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With the colder weather and Christmas decorations making their annual appearances comes the beginning of the high school soccer season. Multiple times a week, Highlands County soccer teams represent their respective cities across the state. Some matches may be as close to home as Frostproof,…

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This year, a PGA golf tournament sponsored by FedEx paid the winner $15 million for the win. For those of you who don’t golf, a tournament consists of 18 holes of golf (four hours) each day for four consecutive days. The winner is the golfer that shoots the lowest total score for those four …

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By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will be leftovers in your fridge and Black Friday will be a memory (and probably a news story or two). If you haven’t done so already, you’re probably thinking about decorating for Christmas and shopping for gifts.

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\From time to time I receive an e-mail, text, or a phone call from folks in the area asking about aviation or commenting on a recent article. The following e-mail from Fred Carino set in motion a very special day last Saturday morning at the EAA Chapter 1240 Aviation Development Center on th…

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As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s remember that the holiday’s name is a compound word — Thanks and Giving. Each of us has much to be thankful for — our lives, families, friendships, and hopefully, work that fulfills us. Thanking those who we love, admire, depend upon, and have work relatio…

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. All across Highlands County today, people are preparing to enjoy a day of togetherness. Some are making grocery lists and shopping. Some are decorating and cleaning (company’s coming!). Others are getting an early start on all the cooking (wish list: double oven).

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There we were, with uncertainty, nervousness and anticipation all coiled up inside of the 10 young men standing there. Sets of eyes moving from one friend to the next as if communicating in some new way, never to be deciphered by the older ones. Soon, the cause of their emotions on this bris…

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China has been growing its gold reserves 13-15% per year for 12-plus years. They now have 64 million ounces in gold reserves. Russia, ironically, has been increasing its gold reserves 15-20% per year for the last 10 years. They have grown their reserves from 16 million ounces to 70 million a…

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It seems walking into a room and then wondering why I came in there is happening more often. Maybe it’s having so much on my mind with the process of the hangar project, the school program, or just transitioning into my seventh decade of walking around the planet. I take lots of vitamins and…

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Throughout the entire day one thought kept resurfacing in my brain. I have known this child since she was 3. How could this day be the celebration of her matrimony? Surely this was not possible. It startled my senses that time truly slipped out of our grasp to the extent that mere youngsters…

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Since 2006, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Highlands County has continually educated children in the Avon Park and Sebring communities on the importance of a healthy mind, body and spirit through Triple Play, a multi-level program exclusive to the Boys & Girls Club of America. This proven…

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A new plant-based option has made its way into the mainstream market once again. Some of you may remember me mentioning the Impossible burger becoming available at Burger King back in August. The most recent development in convenient plant-based eating is at Dunkin’ Donuts where they have st…

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Frying, smoking, grilling and baking are just some of the few ways to cook turkeys for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. There are also just as many ways to turn your bird into an overdone pile of sawdust or an underdone bird that poisons dinner guests with salmonella. After all, you can’t …

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What has been a signature sport in the American sports leagues took a massive hit last week when it was revealed that the Houston Astros cheated throughout their historical championship season. Former player for the Astros during the 2017 championship series Mike Fiers publicly admitted that…

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According to the Florida Division of Elections, 75% of the registered voters in our state cast ballots in the General Election. That is 3 of 4 registered voters in our state making the effort to go out and vote their conscience. In a world of highly opinionated voters, that number felt low. …

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As the Airbus 320 turned north and began to descend on the final approach to land, my left window seat gave me a view of the Rockies and the Front Range in the late afternoon sun. This was not what you would see on flights in the east. Shortly after we softly kissed the runway the pilot anno…

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MidFlorida Auto Show boasted a RoadRally event and Mr. Harris booked us as a team. New to such madness, I worried my little roadster would get beat up. A quick search online explained better what we were getting into.

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It’s not the fault of the police that there is speeding on Lakeview Drive. With the exception of late night driving, the vast majority of speeding on Lakeview is because working people and parents work longer and longer hours. Some hold more than one job and they must use the 35 mph Lakeview…

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Highlands County had been known as “A Positive Place for Kids” for almost two decades. Recently, that tagline was updated to “Great Futures Start Here.” Both describe very well the vision of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

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In Highlands News-Sun Publisher Tim Smolarick’s opening sentence in his “My Impression” column titled “7 words may be battle cry” published on 10 November, he accused an elected official of baiting another elected official during a recent Town Hall meeting in Lake Placid. Wow, that’s quite a…

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Good food and home-cooked meals are on everyone’s minds this month. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and even more holidays after that, I’d say I, like everyone else, am in feast mode at nearly any given moment these days. Catch me wearing stretchy pants and oversized hoodies all month …

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Veterans Day is the day we honor all men and women who have served and given years of their lives to protect those at home who rarely acknowledge the sacrifices that the veterans have made to protect this country and our way of life. They risked all in dangerous situations for little pay and…

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After a seemingly eternal summer, fall has set upon Highlands County and November has begun. With the colder temperatures, colored leaves, and snowbirds come election season. Candidates are beginning to line up their candidacies for various offices throughout the country, varying from Distri…

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There is nothing like an elected official baiting another elected official in an open meeting. Strategically the goal is to get the official being baited to speak about the issue, either there or in the future. This is known as taking the temperature of the room and, if it is hot, deflecting…

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The mapping of our country’s future doesn’t begin at the ballot box. Rather, the seeds we need to secure the future of our republic take root in classrooms — elementary, middle and high schools. But in the classrooms on college campuses, nourishing those seeds has become an outright battle.

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In the interests of full disclosure, I will admit that I am a solid Baby Boomer, born in 1958. It’s strange, because I don’t feel that old. I have trouble realizing that my youngest turned 30 this year, much less that I’ve become the older generation the younger one rails against.

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Florine Anderson, site director of the Avon Park location of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Highlands County, remembers the first day “Mark” (named changed) started attending her club. He was one of the most outgoing kindergarten children, with a friendly smile and bright eyes. Mark was very …

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Visiting family for the holiday season is one of the most difficult things for me to plan. I’m sure a lot of people living away from family have this same issue. I work a job with variant hours that also stays open for all holidays except Christmas Day. On top of that, my mother and siblings…

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Being an American in this the first 19 years of the new century is way more complicated than being an American in the first 19 years of the 20th Century … or is it? Things like airplanes, radio receivers and air conditioners were invented in the first 20 years of our last century and America…

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Last week I told you about a haunted house experience taking place in Summertown, Tennessee. Called the McKamey Manor, it requires a participant to sign a 40-page waiver, pass an onsite drug test, and have a doctor’s note stating you’re physically and mentally fit for the experience.

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Sugar-seeking children should be thanking their lucky chocolate-coated bars for Mr. Harris’ keen awareness of the holiday season. Last weekend we were enjoying a delightful breakfast courtesy of his culinary prowess when he suddenly spoke aloud. “When is Trick or Treat?”

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I wish I had more occasions to write about local hero’s. I cannot ignore this one. Some quick background: I am new this year to Highlands County. I decided after 50 years of dodging personal medical responsibility to “man Up” in my retirement and focus, if not obsess, on my health and well b…

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After Ron Desantis was elected as governor of Florida, his first move was signing an executive order to relieve Scott Israel from his duties as sheriff of Broward County. Many criticized Sheriff Israel due to the events that followed two mass shootings under his watch.