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Talk birdy to me
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:21PM
SEBRING — Sandhill cranes, also known to locals as sand cranes, are the tall birds with the grayish feathers and the red “cap” on their heads. They are frequently seen … Find out how to read more online.
County budget: base costs go up $3M
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:21PM
SEBRING — Keeping on top of infrastructure needs for the coming fiscal year will require an extra $3 million, according to a recent hearing on the matter. For all practical … Find out how to read more online.
Lorida fire truck nearly caught in fire
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:21PM
SEBRING — Lorida Volunteer Fire Department Engine 23 should be fine after some cleaning, according to Public Safety Director Marc Bashoor. “I’m pretty sure it’s just smoke and soot staining. … Find out how to read more online.
Report shows challenges, progress in child well-being
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:55PM
SEBRING — Florida showed improvement in children living in high-poverty areas, teen births and proficiency in reading and math, according to the 2018 Kids Count Data Book, released recently from … Find out how to read more online.
Citrus industry: Final forecast is ‘no better’
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:55PM
SEBRING — Tallies of Florida citrus in June indicated the worst growing season since World War II. Citrus counts in July haven’t changed that one bit. The latest numbers from … Find out how to read more online.
Let the dogs out
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:41PM
SEBRING — Area residents now have a public park in Sun ’n Lake, free of charge, to let their dogs off the leash. Dogs already may go with their owners … Find out how to read more online.
Making the next high school grade easier
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Ninth-graders, 10th-graders and 11th-graders will need fewer credits and can get by with a lower grade point average in the upcoming school year to move up to the … Find out how to read more online.
Fire destroys two bays at Mussleman Storage
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:41PM
SEBRING — A truck caught fire inside a bay at Mussleman Storage and caused approximately $100,000 to $150,000 of damage, according to Highlands County Public Safety Director Marc Bashoor. At … Find out how to read more online.
Magnolia’s problems continue; food at issue
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:02PM
SEBRING — A recent story about Magnolia Retirement Home Inc. was published on Wednesday, July 11 bringing to light many deficiencies by Administrator Dennis Domisiw and its owners, Priscilla and … Find out how to read more online.
Fit for a princess
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:02PM
SEBRING — The phrase “Pampered like a Princess” conjures up images of fancy dresses, expensive jewelry, extravagant feasts and people catering to your every command. It’s supposed to be every … Find out how to read more online.
Epic battles of fun
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Law enforcement departments nationwide are displaying their fun side by showing their talent in lip sync battles after a challenge was issued between departments in Virgina and … Find out how to read more online.
DEO offers to help local economy
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — If a grove is no longer economically viable, a grower may want to build housing or a commercial center. That’s a problem if the land has sand skinks, … Find out how to read more online.
Town Council wooed by Ridge League of Cities
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Vice President of Ridge League of Cities Sam Fite, who is also mayor of Bowling Green, attended the regular Monday night meeting of the Lake Placid Town … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic stop leads to arrest of two women
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — During a routine traffic stop, officers discovered one of the passengers had a warrant for her arrest related to drug charges. On Tuesday, Ruby Faye Reneau, 48, of … Find out how to read more online.
AP still dealing with debris
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Yard and trash debris piles are piling up on some Avon Park streets prompting the city to take action. In a Tuesday email to City Manager June … Find out how to read more online.
County has new fire assessment
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of a new fire assessment. However, it’s not the one proposed to them by the Government Services Group (GSG) … Find out how to read more online.
Citrus growers tallying losses
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Meetings like the one last Tuesday in Sebring for citrus growers drew almost 800 people, all told. They all have until Monday, July 16 to get paperwork in … Find out how to read more online.
Sun ’n Lake opens dog park today
Wed  Jul 11 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Dog owners in Sun ’n Lake of Sebring Improvement District now have a place to run their dogs. The long-awaited and somewhat controversial dog park on Edgewater Drive … Find out how to read more online.
Saving the last waltz
Wed  Jul 11 2018 12:40PM
LAKE PLACID — The future was uncertain for the Lake Placid Ballroom dancers until a meeting was held Saturday evening that saved the fate of the club. It was a … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates address education issues
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:15PM
SEBRING — Three candidates shared their positions on education and economic issues Monday afternoon before a gathering of educators at the office of the Highlands County Education Association. The candidates … Find out how to read more online.
Candidate announces bid for AP Council
Wed  Jul 18 2018 05:14PM
AVON PARK — Charles Howell announced his candidacy for the Avon Park City Council saying he believes the time is right for him to enter public service. Howell has turned … Find out how to read more online.
LP hunting for new home again
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:21PM
LAKE PLACID — Town Council members have been trying to move the town hall for years in order to expand offices and have more room for its cramped employees. It … Find out how to read more online.
From France with love
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:55PM
SEBRING—Although Betty Ford-Smith is a Sebring resident, women in France follow her life story on a French quilting blog. The demand for her pine cone quilting technique grew, and internationally … Find out how to read more online.
Family says FWC alligator hunt difficult, expensive
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:55PM
SEBRING — In 2015, Crockett and Monica Turner snagged a gold mine for alligator hunters: A 11.5-footer that was more than 500 pounds. “Everybody on the boat was shaking with … Find out how to read more online.
Children have a blast at back-to-school bash
Wed  Jul 18 2018 12:40PM
SEBRING—Beginning at noon Saturday, children enjoyed games, a bounce house, a water slide and free food at the Back to School Summer Bash 2018, which was sponsored by Citizens with … Find out how to read more online.
Commission wants historic marker
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County’s Historic Preservation Commission met Thursday and discussed two places of local historic significance. One is the Lorida School House and the other is Highlands Hammock State … Find out how to read more online.
FHP seeks tips on hit-and-run that hurt boy, 14
Wed  Jul 18 2018 12:40PM
Authorities are seeking information on a hit-and-run crash that reportedly caused serious injury to a 14-year-old boy’s hand Saturday afternoon on U.S. 27 and Lake Henry Drive while the teen … Find out how to read more online.
Two arrested in connection with AP restaurant shooting
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:41PM
AVON PARK — Authorities arrested two men Friday in connection with a shooting at Maryland Fried Chicken June 21 where multiple shots were fired and one victim had to be … Find out how to read more online.
Allstate celebrates mega grand opening event
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:41PM
SEBRING — Over 100 people and a kangaroo attended Allstate’s grand opening at its new location. Attendees feasted on free food and enjoyed hits from the 1950s to today while … Find out how to read more online.
AP Big Lots to hold grand opening
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:02PM
AVON PARK — Big Lots is set to celebrate the grand opening of its newly remodeled store in Avon Park on July 27. The store closed Feb. 9 after it … Find out how to read more online.
DUI manslaughter suspect may be in area
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:02PM
SEBRING — Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals want information on a Lorida man, wanted for DUI manslaughter in a 2017 crash, who may have returned to the area. … Find out how to read more online.
AP maintains fire assessment rates
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The city’s fire assessment will remain unchanged in the upcoming fiscal year for residences and businesses in the City of Charm. At a recent City Council meeting, … Find out how to read more online.
Avoid a DUI or drug arrest
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — With dozens of recent DUI and drug arrests, people who have a drug or alcohol abuse problem should get help with their problems before they are arrested. Highlands … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring man shot in ‘tussle’
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Thurlow Wilkins, 39, of Sebring was sent to Highlands Regional Medical Center after being shot at the intersection of Lemon Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at … Find out how to read more online.
War Dog memorial faces more hurdles
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Structural and liability concerns from the City of Avon Park are delaying a non-profit organization’s plans to place a War Dog Memorial in the city’s downtown. Anna … Find out how to read more online.
What’s happening at Magnolia Retirement home?
Wed  Jul 11 2018 12:40PM
SEBRING — Roach infestation; black mold; leaking roofs; staffing shortages; unclean rooms; poor nutritional programs; over-charging residents and claims of intimidation and elder abuse of residents and more are the … Find out how to read more online.
Miracle League ‘not possible without community’
Tue  Jul 10 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Miracle League was birthed in the spring of 2007 out of an idea by John Komasa, who asked businessman Dennis Orlos about forming a baseball league for … Find out how to read more online.
Batman’s a crime fighter but bats are insect fighters
Wed  Jul 11 2018 12:40PM
SEBRING — Just like Batman fights crime as a super hero, bats fight the onslaught of insects by feasting on pesky critters. The National Wildlife Health Center stated, “Consumption of … Find out how to read more online.
Man allegedly lewd with 8-year-old boy
Tue  Jul 10 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — A complaint with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office led Sebring police to arrest a local man on charges of lewd behavior with an 8-year-old boy. Daniel Paul Meekins, … Find out how to read more online.


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