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Lightning may have caused Lake Placid fire
Fri  Sep 30 2016 04:32PM
LAKE PLACID — A cat was found dead Thursday after fire destroyed a Lake Placid area home. Gloria Rybinski, public information coordinator for Highlands County, said Bruce and Doris Hoster, … Find out how to read more online.
Seatbelt usage increases statewide and locally, authorities say
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:00AM
SEBRING — A few years ago when Liz Patterson lived in New Hampshire, she didn’t typically wear her seatbelt when driving, she recalled Thursday. But, then her perspective changed after … Find out how to read more online.
Who is the smarter one?
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Librarians nationwide are celebrating Banned Books Week through Oct. 1. South Florida State College lead librarian Lena D. Phelps found a creative way to celebrate Wednesday afternoon. … Find out how to read more online.
Beer, Brats, Bands and Firematics Competition is Saturday
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — If you didn’t have enough fun last year, the Sebring Oktoberfest and Firematics Competition returns Saturday to downtown Sebring. “The best part about this event isn’t the huge … Find out how to read more online.
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Principal comes to the aid of choking student
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Lunchtime with her friends almost turned tragic recently for Hill-Gustat Middle School student Nikki Grant. A piece of food lodged in her throat and she couldn’t breathe. “I was laughing, and it went down my throat,” the eighth-grader … Find out how to read more online.

Fire destroys Lake Placid home
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A fire roared through the home of Doris and Bruce Hoster, at 689 Lake June Road, on Thursday afternoon. Fire departments from the southern half of the county arrived on the scene within minutes to find the … Find out how to read more online.

3.7 percent of local voters have switched parties
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — There’s whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on at the Highlands County Supervisor of Elections office. Since Jan. 1, 2,272 voters have switched parties: 1,039 nonparty affiliates, 825 Democrats, 225 Republicans, and 174 from minor parties. Democrats have picked up … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out what’s happening around the county. TODAY HCA artist exhibit on tap SEBRING — The Heartland Cultural Alliance will be exhibiting the art of Joyce Robbins, a fine art exhibit, at the … Find out how to read more online.

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Slippers lead to suspect’s arrest in Florida church fire
Fri  Sep 30 2016 09:18PM
FORT PIERCE (AP) — A 38-year-old man is charged with arson after police say he set fire to a Fort Pierce church. Police spokesman Ed Cunningham says cameras at Indian River Presbyterian Church captured the arsonist pouring a liquid on … read more.

Coast Guard: Number of Cubans caught at sea surges higher
Fri  Sep 30 2016 09:17PM
MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard says the number of Cubans intercepted at sea while trying to reach U.S. shores has risen even higher amid Washington’s increasing contact with Havana. According to a Coast Guard statement , authorities encountered 7,358 … read more.

SpaceX’s Elon Musk turns to science fiction for Mars ship
Fri  Sep 30 2016 09:17PM
CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) — If SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s plan to establish a city on Mars sounds like science fiction, then consider the name of his first passenger ship. The answer lies in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the … read more.

Power goes out for more than an hour at Universal Studios
Fri  Sep 30 2016 09:17PM
ORLANDO (AP) — Power went out for more than an hour and a half at Universal Studios in Orlando, forcing passengers to be evacuated from the Men in Black and Transformers rides. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said that the cause … read more.

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