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079099401001 Phone ... 385-6155 Fax ... 385-2453 O nline: N EWS -S UNHighlands Countys Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Friday-Saturday, December 27-28, 2013 Volume 94/Number 154 | 50 cents www.newssun .com Classifieds A7 Dear Abby B9 Editorial & OpinionA4 Healthy LivingB5 Living B10 Movie ReviewB9 Puzzles B9 Religion B6 Sports B1 Index Cloudy, some rain High 79 Low 61Details, A10 WAUCHULA STATE BANK/Cheryl Hen; 11.25"; 1.5"; Black plus three; processs, front strip; 0 0 0 3 4 2 0 2 By PHILATTINGER phil.attinger@newssun.comAVON PARK Once again Monday, Fred Leavitt of the Heartland Cultural Alliance presented a plan for converting the Avon Park Community Centers second floor into an art museum. The proposed museum would feature the work of Florida landscape painter Peter Powell Roberts, who donated his work to the HCA. Leavitt hopes a museum could bring patrons who love Powells work to visit, shop and dine in downtown Avon Park. The Community Redevelopment Agency Board listened and looked at his basic floor plan, but without specifics, they wont be able to get any estimates on how much converting the space would cost if they are willing to do it. They have asked him to come back to them with specifics so city staff can secure actual bids. The CRABoard consists of the Avon Park City Council. Improvements to the building could come either from CRAor city coffers, depending on whether the members approve improvements to facilitate the museum or just upgrade the community center. Deputy Mayor Brenda Giles is concerned about that cost. Leavitt has a preliminary estimate of $34,000, but many of his proposed improvements are needed already, according to Councilman Terry Heston, who suggested the city look at what it should do to make the AP Museum: Leavitt has plans, needs specs for bids Phil Attinger/News-Su n Avon Park Mayor Sharon Schuler (from left) and Deputy Mayor Brenda Giles look on as Fred Leavitt explains preliminary floor plans for an art museum to go on the second floor of the Avon Park Community Center. He met there Monday with city council members, in their capacity as board members for the Community Redevelopment Agency. Councilman Terry Heston (right) said the city should consider looking at what repairs the building needs, whether or not the museum is approved. Proposed Roberts showcase cost estimated at $34K By SAMANTHAGHOLAR samantha.gholar@newssun.comSEBRING The wrapping paper, ribbon and shiny bows arent just in the garbage can following Christmas Day. They could also be found in many a shopping cart as Thursday morning brought out bargain hunters in large num bers. Dozens of shoppers filled the aisles at local stores, not only with returns but with purchases, especially Christmas decorations. At the Sebring Kmart, nearly 30 customers wandered in and out of the clearance aisles looking for the perfect holiday decorations, wrapping paper and more as they got ready for next Christmas a mere 364 days away. Part-time Sebring residents and friend s Ruth Bates and Jo McKay rummaged through a section of packaged Christmas cards, which were on sale for 50 percent off. We do this every year, said Bates. Normally I just get Christmas cards to Post-holiday shoppers hit the stores Katara Simmons/News-Su n Orianna Hazen, 1, peeks through a shopping cart full of wrapping paper and Christmas decorations Thursday morning at the Lakeshore Mall in Sebring. Thenightmare after Christmas Dead of Winter to raise funds Humane Society Courtesy photo Sebring High School students get in some zombie practice recently in preparation for The Dead of Winter fundraiser, which will be held at the Humane Society to replace the Terror Trail, which had to be canceled in October because the trails were under water. By BARRYFOSTER News-Sun correspondentSEBRING It was a somber Halloween season for many this past year as officials of the Terror Trail announced they would not be hosting the annual holiday presentation. It was called off due to wet, slushy and muddy conditions at the facility adjacent to the Humane Society of Highlands County. Authorities at the Humane Society were even more depressed at the news, noting that the spooky spectacular generated tens of thousands of dollars each year to help underwrite the organization that helps place abandoned dogs and cats in area homes. Enter students from the Sebring Senior High School Theater Outreach program director Kaerdi Arthur McGovern said the group has dreamed up a new, longer and scarier trail that will capitalize on a post-Christmas Zombie Apocalypse. They came to us and said they wanted to do it and call it The Dead of Winter, said Terror Trail organizer Jon Spiegel. I said to myself, That is really a great concept. Plans are to open the trail for fright fans on the weekends of Jan. 17-18 and Jan. 24-25. McGovern currently has about 50 students who will participate. The concept revolves around Were you naughty or were you nice? McGovern explained. The gatekeeper believes that everybody has been naughty. Characters will involve the leftovers of Christmas including zombie carolers, demented elves, a psycho Santa and a maniacal Have you been naughty or nice? The gatekeeper says naughty Search begins for bargains on Christmas supplies See DEAD, A3 See SHOPPERS, A3 See CRA, A5 Fishing fluctuatesStrange weather has an effect SPORTS, B1 Aging in placePlan ahead to make staying in your home easier to manage B10Smoke shackNew BBQ restaurant opens in Lake Placid A6 By PHILATTINGER p hil.attinger@newssun.comAVON PARK D eputies are investigati ng two strong-arm robb eries, one successful a nd one not, in the A von Park area over t he Christmas holiday. The first took place b etween 7:42-8:42 p.m. T uesday, Christmas E ve, in the area of W oodrow Street and B ooker Avenue. A62-year-old black m an was riding his b icycle in that area w hen he was set upon b y two other black m en, according to M ajor David Paeplow, h ead of the Highlands C ounty Sheriffs Office I nvestigative Division. According to incid ent reports, the robb ers got away with the $ 70 of the mans m oney, his cellular p hone and his silver a nd yellow bicycle, v alued at $85. In what is believed to b e an unrelated incid ent, Paeplow said, t hree Hispanic men w ere accosted at 8:29 p .m. Wednesday, C hristmas Day, in the a rea of North Lake A venue and County R oad 17A. They were w alking home from visi ting a convenience s tore when they were a ttacked by five or six b lack men, Paeplow s aid. There are reports, he a dded, that one of the a ttackers had a baseball b at. The attackers d emanded the three Man gets robbed on Christmas Eve in AP See HCSO, A5


Special to the News-SunSEBRING Barbara Turner, operation and management consultant manager for Florida Department of Health in Highlands County, along with more than 100 other new and aspiring public health officials from across the nation, graduated from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials program. My participation in Survive and Thrive was extremely rewarding. I feel empowered and better equipped to lead our team at the Florida Department of Health in Highlands County, and engage with vital community stakeholders to help those we serve, Turner said. Mary Kay Burns, administrator, also participated as a Survive and Thrive volunteer coach and complemented the formal curriculum by guiding individual development plans, leading discussions about issues important to the program fellows, and reviewing assessments and performance reports. Page A2 News-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 pub block; 5.542"; 4.5"; Black; publishers block; 0 0 0 2 6 4 0 3 Dec. 20 34314957MB: 6x2Next jackpot $22 millionDec. 17 814172039MB: 7x4 Dec. 13 1924262770MB: 12x2 Dec. 21 1812244553x:5Next jackpot $3 millionDec. 18 259243440x:5 Dec. 14 131522384349x:5 Dec. 25 824283436 Dec. 24 1116203435 Dec. 23 221252735 Dec. 22 712213031 Dec. 25 (n) 6956 Dec. 25 (d) 2045 Dec. 24 (n) 6922 Dec. 24 (d) 7393 Dec. 25 (n) 638 Dec. 25 (d) 325 Dec. 24 (n) 522 Dec. 24 (d) 208 Dec. 20 2315355 Dec. 17 1837394215 Nov. 13 1232384217 Dec. 10 120404313 Dec. 25 2328383956 PB: 32Next jackpot $40 millionDec. 21 2536404551 PB: 8 Dec. 18 724373940 PB: 1 Lottery Center Community Briefs Special to the News-SunAVON PARK South Florida State College hosted the Sub-District FFA Contests on Dec. 17. Dr. Lietzel, SFSC president, welcomed the group from Highlands, Glades and Hendry counties and expressed his admiration for the boys and girls who wear the blue and gold FFAjackets and the high standards they represent. Shelby Ball, chairman from Avon Park High School, and Emily Little, co-chairman from Sebring High School, coordinated the events. Cole Russell from Lake Placid High School placed first in Tractor Operations with Tom Barfield from Moore Haven placing second. In the Opening & Closing Ceremonies Contest, HillGustat Middle Schools seven-officer team placed first, followed by Avon Park Middle School in second and Sebring Middle School placing third. In Creed Speaking, Justin Bickman from SHS captured first, Jesse Espunosa from Moore Haven took second and Samantha Goodwin from HGMS placed third. In Extemporaneous Speaking, Carson Angell from HGMS placed first at the middle school level, and Amy Schlosser from APMS placed second. Elton Gargano, SHS, placed first at the high school level, and Mattie Bass from Moore Haven took second. In Prepared Public Speaking, HGMS student Courtney Ball placed first at the middle school level, and Olivia Guerndt, APMS, was second. SHS student Emily Little was first at the high school level, and Taylor Brown from APHS was second. HGMSs six-member team was first at the middle school level, followed by APMS at second and SMS third. APHSs team took first place at the high school level, followed by SHS in second place. All of the first place winners will now prepare for the district contests in Okeechobee on Jan. 30. The district winners will then advance to the state contests next June at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, site of the State FFAConvention. State President Megan Stein assisted with the events and brought greetings from her fellow state officers and more than 16,500 members in the Florida FFA Association. Several students also competed in preliminary written exams in Food Science and Dairy Science. The top 20 teams across the state will compete in the state finals in January and February. In the business session, Emily Little was elected chairman for 2014 and Alex Hornick, also from SHS, was elected co-chairman. Local students place in Sub-district FFA contests Dance Club hosts Buddy Canova SEBRING The H ighlands Social Dance C lub will host the music of t he talented Buddy Canova f rom 7-9:30 p.m. today at t he Highlands Social Center, 3 400 Sebring Parkway. S nacks and sandwiches will b e available. BYOB. Admission is $5 for memb ers, and $7 for non-memb ers. Dress is smart casual. E veryone welcome, includi ng singles. For more inform ation, call 386-0855, or v isit www.highlandsdancec Ron Rahl brings karaoke to AMVETS SEBRING AMVETS P ost 21 will have karaoke w ith Ron Rahl from 6-9 p.m. S aturday. Pizza will be a vailable. V FW Post 4300 offers new twist for New Years Eve SEBRING The VFW P ost 4300 has been working h ard to pull together a New Y ears Eve celebration with a little bit of something for e veryone and it stands to be a n event you wont want to miss out on. Do you want to be entertained? The outstanding comedy team of Myke Herlihy from Manchester, Conn. and Kevin White, who describes himself as a Bostonian southerner, will bring their Road Dogs Comedy act with their unique outlook. Dance to the music of Fort MyersMike King after the comedy show until 12:30 a.m., with a short toast of champagne at midnight. Elvis may even be in the house to delight the women. Included in the price of $25 per person is a full buffet. Tickets are going fast.Special Christmas Show at Under the OaksSEBRING Enjoy some Christmas lightsat Under The Oaks Opry with a special Christmas show/supper today. There will be turkey and ham, taters, etc. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. Country/Bluegrass/Gospel and Christmas music will be at 7 p.m. Bring your leftovers. There will also bemusic at 2 p.m. Sunday and a New Years Eve Partybeginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Bring some snacks! These events arehosted by G.W. Saunders. Under the Oaks Opry is an inside family venue. No alcohol is allowed or served.The address is 3501 Beck Ave. Call 253-0771 and LikeUnder The Oaks Opry on Facebook. Question: Is Christmas your favorite holiday? Yes 52.3% No 47.7% Total votes: 155 www.newssun .comPoll open through Friday. Make your voice heard at Courtesy photo Shelby Ball (from left), Julianna Jackson, Paul Devlin, Wyatt Bennett, Zack McKinney and Zack Farr make up the Avon Park High School FFA parli pro team. Special to the News-SunAVON PARK Health care is a hot topic for most these days due to the everchanging landscape. Yet, one constant has remained with Gaye Williams at the helm of Central Florida Health Care as CEO for the past 20-plus years. CFHCs board chairman, Roy Tyler, celebrates Williams by awarding her a title of Emeritus CEO in honor of her 39 combined years of dedicated service to communities served by CFHC. Unanimous agreement was reached by our board that Ms. Williams leaves with the highest integrity, esteem, respect and approval ever given to a leader, not only for her work in the organization, but for her work in the community, state and nationally by bestowing the honorary title of Emeritus CEO, Tyler said. Emeritus is a Latin word for earned or merited, which certainly describes Williams. The honorary title recognizes that although an emeritus no longer holds the formal powers of her previous office, she will be welcomed to participate in official or ceremonial events. In addition, an emeritus may maintain professional relationships developed during her tenure. As an emeritus, Williams will retire from her position but will retain her professional title. As an honorary title, an emeritus position involves few, if any responsibilities, but Williams will always retain an informal relationship with CFHC. Within the past 20 years, Williams accrued many accolades throughout her tenure as CEO including a n increase in the overall program budget from $2 million to more than $16 million as well as an increase in the network of physical locations to eight with two more on the horizon. Williams leaves a legacy of modernized facilities, stat e of the art electronic health record programs and the only primary care ambulatory centers in Highlands, Hardee and Polk counties to be both accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Patient Centered Medical Home. Amazingly, Ms. Williams shared with us that she never selected healthcare as a career, Tyler said. There has been no end to the flurry of new ideas and futuristic vision. Healthcare turned out to be her true life calling for sh e has had an impact that will remain a part of CFHC long term. Williams intends to continue to be involved in healthcare as a mentor to healthcare organizations across Florida, the nation, and continuing in her effe ctive role as a leading advocate for improved healthcare for all. Central Florida Health Cares success is a team effort, Williams said. I see myself as a servant leaderof the people. I want to be remembered as someone who dedicated h er life to helping people in need and assisting others in creating a healthier community. Central Florida Health Care honors Williams as Emeritus CEO Williams News Service of FloridaMIAMI Adivided s tate appeals court T hursday rejected argum ents that a Miami highs chool students constitut ional rights were violated w hen his book bag was s earched after police r eceived an anonymous tip a bout a loaded gun. Miami Northwestern S enior High School offic ials found a loaded, semia utomatic handgun in the b ook bag Oct. 12, 2011, a fter receiving information f rom the tip. The student, identified i n Thursdays ruling by the i nitials K.P., later received 1 5 days in secure juvenile d etention and one year of p robation. In an appeal to the 3rd D istrict Court of Appeal, t he student argued that evid ence of the gun should h ave been suppressed b ecause of a violation of h is Fourth Amendment r ight to be free of unreas onable searches and s eizures. The argument f ocused heavily on the fact t hat an anonymous tip led t o the search. But appeals-court Judge T homas Logue, in a 2-1 d ecision, wrote Thursday t hat the search was reasona ble in protecting students i n a school. Admittedly, the tip at i ssue in this case may not b e sufficient to have justif ied a stop and frisk of K .P. for weapons on a publ ic street (much less an o utright search of his book b ag) because it may not c ontain sufficient indicia o f reliability reflecting that K .P. was actually carrying a firearm, wrote Logue. But the circumstances s upported reasonable susp icion of wrongdoing in t he context of preventing t he threat of gun violence i n a classroom. Judge Linda Ann Wells, i n a dissenting opinion, s aid the anonymous tip w as not legally sufficient t o justify searching the b ook bag, though it was e nough justification to r emove the student from c lass and question him. Court upholds book bag search Turner completes Survive and Thrive


www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 Page A3 BROWN, JEN; 3.639"; 2"; Black; tv p/u; 0 0 0 3 4 1 0 5 DR. ROTMAN, DARRIN; 1.736"; 3"; Black; healthy living; 0 0 0 3 4 2 0 1 chicanes 00034773 Mrs. Kringle. The group has held one Zombie Boot Camp to work on their makeup and scaring techniques, with at least another one planned. Among other things they learned the finer points of such things as zombie lurching and crypt crawling We do still need some ugly Christmas sweaters, Christmas T-shirts, flannel nightgowns and anything that looks like a sugar plum fairy, McGovern said. These kids will be trained in movement; this is all choreographed, she said. Spiegel also indicated that the current two trail configuration would be combined to make for a single, longer circuit. Also planned are a concession stand that will have plenty of food for those who want to partake in the new event. Depending upon the success of the event, Spiegel said it could mean a permanent move of the Terror Trail to the January dates. I mean, it is perfect. We have earlier nights, cooler temperatures, no rain and no mosquitoes, Spiegel said. That would leave the Halloween season open for a repeat of the Highlands Hammock haunted house and haunted tram ride that proved to be wildly successful in the absence of t he Terror Trail. Spiegel emphasized that all of the money generated from the Dead of Winter would go to the Humane Society. All of this is done by volunteers. There never has been any paid staff or anybody who made money on this. It all goes to the Humane Society, he said. Continued from A1 s tock up for next year. They a re a lot cheaper this way. S ometimes I get decorations i f I find something I really l ike, McKay said. Shoppers nearby went t hrough boxes of wrapping p aper, ornaments and gift b oxes. Others grabbed a few p acks of garland and bows, w hile another shopper added a decorative wreath to her c art. Both women and men a like were rummaging t hrough Christmas lights m arked half off and some s hoppers even brought home d ecorative household items s uch as Santa bath mats and w elcome mats. Shopper Molly St. Pierre t ook full advantage of the 50 p ercent off sale on Christmas i tems of at Kmart. St. Pierre a nd her 1-year-old daughter, O rianna, roamed each aisle c ashing in on at least one i tem from each. Six rolls of h oliday wrapping paper, b ags, purple ornaments and m ore filled St. Pierres cart, a long with one other monster o f an item that wouldnt fit a 5-foot-tall version of t he Abominable Snow M onster from the classic R udolph the Red-Nosed R eindeer television show, a lso known as Bumble. I got Bumble, also. We l ove him. She has a small, s quishy one that she plays w ith the dog with. My mom l oves him, too. She gave me t he extra money to get him, s o here we are, St. Pierre s aid. After everything was b agged up and ready to go, S t. Pierres total topped $ 220. Its a lot cheaper than b uying things before C hristmas. You save a lot of m oney this way. I mostly b uy decorations because every year we switch it up at our house. Sometimes Ill get Christmas cards if Im running low. But I do this every year. I enjoy it, St. Pierre said. Bumble was carted off to St. Pierres SUVby Kmart associate Clinton Havens, who said that the holiday season has been a very busy one. It seems very busy. Its been crazy ever since before Black Friday. For this city being as small as it is, it is extremely busy, but its been good, Havens said. The difference between the amount of purchasing versus the amount of returns Thursday morning was easily noticeable. Though a few customers walked into Kmart with Christmas items looking for refunds or exchanges, the number of customers making purchases substantially outnumbered returns. Continued from A1 Katara Simmons/News-Sun Shoppers seek out clearance sales Thursday morning at Kmart in Sebring. Many were looking for decorations and supplies for next Christmas. Katara Simmons/News-Sun Molly St. Pierre and her little girl Orianna Hazen, 1, are stocking up for next years Christmas holiday on Thursday at Lakeshore Mall in Sebring. St. Pierre said she was shopping specifically for a light-up Bumble character (from the TV show Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) and was lucky to buy the last one in stock at Kmart. Katara Simmons/News-Sun Winter residents Jo McKay, left, and Ruth Bates search for Christmas cards and other bargains Thursday morning to get a head start for next years Christmas holiday. Shoppers flock back to stores Courtesy pho to Zombie Boot Camp at Sebring High School is preparing the undead to offer some scares at the Humane Society in January when The Dead of Winter arrives. Dead of Winter planned at Humane Society By TAMARALUSH Associated PressST. PETERSBURG A father and son who went diving on Christmas Day with new dive equipment were found dead in an underwater cave at a north Florida wildlife refuge. The Hernando County Sheriffs Office said Thursday that Holly King called authorities on Christmas after her fianci, Darrin Spivey, and his son Dillon Sanchez didnt return home after their planned dive. Sanchez had received new diving equipment for Christmas, and the two men wanted to try it out, King told deputies. The men had told King that they were going to dive the 300-foot deep Eagle Nest Sink cave in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area in western Hernando County, about an hour and a half north of downtown Tampa. AFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sign near the pond entrance to the cave reads: Cave diving in this area is extremely dangerous even life threatening!! Do not dive unless you are a certified cave diver!! According to the Sheriffs office, Spivey was a certified diver; however, he was not a certified cave diver. Sanchez was not a certified diver, authorities said. King tried to reach her fianci at about 3 p.m. and when she couldnt, drove t o the Eagles Nest Sink area. She discovered his car there and called deputies. At 8:30 p.m., a certified underwater recovery diver went into the cave to look for the two men. The recovery diver found Sanchez first, inside a cave at 67 feet. Two more recovery dive rs went to the cave and found Spivey at 127 feet. Bodies of two divers found in underwater cave in Hernando Co. r NEWYORK (AP) S ome lucky fliers capitalized o n a computer glitch T hursday and scored some r eally cheap flights on Delta A ir Lines. From about 10 a.m. to n oon ET, some Delta fares o n the airlines own website a nd other airfare booking s ites were showing up incorr ectly, offering some savvy b argain hunters an incredible d eal. Aroundtrip flight b etween Cincinnati and M inneapolis for February w as being sold for just $ 25.05 and a roundtrip b etween Cincinnati and Salt L ake City for $48.41. The c orrect price for both of t hose fares is more than $ 400. Trebor Banstetter, a s pokesman for the Atlantab ased airline, said the probl em has been fixed but Delta will honor any fares p urchased at the incorrect p rice. Delta to honor extremely cheap mistake fares


ANOTHERVIEWPOINTTODAYSLETTERS SCOTT DRESSELEditor editor@newssun.comDAN HOEHNESports Editor BUSINESS OFFICEJANET NEWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor VICKIE WATSONvickie.jones@newssun.comMITCH ADVERTISING Editorial & Opinion Page A4 News-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 Yet it wasnt surprising: A fter coming under a hail of c riticism from tea party hardl iners earlier this year for c rafting a strong immigrat ion-reform package, the M iami senator has taken a s harp turn to the right to r egain conservative support. This is doubly disappointi ng from a lawmaker who o nce declared that he ran for o ffice because I want to s olve problems. Congress i nability to pass a budget up t o now is a glaring symptom o f the dysfunction that represents the biggest problem in Washington. The deal was good enough to win the support of nine Republicans, including prominent conservatives like Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Arizonas John McCain. They chose to put aside political gamesmanship, but Mr. Rubio seems to have other priorities. The senators choice on this key vote adds to the impression that, halfway through his six-year term, his desire to be a problem solver is taking a back seat to his presidential aspirations. That might explain the senators turnabout on immigration. He was one of the architects of the Senates comprehensive reform plan, explaining his position in a Wall Street Journal essay: I ran for office because I want to solve problems, and America has a very serious immigration problem. Moderation didnt sit well with his formerly adoring tea party supporters. Mr. Rubio backed away from his own plan in favor of a less-promising piecemeal approach that doesnt include a path to citizenship. His spokesmen say this is only a bow to reality, but it left reform advocates crestfallen. Later, Mr. Rubio embraced the failed effort to block funding of the new healthcare law, which led to the government shutdown. But that did not stop him from accepting a $10,000 federal subsidy that comes with the plan, although some fellow Republicans rejected it as a special deal. As 2016 approaches, the presidential campaign will pick up speed. Given Sen. Rubios obvious political appeal, he should be a strong contender for his partys nomination if he chooses to run, but his political calculus should not require support for an agenda that does not fit the needs of a large, diverse state like Florida. An editorial from the Miami Herald. This is not how you solve problems I t was disappointing to see Sen. Marco Rubio among the 36-member minority as the Senate approved a b udget deal that could avert another g overnment shutdown. Neighbors knew cat was a pet E ditor: Although Ino longer live in Sebring I do keep up with the news from there a nd with my friends and family.Acoup le that I love there are heartbroken r ight now over the loss of their prec ious cat. Like many cats, Juliet was one that l oved to wander. She had not been s payed because she was sterile and had n ever given birth. Avery sweet feline t hat was dearly loved. All the neighbors k new whose pet she wasand there was n ever a complaintabout her. Jaquae and Roger Sands spent 10 d ays looking for their beloved pet and a sking neighbors if they had seen her. F inally, one neighbor admitted that he a nd his wife had contacted Animal C ontrol and had a cat trap set up. She w as caught in it and then was put to s leep. These neighbors not only knew who J uliet belonged to but keptit secret w hile the devastated owners looked for h er. What a cruel thing to do! This was n ot a stray cat that was not being cared f or. It was a beloved pet and the neighb ors that called Animal Control knew i t. For Jaquae and Roger, my condol ences over the loss of their beloved p et. To the neighbors that lack compass ion for others and did this deed, may S anta fill your stockings with cat litter. Diane Thibodeau Dandridge, Tenn. Hearts of mankind unchanged E ditor: I recently read Killing Jesus by B ill OReilly. The book is an excellent v iew of what the people were doing a nd thinking at the time of Jesus in a d ocumentary form. The information c ame not only from the Gospels but f rom the Roman writings as they were k nown to keep meticulous records. I came away with several thoughts as I read this book. What would motivate Jesus, John the Baptist and the disciples of Jesus to spread a message that would absolutely result in persecution and a horrible death? Something motivated them well beyond what is normal for humans. They freely sacrificed themselves with no resistance and for no personal gain. ... They were guaranteed to endure an unimaginable amount of pain and death as part of spreading the message of peace and forgiveness, even to their killers. I believe I know the answer but I would be open to an atheist explanation if they have one. I also kept feeling that the hearts of mankind has not changed much in 2,000 years. ... I also believe the money changers are still among some of our clergy today. Its all about money, power and doing as youre told if you want to keep your job. Preach what will not upset the membership and ignore the Christian beliefs that may cause controversy like same sex marriage, and abortion up to birth, to name just a few. Another part of the book in which Jesus said if you believe in my message you will be persecuted. When I think of persecution, pain and injury come to mind. But there is another kind of persecution. When I hear happy holidays instead of Merry Christmas or what a nice holiday tree instead of Christmas tree it is a form of persecution. There are many other examples of mental persecution of the Christian faith, but we are tolerant forgiving people. But most of all, if you feel persecuted by these things then embrace it for you are a believer and it was for told 2,000 years ago. We also know that the Christian belief system is a righteous one, or it would not be under attack for evil loves evil. Finally, I read something very profound that Jesus said in regarding forgiveness. He said that if you have much love in your heart you will be forgiven much. If you have little love, you will be forgiven a little. Those words sum up what it is to be a Christian. Many focus on a person named Jesus or God. I personally cannot comprehend a deity just like I cannot comprehend a neverending universe. How can anyone truly understand the never-ending of something? I can comprehend what it is like to love and to sin. I feel this is why the message is more important than the messenger; if you follow, and love the message, you will be seeking forgiveness and you will be like the messenger. Have a Merry Christmas and may there one day be a real peace on earth. Bob Kurabieski Lake Placid BouquetLodge decorated nicely for danceEditor: The Lake Placid Ballroom Dancers packed the Elks Hall in Lake Placid last Saturday with a Red & White Christmas Dinner/Dance with over 100 dancers.The Ladies of the Elks decorated the tables with elegant candelabra and place settingsand with the help of the Elks, giant snowflakes graced the ceiling. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees were in the main hall and in the foyer. Even the cash bar was festooned with small red stockings hung with care. The dancers were escorted to their tables by usherettes Sandy Matthews and Mary Cooper, and during the evening passed out the door prizes during the intermission, with the help of Olive Jackson and Chrissy Harriman. After the social hour, dinner was promptly served under the direction of Marge Holbrook with her Potter Girls capably handling the assignment.The dinner was superb and hot, thanks to ourchef, Vinnie Connell, and his brother, Gene Connell. The dancing went on until after 9 p.m. withthe music by Chrissy, who will return Jan. 4 to help us ring in the New Year. Our sincere thanks to the Lake Placid Elks and the LPLadies of the Elks for being our partners. Were truly blessed. Susie and Larry Lee Organizers Lake Placid Ballroom Dancers Driving around last week as I finished my last bit of Christmas shopping, it seemed like Duck Dynasty merchandise was everywhere. Who would have thought, in 2013 the hottest gift ideas would involve rednecks from Louisiana? Whats more, I never would have believed anything the Duck family said would be a source of national controversy. Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertsons interview with GQ magazine sparked an all-out assault on him, his family and of course, Christianity. This overreaction underscores the double standard of those who applaud free speech, as long as they approved the message. And if you dare talk about something like abortion or homosexuality, then it is all-out war, and those decrying intolerance become the very thing they claim to hate. To be fair, it is dangerously myopic to not realize tolerance is a two-way street. There are those like the Westboro church crowd who think it is okay to cherry-pick scriptures like the one Phil Robertson referred to in 1st Corinthians 6:9-11, gathering mentioned sins like stones to hurl at everyone but themselves. Jesus had an answer for that: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. While that scripture lists specific sins, including homosexuality, it does not say homosexuality is worse than slander or greed. Quite honestly, the first sentence of verse 11 indicts everyone: Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? In other words, were all wrongdoers, including the openly admitted former drunkard, Phil Robertson, and hence, the desperate need for that baby wrapped in swaddling clothes whose birth we celebrate this time of year. After getting things in context and because this is not a sermon, lets get back to the non-stone-throwing Phil Robertson and his interview with GQ. In a seemingly obvious attempt to generate a controversial response, the inte rviewer asked, What, in your mind, is sinful? My response would have included something about eating that creme-stuffe d cupcake drenched in dark chocolate icing last night. Phils response was a bit more pointed, offering his own southern-drawled translation of 1st Corinthians. Those offended by his response should take it up with God while at the same time thanking him for the First Amendment. People became so unglued over the idea that the Bible calls their type of sexual behavior sin they refused to listen to, as Paul Harvey used to say, the rest of the story: We never, ever judge someone, said Phil in the same interview whos going to Heaven, Hell thats the Almightys job. We just love em, give em the good news about Jesuswhether theyre homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort em out later... You may not like the wa y he put it, no more than I cared for Martin Bashirs comments about Sarah Palin, but the First Amendment is meant to cover us all, no matter how offensive. As a Christian, I tire of the constant theme of homosexuality or casual sex which is woven into more prime time shows than I can count, but I can simply change the channel. Political correctness has many tentacles and unless we tear it out at the roots, it will adhere itself throughout our culture until the First Amendment becomes obsolete. The gift of free speech is more valuable than any present one will find under the tree this year and should be cherished. Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist who writes about politics, the econ omy and culture. Email Susan at or her website at Be the first to join the conversation at her newly created Facebook page. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun staff. Free speech, duck hunting and double standards Guest Column Susan Stamper Brown Make sure to sign your letter and include you r address and phone number. Anonymous letters will b e automatically rejected. Please keep your letters to a maximum of 40 0 words. We have to make room for everybody. Letter s of local concern take priority. Send your letter to 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, F L 33870; drop it off at the same address; fax 385-1954 ; or e-mail


www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 Page A5 SHAMBLIN, SHIRLEY; 9.347"; 2"; Black; main A; 0 0 0 3 4 1 9 7 MARTIAL ARTS (pp); 3.639"; 4"; Black; main A rhr top of ad stack; 0 0 0 3 4 7 1 6 space more useful. Administrative Services Director Maria Sutherland told board members that the upstairs area is not rented often usually just as overflow for events held downstairs and it only earned the city $2,500 to $3,000 last year. However, air conditioning is kept on at all times, she said. During a walkthrough Monday of the buildings second floor, air conditioning blew constantly, rattling vents and impairing conversation. Leavitt pointed out several tiles in the ceiling are starting to sag in a building that hasnt seen major work in 10 years. Giles also said kitchens both upstairs and downstairs need work. Sutherland said city staff tried last year to get estimates less that $6,000 just to upgrade the restrooms but couldnt get any bids that low. The building is not in tip-top condition, Sutherland said. Mayor Sharon Schuler said she wants to know how much it will cost the city and CRAto upgrade the building for us. If major work needs to be done, we need to make it feasible to rent, Schuler said. We send a lot of people to rent it. If they dont rent it, I can understand why. Councilman Parke Sutherland, husband to Maria, said he would like to have any bids itemized in hopes of finding overlap between Leavitts proposed improvements and necessary repairs. Leavitt said the HCAwas committing money in fiveyear stages in hopes of drawing visitors to Avon Park, much like the murals do for Lake Placid and the Alan Altvater Cultural Center does for Sebring. If we fail, were risking the same as the city. The city will get (an) upgraded property, Leavitt said. He said the organization is drafting a partnership agreement to present to the city. It hasnt been finalized, but could include suc h concessions as paying rent and insurance costs, performing maintenance, sharing profits from the store and doing in-kind services, including having the museum staffed with at least on e person 20 hours each week of the year. At an estimate d $12 per hour, Leavitt said that could be an in-kind investment of $12,480 per year, or the equivalent in volunteer hours. Heston asked if the HCA would sell actual art from the museum gift shop, which was one of Leavitt s proposed means of support. Leavitt said the shop would sell limited-edition prints of Powells artwork, but not any of the artwork itself. Phil Attinger can be reached at or 385-6155, ext. 541 and followed on Twitter @PhilAttinger. Continued from A1 CRA gets look at Leavitts plans for Roberts museum Courtesy photo Highlands County is now home to a regional Eye in the Sky platf orm to be used by law enforcement in nine southwest Florida counties through a regional Department of Homeland Security grant. The Highlands County Sheriffs Office w ill house the trailer w hen not in use by another county. Sheriff Susan Benton said residents may soon see this at various locations around the county, especially at shopping areas during the holiday season to protect residents from thefts or attacks. Eye in the Sky now watching locally m ens money and phones, b ut the men fought back, P aeplow said. In the end, the attackers r an off without robbing t hem, Paeplow said. Paeplow said its not u nusual for migrant workers o r people who appear to be m igrant workers to be targete d, given that they usually c arry cash, are on foot and h ave a language barrier. We get these (types of s ituations) from time to t ime, Paeplow said. However, anyone alone at n ight can be a victim, as was t rue Tuesday, he said. Anyone with information a bout this holidays incidents i s urged to contact the H ighlands County Sheriffs O ffice at 402-7200 or the C riminal Investigation D ivision under Capt. Randy L aBelle at 402-7810. Continued from A1 HCSO probes robberies By JENNIFER AGIESTA Associated PressReady to ring in the new y ear, Americans look ahead w ith optimism, according to a new AP-Times Square New Y ears Eve poll. Their rati ngs of the year gone by? L ess than glowing. What the public thought o f 2013: Good year or good riddance? On the whole, Americans r ate their own experience in 2 013 more positively than n egatively, but when asked t o assess the year for the U nited States or the world at l arge, things turn sour. All told, 32 percent say 2 013 was a better year for t hem than 2012, while 20 p ercent say it was worse and 4 6 percent say the two years w ere really about the same. Y oung people were more apt t o see improvement: 40 perc ent of people under age 30 c alled 2013 a better year t han 2012, compared with 25 p ercent of people age 65 or o lder. The public splits evenl y on how the year turned o ut for the country, 25 perc ent saying it was better than 2 012, 25 percent saying it w as worse. As with most q uestions about the state of a ffairs in the U.S. these d ays, theres a sharp partisan d ivide. Democrats are more a pt to say the U.S. turned o ut better in 2013 than 2012 ( 37 percent) than are R epublicans (17 percent). Thinking about the w orld at large, 30 percent s ay 2013 was worse than 2012, while just 20 percent say it was better. But the outlook for the new year is positive: 49 percent think their own fortunes will improve in 2014, 14 percent are anticipating the new year to be a downgrade from the old. Thirty-four percent say they dont expect much to change. What mattered in newsThe implementation of the health care law topped the list of the most important news stories of 2013, with 26 percent citing it. In an Associated Press survey of news directors and editors, 45 of 144 journalists surveyed called the health care rollout their top story. In the AP-Times Square poll, the death of Nelson Mandela occurred as the poll was underway. It rose quickly, with 8 percent naming it as the most important news of the year, matching the share citing the federal governments budget difficulties or shutdown. The budget fight, which led to a partial shutdown of the federal government in October, was rated extremely or very important by 60 percent of Americans, and prompted rare bipartisan agreement. About two-thirds in each major party, 65 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats, rated it highly important. Amajority said the Boston Marathon bombings were extremely or very important, and 47 percent considered the national debate over gun laws that important.Most forgettable momentsMiley Cyruss MTVVideo Music Awards performance. The launch of Lean In. Apologies from Paula Deen and Lance Armstrong. Walter Whites exit and the entrance of the Netflix series House of Cards. What do they all have in common? More Americans say these pop culture moments were more forgettable than memorable. Just one pop culture moment was deemed more memorable than forgettable: The birth of Prince George to Britains Prince William and his wife, Kate. Among men, 64 percent called the debate on work-life balance sparked by the book Lean In and other writings forgettable. About half of women agreed. About 1 in 5 younger Americans said the launch of original programming through streaming services like Netflix or Hulu was a memorable moment, about doubling the share among those age 50 and up. Residents of the West were more likely than others to consider memorable the San Francisco Batkid (31 percent) or the final season of the series Breaking Bad (19 percent). The AP-Times Square New Years Eve Poll was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications from Dec. 5-9 and involved online interviews with 1,367 adults. Poll shows hope for


Associated PressGULF BREEZE A17year-old boy accused in the Christmas Eve stabbing and bludgeoning death of his mother will be charged as an adult, prosecutors said Thursday. State Attorney Bill Eddins told The Associated Press he would file a second-degree murder charge on Thursday against William Brandon Aydelott. He said he would also request that the charge against the Gulf Breeze High School senior and baseball standout be upgraded to first-degree, premeditated murder by a grand jury in the coming weeks. Aydelott could face life in prison if convicted of firstdegree murder. Eddins says the 17-yearold boy, who turns 18 on Feb. 22, would be moved out of juvenile custody immediately and placed in a segregated section of an adult jail. Because of the overall nature of the crime, it is our conclusion the circumstances were such that we should seek first-degree murder charges, Eddins said. Under Florida law, prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty because Aydelott is not 18. The Santa Rosa County Sheriffs Office said Tuesday that Aydelott confessed to attacking his mother with kitchen knives and a baseball bat after the two had an argument. Sharon Aydelott, a longtime middle school science teacher, died at the scene. The sheriffs office said the teen was found hours later at a nearby home, where he surrendered. Randy Renfroe, Aydelotts baseball coach at Gulf Breeze High School, said the Aydelotts were getting a divorce and that William Aydelott, who goes by Brandon, appeared to be having a tough time with that. We are just in shock and disbelief, Renfroe said. He said Aydelott had a bright future and was likely a candidate for a college baseball scholarship because of his pitching skills. The coach said the 6-foot3, 189-pound athlete never showed signs of aggression, even when calls on the field did not go his way. Refroe said Aydelotts family was supportive of his baseball ambitions and often showed up to cheer him on at games. Renfroe said that he hoped authorities would consider all aspects of Aydelotts life and that he was disappointed to hear th e teen would be charged as an adult. The school district has called in crisis counselors to help students. The coach said he planned to meet with his baseball players sometime today. Brandon Aydelotts Facebook page, last updated in October, featured a picture of his baseball team gathered in prayer on a baseball field. By ROD LEWIS News-Sun correspondentLAKE PLACID Justin a nd Lisa Roberts opened the S moke Shack Barbeque t ake-out restaurant at 280 E. I nterlake Blvd. on Dec. 11. Justin Roberts said he has b een cooking barbeque for 1 0 to 15 years. I have been cooking barb eque for years, and this y ear, in June, we went on t he pro circuit and have d one quite well, said Justin R oberts. The banners that d ecorate the restaurant attest t o this fact. They have comp eted in seven competitions s ince June, and there are s everal banners that they h ave won, including the g rand champion of the M artin County Fairs second a nnual BBQ Fest. Our specialties at the r estaurant are ribs and b risket, Lisa Roberts said, b ut in competition they e xcel in chicken. Roberts has been competi ng since June, but his s cores have earned him the r anking of 21st in the state for 2013. Competition has already started for the 2014 season, and he plans on being even better. The take-out restaurant is one venue where the awardwinning fare may be sampled, however, catering is available and they may be found at local events providing the same tasty temptations that are winning them acclaim and awards all over the state. The restaurant makes everything daily so that everything is fresh, Lisa Roberts said. The brisket sells out quickly, so arrive early if you want some. The phone number is 6992221. They can be found on Facebook at Smoke Shack Barbeque 280. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Page A6 News-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 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 FLORIDA HOSPITAL; 9.347"; 13"; color 0 0 0 3 4 7 7 7 New BBQ restaurant opens in Lake Placid Rod Lewis/News-Sun Owner Justin Roberts models his new logo for Smoke Shack BBQ at 280 Interlake Blvd. in Lake Placid. Teen accused of killing mom to be charged as adult rfrntb rrnrfn tb tr rfb rf ttrftb rffnt rtbbbbbbb rbbbb rbbbbbbb ttn bbbbbbb nbbbb tbbbbbbbbbbbbb r tt b rnb tnr nbfrr trr bf nrtn nt nb


www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 27, 2013Page A7 rffntbffnf n frnffn f ffnfffnnnnn 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 OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA CASE NO.28-2011-CA-000776 US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE MASTR ASSET BACKED SECURITIES TRUST 2006-AB1, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-AB1 Plaintiff, v. JOHN C.DEAN,JR.; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JOHN C.DEAN,JR.; UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN TENANT 2; AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S),WHO (IS/ARE) NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIM AS HEIRS,DEVISEES,GRANTEES,ASSIGNEES,LIENORS,CREDITORS,TRUSTEES,SPOUSES,OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS,INC.; SEBRING RIDGE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION,INC. Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that,pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on November 21,2013,in this cause,in the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida,the clerk shall sell the property situated in Highlands County,Florida, described as: LOT 457,OF SEBRING RIDGE,SECTION E,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF,AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8,AT PAGE 53, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. a/k/a 3133 MARLIN DRIVE,SEBRING,FL 33870 at public sale,to the highest and best bidder, for cash,in the Jury Assembly Room in the basement of the Highlands County Courthouse,located at 430 South Commerce Avenue,Sebring,FL 33870-3867,on January 17,2014 beginning at 11:00 AM. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale,you must file a claim with the clerk no later than 60 days after the sale.If you fail to file a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. Dates this 22nd day of November,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Cler k If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding,you are entitled, at no cost to you,to the provision of certain assistance.Within two (2) working days of your receipt of this notice,please contact the Court Administration Office at (863) 534-4690.If you are hearing or voice impaired,call TDD 1-800-955-8771 or 1-800-955-8770 (V),via Florida Relay Service. 885110893 December 27,2013; January 3,2014 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses,if any,to it on DOUGLAS C.ZAHM, P.A.,Plaintiff's attorney,whose address is 12425 28th Street North,Suite 200,St.Petersburg,FL 33716,on or before January 28,2014 or within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice of Action,and file the original with the Clerk of this Court at 590 South Commerce Avenue,Sebring,FL 33870-3867,either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise,a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint petition. WITNESS my hand and seal of the Court on this 17th day of December,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Cler k IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILIT Y WHO NEEDS ANY ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED,AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE.WITHIN TWO (2) WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RECEIPT OF THIS NOTICE,PLEASE CONTACT THE COURT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE AT (863)534-4690.IF YOU ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED,CALL TDD 1-800-955-8771 OR 1-800-955-8770 (V), VIA FLORIDA RELAY SERVICE. December 27,2013; January 3,2014 1050LegalsTHE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED Current residence unknown,but whose last known address was: 3533 EDGEWATER DR.,SEBRING,FL 33872-2044 -ANDTO:THE STEEL MILL,INC.; whose last known principal place of business was: C/O JON WELCH,R.A. 1818 NEBRASKA STREET ORLANDO,FL 32803 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Highlands County,Florida,to-wit: UNIT 2 WITHIN LOT 124,BLOCK 275,SUN 'N LAKES ESTATES OF SEBRING,UNIT 13, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9,PAGE 71, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA,FURTHER DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:BEGIN FROM THE NORTHEASTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 124,A POINT ALONG THE WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF EDGEWATER DRIVE OF THE SAID SUBDIVISION,RUN THENCE ALONG THE NORTHERLY LINE OF THE SAID LOT 124,SOUTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' WEST, 48.60 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,26.80 FEET FOR A POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE RUN SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,15.1 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' WEST,3.4 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,0.3 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' WEST,34.1 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,0.3 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' WEST,18.0 FEET; THENCE NORTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' WEST,16.3 FEET; THENCE NORTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' EAST,18.0 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,0.3 FEET; THENCE NORTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' EAST,29.5 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,0.3 FEET; THENCE NORTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' EAST,8.0 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH A 1/5 INTEREST IN THE COMMON AREAS AS SPECIFICALLY SET OUT IN EXHIBIT B OF COVENANTS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR FAIRWAY TWO TOWNHOUSES,RECORDED IN O.R.BOOK 651, PAGE 964,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA.BY AMENDMENT DATED JANUARY 26,1983 AND RECORDED IN O.R.BOOK 755,PAGE 83,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:DESCRIPTION OF COMMON AREA WITHIN LOT 124, BLOCK 275,SUN 'N LAKE ESTATES OF SEBRING,UNIT 13,AD RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9,PAGE 71,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA, FURTHER DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:THE SAID LOT 124,LESS THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED AREA:BEGIN FROM THE NORTHEASTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 124,A POINT ALONG THE WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF EDGEWATER DRIVE OF THE SAID SUBDIVISION,RUN THENCE ALONG THE NORTHERLY LINE OF THE SAID LOT 124,SOUTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' WEST, 40.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,10.50 FEET FOR A POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG THE SAID LINE,SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,16.3 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' WEST,8.6 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,15.1 FEET; THENCE NORTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' EAST,8.6 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00 EAST,16.2 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' WEST,8.6 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,15.1 FEET THENCE NORTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' EAST,8.6 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' EAST,16.3 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' WEST,54.1 FEET; THENCE NORTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' WEST,15.7 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' WEST,10.0 FEET; THENCE NORTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' WEST,16.3 FEET; THENCE NORTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' EAST,10.0 FEET; THENCE NORTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' WEST,15.0 FEET,THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' WEST,10.0 FEET; THENCE NORTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' WEST,16.3 FEET,THENCE NORTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' EAST,10.0 FEET; THENCE NORTH 39 DEGREES 38'00'' WEST,15.7 FEET,THENCE NORTH 50 DEGREES 22'00'' EAST,54.1 FEET TO A POINT OF BEGINNING. 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA CASE NO.28-2013-CA-000585 WELLS FARGO BANK,N.A. Plaintiff, v. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS,GRANTEES DEVISEES,LIENORS,TRUSTEES,AND CREDITORS OF JOHN T.GOAD A/K/A JOHN GOAD,DECEASED,ET AL. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO:THE UNKNOWN HEIRS,GRANTEES,DEVISEES,LIENORS,TRUSTEES,AND CREDITORS OF JOHN T.GOAD A/K/A JOHN GOAD, DECEASED,AND ALL CLAIMANTS,PERSONS OR PARTIES,NATURAL OR CORPORATE,AND WHOSE EXACT LEGAL STATUS IS UNKNOWN,CLAIMING BY,THROUGH,UNDER OR AGAINST JOHN T.GOAD A/K/A JOHN GOAD,DECEASED,OR ANY OF THE HEREIN NAMED OR DESCRIBED DEFENDANTS OR PARTIES CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT,TITLE OR INTEREST IN AND TO IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.:28-2011-CA-000042 U.S.BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, vs. WALLACE J.JACKSON, BARRY JACKSON AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given,pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on December 4,2013,in the Circuit Court of HIGHLANDS County,Florida,I will sell the property situated in Highlands County,Florida described as: THE SOUTH 20 FEET OF LOT 17 AND LOT 16,BLOCK 182,WOODLAWN TERRACE,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1,PAGE 96,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. and commonly known as:1225 GLENWOOD AVENUE,SEBRING,FL 33870; including the building,appurtenances,and fixtures located therein,at public sale,to the highest and best bidder,for cash,Sales are held in the Jury Assembly Room in the basement of the Highlands County Courthouse located at 430 S.Commerce Avenue,Sebring,Florida 33870,on January 21,2014 at 11 a.m. Any persons 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 5th day of December,2013. Clerk of the Circuit Court ROBERT W.GERMAINE By:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk 327603/1034578/anp December 27,2013; January 3,2014 Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on October 8,2013,in the Circuit Court of HIGHLANDS County,Florida,I will sell the property situated in Highlands County,Florida described as: LOT 28 AND THE NORTH HALF OF LOT 29,BLOCK 275,SUN N LAKE ESTATES OF SEBRING UNIT 13,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF,AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9,AT PAGE 71,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. and commonly known as:5226 MAGNOLIA PL,SEBRING,FL 33872; including the building,appurtenances,and fixtures located therein,at public sale,to the highest and best bidder,for cash,Sales are held in the Jury Assembly Room in the basement of the Highlands County Courthouse located at 430 S.Commerce Avenue,Sebring,Florida 33870,on January 21,2014 at 11 a.m. Any persons 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 5th day of December,2013. Clerk of the Circuit Court ROBERT W.GERMAINE By:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk 327470/1223723/ada December 27,2013; January 3,2014 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.:28-2013-CA-000156 CENLAR FSB Plaintiff, vs. GERARDO F.OLIVERA A/K/A GERALDO F. OLIVERA,YUSIMI OLIVERA,MAGNOLIA PLACE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION,INC., MAGNOLIA PROPERTIES OF SEBRING,II, INC.,AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given,pursuant to Final IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.:28-2012-CA-000764 CENLAR FSB Plaintiff, vs. CLEM M.BECK,MARY F.BECK, JPMORGAN CHASE BANK,N.A.F/K/A CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC F/K/A CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION, HIGHLANDS INDEPDENDENT BANK,AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given,pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on December 4,2013,in the Circuit Court of HIGHLANDS County,Florida,I will sell the property situated in Highlands County,Florida described as: LOT 3634 AND 3635,OF AVON PARK LAKES UNIT 12,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 5,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. and commonly known as:2150 N.BERKLEY RD,AVON PARK,FL 33825; including the building,appurtenances,and fixtures located therein,at public sale,to the highest and best bidder,for cash,Sales are held in the Jury Assembly Room in the basement of the Highlands County Courthouse located at 430 S.Commerce Avenue,Sebring,Florida 33870,on January 21,2014 at 11 a.m. Any persons 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 5th day of December,2013. Clerk of the Circuit Court ROBERT W.GERMAINE By:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk 327470/1207365/snm December 27,2013; January 3,2014 OF THE NW 1/4 OF THE SE 1/4 OF THE SW 1/4 OF SECTION 22,TOWNSHIP 33 SOUTH, RANGE 29 E,HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. AND THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NE 1/4 OF THE SE 1/4 OF THE SW 1/4 OF SECTION 22,TOWNSHIP 33 SOUTH,RANGE 29 EAST,HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA,ALSO KNOWN AS THE WEST 1/2 OF LOT 13 AND THE WEST 1/2 OF LOT 14,BLOCK 22,RIVER RIDGE RANCHES,UNRECORDED PLAT. and commonly known as:5378 E.ROBERT RD.,AVON PARK,FL 33825; including the building,appurtenances,and fixtures located therein,at public sale,to the highest and best bidder,for cash,Sales are held in the Jury Assembly Room in the basement of the Highlands County Courthouse located at 430 S.Commerce Avenue,Sebring,Florida 33870,on January 21,2014 at 11 a.m. Any persons 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 5th day of December,2013. Clerk of the Circuit Court ROBERT W.GERMAINE By:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk 327470/1127473/snm December 27,2013; January 3,2014 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.:28-2012-CA-000395 CENLAR FSB Plaintiff, vs. MIGUEL GARCIA AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given,pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on December 4,2013,in the Circuit Court of HIGHLANDS County,Florida,I will sell the property situated in Highlands County,Florida described as: THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 7 AND THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 8,BLOCK 22,RIVER RIDGE RANCHES,AN UNRECORDED PLAT MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS A PORTION IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.:28-2013-CA-000246 CENLAR FSB Plaintiff, vs. DWAYNE CHAMBERS A/K/A DWAYNE MICHAEL HOLLY E.CHAMBERS A/K/A HOLLY ELIZABETH CHAMBERS, JESSICA LYNN WATTS A/K/A JESSICA WATTS,CRAIG STEPHEN BELOFF, MIDFLORIDA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION,AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given,pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on December 4,2013,in the Circuit Court of HIGHLANDS County,Florida,I will sell the property situated in Highlands County,Florida described as: LOT 11,IN BLOCK 27,OF PLACID LAKES SECTION THREE,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7,PAGE 63,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. and commonly known as:119 HAYES AVE NE,LAKE PLACID,FL 33852; including the building,appurtenances,and fixtures located therein,at public sale,to the highest and best bidder,for cash,Sales are held in the Jury Assembly Room in the basement of the Highlands County Courthouse located at 430 S.Commerce Avenue,Sebring,Florida 33870,on January 21,2014 at 11 a.m. Any persons 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 5th day of December,2013. Clerk of the Circuit Court ROBERT W.GERMAINE By:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk 327470/1119962/anp December 27,2013; January 3,2014 Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on September 27,2013, in the Circuit Court of HIGHLANDS County, Florida,I will sell the property situated in Highlands County,Florida described as: LOT 81,OF SEBRING HILLS,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6,PAGE 2,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. and commonly known as:125 SPARROW AVE,SEBRING,FL 33870; including the building,appurtenances,and fixtures located therein,at public sale,to the highest and best bidder,for cash,Sales are held in the Jury Assembly Room in the basement of the Highlands County Courthouse located at 430 S.Commerce Avenue,Sebring,Florida 33870,on January 21,2014 at 11 a.m. Any persons 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 18th day of December,2013. Clerk of the Circuit Court ROBERT W.GERMAINE By:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk 320400/1032875/alg December 27,2013; January 3,2014 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.:28-2012-CA-001038 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK,NATIONAL A SSOCIATION Plaintiff, vs. MARIA A.SOBALVARRO,RUBNER SOBALVARRO,JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,SEBRING HILLS ASSOCIATION,INC., A ND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given,pursuant to Final 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., 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, A CCORDING 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 1000 Announcements rf


Page A8News-SunFriday, December 27, IN 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, A S 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 A M 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,CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT 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. A NGEL 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.13000831GCAXMX BANK OF AMERICA,N.A., PLAINTIFF, VS. ROBIN K.MESSENGER A KA ROBIN MESSENGER A KA ROBIN MESSINGER,ET AL., DEFENDANT(S). NOTICE OF ACTION (Constructive Service Property) TO:ROBIN K.MESSENGER AKA ROBIN MESSENGER AKA ROBIN MESSINGER LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 655 SPINNAKER COURT WELLINGTON,FL 33414 Y OU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property,lying and being and situated in Highlands County,Florida,more particularly described as follows: LOT 9,IN BLOCK B,OF MEADOWLAKE SUBDIVISION,ACCORDING TO THE THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 15,PAGE 35,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. COMMONLY KNOWN AS:13 Meadowlake Circle S.,Lake Placid,FL 33852 A ttorney file number:13-09222 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense,if any,to it on Pendergast & Morgan, P.A.,the Plaintiff's attorney,whose address is 115 Perimeter Center Place,South Terraces Suite 1000,Atlanta,Georgia 30346, within thirty (30) days of the first publication. Please file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on the Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in THE NEWS-SUN. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court at Sebring,Florida,on the 12th day of December,2013. Clerk Name:ROBERT GERMAINE As Clerk,Circuit Court Highlands County,Florida By:/s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation to participate in this proceeding,you are entitled,at no cost to you,to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator at (863)534-4686 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance,or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired,call 711. 13-09222 December 27,2013; January 3,2014 1050LegalsDUMMY 2013 SERVICE DIRECTORY DUMMY 5X21.5 AD # 00026404


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Seats 10. $6300. 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 & SuppliesAVON PARKFri. Sun. 12/27 12/29, 8 2pm. 2369 N. Huntington Rd. Avon Park Lakes. Furn., household items, men's sweaters, etc. 7320Garage &Yard Sales ROCKING HORSEChildren's, Seat 18" high & Head 26" high. Looks like a Stuffed Pony. $20. 863-402-2285 HOWARD MILLER MANTEL CLOCK Westminster Chimes. Battery operated. Old style. Works & Looks good. $20. 863-402-2285 3 METALUtility Shelving Units 36" X 16" on wheels, each has 3 shelves. $20. 863-402-2285 7310Bargain BuysHOT TUB5 person, round, Eclipse. Cover & stairs. Excel cond. $1,000. Chris 863-273-4176 7300Miscellaneous 7000 Merchandise SEBRING VACATIONRENTAL Available. 2/2, furnished. Call for details. 863-452-0101 FULL 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 6500MiscellaneousRentalsNICE 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 Houses SEBRING *DINNER LAKE AREA 1 BR/ 1 BA Apartments for Rent. Large rooms, Fresh paint & Tile, Includes water. $400/mo. Call Gary Johnson @ 863-381-1861 AVON PARKUnfurnished Studio Apartment. $295/mo. + Security. Call 863-452-0101. 6200UnfurnishedApartments BEAUTIFULAPTSSEBRING2BR/1BA, tile floors, screen back porch, beautiful landscaping. 863-446-1822 AVON PARK* LEMONTREE APTS 1BR. Available immediately Washer/Dryer, Microwave & WSG included. Pets OK! Call Alan 386-503-8953 6200UnfurnishedApartments 6000 Rentals PALM HARBORHOMES 2014 models are here! $8,500 Pre Construction Savings 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 Sale 5000 Mobile HomesTHE DEPOTRESTAURANT & CATERING FOR SALE ASKING $275,000 CALL JOHN 863-202-0171 3050BusinessOpportunities 3000 FinancialGENTLEMAN -SITTER CAREGIVER looking for position. 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Call 863-452-5355. 1200Lost & FoundCHECK 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 SALE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO Dianna Alexander that on 01/14/2014 at 11am at Dwight's Mini Storage at 1112 Persimmon Ave.Sebring,FL 33870.The personal property in Unit #33 of Dianna Alexander will be sold or disposed of PURSUANT TO F.S.83.806(4). December 27,2013; January 3,2014 As Clerk of the Court BY:/s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk 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 1050LegalsDUMMY 2013 CARRIER AD 2X5 AD # 00034726AVON PARK HOUSING 1X3 AD 3 00034371 AVON PARK HOUSING 1X3 AD 3 00034370*******PLEASE USE FILLER********** rfnrt rbnrrtrr ntttbf nrtrr rtrrt rrttfr ftrbt rrrtrr tnr ttt fnttrr rrrtr rrrrtr rtr r


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The fishing in our lakes w as pretty good until T hanksgiving Day when t emperatures plummeted to 3 6 degrees overnight. The drop in air temperat ure also impacted the water t emperature, more so in shall ow lakes like Istokpoga and W alk-in-Water, dropping the w ater temperature as much a s 10 degrees over a couple o f days. That was actually pretty n ormal, but the strange part i s that after that little cold s pell, air temperatures j umped back up and suddenl y we were flirting with r ecord high temperatures o ver the last couple of w eeks. As a result, the water temp eratures came right back u p. This time of the year, we s hould be in the high 50s or l ow 60s providing the perf ect water temperatures for t he crappie and bass to begin s pawning. Instead, most of the lakes a re still hovering around 65 t o 70 degrees. Some of the shallower l akes are seeing a fived egree increase in a single d ay, dropping back o vernight, only to repeat the p rocess day after day. We actually need some c ooler weather. For mid-to-late December, w e should be seeing daytime h ighs in the low 70s with o vernight lows in the 40s. It just hasnt happened yet. When it does, the fish should move into the shallower water to begin their annual spawn. Ive had three bass fishing guide trips in the past week and up until yesterday; the fishing has been pretty tough. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, I took Fred and Steve Shepherd out to Lake Istokpoga and we caught 8 or 9 bass, with Steve catching the lunker of the day at 4 1/2 pounds. Late in the trip, as Steve was razzing his dad about catching the big fish of the day, I heard a huge splash and as I turned around, I saw a monster bass blowing up in the reeds and heading south. Out of the corner of my eye, I watched as the rod in Freds hands flew onto the boat and bounced into the lake. Steve reached over and as he lifted the rod you could hear the drag screeching as the big bass took out yards of line. Steve quickly tightened the drag and handed the rod back to his dad as he struggled to hold on. I turned the boat around and headed back into the reeds and as I neared the bass, I could see a huge tail sticking out of the water as the bass circled and pinned itself against the bottom of the reeds. News-Sun Friday, December 27, 2013 BSection Sports Page B3 MCTphoto Serena Williams had another dominant season to claim the AP Female Athlete of the Year. By HOWARD FENDRICH Associated PressSerena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins. Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17. She compiled a 34-match winning streak. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for womens tennis. In February, she became the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history and never left that perch. Thanks to all of that, Williams was honored Wednesday as The Associated Press2013 Female Athlete of the Year. Its the third APaward for Williams, following 2002 and 2009. Only two women have been chosen more often as APAthlete of the Year since the annual awards were first handed out in 1931. Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward, Williams told the APin an interview shortly before the start of the U.S. Open. I dont get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better or I wouldnt keep playing this game. The vote by news organizations was about as lopsided as many of Williams matches this season. She received 55 of 96 votes, while Brittney Griner, a two-time APPlayer of the Year in college basketball and the No. 1 pick in Aprils WNBAdraft, finished second with 14. Swimmer Missy Franklin was next with 10. Miami Heat star LeBron James was named the Male Athlete of the Year Thursday. Williams, who grew up in Compton, Calif., and turned 32 in September, produced the finest womens tennis season in years. According to the WTA: her .951 winning per centage was the best since Steffi Grafs .977 in 1989; her 11 titles were the most since Martina Hingis 12 in 1997; Serena Williams wins AP Athlete of Year See SERENA, B3 Fishin Around... Don Norton Courtesy photo Blake Peuse holds up a three-pound bass caught on an outing with Don Norton on Monday, Dec. 23. Strange weather has effect on area fishing See FISHING, B4 Courtesy pho to The Avon Park Champions Club (APCC) has teamed up with the Highlands Leadership Class of 2013 group to bring Marc Mero back for visits to the local middle schools.The APCC presented the class with a check for $1,000 to help with Meros fees. Mero spoke to the freshman class at Avon Park High School last year. The Highlands Leadership group is hoping all middle school students will have the opportunity to hear him this year from March 13-14 when he motivates the students prior to the FCAT. Trevor Murphy (from left) and Micah Scanga, representing Highlands Leadership, accept the check from Seth Lambert, vice president, and Charles Devlin, president, APCC. Avon Park Champions Club teams up with Highlands Leadership Class of 2013 By MARK LONG Associated PressGAINESVILLE Florida i s turning to Dukes Kurt R oper to improve the S outheastern Conferences w orst offense. Coach Will Muschamp is c ounting on Ropers previo us success in the league a nd his experience with an u p-tempo scheme to get it d one. Muschamp announced R opers hire Thursday, three d ays after he agreed to take t he job. He has a diverse, upt empo background on o ffense and does a good job o f adapting to what the playe rs do best, Muschamp s aid. The most important t hing, though, is he has a lways remained balanced. H e has had success calling p lays in the SEC and has t utored three NFLquarterb acks. He has had players prod uce at every offensive position and he is one of the most well-respected coaches in the country. Roper is leaving the same position at Duke. He also was an assistant head coach with the Blue Devils. Roper spent hours interviewing for the job with Muschamp on Monday. He will remain with Duke through the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night. The Gators (4-8) are coming off their first losing season since 1979. Muschamp wants to overhaul the offense after three consecutive years ranked worse than 100th nationally in total yards. Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis less than 24 hours after the season ended. An 18-year coaching veteran, Roper spent six seasons as Dukes offensive coordinator. He has 14 years of experience coaching quarterbacks, including working with NFL quarterbacks Eli Manning (N.Y. Giants), Sean Renfree (Atlanta Falcons) and Thaddeus Lewis (Buffalo Bills). Muschamps next offensive coordinator had been considered the most important hire in his tenure, a choice that surely will impact whether the head coach sticks around beyond 2014. If Florida doesnt show significant improvement in Muschamps fourth year he is 22-16 through three seasons athletic director Jeremy Foley almost certainly will clean house. Roper followed coach David Cutcliffe to Duke in 2008 from Tennessee and helped rebuild the Blue Devils from one of the nations worst power-conferFlorida hires Dukes Roper as OC See GATORS, B4 By TIM REYNOLDS Associated PressMIAMI The only thing that keeps LeBron James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense. On one hand, hes the games best player. On the other, hes rarely impressed with himself. Even after a year like 2013 when a spectacular wedding, a second NBAchampionship and a fourth MVPaward were among the many highlights enjoyed by the Miami Heat star he still is, as he puts it, striving for greatness. Or, technically, more greatness, since his enormous list of accomplishments just keeps growing. James was announced Thursday as The Associated Press2013 Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the third basketball player to capture the award that has been annually awarded since 1931. James received 31 of 96 votes cast in a poll of news organizations, beating Peyton Manning (20) and Jimmie Johnson (7). Im chasing something and its bigger than me as a basketball player, James told the AP. I believe my calling is much higher than being a basketball player. I can inspire people. Youth is huge to me. If I can get kids to look at me as a role model, as a leader, a superhero ... those things mean so much, and that s what I think I was built for. I was put here for th is lovely game of basketba ll, but I dont think this is the biggest role that Im going to have. Past winners include Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Carl Lewis, Joe Montana, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps. James joins Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as NBAplayers to win the award. I dont think Ive changed much this year, James said. Ive just improved and continued to improve on being more than just as a basketball player. Ive matured as a leader, as a father, as a husband, as a friend. So far in 2013, with a maximum of three game s left to play, James has appeared in 98 the Heat have won 78 of them. None of those was bigger than the four Miami got in the NBAFinals against San Antonio. In Game 7, James was at his best, scoring 37 points, including the jump shot with 27.9 seconds left th at essentially was the clinc her. He always rises to the occasion when it matters the most, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 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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 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 Sheriffs Tower Rd, Sebring, FL33870.Hammock Half Marathon/5K SEBRING The 6th Annual Hammock Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk is set for 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 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.LP Senior SoftballLAKEPLACID Lake Placid seni or softball will adjust its practice schedule to accommodate the upcoming holidays. Practices will be Monday and Thursd ay at 9 a.m. at the Lake June Ballfields. The league is 60 and over. How much over? Last year a 95 year old batted leado ff for the league champions! Regular season is set to begin o n Monday, Jan. 6. For further information, visit lpso AMERICAN CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA y-New England1140.733410318 Miami870.533310315 N.Y. Jets780.467270380 Buffalo690.400319354 South WLTPctPFPA y-Indianapolis1050.667361326 Tennessee690.400346371 Jacksonville4110.267237419 Houston2130.133266412 North WLTPctPFPA y-Cincinnati1050.667396288 Baltimore870.533303318 Pittsburgh780.467359363 Cleveland4110.267301386 West WLTPctPFPA y-Denver1230.800572385 x-Kansas City1140.733406278 San Diego870.533369324 Oakland4110.267308419NATIONAL CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA Philadelphia960.600418360 Dallas870.533417408 N.Y. Giants690.400274377 Washington3120.200328458 South WLTPctPFPA x-Carolina1140.733345221 New Orleans1050.667372287 Atlanta4110.267333422 Tampa Bay4110.267271347 North WLTPctPFPA Chicago870.533417445 Green Bay771.500384400 Detroit780.467382362 Minnesota4101.300377467 West WLTPctPFPA x-Seattle1230.800390222 x-San Francisco1140.733383252 Arizona1050.667359301 St. Louis780.467339337 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ___ Sundays Games Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 4:25 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. End of Regular SeasonLEAGUELEADERSAFC Quarterbacks AttComYdsTDInt Manning, DEN63142552115110 P. Rivers, SD51135642492910 Rothlsbrgr, PIT553 356 40822712 Dalton, CIN55034240153116 Smith, KC5093083313238 Rushers AttYds AvgLGTD Charles, KC259 12874.974612 Mathews, SD26111114.26516 Moreno, DEN23510154.32 3110 Johnson, TEN2529503.77 30t5 Jackson, BUF193836 4.33598 Receivers NoYds AvgLGTD Johnson, HOU103135813.2 62t5 Brown, PIT101141214.0568 Edelman, NE9699110.3446 Green, CIN94136514.582t10 Wright, TEN89102911.6452 NFC Quarterbacks AttComYdsTDInt Foles, PHI2911862628252 McCown, CHI2241491829131 Rodgers, GB2511682218154 Brees, NO619422 47813512 Wilson, SEA384242 3185259 Rushers AttYdsAvgLGTD McCoy, PHL28714765.1457t9 Peterson, MIN279 12664.54 78t10 Forte, CHI26712294.60557 Morris, WAS26012134.6745t7 Lynch, SEA27811604.174311 Receivers NoYds AvgLGTD Garcon, WAS107129012.153t5 Marshall, CHI94122113.04411 Jeffery, CHI86134115.6 80t7 Bryant, DAL85113413.37912 Johnson, DET84149217.88712EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB Toronto1115.423 Boston 1217.414.5 New York919.3213 Brooklyn919.3213 Philadelphia820.2864 Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami 226.786 Atlanta 1513.5367 Charlotte1415.4838.5 Washington1213.4808.5 Orlando 820.28614 Central Division WLPctGB Indiana 235.821 Detroit 1416.46710 Chicago1116.40711.5 Cleveland1017.37012.5 Milwaukee622.21417WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio227.759 Houston1911.6333.5 Dallas 1612.5715.5 New Orleans1214.4628.5 Memphis1215.4449 Northwest Division WLPctGB Portland235.821 Oklahoma City235.821 Denver 1413.5198.5 Minnesota1315.46410 Utah 823.25816.5 Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Clippers2010.667 Phoenix1710.6301.5 Golden State1713.5673 L.A. Lakers1316.4486? Sacramento819.29610.5 ___ Wednesdays Games Chicago 95, Brooklyn 78 Oklahoma City 123, New York 94 Miami 101, L.A. Lakers 95 Houston 111, San Antonio 98 Golden State 105, L.A. Clippers 103 Thursdays Games Atlanta at Cleveland, late Memphis at Houston, late San Antonio at Dallas, late L.A. Clippers at Portland, late Fridays Games Detroit at Orlando, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Toronto at New York, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Denver at New Orleans, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Utah, 9 p.m. Miami at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.LEAGUELEADERSSCORING FGFTPTSAVG Durant, OKC25123378828.1 Anthony, NYK25116770926.3 Love, MIN23117170025.9 James, MIA25915270525.2 Harden, HOU17917157724.0 REBOUNDS OFFDEFTOTAVG Love, MIN10327137413.9 Howard, HOU10929640513.5 Jordan, LAC12327039313.1 Drummond, DET15721837512.5 Vucevic, ORL7320127411.4 Aldridge, POR6924030911.0 ASSISTS GASTAVG Paul, LAC2932811.3 Curry, GOL272509.3 Wall, WAS252289.1 Jennings, DET282288.1 Holiday, NOR262118.1 Rubio, MIN282258.0 Teague, ATL282258.0 STEALS GSTLAVG Carter-Williams, PHL17513.00 Rubio, MIN28752.68 Paul, LAC29682.34 Wall, WAS25562.24 Wade, MIA21442.10 BLOCKED SHOTS GBLKAVG Davis, NOR19603.16 Hibbert, IND28772.75 Ibaka, OKC28652.32 Jordan, LAC30692.30 Henson, MIL27622.30EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA Boston251025210677 Tampa Bay231134910687 Montreal22133479684 Detroit171394399108 Toronto1816541106113 Ottawa1517737111126 Florida141953388123 Buffalo102432366105 Metropolitan Division WLOTPtsGFGA Pittsburgh271115512188 Washington1914442117112 Philadelphia171643893104 N.Y. Rangers181823888102 New Jersey15167379299 Columbus1617436101106 Carolina141583686105 N.Y. Islanders112072996129WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA Chicago267658145107 St. Louis24755312885 Colorado231034910688 Minnesota20145458896 Dallas1812642106107 Winnipeg1618537103116 Nashville161743685109 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA Anaheim27755912798 Los Angeles25945410676 San Jose23865212194 Vancouver221165010693 Phoenix1910745111110 Calgary141763495118 Edmonton1224327101135 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ___ Wednesdays Games No games scheduled Thursdays Games No games scheduled Fridays Games Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m. Columbus at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m. Colorado at Chicago, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Nashville at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Edmonton at Calgary, 9 p.m. San Jose at Phoenix, 9 p.m.SCORINGLEADERSGPGAPTS Crosby, PIT39203454 Kane, CHI39222749 Getzlaf, ANH36192544 Backstrom, WAS3793342 Ovechkin, WAS35301141 Perry, ANH39221941 Malkin, PIT3293241 Thornton, SJ3753540 Kunitz, PIT39201939 Tavares, NYI38132639 Steen, StL35241438 Seguin, DAL34191837 St. Louis, TB37162137 Karlsson, OTT39102737 1 tied with 36 pts.BASEBALLAmerican League BALTIMORE ORIOLESClaimed RHP Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. CLEVELAND INDIANSAssigned RHP Trey Haley outright to Columbus (IL). HOUSTON ASTROSAssigned RHP Rhiner Cruz outright to Oklahoma City (PCL). SEATTLE MARINERSAssigned RHP Chance Ruffin outright to Tacoma (PCL). TAMPA BAY RAYSClaimed OF Jerry Sands off waivers from Pittsburgh. TORONTO BLUE JAYSAgreed to terms with INF Munenori Kawasaki on a minor league contract. National League LOS ANGELES DODGERSAgreed to terms with 3B Juan Uribe. MILWAUKEE BREWERSAssigned RHP Michael Olmsted outright to Nashville (PCL). NEW YORK METSClaimed RHP Ryan Reid off waivers from Pittsburgh.FOOTBALLNational Football League DALLAS COWBOYSReleased WR/KR Micheal Spurlock. Signed QB Jon Kitna. DETROIT LIONSPlaced TE Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve. MIAMI DOLPHINSReleased WR Nathan Palmer from the practice squad. Signed WR Reggie Dunn to the practice squad. NEW ORLEANS SAINTSSigned S Terrence Frederick off of Cleveland's practice squad. NEW YORK GIANTSPlaced S Cooper Taylor on injured reserve. Signed G Eric Herman from the practice squad and CB Travis Howard to the practice squad. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid FRIDAY: Boys Basketball at Taveniere Tournament,TBD SATURDAY: Boys Basketball at Taveniere Tournament,TBD 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. Sebring FRIDAY: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBD SATURDAY: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBD FRIDAY,Jan.3: Boys Basketball at Avon Park,6/7:30 p.m. Avon Park FRIDAY: Boys Basketball at Taveniere Tournament,TBD SATURDAY: Boys Basketball at Taveniere Tournament,TBD FRIDAY,Jan.3: Boys Basketball vs.Sebring,6/7:30 p.m. 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 Nebraska at Cincinnati. . . . . . . E S P N 2 2 p m Villanova at Syracuse. . . . . . . . C B S 2 p m Eastern Michigan at Duke . . . . . E S P N 2 4 p m Louisville at Kentucky . . . . . . . . C B S 8 p m Missouri at North Carolina . . . . . E S P N 2 1 0 p m Alabama at UCLA . . . . . . . . E S P N 2 S K A T I N G S A T U R D A Y 3 p m U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Trials . . . N B C C O L L E G E F O O T B A L L F R I D A Y 2 : 3 0 p m Military Bowl Marshall vs. Maryland . E S P N 6 p m Texas Bowl Minnesota vs. Syracuse . E S P N 9 : 3 0 p m Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl BYU vs. . . . . Washington . . . . . . . . . . . E S P N S A T U R D A Y N o o n New Era Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame vs. . Rutgers . . . . . . . . . . . . . E S P N 3 : 2 0 p m Belk Bowl Cincinnati vs. North Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E S P N 6 : 4 5 p m Russell Athletic Bowl Louisville vs. Miami . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E S P N 1 0 : 1 5 p m Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Kansas State vs. Michigan . . . . . . . . . . . . E S P N Times, games, channels all subject to change G O L F S A T U R D A Y 4 p m RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship N B C N H L S A T U R D A Y 7 p m Montreal at Tampa Bay . . . . . . . S U N LIVESPORTSONTV NFL NBA NHL Transactions Page B2 News-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 Dan Hoehne/News-Sun fil es Quantrae Rouse and the Blue Streaks host the annual Jim Taveniere Tournament, which began Thursday night in the Sebring Gym. This years tournament sees eight teams in action, including the Streaks, Avon Park and Lake Placid. The rest of the slate is being filled out by teams from near Frostproof somewhat near Tenoroc, Liberty and Lakeland to far Miamis Homestead. Games continue today, beginning at 3 p.m. and conclude Saturday, Dec. 28, with games starting at 1 p.m. Taveniere holiday tournament is underway


Special to the News-SunSEBRING The YMCA A fter School Program is d esigned to encourage a h ealthy lifestyle, bright future a nd endless potential. This program is from 3-6 p .m. Monday-Friday, for kids a ges 5 to 12. Each week will feature a v ariety of activities including V olleyball, Basketball, S wimming, Gymnastics, S occer and more. We do offer bus transportat ion from the Kindergartner L earning Center and W oodlawn Elementary. For more information on t his program please contact us a t 863-382-9622 and ask for D ave Scheck. After School Drop-off P rice: $2 per day, per child Bus from KLC or W oodlawn Price: $ 30 per c hild, per week. Senseis Matthew Jordon a nd Tena Jordon have joined t he YMCAteam in providing m artial arts. Classes are Tuesday and T hursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. s tarting at the beginning of e ach month. For more information on t his program please contact us a t 863-382-9622 Member Price: $40, Nonm embers: $60 We offer a wonderful G ymnastics program with leve ls ranging from preschool to a dvanced. If you would like to enroll y our child in Gymnastics, regi stration starts at the beginn ing of each month. Prices have been pro-rated d ue to the holiday season. For more information on t his program please contact us a t 863-382-9622 GymnasticsPreschool Member: $35, Non-members: $50 Members: $50, Non-members: $80 YMCACheer is new and improved, just in time for the new year! Come join our new instructor Sandy Stewart, who is pumped and ready for fun. We now offer Beginner, Intermediate, and Advance motion technique, cheer dance, progression stunt and tumbling! Practices are weekly every Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. Registration is at the beginning of each month. For more information on this program please contact us at 863-382-9622 and ask for Sandy Stewart. Member Price: $35, Nonmembers: $45 Upcoming Events YFire 5K To celebrate the beginning of 2014, the Highlands County Family YMCAjoins forces with the Sebring Firemens Association and MidFlorida Credit Union to present the YFire 5K. The 5K run/walk will start at 8a.m. at Firemens Field on Saturday, Jan. 4. This event is a partnered fundraiser for our Strong Kids Campaign. People of all ages are invited to join us. Prices are listed below. For more information on the YFire 5K please contact us at 863-382-9622. Remember we still have some sponsor spots open. 5K Registration fee Before December 23rd $25 w/h Dry fit shirt After December 23rd and Race Day $30 YMCAChristmas Camp The YMCAis offering eight days of fantastic fun! The YMCAChristmas Camp will take place Dec. 3031 and Jan. 2-3. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, camp will only go until 1 p.m. The camp hours will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and it will include a wide range of activities including: arts and crafts, gymnastics, a field trip, fitness and nutrition, and all kinds of sports. Kids between the ages 5-12 can join camp, fees are $15 daily for members or $20 daily for non-members. For those interested in all 9 days it is $135. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 Page B3 SPRINGLAKE GOLF RESORT* NEW; 3.639"; 3"; Black; sports fri ads; 0 0 0 3 4 1 5 5 GRIFFIN'S CARPET MART; 7.444"; 10"; Black; 12/27/13; 0 0 0 3 4 7 1 9 Golf Hammock Last Monday, Dec. 23, the Mezza Group played golf using Individual Pro-Am Points. There was a tie in A group for first place between Don Brewer and Ike Richards at plus 3. Jim Gulick scored plus 7 for first place in B group and in second place Les Campbell scored plus 2. In C group there was a three way tie for first place between Paul Brown II, Roger Culberson and Gary Galle at plus 3. Pat Dell was even that was good for first place in D group and in second place was Norm Hankinson at minus 1. Dave Hankinson scored plus 8 to take the lead in E group and in second place was Ken Granger at plus 4. In F group Curt Matterson came in first place with plus 2 and Bob Wimmers came in second with plus 1. Jerry Hodges was even that was good for first place in G group and a four way tie for second place between Bob Hughes, Don Meitz, Bob Morrison and Bob Colandrea all with minus 2. Pete Mezza scored plus 2 to take first place in H group and a tie for second place between Bob Fidlin and Billy Ringo at plus 1. Karl Mellor scored big making plus 8 for first place in I group and Ozzie Bergroth came in second with plus 4. Frank Branca shot a plus 5 to take the lead in J group with plus 5 and a tie for second place between Bill Woudenberg and Les Layton. Next Monday the Mezza Group will play at Golf Hammock beginning at 7:45 a.m. There will be a large group and you are asked to register early. For more information, call Pete at 3821280. Lake June WestA Ladies Monday event was played on Dec. 23 and saw the foursome of Joyce Swartz, Barbara Cash, Sylvia West and Chris Heath get the win with a 40. Elaine Orr, Beth Little, Doris Weeks and Beth Schuenke were just a shot behind, at 40, to take second. In closest to the pin, Donna Palmatier hit to 24-feet, 1-inch from No. 8 and to 16-feet from No. 4, while Heath stuck a shot just 7-feet from No. 2. A Mixed Scramble was played on Thursday, Dec. 19, with a match of cards needed to determine the winner after a pair of 54s came in. When the dust settled, it was the team of the Wests, Ron and Sylvia, the Heaths, Larry and Chris, along with Charlotte Mathew getting the nod for the top spot. Settling for second were the Swartzs, Joe and Joyce, the Orrs, Bob and Elaine, who were joined by Joann McGill. In closest to the pin, Mary McNamee got to 8-feet, 2-inches from No. 8, Shelly Byron to 7-feet, 6-inches from No. 2 and Ron West to a mere 3-feet, 3-inches from No. 4. A Mens Best Ball tournament was played on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Joe Swartz, Norm Grubbs, Al Walch and Fred Noor got the win on the day, carding a 45. For closest to the pin, Art Schmeltz hit to 20-feet, 10-inches from No. 2, Bob Bavard to 19-feet, 4-inches from No. 4 and Ron West to just 5-feet, 3-inches from No. 8. her winning streak was the longest since her sister, Venus, had a 35match run in 2000. She just continues to be an inspiration to American tennis, said Gordon Smith, the executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open. Her year this year? Unforgettable. By adding a fifth career U.S. Open championship, and a second French Open title, Williams also moved within one Grand Slam trophy of the 18 apiece won by Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. The record is 24 by Margaret Court. Pretty heady company. Evert is one of the only two women with more AP awards than Williams. Evert won four from 1974-80, while Babe Didrikson collected a record six one for track in 1932, and five for golf from 1945-54. Serena already has provided significant contributions to taking our sport to the next level. ... She is chasing records and no doubt will break many records before shes finished, WTAChairman Stacey Allaster said. That obviously just brings a lot more attention to our sport. Two particular moments in 2013 stuck out to Allaster. One came at Qatar in February, when Williams cried after assuring herself of returning to No. 1 for the first time since 2010, the year the American needed two operations on her right foot and got blood clots in her lungs. You could see the joy, the tears o f joy. It meant so much to her, from everything she had been through, to be able to be back at the top of the sport, a sport that she does truly love, Allaster said. The second moment came during Wimbledon, when Williams joined other women who have been ranked No. 1 at a celebration of the WTA s 40th anniversary. It was an opportunity to see her in a leadership position. ... She did a remarkable job at speaking on behalf of all those great athletes and speaking to future players, Allaster said. Theres a little girl, perhaps out there in Compton, who is dreaming of playing on the WTA, and Serena said, Were waiting for you, and we cant wait to meet you. Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at ndrich Continued from B1 Sebring YMCA has plenty to keep kids busy Serena up to 17 Grand Slam trophies Stacey Allaster WTAChairmanYou could see the joy, the tears of joy. It meant so much to her, from everything she had been through.


We got about five feet f rom the bass and with one b ig splash, he was gone. It was a huge bass and one t hat will take on a life of its o wn as the story is told and r etold in the years to come. On Sunday, Dec. 22, I t ook the winners of our T hanksgiving Day drawing o ut for a trip, Kyle and C aroline King. Launching from the W indy Point boat ramp we w ere greeted with high w inds and rough seas. Moving from one spot to a nother, there seemed n owhere that we could go to g et out of the wind. Finally, after about four h ours of fighting the wind, w e gave up with only three b ass to show for our efforts. Caroline did have a good f ish on but lost it shortly a fter it hit. Monday, I took Bill Jeidy a nd his son-in-law Blake P euse out on a trip and i nstead of high winds; we w ere met with heavy fog that p revented us from going m uch farther than the boat r amp area. Once the fog lifted, the w ind picked up and we c aught a couple on the south e nd of Bumblebee Island. Moving to the north end o f the island to get out of the w ind, we picked up another t hree pounder, but the bite w as pretty slow. Finally we moved one last t ime and started getting s ome decent strikes. Flipping a Gary Y amamoto Senko plastic w orm, we caught and r eleased 17 bass up to 5+ p ounds in less than three h ours. We probably missed as m any bass as we caught, a c ouple pretty big ones, but a ll-in-all, a pretty good day o f fishing on Istokpoga. This was one of the l ongest trips Ive been on lately about 9 hours but it paid off with a couple of pretty satisfied customers. Bill caught a pickerel late in the day that had just swallowed a large bluegill or crappie. His stomach was incredibly expanded. 2013 has been a pretty good year for my bass fishing guide service and judging by the number of trips already booked for January and February, 2014 will be even better. Anyone interested can give me a call at 863-2734998 or stop by REDS II. My rate is $200 a day, no additional charge for 6 or 8 hours and no additional charge whether its one or two people. Ill take two adults and a child for shiner fishing, but only two people if were fishing with artificial baits. I furnish the boat, rods and reels, gas, life-vests and all safety gear, as well as lunch and soft drinks. Hiring a guide is a great way to learn the lake, as well as learn a few new techniques. Weve got four guides working out of REDS so if you have a date in mind, we should be able to accommodate you.Sebring BassMasters The next meeting of the Sebring BassMasters is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are held at the REDS II workshop. The first tournament will be held on Sunday, Jan. 12. The club is accepting new members, both boaters and non-boaters. Because the tournaments are draw tournaments drawing a boater and a nonboater we need both. Anyone joining the club at our January meeting will be eligible to fish on the 12th. Folks from up north who are only here a few months over the winter may also join the club and obviously fish the tournaments while theyre here.Big Bass Tournament The third REDS II BIG BASS TOURNAMENTwill be held on Lake Jackson on Satuday, Jan. 11. The tournament is open to anyone whod like to fish and you can fish one or two people in a boat. Only 15 boats will be allowed to participate with either one or two anglers. The cost is $25 per person and the biggest bass wins the jackpot. If we have 20 or more anglers participate, 1st place will pay 75 percent and 2nd place will earn 25 percent of the money paid in. Fishing a BIG BASS tournament is much different from fishing most other events. Unlike a tournament where the limit is 3 or 5 bass, in this type of tournament youre looking for that one BIG fish. In the first tournament held on Lake Jackson in November, a 2.60 lb bass won and received $300. In December, a 5.80 lb bass won $500 on Lake Lotela. Its anybodys guess what it will take in January, but it may not be that big of a fish. As Ive mentioned before in this column, weve been fishing Lake Jackson for the last six months and there havent been very many big fish brought to the scales. If youre interested in fishing the event, get signed up. Due to the size of the lake and parking opportunities, weve limited the number of boats to 15. We currently have 13 boats signed up. For more information, call or stop by REDS II. 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 Visit his American Fisherman Facebook page or his website at or stop by the store to see him anytime. Page B4 News-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 rfn tbb rrfrtbbb rrntfr rrnbnbf bbbrrrnrn tbrbr rnbrbrfb ffbf brbbfb frntrbr Continued from B1 Fishing fluctuates along with temperatures Courtesy phot os Don Norton shows off a five-pounder caught on Lake Istokpoga on a pre-holiday fishing trip. e nce programs to the champ ions of the Atlantic Coast C onferences Coastal D ivision. Roper was a finalist this y ear for the Broyles Award, g iven to the nations top a ssistant coach. The offensive coordinator h elped the 22nd-ranked Blue D evils (10-3) set a school r ecord for wins. Before joining Duke, R oper coached at three SEC s chools Tennessee (20060 7), Kentucky (2005) and M ississippi with Cutcliffe ( 1999-2004). So he has extensive SEC e xperience, having coached q uarterbacks at Kentucky a nd Ole Miss, and running b acks at Tennessee before a rriving in Durham, N.C. In addition to his role as o ffensive coordinator, he has s erved as assistant head c oach and quarterbacks c oach at Duke. Florida believes a better offense is key to turning thing around. The Gators were devastated by injuries in 2013, losing quarterback Jeff Driskel, running back Matt Jones, receiver Andre Debose and three offensive linemen during the season. They managed just 279 yards in a 26-20 loss to lower-division Georgia Southern on Nov. 23 and then 193 in a season-ending 37-7 loss to Florida State a week later. Florida lost its final seven games and missed a bowl game for the first time since 1990. The Gators threw just four touchdown passes during that losing streak. Over the last two seasons, Duke averaged more than 30 points per game. Duke averaged 408.1 yards and 31.6 points this season, ranking sixth in the ACC in both categories. Continued from B1 Gators look to Roper to turn offense around b ooming. Some estimate his annual i ncome around $60 million, l ess than one-third of that b eing made on the court. James has another decis ion to make in 2014. He can become a free a gent again this summer, t hough still smarting from t he circus atmosphere that f ollowed him during his f inal season with the Cleveland Cavaliers four years ago, James is staying largely silent on what might happen. He insists he has no idea. Im so zoned in on what my task is here this year that its hard to think about anything else, James said. A guy the other day asked me what Im going to do for New Years, and I havent even thought about that. Continued from B1 James honored, stays silent on future


Comprehensive Homecare plans the following community outreach events next week: Monday 9 a.m., Coping with Transitions, Resthaven Assisted Living Facility, off State Road 64, Resthaven Road, Zolfo Springs; 1 p.m., caregivers support group, Crown Pointe Assisted Living Community, Sun N Lake Boulevard, Sebring. Tuesday 9 a.m., health fair, Groves, behind Sebring Diner, U.S. 27, Sebring. Thursday 9 a.m., Lake Placid Meal Site Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid; 10:30 a.m., Balmoral Caregiver Support Group, Lake Placid. Friday 8 a.m., Sebring Village, Schumacher Road, Sebring; 10 a.m., New Concepts on U.S. 27, Sebring. Each site is hosting the events with Comprehensive Homecare and is open to the public. Ace Homecare has scheduled the following community outreach events next week: Monday 9 a.m., Music and Motion, Rest Haven (Zolfo Springs); and 10:30 a.m., health fair, Chatham Point (Wauchula). Tuesday 10 a.m., Music and Motion, Change of Pace (Sebring). Thursday 10 a.m., Music and Motion, Balmoral Assisted Living and Memory Care (Lake Placid). Friday 8 a.m., health fair, Sebring Grove RVPark (Sebring). All programs are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information, call ACE Homecare at 385-7058. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 Page B5 CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES; 5.542"; 5"; Black plus three; process, main A erectile dysfu; 0 0 0 3 4 0 7 9 DR. PALOSKY, D.D., ERIC; 3.639"; 3"; Black; dec ads; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 6 AMERICA FIRST A/C; 3.639"; 2"; Black plus three; process, tv p/u; 0 0 0 3 4 2 2 1 Healthy Living Are you planning to travel this holiday season? Will you be spending long p eriods of time sitting s till in a car, train or airp lane? Travelers sitting m otionless, for extended p eriods of time, may be at r isk for a deep vein t hrombosis (DVT). ADVTis a blood clot t hat develops in the deep v eins of the legs, blocki ng blood flow, causing p ain and swelling. A b lood clot that breaks f ree, and moves through t he bloodstream, can c ause blockage of blood v essels in the lung called a pulmonary embolism. T his can lead to severe d ifficulty in breathing and e ven death. ADVTcan be painful a nd dangerous if you d ont know what it is and h ow to identify it while y oure traveling. The A merican Heart A ssociation (AHA) estim ates that one out of e very 1,000 Americans d evelop a DVTeach year. D VTs require immediate m edical care. Risk factors for b lood clots include: long periods of inact ivity; cigarette smoking; fractures in the p elvis or legs; giving birth within t he last 6 months; heart failure; medications such as e strogen and birth control p ills; obesity Recent surgery. Helpful hints to avoid a D VTinclude: Drink plenty of flui ds. Avoid alcohol and c affeine. Wear support hose. Wear loose clothing t hat doesnt restrict movem ent. Avoid tight underw ear. Dont take a sleepi ng pill when flying as the e ffect of these will further l imit your mobility. If possible, dont let y our thighs press on the e dge of your seat. Slide y our legs and bottom forw ard so that the angle b etween your legs and a bdomen is more open a nd your bottom is nearer t he front of the seat. (This m ay not be possible if y ou are tall or have long l egs.) Use footrests where a vailable or rest your feet o n luggage to get your f eet up. Do exercises that i nclude flexing and s tretching your legs and f eet to encourage blood f low from your legs to y our heart. Upper body e xercises improve overall c irculation. Ababy aspirin is r ecommended before trips l asting more than eight h ours. I hope that these h elpful hints help you a void becoming a victim o f a DVTthis year. D r. Olga Garcia Luepschen and the Gentle Foot Care Center are located on US 27. F or questions please call 863-314-9255 or visit m/. This information is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure your condition. Beware of DVTs Footprints Dr. Olga GarciaLuepschen One of the oldest recorded medicines is willow bark used by the ancient Egyptians and in Greece by Hippocrates for pains and fevers. The active ingredient of aspirin, salicylic acid, is found in willow bark (Genus Salix) as well as many of the small evergreen bushes in the genus spirea that gave aspirin its name. The first modern use of aspirin was when an English clergyman, the Reverend Edward Stone, gave 50 parishioners with rheumatic fever dried willow bark. Stronger forms were not more effective instead they caused nausea, ulcers and even coma. In 1893, Felix Hoffman, a chemist working for the Bayer company, began looking for a cure for his fathers painful arthritis and produced the first stable form of aspirin. The over-the-counter tablet debuted in 1915. There were only rudimentary clinical trials when aspirin was introduced at the turn of the last century. Much of its usefulness was determined by observation. In 1948, Dr. Lawrence Craven in California recommended an aspirin a day to prevent heart attack. AU.S. medical trial involving 20,000 physicians showed that aspirin reduced the risk of clotting in the heart arteries by 40 percent. If you are having chest pain and think you are having a heart attack, taking an aspirin immediately after you call 911 will increase your chances of survival. Aspirin also helps those who have brief stroke-like episodes (transient ischemic attacks). For the prevention of heart attacks, aspirin works better in men than in women, but better in women than men for the prevention of stroke. The U.S. Preventative Service Task Force recommends aspirin in men between 49 and 79 for the prevention of heart attack and in women between 58 and 79 for stroke prevention In 1982, the Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded to an Englishman and two Swedes for their research on how aspirin works in the body. Until recently, only aspirin was effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This group has a lower-thanexpected incidence of Alzheimers disease. Dementia, especially Alzheimers, probably has an inflammatory component, the same thing that aspirin treats in RA. Subsequent studies confirm the protective effect of aspirin. There is also some evidence that aspirin may decrease the risk of colon cancer and that it helps in pre-eclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure) in pregnant women. Napoxyn, meloxicam, ibuprofen and other antiinflammatories that many of us use for control of the wear and tear arthritis of aging are all based on discoveries made about aspirin chemistry. Talk to your doctor before starting on an aspirin regimen. Unfortunately, not everyone can take aspirin and its derivatives. If you are taking other blood thinners or are prone to ulcers it is not recommended that you take aspirin. Fish oil and garlic extract in combination with aspirin increase the risk of bleeding. Stroke and heart attack prevention. Protection from dementia. Relief of arthritis, fevers and other aches and pains. All are benefits from one ancient drug. Aspirin truly is a miracle! Dr. Diana D. Carr treats patients at The Hand & Shoulder Specialists offering specialty care close to home with a concentration on healing shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand problems. She is the areas only orthopaedic surgeon certified as a hand specialist. For more information, please visit or call (863) 3827777. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition. Aspirin: The first wonder drug DearPharmacist: You said that some drugs are related to fluoride and may cause hypothyroidism or other diseases of the reproductive tract. Which medications and why? D.L., Fort Lauderdale Answer: Shocking I know! Some of the most popular medications in the world are fluorinated, meaning they were created using a backbone of fluoride, the same fluoride used in toothpaste, insecticides and some supplements The situation with fluoride is that it competes with iodine in your body. It tricks the cell into thinking it is iodine because it looks similar. Once enough fluorine atoms hook onto your cell, you become iodine deficienct. That could make you thyroid deficient because your thyroid gland cannot produce any thyroid hormone without iodine. Iodine protects your male and female reproductive organs, like your breasts, uterus, ovaries, prostate, testicles and all your private parts. When you take a fluorine-containing drug, I worry that you will become deficient in other minerals, especially iodine. You may become fluoride toxic. Im not saying drugs cause illness in your private parts, though they could, but really, its the drug mugging effect of fluoride-based medications that could raise risk for iodine deficiency. Chronic fluoride ingestion could spell side effects, which unfortunately wont get spotted as a side effect, rather they will be diagnosed as some new disease that you dont authentically have. Many practitioners and patients have no idea their medication contains so much fluoriderelated compounds. Im a pro at the drug nutrient depletion effect, what I call drug mugging so I am happy to empower you with this information. You can ask your doctor if you need to continue your medication or if you can switch drugs to something in the same therapeutic category that is not fluorinated. Never suddenly stop taking a medication because some cause dangerous wit hdrawal reactions, in partic ular antidepressants. If you have to take your medication, then you can evaluat e your iodine status with a 24-hour urine analysis. If its low, you may want to supplement. Now, here are some popular fluorinated drugs: Some statin cholesterol drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol) Fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and levofloxacin (Levaquin) implicated with dangerous floxing. The antidepressants fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxeti ne (Paxil), citalopram (Celex a) and escitalopram (Lexapro ). The popular antifungal fluconazole (Diflucan) Steroids like dexamethasone (Decadron), fluticasone (Flonase) and flunisolide (Nasarel and Nasalide) The medication used for major depression and obsessive compulsive diso rder called fluvoxamine (Luvox) The infamous drug midazolam (Versed), whic h was implicated in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson. Its commonly used to relieve anxiety and induce drowsiness before surgery. The symptoms of fluoride overload are too numerous to mention here; they include problems with hormones, thyroid, sexual organs, the heart, nervous system and GI tract. Do you think you have fluorine overload or iodine deficiency? Its a possibili ty if you take a fluorinated drug. Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist. Visit www. DearPharmacist. com. This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure your condition. Is your medication making you sick? Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen MCT Aspirin has been around for hundreds of years and doctors are still finding new uses for it. Guest Column Dr. Diana Carr Outreach events


Page B6 News-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 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; 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 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; Web site, www.apfellow 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 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: Email: 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 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 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,; website, School Office/Mailing, Principal Dr. Anna V. Adam, 747 S. Franklin St., Sebring, FL 33870; 385-7300; fax, 385-7310; email School office hours 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Clergy: Very Rev. Jos Gonzlez, V.F., 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 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 To the average Joe on the s treet, what is claimed as science is immediately hera ld as truth the end of all d iscussion. And this is espec ially true when or if there is a seemingly conflict with the B ible. It is no surprise to t hose who know science and t he Bible that there is no conf lict between truth, science, o r the Bible. We will direct a ttention to three laws of scie nce and observe their comp lete harmony with the Bible. First Law of Thermodynamics Thermo means heat and d ynamics mean force or p ower. The law can be summ arized in layman terms as f ollows: Energy can be neit her created nor destroyed, b ut can only be converted f rom one form to another. T his is also known as C onservation of Energy and t his principle is known to be a fact about nature. This law was discovered by research starting back in the mid 1800s and continued research established the principle of conservation of energy as the single most important and fundamental law of nature and one of the most firmly established. Asimple illustration of this law can be seen in the burning of a piece of wood. The burned wood is transformed into a different state. The original amount of energy is still present but much of it was transformed into a different state: heat. No energy disappeared or entered the universe through burning the wood. Though this law was recently discovered and appreciated by humans, it was declared by Inspiration the week of creation: Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done (Genesis 2:1,2). For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it (Exodus 20:11).Second Law of ThermodynamicsAgain, in the 19th century, research and findings led to this law as stated in layman terms: In any change the universe becomes a slightly more disorderly place; the entropy goes up, the information content goes down. Entropy means nature is tending towards disorder and chaos. Evidence? Look at the paint on our house or car. Returning to the wood burning illustration, the energy state is now ash and dissipated heat to the environment. Those energy states are less retrievable and less accessible. Mankind discovers laws of nature and then lives by them. They do not make them. Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; yes, they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will have no end (Psalm 102:2527).BiogenesisHow did life originate? There are only two possibilities: It was created or it created itself. Biogenesis states that in nature, life comes only from life and that of its kind. Hypothesis of spontaneous generation (life from non-living) has been debated for centuries. Astandard evolution-based high school biology textbook states that in 1864, the elegant experiment of Louis Pasteur finally disproved the hypothesis of spontaneous generation. Yet, the following statement summarizes the mindset of many evolutionist: One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet here we are, as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation. You might want to read that again. Observe how for years evolutionist and science writers described the origin of life by abiogenesis or spontaneous generation: impossible, absurd, could not have risen, all is conjecture, evidence there is none, no satisfactory answer, hopeful speculation, complete mystery, so much we dont know, we dont know how life began, most of the puzzle pieces are missing, so woefully ignorant, etc. Yet, to the creationist, there is a simple explanation: In the beginning God created the heavens and earth (Genesis 1:1). Consider carefully the statement by Jeff Miller, Ph.D. Evolution is not in harmony with true science. Creation, however is. If abiogenesis is not true according to science, special creation, which does not con tradict the Law of Biogenesis, must, of necessity, be true. Science, once again, is the friend of God and His Word and the enemy of the atheist. Frank Parker can be reached at Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun staff. Do science and the Bible agree or disagree? Guest Column Frank Parker


www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 Page B7 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@ Web site: 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 .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 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 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 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 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 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, Casey L. Downing, associate minister, Church phone: 314-0482. Web site: www. ctm 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. 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. 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 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 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 Web site, 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: ; Web site: 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:, 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, 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,, Web site, 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:, 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 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 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: 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 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. 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 PLACESTOWORSHIP Religion A von Park Christian Church AVON PARK There will n ot be a Bible study W ednesday evening. Avon Park Christian C hurch is at 1016 W. C amphor (behind the Wells F argo Bank). Call 453-5334 o r email a with a ny questions or to request i nformation. The church w ebsite is www.avonp Christ Lutheran Church AVON PARK Pastor S cott McLean will preach a s ermon titled Jesus is the K ey of David. The church is at 1320 C ounty Road 64, east of the Avon Park High School past the four-way stop sign. For more information call 4712663 or search online at Science ChurchSEBRING The lesson sermon on Sunday morning is titled Christian Science. The key note is from Isaiah 60:1 thy, . . thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.Christian Training Church SEBRING Rev. Linda M. Downing will bring the message titled Longing for the New at the Sunday morning service. The Wednesday night Bible study will not meet. Church of the BrethrenSEBRING On Sunday Rev. James Lighty will preach from Psalms 72:1219. The title of his sermon will be The Gift that Lasts. Wendell Bohrer will teach Sunday school. The theme will be God Watches Over Joseph. The scripture comes from Genesis 41:1-52. For more information, call 385-1597.Church of Buttonwood BaySEBRING Pastor Cecil Hess is preaching on Only 361 Days Left Until Christmas. Special music will be provided by the adult choir and soloist Mina West. The church is on U.S. 27, four miles south of Highlands Regional Medical Center. For information, call 382-1737.Emmanuel United Church of ChristSEBRING Rev. George Miller will deliver the sermon, Praise, Praise, Praise, with scripture from Psalm 148. The church is 1.7 miles west of U.S. 27 on County Road 634 (Hammock Road). Call 471-1999 or visit for information.Faith Baptist ChurchLAKE PLACID Sunday morning, Pastor Bill Cole will preach The Year of Our Jerusalem from the gospel of Matthew. Sunday evening, he will preach What is a Community Missionary? For information about the church, visit the website at m or call the church office, 465-0060. The church is at 660 Holmes Ave.Faith Lutheran ChurchSEBRING ThisSunday,thechurchcelebratesFirst Sundayafter Christmas.GuestPastor Tony Doucheswill deliver hissermon,Celebrate Gods Christmas Not The Worlds. 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 and will be at 1 p.m. Friday,Jan. 3. This study is in the book of Romans and studieschange, renewal and faith. Change, Romans 6:8-18, will be the topic of the next lesson. On Dec. 31, the church will offer at 4 p.m. a New Years Eve service with Communion with Guest Pastor Scott McLean from Christ Lutheran in Avon Park, Guest Pastor Richard Norris from Trinity Luthera n in Lake Placid, and Pastor Jim Weed from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (AALC) in Sebring. Asmall fellowship will follow the service; all are invited to attend.First Baptist Church of Avon ParkAVON PARK Pastor Jon Beck will preach Sunday on Emmanuel/God With Us Part 2. The church is at 100 N. Church News Continued on B8


L ake Ave. For more informat ion call 453-6681 or email i First Baptist Church of Placid Lakes LAKE PLACID On S unday, Pastor Jeff Taylor w ill speak about starting off t he new year with praise and p rayer. The church will hold a S ouper Bowl at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 1 to celebrate the new year. M embers are encouraged to b ring soups, stews and chilis t o be judged. Cornbread will b e welcomed, and drinks w ill be provided. The church is at the corner o f Washington and Kemper A venues in Placid Lakes. C all the church office at 4 65-5126 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through T hursday. First Christian Church SEBRING Pastor J uanita Roberts sermon for S unday will be Herod, The H orrible from Matthew 2 :19-23. She will bring a nother of her beloved m onologues that the congreg ation looks forward to. Assisting during the C ommunion service will be E lders Lynne Warman and M arla Null. The Servers for S unday will be Teresa W illiams and Roger Sands. T he deacons for the day are C hris Baker and Catherine B aker. Greeting the congreg ation will be Teresa W illiams. First Presbyterian Church of Avon Park AVON PARK On S unday, Rev. Ed Fleagle will b e the guest speaker. His s ermon is titled Confidence f or the New Year based on Isaiah 25:1-9. Special music will be Bev Rudd, Margaret Phillips and Dorothian Meyers singing Count Your Blessings. The adult Sunday school class is using the denominational quarterly. The theme this quarter is the Gospel of Matthew. Sundays lesson is titled After Jesus Was Born, based on Matthew 2:1-23. The church office is closed this week. There are no activities this week. The church is at 215 E. Circle St. (with two entrances on Lagrand Street). For questions, call 453-3242 or check the website at, or on the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce website, Click on the Chamber for Good logo or tab.First Presbyterian ChurchSEBRING Rev. Darrell A. Peer will preach on A Special Woman on Sunday. The church is at 319 Poinsettia Ave. Call 3850107 for information.Heartland Christian ChurchSEBRING Pastor Ted Moores sermon this week will be New Year Priorities, with scripture from Matthew 65:34. The service will include a reading by Marilyn Krug and a special by Robert Whitmer. The church is at 2705 Alternate Route 17 South (behind Publix). Call 3149693 for information.Memorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID Pastor Tim Haas will preach Jesus: AMan for All People from Matthew 2:13-23 on Sunday. Mens Prayer Group will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 1 for prayer. Youth activities resume the week of Jan. 5.New Beginnings ChurchSEBRING On Sunday, Pastor Gary Kindles sermon is titled The Escape to Egypt, based on Matthew 2:13-23. The churchs present location is The Morris Chapel,Parkway Free Will Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Sunday morning Bible lesson, Jesus Presented In The Temple, is taken from Luke 2:25-38. Pastor Jim Scaggs will bring the message. Sunday evenings service will be the end-of-the-month sing. The church is at 3413 Sebring Parkway. For information, call 382-3552 or 273-9819.St. John United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID On Sunday, Pastor Ronald De Genaro Jr.s message will be Flight to Egypt! Biblical reference is from Matthew 2:13-23. Page B8 News-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 E.O. KOCH CONSTRUCTION CO.; 5.542"; 4"; Black; dec ads p/u; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 0 RACE-THRU KWIK LUBE; 1.736"; 3"; Black; tv incl; 0 0 0 3 4 1 9 8 Almost 14 years to the d ay at the beginning of a n ew millenium, the entire w orld breathed a sigh of r elief having survived the Y2K scare. Instead of all t he computers of the world c rashing and causing mass c haos, life basically went on a s usual. I want to share w ith you a humorous letter t hat I received at that time i nforming me of one compan ys Y2K Backup System D evice. Enclosed is a Y2K B ackup System Device d esigned to meet short-time e mergency needs in case of a c omputer operations failure. T his device is the companys P rimary Emergency Network C omputer Interface Liaison d evice (P.E.N.C.I.L. for s hort). This device has been c ertified with proper volume a nd stress testing. Properly m aintained, the device meets a ll the requirements for codi ng and data input. Prior to u se, the P.E.N.C.I.L. will r equire some preparation. T ools and supplies required w ill be a sharpened knife or g rinding device and a supply o f computer paper (with or w ithout holes). Gripping the device firml y in your hand, proceed to s crape or grind the wooded e nd until it has a cone-like a ppearance. The dark core a rea must be exposed to p roperly function. (Lefth anded employees should r ead this sentence backwards a nd then go to your supervis or for assistance.) Place a single sheet of c omputer paper on a smooth, hard surface. Take the backup device, place the sharpened point against the paper, and pull it across the paper. If properly done, this will input a single line. Caution: Excessive force may damage components of the device or the device itself. If the P.E.N.C.I.L. or paper is damaged, go back to the preparation instructions above. Proper use of the device will require data simulation input by the operator. Place the device against the computer page and form symbols closely resembling the computer lettering system you normally use. At the completion of each of the simulated letters, lift the device off the page, move it slightly to the right, replace it against the page, and form the next symbol. This may appear tedious, but with practice, you can increase your speed and accuracy. The P.E.N.C.I.L. is equipped with a manual deletion device. The deletion device is located on the reverse end of the P.E.N.C.I.L. Deletions operate similarly to the backspacekey on your computer. Simply place the device against the erroneous data and pull it backwards over the letters. This should remove the error and enable you to resume data entries. Caution: Excessive force may damage the deletion device. Insufficient force may result in less than acceptable deletion and may require reinitialization of action above. No matter how far our technology advances, the word of God will remain simple and true. It is useful to all people everywhere and requires no backup system. Popular authors and bestselling books come and go, but not one can or will replace the Bible. It is simply the only source with which we can perfectly explore Gods eternal will for us. For, All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever.And this is the word which was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:24, 25) As we prepare for 2014, begin the new year right by resolving to explore Gods holy and eternal word each and every day. There simply is no substitute! 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, or e-mail Y2K and Gods Word Continued from B7 Sparta Road Baptist hosts singSEBRING Sparta Road Baptist Church announces its Fifth Sunday Night sing. If you sing or play an instrument and would like to participate, call Clint Crawley at 382-8853. All music selections must be spiritual, gospel or patriotic. The concent presentation begins at 6 p.m. Sunday. Sparta Road Baptist Church is at 4400 Sparta Road in Sebring. The event is free to the public and everyone is welcome.Busy month for STR8 UP Youth MinistrySEBRING Str8 Up Youth Ministry received its long awaited 501C3 status and has just received its first grant. The grant came from Glades Cooperative Trust Fund for $2,000. The grant will be earmarked to help fund the cost of adding an academic/learning center. We are very pleased with the grant. We need to add on a second story in th e building where the noise of the open floor plan wont distract students, said Sammy Telesco, president Mentors Jim and Pat Mancuso arranged for a tour of South Florida State College in Avon Park for 1 0 students. The idea is to show them a hope for thei r future, said Dana Telesco. The teens seemed to enjoy the tour. Dec. 21 was the second Annual Christmas Party held at the Str8 Up Youth House. Attendees enjoyed a bonfire, sports, smore and caroling. Religion Church News Kevins Komments Kevin Patterson r Snapshots By FRANCES DEMILIO Associated PressVATICAN CITY Pope Francis offered Christmas wishes Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe. Francis delivered the traditional Urbi et Orbi (Latin for to the city and to the world) speech from the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica to more than 70,000 cheering tourists, pilgrims and Romans in the square below. In his first Christmas message since being elected pontiff in March, he asked for all to share in the song of Christmas angels, for every man or woman ... who hopes for a better world, who cares for others, humbly. Among places ravaged by conflict, Francis singled out Syria, which saw its third Christmas during civil war; South Sudan; the Central African Republic; Nigeria; and Iraq. In Iraq on Wednesday, militants targeted Christians in two attacks, including a bomb that exploded near a church during Christmas Mass in Baghdad. The separate bombings killed dozens of people. The Vatican has been trying to raise concern in the world for persecution and attacks on Christians in parts of the Middle East and Africa. Lord of life, protect all who are persecuted in your name, Francis said. Adding an off-the-cuff remark, Francis said he was also inviting non-believers to join their desire for peace with everyone else. The pope also prayed that God bless the land where you chose to come into the world and grant a favorable outcome to the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Francis then explained his concept of peace. True peace is not a balancing of opposing forces. Its not a lovely facade which conceals conflicts and divisions, the pope said. Peace calls for daily commitment, Francis said, reading the pages of his speech as they were ruffled by a chilly wind. Francis also spoke of the lives of everyday people, especially those struggling for a better life. Recalling the hundreds of migrants who have drowned this year while trying to reach European shores, including many close to the Italian island of Lampedusa, Francis prayed that refugees receive hope, consolation and assistance. He added that our thoughts turn to those children who are the most vulnerable victims of wars, but we think, too, of the elderly, of battered women and others. The 77-year-old pope kept to the simple style he has set for his papacy. Wearing a plain white cassock, Francis presented a sharp contrast in appearance to the pope who stood on the same balcony on Christmas exactly a year ago. Then Benedict XVI, who was soon to stun the world by retiring, read his Christmas speech while dressed in a crimson, ermine-trimmed cape. Benedict lives on the Vatican grounds, and Francis paid a holiday call on him earlier this week. In another break with tradition, the Argentineborn Francis stuck to Italian for his Christmas greetings, forsaking a custom of wishing happy hol idays in dozens of languages to the crowd below the balcony. In the Mideast, pilgrims celebrated Christmas in the ancient Bethlehem church where tradition holds Jesus was born, as candles illuminated the sacred site and the joyous sound of praye r filled its overflowing halls. This years turnout was the largest in years in Bethlehem, and the celebrations have been marked by careful optimism amid ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Leaders expressed hope the coming year would finally bring the Palestinians an independent state of their own. The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twa l, led a prayer for some 1,000 worshippers. The whole world now is looking at Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, Twal said in his annual address, adding that the message of Jesus was one of love and reconciliation. Bethlehem lies six miles south of Jerusalem. Entry to the city is controlled by Israel, which occupied the West Bank in 1967. Popes Christmas wish: hope for a better world


DearAbby: I live in a f airly well-to-do neighborh ood on a cul-de-sac. There h as been an increase in the t raffic on my street, and I s uspect its because a neighb ors adult son has been selli ng drugs. Most of the cars a re driven by young people w ho park for five to 10 minu tes at the most, and all of t hem walk around to the b ack of the house. H ypodermic needles have b een found in the street. Should I talk to the police a nd risk alienating my n eighbors, or should I keep q uiet because I have no defin ite proof? I dont think the p arents would believe me if I told them; they seem to t hink their child can do no w rong. Also, if I do file a p olice report and they find o ut, Im afraid they will r etaliate. Help! Not Sure What To Do DearNot Sure: Dont k eep quiet. Its important t hat the police be notified b efore the problem becomes w orse. Call your local a nonymous tip line and r eport where you have seen t he suspicious activity and t he needles. No personal i nformation from you will be a sked, and your privacy will b e protected. DearAbby: I had some t ime to think over the summ er, and came to the realizat ion that a baby my girlf riend had almost 30 years a go may be my daughter. Sally and I had a very i ntense, but short-lived relat ionship that blew up. About a year later we met again for l unch at the behest of a m utual friend. I dont remember the details, but I do remember searching for an accurate way to compliment her. Because she had put on weight, the best I could come up with was you look good. She didnt hit me, but the conversation went downhill from there. Sally mentioned as we were parting that she had given birth to a daughter. I havent heard from her since. I dont want to create problems for anybody, but Im curious. Im happily married and plan to stay that way. At the same time, Id welcome having a daughter. I have thought about sending cheek swabs and a check-off DNAtest to the child along with a note suggesting she send our samples in for testing. But that could destroy whatever story she may have grown up with. Im at a loss here. I could use some advice from an outside authority. What do you think I should do? Blockhead in California DearB.H.: Its been 30 years. The child is a woman now. Before you risk starting WWIII, why not contact the mother and ask if you are her daughters father, because its possible that you arent. DearAbby: Im 20 years old and have never dated anyone. I have a lot of friends and do well in school and at work, and I try to be a good, kind, friendly person. What can I do to make myself datable? Am I missing some crucial step in how to become a girlfriend? Old Maid in St. Louis DearOld Maid: Because I have never met you in person, I cant tell you what you might be doing that relegates you to the only as a friend category. However, some of your guy friends might be able to tell you. And you should also solicit some tips from your girlfriends. 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 or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. For everything you need to know about wedding planning, order How to Have a Lovely Wedding. Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Wedding Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.) www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 27, 2013 Page B9 Diversions/Puzzles Solution, B8 Suspected trafficking causes concern in quiet cul-de-sac Dear Abby By ANDREWBARKER VarietySylvester Stallone returns t o the well of fan fiction by t eaming with his onetime i conic-onscreen-pugilist rival, R obert De Niro, in Grudge M atch. Essentially recasting Grumpy Old Men with the s enescent specters of Rocky B alboa and Jake LaMotta, the r esult is sporadically amusi ng, with some chuckles, sight g ags and crowd-pleasing supp orting turns from Alan Arkin a nd Kevin Hart. Yet its all so o vercooked that it defeats its o wn purpose. Hollywood frequently rumm aging through its creative d umpster for never-ending s equels and remakes, but the l atter-day careers of Stallone a nd De Niro are special cases i ndeed, with the two stars 6 7 and 70, respectively e ssaying a series of roles that a re not only informed by, but p ractically senseless without, k nowledge of their filmograp hies. This tendency toward l azily coasting on familiarity h its a pinnacle for both in Grudge Match, where the s tunt casting is far funnier in t heory than in execution. As a Jim Lampley-narrated m ini-documentary informs us a t the outset, Henry Razor S harp (Stallone) and Billy the Kid McDonnen (De N iro) were once the fiercest r ivals in boxing, with M cDonnen beating Sharp in a c lassic bout, and Sharp taking t he spoils against an out-ofs hape McDonnen in the r ematch. Athird, score-sett ling grudge match was s cheduled to take place 30 y ears ago, but Sharp abruptly r etired from boxing shortly b efore the opening bell. Since then, the soft-spoken S harp has retreated into life a s a foundry-floor factotum in the scrappier outskirts of Pittsburgh, while the peacocking McDonnen has parlayed his waning fame into a chain of steakhouses and car dealerships. In need of money to keep his aging trainer (Arkin) in a nursing home, Sharp agrees to throw some punches in a motion-capture suit for a videogame, leading to a confrontation with the similarly green-suited McDonnen in the studio. A ludicrous brawl breaks out between the two, and cameraphone footage of the punchup goes viral. Sensing an opportunity, fast-talking aspiring fight promoter Dante Slate Jr. (Hart) convinces the two paunchy punchers to finally reschedule their Grudgement Day bout, a televised spectacle that falls somewhere between Celebrity Boxing and Ali vs. Inoki on the dignity scale. Ostentatious callbacks to Rocky and Raging Bull take the form of Stallone quaffing raw eggs and strolling through a meat locker, while De Niro performs a chintzy nightclub comedy act. As it turns out, Sharps abrupt retirement was sparked by McDonnens dalliances with his then-girlfriend (Kim Basinger), who abruptly reappears on the scene three decades later precisely as McDonnens estranged son, B.J. (Jon Bernthal), emerges to connect with his old man, quickly becoming his trainer. The rest of the film (directed by Peter Segal from a script by Tim Kelleher and Rodney Rothman) ambles forward with a series of training montages interrupted by old-man-falls-down slapstick interrupted by sappy drama, with hit-and-miss set pieces occasionally compensating for the pics dreary lack of narrative propulsion. Considering how much of Rocky V and Rocky Balboa focused on the inherent sadness of an aged fighter enduring yet more punishment, Grudge Match is quite glib about the potentially fatal fight at its center, while it rarely passes up an opportunity to slather on pathos elsewhere via a cherubic kid (Camden Gray) and images of laid-off workers. Compared with De Niros shticky role in this years The Family in which his Jersey mobster character actually attends a screening of Goodfellas the actor has a few moments of spark playing the more unsavory of the two leads, while Stallone mostly muddles through. (Both men, it must be said, are in quite impressive shape by the films final reel.) Arkin and Hart strike the same ornery-old-cuss / loudmouthed-little-man notes theyve hit a dozen times before, though theyre good enough for quick laughs, and Harts end-credits attempt to stage yet another retirementage grudge match proves the funniest moment in the whole endeavor. Grudge Match is no knockout Courtesy Ben Rothstein/MCT Sylvester Stallone as Henry Razor Sharp, Robert De Niro as Billy The Kid McDonnen and Kevin Hart as Dante Slate Jr. in Grudge Match. Movie Review Grudge Match Rating: PG-13 (sports action violence, sexual content and language Running time: xxx minutes Review: (of 4)


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BPT While giving a new $900,000 home a thorough going-over, Salt Lake City home inspector Kurt Salomon found a problem under the deck. The builder had cut corners, using the wrong kind of fasteners to secure the deck to the house. Yet, the municipal building official had approved the work. In some cases, a building inspector is not going to crawl underneath the deck looking at the hardware. A good home inspector will, says Salomon, past president of the American Society of Home Inspectors. Because it uncovers aspects of the home that are unsafe or not in working condition, an inspection is a must when buying a home, says J.J. Montanaro, a certified financial planner with USAA. You want surprises that come with homeownership to be happy surprises, not bad ones, Montanaro says. A thorough home inspection by a certified professional can help ensure thats the case. Salomon says an inspection of the house you want to buy helps identify not only safety concerns and failing structural elements but faulty mechanical systems and areas that soon may need maintenance. Youll pay around $300 to $500 for an inspection, which can take two to three hours. The cost can vary based on your geographic region, and the size and age of the home. Requesting other services, such as septic and radon testing, will add to the fee. An inspection is money and time well-spent, Montanaro says. If your inspector finds things that should be repaired, you can use that report as leverage to have them fixed or negotiate a lower price. To help get the most from a home inspection, Salomon and Montanaro advice you to follow these steps: Do your homeworkMany contracts include a homeinspection deadline, so start shopping for an inspector when you qualify for a mortgage. This gives you time to find a qualified, professional inspector. Look for the inspection clauseBefore you sign a contract, make sure it includes a clause that makes your purchase contingent on the findings of an inspection with the inspector you choose. This can provide a way out of the contract if the inspector finds a major problem the homeowner wont address. Make sure the clause is included even if the contract specifies an as-is sale, meaning the seller does not agree to make repairs. If a sellers not willing to let you inspect the house, thats a big red flag, Montanaro says. Hire a proShop around. Ask friends, neighbors and real estate agents for recommendations. For help online, the American Society of Home Inspectors has a database of its certified inspectors. And the Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a list of 10 questions to ask inspectors. Ask for a sample reportInspectors fill out reports, following checklists for different areas of a house. It should be clear and informative. Reports longer than 25 pages filled with lots of legal print usually meant to protect the inspector against liabilities — raise a red flag. By the same token, a few pages arent enough. Go with the inspectorTake notes and ask about maintenance issues youll need to address, such as waterproofing the deck, caulking the siding, changing air filters and other matters. Review the reportThe inspector will send you a written report detailing his or her findings. Read it closely and ask questions to make sure you understand the condition of all areas of the home. If your inspector finds a leaky roof, a faulty water heater or some other problem, you may have the right to ask the seller to correct it to your satisfaction or to lower the price. If the seller refuses, you may be able to break the contract without penalty. If a seller agrees either to make the repairs or offer to lower the price, take the money and then fix the problems yourself. 2 News-Sun | Community Showcase | January 2014 BROWN, JEN; 5.104"; 2.66"; Black; 1/8 pg jan showcase; 00034533 What a home inspection can do for you MCT


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4 News-Sun | Community Showcase | January 2014 BPTWith the average American household spending more than $1,000 on heating and cooling expenses each year, more homeowners are seeking smarter, green options to reduce the strain on their wallets. Incentives through the U.S. governments Energy Star program and other state and federal programs have made it easier for homeowners to create an energy efficient and greener home. While it may be tempting to take advantage of every incentive program available in your local area, experts recommend taking the time to assess your homes overall performance. A home inspector or certified Energy Rater can inspect your home and provide costeffective recommendations that provide immediate and long-term savings and efficiencies. For example, one area homeowners often overlook is their homes envelope that is the walls, windows, ceiling and floors. Gaps and cracks within the building envelope can add up to the size of a basketball. While that may not seem sizeable, the U.S Department of Energy Savers suggests that air leakage from these areas can account for up to 40 percent of the energy lost by your home. Air leakage could potentially cost thousands of dollars annually. Homeowners can reduce air leakage in several ways. Ensuring your home has a polyolefin plastic house wrap is one common method to minimize air leakage. Caulking and sealing is another simple, common and quick approach that provides some relief to rising heating and cooling costs. Another consideration for homeowners is high-efficiency windows. The U.S Department of Energy Savers says that air leakage through windows equates to around 10 percent of the energy lost in the home. High-performance, low-emissivity, double-glazed windows can help homeowners conserve energy, reduce heating and cooling bills, and add value to their home. One of the most effective methods to eliminate air leakage and live greener is replacing your homes traditional fiberglass insulation. Traditional insulation types are prone to sagging, leaving gaps as well as absorbing moisture which can have significant health impacts on occupants. Replacing your homes insulation with a high-performance material such as spray foam insulation will both insulate and air seal the entire home and lead to major cost savings. Insulation experts from Icynene suggest that quality spray foam insulation can noticeably reduce heating and cooling costs, in some cases by up to 50 percent. A growing number of building professionals are recommending spray foam insulation as a valuable, cost-effective solution. Suitable for any climate, spray foam insulation helps retain the conditioned air within the building, allowing the heating and cooling equipment to work more efficiently rather than excessively. As a result of the improved energy consumption, heating and cooling costs are kept down and air leaks become a thing of the past. Homeowners can learn the five easy steps of selecting the right insulation for their home on Smart green options that help homeowners save green Smart green options that help homeowners save green


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8 News-Sun | Community Showcase | January 2014 BPTExpanding livable space using decks and patios is a top home improvement trend, but todays homeowners arent satisfied with limiting entertaining outdoors to the warmer months. With a few smart updates, theyre creating spaces that make outdoor entertaining possible all year long. Breathe new life into your existing deck and create a space that can be used for entertaining year-round with a few expert tips. Winter doesnt mean retreating indoors when you have a well-maintained deck with features that keep guests comfortable, says Mark Clement, host of MyFixitUpLife radio show, licensed contractor and contributor for Professional Deck Builder and DIY Network. Woods natural beauty enhances outdoor entertaining all year long, meaning your deck is the ideal location for impressive entertaining, even when the weather turns chilly. Clement and the experts at the Softwood Lumber Board offer a few tips for maintaining a wood deck and creating an oasis for entertaining even during cooler weather: 1.Schedule an annual cleaning Wood is a natural material with inherent qualities that blend well with the outdoor environment, but its important to conduct regular maintenance. Cleaning solutions and wood brighteners are good options to restore the natural beauty of your wood deck. Be sure to read the container to make sure the cleaner is appropriate for the wood species used for your deck. There are generally three types of cleaners: chlorine bleach solutions kill mold and mildew, oxygen bleaches remove mildew and help restore weathered gray wood, and oxalic acid-based solutions are ideal brighteners when mildew is not a concern. A simple garden hose with sprayer is best to rinse the cleaner from your deck. Some prefer to use a powerwasher which can be a good way to rid your deck of grime, and some machines even have reservoirs for holding mild detergents. When using a powersprayer on your wood deck, set it at the lowest pressure possible, around 500 psi. 2.Check surfaces, structure and fasteners Even in more temperate regions, changes in temperature can stress wood and metal fasteners, so deck maintenance is important no matter where you live. Check for and replace wood that is cracked or warped, paying special attention to any areas that tend to remain damp or are regularly exposed to water. Check that deck railings are sound by giving them a solid push, there shouldnt be any give. Checking your decks hardware is important too particularly the flashing. Flashing is the metal or plastic guard that directs water away from sensitive areas, usually where the deck and the house meet. Be sure to give all nails, screws and anchors a once-over too, and tighten or replace where necessary. 3.Arrange furniture thoughtfully and add touches of comfort Patio furniture keeps guests comfortable so they linger longer. Furniture with seat cushions or other padding are warmer options on cold days. Remember, when preparing for year-long outdoor entertaining, its important to arrange furniture to encourage conversation while maintaining the flow of traffic in and out of the house. To stave off the chill, especially when entertaining in the evening after the sun has gone down, its crucial to keep your outdoor space comfortable, warm and well-lit. Add throws to furniture for guests to use and incorporate a fire pit or chimnea to the space to keep guests toasty these items also create a wonderful ambiance that beautifully contrasts the winter season. A few strings of lights or strategically placed lanterns make an outdoor area more attractive while adding an element of safety, so be sure to light railings and steps as necessary. Wood is a versatile and affordable material that, when used in a patio space, provides the perfect backdrop for an amazing outdoor space, says Clement. With the right maintenance and a few thoughtful touches, a wood deck can serve as a gathering place for parties or a reprieve for a cozy night at home with loved ones any day throughout the year. How to maintain your deck for outdoor entertaining year-round How to maintain your deck for outdoor entertaining year-round


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10 News-Sun | Community Showcase | January 2014 Family FeaturesEveryone wants to save money these days, and homeowners are no exception. To reduce the cost of monthly energy bills, many are taking on small, budget friendly, do-ityourself projects that provide big savings down the road. With a few simple tips, you can easily make a home comfortable regardless of the season, while also greatly reducing utility costs. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners can typically save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs, or up to 10 percent of total energy costs, just by properly air sealing their homes and adding insulation. Here are a few tips to get your home properly sealed so you can see the energy savings as soon as possible: 1.Seal your ducts,both supply and return In most homes, about 20 percent of the air moving through the duct system is lost because of poorly connected ducts, holes and leaks. Signs include rooms that are tough to cool or heat; ducts are located in an unfinished basement, garage or crawl area; or you have high-energy bills. The use of a sealant, such as the DAP 3.0 Window, Door, Trim & Side High Performance Sealant, is a cost-effective solution for fixing leaky ducts in your home. 2.Inspect your roof Be sure to give your roof a thorough inspection. Check for loose shingles that can lead to water damage and rot. Also, be sure to seal any gaps around gables, flashing and chimneys. 3.Foam seal exterior wall penetrations Check to see that all exterior wall penetrations, such as lights, doorbells, hose spigots and dryer vents, are properly sealed to ensure maximum energy efficiency. 4.Seal attic penetrations Gaps around house fans, attic access doors, exhaust fans and light fixtures send warm air right up into your cold attic, so make sure these areas are properly sealed. 5.Seal rim joists in the basement If you have a basement, using an elastomeric sealant or foam sealant around the rim joist is one of the best ways to weather seal your home. A foam sealant, such as the DAPtex Plus Multi-Purpose Foam Sealant, will fill and seal any large cracks, gaps or voids. For more information, visit 6.Fill gaps between the basement and living spaces This can be checked by going in the basement and looking up at where the bathtub is on the floor above. If you can see the bottom of the tub, you're paying good money just to condition the air on the bottom of your bathtub. Seal it up with foamboard and a recommended foamboard sealant. Investing a little time and money on properly sealing your home now can mean a big return on your heating and cooling bills down the line. Simple ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home


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