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Pilot uninjured in hard landing of gyrocopter
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A pilot survived without injury the hard landing or crash Thursday morning of the gyrocopter he was operating at the Sebring Regional Airport, authorities said. The pilot was … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners approve pay hike
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Although the Florida State Legislature mandates an increase in compensation to local government officials as local populations increase, those officials don’t have to accept it. That reassurance from … Find out how to read more online.
Trick or treat?
Thu  Oct 19 2017 09:02AM
SEBRING — At least for some Sebring residents, this year’s celebration of Halloween on Oct. 31 is a trick rather than a treat. But, others say that celebrating Halloween on … Find out how to read more online.
Workers’ compensation rate cut eyed
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE — Fewer workers are filing workers’ compensation claims, helping lower the costs Florida employers will pay for insurance next year. How big of a reduction in rates will be … Find out how to read more online.
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LPPD expands its ‘No Shave November’ efforts
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — The boys in blue from the Town of Murals have taken on a new look. All of the police officers are growing, or attempting to grow, beards during “No Shave November.” The scruffy look is for a … Find out how to read more online.

City Council approves cellphone tower
Fri  Oct 20 2017 10:06AM
SEBRING — Despite opposition from a couple of residents, the Sebring City Council voted 3-1 to approve construction of a cellphone tower at the Harder Hall Country Club golf course. Representatives of Verizon and Vertical Bridge, the company proposing to … Find out how to read more online.

County veers from Halloween debate
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — “I want to talk trick or treating,” said County Commissioner Greg Harris at Tuesday’s Highlands County Commission meeting. Commissioners talked, but in the end they decided they didn’t want to get into the debate and conflicts over the … Find out how to read more online.

Lake June will get better storm water after construction project
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Curious commuters have been seeing construction work on the shoulders of U.S. 27 on both the north and southbound lanes from just north of Lake June Road to about LaGrow Road. This construction is part of a … Find out how to read more online.

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Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — One man climbs 24 flights of stairs several times a day alongside dormant elevators. Street vendors hawk plastic washboards for $20. And families outstretch their hands as crews in helicopters drop supplies in communities that … read more.

Target sees new smaller Manhattan store as where it’s headed
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Target sees its new smaller stores in mainly urban areas as a symbol of its future, hoping that shoppers will step away from online buying for trips to stores tailored to the neighborhood. The two-level store in … read more.

Last-minute rebound lifts S&P 500
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
A last-minute surge nudged U.S. stock indexes mostly higher Thursday, barely extending the market’s winning streak and milestone-setting run. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed higher for the fifth straight day, each posting new … read more.

US government: Inspections show Lake Okeechobee’s dike sound
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
CLEWISTON — For the thousands of Floridians who live in the shadow of the 80-year-old dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, there is always a back-of-the-mind fear that the earthen barrier might fail — a twitch that gets ticked up a … read more.

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