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Authorities ID man, 75, killed in crash
Wed  Sep 28 2016 01:00AM
LAKE PLACID — A 75-year-old man died Sept. 23 after he lost control of his vehicle while traveling south on U.S. 27 near Lake June Road, according to a news … Find out how to read more online.
New mosquito spraying dates announced
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County has announced new dates for mosquito spraying in response to an ongoing Zika fighting effort by the state of Florida. Last month the county purchased larvicide … Find out how to read more online.
Lightning hits Sun ‘n Lake condo, brush
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Two lightning strikes hit Saturday in Sun ‘n Lake of Sebring, igniting a patch of brush and tearing through the roof of a nearby condo. West Sebring Volunteer … Find out how to read more online.
Flooding problems persist in Venus
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Residents surrounded by water on the south end of Highlands County shouldn’t expect it to drain off soon. “It’s not going anywhere,” said Bill Wernersbach, a resident of … Find out how to read more online.
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Mission’s Pastor Karl faces medical challenge
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Family and friends are praying for Pastor Mike Karl, who faces surgery to remove two brain tumors. Mike, along with his wife, Pat, founded the New Testament Church and Mission in Sebring 40 years ago. Karl’s grand-daughter Kathleen … Find out how to read more online.

Sebring Historical Society acquires bound volumes of Highlands Today newspaper
Wed  Sep 28 2016 01:00AM
SEBRING — The Sebring Historical Society recently acquired bound volumes of the Highlands Today newspapers published between 1999 and 2014. Sun Coast Media Group, the company which purchased Highlands Today from The Tampa Bay Times earlier this year, donated the … Find out how to read more online.

Skimmer, trafficking laws hit books Saturday
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE — County elections supervisors are up for pay raises, while penalties increase for trafficking in the modern version of food stamps and for stealing credit-card information at gas pumps, under new laws that go into effect Saturday. Those changes … Find out how to read more online.

County still can’t project starting date
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:00AM
SEBRING — Sand skinks, right-of-way issues, state funding. After more than two decades, Highlands County still can’t project a starting date for the remainder of Sebring Parkway Phase 2 or Phase 3. “It is still in the design phase right … Find out how to read more online.

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Red tide kills scores of fish in Sarasota County
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:26PM
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a red tide in the Gulf of Mexico is to blame for dead fish littering beaches and causing a foul stench at a popular beach along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports … read more.

Florida primaries eyed: Representation of few, or the many?
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:24PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It took just 14,496 votes to win his closed Democratic primary for one of Florida’s 27 congressional seats. Now Darren Soto is virtually assured of going to Capitol Hill, unlikely to face a strong Republican challenge … read more.

Shooting sows terror at Washington mall; shooter on loose
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:24PM
BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday night at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy’s Department Store. By the time … read more.

Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has died
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:22PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Musician Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68. His longtime manager Ted … read more.

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