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‘Take care of our own’
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Two years ago, when her “sweetie” died, Pauline Melsby used to get her lawn work done pretty regularly. Now, the 89-year-old widow of a World War II veteran … read more.
Lake Country bids farewell to two retiring teachers
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Lake Country Elementary School teachers and staff honored the careers of retiring colleagues Lillian Palmer and Melinda Devlin. A farewell party was thrown for the well-respected teachers … read more.
Avon Park’s march south nears hospital
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The city of Avon Park continues to grow south. The city’s newest round of annexations will move the city limits to across the street from Florida Hospital … read more.
TDC seeking public input on marketing plan
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Tourist Development Council will host a meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Jack Stroup Sebring Civic Center to discuss its marketing plans for the coming fiscal … read more.
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Only the name has changed
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
This morning you may have noticed a change to the front of your newspaper. We changed our name from the Avon Park News-Sun, Sebring News-Sun and Lake Placid News-Journal to the Highlands News-Sun. We decided to do this for a … read more.

Avon Park to expand N-word probe
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The City of Charm is expanding its probe into the use of the “N-word” by city officials to include the past three years. Councilman Terry Heston was the lone member of the board to vote against the … read more.

AP man killed when motorcycle collides with semi in Sebring
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — A man on a motorcycle died Monday morning after he drifted into the path of a semi-trailer on Arbuckle Creek Road. Bradford Steven Giddens, 61, of Avon Park was eastbound on County Road 700A/Arbuckle Creek Road at 11:22 … read more.

Local news snapshots
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
NRAC meets today SEBRING — The Natural Resorces Advisory Committee will hold a meeting at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 25) at the Conference Room 3 of the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center, 4509 George Blvd. All interested persons … read more.

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State, National and World News
Ex-husband charged with murder of missing Florida woman
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — The ex-husband of a missing Florida woman has been arrested on second-degree murder and child neglect charges. During a news conference Wednesday morning, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said 30-year-old Steven Williams confessed to killing … read more.

Gov. Scott wants more college students to graduate on time
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state’s colleges and universities to do more to help students graduate within four years. Scott on Wednesday called for several changes designed to help students to get out of school sooner. … read more.

Florida insurers request rate hikes under federal health law
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s health care law, but that won’t necessarily mean big consumer price … read more.

South Carolina Gov. signs 20-week abortion ban
Wed  May 25 2016 09:58PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed legislation outlawing most abortions at 20 weeks beyond fertilization. The law took effect Wednesday with the Republican governor’s signature. The only exceptions are if the mother’s life is in … read more.

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