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Bed tax nets TDC nearly $400,000
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County has raised nearly $400,000 this year through the local option tourist tax. Tax Collector Eric T. Zwayer said Tuesday the 2 percent rate raised approximately $390,000 … read more.
AP trio arrested, charged with racketeering
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:45AM
AVON PARK — State investigators have arrested two local men, a local woman and a Homestead woman for allegedly stealing hundreds of rent checks from Floridians. Florida Department of Law … read more.
Firefighters warn against turkey fires
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Thursday brings a chance to give thanks for a big family, the big game on a flat screen and a big bird in the oven, but not a … read more.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Christmas is so close, you can smell scent of Frasier pine trees in the air. Members of the Lake Placid High School National Honors Society and Student … read more.
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RPAC OKs basketball courts, revises restrooms
Sun  Nov 22 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sun ‘N Lake basketball players will get county help on fresh asphalt on their community court, but Lake Placid plans to revisit its design for restrooms. Town Administrator Phil Williams told members of the Recreation and Parks Advisory … read more.

New playground equipment set for Veterans Beach
Sun  Nov 22 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Public Works Director Ken Fields described the playground equipment at Veterans Beach as “past its useful life.” The Sebring City Council agreed with him and voted 5-0 during Tuesday night’s meeting to spend $55,169.69 for 11 playground pieces, … read more.

One dead after car crashes, ignites home
Sun  Nov 22 2015 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — One person is dead after a vehicle crashed into a home igniting a blaze that consumed both the car and a mobile home early Friday morning in Leisure Lakes. “The deceased was burned beyond recognition,” said Danny … read more.

Arts festival a huge success, TDC told
Sun  Nov 22 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Highlands County Tourist Development Council heard a report about the recent arts and crafts festival in Sebring and supported a bluegrass festival in Avon Park during Thursday’s meeting. Anastasia Saunders, operations manager for the Highlands Art League, … read more.

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State, National and World News
Authorities: Border agent had 110 pounds of cocaine in car
Tue  Nov 24 2015 01:19AM
PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona has been arrested and charged after authorities said state troopers found 110 pounds of cocaine in his car. A criminal complaint filed in federal court shows Arizona Department of Public … read more.

Abraham Lincoln bust stolen from outside Gettysburg museum
Tue  Nov 24 2015 01:19AM
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a bust of Abraham Lincoln has been stolen from outside a museum near where he delivered the “Gettysburg Address.” The bust’s pedestal was found Monday morning in the parking lot of the … read more.

Planned Parenthood sues Texas over blocked Medicaid dollars
Mon  Nov 23 2015 10:34PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on … read more.

Officials: Man shot stepdaughter, then himself at hospital
Tue  Nov 24 2015 01:19AM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man fatally shot his stepdaughter at a Florida hospital while they were visiting a family member Monday morning, then turned the gun on himself, authorities said. The gunman was identified in a news release as … read more.

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