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Sebring digs into reserves to keep tax rate level
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:00AM
SEBRING — In a short meeting Thursday, the Sebring City Council approved the 2016-17 budget with no tax increase and money pulled from reserves to cover shortfalls. The council approved … read more.
TDC to revisit logo, change board makeup
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:00AM
SEBRING — The Tourist Development Council sent the “Visit Sebring” logo back for redesign Thursday. Members also agreed to put two members from each city on the board and try … read more.
AP chamber hoping grant paves way to facelift for headquarters
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:00AM
AVON PARK — One of the City of Charm’s oldest downtown buildings may soon be getting a facelift. The Avon Park Chamber of Commerce is set to appear on Monday … read more.
Tuesday night wreck leaves one dead
Fri  Jul 22 2016 03:37PM
SEBRING — A 27-year-old Sebring woman was killed Tuesday night after her car struck a palm tree. Carissa Simone Price, of Sebring, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, … read more.
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APCI jailer jailed on fraud, illegal contracting charges
Fri  Jul 22 2016 03:36PM
SEBRING — A correctional officer at the Avon Park Correction Institute has been arrested on numerous charges stemming from an alleged illegal contracting operation. Robert Stephen Wiggins, 32, of Sebring, was arrested Thursday (July 21) by deputies with the Highlands … read more.

Sheriff opens investigation into Lister
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation into allegedly conflicting statements made by Public Safety Director Jason Lister during the city’s N-word probe. The case reportedly will probe whether or not Lister lied and made … read more.

Lightning strike sparks blaze
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Lightning has been cited as the cause of a massive blaze that destroyed a trailer and damaged two others during a thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon. The conflagration began around 2:30 p.m. and ultimately leveled a trailer in the 100 … read more.

County holds off on tourism logo
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — In back-to-back agenda items Tuesday, county commissioners put a hold on a Lake Placid request to create its own tourism marketing and tabled a decision on the controversial “Visit Sebring” tourism brand. Instead, the commission asked Lake Placid … read more.

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Florida’s jobs agency gives checks to departing employees
Sat  Jul 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid a major shakeup pushed by Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida agency responsible for luring jobs to the state is paying nearly a half-million dollars to departing employees. Florida taxpayers are picking up the majority of … read more.

County worker accused of threatening Florida AG Pam Bondi
Fri  Jul 22 2016 10:19PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi got a death threat from a county worker in central Florida who accused her of hating gays and taking bribes from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. A Florida Department … read more.

Authorities: $1B Medicare fraud nursing home scam, 3 charged
Sat  Jul 23 2016 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been charged in an unprecedented $1 billion health care fraud scam, accused of using dozens of Miami nursing homes to bilk the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to an indictment unsealed … read more.

Historic home destroyed by fire
Fri  Jul 22 2016 10:19PM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say one of Melbourne’s oldest surviving houses has been destroyed by a fire. Florida Today reports that firefighters responded to the Elizabeth Eaton home early Thursday afternoon. The flames were knocked down about an hour … read more.

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