Adventure Authorities

Adventure Authorities

Art & Culture Authority

Linda Kegley

Linda moved to Florida in 2000 from Lexington, Kentucky where she was an active member of the arts community, calligrapher, graphic designer, and owner of LK Artworks, an advertising, marketing and graphic design business. She grew up in Owensboro, in western Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky.

She has won several national advertising awards, designed a series of endangered animal belt buckles, and created commissioned pieces for scores of clients, some as far away as Japan. She has won many awards and ribbons for her art, and is represented by several art galleries around the country. She has completed over 126 in her series of works: “Don’t Drink Like a Fish ®” for which she holds a US Trademark. The fish are residing all over the country.

Another series features tropical pathways. She has also created a series with a hidden gecko in each painting. Her latest paintings are whimsical acrylics, with intricate pattern upon pattern and use iridescent paints with mica embedded. She also creates “Funky Furniture” and teaches workshops at the Visual Arts Center in Sebring. She is a Studio Artist at the Yellow House Gallery of Highlands Art League in Sebring, and also does graphics, including web-site development, and was the founder of the Gallery Walks in downtown Sebring.
She is the webmaster of Linda’s work is also available on her website at:

  • For a specific question about Art & Culture in Highlands County just… Ask Linda!

Fishing Authority

Don Hatcher

I have had the pleasure of being a bass fishing guide here in Highlands County for 28 years now. It seems like just yesterday. I’ve been lucky enough to have fished all over the U.S. and have come to realize that it’s really hard to beat the year around opportunities for fishing that we have right here in Highlands County. With over 98 lakes from 1 acre to 28,000 acres, rivers and streams right here in Highlands County. Take your pick. There are opportunities for everyone.

  • For a specific question about Fishing in Highlands County just… Ask Don!

Golf Authority

Sam Timms

PGA Life Member and Director of Golf Operations for Highlands Ridge Golf Club

Growing up just across the Savannah River from the Augusta National Golf Club, Sam was given an introduction not only to the best players, but the best golf tournament on the best course in the world. Attending his first tournament in 1958, won by the “Four Star General” of golf, Arnold Palmer, Sam saw that paying attention to the little things was what made the Masters Tournament his lifelong measuring stick for his future golf course operations career.

Becoming a Golf Professional originally was a substitute for a childhood dream of professional sports. After a career ending football injury, golf became his career focus.

His chosen profession has provided him with years of well-rounded experience in successfully managing all aspects of golf operations. As Director of Golf for upscale private, semi-private, municipal and high-end resort facilities, his unvarying focus is to create a comfortable golf environment that all clientele will recognize as a significant value for their time and money. Under his leadership, The King and Bear Golf Club at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine Florida were rated as the “Number One” Resort in Florida for Exceptional Customer Service.

  • For a specific question about Golf in Highlands County just… Ask Sam!

Nature Authority

Dorothy L. Harris

As self-professed nature nerd, my job with the Florida Park Service at Highlands Hammock State Park is a perfect fit! After twenty years or so interpreting the real Florida, there isn’t much out there that escapes my eye. Whether you’re looking for a great birding spot, a challenging bike ride or a wild place to go hiking, chances are I can point you in the right direction. Grab your gear and get out there!

  • For a specific question about Nature-Based Tourism in Highlands County just… Ask Dorothy!

Racing Authority

Tres Stephenson

Tres Stephenson has been promoter and General Manager at Sebring International Raceway for 25 years. A graduate of Sebring High School and the University of Florida, he knows the racing business inside and out.

  • For a specific question about Racing in Highlands County just… Ask Tres!