Month: August 2018

Amos Earl Stanley, 75


Amos Earl Stanley, 75, passed away suddenly Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Bartow Regional Medical Center. Born April 9, 1943 in Shawneetown, IL, to Amos P. and Mary Earnest Stanley. Earl was a resident of Fort Meade for 26 years , moving from Illinois, He was a Project Superintendent with Minserco for many years. He was a graduate of Shawneetown Community High School, and a member of the Moose Lodge. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He is survived by his wife: Sharon Bowers Stanley, Fort Meade; three sons: Stewart Stanley (DeeDee), El Dorado , IL; Shannon Stanley (Angela), Harrisburg, IL & Shawn Stanley (Heather), Macedonia, IL, two step daughters: Kay Howell (Cliff), Sebring, FL & Lisa Bowers, Lakeland, FL. a brother: Raymond Stanley, Saluda, VA, & twin sister: Merle Crane of El Dorado, IL, 11 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren. Family will receive friends Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:00 P.M. at McLean Funeral Home, Fort Meade. A memorial service will follow at 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at a later date in the Stanley family cemetery, Shawneetown, IL.

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PCSO investigating theft from a Ft. Meade cemetery

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find out who is responsible for the theft of a large marble slab which was intended for the grave of a recently deceased woman in Ft. Meade.

The theft occurred between August 18, 2018 and August 21, 2018 from the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery at 6210 Mt. Pisgah Road in Ft. Meade.

The marble slab measures 7′ x 3′ and is four inches thick. It had been placed on a burial plot about 20 years ago when the woman purchased it for herself and her husband. The slab had remained there, undisturbed until recently.

The woman passed away earlier this month, and was buried on August 16th in her burial plot. The stone slab was moved to another area of the cemetery prior to burial, and was to be put back in place once the ground settled.

The cemetery maintenance crew discovered that the slab was missing, three days after they last saw it.

The cemetery estimates the value of the gray marble stone slab to be about $1,000.

If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of the slab or anyone responsible for the theft, they are asked to contact Detective Wright at 863-499-2400 or Heartland CrimeStoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)

Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts Program coming to Fort Meade

Champions Tae Kwon Do will be the newest business to come to the Fort Meade Downtown scene in September.

The school will offer tradional Tae Kwon Do night classes and an After School Program.

The school will be credentialed with Amateur Athletic Union. Classes will be available for ages 5 and up and Families are accepted!

Space for the After School Program will be very limited and will be on first come first serve basis. There will be an information and sign up meeting this Thursday at the Fort Meade community center at 5:30pm for both after school and night classes.

“Night classes are already forming and Trial lessons are filling up quickly.” state the owners and instructors at Champions. They recommend calling for night class intro lessons.

Doors are scheduled to open the beginning of September and the owners could not be more happy to be a part of downtown Fort Meade.

The owners state that more information can be found on facebook at Champions Tae Kwon Do and encourage those interested to come to the event on Thursday or call 863-583-KICK(5425) to secure an intro lesson for night classes.

Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts School Coming to Fort Meade

Champions Tae Kwon Do will be the newest business to come to the Fort Meade Downtown scene in September.

The school will offer tradional Tae Kwon Do night classes and an After School Program.

The school will be credentialed with Amateur Athletic Union. Classes will be available for ages 5 and up and Families are accepted!

Space for the After School Program will be very limited and will be on first come first serve basis. There will be an information and sign up meeting this Thursday at the Fort Meade community center at 5:30pm for both after school and night classes.

“Night classes are already forming and Trial lessons are filling up quickly.” state the owners and instructors at Champions. They recommend calling for night class intro lessons.

Doors are scheduled to open the beginning of September and the owners could not be more happy to be a part of downtown Fort Meade.

The owners state that more information can be found on facebook at Champions Tae Kwon Do and encourage those interested to come to the event on Thursday or call 863-583-KICK to secure an intro lesson for night classes.

Mr. William Wesley Kerst, 40

FORT MEADE – Mr. William Wesley Kerst, 40, passed away August 12, 2018. Wesley was born July 12, 1978 in Bartow, FL and was a longtime resident of Fort Meade. He was retired from the United States Army after dedicating 21 years of service to his country, which included five deployments to Bosnia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Wesley was a member of the 1996 graduating class of Fort Meade High School, and attended the New Beginning Church of God, Fort Meade.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bobbie Allgood; maternal grandmother, Annette Pierce; paternal grandmother, Betty Lou King; paternal grandfather, Arthur Kerst.

Wesley is survived by his sons, Clayton Kerst and Colton Kerst; daughter, Riley Kerst; wife, Crystal Kerst; father, Burt Kerst and step-mother, Nancy Kerst; brother, Billy Kerst and wife Darlene; maternal grandfather, James “Wormy” Pierce & wife Nancy; maternal uncles and aunts, Ronnie and Sandy Shiver, and Lennie and Martha Harris; paternal uncles and aunts, Art Kerst, Jeff Kerst, Stacey Reed, Libby Spoon; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August18, 2018 at Hancock Funeral Home, 945 E. Broadway, Fort Meade.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice Chaplain’s Veteran Program, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823.

2018/2019 Miner Football Schedule and Playoff Points System Explained

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Since the change over of the playoff process, many fans of local level football have been somewhat confused on what makes a play off team. Fort Meade did not make the playoffs last year due in part to the outcome of points that are based not only on the wins and loss record, but also the win / loss record of the opponents on their schedule. This will be an attempt to explain this system as best as possible as explained from the FHSAA.

For our purpose, this is the 2018/2019 Fort Meade Miners scheldule

8/17/2018                       Home                           Celebration

8/24/2018                       Home                           Hardee       * Bonus Points Available

08/31/2018                     Home                           Lake Region

09/07/2018                     Away                            Lake Placid     * Bonus Points Available

09/14/2018                     Away                            Golden Gate (Naples)

09/21/2018                     BYE WEEK

09/28/2018                     Away                             Lakeland Christian    * Bonus Points Available

10/05/2018                     Away                             Avon Park               * Bonus Points Available

10/12/2018                     Home                            Tenoroc (Homecoming)

10/19/2018                     Away                             Zephyrhills Christian* Bonus Points Available

10/26/2018                     Home                            Victory Christian   * Bonus Points Available

11/02/2018                     Home                             Frostproof              * Bonus Points Available

Now, that we have that information lets dive into year 2 of the points system.

OPPONENTS WILL FIT INTO ONE OF THE FOUR CATEGORIES BELOW

Category 1

  • Won more than 80% of their games
  • If your opponent’s record is: 10-0   8-0    8-2    9-1   8-1   9-0
    • If you Win you get 50 points
    • If you lose you get 35 points

Category 2

  • Has won at least 60% of their games but no more than 79%
  • If your opponent’s record is: 7-3   7-2   6-4   6-3
    • If you Win you get 45 points
    • If you lose you get 30 points

Category 3

  • Has won at least 40% of their games but no more than 59%
  • If your opponent’s record is: 5-5   4-6
    • If you Win you get 40 points
    • If you lose you get 25 points

Category 4

  • Has won less than 39% of their games
  • If your opponent’s record is: 3-7   3-6   2-8   1-9   0-10   1-7
    • If you Win you get 35 points
    • If you lose you get 20 points

If opponent only plays 9 games, it will not penalize your team. Base it on the percentages. Example: 7-2 won 77% of their games- you would get Category two points in addition to the previous basic points, bonus points are awarded on the following basis:

  • Three bonus points will be awarded for scheduling and playing a team that participated in the playoffs the previous two-year scheduling cycle (In 2016 OR 2017). Those bonus points will carry with you both years of the new two-year scheduling cycle if the game is played both years.
  • Three bonus points will be given for scheduling and playing a team that finished in the top 25 end of the year Maxpreps or USAtoday final expert football rankings. These bonus points will carry with you both years of the new two-year scheduling cycle if the game is played both years.
  • The maximum bonus points a team can earn per game is 3.

POINT SYSTEM – Qualifying Criteria

  1. In order to be considered as a “Playoff” qualifier, a school must play a minimum of eight regular-season games. (An exception may be made by the Executive Director of FHSAA for schools that are not provided a full schedule of games.)
  2. Only the results of regularly scheduled games scheduled prior to the start of the regular season will be used in calculating the point total. All schedules will be final on the Monday of the first regular season play date.
  3. If a school plays an opponent more than once during the season, only the first game shall count in calculating the point totals.
  4. Only regular season games of out-of-state teams will be used to calculate the point average.
  5. The score of a game does not affect the number of points a team receives. A score of 7-6 will result in the same number of points as a score of 50-0

This point system will be tallied on the final outcome of each opponents season record. There has also been a change in reference to the amount of team which make the playoffs from each region.

“Beginning with the 2018 season in Class 1A-4A 6 teams would qualify for state series play from each region. Currently 4 teams from each region qualify. The 1 and 2 seed would receive a bye to the second round. The first round the 3 seed would host the 6 seed
and the 4 seed would host the 5 seed.”

Fort Meade is currently part of 1A Region 4 and that consists of the following teams:

Bronson / Crescent City / Fort Meade / Frostproof / Hawthorne / Pahokee / Wildwood / Williston

At Fort Meade Daily we will do our best to keep you up to date with the status of the Miners throughout the 2018-2019 Football Season.

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