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County, sheriff work to get new roof, space for jail
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:00AM
SEBRING — County commissioners recently agreed to spend $30,000 to hire HDR Architecture Consultant Services to come up with specifications to repair a part of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office … read more.
Biker’s death still a mystery
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:00AM
LORIDA — Sheriff’s deputies and county road crews were busy Thursday draining ditches along County Road 721 in a quest to find new evidence — and leads — in the … read more.
Roswitha Brown: A hero the world over
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:00AM
Governments and large aid agencies approach problems by looking at the big picture and developing large-scale policies. Unsung heroes, on the other hand, typically approach problems on the personal level. … read more.
Car hits car, then sign downtown
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:00AM
SEBRING — Police have cited a driver involved in a wreck Wednesday for failing to yield to oncoming traffic downtown. The wreck occurred at 2:39 p.m. on a clear day, … read more.
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Elwell: Sand skinks still slowing Parkway
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:00AM
AVON PARK — Information, laughter and lively discussions followed pizza and soft drinks during a town hall meeting led by District 2 County Commissioner Don Elwell at the South Florida State College University Center on Jan. 20. The bi-annual town … read more.

First Veterans Benefits Fair planned for Feb. 7 at Post 69
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:50AM
AVON PARK — Larry Roberts has been helping veterans for 10 years and says he’s “still learning stuff.” Roberts, American Legion 8th District service officer and Post 69 service officer, has been wanting to do an event for several years … read more.

Houchin: ‘not a crime to witness a crime’
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:50AM
BARTOW –– Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Houchin has clarified his office’s position in its decision not to charge Cody Kennedy, chronicler of two cell phone videos depicting Aaron Doty’s final hours, as an accessory in Doty’s death. “Cody Kennedy, although … read more.

Doty had gasoline in his throat at time of death
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
BARTOW – Aaron Doty had gasoline in his throat at the time of his death, it was revealed Monday morning in the second day of testimony in the state’s first degree murder case against Jonathan Ray Rodriguez and Kenneth Felipe. … read more.

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Militants lose in Kobani
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News … read more.

Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man. The video, released on militant websites and … read more.

Up to foot of snow possible for Midwest, Northeast
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
(AP) — A storm gathering steam over the southern Rockies is expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and perhaps even more on Boston, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it … read more.

Civilians flee east Ukraine fighting
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be … read more.

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