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Fire damages Highlands residents’ hunting camps
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:30AM
RIVER RANCH — For years, Freddie and Dorothy Renfro, their daughter and their son-in-law have steadily improved their camping site at Polk County’s River Ranch Hunt Club, with trailers that … Find out how to read more online.
Smoke poses threat to breathing
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A breath of fresh air could be hard to come by this time of the year in the Heartland with wildfires, a muck fire and the allergy season. … Find out how to read more online.
Match made in heaven
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:42AM
SEBRING — Mary Toney hated seeing her husband returning home worn out. “My wife was tired of me coming home tired, with blood clots,” Coach Arnold Toney Sr., of Sebring … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring man charged with illegal dumping
Tue  Feb 21 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Surveillance cameras set up by a Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy led to the arrest of a Sebring man on charges of illegal commercial dumping. Patrick Shea Robinette, 30, … Find out how to read more online.
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Couple celebrates 78th anniversary
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
SEBRING — At their 78th anniversary party, Grace Garnett told a hilarious story about the time she and her husband, Merritt, drove to Florida the first time from Pontiac, Michigan. It was almost 50 years ago, and they stopped in … Find out how to read more online.

Officials assess damage from Polk brush fire
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
INDIAN LAKE ESTATES – Thousands of acres, two single family homes, nine mobile homes and more than 100 hunting camps burned to the ground Wednesday in an out-of-control brush fire in Polk County that closed State Road 60 multiples times. … Find out how to read more online.

Motorists cautioned about road projects
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
SEBRING — The Florida Department of Transportation has issued a road advisory for the following road projects for this week: U.S. 27 southbound between Ryant Boulevard and Alan Jay Kia: Crews will be building a new driveway/connection. Watch for trucks … Find out how to read more online.

Longshore to present reorganization proposal
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:44AM
SEBRING — The School Board of Highlands County will discuss and review Superintendent Brenda Longshore’s reorganization plan at a workshop set for 4 p.m. today. Prior to the reorganization workshop, the school board will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss … Find out how to read more online.

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Florida looks to expand gun rights in wake of Pulse shooting
Tue  Feb 21 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans are more determined than ever to pass bills expanding gun rights in the wake of the deadly Pulse nightclub and Fort Lauderdale airport shootings. They say law-abiding gun owners should be allowed to take … read more.

Tue  Feb 21 2017 01:19AM
State prosecutors can seek death penalty despite questions TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida prosecutors can seek the death penalty in ongoing cases despite a state Supreme Court ruling that found a new death penalty law unconstitutional. The court ruled Monday that … read more.

A month of Trump: Tweets and turmoil for the 45th president
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables … read more.

Pence says US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:19PM
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will “hold Russia accountable” and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed … read more.

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