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Keep Lake Placid Beautiful prunes the palms
Fri  May 25 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Keep Lake Placid Beautiful members were aided by Lt. Kenny Pendarvis and Deputy Gary Davidson with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office in closing the inner southbound lane … Find out how to read more online.
Gas prices ticking up
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Just in time for the summer driving season, motorists are paying higher gas prices at the pump. Prices have been steadily rising for several weeks. Despite the 12-cent … Find out how to read more online.
EMS Manager Barner let go
Fri  May 25 2018 04:21PM
SEBRING — Emergency Medical Services Manager Richard Barner’s management style, according to county officials, did not fit with Highlands County, generally. County Administrator Randy Vosburg said Thursday that Barner was … Find out how to read more online.
Shop 16 traffic signal activated
Fri  May 25 2018 04:21PM
AVON PARK — Be prepared to stop for a red light at Shop 16 Road, as the newest traffic signal on U.S. 27 in Avon Park has been fully activated. … Find out how to read more online.
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Ferguson looks to inspire others
Fri  May 25 2018 04:21PM
SEBRING — Sebring teen Trent Ferguson is very excited to be named the 2017 Teen of the Year at the inaugural Highlander Awards, held May 3. His enthusiasm is infectious. He loves to inspire others and give them words of … Find out how to read more online.

Police seeking seat belt violators
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Motorists may have noticed more Sebring police officers patrolling downtown and out on Lakeview Drive this week. Those not wearing seat belts may have gotten to talk with one. Officials with both Sebring Police and the Highlands County … Find out how to read more online.

Tom Fisher Sebring’s new building official
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sebring council members have put Tom Fisher in charge of the city building department. “We looked for a lot of people. We searched high and low and searched local,” Sebring Mayor John Shoop said. “We found a great … Find out how to read more online.

Highlands Virtual School seniors graduate
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands Virtual School graduates experienced the reality of the Highlands School District’s first graduation ceremony on Tuesday for students who earned their diploma through online classes. The commencement for the Highlands Virtual School Class of 2018 was held … Find out how to read more online.

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Family: Virginia police shooting video raises more questions
Fri  May 25 2018 11:02PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of a young, black Virginia man who was fatally shot by police while naked and unarmed said the release of body-camera footage answered some of their questions about what happened but raised even more. … read more.

Alberto it is: First named tropical system chugs toward Gulf
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
MIAMI (AP) — A storm moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend. Subtropical Storm Alberto — the first … read more.

Florida ban on smokable medical pot ruled unconstitutional
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s ban that prevents medical marijuana patients from smoking their cannabis has gone up in smoke. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers on Friday ruled that a state’s ban on smokable cannabis is unconstitutional. Florida’s … read more.

Publix suspends political giving amid anti-NRA protest
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of the Parkland school shooting lay down in “die ins” at two Publix supermarkets Friday to protest the chain’s support for a gubernatorial candidate aligned with the National Rifle Association, as the company announced a … read more.

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