Month: January 2017

Mr. Carl Vancil, 78

FORT MEADE – Mr. Carl Vancil, 78, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in Winter Haven, FL.  Mr. Vancil was born September 2, 1938 in Pickneyville, IL, and moved to Fort Meade from Springfield, MO in 2003.  He was a retired Fleet Maintenance Foreman for the State of Illinois aircraft fleet maintenance, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Meade, and a U.S. Army veteran where he served in the U.S. Army Band.  Mr. Vancil was a 1956 graduate of Pickneyville High School, Pickneyville, IL; attended the University of South Florida, studying mechanics; youth baseball league coach for 20 years in Springfield, MO and served as president of the organization for several years; and Mr. Vancil also served a three year term on the Board of Trustees of the First United Methodist Church, Fort Meade, FL.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Mary Young Vancil; former spouse, Judy Mateovic Vancil; brothers, Wayne Vancil and Allen Vancil; sister, Helen Perkins Wallace.

    Mr. Vancil is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Vancil, Fort Meade, FL; children, Patrick Vancil, Sarasota, FL, Jim Vancil, North Carolina, Robert Mateovic, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Steven Parker and wife Donna, Fort Meade, FL, Terri Parker Jones, Fort Meade, FL, and Son in Love, Herb Jones, Fort Meade, FL; grandchildren, Michael Parker and wife Amanda, Avon Park, FL, Jason Jones, Fort Meade, FL, Albert Lacy, Jr., Tampa, FL, Amanda Shitima and husband Ben, Gainesville, FL, Amy Booker and husband Pat, Colorado Springs, CO, and Tyler Mateovic, Fort Lauderdale, FL; seventeen great-grandchildren.

     Visitation will be held 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, 135 E. Broadway, Fort Meade.  Memorial services will follow in the church sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Marion R. Sortore officiating. 


Joseph Alan Wise, 32

Joseph Alan Wise, 32, went to be with his Savior on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Joseph was born March 11, 1984, in Tampa, FL, and grew up in Temple Terrace. He attended Temple Heights Christian School and church, where he was also baptized. He played on his high school basketball team and enjoyed playing classical guitar. He graduated high school from Seminole Presbyterian. He went on to attend Liberty University and then graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biomedical Science from The University of South Florida. Joseph was loving and kind. He was very tender hearted and loved all of God’s creatures great and small. He inherited his Dad’s sense of humor. He loved joking around and used many different comedic styles to share laughter. He brought a smile to many a person’s face. His Dad was one of his best pals and they spent a lot of time together. Joseph’s greatest hope was in knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Bill Wise of Plant City and Lunenis C. Hendrick of Fort Meade; his uncle, Charles T. Hendrick of Fort Meade; and his aunt, Patsy Wise Sims of Plant City. Joseph is survived by his parents, A. Ann Wise & Alan C. Wise of Temple Terrace; sisters Heather A. Wise of Lakeland & Holly A. Moore of Temple Terrace; five nephews and nieces, Conner Wilson & Isabel Plaza (Heather), and Ethan Moore, Mia Moore & Evan Moore (Holly); brother-in-law, Mark Moore; grandmothers, Hilda Wise of Plant City & Wilma L. Hendrick of Fort Meade; and aunts, Karen Moseley of St. Pete, Susan Hendrick of NC, Kathy Flentge of Plant City, and Brenda Wise of Plant City. Family will receive friends Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Fort Meade, 307 E. Broadway in Fort Meade, and funeral service to follow at 2:00 pm. Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Meade. McLean Funeral Home, Fort Meade in charge of arrangements. Condolences to family at

Miner track and field selling Miner gear

The Fort Meade Miner track and field team is currently raising money for the season with Miner appearal. You can order by contacting any track and field member or by contacting Fort Meade Daily as well. The team needs orders to be turned in by Jan 30th 2017 and must be paid in advance. 

FHSAA hands down punishment to Pahokee after use of ineligible player

FHSAA has handed down a steep penalty to class 1A champions Pahokee after they were found to have used an ineligible player. Pahokee will be forced to forfeit all 14 games of the 2016/2017 after it was found that one of the players had entered 9th grade in 2012, thus making this year his fifth year of play which is a violation of FHSAA rules. The school is claiming a data error caused the system to not flag this player as ineligible and they will appeal the decision.Pahokee will also be fined $1400 which is equal to $100 per school that was played. As far as changes to records of other teams that announcment has not been made at this point and we will continue to follow this story.