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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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Deputies: 1 dead, 1 critical in Orlando home invasion
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Investigators say an Orlando man shot two men during a home invasion, killing one of them. Orange County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jane Watrel tells local news outlets that a woman called 911 around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and told … read more.

Grandparents charged in case of boy killed by brother
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
PORT ORANGE (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested the grandparents of an 8-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed by his older brother. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 56-year-old Sabrina Potter and 47-year-old Robert Potter were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Drop in Florida home ownership but gains in Fort Myers area
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Homeownership dipped slightly in Florida statewide last year, but there were gains in southwest Florida. New Census figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the home ownership rate in Florida dropped from 64.8 percent … read more.

Florida House pushes ahead with bid to dismantle programs
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A push by Florida House Republicans to scuttle the state’s economic development agency is moving ahead, despite fierce opposition by Gov. Rick Scott. A divided House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would eliminate Enterprise … read more.

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