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Baxley Hines, a finalist in the Champion for Children Youth Awards, is active in many areas, including Bible Fellowship Youth Group, club president of A+ Livestock 4-H Club, and Cheer Squad leader and Swim Team at Sebring High School.

Shelly McCllesse paused for a moment for a photo before indulging in this tempting banana split at the Relay for Life fundraiser at Tropical Harbor last Saturday.

TALLAHASSEE — Attorneys for Gov. Ron DeSantis told the Florida Supreme Court late Monday that a controversial 2021 law about protests that turn violent would not apply to peaceful demonstrators, disputing that the law is unconstitutional.

The hot soups were just about ready for the people to sample as many as they liked. Guests could come back to taste all 10 of the various soups.

Ray Schirtz won the secret gift package at the St. Francis Soup & Salad dinner. When asked to open it for all to see what was inside, Ray’s wife Ann said, “NO!” The secret went home with them.

From left: Ruby Balint had a winning ticket for the one of the nine gift baskets at the St. Francis Assisi Soup & Salad dinner. She is with Sandy Arch, who awarded her with the basket.

Ned Bierce digs into a bowl of chili with a kick while Lisa Bierce samples one of the many delectable desserts at the Soup & Salad dinner last Saturday at St. Francis Assisi Episcopal Church.

There were 10 soups and seven of the soup ladies were ready to serve their special recipes. From left: Barbara Bahnsen (stuffed pepper and Manhattan clam chowder), Gillian Schaffer (beef barley), Jalene Jacelon (chicken noodle), Dorothy Gardner (ham soup), Wilma Injasoulian (chili with a kic…

Lois McGrady, Donna DeSimone, Gillian Shaffer, Cele Chuplis and Wilma Injasoulian place their silent auction tickets into their favorite basket with high hopes of being a winner.

Barbara Bahnsen came early to prepare the salads for the Soup & Salad dinner at St. Francis Episcopal church last Saturday.

Sharon Hoffman gives a thumbs up after hopefully purchasing a winner ticket for one of the nine gift baskets at the Soup & Salad dinner last Saturday at St. Francis Assisi parish. Sandy Arch, who coordinated the evening dinner, also served as the raffle ticket seller.

For over 20 years Tropical Harbor Estates has been holding a Relay for Life fundraiser in their park.

Debbie and Marty Struck were all smiles after winning the cornhole competition at the Tropical Harbor club house Saturday, March 18. They now live in Tropical Harbor Estates after losing their home, belongings, and convertible Corvette to Hurricane Ian.

Jan Saxton became the hot dog lady, serving up chili dogs donated by Save-a-Lot Foods. She worked for 24 years for Kelly Girls Corp in Customer Service in Detroit.

Marty Griffin, a cancer survivor himself, donated this painting to be auctioned off at Relay for Life. For 22 years, he was an underground coal miner in Southern Illinois.

Raffle tickets, meal tickets, and more were available from (from left) Tom Hoover, Norma Smidler, and Barbara Convard at Tropical Harbor.

These three ladies were the co-captains of the Tropical Harbor Relay for Life event. From left: Mary Pelfrey, Diane Bennett, and Judy Muise.

Back in 2002, Paula Bannister began holding Relay for Life fundraisers at Tropical Harbor. She now lives in Largo, but comes back every year to help.

At almost 89, Georgette Armstrong has her eye on a beautiful basket that will be raffled off at the Relay for Life event.

Baxley Hines volunteers where she is needed. She has packed supplies for hospital patients, adopted families in need throughout the year, and worked with a program that paints, repairs roofs, cuts lawns and cleans up landscaping for people in need of assistance.

LAKE PLACID — For 20 years, Tropical Harbor Estates, a popular mobile home community in Lake Placid, has been helping families who are dealing with cancer. Every year the park holds a Relay for Life fundraiser. This year it was held Saturday, March 18, at their club house.

WINTER HAVEN — The bodies of the two men who disappeared Saturday evening in an apparent drowning on Lake Eloise in Winter Haven have been recovered.

TALLAHASSEE — Counting on a changed U.S. Supreme Court, a Florida Senate committee on Monday approved a bill that would allow the death penalty for people who commit sexual batteries on children under age 12.

Former Florida United States Congressman L.A. “Skip” Bafalis of Fairfax Station, Virginia passed away on Friday, March 10, 2023. After months of failing health, he died peacefully at his home in Fairfax Station with his beloved wife Charlotte “Char” by his side.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Scott Franklin (FL-18) introduced the National Osceola Turkey Day Resolution on Friday that would designate March 18 as the official National Osceola Turkey Day. This bill shows the Florida Congressional delegation’s appreciation for the Osceola Turkey and support for its c…

AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Pale and grimy from living in a dank, dark basement for nearly a year, the teenager and his weeping mother emerged to the sound of pounding artillery and headed to a waiting armored police van that would whisk them to safety.

LAKE PLACID — Last season, the Lake Placid Art league held its first free show at the Genesis Center adjacent to the First Presbyterian Church. It drew so many art admirers that League President Bob Jasper scheduled the 2nd annual show, again at the Genesis Center. It did not disappoint. Hun…

LAKE PLACID — As the town undergoes planning for its ambitious project to transition lakeside and canal-side homes from septic tanks to a modern sewage treatment system, the question of how much homeowners will have to pay for connecting to the system remains unclear.

The Junior ROTC color guard from Lake Placid High School wait to present the colors for the 71st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring pre-race ceremony.

LAKE PLACID — During the Lenten season, Christians often try to make 40-day sacrifices leading to the celebration of Easter Sunday. One sacrifice is by fasting, simply eating less.

Preslee Greene poses with one of her healthcare providers. Preslee, who has Type 1 diabetes and ulcerative colitis, was a finalist in this year’s Champion for Children Youth Awards.

The Sebring High School Drumline stands ready to perform along Pit Lane leading the fans into the start/finish line to meet and greet the 71st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours Of Sebring teams. The drumline’s director is Anthony Juliano.

AVON PARK — The rescheduled community workshop on the Main Street resurfacing and rehabilitation project will be held 4-6 p.m. Thursday in the Palm Room at the Jacaranda Hotel.

AVON PARK — The search for the next president of South Florida State College will reach a key point Wednesday with the names of the finalists being revealed at the scheduled meeting of the SFSC District Board of Trustees.

Editor’s note: Seven young ladies from across Highlands County were nominated for the Champion for Children Youth Award presented in February. While only one could receive the honored title, all of the finalists were outstanding in their own way. In the coming days, the Highlands News-Sun wi…

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