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Gas prices dip after storms bumped up costs
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Gasoline prices in Florida have fallen 7 cents during the past week and 25 cents over the past month, after hurricanes Harvey and Irma drove up costs at … Find out how to read more online.
County extends landfill fee waiver
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County commissioners have waived landfill tipping fees for vegetation and construction/demolition debris from Hurricane Irma. Residents will have until Nov. 21 to dump storm debris at the … Find out how to read more online.
Fire destroys mobile home kitchen
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Johnathan Griffin thought he turned the stove off when he and his family left their mobile home for a brief trip. As they drove back to Deloris Street … Find out how to read more online.
Fire destroys dinner, kitchen
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Tequita Clark was awakened Monday evening by smoke detectors going off and the stench of smoke filling the house. She was shocked to find that the stove … Find out how to read more online.
SAO working on crime spree trials
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — State Attorney Brian Haas is in the process of prosecuting four career criminals who went on a 2015 crime spree that made international news. In January of 2015, … Find out how to read more online.
County lakes, canals remain at high levels
Tue  Oct 17 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Debris that’s been left on the side of roads isn’t the only kind of debris being cleaned up in Highlands County. On Monday, workers removed debris from lakes … Find out how to read more online.
Reopening soon
Mon  Oct 16 2017 08:02AM
SEBRING — As downtown Sebring businesses reopened following Hurricane Irma, Mae Lee’s Deli and Catering remained dark with a pile of debris outside. More than two weeks after the hurricane, … Find out how to read more online.
AP annexes properties near Pinecrest
Tue  Oct 17 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The City of Avon Park’s latest annexation has expanded the city limits adjacent to Pinecrest golf course and State Road 17. The City Council approved the final … Find out how to read more online.
AP to meet with district on school parking issue
Mon  Oct 16 2017 08:20AM
AVON PARK — Park Elementary School parents who park outside the school to pick up their children are causing safety and roadway damage issues, the city says. The City Council … Find out how to read more online.
Red Cross to resume operations this week
Mon  Oct 16 2017 08:18AM
SEBRING — The American Red Cross is committed to helping the residents of Highlands County with their recovery process. The American Red Cross will resume its services in Highlands County … Find out how to read more online.
Disaster relief: Deadlines looming
Sun  Oct 15 2017 08:30AM
ORLANDO — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reaching out to remind you of important dates and deadlines as you proceed with your recovery from Hurricane Irma. Do not miss … Find out how to read more online.
People wait in line for hurricane food benefits
Sun  Oct 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A woman looked at her watch, then smiled at the line in front of her. “Are they serving food? Lunch?” That was 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and she’d gotten only … Find out how to read more online.
Military Sea Services Museum celebrates U.S. Navy Birthday
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Members of the Military Sea Services Museum celebrated the 242nd birthday of the United States Navy at noon Friday. Patriots, servicemen and women and museum members gathered in … Find out how to read more online.
Highway Park: Irma aftermath
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Highway Park resident Eddie Mae Henderson’s Hurricane Irma preparations were different than most people. Henderson, a deeply religious woman, anointed her home on Zion Street with oil … Find out how to read more online.
Citrus crop faces sharp drop amid fears it could go lower
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s struggling orange crop is expected to drop 21 percent this growing season, a percentage some believe could become larger as farmers continue to suffer the effects of … Find out how to read more online.
Student forms Beauty Boutique for Homecoming
Sat  Oct 14 2017 09:46AM
LAKE PLACID — Every girl dreams of becoming a princess, even if it is just for the night. Lake Placid High School AVID member Tracie Calpabo is helping fellow students … Find out how to read more online.
Failing drains worry Tanglewood residents
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Residents on Whistlestop in Tanglewood report that theirs is just one of more than a dozen collapsed drains in the manufactured home community. Residents pointed to several locations … Find out how to read more online.
Perfect scores
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The School Board of Highlands County recognized more than 40 students at a special meeting Tuesday who had perfect state assessment test scores in the Spring of 2017. … Find out how to read more online.
Car kills man crossing highway on wheelchair
Sat  Oct 14 2017 09:43AM
AVON PARK — An Avon Park man celebrating his 69th birthday was killed Wednesday night when he was struck by a car while trying to cross U.S. 27 on a … Find out how to read more online.
Spring Lake: Irma impact minimal
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Hurricane Irma, indirectly, nearly cost Spring Lake funds for the wastewater treatment plant, but didn’t cause too many other problems, according to Joe DeCerbo, manager for the improvement … Find out how to read more online.
Lake June will get better storm water after construction project
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Curious commuters have been seeing construction work on the shoulders of U.S. 27 on both the north and southbound lanes from just north of Lake June Road … Find out how to read more online.
College Night for students and parents is Tuesday
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with college, university and military representatives at the annual College Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday in the Smith Center at … Find out how to read more online.
AP CRA advisory board seeks members
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The Avon Park Main Street Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board is seeking members and alternates after two members departed from the board in recent months. A person … Find out how to read more online.
Man “sees” art in a different way
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — For Bobby Talley, a visit to a traditional art gallery or museum would be of little value. He might be able picture the art to some extent … Find out how to read more online.
Lakeview Place
Tue  Oct 17 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Scott Davis is a strong advocate for the preservation and restoration of historic buildings. When he moved to Sebring in 2014, he was attracted to the Indian Streets … Find out how to read more online.
AP code magistrate search continues
Tue  Oct 17 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — After a citizen expressed his frustration with the ongoing clutter at his neighbor’s yard, the City Council discussed the ongoing effort to find a code enforcement magistrate. … Find out how to read more online.
Sweeping measure addresses prescription pills
Tue  Oct 17 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE — Doctors would be limited to prescribing seven days’ worth of opioids for patients with acute pain and would have to check a statewide database before ordering most prescription … Find out how to read more online.
Lake Country first to get new classroom wing
Mon  Oct 16 2017 08:20AM
SEBRING — The School Board of Highlands County’s five-year work plan includes no new classroom construction, but Lake Country Elementary School is slated to be the first school to add … Find out how to read more online.
FEMA cautions residents about frauds, scams
Mon  Oct 16 2017 08:20AM
ORLANDO — State and federal recovery officials urge Floridians to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud. As government agencies and charitable groups continue to provide disaster … Find out how to read more online.
Woman arrested drug charges
Mon  Oct 16 2017 08:18AM
AVON PARK — A traffic stop led to the arrests of a man and a woman on numerous drug charges, according to an arrest report released Friday. The driver, Ashley … Find out how to read more online.
Sun ‘n Lake golfers face new hazards
Sun  Oct 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — No golf course is immune to storm damage, especially not Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club in Sebring: The front half of its Deer Run course is closed, for … Find out how to read more online.
Debris hauler: 15-foot debris not an issue
Sun  Oct 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A misunderstanding that was cleared up means that residents won’t need to go out and chop up their storm debris to get it collected. Joe DeCerbo, manager for … Find out how to read more online.
Why ‘taties’ rule – and give them a try
Sun  Oct 15 2017 08:30AM
Up North, supermarkets offer “new potatoes” as the first spuds of the season. Actually, Florida supplies the vast majority of these “new potatoes” so there is no reason the home … Find out how to read more online.
Sun ’n Lake addressing drainage
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sun ’n Lake of Sebring looks to spend $300,000 in the near future to repair heavy rain and stormwater damage to the district’s roads. District General Manager Tanya … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane season’s impact will likely affect student enrollment/funding
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The impact of hurricanes may be a complicating factor as lawmakers try to figure out how many students are in Florida’s public schools this year and how many … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane an economic stimulus for construction trades
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — On Thursday, employees of American Roofing Central repaired a roof on a house north of Avon Park. While spending time at that project, Jeff Rentz, the owner … Find out how to read more online.
Crystal Lake residents seek attorney
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Crystal Lake Club residents adjourned Wednesday’s homeowners association meeting in order to take an impromptu vote on obtaining an attorney. They should already have one, but the … Find out how to read more online.
Parent questions online learning program’s accountability
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — After his daughter’s progress in school went from excellent to falling behind in a matter of months her father, Chad Clouser, was concerned after he took a close … Find out how to read more online.
SBA loans not just for businesses
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The U.S. Small Business Administration, despite its name, helps individuals, non-profit organizations as well as small business owners apply and obtain low interest disaster loans. Applications can be … Find out how to read more online.
Sink hole forces Hammock Road closure
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A large sink hole opened on Hammock Road Tuesday evening, causing havoc with commuters of the heavily traveled thoroughfare. The hole opened directly in front of Hammock Estates … Find out how to read more online.


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