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Experts predict ‘near-average’ hurricane season

Experts predict ‘near-average’ hurricane season

HIGHLANDS COUNTY — The Atlantic hurricane season that officially begins Wednesday is expected to be a near-average season with 12 named storms, five of which could become hurricanes.
Published: 05/29/16
AP High School Class of 2016 graduates

AP High School Class of 2016 graduates

AVON PARK — The Avon Park High School Class of 2016 graduates took center stage and filled the stage to accept their diplomas before a capacity crowd of parents and relatives Friday evening at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing A...
Published: 05/29/16

FHP: Driver, 99, critically injured in Friday accident

SEBRING — A 99-year-old driver had to be airlifted to hospital with critical injuries after a two-vehicle accident at 6:20 p.m. Friday on U.S. 27 and Jeri Kay Lane, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release. ...
Published: 05/28/16
School district sidesteps transgender bathroom directive

School district sidesteps transgender bathroom directive

SEBRING — Bucking a federal directive, the Highlands County School District will not allow cross-gender bathroom use in the district’s group bathrooms and locker rooms, saying the goal is to protect the privacy and personal choice right...
Published: 05/28/16
3 Sebring High grads set to roll for Illinois University

3 Sebring High grads set to roll for Illinois University

SEBRING — An Illinois university will soon have a triple threat on its bowling team with the presence of three athletes who are Sebring High School graduates.
Published: 05/28/16
School lunch prices going up again

School lunch prices going up again

SEBRING — School lunch prices in Highlands County public schools will be increasing for the sixth year in row with students at both the elementary and secondary schools paying 10 cents more starting in August, when school resumes for the 2016-...
Published: 05/28/16
Long prison sentence overturned in Reed’s dog-fighting case

Long prison sentence overturned in Reed’s dog-fighting case

SEBRING — A state appeals court Friday tossed out a 25-year prison sentence for a man convicted on dog-fighting charges, rejecting a judge’s finding that the man posed a “danger to the public.”
Published: 05/27/16
Updated: 05/28/16
Affidavits detail student accusations against teacher

Affidavits detail student accusations against teacher

LAKE PLACID — In the wake of several other unrelated incidents involving alleged inappropriate communications or relationships between students and Highlands County teachers, two students have told authorities that a Lake Placid teacher grabbe...
Published: 05/27/16
One suspect surrenders, another still on lam in Avon Park shooting case

One suspect surrenders, another still on lam in Avon Park shooting case

AVON PARK — Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested another suspect in reference to the May 14 shooting spree near an Avon Park park where people had gathered for a “Stop the Violence” event....
Published: 05/27/16
Domestic incident turns to robbery charge

Domestic incident turns to robbery charge

SEBRING — A man bit his girlfriend in the ear as he tried to gain control of her purse so she wouldn’t leave the residence, according to a warrant released Thursday.
Published: 05/27/16