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Rundown of gas station generator laws
Sun  Aug 12 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — After every hurricane, emergency operators and politicians discover what worked and what areas need improvements in terms of hurricane preparation and recovery, whether that is strengthening building codes, … Find out how to read more online.
Flooding still plagues Silver Fox
Fri  Aug 10 2018 08:52AM
SEBRING — In the middle of a power outage during last Friday’s heavy rains, Susan Dillow of Foal Path in Sebring got a knock on the door from a deputy … Find out how to read more online.
Training exercises bring a boom from AP Air Force Range
Sat  Aug 11 2018 08:00AM
AVON PARK — The distant booms you may have heard recently in the evening hours where likely C4 explosives or high-explosive 105mm rounds fired from a U.S. Air Force gunship … Find out how to read more online.
Teachers create positive messages for students
Thu  Aug 9 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING – Fred Wild Elementary School teachers and staff got out their paint brushes and stencils recently to decorate the school with positive and inspiring messages for students. On their … Find out how to read more online.
Deadly dangers of leaving people, animals in cars
Fri  Aug 10 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — On Tuesday, Frank Olivero Jr., a firefighter with West Sebring Volunteer Fire Department, found a 10-month-old child left unattended in a hot car at Sun ‘n Lake Elementary … Find out how to read more online.
Pigman, Caldwell talk conservation, conservatism
Fri  Aug 10 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Tuesday became a good night to hear views on preserving Florida’s water resources and agriculture from two Republican state legislators. State representatives Cary Pigman and Matt Caldwell spoke … Find out how to read more online.
Fish that walk and breathe air
Wed  Aug 8 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Yes, it is true; there is a fish that can “walk” and breathe air, and it is commonly referred to as the “walking catfish.” By using their pectoral … Find out how to read more online.
Vaughn Road bridge to get fixed
Thu  Aug 9 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — The Vaughn Road bridge will finally get new stringers and a deck to replace the rotted, bleached planks that kept it closed for years. County commissioners voted 3-1 … Find out how to read more online.
School clinic impasse prompts another special meeting
Wed  Aug 8 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Numerous staff recommendations supporting the approval of a contract for an employee health clinic failed to alleviate the financial concerns of two members of The School Board of … Find out how to read more online.
FDOT drops speed limit
Wed  Aug 8 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Motorists have griped about it and residents protested it, so the state lowered it. In a move expected to take full effect in about a month, the Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Purple Heart Truck is a rolling monument
Tue  Aug 7 2018 08:00AM
BOWLING GREEN – Larry Mullen is a lifelong Florida resident. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, and currently lives in Bowling Green. Having once served in the U.S. Army at … Find out how to read more online.
Purple Heart Day observed today
Tue  Aug 7 2018 08:00AM
Many Floridians may be unaware that in July of 2017, Gov. Rick Scott signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 7 as “Florida Purple Heart Day.” Purple Heart Day is an observance … Find out how to read more online.
AP dentist makes it a mission to help in foreign countries
Tue  Aug 7 2018 08:00AM
AVON PARK — Avon Park dentist Richard Wood returned Saturday from his second week-long trip to provide dental care for those in need in Honduras. Wood was part of a … Find out how to read more online.
What’s new at school
Sun  Aug 5 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — The new school in the Highlands County School District starts Monday, Aug. 13 for students and offers new faces at some schools, policy tweaks here and there, more … Find out how to read more online.
How to prevent mold, associated health problems
Sun  Aug 5 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — The sweltering hot, humid weather in Highlands County provides the perfect breeding ground for mold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Mold grows where there … Find out how to read more online.
Back to school events
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING – Monday, Aug. 13 is the day parents across the county rejoice as school commences. No more listening to “I’m bored” and kids eating them out of house and … Find out how to read more online.
On-campus voting rule overruled
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Penny Ogg said Wednesday afternoon the number of early voting ballots coming into her office is still just a trickle. A ruling last week from a federal judge … Find out how to read more online.
AP Council qualifying ends today
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — With the two-week qualifying period ending today at 5 p.m., thus far it appears voters will have seven candidates to chose from to fill three Avon Park … Find out how to read more online.
Bumps and Babies community shower set for Saturday
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Community Action Group with Healthy Start and other community partners are hosting a community baby shower from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Center Court in … Find out how to read more online.
McCalister goes for Ag. Commissioner
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Mike McCalister, 66, calls himself a “God-fearing Republican” who’s “pretty wore out with the ‘New World Order.’” He calls Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services a protector … Find out how to read more online.
District trying to fill teacher openings
Sat  Aug 11 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — The School Board of Highlands County has long-term substitutes scheduled to fill most of the 60 openings for teachers with the school year starting Monday. Deputy Superintendent Andrew … Find out how to read more online.
Top tips for school bus safety
Sat  Aug 11 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — The first day of school is Monday for the Highlands County School District, which will have 89 school buses on the roadways getting kids to class. School Board … Find out how to read more online.
Ag Comm race gets aggressive
Sat  Aug 11 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — The latest turn in the agriculture commissioner race has Rep. Matt Caldwell alleging that Sen. Denise Grimsley accepted donations from Sen. Jack Latvala through his political action committee. … Find out how to read more online.
Loomis Bros. Circus Cancels Shows
Fri  Aug 10 2018 08:44AM
SEBRING — Loomis Bros. Circus is cancelling shows for today and tomorrow, Aug. 10 and 11, due to threats they received, stated Media Contact for Loomis Bros. Circus Erik Scott. … Find out how to read more online.
Sunridge Baptist holds backpack giveaway
Fri  Aug 10 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Dozens of smiling kids and thankful parents picked up backpacks filled with school supplies Thursday at Sunridge Baptist Church. Sunridge Baptist hosted its annual back-to-school backpack giveaway event, … Find out how to read more online.
Serious crash in Avon Park sends three people to Florida Hospital
Thu  Aug 9 2018 08:00AM
AVON PARK – A serious crash at the intersection of North Oleander and West Taunton roads sent three people to Florida Hospital. A driver failed to stop for a posted … Find out how to read more online.
Business owners alarmed over proposed changes in Sebring’s sign ordinance
Thu  Aug 9 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING – Business owners spoke before the Sebring City Council meeting on Aug. 7 to express their concerns about proposed changes in the sign ordinance. They were concerned that the … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating 50 years Sebring Historical Society turns 50
Thu  Aug 9 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — It’s been over a hundred years since a pottery manufacturer from Ohio was so taken with the beautiful landscape that would eventually become Highlands County, he founded the … Find out how to read more online.
Hope and help for Chelsea
Wed  Aug 8 2018 08:00AM
LAKE PLACID — “There are a lot of decent human beings in my sister’s life,” said Danielle “Dannie” McGuire, “working on getting her care.” Since July 27, Dannie McGuire has … Find out how to read more online.
Two charged with cocaine trafficking
Wed  Aug 8 2018 08:00AM
AVON PARK — A traffic stop led to trafficking charges Friday for two men in Avon Park after Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies found a big bag of cocaine behind the … Find out how to read more online.
Backpack giveaways
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:52AM
AVON PARK — Several churches and civic organizations around the county took up donations from their members to make sure that every student going back to school has the supplies … Find out how to read more online.
Darkness, silt hampered divers
Tue  Aug 7 2018 08:00AM
LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Police Officer Ryan Burress estimates he got to H.L. Bishop Park in “about a minute” after a radio call of a drowning child. En route, … Find out how to read more online.
Tentative contract reached with teachers
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:52AM
SEBRING — The bargaining session between the Highlands County School District and teachers union Wednesday yielded a tentative agreement for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. The joint statement from … Find out how to read more online.
SO: Man drowns in Lake June
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A 37-year-old man drowned just off the beach at H.L. Bishop Park on Lake June Sunday, authorities said. Witnesses said Billy Dawson Jr. was swimming across the … Find out how to read more online.
Wrecked, not hurt
Fri  Aug 3 2018 09:24AM
SEBRING — Wednesday’s rollover wreck on Sun ’n Lake Boulevard happened suddenly. Fortunately for the family of Jake Kissinger, all three were wearing seat belts. Not even their kindergarten-age daughter … Find out how to read more online.
School sales tax holiday this weekend
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Shoppers are stocking up for the new school year during the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, which started Friday and ends Sunday. Shoppers won’t have to pay … Find out how to read more online.
Wild weather
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Roads like Loquat Road, Alpine Street and Citroen Drive have turned into a no wake zone as recent afternoon showers have created veritable rivers throughout the county. Just … Find out how to read more online.
Residents in Transition plans to provide shelter for homeless
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Being homeless means living outside during thunder and lightning storms and wondering where the next meal will come from, but Residents in Transition, a local nonprofit, wants to … Find out how to read more online.
District extends waiver for diploma requirement on some positions
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — To expand the pool of applicants for positions that go unfilled, the School Board of Highlands County extended the waiver of the high school diploma requirement for some … Find out how to read more online.
WWII vet celebrates 100th birthday
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — World War II veteran John Leatherman celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday at the Palms of Sebring by participating in his monthly veteran’s club meeting and having a … Find out how to read more online.


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