It has been over a month since “Trolls World Tour” took the On Demand world by storm, offering families the chance to catch a shiny new movie while stuck in quarantine. That film took in an estimated $100 million in revenue in its first two weeks, success that “Scoob!” is hoping to repeat wi…

Have you ever been leash-walking your dog when another owner comes toward you with their dog and suddenly, even before the dogs sniff noses, one of them shows their dislike? A dog can tell from a short distance if they like another dog. How does this happen?

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Every spring billions of birds migrate from wintering grounds in the south to their breeding grounds in the north. These birds join the hemispheres, and at a time when many people are feeling isolated, can provide both a feeling of connectedness and a rewarding hobby. “Serious birders freque…

Since last week I reviewed the most recent winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in “Parasite,” I thought it would be fun to this week take a look at the most recent winner of the Razzie for Worst Picture in “Cats.”

Archbold’s Buck Island Ranch, partnering with the University of Florida Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona, is one of 18 sites nationwide in the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research LTAR network of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (https://ltar.ars.usda.gov).

SEBRING — Publix Super Markets Charities once again displays its community-minded generosity by granting the Heartland Food Bank the sum of $10,000 to help complete renovations in their office building located at 941 N. Ridgewood Drive in Sebring.

JayCeon Armani Hernandez was born at 8:53 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 to Alisha Acevedo of Avon Park and Isaac Hernandez of Tampa at AdventHealth Sebring. He was 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Daniel Acevedo and Caryn Rollins. Paternal grandparents are Be…

I like to think of Stephen King as a high-paid starting pitcher. Between starts — bestselling novels often thick enough to be doorstops — he works in the bullpen, writing novellas. Over the years, many of those have been made into movies that are now essential parts of the King canon like “S…

What do you think of when you hear about mammals, birds or plants? You probably picture in your head your pet, a backyard bird or even your favorite flower. If you’re like Seth Raynor, an intern in the Plant Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station, more often than not you probably thi…

A 2018 CBS News poll concluded that country music was the most popular form of music in America. Coming in as the favorite of 21% of the population, the genre narrowly beat out rock, which took in 18% of those polled.

In 1881, five Earp brothers gathered in hopes of finding their fortunes in Tombstone, Arizona, the last boomtown in what was still left of the untamed American West. They were relatively young men—Wyatt, the middle brother, just 31—when they joined a growing community of shopkeepers, prospec…

It’s that time of the year again, when people around the country celebrate National Library Week. Established in 1958 by the American Library Association, April 19-25, is a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

The Avon Park Founders Garden Club presented the April Yard of the Month Award to Sylvia Reyes. Drive by her home and get a Rey(es) of sunshine and a smile.

Lake Placid Elks thanks Paradise Women’s Club for the continued support to Florida Elks Youth Camp. This Elks Florida Youth Camp is proud to accept $1,000. Pictured from left, Evelyn Cresse, chair Florida Elks Youth Camp; Gordon Ellery, Elks 2661 Exalted Ruler; Cora Jones, Paradise Women’s C…

AVON PARK — It’s hard to find something to smile about in these days of “social distancing” and stay at home orders. Driving past the yard at 195 E. Camphor Street brings a smile to your face. Even though they are not living plants, the abundance of bright yellow sunflowers brightens the day…

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Elks thanks Paradise Women’s Club for the continued support to Florida Elks Youth Camp. This Elks Florida Youth Camp is proud to accept $1,000. These funds will help support children “in need.” Elks will not just reach out to children that families are financially i…

Have you noticed distant smoke plumes while driving along US Highway 27 or State Road 70? Earlier this year, pre-COVID and before the recent drought-triggered burn ban, it was burning season for many ranchers and land managers in Highlands County.

SEBRING — The Rev. Laura M. White Women of Purpose Tutoring and Mentoring program of Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, 870 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., where Rev. Willie Hayes is the Pastor, held a Youth Empowerment Seminar on Feb. 29.

NOTE: I am reviewing this film because of its convenient Video On Demand availability following a theatrical run in January. I fully acknowledge and respect the decision to close most of the theaters in the country due to COVID-19. Stay safe, everybody.

I am not sure about you, but the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for my family. As two-thirds of our family is immunocompromised, the last couple of weeks have seen my husband, and only my husband, doing a lot of the running around. (Which explains why there are so many packages o…

The Freshwater Fishing Forecast for the second half of the first full week of April gives anglers the second half of the super full moon phase and plenty of ‘fish adjustment’ activity as the current low pressure system gives way to a high pressure cold front forecasted to arrive Thursday nig…

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.