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Okeechobee street named after former sheriff
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:12PM
SEBRING — More than 40 years ago, Keith Albritton recalls that then-Highlands County Sheriff O.L. Raulerson Jr. was with him when they responded to a call south of Venus where … Find out how to read more online.
Auction at Harder Hall attracts many
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10PM
SEBRING — Amy Campbell grew up in Clewiston, but from when she was a young child she remembers Harder Hall as a landmark. “We passed the hotel on trips north … Find out how to read more online.
Some businesses remain closed five months after Irma
Fri  Feb 16 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — When Laura Respress viewed her salon after Hurricane Irma, she was shocked at the damage. “It was devastating,” she said this week. Five months later, Respress has still … Find out how to read more online.
Man accused of robbery
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — A man was arrested after being accused of stealing a purse from a woman inside a convenience store, according to a warrant affidavit released Thursday. Donnie Bowens Jr., … Find out how to read more online.
SNL Board tables rate study
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Ten months and two supervisors later, the Sun ’n Lake of Sebring Board of Supervisors has not decided yet to study district maintenance assessments. The board had a … Find out how to read more online.
Flu help stalls in Florida Legislature
Fri  Feb 16 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Pharmacists can administer shots for hepatitis, tetanus and influenza, but when it comes to testing for and treating the flu, people have to go to doctors. That could … Find out how to read more online.
What’s bugging you?
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — If you have kids, you have dealt with or will deal with head lice. These dreaded blood suckers can have parents and children pulling out their hair, … Find out how to read more online.
HCSO: Lockdown ‘excellent’ during incident
Fri  Feb 16 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — When Sun ’n Lake Elementary School officials heard of a suspicious person in the area Thursday morning, they shut down the school. “The timing of this is really … Find out how to read more online.
Man indicted on murder charge
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — A Highlands County grand jury has indicted a man on a first-degree murder charge in connection with a bar shooting on Dec. 29, 2017. Ian Dale Jobson, 51, … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring CRA hopes to invigorate downtown
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Food trucks, more festivals and outdoor seating for dining are being discussed by the Community Redevelopment Agency as ways to invigorate the downtown area. But the CRA board … Find out how to read more online.
Food fights at Town Council meeting
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Monday night’s Town Council meeting had members pondering the merits of renting DeVane Park to Chow Down Food Trucks LLC for a food truck invasion-style family fun … Find out how to read more online.
A DEADLY ROAD
Tue  Feb 13 2018 11:31AM
SEBRING — Almost five years ago, shortly after a four-car wreck on southbound U.S. 27 took the lives of a Sebring couple, then-Sebring Police Cmdr. Steve Carr said carelessness, not … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy saves couple from house fire
Tue  Feb 13 2018 04:58PM
AVON PARK — An Avon Park woman believes she wouldn’t be alive were it not for a vigilant deputy, she said Tuesday. “Thank God for that deputy,” Bobby Hunter said … Find out how to read more online.
Qualifying underway for LP council
Tue  Feb 13 2018 11:31AM
LAKE PLACID — Two Town Council seats and the mayoral seat are up for grabs this election cycle in the Town of Lake Placid government. Qualifying began Monday and ends … Find out how to read more online.
Deleon not going to Charlotte
Tue  Feb 13 2018 11:31AM
AVON PARK — Avon Park City Manager Julian Deleon was all set to become the new utilities director for Charlotte County with the Charlotte County commissioners expected to approve him … Find out how to read more online.
Resources for unmet needs of Irma survivors
Mon  Feb 12 2018 09:12AM
ORLANDO — Survivors of Hurricane Irma who face unmet needs may find help through state and federal resources. State assistance: • Florida 211 Call 211 to find resources in your … Find out how to read more online.
Sex offender charged with failing to register
Mon  Feb 12 2018 09:10AM
SEBRING — A sex offender listed as being in Vero Beach was actually on Chicago Bulls Street in Avon Park, off and on, for three months. Stanley Keith Yates Sr., … Find out how to read more online.
Third time is charm for Miss Highlands County 2018
Mon  Feb 12 2018 08:08AM
SEBRING — For Sydney Esquibel, the third try was the charm when she was crowned Saturday evening as Miss Highlands County. Esquibel said she originally entered the pageant in 2016 … Find out how to read more online.
AP eyes new playground equipment, exercise station
Sun  Feb 11 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The Avon Park City Council will consider an agreement with the county Monday to share the nearly $100,000 cost for playground equipment and an exercise station for … Find out how to read more online.
K9 unit member retires
Sat  Feb 10 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — When Highlands County Sheriff’s Office K9 member Mico arrived from Germany about six years ago, he was a bit “green,” Lt. Kyle Albritton said Wednesday. He knew only … Find out how to read more online.
A community effort
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — As Hana Piety paraded her hog called Chloe at the Highlands County Livestock Auction Thursday evening, the buzz in the audience grew louder when the bids kept getting … Find out how to read more online.
AP residents want recycling back
Sun  Feb 18 2018 12:10PM
AVON PARK — Four residents of Lake Damon South presented a petition with 26 signatures to the City Council seeking the return of the city’s curbside recycling program. The once-a-week … Find out how to read more online.
Where the sidewalk ends — abruptly
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Several of the sidewalks in the town are in disrepair and not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Town Administrator Phil Williams brought several improvement … Find out how to read more online.
County Fire assessment on agenda
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County commissioners will hear Tuesday about county fire service needs, how much it will cost, who will pay for it and how much they’ll pay. It’s the … Find out how to read more online.
Campus safety an ongoing effort at Highlands schools/SFSC
Fri  Feb 16 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — The deadly high school shooting Wednesday in Broward County has sharpened the spotlight on school safety, security and mental heath issues related to state of mind of those … Find out how to read more online.
Morning wreck results in minor injuries
Fri  Feb 16 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — One person was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries as a result of an early morning car accident Thursday in the 600 block of West … Find out how to read more online.
OneBlood needs donations after shooting
Fri  Feb 16 2018 08:30AM
ORLANDO — OneBlood, the local blood center in Florida, responded immediately to the tragic shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida by rushing additional blood … Find out how to read more online.
A love to last a lifetime
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Out of a tragedy rose one of the best love stories ever told. The horrors of Vietnam visited the Glover home in Hannibal Missouri, when, in late … Find out how to read more online.
SNL approves drainage improvements
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Drainage improvements will soon start in parts of Sun ’n Lake of Sebring, but supervisors hope the low bid isn’t too low to get the work done. The … Find out how to read more online.
SR 66, hefty price tag, big improvements
Thu  Feb 15 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — State Road 66 is undergoing some major changes, just ask the drivers stuck in the congested construction area. The massive road and drainage improvement project runs nine miles … Find out how to read more online.
Fire damages Sebring home
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Fire heavily damaged an unoccupied house Monday night. Sebring Fire Chief Robert Border said the blaze caused significant fire and smoke damage to the vacant house at 1500 … Find out how to read more online.
Pottery exhibit featured at historical society
Wed  Feb 14 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — A pottery exhibit is currently on display at the Sebring Historical Society through Thursday, Feb. 22. “Pottery: From Sebring, Ohio to Sebring, Florida” is the title of a … Find out how to read more online.
Amid tears of joy, Lynlee Baker crowned
Tue  Feb 13 2018 11:31AM
SEBRING — Tears of joy and excitement flowed from Lynlee Baker’s eyes as she was crowned the 2018 Little Miss Highlands County. Baker, a 10-year-old honor roll student at Cracker … Find out how to read more online.
A history of service
Mon  Feb 12 2018 08:08AM
AVON PARK — Black history in Highlands County includes a few notable public servants and a number of educators who made a difference in their community and the county as … Find out how to read more online.
Woman injured in accident
Tue  Feb 13 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A woman was injured Saturday after her vehicle hit a utility pole wire and overturned, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol. Alyssa J. … Find out how to read more online.
Dog park placement brings growls
Mon  Feb 12 2018 09:10AM
SEBRING — Supervisors of Sun ‘N Lake of Sebring Improvement District have talked about having a dog park, and approved one last fall in the budget. However, when residents on … Find out how to read more online.
Road watch advisory issued
Mon  Feb 12 2018 09:12AM
Here are the following road projects in Highlands County for which the Florida Department of Transportation has issued a road advisory: •Rucks Dairy Road Bridge: Crews have built a new … Find out how to read more online.
Highlands Hammock State Park has a rich history
Sun  Feb 11 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Whether they were urban legends or there was some truth to it, stories abounded in the past about how con artists sold the Brooklyn Bridge to unfortunate individuals … Find out how to read more online.
Two more charged in ‘Dealer Fold’
Sun  Feb 11 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — In two separate cases, Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two more Wednesday on charges of drug possession or drug sales. Both stemmed from incidents weeks or months ago … Find out how to read more online.
K9 unit member retires
Sat  Feb 10 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — When Highlands County Sheriff’s Office K9 member Mico arrived from Germany about six years ago, he was a bit “green,” Lt. Kyle Albritton said Wednesday. He knew only … Find out how to read more online.


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