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Bed tax nets TDC nearly $400,000
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County has raised nearly $400,000 this year through the local option tourist tax. Tax Collector Eric T. Zwayer said Tuesday the 2 percent rate raised approximately $390,000 … read more.
AP trio arrested, charged with racketeering
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:45AM
AVON PARK — State investigators have arrested two local men, a local woman and a Homestead woman for allegedly stealing hundreds of rent checks from Floridians. Florida Department of Law … read more.
Firefighters warn against turkey fires
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:00AM
SEBRING — Thursday brings a chance to give thanks for a big family, the big game on a flat screen and a big bird in the oven, but not a … read more.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Christmas is so close, you can smell scent of Frasier pine trees in the air. Members of the Lake Placid High School National Honors Society and Student … read more.
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Weekend car crash ends in fatality
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:00AM
LORIDA — A single car crash Friday evening ended in a fatality. Emergency personnel responded about 7:20 p.m. to a car crash involving a single white 1998 Ford Taurus on U.S. 98 just west of Pine Island Ranch Road. The … read more.

RPAC OKs basketball courts, revises restrooms
Sun  Nov 22 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sun ‘N Lake basketball players will get county help on fresh asphalt on their community court, but Lake Placid plans to revisit its design for restrooms. Town Administrator Phil Williams told members of the Recreation and Parks Advisory … read more.

New playground equipment set for Veterans Beach
Sun  Nov 22 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Public Works Director Ken Fields described the playground equipment at Veterans Beach as “past its useful life.” The Sebring City Council agreed with him and voted 5-0 during Tuesday night’s meeting to spend $55,169.69 for 11 playground pieces, … read more.

One dead after car crashes, ignites home
Sun  Nov 22 2015 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — One person is dead after a vehicle crashed into a home igniting a blaze that consumed both the car and a mobile home early Friday morning in Leisure Lakes. “The deceased was burned beyond recognition,” said Danny … read more.

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US warns of ‘imminent’ attack in Afghan capital
Tue  Dec 1 2015 01:19AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. Embassy said Monday it has received “credible reports of an imminent attack” in the Afghan capital. A statement on the embassy’s website urged U.S. citizens to exercise “extreme caution” if moving around in Kabul … read more.

South Dakota ghost town up for sale, at reduced price
Mon  Nov 30 2015 09:45PM
SWETT, S.D. (AP) — The southwestern South Dakota ghost town of Swett is once again for sale, and this time the asking price is a lot cheaper. Swett is home to about 6 acres of land, an empty house reputed … read more.

Ex-Assembly speaker convicted at NY corruption trial
Mon  Nov 30 2015 09:45PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, formerly one of New York’s most powerful politicians, was convicted Monday of charges that he traded favors to earn $5 million illegally and then lied about it. The Manhattan … read more.

British leader sets Syria airstrikes debate for Wednesday
Mon  Nov 30 2015 09:45PM
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron called for a debate and vote in Parliament on Wednesday on whether Britain should launch airstrikes against militants in Syria, arguing that the nation must stand with its allies in confronting extremism. Cameron’s … read more.

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