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Couple celebrates 78th anniversary
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
SEBRING — At their 78th anniversary party, Grace Garnett told a hilarious story about the time she and her husband, Merritt, drove to Florida the first time from Pontiac, Michigan. … Find out how to read more online.
Motorists cautioned about road projects
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
SEBRING — The Florida Department of Transportation has issued a road advisory for the following road projects for this week: U.S. 27 southbound between Ryant Boulevard and Alan Jay Kia: … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC monitoring bills affecting state colleges
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
AVON PARK — A Florida Senate bill proposes putting a cap on the ability of state colleges to expand their bachelor degree programs and seeks to create a new entity … Find out how to read more online.
State Road 70 re-opened
Mon  Feb 20 2017 10:12AM
UPDATE: The Florida Highway Patrol has re-opened State Road 70 in both travel directions. Please continue to use caution near the area of Highlands/DeSoto County line for hazy patches of … Find out how to read more online.
New program may help mothers have healthy babies
Sun  Feb 19 2017 06:36AM
SEBRING — Calling all moms-to-be. Charlene Edwards wants pregnant women to know about a new program that can help them have healthier babies. “We have two registered nurses in Highlands … Find out how to read more online.
Commission to decide on home encroachments
Sun  Feb 19 2017 06:26AM
SEBRING — Highlands County commissioners will tackle a few new issues and several old items at Tuesday’s 9 a.m. meeting at the Government Center. The agenda includes a public hearing … Find out how to read more online.
Historical marker tells history of Hendricks Field
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Hendricks Field, the predecessor to Sebring International Raceway and Sebring Regional Airport, was honored Friday with a special marker-placing ceremony to begin a funding campaign to preserve and … Find out how to read more online.
Building fences
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — After living near the City of Sebring’s golf course for several years, Mart Prost saw that it provided more than just an opportunity to golf. Prost, the head … Find out how to read more online.
Debris found under new EMS station
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A problem with debris found under the newly laid slab at downtown Sebring EMS station may cost Highlands County $12,000. “Give us a little update on the downtown … Find out how to read more online.
Griffin ordered reinstated at SNL today
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Gregory Griffin said he would return this morning to his former job with Sun ’n Lake Special Improvement District, as a federal judge ordered Tuesday. “The plan, barring … Find out how to read more online.
Jury convicts man of stealing money from medical practice
Thu  Feb 16 2017 04:12PM
SEBRING — A Highlands County Circuit Court jury deliberated Thursday for more than two hours before a convicting a man on charges that he stole more than $100,000 from Sebring … Find out how to read more online.
Petting Zoo features exotic animals
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Those attending this year’s Highlands County Fair will be treated for the first time to animals that aren’t normally a part of the event. Noah’s Way Exotic Petting … Find out how to read more online.
Firefighters serenade former Lorida chief
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
SPRING LAKE — Gerald and JoAnn Martin were enjoying a Valentine’s Day supper outside their home on Cherry Tree Drive when Lorida Volunteer Fire Department Engine 23 and Brush 24 … Find out how to read more online.
New AP chamber director focuses on membership
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — New Avon Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director George Karos believes the City of Charm’s downtown is “ripe for revitalization” with amazing buildings and structures. But, some … Find out how to read more online.
EcoPark gets final go-ahead
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — With short discussion and unanimous decisions, Spring Lake supervisors approved both the change orders and interlocal agreement to complete the EcoPark in the district. The only caveat was … Find out how to read more online.
Illegal dumping still a concern for HCSO
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — In the next few weeks, Highlands County will have to adapt to a new garbage routine. The start of curbside recycling means that residents will now have only … Find out how to read more online.
Final hurdles cleared to redevelop hotels
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — It was the news that downtown Sebring business owner Linda Tucker has been waiting to hear for years. The final hurdles to rehabilitating the long-vacant Nan-Ces-O-Wee and Santa … Find out how to read more online.
Flu season still in beginning stages
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING – If you haven’t noticed, the A(H3) season has begun. It’s also known as the flu season, but despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calling the flu … Find out how to read more online.
Local singer auditions for ‘The Voice’
Tue  Feb 14 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sebring High School senior Nala Price displayed her vocal talents recently in an audition for the NBC show, “The Voice,” which will air its Season 12 premiere at … Find out how to read more online.
SO: Guns, ammo target of car burglaries
Tue  Feb 14 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Car burglars appear to be targeting guns and ammunition during a recent cluster of vehicle break-ins, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. There have been at least … Find out how to read more online.
Officials assess damage from Polk brush fire
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
INDIAN LAKE ESTATES – Thousands of acres, two single family homes, nine mobile homes and more than 100 hunting camps burned to the ground Wednesday in an out-of-control brush fire … Find out how to read more online.
Longshore to present reorganization proposal
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
SEBRING — The School Board of Highlands County will discuss and review Superintendent Brenda Longshore’s reorganization plan at a workshop set for 4 p.m. today. Prior to the reorganization workshop, … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping the faith: Longtime churches have rich stories
Sun  Feb 19 2017 06:26AM
SEBRING — At a time when the city of Sebring was very young, the number of parishioners affiliated with the First United Methodist Church of Sebring was growing. They needed … Find out how to read more online.
Men charged with stealing Jeep, drug possession
Sun  Feb 19 2017 06:36AM
SEBRING – The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office TAC Team arrested two men on Friday. A high-school girl said they invited her to join them in a stolen Jeep on Thursday … Find out how to read more online.
Banquet to feature history of Jacaranda
Sun  Feb 19 2017 06:32AM
AVON PARK — Donald Appelquist, retired executive director of the South Florida State College Foundation, will be the guest speaker at the annual banquet of the Historical Society of Avon … Find out how to read more online.
‘Bidder’ sweet
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The livestock barn at the Highlands County Fairgrounds Thursday evening was filled with blue corduroy jackets and the white buttoned-up shirts of 4-H members rushing around to get … Find out how to read more online.
Florida’s Independent Party disbanded
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — In 2010, Florida citizens could have registered with the Veterans Party of America, Florida Whig Party, which took its name from the 1830s conservative Southerners. Or the Surfers … Find out how to read more online.
Town OKs sewer funds
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Town officials have approved applying for a state grant to supplement a state loan to pay for improved sewer lines in the downtown area. The Lake Placid … Find out how to read more online.
Smoke spreading from muck fire
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Florida Forest Service engines have soaked a muck fire near Lake Placid, but Forest Service officials warn it may still smolder for weeks or months, sending smoke … Find out how to read more online.
AP mayor, city manager at odds
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — City Manager Julian Deleon has called for a resolution in response to Mayor Garrett Anderson’s warning on Monday that he would quell Deleon’s comments if he was … Find out how to read more online.
Enormous brush fire closes SR 60
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
FROSTPROOF — State Road 60 between Lake Wales and Yeehaw Junction was closed from noon through overnight Wednesday when a brush fire involving thousands of acres forced the evacuation of … Find out how to read more online.
Train stopped, gates down
Thu  Feb 16 2017 05:36PM
AVON PARK — A CSX Transportation train has stopped for an unknown reason near State Road 17, just north of Sebring. Public Information Officer Scott Dressel with the Highlands County … Find out how to read more online.
Second time is charm for pageant winner
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Maria Swaford may have learned something from participating in last year’s Little Miss Highlands County pageant. This year, she was crowned the winner. “I’m really surprised and amazed … Find out how to read more online.
New digs
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — For former Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton and others, the ribbon cutting Wednesday on the new $10 million Highlands County Sheriff’s Office building was the culmination of years … Find out how to read more online.
Three-car crash in Avon Park
Thu  Feb 16 2017 03:24PM
AVON PARK — A 7-year-old Avon Park boy was transported by ambulance to Tampa General Hospital as a precaution, though he lacked visible injuries from a three-vehicle accident on U.S. … Find out how to read more online.
3 businesses moving to the highway
Tue  Feb 14 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Three businesses will leave downtown Sebring and relocate on U.S. 27 during the next couple of months. Owners of Pure Grit Boot Co. and The Gun Rack say … Find out how to read more online.
AP deputy mayor calls mayor a ‘bully’
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Tension built up at Monday’s Avon Park City Council meeting with Mayor Garrett Anderson at odds with Deputy Mayor Brenda Gray and City Manager Julian Deleon. Gray … Find out how to read more online.
Martin Luther mural to adorn church
Tue  Feb 14 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Monday found mural artist Keith Goodson demonstrating different paint brushes to a class of 4-year-old preschoolers, then climbing a scaffold to show them his newest project: A … Find out how to read more online.
Eight Highlands students going to state science fair
Tue  Feb 14 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Eight Highlands County students have been selected to represent the Heartland region in the state science fair, while a Sebring High School senior has been chosen to … Find out how to read more online.
2017 Miss Highlands County
Mon  Feb 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sebring High School senior Gabrielle Reyna-Condo was crowned the 2017 Miss Highlands County at the Highlands County Fair Saturday night. “This feels so amazing,” Reyna-Condo said soon after … Find out how to read more online.