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Couple celebrates 78th anniversary
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
SEBRING — At their 78th anniversary party, Grace Garnett told a hilarious story about the time she and her husband, Merritt, drove to Florida the first time from Pontiac, Michigan. … Find out how to read more online.
Officials assess damage from Polk brush fire
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
INDIAN LAKE ESTATES – Thousands of acres, two single family homes, nine mobile homes and more than 100 hunting camps burned to the ground Wednesday in an out-of-control brush fire … Find out how to read more online.
Motorists cautioned about road projects
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
SEBRING — The Florida Department of Transportation has issued a road advisory for the following road projects for this week: U.S. 27 southbound between Ryant Boulevard and Alan Jay Kia: … Find out how to read more online.
Longshore to present reorganization proposal
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
SEBRING — The School Board of Highlands County will discuss and review Superintendent Brenda Longshore’s reorganization plan at a workshop set for 4 p.m. today. Prior to the reorganization workshop, … Find out how to read more online.
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Community News in Brief
Mon  Feb 20 2017 10:18AM
Orchid Society to meet SEBRING — The Orchid Society of Highlands County will gather for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 27, at the Jack Stroup Civic Center, 355 W. Center Ave. Plants will be raffled with proceeds used … Find out how to read more online.

Navigation closures continue on Kissimmee River
Mon  Feb 20 2017 10:18AM
JACKSONVILLE — As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District continues to work towards bringing the Kissimmee River Restoration project to completion, navigation closures will remain in effect to accommodate ongoing construction activities. Closures continue on the Kissimmee River … Find out how to read more online.

FHP cracks down for ‘DUI Wolfpack’
Mon  Feb 20 2017 10:16AM
SEBRING — The Florida Highway Patrol arrested four, gave out 15 citations, 21 warnings and 11 notices for faulty equipment as part of “DUI Wolfpack” operation Feb. 18 in Manatee, Sarasota and Highlands counties. There were four arrests for DUI, … Find out how to read more online.

News briefs
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:46AM
Tastee Tuesday Dance set SEBRING — Sebring Elks Lodge will hold an open-to-the-public Tastee Tuesday Dance Tuesday. Food will be served from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. The menu will include spaghetti with meat sauce, Caesar salad, and … Find out how to read more online.

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State, National and World News
Florida looks to expand gun rights in wake of Pulse shooting
Tue  Feb 21 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans are more determined than ever to pass bills expanding gun rights in the wake of the deadly Pulse nightclub and Fort Lauderdale airport shootings. They say law-abiding gun owners should be allowed to take … read more.

Tue  Feb 21 2017 01:19AM
State prosecutors can seek death penalty despite questions TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida prosecutors can seek the death penalty in ongoing cases despite a state Supreme Court ruling that found a new death penalty law unconstitutional. The court ruled Monday that … read more.

A month of Trump: Tweets and turmoil for the 45th president
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables … read more.

Pence says US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:19PM
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will “hold Russia accountable” and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed … read more.

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