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County budget: base costs go up $3M
Tue  Jul 17 2018 09:54AM
SEBRING — Keeping on top of infrastructure needs for the coming fiscal year will require an extra $3 million, according to a recent hearing on the matter. For all practical … Find out how to read more online.
LP hunting for new home again
Tue  Jul 17 2018 09:54AM
LAKE PLACID — Town Council members have been trying to move the town hall for years in order to expand offices and have more room for its cramped employees. It … Find out how to read more online.
Lorida fire truck nearly caught in fire
Tue  Jul 17 2018 09:54AM
SEBRING — Lorida Volunteer Fire Department Engine 23 should be fine after some cleaning, according to Public Safety Director Marc Bashoor. “I’m pretty sure it’s just smoke and soot staining. … Find out how to read more online.
From France with love
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:56AM
SEBRING—Although Betty Ford-Smith is a Sebring resident, women in France follow her life story on a French quilting blog. The demand for her pine cone quilting technique grew, and internationally … Find out how to read more online.
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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 the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Kids Count report contains … 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 ‘buck fever,’” Monica Turner said. “It was a fiasco and … 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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed no change for orange … 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 Voices. The fun-filled day included a tug-of-war contest between the … 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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