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Sebring Fire Department up to full staff
Fri  Apr 28 2017 09:02AM
SEBRING — For the first time in nine years, the Sebring Fire Department is fully staffed. Being fully staffed helps the Fire Department to “better do its job” in fighting … Find out how to read more online.
‘Whiskey and Wheaties’ bill passes House
Fri  Apr 28 2017 09:04AM
TALLAHASSEE — The long-standing liquor wall, which was been around since Prohibition ended, is facing the wrecking ball under a bill headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. After two days … Find out how to read more online.
So, when does the rainy season start?
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:24AM
SEBRING — Last year at this time, Lake Istokpoga was quite a bit deeper, Gary Albin said Wednesday from Trails End Fishing Resort. “Because we had a lot of rain, … Find out how to read more online.
Road to medical cannabis long, bumpy, winding
Fri  Apr 28 2017 09:02AM
SEBRING — Marijuana proponents won a state amendment last November to legalize the drug for medicinal use, but the Legislature is still ironing out details. Those details have been debated … Find out how to read more online.
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School Board discusses student discipline
Fri  Apr 28 2017 09:02AM
SEBRING — The appropriate discipline related to possession of drugs for a single student and discipline in general was discussed recently by the School Board of Highlands County. As the board prepared to vote on a listing of seven students … Find out how to read more online.

Pigman changes DUI plea to ‘no contest’
Fri  Apr 28 2017 04:59PM
FORT PIERCE – State Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, changed his not guilty plea to “no contest” Thursday, got his driver’s license suspended for six months, got a year’s probation and a $500 fine. Pigman also must sign up for … Find out how to read more online.

Opioids not a big problem in Highlands
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — State officials are holding workshops in Duval, Manatee, Orange and Palm Beach counties to discuss heroin drug abuse. Not in Highlands County, however. “While we have seen heroin arrests in our county, it is not as big of … Find out how to read more online.

Window-shooting investigation continues
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A window facing U.S. 27 at the Olympic Restaurant in Avon Park had tape on it Tuesday to mask holes after someone pumped BBs into it. Employee Kim Britt said vandals shooting BB guns or other firearms … Find out how to read more online.

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US facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers
Fri  Apr 28 2017 07:54PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder getting it. A manufacturing problem has created a shortage of the only version of the vaccine licensed in the U.S. The Centers … read more.

Congress OKs bill averting Saturday gov’t shutdown
Fri  Apr 28 2017 07:54PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump’s 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next … read more.

Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions
Fri  Apr 28 2017 07:54PM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Afghan Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on Friday, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on the international coalition and Afghan security forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid … read more.

Tillerson eyes cutting 2,300 jobs at State Department
Fri  Apr 28 2017 07:53PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State Department’s budget for the next fiscal year, officials said Friday. The plan … read more.

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