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Man shot in vacant lot
Mon  Dec 18 2017 03:14PM
SEBRING — Police found a local man shot and lying in a vacant lot Monday morning. He’s since been taken to a Level 1 trauma center on the coast, but … Find out how to read more online.
LP Council against Wawa building on Interlake
Mon  Dec 18 2017 08:06AM
LAKE PLACID — Town Council members didn’t say if they want a Wawa store in town, but they don’t favor the site at U.S. 27 and Interlake Boulevard. The town’s … Find out how to read more online.
Curtis White — a real Santa Claus
Mon  Dec 18 2017 08:06AM
For those who still believe in Santa Claus, spoiler alert: For the month of December the only choice the Highlands News-Sun had was to honor all the Santa stand-ins who … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC commencement milestone for many
Sun  Dec 17 2017 03:24PM
AVON PARK — For the South Florida State College graduates who gathered in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Dec. 14, the 2017 Commencement ceremony … Find out how to read more online.
Stabbing victim receives Christmas gifts
Sun  Dec 17 2017 03:18PM
SEBRING — These days you would hardly know that Zachariah Ward, 11, was in critical condition from stab wounds at a Tampa hospital less than two months ago. He looks … Find out how to read more online.
SO: Man faces 25 felonies for unlicensed roofing work
Sun  Dec 17 2017 03:16PM
SEBRING — A Sebring man is facing 25 felony charges for doing roofing work without a license or the proper permits, authorities said. Tyrone Clark Blanchard, 53, was arrested by … Find out how to read more online.
Keep Lake Placid Beautiful moves trees
Sat  Dec 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Commuters were inconvenienced this week along U.S. 27 in Lake Placid from Publix to McDonald’s with lane closures and orange cones making the road a veritable obstacle … Find out how to read more online.
Norwood received Leaders 4 Life Scholarship
Sat  Dec 16 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Over the past eight years, five local Take Stock in Children scholars have won prestigious Leaders 4 Life scholarships, and on Dec. 7 Shauna Norwood became the … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Injured students OK
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Students injured in Wednesday’s Lake Placid school bus wreck will recover from their injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Of the two students airlifted from the wreck, … Find out how to read more online.
Bus crash: Community rallies behind kids, families – again
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — The little town with a big heart; that’s what residents of the Town of Murals feel about their small, tight-knight community. Community members put their belief into … Find out how to read more online.
3 applicants for Ed consortium position
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — There are three qualified applicants for the executive director position at the Heartland Educational Consortium with the closing date for the position on Friday. The six-county consortium … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring man accused of illegal dumping
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A man was arrested after video surveillance showed him dumping more than 500 pounds of horticultural debris, according to an arrest report released last week. Fidencio Rodriguez, 48, … Find out how to read more online.
Lockett: ‘Blessing, best Christmas present’
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Edrick and Shekita Lockett got into a car Friday with their seven kids, thinking it would take them to a Habitat for Humanity board meeting. Instead, it took … Find out how to read more online.
Lake Placid votes for CRA
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — After months of concerns and debates, the Lake Placid Town Council approved final pieces to start a Community Redevelopment Agency. “Congratulations, Ms. Worley,” Councilman Ray Royce said … Find out how to read more online.
Promptly report school bus issues says transportation director
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — When a district school bus appears to be speeding or being operated carelessly it should be reported promptly to The School Board of Highlands County Transportation Department. A … Find out how to read more online.
Lake Placid will soon Save-A-Lot
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — The seemingly interminable wait for the old Winn Dixie’s replacement in the Plaza strip mall, located at 70 Plaza Ave., is over. Save-A-Lot is set to open … Find out how to read more online.
Chen Dental brings smiles to those in need
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Chen Dental will hold its 5th annual Dentistry from the Heart event this Friday, Dec. 15. Chen Dental is located at 2190 U.S. 27. Organizers stress arriving early … Find out how to read more online.
Citrus leaders: ‘Contact Congress’
Mon  Dec 11 2017 08:32AM
SEBRING — Local and state leaders in citrus want everyone whose livelihoods depend on citrus to contact their members of the U.S. Congress to stump for a federal relief/rebuild package. … Find out how to read more online.
AP Air Force Range celebrating 75th anniversary
Mon  Dec 11 2017 08:20AM
AVON PARK — In the year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Avon Park doubled in size from around 3,000 residents to around 7,000. The United States government was in … Find out how to read more online.
Woman charged with child abuse
Sun  Dec 10 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A woman has been charged with child abuse after a juvenile female told authorities that the woman beat her nonstop for 25 minutes because of an accident … Find out how to read more online.
Water district to hold workshop on Lake Damon
Mon  Dec 18 2017 08:08AM
AVON PARK — The Southwest Florida Water Management District invites the public to a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the River Greens Golf Course, 47 W. Lake Damon Drive, … Find out how to read more online.
One stitch at a time: Group makes mats for homeless veterans
Mon  Dec 18 2017 08:06AM
SEBRING — When Denise Stegall saw a woman picking up a lot of blankets at St. John United Methodist Church, she became curious. She asked her about that and was … Find out how to read more online.
Still struggling
Sun  Dec 17 2017 03:22PM
LAKE PLACID — For many Highlands County residents, Hurricane Irma is a fading bad memory. Not for Krystal Archer and some others. For them, Hurricane Irma is like a permanent … Find out how to read more online.
Leaders abound at Woodlawn Elementary
Sat  Dec 16 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Leaders were everywhere in the faces and actions of the students at Woodlawn Elementary School on Friday during the school’s annual Leadership Day. Prior to a 30-minute Leadership … Find out how to read more online.
Seminole Brighton Casino set for blackjack and more
Sun  Dec 17 2017 03:18PM
BRIGHTON — Seminole Brighton Casino will preview blackjack and other table games to its guests starting Monday, according to a news release Friday. The casino, located northwest of Lake Okeechobee … Find out how to read more online.
Dentist gives back to community
Sat  Dec 16 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Ruth Dorban said she wanted to treat herself during the Christmas holiday season. She traveled all the way from Orlando to Sebring to Chen Dental for the Dentistry … Find out how to read more online.
Mixing it up
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Some 200 members of the Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce were greeted Wednesday by the calming strains of David Mains on his keyboard and Tina Noel … Find out how to read more online.
Bus wreck not first ‘careless’ citation
Sat  Dec 16 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Personal driving records for Stanley Deal Lockwood, the 45-year-old truck driver whose rig hit a Highlands County school bus Wednesday, are not great. From 1993-2015, Orange County records, … Find out how to read more online.
Bomb threat suspect in custody
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A Sebring man arrested in connection with the bomb threats at Highlands County schools Wednesday sent faxes identifying himself as “Isis,” according to an arrest report released Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
Bomb threats force evacuations of Sebring, Avon Park high schools
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Search teams, bomb-sniffing dogs and drones failed to detect explosives Wednesday after threats were faxed to Avon Park and Sebring high schools. By 3 p.m., authorities took into … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC graduates 13 law enforcement officers
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Thirteen graduates of the South Florida State College Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Class 254 were recognized at a ceremony on Dec. 8 in the SFSC University Center … Find out how to read more online.
Semitrailer hits school bus in Lake Placid
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A semitrailer ran into a stopped school bus Wednesday morning on U.S. 27, rolling the bus onto its left side and injuring most of the 39 students … Find out how to read more online.
TDC to issue Art & Culture Passports
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Visitors wanting to do the “big tour” of Highlands County can get passports for that next year. The exact date has not been announced. The Tourist Development Council … Find out how to read more online.
Fisher joins city staff; attorney cautions Barnard
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Two Avon Park city workers have requested to be reassigned citing stress, politics and “daily attacks” and the city attorney advised a council member to cease from … Find out how to read more online.
Power out Monday in Golf Hammock
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A failed feeder line left 1,861 customers without power for 45 minutes Monday morning. Duke Energy crews switched customers to another line, but were still working on repairs … Find out how to read more online.
State Agency’s funding impacts Arc/Visions ADT
Tue  Dec 12 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will be in the red if the Legislature doesn’t agree to spend at least an additional $89 million for a program meant to … Find out how to read more online.
Bomb scare near church forces evacuation
Mon  Dec 11 2017 09:38AM
AVON PARK — More than 100 people were evacuated when a suspicious item was spotted outside an Avon Park church Sunday morning, authorities said. About 2 1/2 hours later and … Find out how to read more online.
AP Council to consider annexation
Mon  Dec 11 2017 08:22AM
AVON PARK — The Avon Park City Council will consider, at its meeting today, an annexation agreement with Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church. The proposed annexation agreement states that the … Find out how to read more online.
Modern Day Princesses
Sun  Dec 10 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Most little girls dream of becoming princesses when they get older; for 10 young women that dream became a reality Sunday, Dec. 3 at First Baptist Church of … Find out how to read more online.
Top of the class
Sat  Dec 9 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — The top honors went to Avon Park High ESE resource teacher Martin O’Hora and Lake Placid Middle ESE paraprofessional Brittany Phypers at the Summit Awards on Thursday evening … Find out how to read more online.


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