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Benton to Blackman transition has already happened
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:42AM
SEBRING — When Susan Benton took office twelve years ago, she met Howie Godwin at midnight in sheriff’s office. “It was sign this and sign that,” Benton recalled. In November … Find out how to read more online.
County considering Lake Grassy property
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:44AM
SEBRING – Highlands County is once again considering buying a 55-acre tract on Lake Grassy. The topic came up first in the summer of 2015 when U.S. Fish and Wildlife … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ag Angels’ brighten Christmas for needy kids
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Ten years ago Scott Kirouac made a sad discovery. He was visiting his grandson’s elementary school in Sebring and during a conversation with a staff member found out … Find out how to read more online.
AP will hire firefighters after contract agreement
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Avon Park will hire firefighters after a contract agreement is reached with the firefighters union, said Mayor Garrett Anderson and City Manager Julian Deleon. At the start … Find out how to read more online.
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Road closures for Sebring Christmas parade
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — This year’s annual Sebring Christmas parade has been scheduled for 7-9 p.m. today. There will be several local road closures that will limit vehicular traffic in downtown Sebring. Detours will be established and will remain posted for the … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Dec 2 2016 10:49AM
Highlands County residents have the eighth-lowest credit card debt in Florida. The worst? That would be Miami-Dade, where debtors owe 32.6 percent of their wealth to credit card banks. said Highlands credit card holders carried debt equal to 5.8 … Find out how to read more online.

Authorities attempt to identify robbery suspect
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to identify a suspect who is accused of robbing the Metro PCS store, 3025 U.S. 27 S. in Sebring, Nov. 27. Authorities said they were called at 5:15 p.m. The suspect has … Find out how to read more online.

Two injured in three-car wreck Monday
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK – Two people were injured in a three-car wreck Monday. One vehicle rolled onto its side, authorities said. The accident happened at 10:30 a.m. when a 2016 Buick Lacrosse turned left from Shop 16 Road onto U.S. Highway … Find out how to read more online.

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US casts watchful eye on Cuban crossings after Castro death
Fri  Dec 2 2016 10:07PM
MIAMI — Rodolfo Lledes departed Cuba and headed for Florida with 26 others on a motorized raft made of empty 55-gallon drums. Claudia Cruz Perez wound her way on buses, boats and planes through South America to the U.S.-Mexico border, … read more.

Ex-Defense Department employee sentenced to 6 years
Fri  Dec 2 2016 10:07PM
SAN DIEGO — A retired Department of Defense contracting supervisor was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for accepting bribes from a Malaysian businessman nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who is at the center of the Navy’s worst corruption case. Paul … read more.

Lodging near highest mountain peak in Northeast US proposed
Fri  Dec 2 2016 10:07PM
CONCORD, N.H. — The owners of a historic cog railway that climbs up New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, want to build an upscale hotel a mile from the summit, in keeping with hotels that once … read more.

Tiger cubs raise cuteness quotient at Milwaukee County Zoo
Fri  Dec 2 2016 10:07PM
MILWAUKEE — Three 11-week-old Amur tiger cubs romped and wrestled together as they made their public debut at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The two females, named Eloise and Bernadette, and the male, named Kashtan, were born Sept. 14. Zookeeper Amanda … read more.

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