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Country and heartland rock musician Malachi Jaggers will mark his first performance at Highlands Hammock when he plays the Feb. 4 Music in the Park concert from 7-9 p.m.

Avon Park residents Don and Nancy Davis married on Feb. 7, 1953. This year marks their 70th anniversary as a married couple.

Medical students Melanie Rolo Gonzalez, left, and her sister Merlyn pet their German shepherd, London, at home in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, days before leaving to migrate to the U.S. The women once dreamed of traveling as doctors, but they quickly grew disillusioned about life in Cuba.

Melanie Rolo Gonzalez, right, and her sister Merlyn, pose for a photo with their medical student uniforms as they pack supplies for their journey to the U.S., in their home in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. The sisters’ voyage is one that hundreds of thousands of Cubans have made ove…

AVON PARK — It all began at Coventry High School in Akron, Ohio, in the 1940s when students Nancy Cordwin and Donald Davis met. They became high school sweethearts and graduated together in 1949.

SEBRING — Country and heartland rock musician Malachi Jaggers will mark his first performance at Highlands Hammock State Park when he plays the Feb. 4 Music in the Park concert from 7-9 p.m.

Archbold has officially re-opened back to the public. Walk-in visitors may tour the Archbold Nature Trail on Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LORIDA — 2022 was a year of returning to normal, continued growth, and milestones for Archbold Biological Station. After a pause due to COVID, Archbold returned to sponsoring visiting early-career scientists through the Archbold Visiting Scholar program. Archbold also had a vibrant cohort of…

SEBRING — Drs. Tarlika and Vinod Thakkar presented Highlands Little Theatre with a check for some much needed updates and renovations in the Thakkar Pavilion. The Thakkar Pavilion is attached to HLT and is a venue for smaller plays and events.

There's an amazing spread of street rods and classic cars in Highlands County. The photo on the left shows a 1950-1954 Henry J in the foreground that was built by the Kaiser-Frazer. Modern and classic cars are are behind the Henry J.

Old pickup trucks have long been a staple for the hot rod cruiser culture. This lowered and customized 1956 Ford F-100 pickup has an "in-your-face" mat-finish green paint job, mag wheels, and modern running gear.

The two-seater 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird was immortalized in the 1973 classic movie, “American Graffiti.” The T-Bird in the film, driven by Suzanne Somers, was a white 1956 model. This baby blue T-Bird is a 1957 model.

“Hot Rods” are the foundation of the cruiser car culture and have been around since the 1940s. The “modern” Hot Rod on the left is a 2002 factory-built Plymouth Prowler. The Hot Rod on the right is a fenderless, home built cruiser.

LAKE PLACID — After a very successful December Christmas Cruise-In Car & Bike Show at the Lake Placid Historical Society Train Depot, the Cruisers were back at the Lake Placid American Legion Post 25, on U.S. 27 in Lake Placid on Saturday.

SEBRING — J.P. Soars and the Red Hots will heat up the Music in the Park stage with rocking rhythm and blues on Saturday evening, Jan. 21, in their second appearance at Highlands Hammock State Park. Soars, who grew up in Arkansas and later moved to Florida, began playing guitar at the age of 11.

Sitting down at the table at our ladies’ Christmas Tea last December, I discovered a lovely gift. The wooden circle designed as a hanging ornament read, “Be who Jesus wants you to be.”

SEBRING — It’s hard to believe that 12 years have gone by since the Tanglewood Art League began its Art Exhibition & Sale. Over the years, Tanglewood Art League has awarded thousands of dollars to deserving art students at South Florida State College.

SEBRING — Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) of Highlands County recognized some of its members for their hard work during 2022. The awards banquet took place in the back room of the Caddyshack Bar and Grill in Sebring. Twenty-five MGVs came to the event and enjoyed an ev…

AVON PARK — “We Live on Old Dixie HWY Too” features recent paintings and installations by New College of Florida drawing instructor Marlon Tobias. Meet the artist and enjoy free refreshments at the artist reception for the exhibition on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Museum…

The morning of Dec. 21, Lake Placid Garden Club members arrived at Royce Unit for the monthly weeding of the acorns that have grown into small oak seedlings. They also planted some 200 coontie palm seeds. From left: Karen Denning, Rich Smith, Agnes Smith, Sandy Rosch, Michelle Pearman and Bi…

LAKE PLACID — A farewell party was held for Sandy Otway, publicity chair with the Lake Placid Garden Club, at the Tropical Winery on U.S. 27 in Lake Placid. Otway has been an active and constant influence for the past 19 years at the Lake Placid Garden Club, fulfilling and helping to create …

SEBRING — Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church and its pastor, Rev. Willie Hayes Sr., are proud to announce that Tavara Moate has been selected as the recipient of the $500 Rev. Laura M. White “Women of Purpose” Adult Scholarship.

SEBRING — The Sebring Breakfast Lions Club has drawn the winning Christmas raffle tickets for 2022. The $500 first place winner is Chris Selph from Triangle Hardware. The other four $50 winners were local folks. Thanks to all individuals and businesses that purchased raffle tickets or made a…

The Sebring Breakfast Lions Club presented Chris Selph from Triangle Hardware as the $1,000 winner of their Christmas raffle. From left: Chris Selph and Lions Club President Jim Jordan.

The Sebirng Breakfast Lions Club presented Sara Rosenbaum a check for $1,000 for the Heartland Food Bank. The check was given at the Lions Club meeting on Dec. 15 at the Havana Cafe & Bakery. From left: Sara Rosenbaum and Lions President Jim Jordan.

Floyd and Jenny McClane have been happily married for 70 years, which they recently celebrated alongside Floyd’s 90th birthday. The couple was married in 1952.

SEBRING — On Oct. 10, 2022, Floyd and Jenny McClane had twice the reason to celebrate. It was their Birth-a-versary, Floyd’s 90th birthday and their 70th wedding anniversary.

Every now and then I would catch my Mom in a moment of contemplation. Just sitting and thinking. Sometimes she would share her thoughts with me. Other times only God knew her heart.

SEBRING — Are you looking for a fun, family-friendly event this holiday season where you can wear all the plaid you want and sing along to familiar tunes? Then look no further — the 10th annual Plaid Tidings Holiday Concert event will fit the bill.

A newly married JoAnn Maceri shows off his wedding ring as her husband Peter proudly watches.

LAKE PLACID — The world renowned Toby’s Clown Foundation and Museum has graduated another class of new clowns this November. The clown school program includes makeup, history, pie throwing, bubblology, costume and physical comedy with skits and performances. In the last couple of years, Toby…

SEBRING — The Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 initiated nine American citizens into the Order on Nov. 3, 2022. As the Sebring Elks grow, the community benefits. This benevolent organization serves the area by all the good deeds it does, sponsoring little league teams, feeding the underprivileged, he…

Toby’s Clown School newest graduates for November 2022, from left: Vicki “Binko” LePree; Denise “Gracie” Woodhull; Emma “Bear Bear” Eisner; Viridi “Snoozy Whatsit” Williams; Ren “Ribbits” Spiegel; Michael “Frankster The Prankster” O’Connell.

Pictured here, from left to right, starting back to front, are the newest graduates: Viridi “Snoozy Whatsit” Williams; Emma “Bear Bear” Eisner; Ren “Ribbits” Spiegel; Michael “Frankster The Prankster” O’Connell; Denise “Gracie” Woodhull; Vicki “Binko” LePree. Missing from the picture is the …

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