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Deadline to register for primary vote is Monday
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:00AM
SEBRING — The primary election is Aug. 30. Are you registered to vote, and have you declared a party? The deadline is Monday. This is the first time since 2010 … read more.
‘Murder on a Cop’ video leads to arrest in AP
Fri  Jul 29 2016 04:42PM
AVON PARK — An Avon Park man is behind bars for his alleged involvement in making a social media video titled “Murder on a Cop.” Michael Stanley Johnson Jr., 28, … read more.
Benton: Trip to DNC ‘amazing experience’
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:00AM
SEBRING — “We can’t just make an arrest, put people in jail, and lock them up and throw away the key.” Sheriff Susan Benton traveled to Philadelphia to deliver that … read more.
A pair of heroes who serve with a smile
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:00AM
Gary Johnson’s voice grows warm and enthusiastic when he’s asked about the volunteers who make all the work the Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County possible. Johnson is the … read more.
More Local News
Budget not budging
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:00AM
SEBRING — Despite a lot of budget changes, the Highlands County 2016-17 deficit still stands at $3.2 million. The county had to pull $3 million from reserves for the 2015-16 fiscal year, but looks to finish with those funds intact. … read more.

Rescuer told to empty kennels
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — In 1995, Sophy Mae Mitchell found two stray dogs in St. Croix and brought them back with her. Since then, she’s had stray dogs for adoption at her Sebring home on Crescent Drive. She’s been told to empty … read more.

Man indicted for murder, dumping body in Everglades
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Michael Celello, 56, of Sebring has been indicted in the murder of his former roommate, 49-year-old Michael Ernest Cerillo. The grand jury handed down an indictment last week. Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin said Celello officially faces charges … read more.

Mason’s Ridge gets 17th house
Sat  Jul 30 2016 08:00AM
SEBRING — After Robert Gallimore and Kathrine Little get married Sept. 17 and honeymoon at Disney World, they’ll already have their house to call home. Highlands County Habitat for Humanity dedicated 1409 Inspiration Drive Wednesday, making it the 17th house … read more.

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Florida man arrested; doughnut flakes test positive for meth
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Rushing probably won’t be eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts in his car any more. The 64-year-old was arrested on drug charges when Orlando police officers spotted four tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought … read more.

Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:19AM
Second dispensing organization authorized in Florida TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida’s Department of Health has granted its second dispensing authorization for medical marijuana. On Wednesday the agency notified Surterra Therapeutics that it has been approved for processing and dispensing low-THC cannabis. … read more.

FDA: No Miami-area blood donations during Zika investigation
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Federal authorities want to suspend blood donations in Florida counties investigating four mysterious cases of Zika infection that may be the first spread by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland. Blood centers in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale … read more.

Recent deaths of kids in hot cars prompt pleas to parents
Wed  Jul 27 2016 01:19AM
DALLAS — The deaths of four children in hot cars in recent days has brought the number across the U.S. this year to at least 23, nearly matching the total for all of last year and prompting experts to plead … read more.

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