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Batz now AP’s permanent chief
Thu  Jan 19 2017 11:42AM
AVON PARK — Brad Batz can remove interim from his title, City Manager Julian Deleon said Thursday. “It has been over a decade since the City of Avon Park employed … Find out how to read more online.
AP woman injured in accident
Thu  Jan 19 2017 11:42AM
WAUCHULA — An Avon Park woman was seriously injured Wednesday night when her vehicle rolled over during a one-vehicle accident, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol. … Find out how to read more online.
LP Council sets possible CRA lines
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Town council members have set a boundary for a proposed community redevelopment agency, to begin a study to see if it’s needed. Councilman Ray Royce made it … Find out how to read more online.
County breaks ground on EMS station
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Forms will be constructed Thursday so workers can pour a concrete pad for Highlands County’s first new EMS station in decades. The five county commissioners and EMS officials … Find out how to read more online.
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No arrests yet in shooting
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Sheriff’s detectives haven’t made an arrest yet in a midnight/early morning shooting that sent a 19-year-old man to a hospital on Monday. He was shot sometime shortly after 1 a.m. outside Highway Park Liquors & Lounge at … Find out how to read more online.

Council approves Harder Hall extension
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Sebring City Council on Tuesday gave proposed purchasers of Harder Hall an additional 120 days to finalize the deal. In return for the additional 120 days, South Florida Senior Living, the proposed purchasers, have agreed to provide … Find out how to read more online.

Stranger danger
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Lloyd Scherich knows what it’s like to be a victim of a scam or identity theft. Several years ago, he said, the Internal Revenue Service contacted him about his income tax return. “I had always filed it jointly … Find out how to read more online.

Circle Theatre hosting Trump inauguration live
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — On Friday, Donald Trump will take the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States, and people here can watch it live. The Highlands tea party, with support from the Republican Party of Highlands County, … Find out how to read more online.

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Indian activist Peltier’s supporters hope for clemency FBI summary of the Peltier case: https:
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:42PM
MINNEAPOLIS — Supporters of American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, hope President Barack Obama will grant him clemency and shorten … read more.

Orlando gunman’s widow pleads not guilty to aiding husband
Thu  Jan 19 2017 01:19AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of aiding and abetting her husband’s support of the Islamic State group and hindering the investigation of the attack that killed 49 people and … read more.

Supreme Court tosses lawsuit, preserves vouchers
Thu  Jan 19 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A bitter feud over Florida’s largest private school voucher program ended Wednesday when the state Supreme Court tossed a lawsuit challenging a program used by nearly 98,000 school children. The court in a 4-1 decision declined to … read more.

California withdraws immigrant health care request
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:41PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials on Wednesday withdrew their request to sell unsubsidized insurance policies to people who can’t prove they’re legally in the United States after learning the decision would fall to President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Calling the decision … read more.

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