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Title: The news-sun
Uniform Title: News-sun (Sebring, Fla.)
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Publisher: Sebring News-Sun, Inc.
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Publication Date: 12-17-2010
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 62, no. 21 (Nov. 9, 1988)-
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Wildcats trip up Blue StreaksPAGE1BHave lunch with Santa Saturday on the CirclePAGE2ANEWS-SUN Highlands County's Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Friday-Saturday, December 17-18, 2010www.newssun.comVolume 91/Number 153 | 50 cents www.newssun .com 079099401001 HighLow 76 51Complete Forecast PAGE 14A Warming up with a full day of sunshine Forecast Question: Should congress approve the extension of tax cuts for all income levels? Next question: Do states have the right to sue the federal government over the health care law? www.newssun .com Make your voice heard at Online Obituaries Joseph Armbruster Age 82, of Sebring Verdelle Medlin Age 84, of Sebring Sophie Skipper Age 88, of Sebring Bradley Stetson Age 68, of Avon Park Juan Torres Age 84, of Sebring Lionel Watson Age 46, of Sebring and Tampa Dorothy Zimmerman Age 85, of Custer, S.D. Obituaries, Page 5A Phone ... 385-6155Fax ... 385-2453Online: www.newssun.com Yes 59.5% No 40.5% Total votes: 79 Classifieds11A Community Briefs5A Community Calendar9A Dear Abby12B Editorial & Opinion4A Healthy Living5B Lottery Numbers2A Movie Times12B Police Blotter2A Religion8B Sports on TV2B Sudoku Puzzle13B Index Days left before Christmas8 News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDGE Michelle Cruz and Zack McKinney, members of Avon Park High School Earth, Space and Science class, take samples from Arbuckle Lake to test for nitrates and turbidity on Thursday. By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.com AVON PARK Students from Avon Park High School and South Florida Community College spent most of their morning class time at the Avon Park Bombing Range studying nature. The groups of kids stopped at different scientific stations on the range to test water samples, observe and learn about animal habitats and visit a mock archeological dig to get hands-on experience. The purpose of the field trip, according to APHS teacher Cheryl Moffat, was to learn about how water flows from the top of the watershed down and to experience a scrub habitat. After the first stop at the "tower" where students measured nitrates, pH balance and phosphorus levels, students from Rosemary Wall's Earth, Space and Students get up close with nature at BombingRange See FIELD, page 8A By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comSEBRING The Flori da Sportsmen's Association (FSA ) is planning its annual Christm as shopping spree for children, ju st as the group has done for t he past 29 years, but this year t he need seems a little greate r, according to organizer Robe rt Saffold. "We already have more ki ds this year than last year, and w e are taking applications un til Dec. 23, the day we do t he shopping," Saffold said. The program selects childr en ages 7-17 on a needs basis an d gives each one $60 to shop wi th two days before Christmas. This year, the kids will g et gift cards from K-mart, whi ch donates an additional 10 perce nt discount as well as taking ca re of the sales taxes. The emphasis of the shoppin g is on clothes, shoes, underwe ar and toiletries the basics f or kids who are in need. Althoug h there is some entertainme nt included, the group limits t he toys a child can buy, helpin g them to make sensible decisio ns during the shopping. The group also sets asi de time for the smaller kids those under 7 to get gifts li ke teddy bears and clothing direc tly from Santa. But the group needs a litt le more help from genero us groups to help meet curre nt needs. "These are Highlands Coun ty children, and they may be son s, daughters and grandchildren of your neighbors. This program is designed to help those fro m families without employmen t, or those from single-pare nt families trying to survive o n assistance programs. And 10 0 Sportsmen shopping spree needs donations Group needs help to make Christmas bright for kids See SPORTSMEN, page 8A Metro Services Fireplaces, electrical outlets, candles and Christmas lights are all potential holiday fire dangers if not handled properly. By MELISSANELSON Associated PressPENSACOLA Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the government's powers in dangerous and unintended ways. The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the health care law without a full trial. They argue it violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties. "The act would leave more constitutional damage in its wake than any other statute in our history," David Rivkin, an attorney for the states, told Vinson. President Barack Obama's administration counters th at Americans should not have a choice of opting out of t he overhaul because everyo ne requires medical care. In a separate case, U. S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson earlier this we ek became the first federal jud ge to strike down a key portio n of the law when he sided wi th the state of Virginia and rul ed the insurance requireme nt unconstitutional. That case is likely to go to the U. S. Supreme Court. Two oth er federal judges have uphe ld the insurance requirement. In Florida, Vinson que stioned how the governme nt could halt the massi ve changes to the nation's heal th care system that have alread y 20 states ask judge to throw out Obama health care law See STATES, page 8A By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING State Farm Insurance released a warning recently regarding the danger of fire during the Christmas season. For example, the company said that nationally approximately one-third of home fires and home deaths occur during December, January and February. Local fire departments were attending training Thursday, so statistics for Highlands County were not available at press time, but Sebring's Assistant Chief Ken Barefield, Avon Park Fire Department Capt. Warren West and Luke Andrews of the Highlands County Fire Service all said cold weather, even more than the Christmas holiday, do pose extra danger. That doesn't mean Christmas is risk free. State Farm listed the 12 top fire dangers of Christmas as cooking mishaps, space heaters, kids playing with fire, burning things other than wood in the fireplace, holiday lights, counterfeit electronics, electrical outlets, Christmas trees, dirty chimneys and dirty fireplaces. Andrews said one of the biggest threats comes from letting one's guard down. In the excitement of holiday decorating, people often go a step too far for example, running extensions cords across thresholds or through doorways; plugging one extension cord into another; running them under rugs or carpet; overloading outlets or using indoor cords outside. All three men strongly warned about maintaining live trees in the home. It is essential to keep it well watered, especially as Christmas lights can trigger a fire on a dried out tree. Be sure to turn the tree lights out at night and when no one is in the house. It's heart warming returning home to see the lit tree framed in the living room window ... not so much to return to a pile of smoking ash and the neighbors crowded around in sympathy. Adry tree burns quickly. 12 fire dangers of Christmas Vigilance needed during holidays to stay safe See FIRE, page 9A

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Page 2ANews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com Published every Sunday, Wednesday & Friday at 2227 U.S. 27 South € Sebring, Florida 33870 A Harbor Point Media Company OFFICE: 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870 OFFICE HOURS: 8 a.m.-5 p.m, Monday-Friday PHONE: 863-385-6155 MAIN FAX NUMBER: 863-385-1954 NEWSROOM FAX NUMBER: 863-385-2453 POSTMASTER: Send address change to: News-Sun, 2227 U.S. 27 S., Sebring, FL 33870 USPS … ISSN 0163-3988 Periodical postage paid at Sebring, FL and additional entry office(s)CIRCULATION SUNDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY EDITIONS: If you do not receive your home delivered newspaper by 6 a.m., please phone the circulation department before 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday publication days, and before 11 a.m. on Sunday publication days and a replacement copy will be delivered to you. Subscribers who notify us after the times mentioned will receive credit to their account. Please call 385-6155.SUBSCRIPTION RATES12 mo.7% FL taxTotal HOME DELIVERY$60.46$4.23$64.69 IN FLORIDA MAIL92.236.4698.69 OUT OF FLORIDA MAIL105.99105.99 Deadlines for subscription changes are noon on Tuesday for the Wednesday edition, noon on Thursday for the Friday edition, and noon on Friday for the Sunday edition. Changes received after the times stated will be processed on the following publication date. 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If anyone listed here is acquitted or has charges dropped, they can bring in proof of such decision or mail a copy to the paper and the News-Sun will be happy to report that information. The News-Sun is at 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Wednesday, Dec. 15: Leerie Lee Beatty, 44, of Lorida, was charged with contempt of court reference non-support. Joven Tavis Berrien, 36, of Bartow, was charged with violation of probation reference possession of narcotics. Stephanie Ann Black, 35, of Avon Park, was charged with possession of controlled substance without prescription, possession of harmful new legend drug without prescription, and possession and or use of drug equipment. Douglas Alan Downs, 48, of Avon Park, was charged with fraud. Justin Michael Hamilton, 22, of Sebring, was charged with petit theft and larceny commit theft resist recovery of property. Frank Raymond Kimrey, 54, of Lake Placid, was charged with DUI and damage property, and DUI alcohol or drugs. Shea Ann Krickovich, 22, of Lutz, was arrested on an out-of-county and out-ofstate warrant. Leobardo Ahuelican Ramos, 42, of Lake Placid, was charged with violation of a municipal ordinance. Jesus Rivas, 31, of Frostproof, was charged with dealing in stolen property, possession of burglary tools with intent to use, and grand theft of motor vehicle. Joseph Raymond Taylor, 27, of Lake Placid, was arrested as an out-of-state fugitive reference violation of probation. Ashley Michelle Whigham, 18, of Sebring, was charged with failure to appear reference criminal mischief. Samantha Jo Whitehead, 22, of Avon Park, was charged with hit and run, DUI and damage property, and DUI alcohol or drugs. Jeffrey Stephen Winters, 38, of Lake Placid, was charged with violation of probation reference DUI. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Tuesday, Dec. 14: Tracy Lamar Blake, 19, of Avon Park, was charged with driving with suspended/revoked license. Sandra Anne Bungard, 41, of Lake Placid, was charged with battery and trespassing. Meredith Katina Dunbar, 37, of Sebring, was charged with trespassing and petit theft. Leroy Quinn English, 27, of Lake Placid, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver, resisting an officer without violence and possession and or use of drug equipment. Malory Jane Freeworth, 25, of Fort Meade, was charged with petit theft. Wesley Allen Keene, 37, of Avon Park, was charged with two counts of violation of conditional release reference possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hector Luis Lugo, 23, of Sebring, was charged with failure to appear reference petit theft. Paulyn J. Mercer, 22, of Lake Wales, was charged with petit theft. Matthew Dillon Owens, 18, of Avon Park, was charged with possession and or use of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, purchase of marijuana, burglary with assault or battery, and battery. Aundrel Shalett Robinson, 25, of Miami, was charged with failure to appear reference making harassing phone calls. Crystal Lynn Simpkins, 27, of Sebring, was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession and or use of drug equipment. POLICEBLOTTER Follow the News-Sun online on www.twitter.com/thenewssun By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comAVON PARK The Avon Park Chamber of Commerce and local businesses were entertained by the Avon Park Memorial Elementary on Thursday morning at the Jacaranda Hotel. Led by Darlene Cloud, the APME Chorus presented "Christmas at the OK Corral" while spectators enjoyed a buffet breakfast. "This is becoming another tradition," said David Greenslade, the chamber's executive director. "The kids are really great, and everyone enjoyed their presentation." The chorus performed the show acapella, since the sound system and music playback were experiencing technical difficulties. According to the presentation, evil cowboy Bubblegum Bart wants to stop the Christmas celebration by covering the town in bubble gum goo. The townsfolk appeal to Santa, who made a surprise appearance at the presentation, and he dispatches the Candy Cane Kid to talk Bart down. After Bart discovers that the townsfolk really like him, he changes his ways and helps decorate the town. "Everyone liked the performance," Greenslade said. Candy Cane Kid saves Christmas at Avon ParkChamber breakfast News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDGE Townsfolk from Snowy Gulch discuss their Bubblegum Bart problems during the Avon Park Memorial Elementary's presentation of Christmas at the OK Corral' at Thursday's Avon Park Chamber of Commerce breakfast. By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY c hristopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING S aturday provides an o pportunity for children t o talk to Santa Claus i nformally. Famous for his reind eer, Santa is known for h is love of people and a nimals. That's why he a greed to come to the H istoric Circle and take p art in a fundraiser for t he Humane Society of H ighlands County. Despite the fact it is his b usiest time of year, S anta is leaving his elves i n charge at his workshop i n order to be at the C ircle at noon to greet, m eet and feast with child ren. Five dollars buys a t icket for a picnic lunch o f a sandwich, juice and c ookies, and the chance t o play golf or go fishing r ight on the Circle itself. The money raised will g o to the Humane S ociety's local animal s helter, which not only k eeps homeless dogs and c ats safe and warm, but a llows them to stay as l ong as it takes to find a n ew family. No reservations or p hone calls have to be m ade. Just show up for a g ood time in support of a g ood cause. The weather s hould be perfect for the o utdoor event. Santa to have his lunch on Circle Saturday event to raise funds for Humane Society Special to the News-SunLAKE PLACID Medicare Beneficiary Outreach and Assistance representatives from the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. will be available to help Medicare beneficiaries learn if they qualify for additional benefits, and if eligible, will provide application assistance from 10 a.m. until noon today at the Lake Placid Memorial Library, 205 W. Interlake Blvd. If you or someone you know needs help with your Medicare costs, don't miss out on this opportunity to see if the MBOAprogram can assist. More than 90,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Florida are likely eligible for, but not enrolled in a program called Extra Help. This program offers qualified beneficiaries assistance with their Part D (prescription drug plan) costs. In addition, many individuals may qualify for assistance in paying their Part B premiums. Many of those who need help the most don't know about these valuable benefits, and the MBOAprogram can help. MBOA, as a joint federal and state effort, offers free education and confidential application assistance for Medicare beneficiaries who may be eligible for programs that assist them in paying for their Part D or Part B premiums. The MBOAprogram is operated by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the state's 11 Area Agencies on Aging. Locally, it is operated by the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. If you'd like more information or application assistance, call the toll-free Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337 Medicare help offered at Lake Placid library Special to the News-SunMilitary personnel and v eterans whose service in I raq or Afghanistan was e xtended under stop-loss p rovisions will have addit ional time to apply for t he bonus compensation t hey earned. The Defense D epartment recently a nnounced that service m embers have an addit ional two weeks to subm it claims for retroactive s top-loss special pay. T his is a benefit of $500 f or each full or partial m onth served under stopl oss between Sept. 11, 2 001, and Sept. 30, 2009. The program was d esigned to compensate m ilitary members who i nvoluntarily served e xtended time with the m ilitary. The original d eadline was Oct. 21, but t he continuing resolutions t hat Congress passed in r ecent weeks extended t he application period to S aturday. The DoD estimates that n early 145,000 service m embers, veterans and b eneficiaries are eligible t o claim payments. Less t han half of the $534.4 m illion allocated has b een distributed. The a verage benefit is $3,700. DoD back pay deadline Saturday Courtesy photo ABATE has been busy playing Santa again this holiday season. They have collected clothes and toys to make this Christmas special for many boys and girls. They also provide boxes of food for Christmas dinner for the families. See related letter on page 4A. ABATE piling up the toys for kids NEWPORTRICHEY(AP) APasco C ounty judge has sentenced a neo-Nazi to life i n prison, following a jury's recommendation. Circuit Judge Michael Andrews sentenced J ohn Ditullio on Thursday. On Wednesday, the jury found the 24-yearo ld guilty of murder and attempted murder. Authorities say Ditullio forced his way into t he mobile home of Patricia Wells in March 2 006. Ditullio cut her with a knife and then killed 17-year-old Kristofer King, a friend of Wells'son. Ditullio was a prospective member of a white supremacist group that met near Wells' trailer. Prosecutors say the two were targeted because Wells was friends with a black man and King was gay. Adefense attorney pointed to tainted DNA evidence and said the real killer was another member of the American Nazis. Neo-Nazi gets life sentence in fatal stabbing

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In this case, the Obama a dministration and a majority i n Congress want children to e at healthier and one of t he ways they hope to do that i s by sharply curtailing, or e ven banning, fundraising b ake sales. The idea has already been a dopted in various forms by s everal states and school dist ricts. Brownies? Forget it. C oconut macaroons? A bsolutely not. Oatmeal c ookies? Red velvet cake? F udge? No, no and heck no. The federal government, t hrough the Department of A griculture, wants to reach d own to local communities a nd regulate what children m ay eat at school. To be fair, t he proposed child nutrition b ill just signed by President O bama is well intentioned a nd we do have a serious n ational problem. It is true that a larger proportion of children are obese than ever before and that diabetes is at epidemic levels in parts of the country. It is also true that a high-fat, fast food hamburger, selling at $1, is often the only meal a family can afford in these difficult economic times. Nutritious food, like fresh vegetables, fruit or fish, is out of the reach of many households or at least not available on a regular basis. In particularly hard-hit areas like Highlands County, there are children who go to bed hungry and families who must rely on food pantries. For example, Pastor Pat Karl told the News-Sun recently the New Testament Mission has been serving an average of 3,000 meals a month since March. Many of those meals, she said, were served to children and families. It is also true that most children have to be led to vitamins and minerals kicking and screaming. Green beans? Yuck. Broccoli? Double yuck. Spinach? Yuck to the 10th power. We're not sure cutting back on bake sales is going to do a lick of good. It may even cause hardship because so many worthy school causes are supported by bake sales like special field trips or band uniforms. Again to be fair, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has already made it clear he does not mean to ban bake sales outright, but simply ensure there are not so many that children skip lunch for pineapple upside-down cake. The bulk of the child nutrition bill is directed toward creating healthier, heartier school meals. While it will be more expensive to feed our children a well-balanced diet, we feel it is worth it. All that said, however, the paternal approach reaching down from on high can't solve the problem, even if individual children are helped. Ultimately, only the individual has control of what goes into his or her mouth. We worry that the debate over bake sales, which one has to admit has a certain entertainment value, will distract us from focusing on the real issue children whose health and natural abilities are being eaten away by too much sugar and fat, and too little exercise. As a society we owe it to the next generation to provide better access to quality nutrition, and we would be wise to help this generation with continuing education courses for parents about healthy cooking and eating habits. But you can still hold the tofu. Page 4ANews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com EDITORIAL& OPINION TODAY'SEDITORIALTODAY'SLETTERS 2227 U.S. 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 863-385-6155 NEWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor Ext. 515editor@newssun.com SCOTT DRESSELEditor Ext. 516scott.dressel@newssun.comDAN HOEHNESports Editor Ext. 528daniel.hoehne@newssun.com ADVERTISINGVICKIE JONESExt. 518vickie.jones@newssun.com CIRCULATIONTONY MCCOWANExt. 522anthony.mccowan@newssun.com PRE-PRESSKEN BAREFIELDProduction Coordinator Ext. 594prepress@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJANET EMERSONExt. 596legals@newssun.com In 1976 I stood beside my father in Kansas City after he lost the Republica n presidenti al nominatio n to Gerald Ford. I asked him why he wanted to be president of the United States. His answer was a preview of the policies he would pur sue when he finally won the presidency, recalling that fo r far too long he had watched American presidents inevitably cave in to the Soviets in every agreement reached with them. He said that he wanted to be the firs t president to say "NYET!" to their demands, loudly and clearly. He got his chance in 1986 in Iceland, when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said he would only sign on to the original STARTagreement if my father would giv e up the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or, as the left-wing media called it, "Star Wars." My father's answer was brief and to the point. He said "NYET!" and the rest is history. I believe I was only perso n that knew what my father would say to Gorbachev, an d I've never forgotten it. At the time, the State Department and most of my father's inner circle wanted him to go ahead and give in to Gorbachev and sign the agreement despite his misgi vings, just as you hear from the striped-pants guys in Foggy Bottom today. If my father had listened to the namby-pamby wing at State back in 1986, the chances a re the Cold War would still be on and the Berlin Wall woul d still be standing. Ayear ago, on November 11, 2009, I was a guest of th e Polish president as his prou d nation celebrated 20 years o f freedom, thanks largely to my father, Pope John Paul I I and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His chief of staff, one of the members of the Polish government later killed in a horrific plane crash, asked me why President Obama took away their missile defense. Later, I would be asked the same question by the Czech Ambassador to Poland. Their only hope of contin uing to be free and safe is th e United States of America, b ut it appears that Barack Obam a is once again throwing our friends under the bus simply to make nice with Russia an d Putin by pushing a new STARTtreaty. My father stuck to his guns, often against the vigo rous opposition from some members of his staff and the striped-pants crowd over at the Department of State. He once famously said hi s rule in dealing with the Soviets was always to "trus t but verify," and he stuck to that policy, and it led to the collapse of the Soviet Union But we then had the kind of real leadership sadly lacking today, and I don't trust Obama or Putin or Medvedev. You might also remember that State was against the speech my father gave at the Berlin Wall calling on Gorbachev to "tear down th is wall." It had the Soviets quivering, and the people of East Germany hopeful that their long ordeal under the Soviets might soon be over. The United States doesn' t need a new START. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan and a political consultant. He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group. Stop, don't START! Making Sense Michael Reagan You are what you eat I t's as American as apple pie the urge to solve complicated problems with simple-minded solutions. Don't wait until they leave E ditor: Sadly, it seems so many times we n ever commend people on a job well d one until they either retire, pass a way or get another job. Let's c hange that. It's time to recognize a p erson who has done an excellent j ob and has been long past due r eceiving his new title. This person i s our new chief of police, Mike R owan. First, I would like to thank the A von Park City Council members for m aking a good decision to have a p olice chief and fire chief. Its is not a matter of money when it comes to t he overall safety and peace of mind o f the people. It was just the right t hing to do for overall safety and p eace of mind. Second, I would like to thank our n ew city manager, Bruce Behrens, f or hiring such a qualified and d evoted person such as Chief Mike R owan to fill this position. I have seen many positive changes i n the police department under the d irection of Chief Rowan. I feel we h ave a chief who is committed to m aking our city a safer and better p lace to live. He is qualified for the j ob, displays good leadership, good p ublic relations, dedicated and defin itely has an open door policy. Don't wait until a person leaves, w hether retiring or otherwise, to say w e appreciate them. He and his offic ers put their lives in danger every d ay for us. I encourage everyone to s upport him and be a part of making o ur police department and city a p lace we can be proud of. Speak up n ow, let the chief and his department k now they are doing a fine job. B ecause they are the real heros of o ur city. Patricia Austin Avon Park Government wants too much control E ditor: President Obama has ordered the F ederal Communications C ommission to seize control and r egulate the Internet ,which would h ave a devastating effect on our the e conomy, and our freedom of s peech. As we already know they would l ike to shut down the conservative t alk show hosts, so no doubt that w ill be their next endeavor. H owever, I've been listening to radio t alk shows since 1980 back when all I could find on the air at that time w ere liberal hosts. That didn't conc ern the FCC then, but now that t here are many conservative hosts t hey would like to shut them up. But o f course, that was when we were s till America the land of the free. They will do the same thing to the I nternet. Call your senator, the FCC, a nd go to www.Grassfire.net to sign a petition. We only have until Dec. 2 0, just a few days to try to stop t his, or soon we'll be flooded with l iberal and leftist Web sites like m ove on.com, or the Huffington Post a nd others. Alert your friends and f amily to do the same. They are p lanning to sneak this in before our citizens are aware of this "Christmas gift." Let us not forget the freedom of speech. Control, control, control how much more control over us will they take? Betty Grogg Lake PlacidRemember Humane Society this giving seasonEditor: At the time of year when everyone is busy and thinking of gifts and giving, it is important that we not forget the homeless and helpless in Highlands County Humane Society. The animals are there because there are not enough homes for them. They are at our mercy and dependent upon us Homo sapiens for their every need, i.e., shelter, food, water, medical care, companionship and love. Just look into their eyes. They trust us; they love us. Do not fear, there are at the Humane Society good, dedicated humane people doing all the above and more, whether they are the employees, spread thin in numbers, or a group of unselfish volunteers who give their all for the animals. If this were not true, we could not meet the needs of these innocent and wonderful creatures. The board of directors and management are committed and actively giving of their own time and money to support the moral and sacred obligation and trust that is theirs. They also work without pay. The Highlands County Humane Society needs monetary and other donations to properly care for these deserving animals. In all my years as a farm boy observing people and working with animals, and in my nearly 60 years as a veterinary student and veterinarian, I have worked with dozens of humane organizations, animal rescue groups and individuals. The people at the Highlands County Humane Society rank with the best. They, and the animals, need our help. Bless all of God's "critters" and God Bless America, the land of the free. Elton J. Gissendanner, D.V.M. Lake PlacidSo many to thank for their helpEditor: I would like to thank the many contributors for donating clothing to the Sons of the American Legion and the Women's Auxiliary at the American Legion Post 74 of Sebring. Your donations of clothing, baby clothes, teens, adult and shoes were collected with the purpose to give them to a mission to help people in need this holiday season. Frank and Bobbie-Sue were overwhelmed with gratitude when we presented them with 10 very large boxes of clothing to go to the Frank Lynn Parkway Mission at The Church Service Center. Thank you one and all for your contributions and to the volunteers from the Sons of the American Legion and to the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 74 for working hand in hand in a great cause to help the less fortunate at this time of year. I would like to thank the many members, friends and veterans who took part in our celebration of ending of hurricane season with a "Hurricane Party" at the American Legion Post 74 in Sebring on Nov. 13. To celebrate the ending of hurricane season the Sons of the American Legion and the staff and volunteers in the kitchen offered a rib-eye steak dinner from our charcoal grill, to include mashed potatoes, vegetables, dinner roll, butter and dessert. Thank you, Sandy F., for making the cake that went as fast as we could cut and serve it. Jewels in the Night (a contestant of Heartland Idol) entertained through the night with a good time had by all. Keeping with the theme, there were door prizes (gift bags of items that one might and need during a hurricane) and a basket of cheer that was raffled to the winning ticket holder. Avery special thank you to Inn on the Lakes, Charlie's Restaurant and Chicane's Restaurant for their contributions and their continuous support. Proceeds to benefit our many charities throughout the year. Congratulations to all the winners and a big shout out to all the members that participated. Thanksgiving dinner was offered and available to all members and veterans, free of charge at the American Legion Post 74 in Sebring. Thanks to the efforts of the Post commander, H. Marsh, and the Sons of the American Legion and the volunteers from the kitchen, we were able to offer turkey dinner, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dinner rolls, butter and pumpkin pie for dessert. Much appreciated by our loyal members and veterans. The Sons of the American Legion will have a food drive during the month of January to help and support the Humane Society. All donations of dry food, can food, towels, blankets and anything to help make these forever loving friends comfortable, healthier and happy until they are adopted is greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the American Legion Post 74 at 528 N. Pine St. in Sebring, just off of the Circle, ask for Randy the commander for the Sons of the American Legion. Your help and support is greatly appreciated. Thank you, "The Heroes behind the Heroes" for your continued support, for our veterans, "Our Heroes." It is with heartfelt warmth to be able to help our veterans and our local community at large whenever possible. Randy Sallis, Commander Sons of the American Legion Squadron 74 American Legion Post 74 Sebring Bouquet

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Sebring Village lights upSEBRING Sebring V illage will again light up w ith 750 luminaries as well a s thousands of Christmas l ights from 5-9 p.m. T hursday, Dec. 23 and F riday, Dec. 24 weather perm itting. All are welcome to d rive around and enjoy.Sunridge Baptist choir presents mini-musicalSEBRING The adult c hoir of Sunridge Baptist C hurch will present a C hristmas mini-musical, "O N ight Divine", beginning at 1 0:45 a.m. Sunday in the s anctuary at 3704 Valerie B lvd. The church nursery w ill not be open on this one S unday morning. The Sunridge Baptist C hurch will have a candlel ight Christmas Eve service a t 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 i n the sanctuary. The church i s at U.S. 27 and Valerie B oulevard, directly across t he street from Florida H ospital, Heartland D ivision. It is open to the p ublic and the community is i nvited to worship during t hese special services. Trey Dees performs at ReflectionsAVON PARK Trey Dees w ill bring his show to R eflections on Silver Lake at 6 :30 p.m. today. Dees perf orms songs of various genr es from gospel to Vegas to c ountry, all featuring his d ynamic vocal range and diff erent dimensions of his tale nts. Tickets are $7, available i n advance or at the door. T he public is welcome. For m ore information call 4525 037 Square dance at ButtonwoodSEBRING There will be a square dance from 7:309 :30 p.m. today at B uttonwood Bay. Nelson W akeman will be the caller. All levels of square danci ng will be called. Any questions call Roger M cElfresh at 6554243.Tickets on sale for A rc's Afternoon TeaSEBRING Florida H ospital Heartland Medical C enter invites the public to A rc's Afternoon Tea from 24 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at t he Sebring Lakeside Resort. F inger sandwiches, pastries, a ssorted teas and cold drinks w ill be served. Guest speaker Sunny S erafino, the author of seve ral books based on family v alues and courageous w omen, will speak on the I mportance of Family. S pecial recognition will be g iven to women who have b een a part of the Ridge A rea Arc "family" over the p ast years. There will be drawings for s everal raffle and door p rizes. Tickets are $30 and s hould be purchased by Jan. 1 4. All proceeds benefit the i ndividuals with developm ental and other disabilities s erved by Arc. For more information cont act Rhonda Beckman at r beckman@ridgeareaarc.org o r call 452-1295, ext 112. He Said She Said performs at Duffer'sSEBRING The He Said S he Said duo will be at D uffer's Sports Grille from 9 p .m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Todd Fulcher and Mernie M oore provide classic rock, b lues and Top 40 music for d ancing. There is no cover c harge and it is open to the p ublic. Duffer's is at 6940 U.S. 27 North, Sebring. For more details, call 382-6339.Dance club features The SkylarksSEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club hosts Big Band ballroom dancing from 7-9:30 p.m. today at 3400 Sebring Parkway (former Lion's clubhouse). Dance the night away to waltzes, cha-chas, foxtrots, rumbas, jitterbug and other favorites to the eight-piece Skylarks Band. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Appropriate dress required. The snack bar opens at 6 p.m. For more information call 471-0559.SFCC to close for Winter BreakAVON PARK South Florida Community College will be closed for Winter Break from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3. The college will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 4. During break, current students may continue to register for spring term classes online using Panther Central. Registration ends Tuesday, Jan. 4 and classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 5. Tickets for performances with the Theatre for the Performing Arts may be purchased online at http://per formances.southflorida.edu/t ickets/ The box office will also reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 4. For more information, call 453-6661, 494-7500, 7732252, or 465-5300. Events planned at lodges, postsAVON PARK The Combat Veterans Memorial VFWPost 9853 will host music by Lora Patton from 5-8 p.m. today. Karaoke by Peg and Perry is from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Schedules subject to change; call for details. For more information, call 452-9853. The Highlands County Moose Lodge in Avon Park will have karaoke by Bill Thompson today. For more information, call 452-0579. LAKE PLACID The Veterans of Foreign Wars 3880 will have Texas Hold-em at 2 p.m. today. Ladies Auxiliary bingo is at 2 p.m. Saturday. Music with Now and Then from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information, call 699-5444. The Lake Placid Moose 2374 will have Texas Holdem at 2 p.m. today. Music with Tom McGannon from 6-10 p.m. Bingo bango is at 2 p.m. Saturday. Karaoke with Fireman 6-10 p.m. For more information, call 4650131.Lunch with Santa on SaturdaySEBRING Kids and adults can have lunch with Santa at noon Saturday inside Circle Park in Downtown Sebring. Cost for lunch is $5 with all proceeds going to the Humane Society of Highlands County.SHARE pick up is SaturdayLAKE PLACID SHARE pick up for December food orders will be from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church on North Oak Avenue.Volunteer workday set at Highlands HammockSEBRING Avolunteer workday has been set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Highlands Hammock State Park. Come out and join forces with OPS Ranger Trevor Long as he works to remove exotic plants from natural areas within Highlands Hammock State Park. This moderate intensity workday is suitable for all ages that want to "get down and get dirty" as they volunteer for the park. Bring work gloves and a spade if possible, drinking water and a picnic lunch for afterwards. Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes and long pants are strongly recommended. Park admission fees are waived for workday volunteers, and all children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call Long at 386-6094 for more information or to RSVPfor this workday. Celtic American Society attends Celtic concertSEBRING The Celtic American Society of the Highlands will attend the concert being given by Celtic Heritage at St.John's United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Saturday and will proceed on to Chicane's Restaurant afterwards for dinner. For more information call Pat Vance at 453-3104.AMVETS plan Christmas partySEBRING AMVETS Post 21 will have a Christmas party beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. Bring fingerfood to be shared. Also, bring a $5 wrapped gift (man for man, woman for woman). Entertainment to be provided. For more information, call 385-0234. Joseph ArmbrusterJoseph A. Armbruster, 82, of Sebring, died Dec. 14, 2010. Born in Indianapolis, he was employed for 35 years at Schuster's Block Inc. He was of the Catholic faith. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan; children, Carol Cooney, Martin Armbruster, Sharon Tolin, Jane McKendree and Gary Armbruster; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 48 p.m. Sunday at SS Francis & Clare Catholic Church in Greenwood, Ind., with the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday at the same location. In lieu of flowers, make memorial gifts to the Robert Armbruster Scholarship Fund at St. Meinrad Archabby, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577. Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, is in charge of local arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.stephen sonnelsonfh.com Sophie SkipperSophie J. Skipper, 88, of Sebring died Dec. 12, 2010. Born in Fort Myers, she moved to Sebring in 1973. She attended Crewsville Baptist Church. She is survived by her children, William O. Richardson, Julia Collins, Ralph Flint, Barbara Binder, Wayne Flint, John Skipper, Jimmy Skipper, and Arno J. Skipper; sister, Mary Evans; 18 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Amemorial service will be announced. Condolences may be expressed at www.morrisfuneralchapel.c om Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring, is in charge of arrangements. Bradley StetsonBradley Worthen Stetson, 68, of Avon Park died Dec. 9, 2010. Born in Burlington, Vt., he moved to Avon Park in 2005. He was a factory worker in the plastics industry. He was a Jehovah Witness, and served in the United States Army. He is survived by his sons, Michael and Matthew; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Agraveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. StephensonNelson Funeral Home, Avon Park, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at stephensonnelsonfh.com.Juan TorresJuan B. Torres, 84, of Sebring died Dec. 12, 2010. Born in Mexico, he moved to Sebring in 1985. He was a farmer and a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church. He is survived by his children, Faustino, Felipe, Alejos, Jose, Juan, Ofelia, Audeia, Maria, Victor and Ma del; brothers, Emilio, Ricardo and Atanacio Barrientos; sisters, Paula, Alvina and Antonio Barrientos; and numerous grandchildren. Visitation will be from 69 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring. AMass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Catherine Catholic Church; burial to follow at Pinecrest Cemeter y. Condolences may be expressed at www.morris fu neralchapel.com Lionel WatsonLionel Fitzgerald Watso n, 46, of Sebring and Tam pa died Dec. 10, 2010. Born in Lexington, N.C., he w as employed with Denn y Express, was owner of Fenmore's Galleries and h ad a radio show called Flajad e. He is survived by h is father and stepmothe r, William and Mary Watso n Sr.; a brother, Willia m Watson Jr.; sisters, Sharo n W. Hardy and Drusil la Watson; a stepsiste r, Evangalyne M. Crumit y; and a stepbrother, Anthon y Massaline. Visitation will be from 68 p.m. Friday at Bountif ul Blessings Church of Go d, Sebring. Afuneral servi ce will be held at 3 p.m Saturday. Swann 's Mortuary, Sebring, is in charge of arrangements. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 5A Dorothy R. Zimmerman, age 85, of Custer, SD, passed away December 10, 2010 at Castle Manor in Hot Springs. SD. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Diane Trithart of Custer; grandson, Tim (Kristina Hendrickson) Trithart of Rapid City, SD; great grand-children, Ella Blue Trithart and Sawyer Gray Trithart; sisters, Helen Burns McConnel of Pittsburg, PA, and Virginia Lunt of Johnstown, PA. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 20, 2010 at the Custer Lutheran Fellowship with Pastor Tom Opoien and Pastor Kent Narum officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established in Dorothys name to benefit the Custer Senior Center or CLFC Pastors Discretionary Fund. Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColleys Chapel of the Hills in Custer. Written condolences can be made at www.mccolleyschapels.comDOROTHY R. ZIMMERMAN Verdelle Sebring Medlin, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 in Sebring, FL. She was born in Lakeland, FL on September 6, 1926, to Payne and Ruth (Amy) Sebring. She was a Director of Recreation; Attended Christ Fellowship Church, Sebring; Former member of the Business and Professional Womens Club; a former employee of the American Red Cross; a member of the Sebring Historical Society and has served as a counselor at the Florida Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center. She was a lifelong resident of Sebring. She is survived by her daughter, Nona Alexander of Monroeville, Alabama; sister, Jacquelyn Trevelyan (Thornton), of Sebring, FL; brother, William H. Sebring (Anne) of, Sebring, FL; four grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Charles Medlin. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Eugene Haas officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Red Cross or the Sebring Historical Society. STEPHENSON-NELSON FUNERAL HOME Sebring, Florida 863-385-0125 www.stephensonnelsonfh.comVERDELLE SEBRING MEDLIN OBITUARIES COMMUNITYBRIEFS The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN Courtesy photoGail Johnson (from left), vice president of Heart of Highland Sweet Adelines Show Chorus, joins fellow chorus members Barbara Jones, treasurer, and Ida DiStefano (far right), president, in presenting a $450 check to Avon Park High School chorus director Joy Loomis. Adelines help APHS chorus By ALICIACHANG APScience WriterLOS ANGELES On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic where no trees now grow, a newly unearthed mummified forest is giving researchers a peek into how plants reacted to ancient climate change. That knowledge will be key as scientists begin to tease out the impacts of global warming in the Arctic. The ancient forest found on Ellesmere Island, which lies north of the Arctic Circle in Canada, contained dried out birch, larch, spruce and pine trees. Research scientist Joel Barker of Ohio State University discovered it by chance while camping in 2009. "At one point I crested a small ridge and the cliff face below me was just riddled with wood," he recalled. Armed with a research grant, Barker returned this past summer to explore the site, which was buried by an avalanche 2 million to 8 million years ago. Melting snow recently exposed the preserved remains of tree trunks, leaves and needles. About a dozen such frozen forests exist in the Canadian Arctic, but the newest site is farthest north. The forest existed during a time when the Arctic climate shifted from being warmer than it is today to its current frigid state. Judging by the lack of diverse woo d species and the trees'sma ll leaves, the team suspect ed that plants at the site stru ggled to survive the rap id change from deciduous fo rest to evergreen. "This community was ju st hanging on," said Barke r, who presented his findin gs Thursday at the Americ an Geophysical Union meetin g in San Francisco. The next step is to exam ine tree rings to bett er understand how past clima te conditions stressed plant li fe and how the Arctic tund ra ecosystem will respond to global warming. Since 1970, temperatur es have climbed more than 4 .5 degrees in much of t he Arctic. Mummified forest provides climate change clues

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Page 8ANews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com S cience Class from APHS got t o see scrub jays up close. "This is too cool," said Z ack McKinney, a member of W all's class, as the scrub jays l anded less then 5 feet from t he students to get peanuts. The scrub jay is the only s pecies of bird endemic to F lorida. Because of this, it is heavi ly sought by bird watchers w ho travel from across the c ountry to observe this u nique species, according to M ichelle Dent from the A rchbold Biological Station. S tudents got to observe a c ouple of family groups w hile hearing about the t racking programs. The field trip is sponsored b y the Southwest Florida W ater Management District e ach year, according to M offat. Continued from 1A p ercent of the funds collected g o to the kids," Saffold e mphasized. "We are definitely looking f or more donations, just to m eet the needs we currently h ave, and it would be nice to h ave a couple of more busin esses where we can take the k ids to shop as well," Saffold a dded. "There is less money t his year. People just don't h ave enough to give and our g olf tournament did not gene rate the amount we had last y ear." Those who are in need, or w ho would like to make a d onation, can contact Saffold directly at 381-5166 Continued from page 1A Field trip gets AP students close to nature Sportsmen need help with shopping spree for kids b egun. Rivkin told him the c onstitutional violations are m ore important. Attorneys for the Obama a dministration want Vinson t o issue a summary judgment o n their behalf, arguing the s tates don't have standing to c hallenge the law. The lawsuits will almost c ertainly be decided eventua lly by the U.S. Supreme C ourt. Vinson, who was appointe d to the bench almost 30 y ears ago by President R onald Reagan, has said he w on't rule immediately in the F lorida case. The other states involved i n the lawsuit are Alabama, A laska, Arizona, Colorado, G eorgia, Indiana, Idaho, L ouisiana, Michigan, M ississippi, Nebraska, N evada, North Dakota, P ennsylvania, South C arolina, South Dakota, T exas, Utah and Washington. Continued from page 1A States ask judge to kill Obama health care law By BEN FELLER APWhite House CorrespondentWASHINGTON Declaring sign ificant progress in disrupting alQ aida and combatting the Taliban, P resident Barack Obama said T hursday the United States will start w ithdrawing U.S. troops from A fghanistan in July as promised. He s till warned of sobering days, saying t he war will remain a "very difficult e ndeavor." Assessing the war one year after h e ordered a major increase in t roops, Obama said the goal is not to defeat every threat to Afghanistan's security or to build up the nation. Rather, he said, the United States continues to shed blood in the war one now in its 10th year to dismantle the al-Qaida network and push back the Taliban. "We are on track to achieve our goals," Obama said from the White House. Yet he added that progress has not come fast enough in Pakistan, where terrorists continue to find safe haven. And the president warned that the gains over the last year which have come at the cost of more U.S. troop deaths that at any time during the war are fragile and reversible. Put together, Obama's words and the report's findings underscore that his war plan is here to stay. The goal is for the U.S.-led coalition of nations to turn over control of Afghan security by the end of 2014, which means that U.S. troops will remain at war there for at least the next four years. The pace and scope of the U.S. troop withdrawal is unclear. "We don't know at this point," Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters. He said he hoped the pace would accelerate based on local conditions. There are now roughly 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, as well as 40,000 from NATO allies. Adefining issue in the months ahead will be the degree to which the United States can get Pakistan's cooperation in rooting out the terrorists within its borders. Obama, who has significantly escalated the scope of the war and always centered that effort on defeating al-Qaida, claimed his most progress to date. "In short, al-Qaida is hunker ed down," the president said. "It w ill take time to ultimately defeat a lQaida and it remains a ruthless an d resilient enemy bent on attacking o ur country. But make no mistake. W e are going to remain relentless in di srupting and dismantling that terror ist organization." The Afghanistan war began in t he weeks after the Sept. 11, 200 1, attacks against the United States. It has become one of the longest wa rs in the country's history. Obama says US military efforts on track in Afghanistan, Pakistan

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 9A LIMITED SPACE … CALLTODAY! 5 DAYS a week$ 30 Get In Shape Learn Self Defense Improve Self Esteem Make Better Grades MARTIAL ARTS AMERICA471-2467 Best After School Program in SebringFREEPICKUP from: Kindergarten Learning Center, Cracker Trail, Sun-N-Lakes, Woodlawn, Fred Wild, Memorial, Hill Gustat, Sebring Middle/High Located on Kenilworth Sebring*Some Restrictions Apply Life Care, Not Day Care FRIDAY Alcoholics Anonymous O ne Day At ATime group m eets for a closed discussion a t 9:30 a.m. Monday and F riday at Covenant P resbyterian Church, 4500 S un N Lakes Blvd., Sebring. F or details, call 314-0891. American Legion Post 25 h osts a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. a t the post, 1490 U.S. 27, L ake Placid. Cost is $6. S hrimp also is available for s ame price. Open to the publ ic. Tickets in the lounge on F riday night. Lounge hours are f rom 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For d etails, call 465-7940. American Legion Post 74 h as karaoke from 7 p.m. until f inal call at the post, 528 N. P ine St., Sebring. Post open at n oon. Happy Hour from 4-6 p .m. Members and guests o nly. For details, call 4711 448. Avon Park Breakfast R otary Club meets 7 a.m., R otary Club building. Bridge Club of Sebring ( American Contract Bridge C lub)plays duplicate games at 1 2:30 p.m. at 347 Fernleaf A ve., Sebring. For details, call 3 85-8118. Buttonwood Bay Squares m eets first and third Friday in r ecreation hall, Sebring. Early r ounds are from 7-7:30 p.m., a lternate m ainstream/plus/rounds are f rom 7:30-9:30 p.m. Everyone i s welcome to attend. For d etails, callLarry Gow at 3826 995. Grand Prix Cloggers B eginner classes are at 9 a .m., EZ Intermediate classes a re at 10 a.m., and I ntermediate classes are at 11 a .m. every Friday at Reflection o n Silver Lake, Avon Park. Call J ulie for further information at 3 86-0434. Harmony Hoedowners S quare Dance Club offers a c lass in Lake Placid at the S unshine RV Resort from 9-11 a .m. Friday. For more informat ion, call Sam Dunn at 3826 792 or e-mail him at samd unn@samdunn.net. Highlands Social Dance C lub hosts ballroom dancing e very Friday, October through M arch from 7-9:30 p.m. at the S enior Center on Sebring P arkway. Dance the night a way to the music of the a rea's Big Bands. All club d ances are open to the public. A ppropriate dress required. A dmission is $5 for members a nd $7 for non-members. Call 4 71-0559. Italian-American Social Club of Highlands County's Social Night with games and snacks every first and third Friday of each month from 6:30-9 p.m. For more information, call Jeanne at 382-1945. Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 has lounge hours beginning at 1 p.m. There is a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $8.50 per person. The lodge is open to members and their guests. For details, call 465-2661. Lake Placid Moose serves wings, fish and burgers at 6 p.m. Music provided from 7-11 p.m. Pool tournament is at 8 p.m. Open to members and qualified guests only. Loyal Order of Moose Highlands County Lodge No. 2494, 1318 W Bell St., Avon Park. Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. Lodge phone number 4520579. Narcotics Anonymous New Day Group meets at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 319 Poinsettia Ave, Sebring. For information call Heartland area helpline (863) 683-0630. More information on other meetings and events at www.naflheartland.org. Sebring Eagles Club 4240 serves chicken or fish baskets from 5-7 p.m. at the club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring, for a $4 donation. Blind darts is played at 7 p.m. For details, call 655-4007. Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 serving buffet dinner at 5-7 p.m. Elks and guests invited. Dance music in ballroom at 7 p.m. Dinner and dance is $10 donation. For reservations, call 385-8647 or 471-3557. Smoke-free environment. Lounge is open from 3-10 p.m. Sebring Moose Lodge 2259 serves beef franks and Italian sausages served from 1 p.m. to closing at 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring. For details, call 655-3920. Sebring Recreation Club plays bridge at 12:30 p.m. and table tennis at 4 p.m. at 333 Pomegranate Ave. For details, call 385-2966 or leave a name, number and message. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3880, 1224 County Road 621 E., Lake Placid. Texas Hold em lessons, 2 p.m. For more details, call 699-5444. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4300 serves pizza from 5:30-7 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. at the post, 2011 SE Lakeview Drive, Sebring. For details, call 385-8902. Volunteers of America of Florida is a nonprofit organization in Sebring that specializes in assisting person's with mental illness. We are pleased to announce our Drop in Center is open to individuals with a mental illness 6 days a week from 11am to 3 pm. The center offers a welcoming environment where individuals are accepted and feel comfortable. For more information please contact Wendy at 863382-2022.SATURDAY American Association of University Women meets at 10 a.m. third Saturday at various locations. For details, call 465-2581 or 452-2493. American Legion Post 25 serves sirloin burgers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the post, 1490 U.S. 27, Lake Placid. Jam session is from 24 p.m. The lounge hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Members and guests invited. For details, call 465-7940. American Legion Post 69 in AvonPark serves dinner at 5 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. American Legion Post 74 open noon to 8 p.m. Hot dogs served. Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. Call 471-1448. Avon Park Lakes Association has a pancake breakfast on the third Saturday of every month. $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12. The clubhouse is at 2714 Nautilus Drive in Avon Park. Avon Park Public Library has a free Adult Film Series at noon. For details, call 4523803. Heartland Avian Society meets at 1 p.m. third Saturday at various homes or a restaurant. Pet bird owners meet to share food and fellowship and take occassional field trips. Looking for other bird owners to join us. For details, call Sharol at 465-7350. Heartland Horses & Handicapped Inc. provides free assisted riding sessions for adults and children with special needs from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 118 W. College Drive, AvonPark. For details or to volunteer, call Mary McClelland, coordinator, 4520006. Highlands Shrine Club, 2606 State Road 17 South, Avon Park (between Avon Park and Sebring) has a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., country store open from 8 a.m. to noon and pancake breakfast served from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Vendors are welcome. No setup fee is charged for the summer months. Plenty of off road parking. For details, call 382-2208. Highlands Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 825 Sunbird Terr. (Community Center off Thunderbird Road). Call Bob Seybolt at 471-6077. Historical Society of Greater Lake Placid meets at noon quarterly on the third Saturday of March, June, September, and December at the Masonic Hall, 106 N. Main for a potluck luncheon. Hot Rod Nights Cruise In, meets from 5-8 p.m. every third Saturday at the Home Depot parking lot in Sebring. For details, call 441-3051 or 441-3086. Lake Placid Art League has a class in Pastels/Acrylics taught by Llewellyn Rinald from from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cultural Center, 127 Dal Hall Blvd. For information call Dan Daszek at 465-7730. Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 opens the lounge at 1 p.m. Card games are played at 1 p.m., and Bar Bingo is at 1:30 p.m. The lodge is open to members and their guests. For details, call 465-2661. Narcotics Anonymous New Day Group meets at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 319 Poinsettia Ave, Sebring. For information call Heartland area helpline (863) 683-0630. More information on other meetings and events at www.naflheartland.org. Overeaters Anonymous meets at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Oak Street, Lake Placid. For more details, call 382-1821. Sebring Eagles Club 4240 serves dinner from 5-7 p.m. at the club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring. Music is from 7-10 p.m. For details, call 655-4007. Sebring Moose Club 2259 offers line dancing lessons at 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday for members and guests at 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring. For details, call 6553920. Twelve Step Study Group for Adult Children of Alcoholics meets at 11 a.m. first and third Saturday, at first building south of Union Congregational Church, 105 N. Forest Ave., AvonPark. Parking available south of old church. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3880, 1224 County Road 621 E., Lake Placid. Spaghetti dinner and karaoke at 5:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. For more details, call 699-5444. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4300 serves a meal for $6 from 5:30-7 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. at the post, Classified Ads € 385-6155 NEWS-SUN COMMUNITYCALENDAR V ideo found online at w ww.fire.nist.gov/tree shows j ust how fast. In one clip a tree catches f ire at its base. Within five s econds flames are licking t he ceiling. Within 30 seco nds flames have spread to t he entire living room, and p ieces of furniture are burni ng too. West recommends using L ED lights as they do not g et as hot as other bulbs. Inspect holiday lights each y ear for frayed wires, bare s pots or broken sockets b efore putting them up. State Farm also warned t hat Christmas lights are the p erfect product for counterf eiting high volume and l ow manufacturing cost. L ook for CSAor ULcertific ation marks that indicate t he product was tested and m et the product safety stand ards. Candles are pretty, but a c onsiderable hazard. Never u se them on a tree or near f abric, like curtains. Just this Tuesday, the D eSoto City Volunteer Fire D epartment was called to a h ouse fire that had been s tarted by a candle. F ortunately the fire fighters w ere able to contain the b laze to one room. Christmas cooking can a lso do worse than create i ndigestion. Untended cooki ng remains a top reason for h ouse fires. Barefield warns that he h as responded to a fire caused by a deep frying turkey going wrong. "It burned down the entire shed," he said. Right now, with the freezing temperatures killing undergrowth and the dry wind sucking the moisture out of plant life, the danger of creating an out-of-control brush fire is very high. According to State Farm, home heating equipment is second to cooking fires for causing home structure fires. More than half of home heating fires occur during the winter. Avoid setting up a space heater too close to curtains, furniture, or even holiday decorations. Remember to keep at least three feet of clear space around it and set it up on the floor unless it is designed for other use. Never throw anything over the heater. When buying a new heater, look for the models that automatically switch off when the heater tips over. Never leave a heater on unattended. The number of fires and deaths caused by children playing with fire goes up significantly during the holidays. Never leave children unsupervised with ignition materials such as matches or lighters. Do not burn trash, cardboard boxes or Christmas trees in the fireplace. These items burn unevenly and may cause a dangerous flash fire. Stick to wood. Most chimney fires are caused by the buildup of creosote, a highly combustible by-product of burning wood. To protect your chimney from creosote buildup, have it inspected and cleaned annually. Reverse cycle air-conditioning can also be a hazard, especially if the filters and ducts haven't been properly maintained. Continued from page 1A Fire dangers peak during winter season News-Sun photo by KATARASIMMONS The Desoto City Volunteer Fire Department responds to a fire Tuesday morning in Sebring. The fire, which was contained to the room of origin, was reportedly caused by a candle.

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AD RATESGARAGE SALE6 lines 2 days $11503 days$14(additional lines $1 each)MISCELLANEOUSmerchandise over $1005 lines 6 pubs$1750(additional lines $3 each)REAL ESTATE EMPLOYMENT TRANSPORTATION5 lines 6 pubs $31506 lines 14 pubs$71 HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT YOUR HOMETOWN PAPER THE NEWS-SUNIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 28-2010-CA-000332 SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. CARLISLE HUGH; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CARLISLE HUGH; UNKNOWN TENANTS(S); IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 30th day of November, 2010, and entered in Case No. 28-2010-CA-000332, of the Circuit Court of the 10TH Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC. is the Plaintiff and CARLISLE HUGH; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CARLISLE HUGH; UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the HIGHLANDS COUNT Y COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE, SEBRING, FL 33870 at the Highlands County Courthouse in Sebring, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 23rd day of December, 2010, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 13, BLOCK 185, UNIT 11, SUN N LAKE ESTATES OF SEBRING, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 69, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS 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 yoi, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863)534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated this 30th day of November, 2010. Robert W. Germaine Clerk Of The Circuit Court By: /s/ Annette E. Daff Deputy Cler k December 10, 17, 2010 1050LegalsIN THE CIRCUIT COURT HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 10-492 IN RE: ESTATE OF MILDRED JEAN RENFRO a.k.a. M. JEAN RENFRO TODD a.k.a. M. JEAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN JORDAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN M. TODD NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MILDRED JEAN RENFRO a.k.a. M. JEAN RENFRO TODD a.k.a. M. JEAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN JORDAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN M. TODD, deceased, whose date of death was August 26, 2010, and whose social security number is 308-12-6328, is pending in the Circuit Court forHighlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 17, 2010. Personal Representatives: /s/ James A. Renfro 61 Grafton Road Upton, Massachusetts 01568 /s/ Jan L. Smith 1805 Crystal Street Anderson, Indiana 46012 Attorney for Personal Representatives: /s/ David F. Lanier E-Mail Address: lanier@embarqmail.com Florida Bar No. 045399 DAVID F. LANIER P.O. Box 400 Avon Park, Florida 33826-0400 Telephone: (863)453-4457 December 17, 24, 2010 1050LegalsIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 10-493 IN RE: ESTATE OF JOHN CLINTON ELLER AKA JOHN C. ELLER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JOHN CLINTON ELLER AKA JOHN C. ELLER, deceased, whose date of death was October 22, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands Court, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claim with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 17, 2010. Personal Representative: /s/ JOHN THOMAS ELLER 4035 FOREST AVE. WESTERN SPRINGS, IL 60558 Attorneys for Personal Representative: CLIFFORD M. ABLES, P.A. 551 SOUTH COMMERCE AVE. SEBRING, FL. 33870 (863) 385-0112 (863)385-1284 (FAX) cmables@cmablespa.net CLIFFORD M. ABLES, III Florida Bar Number 178379 JANE M. HANCOCK Florida BarNumber 341002 December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 28-2008-CA-001485GCS SUNTRUST BANK, Plaintiff, vs. ASHA JOHNSON; CLERK OF COURTS, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA; PLACID LAKES HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., A DISSOLVED CORPORATION; ELISA KENDALL BLISS; JOSEPH JOHNSON; STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE C/O EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, R.A.; UNKNOWN TENANTS(S); IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 30th day of November, 2010, and entered in Case No. 28-2008-CA-001485GCS, of the Circuit Court of the 10TH Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein SUNTRUST BANK is the Plaintiff and ASHA JOHNSON; CLERK OF COURTS, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA; PLACID LAKES HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., A DISSOLVED CORPORATION; ELISA KENDALL BLISS; JOSEPH JOHNSON; STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE C/O EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, R.A.; UNKNOWN TENANT(S); JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE, SEBRING, FL 33870 at the Highlands County Courthouse in Sebring, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 23rd day of December, 2010, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 5, IN BLOCK 81, OF PLACID LAKES SECTION 19, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, AT PAGE 14, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS 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 yoi, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863)534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated this 30th day of November, 2010. Robert W. Germaine Clerk Of The Circuit Court By: /s/ Annette E. Daff Deputy Clerk December 10, 17, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 10001500FCS JACK P. YOUNG, JR. Petitioner, And ANGELA DAWN TAYLOR Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION To: Angela Dawn Taylor YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of written defenses if any to: Jack P. Young, Jr., Petitioners, 2164 State Road 17 S. #2, Avon Park, Florida 33825, on or before January 3, 2011, and file the original with the Clerk of Court, 430 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, Florida 33870, either before service on Petitioner or immediately Thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Date: November 30, 2010 CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: s/s Allie Riley Deputy Clerk December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010 with the Clerk of the above styled court on or before January 21, 2011; otherwise a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 8th day of December, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /s/ Toni Kopp 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 Office of the Court Administrator 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863)534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-1140 GCS J. RUDY REINHARDT and SHIRLEY A. REINHARDT, his wife, Plaintiff, vs. ROBERT HOGGATT and PAULA HOGGATT a/k/a PAULA R. WOERDEMAN, husband and wife, Defendants. NOTICE OF SUIT-PROPERTY TO: Robert Hoggatt and Paula Hoggatt, a/k/a Paula R. Woerdeman and all other parties or persons claiming by or through them, 1933 N. Morningside Drive Avon Park, Florida 33825 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose on the following property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 567 and Lot 568, AVON PARK LAKES, UNIT NO. 2, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 89, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Loretta J. Thompson, Esquire, MCCLURE & LOBOZZO, 211 South Ridgewood Drive, Sebring, FL 33870, the Plaintiff's attorney, and file the original IN THE CIRCUIT COURT HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 10-488 IN RE: ESTATE OF LARRY A. SHEPPARD a.k.a. LARRY AUSTIN SHEPPARD NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of LARRY A. SHEPPARD a.k.a. LARRY AUSTIN SHEPPARD, deceased, whose date of death was October 17, 2010, and whose social security number is 228-52-7575, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below.' All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 10, 2010. Personal Representative: /s/ Michele Dumke 2075 W. Myakka Road Avon Park, Florida 33825 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ David F. Lanier E-Mail Address: lanier@embarqmail.com Florida Bar No. 045399 DAVID F. LANIER P.O. Box 400 Avon Park, Florida 33826-0400 Telephone: (863)453-4457 December 10, 17, 2010 CREDITOR, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST WILLIAM COLE, last known address 400 Walnut Street, Sebring, FL 33870. Notice is hereby given to the ANY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM AS HEIR, DEVISEE, GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, CREDITOR, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST WILLIAM COLE that an action to foreclose on the following property in Highlands County, Florida: Legal: LOT 5, BLOCK 122, LA PALOMA, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 44, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Leslie S. White, Esquire, the Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is, 109 E. Church Street, 5th Floor, P.O. Box 3146, Orlando, Florida 32802-3146 on or before January 7, 2011, and file the original with the clerk of the court either before service on the Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED ON November 29, 2010. (SEAL) Highlands County Clerk of Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 10-602-GCS WALKHAMPTON CAPITAL CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. A NY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM A S HEIR, DEVISEE, GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, CREDITOR,, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR A GAINST WILLIAM COLE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WILLIAM L. COLE; PAULA LAMAR; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PAULA LAMAR; CITY OF SEBRING; FIRST HOME FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION; and UNKNOWN TENANT, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: ANY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM AS HEIR, DEVISEE, GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. PC 10-460 Division _________________ IN RE: ESTATE OF BEULAH TAYLOR DEANE a/k/a BEULAH T. DEANE, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Summary Administration)TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of Beulah Taylor Deane, deceased, File Number PC 10-460, by the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 South Commerce Ave., Sebring, Florida 33870; that the decedent's date of death was June 30, 2010; that the total value of the estate is $14,020.00 and that the names of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: NAME ADDRESS Beulah T. Deane Trust u/a/d 07/24/2007 Walter L. Deane and Gordon L. Dean, Successor Co-Trustees P O Box 1181 Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 03894 A LL INTER-ESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: A ll 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 DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 10, 2010. Person Giving Notice: /s/ Walter L. Deane Walter L. Deane P O Box 1181Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 03894 A ttorney for Person Giving Notice: / s/ Bruce H. Bokor Bruce H. 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Booths & private rooms to rent. 518-866-1172 or 863-655-6025 COOKS &DISHWASHERS wanted at Spring Lake Golf Resort. Apply in person, Mon. thru Sat. 9am-5pm. Call 863-655-6215 for directions only! BICYCLE -Mechanic & Sales. MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE. Apply in person BIKE SHOP, 213 US 27 S, Sebring. 2100Help Wanted 2000 EmploymentCHECK YOUR AD Please check your ad on the first day it runs to make sure it is correct. Sometimes instructions over the phone are misunderstood and an error can occur. If this happens to you, please call us the first day your ad appears and we will be happy to fix it as soon as we can. If We can assist you, please call us:385-6155 News-Sun Classified 1100Announcements***************************************** HIGHLANDS COUNTY LEGAL NOTICES ***************************************** The following legal notices are from the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners and are being published in the font, size, and leading as per their specifications. 1055HighlandsCounty LegalsNOTICE OF DISPOSITION ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA SELF STORAGE FACILITY ACT THE FOLLOWING STORAGE UNITS LOCATED AT THE STORAGE PLACE OF AVON PARK, 395 CR 17A WEST, AVON PARK, FL 33825 WILL BE DISPOSED OF ON JANUARY 05, 2011, AT 10:00AM. ALL UNITS ARE SAID TO CONTAIN HOUSEHOLD GOODS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. Names and unit numbers are as follows: NAME UNIT NUMBER Florida DME Solutions, LLC 355 Robert Padgett Jr. 309 DISPOSITION BEING MADE TO SATISFY LANDLORD'S LIEN, MANAGEMENT RESERVES ALL RIGHTS, UNDER FLORIDA LAW, ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN CASH. December 10, 17, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No.: GC-09-1793 SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. THOMAS E. HAAKE and WENDY ANN HAAKE, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the ``Final Summary Judgment'' entered in the above-styled action, the property described below will be sold by the Clerk of this Court at public sale, 11:00 a.m. on January 4, 2011, to the highest bidder, for cash at 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida 33870-3867: Lot 1, Block 3, of Lake Blue Estates, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 59, of the Public Records of Highlands 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. Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court Highlands County, Florida /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk December 17, 24, 2010 NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pursuant to a WRIT OF EXECUTION issued out of the County County Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, on the 29th day of September, 2010, in the cause wherein AUTO OWNERS INSURANCE COMPANY, is Plaintiff, and KENNETH R. WACASTER, and PATRICIA WACASTER, are Defendants, being Case No. 2008-SC-000606 in the said Court, I, Susan Benton, Sheriff of Highlands County, Florida,have levied upon all of the Defendant, PATRICIA WACASTER's right, title and interest in and to the following described PERSONAL property in Highlands County, Florida, to-wit: Blue 2001 Lincoln Navigator 4 Dr Wagon Sport VIN Number: 5LMFU28R11LJ08374 and on the 18th day of January, 2011 at Duck's Body Shop, 1153 Hawthorne Drive, in the City of Sebring, Highlands County, Florida, at the hour of 11:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, I will offer for sale all of the said defendant, PATRICIA WACASTER's, right, title and interest in aforesaid property at public outcry and will sell the same, subject to all prior liens, encumbrances and judgments, if any, to the highest and best bidder or bidders for CASH, the proceeds to be applied as far as may be to the payment of costs and the satisfaction of the above-described execution. Dated this, December 14, 2010 SUSAN BENTON, SHERIFF OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA By: /s/ Kevin Awbrey Deputy Kevin Awbrey DEPUTY SHERIFF In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the agency sending this notice at 434 Fernleaf Ave., Sebring, FL 33870, Telephone 863/402-7228 not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TTD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Services. December 17, 24, 31, 2010; January 7, 2011 Internal Revenue Service Public Auction Under the authority in Internal Revenue Code section 6331, the property described below has been seized for nonpayment of internal revenue taxes due from Jesse & Sonia Baldwin. The property will be sold at public auction as provided by Internal Revenue Code section6335 and related regulations.Date of Sale: January 4th, 2010Time of Sale: 10:00 am Registration 09:30 Location of Sale: 1450 US 27 Lake Placid, FL 33862Only the right, title, and interest of Jesse & Sonia Baldwin in and to the property will be offered for sale. If requested, the Internal Revenue Service will furnish information about possible encumbrances, which may be useful in determining the value of the interest being sold.Description of Property: The property is a .75 acre lot with large metal building in an incorporated commercial area. Real Property is legally described on attachment; Highlands County Florida Parcel ID # C-08-37-30-A00-0270-0000Payment Terms: 20% of the successful bid within one hour of sale and the remaining funds will be due on or before January 24th 2011 03:00 PM. All payments must be by cash, certified check, cashiers or treasurer's check or by a United States postal, bank, express, or telegraph money order. Make check or money order payable to the United States Treasury. For more information, please contact Sharon W. Sullivan Internal Revenue Service 7850 SW 6th CT MS 5780 Plantation, FL 33324 or Sharon.W.Sullivan@irs.gov or visit our website HYPERLINK "http://www.irsauctions.gov" www.irsauctions.gov December 15, 17, 2010 on November 30, 2010. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending this notice no later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, visa Florida Relay Service. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit and County Court By: /s/ Annette E. Daff Deputy Clerk December 10, 17, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIRCUIT CIVIL CASE NO. 28-2010-CA-000670GCS WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER WITH WACHOVIA BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v. SIMON LORENZO BROWN, JR., et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2010, and entered in Case No. 28-2010-CA-000670 of the Circuit Court for HIGHLANDS County, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room in the basement of the Highlands County Courthouse located at 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida, in, at 11:00 a.m. and on the 23rd day of December, 2010, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment: Lot 16, GRAN-LORE RANCHETTES, according to the map or plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 12, Page 13, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Together with that certain 1993 Fleetwood Mobile Home Identification #FLFLP70A21273SK and FLFLP70B21273SK. TOGETHER WITH all the improvements now or hereafter erected on the property, and all easements, rights, appurtenances, rents royalties,mineral, oil and gas rights and profits, water rights and stock and all fixtures now or hereafter attached to the property. **ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE.** WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2009-CA-001611 SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, vs. MARK F. SMICIKLAS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 06, 2010 and entered in Case No. 28-2009-CA-001611 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., is the Plaintiff and MARK F. SMICIKLAS; JANET K. SMICIKLAS; are the Defendants. The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE A VENUE at 11:00 AM, on the 4th day of January, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOTS 3 AND 4, BLOCK K, SUN N LAKES ESTATES SECTION 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE 34, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A /K/A 105 SUNFISH LANE, LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 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. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 6, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09104542 SAXONFID-SPECFHLMC **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates, P.A., P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, FL 33622-5018, telephone (813) 251-4766, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service. December 17, 24, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2009-CA-000746 SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. GERALD CLOSE A/K/A GERALD W. CLOSE, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 06, 2010 and entered in Case No. 28-2009-CA-000746 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., is the Plaintiff and GERALD CLOSE A/K/A GERALD W. CLOSE; REGIONS BANK D/B/A AMSOUTH BANK; TENANT #1 N/K/A JENNIFER EZELLE; are the Defendants. The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE at 11:00 AM, on the 4th day of January, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: THE SOUTH 1/2 OF LOT 1, BLOCK 104, ORIGINAL TOWN OF SEBRING, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 1, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, OF WHICH HIGHLANDS COUNTY WAS FORMERLY A PART, AND IN TRANSCRIPT OF PLATS BOOK 1, PAGE 6, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHWESTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 1 ON LAKEVIEW DRIVE, THENCE NORTHWESTERLY ALONG LAKEVIEW DRIVE ON THE WESTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 1 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY PARALLEL TO AND 50 FEET NORTH OF LINE DIVIDING LOTS 1 AND 2 A DISTANCE OF 150 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE WEST LINE OF FRANKLIN STREET, SAME BEING THE EASTERLY LINE OF LOT 1; THENCE SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG THE EASTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 1 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET TO THE SOUTHEASTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 1; THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE LINE DIVIDING LOTS 1 AND 2, A DISTANCE OF 150 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. A /K/A 401 S. FRANKLIN STREET, SEBRING, FL 33870 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. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 6, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09054324 SUNTRUST-SPECFHLMC **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates, P.A., P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, FL 33622-5018, telephone (813) 251-4766, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service. 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www.newssun.comNews-Sun Friday, December 17, 2010Page 13 A Call 385-6155 and a Sales Representative will be glad to assist you! The successful candidate will have a minimum of 1 year sales experience, marketing or customer service experience and possess the ability to make cold callsŽ. Candidates must have excellent communication and speaking skills, be computer proficient, able to type 40 wpm. Candidates must also possess excellent sales skills. PART-TIME SALES POSITION DRUG TEST AND BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED. STOP BY THE NEWS SUN AT 2227 US HWY 27 S € SEBRING, FLORIDA AND FILL OUT AN APPLICATION We are looking for a high-energy, highly motivated individual ready to work in a fast paced environment. This entry level position requires dependability, excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to handle customer service calls, resolve customer problems, and deal effectively with a variety of personalities. General clerical, administrative, and computer skills, in addition to good phone etiquette, are necessary. Scheduled hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. TuesdayFriday. This is a full-time position with benefits, paid time off, health insurance, 401K & more. Email resumes to: humanresources@newssun.com or fax to 352.365.8229, Attention: Human Resources Director. Applications may be completed at 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring. EOE HELP WANTED2007 POLARISPredator 50, four wheeler, automatic, low hours and in great condition. $850. Please call 863-441-1639 8400RecreationalVehicles 8000 Recreation YORKIE PUPPIES1 male, 1 female. AKC Reg., 8 wks old. Health certs w/1st shots, tails docked & dew claws removed. Parents on premises. $700. 863-452-5960 NOTICEFlorida statute 585.195 states tha t all dogs and cats sold in Florida must be at least eight weeks old, have an official health certificate and proper shots and be free of intestinal and external parasites. FREE KITTENS8wks, 3blk. males, 2blk/orange calico females. Email anarahlee@aol.com 7520Pets & SuppliesLOOKING FORused car in VERY GOOD CONDITION Call 863-465-0978. 7340Wanted to Buy SEBRING -Multi Family Sale 2732 Blue Bonnet Dr. Sat Dec 18th 8am-1pm. Lots of children & baby clothes, M&M collect., plus size clothing, Sm. appli. SEBRING -Moving Sale Maranatha Village, 15 Gideon Rd. every Fri-Sat 9am, until Jan 7th, '11. Household items, furniture, gardening misc. SEBRING -4401 Maderia Ave. Thur-Fri-Sat, Dec 16-17-18, 8am-3pm. Furniture, household items. Lots Of Miscellaneous. SEBRING -3-FAMILY SALE! 314 Robin Ave., Thurs-Fri-Sat, Dec 16, 17, 18, 8am-3pm. LAKE PLACID1800 St. Rd. 70 West, Look for signs. Fri-Sat Dec.17-18 F 8am-2pm / S 8am-12pm. Furniture, collectibles, tools, household items. Much Much More! LAKE PLACIDLarge Multi Family Sale 3041 Lake June Blvd., Sat. Dec. 18th, 9am-? Tools, games, clothes, ETC. LAKE PLACID148 Jade Way Fri-Sat, Dec 17th-18th 8am-3pm. Mower, blower, tools, dresser, clothes, sewing machine, miscellaneous items. GIANT CLOSEOut Sale Thur-Fri-Sat, Dec 16-17-18, 10am-4pm.Mostly new gift items at garage sale prices. Exc. for Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers. Collectibles, glassware. Pieces of the Past @ 313 Circle Park Drive. 863-386-9100 7320Garage &Yard Sales TV ANTENNAOutdoor, w/ remote, and Amp $35 863-382-7959 TIRE &WHEEL, large, LT 265/70 R17. $65. 863-699-1119. STAMP COLLECTIONMint sheet book. Asking face value, 6-22 cents, price $87.40. Phone 863-655-3552 PLOW ANCHOR,25 pound $75. 863-699-1119 MINI FRIDGEw/ freezer, black. $100. 863-201-3769 DRY SINKsmall maple hutch like 41"H x 30"W x 19"D. $50 863-402-2285 7310Bargain Buys DOLL -Beautiful Victorian, 4 feet tall. $100 863-655-1762 DOG CAGE-medium size dog, excellent condition. $35 863-453-4234 DOG -carrier / crate. $30 863-453-4234 COIN COLLECTION(American Map). $75 863-655-1762 BISSELL VACUUMupright, excellent condition, some attachments $20 863-402-2285 BASKETBALL HOOP,portable on wheels, excellent condition. $50 863-465-2830 ANTENNA TOWER& base, 3-10' sections & 1-9' top. $100 863-273-0811 7310Bargain BuysGENERATOR -Craftsman 10 HP, 5600 watts. NEW! $395 989-915-1949 7300MiscellaneousNEW FURNITURECLOSE OUT Everything must Go!... BR, Sofa, Recliners, Misc. sofagalleryflorida.com Call 863-471-3315 for Appt. 7180FurnitureCANDELABRA -2 Brass, 39"tall w/ tray 14 3/4" from top. $100. Black solid wood Chinese tri fold screen, embossed with colorful Chinese figures. $799. 863-386-1885 7060Antiques -Collectible 7000 MerchandiseSEBRING -1BR w/bath, furn/unfurn, W/D, Satellite, full use of home. $400/mo. or $100/wk + dep. 863-304-2849 6400Rooms for RentSEBRING -House Fully Furnished 3 BR, 2 BA, 2 car garage, washer/dryer, utilities included, no pets. $3500 monthly. 920-459-8239 6320Seasonal Property SEBRING LUXURY4BR, 2BA Home, 5 blocks across Hwy 27 from Florida Hospital. New CHA, new carpet & paint. $850 month + utilities. 863-402-1904 SEBRING -3BR, 1BA, $600/mo; 4BR, 1.5BA, $600/mo.; 1BR, 1BA Apt., $300/mo (Downtown off Circle); 2BR, 1BA w/workshop & garage, $550/mo; 3BR, 2BA Lake Josephine area, $550/mo; 3BR, 1BA, $500/mo; 2BR, 1BA Duplex, $450/mo; 1BR, 1BA Apt (by WalMart) $350/mo. EASY MOVE-IN RATES! 863-655-3504 LAKE PLACIDPet Friendly! Near Lake Placid Boat Ramp with lake access. Furnished or Unfurnished 2BR, 1BA with appliances and A/C. $650/mo. + $500 security deposit. 863-465-1354 LAKE PLACIDConvenient efficiency and small 1BR Apt.; located at 683 & 685 Lake June Rd, $375/mo. each. Call Compton Realty for info or to request a list of available rentals. 863-465-4158 LAKE PLACID2BR, 1BA, new floors/ paint, fenced yard, close to boat ramp, nice landscape, quiet area, no smoke, $550/mo. 863-699-1119 3 BR,2 BA, Living Rm., Dining Rm., Utility Rm. w/ W/D hook up, 2 Car Garage & Fireplace. Country Living. Call 863-773-5462 6300Unfurnished Houses SEASONAL /Yearly, furnished or unfurnished. 2/2 on Lake Sebring, W/Dryer. $700 yearly or $$1400 seasonal. 2/1. yearly $625, W/D hookup, big yard, across from lake.863-386-9100. LAKE PLACIDNewer 3BR, 2BA, Excl. furniture & appliances, near lake & boat ramp, seasonal or monthly rental. No Smoking or dogs. 863-699-1119 6250Furnished Houses SEBRING -DINNER LAKE AREA 1BR, 1BA Apartments for Rent. $395/mo. Includes water. Large rooms, fresh paint & tile floors. Call Gary Johnson @ 863-381-1861 SEBRING -Clean 1BR, 1BA, living rm., utility w/ W-D hookup, new screened vinyl patio, near Walmart & Homer's area. You pay electric, I pay cable & utilities. Ideal for 1 or 2 adults. Prefer year round renter, no dogs. $450 mly. + $450 sec. dp. Move in now $650 to the right party! Call after 1pm for details. 732-222-0344 RELAX ATLake Isis VillasLuxurious 2BR Apartment. Clean & Quiet Setting. Call 863-453-2669 NORTH AVONPARK 1BR, 1BA, G/W/S, you pay electric. No pets, Deposit $300. $420 Monthly. 863-453-7218LEMONTREE APARTMENTS1015 West Bell St. Avon Park, FL 33825(off US 27, behind Wendy's)1BR, 1BA $495/Month+ 200 security deposit (Water, Sewer & Garbage Incl) Pets Welcome* Full Size Washer/Dryer Open 8 am 7 pm 7 Days a Week Call Alan, (386) 503-8953 BEST RENTAL IN TOWN! Large 2BR, 1BA totally remodeled, washer/dryer hook-ups. Available Immediately! Call 321-537-5681 AVON PARKClean, Quiet; Studios / 1BR. 1BA / 2BR, 2BA Apts., from $375/mo. New tile, New paint, New appliances, Screened patios & W/D hook ups. Call 863-452-0469. AVON PARKApartment with balcony overlooking Lake Verona and City Park 100 E. Main St. Laundry Facilities. SPECIAL : $325/mo. 863-453-8538 AVON PARK** Highlands Apartments 1680 North Delaware 1BR, 1BA & 2BR, 2BA Available. Central Heat & Air. Extra insulation. 1st & Sec. Call 863-449-0195 6200UnfurnishedApartmentsSEBRING, ONCircle Park. One bedrooms and studios, furnished or unfurnished, includes water, no pets. Ref needed. Starting at $375 and up. 863-386-9100 or 954-295-7195. 6150FurnishedApartments SEBRING -CUTE 2BR, 1BA, new tile floors & insulation. Kids and most pets ok. 4911 Manatee. $490/mo. + $300 security deposit to move in. 863-446-7274 or 863-471-0840 SEBRING -3008 Spinks Rd., 2BR, 1BA, W/D hookup, new appliances, ceramic tile throughout. No Pets. Close to HRMC & Sebring High School. Avail. Immediately $500/mo. 863-273-1756. 6050Duplexes for Rent 6000 RentalsLAKE PLACID$6,800 2BR, 2BA Double Wide Mobile Home in Great, Active 55+ Park with 2 Pools & Docks. Bargain Priced. Good Condition. Pets OK. Call 1-239-455-7509 5050Mobile HomesFor Sale 5000 Mobile Homes SEBRING NEWLYREMODELED 3BR Home, one block from Woodlawn Elem. School. Nice, quiet neighborhood. 1243 Fernvale Ave. Possible Owner Financing. Call 863-675-3387 TODAY! SEBRING -Edgewater Village Lakeview Dr. 2BR, 2BA, 1CG Villa. Beautifully furnished. New kitchen, laundry, TV. Low Maintenance fee includes Cable TV, Clubhouse, heated pool. Private street. Avail Immed. 863-402-9138 SEBRING -3BR, 2BA home for sale. 1902 Orange Blossom Dr. Financing available for qualified buyers. Please call 877-330-8727 4080Homes for SaleSebringATTENTION: CASH for your Home, Duplex, Apartment, Commercial Property. Rapid Closing, "As Is Condition. 863-441-2689 STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL 4040Homes For Sale 4000 Real Estate A NTIQUE &Gift mall opening January 6th on Sebring Circle. Booth and showcases available for collectibles and antiques. Rent starting at $150 and up. Reserve your space now. Will be open Thurs, Fri. & Sat. Nancy 954-295-7194. 3050BusinessOpportunities 3000 Financial LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL HOME?Search the News-Sun Classifieds every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. WANT NEW FURNITURE? Need to sell the old furniture first? Call News-Sun classifieds, 385-6155. Then shop till you drop! Classified ads get fast results Laid off? Work from home. Be your own bo$$. First, call the Federal Trade Commission to find out how to spot work at home schemes, 1-877-FTC-HELP. A message from the News-Sun and the FTC. LOOKING FOR AN APARTMENT? Search the News-Sun Classifieds every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.CASTLE HILL Apartments of Avon ParkAccepting Applications for 1 & 2 Bedroom Apts. Available to individuals 62 years or older, handicap/disabled, regardless of age. For rental information & applications please call: 863-452-6565 TDD: 1-800-955-8771 THIS INSTITUTION IS AN Equal Opportunity Provider and EmployerLos Apt. de Castle Hill de Avon ParkEstan aceptando aplicaciones para Apts. de 1 y 2 recamaras. Disponible a personas de 62 ancs o mas, incapacidad fisica/mental, no importa la edad. Para mas informacion favor de llamar 863-452-6565. TDD: 1-800-955-8771 Esta Institucion Es De Igualdad De Oportunidad Al Proveedor, Y Empleador

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By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comShe made headlines this summer as the pre-teen phenom who stepped up amongst girls several years her senior to win the Sertoma Junior Tour. She also made a trip to North Carolina and pulled off an impressive finish amongst her peers from around the world and shooting a 76 at the World Championships at legendary Pinehurst. She took on another wellknown course, Torrey Oaks, and carded a 75. Alifetime of golf memories to look back on, and Kendall Griffin did it within this calendar year. Not to mention, the 11year old just completed the Premier Junior Tour season this past weekend and notched another couple of honors into her belt the Tour Championship and Player of the Year. In nine tournaments on the Tour, Griffin won four, took second three times and third twice. She could have played more, but her Sertoma Tour schedule got in the way. But then again, it also helped. "Since I was able to play up in the high school division, I think I had to learn to get tougher mentally and that gave me a lot of confidence," Griffin said. "Plus, since I wasn't allowed to have a caddy in Sertoma, I had to learn a lot about my game and especially course management, which has made a big difference." That mental toughness shone through last weekend when Griffin found herself tied after Saturday's first round on the Legacy Course at Reunion Resort. Sunday morning started out sunny and cold, with the weather soon taking a turn for the worse, becoming overcast, with high winds and a periodic light rain. "The wind was blowing so hard that it could make yo ur ball roll on or off the green ," she said. "It was cold, th en hot, then windy, then rainin g By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comSEBRING In a battle of presses, visiting Hardee was a bit more succesful at breaking into the clear in Tuesday's 64-58 win over Sebring. It wasn't a non-stop pressing affair, with each team holding back at times, but with both unleashing it other times to try and turn the momentum. Often the Streaks and Wildcats would successfully work their respective ways through it, but there were plenty of turnovers and breakaway baskets off those turnovers to either open up Hardee's early lead, or for the Streaks to roar back and close the gap. The Cats lead 14-9 while holding for the last shot of the first quarter, but Devin Clarke turned a steal into a layup at the buzzer to make it a 14-11 game. Deploying the press early in the second, Sebring evened things at 15-15, but the lightning-quick, mul tiguard line up of Hardee soo n found holes in the defense to make for some easy hoops as they built their lead back u p. Backup forward Jo sh Austin then came up bi g, bulling through the lane f or four baskets to keep t he Streaks to within 27-23 at t he half. The battle went back an d forth in the third, wi th Sebring pushing to with in two on several occasions. And again, it was a Clar ke SPORTS B SECTION News-Sun Friday, December 17, 2010 Page 3B News-Sun file photo by DAN HOEHNE Kendall Griffin capped off an amazing golf season by winning the Girls 10-12 Premier Junior Tour Championship and Player of the Year with her win last weekend in Reunion. News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHN E Nelson St. Louis drives past JaJuan Hooks Tuesday night, but the Wildcats came out the winners. Hardee64Sebring58 Wildcats trip up Streaks See STREAKS, page 4B Courtesy photos Ben Stone won the 24th annual Wild Turkey Toy Drive Stover Cup Dart Tournament held last weekend at the tavern. It was the second consecutive year that Stone won the men's division. Cris Cwalinski won the ladies division. Wild Turkey Stover Cup champs Courtesy pho to Kendall Griffin holds her Premier Junior Tour Player of the Year award after winning the Tour Championship Tournament last weekend. Griffin wraps up big year in big way See GRIFFIN, page 3B Special to the News-SunSoccer around the county t ook some hits as the Lake P lacid boys fell to Mulberry, 7 -3, and the Sebring girls c ame up short at Osceola by a 3 -1 score. Green Dragon basketball, h owever, had a fine night T uesday against Frostproof. The Lake Placid boys c ame out on top of a 75-69 s core while the girls routed t he Lady Bulldogs 69-35, b ehind Jamaica Gayle's 20 p oints. Andre Wilson and Kirk V eley were key on the glass f or the Dragons, nabbing 13 a nd 11 rebounds, respectivel y. Tray Fleming would then Around the County TOM WITHERS Associated PressCLEVELAND Teenage pitching sensation, World War II hero, outspoken Hall of Famer and local sports treasure. Bob Feller was all of them. One of a kind, he was an American original. Blessed with a right arm that earned the Iowa farmboy the nickname "Rapid Robert" and made him one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, Feller, who left baseball in the prime of his career to fight for his country, died Wednesday night. He was 92. Feller, who won 266 games in 18 seasons all with the Indians died at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday night of acute leukemia at a hospice, said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians vice president of public relations. Remarkably fit until late in life, Feller had suffered serious health setbacks in recent months. He was diagnosed with leukemia in August, and while undergoing chemotherapy, he fainted and his heart briefly stopped. Eventually, he had pacemaker implanted. In November, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and recently released into hospice care. Even as his health deteriorated, Feller continued doing what he loved most attending Indians games deep into last season. "Nobody lives forever an d I've had a blessed life ," Feller said in September. "I 'd like to stay on this side of t he grass for as long as I ca n, though. I'd really like to s ee the Indians win a Wor ld Series." Feller, in fact, was part of the rotation the last time t he Indians won it all in 194 8. Fiercely proud and patrio tic, Feller's life was much li ke one of his overpowering fas tballs. He seemed unstoppabl e, whether on the mound or in conversation. Feller, who broke into t he majors at the tender age of 17, could always bring t he Hall of Famer Bob Feller dies at 92 See FELLER, p a g e 3B News-Sun photo by BETH BALDRIDGE Favy Cotte and the Lady Devils had little trouble scoring in T uesday's 100-8 win against an overmatched Mulberry squad. Cotte netted 37 points in the lopsided win. See DRAGONS, page 4B By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssuncomIn an acticipated match-up between two high-scoring teams at the top of the district, the Avon Park boys won over Mulberry in a defensive battle Tuesday night. The Devils came into the contest averaging 64 points per game while the Panthers were averaging 60, with both teams having been undefeated in district 9-3Aplay. But it was defense that ruled the night as both teams struggled to get an offensive flow going. Avon Park, however, got 15 from Alonzo Robertson to stay atop the district standings with a 46-38 win. Scoring was something the Lady Red Devils had little trouble with in their 100-8 win over an overmatched Lady Panther squad. With just five players on the team, Mulberry was no challenge as Avon Park virtually wore out the lane on lay-ups and had the mercy-rule running clock going early. The Devils head to DeSoto tonight while the ladies host George Jenkins in non-district action. Devils hit daily double

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Sebring ShuffleboardSEBRING The Sebring Recreation Club will be holding a County Shuffleboard tournament Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 9 a.m. For the $5 entry fee, contestants play six games with a payout for the winners. Bring your own lunch. Anyone living in Highlands County or a member of a club within Highlands County is eligible to play. Avery enjoyable and fun day! For more information, contact the Sebring Recreation Club at 385-2966.New Year Golf BenefitSEBRING ANew Year's golf tournament to benefit Eddie Bateman will tee off Saturday, Jan. 15 on the Deer Run course at Sun N Lake. The four-person scramble format will kick off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $55 per person/$220 per team. There are also sponsorships available. AGold sponsorship is $1,000 and gets four hole signs, a banner and one team entry. ASilver sponsorship is $500 and includes two hole signs, a banner and one team entry. ABronze sponsorship gets two hole signs and a banner and a single hole sponsorship, for $100, gets one hole sign. There are also single sponsor donations available for $25. For more information, contact Jady Prescott at 381-2117 or jady_52@hotmail.com .SFCC Holiday Baseball CampAVON PARK The South Florida Community College baseball program will be hosting a Youth Holiday Camp Dec. 20-22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day for children ages 6-14. Cost for the camp is $80 per person, with a $5 discount for families with more than one child participating. SFCC Head Coach Rick Hitt will serve as showcase director, with help from assistant coach Andy Polk and Panther players. The camp is designed to provide quality baseball instruction, with emphasis on fundamentals and improvement in all areas of the game. Each day, campers will have the opportunity to improve their skills and baseball knowledge. Players are to bring their own glove, cap, bat and any individual baseball attire to Panther Field at the SFCC campus in Avon Park. To register, go to www.southflorida.edu and select the baseball site. Click on "baseball winter camps," then print out Admissions Application and Emergency Treatment forms. Mail the forms as indicated on the application form or register by phone at one of the Panther Baseball lines at extension 7036 Avon Park/Sebring: 4536661; Lake Placid: 465-5300; Arcadia: 494-7500; Wauchula: 773-2252. All camp participants will receive a camp T-shirt.Panther Volleyball CampAVONPARK The South Florida Community College Volleyball program will be hosting a four week training camp running from Jan. 6-Feb. 3 for players from 6th to 12th grade. The camp will meet Tuesday's and Thursday's from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and provides individual skill development an d basic tactics in a positive learning env ironment. All campers will receive individual an d team instruction from Coach Ki m Crawford and members of the 201011 Lady Panthers. Crawford is a three-time college A llAmerican and played professionally in Europe, on the Bud Light Profession al Beach Tour for Team Nike and on the P ro California Grass Tour. She has been trained by many Olymp ic coaches and looks forward to sharing h er vast volleyball knowledge with all cam p participants. The camp cost is $100 and is limited to the first 30 to register. To register, go to www.southflorida.edu and select the vo lleyball site. Click on "volleyball camp," print o ut Admissions Application and Emergen cy Treatment forms. Mail Admissions Application an d Emergency Treatment forms as indicat ed on application form, or bring to t he Cashier's Office in Building B. For more information, contact t he SFCC Athletic Department at the follow ing campus phone numbers at extensio n 7037 Avon Park/Sebring, 784-703 7; Lake Placid, 465-5300; DeSoto, 49 47500; Hardee, 773-2252; or ema il kim.crawford@southflorida.edu .YMCA New Year's 5KSEBRING The Highlands Coun ty Family YMCAwill hold it's first annu al New Year's Day 5K Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. at Highlands Hammock State Pa rk on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. To register for the 5k run go to t he YMCAto pick up an entry form. Race day registration starts at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20. For more information contact Jonath an at the YMCA, 863-382-9622.Panther 5KAVON PARK The second annu al South Florida Community Colle ge Panther 5K Run/Walk has been plann ed for Saturday, Feb. 26 at the SFC C Highland Campus. The SFCC Foundation, Inc. and B ill Jarrett Ford Mercury are sponsoring t he event, and proceeds benefit the college 's intercollegiate athletics programs. The entry fee for the SFCC Panther 5 K Run/Walk is $20 through Feb. 16 and $2 5 from Feb. 17 through the day of the rac e. Students with a current I.D. may regi ster for $15. Every participant receives a Dri-F it long-sleeve shirt sizes cannot be gua ranteed for those who enter after Feb. 17 Registration is 7-7:45 a.m. on race d ay in the parking lot in front of the SFC C University Center. The race begins at 8 a.m. Entry forms are available online at www.southflorida.edu/panther5k Participants can mail their copies an d entry fees to the SFCC Foundation, In c., 13 East Main Street, Avon Park, F L 33825; or fax forms to 863-453-8023 an d call 863-453-3133 with credit card info rmation. For more information about the SFC C Panther 5K, call the SFCC Foundation at 863-453-3133. The Foundation will be closed for wi nter break Saturday, Dec. 18 throug h Tuesday, Jan. 4. AMERICAN CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA x-New England1120.846415276 N.Y. Jets940.692273242 Miami760.538225244 Buffalo3100.231256339 South WLTPctPFPA Jacksonville850.615295331 Indianapolis760.538347318 Houston580.385316355 Tennessee580.385291265 North WLTPctPFPA Pittsburgh1030.769290198 Baltimore940.692294229 Cleveland580.385235252 Cincinnati2110.154262345 West WLTPctPFPA Kansas City850.615295268 San Diego760.538354253 Oakland670.462314307 Denver3100.231269376NATIONAL CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA N.Y. Giants940.692329250 Philadelphia940.692374308 Washington580.385238310 Dallas490.308321366 South WLTPctPFPA Atlanta1120.846335243 New Orleans1030.769330240 Tampa Bay850.615260267 Carolina1120.077164338 North WLTPctPFPA Chicago940.692253228 Green Bay850.615306189 Minnesota580.385230274 Detroit3100.231285309 West WLTPctPFPA Seattle670.462261329 St. Louis670.462245268 San Francisco580.385243280 Arizona490.308243351 x-clinched playoff spot ___ Thursday's Game San Francisco at San Diego, late Sunday, Dec. 19 Kansas City at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Washington at Dallas, 1 p.m. Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Arizona at Carolina, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. Denver at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at New England, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 Chicago at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB Boston204.833 New York1610.6155 Philadelphia1015.4001012Toronto917.34612 New Jersey619.2401412Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami198.704 Orlando169.6402 Atlanta1610.615212Charlotte916.3609 Washington617.26111 Central Division WLPctGB Chicago168.667 Indiana1113.4585 Milwaukee1014.4176 Detroit818.3089 Cleveland718.280912WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio213.875 Dallas205.800112New Orleans1510.600612Memphis1214.46210 Houston1015.4001112Northwest Division WLPctGB Oklahoma City188.692 Utah188.692 Denver159.6252 Portland1214.4626 Minnesota620.23112 Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Lakers197.731 Phoenix1212.5006 Golden State916.360912Sacramento518.2171212L.A. Clippers521.19214 ___ Tuesday's Games Charlotte 97, Toronto 91 Philadelphia 82, New Jersey 77 L.A. Lakers 103, Washington 89 Detroit 103, Atlanta 80 Houston 118, Sacramento 105 Denver 111, Orlando 94 Golden State 108, Minnesota 99 Wednesday's Games L.A. Lakers 109, Indiana 94 Boston 118, New York 116 Philadelphia 105, L.A. Clippers 91 Chicago 110, Toronto 93 Miami 101, Cleveland 95 Memphis 113, Charlotte 80 New Orleans 94, Sacramento 91 Oklahoma City 117, Houston 105 San Antonio 92, Milwaukee 90 Phoenix 128, Minnesota 122 Dallas 103, Portland 98 Thursday's Games Washington at New Jersey, late Atlanta at Boston, late San Antonio at Denver, late Friday's Games Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m. Miami at New York, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Toronto, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Utah at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Memphis at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Portland, 10 p.m.EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA Philadelphia21754711381 Pittsburgh211024410478 N.Y. Rangers191313910084 New Jersey9192205688 N.Y. Islanders5185155998 Northeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Montreal18112388166 Boston1694368359 Buffalo13144308186 Ottawa13163297196 Toronto12144286987 Southeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Washington18114409994 Tampa Bay171043896107 Atlanta171143810093 Carolina13124308290 Florida13160267476WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA Detroit20734310180 Nashville1686387972 Columbus16113357882 Chicago1614335104100 St. Louis14105337480 Northwest Division WLOTPtsGFGA Vancouver1784389476 Colorado171043811298 Minnesota13124307186 Calgary13153298491 Edmonton111452778105 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA Dallas18102388682 Anaheim17134388999 Los Angeles17101357865 San Jose15115359290 Phoenix1496348180 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ___ Tuesday's Games Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 2 Toronto 4, Edmonton 1 Wednesday's Games Tampa Bay 2, Atlanta 1, SO Buffalo 3, Boston 2 New Jersey 3, Phoenix 0 N.Y. Rangers 4, Pittsburgh 1 Anaheim 2, Washington 1, OT Detroit 5, St. Louis 2 Philadelphia 5, Montreal 3 Carolina 4, Florida 3 Nashville 3, San Jose 2 Colorado 4, Chicago 3 Vancouver 3, Columbus 2, OT Thursday's Games Anaheim at N.Y. Islanders, late Phoenix at N.Y. Rangers, late Carolina at Atlanta, late Boston at Montreal, late Los Angeles at St. Louis, late Ottawa at Minnesota, late San Jose at Dallas, late Toronto at Calgary, late Columbus at Edmonton, late Friday's Games Nashville at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Ottawa at Colorado, 9 p.m.BASEBALLAmerican League KANSAS CITY ROYALSDesignated RHP Philip Humber for assignment. NEW YORK YANKEESAgreed to terms with RHP Mark Prior, RHP Brian Anderson, INF Doug Bernier, RHP Buddy Carlyle, LHP Neal Cotts, C Gustavo Molina and LHP Andy Sisco on minor league contracts. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKSPromoted Carlos Gomez to director, international scouting. COLORADO ROCKIESAgreed to terms with INF Ty Wigginton on a two-year contract. Named Marv Foley major league catching instructor; Duane Espy manager of Tulsa (Texas); Lenn Sakata hitting coach for Asheville (SAL) and Dave Burba pitching coach for Tri-City (NWL). Promoted Dave Schuler to pitching coach for Tulsa, Kevin Riggs to hitting coach for Modesto (Cal) and Joey Eischen to pitching coach for Asheville. FLORIDA MARLINSAgreed to terms with LHP Randy Choate on a two-year contract. HOUSTON ASTROSAgreed to terms with INF Brian Dopirak and RHP Sammy Gervacio on minor league contracts. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIESAgreed to terms with LHP Cliff Lee on a five-year contract. PITTSBURGH PIRATESAgreed to terms with LHP Donnie Veal on a minor league contract.BASKETBALLNational Basketball Association HOUSTON ROCKETSTraded G Jermaine Taylor and cash considerations to Sacramento Kings for a conditional 2011 second-round draft pick. NEW JERSEY NETSAcquired G Sasha Vujacic and a 2011 first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers and a 2012 first-round draft pick from Houston in a three-team trade. The Nets sent F-C Joe Smith and two secondround draft picks to Los Angeles and G Terrence Williams to Houston.FOOTBALLNational Football League NFL_Fined Jacksonville DB Will Middleton $5,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland QB Jason Campbell during a Dec. 12 game. CAROLINA PANTHERSSigned LB Thomas Williams to practice squad. CINCINNATI BENGALSSigned CB Keiwan Ratliff. CLEVELAND BROWNSSigned OL Branndon Braxton to practice squad. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid TODAY: Boys Basketball vs.McKeel,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball at Okeechobee, 6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer vs.DeSoto,6 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.DeSoto,7:30 p.m. MONDAY: Boys Basketball at LaBelle,6/7:30 p.m.; MONDAY,Jan.3: Girls Basketball at Sebring,6/7:30 p.m. Sebring TODAY: Girls Soccer at Clewiston,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY: Girls Basketball vs.Avon Park,12:30/2 p.m. MONDAY,Dec.27: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA TUESDAY,Dec.28: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA WEDNESDAY,Dec.29: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA Walker TUESDAY,Jan.4: Girls Basketball at Sebring JV,6 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: Girls Basketball at Victory Christian,6 p.m.; Boys Basketball at Victory Christian,7:30 p.m. Heartland Christian FRIDAY: Boys Basketball vs.Wellington Christian,6:30 p.m.; JV Basketball vs.Sonrise Christian,4 p.m. TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at Wellington Christian,American Airlines Arena, Miami,2 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: JV Basketball vs.Moore Haven,6 p.m. Avon Park TODAY: Boys Basketball at Desoto,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.George Jenkins, 6/7:30 p.m.; Wrestling at Polk County Duals,George Jenkins,10 a.m. SATURDAY: Wrestling at Polk County Duals,George Jenkins,10 a.m. MONDAY: Boys Basketball vs.Lakewood Ranch,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY: Girls Basketball at Sebring,12:30/2 p.m. N N H H L L S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 7 7 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Buffalo at Tampa Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 4 4 4H H I I G G H H S S C C H H O O O O L L F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . Class 3A Final Jefferson vs. Miami Nor. S S U U N NS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . Class 4A Final Linclon vs. Armwood . . . S S U U N NC C O O L L L L E E G G E E B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y N N o o o o n n USC at Kansas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 p p . m m . South Carolina at Ohio State . . . . . . . . . . . C C B B S S 2 2 p p . m m . Arkansas at Texas A&M .. . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 4 4 p p . m m . North Carolina vs Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C C B B S S 4 4 p p . m m . Baylor vs. Gonzaga . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 6 6 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Alabama vs. Oklahoma State . . . . . . . . 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h eat. "Bob Feller is gone. We c annot be surprised," Indians o wner Larry Dolan said in a s tatement. "Yet, it seems i mprobable. Bob has been s uch an integral part of our f abric, so much more than an e x-ballplayer, so much more t han any Cleveland Indians p layer. He is Cleveland, O hio. "To say he will be missed i s such an understatement. M ore to the point, he will not b e missed because he will a lways be with us," he said. Feller was part of a vaunte d Indians'rotation in the 1 940s and 50s with fellow H all of Famers Bob Lemon a nd Early Wynn. He finished with 2,581 c areer strikeouts, led the A merican League in strikeo uts seven times, pitched t hree no-hitters including t he only one on opening day and recorded a jaw-dropp ing 12 one-hitters. Feller's win total remains a C leveland team record, one t hat seems almost untoucha ble in today's free-agent era. His numbers would no d oubt have been even greater h ad his career not been interr upted by World War II. The first pitcher to win 20 g ames before he was 21, F eller was enshrined in C ooperstown in 1962, his f irst year of eligibility. The Indians retired his No. 1 9 jersey in 1957 and immort alized the greatest player in f ranchise history with a statu e when they opened their d owntown stadium in 1994. The sculpture is vintage F eller, captured forever in the m iddle of his patented windm ill windup, rearing back to f ire another pitch. "When you think C leveland Indians, you think B ob Feller and vice versa," I ndians manager Manny Acta s aid. "He was a genuine p atriot and a big-time Hall of F amer. Boy, he loved the I ndians and we all loved him b ack." Baseball was only a part of F eller's remarkable story. Stirred by Japan's bombing o f Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1 941, Feller enlisted in the N avy the following day t he first major league player t o do so. He served as a gun captain o n the USS Alabama, earning s everal battle commendations a nd medals. "More impressive than his v ast accomplishments on the f ield was being part of The G reatest Generation,'" Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. "Bob served our country for nearly four years during the prime of his career. Bob was a great pitcher, but he was first and foremost a great American." Never afraid to offer a strong opinion on any subject, Feller remained physically active in his later years. At the end of every winter, he attended the Indians'fantasy camp in either Florida or Arizona. One of the highlights of the weeklong event was always Feller, in uniform, taking the mound and striking out campers, some of whom were 50 years younger. Another rite of spring for Cleveland fans was seeing Feller at the Indians'training camp. Before home exhibition games in Winter Haven, Fla., or more recently in Goodyear, Ariz., Feller would throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Introduced to a rousing ovation every time, Feller delivered the throw with the same high leg kick he used while blazing fastballs past overmatched hitters. "We have all lost a friend and the nation has lost an icon," former Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. "Bob was always there with a word of advice or a story. The thing is that they were always relevant and helpful. I will never forget before the first game of the 97 World Series, Bob came up to me and patted me on the back and told me how proud he was of me and the team, then gave me a buckeye and said it was for luck. "I don't think that Bob ever believed in luck, just hard work and an honest effort. I will miss Bob very much. He was my friend," he said. An eight-time All-Star, Feller compiled statistics from 1936 through 1956 that guaranteed his Hall of Fame enshrinement. He led the ALin victories six times and is still the Indians'career leader in shutouts (46), innings pitched (3,827), walks (1,764), complete games (279), wins and strikeouts. Despite losing his two starts, Feller won a World Series title with the Indians in 1948. When he returned from military duty in 1946, Feller arguably had his finest season, going 26-15 with a 2.18 ERAand pitching 36 complete games and 10 shutouts. For comparison's sake, the Indians'entire pitching staff had 10 complete games and four shutouts last season. Born Nov. 3, 1918, near Van Meter, Iowa, Robert Andrew William Feller was 16 when he caught the eye of Indians scout Cy Slapnicka. Feller made his first major league start on Aug. 23, 1936, two months shy of turning 18. He never pitched in the minors, and when the Indians decided to use him in a relief role on July 19, 1936, he was the youngest player ever to pitch in a major league game. Many wondered if the kid who would later credit his arm strength to milking cows, picking corn, and baling hay was in over his head. Hardly. Using a fastball later dubbed "the Van Meter heater," Feller struck out 15 two shy of the major league record in his first game, beating the St. Louis Browns 4-1 a star was born. Later that season, Feller established the ALrecord by striking out 17 Philadelphia Athletics. In 1938, Feller set the major league record by striking out 18 against the Detroit Tigers. No pitcher in the AL fanned more in a nine-inning game until Nolan Ryan in 1974. By the time Feller joined the military at 23, he had won 109 games and was well on the way to baseball fame. In his day, nobody threw harder than Feller, who sometimes had trouble with his control. Because speed devices weren't as advanced as they are today, it's impossible to gauge precisely how fast Feller threw in his prime. There is famous black-andwhite film footage of Feller's fastball being clocked as it races against a motorcycle said to be traveling at 100 mph. Feller once said he was clocked at 104 mph. Even in his later years, Feller could recall pitch-forpitch duels with great hitters like Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. He said his biggest thrill in the game was when he returned from the military to pitch a no-hitter against New York at Yankee Stadium. "I had been away four years and people were saying I was washed up," Feller said. "They had a right to say it, too, since few come back after being away so long. But this game proved to me that I was still able to pitch." He always credited his father, Bill, with encouraging his baseball ambitions. "My father kept me busy from dawn to dusk when I was a kid," Feller said. "When I wasn't pitching hay, hauling corn or running a tractor, I was heaving a baseball into his mitt behind the barn." Feller said the greatest hitter he ever faced, without question, was Williams, although Williams had only a .270 average against him. "I was a little luckier against him than the others," Feller said. "But he beat me in more games than I care to remember. Joe DiMaggio was the only right-hander wh hit me consistently. The fellow who hit me best, though, was Tommy Henrich, the Yankees'old reliable." After retiring from baseball, Feller worked in the insurance business, but he never got completely away from the game. In 1981, he returned to work for the Indians s a spring training pitching coach and in the team's public relations office. As recently as last season, Feller was a fixture in the press box at Progressive Field. Sitting in the media dining area before games or in the same seat during them he would offer his thoughts on any current event and, of course, his assessment on the Indians. When Washington's Stephen Strasburg made his second start in Cleveland, Feller refused to get caught up in the hype. "Check back with me when he's won 100 games," he said. Cleveland's chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America recently asked the Indians to turn Feller's press box seat into a shrine area. Feller didn't care for crowds and didn't particularly enjoy interacting with fans, but he often attended memorabilia shows to sign autographs for a nominal fe e. Sometimes gruff, Fell er would sign his autograph an d listen as fans asked him que stions and posed for pictur es with an iconic man wh o meant so much to them. Feller was critical of co ntemporary ballplayers. He viewed them as spoil ed and felt they didn't work as hard at their craft as he an d his peers. Feller never softened o n his stance that Pete Ros e, baseball's hits leader, shou ld remain banned for betting o n baseball. Feller, who lived in Gat es Mills, Ohio, is survived b y his wife, Anne, and thr ee sons, Steve, Martin an d Bruce. The Indians said details o n a public memorial servi ce will be announced in the ne ar future. Lake June WestA Mixed Scramble was played Wednesday, Dec. 15 and the result came down to a match of cards. Tied at 54, John Byron and Shelly Byron and Rob and Doris Weeks came out ahead of John and Vera Simmons and Dick Denhart after the comparison. Mary McNamee was closest to the pin at #8, getting to 9-feet, 9-inches, while Denhart was closest at #2 at 11-feet, 2inches. The Men's League played Wednesday, Dec. 15 and saw Ron West, Ron VanMeter, Joe Swartz and Bob Williams win with a 43. John Simmons, Pete McNamee and Ernie Hall took second with a 48. Swartz was closest to the pin at #2, 12feet, 5-inches, with McNamee getting to within 4-feet, 10-inches at #8. The Ladies League played Monday, Dec. 13. Joyce Swartz, Sylvie West and Linda Hopkins took first with a 35, four ahead of the 39 posted by Margaret Schultz, Doris West and Janice Barringer. For closest to the pin, Mary McNamee got to 16-feet, 1-inch of #2 and Swartzwas within 8-feet of #8.PinecrestThe Men's Association played Team and Individual and Pro-Am Points Wednesday, Dec. 15. Rex Waymire, Rex Smolek, Jim Elliott and Roger Dowe won the team competition with +11 points, four ahead of the +7 scored by the team of Leigh Furnal, John O'Neill, Bob Morrison and Bob Chapman. Individually, Waymire won A Division with +9 with Larry Staggs taking second with +4. A three-way tie in B Division saw Vern Gates, Bob Lee and Tom Rockola all come in with +3 while Greg Mitchell won C Division with +7 ahead of the +3 brought in by both Paul Brown and Mike Kammerman. D Division went to Chapman's +4, one ahead of the +3 scored by Art Lewis.River GreensThe men's association played a Men's Day event on Saturday, Dec. 11. Winning first place was the team of Larry Roy, Cecil Lemons, Bob Stevens and Al Farrell with minus-28; second place, Butch Smith, Ken Koon, Bill Mountford and Leo Persails with minus26; and third place, Cliff Aubin, Ken Brunswick, Gerry Page and Joe Craigo with minus-25. Closest to the pin: No. 3, Ken Koon, 12-feet-5-inches; No. 5, Cliff Steele, 7feet-11-inches; No. 12, Harold Plagens, 2-feet-7-inches; and No. 17, Johnny Wehunt, 11-feet. A morning scramble was played on Friday, Dec. 10. Winning first place was the team of Kenny and Carolyn Brunswick, Bob Streeter, Leo and Jeannine Persails with 53. An afternoon scramble was played on Friday, Dec. 10. Winning first place was the team of Tim Thomas, Tony Lankford, Paul and Donna Johnson, Pat Graf and Dick Garceau with 13-under. The men's association played a pro am tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Winning first place was the team of Joe Graf, Keith Kincer and Cecil Lemons with plus-8; and second place, John Smutnick, Butch Smith and Skip Egglingaton with plus-6. Individual winners were: A Flight (29-over): Russ Rudd with plus-1.5. B Flight (25-28): Len Westdale with plus-1.5. C Flight (20-24): Butch Smith with plus-5.5. D Flight (19-under): Keith Kincer with plus-5. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 3B 6 MONTH MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE (863) 382-0500 € 3201 Golfview Rd. € Sebring(863) 382-0744for 9 Hole Executive RatesPrices good thru 12/31/10 Incl. Tax & CartMonday thru Friday:8am … 1pm $25By 8, After 1 $20 Saturday & Sunday: $20 DEAR SANTA I WOULD LIKE THIS FOR MY CAR ... STEREOS € ACCESSORIES WINDOW TINTING NAVIGATION & SECURITY SYSTEMS TV € DVD € SIRIUS/XM BLUETOOTH CRUISE CONTROL POWER WINDOWS/LOCKS KEYLESS ENTRY TONNEAU COVERS BACKUP CAMERAS SPOILERS € SUNROOFS AND MORE! MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE$60 OFFWINDOW TINT COMPLETE CAREXPIRES 12-31-10 106 W. 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When I got to the tee box, there were a ctually a lot of people there to watch me p lay. I was really nervous and it took me a while to settle down. I didn't have a g reat start, but I finished one over on the b ack nine. It was so cool. I'll never forget i t." And while she has such memories to l ook back on, her eye is definitely looki ng ahead. "I am getting longer and stronger b ecause I am growing," she said. "I reall y feel that I can see the lines better on t he greens now." So much accomplished and with so m uch progress still ahead. Continued from 1B Griffin pulls off another win Continued from 1B Feller numbers staggering, despite missing years for WW II

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g et behind the defense in t ransition for easy lay-ups to t he tune of a game-high 26 p oints. With the fast break in high g ear, Lake Placid carried a 1 4-point lead into the final p eriod, but saw some sloppy p lay and a Frostproof comeb ack narrow it to five. But some key free throws d own the stretch held the B ulldogs at bay and sealed t he win. Now 2-2 in district play, t he Dragons meet McKeel t onight at 7:30 p.m. "It should be interesting, they have a couple eighth graders starting for them," head coach David Veley said. "Lakeland's coach said one of them could start for him right now." The Lady Dragons are in Okeechobee tonight on the court while Lake Placid soccer faces DeSoto with the girls playing at 6 p.m. ahead of the boys 7:30 p.m. contest. Page 4BNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com 4320 US 27 N. SebringFull Service Auto Center HONESTY WITH A SMILEŽClint CoolOwner/Technician Over 15 Years Exp. 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JaJuan Hooks hit another two free throws and a Blue Streak drive failed to fall with the former Hooks getting the rebound and drawing a foul. He canned both his shots for a 64-56 lead before an Austin putback in the waning seconds provided for the final margin. Sebring was back into district play Thursday night at Osceola before taking time to enjoy the Christmas break and getting ready to host the Taveniere Tournament beginning Monday, Dec. 27. Continued from 1B Streaks come up short News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE J osh Austin hit some big shots for the Blue Streaks, but it w asn't quite enough to get past Hardee. Continued from 1B Dragons hold off Bulldogs The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN By TIM REYNOLDS Associated PressMIAMI It's the scene the Knicks tried to turn into their reality this summer: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade together at Madison Square Garden. Here it comes. Alas, it'll be a one-nightonly gig. And James and Wade will be arriving at the Garden as guests. Unwelcome guests, at that. When the Miami Heat head to New York and face the Knicks on Friday night, it'll essentially summarize how the wild free-agent period last summer played out. The Knicks coveted James and Wade; they teamed in Miami with Chris Bosh. Amare Stoudemire was considered by some to be New York's fallback choice during its offseason shopping spree; he's playing like an MVP-in-waiting for the resurgent Knicks, who are putting together their best basketball in a decade. Hype? It'll be there, thicker and tougher than a sidewalk vendor's pretzel. And maybe that simmering Heat-Knicks rivalry will rekindle, too. "It'll be a great environment, one of those games that you love to play in, those moments that you look forward to," Wade said. "And when Friday comes I think we'll all be excited." For the Heat, what's looming Friday night is nothing new. They opened the season before a raucous crowd in Boston, then had the venomous reaction in Cleveland two weeks ago by fans who had waited months to let James know loudly and none-too-politely what they thought of his decision to join the Heat. Knicks fans traditionally aren't shy about letting opponents know their thoughts either, which means Wade and James will be targets again. By now, the Heat are finding that to be almost commonplace. "We're public enemy No. 1 virtually everywhere we go," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Especially now. The Knicks met with James on July 1, the day the free-agent shopping window opened, and at least one other time before the NBA's twotime reigning MVPdecided on joining Miami. So wanted was James in New York that one of the city's newspapers, the Daily News, hosted its own website GetLeBron.com But in recent days, the sense in New York has been decidedly different "Who Needs LeBron?" is the question asked in the papers now. As he has for months, James says he strongly considered all six of the teams he met with in July, the Knicks included. "It wasn't the fact that it wasn't the right fit for me," James said. "I just thought Miami was the best fit for me. And that's why I'm here." The Knicks wooed James with everything they had: the bright lights of Manhattan, the proximity to his beloved Yankees, how his earning potential as a pitchman could be maximized by calling New York home. And many touted him as a potential savior of a Knicks franchise that has gone nearly four decades without an NBAtitle. It wasn't enough for the Big Apple to net the biggest prize during Free Agency 2010. "Winning appeals to me," James said. "And it's all about winning. I'm not about saving franchises or saving this or that. It's about me winning and that's what I said all over the summer when I decided to come here, I felt like this was my best possible chance to win. So that's why I'm here." The Knicks were farther down Wade's list during the summer. He went into free agency with two clear choices, either the Bulls, his hometown Chicago team, or the Heat. Had James or Bosh made different decisions, Wade's view could have changed as well. He's had big Garden moments before. He'd like another one on Friday. "Besides the Cleveland game in Cleveland, I think this would be one of the biggest games of the year when it comes to atmosphere, when it comes to participation from the city of New York," Wade said. "We look forward to playing on that stage." Oddly, this Heat-Knicks game will come nearly 15 years to the day after the rivalry between the teams truly began. Dec. 19, 1995. That was the day Pat Riley now the Heat president returned to Madison Square Garden as coach, not long after resigning from the Knicks and taking over in Miami. He waved his arms at the crowd that night, egging them on and urging them to boo him as much as they could. "Everyone looks for rivalries," Wade said. "It's a great story line. It's great for the game. The Heat-Knicks will always be one. An d right now with both team s playing well off of this sum mer, with them gettin g Amare and all three of us coming here, the fans a re going to make it a very b ig game." There's another eleme nt of this little get-togethe r, too. If the Knicks hadn't go tten Stoudemire, Bosh ve ry well could be New York 's starting power forward rig ht now. Stoudemire was one of t he first free agents to make h is mind up after July 1, and in some respects, him choosin g New York had a domin o effect across the league including Miami. "I was just looking at t he situation for me," Bosh sai d. "Of course you're aware of what other players are doin g and what they're thinkin g because it's always on t he TV, it was always on the T V every day at that point. B ut with us playing the sam e positions, I knew it w as either him somewhere or m e somewhere. And I just wan ted to be in the best situatio n possible. And I'm a luck y guy. I'm here now." Wade and James have h ad their share of luck in Ne w York. Wade is 6-3 when t he Heat visit the Knicks, ave raging 26.6 points per gam e in those matchups. James is 7-4 as a visitor to New York so far in h is career, averaging 30.4 poin ts and reaching 50 in two of h is last four trips to the Garde n. It's a special place f or both of them. It just wasn't speci al enough to call home. "As a fan and as a playe r, that's the one building in America that you wou ld love to play that before yo ur career is over," James sai d. "I'm blessed that I've be en part of the NBAand gettin g an opportunity to play the re at least once a year." Wade and James eager to take on the Knicks We're public enemy No. 1 virtually everywhere we go.'ERIKSPOELSTRA Heat head coach

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Family FeaturesOnce the winter months set in, it seems there's always some sort of "bug" going around school. Between colds, flu, strep and other common illnesses, kids are lucky to escape this season without coming down with something. But if they do get sick, what should you do? These tips will help parents and caregivers see kids through the illness and get them back on the way to health. Treating a feverNot every fever needs treatment. Fevers are part of how the body fights off infection. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) says that if your child is eating and sleeping well, and has periods of playfulness, he or she probably doesn't need any treatment. But consult with your child's doctor to find out what's best in each case. The AAPhas these tips for taking care of a child with a fever: Keep his room and your home comfortably cool, and dress him lightly. Encourage her to drink extra fluid such as water, diluted fruit juices or commercially prepared oral electrolyte solutions. If the fever is a symptom of a highly contagious disease such as chickenpox or the flu, keep your child away from other children, elderly people, and people whose immune systems are compromised. Treating colds and fluWhile it's tempting to seek medicinal treatment for every ailment, there is no cure for the cold or flu, and antibiotics don't work on the viruses that cause colds and flu. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) says that headaches, muscle aches, sore throats and some fevers can be treated with pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be sure you give the correct dose according to his or her age and weight. Cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children, especially those younger than two. Make sure your child rests and drinks plenty of fluids. Ahumidifier can help moisten the air in your child's bedroom and will help with nasal congestion. Medicating childrenWhen a doctor does prescribe an antibiotic or antiviral medication, there are several important things to be aware of. The AAP recommends finishing all prescribed doses of an antibiotic, even if the child starts to feel better soon. They also recommend: Sticking with the schedule don't skip doses and ask the doctor what to do if a dose isn't given on time. Giving the right amount Never give a child more medicine because you think it might work better or faster. It could do more harm than good. Don't try to hide the medicine If a child hates the taste of the medicine, or tries to spit it out, it might be tempting to try to hide it in milk or food. But this could affect how well the medicine works, so do not do this unless specifically directed by your child's doctor. 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According to the National D iabetes Education P rogram's (NDEP) second n ational Survey of the P ublic's Knowledge, A ttitudes and Practices R elated to Diabetes, A mericans are increasingly a ware that being physically i nactive and overweight i ncreases the risk of type II d iabetes; however, they don n ot translate that risk to t hemselves. Less than one t hird of respondents found to b e at high risk for diabetes a ctually felt that they were a t an increased risk for the d isease. The potential for v ision loss seemed to be w ell understood, particularly a mong those respondents w ho had a history of diab etes in their family. The m ost common answer to the q uestion, "What are the most s erious health problems c aused by diabetes?" was b lindness, cited by 54 perc ent of all respondents, and 6 3 percent of those with diab etes. Let's review some basics: 9 0 percent of diabetics have t he non-insulin dependent t ype of the disease (Type II), w hile the other 10 percent h ave the insulin dependent t ype (Type I). Type II diab etes is most often observed i n grossly overweight adults ( although we are starting to s ee it more and more in our y ounger populations) and u sually does not require i nsulin treatment. Type I diab etes usually occurs in peop le younger than 30, and d oes require regular insulin i njections to live. Both types of diabetes can a ffect a person's vision on m any different levels, with t he most common complicat ion being retinopathy ( bleeding within or leakage o f fluid within the retinal tiss ue). The earliest signs of r etinopathy are observed w hen structural changes take p lace in the capillaries, t hereby preventing the flow o f nutrients into the retina. T his lack of flow of nutrie nts and oxygen to the retina r esults in damage to the retin al tissue. Many diabetic p atients have little to no v isual signs or symptoms in t he early stages of diabetic r etinopathy, which is why i t's so important to have regu lar, dilated eye exams every y ear. Swelling of the optic n erve may occur in one or b oth eyes of a diabetic, and w ill usually manifest with m ild visual loss. This condit ion does not necessarily c orrelate with the severity of a ny diabetic retinopathy, and c an only be observed with a d ilated eye exam. Diabetes can also affect t he clear dome covering the f ront of the eye, also known a s the cornea. Corneal s welling can reduce vision, s ometimes dramatically, and d ecreased corneal sensation h as also been noted in p atients with this disease. The risk of cataract is two t o four times greater in diab etics as compared to those w ithout the disease, and in T ype I diabetics the risk is 1 5 to 20 times greater. C ataracts also seem to grow a t a faster rate in diabetics c ompared to those without d iabetes. Results of cataract s urgery are very good for patients who have no retinopathy; however, there seems to be a slightly higher risk of retinal tissue swelling after surgery in diabetics. Temporary paralysis of the isolated muscles around the eye may occur in diabetics, and is frequently the clue to a hidden diabetic condition. Often, the patient will complain of "seeing double", and as irritating as that may be, a temporary solution (such as patching an eye) is sought since this condition usually resolves on its own in one to three months. Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for openangle glaucoma as well. Additional caution must be used in monitoring for sideeffects if the patient is being treated with a beta-blocker. These medications can mask the warning signs of hypoglycemia (i.e. shaking, nightmares, sweating, etc.). Asudden change in visual acuity may also occur in diabetics, causing blurred vision. In most cases, until a patient's blood sugar has been stable for at least three months, glasses should not be changed or prescribed. Diabetes also seems to be related to dry eye syndrome as well. It's worth taking note that 54.3 percent of diabetic patients in Manaviat's study (2008) had dry eye syndrome. This correlates with Seifert and Strempel's study (1996), who found a 52.8 percent incidence of dry eyes in diabetics compared to 9.3 percent in non-diabetics. These findings also hold true when examining the ocular surface of younger patients. Akinci (2007) found that 15.4 percent of children with Type I diabetes had dry eye symptoms, compared with only 1.9 percent of those without diabetes. All diabetic patients should be screened for evidence of dry eye syndrome, and treated accordingly to reduce the symptoms of burning, foreign body sensation, and fluctuating vision. The first key in protecting your vision from the ravages of diabetes is in close monitoring of your blood sugar. The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) determined that control of a patient's blood sugar is critical in reducing the rate as well as progression of retinopathy. Diet and exercise are also essential components in maintaining tight control of your blood sugar. Your endocrinologist or internist should be able to help you design a regimen that works the best for you. The second element in safeguarding your vision is to get annual dilated eye exams with your optometrist. As mentioned previously, early diabetic changes may not cause you any visual symptoms initially, but they still need to be closely monitored. Your optometrist is skilled in detecting any early diabetic changes in the eye, monitoring these changes, and referring you to a retinal specialist when necessary. If you're diabetic and haven't seen your eye doctor within the last year, make an appointment today. The holidays are much more enjoyable when you know that you've taken charge of your health and your vision. Valerie Moulds is a board certified optometric physician practicing in Sebring and is Arizona and Florida certified in diagnostics and therapeutics. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Arizona Optometric Association and Florida Optometric Association. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition. Diabetic retinopathy is a common problem Focal Point Dr. Valerie Moulds Special to the News-SunLAKELAND Pea ce River Center has nam ed Kathy Platt as Director of Victim Services, a pr ogram serving rape victim s and victims of domest ic violence serving bo th women and children. Platt began her work in Victim Services in 200 3 as a volunteer at Pea ce River Center's Ra pe Recovery and Resour ce Center (RRRC). After receiving a degree in psycholog y from the University of Tampa in 2004, s he became the program coo rdinator at RRRC, an d later moved to schoo lbased support services. Platt also holds a ma ster's degree in counselin g from Webster Universi ty and is a field traumatol ogist in Polk County pr omoting the use of traum a informed care. For more informatio n about rape recovery or domestic violence victi m services offered by Pea ce River Center conta ct Peace River Center. Peace River Center is a private not-for-pro fit community mental heal th organization serving t he residents of Highland s, Hardee and Polk counti es for more than 60 years. PRC serves families in crisis, functioning ch ildren and adults in need as well as the severely an d persistently mentally ill PRC also provides tw o domestic violence she lters, a Rape Recovery an d Resource Center, su bstance abuse treatme nt program, and 24-hour c risis lines and interventio n to the communities it serves. New Director of Victim Services named at Peace River Center Family Features Most kids will be lucky to make it through winter without catching at least one "bug." 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Special to the News-SunAVON PARK Aselect g roup of students in South F lorida Community C ollege's Allied Health prog ram were recently awarded $ 500 scholarships from Blue C ross Blue Shield of Florida. T he recipients are currently e nrolled in SFCC's Nursing, D ental Education, R adiography, and Emergency M edical Services programs. The students awarded the s cholarships were Joshua B irch, Paula Church, Jessica C oney, Maria Elena Diaz, R ichard Followell, Ralene G raham, Kevin Hawkins, R ose Jewel, Danielle J urczak, Jodi McWaters, C andace Mooney, Michelle R ice, Susan Satchel, Amber S cott, Shannon Smith, R einhard Stadelbauer, A llison Whitaker, and B rittney Yohe. The scholarship comes f rom a donation by Blue C ross Blue Shield of Florida t o the Florida College System F oundation, a leading advoc ate for postsecondary educat ional opportunity, access, a nd student success. The f oundation recruits gifts and d onations from national and s tatewide groups and disperses it among the 28 Florida community and state colleges. "The Florida College System Foundation feels scholarships such as this are important to help meet the needs of Florida’s students," said Wendell Williams, Florida College System Foundation board member. "We believe in helping those students who want to achieve success with a college education, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida scholarship helps those students achieve their dreams of becoming health care professionals." Blue Cross Blue Shield made the donation to create an endowed scholarship fund for students in nursing and other allied health programs at all 28 of Florida’s community and state colleges to meet the growing need for skilled nurses and allied health professionals and to attract students into the nursing field from populations that are underrepresented. SFCC has received the scholarship each year since 2006. "Every year, our allied health program managers award the scholarships to those students we feel have worked the hardest, have shown the most dedication, and need the assistance," said Rebecca Sroda, associate dean, SFCC Allied Health/Dental Education. "The scholarship money can be used for anything that assists in their success in our programs." Page 6BNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com LIVING BRINGS IT IN. WE TAKE IT OUT.Call for Our Weekly Specials.AVON PARK 452-5800 SEBRING 382-3363 LAKE PLACID 465-1530 € 126 Bed Inpatient, Acute Care Hospital € 16 Bed Intensive Care Unit € New 13 Bed Emergency Department with fully integrated Electronic Medical Records at each Bedside € 12 Bed Ambulatory Care Center € 7 Labor Delivery Recovery Postpartum (LDRP) Beds in the OB Unit € Our newly transformed digitally integrated Operating Rooms featuring state of the art Smart ORsŽ consist of “ve suites … one cysto room and four major suites as well as two Endoscopy Suites. € Cardiac Catheterization Lab € Vascular Care Unit with focus on dialysis, “stula, and shunt revisions € Outreach Laboratory with extended hours and accredited by CAP and AABB € CT Scanner, MRI, PET CT Scanner, and fully functional PACS System € New Sleep Center offering week-end appointments. Three Board Certified Physicians. Beautiful appointed comfort rooms, group support and follow ups. € Coming Soon New Digital Mammography Center € Highlands Medical Group, A Medical Practice that includes 14 physicians and 10 locations in Sebring and Lake Placid serving Highlands County. Specialties include: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Orthopedics, Urology, General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. For more information or to schedule an appointment (863) 471-9964. € The Wound Care Center 7200 South George Boulevard, Sebring. The Center is staffed with a unique team of doctors and nurses all dedicated to the healing of Chronic Wounds. For more information (863) 382-2032. No referral necessary. € Highlands Regional Rehabilitative Services Out-patient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, 3345 Medical Hill Road, Sebring. For more information (863) 471-6336. Life is about making choicesƒ Shouldnt they all be this easy? 3600 Highlands Avenue, Sebring 863-385-6101 www.highlandsregional.com Exclusively Available at Highlands Regional Medical CenterExtra Fast, Extra Easy, Extra Great Emergency Care HEALTHYLIVING DearPharmacist: Recently, when I h ad some dental work done, the dentist g ave me a prescription for antibiotics. B y the end of the week, my stomach r eally hurt. Could antibiotics cause t hat? M.S., Sanibel Answer: Pretty darned likely. A ntibiotics do a great job of killing off j ust about all the bacteria in your body, i ncluding the beneficial ones. You may n ot be aware that your whole gut is full o f bacteria that serve several important f unctions, including helping you to d igest your food and to form important n utrients that your body needs, such as v itamin K and B12. There are more m icro-organisms in your intestines than t here are cells in your body. Once the antibiotic sweeps your i ntestines clean of beneficial bacteria, a ny stray yeasts that happen to be livi ng in your intestines suddenly have m ore room to grow and thrive. This can r esult in an uncomfortable yeast infect ion. If the yeast is Candida, you could b e dealing with the unpleasant effects f or years to come. That's one reason I'm so opposed to u nnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. T he one for your dental work may have b een necessary, but please, never ask y our doctor for antibiotics to deal with a cold or flu, which are caused by viruses. Antibiotics zap bacteria, not viruses. Well-meaning doctors cave sometimes and prescribe antibiotics to flu patients who hint for it. Antibiotics are hard on your body for a number of reasons, so unless you really need it, please don't take it. Which reminds me, if you do need it, then make sure you completely finish what's in that bottle. Don't stop taking the antibiotic as soon as you're feeling better. There's a reason. Antibiotics typically kill off the weaker germs first. If you stop too soon, the only survivors will be the tough guys ... the ones who fight back with a fury. So you could wind up with a dangerous, antibioticresistant infection, and that spells trouble, possibly even hospitalization. If antibiotics cause nausea, diarrhea or abdominal pain, you should let your doctor know. You may be given an alternative medication that your system tolerates better. Stop your antibiotic if you experience symptoms such as itching, hives, or breathing difficulties. These are signs of a dangerous allergic reaction. People who take antibiotics should also take a dietary supplement called a "probiotic" in between doses of the antibiotic. Good brands contain multiple strains of beneficial bacteria that replace the ones that the antibiotic kills off. You can find over-the-counter probiotics at your health food store. Follow directions on the label and continue for several weeks afterwards if not indefinitely. Some of the more effective (and least allergenic) formulas include Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic Plus Saccharomyces Boulardii and New Chapter All-Flora. Did you know? Asthmatics with insufficient vitamin D are 50 percent more likely to be hospitalized for an asthma attack. Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist and the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist' and Real Solutions.' For more information, visit www. DearPharmacist. com. This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure your condition. Use caution when taking antibiotics Ace Homecare sets up health fairsAce Homecare community outreach events for December include: Monday, 9 a.m., health fair, Highlands Village on Villa Road in Sebring; and 1 p.m., caregivers support group at Crown Pointe Assisted Living Community, Sun 'N Lake Boulevard in Sebring. Tuesday, 8 a.m., health fair at Sebring Bluffs on U.S. 27 in Sebring; 10:30 a.m., health fair at Fair Havens Apartments on Spinks Road in Sebring; and 1 p.m., health fair at Groves behind Sebring Diner on U.S. 27 in Sebring. Wednesday, 9 a.m., health fair at Avon Park Meal Site on Main Street in Avon Park; 10:30 a.m., health fair, Lake Placid Meal Site on Interlake Boulevard; 1 p.m., health fair, Tanglewood on U.S. 27 in Sebring.Amplified telephone distribution is Dec. 23SEBRING Hearing Impaired Persons will distribute amplified telephones to Florida residents who have a hearing or speech loss, in the conference room at Nu-Hope Elder Care Services, 6414 U.S. 27 South, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. By appointment only. Call (941) 743-8347.Florida Hospital offers seminar on computer-navigated joint replacement SEBRING Florida Hospital and its orthopedi c surgical team have been performing high-volume total joint replacement su rgery with the assistance o f computer navigation for the past four-plus years. This advancement in total joint replacement su rgery affords a degree of accuracy in the placement of implants minimizing risk for leg length discrep ancy, instability of total joints that can dislocate, o r malalignment that can lea d to premature wear and fai lure. This technological advancement in the performance of hip and knee replacement surgery is thought to be one of the most important advances over the past many years in conjunction with improve ments in biomaterials. As part of its communi ty medical education series Florida Hospital will offe r a seminar specifically to explain computer-navigat ed surgery and advances in total joint replacement at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in conference room 3. The pres entation will be offered b y Dr. Stephen Beissinger an d Dr. J.C. Alvarez from the Florida Joint and Spine Institute and is supported also by Stryker Orthopedics. Snapshots Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen SFCC students receive $500 scholarships from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Courtesy photo A select group of students in South Florida Community College's Allied Health program were recently awarded $500 scholarships from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. The recipients are currently enrolled in SFCC's Nursing, Dental Education, Radiography, and Emergency Medical Services programs. Special to the News-SunTALLAHASSEE The F lorida Department of Elder A ffairs'Medicare B eneficiary Outreach and A ssistance (MBOA) program h as made a significant differe nce to many low-income s eniors and disabled citizens t hroughout the state in its f irst year of federal grant f unding. Thanks to dedicated volunt eers and staff across Florida, t he MBOAprogram will cont inue to grow and reach out to F lorida's approximately 9 0,000 Medicare beneficiari es who may be eligible to s ave on their Medicare costs. The West Central Florida A rea Agency on Aging Inc. t hrough June 30 has assisted 2 35 clients through the M BOAprogram, helping a rea elders save a potential $ 614,100. Overall, statewide volunt eers and staff helped M edicare beneficiaries save p otentially $7.7 million in M edicare costs. More than 2,500 applicat ions for Medicare benefits t hroughout the state helped c lients through the Extra H elp and Medicare Savings P rograms. Clients can save up to $3,900 a year on their Medicare prescription costs with the Extra Help program and almost an additional $1,200 a year with Medicare premiums with the Medicare Savings Programs. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs'MBOAprogram, in partnership with the state's 11 Area Agencies on Aging, helps Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers better understand and maximize Medicare benefits through outreach, partnerships and direct application assistance. These are difficult economic times, and many of those who need the help may not know about the valuable benefits for which they may already qualify. The MBOA program is available to help you and your loved ones save on your Medicare costs so that you can use your hard earned income on other priorities. To see if you may qualify for help with your Medicare bills, please call the statewide Elder Helpline tollfree at 1-800-963-5337 and ask to speak with an MBOA counselor in your area. Medicare beneficiaries are saving money with help Classified Ads € 385-6155 NEWS-SUN

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Special to the News-SunRecent research has shown that if you are one of the 57 million people with pre-diabetes, having higher than normal blood glucose levels but not yet high enough to be classified as diabetes, you may already be doing longterm damage to your body, particularly to the heart and circulatory system. "More than 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in adults over 20 in 2007 and before people develop type 2 diabetes, the most common kind, they almost always have pre-diabetes," said Katherine J. Rowland, chief clinical officer for National Healing Corporation, which partners with hospitals around the nation to treat patients with diabetes who have developed chronic wounds due to complications from the disease. The news is not all bad. One study showed that people at high-risk of developing diabetes who made simple lifestyle choices such as limiting fat and calories in the diet and walking or exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week lowered their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by a staggering 58 percent and an even more impressive 71 percent in people age 60 and older. "The simple steps you can take now can mean so much to your quality of life later," Rowland said. "In a given year, five percent of diabetics develop foot ulcers and one percent of those people will require an amputation. Abrief walk today may keep you on your feet for years." Highlands Regional Wound Center, a National Healing Wound Healing Center, outlined tips you can take to reduce your risk for contracting diabetes: Assess your risk. Passing your 45th birthday, being overweight and having a family history of diabetes will increase your risk. It is also more prevalent among the elderly, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders. Treatment for pre-diabetes includes losing five to 10 percent of total body weight or 10 to 20 pounds for someone weighing 200 pounds. Increase your physical activity as part of your daily routine such as taking the stairs, parking farther away from your destination or getting off one stop earlier on public transportation. Choose foods that are low in fat, sugar and calories and broil or bake meats, poultry and fish rather than frying. Watch the portion sizes even if it means dining on smaller plates. Aserving of meat, three ounces, is about the size of a deck of cards while two tablespoons of peanut butter looks like a ping pong ball and one-half cup of rice or pasta equals the size of a scoop of ice cream. Snack smarter by choosing veggie toppings for pizzas and opting for a bag of low-fat popcorn over chips. Slow down and enjoy your meal: It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to send word to your brain that you are full. Quit smoking. It can lead to hardening of the arteries and higher glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood, aggravating those same diabetic conditions. Ask your doctor if testing your blood glucose levels is appropirate at your next routine physical. If the levels are normal and you are 45 or older, the American Diabetes Association suggests testing every three years or every one to two years if the test ind icates pre-diabetes. For detials, conta ct Highlands Regional Woun d Center at 7200 S. Geor ge Blvd., or call 382-2032. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 7B Some Risks Are Worth Taking. Your Health Isnt One of Them. First, 32 people die every day of skin cancer in the USA. Second, most skin cancer deaths are preventable. Therefore, forgiveness is the chance to prevent skin cancer with a Dermatology skin exam. Therefore, forgiveness is the Lord offering you free will to not be a statistic. SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE. OR LET US DO IT FOR YOU.Darrin A. Rotman, M. D. Julie L. Iellimo, P. A. C. Jennifer A. Wolf, P. A. C.863-386-0786Darrin A. Rotman, M.D. SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE FREEDELIVERY WITH MOST PURCHASES SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE PLUG INTO LOWER PRICES! OVER 500 APPLIANCES IN STOCK! 13611 Hwy 98 € Sebring € 655-4995Store Hours Mon.-Fri. 8-5 Sat. 9-4 GEConvertible/Portable DishwasherONLY $429.88 MUST GO IN STOCK!FREEDELIVERY WITH MOST PURCHASES ARE YOU TIRED OF THAT PAIN IN YOUR NECK?If you are suffering from Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Ringing in your ears, Tingling in your “ngers, Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Facial Pain, TMJ Pain, Dif“culty Swallowing, Limited Mouth Opening or Fibromyalgia, you may be suffering from your neck twisting which can happen when you bite your teeth together. For more information, visit www.designerdentallp.com, then click on Neuromuscular DentistryŽ and TestimonialsŽ, then call for your complimentary Temporomandibular joint syndrome or Musculoskeletal Dysfunction consultation. (D0140, D0332, D7899) Yours for a healthier life, Dr. Oliver ChipŽ Kinnunen, DN14875 Designer Dental 330 US Hwy 27 North € Lake Placid, FL863. 465.9090 5005 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, FL 33872863-386-1060 Care You Can Trust, Service You DeserveŽ € Secured Memory Care Unit € Now Accepting Medicaid Diversion € Respite Care € Independent Living € Assisted Living Trees, lights, bells, fake s now, all the signs are t here that Christmas is u pon us. Kids are telling S anta what they want at the m alls, the Circle, etc. M oms and dads are hoping S anta can bring the toys, as h e has so many children to l ook out for. No doubt the elves are b usy working away up at t he North Pole. With the e conomy in the shape it is, s upplies for those toys m ust be costing a little m ore than usual, but S anta's got it figured out. Rudolph and the other r eindeer are probably busy e xercising for the big trip, i nstead of playing reindeer g ames. Mrs. Claus may be baki ng cookies for the elves, p ressing Santa's suit, maki ng alterations and hoping t he children leave some v egetables, crackers and f ruits as well as cookies t his year. Kids are practicing their p lays for school and c hurch, having costumes m ade and dreaming at n ight of what they'll find u nder that tree. School teachers are e njoying a little reprieve a nd some extra time to c atch up on their paperw ork, as well as enjoying t heir family during this h oliday season. Churches are in full s wing, remembering the b irth of the Christ child so l ong ago. For those who m ay only attend church on t he "holy" days, Christ is s till the babe in the manger o r He's just come out of t he tomb, but that's all they k now about Him. Get to k now Him this season. R ead the gospels, which t ell about the life He lived a nd Acts tells how the c hurch started and there's n o end to that book b ecause the church isn't f inished on the earth yet. With all the holiday b uzz, we still remember t hose fighting for freedom a round the world, the families who are missing them and trusting God for their safe return. Merry Christmas to our brave men and women in the armed services and the families who so graciously let them go to protect us. God bless each and everyone. There are so many organizations out there helping those in need this year. If I were to try and name them, someone would get left out, God forbid. The community couldn't survive without your love, care and generosity. Those who give to these organizations to help others, along with the organizations who help, are who make this community a great place to live. To the law enforcement of the county, thank you for keeping our county safe, putting yourself in harm's way for the safety of us all. We are grateful to you for all you do. This is the season of giving. Instead of looking for that "perfect" gift, give of yourself, your time, your energy, your talent, your skill. There seems to be so little time on schedules these days. Let your gift be sharing a cup of coffee with a friend and talking about whatever. Take your kid to a movie. Take your wife out to dance. Volunteer an afternoon and offer your skills and knowledge. Help someone clean their room and get organized. These are things we want to do or need to do, but never "have the time." Let time be your gift to someone you love. Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Janelle Dennison is news clerk for the News-Sun. She can be reached at 385-6155, Ext. 539. Give time as your gift this year RELIGION HEALTHYLIVING A Heart's Journey Janelle Dennison Christmas is my favorite h oliday. I love the decorat ions, the baking, the celeb ration atmosphere. What I d on't like is all the comm ercialism. I've heard m any others say the same t hing. And yet, some peop le feel guilty if they don't g o into debt to make sure t heir kids get everything t hey want. They feel comp elled to wear themselves o ut with shopping, decorati ng and baking. Breathe. Christmas is about givi ng of yourself, not about t hings. Christmas is about b eing truly thankful to God f or sending His only begott en Son to be born as a h uman baby so He could i dentify with our sufferi ngs. He wanted to really u nderstand how we feel a nd what we go through on t his earth. The Bible says J esus was tempted in all p oints just as we are, but H e never gave in to tempt ation. He never sinned. T hat's why He was able to t ake our punishment. To have a truly meaningf ul Christmas, take your c hildren to the Dollar Tree, D ollar General, Family D ollar, a yard sale or a t hrift store. Have them pick o ut a nice toy or article of c lothing to give to someo ne less fortunate for Christmas. Even if you are one of those who is less fortunate, make some cookies or mini loaves of pumpkin bread or banana bread and give them as gifts to friends and neighbors. The above mentioned dollar stores have inexpensive gift wrap, bags and cards. If you are creative, buy some colored pencils, markers or stamps and ink pad and decorate regular paper to wrap gifts in. You can let your children decorate plain paper to wrap gifts in. And although most adults want the paper to look perfect and be neat, the fact is it's all going to get torn and thrown away anyway, so what difference does it make? Don't be a perfectionist. Relax and enjoy the holiday. Don't worry about what other people think. If they are that picky, that's their problem. It doesn't have to be yours. Blessings to all. Aleta Kay can be reached at theemarriagementor@yahoo. com. Inexpensive Christmas The Marriage Mentor Aleta Kay Special to the News-Sun Holidays can put extra stress on families whose loved ones have drinking problems. Fears about the drinker causing embarrassment can lead to resentments and conflict. "I tell my patients that AlAnon might help them find the peace that they may be lacking," Dr. Mark Ritchie said in an article for Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2011, the annual outreach magazine for Al-Anon Family Groups. Ritchie is a psychiatrist in private practice at Solutions Psychiatric Associates in Los Gatos, Calif. "When patients go to their first Al-Anon meeting, they find some relief more often than not," Ritchie said. "They report that they have found others who have shared their pain and have found a new means of coping. If they continue to go to Al-Anon meetings, they start to take better care of themselves." Ritchie said, "They begin to learn skills so they can detach with love from the alcoholic, treat them with compassion and therefore not make the situation worse by their own behavior. In essence, they become healthier, happier, more spiritually fulfilled human beings, with a greater sense of connection to other healthier, happier, spiritually-fulfilled people." Over 14,000 Al-Anon Family Groups meet every week throughout the United States and Canada. For meeting schedules in Highlands, Hardee or Polk County, call (863) 539-3030 or (888) 4AL-ANON. For more information about Al-Anon Family Groups, go to AlAnon Alateen.org. Al-Anon offers comfort to families of problem drinkers Rocketing pre-diabetes rates hit 57 million people in United States Metro Servic es Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun

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Page 8BNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com Places to Worship is a paid advertisement in the News-Sunthat is published Friday and Sunday. To find out more information on how to place a listing in this directory, call the NewsSunat 385-6155, ext. 502. APOSTOLIC Greater Faith Apostolic Church, 24 Rainer Drive, Lake Placid, FL33852. invites you to come worship with us in spirit and truth at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For information contact 840-0152. Pastor Larry Carmody. ASSEMBLY OF GOD Christ Fellowship Church (Assembly of God), 2935 New Life Way. Bearing His Name; Preaching His Doctrine; and Awaiting His Coming. "Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth." Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10 a.m.; Evening Worship, 5 p.m. Wednesday: Worship, 7 p.m. Pastor Eugene Haas. Phone 4710924. Crossroads Community Church 114 South Central Ave., Avon Park, FL33825. Phone: 4534453. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday Children's Church: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study and Youth/Royal Explorers, 7 p.m. Pastor: John E. Dumas. First Assembly of God, 4301 Kenilworth Blvd., Sebring. The Rev. Wilmont McCrary, pastor. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship and KIDS Church, 11 a.m.; Evening Worship, 7 p.m. Wednesday Family Night, (Adult Bible Study), LIFE Youth Group, Royal Rangers, Missionettes, 7:30 p.m. Phone 385-6431. BAPTIST Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church, 2600 N. Highlands Blvd., AvonPark, FL33825. George Hall, Pastor. Christ centered and biblically based. Sunday worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilities are available. Bible studies at 9:45 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer Time 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Bible classes at 9:45 a.m. are centered for all ages. Choir practice at 5 p.m. Sunday. Church phone: 452-6556. Bethany Baptist Church (GARBC) We are located at the corner of SR17 and C-17A(truck route) in Avon Park. Join us Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for coffee and doughnuts, followed with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30. Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., andevening worship service is at 6 p.m.On Wednesdays, the Word of Life teen ministry and the Catylist class (20's+) begin at 6:30 PM. The adult Bible and Prayer Time begins at 7 p.m. For more information go to www.bethanybaptistap.com or call the church office at 863-452-1136. Faith Missionary Baptist Church, off State Road 17 North of Sebring at 1708 LaGrange Ave. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. Deaf interpretation available. Ken Lambert, Pastor. Phone 386-5055. Fellowship Baptist Church, 1000 Maxwell St., AvonPark, FL 33825. Sunday: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: Evening Service, 7 p.m.; Children/Youth, 7 p.m. Telephone: 453-4256. Fax: 453-6986. E-mail: office@apfellow ship.org; Web site,www.apfellow ship.org. First Baptist Church ofAvon Park 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park. Rev. Jon Beck, pastor; Jared Hewitt, youth minister; and Joy Loomis, music director. Regular Sunday schedule: 8:30 a.m. Orchestra rehearsal; 9 a.m. Library open; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Morning Worship; 11 a.m. Children's Church; 4 p.m. Evening Service. Tuesday schedule: 8-10 a.m., basic computer class/Sonshine House; 7-9 p.m. conversational English and citizenship classes/Sonshine House. Regular Wednesday schedule: 5:15 p.m. Family Night Supper; 6 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer; 6 p.m. Adult Choir Practice; 6:30 p.m. children's choir rehearsals; 7 p.m. children's mission groups. Call 4536681 for details. Primera Mision Bautista, 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park, Johnattan Soltero, Pastor. Regular Sunday schedule: 10 a.m., Bible Study; 11 a.m., Worship Service. Wednesday schedule: 7 p.m., Bible study. First Baptist Church of Lake Josephine, 111 Lake Josephine Drive, Sebring (just off U.S. 27 midway between Sebring and Lake Placid). Your place for family, friends and faith. Sunday morning worship service is 11 a.m. Nursery is provided for both services with Children's Church at 11 a.m. Life changing Bible Study for all ages starts at 9:45 a.m. Associate Pastor Allen Altvater leads the youth in their quest to become more like Christ. Sunday night worship at 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer meeting at 7 p.m. along with youth worship in the youth facility, and missions training for all children. Call the church at 655-1524. First Baptist Church of Lake Placid, Knowing God's Heart and Sharing God's Hope, 119 E. Royal Palm Street. (2 blocks south of Interlake Blvd) Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863) 465-3721, Email: www.fbclp.com. Pastor Brett Morey, senior pastor. Sunday services Traditional Service 9 a.m., Contemporary Service 10:30 a.m. Link Groups at 9 and 10:30 a..m., Senior Sunday Night and Sunday Evening Bible study at 6 p.m. Wednesday Activities: Family dinner at 5 p.m. ($3 per person, reservations required). Adult-LifeSource classes, prayer meeting, Youth Intersections, and Kids K-5MaxKidz Extreme meet at 6:15 p.m. Men meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday for prayer breakfast and women's prayer breakfast is at 8 a.m. every Wednesday, both at the Family Restaurant. First Baptist Church of Lorida located right on U.S. 98 in Lorida. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. for all ages. Sunday worship services are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Preschool care is provided at the 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m., followed by adult choir rehearsal. From September to May our youth group meets. First Lorida is the "Place to discover God's love." For more information about the church or the ministries offered, call 6551878. First Baptist Church, Sebring, 200 East Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. Telephone: 385-5154. Dr. David E. Richardson, senior pastor; Rev. Joe Delph, minister of youth and activities. Contemporary Service, 8:30 a.m.; Group Bible Studies, 9:45 a.m.; Traditional Worship, 11 a.m.; Mision Buatista Hispana, 2 p.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs at the ROC begin 5:30 p.m., at church begin 6:30 p.m. Preschool and Mother's Day Out for children age 6 weeks to 5 years old. Becky Gotsch, director. Call 385-4704. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 401 S. Florida Ave., Avon Park. Mailing address is 710 W. Bell St., AvonPark, FL33825. Telephone, 453-5339. Rev. John D. Girdley, pastor. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. Children's Church; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs for children, youth and adults at 7 p.m. Independent Baptist Church 5704 County Road 17 South, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening, 6 p.m. Wednesday service, 7 p.m. Fundamental, soul-winning, mission-minded, King James Bible Church. Larry Ruse, pastor. Phone 655-1899. Bus transportation. Leisure Lakes Baptist Church 808 Gardenia St., Lake Placid (just off of Miller at the west end of Lake June) "Where the old fashion gospel is preached." Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship service at 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service is at 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 7 p.m. Call the church at 699-0671 for more information. Maranatha Baptist Church (GARBC), 35 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, FL33870 (Ahalf mile east of Highlands Avenue on Arbuckle Creek Road.) Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.; Evening Service, 6 p.m. Mid-week service, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Daily Prayer and Bible Study, 8 a.m., Hamman Hall. Pastor Gerald Webber and Associate Pastors Don Messenger and Ted Ertle. Phone 382-4301. Parkway Free Will Baptist Church, 3413 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL33870. Welcome to the church where the "Son" always shines. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m.; and Wednesday Evening Worship, 7 p.m. End-of-the-Month-Sing at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month. The Rev. J.S. Scaggs, pastor. Church phone: 382-3552. Home phone: 214-3025. Affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Nashville, Tenn. Sparta Road Baptist Church, (SBC) 4400 Sparta Road. Rev. Ken Geren, interim pastor. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer/Bible Study, 6 p.m. Nursery provided. For information, call 3820869. Southside Baptist Church (GARBC), 379 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring. David C. Altman, Pastor; Aaron Snider, Youth Pastor. Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship Service, 10:45 a.m.; Awana kindergarten through fifth grade, 5:30 p.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Student ministry, 6:30 p.m.; Adult Midweek Prayer and Bible Study, 7 p.m. Anursery for under age 3 is available at all services. Provisions for handicapped and hard-of-hearing. Office phone, 385-0752. Sunridge Baptist Church, (SBC) 3704 Valerie Blvd. (U.S. 27 and Valerie, across from Florida Hospital), Sebring. Ed Howell, transitional pastor. Sunday School, 9;30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; and Sunday Evening Service, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer, Bible Study, and Youth, 6:30 p.m.Nursery provided. For information, call 3823695. CATHOLIC Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 East Main St., Avon Park, 453-4757. Father Nicholas McLoughlin, pastor. Saturday Vigil Mass is 4 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish; Sunday mass 8 and 10:30 a.m. in English; 6 p.m., Life Teen Mass. Weekday mass at 8 a.m. Confessions are at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Religious Education Classes are 9-10:20 a.m. Sunday for grades K through 8th. Confirmation class is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. Youth Nights grades 6th and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. St. Catherine Catholic Church, 820 Hickory St., Sebring. Mailing address: 882 Bay St., Sebring, FL 33870, 385-0049. www.stcathe. com. Very Rev. JosŽ Gonz‡lez, V.F., Pastor. Masses Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. and noon Spanish Mass. Daily Masses 8 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday. Confessions: 3-3:45 p.m. Saturdays, 7:15-7:45 a.m. first Friday, or by appointment. Enrollment for Catholic School grades K3 through 5 not being accepted. St. James Catholic Church, 3380 Placidview Drive, Lake Placid, 465-3215. Father Michael J. Cannon. Mass schedule: Summer (May 1 to Oct. 31) Saturday Vigil, 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; Weekdays, 9 a.m. December thru Easter Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Weekdays 9 a.m.; and Holy Days 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., first Saturday at 9 a.m. CHRISTIAN Eastside Christian Church, 101 Peace Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (two miles east of U.S. 27 on County Road 621), 465-7065. Ray Culpepper, senior pastor. Sunday: Bible classes, 9 a.m.; Worship Celebration with the Lord's Supper each week 10:15 a.m. Thelma Hall, organist; and Pat Hjort, pianist. Wednesday: Praise and Prayer, 6:30 p.m.; "Building God's Kingdom for Everyone." "Jesus Christ, the Way, Truth and Life!" "Alive and Worth the Drive!" Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Tod Schwingel, Preacher; Marco Gallardo, Youth Pastor. Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 11 a.m.; Sunday Youth Service, 6 p.m; Evening service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night meals, 5:30 p.m. followed by classes at 6:30 p.m. Office hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Phone 382-6676. First Christian Church, 1016 W. Camphor St., Avon Park, FL 33825; (863) 453-5334; on the Web at www.firstchristianap.com. Our motto is "Jesus is First at First Christian Church."Greg Ratliff, Senior Minister; Ray Culpepper, Family Life Minister; Jon Carter, Music Director. Bible School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.; Bible Study, 6 p.m.; Wednesdaystudies for all ages, 6 p.m. Nursery provided for all events. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 510 Poinsettia Avenue, (corner of Poinsettia and Eucalyptus), Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 3850358 or 385-3435. The Rev. Ronald Norton, Pastor; Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Praise Breakfast, 10 a..m., Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Children's Church, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Praise and Worship, 6:45 p.m. Youth Fellowship, 7:15 p.m.; Midweek Bible Study, 7:15 p.m. CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE The Alliance Church of Sebring, 4451 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL33875. Call 382-1343. Rev. Steve Hagen, pastor. Sunday services: Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service meets at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening Bible Study meets at 6 p.m. (off site); Wednesday Prayer Gathering meets at 6 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Christian Science Church, 146 N. Franklin St. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. morning worship and Sunday school. Testimonial meetings at 4 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesday. Afree public reading room/bookstore, located in the church, is open before and after church services. The Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures'by Mary Baker Eddy are our only preachers. All are welcome to come and partake of the comfort, guidance, support and healing found in the lesson-sermons. CHURCH OF BRETHREN Church of the Brethren 700 S Pine St., Sebring, FL33870 Sunday: Church School, 9 a.m .; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m Wednesday: Temple Choir, 7:3 0 p.m. Phone 385-1597. CHURCH OF CHRIST Avon Park Church of Chris t, 200 S. Forest Ave.,Avon Park, F L 33825. Minister: Larry Roberts Sunday Worship Services, 10:3 0 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilitie s are available at every service. Bibl e Study: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. an d Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible centere d classes for all ages. Church phone : 453-4692. Sebring Parkway Church o f Christ, 3800 Sebring Parkwa y, Sebring, FL33870; 385-7443. W e would like to extend an invitatio n for you and your family to visit wit h us here at Sebring Parkway. Ou r hours of service are: Sunda y Worship Service, 9 a.m.; Sunda y Bible Class, 10:15 a.m.; Sunda y Evening Service, 6 p.m .; Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF NAZARENE First Church of the Nazaren e of AvonPark, P.O. Box 1118 ., AvonPark, FL33825-1118. 707 W Main St. Randall Rupert, Pasto r. Sunday: Sunday school begins a t 9:45 a.m. for all ages; morning wo rship at 10:45 a.m.; and evenin g service at 6 p.m. Wednesda y evening service is at 7 p.m. wit h special services for children an d adults. Special services once a month for seniors (Prime Time) an d Ladies ministries. If you need an y more information, call 453-4851. First Church of the Nazaren e of Lake Placid, 512 W. Interlak e Blvd., Lake Placid, FL33852 Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Mornin g worship, 10:45 a.m.; Evening serv ice, 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. Classes for adult children an d youth. Call 465-6916. Pastor Tim Taylor. CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN UNION Community Bible Church Churches of Christ in Christia n Union, (Orange Blossom Conference Center) 1400 C-17 A North (truck route), AvonPark Presenting Jesus Christ as th e answer for time and eternit y. Sunday morning worship service 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided Junior Church activities at sam e time for K-6 grade. Sunday Schoo l Bible hour (all ages), 9:30 a.m (Transportation available.) Sunda y evening praise and worship serv ice, 6 p.m. Wednesday evenin g prayer service, 7 p.m. Children an d youth activities at 7 p.m Wednesday. Everyone is welcome please come worship with us. Do n Seymour, Senior Pastor. Phon e 452-0088.PLACESTOWORSHIP RELIGION A tonement Lutheran ChurchSEBRING Fourth S unday in Advent C elebration will be led by D ave Thoresen with Holy E ucharist. There will be no coffee h our this Sunday morning. I nstead the congregation will m eet back at the church at 4 p .m. to decorate the C hristmas tree with C hrismons, followed by a p otluck supper. This event is o pen to members and visit ors; everyone is welcome to a ttend this fun event. At 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 w ill be the Christmas Eve C andlelight service with H oly Eucharist led by Dave T horesen. A von Park Church of ChristAVON PARK "The G ift of All Gifts" (Isaiah 9 :6-7) will be the message S unday morning presented b y Minister Larry Roberts. The Sunday evening servi ce will be a devotional in t he multi-purpose room with a fingerfood fellowship to f ollow. The members of the Avon P ark church will go C hristmas caroling on T uesday night. Avon Park Church of Christ is at 200 S. Forest Ave. For information, call 453-4692.Christ Lutheran ChurchAVON PARK The Fourth Sunday in Advent Pastor Scott McLean will preach a sermon titled "See the Sign!" On Wednesday the Midweek Advent Devotions begin at 6 p.m. with a soup and sandwich supper. The homily for Wednesday evening prayer service is titled "Something Is About to Happen!" Christian Science ChurchSEBRING The lesson sermon on Sunday morning is titled "Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?" The keynote is from Psalms 21:13, "Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power." The church is at 146 N. Franklin St.Christian Training Church SEBRING Rev. Linda M. Downing will bring the message titled "Revelation Through The Genuine Fast: Part 2" at the Sunday morning service. The Wednesday night Bible study will continue the book of Hebrews. Emmanuel United Church of ChristSEBRING Sunday morning, the Rev. George Miller will deliver a message based on Isaiah 7:10-16. The church is 1.7 miles west of U.S. 27 on County Road 634 (Hammock Road). Call 471-1999 or visit sebringemmanuelucc.com.First Baptist ChurchAVON PARK For Sunday morning, First Baptist Church Worship Choir will present the Christmas Cantata, "Journey of Faith". The Sunday evening program will be "Cookies and Carols" starting at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The church is at 100 N. Lake Ave. For more information, call 453-6681 or e-mail info@fbcap.net.First Baptist Church of Placid LakesLAKE PLACID On Sunday Pastor Darryl George will continue The Purity Series and will preach the sermon titled "Go, Tell It!" with regards to Luke 2:1-7. There will be no Sunday evening service; the Hands of Christ Food Ministry will meet at 5 p.m. to deliver food to the needy. The church is at the corner of Washington and Kemper avenues in Placid Lakes. For more information, call 4655126 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday or e-mail the church at placidlakes@hotmail.com.First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)SEBRING At the Lord's Table this Sunday morning will be Howard Lewis and Diane Beidler. Communion will be served by Michael Graves, Marla Null, Carol Chandler and Carol Graves. Greeting the congregation will be Joe and Joyce Winstel. The Advent reading, "The Best Gift of All," will be presented by the DOC Youth Group of the church as they light the fourth Advent Candle of the season. Noel and Juanita Roberts will work with children's church. Lighting the candles during the month of December will be Nina Kunsak. Sherry Kunsak will be with the children in the nursery. The youth will present their Christmas pageant, followed immediately with a potluck fellowship meal and a birthday party for Jesus. There will be a Christmas Eve Communion and candlelight service at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.First Presbyterian Church A. R. P.AVON PARK On Sunday morning, the pastor's sermon is titled "Heavenly Messenger" based on Luke 2:8-14. The fourth Sunday of Advent will be observed with the choir beginning by singing the first portion of the Advent song "We Wait in Hope." Savannah Oldfield will light four Advent candles, Kathleen Richards will lead the reading of the litany and Stephen Brown will be the candle lighting reader. The congregation will then join in the chorus of "We Wait in Hope." The pastor will then end this ceremony with a prayer. The choir's anthem will be "Shout for Joy." Maxine Johnson, adult teacher, continues the Sunday school study of David in II Samuel Chapter 7 in which God makes a promise to David. David wishes to keep God's prom ises and put aside his personal ambitions. Wendy Garcia teaches the youth class and discusses issues o f today and how the Bible instructs us. AChristian Christmas movie will be shown at 4 p.m. in the adult Sunday school room. The youth group will leave the church at 4 p.m. t o visit shut-ins. They will return to the church at 6 p.m for a Christmas party. On Wednesday, Dec. 22 Bible study will be led by the pastor, who will continu e the study of Revelation. Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m On Friday, Dec. 24 there will be a Christmas Eve can dlelight service at 6:30 p.m The history of several Christmas carols will be told. The church is at 215 E. Circle St. (with two entrances on Lagrande Street). For more information, call the church office at 453-3242.First Presbyterian Church ARPSEBRING "Do We Hear God's Promises?" is the title of Sunday morning 's sermon given by the Rev. Continued on page 9B Church News

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 9B EPISCOPAL The Episcopal Church of the R edeemer .Service time is 9:30 w ith Holy Communion. Coffee hour f ollowing services. Newcomers w elcome. Call 453-5664 or e-mail r edeemer1895@aol.com Web site: r edeemeravon.com. The church is a t 839 Howe's Way, Avon Park ( two miles north of Sun 'N Lake B oulevard, across from Wells D odge.) St. Agnes Episcopal Church 3 840 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL 3 3870. Sunday Services: Holy E ucharist Rite I 7:45 a.m., Holy E ucharist Rite II 10 a.m. Midweek s ervice on Wednesday at 6 p.m. S unday School for all ages at 9 a .m. The nursery is open 8:45 a.m. u ntil 15 minutes after the 10 a.m. s ervice ends. Wednesday: Adult B ible study, 9:30 a.m. Visitors are a lways welcome. The Rev. Jim K urtz, rector. Church office 3857 649, for more information. St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal C hurch, 43 Lake June Road, Lake P lacid, FL33852. Phone: 4650 051. Rev. Elizabeth L. Myers, R ector. Sunday Worship, 8 a.m., 1 0:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday e vening: Holy Communion with H ealing Service, 6:15 p.m. Child c are available at the 8 a.m. and 1 0:30 a.m. Sunday service. Come s ee what makes us different. GRACE BRETHREN Grace Brethren Church, 3626 T hunderbird Road, (863) 8350 869. Dr. Randall Smith, senior p astor. Sunday services at 9 a.m., 1 0:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday s ervices at 7 p.m. We offer "Kid C ity" Children's Ministry throughout a ll services, and there are variosu o ther classes for teens, married c ouples, "prime-timers," and Bible s tudies in Spanish. "Kid City" Day C are, Preschool and After-School M onday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (For r egistration call: 385-3111). Check u s out on the Web atwww.sebringg race.org. INTERDENOMINATIONAL World Harvest and Restoration M inistries, (non-denominational) 2 200 N. Avon Blvd., AvonPark, FL 3 3825. Phone: 452-9777 or 4533 771. Sunday service: Sunday S chool, 10 a.m. and worship, 11 a .m. Wednesday services: 7 p.m. p rayer meeting/Bible study. Pastor: W .H. Rogers. JEWISH Temple Israel of Highlands C ounty, 382-7744. Rabbi Lorraine R udenberg; www.templeisr aelofhcfl.org.Temple Israel is a R eform Temple that promotes the e nduring and fundamental princip les of Judaism. Through prayer, s tudy and friendship we strive to e nrich our lives and insure Jewish c ontinuity in Highlands County. F riday Evening Erev Shabbat S ervice, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday M orning Shabbat Minyon Service, 9 :30 a.m.; Saturday Morning Torah S tudy, 10:30 a.m.; Saturday A fternoon Shabbat Study, 3:30 p .m.; Havdallah, 5 p.m. On the foll owing dates: Oct. 1-2, Simchat T orah; Oct. 14-15, Oct. 29-30, Nov. 1 2-13, Nov. 26-27, Dec. 10-11, D ec. 24-25, Jan. 7-8, Jan. 21-22, F eb. 4-5, Feb. 18-19. Every T hursday will be Hebrew and Bible c lasses with Howard Salles, 12:304 :30 p.m. LUTHERAN Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA), 1178 S.E. Lakeview Drive., Sebring. David Thoresen, Deacon, Spiritual Leader. Jim Helwig, organist/choir director. Worship service at 9:30 a.m.; Holy Eucharist is every Sunday. Coffee hour on the first and third Sunday of each month. Council meeting on the first Monday of month; Ladies Group WELCAmeets at noon second Monday of month with lunch. Bring a dish to pass. Church Vegetable Garden Club meets as needed. Labyrinth Prayer Garden open seven days a week to congretation and community. Like to sing? Come join the choir. Visitors always welcome. Come grow with us. Phone 385-0797. Christ Lutheran Church Avon Park, 1320 County Road 64, 1/2 mile east of Avon Park High School. Sunday Divine Worship is at 10 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated every week with traditional Lutheran Liturgy, hymns and songs of praise. Fellowship time with coffee and refreshments follows worship. Come worship and fellowship with us. For information call Pastor Scott McLean at 471-2663 or seechristlutheranavonpark.org. Faith Lutheran Church LCMS, 2740Lakeview Drive, Sebring. Church phone: 385-7848, Faith Child Development Center, 385-3232. Gary Kindle, Pastor; Lea Ann Curry, Parish Nurse. Worship services: 8 a.m. Sunday; Sunday school for children and adult Bible classes is 9:15 a.m.; and Praise worship service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Communion is served the first and third and fifth Sunday of the month. Sunday worship service is broadcast on WITS 1340 AM at 8 a.m. each Sunday. Educational opportunities include weekly adult Bible studies. Faith's Closet Thrift Store (385-2782) is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. All are warmly welcome in the Family of Faith. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (AALC) American Association of Lutheran Churches, 4348 Schumacher Road, Sebring, one mile west of Wal-Mart. James Weed, pastor. Worship Service, 9 a.m. Sunday. Bible Study, 11 a.m. Nursery provided. Social activities: Choir, Missions, Evangelism. Phone 3851163. New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3725 Hammock Road, a Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Sunday Worship at 10 a.m.; Bible Study, 9 a.m. For more information, call Pastor Brian Klebig at 385-2293 or visit the Web site at www.newlife sebring.com. ResurrectionLutheran Church ELCA 324 E. Main St., Avon Park. Pastor: Rev. John C. Grodzinski. Early Sunday service, 8 a.., Sunday school at 9:10 a.m. and the second service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship hour follow the service. Midweek Fragrance Free Wednesday worship, (year round) 7 p.m. Office phone number is 453-6858. Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS, 25 Lakeview St., Lake Placid, FL33852; 465-5253. The Rev. Richard A. Norris, pastor; and Noel Johnson, youth and family life. Worship schedule for December through Easter: Worship service 8 and 11 a.m.; Communion services, first and third Sundays; (Children's Church, 11 a.m. only); and Education Hour, 9:30 a.m. Worship schedule for summer through fall: Worship service, 9 a.m.; Communion services, first and third Sundays; Education Hour 10:30 a.m. Additional services: Lent and Advent season, 6 p.m.; Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 7 and 10 a.m.; Christmas Eve, 7 p.m.; Christmas Day, 10 a.m.; Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Fellowship activities: Youth Group, Senior Citizens, Younger Side Adults, Ladies Missionary League, Ladies Guild, Small group studies as scheduled. Music: Choir and hand chimes. Trinity Tots Preschool (3-5 years old): 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. License: C14H10020: Susan Norris, director. Visit us online at: www.vchurches.com/trinitylutheranlp. NON-DENOMINATIONAL Bible Fellowship Church, 3750 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Sunday: American Sign Language: First Worship sermon, songs signed first and second Worship services. First Worship service, 9 a.m.; Second Worship service, 10:45 a.m. Nursery (up to 2 years old) and Sunday school classes both hours. BFC Youth, 6 p.m.; Evening Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Children, ages 4 years to fifth grade, 6 p.m.; Youth, 6-7:30 p.m.; Prayer time, 6:15 p.m. Todd Patterson, pastor; Andy McQuaid, associate pastor. Church office 385-1024. Calvary Church, 1825 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872; 386-4900. An independent community church. Sunday morning worship, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 11:15 a.m.; Sunday evening worship, 6 p.m. Youth group meets at 5 p.m. Friday. Pastor Lester Osbeck. Asmall friendly church waiting for your visit. Christian Training Ministries Inc., on Sebring Parkway. Enter off County Road 17 on Simpson Avenue. Sunday service is at 10 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m. Anursery and children's church are provided. The church is part of Christian International Ministries Network, a full gospel, non-denominational ministry. Linda M. Downing, minister: Phone, 3140482, lindadowning@live.com.Casey L. Downing, associate minister: Phone, 385-8171, caseydown ing@hotmail.com. Web site is www.christiantrainingministries.net Grace Bible Church, 4541 Thunderbird Road, (second church on left) Sebring, FL33872. Phone, 382-1085. Andrew Katsanis, senior pastor. Saturday Worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday 6 p.m. Grace Bible Academy Adult Investigating Truth; first and third Tuesday, Prayer Gathering, 7:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Children's & Youth Programs, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., College Ministry.www.GBCconnected.org Highlands Community Church a casual contemporary church, meets at 3005 New Life Way. Coffee at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10 a.m. Nursery and Kid's World classes. Small groups meet throughout the week. Church phone is 402-1684; Pastor Bruce A. Linhart. Union Congregational Church 106 N. Butler Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825. Sunday worship services are at 7:45 a.m. (informal), 9:15 a.m. (traditional) and 10:45 a.m. (contemporary) in the main sanctuary. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. We also offer Wednesday and Saturday services at 6;15 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Nursery/child care is available for all services. Senior Pastor is Bill Breylinger. Office: 453-3345. Web page at www.weareunion.org. All teachings are taken from the Manufacturer's Handbook The Holy Bible. Come join us. Unity Life Enrichment Centre, new location, 10417 Orange Blossom Blvd. S., Sebring, FL 33875; 471-1122; e-mail unity@vistanet.net. Web site, www.unityofsebring.org. 10:30 a.m. Sunday Celebration Service, Nursery and Children's Church. Weekly Classes, Christian Bookstore and Cafe, Prayer Ministry, Life Enrichment Groups. Rev. Andrew C. Conyer, senior minister transforming lives from ordinary to extraordinary. The Way Church, 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring. Sunday school and worship service at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Youth activities, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The Way is a church family who gathers for contemporary worship, teaching of God's Word, prayer and fellowship. Come early and stay after for fellowship time. Child care and children's church are provided. Reinhold Buxbaum is pastor. The Way Aplace for you. Office Phone:471-6140, Church Cell Phone:381-6190. Email: theway church@hotmail.com. Web site:www.TheWayChurch.org PRESBYTERIAN Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) 4500 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, 33872-2113. A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. Worship services: Sunday morning worship, informal, 8 a.m.; regular, 10:30 a.m. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday evening, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m.; Youth Group and Kids Quest, 5:307 p.m.; choir practice, 7:15 p.m. Phone: 385-3234; Fax: 385-2759; e-mail: covpres@strato.net; Web site: www.cpcsebring.org. Rev. W. Darrell Arnold, pastor. Office hours: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. First Presbyterian Church ARP, 215 E. Circle St., (two entrances on LaGrande), Avon Park, FL33825. Phone: 453-3242. The Rev. Robert Johnson is the pastor. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study, 10:30 a.m.; Potluck dinner, 6 p.m. third Wednesday; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday; Esther and Mary Circles business meeting, 3:30 p.m. third Thursday; Sarah Circle business meeting, 7 p.m. second Tuesday; Women's Ministries Combined Bible study, 4 p.m. third Thursday; Family Movie, 4 p.m. third Sunday. Be a part of a warm, caring church family with traditional services, following biblical truth. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, 319 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, FL33870. 385-0107. Sunday School, all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service, 11 a.m.; Tuesday: Youth Group, 6-7:30 p.m.; Senior High Youth Group, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Wednesday: Adult Bible Study, 10:30 a.m.; choir rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. Nursery available for Sunday worship. Call the church office for more information and other classes. Rev. Darrell A. Peer, pastor. Gayle Sparks, director of youth ministry. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, www.fpclp.com,118 N. Oak Ave., Lake Placid, 465-2742. The Rev. Ray Cameron, senior pastor; the Rev. Drew Severance, associate pastor. Sunday morning traditional worship is at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.; and contemporary worship is at 11 a.m. in Friendship Hall. Avariety of Sunday school classes for adults and children are at 9:45 and 11 a.m. in the educational building. Call the church office for more information about the classes offered. Nursery is provided for babies and toddlers; while young children up to second grade have a special Children's Church offered during the worship service to help them grow in their spiritual knowledge. Spring Lake Presbyterian Church (USA), 5887 U.S. 98, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Worship Service, 10 a.m. Session meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, September throughJune. Board of Deacon's meet at 5:30 p.m. first Monday of the month. Choir rehearses at 7 p.m. each Wednesday, September through April. Presbyterian Women meet at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of the month. Organist: Richard Wedig. Choir Director: Suzan Wedig. Church phone, 655-0713; e-mail,springlakepc@embarqmail.com,Web site, http://slpc.presbychurch.org. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church 1410 West Avon Blvd., AvonPark. Phone: 453-6641 or e-mail: avonparksda@embarqmail.com,Sabbath School, 9:30 a.m Saturday. Church Service 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p.m. Community Service hours on Tuesday and Thursday is from 9:00 a.m. till 2 p.m. Asale takes place the first Sunday of each month. Senior Pastor Paul Boling; and Associate Pastor Kameron DeVasher. Walker Memorial Academy Christian School offering education for kindergarten through 12th grades. ALLARE WELCOME. Website is www.discoverjesus.org Sebring Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2106 N. State Road 17, Sebring; 385-2438. Worship Services: 9:15 a.m. Worship hour, 11 a.m. Prayer meeting, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. Community service: every Monday 9-11 a.m. Health Seminar with Dr. Seralde, every Friday, 10:00 a.m. Pastor Amado Luzbet. THE CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 3235 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 382-9092. Dale Bargar, bishop; David Ward, first counselor; and Steve Austin, second counselor. Family History Center: 3821822. Sunday services: Sacrament meeting, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 11:20 a.m.; and Priesthood/Relief Society, 12 p.m. Primary for children, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth activities from 7-8:20 p.m. Wednesday: 11-year-old Scouts, 78:20 p.m. first and third Wednesday; and activity days for 8-11 year old boys and girls from 78:20 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday. THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army Center for Worship Sunday: Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Holiness meeting, 11 a.m.; and Praise meeting and lunch, noon. Tuesday: Bible study, 6:30 p.m.; and Women 's Ministries, 7 p.m. Wednesda y: Youth Ministries, 4 p.m. All mee tings are at 120 N. Ridgewood Ave ., Sebring. For more information, vis it the Web site www.salvationarm ysebring.com or call Major Bruc e Stefanik at 385-7548, ext. 110. UNITED METHODIST First United Methodist Church 105 S. Pine St., Sebring,FL3387 0. The Rev. A.C. Bryant, pasto r. Traditional Worship Service at 8:1 0 and 10:50 a.m. in the sanctuar y, Contemporary Worship in the FL C at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:3 0 and 10:30 a.m. Methodist You th Fellowship at 5:30 p.m. Sunday s with Rick Heilig, youth directo r. The 10:55 a.m. Sunday worsh ip service is broadcast over WIT S 1340 on AM dial. There is a nurse ry available at all services. First United Methodist Church 200 South Lake Avenue, Avo n Park, FL33825. (863) 453-3759, R James Weiss, Pastor, Summe r Schedule, Sunday School 9:0 0 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Memorial United Methodis t Church, 500 Kent Ave., (overloo king Lake Clay) Lake Placid, F L, 33852. The Rev. Fred Ball. pasto r. Claude H.L. Burnett, pastor al assistant. Sunday schedul e: Heritage Worship Service, 8:3 0 a.m. (October-May only); Scho ol School for all ages, 9:30 a.m .; Celebration Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.; New Song worsh ip service at 10:45 a.m. Loving nur sery care provided every Sunda y morning. Youth Fellowship, 5 p.m Bible Fellowship Class, 6 p.m (October-May only). We offe r Christ-centered Sunday scho ol classes, youth programs, Bib le studies, book studies and Christia n fellowship. We are a congregatio n that want to know Christ and mak e Him known. Call the church offic e at 465-2422 or check out ou r church Web site at www.memo rialumc.com. St. John United Methodis t Church, 3214 Grand Prix Driv e, Sebring, FL33872. The Re v. Ronald De Genaro Jr., Pasto r. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Sunda y Morning Worship, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m and 11 a.m. Nursery provided for a ll services. Phone 382-173 6. www.stjohnsebring.org Spring Lake United Methodis t Church, 8170 Cozumel Lan e, (Hwy 98) Sebring. The Rev. Clyd e Weaver Jr., Pastor. Worship ser vice starts at 9:55 a.m. Bible Stud y meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesda y. Choir Practice at 4:00 p.m. o n Thursday. Church office phon e: 655-0040. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Emmanuel United Church o f Christ, where God is still speaking. 3115 Hope Street, Sebring, F L 33875 (1.8 miles west of U.S. 2 7 and Hammock Road). Sunday wo rship, 9:30 a.m.; Communion wi th worship first Sunday of mont h; Chapel Communion, 8:45 a.m. a ll other Sundays. All are welcome to receive the sacrament. For mor e information, call the church office at 471-1999 or e-mail eucc@ea rth link.net or check theWeb si te sebringemmanuelucc.com. N o matter who you are or where yo u are on life's journey, you're we lcome here.PLACESTOWORSHIP RELIGION D arrell A. Peer. Wednesday is choir r ehearsal at 5:30 p.m. The Christmas Eve cand lelight Communion worship s ervice is at 6:30 p.m. F riday, Dec. 24. Everyone is i nvited and encouraged to a ttend this very special servi ce.First United Methodist Church of SebringSEBRING This Sunday o f Advent the adult choir w ill present the Christmas C antata, "Season of W onders," celebrating the M iracle of Christmas by J oseph Martin in the two trad itional services. Listen Live on WITS-AM 1 340 each Sunday to hear t he Worship service. The church is downtown a t 126 S. Pine St. Visit the W eb site at www.sebringfirstumc.com. Call the church office for information at 385-5184.Heartland Christian ChurchSEBRING The Praise and Worship Service will have Mina West singing "Birthday of a King" and Heartland Singers singing "Come and See Whats Happening at the Barn." Pastor Ted Moore's sermon this week will be "Wise Men still Worship Him" with Scripture from Matthew 2:212. Sunday Bible study is "I & II Peter and Jude" taught by Fran VanHooreweghe. Everyone is invited (doughnuts and coffee). On Friday, Dec. 24 there will be a candlelight service at 7 p.m. The public is welcome. The church is at 2705 Alternate Route 17 South (behind Publix). Look for the lighthouse.Memorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID At the Celebration Service a Christmas musical cantata will be presented by the Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of Claude Burnett, with selections from "One of Us." At the Heritage Worship Service, Pastor Fred Ball will preach on the subject "Why We Need Christmas" from John l:1-5 and 10-14 At New Song Contemporary Service in Rob Reynolds Hall, Rev. Jerry McCauley will preach on the subject "What's In A Name?" from Isaiah 9:6 Christmas Eve family candlelight service will be held in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. This will be preceded by pre-service Christmas music featuring the men's quartet and solos. The church is at 500 Kent Ave. For information, call 465-2422.Parkway Free Will Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Sunday morning Bible lesson,"The Mission of the Servant," is taken from the ninth chapter of Isaiah. Pastor Jim Scaggs will bring the Sunday morning and evening messages. The Wednesday evening service will be praise, prayer and Bible study time.Resurrection Lutheran ChurchAVON PARK On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the pastor's sermon will be based on the first chapter of Matthew. The Worship assistant will be Bob Theil, the Communion assistant will be Ed Mosser, and the lector will be Barb Marazza. At the mid-morning service, Paul Willcox will be the Worship assistant, Sonia Altman will be the Communion assistant, Jan Minnich will be the lector and Nicholas McGinnia will be the acolyte. Coffee and fellowship will follow the service in Burke Hall. The Busy Bodies will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in Burke Hall, the Healing Shawl ministry meets at 1 p.m., the Advent Services are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday fragrance free On Thursday, the Joy Gathering meets at 2 p.m. and the choir rehearsal begins at 3:30 p.m., decora ting begins at 5 p.m. The Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Eve worship serv ice are on Friday.St. John United Methodist ChurchSEBRING On Sunday morning, the Rev. Ronald D e Genaro Jr. will conclude th e sermon series, "ALifeGiving Christmas." Sunday 's topic is "Love" taken from Romans 1:1-7.Sebring Church of the BrethrenSEBRING Pastor Kei th Simmons will preach on "Sharing the Gift of Peace. This is the Fourth Sunday o f Advent. The Scripture will be on Isaiah 9:6-7. Sunday school, led by th e Rev. Wendell Bohrer in the Continued from page 8B Church News RELIGION GUIDELINES: The News-Sunpublishes religion news on Fridays. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for publication in the following Friday's paper. Submit items to the News-Sun'sfrom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; fax to 385-2453; send e-mail to editor@newssun.com; or mail to Lifestyle Editor,NewsSun,2227 U.S. 27 South,Sebring,FL 33870. For information,call 385-6155,ext. 516. Continued on page 10B

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Tanglewood plans Christmas Eve serviceSEBRING Tanglewood Community Church Christmas Eve worship service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 in the clubhouse in the center of the Tanglewood community. The public is invited. The Rev. Ken Thoreson will draw his sermon in chalk while his wife, Marilyn, narrates a story. Rev. Thoreson has traveled throughout the States and several foreign countries for more than 20 years presenting his sermons in chalk. He is the full-time pastor at Tanglewood Community Church.Love Song' set at Maranatha BaptistSEBRING The choir and drama team of Maranatha Baptist Church will present a Christmas musical/drama, "Love Song," at 7 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Sunday. The music is written by the beloved John W. Peterson and the drama by Doug Brendel. The Christmas story is a love story encompassing Joseph (played by David Waite) and Mary's (played by Mary Schuster) love for each other, their love for the Christ Child and God's unconditional love for the world by sending His only Son. Through the contemporary story of two writers played by Pat Seddon and Dennis Whitehead, mirroring the biblical story of Mary and Joseph, "Love Song" presents this kaleidoscope of loves. Jim Sheppard plays the part of Jacob, Joseph's father. Pat Seddon is the director of the drama. Soloists for the musical are Gary Hanson, Stan Mohr, Cathy Witham and Rose Ertle. The musical is under the direction of Jan Burgess with pianist Judy Tinkham and organist Ann Truax. Maranatha Baptist Church is in Maranatha Village off Arbuckle Creek Road, two miles east of State Road 17 North. For more information, call 3824301 or 382-8594.Christmas events at Memorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID A Christmas musical cantata will be presented by the Sanctuary Choir at Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday at the Celebration Worship Service, under the direction of Claude Burnett, with selections from "One of Us." AChristmas Eve Family Candlelight Service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 in the sanctuary. Apreservice time of special music will be presented by the men's quartet and solos will also be presented. The public is invited. For more information, call 4652422. The church is at 500 Kent Ave.Community Church holds cookie saleLAKE PLACID The annual Christmas cookie sale at Community Church of God will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 735 Sun 'N Lakes Blvd.Jim Walker Family is in concertAVON PARK The Jim Walker Family from Toledo, Ohio will be at Calvary Baptist Church at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 2220 U.S. 27 South, across from South Florida Community College. The Walkers are extremely talented and are in full-time evangelism, singing and playing many different instruments and preaching. Adelicious meal will be served at about noon. Admission is free (a love offering will be received).Southside Baptist Church Christmas services slatedSEBRING A Christmas program will be presented by the adult choir in the morning worship service at Southside Baptist Church. Children's church and a nursery are available. AChristmas Eve service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. The church is at 379 S. Commerce Ave. For information, call 385-0752.Mini-musical planned at SunridgeSEBRING The adult choir of Sunridge Baptist Church will present a Christmas mini-musical, "O Page 10BNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com SUNDAY BRUNCH11am 1:30pm Lunch served after 1:30pmwith purchase of beverageReceive$200 OFFExpires 12-31-10 Trishs Paradise GrilleHighlands Ridge South(863) 382-2131$1095 E.O. Koch Construction1417 Swank Avenue € Sebring, FL 33870(863) 385-8649COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTIONLet our highly qualified staff develop your commercial property, build your dream home,or do your remodeling.For all of your Aluminum,Steel,and Conventional construction needsŽEmail: kochcon@strato.netState Certified License #CGC1515338 SEAMLESS GUTTERS … Specials5 INCH GUTTERS$2.99PER LINEAR FOOT6 INCH GUTTERS$3.99PER LINEAR FOOTMany Colors Available Dr. Rey Pardo, M. D.13 Ryant Blvd., Sebring, FL 33870 (863)382-2110IMAGINE YOUR LIFEƒ WITHOUT PAIN!CALL TODAY FOR A CONSULTATION!NOW OPEN Fidelis Room, will study "The Mission of the Servant." They will also be looking at the Scripture Isaiah 9:7, 11:1-8. Children's Sunday schoo l, "The Kids Zone," is also happening.Southside Baptist ChurchSEBRING AChristm as program will be presented by the adult choir in the morning worship service. Children's church and a nursery are available. The Awana clubs meet at 5:30 p.m. Missionary guest Ken Rudolph will speak in the evening worship service. Special music will be presented by Stacy Jingst. Don Hall will continue t he study in the life of Elijah during the adult Bible stud y Wednesday evening. A Christmas Eve service will be held Friday at 6 p.m. The church is at 379 S. Commerce Ave. For information, call 385-0752.Spring Lake Presbyterian ChurchSEBRING On Sunday morning, a Christmas canta ta, "The Christmas Promise," will be presented Acandlelight service wil l be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 24.Spring Lake United Methodist ChurchSEBRING Spring Lak e United Methodist Church i s at 8170 Cozumel Lane. For the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Clyde Weaver's sermon will be "Don't Be Afraid." Potluck will follow the worship service. There will be a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.The Way ChurchSEBRING Pastor Reinhold Buxbaum's message will be about the Fourth Sunday in Advent. Sunday will be the Christmas program during the morning worship service. On Christmas Eve at 7:30 p.m. there will be a candlelight dervice. The Way Church is at 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive. The church phone is 4716140; the pastor's cell is 214-6190. For church infor mation and the pastor's me ssages go to www.thewaychurch.org. Continued from page 9B RELIGION Courtesy photo The Blackwood Quartet will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 at Union Church in Avon Park. Special to the News-SunAVON PARK Union Church presents five-time Grammy award-winning Blackwood Quartet (from Pigeon Forge) at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9. Aspecial Elvis Gospel Tribute will be presented for his 76th birthday. Cost is $10 at the door. Call 382-0706 or 385-0976 for more information. Come early and enjoy a meal at Solid Grounds Cafe. Achoice of baked chicken or meatloaf dinner, includes potato, vegetable and drink, for only $6. Blackwood Quartet to perform at Union Church in Avon Park Church News From what source did M atthew obtain the inform ation to write his version o f Jesus'birth? Scholars b elieve Joseph had a brothe r, Alpheus. Mark 2:14 i ntroduces "Matthew, son o f Alpheus". Why would t his fact be mentioned if G od didn't intend for us to m ake that connection? We know Matthew had c lose ties with Joseph by l ooking closely at Matthew 1 :19: "Because Joseph her h usband was a righteous m an and did not want to e xpose her to public disg race, he had in mind to d ivorce her quietly." Breaking down this v erse, we see "Joseph her h usband." During this time a betrothal was a promise o f marriage in which the t wo were considered husb and and wife. In some a reas of Judea, a betrothal e ven allowed sexual relat ionships, but in Galilee p urity was maintained until a fter the wedding ceremon y. Next we read "(Joseph) w as a righteous man". We k now he was righteous b ecause God chose him to b e the foster father of His s on. Following Matthew's s imple, but informative i ntroduction of Joseph, he w rites "And did not want t o expose her to public disg race." What could be so d isgraceful about carrying t he son of God, the Jewish R edeemer? In the synag ogue schools, Joseph was t aught the prophecies of a M essiah being born of a v irgin. There is only one e xplanation for Joseph's r eaction to Mary's good n ews Joseph did not b elieve Mary. He must have thought, The son of God? Why w ould Mary think I would b elieve such a story? I k now the Messiah will be b orn of a virgin as prophes ied by Isaiah, but that virg in is not going to be Mary f rom Nazareth. Surely our M essiah will be born to a w ealthy virgin from the h oly city of Jerusalem. I a m not worthy or qualified t o be the father of the M essiah. It can't be me! S he must have been u nfaithful to me and b ecome pregnant. What m ust I do?" Mary saw the disbelief a nd disappointment in J oseph's expression. F earing she may be stoned a s an adulteress, Mary s earched for an answer. S he knew the angel had v isited her, and she had c onceived the seed of the H oly Spirit. Now she was h eartbroken, young and p regnant. What could she d o? Luke tells us she hurr ied to Elizabeth's, waiting f or God to give her direct ion. Next Matthew writes, (Joseph) had in mind to d ivorce her quietly." R eviewing the customs of t he time, Joseph had three o ptions. He could have had Mary stoned as an adultress. The men would take her to a cliff, throw her off, and stone her until she no longer moved. She would be left for the animals to finish. Joseph was angry and hurt, but not enough to have the young girl put to death. The other option was to marry the unfaithful woman. His pride would prevent him from suffering the disgrace of marrying an adulteress. In his mind, he chose the best option. The angel must have appeared to Joseph shortly after Mary left for Elizabeth's. Now he was heartbroken. God had chosen Mary above all women, but Joseph had doubted her words. Why didn't the angel appear to Joseph earlier? If he had only known before Mary told him, he would have believed her story. Devastated, Joseph needed consoling. He was embarrassed and needed to talk to someone he could trust. Who could that be except a brother? He did not want anyone else to know. His secret would be safe with his brother. The only people who would know the specific details of this story before Matthew recorded it were Joseph, Mary and Alpheus. Alpheus may have written the story and given it to Matthew later or he could have kept it close to his heart until he found the appropriate time to tell his son this first-hand account. Matthew continues to say Joseph took Mary as his wife, but had no union with her until she gave birth. Who would have known that fact? The details of the birth, the shepherds visit or the presentation in the temple are not mentioned in Matthew, but he goes into great depth describing the visit from the eastern Magi. This extraordinary visit and escape to Egypt was important to Joseph because this time the angel appeared to him. Now Joseph realized the importance of his role in this journey. He wanted Alpheus to know God had forgiven his disbelief of Mary. When Matthew writes his story, Joseph, Mary and Jesus are all dead. Matthew knew the truth needed to be told and it would no longer be embarrassing to his uncle. He writes the details he had been told by his father, Joseph's brother. Next week: Luke's version of the story. Mary Bailey is the author of Jesus My Son: Mary's Journal of Jesus' Early Life. For more information, visit www.jesusmyson.com. Matthew's version of the Birth Story Guest Column Mary Bailey Snapshots Continued on page 11B Did YouKNOW?In Florida, the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle. Bicyclists using a public roadway are considered operators of motor vehicles and are responsible for observing all traffic laws. With few exceptions, there is only one road and it is up to motorists and bicyclists to treat each other with care and respect. Adherence to the law is the foundation of respect. Follow the News-Sun online on www.twitter.com/thenewssun

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N ight Divine," at 10:45 a.m. S unday in the sanctuary at 3 704 Valerie Blvd. Although there is normall y a church nursery open on S unday mornings for child ren under the age of 3, t here will not be a church n ursery open on this Sunday m orning so that nursery w orkers might be able to be p resent for the mini-musical. First Baptist Church cancels activitiesLAKE PLACID The W ednesday night activities f or First Baptist Church of L ake Placid will not be held o n Wednesdays, Dec. 22 and 2 9. There will be a Christmas E ve service at 6 p.m. Friday, D ec. 24. Aservice of music a nd readings for the church a nd all who would like to a ttend to reflect on C hristmas and it's true m eaning.Christ Lutheran plans Christmas Eve serviceAVON PARK On C hristmas Eve, Dec. 24 P astor Scott McLean of C hrist Lutheran Church will p reach a sermon titled "It's A bout Time!" Traditional L utheran candlelight, carols a nd Communion service at 7 p .m. The church is at 1320 C ounty Road 64, east the A von Park High School. For m ore information call 4712 663 or search the Internet f or christlutheranavonpark.org.Spring Lake Presbyterian plans candlelight serviceSEBRING Spring Lake Presbyterian Church will host a candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.First Presbyterian Church slates Christmas activitiesAVON PARK On Friday, Dec. 24 there will be a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. The history of several Christmas carols will be told. The church is at 215 E. Circle St. (with two entrances on Lagrande Street). For more information, call the church office at 453-3242.Sebring Christian Church special servicesSEBRING Sebring Christian Church will host its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. This event is free and open to the public. Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group continues to meet each Thursday from 12 p.m. and again from 6:307:30 p.m. Changing Seasons, a men's grief support group, continues to meet each Thursday from 1-2 p.m. The support groups are also free and open to the public for more information on either support group, contact Jean Maas at 314-9193.First Christian Church hosts servicesSEBRING First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Sebring will host a Christmas Eve Communion and candlelight service at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.Spring Lake United Methodist Church has Dec. 24 serviceSEBRING Spring Lake United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.Way Church presents Christmas programSEBRING On Sunday, The Way Church will present its Christmas program during the morning worship service. At 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 will be a candlelight service. The Way Church is at 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive. The church phone is 4716140; the pastor's cell phone is 214-6190. For church information, go to www.thewaychurch.org.First Presbyterian Church has special serviceSEBRING First Presbyterian Church in Sebring will have a Christmas Eve candlelight Communion worship service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this very special service.Relay for Life flea market plannedLAKE PLACID From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting a flea market to raise money for Relay for Life. If you are a vendor, or just want to clean out your closets, sign up to rent a space to sell. Avendor may purchase a space for $5 to sell their wares. Rent as many as you need. Reserve your spot now by calling 465-2422 or email at cherylm@memorialumc.com. The church is at 500 Kent Ave. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 11B Oh the joyous memories that emanate from the fragrance of scented candles, pine trees, holly, and mistletoe. We are enamored by lights, carols, gifts, and family during this wonderful season. But what is the purpose for all the hustle and bustle of activity? Shopping, eating, visiting, mailing cards, and baking cookies keep us so busy we hardly have time to breathe. We enjoy choirs, decorations, and parades: But why all the excitement? Let us not forget that we are celebrating the entrance of the Lord Jesus Christ to Bethlehem nearly 2,000 years ago! "The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world" (I John 4:14) He was born to die for your sins, enabling the greatest gift of God: the promise of eternal life. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Jesus rose again and lives today! He inhabits the praises of His people. So before you become over-burdened with holiday busyness, thank God the Father for sending His Son Jesus to earth. Repent of your sin and receive His salvation today. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13 The following is a poem I have written titled, "The Reason Jes us Came." Jesus came int o this world as a poor lowly child, To die in His innocence, on the cross to be reviled. He was platted with a crown of thorns, was whipped and scorned, in love He did this for your sin, 'tis the reason H e was born. This is not the end of th e story, of the Lord Jesus Christ, For three days later in the tomb, He came back t o life. He ascended up to Heaven with His Father to reign, Over this wicked world which His name does oft' defame. But one day in the clouds, Jesus will soon appear, To catch away those wh o are His, living for Him here. Will you be among thos e who with Christ are caugh t away, or will you be left behind to meet God on Judgment Day? Luke Knickerbocker is pastor o f Bethel Baptist Church in Lake Placid, 216 E. Park St. E-mail him at knickprint@yahoo.com. The church Web site is visitbethelbaptist.com. Rmembering the reason Christ came THE GIFT OF NEWS DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR This Christmas, give the gift that keeps on giving with a subscription to the News-Sun. SUBSCRIBE TODAY!863-385-6155www.newssun.com NEWS-SUNHighlands Countys Hometown Newspaper since 1927 www.newssun .com RELIGION Continued from page 10B Special to the News-SunFr. Gerald P. Grogan, well k nown and beloved retired p astor of Our Lady of Grace C atholic Church in Avon P ark, celebrated the 50th a nniversary of his ordination t o the priesthood on Dec. 12, a t an anniversary Mass at Our L ady of Grace followed by a r eception at Grogan Center. Grogan held teaching posit ions in Catholic high schools i n Dade and Broward count ies while serving parishes in t he area, and was pastor at St. C atherine, Sebring and its m ission church, St. James, L ake Placid from 1968 1 972. He came to Our Lady of G race as pastor in 1979 and r etired in 2007. He holds a M aster of Divinity degree f rom St. Vincent De Paul R egional Seminary, Boynton B each; a master's degree in C ommunity Mental Health C ounseling from Barry U niversity, Miami, and was a c ertified pastoral addictions counselor. Said Grogan, "Generous stewardship of an expanding population, as well as bequests from spirit filled deceased members have given us the gift of a loving and caring community, and parish facilities we can be proud of. We continue that outreach under the present pastor, Fr. Nicholas McLoughlin. I am grateful for the support of all I have met on the crossroads of life as we journey together for an answer to the mystery of why we are here." Grogan resides in Avon Park and continues to minister when needed. Former pastor celebrates Golden Jubilee Courtesy photo by Heather Goodwin Father Gerald Grogan, retired pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, is flanked by an Avon Park contingent of the Knights of Columbus and bagpiper Mark Manley at the golden jubilee celebration of Fr. Grogan's ordination to the priesthood. Timeless Treasure Luke Knickerbocker Courtesy photo T he BondServants Quartet will be in concert Saturday at the SIM Chapel on Schlosser Road in Sebring. The concert is at 7 p.m. and is open to everyone. The BondServants have been singing together since 1983. From Chattanooga, Tenn., the group is well known throughout the southeast. They love to praise and glorify the Lord through music and testimony. Snapshots BondServants to perform at SIM Chapel Classified ads get results! Call 385-6155 NEWS-SUN

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Page 12BNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com Oct. 13, 2010James P. Waller Jr. to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L26/27 Watersedge Sub, $406,100. Andria J. McDonald to Fifth Third Mortgage Co., L6 Blk 10 Harder Hall Country Club II, $225,800. Bank of New York Mellon to James L. Ritchie, L645/646 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec. D, $43,000. U.S. Bank to Roy D. Watters, L49-51 Lakewood Villa & Additions, $103,000. Brenda J. Shafer to Richard Scott, L3 Blk 7 Lake Letta Est., $4,000. Federal National Mortgage Assn. to High Energy Assets, L5 Blk 10 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 3, $30,000. Debra Granberg to Carmen Iris Velez, L17 Blk 29 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 2, $59,000. Carmen Iris Velez to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L17 Blk 29 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 2, $64,800. R. Brent Thompson to Sheryl L. Schwab, L9/10 Blk E Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 3, $78,000. Sheryl L. Schwab to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L9/10 Blk E Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 3, $62,400. Richard W. Hall Jr. to Bank of America, L361 Golf Hammock Unit IV, $185,300. Travis D. Turner to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L3 Orange & Lake Est., $89,000. Jack Haneline to William J. Manint Jr., L13 Blk 7 Sebring Ridge Sec. 6, $67,000. William J. Manint Jr. to William J. Manint Sr., L13 Blk 7 Sebring Ridge Sec. 6, $69,000. Jerrold M. Brown to Tim L. Snyder, Parcel 8A Ewing Tract Unrec, $90,000. Tim L. Snyder to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., Parcel 8A Ewing Tract Unrec, $88,900. Sandra M. Osteen to A & M Properties of Lake Placid Inc., L825 Sebring Ridge Sec. D, $55,000.Oct. 14Daniel W. O'Berry to Heartland National Bank, PT Sec. 3-36-28, $48,700. Clarence L. Hawley to David Weinsburg, L26 Blk 26 Map of DeSoto City 2nd Sub, $15,000. R & R Properties of Central Florida Inc. to Loye Edward Lashley, L30 Blk 56 Orange Blossom Country Club Community Unit 16, $2,000. Cindy Sue Dobbins to Anne Robb, L67 Blk 1 Placid Lakes Sec. 19, $10,000. Marthelena Avendano to Zoila Osorio De Garcia, L5591/5592 Avon Park Lakes Unit 17, $8,000. Gene A. Veliquette to Wauchula State Bank, L27 Hampton Woods Sub, $20,200. Keysway Investments Inc. to Harvey Schonbrun, L7 Blk 2 Lake Josephine Heights 2nd Add/Other, $35,000. Svetlana Mironichenko to Burykin Mark, L74 Blk 196 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 17, $1,300. Svetlana Mironichenko to Burykin Mark, L21 Blk 14 Highlands Park Est. Sec. C, $1,000. Palmetto Creek Farms to Highlands Independent Bank, L17 Landrush Acres Unrec/Others, $113,600. George R. Gil to Nilo Ventura Jr., L81 Blk 19 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 2, $10,000. George R. Gil to Eduardo Molina, L80 Blk 19 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 2, $10,000. Bruce E. Clough to Wells Fargo Bank, L20 Blk F Tomoka Heights Sec. IX, $50,000. Todd A. Bloemsma to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., PT TR 8 Lake Charlotte Sub, $320,000. Massoud Tajik to Aaron T. Peavy, Tract 14 Simone Properties Unrec/Easements, $25,000. Richard J. Flis to Patsy A. Byrd, L3 Blk D Lake Jackson Hts., $124,000. Patsy A. Byrd to Heartland National Bank, L3 Blk D Lake Jackson Hts., $122,400. Elizabeth V. Lenihan to J. Ross MacBeth, PT Sec. 2835-31/Other, $42,700. Elizabeth V. Lenihan to J. Ross MacBeth, Farms 49-52 Lake View Park Tract, $259,700.Oct. 15Arlene H. Mink to Marina Cove Mink, PT Highlands Ridge On Lake Bonnet Phase II/Others/Easements, $2,980,400. Marina Cove Mink to Walker & Dunlop, PT Highlands Ridge On Lake Bonnet Phase II/Others/Easements, $4,000,000. Suntrust Bank to Raymond L. Graham, L15/16 Blk 510 Leisure Lakes Sec. 18, $71,000. Raymond L. Graham to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L15/16 Blk 510 Leisure Lakes Sec. 18, $56,800. Alfredo R. Orizondo to Suntrust Bank, L14 Blk B Tomoka Hts. Sec. 1, $90,000. Maria G. Amaro to Midflorida Credit Union, L19 PT L18 Blk 3 Lake Sirena Add 1, $29,500. William R. Proctor to Midflorida Credit Union, L586 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec. D, $25,000. James R. Swindle to John R. Clark, PT Sec. 6-36-28, $218,800. John R. Clark to Heartland National Bank, PT Sec. 6-3628, $175,000. R & T Management GP to R & T Management, PT Sec. 438-30, $893,100. Thomas Tullo to Wauchula State Bank, L643 Las Palmas Resort, $11,000. Anne Semegen Lukachuk to United States of America, PT L4-7 Blk 52 Flamingo Villas/Other, $30,000. J.B. Delaney to Idava Rodgers, Unit 1432 Pinecrest Villas, $90,000. Christopher J. Rejuney to Valentin Badillo, L65 PT L66 Lakeside Hts., $15,000. Aaron T. Peavy to Howard Chad Pritchett, Tract 14 Simone Properties Unrec/Easement/Others, $25,000. Idava Rodgers to Terry Heston, L18 Blk 35 Town of Avon Park, $185,000. Terry Heston to Highlands Independent Bank, L18 Blk 35 Town of Avon Park, $90,000. Jerry D. Chasteen to Richard B. Ogle, L40 Istokpoga Shores Unit 2, $245,000.Oct. 18Consolidated Circle H Inc. to Perry Cattle, PT Sec. 9-3830/Others, $1,500,000. Mario Anzualda to Damaris Garro, L13/14 Blk 18 Sebring Country Est. Sec. 1, $18,000. Raymond Eckard to Jetta Financial, L9 Blk 4 Orange Blossom Est. Unit 8, $1,000. Patti Morris to Denise L. Brantley, PT Sec. 11-3628/Easement, $30,000. Marcellus H. Heike to Leonard D. McCarty, L6 Blk 4 Sirena Shores East, $78,000. Leonard D. McCarty to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L6 Blk 4 Sirena Shores East, $62,400. Cristina P. Vargas to Arc Pool, L6 Blk G Spring Lake Village IV, $1,243,000. Arc Pool 1 to Kevin M. Tunning, L6 Blk G Spring Lake Village IV, $114,000. Kevin M. Tunning to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L6 Blk G Spring Lake Village IV, $124,800. Mark F. Butler to Valley Bank, L17 PT L18 Blk 1 Lake Huntley Cove, $50,000. Ana Solla to Joel Guzman, L27 Blk 233 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 18, $5,000. Betty Farris to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L15 Blk A Tomoka Heights Sec. IX, $270,000. Kevin P. Powers to CETPAC, L12 Blk 1 Lake June Park, $165,000. Duckwood Holding to Mony Lon, L19 Blk 177 Leisure Lakes Sec. 3, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Mony Lon, L7 Blk 4 Highlands Park Est. Sec. H, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Heang Sea Lon, L18 Blk 7 Highlands Park Est. Sec. F, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Chhun P. Khov, L17 Blk 7 Highlands Park Est. Sec. F, $3,000. Rochell Brown to Highlands County, L3298/3299 Avon Park Lakes Unit 11, $2,000. Harry Smith to Loyda Rivera, L25 Blk 10 Sebring Country Est. Sec. 1, $108,000. Loyda Rivera to Suntrust Mortgage Inc., L25 Blk 10 Sebring Country Est. Sec. 1, $106,600. Eugene South to William D. Murray, Unit A Southern Sun Homes, $80,000. W. Virginia Scholl to Jon W. Tyner, Unit C3 Lake Bonnet Village, $17,000.Oct. 19Highlands County Clerk to JPMorgan Chase Bank, Case No. 2009-CA-493/L51 PT L52 Blk 176B Sebring Summit, $53,000. Herbert Lemke to Richard Cummings, L3 Blk 247 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 20, $165,000. David T. McGrath to Terry L. Nowodzelski, L17B Blk 253 Sun N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 13, $68,000. Georgia-Pacific Corrugated to Distribution Blvd., PT Sec. 5-38-30/Easements, $1,000,000. Georgia-Pacific Corrugated to Consulting RE, PT Sec. 538-39, $150,000. Ezland Inc. to Robert Franklin Dyer, L14 Blk 21 Orange Blossom Est. Unit 4, $3,000. Harvey R. Keller to Neptali Mendoza, L3832-3837/38843894 Avon Park Lakes Unit 13, $120,000. Robert D. Young to Joseph H. Plante, PT L7 Blk 250 Sun 'N Lake Sebring Unit 13, $49,900. Gregg S. Morrow to Matthew W. Griffin, PT Sec. 935-29/Other, $145,000. Matthew W. Griffin to Westrup Ruby Morrow Revocable Intervivos Trust, PT Sec. 9-35-29/Other, $125,000.Oct. 20Duckwood Holding to Aneel Persad, L9 Blk 426 Leisure Lakes Sec. 17, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Neera Persad Atkins, L8 Blk 426 Leisure Lakes Sec. 17, $3,000. Midflorida Credit Union to Mary E. Hotaling, L13 PT L12 Blk 180 Woodlawn Terrace, $44,000. Suntrust Bank to Linda J. Farnsworth, PT L27 Blk 281 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 13/Easement, $41,000. G8 Capital Fund V to John Hill, Unit 3 Briarwood II Villas Condo, $10,000. Leonard E. Cann to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L6863-6867 Avon Park Lakes Unit 21/Others, $149,700. Michael Darrell Dillard to Bank of America, L19 Blk 342 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $79,300. Francis C. Howard to Joseph K. Von Merveldt, L15 Blk 27 Lake Haven Est. Sec. 2, $126,900. Johnny M. Daniels to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L22 Paradise Cove, $67,200. Highlands County to Sammy Hancock, L7/8 Blk HH Spring Lake Village VI, $35,100. Highlands County to Lotsource Inc., L22 Blk 37 Sebring Country Est. Sec. 2, $34,000. Timothy J. Bolling to Linda W. Boring, Unit 15-F The Terraces, $81,500. Linda W. Boring to Patricia M. Woeppel, Unit 15-F The Terraces, $80,000. Highlands County Habitat For Humanity Inc. to Jeffrey A. Weed, L6302/6303 Avon Park Lakes Unit 20, $90,000. Jeffrey A. Weed to Highlands County Habitat For Humanity Inc., L6302/6303 Avon Park Lakes Unit 20, $67,500. Kennedy Facundes to Sharron Haught, L19 Blk 345 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 26, $1,100.Oct. 21Heartland National Bank to Elliott J. Cohen, L24 Blk 358 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $145,000. Elliott J. Cohen to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L24 Blk 358 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $55,000. Stephen M. Dean to Teresa D. Schwarz, L11 Blk 25 Placid Lakes Sec. 2, $21,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Ken Forbes, L172 Highlands Homes Sub, $33,500. Michele A. Stampa to Community First Credit Union of Florida, Tract 28 In Sec. 135-29, $116,000. Connie M. Parsons to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L15 Blk 418 Highlands Towers Sub/Other, $91,500. James High to Raymond Ervin Moore, PT L1 Blk D Lakeside Sub/Other, $43,000. DFC Funding Co. to Michael Zangari, L3 Blk 605 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 8 Replat, $19,400. DFC Funding Co. to Michael Zangari, L1 Blk 608 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 8/Replat, $19,400. Jason K. Lare to William M. McCafferty, L21-24 Blk 66 Red Hill Farms Replat, $84,700. William M. McCafferty to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L21-24 Blk 66 Red Hill Farms Replat, $90,200. Highlands County to Duckwood Holdings, L4 Blk C Spring Lake Village VI, $3,100. Highlands County to Duckwood Holdings, L1 Blk B Spring Lake Village III, $3,300. Highlands County to Duckwood Holdings, L6 Blk Z Spring Lake Village V, $3,100. Rico Family Ltd. to Francis E. Greenwell Jr., L55 Blk 258 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 20, $50,000. Barry Henry to Worldwide Investment Group Inc., Tract 84 Sebring Highlands Unrec, $17,700.Oct. 22John W. Cave to Lindsey M. Sebring, L1110 Sebring Hills Sub, $41,600. Lindsey M. Sebring to Heartland National Bank, L1110 Sebring Hills Sub, $37,500. Lawrence C. Roy to Kenneth E. Koon, PT L12 Lake Damon Villas S Unit 334, $117,000. Midflorida Credit Union to Donald H. Johnston, L15 Blk 8 Sebring Hills South, $69,500. Donald H. Johnston to Midflorida Credit Union, L15 Blk 8 Sebring Hills South, $40,000. Mable M. Petrie to Suntrust Bank, L270 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec. D, $14,000. Jack Scarborough to Heartland National Bank, PT Sec. 36-37-30/Easement, $50,000. Mark Williams to Wauchula State Bank, L8 Gran-Lore Ranchettes, $60,000. Matthew Smyth to Matthew Joseph Griffith, PT Sec. 2-3628, $86,000. Judith L. Fryrear to Richard W. Hall Jr., Unit 1010 Fountainhead Condo, $65,000. Patrick A. White to Highlands Independent Bank, L5 Blk 12 Pinecrest Lakes Sub Replat, $27,000. Lois E. Bordewyk to Saundra J. Percival, L20 Blk B Sebring Park, $250,000.Oct. 25Bank of New York Mellon to Richard S. Pipkin Pension Plan & Trust, L823 Sebring Ridge Sec. D, $68,500. Highlands Independent Bank to Carter Construction Co., Or. Bk. 2108 Pg. 1402, $51,300. Russel Stephen Vander Veer to Kristine Marie Soltys, L12370-12374 Avon Park Lakes Unit 39, $5,000. Richard V. Miller to Heartland National Bank, L3 Blk 1 Placid Plaza, $228,000. Geraldine S. Hicks to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L13-15 Blk A West End Park, $73,900. Darlene Dulitz to Ian Archie Joseph McCuaig, L12 Blk 1 Lake June Hills, $35,000. Luis E. Meza to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., PT L10 Blk 14 Town of Avon Park, $114,000. Michael Carlson to Ronald C. Bartlett, L2 Blk 18 Highlands Park Est. Sec. C, $56,000. Ronald Bartlett to JPMorgan Chase Bank, L2 Blk 18 Highlands Park Est. Sec. C, $58,100. Nicholas McGrath to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L2 Blk 22 Lotela Gardens Replat/Other, $254,400. Steven B. Newman to Ireland E. Sanders, Units 202/306 Golf Villas At Placid Lakes Communities, $30,500. Ireland E. Sanders to Wauchula State Bank, Units 202/306 Golf Villas At Placid Lakes Communities, $22,900. Carlos Gutierrez to Luis A. Ramirez, L2/24 Blk 9 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 2, $5,500. William Stephen Maxwell to Heartland National Bank, PT L5 Blk 1 In Sec. 23-33-28, $62,300. DFC Funding Co. to Toolsie Sewram, L34 Blk 183 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sebring Unit 11, $12,900. Kurt D'Amico to Scott Lee, L23 Blk 18 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 4, $50,000. Scott Lee to JPMorgan Chase Bank, L23 Blk 18 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 4, $57,000. James M. Fuller to Barbara A. Buss, L23 Blk O Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 4, $65,000. Elizabeth V. Monk to Federal National Mortgage Assn., L73 Century Hill Sub, $42,800. Kondaur Capital Corp. to Paul Suppa, L72 Blk A Spring Lake Sec. 1, $33,800. Josef Curiel to Wauchula State Bank, L22 Blk 9 Golfview Est., $10,000. Homesales Inc. to Gustavo A. Garcia, L23/24 Blk 10 Orange Blossom Est. Unit 7/Others, $112,000. Sol A. Garcia to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L23/24 Blk 10 Orange Blossom Est. Unit 7/Others, $84,000.Oct. 26Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L19/20 Blk 209 Leisure Lakes Sec. 14, $2,900. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L4 Blk 18 Leisure Lakes Sec. 1 Replat, $1,700. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L11 Blk 199 Leisure Lakes Sec. 3, $2,400. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L19 Blk U Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 1, $2,100. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L27 Blk 42 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 2, $1,800. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L11 Blk Q Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 3, $2,000. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L17 Blk S Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 3, $2,100. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L2 Blk 21 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 4, $1,400. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L16 Blk 21 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 4, $1,900. Elizabeth Christine Harris to Fern & Fern Corp., PT L4 Blk 29 Town of Avon Park, $33,000. Jordan H. Paddock II to Robert O. Love, L253 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec. D, $58,000. Lois A. Smith to Midflorida Credit Union, L6 PT L5 Blk 3 Oak View, $60,000. In His Name Developments Inc. to Emma Johns, Unit 6 Bldg. A Lake June West Townhomes on Water/Easement, $274,900. Emma Johns to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., Unit 6 Bldg. A Lake June West Townhomes On Water/Easement, $271,300. GMAC Mortgage to Jose Hector Turi, Or. Bk. 1933 Pg. 1530, $6,500. Jerald L. Wallace to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L7 Lake June Oaks, $417,000. Jerald L. Wallace to Southwest Capital Bank, L7 Lake June Oaks, $152,500. Robin Rodriguez to Joaquin Machado-Gomez, L1174/1175 Avon Park Lakes Unit 4, $102,300. Joaquin A. Machado Gomez to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L1174/1175 Avon Park Lakes Unit 4, $100,900. Edwin D. Graff Jr. to Midflorida Credit Union, L6 Quail Hollow, $47,600. Elizabeth A. Sottile to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L41/42 Blk 2 Sebring Lakes R, $103,000. Highlands Independent Bank to Machado Family Ltd. Ptn. No. 1, PT Sec. 23-3830/Easements, $55,000. Donald R. Gray to Donna Abrams, L12 Blk 2 Mary Jane Manor, $39,000. Ronald R. Kane to Varine Gilham, PT L17 Blk 282 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 13, $87,500. Raymond T. Hollenbaugh to Orlie P. Greathouse, L8 Blk 2 Misty Lake Est., $100,000. Highlands Independent Bank to Raul Gomez, L11 Blk 11 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Acres, $90,000. Raul Gomez to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L11 Blk 11 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Acres, $72,000. Paul Suppa to Wells Fargo Bank, L9 Blk C Silver Fox Ranch, $105,500.Oct. 27Michael Lee Cochlin to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L10/11 PT L12 Blk R Lakeshore Park Sub, $89,000. Henry L. McLemore to Department of Veteran Affairs, Property in Hillsborough Co., $214,600. Highlands Independent Bank to Miriam Arias, L2 Blk 339 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $107,000. Miriam Arias to JPMorgan Chase Bank, L2 Blk 339 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $103,200. Miriam Arias to Highlands County Home Consortia, L2 Blk 339 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $12,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Milton R. Bass, L48 PT L47 Raab & Winters Sub, $50,000. Raymond Claitt to First National Bank of America, PT Sec. 27-33-28, $8,000. Donald Francis Knuckles to Financial Casualty & Surety Inc., L369/370 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec. D, $100,000. Richard H. McClain to Highlands Independent Bank, L33-A Thunderbird Hill Village I, $45,000. James E. Dickey to Carole Watson, L346 Golf Hammock Unit IV, $215,000. Timothy D. Greth to Heartland National Bank, L1-4 Blk F Town of Avon Park, $7,400. Duckwood Holding to Satdeo Maharaj, L2 PT L1 Blk 42 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 1, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Satdeo Maharaj, L3 Blk 42 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 1, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Hazieda Modikhan, L1 Blk B Spring Lake Village III, $5,000. Duckwood Holding to Umang Minocha, L6 Blk Z Spring Lake Village V, $5,000. Duckwood Holding to Samantha Maharaj, L4 Blk C Spring Lake Village VI, $5,000. Melvin L. McKaig to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., PT L43/44 Twin Lakes Est., $120,000. Homesales Inc. to Larry D. Parrish, PT L3/4 Blk G Town of Avon Park, $42,700. DEEDTRANSFERS

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 13B THE WARRIORSR WAY(Kate Bosworth,Dong Gun-Jang)2:15 4:15 7:15 9:15FASTERR(The Rock)2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30UNSTOPPABLEPG13(Denzel Washington,Rosario Dawson)2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30MORNING GLORYPG13(Rachel McAdams,Harrison Ford)2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30DUE DATERRobert Downey Jr.,Zack Galafinakis)2:15 4:15 7:15 9:15REDPG13(Bruce Willis,John Malkovich)2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30 The NewFAIRMOUNTCINEMA63750 US 27 N. Sebring NOW SHOWINGFriday 12/10 Thursday 12/16 Suick CinemasInformation 385-9980 Office 385-9908New Dolby Digital SoundAll Seats $6.00for Matinee OPENING DECEMBER 17TH HOW DO YOU KNOW THE FIGHTER DIVERSIONS DearAbby: My father died this year. My husband and I were his primary caregivers. I was with him until his dying breath. After his passing, Mom asked us to move in so she wouldn't be alone. She has post-polio syndrome, but her biggest problem is her "princess syndrome." She has trouble getting around, but is able to do some things while I'm at work all day. As soon as I walk in the door, she's all over me to do simple tasks that she could have done during the day. She complains the house isn't clean enough, or that this and that aren't done up to her standards. Abby, it was easier to take care of all my dad's needs than it is to take care of hers. Her day consists of getting up at 10 a.m., watching soap operas and eating herself to more than 300 pounds. How do I deal with a mother with a major princess complex? Not Cinderella DearNot Cinderella: Do it by having a frank conversation with your mother and telling her exactly what you have told me, without labeling her a princess. You should also insist that she be screened by her doctor for depression. If her demands are more than you and your husband can deliver, then consider moving into a place of your own. However, if your mother realizes that the alternative is living alone, she may be inclined to compromise. DearAbby: My husband of one year (at the time) was considered by everyone to be the most caring, good husband. But he never wanted to have relations with me. After several months of investigation, I learned he had been seeing prostitutes. He even admitted to me that when he did have sex with me he was thinking of them. Fast-forward: I forgave him; we went to counseling. Abby, he still never wants to have sex with me. When we do, it's because I initiate it. My self-confidence is shot. He says he "doesn't have a sex drive," so I can either accept him for all the positives of which there are many and not have a sex life, or not. I have considered fulfil ling my needs outside the marriage, and giving him the green light to do the same, but he's against it. I'm at a loss as to what to do. Should I just settle an d be happy with what I have? Wanting More in t he Sou th DearWanting More: You are obviously not happy with "what you have." And a man who engages the services of a prostitute does have a sex drive. You both need to b e completely truthful with each other. Once you hav e reached that point, you w ill know what to do, and you won't have to ask me to make the decision for you DearAbby: My boyfriend and I have reached an impasse. He says that breakfast, brunc h or lunch is an acceptable time to spend with my gir lfriends, but dinner is "fam ily time" and should be spent at home with him. He also says that girlfriends who spend a week end away together are "up to no good." I see no prob lem with it. What are you r thoughts? Unsure in the Midwe st DearUnsure: Your boyfriend appears to be insecure, controlling and have a dim view of women. If you're smart, you will find someone wh o is less easily threatened b y female bonding and let th is one go. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Good advice for everyone teens to seniors is in The Anger in All of Us and How to Deal With It.' To order, send a business-size, selfaddressed envelope, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds only) to: Dear Abby Anger Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 610540447. (Postage is included in the price.) Widowed mother's demands push daughter to the limit Dear Abby By CHRISTYLEMIRE APMovie CriticHugely high-tech and forward-thinking in its day, "Tron" now looks cheesy and quaint in retrospect, with its blocky graphics and simplistic blips and bleeps. The original film from 1982 was all about the possibility of technology and the human imagination, and the adventures that could result from marrying the two, but only now are the computer-generated effects available to render this digital world in its fullest potential. Hence, nearly three decades later, we have the sequel "Tron: Legacy," which is in 3-D (of course) but is actually best viewed in IMAX 3-D, if that option is available to you. The whole point of the story and the aesthetics are that they're meant to convey an immersive experience. We're supposed to feel just as trapped inside this challenging and dangerous electronic realm as the film's characters. And at over two hours, we are indeed trapped there is no justifiable reason for such a lengthy running time, especially given that the original got in, did what it had to do and got out in about an hour and a half. While director Joseph Kosinski's feature film debut is thrilling and cool-looking for about the first half, its races, games and visuals eventually grow repetitive, which only draws attention to how flimsy and preposterous the script is from Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. "Tron: Legacy" is a mishmash of pop culture references and movie rip-offs, Eastern philosophy and various religions, and one insanely cute, strategically placed Boston terrier. And with the return of Jeff Bridges in the lead role, there's plenty of Dude-ishness for you fans of "The Big Lebowski." (At one point he complains, "You're messing with my Zen thing, man.") It's all giddy, ridiculous fun for a while, set to an ideally integrated techno score by the French duo Daft Punk. But a little of this goes a long way, and eventually you realize there's not much "there" there, no real point beyond exhilaration. Bridges'video game developer Kevin Flynn was aiming for deeper meaning, or at least a new level of consciousness, when he created the Grid all those years ago. Now, his estranged son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), discovers that's where Dad's been all this time sucked into the Grid and stuck there for the past two decades. The place Flynn built with high hopes is now dominated by the tyrannical and not even vaguely fascist dictator Clu (also Bridges, digitally tweaked to look like a 35year-old version of himself), the doppelganger Flynn created to oversee the operation. Younger Bridges is uncanny and nearly seamless until he opens his mouth, and then everything goes kinda wobbly. But for the most part, it's a neat trick. The confident and goodlooking Sam similarly gets drawn into this parallel universe and quickly finds himself thrust into the middle of a sort of floating gladiator arena. Throngs illuminated in deep orange cheer ravenously as opponents try to shatter each other, literally, by hurling the discs that are attached to the backs of their neonglowing bodysuits. Next up, Sam is forced to take part in the deadly lightcycle races which look infinitely better here than in the original and, being your typically rebellious, motorcycle-loving loner, he naturally fares rather well. But this spectacle is as overwhelming for Sam as it is for us even though Sam has the benefit of his dad's DNA and so he's happy to accept help escaping from the mysterious Quorra (Olivia Wilde, bringing complex emotion to what could have been a beautiful but forgettable character). She has long served as Flynn's protege and does the honors of reuniting father and son; should they stay or should they go becomes their ultimate debate. The moment Flynn and Sam first see each other isn't filled with wistful emotion so much as confusion, and it takes place at Flynn's distractingly stylish, glowing white-on-white lair. The place suggests what might have happened if the Dude had matured a bit and moved into a loft designed by Philippe Starck although, unfortunately, there is no rug that really ties the room together. Tron' makes you feel trapped in the Grid Movie Review Tron Legacy' Rating: PG-13 (sci-fi action violence and brief mild language) Running time: 125 minutes Review: (of 4) Associated PressNEWYORK F acebook founder and C EO Mark Zuckerberg h as been named Time's Person of the Year" for 2 010, joining the ranks of w inners that include h eads of state and rock s tars as the person the m agazine believes most i nfluenced events of the p ast year. At 26, Zuckerberg is t he youngest "Person of t he Year" since the first o ne chosen, Charles L indbergh; he was 25 w hen he was named in 1 927, Time said W ednesday. Zuckerberg b eat out Britain's Queen E lizabeth II by just two w eeks: She was 26 when s he was named in 1952. Incidentally, Queen E lizabeth II has recently j oined Zuckerberg's s ocial networking behem oth. Time's "Person of the Y ear" is the person or t hing that has most influe nced the culture and the n ews during the past year f or good or for ill. F ederal Reserve C hairman Ben Bernanke r eceived the honor last y ear. The 2008 winner w as then-President-elect B arack Obama. The 2007 w inner was Russian P rime Minister Vladimir P utin. Other previous w inners have included B ono, President George W Bush, and A mazon.com CEO and f ounder Jeff Bezos. In naming Zuckerberg, T ime cited him "for c hanging how we all live o ur lives." In a posting on his F acebook page, Z uckerberg said W ednesday that being n amed Time's "Person of t he Year" was "a real h onor and recognition of h ow our little team is b uilding something that h undreds of millions of p eople want to use to m ake the world more o pen and connected. I'm h appy to be a part of t hat." Zuckerberg has put h imself on the map not o nly as one of the world's y oungest billionaires, but a lso as a prominent newc omer to the world of p hilanthropy. Earlier this year, he p ledged $100 million o ver five years to the N ewark, N.J. school syst em. Now, he's in the c ompany of media titans C arl Icahn Barry Diller a nd others who have j oined Giving Pledge, an e ffort led by Microsoft f ounder Bill Gates and i nvestor Warren Buffett t o commit the country's w ealthiest people to step u p their charitable donat ions. Zuckerberg owns a bout a quarter of F acebook's shares. Zuckerberg has built F acebook into an internat ional phenomenon by s tretching the lines of s ocial convention and e mbracing a new and far m ore permeable definit ion of community. In this new world, u sers are able to cons truct a social network w ell beyond what would e ver be possible face-tof ace. "I'm trying to make t he world a more open p lace," Zuckerberg says i n the "bio" line of his o wn Facebook page. Born in Zuckerberg's H arvard dorm room, the s ite has in six years g rown to more than 500 m illion users worldwide a nd a dollar worth in the billions. Zuckerberg named Time Person of Year' for '10 Associated PressNEWYORK The game show "Jeopardy" will pit man versus machine this winter in a competition that will show how successful scientists are in creating a computer that can mimic human intelligence. Two of the venerable game show's most successful champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter will play two games against "Watson," a computer program developed by IBM's artificial intelligence team. The matches will be spread over three days that will air Feb. 14-16, the game show said on Tuesday. The competition is reminiscent of when IBM developed a chess-playing computer to compete against chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. The "Jeopardy" answerand-question format is a different kind of challenge. It often requires contestants to deal with subtleties, puns and riddles and come up with answers fast. "Watson" is named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson. It will look nothing like the computer "maid" on "The Jetsons." Rather, IBM said its on-screen appearance will be represented by a round avatar. The computer has already been tested in some 50 games against past "Jeopardy" champions. But neither IBM nor "Jeopardy" representatives would say what "Watson's" record was. The winner gets a $1 million prize. IBM said it would donate its winnings to charity, while Jennings and Rutter said they would give half of their prize money away. Jennings had the game show's longest winning streak, taking 74 games in a row during the 2004-2005 season. Rutter has won more money than any other "Jeopardy" player, nearly $3.3 million during his original appearance and three subsequent tournaments. 'Jeopardy' to pit humans against IBM machine Walt Disney Pictures Jeff Bridges stars as Kevin Flynn in Tron Legacy.'

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LIVING 14B PAGE News-Sun Friday, December 14, 2010 BYKATIECROWEMcClatchy-Tribune Information ServicesGroup-buying websites have launched a worldwide Internet craze online shoppers can't get enough of getting more for a whole lot less. With the holiday buying season upon us, the sites also are a unique alternative to traditional online shopping at a time when consumerism especially picks up. The idea is simple: provide your e-mail address, receive e-mails with deals of the day, and click "buy" if you like it. Discounts are often as much as 50 percent, and climb from there (70, 80 even 90 percent off). Some deals are offered on merchandise, but many of the offers are for services, restaurants and cultural events. They include things like spa treatments, wine flights and hot air balloon rides. But don't confuse these sites with Web coupons, which you redeem when you make your purchase at the store. Similar to a gift card, here you're actually purchasing the deal from the group-buying sites, including Groupon, LivingSocial and Tippr. You then receive a voucher to exchange for your pre-paid merchandise or services. Most sites will not charge your card immediately a certain number of customers have to "buy" the deal for it to be activated. In most cases, if that number is not reached, the deal is canceled and no one is charged. If the deal does go through, you receive your voucher either by e-mail or traditional mail within a day or two. From there, it's go, redeem and enjoy! The vast majority of group-buying sites allow buyers to gift many or all of the deal vouchers featured. Some sites also allow you to purchase personalized gift cards with a specified amount of credit so that friends or family members can log on to the groupbuying site and purchase the deal that appeals most to them. Some say the group-buying phenomenon also serves as a win-win for both customers and businesses, while others disagree, particularly noting the adverse effects mass buying can have on budding businesses. Read on for a complete guide to group-buying websites. Pros: Money-saving deals:Customers can get products and services at severely discounted prices (especially convenient throughout the holiday season). Community: The deals encourage locals to explore their city and region, and promote social networking, buying locally and sometimes traveling. Convenience:It's free to sign up, get daily deals e-mailed to you; most deals don't expire for a year or so. Perks:Some sites give you extra perks for sharing the deal with friends, who also purchase the deal. Charity:Some sites donate a portion of your purchase to a cause. Privacy:E-mail addresses are not given out to businesses when you buy deals.Cons: The fine print:If the minimum number of orders is not reached, the deal is canceled and you do not get the deal; most businesses require that you redeem the voucher for its full value in one use; may end up spending more than you want to because a lot of deals require that spend a certain amount of to receive the deal; most deals cannot be combined with other deals or vouchers. Timeliness:Deals do eventually expire; unlike a traditional gift, vouchers cannot usually be regifted later. Location:If either you or your giftee don't live in or near a major city, you might not be able to find deals near you; even if you do live in a large city, traveling is sometimes required to participate in a deal. Buyer beware:Consumers usually aren't able to "return" deals once purchased; this may be problematic for those who receive vouchers as holiday gifts and are not interested in the deal they receive. Groupon www.groupon.com Where:Based in Chicago; features deals in more than 150 cities in the U.S. and Canada and 23 other countries.What makes it unique:Being the largest social buying site, Groupon has applications available for both the iPhone and Android devices, unlike many other sites of its kind. LivingSocial www.livingsocial.com Where:Based in Washington, D.C.; features deals in dozens of U.S. cities, Canada and four locations in the United Kingdom.What makes it unique:In addition to its iPhone app, LivingSocial has two popular Facebook applications, Pick5 and Visual Bookshelf, which allow members to share their favorite things with friends including books, sports teams, celebrities, etc.Grub Life https://grublife.com Where:Offers deals for restaurants and eateries in and around six large public univer sities.What makes it unique:G rub Life is a condensed version of the traditional group-buying s ite, created specifically for money conscious, food-loving colleg e students. Grub Life takes adva ntage of the 18-to-25 crowd's addiction to technology by ale rting members via e-mail or tex t message of new deals.Tipprwww.tippr.com Where:Main offices are located in Seattle and Austin, Texas; offers deals in 12 major U.S. cities.What makes it unique:For one, the site does not offer just one deal each day for your city it offers three! In addition, Tippr features "accelerated deals." Essentially, the more members you invite to Tippr wh o buy a daily deal, the bigger a di scount you all receive on that deal. "It encourages a lot more sharing with friends," said Martin Tobias, CEO and Founde r of Tippr. In addition, Tippr distributes their deals to more than 100 online syndicators who feature their daily deals on their websites. According to Tobias, doing so provides higher-quality customers who walk in the door s of featured businesses. "We deliver the businesses more valu able, loyal customers," Tobias said. "They're not just dealhunters." HomeRun www.homerun.com Where:Based in San Francisco; offers deals in more than 30 U.S. cities.What makes it unique:HomeRun allows members to earn "credit," its own form of virtual currency, through promoting the site. Credit can be used to make a purchase, and if you earn enough credit by inviting friends to join, you can get a free deal. In addition, other features, such as the "Beginner's Luck" and "The Private Reserve" allow members to gain more benefits. The "Beginner's Luck" feature gives new members the chance to take advantage of many deals within the first 30 days of joining. Members join "The Private Reserve" section when they gain a certain amount of HomeRun points. The section offers exclusive deals to the most valued members. Dealster www.dailydealster.com Where:Offers deals in more than 50 U.S. cities.What makes it unique:Dealster not only gives members a $10 credit for referral, but its coupons also are transferable and can be given to others as gifts. Deals for Deedswww.dealsfordeeds.com Where:Washington, D.C.; currently only features deals in the district, but has plans to expand to five to seven major U.S. cities soon.What makes it unique:Unlike other social buying sites Deals for Deeds allows customers to select a charitable organization from a group of those currently being featured to donate 5 percent of the cost o f their purchase. "We are trying t o blend the instant buzz of group buying with longtime customers and additional value from cause based campaigns," said cofounder Josh Hoffman about the business.What you should know about group-buying websitesMost group-buying websites require that many people agree to "buy-in" to the featured deal before it is unlocked for customers to use. SocialBuywww.socialbuy.com Where:Features deals in more than 50 U.S. cities.What makes it unique:Social Buy also promotes the "group" aspect of group buying for every friend you refer to the site, you get one "SocialPoint." When any friend you send a sign-up link to joins, you earn an additional 5 points (up to 50 friends per month). If any of these friends purchase their first deal in the next 30 days, you earn $10 in SocialBucks, which are equal to one U.S. dollar and can be used toward any purchase.MCTILLUSTRATION Pros: First impressions:Participation in a deal shows your business is tech-savvy, willing to try new things and aware of trends. Increase in number of sales: Can generate a lot of sales in a short amount of time (November-January, for example), which can be useful for companies with small or nonexistent marketing budgets. Traffic and name recognition:Can attract new clients by offering discounts to get first-time customers to check out a business, with the opportunity to convert new customers into return customers; even if customers don't buy the deal, the company name is seen by thousands of eyes; increased wordof-mouth advertising after the initial deal. No harm, no foul:If the minimum number of orders is not reached, the deal is canceled and no one benefits or loses from the deal.Cons: Cost of the deal:Depending on the site, businesses share up to 50 percent of revenue earned from the deal with the group-buying site. Future marketing:Local businesses are not provided with the e-mail addresses of customers that buy the deal; businesses may lose a large percentage of customers after "high-buying" times like the holiday season. Repetition vs. an annoyance:There are real concerns of diluting your brand if deals are done too often. "Deals-only customers":The type of customers drawn by the deal may not be what your business wants some customers only spend just what they need to for the coupon to take effect, which could cause a loss in revenue; many customers don't tip. Competition for deals and advertising:Dozens of group coupon buying sites exist now, so there is more competition for deals.



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Wildcats trip up Blue StreaksPAGE1BHave lunch with Santa Saturday on the CirclePAGE2ANEWS-SUN Highlands Countys Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Friday-Saturday, December 17-18, 2010 www.newssun.com Volume 91/Number 153 | 50 cents www.newssun.com 079099401001 HighLow 76 51Complete Forecast PAGE 14A Warming up with a full day of sunshine Forecast Question: Should congress approve the extension of tax cuts for all income levels? Next question: Do states have the right to sue the federal government over the health care law? www.newssun.comMake your voice heard at Online Obituaries Joseph Armbruster Age 82, of Sebring V erdelle Medlin Age 84, of Sebring Sophie Skipper Age 88, of Sebring Bradley Stetson Age 68, of Avon Park Juan Torres Age 84, of Sebring Lionel Watson Age 46, of Sebring and Tampa Dorothy Zimmerman Age 85, of Custer, S.D. Obituaries, Page 5A Phone ... 385-6155 Fax ... 385-2453 Online: www.newssun.com Yes 59.5% No 40.5% Total votes: 79 Classifieds 11A Community Briefs5A Community Calendar9A Dear Abby 12B Editorial & Opinion4A Healthy Living 5B Lottery Numbers2A Movie Times 12B Police Blotter 2A Religion 8B Sports on TV 2B Sudoku Puzzle 13B Index Days left before Christmas8 News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDGE Michelle Cruz and Zack McKinney, members of Avon Park High School Earth, Space and Science class, take samples from Arbuckle Lake to test for nitrates and turbidity on Thursday. By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.com AVON PARK Students from Avon Park High School and South Florida Community College spent most of their morning class time at the Avon Park Bombing Range studying nature. The groups of kids stopped at different scientific stations on the range to test water samples, observe and learn about animal habitats and visit a mock archeological dig to get hands-on experience. The purpose of the field trip, according to APHS teacher Cheryl Moffat, was to learn about how water flows from the top of the watershed down and to experience a scrub habitat. After the first stop at the tower where students measured nitrates, pH balance and phosphorus levels, students from Rosemary Walls Earth, Space and Students get up close with nature at BombingRange See FIELD, page 8A By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comSEBRING The Flori da Sportsmens Association (FSA ) is planning its annual Christm as shopping spree for children, ju st as the group has done for t he past 29 years, but this year t he need seems a little greate r, according to organizer Robe rt Saffold. We already have more ki ds this year than last year, and w e are taking applications un til Dec. 23, the day we do t he shopping, Saffold said. The program selects childr en ages 7-17 on a needs basis an d gives each one $60 to shop wi th two days before Christmas. This year, the kids will g et gift cards from K-mart, whi ch donates an additional 10 perce nt discount as well as taking ca re of the sales taxes. The emphasis of the shoppin g is on clothes, shoes, underwe ar and toiletries the basics f or kids who are in need. Althoug h there is some entertainme nt included, the group limits t he toys a child can buy, helpin g them to make sensible decisio ns during the shopping. The group also sets asi de time for the smaller kids those under 7 to get gifts li ke teddy bears and clothing direc tly from Santa. But the group needs a litt le more help from genero us groups to help meet curre nt needs. These are Highlands Coun ty children, and they may be son s, daughters and grandchildren of your neighbors. This program is designed to help those fro m families without employmen t, or those from single-pare nt families trying to survive o n assistance programs. And 10 0 Sportsmen shopping spree needs donations Group needs help to make Christmas bright for kids See SPORTSMEN, page 8A Metro Services Fireplaces, electrical outlets, candles and Christmas lights are all potential holiday fire dangers if not handled properly. By MELISSANELSON Associated PressPENSACOLA Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the governments powers in dangerous and unintended ways. The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the health care law without a full trial. They argue it violates peoples rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties. The act would leave more constitutional damage in its wake than any other statute in our history, David Rivkin, an attorney for the states, told Vinson. President Barack Obamas administration counters th at Americans should not have a choice of opting out of t he overhaul because everyo ne requires medical care. In a separate case, U. S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson earlier this we ek became the first federal jud ge to strike down a key portio n of the law when he sided wi th the state of Virginia and rul ed the insurance requireme nt unconstitutional. That case is likely to go to the U. S. Supreme Court. Two oth er federal judges have uphe ld the insurance requirement. In Florida, Vinson que stioned how the governme nt could halt the massi ve changes to the nations heal th care system that have alread y 20 states ask judge to throw out Obama health care law See STATES, page 8A By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING State Farm Insurance released a warning recently regarding the danger of fire during the Christmas season. For example, the company said that nationally approximately one-third of home fires and home deaths occur during December, January and February. Local fire departments were attending training Thursday, so statistics for Highlands County were not available at press time, but Sebrings Assistant Chief Ken Barefield, Avon Park Fire Department Capt. Warren West and Luke Andrews of the Highlands County Fire Service all said cold weather, even more than the Christmas holiday, do pose extra danger. That doesnt mean Christmas is risk free. State Farm listed the 12 top fire dangers of Christmas as cooking mishaps, space heaters, kids playing with fire, burning things other than wood in the fireplace, holiday lights, counterfeit electronics, electrical outlets, Christmas trees, dirty chimneys and dirty fireplaces. Andrews said one of the biggest threats comes from letting ones guard down. In the excitement of holiday decorating, people often go a step too far for example, running extensions cords across thresholds or through doorways; plugging one extension cord into another; running them under rugs or carpet; overloading outlets or using indoor cords outside. All three men strongly warned about maintaining live trees in the home. It is essential to keep it well watered, especially as Christmas lights can trigger a fire on a dried out tree. Be sure to turn the tree lights out at night and when no one is in the house. Its heart warming returning home to see the lit tree framed in the living room window ... not so much to return to a pile of smoking ash and the neighbors crowded around in sympathy. Adry tree burns quickly. 12 fire dangers of Christmas Vigilance needed during holidays to stay safe See FIRE, page 9A

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If anyone listed here is acquitted or has charges dropped, they can bring in proof of such decision or mail a copy to the paper and the News-Sun will be happy to report that information. The News-Sun is at 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Wednesday, Dec. 15: Leerie Lee Beatty, 44, of Lorida, was charged with contempt of court reference non-support. Joven Tavis Berrien, 36, of Bartow, was charged with violation of probation reference possession of narcotics. Stephanie Ann Black, 35, of Avon Park, was charged with possession of controlled substance without prescription, possession of harmful new legend drug without prescription, and possession and or use of drug equipment. Douglas Alan Downs, 48, of Avon Park, was charged with fraud. Justin Michael Hamilton, 22, of Sebring, was charged with petit theft and larceny commit theft resist recovery of property. Frank Raymond Kimrey, 54, of Lake Placid, was charged with DUI and damage property, and DUI alcohol or drugs. Shea Ann Krickovich, 22, of Lutz, was arrested on an out-of-county and out-ofstate warrant. Leobardo Ahuelican Ramos, 42, of Lake Placid, was charged with violation of a municipal ordinance. Jesus Rivas, 31, of Frostproof, was charged with dealing in stolen property, possession of burglary tools with intent to use, and grand theft of motor vehicle. Joseph Raymond Taylor, 27, of Lake Placid, was arrested as an out-of-state fugitive reference violation of probation. Ashley Michelle Whigham, 18, of Sebring, was charged with failure to appear reference criminal mischief. Samantha Jo Whitehead, 22, of Avon Park, was charged with hit and run, DUI and damage property, and DUI alcohol or drugs. Jeffrey Stephen Winters, 38, of Lake Placid, was charged with violation of probation reference DUI. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Tuesday, Dec. 14: Tracy Lamar Blake, 19, of Avon Park, was charged with driving with suspended/revoked license. Sandra Anne Bungard, 41, of Lake Placid, was charged with battery and trespassing. Meredith Katina Dunbar, 37, of Sebring, was charged with trespassing and petit theft. Leroy Quinn English, 27, of Lake Placid, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver, resisting an officer without violence and possession and or use of drug equipment. Malory Jane Freeworth, 25, of Fort Meade, was charged with petit theft. Wesley Allen Keene, 37, of Avon Park, was charged with two counts of violation of conditional release reference possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hector Luis Lugo, 23, of Sebring, was charged with failure to appear reference petit theft. Paulyn J. Mercer, 22, of Lake Wales, was charged with petit theft. Matthew Dillon Owens, 18, of Avon Park, was charged with possession and or use of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, purchase of marijuana, burglary with assault or battery, and battery. Aundrel Shalett Robinson, 25, of Miami, was charged with failure to appear reference making harassing phone calls. Crystal Lynn Simpkins, 27, of Sebring, was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession and or use of drug equipment. POLICEBLOTTER Follow the News-Sun online on www.twitter.com/thenewssun By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comAVON PARK The Avon Park Chamber of Commerce and local businesses were entertained by the Avon Park Memorial Elementary on Thursday morning at the Jacaranda Hotel. Led by Darlene Cloud, the APME Chorus presented Christmas at the OK Corral while spectators enjoyed a buffet breakfast. This is becoming another tradition, said David Greenslade, the chambers executive director. The kids are really great, and everyone enjoyed their presentation. The chorus performed the show acapella, since the sound system and music playback were experiencing technical difficulties. According to the presentation, evil cowboy Bubblegum Bart wants to stop the Christmas celebration by covering the town in bubble gum goo. The townsfolk appeal to Santa, who made a surprise appearance at the presentation, and he dispatches the Candy Cane Kid to talk Bart down. After Bart discovers that the townsfolk really like him, he changes his ways and helps decorate the town. Everyone liked the performance, Greenslade said. Candy Cane Kid saves Christmas at Avon ParkChamber breakfast News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDGE Townsfolk from Snowy Gulch discuss their Bubblegum Bart problems during the Avon Park Memorial Elementarys presentation of Christmas at the OK Corral at Thursdays Avon Park Chamber of Commerce breakfast. By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY c hristopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING S aturday provides an o pportunity for children t o talk to Santa Claus i nformally. Famous for his reind eer, Santa is known for h is love of people and a nimals. Thats why he a greed to come to the H istoric Circle and take p art in a fundraiser for t he Humane Society of H ighlands County. Despite the fact it is his b usiest time of year, S anta is leaving his elves i n charge at his workshop i n order to be at the C ircle at noon to greet, m eet and feast with child ren. Five dollars buys a t icket for a picnic lunch o f a sandwich, juice and c ookies, and the chance t o play golf or go fishing r ight on the Circle itself. The money raised will g o to the Humane S ocietys local animal s helter, which not only k eeps homeless dogs and c ats safe and warm, but a llows them to stay as l ong as it takes to find a n ew family. No reservations or p hone calls have to be m ade. Just show up for a g ood time in support of a g ood cause. The weather s hould be perfect for the o utdoor event. Santa to have his lunch on Circle Saturday event to raise funds for Humane Society Special to the News-SunLAKE PLACID Medicare Beneficiary Outreach and Assistance representatives from the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. will be available to help Medicare beneficiaries learn if they qualify for additional benefits, and if eligible, will provide application assistance from 10 a.m. until noon today at the Lake Placid Memorial Library, 205 W. Interlake Blvd. If you or someone you know needs help with your Medicare costs, dont miss out on this opportunity to see if the MBOAprogram can assist. More than 90,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Florida are likely eligible for, but not enrolled in a program called Extra Help. This program offers qualified beneficiaries assistance with their Part D (prescription drug plan) costs. In addition, many individuals may qualify for assistance in paying their Part B premiums. Many of those who need help the most dont know about these valuable benefits, and the MBOAprogram can help. MBOA, as a joint federal and state effort, offers free education and confidential application assistance for Medicare beneficiaries who may be eligible for programs that assist them in paying for their Part D or Part B premiums. The MBOAprogram is operated by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the states 11 Area Agencies on Aging. Locally, it is operated by the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. If youd like more information or application assistance, call the toll-free Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337 Medicare help offered at Lake Placid library Special to the News-SunMilitary personnel and v eterans whose service in I raq or Afghanistan was e xtended under stop-loss p rovisions will have addit ional time to apply for t he bonus compensation t hey earned. The Defense D epartment recently a nnounced that service m embers have an addit ional two weeks to subm it claims for retroactive s top-loss special pay. T his is a benefit of $500 f or each full or partial m onth served under stopl oss between Sept. 11, 2 001, and Sept. 30, 2009. The program was d esigned to compensate m ilitary members who i nvoluntarily served e xtended time with the m ilitary. The original d eadline was Oct. 21, but t he continuing resolutions t hat Congress passed in r ecent weeks extended t he application period to S aturday. The DoD estimates that n early 145,000 service m embers, veterans and b eneficiaries are eligible t o claim payments. Less t han half of the $534.4 m illion allocated has b een distributed. The a verage benefit is $3,700. DoD back pay deadline Saturday Courtesy photo ABATE has been busy playing Santa again this holiday season. They have collected clothes and toys to make this Christmas special for many boys and girls. They also provide boxes of food for Christmas dinner for the families. See related letter on page 4A. ABATE piling up the toys for kids NEWPORTRICHEY(AP) APasco C ounty judge has sentenced a neo-Nazi to life i n prison, following a jurys recommendation. Circuit Judge Michael Andrews sentenced J ohn Ditullio on Thursday. On Wednesday, the jury found the 24-yearo ld guilty of murder and attempted murder. Authorities say Ditullio forced his way into t he mobile home of Patricia Wells in March 2 006. Ditullio cut her with a knife and then killed 17-year-old Kristofer King, a friend of Wellsson. Ditullio was a prospective member of a white supremacist group that met near Wells trailer. Prosecutors say the two were targeted because Wells was friends with a black man and King was gay. Adefense attorney pointed to tainted DNA evidence and said the real killer was another member of the American Nazis. Neo-Nazi gets life sentence in fatal stabbing

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In this case, the Obama a dministration and a majority i n Congress want children to e at healthier and one of t he ways they hope to do that i s by sharply curtailing, or e ven banning, fundraising b ake sales. The idea has already been a dopted in various forms by s everal states and school dist ricts. Brownies? Forget it. C oconut macaroons? A bsolutely not. Oatmeal c ookies? Red velvet cake? F udge? No, no and heck no. The federal government, t hrough the Department of A griculture, wants to reach d own to local communities a nd regulate what children m ay eat at school. To be fair, t he proposed child nutrition b ill just signed by President O bama is well intentioned a nd we do have a serious n ational problem. It is true that a larger proportion of children are obese than ever before and that diabetes is at epidemic levels in parts of the country. It is also true that a high-fat, fast food hamburger, selling at $1, is often the only meal a family can afford in these difficult economic times. Nutritious food, like fresh vegetables, fruit or fish, is out of the reach of many households or at least not available on a regular basis. In particularly hard-hit areas like Highlands County, there are children who go to bed hungry and families who must rely on food pantries. For example, Pastor Pat Karl told the News-Sun recently the New Testament Mission has been serving an average of 3,000 meals a month since March. Many of those meals, she said, were served to children and families. It is also true that most children have to be led to vitamins and minerals kicking and screaming. Green beans? Yuck. Broccoli? Double yuck. Spinach? Yuck to the 10th power. Were not sure cutting back on bake sales is going to do a lick of good. It may even cause hardship because so many worthy school causes are supported by bake sales like special field trips or band uniforms. Again to be fair, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has already made it clear he does not mean to ban bake sales outright, but simply ensure there are not so many that children skip lunch for pineapple upside-down cake. The bulk of the child nutrition bill is directed toward creating healthier, heartier school meals. While it will be more expensive to feed our children a well-balanced diet, we feel it is worth it. All that said, however, the paternal approach reaching down from on high cant solve the problem, even if individual children are helped. Ultimately, only the individual has control of what goes into his or her mouth. We worry that the debate over bake sales, which one has to admit has a certain entertainment value, will distract us from focusing on the real issue children whose health and natural abilities are being eaten away by too much sugar and fat, and too little exercise. As a society we owe it to the next generation to provide better access to quality nutrition, and we would be wise to help this generation with continuing education courses for parents about healthy cooking and eating habits. But you can still hold the tofu. Page 4ANews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com EDITORIAL& OPINION TODAYSEDITORIALTODAYSLETTERS 2227 U.S. 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 863-385-6155 NEWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor Ext. 515editor@newssun.com SCOTT DRESSELEditor Ext. 516scott.dressel@newssun.comDAN HOEHNESports Editor Ext. 528daniel.hoehne@newssun.com ADVERTISINGVICKIE JONESExt. 518vickie.jones@newssun.com CIRCULATIONTONY MCCOWANExt. 522anthony.mccowan@newssun.com PRE-PRESSKEN BAREFIELDProduction Coordinator Ext. 594prepress@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJANET EMERSONExt. 596legals@newssun.com In 1976 I stood beside my father in Kansas City after he lost the Republica n presidenti al nominatio n to Gerald Ford. I asked him why he wanted to be president of the United States. His answer was a preview of the policies he would pur sue when he finally won the presidency, recalling that fo r far too long he had watched American presidents inevitably cave in to the Soviets in every agreement reached with them. He said that he wanted to be the firs t president to say NYET! to their demands, loudly and clearly. He got his chance in 1986 in Iceland, when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said he would only sign on to the original STARTagreement if my father would giv e up the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or, as the left-wing media called it, Star Wars. My fathers answer was brief and to the point. He said NYET! and the rest is history. I believe I was only perso n that knew what my father would say to Gorbachev, an d Ive never forgotten it. At the time, the State Department and most of my fathers inner circle wanted him to go ahead and give in to Gorbachev and sign the agreement despite his misgi vings, just as you hear from the striped-pants guys in Foggy Bottom today. If my father had listened to the namby-pamby wing at State back in 1986, the chances a re the Cold War would still be on and the Berlin Wall woul d still be standing. Ayear ago, on November 11, 2009, I was a guest of th e Polish president as his prou d nation celebrated 20 years o f freedom, thanks largely to my father, Pope John Paul I I and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His chief of staff, one of the members of the Polish government later killed in a horrific plane crash, asked me why President Obama took away their missile defense. Later, I would be asked the same question by the Czech Ambassador to Poland. Their only hope of contin uing to be free and safe is th e United States of America, b ut it appears that Barack Obam a is once again throwing our friends under the bus simply to make nice with Russia an d Putin by pushing a new STARTtreaty. My father stuck to his guns, often against the vigo rous opposition from some members of his staff and the striped-pants crowd over at the Department of State. He once famously said hi s rule in dealing with the Soviets was always to trus t but verify, and he stuck to that policy, and it led to the collapse of the Soviet Union But we then had the kind of real leadership sadly lacking today, and I dont trust Obama or Putin or Medvedev. You might also remember that State was against the speech my father gave at the Berlin Wall calling on Gorbachev to tear down th is wall. It had the Soviets quivering, and the people of East Germany hopeful that their long ordeal under the Soviets might soon be over. The United States doesn t need a new START. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan and a political consultant. He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group. Stop, dont START! Making Sense Michael Reagan You are what you eat I ts as American as apple pie the urge to solve complicated problems with simple-minded solutions. Dont wait until they leave E ditor: Sadly, it seems so many times we n ever commend people on a job well d one until they either retire, pass a way or get another job. Lets c hange that. Its time to recognize a p erson who has done an excellent j ob and has been long past due r eceiving his new title. This person i s our new chief of police, Mike R owan. First, I would like to thank the A von Park City Council members for m aking a good decision to have a p olice chief and fire chief. Its is not a matter of money when it comes to t he overall safety and peace of mind o f the people. It was just the right t hing to do for overall safety and p eace of mind. Second, I would like to thank our n ew city manager, Bruce Behrens, f or hiring such a qualified and d evoted person such as Chief Mike R owan to fill this position. I have seen many positive changes i n the police department under the d irection of Chief Rowan. I feel we h ave a chief who is committed to m aking our city a safer and better p lace to live. He is qualified for the j ob, displays good leadership, good p ublic relations, dedicated and defin itely has an open door policy. Dont wait until a person leaves, w hether retiring or otherwise, to say w e appreciate them. He and his offic ers put their lives in danger every d ay for us. I encourage everyone to s upport him and be a part of making o ur police department and city a p lace we can be proud of. Speak up n ow, let the chief and his department k now they are doing a fine job. B ecause they are the real heros of o ur city. Patricia Austin Avon Park Government wants too much control E ditor: President Obama has ordered the F ederal Communications C ommission to seize control and r egulate the Internet ,which would h ave a devastating effect on our the e conomy, and our freedom of s peech. As we already know they would l ike to shut down the conservative t alk show hosts, so no doubt that w ill be their next endeavor. H owever, Ive been listening to radio t alk shows since 1980 back when all I could find on the air at that time w ere liberal hosts. That didnt conc ern the FCC then, but now that t here are many conservative hosts t hey would like to shut them up. But o f course, that was when we were s till America the land of the free. They will do the same thing to the I nternet. Call your senator, the FCC, a nd go to www.Grassfire.net to sign a petition. We only have until Dec. 2 0, just a few days to try to stop t his, or soon well be flooded with l iberal and leftist Web sites like m ove on.com, or the Huffington Post a nd others. Alert your friends and f amily to do the same. They are p lanning to sneak this in before our citizens are aware of this Christmas gift. Let us not forget the freedom of speech. Control, control, control how much more control over us will they take? Betty Grogg Lake PlacidRemember Humane Society this giving seasonEditor: At the time of year when everyone is busy and thinking of gifts and giving, it is important that we not forget the homeless and helpless in Highlands County Humane Society. The animals are there because there are not enough homes for them. They are at our mercy and dependent upon us Homo sapiens for their every need, i.e., shelter, food, water, medical care, companionship and love. Just look into their eyes. They trust us; they love us. Do not fear, there are at the Humane Society good, dedicated humane people doing all the above and more, whether they are the employees, spread thin in numbers, or a group of unselfish volunteers who give their all for the animals. If this were not true, we could not meet the needs of these innocent and wonderful creatures. The board of directors and management are committed and actively giving of their own time and money to support the moral and sacred obligation and trust that is theirs. They also work without pay. The Highlands County Humane Society needs monetary and other donations to properly care for these deserving animals. In all my years as a farm boy observing people and working with animals, and in my nearly 60 years as a veterinary student and veterinarian, I have worked with dozens of humane organizations, animal rescue groups and individuals. The people at the Highlands County Humane Society rank with the best. They, and the animals, need our help. Bless all of Gods critters and God Bless America, the land of the free. Elton J. Gissendanner, D.V.M. Lake PlacidSo many to thank for their helpEditor: I would like to thank the many contributors for donating clothing to the Sons of the American Legion and the Womens Auxiliary at the American Legion Post 74 of Sebring. Your donations of clothing, baby clothes, teens, adult and shoes were collected with the purpose to give them to a mission to help people in need this holiday season. Frank and Bobbie-Sue were overwhelmed with gratitude when we presented them with 10 very large boxes of clothing to go to the Frank Lynn Parkway Mission at The Church Service Center. Thank you one and all for your contributions and to the volunteers from the Sons of the American Legion and to the Womens Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 74 for working hand in hand in a great cause to help the less fortunate at this time of year. I would like to thank the many members, friends and veterans who took part in our celebration of ending of hurricane season with a Hurricane Party at the American Legion Post 74 in Sebring on Nov. 13. To celebrate the ending of hurricane season the Sons of the American Legion and the staff and volunteers in the kitchen offered a rib-eye steak dinner from our charcoal grill, to include mashed potatoes, vegetables, dinner roll, butter and dessert. Thank you, Sandy F., for making the cake that went as fast as we could cut and serve it. Jewels in the Night (a contestant of Heartland Idol) entertained through the night with a good time had by all. Keeping with the theme, there were door prizes (gift bags of items that one might and need during a hurricane) and a basket of cheer that was raffled to the winning ticket holder. Avery special thank you to Inn on the Lakes, Charlies Restaurant and Chicanes Restaurant for their contributions and their continuous support. Proceeds to benefit our many charities throughout the year. Congratulations to all the winners and a big shout out to all the members that participated. Thanksgiving dinner was offered and available to all members and veterans, free of charge at the American Legion Post 74 in Sebring. Thanks to the efforts of the Post commander, H. Marsh, and the Sons of the American Legion and the volunteers from the kitchen, we were able to offer turkey dinner, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dinner rolls, butter and pumpkin pie for dessert. Much appreciated by our loyal members and veterans. The Sons of the American Legion will have a food drive during the month of January to help and support the Humane Society. All donations of dry food, can food, towels, blankets and anything to help make these forever loving friends comfortable, healthier and happy until they are adopted is greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the American Legion Post 74 at 528 N. Pine St. in Sebring, just off of the Circle, ask for Randy the commander for the Sons of the American Legion. Your help and support is greatly appreciated. Thank you, The Heroes behind the Heroes for your continued support, for our veterans, Our Heroes. It is with heartfelt warmth to be able to help our veterans and our local community at large whenever possible. Randy Sallis, Commander Sons of the American Legion Squadron 74 American Legion Post 74 Sebring Bouquet

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Sebring Village lights upSEBRING Sebring V illage will again light up w ith 750 luminaries as well a s thousands of Christmas l ights from 5-9 p.m. T hursday, Dec. 23 and F riday, Dec. 24 weather perm itting. All are welcome to d rive around and enjoy.Sunridge Baptist choir presents mini-musicalSEBRING The adult c hoir of Sunridge Baptist C hurch will present a C hristmas mini-musical, O N ight Divine, beginning at 1 0:45 a.m. Sunday in the s anctuary at 3704 Valerie B lvd. The church nursery w ill not be open on this one S unday morning. The Sunridge Baptist C hurch will have a candlel ight Christmas Eve service a t 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 i n the sanctuary. The church i s at U.S. 27 and Valerie B oulevard, directly across t he street from Florida H ospital, Heartland D ivision. It is open to the p ublic and the community is i nvited to worship during t hese special services. Trey Dees performs at ReflectionsAVON PARK Trey Dees w ill bring his show to R eflections on Silver Lake at 6 :30 p.m. today. Dees perf orms songs of various genr es from gospel to Vegas to c ountry, all featuring his d ynamic vocal range and diff erent dimensions of his tale nts. Tickets are $7, available i n advance or at the door. T he public is welcome. For m ore information call 4525 037 Square dance at ButtonwoodSEBRING There will be a square dance from 7:309 :30 p.m. today at B uttonwood Bay. Nelson W akeman will be the caller. All levels of square danci ng will be called. Any questions call Roger M cElfresh at 6554243.Tickets on sale for A rcs Afternoon TeaSEBRING Florida H ospital Heartland Medical C enter invites the public to A rcs Afternoon Tea from 24 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at t he Sebring Lakeside Resort. F inger sandwiches, pastries, a ssorted teas and cold drinks w ill be served. Guest speaker Sunny S erafino, the author of seve ral books based on family v alues and courageous w omen, will speak on the I mportance of Family. S pecial recognition will be g iven to women who have b een a part of the Ridge A rea Arc family over the p ast years. There will be drawings for s everal raffle and door p rizes. Tickets are $30 and s hould be purchased by Jan. 1 4. All proceeds benefit the i ndividuals with developm ental and other disabilities s erved by Arc. For more information cont act Rhonda Beckman at r beckman@ridgeareaarc.org o r call 452-1295, ext 112. He Said She Said performs at DuffersSEBRING The He Said S he Said duo will be at D uffer's Sports Grille from 9 p .m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Todd Fulcher and Mernie M oore provide classic rock, b lues and Top 40 music for d ancing. There is no cover c harge and it is open to the p ublic. Duffers is at 6940 U.S. 27 North, Sebring. For more details, call 382-6339.Dance club features The SkylarksSEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club hosts Big Band ballroom dancing from 7-9:30 p.m. today at 3400 Sebring Parkway (former Lions clubhouse). Dance the night away to waltzes, cha-chas, foxtrots, rumbas, jitterbug and other favorites to the eight-piece Skylarks Band. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Appropriate dress required. The snack bar opens at 6 p.m. For more information call 471-0559.SFCC to close for Winter BreakAVON PARK South Florida Community College will be closed for Winter Break from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3. The college will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 4. During break, current students may continue to register for spring term classes online using Panther Central. Registration ends Tuesday, Jan. 4 and classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 5. Tickets for performances with the Theatre for the Performing Arts may be purchased online at http://per formances.southflorida.edu/t ickets/. The box office will also reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 4. For more information, call 453-6661, 494-7500, 7732252, or 465-5300. Events planned at lodges, postsAVON PARK The Combat Veterans Memorial VFWPost 9853 will host music by Lora Patton from 5-8 p.m. today. Karaoke by Peg and Perry is from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Schedules subject to change; call for details. For more information, call 452-9853. The Highlands County Moose Lodge in Avon Park will have karaoke by Bill Thompson today. For more information, call 452-0579. LAKE PLACID The Veterans of Foreign Wars 3880 will have Texas Hold-em at 2 p.m. today. Ladies Auxiliary bingo is at 2 p.m. Saturday. Music with Now and Then from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information, call 699-5444. The Lake Placid Moose 2374 will have Texas Holdem at 2 p.m. today. Music with Tom McGannon from 6-10 p.m. Bingo bango is at 2 p.m. Saturday. Karaoke with Fireman 6-10 p.m. For more information, call 4650131.Lunch with Santa on SaturdaySEBRING Kids and adults can have lunch with Santa at noon Saturday inside Circle Park in Downtown Sebring. Cost for lunch is $5 with all proceeds going to the Humane Society of Highlands County.SHARE pick up is SaturdayLAKE PLACID SHARE pick up for December food orders will be from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church on North Oak Avenue.Volunteer workday set at Highlands HammockSEBRING Avolunteer workday has been set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Highlands Hammock State Park. Come out and join forces with OPS Ranger Trevor Long as he works to remove exotic plants from natural areas within Highlands Hammock State Park. This moderate intensity workday is suitable for all ages that want to get down and get dirty as they volunteer for the park. Bring work gloves and a spade if possible, drinking water and a picnic lunch for afterwards. Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes and long pants are strongly recommended. Park admission fees are waived for workday volunteers, and all children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call Long at 386-6094 for more information or to RSVPfor this workday. Celtic American Society attends Celtic concertSEBRING The Celtic American Society of the Highlands will attend the concert being given by Celtic Heritage at St.Johns United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Saturday and will proceed on to Chicanes Restaurant afterwards for dinner. For more information call Pat Vance at 453-3104.AMVETS plan Christmas partySEBRING AMVETS Post 21 will have a Christmas party beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. Bring fingerfood to be shared. Also, bring a $5 wrapped gift (man for man, woman for woman). Entertainment to be provided. For more information, call 385-0234. Joseph ArmbrusterJoseph A. Armbruster, 82, of Sebring, died Dec. 14, 2010. Born in Indianapolis, he was employed for 35 years at Schusters Block Inc. He was of the Catholic faith. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan; children, Carol Cooney, Martin Armbruster, Sharon Tolin, Jane McKendree and Gary Armbruster; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 48 p.m. Sunday at SS Francis & Clare Catholic Church in Greenwood, Ind., with the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday at the same location. In lieu of flowers, make memorial gifts to the Robert Armbruster Scholarship Fund at St. Meinrad Archabby, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577. Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, is in charge of local arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.stephen sonnelsonfh.com. Sophie SkipperSophie J. Skipper, 88, of Sebring died Dec. 12, 2010. Born in Fort Myers, she moved to Sebring in 1973. She attended Crewsville Baptist Church. She is survived by her children, William O. Richardson, Julia Collins, Ralph Flint, Barbara Binder, Wayne Flint, John Skipper, Jimmy Skipper, and Arno J. Skipper; sister, Mary Evans; 18 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Amemorial service will be announced. Condolences may be expressed at www.morrisfuneralchapel.c om. Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring, is in charge of arrangements. Bradley StetsonBradley Worthen Stetson, 68, of Avon Park died Dec. 9, 2010. Born in Burlington, Vt., he moved to Avon Park in 2005. He was a factory worker in the plastics industry. He was a Jehovah Witness, and served in the United States Army. He is survived by his sons, Michael and Matthew; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Agraveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. StephensonNelson Funeral Home, Avon Park, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at stephensonnelsonfh.com.Juan TorresJuan B. Torres, 84, of Sebring died Dec. 12, 2010. Born in Mexico, he moved to Sebring in 1985. He was a farmer and a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church. He is survived by his children, Faustino, Felipe, Alejos, Jose, Juan, Ofelia, Audeia, Maria, Victor and Ma del; brothers, Emilio, Ricardo and Atanacio Barrientos; sisters, Paula, Alvina and Antonio Barrientos; and numerous grandchildren. Visitation will be from 69 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring. AMass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Catherine Catholic Church; burial to follow at Pinecrest Cemeter y. Condolences may be expressed at www.morris fu neralchapel.com. Lionel WatsonLionel Fitzgerald Watso n, 46, of Sebring and Tam pa died Dec. 10, 2010. Born in Lexington, N.C., he w as employed with Denn y Express, was owner of Fenmores Galleries and h ad a radio show called Flajad e. He is survived by h is father and stepmothe r, William and Mary Watso n Sr.; a brother, Willia m Watson Jr.; sisters, Sharo n W. Hardy and Drusil la Watson; a stepsiste r, Evangalyne M. Crumit y; and a stepbrother, Anthon y Massaline. Visitation will be from 68 p.m. Friday at Bountif ul Blessings Church of Go d, Sebring. Afuneral servi ce will be held at 3 p.m Saturday. Swann s Mortuary, Sebring, is in charge of arrangements. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 5A Dorothy R. Zimmerman, age 85, of Custer, SD, passed away December 10, 2010 at Castle Manor in Hot Springs. SD. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Diane Trithart of Custer; grandson, Tim (Kristina Hendrickson) Trithart of Rapid City, SD; great grand-children, Ella Blue Trithart and Sawyer Gray Trithart; sisters, Helen Burns McConnel of Pittsburg, PA, and Virginia Lunt of Johnstown, PA. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 20, 2010 at the Custer Lutheran Fellowship with Pastor Tom Opoien and Pastor Kent Narum officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established in Dorothys name to benefit the Custer Senior Center or CLFC Pastors Discretionary Fund. Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColleys Chapel of the Hills in Custer. Written condolences can be made at www.mccolleyschapels.comDOROTHY R. ZIMMERMAN Verdelle Sebring Medlin, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 in Sebring, FL. She was born in Lakeland, FL on September 6, 1926, to Payne and Ruth (Amy) Sebring. She was a Director of Recreation; Attended Christ Fellowship Church, Sebring; Former member of the Business and Professional Womens Club; a former employee of the American Red Cross; a member of the Sebring Historical Society and has served as a counselor at the Florida Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center. She was a lifelong resident of Sebring. She is survived by her daughter, Nona Alexander of Monroeville, Alabama; sister, Jacquelyn Trevelyan (Thornton), of Sebring, FL; brother, William H. Sebring (Anne) of, Sebring, FL; four grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Charles Medlin. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Eugene Haas officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Red Cross or the Sebring Historical Society. STEPHENSON-NELSON FUNERAL HOME Sebring, Florida 863-385-0125 www.stephensonnelsonfh.comVERDELLE SEBRING MEDLIN OBITUARIES COMMUNITYBRIEFS The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN Courtesy photoGail Johnson (from left), vice president of Heart of Highland Sweet Adelines Show Chorus, joins fellow chorus members Barbara Jones, treasurer, and Ida DiStefano (far right), president, in presenting a $450 check to Avon Park High School chorus director Joy Loomis. Adelines help APHS chorus By ALICIACHANG APScience WriterLOS ANGELES On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic where no trees now grow, a newly unearthed mummified forest is giving researchers a peek into how plants reacted to ancient climate change. That knowledge will be key as scientists begin to tease out the impacts of global warming in the Arctic. The ancient forest found on Ellesmere Island, which lies north of the Arctic Circle in Canada, contained dried out birch, larch, spruce and pine trees. Research scientist Joel Barker of Ohio State University discovered it by chance while camping in 2009. At one point I crested a small ridge and the cliff face below me was just riddled with wood, he recalled. Armed with a research grant, Barker returned this past summer to explore the site, which was buried by an avalanche 2 million to 8 million years ago. Melting snow recently exposed the preserved remains of tree trunks, leaves and needles. About a dozen such frozen forests exist in the Canadian Arctic, but the newest site is farthest north. The forest existed during a time when the Arctic climate shifted from being warmer than it is today to its current frigid state. Judging by the lack of diverse woo d species and the treessma ll leaves, the team suspect ed that plants at the site stru ggled to survive the rap id change from deciduous fo rest to evergreen. This community was ju st hanging on, said Barke r, who presented his findin gs Thursday at the Americ an Geophysical Union meetin g in San Francisco. The next step is to exam ine tree rings to bett er understand how past clima te conditions stressed plant li fe and how the Arctic tund ra ecosystem will respond to global warming. Since 1970, temperatur es have climbed more than 4 .5 degrees in much of t he Arctic. Mummified forest provides climate change clues

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Page 8ANews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com S cience Class from APHS got t o see scrub jays up close. This is too cool, said Z ack McKinney, a member of W alls class, as the scrub jays l anded less then 5 feet from t he students to get peanuts. The scrub jay is the only s pecies of bird endemic to F lorida. Because of this, it is heavi ly sought by bird watchers w ho travel from across the c ountry to observe this u nique species, according to M ichelle Dent from the A rchbold Biological Station. S tudents got to observe a c ouple of family groups w hile hearing about the t racking programs. The field trip is sponsored b y the Southwest Florida W ater Management District e ach year, according to M offat. Continued from 1A p ercent of the funds collected g o to the kids, Saffold e mphasized. We are definitely looking f or more donations, just to m eet the needs we currently h ave, and it would be nice to h ave a couple of more busin esses where we can take the k ids to shop as well, Saffold a dded. There is less money t his year. People just dont h ave enough to give and our g olf tournament did not gene rate the amount we had last y ear. Those who are in need, or w ho would like to make a d onation, can contact Saffold directly at 381-5166 Continued from page 1A Field trip gets AP students close to nature Sportsmen need help with shopping spree for kids b egun. Rivkin told him the c onstitutional violations are m ore important. Attorneys for the Obama a dministration want Vinson t o issue a summary judgment o n their behalf, arguing the s tates dont have standing to c hallenge the law. The lawsuits will almost c ertainly be decided eventua lly by the U.S. Supreme C ourt. Vinson, who was appointe d to the bench almost 30 y ears ago by President R onald Reagan, has said he w ont rule immediately in the F lorida case. The other states involved i n the lawsuit are Alabama, A laska, Arizona, Colorado, G eorgia, Indiana, Idaho, L ouisiana, Michigan, M ississippi, Nebraska, N evada, North Dakota, P ennsylvania, South C arolina, South Dakota, T exas, Utah and Washington. Continued from page 1A States ask judge to kill Obama health care law By BEN FELLER APWhite House CorrespondentWASHINGTON Declaring sign ificant progress in disrupting alQ aida and combatting the Taliban, P resident Barack Obama said T hursday the United States will start w ithdrawing U.S. troops from A fghanistan in July as promised. He s till warned of sobering days, saying t he war will remain a very difficult e ndeavor. Assessing the war one year after h e ordered a major increase in t roops, Obama said the goal is not to defeat every threat to Afghanistans security or to build up the nation. Rather, he said, the United States continues to shed blood in the war one now in its 10th year to dismantle the al-Qaida network and push back the Taliban. We are on track to achieve our goals, Obama said from the White House. Yet he added that progress has not come fast enough in Pakistan, where terrorists continue to find safe haven. And the president warned that the gains over the last year which have come at the cost of more U.S. troop deaths that at any time during the war are fragile and reversible. Put together, Obamas words and the reports findings underscore that his war plan is here to stay. The goal is for the U.S.-led coalition of nations to turn over control of Afghan security by the end of 2014, which means that U.S. troops will remain at war there for at least the next four years. The pace and scope of the U.S. troop withdrawal is unclear. We dont know at this point, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters. He said he hoped the pace would accelerate based on local conditions. There are now roughly 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, as well as 40,000 from NATO allies. Adefining issue in the months ahead will be the degree to which the United States can get Pakistans cooperation in rooting out the terrorists within its borders. Obama, who has significantly escalated the scope of the war and always centered that effort on defeating al-Qaida, claimed his most progress to date. In short, al-Qaida is hunker ed down, the president said. It w ill take time to ultimately defeat a lQaida and it remains a ruthless an d resilient enemy bent on attacking o ur country. But make no mistake. W e are going to remain relentless in di srupting and dismantling that terror ist organization. The Afghanistan war began in t he weeks after the Sept. 11, 200 1, attacks against the United States. It has become one of the longest wa rs in the countrys history. Obama says US military efforts on track in Afghanistan, Pakistan

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 9A LIMITED SPACE CALLTODAY! 5 DAYS a week$ 30 Get In Shape Learn Self Defense Improve Self Esteem Make Better GradesMARTIAL ARTS AMERICA471-2467Best After School Program in SebringFREEPICKUP from: Kindergarten Learning Center, Cracker Trail, Sun-N-Lakes, Woodlawn, Fred Wild, Memorial, Hill Gustat, Sebring Middle/High Located on Kenilworth Sebring*Some Restrictions Apply Life Care, Not Day Care FRIDAY Alcoholics Anonymous O ne Day At ATime group m eets for a closed discussion a t 9:30 a.m. Monday and F riday at Covenant P resbyterian Church, 4500 S un N Lakes Blvd., Sebring. F or details, call 314-0891. American Legion Post 25 h osts a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. a t the post, 1490 U.S. 27, L ake Placid. Cost is $6. S hrimp also is available for s ame price. Open to the publ ic. Tickets in the lounge on F riday night. Lounge hours are f rom 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For d etails, call 465-7940. American Legion Post 74 h as karaoke from 7 p.m. until f inal call at the post, 528 N. P ine St., Sebring. Post open at n oon. Happy Hour from 4-6 p .m. Members and guests o nly. For details, call 4711 448. Avon Park Breakfast R otary Club meets 7 a.m., R otary Club building. Bridge Club of Sebring ( American Contract Bridge C lub)plays duplicate games at 1 2:30 p.m. at 347 Fernleaf A ve., Sebring. For details, call 3 85-8118. Buttonwood Bay Squares m eets first and third Friday in r ecreation hall, Sebring. Early r ounds are from 7-7:30 p.m., a lternate m ainstream/plus/rounds are f rom 7:30-9:30 p.m. Everyone i s welcome to attend. For d etails, callLarry Gow at 3826 995. Grand Prix Cloggers B eginner classes are at 9 a .m., EZ Intermediate classes a re at 10 a.m., and I ntermediate classes are at 11 a .m. every Friday at Reflection o n Silver Lake, Avon Park. Call J ulie for further information at 3 86-0434. Harmony Hoedowners S quare Dance Club offers a c lass in Lake Placid at the S unshine RV Resort from 9-11 a .m. Friday. For more informat ion, call Sam Dunn at 3826 792 or e-mail him at samd unn@samdunn.net. Highlands Social Dance C lub hosts ballroom dancing e very Friday, October through M arch from 7-9:30 p.m. at the S enior Center on Sebring P arkway. Dance the night a way to the music of the a reas Big Bands. All club d ances are open to the public. A ppropriate dress required. A dmission is $5 for members a nd $7 for non-members. Call 4 71-0559. Italian-American Social Club of Highlands Countys Social Night with games and snacks every first and third Friday of each month from 6:30-9 p.m. For more information, call Jeanne at 382-1945. Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 has lounge hours beginning at 1 p.m. There is a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $8.50 per person. The lodge is open to members and their guests. For details, call 465-2661. Lake Placid Moose serves wings, fish and burgers at 6 p.m. Music provided from 7-11 p.m. Pool tournament is at 8 p.m. Open to members and qualified guests only. Loyal Order of Moose Highlands County Lodge No. 2494, 1318 W Bell St., Avon Park. Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. Lodge phone number 4520579. Narcotics Anonymous New Day Group meets at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 319 Poinsettia Ave, Sebring. For information call Heartland area helpline (863) 683-0630. More information on other meetings and events at www.naflheartland.org. Sebring Eagles Club 4240 serves chicken or fish baskets from 5-7 p.m. at the club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring, for a $4 donation. Blind darts is played at 7 p.m. For details, call 655-4007. Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 serving buffet dinner at 5-7 p.m. Elks and guests invited. Dance music in ballroom at 7 p.m. Dinner and dance is $10 donation. For reservations, call 385-8647 or 471-3557. Smoke-free environment. Lounge is open from 3-10 p.m. Sebring Moose Lodge 2259 serves beef franks and Italian sausages served from 1 p.m. to closing at 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring. For details, call 655-3920. Sebring Recreation Club plays bridge at 12:30 p.m. and table tennis at 4 p.m. at 333 Pomegranate Ave. For details, call 385-2966 or leave a name, number and message. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3880, 1224 County Road 621 E., Lake Placid. Texas Hold em lessons, 2 p.m. For more details, call 699-5444. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4300 serves pizza from 5:30-7 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. at the post, 2011 SE Lakeview Drive, Sebring. For details, call 385-8902. Volunteers of America of Florida is a nonprofit organization in Sebring that specializes in assisting person's with mental illness. We are pleased to announce our Drop in Center is open to individuals with a mental illness 6 days a week from 11am to 3 pm. The center offers a welcoming environment where individuals are accepted and feel comfortable. For more information please contact Wendy at 863382-2022.SATURDAY American Association of University Women meets at 10 a.m. third Saturday at various locations. For details, call 465-2581 or 452-2493. American Legion Post 25 serves sirloin burgers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the post, 1490 U.S. 27, Lake Placid. Jam session is from 24 p.m. The lounge hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Members and guests invited. For details, call 465-7940. American Legion Post 69 in AvonPark serves dinner at 5 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. American Legion Post 74 open noon to 8 p.m. Hot dogs served. Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. Call 471-1448. Avon Park Lakes Association has a pancake breakfast on the third Saturday of every month. $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12. The clubhouse is at 2714 Nautilus Drive in Avon Park. Avon Park Public Library has a free Adult Film Series at noon. For details, call 4523803. Heartland Avian Society meets at 1 p.m. third Saturday at various homes or a restaurant. Pet bird owners meet to share food and fellowship and take occassional field trips. Looking for other bird owners to join us. For details, call Sharol at 465-7350. Heartland Horses & Handicapped Inc. provides free assisted riding sessions for adults and children with special needs from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 118 W. College Drive, AvonPark. For details or to volunteer, call Mary McClelland, coordinator, 4520006. Highlands Shrine Club, 2606 State Road 17 South, Avon Park (between Avon Park and Sebring) has a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., country store open from 8 a.m. to noon and pancake breakfast served from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Vendors are welcome. No setup fee is charged for the summer months. Plenty of off road parking. For details, call 382-2208. Highlands Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 825 Sunbird Terr. (Community Center off Thunderbird Road). Call Bob Seybolt at 471-6077. Historical Society of Greater Lake Placid meets at noon quarterly on the third Saturday of March, June, September, and December at the Masonic Hall, 106 N. Main for a potluck luncheon. Hot Rod Nights Cruise In, meets from 5-8 p.m. every third Saturday at the Home Depot parking lot in Sebring. For details, call 441-3051 or 441-3086. Lake Placid Art League has a class in Pastels/Acrylics taught by Llewellyn Rinald from from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cultural Center, 127 Dal Hall Blvd. For information call Dan Daszek at 465-7730. Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 opens the lounge at 1 p.m. Card games are played at 1 p.m., and Bar Bingo is at 1:30 p.m. The lodge is open to members and their guests. For details, call 465-2661. Narcotics Anonymous New Day Group meets at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 319 Poinsettia Ave, Sebring. For information call Heartland area helpline (863) 683-0630. More information on other meetings and events at www.naflheartland.org. Overeaters Anonymous meets at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Oak Street, Lake Placid. For more details, call 382-1821. Sebring Eagles Club 4240 serves dinner from 5-7 p.m. at the club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring. Music is from 7-10 p.m. For details, call 655-4007. Sebring Moose Club 2259 offers line dancing lessons at 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday for members and guests at 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring. For details, call 6553920. Twelve Step Study Group for Adult Children of Alcoholics meets at 11 a.m. first and third Saturday, at first building south of Union Congregational Church, 105 N. Forest Ave., AvonPark. Parking available south of old church. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3880, 1224 County Road 621 E., Lake Placid. Spaghetti dinner and karaoke at 5:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. For more details, call 699-5444. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4300 serves a meal for $6 from 5:30-7 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. at the post, Classified Ads 385-6155 NEWS-SUN COMMUNITYCALENDAR V ideo found online at w ww.fire.nist.gov/tree shows j ust how fast. In one clip a tree catches f ire at its base. Within five s econds flames are licking t he ceiling. Within 30 seco nds flames have spread to t he entire living room, and p ieces of furniture are burni ng too. West recommends using L ED lights as they do not g et as hot as other bulbs. Inspect holiday lights each y ear for frayed wires, bare s pots or broken sockets b efore putting them up. State Farm also warned t hat Christmas lights are the p erfect product for counterf eiting high volume and l ow manufacturing cost. L ook for CSAor ULcertific ation marks that indicate t he product was tested and m et the product safety stand ards. Candles are pretty, but a c onsiderable hazard. Never u se them on a tree or near f abric, like curtains. Just this Tuesday, the D eSoto City Volunteer Fire D epartment was called to a h ouse fire that had been s tarted by a candle. F ortunately the fire fighters w ere able to contain the b laze to one room. Christmas cooking can a lso do worse than create i ndigestion. Untended cooki ng remains a top reason for h ouse fires. Barefield warns that he h as responded to a fire caused by a deep frying turkey going wrong. It burned down the entire shed, he said. Right now, with the freezing temperatures killing undergrowth and the dry wind sucking the moisture out of plant life, the danger of creating an out-of-control brush fire is very high. According to State Farm, home heating equipment is second to cooking fires for causing home structure fires. More than half of home heating fires occur during the winter. Avoid setting up a space heater too close to curtains, furniture, or even holiday decorations. Remember to keep at least three feet of clear space around it and set it up on the floor unless it is designed for other use. Never throw anything over the heater. When buying a new heater, look for the models that automatically switch off when the heater tips over. Never leave a heater on unattended. The number of fires and deaths caused by children playing with fire goes up significantly during the holidays. Never leave children unsupervised with ignition materials such as matches or lighters. Do not burn trash, cardboard boxes or Christmas trees in the fireplace. These items burn unevenly and may cause a dangerous flash fire. Stick to wood. Most chimney fires are caused by the buildup of creosote, a highly combustible by-product of burning wood. To protect your chimney from creosote buildup, have it inspected and cleaned annually. Reverse cycle air-conditioning can also be a hazard, especially if the filters and ducts havent been properly maintained. Continued from page 1A Fire dangers peak during winter season News-Sun photo by KATARASIMMONS The Desoto City Volunteer Fire Department responds to a fire Tuesday morning in Sebring. The fire, which was contained to the room of origin, was reportedly caused by a candle.

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AD RATESGARAGE SALE6 lines 2 days $11503 days$14(additional lines $1 each)MISCELLANEOUSmerchandise over $1005 lines 6 pubs$1750(additional lines $3 each)REAL ESTATE EMPLOYMENT TRANSPORTATION5 lines 6 pubs $31506 lines 14 pubs$71 HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT YOUR HOMETOWN PAPER THE NEWS-SUNIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 28-2010-CA-000332 SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. CARLISLE HUGH; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CARLISLE HUGH; UNKNOWN TENANTS(S); IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 30th day of November, 2010, and entered in Case No. 28-2010-CA-000332, of the Circuit Court of the 10TH Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC. is the Plaintiff and CARLISLE HUGH; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CARLISLE HUGH; UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the HIGHLANDS COUNT Y COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE, SEBRING, FL 33870 at the Highlands County Courthouse in Sebring, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 23rd day of December, 2010, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 13, BLOCK 185, UNIT 11, SUN N LAKE ESTATES OF SEBRING, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 69, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS 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 yoi, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863)534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated this 30th day of November, 2010. Robert W. Germaine Clerk Of The Circuit Court By: /s/ Annette E. Daff Deputy Cler k December 10, 17, 2010 1050LegalsIN THE CIRCUIT COURT HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 10-492 IN RE: ESTATE OF MILDRED JEAN RENFRO a.k.a. M. JEAN RENFRO TODD a.k.a. M. JEAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN JORDAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN M. TODD NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MILDRED JEAN RENFRO a.k.a. M. JEAN RENFRO TODD a.k.a. M. JEAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN JORDAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN M. TODD, deceased, whose date of death was August 26, 2010, and whose social security number is 308-12-6328, is pending in the Circuit Court forHighlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 17, 2010. Personal Representatives: /s/ James A. Renfro 61 Grafton Road Upton, Massachusetts 01568 /s/ Jan L. Smith 1805 Crystal Street Anderson, Indiana 46012 Attorney for Personal Representatives: /s/ David F. Lanier E-Mail Address: lanier@embarqmail.com Florida Bar No. 045399 DAVID F. LANIER P.O. Box 400 Avon Park, Florida 33826-0400 Telephone: (863)453-4457 December 17, 24, 2010 1050LegalsIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 10-493 IN RE: ESTATE OF JOHN CLINTON ELLER AKA JOHN C. ELLER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JOHN CLINTON ELLER AKA JOHN C. ELLER, deceased, whose date of death was October 22, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands Court, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claim with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 17, 2010. Personal Representative: /s/ JOHN THOMAS ELLER 4035 FOREST AVE. WESTERN SPRINGS, IL 60558 Attorneys for Personal Representative: CLIFFORD M. ABLES, P.A. 551 SOUTH COMMERCE AVE. SEBRING, FL. 33870 (863) 385-0112 (863)385-1284 (FAX) cmables@cmablespa.net CLIFFORD M. ABLES, III Florida Bar Number 178379 JANE M. HANCOCK Florida BarNumber 341002 December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 28-2008-CA-001485GCS SUNTRUST BANK, Plaintiff, vs. ASHA JOHNSON; CLERK OF COURTS, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA; PLACID LAKES HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., A DISSOLVED CORPORATION; ELISA KENDALL BLISS; JOSEPH JOHNSON; STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE C/O EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, R.A.; UNKNOWN TENANTS(S); IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 30th day of November, 2010, and entered in Case No. 28-2008-CA-001485GCS, of the Circuit Court of the 10TH Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein SUNTRUST BANK is the Plaintiff and ASHA JOHNSON; CLERK OF COURTS, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA; PLACID LAKES HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., A DISSOLVED CORPORATION; ELISA KENDALL BLISS; JOSEPH JOHNSON; STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE C/O EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, R.A.; UNKNOWN TENANT(S); JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE, SEBRING, FL 33870 at the Highlands County Courthouse in Sebring, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 23rd day of December, 2010, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 5, IN BLOCK 81, OF PLACID LAKES SECTION 19, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, AT PAGE 14, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS 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 yoi, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863)534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated this 30th day of November, 2010. Robert W. Germaine Clerk Of The Circuit Court By: /s/ Annette E. Daff Deputy Clerk December 10, 17, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 10001500FCS JACK P. YOUNG, JR. Petitioner, And ANGELA DAWN TAYLOR Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION To: Angela Dawn Taylor YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of written defenses if any to: Jack P. Young, Jr., Petitioners, 2164 State Road 17 S. #2, Avon Park, Florida 33825, on or before January 3, 2011, and file the original with the Clerk of Court, 430 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, Florida 33870, either before service on Petitioner or immediately Thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Date: November 30, 2010 CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: s/s Allie Riley Deputy Clerk December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010 with the Clerk of the above styled court on or before January 21, 2011; otherwise a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 8th day of December, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /s/ Toni Kopp 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 Office of the Court Administrator 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863)534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-1140 GCS J. RUDY REINHARDT and SHIRLEY A. REINHARDT, his wife, Plaintiff, vs. ROBERT HOGGATT and PAULA HOGGATT a/k/a PAULA R. WOERDEMAN, husband and wife, Defendants. NOTICE OF SUIT-PROPERTY TO: Robert Hoggatt and Paula Hoggatt, a/k/a Paula R. Woerdeman and all other parties or persons claiming by or through them, 1933 N. Morningside Drive Avon Park, Florida 33825 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose on the following property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 567 and Lot 568, AVON PARK LAKES, UNIT NO. 2, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 89, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Loretta J. Thompson, Esquire, MCCLURE & LOBOZZO, 211 South Ridgewood Drive, Sebring, FL 33870, the Plaintiff's attorney, and file the original IN THE CIRCUIT COURT HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 10-488 IN RE: ESTATE OF LARRY A. SHEPPARD a.k.a. LARRY AUSTIN SHEPPARD NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of LARRY A. SHEPPARD a.k.a. LARRY AUSTIN SHEPPARD, deceased, whose date of death was October 17, 2010, and whose social security number is 228-52-7575, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below.' All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 10, 2010. Personal Representative: /s/ Michele Dumke 2075 W. Myakka Road Avon Park, Florida 33825 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ David F. Lanier E-Mail Address: lanier@embarqmail.com Florida Bar No. 045399 DAVID F. LANIER P.O. Box 400 Avon Park, Florida 33826-0400 Telephone: (863)453-4457 December 10, 17, 2010 CREDITOR, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST WILLIAM COLE, last known address 400 Walnut Street, Sebring, FL 33870. Notice is hereby given to the ANY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM AS HEIR, DEVISEE, GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, CREDITOR, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST WILLIAM COLE that an action to foreclose on the following property in Highlands County, Florida: Legal: LOT 5, BLOCK 122, LA PALOMA, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 44, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Leslie S. White, Esquire, the Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is, 109 E. Church Street, 5th Floor, P.O. Box 3146, Orlando, Florida 32802-3146 on or before January 7, 2011, and file the original with the clerk of the court either before service on the Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED ON November 29, 2010. (SEAL) Highlands County Clerk of Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 10-602-GCS WALKHAMPTON CAPITAL CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. A NY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM A S HEIR, DEVISEE, GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, CREDITOR,, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR A GAINST WILLIAM COLE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WILLIAM L. COLE; PAULA LAMAR; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PAULA LAMAR; CITY OF SEBRING; FIRST HOME FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION; and UNKNOWN TENANT, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: ANY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM AS HEIR, DEVISEE, GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. PC 10-460 Division _________________ IN RE: ESTATE OF BEULAH TAYLOR DEANE a/k/a BEULAH T. DEANE, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Summary Administration)TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of Beulah Taylor Deane, deceased, File Number PC 10-460, by the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 South Commerce Ave., Sebring, Florida 33870; that the decedent's date of death was June 30, 2010; that the total value of the estate is $14,020.00 and that the names of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: NAME ADDRESS Beulah T. Deane Trust u/a/d 07/24/2007 Walter L. Deane and Gordon L. Dean, Successor Co-Trustees P O Box 1181 Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 03894 A LL INTER-ESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: A ll 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 DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 10, 2010. Person Giving Notice: /s/ Walter L. Deane Walter L. Deane P O Box 1181Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 03894 A ttorney for Person Giving Notice: / s/ Bruce H. Bokor Bruce H. 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If We can assist you, please call us:385-6155 News-Sun Classified 1100Announcements***************************************** HIGHLANDS COUNTY LEGAL NOTICES ***************************************** The following legal notices are from the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners and are being published in the font, size, and leading as per their specifications. 1055HighlandsCounty LegalsNOTICE OF DISPOSITION ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA SELF STORAGE FACILITY ACT THE FOLLOWING STORAGE UNITS LOCATED AT THE STORAGE PLACE OF AVON PARK, 395 CR 17A WEST, AVON PARK, FL 33825 WILL BE DISPOSED OF ON JANUARY 05, 2011, AT 10:00AM. ALL UNITS ARE SAID TO CONTAIN HOUSEHOLD GOODS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. Names and unit numbers are as follows: NAME UNIT NUMBER Florida DME Solutions, LLC 355 Robert Padgett Jr. 309 DISPOSITION BEING MADE TO SATISFY LANDLORD'S LIEN, MANAGEMENT RESERVES ALL RIGHTS, UNDER FLORIDA LAW, ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN CASH. December 10, 17, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No.: GC-09-1793 SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. THOMAS E. HAAKE and WENDY ANN HAAKE, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the ``Final Summary Judgment'' entered in the above-styled action, the property described below will be sold by the Clerk of this Court at public sale, 11:00 a.m. on January 4, 2011, to the highest bidder, for cash at 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida 33870-3867: Lot 1, Block 3, of Lake Blue Estates, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 59, of the Public Records of Highlands 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. Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court Highlands County, Florida /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk December 17, 24, 2010 NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pursuant to a WRIT OF EXECUTION issued out of the County County Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, on the 29th day of September, 2010, in the cause wherein AUTO OWNERS INSURANCE COMPANY, is Plaintiff, and KENNETH R. WACASTER, and PATRICIA WACASTER, are Defendants, being Case No. 2008-SC-000606 in the said Court, I, Susan Benton, Sheriff of Highlands County, Florida,have levied upon all of the Defendant, PATRICIA WACASTER's right, title and interest in and to the following described PERSONAL property in Highlands County, Florida, to-wit: Blue 2001 Lincoln Navigator 4 Dr Wagon Sport VIN Number: 5LMFU28R11LJ08374 and on the 18th day of January, 2011 at Duck's Body Shop, 1153 Hawthorne Drive, in the City of Sebring, Highlands County, Florida, at the hour of 11:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, I will offer for sale all of the said defendant, PATRICIA WACASTER's, right, title and interest in aforesaid property at public outcry and will sell the same, subject to all prior liens, encumbrances and judgments, if any, to the highest and best bidder or bidders for CASH, the proceeds to be applied as far as may be to the payment of costs and the satisfaction of the above-described execution. Dated this, December 14, 2010 SUSAN BENTON, SHERIFF OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA By: /s/ Kevin Awbrey Deputy Kevin Awbrey DEPUTY SHERIFF In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the agency sending this notice at 434 Fernleaf Ave., Sebring, FL 33870, Telephone 863/402-7228 not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TTD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Services. December 17, 24, 31, 2010; January 7, 2011 Internal Revenue Service Public Auction Under the authority in Internal Revenue Code section 6331, the property described below has been seized for nonpayment of internal revenue taxes due from Jesse & Sonia Baldwin. The property will be sold at public auction as provided by Internal Revenue Code section6335 and related regulations.Date of Sale: January 4th, 2010Time of Sale: 10:00 am Registration 09:30 Location of Sale: 1450 US 27 Lake Placid, FL 33862Only the right, title, and interest of Jesse & Sonia Baldwin in and to the property will be offered for sale. If requested, the Internal Revenue Service will furnish information about possible encumbrances, which may be useful in determining the value of the interest being sold.Description of Property: The property is a .75 acre lot with large metal building in an incorporated commercial area. Real Property is legally described on attachment; Highlands County Florida Parcel ID # C-08-37-30-A00-0270-0000Payment Terms: 20% of the successful bid within one hour of sale and the remaining funds will be due on or before January 24th 2011 03:00 PM. All payments must be by cash, certified check, cashiers or treasurers check or by a United States postal, bank, express, or telegraph money order. Make check or money order payable to the United States Treasury. For more information, please contact Sharon W. Sullivan Internal Revenue Service 7850 SW 6th CT MS 5780 Plantation, FL 33324 or Sharon.W.Sullivan@irs.gov or visit our website HYPERLINK "http://www.irsauctions.gov" www.irsauctions.gov December 15, 17, 2010 on November 30, 2010. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending this notice no later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, visa Florida Relay Service. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit and County Court By: /s/ Annette E. Daff Deputy Clerk December 10, 17, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIRCUIT CIVIL CASE NO. 28-2010-CA-000670GCS WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER WITH WACHOVIA BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v. SIMON LORENZO BROWN, JR., et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2010, and entered in Case No. 28-2010-CA-000670 of the Circuit Court for HIGHLANDS County, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room in the basement of the Highlands County Courthouse located at 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida, in, at 11:00 a.m. and on the 23rd day of December, 2010, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment: Lot 16, GRAN-LORE RANCHETTES, according to the map or plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 12, Page 13, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Together with that certain 1993 Fleetwood Mobile Home Identification #FLFLP70A21273SK and FLFLP70B21273SK. TOGETHER WITH all the improvements now or hereafter erected on the property, and all easements, rights, appurtenances, rents royalties,mineral, oil and gas rights and profits, water rights and stock and all fixtures now or hereafter attached to the property. **ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE.** WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2009-CA-001611 SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, vs. MARK F. SMICIKLAS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 06, 2010 and entered in Case No. 28-2009-CA-001611 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., is the Plaintiff and MARK F. SMICIKLAS; JANET K. SMICIKLAS; are the Defendants. The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE A VENUE at 11:00 AM, on the 4th day of January, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOTS 3 AND 4, BLOCK K, SUN N LAKES ESTATES SECTION 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE 34, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A /K/A 105 SUNFISH LANE, LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 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. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 6, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09104542 SAXONFID-SPECFHLMC **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates, P.A., P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, FL 33622-5018, telephone (813) 251-4766, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service. December 17, 24, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2009-CA-000746 SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. GERALD CLOSE A/K/A GERALD W. CLOSE, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 06, 2010 and entered in Case No. 28-2009-CA-000746 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., is the Plaintiff and GERALD CLOSE A/K/A GERALD W. CLOSE; REGIONS BANK D/B/A AMSOUTH BANK; TENANT #1 N/K/A JENNIFER EZELLE; are the Defendants. The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE at 11:00 AM, on the 4th day of January, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: THE SOUTH 1/2 OF LOT 1, BLOCK 104, ORIGINAL TOWN OF SEBRING, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 1, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, OF WHICH HIGHLANDS COUNTY WAS FORMERLY A PART, AND IN TRANSCRIPT OF PLATS BOOK 1, PAGE 6, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHWESTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 1 ON LAKEVIEW DRIVE, THENCE NORTHWESTERLY ALONG LAKEVIEW DRIVE ON THE WESTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 1 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY PARALLEL TO AND 50 FEET NORTH OF LINE DIVIDING LOTS 1 AND 2 A DISTANCE OF 150 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE WEST LINE OF FRANKLIN STREET, SAME BEING THE EASTERLY LINE OF LOT 1; THENCE SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG THE EASTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 1 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET TO THE SOUTHEASTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 1; THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE LINE DIVIDING LOTS 1 AND 2, A DISTANCE OF 150 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. A /K/A 401 S. FRANKLIN STREET, SEBRING, FL 33870 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. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 6, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09054324 SUNTRUST-SPECFHLMC **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates, P.A., P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, FL 33622-5018, telephone (813) 251-4766, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service. 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www.newssun.comNews-Sun Friday, December 17, 2010Page 13 A Call 385-6155 and a Sales Representative will be glad to assist you! The successful candidate will have a minimum of 1 year sales experience, marketing or customer service experience and possess the ability to make cold calls. Candidates must have excellent communication and speaking skills, be computer proficient, able to type 40 wpm. Candidates must also possess excellent sales skills. PART-TIME SALES POSITIONDRUG TEST AND BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED. STOP BY THE NEWS SUN AT 2227 US HWY 27 S SEBRING, FLORIDA AND FILL OUT AN APPLICATION We are looking for a high-energy, highly motivated individual ready to work in a fast paced environment. This entry level position requires dependability, excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to handle customer service calls, resolve customer problems, and deal effectively with a variety of personalities. General clerical, administrative, and computer skills, in addition to good phone etiquette, are necessary. Scheduled hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. TuesdayFriday. This is a full-time position with benefits, paid time off, health insurance, 401K & more. Email resumes to: humanresources@newssun.com or fax to 352.365.8229, Attention: Human Resources Director. Applications may be completed at 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring. EOE HELP WANTED2007 POLARISPredator 50, four wheeler, automatic, low hours and in great condition. $850. Please call 863-441-1639 8400RecreationalVehicles 8000 Recreation YORKIE PUPPIES1 male, 1 female. AKC Reg., 8 wks old. Health certs w/1st shots, tails docked & dew claws removed. Parents on premises. $700. 863-452-5960 NOTICEFlorida statute 585.195 states tha t all dogs and cats sold in Florida must be at least eight weeks old, have an official health certificate and proper shots and be free of intestinal and external parasites. FREE KITTENS8wks, 3blk. males, 2blk/orange calico females. Email anarahlee@aol.com 7520Pets & SuppliesLOOKING FORused car in VERY GOOD CONDITION Call 863-465-0978. 7340Wanted to Buy SEBRING -Multi Family Sale 2732 Blue Bonnet Dr. Sat Dec 18th 8am-1pm. Lots of children & baby clothes, M&M collect., plus size clothing, Sm. appli. SEBRING -Moving Sale Maranatha Village, 15 Gideon Rd. every Fri-Sat 9am, until Jan 7th, '11. Household items, furniture, gardening misc. SEBRING -4401 Maderia Ave. Thur-Fri-Sat, Dec 16-17-18, 8am-3pm. Furniture, household items. Lots Of Miscellaneous. SEBRING -3-FAMILY SALE! 314 Robin Ave., Thurs-Fri-Sat, Dec 16, 17, 18, 8am-3pm. LAKE PLACID1800 St. Rd. 70 West, Look for signs. Fri-Sat Dec.17-18 F 8am-2pm / S 8am-12pm. Furniture, collectibles, tools, household items. Much Much More! LAKE PLACIDLarge Multi Family Sale 3041 Lake June Blvd., Sat. Dec. 18th, 9am-? Tools, games, clothes, ETC. LAKE PLACID148 Jade Way Fri-Sat, Dec 17th-18th 8am-3pm. Mower, blower, tools, dresser, clothes, sewing machine, miscellaneous items. GIANT CLOSEOut Sale Thur-Fri-Sat, Dec 16-17-18, 10am-4pm.Mostly new gift items at garage sale prices. Exc. for Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers. Collectibles, glassware. Pieces of the Past @ 313 Circle Park Drive. 863-386-9100 7320Garage &Yard Sales TV ANTENNAOutdoor, w/ remote, and Amp $35 863-382-7959 TIRE &WHEEL, large, LT 265/70 R17. $65. 863-699-1119. STAMP COLLECTIONMint sheet book. Asking face value, 6-22 cents, price $87.40. 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Black solid wood Chinese tri fold screen, embossed with colorful Chinese figures. $799. 863-386-1885 7060Antiques -Collectible 7000 MerchandiseSEBRING -1BR w/bath, furn/unfurn, W/D, Satellite, full use of home. $400/mo. or $100/wk + dep. 863-304-2849 6400Rooms for RentSEBRING -House Fully Furnished 3 BR, 2 BA, 2 car garage, washer/dryer, utilities included, no pets. $3500 monthly. 920-459-8239 6320Seasonal Property SEBRING LUXURY4BR, 2BA Home, 5 blocks across Hwy 27 from Florida Hospital. New CHA, new carpet & paint. $850 month + utilities. 863-402-1904 SEBRING -3BR, 1BA, $600/mo; 4BR, 1.5BA, $600/mo.; 1BR, 1BA Apt., $300/mo (Downtown off Circle); 2BR, 1BA w/workshop & garage, $550/mo; 3BR, 2BA Lake Josephine area, $550/mo; 3BR, 1BA, $500/mo; 2BR, 1BA Duplex, $450/mo; 1BR, 1BA Apt (by WalMart) $350/mo. EASY MOVE-IN RATES! 863-655-3504 LAKE PLACIDPet Friendly! Near Lake Placid Boat Ramp with lake access. Furnished or Unfurnished 2BR, 1BA with appliances and A/C. $650/mo. + $500 security deposit. 863-465-1354 LAKE PLACIDConvenient efficiency and small 1BR Apt.; located at 683 & 685 Lake June Rd, $375/mo. each. Call Compton Realty for info or to request a list of available rentals. 863-465-4158 LAKE PLACID2BR, 1BA, new floors/ paint, fenced yard, close to boat ramp, nice landscape, quiet area, no smoke, $550/mo. 863-699-1119 3 BR,2 BA, Living Rm., Dining Rm., Utility Rm. w/ W/D hook up, 2 Car Garage & Fireplace. Country Living. Call 863-773-5462 6300Unfurnished Houses SEASONAL /Yearly, furnished or unfurnished. 2/2 on Lake Sebring, W/Dryer. $700 yearly or $$1400 seasonal. 2/1. yearly $625, W/D hookup, big yard, across from lake.863-386-9100. LAKE PLACIDNewer 3BR, 2BA, Excl. furniture & appliances, near lake & boat ramp, seasonal or monthly rental. No Smoking or dogs. 863-699-1119 6250Furnished Houses SEBRING -DINNER LAKE AREA 1BR, 1BA Apartments for Rent. $395/mo. Includes water. Large rooms, fresh paint & tile floors. Call Gary Johnson @ 863-381-1861 SEBRING -Clean 1BR, 1BA, living rm., utility w/ W-D hookup, new screened vinyl patio, near Walmart & Homer's area. You pay electric, I pay cable & utilities. Ideal for 1 or 2 adults. Prefer year round renter, no dogs. $450 mly. + $450 sec. dp. Move in now $650 to the right party! Call after 1pm for details. 732-222-0344 RELAX ATLake Isis VillasLuxurious 2BR Apartment. Clean & Quiet Setting. Call 863-453-2669 NORTH AVONPARK 1BR, 1BA, G/W/S, you pay electric. No pets, Deposit $300. $420 Monthly. 863-453-7218LEMONTREE APARTMENTS1015 West Bell St. Avon Park, FL 33825(off US 27, behind Wendy's)1BR, 1BA $495/Month+ 200 security deposit (Water, Sewer & Garbage Incl) Pets Welcome* Full Size Washer/Dryer Open 8 am 7 pm 7 Days a Week Call Alan, (386) 503-8953 BEST RENTAL IN TOWN! Large 2BR, 1BA totally remodeled, washer/dryer hook-ups. Available Immediately! 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Available to individuals 62 years or older, handicap/disabled, regardless of age. For rental information & applications please call: 863-452-6565 TDD: 1-800-955-8771 THIS INSTITUTION IS AN Equal Opportunity Provider and EmployerLos Apt. de Castle Hill de Avon ParkEstan aceptando aplicaciones para Apts. de 1 y 2 recamaras. Disponible a personas de 62 ancs o mas, incapacidad fisica/mental, no importa la edad. Para mas informacion favor de llamar 863-452-6565. TDD: 1-800-955-8771 Esta Institucion Es De Igualdad De Oportunidad Al Proveedor, Y Empleador

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By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comShe made headlines this summer as the pre-teen phenom who stepped up amongst girls several years her senior to win the Sertoma Junior Tour. She also made a trip to North Carolina and pulled off an impressive finish amongst her peers from around the world and shooting a 76 at the World Championships at legendary Pinehurst. She took on another wellknown course, Torrey Oaks, and carded a 75. Alifetime of golf memories to look back on, and Kendall Griffin did it within this calendar year. Not to mention, the 11year old just completed the Premier Junior Tour season this past weekend and notched another couple of honors into her belt the Tour Championship and Player of the Year. In nine tournaments on the Tour, Griffin won four, took second three times and third twice. She could have played more, but her Sertoma Tour schedule got in the way. But then again, it also helped. Since I was able to play up in the high school division, I think I had to learn to get tougher mentally and that gave me a lot of confidence, Griffin said. Plus, since I wasnt allowed to have a caddy in Sertoma, I had to learn a lot about my game and especially course management, which has made a big difference. That mental toughness shone through last weekend when Griffin found herself tied after Saturdays first round on the Legacy Course at Reunion Resort. Sunday morning started out sunny and cold, with the weather soon taking a turn for the worse, becoming overcast, with high winds and a periodic light rain. The wind was blowing so hard that it could make yo ur ball roll on or off the green , she said. It was cold, th en hot, then windy, then rainin g By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comSEBRING In a battle of presses, visiting Hardee was a bit more succesful at breaking into the clear in Tuesdays 64-58 win over Sebring. It wasnt a non-stop pressing affair, with each team holding back at times, but with both unleashing it other times to try and turn the momentum. Often the Streaks and Wildcats would successfully work their respective ways through it, but there were plenty of turnovers and breakaway baskets off those turnovers to either open up Hardees early lead, or for the Streaks to roar back and close the gap. The Cats lead 14-9 while holding for the last shot of the first quarter, but Devin Clarke turned a steal into a layup at the buzzer to make it a 14-11 game. Deploying the press early in the second, Sebring evened things at 15-15, but the lightning-quick, mul tiguard line up of Hardee soo n found holes in the defense to make for some easy hoops as they built their lead back u p. Backup forward Jo sh Austin then came up bi g, bulling through the lane f or four baskets to keep t he Streaks to within 27-23 at t he half. The battle went back an d forth in the third, wi th Sebring pushing to with in two on several occasions. And again, it was a Clar ke SPORTS B SECTION News-Sun Friday, December 17, 2010 Page 3B News-Sun file photo by DAN HOEHNE Kendall Griffin capped off an amazing golf season by winning the Girls 10-12 Premier Junior Tour Championship and Player of the Year with her win last weekend in Reunion. News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHN E Nelson St. Louis drives past JaJuan Hooks Tuesday night, but the Wildcats came out the winners. Hardee64Sebring58 Wildcats trip up Streaks See STREAKS, page 4B Courtesy photos Ben Stone won the 24th annual Wild Turkey Toy Drive Stover Cup Dart Tournament held last weekend at the tavern. It was the second consecutive year that Stone won the mens division. Cris Cwalinski won the ladies division. Wild Turkey Stover Cup champs Courtesy pho to Kendall Griffin holds her Premier Junior Tour Player of the Year award after winning the Tour Championship Tournament last weekend. Griffin wraps up big year in big way See GRIFFIN, page 3B Special to the News-SunSoccer around the county t ook some hits as the Lake P lacid boys fell to Mulberry, 7 -3, and the Sebring girls c ame up short at Osceola by a 3 -1 score. Green Dragon basketball, h owever, had a fine night T uesday against Frostproof. The Lake Placid boys c ame out on top of a 75-69 s core while the girls routed t he Lady Bulldogs 69-35, b ehind Jamaica Gayles 20 p oints. Andre Wilson and Kirk V eley were key on the glass f or the Dragons, nabbing 13 a nd 11 rebounds, respectivel y. Tray Fleming would then Around the County TOM WITHERS Associated PressCLEVELAND Teenage pitching sensation, World War II hero, outspoken Hall of Famer and local sports treasure. Bob Feller was all of them. One of a kind, he was an American original. Blessed with a right arm that earned the Iowa farmboy the nickname Rapid Robert and made him one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, Feller, who left baseball in the prime of his career to fight for his country, died Wednesday night. He was 92. Feller, who won 266 games in 18 seasons all with the Indians died at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday night of acute leukemia at a hospice, said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians vice president of public relations. Remarkably fit until late in life, Feller had suffered serious health setbacks in recent months. He was diagnosed with leukemia in August, and while undergoing chemotherapy, he fainted and his heart briefly stopped. Eventually, he had pacemaker implanted. In November, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and recently released into hospice care. Even as his health deteriorated, Feller continued doing what he loved most attending Indians games deep into last season. Nobody lives forever an d Ive had a blessed life , Feller said in September. I d like to stay on this side of t he grass for as long as I ca n, though. Id really like to s ee the Indians win a Wor ld Series. Feller, in fact, was part of the rotation the last time t he Indians won it all in 194 8. Fiercely proud and patrio tic, Fellers life was much li ke one of his overpowering fas tballs. He seemed unstoppabl e, whether on the mound or in conversation. Feller, who broke into t he majors at the tender age of 17, could always bring t he Hall of Famer Bob Feller dies at 92 See FELLER, p a g e 3B News-Sun photo by BETH BALDRIDGE Favy Cotte and the Lady Devils had little trouble scoring in T uesdays 100-8 win against an overmatched Mulberry squad. Cotte netted 37 points in the lopsided win. See DRAGONS, page 4B By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssuncomIn an acticipated match-up between two high-scoring teams at the top of the district, the Avon Park boys won over Mulberry in a defensive battle Tuesday night. The Devils came into the contest averaging 64 points per game while the Panthers were averaging 60, with both teams having been undefeated in district 9-3Aplay. But it was defense that ruled the night as both teams struggled to get an offensive flow going. Avon Park, however, got 15 from Alonzo Robertson to stay atop the district standings with a 46-38 win. Scoring was something the Lady Red Devils had little trouble with in their 100-8 win over an overmatched Lady Panther squad. With just five players on the team, Mulberry was no challenge as Avon Park virtually wore out the lane on lay-ups and had the mercy-rule running clock going early. The Devils head to DeSoto tonight while the ladies host George Jenkins in non-district action. Devils hit daily double

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Sebring ShuffleboardSEBRING The Sebring Recreation Club will be holding a County Shuffleboard tournament Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 9 a.m. For the $5 entry fee, contestants play six games with a payout for the winners. Bring your own lunch. Anyone living in Highlands County or a member of a club within Highlands County is eligible to play. Avery enjoyable and fun day! For more information, contact the Sebring Recreation Club at 385-2966.New Year Golf BenefitSEBRING ANew Years golf tournament to benefit Eddie Bateman will tee off Saturday, Jan. 15 on the Deer Run course at Sun N Lake. The four-person scramble format will kick off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $55 per person/$220 per team. There are also sponsorships available. AGold sponsorship is $1,000 and gets four hole signs, a banner and one team entry. ASilver sponsorship is $500 and includes two hole signs, a banner and one team entry. ABronze sponsorship gets two hole signs and a banner and a single hole sponsorship, for $100, gets one hole sign. There are also single sponsor donations available for $25. For more information, contact Jady Prescott at 381-2117 or jady_52@hotmail.com.SFCC Holiday Baseball CampAVON PARK The South Florida Community College baseball program will be hosting a Youth Holiday Camp Dec. 20-22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day for children ages 6-14. Cost for the camp is $80 per person, with a $5 discount for families with more than one child participating. SFCC Head Coach Rick Hitt will serve as showcase director, with help from assistant coach Andy Polk and Panther players. The camp is designed to provide quality baseball instruction, with emphasis on fundamentals and improvement in all areas of the game. Each day, campers will have the opportunity to improve their skills and baseball knowledge. Players are to bring their own glove, cap, bat and any individual baseball attire to Panther Field at the SFCC campus in Avon Park. To register, go to www.southflorida.edu and select the baseball site. Click on baseball winter camps, then print out Admissions Application and Emergency Treatment forms. Mail the forms as indicated on the application form or register by phone at one of the Panther Baseball lines at extension 7036 Avon Park/Sebring: 4536661; Lake Placid: 465-5300; Arcadia: 494-7500; Wauchula: 773-2252. All camp participants will receive a camp T-shirt.Panther Volleyball CampAVONPARK The South Florida Community College Volleyball program will be hosting a four week training camp running from Jan. 6-Feb. 3 for players from 6th to 12th grade. The camp will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and provides individual skill development an d basic tactics in a positive learning env ironment. All campers will receive individual an d team instruction from Coach Ki m Crawford and members of the 201011 Lady Panthers. Crawford is a three-time college A llAmerican and played professionally in Europe, on the Bud Light Profession al Beach Tour for Team Nike and on the P ro California Grass Tour. She has been trained by many Olymp ic coaches and looks forward to sharing h er vast volleyball knowledge with all cam p participants. The camp cost is $100 and is limited to the first 30 to register. To register, go to www.southflorida.edu and select the vo lleyball site. Click on volleyball camp, print o ut Admissions Application and Emergen cy Treatment forms. Mail Admissions Application an d Emergency Treatment forms as indicat ed on application form, or bring to t he Cashiers Office in Building B. For more information, contact t he SFCC Athletic Department at the follow ing campus phone numbers at extensio n 7037 Avon Park/Sebring, 784-703 7; Lake Placid, 465-5300; DeSoto, 49 47500; Hardee, 773-2252; or ema il kim.crawford@southflorida.edu.YMCA New Years 5KSEBRING The Highlands Coun ty Family YMCAwill hold its first annu al New Years Day 5K Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. at Highlands Hammock State Pa rk on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. To register for the 5k run go to t he YMCAto pick up an entry form. Race day registration starts at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20. For more information contact Jonath an at the YMCA, 863-382-9622.Panther 5KAVON PARK The second annu al South Florida Community Colle ge Panther 5K Run/Walk has been plann ed for Saturday, Feb. 26 at the SFC C Highland Campus. The SFCC Foundation, Inc. and B ill Jarrett Ford Mercury are sponsoring t he event, and proceeds benefit the college s intercollegiate athletics programs. The entry fee for the SFCC Panther 5 K Run/Walk is $20 through Feb. 16 and $2 5 from Feb. 17 through the day of the rac e. Students with a current I.D. may regi ster for $15. Every participant receives a Dri-F it long-sleeve shirt sizes cannot be gua ranteed for those who enter after Feb. 17 Registration is 7-7:45 a.m. on race d ay in the parking lot in front of the SFC C University Center. The race begins at 8 a.m. Entry forms are available online at www.southflorida.edu/panther5k Participants can mail their copies an d entry fees to the SFCC Foundation, In c., 13 East Main Street, Avon Park, F L 33825; or fax forms to 863-453-8023 an d call 863-453-3133 with credit card info rmation. For more information about the SFC C Panther 5K, call the SFCC Foundation at 863-453-3133. The Foundation will be closed for wi nter break Saturday, Dec. 18 throug h Tuesday, Jan. 4. AMERICAN CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA x-New England1120.846415276 N.Y. Jets940.692273242 Miami760.538225244 Buffalo3100.231256339 South WLTPctPFPA Jacksonville850.615295331 Indianapolis760.538347318 Houston580.385316355 Tennessee580.385291265 North WLTPctPFPA Pittsburgh1030.769290198 Baltimore940.692294229 Cleveland580.385235252 Cincinnati2110.154262345 West WLTPctPFPA Kansas City850.615295268 San Diego760.538354253 Oakland670.462314307 Denver3100.231269376NATIONAL CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA N.Y. Giants940.692329250 Philadelphia940.692374308 Washington580.385238310 Dallas490.308321366 South WLTPctPFPA Atlanta1120.846335243 New Orleans1030.769330240 Tampa Bay850.615260267 Carolina1120.077164338 North WLTPctPFPA Chicago940.692253228 Green Bay850.615306189 Minnesota580.385230274 Detroit3100.231285309 West WLTPctPFPA Seattle670.462261329 St. Louis670.462245268 San Francisco580.385243280 Arizona490.308243351 x-clinched playoff spot ___ Thursdays Game San Francisco at San Diego, late Sunday, Dec. 19 Kansas City at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Washington at Dallas, 1 p.m. Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Arizona at Carolina, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. Denver at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at New England, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 Chicago at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB Boston204.833 New York1610.6155 Philadelphia1015.4001012Toronto 917.34612 New Jersey619.2401412Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami198.704 Orlando169.6402 Atlanta1610.615212Charlotte916.3609 Washington617.26111 Central Division WLPctGB Chicago168.667 Indiana1113.4585 Milwaukee1014.4176 Detroit818.3089 Cleveland718.280912WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio213.875 Dallas205.800112New Orleans1510.600612Memphis1214.46210 Houston1015.4001112Northwest Division WLPctGB Oklahoma City188.692 Utah188.692 Denver159.6252 Portland1214.4626 Minnesota620.23112 Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Lakers197.731 Phoenix1212.5006 Golden State916.360912Sacramento518.2171212L.A. Clippers521.19214 ___ Tuesdays Games Charlotte 97, Toronto 91 Philadelphia 82, New Jersey 77 L.A. Lakers 103, Washington 89 Detroit 103, Atlanta 80 Houston 118, Sacramento 105 Denver 111, Orlando 94 Golden State 108, Minnesota 99 Wednesdays Games L.A. Lakers 109, Indiana 94 Boston 118, New York 116 Philadelphia 105, L.A. Clippers 91 Chicago 110, Toronto 93 Miami 101, Cleveland 95 Memphis 113, Charlotte 80 New Orleans 94, Sacramento 91 Oklahoma City 117, Houston 105 San Antonio 92, Milwaukee 90 Phoenix 128, Minnesota 122 Dallas 103, Portland 98 Thursdays Games Washington at New Jersey, late Atlanta at Boston, late San Antonio at Denver, late Fridays Games Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m. Miami at New York, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Toronto, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Utah at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Memphis at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Portland, 10 p.m.EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA Philadelphia21754711381 Pittsburgh211024410478 N.Y. Rangers191313910084 New Jersey9192205688 N.Y. Islanders5185155998 Northeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Montreal18112388166 Boston1694368359 Buffalo13144308186 Ottawa13163297196 Toronto12144286987 Southeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Washington18114409994 Tampa Bay171043896107 Atlanta171143810093 Carolina13124308290 Florida13160267476WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA Detroit20734310180 Nashville1686387972 Columbus16113357882 Chicago1614335104100 St. Louis14105337480 Northwest Division WLOTPtsGFGA Vancouver1784389476 Colorado171043811298 Minnesota13124307186 Calgary13153298491 Edmonton111452778105 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA Dallas18102388682 Anaheim17134388999 Los Angeles17101357865 San Jose15115359290 Phoenix1496348180 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ___ Tuesdays Games Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 2 Toronto 4, Edmonton 1 Wednesdays Games Tampa Bay 2, Atlanta 1, SO Buffalo 3, Boston 2 New Jersey 3, Phoenix 0 N.Y. Rangers 4, Pittsburgh 1 Anaheim 2, Washington 1, OT Detroit 5, St. Louis 2 Philadelphia 5, Montreal 3 Carolina 4, Florida 3 Nashville 3, San Jose 2 Colorado 4, Chicago 3 Vancouver 3, Columbus 2, OT Thursdays Games Anaheim at N.Y. Islanders, late Phoenix at N.Y. Rangers, late Carolina at Atlanta, late Boston at Montreal, late Los Angeles at St. Louis, late Ottawa at Minnesota, late San Jose at Dallas, late Toronto at Calgary, late Columbus at Edmonton, late Fridays Games Nashville at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Ottawa at Colorado, 9 p.m.BASEBALLAmerican League KANSAS CITY ROYALSDesignated RHP Philip Humber for assignment. NEW YORK YANKEESAgreed to terms with RHP Mark Prior, RHP Brian Anderson, INF Doug Bernier, RHP Buddy Carlyle, LHP Neal Cotts, C Gustavo Molina and LHP Andy Sisco on minor league contracts. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKSPromoted Carlos Gomez to director, international scouting. COLORADO ROCKIESAgreed to terms with INF Ty Wigginton on a two-year contract. Named Marv Foley major league catching instructor; Duane Espy manager of Tulsa (Texas); Lenn Sakata hitting coach for Asheville (SAL) and Dave Burba pitching coach for Tri-City (NWL). Promoted Dave Schuler to pitching coach for Tulsa, Kevin Riggs to hitting coach for Modesto (Cal) and Joey Eischen to pitching coach for Asheville. FLORIDA MARLINSAgreed to terms with LHP Randy Choate on a two-year contract. HOUSTON ASTROSAgreed to terms with INF Brian Dopirak and RHP Sammy Gervacio on minor league contracts. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIESAgreed to terms with LHP Cliff Lee on a five-year contract. PITTSBURGH PIRATESAgreed to terms with LHP Donnie Veal on a minor league contract.BASKETBALLNational Basketball Association HOUSTON ROCKETSTraded G Jermaine Taylor and cash considerations to Sacramento Kings for a conditional 2011 second-round draft pick. NEW JERSEY NETSAcquired G Sasha Vujacic and a 2011 first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers and a 2012 first-round draft pick from Houston in a three-team trade. The Nets sent F-C Joe Smith and two secondround draft picks to Los Angeles and G Terrence Williams to Houston.FOOTBALLNational Football League NFL_Fined Jacksonville DB Will Middleton $5,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland QB Jason Campbell during a Dec. 12 game. CAROLINA PANTHERSSigned LB Thomas Williams to practice squad. CINCINNATI BENGALSSigned CB Keiwan Ratliff. CLEVELAND BROWNSSigned OL Branndon Braxton to practice squad. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid TODAY: Boys Basketball vs.McKeel,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball at Okeechobee, 6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer vs.DeSoto,6 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.DeSoto,7:30 p.m. MONDAY: Boys Basketball at LaBelle,6/7:30 p.m.; MONDAY,Jan.3: Girls Basketball at Sebring,6/7:30 p.m. Sebring TODAY: Girls Soccer at Clewiston,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY: Girls Basketball vs.Avon Park,12:30/2 p.m. MONDAY,Dec.27: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA TUESDAY,Dec.28: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA WEDNESDAY,Dec.29: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA Walker TUESDAY,Jan.4: Girls Basketball at Sebring JV,6 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: Girls Basketball at Victory Christian,6 p.m.; Boys Basketball at Victory Christian,7:30 p.m. Heartland Christian FRIDAY: Boys Basketball vs.Wellington Christian,6:30 p.m.; JV Basketball vs.Sonrise Christian,4 p.m. TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at Wellington Christian,American Airlines Arena, Miami,2 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: JV Basketball vs.Moore Haven,6 p.m. Avon Park TODAY: Boys Basketball at Desoto,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.George Jenkins, 6/7:30 p.m.; Wrestling at Polk County Duals,George Jenkins,10 a.m. SATURDAY: Wrestling at Polk County Duals,George Jenkins,10 a.m. MONDAY: Boys Basketball vs.Lakewood Ranch,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY: Girls Basketball at Sebring,12:30/2 p.m. N N H H L L S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 7 7 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Buffalo at Tampa Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 4 4 4H H I I G G H H S S C C H H O O O O L L F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . Class 3A Final Jefferson vs. Miami Nor. S S U U N NS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . Class 4A Final Linclon vs. Armwood . . . S S U U N NC C O O L L L L E E G G E E B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y N N o o o o n n USC at Kansas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 p p . m m . South Carolina at Ohio State . . . . . . . . . . . C C B B S S 2 2 p p . m m . Arkansas at Texas A&M . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 4 4 p p . m m . North Carolina vs T exas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C C B B S S 4 4 p p . m m . Baylor vs. Gonzaga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 6 6 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Alabama vs. Oklahoma State . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2C C O O L L L L E E G G E E F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 8 8 p p . m m . Division I Semifinal Villanova vs. Eastern . Washington. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 1 1 a a . m m . Division II Final Delta State vs. Minnesota-. Duluth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 2 2 p p . m m . New Mexico Bowl BYU vs. UTEP . . . . . E E S S P P N N 5 5 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Humanitarian Bowl Northern Illinois vs. . Fresno St . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 9 9 p p . m m . New Orleans Bowl Ohio vs. Troy . . . . . E E S S P P N NTimes, games, channels all subject to change G G O O L L F F F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 9 9 : : 3 3 0 0 a a . m m . EuroPGA South African Open . . . . . . . G G O O L L F FS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 9 9 : : 3 3 0 0 a a . m m . EuroPGA South African Open . . . . . . . G G O O L L F FW W O O M M E E N N S S C C O O L L L L E E G G E E V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 8 8 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . NCAA Final Teams TBA . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2N N B B A A F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 7 7 p p . m m . Miami at N.Y. Knicks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 9 9 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Phoenix at Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N NS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 7 7 p p . m m . Philadelphia at Orlando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S S U U N NB B O O X X I I N N G G S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 0 0 p p . m m . Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal . . . . . S S H H O O W W LIVESPORTSONTV NFL NBA NHL Transactions Page 2BNews-Sun Friday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.co m

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h eat. Bob Feller is gone. We c annot be surprised, Indians o wner Larry Dolan said in a s tatement. Yet, it seems i mprobable. Bob has been s uch an integral part of our f abric, so much more than an e x-ballplayer, so much more t han any Cleveland Indians p layer. He is Cleveland, O hio. To say he will be missed i s such an understatement. M ore to the point, he will not b e missed because he will a lways be with us, he said. Feller was part of a vaunte d Indiansrotation in the 1 940s and s with fellow H all of Famers Bob Lemon a nd Early Wynn. He finished with 2,581 c areer strikeouts, led the A merican League in strikeo uts seven times, pitched t hree no-hitters including t he only one on opening day and recorded a jaw-dropp ing 12 one-hitters. Fellers win total remains a C leveland team record, one t hat seems almost untoucha ble in todays free-agent era. His numbers would no d oubt have been even greater h ad his career not been interr upted by World War II. The first pitcher to win 20 g ames before he was 21, F eller was enshrined in C ooperstown in 1962, his f irst year of eligibility. The Indians retired his No. 1 9 jersey in 1957 and immort alized the greatest player in f ranchise history with a statu e when they opened their d owntown stadium in 1994. The sculpture is vintage F eller, captured forever in the m iddle of his patented windm ill windup, rearing back to f ire another pitch. When you think C leveland Indians, you think B ob Feller and vice versa, I ndians manager Manny Acta s aid. He was a genuine p atriot and a big-time Hall of F amer. Boy, he loved the I ndians and we all loved him b ack. Baseball was only a part of F ellers remarkable story. Stirred by Japans bombing o f Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1 941, Feller enlisted in the N avy the following day t he first major league player t o do so. He served as a gun captain o n the USS Alabama, earning s everal battle commendations a nd medals. More impressive than his v ast accomplishments on the f ield was being part of The G reatest Generation, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. Bob served our country for nearly four years during the prime of his career. Bob was a great pitcher, but he was first and foremost a great American. Never afraid to offer a strong opinion on any subject, Feller remained physically active in his later years. At the end of every winter, he attended the Indiansfantasy camp in either Florida or Arizona. One of the highlights of the weeklong event was always Feller, in uniform, taking the mound and striking out campers, some of whom were 50 years younger. Another rite of spring for Cleveland fans was seeing Feller at the Indianstraining camp. Before home exhibition games in Winter Haven, Fla., or more recently in Goodyear, Ariz., Feller would throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Introduced to a rousing ovation every time, Feller delivered the throw with the same high leg kick he used while blazing fastballs past overmatched hitters. We have all lost a friend and the nation has lost an icon, former Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. Bob was always there with a word of advice or a story. The thing is that they were always relevant and helpful. I will never forget before the first game of the World Series, Bob came up to me and patted me on the back and told me how proud he was of me and the team, then gave me a buckeye and said it was for luck. I dont think that Bob ever believed in luck, just hard work and an honest effort. I will miss Bob very much. He was my friend, he said. An eight-time All-Star, Feller compiled statistics from 1936 through 1956 that guaranteed his Hall of Fame enshrinement. He led the ALin victories six times and is still the Indianscareer leader in shutouts (46), innings pitched (3,827), walks (1,764), complete games (279), wins and strikeouts. Despite losing his two starts, Feller won a World Series title with the Indians in 1948. When he returned from military duty in 1946, Feller arguably had his finest season, going 26-15 with a 2.18 ERAand pitching 36 complete games and 10 shutouts. For comparisons sake, the Indiansentire pitching staff had 10 complete games and four shutouts last season. Born Nov. 3, 1918, near Van Meter, Iowa, Robert Andrew William Feller was 16 when he caught the eye of Indians scout Cy Slapnicka. Feller made his first major league start on Aug. 23, 1936, two months shy of turning 18. He never pitched in the minors, and when the Indians decided to use him in a relief role on July 19, 1936, he was the youngest player ever to pitch in a major league game. Many wondered if the kid who would later credit his arm strength to milking cows, picking corn, and baling hay was in over his head. Hardly. Using a fastball later dubbed the Van Meter heater, Feller struck out 15 two shy of the major league record in his first game, beating the St. Louis Browns 4-1 a star was born. Later that season, Feller established the ALrecord by striking out 17 Philadelphia Athletics. In 1938, Feller set the major league record by striking out 18 against the Detroit Tigers. No pitcher in the AL fanned more in a nine-inning game until Nolan Ryan in 1974. By the time Feller joined the military at 23, he had won 109 games and was well on the way to baseball fame. In his day, nobody threw harder than Feller, who sometimes had trouble with his control. Because speed devices werent as advanced as they are today, its impossible to gauge precisely how fast Feller threw in his prime. There is famous black-andwhite film footage of Fellers fastball being clocked as it races against a motorcycle said to be traveling at 100 mph. Feller once said he was clocked at 104 mph. Even in his later years, Feller could recall pitch-forpitch duels with great hitters like Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. He said his biggest thrill in the game was when he returned from the military to pitch a no-hitter against New York at Yankee Stadium. I had been away four years and people were saying I was washed up, Feller said. They had a right to say it, too, since few come back after being away so long. But this game proved to me that I was still able to pitch. He always credited his father, Bill, with encouraging his baseball ambitions. My father kept me busy from dawn to dusk when I was a kid, Feller said. When I wasnt pitching hay, hauling corn or running a tractor, I was heaving a baseball into his mitt behind the barn. Feller said the greatest hitter he ever faced, without question, was Williams, although Williams had only a .270 average against him. I was a little luckier against him than the others, Feller said. But he beat me in more games than I care to remember. Joe DiMaggio was the only right-hander wh hit me consistently. The fellow who hit me best, though, was Tommy Henrich, the Yankeesold reliable. After retiring from baseball, Feller worked in the insurance business, but he never got completely away from the game. In 1981, he returned to work for the Indians s a spring training pitching coach and in the teams public relations office. As recently as last season, Feller was a fixture in the press box at Progressive Field. Sitting in the media dining area before games or in the same seat during them he would offer his thoughts on any current event and, of course, his assessment on the Indians. When Washingtons Stephen Strasburg made his second start in Cleveland, Feller refused to get caught up in the hype. Check back with me when hes won 100 games, he said. Clevelands chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America recently asked the Indians to turn Fellers press box seat into a shrine area. Feller didnt care for crowds and didnt particularly enjoy interacting with fans, but he often attended memorabilia shows to sign autographs for a nominal fe e. Sometimes gruff, Fell er would sign his autograph an d listen as fans asked him que stions and posed for pictur es with an iconic man wh o meant so much to them. Feller was critical of co ntemporary ballplayers. He viewed them as spoil ed and felt they didnt work as hard at their craft as he an d his peers. Feller never softened o n his stance that Pete Ros e, baseballs hits leader, shou ld remain banned for betting o n baseball. Feller, who lived in Gat es Mills, Ohio, is survived b y his wife, Anne, and thr ee sons, Steve, Martin an d Bruce. The Indians said details o n a public memorial servi ce will be announced in the ne ar future. Lake June WestA Mixed Scramble was played Wednesday, Dec. 15 and the result came down to a match of cards. Tied at 54, John Byron and Shelly Byron and Rob and Doris Weeks came out ahead of John and Vera Simmons and Dick Denhart after the comparison. Mary McNamee was closest to the pin at #8, getting to 9-feet, 9-inches, while Denhart was closest at #2 at 11-feet, 2inches. The Mens League played Wednesday, Dec. 15 and saw Ron West, Ron VanMeter, Joe Swartz and Bob Williams win with a 43. John Simmons, Pete McNamee and Ernie Hall took second with a 48. Swartz was closest to the pin at #2, 12feet, 5-inches, with McNamee getting to within 4-feet, 10-inches at #8. The Ladies League played Monday, Dec. 13. Joyce Swartz, Sylvie West and Linda Hopkins took first with a 35, four ahead of the 39 posted by Margaret Schultz, Doris West and Janice Barringer. For closest to the pin, Mary McNamee got to 16-feet, 1-inch of #2 and Swartzwas within 8-feet of #8.PinecrestThe Mens Association played Team and Individual and Pro-Am Points Wednesday, Dec. 15. Rex Waymire, Rex Smolek, Jim Elliott and Roger Dowe won the team competition with +11 points, four ahead of the +7 scored by the team of Leigh Furnal, John ONeill, Bob Morrison and Bob Chapman. Individually, Waymire won A Division with +9 with Larry Staggs taking second with +4. A three-way tie in B Division saw Vern Gates, Bob Lee and Tom Rockola all come in with +3 while Greg Mitchell won C Division with +7 ahead of the +3 brought in by both Paul Brown and Mike Kammerman. D Division went to Chapmans +4, one ahead of the +3 scored by Art Lewis.River GreensThe mens association played a Mens Day event on Saturday, Dec. 11. Winning first place was the team of Larry Roy, Cecil Lemons, Bob Stevens and Al Farrell with minus-28; second place, Butch Smith, Ken Koon, Bill Mountford and Leo Persails with minus26; and third place, Cliff Aubin, Ken Brunswick, Gerry Page and Joe Craigo with minus-25. Closest to the pin: No. 3, Ken Koon, 12-feet-5-inches; No. 5, Cliff Steele, 7feet-11-inches; No. 12, Harold Plagens, 2-feet-7-inches; and No. 17, Johnny Wehunt, 11-feet. A morning scramble was played on Friday, Dec. 10. Winning first place was the team of Kenny and Carolyn Brunswick, Bob Streeter, Leo and Jeannine Persails with 53. An afternoon scramble was played on Friday, Dec. 10. Winning first place was the team of Tim Thomas, Tony Lankford, Paul and Donna Johnson, Pat Graf and Dick Garceau with 13-under. The mens association played a pro am tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Winning first place was the team of Joe Graf, Keith Kincer and Cecil Lemons with plus-8; and second place, John Smutnick, Butch Smith and Skip Egglingaton with plus-6. Individual winners were: A Flight (29-over): Russ Rudd with plus-1.5. B Flight (25-28): Len Westdale with plus-1.5. C Flight (20-24): Butch Smith with plus-5.5. D Flight (19-under): Keith Kincer with plus-5. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 3B 6 MONTH MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE(863) 382-0500 3201 Golfview Rd. Sebring(863) 382-0744for 9 Hole Executive RatesPrices good thru 12/31/10 Incl. Tax & CartMonday thru Friday:8am 1pm $25By 8, After 1 $20 Saturday & Sunday: $20 DEAR SANTA I WOULD LIKE THIS FOR MY CAR ... STEREOS ACCESSORIES WINDOW TINTING NAVIGATION & SECURITY SYSTEMS TV DVD SIRIUS/XM BLUETOOTH CRUISE CONTROL POWER WINDOWS/LOCKS KEYLESS ENTRY TONNEAU COVERS BACKUP CAMERAS SPOILERS SUNROOFS AND MORE! MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE$60 OFFWINDOW TINT COMPLETE CAREXPIRES 12-31-10 106 W. MAIN ST. 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When I got to the tee box, there were a ctually a lot of people there to watch me p lay. I was really nervous and it took me a while to settle down. I didnt have a g reat start, but I finished one over on the b ack nine. It was so cool. Ill never forget i t. And while she has such memories to l ook back on, her eye is definitely looki ng ahead. I am getting longer and stronger b ecause I am growing, she said. I reall y feel that I can see the lines better on t he greens now. So much accomplished and with so m uch progress still ahead. Continued from 1B Griffin pulls off another win Continued from 1B Feller numbers staggering, despite missing years for WW II

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g et behind the defense in t ransition for easy lay-ups to t he tune of a game-high 26 p oints. With the fast break in high g ear, Lake Placid carried a 1 4-point lead into the final p eriod, but saw some sloppy p lay and a Frostproof comeb ack narrow it to five. But some key free throws d own the stretch held the B ulldogs at bay and sealed t he win. Now 2-2 in district play, t he Dragons meet McKeel t onight at 7:30 p.m. It should be interesting, they have a couple eighth graders starting for them, head coach David Veley said. Lakelands coach said one of them could start for him right now. The Lady Dragons are in Okeechobee tonight on the court while Lake Placid soccer faces DeSoto with the girls playing at 6 p.m. ahead of the boys 7:30 p.m. contest. Page 4BNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com 4320 US 27 N. SebringFull Service Auto Center HONESTY WITH A SMILEClint CoolOwner/Technician Over 15 Years Exp. 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JaJuan Hooks hit another two free throws and a Blue Streak drive failed to fall with the former Hooks getting the rebound and drawing a foul. He canned both his shots for a 64-56 lead before an Austin putback in the waning seconds provided for the final margin. Sebring was back into district play Thursday night at Osceola before taking time to enjoy the Christmas break and getting ready to host the Taveniere Tournament beginning Monday, Dec. 27. Continued from 1B Streaks come up short News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE J osh Austin hit some big shots for the Blue Streaks, but it w asnt quite enough to get past Hardee. Continued from 1B Dragons hold off Bulldogs The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN By TIM REYNOLDS Associated PressMIAMI Its the scene the Knicks tried to turn into their reality this summer: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade together at Madison Square Garden. Here it comes. Alas, itll be a one-nightonly gig. And James and Wade will be arriving at the Garden as guests. Unwelcome guests, at that. When the Miami Heat head to New York and face the Knicks on Friday night, itll essentially summarize how the wild free-agent period last summer played out. The Knicks coveted James and Wade; they teamed in Miami with Chris Bosh. Amare Stoudemire was considered by some to be New Yorks fallback choice during its offseason shopping spree; hes playing like an MVP-in-waiting for the resurgent Knicks, who are putting together their best basketball in a decade. Hype? Itll be there, thicker and tougher than a sidewalk vendors pretzel. And maybe that simmering Heat-Knicks rivalry will rekindle, too. Itll be a great environment, one of those games that you love to play in, those moments that you look forward to, Wade said. And when Friday comes I think well all be excited. For the Heat, whats looming Friday night is nothing new. They opened the season before a raucous crowd in Boston, then had the venomous reaction in Cleveland two weeks ago by fans who had waited months to let James know loudly and none-too-politely what they thought of his decision to join the Heat. Knicks fans traditionally arent shy about letting opponents know their thoughts either, which means Wade and James will be targets again. By now, the Heat are finding that to be almost commonplace. Were public enemy No. 1 virtually everywhere we go, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Especially now. The Knicks met with James on July 1, the day the free-agent shopping window opened, and at least one other time before the NBAs twotime reigning MVPdecided on joining Miami. So wanted was James in New York that one of the citys newspapers, the Daily News, hosted its own website GetLeBron.com. But in recent days, the sense in New York has been decidedly different Who Needs LeBron? is the question asked in the papers now. As he has for months, James says he strongly considered all six of the teams he met with in July, the Knicks included. It wasnt the fact that it wasnt the right fit for me, James said. I just thought Miami was the best fit for me. And thats why Im here. The Knicks wooed James with everything they had: the bright lights of Manhattan, the proximity to his beloved Yankees, how his earning potential as a pitchman could be maximized by calling New York home. And many touted him as a potential savior of a Knicks franchise that has gone nearly four decades without an NBAtitle. It wasnt enough for the Big Apple to net the biggest prize during Free Agency 2010. Winning appeals to me, James said. And its all about winning. Im not about saving franchises or saving this or that. Its about me winning and thats what I said all over the summer when I decided to come here, I felt like this was my best possible chance to win. So thats why Im here. The Knicks were farther down Wades list during the summer. He went into free agency with two clear choices, either the Bulls, his hometown Chicago team, or the Heat. Had James or Bosh made different decisions, Wades view could have changed as well. Hes had big Garden moments before. Hed like another one on Friday. Besides the Cleveland game in Cleveland, I think this would be one of the biggest games of the year when it comes to atmosphere, when it comes to participation from the city of New York, Wade said. We look forward to playing on that stage. Oddly, this Heat-Knicks game will come nearly 15 years to the day after the rivalry between the teams truly began. Dec. 19, 1995. That was the day Pat Riley now the Heat president returned to Madison Square Garden as coach, not long after resigning from the Knicks and taking over in Miami. He waved his arms at the crowd that night, egging them on and urging them to boo him as much as they could. Everyone looks for rivalries, Wade said. Its a great story line. Its great for the game. The Heat-Knicks will always be one. An d right now with both team s playing well off of this sum mer, with them gettin g Amare and all three of us coming here, the fans a re going to make it a very b ig game. Theres another eleme nt of this little get-togethe r, too. If the Knicks hadnt go tten Stoudemire, Bosh ve ry well could be New York s starting power forward rig ht now. Stoudemire was one of t he first free agents to make h is mind up after July 1, and in some respects, him choosin g New York had a domin o effect across the league including Miami. I was just looking at t he situation for me, Bosh sai d. Of course youre aware of what other players are doin g and what theyre thinkin g because its always on t he TV, it was always on the T V every day at that point. B ut with us playing the sam e positions, I knew it w as either him somewhere or m e somewhere. And I just wan ted to be in the best situatio n possible. And Im a luck y guy. Im here now. Wade and James have h ad their share of luck in Ne w York. Wade is 6-3 when t he Heat visit the Knicks, ave raging 26.6 points per gam e in those matchups. James is 7-4 as a visitor to New York so far in h is career, averaging 30.4 poin ts and reaching 50 in two of h is last four trips to the Garde n. Its a special place f or both of them. It just wasnt speci al enough to call home. As a fan and as a playe r, thats the one building in America that you wou ld love to play that before yo ur career is over, James sai d. Im blessed that Ive be en part of the NBAand gettin g an opportunity to play the re at least once a year. Wade and James eager to take on the Knicks Were public enemy No. 1 virtually everywhere we go.ERIKSPOELSTRA Heat head coach

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Family FeaturesOnce the winter months set in, it seems theres always some sort of bug going around school. Between colds, flu, strep and other common illnesses, kids are lucky to escape this season without coming down with something. But if they do get sick, what should you do? These tips will help parents and caregivers see kids through the illness and get them back on the way to health. Treating a feverNot every fever needs treatment. Fevers are part of how the body fights off infection. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) says that if your child is eating and sleeping well, and has periods of playfulness, he or she probably doesnt need any treatment. But consult with your childs doctor to find out whats best in each case. The AAPhas these tips for taking care of a child with a fever: Keep his room and your home comfortably cool, and dress him lightly. Encourage her to drink extra fluid such as water, diluted fruit juices or commercially prepared oral electrolyte solutions. If the fever is a symptom of a highly contagious disease such as chickenpox or the flu, keep your child away from other children, elderly people, and people whose immune systems are compromised. Treating colds and fluWhile its tempting to seek medicinal treatment for every ailment, there is no cure for the cold or flu, and antibiotics dont work on the viruses that cause colds and flu. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) says that headaches, muscle aches, sore throats and some fevers can be treated with pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be sure you give the correct dose according to his or her age and weight. Cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children, especially those younger than two. Make sure your child rests and drinks plenty of fluids. Ahumidifier can help moisten the air in your childs bedroom and will help with nasal congestion. Medicating childrenWhen a doctor does prescribe an antibiotic or antiviral medication, there are several important things to be aware of. The AAP recommends finishing all prescribed doses of an antibiotic, even if the child starts to feel better soon. They also recommend: Sticking with the schedule dont skip doses and ask the doctor what to do if a dose isnt given on time. Giving the right amount Never give a child more medicine because you think it might work better or faster. It could do more harm than good. Dont try to hide the medicine If a child hates the taste of the medicine, or tries to spit it out, it might be tempting to try to hide it in milk or food. But this could affect how well the medicine works, so do not do this unless specifically directed by your childs doctor. For liquid prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that your child does hate the taste of, pharmacies can add Flavorx flavors to improve the taste. There are 15 to 20 flavors to choose from, including bubblegum, grape, strawberry and watermelon. Giving kids the power of choice when it comes to the taste of their medicine really makes a difference. The flavoring service is available at 40,000 major chain pharmacies across the country. Go to www.flavorx.com/locator to find one near you. If your child is prescribed medication in pill form, there are ways to help the medicine go down. Aflavored spray such as Pill Glide helps medications, vitamins and supplements go down without giving kids a stuck-in-the-throat feeling. It is available in grape and strawberry flavors and can be found in several national chain pharmacies. 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According to the National D iabetes Education P rograms (NDEP) second n ational Survey of the P ublics Knowledge, A ttitudes and Practices R elated to Diabetes, A mericans are increasingly a ware that being physically i nactive and overweight i ncreases the risk of type II d iabetes; however, they don n ot translate that risk to t hemselves. Less than one t hird of respondents found to b e at high risk for diabetes a ctually felt that they were a t an increased risk for the d isease. The potential for v ision loss seemed to be w ell understood, particularly a mong those respondents w ho had a history of diab etes in their family. The m ost common answer to the q uestion, What are the most s erious health problems c aused by diabetes? was b lindness, cited by 54 perc ent of all respondents, and 6 3 percent of those with diab etes. Lets review some basics: 9 0 percent of diabetics have t he non-insulin dependent t ype of the disease (Type II), w hile the other 10 percent h ave the insulin dependent t ype (Type I). Type II diab etes is most often observed i n grossly overweight adults ( although we are starting to s ee it more and more in our y ounger populations) and u sually does not require i nsulin treatment. Type I diab etes usually occurs in peop le younger than 30, and d oes require regular insulin i njections to live. Both types of diabetes can a ffect a persons vision on m any different levels, with t he most common complicat ion being retinopathy ( bleeding within or leakage o f fluid within the retinal tiss ue). The earliest signs of r etinopathy are observed w hen structural changes take p lace in the capillaries, t hereby preventing the flow o f nutrients into the retina. T his lack of flow of nutrie nts and oxygen to the retina r esults in damage to the retin al tissue. Many diabetic p atients have little to no v isual signs or symptoms in t he early stages of diabetic r etinopathy, which is why i ts so important to have regu lar, dilated eye exams every y ear. Swelling of the optic n erve may occur in one or b oth eyes of a diabetic, and w ill usually manifest with m ild visual loss. This condit ion does not necessarily c orrelate with the severity of a ny diabetic retinopathy, and c an only be observed with a d ilated eye exam. Diabetes can also affect t he clear dome covering the f ront of the eye, also known a s the cornea. Corneal s welling can reduce vision, s ometimes dramatically, and d ecreased corneal sensation h as also been noted in p atients with this disease. The risk of cataract is two t o four times greater in diab etics as compared to those w ithout the disease, and in T ype I diabetics the risk is 1 5 to 20 times greater. C ataracts also seem to grow a t a faster rate in diabetics c ompared to those without d iabetes. Results of cataract s urgery are very good for patients who have no retinopathy; however, there seems to be a slightly higher risk of retinal tissue swelling after surgery in diabetics. Temporary paralysis of the isolated muscles around the eye may occur in diabetics, and is frequently the clue to a hidden diabetic condition. Often, the patient will complain of seeing double, and as irritating as that may be, a temporary solution (such as patching an eye) is sought since this condition usually resolves on its own in one to three months. Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for openangle glaucoma as well. Additional caution must be used in monitoring for sideeffects if the patient is being treated with a beta-blocker. These medications can mask the warning signs of hypoglycemia (i.e. shaking, nightmares, sweating, etc.). Asudden change in visual acuity may also occur in diabetics, causing blurred vision. In most cases, until a patients blood sugar has been stable for at least three months, glasses should not be changed or prescribed. Diabetes also seems to be related to dry eye syndrome as well. Its worth taking note that 54.3 percent of diabetic patients in Manaviats study (2008) had dry eye syndrome. This correlates with Seifert and Strempels study (1996), who found a 52.8 percent incidence of dry eyes in diabetics compared to 9.3 percent in non-diabetics. These findings also hold true when examining the ocular surface of younger patients. Akinci (2007) found that 15.4 percent of children with Type I diabetes had dry eye symptoms, compared with only 1.9 percent of those without diabetes. All diabetic patients should be screened for evidence of dry eye syndrome, and treated accordingly to reduce the symptoms of burning, foreign body sensation, and fluctuating vision. The first key in protecting your vision from the ravages of diabetes is in close monitoring of your blood sugar. The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) determined that control of a patients blood sugar is critical in reducing the rate as well as progression of retinopathy. Diet and exercise are also essential components in maintaining tight control of your blood sugar. Your endocrinologist or internist should be able to help you design a regimen that works the best for you. The second element in safeguarding your vision is to get annual dilated eye exams with your optometrist. As mentioned previously, early diabetic changes may not cause you any visual symptoms initially, but they still need to be closely monitored. Your optometrist is skilled in detecting any early diabetic changes in the eye, monitoring these changes, and referring you to a retinal specialist when necessary. If youre diabetic and havent seen your eye doctor within the last year, make an appointment today. The holidays are much more enjoyable when you know that youve taken charge of your health and your vision. Valerie Moulds is a board certified optometric physician practicing in Sebring and is Arizona and Florida certified in diagnostics and therapeutics. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Arizona Optometric Association and Florida Optometric Association. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition. Diabetic retinopathy is a common problem Focal Point Dr. Valerie Moulds Special to the News-SunLAKELAND Pea ce River Center has nam ed Kathy Platt as Director of Victim Services, a pr ogram serving rape victim s and victims of domest ic violence serving bo th women and children. Platt began her work in Victim Services in 200 3 as a volunteer at Pea ce River Centers Ra pe Recovery and Resour ce Center (RRRC). After receiving a degree in psycholog y from the University of Tampa in 2004, s he became the program coo rdinator at RRRC, an d later moved to schoo lbased support services. Platt also holds a ma sters degree in counselin g from Webster Universi ty and is a field traumatol ogist in Polk County pr omoting the use of traum a informed care. For more informatio n about rape recovery or domestic violence victi m services offered by Pea ce River Center conta ct Peace River Center. Peace River Center is a private not-for-pro fit community mental heal th organization serving t he residents of Highland s, Hardee and Polk counti es for more than 60 years. PRC serves families in crisis, functioning ch ildren and adults in need as well as the severely an d persistently mentally ill PRC also provides tw o domestic violence she lters, a Rape Recovery an d Resource Center, su bstance abuse treatme nt program, and 24-hour c risis lines and interventio n to the communities it serves. New Director of Victim Services named at Peace River Center Family Features Most kids will be lucky to make it through winter without catching at least one bug. 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Special to the News-SunAVON PARK Aselect g roup of students in South F lorida Community C olleges Allied Health prog ram were recently awarded $ 500 scholarships from Blue C ross Blue Shield of Florida. T he recipients are currently e nrolled in SFCCs Nursing, D ental Education, R adiography, and Emergency M edical Services programs. The students awarded the s cholarships were Joshua B irch, Paula Church, Jessica C oney, Maria Elena Diaz, R ichard Followell, Ralene G raham, Kevin Hawkins, R ose Jewel, Danielle J urczak, Jodi McWaters, C andace Mooney, Michelle R ice, Susan Satchel, Amber S cott, Shannon Smith, R einhard Stadelbauer, A llison Whitaker, and B rittney Yohe. The scholarship comes f rom a donation by Blue C ross Blue Shield of Florida t o the Florida College System F oundation, a leading advoc ate for postsecondary educat ional opportunity, access, a nd student success. The f oundation recruits gifts and d onations from national and s tatewide groups and disperses it among the 28 Florida community and state colleges. The Florida College System Foundation feels scholarships such as this are important to help meet the needs of Floridas students, said Wendell Williams, Florida College System Foundation board member. We believe in helping those students who want to achieve success with a college education, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida scholarship helps those students achieve their dreams of becoming health care professionals. Blue Cross Blue Shield made the donation to create an endowed scholarship fund for students in nursing and other allied health programs at all 28 of Floridas community and state colleges to meet the growing need for skilled nurses and allied health professionals and to attract students into the nursing field from populations that are underrepresented. SFCC has received the scholarship each year since 2006. Every year, our allied health program managers award the scholarships to those students we feel have worked the hardest, have shown the most dedication, and need the assistance, said Rebecca Sroda, associate dean, SFCC Allied Health/Dental Education. The scholarship money can be used for anything that assists in their success in our programs. Page 6BNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com LIVING BRINGS IT IN. WE TAKE IT OUT.Call for Our Weekly Specials.AVON PARK 452-5800 SEBRING 382-3363 LAKE PLACID 465-1530 126 Bed Inpatient, Acute Care Hospital 16 Bed Intensive Care Unit New 13 Bed Emergency Department with fully integrated Electronic Medical Records at each Bedside 12 Bed Ambulatory Care Center 7 Labor Delivery Recovery Postpartum (LDRP) Beds in the OB Unit Our newly transformed digitally integrated Operating Rooms featuring state of the art Smart ORs consist of ve suites one cysto room and four major suites as well as two Endoscopy Suites. 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Highlands Regional Rehabilitative Services Out-patient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, 3345 Medical Hill Road, Sebring. For more information (863) 471-6336. Life is about making choices Shouldnt they all be this easy? 3600 Highlands Avenue, Sebring 863-385-6101 www.highlandsregional.com Exclusively Available at Highlands Regional Medical CenterExtra Fast, Extra Easy, Extra Great Emergency Care HEALTHYLIVING DearPharmacist: Recently, when I h ad some dental work done, the dentist g ave me a prescription for antibiotics. B y the end of the week, my stomach r eally hurt. Could antibiotics cause t hat? M.S., Sanibel Answer: Pretty darned likely. A ntibiotics do a great job of killing off j ust about all the bacteria in your body, i ncluding the beneficial ones. You may n ot be aware that your whole gut is full o f bacteria that serve several important f unctions, including helping you to d igest your food and to form important n utrients that your body needs, such as v itamin K and B12. There are more m icro-organisms in your intestines than t here are cells in your body. Once the antibiotic sweeps your i ntestines clean of beneficial bacteria, a ny stray yeasts that happen to be livi ng in your intestines suddenly have m ore room to grow and thrive. This can r esult in an uncomfortable yeast infect ion. If the yeast is Candida, you could b e dealing with the unpleasant effects f or years to come. Thats one reason Im so opposed to u nnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. T he one for your dental work may have b een necessary, but please, never ask y our doctor for antibiotics to deal with a cold or flu, which are caused by viruses. Antibiotics zap bacteria, not viruses. Well-meaning doctors cave sometimes and prescribe antibiotics to flu patients who hint for it. Antibiotics are hard on your body for a number of reasons, so unless you really need it, please dont take it. Which reminds me, if you do need it, then make sure you completely finish whats in that bottle. Dont stop taking the antibiotic as soon as youre feeling better. Theres a reason. Antibiotics typically kill off the weaker germs first. If you stop too soon, the only survivors will be the tough guys ... the ones who fight back with a fury. So you could wind up with a dangerous, antibioticresistant infection, and that spells trouble, possibly even hospitalization. If antibiotics cause nausea, diarrhea or abdominal pain, you should let your doctor know. You may be given an alternative medication that your system tolerates better. Stop your antibiotic if you experience symptoms such as itching, hives, or breathing difficulties. These are signs of a dangerous allergic reaction. People who take antibiotics should also take a dietary supplement called a probiotic in between doses of the antibiotic. Good brands contain multiple strains of beneficial bacteria that replace the ones that the antibiotic kills off. You can find over-the-counter probiotics at your health food store. Follow directions on the label and continue for several weeks afterwards if not indefinitely. Some of the more effective (and least allergenic) formulas include Dr. Ohhiras Probiotic Plus Saccharomyces Boulardii and New Chapter All-Flora. Did you know? Asthmatics with insufficient vitamin D are 50 percent more likely to be hospitalized for an asthma attack. Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist and the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist and Real Solutions. For more information, visit www. DearPharmacist. com. This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure your condition. Use caution when taking antibiotics Ace Homecare sets up health fairsAce Homecare community outreach events for December include: Monday, 9 a.m., health fair, Highlands Village on Villa Road in Sebring; and 1 p.m., caregivers support group at Crown Pointe Assisted Living Community, Sun N Lake Boulevard in Sebring. Tuesday, 8 a.m., health fair at Sebring Bluffs on U.S. 27 in Sebring; 10:30 a.m., health fair at Fair Havens Apartments on Spinks Road in Sebring; and 1 p.m., health fair at Groves behind Sebring Diner on U.S. 27 in Sebring. Wednesday, 9 a.m., health fair at Avon Park Meal Site on Main Street in Avon Park; 10:30 a.m., health fair, Lake Placid Meal Site on Interlake Boulevard; 1 p.m., health fair, Tanglewood on U.S. 27 in Sebring.Amplified telephone distribution is Dec. 23SEBRING Hearing Impaired Persons will distribute amplified telephones to Florida residents who have a hearing or speech loss, in the conference room at Nu-Hope Elder Care Services, 6414 U.S. 27 South, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. By appointment only. Call (941) 743-8347.Florida Hospital offers seminar on computer-navigated joint replacement SEBRING Florida Hospital and its orthopedi c surgical team have been performing high-volume total joint replacement su rgery with the assistance o f computer navigation for the past four-plus years. This advancement in total joint replacement su rgery affords a degree of accuracy in the placement of implants minimizing risk for leg length discrep ancy, instability of total joints that can dislocate, o r malalignment that can lea d to premature wear and fai lure. This technological advancement in the performance of hip and knee replacement surgery is thought to be one of the most important advances over the past many years in conjunction with improve ments in biomaterials. As part of its communi ty medical education series Florida Hospital will offe r a seminar specifically to explain computer-navigat ed surgery and advances in total joint replacement at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in conference room 3. The pres entation will be offered b y Dr. Stephen Beissinger an d Dr. J.C. Alvarez from the Florida Joint and Spine Institute and is supported also by Stryker Orthopedics. Snapshots Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen SFCC students receive $500 scholarships from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Courtesy photo A select group of students in South Florida Community Colleges Allied Health program were recently awarded $500 scholarships from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. The recipients are currently enrolled in SFCCs Nursing, Dental Education, Radiography, and Emergency Medical Services programs. Special to the News-SunTALLAHASSEE The F lorida Department of Elder A ffairsMedicare B eneficiary Outreach and A ssistance (MBOA) program h as made a significant differe nce to many low-income s eniors and disabled citizens t hroughout the state in its f irst year of federal grant f unding. Thanks to dedicated volunt eers and staff across Florida, t he MBOAprogram will cont inue to grow and reach out to F loridas approximately 9 0,000 Medicare beneficiari es who may be eligible to s ave on their Medicare costs. The West Central Florida A rea Agency on Aging Inc. t hrough June 30 has assisted 2 35 clients through the M BOAprogram, helping a rea elders save a potential $ 614,100. Overall, statewide volunt eers and staff helped M edicare beneficiaries save p otentially $7.7 million in M edicare costs. More than 2,500 applicat ions for Medicare benefits t hroughout the state helped c lients through the Extra H elp and Medicare Savings P rograms. Clients can save up to $3,900 a year on their Medicare prescription costs with the Extra Help program and almost an additional $1,200 a year with Medicare premiums with the Medicare Savings Programs. The Florida Department of Elder AffairsMBOAprogram, in partnership with the states 11 Area Agencies on Aging, helps Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers better understand and maximize Medicare benefits through outreach, partnerships and direct application assistance. These are difficult economic times, and many of those who need the help may not know about the valuable benefits for which they may already qualify. The MBOA program is available to help you and your loved ones save on your Medicare costs so that you can use your hard earned income on other priorities. To see if you may qualify for help with your Medicare bills, please call the statewide Elder Helpline tollfree at 1-800-963-5337 and ask to speak with an MBOA counselor in your area. Medicare beneficiaries are saving money with help Classified Ads 385-6155 NEWS-SUN

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Special to the News-SunRecent research has shown that if you are one of the 57 million people with pre-diabetes, having higher than normal blood glucose levels but not yet high enough to be classified as diabetes, you may already be doing longterm damage to your body, particularly to the heart and circulatory system. More than 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in adults over 20 in 2007 and before people develop type 2 diabetes, the most common kind, they almost always have pre-diabetes, said Katherine J. Rowland, chief clinical officer for National Healing Corporation, which partners with hospitals around the nation to treat patients with diabetes who have developed chronic wounds due to complications from the disease. The news is not all bad. One study showed that people at high-risk of developing diabetes who made simple lifestyle choices such as limiting fat and calories in the diet and walking or exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week lowered their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by a staggering 58 percent and an even more impressive 71 percent in people age 60 and older. The simple steps you can take now can mean so much to your quality of life later, Rowland said. In a given year, five percent of diabetics develop foot ulcers and one percent of those people will require an amputation. Abrief walk today may keep you on your feet for years. Highlands Regional Wound Center, a National Healing Wound Healing Center, outlined tips you can take to reduce your risk for contracting diabetes: Assess your risk. Passing your 45th birthday, being overweight and having a family history of diabetes will increase your risk. It is also more prevalent among the elderly, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders. Treatment for pre-diabetes includes losing five to 10 percent of total body weight or 10 to 20 pounds for someone weighing 200 pounds. Increase your physical activity as part of your daily routine such as taking the stairs, parking farther away from your destination or getting off one stop earlier on public transportation. Choose foods that are low in fat, sugar and calories and broil or bake meats, poultry and fish rather than frying. Watch the portion sizes even if it means dining on smaller plates. Aserving of meat, three ounces, is about the size of a deck of cards while two tablespoons of peanut butter looks like a ping pong ball and one-half cup of rice or pasta equals the size of a scoop of ice cream. Snack smarter by choosing veggie toppings for pizzas and opting for a bag of low-fat popcorn over chips. Slow down and enjoy your meal: It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to send word to your brain that you are full. Quit smoking. It can lead to hardening of the arteries and higher glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood, aggravating those same diabetic conditions. Ask your doctor if testing your blood glucose levels is appropirate at your next routine physical. If the levels are normal and you are 45 or older, the American Diabetes Association suggests testing every three years or every one to two years if the test ind icates pre-diabetes. For detials, conta ct Highlands Regional Woun d Center at 7200 S. Geor ge Blvd., or call 382-2032. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 7B Some Risks Are Worth Taking. Your Health Isnt One of Them. First, 32 people die every day of skin cancer in the USA. Second, most skin cancer deaths are preventable. Therefore, forgiveness is the chance to prevent skin cancer with a Dermatology skin exam. Therefore, forgiveness is the Lord offering you free will to not be a statistic. SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE. OR LET US DO IT FOR YOU.Darrin A. Rotman, M. D. Julie L. Iellimo, P. A. C. Jennifer A. Wolf, P. A. C.863-386-0786Darrin A. Rotman, M.D. SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE FREEDELIVERY WITH MOST PURCHASES SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE SALES SERVICE PLUG INTO LOWER PRICES! OVER 500 APPLIANCES IN STOCK! 13611 Hwy 98 Sebring 655-4995Store Hours Mon.-Fri. 8-5 Sat. 9-4 GEConvertible/Portable DishwasherONLY $429.88 MUST GO IN STOCK!FREEDELIVERY WITH MOST PURCHASES ARE YOU TIRED OF THAT PAIN IN YOUR NECK?If you are suffering from Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Ringing in your ears, Tingling in your ngers, Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Facial Pain, TMJ Pain, Difculty Swallowing, Limited Mouth Opening or Fibromyalgia, you may be suffering from your neck twisting which can happen when you bite your teeth together. For more information, visit www.designerdentallp.com, then click on Neuromuscular Dentistry and Testimonials, then call for your complimentary Temporomandibular joint syndrome or Musculoskeletal Dysfunction consultation. (D0140, D0332, D7899) Yours for a healthier life, Dr. Oliver Chip Kinnunen, DN14875 Designer Dental 330 US Hwy 27 North Lake Placid, FL863. 465.9090 5005 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, FL 33872863-386-1060 Care You Can Trust, Service You Deserve Secured Memory Care Unit Now Accepting Medicaid Diversion Respite Care Independent Living Assisted Living Trees, lights, bells, fake s now, all the signs are t here that Christmas is u pon us. Kids are telling S anta what they want at the m alls, the Circle, etc. M oms and dads are hoping S anta can bring the toys, as h e has so many children to l ook out for. No doubt the elves are b usy working away up at t he North Pole. With the e conomy in the shape it is, s upplies for those toys m ust be costing a little m ore than usual, but S antas got it figured out. Rudolph and the other r eindeer are probably busy e xercising for the big trip, i nstead of playing reindeer g ames. Mrs. Claus may be baki ng cookies for the elves, p ressing Santas suit, maki ng alterations and hoping t he children leave some v egetables, crackers and f ruits as well as cookies t his year. Kids are practicing their p lays for school and c hurch, having costumes m ade and dreaming at n ight of what theyll find u nder that tree. School teachers are e njoying a little reprieve a nd some extra time to c atch up on their paperw ork, as well as enjoying t heir family during this h oliday season. Churches are in full s wing, remembering the b irth of the Christ child so l ong ago. For those who m ay only attend church on t he holy days, Christ is s till the babe in the manger o r Hes just come out of t he tomb, but thats all they k now about Him. Get to k now Him this season. R ead the gospels, which t ell about the life He lived a nd Acts tells how the c hurch started and theres n o end to that book b ecause the church isnt f inished on the earth yet. With all the holiday b uzz, we still remember t hose fighting for freedom a round the world, the families who are missing them and trusting God for their safe return. Merry Christmas to our brave men and women in the armed services and the families who so graciously let them go to protect us. God bless each and everyone. There are so many organizations out there helping those in need this year. If I were to try and name them, someone would get left out, God forbid. The community couldnt survive without your love, care and generosity. Those who give to these organizations to help others, along with the organizations who help, are who make this community a great place to live. To the law enforcement of the county, thank you for keeping our county safe, putting yourself in harms way for the safety of us all. We are grateful to you for all you do. This is the season of giving. Instead of looking for that perfect gift, give of yourself, your time, your energy, your talent, your skill. There seems to be so little time on schedules these days. Let your gift be sharing a cup of coffee with a friend and talking about whatever. Take your kid to a movie. Take your wife out to dance. Volunteer an afternoon and offer your skills and knowledge. Help someone clean their room and get organized. These are things we want to do or need to do, but never have the time. Let time be your gift to someone you love. Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Janelle Dennison is news clerk for the News-Sun. She can be reached at 385-6155, Ext. 539. Give time as your gift this year RELIGION HEALTHYLIVING A Hearts Journey Janelle Dennison Christmas is my favorite h oliday. I love the decorat ions, the baking, the celeb ration atmosphere. What I d ont like is all the comm ercialism. Ive heard m any others say the same t hing. And yet, some peop le feel guilty if they dont g o into debt to make sure t heir kids get everything t hey want. They feel comp elled to wear themselves o ut with shopping, decorati ng and baking. Breathe. Christmas is about givi ng of yourself, not about t hings. Christmas is about b eing truly thankful to God f or sending His only begott en Son to be born as a h uman baby so He could i dentify with our sufferi ngs. He wanted to really u nderstand how we feel a nd what we go through on t his earth. The Bible says J esus was tempted in all p oints just as we are, but H e never gave in to tempt ation. He never sinned. T hats why He was able to t ake our punishment. To have a truly meaningf ul Christmas, take your c hildren to the Dollar Tree, D ollar General, Family D ollar, a yard sale or a t hrift store. Have them pick o ut a nice toy or article of c lothing to give to someo ne less fortunate for Christmas. Even if you are one of those who is less fortunate, make some cookies or mini loaves of pumpkin bread or banana bread and give them as gifts to friends and neighbors. The above mentioned dollar stores have inexpensive gift wrap, bags and cards. If you are creative, buy some colored pencils, markers or stamps and ink pad and decorate regular paper to wrap gifts in. You can let your children decorate plain paper to wrap gifts in. And although most adults want the paper to look perfect and be neat, the fact is its all going to get torn and thrown away anyway, so what difference does it make? Dont be a perfectionist. Relax and enjoy the holiday. Dont worry about what other people think. If they are that picky, thats their problem. It doesnt have to be yours. Blessings to all. Aleta Kay can be reached at theemarriagementor@yahoo. com. Inexpensive Christmas The Marriage Mentor Aleta Kay Special to the News-Sun Holidays can put extra stress on families whose loved ones have drinking problems. Fears about the drinker causing embarrassment can lead to resentments and conflict. I tell my patients that AlAnon might help them find the peace that they may be lacking, Dr. Mark Ritchie said in an article for Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2011, the annual outreach magazine for Al-Anon Family Groups. Ritchie is a psychiatrist in private practice at Solutions Psychiatric Associates in Los Gatos, Calif. When patients go to their first Al-Anon meeting, they find some relief more often than not, Ritchie said. They report that they have found others who have shared their pain and have found a new means of coping. If they continue to go to Al-Anon meetings, they start to take better care of themselves. Ritchie said, They begin to learn skills so they can detach with love from the alcoholic, treat them with compassion and therefore not make the situation worse by their own behavior. In essence, they become healthier, happier, more spiritually fulfilled human beings, with a greater sense of connection to other healthier, happier, spiritually-fulfilled people. Over 14,000 Al-Anon Family Groups meet every week throughout the United States and Canada. For meeting schedules in Highlands, Hardee or Polk County, call (863) 539-3030 or (888) 4AL-ANON. For more information about Al-Anon Family Groups, go to AlAnon Alateen.org. Al-Anon offers comfort to families of problem drinkers Rocketing pre-diabetes rates hit 57 million people in United States Metro Servic es Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun

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Page 8BNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com Places to Worship is a paid advertisement in the News-Sunthat is published Friday and Sunday. To find out more information on how to place a listing in this directory, call the NewsSunat 385-6155, ext. 502. APOSTOLIC Greater Faith Apostolic Church, 24 Rainer Drive, Lake Placid, FL33852. invites you to come worship with us in spirit and truth at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For information contact 840-0152. Pastor Larry Carmody. ASSEMBLY OF GOD Christ Fellowship Church (Assembly of God), 2935 New Life Way. Bearing His Name; Preaching His Doctrine; and Awaiting His Coming. Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth. Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10 a.m.; Evening Worship, 5 p.m. Wednesday: Worship, 7 p.m. Pastor Eugene Haas. Phone 4710924. Crossroads Community Church, 114 South Central Ave., Avon Park, FL33825. Phone: 4534453. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday Childrens Church: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study and Youth/Royal Explorers, 7 p.m. Pastor: John E. Dumas. First Assembly of God, 4301 Kenilworth Blvd., Sebring. The Rev. Wilmont McCrary, pastor. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship and KIDS Church, 11 a.m.; Evening Worship, 7 p.m. Wednesday Family Night, (Adult Bible Study), LIFE Youth Group, Royal Rangers, Missionettes, 7:30 p.m. Phone 385-6431. BAPTIST Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church, 2600 N. Highlands Blvd., AvonPark, FL33825. George Hall, Pastor. Christ centered and biblically based. Sunday worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilities are available. Bible studies at 9:45 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer Time 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Bible classes at 9:45 a.m. are centered for all ages. Choir practice at 5 p.m. Sunday. Church phone: 452-6556. Bethany Baptist Church (GARBC) We are located at the corner of SR17 and C-17A(truck route) in Avon Park. Join us Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for coffee and doughnuts, followed with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30. Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., andevening worship service is at 6 p.m.On Wednesdays, the Word of Life teen ministry and the Catylist class (20's+) begin at 6:30 PM. The adult Bible and Prayer Time begins at 7 p.m. For more information go to www.bethanybaptistap.com or call the church office at 863-452-1136. Faith Missionary Baptist Church, off State Road 17 North of Sebring at 1708 LaGrange Ave. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. Deaf interpretation available. Ken Lambert, Pastor. Phone 386-5055. Fellowship Baptist Church, 1000 Maxwell St., AvonPark, FL 33825. Sunday: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: Evening Service, 7 p.m.; Children/Youth, 7 p.m. Telephone: 453-4256. Fax: 453-6986. E-mail: office@apfellow ship.org; Web site,www.apfellow ship.org. First Baptist Church ofAvon Park, 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park. Rev. Jon Beck, pastor; Jared Hewitt, youth minister; and Joy Loomis, music director. Regular Sunday schedule: 8:30 a.m. Orchestra rehearsal; 9 a.m. Library open; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Morning Worship; 11 a.m. Childrens Church; 4 p.m. Evening Service. Tuesday schedule: 8-10 a.m., basic computer class/Sonshine House; 7-9 p.m. conversational English and citizenship classes/Sonshine House. Regular Wednesday schedule: 5:15 p.m. Family Night Supper; 6 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer; 6 p.m. Adult Choir Practice; 6:30 p.m. childrens choir rehearsals; 7 p.m. childrens mission groups. Call 4536681 for details. Primera Mision Bautista, 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park, Johnattan Soltero, Pastor. Regular Sunday schedule: 10 a.m., Bible Study; 11 a.m., Worship Service. Wednesday schedule: 7 p.m., Bible study. First Baptist Church of Lake Josephine, 111 Lake Josephine Drive, Sebring (just off U.S. 27 midway between Sebring and Lake Placid). Your place for family, friends and faith. Sunday morning worship service is 11 a.m. Nursery is provided for both services with Childrens Church at 11 a.m. Life changing Bible Study for all ages starts at 9:45 a.m. Associate Pastor Allen Altvater leads the youth in their quest to become more like Christ. Sunday night worship at 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer meeting at 7 p.m. along with youth worship in the youth facility, and missions training for all children. Call the church at 655-1524. First Baptist Church of Lake Placid, Knowing Gods Heart and Sharing Gods Hope, 119 E. Royal Palm Street. (2 blocks south of Interlake Blvd) Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863) 465-3721, Email: www.fbclp.com. Pastor Brett Morey, senior pastor. Sunday services Traditional Service 9 a.m., Contemporary Service 10:30 a.m. Link Groups at 9 and 10:30 a..m., Senior Sunday Night and Sunday Evening Bible study at 6 p.m. Wednesday Activities: Family dinner at 5 p.m. ($3 per person, reservations required). Adult-LifeSource classes, prayer meeting, Youth Intersections, and Kids K-5MaxKidz Extreme meet at 6:15 p.m. Men meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday for prayer breakfast and womens prayer breakfast is at 8 a.m. every Wednesday, both at the Family Restaurant. First Baptist Church of Lorida located right on U.S. 98 in Lorida. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. for all ages. Sunday worship services are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Preschool care is provided at the 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m., followed by adult choir rehearsal. From September to May our youth group meets. First Lorida is the Place to discover Gods love. For more information about the church or the ministries offered, call 6551878. First Baptist Church, Sebring, 200 East Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. Telephone: 385-5154. Dr. David E. Richardson, senior pastor; Rev. Joe Delph, minister of youth and activities. Contemporary Service, 8:30 a.m.; Group Bible Studies, 9:45 a.m.; Traditional Worship, 11 a.m.; Mision Buatista Hispana, 2 p.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs at the ROC begin 5:30 p.m., at church begin 6:30 p.m. Preschool and Mothers Day Out for children age 6 weeks to 5 years old. Becky Gotsch, director. Call 385-4704. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 401 S. Florida Ave., Avon Park. Mailing address is 710 W. Bell St., AvonPark, FL33825. Telephone, 453-5339. Rev. John D. Girdley, pastor. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. Childrens Church; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs for children, youth and adults at 7 p.m. Independent Baptist Church 5704 County Road 17 South, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening, 6 p.m. Wednesday service, 7 p.m. Fundamental, soul-winning, mission-minded, King James Bible Church. Larry Ruse, pastor. Phone 655-1899. Bus transportation. Leisure Lakes Baptist Church 808 Gardenia St., Lake Placid (just off of Miller at the west end of Lake June) Where the old fashion gospel is preached. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship service at 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service is at 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 7 p.m. Call the church at 699-0671 for more information. Maranatha Baptist Church (GARBC), 35 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, FL33870 (Ahalf mile east of Highlands Avenue on Arbuckle Creek Road.) Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.; Evening Service, 6 p.m. Mid-week service, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Daily Prayer and Bible Study, 8 a.m., Hamman Hall. Pastor Gerald Webber and Associate Pastors Don Messenger and Ted Ertle. Phone 382-4301. Parkway Free Will Baptist Church, 3413 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL33870. Welcome to the church where the Son always shines. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m.; and Wednesday Evening Worship, 7 p.m. End-of-the-Month-Sing at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month. The Rev. J.S. Scaggs, pastor. Church phone: 382-3552. Home phone: 214-3025. Affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Nashville, Tenn. Sparta Road Baptist Church, (SBC) 4400 Sparta Road. Rev. Ken Geren, interim pastor. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer/Bible Study, 6 p.m. Nursery provided. For information, call 3820869. Southside Baptist Church (GARBC), 379 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring. David C. Altman, Pastor; Aaron Snider, Youth Pastor. Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship Service, 10:45 a.m.; Awana kindergarten through fifth grade, 5:30 p.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Student ministry, 6:30 p.m.; Adult Midweek Prayer and Bible Study, 7 p.m. Anursery for under age 3 is available at all services. Provisions for handicapped and hard-of-hearing. Office phone, 385-0752. Sunridge Baptist Church, (SBC) 3704 Valerie Blvd. (U.S. 27 and Valerie, across from Florida Hospital), Sebring. Ed Howell, transitional pastor. Sunday School, 9;30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; and Sunday Evening Service, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer, Bible Study, and Youth, 6:30 p.m.Nursery provided. For information, call 3823695. CATHOLIC Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 East Main St., Avon Park, 453-4757. Father Nicholas McLoughlin, pastor. Saturday Vigil Mass is 4 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish; Sunday mass 8 and 10:30 a.m. in English; 6 p.m., Life Teen Mass. Weekday mass at 8 a.m. Confessions are at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Religious Education Classes are 9-10:20 a.m. Sunday for grades K through 8th. Confirmation class is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. Youth Nights grades 6th and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. St. Catherine Catholic Church, 820 Hickory St., Sebring. Mailing address: 882 Bay St., Sebring, FL 33870, 385-0049. www.stcathe. com. Very Rev. Jos Gonzlez, V.F., Pastor. Masses Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. and noon Spanish Mass. Daily Masses 8 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday. Confessions: 3-3:45 p.m. Saturdays, 7:15-7:45 a.m. first Friday, or by appointment. Enrollment for Catholic School grades K3 through 5 not being accepted. St. James Catholic Church, 3380 Placidview Drive, Lake Placid, 465-3215. Father Michael J. Cannon. Mass schedule: Summer (May 1 to Oct. 31) Saturday Vigil, 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; Weekdays, 9 a.m. December thru Easter Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Weekdays 9 a.m.; and Holy Days 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., first Saturday at 9 a.m. CHRISTIAN Eastside Christian Church, 101 Peace Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (two miles east of U.S. 27 on County Road 621), 465-7065. Ray Culpepper, senior pastor. Sunday: Bible classes, 9 a.m.; Worship Celebration with the Lords Supper each week 10:15 a.m. Thelma Hall, organist; and Pat Hjort, pianist. Wednesday: Praise and Prayer, 6:30 p.m.; Building Gods Kingdom for Everyone. Jesus Christ, the Way, Truth and Life! Alive and Worth the Drive! Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Tod Schwingel, Preacher; Marco Gallardo, Youth Pastor. Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 11 a.m.; Sunday Youth Service, 6 p.m; Evening service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night meals, 5:30 p.m. followed by classes at 6:30 p.m. Office hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Phone 382-6676. First Christian Church, 1016 W. Camphor St., Avon Park, FL 33825; (863) 453-5334; on the Web at www.firstchristianap.com. Our motto is Jesus is First at First Christian Church.Greg Ratliff, Senior Minister; Ray Culpepper, Family Life Minister; Jon Carter, Music Director. Bible School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.; Bible Study, 6 p.m.; Wednesdaystudies for all ages, 6 p.m. Nursery provided for all events. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 510 Poinsettia Avenue, (corner of Poinsettia and Eucalyptus), Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 3850358 or 385-3435. The Rev. Ronald Norton, Pastor; Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Praise Breakfast, 10 a..m., Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Childrens Church, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Praise and Worship, 6:45 p.m. Youth Fellowship, 7:15 p.m.; Midweek Bible Study, 7:15 p.m. CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE The Alliance Church of Sebring, 4451 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL33875. Call 382-1343. Rev. Steve Hagen, pastor. Sunday services: Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service meets at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening Bible Study meets at 6 p.m. (off site); Wednesday Prayer Gathering meets at 6 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Christian Science Church, 146 N. Franklin St. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. morning worship and Sunday school. Testimonial meetings at 4 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesday. Afree public reading room/bookstore, located in the church, is open before and after church services. The Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesby Mary Baker Eddy are our only preachers. All are welcome to come and partake of the comfort, guidance, support and healing found in the lesson-sermons. CHURCH OF BRETHREN Church of the Brethren 700 S Pine St., Sebring, FL33870 Sunday: Church School, 9 a.m .; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m Wednesday: Temple Choir, 7:3 0 p.m. Phone 385-1597. CHURCH OF CHRIST Avon Park Church of Chris t, 200 S. Forest Ave.,Avon Park, F L 33825. Minister: Larry Roberts Sunday Worship Services, 10:3 0 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilitie s are available at every service. Bibl e Study: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. an d Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible centere d classes for all ages. Church phone : 453-4692. Sebring Parkway Church o f Christ, 3800 Sebring Parkwa y, Sebring, FL33870; 385-7443. W e would like to extend an invitatio n for you and your family to visit wit h us here at Sebring Parkway. Ou r hours of service are: Sunda y Worship Service, 9 a.m.; Sunda y Bible Class, 10:15 a.m.; Sunda y Evening Service, 6 p.m .; Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF NAZARENE First Church of the Nazaren e of AvonPark, P.O. Box 1118 ., AvonPark, FL33825-1118. 707 W Main St. Randall Rupert, Pasto r. Sunday: Sunday school begins a t 9:45 a.m. for all ages; morning wo rship at 10:45 a.m.; and evenin g service at 6 p.m. Wednesda y evening service is at 7 p.m. wit h special services for children an d adults. Special services once a month for seniors (Prime Time) an d Ladies ministries. If you need an y more information, call 453-4851. First Church of the Nazaren e of Lake Placid, 512 W. Interlak e Blvd., Lake Placid, FL33852 Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Mornin g worship, 10:45 a.m.; Evening serv ice, 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. Classes for adult children an d youth. Call 465-6916. Pastor Tim Taylor. CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN UNION Community Bible Church Churches of Christ in Christia n Union, (Orange Blossom Conference Center) 1400 C-17 A North (truck route), AvonPark Presenting Jesus Christ as th e answer for time and eternit y. Sunday morning worship service 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided Junior Church activities at sam e time for K-6 grade. Sunday Schoo l Bible hour (all ages), 9:30 a.m (Transportation available.) Sunda y evening praise and worship serv ice, 6 p.m. Wednesday evenin g prayer service, 7 p.m. Children an d youth activities at 7 p.m Wednesday. Everyone is welcome please come worship with us. Do n Seymour, Senior Pastor. Phon e 452-0088.PLACESTOWORSHIP RELIGION A tonement Lutheran ChurchSEBRING Fourth S unday in Advent C elebration will be led by D ave Thoresen with Holy E ucharist. There will be no coffee h our this Sunday morning. I nstead the congregation will m eet back at the church at 4 p .m. to decorate the C hristmas tree with C hrismons, followed by a p otluck supper. This event is o pen to members and visit ors; everyone is welcome to a ttend this fun event. At 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 w ill be the Christmas Eve C andlelight service with H oly Eucharist led by Dave T horesen. A von Park Church of ChristAVON PARK The G ift of All Gifts (Isaiah 9 :6-7) will be the message S unday morning presented b y Minister Larry Roberts. The Sunday evening servi ce will be a devotional in t he multi-purpose room with a fingerfood fellowship to f ollow. The members of the Avon P ark church will go C hristmas caroling on T uesday night. Avon Park Church of Christ is at 200 S. Forest Ave. For information, call 453-4692.Christ Lutheran ChurchAVON PARK The Fourth Sunday in Advent Pastor Scott McLean will preach a sermon titled See the Sign! On Wednesday the Midweek Advent Devotions begin at 6 p.m. with a soup and sandwich supper. The homily for Wednesday evening prayer service is titled Something Is About to Happen! Christian Science ChurchSEBRING The lesson sermon on Sunday morning is titled Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force? The keynote is from Psalms 21:13, Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power. The church is at 146 N. Franklin St.Christian Training Church SEBRING Rev. Linda M. Downing will bring the message titled Revelation Through The Genuine Fast: Part 2 at the Sunday morning service. The Wednesday night Bible study will continue the book of Hebrews. Emmanuel United Church of ChristSEBRING Sunday morning, the Rev. George Miller will deliver a message based on Isaiah 7:10-16. The church is 1.7 miles west of U.S. 27 on County Road 634 (Hammock Road). Call 471-1999 or visit sebringemmanuelucc.com.First Baptist ChurchAVON PARK For Sunday morning, First Baptist Church Worship Choir will present the Christmas Cantata, Journey of Faith. The Sunday evening program will be Cookies and Carols starting at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The church is at 100 N. Lake Ave. For more information, call 453-6681 or e-mail info@fbcap.net.First Baptist Church of Placid LakesLAKE PLACID On Sunday Pastor Darryl George will continue The Purity Series and will preach the sermon titled Go, Tell It! with regards to Luke 2:1-7. There will be no Sunday evening service; the Hands of Christ Food Ministry will meet at 5 p.m. to deliver food to the needy. The church is at the corner of Washington and Kemper avenues in Placid Lakes. For more information, call 4655126 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday or e-mail the church at placidlakes@hotmail.com.First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)SEBRING At the Lords Table this Sunday morning will be Howard Lewis and Diane Beidler. Communion will be served by Michael Graves, Marla Null, Carol Chandler and Carol Graves. Greeting the congregation will be Joe and Joyce Winstel. The Advent reading, The Best Gift of All, will be presented by the DOC Youth Group of the church as they light the fourth Advent Candle of the season. Noel and Juanita Roberts will work with childrens church. Lighting the candles during the month of December will be Nina Kunsak. Sherry Kunsak will be with the children in the nursery. The youth will present their Christmas pageant, followed immediately with a potluck fellowship meal and a birthday party for Jesus. There will be a Christmas Eve Communion and candlelight service at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.First Presbyterian Church A. R. P.AVON PARK On Sunday morning, the pastors sermon is titled Heavenly Messenger based on Luke 2:8-14. The fourth Sunday of Advent will be observed with the choir beginning by singing the first portion of the Advent song We Wait in Hope. Savannah Oldfield will light four Advent candles, Kathleen Richards will lead the reading of the litany and Stephen Brown will be the candle lighting reader. The congregation will then join in the chorus of We Wait in Hope. The pastor will then end this ceremony with a prayer. The choirs anthem will be Shout for Joy. Maxine Johnson, adult teacher, continues the Sunday school study of David in II Samuel Chapter 7 in which God makes a promise to David. David wishes to keep Gods prom ises and put aside his personal ambitions. Wendy Garcia teaches the youth class and discusses issues o f today and how the Bible instructs us. AChristian Christmas movie will be shown at 4 p.m. in the adult Sunday school room. The youth group will leave the church at 4 p.m. t o visit shut-ins. They will return to the church at 6 p.m for a Christmas party. On Wednesday, Dec. 22 Bible study will be led by the pastor, who will continu e the study of Revelation. Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m On Friday, Dec. 24 there will be a Christmas Eve can dlelight service at 6:30 p.m The history of several Christmas carols will be told. The church is at 215 E. Circle St. (with two entrances on Lagrande Street). For more information, call the church office at 453-3242.First Presbyterian Church ARPSEBRING Do We Hear Gods Promises? is the title of Sunday morning s sermon given by the Rev. Continued on page 9B Church News

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 9B EPISCOPAL The Episcopal Church of the R edeemer.Service time is 9:30 w ith Holy Communion. Coffee hour f ollowing services. Newcomers w elcome. Call 453-5664 or e-mail r edeemer1895@aol.com Web site: r edeemeravon.com. The church is a t 839 Howes Way, Avon Park ( two miles north of Sun N Lake B oulevard, across from Wells D odge.) St. Agnes Episcopal Church 3 840 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL 3 3870. Sunday Services: Holy E ucharist Rite I 7:45 a.m., Holy E ucharist Rite II 10 a.m. Midweek s ervice on Wednesday at 6 p.m. S unday School for all ages at 9 a .m. The nursery is open 8:45 a.m. u ntil 15 minutes after the 10 a.m. s ervice ends. Wednesday: Adult B ible study, 9:30 a.m. Visitors are a lways welcome. The Rev. Jim K urtz, rector. Church office 3857 649, for more information. St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal C hurch, 43 Lake June Road, Lake P lacid, FL33852. Phone: 4650 051. Rev. Elizabeth L. Myers, R ector. Sunday Worship, 8 a.m., 1 0:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday e vening: Holy Communion with H ealing Service, 6:15 p.m. Child c are available at the 8 a.m. and 1 0:30 a.m. Sunday service. Come s ee what makes us different. GRACE BRETHREN Grace Brethren Church, 3626 T hunderbird Road, (863) 8350 869. Dr. Randall Smith, senior p astor. Sunday services at 9 a.m., 1 0:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday s ervices at 7 p.m. We offer Kid C ity Childrens Ministry throughout a ll services, and there are variosu o ther classes for teens, married c ouples, prime-timers, and Bible s tudies in Spanish. Kid City Day C are, Preschool and After-School M onday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (For r egistration call: 385-3111). Check u s out on the Web atwww.sebringg race.org. INTERDENOMINATIONAL World Harvest and Restoration M inistries, (non-denominational) 2 200 N. Avon Blvd., AvonPark, FL 3 3825. Phone: 452-9777 or 4533 771. Sunday service: Sunday S chool, 10 a.m. and worship, 11 a .m. Wednesday services: 7 p.m. p rayer meeting/Bible study. Pastor: W .H. Rogers. JEWISH Temple Israel of Highlands C ounty, 382-7744. Rabbi Lorraine R udenberg; www.templeisr aelofhcfl.org.Temple Israel is a R eform Temple that promotes the e nduring and fundamental princip les of Judaism. Through prayer, s tudy and friendship we strive to e nrich our lives and insure Jewish c ontinuity in Highlands County. F riday Evening Erev Shabbat S ervice, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday M orning Shabbat Minyon Service, 9 :30 a.m.; Saturday Morning Torah S tudy, 10:30 a.m.; Saturday A fternoon Shabbat Study, 3:30 p .m.; Havdallah, 5 p.m. On the foll owing dates: Oct. 1-2, Simchat T orah; Oct. 14-15, Oct. 29-30, Nov. 1 2-13, Nov. 26-27, Dec. 10-11, D ec. 24-25, Jan. 7-8, Jan. 21-22, F eb. 4-5, Feb. 18-19. Every T hursday will be Hebrew and Bible c lasses with Howard Salles, 12:304 :30 p.m. LUTHERAN Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA), 1178 S.E. Lakeview Drive., Sebring. David Thoresen, Deacon, Spiritual Leader. Jim Helwig, organist/choir director. Worship service at 9:30 a.m.; Holy Eucharist is every Sunday. Coffee hour on the first and third Sunday of each month. Council meeting on the first Monday of month; Ladies Group WELCAmeets at noon second Monday of month with lunch. Bring a dish to pass. Church Vegetable Garden Club meets as needed. Labyrinth Prayer Garden open seven days a week to congretation and community. Like to sing? Come join the choir. Visitors always welcome. Come grow with us. Phone 385-0797. Christ Lutheran Church Avon Park, 1320 County Road 64, 1/2 mile east of Avon Park High School. Sunday Divine Worship is at 10 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated every week with traditional Lutheran Liturgy, hymns and songs of praise. Fellowship time with coffee and refreshments follows worship. Come worship and fellowship with us. For information call Pastor Scott McLean at 471-2663 or seechristlutheranavonpark.org. Faith Lutheran Church LCMS, 2740Lakeview Drive, Sebring. Church phone: 385-7848, Faith Child Development Center, 385-3232. Gary Kindle, Pastor; Lea Ann Curry, Parish Nurse. Worship services: 8 a.m. Sunday; Sunday school for children and adult Bible classes is 9:15 a.m.; and Praise worship service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Communion is served the first and third and fifth Sunday of the month. Sunday worship service is broadcast on WITS 1340 AM at 8 a.m. each Sunday. Educational opportunities include weekly adult Bible studies. Faiths Closet Thrift Store (385-2782) is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. All are warmly welcome in the Family of Faith. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (AALC) American Association of Lutheran Churches, 4348 Schumacher Road, Sebring, one mile west of Wal-Mart. James Weed, pastor. Worship Service, 9 a.m. Sunday. Bible Study, 11 a.m. Nursery provided. Social activities: Choir, Missions, Evangelism. Phone 3851163. New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3725 Hammock Road, a Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Sunday Worship at 10 a.m.; Bible Study, 9 a.m. For more information, call Pastor Brian Klebig at 385-2293 or visit the Web site at www.newlife sebring.com. ResurrectionLutheran Church ELCA, 324 E. Main St., Avon Park. Pastor: Rev. John C. Grodzinski. Early Sunday service, 8 a.., Sunday school at 9:10 a.m. and the second service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship hour follow the service. Midweek Fragrance Free Wednesday worship, (year round) 7 p.m. Office phone number is 453-6858. Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS, 25 Lakeview St., Lake Placid, FL33852; 465-5253. The Rev. Richard A. Norris, pastor; and Noel Johnson, youth and family life. Worship schedule for December through Easter: Worship service 8 and 11 a.m.; Communion services, first and third Sundays; (Childrens Church, 11 a.m. only); and Education Hour, 9:30 a.m. Worship schedule for summer through fall: Worship service, 9 a.m.; Communion services, first and third Sundays; Education Hour 10:30 a.m. Additional services: Lent and Advent season, 6 p.m.; Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 7 and 10 a.m.; Christmas Eve, 7 p.m.; Christmas Day, 10 a.m.; Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Fellowship activities: Youth Group, Senior Citizens, Younger Side Adults, Ladies Missionary League, Ladies Guild, Small group studies as scheduled. Music: Choir and hand chimes. Trinity Tots Preschool (3-5 years old): 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. License: C14H10020: Susan Norris, director. Visit us online at: www.vchurches.com/trinitylutheranlp. NON-DENOMINATIONAL Bible Fellowship Church, 3750 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Sunday: American Sign Language: First Worship sermon, songs signed first and second Worship services. First Worship service, 9 a.m.; Second Worship service, 10:45 a.m. Nursery (up to 2 years old) and Sunday school classes both hours. BFC Youth, 6 p.m.; Evening Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Children, ages 4 years to fifth grade, 6 p.m.; Youth, 6-7:30 p.m.; Prayer time, 6:15 p.m. Todd Patterson, pastor; Andy McQuaid, associate pastor. Church office 385-1024. Calvary Church, 1825 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872; 386-4900. An independent community church. Sunday morning worship, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 11:15 a.m.; Sunday evening worship, 6 p.m. Youth group meets at 5 p.m. Friday. Pastor Lester Osbeck. Asmall friendly church waiting for your visit. Christian Training Ministries Inc., on Sebring Parkway. Enter off County Road 17 on Simpson Avenue. Sunday service is at 10 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m. Anursery and childrens church are provided. The church is part of Christian International Ministries Network, a full gospel, non-denominational ministry. Linda M. Downing, minister: Phone, 3140482, lindadowning@live.com.Casey L. Downing, associate minister: Phone, 385-8171, caseydown ing@hotmail.com. Web site is www.christiantrainingministries.net Grace Bible Church, 4541 Thunderbird Road, (second church on left) Sebring, FL33872. Phone, 382-1085. Andrew Katsanis, senior pastor. Saturday Worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday 6 p.m. Grace Bible Academy Adult Investigating Truth; first and third Tuesday, Prayer Gathering, 7:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Childrens & Youth Programs, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., College Ministry.www.GBCconnected.org Highlands Community Church a casual contemporary church, meets at 3005 New Life Way. Coffee at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10 a.m. Nursery and Kids World classes. Small groups meet throughout the week. Church phone is 402-1684; Pastor Bruce A. Linhart. Union Congregational Church 106 N. Butler Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825. Sunday worship services are at 7:45 a.m. (informal), 9:15 a.m. (traditional) and 10:45 a.m. (contemporary) in the main sanctuary. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. We also offer Wednesday and Saturday services at 6;15 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Nursery/child care is available for all services. Senior Pastor is Bill Breylinger. Office: 453-3345. Web page at www.weareunion.org. All teachings are taken from the Manufacturers Handbook The Holy Bible. Come join us. Unity Life Enrichment Centre, new location, 10417 Orange Blossom Blvd. S., Sebring, FL 33875; 471-1122; e-mail unity@vistanet.net. Web site, www.unityofsebring.org. 10:30 a.m. Sunday Celebration Service, Nursery and Childrens Church. Weekly Classes, Christian Bookstore and Cafe, Prayer Ministry, Life Enrichment Groups. Rev. Andrew C. Conyer, senior minister transforming lives from ordinary to extraordinary. The Way Church, 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring. Sunday school and worship service at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Youth activities, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The Way is a church family who gathers for contemporary worship, teaching of Gods Word, prayer and fellowship. Come early and stay after for fellowship time. Child care and childrens church are provided. Reinhold Buxbaum is pastor. The Way Aplace for you. Office Phone:471-6140, Church Cell Phone:381-6190. Email: theway church@hotmail.com. Web site:www.TheWayChurch.org PRESBYTERIAN Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA), 4500 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, 33872-2113. A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. Worship services: Sunday morning worship, informal, 8 a.m.; regular, 10:30 a.m. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday evening, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m.; Youth Group and Kids Quest, 5:307 p.m.; choir practice, 7:15 p.m. Phone: 385-3234; Fax: 385-2759; e-mail: covpres@strato.net; Web site: www.cpcsebring.org. Rev. W. Darrell Arnold, pastor. Office hours: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. First Presbyterian Church ARP, 215 E. Circle St., (two entrances on LaGrande), Avon Park, FL33825. Phone: 453-3242. The Rev. Robert Johnson is the pastor. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study, 10:30 a.m.; Potluck dinner, 6 p.m. third Wednesday; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday; Esther and Mary Circles business meeting, 3:30 p.m. third Thursday; Sarah Circle business meeting, 7 p.m. second Tuesday; Womens Ministries Combined Bible study, 4 p.m. third Thursday; Family Movie, 4 p.m. third Sunday. Be a part of a warm, caring church family with traditional services, following biblical truth. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, 319 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, FL33870. 385-0107. Sunday School, all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service, 11 a.m.; Tuesday: Youth Group, 6-7:30 p.m.; Senior High Youth Group, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Wednesday: Adult Bible Study, 10:30 a.m.; choir rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. Nursery available for Sunday worship. Call the church office for more information and other classes. Rev. Darrell A. Peer, pastor. Gayle Sparks, director of youth ministry. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, www.fpclp.com,118 N. Oak Ave., Lake Placid, 465-2742. The Rev. Ray Cameron, senior pastor; the Rev. Drew Severance, associate pastor. Sunday morning traditional worship is at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.; and contemporary worship is at 11 a.m. in Friendship Hall. Avariety of Sunday school classes for adults and children are at 9:45 and 11 a.m. in the educational building. Call the church office for more information about the classes offered. Nursery is provided for babies and toddlers; while young children up to second grade have a special Childrens Church offered during the worship service to help them grow in their spiritual knowledge. Spring Lake Presbyterian Church (USA), 5887 U.S. 98, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Worship Service, 10 a.m. Session meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, September throughJune. Board of Deacons meet at 5:30 p.m. first Monday of the month. Choir rehearses at 7 p.m. each Wednesday, September through April. Presbyterian Women meet at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of the month. Organist: Richard Wedig. Choir Director: Suzan Wedig. Church phone, 655-0713; e-mail,springlakepc@embarqmail.com,Web site, http://slpc.presbychurch.org. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1410 West Avon Blvd., AvonPark. Phone: 453-6641 or e-mail: avonparksda@embarqmail.com,Sabbath School, 9:30 a.m Saturday. Church Service 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p.m. Community Service hours on Tuesday and Thursday is from 9:00 a.m. till 2 p.m. Asale takes place the first Sunday of each month. Senior Pastor Paul Boling; and Associate Pastor Kameron DeVasher. Walker Memorial Academy Christian School offering education for kindergarten through 12th grades. ALLARE WELCOME. Website is www.discoverjesus.org Sebring Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2106 N. State Road 17, Sebring; 385-2438. Worship Services: 9:15 a.m. Worship hour, 11 a.m. Prayer meeting, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. Community service: every Monday 9-11 a.m. Health Seminar with Dr. Seralde, every Friday, 10:00 a.m. Pastor Amado Luzbet. THE CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3235 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 382-9092. Dale Bargar, bishop; David Ward, first counselor; and Steve Austin, second counselor. Family History Center: 3821822. Sunday services: Sacrament meeting, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 11:20 a.m.; and Priesthood/Relief Society, 12 p.m. Primary for children, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth activities from 7-8:20 p.m. Wednesday: 11-year-old Scouts, 78:20 p.m. first and third Wednesday; and activity days for 8-11 year old boys and girls from 78:20 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday. THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army Center for Worship. Sunday: Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Holiness meeting, 11 a.m.; and Praise meeting and lunch, noon. Tuesday: Bible study, 6:30 p.m.; and Women s Ministries, 7 p.m. Wednesda y: Youth Ministries, 4 p.m. All mee tings are at 120 N. Ridgewood Ave ., Sebring. For more information, vis it the Web site www.salvationarm ysebring.com or call Major Bruc e Stefanik at 385-7548, ext. 110. UNITED METHODIST First United Methodist Church 105 S. Pine St., Sebring,FL3387 0. The Rev. A.C. Bryant, pasto r. Traditional Worship Service at 8:1 0 and 10:50 a.m. in the sanctuar y, Contemporary Worship in the FL C at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:3 0 and 10:30 a.m. Methodist You th Fellowship at 5:30 p.m. Sunday s with Rick Heilig, youth directo r. The 10:55 a.m. Sunday worsh ip service is broadcast over WIT S 1340 on AM dial. There is a nurse ry available at all services. First United Methodist Church 200 South Lake Avenue, Avo n Park, FL33825. (863) 453-3759, R James Weiss, Pastor, Summe r Schedule, Sunday School 9:0 0 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Memorial United Methodis t Church, 500 Kent Ave., (overloo king Lake Clay) Lake Placid, F L, 33852. The Rev. Fred Ball. pasto r. Claude H.L. Burnett, pastor al assistant. Sunday schedul e: Heritage Worship Service, 8:3 0 a.m. (October-May only); Scho ol School for all ages, 9:30 a.m .; Celebration Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.; New Song worsh ip service at 10:45 a.m. Loving nur sery care provided every Sunda y morning. Youth Fellowship, 5 p.m Bible Fellowship Class, 6 p.m (October-May only). We offe r Christ-centered Sunday scho ol classes, youth programs, Bib le studies, book studies and Christia n fellowship. We are a congregatio n that want to know Christ and mak e Him known. Call the church offic e at 465-2422 or check out ou r church Web site at www.memo rialumc.com. St. John United Methodis t Church, 3214 Grand Prix Driv e, Sebring, FL33872. The Re v. Ronald De Genaro Jr., Pasto r. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Sunda y Morning Worship, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m and 11 a.m. Nursery provided for a ll services. Phone 382-173 6. www.stjohnsebring.org Spring Lake United Methodis t Church, 8170 Cozumel Lan e, (Hwy 98) Sebring. The Rev. Clyd e Weaver Jr., Pastor. Worship ser vice starts at 9:55 a.m. Bible Stud y meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesda y. Choir Practice at 4:00 p.m. o n Thursday. Church office phon e: 655-0040. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Emmanuel United Church o f Christ, where God is still speaking. 3115 Hope Street, Sebring, F L 33875 (1.8 miles west of U.S. 2 7 and Hammock Road). Sunday wo rship, 9:30 a.m.; Communion wi th worship first Sunday of mont h; Chapel Communion, 8:45 a.m. a ll other Sundays. All are welcome to receive the sacrament. For mor e information, call the church office at 471-1999 or e-mail eucc@ea rth link.net or check theWeb si te sebringemmanuelucc.com. N o matter who you are or where yo u are on lifes journey, youre we lcome here.PLACESTOWORSHIP RELIGION D arrell A. Peer. Wednesday is choir r ehearsal at 5:30 p.m. The Christmas Eve cand lelight Communion worship s ervice is at 6:30 p.m. F riday, Dec. 24. Everyone is i nvited and encouraged to a ttend this very special servi ce.First United Methodist Church of SebringSEBRING This Sunday o f Advent the adult choir w ill present the Christmas C antata, Season of W onders, celebrating the M iracle of Christmas by J oseph Martin in the two trad itional services. Listen Live on WITS-AM 1 340 each Sunday to hear t he Worship service. The church is downtown a t 126 S. Pine St. Visit the W eb site at www.sebringfirstumc.com. Call the church office for information at 385-5184.Heartland Christian ChurchSEBRING The Praise and Worship Service will have Mina West singing Birthday of a King and Heartland Singers singing Come and See Whats Happening at the Barn. Pastor Ted Moores sermon this week will be Wise Men still Worship Him with Scripture from Matthew 2:212. Sunday Bible study is I & II Peter and Jude taught by Fran VanHooreweghe. Everyone is invited (doughnuts and coffee). On Friday, Dec. 24 there will be a candlelight service at 7 p.m. The public is welcome. The church is at 2705 Alternate Route 17 South (behind Publix). Look for the lighthouse.Memorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID At the Celebration Service a Christmas musical cantata will be presented by the Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of Claude Burnett, with selections from One of Us. At the Heritage Worship Service, Pastor Fred Ball will preach on the subject Why We Need Christmas from John l:1-5 and 10-14 At New Song Contemporary Service in Rob Reynolds Hall, Rev. Jerry McCauley will preach on the subject Whats In A Name? from Isaiah 9:6 Christmas Eve family candlelight service will be held in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. This will be preceded by pre-service Christmas music featuring the mens quartet and solos. The church is at 500 Kent Ave. For information, call 465-2422.Parkway Free Will Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Sunday morning Bible lesson,The Mission of the Servant, is taken from the ninth chapter of Isaiah. Pastor Jim Scaggs will bring the Sunday morning and evening messages. The Wednesday evening service will be praise, prayer and Bible study time.Resurrection Lutheran ChurchAVON PARK On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the pastors sermon will be based on the first chapter of Matthew. The Worship assistant will be Bob Theil, the Communion assistant will be Ed Mosser, and the lector will be Barb Marazza. At the mid-morning service, Paul Willcox will be the Worship assistant, Sonia Altman will be the Communion assistant, Jan Minnich will be the lector and Nicholas McGinnia will be the acolyte. Coffee and fellowship will follow the service in Burke Hall. The Busy Bodies will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in Burke Hall, the Healing Shawl ministry meets at 1 p.m., the Advent Services are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday fragrance free On Thursday, the Joy Gathering meets at 2 p.m. and the choir rehearsal begins at 3:30 p.m., decora ting begins at 5 p.m. The Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Eve worship serv ice are on Friday.St. John United Methodist ChurchSEBRING On Sunday morning, the Rev. Ronald D e Genaro Jr. will conclude th e sermon series, ALifeGiving Christmas. Sunday s topic is Love taken from Romans 1:1-7.Sebring Church of the BrethrenSEBRING Pastor Kei th Simmons will preach on Sharing the Gift of Peace. This is the Fourth Sunday o f Advent. The Scripture will be on Isaiah 9:6-7. Sunday school, led by th e Rev. Wendell Bohrer in the Continued from page 8B Church News RELIGION GUIDELINES: The News-Sunpublishes religion news on Fridays. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for publication in the following Fridays paper. Submit items to the News-Sunsfrom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; fax to 385-2453; send e-mail to editor@newssun.com; or mail to Lifestyle Editor,NewsSun,2227 U.S. 27 South,Sebring,FL 33870. For information,call 385-6155,ext. 516. Continued on page 10B

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Tanglewood plans Christmas Eve serviceSEBRING Tanglewood Community Church Christmas Eve worship service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 in the clubhouse in the center of the Tanglewood community. The public is invited. The Rev. Ken Thoreson will draw his sermon in chalk while his wife, Marilyn, narrates a story. Rev. Thoreson has traveled throughout the States and several foreign countries for more than 20 years presenting his sermons in chalk. He is the full-time pastor at Tanglewood Community Church.Love Song set at Maranatha BaptistSEBRING The choir and drama team of Maranatha Baptist Church will present a Christmas musical/drama, Love Song, at 7 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Sunday. The music is written by the beloved John W. Peterson and the drama by Doug Brendel. The Christmas story is a love story encompassing Joseph (played by David Waite) and Marys (played by Mary Schuster) love for each other, their love for the Christ Child and Gods unconditional love for the world by sending His only Son. Through the contemporary story of two writers played by Pat Seddon and Dennis Whitehead, mirroring the biblical story of Mary and Joseph, Love Song presents this kaleidoscope of loves. Jim Sheppard plays the part of Jacob, Josephs father. Pat Seddon is the director of the drama. Soloists for the musical are Gary Hanson, Stan Mohr, Cathy Witham and Rose Ertle. The musical is under the direction of Jan Burgess with pianist Judy Tinkham and organist Ann Truax. Maranatha Baptist Church is in Maranatha Village off Arbuckle Creek Road, two miles east of State Road 17 North. For more information, call 3824301 or 382-8594.Christmas events at Memorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID A Christmas musical cantata will be presented by the Sanctuary Choir at Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday at the Celebration Worship Service, under the direction of Claude Burnett, with selections from One of Us. AChristmas Eve Family Candlelight Service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 in the sanctuary. Apreservice time of special music will be presented by the mens quartet and solos will also be presented. The public is invited. For more information, call 4652422. The church is at 500 Kent Ave.Community Church holds cookie saleLAKE PLACID The annual Christmas cookie sale at Community Church of God will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 735 Sun N Lakes Blvd.Jim Walker Family is in concertAVON PARK The Jim Walker Family from Toledo, Ohio will be at Calvary Baptist Church at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 2220 U.S. 27 South, across from South Florida Community College. The Walkers are extremely talented and are in full-time evangelism, singing and playing many different instruments and preaching. Adelicious meal will be served at about noon. Admission is free (a love offering will be received).Southside Baptist Church Christmas services slatedSEBRING A Christmas program will be presented by the adult choir in the morning worship service at Southside Baptist Church. Childrens church and a nursery are available. AChristmas Eve service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. The church is at 379 S. Commerce Ave. For information, call 385-0752.Mini-musical planned at SunridgeSEBRING The adult choir of Sunridge Baptist Church will present a Christmas mini-musical, O Page 10BNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com SUNDAY BRUNCH11am 1:30pm Lunch served after 1:30pmwith purchase of beverageReceive$200 OFFExpires 12-31-10 Trishs Paradise GrilleHighlands Ridge South(863) 382-2131$1095 E.O. Koch Construction1417 Swank Avenue Sebring, FL 33870(863) 385-8649COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTIONLet our highly qualified staff develop your commercial property, build your dream home,or do your remodeling.For all of your Aluminum,Steel,and Conventional construction needsEmail: kochcon@strato.net State Certified License #CGC1515338 SEAMLESS GUTTERS Specials5 INCH GUTTERS$2.99PER LINEAR FOOT6 INCH GUTTERS$3.99PER LINEAR FOOTMany Colors Available Dr. Rey Pardo, M. D.13 Ryant Blvd., Sebring, FL 33870 (863)382-2110IMAGINE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT PAIN!CALL TODAY FOR A CONSULTATION!NOW OPEN Fidelis Room, will study The Mission of the Servant. They will also be looking at the Scripture Isaiah 9:7, 11:1-8. Childrens Sunday schoo l, The Kids Zone, is also happening.Southside Baptist ChurchSEBRING AChristm as program will be presented by the adult choir in the morning worship service. Childrens church and a nursery are available. The Awana clubs meet at 5:30 p.m. Missionary guest Ken Rudolph will speak in the evening worship service. Special music will be presented by Stacy Jingst. Don Hall will continue t he study in the life of Elijah during the adult Bible stud y Wednesday evening. A Christmas Eve service will be held Friday at 6 p.m. The church is at 379 S. Commerce Ave. For information, call 385-0752.Spring Lake Presbyterian ChurchSEBRING On Sunday morning, a Christmas canta ta, The Christmas Promise, will be presented Acandlelight service wil l be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 24.Spring Lake United Methodist ChurchSEBRING Spring Lak e United Methodist Church i s at 8170 Cozumel Lane. For the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Clyde Weavers sermon will be Dont Be Afraid. Potluck will follow the worship service. There will be a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.The Way ChurchSEBRING Pastor Reinhold Buxbaums message will be about the Fourth Sunday in Advent. Sunday will be the Christmas program during the morning worship service. On Christmas Eve at 7:30 p.m. there will be a candlelight dervice. The Way Church is at 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive. The church phone is 4716140; the pastors cell is 214-6190. For church infor mation and the pastors me ssages go to www.thewaychurch.org. Continued from page 9B RELIGION Courtesy photo The Blackwood Quartet will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 at Union Church in Avon Park. Special to the News-SunAVON PARK Union Church presents five-time Grammy award-winning Blackwood Quartet (from Pigeon Forge) at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9. Aspecial Elvis Gospel Tribute will be presented for his 76th birthday. Cost is $10 at the door. Call 382-0706 or 385-0976 for more information. Come early and enjoy a meal at Solid Grounds Cafe. Achoice of baked chicken or meatloaf dinner, includes potato, vegetable and drink, for only $6. Blackwood Quartet to perform at Union Church in Avon Park Church News From what source did M atthew obtain the inform ation to write his version o f Jesusbirth? Scholars b elieve Joseph had a brothe r, Alpheus. Mark 2:14 i ntroduces Matthew, son o f Alpheus. Why would t his fact be mentioned if G od didnt intend for us to m ake that connection? We know Matthew had c lose ties with Joseph by l ooking closely at Matthew 1 :19: Because Joseph her h usband was a righteous m an and did not want to e xpose her to public disg race, he had in mind to d ivorce her quietly. Breaking down this v erse, we see Joseph her h usband. During this time a betrothal was a promise o f marriage in which the t wo were considered husb and and wife. In some a reas of Judea, a betrothal e ven allowed sexual relat ionships, but in Galilee p urity was maintained until a fter the wedding ceremon y. Next we read (Joseph) w as a righteous man. We k now he was righteous b ecause God chose him to b e the foster father of His s on. Following Matthews s imple, but informative i ntroduction of Joseph, he w rites And did not want t o expose her to public disg race. What could be so d isgraceful about carrying t he son of God, the Jewish R edeemer? In the synag ogue schools, Joseph was t aught the prophecies of a M essiah being born of a v irgin. There is only one e xplanation for Josephs r eaction to Marys good n ews Joseph did not b elieve Mary. He must have thought, The son of God? Why w ould Mary think I would b elieve such a story? I k now the Messiah will be b orn of a virgin as prophes ied by Isaiah, but that virg in is not going to be Mary f rom Nazareth. Surely our M essiah will be born to a w ealthy virgin from the h oly city of Jerusalem. I a m not worthy or qualified t o be the father of the M essiah. It cant be me! S he must have been u nfaithful to me and b ecome pregnant. What m ust I do? Mary saw the disbelief a nd disappointment in J osephs expression. F earing she may be stoned a s an adulteress, Mary s earched for an answer. S he knew the angel had v isited her, and she had c onceived the seed of the H oly Spirit. Now she was h eartbroken, young and p regnant. What could she d o? Luke tells us she hurr ied to Elizabeths, waiting f or God to give her direct ion. Next Matthew writes, (Joseph) had in mind to d ivorce her quietly. R eviewing the customs of t he time, Joseph had three o ptions. He could have had Mary stoned as an adultress. The men would take her to a cliff, throw her off, and stone her until she no longer moved. She would be left for the animals to finish. Joseph was angry and hurt, but not enough to have the young girl put to death. The other option was to marry the unfaithful woman. His pride would prevent him from suffering the disgrace of marrying an adulteress. In his mind, he chose the best option. The angel must have appeared to Joseph shortly after Mary left for Elizabeths. Now he was heartbroken. God had chosen Mary above all women, but Joseph had doubted her words. Why didnt the angel appear to Joseph earlier? If he had only known before Mary told him, he would have believed her story. Devastated, Joseph needed consoling. He was embarrassed and needed to talk to someone he could trust. Who could that be except a brother? He did not want anyone else to know. His secret would be safe with his brother. The only people who would know the specific details of this story before Matthew recorded it were Joseph, Mary and Alpheus. Alpheus may have written the story and given it to Matthew later or he could have kept it close to his heart until he found the appropriate time to tell his son this first-hand account. Matthew continues to say Joseph took Mary as his wife, but had no union with her until she gave birth. Who would have known that fact? The details of the birth, the shepherds visit or the presentation in the temple are not mentioned in Matthew, but he goes into great depth describing the visit from the eastern Magi. This extraordinary visit and escape to Egypt was important to Joseph because this time the angel appeared to him. Now Joseph realized the importance of his role in this journey. He wanted Alpheus to know God had forgiven his disbelief of Mary. When Matthew writes his story, Joseph, Mary and Jesus are all dead. Matthew knew the truth needed to be told and it would no longer be embarrassing to his uncle. He writes the details he had been told by his father, Josephs brother. Next week: Lukes version of the story. Mary Bailey is the author of Jesus My Son: Mary's Journal of Jesus' Early Life. For more information, visit www.jesusmyson.com. Matthews version of the Birth Story Guest Column Mary Bailey Snapshots Continued on page 11B Did YouKNOW?In Florida, the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle. Bicyclists using a public roadway are considered operators of motor vehicles and are responsible for observing all traffic laws. With few exceptions, there is only one road and it is up to motorists and bicyclists to treat each other with care and respect. Adherence to the law is the foundation of respect. Follow the News-Sun online on www.twitter.com/thenewssun

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N ight Divine, at 10:45 a.m. S unday in the sanctuary at 3 704 Valerie Blvd. Although there is normall y a church nursery open on S unday mornings for child ren under the age of 3, t here will not be a church n ursery open on this Sunday m orning so that nursery w orkers might be able to be p resent for the mini-musical. First Baptist Church cancels activitiesLAKE PLACID The W ednesday night activities f or First Baptist Church of L ake Placid will not be held o n Wednesdays, Dec. 22 and 2 9. There will be a Christmas E ve service at 6 p.m. Friday, D ec. 24. Aservice of music a nd readings for the church a nd all who would like to a ttend to reflect on C hristmas and its true m eaning.Christ Lutheran plans Christmas Eve serviceAVON PARK On C hristmas Eve, Dec. 24 P astor Scott McLean of C hrist Lutheran Church will p reach a sermon titled Its A bout Time! Traditional L utheran candlelight, carols a nd Communion service at 7 p .m. The church is at 1320 C ounty Road 64, east the A von Park High School. For m ore information call 4712 663 or search the Internet f or christlutheranavonpark.org.Spring Lake Presbyterian plans candlelight serviceSEBRING Spring Lake Presbyterian Church will host a candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.First Presbyterian Church slates Christmas activitiesAVON PARK On Friday, Dec. 24 there will be a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. The history of several Christmas carols will be told. The church is at 215 E. Circle St. (with two entrances on Lagrande Street). For more information, call the church office at 453-3242.Sebring Christian Church special servicesSEBRING Sebring Christian Church will host its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. This event is free and open to the public. Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group continues to meet each Thursday from 12 p.m. and again from 6:307:30 p.m. Changing Seasons, a mens grief support group, continues to meet each Thursday from 1-2 p.m. The support groups are also free and open to the public for more information on either support group, contact Jean Maas at 314-9193.First Christian Church hosts servicesSEBRING First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Sebring will host a Christmas Eve Communion and candlelight service at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.Spring Lake United Methodist Church has Dec. 24 serviceSEBRING Spring Lake United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.Way Church presents Christmas programSEBRING On Sunday, The Way Church will present its Christmas program during the morning worship service. At 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 will be a candlelight service. The Way Church is at 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive. The church phone is 4716140; the pastors cell phone is 214-6190. For church information, go to www.thewaychurch.org.First Presbyterian Church has special serviceSEBRING First Presbyterian Church in Sebring will have a Christmas Eve candlelight Communion worship service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this very special service.Relay for Life flea market plannedLAKE PLACID From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting a flea market to raise money for Relay for Life. If you are a vendor, or just want to clean out your closets, sign up to rent a space to sell. Avendor may purchase a space for $5 to sell their wares. Rent as many as you need. Reserve your spot now by calling 465-2422 or email at cherylm@memorialumc.com. The church is at 500 Kent Ave. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 11B Oh the joyous memories that emanate from the fragrance of scented candles, pine trees, holly, and mistletoe. We are enamored by lights, carols, gifts, and family during this wonderful season. But what is the purpose for all the hustle and bustle of activity? Shopping, eating, visiting, mailing cards, and baking cookies keep us so busy we hardly have time to breathe. We enjoy choirs, decorations, and parades: But why all the excitement? Let us not forget that we are celebrating the entrance of the Lord Jesus Christ to Bethlehem nearly 2,000 years ago! The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world (I John 4:14) He was born to die for your sins, enabling the greatest gift of God: the promise of eternal life. Romans 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus rose again and lives today! He inhabits the praises of His people. So before you become over-burdened with holiday busyness, thank God the Father for sending His Son Jesus to earth. Repent of your sin and receive His salvation today. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 The following is a poem I have written titled, The Reason Jes us Came. Jesus came int o this world as a poor lowly child, To die in His innocence, on the cross to be reviled. He was platted with a crown of thorns, was whipped and scorned, in love He did this for your sin, 'tis the reason H e was born. This is not the end of th e story, of the Lord Jesus Christ, For three days later in the tomb, He came back t o life. He ascended up to Heaven with His Father to reign, Over this wicked world which His name does oft' defame. But one day in the clouds, Jesus will soon appear, To catch away those wh o are His, living for Him here. Will you be among thos e who with Christ are caugh t away, or will you be left behind to meet God on Judgment Day? Luke Knickerbocker is pastor o f Bethel Baptist Church in Lake Placid, 216 E. Park St. E-mail him at knickprint@yahoo.com. The church Web site is visitbethelbaptist.com. Rmembering the reason Christ came THE GIFT OF NEWS DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR This Christmas, give the gift that keeps on giving with a subscription to the News-Sun. SUBSCRIBE TODAY!863-385-6155www.newssun.com NEWS-SUNHighlands Countys Hometown Newspaper since 1927 www.newssun.com RELIGION Continued from page 10B Special to the News-SunFr. Gerald P. Grogan, well k nown and beloved retired p astor of Our Lady of Grace C atholic Church in Avon P ark, celebrated the 50th a nniversary of his ordination t o the priesthood on Dec. 12, a t an anniversary Mass at Our L ady of Grace followed by a r eception at Grogan Center. Grogan held teaching posit ions in Catholic high schools i n Dade and Broward count ies while serving parishes in t he area, and was pastor at St. C atherine, Sebring and its m ission church, St. James, L ake Placid from 1968 1 972. He came to Our Lady of G race as pastor in 1979 and r etired in 2007. He holds a M aster of Divinity degree f rom St. Vincent De Paul R egional Seminary, Boynton B each; a masters degree in C ommunity Mental Health C ounseling from Barry U niversity, Miami, and was a c ertified pastoral addictions counselor. Said Grogan, Generous stewardship of an expanding population, as well as bequests from spirit filled deceased members have given us the gift of a loving and caring community, and parish facilities we can be proud of. We continue that outreach under the present pastor, Fr. Nicholas McLoughlin. I am grateful for the support of all I have met on the crossroads of life as we journey together for an answer to the mystery of why we are here. Grogan resides in Avon Park and continues to minister when needed. Former pastor celebrates Golden Jubilee Courtesy photo by Heather Goodwin Father Gerald Grogan, retired pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, is flanked by an Avon Park contingent of the Knights of Columbus and bagpiper Mark Manley at the golden jubilee celebration of Fr. Grogans ordination to the priesthood. Timeless Treasure Luke Knickerbocker Courtesy photo T he BondServants Quartet will be in concert Saturday at the SIM Chapel on Schlosser Road in Sebring. The concert is at 7 p.m. and is open to everyone. The BondServants have been singing together since 1983. From Chattanooga, Tenn., the group is well known throughout the southeast. They love to praise and glorify the Lord through music and testimony. Snapshots BondServants to perform at SIM Chapel Classified ads get results! Call 385-6155 NEWS-SUN

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Page 12BNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010www.newssun.com Oct. 13, 2010James P. Waller Jr. to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L26/27 Watersedge Sub, $406,100. Andria J. McDonald to Fifth Third Mortgage Co., L6 Blk 10 Harder Hall Country Club II, $225,800. Bank of New York Mellon to James L. Ritchie, L645/646 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec. D, $43,000. U.S. Bank to Roy D. Watters, L49-51 Lakewood Villa & Additions, $103,000. Brenda J. Shafer to Richard Scott, L3 Blk 7 Lake Letta Est., $4,000. Federal National Mortgage Assn. to High Energy Assets, L5 Blk 10 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 3, $30,000. Debra Granberg to Carmen Iris Velez, L17 Blk 29 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 2, $59,000. Carmen Iris Velez to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L17 Blk 29 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 2, $64,800. R. Brent Thompson to Sheryl L. Schwab, L9/10 Blk E Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 3, $78,000. Sheryl L. Schwab to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L9/10 Blk E Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 3, $62,400. Richard W. Hall Jr. to Bank of America, L361 Golf Hammock Unit IV, $185,300. Travis D. Turner to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L3 Orange & Lake Est., $89,000. Jack Haneline to William J. Manint Jr., L13 Blk 7 Sebring Ridge Sec. 6, $67,000. William J. Manint Jr. to William J. Manint Sr., L13 Blk 7 Sebring Ridge Sec. 6, $69,000. Jerrold M. Brown to Tim L. Snyder, Parcel 8A Ewing Tract Unrec, $90,000. Tim L. Snyder to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., Parcel 8A Ewing Tract Unrec, $88,900. Sandra M. Osteen to A & M Properties of Lake Placid Inc., L825 Sebring Ridge Sec. D, $55,000.Oct. 14Daniel W. OBerry to Heartland National Bank, PT Sec. 3-36-28, $48,700. Clarence L. Hawley to David Weinsburg, L26 Blk 26 Map of DeSoto City 2nd Sub, $15,000. R & R Properties of Central Florida Inc. to Loye Edward Lashley, L30 Blk 56 Orange Blossom Country Club Community Unit 16, $2,000. Cindy Sue Dobbins to Anne Robb, L67 Blk 1 Placid Lakes Sec. 19, $10,000. Marthelena Avendano to Zoila Osorio De Garcia, L5591/5592 Avon Park Lakes Unit 17, $8,000. Gene A. Veliquette to Wauchula State Bank, L27 Hampton Woods Sub, $20,200. Keysway Investments Inc. to Harvey Schonbrun, L7 Blk 2 Lake Josephine Heights 2nd Add/Other, $35,000. Svetlana Mironichenko to Burykin Mark, L74 Blk 196 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 17, $1,300. Svetlana Mironichenko to Burykin Mark, L21 Blk 14 Highlands Park Est. Sec. C, $1,000. Palmetto Creek Farms to Highlands Independent Bank, L17 Landrush Acres Unrec/Others, $113,600. George R. Gil to Nilo Ventura Jr., L81 Blk 19 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 2, $10,000. George R. Gil to Eduardo Molina, L80 Blk 19 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 2, $10,000. Bruce E. Clough to Wells Fargo Bank, L20 Blk F Tomoka Heights Sec. IX, $50,000. Todd A. Bloemsma to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., PT TR 8 Lake Charlotte Sub, $320,000. Massoud Tajik to Aaron T. Peavy, Tract 14 Simone Properties Unrec/Easements, $25,000. Richard J. Flis to Patsy A. Byrd, L3 Blk D Lake Jackson Hts., $124,000. Patsy A. Byrd to Heartland National Bank, L3 Blk D Lake Jackson Hts., $122,400. Elizabeth V. Lenihan to J. Ross MacBeth, PT Sec. 2835-31/Other, $42,700. Elizabeth V. Lenihan to J. Ross MacBeth, Farms 49-52 Lake View Park Tract, $259,700.Oct. 15Arlene H. Mink to Marina Cove Mink, PT Highlands Ridge On Lake Bonnet Phase II/Others/Easements, $2,980,400. Marina Cove Mink to Walker & Dunlop, PT Highlands Ridge On Lake Bonnet Phase II/Others/Easements, $4,000,000. Suntrust Bank to Raymond L. Graham, L15/16 Blk 510 Leisure Lakes Sec. 18, $71,000. Raymond L. Graham to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L15/16 Blk 510 Leisure Lakes Sec. 18, $56,800. Alfredo R. Orizondo to Suntrust Bank, L14 Blk B Tomoka Hts. Sec. 1, $90,000. Maria G. Amaro to Midflorida Credit Union, L19 PT L18 Blk 3 Lake Sirena Add 1, $29,500. William R. Proctor to Midflorida Credit Union, L586 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec. D, $25,000. James R. Swindle to John R. Clark, PT Sec. 6-36-28, $218,800. John R. Clark to Heartland National Bank, PT Sec. 6-3628, $175,000. R & T Management GP to R & T Management, PT Sec. 438-30, $893,100. Thomas Tullo to Wauchula State Bank, L643 Las Palmas Resort, $11,000. Anne Semegen Lukachuk to United States of America, PT L4-7 Blk 52 Flamingo Villas/Other, $30,000. J.B. Delaney to Idava Rodgers, Unit 1432 Pinecrest Villas, $90,000. Christopher J. Rejuney to Valentin Badillo, L65 PT L66 Lakeside Hts., $15,000. Aaron T. Peavy to Howard Chad Pritchett, Tract 14 Simone Properties Unrec/Easement/Others, $25,000. Idava Rodgers to Terry Heston, L18 Blk 35 Town of Avon Park, $185,000. Terry Heston to Highlands Independent Bank, L18 Blk 35 Town of Avon Park, $90,000. Jerry D. Chasteen to Richard B. Ogle, L40 Istokpoga Shores Unit 2, $245,000.Oct. 18Consolidated Circle H Inc. to Perry Cattle, PT Sec. 9-3830/Others, $1,500,000. Mario Anzualda to Damaris Garro, L13/14 Blk 18 Sebring Country Est. Sec. 1, $18,000. Raymond Eckard to Jetta Financial, L9 Blk 4 Orange Blossom Est. Unit 8, $1,000. Patti Morris to Denise L. Brantley, PT Sec. 11-3628/Easement, $30,000. Marcellus H. Heike to Leonard D. McCarty, L6 Blk 4 Sirena Shores East, $78,000. Leonard D. McCarty to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L6 Blk 4 Sirena Shores East, $62,400. Cristina P. Vargas to Arc Pool, L6 Blk G Spring Lake Village IV, $1,243,000. Arc Pool 1 to Kevin M. Tunning, L6 Blk G Spring Lake Village IV, $114,000. Kevin M. Tunning to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L6 Blk G Spring Lake Village IV, $124,800. Mark F. Butler to Valley Bank, L17 PT L18 Blk 1 Lake Huntley Cove, $50,000. Ana Solla to Joel Guzman, L27 Blk 233 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 18, $5,000. Betty Farris to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L15 Blk A Tomoka Heights Sec. IX, $270,000. Kevin P. Powers to CETPAC, L12 Blk 1 Lake June Park, $165,000. Duckwood Holding to Mony Lon, L19 Blk 177 Leisure Lakes Sec. 3, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Mony Lon, L7 Blk 4 Highlands Park Est. Sec. H, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Heang Sea Lon, L18 Blk 7 Highlands Park Est. Sec. F, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Chhun P. Khov, L17 Blk 7 Highlands Park Est. Sec. F, $3,000. Rochell Brown to Highlands County, L3298/3299 Avon Park Lakes Unit 11, $2,000. Harry Smith to Loyda Rivera, L25 Blk 10 Sebring Country Est. Sec. 1, $108,000. Loyda Rivera to Suntrust Mortgage Inc., L25 Blk 10 Sebring Country Est. Sec. 1, $106,600. Eugene South to William D. Murray, Unit A Southern Sun Homes, $80,000. W. Virginia Scholl to Jon W. Tyner, Unit C3 Lake Bonnet Village, $17,000.Oct. 19Highlands County Clerk to JPMorgan Chase Bank, Case No. 2009-CA-493/L51 PT L52 Blk 176B Sebring Summit, $53,000. Herbert Lemke to Richard Cummings, L3 Blk 247 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 20, $165,000. David T. McGrath to Terry L. Nowodzelski, L17B Blk 253 Sun N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 13, $68,000. Georgia-Pacific Corrugated to Distribution Blvd., PT Sec. 5-38-30/Easements, $1,000,000. Georgia-Pacific Corrugated to Consulting RE, PT Sec. 538-39, $150,000. Ezland Inc. to Robert Franklin Dyer, L14 Blk 21 Orange Blossom Est. Unit 4, $3,000. Harvey R. Keller to Neptali Mendoza, L3832-3837/38843894 Avon Park Lakes Unit 13, $120,000. Robert D. Young to Joseph H. Plante, PT L7 Blk 250 Sun 'N Lake Sebring Unit 13, $49,900. Gregg S. Morrow to Matthew W. Griffin, PT Sec. 935-29/Other, $145,000. Matthew W. Griffin to Westrup Ruby Morrow Revocable Intervivos Trust, PT Sec. 9-35-29/Other, $125,000.Oct. 20Duckwood Holding to Aneel Persad, L9 Blk 426 Leisure Lakes Sec. 17, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Neera Persad Atkins, L8 Blk 426 Leisure Lakes Sec. 17, $3,000. Midflorida Credit Union to Mary E. Hotaling, L13 PT L12 Blk 180 Woodlawn Terrace, $44,000. Suntrust Bank to Linda J. Farnsworth, PT L27 Blk 281 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 13/Easement, $41,000. G8 Capital Fund V to John Hill, Unit 3 Briarwood II Villas Condo, $10,000. Leonard E. Cann to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L6863-6867 Avon Park Lakes Unit 21/Others, $149,700. Michael Darrell Dillard to Bank of America, L19 Blk 342 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $79,300. Francis C. Howard to Joseph K. Von Merveldt, L15 Blk 27 Lake Haven Est. Sec. 2, $126,900. Johnny M. Daniels to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L22 Paradise Cove, $67,200. Highlands County to Sammy Hancock, L7/8 Blk HH Spring Lake Village VI, $35,100. Highlands County to Lotsource Inc., L22 Blk 37 Sebring Country Est. Sec. 2, $34,000. Timothy J. Bolling to Linda W. Boring, Unit 15-F The Terraces, $81,500. Linda W. Boring to Patricia M. Woeppel, Unit 15-F The Terraces, $80,000. Highlands County Habitat For Humanity Inc. to Jeffrey A. Weed, L6302/6303 Avon Park Lakes Unit 20, $90,000. Jeffrey A. Weed to Highlands County Habitat For Humanity Inc., L6302/6303 Avon Park Lakes Unit 20, $67,500. Kennedy Facundes to Sharron Haught, L19 Blk 345 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 26, $1,100.Oct. 21Heartland National Bank to Elliott J. Cohen, L24 Blk 358 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $145,000. Elliott J. Cohen to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L24 Blk 358 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $55,000. Stephen M. Dean to Teresa D. Schwarz, L11 Blk 25 Placid Lakes Sec. 2, $21,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Ken Forbes, L172 Highlands Homes Sub, $33,500. Michele A. Stampa to Community First Credit Union of Florida, Tract 28 In Sec. 135-29, $116,000. Connie M. Parsons to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L15 Blk 418 Highlands Towers Sub/Other, $91,500. James High to Raymond Ervin Moore, PT L1 Blk D Lakeside Sub/Other, $43,000. DFC Funding Co. to Michael Zangari, L3 Blk 605 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 8 Replat, $19,400. DFC Funding Co. to Michael Zangari, L1 Blk 608 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 8/Replat, $19,400. Jason K. Lare to William M. McCafferty, L21-24 Blk 66 Red Hill Farms Replat, $84,700. William M. McCafferty to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L21-24 Blk 66 Red Hill Farms Replat, $90,200. Highlands County to Duckwood Holdings, L4 Blk C Spring Lake Village VI, $3,100. Highlands County to Duckwood Holdings, L1 Blk B Spring Lake Village III, $3,300. Highlands County to Duckwood Holdings, L6 Blk Z Spring Lake Village V, $3,100. Rico Family Ltd. to Francis E. Greenwell Jr., L55 Blk 258 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 20, $50,000. Barry Henry to Worldwide Investment Group Inc., Tract 84 Sebring Highlands Unrec, $17,700.Oct. 22John W. Cave to Lindsey M. Sebring, L1110 Sebring Hills Sub, $41,600. Lindsey M. Sebring to Heartland National Bank, L1110 Sebring Hills Sub, $37,500. Lawrence C. Roy to Kenneth E. Koon, PT L12 Lake Damon Villas S Unit 334, $117,000. Midflorida Credit Union to Donald H. Johnston, L15 Blk 8 Sebring Hills South, $69,500. Donald H. Johnston to Midflorida Credit Union, L15 Blk 8 Sebring Hills South, $40,000. Mable M. Petrie to Suntrust Bank, L270 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec. D, $14,000. Jack Scarborough to Heartland National Bank, PT Sec. 36-37-30/Easement, $50,000. Mark Williams to Wauchula State Bank, L8 Gran-Lore Ranchettes, $60,000. Matthew Smyth to Matthew Joseph Griffith, PT Sec. 2-3628, $86,000. Judith L. Fryrear to Richard W. Hall Jr., Unit 1010 Fountainhead Condo, $65,000. Patrick A. White to Highlands Independent Bank, L5 Blk 12 Pinecrest Lakes Sub Replat, $27,000. Lois E. Bordewyk to Saundra J. Percival, L20 Blk B Sebring Park, $250,000.Oct. 25Bank of New York Mellon to Richard S. Pipkin Pension Plan & Trust, L823 Sebring Ridge Sec. D, $68,500. Highlands Independent Bank to Carter Construction Co., Or. Bk. 2108 Pg. 1402, $51,300. Russel Stephen Vander Veer to Kristine Marie Soltys, L12370-12374 Avon Park Lakes Unit 39, $5,000. Richard V. Miller to Heartland National Bank, L3 Blk 1 Placid Plaza, $228,000. Geraldine S. Hicks to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L13-15 Blk A West End Park, $73,900. Darlene Dulitz to Ian Archie Joseph McCuaig, L12 Blk 1 Lake June Hills, $35,000. Luis E. Meza to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., PT L10 Blk 14 Town of Avon Park, $114,000. Michael Carlson to Ronald C. Bartlett, L2 Blk 18 Highlands Park Est. Sec. C, $56,000. Ronald Bartlett to JPMorgan Chase Bank, L2 Blk 18 Highlands Park Est. Sec. C, $58,100. Nicholas McGrath to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L2 Blk 22 Lotela Gardens Replat/Other, $254,400. Steven B. Newman to Ireland E. Sanders, Units 202/306 Golf Villas At Placid Lakes Communities, $30,500. Ireland E. Sanders to Wauchula State Bank, Units 202/306 Golf Villas At Placid Lakes Communities, $22,900. Carlos Gutierrez to Luis A. Ramirez, L2/24 Blk 9 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 2, $5,500. William Stephen Maxwell to Heartland National Bank, PT L5 Blk 1 In Sec. 23-33-28, $62,300. DFC Funding Co. to Toolsie Sewram, L34 Blk 183 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sebring Unit 11, $12,900. Kurt DAmico to Scott Lee, L23 Blk 18 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 4, $50,000. Scott Lee to JPMorgan Chase Bank, L23 Blk 18 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 4, $57,000. James M. Fuller to Barbara A. Buss, L23 Blk O Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 4, $65,000. Elizabeth V. Monk to Federal National Mortgage Assn., L73 Century Hill Sub, $42,800. Kondaur Capital Corp. to Paul Suppa, L72 Blk A Spring Lake Sec. 1, $33,800. Josef Curiel to Wauchula State Bank, L22 Blk 9 Golfview Est., $10,000. Homesales Inc. to Gustavo A. Garcia, L23/24 Blk 10 Orange Blossom Est. Unit 7/Others, $112,000. Sol A. Garcia to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L23/24 Blk 10 Orange Blossom Est. Unit 7/Others, $84,000.Oct. 26Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L19/20 Blk 209 Leisure Lakes Sec. 14, $2,900. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L4 Blk 18 Leisure Lakes Sec. 1 Replat, $1,700. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L11 Blk 199 Leisure Lakes Sec. 3, $2,400. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L19 Blk U Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 1, $2,100. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L27 Blk 42 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 2, $1,800. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L11 Blk Q Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 3, $2,000. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L17 Blk S Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 3, $2,100. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L2 Blk 21 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 4, $1,400. Highlands County to Maguire Trust, L16 Blk 21 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sec. 4, $1,900. Elizabeth Christine Harris to Fern & Fern Corp., PT L4 Blk 29 Town of Avon Park, $33,000. Jordan H. Paddock II to Robert O. Love, L253 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec. D, $58,000. Lois A. Smith to Midflorida Credit Union, L6 PT L5 Blk 3 Oak View, $60,000. In His Name Developments Inc. to Emma Johns, Unit 6 Bldg. A Lake June West Townhomes on Water/Easement, $274,900. Emma Johns to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., Unit 6 Bldg. A Lake June West Townhomes On Water/Easement, $271,300. GMAC Mortgage to Jose Hector Turi, Or. Bk. 1933 Pg. 1530, $6,500. Jerald L. Wallace to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L7 Lake June Oaks, $417,000. Jerald L. Wallace to Southwest Capital Bank, L7 Lake June Oaks, $152,500. Robin Rodriguez to Joaquin Machado-Gomez, L1174/1175 Avon Park Lakes Unit 4, $102,300. Joaquin A. Machado Gomez to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L1174/1175 Avon Park Lakes Unit 4, $100,900. Edwin D. Graff Jr. to Midflorida Credit Union, L6 Quail Hollow, $47,600. Elizabeth A. Sottile to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L41/42 Blk 2 Sebring Lakes R, $103,000. Highlands Independent Bank to Machado Family Ltd. Ptn. No. 1, PT Sec. 23-3830/Easements, $55,000. Donald R. Gray to Donna Abrams, L12 Blk 2 Mary Jane Manor, $39,000. Ronald R. Kane to Varine Gilham, PT L17 Blk 282 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 13, $87,500. Raymond T. Hollenbaugh to Orlie P. Greathouse, L8 Blk 2 Misty Lake Est., $100,000. Highlands Independent Bank to Raul Gomez, L11 Blk 11 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Acres, $90,000. Raul Gomez to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L11 Blk 11 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Acres, $72,000. Paul Suppa to Wells Fargo Bank, L9 Blk C Silver Fox Ranch, $105,500.Oct. 27Michael Lee Cochlin to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., L10/11 PT L12 Blk R Lakeshore Park Sub, $89,000. Henry L. McLemore to Department of Veteran Affairs, Property in Hillsborough Co., $214,600. Highlands Independent Bank to Miriam Arias, L2 Blk 339 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $107,000. Miriam Arias to JPMorgan Chase Bank, L2 Blk 339 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $103,200. Miriam Arias to Highlands County Home Consortia, L2 Blk 339 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $12,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Milton R. Bass, L48 PT L47 Raab & Winters Sub, $50,000. Raymond Claitt to First National Bank of America, PT Sec. 27-33-28, $8,000. Donald Francis Knuckles to Financial Casualty & Surety Inc., L369/370 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec. D, $100,000. Richard H. McClain to Highlands Independent Bank, L33-A Thunderbird Hill Village I, $45,000. James E. Dickey to Carole Watson, L346 Golf Hammock Unit IV, $215,000. Timothy D. Greth to Heartland National Bank, L1-4 Blk F Town of Avon Park, $7,400. Duckwood Holding to Satdeo Maharaj, L2 PT L1 Blk 42 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 1, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Satdeo Maharaj, L3 Blk 42 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec. 1, $3,000. Duckwood Holding to Hazieda Modikhan, L1 Blk B Spring Lake Village III, $5,000. Duckwood Holding to Umang Minocha, L6 Blk Z Spring Lake Village V, $5,000. Duckwood Holding to Samantha Maharaj, L4 Blk C Spring Lake Village VI, $5,000. Melvin L. McKaig to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., PT L43/44 Twin Lakes Est., $120,000. Homesales Inc. to Larry D. Parrish, PT L3/4 Blk G Town of Avon Park, $42,700. DEEDTRANSFERS

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 17, 2010Page 13B THE WARRIORSR WAY(Kate Bosworth,Dong Gun-Jang)2:15 4:15 7:15 9:15FASTER R(The Rock)2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30UNSTOPPABLEPG13(Denzel Washington,Rosario Dawson)2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30MORNING GLORYPG13(Rachel McAdams,Harrison Ford)2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30DUE DATERRobert Downey Jr.,Zack Galafinakis)2:15 4:15 7:15 9:15RED PG13(Bruce Willis,John Malkovich)2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30 The NewFAIRMOUNTCINEMA63750 US 27 N. Sebring NOW SHOWINGFriday 12/10 Thursday 12/16 Suick CinemasInformation 385-9980 Office 385-9908New Dolby Digital SoundAll Seats $6.00for Matinee OPENING DECEMBER 17TH HOW DO YOU KNOW THE FIGHTER DIVERSIONS DearAbby: My father died this year. My husband and I were his primary caregivers. I was with him until his dying breath. After his passing, Mom asked us to move in so she wouldnt be alone. She has post-polio syndrome, but her biggest problem is her princess syndrome. She has trouble getting around, but is able to do some things while Im at work all day. As soon as I walk in the door, shes all over me to do simple tasks that she could have done during the day. She complains the house isnt clean enough, or that this and that arent done up to her standards. Abby, it was easier to take care of all my dads needs than it is to take care of hers. Her day consists of getting up at 10 a.m., watching soap operas and eating herself to more than 300 pounds. How do I deal with a mother with a major princess complex? Not Cinderella DearNot Cinderella: Do it by having a frank conversation with your mother and telling her exactly what you have told me, without labeling her a princess. You should also insist that she be screened by her doctor for depression. If her demands are more than you and your husband can deliver, then consider moving into a place of your own. However, if your mother realizes that the alternative is living alone, she may be inclined to compromise. DearAbby: My husband of one year (at the time) was considered by everyone to be the most caring, good husband. But he never wanted to have relations with me. After several months of investigation, I learned he had been seeing prostitutes. He even admitted to me that when he did have sex with me he was thinking of them. Fast-forward: I forgave him; we went to counseling. Abby, he still never wants to have sex with me. When we do, its because I initiate it. My self-confidence is shot. He says he doesnt have a sex drive, so I can either accept him for all the positives of which there are many and not have a sex life, or not. I have considered fulfil ling my needs outside the marriage, and giving him the green light to do the same, but hes against it. Im at a loss as to what to do. Should I just settle an d be happy with what I have? Wanting More in t he Sou th DearWanting More: You are obviously not happy with what you have. And a man who engages the services of a prostitute does have a sex drive. You both need to b e completely truthful with each other. Once you hav e reached that point, you w ill know what to do, and you wont have to ask me to make the decision for you DearAbby: My boyfriend and I have reached an impasse. He says that breakfast, brunc h or lunch is an acceptable time to spend with my gir lfriends, but dinner is fam ily time and should be spent at home with him. He also says that girlfriends who spend a week end away together are up to no good. I see no prob lem with it. What are you r thoughts? Unsure in the Midwe st DearUnsure: Your boyfriend appears to be insecure, controlling and have a dim view of women. If youre smart, you will find someone wh o is less easily threatened b y female bonding and let th is one go. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Good advice for everyone teens to seniors is in The Anger in All of Us and How to Deal With It. To order, send a business-size, selfaddressed envelope, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds only) to: Dear Abby Anger Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 610540447. (Postage is included in the price.) Widowed mothers demands push daughter to the limit Dear Abby By CHRISTYLEMIRE APMovie CriticHugely high-tech and forward-thinking in its day, Tron now looks cheesy and quaint in retrospect, with its blocky graphics and simplistic blips and bleeps. The original film from 1982 was all about the possibility of technology and the human imagination, and the adventures that could result from marrying the two, but only now are the computer-generated effects available to render this digital world in its fullest potential. Hence, nearly three decades later, we have the sequel Tron: Legacy, which is in 3-D (of course) but is actually best viewed in IMAX 3-D, if that option is available to you. The whole point of the story and the aesthetics are that theyre meant to convey an immersive experience. Were supposed to feel just as trapped inside this challenging and dangerous electronic realm as the films characters. And at over two hours, we are indeed trapped there is no justifiable reason for such a lengthy running time, especially given that the original got in, did what it had to do and got out in about an hour and a half. While director Joseph Kosinskis feature film debut is thrilling and cool-looking for about the first half, its races, games and visuals eventually grow repetitive, which only draws attention to how flimsy and preposterous the script is from Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Tron: Legacy is a mishmash of pop culture references and movie rip-offs, Eastern philosophy and various religions, and one insanely cute, strategically placed Boston terrier. And with the return of Jeff Bridges in the lead role, theres plenty of Dude-ishness for you fans of The Big Lebowski. (At one point he complains, Youre messing with my Zen thing, man.) Its all giddy, ridiculous fun for a while, set to an ideally integrated techno score by the French duo Daft Punk. But a little of this goes a long way, and eventually you realize theres not much there there, no real point beyond exhilaration. Bridgesvideo game developer Kevin Flynn was aiming for deeper meaning, or at least a new level of consciousness, when he created the Grid all those years ago. Now, his estranged son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), discovers thats where Dads been all this time sucked into the Grid and stuck there for the past two decades. The place Flynn built with high hopes is now dominated by the tyrannical and not even vaguely fascist dictator Clu (also Bridges, digitally tweaked to look like a 35year-old version of himself), the doppelganger Flynn created to oversee the operation. Younger Bridges is uncanny and nearly seamless until he opens his mouth, and then everything goes kinda wobbly. But for the most part, its a neat trick. The confident and goodlooking Sam similarly gets drawn into this parallel universe and quickly finds himself thrust into the middle of a sort of floating gladiator arena. Throngs illuminated in deep orange cheer ravenously as opponents try to shatter each other, literally, by hurling the discs that are attached to the backs of their neonglowing bodysuits. Next up, Sam is forced to take part in the deadly lightcycle races which look infinitely better here than in the original and, being your typically rebellious, motorcycle-loving loner, he naturally fares rather well. But this spectacle is as overwhelming for Sam as it is for us even though Sam has the benefit of his dads DNA and so hes happy to accept help escaping from the mysterious Quorra (Olivia Wilde, bringing complex emotion to what could have been a beautiful but forgettable character). She has long served as Flynns protege and does the honors of reuniting father and son; should they stay or should they go becomes their ultimate debate. The moment Flynn and Sam first see each other isnt filled with wistful emotion so much as confusion, and it takes place at Flynns distractingly stylish, glowing white-on-white lair. The place suggests what might have happened if the Dude had matured a bit and moved into a loft designed by Philippe Starck although, unfortunately, there is no rug that really ties the room together. Tron makes you feel trapped in the Grid Movie Review Tron Legacy Rating: PG-13 (sci-fi action violence and brief mild language) Running time: 125 minutes Review: (of 4) Associated PressNEWYORK F acebook founder and C EO Mark Zuckerberg h as been named Times Person of the Year for 2 010, joining the ranks of w inners that include h eads of state and rock s tars as the person the m agazine believes most i nfluenced events of the p ast year. At 26, Zuckerberg is t he youngest Person of t he Year since the first o ne chosen, Charles L indbergh; he was 25 w hen he was named in 1 927, Time said W ednesday. Zuckerberg b eat out Britains Queen E lizabeth II by just two w eeks: She was 26 when s he was named in 1952. Incidentally, Queen E lizabeth II has recently j oined Zuckerbergs s ocial networking behem oth. Times Person of the Y ear is the person or t hing that has most influe nced the culture and the n ews during the past year f or good or for ill. F ederal Reserve C hairman Ben Bernanke r eceived the honor last y ear. The 2008 winner w as then-President-elect B arack Obama. The 2007 w inner was Russian P rime Minister Vladimir P utin. Other previous w inners have included B ono, President George W Bush, and A mazon.com CEO and f ounder Jeff Bezos. In naming Zuckerberg, T ime cited him for c hanging how we all live o ur lives. In a posting on his F acebook page, Z uckerberg said W ednesday that being n amed Times Person of t he Year was a real h onor and recognition of h ow our little team is b uilding something that h undreds of millions of p eople want to use to m ake the world more o pen and connected. Im h appy to be a part of t hat. Zuckerberg has put h imself on the map not o nly as one of the worlds y oungest billionaires, but a lso as a prominent newc omer to the world of p hilanthropy. Earlier this year, he p ledged $100 million o ver five years to the N ewark, N.J. school syst em. Now, hes in the c ompany of media titans C arl Icahn Barry Diller a nd others who have j oined Giving Pledge, an e ffort led by Microsoft f ounder Bill Gates and i nvestor Warren Buffett t o commit the countrys w ealthiest people to step u p their charitable donat ions. Zuckerberg owns a bout a quarter of F acebooks shares. Zuckerberg has built F acebook into an internat ional phenomenon by s tretching the lines of s ocial convention and e mbracing a new and far m ore permeable definit ion of community. In this new world, u sers are able to cons truct a social network w ell beyond what would e ver be possible face-tof ace. Im trying to make t he world a more open p lace, Zuckerberg says i n the bio line of his o wn Facebook page. Born in Zuckerbergs H arvard dorm room, the s ite has in six years g rown to more than 500 m illion users worldwide a nd a dollar worth in the billions. Zuckerberg named Time Person of Year for Associated PressNEWYORK The game show Jeopardy will pit man versus machine this winter in a competition that will show how successful scientists are in creating a computer that can mimic human intelligence. Two of the venerable game shows most successful champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter will play two games against Watson, a computer program developed by IBMs artificial intelligence team. The matches will be spread over three days that will air Feb. 14-16, the game show said on Tuesday. The competition is reminiscent of when IBM developed a chess-playing computer to compete against chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. The Jeopardy answerand-question format is a different kind of challenge. It often requires contestants to deal with subtleties, puns and riddles and come up with answers fast. Watson is named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson. It will look nothing like the computer maid on The Jetsons. Rather, IBM said its on-screen appearance will be represented by a round avatar. The computer has already been tested in some 50 games against past Jeopardy champions. But neither IBM nor Jeopardy representatives would say what Watsons record was. The winner gets a $1 million prize. IBM said it would donate its winnings to charity, while Jennings and Rutter said they would give half of their prize money away. Jennings had the game shows longest winning streak, taking 74 games in a row during the 2004-2005 season. Rutter has won more money than any other Jeopardy player, nearly $3.3 million during his original appearance and three subsequent tournaments. Jeopardy to pit humans against IBM machine Walt Disney Pictures Jeff Bridges stars as Kevin Flynn in Tron Legacy.

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LIVING 14B PAGE News-Sun Friday, December 14, 2010 BYKATIECROWEMcClatchy-Tribune Information ServicesGroup-buying websites have launched a worldwide Internet craze online shoppers cant get enough of getting more for a whole lot less. With the holiday buying season upon us, the sites also are a unique alternative to traditional online shopping at a time when consumerism especially picks up. The idea is simple: provide your e-mail address, receive e-mails with deals of the day, and click buy if you like it. Discounts are often as much as 50 percent, and climb from there (70, 80 even 90 percent off). Some deals are offered on merchandise, but many of the offers are for services, restaurants and cultural events. They include things like spa treatments, wine flights and hot air balloon rides. But dont confuse these sites with Web coupons, which you redeem when you make your purchase at the store. Similar to a gift card, here youre actually purchasing the deal from the group-buying sites, including Groupon, LivingSocial and Tippr. You then receive a voucher to exchange for your pre-paid merchandise or services. Most sites will not charge your card immediately a certain number of customers have to buy the deal for it to be activated. In most cases, if that number is not reached, the deal is canceled and no one is charged. If the deal does go through, you receive your voucher either by e-mail or traditional mail within a day or two. From there, its go, redeem and enjoy! The vast majority of group-buying sites allow buyers to gift many or all of the deal vouchers featured. Some sites also allow you to purchase personalized gift cards with a specified amount of credit so that friends or family members can log on to the groupbuying site and purchase the deal that appeals most to them. Some say the group-buying phenomenon also serves as a win-win for both customers and businesses, while others disagree, particularly noting the adverse effects mass buying can have on budding businesses. Read on for a complete guide to group-buying websites. Pros: Money-saving deals:Customers can get products and services at severely discounted prices (especially convenient throughout the holiday season). Community: The deals encourage locals to explore their city and region, and promote social networking, buying locally and sometimes traveling. Convenience:Its free to sign up, get daily deals e-mailed to you; most deals dont expire for a year or so. Perks:Some sites give you extra perks for sharing the deal with friends, who also purchase the deal. Charity:Some sites donate a portion of your purchase to a cause. Privacy:E-mail addresses are not given out to businesses when you buy deals.Cons: The fine print:If the minimum number of orders is not reached, the deal is canceled and you do not get the deal; most businesses require that you redeem the voucher for its full value in one use; may end up spending more than you want to because a lot of deals require that spend a certain amount of to receive the deal; most deals cannot be combined with other deals or vouchers. Timeliness:Deals do eventually expire; unlike a traditional gift, vouchers cannot usually be regifted later. Location:If either you or your giftee dont live in or near a major city, you might not be able to find deals near you; even if you do live in a large city, traveling is sometimes required to participate in a deal. Buyer beware:Consumers usually arent able to return deals once purchased; this may be problematic for those who receive vouchers as holiday gifts and are not interested in the deal they receive. Groupon www.groupon.com Where:Based in Chicago; features deals in more than 150 cities in the U.S. and Canada and 23 other countries.What makes it unique:Being the largest social buying site, Groupon has applications available for both the iPhone and Android devices, unlike many other sites of its kind. LivingSocial www.livingsocial.com Where:Based in Washington, D.C.; features deals in dozens of U.S. cities, Canada and four locations in the United Kingdom.What makes it unique:In addition to its iPhone app, LivingSocial has two popular Facebook applications, Pick5 and Visual Bookshelf, which allow members to share their favorite things with friends including books, sports teams, celebrities, etc.Grub Life https://grublife.com Where:Offers deals for restaurants and eateries in and around six large public univer sities.What makes it unique:G rub Life is a condensed version of the traditional group-buying s ite, created specifically for money conscious, food-loving colleg e students. Grub Life takes adva ntage of the 18-to-25 crowds addiction to technology by ale rting members via e-mail or tex t message of new deals.Tipprwww.tippr.com Where:Main offices are located in Seattle and Austin, Texas; offers deals in 12 major U.S. cities.What makes it unique:For one, the site does not offer just one deal each day for your city it offers three! In addition, Tippr features accelerated deals. Essentially, the more members you invite to Tippr wh o buy a daily deal, the bigger a di scount you all receive on that deal. It encourages a lot more sharing with friends, said Martin Tobias, CEO and Founde r of Tippr. In addition, Tippr distributes their deals to more than 100 online syndicators who feature their daily deals on their websites. According to Tobias, doing so provides higher-quality customers who walk in the door s of featured businesses. We deliver the businesses more valu able, loyal customers, Tobias said. Theyre not just dealhunters. HomeRun www.homerun.com Where:Based in San Francisco; offers deals in more than 30 U.S. cities.What makes it unique:HomeRun allows members to earn credit, its own form of virtual currency, through promoting the site. Credit can be used to make a purchase, and if you earn enough credit by inviting friends to join, you can get a free deal. In addition, other features, such as the Beginners Luck and The Private Reserve allow members to gain more benefits. The Beginners Luck feature gives new members the chance to take advantage of many deals within the first 30 days of joining. Members join The Private Reserve section when they gain a certain amount of HomeRun points. The section offers exclusive deals to the most valued members. Dealster www.dailydealster.com Where:Offers deals in more than 50 U.S. cities.What makes it unique:Dealster not only gives members a $10 credit for referral, but its coupons also are transferable and can be given to others as gifts. Deals for Deedswww.dealsfordeeds.com Where:Washington, D.C.; currently only features deals in the district, but has plans to expand to five to seven major U.S. cities soon.What makes it unique:Unlike other social buying sites Deals for Deeds allows customers to select a charitable organization from a group of those currently being featured to donate 5 percent of the cost o f their purchase. We are trying t o blend the instant buzz of group buying with longtime customers and additional value from cause based campaigns, said cofounder Josh Hoffman about the business.What you should know about group-buying websitesMost group-buying websites require that many people agree to buy-in to the featured deal before it is unlocked for customers to use. SocialBuywww.socialbuy.com Where:Features deals in more than 50 U.S. cities.What makes it unique:Social Buy also promotes the group aspect of group buying for every friend you refer to the site, you get one SocialPoint. When any friend you send a sign-up link to joins, you earn an additional 5 points (up to 50 friends per month). If any of these friends purchase their first deal in the next 30 days, you earn $10 in SocialBucks, which are equal to one U.S. dollar and can be used toward any purchase.MCTILLUSTRATION Pros: First impressions:Participation in a deal shows your business is tech-savvy, willing to try new things and aware of trends. Increase in number of sales: Can generate a lot of sales in a short amount of time (November-January, for example), which can be useful for companies with small or nonexistent marketing budgets. Traffic and name recognition:Can attract new clients by offering discounts to get first-time customers to check out a business, with the opportunity to convert new customers into return customers; even if customers dont buy the deal, the company name is seen by thousands of eyes; increased wordof-mouth advertising after the initial deal. No harm, no foul:If the minimum number of orders is not reached, the deal is canceled and no one benefits or loses from the deal.Cons: Cost of the deal:Depending on the site, businesses share up to 50 percent of revenue earned from the deal with the group-buying site. Future marketing:Local businesses are not provided with the e-mail addresses of customers that buy the deal; businesses may lose a large percentage of customers after high-buying times like the holiday season. Repetition vs. an annoyance:There are real concerns of diluting your brand if deals are done too often. Deals-only customers:The type of customers drawn by the deal may not be what your business wants some customers only spend just what they need to for the coupon to take effect, which could cause a loss in revenue; many customers dont tip. Competition for deals and advertising:Dozens of group coupon buying sites exist now, so there is more competition for deals.