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Company doing ecological restoration in Central Florida
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — While the Highlands County Commission considers whether or not to purchase 25.2 acres of mitigation credits on land on Polk County, a company focused on conservation has set … read more.
County sinks skink property
Wed  Oct 7 2015 11:59AM
SEBRING — Highlands County has right of way, plans and a contract to build Sebring Parkway Phase III. One thing it doesn’t have, however, is sand skink mitigation land. Commissioners … read more.
Fireman complaint resolved with letter
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK — City officials have closed a complaint against a longtime firefighter with a warning letter. City Manager Julian Deleon announced his decision in a letter to firefighter Lonnie … read more.
State’s Attorney: Sun ‘N Lake Supervisors ran afoul of Sunshine law with email discussions
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Over six months, three Sun ‘N Lake supervisors exchanged emails about everything from a $3.5 million capital improvement project to a golf course member in bad standing, in … read more.
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Car hits and rolls Blazer
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A driver who did not see an oncoming Chevrolet Blazer pulled out into the side of it Thursday afternoon, rolling the Blazer on it’s roof. Tina Carol Boyers, 58, of Bradenton told Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies she … read more.

Barnett found guilty of killing Polk deputy
Sun  Oct 4 2015 08:30AM
BARTOW — Terrence Barnett, already sentenced to 30 years for a Highlands County murder, is now facing a possible death penalty in another case. On Wednesday, jurors voted 7-5 to Circuit Judge Jalal Harb in Bartow that Barnett get the … read more.

These teachers don’t just drone on
Wed  Oct 7 2015 07:58AM
AVON PARK — Some see them as a threat to privacy and public safety. Others see them as useful but remain wary. But for John Byrd, professor of electronics at South Florida State College, and his student, Leo Mourao, they … read more.

HCSO: Deputies train for active shooter situations
Sun  Oct 4 2015 08:30AM
If the worst should happen, and a shooter attacks a large facility in Highlands County, deputies have trained for it. That’s what Capt. Tim Lethbridge, in charge of training for the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, said Friday after news of … read more.

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Pumpkins available for Halloween but maybe not Thanksgiving
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:06PM
NEOGA, Ill. (AP) — There should be enough pumpkins for Halloween this year, but that might not be the case for the canned pumpkin used in pies come Thanksgiving, according to crop experts in Illinois, the country’s top pumpkin-producing state. … read more.

IS advances near Syria’s Aleppo despite Russian strikes
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
By ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants captured a string of villages near Aleppo on Friday in a lightning attack that brought them closer to the prized city in northern Syria, despite a … read more.

Farmers look at devastating losses as flood rolls downstream
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
BRANCHVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Thad Wimberly tugs on a clump of peanuts, shaking off the mud as he cracks the soggy shells to inspect his crop. But all he can do is sigh as his livelihood disintegrates between his fingers. … read more.

Hungarian president warns about migration’s security aspect
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
BALATONFURED, Hungary (AP) — Solidarity with refugees escaping war must not overshadow concerns about human trafficking and the threat from extremists, Hungary’s president said Friday. While “the humanitarian aspects are very important, especially with the coming winter ... we would … read more.

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