southern peas and sweet potatoes. We are reminded to prepare for the hurricane season by checking our trees for damaged or weak branches.Garden Club learns about creativity in flower arranging By JAMIE PIPHERARCADIA GARDEN CLUB PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JAMIE PIPHERSandy Kavouras told the Garden Club members they need not be limited by fancy vases or expensive owers. Yard sale and thrift store buys can be put to creative use. Here, carnations submerged in water and connected with sprigs of grass can become an unusual and whimsical display. Art in Bloom may start with a painting that inspires an interpre tive ower arrangement. Art in Bloom uses items such as a colorful beaded purse as inspiration for a oral arrangement that may echo the items colors, texture or lines. rfnffnr rfntfbftbbb btb n nfftfffffbttfbftft 50456879 APOdollE Cypress St ? ?>Z ZDr. Laura DeStefanoHickory StLewellyn CasselsARNP


Arcadian | Page 12 The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 DeSoto remembers Maxcy during Day of Prayer on May 1 ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comFather Vincent Clemente, pastor of St. Pauls Catholic Church, welcomes everyone to celebrate the National Day of Prayer, observed Thursday at the DeSoto County Commission chambers. City Clerk Penny Delaney opens the obser vation of the National Day of Prayer with a beautiful rendition of God Bless America. County Commissioner Gabriel Quave oered a prayer for County Administrator Guy Macxy who passed away suddenly last week. I dont believe Guy Maxcy needs our prayers: he believed in Jesus Christ. But let us pray for his family. Lord, take special care of his wife and three children. Sister Maria Isabel Conrado and Maria Lucila Ruiz lead a rendition of Lord Have Mercy (Seor Ten Piedad in Spanish) for the National Day of Prayer. About 50 people, including some representatives from the Arcadia City Council, take part in the National Day of Prayer held at noon Thursday. Pastor Eric Romick of First Baptist Church of Nocatee invited the audience to stand up and form a circle around the room. No one is here by accident, he said. The Lord brought every one of us here today to be Your ambassadors and bearers of good news. The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Page 13 | Arcadian DeSoto remembers Maxcy during Day of Prayer on May 1 Rev. Brian Russell, Pastor of Pine Level United Methodist Church and President of the DeSoto County Ministerial Association, gives the invocation for the National Day of Prayer held Thursday in Arcadia. Penny Kurtz of the DeSoto County Health Department said, We know of the invisible link between our soul and our health. ... Keep your soul in good health. Arcadia Mayor Alice Frierson prayed for God to ll our hearts and minds with courage to make good decisions. DeSoto County Commissioner Jim Selph said, Im lled with grief and sadness at the passing of Guy Maxcy. He asked God to give us the wisdom of Solomon and the patience of Job. Superintendant of Schools Karyn Gary oered prayers for DeSoto County as we strive to serve You. Sister Ann DeNicolo of Catholic Charities leads a prayer of contrition during the observation of the Day of Prayer. DeSoto County Sheri Will Wise oers a prayer on behalf of law enforcement ocers, reghters and others who ensure the publics safety. Rev. Ted Hanus, a retired military chaplain, prays to the Lord to remember especially those who gave the last full measure of their lives to guarantee our freedoms, and remember those who are serving that they may be instruments of Your peace. Joel Deriso, owner of Other Side Sod, prays for area businesses. We are your stewards, he said. Help us to be wise and honest in our dealings. Sister Maria Isabel Conrado and Maria Lucila Ruiz lead a rendition of Lord Have Mercy (Seor Ten Piedad in Spanish) for the National Day of Prayer. Deborah Dekeulenaere became emotional as she prayed for the 174 children who came to the Healthy Families program because they had been abused or neglected. Keep all the families in your prayers, as well as those who take care of them. Jane Breylinger of Habitat for Humanity oered a Prayer of Thanksgiving during the Day of Prayer held Thursday at the County Commission chambers. -i-----:----------5-----J-T----I I .-. I :1 kIM ?' l-s k ,! H '% ': L;f / d i I Lt# 9 aIr/fr i -T4'jL IE : 4L 1I Lf I:<'kA -n AF'ryk:r' R ?, & .1 fJ : ( T4 : ,k,1 )? v r(Yk j 1 w T t:'t_: ,p :" ;g r LI J V,t ,: I F A p I .; V I L1L'\*' % A'' e? ;1Qi?7 F_ 'wl? L yrras 4c rz:d r: r 1s1;bJ t ,i'

SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Arcadian | Page 14ADULT SOFTBALL ACTION PAGE 16After a busy preseason, the DCAAA adult softball regular season divisions and team seedings are set. The DeSoto County football players held a Lift-A-Thon April 12 to raise money for ACT testing for Bulldog athletes. At a cost of $40 per test, the event raised enough funding for a dozen players to have their testing costs covered. The more the athletes take the test, the better their scores get and that means they may be able to get into college, varsity football coach Matt Egloff said. Ideally, athletes would take the ACT testing yearly to improve their scores. That isnt possible now, but is a long-term goal of the Big Dog Boosters to be able to help DeSoto athletes get into college. Deionte Turner captured the crowds attention as he dead-lifted 600 pounds to give him a 915-pound total; this included his 315-pound bench press. Egloff nished with 875 pounds and six other lifters ended up with over 600 pounds total. Donations for this important fundraising cause can still be made by sending a check to the high school made out to the Big Dog Boosters.Bulldog football holds Lift-A-ThonSTAFF REPORT PHOTO PROVIDEDDeionte Juice Turner dead lifts 600 pounds on his way to an impressive 915-pound total. The DeSoto Youth Football team used their players from two teams to make three teams to play against the more experienced Port Charlotte Pirates in the rst football game for the newly formed DeSoto Youth Football league. While the Bulldogs lost all three games, they hung in there until the end, but late touchdowns against a worn out defense gave the Pirates an 18-0 and 20-0 win April 26.Youth football falls to Port CharlotteBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe DeSoto Youth Football Bulldogs get together after the game for a photo before a well deserved rest. More photos on page 15. DeSoto loses a fumble during one of its games against the Pirates. Despite the lack of game experience, the Bulldogs played well against Port Charlotte. Trayvis Smith had one of the few good gains on the ground for the Bulldogs in their 20-0 loss to Port Charlotte. Behind Smith is Juan Garibay (82), who played an outstanding game and even got a handshake from the Pirates coach after an impressive tackle. The Bulldogs gang-tackle the speedy Port Charlotte running back. The heat and fatigue of playing two games in the hot afternoon wore out the Bulldogs, as they lost both games on second half touchdowns. rfnrftrb rrfbf frnf rfrfr ffrfnr bnfffrr nfrfff rfffntb rfntbf rrtbttbt rtt tt r rf 3029054 ........................... ..10streamsong


The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Page 15 | Arcadian The Miss DeSoto Fast-pitch 8U team hosted a tournament May 1. With six teams entered in the tournament, the 8U team started with a 15-6 win over Venice. Complete results of the games were not available as of press time.Miss DeSoto 8U team opens with winBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comIvy Rey, a nine-year-old student at West Elementary, comes through with a rst-inning single as the Lady Bullpups scored ve runs. First grader Jenelle Vest makes a nice eort to get a ground ball that was just out of her reach in the Lady Bullpups 15-6 win over Venice. Emery Skinner had a nice game defensively at third base for the Lady Bullpups. This ball is just over her head and falls for a single as shortstop Jenna Pyles backs her up. Nocatee Elementary second grader Jenna Pyles nearly comes up with this pop up that hit the heel of her glove and bounced out in the May 1 win over Venice. Third baseman Emery Skinner holds onto this line drive in the 15-6 win over Venice on May 1. Pitcher Allie Grin elds a ground ball and makes the throw to rst to retire a batter in the 15-6 win over Venice. Coach Larelle Reynard congratulates her team after their opening game win over Venice. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comThe Bulldog defense plugs up a running hole, resulting in no gain for Port Charlotte. The Bulldogs gave up two touchdowns in the second half to lose the nal two games 18-0 and 20-0. Bulldog Youth Football coach Raymond Allshouse talks to his exhausted players during halftime in their game against Port Charlotte on April 26.FROM PAGE 14 50466641 SWITCH TO SEACOAST AND BANK ON A$100*THANK-YOU.Open a Seacoast Checking Account and receive $100*, plus all the bankingproducts and conveniences you want, with the personal service you likeand the technology you've grown to expect:Online and Mobile BankingDigital DepositBank to Bank TransfersAnd Much Morel0000 ?omSwitching is easy, bring this to your local branch today and we'll personallyhelp you through the 0To


Arcadian | Page 16 The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 The DeSoto County Adult Athletic Association softball league ended the seven-game seeding part of their season and are now divided into two divisions based on their records. Here are some photos from the final preseason games.DCAAA teams fight for seedingBy STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS DIRECTOR The South Florida Hay team is a part of the mens division of the DCAAA softball league. The JCC team won their rst game in the preseason as they downed DeSoto Plumbing 29-10. The DeSoto Plumbing team is a member of the DCAAA mens softball league. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comMosaics Weldon Campbell rounds second as South Florida Hays John Schaefer waits for the throw from the outeld. SFH beat Mosaic 24-9 to give them a 5-2 mark. Troy Howard of the JCC team watches a pitch fall short in his squads win over DeSoto Plumbing. 863.993.3599 Mothers Day All Day Dinner Buffet $10.99 Mothers Day All Day Dinner Buffet $10.99 FREE FREE Carnation for Carnation for Mothers! Mothers! 50456876 Chinese Food To Dine In & Take Out 1319 E. Oak St., Arcadia, FL 34266 (Next to Save-A-Lot) 'ISO1*4r ?? f4 Ori iU_ Iw???+ryc, -ry '4 it VW`?nl ll ftr '? ? l? t t 1rrmj I mri I wri MMT66Ab:


The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Page 17 | Arcadian Seacoast National Bank played host once again to the Third Annual Sheriff Shootout, inviting Sheriff Ofce representatives to participate in a friendly cross-county shooting competition to benet the South Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Sheriff ofces from nine counties DeSoto, Hendry, Highland, Glades, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach and Okeechobee were represented at the event on April 3, at the Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobe. This is a great event, said Roger Bouchard, president of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. It is not only a great way for Seacoast to thank the Sheriffs for their support, but also to recognize the leadership of the Florida Sheriffs for starting the Youth Ranches and keeping it going for more than 50 years. We served 7,000 kids just last year and this is a good example of the positive things that can come from a partnership between a for-prot company, a non-prot organization and government. Its a fun event, and I plan to come back next year with a shot gun. Seacoast National Bank is proud to support an organi zation like the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, said Dennis S. Hudson, III, Seacoast National Bank Chief Executive Ofcer. The competition at the Shootout is always friendly and the Sheriffs enjoy the camaraderie of one another. The Highlands County Sheriff Team took home the top prize and a $1,000 donation was made to the South Florida Youth Ranches in Sheriff Susan Bentons honor. Seacoast National Bank is the operating arm of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida. With over $2 billion in assets, 34 traditional branches and ve accelerate loan production ofces fueled by the power of Seacoast National Bank, it is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida. Ofces stretch from Broward County, north through the Treasure Coast and into Orlando, and west to Okeechobee and surrounding counties. For more information, visit www. National Bank hosts Sheriff ShootoutPROVIDED B y JEFF LEESEACOAST NATIONAL BANK PHOTO PROVIDEDSeacoast National Bank Chief Executive Ocer Dennis S. Hudson III, is anked by Sheris Oce teams and Seacoast National Bank Associates at the 3rd Annual Sheri Shootout. DeSoto County Sheri Will Wise is third from left, in front, holding the poster. Hardee County native LeAnna Himrod has been chosen as PRVCGAs new Executive Director. She will start May 19. Himrod graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She is continuing her education through the distance learning program and will graduate in December 2014 with a Master of Science in Agricultural Education and Communication. Himrod has honed her education with experience at Morrell, Watson & Southwell, P.A. in Wauchula, at the Alachua County Clerk of Courts, with Representative Ben Albritton in his District and Tallahassee ofces and at her familys citrus business, Himrod Citrus Nursery. Himrod earned the position after interviewing with PRVCGAs nine-member Search Committee, where she outlined her ideas for increasing membership and organizing fundraising activities. She is excited to start working on these ideas, to interact with the members of the association and to engage with the many industry activities and concerns. Himrod will replace retiring Executive Director Barbara Carlton who has Himrod named Citrus Associations new executive directorSubmitted by Katie MarksPRVCGAserved the association for 20 years. Carlton is a Manatee County native. Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association represents commercial citrus growers in DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, Sarasota Counties and the portion of Charlotte County located within the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The association has 300 members. HIMROD Weather SummaryAccording to Floridas Automated Weather Network, only five locations in the state received under an inch of rain this past week. 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Arcadian | Page 18 The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Lee counties. Potatoes, cabbage, and leafy greens were being harvested in Flagler and Putnam counties. Blueberries being harvested in Marion County are showing lower yields for this season. Crops planted in MiamiDade County were boniato, malanga, okra and bitter melon. Small amounts of rain have been received in MiamiDade County, therefore, farmers are irrigating all crops. Miami-Dade County farmers were harvesting boniato, bitter melon, green beans, yellow squash, malanga, okra, tomatoes and zucchini. Vegetables and fruits coming to market in the southwest were blueberries, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, kale, lettuce, peppers, snap beans, squash, tomatoes, watermelons and specialty items.Field CropsFarmers in the Panhandle and north Florida were behind schedule on planting field crops due to excessively wet field conditions. Field work was delayed due to excessively wet fields. Field corn may need to be replanted or farmers may switch to soybeans. Peanut planting was 25 percent complete, behind last years 27 percent and the 5-year average of 28 percent.Livestock and PasturesPastures remain wet in the Panhandle for another week. Pasture quality in southwest Florida have improved markedly with the rains. The cattle condition for the state was primarily good but the pasture condition was fair to good.CitrusAll stations in the citrus region received rainfall this past week. All but two received more than an inch. Okeechobee (Okeechobee County) received the most at 4.59 inches. Daytime temperatures were warm, reaching the low to mid 90s in all citrus producing counties. As per the U.S. Drought Monitor, last updated April 29, no drought exists within the citrus growing area. The rainfall over the past several weeks has been mostly benecial. Some of the healthier and well cared for trees are showing lots of new growth; unfortunately those heavily affected by greening are thinning out or dying. Next seasons crop is progressing well with oranges marble-size or bigger and grapefruit slightly larger. Hedging and topping is complete in most areas. Growers and caretakers are applying nutritional and post bloom sprays, fertilizing, irrigating and in some cases resetting new trees. Processing plants are primarily running only Valencia oranges from now until the end of the season. Several packinghouses have nished for the season with a few still taking small amounts of late oranges. Grapefruit harvest is winding down, dropping down to below an estimated 85,000 boxes for the week. To subscribe to this report, at no cost, go to the NASS website at http://www. Subscribe_to_FL_Reports/index.asp.REPORTFROM PAGE 17 The Manatee Rare Fruit Council annual tree sale is coming up on Sunday, May 18. The sale is a great opportunity to purchase virtually any type of fruit tree that will grow in our area. Devotees of fruit culture know to ar rive at the sale early, as although more than 4,000 plants will be available, they go quickly and the rare and unusual are sold out by the time the rst wave of customers crests. The sale is held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., in Palmetto. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the sale runs until 4 p.m., but customers begin lining up in early morning. The sale is inside the air-conditioned center, and there is plenty of space. This is the 26th annual sale, and there will be more vendors, more variety, free parking and free admission. Long time customers know to BYOW bring your own wagon and youll see everything from little red wagons to garden carts to baby strollers sans baby. MRFC volunteers will give you a sticker to identify your wagon so that no one walks off with it. There are a limited number of loaner carts, and MRFC volunteers will assist you with transporting and loading your selections. Walking in the door with cart in tow can be overwhelming. Its best to do your research and make up a shopping list of plants youd like to purchase. The club maintains a demonstration garden at Bradenton's Palma Sola Botanical Park. A self-guiding tour of the Fruiting Plant and Tree Display using your Smart Phone is available. Tree sale proceeds support the plant display at the park. It is an excellent place to see fruit trees and well worth a visit. Some popular reliable fruits for our area are blueberry, g, loquat, muscadine grapes, peach, persimmon and pomegranate. All of these fruits can tolerate the range of temperatures our area receives, and in fact require some chilling hours to set fruit. Vendors at the sale will have varieties specically developed for southwest central Florida. There will be plenty of other sub-tropical and tropical fruits also. Most of these fruits will require protection from extreme cold during our winters. Avocado, banana, carambola, dragon fruit, guava and lychee are some of the fruits that growers in our area may have success with. There will be dozens of other fruits available; be sure you understand the care each fruit requires before you make your selection. Visit the club's website at for more info, including a searchable archive of data on fruit propagation. The council's specially formulated Fruitilizer plant food will be sold; mem bers receive a discount on fertilizer purchase. There will be many additional plant related items, including cookbooks, honey and more. Credit cards are not accepted, but there is an ATM on site. For further information call 941-776-0222. Once youve loaded your cart with your selections, take time to visit with the many helpful vendors and volunteers. The collective knowledge on hand that day represents just about everything known about growing fruit in Florida. 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RAMOS; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; JAMES C. MOHN; DONNA A. MOHN; DAVID WESTBURG; UNKNOWN TENANT #1 IN POSSESSION OF THE PROPERTY; UNKNOWN TENANT #2 IN POSSESSION OF THE PROPERTY; Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATES OF J.F. RAMOS AKA J. FELIX RAMOS AKA FELIX RAMOS MARTINEZ, DECEASED Last Known Address UNKNOWN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT(S) 9, BLOCK 25, KING AND BAKER SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, P AGE(S) 105, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDED OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, TOGETHER WITH ONE (1) 1983 LIBE MOBILE HOME BEARING INDENTIFICATION NO. 10L16487, TITLE NO. 40767197, FLA220867 WHICH IS AFFIXED TO AND MADE PART OF REAL PROPERTY. a/k/a 1179 THRID AVE SE ARCADIA, FLORIDA 34266 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of you written defenses, if any, to it, on Marinosci Law Group, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 1045, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 on or before May 30th, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the NOTICE OFACTION3116 first publication of this Notice in the DESOTO SUN HERALD file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the r elief demand in the complaint. This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2.065. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance: Please contact DeSoto County Jury Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266. Telephone: (863) 993-4876. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 15th day of April, 2014. MITZIE W. MCGAVIC As Clerk of the Court By /s/ N. Daughtrey As Deputy Clerk Submitted by: Marinosci Law Group, P.C. 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 1045 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 T elephone: (954) 644-8704 T elefacsimile: (954) 772-9601 Published 5/1/14 & 5/8/14 322095 3034708 Great Deals in the Classifieds! IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2014 DR 0205 Autumn D. German Rivera, Petitioner and W ilys German, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DIS SOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: Wilys German Last Known Address unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to the Petitioner, Autumn German Rivera whose address is, 209 N. Monroe Avenue, Arcadia, FL 34266 on or before May 23, 20145 and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 115 E. Oak St. Arcadia, FL 34266 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in this petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office. You may review these documents upon request. Y ou must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office notified of your current address. (You may file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915). Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the Clerks office. Dated: April 21, 2014 MITZIE W. MCGAVIC CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ N. Daughter Deputy Clerk Published 4/24/14, 5/1/14, 5/8/14, 5/15/14 131159 3030473 NOTICE TO CREDITORS3120 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDAPROBATE DIVISION File No. 2014 CP 46 Division Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF SARAH B. ROE Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: Y ou are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of Sarah B. Roe, deceased, File Number 2014 CP 46, by the Circuit Court for Desoto County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266; that the decedents date of death was November 17, 2013; that the total value of the estate is $21,634.23 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: NameAddress Sarah A. Roe 2917 Grandview Atlanta, GA 30305 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is May 8, 2014. Attorney for Person Giving Notice /s/ Ira S. Wiesner Attorney Florida Bar Number: 222887 Professional Association, Advocates in Aging 328 N. Rhodes Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34237 T elephone: (941) 365-9900 Fax: (941) 365-4479 E-Mail: Secondary E-Mail: Published 5/8/14 & 5/15/14 370391 3037720 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012 CA 000382 GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC, Plaintiff, VS. STEVEN G. HANCOCK; et al., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sale will be made pursuant to an Order or Final Summary Judgment. Final Judgment was awarded on February 4, 2013 in Civil Case No. 2012 CA 000382, of the Circuit Court of the Judicial NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 Circuit in and for DESOTO County, Florida, wherein, GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC is the Plaintiff, and STEVEN G. HANCOCK; JAN A. HANCOCK; AND UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION are Defendants. The clerk of the court, Mitzie W. McGavic, will sell to the highest bidder for cash at Desoto County Courthouse, 115 Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266 at 11:00 a.m. on May 22, 2014 the following described real property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to wit: P ARCEL A: THE N 1/2 OF THE S 1/2 OF THE SE 1/4 OF THE NE 1/4 OF SW 1/4 OF SECTION 2, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 25 EAST. SUBJECT TO ROAD R/W ALONG THE EAST SIDE. SUBJECT TO RESERVATIONS, RESTRICTIONS AND EASEMENTS OF RECORD IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Aldridge | Connors, LLP Attorney for Plaintiff(s) 1615 South Congress Avenue Suite 200 Delray Beach, FL 33445 Phone: 561.392.6391 Fax: 561.392.6965 BY: /s/ Sarah M. Barbaccia Fla. Bar FBN 30043 Primary E-Mail: IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the DeSoto County Clerks Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, (863)993-4876, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Published 5/1/14 & 5/8/14 334261 3034705 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 14-2013-CA-000075 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, vs. LUIS O. ALVAREZ; SHANNON ALVAREZ; UNKNOWN TENANT I; UNKNOWN TENANT II; DESOTO COUNTY, A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under any of the above-named Defendants, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court of DeSoto County, Florida, will on the 27th day of May, 2014, 11:00AM at 115 East Oaks St, Arcadia, FL 34266, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following-described property situate in DeSoto County, Florida: LOT 5 BLOCK D FOREST A 'Serving DeSoto County since 1887' NHARBORCR SE??,ebratin ??r-------------L-------------J


Arcadian | Page 20 The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 PINE ESTATES, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 20. pursuant to the Final Judgment entered in a case pending in said Court, the style of which is indicated above. Any person or entity claiming an interest in the surplus, if any, resulting from the foreclosure sale, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim on same with the Clerk of Court within 60 days after the foreclosure sale. WITNESS my hand and official seal of said Court this 16th day of April, 2014. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the DeSoto County Clerks Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, (863)993-4876, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon re ceiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Mitzie W. McGavic CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By:Crystal M. Henderson Deputy Clerk Published 5/1/14 109392 3034723 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 12TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 2013CA000268AXMA BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. ROSA LINDA MARTINEZ; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ROSA LINDA MARTINEZ; DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA; FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 16, 2014, and entered in Case No. 2013CA000268AXMA, of the Circuit Court of the 12th Judicial Circuit in and for DESOTO County, Florida, wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is Plaintiff and ROSA LINDA MARTINEZ; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ROSA LINDA MARTINEZ; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA; FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY; are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT SOUTH DOOR OF COURTHOUSE., at 115 EAST OAK STREET, ARCADIA in DESOTO County, FLORIDA 34266, at 11:00 A.M., on the 27 day of May, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 4 AND THE NORTH 6 FEET OF LOT 5, TROPICAL HOMES SUBDIVISION, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT IN AN D FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 73. A person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 16 day of April, 2014 MITZIE MCGAVIC As Clerk of said Court By /s/ Crystal M. Henderson As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to provisions of certain assistance. Please contact the Desoto County Clerks Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266, Phone No. (863)993-4876 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon r eceiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Submitted by: Kahane & Associates, P.A. 8201 Peters Road, Ste.3000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE3122 Plantation, FL 33324 T elephone: (954) 382-3486 T elefacsimile: (954) 382-5380 Designated service email: m Published 5/1/14 & 5/8/14 221363 3034718 NOTICE OFSALE3130 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case# 2013-CA-000239 W ells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Trustee for WaMu Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-PR1 Trust Plaintiff, vs Diana De Barr, Administrator of The Estate of Anthony C. Pace, Deceased; Natalie R. Pace; Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors, Lienors and Trustees of Anthony C. Pace, Deceased; et al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment, entered in Civil Case No. 2013CA-000239 of the Circuit Court of the 12th Judicial Circuit in and for DeSoto County, Florida, wherein W ells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Trustee for WaMu Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-PR1 Trust, Plaintiff and Diana DeBarr, Administrator of the Estate of ANthony C. Pace, Deceased are defendant(s), I Clerk of Court, Mitzie W. McGavic, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT THE SOUTH ENTRANCE OF THE DESOTO COUNTY COURTHOUSE, AT 11:00 A.M. on may 27, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 9, BLOCK 4, FIRST REPLAT IN PEMBROKE SUBDIVISION, A SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED N PLAT BOOK 9, PAGES 80 THROUGH 80C, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator; 2002 Ringling Boulevard, 8th Floor, Sarasota, Florida 34237 (941)861-7811 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon r eceiving this notification of the time before the scheduled appearance is less then 7 days. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Mitzie W. McGavic CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT DeSoto County Florida /s/ B. Wynn DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT Published 5/8/14 & 5/15/14 118683 3037789 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 142014CA000012 THE FIRST STATE BANK OF ARCADIA Plaintiff, vs. DEREK W. LINTON a/k/a DEREK WILLIAM LINTON, ET AL Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO FLORIDA ST A TUTES CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a UNIFORM FINAL JUDGMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE dated April 28, 2014, in the above styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the DeSoto County Courthouse, 115 Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266, at 11:00 A.M. on May 29, 2014, the following described property as set forth in UNIFORM FINAL JUDGMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE, to wit: The North 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 22, Township 39 South, Range 25 East, DeSoto County, NOTICE OFSALE3130 Florida, LESS AND EXCEPT road right-of-way. TOGETHER WITH a 2005 Fleetwood Double-Wide Mobile Home (VIN #GAFL535A90245BH31 and GAFL535B90245BH31). Parcel Id: 22-39-25-0000-0030-0000 Commonly known as: 10670 SE Shelfer Avenue, Arcadia, FL 34266 Dated this 29th day of April, 2014. MITZIE W. McGAVIC Clerk of Court By:/s/ N. Daughtrey Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the DeSoto County Jury Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266, telephone: (863) 993-4876, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Published 5/8/14 & 5/15/14 369050 3037747 OTHER NOTICES3138 NOTICE OF INTENT TO DEMOLISH The structure(s) located at: 1802 SW Duke St. Arcadia Florida 34266, Parcel #01-38-24-0190-0030-0100 1448 SE Peach Dr. Nocatee Florida 34268 Parcel #06-38-25-0120-00M0-0060 4313 SW HWY 17. Arcadia Florida 34266 Parcel #23-38-24-0410-00B0-0130 4495 SW HWY 17. Arcadia Florida 34266 Parcel #23-38-24-0242-0130-0100 9738 SW Short Dr. Arcadia Florida 34266 Parcel #22-39-23-0093-00C0-0010 have been deemed to be dilapidated structures by the DeSoto County Building Official per DeSoto County Ordinance No 2000-11 (Demolition and Removal of Dilapidated Structures). The Owner or other interested parties for the said structure are hereby notified that the County of DeSoto Florida, will proceed to have the structure(s) demolished (30) thirty days from the date of this Notice if said structure is not substantially repaired or demolished and debris removed from the property by this date. A lien will be placed against the property to recover all cost of the demolitions and r emoval of debris. If as a result of this Notice, the Owner of the structure wishes to repair the structure, notice is hereby given that the repairs must be made only after acquiring the appropriate permits. If as a result of this Notice, the Owner of the structure wishes to demolish the structure, notice is hereby given that the demolition must be done only after acquiring the appropriate permit. To request an extension of time, the Owner must contact the Building Official, Lester Hornbake at 863-993-4811 within 30 days of the date of this notice. An affected Owner has the right to seek judicial relief from this action. The affected Owner should file the appropriate Petition in the court of the jurisdiction within (30) days of this notice. Publish: Sun 4/24/14 & 5/1/14 Arcadian 5/1/14 & 5/8/14 101305 3031088 Mahendrakumar Patel, MD has closed medical practice at AGIM Inc, 201 E Gibson, FL 34266 on 4/30/14. Records may be obtained from Arcadia Medical Associates, 425 Nursing Home Dr, Arcadia, FL34266. Phone: 863-993-2966. You may see him OTHER NOTICES3138 at Community Care Family Clinic, Arcadia. SURPLUS STATE LAND BID #DSL-BID-14-011 Desoto County 500 +/acres 5847 SE Highway 31, Arcadia, FL 34266 S 27 & 34, T 38 South, R 25 E For a complete package and terms call Tom Karpenske, Licensed Real Estate Broker (813) 273-8437 or visit s/buy_bid.htm Bid Deadline is June 10, 10:30 a.m. EDT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF DESOTO COUNTY is soliciting a contract for Financing for School Buses Tax Exempt Lease Proposals must be submitted no later than May 28, 2014 at 10:00 A.M., at which time they will be opened. Copies of the solicitation may be obtained from our website at www the Purchasing Department, at 530 LaSolona Avenue, Arcadia, Florida 34266 or by calling (863)-4944222, ext. 1111. Published 5/8/14 & 5/15/14 103762 3037757 MISCELLANEOUS6260 VENDORS WANTEDMay 17th Watermelon Festival For more info: 863-494-2020 AUTOS WANTED7260 WE BUY & PICK UP JUNK CARS 941-661-1928 MOTOR HOMES/ RVs7380 GEORGETOWN 34 2 slides, new tires on rear, ne w batteries, 34k miles, 5.5 gen erator, jacks. Camera read y for travel! $17,500 OBO Call 863-491-8170 lv. mess. o r 863-303-4442 for info!! Lookingfor Adventure? FinditintheClassifieds Clara Cellon HortonClara Cellon Horton, 84, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Arcadia, Fla. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.Louiza BurgessLouiza Burgess, 71, of Arcadia, Fl., passed away May 1 in Arcadia. She was born May 25,1942 in Arcadia to Ruth Jackson and the late George Lee. She attended Smith Brown High School after which she became employed at G. Pierce Woods Slate Hospital. She gave 33 years of service there before retiring as a Pood Service supervisor. She was an active member of Mt Zion A.M.E. Church of Arcadia, where she served faithfully in the culinary ministry. Louiza Lou was a faithful servant to her community. She served in various churches and other social events with her expertise in the kitchen area. Her last job was working at Turner Agri-Civic Center for the 2014 prom. She was so excited about working the prom, thats all she kept talking about. She was so dedicated to her community that she was always just a phone call away, even if it meant she had to walk. She will be dearly missed by all and all will miss her Red Velvet Cakes, Souse, pickled eggs, candy bags and her straight-to-thepoint personality. Lotriza was preceded in death by her father, George Lee; grandson, Sherman Blanding Jr.; and granddaughter, Shakeria Jones. She leaves to cherish her beautiful memories: Six children, Sherman Blanding Sr. (Sharon) Arcadia, Fl., Timothy Nicklow (Mercedes), Angie Nicklow all of Lakeland, Fl., Jimmie Nicklow (Martha). Darren Nicklow (Kiya) and Zellisha Tyler (Dakar) all of Arcadia, Fl.; Mother, Ruth Jackson: Four sisters, I.oretta Tice (Izel) Miami, Fl., Ethel Thomas, Juanita Cross and Wanda Young (Bobby) all of Arcadia, Fl.; Three brothers, Johnnie Lee Jackson, Atlanta, Ga., Raymond Jackson, Hobbs Mexico and Marvin Jackson, Arcadia, Fl; 14 grandchildren, Tasheena Tice (Vernon). Shandria Nicklow, Sherriauna Nicklow, Tony Jones Jr., James Brady Jr., Mercedes Brady, Iesha Nicklow, Nakita Nicklow. Jaquell Nicklow, Jimmy Nicklow Jr., Jasmine Nicklow, Darrel Nicklow Jr., Keondra Blocker, Shameria Jones and one special granddaughter, Shakeria Nicklow and 16 great grands. One goddaughter, Brandy bvans; Special Friends: Sylvia Russell, Alice Hoskins, Greta Blackwood, Nadine Evans, Hattie Brown, Mary Anderson, Weeda Mae Williams, Gwen Nesmith, Keisha Nesmith and too many to name; a special cousin, Arthur Wiley; two special nephews. Tyjohn Wesley and Anthony Tice, and a host of many nieces, nephews, cousins, and sorrowing friends. Visitation will be Friday, May 9 from 5 p.m-7 p.m. at Hickson Funeral Home at Arcadia. Funeral Service will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at DeSoto High School gym. Burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Arcadia.DEATHSFROM PAGE 9 OBITUARY POLICY Obituaries are accepted from funeral homes only. Theres no charge for publishing an abbrevi ated death notice. Full obituaries and repeat death notices will be subject to an advertising charge. Obituaries must be submitted to the Charlotte Sun; call 941-206-1000 for details. Please send e-mails to obituaries@ The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Find it in the CLASSIFIEDS! LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? i J ? VL`SUN k?


The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Page 21 | Arcadian ourselves if we dont. Keene responded, Exactly mayor, thats my whole point. Weve gone through this whole process and were just going to run in here and throw up our hands to make a motion and quickly vote? I think Bob (Allen) is dead-ass wrong. Its time to step up to the plate and make decisions that are important to this community. Fink then moved to discuss the candidates. Curiously, the motion passed unanimously, with Allen also voting in favor. After the vote Frierson told Allen, I guess I can say that you dont have to participate in the discussion if you dont want to.Looking for experienceKeene begin the candidate discussion, saying Steven Holsinger and Paul Poczobut in particular caught his eye, both with proven experience in government administration. I appreciate Mr. Poczobut talking about his 20 years of service to the Navy before starting his career in municipal administration, and I really liked that he mentioned totally quality management, he said. He really got my attention when he talked about how in one community he reduced the budget by 25 percent without cutting services, and I liked that he felt Arcadia was a destination. And I was especially attracted to him talking about getting rid of the me versus them attitude regarding an administrator and council. As for Holsinger, Keene said on top of the years of experience as a city manager, he liked the focus Holsinger placed on providing ser vices to the community. We should be about service to our citizens, he said. Mr. Holsinger at one time had some issues with the local police department budget, and he really seems to have some hands-on experience. I really thought it was great that he talked about honesty and integrity, and being apolitical. Frierson agreed with Keene on Holsingers credentials. I was very impressed with Mr. Holsinger, I thought he showed great leadership skills, she said. When he finished I had no questions, because he covered everything I would have asked him. I really liked him, and I think he would fit into this community really well. Fink was also impressed by both candidates, but was concerned about their age. They brought it up, we didnt. I am concerned about someone looking at this as a retirement destination, and both gentlemen did state that, he said. When they were asked where they would be in seven years, their answers were fishing for bass and retired. Neither Frierson nor Keene shared Finks reservations. I wasnt concerned with their age at all, Frierson noted. I think three to five years is about the most youre going to get out of an administrator in this community. I have no problem with them looking at this position as their last before retirement. If they can come into this community for three to five years and lead us down the right road, well God love em and let em retire. Keene added the long tenure of a former administrator was likely the cause of many of the citys current issues. Looking at a past situation, 25-plus years as an administrator was way too long, he said. I feel like a lot of the issues were dealing with now are a result of that situation. I think either of these gentlemen, with their backgrounds, are exactly what we need. Heine said although he was impressed by the candidates, the positive change hes seen at city hall since Slaughter had been interim administrator swayed his decision. We have tried hiring outsiders and it hasnt worked out, and I feel comfortable with Slaughter, he said. He came into the job when the city was one heck of a mess, and weve come a long ways since then. People comment to me that theres such a change now when you walk in the doors of city hall. Ive seen so much good change since we appointed Mr. Slaughter. Frierson said she had no problem with Slaughter, but in her mind he wasnt the most qualified candidate for the job. I just think some of the other candidates are a little more qualified and have more experience being administrators, Frierson said. Theres a lot to be said for experience. Regarding Heines comments about the positive changes Slaughter has made, Keene said hed heard other wise from the community. I dont know who youve been talking to, but some of the comments I get from the community are that they arent getting phone calls back, not getting recognized when they contact the city to get an answer to a question, he said. And it may not be just a citizen, it may be some other government entity, and that concerns me. But Fink said the comments hes heard have been positive. I keep a fairly decent handle on things, and I havent heard of calls not being returned, and I have not heard of the administrator not following protocol, he said. I feel similar to Councilman Heine. We were in dangerous water six months ago, and the city was in literal meltdown from what had been left from the previous administrator. As far as Im concerned, if we have a problem with him not answering calls, well, then I think he knows it now, and have you talked to him about it? And if you havent then shame on you all. Public opinionThe council then opened the discussion to the public, and heard feedback from several people. I think experience is going to be the key to help our city move forward, Rob Herron said. Maybe having someone coming here to retire isnt such a bad thing. Maybe someone will come in here and build this city into a place theyd like to retire to. Please look at the experience of those involved, and make your decisions accordingly. Marcia Brown, who was a member of the councils administrator search committee, said with the exception of one finalist (she did not reveal who), the council had been presented with the most qualified candidates and needed to make their decisions based on each individuals past accomplishments. We were told there was one candidate we had to include as a finalist, she said. We were looking for someone to bring in new ideas. We need a leader, and you need to look at the candidates backgrounds, what they have accomplished and what they can do for our city. Adrian Daly asked the council to name some of Slaughters accomplishments since his time as interim. I think this job needs more doing and less talking, she said. What has Slaughter done thats so wonderful? Heine responded, I can tell you two things that hes done. Hes hired a good clerk and a good finance director. And the ones we had previously almost made us shut the doors, and that aint no joke. Hes surrounded himself with good people, and I appreciate that.Accusations and innuendoAfter public comments, Allen said it was time to stop talking and take action. Were doing more damage by going around and talking about who we might have as our next administrator, he said. This board has got to move forward and vote for an administrator tonight. I suggest we get on with doing that, and stop all this talking. Fink said, Then make a motion sir. Allen then moved for the city to hire Slaughter, which was seconded by Fink. City Attorney T.J. Wohl then asked to clarify whether Allens motion included the amendment for a background check and employment agreement. Fink suggested two background checks, a criminal check conducted by the Arcadia Police Department, and a second check done by a professional agency. Allen objected to the amendment, however, saying he never suggested a background check. Frierson interjected, saying, Ive heard this over and over again since these interviews started, that this was a done deal, that it was a 3-2 vote and it was already decided and the interviews werent even important. And I think its been proven here tonight, and I find that regrettable. Fink took offense to Friersons statement. Madam, if you have anything to say, and to impugn the integrity of any member of this board, I suggest you do that. Frierson said, Im not the only one whos heard it; there are many members of the public who have heard it also. Ive had many conversations from people who have called me and asked if I was aware it was a 3-2 vote already? Are they clairvoyant? Fink asked. Well, I can give you other reasons they gave me but I dont think you want to hear it, Frierson said. Heine took exception to Friersons comments. Alice, Ive sat right here and listened to every one of these candidates during their interviews. Frierson cut him off, saying, Bob, Ive had several people tell me they approached you about having a discussion on this and you shut them out completely. Heine said anyone who had an issue with his decision should confront him personally, and not through other sources. Let em tell me to my face, he said. Let em tell me to my face then if thats the truth. Fink also wondered if Frierson had heard if his vote was also predeter mined. Did they say that about me too, maam? he asked. Yes, Frierson responded. They said you have Tom in your pocket, so thats why you want him. Oh, yes, of course thats it, Fink said sarcastically. Wohl then attempted to steer the discussion back to Allens motion, and to clarify whether there was an amendment to include an employ ment agreement and background check. Allen was again quick to dismiss the idea of a background check. I did not say anything about a background check, he said. He should have had one when he began working here. Resident Lorenzo Dixon then asked to address the council, and thanked Allen for making the motion to select Slaughter. I would just like to say to Mr. Allen that its one of the most greatest motions youve ever made, and I CITYFROM PAGE 1support it wholeheartedly, he said. Thank you for making the motion; you did the right thing. To the best of my knowledge there shouldnt even be a discussion about a background check; the motion was clearly made and we have a second. If Mr. Slaughter was good enough to be the interim, then hes good enough to have the permanent job. Wohl then explained he was asking for the background check now because two previous administrators did not have checks conducted until after the employment agreements had been signed, which he said was putting the cart before the horse. I believe the council had indicated months ago that they wanted to do a background check on whoever was chosen as administrator, he said. Why start negotiations on an employment agreement and have someone take office before you do a background check? Allen then claimed there had already been a background check on Slaughter, to which Keene replied, I would like to see you produce that background check. I dont believe one was completed. If we have a candidate who cant or isnt willing to stand up to the scrutiny of a background check, then they shouldnt have the job. Allen responded, That is absolutely uncalled for. Frierson agreed with Keene, and suggested all of the work the council had put into the interview process was a waste if the most qualified candidate wouldnt be offered the job. Keene agreed, saying otherwise we should have just done what Mr. Allen wanted to do the very first night when he tried to stop the interview. Keenes comments were in reference to bizarre behavior Allen displayed during two candidate interviews. During the councils interview with Murphy, Allen tried to adjourn the meeting after one hour, saying it was getting late and he was hungry for dinner. At the beginning of the councils second interview, via Skype with Holsinger, Allen got up from his chair and left the room after only the third question. After a lengthy pause, Fink moved to have a criminal and professional background check done on Slaughter, which was approved unanimously, with Allen again voting in favor. The council also unanimously approved having Frierson and Wohl enter into negotiations with Slaughter, with an agreement brought to council by its May 20 meeting. F i n d i t F i n d i t Find it i n i n in t h e t h e the C l a s s i f i e d s C l a s s i f i e d s Classifieds W h a t e v e r W h a t e v e r Wh at ever i t i t it i s . i s . is... sxws Utn?SUN NEWSPAPERS


Arcadian | Page 22 The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 The Arcadia Dance Academy held its fth annual dance recital Saturday at the Turner Agri-Civic Center. Ninety girls and boys plid, twirled and hip-hopped to a host of Michael Jacksons best known songs. The 14 professionally choreographed dances featured 4-year-old Littles dressed as baby rats with long tails, and talented teens in glam zombie costumes. The song Thriller took on a while new meaning as the group and even some of the parents ended the evening with their interpretation of a zombie apocalypse, only with really attractive people. The costumes for the show were sparkly and glamorous Michael Jackson would have been proud. Taylor Sokolosky, the 2013 academy student of the year, danced on center stage for her rst-ever solo performance, casting a spell over the audience as she performed a ballet to Man in the Mirror. The Mommies and Not Me dancers, wearing elegant, shimmering jazz attire, shook it up to Dangerous, proving that when it comes to talent, the apple doesnt fall far from the tree. Members of the academy do more than dance: each winter they enter a prize-winning oat in the Christmas parade, and they frequently volunteer by entertaining audiences during special events. Lorna Ransom, headmistress if the dance academy, will be registering students for new classes in August. Academy dancers perform to Michael Jackson hitsPROVIDED BY ANN ROCKERS Jayden Lowe, Trinity Wilson, Holy Croy and Sophia Aguilar dance to Ben, a movie themesong. Bella Crouse and Kaylee Welles (kneeling), and Mackenzi Wyas, Erin Jones and Chloe Dixon rock the house to the tune of Rockin Robin. Alexis Wright performs to Aint No Sunshine. Cynthia Ross is a standout dancing to the song Thriller. Dwight Rockers sets the pace as he serves as emcee for the Fifth Annual Recital by the Arcadia Dance Academy. Micaela Puebla, Chloe Wood and Angeline Ripa dance to the music of ABC. ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.comAlexis Wright, the 2012 Dancer of the Year, performs to Earth Song, a plea to protect the planet. Memorial Day Special Section On Memorial Day, we honor the men and women of the Armed Forces who have given their lives for their country. We invite you to honor your family, friends and neighbors in the military by sending your thoughts and prayers to those fighting abroad, or a note of remembrance to a fallen military hero. You may submit your photos and messages by email: or US Mail to Memorial Day Special Section, 108 S. Polk Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. All submis sions will be featured in our Memorial Day edition on Thursday, May 29. Deadline for submission is Friday, May 23, 2014 by 5:00 pm. 50456865 Remembering RememberingO u r M i l i t a r y Our Military ?m ?I?ll$??an? : {_ ?? ,??-_ ?)f ,_ \ ?....?..:.ij?'+?iV' ?,


The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 Page 23 | Arcadian ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comFriends of the Arcadia Airport made and donated a box of wheel chocks to the Arcadia Airport. When transient pilots y in, they can go to the box and borrow a set of chocks to secure their plane while visiting the area. The Friends have actively supported the airport all year, including hosting y-in pancake breakfasts and oering a special weekend, for pilots who ew in during rodeo week, to see the rodeo and tour the city of Arcadia.Friends help out airport LIVESTOCK SALESWeight Price per cwt. Steers Medium and Large Frame 175-275 $305-410 (avg. $359.15) 275-350 $275-300 (avg. $283) 350-425 $241-275 (avg. $248.89) 425-500 $225-240 (avg. $231.21) 500-575 $205-220 (avg. $211.11) 575-700 $180-200 (avg. $190.25) Steers Light and Medium Frame 175-275 $265-335 (avg. $301.81) 275-350 $245-275 (avg. $264.74) 350-425 $220-245 (avg. $235.75) 425-500 $210-227.50 (avg. $220.17) 500-575 $177.50-205 (avg. $196.76) 575-700 $155-185 (avg. $171.93) Heifers Medium and Large Frame 175-275 $270-390 (avg. $298) 275-350 $235-267.50 (avg. $242.38) 350-425 $220-320 (avg. $226.45) 425-500 $200-220 (avg. $208.07) 500-575 $175-205 (avg. $188.33) 575-700 $170-187.50 (avg. $177.08) Heifers Light and Medium Frame 175-275 $225-275 (avg. $256.01) 275-350 $215-235 (avg. $226.55) 350-425 $200-220 (avg. $212.49) 425-500 $170-205 (avg. $190.16) 500-575 $165-180 (avg. $170.61) 575-700 $160-175 (avg. $165.28) Slaughter Classes Cows: Boners 1100-1900 $91-101 (avg. $93.69) Lean 850-1200 $72-91 (avg. $81.46) Low Dressing: 800-1100 $67-87 (avg. $76.66) Shells: 650-800 $45-73 (avg. $62.65) Bulls: High Dressing: 1300-2000 $95-116 (avg. $100.38) 1000-1299 $79-95 (avg. $86.71) Low Dressing: under 1100 $85-93 (avg. $89.67) Totals: 1,729; calves 1,426; cows 266; bulls 37 Slaughter cows were $4 to $6 higher. Slaughter bulls were $1 to $2 higher. Feeder steer and heifer calves under 250 pounds were $18 to $22 higher. Feeder steer and heifer calves over 250 pounds were $6 to $8 higher.Reported by the Arcadia Stockyard for the week of April 30 50456866 NOTICE OF UNPAID DELINQUENT TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES PUBLIC NOTICE AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 197.402, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES ASSESSED FOR THE YEAR 2013 ARE NOW DELINQUENT AND DRAWING INTEREST OF 18% PER YEAR. IF THE DELINQUENT TAXES LISTED HEREIN ARE NOT PAID, THE TAX COLLECTOR WILL APPLY TO THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR AN ORDER DIRECTING LEVY UPON AND SEIZURE OF ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY OF THE TAXPAYER FOR UNPAID TAXES, PURSUANT TO SECTION 197.413, FLORIDA STATUTES. KATHRYN J. HILL TAX COLLECTOR DESOTO COUNTY PO BOX 729 ARCADIA, FL 34265 MAY 8, 2014 6 P0009900 $1336.43 02530-000 BISHOP CITRUS INC 7 P0010900 $1578.64 02720-000 BOGGESS CALVIN C & SHELLY 8 P0013300 $1312.77 04150-001 CANOE OUTPOST 9 P0016200 $753.86 04774-000 CENTRAL FIRE & SAFETY EQ 10 P0020900 $1997.67 05470-001 COLEMAN GEORGE H 11 P0023700 $1324.79 06150-000 CUTTING EDGE PIZZA INC 1 P0002400 $264327.21 00580-000 ALLIED RECYCLING INC 2 P0002800 $27212.35 00690-000 ARCADIA CONCRETE TILE LLC 3 P0003900 $29708.54 00895-000 AQUA UTILITIES FLORIDA IN 4 P0005400 $777.42 01122-000 ARCADIA GROCERY INC 5 P0006400 $641.58 01330-000 ARCADIA TRADING POST LLC 12 P0023900 $3657.68 06215-001 DANIEL WALKER INC 13 P0025700 $1040.24 07040-000 DESOTO CARPET & TILE LLC 14 P0027800 $7353.33 07260-001 DESOTO SOD INC 15 P0029700 $1423.70 07655-000 DOWN SOUTH BLUES CORPORAT 16 P0036000 $2504.24 09390-001 C FULLERTON SOD & 17 P0036400 $1662.46 09440-000 G & G FOODS INC 18 P0036900 $996.37 09625-000 GARNER GROVES & CATTLE CO 19 P0040000 $2838.47 10393-000 GULFCOAST ICE VENDING LLP 20 P0050600 $8189.61 13800-000 KILLMON ROBERT L 21 P0054300 $2243.88 14747-000 LINDSEYS JOHN EXCAVATING 22 P0057000 $1497.29 15173-000 MARBLED EQUIPMENT LLC 23 P0057100 $1934.07 15175-000 A & M CITRUS INC 24 P0062200 $136.70 16975-000 NEADS 2 INC 25 P0062600 $1054.45 17090-000 NEW FL VENTURES MINING LL 26 P0065400 $2647.24 17718-000 PADGETT RANDELL F 27 P0070900 $2291.10 18985-001 REEF & BEEF RESTAURANT 28 P0071800 $2619.76 19143-000 RICKS HAY SERVICE INC 29 P0076000 $1773.93 20165-001 SEVIGNY & ASSOCIATES 30 P0081700 $1618.83 22210-000 SWEET BERRY FARMS LLC 31 P0084100 $1756.81 22974-000 TRANSPOWER CONSTRUCTION S 32 P0092300 $762.79 24915-000 XO COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE I I?. -?? Theres a RIGHT WAY and there's a WRONG WAY!Contact your Sun Newspaper Advertising Account Executive Today.Their job is... making sure your advertising stays on the right track. SUNAjmi=? Sun Newspapers Advertising Department ?? ?:k


Arcadian | Page 24 The Sun / Thursday, May 8, 2014 How FDLE says money was stolenLee began work at the Arcadia Police Department as an ofcer in 1989. In 2001, he was elected as marshal. As marshal, he was in charge of several checking accounts maintained by APD, including a Criminal Investigations Division account used, for example, to make undercover drug buys and pay condential informants. He also managed the Project Generated Income and the Auxiliary accounts. Lee resigned suddenly on May 20, 2013, giving some of his colleagues only vague statements about some sort of wrongdoing. His resignation followed immediately after then-City Finance Director Renee Greene and City Administrator Judi Jankosky initiated a citywide nancial audit. APD Cpt. Matt Anderson (later appointed to nish Lees term as marshal) contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and FDLE investigators began to examine the citys records on May 21. FDLE interviewed Anderson, Jankosky and Greene, as well as some APD ofcers. They learned the city sent APD a monthly check of $600 for the CID account and another $200 for the Auxiliary account. FDLE learned Lee had been writing many checks to himself out of those accounts, and cashing them. According to FDLEs report, many of the check stubs in the checkbooks Lee controlled were missing, but for those that existed, the subject lines did not always match the memo lines on the canceled check. For instance, one check was listed as reward for attempted homicide on the stub, but the memo line on the check said tactical training. Lee reportedly tried to backdate some of the checks, and attempted to insert or create invoices for some highpriced items to make it appear that the checks had been used to purchase equipment. On May 20, Lee reportedly called Lt. Gary Evans, saying, They got me, Matt set me up and I am about to resign. He asked Evans to reset his computer to the factory setting so that Matt would not mess with his computer. FDLE concluded, Records revealed only a small percentage of the issued check transactions were written to entities which appear to have been legitimate expenditures related to PD activities. All checks in question were endorsed by Lee and no one else, and he was also seen on video surveillance at the bank cashing many of the checks. In all, from May 19, 2006 through April 26, 2013, FDLE said Lee had written 207 checks to himself totaling $151,000 in cash, The checks ranged from $200 to $3,000. Lee told FDLE he started stealing money after his wife was laid off from her job, to maintain his standard of living and to help friends, give to churches and help his household. He used the money for household items and repairs (e.g., air conditioning, lawn mower, motorcycle). He admitted to FDLE he would shred the bank statements that came to him, and enter false information in order to make the checks appear legitimate. He said he resigned after realizing he would be unable [to] conceal from the auditor that he had stolen money from the three checking accounts. Of the $151,000 in question, FDLE concluded $6,100 appeared to have been used for legitimate police busi ness, and the remaining $145,000 was stolen by Lee for his personal use. At the time he resigned, his annual salary was $79,934. Lee was arrested on Sept. 18, 2013 and charged with grand theft, scheming to defraud and ofcial misconduct, all felonies. He initially entered a plea of not guilty. The case was assigned to Judge Bonner. A sentencing hearing is expected to be scheduled within a month. LEEFROM PAGE 1 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.comFormer marshal Charles Lee takes an oath in court before Judge Kimberly Bonner Tuesday as he entered a plea of no contest to charges of scheming to defraud and ocial misconduct. could not be understood. We have refrained from comments before this because we know Allen was a respected Councilman in the past and did a lot of things for the city. But to refuse to discuss the five candidates with his colleagues because he had already made up his mind suggests a closed mind and a refusal to learn. That was rude and irresponsible on Allens part, and it puts a figurative banana peel under Tom Slaughters foot as he starts his new position as Administrator. If Allen has any sense of obligation for his role as a councilman, he should voluntarily step down while he can still do so with dignity. If he does not, we suggest actions be taken to remove him, for failure and unwillingness to perform the job he is sworn to do. Whether that be done by voter recall, or whether city council or Governor Scott must be involved, we think the city can find someone qualified to fill the remainder of his term. There are too many important matters facing Arcadia in the near future, plus the critical task of working with the newly chosen Administrator, to leave Allens seat vacant. The chances for tie votes are great, as this council is already somewhat polarized. We urge the members to find someone who is capable and willing to fill Allens term and who has a fair chance of getting along with the remaining four. We understand this is a very difficult task to undertake now, but frankly its long overdue.OUR VIEWFROM PAGE 4 Visit the following businesses and shop local for quality service and customer service. LAWN EQUIPMENT BOWLING GREEN SMALL ENGINE SERVICE, INC. LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT (863) 375-4056 PO Box 309 (863) 375-4057 4702 U.S. Hwy 17 N. 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