The news-sun
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Title: The news-sun
Uniform Title: News-sun (Sebring, Fla.)
Alternate title: Sunday news-sun
News sun
Physical Description: v. : ill. ;
Language: English
Publisher: Sebring News-Sun, Inc.
Place of Publication: Sebring Fla
Publication Date: 04-08-2012
Frequency: triweekly (wednesday, friday, and sunday)[1996-<1997>]
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Edition: Sebring/Lake Placid ed.
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Highlands -- Sebring
United States -- Florida -- Highlands -- Lake Placid
United States -- Florida -- Highlands -- Avon Park
Coordinates: 27.495556 x -81.444444 ( Place of Publication )
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 62, no. 21 (Nov. 9, 1988)-
Numbering Peculiarities: Each day's issues carry distinct numbering schemes, <1997>.
General Note: Also published for Avon Park.
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C M Y K By ED BALDRIDGE e d.baldridge@newssun.comSEBRING The warmer weather this past winter is causing several varieties of fruits to become riper sooner than anticipated,according to several farmers in Highlands County. e are already harvesting our blueberries. The warm weather has really pushed our crops this year,said Mike McCracken of McCracken Farms. e are running about six weeks early,it seems, but I dont have accurate data on that yet,said Tim H urner,a multi-county extension agent with the University of Florida said on Friday. or peaches and blueberries,there is an earlier harvest this year and the harvest will last longer, Hurner said. It will affect the labor force and create some issues. Blueberries become ripe in stages and have to be picked when they are ripe. Citrus becomes ripe and it is OK for it to hang on the tree for a while. If you dont pick the blueberries and peaches when they are ready,you lose them,Hurner explained. Blueberries and peaches in Florida are usually harvested in late March and early April,but the warmer than normal weather is causing early blooms and therefore earlier than normal fruit. ell,it will be harder to move the fruit this year. NEWS-SUN H ighlands Countys Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Sunday, April 8, 2012www.newssun.comVolume 93/Number 46 | 75 cents w ww.newssun .com H ighLow 80 57C omplete Forecast PAGE 8A Partly sunny and pleasant F orecast Question: Should employers be allowed to not hire someone due to their weight? Next question: Do you think gas will hit $5 per gallon by the end of summer? www.newssun .comMake your voice heard at Online Obituaries M ichael Morgan Age 55, of Sebring Lorraine Pulver Age 89, of Sebring Obituaries, Page 7A Phone ... 385-6155Fax ... 385-2453Online: www.newssun.com Yes 57.3% No 42.7% 099099401007 T otal votes: 96 Arts & Entertainment4B B ooks7B Business1C Chalk Talk3C Classifieds4C Community Briefs2A Crossword Puzzle2B Dear Abby2B Editorial & Opinion3A Horoscope2B Lottery Numbers2A Movie Times2B Pause & Consider2B Sports On TV2D Index Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun and HEARTLAND NATIONAL BANK***; 11.25"; 1.5"; Black plus three; process, front strip; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 4 4 4 4 0 0 PassoverA look at the history and trad itions of the Jewish holiday LIVING, 1B B y ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comSEBRING County C ommissioners plan to address an appeal from the Heartland Cultural Alliance for a $400 grant that wasn ot paid by the Tourism Development Council. A t the center of the debate is the TDC requirement that room verificat ions are required to receive grants. Leavitt asked for $400 to fund an annual arts and music festival at theL akeshore Mall in December of 2011. Leavitt contends that he has a completed and approved grant applicationb ut was denied the funds when he sent in his invoice. M inutes from the Nov. 22,2011 meeting do clearly show that the c ommissioners approved the grant, but included in the minutes is the statement with room verificationsr equired. Leavitt has argued in the past for the TDC to provide any documentst hat show that a heads-on-beds stipulation which is not in the county o rdinance nor Florida Statute 125.0104(5verns tourism t ax disbursements is mandatory. The HCA contends that the decision was made on arbitrary and capri-c ious guidelines that are harmful to art and culture organizations and limit our growth as a tourist destina-t ion,Leavitt wrote in his e-mail to the county administration dated HCA challenges heads-on-beds criteriaWarm winter equals early harvest Warm winter equals early harvestBlueberries ready to pick six weeks ahead of schedule By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comS EBRING The school board voted unanimously at its Tuesday meeting to invest in the Be Therecampaign, designed to reach out to par-e nts with helpful tips and useful information,reminding them of their critical role. Research has shown that students whose parents are involved in their daily lives and show interest in theire ducation consistently do better overall. U nfortunately,this involvement isnt always possible some parents have exhausting schedules, for example,or want to sup-p ort their childs education but dont know how. When parents make the effort,how-e ver,children want to go to school. They develop selfconfidence and better social skills,and as a result their behavior improves,as do their grades and success in the classroom. Graduation rates go up,and more students seek out post secondary schooling. I cant think of anything more important in education, than getting parents involved,board member Andy Tuck told the NewsSun. Be There is a simple approach with a very low cost to the district. Many things a parent can do are simple,like asking how a childs day went and paying attention to what he or she says; or answering a childs questions in sentences,rather than using single word responses. Other things are more difficult,like finding a time when the family can gather for a meal together or volunteering for a school field trip. Parents are the first responders of education,in Schools to invest in Be There campaign By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs WriterFORT LAUDERDALE A task force examining Floridas stand your groundself-defense law was told Thursday that the Trayvon Martin shooting is one example of the las ambiguity and the potential unintended consequences it has created. What weve discovered is,in a drug deal gone bad,people die,and this is the defense,Buddy Jacobs,general counsel for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association,told the 18member panel. Our conclusion is that this law ought to be repealed. We dont think its a thing we can tweak. The 2005 law is under nationwide scrutiny following the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford of the unarmed,17-year-old Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Martins family and supporters want Zimmerman arrested,but police say they were prevented from doing so because of the law.At least 20 other states have similar stand your ground laws. The task force organizer,state Sen. Stand your ground law confusing New program promotes parent participation Tuck It did not begin and it will not end with the Trayvon Martin case.SEN.CHRIS SMITH task force organizer Change in harvest time could cause issue with migrant workers N ews-Sun photos by KATARASIMMONS Blueberries (abovehave ripened six weeks earlier than usual, and valencia oranges (beloware also ready to be picked ahead of schedule. See HCA,page 6A See BE,page 6A See FRUITS,page 6A See LAW,page 6AOn a streakS ebring stays p erfect in district SPORTS, 1D E aster egg hunt pictures PAGE5 A


C M Y K Page 2ANews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012www.newssun.com pub block; 5.542"; 4.5"; Black; publishers block dummy; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 5 5 5 5 5 9 9 KAYLOR & KAYLOR; 5.542"; 1.5"; Black; below lottery; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 4 4 7 7 9 9 K AYLOR & KAYLOR; 5.542"; 1.5"; Black; above lottery workers comp; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 2 2 6 6 April 4 41526283547x:5Next jackpot $11 millionMarch 31 11517233133x:2 March 28 131824333750x:2 April 6 410262930 April 5 1020232630 April 4 68112034 April 3 67161724 April 6 (n 1121 April 6 (d 9554 April 5 (n 8319 April 5 (d 9786 April 6(n 655 April 6 (d 664 April 5(n 649 April 5 (d 108 April 6 121938428 April 3 1737424416 March 30 469379 March 27 122930405 April 7 124334549 PB: 6Next jackpot $80 millionMarch 31 514365458 PB: 27 March 28 1116295058 PB: 33 Note:Cash 3 and Play 4 drawings are twice per day:(d daytime drawing,(n nighttime drawing. PB:Power Ball Lottery Center CO MMUNITYBR IEFS County closes roadS EBRING The Highlands County Engineering Department will closed Kenilworth Boulevard (formerlyA irport Road) between County Road 17 and Moon Ranch Road to Haywood Taylor Boulevard from 9 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m.W ednesday. Residential and local business access only.There will be no access to Haywood Taylor Boulevardf rom Kenilworth Boulevard. A detour will be posted. For further information, call the Engineering Department at 402-6877.Richie to speak at chamber lunchLAKE PLACID The G reater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce M embership Luncheon will take place at noon Wednesday at the Lake Placid Elks Lodge. Commissioner JackR ichiewill be the presenter and he will update memb ers on items and issues in the county. RSVP the Chamber on o r before Monday by email at chamber@lpfla.com or c all 465-4331. It is important to have confirmation of attendance so that therei s sufficient food and seating available. Cost is $8 per person.McIntyre to speak to Home OwnersSEBRING The Highlands County Home Owners Association willm eet from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Sebring Estates Club House,3240 Grand Prix Drive. The first speaker will be R aymond McIntyre, Highlands County propert y a ppraiser. There will then be a candidate forum that will include all of the candidates seeking the office o f Supervisor of Elections. Coffee and donuts will b e available and the public is invited.Local state firefighter bicycling for a good causeS EBRING Some people cycle for fun and fitness; some ride to raise money for a good cause. In an effort to honor the mem-o ry of two fallen state firef ighters and to raise money f or their families,Sebring F orest Area Supervisor Tim Elder will be riding in the B rotherhood Ride. T he Brotherhood Ride is a non-profit public charity organization dedicated toh onoring emergency r esponders who died in the l ine of duty. I will be hono ring Brett Fulton and Josh B urchs memory by riding my bicycle through the state of Florida in eight d ays,covering over 550 m iles,Elder said. My family,friends and neigh-b ors are invited to share i n t his adventure by supporti ng this great cause. My j ourney along with other cyclist begins in Naples o n J une 3 and will end in St. Petersburg on June 10,2 012. Elder has been training i n Sebring for months for t his event. Elder has also c ompeted in several t riathlons and bicycle cha l l enges including the Iron C ontinued on page 7A Courtesy photo The 13th Easter Bunny Boat Parade will be at 4 p.m. today on Lake Josephine. Join in the boat parade in your boat or watch from the Lake Josephine shoreline and three boat ramps. The parade will begin at the Josephine Creek Spillway on Lake Josephine Drive at 3:45 p.m.. Boats gather to join the Bunny at opening of Josephine Creek and LakeJ osephine 4 p.m., parade by RV park on Lake Josephine from 4-4:30 p.m. and will pass t he shoreline of all three lakes that make up Lake Josephine between 4:30-5 p.m. For information, call Donna-Marie Keaney at (863 Easter Boat Parade hits water today Sunday worship services were cond ucted from the very first days of Sebring. George E. Sebring purchased the 10,000 acres that became Sebring in October of 1911. Within days,the land that was to become the Circlewasb eing cleared. The first building was built and worship services began adjacent to the building under makeshift coverings attached to the trees. This was known ast he Church of Trees. George Sebring was a devout Christian,and never wavered from the principles of his faith. He was kind, generous,hardworking,intelligent and thrifty,with high moral standards and g reat compassion toward others,especially those less fortunate. George Sebring wanted to build a town where retiring Christians could find rest in their later years. The town would be a clean and wholesome place to live. In 1913,George built The Tabernacle,a large,barn-like structure located on Dinner Lake,to be used for non-denominational worship services that became known as Salvation Point. T his site held revival meetings with evangelists and worshippers,both locala nd from far away. The main structure seated 2,500,there were several cabins that attendees could rent,or there were campgrounds there and people could camp free of charge. Some of the camp meetings lasted as long as 10 days. This facility served the community through 1915 when it fell Worship services were held in Sebring from the very beginning Centennial Notebook S ee CHURCHES,page 5A S pecial to the News-SunAVON PARK The Small B usiness Development Center at University of South Florida,South Florida Community College will offer for the first time in Highlands County a live webinar geared to small businesses. The topic of this webinar is Business Taxes. The primary instructor will teach from the Tampa office but a live feed to the classroom at the SFCC Avon Park facility will be facilitated by counselor David A. Noel. Local participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the instructor in Tampa as well. The webinar is set for 10 a.m. to noon Monday,April 16. T heres no way to get around it. Every business must report taxes. But how you pay your taxes all depends on the type of business you have. This class will explore the taxation process and filing requirements for sole proprietorships,partnerships and corporations. Pearl Para will be the instructor in Tampa. Fee for the class is $10. To register call SFCC at 784-7134 or 784-7416. When registering refer to CRN 21935. For more information contact David Noel at 7847378 or email davidnoel@usf.edu. SBDC offers live webinar on business taxes TALLAHASSEE (AP Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill inspired by 2-year-old Caylee Anthons death. The bill (HB 37as signed Friday. The new law increases the maximum penalty from a year in jail to five years in prison for knowingly making a false statement to police about a missing child. Caylees mother,Casey Anthony,was acquitted of murdering her last year in Orlando but convicted on four counts of lying to investigators. Caylee wasnt reported missing until 31 days after she vanished in 2008. Casey Anthony completed her four-year maximum sentence while awaiting trial on the murder charge. She could have gotten up to 20 years in prison if the bill had been in effect at that time.Pharmacists allowed to give vaccinationsTALLAHASSEE Florida pharmacists can now give vaccinations for pneumonia and shingles under a bill sign by Gov. Rick Scott. The measure (HB 509as signed into law Friday.Prisoner rehab bill vetoed by ScottTALLAHASSEE Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed a bill that would have let nonviolent felons get sentence reductions by completing rehabilitation programs. Scott also vetoed two other bills Friday. One would have let zoos and aquariums lease state land for breeding and research on exotic birds and hooved animals such as zebras and giraffes. Scott signs Caylees Law By CHRISTOPHER T UFFLEYchristopher.tuffley@newssun.comS EBRING There is a new challenge this year for s tudents who like to run, bicycle and swim two triathlon races presentedb y Rockn Heartland Youth Tri Series. These races have nothing to do w ith the established Heartland Triathlon. They a re separate events, although also sanctioned by USA Triathlon,the sports governing body. The races will take placea t the Highlands County Family YMCA,next to the Max Long Recreation Complex in Sebring. The first event is Sunday,May 13. The second on Sunday,Aug. 12.B oth begin at 7 a.m. The race differs age g roup to age group. Beginners (5 to 6 years old) have to swim 25 yards; bicycle one mile; and run one-quarter of am ile. Juniors (5 to 8 years old) have to swim 50 yards; bicycle two miles and run half a mile. I ntermediates (9 to 11 years old) swim 100 yards; bicycle four miles; and run one mile. Participants may register as individuals or as relay teams,each member competing in one of the portions of the race. Rockn Heartland issues a separate challenge to the public schools of Highlands County:The schools entering the most participants throughout the series will receive a traveling trophy and bragging rights for the school year elementary competing against elementary; middle against middle; and high school against high school. In addition,each participant from winning schools will be entered into a prize drawing that will include a grand prize of a new Trek bicycle, said Jeff Carlson,one of the sponsors of the races. There is an entry fee, the proceeds of which go to Julies Funds for Kids the YMCAs scholarship program that helps families with entrance fees for the various sports leagues it hosts year round. According to Kevin Shutt,media coordinator for the Tri series,Julies Funds for Kids subsidized 65 percent of YMCA summer camp and 55 percent of soccer registrations last year for a combined savings of more than $39,000 Kids tri series opens May 13 See TRI,page 5A


C M Y K TODAYSEDITORIALTODAYSLETTERS 2 227 U.S. 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 863-385-6155 N EWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor E xt. 515editor@newssun.com S COTT DRESSELEditor Ext. 516scott.dressel@newssun.comD AN HOEHNES ports Editor Ext. 528daniel.hoehne@newssun.com ADVERTISINGVICKIE JONESExt. 518vickie.jones@newssun.comM ITCH COLLINSE xt. 507mcollins@newssun.com C IRCULATIONT ONY MCCOWANExt. 522anthony.mccowan@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJANET EMERSONExt. 596legals@newssun.com EDITORIAL& OPINION www.newssun.comN ews-SunS unday, April 8, 2012Page 3A A s I finally get around to typing up this column, Mitt Romney has managedt o collect more than half the delegates he needs in o rder to secure the Republican Partys presidential nomination. According to a page I found on Foxnews.com, hec urrently has 658 delegates, leaving his remaini ng opponents far in the dust behind him. For example, Rick Santorum, who iss econd in the delegate count, only has 281 at the m oment. The same page included a Real Clear Politics poll t hat shows Romney winning the polls race as well, at least against his fellow Republicans. Romney boasts 37.5 percent of sup-p ort, as opposed to Santorums 27.8 percent. Newt Gingrich limps into third place with 14.3 percent of the vote while RonP aul clocks in at 12.2 percent of the vote. B y the way, the above totals only come to 91.8p ercent, which tells me that 8.2 percent of those asked probably wishes they would all go away. Of course, with Romney s o far ahead delegate wise, some have suggested that everyone else still running should pack up and go home. The rallying crya ppears to be that its time to gather round the presumptive nominee and start getting ready to unseat President Barack Obama in November. So the question I am asking myself as I write this is, are those people correct? Should Santorum, Gingrich and Paul acknowledge their defeat and drop out? Or is there still a race to be won here? Certainly Romney has money and momentum on his side. He has gotten a number of key endorsements, including one from former President George Herbert Walker Bush. But if I were Romney, I would be very concerned over that Real Clear Politics poll. According to that, less then half of those polled pick him over the others. In spite of his efforts, there is still an Anybody but Romney group out there. Why is this? I think that conservatives still dont trust the former Massachusetts governor. Many still see him as more moderate then they would like. And those feelings send conservatives to those b etter at speaking their language, like Santorum. If Romney wins the nomination, he is going to have to figure out how toc onvince these people to come out and vote for him. I f he doesnt, a lot of them may stay home and it will be hello to four morey ears for the president. As far as the other candid ates are concerned, I doubt Ron Paul will drop out, though he has no c hance of winning the nomination. I think for him its all about getting his message out anyway, and as long as hes doing that,h s happy. Newt Gingrich, despite money woes, probably wont drop out either. Gingrich worries me,b ecause I think looking at everything he should at l east consider the idea of leaving the race. I dontt hink he will, not because he thinks he can win or wants to get a message out, but because he is furious with Romney and wants tod o everything in his power to deny the former governor a victory. That just leaves Rick Santorum. Santorum isR omneys closest rival at the moment. He also manages to speak to those Romney is having trouble relating to. But the odds of his winning enough delegates to get the nomination at this point are poor, and perhaps he needs to ask what he can accomplish in the race. And there are those who foresee a convention fight, with no one having a majority of delegates. While a part of me thinks that would be fun to watch, it probably isnt good for the party and should be avoided if at all possible. Is it over? Not as far as these final four candidates are concerned. Take a deep breath and keep an eye out as we run through the rest of the states. Try to stay sane while we do. Its probably not going to be pretty. Laura Ware is a Sebring resident. She can be contacted by e-mail at bookwormlady@ embarqmail.com Visit her website at www.laurahware.com. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the staff of the NewsSun. Is it over? Lauras Look Laura Ware EDITORIALPAGEPOLICYMake sure to sign your letter and include your address and phone number. Anonymous letters will be automatically rejected. Please keep your letters to a maximum of 400 words. Letters of local concern take priority. Send your letter to 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870; drop it off at the same address; fax 385-1954; or e-mail editor@newssun.com. Lletters are limited to two per month and a guest column can be submitted once every three months. We are our brothers keeperEditor: I went to Walgreens North last evening to pick up a prescription. As I drove out and turned left, a young lady was standing on the side of the road holding a sign. She had lost her job and her apartment. She was well dressed and I could tell she was only doing this out of desperation. She was crying and it was sprinkling rain. I gave a signal, pulled over, emptied my wallet and gave what I had to her. Another woman in the middle lane called her over and also gave her something. She was so incredulous that we helped her and she said thank you in a shocked voice. The light had turned green but everyone was giving her something. No one honked their horn for us to move forward. There was a young lady who needed help. Ive lived in this community since 2003 and I have seen such an outpouring of love and generosity ever since I moved here, which is why my husband and I will never leave. We are our brothers keeper, and I am proud to live in this fine community. This could be any one of us. It only takes a broken down car when you have no money for repairs for you to lose your job, then you lose your housing, etc. God bless Sebring and the people in it. Rena and Bill Newman SebringMonumental movie is a must seeEditor: Opening last week, amid Hunger Games hysteria, was an amazing movie, rich with so much history and high ideals that I will need to view it many times. I am referring to Monumental: In Search of Americas National Treasure, a movie I believe every American should see. Kirk Cameron, in an effort to trace our moral and historical roots, has discovered long forgotten tenants, and monuments honoring the principles upon which our country was founded. The message was strong: Americas treasure is every individual citizen, but, over time our country has been weakened by those who have stood by silently, while special interests have taken over. We now live in a society where people with convictions are fearful of stating them! All this while expecting more and more from the government. Cameron's solution: Depend on yourself, get your own house in orderso that you are then able to help others. Government, or more government, is not the solution its how we got into this mess. I attended this movie with family and friends of all ages. On our one-hour drive back to Highlands County, I was encouraged by the lively inter-generational discussion. The young people, poised to start their careers, understand what is going on and are ready to stepup and do their part to help heal our land. Are you? Am I? My answer is yes. Wont you please . 1) Go to: demandthemovie.com to vote to bring this important movie to Highlands County. 2) When it comes, see the movie as a family, church group or civic organization and discuss it. and 3) Do something. We all have children and grandchildren whom we love. Do we really want them to inherit this mess? Wendy Crawford Garcia Avon ParkSHS Drum Line scores big at state Editor: I just wanted to congratulate Sebring High School Drum Line. On Saturday, March 31, they took home first place in state competition. This is the first time S ebring High School has ever taken first place. These kids have worked so hard this year. Each and every one should be very proud of themselves. Their performance was outstanding. Good job, Sebring Drum Line. Kellie Allen Sebring BanquetOverdue thanks extended to teachersEditor: My good friend (and amazing Sebring High School teacher) Lisa Garrison invited me to see the documentary American Teacher over the weekend. The documentary was enlightening, to say the least. While watching the movie, it occurred to me that I have never personally thanked each of the teachers and staff members at the Highlands County schools where my children, Jared (now 22) Jessica Martin (a senior this year) have attended for the last 17 years. So, this very much overdue, but deeply heartfelt: Thank you to each and every teacher, coach, and staff member at Sun N Lake Elementary, Hill-Gustat Middle School, Sebring and Avon Park high schools, and The Career Academy at SFCC who have taught or interacted with my children in some way over the past 17 years. You can never be thanked or monetarily compensated enough for all of the countless hours and sacrifices of your personal time and resources spent to teach and mentor my children. This simple thank you is so inadequate, but Im hoping it will be an encouragement to keep doing the amazing job you are doing, even when one seems to notice! Thank you again... Mary Martin Lake Placid W e wonder how five welleducated justices managed to over look the Fourth Amendment, which says: The right of the people to b e secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable search-e s and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probablec ause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly d escribing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized. S omehow, the majority of the Supreme Court thinks m aking someone strip down naked, lift their genitals and cough while squatting in front of several officers is not unreasonable, and should ber outine. Law enforcement has to h ave a warrant to tap a phone a nd search a house, but be hauled in for even the most minor reason and your privates are no longer private. We absolutely reject the i dea that strip searching everyone somehow makes jails safer, more secure orf ree from disease and lice. It is one thing if a known drug dealer is arrested on hisc orner, or there are indications of trouble, like someone w ho wont sit down and walks gingerly. Its entirely a different t hing when there are no signs at all. Y et arguments taken from the actual documents reviewed by the court show five of the justices considered the cases of individualsa ccused (not convicted minor offenses even indiv iduals who were only b riefly detained, one completely innocent of any w rongdoing into their decision. The Constitution is about l imiting our government. It sets the boundaries necessary t o reach a balance between individual freedom and public safety. This decision, however, is an abuse of power and itl eaves no recourse for victims. I n our system of justice, t he burden of proof is on the accuser. T his ruling shifts that burden onto the accused, who will have to prove innocencea nd have to do so in a humiliating way. D o not forget, every time we expand the states power, allowing it to mix the innocent with the guilty into a one-size-fits-all system, it ist he innocent who get hurt. And next time, that innoc ent might be you. What were they thinking? Th e News-Sun thinks the Supreme C ourts recent decision to allow full b ody searches of every detained i ndividual is down right creepy, not to m ention unconstitutional.


C M Y K Page 4A News-Sun l Sunday, April 8, 2012 www.newssun.com


C M Y K B y SAMANTHA GHOLAR sgholar@newssun.comSEBRING Thousands of brightly colored eggs,floral and lace dresses and straw baskets produced a festiveb ackdrop for the fourth year of the Grace Bible Churchs F amFest Eggstravaganza. GBC continued its Easter tradition at the Sebring HighS chool football stadium Saturday morning by bringi ng in hundreds to celebrate the holiday. Families with kids of all a ges filled the stadium seats in anticipation of the Easter egg hunt that created a sea of plastic eggs,games,toys and books,all up for grabs for they oungsters. GBC church staff and volunteers made it to the stadium bright and early to ensure there was enough to goa round for the massive group of kids that showed up for the e vent. It is a good family and c ommunity bonding experience. People can come out and relax and enjoy the environment,pastor Andrew Katsanis said. T he event drew in a few hundred more people this year than in previous years, according toe Katsanis. e have just over 1,000 p eople this year. Last year we had around 800,Katsanis said. With the Easter being the driving force behind the event,GBC uses the communitys love for the holiday to put on a great event. s all about Jesus. This is a great way for the kids to hear about Him. They get to come out and learn about Jesus in an exciting way.This is our fourth year doing this and it is a great turnout,said Katsanis. Along with Katsanis,several other members of the GBC staff were busy rounding up kids,taking photos and helping out with arts and crafts. Childrens Ministries Director Cari Byrd, Preschool Ministries Director Beth Tomblin and Ds Girls Director Deida Robinson worked alongside fellow staff members and nearly 100 volunteers to ensure the safety and fun of the egg hunters. GBC is able to create such a successful event year after year due to the hard work and support of the staff as well as the church members. e had thousands of eggs donated for this event. People brought Bibles,balls and books. We give all the glory to God for us being able to bring all these families together,said Byrd. Groups of kids took their turns on their designated section of the football field. Slowly but surely,the thousands of plastic eggs disappeared. Following the egg hunt, Holy Smokes Barbecue provided lunch for guests as they laid out blankets and enjoyed the festivities during the perfect day. s a good event. We focus on the kids having fun. There is lots of stuff to do out here today.We want them to hear all about Gods love, Byrd said. to the families of up to 550 c hildren. Thats about $70 of assistance per scholarship. For individual athletes, the early fee is $25,the latef ee $30. The relay teams fee,which may be divided among the members,is $45 early and $50 late. The deadline for early fees isM ay 1 for the first race,and Aug. 1 for the second race. P articipants may register on t he day of the race. I n addition each participant must be a USAT member,which costs $15. According to the Center f or Disease Control,the percentage of children from 611 years considered obese was 20 percent in 2008,up from 7 percent in 1980. Ther ate of obesity for teens increased from five percent to 18 in the same period. This is great for kids, Hill-Gustat middle Schools p rincipal Chris Doty sai d It gets them active using s ome of their favorite summer pass times. Every kid likes to ride their bike,swim with friends,or run around the neighborhood. Kids even like to race their friends to s ee who is fastest ... now they can,and get recognized f or it. For more information ca ll K evin Shutt at 214-8679. Continued from page 2A www.newssun.comN ews-SunS unday, April 8, 2012Page 5A SFCC; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process, discover a new world; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 2 2 7 7 CENTRAL SECURITY; 3.639"; 3"; Black plus three; process, ff trhp main; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 2 2 8 8 into disrepair. The property w as used for various purposes over the years until the 1950s,when the Sebring family sold it to William Mackay,who subdivided ita nd sold the lots. George E. had a place in his heart for the Salvation Army and its workers,many of whom moved to earlyS ebring. Several of those workers were given free lots by Sebring,who also donated the site where the Salvation Army building is located and still standst oday on North Ridgewood Drive. S ebring gave parcels of land to any congregation who wished to build ac hurch. When European Jewish immigrants Michael a nd Sadie Kahn came to Sebring in the early 1920s, George Sebring extended a warm welcome to them stating that no town could be as uccess without a Jewish community.George S ebring offered a lot for the Synagogue to be built upon as soon as there were enough people to support it. Temple Beth Israel was built in 1925,and membersc ame from many cities in Central Florida for High Holy Days and special holidays. The churches in Sebring area have grown,a nd have been joined by many more churches of various denominations,with approximately 65 at the mark of our Centennial year. G eorge E. Sebring was a man of great integrity and was more concerned with the benefit of others before himself. When he died in 1927 at the age of 68,dur-i ng the beginnings of a severe Florida depression, h e had lost all his money, having put it all into the building of this wonderfult own. As we celebrate this season of Easter and P assover,take a stroll in Circle Park,and remember the first days of Sebring and the Church of Trees. A reminder to stop by the S ebring Historical Society or the Greater Sebring C hamber of Commerce and get your coffee table book The One-Hundred Years of Sebringand your hat,Tshirt,lapel pin,grocery tote b ag,cup or bumper sticker, all sporting the official Centennial logo. M ayor George Hensley urges all citizens,groups, clubs,societies and businesses to join in the celebr ation. The Centennial P lanning Committee meets t he first Thursday of each month at 4 p.m.. The publi c i s invited and encouraged to attend,at the Jack Stroup (Sebringvic Center. Like u s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Celebrate SebringCentennial,Go to the website, www.Sebring100.com,call 655-5554 or email events@sebring100.com to get involved. Thanks to the News-Sun for the opportunit y to keep everyone informed on Sebrings Centennial Celebration. R eference this article every Sunday and you wont mis s a thing! Jen Brown is a member of the Sebring Centennial C ommittee. Continued from page 2A Churches have always been a key part of Sebring community Tri series gearing up for 1st race Eggstravaganza brings families together News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS E gg hunters are serious about collecting eggs Saturday morning during Grace Bible Churchs annual Eggstravaganza at Firemens Field in Sebring. News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS T yler Stone, from left, and James Hill sort through their b askets Saturday morning after hunting eggs at Firemens F ield in Sebring. News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS Enthusiasm erupts from the crowd Saturday morning as e ager egg hunters wait to hit the field. News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS Chloe Orrell scoops up bubbles and a stuffed animal Saturday morning during Grace Bible Churchs Eggstravaganza in Sebring.


C M Y K That could be one consequence,Hurner said. e still have some youpick berries left, M cCracken said. But they are going fast. I dont remember a season thise arly,but thas farming. Hurner said the change in h arvesting could effect the labor force as well as the market,especially if other a reas are seeing earlier fruit harvests. ou labor force could travel north when watermelons or Georgia peaches getg oing. The crews want to pick as much as they can in as short of time as possible, thats how they make their money,Hurner explained. Its the same for citrus. The citrus industry is also s eeing earlier than normal harvesting as well,accordingt o Ray Royce,executive director for the Highlands County Citrus Growers Association,but there is nota large shift in the market, y et. e are definitely ahead of time in harvesting this year. For the first time in a long,long,long time,valenc ias may be all wrapped up by mid-May.They usually harvest into late June or early July,Royce said. The concern is with the g rowers. Since its been dry and some of the fruit was affected earlier with some cold weather,growers want to get the fruit off the treesa s soon as possible,Royce said. The processing plants are running at full speed rightn ow,but if they decide to extend the season since it is cheaper for them to store extra juice on the trees,then they may decrease thea mount of slots available for growers,Royce said. Each grower gets so many slots for trailer loads of fruit at the processing plants,and i f the slots are less,then pickers only get to ship two s emi trailers a day instead of four. If other fruits come in f arther north then we could have labor concerns. Right n ow everything is fine. But lets say that the processing plant only allows two trail-e rs a day for grove workers who have been shipping four. They pick until noon a nd go home. If,say,watermelons come into season, t hen the labor will move to where they can work a full day instead of half a day. That could cause some problems,Royce said. M cCracken and Royce said the early harvest was not affecting the quality of the fruit. Those going back north are actually getting a chance to take other fruits witht hem,McCracken said. Page 6ANews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012www.newssun.com GRIFFIN'S CARPET MART; 7.444"; 10"; Black; 4/8/12; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 3 3 7 7 News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS Mike McCracken of McCracken Farms in Sebring talks about how the warm winter has changed the harvest time of the oranges in his groves. March 29. There is nowhere that states that TDC money can only be given out to folks who puts heads on beds, Leavitt said in an interviewl ast week. Our concern is that there are no guidelines to determine how many heads on beds you have. There is noc oncrete guidelines on how to collect the data and no concrete outline of how that data is verified. What if someone stays at an RV park,in a condo or at a fishc amp? All those places are required to pay the tourism t ax,but with most events it is impossible to track or verify that information, L eavitt said. Leavitt also pointed to a recent grant of $1,500 for marketing materials,including coffee cups. It is not consistently nor a ccurately applied in a lot of cases. How do coffee mugs a t a conference in another county verify rooms rented? The system needs to be clear and understandable and standardized,Leavitt said. Leavitt also said that limi ting grants to just events that put heads on bed eliminates things that are one-day trips. Look at the murals in L ake Placid. Folks come for the day and the go home after the walking tour. No one can argue that the murals are not a touristd raw,but under the guidelines they are not eligible for funds because there is no accurate way to match hotel stays with visits,Leavitt said. T he commission meets Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the b oardroom of the Highlands County Government Center at 600 S. Commerce Ave. Continued from page 1A an excellent position to take a dvantage of teachable moments,reinforcing a t eachers instruction. Be There provides practical ideas to help parents do this. F or example,when driving in the car a parent can a sk a young child to point out specific letters on signs, and count them,or an olderc hild to look for out-of-state license plates and name the capitals of the states. W hile on a shopping trip with teens,have them comp are and contrast food labels to choose those with the least sugar or fat content,or the most protein. Ask hypothetical quest ions that require thought and imagination to answer. For example,if made a monarch for a day,what w ould they do,or what fictional character would they like to meet and why; or how long would it take to save $2,000 putting away $5a week and what would they spend the money on. Be Theres campaign reminds parents that child ren need to feel loved and respected. It helps to leave little caring notes under a pillow,or in a lunch box a message even as simple as Im proud of you,goes a long way to building self esteem. C ontinued from page 1A Continued from page 1A Fruits becoming ready to pick early this year The labor force could travel north w hen watermelons o r Georgia p eaches get g oing.TIMHURNER extension agent HCAto question TDCpolicy in front of commission Tuesday There is nowhere that states that TDC money can o nly be given out t o folks who put h eads on beds.F REDLEAVITT HCA president Be There campaign to start locally GET YOUR LOCAL NEWS STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale,said the 7-yearold law has been controversial in past cases and likely will be again long after the Martin case has faded from national attention. It did not begin and it will not end with the Trayvon Martin case,said Smith,a Democrat. There is a lot of misconception and misunderstanding around the state. It can lead to dangerous incidents. The task force which includes prosecutors,defense attorneys,police executives and politicians could advocate repeal or specific changes or decide not to make recommendations,Smith said. Its unclear whether the Republican-controlled Legislature would consider any of its proposals,particularly since GOP Gov. Rick Scott has pledged to appoint his own task force after the Martin investigation is complete. The law allows use of deadly force to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm, and it removed a persons duty to retreat in the face of such peril that was required ina previous self-defense law. The change was strongly backed by the National Rifle Association,which has been pushing similar legislation in other states. In Florida,police on the scene must decide whether theres sufficient evidence not to make an arrest when a person claims self-defense under the stand your groundlaw, which is why Zimmerman has not been charged in the Martin case. If a person claiming self-defense is charged,theres a hearing before a judge,not a jury,to decide whether the case goes forward. Michael Satz,chief prosecutor in Broward County,said most instances cited by the las proponents such as an armed carjacking or home invasion were covered by older self-defense laws. No one is trying to take self-defense away from anyone,Satz said. I dont think it was necessary to pass stand your ground. The panel also heard from a number of citizens on both sides. oure never going to legislate bad things away,said Mike Schlichtig,of Fort Lauderdale. Dont take away innocent peoples rights to protect themselves. It is not an excuse to be a vigilante. Others,however,said the law was confusing and prone to misuse,particularly because its often difficult to sort out the attacker and the potential victim. Prosecutors say this often happens in gang violence,when the facts are murky. When does the aggressor turn into the person being threatened?said Ed Phillips of Pompano Beach. Continued from page 1A Law will cause more issues, task force told


C M Y K TULSA,Okla. (AP Police believe the same attacker or attackers are behind a series of earlymorning shootings in which three people were killed and two others were critically wounded within a three-mile span of north Tulsa. Homicide detective Sgt. Dave Walker said investigators dont have the results of forensic tests yet,but police think the early Friday morning shootings are linked because they happened around the same time in the same general area and all five victims were out walking when they were shot. Police dont believe the victims knew one another and are trying to determine the circumstances behind the killings. All five victims are black, and black community leaders met Friday evening in an effort to calm unrest and promote safety. NAACP Tulsa president,the Rev.Warren Blakney Sr.,told the Tulsa World someone appeared to be targeting black people to shoot. Im on edge for my people,Blakney said. Four shooting victims were found in yards,and the fifth in a street. Police identified those killed as Dannaer Fields,49,Bobby Clark,54, and William Allen,31. Fields was found wounded about 1 a.m. Friday,Clarke was found in a street about an hour later,and Allen was discovered in the yard of a funeral home about 8:30 a.m. www.newssun.comN ews-SunS unday, April 8, 2012Page 7A COCHRAN BROTHERS ROOFING; 5.542"; 3"; Black; april ads p/u; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 4 4 3 3 8 8 MARTIAL ARTS (pp ads; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 4 4 8 8 0 0 DAILY COMMERCIAL; 3.639"; 1"; Black; cornerstone hospice; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 4 4 8 8 9 9 M an Competition in Miami in 2011. To find out how you can support the Brotherhood Ride,call your SebringF lorida Forest Service office at 655-6407 or visit www.brotherhoodride.com. Proceeds from 2012 ride will benefit the families ofF loridas Fallen Heroes.Recreation Club plans eventsS EBRING The Sebring Recreation Club,333 Pomegranate Ave.,will host ping pong at 3 p.m. Sundays, ice cream shuffleboard at 6:30 p.m. Mondays andb ridge at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays,now through Nov. 6 For more information,call 385-0741.Diabetes Support Group meets MondaySEBRING The Florida Hospital Heartland MedicalC enters Diabetes Support Group meeting has changed t o the second Monday of the month,from 1-2:30 p.m.,in Conference Room 3. F or details,call 402-0177. W omans Club to hear from educator SEBRING The GFWC W omans Club of Sebring, 4260 Lakeview Drive,will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday. T he Education Department will host the event. An $8 c atered luncheon is by previous reservation only. The speaker will be Donna Ellison,principal of the Kenilworth School. Herm other,Jolene Ellison,was a long-time member of the club. Members are asked to bring size 4,5 or 6 diapers for the Safe House. If new to the Sebring area a nd would like to know more about the Womans Club of S ebring,call 385-7268. The monthly meetings are held the second Monday of each month,October through May. The building is avail-a ble for rent; call 382-1415 for information.Parkinsons group meets MondaySEBRING The Parkinsons disease support group for the Highlands County area will meet at 10 a.m. on the second Monday of the month at First Baptist Church of Sebring (corner of Pine and Lemon Street). The program this month will be with Nicole Schlosser,physical therapistPersonal Rehab. All persons with Parkinsons disease and their families are welcome to attend. There is no charge. For more information,call 453-6589. The Highlands County Parkinsons Support Group is part of the national network of support groups affiliated with the American Parkinsons Disease Association. M ore than one million Americans have Parkinsons disease. Today people with Parkinsons disease and their families can find help andi nformation from their local support group.Ceremony marks Child Abuse Prevention MonthSEBRING Be a guest at a ceremony to recognize April as Child AbuseP revention Month at 8 a.m. Tuesday on the courthouse lawn. Following the ceremony will be a proclamation at the Highlands County commissioners meeting startinga t 9 a.m. Speakers will include J udge Angela Cowden, Circuit 10,judge and member of the ChildrensS ervices Council; Dr. Anne Lindsay,chairman of the C hildrens Services Council and principal of Sebring High School; and Tracee Smoak,CEO of the Mason G. Smoak Foundation. M usic will be provided by LilWizards Academy. C andace Nacino,seventhgrader at Hill-Gustat Middle School,will sing TheG reatest Love of Allby Whitney Houston.Crochet Circle meets at libraryLAKE PLACID The members of the Crochet C irclemeet at the Lake Placid Library on the second a nd fourth Tuesday (next one April 10) of each month from 4:30-6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and join in. All skill levels comet ogether to practice skills and learn new techniques. The group completed its first service project in February.They have completed and sent off scarves for the winter SpecialO lympics. Details are on the Red Heart Yarn website. T he group is currently planning its next service project to support the Friends of the Library.MARSP meets again before breakAVON PARK The Michigan Association ofR etired School Personnel (MARSP last time this season at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Avon Park Library on Museum Avenue,to discuss programs for the coming year and any issues that may come up for discussion. All Michigan retired school personnel are encouraged to attend. Call 655-6825 if you have questions.Highlands Gem and Mineral Club meets TuesdaySEBRING The next meeting of the Highlands Gem and Mineral Club will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the rear fellowship hall of the Church of Christ,3800 Sebring Parkway. Anyone interested in this h obby is invited to attend. Members and guests are encouraged to bring gems, fossils,minerals and other artifacts to display andi nquire about. The purpose of this club is to further the educational and scientific pursuit of the wonders of the earth. There are no fees ord ues. The subject of this meeting will be the cleaving and preparation of ores and mineral specimens. Also,thep roper methods for cleaning gemstones and jewelry will be discussed and demonstrated. The birthstone for April is the diamond,which is theh ardest of minerals and also the most splendid of gems w hen properly cut and faceted. The name diamond is derived from the Greekw ord adames,meaning unconquerable. A lso on display and for purchase will be other minerals and fossils. For more information,call 453-7054.Trento speaks at Highlands Tea Partym eetS EBRING The public is invited to attend a present ation of one of the leading academic activists in the United States. TheH ighlands Tea Party meets on Tuesday at Homers Restaurant,1000 Sebring S quare. Buffet will be 5:30 p.m.; followed by a meeting a t 6 p.m. The guest speaker will be Tom Trento. A highly skilled debater and dynamic public speaker, Trento frequently goes toe tot oe with Muslim Brotherhood representatives exposing their radical agenda to the public and elected officials. Trento,with earned degrees in law enforcement and philosophy and theolo-g y,was awarded the The Carnegie Hero Medal Award f or saving a man from a burning car. Trento has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe lecturinga nd exposing Islamic violence and infiltration in government,law enforcement and academic institutions. He is one of the co-authorso f Shariah:The Threat To Americaand appears frequently on major media outlets and talk shows as an authority on Islamic ideology. For more information, visit www.thehighlandsteaparty.com,email JLPARZ@embarqmail.com or call 699-0743.Birthday Run benefits ABATESEBRING Beasles Birthday Run will be Saturday,April 14,with sign-up at 1 p.m. at the Blue Crab Restaurant. Last bike out at 2 p.m. Last bike in at5 p.m. at the Tap Room Main Street,Avon Park. Cost is $10. Food will be available for purchase. There will be 50/50 and r affles and live band. This event is sponsored by Beasles family. Proceedsg o to ABATE Inerstate Chapter. For more information,call 382-4520.Events planned at posts, lodgesA VON PARK Combat Veterans Memorial VFW Post 9853 will host Steak-O at 2 p.m. today. Ladies Auxiliarym eets at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Mens Auxiliary meets at 6 p.m. and the Post meetsa t 7 p.m. Election of Officers for all groups. Music by Tom M cCannon from 5-8 p.m. F riday. Karaoke by Hari from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. NASCAR is on the screen at7 p.m. LAKE PLACID T he Veterans of Foreign W ars 3880 will host an Easter dinner today at 5:30 p.m. Music with Big Freddie. Ladies Auxiliary meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday fore lections. Music with Bud F ollowell on Friday. Call for t ime. For details,call the l odge at 699-5444. T he Lake Placid Moose Lodge 2374 will host SteakO at 2 p.m. Sunday all month long. Music withB ama Jam. Call for time. Legion meets at 6 p.m. Monday. Music with F ireman on Wednesday,with Franke on Thursday and with Larry Musgrave on Friday. Time for all music eventsw ill be from 6-10 p.m. M ystery bus trip is planned for 8 a.m. Saturday. District meets at 1 p.m. MooseR iders meet at lunch (call f or time). Music with Bob Weed is set for Saturday night. For details,call the lodge at 465-0131. The Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 BPOE Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday.T he BPOE Investigation meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday followed by the BPOE meeting at 7 p.m. The LadiesI nstallation of Officers will also take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday. For more information,call the lodge at 4652661. SEBRING The Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday. Music by Frank E. is set from 4:307:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dance to Uptown Country from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Cost for either dance only is $5. For more information,call 471-3557. The VFW Post 4300 Tiki Bar grand opening is set for Sunday. Karaoke with BilDi from 5-8 p.m. The Mens Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. Monday. Music with Frank from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, with Gary O from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday,with Patsy and Johnny from 6-9 p.m. Friday and with Gary O again from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. For details,call 385-8902. Continued from page 2A CO MMUNITYBR IEFS Classified ads get results! Call 314-9876 Police link shootings in Tulsa; 3 killed MICHAEL MORGAN Michael A. Morgan,55, passed away on Tuesday, April 3,2012 in Sebring,F la. He was born on March 8,1957 in Lyons,N.Y. He was a complex manager for an apartment management company. He was a mem-b er of the Eagles and was a resident of Sebring since 2010 coming from Orlando,Fla. He is survived by his f ianc,Connie Ann Beagles; her children, Matt,Jamie,Ray,Kristi, Christina,and Kara; three sons,Michael L. Morgan,S hannon M. Morgan and Michael A. Morgan; sister, Amy Starczewski ofW olcott,N.Y.; brothers, Dean Starczewski of New York and Clyde Hunt ofN ew York; seven grandchildren and five step-grandc hildren. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday,April1 0,2012 at 6 p.m. in the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to: Stephenson-Nelson F uneral Home Sebring,Florida stephensonnelsonfh.com LORRAINE PULVER L orraine Pulver,89,of Sebring,passed away April 3,2012. Originally from Chicago,Ill.,she became a resident of Sebring in1 976. She was an active member of the Sebring Womens Club,Sebring Elks 1529 (past president VFW 4300,St. CatherinesC atholic Church,as well as volunteering at various organizations. S he is survived by son, Edward Case,of Sebring; granddaughter Tracy Coleo f San Francisco,Calif.; and cat,Joey. I n lieu of flowers,the family asks that contributions be made to any ani-m al rescue or veterans organization in her name. OB ITUARIES A ssociated PressVIRGINIA BEACH,Va. Zooming along at 170 mph in a fighter jet carrying thousands of pounds of v olatile fuel,two Navy pilots faced nothing but bad choices when their aircraft malfunctioned over Virginias most populatedc ity. Catastrophic engine system failure right after takeoff,which is always the most critical phase of flying,l eaves very,very few options,said aviation safety e xpert and decorated pilot J.F. Joseph. You literallyr un out of altitude,air speed and ideas all at the same time,he said. Somehow,however,the student pilot and his instruc-t or and everyone on the ground survived Friday when the men ejected from their F/A-18D jet moments before it crashed in a fireballi n an apartment complex courtyard. The pilots and five on the ground were hurt, but all but one aviator were out of the hospital hours later. Crews had carefully checked the apartments,and all residents had been accounted for early Saturday,fire department Capt. Tim Riley said Saturday. No deaths were reported. re not actively searching for anybody, R iley said. That could change if,for i nstance,authorities did not know about a guest that had been staying in an apartm ent,Riley said. The airmen were from Naval Air Station Oceana, less than 10 miles away. They were able to safelye scape the aircraft,which weighs up to 50,000 pounds fully fueled and armed, before it careened into the apartment complex,demol-i shing sections of some buildings and engulfing othe rs in flames. Some 40 apartment units were dam-a ged or destroyed. Military authorities are investigating what happened. The two-seat jet had dumped loads of fuel beforec rashing,though it wasnt clear if that was because of a malfunction or an intentional maneuver by the pilots, said Capt. Mark Weisgerberw ith U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Virginia Beach EMS division chief Bruce Nedelka said witnesses saw fuel being dumped from the jet before it went down,and that fuel was found on buildings and vehicles in the area. The plane not having as much fuel on board mitigated what could have been an absolute massive,massive fireball and fire, Nedelka said. 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C M Y K B SE CTION News-Sun Sunday, April 8, 2012 Spring is in the air flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer.After a cold winter,those are certainly reasons to celebrate. In the Jewish faith,spring also is a time to commemorate ancestor freedom from slavery with the festival of Passover. Passover is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the Israelites,the ancestors of the Jews who were freed from years of slavery in ancient Egypt with the help of their leader,Moses.This celebration,which lasts eight days and corresponds to the Hebrew calendar,began at sundown Friday. The Passover holiday is full of tradition,stories and food.It is a happy holiday,a festival of freedom and a time for family and friends to gather together.Read on to learn a bout the history of Passover,the Seder ceremony, h oliday vocabulary and more. Colleen Jaskot,McClatchy-TribunePASSOVER THE FOUR QUESTIONSTraditionally,the youngest person at the Seder table reads aloud the Four Questionsknown collectively as Mah Nishtanawhich means why is it different. These questions ask why the evening that begins Passover is different from other evenings. The Four Questionsare actually one question plus four clauses that,along with the answers,give an overview of the story of Passover as told in the Passover Haggadah. The main question is: Why is this night different from all other nights? The clauses are: 1. Why is it that on all other nights during the year we eat either bread or matzoh,but on this night we eat only matzoh? 2. Why is it that on all other nights we eat all kinds of herbs,but on this night we eat only bitter herbs? 3. Why is it that on all other nights we do not dip our herbs even once,but on this night we dip them twice? 4. Why is it that on all other nights we eat either sitting or reclining,but on this night we eat in a reclining position?OTHER TRADITIONSWhile Seder is a service at home,there also are services offered at the synagogue for each day ofPassover,with the first and last days as the major services,Feinberg said. The other nights,families typically invite company over for dinner. Seidel agrees that spending time with family is key to the celebration of Passover. ou go to synagogue,you relax,you chat with friends. Thats our idea of a good life,Seidel said.SOURCES:JEWISH HOLIDAY COOKBOOKBY SUSAN GOLD PURDY,JEWISH HOLIDAYSBY MARGERY CUYLER, KOSHER4PASSOVER.COM, WWW.HOLIDAYS.NET, WWW.ANGELFIRE.COM PASSOVER TREAT: MATZO HAYSTACKSNo kid will be able to pass over this simple treat. Macaroon fans will love the coconut-almond recipe; for a sweet-tart variation,swap in some dried fruit.INGREDIENTS 21/2cups semisweet chocolate chips 2 cups salted matzos, crushed into small pieces 11/3cups sweetened flaked coconut 2/3cup sliced or chopped almondsCOCONUT-ALMOND HAYSTACKSMelt the chocolate chips according to the directions on the package,and stir until smooth. Combine the crushed matzos,the coconut,and the almonds in a large mixing bowl. Pour the melted chocolate over the dry mixture and stir until all of the pieces are coated. Use a teaspoon to dollop haystacks onto a sheet of parchment or waxed paper,or into paper muffin cups. Allow the treats to cool (about 10 minutes). Makes about 60 pieces.DRIED FRUIT HAYSTACKS:Follow the recipe above but reduce the amount of chocolate chips to 2 cups and substitute 1 cup of dried fruit for the coconut and almonds. We used a mix of chopped apricots and sweetened cranberries. FamilyFun magazine Hard-boiled eggThe hardness of the egg stands for the Jews strength.Roasted lamb boneSymbolizes the lamb that was sacrificed in ancient days before the Temple was destroyed.Salt waterStands for tears shed by the slaves and for the salty Red Sea.MatzosThree pieces of flat, unleavened bread,each representing a group of slaves. When the Jews fled Egypt in haste,they took their bread dough without letting it rise and baked it quickly in the sun.Bitter herbsHorseradish roots recall the suffering of the slaves.HarosetMade with apples,nuts, cinnamon and wine. Its color is reminiscent of the clay the slaves used to make bricks for the Pharaohspyramids.WineDrunk from a goblet known as the cup of Elijah.Elijah was one of the Jewish prophets.GreensParsley and celery are dipped into salt-water as a reminder of the parting of the Red Sea.Passover begins with a ceremonial feast called the Seder.Some traditional foods:VOCAB LISTH aggadah:M eans to tell.It is the book outlining the order of the Passover Seder.Haroset:Food eaten as part of the Seder,made from apples,nuts and wine,symbolizing the mortar of the bricks the Israelites made while enslaved. Chametz:Leavened products,which cannot be eaten during Passover.S eder:Ritual feast of PassoverSeder plate:This special plate contains the food for the Seder, including a hard-boiled egg,haroset,horseradish,a shank bone and a g reen vegetable. Kugel:Popular food to eat on Passover; it is a matzoh or potato dish baked like casserole. M atzoh:The unleavened bread eaten during Passover. The story of Passover starts in the Hebrew Bible in the book of Exodus. That chapter tells the preparations for the first Passover and describes the first Passover and (the Israelitessaid Rabbi Charles Feinberg,of Adas Israel synagogue in Washington,D.C. The Israelites endured years of slavery under the Egyptians. Under orders from God,Moses told the pharaoh to let the Israelites go free. When the pharaoh refused, God sent 10 plagues to Egypt blood in the Nile River,frogs,bugs,wild animals, pestilence,boils,hail,locusts,darkness and, finally,death to the all of the firstborns. However,the Israelites survived the plague of the death of the firstborn by putting the blood of the lamb on their doorposts,Feinberg said. That is where the holiday gets its name because the plague passed overthe Israelites. After the plagues,the pharaoh released the Israelites,b ut they had to leave quickly,so preparing food for their journey w as rushed. One of the major rituals is eating unleavened bread matzoh because they didnt have enough time to allow the bread to rise,Feinberg said. So one of the ways we celebrate the holiday is we dont eat any leavened products. s like a cracker ... not much different than saltines,but much plainer,so you can put things on it and eat. That ritual continues to be celebrated during Passover today.T HE HISTORY OF PASSOVER Whats special about Passover is we have a special service at home called the Seder,which means orderin Hebrew, Feinberg said. The name is appropriate, because there is a specific order of steps for the Seder,from a book called the Haggadah,Feinberg said. The main part of the Seder is eating the special foods that are supposed to remind us of what happened,Feinberg said. Many of the preparations (of the Israelites) became a source of ritual for the holiday. Rabbi Ethan Seidel of Tifereth Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.,said the annual event means that the story continues to be passed on. The basic part of the Seder is telling our children the story,Seidel said. Often,Feinberg said,people will make connections between that story and modern ones about oppression and freedom. At the Seder,there is a Seder plate (above),which includes a shank bone,bitter herbs (often a horseradish rootparsley or another green vegetable and salt water, Feinberg explained. e have a roasted hardboiled egg,and we have something called haroset which is usually a mixture of nuts,apples and wine together,supposed to remind us of the mortar part of the slavery was that they had to make bricks for construction, Feinberg said. The bitter herbs represent the bitterness of slavery,and the parsley is dipped in salt water to remember the tears the Israelites cried,Feinberg said. The shank bone represents the lambs blood that was put on the doors so the plague would pass over them. The heart of the evening is the meal. There is lots of stuff made out of matzoh, potatoes and eggs because we cant use any bread or leavened products. Its traditional to have roast meat brisket or turkey,Feinberg said.PHOTO COURTESY OF FAMILYFUN MAGAZINETHE SEDER CEREMONYMCT LIVING


C M Y K D ear Abby: My husband served in Vietnam and proudly wears a Vietnam veteran insignia on his jacket or cap everywhere he goes. People approach him all the time and thank him for his service,which is wonderful. The big question is,how should he respond? He isnt quite sure what to say back to them Youre welcome? It was my honor to serve? Thank you for caring? Im not sure of the right response,either. So I told my husband Id ask you. Whats the proper thing to say when someone is kind enough to take a minute and say thanks? Vets Wife in Phoenix Dear Vets Wife: Im sure being thanked for his service in Vietnam is music to your husbands ears. When members of the military returned from Vietnam,many of them were treated with hostility. A proper response when someone thanks him for his service would be any of those you offered,or a simple, Thanks for saying that. I appreciate it. Dear Abby: My husband and I have dear friends who live in another country.They also have a vacation home ina very nice part of the U.S. They have often invited us to use their vacation place while they're away,since it stands empty 11 months of the year. I have hesitated in the past because I know we would use utilities and it would be of some expense to them. They are insistent that they will not let us pay for the use. We would love to spend some time there. Is there anything we could do to show our appreciation without paying them? Appreciative,But ... Dear Appreciative: Yes. After spending time in their vacation home,write a letter thanking them and describing the experience. Consider sending them an album of photographs you took during your vacation there,or buy a gift for their vacation home. That way you will have repaid them without payingthem. Dear Abby: My little sister is almost 12. She has b een having a lot of behavior problems. I thought it was the stupid videos she watches that made her act like that,but shes getting worse. One night,her mood was terrible and I noticed she was texting. So while she slept I took her cellphone and started reading the messages. Her texts were about her being a skank,drunk, sexually active,depressed, cutting herself and moving away soon. No one in the family knows or would ever allow this. I feel the right thing to do is to tell our parents,but I don't want to make the situation worse. Her behavior and attitude stress us out,and her friendsare the wrong crowd for her. I know it was bad for me to invade her privacy,but something needs to be done. What can I do? Sister Who Cares in Texas Dear Caring Sister: Tell your parents what you have learned. Your sisters behavior problems and angry or depressed mood must have been noticed by them as well as you. Ask them not to reveal that you looked at the messages,but to insist on some answers from her until they get to the bottom of whats happening. If even half of what your sister is writing and receiving is true, s he is headed for serious trouble and is overdue for an intervention. To My Christian Readers: Happy Easter,one and all! 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. Page 2BNews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012www.newssun.com Fairmount Cinema; 1.736"; 6"; Black; -; FAILINGFRENCHB y STEVEN J. ST. 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Solution on page 7B DIVERSIONS Recently we attended memorial services for dearf riends. As they walked the road God had placed them upon,they relied on hisp ower and strength. They knew the secret of abiding. At one point in their earthly life,they chose tod ie to self and receive the resurrection life Jesus p romises to all who believe in him. Then came the abiding process joiningt heir life with his feeding on his Word ... seeking h is wisdom in all things. Jesus,God the Son, came to earth to live life in the flesh. He did so with the purpose of dying sot hat he would take upon himself our sins and satisfy t he holiness of the Triune God. He offers us resurrection life and invites us toa bide in him as he always did in the Father while s ojourning on this earth. Think about one of the many teachable moments int he story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Lazarussister Martha s ays to Jesus that had he come sooner her brother w ould not have died. Jesus says that her brother will be raised up. Though frustrated Jesus hadnt come sooner,shes till expressed confidence in him and his power.When Jesus says that her brother will be raised up,she agrees,as seen in John 11:24,The Message,I know that he will be raised up in the resurrection at the end oft ime.But,its Jesus next words that help us see that he doesnt just give resurrect ion and life, though he does. In verses 25-26, Jesus responds, ou dont have to wait for the End.I am,right now,R esurrection and Life.The one who believes in me, e ven though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in med oes not ultimately die at all. J esus is the resurrection and the life. He breathes life into he sustains that life he renews he restores. W hen we understand this,abiding is more d oable. Before his death and resurrection,Jesus teaches hisd isciples that he is the Vine and they are the branches ( as are all believers). As a branch gets nourishment and life from thev ine,we must join ourselves to him.He longs for us to be at home with him n ow and for eternity.He says in verse 9,Make y ourselves at home in my love intimately at home in my love. So,today on Resurrection Sunday,bee nergized in knowing that He is the Resurrection and the Life and that abiding in him is really living. Selah Jan Merop of Sebring is a News-Sun correspondent. Are we really living? P ause And C onsider Jan Merop Special to the News-SunAries (March 21-April 20) Aries,others are wondering if you are up to the challenge of doing something different and out of your comfort zone. This seems like just your style this week. Taurus (April 21-May 21) Taurus,butting heads in a conflict is easy,but its not so easy to let things slide like water off a ducks back. You will earn greater respect for being nonconfrontational. Gemini (May 22-June 21) Gemini,work on rebuilding a relationship that may once have taken a backseat to more pressing matters. You never know when you need to call in a favor. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Cancer,your stubbornness appears once you set your mind to something and get to the task at hand. This can have its pros and cons,especially at work. Leo (July 23-Aug. 23) Leo,you have exerted all your energy and now youre looking to lessen the workload. Now could be the time to delegate some of your responsibilities to others. Virgo (Aug. 24-Sept. 22) Virgo,accepting help is not a weakness. While you may want to be an independent person,accept the help others have generously offered. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23 Libra,sometimes you want to play the role of the savior. While your efforts are generous,not everyone will accept your advice or your gestures. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Pick your battles, Scorpio,because not everything will necessarily go your way.There is no point in creating extra stress and grief for yourself. Sagittarius (Nov. 23Dec. 21) Sagittarius, relax and open up to the ones you love. You may be surprised just how fulfilling and liberating this can feel, especially when you do it frequently. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) Capricorn,lean on friends and family when a difficult situation presents itself. Not everything has to be a secret this week; you can use some support. Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 18) Aquarius,expect to see everything in black and white in the days ahead. This is alright,just avoid taking this perspective to the extreme. Sometimes you have to have faith. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Pisces,things are changing all around you and youll get left behind if you dont make some attempts to catch up. Famous birthdaysApril 8 Julian Lennon, songwriter,49; April 9 Kristen Stewart,actress,22; April 10 Mandy Moore, singer 28; April 11 Joss Stone,singer,25; April 12 Claire Danes,actress,33; April 13 Rick Schroder, actor,42; April 14 Adrien Brody,actor,39. Not everyone accepts Libras advice or gestures Horoscope Vietnam vet cant find words to acknowledge public thanks Dear Abby GET YOUR LOCAL NEWS STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE


C M Y K Associated PressWhen Carol Ann Vivrette was planning her wedding four years ago,her fiance encouraged her to bring her crafty nature to the day. Hundreds of hours and yards of yarn later,she had knit and felted flowers for her wedding party,from her own calla lily bouquet to the corsages of her two grandmothers. Why toss the bouquet when you can keep it forever? Instead of fresh-cut flowers,many brides like Vivrette are making or buying alternatives out of fabric,paper and even old brooches. The results can be stunning colorful paper hydrangeas, sparkling brooches,even quirky buttons,hundreds of them,forming a bouquet. Its a way to personalize a wedding,and turn what can be a costly,one-time expenditure into a family keepsake. It also can mean a lot of work. Vivrette,of Oakland, Calif.,began working seriously on her project six weeks out and finished the day before her wedding. Part of the fun was that the process became a family affair:One friend helped knit; two helped assemble the pieces into boutonnieres and corsages; and Vivrettes mother inserted and sewed wire into the flower stems so the bouquet could hold its shape. Some brides choose an alternative bouquet to save money. Flowers for the average wedding can cost more than $2,000,according to The Wedding Report,which tracks industry spending. Beyond cost,however, brides might choose an alternative to the traditional bouquet to express their individuality,go lighter on the environment,or continue or establish a family tradition. B y ALICIA RANCILIO Associated PressN EW YORK When Letty Abraham of Sylvan Lake,Mich.,married her husband,Mark,almost 22 years ago,she was determined nott o make a fuss. It was her second marriage and she didnt want to go overboard. I had a big wedding the f irst time ... My second wedding I was over that,and I wanted it more small andi ntimate. We got married in Las Vegas. We had family and friends there but it wasnta really big deal,she said. Still,it was important to t he couple to make their union special,so they made a plan early on to renew theirv ows. Fast forward 10 years,and t hey were saying I still do on a trip to Maui,Hawaii. At that ceremony,Abraham let herself cry. She and her husband were so happy witht heir second wedding to each other that they decided to do i t again at the 15-year mark as well. ll probably do it again a t 25,she laughed. Recommitting to a relat ionship through vow renewals is becoming more popular,said Susan S outherland,president of Just Marry!,Inc. wedding planners in Orlando,Fla. In the last three to five years theve becomee xtremely popular. Weve always done one or two throughout the year,but all ofa sudden its become a huge request. F or one thing,its a great way to reconnect. K athryn Quinn of East Lansing,Mich.,is approach-i ng her 11-year anniversary. She and her husband recently renewed their vows on a trip to the Virgin Islands. They traveled with three other cou-p les and all four renewed their vows on the beach on Valentines Day. Im so glad we did it, she said. This was our firstt rip away from our children. It was at a beautiful location. The vow renewal was meaningful,and gave us a chance away from our daily life to really celebrate our time together and be grateful for our relationship. Sometimes,a vow renewal is not only a reminder of how far a couple has come but a memory to cherish. Winifred WiniBrunston of Lancaster,Calif.,lost her husband last year. She enjoys looking back to their 35th anniversary,in 2004,when they renewed their vows in the same small church where they got married. The same couple who stood up with them back then resumed their duties. Brunston feels marriage v ows mean more over the years because after being together after all that time you really know each other, and it lets the spouse knowy ou still love them enough to marry them again. Anja Winikka,editor of the wedding website TheKnot.com,believes one reason for the spike of interest in vow renewals is that some celebrity couples have done it. Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott filmed their vow renewal for their reality TV show. Holly Robinson Peete tweeted photos after she and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete recently celebrated their 17-year anniversary by renewing their vows on top of the Empire State Building in New York. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are the most consistent; they renew their vows every year. You hear about it,and just like any trends in the wedding industry and in decor and fashion,celebrities certainly do influence us in thatw ay,says Winikka. Southerland says she recently helped a couple who renew their vows every year. s always a surprise,and the husband plans it,she said. Whether you renew your vows annually or just once, in a small ceremony or as part of a vacation,the cost of saying I do againcan vary. ou can do something thats very simple,thats just the husband and wife standing up with a photographer, and that can be less than $1,000. Or you can do something where youve invited a bunch of people. Ive had people spend upwards of 50 or 60 thousand,Southerland said. And even a do-overb ride can turn into a Bridezilla,she says. That still is personalitydriven,which kind of makesme chuckle,she said. Im t hinking,ow,youve known this guy for a long time. Whats there to be nervous about? So what if a flower falls off an arch? Others are more laidback. But you still have some very nervous brides. www.newssun.comN ews-SunS unday, April 8, 2012Page 3B church page; 5.542"; 7.1"; Black; church page dummy; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 5 5 5 5 5 8 8 DR. LEE, IKE; 1.736"; 3"; Black; 4/8/12; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 3 3 4 4 B y LEANNE ITALIE Associated PressN EW YORK Liz Slayback can trace her decision to pursue a divorce to a precise,painful moment. I knew my marriage was o ver and the divorce proceedings were about to begin when I came home and I found my husband in bed with my two bestf riends,said the 33-yearold dental hygienist from Staten Island. H ow do we know that? Because Slayback declared it so in a video recordingb ooth set up by Huffington Post during a rare,two-day e vent an expofor people just starting divorce proceedings,in the middleo r looking to rise from the ashes in the aftermath. S layback,positively bubbly after a fancy but free haircut,was among about 300 people who attended Start Over Smartlastw eekend,most of whom were women. A smattering of vendors set up booths offering everything from a divorcep lanning binder to advice on long-term insurance, w ith seminars on such topics as Sensuality Secrets and My Formerly Hot L ife. Unlike mega-expos put on by the multimillion-dollar wedding industry,this was a not-so-jubilant affair save an evening mixer at an elegant,intimate venue. The divorce counterpoint to wedding marketplacesw as the idea of a motherdaughter team from W estport,Conn. The younger,Nicole BarasF euer,is a divorce mediator and divorced mother. Her mom,Francine Baras,is a family therapist. They got the idea from a s imilar divorce expo in Paris,which they attended in late 2010. Americans need a place to come and meet profes-s ionals face-to-face and not get everything from a book or a website,to bring everything live and let people have all the accurate information under one roof instead of piecemealing it, Baras Feuer said. Her mother added: There is no coming together of people going through divorce as there are at a wedding expo,where youg et your dress,you get your veil,you get an event planner,you pick out your invitations. Weddings are a known quantity. Gettingd ivorced is an unknown quantity. So where does divorce stand,anyway? Deciphering divorce statistics to arrive at an overallr ate feels a lot like breaking the Da Vinci Code when all f actors are considered,but this much we can say: Marriages are at an all-timel ow,due in part to younger people delaying their nupt ials,and divorce is high among baby boomers when compared to other age groups. According to a Census B ureau analysis based on a 2009 sample of 3 million h ouseholds,19.1 weddings were performed per 1,000 men and 17.6 per 1,000w omen across the U.S. that year,while divorces became f inal for 9.2 of every 1,000 men and 9.7 of every 1,000 women. T hat means that roughly, for every two people getting married,one gets divorced. S outhern and Western states ranked among the h ighest for wedding bells, but many in those regions also have higher rates of divorce than the Northeast, among other areas. R oughly 1.1 million children,or 1.5 percent of all children,lived in 2009 in the home of a parent who divorced in the previous year. Yet it might as well be 1 950 all over again when it comes to the isolation and s tigma of divorce. The culture hasnt allowed divorce to be something that we know is real and does happen,Barass aid. e sort of say it happens,but in your own house and not the culture itself. People going through t his are still very isolated, Baras said. People dont want to hear about it who arent divorced. There afraid is contagious. I do again! Vow renewals growing in popularity M etro Services R enewing vows is a great way for couples to reconnect after years of marriage. Divorce expo a counterpoint to wedding industry Brides personalize with handmade bouquets


C M Y K Page 4BNews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012www.newssun.com kokomo; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process, kokomo; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 5 5 8 8 1 1 T he Heartland Cultural Alliance ( HCA) will be opening its April show a t the HCA Art & Music Gallery in t he Kenilworth Lodge on Thursday. H ighland County artists will be showing new and classic works in a variety of medium. The exhibit will include a preview of four more original, oil on wood, paintings from the recently discovered archives of Florida Master artist Peter Powell Roberts. There will be an artists reception and book signing by Jack Everett from 6-8 p.m. with classical guitar music by Kenny Summers, wine and snacks. Its opent o the public and free. For more i nformation contact: Fred Leavitt, 028 238 or send an email to i nfo@HeartlandCulturalAlliance.org/. HCA April show to feature Peter Powell Roberts ARTS& ENTERTAINMENT Special to the News-SunA VON PARK The Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historic Conservancs Speaker Series presents Hermann Trappman,Thursday,April 19,7 p.m.,Building G,Room 102,SFCC Highlands Campus. Trappman will present the program,Living in Paradise: Medicinal and Edible Plants of the Tocobaga Indians. The public is invited at no cost. The Windover Pond Archaeological Site near Titusville informs us that NativeAmericans were heavily involved in medicinal plants for well over 7,000 years. Trappman learned to identify many native plants and their uses while working as a park ranger and environmental educator for 28 years. This program explores some of Floridas natural resources t hrough Trappmans art work and photographs by Elizabeth Neily and Holly Harriman. Trappman is a Florida natural and cultural history artist. He has traveled a road that has not only spanned from the New World to the Old World and back again but into prehistory itself. With years of meticulous study of Floridas original natives or pre-Columbian peoples,he has pieces together their lives and culture through his art. Trappman has been invited to exhibit in the Capital Gallery in Tallahassee April 30,2012,to April 30,2013, for the 500th Florida Anniversary. He will be bringing some prints and his latest painting, Ponce de Leon Landing. For more information,call Anne Reynolds,465-3637. KVAHC Speaker Series presents Hermann Trappman B y DERRIK J. LANG AP Entertainment WriterLOS ANGELES The Weinstein Co. said Thursday an edited version of the film Bullyw ill be released across the U.S. on April 13 with a PG-13 rating. T he Motion Picture Association of America initially gave the film an Rr ating for language,meaning kids under 17 were r estricted from seeing it without an accompanying adult. T he MPAA declined to change the rating when T he Weinstein Co. appealed. The company released the film March 30 in limited release without a rating. Bully,directed by Lee Hirsch,is an examination o f school bullying that follows five kids over the course of a school year. T he Weinstein Co. said three uses of an expletive w ere removed to earn the PG-13 rating. I feel completely vind icated with this resolution,Hirsch said in a statement. While I retain my belief that PG-13 has always been the appropri-a te rating for this film,as reinforced by Canadas rating of a PG,we have today scored a victory from the MPAA. H irsch initially declined to edit the documentarys o ffensive language because it would diminisht he painful reality of bullying. The Weinstein Co. later decided to resubmit a new version of Bully,and theM PAA ratings board gave it a PG-13 for intense thematic material,disturbing content and some strong language all involvingk ids,Joan Graves,chairman of the classification and rating administration, said in a statement. The ratings system has worked exactly as it is supposed to,she said. arents have been kept informed of the content of each version of the film, and they have been given the information they need to make movie-going decisions on behalf of their kids. The ruling ends a monthlong dispute between The Weinstein Co. and the MPAA over the rating that prompted 17-year-old high school student Katy Butler of Ann Arbor,Mich.,to start an online petition calling for a lower rating so more young people can see it. Johnny Depp,Meryl Streep and New Orleans Studio s cores PG-13 rating for Bully By LYNN ELBER AP Television WriterLOS ANGELES Matt Lauer is sticking with NBCs oday,ending speculation that the top-rated show might have to face ABCs rising Good Morning America without him. Lauer has signed a longterm contract to remain as co-host of the No. 1 morning show,a long-anticipated deal that NBC announced Thursday night but Lauer made public on Today Friday morning. This is my family,he said on the air as the Today crew and co-anchors burst into applause. ruth be told,he joked, I was developing an idea for a new show,where viewers could tune in every morning and see someone they know lose a little more of his hair every single day right in front of their eyes. But then I thought,I could just stay here and do that. Although Todayis on a historic winning streak in the ratings,Good Morning Americahas been gaining ground. Lauers decision provides important stability for odayand puts to rest suggestions that he might reunite with his former co-host Katie Couric on the syndicated show shes launching this fall. Lauer said last May that he had discussed joining with Couric on a new venture. But he predicted then that he would be staying at Today for a long time. Given how strong the odayshow has been,I dont think the outcome was ever in doubt,said industry analyst Larry Gerbrandt of Los Angeles-based Media Valuation Partners. Lauer has been with the show since 1994 and began his run as coanchor in January 1997. Lauer tells viewers hes staying at Today


C M Y K www.newssun.comN ews-SunS unday, April 8, 2012Page 5B VILLAGE INN/VICOR RESTAURANTS; 7.444"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process, 4/4,6,8; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 5 5 9 9 3 3 Special to the News-SunSEBRING On Friday,the shores of Lake Jackson will echo with the mellow tuneso f musician Steve Jones, playing at the Highlands Art League Yellow House Gallery. The Art League will host its Opening Reception inc onjunction with Destination Downtownto support the Sidewalk Sounds of Sebringfor the second Friday of April. Jones first picked up a guit ar when he was 22 years old; a bit late to start. But he purs ued his dream,and eventually received his degree in music. Hes been playinge ver since. Jones specializes in all t ypes of jazz traditional, contemporary,blues,the standards,and new age. The music he composes is often a synthesis of these styles. Hel ikens his music composition to the way a painter mixes t he colors on his palette. Being at the Yellow House Gallery enables him to playw hat he wants,carefully crafting it to compliment the a rtwork and visitors,and not become a distraction. Jones began his association witht he Gallery Walk event in 2006 when he played outside of the LK Gallery.After the s hop closed,Jones moved his music to the Yellow House a nd there he remains,playing at almost every Friday night reception. This month,Jones will help the downtown merchantss et up for the Sidewalk Sounds of Sebringbefore coming to take his spot by the front door at the Yellow House Gallery on Friday night. HAL will present a very s pecial exhibit this month The Very Best of the Yellow H ousefeaturing specially selected works from each of the 18 artists in the studios. This includes oil,pastels, acrylic,watercolor,mixedm edia,and sculpture,with HALs own,including studio artists Linda Kegley,Barbara W ade,Shirley Stone,Clara Carroll,Jan Fetters,Tony A nthony,and Rose Besch becoming the Artists of the Month. T he Yellow House Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to8 p.m. Friday,with the recept ion beginning at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be s erved,and the artists will be greeting visitors. The Gallery is at 1989 Lakeview Drive next door to the Sebring Public Library. For morei nformation,call the Yellow House Gallery at 385-5312, or visit www. destinationdowntownsebring.com. Also on the art circuit is Janet King Painting Art Studio at 215 N. RidgewoodD rive. She will host her Student Art Exhibitwith w atercolor artwork from her very talented students. She will also have an assortment of delicious snacks and refreshments. F or more information,call 314-0042. Steve Jones to be featured in HAL reception Friday at Yellow House ARTS& ENTERTAINMENT C ourtesy photo G uitarist Steve Jones plays for artist Tom Freeman. Jones will be playing at the Yellow House Gallery on Friday. Courtesy photo A rt from local artists waiting to be hung inside the Yellow H ouse Gallery. Got something to buy,sell or trade? News-Sun classified ads get results! Call 314-9876 Special to the News-SunL AKE WALES Bok Tower Gardens will present the 86th annual Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. today with free admissionf rom 6-8 a.m. More than 2,200 visitors are expected to attend the service as the early morning mist clears and the sun rises over IronM ountain. Chairs,blankets, flashlights and insect repellent are recommended.H andicapped parking and shuttle service will be available. The VisitorC enter and Gift Shop will open at 6 a.m. U niversity of Central Florida bagpiper Ben Pugh, dressed in traditionalS cottish kilt and attire,will begin the music with slow a ir selections and conclude the 45 minute service with Amazing Grace. Inspirational music will be presented by the LakeW ales Chorale directed by Willie L. Watson III and a ccompanied by Tammy Little. Peter Graves will direct the Celebration BrassE nsemble. First United Methodist Church of Lake W ales Reverend Jeff Kantz will deliver an Easter sermon. Guest carillonneur G ordon Slater of Ottawa, Canada,will perform A Little Fantasy and Fugue for Carillonand two hymn tunes,opladyand LyraD avidica,on the 60-bell Singing Tower carillon. Following the service, the Blue Palmetto Caf will offer a special buffet for$ 10.95 per adult; $7.95 per child under 12. Scrambled e ggs,Spanish eggs,bacon, sausage,grits,muffins, fresh fruit and beverages including regular and decaf coffee,and FloridasN atural orange juice will be served. At 1 and 3 p.m.,Slater will perform hymns and other music for the occa-s ion. Visitors can watch the half hour concerts on a video monitor in a specials eating area located behind the Peace Lantern near the Tower and meet Slater byt he Information Booth after the concerts. A fter 31 years of service playing the Peace Tower Carillon in Ottawa,Slaterr etired from his position as Dominion Carillonneur of C anada. He tours widely as a carillonneur and clinician, has been music director of Divertimento Orchestra since 1987,and plays bas-s oon and contrabassoon with the Ottawa Symphony O rchestra. He was awarded the Berkeley Medal from the University of Californiaa t Berkeley for distinguished service to the carill on. He will serve as the Bok Singing Tower guest carillonneur through April 1 5 and will host an audio visual presentation,The Carillons of Canada,at 11 a.m. in the Visitor Center. Visit www.boktowergar-d ens.org for his performance schedule. The Easter Sunrise Service has been an annual tradition at Bok TowerG ardens since 1926. Bok Tower Gardens presents 86th annual Easter Sunrise Service By PAUL DERGARABEDIAN For The Associated PressLOS ANGELES The Hunger Gameswill likely eat or sink two returning old favorites this Easter weekend,continuing its three-week supremacy at the nations theaters with another $28 million to $32 million in its box office basket. This will give Lionsgates adaptation of the bestseller about teens fighting to the death a total of $300 million in North America alone by Sunday night. Its been almost 10 years since the American Pie gang last saw the inside of a multiplex and the whole crew is back this weekend in Universals American Reunion. The R-rated comedy marks the fourth installment of the highly successful comedy franchise,which has earned nearly $650 million worldwide. Look for this gross-out to gross in excess of $20 million. Paramount brings an added dimension to one of the most beloved movies ever as James Camerons 1997 Titanic sets sail in 3-D for the first time. The PG-13 film opened Wednesday with an impressive $4.4 million and by Sunday night,should have sunk around $30 million into its already sizeable bank account. Wrath of the Titansfrom Warner Bros. should command a second-weekend gross in the high teens as it capitalizes on solid mid-week numbers. The sequel to 2010s Clash of the Titans, the action-fantasy should top $60 million by Sunday night. Relativity Medias PGrated Mirror Mirrorshould benefit from family moviegoing over Easter weekend, with an expected secondweekend gross of just over $10 million. But Sons action-comedy Jump Streetwill also make a run at the top five, with a likely gross in the same $10 million territory in its fourth weekend of release, topping the $100 million mark in the process. Box Office Preview: Hunger likely to eat Pie sequel


C M Y K Page 6BNews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012www.newssun.com Places to Worship is a paid advertisement in the News-Sun that is published Friday and Sunday.To find out more information on how to place a listing in this directory,call the NewsSun at 385-6155,ext.502. APOSTOLIC Greater Faith Apostolic Church, 24 Rainer Drive, Lake Placid, FL 33852.invites you to come worship with us in spirit and truth at 10:30 a.m.and 3 p.m. Sunday, and at 7:30 p.m.Thursday. For information contact (239 0390.Pastor Travis Vanderford. ASSEMBLY OF GOD Christ Fellowship Church (Assembly of God), 2935 New Life Way.Bearing His Name; Preaching His Doctrine;and Awaiting His Coming.orshiping God in Spirit and in Truth.Sunday School, 9 a.m.;Morning Worship, 10 a.m.;Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday:Worship, 7 p.m.Pastor Eugene Haas.Phone 471-0924. 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, FL 33825.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 6:30 p.m.on Wednesday. Bible classes at 9:45 a.m.are centered for all ages.Choir practice at5 p.m.Sunday.Church phone:4526556. 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+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. T elephone:453-4256.Fax:4536986.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;Charlie Parish, associate pastor/youth and families;Joy Loomis, music director;Rev.Johnattan Soltero, Hispanic pastor.Regular Sunday schedule:8:30 a.m.orchestra rehersal;9 a.m.Library open;9:30 a.m.Sunday School;11 a.m. Morning Worship;11 a.m. Childrens Church;6 p.m.evening worship.Wednesday schedule: 5:15 p.m.supper;6 p.m.Bible Study and Prayer;6:30 p.m.Adult Choir Practice;6 p.m.childres choir rehearsals;7 p.m.mission programs.Hispanic Services: Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship service at 11 a.m.and evening worship at 7 p.m.Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m.Call 453-6681 for details. 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, a nd 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 St., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863Website: www.fbclp.com.Email:information@fbclp.com.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 at 6 p.m. Wednesday Activities:Family dinner at 5 p.m.($4 per person, reservations required).Prayer meeting, Youth Intersections, and MaxKidz Extreme meet at 6:15 p.m.The church is at 119 E.Royal Palm St., Lake Placid.For information, call 465-3721 or go to www.fbclp.com. 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 6:30 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 the AWANA groups meet.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 E.Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870.Telephone:385-5154.Dr. David E.Richardson, senior pastor; Rev.Joe Delph, associate pastor, minister of youth and activities;and Rev.Nuno Norberto, associate pastor, minister of music and senior adults.Group Bible Studies, 9:15 a.m.;Blended Service, 10:30 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 G otsch, director.Call 385-4704. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 401 S.Florida Ave., Avon Park.Mailing address is 710 W.Bell St., AvonPark, FL 33825. 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, FL 33876.Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.Sunday worship,1 0:30 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 9:30 a.m.;Sunday Worship service at 10:45 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service is at 6 p.m.Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 6 p.m.Call the church at 699-0671 for more information. Maranatha Baptist Church (GARBC 35 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, FL 33870 (A half 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, FL 33870.Welcome to the church where the 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. Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.;Morning Worship Service, 10:45 a.m.;Evening Worship, 6 p.m.Wednesday:Student ministry, 6:30 p.m.;Awana kindergarten through fifth grade, 6:30 p.m.; Adult Midweek Prayer and Bible Study, 7 p.m.A nursery for under age 3 is available at all services. Provisions for handicapped and hard-of-hearing.Office phone, 3850752. Spring Lake Baptist Church, Where the Bible is Always Open. Pastor Richard Schermerhorn, 7408 Valencia Road;655-2610. Assistant Pastor Ronald Smith, 386-1610.On U.S.98 at the Spring Lake Village II entrance.Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.for all ages; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday Mid-week Bible Study and Prayer Service, 6:30 p.m. Nursery available for all services. Sunridge Baptist Church, (SBC 3704 Valerie Blvd.(U.S.27 and Valerie, across from Florida Hospital), Sebring.Tim Finch, 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. 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;fax, 385-5169; email, office@stcathe.com ;website, www.stcathe.com .Very Rev. Jos Gonzlez, V.F., frjose@stcathe.com;Parochial Vicar, Rev.Victor Caviedes, 3853993;Assisting Priest (retired Rev.J.Peter Sheehan;Decons, Rev.Mr.James R.McGarry and Rev.Mr.Max M.Severe.Parish office hours, 8:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.Masses Daily Masses 8 a.m.and noon MondayFriday;9 a.m.Saturday.Weekend Masses 4 and 5 p.m.Saturday, 5 p.m.Saturday Spanish Mass (Holy Family Youth Center), 8 and 10:30 a.m.Sunday, noon Sunday Sunday Mass;5 p.m.Sunday English Family Mass (Holy Family Youth Center).Confession:every Saturday 3-3:45 p.m.or first Friday of the month 7:15-7:45 a.m., or by appointment with any priest. 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; David Etherton, 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.Changing Seasons,a mens grief support group, meets at 1:30 p.m.Wednesdays. A lzheimers Caregivers Support Group meets at 1 p.m.Thursdays. 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; (863on the Web at www.firstchristianap.com.Our motto is Jesus is First at First Christian Church. Greg Ratliff, Senior Minister;Bible School 9 a.m.;Worship 10 a.m.;Wednesday studies 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, FL 33870.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, FL 33875.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.A free 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. P ine St., Sebring, FL 33870. Sunday:Church School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday:Temple Choir, 7:30 p.m.Phone 385-1597. CHURCH OF CHRIST Avon Park Church of Christ, 200 S.Forest Ave.,Avon Park, FL 33825.Minister:Larry Roberts. Sunday Worship Services, 10:30 a.m.and 6 p.m.Nursery facilities are available at every service.Bible Study:Sunday, 9:30 a.m.and Wednesday, 7 p.m.Bible centered classes for all ages.Church phone: 453-4692. Sebring Parkway Church of Christ, 3800 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL 33870;385-7443.We would like to extend an invitation for you and your family to visit with us here at Sebring Parkway.Our hours of service are:Sunday Bible Class, 9 a.m.;Sunday Worship Service, 10 a.m.;Sunday Evening Service, 6 p.m.;Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF NAZARENE First Church of the Nazarene of AvonPark, P.O.Box 1118., AvonPark, FL 33825-1118.707 W. Main St.Randall Rupert, Pastor. Sunday:Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m.for all ages;morning worship at 10:45 a.m.;and evening service at 6 p.m.Wednesday evening service is at 7 p.m.with special services for children and adults.Special services once a month for seniors (Prime Time) and Ladies ministries.If you need any more information, call 453-4851. First Church of the Nazaren e of Lake Placid, 512 W.Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid, FL 33852. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.;Morning worship, 10:45 a.m.;Evening service, 6 p.m.Wednesday evening, 7 p.m.Classes for adult children and youth.Call 465-6916.Pastor Tim Taylor. CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN UNION Community Bible ChurchChurches of Christ in Christian Union, (Orange Blossom Conference Center) 1400 C-17A North (truck route), AvonPark. Presenting Jesus Christ as the answer for time and eternity. Sunday morning worship service, 10:30 a.m.Nursery provided. Junior Church activities at same time for K-6 grade.Sunday School Bible hour (all ages (Transportation available.) Sunday evening praise and worship service, 6 p.m.Wednesday evening prayer service, 7 p.m.Children and youth activities at 7 p.m. Wednesday.Everyone is welcome, please come worship with us.Don Seymour, Senior Pastor.Phone 452-0088.PLACESTOWORSHIP S pring is the season that represents new growth,b irth and renewal. With Easter approachi ng,one may wonder what in the world a rabbit has t o do with this particular holiday. Rabbits are prolific breeders and can actually be pregnant while nursing their litter. Rabbits and eggs are fertility symbols since birdsl ay eggs and rabbits give birth to many litters during t heir lifetime. It stands to reason that these symbols are used for the springtime andE aster season since they represent life and birth. T he Easter Bunny has been around since the 1500s. The legend of the big rabbit originated in Germany where it was said that the creaturew ould lay colorful eggs in the nests that the children m ade out of bonnets. As the years went by,the bonnets turned into baskets. TheG erman folks that traveled to t he Pennsylvania Dutch country brought the legend and tradition with them in the 1700s. Since those early days,rabbits have been ani mage related to the Easter holiday,spring and fertility. In reality,rabbits dont lay eggs. Baby rabbits are born blind and hairless and seldomw ander out of their nests. They are born with their eyes closed and measure less than five inches in length. The mother rabbit will not tend toa baby that has wandered away from the nest. Rabbits nest in areas that are lower than the surrounding ground, usually in tall grass. The nests are lined with fur. O nce rabbits are three or four weeks old they will wand er from the nest and become self-sufficient. There are several kinds of rabbits inF lorida:The black-tailed jackrabbit,the eastern cottont ail and the marsh rabbit. The Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) can be found in open grassy areas. This is the typeo f rabbit that has been used to train greyhounds for raci ng. This variety of rabbit is actually a hare and is grayish brown with a white undersidea nd tail. It has very long ears and can reach lengths of 18 to 25 inches. These creaturesh ave been clocked at 45 miles per hour. T he Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus highly adaptable and thrivesi n most habitats except dense forests and swamps. This s pecies gives birth to three six young after a gestation period of 28 days. Females can mate immediately after giving birth. They can breeda s early as six months of age and may have seven to twelve l itters a year. These rabbits are grayish brown with a white underside and brownt hroat. They grow to be from 12 20 inches in length. They are nocturnal and eatm ostly legumes,broad-leafed weeds and grasses. T he Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus palustrisys making its home in Floridasm arshes and swamps. They are reddish-brown with a g ray underside and tail and resemble the eastern cottontail,but have smaller ears, legs and tail. Marsh rabbits grow to be 16 18 inchesl ong. They are also nocturnal and make runways through t hick vegetation. These bunnies are strong swimmers and are found only near regionso f water. They feed on aquati c and wetland plants. All rabbits and hares are jumping mammals with large hind legs,long ears and tails. They have teeth like rodentsw ith long upper incisors and a spare pair behind those. Carnivores such as the great horned owl,northern harrier and marsh hawk will prey onr abbits. Other predators include alligators,snakes, bobcats,coyotes and foxes. Rabbits and hares are designed for speed to escapep redators. They have long hind legs used for that purpose. Known for their excellent hearing,these creatures can rotate and move their large ears to better sense andl ocate danger before it is too late. H ares are usually larger than rabbits and have longer, black-tipped ears. They lives olitary lives and are born with their eyes open and hair c overing their bodies. They can also run within a few minutes of being born. Rabbits are born blind,naked and remain in the nest for thef irst days of their lives. All rabbits and hares have excell ent camouflage. This,along with their speed,enables them to sur-v ive in harsh circumstances. Rabbit factsR abbits are not rodents, they are lagomorphs. A male rabbit is a buck. A female rabbit is a doe. A baby rabbit is a kit. A rabbitteeth never stop growing. Rabbits can purr similar to a cat Rabbits cannot vomit A group of rabbits is called a herd A group of rabbits live in a warren Mothers typically only f eed their kits about 5 minutes a day Rabbits have 28 teeth A 4 pound rabbit will drink as much water as a 20 pound dog R abbits can jump 36? and higher R abbits can suffer heat stroke Rabbits can see behind t hem,but have blind spot in front of their face. C orine Burgess is and Environmental Specialist for the Highlands County Parks and Natural Resources Department. Guest columns are the opinion o f t he writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun. Easter, spring, rabbits and eggs are symbols of rebirth and renewal Courtesy photo E astern cottontail rabbits can breed as early as six months of age and may have 7-12 litters a year. N ews From The W atershed Corine Burgess


C M Y K H ARDCOVER FICTION 1 .Lover Reborby J.R. Ward (Grand Central Publishing) 2.Guilty Wivesby James Patterson (Little, Brown) 3.etrayal:A Novelby Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press) 4.Stay Closeby Harlan C oben (Dutton 5.Lone Wolfby Jodi P icoult (Atria) 6.Elegy for Eddieby J acqueline Winspear (Harper) 7.Kill ShotbyVince Flynn (Atria) 8.Private Gamesby James Patterson, Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown) 9.Defending Jacobby W illiam Landay (Delacorte P ress) 10.The Thiefby Clive Cussler & Justin Scott (Putnam H ARDCOVER NONFICTION 1 .Driftby Rachel Maddow (Crown) 2.eeknights with Giadaby Giada De L aurentiis (Clarkson Potter) 3.The Big Missby Hank Haney (Crown) 4.Imagineby Jonah Lehrer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 5.The Pioneer Woman Cooks:Food from My Frontierby Ree Drummond (William Morrow Cookbooks) 6 .The Power of Habit b y Charles Duhigg ( Random House) 7.American Sniper:The autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military Historby Chris Kyle, Jim DeFelice and Scott McEwen (Morrow) 8 .The Blood Sugar Solutionby Mark Hyman, M .D.(Little, Brown) 9.Killing Lincoln:The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Foreverby Bill OReilly andM artin Dugard (Henry Holt a nd Co.) 10.Wildby Cheryl S trayed (Knopf MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS 1.he Lucky Oneby Nicholas Sparks (Vision 2.The Affairby Lee Child (Del Ray) 3.Dead Reckoningby Charlaine Harris (Ace 4.A Game of Thrones b y George R.R.Martin ( Bantam) 5 .Ill Walk Aloneby Mary Higgins Clark (Pocket) 6.A Turn in the Roadby Debbie Macomber (Mira) 7.The Postcard Killers by James Patterson & LisaM arklund (Vision 8.A Perfect Storby L ori Foster (HQN 9.The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nestby Stieg Larsson (Vintage 10.A Clash of Kingsby G eorge R.R.Martin ( Bantam) T RADE PAPERBACKS 1 .What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?by Jonnie Penn, Dave Lingwood (Artisan) 2.The Magicby Rhonda Byrne (Atria) 3.Lovingby Karen Kingsbury (Zondervan) 4.The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nestby StiegL arsson (Vintage 5.Heaven is for Real:A L ittle Bos Astounding Story of His Trip to Heavena nd BacbyTodd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, Colton Burpo and Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson) 6.Zero Daby David Baldacci (Grand Central) 7.Bossypantsby Tina Fey (Back Bay/ReaganA rthur) 8 .The Lucky Oneby Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central) 9.The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksbyR ebecca Skloot (Broadway) 1 0.The Helpby Kathryn Stockett (Putnam Adult www.newssun.comN ews-SunS unday, April 8, 2012Page 7B EPISCOPAL The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer .Service time is 9:30 with Holy Communion.Coffee hour following services.Newcomers welcome.Call 453-5664 or e-mail redeemer1895@aol.com Web site: redeemeravon.com .The church is at 839 HowesWay, Avon Park (two miles north of Sun N Lake Boulevard, across from Wells Dodge.) St.Agnes Episcopal Church 3840 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL 33870.Sunday Services:Holy Eucharist Rite I 7:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II 10 a.m.Midweek service on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Sunday School for all ages at 9 a.m.The nursery is open 8:45 a.m. until 15 minutes after the 10 a.m. service ends.Wednesday:Adult Bible study, 9:30 a.m.Visitors are always welcome.The Rev.Jim Kurtz, rector.Church office 3857649, for more information. St.Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 43 Lake June Road, Lake Placid, FL 33852.Phone:4650051.Rev.Elizabeth L.Nelson, Rector.Sunday Worship, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m.and 6 p.m.Wednesday evening:Holy Communion with Healing Service, 6 p.m.Child care available at the 8 a.m.and 10:30 a.m.Sunday service.Come see what makes us different. EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF AMERICA The Way Church EFCA, 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 A place for you.Office Phone:471-6140, Church Cell Phone:273-3674.Email: theway church@hotmail.com .Web site: www.TheWayChurch.org GRACE BRETHREN Grace Brethren Church, 3626 Thunderbird Road, (863 0869.Dr.Randall Smith, senior pastor.Sunday services at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m.and 6 p.m.;Wednesday services at 7 p.m.We offer Kid CityChildrens Ministry throughout all services, and there are variosu other classes for teens, married couples, prime-timers,and Bible studies in Spanish.Kid CityDay Care, Preschool and After-School Monday-Friday:7 a.m.-6 p.m.(For registration call:385-3111).Check us out on the Web at www.sebringgrace.org INTERDENOMINATIONAL World Harvest and Restoration Ministries, (non-denominational 2200 N.Avon Blvd., AvonPark, FL 33825.Phone:452-9777 or 4533771.Sunday service:Sunday School, 10 a.m.and worship, 11 a.m.Wednesday services:7 p.m. prayer meeting/Bible study.Pastor: W.H.Rogers. LUTHERAN Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA 1178 S.E.Lakeview Drive., Sebring.David Thoresen,D eacon, Spiritual Leader, on first, third and fifth Sunday each month, and Rev.Jefferson Cox on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.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 WELCA meets at noon second Monday of month with lunch.Bringa 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 LCMS, 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 see christlutheranavonpark.org Faith Lutheran Church LCMS, 2740Lakeview Drive, Sebring.Church phone:385-7848, Faith Child Development Center, 385-3232.Rev.Gary Kindle, pastor. Traditional Worship service, 8 a.m. Sunday;Sunday Praise Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.Communion is served the first, third and fifth Sunday of the month.Sunday school and Bible classes:9:15 a.m. Sunday.Worship service is broadcast at 8 a.m.on WITS 1340 AM each Sunday.Educational opportunities include weekly adult Bible studies.Faiths Closet Thrift Store (385-2782to 2 p.m.Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.to noon Saturday.All are warmly welcome in the Faily of Faith. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (AALC Association of Lutheran Churches, 3240 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, FL 33872.James Weed, pastor.Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday.Bible Study, 9 a.m.Nursery provided.Social activities:Choir, Missions, Evangelism.Phone 3852346. New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3725 Hammock Road, a Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELSellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELSSunday 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.Sunday service at 9:30 a.m.Sunday school will resume in the fall.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, FL 33852;465-5253.The Rev.Richard A.Norris, pastor; Susan C.Norris, Trinity Tots PreSchool director;and Noel Johnson, minister of youth and family life. Worship schedule after Easter through December:Worship service 9 a.m., and Education Hour, 8:45 a.m.Worship schedule for January through Easter:Worship service, 8:30 and 11 a.m., Education Hour 9:45 a.m. Traditional Service with Holy Communion each first and third Sunday.Non-Traditional Service each second, fourth and fifth Sunday.Seasonal mid-week services Wednesday evenings during Lent and Advent.Call church office for additional Worship times and special holiday services.Other activities and groups include: Choirs;Ladies Guild and LWML; Mens Fellowship Group, Small Group Bible Studies as scheduled; Trinity Tots Pre-school, Youth Group activities (call for meeting times and dates).Visit us online at: www.Trinitylutheranlp.com N ON-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 p.m. Wednesday:Children ages 4 years through fifth grade, 6 p.m.;Youth, 67:30 p.m.;Prayer time, 6:15 p.m. Todd Patterson, pastor;Andy McQuaid, associate pastor.Web site www.bfcsebring.com.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 service, 6 p.m.;Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.Pastor Lester Osbeck.A small 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.A nursery and childrens church are provided.The church is part of Christian International Ministries Network, a full gospel, non-denominational ministry.Linda M.Downing, minister, lindadowning@live.com. Casey L.Downing, associate minister, caseydown ing@hotmail.com.Church phone: 314-0482. Web site:www. ctm forme.com Grace Bible Church, 4541 Thunderbird Road, (second church on left) Sebring, FL 33872.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 4021684;Pastor Bruce A.Linhart. The Lors Sentinel Fellowship Church 148 E.Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid (at Lake Placid Christian School), Pastor Juanita Folsom.Sunday morning service, 10:30 a.m.;Monday, Sentinel School of Theology, 7 p.m.;Church service, Tuesday, 7 p.m.More information at www.juanitafolsom ministries.com. Union Church 106 N.Butler Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825. Contemporary worship service is at 6:30 p.m.Saturday with Pastor Tiger Gullett.Sunday traditional worship service is at 7:45 a.m.and 9 a.m.Contemporary Sunday worship service is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery and childrens church on Saturday nightes and 9 and 10:45 a.m.Sundays.Breakfast and lunch menus at Solid Grounds.Senior Pastor is Bill Breylinger.Office:4533345.Web page at www.weareunion.org 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. PRESBYTERIAN Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA 4500 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, 33872-2113.A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.Sunday morning worship:Informal service, 8 a.m.;traditional service, 10:30 a.m.;Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; evening service, 6 p.m.Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m.; Childrens/Youth Group, 5:30-7 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: 8:30-12:30 a.m.Monday-Friday. First Presbyterian Church ARP, 215 E.Circle St., (two entrances on LaGrande), Avon Park, FL 33825.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;Mary Circle business meeting, 1 p.m.second Wednesday;Sarah Circle business meeting, 4 p.m.second Thursday; Womens Ministries Combined Bible study, 4 p.m.third Thursday. Be a part of a warm, caring church family with traditional services, following biblical truth. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, 319 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, FL 33870.385-0107.Sunday School, all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service, 11 a.m.;Tuesday: Grief Support Group, 1 p.m.;Youth Group (middle and high school 3:30-6:30 p.m.;Wednesday:Adult Bible Study, 10:30 a.m.;Choir Rehearsal, 5:30 p.m.Nursery available during worship.Call the church office for more information and other classes.Rev.Darrell A.Peer, pastor. 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 and 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary;contemporary worship is at 11 a.m.Sunday school classes for adults is at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m.and for all ages, adults and children, at 9:45 a.m.in the educational building. Wednesday:6:45 p.m., youth group (middle and high schoolursery and childrens ministry;7 p.m., adult small group Bible studies. Children/youth music ministry (Thursday):grades 3-5 chimes, 2:30 p.m.;grades 3-5 choir, 3:15 p.m.;grades 6-12 handbells, 3:15 p.m.Bible Counseling available by appointment, 699-0132.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, FL 33876.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.embarq space.com. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church 1410 West Avon Blvd., AvonPark.Phone:4536641 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.A sale takes place the first Sunday of each month.Senior Pastor Paul Boling. Walker Memorial Academy Christian School offering education for kindergarten through 12th grades.ALL ARE 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 Dr., Sebring, Fl 33872;(863 382-9092 Steve Austin, Bishop; Mark Swift, 1st Counselor;Del Murphy, 2nd Counselor.Family History Center (863 Sunday Services:Sacrament Meeting, 10-11:10 a.m.;Gospel Doctrine, 11:20 a.m.to noon; Priesthood/Relief Society, 12:101p.m.;Primary for children, 11:15 a.m.to 1 p.m.;Youth Activities: Wednesdays, 7-8:20 p.m.Scouts: first and third Wednesday, 7-8:20 p.m.Activity Days:8-11 yr old Boys and Girls, second and fourth Wednesdays, 7-8:20 p.m. 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 Womens Ministries, 7 p.m.Wednesday: Youth Ministries, 4 p.m.All meetings are at 120 N.Ridgewood Ave., Sebring.For more information, visit the Web site www.salvationarmysebring.com or call Major Bruce Stefanik at 385-7548, ext.110. U NITED METHODIST First United Methodist Church, 1 05 S.Pine St., Sebring,FL 33870. The Rev.A.C.Bryant, pastor. Traditional Worship Service at 8:10 and 10:50 a.m.in the sanctuary, ContemporaryWorship in the FLC at 9:30 a.m.Sunday School at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.Methodist Youth Fellowship at 5:30 p.m.Sundays with Rick Heilig, youth director.The 10:55 a.m.Sunday worship service is broadcast over WITS 1340 on AM dial.There is a nursery available at all services. First United Methodist Church 200 South Lake Avenue, Avon Park, FL 33825.(863 James Weiss, Pastor, Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m.Bible study third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.Prayer Shawl Ministry on the second and fourth Friday of the month at 2 p.m.for women who love God and crocheting.Visit us at our church Web site: www.fumcap.org. Memorial United Methodist Church, 500 Kent Ave., (overlooking Lake Clay) Lake Placid, FL, 33852.The Rev.Fred Ball.pastor. Claude H.L.Burnett, pastoral assistant.Sunday schedule:Heritage Worship Service, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.;Celebration Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.;New Song worship service at 10:45 a.m.Loving nursery care provided every Sunday morning.Middle School Youth, 4 p.m.;High School Youth, 5:30 p.m. We offer Christ-centered Sunday school classes, youth programs, Bible studies, book studies and Christian fellowship.Church office, 465-2422 or www.memorialumc.com .Lakeview Christian School, VPK to grade 5; 465-0313. St.John United Methodis t Church, 3214 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, FL 33872.The Rev. Ronald De Genaro Jr., Pastor. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.;Adult Sunday School, 11 a.m.;Sunday Morning Worship, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.Nursery provided for all services.Phone 382-1736. www.stjohnsebring.org Spring Lake United Methodist Church, 8170 Cozumel Lane, (Hwy 98ing.The Rev.Clyde Weaver Jr., Pastor.Worship service starts at 9:55 a.m.Bible Study meets at 10:00 a.m.on Tuesday. Choir Practice at 4:00 p.m.on Thursday.Church office phone: 655-0040. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Jesus didnt reject people, neither do we.Join us for worship every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.and youll be embraced by a compassionate congregation that is allinclusive.Wre at the corner of Hammock and Hope.Choir and Bell Choir practice on Wednesday; Bible studies throughout the week. 471-1999;sebringemmanuel ucc.com.PLACESTOWORSHIP CROSSWORDSOLUTION BOOKS PU BLISHERSWE EKLYBESTSELLERS Classified Ads 385-6155 NEWS-SUN


C M Y K Page 8BNews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012www.newssun.com Crown Pointe PP; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process, 4/1,8,15; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 4 4 7 7 7 7 hca writing; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process or b/w hca writing ; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 3 3 8 8 M etro ServicesKeep pounds off even a fter beach season has come and gone In the months leading up to beach season, men and women tend to hit the gymh ard in an effort to make their bodies look their best. But once those swimsuits have been packed away for winter, many of those sameh ardworking men and women abandon their efforts and allow themselves top ack on a few extra pounds. While that might be human nature, its also aw aste of all that presummer effort. Keeping fit through t he winter and into next beach season doesnt have to be so difficult. In fact, theN ational Weight Control Registry, who tracked men a nd women who lost 60 pounds and kept if off for at least five years, discovered some interesting things about those who werent sat-i sfied with just losing weight but wanted to keep that w eight off as well. Among the notable things they found about the people theyt racked: 78 percent start their d ay off right, eating breakfast every day 75 percent arent s cared of the scales, weighing themselves at least once a week 90 percent exercise an average of one hour per day 62 percent watch fewer than 10 hours of television per week These behaviors should not come as a surprise.E ating breakfast every day revs up the metabolism after a night of rest, and a breakfast thats rich in protein ism ore likely to make you less hungry in the hours before lunch. Also, daily exercise at the expense of time spent on the couch is clearly benefi-c ial. And the motivating power of routine weigh-ins should not be underestimated, either. But there are other things m en and women can do to keep from packing winter weight back on once beachs eason is a thing of the past.Lift weightsMen and women might think lifting weights is fory oung people, but pumping iron can help combat muscle t issue loss that typically begins when a person is in his or her thirties. Muscle burns roughly three times more calories than fat, sot his reduction in muscle tissue as you age makes it h arder to keep weight off. Fight this loss of muscle mass by strength trainingw ith hand weights. Hand weights help build muscle a nd strengthen bones, and the less muscle you lose the more capable your body willb e at burning calories.Subscribe to portion controlP ortions have increased dramatically over the years. Consider the case of the average bagel, a breakfast favorite. According to theN ational Institutes of Health, 20 years ago the average bagel was three inches in diameter and 140 calories. Today, the average bagel checks in at six inches in diameter and 350 calories. T he NIHalso notes that 20 years ago a plate of spaghetti a nd three small meatballs was 500 calories, while that same meal today is more than 1,000 calories. But men and women who controlt heir portions are much more likely to keep lost weight off than those who dont control portions. Tricks to portion control can include buying prepared meals or even buying smaller dishes. Whatever t he method chosen, if the portions are smaller youre l ikely to be smaller as well.Spend time more being physically activeIn a survey sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency that examined activities undertaken by the average woman over the age of 18, driving, watching televis ion and office work were three of the four activities w omen spent the most time on. In fact, exercise did not even land in the top 10. Though these responses dont reference how mens pend their time, its safe to assume both men and women can spend more time being active and less time on more sedentary activities. Keep pounds off even after beach season has come and gone Metro Services P ortion contol is a key to staying in beach shape. NEWYORK (AP Oprah Winfrey says creating her new cable network has turned out to be a steepc limb. Im climbing Kilimanjaro, she told advertisers Thursday at a presentation for OWN: The Oprah WinfreyN etwork. She quickly explained that her K ilimanjaro is at the offices of OWN. ou know that song, The Time of My Life? Ive had the climb of my l ife, she cracked. The network has struggled to build an audience since its launch in January 2011. It recentlya nnounced severe staff layoffs and a management s hakeup with Discovery Communications, the company thats bankrolled itw ith $300 million-plus. But Winfrey struck a h opeful note in her brief remarks. ith our restructuring a nd right-sizing and getting into the sauce of what needs to happen every day, I feel like I can at least now see the summit, she s aid. OWN was unveiling four new prime-time series, including Elura and Michele Take StatenI sland, a reality series with two outspoken former prosecutors who tell people how to straighten out their problems. Oprah: Cable venture a tough climb


C M Y K By TOM RAUM Associated PressWASHINGTON The federal student loan program seemed like a great idea backi n 1965: Borrow to go to college now, pay it back later when you have a job. B ut many borrowers these days are close to flunking out, tripped up by painfulr eal-life lessons in math and economics. S urging above $1 trillion, U.S. student loan debt has surpassed credit card anda uto-loan debt. This debt explosion jeopardizes the f ragile recovery, increases the burden on taxpayers and possibly sets the stage for a new economic crisis. With a still-wobbly jobs m arket, these loans are increasingly hard to pay off. U nable to find work, many students have returned to school, further driving upt heir indebtedness. Average student loan debt r ecently topped $25,000, up 25 percent in 10 years. And the mushrooming debt has d irect implications for taxpayers, since 8 in 10 of these loans are government-issued or guaranteed. President Barack Obama h as offered a raft of proposals aimed at fine-tuning the system and making repayments easier. Yet the predicament of debt-burdened for-m er students has failed to generate much notice in the G OPpresidential campaign. Instead, the candidates are d ismissive of government student loan programs in gene ral and Obamas proposals in particular. Rick Santorum went so far a s to label Obama a snob for urging all Americans to try to obtain some form of post-high-school education even though some polls s how over 90 percent of parents expect their children to go to college. Front-runner Mitt Romney denounces what he calls a government takeover of the program. Newt Gingrich c alls student loans a Ponzi scheme under which stud ents spend the borrowed money now but will have to p ay off the national debt later in life as taxpayers. And Ron Paul wants to abolish the p rogram entirely. Lifting student debt higher and higher is the escalating cost of attending schools, with tuition increasing farf aster than the rate of inflation. And enrollment has been rising for years, a trend that accelerated through the recent recession, fueling evenm ore borrowing. Mark Zandi, chief econom ist at Moodys Analytics, argues that government loans a nd subsidies are not particularly cost-effective for taxp ayers because universities and colleges just raise their tuition. It doesnt improve a ffordability and it doesnt make it easier to go to college. Of course, its very hard on the kids who have gonet hrough this, because theyre on the hook, Zandi added. And theyre not going to be able to get off the hook. Its not just young adults w ho are saddled. BUSINESS C SE CTION News-Sun Sunday, April 8, 2012 S FCC; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process, choose affordable pat; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 3 3 1 1 F LORIDA HOSPITAL HEARTLAND A/P; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process, new knee; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 4 4 1 1CLASSIFIED PAGE4 C Recovery threatened by runaway student loan debt MCT Ian, left, and Jessica Riley both owe money on their student loans five years after graduation. They are shown at their home in Chicago. For decades, millions of kids have faithfully fol-l owed the adventures of their favorite comicb ook superheroes like Spider-Man and the X-Men s ometimes well into adulthood. A lthough often considered pure escapism, comicb ooks also can serve an educational role whether i s teaching the principles of science, demonstrating right vs. wrong or even helping kids learn how to read. P ersonal financial management is one of those i mportant, yet admittedly dull, subjects parents want to teach their kids, buts ometimes avoid maybe they feel they dont know e nough about it, or are afraid family financial secrets will be shared on t he playground. As I learned firsthand growing up in a household where finances were never discussed, learning aboutm oney through the school of hard knocks is mighty unproductive and expensive. As a way to introduce c hildren to basic money concepts in a kid-friendly f ormat, Marvel Comics and my employer, Visa Inc., recently collaborated on a newc omic book called Avengers: Saving the Day. The plotf ollows the worlds most popular superheroes, i ncluding SpiderMan, Iron Man, T hor, Hulk and Black Widow, as they learn valuable l essons about managing personal finances while f oiling an attempted bank heist by the arch villain, Mole Man. Ideally, children develop financial skills theyll needi n adulthood while still in school things like balanci ng a checkbook, filing taxes and managing credit cards. But in reality, despitet he increasing number and complexity of financial d ecisions todays consumers face, only a handful of states mandate financial lite racy courses as a condition for graduating high school. Thats where comic books can help. As Marvel Comics editor BillR osemann explained, In an uncertain world, understanding how to save and properly budget your hardearned money is one of thek eys to personal success. Using comic books to teach financial literacy Personal Finance Jason Alderman See STUDENT, page 2C See COMIC, page 2C


C M Y K Special to the News-SunSEBRING Alan Kent of Kents Tax Service, Sebring, has reached a personal and professional milestone in his career by passing the Internal Revenue Services (IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) competency exam. The award of the RTRPdesignation recognizes demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of federal individual taxation and assures clients that the preparer is upto-date on the latest tax law changes and ethics requirements. To retain the status of a registered tax preparer, individuals must complete a minimum of 15 continuing education credits (CPEs year. RTRPs are also governed under stringent rules set forth by the IRS. If you need assistance with any taxation issue, you should seek the help of a tax professional. As a professional tax preparer and member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), Kent can assist with a review of tax history and answer questions on how taxation issues may impact your future. Members of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) work at offices that assist more than 11 million taxpayers with tax preparation and planning. The average NATP member has been in the tax business for more than 20 years and holds a tax financial designation and/or a college degree. NATPhas more than 22,000 members nationwide. Members include individual tax preparers, enrolled agents, certified public accountants, accountants, attorneys and financial planners. As a non-profit professional association, NATP serves professionals working in all areas of tax practice through professional tax education, tax research and tax office supplies. The national headquarters, located in Appleton, Wis., employs more than 50 staff members. Learn more at www.natptax.com. Page 2CNews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012www.newssun.com SEBRING PAIN MANAGMENT; 3.639"; 4"; Black; 4/8,22; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 2 2 5 5 E.O. KOCH CONSTRUCTION CO.; 5.542"; 4"; Black; comm p/u; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 3 3 6 6 Parents and the federal government shoulder a sub-s tantial part of the postsecondary education bill, said a new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. And some of the borrowersa re baby boomers, near or at retirement age. The Fed research found that A mericans 60 and older still owe about $36 billion i n student loans. Overall, nearly 3 in 10 of all student loans have pastdue balances of 30 days or more, the report said. C omplicating the picture further: Like child support and income taxes, student loans usually cant be discharged or reduced in bankruptcy proceedings, as can most other delinquent debt.T his restriction was extended in 2005 to also include s tudent loans made by banks and other private financial institutions. This could very well be the next debt bomb for theU .S. economy, said William Brewer, president of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy A ttorneys. As bankruptcy lawyer s, were the first to see the cracks in the foundation,B rewer said. We were warning of mortgage problems in 2006 and 2007. The industry was saying weve got it under control. Nobody h ad it under control. Now were seeing the same signs of distress. Were seeing huge defaults on student loans and people driven into f inancial difficulties because of them. A report by his group noted that missing just one s tudent loan payment puts a borrower in delinquent status. After nine months, the borrower is in default. Once a default occurs, the full a mount of the loan is due immediately. For those with feder a l student loans, the government has vast collection p owers, including the ability to garnishee a borrowers w ages and to seize tax refunds and Social Security a nd other federal benefit payments. Continued from page 1C The Avengers are not only the worlds greatest heroes, but they also know a thing or three a bout financial health. A fter all, Iron Man hasnt m anaged his vast wealth of Stark Enterprises by accident, and as SpiderMan learns in this story, you dont have to be a millionaire to be a saving h ero. A vengers: Saving the Day was created by a renowned team of Marvel storytellers and is availa ble for free, in both print a nd online editions, at Practical Money Skills for Life, a free personal f inancial management p rogram run by Visa (www.practicalmoneyskills.com/avengers ). Its available in Arabic, B ahasa Indonesia, C hinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Afree teachers g uide with lesson plans s uitable for grades 2 to 7 is also available at the site. C omic books arent the only kid-friendly way to t each financial literacy. Studies have shown that the key components of good video games i ncluding immediate feedb ack, rewards, motivation and goal-setting may do a better job of preparing todays kids for the mode rn, high-technology, g lobal world in which they live than the more traditional types of learning often found in thec lassroom. Agood example is Financial Football, which combines the NFLs structure and rules with hundreds of quest ions of varying difficulty designed to test students financial knowledge (www.practicalmoneyskills.com/footb all). Bottom line: Kids learn more when their imagination is engaged, so look for well-designed educational comic books, video games and toys to supplement more traditional learning tools. Jason Alderman directs Visas financial education programs. Continued from page 1C BUSINESS Courtesy photos The Farm Bureau Women's C ommittee, working with H owerton Farms and Happiness Farms, delivered Easter baskets filled with toys, games and treats to the pediatric and infant patients at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. Farm Bureau Womens Committee member Donna Howerton is shown making deliveries to Mom Stephanie Johnson with newborn baby girl Henlie Johnson (topp hoto) and Mom Monica R amirez with Jaylen Battle. This annual event is part of the Farm Bureau Women's Committee way of giving back to the Heartland community they love. For more information or to join the group, call 385-5141. Farm Bureau delivers Easter baskets Kent earns Registered Tax Return Preparer status Comics can teach lessons Special to the News-Sun AVON PARK South Florida Community Colleges Corporate and Continuing Education Department will hold a Certified Crop Advisors Continuing Education Seminar on Thursday, May 17, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., in Building T, Room 20, SFCC Highlands Campus. Topics covered in this seminar are Soil and Water Management (8 a.m.-1 p.m.), and Crop Management (1-6 p.m.A total of 10 contact hours will be awarded to those attending the full day or five contact hours in each of the two educational areas. Participants can register for the full day or a half day if credits are only needed in one of the educational areas. Lunch will be provided. Register by no later than Friday, May 11 to guarantee your meal. To register or for more information, contact Lorrie Key, director, Corporate and Community Education at 784-7033 or by emailing CorporateTraining@southflorida.edu/. Certified Crop Advisors continuing education seminar planned Student loans may slow economic recovery The Associated PressThe economy added 120,000 jobs in March, half of Februarys gain of 240,000 and the fewest in fivem onths. Yet the unemployment rate fell for the first time since January. How did the rate fall despite such a small job gain? Because the government does one survey to learn howm any jobs were created and another survey to determine the unemployment rate. Those surveys can produce results that sometimes seem to conflict. O ne is called the payroll survey. It asks mostly large companies and government agencies how many peoplet hey employed during the month. This survey produces the number of jobs gained or lost. In March, thep ayroll survey showed that companies added 121,000 jobs, and federal, s tate and local governments cut 1,000. T he other is the household survey. Government workers ask whether the adults in a household have a job. Those who dont are asked whether theyre looking for one. If they are,t heyre considered unemployed. If they arent, theyre not considered in the work force and arent counted as unemployed. The household survey produces each months unemploy-m ent rate. In March, the household survey showed that the number of peoplew ho say they have a job fell by 31,000 and the number of people looking for a job fell by 79,000. Thatl owered the unemployment rate to 8.2 percent. U nlike the payroll survey, the household survey captures farm w orkers, the self-employed and people who work for new companies. It also does a better job capturing hiring by small businesses. But the household survey is more v olatile from month to month. The Labor Department surveys just 60,000 households, a small fraction of the more than 100 million U.S. households. B y contrast, the payroll survey seeks information from 140,000 companies and government agencies a nd they employ roughly one-third of non-farm employees. The employers send forms to the Labor Departmentn oting how many people they employ. They also provide wages, h ours and other details. Most Americans focus more on the unemployment rate, which comes from the household survey. But economists generally prefer the jobs figure from the payroll survey. E conomists note that the surveys tend to even out over time. In the past year, the payroll survey reports that employers added 1.9 million jobs, while the household survey foundc lose to 2.3 million more people who said they found work. The biggest hit to the job market in March was at retail stores. They shed nearly 34,000 jobs after cutting near-l y 29,000 in February. Temporary help firms dropped almost 8,000 a potentially bad sign for the job mar-k et because companies often hire temp workers before adding full timers. B ut manufacturers added 37,000 jobs. Hotels and restaurants added 3 9,000. And business and professional services added 31,000 jobs. A tale of two employment surveys Hiring rate falls, but unemployment goes down ... its a numbers game


C M Y K By JOAN LOWY Associated PressWASHINGTON Driving is becoming so last century. Since the end of World War II, getting a drivers license has been a rite of passage for teens, but thats less and less the case. The share of people in their teens, 20s and 30s with drivers licenses has dropped significantly over the past three decades, not only the United States, but also in some other wealthy nations with a high proportion of Internet users, transportation researchers have found. One possible explanation: Virtual contact through the Internet and other electronic means is reducing the need for face-to-face visits among young people, researchers say. From 1983 to 2008, the share of 16to 39-year-olds with drivers licenses declined markedly, with the greatest decreases among drivers in their late teens and early 20s, according to a study at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor. About 69 percent of 17-year-olds had a drivers license in 1983. By 2008, that had dropped to 50 percent. Among Americans ages 20 to 24 in 1983, nearly 92 percent had drivers licenses. Twenty-five years later, it was 82 percent. The older the age group, the less dramatic the declines, the Michigan study found. But even among 35to 39-year-olds, there was a 3.2 percent decline in the share of licensed drivers. More recent data from the Federal Highway Administration indicates the trend has continued, according to a report released Thursday by the Frontier Group, an environmental organization, and the consumer-oriented U.S. PIRG Education Fund. The share of 20to 34-year-olds without a drivers license decreased from 89.6 percent in 2000 to 84.3 percent in 2010, the report said. Michael Sivak, co-author of the Michigan studies, also confirmed the continuing decline. There are likely several factors behind the trend: a difficult economy for young workers, the high cost of buying and maintaining a car and a migration of young adults toward large cities, where there are more alternatives to driving, Sivak said. There also is evidence that social networking may be reducing the need to for face-to-face contacts, he said. In countries where more people use the Internet, there is a lower proportion of drivers, Sivak said. Arecent study in 14 countries found seven of them had experienced a similar decrease in the share of young people with drivers licenses: Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Germany. Compared to the other countries that didnt experience a decline, the study found four characteristics common to the countries where young people are driving less: They are wealthier, a high share of the population is older, a high share of the population lives in very large cities and a high share of the population uses the Internet. There isnt enough information to say for certain that teens and younger adults are replacing trips with social networking and other Internet usage, but there is strong data supporting this hypothesis, Sivak said. The institutes research is paid for with federal, state and auto industry contributions. Carmakers have been aware of the trend for about five years, said Gloria Bergquist, vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Its one reason the industry is looking toward markets in Asia for growth, rather than in the U.S. and Europe, she said. For generations, the automobile has typified freedom, Bergquist said. At 16, many people wanted to get their drivers license because that was the way people connected with their friends. Now, she said, ere seeing people connect through their iPhones. Thats their primary motivation they want to be in touch with their friends, so they are less focused on buying a vehicle. Not surprisingly, the number of miles young Americans drive every year has also been declining as measured by the Transportation Departments National Household Travel Survey. From 2001 to 2009, the annual number of vehicle miles traveled by drivers 16 to 34 years old decreased from 10,300 miles to 7,900 miles per capita a drop of 23 percent, Thursdays report said. www.newssun.comN ews-SunS unday, April 8, 2012Page 3C DR. PALOSKY, D.D., ERIC; 3.639"; 3"; Black; 4/8,15,22,29; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 2 2 9 9 STANLEY STEEMER CARPET; 3.639"; 3"; Black; 4/8/12; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 7 7 3 3 5 5 CHALKTALK Special to the News-SunLAKE PLACID For its e xemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Lake Placid High School has beena warded 2012 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils. Lake Placid High School is o ne of only 163 high schools nationwide to receive the highly-esteemed honor of being named a National Gold Council of Excellence. T he students are extremely proud of earning this award for two consecutive years. To meet the requirements for the NASC NationalC ouncils of Excellence Award, a student council must demonstrate that it meets a variety of criteria. Those councils named to theG old level have successfully met a greater number of the criterion. In addition to basic requirements such as a writ-t en constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process and membership in NASC, schools that qualify for the award demonstrates uch as leadership trainings, teacher appreciation activities, student recognition, school and community service projects, spirit activities,g oal setting, financial planning and active participation in their state and national associations. Receiving the National G old Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the local school to provide a strong, well-rounded studentp rogram. Lake Placid High School Student Government Association should be applauded and challenged toc ontinue their leadership and service to the school and local community. LPHS receives National Student Government Award Courtesy photo The Avon Park FFA would like to thank Mr.Stanley Wells and his staff at Wells Motor Company for providing the meat for the alumni barbecue that was held on Feb. 4. (From left) Shelby Ball, Wyatt Bennett, Caylie Wall, Brooke Jackson, Stanley Wells, Zack Farr, Norma Badillo and Avon Park High School FFA Advisor Gary Dressel. Other contributorsthat helped make this event a success were Walmart,Sonnys BarB-Q, Yiannis Steak House and the OlympicRestaurant. The FFA thanks these businesses and all the public who supported the FFA. Avon Park FFA thanks supporters Special to the News-SunCommunity members who want to help protect the water resources in their area may apply online for a CommunityE ducation Grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The overall goal of the Community Education Grant program is to actively engage and educate adults about waterc onservation, protection and preservation. The program is intended to motivate communities to get involved in protecting their water resources through various educational activities. These grants offer reimbursement up to $7,500 to help fund projects that provide communities an opportunity to learn about water resources. To apply, visit the districts website at W aterMatters.org/communitygrants/. The electronic application allows applicants to save, review and change portions of their proposals before submitting. Grant applications are due May 31.P roject funding is subject to District Governing Board budget approval. Individuals, service groups, volunteers, government agencies, nongovernment organizations and others are encouraged to apply. Potential projects should provide education on any or all of the following topics: water quality, water conservation, flood protection, natural systems and watersheds. E xamples of past projects include pond restorations, cleanups, watershed education events, workshops and exhibits. Projects must take place between N ov. 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013. To discuss project ideas, call Robin Grantham at (800 In addition to grant funding, a variety of free materials is available and can be ordered on the Districts website at WaterMatters.org/publications/. Apply online for a Community Education Grant to help fund project Special to the News-Sun AVON PARK South F lorida Community Colleges Corporate E ducation Department is offering an IVTherapy class Tuesdays andW ednesdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., May 15-30, in Building T, R oom 20, SFCC Highlands Campus. This 30-hour class satisfies the requirements for licensed practical nurses aso utlined by the Florida Board of Nursing. Students m ust be a licensed practical nurse to take this class. The c ost is $195.99 for the course and $29.95 plus tax for the book, which is available at the SFCC B ookstore. F or more information, e mail Lorrie Key, director, SFCC Corporate and C ommunity Education, at CorporateTraining@southflorida.edu or call 863-7847033. Register in Building B at the SFCC Highlands Campus or any SFCC cam-p us or center. SFCC offers IV Therapy class Special to the News-SunSEBRING The Highlands County District Speech Contest will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday April1 8 at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center in C onference Room 3, 4509 George Blvd. T he contest is open to any student enrolled in grades 6-12 in Highlands County. This includes home school students and virtuals chool students. The topic for this years speaking contest is Should food crops be used for fuel? T his contest is designed to develop leadership through participation in public speaking activities and stimulate interest in conserving our natural resources, especially as it r elates to agriculture. Speeches are limited to between six to eight minutes. Local judges will score contestants on thec ontent, composition and delivery. Contestants may u se notes while speaking but visual aids may not beu sed. Contestants will compete for cash prizes of $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for thirdp lace. The first place winner of the district contest may advance to the area speaking contest. T he program is open to all interested students. To register, call the University of Florida IFAS Extension Office in Highlands County at 402-6540. Please register by April 16. Soil and Water Conservation District opens speech contest Studies show young Americans less likely to drive


C M Y K Page 4CNews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012www.newssun.com NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHL ANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA TO CONSIDER ADOPTION SCHOOL DISTRICT JOB DESCRIPTION FOR A CONFIDENT IAL NON-BARGAINING SUPPORT PERSONNEL AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING N OTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY intends to amend the job description f or a Content Area Specialist Federal Programs at a regular meeting of the Board on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 5 :30 p.m. in the Board Meeting Room, George Douglass Administration Building, 426 School Street, Sebring, Flori da. The proposed amendment to the job description shall be effective upon adoption. Pursuant to Section 120.54, Florida Statutes, any affected person has twenty-one (21 days after publication of this notice to request the opportunity to present evidence and argument to the School Board of Highlands County, Florida regarding the proposed job description. Such hearing must be requested in writing and received by Wally Cox, Superintendent, 426 School Street, Sebring, FL 33870, within 21 days after publication of this notice. If such hearing is requested, it will be held Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 5:45 p.m. Any person desiring to attend such a hearing is requested to call the Superintendents office to verify whether such hearing has been requested. The purpose and effect of the proposed job description is to add a new position for a Confidential Non-Bargaining Support Personnel. A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows: The minimum qualifications for a Confidential Non-Bargaining Support Personnel: Employed as a non-instructional support staff member in the department or school in he position of clerk, secretary or bookkeeper; Received satisfactory or higher performance evaluations during employment period; and Selected by supervising administrator, recommended by Superintendent for approval by the School Board. The primary performance responsibilities are as follows: 1. Maintains and prepares documents for the supervising administrator that are of a confidential nature as per statute/public records law, district policy, and/or HCE A and HCESPA Contract language (electronic personnel action forms, personnel roster/PSC recommendations performance evaluations correspondent/written reprimands, non-renewal roster student information/records, parent conferences, etc.). 2. Communicates with appropriate school and/or department staff regarding data, information or actions as authorized or approved by the supervising administrator. 3. Reports to supervising administrator(s any and all matter related to confidential position as directed. The specific legal authority includes Article IX Section 4(b 1001.41 and 1001.42, Florida Statutes. The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business. The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers, individual industries or state or local government agencies, and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law. The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200. The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0. The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn. Connie Scobey), George Douglass Administration Building, 426 School Street, Sebring, Florida between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. HIGHLANDS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, BY: Wally Cox, Superintendent & ex officio secretary. 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT I N AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2010-CA-000140 DIVISION: U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE ASSET BACKED SECURITIES CORPORATION HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES NC 2005-HE8, ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES NC 2005-HE8, Plaintiff, vs. CADMIEL SEPULVEDA MOLINA, et al, Defendant(s NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 29, 2012, and entered in Case No. 28-2010-CA-000140 of the Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida in which U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE ASSET BACKED SECURITIES CORPORATION HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES NC 2005-HE8, ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES NC 2005-HE8, is the Plaintiff and CADMIEL SEPULVEDA MOLINA, SANDRA I. MOLINA, NEW CENTURY MORTGAGE CORPORATION, are the defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in/on the Jury Assembly Room in the basement, Highlands County Courthouse, 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870, Highlands County, Florida at 11:00 AM on the 30th day of April, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 9, IN BLOCK 27, SEBRING COUNTRY ESTATES SECTION THREE, AS PER PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 6, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 617 PORSCHE AVENUE, SEBRING, FL 33872 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. Dated in Highlands County, Florida this 2nd day of April, 2012. Clerk of the Circuit Court Highlands County, Florida By: /s/ Toni Kopp D eputy Cler k IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2010-CA-000941 GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC Plaintiff, vs. STEPHANIE V. GILLOTTI A/K/A STEPHANIE ELAINE GILLOTTI A/K/A STEPHANIE GILLOTTI; DARIO DANIEL GILLOTTI A/K/A DARIO D. GILLOTTI; CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA F/K/A CAPITAL ONE BANK; SEBRING RIDGE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. Defendant(s NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 19, 2012 entered in Civil Case No. 2010-CA-000941 of the Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, Plaintiff and STEPHANIE V. GILLOTTI A/K/A STEPHANIE ELAINE GILLOTTI A/K/A STEPHANIE GILLOTTI are defendant(s bidder for cash, AT THE JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE, SEBRING, FLORIDA AT 11:00 A.M., April 25, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 26, BLOCK 7, SEBRING RIDGE, SECTION ``G'', ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 12, PAGE 28, 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 you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration at 430 S.Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida 33870, telephone (8632 receipt of this Notice; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8771. 1050Legals I N THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2011-CA-000502 B AC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP, Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTINA M. MCANALLY, et al, Defendant(s NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated February 22, 2012 and entered in Case No. 28-2011-CA-000502 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP is the Plaintiff and CHRISTINA M. MCANALLY; 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 25th day of April, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 1, IN BLOCK B, OF HILLCREST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 41, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY. A/K/A 414 E. OAK STREET, AVON PARK, FL 33825 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 W ITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on February 23, 2012. 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 F10123136 COUNTRY-CONV B/C-R-UNASSIGNED-Team 2 F10123136 **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 the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD 1 -800-955-8771, or voice (V via Florida Relay Service. April 1, 8, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2011-CA-000455 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS, INC., ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-17, Plaintiff, vs. VENITA M. HANSEN, et al, Defendant(s NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated February 01, 2012 and entered in Case No. 28-2011-CA-000455 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS, INC., ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-17, is the Plaintiff and VENITA M. HANSEN; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the C ourt 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 3rd day of May, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOTS 5 AND 6, BLOCK 7, TEMPLE TERRACE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 36, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY. A/K/A 35 MIAMI DRIVE, 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 WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on February 2, 2012. ROBERT W. GERMAINE C lerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09091165 COUNTRY-CONV B/C--Team 2 F09091165 **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 the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD 1-800-955-8771, or voice (V via Florida Relay Service. April 8, 15, 2012 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT F OR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 282012CP000066A000XX DIVISION: PROBATE IN RE: ESTATE OF EUGENE H. KIMMEL, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of Eugene H. Kimmel, deceased, whose date of death was November 13, 2011, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the p ersonal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the 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 the 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 April 1, 2012. P ersonal Representative: Ramona A. Kimmel 3209 Delaware Ave. Sebring, FL 33872 Attorney for Personal Representative:W illiam T. Bonham Florida Bar #0728896 Ohio Bar #0040181 Mularski, Bonham, Dittmer & Phillips, LLC 107 West Johnstown Road Gahanna, Ohio 43230 (614 (614 April 1, 8, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA C IVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 2009-CA-000703 BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. F/K/A COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, -vs.RACHEL WELLER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RAC HEL WELLER IF ANY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION Defendant(s AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order rescheduling foreclosure sale dated March 28, 2012 entered in Civil Case No. 2009-CA-000703 of the Circuit Court of the 10th J udicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. F/K/A COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P., Plaintiff and RACHEL WELLER are defendant(s bidder for cash, AT THE JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE, SEBRING, FLORIDA AT 11:00 A.M., April 26, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: BEING KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS UNIT 14 IN AVALON PARK LAKES, A CONDOMINIUM, ACCORDING TO THE DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUM FOR AVON PARK LAKES, A CONDOMINIUM, RECORDED IN THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY CLERK'S REGISTER'S OFFICE IN DEED/RECORDED BOOK 1781 PAGE 3, TOGETHER WITH AN UNDIVIDED INTEREST IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS APPURTENANT THERETO AS THE SAME MAY NOW OR HEREAFTER BE LAWFULLY AMENDED. 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. DATED at SEBRING, Florida, this 30th day of March, 2012. ROBERT W. GERMAINE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Highlands County, Florida By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk ROBERT W. GERMAINE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Highlands County, Florida April 8, 15, 2012 1050Legals Free ad is limited to a 4-line ad that runs for 3 consecutive issues. Must be a non-commercial item. Asking price is $100 or less. We offer 2 ads per month and can rerun the same ad 2 times in 30 days, only if its the same ad. The price is allowed to change. All ads placed under the Bargain Buys discount rate must have 1 item with 1 asking price. The customer can list a set for 1 price, i.e. Bedroom set ... $100 is allowed; Chairs (22o list an ad stating Each, the ad must be charged at the non-discounted rate, using the Open Rate pricing. No commercial items are allowed to be placed under our Bargain Buys specials. Items must be common household items. Ads for Pets, stating Free to Good Home, are allowed to be placed under t he Bargain Buy category. Index1000 Announcements 2 000 Employment 3000 Financial 4000 Real Estate 5000 Mobile Homes 6000 Rentals 7000 Merchandise 8000 Recreation 9000 TransportationV ISIT OUR W EBSITE AT: newssun.com 863-314-9876 D EADLINES P ublication Place by: Wednesday. . . . . . . . 4 p.m. Monday Friday . . . . . . . . . 4 p.m. Wednesday Sunday. . . . . . . . . 4 p.m. Friday All fax deadlines are 1 hour earlier. Important: The publisher reserves the right to censor, reclassify, revise, edit or reject any classified a dvertisement not meeting our standards. We accept only standard abbreviations and required proper punctuation. ClassifiedADJUSTMENTS Please check your ad for errors the first day it appears since the News-Sun will not be responsible for incorrect ads after the f irst day of publication. If you find an error. call the classified department immediately at 314-9876. The publisher assumes no financial responsibility for errors or for omission of copy. Liability shall not exceed the cost of that p ortion of space occupied by such error. Cancellations: When a cancellation is called in, a KILL number will be given to you. This number is very important and must beu sed if ad failed to cancel. All ads cancelled prior to scheduled expiration date will be billed for complete run unless a KILL number can be provided. ADD A BORDER ATTENTION GETTER LOGO For Just A Little More And Make Your Ad Pop! AD RATESG ARAGE SALE6 lines 2 days $115 03 days$14( additional lines $1 each)M ISCELLANEOUSm erchandise over $1005 lines 6 pubs$1 750( additional lines $3 each)REAL ESTATE EMPLOYMENT TRANSPORTATION5 lines 6 pubs $31506 lines 14 pubs$71 1050L egalsI N THE CIRCUIT COURT O F THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT I N AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO. JP12-000061-XX I N THE INTEREST OF: D .L. DOB 11/21/06 D .C. DOB 02/13/09 D .C. DOB 02/25/11 Minor children SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF ADVISORY HEARING FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS AND GUARDIANSHIP THE STATE OF FLORIDA TO: UNKNOWN FATHER YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights under oath has been filed in the above styled Court by the Department of Children & Families, seeking the termination of your parental rights to: D.L. a black female child born November 21, 2006 mother Tachia Lawson and you are hereby commanded to personally appear before the Honorable Sheryl D. Snodgrass, a Magistrate/hearing officer in the Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court in and for Highlands County, State of Florida, on the 25th day of April, 2012 at 10:00 A.M., at the Highlands County Courthouse, 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida, Courtroom 1A. YOU MUST PERSONALLY APPEAR ON THE DAY AND TIME SPECIFIED OR YOU WILL LOSE ALL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION. YOUR FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR WILL BE DEEMED TO BE YOUR CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION.YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, YOU MUST BE PRESENT AND REQUEST THAT THE COURT APPOINT AN ATTORNEY FOR YOU IF YOU WANT ONE.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 the notice at 1968 Sebring Parkway, Sebring FL 33870, Telephone (8637 proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD or Voice (V ROBERT W. GERMAINE, CLERK DATED THIS 22ND DAY OF MARCH, 2012. By: /s/ Anita E. Reiley Deputy Clerk (Clerk's Seal March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 2012IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 28-2012-CA-000080 M&T BANK, Plaintiff, vs. VICENTE BARAJAS A/K/A VICENTE C. BARAJAS, ET. AL. Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s VICENTE BARAJAS A/K/A VICENTE C. BARAJAS (CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN Last known address: 5005 CRICKET DRIVE, SEBRING, FL 33876 Additional address: 2652 DOLPHIN DR., SEBRING, FL 33870 MARIA SOCORRO BARAJAS A/K/A MARIA S. BARAJAS (CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN Last known address: 5005 CRICKET DRIVE, SEBRING, FL 33876 Additional address: 2652 DOLPHIN DRIVE, SEBRING, FL 33870 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOTS 21 AND 22, BLOCK 226, CARVA HILLS SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 110, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 5005 CRICKET DRIVE, SEBRING, FL 33876 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Adam G. Levine, Esq. at VAN NESS LAW FIRM P.A., Attorney for the Plaintiff, whose address is 1239 E. NEWPORT CENTER DRIVE, SUITE #110, DEERFIELD BEACH, FL 33442 on or before May 1, 2012 a date which is within thirty (30 the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. This notice is provided to Administrative order No. 2065 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of Court Administrator, (863 within two (2 Foreclosure Complaint; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD (863 lay Service 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 22nd day of March, 2012. ROBERT W. GERMAINE CLERK OF COURT By: /s/ Toni Kopp April 1, 8, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 11-898 GCS FIRSTBANK PUERTO RICO d/b/a FIRSTBANK FLORIDA f/k/a UNIBANK, Plaintiff v. GREENLODGE, LLC; PAUL F. COLLINS; PATRICK J. SIMMONS; EDWARD G. TOUCHTON, JR.; AND UNKNOWN TENANT, Defendants. NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Final Judgment on the Complaint entered in the above-styled cause of action now pending in said court, that THE CLERK SHALL OFFER FOR SALE to the highest and best bidder for cash at 490 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870 at 11:00 a.m., on the April 17, 2012, the following described property: Legal Description: Lots 12 through 16, inclusive, and Lots 32 through 36, inclusive and that closed road adjoining Lots 32 through 36, inclusive, Sunset Heights Subdivision, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 61, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida, bearing Folio No. S18-3429-130-0000-0120 and street address of 3012 State Road 17 North, Sebring, FL 33870 (``Real Property'' Property Address: 3012 SR 17 North, Sebring, Florida 33870 CLERK OF COURT By: /s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk April 1, 8, 2012 Notice Under Fictitious Name Law Pursuant to Section 865.09, Florida Statutes NOTICE IF HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of ``P9900 Commercial Coating'' located at 102 Ivy Avenue, in the County of Highlands, in the City of Sebring, Florida 33870 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Sebring, Florida, this 8th day of April, 2012. M.C.'S Painting Inc. April 8, 2012 I will not be responsible for any debts other than my own. Charline O'Steen. ROBERT W. GERMAINE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Highlands County, Florida B y: /s/ Annette E. Daff Deputy Clerk of Court ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO & FISHMAN, LLP 4630 Woodland Corporate Blvd. Suite 100 Tampa, FL 33614 (813 ( 813)880-8800 April 1, 8, 2012Having something to sell and not advertising is like winking in the dark. You know what youre doing, but no one else does. Call News-Sun classifieds today! 314-9876


C M Y K www.newssun.comNews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012Page 5C APARTMENT MANAGER Placid Arms Apartments Prev. Rural Development Property mgmt. exp. preferred. Computer, math, communication and organizational skills a must. Part-time 20 hours per week. Fax resume to 407-347-1036 EOE. 2100Help WantedINDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR IF YOU HAVE SOLD LAWN CARE, MAGAZINES, CABLE, INSURANCE, NEWSPAPERS, OR ANY OUTSIDE SALES. ONE OF THE EASIEST SALES YOU WILL EVER MAKE MONEY MOTIVATED, SELF STARTER! SERIOUSLY READY FOR AN OPPORTUNITY. HIGHLANDS COUNTYCALL ED 352-217-9937 2050Job Opportunities 2000 Employment 1050L egals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 28-2010-CA-000513 SEC.: Civil U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON MORTGAGE SECURITIES CORP., HOME EQUITY PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-1 Plaintiff, v. RONALD F. KELLY A/K/A RONALD KELLY; KEISHA SMITH; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST T HE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.; SEAN W. FIELDER; DAWN FIELDER; AND FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE SERVICES, CO Defendant(s NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion to Reschedule Foreclosure Sale dated March 14, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 28-2010-CA-000513 of the Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on 25th day of April, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, Courthouse Basement, 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida 33870, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: THE SOUTHERLY 1/2 OF LOT 6, ALL OF LOT 5, AND ALL OF LOT 4, LESS AND EXCEPT THE SOUTHERLY 15 FEET THEREOF, LYING IN BLOCK 270, LAKE SEBRING SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, AT PAGE 16, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE WHERE THE COMMON LINE OF LOTS 3 AND 4 INTERSECTS CLEVELAND ROAD; THENCE RUN NORTHWESTERLY ALONG CLEVELAND ROAD A DISTANCE OF 15 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE RUN NORTHEASTERLY AND PARALLEL TO THE COMMON LINE OF LOTS 3 AND 4 TO THE REAR LOT LINE OF LOT 4; THENCE RUN NORTHWESTERLY ALONG THE REAR OF LOTS 4, 5 AND 6 A DISTANCE OF 130.50 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE CENTER LINE OF LOT 6 TO POINT ON CLEVELAND ROAD; THENCE RUN SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG CLEVELAND ROAD A DISTANCE OF 110 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING A ny 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 a ccommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Office of the Court Administrator Phone: (863 TDD: (863 or (800Florida Relay Service much in advance of your court appearance or visit to the courthouse as possible. Please be prepared to explain your functional limitations and suggest an auxiliary aid of service that you believe will enable you to effectively participate in the court program or service. DATED AT SEBRING, FLORIDA THIS 21ST DAY OF MARCH, 2012. By: /s/ Annette E. Daff ROBERT W. GERMAINE C LERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA April 1, 8, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2010-CA-001077 CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, vs. DEBRA RAE AMES A/K/A DEBRA R. AMES A/K/A DEBRA AMES F/K/A DEBRA R. STONE A/K/A DEBBIE R. STONE; JOHN TIMOTHY AMES A/K/A JOHN AMES; SEBRING HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES, LLC D/B/A HIGHLANDS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. Defendant(s NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 19, 2012 entered in Civil Case No. 2010-CA-001077 of the Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein CITIMORTGAGE, Plaintiff and DEBRA RAE AMES A/K/A DEBRA R. AMES A/K/A DEBRA AMES F/K/A DEBRA R. STONE A/K/A DEBBIE R. STONE are defendant(s 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 AT 11:00 A.M., April 25, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 41, BLOCK 10, HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES, SECTION K, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 9, 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 you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration at 430 S.Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida 33870, telephone (8632 receipt of this Notice; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8771. ROBERT W. GERMAINE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Highlands County, Florida By: /s/ Annette E. Daff Deputy Clerk of Court ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO & FISHMAN, LLP 4630 Woodland Corporate Blvd. Suite 100 Tampa, FL 33614 (813 (813DUMMY 2012 SERVICE DIRECTORY DUMMY 5X21.5 AD #00015557


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Call 863-465-2333 or 863-441-4754 8450Motor Homes 8000 Recreation NOTICEFlorida statute 585.195 states that 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 int estinal and external parasites. FREE TOGOOD HOME! 2 small dogs. Must go together. (1 mix 6yrs. (1 /Jack Russell mix 4yrs. Moving/ can't t ake! Call Stacey 863-381-2600. BEAGLE PUPPYFor Sale, 10 weeks old, Female, 1st shots w/ Vet ( Puppy Package). For More Details, Call 863-414-5105 7520Pets & SuppliesGENERATOR SEARS5,000 watt. used once. $400 obo. Call 918-884-9008 7380Machinery & ToolsSEBRING MULTI FAMILY SALE! 1425 Kearly Ave. Fri & Sat, Apr 13 & 14. 7am ? Furn., Futon, TV, Antiq., Fish, Iron, Sports, Glass, Tonka, Pottery, O ld Tools, Lamps, Pictures, Linens, Clothes, Jewelry, Misc. Household, 7320Garage &Yard SalesEXTENSION LADDERAluminum / 16ft. / Old but Good! $20. 863-453-7027 7310B argain Buys VCR TAPESApprox. 80 Drama / Suspense / Comedy will sell all for $20. 863-402-2285 STEP LADDERSSturdy / Wood 8ft & 5 ft. Both for $20. 863-402-2285 SILVER SOLDER/ Lead Free / 3 1/2 lbs. $35. 863-402-2285 RECUMBENT EXERCISEBike / Used & Good Condition. $45. 863-382-8819 GOLF BALLS/ USED / Your choice / Quanity of 12 for $2.50. 863-382-8819 FLOOR LAMPBrass, 1 Bulb needed, Good for Study use. Best Deal In Town! Cash $15. 863-471-2502 ELLIPTICAL CLIMBERPro-Form 600 w/manual. $200. Excellent. Call 863-452-0471 CHEST -Diamond plate, aluminum, 48" long, good for pickup or trailer. Very Nice! $95. 863-453-7027 CHAIN SAW/ Electric, Pole. Like New. $50. 863-382-8819 BOOKS -Paper Back, Westerns, Romance & Other Popular Authors. 200 books. $40. 863-385-2605 B ED -TWIN SIZE Foundation w/ Mattress Cover, Skirt & 2 fitted sheets. 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C M Y K B y DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comLAKE PLACID Green D ragon head coach Dan Coomes emphas ized the practice time put in on bunting after Thursdays win over visiting Mulberry. s a good thing, since were not hitting, Coomes was quoted as saying. That was the case as neither Lake Placid nor the Panthers could get much going early on. Starter Heath Harris was having another strong outing, holding Mulberry at bay, but with the Dragon offense stagnated as well, this one stayed scoreless enough to get the home crowd, and head coach, restless. Which is, perhaps, why in the fourth, when Lake Placid finally got some runners in scoring position, Coomes w ent small. Consecutive suicide s queezes were executed perfectly, breaking t he ice and paving the way to the 6-0 win. The victory atones for a loss at Mulberry on March 20, and brings the Dragons back to the .500 mark in district play at 3-3. And theyll have the chance to make some more noise in the District 10-4A standings with a Tuesday date at Frostproof and a visit from DeSoto Friday, and possibly shake up the seedings for the district tournament. Lake Placid closes out regular season play against Clewiston and Westwood next week before heading to tournament play at Avon Park, beginning Monday, April 23. By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comSEBRING Fridays 6-0 win over Lake Gibson madei t three wins for the week and five in a row, while m oving Sebring to a 4-0 record atop the District 96 Astandings. But the win at Firemens F ield was anything but a cakewalk as the offense struggled for most of the game and starting pitcher Aaron Hart had less than his best stuff. Had Hart been a golfer, it might have been said he dida great job of scrambling. He definitely didnt have his normal command, head coach Buck Rapp said. I think they got at least one runner on in every inning. But he battled and made the pitches when he needed to. The scrambling started early, with the Braves starting the game with an infield single and walk to Alex Zuniga and Joseph Novis, respectively. Hart struck the next batter out, but a chopper up the middle by Levi Atkinson loaded the bases. But a grounder to shortstop Josh Gomez lead to an inning-ending double play to get out of the jam. The Blue Streaks got a threat of their own in the first, with Nate Greene singling up the middle and Zach Osha drawing a walk with two outs. But that, too, would go for naught, as everything actually did over the first four-and-a-half innings. Each time Lake Gibson would get a runner on, Hart would work out of it, and Sebring was having a hard time getting to Brave starter Cory Plasky, But the Streaks would break into the scoring column in the bottom of the fifth when, with one out, Seth Abeln single to center, stole second and moved to third one out later when Greene beat out an infield hit. Another Osha walk, after a lengthy battle with numerous foul balls, loaded the bases. Wyatt Johnson had a similar battle at the plate, laying off the ones out of the zone and fouling off the good ones, to bring it to a full count. Johnson then turned on a fastball and laced it on a line into left to bring in the opening two runs. e always tell the guys, its those two-out RBI that are key, Rapp said. That was a great piece of hitting, working the count and coming through with the big hit. Though it looked like SPORTS D SE CTION Inside This Section Heat lose . . .3D L adies Champs . . .4D Trail Association events . . .4D News-Sun Sunday, April 8, 2012 News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Heath Harris threw another gem Thursday, blanking visiting M ulberry 6-0 to get Lake Placid back to .500 in District 10-4A play. N ews-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE W yatt Johnson came through with the big hit Friday night, lacing this two-run, two-out, full-count single to left in the fifth inning against Lake Gibson. Sebring6Lake Gibson0 L ake Placid6Mulberry0 Streaks stay hot Small ball pays off for Dragons News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Jacob Cram squares around for the second of two straight suicide squeezes that propelled Lake Placid to Thursdays win. By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comIt was an extraordinary pitchers duel Thursday night, as Avon Parks T yrone Perry locked horns with Frostproof hurler Josh Baber with Baber getting the better of the matchup in the Bulldogs3-1 win. The Devils had some chances, getting a runner in scoring position in every inning from the third through the sixth, but couldnt come up with the timely hit when needed. Frostproof also had its share of chances, one in the second was thwarted on an Avon Park triple p lay. But a fateful fourth saw Marcus Bobb reach on an error and come home when Baber solved Perry for a home run, making it a 2-0 game. Then, a combination of a dropped third strike, a hit batter and an error Devils chilled by Frostproof Frostproof3Avon Park1 News-Sun file photo by DAN HOEHNE Tyrone Perry belted another home run and had a strong outing on the mound, but Avon Park didnt have quite enough to get past Frostproof Thursday. News-Sun photo by LAUREN WELBORN Along the back row, outgoing Sebring AD Terry Quarles, Blue Streak head coach LaVaar Scott and principal Anne Lindsay joined in with Cody Cook and parents Jennifer and Chris Thursday at Cooks signing to attend and play football at Methodist University. By LAUREN WELBORN News-Sun correspondentSEBRING Blue Streak Cody Cooks years of hard work and dedication paid off as he signed on the dotted line to commit to being a Monarch at Methodist University last Thursday. After visiting his fitting, future new home in Fayetteville, NC, Cook was convinced it was the place for him. s the closest one I got to home, he said. I went up there and its a really nice campus and the coaches are just the nicest coaches. Cook even got the chance to meet come of his future teammates and says they got along very well. s gives great effort, thats something weve always liked about him, said Sebring head coach LaVaar Scott. He didnt get a lot of chances to snap with us but he can do it, and thats one thing theyre going to ask him to do. And indeed they have. Cook was recruited to fill a newly opened position as a long and short snapper for the Monarchs. Of course, the recruiting process for lineman can be a little tough as colleges often seek the biggest of the bunch the guys that can be up to 6 and 300 pounds, Scott explains. Even though our guys are 51 and 230 pounds, theyre able to block because its about leverage and effort and all the little things that help get it done at the end of the day Atalent that Scott highlighted in Cook, along with Cooks intensity and work ethic.. He would get off the football and get his hand placement and most times he would win. Against Moore Haven, half of his highlight film was blocking the big 300 pound guy. That just proves its Cook has Carolina on his mind Against Moore Haven, half of his highlight film was blocking the big 300-pound guy. LAVAARSCOTT Sebringhead coach See SEBRING, Page 3D See AP, Page 3D See COOK, Page 4D


C M Y K Nu-Hope TourneySEBRING The Sandy Foster Memorial/NU-HOPE Elder Care Services Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 14, at Highlands Ridge Golf Club North Course in Avon Park. This event, sponsored by MIDFLORID ACredit Union, is a two-person scramble with handicapped flights. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A n awards ceremony and lunch, spons ored by the Palms of Sebring, will follow. The event will also include a putting contest, awards for closest to the pin, and a hole-in-one contest sponsored by the Cohan Radio Group. Registration is $60 per $120 per team. Sponsorships are also available. Entries may be submitted to NU-HOPE Elder Care Services, 6414 US Hwy 27 S., Sebring FL33876. All funds raised will be used locally to enhance services to seniors living in Highlands and Hardee County. This will be the 15th year that the a gency has held its signature fundraising event. Last year the name was changed to the Sandy Foster Memorial/NU-HOPE Elder Care Services Golf Tournament as a tribute to NU-HOPEs former Executive Director who passed away in September of 2010. Through his passion, leadership and inspiration, this event has raised over $290,000. Members of the community can help to support this important event by entering a team, becoming a sponsor, or donating gift certificate(s in our fundraising raffle. For more information, please visit www.nuhopeeldercare.org or contact Laurie Murphy, NU-HOPE Elder Care Services, Inc., 382-2134, or fax at 3824546, or email murphyl@nuhope.org.6th Annual Sottile TourneyLAKE PLACID The Lake Placid Athletic Associations Annual Nick Sottile Memorial Golf Tournament is Saturday, April 14, at the Placid Lakes Country Club. The event is a four-person scramble with cash prizes for the winning teams in each flight, hole-in-one prizes at three holes as well as other prizes. Golfers tee off at 8 a.m. and the cost is $100 per person or $400 for a team. Entry fee includes greens fee, cart, beverages and a spectacular feast including jumbo shrimp, pulled pork, BBQ chicken and all the accoutrements. Bill Jarrett Ford is helping underwrite the event, but more sponsors are needed. Sponsorship ranges from $1,000 to $50 hole-sponsors and lunch tickets are included with most sponsorship levels. Proceeds from this tournament directly benefit youth sports in Lake Placid and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Nick Sottile Memorial Scholarship Fund. Nicholas Nick Sottile was a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper and hometown hero killed in the line of duty in January of 2007. LPAAdonates all the organizations proceeds to youth sports in Lake Placid, and has donated more than $2-million dollars to youth sports since its inception. For more information, contact Laura Teal 441-0729 or Darrell Heckman at 4 41-0417.Church League SoftballSEBRING The new season for church leagues will be starting in May and there is room for new teams. T here are three opportunities to get involved. First, if you have 12 or more people, men and women, from your church, ages 1 6 and up, that would like to form a team, call for a flyer with information. S econdly, if you have three or four p layers, call other churches and see if you can combine players to form a team, then call for a flyer. Finally, if you are just by yourself and want to play, call up and ask to be put on an existing team, or form a new one if enough players sign up. Regular church attendance is mandatory, which means more than just showing up regularly every Christmas. You may call Calvary Church at 3864900, or Lester Osbeck at 446-1139, for a flyer or to sign up as an individual for a team. Call soon, as registration needs to be in by Monday, April 30.Sebring Cheer TryoutsSEBRING Sebring High School Cheer Tryouts will be Monday, April 9, from 3:30 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, from 3:30 6 p.m. and Wednesday, April 11, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Mandatory Parent meeting will be on Tuesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith Center at Sebring High School. For information contact Coach Maurice Williams or Coach Wendy Cloud at Sebring High School at 471-5500.Gator Gallop 5KSEBRING The fourth annual Gator Gallop 5K is set for a trail run at Sun & Lake Preserve area on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 a.m. Entrants will receive a Tee shirt, age group awards and post-run refreshments. Entry fee is $20 through April 14 and $25 from April 15 and on race day. Kids under 12 may be entered for $10 (no shirt at this entry fee Those needing information or application forms for the run/walk may contact Highlands Gator Club at lizardevm@yahoo.com and a form will be emailed to you. Come join in the fun of the Gator Gallop 5K Run/walk.Citrus Golf DaySEBRING Highlands County Citrus Growers Association and Heartland National Bank present Citrus Golf Day 2012, slated for Thursday, June 7, at the Country Club of Sebring. The event will begin with a Noon lunch and check in, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Team cost of $300 includes greens fee for four players, lunch, post-tournament hors douevres, water, soft drinks and beer on the course. Also, $50 gift certificates will be awarded to the winners of special events, including Long Drive and Closest to the Pin for A, B,C and D handicap players. Range balls and a participation prize raffle ticket will be included for all golfing participants. For additional information call 3858091. EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB Boston3024.556 Philadelphia2925.5371 New York2827.509212Toronto2036.35711 New Jersey2037.3511112Southeast Division WLPctGB x-Miami3915.722 Atlanta3323.5897 Orlando3223.582712Washington1244.21428 Charlotte746.1323112Central Division WLPctGB x-Chicago4313.768 Indiana3421.618812Milwaukee2728.4911512Detroit2134.3822112Cleveland1835.3402312WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio3914.736 Memphis3123.574812Dallas3125.554912Houston3025.54510 New Orleans1441.25526 Northwest Division WLPctGB x-Oklahoma City4015.727 Denver3025.54510 Utah2927.5181112Portland2729.4821312Minnesota2531.4461512Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Lakers3521.625 L.A. Clippers3322.600112Phoenix2827.509612Golden State2133.38913 Sacramento1936.3451512x-clinched playoff spot ___ Thursdays Games New York 96, Orlando 80 Detroit 99, Washington 94 Chicago 93, Boston 86 L.A. Clippers 93, Sacramento 85 Fridays Games Indiana 103, Oklahoma City 98 Atlanta 101, Detroit 96 Memphis 97, Miami 82 New Jersey 110, Washington 98 Cleveland 84, Toronto 80 Portland 99, Dallas 97, OT San Antonio 128, New Orleans 103 Milwaukee 95, Charlotte 90 Denver 105, Phoenix 99 Utah 104, Golden State 98 Houston 112, L.A. Lakers 107 Saturdays Games Boston at Indiana, late Minnesota at New Orleans, late Dallas at Memphis, late Atlanta at Charlotte, late Orlando at Philadelphia, late Portland at Milwaukee, late L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, late Denver at Golden State, late Sacramento at L.A. Clippers, late Sundays Games Chicago at New York, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 6 p.m. Detroit at Miami, 6 p.m. Cleveland at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Toronto at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Utah at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Houston at Sacramento, 9 p.m.EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA z-N.Y. Rangers51237109225183 x-Pittsburgh50256106278219 x-Philadelphia47259103262228 x-New Jersey47286100224207 N.Y. Islanders34361179200248 Northeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA y-Boston48294100265199 x-Ottawa41301092247236 Buffalo39321088215226 Toronto35361080230260 Montreal30351676208225 Southeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA x-Florida37261892199226 x-Washington4132890218229 Winnipeg3735983222242 Carolina33321682212239 Tampa Bay3736882231278WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA y-St. Louis482211107207163 x-Nashville47268102231209 x-Detroit48285101246200 x-Chicago44261199245236 Columbus2846763195259 Northwest Division WLOTPtsGFGA y-Vancouver50229109246198 Calgary36291688197224 Colorado4134688207214 Minnesota35351181176222 Edmonton32391074212236 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA x-Phoenix41271395212203 x-Los Angeles40271494192176 x-San Jose42291094225208 Dallas4234589209219 Anaheim34351280202226 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division z-clinched conference ___ Thursdays Games Carolina 2, Montreal 1, SO Minnesota 2, Chicago 1, SO San Jose 6, Los Angeles 5, SO Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 2, OT N.Y. Islanders 5, Winnipeg 4 Philadelphia 2, Buffalo 1 Pittsburgh 5, N.Y. Rangers 2 Washington 4, Florida 2 Boston 3, Ottawa 1 New Jersey 2, Detroit 1 Nashville 2, Dallas 0 Columbus 5, Colorado 2 Calgary 3, Vancouver 2 Anaheim 3, Edmonton 2, OT Fridays Games Phoenix 4, St. Louis 1 Saturdays Games Chicago at Detroit, late Ottawa at New Jersey, late Buffalo at Boston, late Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, late Anaheim at Calgary, late Washington at N.Y. Rangers, late Toronto at Montreal, late Tampa Bay at Winnipeg, late N.Y. Islanders at Columbus, late Carolina at Florida, late Phoenix at Minnesota, late St. Louis at Dallas, late Nashville at Colorado, late Edmonton at Vancouver, late Los Angeles at San Jose, late Sundays Games No games scheduledAMERICAN LEAGUEEast Division WLPctGB Baltimore101.000 Tampa Bay101.000 Toronto101.000 Boston01.0001 New York01.0001 Central Division WLPctGB Detroit101.000 Chicago01.0001 Cleveland01.0001 Kansas City01.0001 Minnesota01.0001 West Division WLPctGB Los Angeles101.000 Texas101.000 Seattle21.667 Oakland12.3331 ___ Thursdays Games Detroit 3, Boston 2 Toronto 7, Cleveland 4, 16 innings Fridays Games Texas 3, Chicago White Sox 2 Baltimore 4, Minnesota 2 Tampa Bay 7, N.Y. Yankees 6 L.A. Angels 5, Kansas City 0 Seattle 7, Oakland 3 Saturdays Games Toronto at Cleveland, late Boston at Detroit, late Kansas City at L.A. Angels, late Minnesota at Baltimore, late N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, late Chicago White Sox at Texas, late Seattle at Oakland, late Sundays Games Boston (Buchholz 0-0 (Scherzer 0-0), 1:05 p.m. Toronto (Carreno 0-0 (Lowe 0-0 Minnesota (Hendriks 0-0 (Hammel 0-0 N.Y. Yankees (Hughes 0-0ampa Bay (Hellickson 0-0 Kansas City (Sanchez 0-0 Angels (E.Santana 0-0 Chicago White Sox (Floyd 0-0exas (Harrison 0-0NATIONAL LEAGUEEast Division WLPctGB New York101.000 Philadelphia101.000 Washington101.000 Atlanta01.0001 Miami02.000112Central Division WLPctGB St. Louis201.000 Cincinnati101.00012Chicago01.000112Houston01.000112Milwaukee01.000112Pittsburgh01.000112West Division WLPctGB Los Angeles201.000 Arizona101.00012Colorado101.00012San Francisco01.000112San Diego02.0002 ___ Thursdays Games N.Y. Mets 1, Atlanta 0 Philadelphia 1, Pittsburgh 0 Washington 2, Chicago Cubs 1 Cincinnati 4, Miami 0 L.A. Dodgers 5, San Diego 3 Fridays Games St. Louis 11, Milwaukee 5 Colorado 5, Houston 3 Arizona 5, San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 6, San Diego 0 Saturdays Games Washington at Chicago Cubs, late Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, late St. Louis at Milwaukee, late San Francisco at Arizona, late Colorado at Houston, late Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, late Miami at Cincinnati, late L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, late Sundays Games Atlanta (Minor 0-0. Mets (Niese 0-0), 1:10 p.m. Miami (Zambrano 0-0 (Arroyo 0-0 Philadelphia (Worley 0-0) at Pittsburgh (McDonald 0-0 Colorado (Nicasio 0-0 (Norris 0-0 St. Louis (Lynn 0-0) at Milwaukee (Wolf 0-0), 2:10 p.m. Washington (Zimmermann 0-0 Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 0-0 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Harang 0-0 (Richard 0-0 San Francisco (Cain 0-0 (Collmenter 0-0BASEBALLAmerican League CLEVELAND INDIANSAnnounced RHP Rick VanDenHurk declined his outright assignment and elected free agency. National League HOUSTON ASTROSPlaced INF Jed Lowrie on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 29. Selected the contract of INF Brian Bixler from Oklahoma City (PCL NEW YORK METSPlaced OF Andres Torres on the 15-day DL. ST. LOUIS CARDINALSPlaced RHP Scott Linebrink on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 30. Selected the contract of RHP Victor Marte from Memphis (PCL SAN FRANCISCO GIANTSCancelled the option on 1B Angel Villalona. American Association AMARILLO SOXSigned LHP Chuck Lofgren. FARGO-MOORHEAD REDHAWKSSigned RHP Alex Rivers and LHP Tony Butler. GRAND PRAIRIE AIR HOGSSigned RHP Ryan Hanna, INF Richard Paz, RHP John Brownell and INF Seth Boyd. LINCOLN SALTDOGSSigned OF Jake Rife. WICHITA WINGNUTSSigned RHP Derek Christensen and OF John Rodriguez.BASKETBALLNational Basketball Association NBAFined Sacramento C DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for public criticism of NBA officiating after an April 5 game against the Los Angeles Clippers. NBA Development League IDAHO STAMPEDESigned G Chris Davis. Waived G Marcus Banks.FOOTBALLNational Football League SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSSigned RB Brandon Jacobs to a one-year contract. SEATTLE SEAHAWKSAgreed to terms with CB Roy Lewis, G Deuce Lutui and LB Barrett Ruud.HOCKEYNational Hockey League NHLSuspended Minnesota D Nate Prosser one game for head-butting Chicago F Jamal Mayers during an April5 game. Fined New York Rangers coach John Tortorella $20,000 for comments following an April 5 game at Pittsburgh. BOSTON BRUINSAssigned F Lane MacDermid to Providence (AHL COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETSCalled upF Maksim Mayorov from Springfield (AHL NEW JERSEY DEVILSRecalled CStephen Gionta from Albany (AHL OTTAWA SENATORSSigned D Ben Blood to a two-year contract.COLLEGEALABAMAAnnounced mens junior basketball F Tony Mitchell and sophomore G Charles Hankerson Jr. requested and received releases from their scholarships. EASTERN ILLINOISNamed Jay Spoonhour mens basketball coach. FLORIDA INTERNATIONALFired mens basketball coach Isiah Thomas. GEORGE WASHINGTONNamed John Tsipis womens basketball coach. MIAMI (OHIO mens basketball coach. TENNESSEE STATENamed Russ Ehrenfeld offensive line coach and Mikhal Kornegay cornerbacks coach. UC DAVISNamed Will Kofe defensive line coach, Brian Bellotti defensive assistant and Mike Cody offensive assistant. UMASS DARTMOUTHNamed womens basketball coach Amanda Van Voorhis associate director of athletics and senior womens administrator. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid MONDAY: Softball vs.Clewiston,5/7 p.m. TUESDAY: Baseball at Frostproof,7 p.m. THURSDAY: Track at Districts,Frostproof,1 p.m. Sebring TUESDAY: Baseball at Winter Haven,7 p.m.; Softball vs.Frostproof,5:30/7:30 p.m. THURSDAY: Softball vs.Haines City,6 p.m. FRIDAY: Baseball at Lake Gibson,7 p.m.; Softball vs.Avon Park,5/7 p.m. SFCC M ONDAY: Baseball at State College of Florida,6 p.m. TUESDAY: Softball vs.Hillsborough,5 p.m. WEDNESDAY: Baseball vs.State College of Florida,6 p.m. FRIDAY: Baseball at State College of Florida,6 p.m. Avon Park TUESDAY: Baseball at DeSoto,7 p.m.; JVBaseball vs.DeSoto,6 p.m. THURSDAY: Softball vs.Hardee,5:30/7:30 p.m.; Track at Districts,Frostproof,1 p.m. FRIDAY: Softball at Sebring,5/7 p.m. M M A A J J O O R R L L E E A A G G U U E E B B A A S S E E B B A A L L L L S SU U N N D D A A Y Y 1 1 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay . . . . . . . . . . . S S U U N N 2 2 : : 1 1 0 0 p p . m m . 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C M Y K By TIM REYNOLDS Associated PressMIAMI Dwyane Wade knew during pregame warmups that the Miami Heatw ere going to have a long n ight. By the end of the first quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies let everyone else know that Wade was right. Rudy Gay scored 17 points, Zach Randolph had 14 points and 14 rebounds off t he bench, and the Grizzlies put seven players in double figures to snap Miamis 17game home winning streak by beating the Heat 97-82 on Friday night. Memphis led wire-to-wire, the first team to do that on Miamis home floor since Boston on Nov. 11, 2010. great team win from the beginning to the end, said Memphis guard GilbertA renas, who scored 12 points. We played hard. We outplayed them. They missed shots they normally make butw e were there for every single one of them. M ike Conley and Marreese Speights each scored 15, and M arc Gasol and O.J. Mayo added 10 apiece for the G rizzlies, who have won six of eight. LeBron James finished with 21 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Heat, who failed in a bid to match the franchises longest home win streak, set in the 2004-05 season. Miami committed 11 turnovers in the first quarter its most in any period since Feb. 14, 2006 and never recovered. When we turn the ball over, were not that good, James said. We understand that. We know that. We dont care when we have attack turnovers, guys getting into the lane and trying to make plays for others and make a turnover. We had a few careless ones. We had easy layups, a few crosscourt passes. Just careless. Wade scored 20 points, Chris Bosh added 19 and Terrel Harris scored 10 for Miami, which last lost at home on Jan. 22 to Milwaukee. Miami (39-15 games behind Chicago (4313) in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern C onference. The Heat have 12 games l eft, the Bulls have 10, and the teams go head-to-head t wice more before the postseason begins. They just beat us, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Really, the tale was that first quarter. ... The lack of concentration and focus in that first quarter, we couldnt make up for that. The Heat struggled shooting the ball again, finishing at 40 percent. It was the second time in two weeks that Memphis got seven players into double figures. Another good sign for the Grizzlies: Arenas had been 3 for 13 from 3-point range in his first six games with Memphis, but was 4 for 5 on Friday. Memphis came into the night only two games out of fourth in the Western Conference, and coach Lionel Hollins talked beforehand about the importance of getting sharper heading into the postseason. His team must have listened, because it came out flying. The first time I looked up at the scoreboard we were up 15 points, Hollins said. We w ere playing well and we had a lot of people do a lot of g ood things. The Grizzlies led 25-12 a fter the first quarter behind nine points from Gay. By halftime, the lead was 48-32, the second-lowest scoring first half for the Heat since the first game of the Big Three era, the opener at Boston last season. They did a great job, said Wade, who noted he feared even during the pregame layup line that energy was going to be lacking. e beat ourselves as well. ... Just one of those nights. Just about every number imaginable for the Heat in the early going was bad. Wade missed two dunks in the first half, shooting 1 for 7. Midway through the second quarter, Bosh was shooting 4 for 5 and Harris 2 for 2 off the bench while everyone else in a Miami uniform was shooting 1 for 17 at that point. There were chances in the third for Miami to get the lead into single digits, all of them thwarted. The first one came when Conley stole the ball from Mario Chalmers, a sequence capped by Quincy Pondexter getting a dunk. And then about 3 minutes l ater, Miami endured maybe its most frustrating possess ion of the night. James spun and tried a l eft-handed layup with 4:25 left in the third, the ball rimming out but Miamis possession extended when Joel Anthony was fouled going for the rebound. James then attacked the lane for a jumper that missed, with the Heat getting that rebound as well and Harris finding James underneath the rim. His layup his third shot of the possession came up short, a microcosm of Miamis night. I just absolutely missed it, James said. It was a (tale we were playing. Arenasfourth 3-pointer of the night came with 9:40 left, giving the Grizzlies an 81-64 lead. Mayo stretched the lead to 86-66 with another 3-pointer midway through the fourth, and the Grizzlies soon finished it off. e knew they were going to make a run but we withstood it, Randolph said. e kept playing and got stops. w ww.newssun.comNews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012Page 3D HARDER HALL GOLF COURSE; 3.639"; 3"; Black; sports; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 4 4 3 3 6 6 Lake Gibson might answer r ight back when Atkinson drew a lead-off walk to start the sixth and Travis Alderman sent a screamert o shallow left. But Gunnar Westergom m ade a mad dash and lastsecond slide to snare the s hot. Afly to right made for t he second out, but a single kept the inning alive and put runners on the corners. Hart, however, reached back and got a key strike out to end the inning and keep his shutout intact. Once we got the two runs, I feel like the guys relaxed, Rapp said. And once we got their starter out of the game, it was like a riot at the bat rack. That was because now that they had the lead, Sebring went to put the finishing touches on it. Gomez reached to start the bottom of the sixth and moved up a base when Kyle Cunningham walked and sent Plasky out of the game. With Atkinson now on, consecutive singles from Westergom and Abeln brought two runs in, before a sacrifice fly from Dane Maddox and an RBI ground o ut from Jake Bryan, off reliever Austin Mountjoy, closed out the scoring. Of course, it would end easy, as two singles sandwiched the first out of the seventh. But, again, Hart rose to the challenge and got the final two outs to cap his night and get the win. s really turned it around, Rapp said. I think thats four wins in a row for him now. And it was a real good week for us. Three wins over some quality competition, Bartow, Kathleen and Lake Gibson. Were really playing well right now Well enough, after topping Kathleen and Winter Haven the week before, to move to 4-0 in district playa nd control their own destiny. If we win out, th en weve got it, Rapp said. Even if we just beat Winter Haven, that will g ive them two losses and get us the number one seed for the tournament. The district slate closes out this week on the road at the Blue Devils Tuesday and a re-match with Lake Gibson Friday. Continued from 1D News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Aaron Hart didnt have his best stuff, but he made what he had work well enough to get a complete-game shutout Friday night. Sebring stays on top in district News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Gunnar Westergom came up with this sliding catch to help stave off a scoring chance in Fridays win. allowed another run to come in and extend it to a 3-0 Frostproof lead. The Devils would finally get on the board with one out in the seventh, when Perry returned the favor and took a Baber offering out of the yard. But it was too little, too late, as the saying goes, and Avon Park took itssecond district loss of the season. At 6-2, the Devils still hold the top spot in the District 10-4Astandings, but the lead slimmed to one game ahead of Frostproof and two games ahead of both Lake Placid and DeSoto. Avon Park has one district game left, at DeSoto Tuesday, while Frostproof faces Lake Placid Tuesday and Mulberry Friday. Continued from 1D AP loss draws district race closer Grizzlies snap Miamis 17-game home streak MCTphoto From left, the Miami Heats LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh ponder the closing moments of a 97-82 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday in Miami. By TIM REYNOLDS Associated PressMIAMI Florida International has fired mens basketball coach Isiah Thomas, after the Hall of Fame player went 26-65 in three seasons. Thomas took over at FIU in a surprising move in 2009, one that gave the former New York Knicks coach and president a chance to restore the reputation he tarnished through a series of embarrassments in New York. Under Thomas, FIU never won more than 11 games in a season. Thomas did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement released by the university, FIU director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia said the school has decided to take the program in a different direction. Thomas signed a five-year deal with FIU, taking nothing in base salary for his first season and agreeing to a deal where he would receive nearly half of any gross revenues from ticket sales, commissions collected on food and beverage concessions and sponsorships. But FIU never generated the buzz that both it and Thomas envisioned. The Panthers averaged 1,071 fans at home this season, nearly four times that many on the road. e just needed a break here or a break there, and its not happening for us, Thomas said last month, shortly after FIUs 8-21 season ended with a loss to eventual Sun Belt tournament champion Western Kentucky. I know were getting there. Weve had so many close games. If we keep working, good things will happen. Amonth later, FIU made the call to go another way. Garcia and Thomas met Friday morning, and the coach was told of the schools decision. Thomas helped the Detroit Pistons win two NBAchampionships as one of the alltime great point guards, then coached the Indiana Pacers before taking over in New York, where he found hard times both on and off the court he endured legal and personal troubles off the court, and Fire Isiah chants were common at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks never won a playoff game in his tenure as president or coach, but he saw FIU as a chance to turn his fortunes around. Ive had my ups and downs, Thomas said when FIU hired him in 2009. But dont expect me to just stay down, because thats not happening. FIU fires Isiah Thomas after 3 seasons GET YOUR LOCAL NEWS STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE


C M Y K Special to the News-SunAVON PARK Summer is just around the corner and so are the annual Lady Panther Volleyball Camps. Under the tutelage of head coach Kim Crawford and members of the South Florida team, three indoor camps and two sand camps are being offered throughout the summer. The indoor camps include a June 25-28 session, another from July 9-12 and finally a July 30-Aug. 2 offering. For each of these camps, campers going into grades 6-8 will meet from 9 a.m.Noon, going into grades 912 will meet from 1-4 p.m., with an open pool for campers from 4-4:45 p.m. Cost for any of these camps is $100 per week, or $30 per daily session. Out on the sand courts, camps will be offered from June 18-21 as well as July 16-19, running from 8:3010:30 a.m. at a cost of $60 per week or $20 per daily session. Individual private sessions for both indoor and sand volleyball are available year-round at $20 per hour. To register, go to www.southflorida.edu/athletics/volleyball Click on volleyball camp, print out the Application Form, fill out and either mail or bring to the Cashiers Office in Building B. For more information, contact Coach Crawford at 385-2377, or email kim.crawford@southflorida.edu Page 4DNews-SunSunday, April 8, 2012w ww.newssun.com SPRINGLAKE GOLF RESORT* NEW; 3.639"; 3"; Black; april ads; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 8 4 4 3 3 7 7 about leverage and getting o ff the ball and just driving and having a big heart, which he always had. This same big heart and love for the game has Cook already working hard to prepare himself for the upcoming season. Im always working on something, but Ive got to start doing it more, he said. I definitely need to get stronger. Ive got to get a little bit faster and get my snap time to a minimum. Cook explained that he often meets his friend and teammate, Tyler Baker, to practice the fundamentals. Snapping is a lot of technique; not everybody can do it. It looks easy but its very challenging. Cook works hard both on and off the field, noting his 4.0 unweighted grade point average has helped him in the college journey. These study habits will prove to be beneficial as Cook plans to major in Biology before going to the Universitys physicians assistant program. With his hard work and preparation, it looks like the transition to college, for Cook at least, will be a snap. Continued from 1D Cook ready to work C ourtesy photo The Harder Hall Ladies Golf Association had their end of year Golf Tournament and banquet on Thursday, March 22. Pictured here are the winners of the Texas Scramble, from left, Carol Grimm, Nancy Jankovic, Helen Sayre and Pat Maxcy. Harder Hall Ladies champs Special to the News-SunThe Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association has a number of activities planned for next month where participants can enjoy the wondrous nature Central Florida has to offer, while also giving back. Date: Saturday, April 14 Activity: Day Hike, approx. 6 miles Location: Arbuckle Wildlife Management Area (WMA Located east of Avon Park in Polk County, 5 miles south of Frostproof and is part of the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest which was purchased by the state to protect numerous rare and endangered plants and animals. For this event, Florida State Senator, Paula Dockery, will be at Arbuckle to view the bridge and hike the trail with us. Bring: Hiking shoes, brimmed hat, water, snacks, lunch, sun and insect protection. Contact: Rose or Jim Kellermann at 863-676-2889 for meet-up time, location and other details. Date: Sunday, April 15 Activity: Nature Walk Location: Circle B Bar Preserve, SR 540 (Winter Lake Road), Lakeland Description: Approximately 3-mile walk to view birds and other wildlife at this scenic wildlife preserve which is home to an oak hammock, freshwater marsh, hardwood swamp and lake shore, a tremendous bird population, including a variety of wading birds, waterfowl, ospreys and bald eagles. Alligators inhabit Lake Hancock and may be observed from a distance. Pets are not allowed. Bring: Walking or hiking shoes, water, snacks, sun and insect protection. Contact: Liane Plumhoff 646-2398 or lplum@verizon.net Date: Sunday, April 22 Activity: Earth Day Day Hike Location: Tiger Creek Preserve Group will meet at the Mini Mac Convenience Store, 910 N Scenic Hwy, Babson Park Description: We will hike the new trail to the observation tower. Tiger Creek Preserve is located east of US 27 between Babson Park and Frostproof. The trail traverses the rolling hills of the Lake Wales Ridge, including some of the highest hills and oldest land in the Florida peninsula. Botanical diversity is extensive along this trail. Bring: Walking or hiking shoes, water, snacks, sun and insect protection. Contact: RSVPDavid Waldrop at 863-605-3587 for meet-up time and other details. Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29 Activity: Hiking Trail Maintenance (come for the d ay or camp (primitive o vernight) L ocation: Green Swamp, L akeland, FLMeet at Rock R idge Rd. gate. D irections: From US-98 in north Lakeland turn east on Rock Ridge Rd., at fork bear left and continue 4.2 miles to gate on your left. From SR-33 in Polk City travel north, turn left (west on Dean Still Rd., turn left on Rock Ridge Rd., after 2 or 3 miles gate will be on your right. Bring: Water, snacks, lunch, sun and insect protection, and camping gear if camping. Contact: RSVPBob Yost at 863-644-5448 or bobalinks3@yahoo.com for meet-up time and other information. Pick any outing or take part in as many as you can to both enjoy the great outdoors at these scenic locations and do your part to help the natural beauty all around us here in the Heartland of Central Florida. Florida Trail Association Heartland Chapter April activities Special to the News-SunLAKEPLACID The 2012 Annual Lake Placid Chamber 5K/10K Run Walk Team Challenge will take place Saturday, May 19, at the DeVane Circle Park. Register by Friday, May 4, to get a Dri-fit T-shirt, guaranteed to the first 150 registrants. Early entry fees are, for students $10, team members $15, individuals $20 $25 the day of the race. Enter as a team and save some off those fees. Each member of a recognized organization or business team saves $5 on entry fees. Teams must consist of at least three members and may be mixed ages and genders. Team members are also eligible for individual awards. Those awards include, for each racing distance, first place overall for male and female, first place for male and female masters and top three finishes in each age group, per gender. Team awards will go to the most creative team and the team with the most finishers. For more information, contact Niki Gregor, event chair, at 386-1300 or email ngregor@heartlandnb.com LP Chamber 5K/10K SFCC Volleyball Camps The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN AUGUSTA, Ga. Fred Couples floats across Augusta National on a cloud of cool. At 52, he figures hes in on a free pass. Hes got aches and pains as old as the guy with whom he shares the top of the leaderboard. Better still, if Couples won the Masters again, 20 years after the first time hed id it, he already knows e xactly what hed do next. oud never see me again, he chuckled. It would be a walkoff. Dont laugh. Couplesgreen jacket in 1992 was almost as improbable. N ot because he wasnt capable of sublime golf back then or now, for that matter but because of a single shot that set up the win by defying the laws of gravity. In the final round, Couples hit an 8-iron into the par-3 12th and tucked his chin into his chest as the shot rode a breeze and began drifting to the right. T he ball hit the bank in front of the green and began sliding down the slippery slope toward RaesC reek and the watery grave that claimed every similar s hot all weekend. Somehow, his stopped, n estled up against a few blades of grass. Couples c hipped up to save par and wound up winning by two. He called it the biggest break of my life. Yet Couples seemed almost as mystified by what happened Friday, when he fought off two early bogeys with seven birdies and carded a 67. That left him at 5-under for the tournament, tied with 35-year-old Jason Dufner. I stand out there and say, What the hell?a lot, he laughed. Or What do I have to lose here? Or Go for the flag on this shot. But the higher he climbed up the leaderboard, the more cautious Couples became or at least what passes as cautious for him. Once you really get cruising around, he added, then it becomes, Play a smart shot. Hes played hundreds of those over the course of 2 00 rounds here, enough to post 10 career top-10 finishes at the Masters but thats not all. Amoment before he walked into the interview room, someone reminded Couples he owned the best scoring average of anyone with 100 rounds or more at the tournament, including Jack Nicklaus, who won here six times. Nicklaus was 46 when he won the last time, in 1986, and Couples was on just hisf ourth go-round. I said, Well, I dont know the last year he played, but his scores kept going up a little bit and mine will be doing that shortly. But today, he added, brightening, was not one of those days. I s only when Couple doffs his ball cap to reveal a full head of shaggy gray hair, or talks about gulping a spirin to quiet a chronically troublesome back, that y ou remember he cant do this forever, let alone string t ogether four solid rounds at a major anymore. Last year, Couples was seventh heading into the weekend, then faded with 72-73 and wound up tied for 15th. Ahalf-dozen years ago, he was second heading into the final round and shot 71, finishing in a tie for third. Couplesstrategy to conserve energy this time around was vintage Fred: He practiced less. He hit some balls on the range, played in the ceremonial par-3 tournament on Wednesday and planned to play the back nine before thunderstorms forced him to take the rest of the day off. Instead of feeling guilty, Couples took it as a good sign. He never needed an excuse to play hooky. Basically, I feel like I played enough, he said. I d ont need to wear myself out. Even in his prime, Couples was that way. H is swing is the same, too, long and graceful, wi th no wasted motion. H e doesnt hit it as far a s he used to the nickname Boom Boom fell away years ago but still plenty far. T hen theres the temperament. Couples reminds rivals of the guy who just put down a cocktail on the patio, picked up his clubs and wandered into the middle of the tournament. s amazing, said Sergio Garcia, part of a group of five trailing Couples and 35-year-old Jason Dufner by a stroke. He always manages to do it somehow Yet the only thing hard t o believe is that Couples will b e able to play the last two rounds as well as he did the first two. The prospect hardly ratt les him. I dont feel too much stress. Now, obviously theres stress out there and Im not what Im gettin g at is, when youre playing here, Im not going to let too many things bother me Its so beautiful. You cant say its your favorite place and then break a club on t he fourth hole on Saturda y ... And if I dont do well, y ou know, I leave here with the attitude of Ill come b ack next year and do well. lot of the tournaments I play in, at my age now not 20 years ago they a re just golf tournaments. Its another week of golf. And for me to be tied at this moment, its a little shocking, but I played a really good round of golf today. I have to do that tomor row, Couples added, or they will just fly by me. Catch him if you can. __ Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(atg and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke. If Fred wins, Youd never see me again JIMLITKE A ssociated Press


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