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New Sebring chamber director quits
Tue  Jan 17 2017 04:48PM
SEBRING — Newly hired president and CEO of the Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Amos, has called it quits a little less than two months after being on the … Find out how to read more online.
Monday fire at vacant home contained to porch
Tue  Jan 17 2017 01:14PM
LAKE PLACID — Authorities are investigating a structure fire at 3056 Lake June Blvd. Monday night as a possible arson case, said Leisure Lakes Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Danny … Find out how to read more online.
Prayer breakfast held to honor King
Tue  Jan 17 2017 12:00PM
AVON PARK — Forty-nine years ago, the Rev. Nicholas McLoughlin, then a student at the Catholic University in Washington D.C., got the chance to shake the Rev. Martin Luther King … Find out how to read more online.
Irrigation, trees going on U.S. 27
Tue  Jan 17 2017 12:00PM
LAKE PLACID — Workers doing landscaping to beautify Lake Placid roadsides along Highway Park have finished putting in irrigation lines and have planted trees. The work is scheduled to be … Find out how to read more online.
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SO: Woman blames ‘unknown female’ for drugs in car
Tue  Jan 17 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — At airports, people are warned about taking packages from strangers. In Lake Placid, a woman apparently tried to use a variation of that to avoid being arrested on drug charges, but it didn’t work. Rebekah Dianne Smith, … Find out how to read more online.

Man, 91, cited in Monday Lake Placid wreck
Tue  Jan 17 2017 04:10PM
LAKE PLACID — A 91-year-old man was transported from a wreck Monday, and later cited for violation of the right of way. Livio John Pieretti of Lake Placid, according to Lake Placid police, pulled out from Lakeview Road onto U.S. … Find out how to read more online.

School calendar set for next school year
Tue  Jan 17 2017 07:58AM
SEBRING — Parents of school children and district employees can set their long-range plans now with the Highlands County School Board’s approval of the 2017-18 school calendar. Deputy Superintendent Rodney Hollinger noted at Tuesday’s school board meeting that next year’s … Find out how to read more online.

Round-table discusses ATVs
Mon  Jan 16 2017 07:38AM
SEBRING — How can Highlands County solve the problem of 4-wheelers riding illegally on streets, trespassing on private property, and destroying pastures and wetlands? Highlands News-Sun invited Sheriff Paul Blackman, County Commissioner Greg Harris, Leisure Services Director Vicki Pontius, GHC … Find out how to read more online.

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Cubans bemoan end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:14PM
MIAMI (AP) — In a hotel room in suburban Miami, Luis Alberto Rodriguez wept when he heard that a government policy granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil was ending. That means it could take two years or … read more.

Health officials begin medical marijuana rules process
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials have begun the rules-making process that will expand those eligible to receive medical marijuana under Amendment 2, which took effect two weeks ago. The Department of Health published proposed rules Tuesday and announced … read more.

Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the US
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world’s biggest retailer said Tuesday that its plans will also generate about 24,000 construction jobs. … read more.

Official: Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said. Military commander Maj. … read more.

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