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From peasant to graduate: SFSC commencement speaker has had a long road
Fri  Apr 29 2016 03:04PM
AVON PARK — Audrey May, who is set to graduate from South Florida State College on May 5, doesn’t like statistics. More to the point, mathematics was her weakest subject. … read more.
Patient reporting better sight
Fri  Apr 29 2016 04:08PM
AVON PARK — Jontavius Tucker said he already notices his vision getting clearer. He had a corneal collagen crosslinking procedure at 1:30 p.m. Monday to correct corneal disfigurement. By Tuesday … read more.
$1,000 reward
Fri  Apr 29 2016 04:12PM
AVON PARK — Authorities have put out a $1,000 reward for anyone who can lead them to the driver of a car that hit a 3-year-old last weekend and drove … read more.
AP man killed in Parkway crash
Fri  Apr 29 2016 04:12PM
SEBRING — Sebring police don’t have a lot of answers yet in a fatal motorcycle wreck that took the life of an Avon Park man early Friday. Alfred Robert Racki … read more.
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Lake Placid man critically injured in crash
Fri  Apr 29 2016 10:19AM
SEBRING — A Lake Placid man was critically injured when he wrecked his motorcycle, which then hit a semi on U.S. 27 after he fell off. First responders were called to Southside Boulevard, just south of the Raceway gas station … read more.

Sutherland: City nearly lost HCSO contract
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A dust-up between City Manager Julian Deleon and Sheriff Susan Benton nearly resulted in the city losing its $1.3 million contract with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement protection within the city limits. During a … read more.

Thakkar Foundation announces award winners
Wed  Apr 27 2016 11:53AM
For more than 20 years, the Thakkar Foundation has partnered with The School Board of Highlands County to recognize outstanding teachers and students in every grade of every school. Teachers in the schools drive the selection process, with administrative guidance … read more.

Man found dead was homeless
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Deputies have identified a man found dead near Heartland Boulevard as 62-year-old John Wayne Smith. Smith, who was found by a pond along the road, was homeless at the time of his death, according to the Highlands … read more.

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Girls use pillows as decoys to flee Florida foster facility
Sat  Apr 30 2016 01:19AM
BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Four girls placed pillows under their sheets to make it appear they were sleeping before apparently climbing out a window and scaling a 6-foot fence to flee a facility for foster children near Tampa, officials said … read more.

After several tries Florida finally gets new insurance chief
Sat  Apr 30 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a contentious and bumpy process that saw Florida’s top Republican officials deadlock several times, the state has a new insurance commissioner just weeks before the start of hurricane season. During an emergency meeting on Friday, … read more.

Pilot says he saw 1 of 2 missing teen fishermen
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:47PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A pilot who was part of a massive search to find two missing teen fishermen told investigators he’s positive he saw one floating on debris two days after their boat capsized. According to a report … read more.

Lawsuit: Tampa strip club owes dancers $3.7 million
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:47PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dancers and “door girls” have filed a class action lawsuit against a Tampa, Florida, strip club, claiming they’re owed some $3.7 million in unpaid wages. The lawsuit, filed April 20 in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, names … read more.

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