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Batz now AP’s permanent fire chief
Fri  Jan 20 2017 01:00AM
AVON PARK — Brad Batz can remove interim from his title, City Manager Julian Deleon said Thursday. “It has been over a decade since the City of Avon Park employed … Find out how to read more online.
AP woman injured in accident
Fri  Jan 20 2017 01:00AM
WAUCHULA — An Avon Park woman was seriously injured Wednesday night when her vehicle rolled over during a one-vehicle accident, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol. … Find out how to read more online.
LP Council sets possible CRA lines
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Town council members have set a boundary for a proposed community redevelopment agency, to begin a study to see if it’s needed. Councilman Ray Royce made it … Find out how to read more online.
County breaks ground on EMS station
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Forms will be constructed Thursday so workers can pour a concrete pad for Highlands County’s first new EMS station in decades. The five county commissioners and EMS officials … Find out how to read more online.
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No arrests yet in shooting
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Sheriff’s detectives haven’t made an arrest yet in a midnight/early morning shooting that sent a 19-year-old man to a hospital on Monday. He was shot sometime shortly after 1 a.m. outside Highway Park Liquors & Lounge at … Find out how to read more online.

Council approves Harder Hall extension
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Sebring City Council on Tuesday gave proposed purchasers of Harder Hall an additional 120 days to finalize the deal. In return for the additional 120 days, South Florida Senior Living, the proposed purchasers, have agreed to provide … Find out how to read more online.

Stranger danger
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Lloyd Scherich knows what it’s like to be a victim of a scam or identity theft. Several years ago, he said, the Internal Revenue Service contacted him about his income tax return. “I had always filed it jointly … Find out how to read more online.

Circle Theatre hosting Trump inauguration live
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — On Friday, Donald Trump will take the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States, and people here can watch it live. The Highlands tea party, with support from the Republican Party of Highlands County, … Find out how to read more online.

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Suspect in officer’s slaying spews expletives at judge
Fri  Jan 20 2017 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A suspect in a police officer’s slaying directed expletive-laced outbursts at a judge during his initial hearing Thursday on charges that he also killed his ex-pregnant girlfriend. He declared that many of the accusations against him … read more.

Senator behind gambling expansion worked for resort owners
Fri  Jan 20 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The powerful state senator trying to push through a dramatic expansion of gambling in Florida recently was working for the company that owns an iconic Miami Beach hotel interested in adding slot machines. State Sen. Bill … read more.

Trump steps into security bubble; will he bring his phone?
Fri  Jan 20 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A few hours after President-elect Donald Trump was briefed by intelligence officials about Russian meddling in the election, an Associated Press reporter called his cellphone seeking an interview. The call went to voicemail and the reporter did … read more.

Indian activist Peltier’s supporters hope for clemency FBI summary of the Peltier case: https:
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:42PM
MINNEAPOLIS — Supporters of American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, hope President Barack Obama will grant him clemency and shorten … read more.

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