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Baby death leads to warnings to parents
Wed  Mar 1 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Parents are being warned about sleeping with babies in the wake of an infant dying Tuesday morning while sleeping with his father. “We are treating this as … Find out how to read more online.
Living history
Tue  Feb 28 2017 09:13AM
For those residents of Highlands County who served in the military, especially those with a little bit of age behind them, and those who are history buffs, the reference to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Night of meditation’ on tap in Avon Park
Wed  Mar 1 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — If you find yourself tired, your mind troubled and your spirit in need of renewal, Nancy Dale, Iyengar yoga instructor for over 20 years, encourages you to relax … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Student debt steadily rising
Tue  Feb 28 2017 09:13AM
SEBRING — Florida’s recent crop of college graduates wrapped up their studies with an average of $24,174 in student loans, according to a report released by LendEDU, an online marketplace … Find out how to read more online.
New county trash pickup starts
Tue  Feb 28 2017 09:13AM
SEBRING — As unincorporated Highlands County’s trash hauler, Waste Connections, continued delivering to county residents Monday the rest of the 70,000 blue garbage containers, company employees fielded a barrage of … Find out how to read more online.
Deleon issues complaint against Anderson
Mon  Feb 27 2017 08:06AM
AVON PARK — City Manager Julian Deleon has placed a complaint against Mayor Garrett Anderson on today’s City Council agenda, claiming Anderson violated the city charter and has been quelling … Find out how to read more online.
SNL puts drainage project on hold
Mon  Feb 27 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A stormwater drainage project on Sunrise Drive in Sun ‘n Lake of Sebring went on hold Friday: Residents said they can’t afford it. Excavation Point, the contractor on … Find out how to read more online.
School Board passes on leadership training
Mon  Feb 27 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Superintendent Brenda Longshore recommended a state training/team building workshop for her and the School Board of Highlands County, but the majority of the board didn’t think the cost … Find out how to read more online.
Child advocate Kevin Roberts is retiring
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Longtime child welfare advocate Kevin Roberts has stepped down as CEO of the Champion for Children Foundation. The group’s Carissa Marine has been promoted to the top job … Find out how to read more online.
Planning meeting set at bombing range
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A policy committee that helps deal with issues of compatibility between local communities and the Avon Park Air Force Range will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Green lawns are good – how to get one
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
I recently mentioned that nitrogen pollution of our waterways was caused by lawn over-fertilization. I should have mentioned that extensive studies by the University of Florida have shown lawns properly … Find out how to read more online.
Founder of ambulance company dies
Sat  Feb 25 2017 11:00AM
SEBRING — When Ron Layne retired and moved his family from Ohio to Sebring, he quickly found a gap in services here that he wanted to close, according to people … Find out how to read more online.
‘Appropriate regulation’
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — After months of meetings involving it, a proposed sign ordinance will be considered by the Sebring City Council. The proposed ordinance tightens regulations in some areas, but is … Find out how to read more online.
Mobile homes, RV setbacks may be grandfathered
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County Zoning Supervisor Linda Conrad proposed Tuesday that Highlands County land development regulations change to allow structures to be 10 feet from edge of pavement or roadway … Find out how to read more online.
HRTPO pushes to widen SR 70
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — On Wednesday, members of the Heartland Rural Transportation Planning Organization voted to ask the state to widen State Road 70, soon. The resolution to state-level officials at Florida … Find out how to read more online.
AP council to consider agreement with firefighters
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — After months of talks on staffing and the residency requirement, city administration and the firefighters union have an agreement that will go before the city council at … Find out how to read more online.
Who should pay to pave roads?
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County commissioners have talked for years about how and who should pay to pave dirt roads. They asked administrators to develop a plan, so Road and Bridge … Find out how to read more online.
Three charged with exploiting veteran
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — For 23 years, Willie Porter served his country with honor. He completed two tours in Vietnam, serving with both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. He … Find out how to read more online.
Arrested man well known to system
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A Frostproof man arrested in Highlands County on drug charges is a “poster child” as to why the system is not tough enough on criminals, Polk County Sheriff … Find out how to read more online.
New ‘Teen Scene’ gets funded
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:22AM
SEBRING – A few minutes into his presentation Tuesday, it became clear the Highlands County commissioners would support Woodraun Wright’s request to grant $20,000 in one-time funding for the proposed … Find out how to read more online.
Residents implore AP officials to work together
Wed  Mar 1 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Some residents of Avon Park called for city officials to work together, during a contentious meeting Monday involving allegations of violation of rights and a pattern of attacks … Find out how to read more online.
County ready to build SNL EMS station
Wed  Mar 1 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — After years of talking, Highlands County has one new Emergency Medical Services’ station under construction, and they’re ready to build a second. “We did get finished with the … Find out how to read more online.
Honda strikes SUV; motorcyclist seriously injured
Wed  Mar 1 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID – A Lake Placid motorcyclist was seriously injured Monday evening when his 2001 Honda struck a 2012 Ford Explorer. Florida Highway Patrol Trooper W.F. Schrader’s report said the … Find out how to read more online.
Investigation complete in shooting incidents
Tue  Feb 28 2017 09:13AM
SEBRING — After four months, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has completed its investigation into an incident involving the shooting of a Sebring man by one or more Highlands … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping U.S. 27 flowing
Mon  Feb 27 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Road planners want to find a way to clear accident scenes from major highways a lot faster. For that reason, the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization is starting … Find out how to read more online.
Sun ‘n Lake to open new ‘door’
Mon  Feb 27 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sun ‘n Lake supervisors made a land swap Friday to facilitate the opening of a new fourth entrance to the special improvement district. The Board of Supervisors passed … Find out how to read more online.
Redoing school meals
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Tim Thompson wants Highlands County school students to dig their school food and also eat healthy. And he is on a mission to do that. Just before a … Find out how to read more online.
A look at CRAs: Three in one city
Mon  Feb 27 2017 08:30AM
Editor’s Note: This report is part of an ongoing series of stories on local Community Redevelopment Ag encies, commonly called as CRAs. AVON PARK — Making itself unique among local … Find out how to read more online.
County’s trash changes start on Monday
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Jack Richie was on his way to a Highlands County Commission meeting last week when he saw a new blue garbage can in Sun ‘N Lakes of Lake … Find out how to read more online.
Man accused of buying TV with stolen credit card
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A Sebring man insisted to authorities he wasn’t involved in the theft of a credit card, but video surveillance showed otherwise, according to a warrant released Friday. Jeffrey … Find out how to read more online.
‘We would lose’
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A House bill to break up the state tourism agency and the economic development arm has passed one hurdle. If House Speaker Richard Corcoran succeeds, attempts to market … Find out how to read more online.
New buses coming soon
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — In about two months, the School Board of Highlands County will be getting its first batch of new school buses funded by the half-cent school sales tax, which … Find out how to read more online.
Racing toward the future: Raceway has new offerings
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sebring International Raceway wants to add to the experience of 12 Hours of Sebring race attendees, but also wants to provide chances to visit the raceway more frequently … Find out how to read more online.
FHP seeking tips on Friday accident
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A Tampa man was seriously injured early Friday morning when his vehicle collided with another vehicle as the two vehicles passed in opposite directions on U.S. 98. The … Find out how to read more online.
Car dealer given national award
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Boys & Girls Clubs of Highlands County awarded a prestigious Jeremiah Milbank National Gold Medallion to Gerald Chaney and his daughter, Ashley Chaney Bishop. “They supported the … Find out how to read more online.
Merchant Marine irrigates Florida
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Lionel LaGrow, 89, might have stayed a professional boxer, if the pay had been better. “There was no money in it,” said LaGrow Services founder on Tuesday. “I … Find out how to read more online.
School admin shake-up?
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:22AM
SEBRING — Highlands County Schools Superintendent Brenda Longshore presented a reorganization plan of the school district’s top administrators and their responsibilities Monday, aimed at improving communication and efficiency and saving … Find out how to read more online.
Hearing set on campaign complaint against Longshore
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A complaint filed during the superintendent’s race in 2016 has led to the State Elections Commission scheduling a hearing involving School Board of Highlands County Superintendent Brenda Longshore. … Find out how to read more online.
Griffin rehired, not reinstated
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Although Gregory Griffin went back to work Friday for Sun ’n Lake Special Improvement District, he’s not exactly doing the same work. Just what job he’s doing remains … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff to be in charge of Animal Control
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:24AM
SEBRING — To be brief about a three-hour county commission meeting, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office will take over Animal Control in late March, and trash pickup dates will change … Find out how to read more online.