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The news-sun
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News Service of FloridaHigh schools across the s tate will face tougher stand ards next year after more t han three-quarters of them m ade one of the states top t wo grades on report cards a nnounced Wednesday. Sebring High School was o ne of those, getting a B. A von Park and Lake Placid, h owever, both had Cs. In all, 78 percent of high s chool and combination s chools received an Aor a B in the 2012-13 school y ear, the state Department of E ducation said. The portion o f high schools making the h ighest mark ticked up by o ne percentage point over 2 011-12, to 48 percent, w hile 30 percent of schools m ade a B, slipping from 32 p ercent a year ago. With more high schools e arning As, it is clear that o ur teachers are succeeding i n providing Florida students w ith a quality education, G ov. Rick Scott said in a n ews release announcing the n umbers. But the high grades will a lso spark tougher standards u nder a State Board of E ducation rule, adopted in 2 011, that requires the stan079099401001 Phone ... 385-6155 Fax ... 385-2453 O nline: www.newssun.com Classifieds A8 Dear AbbyB11 Editorial & OpinionA4 Healthy LivingB5 Puzzles B11 Religion B8 Movie ReviewB11 Sports B1 Index PM showers High 81 Low 65Details, A12 WAUCHULA STATE BANK/Cheryl Hen; 11.25"; 1.5"; Black plus three; process, front strip; 0 0 0 3 4 2 0 2 Gifts for the guys Ideas for the special man in your lifeTough nightAuburndale rolls past Sebring SPORTS, B1 N EWS -S UNHighlands Countys Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Friday-Saturday, December 20-21, 2013 Volume 94/Number 151 | 50 cents www.newssun .com By BARRYFOSTER News-Sun correspondentSEBRING Highlands C ounty commissioners have a greed to continue to allow r esidents to anonymously c omplain about code e nforcement violations. U nder a proposed new polic y, the code enforcement department would have required a name, address and telephone number for anybody reporting a suspected violation. Saying that making people accountable for filing complaints probably would reduce the number of actions filed, commissioners agreed in keeping the current system of being able to inform the county on possible breeches of the code. The margin was 4-1 for keeping the current system with Commissioner Jim Brooks casting the lone dissenting vote. Highlands County Zoning Supervisor Linda Conrad told commissioners currently that approximately 30 percent of complaints were unfounded, and often are the result of disputes between neighbors. Commissioner Ron Handley suggested an agreement might be reached with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office for a nearby deputy to make an initial drive-by assessment of initial reports before sending code enforcement officers t o Code enforcement complaints to remain anonymous LIVING, B12 By PHILATTINGER phil.attinger@newssun.comSEBRING Sheriffs deputies arrested six Avon Park residents and on e Sebring resident in connection with a Lake Placid home invasion within 24 hours of the crime. All seven were charged with burglary, battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a weapon, and robbery wi th a firearm. They are currently being hel d in the Highlands County Jail. They are listed below, along with addresses and bond amounts: 7 arrested for home invasion By BARRYFOSTER News-Sun correspondentSEBRING Highlands County com missioners Tuesday voted to have a workshop with Sheriff Susan Benton to look at both shortand long-term solutions for law enforcement space needs. The special session tentatively has been set for a daytime meeting on Jan 14. The most recent discussion of the matter floated to the surface again tw o weeks ago, when commissioners were asked to look at an extension on a lease for the Liberty Star Plaza, wher e part of the Highlands County Sheriff s Office currently is headquartered. At the time, Commissioner Ron Commission wants to talk space needs with sheriff L i g h t e m u p Katara Simmons/News-Sun The King family makes Christmas decorating a family thing and starts putting up lights around Halloween. They use over 25,000 lights to decorate their six-acre property on Northern Boulevard (top photo) in Lake Placid. According to Robert King, they have a long tradition of putting up lights, but this year was more meaningful after his dad Robert underwent a triple bypass in May 2012. Herb Somers starts decorating his home in August for the Christmas season. For more than 40 years, Somers has put on a special light display and this year hes used about 45,000 lights to brighten the season. Its his hobby, he does it to make people feel good, his son, Herb Somers II said. The Sebring home is located on Lakewood Road and the public is welcome to stop by. Know of some good light displays? Go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/newssun and let everybody know where they are. 30 percent of claims unfounded, likely neighbor disputes See CODE, A3 See BOARD, A7 See ARRESTS, A7 Group suspected of other crimes, HCSO says Sebring High gets B, while APHS, LPHS get Cs School grades will spark tougher standards See HIGH, A7 Katara Simmons/News S un Dee Gordon (left), a former Avon Park star who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers, presents and air hockey table to Dylan Brignoni Thursday afternoon during the Boys and Girls Club Christmas event. Executive Director Woodraun Wright (right) and Emporium manager Levon Stukes look on and as the 10-year-old reels in excitement. By SAMANTHAGHOLAR samantha.gholar@newssun.comAVON PARK Hundreds of kids were given something to smile about Thursday afternoon as the Knights of Columbus organization hosted its fifth annual toy giveaway at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish. The Knights Post 5441 put the magic into Christmas for around 200 children in the area. Each of the children are members of the Highlands County Boys and Girls Club, which attracts around 125 kids after school each day in Avon Park. The Knights of Columbus went out and bought all of these presents. We gave them a list of names and ages and they purchased ageappropriate and gender-specific gifts for all the kids, said Boys and Girls Club Executive Director K of C, Gordon deliver smiles for Christmas See KIDS, A5

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News-Sun staffLAKE PLACID A Lake Placid man was charged with attempted second-degree murder Tuesday for allegedly shooting another man in retaliation for being accidentally punched the night before. According to arrest reports, deputies were called to the emergency room after the victim, who is 28, was taken there by another man, who found the victim limping along E.A. Smith Avenue and being supported by several other people at around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. The victim told deputies that Keldrice Deshon Legree, 31, of 1108 Aaron Drive in Lake Placid, had shot him in the left buttocks. The victim said that he had been involved in a fight the night before at the intersection of Vision Street and Crestmore Drive and swung at the person he was fighting but accidentally hit Legree, who found him on Tuesday and shot him in retaliation. The victim said he had known Legree nearly his entire life, the report said, and identified a booking photo of Legree. Legree was arrested at 6:52 p.m. on Wednesday. He has been convicted of felony drug charges in the past, and was also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Special to the News-SunAVON PARK South Florida State College recently recognized five Honors Program graduates at a reception on Dec. 17 on the Highlands Campus. The students graduating in December are Noor AbulHosn, Christopher Martinez, Daniel Montes, Emilia Pereira, and Dylan Wolfgram. Because SFSC traditionally holds commencement ceremonies in May, the college wanted to recognize these graduating students for their hard work, dedication, and for completing the program. Two of SFSCs Honors graduates, Trevor Pearson and Wolfgram, were also recognized for being nominated for the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team this year. Students from Floridas 28 state and community colleges are nominated to the team based on their outstanding academic performance and community service. The Honors Program at SFSC is a two-year academic program within the Division of Arts and Sciences. The program has selective admissions. Honors students take 15 credit hours of Honors courses including a leadership course and an interdisciplinary seminar. Students are required to complete 25 hours of service-learning, volunteering in the community in areas connected with their academic studies, and make substantial oral presentations. Students must achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average to graduate from the program. This year was exceptional for the Honors Program since they had the highest student participation in service-learning ever for a single academic term. Service-learning binds students together with the community, because students apply what they are learning in class to tasks out in the community, working at the direction of community agencies and non-profits, said Charlotte Pressler, director of the Honors Program. In our Honors Program, students enjoy the company of like-minded people who are intellectually curious and committed to their studies, Pressler said. We work closely with PTK and with the TRiO program to ensure that our students succeed on every level, and they do. Being part of the Honors Program offers many advantages. Students in good standing receive a $250 book scholarship each fall and spring term. Students receive intensive academic counseling directed toward making their transfer to the university and major of their choice as easy as possible. To succeed in the Honors Program, you have to accept the challenge to become above average, said Christopher Martinez, 29, Honors Program graduate. At first, I felt discouraged about attending college since I was older than the average student. But the Honors Program encouraged me and helped me tremendously. After graduation, Martinez plans to attend Polk State College where he will study occupational therapy. He aspires to help people succeed, use their highest potential, and become functional in society. Our Honors Program students enrich our campus and will enrich our community and society as they go forward with their educational and professional goals, said Dr. Kimberly Batty-Herbert, dean, Division of Arts and Science. These students have elected to be challenged, said Dr. Thomas Leitzel, SFSC president. Theyve invested themselves and will never forget this experience. For more information, contact Pressler at 784-7247 or charlotte.pressler@southflorida.edu. Page A2 News-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 www.newssun.com pub block; 5.542"; 4.5"; Black; publishers block; 0 0 0 2 6 4 0 3 Dec. 17 814172039MB: 7x4Next jackpot $15 millionDec. 13 1924262770MB: 12x2 Dec. 10 512224165MB: 13x2 Dec. 18 259243440x:5Next jackpot $2 millionDec. 14 131522384349x:5 Dec. 11 23338515253x:5 Dec. 18 814162027 Dec. 17 36181936 Dec. 16 715162034 Dec. 15 1482436 Dec. 18 (n) 9889 Dec. 18 (d) 0155 Dec. 17 (n) 6592 Dec. 17 (d) 7004 Dec. 18 (n) 237 Dec. 18 (d) 177 Dec. 17 (n) 368 Dec. 17 (d) 685 Dec. 17 1837394215 Nov. 13 1232384217 Dec. 10 120404313 Dec. 6 1112283014 Dec. 18 724373940 PB: 1Next jackpot $60 millionDec. 14 1425323341 PB: 34 Dec. 11 110131819 PB: 27 Lottery Center Courtesy photo South Florida State College Honors Program graduates Emilia Pereira, Dylan Wolfgram, Noor Abul-Hosn, Christopher Martinez, and Daniel Montes were recognized Dec. 17 for their hard work, dedication and for completing the program. SFSC Honors Program recognizes graduates Car wash to benefit man injured in skydiving accidentSEBRING Nurse On Call will be hosting a car wash to benefit Victor Bryie starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Advance Auto Parts, 3550 U.S. 27 North (corner of U.S. 27 and the Sebring Parkway). Bryie was seriously injured in a skydiving accident earlier this month. He and his family need the publics support. Volunteer to help or bring your car by to be washed. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation in Bryies honor, contact Nurse On Call general manager Melissa Lane at 381-9325.Santa visits Avon Park LibraryAVON PARK Jingle bells are ringing at the Avon Park Library! Several holiday events will take place this weekend. At 11 a.m. today, Santa Claus and his merry elf will visit the library. Kids of all ages are invited to bring their lists. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the library will show a popular Christmas film as part of its weekly childrens movie series. Popcorn and juice will be served. All events are free and open to the public. The Avon Park Public Library is at 100 N. Museum Ave. For more information contact the library at 452-3803 or visit the librarys website at www.myhlc.org. Green Dragon Drive to be closedLAKE PLACID The Highlands County Road and Bridge Department will be closing Green Dragon Drive from West Interlake Boulevard to Lake Placid Elementary School at 7 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, for culvert installation. Detours will be posted. The road will re-open a t 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. For more information, call 402-6529.Barbecue to benefit Moon familySEBRING J&M Rollingsmoke Bar-B-Q w ill be serving a delicious lunch Saturday as a benefit for Doug and Connie Moon, and grandson Landon. The benefit will take place at Glissons Animal Supply, 4525 U.S 27 South. Doug Moon has been in the hospital since Nov. 2 after complications from an appendectomy on Oct. 27 He is currently on dialysis and in Florida Hospital Orlando. He was intubated for 15 days and placed in a medically induced coma. On Dec. 10 he underwent a tracheotomy and on Dec. 11 he was diagnosed with membranous nephropathy and acute interstitial nephritis (a kidney diseas e and inflammation leading to problems in how the kidneys function. Funds raised through th is benefit will help the fami ly with the unexpected expenses. An account, in the name of Connie Moon Donation Account for Doug Moon, has been set up at Wauchula State Bank to receive donations also. Connie Moon also has a large booth set up at Firemens Field.Free Christmas family comedy showingSEBRING As part of the Heartland Holiday Festival, Push Event Productions announces th e showing of an outdoor ho liday movie at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Due to copyrigh t, Community Briefs Bryie Continued on A7 By SAMANTHAGHOLARsamantha.gholar@newssun.comSEBRING Funding h as been approved by the S ebring Community R edevelopment Agency ( CRA) for visual enhancem ents to the City on the C ircle. The CRAhas teamed u p with the Polk Museum of A rt to enhance the downt own Sebring area with s culptures chosen from the 1 4th annual Florida Outdoor S culpture Competition. Director Robin Hinote is t hrilled that CRAboard a pproved the funding for the p roject, which is a part of t he CRAs marketing plan. T he project will display oneo f-a-kind sculptures from a rtists throughout North A merica. The CRAapproved this f or five pieces. Lakeland a nd Winter Haven, the other t wo cities participating in t he exhibition, each have 10 p ieces. We committed to o nly five because we want, f irstly, to allow the commun ity and residents to get use t o them (sculptures). Plus w e wanted to leave the door o pen to any local artist who s ee these and think Hey, Id l ike to have my piece on d isplay, Hinote said. Sculptures will be disp layed on city-owned prope rty, which allows city c ouncil members and city s taff to designate where the p ieces will be displayed. T hough the council has the u ltimate say on where the p ieces are placed, Hinote a nd the CRAhave already p lanned out a couple of s pots where they think the p ieces should go. Centennial Park is a bigg ie. There, we will put the b iggest and boldest piece. T heres already green space t here, which was sort of left o pen for this purpose. Circle P ark is another spot weve t hought of. That would d epend, of course, on the s ize and the councils a pproval. Rotary Park and t he cultural facility are two o ther spots we have tossed a round, Hinote said. During Tuesday evenings c ity council meeting, Hinote s hared CRAs plans to part icipate in the exhibition. T he council approved the C RAs recommendation to a llow five locations for five s culptures and to designate a S culpture Committee to d ecide exact locations at a l ater date. Councilman John Clark a pproved the recommended m otion along with a stipulat ion. I want the council to h ave the right to say no, C lark said. The council s hould have the right to h ave them re-located as w ell. Absolutely. The final d estination will be up to the c ouncil, Hinote said. Hinote said Wednesday t hat the designation of the s culptures will be a group e ffort between the Cultural A lliance and the CRA, with t he ultimate decision being u p to city council. Installation of the sculpt ures will take place b etween Feb. 24 and March 7 The deadline for applic ants to submit art is Jan. 1, a nd jury applications (to l ook at and judge sculptures) w ill be held Jan. 6-12. The funding for the sculpt ures carries a one-year lease r ental, insurance, sculpture p lacard with the artists n ame and installation assist ance. The sculptures are schedu led to remain on display f rom March until February, 2 015. Outdoor sculpture exhibit gets OK Question: Should the county commission consider privatizing the EMS system for Highlands County? Yes 60.9% No 39.1% Total votes: 1,328 www.newssun .comPoll open through Friday. 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By SAMANTHAGHOLAR samantha.gholar@newssun.comAVON PARK Afree d ental service provided by C hen Dental Center for M odern Dentistry will allow l ocal adults to receive one of t hree dental services at no c ost on a first-come, firsts erved basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p .m. today. The international event, D entistry from the Heart, has s erviced 80,000 individuals e ach year since its inception. D r. William E. Chen has t aken part in the past, but t his is the first time he will h ost the event. Ive done this event three t imes before for other peop le, other dentist friends. T his is the first time Ive e ver held it in my office, C hen said. The Dentistry for the H eart event will feature C hen, his partner Dr. Jere S eralde and the entire office s taff, as well as approxim ately six other out-of-town d entists. We all do this. Weve all d one this before. Just last w eek I was in Oviedo, helpi ng out there for a friend of m ine. So we dont just do t his for our communities. We d o it for many different o nes, Chen said. DFTH is a global effort that continues to work to serve people in a wide range of communities get at least basic dental necessities. For the past 14 years, hundreds of dental practices throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia and Puerto Rico have offered their time and expertise to low income, uninsured and needy individuals. I love this event, which is why Ive continued to participate in it, Chen said. We want to give our time and services to everyone who needs it. As I was talking about this event with staff a while back they said, Why dont you just hold one here?and I thought it was about time for us to. The free dental service offers participants one of three dental options to choose from on the day of service: cleaning, extraction or filling. Each participant must choose only one service to ensure that services are timely and everyone is able to be serviced. We would like to help at least 100 people. We anticipate at least that many but we have hands here to help whoever comes. Its all firstcome, first-serve basis. Its a very organized event and Im happy to be a part of it, said Chen. Dental care isnt always an option for struggling adults balancing -bills and other necessities, which is why the non-profit was created. With the collaboration of thousands of dentists and dental staff nationwide, the effort to help those in need is continually gaining strength. These events are all over the place and people travel to them because they cant afford to pay full price. While I was in Oviedo, which is a two-hour drive from here, I met a woman from Winter Haven. She drove there just to have work done at the event, so there definitely is a need for this, Chen said. Chen Dentals Dentistry from the Heart Free Dental Care Day will be held today from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Early registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Anyone 18 and older is welcome to attend the event. Chen Dental will provide one free service to all participants. Lines are expected and long wait times may continue throughout the day. Participants are encouraged to dress weather accordingly, as waiting will likely leave participants outside. Chairs, blankets, water, food, snacks are also encouraged to be brought along to make the wait easier. Chen Dental is between Sebring and Avon Park at 3140 U.S. 27 South. For more information visit www.chendental.com/ or call 657-0391. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 Page A3 CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES; 5.542"; 5"; Black plus three; process, main A erectile dysfu; 0 0 0 3 4 0 7 9 MARTIAL ARTS (pp); 5.542"; 5"; Black plus three; process, rhr top of ad stack; 0 0 0 3 4 5 9 6 Courtesy photo Highlands County Sheriffs Office K-9 Sarge has retired f rom service after eight y ears on the job. Courtesy photo Bud, a 3-month-old bloodhound, will replace Sarge. Special to the News-SunSEBRING Highlands County Sheriffs Office Canine Sarge officially retired Dec. 10. Sarge, who has been with the HCSO since 2005, will take on a relaxed life style living with his long-time partner and handler Deputy Wayne Gunn. Sarge served for eight years amassing a record of 163 total career finds, of which 69 were felony cases and 53 were misdemeanor cases. He worked on 14 missing persons cases and 27 noncriminal cases. During his career he was certified Tracking Master by the Police Work Dog Association of Florida. When asked which track was Sarges most famous, Gunn said, Sarge never knew the severity of one track over the other. All he knew was to find the person at the end, because thats what I wanted him to do. Gunn will be training a new puppy to replace Sarge. Bud, a 3-month-old bloodhound, will reside with Sarge and Gunn. Bud made his debut in the Lake Placid Christmas Parade this past Saturday and has already begun his training. HCSO K-9 Sarge retires Courtesy photo Earlier this year, the Sebring Police Department had to prematurely retire its top dog, J.R., due to a medical condition. Shortly thereafter, K-9 handler Officer John Garrison proposed a lease agreement for a dog he owned, which began testing for the adaptation to police w ork. After clearing this initial hurdle, Garrison and that dog, named Beemer, completed intensive training at the University of Central Florida and passed with flying colors. Garrison and Beemer are now patrolling the streets of Sebring. Beemer is a full-service dog specializing in apprehension, handler protection, building searches, narcotics detection and tracking. With f unds running low, the SPD called upon several of its longest-standing community partners to raise money to continue this community-supported K-9 Program. A group of dedicated citizens, business owners, and veterans organizations achieved the goal of $7,500 for the Sebring Police Department K-9 Fund. Among those were Debra Graves; Steve Brown of Lily, OToole & Brown; American Legion Post 74, Sons of the A merican Legion & American Legion Auxiliary; A merican Veterans Post 21; VFW Post 4300 and VFW Mens Auxiliary; Alan Jay Automotive Network; Heacock Insurance Group; the estate of Carl Mohr and Mary Palmer; and several anonymous citizens. Community helps Sebring Police get new K-9 on the streets Chen Dental hosting Dentistry from the Heart Get a cleaning, a filling or an extraction free today on a first-come, first-served basis Code enforcement complaints can still be filed anonymously t he scene for further action, i f needed. As I remember, the sheri ff was not real excited about s ending deputies out there f or us, said Commission C hair Greg Harris. Commissioner Don Elwell s uggested that as the board l ooks to the long-term, they m ight consider changing the s ystem in future years. Code enforcement is one o f those departments that is l imited in what they can do b y staffing and budget, he s aid. I think in a perfect world w e would have enough code e nforcement officers that we w ould have more of a proact ive approach and this kind o f thing would become less i mportant because they are going out and looking for these things. Brooks disagreed, saying that those who decide to make such complaints needed to give their name. Brooks indicated that if residents were required to stand behind their charges, it could eliminate a number of neighborhood disputes. I am not a big advocate of proactive code enforcement. I think we have enough government interference in our lives, he said. It also will help eliminate the backlog we have. Conrad indicated as of this past Tuesday, the countys code enforcement office had 450 open complaints on the books. Board attorney Ross Macbeth indicated that the system of anonymous complaints was instituted because some residents had been worried about retribution from neighbors who found out who had turned them in. If they report, that is going to be public record and their neighbor is not going to just suspect who complained they will actually know and it escalates the problem, he said. Harris suggested the commission talk to Sheriff Susan Benton about the possibility of allowing deputies to help keep the backlog of complaints down, possibly on a regular quarterly basis. Continued from A1 Brooks BARTOW(AP) Internet giant Amazon won a second tax break from the Polk County Commission for building a packaging and sorting operation near Davenpor t. The commission voted Tuesday to give Amazon a 75-percent property tax abatement for 10 years. That will total an estimated $840,710. The Lakeland Ledger reports that to qualify fo r the new break, the Seattle-based company agreed to create 100 full time jobs paying at least 115 percent of the average wage in Polk County and to invest at least $10 million in equipment. The agreement also requires Amazon to hire as many employees as possible from Polk County and to use local vendors as much as poss ible. In July, the commissio n approved a $4.5 million property tax break for Amazon for its distribution warehouse in Lakeland.Reward offered in panther deathOCHOPEE State and federal wildlife authorities are offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the suspicious death of an endangered Florida panther. The panther was found dead Dec. 7 in the Big Cypress National Preserve with a suspected gunshot wound. Polk Co. gives Amazon tax break

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ANOTHERVIEWPOINT SCOTT DRESSELEditor editor@newssun.comDAN HOEHNESports Editor daniel.hoehne@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJANET EMERSONlegals@newssun.com NEWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor publisher@newssun.com VICKIE WATSONvickie.jones@newssun.comMITCH COLLINSmcollins@newssun.com ADVERTISING Editorial & Opinion Page A4 News-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 www.newssun.com Floridians desperate for e mployment gave him the b enefit of the doubt and v oted Scott into office d espite the sketchy details of h is job-creation promise. T hree years later and worki ng up a head of steam for a s econd campaign in 2014, t he Republican chief execut ive unashamedly takes credi t for every new job in the s tate. Not so fast, governor. An in-depth analysis by t he Miami Herald and Tampa B ay Times shows the govern ors pledge has fallen well s hort of the mark. Of the j obs Scott can influence m ost, only a fraction now exist. He has pledged $266 million in tax breaks and other incentives in turn for 45,258 new jobs, but 96 percent of them have yet to materialize. The larger economic picture has undoubtedly improved since Scott took over. Some 440,000 privatesector jobs have been created in the state since January 2011, when Gov. Scott took office. The states unemployment rate has dropped from 11.1 percent to 6.7 percent. Those are positive measures of the economys rebound from the depths of the Great Recession, but the credit is not Scotts alone by any means. To fulfill his promise of making a difference, Scott would have to come up with 1.7 million jobs in seven years. It would require the state to produce 20,000 jobs per month on average, every month, for seven years. The actual number is 12,000. And who really deserves credit for those jobs that have been realized? No doubt the governor and the Legislature deserve their share, but others have probably had a greater impact. That would include Congress and President Obamas stimulus plan, the private sector and entrepreneurs, local governments, chambers of commerce and others above all, the Federal Reserve and its mission to reduce unemployment. The effort to lure new companies and their jobs to the Sunshine State by pledging $266 million in tax breaks and other incentives is the most troubling. The number of jobs promised came to 45,258. Jobs delivered: 1,939. Meanwhile, the number of layoffs at companies with more than 100 workers between January 2011 and November came to 49,163, according to federal data. Given this poor performance, it may be time for the governor and Legislature to ask whether the states money could be put to better use. Making deals and attending ribbon-cuttings make for good PR, but so far this program hasnt lived up to the governors promises. An editorial from the Miami Herald. Gov. Scotts job creation pledge falls short of the mark W hen Rick Scott ran for governor in 2010, his promise to create 700,000 private sector jobs in s even years seemed too good to be true. E vidently, it was. During the 2008 election, candidate Barack Obama was derisively referred to as The One. His opponents attack ads implied he was the Messiah. He has anointed himself ready to carry the burden of The One, went the infamous TVspot. Some wondered if this wasnt a dog whistle to the Apocalypse-minded Americans who werent put off enough by a halfAfrican man with the middle name of Hussein he could also be the antiChrist!! Obama won the election. And then just to make matters worse, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. I did not realize the Nobel Peace Prize had an affirmative action quota for it, penned right-wing blogspot and Fox Newser Erik Erikson. Ed Rollins opined on CNN, I think it has diminished the award itself. At first I thought the announcement of the prize was a joke. On further reflection, the Nobel Committee has made itself a joke, said Michael Gerson, a Bush speechwriter. The general consensus on the right was Obama didnt deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. They thought it should go to Reagan. Because Reagan is conservativesThe One. Former ambassador John Bolton hilariously said George W. Bush should get the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, the president who preemptively invaded Iraq under false pretenses with fictionalized intelligence that one. The Obama-doesntdeserve-the-Nobel-PeacePrize sentiment somehow seamlessly morphed into an Appeaser-in-Chief meme. During the next presidential election, Mitt Romney claimed Obama started his presidency off with an apology tour. Right-wing author, Michelle Malkin, said Obama was JihadiCoddling in regards to the oft-debunked Benghazi conspiracy theory. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann demanded, President Obama must immediately end his doctrine of appeasement and weakness toward Iran. Obama is more willing to negotiate with Iran than Republicans, bristled rightwingers. (Right, because unlike the GOP, Iran is opting to feign moderation in order to get their way.) Cut to: Nelson Mandelas funeral and an impromptu handshake between Obama and Cubas Raul Castro. (Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela had a very close mutual admiration. Fidel was a guest of honor at Mandelas inauguration.) Cue: Right-wing freak out. Question: Should Obama have punched Castro instead? He was at a funeral for a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner whos become the symbol of human dignity: was he sup posed to snub a fellow mourner? Was he supposed to act to borrow a descriptive word invoking fear of black men like a thug? Alfred Nobel, whose fortune and name endows the aforementioned prizes, invented dynamite and ballistite; an explosive and a rocket propellant. He held patents to tools of war. Just as the name of the father of yellow journalism, Joseph Pulitzer, graces the most prestigious and highbrow journalism award of all. The point is: this stuff is complicated. And diplomacy is complicated. And peace is complicated. Yes, this Nobel Peace Prize winner and alleged Appeaser in Chief is culpable in shooting Osama bin Laden in the face. Yes, this Nobel Peace Prize winner and alleged Appeaser in Chief has a questionable drone policy that could or could not be helping or hurting U.S. interests. This Nobel Peace Prize winner and alleged Appeaser in Chief has deported more undocumented immigrants than any other president in history. Like I said, this stuff is complicated. Were a nation with war fatigue. Weve been at war for so long weve forgotten what peace means or what it looks like. If Americans wanted their president to hobble around singing Bomb Iran to the tune of the Beach BoysBarbara Ann we had that choice. (It was a landslide in 2008: 10 million more Americans voted for Obama than Acappella McCain. Thats 365 electoral votes to 173.) Instead were wading into the murky waters of international relations. There was a phone call wi th Iran. U.N. inspectors are in Syria. There was a handshake with Fidels brother And to bring these com plex issues home, Ill end by quoting the wife-beating deadbeat dad, John Lenno n: Imagine all the people living life in peace... Tina Dupuy can be reached at tinadupuy@yahoo.com/. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun staff. This is what peace looks like The year 2013 was a roller c oaster of contrasts with s ome surprises. Heres a best a nd worst list: The Worst Non Scandal, S elf-Inflicted Political D amage: President Barack O bama. Anew ABC NewsW ashington Post poll finds r ecord numbers of A mericans now disapprove o f his job performance. The P ost notes that these numb ers are all the more striki ng when compared with his s tanding a year ago, as he w as preparing for his second i nauguration after a solid r eelection victory. That high n ote proved fleeting as the p resident faced a series of s etbacks, culminating in the b otched rollout of his A ffordable Care Act two m onths ago. The Worse Use of Money b y a Political Party: The m oney the Republican N ational Committee spent on a political autopsy after f ormer Massachusetts Gov. M itt Romney and the GOP w ere soundly defeated in the 2 012 elections. Advice that t he party should tip-toe t owards the center and reach o ut to women, gays, and L atinos and harp less on s ocial issues than far-right i deological dogma was totall y ignored and the party s eemingly moved further r ight. Best Political Comeback: R ep. Paul Ryan. When he r an as Mitt Romneys Veep, f act-checkers almost had to p ut in for workmens comp ensation documenting Ryan i naccuracies, which hed n onetheless repeat in speeches. His presence on the ticket did little to help Romney. His role in a bipartisan budget compromise led analysts to paint him as an adult in the room not focused exclusively on ideology. He now seems inching back to a harder stand. Worst Self-Inflicted Damage to a Political Party: No, it wasnt the Republican government shutdown, a Ted Cruz Production. Democrats potentially suffered major long-term damage due to the disastrous Obamacare website rollout, coupled with Americans learning Obama wasnt correct in saying they could keep their insurance, which battered the partys argument that if Americans trusted government it could effectively improve their lives. Obama and the Democrats came out looking like theyd say anything to get health care reform and couldnt administer it when they got it. Best TVSeries and Best Series Ending: Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligans award-winning cable series about high school chemistry teacher Walter Whites steady descent into evil was perfectly written and cast, with stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul putting in performances that will be studied by actors for years. It contained no filler, and its ending was perhaps the best dramatic series ending in TVhistory. Worst TVSeries Ending: The Dexter finale. In its early seasons Dexter had been a great show based on a superb series of books by Jeff Lindsay about a Miami Police blood spatter pattern analyst who is secretly a serial killer. The series deviated from the books and plotting became more strained. By its finale, Dexter was a series whose cut-up body parts should have been buried a season or two earlier. Best Talk Show Host for Independents, Centrists, and Moderates: Michael Smerconish on XM radio. Some talk the talk. Smerconish walks the walk. Best Pizza: Still Pepes in New Haven, Conn., with New Havens URBN, which now has restaurants in San Diego and San Francisco, a close second. Best Book on John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his assassination: The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy by Larry Sabato. Sabato examined every utterance by Presidents after JFK to gauge his influence and conducted new tests on assassination evidence. Best Political Sound Bite: House Speaker John Boehner on conservatives who forced the government shutdown saying they didnt expect to win. Are you kidding me? Worst Politician Sex Scandals: Serial sex harasser Bob Filner resigned as San Diego mayor and was sentenced to 90 days in home confinement, probation, and fines totaling about $1,500. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner seemed a masochist pleading for defeat, humiliation and ridicule when he ran for New York mayor and got all three. Best Political Fallout for a Politician Facing Scandal: Chris Farley look alike Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was caught on video smoking crack and in a drunken rant, but his poll numbers went up. Faced with a lawsuit, Ford apologized to Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale for insinuating Dale was a pedophile. Ford=Survivor. Joe Gandelman is a veteran journalist who wrote for newspapers overseas and in the United States. CNNs John Avlon named him as one of the top 25 Centrists Columnists and Commentators. He can be reached at jgandelman@themoderatevoice.com/. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the NewsSun. The best and worst of 2013 Guest Column Tina Dupuy Independents Eye Joe Gandelman

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) Students are being allowed back into Colorados Arapahoe High School for brief visits that are providing some comfort following last weeks shooting. Juniors and seniors were allowed inside for two hours Thursday to get things they had to leave behind after a gunman opened fire, wounding one student before killing himself. Underclassmen are scheduled to report Friday. They were able to meet their teachers, walk the suburban Denver schools halls and gather in the cafeteria to talk and eat homemade cookies. Its the first time the students had been in the school since they had to evacuate, their hands in the air, as deputies worked to ensure gunman Karl Pierson didnt have any accomplices. Its rough, senior Lexi Berrent told The Denver Post. Im scared (about going back in). Im a little nervous, but you have to get used to it again. Student body vice president Grace Marlowe was off campus at the time of the shooting and didnt have to retrieve any books or bags. Still, she returned to be able to see her school in person again, rather in than aerial news footage. She also said she had to see and hug peo ple to be really assured that theyre fine. W oodraun Wright. Wright said that every c hild would receive one big g ift along with smaller gifts f rom Santa and the organizat ion. Santa and Mrs. Claus were p resent Thursday for photo o pportunities for the kids. Six-year-old Martice S pears, a first-grader, excite dly unwrapped a remotec ontrolled car Thursday. Spears played with his toy a longside a friend, who r eceived a basketball as his g ift. Aspecial guest stopped by T hursdays event to visit c hildren and hand out more p resents. Former Avon Park High S chool baseball star and curr ent Los Angeles Dodgers u tility player Dee Gordon, s on of former Major League a ll star Tom Gordon, was p resent Thursday and greete d six families who were c hosen by the club to receive e xtra help this holiday seas on. He personally sponsored six families and purchased over 100 presents good presents, not just little cheap things, either, Wright said of Gordon. Along with bag full of presents, Gordon also purchased scooters for the selected children. The scooters arent here. We will deliver them to the homes because we dont want the other children to feel left out, Wright said. Gordon presented 10-yearold Dylan Brignoni with an air hockey table, which the Memorial Elementary School student happily accepted with a huge smile. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 Page A5 MARTIAL ARTS (pp); 3.639"; 4"; Black; Crhistmas ad main A rhr top of; 0 0 0 3 4 3 6 4 MID STATE DEWATERING; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process, 12/20/13; 0 0 0 3 4 6 1 6 64 WEST COLLISION; 1.736"; 2"; Black plus three; process, free tv p/u; 0 0 0 3 4 6 3 4 By PHILATTINGER phil.attinger@newssun.comAVON PARK A14-year-old b oy was injured when he apparentl y tried to dodge a train in downt own Avon Park. Ralph Davis, Jr., who lives on L ake Avenue, was reported W ednesday to be in stable condit ion in Tampa General Hospital a fter suffering a leg injury and a b roken pelvis. According to Nell Hays of the H ighlands County Sheriffs Office, D avis was running alongside the t rain at around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, t rying to beat it, and stumbled as h e was trying to dart in front of the n orthbound 92 Amtrak train as it n eared Main Street and North C entral Avenue. Avon Park Middle School is near the area where the boy was struck. Robert Hendrix, who has a son in middle school, told the NewsSun that he had seen a group of middle school-aged boys playing chicken with trains in that area in the past. He didnt know if any of them were involved in this incident, but said immediately after the incident that he didnt think it would be long before someone got hurt. Avon Park like Sebring, Lake Placid, Bartow and Lakeland still has regular train traffic on tracks through the citys downtown area. The city grew up thanks to the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, the former station of what is now the citys historical museum and a centerpiece of the citys cultural arts district, just east of the tracks. Afreight train interrupted this years Avon Park Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade since the parade coincided with CSX Transport schedules. The crossing at Main Street has two tracks and crossing arms on both sides of the divided roadway, and no floats were on the tracks when the barriers came down. The Florida Department of Transportation has stated in its Highway Rail Grade Crossing Safety Action Plan that collisions between trains and other vehicles have gone down 42 percent since 2007, but incidents with trespassers on railroad rights of way have gone up. This would include those walking or running on or along tracks as well as at crossings. In 1990, the plan states, the number of trespassers who died on rail rights of way exceeded 500 for the first time. Since 1997, trespasser fatalities have exceeded fatalities at grade crossings as the largest category of railroad-related deaths. Of the 434 incidents between 2005 and 2009 both vehicle and pedestrian 42 were pedestrians or cyclists: 30 pedestrians, or 6.9 percent of all incidents; six pedestrian suicides, or 1.4 percent, and another six were cyclists, 1.4 percent. Operation Lifesaver a nonprofit organization providing public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities o n and around railroad tracks and highway rail grade crossings is a key partner with FDOT, the plan states. However, the issues of trespassers is complicated by the fact that trespassers are not a single, consistent group. So, Operation Lifesaver serves as an avenue to continuously improve safety with in the railroad right of way and at highway rail grade crossings through education, engineering an d enforcement through partnerships with local, state and federal governments, railroads, transit agencies, law enforcement, safety organizations and the public. Boy stable after falling in front of train in AP Katara Simmons/News-Sun J avaria Faniel, 7, is all smiles as she tears into her present, a fashion design kit, on T hursday in Avon Park. Katara Smoons/News-Sun Bryson Atkins, 6, receives a gift Thursday, while visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Katara Simmons/News-Sun Brianna Martinez, 9, and Andrea Coleman, 10, compare their new Monster High dolls Thursday afternoon during a Christmas celebration with the Boys and Girls Club after school program in Avon Park Continued from A1 Boys and Girls Club kids get Christmas a little early r Colo. students allowed back after shooting

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LEE MITCHELL Lee Thomas (Tony) Mitchell, age 94, of Avon Park, Fla., passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. He was born Sept. 15, 1919 in Sunnyside, Ga. to Henry Osgood and Annie Laurie (Patterson) Mitchell.During World War II he was a Tail Gunner on a B24 of the 8th Air Force 446 Bomb Group. He was retired from Florida Power (now Progress Energy), was a member of First Baptist Church and has been a resident of Avon Park since 1948, coming from Frostproof, Fla. Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife of 65 years, Catherine Mitchell of Avon Park, Fla.; daughters, Trudie Henderson (Howard) and Nancy Benschoter (Reed); grandchildren, Eric and Amy; and great-grandchildren, Karma and Zedann. Visitation was Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home in Avon Park. Agraveside service will be held Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Florida National Cemeter y in Bushnell, Fla. with Pastor Jon Beck officiating. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that you give to a charity of your choice or the Florida Baptist Childrens Home, P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL33802. Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Avon Pa rk stephensonnelsonfh.com www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 Page A7 CENTRAL FLORIDA CASKET STORE &; 1.736"; 6"; Black; obit page tv ads p/u; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 8 ICS CREMATION; 1.736"; 3"; Black; obit page tv incl; 0 0 0 3 4 2 0 0 t he name of the movie cann ot be released; however, t his very popular 2004 A merican Christmas comedy w ill be enjoyed by the entire f amily. It is rated PG. The movie will be shown o n the Highlands Art L eagues lawn (1985 L akeview Drive) and is s ponsored by the Sebring P ublic Library and the S ebring Community R edevelopment Agency ( CRA). Free to attend; a g reat family night out to get i n the holiday spirit. Bring b lankets, lawn chairs and a p icnic basket. The Carousel of Lights w ill be illuminated from 6-9 p .m. that evening in Circle P ark. In addition to the l ights, Santa will be there, t he interactive puppet show w ill be performing and s nacks will be provided. The C ircle Park is just a few b locks walking distance f rom the Highlands Art L eague. For more information, v isit w ww.HeartlandHolidayFest.c o m. Buttonwood Squares to host dance SEBRING The B uttonwood Squares will h ost a Christmas square d ance today at Buttonwood B ay RVResort. Rounds will b egin at 7 p.m. with Mike G ormley cueing. Nelson Wakeman will be calling the squares from 7:30-9:30. Snacks are provided and square dance attire is not required.Dance Club hosts Golden Era BandSEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host the music of the Golden Era 14-piece dance band from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at the Highlands Social Center, 3400 Sebring Parkway. Dance to the big band sounds of the s, s, and s. Snacks and sandwiches will be available. Admission is $7 for nonmembers and $5 for members. Dress is smart casual. Everyone is welcome, including singles. Call 3860855 or visit www.highlandsdanceclub.org on the Internet.Ballroom Dancers have Christmas danceLAKE PLACID The Lake Placid Ballroom Dancers will host a Red & White Christmas Dinner Dance on Saturday at the Elks Hall in Lake Placid, starting at 5 p.m. with a social hour, dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. and dancing until 9 p.m. Music by Chrissy. Tickets are $10per personfor LPBD members, and $12 per person for nonmembers. The public is invited; to purchase tickets, call Sandy Allen at 465-6547 orSusie Lee at 699-0886.AMVETS Auxiliary serves pork loinSEBRING AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will have a pork loin dinner from 5-7 p.m. Saturday for a $7 donation. Karaoke will be with BilDi from 6-9 p.m.Moose Lodge planning for New YearsSEBRING The Moose Lodge 2259 on U.S. 98is taking reservations for their New Years Eve Dance with music by Larry Musgrave. Members and their guests are invited to enjoy anhors doeuvres buffet, champagne toast, party favors and breakfast. The celebration will begin at 7 p.m., and the cost is $30 per person.Reservations can be made at the Lodge.For further information call 6553920.Music Under the OaksSEBRING There will be Christmas lightsand Country/Bluegrass/Blues and Gospel Musicat Under The Oaks Opry at 7 p.m. today and again at 2 p.m. Sunday. Aspecial Christmas show/supper is set for Dec. 27,hosted by G.W. Saunders. This is an inside family venue; no alcohol will be served.The venue is at 3501 Beck Ave. Call 253-0771 or likeUnder The Oaks Opry on Facebook.SFSC Winter Break begins Dec. 21South Florida State College will be closed Saturday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan 1, for Winter Break. The college will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 2.Str8Up Ministry plans partyLAKE PLACID The second annual Str8Up Ministry Christmas Party will be from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the Youth House, 113 S. Main St. Dinner is at 4:30 p.m. The entire community is invited to join the youth and mentors for a great meal, a bonfire, smores and caroling. 699-1480.Headhunters has ribbon cuttingSEBRING Sebring Chamber of Commerce new member Headhunters Hair Salon is having its ribbon cutting 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The address is 5367 U.S. 27. Continued from A2 Chase Allen Cody, 21, of 2 205 Golden Age Villas, A von Park $240,000 bond Samantha Ashle-Rose H aralson, 19, also of 2205 G olden Age Villas, Avon P ark $118,000 bond Brian Stanley Jones Jr., 2 9, of 703 State St., Avon P ark $240,000 bond Jesse Lee Personette, 26, o f 17B East Adams St., Avon P ark $240,000 bond. Devion Marcell R andolph, 22, of Avon Park ( general delivery) $ 223,000 bond. Edwardo Luis Rodriguez, 2 6, of 2205 N. DeSoto Ave., A von Park $450,000 bond. Mark Anthony Tish, 22, o f 1634 Wightman Ave., S ebring $450,000 bond. The robbery took place at 1 :59 a.m. Tuesday at 245 H ighlands Blvd. in Lake P lacid, according to arrest r eports from the Highlands C ounty Sheriffs Office. One o f the six victims reported t hat one of the suspects f orced his way into the east b edroom, brandishing a handg un, and demanded money f rom him. The suspect then stuck the v ictim on the top of his head w ith the handgun and the gun w ent off, shooting a slug into t he ceiling. The suspect stole $600 in c ash and a black and gray K ycora Boost touchscreen p hone from him, reports said. D eputies later found a spent shell casing on the bedroom floor. Asecond victim said a suspect armed with a handgun forced entry into his locked bedroom, demanded money from him and struck him across the right side of his face with the handgun, reports said. Athird victim reported that two people pulled him out of bed and threw him on the floor, kicked him in the ribs and held a handgun to his head, demanding money. They took a black and gray laptop from him, reports said. Three more victims were also attacked by two suspects who forced their way into a bedroom, grabbed one of the victims by his neck and held him against the bed, again demanding money. Another victim in that same bedroom was approached by a person with a gun demanding money. He said he had no money and pulled out his wallet to show him. The suspect then stuck him on the hand and on the left side of his face with the gun. The victim being held by his neck told the suspects he didnt have any money, so they walked out. The sixth victim was also in the fourth bedroom, but had hidden under his blanket and couldnt tell deputies any information.The fourth victim walked outside when the suspects left and saw six people get in a dark-colored minivan parked out front. Through their investigation, deputies connected the robbery to seven people who were connected to 2205 Golden Age Villas in Avon Park, where they found evidence connected to the case, including the stolen cellular phone. One of the seven was not listed among the ones arrested, but the suspects named an eighth person Personette as being involved with the case. When deputies caught up with Personette on East Adams Street in Avon Park, they searched his vehicle and found the stolen laptop and a black and white bandanna. Details of deputiesconversation with him were redacted from arrest reports, but the arrest report goes on to say that deputies obtained a search warrant for 2205 Golden Age Villas and found ammunition that matched the spent shell casing, a firearm of the same caliber which wasnt listed in arrest reports two black pairs of cargo shorts, a black sweatshirt, 500 Mexican pesos and $15 in U.S. currency. Deputies have linked the suspects to other robberies in the county, reports said. Further charges are pending investigation. Sheriff Susan Benton personally is asking members of the public to call us with any information on the suspects or possible related cases. We believe that they and maybe others in their group have victimized additional persons in our community and with your help we can not only hold these criminals in jail, but hopefully keep them out of the community for a long time, Benton said. Anyone with information on these subjects is requested to contact the Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Nathan Coogan at 402-7341 or 402-7250. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and eligible for a cash reward is asked to contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Continued from A1 Cody Haralson Jones Personette Randolph Rodriguez Tish Arrests made quickly in home invasion robbery Handley asked if a countyowned building on Kenilworth Boulevard might not make a permanent, cost-effective solution to the problem. The idea was not well received by law enforcement officials. At Tuesdays session, Commissioner Jim Brooks suggested the commission have what he termed a serious heart-to-heart with the sheriff and discuss the current needs for her operation. I realize that we are charged with the process of providing the sheriff and other constitutional officers with space, Brooks said. But before we spend any money I think we need to have a workshop with the sheriff, her staff and our staff. Brooks noted that the commission had spent well over $1 million and done little more than renovate some of the existing space at the current sheriffs office. I know were not going to make everybody happy with everything but Id just like to see us do it the right way, he said. Commissioner Jack Richie, who served two terms as county commission chair, noted that the commission had been moving forward on the project although not with great speed. Richie noted that commissioners also are looking at finding substantial funds to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. County Administrator June Fisher said staff had such things as timelines as well as information on investigation into the suitability of other facilities available for the discussion. In the past, the coun ty has looked into renovation of the Restoration Center at Sparta Road and State Road 66 as well as the former SunTrust Bank building in downtown Sebring as po ssible locations for the sheriffs operation. Current Commission Chair Greg Harris indicat ed he believed the sheriff simply wanted a new buil ding. The question was whether the commission could afford to underwrite such a project. Brooks added that some of the sheriffs needs have changed because the dispatch operation has been moved and renovated. Additionally, the development of a property and evidence facility is under way. However, Sheriff Susan Benton has indicated that there now are other duties that have been added statutorily for which her operation is responsible. Meanwhile, the deadline on Requests for Proposals closed for work on the Kenilworth Building on Thursday. Continued from A1 Obituaries Board wants to meet with Benton about HCSO building needs Benton rf Community Briefs d ards to rise if 75 percent of any group o f schools makes the two highest m arks. State officials said Wednesday t his marked the first time the new rule h as been used. For example, high schools will now h ave to score 70 percent of the points a vailable on the states grading system, u p from 66 percent, to get an A. The s tandard will increase from 62 percent t o 65 percent for a B, and there will be s maller increases in the scores necessary for C and D grades. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart praised teachers and students for the progress. They are doing a good job, and it is really important that we continue to raise the bar as Florida his done, historically, over the years, she said. At the same time, the state is continuing a policy aimed at preventing schoolsscores from falling by more than one grade a year while schools phase in new state standards based on the Common Core initiative. Seven high schools were protected by that policy this year, education officials said. Stewart said that scores could still slip after new tests based on those standards are implemented because Common Core is expected to be more rigorous than the states current guidelines. I think its fair to say that, just as with this move on our high-school grading we are raising the bar, thats what well be doing in -, she said. Continued from A1 High schools good report card means tougher standards will be used next time around

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Page A8News-SunFriday, December 20, 2013www.newssun.com rffntbffnf n frnffn f ffnfffnn nnn nnnfnffnnnbn f bfffnffbf fnbfnb f fn rff nt bf t f tf f rf ntbn rfntfrb btbfntf fbtbf tff fbftbfbnbfb bbbbbbnrbtn brfbbbnbbrftrfb fbbbttnbbtnftfbfrrb ntftffbfntftbbnb trfnt Classifiedtn bfbrbrnfnbnbffbftrb bbttnbbntbntrnbrffbb fnrfntntftbnrfbrfb bfbtbfbf bbfbtntftrfbntnbnn nnntnrnfftnbrbbbrnnf nntnfrbnrrbrbn btfrftrbfntrfbtftb bbtnntbbnftftb bffbnrftrbfrftrbbnnrbb bfntfbbbnrnbbttbf tbrftbnb rfffntbtbt ttn tbnnbbtnfntbntn nbn ttf IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.PC 13-365 Division IN RE:ESTATE OF LOUISE BYRD Deceased. AMENDED NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Louise Byrd,deceased,whose date of death was March 22,2013,is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands Court,Florida,Probate Division,the address of which is 590 South Commerce Avenue,Sebring,FL 33870.The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE 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 PUBLICAIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.11-837 GCS THE BAN OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE CWABS,INC.,ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES,SERIES 2006-20 vs. PAMELA V.RAMSAY A/K/A PAMELA V. PEART,UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PAMELA V.RAMSAY A/K/A PAMELA V.PEART, IF ANY,THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA,UNKNOWN TENANT(S), Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure filed November 21,2013 entered in Civil Case No.11-837 GCS of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County,Sebring,Florida,the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room in the Highlands County Courthouse,430 South Commerce Avenue,Sebring,FL 33870 in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes on the 15th day of January,2014 at 11:00 AM on the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to-wit: Lot 86,Lincoln Heights Subdivision,according to the Plat thereof,recorded in Plat Book 4,Page 42,of the Public Records of Highlands County,Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale,if any,other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens,must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 22nd day of November,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE,CLER K CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT As Clerk of the Court BY:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Cler k 1889724 13-00759-1 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,(863) 534-4690,within two (2) working days of your receipt of this Notice of Foreclosure Sale; if you are hearing or voice impaired,call TDD (863) 534-7777 or Florida Relay Service 711. December 20,27,2013 **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act,persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates,P.A.,P.O.Box 25018,Tampa, FL 33622-5018,telephone (813) 251-4766, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding.If hearing impaired,(TDD) 1-800-955-8771,or voice (V) 1-800-955-8770,via Florida Relay Service. December 13,20,2013 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.:28-2013-CA-000551 DIVISION: WELLS FARGO BANK,NA, Plaintiff, vs. MARIE DALIDA PIERRE,et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 04,2013 and entered in Case No.28-2013-CA-000551 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County,Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK,NA,is the Plaintiff and MARIE DALIDA PIERRE; are the Defendants,The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE,430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE at 11:00 AM,on the 6th day of January,2014,the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: ONE HALF (1/2) OF THE CLOSED MARIAN DRIVE CONTIGUOUS AND ADJACENT TO THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED REAL PROPERTY: LOT 10,BLOCK 1,RE-PLAT OF PORTION OF FISHER'S SUBDIVISION,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4,AT PAGE 10,SAID REPLAT BEING RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4,AT PAGE 78 BOTH OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. A/K/A 1803 MARIAN DRIVE,SEBRING,FL 33870-2238 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale,if any,other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 5,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates,P.L. P.O.Box 25018 Tampa,Florida 33622-5018 F13008197 WELLSLPS-SPECFHLMC-R-bdurosier-Team 1-F13008197 LINE OF EVANSTON STREET THE SAME BEING THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 11, BLOCK 191; THENCE IN A SOUTHWESTERLY DIRECTION ALONG THE NORTHWESTERLY LINE OF LOT 11,75 FEET; THENCE IN A SOUTHEASTERLY DIRECTION PARALLEL TO BELLEVUE AVENUE 150 FEET TO THE SOUTHEASTERLY LINE OF LOT 9 OF SAID BLOCK 191; THENCE IN A NORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERLY LINE OF LOT 9 TO THE SOUTHWESTERLY LINE OF BELLEVUE AVENUE; THENCE IN A NORTHWESTERLY DIRECTION ALONG THE SOUTHWESTERLY LINE OF BELLEVUE AVENUE TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.SAID LOTS LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF GOVERNMENT LOT 3,SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH,RANGE 29 EAST. A/K/A 839 EVANSTON STREET,SEBRING,FL 33870 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale,if any,other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 5,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates,P.L. P.O.Box 25018 Tampa,Florida 33622-5018 F12018539 NUTTER-FNMA-R-dpuhalla-Team 2-F12018539 **See Americans with DisabilitiesAct In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act,persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates,P.A.,P.O.Box 25018,Tampa, FL 33622-5018,telephone (813) 251-4766, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding.If hearing impaired,(TDD) 1-800-955-8771,or voice (V) 1-800-955-8770,via Florida Relay Service. December 13,20,2013 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.:28-2013-CA-000126 DIVISION: JAMES B.NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS,DEVISEES, GRANTEES,ASSIGNEES,LIENORS, CREDITORS,TRUSTEES,OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,UNDER,OR AGAINST RICHARD L. BRANSCOMBE A/K/A RICHARD LEE BRANSCOMBE,DECEASED,et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 04,2013 and entered in Case No.28-2013-CA-000126 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County,Florida wherein JAMES B.NUTTER & COMPANY is the Plaintiff and THE UNKNOWN HEIRS,DEVISEES,GRANTEES,ASSIGNEES,LIENORS,CREDITORS, TRUSTEES,OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY,THROUGH,UNDER,OR AGAINST RICHARD L.BRANSCOMBE A/K/A RICHARD LEE BRANSCOMBE,DECEASED; ROBERT P. BRANSCOMBE AS HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF RICHARD L.BRANSCOMBE A/K/A RICHARD LEE BRANSCOMBE,DECEASED; JOHN P. BRANSCOMBE AS HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF RICHARD L.BRANSCOMBE A/K/A RICHARD LEE BRANSCOMBE,DECEASED; TRACEY A. MCFEE F/K/A TRACEY A.BRANSCOMBE AS HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF RICHARD L. BRANSCOMBE A/K/A RICHARD LEE BRANSCOMBE,DECEASED; SANDRA J.PETERSON A/K/A SANDRA J.WALLER F/K/A SANDRA J. BRANSCOMBE AS HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF RICHARD L.BRANSCOMBE A/K/A RICHARD LEE BRANSCOMBE,DECEASED; GAYLE ANN GUIMOND A/K/A GAYLE A.GUIMOND A/K/A GAYLE SPREADBURY GUIMOND AS HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF RICHARD L.BRANSCOMBE A/K/A RICHARD LEE BRANSCOMBE,DECEASED; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,THROUGH,UNDER,AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OF ALIVE,WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE,HEIRS,DEVISEES,GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON BEHALF OF U.S.DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; are the Defendants,The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE,430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE at 11:00 AM,on the 6th day of January,2014,the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: THE NORTHEASTERLY HALF OF LOTS 9, 10 AND 11,BLOCK 191,WOODLAWN TERRACE,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1,PAGE 96, (TRANSCRIPT BOOK 1,PAGE 1),PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. SAID NORTHEASTERLY HALF OF SAID LOTS BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:BEGINNING AT INTERSECTION OF THE SOUTHWESTERLY LINE OF BELLEVUE AVENUE AND THE SOUTHEASTERLY service on Plaintiff's attorney,or immediately thereafter; otherwise,a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the News-Sun WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on this 15th day of October,2013. Clerk of the Circuit Court By:/s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law P.O.Box 23028 Tampa,FL 33623 EF-018688F01 **See the Americans with Disabilities Act If you 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,(863)534-4690,within two (2) working days of your receipt of this Notice of Action; if you are hearing or voice impaired,call TDD (863) 534-7777 or Florida Relay Service 711.To file response please contact Highlands County Clerk of Court, 590 S.Commerce Ave.,Sebring,FL 33870-3867,Tel:(863) 402-6591; Fax: (863) 402-6664. December 13,20,2013 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.:13000442GCAXMX DIVISION: JPMORGAN CHASE BANK,NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. ALFRED AWOMEWE,ET AL, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION To: THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ALFRED AWOMEWE Last Known Address:5050 Mendavia Dr, Sebring,FL 33872 Current Address:Unknown ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,THROUGH,UNDER,AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES,HEIRS,DEVISEES,GRANTEES,OR OTHER CLAIMANTS Last Known Address:Unknown Current Address:Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Highlands County,Florida: LOT 1,IN BLOCK 743,OF SUN 'N LAKE ESTATES OF SEBRING UNIT 15 R1,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 15,PAGE 64,BEING A 1989 REPLAT OF UNIT 15 AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 15,PAGE 40,BOTH OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 5050 MENDAVIA DR SEBRING FL 33872-9004 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the first publication,if any,on Albertelli Law,Plaintiff's attorney,whose address is P.O.Box 23028, Tampa,FL 33623,and file the original with this Court either before November 13,2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.2011CA000590 CITIMORTGAGE,INC., Plaintiff, vs. JAMES M.DOERR JR. A/K/A JAMES MICHAEL DOERR,JR.,et.al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 21,2013,and entered in Case No. 2011CA000590 of the Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County,Florida,wherein CITIMORTGAGE, INC.,is the Plaintiff and JAMES M.DOERR JR.A/K/A JAMES MICHAEL DOERR,JR.; MARLIN T.DOERR; UNKNOWN TENANT #1 N/K/A HEATHER WILBUR are the Defendant(s).Robert Germaine as The Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at 430 S.COMMERCE AVENUE,SEBRING,FL 33870 AT 11:00 A.M.on January 15,2014,the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment,to wit: LOT 10,RAMER'S ROOST SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 12,PAGE 66,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale,if any,other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 22nd day of November,2013. Robert Germaine As Clerk of the Court By:/s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT 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,(863) 534-4690,at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance,or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; Notice of Foreclosure Sale; if you are hearing or voice impaired,call TDD (863) 534-7777 or Florida 1-08655 December 20,27,2013 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA CASE No.:11-739 GCS HSBC BANK USA,N.A.,AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF RENAISSANCE HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2006-1, Plaintiff, vs. ANGEL L.CHABRIER,UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ANGEL L.CHABRIER,AURORA DEJESUS, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF AURORA DEJESUS, RHS INDUSTRIES,INC.RETIREMENT FUND,LUIS GONZALEZ AND ROSA HERNANDEZ, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 21,2013,and entered in Case No.11-739 GCS of the Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County,Florida,wherein HSBC BANK USA, N.A.,AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF RENAISSANCE HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2006-1,is Plaintiff and ANGEL L.CHABRIER,UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ANGEL L.CHABRIER,AURORA DEJESUS,UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF AURORA DEJESUS, RHS INDUSTRIES,INC.RETIREMENT FUND, LUIS GONZALEZ AND ROSA HERNANDEZ, are Defendants,I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room,Basement 430 South Commerce Avenue,Sebring,FL at 11:00 o'clock A.M.on the 15th day of January,2014,the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment,to wit: Lot 2,Block 4,Sun N Lakes Estates Holiday Country Club Section,according to the map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 8,Page 92,Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Street Address:204 Golfpoint Drive,Highlands,FL 33852 and all fixtures and personal property located therein or thereon,which are included as security in Plaintiff's mortgage. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus funds from the sale,if any,other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at Sebring,Highlands County,Florida,this 22nd day of November,2013. Bob Germaine Clerk of said Circuit Court By:/s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 20,27,2013 SPOUSE OF LINDA K.LEE N/K/A JOHN DOE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; UNKNOWN TENANTS are the Defendant(s).Robert Germaine as The Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at 430 S.COMMERCE AVENUE,SEBRING, FL 33870 AT 11:00 A.M.on January 10, 2014,the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment,to wit: LOT 16,HICKORY RIDGE SUBDIVISION UNIT 11,ACCORDING TO MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 15, PAGE 6,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA,AND THAT CERTAIN 1985 FUQUA DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME WITH VIN #'S FH3610695A & FH3610695B & REAL PROPERTY #R90 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale,if any,other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 1st day of November,2013. Robert Germaine As Clerk of the Court By:/s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT 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,(863) 534-4690,at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance,or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; Notice of Foreclosure Sale; if you are hearing or voice impaired,call TDD (863) 534-7777 or Florida Relay Service 711. 13-07538 December 13,20,2013 1050LegalsIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.28-2013-CA-000544 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE,LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. PERRY TOWLES AND LINDA K.LEE,et.al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 31,2013,and entered in Case No. 28-2013-CA-000544 of the Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County,Florida,wherein NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE,LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY,is the Plaintiff and PERRY TOWLES; LINDA K.LEE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PERRY TOWLES; UNKNOWN 1050Legals 1000 AnnouncementsSUBSCRIBE TO YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER THE NEWS-SUN TODAY! CALL 385-6155 CLASSIFIED ADS GET FAST RESULTS

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 20, 2013Page A9 NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 9.21 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 9.21,School Reports.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room,George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 9.21 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 8.38 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 8.38,Automotive Equipment.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room,George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 8.38 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Adds Section II.:Requiring all operators of School District vehicles to be appropriately licensed and adhere to all Florida laws and regulations including the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41, 1001.42,and 316.305,Florida Statutes. The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 8.36 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 8.36,Transporting Students in Private Vehicles.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room, George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870. The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 8.36 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Revision to Section III.D.:Requiring drivers of all privately owned vehicles in which students are transported to adhere to the traffic law which bans texting while driving.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42, and 316.305,Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 1050Legals NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 8.10 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 8.10,Safety.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room, George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870. The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 8.10 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Revision to Section X.Adds:Emergency plans shall include notification procedures for weapon use and hostage situations,hazardous materials and toxic chemical spills,weather emergencies, and exposure resulting from a manmade emergency.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42, and 1006.07,Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 6.29 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 6.29,Report of Misconduct.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room,George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 6.29 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Revision to section II.B.:Changes when information related to alleged misconduct by an employee is to be considered confidential,to include conclusion of the investigation with a finding to proceed or not to proceed with disciplinary action and notifying the subject of the finding.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42, and 119.071,Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 6.27 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 6.27,Professional Ethics.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room,George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 6.27 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows: Adds:Section III.,Regarding annual ethics training requirements for the superintendent and School Board members as required by law.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42,and 112.3142,Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 1050Legals NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 6.173 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 6.173,Responsibilities of School Bus Operators.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room, George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870. The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 6.173 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Revision to section II.E.:Stating that all school bus operators are to refrain from using a cellular phone while actively driving a bus,and also to refrain from using any other wireless communications device.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41, 1001.42,and 316.305,Florida Statutes. The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 5.62 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 5.62,Administration of Medications.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room,George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 5.62 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Adds Section IV.:Provision relating to the administration of emergency medications and the requirements for a school to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors and requires the use of trained personnel to administer medications except when self-administered medications.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41, 1001.42,768.13,and 1002.20,Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers, individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn. Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 reporting requirements for cyber bullying, provides for codes for reporting offenses resulting from bullying,provides for data reporting on the basis of sex,race,or disability,and expands bullying or harassment prohibition through the use of data or computer software to include the non-school related matters if it substantially interferes with or limits the victims ability to participate in school services,activities or opportunities offered by a school,or substantially disrupts the educational process or orderly operation of a school.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42, and 1006.147,Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 1050Legals NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 5.321 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 5.321,Bullying and Harassment.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room,George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper. The request must be submitted to Wally Cox, Superintendent,at 426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 5.321 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Defines bullying to include cyber bullying,provides for definition of cyber bullying,creates NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 4.117 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 4.117,Early High School Graduation.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room,George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 4.117 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Allows students who began a high school accelerated educational program before July 1, 2013,to continue that option; Modifies the requirements of early graduation to state that a student who earns twenty-four (24) credits in less than eight (8) semesters or the equivalent,may elect for early graduation. The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42,and 1003.4281,Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 3.60 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 3.60,Flag Display and Pledge.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room,George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street, Sebring,Florida 33870.The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 3.60 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows: Adds:Language regarding the proper display of the flag in compliance with state guidelines as well as federal guidelines.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42,and 256.015, Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers, individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn. Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn. Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 1050Legals NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 3.50 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 3.50,Public Information and Inspection of Records.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room, George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870. The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 3.50 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Adds:Section II.F. stating that when a complaint of misconduct is filed with the District against a District employee the information obtained in the investigation shall be added to the list of exemptions for public records inspection until the investigation is concluded with a finding to proceed or not to proceed with disciplinary action or charges and the subject of the complaint has been notified of the finding. The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42,and 119.071, Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers, individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AMENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 3.23 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 3.23,Emergencies.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room,George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 3.23 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Adds:List of Emergency Response Agencies that the District is responsible for notifying in the event of certain types of various emergencies. These Emergency Agencies includes various Law Enforcement Agencies of appropriate jurisdiction,the Health Department,Emergency Operations Center,Emergency Medical Services (EMS),and the Fire Department. The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42,and 1006.07, Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers, individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn. Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 perintendent,at 426 School Street,Sebring, Florida 33870.The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 2.22 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Clarifies meetings open to the public where official acts are to be taken and corrects grammatical errors within section XI.F.of the rule; Modifies rule in compliance with Florida Statute 286.0114,to allow members of the public a reasonable opportunity to be heard on a proposition before the board; Adding language regarding board members as custodians of social media messages received or sent regarding school matters.All such records are the responsibility of the sender/receiver to maintain in accordance with public records requirements,or to provide such records to the School District for safekeeping. The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42,286.0114 and 1001.371,Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 1050Legals NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN A MENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 2.22 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 2.22,Board Meetings.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 ,at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room,George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring, Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,SuPUBLIC NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Notice is hereby given that on the 17th day of December,2013,in accordance with Section 336.09 and 336.10 of the Florida Statutes,the Board of County Commissioners of Highlands County,Florida,adopted a resolution vacating,abandoning,discontinuing and closing a road described as follows: Commence at the Northeast corner of Lot 1, Block 10,LAKE BLUE ESTATES according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4 at Page 59 of the Public Records of Highlands County,Florida; thence North 31 degrees 50'30'' East,along the Westerly right of way line of Lake Clay Drive,being a 50 foot right of way,a distance of 38.64 feet to a point on the South line of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 30; thence North 89 degrees 30'00'' West,along said South line,a distance of 9.37 feet to the Westerly right of way line of Lake Clay Drive,being a 66 foot right of way; thence North 31 degrees 50'30'' East,along said Westerly right of way line,a distance of 158.06 feet to the South line of a 66 foot right of way; thence North 89 degrees 30'00'' West,along said South right of way line,a distance of 282.23 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING,said point also being the Point of Curvature of a circular cuvre to the left,having for its elements,a radius of 117.00 feet and a central angle of 63 degrees 53'33''; thence in a Southweserly direction,along the arc of said curve, an arc distance of 130.47 feet to a point of reverse curvature,of a circular curve to the right,having for its elements,a radius of 183.00 feet and a central angle of 13 degrees 38'17''; thence in a Southwesterly direction,along the arc of said curve,an arc distance of 43.56 feet to a point on the Northerly line of the aforesaid 66 foot right of way; thence North 89 degrees 30'00'' West, a distance of 140.72 feet to a point,said point being on a curve concave to the Northwest and having a radial bearing of North 00 degrees 30'00'' East and a radius of 117.00 feet; thence in a Northeasterly direction, along the arc of said curve,through a central angle of 63 degrees 53'46'',an arc distance of 130.48 feet to the point of reverse curvature of a circular curve to the right,having for its elements,a radius of 183.00 feet and a central angle of 63 degrees 53'45''; thence in a Northeasterly direction,along the arc of said curve,an arc distance of 204.09 feet to a point; thence South 00 degrees 30'25'' West,a distance of 66.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 15631 square feet or 0.3588 acres,more or less Renouncing and disclaiming any rights of the County and public in and to same. Dated this 20th day of December,2013. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA CHAIRMAN ATTEST:Robert W.Germaine,Clerk December 20,2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.PC 13-491 IN RE:ESTATE OF NELSON D.HELVIG Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of NELSON D.HELVIG,deceased,whose date of death was November 12,2013,is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands Court,Florida,Probate Division,the address of which is 430 S.Commerce Ave.,Sebring,FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS A FTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claim with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE,ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 13,2013. Personal Representatives: /s/ Nancy J.Watson 2429 Ecuadorian Way #1 Clearwater,Florida 33763 /s/ Nelson J.Helvig,Jr. 46593 Route #1 South Alexandria Bay,New York 13607 A ttorney for Personal Representatives: CLIFFORD M.ABLES III,P.A. 551 S.COMMERCE AVE. Sebring,Florida 33870 Telephone:(863) 385-0112 Fax:(863) 385-1284 E-Mail:cmables@cmablespa.net Secondary E-Mail:craigb@cmablespa.net / s/ Brandon S.Craig A ttorney for Petitioner Florida Bar Number:0085800 December 13,20,2013 TION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE,ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 13,2013. Personal Representative: F.Ray Byrd 3817 Sebring Parkway Sebring,FL 33870 BREED & NUNNALLEE,P.A. A ttorneys for Petitioner 325 NORTH COMMERCE AVENUE SEBRING,FL 33870-3206 Telephone:(863) 382-3154 By:/s/ E Mark Breed III E.MARK BREED III Florida Bar No.338702 Email Address:service@bnpalaw.com December 13,20,2013 1050Legals

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Page A10News-SunFriday, December 20, 2013www.newssun.com CHECK YOUR AD Please check your ad on the first day it runs to make sure it is correct. Sometimes instructions over the phone are misunderstood and an error can occur. If this happens to you, please call us the first day your ad appears and we will be happy to fix it as soon as we can. If We can assist you, please call us:314-9876 News-Sun Classified 1100Announcements NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA TO CONSIDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN A MENDMENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RULE 9.50 AND NOTICE OF POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY is developing an amendment to Rule 9.50,Distribution of Literature and Materials to Students.The School Board will discuss/approve future plans to amend the rule at a regular meeting of the Board on T u e s d a y J a n u a r y 1 4 2 0 1 4 at 5:30 p.m.in the Board Meeting Room, George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870.If requested by an affected person in writing within 14 days of the date of this notice,a rule development workshop will be noticed in a local newspaper.The request must be submitted to Wally Cox,Superintendent,at 426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870. The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to modify Rule 9.50 in accordance with annual review and implementation of statutory and district changes and other corrective measures as deemed necessary.A summary of the proposed rule or amendment is as follows:Adds:Requirement that the Superintendent or designee shall approve literature or materials from out-of-school sources and as statutorily referenced to Section 847.012,Florida Statute, prohibits sale or distribution of harmful materials to minors.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41, 1001.42,and 847.012,Florida Statutes. The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 or amendment is as follows:Adds Section IV.:Requiring school reports to be published on the Districts website and in the local newspaper.The specific legal authority includes Sections 120.54,1001.41,1001.42, and 1008.25,Florida Statutes.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will have no effect on small business.The School District believes that the proposed rule or amendment will not result in substantial increase in costs or prices paid by consumers,individual industries or state or local government agencies,and will not result in significant adverse effects on competition,employment,investment,productivity,innovation or international trade and/or alternative approaches to the regulatory objective either do not exist and/or are precluded by law.The cost to the School District of promulgating the proposed rule or amendment is estimated to be $200.The estimated annual cost of implementing and enforcing the proposed rule or amendment is $0.The text of the proposed rule or amendment can be obtained at the Superintendents office (Attn.Marlene Welborn) George Douglas Administration Building,426 School Street,Sebring,Florida 33870,between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, BY:Wally Cox Superintendent & ex officio secretary December 20,2013 1050LegalsDUMMY 2013 SERVICE DIRECTORY DUMMY 5X21.5 AD # 00026404

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Lake Placid Call 239-935-9445. 8050Boats & Motors 8000 RecreationNOTICEFlorida statute 585.195 states that all dogs and cats sold in Florida must be at least eight weeks old, have an official health certificate and proper shots and be free of intestinal and external parasites. 7520Pets & Supplies SEBRING GIGANTIC2 Family Sale! Sat. 8 5pm. 1616 Crescent Dr. Designer shoes, purses & clothes & much more! SEBRING FRI.SAT. 8 4pm. 5808 Twisted Oaks Dr. Christmas wreaths, lights, decor, ribbon, craft items, washer/dryer, camp equip., 50amp surge protector, 30amp ext. cord, RV patio rugs, etc. SEBRING ESTATESALE! Sat. 8 ?. 2420 Jackson Hts Dr. Shoes (new & used), clothes, crafts, kitchen items. EVERYTHING MUST GO! SEBRING -MOVING SALE Dec. 21-22. Everything must go! That's it no more sales. Maryland & Kansas. From 8am to 5pm. Fairmont Park across from Walmart. BIG SALE*Fri & Sat, Dec 20 & 21, 8am-3pm. Avon Park, 222 S. Forest Ave, (turn south off Main St by Depot Restaurant, go 1/4 mile). Professional office furnishings, furn., full room of vintage rattan, cedar, antique. business desks, glass display case, fishing, art, toys, antiques. tools, household, computer cabinets, racks, servers, switches, network supplies, many high quality items, SEE CraigsList.com. 7320Garage &Yard Sales SEBRING ** ESTATE SALE * Fri. Sat. & Sun., Dec. 20, 21, 22 8AM-4PM 3106 Medical Way, Apt. #10. US Hwy 27 to Desoto Rd (at new Burger King) or Highlands Avenue to Medical Way. Parking available at the Fitness Factory adjacent to apartment complex or on the street. Please do not use complex parking lot as spaces are designated for residents! Sleep sofa, loveseat, end tables, tall stained glass style lamp, fashion and vintage jewelry, beadcraft, hospital bed, day bed, Fiesta indiv. bakers, Correlle, Lock & Lock storage, pots/pans, microwave stand, rolling rack, file cabinets, books, Elvis, Snow Babies, floral chair, bureau, ladies 1X & 2X clothes, bookcases, stands, racks, toiletries, X long twin sheets, towels, storage containers of every shape, size color and material. Craftsman staple/nail gun, hand tools, sm tool boxes, label maker, very lg assortment of office supplies: paper, spiral, composition and legal pads, folders, notebooks, trapper keepers, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters used and in packages, staplers, rulers, clips, pins. View us on www .estatesales.net Donna Collins Estate Sales AVON PARK Sat. Only! 8:30 4:30. 1500 US Hwy 27 South. Misc. items. AVON PARK* MULTI FAMILY 31 E Charles St., Sat & Sun, Dec 20 & 21, 8am 3pm. Furn., Clothing, Tools, Pet Supplies, Collectibles, Household Items. Much More! 7320Garage &Yard Sales CLOWN COLLECTION.$25. Call 863-381-1467 BABY CRIB* CHILDLINE Excellent Condition! Ivory color, Includes all Linens (Comforter, Bumper pads & Sheets) $75. SOLD!!!! 7310Bargain Buys SECTIONAL SOFAW/recliner on each end. Very clean. Excel. cond. La-Z-Boy. $350. obo. Call 863-452-2443 DOUBLE RECLININGSOFA & LOVE SEAT La-Z-Boy. Earth tones. $500. 863-452-6439. 7180Furniture 7000 MerchandiseFULL KITCHENRESORT 2BR/2BA, with amenities $100 per day + $98 exchange fee. Stay in Kissimmee at Silver Lake or your choice of many top quality resorts worldwide. Contact 863-471-3587 6500MiscellaneousRentalsSEBRING SUNN Lake. Seasonal 4/2, 2 car garage. $2500. Call 920-459-8239. 6320Seasonal PropertyNICE 3bedroom 2 bath house. new paint carpet & tile. near mall, $850. (561)662-7172 6300Unfurnished Houses 6300Unfurnished HousesCOME ENJOYthe lifestyle on beautiful Lake June Available for either seasonal or annual rental (minimum of two months). Call Tony at 561-339-1859 6250Furnished HousesAVON PARK* LEMONTREE APTS 1BR. Available immediately Washer/Dryer, Microwave & WSG included. Pets OK! Call Alan 386-503-8953 6200UnfurnishedApartmentsSEBRING -2/1 Villa. Wood floors, new fans, W/D, fridge, tile floors, patio, newly renovated. Very Private & Nice. $550/mo. Call 561-967-7161/ 561-386-0051 6100Villas & CondosFor Rent 6000 Rentals PALM HARBORFACTORY LIQUIDATION SALE 6 models to choose from 1200 sq. ft. up to 2400 sq. ft. 12K OFF! John Lyons @ 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details LEASE TOOWN 2/2 OR 2/1.5 mobile home. Completely remodeled. $500 per month $1000 security deposit. 3303 Highlander, 6126 or 6130 Oak Crest, Sebring. 863446-2414. AVON PARKFor SALE 12' x 50' Mobile Home w/screened in Patio. Car Port and 8 x 8 Utility Building. Completely furnished. In a 55+ Park. $10,000. 863-452-0805. Serious Inquiries Only! 5050Mobile HomesFor SaleAVON MOBILEHOME PARK 55 PLUS. PARK MODEL, LOW LOT RENT. $4000. 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By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comSEBRING The gap c losed a little bit this time a round, during the Girls W eightlifting Tri-Meet T uesday in the fieldhouse o f Firemens Field. Lake Placid and Hardee b oth came to challenge S ebring and improve on their lifts, and while there were some personal bests set, the Lady Blue Streaks came away with the win, totaling 45 points to t he Dragons 32 and Lady W ildcats 17. Another good day, a nother day of improvem ents, Lake Placid head c oach Donald Ridgeway s aid of his squad who saw f our weight-class wins. Their first came from K iki Slade, unchallenged in t he 101-pound class, as she b enched 75 pounds, clean a nd jerked 85 and came out w ith a 160-pound total. Jumping up to the 110 c lass, Sebring got a win f rom Katie Stoll who t otaled 185 pounds, 95 on b ench and 90 in the clean. Lake Placid, however, p icked up points by taking s econd and third in the c lass with Brandy M cMahon going 80 and 90 for 170 and Cheyenne Slade going 75 and 70 for 145. The Streaks increased their lead by taking the top two in the 119 class. Ayana Thomas and Ansley Salender actually lifted equal amounts overall at 185, with Thomas going 95 and 90 and Salender 85 and 100, but the pre-meet weigh-in had Thomas a little more than one pound lighter, which gave her the win. Marissa Chancey put up matching 80s for a 160 total to get third place for the Dragons. Up to the 129 class, Lady Streak Imani Tate got a big win by equaling her bench high of 130, and setting a personal best in the clean at 135 for a 265 total. Second and third went to Hardees Mersiline Cimeus and McKenzie Staton, at 205 and 195 respectively, before Lake Placids Shonkeriaa Robinson took fourth at 185. The Lady Dragons picked up some ground by taking the top two spots in the 139 class. Abigail Samperi and Joanna Sanchez matched each other on the bench with 100 pounds each, personal bests for both. But Samperi hoisted 125 Last Sunday, Dec. 15, my p artner, Nick DeSanta and I f ished the fourth O keechobee/Istokpoga Team T rail tournament on Lake I stokpoga. The wind was pretty gusty w hen we arrived at the boat r amp and everyone was e xpecting a rough weather d ay. As it turned out, we m issed the forecasted rain b ut the wind never let up all d ay. Lake Istokpoga can be a t ough lake this time of the y ear and on this day it p roved to be a challenge. Thirty-three boats particip ated and around 22 pounds t ook first place. I dont have the specifics o n who won the tournament, b ut when I receive the r esults Ill add it to my next c olumn. I saw one bass weighed in t hat was around 9.8 pounds a real beauty. Up until that fish was brought to the scales an 8.5 pound bass was the biggest lunker brought to the scales. Nick and I fished the north end of the lake, picking up a couple of keepers early before we moved over to Josephine Creek. Fishing the area with swim baits, we caught another 10 or 12 fish, but nothing bigger than three pounds. Anumber of bass would blow up on our swimbait, but not take it. There were fish in there, but we couldnt find any big fish. We weighed in five fish but finished with a little under 10 pounds. One of the guys told me the two teams that did really well were throwing crankbaits and rattletraps in deeper water. I suggested early on that we try some traps to Nick, but we never seemed to get around to it. I have a guide trip tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and thats what were going to start with. I think the bigger bass are off-shore, preparing for the spawn. The smaller buck bass appear to be shallower, probably looking for bedding sites. Over the next few weeks the bigger females should start moving in.Lake Jackson Wednesday Tournament We had 8 boats fish with us on Lake Jackson last Wednesday. Lots of wind again for this tournament and again, lots of small fish brought to the scales. Dwight Ameling and his partner Bob Stanley won with 3 bass weighing just under 6 pounds. My partner, Jeff Laster and I weighed in three fish to finish in second place with just under 5 pounds. This lake has produced hundreds of bass over the last six months in these Wednesday tournaments, but most have been in the 1214 size range. Some of these tournaments have seen anglers catch as many as 50 bass in 4 hours, with the best three weighing less than 6 pounds. Only three bass have been weighed in over 5 pounds; a 5.8, a 5.6 and a 5.2. Thats pretty surprising when you consider weve fished this lake 25 weeks in a row. On the other hand, we fished Lake Glenada on Friday only seven times and every tournament had at least one fish over six pounds, and a total of five bass weighed over 7 pounds. Abig difference in the two lakes. This week the guys are fishing Lake Glenada again on Wednesday. I wont be able to join them since Ill be on Lake Istokpoga on a guide trip but Ill report in my next column how they did. Next Wednesdays tournament (Dec. 25) has been moved to Friday, Dec. 27, at Dinner Lake. Anyone interested can pay their $20 entry fee at the boat ramp. Come out and join us if you can.New B.A.S.S. Chapter The Sebring BassMasters are officially the newest ba ss club to be formed in this area. We originally considered calling ourselves the Dirty Burd BassMasters adopting popular lure manufacturers name, but decided to name the club after the city of Sebring. Our tournament schedule for 2014 has been established, kicking the year off on Lake Istokpoga in January. News-Sun Friday, December 20, 2013 BSection Sports Dan Hoehne/News-S un Haylee Peters beat the Auburndale goalkeeper on this play, but it would stand as Sebrings lone goal in Tuesdays loss. By TAYLOR TUBBS News-Sun correspondentSEBRING Tonight was j ust about surviving, said h ead coach Richie Birdsall. The Sebring Blue Streaks t ook on one of the toughest t eams in the district, the A uburndale Bloodhounds, w ith over half of their varsit y squad missing at F iremens Field on Tuesday n ight. The final score was 8-1, b ut especially for the first h alf of the game the Streaks w ere able to hold their own. Auburndale made the first g oal of the night early on, b ut powerhouse forward H aylee Peters responded at t he 25-minute mark with a goal of her own to tie up the score. Peters approached the goal from the right, following the ball in and beating out the goalie to make the connection with the net. Unfortunately that was Sebrings only goal of the night, while Auburndale continued to climb up the scoreboard. At the 20-minute mark Auburndale struck again with another goal right before the water break. Sebrings usual goalie, Shannon Blooemsma, was substituted out at this point and replaced by Alina San Miguel. We had a lot of girls that had to leave early to go to a chorus concert, said Birdsall. We had to rearrange the whole defense when Shannon (Blooemsma) left. However this newly arranged Sebring defense was able to dodge bullets and hold off the attacking Hounds for the remainder of the first half, leaving the score a respectable 2-1 going into the break. In the second half of the game the effects of the missing varsity members became more evident. At the 36-minute mark Auburndale scored off of a long shot from midfield, where the ball caught an unlucky bounce past San Miguel. San Miguel had a number of good saves throughout the night, including a jumping block where the ball nearly soared into the top reaches of the net. With 28 minutes remaining Auburndale snuck another goal through a crowded Sebring defense, widening their lead to 4-1. Directly following the water break, the Bloodhounds struck again in a throng of goals at the 19, 16, 10, and 9-minute marks. For the remaining nine minutes the Streaks held off Bloodhounds bash short-handed Streaks See SOCCER, B4 Dan Hoehne/News-Sun Imani Powell powered up a personal best 135 in the clean and jerk Tuesday evening. Fishin Around Don Norton Okeechobee/Istokpoga Team Trail braves blustery day See BASS, B3 Lady Streaks push past Green Dragons, Wildcats See LADY, B4 News-Sun reportTuesday was a night of big wins and thrilling, though heartbreaking losses among area basketball teams. Cruising to easy wins on the night were the Avon Park boys and Lady Blue Streaks. The Red Devils traveled to Mulberry and whipped the Panthers by a 57-37 score to stay even with McKeel atop the District 9-4Astandings at 5-1 each. The Tigers got a push from a fiesty Lake Placid squad, but held them off with a 60-52 win to keep pace with the Devils. The Lady Blue Streaks doubled up on visiting Clewiston at home Tuesday, trouncing those Lady Tigers 68-34. Jamiese Wiley lead Sebring with 18 points, with Jazmin House adding 13 an d Christacia Dawkins 10. Lake Placids Lady Dragons saw their eightgame winning streak halted by McKeel by a 51-45 scor e. Interestingly, Lake Placids last loss had come at the hands of the Lady Tigers on Thursday, Nov. 2 1. But if the scores are any indication of the Dragons improvement, they are on the brink as McKeel needed to storm back with an 18-6 fourth quarter to overcome a game-long Lake Placid lead. County Hoops recap Dan Hoehne/News-Sun fil es Connor Cook paced Sebring with 21 points Tuesday, but it wasnt quite enough in a 67-66, double OT loss at DeSoto. See HOOPS, B4 Sebring45Lake Placid32Hardee17

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Alumni Hoops fundraiserAVON PARK Former Avon Park and Sebring girls basketball players will lace up their high-tops once again Saturday, Dec. 28, for the Old School Jump-Off Girls Basketball fundraiser. The action gets underway in the Avon Park High School Gym, with a youth game at 6 p.m. and the Alumni game at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $8 at the door, $5 for early ticket purchase. There will also be concessions, prizes and a halftime show. So come on out and see some of your former favorties renew old rivalries. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Coach Daley at (863) 873-3903.Senior 70s SoftballSEBRING The Highlands County Senior 70s plus league will start Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Highlands Sports Complex. Sign up on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. For more information call John Kloet at 414-4245 or Bill Todd at 385-5632.Sebring Elks GolfSEBRING The Sebring Elks Lodge No. 1529 monthly golf outing will be held at Golf Hammock Golf and Country Club on Monday, Jan. 6, beginning at 8 a.m. Cost is $34 which includes golf, cart, lunch and prize fund. To sign up contact Jack McLaughlin at jacknjudy33872@gmail.com or leave a message on (863) 471-3295. Check in not later than 7:40 a.m. by the Pro Shop.Highlands County 2014 Adult Winter LeaguesSEBRING Registrations and Fees are due Tuesday, Jan. 7 no Exceptions. Coaches meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 6 pm. League play will begin the week of January 14th. Cost is $360 Per team plus $15 Sanctioning Fee Ages 16 and up for Womens, Church and Recreation Aand B Leagues. To register or for more information, please call the Highlands County Sports Complex at 402-6755 or Bob Keefe at 381-8284 or Dustin Ridenour at 3818269. The complex is located at 216 Sheriff s Tower Rd, Sebring, FL33870.Hammock Half Marathon/5K SEBRING The 6th Annual Hammo ck Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk is set f or Highlands Hammock State Park o n Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 with a 7:30 a.m starting time. Custom long-sleeve Dri-fit for Ha lf Marathon and short-sleeve Dri-fit for t he 5K. This years Half Marathon will al so feature a team relay made up of up to fo ur individuals running 3.0, 3.0, 3.0, and 3 .1 mile sections. Relay entry rates apply to all relay tea m members and should be submitted toget her with team name by January 17 in ord er for proper awards to be ordered. Those desiring an entry form may co ntact race director Chet Brojek at cbr ojek@comcast.net or by calling 385-473 6 and leaving a message. Entry fee for t he 5K is $20 thru January 17 and $30 aft er the 18th thru race day. Hammock Half Marathon fees are $3 5 thru January 17 and $45 after the 18th. Race day registration will be fro m 6:45-7:10 a.m. The race features custom trophies or plaques for overall, master and gran d master champions, trophies for first th ru third in 16 male and female age groups in the Half and Trophy to first in age grou ps and medals for 2nd and 3rd in the 5 K Run/Walk. Chip timing will be provided by Centr al Florida Striders. The Half Marathon is made up of tw o 6.5 mile loops that utilize the trails an d portions of the loop road. It is a challen ging course, but provides you a chance to see areas of the park that you would n ot ordinarily see, said a Striders club mem ber. Astep beyond the ordinary, you shou ld try running the Hammock Half on Janua ry 25. The proceeds of the race benefit t he Friends of Highlands Hammock Sta te Park who provide thousands of dollars of support to the park each year. Visit friendsofhighlandshammock.o rg for more information. Come join the fun at our 6th Annu al Hammock Half Marathon and 5 K Run/Walk. AMERICAN CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA New England1040.714369311 Miami860.571310296 N.Y. Jets680.429246367 Buffalo590.357300354 South WLTPctPFPA y-Indianapolis950.643338319 Tennessee590.357326355 Jacksonville4100.286221399 Houston2120.143253375 North WLTPctPFPA Cincinnati950.643354274 Baltimore860.571296277 Pittsburgh680.429321332 Cleveland4100.286288362 West WLTPctPFPA x-Denver1130.786535372 x-Kansas City1130.786399255 San Diego770.500343311 Oakland4100.286295393NATIONAL CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA Philadelphia860.571364349 Dallas770.500393385 N.Y. Giants590.357251357 Washington3110.214305434 South WLTPctPFPA New Orleans1040.714359270 Carolina1040.714328208 Tampa Bay4100.286258324 Atlanta4100.286309388 North WLTPctPFPA Chicago860.571406391 Green Bay761.536353362 Detroit770.500362339 Minnesota491.321363425 West WLTPctPFPA x-Seattle1220.857380205 San Francisco1040.714349228 Arizona950.643342291 St. Louis680.429316324 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ___ Sundays Games Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Denver at Houston, 1 p.m. Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 4:05 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. New England at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Mondays Game Atlanta at San Francisco, 8:40 p.m.LEAGUELEADERSAFC Quarterbacks AttComYdsTDInt Manning, DN58039348114710 Rivers, SD4823374048289 Rthlsbrgr, PIT525 34039152511 Smith, KC480 2923160236 Brady, NE578 35240492310 Rushers AttYds AvgLGTD Charles, KC24611814.804611 Mathews, SD23610124.29515 Moreno, DN224 9394.1925t10 Johnson, TEN230 8603.7430t5 Tate, HOU1817714.26604 Receivers NoYds AvgLGTD Johnson, HOU99129513.162t5 Brown, PIT95130713.8568 Edelman, NE8991410.3446 A. Green, CIN87126814.682t8 Wright, TN85100711.8452 NFC Quarterbacks AttComYdsTDInt Foles, PHI2661652398232 McCown, CHI2201471809131 Rodgers, GB2511682218154 Wilson, SEA357 2313077248 Brees, NO575 392 45003410 Rushers AttYdsAvgLGTD McCoy, PHI26913434.99 57t7 Peterson, MN26812214.56 78t10 Forte, CHI25812004.65 557 Morris, WAS23611254.7745t6 Lynch, SEA26010894.194311 Receivers NoYds AvgLGTD Garcon, WAS96114611.953t4 Marshall, CHI90118513.24410 Bryant, DAL81106113.17911 Jeffery, CHI80 126515.880t7 Graham, NO76 107114.156t14EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB Boston 1215.444 Toronto 914.3911 Brooklyn916.3602 New York817.3203 Philadelphia719.2694.5 Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami 196.760 Atlanta 1412.5385.5 Charlotte1214.4627.5 Washington1113.4587.5 Orlando 818.30811.5 Central Division WLPctGB Indiana 205.800 Detroit 1314.4818 Chicago 915.37510.5 Cleveland915.37510.5 Milwaukee520.20015WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio205.800 Houston179.6543.5 Dallas 1510.6005 New Orleans1113.4588.5 Memphis1015.40010 Northwest Division WLPctGB Oklahoma City204.833.5 Portland225.815 Denver 1410.5836.5 Minnesota1313.5008.5 Utah 721.25015.5 Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Clippers189.667 Phoenix1410.5832.5 Golden State1412.5383.5 L.A. Lakers1213.4805 Sacramento717.2929.5 ___ Wednesdays Games Utah 86, Orlando 82 Miami 97, Indiana 94 Charlotte 104, Toronto 102, OT Detroit 107, Boston 106 Atlanta 124, Sacramento 107 Washington 113, Brooklyn 107 Minnesota 120, Portland 109 New York 107, Milwaukee 101,2OT Dallas 105, Memphis 91 San Antonio 108, Phoenix 101 Houston 109, Chicago 94 L.A. Clippers 108, New Orleans 95 Thursdays Games Chicago at Oklahoma City, late San Antonio at Golden State, late Fridays Games Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Indiana, 8 p.m. Toronto at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Denver, 9 p.m. Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.LEAGUELEADERSSCORING FGFTPTSAVG Durant, OKC21721168628.6 Anthony, NYK23315966026.4 Love, MIN20715363025.2 James, MIA22814463025.2 Harden, HOU16516353724.4 REBOUNDS OFFDEFTOTAVG Love, MIN9624634213.7 Howard, HOU9324633913.0 Jordan, LAC11024135113.0 Drummond, DET14020334312.7 Aldridge, POR6823330111.1 ASSISTS GASTAVG Paul, LAC2629311.3 Wall, WAS242199.1 Curry, GOL232079.0 Holiday, NOR241948.1 Lawson, DEN221778.0 Teague, ATL262098.0 Jennings, DET252008.0EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA Boston2392489470 Montreal21123459176 Tampa Bay20113439382 Detroit15129399199 Toronto171633799105 Ottawa1416634101118 Florida131753181110 Buffalo8233195998 Metropolitan Division WLOTPtsGFGA Pittsburgh251015111278 Washington1813339107102 Carolina14137357994 Philadelphia15154348193 N.Y. Rangers16172347995 New Jersey14156348387 Columbus14164328795 N.Y. Islanders91972585121WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA Chicago257555138102 St. Louis22744811480 Colorado22101459678 Minnesota20115458483 Dallas161253795101 Nashville16153357895 Winnipeg151653595106 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA Anaheim24755311691 Los Angeles2384509768 San Jose21764811284 Vancouver201064610086 Phoenix1810541105103 Calgary131653186108 Edmonton112232593123 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ___ Wednesdays Games Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Rangers 3, SO New Jersey 5, Ottawa 2 Thursdays Games Boston at Buffalo, late Phoenix at Toronto, late Columbus at Philadelphia, late Minnesota at Pittsburgh, late Florida at Ottawa, late Calgary at Detroit, late Nashville at Tampa Bay, late Montreal at St. Louis, late Vancouver at Dallas, late Edmonton at Colorado, late San Jose at Los Angeles, late Fridays Games Anaheim at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Washington at Carolina, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Chicago, 8 p.m. Florida at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.SCORINGLEADERSGPGAPTS Crosby, PIT36193049 Kane, CHI37202646 Malkin, PIT3293241 Getzlaf, ANH33162339 Ovechkin, WAS32281038 Tavares, NYI35132538 Perry, ANH36221537 Backstrom, WAS3482937 Steen, StL33221436 Thornton, SJ3453136BASEBALLNational League MIAMI MARLINSAgreed to terms with 3B Casey McGehee on a one-year contract.HOCKEYNational Hockey League ST. LOUIS BLUESAgreed to terms with F Alexander Steen on a three-year contract extension. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNINGSigned D Jean-Philippe Cote to a two-year contract. Reassigned D Matt Taormina and F Dana Tyrell to Syracuse (AHL). LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid THURSDAY: Boys Basketball at Taveniere Tournament,Sebring,vs.Tenoroc,3 p.m. MONDAY,Jan.6: Boys Basketball vs.Okeechobee,7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs. Okeechobee,6 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.Sebring,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY,Jan.7: Boys Soccer vs.Hardee,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer at Hardee,6/7:30 p.m. Sebring TODAY: Boys Basketball vs.Tenoroc,7 p.m.; Wrestling at Immokalee Duals,3:30 p.m. SATURDAY: Wrestling at Immokalee Duals,9:30 a.m. THURSDAY,Dec.26: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,vs.Avon Park,7:30 p.m. Avon Park TODAY: Girls Basketball at Lake Region,6 p.m.; Boys Soccer at Ft.Meade,8 p.m.; Girls Soccer at Ft.Meade,6 p.m. THURSDAY,Dec.26: Boys Basketball at Taveniere Tournament,Sebring,vs.Sebring, 7:30 p.m. N B A F R I D A Y 8 p m Houston at Indiana . . . . . . . . E S P N 1 0 : 3 0 p m Minnesota at L.A. Lakers . . . . . . E S P N S A T U R D A Y 8 p m Cleveland at Chicago . . . . . . . . W G N C O L L E G E B A S K E T B A L L S A T U R D A Y N o o n Georgetown at Kansas. . . . . . . E S P N 2 p m Florida State vs. Massachusetts . . . . S U N 3 : 3 0 p m Gonzaga at Kansas State . . . . . E S P N 2 4 p m Michigan State at Texas. . . . . . . C B S 4 : 3 0 p m Florida vs. Fresno State . . . . . . . S U N 5 : 3 0 p m Illinois at Missouri. . . . . . . . E S P N 2 7 : 3 0 p m Notre Dame vs. Ohio State . . . . . E S P N 2 1 0 p m Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt . . . . . . S U N 1 1 : 3 0 p m Colorado vs. Oklahoma State. . . . E S P N 2 W O M E N S C O L L E G E V O L L E Y B A L L S A T U R D A Y 9 : 3 0 p m NCAA Tournament Final. . . . . E S P N 2 C O L L E G E F O O T B A L L F R I D A Y 8 p m NCAA Division I Semifinal New Hampshire at North Dakota State . . . . . . . E S P N 2 S A T U R D A Y N o o n NCAA Division II Championship Northwest Missouri State vs. Lenoir-Rhyne . . . E S P N 2 2 p m Gildan New Mexico Bowl Washington State vs. Colorado State . . . . . . . . . E S P N 3 : 3 0 p m Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State vs. USC . . . . . . . . . . . . . A B C 5 : 3 0 p m Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo vs. San Diego State . . . . . . . . . . . E S P N 9 p m R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette . . . . . . . . E S P N Times, games, channels all subject to change G O L F F R I D A Y 9 a m Royal Trophy Day One . . . . . . G O L F S A T U R D A Y 9 a m Royal Trophy Day Two . . . . . . G O L F 2 p m Wendys Three-Tour Challenge . . . . G O L F N H L S A T U R D A Y 7 p m Carolina at Tampa Bay . . . . . . . S U N LIVESPORTSONTV NFL NBA NHL Transactions Page B2 News-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 www.newssun.com By STEVEN WINE Associated PressMIAMI With the addition of third baseman Casey McGehee, the Miami Marlins have replaced half of their punchless 2013 lineup. McGehee, a five-year major league veteran who played in Japan last season, agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract Wednesday. Miami earlier acquired catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman Garrett Jones and second baseman Rafael Furcal to shake up an offense that ranked last in the majors in runs and batting average. We needed to get more production offensively, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said. We still have some work to do, but were very comfortable with the progress weve made this offseason. Miami designated 2008 first-round pick Kyle Skipworth for assignment. The catcher went hitless in three at-bats during a brief stint with the Marlins in his major league debut this year. Marlins third basemen totaled three homers and 44 RBIs in 2013, worst in the majors in both categories. McGehee hit .292 with 28 homers in Japan last season. It was a great learning experience for me, he said. I had to rely on myself a lot more as far as what I was doing at the plate. I started to realize the home runs showed up more when that wasnt the sole purpose of my at-bat. And being humbled a little bit having to go over to Japan all those things combined, I re-found my confidence. Now Im excited about coming bac k and jump-starting my career over here. McGehees stint at thir d base for the Marlins mig ht be brief. They took University of North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran with the sixth overall pick in the amateur draft, and hes expected to eventually take over the job. Moran definitely had an influence in our decision-making process, H ill said. We invested a lot in him. We didnt want to rush him, but theres nothing we have seen that leads us not to believe hes going to be a produc tive player. When hes ready to be there, hell be there. McGehee signs with Marlins

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 Page B3 GRIFFIN'S CARPET MART; 7.444"; 10"; Black; 12/20/13; 0 0 0 3 4 6 1 7 Wednesday, Jan. 1 Activity: New Years Day Hike (approx. 7 miles) Location: Arbuckle Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Located east of Avon Park in Polk County, five miles south of Frostproof and is part of the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest which was purchased by the state to protect numerous rare and endangered plants and animals. Meet at south gate entrance. Bring: Snacks, water, lunch sun and insect protection. Contact David Waldrop at 863-605-3587, or email: david_lwfl@yahoo.com fo r meet-up time and other details. Heartland Trail Association upcoming activities The next meeting of the c hapter is scheduled for T uesday, Jan. 7, at 5:30 p.m. a t REDS II. Anyone interested in l earning more about the c hapter can give me a call or s top by the store. As an affiliated B.A.S.S. c hapter, this is a points-drive n bass club with 11 schedu led tournaments and one e nd-of-the-year Classic. Each tournament is a draw tournament, placing a boater with a non-boater. Pounds and ounces are c onverted to points, with b onus points given for live r eleased bass. Christmas In this day and age when e veryone is so concerned a bout being politically and s ocially correct, I guess Im o ld school. Id like to thank all my r eaders for the kind words, e ncouraging emails and i nteresting phone calls, as well as Dan Hoehne, Sports Editor and the staff at the News Sun for a fun year of writing these weekly columns. Id also like to thank everyone for their support and patronage of REDS II. To each of you, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Don Norton is a professional tournament bass fisherman, bass fishing guide, and custom rod builder. He lives in the Golf Hammock area of Sebring with his wife Lexie, and is the owner of a custom rod building company appropriately named The American Fisherman. He is also the owner of REDS II, a full-service fishing tackle store located at 3603 Sebring Parkway, in Sebring, FL. You can reach him at 863-273-4998 or by email at donorton13@gmail.com. Visit his American Fisherman Facebook page or his website at theamericanfisherman.com. or stop by the store to see him anytime. Continued from B1 Golf Hammock The Ladies Association played a Low Gross -Low Net event on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Coming in with the Low Gross in the First Flight was Jeannie Fivecoat with a score of 90, with Judy Kelly second at 95 and Shirley Enochs with a 99. Low Net for the flight went to Trudy Stowe with a 70. Judy Trier was second with a 72 and Ruth Harris third at 73. In the Second Flight, Low Gross was won by the 103 of Joyce Stanley. Carol Troup carded a 107 for second and Jean Haig a 108 for third. Low Net in the flight went to Wanda Hastie and her score of 70, with Cindy Dall next at 74 and Betty Clarke third with a 76. Last Monday, Dec. 16, the Mezza Group played Individual Pro-Am Points. In A group there was a tie for first place between Don Brewer and Les Campbell at plus 2. There was also a tie in first place in B group between Mike La Jiness and Bob Trier at plus 1. Paul (Taff) Brown scored plus 6 to take first place in C group and a tie for second place between Harry Anderson and Paul Brown II at plus 2. David Mulligan came in first place in D group with a plus 2 and Rick Cloverhouse in second place at plus 1. Stan Griffis scored plus 3 that was good for first place in E group and Billy Parr came in second at plus 1. In F group John Robertson came in first place with plus 2 and in second place was Doug Haire at even. Dave Hankinson scored plus 5 for first place in G group and Bob Wimmers came in second place at plus 1. There was a tie for first place in H group between Jerry Hodges and Bob Hughes at plus 1. Tony Frances shot a plus 3 to take first place in I group and a tie for second place between Bob Morrison and Bob Colandrea at plus 1. Jack Carlton came out on top with plus 2 in J group and a three way tie for second place between Bill Katcher, Janet Regan, and Jim McFetride at minus 1. Billy Ringo had a plus 8 that was good for first place in K group and Dick Lindsay in second place with plus 2. Next Monday the Mezza Group will play at Golf Hammock beginning at 7:45 a.m. For those who want to make up there own foursome, contact Pete at 382-1280.Lake June WestThe Monday Ladies took to the course on Dec. 16, and saw the team of Donna Palmetier, Kathy Armstrong, Beth Schunke and Patty Mancuso come in with a 36 for the win. Annie Hall, Virginia Simmons, Beryll Hansen and Sylvia West were next with a 40, while Joyce Swartz, Barbara Cash, Charlotte Mathew and Chris Heath were one more shot back in third at 41. Closest to the pin saw Joanne McGill get to 9-feet, 11-inches from No. 2, Verna Knishka to 12-feet, 7inches from No. 4 and Helene Mellon to 7-feet, 6-inches from No. 8. A Mixed Scramble was the play of the day on Thursday, Dec. 12. Helene Mellon was joined by the Huffmans, Orville and Eva, as well as the Orrs, Bob and Elaine, to score a 53 for the win. The Denharts, Dick and Norma, along with the Schultzs, Tom and Margaret, teamed with John Ruffo to snare second with a 54. For closest to the pin, Joe Swartz got to 22-feet, 3-inches from No. 4 and Orville Huffman to 8-feet, 3-inches from No. 2. Charlotte Mathew hit to 6-feet, 8inches from No. 8 for the ladies. A Mens Best Ball event was played on Wedensday, Dec. 11. Joe Swartz, Norm Grubbs, Al Welch and Larry Heath teamed up to card a 40 for first place. John Byron, Dan Butler, Jack MaGinnis and Dick Reany were three back, at 43, for second. In closest to the pin, Bill Fowler hit to 11feet, 2-inches from No. 2, Ron West to 15-feet, 5-inches from No. 4 and Dick Reaney to 1feet from No. 8. Monday, Dec. 9, saw the Monday Ladies play and the team of Joyce Swartz, Doris Weeks, Betty Billau and Kathy Armstrong take the win with a 40. Just one shot back with a 41 were Elaine Orr, Betty Kinchloe, Virginia Simmons and Chris Heath. One more shot back, at 42, were Annie Hall, Eva Huffman, Sylvia West and Janice Barringer. Barringer then had closest to the pin on the day, getting to a mere 5-inches from No. 2, while Mellon hit to 8-feet, 6-inches from No. 4 and Cash to 10feet, 8-inches from No. 8.SpringLakeOn Wedensday, Dec. 18, the SpringLake Ladies League played a TwoPerson Team, Alternate Hole on the front nine of the Cougar Trail course. The back nine played as a Best Ball Net Score. The winning teams in Flight One were Teri Swisher and Pearl Bradford with a net 62, followed by Lou Cannon and Rebecca Shatney with a net 63. Flight Two winners were Roberta Briggs and Barbara Stevens with a net 57 and Kay Gorham and Sharon Warner took second place with a net 61. Patty Miller and Julia Starr took first place in flight three with a net 63, while Laverne Calkins and Eleanor Demitz followed with a 66. Closest to the pin on hole 3 was the team of Diana Ackling and Wanda Baker. Pearl Bradford took hole 12, and Donna Ryan had 2 chip-ins. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the SpringLake Mens Golf Association conducted an Individual Net Score (Flighted) contest on the Cougar Trail golf course. There were three flights. A Flight winners were Bo Bohanon with a net 66, Edd Vowels with a net 68 and Les Greenlee with a net 70. Tying for fourth place at net 71 were Jon Brower, Gary Behrendt and Joe Austin. In B Flight, Bill Kingshott led with a net 65, followed by Pat Shatney with a net 67. Tied for third with net 68s was Vern Hoffman and Bart Bartholomy. In a tie for fifth at 71 net strokes were the trio of Dale Stevens, Ed Clay, and Larry Colclasure. There was a tie for first place in C Flight at net 68 between Ed Griffith and Charlie Keniston. Jim Foote placed third with 70 net strokes, followed by John Schroeder at 71 and Dave Docherty at 75 net strokes. BASS chapter meeting on the horizon

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Page B4 News-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 www.newssun.com SPRINGLAKE GOLF RESORT* NEW; 3.639"; 3"; Black; sports fri ads; 0 0 0 3 4 1 5 5 RACE-THRU KWIK LUBE; 1.736"; 3"; Black; tv incl; 0 0 0 3 4 1 9 8 any further Auburndale goals and avoid an early, mercy-rul ending. Peters was even able to manage one last shot on goal in the final two minutes of the game. Even though the score doesnt reflect it, we had a good game, said Birdsall. The girls played tough and didnt give up the entire time. Considering that over half of the girls playing were on JV, the Streaks definitely held their own against a formidable team. With third place pretty much clenched in the district, Birdsall remarked that the best thing we can do right now is get healthy, stay focused, and get the whole team together. When all of the pieces of a puzzle fall into place at the right time, its amazing what can happen. The Lady Streaks faced Lake Wales Thursday and then have the rest of the year off before returning to action Monday, Jan. 6, at Lake Placid. Up in Auburndale, the Sebring boys came up short against the district-leading Bloodhounds. After spotting the hosts to a 2-0 lead in the first half, the Blue Streaks played the m even in a 2-2 second half, but couldnt quite climb out of the hole in the 4-2 loss. This, like the girls, puts the squad (4-3-1) squarely in third place in the District 1 13Astandings behind Auburndale (10-0) and Lak e Wales (6-3) and ahead of Hardee (3-5-1) with just on e district match left to play. That one match was Thursday against the Highlanders, which will be followed by the holiday break before the team returns to action Tusday, Ja n. 7, at Frostproof. Continued from B1 i n the clean, to Sanchezs 1 15, to get the win 2252 15. Erica Roberts totaled an e ven 200 to get third for H ardee and Maci Harris put u p 185 overall to take f ourth for Sebring. The Wildcats then picked u p a win at 154 with Briana G ardner going 100 and 115 f or a 215 total. Sebring Iesha Weathers w ent for 115 on the bench a nd 95 in the clean to come u p 10-pounds short for seco nd. Elizabeth Tauchen then w ent for a 165 total to give t he Streaks more points for t he third-place finish. The Streaks then got a b ig first and second in the 1 69 class as Briah Thomas p owered up 280 pounds b etween her two lifts and T eresa Ware went for 240, w hile Hardees Kim Hooks t ook third at 205. Breauna Corley nudged L ake Placids total up a bit w ith a win at 183. The first-year competitor p ushed up 100 on the b ench, which was equaled b y Sebrings Naijah Sholtz a nd Joslean Kerly. But then the Dragon senior did a 140 in the clean for a 240 total to get the win. Sholtz got 90 in the clean, Kerly 80, to finish second and third, respectively. Bethany Phillips added another Lake Placid win in the 199 class, going 145 and 125 to total 270, with Sebrings Nakeema Thomas next with a 120 and 130 for 250. Finally, the big lifts of the day came in the unlimited class where Blue Streak Ali Sanchez cracked the 300-pound barrier by muscling up a whopping 160 on the bench and a 140 in the clean to take the win. Lake Placid then took second and third with Mozealla Sholtz and Zanteria Shuler totaling 275 and 150. All the girls will now have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the holidays before returning their focus on taking the next step of the Sub-Sectional Qualifier, almost a month away. Then, on Saturday, Jan. 11, they will make their way to Charlotte and see about pushing their way along toward state. Continued from B1 Dan Hoehne/News-Sun Joanna Sanchez had the look of stoic concentration as she pressed a personal best on the bench for the Dragons Tuesday at Sebring. Lady lifters can now relax for the holidays The thrilling heartbreaker of the night was in Arcadia with the Sebring boys falling by one in double overtime to DeSoto, 67-66. The Streaks had topped the Bulldogs by a 67-60 count at home on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in a game that they were able to maintain a decent lead throughout. This time around, neither team was able to pull away to any extent as DeSoto lead by two after one, Sebring had a one-point edge at the half and still held the lonepoint lead after three. The Bulldogs tied it in a lockdown fourth, with an 8-7 edge, and the teams drew even at 9-9 in the first overtime. DeSoto was able to eke out a 9-8 edge in the second extra period for the win, which saw the Blue Streaks go 12-24 from the free throw line on the night. Connor Cook lead Sebring with 21 points, with Quantrae Rouse adding 13 points and 11 rebounds and Luke Ancrum getting 12 points 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. The result creates quite the logjam in the District 1 15Astandings as the Streaks, Bulldogs and Lemon Bay all stand at 2-1. That race will shake out after the new year begins, but Sebring will keep busy with tonights home game against Tenoroc before hosting the annual three-day Taveniere Tournament begi nning Thursday, Dec. 26. Continued from B1 Soccer looks to get healthy Streaks drop a heartbraker By STEVEN WINE Associated PressDAVIE Now that Ryan T annehill has made 30 NFLstarts, M iami Dolphins offensive coordin ator Mike Sherman is wondering w hy Texas A&M ever played him a t receiver. Tannehill switched to quarterb ack as a junior and started 19 g ames there for A&M. The Dolphins made him a firstr ound pick in 2012, and this month h es playing the best football of his b rief pro career, which is a big reas on theyre mounting a late-season s urge toward a playoff berth. Hes a work in progress, S herman said. He tries to get bett er every single week. Hes very c onsistent. But heres a guy that h adnt played a whole lot of majorc ollege football at the quarterback p osition. I dont know what his h ead coach was thinking. The second-guessing was accomp anied by a grin, because T annehills coach at A&M was S herman. Both can laugh now about T annehills abbreviated receiving c areer, because more than ever he l ooks like a keeper at quarterback. During the Dolphinsthree-game w inning streak this month, T annehills passer rating is 103.2, s ignificantly higher than his career f igure of 81.5. He has completed 65 percent of h is passes in December for 843 y ards with eight touchdown passes a nd only two interceptions. He has thrown for the go-ahead s core in the final minutes each of t he past two weeks to beat Ben R oethlisberger and Tom Brady. As a result, the Dolphins (8-6) could clinch the final AFC wildcard berth as soon as Sunday at Buffalo. Most of our success has come from Ryan continuing to develop every single day, receiver Mike Wallace said. Despite an NFL-high 51 sacks, Tannehill hasnt missed a snap this season. Such continuity is a watershed for the Dolphins, who started an NFL-high 17 quarterbacks from 2000 to the beginning of 2012. Tannehills 23 touchdown passes this year are the most in a season by a Miami quarterback other than Dan Marino. At his current pace, Tannehill will also become the first Dolphins quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards since Marino in 1994. Even so, Tannehills statistics have yet to rival the leagues elite QBs. He ranks seventh this year in interceptions, ninth in touchdowns, 10th in yards and 18th in passer rating. He sometimes holds the ball too long, as reflected by his sack total, and has consistently underthrown the speedy Wallace deep, which happened again Sunday in a victory over New England. I think I might be open this year deep more than Ive ever been, Wallace said with a chuckle. Its crazy. Even so, Wallace sings Tannehills praises, as do other teammates and the coaching staff. I like the way hes been playing, said coach Joe Philbin, not one to gush. Hes making good decisions. Usually thats the No. 1 criterion at that position. Since the start of his rookie season, Tannehill has shown an eagerness to learn from mistakes and shrug off success. Hes like our head coach in many ways, Sherman said. He has a very even demeanor. He doesnt get too high, he doesnt get too low, he just takes it all in and moves forward and takes it in stride. Hes excited about winning this last ballgame. But hell file that away, OK, what do we have to do this week? Whats the game plan?Thats just the way he is. Tannehills quick to accept blame when things go wrong and credit teammates when things go right. Lately there has been a lot of credit to share, with Wallace, receiver Brian Hartline, tight end Charles Clay and running back Daniel Thomas all having big games in recent weeks. Guys around me are just helping me out so much, making big plays out of normal plays, Tannehill said. Despite a recent uptick, the Dolphins rank still in the lower half of the league in most offensiv e categories, and 21st in points. But the patchwork line has blocked better lately, and the twominute offense has been excellent all year, making Miami tough to put away. Only two of the Dolphins defeats have been by more than four points, while theyve won six times by six points or less. Their pattern has been to keep the game close, then give the ball to Tannehill at the end, a formula that might make them dangerous in the playoffs. We have big things ahead of us, he said. AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/APNFL. Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SteveWine Tannehill making late-season strides for Dolphins MCTphoto Ryan Tannehill has made great strides this season in pushing the Dolphins toward the playoffs. By The Associated PressFlorida and Michigan will o pen the 2017 season in the C owboys Classic in A rlington, Texas. The prime-time game is s cheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 It will be Floridas first r egular-season, non-confere nce game outside the S unshine State since the G ators lost at Syracuse in 1 991. You dont get these o pportunities very often, F lorida athletic director J eremy Foley said. Our schedule has been pretty consistent through the years. We were presented this opportunity and just thought it was something that our fans would embrace, our program would embrace. It would give us great national visibility. Obviously, a very difficult ballgame against a storied program that excites us. Michigan will be the away team; Florida the home team. Game officials and replay crew will come from the Big 12 Conference. Each school will receive 25,000 tickets for the neutral-site game at AT&T Stadium, home to the NFLs Dallas Cowboys. The $1.2 billion stadium opened in 2009. It already hosted the Super Bowl and is scheduled for the 2014 NCAAmens Final Four and the first college football national championship under the new playoff format in January 2015. Michigan played in 2012 Cowboys Classic, losing 4114 to Alabama. Michigan, Florida to open 2017 season in Texas

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D ear Santa I want a Barbie for C hrismtas and Dog D olls for Christmas and a iPad for Christmas t oo. And for the homel g et them Dog Dolls and a Barbie and God bless o ur troops. Zoey Hobbs D ear Santa Claus I will wot to know about t he nopol and abouthow a re the rowdoph and r owdoph mom and bad. a nd Mrs. Santa claus a nd the Elves. I will wot a toys bobe and a t ablet and a DS and a n ade tablet and Merry C hristmas. Love, Maria Espinoza D ear Santa A re you go to give p rasnset to everydoby. I w hat for Christmas e verydoby to get there p ransnset. I love you. D ear Santa H ow are you doing in t he northpole. Hi Santa h ow are your elfs doing t oo. Is Miss Santa C laue doing in the n orthpole. Are your r aindear doing supper g ood in the northpole. I w ant a bik and 5 new g ames. Merry C hristmas. Love, Jose D ear Santa H ow are the raindeer d oing. I hope there g ood. Because I hope I l ist. Your friend, Wyatt D ear Santa W e like your toys and M rs. Santa. We love y our house. I wish I can s ee you again and I like y our slay and we love y our evilf with them f unny erly. I hope you h ave a Merry Chrismas. Travis Wiggins D ear Santa H ow are you Stanta. I a m in second grade. I l earn math and reading. M y teacher name is M rs. Wlison. She helps m e learn more math a nd more reading skills. I would like to have a N adi2 tablet. Love, Jasmine D ear Santa, H ow are you? I have b een good. I is Rudolpr a nd cupid? I hope my b rother is not in the n otty list. I hope you h ave a Merry C hristmas. I hope yuo b ring me a preset. Sergio Dear Dad, My Dad it is all most my birthday. I want a new babby horse. Do you no what grade I am in. If you no say me me me. if you dond no rase your hand. It is all most my birthday. I wand a new babby horse. how old are you. I fergot? How old am I? If you say no say me me me. your hand. Dear Santa, the north pole. I want for Christmas is just play dow plus. How are your rain dears. Your friend, Geabb Dear Santa Claus, are you doing today? I want for Christmis is a good times. Love your friend, Caroline Daer Santa, good. I was wandring wut wood you like for going to leve some cookys and caris. Frome, Cameon Edwards Dear Santa, Thank you for all the presnts. and thank you for all that you do for us and thank you for giveing us nice things for us. Love, Janelis Dear Santa, how are you Santa I now your job is really anpottint how are the raindeers? Santa how is ms clus? I hop you both are ok. I hop the raindeers ok. I wish I Dear Sate, how are yure rainders. I hope they are doing good because Crismis isi comeing December 25. Yue is coming because yue awse com on Crismis dais. So I well be asepp when yue com on the 25. I wht a PSPwthe a game is made 2012. Good by. I hope ner rainders or doing vaer good so yue can com on December 25. Good by. Your friend, Jyeri Mark. t Jenning Dear Santa, Are you bussy. I have read all the books of you. Chiarly is watching us, you no. Santa I have been good. Love, Cameron I receved your Elf. How are your Elfs. Are you busy. Is Mrs. Clause well. 13 days form Christmas. Love, Ethan Dear Santa Clause, I have been a good boy this year. I want a monentron helcopter. Dear Santa Clause, I have been really good this year. I hope you will get me new close and new shos for Crimse. I want a cuse for my rabow loam. Love, Taylor Dear Santa, I have been a good girl game a computer. Dear Santa Clause, I had been a good boy. I would like a trt bike. Merry Chrismis Kavon Brown Dear Santa, I been pritty good this year. I want a 2ds. Tobi Dear Santa Clause, I have been a good boy this year. I want a I Pod for Christmas. Mary Christmas. Sant Clause. Love, Landon Dear Santa Clause, I want a new toy this year. I wunt a new mokies, PJs and smart board. I will make you cookies too. Love, Jalynn Dear Santa Clause, I have been a good boy. I would love a puppies for Christmas. I hop you like the cookies. Love, Cody Dear Santa, I want an Iphone for Chrismas. And also people never believe me. Mostly Lauren. Love, Wyatt Dear Santa Clause, I have been a good girl this year. I wold love a new voborn baby for Christmas. I hope you like my cookies. Love, Lauren Dear Santa Clause, I want a littel baby doll for Chrismiss. And I hope you like youer Love, Ava Dear Santa Clause, I have been a good boy this year. When you luke ar my rivvingirater you see my Chrismas list on the rivingrater. David Dear Santa, Tell Comet and Rodor that thir my frinds and that I love them. Love, Donavin Dear Santa Clause, I beleve in you Santa Clause. I love your present. I hope you have a good Chismas. Love, Lanie Dear Santa Clause, i benn a good girl this year. I would like a la la la lopsey doll. Kelsie Dear Santa Clause, I been good boy. I want a fooball game. Jordan Dear Santa Clause, I have been a good girl this year. I would love a new toy. Naomi Dear Santa Clause, I have been a good boy this year. I would love a new toy for Christmas. Emarion www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 Page B5 SFSC Community Relations; 5.542"; 10.5"; Process color; Letters to santa; 0 0 0 3 4 6 4 6 A few students at Cracker Trail Elementary School and Lake Country Elementary School were kind enough to share their letters to Santa. A few even drew pictures on the back of their letters. They are printed exactly as they were written (and, of course, they were forwarded to the North Pole).

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By CANDICE CHOI APFood Industry WriterNEWYORK Take a nother look at that food l abel. An ingredient or two m ay have vanished. As Americans pay closer a ttention to what they eat, f ood and beverage compan ies are learning that unfam iliar ingredients can invite c riticism from online petit ions and bloggers. The risk o f damaging publicity has p roven serious enough that s ome manufacturers have r eformulated top-selling p roducts to remove mysterio us, unpronounceable comp onents that could draw susp icion. Earlier this year, for e xample, PepsiCo Inc. said it w ould stop using brominated v egetable oil in Gatorade a nd find a another way to e venly distribute color in the s ports drink. Last year, S tarbucks said it would stop u sing a red dye made of c rushed bugs based on comm ents it received through a v ariety of means, including a n online p etition, and s witch to a t omato-based e xtract. Kraft F oods plans t o replace a rtificial dyes w ith colors d erived from n atural spices i n select varie ties of its m acaroni and c heese, a nod t o the feedb ack its hearing from pare nts. Ali Dibadj, a Bernstein a nalyst who covers the packa ged food and beverage i ndustry, says the changes r eflect a shift from democr atization to activism by c onsumers. It used to be that people w ould just decide not to buy t he product. Now theyre a ctually agitating for c hange, Dibadj said. Theres a bullhorn which i s the Internet so you can g et a lot of people involved v ery quickly. Companies stand by the s afety of their old recipes. A lthough they dont typicall y provide details on product ion decisions, their reasons f or using certain ingredients c an include cost and manuf acturing efficiencies. Still, food and beverage m akers can be sensitive about broadcasting any changes. Chick-fil-A, for instance, has been removing artificial dyes and high-fructose corn syrup from its dressings and sauces. The Atlanta-based chain is also testing a clean ingredient bun but has not alerted customers. The reason companies dont publicize it is that they dont want to bring attention to these ingredients. They want to slowly start to remove them until theyre all gone, said Vani Hari, who runs the site FoodBabe.com and has pressured companies to remove artificial dyes and other ingredients. There are no numbers tracking how many companies are reformulating products in response to consumer demand. But even if recipe changes arent in direct response to petitions or blogs, executives understand that ingredients can become a liability once they fall out of favor with the public. High-fructose corn syrup, for example, has gained a negative image in recent years and has been blamed for fueling bad eating habits. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy group, says the sweetener is no more harmful than ordinary sugar in large amounts. But Kroger Co. decided to remove it from store-brand cereals following surveys with consumers in 2011. The supermarket chain isnt alone. Over the past decade, the use of high-fructose corn syrup in packaged foods and drinks has fallen 18 percent to 6.1 million tons last year, according to market researcher Euromonitor International. The latest moves to swap out ingredients underscore the growing sway consumers have through sites such as Change.org, which lets people post petitions. In the past, a customer complaint about an ingredient may have been addressed with a boilerplate letter from corporate headquarters. But now people can go online to share their concerns with thousands of like-minded individuals. John Boeheim, of New Yorks Hudson Valley, says he avoids a number of ingredients, including the artificial sweetener aspartame and a red dye, in part because of what hes read on blogs and social media. Weve taught our kids to look at the labels, to look at the ingredients, Boeheim said. Companies are paying attention too. Chick-fil-A says it will continue to improve ingredients to keep up with changing tastes and even invited Hari to spend the day at its headquarters sharing her concerns. Not all companies are making changes, at least not right away. The Mississippi teenager who called for the removal of brominated vegetable oil in Gatorade, for instance, is now taking aim at Coca-Colas Powerade, which also contains the ingredient in select varieties. As of Tuesday, Sarah Kavanaghs petition had more than 57,000 supporters. In a statement, Coca-Cola noted that all its ingredients comply with regulations. But the company also said it is always looking for ways to evolve its formulas. Another petition that asks Mars Inc. to remove artificial colors from M&Ms had more than 141,000 signatures. In an emailed statement, the privately held company stressed the safety of its ingredients. Although it has not announced any changes, the company noted that it continues to explore the use of naturally sourced colors and that it is constantly evaluating its ingredients based on a variety of factors, including consumer preference. Page B6 News-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 www.newssun.com DR. PALOSKY, D.D., ERIC; 3.639"; 3"; Black; dec ads; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 6 DR. ROTMAN, DARRIN; 1.736"; 3"; Black; healthy living; 0 0 0 3 4 2 0 1 Healthy Living MCT/Metro A s people begin to pay more attention to whats in the food they buy at the market, many manufacturers are changing their products to include less mysterious-sounding ingredients. As food labels get closer look, ingredients vanish Ali Dibadj food inudstry analystTheres a bullhorrn which is the Internet so you can get a lot of people involved very quickly. DearPharmacist: Im prone to tension headaches, but during the holidays, theyre constant. I take ibuprofen and sometimes hydrocodone. Can you help me? J.R., San Jose, California Answer: Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Millions of people get them. The trigger could be an argument, poor posture, lack of sleep, overworking yourself, chronic pain, tight muscles, eyestrain, skipping a meal or grinding your teeth. One main reason is muscle tightness. An occasional tension headache is no big deal, but if theyre chronic, defined by more than 15 per month for 3 months solid, I can see why you take that medicine! Termed CTTH, short for chronic tension-type headaches, these can cause depression, even if you are a happy-go-lucky person. While painful, these headaches differ form migraines because they dont have the nausea, halo or any type of aura. This makes them much easier to manage as compared to migraines where you have to discover the migrenade and eliminate it. The term migrenade is my word for a trigger that you eat, inhale or create that goes off in your body like a grenade, causing your migraine. There are no real migrenades in CTTH so you can usually eliminate or at least manage these much quicker. The reduction of stress or ending an unhappy relationship can help. Here are some supplements that may help you become headache free: Rhodiola: Perfect for people with a lot of mental stress, emotional conflict or anxiety. As you know, that can cause tension headaches. Because rhodiola removes ammonia and lactic acid from your blood, it could help with muscle fatigue. Shoot for about 100mg per day, taken anytime before lunch as it may be slightly stimulating. Magnesium: Simple solution for tight muscles a common trigger for CTTH. Magnesium relaxe s your muscles. If you read my Drug Mugger book, over 200 prescription med ications mug it from your body leaving you at risk f or muscle aches, migraines, depression, high blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmias. Some forms of magnesium will give you diarrhea. Choose high quality brands. Arnica Cream: You can buy this at health food stores, it helps soothe mus cle aches and relax tight muscles. When the ingred ients found in this beautifu l flower extract get into you r cells, they temporarily shu t down a metabolic pathwa y called NF Kappa B, (NF B ) which spills nasty paincausing chemicals (termed cytokines ). You can have your massage therapist rub it on too. Hops: Known also as Humulus lupulus, this herb can reduce histamine levels, a compound (better termed a cytokine ) that is associated with headaches. Hops also helps you to fall asleep, and we know insomnia is a trigger for CTTH (and migraines). When I say hops, I mean the supplement form or te a, not beer! Hops is known as a flavoring agent in beer. I offer natural and pharmaceutical treatment options for dozens of types of headaches in my new book, Headache Free available in January. See my website for details www.DearPharmacist.com /. Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist and the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist and Real Solutions. For more information, visit www. DearPharmacist. com. This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure your condition. Natural cures for holiday headaches Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen ATLANTA(AP) U.S. health officials have issued a travel advisory for the Caribbean island of St. Martin because of a mosquito-borne disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says its closely following reports of the chikungunya virus among residents of the French side of St. Martin. The World Health Organization has reported 10 confirmed cases. The CDC says its the first tim e the disease has been repor ted among non-travelers in the Western Hemisphere. The virus can cause fever, joint pains, a rash, muscle aches and headaches. Travelers to St. Martin are advised to avo id mosquito bites by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, an d to use air conditioning. CDC issues travel health advisory for St. Martin

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By GILLIAN WONG Associated PressBEIJING Chinese a uthorities said Wednesday t hat a 73-year-old Chinese w oman died after being i nfected with a bird flu s train that had sickened a h uman for the first time, a d evelopment that the World H ealth Organization called worrisome. Chinas Center for Disease C ontrol and Prevention conf irmed the woman in the city o f Nanchang had been i nfected by the H10N8 bird f lu virus, a strain that had n ot previously been found in p eople, the Jiangxi province h ealth department said on its w ebsite. This is the second new b ird flu strain to emerge in h umans this year in China. I n late March, the H7N9 bird f lu virus broke out, infecting 1 40 people and killing 45, a lmost all of them on the m ainland. The outbreak was controlled after the country closed many of its live animal markets scientists had assumed the virus was infecting people through exposure to live birds. Timothy OLeary, spokesman for the World Health Organizations regional office in Manila, said WHO officials were working closely with Chinese authorities to better understand the new virus. He said though its source remains unknown, birds are known to carry it and it would not be surprising if another human case was detected. Its worrisome any time a disease jumps the species barrier from animals to humans. That said, the case is under investigation (by Chinese authorities) and theres no evidence of human-to-human transmission yet, OLeary said by phone. In the new case, the Jiangxi health department said the woman had severe pneumonia before dying Dec. 6 in a hospital in Nanchang. She had suffered high blood pressure, heart disease and other underlying health problems that lowered her immunity, the health department said. Her medical history showed that she had been in contact with live poultry. The health department said no abnormalities have been found in people who had close contact with her. It did not say if they had been tested or quarantined, though China has in previous outbreaks taken those measures. Experts are cautious when it comes to bird flu viruses infecting humans. They have been closely watching the H5N1 bird flu virus, which has killed 384 people worldwide since 2003. The virus remains hard to catch with most human infections linked to contact with infected poultry, but scientists fear it could mutate and spread rapidly among people, potentially sparking a pandemic. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 Page B7 E.O. KOCH CONSTRUCTION CO.; 5.542"; 4"; Black; dec ads p/u; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 0 BROWN, JEN; 3.639"; 2"; Black; tv p/u; 0 0 0 3 4 1 0 5 Bulb Bin; 1.736"; 2"; Black; tv incl; 0 0 0 3 4 1 9 9 By LINDSEYTANNER APMedical WriterCHICAGO Many older a dults with high blood press ure can be treated less a ggressively, which could m ean taking fewer pills to g et it under control, accordi ng to new treatment guidel ines from an expert panel. B ut not all experts are on b oard with the advice i ncluding the federal agency t hat appointed the group. Panel members stressed t hat they are not changing t he definition of high blood p ressure: 140 over 90. For a dults aged 60 and older, t hey are recommending a h igher treatment threshold, p rescribing medicine only w hen blood pressure levels r each 150 over 90 or higher. Too aggressive blood press ure treatment can cause f ainting and falls in older p atients, or bad interactions w ith drugs theyre already t aking for other illnesses, p anel members said. The panel does endorse t he lower target of 140 over 9 0 for younger adults and f or all adults who also have d iabetes or kidney disease. The guidelines released W ednesday are based on a r eview of the most rigorous k ind of medical research s tudies in which patients are r andomly prescribed drugs o r dummy pills published s ince the last update in 2003. T he research suggests older p atients can avoid major h ealth problems like heart a ttacks, strokes and kidney d isease even when their b lood pressure is above the c urrent recommended level, t he panel said. For many patients, two or t hree drugs or more a re needed to bring their b lood pressure down. Many o lder adults could probably r educe their doses, or take f ewer drugs, to reach the n ew, less strict target, said D r. Paul James, a panel m ember and family medicine s pecialist-researcher at the University of Iowa. While the guidelines were updated by a governmentappointed panel, they dont have the governments endorsement like previous versions. The panel completed its work earlier this year, around the same time that the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute announced that it was getting out of the guidelines business and turning the job over to the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. Updated guidelines from those medical groups are expected in late 2014. In the meantime, the heart association is raising concerns about the new recommendations, saying that many studies they are based on didnt last long enough to reveal dangers of undertreated high blood pressure in older patients. The panel also overlooked other evidence suggesting the 2003 government-backed recommendations are sound, said Dr. Elliott Antman, the heart associations president-elect. He noted that his group last month published a treatment formula that echoes the 2003 advice. Dr. Gary Gibbons, the federal agencys director, issued a statement Wednesday emphasizing that his agency has not sanctioned the panels report, nor has the broader National Institutes of Health. While noting that the panel decided not to collaborate with the heart groupsefforts, Gibbons said his agency would work with those groups to transition the panels evidence review into their update. His statement did not address whether the agency opposes all the panels recommendations. James said panel members chose to release their guidelines independently to get the recommendations out sooner and into the hands of primary care doctors, who treat large numbers of patients with high blood pressure. The guidelines were published online Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Curtis Rimmerman, a Cleveland Clinic cardiologist, called the guidelines exceedingly important given the prevalence of high blood pressure, which affects about 1 in 3 U.S. adults, or 68 million. Whether many doctors immediately adopt the advice remains to be seen, he said. Rimmerman predicted that some will continue to push to get older patients blood pressure lower than the new recommendation, especially those with previous strokes or heart problems. The panel said their guidelines are simply recommendations, and that doctors should make treatment decisions based on patients individual circumstances. The experts emphasized that everyone with high blood pressure can benefit from a healthy diet, regular exercise and weight control, which all can help lower blood pressure. Online: JAMA: http://jama.ama-assn.org Healthy Living Higher blood pressure threshold OK in older adults Metro High blood pressure affects 58 million American adults. China says woman died from bird flu new to humans By ALICIAA. CALDWELL and LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated PressWASHINGTON Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the governments annual survey on drug use. Synthetic marijuana is thought to have appeared in the U.S. in 2009, and soon after came a spike in emergency room visits, even deaths, as the drug caught on among young people. About 8 percent of high school seniors said theyve used some type of synthetic marijuana this year, according to the report released Wednesday by the National Institutes of Health. Thats a sharp drop from the 11 percent of seniors whod experimented with fake pot in 2012. Use of synthetic drugs among younger teens dropped as well and fewer than 1 percent of students also are trying another new kind of illegal drug known as bath salts, said University of Michigan professor Lloyd Johnston, who heads the annual Monitoring the Future survey of more than 40,000 students in the 8th, 10th and 12th grades. The message has gotten out that these are dangerous drugs, Johnston said. Their ever-changing ingredients can be unusually powerful. Users really dont know what they are getting. Synthetic marijuana is made of dried plant mater ial sprayed with various chemicals and packaged to look like pot. The Drug Enforcement Administration banned a number of chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana in 2011, but new chem ical varieties continue to appear. Earlier this year, federal health officials dis covered that two new types of fake pot had sickened more than 200 people in a month in Colorado. The annual survey also found that teenage perceptions of the dangers of ma rijuana use continued to decline. In 1993, more than 60 percent of high school seniors considered mariju ana dangerous, while this year less than 40 percent thought that. The rate of use stayed steady, with 6.5 percent of high school seniors saying they regularly used marijuana in the past year. The survey results were being released just weeks before recreational mariju ana sales become legal in Colorado and Washington state for people over 21. Opponents of legalized marijuana long have said they worried about its impact on children. Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institu te on Drug Abuse, said researchers worry that as perceptions of marijuana a s a dangerous drug continue to decline use will keep increasing among teenagers. Survey: Teens using synthetic drugs less often MC T Synthetic marijuana is often sold in colorful packages with names like Cloud Nine, Maui Wowie and Mr. Nice Guy. CHICAGO (AP) Dr. Janet Rowley, a p ioneer in cancer genetics research, has died a t age 88. Rowley spent most of her career at the U niversity of Chicago, where she also o btained her medical degree. She died T uesday of ovarian cancer complications at h er home nearby, the university said in a s tatement. Rowley conducted landmark research with l eukemia in the 1970s, linking cancer with g enetic abnormalities work that led to targ eted drug treatment for leukemia. She identified a genetic process called translocation, now widely accepted. By 1990, more than 70 translocations had been identified in various cancers, according to her biography on the National Library of Medicines website. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Science, the nations highest scientific honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian honor. Janet Rowleys work established that cancer is a genetic disease, Mary-Claire King, president of the American Society of Human Genetics, said recently. Rowley, cancer genetics pioneer, dies at 88

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Page B8 News-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 www.newssun.com P l a c e s t o W o r s h i p i s a p a i d a d v e r t i s e m e n t i n t h e N e w s S u n t h a t i s p u b l i s h e d F r i d a y a n d S u n d a y T o f i n d o u t m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n h o w t o p l a c e a l i s t i n g i n t h i s d i r e c t o r y c a l l t h e N e w s S u n a t 3 8 5 6 1 5 5 e x t 5 9 6 A N G L I C A N N e w L i f e A n g l i c a n F e l l o w s h i p 10 N. Main Ave. (Womans Club), Lake Placid, FL 33852. Rev. Susan Rhodes, Deacon in Charge, (863) 243-3191; strhodes1020@yahoo.com. Sunday Worship, 10 a.m. Teaching, Holy Communion, Music, Fellowship, Healing Prayer. Pastoral and Spiritual.A S S E M B L Y O F G O D C h r i s t F e l l o w s h i p C h u r c h ( A s s e m b l y o f G o d ) 2935 New Life Way. Bearing His Name; Preaching His Doctrine; and Awaiting His Coming. Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth. Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10 a.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Worship, 7 p.m. Pastor Eugene Haas. Phone 4710924. F i r s t A s s e m b l y o f G o d 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.B A P T I S T A v o n P a r k L a k e s B a p t i s t C h u r c h 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. B e t h a n y B a p t i s t C h u r c h ( G A R B C ) We are located at the corner of SR17 and C17A (truck route) in Avon Park. Join us Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for coffee and doughnuts, followed with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30. Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., andevening worship service is at 6 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Word of Life teen ministry and the Catylist class (20's+) begin at 6:30 PM. The adult Bible and Prayer Time begins at 7 p.m. For more information go to www.bethanybaptistap.com or call the church office at 863-452-1136. F a i t h M i s s i o n a r y B a p t i s t C h u r c h 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. F e l l o w s h i p B a p t i s t C h u r c h 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: 4534256. Fax: 453-6986. E-mail: office@apfellow ship.org; Web site, www.apfellow ship.org. F i r s t B a p t i s t C h u r c h o f A v o n P a r k 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park, FL 453-6681. Rev. Jon Beck, pastor; Rev. Johnattan Soltero, Hispanic pastor; Joy Loomis, director of music. Sunday Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Childrens Church, 10:45 a.m.; Youth Choir, 4:30 p.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Nursery provided for both services. Wednesday Wednesday Night Supper, 5:15 p.m.; Childrens Choir, 5:45 p.m.; Youth Activities, 6 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. To watch services online, go to the website at www.fbcap.net. In the heart of Avon Park, for the hearts of Avon Park. F i r s t B a p t i s t C h u r c h o f L a k e J o s e p h i n e 111 Lake Josephine Drive, Sebring (just off U.S. 27 midway between Sebring and Lake Placid). Your place for family, friends and faith. Sunday morning worship service is 11 a.m. Nursery is provided for both services with Childrens Church at 11 a.m. Life changing Bible Study for all ages starts at 9:45 a.m. 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. F i r s t B a p t i s t C h u r c h o f L a k e P l a c i d Knowing Gods Heart and Sharing Gods Hope, 119 E. Royal Palm St., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863) 465-3721, Website: www.fbclp.com. Email: information@fbclp.com. Sunday services Traditional Service 9 a.m., Contemporary Service 10:30 a.m. Link Groups at 9 and 10:30 a..m., 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. F i r s t B a p t i s t C h u r c h o f L o r i d a 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 655-1878. F i r s t B a p t i s t C h u r c h S e b r i n g 200 E. Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. Telephone: 385-5154. Rev. Matthew D. Crawford, senior pastor; 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. Website www.fbsebring.com F l o r i d a A v e n u e B a p t i s t C h u r c h 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. I n d e p e n d e n t B a p t i s t C h u r c h 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, missionminded, King James Bible Church. Larry Ruse, pastor. Phone 655-1899. Bus transportation. L e i s u r e L a k e s B a p t i s t C h u r c h 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 6990671 for more information. M a r a n a t h a B a p t i s t C h u r c h ( G A R B C ) 35 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, FL 33870 (A half mile east of Highlands Avenue on Arbuckle Creek Road.) Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.; Evening Service, 6 p.m. Mid-week service, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Daily Prayer and Bible Study, 8 a.m., Hamman Hall. Pastor Gerald Webber and Associate Pastors Don Messenger and Ted Ertle. Phone 382-4301. P a r k w a y F r e e W i l l B a p t i s t C h u r c h 3413 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL 33870. Welcome to the church where the Son always shines. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m.; and Wednesday Evening Worship, 7 p.m. End-of-theMonth-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. S p a r t a R o a d B a p t i s t C h u r c h ( S B C ) 4400 Sparta Road. Evangelist Roger Jaudon. 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. S o u t h s i d e B a p t i s t C h u r c h ( G A R B C ) 379 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring. David C. Altman, Pastor. Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship Service, 10:45 a.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Student ministry, 6:30 p.m.; Awana kindergarten through fifth grade, 6:30 p.m.; Adult Midweek Prayer and Bible Study, 7 p.m. A nursery for under age 3 is available at all services. Provisions for handicapped and hard-ofhearing. Office phone, 385-0752. S p r i n g L a k e B a p t i s t C h u r c h Where the Bible is Always Open. Pastor Richard Schermerhorn, 7408 Valencia Road; 6552610. Assistant Pastor Ronald Smith, 386-1610. On U.S. 98 at the Spring Lake Village II entrance. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. for all ages; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday Mid-week Bible Study and Prayer Service, 6:30 p.m. Nursery available for all services. S u n r i d g e B a p t i s t C h u r c h ( S B C ) 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.C A T H O L I C O u r L a d y o f G r a c e C a t h o l i c C h u r c h 595 E. 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. Sunday Life Teen Mass at 6 p.m. Weekday mass at 8 a.m. English confession at 3:30 p.m. Saturday; Spanish confession at 6:30 p.m. Religious Education Classes (September to May) are 9-10:20 a.m. Sunday for grades K through 5th. Grades 6th through Youth Bible Study are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. S t C a t h e r i n e C a t h o l i c C h u r c h 820 Hickory St., Sebring. Parrish office/mailing address: 882 Bay St., Sebring, FL 33870, 385-0049, 385-6762 (Spanish); fax, 385-5169; email, office@stcathe.com; website, www.stcathe.com School Office/Mailing, Principal Dr. Anna V. Adam, 747 S. Franklin St., Sebring, FL 33870; 385-7300; fax, 385-7310; email school@stcathe.com. School office hours 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Clergy: Very Rev. Jos Gonzlez, V.F., frjose@stcathe.com or 385-0049; Parochial Vicar, Rev. Victor Caviedes, 385-3993; Assisting Priest (retired), Rev. J. Peter Sheehan; Decons, Rev. Mr. James R. McGarry and Rev. Mr. Max M. Severe. WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE: Saturday: 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 and 10 a.m., 12 p.m. (Spanish), 5 p.m. (Holy Family Youth Center), every third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. (French Mass). Daily Mass: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Saturday at 9 a.m. Sacrament of Reconcilliation: 7:15-7:45 a.m. first Friday, 2:30-3:15 p.m. Saturday and 99:45 a.m. Sunday. Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. S t J a m e s C a t h o l i c C h u r c h 3380 Placidview Drive, Lake Placid, 465-3215. Father Michael J. Cannon. Mass schedule: Summer (May 1 to Oct. 31) Saturday Vigil, 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; Weekdays, 9 a.m. December thru Easter Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Weekdays 9 a.m.; and Holy Days 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., first Saturday at 9 a.m.C H R I S T I A N C o r n e r s t o n e C h r i s t i a n C h u r c h (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. E a s t s i d e C h r i s t i a n C h u r c h 101 Peace Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (two miles east of U.S. 27 on County Road 621), 465-7065. Ray Culpepper, senior pastor. Sunday: Bible classes, 9 a.m.; Worship Celebration with the Lords Supper each week 10:15 a.m. Thelma Hall, pianist; and John Thomas, organist. 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! S e b r i n g C h r i s t i a n C h u r c h 4514 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Tod Schwingel, Preacher; Josh Knabel (812618-7118), Youth Pastor. Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 11 a.m.; Sunday Youth Service, 6 p.m; Evening service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night meals, 5:30 p.m. followed by classes at 6:30 p.m. Changing Seasons, a mens grief support group, meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Office hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Phone 382-6676. F i r s t C h r i s t i a n C h u r c h ( D i s c i p l e s o f C h r i s t ) 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.C H R I S T I A N & M I S S I O N A R Y A L L I A N C E The A l l i a n c e C h u r c h o f S e b r i n g 4451 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL 33875. Call 382-1343. Rev. Steve Hagen, pastor. Sunday services: Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service meets at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening Bible Study meets at 6 p.m. (off site); Wednesday Prayer Gathering meets at 6 p.m.C H R I S T I A N S C I E N C E C h r i s t i a n S c i e n c e C h u r c h 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 Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy are our only preachers. All are welcome to come and partake of the comfort, guidance, support and healing found in the lessonsermons.C H U R C H O F B R E T H R E N C h u r c h o f t h e B r e t h r e n 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.C H U R C H O F C H R I S T A v o n P a r k C h u r c h o f C h r i s t 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. L a k e P l a c i d C h u r c h o f C h r i s t 1069 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 and Wednesday 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 www.thelordsway.com/lakeplacidcofc/. S e b r i n g P a r k w a y C h u r c h o f C h r i s t 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. C H U R C H O F G O D C h u r c h o n t h e R i d g e Church of God, Anderson, Ind.; 1130 State Road 17 North, Sebring, FL 33870. Worship Service Sunday, 10 a.m.; Bible Study and Prayer, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Pastor Dr. Collet Varner, (863) 382-0773.C H U R C H O F N A Z A R E N E F i r s t C h u r c h o f t h e N a z a r e n e o f A v o n P a r k P.O. Box 1118., AvonPark, FL 33825-1118. 707 W. Main St. Sunday: Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. for all ages; morning worship at 10:45 a.m.; and evening service at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening service is at 7 p.m. with special services for children and adults. If you need any more information, call 4534851. L a k e P l a c i d C h u r c h o f t h e N a z a r e n e o f L a k e P l a c i d 512 W. Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid, FL 33852. Adult Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Morning worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday evening: All church meal, 6 p.m.; Christian Life Study, 6:45 p.m. Winter Life groups pending. Call 4461339. Pastor Tim Taylor.C H U R C H E S O F C H R I S T I N C H R I S T I A N U N I O N C o m m u n i t y B i b l e C h u r c h C h u r c h e s o f C h r i s t i n C h r i s t i a n U n i o n (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 Christ Lutheran Church SEBRING Pastor Scott M cLean will preach a serm on titled Morning People o n Sunday. The church is at 1320 C ounty Road 64, east of the A von Park High School past t he four-way stop sign. For m ore information, call 4712 663 or search online at c hristlutheranavonpark.org. Christian Science Church SEBRING The lesson s ermon on Sunday morning i s titled Is the Universe I ncluding Man, Evolved by A tomic Force?. The k eynote is from Jeremiah 3 2:17, Ah Lord God! B ehold, thou hast made the h eaven and the earth by thy g reat power and stretched o ut arm, and there is nothing t oo hard for thee:. The church is located at 1 54 N. Franklin St.Christian Training Church SEBRING Rev. Linda M. Downing will bring the message titled Christmass Great Expectation at the Sunday morning service. The Wednesday night Bible study will not meet. Church of the BrethrenSEBRING On Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor David Smalley will preach from Matthew 1:18-25. The title of his sermon will be Jesus Born in Bethlehem. The theme for Sunday school will be According to Promise, looking at Luke 1:26-56 and Galatians 3:618. Call 385-1597.Church of Buttonwood BaySEBRING Pastor Cecil Hess will preach on King of Kings and Lord of Lords on Sunday. Special music will be by the adult choir and the male quartet. On Christmas Even, the church will have a candlelight service at 7 p.m. with Pastor Hess speaking on The Other Wise Man. Special music will also be featured. The Church of Buttonwood Bay meets on U.S. 27, four miles south of Highlands Regional Medical Cente. Call 382-1737.Emmanuel United Church of ChristSEBRING Rev. George Miller will deliver the sermon, Present to Past, from Isaiah 7:10-16, on Sunday. The church is 1.7 miles west of U.S. 27 on County Road 634 (Hammock Road). Call 471-1999 or visit sebringemmanuelucc.com.Faith Baptist ChurchLAKE PLACID Pastor Bill Cole will preach Breaking News! on Sunday from the gospels of Luke and Matthew. At 6 p.m. there will be a special service, Christmas by the Fireplace, a Scripture and carol service. There will be no mid-week service Christmas Week. To listen to Faith Baptist Sunday morning sermons or for more information, visit www.faithbaptistchurchLP.co m or call the church office at 465-0060.Faith Lutheran ChurchSEBRING This Sunday, the church celebrates Fourth Sunday of Advent. Guest Pastor Tony Douches will deliver his sermon at Faith Lutheran titled, APerfect Christmas Guaranteed. L.I.F.T. Ladies In Faith/Fellowship Together has changed its study days to Friday. The study is called Do Over: Experience New Life In Christ at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27. This study is in the book of Romans and studies love, change, renewal and faith. This week the class will study courage. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, was just an ordinary man. We know of nothing spectacular about either his occupation or his disposition. Yet he demonstrated an extraordinary sense of courage. From the Gospel of Matthew, the class will consider the average life of this carpenter and his battle to stand courageously in the face of crisis, difficult decisions, and ultimately, what it took for him to step in the right direction and move forward. Any woman is encouraged to attend any Friday. The class meets almost as much for fellowship as for learning. In Honor of Christs birth, Faith Lutheran will celebrate on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. with a family friendly worship service, and at 11 p.m. with a Christmas Candlelight Service with Communion with Guest Pastor Richard Norris, from Trinity Lutheran Church, Lake Placid. On Dec. 25 the church will offer at 10 a.m. a Christmas Day Service with Communion with Guest Pastor Scott McLean from Christ Lutheran Church, Avon Park.First Baptist Church Avon ParkAVON PARK Pastor Jon Beck will preach on Emmanuel/God With Us on Sunday morning. The church is at 100 N. Lake Ave. For more inform ation, call 453-6681 or email info@fbcap.net.First Baptist Church of Lake JospehineSEBRING Sunday morning, dont miss the drama, Apostle Paul, bringing the Christmas mes sage. Sunday evening, there will be a Dessert Theatre in the Family Life Center Church News Continued on B9

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 Page B9 E P I S C O P A L S t A g n e s E p i s c o p a l C h u r c h 3840 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL 33870. Father Scott Walker. 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. S t F r a n c i s o f A s s i s i A n g l i c a n E p i s c o p a l C h u r c h 43 Lake June Road, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Phone: 465-0051. Rev. Elizabeth L. Nelson, Rector. Worship: Sunday, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday Bible study at 9:15 a.m. Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Worship 6 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. Holy Communion with Healing. Call the thrift store for hours open 699-0221.E V A N G E L I C A L F R E E C H U R C H O F A M E R I C A T h e C h u r c h o f t h e W a y E F C A 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: thewaychurch@ hotmail.com Web site: www.TheWayChurch.org G R A C E B R E T H R E N G r a c e B r e t h r e n C h u r c h 3626 Thunderbird Road, (863) 835-0869. Dr. Randall Smith, senior pastor. Sunday services at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday services at 7 p.m. We offer Kid City Childrens Ministry throughout all services, and there are variosu other classes for teens, married couples, primetimers, and Bible studies in Spanish. Kid City Day Care, Preschool and AfterSchool Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (For registration call: 385-3111). Check us out on the Web at www.sebringgrace.org .I N D E P E N D E N T F i r s t C h r i s t i a n C h u r c h 1016 W. Camphor St., Avon Park, FL 33825; (863) 453-5334; on the Web at www.firstchristianap.com. Our motto is Jesus is First at First Christian Church. Greg Ratliff, Senior Minister; Bible School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.; Wednesdaystudies for all ages, 6 p.m. Nursery provided for all events.I N T E R D E N O M I N A T I O N A L W o r l d H a r v e s t a n d R e s t o r a t i o n M i n i s t r i e s (non-denominational) 2200 N. Avon Blvd., AvonPark, FL 33825. Phone: 452-9777 or 453-3771. 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.L U T H E R A N A t o n e m e n t L u t h e r a n C h u r c h ( E L C A ) 1178 S.E. Lakeview Drive., Sebring. David Thoresen will be the Spiritual Leader every Sunday for the next two months. Jim Helwig, organist. Worship service with the Holy Eucharist is at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. Birthday Sunday is the first Sunday of each month after the service. Council meeting is on the first Tuesday of each month. WELCA meets at noon second Tuesday of the month with a light lunch. Labyrinth Prayer Garden is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When in need of prayers or to talk to God, come to the Garden. Come and grow with us; we would love to meet you and your family. Dont worry about how you look. Jesus went to the temple in a robe and sandals. Quilting classes every Monday at 6 p.m. Looking for quilters or people willing to learn. Call 840-3303. C h r i s t L u t h e r a n C h u r c h A v o n P a r k L C M S 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) 471-2663 or see christlutheranavonpark.org. F a i t h L u t h e r a n C h u r c h L C M S 2740 Lakeview Dr, Sebring; Church phone: 3857848; Faith Child Development Center: 385-3232. Sunday Traditional Worship Service: 8 a.m.; Sunday Praise Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.; Communion served 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday. Sunday School & Bible Classes: 9:15 a.m. Worship Svc. Broadcast at 8 a.m. on WITS 1340AM each Sunday. Educational opportunities include weekly adult Bible studies, Faiths Closet Thrift Store (385-2782) is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. All are warmly welcome in the Family of Faith. G o o d S h e p h e r d L u t h e r a n C h u r c h ( A A L C ) A m e r i c a n A s s o c i a t i o n o f L u t h e r a n C h u r c h e s 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. N e w L i f e E v a n g e l i c a l L u t h e r a n C h u r c h 3725 Hammock Road, a Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Sunday Worship at 10 a.m.; Bible Study, 9 a.m. For more information, call Pastor Luke Willitz at 385-2293 or visit the Web site at www.newlifesebring.com R e s u r r e c t i o n L u t h e r a n C h u r c h E L C A 324 E. Main St., at Memorial Drive, Avon Park. Pastor Rev. John C. Grodzinski. Sunday worship 8 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Coffee and fellowship following 10:30 a.m. service. Wednesday Worship Service is at 7 p.m. Open Communion celebrated at all services. Gods Work, Our Hands. T r i n i t y L u t h e r a n C h u r c h L C M S 25 Lakeview St., Lake Placid, FL 33852; 4655253. The Rev. Richard A. Norris, pastor; Susan C. Norris, Trinity Tots Pre-School director Education Hour, 8:45 a.m.; Worship service, 10 a.m. Holy Communion each first and third Sunday. Childrens Church scheduled during worship service, 4-year-olds through fifth grade. Nursery provided during worship service for infants to 3-year-olds. Seasonal Mid-Week Services each Wwednesday evening during Advent and Lent. Call church office at 465-5253 or visit the website at www.Trinitylutheranlp.com. Other activities and groups include: Choir; Ladies Guild and LWML; Mens Fellowship Group, Small Group Bible Studies; Trinity Tots Pre-school, and Youth Group.N O N D E N O M I N A T I O N A L B i b l e F e l l o w s h i p C h u r c h 3750 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Sunday: American Sign Language: First Worship sermon, songs signed first and second Worship services. First Worship service, 9 a.m.; Second Worship service, 10:45 a.m. Nursery (up to 2 years old) and Sunday school classes both hours. BFC Youth, 6 p.m.; Evening Service, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Children, ages 4 yrs through 5th grade, 6 p.m.; Youth, 6-7:30 p.m.; Prayer time, 6:15 p.m. Todd Patterson, pastor; Andy McQuaid, associate pastor. Web site www.bfcsebring.com. Church office 385-1024. C a l v a r y C h u r c h 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. C h r i s t i a n T r a i n i n g M i n i s t r i e s I n c 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, caseydowning@hotmail.com. Church phone: 314-0482. Web site: www. ctm forme.com C r o s s r o a d s o f L i f e 148 E. Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid, FL 33852; Tel. 863655-9163. 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). G r a c e B i b l e C h u r c h 4541 Thunderbird Road, (second church on left) Sebring, FL 33872. Phone, 382-1085. Dustin Woods, lead pastor. Saturday Worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m. Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Childrens & Youth Programs, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., College Ministry. www.GBCconnected.org F a i t h C e n t e r W e s t M i n i s t r y Restoring Lives, Families &Communities. In the Banyan Plaza at 2349 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870. Pastors Leroy and JoAnn Taylor the public to worship on Sundays at 11 a.m. for Praise & Worship and on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for Bible study and prayer. Children classes are available for all services. Ministries for youth, men and women are held throughout the month. Please attend these Spiritfilled services. Moving Forward in Unity. Church office, 385-1800 or 655-2748. H i g h l a n d s C o m m u n i t y C h u r c h a casual contemporary church, meets at 3005 New Life Way. Coffee at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10 a.m. Nursery and Kids World classes. Small groups meet throughout the week. Church phone is 402-1684; Pastor Bruce A. Linhart. N e w B e g i n n i n g s C h u r c h o f S e b r i n g worshiping at The Morris Chapel, 307 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. Pastor Gary Kindle. Bible study every Sunday, 9 a.m. Blended Church Service, 10:15 a.m. Phone (863) 835-2405. newbeginningschurchofsebring.com Begin your week with us. T h e L o r d s S e n t i n e l F e l l o w s h i p C h u r c h 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.juanitafolsomministries.com. U n i o n C h u r c h 106 N. Butler Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825. Sunday traditional worship service is at 7:45 a.m. (October through Easter) and 9 a.m. Contemporary Sunday worship service is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery and childrens church available. Wednesday night worship with Pastor Tiger Gullett and CrossTalk with Pastor Bill Breylinger at 6 p.m. Breakfast and lunch menus at Solid Grounds. Senior Pastor is Bill Breylinger. Office: 453-3345. Web page at www.weareunion.org. U n i t y L i f e E n r i c h m e n t C e n t r e 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. P R E S B Y T E R I A N C o v e n a n t P r e s b y t e r i a n C h u r c h ( P C A ) 4500 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, 338722113. Pastor Tom Schneider. 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; email: covpres@strato.net ; Web site: www.cpcsebring.org. Office hours: 8:30-12:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. F i r s t P r e s b y t e r i a n C h u r c h A R P 215 E. Circle St., (two entrances on LaGrande), AvonPark, 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; Children Ministry and Youth Group, 6 p.m. each Friday; 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. F i r s t P r e s b y t e r i a n C h u r c h A R P 319 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. 3850107. Email: faith@strato.net, Rev. Darrell A. Peer, pastor. Sunday School, all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship Time, 10:30 a.m.; Worship Service, 11 a.m. Tuesday: Youth Groups meet for devotions/Bible study, crafts, sport activities and dinner. Middle and high school, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Elementary School, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday: Adult Bible Study, 10:30 a.m. Choir Rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. A nursery is available during worship. Call the church office for more information and other classes. F i r s t P r e s b y t e r i a n C h u r c h A R P 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, 9 a.m.; Contemporary Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday School, 10:10 a.m. Wednesday evenings: Adult small group Bible Study 7 p.m. (Nursery available), Youth Group 6-12th grades) 7 p.m., nursery and childrens ministry, 7 p.m. Family Biblical Counseling available by appointment. S p r i n g L a k e P r e s b y t e r i a n C h u r c h ( U S A ) 5887 U.S. 98, Sebring, FL 33876. Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Worship Service, 10 a.m. Session meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, September throughJune. Board of Deacons meet at 5:30 p.m. first Monday of the month. Choir rehearses at 7 p.m. each Wednesday, September through April. Presbyterian Women meet at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of the month. Organist: Richard Wedig. Choir Director: Suzan Wedig. Church phone, 655-0713; e-mail, springlakepc@embarqmail.com, Web site, http://slpc.embarqspace.com.S E V E N T H D A Y A D V E N T I S T A v o n P a r k S e v e n t h d a y A d v e n t i s t C h u r c h 1410 West Avon Blvd., Avon Park. Phone: 453-6641 or e-mail: avonparksda@embarqmail.com, Sabbath School, 9:30 a.m Saturday. Church Service 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p.m. Community Service hours on Tuesday and Thursday is from 9:00 a.m. till 2 p.m. A sale takes place the first Sunday of each month. Senior Pastor Frank Gonzalez. Walker Memorial Academy Christian School offering education for kindergarten through 12th grades. ALL ARE WELCOME. Associate Pastor is Ryan Amos. Website is www.discoverjesus.org S e b r i n g S e v e n t h D a y A d v e n t i s t C h u r c h 2106 N. State Road 17, Sebring; 3852438. 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.T H E C H U R C H O F L A T T E R D A Y S A I N T S T h e C h u r c h o f J e s u s C h r i s t o f L a t t e r D a y S a i n t s 3235 Grand Prix Dr., Sebring, Fl 33872; (863) 382-9092 Steve Austin, Bishop; Mark Swift, 1st Counselor; Del Murphy, 2nd Counselor. Family History Center (863) 382-1822. Sunday Services: Sacrament Meeting, 10-11:10 a.m.; Gospel Doctrine, 11:20 a.m. to noon; Priesthood/Relief Society, 12:10-1p.m.; Primary for children, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Youth Activities: Wednesdays, 78:20 p.m. Scouts: first and third Wednesday, 7-8:20 p.m. Activity Days: 811 yr old Boys and Girls, second and fourth Wednesdays, 7-8:20 p.m.T H E S A L V A T I O N A R M Y T h e S a l v a t i o n A r m y C e n t e r f o r W o r s h i p 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 N I T E D M E T H O D I S T F i r s t U n i t e d M e t h o d i s t C h u r c h 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. F i r s t U n i t e d M e t h o d i s t C h u r c h 200 S. Lake Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825. (863) 453-3759, Rev. Gary Pendrak, 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. M e m o r i a l U n i t e d M e t h o d i s t C h u r c h 500 Kent Ave., (overlooking Lake Clay) Lake Placid, FL, 33852. Rev. Tim Haas, pastor. Rev. Claude H.L. Burnett, pastoral assistant. Rev. Jerry McCauley, visitation pastor. Sunday worship services: Worship Service, 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Loving nursery care provided every Sunday morning. Youth Fellowship, 5 p.m. We offer Christ-centered Sunday school classes, youth programs, Bible studies, book studies and Christian fellowship. We are a congregation that wants to know Christ and make Him known. Check out our church website at www.memorialumc.com or call the church office at 465-2422. Lakeview Christian School, VPK to Grade 5, 4650313. S t J o h n U n i t e d M e t h o d i s t C h u r c h 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 S p r i n g L a k e U n i t e d M e t h o d i s t C h u r c h 8170 Cozumel Lane, (Hwy 98) Sebring. The Rev. Clyde Weaver Jr., Pastor. Worship service starts at 9:55 a.m. Bible Study meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Choir Practice at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. Church office phone: 655-0040.U N I T E D C H U R C H O F C H R I S T E m m a n u e l U n i t e d C h u r c h o f C h r i s t 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 all-inclusive. Were at the corner of Hammock and Hope. Choir and Bell Choir practice on Wednesday; Bible studies throughout the week. 471-1999; sebringemmanuel ucc.com. PLACESTOWORSHIP w ith the choir presenting A M ountain Home Christmas under t he direction of Mike Zierden. The church will have a C hristmas Eve Worship at 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Lake J osephine is at 111 Lake Josephine D rive. For more information, call 6 55-1524. First Baptist Church of Lake Placid LAKE PLACID The Christmas E ve Service will be held at 6 p.m. T uesday. No nursery/childcare will b e available. First Christian Church SEBRING The pastors sermon f or Sunday is titled The Angels V isit: Matthew 1:18-21. Assisting d uring the Communion service will b e Elders Dick and Sharron Campbell. The servers for Sunday will be Teresa Williams and Juanita Roberts. The deacons for the day will be Joyce Winstel and Carol Chandler. Greeting the congregation will be Peggy Pluymers. Aspecial Christmas offering for the Region will be collected Dec. 22. The Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The church is at 510 Poinsettia Ave.First Presbyterian ChurchSEBRING Rev. Darrell A. Peer will preach on Fear Not on the Fourth Sunday in Advent. AChristmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary. The church is at 319 Poinsettia Ave.First Presbyterian Church of Avon ParkAVON PARK On Sunday, Pastor Bob Johnsons sermon is titled Ambassadors of God based on Luke 2:8-14 and Matthews 28:1-8. This is the fourth Sunday of Advent. The congregation will participate in a candle lighting ceremony titled We Wait in Hope. Jane Golden will lead the congregation in a litany and explain the meaning of each candle. Leigh Golden will light the candles. The first represents wait; the second, watch; the third, prepare; and the fourth, praise. The choirs anthem will be The First Noel/Canon in D. Kathleen Richards will play the flute in this song. In the adult Sunday school class, Johnson is now teaching from the denominational quarterly. The theme this quarter is the Gospel of Matthew. Sundays lesson is titled The Birth of Christ, based on Matthew 1:18-25. On Dec. 24, Christmas Eve there will be a candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Ed Fleagle will deliver the message. The choirs anthem will be Peaceful Silent Night. The congregation will participate in a candlelight ceremony titled We Wait in Hope. Savannah Oldfield will lead the congregation in a litany and explain the meaning of each candle. Carryn Lozier will light the candles. The first represents wait; the second, watch; the third, prepare; the fourth, praise; and the Christ candle, which represents proclaim. There will be no meetings for the remainder of the week. The church is at 215 E. Circle St. (with two entrances on Lagran d Street). For questions, call 4533242 or check the website, avonparkapchurch.com or look on the new Avon Park Chamber of Commerce website, avonparkcham ber.com. Click on the Chamber for Good logo or tab.First United Methodist Church of Sebring SEBRING Rev. Charles Weaver, guest pastor, will be in the pulpit this fourth Sunday of Advent. Continued from B8 Religion Church News RELIGION GUIDELINES: The News-Sunpublishes religion news on Fridays. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for publication in the following Fridays paper. Submit items to the News-Sunsfrom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; fax to 385-2453; send e-mail to editor@newssun.com; or mail to Lifestyle Editor,News-Sun,2227 U.S. 27 South,Sebring, FL 33870. 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Page B10 News-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 www.newssun.com Christmas Eve services w ill be at 5 and 7 p.m. in the s anctuary followed by comm union in the chapel and b efore the 9 p.m. service h eld in the Family Life C enter. The church is downtown a t 126 S. Pine St. Call the c hurch office for information a t 385-5184. Grace Pointe Ministries SEBRING Sunday the p astor continues the C hristmas Message. Word of t he week comes from Isaiah 6 0:6: The nations shall c ome. Tuesdays Home Bible S tudy is of how Jesus conn ects between the Old and N ew Testaments. Each w eeks study is independent i n itself, so just jump in anyt ime! Call (863) 658-2534 f or directions. The church meets at 200 L ark Ave., Sebring Hills A ssociation Clubhouse. Heartland Christian Church SEBRING Pastor Ted M oores sermon Sunday will b e AChristmas Tree in B ethlehem with scripture f rom Isaiah 11:1-10. S pecials will be presented by G ail Brockton and Beverly N uske. The Christmas Eve service w ill be at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. C andle lighting and commm union will highlight the p rogram. The public is invite d to attend. The church is at 2705 A lternate Route 17 South ( behind Publix). Call 3149 693. Memorial United Methodist Church LAKE PLACID Pastor T im Haasmessage on Sunday will be Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place, using Matthew 1:1825. Devotions to prepare for the sermon and recent sermons are available at www.memorialumc.com. There are no youth activities scheduled for the week. On Christmas Eve, Memorial will have a family-friendly candlelight service. This year the service begins at 6 p.m. with music of the Christmas season beginning at 5:30 p.m. In addition to carols and a lesson, Holy Communion will be served. Mens Bible study will not meet Christmas morning. For more information, call 465-2422. The church is at 500 Kent Ave. behind the Tower in Lake Placid.New Beginnings ChurchSEBRING On Sunday, Pastor Gary Kindles sermon is titled Joseph, Who was He? based on Matthew 1:18-25. The churchs present location is The Morris Chapel, 307 S. Commerce Ave. For more information, call 8352405.Parkway Free Will Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Sunday morning Bible lesson, JesusBirth (Christmas), is taken from Luke 2. Pastor Jim Scaggs will deliver the message. There will be a 7 p.m. worship service Dec. 25, Christmas Day. The church is at 3413 Sebring Parkway. Call 3823552 or 273-9819.St. John United Methodist ChurchSEBRING On Sunday, Pastor Ronald De Genaro Jr.s message will be Is God with Us? Biblical reference is from Matthew 1:18-25. Nursery is provided at all three services. Christmas Eve Services are at 5 and 7 p.m. The message is Angels Still Sing! with Biblical reference from Luke 2:1-20.Spring Lake United Methodist ChurchSEBRING The pastors sermon on Sunday is No Fear, Your Savior is Born. There will be a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. The church is at 8170 Cozumel Lane. Continued from B9 Special to the News-SunSeveral churches througho ut Highlands County will be h aving special services to c elebrate the Christmas seas on. Those special services i nclude: AChristmas Eve C andlelight Service will be h eld at Memorial United M ethodist Church in Lake P lacid. Everyone is welcome t o attend. The church is at 5 00 Kent Ave., overlooking L ake Clay. For information, c all 465-2422. The service will feature S cripture readings and spec ial music, including music b y the Church Choir, the W orship Band, and the solo O Holy Night. Carols will b e sung and Pastor Tim Haas w ill speak on the subject: Gods Time With Us. The service will conclude w ith Holy Communion and t he individual lighting of cand les. On Tuesday, Sebring C hristian Church is hosting i ts Christmas Eve Candlelight S ervice at 6:30 p.m. This will b e an uplifting service that c elebrates the birth of our S avior. There will not be a m eal or any classes on C hristmas Day. The Sparta Road Baptist C hurch invites everyone to c ome and worship Jesus C hrist at its Christmas Eve C andlelight Communion Service. The service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The church is at 4400 Sparta Road in Sebring. Call 382-0869. Church of the Brethren will have its Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Pastor David Smalley will preach from Luke 2:1-40. Members will do the Christmas Story and will have music and lighting of the candles. Rev. George Miller will deliver the sermon, Prepared for Pouring Out, from Titus 3:3-7 during Emmanuel United Church of Christs Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The church is 1.7 miles west of U.S. 27 on County Road 634 (Hammock Road). Call 471-1999 or visit sebringemmanuelucc.com. First Presbyterian Church, 117 N. Oak Ave, would like to invite the public to its Christmas Eve Worship Service. The 6 p.m. Christmas Eve service will be a contemporary guitar and piano lead worship service, that will include classic Christmas carols, new contemporary Christmas songs, and special music from two young vocalists. Christmas readings will alternate with congregational carols and choral anthems. Before proceeding to the church garden, the time in the sanctuary will end with a special rendition of Go Tell it on the Mountain. The 8 p.m. Christmas Eve service will be a traditional, organ-led service with choir, orchestra, and holiday carols. First Presbyterian Church has been blessed with one of only two pipe organs in all of Highlands County. In addition, special music before the service will be provided by the flute ensemble, Simply Silver, consisting of Chris Noel and Debbie Bloemsma. In keeping with the pattern set by the classic Service of Lessons and Carols broadcast around the world, readings will alternate with congregational carols and choral anthems. Both services will close with the singing of Silent Night by candlelight in the churchs Gospel Garden. For more information, call the church office at 4652742. At Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor Scott McLean will preach a sermon titled Jesus Is the Root of Jesse during its candlelight service. The church is at 1320 County Road 64, east of the Avon Park High School past the four-way stop sign. For more information call 471-2663 or search online at christlutheranavonpark.org. Religion Many churches have special services set Church News Living in central Florida where the weather is more consistent and pleasant throughout the year is a little different from my last home in Missouri where the weather might change at the drop of a hat. In fact we use say, If you dont like the weather in the Ozarks, wait a few minutes, and itll change! Thinking of the weather, I was reminded of a time in my life many winters ago when my wife and I were watching a heavy snowfall from our living room window in Kansas. My son, Connor, who was then 2 years old, climbed onto the couch with us to investigate what was truly the first major snowfall of his young life (at least the first one he remembered!). My attention shifted from watching the snow to watching my son. His eyes grew wide with excitement as he watched the curious scene taking place before him. I could not help but wonder what was going on in that youthful mind of his as he watched with fascination the millions of cotton balls falling from the sky. I found myself enjoying Connors amazement with nature far more than I did the weather outside. The wonders of nature are but a few of the many blessings given to each of us by God. However, to those who make the choice to give their lives to Jesus, a whole new abundance of blessings fall their way. To Christians who were faithful in Christ Jesus, the apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:3, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. When we give our lives to Jesus and live as faithful Christians in service to Him, the Father grants us everything we will need spiritually, both here and in the hereafter. I have seen snow fall many times in my life, bu t watching it for the first time through the eyes of my son was a blessing I never expected. Can you imagine the pride and joy that the heavenly Father experiences when one of us turns our lives over to Jes us and lives each and every day for Him? Can you imagine even further the happiness He enjoys being able to share with one of His children the eternal blessings that only He can give? We may not have much to do with the weather, but we do have a lot to do wit h how we live our lives. When we decide to die to self and live for Christ, then God showers us with His love in a way that is truly immeasurable, eterna l, and better than any snowfall. Kevins Komments is written by Kevin Patterson and presented by the Sebring Parkway church of Christ assembling at 3800 Sebring Parkway. On the Internet, visit www.sebringcoc.com or e-mail sebringparkway@sebringcoc.co m. Snowflakes and salvation Kevins Komments Kevin Patterson

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DearAbby: I have been m arried to my wife for a y ear and a half, and we have a n infant child. I work while m y wife stays home. My p roblem is she doesnt like m e playing sports and hangi ng out with friends. I have tried to make conc essions and cut down playi ng sports to once a week. (I u sed to play two or three t imes a week, but thats not g ood enough for my wife.) O n game night, when I get h ome she gives me the silent t reatment. She used to come t o my games but wont now, e ven though she has girlf riends who attend them. As for hanging out with m y friends, I barely see them a nymore and when I do, t hey come here. If they stay a ny longer than 30 minutes, i t causes a problem and my w ife again wont talk to me f or the rest of the night. I have tried to comprom ise, but she feels as though a ny time I spend away from h er and the baby is a no-no. A m I wrong to want to play s ports and see my guy f riends? I have tried talking t o her about this, but she t hinks any compromise is b asically me doing what I w ant and her having to deal w ith it. Ontario, Canada, Reader DearReader: You should n ot become a couch potato o r become isolated from y our friends because you are m arried and a parent. And n either should your wife. S he may resent the time you s pend with your friends b ecause shes stuck at home t aking care of the baby. You a re her only adult company, a nd in a way she may be j ealous that youre enjoying f reedom that she cant. Your wife should not be doing all the parenting. One day or evening a week you should take care of the baby while she takes a break with her friends or family. It could do wonders for your relationship. If you can agree on this, it could save your marriage. If you cant, then the two of you should get counseling. Marriage isnt supposed to put people in isolation and thats what it appears your wife is trying to accomplish with you. DearAbby: For the past 10 years, the holiday season has brought with it arguments between my wife and me. We both get along with our in-laws and do many things with both sides of our families. But for some reason, my wife makes arrangements for the holidays without discussing them with me first. This year, she told her mom we would host Thanksgiving and that I would have to tell my family we wouldnt be coming to them. My wifes sisters are not close to their in-laws. Am I wrong to think she should have discussed the matter with me before deciding unilaterally what were doing for the holidays? Our kids need to see all their grandparents on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Oh our parents live only seven minutes from each other. Holiday Blues in Wisconsin DearHoliday Blues: What your wife did was inconsiderate. You are a couple, and she should have discussed her plan with you before issuing any invitations to see if you were in agreement. If your home is too small to accommodate both sets of in-laws at the same time, a compromise would be to alternate holidays with each set so no family feels excluded. DearAbby: Is it acceptable to wear a silver dress to a wedding if you are going as a guest and not a member of the bridal party? Or is silver too close to white and therefore taboo? Invitee in College Park, Md. DearInvitee: The rule is that wedding guests should not wear anything that might distract attention from the bride. If your dress is silver lame or covered in silver sequins, it would be better to dress less conspicuously. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 20, 2013 Page B11 Diversions/Puzzles Solution on B10 Husband seeking compromise should give his wife a break Dear Abby By JOCELYN NOVECK APNational WriterCan there be too much of a g ood thing? Where did that e xpression come from, anyw ay? If its good, isnt more a lways better? Discuss. Or, actually, dont discuss. B ecause, in the case of Anchorman 2 anyway, the q uestion is sort of pointless, i snt it? Everything about b oth the original 2004 film, a c ult classic of the Will Ferrell o euvre, and its lead character, R on Burgundy, was puffed up a nd absurd and ridiculous. And so, why wouldnt the s equel be even more puffed u p, more absurd and more r idiculous? As long as F errells back (he is), and r eunited with his wacky partn ers (he is) to form a veritab le dream team of inapprop riateness (they do), then w hat could be wrong? Not that Anchorman 2: T he Legend Continues, a gain directed with total selfa ssurance by Adam McKay, i s a work of fine art. Its a b road, low-brow comedy, w hich one imagines was conc octed somewhat like a huge a bstract painting: You throw g obs (or jokes) onto a big c anvas, some spills over the e dges, and its messy and l umpy, but hey, its all good, a nd anyway, the next gob is c oming. For those who may have m issed the original, it b rought us Burgundy, a TV a nchor defined by his goofin ess, self-importance, goodn atured chauvinism, and p olyester. Set in the s, the t heme was gender equality; B urgundys foil was Veronica C orningstone (Christina A pplegate), who sought her own anchor chair. In the sequel, the issue isnt gender but the very purpose of TVnews: To inform, or entertain? Were in 1980, and Burgundy and Corningstone, now married, host a morning show together. Then she alone is offered an evening anchor slot. Burgundy? Hes fired (the boss is a gruffly funny Harrison Ford, sounding quite Brokaw-esque.) Ron tells Veronica she cant take the job without him. She accuses him of acting like Julius Caesar. Who the hell is Julius Caesar? he bellows. I dont follow the NBA! Veronica takes the job and abandons Ron. But opportunity comes in the form of a job offer that sounds crazy: a new 24-hour news channel, being launched by an Aussie billionaire. Its name? GNN. Burgundy heads for New York, stopping to gather the old news team from San Diego er, San Di-AHgo, as he pronounces it: overly emotional sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner), now running a chicken joint; overly sexed reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), now photographing cats; and overly insane weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell, reliably hilarious) now dead. Or so he thinks. Burgundys new nemesis is the impossibly good-looking, self-adoring anchorman Jack Lime (James Marsden, perfect in such self-mocking roles). And his superior is the overachieving Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), who finds Burgundy ridiculous but then inexplicably falls for him. Linda is not only a woman but black, a double-whammy for the chauvinistic Burgundy; their coupling, however improbable, leads to a very funny dinner-table scene with Lindas disapproving family. Of course, underdog Ron has tricks up his sleeve. The starry cast also includes Kristen Wiig, intensely weird as only she can be. And theres the finale, a news-team rumble in midtown Manhattan involving more celebrity cameos than you ever thought possible. Sacha Baron Cohen as a BBC anchor? Only the beginning. Of course, it all feels like too much. But you cant have too much of a good thing, remember? Anchorman 2 bloated, but still funny Movie Review Anchorman 2 Rating: PG-13 (crude and sexual content, drug use, language, comic violence) Running time: 119 minutes Review: (of 4) MCT Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate star in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

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