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Title: The news-sun
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C M Y K B y SAMANTHA GHOLAR sgholar@newssun.comSEBRING Gingerlee Mitchelllindo,owner of a piece of propertyat 503 E. Center Ave.,sat alert on her porch for quite a while Wednesday morn-i ng awaiting the return of city officials and a demolition team. The long,drawn-out debacle of Mitchelllindos retaining wall in her yard is very close to an end as city officials,engineering teams and demolition workers are in full force mode as they prepare to take down the wall. M itchelllindo arrived home Wednesday morning to what she described as a street fullof city v ehicles and engineering trucks. They just took over the whole road here, Mitchelllindo said,describing the scene on Orange Avenue,which is adjacent to her home. Mitchelllindo spoke to many people present W ednesday morning and reminded engineering workers unrelated to the issue of the ongoing civil cases she has against the city. I told them about the lawsuits and that this is something that they may not want to get involvedw ith,Mitchelllindo said. Mitchelllindo was informed on site by City Choosing health insurancePAGE10BYarbrough enjoys transitionPAGE1 BHCSO continue to investigate shootingPAGE2 ANEWS-SUN Highlands Countys Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Friday, January 4, 2013www.newssun.comVolume 94/Number 2 | 50 cents www.newssun .com 079099401001 H ighLow 75 58C omplete Forecast PAGE 10A Mostly cloudy with a stray shower F orecast Question: Which are you more concerned about the debt ceiling or the fiscal cliff? Next question: Do you turn your headlights on when driving in fog? www.newssun .comM ake your voice heard at Online Obituaries Rachel Carlton Age 84, of Bowling Green J une Follien Age 85, of Lake Placid Obituaries, Page 5A Phone ... 385-6155Fax ... 385-2453Online: www.newssun.com Debt ceiling 75% Fiscal cliff 25% Total votes: 8 4 Classifieds7A Come to the River5B Community Briefs2A Dear Abby9B Dear Pharmacist8B Editorial & Opinion4A Footprints8B Healthy Living8B Kevins Komments5B Lottery Numbers2A Movie Review9B Movie Times9B NASCAR This Week4B Religion5B Snapshots6B Sports On TV2B Sudoku9B Index Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun and WAUCHULA STATE BANK/Cheryl Hen; 11.25"; 1.5"; Black plus three; process, front strip financial; 00026418 Countys first baby of the year By SAMANTHA GHOLAR sgholar@newssun.comAVON PARK As the new year begins,local agencies and organizations are gearing up for a new work load and all that comes along with it. The Highlands County Coalition for the Homeless is one of those agencies and since its newest change in leadership,the organization is headed in a better direction under the supervision of Executive Director Lisa Lucas. Lucass first big task at the HCCH is to conduct the annual Point-In Time Survey. Each year in Highlands County and throughout the state of Florida,homelessness advocates and agencies team up to collect the most up to date data. During the survey,members of the HCCH and volunteers travel throughout the county taking a raw count of how many individuals and families are currently without homes. The count is somewhat skewed however; the survey does not include individuals who are currently without their own homes but are living with friends or family.The survey provides vital information to organizations about the homeless population in the area. According to last years survey,headed by former HCCH Interim Director Joann Souther,the By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comA VON PARK With a flu-produced sound track of sniffles, w heezes and hacking coughs,the city council got right down to business Wednesday morning,afterB renda Gray,Terry Heston and newcomer Garrett Anderson were s worn in as city councilors,and Gray reappointed deputy mayor. The citys first item of important business during the special meeting was to consider terminating thei nter-local agreement between the city and the countys planning and d evelopment services department. For almost two years now,the city has contracted with the countyt o provide basic day-to-day planning and zoning services,meaning w orking with residents. The agreement provided substantial savings for Avon Park. W ednesday morning,City Manager Julian Deleon told the council the city was in a position to provide those services again. He felt this was important,he added,b ecause he was unhappy with the work the county had done for the city. For example,Deleon said,the countys Department of Planninga nd Development Services had made significant mistakes regarding m emos sent to Yudith Fernandez,a business woman in Avon Park whoh as been attempting for months to open a boarding house at 1 W. Main St. Fernandez was given three different opinions by the county in threed ifferent letters sent over three months,Deleon said. This is just not right,he said,to make three changes in three monthstime. Wre giving this a high priority.T he city attorney and I are going to look hard. Were not satisfied (the property owner was fairly treated). Deleon added that Fernandez had gone out in November and bought Avon Park takes back P & Z duties Homeless Coalition preps for annual count under new director News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS S tanding near Gingerlee Mitchelllindos concrete wall, City Attorney Bob Swaine urges Mitchelllindo to not interfere with efforts to tear down the wall surrounding her property in Sebring. Mitchelllindo said she would not physically stopt hem, but did intend to take pictures, post them on F acebook and do whatever it takes to protect her property. News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS It is not done. This is an ongoing case and I will sue every person involved in violating my property rights, exclaimed Gingerlee Mitchelllindo on Wednesday morning, while talking to City of Sebring Attorney Bob S waine at her home in Sebring. Mitchelllindo has been fighting to keep a concrete wall around her property at 5 03 E. Center Ave. City moves in on wall See P&Z,page 6A See WALL,page 6A See POINT-IN,page 6A News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS I am surprised, Lisa Christ said Tuesday morning after learning that her baby boy, Blake, was the first baby born in Highlands County in 2013. Born at 12:33 a.m., Blake weighed six pounds, four ounces. This was Lisa and her husband Brians second child, but first New Years baby. Highlands Regional Medical Center gave the family a gift basket full of goodies to celebrate the occasion. Dr. Dipakkumar Upadhyaya delivered the baby. Florida Hospital Heartland Divisions first born is pictured on page 3A.

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C M Y K Page 2ANews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013www.newssun.com Jan. 2 91727444851x:2Next jackpot $2 millionDec. 29 151821314041x:2 Dec. 26 1622243248x:5 Jan. 2 1011122532 Jan. 1 919202227 Dec. 31 313142436 Dec. 30 716192733 Jan. 2 (n 7802 Jan. 2 (d 0486 Jan. 1 (n 4914 Jan. 1 (d 8407 Jan. 2(n 391 Jan. 2 (d 827 Jan. 1(n 367 Jan. 1 (d 223 Jan. 1 1216324118 Dec. 28 610223814 Dec. 25 263842437 Dec. 21 3674413 Jan. 2 1820283553 PB: 20Next jackpot $60 millionDec. 29 3646505255 PB: 14 Dec. 26 1113234354 PB: 4 Note:Cash 3 and Play 4 drawings are twice per day:(d daytime drawing,(n nighttime drawing. PB:Power Ball Lottery Center DUMMY 2013; 5.542"; 4.5"; Black; publishers block; 00026403 Khalil Quarles loves the U.S. military. Not only does the 10-year-old boy idolize those who serve,but hasd reamt for years about putting on his countrys uniform. He has Army figurines and talks about the Army allt he time,U.S. Army Maj. Norland James told The Unknown Soldiers from Kuwait on Dec. 21. He would love it if he could havea picture from an Army soldier or become an Army soldier himself. Tragically,a terrible disease stands between Khalila nd his dreams. The young boy,who lives in Baltimore, is suffering from terminal cancer. So when Maj. James heard about Khalil through a friend who works as a hospice nurse,the deployed soldier decided to act. e wanted to make his dreams come true,James said. The 37-year-old soldier, who is serving in Kuwait as chief of medical logistics operations,has devoted the last 13 years of his life to the Army. The Albany,Ga., native,who has also been to Afghanistan twice,just spent another holiday season apart from his family and friends. Amid the continuing sacrifices of military service, James remains intensely appreciative of civilians who support the men and women of the armed forces. When presented with a chance to brighten what could be Khalils last holiday season, the soldier knew it was his opportunity to give back. s one thing to say thank youwith words,but its another thing to say thank youwith actions coming behind it,James said. Six days before Christmas, a nurse told Khalil that someo ne special was waiting to talk to him on Skype. He was like wow,I cant believe it,Im talking to an Army soldier in Kuwaitw hos deployed,James said. The soldier will never forget the bos reaction. Just seeing the look in his eyes ... you cant describe it, James said. It was amazing and it made me smile. As the soldier and young boy spoke face-to-face while separated by thousands of miles,Khalil could temporarily forget about his dreadful illness. For about 10 minutes, Khalils wish of speaking to a real-life soldier was finally realized. Unbeknownst to the elated child,though,an even bigger dream was about to be fulfilled. When I told him I have a couple of my friends waiting outside for (himhe had a look of amazement,James said. As Khalil,who walks with crutches,made his way to the front of his familys home to see what James was talking about,the soldier sat at a computer station in Kuwait, eagerly awaiting what he knew was coming next. About 40 U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Marylands Fort Meade,along with neighbors and camera crews, were waiting to greet Khalil. o see him step out on the front stairs ... all those people,James said. It gave me joy to see the happiness on his face. As soldiers and supporters c lapped and cried,Khalil was asked to raise his right hand a fter the singing of the National Anthem. The youngb oy,who never thought hed have the chance to meet a soldier,let alone become one,then took the U.S. Armed Forces Oath ofE nlistment. Khalil is now an honorary soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve. It meant a lot to us and definitely other people whoh ad a part in making this happen,James said. Early this year,James will come home after completing another overseas deployment. Given the soldiers extraordinary efforts to bring happiness to a sick boy and his loved ones,it wasnt surprising to hear what he plans to do upon returning to American soil. Im hoping to actually meet Khalil and his family, the soldier said. Every day,the men and women of the U.S. military and their families serve,sacrifice,and sometimes suffer while defending our freedom and security. Maj. Norland James has spent 13 years protecting those ideals. Thanks to this compassionate soldier and his fellow troops,it is an honor to introduce you to the newest member of Americas remarkable military community. His name is Khalil Quarles. To find out more about Tom Sileo, or to read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. The youngest soldier Courtesy photo T he Highlands County Sheriffs Office is investigating the reported robbery of M&H Food Store in Sebring on Dec. 30. This surveillance photo shows the suspect, who fled t he scene with scratch-off lottery tickets and an undisclosed amount of currency. Special to the News-SunS EBRING On Dec. 30 at approximately 7:29 p.m. the Highlands County Sheriffs Office responded to a report of a robbery at M&H Food Store at 2532 State Road 17 South. The clerk working in the storer eported a black male suspect,approximately 6-foot tall,wearing a parka style jacket w ith a hood and armed with a handgun robbed the store. According to reports,the suspect fled the s cene with scratch-off lottery tickets and an undisclosed amount of currency. The clerk was not injured in the robbery, d eputies said. The investigation is ongoing and detectives are currently pursuing leads to identify the suspect in this robbery.Anyone with information is requested to contactD etective Roger St. Laurent at 402-7447. Anyone with information who wants to r emain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477o r contact via the Internet at www.heart landcrimestoppers.com Deputies investigate store robbery S pecial to the News-SunL AKE PLACID At approximately 12:32 a.m. Monday,deputies with the Highlands County Sheriffs Office responded to a reporto f a gunfire in the area of Highway Park Liquors at Vision Street and Crestmore Drive Lake Placid. The initial investigation at the scener evealed Jimmy Howard,33, of Lake Placid,had been shot during an altercation outside t he bar,according to Sheriffs Office reports. \ Howard was transported to the emergency room; he isc urrently in stable condition at an undisclosed hospital. Detectives were called to the scene and as of Thursday are still investigating thee vents surrounding this shooting and interviewing witnesses. This investigation i s ongoing and anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Hank Smith at 402-7382. Anyone with information w ho wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477orv ia the Internet at www.heart landcrimestoppers.com. Investigation continues into Highway Park shooting Photo courtesy of Sgt. 1st class Mark Bell Army Reserve captains John Barbee and Sherman Pittman assist Khalil Quarles, 10, down the sidewalk outside his home during a surprise visit from members of the 200th MilitaryP olice Command and the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve. COMMUNITYBRIEFS Tickets on sale for Ladies Birthday PartyAVON PARK The women of First ChristianC hurch of Avon Park will have their annual Ladies Birthday Party at 1:30 p.m. Saturday,Jan. 26 at the church,1016 W.CamphorS t.,and would like to invite all women to attend. Bring y our mother,daughter,sister,aunt,grandmother,f riend,neighbor,or someone new. There will be entertainment,cake,ice cream,fellowship and fun for all whoa ttend. The guest speaker will be Mary Beth Smith from Avon Park,who is a retired missionary from Africa. T ickets for the Birthday Party are $3 each and can be purchased at the church office from 8 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday or by calli ng 453-5334. Ace Homecare has health fair todayS EBRING Ace Homecare will host a health fair today at 8 a.m. at Sebring Village on Schumacher Road and at 10a .m. at Highlands Village on Villa Road in Sebring.Dance to the SkylarksSEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host the music ofT he Skylarks 10-piece dance band from 7-9:30 p.m. today at the Senior Center,3400 Sebring Parkway. Snacks and sand-w iches available. Bring your own beverage. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Everyone is welc ome. Dress is smart casual. For more information, call 386-0855Buttonwood hosts first square dance of yearSEBRING The first s quare dance of the 2013 at Buttonwood will be from 7 :30-9:30 p.m. today. The caller is Mike G ormley. Square dance attire is optional. Gormley will be calling easy,mainstream and plus dances. If questions,call Roger M cElfresh at 655-4243.Art League presents ild Women S EBRING The Highlands Art League is C ontinued on page 5A Save Thousands The Smart Choice For New, Certified Pre-Owned & Used Cars-Trucks-SUVs. Centralfloridawheels.com

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C M Y K B y MATTHEW CRAFT AP Business WriterNEW YORK The s tock market crept higher in midday trading Thursday, one day after the Dow Jones industrial average posted its biggest gain in more than ay ear. Retailers reported mixed s ales and the prospect of a new budget battle in Congress loomed. T he Standard & Poors 500 index inched up one p oint to 1,463 and the Nasdaq composite rose four points to 3,116. U nitedHealth Group held back the Dow,sinking $1.65 to $52.88,a 3 percent drop, a fter analysts at Deutsche Bank and other firms cut t heir ratings on the insurers stock. The Dow was up just seven points to 13,419 as of 12:22 EST. s natural to relax a bit a fter such a huge day as yesterday,said Lawrence Creatura,who manages a small-company fund at Federated Investors. The Dow soared 308 points Wednesday,itsl argest point gain since December 2011. The rally w as ignited after lawmakers passed a bill to avoid a combination of government spending cuts and tax increases called the fiscalc liff. That deal gave the market a jump start into the new year. The Dow and the S&P 5 00 are already up more than 2 percent. re off to a very strong start,Creatura said. The dominant reason is ther esolution of the fiscal cliff. But January is usually a s trong month,as investors all shift money into the market at the same time. Whent he calendar flips,its as if youre allowed the begin the r ace anew. Economists had warned that the full force of the fis-c al cliff could drag the country into a recession. The law passed late Tuesday n ight averted that outcome for now,but other fiscal s quabbles are likely in the months ahead. Congress must raise the governments borrowing limit soon or be forced to choose betweens lashing spending or paying its debts. Ross Stores surged 6 percent in early trading. The retailer said sales at stores open at least a year increased 11 percent duringt he holiday shopping season. Ross Stores rose $3.65 t o $58.09. Nordstom Inc. surged 2 percent after the department-store chain also reported strong holidays ales,especially in the South and Midwest. N ordstroms stock was up $1.21 to $54.84. O ther retailers struggled during the holidays as shoppers held out for deep discounts. Family Dollar Stores s ank 12 percent after reporting earnings that fell short o f analystsprojections. The company also forecast a weaker outlook for the cur-r ent period and full year. Family Dollars stock lost $ 7.25 to $56.75. Among other stocks making big moves: Transocean jumped $3.33,or 7 percent,to $49.57. The owner of the oil r ig that sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 after an e xplosion killed 11 workers reached a $1.4 billion settlement with the Justice Department. Hormel Foods,known f or making Spam and other meat products,said that its buying Skippy,the countrys No. 2 peanut butter brand,from Unilever for about $700 million. Hormels stock jumped 5p ercent,or $1.56,to $33.60. Associated PressT AMPA When classes resume Monday at H illsborough County elementary schools,an armed police officer or deputy willb e on duty at each one for security purposes. T he Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/UKu5Ci) reports that precaution wast aken in local schools following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in C onnecticut on Dec. 14 that left 26 dead,including 20 students. O fficials said Wednesday that the additional security a rmed officers or deputies already are assigned to the districts middle and highs chools will be extended to elementary schools the r emainder of the school year. That decision comes after a joint meeting between the H illsborough County Sheriffs Office,Tampa p olice Department and school district staff. The Hillsborough Sheriffs O ffice and Tampa police will have a uniformed presence in a bout 150 elementary schools countywide. www.newssun.comN ews-SunF riday, January 4, 2013Page 3A News-Sun photo by CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY Weighing in at six pounds and 14 ounces, Ian Jay Delarosa was born at 9:30 p.m. on the dot after 18.5 hours of labor Jan. 1. He is the first baby born at the Florida Hospital H eartland Division in 2013, and the first child of Jonathan Delarosa and Vanessa Garza. F irst baby in 2013 at HRMC B y CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comAVON PARK James Barnard,recent candidate for the city council,was named to the Police Pension Board by Mayor SharonS chuler Wednesday morning,as is her purview. Schuler had named former city councilor Doug Eason to sit temporarily on the board in 2012 when negotiations were under waya nd the city needed representation. Councilor Garrett Anderson asked why,if Eason were already in the position and everyone was happy with his work,anybody else should be appointed. Schuler replied that Barnard has shown a n interest in serving the Avon Park community. She pointed out that younger people,and newly interested middle-aged ones,were necessary for the town to thrive over time. He has done his homework,Schuler said. And we need more people educated about how the system works. The council approved Barnards appointment,4 to 1. Andersons was the sole nega-t ive vote. James Barnard named to Avon Parks Police Pension Board Armed officers to patrol schools in Tampa area Get the paper delivered to you! NEWS-SUN-6155 Stocks tread water as next fiscal showdown looms News-Sun photo by CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY Newly elected, and re-elected, city councilors (standing from left) Brenda Gray, Terry Hesotn and newcomer Garrett Anderson take their oath early Wedesday at the City Council Chambers. Seated are Gerald Buhr, city attorney, and Mayor Sharon Schuler. Councilor Parke Sutherland was also at Wednesdays meeting. Swearing in to office Associated PressTALLAHASSEE State officials say they terminated the Medicaid prescribing rights of 437 providers who were writing suspicious amounts of prescriptions for painkillers and other drugs under a new system. State health officials made the announcement Thursday along with Attorney General Pam Bondi in the annual Medicaid fraud report. The state spent nearly $17 million dollars fighting Medicaid fraud in fiscal year 2011-2012. According to the report,they recouped nearly $50 million dollars. Floridas Medicaid program is the fourth largest in the nation serving more than 3.3 million recipients. Bondi says the collaboration with the Agency for Health Care Administration has resulted in tremendous financial recoveries on behalf of taxpayers and promised to ensure that Medicaid dollars go to helping the needy rather than to those who defraud the system. Florida Medicaid fraud efforts recoup $50 mil MARTIAL ARTS (pp 3 "; Black; rt hand read top only; 00026387 GRIFFIN'S CARPET MART; 7.444"; 10"; Black; 1/4/13; 00026416

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C M Y K T hursday morning,for example,when a pearl gray gauzy fog c lung to the ground,too many d rivers sped up rather than slowed down,and almost as many drove w ithout using their lights as turned them on. W ake up. I f you are not interested in saving yourself,at least give the rest o f us a break. Here is a list of safe driving tips,from weather.com: D riving in fog is a dangerous b usiness,partly because driving t hrough it creates the illusion of slower motion. Keep an eye on t he speedometer,you may be g oing faster than you think. Drive at a reduced rate of speed in any c ase. Be prepared for the unexpected. Avoid becoming the unexp ected yourself do not pass l ines of cars. Other drivers and pedestrians n eed to know where you are. Turn o n your lights. Use the low beam o nly.The high beam will only reflect back off the fog at you, making it even harder to see. T ail lights are essential to foll owing drivers. Without them a vehicle suddenly looms out of the m ist,an indistinct shadow,difficult to judge. W ith little visibility,sound b ecomes important,especially when blending into traffic or e ntering a road. Open a window and listen there might be one of t hose dark cars bearing down on y ou. Use the white painted line m arking the right edge of the road a s a guide. If you are lost,stalled or otherwise in trouble,do not stop on a h ighway or busy road. Get off the r oad,get out of the car and stand a distance away. In this case the v ehicles lights should be turned off,especially the tail light s, b ecause drivers tend to line up on t hem. F inally,be patient. Fog is a unique climatic condition. It b urns off as the sun rises. I n fact,while potentially life threatening,fog is not the danger t o drivers that wet roads and rain a re. Twenty-four percent of all accidents are weather related, o nly 3 percent of weather related crashes were the result of fog. S till,according to fhwa.dot.gov t hat 3 percent amounts to an average of 38,000 crashes and 600 d eaths a year. T he point is the next time the fog falls,and youre speeding d own U. S. 27 with less than a q uarter mile of visibility,remember the foggy 100 car crash in B eaumont,Texas Thanksgiving 2012. Two died, 120 were injured. Page 4AN ews-SunF riday, January 4, 2013www.newssun.comTO DAYSED ITORIALTODAYSLETTERS For an area that sees enough foggy days every year that at least some drivers could be expected to be experienced with the condition,too many people dont seem to have any clue of what to do. Instead, a terrifying number blunder about the roads as if the sun were shining and everything was hunky-dory. 2227 U.S. 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 863-385-6155 NEWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor E xt. 515editor@newssun.com DAN HOEHNESports Editor E xt. 528daniel.hoehne@newssun.com A DVERTISINGVICKIE WATSONE xt. 518vickie.jones@newssun.comMITCH COLLINSExt. 507mcollins@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJ ANET EMERSONExt. 596legals@newssun.com EDITORIAL& OPINION Get your brain out of the fog before driving in it When the 2012 presidential e lection was over the airwaves were flooded with commentators who theorized all sequentialp residential elections would boil down to just a handful of swing states being bombarded with p olitical ads and the rest of the country largely ignored. W ith all that television coverage the subject of the Electoral College came up quite often; and several of those theatrical talking heads began questioning the rele-v ancy of the Electoral College and how its structured. It wasnt long until I got a few calls from friends,and one from my mother. She began to ask about the Electoral College. If I dont have a firm grasp of thea nswer I wont wade into those waters of fabrication. She,in t urn,said:ould someone please explain the Electoral College to me!I then did a little research. The Electoral College is the i nstitution that officially elects the President of the United States every four years. The President isnt elected directly by the voters. Instead,they aree lected indirectly by electors. Candidates for elector are nominated by their state political parties in the months prior to Election Day. [The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled. There are 538 electors, based on there being 435 representatives and 100 senators,plus the three electors from the District of Columbia. The United States is the only country that elects a president via an electoral college and the only one in which a candidate can become president without having obtained the highest number of popular votes. The Electoral College has been around since 1787. Delegates from the small states generally favored the Electoral College out of concern that the large states would otherwise control presidential elections. A candidate must receive a majority of electoral votes,currently 270,to win the Presidency. The results of the Electoral College map for the 2012 presidential election were Barack Obama won in 26 states and the District of Columbia to capture 332 electoral votes. Mitt Romney won in 24 states to capture 206 electoral votes. A result of the present functionality of the Electoral College is that the national popular vote bears no significance on determining the outcome of the election. Since the national popular vote is irrelevant,both voters and candidates are assumed to base their campaign strategies around the existence of the Electoral College,not to maximize national popular vote totals. Irrelevancy of national popular v ote came to light in the elections of 1876,1888,and 2000; which produced an Electoral C ollege winner who didnt receive the most popular votes. Its possible to win the election by winning eleven states and disregarding the rest of the coun-t ry. If one ticket were to take California,Texas,New York, Florida,Illinois,Pennsylvania, Ohio,Michigan,Georgia,North Carolina,and New Jersey thatt icket would have 270 votes. According to criticism,the E lectoral College encourages political campaigners to focus ona few so-called swing states while ignoring the rest of the country. Populous states in which pre-election poll results show no clear favorite are inun-d ated with campaign visits,saturation television advertising,getout-the-vote efforts by party organizers and debates,while four out of five voters in then ational election are ignored. Since most states use a winnertakes-all arrangement in which the candidate with the most votes in that state receives all of the states electoral votes,there is a clear incentive to focus almost exclusively on only a few key undecided states. The closest the country has ever come to abolishing the Electoral College occurred with the BayhCeller Constitutional amendment proposal in 1969,but it was later filibustered and died. In all states,except Maine and Nebraska,electors are elected on a winner-take-allbasis. That is,all electors are pledged to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes in their state. Maine and Nebraska use the Congressional District Method, selecting one elector within each congressional district by popular vote and selecting the remaining two electors by a statewide popular vote. Under the Congressional District Method, the electoral votes are distributed based on the popular vote winner within each of the states congressional districts; the statewide popular vote winner receives two additional electoral votes. The Congressional District Method can more easily be implemented than other alternatives to the winner-take-all method. State legislation is sufficient to use that method. I hold the notion we should mend the Electoral College with the Congressional District Method,but not end it. Greg Allen is an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Ind., a non-profit organization aiding the poor. He can be reached at (765 676-5014 or www.builderofthespirit.org. Would someone please explain the Electoral College Thinkin Out Loud Greg Allen Weve become a gun-happy nationEditor: Guns,guns and more guns ... here we go again. The second amendment will be defended and gun advocates will jump up and down defending their right to own a weapon regardless of its size or lethal power. The revolutionary war went on for years with black powder and flintlock weapons. With todays weapons that war would be over in about an hour and a half. Do people really understand the size and scope of todays firepower? I hear things like we should arm the teachers. Wow,as a retired school teacher and former Federal Sky Marshall (that carried a weapon for three years),I for one can not imagine a school full of armed teachers. Think back to your school years ... picture your third-grade teacher. your eighth-grade teacher, your coach,vice principal,etc.,with a .357 magnum in their desk drawer. They reach in there to get a pencil, accidentally hit the trigger and blow a hole in their desk (just the noise would soil their britches),and hopefully not hitting anyone in the class. Unless school officials and law enforcement officials could absolutely certify that these teachers were trained in weapons handling and marksmanship. This idea of arming teachers is the most asinine idea being suggested. I dont have the answer to the disaster in Sandy Hook and neither does anyone else,but we are a gunhappy nation and with all the tragic consequences of the deaths in places all over the nation we are paying the price for the absolute right to own a gun. Bottom line folks,ask yourself, do I really need a gun? Hal Graves SebringSearch for church leads to an extended familyEditor: Usually when you join a church you join a congregation of believers. When I joined a church I joined a family of believers. That is what I consider all those that go to First Christian Church Disciples of Christ,my family. My family there is one that accepts me and my boys with all our faults and loves us anyway as God does. We all grieve together when we lose a familymember. We are there for each other through joys and troubles. I even have family there that I consider angels,for they seem to get the word from God what my unspoken needs are. What a wonderful feeling it is to get up on Sunday morning knowing you will be seeing family and hearing the word of God from our pastor, our brother in Christ,Pastor Ron Norton. Thursday nights is youth group and full of fun for parents and children alike because our pastor is a big kid himself. Although I love the choir and the hymns they sing for us I really enjoy hearing the different chime choirs. So after searching for a church congregation that I felt my boys and I would fit into,I found a family instead. Hearing the word of God is always a good thing but joining together with family to hear it is even better. Diane Thibodeau SebringCampus police officers needed in schoolsEditor: Gov. Scott said the state will pay to have law officers in the schools. Now,Highlands County should have a county campus police department. The people would be trained at the same place the deputies are, but they would concentrate on juvenile law and juvenile crimes. They would not need other training that the deputies get like felons, traffic enforcement,domestic violence,etc. They could be paid less than deputies. By creating the campus police department,it frees up the deputies and city police officers to be put on patrol and perform the duties they were trained for instead of being in school all day. This would be a benefit to the sheriff and city police; also,the residents of Highlands County. If a felony occurred in school,a deputy could be called to handle it. J. Tuthill Retired police officer Sebring

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C M Y K presenting Artworx in the Afternoon.A group of veryt alented fiber artists exhibiting at the Yellow House Gallery invite the public to their January exhibit,ild Women.Meet the artistsS andy Spice,Linn Shimek, Bonnie Srnick and Mary Seigfreid from 1 p.m. today.The exhibit runs throughout the month ofJ anuary. Seigfreid is a multi-media artist whose work ranges from the ridiculous to the sublime. You will find fun b ike license plates,threedimensional cats and one-ofa-kind cypress knee sculpture. Artworx ventstake place in Seigfreids studio,a djacent to the main gallery. Shimek is a true free motion sewing machine artist creating multi-dimensional quilts and fiber art.S pice excels in design, machine appliqu and multifiber art all with an exceptional sense of color. Srnick completes the group withb eautiful wall quilts and paper and fabric collages. The members of ArtWorx h ave been collaborating on their art for several years and now have the venue to share it with the community. ArtWorx features a changingm onthly exhibit on the first Friday of each month. For additional information,contact linnshimek@aol.com. The Highlands Art League Y ellow House Gallery and Gift Shop is at 1989 Lakeview Drive. Individual studios house local artists who often work there as wella nd the main gallery features memberswork and the Artist of the Month. The Y ellow House hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday,and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Additional information may also be obtainedb y calling 385-5312 or visit www.highlandsartleague.org .Under The Oaks Opry is this weekendSEBRING At 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday there will be country/bluegrass/blues/gospel music atU nder The Oaks Opry,hosted by G.W. Saunders. This is an inside family venue with no alcohol,just off Powerline Road,on 3414 Beck Ave. Call 253-0771 form ore information,or visit Under The Oaks Opry on F acebook.AMVETS host Road KillS EBRING AMVETS Post 21 will host Road Kill from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Karaoke with Mega Sounds will be from 6-9 p.m. Pizzaw ill be available.Ballroom Dancers have New Yearsd anceLAKE PLACID The L ake Placid Ballroom Dancers will have a New Years Saturday Dance from6 :30-9 p.m. Saturday at the fellowship hall,Eastside Christian Church. P rofessional DJs Mike and Peg Johnston,from Tampa, w ill render all ballroom favorites from waltzes to tangos with a couple of line dances at intermission. Refreshments will be s erved,and water and soda will be available. Admission is a $5 donation at the door. Bill and Shirley will be available from 5:30-6:30 p .m.,giving basic instruction. Lessons are a $3 donation and are optional. Dancing is one of the best ways to exercise,come andw ork off those holiday calories. Fellowship hall is 1.8 miles east on County Road 621 off U.S. 27 by CVS.YMCA has open house SaturdaySEBRING The H ighlands County Family YMCA is opening its doors Saturday for a day of special offers.T ickets available for Elvis Wade performanceSEBRING Tickets are now available for a perform-a nce by Elvis Wade performance,a popular Elvis impers onator. The show will be from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Sun N Lake Community Center,3500 Edgewater Drive. E lvis Presley himself is reported to have given Elvis W ade a standing ovation. Don't miss the dancing and Fun. Bring your ownb everage. Tickets are $12 per person. Call 382-8296.Oratorical on Constitution is setAVON PARK The American Legion Post 69 w ill have an Oratorical at 2:30 p.m. Saturday,Jan. 11 i n the Avon Park High School auditorium. The subject of the Oratorical will be on the Constitution of the United States. T his will consist of two parts first,an 8to 10minute presentation on emphasis to the duties and obligations of a citizen to t he government; second,a 3to 5-minute presentation on a topic drawn on one of the four topics. Those topics are Article II,second 1,para-g raph 5 No person except a natural born citizen can be President; Amendment 22, first sentence No person shall be elected to the officeo f President more than twice; Amendment 2 A well regulated Militia being necessary; or Amendment 24the right of a citizen of the U nited States to vote in any primary election for President. The community is invited to attend. R ACHEL CARLTON Oct. 23,1928 Dec. 22, 2012 R achel Lynette Carlton passed peacefully with fami ly by her side. She was born in Bowling Green,Fla. to Willa Mae and ThomasM orris Prevatt. She attended Sarasota High School and l ived many happy years in Sarasota. She was a homemaker,an avid gardener,a computer whiz,and loved chatting with her kids on thec omputer. Nobody could work a crossword puzzle as q uickly as she! On Jan. 28, 1951 she married S.R. JackCarlton and theyw ere blessed with four unique children. S he is survived by her beloved husband,Jack; children,Gloria Carlton of S ebring,Sharon (Jimmy Jarnagin of Palmer Lake, Colo.,Connie (Ronnie Judy of Green Pond,Fla., and Morris Carlton of SanD iego,Calif.; sisters Margaret (Johnny) Rowell and Carole (Danarrish; a grandson and granddaughter,a great-grandson andm any special nieces and nephews. She was preceded i n death by her parents; siblings,Bunny and Randall;n ephews,Danny,Lynn and Tommy; niece,Terrie and great niece,Danielle. A memorial services will be held on Saturday,Jan. 5,2 013 at 10 a.m. at the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home,4001 Sebring Parkway,Sebring,with Marcus Marshall officiat-i ng. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the hospice of your choice or to Good Shepherd Hospice,1110 Hammock Road,Sebring,FL 3872. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Good Shepherd Hospice for their comfort and care of our loved one. Arrangements entrusted to: Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Sebring,Fla. www.stephensonnelsonfh.co m JUNE FOLLIEN June Jeanette Follien, who was born June 24,1927 t o Joseph and Olga Tronick in Stanley,Wis.,passed away under the care ofG ood Shepherd Hospice in her daughters home in Lake P lacid,Fla. on Jan. 1,2013, surrounded by her family. June was a cancer survivor1 3 years ago,being diagnosed with recurrence on J an. 4,2012. June courageously fought her cancer until her final breath,n ever once giving up h ope,or giving up her goals. J une was a homemaker and took great p ride in her home and loved to garden. She was an active member of the Atonement L utheran Church in Sebring,Fla. since her husband Arnolds retirement from the U.S. Postal Service in Chetek,Wis. in 1979.P art of Junes ministry in the church was sending out greeting cards for every occasion to church members. Before leaving Chetek,t he family were members of the Chetek Lutheran Church i n Chetek,Wis. June was also a member of theS ebring Municipal Golf Course for 20 years,leaving the Chetek Golf Course with numerous tournament wins in her bag. June loveds ports,and enjoyed watching her grandchildren part icipating in various high school events. Over the years,June e njoyed sharing with family and friends her fathers lifet ime accomplishments, inventing the famous collectable NonsinkableT ronick Tackle Box and the Tronick Tourist Tool Trunk. J une was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold,to whom she was married to for 59 years; sister,Lorraine Bruss ofF lorida and Betty Giblin of Ohio. June is survived by h er sister,Juanita Dineen of Seattle,Wash.; and her twin brother,Jim Tronick ofM ilwaukee,Wis.; four children,Dana Follien of C hetek,Wis.,John (Debbie Follien of Pflugerville, Texas,Joanne (Gregory) S chock of Wauchula,Fla., and Carol (Gene Lake Placid,Fla.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. F uneral arrangements are entrusted to StephensonNelson Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday,Jan.4 ,2013 at Atonement Lutheran Church in S ebring,Fla.In lieu of flowers,donations in Junesm emory may be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring,FL 33870. Stephenson-Nelson F uneral Home Sebring,Fla. 33870 www.newssun.comN ews-SunF riday, January 4, 2013Page 5A HLT 3x10.5,process 00026478 Follien OBITUARIES CO MMUNITYBR IEFS Continued on page 19 C ENTRAL FLORIDA CASKETS TORE &; 1 .736"; 6"; B lack; obit page; 00026373 DAILY COMMERCIAL; 3.639"; 1"; Black; cornerstone hospice; 00026453 ICS CREMATION; 3.639"; 3"; Black; jan. friday ads; 00026425 PALM DINER; 5.542"; 5"; Black; jan fri. ads; 00026423 In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to support Hospice care. 888-728-6234 Cornerstonehospice.orgNo. 5019096

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C M Y K Page 6ANews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013www.newssun.com property to provide what she t hought was mandated parking space,only to be told by the county in December thatt here are no parking requirements. C ity Councilor Parke Sutherland agreed with Deleon that something had to be done. It is important to get the right answer and get itq uickly,pronto,Sutherland said. He recommended an o utside expert be brought in to review the situation. For her part,Fernandez s poke angrily and at length about the struggle the last s everal months have been for her,and how frustrated shes become. She said she and her c hildren were in poor health because of the stress. She added she now believes there was no good faith during the process. M ayor Sharon Schuler p romised Fernandez the city would review her situation. e will get some answers,S chuler said. We know you folks were led incorrectly d own the path. Please just bear with the city a little longer. The complaint against the county caught Mark Hill,d irector of the development services department,by surp rise,Hill said in a Dec. 31, 2012 memo to County Administrator June Fisherr egarding Deleons concerns. e were both surprised a nd shocked by the intensity of his criticisms ... because we have had an excellentw orking relationship with Mr. Deleon and other members of the city staff for years .. (no onever questioned or contradicted any o ne of our dozens of interpretations of the Avon Park Unified Land Development C ode,Hill said,defending his staffs efforts. He added,however,I can a micably accept Mr. Deleons recommendation to c ancel the Interlocal Agreement between the city and the county for planning and zoning services. The city council agreed to d issolve the agreement with the county. It further agreed t o renew a contract with the Central Florida Regional Planning Council to helpw ith tougher P & Z issues; hire a part-time expert to a nswer day-to-day questions; and look into contracting with a specialist for the occa-s ional highly complex situation. Deleon told the council the m oney saved from the canceled interlocal agreement m eant the city had the funds to move the process back inhouse. N ews-Sun photo by CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEYYudith Fernandez (centervon Park Main Street property owner who has been struggling to open a boarding house for migrant workers under the federal H2A program, listens as the city blames the county for her delays. P&Z duties return to citys jurisdiction Continued from page 1A Attorney Bob Swaine during the brief encounter that the city had acquired a court order last month that allowed them to take down the wall. The inspection continued for nearly half an hour. Workers and city officials eventually left the property, without any action taking place,and did not return Wednesday. City officials have not informed Mitchelllindo on the projected date of the demolition. City Administrator Scott Noethlich stated that the job should be completed before the school holiday break has ended. News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS Gingerlee Mitchelllindo has collected binders full of documents pertaining to the wall thats urrounds her property in Sebring. Wall remains standing for now Continued from page 1A h omeless population of Highlands County at the time of the January 2012 survey was nearly 40 persons living without any typeo f housing or shelter. Within the four county district of Highlands, DeSoto,Hardee and Okeechobee,the HCCHr eported nearly 300 homeless individuals. The survey serves as the key point in helping those who fall into the homeless category. The Point in Time Count i s required by the Department of Housing and U rban Development each year,Lucas stated. It is important to have an accurate count of our homelessp opulation in order to bring resources to our area to assist those men,women and children who are homeless through no fault of theiro wn. The PIT survey works only through a dedicated team of volunteers. The HCCH recruits local indi-v iduals,businesses and organizations to be a part of the endeavor.Volunteers are trained and taught all about the survey before participating in the count. Trainings essions are currently being scheduled and will be taking p lace on Tuesdays and Thursdays. ou will learn more about the PIT Count and itsi mportance at the first training meeting ... bring friends neighbors and family members who may also be interested,Lucas said. I nterested volunteers may chose either morning or evening training sessions. Following sessions,the volunteers will be placed ontop re-selected teams where they will work to complete this years PIT count. For more information or interested volunteers may contact Lucas at theH ighlands County Coalition for the Homeless office at 4 52-1086. Point-In Time Count needs volunteers to help Continued from page 1A DR. ROTMAN, DARRIN; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black; jan. 2013 ads; 00026370 FLORIDA AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH; 5.542"; 5"; Black; main, revival; 00026287 B y MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated PressN EW ORLEANS The Justice Department has reached a $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean Ltd.,the owner oft he drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2 010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say Switzerland-based Transoceanw ould pay the money to resolve the departments civil and criminal probe of the compans role in the Deepwater Horizon disast er. The people spoke on condition of a nonymity because the settlement hadnt been announced publicly,though that announcement was expected later Thursday. One of the people,a law enforcement official familiar with the deal,saidT ransocean would pay $1 billion in civil penalties,$400 million in criminal penalties and would plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act. BP PLC,which leased the rig from T ransocean,already has agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties and plead g uilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the spill. The deal with BP doesnt resolve the federal governmensc ivil claims against the London-based oil company. I n September,Transocean said in a regulatory filing that it had discussed a $1.5 bill ion settlement with the Justice Department that had to clear several hurdles before it could be completed. The company said one s ticking point was whether a settlement would include claims for environmental damage under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Transocean previously announced it had reserved $2 billion for paying claims relat-e d to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Transocean also said in the September fili ng that it had rejected settlement offers last year from BP and a group of attorneys for Gulf Coast residents and businesses who blame the spill for economic damages. Those claims are still pending. Feds, Transocean reach $1.4B deal over Gulf spill

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C M Y K www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013Page 7A 1100Announcements Invitation to Bid 1 3-022: Sale of Property known as Harder Hall The City of Sebring is accepting offers to purchase C ity-owned property commonly referred to as Harder Hall. The property consists of a historic hotel on approximately 12.63 acres of property. All offer must be submitted on t he contract prepared by the City Attorneys Office and m ust be received not later than Monday, February 4, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m. Offers must be in a sealed envelope clearly m arked as Harder Hall Offer. Upon executive of a contract by the City, the Purchaser will d eposit $100,000 in the City Attorneys Escrow Account. The successful bidder will have a 90 day Due Diligence Period. The deposit money will go hard on a gradual scale as follows: After 30 day Due Diligence Period $ 25,000. After 60 day Due Diligence Period a 2nd $25,000. After 90 day Due Diligence Period T he remaining $50,000 goes hard.Offers with the City not providing financing are preferred. Inquires may be directed to Bob Hoffman or Scott Noethl ich at 863-471-5100. January 4, 11, 2013 ***************************************** H IGHLANDS COUNTY L EGAL NOTICES **************************************** The following legal notices are from the H ighlands County Board of County C ommissioners and are being published in the font, size, and leading as per their specifications. 1055HighlandsCounty Legals Insight Auctioneers 5000 State Rd 66, Sebring FL 33875 SURPLUS AUCTION Vehicle, Equip, Misc Including: School Board of Hendry County, Lake Placid Police Department, City of Avon Park. Saturday, January 12th at 9:00am January 4, 6, 2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. PC 12-515 IN RE: ESTATE OF SCOTT BEVAN BURKE, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of SCOTT BEVAN BURKE, deceased, whose date of death was March 16, 2012; File Number PC 12-515, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870-3867. 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 ABOVE, IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2 YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 28, 2012. /s/ Christine M. Burke Personal Representative 502 Wilhite Street Avon Park, FL 33825 /s/ Robert D. Hines Attorney for Personal Representative Email: rhines@hnh-law.com Florida Bar No. 0413550 Hines Norman Hines, P.L. 1312 W. Fletcher Avenue Suite B Tampa, FL 33612 Telephone: 813-265-0100 December 28, 2012; January 4, 2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 12-518 IN RE: ESTATE OF OLGA H. CRAWFORD, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The name of the decedent, the designation of the court in which the administration of this estate is pending, and the file number are indicated above. The address of the court is 430 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are indicated below. If you have been served with a copy of this notice and you have any claim against the decedent's estate, even if that claim is unmatured, contingent or unliquidated, you must file your claim with the court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS NOTICE. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons who have claims or demands against decedent's estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENT'S DEATH. The date of death of the decedent is October 31, 2012. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 28, 2012. Personal Representative: DELMAR GLENN CRAWFORD 2762 N. Lancaster Road Avon Park, FL 33825 Attorney for Personal Representative: CLIFFORD R. RHOADES, P.A. Florida Bar No.: 308714 Clifford R. Rhoades, P.A. 2141 Lakeview Drive Sebring, Floirda 33870 (863 Service@crrpalaw.com; Cliff@crrpalaw.com December 28, 2012; January 4, 2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 28-2012-CA-000754 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v. YOLANDA AGUILA; ET AL. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: YOLANDA AGUILA; and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under or against the above named Defendant, who is not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties claim as heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, spouses, or other claimants Current Residence Unknown, but whose last known address was: 2335 N. DUNWOODIE ROAD, AVON PARK, FL 33825 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Highlands County, Florida, to-wit: LOTS 3264, 3265, 3266 AND LOT 3267, OF AVON PARK LAKES UNIT NO. 11, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 4, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on DOUGLAS C. ZAHM, P.A., Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 12425 28th Street North, Suite 200, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, on or before February 13, 2013 or within thirty (30 first publication of this Notice of Action, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court at 590 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870-3867, either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint petition. WITNESS my hand and seal of the Court on this 26th day of December, 2012. ROBERT GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Noelle Sims Deputy Clerk IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS ANY ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. WITHIN TWO (2 WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RECEIPT OF THIS NOTICE, PLEASE CONTACT THE COURT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE AT (863 ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED, CALL TDD 1-800-955-8771 OR 1-800-955-8770 (V FLORIDA RELAY SERVICE. January 4, 11, 2013 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION C ASE NO. 12702GCS THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE CWABS, INC., ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-16, Plaintiff, vs. JOSE T. GAIPO; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JOSE T. GAIPO; ELLEN J. GAIPO; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ELLEN J. GAIPO; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S MARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S TRICT; WHETHER DISSOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXISTING, TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFENDANT(S SONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST DEFENDANT(S UNKNOWN TENANT #2; Defendant(s NOTICE OF ACTION TO: JOSE T. GAIPO; Whose residence(s YOU ARE HERBY required to file your answer or written defenses, is any, in the above proceeding with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the plaintiff's attorney, Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra, 9204 King Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 33619-1328, telephone (813813 thirty days of the first publication of this Notice, t he nature of this proceeding being a suit for foreclosure of mortgage against the following described property, to wit: LOT 89, BLOCK 19, SUN 'N LAKE ESTATES OF SEBRING UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT T HEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 48, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. If you fail to file your response or answer, if any, in the above proceeding with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the plaintiff's attorney, Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra, 9204 King Palm Dr., Tampa, Florida 33619-1328, telephone (813 ile (813 publication of this Notice, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or Petition. D ATED at HIGHLANDS County this 20th day of December, 2012. Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs assistance in order to participate in a program or service of the State Courts System, you should contact the Office of the Court Administrator at (863voice863TDD (800Florida Relay Service in advance of your court appearance or visit to the courthouse as possible. Please be prepared to explain your functional limitations and suggest an auxillary aid or service that you believe will enable you to effectively participate in the court program or service. January 4, 11, 2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA C ase No. 12000852GCAXMX Division: U.S. Bank, National Association, as Trustee under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement dated as of February 1, 2007, GSAMP Trust 2007-NC1, M ortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-NC1 Plaintiff Vs. BARBARA BURNS A/K/A BARBARA PATRICIA BURNS, et al Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant: PATRICK GUNTER 174 NORMANDY D DELRAY BEACH, FL 33484 PATRICK GUNTER 1215 HITAKEE AVENUE SEBRING, FL 33870 PATRICK GUNTER 8751 W BROWARD BLVD SUITE 200 PLANTATION, FL 33324 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 27, BLOCK 117, LAKE VIEW PLACE ADDITION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 58, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 1215 HITAKEE AVE., SEBRING, FL 33870 Has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Udren Law Offices, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 4651 Sheridan Street Suite 460, Hollywood, FL 33021 on or before January 23, 2013, a date which is within thirty (30 after the first publication of this Notice in The News-Sun and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. You have 30 calendar days after the first publication of this Notice to file a written response to the attached complaint with the clerk of this court. A phone call will not protect you. Your written response, including the case number given above and the names of the parties, must be filed if you want the court to hear your side of the case. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case, and your wages, money, and property may thereafter be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney referral service or a legal aid office (listed in the phone book This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No.2.065. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, 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 at (863 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 impaired call 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 12th day of December, 2012. ROBERT W. GERMAINE, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT As Clerk of the Court by: By: /s/ Noelle Sims As Deputy Clerk December 28, 2012; January 4, 2013 NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pursuant to a WRIT OF E XECUTION issued out of the County Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, on the 16th day of October, 2012, the cause wherein CACH, LLC is Plaintiff, and GARY HELMS, is the Defendant, being Case No. 10681CCS in the said Court, I, Susan Benton, S heriff of Highlands County, Florida, have levied upon all of, right, title and interest of the Defendant, GARY HELMS in and to the following described PERSONAL property, to-wit: 2006 White Ford Econoline E250 VIN: FTNS24W06HA77357 I shall offer this property for sale at Ducks Body Shop, 1153 Hawthorne Drive, in the City of Sebring, Highlands C ounty, Florida, on the 29th day of January, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. I will offer f or sale all of the said defendant, GARY HELMS', right, title and interest in and to 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 26, 2012 SUSAN BENTON, SHERIFF OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA By: /s/ Lt. Jack Baily, Jr. Lt. Jack Bailey, Jr., DEPUTY SHERIFF In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the agency sending this notice at 434 Fernleaf Ave., Sebring, FL 33870, Telephone 863/402-7228 not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TTDV via Florida Relay Services. Prepared Lt. Jack Bailey Highlands County Sheriff's Office 434 Fernleaf Ave. December 28, 2012; January 4, 11, 18, 2013 1050LegalsIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 12000453PCA IN RE: ESTATE OF PRISCILLA C. COUCH Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of PRISCILLA C. COUCH, deceased, whose date of death was April 15, 2012; File Number 12000453PCA is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870-3701. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. 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C M Y K Page 8ANews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013www.newssun.com SEBRING -Neat & Clean, Freshly Painted, Cracker Trail area. 2/Bed rm, 1/Bath rm, Central air/heat, Utility rm, Yard maint. inc., Close to everything. No pets. $500/mo. 1 security. 863-381-2810 6050Duplexes for Rent 6000 Rentals SEBRING MOBILEHOME on its Own Lot. 2BR/1BA on S. Corvette. Completely remodeled & very pretty. Tile floors & new carpet, screen porch, large lot w/trees. REDUCED! $29,900. Call 863-382-8950 PALM HARBORSTILT HOMES Waterfront, Beach, 34 Years Experience www.plantcity.palmharbor.com John Lyons 800-622-2832 x210 5050Mobile HomesFor Sale 5000 Mobile Homes 4000 Real Estate 3000 Financial THE AVONPARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is currently accepting resumes for t he position of Executive Director. Candidate must be able to manage all chamber activities and provide business members with world-class service and opportunities in an ever m ore challenging business, political, and economic climate. The Executive Director attends all Chamber events; directs all planning to carry out Chamber objectives; guides the development and implementation of the Chambers overall program of work; and serves as the strategic link between the Chamber and the community. Qualified candidates must be detail orientated, be able to multi-task and possess excellent writing, problem solving and creative solution skills. Must be proficient in use of computers, internet, social media a nd all Microsoft Office programs. Annual salary based on level of experience. Must possess a High School diploma, Bachelor's Degree preferred. Drug test and background check required. Apply directly at the Heartland Workforce OneStop Career Center, 5901 US 27 South, Sebring Fl. Deadline Is January 11, 2013. SUNSHINE PAYDAY LOANS Full time clerk needed Must be organized and Have excellent Customer Service skills Fax resumes to: 8 63-678-2170 DR'S OFFICEin Lake Placid seeking Receptionist & MEDICAL ASSISTANT. Send reply to Box 119, The News-Sun, 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring FL,33870. MAINTENANCE SHOPSUPERVISOR Lykes Citrus Division has an immediate opening for a Maintenance Shop Supervisor at its Brighton Grove location. The successful candidate must have extensive experience in diesel & gasoline engine repair, hydraulics, air conditioning and fabrication as well as a minimum of two years supervisory experience. Lykes Citrus Division offers competitive wages and benefit package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life AD&D and LTD insurance, 401(k plus paid vacation and holidays. Interested applicants should e-mail their resume to rich.hetherton@lykes.com or apply in person at: Lykes Ranch Office located at 106 SW CR721 Okeechobee, FL 34974 (Intersection of Highway 70 & CR 721 Or Lykes Citrus Division Office located at 7 Lykes Rd L ake Placid, FL 33852 Lykes Citrus Division is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace, M/F/D/V. LOCAL RANCHSEEKING Candidates for the positions of full time Herdsman & part time Office Secretary. For full job descriptions & requirements, email ranch@morenofirms.com EXPERIENCE THEJOYS AND REWARDS Of Being A Comfort Keeper If you have a passion for improving the quality of life for others while helping people live independently and happily in their own homes, you could be a Comfort Keeper! We are now hiring CNA, HHA and Homemaker Companion Positions in the Highlands County area. We offer flexible full-time or part-time hours. Contact us to learn more about how you can develop a rewarding career enriching the lives of others with Comfort Keepers. Apply online today at: h ttp://ck381.ersp.biz/employment 863-385-9100 2100Help Wanted 2000 Employment Classified ads get fast results DUMMY 2013 SERVICE DIRECTORY DUMMY 5X21.5 AD # 00026404

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C M Y K www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013Page 9A Call 385-6155 and a Sales Representative will be glad to assist you!2002 NISSANFrontier Ext. Cab 4 cyl. 5 speed 96K miles. Very Nice! $5275 OBO. Call 863-202-6394 9450Automotive for Sale 9000 Transportation 8000 R ecreationNOTICEFlorida statute 585.195 states that a ll dogs and cats sold in Florida m ust be at least eight weeks old, have an official health certificate and proper shots and be free of intestinal and external parasites. 7520P ets & SuppliesQUALITY HORSEHAY Rolls & CATTLE "CALLIE BERMUDA" Rolls. Located behind Hammock State Park. For Information Call 863-446-5162 0r 863-445-0009 7500Livestock& Supplies SEBRING -Jan. 3, 4, 5. 8-? Red Hat items, Clown figurines, lots of misc., off of Hammock Rd. 3230 Cedar Drive. SEBRING -1086 Lakeview Dr. Jan 4th and 5th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m lots of tools, furniture, misc. RUMMAGE SALEThursday, Friday, and Saturday From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. W asher/Dryer Twin Bed, Everything must go. 50 Clara Street in Francis 1 AVON PARKSat. 8 ?. 3373 W. County Line Rd. Multi-Family Sale! Baby clothes, toys, furn., household & more. AVON PARKMulti Family Sale! 1152 W. Anoka Lane, Thur Fri Sat, Jan. 3-4-5, 8Am ? Frun., Baby stuff, Household items, Sm. appliances. Golf clubs & Balls. Too Much To List! 7320Garage &Yard SalesAVON PARKHuge Annual Community Center Yard Sale. 1401 Mont-De-Oca Rd. at the Knolls. Fri-Sat Jan 4 & 5, 8 am -2 pm. Coffee, donuts, sloppy joes, huge bake sale. Tools, furniture, household items, stackable & folding chairs, books Lots More! Good prices. 7320Garage &Yard Sales SWEAT SUITMen's Fleece lined. Pants & Sweater. Fruit of the Loom. Size Med. Excel cond. $8.00 863-453-3104 STEEL RAMPSHD, for Car/Truck to change oil. $20. Call 863-441-4418 SONY HDTV 26 Inch Screen with storage in base of TV. $100 863-382-9289 Evenings only. PRINTER NEW Brothers DCP-7065 DN, with Toner Cartridges.$100. 863-382-9289 Evenings only. POMERANIAN ADORABLEmale. Free to good home. W/Papers. Call 863-382-3111 or 239-877-5499 POMERANIAN ADORABLEMale. Free to good home. Has papers. 863-382-3111 or 239-877-5499 MOTORCYCLE HELMETSilver color size medium, good condition, $25. 863-453-7027 MOTORCYCLE HELMETSilver color size small with fold down face shield. In very good condition. $40. 863-453-7027 KITCHEN SINKSteel Double Tub $10 863-655-3728 GUN CABINET Double lock, steel const. $60.00 863-655-3728 FLEECE SWEATERW/Clollar. 1/4 zip & side pockets. Excel cond. $9. 863-453-3104 ELECTRIC BLOWERHD, New in box. 7 amp., 2 speed, 150 mph. $30. Call 863-441-4418 25 GALLONBarbeque Grill with 2 racks $100 Call (863 7310Bargain Buys SCROLL SAW$50. 8" Table Saw $50. New Router w/stand $75. Miter Saw $20. Call 863-452-6439 '82 250Honda Rebel Ask. $1500 OBO Newborn Girl clothes $.25-$.50 each C all (863 7300Miscellaneous 7000 M erchandise SEBRING IMMACULATENEWER 3/2/1. All tile, new paint, dishwasher, W/D, small screened in porch, extra large shady lot, lawn svc. No smokers/pets. $850 + last & sec. 863-773-3956 SEBRING -Large 4BR, 2BA, Living rm., Dining rm., Laundry rm., Mostly tiled floors throughout. Fenced yard. $650 Monthly. 863-446-1861 6300U nfurnished Houses 6300Unfurnished HousesLAKE PLACIDNear Lake Placid Boat Ramp, with Lake Access. Very Nice 2BR,1BA, Appliances, A/C. $550/mo. plus $50 water. 863-465-1354. 6250Furnished Houses NORTH AVONPARK 1BR, 1BA, G/W/S paid, you pay electric. No pets, 1 yr. lease. Deposit $300. $400 Monthly. Call 863-873-5433 BEAUTIFUL APTSSEBRING2BR/1BA, tile floors, screen back porch, beautiful landscaping. $595/mo. 3106/3113 Medical Way. AVON PARK* LEMONTREE APTS 1BR $520 mo. + $350 Sec. Deposit, available immediately. Washer/Dryer & WSG included. Pets OK! Call Alan 386-503-8953SEBRING -1& 2 BR, Tile floors, Fresh paint. Includes water. $395 $550/mo. Gary Johnson, 8 63-381-1861. 6200UnfurnishedApartmentsAVON PARKCASA DE LAGO Fully Furn., Seasonal or Yearly. 2Br, 2Ba, 2CG w/ golf cart. Lg. Kitchen w/ open dining & living area. Community ctr. All Appl. (740863 6100Villas & CondosFor Rent Subscribe to the News-Sun Call 385-6155 AVON P ARK HOUSING1 X3 A D # 00026394 AVON PARK HOUSING 1X3 AD # 00026395DUMMY 2013 CIRCULATION MANAGER 2X3 AD # 00026405 DUMMY 2013 NEWS EDITOR 2X6 AD # 00026406 BRENMAR ADVERTISING 2X4 AD # 00026484

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C M Y K Page 10ANews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013www.newssun.com Miller Central Air; 5.542"; 10.5"; Process color; ; 00026458 COWPOKES WATERING HOLE; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process, 1/4/13; 00026415

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C M Y K By TAYLOR TUBBS N ews-Sun correspondentSEBRING Suiting up in the football gear and puttingo n the helmet to play underneath the Friday night lights is one of the most alive feelings in the world, many say. F or many this football lifestyle ends in high s chool, but fortunately for K yle Yarbrough he has been able to carry his skills with him to play on Saturdays at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. Yarbrough played football at Sebring High School for four years, and recently graduated with the class of 2012. Yarbrough has recently completed his first semester at the Cumberlands, and has really been enjoying the experience. Ive made a lot of friends on the football team, said Yarbrough. My first season went okay, but, like every player, Im looking for improvement next year In his first season Yarbrough mostly played defensive end for a Patriot team that went 10-2 overall and 4-1 in the Mid South Conference, but hes hoping to switch things up in the coming season. I played nose guard a little this year too, so Im looking to play more of that next year College sports are often quite a large jump up in intensity from high school, as Yarbrough can attest to. The game is a lot faster than high school, he said. Theres a lot more you have to learn on defense and there are a lot more plays. Not only is the game itself more rigorous, but also so is the practice schedule, especially during training camp. The freshman would begin from 7-9 a.m. to help us learn the plays on defense, said Yarbrough. Then the upperclassmen came out at 9 and all of the freshman practiced with them until 11. Then we had meetings at 3 p.m. to go over film and alignment. Then at 6 we had another practice until 8. Luckily this practice pace isnt kept up year round though. When school started our practices were usually from 3:30 until 6:30, said Yarbrough. With a biology major and aspirations to become a physicians assistant, Yarbrough realizes the importance of balancing academics as well as athletics. When I was choosing the school, I liked the academics as well as the football team. The Cumberland team has quite an impressive record, as they have won the conference championship four out of the past five years. This year our team record was 10-2, said Yarbrough. e lost in the second round of the playoffs. Getting along with coaches can also make a world of difference for an athlete, and Yarbrough has found just that at the Cumberlands. The coaches are great, they do a great job in preparing you. All in all, Yarbrough can say that he has found a new home for himself at the Cumberlands. Im happy. Its a beautiful place, a good academic school, and a good football team. Happy New Year! As many of you know, I started writing this weekly f ishing column back in early June, and my last column was in October of 2012. Since then, Ive received p hone calls and emails from many of you, urging me to continue writing. S o here I am, starting off the New Year with my first fishing column for 2013. I consider myself a bass f isherman first and foremost. L ike many of you, I love fishing for largemouth bass and theres no better place to do it than right here in Highlands County. But truth be known, I love to fish for anything that swims, and a close runnerup to bass are those magnificent, paper-mouthed black crappies better known here in Florida as speckled perch or specks. Since October, Ive been going after specks wheneverI get a chance, day and night, fishing Lake Istokpoga, Lake Glenada and Lake Lotela. As you might expect, Ive had some good trips and some not-so-good trips. In late October while the weather was still pretty hot, I was catching a fair number of specks at Lake Istokpoga. Drift-fishing on the northwest corner of the lake and a round Grassy Island in 4to 6-feet of water, I caught s ome of the biggest specks Ive ever seen. M any of them were in the 12-13 inch range with a few approaching 14 inches and one monster going just a tad bit over 15 inches in length. I was surprised to be catching them in such warm, shallow water, and moved out to deeper water a number of times hoping to find some bigger schools. But I never did. My best trip on Lake Istokpoga was 16 specks in early November, and they w ere some nice ones. My brother and I tried staying out later on one trip, after dark, thinking that might be the answer to finding the fish schooled up. But Ive got to tell you, it takes a brave soul to be on Lake Istokpoga after dark. Im sure those of you who have fished inside the reeds on Lake Istokpoga have noticed the non-biting, midge flies, known as blind mosquitos that thickly attach themselves to everything well fishing at night is a thousand times worse. As the sun was setting, we lit a lantern and put our floating fish light out in front of the boat and suddenly, bugs were everywhere. Even with head masks, the bugs were so thick theyd just land on the netting and buzz. Within 20 minutes of darkness, the bugs were two inches thick on anything and everything in my boat. So thick all you could se e was a blanket of bugs. Thank God they dont bite. Needless to say, our night fishing trip ended pretty a bruptly. By mid-November I started fishing Lake Glenada and although I found fish a great deal deeper, they didnt cooperate all that well, providing me with less than a half-dozen on two or three trips. And even those that I did catch were pretty average, ranging in the 9-10 inch range. B ut for every keeper I caught, I probably released two under-sized fish. Around Thanksgiving, B ob Scranton, one of my fishing buddies in Avon Park s uggested that we give Lake Lotela a try. W eve put in many nights on Lake Lotela, as have othe rs and weve been rewarded well. Not every trip has produced, in fact a couple of nights the blind mosquitoes were equally as bad there as they were on Lake Lotela, but I guess Im getting used to them. Most of the specks weve caught have been in some of the deepest areas of the lake. Depths approaching 25 feet or more, but I love the deep water fishing. Ive only limited out once, but Bobs caught his limit a number of times. Many of the specks are in the 10-12 inch size range, with a few larger ones going 14 and 15 inches. Not too many small ones, but when the bites slow, even the small ones get your attention. I did catch a few small bass and one pretty good sized catfish. Fishing with a standard crappie rig, two snelled hooks with minnows and a weight at the bottom, catching a double-header of 12 slabs is like catching a 5 lb bass. Like most fishermen, whether fishing for bass or specks, Im always trying to figure out how to catch a trophy sized fish. Just out of curiosity, I went on the internet to see what the IGFAWorld Record and the Florida State Record was for black crappies. And by the way, according to the IGFAwebsite, there are no white crappies in Florida. SPORTS B SE CTION News-Sun Friday, January 4, 2013 N ASCAR This Week4B Page 3B Fishin Around Don Norton Its Crappie Season Courtesy photo Its crappie season and Don Norton and his cohorts are loading up on them in area lakes. See CRAPPIE, Page 3B Courtesy photo Lake Placid Elks Hoop Shoot winners wer, left to right, Riley Howes 1st place boys 8-9, Tevin Jackson 1st place boys 12-13, Emily Jackson 1st place 10-11 girls, Madison Kirchen 1st place 8-9 girls, Patrick Hely 1st place 10-11 boys, and Kevin Jackson 2nd place 12-13 boys. Special to the News-SunLAKEPLACID Lake Placid Elks Lodge is proud to announce the winners of the Free Throw Hoop Shoot which will be representing our town in the District Hoop Shoot competition. Our winners of each division and age category advance to the district, then winners of the district will go to state in Ummatilla, FL, then move onto regional and national competitions. Names of the national winners will be inscribed on the Elks National Hoop Shoot plaque, on permanent display in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Lake Placid Elks Hoop Shoot Courtesy photo Proud parents Daniel and Karen Yarbrough join Kyle after a game during his inaugural s eason with University of the Cumberlands Patriots. Yabrough enjoys tough transition Early fog delays first round of Harder Hall News-Sun photos by DAN HOEHNE The 58th Harder Hall Womens Invitational got off to a murky opening as a heavy, morning fog kept the field confined to the putting green during a three-hour delay. But when the sun broke through and burned the fog away, Shannon Aubert of Champions Gate got the festivities started.

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C M Y K Elks Golf TournamentSEBRING The Sebring Elks Lodge No. 1529 monthly golf outing will be held at Golf Hammock Golf and Country Club on Monday, Jan. 7, beginning at 8 a.m. Cost this month is $32, which includes golf, cart, lunch and prize fund. To sign-up contact Jack McLaughlin at jacknjudy33872@gmail.com or leave a message at 471-3295. Check in not later than 7:40 a.m. in the restaurant.Winter LeaguesSEBRING The Highlands County Parks and Natural Resources Department announces that the 2013 Winter Softball L eagues will start the week of January 14. Leagues will include Womens, Church a nd Recreational and are open to all a dults and youth, 16-years and older. Registration and fees are due by Monday, Jan. 7 No Exceptions! Fees are $375 per team that includes a $15 sanctioning fee for the year. For any further information please call Bob Keefe at 381-8284 or leave a message at 402-6755.Golf Fore a CureSEBRING The Tanglewood Golf Association is pleased to haveAlan Jay Automotive Networkjoin withAlan J. Holmes of Edward Jonesas co-sponsors of the 8th annual Golf Fore a Cure Tournament being held at Pinecrest GC on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tanglewood golfers are reminded that they can sign up at the clubhouse Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. and Mondays from 2 3:30 p.m. The $50 entry fee covers golf and a roast beef lunch. There will also be a raffle, 50/50 draw and an auction. The tournament has raised close to $40,000 for breast cancer research since its inception and is now an integral part of Tanglewoods annual cancer benefit. The tournament will have a scramble format with prizes for the top teams in each category. Registration begins on Saturday, Jan. 5. Alarge group of volunteers will be canvassing local businesses seeking hole sponsorships for $75, as well as prizes to be raffled or auctioned. For further information about hole sponsorships or to contribute a prize please call 382-8349.Tanglewood PickleballSEBRING Awhopping 145 members signed up for the Tanglewood Pickleball Associations 2012 season and members are now being registered for 2013. At least two dozen of these players can be seen outside the gates to Tanglewoods four pickleball courts early each morning, waiting for the courts to open and the first serves to cross the nets at precisely 8 a.m. Pickleball has really caught on here in Tanglewood, as it has across the continent. It is well-suited to seniors due to the badminton size court which greatly reduces the distances to be covered. It is a fast-paced partners game which requires excellent had-eye coordination. Tanglewood is pleased to be hosting one of Floridas first Pickleball Tournaments of 2013 on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6, when teams from surrounding communities will take to the courts for the annual Winter Classic Pickleball Tournament. These games will be based on skill l evel as opposed to age bracket.Franza inductionAVON PARK Its never too early to secure a spot to take in Joe Franzas induction into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Tickets are not available at the door. The 37th FACAHall of Fame inductio n ceremonies will be on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2 013 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, beginning with a Noon luncheon. The luncheon and induction are open t o all friends and family, at $35 per person if purchased prior to Friday, Dec. 21. Tickets after this dates will be $5 0 each, and no tickets will be sold after Friday, Jan. 4. Luncheon tickets can be purchased b y contacting FACAat (85017, or PO Box 13805, Tallahassee, FL32317. Tickets are not mailed, but held at the door for pick up. H otel reservations are available at (386he FACAGroup rate of $99. The Hall of Fame is the highest honor given by the FACAand is designed to recognize FACAmembers for years of coaching tenure in Florida high schools, for dedication to the FACAand for outstanding coaching accomplishments. Dont miss out on seeing one of Highlands Countys own bestowed witht his great honor.LP Senior SoftballLAKEPLACID Lake Placid Senior S oftball is currently holding practice on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at the Lake June Ballfield. If you are 50+ and enjoy playing the game for fun, come out, hit and field a few, and get ready for the 2013 season which opens the first week in January. For information, visit lpsoftball.com .Highlands Senior SoftballSEBRING The Highlands County Senior softball over 60 league will be playing starting play on Monday, Jan. 7, with games taking place each Monday and Wednesday. To sign up, or for more information, call John Kloet at 655-5241 or Steve Blazing at 382-6442.Sebring 70s SoftballSEBRING Seniors 70 and older will be organizing a league starting in early January. 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. Interested seniors should contact Harry Bell at 382-0542 or Bill Todd at 3855632, or see them at the Sports Complex on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.LP Chamber Bass TourneyLAKEPLACID The Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce 17th Annual Bass Tournament will take place on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Windy Point Ramp on Lake Istokpoga. Entry fee is $120 per team, which includes Big Bass. Big Basswill be a100-percent payback. Entry forms are available on the Chamber website at www.visitlakeplacidflorida.com or by calling the Lake Placid Chamber at 465-4331. Entries are limited to 50 boats. PlayoffsWild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 5 Cincinnati at Houston, 4:30 p.m. (NBC Minnesota at Green Bay, 8 p.m. (NBC Sunday, Jan. 6 Indianapolis at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS Seattle at Dallas-Washington winner, 4:30 p.m. (FOX Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 12 Baltimore, Indianapolis or Cincinnati at Denver, 4:30 p.m. (CBS Dallas-Washington winner, Seattle or Green Bay at San Francisco, 8 p.m. (FOX Sunday, Jan. 13 Dallas-Washington winner, Seattle or Minnesota at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX Baltimore, Indianapolis or Houston at New England, 4:30 p.m. (CBS Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 20 AFC, TBA (CBS NFC, TBA (FOX Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27 At Honolulu AFC vs. NFC, 7 p.m. (NBCSuper BowlSunday, Feb. 3 At New Orleans AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6 p.m. (CBSEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB New York2110.677 Brooklyn1715.5314.5 Philadelphia1518.4557 Boston1417.4527 Toronto1220.3759.5 Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami228.733 Atlanta2010.6672 Orlando1220.37511 Charlotte823.25814.5 Washington426.13318 Central Division WLPctGB Indiana1913.594 Chicago1713.5671 Milwaukee1614.5332 Detroit1222.3538 Cleveland726.21212.5WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio268.765 Memphis209.6903.5 Houston1814.5637 Dallas1320.39412.5 New Orleans725.21918 Northwest Division WLPctGB Oklahoma City247.774 Denver1815.5457 Portland1615.5168 Minnesota1414.5008.5 Utah1617.4859 Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Clippers258.758 Golden State2210.6882.5 L.A. Lakers1516.4849 Sacramento1220.37512.5 Phoenix1221.36413 ___ Mondays Games Charlotte 91, Chicago 81 Indiana 88, Memphis 83 Miami 112, Orlando 110, OT Houston 123, Atlanta 104 San Antonio 104, Brooklyn 73 Oklahoma City 114, Phoenix 96 Tuesdays Games Dallas 103, Washington 94 Portland 105, New York 100 Detroit 103, Sacramento 97 Atlanta 95, New Orleans 86 Denver 92, L.A. Clippers 78 Philadelphia 103, L.A. Lakers 99 Wednesdays Games Sacramento 97, Cleveland 94 Toronto 102, Portland 79 Indiana 89, Washington 81 Chicago 96, Orlando 94 Memphis 93, Boston 83 Miami 119, Dallas 109, OT Houston 104, New Orleans 92 Brooklyn 110, Oklahoma City 93 San Antonio 117, Milwaukee 110 Phoenix 95, Philadelphia 89 Utah 106, Minnesota 84 Golden State 115, L.A. Clippers 94 Thursdays Games San Antonio at New York, late Minnesota at Denver, late Fridays Games Cleveland at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Toronto, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Washington, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Portland at Memphis, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Indiana at Boston, 8 p.m. Chicago at Miami, 8 p.m. Houston at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Phoenix, 9 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.LEADERSScoring FGFTPTSAVG Bryant, LAL32322793930.3 Anthony, NYK24916472929.2 Durant, OKC28825288128.4 James, MIA30614179426.5 Harden, HOU24027381426.3 Westbrook, OKC23515967221.7 Aldridge, POR24411560320.8 Wade, MIA20312253620.6 Curry, GOL22610265220.4 Lee, GOL26910864620.2 Rebounds OFFDEFTOTAVG Varejao, CLE13822336114.4 Randolph, MEM13422435812.3 Howard, LAL11525436911.9 Asik, HOU9827637411.7 Lee, GOL9725735411.1 Hickson, POR12020532510.8 Vucevic, ORL10423233610.5 Noah, CHI10219830010.3 Faried, DEN13520033510.2 Chandler, NYK13418031410.1 Assists GASTAVG Rondo, BOS2731211.6 Paul, LAC333049.2 Vasquez, NOR322889.0 Holiday, PHL292609.0 Westbrook, OKC312708.7 Calderon, TOR322497.8 Williams, Bro312397.7 Parker, SAN322377.4 James, MIA302127.1 Lawson, DEN322216.9 STEALS GSTLAVG Paul, LAC33882.67 Conley, MEM28672.39 Westbrook, OKC31662.13 Jennings, MIL30632.10 Rondo, BOS27511.89 Walker, CHA31581.87 Kidd, NYK27501.85 Lin, HOU32591.84 T. Young, PHL33591.79 Harden, HOU31551.77 BLOCKS GBLKAVG Ibaka, OKC31943.03 Sanders, MIL29873.00 Hibbert, IND32872.72 Howard, LAL31812.61 Duncan, SAN33832.52 Smith, ATL28652.32 Lopez, Bro25562.24 Noah, CHI29612.10 McGee, DEN33672.03 Lopez, NOR32631.97 FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE FGFGAPCT Chandler, NYK148216.685 Jordan, LAC129216.597 McGee, DEN151259.583 Howard, LAL187332.563 Hickson, POR156277.563 Ibaka, OKC185330.561 Lopez, NOR160287.557 Bosh, MIA198358.553 James, MIA306562.544 Lee, GOL269500.538 3-POINT PERCENTAGE 3FG3FGAPCT Bonner, SAN2751.529 Mayo, DAL78170.459 Allen, MIA52114.456 Curry, GOL98215.456 Martin, OKC67149.450 Korver, ATL65147.442 Mills, SAN3068.441 Anthony, NYK67154.435 Kidd, NYK58135.430 Novak, NYK61143.427BASEBALLAmerican League CLEVELAND INDIANSDesignated RHP Jeanmar Gomez for assignment. Claimed OF-1B Russ Canzler off waivers from Toronto. TAMPA BAY RAYSAgreed to terms with LHP David Price on a one-year contract. National League CHICAGO CUBSAgreed to terms with RHP Edwin Jackson on a four-year contract. NEW YORK METSAgreed to terms with OF Andrew Brown on a minor league contract. Frontier League GATEWAY GRIZZLIESSigned INF Jet Butler, RHP Chris Enourato and INF Brett Zawacki to contract extensions. JOLIET SLAMMERSNamed Mike Breyman manager. Signed RHP Jonathan Gonzalez.BASKETBALLNational Basketball Association NBAFined Detroit F Charlie Villanueva $25,000 for a flagrant foul during Tuesdays game. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORSRecalled G-F Kent Bazemore and F-C Jeremy Tyler from Santa Cruz (NBADLFOOTBALLNational Football League ATLANTA FALCONSRe-signed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to a contract extension. BALTIMORE RAVENSAnnounced the retirement of LB Ray Lewis, effective after the Ravens last playoff game. CHICAGO BEARSSigned DE Cheta Ozougwu to a reserve/future contract. NEW YORK JETSSigned WR Joseph Collins, DE Claude Davis, WR Emmanuel Arceneaux and S Bret Lockett to reserve/future contracts. OAKLAND RAIDERSSigned G Jason Foster, LB Jerrell Harris, DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, WR Travionte Session, TE Mickey Shuler and T Jason Slowey to reserve/future contracts. PHILADELPHIA EAGLESSigned DE Everette Brown and CB Trevard Lindley to two-year contracts. ST. LOUIS RAMSAnnounced the contract of linebackers coach Blake Williams will not be renewed. Canadian Football League WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERSSigned SB Cory Watson and G Chris Greaves to contract extensions.HOCKEYNational Hockey League BOSTON BRUINSReassigned F Jared Knight and F Tyler Randell from Providence (AHL (ECHL DETROIT RED WINGSReassigned RW Andrej Nestrasil from Toledo (ECHL Grand Rapids (AHL OTTAWA SENATORSReassigned F Darren Kramer from Binghamton (AHL to Elmira (ECHLCOLLEGEEASTERN MICHIGANDismissed G Miranda Tatee from the womens basketball team. TEXAS A&MNamed Terry Schweikert director of softball operations. UTAHAnnounced DE Joe Kruger will enter the NFL draft. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid TODAY: Boys Basketball vs.Okeechobee,6/7:30 p.m. MONDAY: Girls Basketball at Clewiston,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer at Sebring,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY: Boys Basketball at Hardee,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer vs.LaBelle,5:30/7 p.m.; Girls Soccer at Clewiston,6/7:30 p.m. Sebring TODAY: Boys Basketball at Avon Park,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at LaBelle,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.LaBelle,6/7:30 p.m. MONDAY: Boys Soccer at Frostproof,7 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.Lake Placid,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Weightlifting vs.LaBelle,5 p.m. TUESDAY: Boys Basketball at Kathleen,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.Kathleen, 6 /7:30 p.m. Avon Park TODAY: Boys Basketball vs.Sebring,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at All Saints Academy, Noon; Girls Soccer at All Saints Academy,10 a.m. SATURDAY: Boys Basketball vs.Kathleen,7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.Kathleen,6 p .m. MONDAY: Girls Soccer vs.All Saints Academy,6 p.m. TUESDAY: Boys Basketball vs.Tampa Catholic,7 p.m. N N B B A A F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 8 8 p p . m m . Chicago at Miami . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 1 1 0 0 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . L .A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N NW W O O M M E E N N S S C C O O L L L L E E G G E E B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 2 2 p p . m m . Purdue at Nebraska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C C B B S S 4 4 p p . m m . N otre Dame at Connecticut . . . . . . . . . . . . C C B B S SH H I I G G H H S S C C H H O O O O L L F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 5 5 p p . m m . Under Armour All-American Game . . . . E E S S P P N NS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . U.S. Army All-American Bowl . . . . . . . . . N N B B C CTimes, games, channels all subject to change A A U U T T O O R R A A C C I I N N G G S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . Lucas Oil Challenge Cup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C C B B S SC C O O L L L L E E G G E E F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 8 8 p p . m m . AT&T Cotton Bowl Bowl Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F F O O X XS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . BBVA Compass Bowl Mississippi vs. . . . Pittsburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 1 1 p p . m m . FCS D-I Final North Dakota State vs. Sam Houston State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2G G O O L L F F F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 5 5 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . 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 5 5 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Hyundai Tournament of Champions . . . G G O O L L F FN N F F L L P P L L A A Y Y O O F F F F S S S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 4 4 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Cincinnati at Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N N B B C C 8 8 p p . m m . M innesota at Green Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N N B B C CF F A A C C U U P P S S O O C C C C E E R R S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y N N o o o o n n West Ham United vs. Manchester United . F F O O X XC 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 8 8 p p . m m . Memphis at Tennessee . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 8 8 p p . m m . Houston Baptist at Texas A&M . . . . . . . . . S S U U N NS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 1 1 a a . m m . Pittsburgh at Rutgers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 1 1 p p . m m . S outh Carolina State at South Carolina . . S S U U N N 4 4 p p . m m . North Carolina State at Boston College E E S S P P N N 2 2 7 7 p p . m m . Bucknell at Missouri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S S U U N N LIVESPORTSONTV NFL Playoffs NBA Transactions Page 2BNews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013www.newssun.com Need a Car, Truck or SUV? Shop Fast, Shop Affordable, Shop Local. Centralfloridawheels.com

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C M Y K By JOHN ZENOR Associated PressFORTLAUDERDALE When Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier sizes up the Crimson Tides challenge in the BCS championship, it comes down to cracking a Notre Dame team that leads the nation in scoring defense. Theyve given up 10.3 points a game, they do a great job of keeping you out of the end zone, Nussmeier said Thursday. The goal of the game is to score points. Sounds simple, right? But the Tide and Fighting Irish are alike in that they seldom make reaching the end zone easy for opposing offenses. Second-ranked Alabama faces No. 1 Notre Dame on Monday in the national title game. As the buildup continued Thursday, the leaders of Alabamas offense talked to reporters about the huge task of facing Notre Dame and AllAmerica linebacker Manti Teo. They do a really good job of making big plays on the defensive side, quarterback AJ McCarron said. They do a really good job in the red area.I mean, theyre first in the nation in almost every category on defense, so theyre really good. Alabamas defenders might take umbrage at part of that. The Tide actually is tops nationally in total and run defense. Theres no disputing the really good part, though. Nussmeiers offense has been solid, too, in his first season. Bama has already set a school record for points in a season with 500, 23 points better than the 1973 team. Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon are both 1,000-yard rushers and freshman Amari Cooper has been a front-line receiver who has nine touchdown catches. Now comes a meeting with a defense that is allowing opponents to score touchdowns on a scant 24 percent of their trips inside the 20yard line, or the red zone, and has yielded just two rushing touchdowns this season. Theyve created a lot of lost-yardage plays in the red zone, and when you get behind the sticks and you get out of rhythm down there its very difficult because obviously the field shrinks, Nussmeier said. w ww.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013Page 3B Golf HammockThe Golf Hammock Ladies played a Low Gross/Low Net event on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Winning the First Flight Low Gross was Jeannie Fivecoat with an 88, while Millie Grime came in with a 98 for second. The flights Low Net went to Laura Kebberly with a 71 with Ann Coffey taking second with a 77. Low Gross in the Second Flight was had by Ruth Kirk with a 95 and second p lace went to the 98 carded by Jean Haig. J oyce Stanley had Low Net in the flight, at 67, while a 72 from Wanda H astie was good for second. I n the Third Flight, Low Gross saw Cindy Dalls 100 take first, with Roxie McMillon coming in with a 103 for second. Mary Cripps had Low Net with a 66 and Nancy Porcari was second with 72. Last Monday, Dec. 31, the Mezza Group played Individual Pro-Am Points at Golf Hammock. I n A group, Les Campbell was even to take first place and Mike Winchester was in second place at minus 1. Fred Latshaw scored plus 7 for first place in B flight and Davis Mulligan in second place with plus 4. Taff Brown made plus 2 that was good for first place in C group and there was a tie for second between Jack Stafford and Bob Morrison at minus 6. In D flight, Bob Hughes made first place with plus 5 and Ned Bauer came in with plus 2 for second p lace. Paul Brown II scored plus 8 for first place in E group and Paul S kidmore with minus 5 took second place. I n F group Greg Brewer scored plus 4 to take first place and Howard Brown with minus 2 in second place. Ralph Pickering had a plus 4 that was good for first place in G group and Mark Flora with plus 3 for second place. Joe Hamilton made plus 1 for first place in I group and Bob Fidlin with minus 2 to take second place. In J group, Jimmy Black shot a plus 6 for f irst place and a tie for second place between B ill Katcher and Ann Freese with plus 3. Next Monday the Mezza Group will play at Golf Hammock beginning at 7:45 a.m. Please arrive early to register. For more information, call Pete at 382-1280.Harder HallOn Monday, Dec. 31, a Hole-in-One w as made by Gail Brown, her first ever, on Hole No. 9, 19.5 yards, using a 28inch ping hybrid; witnessed by Michele King and Gordon King. SpringLakeThe SpringLake Womens Golf Association played a 4 Person Team 3 Best Ball Net Tournament on the Panther Creek Course on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Team number 5, with members Teri Swisher, Linda Pfleger, Ann McWilliams and Joan Gann, won 1st place with a total net 195. S econd place was won by the team of Judy Dunn, Barbara Stevens, Kay G orham and Dottie Williams with 201 net strokes. To start the New Year off with a bang, we also had two closest to the p in competitions. The winner of hole No. 7 closest to the pin was Judy Dunn and Teri Swisher won the closest to the pin forh ole No. 11. Heres what their web page had to say; crappies can be distin-g uished from each other by the number of spines in the dorsal fin; 6 in the white crappie and 7-8 in the black crappie. The white crapp ie is the only sunfish with the same number of spines in both the d orsal and anal fins. Also, the spots on the white crappie are neatly arranged into 7-9 vertical bars on the sides, whereas in the black crappie the spots are scattered in a n irregular fashion. In the white crappie the spots are sometimes vaguer, which may explain the names white and black crappie s ince in fact both fish are essentially the same color. The dorsal, anal, a nd tail fins are also spotted or m ottled in both species, but the paired fins (pectorals and ventrals are never spotted. As in all the sunfishes, the dorsal spines run together with the dorsal rays, but in the crappies, the spines and rays look distinctly like a single fin rather t han like two connected fins. The current IGFAWorld Record black crappie is 5 lb, 0 oz, while the white crappie world record is 5 l b, 3 oz. The record for Florida was set b ack in 1992 with a 3 lb, 13 oz f ish. Stories abound on the internet of much larger crappies, most I suspect are untrue. But one photograph, claiming to be of a 7-pound black crappie was too appealing not to include with t his column. It turned out to be some tricky photography, but can you imagine a 7-pound crappie? W ell its good to be back writing for the News-Sun. I look forward to going over the fish-tale cliff in 2013 and sharing my fishing adventures with all my fishing friends. Don Norton is a professional tournament bass fisherman, bass fishing guide, and custom rod builder. He has also t aught a few fishing classes at the South F lorida Community College. He lives in the Golf Hammock area of Sebring with his wife Lexie, mother-in-law Ruth Charvat, Ranger, a huge black lab and Riley, a large golden retriever and is the owner of a custom rod building compan y appropriately named The American Fisherman. He can be reached at 216339-6571, 330-635-6682 or by email at donorton13@gmail.com. His websitea ddress is theamericanfisherman.com. Continued from 1B Crappie season marks Nortons writing return Alabama ready for big-play Irish defense MCTphoto Alabamas strong running offense looks to power past Manti Teo and the stingy Notre Dame defense Monday.

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C M Y K Wow,it is hard to believe we are wrapping up 2012 with the Christmas seasono nce again. For some,this may be a great time of year to enjoy all of the festivities of the season including shopping,parties,concerts, or sitting around the fireplace eating smores.H owever,for others times right now may be tough. I h ope this article will encourage you,lift your spirits,and help you find joy as promised to us in Gods Word. This past week,I was r eminded of the difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is a feeling like any others we may experience like sadness,fear,ora nger. These feelings can change on a daily basis depending on what goes on in our lives on a daily basis. We may not always like our circumstances,but our joy may remain. Jim Cymbala,the author of Breakthrough Prayer, tells about a missionary in Germany named George Mueller who was remembered for his extraordinary faith in God during the nineteenth century. He was in charge of caring for thousands of orphans for several years. How could he have managed to do this even though He was poor himself? How did he have a good attitude at the same time? He trusted God to provide the needs for these children. He started every day with prayer and meditating on Gods word. He also learned the only place that His joy could come from was the Lord (2003 Romans 15:13 (NKJV Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Lets also consider the prophet Habbakuk who lived during a time of famine and strife. In chapter 1 of Habakkuk verses 1-4,the prophet prayed and cried out to the Lord on behalf of the people. He couldnt stand what was going on. It seemed like God wasnt doing anything and that nothing was happening. The Lord heard Habbakuks cry, and he told him in verse 5 to look among the nation and watch-be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you wouldn ot believe,though it were told you.This could certainly be a word from the Lord and a mighty promise on his part in the life ofH abbakuk. The key was that God would do this His way and in His time. Habakkak was given instruction by God to write a vision on tablets for his people with a message of hope in chapter 2. The Lord told him he would have to be patient after the vision had been put it on display. Chapter 3 tells about a vision Habakkak had of what was to come as a result of what the people were doing. Habakkak was afraid at first of what would happen,but then his soul found rest. What was Habbakuk to do while time passed and sins of destruction and famine continued in the land as he was watching? He prayed and waited on God. Not only did he pray,but he rested in the Lord and found true contentment with joy regardless of what the circumstances were. Habakkauk 3:17-19s ays,Though the fig tree may not blossom,nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold,and thereb e no herd in the stalls-Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,I w ill joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deers feet,And He will make me walk onm y high hills. I dont know what you are going though this season. My heart goes out to those who are walking thoughm ajor difficulties such as lack of employment,financial struggle,family issues, etc. However,I hope that you are reminded that we do have a great God who listens and answers in ways that we too can be astounded if we will wait on Him. While you are waiting on God to give you answers to your prayers,I pray that your soul will find rest,you will have peace and joy,have full confidence in the Lord,and delight yourself in Him. Most importantly,lets not forget about the birth of our Lord and Savior,Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! Leslie Deese is a Sebring resident. She can be reached at ljb_628@yahoo.com. Atonement Lutheran Church ELCASEBRING This is E piphany of our Lord Sunday. Worship service will be led by Deacon David Thoresen. The sermon will be based on theg ospel reading of Matthew 2:1-12. January birthdays will be celebrated following worship service in fellowship hall. T he Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ladies will host a meeting for Resurrection WELCA ladies at 11 a.m. Jan. 16.T he program will include guest speakers,quilting p rojects discussion and then a noon luncheon. Visitors and guests wel-c ome.Christ Lutheran Church LCMSAVON PARK In observance of the firstE piphany Sunday,Pastor Scott McLean will preach a s ermon titled The Fellowship of the Mystery. The church is at 1320C ounty Road 64,east of the Avon Park High School p ast the four-way stop sign. For more information,call 471-2663 or search onlinea t christlutheranavon park.org .Christian Training Church SEBRING Rev. Linda M. Downing will bring the message titled The Harvest and Warat theS unday morning service. The Wednesday night Bible study is the Gospel of John. Emmanuel United Church of ChristS EBRING The Rev. George Miller will deliver S unday mornings sermon, Gifts of God,with Scripture from Matthew 2:1-2. The church is 1.7 miles w est of U.S. 27 on County Road 634 (Hammock Road). Call 471-1999 or visit sebringemmanuel ucc.com .Faith Lutheran ChurchSEBRING This Sunday,the church celebrates Epiphany. Pastor Robert Reinhardt will deliver his sermon,Is He Worth It,taken from the readings of Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-15,Ephesians 3:1-12 and Matthew 2:1-12. Grace Harmony Concert will be in Fellowship Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday; this is a freewill offering concert. Lutheran Womens Missionary League will have its monthly meeting with Bible study in multipurpose room at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Daniel:Lives of Integrity,Words of P rophecy by Beth Moore Week 1 will be discussed at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Participants do need a workbook. T he adult Sunday school class is studying Blessed Are the Peacemakers... Practicing Ministry of Reconciliation is at 10:30a .m. Bible study is Acts of the Apostles is at 7 p.m. Tuesday.First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)SEBRING At the Lords Table this Sundaym orning will be Juanita Roberts and Teresa W illiams. Communion will be served by Sandra Laufer, Fran Goff,Essie Simmondsa nd Diane Beidler. The pastor has returned f rom his vacation and has chosen to speak from the book of Genesis 1:25-27. His sermon title is In His Image. F or more information, call the church office at 3 85-0352. The church is at 510 Poinsettia Ave.First Presbyterian Church A. R. P.( Avon Park)AVON PARK On S unday morning,the pastors sermon is titled The Days of Our Livesand is b ased on Psalm 90. Sunday school is a video s eries titled The Life and Ministry of the Messiah sponsored by Focus on the Family.The lessons are filmed on location in Israela nd narrated by historian/teacher Ray Vander Laan. Sundays film is titled Laodicea Hot or Cold.Matt Sboto teaches t he youth class and they are studying the book of Ephesians. The choirs introit will be Emmanueland thea nthem In Remembrance. On Wednesday,the pastor will lead Bible study on the topic How Do We Glorify God? T he church is at 215 E. Circle St. (with two entrances on Lagrande Street). For questions,call 453-3242.F irst Presbyterian Church A.R.P.SEBRING Two Roadblocks to Getting toK now Himis the title of Sunday mornings sermon, g iven by the Rev. Darrell A. Peer. Bonclarken Gift Shop w ork day is Thursday in the fellowship hall.Grace Pointe MinistriesSEBRING Grace P ointe Ministries is at 200 Lark Ave.,Sebring Hills A ssociation Clubhouse. Sunday morning worship, the pastor will start a news eries for the new year. Tuesdays home Bible s tudy introduces a new series,Messiah:Shadow to Image. Then I said,Here Ia m,I have come ...i t is written about me in the scroll.Hebrews 10:7. For m ore information and directions,call 658-2534.Heartland Christian Church SEBRING Pastor Ted M oores sermon this Sunday will be Facing the New Year,with Scripture Page 5BNews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013www.newssun.com Family Christian Center Ministries 2x5 b/w 00026477 RELIGION The true story is told of a 10-year-old little boy standing in front of a shoe store one December day in NewY ork City. He was barefoot as he peered through the window,shivering from the cold. A lady approached the boy and asked,Little boy,w hy are you looking so earnestly into that window? I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,came the bos reply. T he lady took him by the hand,led him into the store, and asked the clerk to get ah alf dozen pairs of socks for the little boy. She then asked the clerk to give her a basino f water and a towel. The clerk quickly brought them t o her. She took the little fellow to the back of the store and,removing her gloves,k nelt down,washed his feet, and dried them with the t owel. By this time,the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the bos feet,the lady then purchasedh im a pair of shoes. She tied up the remaining pairs of s ocks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said,No doubt,my lit-t le friend,you feel more comfortable now,dont y ou?As she turned to go, t he astonished lad caught her by the hand. Looking up into her face with tears in hise yes,he answered her question with a question of his own. He asked her,Are youG ods wife? In 1 Timothy 4:12,the a postle Paul told the young man,Timothy,Let no one look down on your youthful-n ess,but rather in speech, conduct,love,faith and purit y,show yourself an example of those who believe.Paul was trying to emphasize early in Timothys life the importance of his Christiane xample. The same is true of us today.To be the kind of p eople God wants us to be means that whatever we say or do should be a reflectiont o others of Jesus Christ living in and guiding our lives. W hat is on the inside should be evident on the outside. I have had many people recognize me over the years as Max Pattersons son.P erhaps,my facial features or bodily characteristics gave our father-son relationship away. On the other hand,it may have beens omething I said or the way I said it that revealed me to them. Maybe,it was the fact that Dad and I are both preachers that disclosed mea s my fathers son. Whatever the case,there was something about me that causedt hem to realized that I was Max Pattersons son. The question to you is t his:Are you a child of God?If so,does anyone k now it? Can others see the relationship between you and your heavenly Father by thet hings that you say and do? If so,then you understand w hat Paul was telling Timothy,and you are living the life God wants all of His children to live. Kevins Komments is presented by the Sebring Parkway churcho f Christ assembling at 3800 S ebring Parkway, Sebring, FL 33870. On the Internet go to www.sebringcoc.com or e-mail sebringparkway@sebringcoc.co m Are you a child of God? Continued on page 6B Kevins Komments Kevin Patterson Unspeakable and unending joy Come To The River Leslie Deese E.O. KOCH CONSTRUCTION CO.; 5.542"; 4"; Black; seam p/u; 00026413 FIRST ASSEMBLY GOD (RETAIL 3.639"; 5.5"; Black plus three; process, camp meeting p/u; 00026389

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C M Y K Page 6BNews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013www.newssun.com RELIGION from Philippians 3:12-14. T he service will also include specials by Roland Bates and Allen Warchak. The church is at 2705 Alternate Route 17 South( behind Publix); phone number is 314-9693.Memorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID Pastor John A. Bryants Sunday sermon will be Why I Am.The contem-p orary service will feature the New Song Praise band and Pastor Claude Burnett. Y outh Fellowship at Memorial will re-launch under the direction ofB urnett. Prayer Group meets at 6 p .m. in the Chapel. The church is at 500 Kent Ave.,behind thet ower. For more information,call the office at 4652 422.Parkway Free Will Baptist ChurchS EBRING The S unday morning Bible lesson,Proclaiming Christ, is taken from Philippians chapter 1.St. John United Methodist Church SEBRING Sunday, the Rev. Ronald DeG enaro Jr.s message will be The Gift of the Magi. Biblical reference is from Matthew 2:1-12.Sebring Church of the BrethrenSEBRING Sunday the pastor will preach on I Can Know God in MyL ife. For more information, c all 385-1597. Continued from page 5B Grace Harmony in concert at Faith LutheranS EBRING Grace Harmony will continue its Journey for Jesuswith a 2 p.m. concert at Faith Lutheran Church on Saturday. Mike and Sue Filisky have been singing the GoodN ewsof Jesus Christ as Grace Harmony since 2001,offering hope and encouragement to others through music evangelism. Faith Lutheran Church is at 2740 L akeview Drive (phone number 3857848). A love offering will be accepted. For Such A Time As This at Florida Avenue BaptistAVON PARK As a new year a pproaches,Florida Avenue Baptist Church believes that God has created each for such a time as this(Esther4 :14). The church also believes that God has a plan for each of our lives. Florida Avenue Baptist Church i nvites the public to a series of special services intended to address these issues. These services will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. F lorida Avenue Baptist Church is at 710 W. Bell St. If you have any questions,contact by e-mail at theavenue@embarqmail.com or by phone at 453-5339.C ovenant Presbyterian Church slates January eventsS EBRING Covenant Presbyterian Church will host Prime Timers next a dventure from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday,Jan. 15. The gorup will travel to Fort Myers to tour the Edison/FordM useum. The cost of the tour and lunch is $35 per person. Reserve a spot n ow; payment is due by Sunday. The Mens Bible study began a new study on the book of Ephesians by John Stott. The group meets Mondays. The Wednesday morning ladies Bible s tudy will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the conference room. They will be u sing Nancy Guthries book,The P romised One Seeing Jesus Christ in Genesis. The Monday night Bible study will begin Jan. 14. They will be using Jennifer Rothschilds book, alking by Faith.Sign up for theM onday night Bible study in the Narthex so a study book can be ordered. The next Ladies Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,Jan. 22 in thec onference room. The group will discuss The Snow Angelby Glenn Beck and The Paper Bag Christmasby Kevin Alan Milne. The Womens Ministry is hosting a P ie Buffet at 7 p.m. Thursday,Jan. 24. Everyone is invited to come. The featured speaker will be the director of Change of Pace.This is a new Christian Ministry in the community that provides support to caregivers andt heir loved ones who have dementia. Sign up in the Narthex. T he beautiful poinsettias in the front of the sanctuary have been donated in loving memory of Jake and MaryK oorneef by the family of Del Ray Plants. T he food pantry is in need of canned goods (vegetables,beans,meats,sauces and fruit) crackers,boxed mixes of macaroni,potato and rice,peanut butter and cereals. Place them in the basket int he lobby. Snapshots Continued on page 7BPlaces to Worship is a paid advertisem ent in the News-Sun that is published Friday and Sunday.To find out more information on how to place a listing in this directory,call the News-Sun at 3856155,ext.502. ANGLICAN New Life Anglican Fellowship, 10 N. Main Ave.(Womans Club), Lake Placid, FL 33852.Rev.Susan Rhodes, Deacon in Charge, (863strhodes1020@ yahoo.com.Sunday Worship, 10 a.m. Teaching, Holy Communion, Music, Fellowship, Healing Prayer.astoral and Spiritual. ASSEMBLY OF GOD Christ Fellowship Church (Assembly of God), 2935 New Life Way.Bearing His Name;Preaching His Doctrine;and Awaiting His Coming.orshiping God in Spirit and in Truth.Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10 a.m.;Evening Worship, 6 p.m.Wednesday:Worship, 7 p.m.Pastor Eugene Haas.Phone 4710924. First Assembly of God, 4301 Kenilworth Blvd., Sebring.The Rev. Wilmont McCrary, pastor.Sunday School, 10 a.m.;Morning Worship and KIDS Church, 11 a.m.;Evening Worship, 7 p.m. Wednesday Family Night, (Adult Bible Study), LIFE Youth Group, Royal Rangers, Missionettes, 7:30 p.m.Phone 385-6431. BAPTIST Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church, 2600 N.Highlands Blvd., AvonPark, FL 33825. George Hall, Pastor.Christ centered and biblically based.Sunday worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.and 6 p.m.Nursery facilities are available.Bible studies at 9:45 a.m.Sunday and 7 p.m.Wednesday.Prayer Time 6:30 p.m.on Wednesday.Bible classes at 9:45 a.m.are centered for all ages. Choir practice 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., and evening worship service is at 6 p.m.On Wednesdays, the Word of Life teen ministry and the Catylist class (20's+ PM.The adult Bible and Prayer Time begins at 7 p.m.For more information go to www.bethanybaptistap.com or call the church office at 863-452-1136. Faith Missionary Baptist Church, off State Road 17 North of Sebring at 1708 LaGrange Ave.Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.;Evening Worship, 6 p.m.Wednesday Service, 7 p.m.Deaf interpretation available.Ken Lambert, Pastor.Phone 386-5055. Fellowship Baptist Church, 1000 Maxwell St., AvonPark, FL 33825.Sunday: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.;Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.;Wednesday:Evening Service, 7 p.m.;Children/Youth, 7 p.m. Telephone:453-4256.Fax:453-6986.Email: office@apfellow ship.org; Web site, www.apfellow ship.org. First Baptist Church ofAvonPark 100 N.Lake Ave., Avon Park.Rev.Jon Beck, pastor;Charlie Parish, associate pastor/youth and families;Joy Loomis, music director;Rev.Johnattan Soltero, Hispanic pastor.Sunday Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.;Worship, 10:45 a.m.;Childrens Church, 10:45 a.m.;Youth 445, 4:45 p.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m.Wednesday Wednesday Night Supper, 5:15 p.m.; Childrens Choir, 6 p.m.;Youth Activities, 67:30 p.m.;Prayer Meeting/Bible Study, 6 p.m.;Worship Choir Practice, 6 p.m.; Mission Programs for Children, 6:45 p.m. Hispanic Services:Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship service at 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m.Sunday broadcast on Cable TV Channel 6.Call 453-6681 for details.In the heart of Avon Park, for the hearts of Avon Park. 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 f amily, friends and faith.Sunday morning worship service is 11 a.m.Nursery is provided for both services with Childrens Church at 11 a.m.Life changing Bible Study for all ages starts at 9:45 a.m. Associate Pastor Allen Altvater leads the youth in their quest to become more like Christ.Sunday night worship at 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer meeting at 7 p.m.along with youth worship in the youth facility, and missions training for all children.Call the church at 655-1524. First Baptist Church of Lake Placid, Knowing Gods Heart and Sharing Gods Hope, 119 E.Royal Palm St., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863Website: www.fbclp.com.Email:information@ fbclp.com.Sunday services Traditional Service 9 a.m., Contemporary Service 10:30 a.m.Link Groups at 9 and 10:30 a..m., 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.Rev.Nuno Norberto, associate pastor, minister of music and senior adults, and Dixie Kreulen, preschool director.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.Call 385-4704. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 401 S. Florida Ave., Avon Park.Mailing address is 710 W.Bell St., AvonPark, FL 33825. Telephone, 453-5339.Rev.John D.Girdley, pastor.Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.;Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.;11 a.m.Childrens Church;Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs for children, youth and adults at 7 p.m. Independent Baptist Church 5704 County Road 17 South, Sebring, FL 33876. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.Sunday worship, 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 9:30 a.m.;Sunday Worship service at 10:45 a.m.;Sunday Evening Service is at 6 p.m.Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 6 p.m. Call the church at 699-0671 for more information. Maranatha Baptist Church (GARBC 35 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, FL 33870 (A half mile east of Highlands Avenue on Arbuckle Creek Road.) Sunday School, 9 a.m.;Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.; Evening Service, 6 p.m.Mid-week service, Wednesday, 6 p.m.Daily Prayer and Bible Study, 8 a.m., Hamman Hall.Pastor Gerald Webber and Associate Pastors Don Messenger and Ted Ertle.Phone 3824301. Parkway Free Will Baptist Church, 3413 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL 33870. Welcome to the church where the always shines.Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.;Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m.;and Wednesday Evening Worship, 7 p.m.End-of-the-Month-Sing at 6 p.m.on the last Sunday of each month. The Rev.J.S.Scaggs, pastor.Church phone:382-3552.Home phone:214-3025. Affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Nashville, Tenn. Sparta Road Baptist Church,(SBC 4400 Sparta Road.Rev.Mark McDowell, 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 382-0869. 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 M idweek Prayer and Bible Study, 7 p.m.A nursery for under age 3 is available at all services.Provisions for handicapped and hard-of-hearing.Office phone, 385-0752. Spring Lake Baptist Church, Where the Bible is Always Open.Pastor Richard Schermerhorn, 7408 Valencia Road;6552610.Assistant Pastor Ronald Smith, 3861610.On U.S.98 at the Spring Lake Village II entrance.Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.for all ages;Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday Mid-week Bible Study and Prayer Service, 6:30 p.m.Nursery available for all services. Sunridge Baptist Church,(SBC 3704 Valerie Blvd.(U.S.27 and Valerie, across from Florida Hospital), Sebring.Tim Finch, pastor.Sunday School, 9;30 a.m.;Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.;and Sunday Evening Service, 6 p.m.Wednesday: Prayer, Bible Study, and Youth, 6:30 p.m.Nursery provided.For information, call 382-3695 CATHOLIC Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 East Main St., AvonPark, 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.Jo Gonzlez, V.F., frjose@stcathe.com; Parochial Vicar, Rev.Victor Caviedes, 3853993;Assisting Priest (retiredv.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.CONFESSION:First Friday 7:15-7:45 a.m.;Saturday 3-3:45 p.m.;Or by appointment with any priest.WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE:Saturday Vigil:4 p.m.; Sunday:8 and 10 a.m.;Sunday Spanish Mass:noon;Last Sunday of the month:2 p.m.(Creole/French);Sunday Family Mass 5 p.m.(Holy Family Youth Center).DAILY MASS SCHEDULE:Monday through Friday:8 a.m.and noon;Saturday:9 a.m. 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 S aturday, 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 Cornerstone Christian Church (Saxon Hall)1850 US 27 South, Avon Park, FL 33825.Love Christ Love People.Bill Raymond, Preaching Minister.Jon Carter, Music Minister.Sunday, 9 a.m.Bible Study; 10 a.m.Worship;Communion available each week.Wednesday, 7 p.m.Home Fellowship Group.For more information call 453-8929 or 449-0203. Eastside Christian Church, 101 Peace Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (two miles east of U.S.27 on County Road 621), 4657065.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 3826676. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 510 Poinsettia Avenue, (corner of Poinsettia and Eucalyptus), Sebring, FL 33870.Phone:385-0358 or 385-3435.The Rev.Ronald Norton, Pastor;Sunday School, 9 a.m.;Praise Breakfast, 10 a..m., Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.;Childrens Church, 10:30 a.m.Thursday, Praise and Worship, 6:45 p.m.Youth Fellowship, 7:15 p.m.;Midweek Bible Study, 7:15 p.m. CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE The Alliance Church of Sebring, 4451 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL 33875.Call 3821343.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 siteWednesday Prayer Gathering meets at 6 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Christian Science Church, 154 N. Franklin St.Sunday:10:30 a.m.morning worship and Sunday school.Testimonial meetings at 4 p.m.each second and fourth Wednesday.A free public reading room/bookstore, located in the church, is open before and after church services.The Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesby Mary Baker Eddy are ou r 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, FL 33870.Sunday:Church School, 9 a.m.;Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.Wednesday:Temple Choir, 7:30 p.m. Phone 385-1597. CHURCH OF CHRIST Avon Park Church of Christ, 200 S. Forest Ave.,Avon Park, FL 33825. Minister:Don Smith.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. Lake Placid Church of Christ, 106 9 Hwy 27 North, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Mailing address is P.O.Box 1440, Lake Placid, FL 33862.Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m.Sunday evening worship is 6 p.m.Bible class 9 a.m.Sundays andW ednesday evenings at 7 p.m.All are invited to join us.For more information, call the church at 863-465-4636 or visit the website http://www.thelordsway.com/lakeplacidcofc/. Sebring Parkway Church of Christ, 3800 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL 33870; 385-7443.Minister:Kevin Patterson.Times of service are:Sunday Bible Class, 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service, 10 a.m.;Sunday Evening Service, 6 p.m.;Wednesday Bible Class, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF NAZARENE First Church of the Nazarene of Avon Park, P.O.Box 1118., AvonPark, FL 33825-1118.707 W.Main St.Randall Rupert, Pastor.Sunday:Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m.for all ages;morning worship at 10:45 a.m.;and evening service at 6 p.m.Wednesday evening service is at7 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 Nazarene of Lake Placid, 512 W.Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid, FL 33852.Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Morning worship, 10:45 a.m.;Evening service, 6 p.m.Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. Classes for adult children and youth.Call 465-6916.Pastor Tim Taylor. CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN UNION Community Bible Church Churches of Christ in Christian Union, (Orange Blossom Conference Center) 1400 C-17A North (truck route), AvonPark.Presenting Jesus Christ as the answer for time and eternity.Sunday morning worship service, 10:30 a.m.Nursery provided.Junior Church activities at same time for K-6 grade.Sunday School Bible hour (all ages), 9:30 a.m.(Transportation available.) Sunday evening praise and worship service, 6 p.m.Wednesday evening prayer service, 7 p.m.Children and youth activities at 7 p.m.Wednesday.Everyone is welcome, please come worship with us.Tom Schwankweiler, Pastor.Phone 453-6052.PLACESTOWORSHIP RELIGION NEWS GUIDELINES: The News-Sunpublishes relig ion news on Fridays. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for publication in the following Fridas paper. Submit items to the News-Sunsfrom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; fax to 385-2453; send e-mail to editor@newssun.com; or mail to Editor,News-Sun,2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring,FL 33870. For information,call 385-6155,ext. 516.

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C M Y K www.newssun.comN ews-SunF riday, January 4, 2013Page 7B RELIGION Revival at Bethel Baptist ChurchL AKE PLACID Bethel Baptist Church,216 E. Park St.,will start the year with a special revival beginning Sunday,Jan. 13 throughF riday,Jan. 18. Dr. Dale Aguiar will be speaking and special singing each service with the Singing Cases fromM ichigan. Aguiar is from Louisiana and has been preaching the gospel for many years. The Cases have been singing old-fashioned gospels ongs accompanied by his accordion for 30 years. S pecial morning services from 11 a.m. to noon will be conducted Monday throughF riday,with nightly services beginning at 7 p.m. P astor John Hankins and the congregation invite and welcome the public to attend each and every service. Form ore information,call 2146121.Presbyterian Church Retreat is Jan. 26-27SEBRING The First Presbyterian Church of Sebring will hold its fourth annual retreat on Saturdaya nd Sunday,Jan. 26-27 at the FFA Leadership Training Center near Haines City. This family-oriented event, initially limited to churchm embers,has been growing in popularity and is now open to anyone desiring top articipate. Rev. Frank VanDalen,since 2005 the ARP executive director ofW orld Witness,is the guest speaker. He and his wife, E mily,served as missionaries in Pakistan for 12 years. Music during the period w ill be provided by Jordan and Josie Terrell. Jordan,a Sebring native,and Josie are both graduates of LibertyU niversity,Lynchburg,Va. where they met. Both majored in worship and music studies and reside in Lynchburg. T his Change of Pace event will allow attendees to break away from the noise and distractions of daily routines and enable each to tunei n to the voice of God through His Word in a fresh way. It will be a fun-filled family weekend for all. A nursery will be provided andy outh will be participating in separate planned activities. T his event is open to all. Contact the church by calling 385-0107 or e-mailf aith@htn.net for details. Also available is the o pportunity to financially help another family to attend. Registration deadlinei s Tuesday,Jan. 15. EPISCOPAL St.Agnes Episcopal Church 3840 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL 33870.Sunday Services:Holy Eucharist Rite I 7:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II 10 a.m.Midweek service on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Sunday School for all ages at 9 a.m.The nursery is open 8:45 a.m. until 15 minutes after the 10 a.m. service ends.Wednesday:Adult Bible study, 9:30 a.m.Visitors are always welcome.Church office 385-7649, for more information. St.Francis of Assisi Anglican Episcopal Church, 43 Lake June Road, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Phone:465-0051.Rev.Elizabeth L. Nelson, Rector.Sunday Worship, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m.and 6 p.m. Wednesday evening:Holy Communion with Healing Service, 6 p.m.Thursday:Holy Communion with healing service, 9 a.m.Child care available at the 8 a.m.and 10:30 a.m.Sunday service. EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF AMERICA The Church of the Way EFCA, 1005 N.Ridgewood Drive, Sebring. Sunday school and worship service at 9 a.m.and 10:30 a.m.Youth activities, 6:30 p.m.Wednesdays. The Way is a church family who gathers for contemporary worship, teaching of Gods Word, prayer and fellowship.Come early and stay after for fellowship time.Child care and childrens church are provided. Reinhold Buxbaum is pastor.The Way A place for you.Office Phone:471-6140, Church Cell Phone:273-3674.Email: theway church@hotmail.com .Web site: www.TheWayChurch.org GRACE BRETHREN Grace Brethren Church, 3626 Thunderbird Road, (863 0869.Dr.Randall Smith, senior pastor.Sunday services at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m.and 6 p.m.;Wednesday services at 7 p.m.We offer Kid CityChildrens Ministry throughout all services, and there are variosu other classes for teens, married couples, prime-timers,and Bible studies in Spanish.Kid CityDay Care, Preschool and After-School Monday-Friday:7 a.m.-6 p.m.(For registration call:385-3111).Check us out on the Web at www.sebringgrace.org INDEPENDENT First Christian Church, 1016 W. Camphor St., Avon Park, FL 33825; (863on the Web at www.firstchristianap.com.Our motto is Jesus is First at First Christian Church. Greg Ratliff, Senior Minister;Bible School 9 a.m.;Worship 10 a.m.;Wednesday studies for all ages, 6 p.m.Nursery provided for all events. 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 Tuesday of month;Ladies Group WELCA meets at noon second Tuesday of month with lunch.Bring a dish to pass.Labyrinth Prayer Garden open seven days a week to congretation and community.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 past the four-way stop sign. 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 (863 see christlutheranavonpark.org Faith Lutheran Church LCMS, 2740Lakeview Drive, Sebring.Reverend Robert Reinhardt, Pastor.Church phone: 385-7848, Faith Child Development Center, 385-3232.Sunday Traditional Worship Service, 8 a.m. ;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.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 (AALC Association of Lutheran Churches, 3240 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, FL 33872.James Weed, pastor.Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday.Bible Study, 9 a.m.Nursery provided.Social activities:Choir, Missions, Evangelism.Phone 3852346. New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3725 Hammock Road, a Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELSellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELSSunday Worship at 10 a.m.;Bible Study, 9 a.m.For more information, call Pastor Luke Willitz at 385-2293 or visit the Web site at www.newlife sebring.com ResurrectionLutheran Church ELCA 324 E.Main St., at Memorial Drive, AvonPark.Pastor Rev.John C.Grodzinski.Sunday worship at 8 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Fragrance Free Service Wednesdays at 7 p.m.Open Communion celebrated at all services.ods Work, Our Hands. Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS, 25 Lakeview St., Lake Placid, FL 33852;465-5253.The Rev.Richard A.Norris, pastor; Susan C.Norris, Trinity Tots PreSchool director;and Noel Johnson, minister of youth and family life. Worship schedule after Easter through December:Worship service 10 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, FL3 3872.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 to2 years old) and Sunday school classes both hours.BFC Youth, 6 p.m.;Evening Service, 6 p.m. Wednesday:Children, ages 4 yrs through 5th grade, 6 p.m.;Youth, 67:30 p.m.;Prayer time, 6:15 p.m. Todd Patterson, pastor;Andy McQuaid, associate pastor.Web site www.bfcsebring.com.Church office 385-1024. Calvary Church, 1825 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872;386-4900.An independent community church.Sunday morning worship, 10 a.m.;Bible study, 11:15 a.m.;Sunday evening service, 6 p.m.Pastor Lester Osbeck.A small friendly church waiting for your visit. Christian Training Ministries Inc., on Sebring Parkway.Enter off County Road 17 on Simpson Avenue.Sunday service is at 10 a.m.;Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m.A nursery and childrens church are provided.The church is part of Christian International Ministries Network, a full gospel, non-denominational ministry.Linda M.Downing, minister, lindadowning@live.com. Casey L.Downing, associate minister, caseydown ing@hotmail.com.Church phone: 314-0482. Web site:www. ctm forme.com Crossroads of Life, 148 E. Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid, FL 33852;Tel.863-655-9163.The place of your Divine appointment. We expect our supernatural God to transform our lives through His power and grace.Come, learn of His plan and destiny for you.With His plan we receive His provision along with His perfect timing and opportunity.What you have longed for, but have been missing, can now be received.The direction you have been thirsty for will suddenly quench your parched soul.Come to experience what you have been missing for so long empowerment in every area of life.We teach, train and send forth to win souls.You dont speak English no problema. We have a Spanish interpreter.We look forward to fellowship and worship with you at 7 p.m.every Wednesday.Pastoers Gil and Rosa Benton (Faith Never Fails). Grace Bible Church, 4541 Thunderbird Road, (second church on left) Sebring, FL 33872.Phone, 382-1085.Andrew Katsanis, senior pastor.Saturday Worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m.Tuesday 6 p.m.Grace Bible Academy Adult Investigating Truth;first and third Tuesday, Prayer Gathering, 7:15 p.m.;Wednesday, Childrens & Youth Programs, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., College Ministry. www.GBCconnected.org Highlands Community Church a casual contemporary church, meets at 3005 New Life Way. Coffee at 9:30 a.m.;Worship at 10 a.m.Nursery and Kids World classes.Small groups meet throughout the week.Church phone is 4021684;Pastor Bruce A.Linhart. The Lors Sentinel Fellowship Church 148 E.Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid (at Lake Placid Christian School), Pastor Juanita Folsom.Sunday morning service, 10:30 a.m.;Monday, Sentinel School of Theology, 7 p.m.;Church service, Tuesday, 7 p.m.More information at www.juanitafolsom ministries.com. Union Church 106 N.Butler Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825. Contemporary worship service is at 6:30 p.m.Saturday with Pastor Tiger Gullett.Sunday traditional worship service is at 7:45 a.m.and 9 a.m.Contemporary Sunday worship service is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery and childrens church on Saturday nightes and 9 and 10:45 a.m.Sundays.Breakfast and lunch menus at Solid Grounds.Senior Pastor is Bill Breylinger.Office:4533345.Web page at www.weareunion.org Unity Life Enrichment Centre, new location, 10417 Orange Blossom Blvd.S., Sebring, FL 33875;471-1122;e-mail unity@vistanet.net.Web site, www.unityofsebring.org.10:30 a.m.Sunday Celebration Service, Nursery and Childrens Church.Weekly Classes, Christian Bookstore and Cafe, Prayer Ministry, Life Enrichment Groups.Rev.Andrew C.Conyer, senior minister transforming lives from ordinary to extraordinary. PRESBYTERIAN Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA 4500 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, 33872-2113.A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.Sunday morning worship:Traditional service, 10:30 a.m.;Sunday school, 9:15 a.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 .Office hours: 8:30-12:30 a.m.Monday-Friday. First Presbyterian Church ARP, 215 E.Circle St., (two entrances on LaGrande), Avon Park, FL 33825.Phone:453-3242. The Rev.Robert Johnson is the pastor.Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study, 10:30 a.m.;Potluck dinner, 6 p.m.third Wednesday;choir practice, 6:30 p.m.each Wednesday;Mary Circle business meeting, 1 p.m.second Wednesday;Sarah Circle business meeting, 4 p.m.second Thursday; Womens Ministries Combined Bible study, 4 p.m.third Thursday. Be a part of a warm, caring church family with traditional services, following biblical truth. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, 319 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, FL 33870.385-0107.Email: faith@htn.net, Rev.Darrell A.Peer, pastor.Sunday School, all ages, 9:30 a.m.;Worship Service, 11 a.m. Youth Group (middle school and high school age), 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.Wednesday:Adult Bible Study, 10:30 a.m.Nursery available during worship.Call the church office for more information and other classes. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, www.fpclp.com, 117 N.Oak Ave., Lake Placid, 465-2742.The Rev.Ray Cameron, senior pastor; the Rev.Drew Severance, associate pastor.Sunday Traditional Worship, 8 and 9:30 a.m.;C ontemporary Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Wednesday evenings:Adult Bible Study 7 p.m.(Nursery available), Youth Group (middle and high school) 7 p.m., RockSolid (kindergarten through fifth grade) 7 p.m. Family Biblical Counseling available by appointment. Spring Lake Presbyterian Church (USA 5887 U.S.98, S ebring, FL 33876.Sunday School, 9 a.m.;Worship Service, 10 a.m. Session meets at 6:30 p.m.the second Thursday of the month, September throughJune.Board of Deacons meet at 5:30 p.m.first Monday of the month.Choir rehearses at 7 p.m.each Wednesday, September through April.Presbyterian Women meet at 10 a.m.the third Thursday of the month.Organist:Richard Wedig. Choir Director:Suzan Wedig. Church phone, 655-0713;e-mail, springlakepc@embarqmail.com, Web site, http://slpc.embarq space.com. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church 1410 West Avon Blvd., AvonPark.Phone:4536641 or e-mail: avonparksda@embarqmail.com, Sabbath School, 9:30 a.m Saturday.Church Service 10:45 a.m.Saturday.Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p.m.Community Service hours on Tuesday and Thursday is from 9:00 a.m.till 2 p.m.A sale takes place the first Sunday of each month.Senior Pastor Paul Boling. Walker Memorial Academy Christian School offering education for kindergarten through 12th grades.ALL ARE WELCOME. Website is www.discoverjesus.org Sebring Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2106 N.State Road 17, Sebring;385-2438. Worship Services:9:15 a.m. Worship hour, 11 a.m.Prayer meeting, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.Community service:every Monday 9-11 a.m. Health Seminar with Dr.Seralde, every Friday, 10:00 a.m.Pastor Nathan Madrid. THE CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 3235 Grand Prix Dr., Sebring, Fl 33872;(863 382-9092 Steve Austin, Bishop; Mark Swift, 1st Counselor;Del Murphy, 2nd Counselor.Family History Center (863 Sunday Services:Sacrament Meeting, 10-11:10 a.m.;Gospel Doctrine, 11:20 a.m.to noon; Priesthood/Relief Society, 12:101p.m.;Primary for children, 11:15 a.m.to 1 p.m.;Youth Activities: Wednesdays, 7-8:20 p.m.Scouts: first and third Wednesday, 7-8:20 p.m.Activity Days:8-11 yr old Boys and Girls, second and fourth Wednesdays, 7-8:20 p.m. THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army Center for Worship .Sunday:Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.;Holiness meeting, 11 a.m.;and Praise meeting and lunch, noon.Tuesday:Bible study, 6:30 p.m.;and Womens Ministries, 7 p.m.Wednesday: Youth Ministries, 4 p.m.All meetings are at 120 N.Ridgewood Ave., Sebring.For more information, visit the Web site www.salvationarmysebring.com or call Major Bruce Stefanik at 385-7548, ext.110. U NITED METHODIST First United Methodist Church, 105 S.Pine St., Sebring,FL 33870. The Rev.A.C.Bryant, pastor. Traditional Worship Service at 8:10 and 10:50 a.m.in the sanctuary, 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 S.Lake Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825.(863von Jarrett, Pastor.Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m.Bible study every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Visit us at our church website: 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, FL 33872.The Rev. Ronald De Genaro Jr., Pastor. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.;Adult Sunday School, 11 a.m.;Sunday Morning Worship, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.Nursery provided for all services.Phone 382-1736. www.stjohnsebring.org Spring Lake United Methodist Church, 8170 Cozumel Lane, (Hwy 98ing.The Rev.Clyde Weaver Jr., Pastor.Worship service starts at 9:55 a.m.Bible Study meets at 10:00 a.m.on Tuesday. Choir Practice at 4:00 p.m.on Thursday.Church office phone: 655-0040. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Jesus didnt reject people, neither do we.Join us for worship every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.and youll be embraced by a compassionate congregation that is allinclusive.Wre at the corner of Hammock and Hope.Choir and Bell Choir practice on Wednesday; Bible studies throughout the week. 471-1999;sebringemmanuel ucc.com.PLACESTOWORSHIP Special to the News-SunSEBRING Dr. Gary Gilley will be guest speaker for the January Bible Conference at Maranatha Baptist Church from Sunday through Wednesday.Them eetings will be at 6 p.m. each evening and at 9 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Gilley has pastored the Southern View Chapel in Springfield,Ill.,for more than 37 years. He graduated from Moody BibleI nstitute and earned his Doctor of Theology degree from Cambridge Graduate School. He is the author of five books,is a frequents peaker at Bible conferences and writes the monthly Think on These Thingspaper. He is also Book Review Editor of the Journal of Dispensational Theology. He and his wife,Martha,have two adult s ons and five grandchildren. The Maranatha congregation extends a cordial welcome to friends from the com-m unity to share in these meetings. The church is in Maranatha Village off Arbuckle Creek Road,two miles east of State Road1 7 North. Gilley is speaker for Bible Conference at Maranatha Baptist Jan. 6-9 Gilley Continued from page 6B

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C M Y K Congratulations! You have m ade it through the holiday push the parties are over, t he house guests are gone and things are slowly returning to normal. Youve spent t he past months doing things for others preparing meals, purchasing gifts,decorating the house,visiting friends and family but now itst ime to do something for you and your health quitting smoking. The New Year is an ideal time to make a resolution tot ry to quit. It is time to prepare for new beginnings,to r e-evaluate your daily routine,identify why you smokea nd make changes that help you eliminate cigarettes from your daily routines. For most people,quitting smoking is a physical andb ehavioral challenge. Over the years smoking becomes a part of peoples daily routines making it difficult to quit. B ut with proper planning and support people can be successful. So if you have tried to quit before,you shouldnt become discouraged. Its still possible. Quitting smoking has both immediate and long-term benefits,including reducing your risk for diseases caused by smoking. And,although there is no single approach that works best for everyone,there are some beneficial steps you can take toward planning a successful quit. Set a quit date. Pick an actual date to stop smoking. Choose one that you feel confident about one that doesnt conflict with other stressful life events. Then,develop a plan and prepare for your quit date andb eyond. Having a game plan in place can help you be ready for challenges you face while quitting. Get support. Studies have s hown that you have a better chance of being successful if you have help. So dont do it alone. Let a few key friends or family members know youre quitting. They can help you stick to your goal and offer support during difficult moments. Speak with your doctor. Let your doctor know when you are ready to quit smoking. He or she can help you decide what approach may be right for you. Quitting smoking is a big life change,and partnering with your doctor can be an important part of the quit process. One option you might consider to help you quit smoking is the NICOTROL Inhaler (nicotine inhalation system The NICOTROL Inhaler provides smokers with adequatea mounts of nicotine to reduce the urge to smoke,and may provide some degree of comfort by providing a hand-tomouth ritual similar to smok-i ng,although the importance of such an effect in smoking cessation is,as yet,unknown. People who use the NICOTROL Inhaler with a comprehensive behavioral smoking cessation program are more successful in quitting smoking. This program can include support groups, counseling or specific behavior change techniques. As the NICOTROL Inhaler is available only by prescription,talk to your doctor for more information on how it may be able to help you quit smoking. You should stop smoking completely beforeu sing the NICOTROL Inhaler. Page 8BNews-SunFriday, January 4, 2013www.newssun.com HEALTHYLIVING Dear Readers, Here are some interesting FDA-approved items for 2012 in the UnitedS tates. My column is printed in various languages so I apologize that ve only listed English brand names,please asky our local pharmacist for translations. Happy new year! Love,Suzy Stendra (Avanafil) T ablets,Rx:Used for erectile dysfunction,this medication is a me toodruga nd works like the others. www.stendra.com Picato (Ingenol R x:Applied to your skin to treat red,scaly lesions m ainly on the face and scalp (termed actinic keratosis). The medication isd erived from the Euphorbia peplus plant, g rown in Queensland, Australia. www.picato.com Inlyta (Axitinib tablets,Rx:Chemotherapy for advanced kidney can-c er; especially for those who have not responded to o ther treatments; while not approved,this may help breast cancer patients too.T he drug suppresses VEGFand this cuts off b lood supply to tumors, thus shrinking them. www.inlyta.com Pregnitude Powder, OTC:Mix this supplement with water and take twicea day if youre trying to conceive but having diffi-c ulty. It contains myoinositol,which supports egg health and healthy ovulation. www.pregnitude.com Zioptan (Tafluprost) eyedrops,Rx:Eyedrops t hat lower intra-ocular pressure in patients witho pen-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Like other medications in this category,its possible that your green or blue eyesm ay turn more brown in color. www.zioptan.com Qsymia (Phentermine/Topiramate) Capsules,Rx:This drug ist aken for obesity,and its the marriage of Adipex and Topamax in a single pill. It reduces appetite,burns calories and gives you a sense of fullness. Women are not allowed to take Qsymia (pronounced Qsee-ME-uh) unless they are taking birth control. www.qsymia.com OraQuick Test by Orasure (Lab testOTC: Sold at retail pharmacies, this will help you find out if you have HIV,the virus that causes AIDS. No need to send blood away like older tests,OraQuick gives you results within 20 minutes using a mouth swab. Its not foul proof,it willm iss about one infected person of every 12 tested. w ww.oraquick.com CoQ10 Adult Gummies by Nature Made( Coenzyme Q10),OTC:A powerful antioxidant ( CoQ10) needed for good health and energy in a yummy gummy.Two fruitflavored treats provide 100mg CoQ10. They arep reservative and gluten free,and free of synthetic d yes. www.naturemade. com ZzzQuil (Diphenhydr amine) Liquicaps:The active ingredient has been a round for decades,and sold by various other brand names includingB enadryl. ZzzQuil is used for sleep,which is different than NyQuil ( cough/colds) although both products are made by t he same trusted maker. www.zzzquil.com Dymista (Azelastine and Fluticasone) Nasal Spray,Rx:The marriageb etween two drugs (Flonase and Astelin) and helps with allergies,probably faster and better than either drug alone. www.dymista.com CitraNatal Harmony V itamins,Rx:Prenatal vitamins that contain calc ium citrateknown to be easier on mom,creating less gas and bloating than other calcium salts. This contains DHA (a type off ish oil) crucial to your babys brain health. www.citranatal.com iBGStar Monitoring System:This device meas-u res blood sugar and is the first FDA-cleared meter that connects directly to your iPhone or iPod Touch. www.ibgstar.com S uzy 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 symptoms. New drugs for 2013 Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen With the start of 2013 many of us will be making those famous New Year reso-l utions. The number one New Years resolution is,of course,losing weight. This includes a determination to exercise on a regular basis. S oon after the midnight ball drops in Times Square, podiatrists start seeing the annual influx of patients with foot pain caused bye xercise. Do not let foot pain stop your resolve to exercise. When starting a new activity,g radually increase the time and duration. Dont go full force to start; take a day offi n between workouts at first. Be sure to warm up and i nclude stretching. Common conditions due to a quick increase in activity are: Heel pain Most heel pain cases are caused by p lantar fasciitis. Many times just changing the exercise s hoe and wearing recommended shoe inserts will relieve the pain. Try rolling af rozen water bottle on the bottom of the arch and heel. Stretching several times ad ay can also help. Sit on the floor barefoot with the knees s traight. Hook a towel around the toes of the foot. Pull back on the towel,countt o 10,and then relax. Repeat several times. Pinched nerves Have your feet measured before you buy athletic shoes. Many people wear shoes that are ah alf-size too tight. Exercising in tight shoes can cause a pinched nerve calleda neuroma. Patients with this condition say they feel burn-i ng in the ball of their foot and tingling in their third and fourth toes. Achilles tendon pain New Years exercisers whoi gnore this advice risk Achilles tendonitis. The back of the foot becomes tendera nd painful. If Achilles tendon pain occurs,follow the RICE principle (Rest,Ice,C ompression,and Elevation). I nstead of going from couch potato to a high intensity workout,try easing intoa new exercise routine. Start with walking,not running, a nd add stretching and a little weight training to balance your program. Walking is an easy,inexpensive exercisep rogram that can be done indoors or outdoors. By losing weight and exercising you decrease your chances of diabetes,heart disease,h igh blood pressure,stroke and other life threatening diseases. Listen to your body. If pain in the foot or ankle con-t inues past a week,contact your podiatrist who will help you stick to your New Year'sr esolution to exercise and lose weight. Take it one footstep at a time and havef un in 2013. Podiatrist Dr. Olga Garcia L uepschen and the Gentle Foot Care Center are on U.S. 27 and c an be reached at 314Walk(9255 www.Gentlefootcarecenter.com Healthy feet keep New Years resolutions Footprints Olga Luepschen Special to the News-SunSEBRING Non-profit Cornerstone Hospice will be conducting a two-day volunteer training towards the required certification to become a hospice volunteer for anyone in Highlands County who may be able to assist in community and special events,veteran recognition projects,visiting patients, sewing projects,reading a book or magazine,simply keeping a patient company, helping at the office and much more. Volunteers find satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment in helping others and making an important difference in the lives of patients and families. Veterans of the U.S. armed forces with a little time on their hands are especially encouraged to contact us. Volunteers become a friend and companion to patients and their families offering a source of strength,encouragement and support simply by visiting from time to time, reading a book or magazine to a patient or allowing the main caregiver to tend to other obligations. The next volunteer training will be held in Sebring from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday,Jan. 11 and Friday, Jan. 18. This is a 16-hour certification and interested participants should plan to attend both training days. The training will take place at Sebring Chamber of Commerce,227 U.S. 27 North. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Pre-register by calling volunteer specialist Dorothy Harris at 279-7181 or volunteer manager Lisa Gray at (352 free (888 Sebring hosts Cornerstone Hopsice volunteer training How to keep your most important resolution quitting smoking Positive Medical Transport; 3.639"; 3"; Black; -; 00026420 Mobility Express; 3.639"; 6"; Black; -; 00026422 Dr. Rotman; 1 .736"; 3"; Black; -; 00026419 Classified Ads 385-6155 NEWS-SUN

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C M Y K By JIM HEINTZ and L ORI HINNANT Associated PressMOSCOW Gerard Depardieu,the French actor who has waged a battle against a proposed super-taxo n millionaires in his native country,has been granted Russian citizenship. A brief announcement on the Kremlin website on Thursday revealed that President Vladimir Putin signed the citizenship grant following an application from the actor. The former Oscar nominee and star of the movie Green Cardhas been vocal in his opposition to French President Francois Hollandes plans to raise the tax on earned income above (euro) 1 million ($1.33 million) to 75 percent from thec urrent high of 41 percent. Russia has a flat 13-percent tax rate. I have never killed anyone,I dont think Ive beenu nworthy,ve paid (euro 145 million in taxes over 45 years,Depardieu wrote in an open letter in midDecember to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault,who had called the actor pathetic. I will neither complain nor brag,but I refuse to be called pathetic,the 64year-old actor wrote in his response. A representative for the former Oscar nominee declined to say whether he had accepted the Russian offer,and refused all comment. Thursday was a holiday in Russia and officialsf rom the Federal Tax Service and Federal Migration Service could not be reached for comment on whether the decision wouldr equire Depardieu to have a residence in Russia. Depardieu said in his letter to Ayrault that he would surrender his passport and French social security card. In October,the mayor of a small Belgian border town announced that Depardieu had bought a house and set up legal residence there,a move that was slammed by the newly-elected Socialist government. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French government spokeswoman,didnt comment directly on Depardieus tax fight,but drew a clear distinction between people who have personal or professional reasons to live abroad,and French citizens who proclaim loudly and clearly that they there exiling themselves for fiscal reasons. She said Putins offer is an exclusive prerogative of the Russian chief of state. Depardieu has had increasingly high-profile ties with Russia. LastO ctober he visited the capital of Chechnya,Grozny,to celebrate the birthday of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. And in 2011,hew as in Russias Arkhangelsk region to play the lead role in the film Rasputin. ou have to understand that Depardieu is a star in Russia,Vladimir Fedorovski,a Russian writer living in France,told the network Europe 1 on Thursday. There are crowds around Depardieu. Hes a symbol of France. Hes a huge ambassador of French culture. Though Frances highest court struck down the twoyear tax on Dec. 29,the government has promised to resubmit the law in a slightly different form soon. On Wednesday it estimated that the court decision to overturn the tax would cost it (euro In an interview, Depardieu told the Sunday Parisien that the court decision made no difference. Frances debt burden is around 90 percent of national income. By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie CriticPromised Landoffers an experience thats alter-n ately amusing and frustrating,full of impassioned earnestness as well as saggy sections. Director Gus Van Sant has t he challenging task of taking the divisive,high-tech practice of fracking and trying to make it not just human but cinematic.W orking from a script by costars Matt Damon and John Krasinski,based on a storyb y Dave Eggers,he succeeds in fits and starts. The impoverished small t own thats the tales setting, a place in need of the kind of e conomic rejuvenation that extracting natural gas could provide,is full of folksyf olks whose interactions with the main characters d ont always ring true. Promised Landhas its heart on its sleeve and its pro-environment message is quite clear,but its in thel ooser and more ambiguous places that the film actually w orks. Damon,collaborating with Van Sant for the thirdt ime as both screenwriter and actor (following Gerryand the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting), stars as Steve Butler,a salesm an traveling the country on behalf of a bland behemoth of an energy corporation. Having grown up on an Iowa farm himself and seen howa n economic downturn can devastate a small town, Steve is a likable everyman who seems genuinely invested in what hes selling. Buth s also a pragmatist,as evidenced by the playfully c ynical give-and-take he enjoys with his partner,Sue, played by a dry,sharp F rances McDormand. Famously for his efficiency in persuading rural residents to sell their land for the drilling rights,Stever uns into an unprecedented challenge when he and Sue a rrive in the depressed dairy farming community of M cKinley in western Pennsylvania. Outspoken old-timer Frank (Hal Holbrook),the high school science teacher,and flashy,c harismatic environmental crusader Dustin (Krasinski d are to question the compans methods in increasingly vocal ways. B ut even as Steve struggles to close the deal,he f inds himself growing entrenched in the daily rhythms of this idyllically c harming little nook of the heartland. Rosemarie DeWitt co-stars as a winsome grade school teacher with dismayingly half-bakedr omantic connections to both Steve and Dustin; essentially,its as if shes waiting around the local watering hole on karaoken ight,hoping that some cute,exciting outsider will w altz in and woo her. The actress,and the character, d eserve better. Similarly, Sue enjoys a brief flirtation with the sarcastic convenience store owner (Titus Welliver) whose character isu nderdeveloped and yet so briefly intriguing,youd like t o know more about him. All of this feels half-heartedly wedged-in. S teve and Dustin obviously function as two sides of t he same coin,but their confrontations don't crackle the way they should because e veryone involved is just so darn nice. But there is an appealing gray area suggested in Damons character. Fora while,were not quite sure w hether hes a true believer or an opportunistic climber that is,until some major and implausible plot twists make his stance forcefully,i ndisputably clear. Promised Land,a Focus F eatures release,is rated R for language. Dear Abby:M y wife and I run a restaurant in a smallt own. Recently, my wife came home on my day off and told me that during the lunch hour,one of ours ervers had come into the kitchen and announced that t hed need extra sanitizer on table 29 because a mother was changing her baby oni t. What has happened in our s ociety that people dont understand that this is unsanitary and rude? Had I been there,I dont know thatI could have kept a civil t ongue,and I feel like people today regard my disgust a s unreasonable. Is there something Im missing here? Cafe Crazy D ear Crazy: I dont know who you have been t alking to,but your disgust is not unreasonable.What that mother was missing wasc ommon sense and courtesy for those around her. I agree that changing a baby on a r estaurant table was out of the ballpark particularly if a changing table was available in the womens restroom of your cafe. (Im assuming there is one,but if there isnt,the situations hould be immediately rectified.) Dear Abby: My husband, Gene,and I were married for five years until our divorce six months ago. Wes till live together and are dating each other. We had so m any issues,I felt there needed to be a fresh start, including filing for divorce and living apart. Now that we have started o ver,moved away from our hometown and gotten rid of several friends,our issues are gone and were financially stable. In fact,ourr elationship is better than ever. Since things are now worked out,d like us to get remarried. I told him before our divorce that I hoped we could resolve things and marry again. Now hes not sure,because he says if we got divorced again,he couldnt bear the hurt. He says he still doesnt understand why our fresh start included a divorce. Abby,we love each other. W e want to be together forever and have children. I dont want to be dating my ex-husband indefinitely. Do you have advice for us? G oing Nowhere in Washington Dear Going Nowhere: I sure do. In the interest of solidifying your fresh start, you and Gene should sign upf or some premarital counseling. If you do,you may be a ble to help him understand why you felt the way you did. With counseling,youc an make sure that your problems are fully resolved, a nd it may reassure him that this time there wont be another divorce. If you are thinking about a religious ceremony,the officiant maye ven require it. D ear Abby: My sister and mother went to a movie recently. My sister becamec oncerned that her husband and kids were locked out of t he house,so she quickly took out her phone and texted her husband. It tookl ess than 30 seconds. A minute later a large man came down the stairs of the t heater,got right in her face and began berating her t elling her she was rude for pulling out her phone. It was so upsetting that she and Mom got up and left. I understand that she s hould have stepped out of the theater to text. However, the man caused more of a scene than her texting did. What makes people think it is OK to treat people badly? Holly in Kokomo D ear Holly: The same thing that made your sister t hink it was OK to use her cellphone in a darkened theater. Shes lucky that all she got was a lecture because these days many people haves hort fuses. D ear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline P hillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 6 9440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. For everything you need to know about wedding planning, order How to Have a Lovely Wedding. Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds Dear Abby, Wedding Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and www.newssun.comN ews-SunF riday, January 4, 2013Page 9B DIVERSIONS Mom using restaurant table to change baby takes the cake Dear Abby Promised Land doesnt dig deep Movie Review Promised Land R ating: R Running time: 106 minutes Review: (of 4 M att Damon co-stars with John Krasinski in Promised Land,based on a story by Dave Eggers. Damon and Krasinski co-wrote the script for the movie. Depardieu, in tax fight, gets Russian citizenship MILLER'S CENTRAL AIR; 3.639"; 3"; Black; jan. friday ads; 00026426 HIGHLANDS SHEDS; 1.736"; 3"; Black; jan. friday ads; 00026427 FAIRMONT CINEMA; 1.736"; 6"; Black; movie listings; 00026428 The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN

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C M Y K LIFESTYLE 10BNews-Sun Friday, January 4, 2013 Photos courtesy of Getty ImagesF AMILY FEATURES Millions of working Americans are still without health insurance,and many more worry about whether thell be able to afford their existing coverage due to rising health costs. ith the rising cost of care,individuals want more affordable options when it comes to health insurance,says Scott Krienke, senior vice president,marketing and product lines at Assurant Health. Consumers want coverage tailored to their budget and how they manage their health. Before choosing a health insurance plan,its important to understand all the options to find the best fit for your needs.WhatYouNeedtoKnow Whether youre looking for additional coverage to supplement your employers plan,or want an individual plan because youre self-employed or uninsured, here are a few tips to get you started.Major Medical Under the Affordable Care Act,major medical plans now cover 100 percent of many preventive services. Many people are familiar with major medical insurance,which can be offered by employers and which is usually most comprehensive in covering serious illness or injuries. Major medical plans generally offer the broadest protection and protect against large,unexpected medical expenses. Fixed-Benefit Plans In general,fixed-benefit plans pay a set amount of money when you have a covered medical service,regardless of the actual cost. For example,if the plan pays $50 when you have an X-ray,but it costs $125,after applying the plan payment of $50,you would owe $75. Unlike a traditional plan that has deductibles,coinsurance and copays,fixedbenefit plans pay a benefit for covered services immediately. Some provide access to network discounts that can significantly decrease the total cost of care. These plans can cover a range of services from everyday office visits,preventive care and prescriptions,to hospitalization and surgery. Check to see if there are pre-existing condition limitations for the first 12 months of coverage. Fixed-benefit plans can offer significant coverage. For example,hospitalization reimbursement can be as much as $6,000 per day depending on the plan. Some even offer tools to help manage costs,like guaranteed cost estimates for common services and treatments.AnalyzingYourInsuranceNeedsHow do you decide what type of plan is right for you? It depends on your needs, whats most important to you,and sometimes the tradeoffs you are willing to make to get the coverage you want at an affordable price. Here is information on those types of plans to help in your decision-making: How to design a custom,affordable health insurance plan thats right for you-Decide whats most important to you paying for everyday health care needs or catastrophic coverage that caps your costs.-Check to see if a high-deductible plan with lower premiums is right for you. If you choose this option,you may want to look into the benefits of a pre-tax Health Savings Account to cover out-of-pocket costs.-If you choose a higher deductible plan,you may want to use a portion of the money saved on premiums for supplemental coverage that can help pay your deductible or other expenses if you have a costly accident or critical illness.-Consider a no-copay plan. Under the Affordable Care Act,major medical plans now cover 100 percent of many preventive services,so copays may not be worth the additional cost.IdentifySupplementalInsurancePlans YouMayWanttoRoundOutYourPlan Once a decision is made to purchase a major medical plan or fixed-benefit product, supplemental plans can be used to fill gaps in coverage and create additional protection. Supplemental insurance,which can be offered through the workplace or sold individually,offers limited coverage for specific health care needs such as in-hospital care,dental checkups or vision. Do your homework,and weigh your options there are affordable plans that can fit into your budget and give you the coverage you need to help protect yourself and your family,said Tim Knott,senior vice president of strategic markets and product management for Assurant Employee Benefits. Supplemental insurance provides a wide array of benefits that can help employees cope with outof-pocket expenses including those associated with serious accidents or illnesses.Fixed-Benefit Plan-Gives you help with everyday,common medical needs that you are more likely to have.-Helps you pay for immediate expenses that you are most likely to encounter.-Givesyoumorecontroloveryourmonthly medical expenses. You are willing to take the risk that out-of-pocket costs may exceed the amount of the fixed benefit, and that you would be required to pay remaining balances. Plans may include:-Dental Provides benefits for dental checkups and treatment, which can contribute to better overall health. Many plans provide benefits for additional services such as crowns and orthodontia.-Vision Generally will cover vision exams and pay a portion of glasses and contact lens expenses. Some also provide network discounts.-Accident Provides benefits for medical care necessary due to an accident. Some also provide benefits for death expenses,dismemberment and disability. -Critical Illness and Cancer Provides benefits for diagnosis and treatment of specifically named diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke. Many provide a lump sum payment upon diagnosis. -Hospital Indemnity Provides benefits for a period of continuous in-hospital care. Some provide benefits for certain outpatient services and costs associated with necessary surgery. Learn more about choosing health and supplementalinsuranceplansat www.assuranthealth.com and www.assurantemployeebenefits.com .Major Medical Plan -Provides major medical protection and coverage for your unexpectedhealthcareexpenses.-Protects your assets and income while you pay for everyday smaller costs.-Helps you prepare for unexpected medical expenses. You pay premium,deductibles and coinsurance in exchange for knowing your costs are capped. Comparing health and supplementary insurance coverageTo do a comparison of costs and coverage with any plans youre considering,its wise to look at:-Premiums,which are the amount paid each month for your plan.-Coverage/benefits.-Access to doctors,hospitals and other providers.-After-hoursaccessand emergencycare.-Out-of-pocket costs.-Exclusions and limitations.