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Man charged with battery, robbery

Man charged with battery, robbery

AVON PARK — In Miami, Sergio Gato ended up in jail because of a domestic altercation with his mother.
Published: 05/03/16
Debris fire spread to house, says fire chief

Debris fire spread to house, says fire chief

AVON PARK — The blaze that destroyed a rural home east of Avon Park Sunday night was accidentally caused by a trash fire that the homeowner thought had been extinguished, Highlands Lakes Volunteer Fire Department Chief Earl Gray said....
Published: 05/03/16
Grand opening of Lakeshore Mall play area

Grand opening of Lakeshore Mall play area

SEBRING — On Saturday, Lakeshore Mall held a grand opening for its new children’s play area, located across from Belk department store. The event featured face painting, clowns, balloon sculpting, and give-a-ways. The first 100 children...
Published: 05/03/16

Half-cent school sales tax or property tax increase?

SEBRING — The answer to the biggest question concerning the half-cent school sales tax is whether the property tax rate will go up if voters don’t approve the sales tax referendum.
Published: 05/03/16
Lake Placid woman searches for answers about birth mother

Lake Placid woman searches for answers about birth mother

LAKE PLACID — Growing up in an Italian family, blonde-haired Michelle Lynn Morgan Pickering noticed she didn’t have some of the physical characteristics often associated with Italians, such as dark hair.
Published: 05/03/16

Local nonprofits prepare for new Goodwill

HIGHLANDS COUNTY — The leaders of at least two local not-for-profit organizations worry their thrift-store operations could lose revenue once the new Goodwill Superstore opens in Sebring.
Published: 05/03/16
Archbold’s Angell receives outstanding educator award

Archbold’s Angell receives outstanding educator award

VENUS — Dustin Angell, education coordinator at Archbold Biological Station, was recently recognized by the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society with its “2015 Outstanding Educator Award.” Each year, this recognition is given ...
Published: 05/03/16
Report: Most Highlands County property is overleveraged

Report: Most Highlands County property is overleveraged

SEBRING — In 2003, Mark Delaney paid $130,000 for a house in Sun ‘n Lake. But in 2007, a man knocked on his door and offered $250,000.
Published: 05/02/16
Updated: 05/03/16

Gov. Scott as Trump’s running mate? Rumors grow

TALLAHASSEE — Most of the speculation around Gov. Rick Scott’s political future has centered on a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018, when incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson will be up for re-election and facing a Republican-friendly midterm e...
Published: 05/02/16

Sheriff’s office closes school district investigation of child abuse allegations on Hooks case

SEBRING — Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton announced Monday the investigation into allegations that school officials failed to report child abuse is closed.
Published: 05/02/16