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County, sheriff work to get new roof, space for jail
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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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State, National and World News
Marathon bombing defense likely to focus on dead brother
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are pinning their best hopes for saving his life on his dead older brother. The defense is expected to portray Tamerlan Tsarnaev as the mastermind behind the twin explosions … read more.

University of Florida reports big drop in black enrollment
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida saw a more than 50 percent drop in enrollment of black freshmen from 2007 to 2013 and a nearly 30 percent drop in overall enrollment of black students. The Gainesville Sun reports … read more.

Hungarians protest against premier’s dealings with Putin
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of protesters in Budapest are demanding the ouster of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Around 3,000 people attended the rally Sunday, which organizer Balazs … read more.

Former Florida prisons chief criticizes Gov. Scott
Sun  Feb 1 2015 02:10PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The former head of Florida’s prisons is blasting Gov. Rick Scott and his administration, saying they put politics ahead of guard and prisoner safety. Mike Crews, who resigned November as Department of Corrections head, told the … read more.

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