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The Avon Park Founders Garden Club presented the Yard of the Month Award to, from left to right: Laura, Bill and Enrique Clay. Not pictured is Miguel Clay. The yard is at 600 S. Lake Blvd.

Archbold Biological Station is pleased to announce its release of its fourth edition of “The Scrub Coloring Book!” Thanks to a wonderful and generous donation by Dr. Warren Abrahamson and his wife Chris, Archbold was able to revise and print the latest edition of its coloring activity book. …

SEBRING — Blues musician Ben Prestage will open Highlands Hammock State Park’s 2020 Music in the Park concert series on Saturday, Jan. 11. Prestage is billed as “one of today’s most talented outsider musicians” and has been described as “the future of American Blues, Roots Music and Americana.”

There is a saying that goes, “It’s not like ecology is rocket science… it is much harder.” That facetious phrase reminds us that ecosystems—habitats and the web of life they support—are more complicated than perhaps they seem. Communicating environmental issues can be challenging as well. Ho…

VFW Post 4300 essay contest winners, pictured from left to right: Col. Mark Colbert; third place winner Kaitlin Albritton; second place winner Amyann Albritton; VFW Jr. Vice Commander Greg Schneider; first place winner Sharon Deosaran; VFW Senior Vice Commander Robert Sisson; and Chief Denni…

AVON PARK — Heartland Cultural Alliance is offering an Intermediate Level Drawing Course on landscapes, by international award winning artist, Beverly Marshall.

Dr. Sarah Lynne spoke at the iMAD conference. Lynne is an assistant professor in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. She is one of the iMAD program’s evaluators and she spoke about the effectiveness of the iMAD program in Highlands County.

Donna Lucero, director of clinical services at All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, speaks to attendees at the recent I Make A Difference 2019 conference including local children service providers, partners in prevention, parents, educators and advocates for chil…

Donna Lucero, director of clinical services at All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, speaks to attendees at the recent I Make A Difference 2019 conference. Lucero spoke about how trauma impacts emotional and cognitive development in children.

SEBRING — Heartland Rural Health Network’s iMAD program held its I Make A Difference 2019 conference recently at the Champion for Children Circle Theatre in Sebring. The event was held in December and attendees included local children service providers, partners in prevention, parents, educa…

AVON PARK — The Heartland Cultural Alliance (HCA) is pleased to present the Art of Bob Clarke in the HCA Museum Gallery, Peter Powell Roberts Museum of Art, 310 W. Main Street, Avon Park.

Have you ever wondered why some buildings feel so light and airy throughout whereas others have dark corners, even in rooms with plenty of windows? Or, been frustrated switching on indoor lights on a bright, sunny day in Florida just to see what you are doing? Or, felt gloomy losing your vie…

Computer drawing of light intensity in Archbold’s Learning Center. Even blue green shading in interior rooms shows desirable light levels. Reds and yellows are brightly-lit exterior decks.

Dr. Betsie Rothermel presented research on the Gopher tortoise population on Red Hill. Photo by Bill Parken.

Presenters at the 4th annual Archbold Research Symposium. Collaborators from the University of Florida, University of Miami and University of Central Florida joined Archbold scientists. Photo by Bill Parken.

New Mount Olive A.M.E. Church showed a great demonstration of God’s love and purchased over 250 toys to the children right in their very own neighborhood.

The symposium audience included a variety of people, including station staff, visiting collaborators, state and federal agencies, and local community members. Photo by Bill Parken.

AVON PARK — “Avon Park may be a town made up of 10,000 people, but the love that was shown this holiday season to the little children of Highlands County was nothing short of a miracle,” New Mount Olive A.M.E. Church said. “it takes a village to raise a child!” New Mount Olive A.M.E. Church,…

TALLAHASSEE — Kiyana Bell, of Avon Park, graduated from the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at Florida A&M University during the Dec. 13 and 14 commencement exercises. Bell was among more than 600 students who received degrees.

Pictured from left to right: Heather Paine, representative from Tanglewood; Mary Van Hooreweghe and Marilyn Schnell, both representatives from the Heartland Food Bank. Tanglewood residents raised $13,835 for the food bank this year.

Quits were delivered to veterans at Kenilworth Care and Rehabilitation Center by (left to right) Julie Carlson, Ann Brooks, Bonnie Lipinski and Angie Gerber. Quilts were donated by the Atonement Quilting Club of Atonement Lutheran Church in Sebring.

Archbold Biological Station continues to implement new data collecting technologies using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones.” The Archbold Drone Program is expanding due to the kindness of generous donors, which allowed the Station to recently hire Geographic I…