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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.
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.
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, … 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 … Find out how to read more online.
CenterState to buy Harbor Community Bank
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — For the second time in slightly more than three years, Highlands County’s branches of the former Highlands Independent Bank have a new buyer. This time, they are part … Find out how to read more online.
Total solar eclipse: Schools take precautions
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The total solar eclipse is Aug. 21 and the School Board of Highlands County has announced it will take precautions to minimize the likelihood that students will look … Find out how to read more online.
Fire displaces Lorida couple
Tue  Aug 15 2017 08:30AM
LORIDA — A couple living in the Lake Istokpoga Canals area of Lorida found themselves displaced by a fire early Monday morning. William and Sandra Bone, owners of the house … Find out how to read more online.
Teen charged with multiple car burglaries
Tue  Aug 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies believe an 18-year-old spotted in the act of a car burglary early Monday morning may have stolen from several other nearby cars Saturday night … Find out how to read more online.
LP could lose Lake Blue funding
Tue  Aug 15 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Today, the Lake Placid Town Council will hear from Utilities Director Joe Barber on how the town might preserve the funding for its Lake Blue water line … Find out how to read more online.
Champion for Children, Sun Events score big with concert
Mon  Aug 14 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A packed house kicked off the First Fridays concert series at Circle Theatre in Sebring. Hosted by Sun Events and Champion for Children Foundation, the sold-out show featured … Find out how to read more online.
Another leg of roadwork to begin on Lakeview Drive
Sun  Aug 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — For about the first two weeks in September, residents traveling on Lakeview Drive in Sebring may experience some deja vu. Due to roadwork on a portion of the … Find out how to read more online.
Get ready for eclipse
Sun  Aug 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The 2017 eclipse is coming. Do you have your party ready? For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire continental United States … Find out how to read more online.
More than just a coach
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Everyone fortunate enough to have attended school remembers an outstanding teacher or coach. Few will be lucky enough to remember Avon Park High School’s coach Don Hickman. … Find out how to read more online.
Man accused of battering woman, officer
Sun  Aug 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A man was arrested after authorities accused him of attacking a woman and a Sebring police officer, according to an arrest report released Tuesday. Christopher Lee Hunt, 41, … Find out how to read more online.
Kenilworth closure has impacted tourism revenues
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The closure of the Kenilworth Lodge because of fire code violations last year has had a small impact on tourism tax revenues. Casey Wohl Hartt, lead marketing consultant … Find out how to read more online.
Little Theater to expand deck
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — In recent years, the Highlands Little Theatre has upgraded its sound system and installed theater-style seating. Now, the theater will soon begin a project to expand the outside … Find out how to read more online.
Back to class
Fri  Aug 11 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The campuses came alive again Thursday with a flurry of activity on the first day of 2017-18 school year at the School Board of Highlands County’s schools. At … Find out how to read more online.
County zoning group nixes fly-in subdivision
Fri  Aug 11 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Six years ago, Ralph Braha wanted a mud bogging park at Swamp Hammock. Although Highlands County Commissioners eventually allowed four events in 2012, Braha gave up on the … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with stealing from car he hit
Fri  Aug 11 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A 31-year-old Cape Coral man, after rear-ending a car Wednesday on State Road 70, has been charged with then stealing $37 out of that car. Dustin Robert … Find out how to read more online.
Spring Lake OKs budget, assessment workshop
Thu  Aug 10 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Spring Lake Improvement District supervisors liked what they saw with the draft budget and a plan to talk to a consultant in November about what an assessment study … 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.
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.
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 … 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 … Find out how to read more online.
Potholes and pavilions: Williams seeks direction on Lake June Park
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Just two and a half weeks after town and county officials formally reopened Tangerine Drive, a big pothole has developed just beyond the pavement into Lake June … Find out how to read more online.
‘It can really hook you’
Mon  Aug 14 2017 08:00AM
SEBRING — If you ask Adrian “Lunker Louie” Echols which is his biggest catch, don’t expect this teen fishing phenom to brag. “Probably the 14-pounder I caught when I was … Find out how to read more online.
School Board to consider health insurance changes
Tue  Aug 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A spike in insurance claims will likely lead to higher insurance premiums for spouses and children of School Board of Highlands County employees. At its Aug. 22 meeting, the … Find out how to read more online.
Know a drug user? Get a kit
Tue  Aug 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — When overdosing on an opioid, breathing can slow down or stop. It can be difficult to wake up. But, says Becky Razaire, a dose of Narcan can block … Find out how to read more online.
Blind curve ahead
Sun  Aug 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — When she heard the tires screech, followed by a bang at 11:03 a.m. July 26, Colleen Drew opened her door. A 1983 Subaru had collided with a 2003 school board … Find out how to read more online.
School enrollment was up on first day
Mon  Aug 14 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Student enrollment for the first day of school Thursday is up. Superintendent Brenda Longshore said the first-day enrollment was up by 125 students, from 11,553 to 11,678. The … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring airport gets grant to upgrade infrastructure
Sun  Aug 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Congressman Tom Rooney has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration will be awarding a $415,775 grant to Sebring Regional Airport to help upgrade the airport’s aging infrastructure. “The … Find out how to read more online.
Second Lake Life Home Show coming up
Sun  Aug 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The second annual Lake Life Home Show, which will have vendors, live demonstrations and other goodies, is returning. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to … Find out how to read more online.
Toney kidney transplant a success
Sun  Aug 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sebring High School football coach Arnold Toney Sr., on hiatus for illness, said he feels rejuvenated after getting a new kidney from his wife, Mary. “I gained some years … Find out how to read more online.
Anne Reynolds, county’s Renaissance woman, dies
Sun  Aug 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — One of Highlands County’s wisest and most gracious ladies died Saturday. “Anne Reynolds was a very special lady, so thoughtful and generous, and wise too. She was one … Find out how to read more online.
AP Council to review adding one more garbage pickup day
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A rate increase or funding from the city’s reserves could pay for a return to twice-a-week garbage collection in the City of Charm. The item is on … Find out how to read more online.
‘Interpreters’ help hospital, patients communicate
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — An elderly Cuban woman conversed Wednesday afternoon with nurses and staff at her bed at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, but she doesn’t know any English. “Erick,” an … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff, commissioners at odds over budget
Fri  Aug 11 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sheriff Paul Blackman’s budget for fiscal year 2017-18 rose $3.2 million compared to the current year, a 13 percent increase. It was up to the new sheriff on Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Ready to roll
Thu  Aug 10 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The first part of the school day for many students is the ride on a school bus and those buses and drivers are ready to run 93 routes … Find out how to read more online.
SUV hits school bus on first day
Fri  Aug 11 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — No one was seriously injured Thursday when a Highlands County School District school bus filled with secondary school students collided with a vehicle at 8:03 a.m. Thursday in … Find out how to read more online.
Sonic Drive-In coming to Sebring
Thu  Aug 10 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — That canopy that will go up soon along Vicki Drive will belong to Sonic. At a hearing Tuesday, Sebring Attorney Bob Swaine asked the Highlands County Zoning Board … Find out how to read more online.


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