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Storm season opens early
Sat  May 26 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Memorial Day could get wet from Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season. The storm formed late Friday morning in the western Caribbean … Find out how to read more online.
Concrete improvements
Fri  May 25 2018 04:21PM
AVON PARK — Citizens and business owners learned about the impending construction project at the intersection of U.S. 27 and State Road 64 during the Florida Department of Transportation’s public … Find out how to read more online.
Nurse charged with passing phone to inmate
Sat  May 26 2018 08:00AM
FROSTPROOF — A nurse living in Avon Park and working at the South Polk County Jail now faces charges of passing a cell phone to an inmate. The Polk County … Find out how to read more online.
Cool faces health struggles, stays true to clients
Sat  May 26 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Despite five surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, Maureen Cool sold 139 properties and was ranked No. 4 in the multiple listing service for real estate agents in Highlands County … Find out how to read more online.
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Canaday moved to fire supervisor
Sat  May 26 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Highlands County administration has moved Public Safety Director Scott Canaday into a new job as Fire Services supervisor. He has reportedly accepted the change and will now report to Fire Services Manager Tim Eures, whom he previously supervised. … Find out how to read more online.

‘Tis the season, to be prepared
Sat  May 26 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — They say that the best defense is a good offense. Being prepared for a hurricane, long before it makes landfall, is no exception. In an effort to obtain and disseminate information from storm experts, the Highlands News-Sun and … Find out how to read more online.

Keep Lake Placid Beautiful prunes the palms
Fri  May 25 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Keep Lake Placid Beautiful members were aided by Lt. Kenny Pendarvis and Deputy Gary Davidson with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office in closing the inner southbound lane of U.S. 27 for a short distance on Wednesday morning. … Find out how to read more online.

Gas prices ticking up
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Just in time for the summer driving season, motorists are paying higher gas prices at the pump. Prices have been steadily rising for several weeks. Despite the 12-cent gas hike in the last two weeks, the American Automobile … Find out how to read more online.

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Family: Virginia police shooting video raises more questions
Fri  May 25 2018 11:02PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of a young, black Virginia man who was fatally shot by police while naked and unarmed said the release of body-camera footage answered some of their questions about what happened but raised even more. … read more.

Alberto it is: First named tropical system chugs toward Gulf
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
MIAMI (AP) — A storm moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend. Subtropical Storm Alberto — the first … read more.

Florida ban on smokable medical pot ruled unconstitutional
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s ban that prevents medical marijuana patients from smoking their cannabis has gone up in smoke. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers on Friday ruled that a state’s ban on smokable cannabis is unconstitutional. Florida’s … read more.

Publix suspends political giving amid anti-NRA protest
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of the Parkland school shooting lay down in “die ins” at two Publix supermarkets Friday to protest the chain’s support for a gubernatorial candidate aligned with the National Rifle Association, as the company announced a … read more.

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