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Councilman, businessman spar over billboards
Tue  May 23 2017 09:14AM
SEBRING — Thursday, Sebring businessman Dennis Thieme stood in front of a sign at a gasoline station that closed more than two years ago. Thieme, who owns the gasoline station … Find out how to read more online.
AP hopeful after meeting with Publix
Tue  May 23 2017 09:16AM
AVON PARK — The City of Charm made its case recently that it wants to, once again, be a city with a Publix Supermarket. City Manager Julian Deleon, Main Street … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring Hills wildfire under investigation
Tue  May 23 2017 09:16AM
SEBRING — State officials have opened an investigation into Friday’s wildfire that burned 30 acres of woods and scrub in the west end of Sebring Hills. The Florida Forest Service … Find out how to read more online.
Six apply for CRA director position
Tue  May 23 2017 03:06PM
SEBRING — Six people have applied to head the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency, a position being vacated by CRA Director Robin Hinote. A CRA committee will consider the applicants and … Find out how to read more online.
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‘The Wait is Over’
Mon  May 22 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Lake Placid High School Class of 2017’s motto is “The Wait is Over.” Truer words were never spoken as some 170 students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas Saturday afternoon at the Alan Jay Wildstein … Find out how to read more online.

Unsung hero Jernigan is a friend and mentor
Tue  May 23 2017 09:16AM
SEBRING — Bill Jernigan, retired veterinarian and founder of the Sebring Animal Hospital, was honored at the First United Methodist Church of Sebring during the 2017 annual Highlands County Friends of Scouting Soaring Eagle Dinner March 30. Other recipients have … Find out how to read more online.

Wheel’s for A’s marks 20 years of rewarding seniors
Tue  May 23 2017 03:05PM
SEBRING — The wheels keep on turning and the cars keep on going to seniors who enter the Alan Jay Automotive Network’s Wheels for A’s program, which celebrates 20 years this year. High school seniors in Highlands County, and in … Find out how to read more online.

Avon Park High grads: Ready for the future
Sun  May 21 2017 09:12AM
AVON PARK — From A to Z, Jeremy Ahrens to Madison Zengotita, about 200 seniors from the Avon Park High School Class of 2017 stood proud during their graduation ceremony Friday evening at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the … Find out how to read more online.

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Pakistan warns anti-state social media posts to face charges
Tue  May 23 2017 06:05PM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s interior minister is warning that people posting “anti-state” content on social media will face prosecution. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Tuesday that recent attacks against the country’s army and judiciary are unacceptable. He confirms an ongoing … read more.

US new-home sales drop 11.4 percent in April, most in 2 years
Tue  May 23 2017 06:05PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes last month registered the biggest drop in more than two years. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new-home sales skidded 11.4 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000. … read more.

Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines
Tue  May 23 2017 06:05PM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the country’s south under martial rule for 60 days and cut short a visit to Moscow on Tuesday after Muslim extremists allied with the Islamic State group laid siege to a … read more.

6,300-plus stoves recalled following electrocution death
Tue  May 23 2017 06:05PM
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of 6,300 electric stoves in connection with the electrocution death of a plumber last year. The recall is for Blomberg and Summit electric ranges, which … read more.

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