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Work to begin on downtown parking, drainage project
Thu  May 5 2016 04:54PM
AVON PARK — Work is expected to begin on a downtown parking and stormwater project near the Brickell Building within the “next 3-4 weeks.” City Manager Julian Deleon made the … read more.
County signs contract for curbside recycling
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County residents will get curbside recycling starting in January of 2017. County commissioners unanimously approved the final contract presented at Tuesday’s meeting, with plans to start the … read more.
Colby gets partial refund of court costs
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Preston Colby will be receiving a partial refund of fines and fees paid in connection to an overturned conviction on theft charges. Circuit Court Judge Peter Estrada authorized … read more.
County puts tax bid on ballot
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — With Tuesday’s approval from the Highlands County Commission, Highlands County schools’ half-cent sales tax referendum will now appear on the August ballot. The next step, said school district … read more.
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Pile burn ignites house, ammunition
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — An unattended burn pile has been identified as the cause of a blaze that destroyed an Avon Park home late Sunday night. Firefighters from the Highlands Lake, West Sebring, and Desoto City volunteer fire departments were assisted … read more.

Second tire buy-back runs smoothly
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Ken Scott and Mandi Foster of Sebring still had 300 tires at their house after November’s tire buy-back at the landfill. This time, they and a friend got rid of all of them. Highlands County’s tire buy-back event … read more.

SWAT team enters Sebring home after report of gunfire
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — The home of an 89-year-old man was surrounded by a sheriff’s SWAT team early Monday morning after reports the elderly man had fired several gunshots at his caregiver. According to reports released by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, … read more.

Tampa Trib sold to Tampa Bay Times
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
TAMPA BAY – The owners of The Tampa Tribune have sold the newspaper and its related publications to the Tampa Bay Times. The Times will honor all Tribune subscriptions and advertising agreements. Starting today (Wednesday, May 4), Tribune subscribers will … read more.

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State, National and World News
Florida Supreme Court considers overturning death sentences
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Supreme Court wrestled with whether an inmate sentenced to death under a system found to be unconstitutional should have his punishment reduced to life in prison, and the lives of nearly 400 other condemned prisoners … read more.

St. Pete delays simply ticketing pot possession violators
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — St. Pete delays vote on ticketing pot possession violators The St. Petersburg City Council has a delayed a vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana until a diversion program is created. The council voted 8-0 … read more.

Florida detective fired for sending explicit video to woman
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A Plantation police detective has been fired after an investigation found he took an explicit video of himself and sent it to a woman who had reported a crime he was investigating. Media outlets report that … read more.

Florida doctor convicted of 162 counts of health care fraud
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a north Florida doctor of 162 counts of health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Christopher Canova said in a news release that 59-year-old Dr. Ona Colasante defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross … read more.

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