Native Floridians probably grew up listening to the rhythmic call of the Chuck-will’s-widow, singing its name over and over. The Chuck-will’s-widow is nocturnal, a member of a family of birds known as nightjars.

We can’t pretend the current world crisis with COVID-19 is not happening. It is and it is life changing for us all. We may have a ‘new normal’ for months ahead. We need to tap into our inner strength, and our creativity, to help us face new and unexpected challenges.

About 35 years ago, two local residents first met while helping a friend to move. All three were tennis players and the two helpers ended up being tennis partners and best friends.

There have been many stories over the years regarding the meaning behind the Buck Island Ranch 2S brand. Some say it had no significance at all. However, those in the cattle business know there is always some meaning behind a ranch’s holding brand.

Did you know that you can check out e-books and audiobooks through the public libraries’ website? All three public libraries in Highlands County are closed until further notice for public health safety, but there are still plenty of ways to get new material during this time. Most of the onli…

On behalf of the volunteers of the Avon Park Historical Society, Nancy Fisk and Elaine Levey accept the Yard of the Month Award presented by the AP Founders Garden Club. These volunteers show up each month to do maintenance of the garden at the AP Historical Museum. Pictured are Nancy Fisk, …

AVON PARK — Each month the Avon Park Founders Garden Club presents a Yard of the Month Award to parties who maintain their landscape. The March award was presented to a group of ladies who are members of the Avon Park Historical Society. On the first Saturday of every month these volunteers …

The show started as practically a shot-for-shot remake of the British version of “The Office” that aired in the United Kingdom and starred Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The folks at NBC were not impressed, but they gave the series a shot anyway with an initial six-episode order.

Directors, employees and volunteers of Heartland Food Reservoir, Inc., d/b/a Heartland Food Bank, wish to express our sincere thanks to the multitude of parties who contributed to the successful acquisition of our new truck which was delivered within the last week.

SEBRING — The Board of Directors, employees and volunteers of Heartland Food Reservoir, Inc., d/b/a Heartland Food Bank, wish to express our sincere thanks to the multitude of parties who contributed to the successful acquisition of our new truck which was delivered within the last week.

This past month the SAR was very proud to award the Certificate of Commendation to Humphrey H. Pachecker (center) and his beautiful wife, Guadalupe Martinez (left), by SAR flag chairman, James Dean (right), for exemplary patriotism in the display of the flag of the United States of America.

Scientists at Archbold Biological Station work in some of Florida’s unique habitats. One of these interesting habitats is known as ‘Rosemary Scrub’ or, more informally, a ‘rosemary bald.’

As a longtime yoga practitioner and instructor, I experience yoga as a pathway to awaken the mind, body, spirit and emotions and close out tension from the world. Yoga is more than a “class” or “exercise,” as it requires dedication and discipline to take charge of establishing healthy practi…

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! Psalm 111:10, KJV.

SEBRING — The Sons of the American Revolution, Highlands Chapter This past month was very proud to award the Certificate of Commendation to Humphrey H. Pachecker and his beautiful wife, Guadalupe Martinez, by their flag chairman James Dean for exemplary patriotism in the display of the flag …

Traci LaNae Whitty was recently engaged to Jonathan Sholtz on Sunday, March 8. The happy couple is now planning their wedding.

Pictured from left to right: Col Mark Colbert, VFW Commander Dale Barnes, Joshua Wright, Ethan Neal, Mario Sachez, Jocelyn Colon, Zachary Knapp, Rosemarie Santos, Javia Wade, Charlene Cuscuna, Alecsis Sanchez, Isabelle Violette, Sharon Deosaran, Kyana Esquiaqui, Chief Dennis Green and VFW Po…

SEBRING — As the Civil Air Patrol program continues to foster leadership and good citizenship among America’s youth, four cadets from the Highlands County flight moved up the career ladder at the recent promotion night.

Hidden away in the native scrub habitats at the Archbold Biological Station is a rare spider whose presence generally goes unknown to all but ardent field biologists. The Red Widow Spider spends most of its life hidden in short palmetto bushes. Its world-wide range is restricted to undisturb…

Archbold researchers compared the social behavior of breeding Florida Scrub-Jays and non-breeding helpers, who assist in rearing the offspring of the breeding pair. Helpers interact with many individuals, connecting otherwise unconnected groups. Breeders interact with fewer individuals, who …

From left to right: Mary and Roger Clouse, Maggie and Leo Arsenault, Lynn and Denny Barron, Barb and Ken Lane, Margaret and Jack Bailey and Linda and Dick Waltz.

SEBRING — The all women’s networking group, Lunch Club Wednesday (LCW), will be meeting Wednesday, March 11 at the Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 in historic Downtown Sebring. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at noon.

Your Lake Placid Memorial Library will be hosting a concert on Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm. The concert will take place in the library’s beautiful back garden area and refreshments will be served. This is sure to be a popular event so feel free to bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the …

Just prior to this year’s Heartland Senior Games, a group of enthusiastic residents of Whisper Lake gathered for a photo and talked about how much they were looking forward to the 2020 Games.

There are numerous articles on how friendships change in your 20s, 30s, and after marriage or parenthood. What we do not know is how ubiquitous these changes are throughout the animal kingdom. Researchers at Archbold Biological Station describe the social lives of Florida Scrub-Jays in diffe…

SEBRING — A beautiful day was shared with family and friends of Buttonwood Bay residents celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2020. A luncheon was held in their honor at Victoria’s Restaurant.