The news-sun
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Title: The news-sun
Uniform Title: News-sun (Sebring, Fla.)
Alternate title: Sunday news-sun
News sun
Physical Description: v. : ill. ;
Language: English
Publisher: Sebring News-Sun, Inc.
Place of Publication: Sebring Fla
Publication Date: 12-30-2011
Frequency: triweekly (wednesday, friday, and sunday)[1996-<1997>]
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Edition: Sebring/Lake Placid ed.
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Sebring (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Lake Placid (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Avon Park (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Highlands -- Sebring
United States -- Florida -- Highlands -- Lake Placid
United States -- Florida -- Highlands -- Avon Park
Coordinates: 27.495556 x -81.444444 ( Place of Publication )
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 62, no. 21 (Nov. 9, 1988)-
Numbering Peculiarities: Each day's issues carry distinct numbering schemes, <1997>.
General Note: Also published for Avon Park.
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C M Y K NEWS-SUN H ighlands Countys Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Friday-Saturday, December 30-31, 2011www.newssun.comVolume 92/Number 154 | 50 cents www.newssun .com 079099401001 HighLow 72 52Complete Forecast PAGE 12A Sunny and mild F orecast Question: Do you think the economy will improve in 2012? Next question: Will you be awake when 2012 arrives at 12 a.m. Sunday? www.newssun .comMake your voice heard at O nline I nside Obituaries Joyce Clark Age 88, of Bonaire, Ga. Obituaries, Page 5A Phone ... 385-6155Fax ... 385-2453Online: www.newssun.com Yes 31.6% No 68.4% Total votes: 114 Classifieds9A Community Briefs2A Dear Abby11B Editorial & Opinion4A Entertainment5B Healthy Living6B Lottery Numbers2A Movie Review/Times11B Religion8B Sports On TV2B Sudoku Puzzle22B Index Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun Top 11 stories of 2011 B y SAMANTHAGHOLAR sgholar@newssun.comSEBRING The city of S ebrings first city council meeting of the new year will b e held Jan. 3 and the council is wasting no time gettingb ack into the grind following the holidays. The lengthy agenda includes nearly a dozen new business items includingt hree public hearings, two of which involve the recent Hickory Ridge water system purchase by the city. Athird public hearing (and s econd reading) is an ordinance regarding the change of zoning and classifications to public property and use of land. City attorney Bob Swaine will present the council and the public with the revised proposed ordinance that will regulate home occupation signs. The ordinance has caused a little confusion regarding wording and specifications, however Swaine will present the first reading on Tuesday evening. The home occupation ordinance will regulate the size and placement of signs in the yards of residents who run a business out of their home. Council members brainstormed during previous meetings that the sign be approximately six square feet and attached to the side of the building (home longer allowed in the yards of the residences/businesses. The ordinance proposal was tabled from Dec. 20 meeting. At the Dec. 6 meeting, the council denied the Highlands County Fair Associations proposed marquee sign being placed on the property. The news wasnt received well by fair officials. Council has full agenda to open new year Sign ordinance, Harder Hall to be discussed News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDGE County Facilities Management employee Roger Dove installs a sheet rock firewall between the storage space and new Supervisor of Elections offices at the Kenilworth Building on Thursday. See SEBRING, page 7ADevils light it upA von Park runs to huge w in over DeSoto SPORTS, 1BNew Years traditionsA look at how the new y ear is celebrated LIVING, 12BWheeler suit settledC ounty settles dispute with f ormer Solid Waste Director PAGE2 A PAGE2A By ED BALDRIDGE e d.baldridge@newssun.comS EBRING Sebring Building Official Ed Whites signature is on a stop work order issued on then ew Supervisor of Elections building on Kenilworth B oulevard just before noon on Thursday. C ounty workers were installing sheet rock as a fire wall between t he section of building set aside and already being used for storage for county document and thep roposed Supervisor of Elections Offices when the notice was d elivered. The stop work order states that t he county needs to have permits for any/all construction. A call to the Sebring building department confirmed Thursday that the county did not have thep roper permits for the work they have performed at the building a lready. County told to stop work on elections building See COUNTY, page 6A By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING The biggest story in 2011 dealt with history-in-the-making up in Avon Park. It unwound throughout the year and will continue into 2012. Actually there were two intertwining stories, one having to do with then police chief, Michael Rowan, and the second a shift in philosophy following radical changes in the citys leadership. All the controversy led to an attempt at a recall election for several city council members. But there was more going on than the fracas in Avon Park. The year 2011 saw four out of five of the county commission seats get new people to fill them. Those new commissioners had plenty to deal with, too, from a county tobacco policy to a proposed mud bogging facility, a pig in a poke in the new elections building and how to pay for recreation in the county. Recreation was also a big deal in Lake Placid, where the town struggled to come up with a pay-to-play policy to cover budget shortfalls. There was also a new name revealed for South Florida Community College to reflect its growth, the saga of the Sebring fence ordinance and a hero was laid to rest in Sebring. Heres a look at the top 11 stories from 2011:Rowan vs. Avon ParkImpacting the Avon Park heavily, the community split when Chief Michael J. Rowan was placed on administrative leave and then terminated. The reasons given in several city meetings was that Rowan was investigating city council members for alleged wrongdoings, but State Attorney Jerry Hills office stated Rowan may have overstepped his bounds by investigating his bosses. Rowan sued over his termination, and the court case is still unresolved. Avon Park gets new city managerThe controversy surrounding the termination of Avon Park City Manager Bruce Behrens and the hiring of Public Works Director Julian Deleon to replace him also caused some controversy in the City of Charm in 2011. Behrens was released after just six months at the citys helm, a move that sparked a recall effort from Avon Park citizens naming three of the five council members. News-Sun file photos (Clockwise from top right) Citizens protested the Avon Park City Council, the county took steps to ban tobacco from all county property, PFC Joshua Jetton was laid to rest after being killed in combat in Afghanistan and Michael Rowan went to court to fight the loss of his job as Avon Park Chief of Police. Year was filled with controversy See TOP, page 7A


C M Y K L t. Col. Trane McClouds f irst name is actually Joseph. Y et throughout his life, the loyal son, devoted husband, caring father and valiant Marine went by his middle name. He did so to honor his mother, who always thought rane was the best fit. Trane was very special even his name, Roma A nderson told the Unknown S oldiers. It just speaks volumes. As a child, Trane, who d reamt of someday serving on a battleship, was fascinated with building things. One of little Tranes proudest moments was finishing a complicated model of the USS Missouri. Years later, big Tranes dreams came true when he served aboard the USSM issouri during Operation Desert Storm. How many little boys build a model ship and then wind up serving on that ship? his mother said. On Dec. 7, 1991 the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Trane helped guard President George H.W. Bush when he boarded the USS Missouri during commemoration events. When the (ceremonies finished, the president turned to Trane, his father, Ron McCloud, explained. He said, I know youll make a g reat Marine officer The first President Bush a war hero himself was right. Trane would go on to serve in Bosnia,S omalia and Iraq. But first, after Desert Storm, he became a great husband. Meeting and marrying T rane was the best thing that ever happened to me, M aggie McCloud said. It quickly became obvious that Maggie and Trane were meant to be together. They became quite the couple, Ill tell you that, Tranes dad said. They also became quite the parents. He would work crazy hours when he was deployed and when he wasnt, Maggie said. But no matter what time he got home, if the kids were up, he would run upstairs, and you would hear giggles and the sounds of joy. Trane was a big, tough Marine, Maggie said, but a lso extremely modest. He let his actions speak for themselves, she said. B efore eating a meal, Trane would always bow his h ead in prayer. Before stating his opinion, he would always take the time to listent o other points of view. Before deploying to Iraq i n August 2006, he spent a special day with each of his three children in Hawaii. Maggie said Trane and the kids called it Daddy day. A fter Trane left the Hawaiian paradise for a combat deployment on the hellish streets of Fallujah, Maggie spoke to her hus-b and only once. He had faith in me and t he family that we would take care of the home front, she said. 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The News-Sun would like to remind the readers that t he names listed below reflect those who have been charged with a crime, butt hey are all innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. If anyone listed here is acquitted or has charges d ropped, they can bring in proof of such decision orm ail a copy to the paper and the News-Sun will be happy to report that information. The News-Sun is at 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Wednesday, Dec. 28: Bryan David Bacon, 34, 2768 Treasure Cay Lane, Sebring, sexual offender failed to report change of address. Bryce Matthew Blair, 20, of Sebring, was charged for damaging property, criminalm ischief; larceny or grand t heft; larceny or grand theft o f firearm; and burglary of dwelling, structure or conveyance. Heather Dawn Brignoni, 3 5, of Sebring, was charged w ith grand theft, two counts. Frederick Ryan Fox, 23, of Avon Park, was chargedw ith possession of marijuana, not more than 20 grams; and possession of narcotic equipment and/or use. Demetris Lavon Gray, 37, of Avon Park, was charged for withholding support, n on-support of children or spouse. Eric Vanderbilt Honors, 25, of Lakeland, wasc harged on an out-of-count y warrant for knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked. Mark Franklin Joyce, 26, of Avon Park, was charged for larceny, petit theft, second degree, first offense. Lorrie Ann Labonnett, 23, of Lake Wales, was charged with possession of m arijuana, not more than 20 grams; and possession ofn arcotic equipment and/or use. Chelsea Jeanne Marie M ason, 18, of Avon Park, was charged with larceny, petit theft, second degree, first offense. Britten Lane Miller, 18, of S ebring, was charged with larceny or grand theft of f irearm; larceny or grand theft; burglary of dwelling, structure or conveyance; and damaging property, criminal mischief. Thomas Lee Moore, 42, of Sebring, was charged w ith battery, touch or strike. Leonardo Vega, 34, of Avon Park, was charged with possession of marijuana, not more than 20 grams; and possession of drug equipment and/or use. Robert Gregory Volz, 22, o f Avon Park, was charged w ith possession of marijuana, not more than 20 grams; and possession of narcotic equipment and/or use. Katherine Elizabeth Wakeland, 18, of Avon Park,w as charged with larceny, petit theft, second degree, f irst offense. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Tuesday, Dec.2 7: Andy Logan Anderson, 41, of Brooksville, was charged for withholding support, non-support of POLICEBLOTTER Continued on page 5A Home and Patio Show open to vendorsSEBRING Indoor a nd outdoor display spaces are still available f or the upcoming Heartland Home and Patio Show on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21. This event, sponsored byt he Lake Placid Rotary Club, will showcase h ome and garden products available in Central Florida. V endors with homerelated products and s ervices are invited to apply for space by calling Show CoordinatorR ichard Bohlman at (863 visiting the website w ww.LakePlacidRotary.c om. T he event will be held at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center, 4509 George Blvd. Admission is free to all and visitorsc an register for door prizes. Food vendors will also be available during the show. Hours of operation are 3-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. P roceeds will benefit The Rotary Club of Lake P lacid to support its charitable work, which includes youth scholarships, donations to local schools, disaster reliefa nd many other community and vocational projects.Florida Masonic Child ID Program offeredSEBRING District 25 Masonic Child ID Program will be offered at Wells Fargo Bank on U.S. 27 and Parkway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Jan 7. For further information, call Ross Canright at 4520346.Movies showing at the Lake Placid LibraryLAKE PLACID The January schedule of Saturday 2 p.m. matinee films at the Lake Placid Memorial Library is as follows: The Help (PG13 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 (PG13 movies are scheduled Jan. 21 and Jan. 28. The public is invited to attend these free showings. Seating is limited. Children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Parkinsons support group meets Jan. 9SEBRING The Parkinsons disease support group for the Highlands County area will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9 at First Baptist Church of Sebring (corner of COMMUNITYBRIEFS Continued on page 5A By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING While the Sears Holdings the parent company of Sears and Kmart department stores announced Tuesday it is closing 100 to 120 stores, according to its media center Thursday morning it has not yet determined which stores those will be. In a written statement the company said, We expect these store closures to generate $140 to $170 million of cash as the net inventory in these stores is sold and we expect to generate additional cash proceeds from the sale or sublease of the related real estate. Further, we intend to optimize the space allocation based on category performance in certain stores. Final determination of the stores to be closed has not yet been made. The list of stores closing will be posted at www.searsmedia.com when final determination is made. According to figures released by Sears Holdings, as of Dec. 25 Kmart sales were down more than 4 percent in the last quarter, and almost 2 percent down for the year. Sears sales slipped even more, 6 percent for the last quarter, and 3.3 percent for the year. Fate of local Sears, Kmart stores unknown S ee MARINE, page 6A By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comS EBRING Claiming a savings if kept from a jury trial, county commissioners voted 5-0 on Tuesday to sign a settlement offer in the lawsuit filed by former SolidW aste Director Ken Wheeler. According to County Attorney Ross Macbeth during the meeting, Wheeler and his attorneys will be paid $97,867.38 through the pay-r oll system that the county has already received from its insurer Additionally, $11,759.90 is to be paid to the Florida Retirement Fund, $7,486.86 in FICAandM edicare, $25,000 for Wheelers attorney fees and an undisclosed amount to the attorneys representing the county insurance company. No mention was made of the a mount, if any, County Attorney Ross Macbeth would be paid for his services. The largest part of the settlement would be paid by county insurancea nd $7,486.86 would come out of the countys pocket, Macbeth explained when asked by board chair Jack Richie for details. W heeler filed suit after he was placed on administrative leave for insubordination inA ugust 2010 by former County Administrator Michael Wright and then terminated in September of 2010 by current CountyA dministrator Ricky Helms. Wheeler claimed in his lawsuit he was a whistleblower and that he was terminated because he pointed out $6.8 million in solid wastef unds that were moved out of that account illegally by Wright and Helms. If this keeps going and Wheeler prevails, he could be reinstated toh is position with full pay and benefits, Macbeth said. Macbeth also said that any future fees would also be paid out of county coffers. The insurer capped payments at these settlement amounts which would leave the board responsible for all future legal fees and future judgments, Macbeth said. It is kinda sad that being in the right doesnt mean a lot when these decisions are made. It is an extremely bitter aftertaste, commissioner Don Elwell said. None of us like it, but unfortunately thats the way the legal system works when you have insurance companies involved. But this is a simple decision when you look att he numbers, Commissioner Ron County settles former Solid Waste Directors lawsuit W heeler See WHEELER, page 7A


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C M Y K Those costs are evident in what is widely known asA mericas crumbling infrastructure the roads, bridges and highways built toc arry goods and people back and forth across our nation and our economy. T he dire state of the nations transportation syst em is taking an increasingly high toll on the economy. ... The World Economic F orums Global Competitive Report says the U.S. transportation system, rankedn inth in the world a decade ago, is now 24th and falling. G iven the increasingly poor condition of the bridge and highway network, slow-i ng the downward spiral would be expensive. T he Society of Civil Engineers estimates that the system needs $2 trillion inr epairs, upgrades and expansions. Those are tall orders at a t ime when federal and state governments are looking to shrink spending, not increase it. Yet, politicians and the p ublic should also look at the high cost of doing nothing, and the possibility that despite the budgetary challenges there may be nob etter time than now to invest substantially more funds in infrastructure. ... D oing nothing not only puts off needed improvements to roads and bridgesb ut also leaves the nations unemployment rate at an u nacceptably high level of about 9 percent. Millions of the nearly 14 m illion unemployed are construction workers, many of whom could have jobs ont ransportation projects. And, it should be noted, these would not be government jobs. Private companies contract for these projectsa nd hire the workers. Besides improving the flow of goods and services and putting a dent in the unemployment rate, infra-s tructure projects could benefit from the still-slumping economy. C ontractors struggling for work would offer competitive bids. Supplies and rightso f way could be purchased for a fraction of what they w ould cost in a normal economy. Congress could pursue f unding through an infrastructure bank, as proposed by President Barack Obamaa nd Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, by w hich small public investments could be leveraged to attract private capital. T he sooner governments get started repairing and upgrading our infrastructure,t he sooner the economy can be speeding down the road to r ecovery. An editorial from the Gainesville Sun. Page 4AN ews-SunF riday, December 30, 2011www.newssun.comANOTHERVIEWPOINTTODAYSLETTERS 2 227 U.S. 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 863-385-6155 N EWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor E xt. 515editor@newssun.com S COTT DRESSELEditor Ext. 516scott.dressel@newssun.comD AN HOEHNES ports Editor Ext. 528daniel.hoehne@newssun.com ADVERTISINGVICKIE JONESExt. 518vickie.jones@newssun.com C IRCULATIONTONY MCCOWANExt. 522anthony.mccowan@newssun.com B USINESS OFFICEJ ANET EMERSONE xt. 596legals@newssun.com EDITORIAL& OPINION Spending on infrastructure is key In Congress and legislatures across the country, less government spending is seen as the responsible path toward deficit reduction. But refusing to spend for basic needs and services can exact heavy costs, both short term and long term. Certain about uncertaintyEditor: I agree with Mr. Lefty Reads article on the Age ofV iolence in a recent edit ion. He forgot to mention Columbo in his list of prog rams that stressed intelligence over violence. Columbo always seemed to solve the problem just before walking out the door. Besides that, he drove an oldP eugeot convertible. The arcades are dens of violence with body parts fly-i ng everywhere on the screens. This has a devastating impact on the minds ofo ur youth. Everything is based on violence today in order to sell. This can bec hanged if the society decides it wants change. From boycotts to demonstra-t ions in front of theaters, from the pulpits in the churches, from the PTA groups, from responsible families and the list goes on.W e do not have to be a violent society. I take exception on to General Powell being cate-g orized as a real war hero. He got a purple heart for s tepping on a pungie stake while on a march in the jungle. General Powell was an e xcellent officer who had th e political instincts necessary to progress in the politicalr ealm along with other factors, such as political corr ectness. He was not a real war hero and as an officer and gentleman, he woulda gree. Having personally served three tours of duty in V ietnam as a combat medic, a Green Beret Commander a nd an advisor to a Vietnamese airborne battalion, I can tell you about real war heroes; I saw them daily. Now if GeneralP owell, as Secretary of State, disagreed with the request to submit questionable evidence to the U.N. according to Lefty, then he should have resigned. All this, minus the viol ence, brings up a question. What would the future be if w e had not taken the action that we did? Would Iraq and Iran be nuking each other? Did our actions prevent a nuclear holocaust in the mid-d le east, or just delay it for a time. Historians will have a field-day with this matter if they are not too radioactive. The only thing certain is u ncertainty. Gen. Omar Bradley. Charles S. Miller Avon Park Make 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. We have to make room for everybody. 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 arent 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 Readers Response questionnaires. Providing this forum for our readers is a pleasure, not an obligation. EDITORIALPAGEPOLICY Boy, did New York Mayor Michael B loomberg get himself into a heap of trouble with educators. While speaking to students at MIT, he said that "in his ideal world he would fire half the city's teachers and pay those remaining twice as much to teach classes double the current size," reports The New York Times. He also said that when he was a kid, classrooms were packed and he and others in his generation did just fine the idea being that good, committed teachers can handle larger class sizes. He's older than I am, but I had the same experience. I was taught by nuns. Unlike so many schools today, where some teachers fear their students, we feared the sisters. My second-grade teacher, Sister Mary Brass Knuckles, ran her classroom in a structured, orderly manner. She took guff from no kid. The floors were so clean, you could eat off them. The blackboards had a brighter sheen than a Mercedes fender. And our desks, subject to frequent and unannounced inspections, were clean and organized or else. As for our attire, we weren't permitted to wear the loose, sloppy clothing kids wear today. We wore trousers, blazers, white shirts and clip-on ties. There was a clear sense of right and wrong and a total lack of chaos no daydreaming, no talking, no joking, and no doodling. It was expected t hat each student would put forth his best effort. Anything short of trying your hardest was grounds for punishment, which included anything from a call home to a pinched earlobe or a whack on the knuckles with a wooden ruler. I admit that this environment was especially challenging for me, as I have never functioned well within rigid structures. When I wasn't cracking jokes and disrupting the class, I was daydreaming. Fortunately, no behavioral "experts" were around to pump me full of drugs. One need not be an expert in education to conclude that the nuns' basic rules weren't such a bad way to go. Adults were in charge and respected, students were disciplined and orderly, and teachers were supported by parents, who were eager for their kids to master math, science and English. Self-esteem and other "psychological" concepts weren't part of the formal teaching plan. Our self-esteem was the result of actual accomplishment. Nobody was praised for accomplishing nothing. All I know is that the discipline and hard work paid off, even for the most average students. We kids from Catholic schools routinely outscored our public-school peers on tests and were well-prepared for our future endeavors. Many of my classmates went on to greatness at top schools such as Carnegie Mellon and Notre Dame. I went to Penn State, where I was the first person in school history to graduate with a major in writing and a minor in air conditioning and heating. In any event, for several years now, some have argued that more tax money, smaller classes, more teachers, more studies, etc., are the keys to better results in America even though costs have soared over the past few decades and results have not improved. What we really need is a return to the rigorous basics good, committed teachers supported by parents that are still common in Catholic elementary schools. As the funnier nuns might say, our education system will only improve when we "rid ourselves of our bad habits." Tom Purcell, a freelance writer is also a humor columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Email Tom at Purcell@caglecartoons.com. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun staff. Nuns best examples for teaching Guest Column Tom Purcell


C M Y K children or spouse. Nicholas Joseph Garcia, 18, of Avon Park, was charged for possession of cannabis. Jonathon Alan Miller, 51, of Sebring, was charged for damaging property, criminal mischief; burglary of dwelling, structure or conveyance, two counts; larceny, grand theft, two counts; and larceny, grand theft of firearm, two counts. Rayford David Rodriguez, 37, of Sebring, was charged for refusing to submit to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs test after license suspended; and DUI. Omar Jucsue Rushing, 24, of Avon Park, was charged for possession of a firearm or ammo by a convicted felon; improper exhibition of dangerous weapon; carrying concealed firearm; and discharging firearm in public. Richard Delpha Sauve, 53, of Sebring, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of cannabis. Joanna Marie Scrima, 30, of Sebring, was charged on an out-of-county warrant for failing to pay child support. Sherri Lauratt Stewart, 47, of Lake Placid, was charged with grand theft; and forgery of bank bill, promissory note, etc., eight counts. The following people were booked into the Hi ghlands County Jail on Monday, Dec. 26: Bobby Joe Farrell, 46, of Sebring, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of cannabis. Markida Ranae Hawthorne, 18, of Avon Park, was charged for damaging property, criminal mischief. Leo Marshall Jr., 25, of Sebring, was charged with trespassing, failing to leave property upon order. Jeremiah Walker Smith, 34, of Centennial, Colo., was charged on an out-of-county warrant for leaving the scene of accident involving property damage. Michelle Denise Weston, 44, of Lake Placid, was charged with domestic violence or battery, touch or strike. Ericka Sykema Jakayla Wisdom, 20, of Orlando, was charged with petit, retail theft; and criminal mischief. Richard William Young, 57, of Lorida, was charged for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Sunday, Dec. 25: Martian Tavon Jones, 24, of Sebring, was charged with possession of cannabis; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Billaner Ruiz-Bernal, 31, of Avon Park, was charged with false identification given to law enforcement officer; and aggravated assault with deadly weapon without intent to kill. www.newssun.comN ews-SunF riday, December 30, 2011Page 5A JOYCE CLARK J oyce A. Clark, 88, of Bonaire, Ga., died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, 2011 atF lorida National Cemetery. Mrs. Clark was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 5, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Carl A.A nderson and the late Florence Veronica Engles Anderson. Mrs. Clark was the widow of Lawrence Everette Clark. S urvivors include her daughter, Catherine Clark of Bonaire, Ga., son, Lawrence Clark (Dianne Bonaire, son, Edward Clark (NancyF la., daughter, Virginia Clark (John Clem D uluth, Ga., son, Buddy Clark of Bonaire, daughter, Elizabeth Yocum of Debary, F la., and daughter, Rosemary Sisley (Brad Orlando, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Cathy Syracuse (Tony) of Locust Grove,G a., Lee Clark of Acworth, Ga., Eddie Clark of Boulder, Colo., Melissa Duran (Julio Conn., Catie Clark ofT allahassee, Fla., Christine Clark of Bozeman, Mont., and Brian Greene (Alissa of Washington, D.C.; and four great-grandchildren,I sabelle Syracuse of Locust Grove, Ga., Xavier Duran of Enfield, Conn., and Madi and Logan Greene of Washington, D.C. Register online at w ww.hartsmort.com. Harts Mortuary and Crematory at t he Cupola has charge of arrangements. OB ITUARIES Continued from page 2A Lemon and Pine Street). T he program this month w ill be Faye Kern, coordinator of the American Parkinsons DiseaseA ssociation, with the latest u pdates on Parkinsons treatments. All persons with Parkinsons disease and their f amilies are welcome to attend. There is no charge. For more information, call 453-6589 or 453-6419. T he Highlands County P arkinsons Support Group is part of the national network of support groups affiliated with the AmericanP arkinsons Disease Association. More than one million Americans have Parkinsons disease. Today people with Parkinsons disease and their families can find help and information from their local support group.Country music is backAVON PARK Shrine Club country music will start from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 with Country Grass with V erlin, and on Jan. 12, Fiddle and Pickinwith P eggy. These two bands will rotate every other Thursdayd uring the months of January, February and March. Refreshments will be a vailable. Admission is $4 for a single and $7 per coup le. The club is located between Avon Park and Sebring, a short distance north from the Red Barn.SunTrust Relay for Life Team hosting first fundraiser of 2012AVON PARK Avon Park Relay for Life SunTrustT eam is kicking off the new year with a barbecue f undraiser. The date has been set for 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Avon Park Community Center, 310 W. Main St. The$ 25 donation includes entertainment, door prizes and a barbecue chicken or rib dinner and all the fixings. Dine in or carry out. Proceedsb enefit the Avon Park Relay for Life. For more information, contact Shirley Viets at 3 86-1721 or Elizabeth Lee at 443-2385.Good Dog course offered at YMCASEBRING Highlands County YMCA(100 YMCA L ane) will offer a New Years dog obedience and b ehavioral modification course, Good Dog. The course is being offered to all citizens and visitors of Highlands County. You don ot have to be a member of the YMCAto partake. This is a six-week course, which will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. The class meets each Saturday for approximately one hour. Thec lasses are held under cover at the basketball courts to k eep owner and dog cool along with protecting participants from possible summer showers. Good Dog is geared t owards dogs of all ages and levels. The course will focus on good manners, obedience and behavioral modifications. Upon completion oft his course, participants will have learned how to communicate better with their dog a nd have fun doing it. Many techniques are utilized i ncluding positive reinforcement to help motivate both you and your dog. S ome of the exercises you will be instructed in include: sit, down, stand, stay, come, h eel/walking on a loose lead and more. Topics to be a ddressed are geared towards each individual student, i.e. calm greetings, jumping, barking, biting and other problem-solving techniques.T he AKC Canine Good Citizen Test will be available for those wishing to obtain said certification at the end of the course. The instructor will be Monica with 30-plus yearso f experience in dog training and behavior modifications. S he has titled dogs in AKC, Search and Rescue, Cadaver Dogs, Narcotics, Tracking and Evidence Indication, Personal Protection, TherapyD ogs and Registered Service Dogs. Puppies and dogs must be current on their vaccinations. Cost is $50. Space is limited.T o pre-register, call 6559080. C ontinued from page 2A POLICEBLOTTER COMMUNITYBRIEFS By JENNIFER AGIESTA A ssociated PressWASHINGTON Americans are h opeful for what 2012 will bring for their families and the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, though most say 2011 was a year they would rather forget. N early seven in 10 say the year gone by was a bad one, more than double those who consider it a success, according to the poll. But 62 percent are optimistic about what 2012 will bring fort he nation, and more, 78 percent, are hopeful about the year their family will have in 2012. J eff Wolfe, 33, of Farmington, W.Va., said 2011 treated him well because he was able to find steady work as a line-m an. But for the rest of the nation, things were pretty rough, with so m any Americans looking for jobs. For the first time since 2009, I worked all year, he said. Wolfe said hel ost work in 2008 and again in 2010. But in 2011, the father of two school-age c hildren said he was able to catch up on bills, buy his wife a new car and renovate his home. Overall, the poll found 68 percent of Americans described 2011 as a bad year, compared with 29 percent who felt itw as a good one. Apartisan divide, much like the one that ruled Washington this year, seems the only split in public opinion on 2011. Democrats were most likely to view2 011 positively (40 percent called it good), while independents and Republicans were less effusive. Beyond that, the poll found general agreement that 2011 is best left in the past. M ary Burke, 57, of Ridgeland, S.C., felt economic pain in 2011. She saw prices rise for all of her expenses, fromh er light bill to groceries. Paying $5 for a jar of mayonnaise is outrageous, she said. F ood and gas prices surged in 2011, but the most recent Consumer Price I ndex shows inflation leveling off. November statistics from the government showed a year-over-year inflationr ate of 3.4 percent, the smallest such rise since April. T he poll found consumers are sensing the change. Just 18 percent of adults expect consumer prices to rise at a faster pace in the coming year, the lowest share to say so since the poll first asked the question in March. Most (51 per-c ent) expect prices to rise at the same rate or more slowly. And as the nations economic fortunes overall appear to be tilting slightly positive, the publics expectations fort he economy in the coming year are at their highest point since spring. According to the poll, 37 percent expect economic improvement in the next 12 months, compared with 24 percent whot hink the economy will slide downhill. Thats the first time since May that significantly more people said things willg et better than get worse. On a personal level, 36 percent think their households financial situation willi mprove over the next 12 months, while 11 percent think it will worsen. A mericansfinancial ebbs and flows affect their personal outlook for 2012. Those whose households have faced aj ob loss in the past six months or who describe their current financial situation a s poor are less optimistic about what 2012 holds for them and their families than others. Poll: Americans think things can only get better in 2012


C M Y K There is no permit, said Sebring building and Zoning Officer Lee Tolar. We were told they have plans, but they have not been delivered ora pproved by our department yet. e were told they have plans, but we were told they are waiting on engineering toa pprove the plans. Once we get the plans, the fire inspector will look at them then Mr. (EdWhite will have to approve them before they can apply for permits, Tolar said. The county has been made aware of the order T he controversial building was back on the commission agenda Tuesday night, bute ven a 500-page report left several questions unans wered. Why did we do this? We bought a building and we own it, so why did we do this? Commissioner Greg Harrisa sked. o) clear up a lot of the b ad information that was out there, Commission Chair Jack Richie answered. It wasi mportant to make it public. Several citizens showed c oncern over the past few months about what commissioners were calling mis-t akes in handling the purchase and renovations of the buildings at 4500 Kenilworth Blvd., and the purchase price o f $1.2 million for what County Engineer Ramon Gavarrete called a shell of ab uilding left questions about county staff diligence. E stimates from county staff have reached as high as $2.2 million before the building is completed. County Administrator R icky Helms pointed out Tuesday how the building p urchase price of $1.2 million was close to the two appraisals the countyr eceived, and the county certainly paid close to the market v alue of the building in 2008. Helms also pointed out that the real estate market hasd ropped since then. Whether or not this was a good purchase at the time can be debated for a long time. T he appraisals were close to the amount of what the property value was in 2008,H elms said. Discussions for space n eeds started more than six years ago, according to Helms, but it was apparent from commission minutes that the scope of the projectt o get that space changed multiple times since discuss ions started in 2005. Commissioner Barbara Stewart, who requested at imeline of the building project, also attempted to answer H arris. I think it was important. All the different red flags andd ifferent questions that were raised. Hopefully we dont go through a process like this again, Stewart said. N eeds were not professionally and succinctly provided, Stewart pointed out, and shes tated that the process was not clear cut and laid out. You think that when a project is being conceived you would put down and justify what your needs are, she said. S tewart also took exception with the appraisal reports and r ecommended that staff double check that the information presented is verified the nextt ime. e started in 2005 and we a re still not in it, Harris said. Whether or not we go forward is a decision the boardw ill make, Helms pointed out. I think before we go forward, I am going to ask a lot o f more serious questions about this. To me, its a case of this is not the way we dot hings in the future, Stewart said. Trust but verify, Richie agreed to questions as to why county staff did not follow up phone questions with actual documents. This brought to light a lot of information that 80 percent o f the board did not know about, Richie said. Did we go to the level of g oing and physically looking at every piece of information w e requested by phone? No. But the phone calls were made, Helms said. Not all of the follow ups were done. If that is a level that needs to be done, certainly we can go to that level to verify that information Helms said. This was purchased at the top of the market, for sure, s aid Commissioner Don E lwell. e were fortunate to buy it at the very highest price possible. We got a building, we own all of it, and weve g ot approximately 3.99 acres of land. Hopefully we can move forward making the right decisions. Elwell asked that the staff p rovide more information for future decisions. I am glad this happened Elwell said pointing to the report. H elms pointed out that some of the individuals that w ere involved in the timeline a re no longer employed with Highlands County. Helms also stated that t he lessons learned from the mis-t akes on the Kenilworth building would apply to the s heriffs building the board is l ooking into in January. T he board still asked f or d irection on where to take the building next, directing Commissioner Ron Handley, w ho is a builder by trade, to continue to look into future p lans. H andley promised to return at the next commission meeting with recommendations. Page 6ANews-SunFriday, December 30, 2011www.newssun.com DrAusuf 3x10.5 BW 00015512 He had a very important job a tough job and he wouldnt be on the phonec alling home when the other guys couldnt do that too. O n Dec. 4, 2006, less than two weeks before his 40thb irthday, Trane died in an Al Anbar Province helicopter crash. Afellow Marine and two U.S. Army soldiers were also killed. F or the McCloud children, even five years after the crash, every day is still Daddy day. Daddy made the last b irthday cake for me, Meghan, who was just 2 years old when her father died, recently told her mom. Daddy bought me chewing gum on my Daddy day Grace, who was 5, told her grandma. Hayden, who was 7, whist les almost exactly like his dad and displays many simil ar traits. With each visit, Roma sees more of Trane inh er grandchildren. s a loss, but in their little hearts, hes there as big as life, Tranes mom said. Tranes spirit lives on in h is brother, Army Staff Sgt. Richmond McCloud, 41, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan. He figures that by now, h is brother would have been in Afghanistan, Ron said. He has a heartfelt desire to be of service to his country. Maggie tries her hardest to live every day like the man shell always love. Im a better person for having him in my life, shes aid. Staying true to the name h is mom called a perfect fit, Lt. Col. Trane McCloudl oved his country, believed in God, and took care of his wife and children. Thats just how this Marine rolled. Trane was Trane, his mother said. And he knew who he was. To find out more about Tom Sileo or to read features by otherC reators Syndicate writers and c artoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com/. Continued from page 2A Marine kept rolling County commission gets 500-page report on Kenilworth building purchase timeline C ontinued from page 1A N ews-Sun photo by SAMANTHAGHOLAR A county truck leaves the parking lot of the building on Kenilworth Boulevard after a stop work order was issued by the C ity of Sebring on Thursday. The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN


C M Y K Handley said. I was the only one here, I believe, when Mr. Helms made this decision. Ib elieved at the time, and he met with all the commissione rs, he absolutely made the right decision on behalf oft he county commission, the c ounty and the taxpayers, said Commissioner Barbara Stewart. I think it is important that he realizes that this vote tonight in no way saysh e didnt do the right thing at the right time. W heeler also agreed in his settlement not to apply fore mployment with the county e ver again and would be able to submit a letter of resignation dated Oct. 20, 2011 for his personnel file. If there is a request for r eference on a future job, the county would only provide h is dates of employment and public records requested,s aid Macbeth. Recall attempt in Avon ParkDeputy Mayor Brenda Gray along with Council members Terry Heston and Paul Miller faced the ire ofc itizens seeking remove them from office. O ver 1,800 signatures were collected in total, a lot more than the 450 neededp er each council member, but a technicality about the s tarting date forced Supervisor of Elections Joe Campbell to rule the recalle ffort invalid. Organizers vowed to try again, but as of yet no seco nd run at a recall has been announced.New County CommissionersThere was a major change a t the Board of County Commissioners when four new members took office in 2011. The high turnover rate was the result of three seats becoming open in their regular rotation, and a seat leftv acant when Jeff Carlson was removed in July of 2010 a fter being charged with boating under the influence and accidentally killing his wife. Newly elected Governor Rick Scott did nota ppoint a replacement until Oct. 25, when he picked Ron Handley, a local builder. The newly elected commissioners were Don Elwell,G reg Harris and Jack Richie. Barbara Stewart served as chairperson of the commission during most the year.County cuts recreation fundingThe county faced difficult budgetary decisions. Among changes in spending, the commission voted to cut back support for municipal recreation by tens of thousands of dollars, leaving the cities scrambling to meet shortfalls and shifting to a pay-for-play philosophy.Lake Placid wants pay-for-playThe pay for play policy affected Lake Placid the most. Town residents were having to pay for a major portion of park maintenance even though the vast amount of park users did not live within the town. For months the town council and recreation commission wrestled with the issue, trying to arrive at a fair solution. It was finally agreed that organized sports would contribute to the cost of lighting and field maintenance, although the council has yet to vote on the issue.Mud bogging Private property and its uses were hotly debated when private investors asked to open a business that included family recreation, like camping and fishing. Mud bogging was part of the business plan, but it drew strong opposition from neighbors one side arguingm ud bogging is good, clean fun and the other that mud b ogging attracts a hard drinking, noisy crowd. After several commission meetings became heated, the commission voted to return the issuet o the planning and zoning board and county staff for r eview, a process that could take months. The subject will be b rought back to the commission sometime in 2012.County bans tobacco on its propertyThe commission caused controversy itself when it p assed a no smoking on campus ordinance that i ncluded parks and outdoor areas. Smoking was prohibited in parked cars. The policy was then expanded to include all tobacco. Thec ommission added to the controversy by requiring applicants for county jobs to sign an affidavit affirming the applicant did not smoke and had not used tobacco for 12 months prior to the appli-c ation.Kenilworth building raises questionsThe commission also had to deal with a building pur-c hase gone bad. Supervisor of Election Joe Campbells office has long since outgrown its space in the Government Center. Clerk ofC ourts Bob Germaine also needs more room. The county, therefore bought a building at Kenilworth Boulevard. However, the building designed originally as a series of mini-warehouses was immediately discovered to need extensive renovation to be useful. As more information became available, more problems appeared, including unfit retention ponds and a lack of any occupational license. As a result Stewart ordered county staff to look into the transaction and process. The timeline of the process alone, released Tuesday, was more than 500 pages long. This issue, too carries over into 2012.Mending fences in SebringThe city of Sebring had its controversial moments as well. In attempting to update and streamline its fence ordinance, the council voted to ban anchor fencing from allf ront yards. This led to resident uprising, with citizens c omplaining about over reach by government. Cost of fencing was also a part of the issue. After several proposed o rdinances were brought to the council and rewritten e ach time, the council backed down from banning anchor chain fences. MargieR hodes, one of the city councilors and a force b ehind the changes, was defeated in the citys election, largely because of hers tance against anchor chain. Andrew Fells, a newcomer to politics, was elected to h er seat.South Florida Community College growsThere was good news at S outh Florida Community College when the colleges proposed bachelor of arts and science program in supervision and management was approved by the state. This mean on July 1, 2012t he colleges name will change for the third time t o South Florida State College. The school opened its doors in 1965 as South Florida Junior College, and became South FloridaC ommunity College in 1984.A hero is put to restThere was one story that drew the community together. It was a moment of great sorrow, but also pride when Sebring High School graduate and resident Alicia Jetton received her young husbands body home after he was killed during a fire fight in Kunar Provence, Afghanistan. PFC Joshua Jetton, who graduated from high school in 2008, had been in combat for less than three months. The entire community reached out to Alicia, 19, and pregnant with twins. Hundreds lined the streets the day Joshua arrived in Highlands County and followed Alicia through her pregnancy. Donations of diapers, clothes and car seats; everything from baby oil to mobiles poured in enough so Alicia could concentrate without worry. The twins, Carter Mac and Hayden Olivia, were born on Aug. 15. www.newssun.comN ews-SunF riday, December 30, 2011Page 7A Continued from page 2A Continued from page 1A Top 11 stories of 2011 N ews-Sun file Ron Handley is sworn in as a county commissioner, filling the seat left when Jeff Carlson w as suspended. Handley was the fourth new face on the board in 2011. George White of the HCFAwill also address the council Tuesday. White will pro-p ose to the council the use of an LED sign at the Highlands County Fairgrounds. Whites a ddress was pulled from Dec. 20 meeting. The city council will also reveal the new appointments to the available planning and zoning position. C RAExecutive Director Pete Pollard will p resent council with a proposal for the Historic Harder Hall building and City Administrator Scott Noethlich give the council an update regarding the City Pier d redge hole issue. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Continued from page 1A Sebring council has loaded agenda Wheeler lawsuit settled by county A ssociated PressPANAMACITYBEACH Sports towels and fleece blankets. Apoker tournament. A$1 millionC hristmas display. Aprom for senior citizens. BPgas card giveaways. Amost deserving mom contest. And advertising, lots ofa dvertising. Florida Panhandle officials made the mix of eyebrow-raising purchases with $30 million BPgave theme arlier this year to help tourism recover from 2010s disastrous Gulf oil spill. T he money allowed seven area tourism bureaus to try promotions they could neverh ave afforded otherwise, and it has propelled the P anhandles visitor counts to record numbers this year following a disastrous seasonr ight after the spill. The question now is what happ ens when the BPmoney dries up, most likely next April. The grants doubled a nd tripled the tourism-promotion budgets in these Panhandle counties, and officials worry the boost in visitors may prove fleeting. It is one thing to have your numbers go up when a tremendous amount of money is being put, not only in our economy, but in all ofn orth Florida, said Curt Blair, executive director of the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. e will see after April w hether part of this was a real recovery ... or if we see fall-off. ... Whether weved one that or if weve just propped up the market. BPannounced the $30 m illion tourism grants in April. While the agreement f or the $30 million doesnt prevent Florida from pursuing any c laims against BPor others, officials there decided a w eek later not to join other Gulf states in a lawsuit against Transocean, the o wner of the Deepwater Horizon rig at the heart of the spill. Floridas tourism spending spree isnt the first timet hat BPmoney has allowed government officials to snag items from their wish lists. Separately, BPhad already poured hundreds ofm illions of dollars into the four Gulf states in the months after the oil spill with few strings attached. The Associated Press docu mented earlier this year how some of the $754 million given to local govern-m ents had been spent on tasers, SUVS and pick-up trucks, rock concerts, ani Pad and other items with no direct connection to the oil s pill. In all, BPhas given $150 million to Alabama, Florida,L ouisiana and Mississippi for tourism promotion since t he oil spill, with the Sunshine State getting the lions share $62 million. BP money buys sports towels, Christmas lights, jingles


C M Y K By MIKE SCHNEIDER A ssociated PressO RLANDO The end of the space shuttle program after more than three decades of flights to lowearth orbit launched pastG ov. Rick Scotts shakeup of state government and the Casey Anthony murder trial as Floridas top story of 2011, according to a poll ofn ewspaper editors conducted by The Associated Press. Atlantisrolling stop on a Kennedy Space Center runway in July marked the end of the 30-year-old spaces huttle program. It was a moment of celebration and a pprehension for NASAs thousands of workers and contractors, many of whoml ost jobs with the last shuttle flight. The mission itself was p ro forma: Atlantisfour astronauts restocked the international space station with a years worth of supplies and released a satellite. B ut on the ground, the end of the mission ushered in an e ra of unprecedented uncertainty for Floridas Space Coast, the site of every shut-t le launch, as well as for the nations space agenda. U.S. a stronauts must now depend on Russian Soyuz vehicles for rides to the space stationi n the near future, and NASAis outsourcing the logistics of sending supplies a nd astronauts to the space station to private companies. T he three remaining active shuttles are being shipped to museums in Florida, Los Angeles and Washington. Thousands of skilled spacew orkers are now looking for jobs in a state with a 10 percent unemployment rate. Floridas governor played a role in half the stories chosen for the top 10. The Florida newspaper e ditors voted Scotts taking over the governors office, a nd his subsequent efforts to shake up state government with a pro-business agenda, as the years No. 2 story. After becoming governor inJ anuary, Scott successfully pushed for the elimination of several state agencies dealing with growth management, labor, trade and eco-n omic development and cobbled them together into the Department of Economic Opportunity. Environmentalists and planning advocates criticized the dismantling of the growth management agency, saying it will open the door to sprawl and pollution. These news items rounded out the top 10 stories of the year: 3 The trial and acquittal of Casey Anthony on charges of murdering her 2year-old daughter captured the attention of the nationd uring the summer. National television shows provided h ourly updates and roundthe-clock commentary on the criminal proceedings, andO rlandos local television stations broadcast the trial l ive gavel-to-gavel. Even after she was released from jail and her legal sagaa ppeared to be over, she was ordered to return to Florida to serve out a year of probat ion at an undisclosed location for an unrelated check f raud charge. 4. Shortly after he became governor in January, Scott pushed to shut down the main pension plan to news tate employees, and he wanted public employees to contribute five percent of their salary to help cover pension costs. Legislators instead settled for a three percent contribution rate thatp ublic employee unions are now challenging in the c ourts. 5. After a disastrous tourism season following the Gulf oil spill in 2010, tourism along Floridas GulfC oast rebounded to record levels. Local tourism boards were aided by millions of dollars in BPmoney that allowed them to try promo-t ions they had never done before. In some Panhandle counties, visitor counts were up by 20 percent. 6. Even though Florida is regarded as ground zero for the nations prescription drug problem, Scott had his doubts about a state prescription drug tracking system aimed at closing down pill mills that sell painkillers and other medicat ions to drug dealers and addicts. He took office wanting the drug database scrapped, but he later relented after facing oppositionf rom Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and s ome state lawmakers. The system started operating in September. 7 The beating death of Florida A&M University d rum major Robert Champion after a November football game revealed a cul-t ure of hazing at the Tallahassee-based school and created a public awareness o f hazing rituals at schools around the nation. In the w ake of Champions death, FAMU President James Ammons repelled two attempts to put him on administrative leave. Bandd irector Julian White was fired by Ammons but then placed on administrative leave, and four students were dismissed by the university but then allowed to return to classes, pending the investi-g ations. 8. Scott signed into law a m erit pay requirement for new teachers. Once the law goes into effect in 2014, new teachers will be given one of four performance ratings,h alf of which will be based on student growth on tests. The ratings will be used in determining pay. The law also got rid of teacher sen-i ority during layoffs. The statewide teachers union has filed a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional because it changed the wayt eachers are paid and evaluated without going through collective bargaining. 9. Scott signed into law an election bill that reduces the number of early voting days,s laps new requirements on groups conducting voter regi stration drives, requires voters changing out-of-county addresses at the polls to castp rovisional ballots and makes it more difficult to get c itizen initiatives on the ballot. GOPlawmakers who sponsored the bill said the changes will prevent voting f raud, but opponents say it will suppress turnout ofm inorities and others who tend to vote Democratic. Th e new law is facing a challenge by groups that condu ct voter-registration drives and also is under review by a federal three-judge panel in Washington. 10. Afederal judge in Pensacola ruled that President Obamas massive health care overhaul was u nconstitutional, saying the federal government had overstepped its authority to regulate interstate commerc e by requiring all Americans t o carry health insurance. T hree other federal judges h ave upheld the law and a f ourth has ruled against it, leaving it up to the U.S. Supreme Court to determin e its constitutionality. Page 8ANews-SunFriday, December 30, 2011www.newssun.com Special Stars 3x5 BW 0 0015483 Last shuttle flight selected as states top 2011 story Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT S pace shuttle Atlantis, STS-135, is towed to a Oribitor Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, after landing July 21 concluding 30 years and 135 missions. STATENEWS MARION OAKS (AP Anorth Florida man has been charged with killing three Chihuahua puppies following an argument with his girlfriend. The Marion County Sheriffs Office reports that a deputy responded to a home Wednesday after a 911 hangup call. Awoman at the home said everything was fine. The deputy reported seeing a dead puppy on the living room floor, and the woman said her boyfriend, who was not there, had thrown the animal down. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that another deputy found two other dead puppies, one under the kitchen counter and another under the couch. Two other puppies were found alive in the bathroom, and the mother was found in the backyard. Deputies tracked down 20year-old Tayon L. Alexander and charged him with three counts of animal cruelty. He was being held on $6,000 bail. Man charged with killing 3 puppies


C M Y K www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 30, 2011Page 9A 2100Help Wanted 2100Help Wanted 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 STERNBERGs 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 STERNBERGs, 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 above-described execution. Dated this, December 14, 2011 SUSAN BENTON, SHERIFF OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORID A By: /s/ Jack Baily, Jr. Lt. Jack Bailey, Jr., DEPUTY SHERIFF NOTICE OF DISPOSITION A CCORDING TO THE FLORIDA SELF STORAGE FACILITY ACT THE FOLLOWING STORAGE UNITS LOCATED AT THE STORAGE PLACE OF AVON PARK, 395 CR 17A WEST, AVON PARK, FL 33825 WILL BE DISPOSED OF ON JANUARY 16, 2012, AT 10:00AM. ALL UNITS ARE SAID TO CONTAIN HOUSEHOLD GOODS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. Names and unit numbers are as follows: NAME UNIT NUMBER Juanita Jervier 109 Ron Lozier 130 Mary Cazarin 205 Randal Ennis 229 Karen Van Zant 319 Sarah Deweese 360 DISPOSITION BEING MADE TO SATISFY LANDLORD'S LIEN, MANAGEMENT RESERVES ALL RIGHTS, UNDER FLORIDA LAW, ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN CASH. December 23, 30, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 08 000726GCS DIVISION: DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2006NC5 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-NC5, Plaintiff, vs. JOSE R. PEREZ, et al, Defendant(s NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated December 19, 2011, and entered in Case No. 08 000726GCS of the Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida i n which DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLE Y ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2006-NC5 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-NC5, is the Plaintiff and JOSE R. PEREZ, NEW CENTURY MORTGAGE CORPORATION, are the defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in/on the Jury Assembly Room in the basement, Highlands County Courthouse, 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870, Highlands County, Florida at 11:00 AM on the 17th day of January, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 29, BLOCK 27, SUN 'N LAKE ESTATES OF S EBRING, UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 48, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3928 VISCAYA STREET, SEBRING, FL 33872 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Highlands County, Florida this 20th day of December, 2011. Clerk of the Circuit Court Highlands County, Florida By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk December 30, 2011; January 6, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA C IVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2010-CA-000146 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE, FOR CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2007-OA11 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-OA11, Plaintiff, vs. MADELINE SARA DEL SOL A/K/A MADELINE S. DELSOL, et al, Defendant(s NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated December 19, 2011 and entered in Case No. 28-2010-CA-000146 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE, FOR CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2007-OA11 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-OA11, is the Plaintiff and MADELINE SARA DEL SOL A/K/A MADELINE S. DELSOL; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEIR HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1 N/K/A GORDON GONSALES are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE at 11:00 AM, on the 17th day of January, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 20, IN BLOCK 69, A RESUBDIVISION OF BLOCKS 58 AND 69, PLACID LAKES SECTION SIX AND EIGHT, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE 42, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 319 FOX RIDGE ROAD, LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60 WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 20, 2011. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09107005 COUNTRY-CONV B/C -Team 2 **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates, P.A., P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, FL 33622-5018, telephone (813 251-4766, not later than seven (7 the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD 1-800-955-8771, or voice (V via Florida Relay Service. December 30, 2011; January 6, 2012 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Notice of Public Sale or Auction of the contents of the following storage units located at CENTURY STORAGE BAYVIEW, 2609 BAYVIEW STREET, SEBRING, FLORIDA 33870 on 01/19/12 at 9:00 AM. Contents are said to contain Household Goods/Business Items unless otherwise specified. A051 Daley, April HOUSEHOLD GOODS A092 Paedae, William Harrigan HOUSEHOLD A078 Paedae, William Harrigan BUSINESS G475 Vaught, Kimberly Sue HOUSEHOLD I655 Weil, Bryan L. HOUSEHOLD GOODS Sale being made to satisfy landlord's lien. Cash or Credit/Debit Card accepted. Contents to be removed by 5:00 p.m. on the day following the sale. CENTURY STORAGE BAYVIEW 2609 BAYVIEW STREET SEBRING, FLORIDA 33870 (863 December 30, 2011; January 6, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 28-2009-CA-001837 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS, INC., ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-11, PLAINTIFF, VS. TED M. EVANS, ET AL., DEFENDANT(S N OTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated December 19, 2011, in the above action, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at Highlands, Florida, on January 17, 2012, at 11:00 AM, at Basement of courthouse in Jury Assembly Room 430 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, FL 33870 for the following described property: LOT 10447 AND LOT 10448, OF AVON PARK LAKES UNIT NO. 32, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, AT PAGE 34, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND LOT 10449, AND LOT 10450, OF AVON PARK LAKES UNIT 32, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 34, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within sixty (60 Court, in its discretion, may enlarge the time of the sale. Notice of the changed time of sale shall be published as provided herein. DATED: Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk of the Court Prepared by: Gladstone Law Group, P.A. 1499 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Suite 300 Boca Raton, FL 33486 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 ADA Coordinator, Mr. Nick Sudzina at P.O. Box 9000, Bartow, FL 33831; telephone number 863-534-4686 two (2 ceipt of this notice; if you are hearing impaired, call the Florida Relay Services at 1-800-955-8771 (TTY call the Florida Relay Services at 1-800-955-8770. December 30, 2011; January 6, 2012 1050L egals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. PC 11-508 D ivision Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF MILTON B. WRIGHT Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MILTON B. WRIGHT, deceased, whose date of death was November 3, 2011, 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 OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is December 23, 2011. Personal Representative: Gilbert P. Wright 1548 B Common El Paso, Texas 79936 Attorney for Personal Representative: John K. McClure Attorney for Gilbert P. Wright Florida Bar Number: 286958 MCCLURE & LOBOZZO 211 S. Ridgewood Drive Sebring, Florida 33870 Telephone: (863 Fax: (863 December 23, 30, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 11-515 IN RE: ESTATE OF JOHN R. NEUMAN, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JOHN R. NEUMAN, deceased, whose date of death was October 24, 2011, and whose social security number is 375-30-9321, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2 OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 23, 2011. Personal Representatives: /s/ Jeanette Marie Bostrom-Eastham /s/ Nancy Dye Attorney for Personal Representative:s /s/ ROBERT E. LIVINGSTON Florida Bar No. 0031259 445 S. Commerce Avenue Sebring, FL 33870 Telephone: (863 December 23, 30, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIRCUIT CIVIL CASE NO. 28-2010-CA-000670 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER WITH WACHOVIA BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v. SIMON LORENZO BROWN, JR., et al., Defendants. SECOND AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2010, and Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated December 19, 2011, both entered in Case No. 28-2010-CA-000670 of the Circuit Court for HIGHLANDS County, Florida, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room in the basement of the Highl ands County Courthouse located at 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida, in, at 11:00 a.m. and on the 17th day of January, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment: Lot 16, GRAN-LORE RANCHETTES, according to the map or plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 12, Page 13, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Together with that certain 1993 Fleetwood M obile Home Identification #FLFLP70A21273SK and FLFLP70B21273SK. TOGETHER WITH all the improvements now or hereafter erected on the property, and all easements, rights, appurtenances, rents royalties,mine ral, oil and gas rights and profits, water rights and stock and all fixtures now or hereafter attached to the property. **ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.** WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on December 20, 2011. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending this notice no later than seven (7 p roceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V visa Florida Relay Service. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit and County Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk December 30, 2011; January 6, 2012 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 282011CA000709A000XX ONEWEST BANK, FSB, Plantiff, vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS AND OR BENEFICIARIES OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY HONAKER AKA DOROTHY M. HONAKER, et al, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS AND OR BENEFICIARIES OF THE E STATE OF DOROTHY HONAKER AKA DOROTHY J. HONAKER Last Known Address: Unknown Current Residence: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 10B, IN BLOCK J, OF TOMOKA HEIGHTS SECTION FOUR, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 14, PAGE 52, 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 February 2, 2012, a date which is within thirty (30 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 20th day of December, 2011. ROBERT W. GERMAINE As Clerk of the Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 30, 2011; January 6, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2011-CA-000704 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. DOUGLAS SCHOTT A/K/A DOUGLAS J. SCHOTT SR., et al., Defendant(s NOTICE OF ACTION To: Douglas Schott A/K/A Douglas J. Schott Sr.: 34 Dartmoor Avenue Lake Placid, FL 33852 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in HIGHLANDS County, Florida: Lot 6, Block 6, Highlands Park Estates Section D, according to the map or plat thereof, as recorded in plat book 4, page 86, of the public records of Highlands County, Florida, commonly known as: 34 Dartmoor Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Jacob A. Thomas, c/o Johnson & Freedman, LLC, the Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 400 Northridge Road, Suite 1100 M/S 27, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350, within 30 days after the first publication date: 01/27/12, 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 or petition. DATED: December 5, 2011. Robert W. Germaine As Cleerk of the Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy December 23, 30, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 28-2011-CA-000744 BONY CTHOLDERS 2007-4 P laintiff, vs. LUIS A. GALAN A/K/A LUIS ALBERTO GALAN, LORRAINE CALWAY A/K/A LORRAINE ELIZABETH CALWAY, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: LORRAINE CALWAY A/K/ALORRAINE ELIZABETH CALWAY CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN LAST KNOWN ADDRESS 556 LEAR AVE. LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 You are notified that an action to foreclosure a mortgage on the following property in Highlands County, Florida: LOT 13, IN BLOCK 7, OF HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES SECTION J, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, AT PAGE 41, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. commonly known as 556 LEAR AVE., LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Paul M. Messina, Jr. of Kass Shuler, P.A., plaintiff's attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 800, Tampa, Florida 33601, (813 (or 30 days from the first date of publication, whichever is later) 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: December 12, 2011. CLERK OF THE COURT Honorable ROBERT W. GERMAINE 590 S. 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If We can assist you, please call us: 314-9876 News-Sun Classified 1100Announcements NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR A VARIANCE REQUEST HEARING NO. 1710 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the HIGHLANDS COUNTY Board of Adjustment on the 10th day of January, 2012, beginning at 3:00 P.M., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the County Commissioners Board Room, Highlands County Gov-e rnment Center Building, 600 South Commerce Ave., Sebring, Florida, to consider a variance to allow for a 5.6 foot and 5.7 foot side yard setback instead of the required 7.5 foot side yard setback for an existing dwelling, within the area described a s follows: approximately 1/3 acre located east of Sebring on Honeysuckle Drive between Blazing Star Road and Blossom Drive; the address being 7200 Honeysuckle Drive, Sebring, Florida; and legally descried as follows: Portion Q: A portion of Lots 10 and 11, Block R, Spring Lake Village II, according to the plat recorded in Plat Book 9, Page 43, Public Records of Highlands County, Florida, described as follows; Beginning at the Southeast corner of said Lot 11, also being the Southwest corner of said Lot 10; thence North 88 degrees 53'15'' West, along the Southerly line of said Lot 11, a distance of 30.00 feet to a line parallel with and 30 feet Westerly from the Easterly line of said Lot 11; thence North 01 degrees 06'45'' East, along said parallel line, a distance of 220.00 feet to the Northerly line of said Lot 11; thence South 88 degrees 53'15'' East, along said Northerly line, a distance of 30.00 feet to the Northeast corner of said Lot 11, and the Northwest corner of said Lot 10; thence continue South 88 degrees 53'15'' East, along the Northerly line of said Lot 10, a distance of 35.00 feet to a line parallel with and 35 feet Easterly from the Westerly line of said Lot 10; thence South 01 degrees 06'45'' West, along said parallel line, a distance of 220.00 feet to the Southerly line of said Lot 10; thence North 88 degrees 53'15'' West, along said Southerly line a distance of 35.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. 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EACH PERSON WHO DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT MEETINGS IS ADVISED THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, INCLUDING THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH SUCH APPEAL IS TO BE BASED. Joe DeCerbo District Manager December 28, 30, 2011 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 via Florida Relay Services. December 16, 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 11-535 IN RE: ESTATE OF PRESTON JAMES DUBBS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of PRESTON J AMES DUBBS, deceased, whose date of death was October 15, 2011, and whose social security number is 164-22-8208, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce A venue, 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. 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C M Y K TODAYSunny and nice72 / 52W inds: SSE at 3-6 mphM ostly sunny and pleasant76 / 52W inds: NNE at 4-8 mphSATURDAYS unshine and patchy clouds76 / 55W inds: NNW at 6-12 mphSUNDAYP artly sunny and pleasant71 / 43W inds: N at 8-16 mphMONDAYB reezy with times of clouds and sun65 / 42W inds: N at 10-20 mphTUESDAY City Hi/Lo/W H i/Lo/W Hi/Lo/WCity Hi/Lo/W H i/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W Today Sat. Sun.Today Sat. Sun. Washington W a s h i n g t on 54/40 5 4 / 4 0 New York N e w Y o r k 52/42 5 2 / 4 2 Miami M ia mi 76/67 7 6 / 6 7 Atlanta A t l a n t a 64/46 6 4 / 4 6 Detroit D e t r oi t 42/29 4 2 / 2 9 Houston H o us t on 73/53 7 3 / 5 3 Chicago C h i c a g o 45/32 4 5 / 3 2 M inneapolis M i n ne a p o l i s 36/24 3 6 / 2 4 Kansas City Ka n s a s C it y 52/32 5 2 / 3 2 E l Paso E l P a s o 62/39 6 2 / 3 9 Denver De n v e r 56/31 5 6 / 3 1 Billings B i l l i ng s 50/32 5 0 / 3 2 Los Angeles L os A n g e l e s 7 1/51 7 1 / 5 1 San Francisco S a n F r a n c i s c o 56/44 5 6 / 4 4 S eattle S e a t t l e 44/33 4 4 /3 3 Washington 54/40 New York 52/42 Miami 76/67 Atlanta 6 4/46 Detroit 42/29 Houston 73/53 C hicago 45/32 Minneapolis 36/24 K ansas City 52/32 E l Paso 62/39 D enver 56/31 B illings 5 0/32 Los Angeles 71/51 S an Francisco 56/44 Seattle 44/33 Milder air will lter into the Northeast today as a fast-moving clipper system delivers a bit of rain and snow to New England and the Great Lakes. Any snow will cause more of a nuisance than severe disruptions. On the clippers s outhern edge, gusty winds will also whip the mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys. Meanwhile, sunshine and unseasonable warmth will continue to dominate the South and southern Plains. The Southwest will also stay mild with high pressure in control. U.S. Cities N ational Forecast for December 30S hown are noon postions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.C ity Hi/Lo/W H i/Lo/W Hi/Lo/WCity Hi/Lo/W H i/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W Today Sat. Sun.Today Sat. Sun. World Cities N ational SummaryC ity Hi/Lo/W H i/Lo/W Hi/Lo/WCity Hi/Lo/W H i/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W Today Sat. Sun.Today Sat. Sun. Weather (Ws-sunny, pcpartly cloudy, ccloudy, shshowers, t-thunderstorms, rrain, sfsnow urries, snsnow, i-ice. Albuquerque 55/35/s 58/32/s 50/29/s Atlanta 64/46/s 62/47/s 5 8/32/pc B altimore 54/34/c 5 1/31/pc 5 4/35/pc Birmingham 65/44/s 6 6/45/s 58/29/pc Boston 46/39/c 4 6/34/sh 48/35/pc Charlotte 60/42/s 6 1/37/s 62/31/pc C heyenne 54/36/pc 42/20/c 36/18/s Chicago 45/32/c 47/32/pc 4 0/24/sf Cleveland 46/33/r 43/34/pc 4 0/23/c Columbus 51/35/r 4 8/37/pc 4 1/24/c D allas 66/42/s 69/42/s 61/31/s Denver 56/31/pc 49/19/pc 46/21/s Detroit 42/29/c 4 1/32/pc 37/22/c Harrisburg 48/34/c 4 8/29/pc 48/29/pc H onolulu 80/67/s 8 0/66/s 80/66/s Houston 73/53/s 74/57/pc 68/39/pc Indianapolis 50/33/c 5 0/33/s 41/21/c Jackson, MS 68/44/s 72/47/pc 63/32/pcK ansas City 52/32/s 57/28/s 39/19/pc Lexington 54/38/pc 5 2/35/s 46/25/c Little Rock 66/39/s 65/39/s 64/29/pc Los Angeles 71/51/pc 76/52/s 83/52/s Louisville 56/39/pc 55/39/s 48/28/c M emphis 65/42/s 64/44/s 5 8/30/pc Milwaukee 40/25/c 4 1/28/pc 29/17/sf Minneapolis 36/24/pc 4 1/18/pc 21/8/sf Nashville 60/39/pc 60/41/s 5 6/27/pc N ew Orleans 73/51/s 71/55/pc 68/42/pc New York City 52/42/c 48/37/pc 50/35/pc Norfolk 62/46/pc 6 0/38/s 6 3/41/pc Oklahoma City 64/35/s 67/30/s 51/25/sP hiladelphia 52/38/c 5 0/34/pc 5 2/36/pc Phoenix 68/48/s 72/48/s 7 2/48/s Pittsburgh 47/36/sh 4 3/34/sf 46/25/c Portland, ME 36/30/sn 40/27/sh 40/28/pcP ortland, OR 44/36/r 41/32/c 42/33/pc Raleigh 63/41/s 64/38/s 6 5/38/pc Rochester 44/35/c 41/31/sn 4 9/29/c St. Louis 56/34/pc 58/33/s 42/24/pcS an Francisco 56/44/c 60/41/pc 62/44/s Seattle 44/33/r 41/33/c 4 4/35/c Wash., DC 54/40/pc 55/36/pc 56/33/pc Cape Coral 74/56/s 77/55/s 78/56/s C learwater 72/53/s 76/57/s 77/59/s Coral Springs 75/64/s 77/63/s 79/63/s D aytona Beach 70/50/s 73/54/s 74/52/s Ft. Laud. Bch 76/67/s 79/66/s 79/65/s F ort Myers 74/58/s 79/57/s 78/57/s Gainesville 70/46/s 73/50/s 75/46/s H ollywood 76/65/s 78/63/s 79/62/s Homestead AFB 75/64/s 77/64/s 77/63/s J acksonville 71/47/s 69/50/s 74/44/s Key West 74/68/s 77/68/s 78/68/s Miami 76/67/s 8 0/66/s 79/65/s O keechobee 73/55/s 74/53/s 7 6/56/s Orlando 72/50/s 7 5/52/s 77/57/s P embroke Pines 76/65/s 78/63/s 79/62/s St. Augustine 66/49/s 66/54/s 70/48/s S t. Petersburg 72/53/s 76/57/s 78/59/s Sarasota 70/52/s 7 4/53/s 75/57/s T allahassee 70/49/s 7 3/48/s 73/43/s Tampa 73/54/s 75/56/s 7 7/58/s W Palm Bch 75/62/s 77/62/s 79/60/s Winter Haven 72/49/s 75/53/s 76/56/s A capulco 88/72/s 90/73/s 89/76/pc Athens 56/51/sh 5 6/43/c 53/41/sh Beirut 67/55/s 6 0/54/r 57/50/r Berlin 42/27/c 34/33/pc 46/40/r Bermuda 72/67/pc 7 2/66/sh 72/66/s C algary 44/28/pc 3 4/15/pc 32/30/s D ublin 50/45/r 52/43/pc 46/37/sh E dmonton 31/17/sf 25/8/s 2 0/15/s Freeport 76/59/s 7 7/59/s 7 7/59/s Geneva 44/36/r 4 5/44/r 47/44/r Havana 80/60/s 8 0/61/s 80/56/pc Hong Kong 64/59/c 66/59/pc 68/56/s Jerusalem 63/45/c 5 5/40/pc 52/42/r J ohannesburg 72/57/c 71/57/t 78/59/t K iev 35/34/c 3 5/23/c 30/25/sn L ondon 50/45/r 5 0/47/sh 48/38/r Montreal 19/15/sf 2 8/21/sf 3 3/23/sn Moscow 32/31/c 32/31/sn 32/21/sn Nice 47/44/s 59/47/s 6 0/47/pc Ottawa 28/17/sf 31/17/sf 34/20/c Q uebec 15/7/pc 24/20/sn 3 1/21/sn R io de Janeiro 78/71/sh 81/73/r 85/73/r S eoul 34/16/s 3 6/25/pc 36/19/sf Singapore 83/77/r 88/77/pc 88/77/r Sydney 77/61/s 77/55/pc 8 1/58/s Toronto 40/29/c 3 6/32/pc 37/26/c Vancouver 46/37/r 4 3/35/c 42/37/sh Vienna 45/30/sh 3 7/34/s 47/46/r W arsaw 38/29/pc 30/19/sn 3 5/34/i W innipeg 32/23/pc 36/15/sn 15/1/pc Almanac Readings at Palm Beach High ............................................ 12:14 a.m. Low ............................................... 6:13 a.m. High ............................................ 12:32 p.m.L ow ............................................... 6:44 p.m. Sunny and nice today. Clear to partly cloudy tonight. Mostly sunny and pleasant tomorrow. Sunday: sunshine and patchy clouds. Monday: pleasant with times of clouds a nd sun. A storm that brought snow to the Deep South a few days earlier brought record-breaking cold to the East on Dec. 30, 1880. The low w as 7 degrees below zero in Washington, D.C. Sunny and nice today. Winds west-southwest 3 -6 mph. Expect a full day of sunshine with average relative humidity 50% and good drying conditions. Clear to partly cloudy tonight. Even addresses may water on Thursday and S unday. Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday. All watering should take place before 10 a .m. and after 4 p.m. F irstFullLastNew Jan 1Jan 9Jan 16Jan 23 T oday Saturday S unrise 7:13 a.m. 7:13 a.m. Sunset 5:44 p.m. 5:45 p.m.M oonrise 11:08 a.m. 11:40 a.m. Moonset 11:38 p.m. noneForecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. Jacksonville 7 1/47 Gainesville 7 0/46 Ocala 70/44 Daytona Beach 7 0/50 Orlando 72/50 Winter Haven 7 2/49 Tampa 7 3/54 Clearwater 72/53 S t. Petersburg 72/53 S arasota 70/52 Fort Myers 74/58 Naples 72/58 Okeechobee 73/55 West Palm Beach 7 5/62 F ort Lauderdale 76/67 Miami 76/67 Tallahassee 70/49 Apalachicola 70/54 Pensacola 70/54 Key West Avon Park 72/52 Sebring 7 2/52 Lorida 7 2/54 L ake Placid 73/51 V enus 73/51 Brighton 73/53 TidesReadings at St. Petersburg High .............................................. 4:54 a.m. L ow ............................................. 11:44 a.m. High .............................................. 6:22 p.m. Low ......................................................none UV Index TodayThe higher the AccuWeather.com UV Indexnumber, t he greater the need for eye and skin protection.0-2 Low; 3-5 Moderate; 6-7 High; 8-10 Very High; 11+ Extreme 1 0 a.m.Noon2 p.m.4 p.m. 3 5 3 1 Weather History Farm Report Sun and Moon Florida Cities Water Restrictions Regional SummaryShown is todays weather. Temperatures a re todays highs and tonights lows.F ive-Day forecast for Highlands County 74/68 Lake Levels Lake Jackson ..................................... 78.36 Lake Okeechobee ............................... 13.74 Normal ...............................................14.51 R eadings as of 7 a.m. yesterdayTemperatureReadings at Archbold Biological Station in Lake PlacidHigh Sunday .......................................... 83 Low Sunday ........................................... 54 High Monday ......................................... 82L ow Monday .......................................... 60 H igh Tuesday ......................................... 79 L ow Tuesday .......................................... 46 H igh Wednesday .................................... 85 Low Wednesday .................................... 41Heat IndexF or 3 p.m. todayR elative humidity .................................. 31% Expected air temperature ....................... 72 Makes it feel like .................................... 69BarometerMonday ...............................................30.06 Tuesday ...............................................30.19 Wednesday .........................................30.15PrecipitationMonday ...............................................0.00 Tuesday ...............................................0.00 Wednesday .........................................0.00 Month to date ..................................... 0.31 Year to date ....................................... 46.53 Page 12A News-Sun l Friday, December 30, 2011 www.newssun.com


C M Y K By LAUREN WELBORN News-Sun correspondentSEBRING As the old saying goes, It aint over till the fat lady sings. A nd this proved true as the S ebring boys saw their lead slowly slip away as they took on Lincoln Park Wednesday night in the annual Taveniere Holiday Tournament. Despite holding the lead for the first half, the Greyhounds from Fort Pierce w ere able to tie Sebring in the third and later earn the win with a final score of 5748. From the start, the game showed promises of being tight as each shot seemed to settle the score back at an even tie rather than an increasingl ead for one team over the other. The final seconds ticked to a close, and Mike Westons j ump-hook seemed to be the key to ending the quarter in S ebrings favor. However, Junior St. Louis f urther added to it as he sank a three pointer just before the b uzzer to settle the board at 18-13. The second quarter saw less action from Lincoln Park, and the score at the half showed 29-17 in favor of the Blue Streaks. As play resumed, however, the Greyhounds came out a bit stronger and added more points to the board. And again, the back-and-forth point distribution continued as it had in the first quarter only this time, Sebring already had a decent 10-point lead that kept them ahead. As each of these points for Lincoln Park added up during the second half, Sebrings lead started becoming narrower. At the end of the third quarter, the score was even at 37apiece. It was back to square one yet again as the final eight minutes began. S ebring and the Greyhounds both slowly crept up the scoreboard with n either team holding their small lead for too long. M uch of the contributions came from free throws as the g ame became more intense and the time crunch came into play. With just over a minute left to go, the Streaks an d Lincoln Park were tied at 46. The Greyhounds took these sixty seconds to increase their lead slowly buts urely over Sebring. M att Taylor, who capped his lead for Sebring with 12 points, went up for a dunk to prove the Streaks still had a little game left in them. This crowd-pleasing effort, however, was too little, too late as the final buzzer s ounded and the scoreboard showed Lincoln Park up by nine points. Leaders for the game also included Decaris Jones with 10 points and Josh Austin, Jared Cannon and Weston with six each. e were quitting; being complacent, said head coach Princeton Harris. The boys cant think they have the game in the bag. There are four quarters; it takes all 32 minutes to win, not just six. With 18 missed free throws a nd 24 turnovers, Sebring could clearly see what cont ributed to the loss. e lost focus in the seco nd half, added Weston. e have got to keep up with o ur opponents and work hard. Its all about being a team. This frustrating loss came on the heels of one even more excruciating the night before Blue Streaks stymied By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comS EBRING One might look at the gaudy point totals, such as Wednesday nights 96-59 win over DeSoto on the second night of the Taveniere Holiday Tournament, and figure Avon Park thrives on itsoffensive f irepower. And while there is some truth to that, with the Devils fast-paced, mis-direction, precision passing leaving their opponents heads spinning. But their scoring opportunities, or rather the multitude of them, originate from the defense. Adefense that, when it is on, utilizest he teams overall speed and quickness to trap ate very turn, flash into p assing lanes and knock the b all free to let the offensive stampede get underway. I t wasnt quite so on, however, in the early going Wednesday night against the district foe Bulldogs, against whom Avon Park struggled with just over two weeks ago. e did not play well at all against them the last time we played, head coach Luther Clemons said, though the Devils did come out with a 76-61 win in that match-up on Tuesday, Dec. 13. And it seemed DeSoto knew to be wary this time around, taking better care of the ball and slowing down the action. Then again, its not as if Avon Park cant put up points when the pace slows, as Reggie Bakers 11 points had the Devils up 20-16 after the opening eight minutes. Marcus Dewberry would shoulder the scoring load in the second period as the defense began to ratchet it up a bit more and increase the pace. Dewberry would pour in 11 of his own in the quarter, getting help from six Alfred Brown points and four from Travis Lawton, to push the lead up to 44-30 by the half. I told them that we had not played well against them the last time, Clemons said. And it just took a while before they could see the whole floor and really get it going. Then, I think, we tired them out. Scoring 96 points, thats a lot of running. And it was in the third period where Avon Park really kicked it into gear, wreaking havoc with the defense and spreading the scoring around. Baker hit two threes as part of his 12 points in the frame, with Jarviel Hart adding six and Lawton four more. Dewberry scored six in the third and capped it off with a three at the buzzer to bring the team total to 32 in the quarter and a now commandi ng 76-48 lead for the game. And though the dogs would be relatively called off in the fourth, the Devil bench followed the starterslead and poured in 20 more points to flirt with the 100 mark. Brown and Therasis Godfrey would each hit a three pointer and score seven and five, respectively, over the final eight minutes as Avon Park cruised to the win. This came off a similarly dominant win in Tuesdays opening round against Lincoln Park Academy out of Fort Pierce. And it seemed to be a lesson learned from the Devils last foray into tournament action when the team took its only two losses of the season at the T-Mac Tournament in Auburndale Dec. 16 and 17. e didnt practice well before that, Clemons had said. If you dont practice well, you wont play well. Since then, Avon Park had taken a rousing win over Hardee before Sebring pushed them to the limit in a Devils kick into high gear SPORTS B SE CTION News-Sun Friday, December 30, 2011 Page 3B By STEVE REED Associated PressCHARLOTTE, N.C. When Dwyane Wade was told he was going to take the winning shot against the Charlotte Bobcats, he nearly deferred to the hotter LeBron James. Then Wade thought better of it. When (coach Erik Spoelstra) called it, I was shocked because this guy had it going on, Wade said, pointing to James. I wasnt in the flow. I was about to say, Let LeBron run it. Then I said, You know what, Ill do it. And he did. With James in the corner, Wade brought the ball up, drove to the left side and banked a 10-footer over Gerald Henderson with 2.9 seconds remaining Wednesday night to lift the Heat to a 96-95 victory over the pesky Bobcats to remain unbeaten at 3-0. After Wades shot gently fell through the net, he turned to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seated courtside and imitated Newtons popular Superman touchdown celebration by pretending to rip open his shirt. s a great homage to him, Wade said. He was laughing. He was cracking up. But it was great respect to him. I wasnt trying to show nobody up. Its about how much respect we have for the athletes. The Bobcats had a chance to steal one at the buzzer, but D.J. Augustins 3-point attempt off a side inbounds play didnt fall and D.J. Whites follow at the buzzer rolled off the rim as time expired. Wade, who missed almost the entire third quarter with a bruised foot, only had 10 points on 5 of 13 shooting. James led all scorers with 35 points, while Chris Bosh added 25. They combined for 35 second-half points to overcome a 60-45 halftime deficit. Henderson led the Bobcats with 21 points, including a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to give the Bobcats the lead at Wades winning shot lifts Heat See MIAMI, Page 4B By STEVEN WINE Associated PressDAVIE Linebacker Jason Taylor walked across the locker room brushing his teeth, then ducked into the equipment room to rinse and spit. Minutes later he tried to muster a smile for a cluster of TVcameras. It was time to call it quits. The NFLs active sacks leader said hell retire after this season, his 15th in the NFLand his 13th with the Miami Dolphins. Taylor has contemplated retirement in years past only to be lured back, but now he insists his minds made up. Sundays my last game, he said. I might even change my cell phone number so they cant reach me. The 37-year-old Taylor, who made the announcement following practice Wednesday, ranks sixth alltime with 139 1/2 sacks. He has six fumble returns for touchdowns, an NFL record. Hell conclude his career Sunday against the New York Jets. Itll be his 204th game with the Dolphins, which ranks second to Dan Marinos 242. His contributions on the field as one of the greatest players in team history will be remembered by Dolphins fans for years to come, owner Stephen Ross said in a statement. He will always remain an integral part of the Dolphin family Taylor has had three stints with the Dolphins, who drafted him in the third round in 1997. He also played for the Redskins in 2008 and the Jets in 2010. In my opinion, thats a no-brainer Hall of Fame player, Jets coach Rex Ryan said. He was a phenomenal teammate here. We only had him the one year, yet he a ffected the team so positively. Im proud that I had a chance to coach him. Taylor helped the Jets reached the AFC championship game. He never made it to the Super Bowl, and his final playoff game with the Dolphins was way back in 2001. If there was one regret I have as an athlete, its that I didnt get a chance to bring a championship to Miami, he said. Taylor said his wife was surprised hes hanging it up. But the Dolphins (5-10 are nearing the end of another disappointing season and about to embark on a coaching search, which influenced his decision. The last few weeks I thought about it more, he said. It has been a tough year. This organization is going to make some changes. This is the right time for me to go and allow this organization to grow and improve. Taylor made the Pro Bow l six times, spending much of his career at end before switching to linebacker. He has been used mostly in passing situations this season and has seven sacks on the year, which ranks second on the team. s a great leader, a great ambassador for the city of Miami, and a great player in this league, teammate Jake Long said. Hell definitely be missed. His best season was in 2006, when he was chosen NFLDefensive Player of the Jason Taylor says hell retire after season See TAYLOR, Page 4B MCTfile photo Off most of the night, Dwayne Wade came up big when it counted to give the Heat a last-second win at Charlotte. News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE R eggie Baker and the Red Devils are 2-0 in the Taveniere Holiday Tournament after wins over Lincoln Park and D eSoto Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Baker scored a game-high 27 in the win over the Bulldogs. Taveniere Holiday Tournament action News--Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Terrell Williams hits a three f rom the wing to help S ebring to a first-half lead Wednesday night, but the Streaks couldnt hold on. Avon Park96DeSoto59 Lincoln Park57Sebring48 Scoring 96 points, thats a lot of running. LUTHERCLEMONS Avon Park head coach See AP, Page 4B See SEBRING, Page 4B


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 Mondays and Wednesdays 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 5KS EBRING The Highlands County YMCAis hosting a Last Day 5k Saturday, Dec. 31, at 9 a.m. Enter before Monday, Dec. 26 to guara ntee a duffle bag. Any questions call 382-9622. Sebring Senior SoftballS EBRING 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.Ultimate FrisbeeSEBRING The Highlands County YMCAwill be hosting an eight-week Ultimate Frisbee season beginning Saturday, Jan. 14. Games will be held each Saturday at 9 a.m. at the YMCASoccer Fields, with 5to 10-player teams, made up of males and/or females ages 13 and up. The focus of the season will be on positive competition, character development and having fun. Entry fee is $100 per team, with registration ending on Wednesday, Jan. 11 all skill levels are welcome. For any questions and more information, contact the YMCAat 382-9622.SFCC Volleyball CampAVONPARK The Lady Panther Volleyball program will be holding a four-day camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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 .SFCC Alumni GameAVONPARK South Florida Panther baseball will celebrate itspast with its Alumni Game Weekend on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Panther Field. The game will feature former Panther players making up the alumni team, squaring off with the 2012 SFCC squad at1 p.m.. Following the game, the teams will host a BBQ dinner at 5 p.m. in the Panther G ym. All former players, coaches and families are invited.Hammock Half MarathonSEBRING The 4th Annual Highlands Hammock Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk are set for Highlands Hammock State Park at 8 a.m on Saturday, Jan.28, 2012. The half marathon (13.1 milesill feature overall male and female awards, age group awards in 5-year age divisions, deluxe tee-shirts and plenty of refresh-m ents. There is also a team competition in the half marathon with runners forming teams of two, three or four individuals to cover t he 13.1-mile distance. The 5K Run/Walk will feature custom m edals to all participants. E ntry fee for the half marathon is $35 through January 20 and $45 after January 21 and on race day. Only pre-registered are guaranteed shirt size, so sign up early. Entry fee for the 5K is $17 prior to January 20 and $22 after. You may receive an email application form by contacting Chet Brojek via email cbrojek@comcast.net or by phone at 3854736. Mail entries to Highlands Hammock Half, C/O Chet Brojek, 3310 Par Road, Sebring, FL33872. Checks made payable to Central Florida Striders. Proceeds of the race benefit Highlands Hammock State Park. Come join the challenge of running trails in our beautiful state park.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.AP Dixie RegistrationAVON PARK Registration for Dixie Youth Baseball of Avon Park will be held on consecutive Saturdays, Jan. 7 and 14, at the Durrah Martin Baseball Complex from 9 a.m.-Noon each day. Cost is $65 for the first child and $5 off for each additional child in immediate family Must bring Birth Certificate and recent Picture. Registrations are also being accepted at Top Shop during regular business hours Any questions Please Call Chris Tolar at (863 AMERICAN CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA y-New England1230.800464321 N.Y. Jets870.533360344 Buffalo690.400351385 Miami5100.333310296 South WLTPctPFPA y-Houston1050.667359255 Tennessee870.533302295 Jacksonville4110.267224316 Indianapolis2130.133230411 North WLTPctPFPA x-Baltimore1140.733354250 x-Pittsburgh1140.733312218 Cincinnati960.600328299 Cleveland4110.267209294 West WLTPctPFPA Denver870.533306383 Oakland870.533333395 San Diego780.467368351 Kansas City690.400205335NATIONAL CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA N.Y. Giants870.533363386 Dallas870.533355316 Philadelphia780.467362318 Washington5100.333278333 South WLTPctPFPA y-New Orleans1230.800502322 x-Atlanta960.600357326 Carolina690.400389384 Tampa Bay4110.267263449 North WLTPctPFPA y-Green Bay1410.933515318 x-Detroit1050.667433342 Chicago780.467336328 Minnesota3120.200327432 West WLTPctPFPA y-San Francisco1230.800346202 Seattle780.467301292 Arizona780.467289328 St. Louis2130.133166373 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ___ Sunday, Jan. 1 Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. San Diego at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Seattle at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. End of Regular SeasonLEAGUELEADERSAFC PASSING AttCompYdsTDInt Brady, NE57637848973611 Schaub, HOU2921782479156 Rthlsbrgr, PIT47330138562114 Moore, MIA3161892375157 Rivers, SD55634743142419 NFCPASSING AttCompYdsTDInt Rodgers, GB5023434643456 Brees, NO62244050874113 Romo, DAL4853173895299 Stafford, DET60438545183614 Ryan, ATL55734140712712 AFCRUSHING AttYardsAvgTD Jnes-Drew, JX31814374.58 Foster, HOU27812244.410 Rice, BAL26711734.410 Mathews, SD22210914.96 Bush, MIA21610865.06 NFCRUSHING AttYardsAvgTD McCoy, PHI27313094.817 Gore, SF27512024.48 Turner, ATL28411684.19 Lynch, SEA26611184.212 Jackson, STL24410694.45 AFCRECEIVING NoYdsAvg TD Welker, NE116151813.19 Grnkwski, NE82121914.915 Marshall, MIA77117715.36 Bowe, KC75106614.25 Rice, BAL746969.43 NFCRECEIVING NoYdsAvgTD White, ATL96122712.88 Graham, NO91121313.310 Johnson, DET85143716.915 Sproles, NO816818.46 Gonzalez, ATL7986711.07 AFC SCORING, NONKICKERS TDRusRecRetPts Grnkwski, NE16115096 Rice, BAL13103078 Foster, HOU12102072 Jones-Drew, JX1183066 5 tied with 54 NFC SCORING, NONKICKERS TDRusRecRetPts McCoy, PHI201730120 Johnson, DET15015090 Newton, CAR14140084 Lynch, SEA13121078 Peterson, MIN13121078EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA N.Y. Rangers22944810376 Philadelphia2110446119104 Pittsburgh211144611893 New Jersey2015141100104 N.Y. Islanders111762877111 Northeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Boston24914912164 Toronto1814440113118 Ottawa1715539113128 Buffalo171633797106 Montreal141673594103 Southeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Florida191174599101 Winnipeg1714539100105 Washington1815238104106 Tampa Bay151733395117 Carolina122063097127WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA Chicago2310450122105 Detroit231214711881 St. Louis21114469480 Nashville191444298104 Columbus92252387123 Northwest Division WLOTPtsGFGA Vancouver231224812390 Minnesota20126468988 Calgary18154409299 Colorado1918139101111 Edmonton15173339696 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA San Jose19114429983 Dallas201414195101 Los Angeles18145418288 Phoenix18154409698 Anaheim101962683115 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ___ Tuesdays Games Calgary 2, Columbus 1, SO Pittsburgh 4, Carolina 2 Montreal 6, Ottawa 2 Tampa Bay 5, Philadelphia 1 Florida 5, Toronto 3 Detroit 3, St. Louis 2 Winnipeg 4, Colorado 1 Wednesdays Games Nashville 2, Minnesota 1, SO New Jersey 3, Buffalo 1 Washington 4, N.Y. Rangers 1 Los Angeles 2, Chicago 0 Boston 2, Phoenix 1, OT Vancouver 3, San Jose 2, OT Thursdays Games Calgary at N.Y. Islanders, late Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, late Toronto at Carolina, late Montreal at Tampa Bay, late Edmonton at Minnesota, late Los Angeles at Winnipeg, late Columbus at Dallas, late Phoenix at Colorado, late Vancouver at Anaheim, late Fridays Games Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m. Calgary at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. SCORING LEADERS PlayerTeamGAPTS Giroux PHI172744 Kessel TOR202242 Malkin PIT152742 H. Sedin VAN93342 D. Sedin VAN152641 Hossa CHI162440 Stamkos TB221739 Lupul TOR162339 Vanek BUF182038 Versteeg FLA172138 Eberle EDM162238 Spezza OTT132538 Pominville BUF122638 Datsyuk DET122638EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB New York11.500 New Jersey11.500 Toronto11.500 Philadelphia11.500 Boston03.000112Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami301.000 Atlanta201.00012Orlando11.500112Charlotte11.500112Washington02.000212Central Division WLPctGB Indiana201.000 Cleveland11.5001 Chicago11.5001 Milwaukee11.5001 Detroit02.0002WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio201.000 New Orleans201.000 Houston01.000112Dallas02.0002 Memphis02.0002 Northwest Division WLPctGB Oklahoma City301.000 Denver201.00012Portland201.00012Minnesota02.000212Utah02.000212Pacific Division WLPctGB Golden State21.667 L.A. Clippers11.50012Sacramento11.50012L.A. Lakers12.3331 Phoenix02.000112___ Tuesdays Games Atlanta 106, New Jersey 70 Miami 115, Boston 107 Milwaukee 98, Minnesota 95 Portland 101, Sacramento 79 L.A. Lakers 96, Utah 71 Wednesdays Games Indiana 90, Toronto 85 Miami 96, Charlotte 95 Atlanta 101, Washington 83 Cleveland 105, Detroit 89 New Orleans 97, Boston 78 Oklahoma City 98, Memphis 95 San Antonio 115, L.A. Clippers 90 Denver 117, Utah 100 Philadelphia 103, Phoenix 83 Golden State 92, New York 78 Thursdays Games New Jersey at Orlando, late San Antonio at Houston, late Dallas at Oklahoma City, late Chicago at Sacramento, late Denver at Portland, late New York at L.A. Lakers, late Fridays Games Orlando at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m. Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Miami at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m. Toronto at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Utah, 9 p.m. Chicago at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.FOOTBALLNational Football League MIAMI DOLPHINSAnnounced the retirement of LB Jason Taylor, effective at the end of the season. Placed OT Jake Long on injured reserve. Signed RB Richard Medlin from the practice squad. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid TUESDAY,Jan.3: Boys Basketball at Frostproof,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer vs. Frostproof,6/7:30 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.5: Boys Soccer vs.DeSoto,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer at DeSoto, 6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Weightlifting at Highlands County Meet,Sebring,5 p.m. Sebring TUESDAY,Jan.3: Boys Basketball at Frostproof,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs. Okeechobee,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at Auburndale,6/7:30 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.5: Girls Basketball at Kathleen,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Weightlifting hosts Highlands County Meet,5 p.m. Avon Park TUESDAY,Jan.3: Boys Basketball at Winter Haven,6/7:30 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.5: Boys Soccer vs.Mulberry,8 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.Mulberry,6 p.m.; Girls Weightlifting at Highlands County Meet,Sebring,5 p.m. N N B B A A F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 7 7 p p . m m . Orlando at Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S S U U N N 1 1 0 0 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Chicago at L.A. Clippers . . . . . . . . . . . . . W W G G N NN N H H L L S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 7 7 p p . m m . Tampa Bay at Montreal.. . . . . . . S S U U N NTimes, games, channels all subject to change G G O O L L F F F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 9 9 a a . m m . EuroPGA Africa Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . G G O O L L F F 5 5 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . PGA Hyundai Tournament of Champions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G G O O L L F FS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 9 9 a a . m m . EuroPGA Africa Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . G G O O L L F F 1 1 p p . m m . PGA Hyundai Tournament of Champions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G G O O L L F FC C O O L L L L E E G G E E F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y N N o o o o n n Armed Forces Bowl BYU vs. Tulsa . . . E E S S P P N N 3 3 : : 2 2 0 0 p p . m m . Pinstripe Bowl Iowa St. vs. Rutgers . . . E E S S P P N N 6 6 : : 4 4 0 0 p p . m m . M usic City Bowl Mississippi St. vs. Wake . F orest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 1 1 0 0 p p . m m . I nsight Bowl Iowa vs. Oklahoma . . . . . E E S S P P N NS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y N N o o o o n n Meineke Bowl Northwestern vs. Texas A&M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 p p . m m . S un Bowl Georgia Tech vs. Utah . . . . . . C C B B S S 3 3 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . L iberty Bowl Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt . A A B B C C 3 3 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . K raft Bowl Illinois vs. UCLA . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 7 7 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Chick-Fil-A Bowl Auburn vs. Virginia . E E S S P P N NC C O O L L L L E E G G E E B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 7 7 p p . m m . Western Michigan at Duke . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 9 9 p p . m m . West Virginia at Seton Hall . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y N N o o o o n n Louisville at Kentucky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C C B B S S 2 2 p p . m m . Providence at Georgetown . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 2 2 p p . m m . Samford at Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S S U U N N 4 4 p p . m m . I llinois at Purdue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 6 6 p p . m m . Ohio State at Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 8 8 p p . m m . Gonzaga at Xavier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 1 1 0 0 p p . m m . Oregon at Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 LI VESP ORTSONTV National Football League NBA Transactions National Hockey League Page 2BNews-SunFriday, December 30, 2011www.newssun.com Classified Ads 385-6155 NEWS-SUN


C M Y K B y MARK LONG Associated PressJACKSONVILLE Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew wonders how much of the NFLs efforts to prevent or properly treat concussions have to do with lawsuits brought by former players against the league and its teams. The NFLs leading rusher spoke out about the issue again Wednesday, nearly a week after telling The Associated Press he would hide a possible head injury so he could stay in a game. Ive had concussions before, and it wasnt this big deal about concussions, Jones-Drew said. The only reason theyre making a big deal about concussions right now is because the league is getting sued over it. Before this, you never heard about it. Acouple of years ago, you didnt hear anything about it. After NFLCommissioner Roger Goodell was grilled about his sports concussion policies at a congressional hearing in October 2009, the league made several significant changes. Those moves have continued, including this months addition of certified athletic trainers sitting in booths during games to keep an eye out for possible head injuries and alert teamsmedical staffs. Starting this summer, at least eight lawsuits have been filed against the NFLby dozens of retired players who say they have medical problems related to brain injuries from their time in professional football. The NFLs stance, in part, is that players knew there were risks of injury, and there was no misconduct or liability on the leagues part. Jones-Drew called the possibility of serious injury in football an occupational hazard. He was one of 44 players the APinterviewed recently about concussions. Slightly more than half 23 said they would try to hide a concussion and stay ina game rather than pull themselves out. Players generally indicated they are more aware now of the possible long-term effects of jarring hits to the helmet. Five said that while they would have tried to conceal a concussion during a game in 2009, now they would seek help. Players also said they should be better protected from their own instincts: More than two-thirds of the group the APtalked to would like to have independent neurologists on sidelines during games. ou know playing football youre going to get hurt, right? Jones-Drew said Wednesday. In the back of your mind, youve got to know that the worst that can happen is you can break your neck and be paralyzed for the rest of your life, right? You have to go into every game knowing that could be what happens. Any given play that could happen to you, right? So there it is. When you sign these deals, you know in the back of your mind, thats what can happen. Now basketball, on the other hand, its a different sport. Race car driving, you know that when you get in that car, there can be an opportunity for that thing to flip over and catch on fire. You see what Im saying? Its an occupational hazard, simple as that, and you have to be willing to accept it, and I am. Jones-Drew reiterated that he takes the risk because of his family and said he strongly believes NFLteams would be hesitant to sign players with a history of concussions. So he would hide a concussion to stay in a game, even if it meant increased potential for long-term health issues. I would do anything for my kids, he said. If theyre happy, Im happy. I think they would appreciate it. As long as my kidskids would be happy with what I did, thats what this life is about: sacrifice. Its not about you anymore, you know? w ww.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 30, 2011Page 3B Golf HammockThe Golf Hammock Ladies played a B est Nine Holes event on Wednesday, Dec. 28. I n the First Flight, Florence Towell took first with a 31, with Carol Troup and Trudy Stowe tied for second at 34. Second Flight saw Mary Cripps come out a winner with a 32, Cindy Dall finish in second at 33 and Marge Pederson in third with a 35.Harder HallThe Ladies League played a Pro-Am Points event on Monday, Dec. 26. The winners were: First place, Pat Rowbotham with plus-9; and second place, Mary Ryan with plus-7. Tying for third/fourth places were Arlene Glendenning and Pat Chance withp lus-4 each. The Ladies League played a Low P utts game on Thursday, Dec. 22. The winners were: First place, Helen Sayre. Tying for second/third places were Mary Hayes and Barb Ebert. The Ladies League played a Pro-Am Points event on Monday, Dec. 19. First place, Helen Sayre with plus-4; s econd place, Liz Reinhardt with plus2; and third place, Pat Rowbotham with plus-1. The Ladies League played a Guess Score Before Play event on Thursday, Dec. 15. First place, Helen Sayre with even. Tying for second/third/fourth/fifth/sixth/sev-e nth/eighth/ninth places were Mary H ayes, Pat Rice, Jackie Christopher, M arilyn Armstrong, Elaine Hellinga, Kay Maher, Joyce Himler and Pat Chance with under by 1 each.Lake June WestA Scramble was played on Thursday, Dec. 22. Winning first place was the team of F rank Gallagher, Joanne McGill, Cal Billingsley and Jean Westerfield with 52. Tying for second/third places were the teams of Ron and Sylvia West, Boba nd Doris Weeks; John and Virginia Simmons and Joe Swartz with 55 each. The Mens League played a game on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Winning first place was the team of Ron West, John Simmons, Cal Billingsley, Dick Reaney and Fred Neer with 34. Tying for second/third places were the teams of Orville Huffman, Art S chmeltz, Ott Wegner, Bob Knishka and Bob Williams; Ron Hesson, Pete McNamee, Mario Cappelletti and Don Boulton with 40 each. Closest to the pin: (LadiesMen N o. 2, Fred Neer, 5feet-2-inches; No. 4, Don Boulton, 4-feet-2inches; and No. 8, Norm Grubbs, 2-feet7-inches. T he Ladies League played an event on Monday, Dec. 19. W inning first place was the team of Virginia Simmons, Verna Knishka, Kay Kalusniak and Clara Wisman with 36; second place, Joyce S wartz, Eva Huffman, Sylvia West and Nancy Reaney with 37; and third place, Mary Malone, Margaret Schultz, Jan Mann and Pat Asmus with 38. Closest to the pin: N o. 2, Betty Billau, 7feet; No. 4, Clara Wisman, 16-feet-4-inches; and No. 8, V erna Knishka, 6-feet-9-inches.PinecrestThe Mens Association played Team and Individual Pro-Am Points onW ednesday, Dec. 28. Taking the team win were Nic Staffieri, Ron Johnston, Wayne Meyer and J.W. McCamic with a +14 total. Taking second were John Scott, Rex Waymire, Carl Sachetti and Bill Jennings with +4. Individually, Tom Rockola won A Division with +3 over Staffieri and Murray Campbell, who each scored +2. B Division went to Bill Baker, at +4, with Johnston and Norm Deminna tying for second with +3 apiece. Meyer scored a +8 to top C Division with Sachetti second at +3, while Vern Gates and Mike McCarville, Jr. were tied atop D Division with each totaling +3.River GreensT he Morrison Group played a game on Monday, Dec. 26. The winners were: First place, Bob Stevens and Gil Heier with minus-23; second place, Cliff Steele and Leo Persails with minus-22; and third place, Bill Mountford and Mike Mountford with minus-17. A Limited Member event was played Monday, Dec. 26. Winning first place was the team of John Lemek, Kay Lemek and Ed Ward.I ndividual winners: First place, John Lamek; and second place, Dennis Delisle. The Mens Association played a Mens Day event on Saturday, Dec. 24. Winning first place was the team of Ken Brunswick, Len Westdale, J.R. Messier and John Smutnick with minus-42; and second place, Fred Evans, Bill Krug, Johnny Wehunt and Leo Persails with minus-37. Closest to the pin: No. 3, Ken Brunswick, 4-feet-2-inches; No. 5, Ken Koon, 2-feet-7-inches; No. 12, Jim Anderson, 16-feet-8-inches; and No. 1 7, Russ Rudd, 5-feet-10-inches. A Morning Scramble was played on Friday, Dec. 23. Winning first place was the team of Jack Sayre, Romy Febre, Ray Belobradich and Mary Belobradich. T he Ladies Association played a Pro-Am tournament on Thursday, Dec.22. Winning first place was the team of Betty Leblanc, Jeannine Persails, Nancy Long and Kay Conkle with plus7.5; and second place, Michele Koon, Ann Purdy, Laura Smutnick and Gale Garceau with plus-7.5. Individual winners were: First place, Ann Purdy with plus-6.5. Tying for second/third places were Kay Conkle and Marybeth Carby with plus-5.5 each. T he Morrison Group played a game on Thursday, Dec. 22. W inning first place was the team of Warren Herendeen,J ohnny Wehunt, Butch Smith and Gil Heier with minus-38; second place, Gerry Page, Russ Rudd, Paul Johnson and Joe Graf with minus-30; and third place, Jim Cercy, Jim Anderson, Al Farrell and Ray Delsasso with minus29. The Mens Association played a Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 21. W inning first place was the team of Tim Thomas, Paul Johnson and Dave Stoddart with plus9.5; second place, Dick Garceau, Peter March and Gordon Clauws with plus-9; a nd third place, John Smutnick, Jim Cercy, Len Westdale and Johnny Wehunt with plus-1. Individual winners were: Flight A First place, Dave Stoddart with plus-6.F light B First place, Tim Thomas with plus-.5. Flight C First place, Len Westdale with plus-5.5; and secondp lace, Peter March with plus-5. The Morrison Group played a game on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Winning first place was the team of Gil Heier, Ken Koon, Don McDonald and Ray Delsasso with minus-29; and second place, Bob Stevens, Kenny Brunswick, Len Westdale and Paul Johnson with minus-28. The Golfettes played a Gross and Net Front, Gross and Net Back game Tuesday, Dec. 20. The winners were: Gross Front First place, Anne Kelly with 40; and second place, Linda Therrien with 43. Net Front First place, Gale Garceau with 31. Tying for second/third places were Patti Wedge and Peggy Wehunt with 33 each. Gross Back First place, Linda Therrien with 45; and second place, Anne Kelly with 46. Net Back Tying for first/second/third places were Nancy Long, Peggy Wehunt and Mary B eth Carby with 36 each. The Morrison Group played a game on Monday, Dec. 19. Winning first place was the team of John Smutnick, Cliff Aubin, Gerry Page and Frank Conroy; and second place, Jim Anderson, Kenny Brunswick, Jim Cercy and Cecil Lemons. A Limited Member Group event was played on Monday, Dec. 19. Winning first place was the team of Dennis DeLisle, Sherry DeLisle and Roy Bessett with minus-2. Individual winners: First place, Ed W ard with plus-4.5.SpringLakeAs the last event of the 2011 year, the SpringLake Womens Golf League played an Individual Low Gross/Low Net Flighted Tournament Wednesday, Dec. 27 on the Panther Creek course. T he day was windy and cold but gave us a warm up taste for the w eather to come in the following months. The Low Gross winners were, in A Flight, Maggie Robb with an 88, Barbarara Francoeur in B Flight with a 99, Rosie Foote in C Flight at 98 and P atty Miller in D Flight at 106. L ow Net winners were Linda Pfleger at 75 in Flight A, Donna Ryan with 76 i n Flight B, Carolyn Irvine at 78 in Flight C and Diana Ackling with a 79 in Flight D. On Tuesday, Dec. 27, the SpringLake Mens Golf Association held an Individual Points Competition o n the Cougar Trail course. This was flighted and Net of Handicap. In Flight A, Edd Vowels took first place with 58 net points, including 1 net eagle and 9 net birdies. Bob Hinde won second place with 47 points, which included 1 net eagle a nd 7 net birdies. Bart Bartholomy placed third with 46 points and Bill Lawens took fourth with 44 points. Flight B was won by Dale Stevens with 53 net points, which included 1 eagle and 7 birdies. Bob (Birdie a net 48 that included 3 birdies (net eagles). Third place went to Gale Monda with a net 47 and fourth place went to Larry Colclasure with a 46 that included 2 net eagles, 4 net birdies, and 7 net pars. HARDER HALL GOLF COURSE; 3.639"; 3"; Black; sports MUSSELMAN APPLIANCES; 3.639"; 4"; Black; sports Jones-Drew: Suits fuel NFLs concussion changes MCTphoto Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew know the risk he signed up for. GET YOUR LOCAL NEWS STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE


C M Y K 95-94. Augustin finished with 20 points, while center Boris Diaw turned in another terrific game with 16 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. James said he wasnt upset Wade got the last shot. I guess thats why they give him the big bucks, laughed James. Hey, they deserved to take my money today, Wade said. But I earned my money toward the end. Said James: D-Wade said he finally earned it. He didnt play well tonight but, hey, nobody cares about what else you do after you hit a gamewinner like that. That was a big shot by him. But it was James who brought the Heat back, taking his team on his shoulders in the third quarter. I feel good and this is the best Ive felt in a while, James said. Im back to having fun playing the game and doing what I do best and thats attacking and getting to the free throw line. James was 9 for 9 from the foul line. The Heat needed to dig deep after a sluggish first half in front of a crowd of 19,614 fans, the largest ever to see a Bobcats game at Time Warner Cable Arena. They had plenty of help from the Bobcats, who turned the ball over 12 times on 25 third-quarter possessions. In the third quarter, we turned it over too many times, Bobcats coach Paul Silas said. It got them back in the game. Once they got back in the game, we played t ough. Theyre just too good. Said Diaw: I think they adjusted to what we did in the first half and made a conscious effort to be in the line of passes and really focusing on stealing the ball in the second half. Still, it was an encouraging game for the young Bobcats, who are clearly in a rebuilding mode. They seemed to feed off the crowd early on and certainly werent intimidated by the Eastern Conference champions jumping out to an 11-0 lead. They led by as many as 16 points in the first half against a Heat team that hadnt trailed for more than 14 seconds in their first two games. I think we surprised by playing so aggressive, Diaw said. And shots were falling and we were really committed defensively The Bobcats got plenty of open looks in the first half, using a pick-and-pop to free up center Diaw for 3-pointers from the top of the key. Augustin was fearless in the first half, showing no signs of a sprained ankle from Monday night by hitting on 3 of 4 3-pointers in the first half for 16 points as the Bobcats took a 60-45 lead into the locker room. In order for us to be successful, were going to have to defense better than that, James said. Even without an established big man, the Bobcats outrebounded the Heat 5330. The Heat looked out of sync and frustrated early on. James got pickpocketed by Derrick Brown in the halfcourt set and later threw up an air ball one of two in the game on a turnaround jumper after posting up low against Corey Maggette. The other two-thirds of Miamis Big Three also struggled, with Bosh getting rejected in the paint by rookie Bismack Biyombo and Wade hitting just 2 of 8 from the field. Page 4BNews-SunFriday, December 30, 2011w ww.newssun.com DUMMY 09; 5.542"; 10"; Black; ringling bros. circus SPRINGLAKE GOLF RESORT* NEW; 3.639"; 3"; Black; 12/30/11; Jan 2012 Special to the News-SunSEBRING The City of Sebring is celebrating its 100th birthday in year 2012, so its ironic to have the first major event this year be a sport celebrating its 99th birthday Shuffleboard! The tournament will be played Jan. 2-4, at the Sebring Recreation Club. There are more than 25,000 members to the F lorida Shuffleboard Association. Shuffleboard began in Daytona in 1913. Shuffleboard activities started in Sebring in 1930. The Orange Blossom Classic is the most historic and prestigious tournament of the year in Florida. Pros from clubs all over the state will be arriving to participate in this popular tournament. Prize money is one of the largest in the state thanks to local sponsors, including the Palms of Sebring, Lampe & Keifer Hearing Center, Blue Crab Restaurant, Highlands Independent Bank, Sebring Animal Hospital, Heartland Periodontics (Dr. Kirsch), D ell Realty Team and Heartland Real Estate. This year Inn on the Lakes is the host hotel. It was once said Shuffleboard is not a matter of life and death, its more important than that! Even though the Orange Blossom Classic is a pro tournament, amateurs may participate and are welcome. The entry fee is $5 per player and Mens Doubles and Womens Doubles have separate divisions. All players should be re gi stered by 8:30 a.m., on Monday, Jan. 2. Bleachers are available f or spectators and watching the best play is a great way to learn the strategies of the game. (No charge for spectators). Shuffleboard is a sport for life Get in on it! C ounty Commissione r, D on Elwell and Mayor George Hensley will welcome participants during opening ceremonies. Historic Orange Blossom opens Centennial Year Continued from 1B Year. That season he had 13 1/2 sacks, forced 10 fumbles and returned two interceptionsf or scores. Taylor has scored nine touchdowns, the most by any player whose primary posi-t ion was the defensive line and who entered the league a fter 1970. He has four safeties, which t ies him for fourth in NFL history. T aylor holds a Dolphins record with 27 fumble recoveries. He has been honored many times for his work in the community, and his South Florida foundation has contributed more than $2 million in grants and services to help children. s a tremendous role model, teammate Kendall Langford said. He is always giving, giving, giving. The foundation will help keep Taylor busy in retirement. He has also dabbled in acting, and earned runner-up honors on ABCs Dancing With the Stars in 2008. I look forward to the future. There are a few irons in the fire, Taylor said. Nothing is going to replace professional football. You cant find it on the golf course or anywhere. Theres no place like an NFLlocker room. Those guys become your family for seven months of the year. You wont replace that. But Ill find something else. Continued from 1B Miami saved by Wade M CTphoto M iami Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Taylor announced he will retire after Sundays game with the New York Jets. Taylor set to retire 53-48 win Thursday, Dec. 22. But the practices must have improved as the Greyhounds stood little chance against the swarming Devil defense Tuesday. Which, of course, lead to numerous scoring opportunities that were made the most of in scoring 35 in the opening quarter and building a 5325 first-half lead. The team then coasted to a 7 5-51 win. The tournament action finished up Thursday, though too late for press time. See Sundays News-Sun for a rundown of the final day of games. Continued from 1B News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Travis Lawton goes up strong for the bucket for two of his nine points in Avon Parks 96-59 win over DeSoto Wednesday. AP taming Taveniere in the nightcap of the tournaments opening day. F acing the Broncos of Miami-area Homestead, the Streaks again had a narrow halftime lead andp ushed it up to as many as eight in the third. B ut by the end of the frame, the Broncos had c ut it back down to two. Afrenetic, back-andf orth final eight minutes saw Homestead inch into the lead and hang on for a 70-69 win. Another close one, Harris said of the contest. e have five losses by a total of 10 points. Sebring closed out the final day of the Taveniere Thursday, see Sundays News-Sun for a recap. Continued from 1B Sebring close, but no cigar N ews-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Blue Streak Michael Weston scores on this put-back Wednesday night against Lincoln Park Academy in the Taveniere Holiday Tournament. NEWS-SUN 385-6155


C M Y K www.newssun.comN ews-SunF riday, December 30, 2011Page 5B By LOU KESTEN A ssociated PressS o you just got an iPad for Christmas. You already have all the essentials loaded Facebook, Twitter, iBooks, whatever news app you prefer. Now its time to get serious and start learning w hat the iPad was really built for: games. There are more than 26,000 iPad games available from Apples App Store, with something for every imaginable taste. And the prices are so low you can build an impressive library for lesst han the cost of a single Xbox game. Here are some of my favorites from the last few months. .E.L.D.E.R. (Highline Games, $3.99 For the record, it stands for Word Examination Laboratory for Dynamic Extraction and Reassessment, but never mind the straineda cronym. What W.E.L.D.E.R. really stands for is the iPads most addictive word game, a c lever combination of Bejeweled, Boggle and Scrabble. The object is to slide letter tiles around an 8-by-8 grid, forming words of four orm ore letters. However, you wont get far unless you figure out how to combine score-multiplyi ng gold tiles with the limited number of moves youre given. If youre burned out on Words With Friends, let this provide your new crossword puzzle fix. Infinity Blade II (Chair Entertainment, $ 6.99): If you want to show off your new toy, there are few better demonstrations than this s word-fighting epic. Its a series of one-on-one battles in which dodging, parrying and blocking attacks are just as important as slashing yourf oes. This sequel adds some role-playing elements and more alternate paths to the goal, but t he core attraction remains the same: bonecrunching combat in breathtaking environments. Chocolate Fix (ThinkFun, $2.99Take n ine candies three shapes, each in three colors and arrange them in a 3-by-3 box. If youre a Sudoku maven, that probably sounds s imple. But at the expert level, the clues to which candy goes where are more abstract, maki ng this innocent-looking brainteaser devilishly challenging. Its another elegant treat from the creators of Rush Hour Bag It! (Hidden Variable Studios, $1.99): Its another adventure in food packaging! Thist ime, youre a clerk cramming groceries into a paper bag. The goal is to fill each bag as tightly a s possible without breaking anything; if you put a watermelon on top of a carton of eggs, youre asking for trouble. The groceries them-s elves are endearingly anthropomorphized, making Bag It! one of the cutest puzzle games a round. Blueprint 3D (FDG Entertainment, 99 cents): Each screen in this game is a seeminglyr andom assortment of lines floating in three dimensions. When you rotate the space, you can see how some lines might fit together. E ventually, they snap in place to create a 2-D image of a familiar object a house, perhaps, o r the Eiffel Tower. The 200-plus puzzles here arent terribly demanding, but theyre undeniably satisfying. Finally, some essential games from earlier in 2011: Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick Studios, 99 cents): Keep your hero airborne while avoiding l asers, missiles and other obstacles in this breathless race from the creators of Fruit Ninja. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capybara Games, $4.99The old-school pointa nd-click adventure gets a postmodern makeover. s My Water? (Disney, 99 cents): H elp an alligator take a bath in this adorably goofy physics puzzler. icket to Ride (Days of Wonder, $6.99): T he best board-game translation on the iPad is this suspenseful race to build cross-country railr oads. ENTERTAINMENT .E.L.D.E.R. leads parade of iPad gems MCT There are plenty of new iPad apps to keep you entertained wherever you are. A ssociated PressNEWYORK Comic book publisher Marvel Entertainment owns the rights to the Ghost Rider character in the fiery form thato riginated in the early 1970s, a federal judge ruled Wednesday as she rejected the claims of a former Marvel writer seeking to cash in on lucrative movie rights. U.S. District Judge Katherine F orrest tossed out 4-year-old claims brought by Gary Friedrich, w ho said he created the motorcycle-driving Ghost Rider with the skeletal head that sometimes hadf ire blazing from it. AGhost Rider of the 1950s and s was a W estern character who rode a horse. The judge said Friedrich gave up all ownership rights when he signed checks containing languager elinquishing all rights to the predecessor companies of Marvel E ntertainment LLC. The law is clear that when an individual endorses a check sub-j ect to a condition, he accepts that condition, the judge wrote. F orrest said her finding made it unnecessary to travel down the rabbit hole to decide whether thec haracter was created separate and apart from Marvel, whether the company hired Friedrich to create t he character and whether he had thoughts about what rights he w anted to retain from the outset. Marvel wins NYC dispute over Ghost Rider rights


C M Y K Free diabetes class offeredSEBRING The Highlands County Health Department (HCHD offering Diabetes SelfManagement Education (DSME Wellness and Diabetes Education Program. This program serves Highlands County residents of all ages, especially those with diabetes or at risk for developing diabetes. These classes are free of charge and provided by a Certified Diabetes Educator. Classes in English are scheduled in Sebring on Jan. 9-11 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Highlands County Health Department (located at 7205 S. George Blvd. conference room A). Enrollment is limited and registration is required. To register and for more information, contact the HCHD Wellness and Diabetes Education Program, at 863-382-7228 or 863-3827294. Good Shepherd Hospice seeks volunteersSEBRING Have you made a New Years resolution to volunteer? Then consider volunteering your time with Good Shepherd Hospice. Attend a free, twohour orientation session to learn more about the fulfilling experience of volunteering with Good Shepherd Hospice. Hospice needs volunteers at all levels from providing companionship fora hospice patient to supplying office help to facilitatinga childrens grief support group to supporting families at the Somers Hospice House. Good Shepherd Hospice will hold a two-hour volunteer orientation session on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Somers Hospice House, 1110 Hammock Road in Sebring. All training is free and volunteers do not need any type of prior experience. Contact Regina Merrick at 863-551-3943 or merrickr@chaptershealth.org for more information or to register.Traumatic brain injury group plans meetingSEBRING New Beginnings, a support group for people dealing with traumatic brain injury and their family members, will be meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5, at noon at the office of H.A.L.L.O., 112 Medical Center Ave. in Sebring. This meeting will be a pot luck lunch in celebration of the New Year. Please Page 6BNews-SunFriday, December 30, 2011www.newssun.com HEALTHYLIVING A ssociated PressAvastin, the blockbuster drug that just lost approvalf or treating breast cancer, now looks disappointing against ovarian cancer, too. Two studies found it did not improve survival for mosto f these patients and kept their disease from worsening for only a few months, with more side effects. The Genentech drug won approval in Europe lastw eek for advanced ovarian cancer. B ut its maker has no immediate plans to seek the same approval in the UnitedS tates. After talking with the Food and Drug A dministration, we do not believe the data will support approval although no final decision has been made, said CharlotteA rnold, a spokeswoman for Genentech, part of the S wiss company Roche. Results of the studies are in Thursdays New EnglandJ ournal of Medicine. In November, the FDA r evoked Avastins approval for breast cancer because it did not meaningfullye xtend life and can have serious side effects. Without approval, doct ors can prescribe the drug but insurers may not pay. T reatment with it can cost $100,000 a year. Avastin can still be sold for some colon, lung, kidney and brain cancers. The new research was aimed at adding ovarian cancer to the list. O ne study, led by Dr. Robert Burger of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, involved nearly 1,900 women witha dvanced ovarian cancer given one of three treatment combinations. The time until the disease got worse was a median of 10 months in those givenj ust chemotherapy; adding Avastin improved that by j ust one to four months for the other two groups. Survival was similar a mong the groups, and side effects were higher among t hose on Avastin mostly high blood pressure but also some stomach and gut problems that needed treatment. I n the other study, led by researchers from England, m ore than 1,500 ovarian cancer patients were given chemo with or withoutA vastin. The drug kept cancer at b ay just one to two months longer than chemo alone did, with more cases ofh igh blood pressure. There was a trend toward improved survival for those o n Avastin, but the difference was too small to say t he drug was responsible. Genentech helped pay for the studies and some of the researchers consult for the company. Avastin disappoints against ovarian cancer, too ARAContent Snacks: they can either be your worst d ieting enemy or your new weight-loss best friend. The difference is all in the choices you make. This year, make it your resolution to learn how to snack smarter. To help, here are some tips to develop a healthier relationship with snacking. Portion control Hand someone a bag of chips and ask t hem to eat just 100 calories. Sounds i mpossible, right? Well for most people, i t is. Not only is it hard to calculate q uickly, our willpower alone will fail us. Soon a few chips become half the bag a nd the guilt sets in. Dont even give yourself the opportunity to overeat and instead think portion control. Replace full size snack bags with 100-calorie snack packs. They are t he perfect way to know youre only eati ng 100 calories and resist the urge to eat more. Snyders of Hanover offers a variety of 100-calorie Pretzel snack packs. Available in mini, snap or pretzel sticks, theyre sold in the snack aisle of local grocery store. They are quick and easy and perfect for kids or adults. Plus the best part is, once the snack pack is gone, youre done. Smart snacks Making smart snack choices doesnt mean you have to give up flavor or your f avorite foods. There are a number of products that are low in fat, and can help satisfy your cravings. Here are some ideas to get you started: 1. Raisins: One ounce equals 85 calor ies. You could even cover them with c hocolate. Chocolate can be healthy when consumed in small portions. 2. Graham crackers: Eight small rectangles is equal to 100 calories. 3. Celery with peanut butter: Five p ieces of celery with 1 tablespoon p eanut butter is equal to 100 calories. This is a very satisfying snack packed with protein and is also gluten-free. 4. Dried fruits and nuts: Asmall amount of dried fruits with a small amount of nuts is a snack kids love to eat. 5 Pretzels: One ounce equals 100 calories. You can even include cheese with your pretzels for something different with added protein. 6. Unsweetened applesauce: One cup is equivalent to 100 calories, and is a great snack idea for younger children. 7. Air-popped popcorn: Three cups or 1 ounce equals 95 calories. Popcorn is also gluten-free. 8 Fruit: All types of fruit are full of v aluable nutrients and they also contain n o gluten. 9. Baked corn tortillas with dip: Corn tortillas are a great alternative to potato chips. You can eat them with salsa a nd/or guacamole for a healthy treat. 10. Rice cakes: Rice cakes by themselves arent really nutritious, but they are gluten-free. Try topping them with cottage cheese and fruit, peanut butterw ith banana slices, or cheese and tomatoes for a more nutritious snack. 11. Fat-free sugar-free pudding: One serving contains approximately 80 calories. Another treat kids really enjoy. 12. Lettuce wraps: Fill a big lettuce leaf with tuna, hummus and yourf avorite vegetables and roll it up. You could even use a ham slice with humm us and vegetables for a change in variety. This is also a gluten-free snack. Make it simple Put healthy snacks out so theyre easy to grab. Take a bowl and make sure its filled with fresh fruit. For cold snacksc reate a healthy snack drawer in your refrigerator. Stock it full of baby carrots cut up veggies and low fat dip or puddings. To give your kids incentive to make healthier choices, give them permission to take any snack from these locations without asking. Read up When youre in the store, read the label and look for low fat, whole grain or organic options when possible. Youdb e surprised to see a lot of snacks you might have overlooked before. Even pretzels, like Snyders of Hanover Organic Whole Wheat Pretzel Nibblers, are made with whole grains and are low in fat. Set small goals Creating a healthy lifestyle doesnt just happen overnight but the process shouldnt be overwhelming either.S etting small goals, like snacking on vegetables for a week, can develop into long term eating habits. And its best to set goals that are obtainable so you see your success early on and youre moti-v ated to continue. Healthy snacking is all about making the right choices. This coming year, its up to you to make the right decisions, hopefully these tips will help motivate you to a more wholesome and healthier 2012. How to snack smart in 2012 HEALTHNEWSSNAPSHOTS Continued on page 7B


C M Y K DearReaders: Id like to write about the most romantic plant on Earth, Mistletoe. It has allowed more men to steal a kiss than anything else! Mistletoe, a traditional symbol of love, is literally a parasite, receiving no nourishment from the soil. It offers some of the most impressive health benefits of any plant for a variety of conditions. Like all botanicals, there are different varieties. American mistletoe used as a Christmas decoration is not the same as the European or Korean sort which have all the medicinal properties. For ease, Im just going to say mistletoe from now on, but I am referring to European (Viscum album) or Korean (Viscum album coloratum or KML) varieties. You may not want to smooch if you are exhausted, anxious, irritable or suffering with high blood pressure and headaches. Those conditions may be relieved from what you think of as the kissing flower! Even more exciting, are mistletoes immune-enhancing benefits. Many of you have heard of celebrity and author Suzanne Somers who used European mistletoe when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. Astudy in October 2007 Archives of Pharmacal Research, and another in November 2011 Phytotherapy Research confirmed some anti-cancer benefits. Chinese medicine herbalists have used Mistletoe for centuries to support the female reproductive system; it seems to improve libido, fertility, uterine bleeding and erratic (or absent tion. Aresearch brief was published in Fertility andS terility (2002 that Mistletoe extracts resulted in pain reduction of post-hysterectomy patients with endometriosis. Apparently, mistletoe inspires more than the urge to kiss in men, as studies suggest it can improve libido and erectile dysfunction. Dont eat your Christmas decoration, that is harmful. You can buy purified commercial dietary supplements of European Mistletoe in the United States. Its sold as a liquid extract at health food stores nationwide and you just mix the drops in water. There are oral supplements sold at health food stores. It may be slightly relaxing or sedating. If you are reading my translated column overseas, I should tell you mistletoe goes by the brand name Helixor and Iscador, and is usually given via injection by oncologists. The German Commission E (German equivalent of our FDA) has approved E uropean Mistletoe as a treatment for degenerative and inflamed joints (think arthritis) and also for for malignant growths like cancer. German physicians have read various animal and human studies that show how mistletoe increases our NK (natural killer which go after viruses and tumor cells. Mistletoe extracts stimulate activity of Tcells (which are your bodies policemen), and increase cytokines, a good thing because these build up red and white blood cells, especially in the bone marrow. If you have cancer, I would not self-treat, seek a physician who uses mistletoe routinely and knows how to treat you. 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. www.newssun.comN ews-SunF riday, December 30, 2011Page 7B HEALTHYLIVING Mistletoe has more benefits than just getting holiday kisses Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen R.S.V.P. to HALLO at 385-1196 and leave a message or email to halloinc@embarqmail.com a nd tell us what food item you would like to bring to share. A lso, a guest speaker from the Program AAST (Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology) Lindsay Dapp, B.A., program specialist, will tell tell the group abou t FAASTServices. The goal of the group is to create a positive, supportive setting and experience in which the t raumatic brain injured person can address physiosocial and adjustment issues related to their injury. Patient fellowship, self-improvement, education and social activities will be stressed. N ew Beginnings is hosted by Handicapped Americans Love of Life Organization. The group meets every first Thursday of the month t hrough April 2012. Guest speakers and specia l o utings will also be planned. For any other information please call H.A.L.L.O. at 385-1196, email: halloinc@embarqmail.com or write to H.A.L.L.O., P.O. Box 7082, Sebring, FL33872. Also join them on FaceBook at Handicapped Americans Love of Life Organization.Heartland Amputee group to meet J an. 12S EBRINGThe next meeting for the Heartland Amputee Group will be Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Sebring Chamber of Commerce, Village Fountain Plaza, at 11:30 a.m. This meeting will be a brown-bag lunch and b everages will be provided. On the agenda will be more discussion and planning for the =Oned ay Clinic. T he Heartland Amputee Group has reached o ut to people who live with amputations with its l ecture series and support group meetings for many seasons. It is important to know that peop le who are experiencing this loss are not alone. The groups main purpose is to give support, encouragement and exchange information and news regarding living with an amputation. This information can be very helpful and educational. Anyone who is interested in sharing inform at ion that may help others is welcome to attend. For any other information about the group, or i f you would like to be on the mailing list for n otification of the meetings and guest speakers, p lease call 385-1196, email: halloinc@embarqmail.com or write to H.A.L.L.O., P.O. Box 7 082, Sebring, FL33872. Also join them on FaceBook at Handicapped Americans Love of Life Organization and www.halloinc.org Continued from page 7B SN APSHOTS A RAContentPaul T. Meagher sometimes gets disapproving stares when people see him sprink le his food with salt as he has done since he was a young lad growing up in Ireland. He has a response for such people. I tell them you can take my blood pressure right now, or we can have a run around the block, and I guarantee you Im in better shape than you, said Meagher, 68, who now lives in Westport, Mass. Im fit, at l east for my age, and I use salt every day in volume. Hasnt done me a blind bit of harm, which is the way we put it from where I come from. Recent research quantifies Meaghers e xperience. In 2011, half a dozen medical studies showed the health benefits of salt or r evealed the significant risks of low-sodium diets -providing vindication for this essential nutrient and the people, like Meagher, who love it. The vindication of salt is probably the b iggest health and nutrition story of the last y ear, says Lori Roman, president of the Salt Institute. Everyone knows salt tastes good, but the latest research published in l eading medical journals confirms that salt is good for you, too. The medical studiesu nderline what we have been saying for y ears: science is on salts side. The new data raises questions about the federal governments effort to put A mericans on a low-salt diet. The Food and D rug Administration is inviting online publ ic comments about ways to reduce sodium consumption. In the past, such invitations have foreshadowed the rollout of new regulations. T he six peer-reviewed medical studies documented: T ype 1 Diabetes risk: In a study of p atients with type 1 diabetes, low sodium intake was associated with renal disease and premature death. Type 2 Diabetes risk: In an Australian s tudy of type 2 diabetes patients, lower sodium was associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. N o benefit to salt reduction: Astudy p ublished in the American Journal of Hypertension showed eating less salt will not prevent heart attacks, strokes or early death. On the contrary, low-sodium dietsi ncrease the likelihood of premature death. Risk of death: Astudy published in the Journal of the American Medical A ssociation concluded that lower salt intakes resulted in higher death rates. Other negative effects of low-salt i ntakes: An analysis published in the American Journal of Hypertension showed i ndividuals placed on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines-recommended salt levels experienced significant increases in cholesterol and other risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. R isk with current U.S. Dietary Guidelines: An analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people who ate salt at the levels recommended by the U.S. government were at greater risk of cardiovascular events. T he research has prompted new scrutiny of the governments attempts to put all Americans on a low-salt diet. Scientific A merican reviewed medical studies over several decades and concluded in a headl ine: Its time to end the war on salt. The respected magazine also said, The zealous drive by politicians to limit our salt intake has little basis in science. Meagher remembers when the federal g overnment told him eggs could be bad for his health. He ignored that advice, too. I would rather the federal government stay well away from my kitchen altogether, Meagher says. I will continue to eat my boiled eggs from an egg cup, with an egg spoon, and with plenty of salt. Health story of the year: salt vindicated The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN


C M Y K Page 8BNews-SunFriday, December 30, 2011www.newssun.com Places to Worship is a paid advertisement in the News-Sun t hat 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 c ome worship with us in spirit and truth at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. For information contact (239 0390. Pastor Travis Vanderford. ASSEMBLY OF GOD Christ Fellowship Church (Assembly of God 2935 New Life Way. Bearing His Name; Preaching His Doctrine; and Awaiting His Coming. 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 B ible 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+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. Childrens Church; Wednesday schedule: 6 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer; 6:30p.m. Adult Choir Practice; 6:00 p.m. childrens choir rehearsals; 7 p.m. childrens 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 Childrens Church at 11 a.m. Life c hanging Bible Study for all ages starts at 9:45 a.m. Associate Pastor Allen Altvater leads the youth in their quest to become more like Christ. Sunday night worship at 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer meeting at 7 p.m. along with youth worship in the youth facility, and missions training for all children. Call the church at 655-1524. First Baptist Church of Lake Placid, Knowing Gods Heart and Sharing Gods Hope, 119 E. Royal Palm St., Lake Placid, FL33852 (863ebsite: www.fbclp.com. Email: information@fbclp.com. Sunday services Traditional Service 9 a.m., Contemporary Service 10:30 a.m. Link Groups at 9 and 10:30 a..m., Senior Sunday Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday Activities: Family dinner at 5 p.m. ($4 per person, reservations required). Prayer meeting, Youth Intersections, and MaxKidz Extreme meet at 6:15 p.m. The church is at 119 E. Royal Palm St., Lake Placid. For information, call 465-3721 or go to www.fbclp.com. First Baptist Church of Lorida located right on U.S. 98 in Lorida. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. for all ages. Sunday worship services are at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Preschool care is provided at the 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m., followed by adult choir rehearsal. From September the AWANA groups meet. First Lorida is the Place to discover Gods love. For more information about the church or the ministries offered, call 6551878. First Baptist Church, Sebring, 200 E. Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. Telephone: 385-5154. Dr. David E. Richardson, senior pastor; Rev. Joe Delph, associate pastor, minister of youth and activities; and Rev. Nuno Norberto, associate pastor, minister of music and senior adults. Group Bible Studies, 9:15 a.m.; Blended Service, 10:30 a.m.; Mision Buatista Hispana, 2 p.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs at the ROC begin 5:30 p.m., at church begin 6:30 p.m. Preschool and Mothers Day Out for children age 6 weeks to 5 years old. Becky Gotsch, director. Call 385-4704. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 401 S. Florida Ave., Avon Park. Mailing address is 710 W. Bell St., AvonPark, FL33825. Telephone, 453-5339. Rev. John D. Girdley, pastor. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. Childrens Church; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs for children, youth and adults at 7 p.m. Independent Baptist Church 5704 County Road 17 South, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening, 6 p.m. Wednesday service, 7 p.m. Fundamental, soul-winning, mission-minded, King James Bible Church. Larry Ruse, pastor. Phone 655-1899. Bus transportation. Leisure Lakes Baptist Church 808 Gardenia St., Lake Placid (just off of Miller at the west end of Lake June) Where the old fashion gospel is preached. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship service at 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service is at 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 7 p.m. Call the church at 699-0671 for more information. Maranatha Baptist Church (GARBC 35 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, FL33870 (Ahalf mile east of Highlands Avenue on Arbuckle Creek Road.) Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.; Evening Service, 6 p.m. Mid-week service, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Daily Prayer and Bible Study, 8 a.m., Hamman Hall. Pastor Gerald Webber and Associate Pastors Don Messenger and Ted Ertle. Phone 382-4301. Parkway Free Will Baptist Church, 3413 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL33870. Welcome to the church where the Son always shines. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m.; and Wednesday Evening Worship, 7 p.m. End-of-the-Month-Sing at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month. The Rev. J.S. Scaggs, pastor. Church phone: 382-3552. Home phone: 214-3025. Affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Nashville, Tenn. Sparta Road Baptist Church, (SBC 4400 Sparta Road. Rev. Ken Geren, interim pastor. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer/Bible Study, 6 p.m. Nursery provided. For information, call 3820869. Southside Baptist Church (GARBC 379 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring. David C. Altman, Pastor. 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. Assistant Pastor Ronald Smith, 386-1610. On U.S. 98 at the Spring Lake Village II entrance. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. for all ages; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday Mid-week Bible Study and Prayer Service, 6:30 p.m. Nursery available for all services. Sunridge Baptist Church, (SBC 3704 Valerie Blvd. (U.S. 27 and Valerie, across from Florida Hospital), Sebring. Tim Finch, pastor. Sunday School, 9;30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; and Sunday Evening Service, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer, Bible S tudy, and Youth, 6:30 p.m.Nursery provided. For information, call 382-3695 CA THOLIC Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 East Main St., Avon Park, 453-4757. Father Nicholas McLoughlin, pastor. Saturday Vigil Mass is 4 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish; Sunday mass 8 and 10:30 a.m. in English. Weekday mass at 8 a.m. Confessions are at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Religious Education Classes are 9-10:20 a.m. Sunday for grades K through 8th. Confirmation class is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. Youth Nights grades 6th and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. St. Catherine Catholic Church, 820 Hickory St., Sebring. Mailing address: 882 Bay St., Sebring, FL 33870, 385-0049; fax, 385-5169; email, office@stcathe.com ; website, www.stcathe.com Very Rev. Jos Gonzlez, V.F., frjose@stcathe.com; Parochial Vicar, Rev. Victor Caviedes, 3853993; Assisting Priest (retired Rev. J. Peter Sheehan; Decons, Rev. Mr. James R. McGarry and Rev. Mr. Max M. Severe. Parish office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Masses Daily Masses 8 a.m. and noon MondayFriday; 9 a.m. Saturday. Weekend Masses 4 and 5 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Saturday Spanish Mass (Holy Family Youth Center), 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, noon Sunday Sunday Mass; 5 p.m. Sunday English Family Mass (Holy Family Youth Center). Confession: every Saturday 3-3:45 p.m. or first Friday of the month 7:15-7:45 a.m., or by appointment with any priest. St. James Catholic Church, 3380 Placidview Drive, Lake Placid, 465-3215. Father Michael J. Cannon. Mass schedule: Summer (May 1 to Oct. 31 Saturday Vigil, 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; Weekdays, 9 a.m. December thru Easter Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Weekdays 9 a.m.; and Holy Days 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., first Saturday at 9 a.m. CHRISTIAN Eastside Christian Church, 101 Peace Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (two miles east of U.S. 27 on County Road 621), 465-7065. Ray Culpepper, senior pastor. Sunday: Bible classes, 9 a.m.; Worship Celebration with the Lords Supper each week 10:15 a.m. Thelma Hall, organist; and Pat Hjort, pianist. Wednesday: Praise and Prayer, 6:30 p.m.; Building Gods Kingdom for Everyone. Jesus Christ, the Way,Truth and Life! Alive and Worth the Drive! Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Tod Schwingel, Preacher; David Etherton, Youth Pastor. Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 11 a.m.; Sunday Youth Service, 6 p.m; Evening service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night meals, 5:30 p.m. followed by classes at 6:30 p.m. Changing Seasons, a mens grief support group, meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 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 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.; Childrens Church, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Praise and Worship, 6:45 p.m. Youth Fellowship, 7:15 p.m.; Midweek Bible Study, 7:15 p.m. CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE The Alliance Church of Sebring, 4451 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL33875. Call 382-1343. Rev. Steve Hagen, pastor. Sunday services: Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service meets at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening Bible Study meets at 6 p.m. (off site); Wednesday Prayer Gathering meets at 6 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Christian Science Church, 146 N. Franklin St. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. morning worship and Sunday school. Testimonial meetings at4 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesday. Afree public reading room/bookstore, located in the church, is open before and after church services. The Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesby Mary Baker Eddy are our only preachers. All are welcome to come and partake of the comfort, guidance, support and healing found in the lesson-sermons. CHURCH OF BRETHREN Church of the Brethren 700 S. Pine St., Sebring, FL33870. Sunday: Church School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday: Temple Choir, 7:30 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-17 A North (truck routeAvonPark. Presenting Jesus Christ as the answer for time and eternity. Sunday morning worship service, 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided. Junior Church activities at same time for K-6 grade. Sunday School Bible hour (all ages (Transportation available.) Sunday evening praise and worship service, 6 p.m. Wednesday evening prayer service, 7 p.m. Children and youth activities at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Everyone is welcome, please come worship with us. Don Seymour, Senior Pastor. Phone 452-0088.PLACESTOWORSHIP RELIGION Atonement Lutheran Church, ELCASEBRING This Sunday is Epiphany of our Lord Sunday. The worship service w ith Communion will be led by Deacon David Thoresen. Lector/assistant will be JimF iedler. I mmediately following the worship service, everyone is i nvited to gather in the fellowship hall to honor and celebrate January birthdays of members and visitors. Tuesday at 6 p.m., there w ill be a Council meeting in the counting room. Bible study will resume Thursday, Jan. 12.Avon Park Church of ChristAVON PARK The N ew Life (Romans 12:1-2 will be the Sunday morning message presented by Larry Roberts, minister. There will be a dinner following the morning worship for all members and their guests. Avon Park Church of Christ is at 200 S. ForestA ve. For information, call 4534692.Christ Lutheran Church LCMSAVON PARK This Sunday morning, Pastor Scott McLean will preach as ermon titled Beginning with Bloodshed. The church is at 1320 County Road 64, east the Avon Park High School. Call4 71-2663 or search the Internet for christlutheranavonpark.org.Christian Training Church SEBRING Rev. Linda M Downing will bring the message titled Witnesses of Truth: Part 6 at the Sundaym orning service. The Wednesday night Bible study w ill continue the book of Hebrews. Emmanuel United Church of ChristSEBRING Guest preacher Nancy Beatty will deliver the Sunday morning s ermon, Praying Through Violent Storms and Seas, with Scripture taken fromJ onah 2:1-10. T he church is 1.7 miles west of U.S. 27 on County R oad 634 (Hammock Road Call 471-1999 or visit sebringemmanuelucc.com.First Baptist Church of SebringSEBRING On Sunday, there will be 9:15 a.m. Sunday school/Bible studyc lasses and a 10:30 worship service. There will be noe vening service. Monday, the church office w ill be closed but there will be Upward Basketball and c heerleading practice at the ROC (Recreational Outreach Center) on Pine Street. On Wednesday, there will b e no supper, but there will be adult Bible study in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m.First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)SEBRING At the L ords Table this Sunday morning will be Bob and Betty Harcourt. Communion will be served by Carol Chandler and TeresaW illiams. Greeting the congregation the first day of the new year 2012 is Bill and Carolyn Hineline. G uest minister the Rev. Dr. Desmond M. Walker will give the sermon Sundaym orning. His sermon is titled Living in Gods Favor Scripture is taken from Luke1 :26-38. Walker was baptized and g rew in discipleship as a member of the United Church of Jamaica andG rand Cayman (Congregational, Disciples, P resbyterian). Ordained as minister of the word and sacrament in 1964, he has served in ministry and mission on a national and inter-n ational scale for more than 45 years. Engagement in ministry has been Walkers journey and call to commitment and radical obediencet o Gods plan of salvation for humanity in community and the world. He is married to Barbara Walker and retired as a member ofS avannah Presbytery in August 2009. Call 385-0352. The church is at 510 Poinsettia Ave.F irst Presbyterian Church of Avon ParkA VON PARK On Sunday morning, Pastor Bob Johnsons sermon is titled Newness of Life, based on Romans 6:1-14. T he choirs introit will be The Lord, He is God and the anthem Renew Us withf lute solo by Kathleen Richards and Stephen Brown o n drums. Guest organist will be Emily Hayner. The adult Sunday school class is continuing their s tudy of David in II Samuel 19 in which David returns to Jerusalem. Members are asked to bring non-perishable items for the Church Service Center. The Family Gathering ha s a special event planned. Check with leader Dave B lackmon for details. The church office will be c losed on Monday. On Tuesday, Sarah Circle meets at 4 p.m. On Wednesday, Bible study titled The Basics of the Faith will be led by P astor Bob Johnson. T he church is at 215 E. C ircle St. (with two entrances on Lagrande S treet). Call 453-3242.First Presbyterian Church of SebringSEBRING Bad News John is the title of Sunday Continued on page 9B


C M Y K www.newssun.comN ews-SunF riday, December 30, 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-mailr edeemer1895@aol.com Web site: redeemeravon.com The church is at 839 Howes 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 9a .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 e vening: 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 0869. Dr. Randall Smith, senior pastor. Sunday services at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday services at 7 p.m. We offer Kid City Childrens 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. Faiths Closet Thrift Store (385-2782 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 (AALCAmerican 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 with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS 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 roundfice 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 services Wednesday evenings during Lent and Advent. Call church office for additional Worship times and special holiday services. Other activities and groups include: Choirs; Ladies Guild and LWML; Mens Fellowship Group, Small Group Bible Studies as scheduled; Trinity Tots Pre-school, Youth Group activities (call for meeting times and dates). Visit us online at: www.Trinitylutheranlp.com 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 childrens church are provided. The church is part of Christian International Ministries Network, a full gospel, non-denominational ministry. Linda M. Downing, minister, lindadowning@live.com. Casey L. Downing, associate minister, caseydown ing@hotmail.com. Church phone: 314-0482. Web site: www. ctm forme.com Grace Bible Church, 4541 Thunderbird Road, (second church o n left) Sebring, FL33872. Phone, 382-1085. Andrew Katsanis, senior pastor. Saturday Worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday 6 p.m. Grace Bible Academy Adult Investigating Truth; first and third Tuesday, Prayer Gathering, 7:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Childrens & Youth Programs, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., College Ministry. www.GBCconnected.org Highlands Community Church a casual contemporary church, meets at 3005 New Life Way. Coffee at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10 a.m. Nursery and Kids World classes. Small groups meet throughout the week. Church phone is 402-1684; Pastor Bruce A. Linhart. The Lords 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 Manufacturers Handbook The Holy Bible. Come join us. Unity Life Enrichment Centre, new location, 10417 Orange Blossom Blvd. S., Sebring, FL 33875; 471-1122; e-mail unity@vistanet.net. Web site, www.unityofsebring.org. 10:30 a.m. Sunday Celebration Service, Nursery and Childrens Church. Weekly Classes, Christian Bookstore and Cafe, Prayer Ministry, Life Enrichment Groups. Rev. Andrew C. Conyer, senior minister transforming lives from ordinary to extraordinary. The Way Church, 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring. Sunday school and worship service at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Youth activities, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The Way is a church family who gathers for contemporary worship, teaching of Gods Word, prayer and fellowship. Come early and stay after for fellowship time. Child care and childrens church are provided. Reinhold Buxbaum is pastor. The Way Aplace for you. Office Phone:471-6140, Church Cell Phone:381-6190. Email: theway church@hotmail.com Web site: www.TheWayChurch.org PRESBYTERIAN Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA 4500 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, 33872-2113. A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. Sunday morning worship: Informal service, 8a .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.; Childrens/Youth Group, 5:30-7 p.m.; choir practice, 7:15 p.m. Phone: 385-3234; Fax: 385-2759; e-mail: covpres@strato.net ; Web site: www.cpcsebring.org Rev. W. Darrell Arnold, pastor. Office hours: 8:30-12:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. First Presbyterian Church ARP, 215 E. Circle St., (two entrances on LaGrande), Avon Park, 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; Womens Ministries Combined Bible study, 4 p.m. third Thursday. Be a part of a warm, caring church family with traditional services, following biblical truth. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, 319 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, 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 childrens ministry;7 p.m., adult small group Bible studies. Children/youth music ministry (Thursday 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 Childrens Church offered during the worship service to help them grow in their spiritual knowledge. Spring Lake Presbyterian Church (USA 5887 U.S. 98, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Worship Service, 10 a.m. Session meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, September throughJune. Board of Deacons meet at 5:30 p.m. first Monday of the month. Choir rehearses at 7 p.m. each Wednesday, September through April. Presbyterian Women meet at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of the month. Organist: Richard Wedig. Choir Director: Suzan Wedig. Church phone, 655-0713; e-mail, springlakepc@embarqmail.com, Web site, http://slpc.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 Sunday Services: Sacrament Meeting, 10-11:10 a.m.; Gospel Doctrine, 11:20 a.m. to noon; Priesthood/Relief Society, 12:101p.m.; Primary for children, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Youth Activities: Wednesdays, 7-8:20 p.m. Scouts: first and third Wednesday, 7-8:20 p.m. Activity Days: 8-11 yr old Boys and Girls, second and fourth Wednesdays, 7-8:20 p.m. THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army Center for Worship Sunday: Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Holiness meeting, 11 a.m.; and Praise meeting and lunch, noon. Tuesday: Bible study, 6:30 p.m.; and Womens Ministries, 7 p.m. Wednesday: Youth Ministries, 4 p.m. All meetings are at 120 N. Ridgewood Ave., Sebring. For more information, visit the Web site www.salvationarmysebring.com or call Major Bruce Stefanik at 385-7548, ext. 110. 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 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 98The Rev. Clyde Weaver Jr., Pastor. Worship service starts at 9:55 a.m. Bible Study meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Choir Practice at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. Church office phone: 655-0040. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Jesus didnt reject people, neither do we. Join us for worship every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and youll be embraced by a compassionate congregation that is allinclusive. Were 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 RELIGION mornings sermon given by the Rev. Darrell A Peer. Tuesday, Ruth Circle meets 10 a.m. (call for location). Wednesday is a meeting of the Search Committee at 4 p.m. Thursday, Bonclarken Gift Workshop will be at 9:30a .m. in fellowship hall. Retreat Committee meets at 5:30 p.m.First United Methodist Church of SebringSEBRING Rev. A.C. Bryants sermon Sunday will be ANew Message for a New Year with the scripture taken from 1st Kings 18:36-40. T he youth will be involved in a Sweet Sleep Lock-In this weekend. Listen Live on WITS-AM 1340 each S unday to hear the worship service. Call the church office for information at 385-5184. The church is downtown at 126 S. Pine St. V isit www.sebringfirstumc.com.Grace Pointe MinistriesSEBRING Grace Pointe Church is at 2 00 Lark Ave., Sebring Hills Association Clubhouse. Tuesday the pastor will be starting a new series for home Bible study for the new year. F riday night Bible study with GoToMeeting. Let the pastor know at (863 658-2534 if you would like to participate. Ustream available (live or 24/7 ices in Sebring. Log on to ustream.tv, and then enter gracepointetv in the search box. Visit www.gracepointeministries.net.Heartland Christian ChurchS EBRING Pastor Ted Moores sermon this Sunday will be New Beginning with S cripture from II Corinthians 5:4-6 and 17. The service will also include Gayle Brockton, Karla Morrissette and Flossi Moore singing New Start, and Heartland Singers singing I Saw the Light. Starting Jan. 8 there will two services on Sunday morning. Adult Bible study this week is Living on t he Edge taught by Pastor Ted Moore. The church is at 2705 Alternate Route 17 South (behind PublixMemorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID Pastor Fred Ball, senior pastor, will preach in the Heritage (Traditional) and Celebration (Blended) Worship Services in the Sanctuary. His sermon, About My Fathers Business, uses L uke 2:41-52. Pastor Claude Burnett will preach Leftovers Again in the New Song C ontemporary Service in Rob Reynolds Fellowship Hall. There will be no evening y outh activities. The church is behind the tower at 500 Kent Ave. Call 465-2422.Parkway Free Will Baptist ChurchS EBRING The Sunday morning Bible lesson, AMan of Integrity, is taken from G enesis 39 (King James Version). Pastor Jim Scaggs will bring the message. T he Wednesday evening service will be praise, prayer and Bible study.St. John United Methodist ChurchSEBRING The Wise Still Seek Him! with biblical reference from Matthew 2:1-12w ill be the message at all three Sunday servi ces. Holy Communion will be served. N ursery is provided at all services.Southside Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Rev. David Altman will start a new series on the book of Philippians in the morning worship service Sunday.C hildrens church and a nursery are available. He will speak in the 6 p.m. worship service also. The church is at 379 S.C ommerce Ave. Call 385-0752.Spring Lake Presbyterian ChurchSEBRING AFun-filled Faith is the t itle of Sunday mornings sermon given by the Rev. Don Davis. Scripture will be takenf rom John 15:7-11.Spring Lake United Methodist ChurchSEBRING Spring Lake United M ethodist Church is at 8170 Cozumel Lane. The Rev. Clyde Weavers sermon will be My Covenant. The Way ChurchS EBRING Youth Director Zac Tsai will preach on New Years Day. Saturday, Dec. 31 there will be a campfire on the church grounds at 6:30 p.m. T he Difference Makers Youth meet W ednesday and Sundays. The Way Church is at 1005 N. Ridgewoo d Drive. The church phone is 471-6140; the pastors cell is 273-3674. The church web-s ite is www.thewaychurch.org. Continued from page 8B


C M Y K By KRISTIN M. HALL A ssociated PressCLARKSVILLE, Tenn. With husbands deployed or off preparing for war, somey oung wives at this sprawling Army installation have spent much of their marriages so far alone. Faced with long periods of s eparation and worry over the next combat tour, a group of wives mostly in their late 20sa nd early 30s are drawn together weekly to seek spiritual support to bolster thes trength of their marriages. Mya Parker, 27, saw both s ides of the average military marriage and the strain that years of combat duty can dot o a relationship. She served in the Army for f our years on active duty before helping to start the Lantern, a nondenominational faith group for military wives and girlfriends outsideF ort Campbell, Ky. The military, because of t he complexities of the deployment, can have more uncertainties, she said. Ther eason God is the answer is because scripture says that H e has never changed. From the beginning of time to the end of time, He is unchangi ng. While not solely sponsored by any one church, these wives meet weekly in small, informal groups of eight to1 2 at their homes to study the Bibles teachings and how to apply them to todays modern military marriage. Parker and her husband, an A rmy aviator, both served in Afghanistan with the famed 1 01st Airborne Division, a unit that has been heavilyi mpacted by the wars there and in Iraq since 2001. During her Army career, Parker saw deployed husbands anxious about theirw ives back home and wives struggling to communicate with husbands a world away. In the privacy of these small weekly gatherings, thew ives dont hold back their fears about the realities of war. e dont sugar-coat it and say, Oh, it will be great, it will be fine. This deployment is going to fly byTo be honest, its hard and you have good days and bad days, said Mandy Costello, 29, who hasb een married five years through her husbands three d eployments. With less than 1 percent of Americans serving in the military, the lifestyle of a military wife can sometimes feeli solating. But when they get together, these wives speak t he same language that is peppered with military acronyms as they share advice for keep-i ng marriages intact, when sometimes months go by w ithout kisses or hugs from their spouses. If you dont know what to e xpect, you feel alone, you feel isolated and you feel like you are the only one going through this, when you know there are thousands of sol-d iers deployed with your husband at the same time. It still feels like you are the only one, said Holly Klich, 31, who has been married foury ears to a soldier who has had two combat tours. B esides the Lantern meetings, many of these wives participate in the militarysf amily readiness groups, which provide information a bout deployments and organize events and classes for military spouses and families. Parker said group members c ome from a variety of faith backgrounds, including M ormon, Catholic, Church of Christ, Pentecostal, but she said the group is open to allf aiths. The group also does public service projects that P arker said arent faithfocused and are open to anyone who wants to join them. T he Army has also been focused on improving military marriages and has invested in a marriage counseling program run by unit chaplainsc alled Strong Bonds, which is popular with soldiers of all faiths. Parker and others said they need additional strength fromt heir faith to be resilient. Parker points to the Bibles e mphasis on grace, patience, k indness and forgiveness as keys to a healthy marriage, even those tested by war. It has made me much more patient with him dealingw ith what he has been through and honoring that he ultimately doesnt belong to me, Parker said. He belongs to the Lord. T he weekly prayer meetings have helped many wives reconnect with their hus-b ands, many who have recently returned from the 101st Airbornesyearlongd eployment to Afghanistan. Parker said many wives e xpect a joyous reunion, but many couples have to learn how to live together again. V anessa James, a 30-yearold who had twin boys while h er husband was deployed, said she prayed that she wouldnt be resentful that her husband missed so much while he was gone. He has been home for three months now and I can h onestly say that I feel closer to my husband than ever before, and I think itsb ecause I approached this reintegration with a servants h eart, she said. With the support of other wives, Parker said a deploym ent can also be a blessing if women take the opportunity to grow in their faith and their marriages. My number one piece of a dvice, even if someone didt grow up in the church and isnt a believer, is to really take the time. Deployment is an amazing time to pursue ar elationship with God for maybe the first time, she s aid. An old year is fading and a new year is upon us a gain. Each year I go kicking and screaming into the New Year, and not becauseI am against change. My pants pocket is full ofc hange. I simply cannot remember to change the year on the checks I write until May. By the time, I remember the correct year I havef orgotten to make deposits into my checking account. I n eed a reality check, which with any luck will not bounce as high as myc heckbook. That is not the only reas on I hesitate going into a new year. The biggest reason has to do with the mistakes I made during the old year. L ooking back over the old year, I worry that my b lunders were not as bad as they could have been. Did I make all the gaffes I possi-b ly could? Did I fill my quota? What is my quota, a nyway? For many people, the New Year offers the oppor-t unity to start over again. Actually, what happens is people simply make new m istakes curiously similar to the mistakes made duri ng the old year. If I have any resolution for the New Year it would be to perfect the mistakes I have already made. I do nots ee any sense in making new bloopers when I can easily requisition the old ones for duty during the New Year. And what is wrong with my old mistakes? The onlyt hing I can think of is that I did not work hard enough t o make the most of them. It is one thing to make a mistake, but it is quite another thing to perfect the art of making a mistake sot hat you do not have to repeat it ever again. Too many amateurs have given mistake-making a bad name. M ost of my mistakes have been so poorly discharged that in the coming New Year I will have to redo many of them. And, frankly, I am tired of it all. I am anxious to move on to new areas of mistake making. I am convinced there are faux pas to make that I have not dreamed of at this point in my life. Believe me, I have been dreaming. Actually, the gracious mistress of the Parsonage things they are all nightmares. However, my horsing around is not limited to the nighttime. With that in mind, my resolution for the New Year is to make sure all mistakesI make (and there will be plenty, I assure you) will be as thorough as possible. I refuse to execute any mistake before its time. Some mistakes take lots of time to fully mature, but when its time comes, I want to make sure it is implemented as smoothly and as perfectly as possible. If I am any judge of character, the majority of people will not make any new mistakes this coming New Year. Oh, they think they are making new mistakes but in reality, they are dusting off old ones and redating them for the current year. What a waste of time, in my opinion. For those who take mistake-making seriously, allow me to offer some help to guide this pursuit in the coming New Year. Look back over the old y ear and make a list of all of the mistakes you have made. If you are a husband, solicit help from your wife, who will be able to remember all of those mistakesy ou have forgotten. (Not to mention one or two you did n ot make.) Go over each mistake on your list and determine if itn eeds repeated for the New Year. It does not make s ense in doing new mistakes if you are not finished with the old ones. Nothing is more disheartening thana half-baked mistake. F or every mistake from the previous year not needi ng repeated, place a nice red star in front of it. That mistake can now go intoy our Hall of Blame, which you will never have to r epeat again. Of course, you will have some mistakes, event hough they have been perfectly executed are well worth repeating. You know w hich ones they are. Dont you? N ow look at all of those mistakes listed for repeating during the New Year. Prioritize them so you can begin the New Year with ag ood plan. As you prioritize this list, think of ways in which you can improve on your mistakes over the past year. No satisfaction compares with doing something asg ood as you can. One mans blunder is another m ans gaffe. Everyone generates mistakes, which is healthy. What is unhealthy is thinking you have not made anym istakes, which is a mistake. Some people have the strange idea that they live a completely mistake free life. A mistake well executed is a mistake never needing repeating. During the New Year, execute as many mistakes as your conscience will allow. The Bible, an authority on mistakes, says this; If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10 KJV.) The great hope we have is that there is no mistake bigger than Gods ability to forgive. The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamessnyder2@att.net/. The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com/. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun Page 10BNews-SunFriday, December 30, 2011www.newssun.com If you cant resolve em, perfect last years mistakes RELIGION Guest Column Rev. James L. Snyder Military wives turn to Bible for marriage advice MCTphoto W ives left behind when husbands go to war find support in each other, and in the Bible.


C M Y K By DAVID GERMAIN A PMovie WriterLOS ANGELES H ollywood has more tricks in its bag than ever with digital 3-D and other new film tools. Yet as the images on screen get bigger and better, movie crowds keep shrinking down to a 16-year low as 201s film lineup fell well short of studiosrecord expectations. Through New Years Eve on Saturday, projected domestic revenues for the year stand at $10.2 billion, down 3.5 percent from 2010s, according to boxoffice tracker Hollywood.com. Taking higher ticket prices into account, movie attendance is off even more, with an estimated 1.28 billion tickets sold, a 4.4 percent decline and the smallest movie audience since 1995, whena dmissions totaled 1.26 billion. An Avatar hangover accounted for Hollywoods dismal showing early this year, when revenues lagged far behind 2010 receipts that had been inflated by the huge success of James Camerons sci-fi sensation. Just what has kept the movie business in the dumps the rest of 2011 is anyones guess though safe bets include the tight economy, rising ticket prices, backlash against parades of sequels or remakes, and an almost-limitless inventory of portable and at-home gadgetry to occupy peoples time. Asolid summer lineup helped studios catch up to 2010, but ticket sales flattened again in the fall andh ave remained sluggish right into what was expected to be a terrific holiday season. There were a lot of highprofile movies that just ended up being a little less than were hoped for, said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for 20th Century Fox, whose sequel Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked has been part of an under-achieving lineup of family films for the holidays. The fall was pretty dismal. www.newssun.comN ews-SunF riday, December 30, 2011Page 11B By CHRISTYLEMIRE APMovie CriticT he same problems that plagued La Vie en Rose, s tarring Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf, exist in The Iron Lady, a biopic aboutM argaret Thatcher starring Meryl Streep as the former B ritish prime minister. While both films feature strong performances froms trong actresses playing strong, real-life women, the scripts are weakened by g oing strictly by the numbers. S ure, Streep reliably nails her impression of Thatcher that swoop of big s hair, the measured voice, the steely demeanor. H er impeccable ear for accents and detailed mimicry of mannerisms is welldocumented at this point who better to play this role? And theres fire beneath the reserved exterior: The ways he dresses down her deputy during a crowded cabinet m eeting, for example, is just withering. But the film from Phyllida Lloyd (who previously directed Streep in the giddyA BBAmusical Mamma Mia!), based on a script by Abi Morgan (Shame reduces this high-profile life to a greatest-hits collectiono f historic moments. Its a trap into which so many biopics tend to fall in trying to encompass everything. Heres Thatchers first election to public office; theres her ascension to the p rime ministers post, the first (and, so far, only) time a woman achieved that rank. Heres the Falkland Islands conflict, theres the Berlin Wall coming down. Through it all, her beloved h usband, Denis (Jim Broadbent), stood by her s ide, until and after his death. One of the more facile and repetitive narrative devices in The Iron Lady features the aged, fragileT hatcher seemingly talking to herself when in reality shes speaking to her deceased husband, a symptom of the dementia thatsg nawing at her once-formidable brain. (Thatcher herself is now 86 years old.) This inevitably sets up a flashback to one of the aforementioned historical events. You just know that if Thatcher is by herself in herl onely, empty home, Denis will pop up to amuse and c ajole her, if only in her imagination. It happens so often you c an predict it, which erodes its emotional impact and the d eep sense of loss its meant to convey. The Iron Lady focuses m ore on Maggie the woman and only superficially explores her global political i nfluence; the inclusion of archival footage makes the f ilm feel especially cursory. As it traces her rise from grocers daughter and young wife (when shes played by Alexandra Roach) to titanic,d ivisive figure, it pays a great deal of lip service to the importance of public service but leaves you feeling dissatisfied. You never truly get a chance to learn what moti-v ated and drove her, especially given the gender gap s he had to cross. And the idea that her family relationships suffered asa result of her political aspirations is something thatsh inted at in passing and glossed over, rather than explored. And yet, there is Streep, in an array of prim blue suitsa nd those ever-present pearls. But even the greatest actress of our time can only do so much when the figure shes playing just isnt on the page. M CT Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady Streep cant save superficial Iron Lady DIVERSIONS Movie Review The Iron Lady R ating: Pg-13 (for some violent images and brief nudity) Running time: 105 minutes Review: (of 4 DearAbby: Im a 25year-old woman with no f uture. I am the youngest of three daughters. My parents a re divorced and my sisters are both married. Mom has no income of her own, so its mainly me. I have come to realize that Ill never be able to have an apartment of my own or fully live my life because of her. Shes cont rolling and always finds a way to make me feel guilty about going out or enjoying myself. I have never had a relationship because she has always found a way of sabot aging any relationship Im i n. I think shes bipolar, but she doesnt believe in medi cation or that its even real. I feel as if Im being forced to take care of her, and when I finally have a chance to have a real life, it w ill be too late. I have discussed this with m y sisters, but they havent h elped. Im very depressed a nd dont know what to do. I f I bring this up with Mom, s he gets angry and wont talk to me for days. Please help me find a way out. Trapped in Chicago DearTrapped: Your umbilical cord was sup-p osed to have been severed 2 5 years ago, at birth. You a re an adult individual who d eserves happiness and freedom from this attachment to your mother. She may not believe in doctors and therapists and thats her privilege as long as shes not a danger to herself and others. But that doesnt mean you shouldnt talk with a mental healthp rofessional about this u nhealthy situation. Y our sisters havent h elped you because they have their freedom and dont want to share ther esponsibility you have been carrying alone. And your mother doesnt want to letg o of you because if she does, shell have to assume r esponsibility for herself. Please act now. Your e scape hatch is the door to a therapists office. You deserve a life, so go therea nd get one. D earAbby: I recently found out that my boyfriend of three years the onlym an I have ever been with cheated on me with a w oman I thought was a good friend. I love him and have decided to take him back and fight for what weh ad. He assured me that he wants to be only with me, t hat what he did was stupid and he has learned his l esson. Abby, although I have f orgiven him, I cant bring myself to forgive her. I have n ever been someone who holds a grudge, but I have so much hate for her that its cares me. I did get professional help, but it didnt w ork. I dont want to be like this. This is not who I am. Im worried about how I might react when I see her. Ic ant avoid her since we w ork in the same industry. Why can I forgive him but n ot her? Moving Forward in T exas DearMoving Forward: P robably because having invested three years in the only man you have ever been with, you dont wan t it to have been for nothing s o youre directing the anger you still feel toward him at the woman you would like to imagine seduced him. (Remember, it takes two to tango.) Also, you may still regard her as a threat. While you may have forgiven your boyfriend, do not forget what happened. A man who cheats and blames it on stupidity may do it again with someone else. You need to understand wh y he did what he did. Is he someone who lives only in the moment? Did he not c onsider how it would affect y ou? Is he capable of fidelit y in the long run? From my p erspective, you need answers to these questions because you may only now be getting to know who he really is. D ear Abby is written by Abigail V an Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founde d by her mother, Pauline P hillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 6 9440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. F or everything you need to know about wedding planning, order How to Have a Lovely Wedding. Send a business-sized, s elf-addressed envelope, plus c heck or money order for $6 (U.S. funds only Wedding Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 610540447. (Postage is included Desperate daughter wants to break free of needy mom D ear Abby Movie crowds dip to 16-year low LOS ANGELES (AP ular Irish rockers U2 were again the top touring band in the world in 2011, repeating their globe-topping haul from 2009, according to trade magazine Pollstar. The band brought in $231.9 million in 34 shows, narrowly beating out British boy band Take That, which took in $224 million. U2s 2009 concerts took in $311 million worldwide, the magazine said. Globally, the top 25 tours of 2011 reaped $2.1 billion, about the same as last year. But North American gross ticket sales from the top 25 tours were $1.19 billion, about 4 percent less than in 2010. Pollstar editor-in-chief Gary Bongiovanni aid he expects a rise in North American revenue next year. Top 25 concert tours sales flat at $2.1 billion


C M Y K LIVING 12B PA GE News-Sun Friday, December 30, 2011 Auld Lang Syne lyricsEveryone whos anyone knows the m elody to Auld Lang Syne, the 200-plusyear-old Scottish poem by Robert Burns that has become synonymous with ringing in the New Year. But do you know the words? If not, throw your arms around your nearest neighbors shoulders and start singing thesel yrics as soon as the countdown ends. Should old acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? S hould old acquaintance be forgot, And old lang syne? CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, Well take a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne. And surely youll buy your pint cup! A nd surely Ill buy mine! And well take a cup okindness yet, For auld lang syne. CHORUS We two have run about the slopes, And picked the daisies fine; But weve wandered many a weary foot, Since auld lang syne. CHORUS We two have paddled in the stream, From morning sun til dine; But seas between us broad have roared Since auld lang syne. CHORUS And thers a hand my trusty friend! And give us a hand othine! And well take a right good-will d raught, For auld lang syne. CHORUSNew Years is creeping ever closer, so its time ask yourself the question: What are you going to do? No, seriously, what are you doing to do? Its hard to keep track of all the traditions that have sprung up around the world, for one thing, and its even harder to figure out if youll end up going full American this year or spicing up your New Years party with some exotic traditions (like eating grapes interesting variations on New Years Eve celebrations. Jon Wolper, McClatchy-Tribune1907:At the request of Adolph Ochs, then-publisher of The New Y ork Times, the papers chief electrician built a 700-pound ball out of wood and iron. He fitted it with 100 25-watt l ight bulbs, and it was lowered from a flagpole atop One Times Square as midnight hit.1920:The ball received its first of many upgrades, changing to a 400-pound model made of w rought iron.1942-1943:The ball-dropping ceremony in Times Square continued uninterrupted until these two years, when there was no event due to the World War II-era dim-out of the New York City skyline. 1955:The iron ball was upgraded again. This time it was one made from aluminum, which weighed only 200 pounds. Versions of the same aluminumb all with different sorts of lighting configurations were d ropped until 1998.2000 to present:The b all made the first of what would become a flurry of changes over the next decade. The 2000 iteration of the ball was built by Waterford Crystal, had a sixfoot diameter and weighed 1,070 p ounds. And the spectacle has continued to increase t he 2009 version of the ball had a 12-foot diameter and weighed more than 11,000 pounds. D espite the weight, the many lights on the ball had become d ynamic and computer controlled. No longer was the ball a beacon; now it was a dazzling light show. That combination of tradition and technology has ushered the Times Square ball, without hiccup, into the second decade of this century.Abrief history of the Times Square ball dropI f you were born and raised in the U.S., you might think our insistence on having fireworks and dropping glass spheres on New Years Eve is downright normal. But youre just used to it. Here are some of the stranger traditions for the holidays or at least strange when seen through an American lens.Brazil.In Sao Paulo, Brazils largest city, New Years Eve is all about the lucky underpants. People go for red if theyre looking for love and yellow if theyre after some extra cash.Finland.To celebrate the New Year, some Finnish people cast molten tin into containers of water and, when the tin hardens, take its perceived shape as an indicator of how the coming year will go. For instance, a heart or ring shape signifies a wedding, and a pig shape (which is a very specific shape to glean from hardened tin, but we digress) stands for lots of food.Panama.Panama gets a bit more violent with its celebration, burning effigies of public figures, called munecos. The idea is the effigies stand for the old year; destroying them leads the way into the new one. But its still pretty creepy (at least to us figure a model of, say, Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, and then dance around it, celebrating.Belarus.Who would h ave thought this little landlocked country would have the granddaddy of all unusual traditions? On New Years Eve, unmarried women participate in a game in which piles of corn are placed in front of each one. Arooster is released, and whichever girls corn pile it goes to first will be the first to marry in the coming year. Meanwhile, the entire population of Brazil looks down at its red underpants and heaves a sigh of great disappointment.Unique New Years traditions from around the globe The traditions dont end there. Youd be amazed by how many foods, in different parts of the world, signify good luck, long life or personal fortune. Here are a few of the most interesting.The Grape-Mongerer.If you want good luck in the coming year, you better like bite-sized fruits. As per tradition, Spaniards gorge on 12 grapes as midnight approaches to ensure prosperity over the next 12 months.Lets Get it Started.Decide to celebrate in the American South and youll probably be given some black-eyed peas either on New Years Eve or Day. Eating the peas is supposed to bring good luck to the consumer, but theyre an acquired taste, so make sure theyre at home in a good recipe before chowing down.The Cabbage Patch.In Germany, Ireland and some parts of the U.S., cabbage is eaten because its green, much like money is green, and so it resembles good fortune. Yum!Want good luck? Watch what you eat SOURCES: GOOD HOUSE KEEPING; TRAVELAND LEISURE; GO SOUTHEAST; WWW.TIMESSQUARENYC.ORG ILLUSTRATION BYPAUL TRAP/MCT MCT TEAK PHILIPS/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/MCTIn the American South, blackeyed peas are eaten for good luck on New Years Day.