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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 the meetings Monday at the Avon Park Community Center were … 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 where there’s more room. The problem? Many of the visitors … 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 Park Noon Rotary Club, will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m., … 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 March 23 when several windows were shot out of cars … Find out how to read more online.

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Duterte says he can be more brutal than terrorists
Mon  Apr 24 2017 01:19AM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Sunday that he could be “50 times” more brutal than Muslim militants who stage beheadings and said he could even “eat” the extremists if they’re captured alive by troops. Duterte has … read more.

Florida man convicted in fatal fight over gumbo spices
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A man charged with fatally stabbing a restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot in a fight over gumbo spices has been found guilty of second-degree murder. Orlando Ricardo Thompson was found guilty Thursday in the … read more.

Mom, her boyfriend arrested after toddler is beaten
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
NORTH MIAMI (AP) — A North Miami man is in jail because police say he punched a toddler so hard she needed surgery. The girl’s mother is also jailed because police said she did nothing about it for days. The … read more.

Man, 71, faces attempted murder charge in stepson’s shooting
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
SANFORD (AP) — A 71-year-old Florida man has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his step-son. The Orlando Sentinel reports that arrest records show Thomas Lathrop of Sanford shot 31-year-old Frank Fort on Saturday at the family … read more.

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