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Catfish found dead in pond by Kissimmee River canal
Mon  Jun 26 2017 04:45PM
LORIDA — Less than a week after asking residents to report fish kills, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission got a nibble, but not a bite. A large number … Find out how to read more online.
Former Highlands teacher faces state sanctions
Mon  Jun 26 2017 08:02AM
SEBRING — A former School Board of Highlands County elementary teacher, who was found guilty of a charge of driving under the influence with property or personal damage, will face … Find out how to read more online.
FHP identifies passenger in Saturday fatal wreck
Mon  Jun 26 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Authorities have identified the passenger killed in a Saturday morning accident near Lake Letta in Avon Park as Alyssa Kay Vice, 22, of Sebring. The driver, Samuel … Find out how to read more online.
Five commended for saving lives
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:34PM
SEBRING — Five Highlands County women were honored Tuesday for saving two lives in separate incidents. On May 15, while attending class at the South Florida State College, Wendy Roberts, … Find out how to read more online.
Keep mosquitoes at bay when gardening
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:32PM
“Water, water everywhere ….” goes Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” He may as well have been talking about Highlands County lately. Lots of rain and more … Find out how to read more online.
Man tried to kill woman, authorities say
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:26PM
LAKE PLACID — A man apparently upset that his girlfriend was breaking up with him attempted to shoot her, according to an arrest report. Derwin Traevon Callahan, 22, 9 Hopkins … Find out how to read more online.
Inner tube fundraiser canceled
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:26PM
SEBRING — Imagine 1,000 people floating on inner tubes in a continuous chain on Lake Jackson? That’s what Sebring Sunrise Rotary Club President Debra Weiser conceived. The current world record … Find out how to read more online.
Permit approved for traffic light at AP Walmart
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The Florida Department of Transportation approved the permit for the installation of a traffic control light near the Avon Park Walmart at the intersection of U.S. 27 … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with child sexual abuse
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A man was arrested after a 16-year-old girl reported that he sexually abused her over a four-year period, according to a warrant released Thursday. Robert Lincoln, 66, no … Find out how to read more online.
School grades to determine school day
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Memorial Elementary students and staff won’t know until next month if they will have another school year with an extra 30 minutes of instructional time. Compared to … Find out how to read more online.
Wastewater plant an improvement
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Spring Lake Improvement District residents have a Dollar General on U.S. 98, but officials say a new wastewater treatment plant could bring more businesses. That’s one advantage, according … Find out how to read more online.
Man arrested on identity fraud
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A Sebring man was arrested after authorities found a credit card and personal identification involving numerous people, many of whom are deceased, according to a warrant affidavit released … Find out how to read more online.
Opening doors
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A Dodge Neon and two other cars were part of a display Wednesday of power and technique that can save a life. The power came from the … Find out how to read more online.
Summer meals: School district offers free breakfast and lunch to children at various locations
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:04PM
SEBRING — Chicken nuggets and turkey and cheese sandwiches were on the lunch menu at Fred Wild Elementary School Tuesday, which is one Summer Food Service location operated by the … Find out how to read more online.
Town has asked for four-way stop
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A wreck Monday morning has illustrated what Lake Placid town officials have asked to have changed at a busy intersection. According to county officials, they will get … Find out how to read more online.
A new chapter
Wed  Jun 21 2017 04:18PM
SEBRING — When Dr. Summer Khan found out that Heartland Christian Academy was about to close its doors, she was alarmed. Khan said the school was providing an “excellent education” … Find out how to read more online.
Wreck at troubled intersection
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Jessica Melo and Linda Goolsby didn’t want to start off a new week in a car accident. However, their cars collided at approximately 10 a.m. Monday at … Find out how to read more online.
Woman in snake bite case not to face charges
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A woman who posted a Facebook video appearing to show a 1-year-old child being struck by a small rat snake will not face a charge of child abuse, … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC to provide fee notices twice a year
Tue  Jun 20 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Depending on the course, college fees can range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, making them a significant expense for some students who are … Find out how to read more online.
Musicians play from the heart for ailing guitarist
Wed  Jun 21 2017 04:08PM
SEBRING — The bands played and the musicians reflected on one of their own Saturday at a day-long benefit at the Sebring Moose Lodge for singer and guitarist Tim Barfield, … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff, police chiefs talk about medical pot, police shootings
Mon  Jun 26 2017 08:02AM
SEBRING — Highlands County’s top law enforcement officers Thursday said at an event sponsored by Drug Free Highlands that they’ll follow the new medical marijuana law, but will still aggressively … Find out how to read more online.
Take flight
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:34PM
SEBRING — Now an adult, Phil Lockwood has vivid memories of the time his family vacationed in the Adirondacks. He got the opportunity to go on a seaplane ride one … Find out how to read more online.
Census: We’re a lot older than we thought
Mon  Jun 26 2017 01:08PM
SEBRING — Sebring has overtaken Avon Park in the 2016 U.S. Census population estimates released last week. Also, the median age of Highlands County citizens keeps getting older, and the … Find out how to read more online.
State doesn’t buy Lake Clay heights
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Town Administrator Phil Williams presented his case, but the state didn’t buy it: The overlook on the west side of Lake Clay, that is. “They pointed us … Find out how to read more online.
Two nabbed after fleeing from authorities
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:26PM
SEBRING — Highlands County Sheriff deputies arrested two men fleeing from an attempted traffic stop Wednesday. Marquell Daishawn Williams, 26, was charged with driving with a suspended/revoked driver’s license, fleeing … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Lorida man involved in fatal wreck
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:26PM
AVON PARK – A Lorida man was injured and his passenger died early Saturday morning in a traffic accident near Lake Letta, Florida Highway Patrol said. A 2017 Maserati driven … Find out how to read more online.
Mandatory meeting for 4-H
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Three people have volunteered to open the Highlands County livestock barn. But there’s a catch. “If you do intend to use the barn, there’s a mandatory meeting Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Children’s museum moves to temporary home in mall
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:46AM
SEBRING — When a sagging roof required a sudden closure of the Children’s Museum of the Highlands in January 2016, those associated with the popular attraction voiced hope that it … Find out how to read more online.
Monica Sauls dies at 63
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Anyone who knew her couldn’t be in the same room with her and not be happy, and anyone in the room who didn’t know her soon would. “She … Find out how to read more online.
McDonald’s to close Sunday night
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The north Sebring McDonald’s will close on Sunday, but when the restaurant reopens in the fall, it’ll be a brand-new Mickey D’s. And it’ll be twice as big. … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC graduates 22 law enforcement officers
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Twenty-two graduates of South Florida State College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Class 252, were recognized at a ceremony on June 13 on the SFSC Highlands campus in … Find out how to read more online.
SNL, Henscratch preserves fenced
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sun ’n Lake of Sebring and Henscratch tracts of land owned by Florida Fish and Wildlife have been fenced “to control illegal dumping, vandalism and off-road vehicle usage.” … Find out how to read more online.
City Council approves communications tower, maintains fire rate
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Sebring City Council on Tuesday approved a new communications tower. The tower will be constructed at 651 Memorial Drive. Mary Doty Solik, a representative of the company … Find out how to read more online.
APH 2017 grad to share his AVID story
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — For the third year in a row, Avon Park High School will have a speaker at the Tampa AVID Summer Institute. Lincoln Esmie Jr., a 2017 Avon … Find out how to read more online.
Event to provide forum with local law enforcement
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County residents will have a chance Thursday evening to learn about law enforcement and ask questions. Drug Free Highlands is sponsoring a Backchat event from 6 to … Find out how to read more online.
Lake June studied to prevent drownings
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:04PM
Editor’s Note: This is an ongoing series of stories on Lake June’s drop-off s and drowning history. SEBRING — Signs at H.L. Bishop Park on Lake June greet swimmers with … Find out how to read more online.
Musicians play from the heart for ailing guitarist
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The bands played and the musicians reflected on one of their own Saturday at a day-long benefit at the Sebring Moose Lodge for singer and guitarist Tim Barfield, … Find out how to read more online.
Man, woman arrested on drug charges
Tue  Jun 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A man and a woman were arrested last week on drug charges after a traffic stop, according to arrest reports released Friday. Emilio Stephen Cardenas, 21, 9 … Find out how to read more online.
Venus Community Building nears completion
Mon  Jun 19 2017 04:56PM
SEBRING — Highlands County Capital Projects Manager Suzanne Hunnicutt reported to the Highlands County Commission in August 2015 that the Venus Community Building was splitting in half. At first, Commissioners … Find out how to read more online.


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