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City Council fires Batz
Wed  Dec 7 2016 04:42PM
SEBRING — The Sebring City Council fired long-time Fire Chief Brad Batz Monday night after Mayor John Shoop said Batz had a “dictatorial style of management,” and that he “continuously … Find out how to read more online.
Pearl Harbor survivor attends 75th celebration
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — On Dec. 7, 1941, just before 8 a.m., Jack Moore was reading the Sunday newspaper. Moore, a pump man for a water-cooled .50 caliber machine gun on the … Find out how to read more online.
Missing woman found
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:14PM
UPDATE: Deyven Lee Bottner Scott has been located. SEBRING — Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives were looking for Deyven Lee Bottner Scott. Scott was last seen Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 6, in … Find out how to read more online.
Man reported missing
Wed  Dec 7 2016 05:09PM
AVON PARK — Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives were searching for Paul Michael Escobedo, 27, of Avon Park, according to a press release. Escobedo is a white Hispanic male approximately 5’8” … Find out how to read more online.
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Commissioners to compete on ‘game show’
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — It’s an American dream to be on a game show, and on Tuesday the county commissioners were invited. For the past nine years, Samaritan’s Touch Care Center has provided $35 million worth of free medical exams, treatment, prescriptions, … Find out how to read more online.

Local deputies: Sex offender lured children into his house
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:58AM
SEBRING — A convicted sex offender lured children into his house and allowed them to use a computer with pornography on it, according to a warrant released Tuesday. Thomas Gerald Bancroft, 67, 112 Webb Court, Sebring, was arrested by the … Find out how to read more online.

Archbold to study gases on ranches
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
VENUS — When Archbold Biological Station teams up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study agroecology in the coming year, scientists will focus on cattle lands, but not how to stock more cows. Research will focus on improving grazing … Find out how to read more online.

2 teachers face state commission hearings
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — A former and a current teacher with the Highlands County School District have complaints against them that will be heard by the State Education Practices Commission. The case of former district teacher, Pamela Lynne Cutler, who was a … Find out how to read more online.

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Snow geese deaths from mine pit number in the thousands
Tue  Dec 6 2016 09:40PM
BUTTE, Mont. — Several thousand snow geese died after a snowstorm forced tens of thousands of the migratory birds to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine in Montana last week. But the toll … read more.

After 9 years, quick conviction in Times Square hotel murder
Tue  Dec 6 2016 09:40PM
NEW YORK — It took nearly a decade after a prostitute’s battered body was found under a Times Square budget hotel bed for the case to go to trial. But it took only about two hours for jurors to convict … read more.

Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:19AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Critically wounded, an Albuquerque mother struggled in vain to pull her three children to safety after a gunman shot them during a confrontation inside the family’s home in what police described Tuesday as a violent and senseless … read more.

Boy Scouts to relocate national museum to New Mexico
Mon  Dec 5 2016 09:09PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up more than a century of scouting history and taking it to the wilds … read more.

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