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Peace rallies planned in downtown Avon Park, Sebring
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK – The chairman of the Avon Park Southside Community Redevelopment Agency has scheduled a peace rally for Aug. 26 in Donaldson Park, and another rally is scheduled for … Find out how to read more online.
Commission trims $1 million from budget
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County Commissioners got $1 million closer Tuesday to cutting a $6.2 million deficit when Sheriff Paul Blackman volunteered to cut his department’s budget. In June, when County … Find out how to read more online.
Cap it or tap it?
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Town Council members voted Monday to take the next step toward establishing a community redevelopment agency for Lake Placid. In a 3-1 vote, with Councilwoman Arlene Tuck … Find out how to read more online.
UF says no to white nationalist speaker
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE — The University of Florida is refusing to allow white nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month, citing “serious concerns” about safety in the aftermath of … Find out how to read more online.
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WaWa gas station looking at Lake Placid
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Town Council members, at the close of Monday’s meeting, discussed the possibility of a popular gasoline and convenience store chain locating in Lake Placid. The problem, however, is that town code as written would prevent WaWa Store, … Find out how to read more online.

Sheriff updates Commissioners on Animal Services
Thu  Aug 17 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — After he was elected in November, Sheriff Paul Blackman was asked what he would do differently if he was given control of what was then the Highlands County Animal Control Department. “We took over at the end of … Find out how to read more online.

County balks on fire assessment
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Fire Assessment Memorandum arrived Monday, so Highlands County Commissioners were asked Tuesday if they wanted to vote on a new tax for nearly every property in Highlands County. Four of five Commissioners took no action, but may … Find out how to read more online.

Welcome back
Tue  Aug 15 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — South Florida State College kicks off the 2017-18 academic year with its annual Convocation Week, which started Monday morning for faculty and staff in the University Center where college President Thomas Leitzel presented his fifth college update. … Find out how to read more online.

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Judge OKs Takata request to halt some lawsuits over air bags
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
DOVER, Del. — A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday temporarily halted the prosecution of lawsuits filed by Hawaii, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against Japanese auto-parts supplier Takata over its lethally defective air bag inflators. Judge Brendan Shannon … read more.

US stocks edge higher as retailers rally; oil companies fall
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose slightly Wednesday as Urban Outfitters and Target helped retailers rally. That was enough to cancel out more losses for energy companies. Urban Outfitters and Target did better in the second quarter than analysts expected, … read more.

UN chief: It’s time for diplomacy on tense Korean peninsula
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest level in decades and said it’s important “to dial down the rhetoric and to dial up diplomacy.” The U.N. chief told … read more.

Lebanon repeals ‘marry the rapist’ law
Thu  Aug 17 2017 01:19AM
BEIRUT — Lebanon’s parliament on Wednesday abolished a law that allowed rapists to avoid prison by marrying their victims. The repeal of the law, which had been in place since the 1940s, follows years of campaigning by women’s rights advocates. … read more.

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