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Thousands of fish dead on Kissimmee River
Wed  Jun 28 2017 08:30AM
FT. BASINGER — Thousands of fish are dead along the Kissimmee River, and two state agencies are investigating. On Monday, Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Gary Morse and Freshwater Fishery … Find out how to read more online.
July 4 festivities on tap
Wed  Jun 28 2017 09:30AM
Here is a list of Independence Day festivities over the July Fourth weekend. •Lake Placid Independence Day celebration DeVane Circle Park, 115 W. Interlake Blvd. From 9 a.m. to 1 … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring native recognized upon Marine Corps retirement
Wed  Jun 28 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Growing up in Highlands County, Aaron J. Brooks remembers the many military veterans living in the area who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His father had … Find out how to read more online.
SR 66 to see improvements
Tue  Jun 27 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A yearlong project to make improvements to State Road 66 should start soon. Work scheduled for Saturday had not yet begun as of Monday, but the Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
Pipe bomb suspect expected to plead to charges
Tue  Jun 27 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A man who authorities say threatened two Sebring eye clinics last year and was arrested with a bag containing pipe bombs is expected to plead guilty or no … Find out how to read more online.
Catfish found dead in pond by Kissimmee River canal
Tue  Jun 27 2017 08:30AM
LORIDA — Less than a week after asking residents to report fish kills, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission got a nibble, but not a bite. A large number … Find out how to read more online.
Former Highlands teacher faces state sanctions
Mon  Jun 26 2017 08:02AM
SEBRING — A former School Board of Highlands County elementary teacher, who was found guilty of a charge of driving under the influence with property or personal damage, will face … Find out how to read more online.
FHP identifies passenger in Saturday fatal wreck
Mon  Jun 26 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Authorities have identified the passenger killed in a Saturday morning accident near Lake Letta in Avon Park as Alyssa Kay Vice, 22, of Sebring. The driver, Samuel … Find out how to read more online.
Five commended for saving lives
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:34PM
SEBRING — Five Highlands County women were honored Tuesday for saving two lives in separate incidents. On May 15, while attending class at the South Florida State College, Wendy Roberts, … Find out how to read more online.
Keep mosquitoes at bay when gardening
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:32PM
“Water, water everywhere ….” goes Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” He may as well have been talking about Highlands County lately. Lots of rain and more … Find out how to read more online.
Man tried to kill woman, authorities say
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:26PM
LAKE PLACID — A man apparently upset that his girlfriend was breaking up with him attempted to shoot her, according to an arrest report. Derwin Traevon Callahan, 22, 9 Hopkins … Find out how to read more online.
Inner tube fundraiser canceled
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:26PM
SEBRING — Imagine 1,000 people floating on inner tubes in a continuous chain on Lake Jackson? That’s what Sebring Sunrise Rotary Club President Debra Weiser conceived. The current world record … Find out how to read more online.
Permit approved for traffic light at AP Walmart
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The Florida Department of Transportation approved the permit for the installation of a traffic control light near the Avon Park Walmart at the intersection of U.S. 27 … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with child sexual abuse
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A man was arrested after a 16-year-old girl reported that he sexually abused her over a four-year period, according to a warrant released Thursday. Robert Lincoln, 66, no … Find out how to read more online.
School grades to determine school day
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Memorial Elementary students and staff won’t know until next month if they will have another school year with an extra 30 minutes of instructional time. Compared to … Find out how to read more online.
Wastewater plant an improvement
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Spring Lake Improvement District residents have a Dollar General on U.S. 98, but officials say a new wastewater treatment plant could bring more businesses. That’s one advantage, according … Find out how to read more online.
Man arrested on identity fraud
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A Sebring man was arrested after authorities found a credit card and personal identification involving numerous people, many of whom are deceased, according to a warrant affidavit released … Find out how to read more online.
Opening doors
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A Dodge Neon and two other cars were part of a display Wednesday of power and technique that can save a life. The power came from the … Find out how to read more online.
Summer meals: School district offers free breakfast and lunch to children at various locations
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:04PM
SEBRING — Chicken nuggets and turkey and cheese sandwiches were on the lunch menu at Fred Wild Elementary School Tuesday, which is one Summer Food Service location operated by the … Find out how to read more online.
APH 2017 grad to share his AVID story
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — For the third year in a row, Avon Park High School will have a speaker at the Tampa AVID Summer Institute. Lincoln Esmie Jr., a 2017 Avon … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring son, former chief justice remembered
Wed  Jun 28 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Parker Lee McDonald, former Florida Supreme Court justice who grew up in Sebring, has died and will lie in state Thursday at the Florida Capitol. McDonald, 93, died … Find out how to read more online.
Biker suffers minor injury in Monday accident
Wed  Jun 28 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID —A motorcycle driver suffered minor injuries early Monday afternoon when his Harley Davidson collided with a SUV at the intersection of Waldo Aliff Avenue and Dal Hall Boulevard … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown Sebring vs. U.S. 27
Tue  Jun 27 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — It’s not uncommon for customers to walk into the Gun Rack and say they never knew the business existed until they drove down U.S. 27 and saw the … Find out how to read more online.
Ministry rallies against violence
Mon  Jun 26 2017 07:03PM
LAKE PLACID — For the fourth year, The Holy Trap Ministries will reach out to youth and encourage them to “Stop the Violence” in their communities through a day of … Find out how to read more online.
State crime lab delays concern local authorities
Tue  Jun 27 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — It’s a not an uncommon situation after a burglary. Members of the Crime Scene Unit find traces of blood they suspect is the perpetrator’s. The DNA evidence is … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff, police chiefs talk about medical pot, police shootings
Mon  Jun 26 2017 08:02AM
SEBRING — Highlands County’s top law enforcement officers Thursday said at an event sponsored by Drug Free Highlands that they’ll follow the new medical marijuana law, but will still aggressively … Find out how to read more online.
Take flight
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:34PM
SEBRING — Now an adult, Phil Lockwood has vivid memories of the time his family vacationed in the Adirondacks. He got the opportunity to go on a seaplane ride one … Find out how to read more online.
Census: We’re a lot older than we thought
Mon  Jun 26 2017 01:08PM
SEBRING — Sebring has overtaken Avon Park in the 2016 U.S. Census population estimates released last week. Also, the median age of Highlands County citizens keeps getting older, and the … Find out how to read more online.
State doesn’t buy Lake Clay heights
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Town Administrator Phil Williams presented his case, but the state didn’t buy it: The overlook on the west side of Lake Clay, that is. “They pointed us … Find out how to read more online.
Two nabbed after fleeing from authorities
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:26PM
SEBRING — Highlands County Sheriff deputies arrested two men fleeing from an attempted traffic stop Wednesday. Marquell Daishawn Williams, 26, was charged with driving with a suspended/revoked driver’s license, fleeing … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Lorida man involved in fatal wreck
Sun  Jun 25 2017 04:26PM
AVON PARK – A Lorida man was injured and his passenger died early Saturday morning in a traffic accident near Lake Letta, Florida Highway Patrol said. A 2017 Maserati driven … Find out how to read more online.
Mandatory meeting for 4-H
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Three people have volunteered to open the Highlands County livestock barn. But there’s a catch. “If you do intend to use the barn, there’s a mandatory meeting Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Children’s museum moves to temporary home in mall
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:46AM
SEBRING — When a sagging roof required a sudden closure of the Children’s Museum of the Highlands in January 2016, those associated with the popular attraction voiced hope that it … Find out how to read more online.
Monica Sauls dies at 63
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Anyone who knew her couldn’t be in the same room with her and not be happy, and anyone in the room who didn’t know her soon would. “She … Find out how to read more online.
McDonald’s to close Sunday night
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The north Sebring McDonald’s will close on Sunday, but when the restaurant reopens in the fall, it’ll be a brand-new Mickey D’s. And it’ll be twice as big. … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC graduates 22 law enforcement officers
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Twenty-two graduates of South Florida State College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Class 252, were recognized at a ceremony on June 13 on the SFSC Highlands campus in … Find out how to read more online.
SNL, Henscratch preserves fenced
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sun ’n Lake of Sebring and Henscratch tracts of land owned by Florida Fish and Wildlife have been fenced “to control illegal dumping, vandalism and off-road vehicle usage.” … Find out how to read more online.
City Council approves communications tower, maintains fire rate
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Sebring City Council on Tuesday approved a new communications tower. The tower will be constructed at 651 Memorial Drive. Mary Doty Solik, a representative of the company … Find out how to read more online.
Event to provide forum with local law enforcement
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County residents will have a chance Thursday evening to learn about law enforcement and ask questions. Drug Free Highlands is sponsoring a Backchat event from 6 to … Find out how to read more online.


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