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Company doing ecological restoration in Central Florida
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — While the Highlands County Commission considers whether or not to purchase 25.2 acres of mitigation credits on land on Polk County, a company focused on conservation has set … read more.
County sinks skink property
Wed  Oct 7 2015 11:59AM
SEBRING — Highlands County has right of way, plans and a contract to build Sebring Parkway Phase III. One thing it doesn’t have, however, is sand skink mitigation land. Commissioners … read more.
Fireman complaint resolved with letter
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK — City officials have closed a complaint against a longtime firefighter with a warning letter. City Manager Julian Deleon announced his decision in a letter to firefighter Lonnie … read more.
State’s Attorney: Sun ‘N Lake Supervisors ran afoul of Sunshine law with email discussions
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Over six months, three Sun ‘N Lake supervisors exchanged emails about everything from a $3.5 million capital improvement project to a golf course member in bad standing, in … read more.
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Car hits and rolls Blazer
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A driver who did not see an oncoming Chevrolet Blazer pulled out into the side of it Thursday afternoon, rolling the Blazer on it’s roof. Tina Carol Boyers, 58, of Bradenton told Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies she … read more.

Barnett found guilty of killing Polk deputy
Sun  Oct 4 2015 08:30AM
BARTOW — Terrence Barnett, already sentenced to 30 years for a Highlands County murder, is now facing a possible death penalty in another case. On Wednesday, jurors voted 7-5 to Circuit Judge Jalal Harb in Bartow that Barnett get the … read more.

These teachers don’t just drone on
Wed  Oct 7 2015 07:58AM
AVON PARK — Some see them as a threat to privacy and public safety. Others see them as useful but remain wary. But for John Byrd, professor of electronics at South Florida State College, and his student, Leo Mourao, they … read more.

HCSO: Deputies train for active shooter situations
Sun  Oct 4 2015 08:30AM
If the worst should happen, and a shooter attacks a large facility in Highlands County, deputies have trained for it. That’s what Capt. Tim Lethbridge, in charge of training for the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, said Friday after news of … read more.

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Russian warships fire cruise missiles into Syria
Wed  Oct 7 2015 10:16PM
By ALBERT AJI and NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault … read more.

EU to crack down on people refused asylum
Wed  Oct 7 2015 10:14PM
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries are closing in on an agreement Thursday to crack down on migrants who have been refused entry into the bloc so they can be swiftly sent home. A key issue will be to ensure … read more.

Round 2: Downstream South Carolina towns brace for flooding
Wed  Oct 7 2015 10:14PM
By BRUCE SMITH Associated Press GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Along South Carolina’s coast, residents were preparing for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic. And in the Columbia … read more.

Pandora says it will buy Ticketfly for $450M
Wed  Oct 7 2015 10:12PM
By MARLEY JAY AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming music company Pandora said Wednesday it is buying ticket seller Ticketfly for $450 million in a deal the two see changing the way fans find new music and learn … read more.

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