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House bill could alter Sunshine law
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine law prohibits elected or appointed officials from meeting in private, but a bill lawmakers are considering could change that. The House Government Accountability Committee approved House … Find out how to read more online.
Arby’s, McDonald’s remodeling in Sebring
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Arby’s is paying $275,000 to remodel its south Sebring location, McDonald’s is going to rebuild its north Sebring store, Quick Lane is what’s going into that outparcel in … Find out how to read more online.
AP Council/CRA meetings rescheduled for Thursday
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The Avon Park City Council and Community Redevelopment Agency meetings that had been scheduled for Monday, April 24, have been postponed to Thursday. Those who arrived for … Find out how to read more online.
Bluegrass, blueberry festival Saturday
Tue  Apr 25 2017 10:24AM
AVON PARK — The 2017 Bluegrass and Blueberry Festival will feature live entertainment, vendors, raffles, a kids zone and, of course, blueberries. The festival, which is sponsored by the Avon … Find out how to read more online.
School Board to consider salary study
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Superintendent Brenda Longshore’s recommendation for a salary study will go before the School Board of Highlands County today as the board considers three bids ranging from $12,000 to … Find out how to read more online.
Bluegrass, blueberry festival is Saturday
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The 2017 Bluegrass and Blueberry Festival will feature live entertainment, vendors, raffles, a kids zone and, of course, blueberries. The festival, which is sponsored by the Avon … Find out how to read more online.
A change begins today
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
About a month ago, I asked our readers what they thought about the content they were getting in USA Today. Based on the overwhelming requests asking for the removal of … Find out how to read more online.
AP Council to discuss attorney selection
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:38AM
AVON PARK — The Avon Park City Council will likely narrow its list of six city attorney candidates to three at its regular meeting today. Each Council member is preparing … Find out how to read more online.
Staying put
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — During the 17 years she has worked at IHOP, Stacy Black has fond memories of serving eggs, bacon and pancakes to countless hungry customers. One of her most … Find out how to read more online.
Cherry tomatoes right at home in Highlands County
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:34AM
Stumped for a vegetable to grow in our “hot” season? Regular large tomatoes need a cool nighttime to thrive and fruit, which as we all know rarely happens here in … Find out how to read more online.
EMS HQ moves to health department
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Work is proceeding on three EMS stations, Highlands County Commissioners were told Tuesday. At Sebring Parkway and Peach Street, crews have finished building the concrete walls and roof, … Find out how to read more online.
SO: Domestic incident ends in suicide
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a domestic dispute that ended in a suicide Saturday morning. The incident began on Bolide Street in Sebring when a man … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff deputies recognized for outstanding work during ceremony
Fri  Apr 21 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — While for most people the brush fires have been at best an annoyance, for Barbra Hair the blaze on one particular day may have been a life saver. … Find out how to read more online.
Cannabis available locally
Sat  Apr 22 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Florida legislators are creating a system to allow medical marijuana treatments with registered doctors and patients along with licensed dispensaries. However, a law already on the books, … Find out how to read more online.
New robot cleans rooms at Florida Hospital
Thu  Apr 20 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — On Tuesday, “Trudy” helped Duane Jahns clean Room 2834 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center without bleach, soap, bucket, mop or scrub pad. Instead, Jahns used an iPad. … Find out how to read more online.
For seven citizens, a victory of sorts
Fri  Apr 21 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Santos De La Rosa may finally get his road paved. The DeSoto City resident asked Highlands County to pave a .13-mile section of Oak Manor Avenue 10 years … Find out how to read more online.
AP now has six city attorney applicants
Fri  Apr 21 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The list of city attorney applicants has one more name since the last Avon Park City Council meeting with the addition of a Sebring attorney. At its … Find out how to read more online.
Trash, recycling carts still out for delivery
Thu  Apr 20 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Waste Connections Regional Manager Jim Wheatley said all blue trash and green recycling carts will be distributed this week. “The rollout’s going pretty good,” Wheatley told county commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
Lanier picked for ESE director position
Thu  Apr 20 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Superintendent Brenda Longshore has recommendations for two district office administrative positions while the School Board of Highlands County advertises to replace a long-time principal who will be retiring. … Find out how to read more online.
Highlands County declares burn ban
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING – By a unanimous vote, County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an emergency ban on outdoor burning in Highlands County. About 1,600 acres have burned in wildfires this year, according … Find out how to read more online.
Couple jailed for illegal lovebirds
Wed  Apr 26 2017 02:38PM
AVON PARK — A local couple faces federal charges after they brought the wrong lovebirds across international borders. Vanessa Burgos, 33, and Robert Burgos, 43, were arrested shortly after 7 … Find out how to read more online.
Witness to killing could be held in contempt
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Two years ago, as Shawn Ziegler and Carrie Ann Leaphart rode a golf cart down a street in Lorida, they were shot numerous times. Ziegler died, but Leaphart … Find out how to read more online.
Museum upgrades
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Whenever the Highlands Art League has an art exhibit at the Highlands Museum of the Arts, much of the art is placed on display on the second floor … Find out how to read more online.
Window-shooting vandals target vehicles, homes
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of criminal mischief cases involving windows being shot out by BB and pellet guns. The first report was on … Find out how to read more online.
Pigman moves for ‘no disclosure’ in DUI case
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Legal counsel for Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, has asked for the judge in his DUI case to rule that certain documents be off limits to public view. … Find out how to read more online.
Brooks: 3 bills violate Home Rule
Tue  Apr 25 2017 07:58AM
SEBRING — As the 2017 session winds down, a Highlands County Commissioner warned Tuesday that the Legislature is messing with Home Rule, and asked citizens to call their senators and … Find out how to read more online.
Marking a milestone
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:44AM
SEBRING — When the USS Juneau sank during the battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942, 687 sailors were killed in action, including the five Sullivan brothers. World War II Marty … Find out how to read more online.
Parent resource center at Circle Theatre
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:38AM
SEBRING — What was originally an office for the manager of the Circle Theatre will soon become a place where parents can seek information about various resources. The change is … Find out how to read more online.
Recycle bins will stay in Sebring, LP
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:36AM
SEBRING – Although people tell Christy Reed they have nothing to recycle, Highlands County’s former recycling coordinator brought a shopping bag to last week’s Highlands County Commission meeting with items … Find out how to read more online.
We heard your concerns
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:32AM
It’s been ​just ​over a month since I asked the readers of the Highlands News-Sun, “What do you think about USA Today?” Based on the results, it was probably a … Find out how to read more online.
Back to basics
Sat  Apr 22 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — It was back to a simpler time when many chores were done by hand during Lake Placid Montessori Academy’s Earth Day celebration on Friday. Probably the only … Find out how to read more online.
Ben Hill Griffin packinghouse to close
Sat  Apr 22 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Ben Hill Griffin’s fresh citrus packinghouse, which closed for the season earlier this month, may not reopen. “Ben Hill Griffin III, chairman and CEO of the company, stated … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC reveals 2017-18 Artist Series lineup
Sat  Apr 22 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The mounting suspense is over. Those wondering about the lineup of performances at the South Florida State College for the 2017-18 season got their answer on Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Hope Hubs could be introduced locally
Sat  Apr 22 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — With poverty above the state average, One Hope United is suggesting that providing preschool services to young children and services to their parents could help. Eva Horner, executive … Find out how to read more online.
County looks at moving stockpile
Fri  Apr 21 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — County commissioners may move a road material stockpile from Highlands Lake Drive to County Road 621, away from residents who have complained. Commissioners discussed the matter with County … Find out how to read more online.
County OKs Tangerine improvements
Fri  Apr 21 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — North Tangerine Drive improvements will proceed, Highlands County commissioners decided Tuesday. State grants totaled $459,000, so another $250,00 will be needed to finish the half-mile road, County Engineer … Find out how to read more online.
Say hello to a veteran
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Motorists are used to seeing all kinds of signs while going down a road. But these two signs, placed in a Sebring yard, are certainly unusual. Charles H. … Find out how to read more online.
Two riders thrown in separate wrecks
Thu  Apr 20 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Separate, unrelated motorcycle wrecks sent two drivers to regional hospitals with serious injuries, Florida Highway Patrol reported Wednesday. In both cases, FHP reported, the riders were not wearing … Find out how to read more online.
Palm trees to remain in parkway median
Thu  Apr 20 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — When Sebring officials discovered recently that palm tree roots were damaging pavement on Sebring Parkway, they contemplated having the trees removed. But on Tuesday night, the Sebring City … Find out how to read more online.
More than a backpack
Tue  Apr 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Local police officers give books to children in times of crisis, but they do more than just improve the child’s spirits or love for reading. “We identify … Find out how to read more online.


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