Month: September 2018

PCSO Presents The 2018 Haunted Jail Tour    “Asylum”

Back by popular demand, PCSO presents the annual Haunted Jail Tour benefiting The United Way of Central Florida.

From 6:00 pm through 10:30 pm, on Friday & Saturday, October 19th & 20th, and Friday & Saturday, October 26th & 27th, 2018, at the PCSO old jail located at 455 North Broadway Avenue in Bartow (across the street from Bartow P.D.), PCSO volunteers will present “Asylum.”

For the little ones who are too young to go through the haunted jail, there will be a separate room with treats and games! Bring the whole family for a night of fun.

Food and drink will be on sale every night.

The cost to go on the tour is a $6.00 donation with all proceeds benefiting the United Way of Central Florida.

Visitors will be taken through several areas, while being entertained with stories about the mythical “asylum” – including “fictional wards” and cells within the jail.

This is a fun event each year, and we also raise money for charity.

Mrs. Fay Moody Protheroe, 88

FORT MEADE – Mrs. Fay Moody Protheroe, 88, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in Sarasota, FL. Fay was born September 17, 1930 in Tiger Bay, FL to her parents, Dwight L. and Eldora Johnson Moody. She was attended Fort Meade schools, and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Fort Meade. She was a Realtor for nearly thirty years in Fort Meade and in Gainesville, past president of Fort Meade, Bartow and Gainesville Woman’s Clubs and Garden Clubs, a staunch democrat and voting poll worker, and she was also a member of Florida Board of Realtors. Fay was very proud to be the first woman appointed to the Florida Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and also served on the Polk County, Florida Past Director of the State Citrus Committee of the Florida Farm Bureau. After moving to Gainesville many years ago, Fay loved to host many Florida Gator football parties at her home, which was within walking distance of the stadium. She, and her husband Vince, were very active Florida Gator Boosters, and were always opening their home to numerous family members and friends to enjoy game days. When the guests had left after parties, and while waiting on the next Gator event, Fay was an avid reader and enjoyed reading a book, or several books, acquiring a vast knowledge of many subjects.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dwight L. Moody; mother and step-father, Bud and Eldora Moody Bass; first husband, Tony Hancock; second husband, Vince Protheroe; daughter, Melody Hancock Clyatt; brother, Dan L. Moody; sister and brother-in-law, Norma Moody Aggelis and husband Jimmy.

Fay is survived by her sons, Richard Hancock and wife Francine, Dade City, FL, Shade Hancock and wife Linda, Bartow, FL; daughter, Darla K. Hancock, Sarasota, FL; brothers, Paul Bass and wife Evelyn, Iron City, GA, Roy C. Bass and wife Debbie, Pensacola, FL; sister, Loraine Harrell and husband Doug, St. Petersburg, FL; sister-in-law, Ruby G. Moody, Lakeland, FL; five grandchildren, Chris, Jonathon, Mary, Morgan, Jeff; fourteen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many, many close friends.

Visitation will be held 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. , Monday, September 17, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 135 E. Broadway, Fort Meade, FL. Funeral services will follow in the church sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Doug Harrell officiating. Interment will be in Hancock Cemetery, Fort Meade, FL.

Jack E. Logan, age 69

FORT MEADE – Jack E. Logan, age 69, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018. He was born October 24, 1948, in Elba, Alabama to Ben Logan and Willie Pearl Bass Logan. He moved to Fort Meade with his family as a child, and was a proud Fort Meade Miner, class of 1966.

Jack retired from Hardee County after serving as the Purchasing Director for more than 10 years. He was an avid sports fan, and practically a walking sports almanac. Most Friday nights you could find him in the stands cheering on the Miner football team, whether they were down the road or across the state. More than anything, he will be remembered for his sense of humor, because if you knew Jack for more than 5 minutes, chances are he made you laugh!

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Betty Collier and June Peacock, and his brothers Max and Wayne Logan.

Jack is survived by his wife Connie; his son Andrew Logan and Shari; daughters, Shelby Boller and husband Nathan, Candice Argo, Tiffany Taylor and and husband Jeremy; brother, Doug Logan; 13 grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be planned, and details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fort Meades Own Andrew McCutchen Traded To New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have acquired veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen in a trade with the San Francisco Giants.

The Yankees sent infielder Abiatal Avelino and right-hander Juan De Paula to San Francisco for McCutchen and cash considerations.

McCutchen, a 31-year-old former National League MVP and long the face of the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ franchise, is batting .255 with 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 130 games this season. He was traded to San Francisco for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and cash during the offseason.

The move will help the Yankees boost their outfield production a bit while they wait for slugger Aaron Judge to make his return from a right wrist injury. It also will give the team an additional player to help spell Giancarlo Stanton, who has played in 83 straight games, and allow more flexibility for manager Aaron Boone to use the DH slot as a way to give Stanton more opportunities to rest his legs.

McCutcheon will likely make his debut for the Yankees on Saturday, Boone said.

Boone said hours before the trade that he had been hoping to soon get Stanton more rest after the power hitter had dealt with hamstring tightness in recent weeks.

“There is a day off in his future,” Boone said. “With us being as beat up as we are, it’s a little tough to get your horses days right now. We’ve certainly leaned on him heavily. It’s something that we constantly just try to do what’s best for the club and the individual.”

McCutchen had played in at least 153 games in each of the previous three seasons for the Pirates, batting .279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs in 156 games in 2017. But he has not been an All-Star since 2015, when he was selected for the fifth straight season.

He is in the final season of a six-year, $51.5 million contract he signed in March 2012, a deal that turned into a bargain as he became a star and powered Pittsburgh’s turnaround. There’s $2.4 million remaining on his deal for this season, and the Giants are paying $1.2 million of that, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Avelino, 23, was hitting a combined .287 with 15 homers, 66 RBIs and 25 steals at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre and Double-A Trenton. De Paula, 20, was at Class A Staten Island this seaso, going 2-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts).

ESPN’s Coley Harvey contributed to this report.

Champions Tae Kwon Do Makes Fort Meade Home

After School 2

Champions Tae Kwon Do opened its door for the first time this week at a downtown location at 15 West Broadway.

Champions Tae Kwon Do is owned and operated by local residents Jeremy and Ramona Waibel. They hope to bring something to Fort Meade that has been lacking in the past.

“There is not anything like this for the youth and adults in Fort Meade to do, so we hope that by bringing the art and science of Tae Kwon Do to Fort Meade it will allow for children and adults alike to benefit. This town has given so much to our family and it is our desire to now give back to it with our talents” – Jeremy Waibel, Owner

Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of the word “Tae” “Kwon” “Do.” It is composed of three parts as shown in the English spelling, though it is one word in Korean. “Tae” means “foot,” “leg,” or “to step on”; “Kwon” means “fist,” or “fight”; and “Do” means the “way” or “discipline.” If we put these three parts together, we can see two important concepts behind “Tae Kwon Do”.

First, Taekwondo is the right way of using Tae and Kwon ‘fists and feet,’ or all the parts of the body that are represented by fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. This concept comes from the meaning of Tae Kwon ‘to put fists under control’ [or ‘to step on fists’]. Thus Taekwondo means “the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world.”

Master Waibel has reached the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt and has been teaching and training since 1988. Master Waibel has trained many local, state, and national champions and he him self is a 12 time national champion and a member of the Black Belt hall of fame for concrete breaking. Master Waibel has aligned his school currently with the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and is supported by some of the highest ranking martial artists both nationally and internationally.

Mrs. Ramona Waibel has reached the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt and has been training since 1995. She is a national champion in poomse (Forms) and looks forward to seeing the opportunities that Fort Meade has for the school.

The School is offering not only night classes for both adults and children but a unique after school pick up program. The students involved in this program are picked up at either, Fort Meade Middle, Anna Woodbury, or Lewis Elementary and shuttled to Champions Tae Kwon Do. While they are there, the students have an opportunity to get their homework done, they will take class, and snacks are available to them. Parents pick the students up prior to 6:00 pm. The after school program learns the same curriculum as the night class students and test right along beside them. Mrs. Waibel stated that the response has been amazing, and currently the after school program has only 10 remaining spots.

Currently Champions Tae Kwon Do is open Monday – Thursday from noon – 8pm and Friday from noon – 6pm. Saturday and Sunday are by appointment only. They can be reached at 863-583-KICK (5425) or by email at championstkd1@gmail.com

 

 

Champions Tae Kwon Do Makes Fort Meade Home

After School 2

Champions Tae Kwon Do opened its door for the first time this week at a downtown location at 15 West Broadway.

Champions Tae Kwon Do is owned and operated by local residents Jeremy and Ramona Waibel. They hope to bring something to Fort Meade that has been lacking in the past.

“There is not anything like this for the youth and adults in Fort Meade to do, so we hope that by bringing the art and science of Tae Kwon Do to Fort Meade it will allow for children and adults alike to benefit. This town has given so much to our family and it is our desire to now give back to it with our talents” – Jeremy Waibel, Owner

Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of the word “Tae” “Kwon” “Do.” It is composed of three parts as shown in the English spelling, though it is one word in Korean. “Tae” means “foot,” “leg,” or “to step on”; “Kwon” means “fist,” or “fight”; and “Do” means the “way” or “discipline.” If we put these three parts together, we can see two important concepts behind “Tae Kwon Do”.

First, Taekwondo is the right way of using Tae and Kwon ‘fists and feet,’ or all the parts of the body that are represented by fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. This concept comes from the meaning of Tae Kwon ‘to put fists under control’ [or ‘to step on fists’]. Thus Taekwondo means “the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world.”

Master Waibel has reached the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt and has been teaching and training since 1988. Master Waibel has trained many local, state, and national champions and he him self is a 12 time national champion and a member of the Black Belt hall of fame for concrete breaking. Master Waibel has aligned his school currently with the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and is supported by some of the highest ranking martial artists both nationally and internationally.

Mrs. Ramona Waibel has reached the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt and has been training since 1995. She is a national champion in poomse (Forms) and looks forward to seeing the opportunities that Fort Meade has for the school.

The School is offering not only night classes for both adults and children but a unique after school pick up program. The students involved in this program are picked up at either, Fort Meade Middle, Anna Woodbury, or Lewis Elementary and shuttled to Champions Tae Kwon Do. While they are there, the students have an opportunity to get their homework done, they will take class, and snacks are available to them. Parents pick the students up prior to 6:00 pm. The after school program learns the same curriculum as the night class students and test right along beside them. Mrs. Waibel stated that the response has been amazing, and currently the after school program has only 10 remaining spots.

Currently Champions Tae Kwon Do is open Monday – Thursday from noon – 8pm and Friday from noon – 6pm. Saturday and Sunday are by appointment only. They can be reached at 863-583-KICK (5425) or by email at championstkd1@gmail.com

 

 

Avon Park Cutoff Road Closed for Drainage Pipe Replacement

Bartow, Fla. (September 5, 2018) — Polk County Roads & Drainage Division is replacing a collapsed drainage pipe under Avon Park Cutoff Road near Fort Meade. The road will be closed to traffic starting Thursday, September 6 and re-opening on Saturday, September 8. Traffic should follow the detour route which includes Singletary Road, County Line Road, and W. Bereah Road.