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Report shows challenges, progress in child well-being
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:58AM
SEBRING — Florida showed improvement in children living in high-poverty areas, teen births and proficiency in reading and math, according to the 2018 Kids Count Data Book, released recently from … Find out how to read more online.
Family says FWC alligator hunt difficult, expensive
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:58AM
SEBRING — In 2015, Crockett and Monica Turner snagged a gold mine for alligator hunters: A 11.5-footer that was more than 500 pounds. “Everybody on the boat was shaking with … Find out how to read more online.
Citrus industry: Final forecast is ‘no better’
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:58AM
SEBRING — Tallies of Florida citrus in June indicated the worst growing season since World War II. Citrus counts in July haven’t changed that one bit. The latest numbers from … Find out how to read more online.
Children have a blast at back-to-school bash
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:58AM
SEBRING—Beginning at noon Saturday, children enjoyed games, a bounce house, a water slide and free food at the Back to School Summer Bash 2018, which was sponsored by Citizens with … Find out how to read more online.
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County road work advisories issued
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34AM
Highlands County road projects for which the Florida Department of Transportation has issued a road advisory: US 27 Southbound between Golfview Road and Tubbs Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews will reconstruct the driveway/connection at the old Mexican restaurant location and … Find out how to read more online.

Public invited to night budget hearings
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:58AM
SEBRING — People who want to know where their taxes go and to hear if Highlands County commissioners will have to raise them should plan to attend upcoming meetings. The Highlands County Board of Count Commission had a morning briefing … Find out how to read more online.

Let the dogs out
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Area residents now have a public park in Sun ’n Lake, free of charge, to let their dogs off the leash. Dogs already may go with their owners to a lot of places in Highlands County, as long … Find out how to read more online.

Commission wants historic marker
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County’s Historic Preservation Commission met Thursday and discussed two places of local historic significance. One is the Lorida School House and the other is Highlands Hammock State Park. While no one doubts the historic significance of Highlands … Find out how to read more online.

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’Come on, grandpa,’ deputy says while following tortoise
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
DUNNELLON, Fla. (AP) — The tortoise walking down the middle of a Florida road was racking up numerous traffic infractions. “Come on, grandpa” Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Bowman says on his video of the tortoise takedown Sunday. He explains … read more.

Dog bites Florida girl while her family was pet-sitting
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old Florida girl was severely bitten by a dog her family was watching while its owners were on vacation. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that the child was unresponsive when first … read more.

2 officers injured in melee at teen detention center
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two detention officers were injured after a fight broke out between teens at a facility in Florida. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Laura Williams says deputies responded to a “riot situation” at the Volusia Regional Juvenile … read more.

Man behind bars for failing to unlock cell phones for police
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is behind bars for failing to unlock his phones following a traffic stop. Fox 13 News reports that William Montanez was pulled over in June for improper yielding in Tampa. He wouldn’t allow … read more.

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