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City Council fires Batz
Wed  Dec 7 2016 04:42PM
SEBRING — The Sebring City Council fired long-time Fire Chief Brad Batz Monday night after Mayor John Shoop said Batz had a “dictatorial style of management,” and that he “continuously … Find out how to read more online.
Pearl Harbor survivor attends 75th celebration
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — On Dec. 7, 1941, just before 8 a.m., Jack Moore was reading the Sunday newspaper. Moore, a pump man for a water-cooled .50 caliber machine gun on the … Find out how to read more online.
Missing woman found
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:14PM
UPDATE: Deyven Lee Bottner Scott has been located. SEBRING — Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives were looking for Deyven Lee Bottner Scott. Scott was last seen Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 6, in … Find out how to read more online.
Man reported missing
Wed  Dec 7 2016 05:09PM
AVON PARK — Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives were searching for Paul Michael Escobedo, 27, of Avon Park, according to a press release. Escobedo is a white Hispanic male approximately 5’8” … Find out how to read more online.
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Commissioners to compete on ‘game show’
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — It’s an American dream to be on a game show, and on Tuesday the county commissioners were invited. For the past nine years, Samaritan’s Touch Care Center has provided $35 million worth of free medical exams, treatment, prescriptions, … Find out how to read more online.

Local deputies: Sex offender lured children into his house
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:58AM
SEBRING — A convicted sex offender lured children into his house and allowed them to use a computer with pornography on it, according to a warrant released Tuesday. Thomas Gerald Bancroft, 67, 112 Webb Court, Sebring, was arrested by the … Find out how to read more online.

Archbold to study gases on ranches
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
VENUS — When Archbold Biological Station teams up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study agroecology in the coming year, scientists will focus on cattle lands, but not how to stock more cows. Research will focus on improving grazing … Find out how to read more online.

2 teachers face state commission hearings
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — A former and a current teacher with the Highlands County School District have complaints against them that will be heard by the State Education Practices Commission. The case of former district teacher, Pamela Lynne Cutler, who was a … Find out how to read more online.

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Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:57PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas could be the epicenter for the nation’s next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America’s second-largest state. The number of Texas kindergarten … read more.

A show, a trial and now the rerun in ‘Cops’ murder-for-hire
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:57PM
WEST PALM BEACH — Dalia Dippolito either wanted a hit man to kill her newlywed husband, or she’s the victim of police trying to become famous on the “Cops” television show. Prosecutor Craig Williams told jurors in a straightforward, 10-minute … read more.

Former Eagle Scout set to be executed for Alabama killing
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:57PM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama man convicted of killing a store clerk is scheduled to be executed Thursday, but lawyers for the former Eagle Scout are urging it be blocked because a judge overrode a jury recommendation in imposing the … read more.

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:57PM
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A survivor of last year’s massacre at a black South Carolina church testified Wednesday that her Bible study group had just closed their eyes and started praying when a loud sound shattered the stillness. The basement room … read more.

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