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C M Y K NEWS-SUN Highlands County’s Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Friday-Saturday, December 16-17, 2011www.newssun.comVolume 92/Number 148 | 50 cents www.newssun .com 079099401001 HighLow 78 59Complete Forecast PAGE 12A Pleasant with clouds and sun Forecast Question: Should every county commissioner hold a town-hall style meeting on a regular basis? Next question: Do you have a real Christmas tree? www.newssun .com Make your voice heard at Online Inside Obituaries Delores Phillips Age 87, of Franklin, N.C. Obituaries, Page 5A Phone ... 385-6155 Fax ... 385-2453O nline: www.newssun.com Yes 80.2% No 19.8% Total votes: 86 Classifieds8A Community Briefs2A Community Calendar5B Dear Abby11B Editorial & Opinion4A Healthy Living6B Lottery Numbers2A Movie Reviews/Times11B Religion7B Sudoku Puzzle11B Index www.twitter.com/thenewssun WAUCHULA STATE BANK; 11.25"; 1.5"; Black plus three; process, #2 front strip; 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 5 News-Sun photos by KATARASIMMONSThe Sebring Christmas Carousel of Lights glows each evening from 6-9 p.m. at the Circle through Christmas, but theres more to do than just look at the lights. Kids can catch fish and trade them for prizes, like Terrance Jones, 4, Kiara Jones, 2, and their mom Britney Fields were doing earlier this week. The Christmas Carousel of Lights event also features mini golf, a vending area to purchase treats, an opportunity to visit Santa, an an animitronic puppet show that always draws a crowd. Christmas on the Circle By SAMANTHAGHOLAR sgholar@newssun.comAformer Avon Park High School valedictorian has been having much success in his career as an author over the last several years. Dan T. Davis, son of former Highlands County School District Superintendent Dan A. Davis, was the founding member of the 6:30 Club at APHS in the 1970s and was the Class of 1974 valedictorian. Davis lived in Avon Park for most of his childhood and teenage years. Following high school, Davis worked in the information technology field for 25 years. It was during that time that Davis met his wife of 32 years, Jan. The couple now resides in Leawood, Kan. Davis began writing in the early part of the decade. “It was just a career change,” he said. Author puts a twist on old legend in latest book Former APHS valedictorians work wins major award See WRITER, page 3A By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comSEBRING — In response to public concerns, the commission directed County Administrator Rick Helms Tuesday to give a full accounting of the series of events surrounding the purchase of the building at 4500 Kenilworth Blvd. Commissioner Barbara Stewart brought the request to the board and asked that County Administrator Rick Helms look into a “timeline” of what events transpired when the building was purchased in 2008. “I’ve been reading a lot in the paper, and I know that some commissioners have met with him (Helms) individually, and we all have different pictures and pieces and we read about some things. I would suggest that we ask Mr. Helms to put together a timeline of this building,” Stewart directed, asking additionally for the dates and activities that occurred as well as the entities involved. Stewart made it clear that she wanted to discover what options the commission had that could be used to hold individuals and companies accountable for the string of decisions surrounding the Kenilworth purchase, which could stretch upwards towards $2.6 million before the building is completely ready for use. Board wants answers on elections building Stewart See ELECTIONS, page 6A By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING — Dr. Rodney Hollinger, deputy superintendent of schools, told the News-Sun Thursday that after five full days of negotiations, the district has declared an impasse regarding the current contract negotiation with the Highlands County Educational Association, the union representing teachers. Hollinger said the two major areas of contention are salaries and language regarding the new evaluation system. The language issues have to do with the verbiage in state statute 7.36. Hollinger said $1.2 million remains of Race To The Top funds, but the district must have a ratified contract to keep that money safe for the district. Hollinger said teachers were offered a one time, 1 percent bonus, but no raise. The bonus would provide an upper end teacher $540, a beginning teacher $340. According to Hollinger, the union had begun the negotiations asking for a 2.81 percent increase in salary, and ended by requesting 4.81 percent. At that point, Hollinger said, an impasse was declared by the district. Typically, the next step is to bring in a special magistrate. In a past stalemated negotiation, Hollinger said, the union had agreed to bypass the special magistrate and go straight to the District, teachers union at impasse Five full days of negotiation not enough for deal See IMPASSE, page 3A Goals galoreLady Green Dragons hammer Hardee, 5-0 SPORTS, 1BStacking up for historyWoodlawn students help set new cup stacking world record PAGE3ATebow timeQBmixes football, faith with no apologies PAGE7A LIVING, 12B

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C M Y K Is there a war on Christmas? Yes, and that’s not just an opinion. No, I’m not talking about the “war” that traditional and progressive cable news hosts are having over whether the word “Christmas” is “under attack.” No, I’m also not talking about the annual post-Thanksgiving midnight shopping “battles” for the best discount deals. (This year, a California woman is accused of assaulting 20 fellow shoppers with pepper spray at a Walmart.) I’m talking about the real wars being fought by thousands of men and women in uniform in Afghanistan and Iraq, with the latter conflict scheduled to formally end on Dec. 31. In war zones, fending off a crazed woman armed with pepper spray would probably constitute the easiest part of the day. Thirteen days before Black Friday, a U.S. Army Ranger named 1st Lt. Nick Vogt, 24, of Crestline, Ohio, lost both his legs when a terrorist-planted improvised explosive device blew up beneath him. Despite nearly dying after the devastating attack, the valiant soldier, as of Dec. 7, was hospitalized in Bethesda, Md., where he is fighting for his life after having endured multiple surgeries. His parents have requested our prayers, and they certainly have them. Two days later, the Pentagon said Army Spc. David Hickman, 23, died in Baghdad, Iraq, after also encountering an IED. The ambitious young warrior was reportedly days away from starting his journey home to Greensboro, N.C., where he was already well-known for his success as a high school football player. On Nov. 16, two soldiers, Spc. James Burnett Jr., 21, of Wichita, Kan., and Pfc. Matthew Colin, 22, of Navarre, Fla., were killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province when a bomb detonated near their patrol. According to the Pentagon, they were preceded in death just days earlier by Spc. Johnathan McCain, 38, of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Spc. Calvin Pereda, 21, of Fayetteville, N.C. All four soldiers were stationed at Alaska’s Fort Wainwright, the home of America’s arctic warriors. At a memorial service held on post, a grieving fellow soldier told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner what made the departed heroes so extraordinary. “It takes a certain type of individual to enlist in the infantry,” Staff Sgt. Johnathan Hand told the newspaper. “You know that your job is a little bit more dangerous than everyone else’s.” As some Americans ate leftover turkey and clogged mall parking lots, a Marine field radio operator named Cpl. Adam Buyes, 21, was making the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan on Nov. 26. The proud Marine left behind a long-lasting imprint, from Salem, Ore., where he lived, to Okinawa, Japan, where he was stationed, all the way to the violent sands of Helmand province, where he died in a combat incident that is under investigation. “Cpl. Adam Buyes was a truly dedicated professional who cared for his Marines as if they were brothers from the beginning,” 1st Sgt. Daniel Wilson said. “He was often emulated and adored by many of the Marines he came in contact with.” You can’t buy that kind of legacy in a store. You have to earn it. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with giving a holiday gift to someone you care about. There is something wrong, however, with pundits wasting time arguing over the so-called war on Christmas and reporters hyping shopping battles at stores, especially while the overused words are being defined literally by brave Americans on post-9/11 battlefields. Here’s something for civilians like me to keep in mind this holiday season: Not only are our troops risking their lives in faraway lands; they are doing so while separated from their families. One of those troops is a talented Marine journalist named Cpl. Reece Lodder, 22, whom you may have previously read about in this column. The Everson, Wash., native’s wife is spending this holiday season in Hawaii, which is no vacation. She’s worrying about her husband’s safety. For loved ones of the aforementioned fallen and wounded service members, there is grief, confusion, and devastation during this holiday season. Their brave sons died or lost limbs in battles that only 1 percent of Americans have volunteered to fight. Is there a war on Christmas? You bet there is. To find out more about Tom Sileo or to read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun staff, Page 2ANews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011www.newssun.com pub block; 5.542"; 4.5"; Black; publishers block; 0 0 0 0 8 0 3 4 Dec. 14 13493338x:5Next jackpot $47 millionDec. 10 31922283437x:4 Dec. 7 5926303439x:5 Dec. 14 235630 Dec. 13 12123436 Dec. 12 1620252735 Dec. 11 919293233 Dec. 14 (n) 4229 Dec. 14 (d) 0465 Dec. 13 (n) 8733 Dec. 13 (d) 9488 Dec. 14(n) 953 Dec. 14 (d) 426 Dec. 13(n) 872 Dec. 13 (d) 105 Dec. 13 162729427 Dec. 9 3613343 Dec. 6 2022344220 Dec. 2 61321342 Dec. 14 224465256 PB: 19 PP: 5Next jackpot $91 millionDec. 10 419334159 PB: 9 PP: 5 Dec. 7 314203940 PB: 37 PP: 2 Note: Cash 3 and Play 4 drawings are twice per day: (d) is the daytime drawing, (n) is the nighttime drawing. PB: Power Ball PP: Power Play Lottery Center The war on Christmas Courtesy photo U.S. Army Spc. Ricardo Gonzalez, a San Bernardino, Calif., native, spends his Thanksgiving pulling security at an entry control point at Afghanistans Forward Operating Base Lindsey, Nov. 24. 50 seats left for All The Thing Christmas IsSEBRING — Take a break and re-energize your Christmas spirit Saturday at “All the Things Christmas Is” by the Heartland Pops and HLT. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.Seating begins at 1:30, show starts at 2:30. With only 50 seats left, there may not be any tickets available at the door, so call 382-2525 or stop the HLTBox Office in the Altvater Cultural Complex, 356 West Center Ave.Yellow House open house SaturdaySEBRING — The Yellow House Gallery at Highlands Art League, 1989 Lakeview Drive will host a Christmas Open House this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artist Jan Fetters will be demonstrating watercolor batik painting, Rose Besch, multimedia art and Linda Kegley, Calligraphy. Stop by to view the Members’Art Show. Light refreshments, free gift wrapping. Call 385-5312.Lake Placid Project Graduation need supportLAKE PLACID — The Project Graduation Committee is preparing for Project Graduation 2012. Project Graduation is a celebration honoring Lake Placid High School Graduates the night of their graduation with a night of fun in a drugand alcoholfree environment. Community support for the event is needed. Sponsorship types: Gold Dragon, $500 or more; Silver Dragon, $250-$499; Green Dragon, $100-$249; and Community $99 and under. Contact Carlene Clark (Chairperson) at (863) 441-0200 or PGLP2012@gmail.com/.Ransom Band at DuffersAVON PARK — The community is invited to enjoy a holiday party this Saturday night with the Ransom Band on stage at Duffers Sports Grille. They will be playing a variety of rock, blues and Top 40 dance tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.Mrs. Claus will be handing out some goodies and wish everyone a merry Christmas.There is no cover charge. Longshot Band plays from 6-9 p.m. tonight. They play a variety of country and original musi c. D.J. Chase with Highlands DJ Productions will provide dance music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday. The New Year’s Eve Beatlemania tickets are selling fast and guests are encouraged to make their reservations. Tickets are $25 per person and will benefit Special STARS. Tickets include show, dancing, party favors, toa st at midnight and snacks. This Beatle Tribute Show will be performed by All You Need Band from Orlando. Showtime is 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dinner reservations can be made separately. Duffers is at 2451 U.S. 27 South, Avon Park. For details, call 452-6339.Vote for bestdecorated homes in Lake PlacidLAKE PLACID — Don’t forget to vote for the best-decorated homes for the Lake Placid Christmas Decorating Contest. Drive around anywhere in Lake Placid and note the address of up to three homes and two businesses. Then, vote using a simple, online form. See the link for the con test at www.all-about-lakeplacid.com/. The site also lists the locations of quite a few nicely-decorated homes, as well as the prizes and contest sponsors. Winners will be announced Wednesday.Square dance at Buttonwood BaySEBRING — The second square dance of the season at Buttonwood wil l be from 7:30-9:30 p.m. today. The caller will be COMMUNITYBRIEFS Continued on page 5A By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comSEBRING — The county’s new Economic Development/Industrial Development Authority Director is looking to “change the conversation” around Highlands County. Kristina Anderson went before the county commission on Tuesday to update her progress on leading the EDC in a more productive direction. She gave the commission a brief overview of how the EDC/IDAwas using the $266,002 allocated from the county budget in 2010-2011. Anderson discussed several activities already completed, and promised a larger report when the county’s yearly fiscal report was completed. “Our intention is to provide you more complete information in a more timely manner,” said Anderson. Although some of the information Anderson collects is confidential, she was exploring options to give a more complete report by providing numbers in defined industry areas of requests. Anderson did point out that the EDC/IDAhelped 12 businesses apply for tax credits and exemptions that resulted in 102 permanent full-time jobs and $837,340 in state tax refunds and credits to those businesses. Anderson asked commissioners for comments as she moved forward with an EDC board of directors retreat on Wednesday. “We will be looking at our by-laws, how we integrate the EDC mission with the county’s comprehensive plan and our future branding strategies,” Anderson said. The EDC’s stated mission is to enhance the quality of life in Highlands County through job creation, economic diversification and support for the retention and expansion of existing business and industry. How is Anderson trying to further that mission? “I am working to develop local symbiotic relationships,” Anderson said. “I am looking for value added services for agriculture and developing a supply chain for biofuels. “I have been working on retention efforts by visiting the local industry and evaluating their needs. You cannot substitute first-hand knowledge and face-toface time when you want to understand an industry. I have been spending time on their floors, and that is important to understanding the business environment,” Anderson said. Anderson also stated that she is working to change the way the EDC approaches potential business recruitment events like the Regional Air Expo and the Sebring Races. “I want to do more than j ust hand over a sponsorship check. I am exploring options on how to use those venues for active business recruitment as well as local business expansion,” Anderson said. Anderson fielded questions at the meeting from the audience about how many jobs were created directly through EDC/IDA efforts by replying that the she as working towards a more comprehensive approach of reporting. EDC/IDA report shows progress FORTCOLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Hurricane forecaster William Gray will wait until spring to predict how many storms will form in the Atlantic. Gray and his research partner at Colorado State University, Philip Klotzbach, usually start making predictions in December, but this month, for the first time in 20 years, they’re holding off on forecasting the number of named storms. Klotzbach says they’ve tried various models but none have been successful in estimating the number of storms that early. He acknowledges that, currently, predicting hurricanes that far out is “just about as good as making a guess.” CSU will still issue a discussion of possible hurricane activity each December but the first estimate of the number of storms won’t come until April. Colorado State hurricane prediction delayed to spring Classified ads get results! Call 314-9876

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C M Y K Davis released his first publication entitled “The Blacksmith’s Gift” in 2005. The book gained a quick following in the publishing world. Davis’first book was awarded the first place medal Benjamin Franklin Award in the “independently published juvenile/young adult fiction of the year” genre at the New York City before Book Expo in June 2005. “The first book is geared for kids around age seven to 12. There are lots and lots of illustrations and it is a good read for them and meant to be read to younger kids five and six year olds,” Davis said. Davis read his first publication at Avon Park Elementary school when it was first published. Davis’newest work, “A Carpenter’s Legacy,” was released in early fall. Davis’ third installment in the series was just awarded the silver medal Benjamin Franklin Award in the juvenile/young adult fiction genre. The newest book continues on with the story of old St. Nick and how he became to be Santa Claus. Davis explained why the stories mean so much to him and how he came up with the idea to create a background for such a well-known and beloved figure. “If you think about it, what couple without children of their own is more famous than Santa and Mrs. Claus?” Davis asked. The idea of telling the story of why Santa became Santa began when Davis and his wife Jan realized that they were unable to have children of their own. “We never had kids and we wanted them. We just weren’t able to. I wanted to write the stories that people would read to their kids at night. I wanted to write stories that I wanted to read to my little girl,” said Davis. Each of the stories tell a different part of the Santa Claus story and expands on the modern-day Christmas traditions. “In the first book Santa isn’t old. He’s got red hair and a red beard. The second book tells the story of the orphaned boys and how they became elves...and then Santa finds an orphaned girl and she is picked on and doesn’t fit in, kind of like Rudolph. This last story, the new one, touches on real and make believe,” explained Davis. With the third publication finished, the trilogy is now complete and Davis has given children and families a whole new idea of what Christmas means. “It is now complete. I’ve told the story in a realistic world. The older kids, they get it and they enjoy it,” said Davis. Davis used his real-life struggles to create enchanting, decorated tales that will challenge and touch the hearts of children and adults alike. Davis’imagination allows readers to question the legends instilled in us all at early ages while emphasizing what the true meaning of Christmas and family. “We have the first book available to read online. It’s a flip-book that shows all of the beautiful illustrations and you can turn the pages like a real book. We are definitely investigating publication of the Kindle, especially the Fire, because these color illustrations just don’t show up well on the black and white Kindle. But we are looking into it,” Davis said. ACarpenter’s Legacy is available for purchase now on Amazon.com or at www.secondstar.us/. Davis’ first two books in the trilogy publication are also for purchase online. By SAMANTHAGHOLAR sgholar@newssun.comSEBRING — P.E. classes at Woodlawn Elementary were filled with cups as far as the eye could see recently when instructor Caitlin Still organized a day-long competition of cup stacking for students and teachers. The competition was part of the Guinness World Record breaking “Largest Sport Stacking Event.” WES students, along with stackers all across the world, worked as fast as they could to stack up and then break down cup towers and pyramids. The pre-determined patterns of cups were meant to be completed within a 30minute time frame. Students worked quickly for their names and efforts to be a part of the record. There are also particulars that must be followed in order for stacks to be counted toward the world record or to be deemed “real stacks” by the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA). First, the cups used for stacking must be WSSA approved Speed Stacks brand sport stacking cups. Second, a StackMat and Tournament Display must be used. Third, the stacks must be videotaped for review and verification and two judges must be present at the event. “The Guinness event is a wonderful way to join our students with sport stackers around the globe,” said Still. The previous world record was 316,736 cups stacked and un-stacked, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This event brought together students in 28 different countries in an attempt to go above and beyond last year’s record. All 50 states in the U.S. participated in this year’s competition. The final count for this year’sWSSAStack Up was 412,259. The Stack Up submission was confirmed by Guinness. “Sport stacking is an activity enjoyed by all ages and cultures,” said Still. “It promotes hand-eye coordination, fitness, teamwork, speed and lots of fun. I’m excited to say that our students helped break another world record.” This was Woodlawn’s second consecutive year working with other students around the world to break the Guinness World record. Still and the students at Woodlawn look forward to next year’s competition. Woodlawn students help break world stacking record www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011Page 3A Zeno's Italian Restaurant P; 3.639"; 2"; Black; 12/2,9,16,23,30; 0 0 0 1 4 5 2 8 64 WEST COLLISION; 1.736"; 2"; Black; 12/2,16; 0 0 0 1 4 5 3 0 GRIFFIN'S CARPET MART; 7.444"; 10"; Black; 12/16/11; 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 8 Courtesy photo Woodlawn Elementary students bask in their accomplishment. Students were part of a worldwide Guinness World Record for most cups stacked event that shattered the previous record for number of cups stacked in a specific time frame. Continued from page 1A board. This time, however, it is requesting a magistrate. Magistrates are provided by the Public Employee Relations Council, Hollinger said. Apanel of individuals will be provided to the district and the union, together they have to agree on one person. Then times, dates, and venues will have to be set. While the impasse was filed Thursday, Hollinger is not hopeful of a quick process or result. Teachers union officials were not able to be reached before press time Thursday. Continued from page 1A By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING — Florida’s Department of Education released public high school graduation and dropout rates for 2010-2011 as of Nov. 16 earlier this week. With a dropout rate of 7.2 percent in that time period, the highest in the state, it appears at first glance that Highlands County has a significant problem. However, the statistic is highly misleading. In an effort to provide individuals who had already left the school system a new chance to earn a diploma, the district enrolled in an alternative program during the last school year. Of the 218 men and women who took advantage of it, however, 145, or 66.5 percent, dropped out. When that figure is averaged in with the dropout rates of the three high schools it raised the overall percentage. “Half our number is due to the program,” said School Superintendent Wally Cox. “It more than doubled the actual rate, but it is a one-year spike.” School Board Chairman Ned Hancock said that while the number makes the county look bad it was worth the effort because helping young people was what the district should be about. In fact, taken separately, in 2010-2011 Sebring High School had a dropout rate of 2.8 percent; Avon Park 3.7 percent and Lake Placid 3.9 percent, for an average of 3.5 percent. In the 12 years between 1998 and 2009-2010 the district averaged a dropout rate of 4.6 percent — with a high of 5.9 percent in 1999-2000 and a low of 2.6 percent in 2003-2004. In 2009-2010 the dropout rate was 3.2 percent. The individuals in the drop back in program, said Cox, were young people the district hoped to bring back to formal education, which is why the program resulted in a diploma and not a GED. The program had not been a total waste, Cox said, because people did successfully complete it. However, given the high rate of noncompletion due to attendance issues, “we did not recommend resigning the contract.” Dropout numbers improving despite one-year spike Impasse in district, teacher negoatiations Writer from AP earns another award for finale in triogy about Santas back story Get the paper delivered to you! NEWS-SUN€385-6155

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C M Y K It all came about when Scribes Night Out, the writers’group sponsored by the Heartland Cultural Alliance and Brewster’s Coffee Shop, proposed a writing exercise for fourth-graders from Cracker Trail Elementary School, with the participants then reading what they had written at a public get-together at Brewster’s. That’s exactly what happened Dec.12. Eighteen students took turns at the microphone reading their original offerings to an overflow audience made up mainly of family members, school faculty, and Scribes Night Outers. The exercise, obviously, promoted the importance of writing as a means of communication and as an art form. But rather unexpectedly, it promoted something else. As Jeannie Inagawa, assistant principal at Cracker Trail, put it, the event gave the students confidence as writers. To have to write something of their own choosing, then to appear for the first time in front of a packed house to read what they have written; hey, that’s a tough job for adults, never mind fourth-graders. This confidence theme was echoed by one of the fourthgrade teachers, Amanda Cannady. She said, “We’ve never heard some of these kids say more than 10 words before. We try to develop self-confidence in our students – you have to have selfconfidence to write – and that’s what this program did.” Helping kids sharpen their writing skills, but, more importantly, helping them develop their sense of selfworth – and to have the community pitch in to help them reach these goals: yes, that’s something worth applauding. Page 4ANews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011www.newssun.comTODAYSEDITORIALTODAYSLETTERS 2227 U.S. 27 South € Sebring, FL 33870 € 863-385-6155 NEWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor Ext. 515editor@newssun.com SCOTT DRESSELEditor Ext. 516scott.dressel@newssun.comDAN HOEHNESports Editor Ext. 528daniel.hoehne@newssun.com ADVERTISINGVICKIE JONESExt. 518vickie.jones@newssun.com CIRCULATIONTONY MCCOWANExt. 522anthony.mccowan@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJANET EMERSONExt. 596legals@newssun.com EDITORIAL& OPINION Young writers, community deserve our applause We applaud the arrival of a new generation of writers here in Highlands County. Pollsters are an annoyanceEditor: There is nothing more annoying than the telephone call at dinner time asking questions of your political preferences and concluding with a“who are you going to vote for?” query. In a country that prides itself on the sanctity of the secret ballot, we have become complacent with respect to this frequently repeated invasion of one’s privacy and political preferences. Who pays the pollsters anyway? Allegedly sampling a “representative grouping”again and again, it seems appropriate to question the bona fides of these statistical analyzers. With the daily ups and downs of the various candidates mirroring the daily dance of the Dow Jones, one might wonder whether these folks are really part of a campaign advancing the interests of a select candidate rather than blandly reporting on the current attitude of the electorate. How a question is framed and in what order are the questions asked has much to do with the response. Are we really getting good data or is this yet another example of the manipulation of the voters? Randy Ludacer Lake Placid Improvement districts should be revokedEditor: The board and manager of Spring Lake Improvement District are again trying to change our charter so as to steal our home and property rights. All state counties should investigate improvement districts in their counties. They are a detriment to property values and add to home and property foreclosure. They are a threat to all home and property owners in Florida. All Florida counties should ask the governor to revoke the small state entities called improvement districts. They are duplicating county government. The way the board members are elected is not a democratic process, but rather a good old boys club. It is government gone rogue. They tend to create a power grab, changing the charters to give themselves unlimited power over the home and property owners. They are a corrupt form of government causing the loss of home and property values. They try to set up a city form of government which can and will bankrupt small villages. Billie E. Jewett SebringProblem is in the spendingEditor: I have to reply to Randy Ludacer. You have really fallen into the liberals way of thinking. First we had stimulus part 1 and the guarantee that unemployment wouldn’t go higher than 8 percent; it has been over 9 percent most of his (Obama) time as president. Even one of his supporters (a black business man) told him that all these taxes and regulations are killing the jobs market. According to what I am reading it sounds like you want the good ole USA to spend more on another failed stimulus and that describes Obama’s jobs bill. This “ tax the rich” has been going on since I was a child (I am 48) and each time they did that my mom and dad paid more taxes. They were by no means “rich”; no we were more like at lower end of middle class. Yeah, tax the rich always sounds good to anyone without a lot of money, and believe me we don’t have any. This class warfare is about the only thing he has going for him. He won’t approve the XLpipeline that would produce about 20,000 high-paying jobs and he won’t allow drilling where there are proven reserves, yet he tells other countries that he looks forward to being their best customer. The jobs won’t return as long as his tax and regulate-to-death-the-smallbusiness-people continues. Our best hope is in someone who will get rid of the excess baggage in Washington and throughout the United States and to stop borrowing money. I just cannot understand how we have continued to borrow all these years and haven’t stopped. Well, it needs to stop now. The problem isn’t in the revenues; it is in the spending. We all have budgets and so much money, so why does the government continue to borrow. Jeffrey Smith Avon Park Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Season’s Greetings. Like, Whatever, Dude. I do not necessarily subscribe to the view that this devolution of yuletide messages represents a fullblown War On Christmas, unless you think of it as a faceless war of attrition like the wearing down of the significance of Memorial Day or Pearl Harbor Day. If it is a war, both sides have gaping holes in their underlying principles and battle strategies. An attempt to be magnanimous and multicultural and inoffensive sounds all warm and fuzzy on the surface, but it stinks of inconsistency. Let’s face it. Regardless of the season, people wear bawdy T-shirts that give little old ladies heart palpitations, scarf down animal flesh in the presence of vegans, blare songs from the car stereo about premarital sex and adultery, engage in ostentatious displays of affluence that rub salt in the wounds of the destitute, question the patriotism of those with differing political views and try their darnedest to humiliate fans of opposing sports teams. Retailers market buttocks-revealing thongs and expose youngsters to checkout-lane magazines announcing “ 100 Sizzling Sex Secrets.” In short, we spend 12 months a year flaunting and taunting, oblivious to those who might be irked, embarrassed or appalled. Yet we’ve been conditioned to balk at speaking or hearing the simple words “Merry Christmas.” As the grown-up version of that babe in the manger declared, “ Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat and swallow a camel!” I know. I know. Ageneric greeting is more convenient and less demanding than dressing modestly or recognizing animal rights or voluntarily giving up the profits from a potentially lucrative product — but that very convenience makes watered-down greetings a rather shallow gesture. And shallow gestures would seem incongruous with the celebration of a spiritual leader who made countless meaningful gestures and sacrifices (think crucifixion). You contribute nothing to another person’s dignity by preemptively assuming he’ll be a thin-skinned hothead. On the other hand, some go too far in defending “ the way my momma and my granny always celebrated Christmas.” The shepherds came to Bethlehem to adore one who would be the Prince of Peace, and not many peaceful princes take an “ in your face” approach to issues that are not central to their goals (for example, salvation). The Gospels are full of examples of Jesus testing his listeners, such as challenging some of them to give all their worldly goods to the poor. There is no mention of a litmus test about Dec. 25. According to the Good Book, Christ came to save the world from sin — not to lord it over the world’s biggest birthday blowout. He did not come to change water to Chuck E. Cheese tokens. Friendly reminders of “ Wise men still seek Him” should be sufficient, but the more combative traditionalists feel obligated to attach the ill-tempered corollary “ ...but morons need Him crammed down their throats.” Greetings need to be heartfelt and intellectually honest as well. Your greeting should not be a soulless reflex action. It should not back anyone into a corner. It should not be a cowering capitulation to imagined negative reactions. Whatever your holiday greeting of choice, make it deliberate and sincere. Proudly utter the purest, most honest sentiments you can muster. Merry Christmas to all. Danny Tyree welcomes reader e-mail responses at tyreetyrades@aol.com and visits to his Facebook fan page Tyree s Tyrades,Ž Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun staff. Merry Christmas: the skirmish dissected Guest Column Danny Tyree 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, FL33870; drop it off at the same address; fax 385-1954; or e-mail editor@newssun.com To make sure the editorial pages aren't dominated by the same writers, letters are limited to two per month and a guest column can be submitted once every three months. Opinions expressed in letters or columns are solely the opinion of that author and not necessarily the opinion of the staff or editors of the News-Sun All items will run on a first-come basis as space permits, although more timely ones could be moved up. We believe your viewpoints are just as important as any community leader or government official, so consider this a personal invitation to get your two cents in. The News-Sun has a long history of encouraging public discussion through letters, guest columns, and Reader's Response questionnaires. 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C M Y K Nelson Wakeman. Square Dance attire is optional. If questions, call Roger McElfresh at 655 4243.LP Ballroom Dancers hosting Yuletide DanceLAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Ballroom Dancers will be having a Yuletide Dance on Saturday at the fellowship hall of the Eastside Christian Church in Lake Placid from 6-9 p.m. Music will be provided by Uptown Country, a local duo who played recently at the Art and Music Festival at the Lakeshore Mall. Jimmy is a many faceted musician playing several horns, the keyboard, guitar with Shari supplying the vocal end very capably. They can handle waltzes, fox-trots, swing, tango, rumbas and a couple of line dances thrown in. Sandwiches will be available from 5:30-6:30 p.m., soft drinks and water also available throughout the evening. Admission is a $5 donation at the door. T Fellowship Hall is located two miles east of U.S. on County Road 621.Sebring Village dance is SundaySEBRING — Sebring Village Christmas Dance will be from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Sunday. Music will be by Buddy Canova. The dance will be held in the clubhouse, which is located one mile behind Walmart off Schumacher Road in Sebring. The cost is $3.50 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Coffee and ice will be provided. For more information, call 386-0045 or 273-0875.Drum Circle is SundaySEBRING — The Community Drum Circle will take place behind the Sebring Civic Center, 355 W. Center Avenue, overlooking Lake Jackson, from 3-5 p.m., on Sunday. Everybody is welcome. Bring a chair or blanket. Bring an instrument if you have one. Bring something to drink. Bring a friend. All ages. Join the Primal Connection and make a joyous sound. No experience necessary. Play along, dance or just enjoy the music. Some percussion instruments will be available for the public to use. This is a fun event for the whole family. For more information, contact: Fred Leavitt, Primal Connection, telephone 4028238, e-mail fred@primalconnection.org/. LP Historical Society plans partyLAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Historical Society is hosting their Annual Christmas Party at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Caladium Co-Op, 132 E Interlake Blvd. It is a potluck dinner for both members and friends and all interested parties. The society will provide turkey and ham. Bring a covered dish to share. Call 465-1771 for details or questions.Events at local lodges, postsAVON PARK — The Combat Veterans Memorial VFWPost 9853 in Avon Park, will host the following events: Today Music with Laura Patton from 5-8 p.m. Saturday Karaoke by Cowbells 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, New Years’Eve dinner 6-7:30 p.m. Music by T.J. and the Cruisers from 8 p.m. to midnight. Call for details. For times and details, call 452-9853. LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Moose 2374, will host the following events: Today Music with BobKat from 6-10 p.m. Saturday Children’s Christmas party 11 a.m. Music with Big Freddie (call for time). Saturday, Dec. 31, is our New Years’Eve party. Sign up early, (call for details). For times and details, call 465-0131. LAKE PLACID — The American Legion Placid Post 25 in Lake Placid, will host the following events: Today Drawings 3 and 4 p.m. Entertainment 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, Eggnog party and Christmas caroling (details coming). Saturday, Dec. 31, New Years’Eve celebration (call for details). For more information, call 465-0975. LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661, will host the following events: Today Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Red Bus. Saturday, Dec. 31, New Years’Eve dinner/dance (call for details). For details, call 465-2661. LAKE PLACID — The Veterans of Foreign Wars 3880 in Lake Placid, will host the following events: Today Post Christmas dinner (call for time). Saturday Get dinner tickets early, music with Tony, (call for time). On Saturday, Dec. 31, New Years’Eve dinner 7 p.m. Champagne at midnight. Cost $17 per person (call for time). For times and details, call 699-5444. SEBRING — AMVETS Post 21 at 2029 U.S. 27 South will have a Christmas party at 7 p.m. Saturday. Music will be provided by Bill & Di. SEBRING — The Sebring Recreation Club will host the following events: Today Mini-shuffleboard tournament 1:15 p.m. For details, call 385-2966. SEBRING — The Sebring Elks will host the following events: Today Blood Drive 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Red Bus. Music by Gary and Shirley from 6:30-9:30 p.m. For details, call 471-3557. SEBRING — The Sebring Bridge Club, located at 347 N. Fernleaf Ave., will play a special game extra points at noon, today. For details, call 385-8118. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011Page 5A MARTIAL ARTS (pp); 3.639"; 3"; Black; ff main top rhp only; 0 0 0 1 4 6 0 6 DAILY COMMERCIAL; 3.639"; 1"; Black; hospice (cornerstone); 0 0 0 1 4 6 2 8 FIRST ASSEMBLY GOD (RETAIL); 5.542"; 5"; Black; 12/14/11 p/u; 0 0 0 1 4 9 3 5 PUBLIX-National Newspaper Plac; 3.639"; 16"; Black; 87469 liquor IO11124PPO; 0 0 0 1 5 0 2 1 Continued from page 2A COMMUNITYBRIEFS DELORES PHILLIPS Delores Phillips, age 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. Born in Wayne County, Mich., she was the daughter of the late John and Genevieve Wegener Manneback. She was married to the late James Clyde Phillips for 47 years. She was a pharmacy assistant and was of the Lutheran faith. Mrs. Phillips is survived by three daughters, Jennifer David of Hialeah, Fla., Janie Provenzano of Franklin, N.C., and Dianna Davis of Sylva, N.C.; three sons, Mike Phillips of Houston, Texas, James Patrick Phillips of Ocala, Fla., and John Mark Phillips of Houston, Texas; 15 grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Toni Elizabeth Phillips, and two sons, Joseph Phillips and Mark Phillips. No services are planned at this time.Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN38105-1942. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com OBITUARIES Special to the News-SunTALLAHASSEE – As the fatality rate related to drinking and drugged driving decreases, Gov. Rick Scott, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and safety partners want to keep the downward trend heading in the right direction. Alcohol and drugs factored into nearly 19,000 crashes last year, leading to more than 13,000 injuries. December is designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month to promote safe driving as many will be traveling to celebrate the holidays with loved ones. To emphasize the importance of the issue, Gov. Scott issued a proclamation to recognize 3D Prevention Month in Florida. “We encourage everyone to plan ahead this holiday season to avoid drinking or drugged driving,” said Florida Highway Patrol Director, Col. David Brierton. “The Florida Highway Patrol will participate in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national crackdown this month. We are encouraging all drivers to make good decisions.” Quick facts• During the four-day New Year’s holiday travel period in 2010, 32 people died on Florida’s roadways. Of those, 12 were alcohol-related. • During the four-day Christmas holiday travel period in 2010, 24 people died on Florida’s roadways. Of those, eight were alcohol-related. • Drug-related injuries and fatalities decreased between 2009 and 2010 from 1,090 to 1,063. Take these steps to make sure that you and everyone with whom you celebrate avoid driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: • Plan ahead. Always designate a sober driver before any holiday party or celebration begins, or take a taxi or public transportation to/from a party if you plan to drink alcohol. Ataxi or bus ride is much cheaper than getting a DUI. • Take the keys. Do not let a friend drive impaired. • Be a helpful host. If you are hosting a party this holiday season, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate a sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver. • Mind your meds. Heed the warning labels on prescription medicine bottles because even legal drugs can affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. • Dial *FHP(*347) on your cell phone to report an impaired driver. FHP urges safety this holiday season

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C M Y K Special to the News-SunSEBRING – Fourth-grader Mandie Meier was the winning scribe at the Scribes Night Out pilot program event earlier this week. The program, sponsored by Heartland Cultural Alliance and Brewster’s Coffee House, involved students from Cracker Trail Elementary School and more than 20 fourth-graders participated. Fred Leavitt, president of the HCA, said the pilot program was designed to encourage the students to write about whatever was on their minds and then be prepared to present it to their fellow students, teachers, parents and other writers in a public sitting. More on the program can be found in the Dec. 14 edition of the NewsSun. Following is the winning piece.My Magical WorldBy Mandie MeierMany people do exciting things in the evening. I enjoy going into my Magical World. I ride roller coasters, hamster balls and horses. Going to my Magical World is spectacular. To begin with, it is wonderful to ride roller coasters. Riding roller coasters in my Magical World is spectacular. I wish my friends could ride with me but I’m the only one allowed in my world. As I walk into my Magical World, I can feel the cool evening air flowing through my soft blond hair. Then I run swiftly to the big coaster in the center of my world. I jump in the first car and the coaster takes off as fast as lightning, up and down the winding tracks. I bump up and down on the cherry red seats and slide side to side hitting the sides of the sky blue car. Then as it goes up the big ramp, I shoot down like a brown pelican diving into the ocean for fish to eat. It makes my tummy turn, but I love it! Riding roller coasters in my Magical World is electrifying. Next, I really enjoy hamster balls. Ahamster ball is a big plastic ball that floats around on water. When I step into the ball and shut the hole, I roll into the water. Pushing my weight on the sides, I hit the edges of the water. Then I can see through the clear bottom the dark blue water, it is awesome. I roll around on top of the water as fast as a fish shooting through a river. It is sensational. Finally, it is fun to ride horses. The horse that I ride in my Magical World is a bright tan and tree trunk brown paint. Her name is Splash and she is 16.9 hands tall. When I walk into her rosy red barn I can see her pacing around in her stall. I grab a saddle and bridle and I put them on Splash. Later I put my left foot into the sitrrup and swing my right leg over her back and trot out of the barn. Then we gallop through a field of sunflowers and canter through a big river. Later we rest next to a shady tree. After a good nap, we run at full speed back to the barn. I then give my favorite horse a good bath and brush her beautiful coat. Riding horses is wonderful. To sum up, I love going to my Magical World. I ride roller coasters, hamster balls and horses there. Visiting my Magical World is delightful. Page 6ANews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011www.newssun.com JEWELRY BOX; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black; 12/14,16,18; 0 0 0 1 4 9 3 2 COWPOKES WATERING HOLE; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process, 12/16/11; 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 9 “Then take a look at what our recourses are far as things that occurred that might not have been handled exactly properly. And take a look at things form the beginning, I won’t go into that, but look at the types of recourse. And also where we go from here,” Stewart told the board. “I don’t know, is it necessary to rehash what’s water under the bridge?” asked Commissioner Ron Handley. “I think it is necessary, because after talking to some attorneys and talking to some other people about some similar things, there is some recourse that could be taken,” Stewart told the commission about possible legal remedies over the building. “Also, I think we need to identify what happened so that we do not go into that. If we can’t do recourse, at least we can learn for the future what not to do,” “Things have to be clearly stated and the facts laid out. I’m reading facts and I am not sure what are facts,” Stewart said. “That way the whole commission would receive all the information. Starting with the appraisals. There are a number of questions I have on the appraisals. There may be recourse that we can take on those appraisals.” Two appraisals were given on the Kenilworth building in 2008, one prepared by Polk Appraisal Service of Sebring on Oct. 15, 2007 and a second one was commissioned by Donald R. Snapp Jr., also of Sebring, and is dated Oct. 18, 2007. “It will put to rest a lot comments,” Stewart concluded. Commissioner Don Elwell agreed that a complete accounting of the process and purchase needed to be addressed. “In reading things and understanding things that folks are saying out there in the public, there is not 100 percent accurate information out there, so I agree with what Commissioner Stewart is trying to do, basically, with trying to get a timeline. “We know that some mistakes, maybe some bad judgments were made,” Elwell said. “We are all human, it happens, let’s go ahead and address them and let’s see what kind of corrective measures can be taken and let’s move forward.” “At the very least, we will get a good understanding of this issue so that it will never happen again,” Elwell added. Helms agreed that some sort of linear accounting had to be done on the building purchase. “I will prepare a timeline and address those issues,” Helms told the commission. “I can assure you that information contained in a recent newspaper article ... contains a significant number of inaccuracies. So I will prepare that for you,” Helms said. Helms was speaking to a News Sun article printed on Dec. 11 regarding the fact that the City of Sebring had no certificate of occupancy for the building on file. After being told there were no certificates, county staff forwarded the News-Sun three documents dated Aug. 9, 2005 but signed on Jan. 31, 2007 by Sebring Building Official Jim Jacobs that state “Certificate of Occupancy” at the top. As of press time Tuesday, county staff had not returned e-mails requesting clarification on if the documents were for permanent or temporary certificates or how certificates were issued without a Florida Department of Environmental Protection Permit for the building’s retention pond. AC.O. must be issued before the building can be legally occupied. “I would not necessarily agree that there were necessarily things that should not have happened. I will prepare the information and once we have the facts ... then I think you should make a decision whether things were done that should not have been done, so I will get that information for you,” Helms told the commission. Continued from page 1A Elections building problems have commissioners eyeing recourse Things have to be clearly stated and the facts laid out. Im reading facts and I am not sure what are facts. That way the whole commission would receive all the information. Starting with the appraisals. There are a number of questions I have on the appraisals. There may be recourse that we can take on those appraisals.BARBARASTEWART county commissioner News-Sun photo by LARRYLEVEY Mandie Meier accepts her Featured Reader Award from Fred Leavitt, president of the Heartland Cultural Alliance, at Monday nights special event in which Cracker Trail Elementary School fourth-graders read an original piece of writing at Brewsters Coffee Shop in Sebring. Young scribe produces a winning story

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C M Y K By ARNIE STAPLETON APPro Football WriterENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Gospel and the gridiron are inextricably intertwined in Tim Tebow’s world. The scrambling quarterback and devout Christian draws as much scrutiny for mixing faith with football as he does for his unconventional winning ways. With all eyes on the quirky QB who has led the Denver Broncos’remarkable resurgence, Tebow isn’t shy about publicly professing his religious beliefs, often ending interviews with a hardy “God Bless!” He inspired a viral phenomenon known as “Tebowing” when he dropped to a knee in prayerful reflection as his teammates celebrated around him in Miami after the first in a string of six outrageous comebacks. Raised by missionary parents, Tebow wore Bible verses on his eye black at Florida and still preaches to villagers in the Philippines and inspires inmates during jailhouse talks. And he’s sharing his religious beliefs with his teammates as enthusiastically as he yells the cadence at the line of scrimmage on Sundays. Coach John Fox asked Tebow to give the weekly address to the team on the eve of a game against at San Diego last month, and nobody was surprised when Tebow shared Proverbs 27:17 — “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,” something Tebow deemed appropriate as offense, defense and special teams feed off one another in what NFLjunkies call “complementary football.” Another time, Tebow approached defensive players before a home game against the New York Jets and told them not to fret, God’s got this. “I like his passion,” Fox said. “I think in today’s world with all that’s going on in sport and our society, I think it’s wonderful.” Others cringe. Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said he likes Tebow but would like him a lot more if he would quit reminding everybody how much he loves Jesus Christ. No way, Tebow said, insisting he isn’t “just a Christian or a believer at church.” Many an athlete has used his platform as a pulpit. Chap Clark, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, a prominent evangelical school based in California, said Tebow’s unorthodox route to success, after so many predicted he would fail as a quarterback, has set him and his faith apart, even from the many other athletes who talk about their religious principles. “Tim has this ferocity as a competitor, but it’s still a game to him. He is consistently saying that football is not the center of life,” Clark said. “His great strength is that even people who don’t agree with his faith at all play their best around him.” Tebow recently told The Associated Press that he knows his openness about his religion can be divisive but he feels compelled to share his story of salvation regardless of the sensitivity of the subject, and he relayed one of his favorite quotes: “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future,” in showing how leans on his faith so he can focus on football unencumbered by others’opinions. “To get me through? Without a doubt, 100 percent,” Tebow said. “And that’s the thing about my faith: it’s not just something that happens when you’re at church or happens when you’re praying or reading the Scripture. It’s part of who you are, as a person, as a player, in your life and everything.” Teammate Brian Dawkins, who’s equally enthusiastic about sharing his Christianity, said he can’t fathom why anyone would have a problem with somebody invoking his right to free speech or freedom of religion. “He doesn’t pull up a pulpit in the middle of the locker room and say, ‘Hey, everybody, gather ‘round, let me tell you something.’That’s not how this thing works,” Dawkins said. “It’s individual. If someone asks a question, we’ll share our faith and our testimony. “I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal. Tebow, he’s not the first one, Reggie White, Irving Fryar, there are many guys who have lived their lives with outside faith. But for whatever reason, Tim gets so much grief now. To this day, I don’t understand it. Football is what we do, not who we are.” Amen to that, Tebow said. The scrambler, who sometimes sings hymns as he runs onto the football field to stay calm in crunch time, said he can’t compartmentalize his faith because it’s such an integral part of who he is. “Unfortunately, a lot of people do, but what I feel is living your faith and being genuine is in everything you do and that’s football, that’s life,” Tebow said. So, he’s not going to stop praying on the field or praising God in public even if some find it offensive. Whether or not his teammates share in his tenets, there’s no denying he’s inspiring them. “He had everybody listening” when he spoke about the Proverbs, linebacker Wesley Woodyard said. “Just to see him get up there and talk and believe in himself, that’s something that spreads throughout the whole team. He believes in himself, so we believe in him.” Before a game against the Jets last month, Tebow approached Woodyard and cornerback Champ Bailey, among others, to share his faith. “He said God just came and told him to just make sure that he spreads the word and tell everybody, don’t worry about a thing and at the end of the day give credit to God,” Woodyard recounted. “Probably if anything I said, ‘Don’t worry. There’s a plan for whatever. Let’s go and give our heart out and be the same no matter what. Let’s give God the glory win or lose and go lay our hearts on the line,”’Tebow said. “That’s usually what I most often say, something like that.” It’s not like Tebow is proselytizing, inducing others to convert to his faith, his teammates say. “The thing about Tim, I respect him, because he’s never pushed his religion off on anybody,” Woodyard said. “He just goes out there and believes in God himself and shows it every day.” Randall Cunningham, also a mobile quarterback who regularly expressed his religious views during his playing career, said many people criticize Christians for being hypocrites and maybe expect Tebow to fall from grace. “But I’m going to tell you something, that kid is not a hypocrite,” Cunningham said. “... I watch him. He cares about his team, he cares about the fans, he cares about the game, he cares about success and he knows that he can do all things through Christ and that’s what he does and that’s why he wins.” Indeed, Cunningham said he thinks the Broncos wouldn’t have won seven of eight under another quarterback. “God’s hand is on him. Because he’s trusting God, I believe that God honors his faith,” Cunningham said. “The Bible says that God chose the lowly things of this world, that’s what everybody says about him, that he’s not a good quarterback, he’s not this and he’s not that. And then what does God do? He proves everybody wrong. Through this young, 24-yearold kid, in front of the world, God uses him. That is a powerful, powerful man of God right there.” www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011Page 7A JD FINANCIAL; 3.639"; 4"; Black plus three; process, business; 0 0 0 1 4 5 2 3 ROAD SHOW ESTATE BUYERS; 9.347"; 3"; Black; 12/2,9,16,23,30; 0 0 0 1 4 5 2 9 SPRINGLAKE GOLF RESORT* NEW; 3.639"; 3"; Black plus three; process, 12/16,18,23,25; 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 3 Brian Peterson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT Denver quarterback Tim Tebow is greeted by fans as he exits Mall of America Field in Minneapolis aftter tge Broncos defeated t he Minnesota Vikings, 35-32, Dec. 4. Tebow mixes faith and football with no apologies Former UF star has become a polarizing figure

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C M Y K Associated PressLAS VEGAS — The NAACPin Las Vegas wants a federal probe and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is calling for an independent investigation of Las Vegas police practices after a police shooting that killed an unarmed Gulf War veteran behind the wheel of his car in a condominium complex. The calls for outside oversight came days after Sheriff Douglas Gillespie pleaded for patience from the public and promised a thorough internal investigation of the Monday morning slaying of Stanley Lavon Gibson. Police said Gibson, 43, rammed his vehicle into police cruisers after officers were called late Sunday to a report of an attempted condominium break-in. Frank Hawkins Jr., president of the Las Vegas chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, noted that Gibson was black and pointed to what he called “an unprecedented number of questionable deaths” at the hands of Las Vegas police. “There have now been 12 deaths at the hands of the police this year alone,” Hawkins said. “Local authorities have proven either unwilling or unable to address what appear to be either rogue or dangerously incompetent officers within the police department operating with impunity.” The U.S. Department of Justice should investigate and make public its findings, Hawkins said. ACLU chief Dane Claussen called the shooting “deeply troubling” and said it “fits into a long pattern of shootings of persons, many others of whom also were unarmed, who were not an immediate threat to anyone.” Las Vegas police haven’t taken sufficient steps to limit shootings and aren’t properly investigating them, Claussen said. Gibson’s friends and family members said he had a troubled personal history, was suffering from cancer he blamed on his Army service, had recently had his Veterans Affairs disability payments reduced, and was due for sentencing on an assault charge after an argument with a Veterans Affairs doctor. Gibson’s wife, Rondha Gibson, has told reporters that her husband ran out of anxiety medication and was prone to paranoid delusions and anxiety, with fears that people were after him. Neighbors’videos show officers firing shots into the vehicle after it spun its wheels while wedged between police cruisers. Las Vegas police on Wednesday identified the four patrol officers involved in the shooting as officer Jesus Arevalo, officer Malik Grego-Smith, Sgt. Michael Hnatuick and Lt. David Dockendorf. Each is on paid leave pending the internal investigation. Page 8ANews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011www.newssun.com LAKE COUNTRY JEWELERS; 9.347"; 3"; Black; 12/2,9,16,23,30; 0 0 0 1 4 5 2 2 FRAMES AND IMAGES; 3.639"; 2"; Black; 12/2,9,16,23,30; 0 0 0 1 4 5 2 4 By STEPHANIE REITZ Associated PressWhen the time came for Merriam-Webster to pick its top word of 2011, its editors decided they needed to be pragmatic. So they chose ... pragmatic. The word, an adjective that means practical and logical, was looked up so often on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary that the publisher says “pragmatic” was the pragmatic choice for its 2011 Word of the Year. Though it wasn’t traced to a specific news event or quote from a famous person, searches for “pragmatic” jumped in the weeks before Congress voted in August to increase the nation’s debt ceiling, and again as its supercommittee tried to craft deficit-cutting measures this fall. “Pragmatic” may have sparked dictionary users’ interest both because they’d heard it in conversations, and because it captures the current American mood of encouraging practicality over frivolity, said John Morse, president and publisher of Springfield, Mass.-based Merriam-Webster. “‘Pragmatic’is a word that describes a kind of quality that people value in themselves but also look for in others, and look for in policymakers and the activities of people around them,” Morse said. Anew feature on MerriamWebster’s site allows users to tell the dictionary publisher why they sought that specific word, and the feedback from those who looked up “pragmatic” was that they wanted to reaffirm that the connotation was positive. “People have a general sense of what the word meant and in fact had even been using it, but then they had a moment when they thought to themselves, ‘Perhaps I ought to look up that word and make sure it means what I think it means,”’Morse said. Merriam-Webster has been picking its annual top choice since 2003. Previous winners include: austerity (2010), admonish (2009) and bailout (2008). “Austerity” also made the top 10 list in 2011 along with ambivalence, insidious, didactic, diversity, capitalism, socialism, vitriol and “aprhs moi le deluge.” That quote, attributed to King Louis XVof France, translates to, “After me, the flood,” and was used by columnist David Gergen in a piece about the Congressional supercommittee’s failure to reach a deficit-cutting deal. Merriam-Webster says it’s generally used to allude to people who behave as if they don’t care about the future, since “the flood” will happen after they’re gone. Morse and Peter Sokolowski, MerriamWebster’s editor at large, said they would not have been surprised if some people had expected “occupy” to be the 2011 Word of the Year because of the interest raised by Occupy Wall Street protests and similar encampments. Though it was used a lot in conversation, “occupy” did not prompt an unusual number of searches. “It’s like the dog that doesn’t bark. ‘Occupy’or ‘recession’or ‘entitlement’are words you see pop up occasionally in the daily log of lookups, but not in the yearly log,” Sokolowski said. “Occupy” still has a chance to grab a spot in the linguistic limelight, though, because it’s being considered among the front-runners for the American Dialect Society’s 2011 Word of the Year. That group’s annual choice isn’t driven by dictionary lookups, but is a word or phrase that members consider widely used, demonstrably new or popular and reflects the year’s popular discourse — similar, in a sense, to Time’s selection of Person of the Year. The magazine chose “the protester” as its person of the year for 2011. The American Dialect Society will announce its selection Jan. 6 after a vote at its annual convention in Portland, Ore., and the group’s executive secretary, Allan Metcalf, says “occupy” is getting a lot of buzz. But so is “Tebow time,” a concept that alludes to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s ability to rally late-game comebacks — and, in a broader sense, applied to any success or comeback at crunch time. “Maybe ‘Tebow time’ might win the Word of the Year in the crunch, but we have two weeks left to go, so who knows what other words might pop up,” said Metcalf, who is also an English professor at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., and author of “OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word.” Another outlet, the London-based Oxford English Dictionary, also named its 2011 word choice in November: “squeezed middle,” a primarily term credited to British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband to describe the financial pinch felt by the middle class in Great Britain. Merriam-Webster picks pragmatic as Word of Year Merriam-Webster's annual Words of the Year dating to 2003, when the publisher started making the selection: 2011: Pragmatic "relating to matters of fact or practical affairs often to the exclusion of intellectual or artistic matters: practical as opposed to idealistic." Frequently looked up before 2011 Congressional debate on U.S. debt ceiling, and again as Congressional "supercommittee" considered deficit-cutting measures. 2010: Austerity "enforced or extreme economy." Extensively looked up after Greece imposed a series of strict austerity measures, including cutting public sector salaries and increasing taxes, to fight a debt crisis that eventually spread to other European countries. 2009: Admonish "to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner." Extensively looked up after Rep. Joseph Wilson, R-S.C., was admonished for shouting "you lie" at President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress. 2008: Bailout "a rescue from financial distress." Selected by huge volume of lookups as Congress was considering $700 million bailout package for financial industry. 2007: W00t "expression of joy or triumph, or an obvious victory; abbreviation of We Owned the Other Team,'originating from computer-gaming subculture." Selected as representative of new words, often whimsical and clever, emerging from new technology. 2006: Truthiness "truth that comes from the gut, not books." Popularized by Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert; selected as Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster's online users. Picked as national political debates questioned what constitutes "truth," and whether it is subjective. Deemed by Merriam-Webster as a playful term for an important issue. 2005: Integrity "firm adherence to a code; incorruptibility." Picked as national political discourse centered on integrity, and lack thereof, in public servants on national and local levels. 2004: Blog "a website that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer. Short for Weblog." Selected as it rocketed to prominence in midyear, driven by growth and popularity of blogs. 2003: Democracy "government by the people, especially: rule of the majority, or: a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections." Selected as one of the most frequently looked-up words each year, especially in a campaign season preceding noteworthy elections. — Merriam-WebsterWords of the Year dating back to 2003 By DORIE TURNER APEducation WriterATLANTA— Nearly half of America’s public schools didn’t meet federal achievement standards this year, marking the largest failure rate since the muchcriticized No Child Left Behind Law took effect a decade ago, according to a national report released Thursday. The Center on Education Policy report shows more than 43,000 schools — or 48 percent — did not make “adequate yearly progress” this year. The failure rates range from a low of 11 percent in Wisconsin to a high of 89 percent in Florida. The findings are far below the 82 percent failure rate that Education Secretary Arne Duncan predicted earlier this year but still indicate an alarming trend that Duncan hopes to address by granting states relief from the federal law. The law requires states to have every student performing at grade level in math and reading by 2014, which most educators agree is an impossible goal. “Whether it’s 50 percent, 80 percent or 100 percent of schools being incorrectly labeled as failing, one thing is clear: No Child Left Behind is broken,” Duncan said in a statement Wednesday. “That’s why we’re moving forward with giving states flexibility from the law in exchange for reforms that protect children and drive student success.” State’s scores varied wildly. For example, in Georgia, 27 percent of schools did not meet targets, compared to 81 percent in Massachusetts and 16 percent in Kansas. That’s because some states have harder tests or have high numbers of immigrant and low-income children, center officials said. It’s also because the law requires states to raise the bar each year for how many children must pass the test, and some states put off the largest increase until this year to avoid sanctions. The numbers indicate what federal officials have been saying for more than a year — that the law, which is four years overdue for a rewrite, is “too crude a measure” to accurately depict what’s happening in schools, said Jack Jennings, president of the Washington, D.C.-based center. An overhaul of the law has become mired in the partisan atmosphere in Congress, with lawmakers disagreeing over how to fix it. “No Child Left Behind is defective,” Jennings told The Associated Press. “It needs to be changed. If Congress can’t do it, then the administration is right to move ahead with waivers.” Waivers fix the immediate problem but likely will make it much more difficult for parents to understand how schools are rated because progress will no longer be based on just one test score. Under the 11 waivers already filed, states are asking to use a variety of factors to determine whether they pass muster and to choose how schools will be punished if they don’t improve. Those factors range from including college-entrance exam scores to adding the performance of students on Advanced Placement tests. At least 39 states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, have said they will file waivers, though it is unclear how many will get approved. Republicans in Congress say Duncan and President Barack Obama are using the waivers to push a “backdoor education agenda” that will ultimately let schools off the hook. “The law needs to be fixed and it needs to be fixed in Congress and not by executive action,” House education committee Chairman John Kline, a Republican from Minnesota, said in September after Obama announced the waivers. Under No Child Left Behind, states that have tough standards are punished and schools that make progress but don’t hit benchmarks get treated the same as schools that see performance dip, Jennings said. “Alot of educators saw the weaknesses in No Child Left Behind even when it was rolled out — that this day and time would come,” said Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge. “It’s kind of a train wreck that we all see happening.” Follow Dorie Turner on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dorieturner Report: half of schools fail federal standards Florida has 89 percent failure rate NAACP, ACLU want probes of Vegas police slaying

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C M Y K www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011Page 9A NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pursuant to a WRIT OF EXECUTION issued out of the Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit In and for Broward County, Florida, on the 13th day of January, 2010, in the cause wherein ADORNO & YOSS, LLP., a limited liability partnership., is Plaintiff, and FRED STERNBERG, an individual, BONNIE STERNBERG, an individual, BBBENTLEY, CORP., f/k/a Baxter International Corp., a dissolved Florida profit corporation, and BBBaxter LLC., a disolved Delaware limited liability company, are Defendants, being Case No. 09-020781-09 in the said Court, I, Susan Benton, Sheriff of Highlands County, Florida, have levied upon all of the Defendant, BONNIE STERNBERGs right, title and interest in and to the following described REAL property in Highlands County, Florida, to-wit: LOT 4, PLANTATION HILL SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 16, PAGE 56, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA STREET ADDRESS FOR THE SUBJECT PROPERTY IS: 1706 West Stryker Road, Avon Park, FL. 33825 and on the 24th day of January, 2012, at the Commerce Avenue entrance to the Highlands County Courthouse, in the City of Sebring, Highlands County, Florida, at the hour of 11:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, I will offer for sale all of the said defendant, BONNIE STERNBERGs, right, title and interest in the aforesaid property at public outcry and will sell the same, subject to all prior liens, encumbrances and judgments, if any, to the highest and best bidder or bidders for CASH, the proceeds to be applied as far as may be to the payment of costs and the satisfaction of the abovedescribed execution. Dated this, December 14, 2011 SUSAN BENTON, SHERIFF OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA By: /s/ Jack Baily, Jr. Lt. Jack Bailey, Jr., DEPUTY SHERIFF In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the agency sending this notice at 434 Fernleaf Ave., Sebring, FL 33870, Telephone 863/402-7228 not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TTD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Services. December 16, 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 28 2011 CA 000187 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CORPORATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR TBW MORTGAGE-BACKED TRUST 2007-1, MORGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-1 Plaintiff, vs. FRANCINE M. BARRON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF FRANCINE M. BARRON; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY UNIT A 2526 HIDDEN CREEK CIR., SEBRING, FL 33872; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY UNIT B 2526 HIDDEN CREED CIR., SEBRING, FL 33872; Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure Sale dated December 1, 2011, and entered in Case No. 28 2011 CA 000187, of the Circuit Court of the 10TH Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida. THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CORPORATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR TBW MORTGAGE-BACKED TRUST 2007-1, MORGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-1 is the Plaintiff and FRANCINE M. BARRON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF FRANCINE M. BARRON; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY UNIT A 2526 HIDDEN CREEK CIR., SEBRING, FL 33872; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY UNIT B 2526 HIDDEN CREED CIR., SEBRING, FL 33872; are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at IN THE JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE, SEBRING, FL, AT 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE, SEBRING IN HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA, at 11:00 a.m., on the 28th day of December, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 26A, HIDDEN CREEK VILLAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 14, PAGE 49, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A 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 this 2nd day of December, 2011. Robert W. Germaine As Clerk of said Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 16, 23, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 11-000474-GCS LANSDOWNE MORTGAGE FUNDING, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, and U.S. CENTURY BANK, a Florida banking corporation, Plaintiff, v. JOEY D. KOVATCH, individually, RHONDA G. KOVATCH, individually, SPRING LAKE PROPERTY ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-for-profit Corporation, et. al. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: JOEY D. KOVATCH YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to ``enforce a lien on or ``foreclose a mortgage on or ``quiet title to or `` partition and/or other type of action in connection with the following property in Highlands County, Florida: 6101 SHERMAN TERRACE, SEBRING, FLORIDA 33876 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, on Ryan Tables, Esq., at Stolzenberg, Gelles & Flynn, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, whose address is 1401 Brickell Avenue, Suite 825, Miami, Florida 33131, on or before January 17, 2012, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Dated on December 9, 2011. As Clerk of Court of HIGHLANDS COUNTY By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 16, 23, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 28-2011-CA-000656 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, GRANTEES, DEVISEES, LIENORS, TRUSTEES, AND CREDITORS OF FRANCIS I. DRIGGERS; DEBORAH JEAN DRIGGERS, DECEASED, ET AL. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, GRANTEES, DEVISEES, LIENORS, TRUSTEES, AND CREDITORS OF DEBORAH JEAN DRIGGERS, FRANCIS I. DRIGGERS, DECEASED, AND ALL CLAIMANTS, PERSONS OR PARTIES, NATURAL OR CORPORATE, AND WHOSE EXACT LEGAL STATUS IS UNKNOWN, CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST DEBORAH JEAN DRIGGERS, FRANCIS I. DRIGGERS, DECEASED, OR ANY OF THE HEREIN NAMED OR DESCRIBED DEFENDANTS OR PARTIES CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN AND TO THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED Current residence unknown, but whose last known address was: 4730 COCO PALM DR., SEBRING, FL 33870-5301 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Highlands County, Florida, to-wit: LOT 15, BLOCK 5, OF SEBRING VILLAS SUBDIVISION, FIRST ADDITION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 83, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on DOUGLAS C. ZAHM, P.A., Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 12425 28th Street North, Suite 200, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, on or before January 10, 2012 or within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice of Action, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court at 590 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870-3867, either before service on Plaintiff's IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: GC-11-000547 TAYLOR BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP. Plaintiff, vs. CLARA LUCK A/K/A CLARA D. LUCK; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CLARA LUCK A/K/A CLARA D. LUCK; UNKNOWN TENANT I; UNKNOWN TENANT II; TAYLOR BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORPORATION; HIGHLANDS COUNTY, A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under any of the above-named Defendants, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: CLARA LUCK A/K/A CLARA D. LUCK 423 ARCHER ROAD LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 OR 951 W. BELDEN AVENUE, 3R CHICAGO, IL 60614 OR 1147 6TH STREET, APT. 210 SANTA MONICA, CA 90403 OR 4740 N. CUMBERLAND AVENUE 298N CHICAGO, IL 60656 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CLARA LUCK A/K/ A CLARA D. LUCK 423 ARCHER ROAD LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 OR 951 W. BELDEN AVENUE, 3R CHICAGO, IL 60614 OR 1147 6TH STREET, APT. 210 SANTA MONICA, CA 90403 OR 4740 N. CUMBERLAND AVENUE 298N CHICAGO, IL 60656 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED, CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose Mortgage covering the following real and personal property described as follows, to-wit: LOT 14, BLOCK 21, PLACID LAKES, SECTION 19, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, AT PAGE 14, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Buckles, Butler & Hosch, P.A., 3185 South Conway Road, Suite E, Orlando, Florida 32812 and file the original with the Clerk of the above-styled Court on or before 30 days from the first publication, otherwise a Judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 8th day of December, 2011. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, (941)534-4690, within two (2) working days of your receipt of this notice; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call (TDD) (941)534-7777, or Florida Relay Service 800-955-8770. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: /s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Cler k December 16, 23, 2011 Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk December 9, 16, 2011 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 28-2011-CA-000363 SPRINGLEAF HOME EQUITY, INC. F/K/A AMERICAN GENERAL HOME EQUITY, INC. Plaintiff, v. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, GRANTEES, DEVISEES, LIENORS, TRUSTEES, AND CREDITORS OF SHIRLEY GUNN A/K/A SHIRLEY A. GUNN, DECEASED, ET AL. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, GRANTEES, DEVISEES, LIENORS, TRUSTEES, AND CREDITORS OF SHIRLEY GUNN A/K/A SHIRLEY A. GUNN, DECEASED, AND ALL CLAIMANTS, PERSONS OR PARTIES, NATURAL OR CORPORATE, AND WHOSE EXACT LEGAL STATUS IS UNKNOWN, CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST SHIRLEY GUNN A/K/A SHIRLEY A. GUNN, DECEASED, OR ANY OF THE HEREIN NAMED OR DESCRIBED DEFENDANTS OR PARTIES CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN AND TO THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED Current residence unknown, but whose last known address was: 111 CLOVERLAND ST., LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Highlands County, Florida, to-wit: LOT 6, BLOCK 27, OF THE THIRD ADDITION TO HIGHWAY PARK, A COLORED SUBDIVISION OF LAKE PLACID, FLORIDA, PLAT OF SAID THIRD ADDITION BEING RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 8, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on DOUGLAS C. ZAHM, P.A., Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 12425 28th Street North, Suite 200, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, on or before January 6, 2012 or within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice of Action, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court at 590 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870-3867, 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 petition. WITNESS my hand and seal of the Court on this 28th day of November, 2011. ROBERT GERMAINE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 11-728-GCS ONEWEST BANK, FSB, Plantiff, vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS AND OR BENEFICIARIES OF THE ESTATE OF MARJORIE WOOD, et al, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: UNKNOWN CREDITORS OF THE ESTATE OF MARJORIE WOOD Last Known Address: Unknown Current Residence: Unknown UNKNOWN HEIRS AND OR BENEFICIARIES OF THE ESTATE OF MARJORIE WOOD Last Known Address: Unknown Current Residence: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 5, BLOCK 1, ASSEMBLY POINT SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE(S) 39, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall C. Watson, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 1800 NW 49TH STREET, SUITE 120, FT. LAUDERDALE FL 33309 on or before January 12, 2012 a date which is within thirty (30) days after 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. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863) 534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the Court this 5th day of December, 2011. ROBERT W. GERMAINE As Clerk of the Court By: /s/ Annette E. Daff As Deputy Clerk December 9, 16, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 11000496GCS FINANCIAL FREEDOM ACQUISITION LLC, Plantiff, vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS AND OR BENEFICIARIES OF THE ESTATE OF MARY E. YOUNG, et al, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: UNKNOWN CREDITORS OF THE ESTATE OF MARY E. YOUNG Last Known Address: Unknown Current Residence: Unknown UNKNOWN HEIRS AND OR BENEFICIARIES OF THE ESTATE OF MARY E. YOUNG Last Known Address: Unknown Current Residence: Unknown ROBERT YOUNG Last Known Address: 1720 Lake Josephine Drive, Sebring, FL 33875 Also Attempted At: 13334 W. Waterway Drive, Sebring, FL 33875 Current Residence: Unknown TIMOTHY YOUNG Last Known Address: 609 Coral Ridge Court, Sebring, FL 33876 Current Residence: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: THE WESTERLY 106.48 FEET OF LOT 48, AS FOLLOWS; COMMENCE AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE NORTH LINE OF JOSEPHINE COUNTY ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY AND THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF LOT 48, LAKE JOSEPHINE SUBDIVISION NO. 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 85 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS A POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE RUN EASTERLY 106.48 FEET ALONG THE NORTHLINE OF THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY TO POINT; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG A LINE PARALLEL TO THE WEST LINE OF SAID LOT 48, A DISTANCE OF 136.54 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION OF SAID LINE AND THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LOT 48; THENCE WESTERLY ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF LOT 48 FOR A DISTANCE OF 106.84 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION OF SAID NORTH LINE OF LOT 48 WITH THE WEST LINE OF SAID LOT, THENCE SOUTH WESTERLY ALONG THE SAID WEST LINE OF LOT 48 FOR A DISTANCE OF 127.81 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall C. Watson, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 1800 NW 49TH STREET, SUITE 120, FT. LAUDERDALE FL 33309 on or before January 10, 2012 a date which is within thirty (30) days after 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. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863) 534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the Court this 30th day of November, 2011. ROBERT W. GERMAINE As Clerk of the Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 9, 16, 2011 1050LegalsIN THE CIRCUIT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CASE #: 2011-CA-000638 DIVISION 3: UNC: Bank of America, National Association Successor by Merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P., Plaintiff, -vs.Anthony Brunson; Sebring Golf View Home Owners' Association, Inc.; Unknown Parties in Possession #1, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in Possession #2, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY TO: Anthony Brunson, WHOSE RESIDENCE IS: 12506 Ridgeway Court, Davie, FL 33330 Residence unknown, if living, including any unknown spouse of the said Defendants, if either has remarried and if either or both of said Defendants are dead, their respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, though, under or against the named Defendant(s); and the aforementioned named Defendant(s) and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants as may be in infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action has been commenced to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property, lying and being and situated in Highlands County, Florid,a more particularly described as follows: UNIT 12, GOLFVIEW TOWNHOUSES, (FORMERLY KNOWN AS UNIT 1), DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: A PORTION OF LOTS 35 AND 36, BLOCK AA, COUNTRY CLUB ADDITION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 56, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE MOST NORTHERLY CORNER OF LOT 35; THENCE RUN SOUTH 28 DEGREES 39' WEST ALONG THE NORTHWESTERLY LINE OF LOT 35, FOR A DISTANCE OF 156.67 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 61 DEGREES 21' EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 7.83 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 61 DEGREES 21' EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 34.67 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 28 DEGREES 39' WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 18.33 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTHERLY LINE OF LOT 36; THENCE RUN NORTH 61 DEGREES 21' WEST ALONG THE SOUTHERLY LINE OF LOTS 36 AND 35 FOR A DISTANCE OF 34.67 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 28 DEGREES 39' EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 18.33 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. more commonly known as 1177 US 27th South, Unit #12, Sebring, FL 33870. This action has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, upon SHAPIRO & FISHMAN, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, whose address is 4630 Woodland Corporate Blvd., Suite 100, Tampa, FL 33614, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this notice 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. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 2nd day of December, 2011. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Circuit and County Courts By: /s/ Annette E. Daff Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration at 430 S. 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C M Y K Page 10ANews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011www.newssun.com IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 11-485 IN RE: ESTATE OF JENNINGS SEGRAVES Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JENNINGS SEGRAVES deceased, whose date of death was October 27, 2011, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-6266, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 430 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 2011-000343PCS IN RE: ESTATE OF DEBORAH REDDY, Deceased, SSN: 265-82-7568 Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of DEBORAH REDDY, deceased, whose date of death was January 22, 2011, and whose social security number is 265-82-7568, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 430 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida 33870. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD 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 the 9th day December, 2011. Personal Representative: /s/ Donnie Smith 3842 Avenue O, N.W. Winter Haven, FL 33881 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ Charles M. Laycock, Jr. Florida Bar No. 528781 123 First Street North Winter Haven, Florida 33880 Telephone: (863)299-1962 Facsimile: (863)299-8890 December 9, 16, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 11-497 IN RE: ESTATE OF BETTY HUMPHREY a.k.a. BETTY LOU HUMPHREY a.k.a. BETTY L. HUMPHREY Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of BETTY HUMPHREY a.k.a. BETTY LOU HUMPHREY a.k.a. BETTY L. HUMPHREY, deceased, whose date of death was July 16, 2011, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-1707, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 430 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 16, 2011. Personal Representative: /s/ Robert L. Norton 6494 Sanibel Captiva Road Sanibel, FL 33957 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ David F. Lanier E-Mail Address: lanier30@embarqmail.com Florida Bar No. 045399 DAVID F. LANIER P.O. Box 400 Avon Park, Florida 33826-0400 Telephone: (863)453-4457 December 16, 23, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE No. 11-622 GCS OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. JOSEPH W. MCGATHEY, REGINA A. MCGATHEY, SPRINGLEAF HOME EQUITY, INC. F/K/A AMERICAN GENERAL HOME EQUITY, INC., UNKNOWN TENANT #1, AND UNKNOWN TENANT #2, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: Regina A. McGathey Residence Unknown If living: if dead, all unknown parties claiming interest by, through, under or against the above named defendant(s), whether said unknown parties claim as heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, or other claimants; and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property herein described. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: LOT 15, BLOCK 11, SEBRING HILLS SOUTH, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE 93, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. Street Address: 311 GROSBEAK AVENUE, SEBRING, FL 33872 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Clarfield & Okon, P.A. Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 500 Australian Avenue South, Suite 730, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, within 30 days after the date of the first publication of this notice and file the original with the Clerk of this Court, otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED on November 29, 2011. Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk Clarfield & Okon, P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff 500 Australian Avenue South, Suite 730 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Telephone: (561) 713-1400 December 9, 16, 2011 1050LegalsDUMMY 09 SERVICE DIRECTORY DUMMY 5X21.5 AD # 00011623

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C M Y K www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011Page 11A 9000 Transportation CHRISTMAS PACKAGE. 4 Wheelers-2006 Kawasaki 750cc Brute Force. 2006 Suzuki 400cc Eiger. 2007 Suzuki 90cc, 2006 16' double axle trailer. Call for individual pricing or all for $7500 obo. 863-381-7917. 2002 HONDAFORMAN 450CC / 4 X 4 / 4 WHEELER. Good Condition $3000. 863-214-7965 DEISEL BUSMCI 47 Pass. w/air brakes. 2 yrs. groceries free, Wal Mart, Target & Best Buy Merchandise. Accommodations for 2 yrs if payment plan approved. $120,000.00. 917-216-8379 8400RecreationalVehiclesREMINGTON -MODEL 870-Express Magnum3 in. shells-12 gauge, has turkey choke tube, 20 gauge has skeet and full choke attachments. $300 each or both for $550. 863-382-4549 8350Sporting Goods1992 PONTOONBOAT, 17 foot Sylvan with trolling motor, bait well, fish finder and 35hp. Call 863-385-2927 8050Boats & Motors 8000 Recreation POWER SCOOTER!Like New! Disassembles easily to fit into vehicle. Goes 10 mi.! $400 Call 321-287-6543 LIFT CHAIRLUXURY Power Recliner with 6 motion / massage / heat. Great condition! $500 863-414-4436 7560Medical Supplies& EquipmentNOTICEFlorida 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 intestinal and external parasites. 7520Pets & Supplies SEBRING206Wren Ave. Thur. Fri. Sat, Dec 15, 16, & 17. 8am 3pm. Holiday decor, Craft supplies, Books, Beanie babies. Lots Of Miscellaneous. SEBRING THUR.SAT. 8 4PM. HUGE SALE! 1086 Lakeview Dr. Furn., lots of Christmas, collectibles, clothes, electronics & lots of misc. SEBRING THUR.FRI. 8 3pm. 2905 Paradise Path. Francis 2 MHP. Household, Tools & misc items! SEBRING -MULTI FAMILY / MOVING SALE! 538 Oak Ave. Fri & Sat., Dec 16 & 17, 9AM -? Clothing (plus size) crafts, candles, rubber stamps, vhs-cd-dvd, sm. appliances, 3 wheel bike, books, household items, patio furn. MORE! SEBRING -**BIG FAMILY SALE** 4010 Eiland Dr. Off Payne Rd. Friday Only! Dec. 16th, 8 am 3 pm. Something For Everyone!! SEBRING -MULTI FAMILY SALE! Harder Hall 4516 Westminster Rd. Fri & Sat Dec 16 & 17, 7am-? Furniture, Sm. appliances, Christmas decor, household items, collectibles, jewelry. Much More! SEBRING -MULT FAMILY SALE! 114 Longwood Rd. Sat & Saun, Dec. 17 & 18, 8am 4pm. Christmas trees & decor, fabric, tools, crafts, collectibles, furn., garden sup. Too Much To List. SEBRING -HUGE SALE! Thur. Sat. Dec. 15th, 16th & 17th. 8 ?. 3230 Cedar Dr off Hammock Rd. Lots of Christmas, jewelry, woman's extra large clothes & LOTS OF MISC. SEBRING -HUGE SALE! 1501 Riley Ave. ThurFri-Sat, Dec. 15-16-17, 8am3pm. Clothing (man's), ladies access. jewelry, sm. appl. knick Knacks, man's & ladies shoes, CD'S & Beanie Babies. SEBRING -BIG SALE! 4216 Sebring Ave. Sat. Dec. 17th, 8am 1pm. Exercise bike, curio cabinet, dishes, pots & pans, craft supplies and afghans. Much Much More! SEBRING -8600 CR 635 ( 1/4 mi S of entrance to Country Club of Seb.) Fri & Sat Dec 16 & 17, 7:30am 2pm. More Christmas decor, More household & misc. RAIN or SHINE! SEBRING COMMUNITYGARAGE SALES for 2012 are Jan. 28th, Feb. 18th, Mar. 17th, Apr. 21st May 19th on the SIDEWALKS at the HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CIRCLE. See application www.destinationdowntownsebring.com 7320Garage &Yard Sales SEB. -2308 AVALON RD., Sat. 12/17, off the Sebring Parkway, starts 8 a.m. Please do not come early. Lots of electronics, kitchen appl., knick-knacks, tools, clothes. A.P. -FRI.-SAT. 12/16-17, 8am-5pm, 1002 S. Waldron Ave. Baby items, cookware, appliances, lots of misc. ESTATE* MOVING SALE SEBRING 4100 Loquat Rd. Thur-Fri-Sat, Dec. 15, 16, 17, 8am 4pm. **RAIN or SHINE** Everything Must Go!! Beautiful Home. Amish pedestal DR set, floral sleep sofa & love seat, recliner, wrought iron w/ glass top LR tables (5), oak electric fireplace, lg. mirror & wall art, SertaPedic dbl beds, qn. bed, Nice bedding, Doggie stroller step up & crib, rugs, wicker glass top patio set, faux plants, 8 pc. wicker set, lovely statuary, Husky trailer, 22" 6hp line trimmer, craftsman 13.5 30" cut auto. riding mower/mulcher, 2 wheel poly garden cart, Delta 10" compound miter saw, Craftsman sawzall, power tools, ladder, blower, yard tools, tools stand, Hoover tile scrubber, picnic table (you move it), full kitchen / pots-pans & dishes, country white BR furn., wooden rocker. PLUS More Items! We invite your serious inquiry for Lg. Furn. items. 863-214-5217 By Appointment Only. Donna Collins Estate Sales www.estatesales.net 7320Garage &Yard Sales TELEVISION 19INCH/ Durabrand $50 863-699-0352 SPORT COATand Suit size 40 short. $20 863-699-0352 SLIDING SHOWERDoors with Frame. 2 sets $15 863-214-8462 SANTA MUGS20 oz. Ceramic w/coaster/lid. $16 Call 863-273-3731 RECLINER /Brown / Good condition. $100 863-385-3988 LAWN VACUUMBlack & Decker Elec. $45 Call 863-452-0903 DRESSERS (7)Various of sizes $100 863-414-8412 DISPLAY CASE3 Shelf, mirror back. 6 x 14 x 19. Glass Door. $25 Call 863-273-3731 CHEST -Diamond plate, aluminum, 48" long, good for pickup or trailer. Very Nice! $95. 863-453-7027 CANDLES 16Electric 9" candles. $15 obo. Call 863-382-9796 BUFFET SERVER3 sections, silver plated. $20 Call 863-452-0903 BISELL UPRIGHTVACUUM CLEANER, $9. 863-214-1555. BEDRAILS -PUTCO pipe, 1 set for short bed pickup. Dress up your truck for only $40. 863-453-7027 7310Bargain Buys SILK ARRANGEMENT2' tall. New! Red, white and cream flowers. Large Resin Santa w/toys in sleigh. $100 Call 863-465-0859 SEBRING FREEroom in exchange for work & company. Non-Smoker, references required. Call 863-385-1806 RAINBOW VACCLEANER w/Shampoo attachment. $500 Call 863-465-0859 COMPLETE AMATURERRadio station Kenwood transciever TS-4305 PS 30 power pack, versa tuner MFJ949, Hustler 4BTU vertical antenna. Mike & headset. All $500 cash. 863-382-4549 7300Miscellaneous DINING ROOMSET Hammary. 14 piece. Creme. 3 Leaves. $595. Call 717-602-6612 ANTIQ. BEDTwin sz., dark wood on rollers, low head board, w/ cut outs, short sleigh foot board, new mattress outfit. Keep Calling! 863-214-6697 7180FurnitureREFRIGERATOR GESide by Side 25cu ft. Ice & water in door. Works great. $150 Call 863-402-0660. Leave message. 7040AppliancesCOURT ORDERED AUCTIONUS Bankruptcy Court Southern District of FL West Palm Beach Div. In Re: George Mason Citrus, Inc. Case No: 11-34921-BKC-EPK Auction Conducted On Site 140 Holmes Ave, Lake Placid FL 33852 10 AM SAT DEC 17 Assets of Citrus Harvesting Company Includes: Truck/Trailers, Pickup Trucks, SUV, Welding Machine, Asst. Tools, Air Jacks, Air Drives, Cherry Picker, Air Compressor, Truck & Auto Lifts, Tire Dolly, Clutch Jack, Truck Tires, Asst. Office Equip, Furniture & Supplies Terms: Deposit to Register: $1,000.00 cash, cashier's check, 10% Buyer's Premium, Previews: Fri, Dec 16, 9 AM 5 PM, and 2 hours prior. All assets sold subject of Court Order, and sold subject to Confirmation of the US Bankruptcy Court Judge at a hearing on Dec. 19. All assets offered and sold in As-Is condition. For further information contact George Richards, 954-635-5033, or E-mail: grichards@natlauction.com NATIONAL AUCTION CO AB640AU899 Licensed RE Brokers & Auctioneers (561) 364-7004 www.natlauction.com 7020Auctions 7000 Merchandise STORE FRONTFOR RENT! 1600 sq. ft. Excellent Location. Downtown Avon Park. Asking $800 per mo. Call John @ 863-453-5600. SEBRING 640Park St. 6400 sq ft, $1600/mo: A/C, office, BA, 8 overhead doors, 3 phase electric, fenced yard, near Sebring Parkway. Call Chip Boring 863-385-0077 or Cell 863-381-1298 6750Commercial RentalBEAUTY SHOPavailable, 600 sq.ft. Located on busy street in Sebring. Call 863-385-8738 for more information. 6600Business & OfficesFor RentSEBRING -STORAGE RENTALS 12' X 30' with 10' X 10' Doors. 602 Park Street, Sebring,Fl. Call 863-385-7486 6550Warehousesfor Rent SPRING LAKE4BR, 2BA, 2 car gar., 1/2 acre fenced yard, pool in screened enclosure w/ baby barrier, pool & lawn ser. & garbage incl. No pets. 1 yr. lease $1200 1st/ last/sec. dep. 863-214-4004 SEBRING -2 STORY TOWN HOME 3BR, 2.5BA, 1CG $800/mo. No Smoking, no pets. 863-402-1142 AVON PARKGUEST HOME Lake Front Estate, Private Setting. 2/1 All Appliances, Water, Garbage & Lawn Care. $600/mo. 863-452-2299 6300Unfurnished Houses SEBRING -DINNER LAKE AREA 1BR, 1BA Apartments for Rent. $395/mo. Includes water. Large rooms, fresh paint & tile floors. Call Gary Johnson @ 863-381-1861 BEAUTIFUL APTSSEBRING 2BR, 1BA, tile floors, screen back porch, beautiful landscaping, building 5 yrs. new. Pets OK. $595 month. Medical Way. 863-446-1822 AVON PARKLEMONTREE APTS 1BR $495 mo. + $200 Sec. Deposit, available immediately. Washer/Dryer & WSG included. Call Alan 386-503-8953 AVON PARKApartment with Balcony Overlooking Lake Verona and City Park 100 E. Main St. Laundry Facilities. SPECIAL : $325/mo. 863-453-8598 AVON PARK** Highlands Apartments 1680 North Delaware Ave. 1BR, 1BA & 2BR, 2BA Available. Central Heat & Air. Extra insulation. 1st & Sec. Call 863-449-0195 6200UnfurnishedApartmentsPLACID LAKESStudio Apartment. Kitchenette, pool w/d avail. Fully Furn. on golf course, weekly, monthly, yearly. $395 incl. elec. & water. Background check. No pets. 954-805-5630 6150FurnishedApartments SEBRING NICE2/1 & 3/1 Duplex for rent. 2004 & 2006 Fernway St. Convenient location. Ready to move in. Washer & Dryer in each. $550 (2/1) $600 (3/1). Call Pat (954) 410-8844 or Stan (863) 451-1030 LAKE PLACIDPlacid Lakes, Unfurnished 2BR, 2BA. $450/mo. + 1st. mo. & security. 863-699-0897 or 863-840-2013 LAKE PLACID2/2. Patio, Fenced Yard. Washer & Dryer. $450 per mo. + security. In Sun In Lakes-lake Placid. Call 954-829-1641 6050Duplexes for Rent 6000 Rentals2/1 MOBILEHOME on Private Lot. W. NW. side of lake Istogpoga. Incl. water, furnishings, W/D. $500 per mo. No large pets. Call or email Shawn @ 954-609-1001 ShawnD@Bellsouth.Net 5150Mobile HomesFor Rent SEBRING MOBILEHome 55+ Sebring Village. 2/2. $6500. Good Cond. 863-471-6728 or 863-446-0815 SEBRING FRANCIS1. 1/1, Carport w/lot. Furnished. Reduced $20,000.00 obo. Call 561-202-4087. MOBILE HOME1959. Good bones. 10'x41' w/10'x 27' completely inside space. Florida room attached. Good size shed & lot. $196 per month Lake Jackson access. $4000 obo. Please call 863-451-2848. AVON PARKRemodeled 12X56, 55+ Park, 2 BR, Lg. bath, hardwood floors & plumbing. Florida rm., heat pump, carport, storage building. Fully Furn. Ready to move in. $8500 276-698-5514 AVON PARK**PICTURE THIS FOR XMAS** Furn. 2BR, 2BA, (With Land) Reno / Painted / New Laminate / Carpets. Rent Free! Don't Miss This One! 863-453-4338 5050Mobile HomesFor Sale 5000 Mobile HomesATTENTION: CASH for your Home, Duplex, Apartment, Commercial Property. Rapid Closing, "As Is Condition. 863-441-2689 STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL 4320Real Estate WantedSUN INLAKES 1 lot 100 x 100. On Dreamland Dr. $4000. Call 954-295-4393. 4220Lots for SaleLAKE JACKSON,near boat ramp, west side, best view of lake. 2 BR/2 BA home on 1 acre lot, zoned for 2 additional homes, $385,000. 863-385-7237. 4080Homes for SaleSebring 4000 Real Estate 3000 Financial TELEVISION REPAIRTECH Must have one year experience. Pay depending onexperience. Contact Musselman's Appliances and TV. Email resume: mussappl@earthlink.net 863-386-0898 MEDICAL RECORDSCOORDINATOR Progressive long-term care facility is seeking a qualified Medical Records Coordinator as part of the team. Must have a strong working knowledge of long-term and documentation a plus. Must be accurate detail oriented, computer, medical terminology and ICD 9 coding experience. Salary based on education and experience. Apply in person at Royl Care of Avon Park, 1213 W. Stratford Rd., Avon Park, Fl. 863-453-6674. EOE,MF.DFWP. MEDIA ADVERTISING MULTI-MEDIA ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE We are a Sebring Florida Newspaper is accepting resumes for a qualified OutsideSales Representative that values teamwork and has a desire to succeed. The successful candidate must have at least 6 months to 1 year sales experience. Is highlymotivated and enjoys building client relationships, not afraid to ask for a sale, professional, enthusiastic, and exhibit a high level of integrity. This position is the perfect choice for anyone loving to sell a product you believe in. We offer base salary plus commission; excellent benefits to include medical, dental, life, 401k and more; paid time off; and training. Send reply to Adsalesjobs@newssun.com 2227 US 27th South Sebring, Florida 33870 EOE HIGHLANDS COUNTY OUTSIDE SALES If 150-$200 A Week will help you Part Time, I need people who need And want to work. Easy Sales. Good for Students and Retirees. Call Ed: 352-217-9937 FEILD INSPECTIONPOSITION Positions in Sebring/Avon Park/Wauchula areas. FT/PT Positions available. Seeking motivated and organized professionals. Income from $800-$1200 per month. Responsibilities Include: Taking pictures of pre selected properties/houses. Independent contractor. Requirements: Dependable & fuel efficient transportation, Gps Navigation Cellular Phone ( Must have communication at all times), Computer knowledge a must, Computer with high speed internet and scanner Digital camera. Experience a plus. All will train. Please reply to: info@prosafeproperties.com BUSY HOUSECLEANING COMPANY Looking for a Part Time House Cleaner. Must have own transportation. Call Janelle @ 863-382-6442 2100Help WantedADVERTISING SALESASSISTANT We Are Expanding! We have a new position available, in Sebring Florida for a ADVERTISING SALES ASSISTANT Responsibilities: Scheduling client appointments. Maintaining advertising schedules. Client relations and assist Multi Media Account Executive. Salary + Commission. News Sun Send reply to Adsalessjobs@newssun.com 2227U S 27 South Sebring Fl. 33870 EOE 2100Help Wanted 2000 EmploymentSEBRING SAT.7:30-2:30pm. 5535 US HWY 27 S. next to Heartland Work Force. Furn., household items, clothing, Christmas, dress ware & much more. New Covenant United Methodist Church. 1500Child Care Services 1100Announcements NOTICE OF SALE The following vehicles will be sold at public sale or auction to satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 713.78(2) of the Florida Statutes at 10:00 a.m. on 12/27/11 at 1118 WEIGLE AVE. Sebring, FL 33870. 2006 PACE 4FPFB12136G102290 December 16, 2011IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. PC 11-469 Division Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF GEORGE R. DAVIS Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of GEORGE R. DAVIS, deceased, whose date of death was May 11, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Clerk of the Court, Highlands County Courthouse, 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is December 16, 2011. Personal Representative: Rodney A. Davis 47 Lake Damon Drive Avon Park, Florida 33825 Attorney for Personal Representative: John K. McClure Attorney for Rodney A. Davis Florida Bar Number: 286958 MCCLURE & LOBOZZO 211 S. Ridgewood Drive Sebring, Florida 33870 Telephone: (863) 402-1888 Fax: (863) 402-0751 E-Mail: kelly@mllaw.net December 16, 23, 2011 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: GC-09-125 LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR FIRST FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, MORTGGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-FF1 Plaintiff, vs. FABIO SUAREZ A/K/A FABIO ERNESTO SUAREZ, INGRI CATALINA HOYOS GALVAN A/K/A INGRI C. H. GALVAN; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF FABIO SUAREZ A/K/A FABIO ERNESTO SUAREZ; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF INGRI CATALINA HOYOS GALVAN A/K/A INGRI C. H. GALVAN; UNKNOWN TENANT I; UNKNOWN TENANT II; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR NATIONPOINT, A DIVISION OF NATIONAL CITY BANK, and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under any of the above-named Defendants, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County, Florida, will on the 5th day of January, 2012, at 11:00 o'clock A.M. at the in 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., offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following-described property situate in Highlands County, Florida: A PORTION OF LOT 22 AND LOT 23, OF SEBRING SHORES DEVELOPMENT SECTION 3, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 55, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTH EAST CORNER OF LOT 22; RUN THENCE IN A NORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION ALONG THE ARC OF A CURVE TO THE RIGHT (SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 944.58 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 1 DEGREE 41 MINUTES 54 SECONDS) FOR A DISTANCE OF 28.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE NORTH 84 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 01 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 144.09 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE IN A SOUTHWESTERLY DIRECTION ALONG THE ARC OF A CURVE TO THE RIGHT (SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 1093.21 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 1 DEGREE 28 MINUTES 03 SECONDS) FOR A DISTANCE OF 28 FEET; THENCE CONTINUING IN A SOUTHWESTERLY DIRECTION ALONG THE ARC OF A CURVE TO THE RIGHT (SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 1093.21 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 3 DEGREES 29 MINUTES 56 SECONDS) A DISTANCE OF 66.76 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE SOUTH 88 DEGREES 32 MINUTES 55 SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF 145.33 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE IN A NORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION ALONG THE ARC OF A CURVE TO THE LEFT (SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 944.58 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 3 DEGREES 23 MINUTES 49 SECONDS) A DISTANCE OF 56.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. pursuant to the Final Judgment entered in a case pending in said Court, the style of which is indicated above. Any person or entity claiming an interest in the surplus, if any, resulting from the foreclosure sale, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, mus file a claim on same with the Clerk of Court within 60 days after the foreclosure sale. WITNESS my hand and official seal of said Court this 8th day of December, 2011. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, (941)534-4690, within two (2) working days of your receipt of this notice; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call (TDD) (941) 534-7777, or Florida Relay Service 800-955-8770. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk December 16, 23, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 11-493 IN RE: ESTATE OF MURRAY W. RIKARD a/k/a MURRAY W. RIKARD, JR. Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MURRAY W. RIKARD a/k/a MURRAY W. RIKARD, JR., deceased, whose date of death was October 28, 2011, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands Court, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claim with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 9, 2011. Personal Representative: Frank L. Ducharme 1811 Prospect Street Sebring, FL 33870 BREED & NUNNALLEE, P.A. Attorneys for Personal Representative: 325 NORTH COMMERCE AVENUE SEBRING, FL 33870 Telephone: (863) 382-3154 By: /s/ E. Mark Breed III Florida Bar No. 338702 E-mail Address: breednunn@bnpalaw.com December 9, 16, 2011 NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 16, 2011. Personal Representative: /s/ Jennings Segraves, Jr. 205 E. Charles Street Avon Park, Florida 33825 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ David F. Lanier E-Mail Address: lanier30@embarqmail.com Florida Bar No. 045399 DAVID F. LANIER P.O. Box 400 Avon Park, Florida 33826-0400 Telephone: (863)453-4457 December 16, 23, 2011 1050LegalsCHECK YOUR ADPlease check your ad on the first day it runs to make sure it is correct. Sometimes instructions over the phone are misunderstood and an error can occur. If this happens to you, please call us the first day your ad appears and we will be happy to fix it as soon as we can. 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C M Y K By LAUREN WELBORN News-Sun correspondentSEBRING – “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose; it is how you play the game.” Truer words could not have been used to explain the soccer match between Lake Wales and the Lady Blue Streaks Tuesday night at Fireman’s Field. After having lost to Lake Wales earlier in the season by a whopping 5-0 count, the girls showed major progress as they were able to hold a tighter game and see the final score at 0-0. Pressure on the goal was about even during the first half, with the ball never settling for too long in either team’s favor. Keeper Meghan Williams contributed her first of ten saves for Sebring within the first five minutes of play. Also keeping scoring opportunities minimal were defenders Destiny McCartney, Holly Scherlacher and Taryn O’Bannon. With their efforts, as well as the assisting midfielders, Sebring was able to hold Lake Wales pretty tight for the first forty minutes of play. As the second half began, Lake Wales attempted to take the lead after a shot turned into a fumble in the goal box, but would not be able to capitalize as the Sebring defenders cleared the ball before any chance of a Lake Wales rebound. The desire to score the first goal of the game increased as time on the clock ticked away, and with such urgency came a higher level of intensity. Despite valiant efforts from both sides of the field, however, the game remained scoreless as the final whistle blew. “It was a very exciting game; both teams battled hard for the ball,” said head coach Paul Brown. “The girls hung in there tonight against a tough team, and we did not have the individual mistakes that usually cost us the game.” Noting the girls’enthusiasm during the game, assistant coach Daniel Grimaldo added, “We played great tonight, and everyone played to their ability.” Sebring hoped to see this same momentum as they took on McKeel Academy Thursday before the holiday break has them out of action until Friday, Jan. 6, when they travel to Winter Haven. SPORTS B SECTION News-Sun Friday, December 16, 2011 News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Imani Powell locks out her 110-pound clean-and-jerk in Tuesdays meet against Hardee. News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Brittany Collison boots this one upfield Tuesday night during the Lady Dragons 5-0 win over Hardee. Collison scored twice in the match. News-Sun photo by LAUREN WELBORN Lady Blue Streak Haylee Peters gets under the ball to keep it in bounds during Tuesdays 0-0 draw with visiting Lake Wales. Page 3C By LAUREN WELBORN News-Sun correspondentSEBRING – Not all of a woman’s cleaning is done in the kitchen. The Sebring girls’ weightlifting team earned another win as they had a clean sweep of first-place finishes when they played host to Hardee Tuesday night. The final tally saw a 48point difference, as weightlifting team wins are determined by points earned by the individuals of each weight class. In this case, Sebring earned 67 to beat out Hardee’s 19. Those winning individuals included Amanda Hicks and Katie Stoll, who took home first and second place in the 101-pound division lifting 160 and 130, respectfully, between the bench press and clean-andjerk. Bianca Nortelus led the 110-pound class with a total lift of 185 while Tatiana Perilla and Larissa Fantetti each lifted 175 to secure the 119 class in Sebring’s favor. In the 129s, Brittany Lockhart totaled 235 to add another first-place finish to the board. Imani Powell and Hannah Tucker represented Sebring in the 139-pound division with lifts of 200 and 165 to lock in first and third place. Mattie Coe muscled 190 to win the 154-pound class with Michelle Volny following closely behind at 185 for second place. The 169 class included a put up of 230 by Alexis Wilson for the win, and Jessica Belcher, who took third place with a total of 180. The 183-pound class was led by Roenecka Freeman’s total of 225 with a 195 total earned by Kayla Larosa for second place. Michaela Malisham and Nakeema Thomas came in first and second place in the 199 class with lifts of Lady Streaks give Hardee the heave-ho News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Larissa Fantetti strains to get this bench press up during Tuedays Sebring win over Hardee. See LADIES, Page 4B Progress seen in soccer draw Sebring0Lake Wales0 By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comLAKE PLACID – It was an early start time for the Lady Dragons Tuesday night, as a visit from Hardee saw a girl-boy slate. And even though head coach John Merlo claimed this might have caused a slower than usual start for his squad, it was hard to notice as the high-powered offense continued to roll with a 5-0 win. Hannah Waller, after all, found the net just seven minutes into the match as her seeing-eye kick found its’way through the Wildcat defense and past the keeper to open the scoring. Scoring machine Brittany Collison then took over, notching her 24th and 25th goals of the season to up the ante. After a clearing kick got the ball near midfield, Collison corralled it and started a one-woman drive into the Hardee zone. Dribbling up the right side, she soon found an angle to her liking and rocketed a shot to tickle the twine for a 2-0 lead. Later, a corner kick sent the ball into a virtual rugby scrum in front of the goal. But Collison gained control, found a crease and fired it in for the 3-0 edge the Dragons would take into the half. Taylor Test got the second half started well, getting one past the keeper in the 48th minute, before the Hardee defense finally was Lady Dragons keep on lighting it up Lake Placid5Hardee0 See LP, Page 4B News-Sun file photo by ED BALDRIDGE Marcus Dewberry and the Red Devils moved to 5-0 on the season Tuesday night. News-Sun file photo by DAN HOEHNE J amacia Gayle lead the Lady Dragons with 11 points T uesday night. By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comIt was a busy Tuesday night around the Highlands County high school sports scene, with a few hits and a few misses. In addition to the Sebring girls weightlifting win, another victory for the Lady Dragons of the soccer pitch and a hard-fought tie for the Sebring girls soccer squad, the Red Devils of the hardwood kept their unblemished record alive with a win over DeSoto. The team is now 5-0 on the season after handling the Bulldogs, 76-61, and travels to Auburndale this weekend to take part in the T-Mac Tournament where they will face Ridge Community tonight at 6 p.m. and the host Bloodhounds Saturday at 7 p.m. Elsewhere in boys basketball, Lake Placid continued to struggle in this early part of the season with a 56-37 loss to Mulberry Tuesday. The Dragons hosted Sebring Thursday, and Fort Meade Friday before heading to Evangelical Christian in Ft. Myers, Monday through Wednesday, for the ECS Christmas Invitational tournament. The Lady Dragon basketball team, on the other hand, continued the strong start to its’season with a 44-19 crushing of Mulberry Tuesday. Having seen some defensive strategies to work on after last Friday’s loss to Avon Park, head coach Jackie Coyne must have worked wonders in practice as Lake Placid (5-2) shut out the Around the county See SCORES, Page 4B

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C M Y K Lake Placid Senior SoftballLAKE PLACID – If you are 50 and over and want some exercise in a fun atmosphere, come to the Lake June Ballfield on Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 9 a.m. Lake Placid Senior Softball is currently practicing for the 2012 season which begins in January. Bring your glove and enjoy the comradery.Last Day 5KSEBRING – The Highlands County YMCAis hosting a Last Day 5k Saturday, Dec. 31, at 9 a.m. Enter before Monday, Dec. 26 to guarantee a duffle bag. Any questions call 382-9622.Holiday Baseball CampAVONPARK – SFCC Baseball will be holding its 14th Annual Holiday Baseball Camp Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 19-21, for players aged 5-14. Cost of the camp is $75 with SFCC head coach Rick Hitt serving as camp director and assistant coach Andy Polk and current and former Panther players will assist campers. There will also be a special appearance by one or more former SFCC players that have made it to the Major Leagues. Register at www.southflorida.edu ; click on camps, or call 863 784-7035. Pre-registration is encouraged and walk-up registrations are accepted. Registration and check-in each day from 8:30-9 a.m. Instruction, drills, baseball trivia and games daily from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All campers receive camp T-shirt Sebring Senior SoftballSEBRING Asenior 70-and-over softball league will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Interested players must have been born in 1943 or before. It will be a drafted league. Games will be played at the Highlands County Sports Complex on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 10 a.m. All interested softball players should contact Harry Bell at 382-0542 or see him at the Sports Complex on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.Duffers Pool TournamentAVON PARK Duffers Sports Grille kicked off a double elimination pool tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Game times will be from 7-11 p.m. each Wednesday in December and will conclude with the championship game played on Dec. 28. Everyone is guaranteed two games. All games are free. There is a $5 entry fee. All fees go to prize money for first, second and third place winners. Limited entries are being accepted. First place wins cash, pitcher of beer (or soda) and a trophy, while second and third wins cash. Sign up with Duffers General Manager Ross Vickers by the Monday, Dec. 5 deadline. Atournament ladder with times will be posted at Duffers on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Ano-show is a forfeit. Pocket billiard rules apply. Duffers is located at 2451 U.S. 27 South, Avon Park. For more details, call 452-6339.Tennis TournamentSEBRING – The Highlands County Tennis Association will sponsor a new Memorial Mixed Doubles Tournament honoring Brigitte Klein. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Thakkar Tennis Center. Entry fee is $10 per player, $5 for those under the age of 19. To enter, call Earl Maslin at 382-7514 before Thursday, Dec. 15.Joe Jenkins 5KSEBRING – The annual Joe Jenkins 5K Run/Walk with its time prediction format is set for Highlands Hammock State Park on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 a.m. The unique format asks runners/walkers to predict the time it will take them to cover the 3.1-mile run. The fifteen closest to predicting their times will win awards. No speed is necessary to win and, of course, no watches are allowed. Entry fee is $15 through December 14 and $20 afterwards through race day. Checks made payable to Joe Jenkins and forwarded to race director Chet Brojek, 3310 Par Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Entry forms are available by email at cbrojek@comcast.net or calling 3854736. “Former HHSPranger Joe Jenkins is suffering from Lou Gehrig’s ALS disease and every dollar raised by the event goes to helping Joe and his family with medical expenses,” said Brojek. “Let’s all join in this effort to help Joe and his family during this holiday season.” SFCC Volleyball CampAVONPARK – The Lady Panther Volleyball program will be holding a fourday camp on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s Jan. 24, 26, 31 and Feb. 2 at the Panther Gym for players from grades 5-8. Cost is $60 and the camp runs each evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact SFCC Volleyball head coach Kim Crawford at 784-7037 or Kimberly.Crawford@southflorida.edu .Scholarship GolfSEBRING – The Second Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament will be on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Country Club of Sebring. Format is a four-man scramble with handicap flights. Entry fee is $65 per person. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start 8:30 a.m. Entry fee includes greens fee, golf cart and lunch. Contests: Great prizes for Hole-in-One, Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive. Make checks payable to Wings of Faith CWC Scholarship Fund. For questions contact Alvin Walters at 381-5706 or Jerome Matthews at 2732533. Please submit entries by Monday, March 26, 2012. All proceeds benefit college-bound senior graduates, Class of 2012.Junior Kickers ClinicLAKEPLACID – There will be a day soccer camp for kids ages 6-11 at Lake Placid Middle School running from 9 a.m. to Noon on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 20 and 21. The purpose of the Junior Kickers Clinic is to provide high-level technical coaching to the local youth soccer community by Green Dragon head coach James Ashley. The camp is open to all 611 year old boys and girls regardless of soccer skill level. Players can register the day of the clinic and need to bring cleats, a size 4 ball, and shin guards. Cost of the camp is $30 per player. For more information, contact Coach Ashley at 273-1438 or email james.ashleyru@gmail.com AMERICAN CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA New England1030.769396274 N.Y. Jets850.615327270 Buffalo580.385288341 Miami490.308256246 South WLTPctPFPA y-Houston1030.769330208 Tennessee760.538266251 Jacksonville490.308193252 Indianapolis0130.000184382 North WLTPctPFPA Baltimore1030.769320202 Pittsburgh1030.769282198 Cincinnati760.538285270 Cleveland490.308178254 West WLTPctPFPA Denver850.615269302 Oakland760.538290354 San Diego670.462324299 Kansas City580.385173305NATIONAL CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA N.Y. Giants760.538324349 Dallas760.538317281 Philadelphia580.385297292 Washington490.308229290 South WLTPctPFPA x-New Orleans1030.769415286 Atlanta850.615300267 Carolina490.308313355 Tampa Bay490.308232370 North WLTPctPFPA y-Green Bay13001.000466278 Detroit850.615367305 Chicago760.538301255 Minnesota2110.154274364 West WLTPctPFPA y-San Francisco1030.769307182 Seattle670.462246259 Arizona670.462253288 St. Louis2110.154153326 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ___ Thursdays Game Jacksonville at Atlanta, late Saturdays Game Dallas at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m. Sundays Games New Orleans at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Seattle at Chicago, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Carolina at Houston, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Detroit at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. New England at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Cleveland at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m. Baltimore at San Diego, 8:20 p.m. Mondays Game Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 Houston at Indianapolis, 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24 Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Denver at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Miami at New England, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Arizona at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. San Diego at Detroit, 4:05 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25 Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 Atlanta at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.LEAGUELEADERSAFC PASSING AttCompYdsTDInt Brady, NE496328 4273 3311 Schaub, HOU2921782479156 Rthlsbrgr, PIT42927635262111 Rivers, SD48030237452217 M. Moore, MIA2631621864106 Tebow, DEN198961290 112 NFCPASSING AttCompYdsTDInt Rodgers, GB4383054125396 Brees, NO54338543683211 Romo, DAL453294 3646269 Manning, NYG48930341052512 Stafford, DET51632737542914 AFCRUSHING AttYardsAvgTD Jnes-Drew, JX27712224.47 R. Rice, BAL23410294.410 A. Foster, HOU2399574.08 Mathews, SD1859435.14 F. Jackson, BUF1709345.56 McGahee, DEN1999204.64 NFCRUSHING AttYardsAvgTD McCoy, PHI24211724.814 Turner, ATL25410684.28 Gore, SF23410544.56 Forte, CHI2039974.93 Lynch, SEA2259694.39 AFCRECEIVING NoYdsAvg TD Welker, NE100133913.49 Gronkowski, NE71108815.315 Marshall, MIA6793714.04 Bowe, KC6593714.44 Johnson, BUF6379012.56 M. Wallace, PIT62103416.78 R. Rice, BAL625939.62 NFCRECEIVING NoYdsAvgTD Graham, NO80110113.88 White, ATL7596512.96 Sproles, NO74580 7.84 Gonzalez, ATL7381211.17 Johnson, DET72112115.612 Cruz, NYG69115916.87 Harvin, MIN6977911.35 AFC SCORING, NONKICKERS TDRusRecRetPts Gronkowski, NE161150096 R. Rice, BAL1210 20072 A. Foster, HOU10 820060 Jnes-Drew, JX10 730060 Decker, DEN9 081054 Welker, NE9090054 6 tied with 48 NFC SCORING, NONKICKERS TDRusRecRetPts L. McCoy, PHL1714300102 Newton, CAR1313 00078 Johnson, DET120120072 Peterson, MIN1211 10072 Nelson, GB100100060 Lynch, SEA10 910060 Jennings, GB9 090054 Wells, ARI9 900054 Jacobs, NYG8 710150 4 tied with 48EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA Philadelphia19734110682 N.Y. Rangers1774388361 Pittsburgh17104389579 New Jersey16131337986 N.Y. Islanders9136246593 Northeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Boston20914110261 Toronto16113359395 Buffalo15123338182 Montreal13117337980 Ottawa141443296112 Southeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Florida1696388480 Winnipeg14124328493 Washington15131318994 Tampa Bay121622679101 Carolina91852380110WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA Chicago19844210395 Detroit1991399363 St. Louis1793377162 Nashville15114347980 Columbus91742273100 Northwest Division WLOTPtsGFGA Minnesota2084448370 Vancouver18102389873 Edmonton14133318380 Calgary14142307482 Colorado14161298294 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA Dallas17111357478 San Jose15103337868 Phoenix15123337880 Los Angeles13134306570 Anaheim9165237196 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ___ Tuesdays Games Columbus 2, Vancouver 1, SO New Jersey 3, Florida 2, SO Colorado 4, San Jose 3, SO Boston 3, Los Angeles 0 Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2, OT Toronto 2, Carolina 1, OT Dallas 1, N.Y. Rangers 0 Detroit 4, Pittsburgh 1 Philadelphia 5, Washington 1 Montreal 5, N.Y. Islanders 3 Nashville 2, Calgary 1 Winnipeg 2, Minnesota 1 Wednesdays Games Chicago 4, Minnesota 3, SO Boston 5, Ottawa 2 Anaheim 4, Phoenix 1 Thursdays Games Dallas at N.Y. Islanders, late Vancouver at Carolina, late Los Angeles at Columbus, late Philadelphia at Montreal, late Calgary at Tampa Bay, late N.Y. Rangers at St. Louis, late Detroit at Nashville, late Washington at Winnipeg, late Edmonton at Phoenix, late Colorado at San Jose, late Fridays Games Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at New Jersey, 8 p.m. Anaheim at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. SCORING LEADERS PlayerTeamGAPTS Giroux PHI162339 Kessel TOR181836 Toews CHI181634 Lupul TOR132134 D. SedinVAN122234 Stamkos TB181533 Versteeg FLA151833 H. Sedin VAN82533 Sharp CHI161632 Hossa CHI131932 Nugnt-Hopkins EDM131932 Pominville BUF102232 Spezza OTT102232 4 tied with 31 ptsBASEBALLAmerican League BALTIMORE ORIOLES…Agreed to terms with LHP Tsuyoshi Wada on a two-year contract. KANSAS CITY ROYALS…Released RHP Mario Santiago. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS…Agreed to terms with RHP Takashi Saito on a one-year contract. COLORADO ROCKIES…Named Dave Hajek infield coordinator; Kevin Riggs hitting coach for Tulsa (Texas); Jon Stone hitting coach for Modesto (Cal); Mike Devereaux hitting coach for Asheville (SAL) and Drew Saylor hitting coach for Grand Junction (Pioneer). HOUSTON ASTROS…Acquired INF Jed Lowrie and RHP Kyle Weiland from Boston for RHP Mark Melancon. Designated INF Brian Bixler for assignment. MILWAUKEE BREWERS…Agreed to terms with 3B Aramis Ramirez on a three-year contract. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS…Agreed to terms with SS Rafael Furcal on a twoyear contract.BASKETBALLNational Basketball Association DALLAS MAVERICKS…Signed G Jerome Randle. LOS ANGELES LAKERS…Signed F Josh McRoberts to a two-year contract. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES…Signed C Marc Gasol. MIAMI HEAT…Waived G Cameron Jones. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES…Signed G J.J. Barea to a four-year contract.FOOTBALLNational Football League DALLAS COWBOYS…Placed QB Jon Kitna on injured reserve. Signed WR Dwayne Harris from the practice squad. Signed QB Chris Greisen to the practice squad. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS…Signed S Sterling Moore to practice squad. HOUSTON TEXANS…Announced defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took a medical leave. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS…Signed LB Michael Wilhoite to the practice squad. Released RB Ian Johnson from the practice squad. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid TODAY: Boys Basketball vs.Fort Meade,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball at Sebring, 6/7:30 p.m. MONDAY: Boys Basketball at ECS Christmas Invitational,3 p.m. TUESDAY: Boys Basketball at ECS Christmas Invitational,3 p.m. Sebring TODAY: Girls Basketball vs.Lake Placid,6/7:30 p.m. THURSDAY,Dec.22: Boys Basketball vs.Avon Park,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY,Dec.27: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,7:30 p.m. Avon Park TODAY: Boys Basketball at T-Mac Tournament,Auburndale,vs.Ridge Community,6 p.m.; Girls Basketball at Victory Christian,6:30 p.m. SATURDAY: Boys Basketball at T-Mac Tournament,Auburndale,vs.Auburndale,7 p.m. TUESDAY : Boys Basketball vs.Hardee,6/7:30 p.m. N N F L SA T U R D A Y 8 8 p m Dallas at Tampa Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 8 H I G H S C H O O L F O O T B A L L FR I D A Y 1 1 p m 5A Final … Wakulla vs. Miami Norland . . S U N 7 7 p m 7A Final … First Coast vs. Manatee . . . . . S U NN H L SA T U R D A Y 7 7 p m Tampa Bay at Columbus.. . . . . . . S U N Times, games, channels all subject to change G O L F FR I D A Y 9 9 a m JBWere Masters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G O L F N o o n Thailand Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . G O L F 3 3 p m Omega Dubai Ladies Masters . . . . . . . . . G O L FSA T U R D A Y 9 9 a m JBWere Masters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G O L F N o o n Thailand Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . G O L F 3 3 p m m Omega Dubai Ladies Masters . . . . . . . . . G O L FC O L L E G E F O O T B A L L FR I D A Y 8 8 p m NCAA Division I Semifinal . . . . . . . . . . E S P N 2SA T U R D A Y 1 1 1 a m NCAA Division II Championship . . . . . . E S P N 2 2 2 p m New Mexico Bowl, Temple vs. Wyoming E S P N 5 : 3 0 0 p m Idaho Potato Bowl, Ohio vs. Utah State . E S P N 9 9 p m New Orleans Bowl, San Diego State vs. . . Louisiana-Lafayette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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C M Y K News-Sun file photo by DANHOEHNE Former Harder Hall competitor, 16-year old Lexi Thompson leads the Dubai Ladies Masters after two rounds. Associated PressORLANDO — Magic general manager Otis Smith said Wednesday the team’s goal remains to keep Dwight Howard in a Magic uniform as long as they possibly can and that the trade talks “could go to the end of the season.” Smith would not say whether trade talks for the center are off, but did say there was no deal in place. “We’re at the same place we’ve always been,” Smith said. “We don’t have a deal until we have a deal. Right now we still have him in a Magic uniform, and that’s where we expect him to be until that changes.” Howard, who is entering the last year of his contract, confirmed over the weekend that he had requested a trade to New Jersey, Dallas or the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the 26-year-old center has since publicly softened his stance, saying he would be amenable to remaining in Orlando. The Magic have said they will not risk losing Howard without compensation, which means they must either sign him or trade him before the March deadline. However, Smith said they could keep Howard beyond that. “As I’ve said, our objective is to keep him in a Magic uniform as long as we possibly can,” Smith said. “With that said, we could go to the end of the season.” Howard tried to deflect all trade questions Wednesday. “Nobody will understand what I’m going through, what we as players have to go through, night in and night out, unless you’re a player,” he said. “I could write a book of all the stuff I’ve heard from teammates. Other guys around the league hear it. A lot of people have called me to make sure I stayed off my Twitter, my Facebook, so I don’t have to go through (the public reaction). “But it’s a process, and I think I’m doing a great job of not letting it affect who I am. At one point it was, but I’m not going to let that affect me . It’s been a roller coaster, but I’m enjoying it. I’m going on a good ride.” And it could be a long one. Though there are reports that the Nets have been trying to engineer a multipleteam trade to get Howard, Smith indicated nothing is imminent. “I think we’re going to continue to talk to every team out there, but that doesn’t mean anything is going to happen,” he said. Coach Stan Van Gundy said the Magic’s practice sessions have been relatively free of distractions. They open a two-game preseason at Miami Sunday night and will open the regular season on Dec. 25 at Oklahoma City. “I was kind of expecting this,” guard J.J. Redick said. “I knew that there would be this cloud of uncertainty around Dwight because I saw what happened last year with Carmelo (Anthony), I saw what happened the year before that with LeBron (James), and Dwight is obviously in their league of superstardom. So there’s going to be a lot of attention until something happens.” With the hammer of free agency, Howard appears to be in control of what happens. But for now, at least, it seems the Magic can control when anything happens. “Dwight and I have talked about this. He has a great heart and he genuinely wants to please people, whether that’s fans, teammates, our management, our coaches. He wants to be well-liked,” Redick said. “Anytime you run into a situation like this, people take things personally. If he was to get traded, I think people would take that as a knock on Orlando. “Dwight recognizes and knows that this city has been great for him and he’s been great for this city. My hope is that he will continue to be great for this city.” Golf HammockThe Golf Hammock Ladies played a Low Gross, Low Net event on Wednesday Dec. 14. Taking low gross in the First Flight was Lorraine Friend, with a 91, while Laura Kebberly was second with a 92. For low net in the flight, Florence Towells 62 took top honors, with Jean Haigs 68 taking second. Nancy Porcari shot a 99 to take low gross in the Second Flight and Betty Clarke carded a 106 for second. Low net in the flight went to the 67 brought in by Joyce Stanley, with second place going to Marge Pederson and her 71. Last Monday, Dec. 12, the Mezza Group played Individual Pro-Am Points at Golf Hammock Country Club. In first place Jim Gulick scored plus 9 in A group and a tie in second place between Mike Anselm and Denis Shank at plus 7. Johnnie McEachren shot a plus 4 for first place in B group and Doug Haire in second place with plus 3. Joe Hyzny shot a plus 9 in C group for first place andd a tie in second place between Shorty Crocker and Bobby Culbert at plus 2. D group saw Curt Matterson with a score of plus 5 for first place and Paul Brown in second place with plus 2. E group first place was Tony Frances at plus 5 and Terry Yandle with plus 4 for second place. Janet Regan shot a plus 2 for first place in F group, while Dick Botelho was even in second place. There was a tie for first place in G group between Jerry Linsley and Jim Reed with plus 4 and Bill Glenn in third place with plus 3. Bob Morrison scored plus 7 that was good for first place in H group and Jerry Patterson with plus 4 in second placce. Dan Harper shot a plus 8 in I group for first place while Pete Mezza was at plus 5 for second place and Tom Nelligan in third place with plus 3. Next Monday will be a shotgun start beginning at 7:45 a.m. at Golf Hammock. Please arrive early to register. For more information, call Pete Mezza at 414 2110Harder HallThe ladies league played a pro am points event on Monday, Dec. 12. The winners were: First place, Pat Rowbotham with plus4; and second place, Shirley Holt with plus3. Tying for third/fourth places were Mary Hayes and Lorraine Forcier with plus-2 each. The ladies league played a Par 4s Only, One-half Handicapped. The winners were: First place, Pat Chance with 38; second place, Barb Ebert with 38.5; and third place, Sue Kerriman with 39.Lake June WestA mixed scramble was played on Thursday, Dec. 8. Winning first place was the team of Ron Hesson, Charlotte Mathew, Bob and Verna Knishka with 51; second place, Orville and Eva Huffman, Don Boulton, Bill Brouhle and Margaret Schultz with 52; and third place, Ken Rowen, Bob Orr, Bob and Doris Weeks with 53. Close to the pin: (Ladies), No. 8, Mary McNamee, 2-feet-5-inches; and (Men), No. 2, John Byron, 2-feet. The mens association played a Mens League event on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Winning first place was the team of Ron West, Mario Cappelletti, Norm Grubbs and Fred Neer with 36; Tying for second/third places were the teams of Ron Hesson, Orville Huffman, Ward Shaw, Bob Knishka and Walt Nagel; Claude Cash, Cal Billingsley, Joe Swartz and Bill Fowler with 38 each. Closest to the pin: No. 2, Norm Grubbs, 2-feet-8-inches; No. 4, Bob Orr, 3-feet-1-inch; and No. 8, Dick Denhart, 4-feet-9-inches. Ron Van Meter had a Hole-in-One on the 12th Hole using 3-wood 172 yards. The ladies association played a Ladies League event on Monday, Dec. 5. Winning first place was the team of Joyce Swartz, Pat Asmus, Verna Knishka and Charlotte Mathew with 33; second place, Virginia Simmons, Eva Huffman and Jan Mann with 38; and third place, Margaret Schultz, Mary McNamee and Laurie with 39. Closest to the pin: No. 2, Mary McNamee, 1-foot-4-inches; No. 4, Virginia Simmons, 7feet-4-inches; and No. 8, Pat Asmus, 2-feet-6inches.Placid LakesOn Wednesday, Dec. 7, the mens association played team and individual pro am points. Tying for first/second places were the teams of Jim Peters, Gene Patenaude, Bob Lee and Bob Fidlin; Nic Staffieri, Larry Colle, Bill Williamson and Wayne Meyer with plus-8. Individual winners were: A division Tying for first-thru-fifth places were Leigh Furnal, Jim Underwood, Brian Snowball, Murray Campbell and Fred Latshaw with plus-2 each. B division First place, Bob Watkins with plus-7; and second place, Larry Colle with plus-3. C division First place, Bill Williamson with plus-6; and second place, Keith Strickland with plus-4. D division First place, Bob Fidlin with plus-11; and second place, Larry Lamparski with plus-8.SpringLakeOn Tuesday, Dec. 13, the SpringLake Mens Golf Association held a Two Man Team Net Scramble on the newly renovated Cougar Trail course. The competition was flighted by adding the handicaps of the two players and dividing by two. This resulted in six teams in the A flight with handicaps of 11 to 14 and five teams in the B division with handicaps of 19 to 22. In the A Flight, the winners were Bo Bohanon and Gerry Esty who shot a net 56 strokes. Second place went to Gary Behrendt and Bob Berg, who came in with a net 57 strokes. There was a tie for third at 58 strokes, between the teams of Ken Kirby and Bart Bartholomy, and that of Jan Hard and Jack Hoerner. The B Flight was won by Dale Stevens and Jay Payne with a net 50, and second place went to Gale Monda and Jim Foote, who shot a net 52. There was also a tie in the B Flight for third place -this time at a net 54 between the team of Ken Rohr and Leon Van, and the team of Gene Hearn and Larry Colclasure. On Thursday, Dec. 8, the SpringLake Mens Golf Association completed a Two Day Pick Your Partner event in which the first day counted both balls net and the second day included only the Best Ball. Flight A winners were Jim Baker and John Danko with scores of 134 on Day 1 and 64 on Day 2 for a net 198, the only score under 200. Second place went to Ken Kirby and Bob Hinde, who scored 146 and 62 for a total 208. Third place was taken by Pat Jaskowski and Harry Lasiter with 146 and 63 equalling 209. Fourth place went to Don Cunning and Vern Hoffman, who scored 144 plus 66 totalling 210. Coming in Fifth was Gary Behrendt and Joe Austin with 150, 61 and 211. The B Flight was won by Jay Payne and a Blind with 136 on Day 1 and 68 on Day 2 for a net 204 strokes. There was a tie for second place between the next teams … Leon Van and Bob Frederick at 146 plus 59 equal 205 and Bart Bartholomy and Ken Willey at 145 plus 60, totalling also 205 strokes. Fourth place went to Chips Ryan and Ray McKenzie with scores of 143, 63, 206, and fifth place was won by Will David and Bob Berg, who scored 145 and 64, totalling 209. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011Page 3B HARDER HALL GOLF COURSE; 3.639"; 3"; Black; sports; 0 0 0 1 4 5 1 4 MUSSELMAN APPLIANCES; 3.639"; 4"; Black; sports; 0 0 0 1 4 5 1 8 By MICHAELCASEY Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — American teenager Lexi Thompson has taken a two-shot lead afte r the second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters. The 16-year-old Thompson, who is the youngest LPGATour winner, strung together six birdies on her way to a bogey-free 6under 66 Thursday and a 138 total. Thompson got her shor t game working after finishing 16th in the first round. Swedish veteran Sophie Gustafson (67) and Margherita Rigon (68) were two shots back. Michelle Wie is four shots back after a 67. The 22-year-old American, who is looking for her firs t win of the year, rallied afte r an opening-round 73. Overnight leader Lotta Wahlin of Sweden needed eight more strokes on Thursday, scoring a 74. US teen Thompson leads in Dubai Howard saga could go to end of the season Classified Ads € 385-6155 NEWS-SUN

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C M Y K By GREG BEACHAM Associated PressLOS ANGELES — Chris Paul will supply the Los Angeles Clippers with so much more than alley-oop passes to Blake Griffin when he arrives in Hollywood on Thursday night. Abold trade for New Orleans’superstar point guard on Wednesday just might alter the entire sports world’s perception of the Clippers. After managing just six winning seasons in their first 41 years of existence, the bumbling Clippers suddenly look slick and scintillating after swinging arguably the biggest trade in franchise history, giving them two of the NBA’s elite players and a capable supporting cast. Outfoxing the Lakers and thrilling their long-suffering fans, Los Angeles on Wednesday traded highscoring guard Eric Gordon, former All-Star center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and a first-round draft choice acquired from Minnesota for Paul, the four-time All-Star widely considered to be the NBA’s best point guard. “We decided for a player of Chris’caliber that it was just time to make the move and push all our chips into the center of the table,” Clippers vice president of basketball operations Neil Olshey told the team’s website. “We’re really happy about it. Chris is the kind of player that makes everybody around him better. He’s a general. He wins. He’s a warrior, and he’s going to take this whole organization to the next level.” Even the Clippers themselves had trouble believing what their front office had just done in the moments after the trade was announced. Most of the players — including the ones who were traded — were on a holiday bus ride with season-ticket holders when their phones blew up with the news. Griffin’s reaction was captured by television cameras after he chest-bumped center DeAndre Jordan: “Lob city!” It’s already a T-shirt in Los Angeles, and it should be a way of life when the playmaking Paul and the high-flying NBARookie of the Year get together. While armchair analysts debate who won the trade and wonder whether the club can keep its newfound assets for the long term, it’s clear that suddenly the Clippers don’t seem to be the modern archetype for sports ineptitude. Sure, Los Angeles has missed the playoffs 13 times in the last 14 seasons, going 32-50 last spring in the Clippers’18th non-winning season in the past 19 years. The former Buffalo Braves have won just one playoff series since 1976. And sure, the Clippers are still owned by Donald Sterling, the much-criticized real estate magnate who sometimes heckles his own players from his centercourt seat. But the Clippers have been gathering momentum since Olshey replaced Mike Dunleavy in March 2010, patiently stockpiling good players around 2009 top pick Griffin while making runs at free agents such as LeBron James, who gave them a courtesy meeting last summer before heading to Miami. When Paul made it clear he wouldn’t sign a contract extension with the Hornets and was interested in playing in Los Angeles, the Clippers watched while the Lakers’three-team trade for Paul was blocked by the NBAlast week — and then they pounced, offering a deal that not even Commissioner David Stern could reject. “It was a pivotal moment for us,” Olshey said. “It took a long time to accumulate the assets for a deal like this.” The 26-year-old Paul is in his basketball prime after averaging 18.7 points and 9.8 assists in his sixth season in New Orleans, which he capped by almost singlehandedly throwing a scare into the two-time defending NBAchampion Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. Paul will earn $16.4 million this year, and he’s expected to exercise his player option for the 201213 season, making $17.8 million. The Clippers are counting on it, hoping two seasons with Griffin will entice both players to form a long-term partnership. For Paul, Wednesday night’s trade means no more lame-duck practices — or ducking questions — in New Orleans. He’s headed from the Bayou backwater to the bright lights of North America’s second-largest market, teaming up with a forward whose finishing skills are a playmaker’s dream. The deal required Stern’s approval because the Hornets are owned by the league — just one of the many reasons Paul wanted out. Paul nearly ended up in a different locker room at Staples Center. The Lakers had a deal in place to give up Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol for Paul, only to have Stern nix the trade in a widely criticized decision that gave another black eye to the NBA just as it emerged from a protracted, damaging lockout. Stern told New Orleans general manager Dell Demps to scrap the Lakers deal because he thought the Hornets could get younger, better players and more enticing assets. Demps claimed he and Stern were acting “hand in hand,” even though Demps agreed to the deal with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who voiced the 16-time champions’fury to the league. “I knew we were doing the best thing for New Orleans, and that was my job,” Stern said. “You have to stick with what you thin k was right. I must confess it wasn’t a lot of fun, but I don’t get paid to have fun, even though I generally do.” At least the Hornets know who coach Monty Williams will have available when the season opens. Gordon, who turns 23 on Christmas, averaged 22.3 points last season with a smooth jumper and scoring instincts honed by a stint with the U.S. national team. Aminu is a second-year pro who averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds as a rookie, making only a negligible impact, while the 7-foot Kaman is an eight-year veteran who averaged 12.4 points and seven rebounds last season — and has a valuable expiring contract that will pay him $12.2 million this season. “With this trade, we now have three additional players who were among the top eight draft picks in their respective drafts as well as our own first-round pick and (another) first-round pick,” Demps said. “Aminu is a young talent with a bright future, Gordon is a big-time scorer and one of the best (shooting) guards in the league and Kaman is a proven center and former All-Star.” New Orleans also sent two 2015 second-round draft picks to the Clippers. Paul showed up for Hornets training camp last Friday, but has not spoken to reporters since. He was excused from a normally mandatory media event Wednesday, hours before the trade went through, in which players pose for photos in uniform and talk about the upcoming season. He should have plenty to say when the Clippers introduce him to Los Angeles. “We wanted to make sure that we got the best possible deal for a player of Chris’ caliber, and we feel great about the outcome,” said Jac Sperling, whom Stern appointed as the Hornets’ governor after the league bought the team in December 2010. AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report. Page 4BNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011www.newssun.com NATIONAL AUCTION COMPANY; 3.639"; 7"; Black; 12/11,16; 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 8 9 185 and 180. Finally, in the unlimited class, Angela Dennard secured first with a 235 total and Christine Smith came in third with a final lift of 180. “We have good talent in all of the classes; we should finish strong in the sub-sectional meet in January,” said head coach Steve Berry. “We recently saw some of the competition we will face at the state qualifier, such as Port Charlotte. They lift all year, so they plateau while we workout for one season which means our totals are always increasing. “We will be working hard the next few weeks to prepare, and hopefully the girls don’t go dormant during the break.” After that break, the Lady Streaks will break in the new year on Thursday, Jan. 5, as they host the Highlands County Meet at the Firemen’s Field fieldhouse. Continued from 1B Ladies in blue lift way to win News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE T atiana Perilla finishes her clean-and-jerk effort on her way to a 175-pound total to win the 119 class Tuesday. able to put up some resistance for a few minutes. But Lake Placid wasn’t going to leave well enough alone for long. In the 70th minute, Rosa Ramirez added her name to the scorebook to provide for the final margin. Now 11-0-1 overall, 7-0 in District 8-3Aplay, the Lady Dragons hosted Mulberry Thursday before traveling to Clewiston tonight to close out the week. The girls will then be hanging up the cleats for a couple weeks to enjoy the holiday break before returning to action Thursday, Jan. 5 at DeSoto. Things didn’t go quite so well in the nightcap, however, as the Wildcat boys downed the Dragons by a 3-1 score. Lake Placid was at Mulberry Thursday and host LaBelle Monday before they too get some time off for the holidays. The Dragons then return Tuesday, Jan. 3, with a home match against Frostproof. Continued from 1B LP stays undefeated News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Lindsey Bennett powers this shot toward the goal Tuesday night. This shot wouldnt go in, but the Lady Dragons had little trouble scoring overall, taking a 5-0 win to move to 11-0-1 on the season. Lady Panthers through the first quarter and only three before halftime. Jamacia Gayle lead the offensive charge with 11 points while Alex Coyne added seven and K’unshe Wilson five. The week continued for the Lady Dragons Thursday at Hardee before traveling to Sebring tonight to face the Lady Streaks. Avon Park’s Lady Devils also moved to 5-2 on the season with a 50-42 win over DeSoto and hosted a Thursday night tilt with Lake Wales before traveling to Victory Christian for their final contest before the winter break. The Sebring boys soccer team had a tough time with Lake Wales, falling 6-0, and were at McKeel Thursday night. Continued from 1B Scores around the county Clippers get Chris Paul in big trade with Hornets MCTphoto The rampant trade possibilities finally came to fruition Wednesday as Chris Paul is now a Los Angeles Clipper. The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN

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C M Y K www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011Page 5B INFINITY MARKETING, INC.; 11.25"; 12"; Black; 12/2,9,16,23,30; 0 0 0 1 4 5 1 9 The Community Calendar provides a brief listing of local clubs and organizations who meet on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the group to update the News-Sun on any changes in this listing by calling 3856155, ext. 516; send any changes by e-mail to editor@newssun.com; or mail them to News-Sun Community Calendar, 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL33870.FRIDAY Alcoholics Anonymous One Day At ATime group meets for a closed discussion at 9:30 a.m. Monday and Friday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4500 Sun N Lakes Blvd., Sebring. For details, call 314-0891. American Legion Post 25 hosts a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. at the post, 1490 U.S. 27, Lake Placid. Cost is $6. Shrimp also is available for same price. Open to the public. Tickets in the lounge on Friday night. Lounge hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For details, call 465-7940. American Legion Post 74 has karaoke from 7 p.m. until final call at the post, 528 N. Pine St., Sebring. Post open at noon. Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. Members and guests only. For details, call 471-1448. Avon Park Breakfast Rotary Club meets 7 a.m., Rotary Club building. Bridge Club of Sebring (American Contract Bridge Club)plays duplicate games at 12:30 p.m. at 347 Fernleaf Ave., Sebring. For details, call 3858118. Buttonwood Bay Squares meets first and third Friday in recreation hall, Sebring. Early rounds are from 7-7:30 p.m., alternate mainstream/plus/rounds are from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For details, callLarry Gow at 382-6995. Harmony Hoedowners Square Dance Club offers a class in Lake Placid at the Sunshine RV Resort from 9-11 a.m. Friday. For more information, call Sam Dunn at 382-6792 or e-mail him at samdunn@samdunn.net Highlands Social Dance Club hosts ballroom dancing every Friday, October through March from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Senior Center on Sebring Parkway. Dance the night away to the music of the area's Big Bands. All club dances are open to the public. Appropriate dress required. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Call 385-6671. Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 has lounge hours beginning at 1 p.m. There is a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $8.50 per person. The lodge is open to members and their guests. For details, call 465-2661. Lake Placid Moose serves wings, fish and burgers at 6 p.m. Music provided from 7-11 p.m. Pool tournament is at 8 p.m. Open to members and qualified guests only. Loyal Order of Moose Highlands County Lodge No. 2494, 1318 W Bell St., Avon Park. Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. Lodge phone number 452-0579. Narcotics Anonymous New Day Group meets at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 319 Poinsettia Ave, Sebring. For information call Heartland area helpline (863) 6830630. More information on other meetings and events at www.naflheartland.org. Sebring Bridge Club has Bridge, ACBLDuplicate at the clubhouse, 347 N. Fernleaf, Sebring at 12:30 Fridays. For details or info on lessons, call 385-8118. Sebring Eagles Club 4240 serves chicken or fish baskets from 5-7 p.m. at the club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring, for a $4 donation. Blind darts is played at 7 p.m. For details, call 6554007. Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 serving buffet dinner at 5-7 p.m. Elks and guests invited. Dance music in ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and dance is $10 donation. For reservations, call 385-8647 or 471-3557. Smoke-free environment. Lounge is open from 110 p.m. Sebring Moose Lodge 2259 serves beef franks and Italian sausages served from 1 p.m. to closing at 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring. For details, call 655-3920. Sebring Recreation Club plays bridge at 12:30 p.m. and table tennis at 4 p.m. at 333 Pomegranate Ave. For details, call 385-2966 or leave a name, number and message. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3880, 1224 County Road 621 E., Lake Placid. Texas Hold em lessons, 2 p.m. Call 699-5444. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4300 serves pizza from 5:30-7 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. at the post, 2011 SE Lakeview Drive, Sebring. For details, call 385-8902. Volunteers of America of Florida is a nonprofit organization in Sebring that specializes in assisting person's with mental illness. We are pleased to announce our Drop in Center is open to individuals with a mental illness 6 days a week from 11am to 3 pm. The center offers a welcoming environment where individuals are accepted and feel comfortable. For more information please contact Wendy at 863-382-2022.SATURDAY American Association of University Women meets at 10 a.m. third Saturday at various locations. For details, call 465-2581 or 4522493. American Legion Post 25 serves sirloin burgers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the post, 1490 U.S. 27, Lake Placid. Jam session is from 2-4 p.m. The lounge hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Members and guests invited. For details, call 465-7940. American Legion Post 69 in Avon Park serves dinner at 5 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. American Legion Post 74 open noon to 8 p.m. Hot dogs served. Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. Call 471-1448. Avon Park Lakes Association has a pancake breakfast on the third Saturday of every month. $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12. The clubhouse is at 2714 Nautilus Drive in Avon Park. Avon Park Public Library has a free Adult Film Series at noon. For details, call 452-3803. Heartland Avian Society meets at 1 p.m. third Saturday at various homes or a restaurant. Pet bird owners meet to share food and fellowship and take occassional field trips. Looking for other bird owners to join us. Call Sharol at 465-7350. Heartland Horses & Handicapped Inc. provides free assisted riding sessions for adults and children with special needs from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 118 W. College Drive, AvonPark. Call Mary McClelland, coordinator, 452-0006. Highlands Shrine Club, 2606 State Road 17 South, Avon Park (between Avon Park and Sebring) has a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., country store open from 8 a.m. to noon and pancake breakfast served from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Vendors are welcome. No setup fee is charged for the summer months. Plenty of off road parking. Call 3822208. Historical Society of Greater Lake Placid meets at noon quarterly on the third Saturday of March, June, September, and December at the Masonic Hall, 106 N. Main for a potluck luncheon. Hot Rod Nights Cruise In, meets from 5-8 p.m. every third Saturday at the Home Depot parking lot in Sebring. For details, call 441-3051 o r 441-3086. Lake Placid Art League has a class in Pastels/Acrylics taught by Llewellyn Rinald from from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cultural Center, 127 Dal Hall Blvd. For information call Dan Daszek at 465-7730. Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 opens the lounge at 1 p.m. Card games are played at 1 p.m., and Ba r Bingo is at 1:30 p.m. The lodge is open to members and their guests. For details, call 465-2661. Narcotics Anonymous New Day Group meets at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 319 Poinsettia Ave, Sebring. For information call Heartland area helpline (863) 6830630. More information on other meetings and events at www.naflheartland.org. Overeaters Anonymous meets a t 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Oak Street, Lake Placid. Fo r more details, call 382-1821. Sebring Eagles Club 4240 serve s dinner from 5-7 p.m. at the club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring. Music is from 7-10 p.m. For details, call 6554007. Sebring Moose Club 2259 offers line dancing lessons at 2 p.m. the fir st and third Saturday for members and guests at 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring. F or details, call 655-3920. Twelve Step Study Group for Adult Children of Alcoholics meet s at 11 a.m. first and third Saturday, at first building south of Union Congregational Church, 105 N. Forest Ave., AvonPark. Parking ava ilable south of old church. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3880, 1224 County Road 621 E., Lake Placid. Spaghetti dinner and karaoke at 5:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. For more details, call 699-5444. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4300 serves a meal for $6 from 5:307 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. at the post, 2011 SE Lakeview Drive, Sebring. For details, call 385-8902. COMMUNITYCALENDAR In an effort to clean out items on the Community Calendarthat are out of date, the News-Sun is asking that all groups with entries to email editor@newssun.com or call 385-6155 ext. 539 and inform us that yourentry is current. Any group not heard from by Jan. 15, 2012, will have its entry deleted from the calendar.

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C M Y K Approximately 2 million Americans have been diagnosed with glaucoma, and another 2 million have it but are unaware of their condition. Glaucoma is a chronic degenerative optic neuropathy considered to be the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world. As nerve damage progresses, the patient’s side vision begins to fail. There are no early warning signs with this disease. Glaucoma progresses slowly and the visual fields of each eye overlap significantly; therefore early field defects are hidden from the patient. Patients with early symptoms may notice that parts of a page are missing; however, the classic symptom of “tunnel vision” only occurs when both visual fields are severely damaged. Central visual acuity is preserved until the late stages of the disease. This is why some patients may retain good vision and unknowingly be on the verge of blindness at the same time. Glaucoma can be detected easily through a dilated eye examination with vision loss being preventable in the majority of cases. According to the September, 2009 issue of Primary Care Optometry News, the most efficient way to detect primary open-angle glaucoma may be by screening first-degree relatives with the disease. Screening of high risk groups may yield better results for detecting glaucoma than by screening the population in general. Patients with family histories of glaucoma should be evaluated for this condition on a yearly basis, as up to 26 percent of these patients will have glaucoma compared with only 6 percent of patients who have no family history of this disease. The most common type of glaucoma, primary open angle glaucoma, represents 60-70 percent of patients with the disease. These patients have a higher than normal intraocular pressure, and the eye doctor may note thinning of the optic nerve rim upon examination. Normal pressure glaucoma represents 30-40 percent of patients and does not present with a high intraocular pressure. This type of glaucoma is not as obvious on initial examination since an abnormal pressure reading is not observed. The doctor will still note thinning of the optic nerve, visual field abnormality, or both. Your eye doctor must determine the appropriate treatment for each individual case because not all three elements of increased intraocular pressure, optic nerve damage, and visual field loss may be present in every case. Treatment is based on the patient’s overall physical health. Optic nerve damage must be stopped without causing other health problems. The only proven method of halting or slowing optic nerve damage is by reducing the intraocular pressure, preferably by about 30 percent. Those with a high risk for glaucoma should undergo a comprehensive dilated eye examination on a yearly basis. This high risk group consists of blacks over 40; everyone older than 60, especially MexicanAmericans; and those with a family history of glaucoma (as mentioned previously). Other risk factors for glaucoma include high blood pressure, age, and nearsightedness. If a patient has had a previous history of high intraocular pressure or chronic steroid use, they may be at a higher risk for the disease. Medical conditions also associated with glaucoma include asthma, congestive heart failure, heart block, renal stones, and allergies. Valerie Moulds is a board certified optometric physician practicing in Sebring and is Arizona and Florida certified in diagnostics and therapeutics. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition. Page 6BNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011www.newssun.com DR. ROTMAN, DARRIN; 1.736"; 3"; Black; healthy living; 0 0 0 0 1 4 5 1 6 POSITIVE MEDICAL TRANSPORT; 3.639"; 3"; Black; healthy living; 0 0 0 1 4 5 2 0 GROVES AT VICTORIA PARK; 1.736"; 3"; Black; healthy living; 0 0 0 1 4 5 2 1 BEST HEARING CENTER; 5.542"; 3"; Black; healthy living; 0 0 0 1 4 5 2 5 LAMPE & KEIFFER; 3.639"; 4"; Black; healthy living; 0 0 0 1 4 5 2 7 HEALTHYLIVING Testing key to stopping glaucoma Focal Point Dr. Valerie Moulds DearPharmacist: I read your facebook post about improving memory with B vitamins. Can you elaborate more one day? — C.K., Nashville, Tennessee Answer: Most people know that ginkgo, vinpocetine, Eleuthero and Acetyl L-carnitine support memory function but they don’t usually consider the B vitamins brain food like I do. The best Bs to support memory are vitamin B6, B9 (folate), B2 (riboflavin) and B12. The reason these serve your memory is because they reduce homocysteine, an amino acid that you create as you break down protein. Too much homocysteine, and you’ll constantly forget things. I believe that reducing homocysteine with B vitamins is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to preserve memory. Studies back me. As far back as 2002, physicians had the data to prove that homocysteine levels correlate with dementia and Alzheimer’s risk. The higher the homocysteine, the more damage to your brain. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. A few years later, the 2005 Framingham Offspring Study printed in the American Journal of Epidemiology and concluded high homocysteine levels impacted memory. The study participants were, on average 61 years old. What would’ve been the outcome for those folks had someone told them to improve B vitamin status when they were in their mid 40s? What about you? Asimple blood test can determine your homocysteine level. High levels also happen to be associated with heart attack, stroke, blood clots and atherosclerosis. If you have high homocysteine, I recommend supplementing with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (methylcobalamin), B2 (riboflavin) and B9 (folate), these are the only things that reduce homocysteine well. You can also simplify everything by taking a B complex vitamin. Here’s more perspective, according to the Framingham study, homocysteine levels higher than 10 micromoles per liter increased the risk of “dementia” by 75 percent! Levels higher than 14 double your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Just FYI, the Rotterdam study, found that men or women with the highest homocysteine levels almost doubled their risk of fracture. Ouch! Medicine raises homocysteine indirectly too. If you’ve read my Drug Mugger book, you’d know there are hundreds of medications that deplete B vitamins. Your medicine steals your probiotics too, and you need those to manufacture certain B vitamins in your GI tract. So any drug that steals probiotics (or B2, B6, B12 or folate) can raise your homocysteine level, and therefore contribute to memory loss. There are hundreds of drugs, including antacids, acid-blocking (reflux) medications, menopausal hormones, birth control pills, antibiotics, blood pressure drugs and steroids that alter B vitamin levels. Talk with your doctor about a blood test to determine your homocysteine level, and ask if you can take a B vitamin because there are a handful of meds that interact. Eat your Bs in green and leafy vegetables. B complex supplements are sold nationwide. Did You Know? Never combine your anti-anxiety or sleep medications with alcohol or sedating herbs like Kava Kava. Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist and the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist and Real Solutions. For more information, visit www. DearPharmacist. com. This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure your condition. B vitamins improve memory and bone strength Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen Metro Services Studies show that taking B vitamins can reduce your risk of fractures. Grief support offeredThe holidays are often thought of as a joyful time of the year, with parties and special gatherings of family and friends. However, the holidays can be difficult for people coping with the loss of a loved one. The season may be full of reminders of a loved one, and special times shared together. Hope Hospice’s professional grief counselors are available to help anyone in the community who may experience grief during the holidays. The counselors can offer suggestions to alleviate grief and stress, how to cope with change, how to avoid disappointment, and how to begin new traditions for the holidays. Grief support provides an opportunity to learn to cope with holiday grief, set the right expectations, and move forward in life. For more information, call 1-800-HOSPICE.Outreach scheduleAce Homecare offers the following outreach events: Monday: 9 a.m., Coping with Transitions, Resthaven Assisted Living facility, off S.R. 64, Resthaven Road, Zolfo Springs; 10 a.m., Coping with Transitions, Chatham Pointe, Stenstom Road, Wauchula; Caregivers Support Group, Crown Pointe Assisted Living Community, Sun 'n Lake Boulevard, Sebring. Tuesday: 8 a.m., Health Fair, Sebring Bluffs, U.S. 27, Sebring; 10 a.m., Health Fair, Fair Havens, Apartments, Spinks Road, Sebring; 1 p.m., Coping with transitions, Groves, behind Sebring Diner, U.S. 27 Sebring. Wednesday: 9 a.m., Health Fair, Avon Park Meal Site, Main Street, Avon Park; 10:30 a.m., Coping with Transitions, Crown Pointe, Assisted Living facility, Sun 'n Lake Boulevard, Sebring. Snapshots Classified ads get results! Call 314-9876

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C M Y K www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011Page 7B WILKES, W. ROY (P.A.); 5.542"; 4"; Black; main a; 0 0 0 1 4 5 1 7 E.O. KOCH CONSTRUCTION CO.; 5.542"; 4"; Black; com p/u; 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 4 RELIGION Atonement Lutheran Church, ELCASEBRING — This Fourth Sunday in Advent Celebration will be led by Deacon David Thoresen. Lector/Assistant is Ed Graff. Then at 4 p.m., the churcn will gather to decorate the Christmas tree followed by turkey dinner. Please bring a dish to pass, salad or dessert. Everyone’s welcome to bring guests. The Christmas Eve and Candlelight and Communion Service at 7 p.m. will be led by Rev. Jefferson Cox. There will be special music before the service. The Christmas Day service will be led by Deacon David Thoresen at 9:30 a.m.. The church is helping fill Christmas bags for our veterans in local nursing homes and overseas. Items needed are small packages of toiletries — shaving cream, razors, gum, candy and chocolates, cookies of all kinds. For more information, call Donna Klemm or Joe Wortman at 382-0140.Avon Park Church of ChristAVON PARK — “The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt among Us and We Beheld His Glory.” (John 1:14) will be the message presented by Larry Roberts. The Sunday evening service will be a devotional in the multi-purpose room. A finger food fellowship will follow. Avon Park Church of Christ is at 200 S. Forest Ave. For information, call 453-4692.Bethel Baptist ChurchLAKE PLACID — This Sunday morning, the church welcomes former pastor Luke Knickerbocker and his family to participate in the morning service. Knickerbocker is in missions training in Bowie, Texas and will be home for a two-week Christmas break. Knickerbocker will be teaching the adult Sunday school class and preaching in the morning service at 11 a.m. Pastor Hankins and the congregation of Bethel Baptist Church invite the public to attend. Call the church office at 633-9294.Christ Lutheran Church LCMSAVON PARK — This Fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor Scott McLean will be preaching a sermon entitled “Solo Deo Gloria.” This Wednesday evening is the fourth Advent Midweek celebration beginning with a soup supper followed by a service of evening prayer. Pastor McLean will be preaching “Waiting and Worship.” The church is at 1320 C.R. 64, east the Avon Park High School. For more information, call 471-2663 or visit www.christlutheranavonpark.org/.Christian Science ChurchSEBRING — The lesson sermon on Sunday morning is titled “Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?” The keynote is from Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” The church is at 146 N. Franklin Street in Sebring.Christian Training Church SEBRING — Rev. Linda M. Downing will bring the message titled “Witnesses of Truth: Part 5” at the Sunday morning service. The church will hold a special Christmas service on Wednesday at 7 p.m. There will be no service on Sunday, Dec. 25. Eastside Christian ChurchLAKE PLACID — Thanks to all who joined us for the Christmas Concert last Wednesday and for your generous gifts benefiting Manna Ministries and the Potter’s House. Bible study will resume Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. There is no Lunch Bunch scheduled for November or December, the next one will be Jan. 26 at the Olive Garden in Sebring. Eastside Christian Church is at 101 Peace Ave. in Lake Placid, two miles east of U.S. 27 on C.R. 621. Call 465-7065.Emmanuel United Church of ChristSEBRING — The Rev. George Miller will deliver the Sunday morning message, “Nothing’s Impossible” with Scripture taken from Luke 1:26-38. The church is 1.7 miles west of U.S. 27 on County Road 634 (Hammock Road). Call 471-1999 or visit sebringemmanuelucc.com.Faith Lutheran ChurchSEBRING — This Sunday morning is the Fourth Sunday in Advent. Pastor Gary Kindle will be delivering his sermon entitled: “The Birth of Jesus Foretold” fromLuke 1:26-38. Tuesday Bible study has been stopped until January. The 8 a.m. service can be heard live on WITS 1340 AM. This week’s broadcast is sponsored by Ken and Sue Hall in honor of their 47th Anniversary. Pastor Kindle’s sermon for Wednesday will be entitled “Waiting with Praise.” There will be two Christmas Eve services. The early service on Christmas Eve, starting at 7 p.m., will be a children’s service with a Christmas play being presented. The play is titled “Christmas in Bethlehem” is being performed by the children of Faith Lutheran Church. There will also be an 11 p.m. candlelight service on Christmas Eve, this service is also offering communion. Christmas Day, there will be one service on Sunday morning at 10 a.m., with no Sunday School.First Baptist Church of Lake PlacidLAKE PLACID — First Baptist Church, at 119 E. Royal Palm St., will host the following Christmas services: Saturday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. (No childcare). Sunday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m., Christmas Day service. One service only. (No childcare or Link Groups).First Baptist Church of Placid LakesLAKE PLACID — On Sunday, Pastor Jerry Harper invites everyone to come and listen to the choir’s Christmas cantata “Mary Did You Know?” Sunday evening’s service begins at 6 p.m. with the Children’s Christmas Play. The church is at the corner of Washington and Kemper Avenues in Placid Lakes. For more information, call 465-5126 from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon, Monday through Thursday or e-mail the church at placidlakes@hotmail.com/.First Christian ChurchAVON PARK — This week, the church will be presenting its Christmas Gift Celebration. Several church members will be sharing their talents through song, poem, scripture reading and other unique gifts that God has blessed them with. The church will hold its Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. and a service on Christmas morning at 10 a.m. First Christian Church of Avon Park is at 1016 W. Camphor (behind the Wachovia Bank). Call 4535334 or e-mail firstchristianap@embarqmail.com with any questions or to request information. The website is www.firstchristianap.com/.First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)SEBRING — At the Lord’s Table this Sunday morning will be Dick and Sharron Campbell. Communion will be served by Frances Goff and Sandra Laufer, Teresa Williams and Peggy Cousins. Greeting the congregation this Fourth Sunday in Advent are Joe and Joyce Winstel. Peggy Cousins and Teresa Williams are the readers during the short service to light the Fourth Advent candle as we await the birth of the “baby Jesus” on Christmas Day. Our Children’s Christmas Pageant will be presented during the worship today and immediately following the service, a covered dish luncheon is planned. The church is at 510 Poinsettia Ave. and all are welcome.First Presbyterian Church of Avon ParkAVON PARK — On Sunday morning, Pastor Bob Johnson’s sermon is entitled “His Messengers” based on Psalm 148. This is the fourth Sunday of Advent. In the special Advent program entitled “We Wait in Hope,” Devin Gause will light four candles and Lisa Gause will lead a litany and explain the meaning of the candles. The choir’s introit will be “We Wait in Hope” and the anthem will be “And There Were in the Same Country.” Sunday school is available for all ages. The adult Sunday school class is continuing their study of David in II Samuel 19 in which David returns to Jerusalem. Wendy Garcia is teaching the youth class and their lessons discuss how the Bible applies to life today. The Family Gathering will have a Christmas party at the home of Devin Gause Sunday evening. On Wednesday morning Bible study, entitled “The Basics of the Faith,” will be led by Pastor Bob Johnson. There will be no choir practice Wednesday. On Thursday, the Men’s Fellowship will meet at The Depot. They will return to the church for a short Bible study and a work project at a member’s home. On Saturday, Dec. 24, a candlelight Christmas Eve service will be held at 7 p.m. The church is at 215 E. Circle St. Call 453-3242.First Presbyterian Church of SebringSEBRING — “AThrill of Hope,” a Christmas cantata “…Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21) James, as inspired by the Holy Spirit, presents two vital bits of information: the power of the implanted Word and the individual responsibility regarding that Word. Paul reflects this same mind set to Timothy: “Be diligent to present yourselves approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) Now Paul adds another needed exhortation, “rightly dividing the word of Truth” Bible Study 101 will consider some basic fundamentals to study correctly the Word of Truth. It is obvious even to the beginner the concept of Old Testament and New Testament. Jeremiah 31:3134 (quoted in Hebrews 8:613) foretold of this new covenant with Jesus as the mediator and sealed by His blood. As we approach the 39 books from Genesis to Malachi, we must first realize that they are not arranged chronologically, but as a library grouped according to subjects: law, history, poetry and prophets (Free charts available upon request). There is a common theme that runs through all these books: He is coming! The old testament is not a world history book, but rather history that has a bearing on the fulfillment of the promises made to Abraham in Genesis 12:17…nation/land/blessing i.e. Messiah. (Galatians 3) An excellent outline of this history is Nehemiah 9 and Acts 7. Now read Acts 13:14-48 to see how all this relates to Jesus, the Christ. When we turn to Matthew through Revelation, they too, are arranged like a library…according to subjects: biography, history and letters. The four “gospel” accounts compliment each other in recording the life of Jesus (Note John 20:30,31; 21:25). Acts is a history of some 30 years of the preaching the gospel. The letters from Romans-Revelation are not necessarily in chronological order. It is interesting to note that many of the letters were written during the time/years of Acts! As an example, Paul was in Philippi (Acts 16) and wrote to them from Rome (Acts 28) years later. (Philippians 4:22) The Bereans are worthy examples to any student of the Word: “They were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Under line “readiness” and “searched” for these are two key attitudes for a productive/soul saving study of the inspired scriptures. “Therefore, many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.” (Acts 17:12) The disciples questioned Jesus' authority cleansing the temple and wanted a sign of his verification so He said “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). They did not understand His answer then but some time later, “…when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said” (v. 22). This principle is true in any phase of education…understanding grows over time and with further study/information. Now, back to James and a final exhortation: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). This reflects back to the Master Teacher…“But why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say” (Luke 6:46)? When the sword of the Spirit is implanted, engrafted, i.e. takes root in a good and honest heart, one will obey! “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25). Frank Parker can be reached at frankparker27@yahoo.com/. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun staff. Bible Study 101 Guest Column Frank Parker RELIGION GUIDELINES: The News-Sunpublishes religion news on Fridays. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for publication in the following Fridays paper. Submit items to the News-Sunsfrom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; fax to 385-2453; send e-mail to editor@newssun.com; or mail to Lifestyle Editor,NewsSun,2227 U.S. 27 South,Sebring,FL 33870. For information,call 385-6155,ext. 516. Continued on page 8B

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C M Y K Page 8BNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011www.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, FL33852. 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) 6710390. 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. "Worshiping 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 4710924. First Assembly of God, 4301 Kenilworth Blvd., Sebring. The Rev. Wilmont McCrary, pastor. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship and KIDS Church, 11 a.m.; Evening Worship, 7 p.m. Wednesday Family Night, (Adult Bible Study), LIFE Youth Group, Royal Rangers, Missionettes, 7:30 p.m. Phone 385-6431. BAPTIST Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church, 2600 N. Highlands Blvd., AvonPark, FL33825. George Hall, Pastor. Christ centered and biblically based. Sunday worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilities are available. Bible studies at 9:45 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer Time 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Bible classes at 9:45 a.m. are centered for all ages. Choir practice at 5 p.m. Sunday. Church phone: 452-6556. Bethany Baptist Church (GARBC) We are located at the corner of SR17 and C-17A(truck route) in Avon Park. Join us Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for coffee and doughnuts, followed with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30. Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., andevening worship service is at 6 p.m.On Wednesdays, the Word of Life teen ministry and the Catylist class (20's+) begin at 6:30 PM. The adult Bible and Prayer Time begins at 7 p.m. For more information go to www.bethanybaptistap.com or call the church office at 863-452-1136. Faith Missionary Baptist Church, off State Road 17 North of Sebring at 1708 LaGrange Ave. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. Deaf interpretation available. Ken Lambert, Pastor. Phone 386-5055. Fellowship Baptist Church, 1000 Maxwell St., AvonPark, FL 33825. Sunday: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: Evening Service, 7 p.m.; Children/Youth, 7 p.m. Telephone: 453-4256. Fax: 453-6986. E-mail: office@apfellow ship.org; Web site, www.apfellow ship.org. First Baptist Church ofAvon Park 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park. Rev. Jon Beck, pastor; Scott King, interim youth minister; and Joy Loomis, music director. Regular Sunday schedule: 9 a.m. Library open; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship; 11 a.m. Children's Church; Wednesday schedule: 6 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer; 6:30p.m. Adult Choir Practice; 6:00 p.m. children's choir rehearsals; 7 p.m. children's mission groups. Call 453-6681 for details. Primera Mision Bautista, 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park, Johnattan Soltero, Pastor. Regular Sunday schedule: 10 a.m., Bible Study; 11 a.m., Worship Service. Wednesday schedule: 7 p.m., Bible study. First Baptist Church of Lake Josephine, 111 Lake Josephine Drive, Sebring (just off U.S. 27 midway between Sebring and Lake Placid). Your place for family, friends and faith. Sunday morning worship service is 11 a.m. Nursery is provided for both services with Children's Church at 11 a.m. Life changing Bible Study for all ages starts at 9:45 a.m. Associate Pastor Allen Altvater leads the youth in their quest to become more like Christ. Sunday night worship at 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer meeting at 7 p.m. along with youth worship in the youth facility, and missions training for all children. Call the church at 655-1524. First Baptist Church of Lake Placid, Knowing God's Heart and Sharing God's Hope, 119 E. Royal Palm St., Lake Placid, FL33852 (863) 465-3721, Website: 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 God's 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 Mother's Day Out for children age6 weeks to 5 years old. Becky Gotsch, director. Call 385-4704. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 401 S. Florida Ave., Avon Park. Mailing address is 710 W. Bell St., AvonPark, FL33825. Telephone, 453-5339. Rev. John D. Girdley, pastor. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. Children's Church; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs for children, youth and adults at 7 p.m. Independent Baptist Church 5704 County Road 17 South, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening, 6 p.m. Wednesday service, 7 p.m. Fundamental, soul-winning, mission-minded, King James Bible Church. Larry Ruse, pastor. Phone 655-1899. Bus transportation. Leisure Lakes Baptist Church 808 Gardenia St., Lake Placid (just off of Miller at the west end of Lake June) "Where the old fashion gospel is preached." Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship service at 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service is at 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 7 p.m. Call the church at 699-0671 for more information. Maranatha Baptist Church (GARBC), 35 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, FL33870 (Ahalf mile east of Highlands Avenue on Arbuckle Creek Road.) Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.; Evening Service, 6 p.m. Mid-week service, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Daily Prayer and Bible Study, 8 a.m., Hamman Hall. Pastor Gerald Webber and Associate Pastors Don Messenger and Ted Ertle. Phone 382-4301. Parkway Free Will Baptist Church, 3413 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL33870. Welcome to the church where the "Son" always shines. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m.; and Wednesday Evening Worship, 7 p.m. End-of-the-Month-Sing at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month. The Rev. J.S. Scaggs, pastor. Church phone: 382-3552. Home phone: 214-3025. Affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Nashville, Tenn. Sparta Road Baptist Church, (SBC) 4400 Sparta Road. Rev. Ken Geren, interim pastor. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer/Bible Study, 6 p.m. Nursery provided. For information, call 3820869. Southside Baptist Church (GARBC), 379 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring. David C. Altman, Pastor. 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. Anursery 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. The Rev. Ronald Smith, assistant pastor, 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 382-3695 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. JosŽ Gonz‡lez, 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 Lord's Supper each week 10:15 a.m. Thelma Hall, organist; and Pat Hjort, pianist. Wednesday: Praise and Prayer, 6:30 p.m.; "Building God's Kingdom for Everyone." "Jesus Christ, the Way,Truth and Life!" "Alive and Worth the Drive!" Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Tod Schwingel, Preacher; Marco Gallardo, Youth Pastor. Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 11 a.m.; Sunday Youth Service, 6 p.m; Evening service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night meals, 5:30 p.m. followed by classes at 6:30 p.m. Changing Seasons, a men's grief support group, meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Alzheimers 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; (863) 453-5334; on the Web at www.firstchristianap.com. Our motto is “Jesus is First at First Christian Church.” Greg Ratliff, Senior Minister; Jon Carter, Music Director. Bible School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.; Wednesdaystudies for all ages, 6 p.m. Nursery provided for all events. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 510 Poinsettia Avenue, (corner of Poinsettia and Eucalyptus), Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 3850358 or 385-3435. The Rev. Ronald Norton, Pastor; Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Praise Breakfast, 10 a..m., Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Children's Church, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Praise and Worship, 6:45 p.m. Youth Fellowship, 7:15 p.m.; Midweek Bible Study, 7:15 p.m. CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE The Alliance Church of Sebring, 4451 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL33875. Call 382-1343. Rev. Steve Hagen, pastor. Sunday services: Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service meets at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening Bible Study meets at 6 p.m. (off site); Wednesday Prayer Gathering meets at 6 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Christian Science Church, 146 N. Franklin St. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. morning worship and Sunday school. Testimonial meetings at 4 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesday. Afree public reading room/bookstore, located in the church, is open before and after church services. The Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures'by Mary Baker Eddy are our only preachers. All are welcome to come and partake of the comfort, guidance, support and healing found in the lesson-sermons. CHURCH OF BRETHREN Church of the Brethren 700 S. Pine St., Sebring, FL33870. Sunday: Church School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday: Temple Choir, 7:30 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, FL33870; 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, FL33825-1118. 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, FL33852. 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 Church Churches 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), 9:30 a.m. (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 will presented by the First Presbyterian Church choir, directed by Marge Peer. Aoint meeting of the Session and the Board of Deacons is Mondat at 4 p.m., in the conference room. The Christmas Eve candlelight and communion worship service will be at 6:30 p.m. The Christmas Day worship service is at 11 a.m.First United Methodist Church of SebringSEBRING — The Rev. A.C. Bryant will bring the message on the Fourth Sunday of Advent “ASign Given by the Lord” with scripture from Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 9:6-7. Family fellowship dinner and Bible studies on Wednesday evening in the Family Life Center. Friday is movie night from 6-8 p.m. in the Family Life Center with “The Nativity Story” being shown, plus free popcorn and punch. Call the church office for information at 385-5184. The church is downtown at 126 South Pine St. The website is www.sebringfirstumc.com/.Heartland Christian ChurchSEBRING — Pastor Ted Moore’s sermon this Sunday will be “Preparing for the Light” with Scripture from: Luke 3:1-16. Communion is offered during the service weekly. The service will also include George Kelly singing “O Holy Night” and Richard Swenson playing “O Beautiful Star.” The Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m., Candlelight communion service. Christmas morning’s service is at 10 a.m. Adult Sunday school is led by Fran VanHooreweghe. Tuesday night adult Bible Study is “Living on the Edge” taught by Pastor Ted Moore. Wednesday’s young adult and children’s programs are taught by George Kelly, Amanda and Jon Armentrout and Toby Cribbs. It features a free meal. The church is at 2705 Alternate Route 17 South in Sebring (behind Publix). Call 314-9693.Memorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID — At the Heritage Worship Service, Pastor Jerry McCauley will preach on the subject “It’s Almost Christmas” with Scripture from Matthew 1 and Luke 1. Pastor Claude Burnett will preach at the Celebration Service on the subject “Redefining Greatest” with the Scripture from Matthew 22:15-33. Pastor Fred Ball will preach at the New Song Contemporary Service in Rob Reynolds Hall. The Church is at 500 Kent Ave. For information, please call 465-2422.Parkway Free Will Baptist ChurchSEBRING — The Sunday morning Bible lesson, “The Lord Provides,” is taken from Genesis 22 (King James Version). Pastor Jim Scaggs will bring the Sunday morning message during the worship service. The Wednesday evening service will be praise, prayer and Bible study. The end-ofthe-month-sing will be this Sunday, since the last Sunday is Christmas Day. However, there will be morning and evening services on Christmas Day.St. John United Methodist ChurchSEBRING — “Joy!” with biblical reference from Luke 1:26-38 will be the topic for Sunday’s sermon. Wednesday evening’s advent vesper service will feature “The Christmas Pageant.”Sebring Christian ChurchSEBRING — Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. will include music, communion and a message to help us all remember the precious gift God has given us all in Christ, His son.Southside Baptist ChurchSEBRING — An allchurch Christmas program will be held in the Sunday morning worship service. The Sebring evening worship service will be held at 6 p.m. at Maranatha Baptist Church. AChristmas Eve service will be held at 6 p.m. The church is at 379 S. Commerce Ave. For information, call 385-0752.Spring Lake Presbyterian ChurchSEBRING — “The Christmas Promise” is the title of Sunday morning’s Christmas cantata.Spring Lake United Methodist ChurchSEBRING — Spring Lake United Methodist Church is at 8170 Cozumel Lane. The Rev. Clyde Weaver’s sermon will be: “Nativity Scenes.” Special music by Norman Spear. Fellowship follows the service.The Way ChurchSEBRING — On the fourth Sunday in Advent, church members will presen t a play “Long Way Home” during the Worship Hour. There will be a movie at 7 p.m. Acandlelight service wil l be held at 8 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 24. The Difference Makers Youth meet Sunday and Wednesday evenings. The Way Church is at 1005 North Ridgewood Drive. Church phone is 471 6140. Pastor’s cell is 2733674. For church information and the pastor’s messages go to www.thewaychurch.org/. Continued from page 7B RELIGION

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C M Y K www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011Page 9B 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 Howe's Way,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, FL33852. 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. GRACE BRETHREN Grace Brethren Church, 3626 Thunderbird Road, (863) 8350869. 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 City" Children's Ministry throughout all services, and there are variosu other classes for teens, married couples, "prime-timers," and Bible studies in Spanish. "Kid City" Day 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, Deacon, 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 WELCAmeets at noon second Monday of month with lunch. Bring a dish to pass. Church Vegetable Garden Club meets as needed. Labyrinth Prayer Garden open seven days a week to congretation and community. Like to sing? Come join the choir. Visitors always welcome. Come grow with us. Phone 385-0797. Christ Lutheran Church Avon Park 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. Faith's Closet Thrift Store (385-2782) is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. All are warmly welcome in the Faily of Faith. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (AALC) American Association of Lutheran Churches, 3240 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, FL33872. James Weed, pastor. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Bible Study, 9 a.m. Nursery provided. Social activities: Choir, Missions, Evangelism. Phone 385-2346. New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3725 Hammock Road, a Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Sunday Worship at 10 a.m.; Bible Study, 9 a.m. For more information, call Pastor Brian Klebig at 385-2293 or visit the Web site at www.newlife sebring.com ResurrectionLutheran Church ELCA 324 E. Main St., Avon Park. Pastor: Rev. John C. Grodzinski. 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, FL33852; 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 serv-ices 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; Men's 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 NON-DENOMINATIONAL Bible Fellowship Church, 3750 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Sunday: American Sign Language: First Worship sermon, songs signed first and second Worship services. First Worship service, 9 a.m.; Second Worship service, 10:45 a.m. Nursery (up to 2 years old) and Sunday school classes both hours. BFC Youth, 6 p.m.; Evening Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Children ages 4 years through fifth grade, 6 p.m.; Youth, 6-7:30 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. Asmall friendly church waiting for your visit. Christian Training Ministries Inc., on Sebring Parkway. Enter off County Road 17 on Simpson Avenue. Sunday service is at 10 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m. Anursery and children's church are provided. The church is part of Christian International Ministries Network, a full gospel, non-denominational ministry. Linda M. Downing, minister, 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, FL33872. Phone, 382-1085. Andrew Katsanis, senior pastor. Saturday Worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday 6 p.m. Grace Bible Academy Adult Investigating Truth; first and third Tuesday, Prayer Gathering, 7:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Children's & Youth Programs, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., College Ministry. www.GBCconnected.org Highlands Community Church a casual contemporary church, meets at 3005 New Life Way. Coffee at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10 a.m. Nursery and Kid's World classes. Small groups meet throughout the week. Church phone is 402-1684; Pastor Bruce A. Linhart. The Lord's 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 Congregational Church 106 N. Butler Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825. Sunday worship services are at 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. in the Millennium Church. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. We also offer a Saturday service at 6 p.m. with Pastor Tiger Gullett in the Millennium Church. Nursery/child care is available for all services. Senior Pastor is Bill Breylinger. Office: 453-3345. Web page at www.weareunion.org All teachings are taken from the Manufacturer's Handbook The Holy Bible. Come join us. Unity Life Enrichment Centre, new location, 10417 Orange Blossom Blvd. S., Sebring, FL 33875; 471-1122; e-mail unity@vistanet.net. Web site, www.unityofsebring.org. 10:30 a.m. Sunday Celebration Service, Nursery and Children's Church. Weekly Classes, Christian Bookstore and Cafe, Prayer Ministry, Life Enrichment Groups. Rev. Andrew C. Conyer, senior minister transforming lives from ordinary to extraordinary. The Way Church, 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring. Sunday school and worship service at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Youth activities, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The Way is a church family who gathers for contemporary worship, teaching of God's Word, prayer and fellowship. Come early and stay after for fellowship time. Child care and children's church are provided. Reinhold Buxbaum is pastor. The Way Aplace for you. Office Phone:471-6140, Church Cell Phone:381-6190. Email: theway church@hotmail.com Web site: www.TheWayChurch.org PRESBYTERIAN Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) 4500 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, 33872-2113. A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. Sunday morning worship: Informal service, 8 a.m.; traditional service, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; evening service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m.; Children's/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, FL33825. Phone: 453-3242. The Rev. Robert Johnson is the pastor. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study, 10:30 a.m.; Potluck dinner, 6 p.m. third Wednesday; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday; Mary Circle business meeting, 1 p.m. second Wednesday; Sarah Circle business meeting, 4 p.m. second Thursday; Women's 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, FL33870. 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 school), and nursery and children's 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, 6990132. Call the church office for more information about the classes offered. Nursery is provided for babies and toddlers; while young children up to second grade have a special Children's Church offered during the worship service to help them grow in their spiritual knowledge. Spring Lake Presbyterian Church (USA), 5887 U.S. 98, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Worship Service, 10 a.m. Session meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, September throughJune. Board of Deacon's meet at 5:30 p.m. first Monday of the month. Choir rehearses at 7 p.m. each Wednesday, September through April. Presbyterian Women meet at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of the month. Organist: Richard Wedig. Choir Director: Suzan Wedig. Church phone, 655-0713; e-mail, springlakepc@embarqmail.com, Web site, http://slpc.embarq space.com. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church 1410 West Avon Blvd., AvonPark. Phone: 453-6641 or e-mail: avonparksda@embarqmail.com, Sabbath School, 9:30 a.m Saturday. Church Service 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p.m. Community Service hours on Tuesday and Thursday is from 9:00 a.m. till 2 p.m. Asale takes place the first Sunday of each month. Senior Pastor Paul Boling. Walker Memorial Academy Christian School offering education for kindergarten through 12th grades. ALLARE WELCOME. Website is www.discoverjesus.org Sebring Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2106 N. State Road 17, Sebring; 385-2438. Worship Services: 9:15 a.m. Worship hour, 11 a.m. Prayer meeting, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. Community service: every Monday 9-11 a.m. Health Seminar with Dr. Seralde, every Friday, 10:00 a.m. Pastor Amado Luzbet. THE CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 3235 Grand Prix Dr., Sebring, Fl 33872; (863) 382-9092 Steve Austin, Bishop; Mark Swift, 1st Counselor; Del Murphy, 2nd Counselor. Family History Center (863) 382-1822. 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 Women's 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. UNITED METHODIST First United Methodist Church, 105 S. Pine St., Sebring,FL33870. The Rev. A.C. Bryant, pastor. Traditional Worship Service at 8:10 and 10:50 a.m. in the sanctuary, Contemporary Worship 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, FL33825. (863) 453-3759, R. 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 Methodist Church, 3214 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, FL33872. 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 98) Sebring. 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 didn't reject people, neither do we. Join us for worship every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and you'll be embraced by a compassionate congregation that is allinclusive. We're 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 Bake sale, spaghetti dinner SaturdayLORIDA— Abake sale and spaghetti dinner will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday at Lorida Church of God of Prophecy on U.S. 98. Dinners will be served beginning at 11 a.m. For information, call Brenda at 655-4722.Matthews in concert Sunday LAKE PLACID — Pianist Lorne Matthews will be in concert Sunday beginning at 10:45 at First Assembly, 327 Plumosa St. Matthews has traveled extensively all over the world, has premiered on a wide variety of Christmas programs and has appeared with Bill Gaither for special television programs. Using the very latest in digital keyboards and computerized equipment, Matthews has made a connection with the youth, while at the same time using many familiar hymns to the delight of the senior citizens. This time of entertainment as well as musical worship and praise, will be a blessing to every age. He does take requests.Two special events at SunridgeSEBRING — The Sunridge Baptist Church announces two special events, on Sunday. The Worship Choir will present the “Stories of Christmas: AJourney Around the World to Celebrate the Birth of a King,” arranged by Kris Crunk and written by Joel Shoemaker and Michelle Brazeal during the morning worship at 10:45 a.m. This cantata includes medleys of familiar Christmas carols, along with new theme music “Oh, What a Story.” Besides contrasting the customs of Christmas around the world, there is the true story of the Christmas truce in 1914 read by Pastor Tim Finch and narration by Jerry Calso (an angel). Solo parts will be sung by Cindy Finch and Elizer Nacino. Also on Sunday evening, there will be a presentation by the children and youth during the worship service, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first part of the service is a collection of solos, a small group of children singers and a worship dance duet. During the second half, more than 15 youth will present “Christmas Joy,” including narration of the traditional Christmas story, familiar Christmas carol sing-along, with a Christmas dramatization. Christmas cookie snacks will follow the presentation. Families are welcome to attend, but there will be no nursery provided that night. Sunridge Baptist Church is at 3704 Valerie Blvd. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Valerie Boulevard, directly across the street from Florida Hospital, Heartland Division. Call 382-3695.Rodriguez in concert at FBC SebringSEBRING — First Baptist Sebring will host a piano concert by classic pianist Higo Rodriguez at 6 p.m., on Wednesday in the sanctuary. All are welcome to enjoy this Christmas musical event. The church is at 200 East Center Street. RELIGION Snapshots Associated PressSANTAMONICA, Calif. — Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the three wise men have been ousted by atheists. Most of the Christmas nativity scenes that churches had placed in a Santa Monica coastal park for decades have been displaced by non-religious displays — and the churches are crying conspiracy. The Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee, a coalition of 13 churches, and the Santa Monica Police Officers Association, has traditionally claimed 14 of the 21 display spaces, which are vandal-proof, cage-like areas surrounded by chain-link fencing. The coalition displays have featured life-size depictions of the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. But atheists got all but three of the spaces this year because of a new lottery system. The coalition got two spots, and one went to Isaac Levitansky of Chabad Channukah Menorah. Adding to the loss, the atheists have used only three of the display areas to promote their message. One reads: “Religions are all alike — founded upon fables and mythologies. — Thomas Jefferson.” And a display with photographs depicting King Neptune, Jesus Christ, Santa Claus and Satan reads, “Million Americans know MYTHS when they see them. What myths do you see? American Atheists. Since 1963. athiests.org.” “Our belief is that these new applicants have been working together to displace and push out the nativity scenes from the park, rather than erecting a full display of their own,” said Hunter Jameson, a spokesman for a coalition of the city’s churches. Atheist messages displace Calif. park nativity scenes

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C M Y K By DAVID GERMAIN APMovie WriterHollywood has commandeered Sweden’s big literary export, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” without compromising the story’s Scandinavian roots or its topof-the-world, Seasonal Affective Disorder sense of barrenness, even hopelessness. It could have been transplanted Stateside for American audiences, but thankfully, what happens in Sweden stays in Sweden in David Fincher’s stark but enthralling adaptation of the first novel in late author Stig Larsson’s trilogy. Its harsh emotional terrain, where cruelty flourishes and compassion suffocates, could have wound up softened and sweetened, yet this was an ideal match of filmmaker and material. Fincher’s one of the least sentimental directors in Hollywood. If anything, his “Dragon Tattoo” is even bleaker than the 2009 Swedish-language hit. Those preliminaries aside, here’s the really good news: this movie kicks ass. Rooney Mara, who had a small role in Fincher’s “The Social Network,” gives a controlled detonation of a performance as traumatized victim-turnedavenger Lisbeth Salander. Mara’s the breakout star of the year, a cold, detached waif in form, a fearsome, merciless zealot in spirit. How strange it is to say that the nice guy here is Daniel Craig — who, of all the big-screen James Bonds, comes closest to the nasty, tortured soul Ian Fleming created. Mara and Craig make an indomitable screen pair, he nominally leading their intense search into decadesold serial killings, she surging ahead, plowing through obstacles with flashes of phenomenal intellect and eruptions of physical fury. Award of the state since an act of childhood violence, Lisbeth has been at the mercy, and mostly the malice, of others for so long that she anticipates and incorporates their brutality into her own calculations for maintaining control of her life. Peerless as a computer hacker, Lisbeth finds occasional employment with a security company, for whom she runs a not-too-legal background check on disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig). The company’s client, retired industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) hires Mikael to make a last-ditch effort to find out who killed his beloved teenage grand-niece, who vanished 40 years earlier. Mikael eventually persuades aloof, suspicious Lisbeth — who has every reason in the world to revile men as a loyal order of perpetrators of violence against women — to join his investigation. The film is gripping early on, when Lisbeth and Mikael are on their own. Once they team up, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” takes on a relentless though unhurried momentum as the two find links between the girl’s disappearance and a series of murders of young women butchered in unspeakable ways. Craig is an anchor of cool rationality and judiciousness around which Mara revolves like a demon. With her body piercings, black leather and hooded jackets that seem like her version of a mad monk’s cowl, Lisbeth tears about icy Sweden on her motorcycle, wan, scrawny, scarier than any of the night creatures in Hollywood’s glut of vampire movies. She is horribly violated by a social worker appointed as her new guardian, a sickening scene balanced by Lisbeth’s equally bestial act of vengeance. You perversely want to cheer Lisbeth for her triumph while bemoaning the world that made her such a pitiless creature. Screenwriter Steven Zaillian, an Academy Award winner for “Schindler’s List,” again adapts a dense literary work with a sharp eye for the most critical exchanges. Craig shares some delicious moments with Plummer, along with Robin Wright as his lover and magazine co-owner and Stellan Skarsgard as one of the more personable members of the rather despicable Vanger clan. Rarely a filmmaker of brevity, Fincher gives Zaillian room to let the story and characters reveal themselves slowly. The film could stand some surgery to nip away at the excessive, repetitive sequences of discovery as Lisbeth and Mikael endlessly scan old photos, files and newspaper clippings. We get that they’re ace researchers; we don’t need to see so much of the paperwork. What is wonderful to see is the grand severity of the northern Sweden landscapes. Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth captures the coldness of the climate and remoteness of the countryside in a tactile fashion to complement the frosty and distant nature of the characters. This is a team that deserves an encore, and Larsson left behind two more novels loaded with more dark doings for Lisbeth and Mikael. We haven’t seen the last of this tattooed girl. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 16, 2011Page 11B FAIRMONT CINEMA; 1.736"; 6"; Black; 12/16/11; 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 6 DIVERSIONS Columbia Pictures Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig stars as Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. DearAbby: My fiancee said, “Shut UP!” during a recent conversation with my mom, using the phrase in the same way people say, “No way!” or, “Get outta here!” to express friendly disbelief. Mom didn’t say anything and gave me no reason to believe she was offended; however, I find talk like that better suited to friends and siblings — not parents or future in-laws. As soon as we were alone I asked my fiancee to please not use that expression with my parents. She said she’d try, but warned me that it might be hard to stop herself. Afrequent reader of your column, she also said you probably would have told me to let it go. I suggested we find out. Should I have said nothing? — Possible Prude in New Hampshire DearPossible Prude: Your fiancee is mistaken. I would never advise someone to ignore something that could be offensive. You were right to speak up. For people in your parents’ generation, “shut up” has a different connotation than with younger people and could be considered offensive. I hope your intended will take your suggestion to heart. However, in case she should slip, explain to your folks that the phrase is used commonly and isn’t meant as an insult — as jarring to them as it may be to hear. DearAbby: I have had the same group of friends for 20 years. They are an affluent group — doctors, lawyers, etc. — and very social. My best friend got wind of the fact that I had gone out with an AfricanAmerican man. She confronted me, told me we could no longer be friends and then kicked me out of her house. If I call her, she hangs up on me. We had a loving, longtime friendship. It has been five months now and NO ONE has called. I am sad and shocked. I always thought of her as my best friend, and my other friends who were also dear to me are shunning me as well. What should I do? — Outcast in the South DearOutcast: I know this has been painful, but you need to recognize tha t in spite of their educational and financial advantages, your friends’thinking hasn’t changed despite nearly 50 years of improving race relations. You grew; they didn’t. For your own sake, you must accept that you and these people are on different paths and will never agree on this. Look elsewhere for companions who think more like you do. Believe me, there are many out there. DearAbby: With the holidays here and family gathering to celebrate, some will be overnight guests. Although we have had pets here in the past, my wife and I are older now. Our home has been remodeled and we no longer have pets because we don’t have time to properly maintain an animal. We also travel frequently and don’t want to leave a pet in a kennel. My point is, if people are guests during one of these gatherings, please check first to see if pets are welcome. I know some relatives may feel their pet is one of the family, but they need to consider it may be a burden for the homeowner. Thanks for getting my message out, Abby. — “The Old Guy” in Wisconsin Dear“Old Guy”: Excuse me? What if the family members your message is intended for happen to miss reading my column? Because you want to ensure the message is received, the most effective method to do that would be to speak up and make your wishes known in advance — especially in a case like this one. 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. Generation gap can cause a failure to communicate Dear Abby Movie Review The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Rating: R (brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity and language) Running time: 158 minutes Review: (of 4) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo kicks proverbial butt By DAVID GERMAIN APMovie WriterLuckily for Tom Cruise, “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” is one of his finest action flicks, just what’s needed to potentially restore some of this fallen star’s box-office bankability. For director Brad Bird, though, the fourth “Mission,” rock solid as it is, ranks only as his second-best action movie, after the animated smash “The Incredibles.” Cruise may be the star here, but Bird’s the story, a director who’s only making his fourth movie and, remarkably, just his first liveaction feature. This is the best of the “M:I” movies, far better than Brian De Palma’s original, No. 2 by John Woo and even the franchise’s previous high with No. 3 by J.J. Abrams, who stuck around as producer on this one. Those three filmmakers had years and years of action stuff behind them with real, live actors. Yet along comes Bird to show that the enormous talent behind his Academy Award winners “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille” and his acclaimed cartoon adventure “The Iron Giant” transfers mighty nicely from animation to the real world. Granted, this is the real world, “M:I”-style, where Cruise’s missions and stunts truly are impossible by the laws of physics and normal, plausible storytelling constraints. But Bird applies the anything-can-happen limitlessness of cartoons and just goes for it, creating some thrilling, dizzying, amazing action sequences. “Ghost Protocol” ends with a talky epilogue that feels tacked-on and trite, though it offers a couple of cameos from “Mission” past. Whatever the movie’s shortcomings, director Bird more than compensates with a bullet train of action and an arsenal of cool gadgets. Maybe making cartoons has expanded his conception of what’s possible in a live film. Bird does it so well, you don’t really care how impossible it all is. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence. Running time: 132 minutes. Three stars out of four. Cruise is just Cruise, but Mission rocks

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C M Y K LIVING 12B PAGE News-Sun Friday, December 16, 2011 FAMILYFEATURES When it comes to health, making positive lifestyle changes is a goal for many people. But often times no matter how good the intentions, these changes only last a few weeks. Most people know what they need to do to improve their health — taking steps like making smart food choices and being more active. It’s figuring out how to do these things and fitting these changes into the daily routine that can present the biggest challenges. Maintaining a healthy weight and staying active can help lower risk for developing a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes. Losing even 10 to 15 pounds — if you weigh 200 pounds — can make a big difference in helping you prevent type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes, these same changes can help keep your blood glucose and blood pressure on target to reduce your risk for diabetes complications. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) wants all Americans to know that learning how to make these positive lifestyle changes begins with making a plan to achieve your goals.Make a PlanTo reach your goal, you need a plan. How do you get started? Take these steps:Think about what is important to your health. What are you willing and able to do?Decide what your goals are. What changes do you want to make? Choose one goal to work on first.Decide what steps will help you reach your goal.Pick one step to try this week. For example, if one goal is to lose weight, ask yourself these questions to help you shape your plan:Why haven’t I made this change before? Example: I don’t have time to go to an exercise class or a gym.How can I work around what gets in the way? Example: I can do something on my own that doesn’t take much time and is low cost or free.What’s my goal? Example: I want to exercise 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week.Here’s what I need to get ready: ___________ Example: I need to take walking shoes to work and ask a friend to walk with me.What might get in the way of making this change? Example: In bad weather, I won’t want to walk outside. I can walk inside instead.Here’s how I’ll reward myself: ____________ Example: If I stick with my plans this week, I’ll watch a movie. It is hard work to make and sustain lifestyle changes. The healthy choice isn’t always the easy one, but it is worth it. And with the right plan in place and support from family and friends, you can make healthy changes that will last a lifetime. When you are ready to create a plan for making changes in your life, visit NDEP’s Diabetes HealthSense (www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/HealthSense). You also can order or download free resources to help you manage or prevent diabetes by visiting the NDEP website at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org.Coping With YourFeelingsIf you are living with a chronic disease such as diabetes, it’s common to feel overwhelmed, sad, or angry. If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, you may also be struggling with taking steps to prevent or delay the onset of the disease. The tips below can help you cope:Recognize that you are not alone.Find time for yourself even when you are busy.Connect with others — find support from family and friends.Find balance in your life. Juggling many roles and responsibilities can leave little time for you. Ask your health care team for help if you are having difficulty coping with stress and negative feelings. Latecia's Story: Making Healthy Changes as a Family, One Step at a Time"When I decided to lose weight, my first step was to get active," said Latecia Turner, who is working to prevent type 2 diabetes by managing her weight. "I made a plan to walk with my mother, to get out and play football with my daughters, and to take regular bike rides with my husband."Because Latecia’s mother has type 2 diabetes, Latecia and her daughters have a greater risk of developing the disease. To prevent the disease, they are working as a family to make lifestyle changes. Latecia decided that managing her weight, eating healthy, and becoming more active were important goals for herself and for her family. So, she made an appointment with her doctor to discuss her family history of diabetes as well as to help her make a plan and set some goals to help her make healthy lifestyle changes. To manage her weight, Latecia allows herself the foods she loves while controlling the portion she eats of each. To eat a healthier diet, she fries less of the food she prepares; buys fewer processed foods that are high in fat and calories; and she no longer adds salt to the food she eats. To be more active, she and her family play football, dance, and go for walks together. Not only is Latecia making those changes for herself, she’s making sure her family — especially her kids — take those changes to heart in order to prevent the family history of diabetes from continuing in future generations. Watch a video of Latecia telling her story, in her own words, at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/HealthSense. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’National Diabetes Education Program is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations. When it comes to betterhealth, making lifestyle changes can be a family affair. Forexample, half an hourof moderate physical ac tivity could be a fun hike with the kids.Photo courtesy of Getty Images