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DSAC debates allowing cell phones at high schools
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING – The Highlands County District School Advisory Council (DSAC) on Monday debated the possibility of a change in the Code of Student Conduct that would allow high school students … read more.
Town hall discusses U.S. 27
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — U.S. 27 has problems ranging from timing of lights to how tight trucks have to turn, but one thing local drivers agree on is it needs improvement. Where … read more.
Woman uses pizza order to report being held hostage
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK – “Please help. Get 911 to me. 911 hostage help!” That frantic message, secretly slipped into an online pizza order by a woman being held captive by her … read more.
County to dumpers: ‘We will prosecute’
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County commissioners, angry about illegal dumping, have asked for a deputy to enforce dumping laws — and they’ll pay for it. “I’m pretty upset about this,” said … read more.
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ABATE, county proclaim Motorcycle Safety Awareness month
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Two motorcycle riders have died in the last six month from wrecks on Highlands County roads, and riders want other motorists to be careful. For that reason, the Highlands County Commission on Tuesday proclaimed May 2015 as Motorcycle … read more.

UF/IFAS Youth Field Day set
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
ONA — This year’s Youth Field Day & Expo will be June 25 at the UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center. The goal is to excite students about agriculture and science, reveal future opportunities in those areas, and foster … read more.

More Guardian ad Litem volunteers are needed
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Guardian ad Litem program needs more volunteers to advocate for abused children in court. The program has seen an increase in cases in the last year, said Dawn Shinskey, child advocate recruiter in Bartow, partly from a … read more.

Storm blamed for garbage pick-up delay
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Tuesday’s severe storm made it impossible to pick up garbage that morning, so garbage sat out overnight to the dismay of residents. That’s what representatives for Progressive Waste Solutions told County Engineer Ramon Gavarrete after he got complaints … read more.

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US stocks sink as oil price gets above $60
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A combination of concerns knocked the U.S. stock market lower Tuesday, snapping a two-day run. Crude oil climbed above $60 a barrel for the first time this year, raising expectations for rising inflation and interest rates. … read more.

Escaped inmate nabbed after 56 years
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
ORLANDO — A man convicted of manslaughter escaped from an Ohio prison farm in 1959, then was allowed to slip away from law enforcement in 1975 and disappeared until a ruse to get his fingerprints led to his arrest in … read more.

Two decades after ‘Black Hawk Down,’ Kerry visits Somalia
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the … read more.

ISIS claims Texas attack
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
PHOENIX — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the assault on a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, but counterterrorism experts said IS has a history of asserting involvement in attacks in which it … read more.

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