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County to buy mitigation land for Parkway skinks
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County commissioners had just decided after an hour-long discussion to buy land for skinks and get on with building Sebring Parkway Phase III when they hit a … read more.
HCSO says fake cop is trying to con motorists
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County’s Clerk of Courts have received two calls within 10 days of an alleged undercover officer pulling them over in an unmarked car and asking for cash … read more.
Rep. Eric Eisnaugle returns to his Sebring roots to deliver Lincoln Day address
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING – The Grand Old Party’s annual Lincoln Day celebration doubled as a grand old homecoming Saturday night at the Chateau Elan as Rep. Eric Eisnaugle took to the podium … read more.
Murder suspect waives extradition hearing in N.Y.
Sun  May 17 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING – Murder suspect Jonathan Daniel Padron may soon be behind bars in Highlands County. The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that Padron – who was captured Monday night … read more.
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2 charged with abusing toddler
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A couple is in jail after their 22-month-old was found with scars on her legs, a broken arm and burns on her mouth. Ernest Merancin, 25, is facing a child neglect charge while Tannica Latoya Courtney, 32, … read more.

Leaking roof delays new floor at rec center
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK – A leaking roof has put a damper on the city’s plans for $80,000 in renovations at the Recreation Center. City Manager Julian Deleon informed the city council last week he was postponing the flooring renovation until he … read more.

Alan Jay, Chamber hand out scholarships
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING – Jomar Carrasquillo was named the winner of a $4,000 scholarship on Tuesday at the Island View Restaurant during the 22nd annual Scholarship Awards and Recognition Banquet sponsored by the Alan Jay Automotive Network and Greater Sebring Chamber of … read more.

FDOT to landscape southern stretch of U.S. 27 near LP
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to maintain landscaping that the Florida Department of Transportation will install on U.S. 27 south of Lake Placid as part of a $717,599 grant. There’s just no plan yet on how to pay … read more.

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Study: Severe vision loss is most common in the South
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say bad eyesight in the U.S. is most common in the South. A new report found the South was home to three-quarters of the U.S. counties with the highest prevalence of severe vision loss. … read more.

US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has sent a top official to Israel in an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a nuclear treaty review conference that some … read more.

States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
DENVER (AP) — Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements. The decision to … read more.

UN looks into aid possibly diverted to Syrian military
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency says it is looking into reports that aid to Syrian civilians may have been diverted to Syria’s military. UNICEF is “extremely concerned at reports that some of its humanitarian supplies in Syria … read more.

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