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‘STR8 UP’ Minsitry to close down
Sun  Aug 28 2016 01:00AM
LAKE PLACID — The nonprofit STR8 UP Youth Ministry on Main Avenue has ceased operations after more than four years of providing local youths with biblical instruction and educational/athletic fundamentals. … read more.
Officials keeping an eye on tropical system’s path
Sun  Aug 28 2016 01:00AM
SEBRING — Meteorologists thought Florida would see a tropical storm this weekend, but have moved that prediction to the coming week. Whether the system, dubbed “Invest 99L,” becomes a named … read more.
Kenilworth owners file suit against city, fire chief
Sun  Aug 28 2016 01:00AM
SEBRING — The owners of the Kenilworth Lodge have filed a lawsuit against the City of Sebring and Fire Chief Brad Batz. “We became aware of the lawsuit today,” City … read more.
Older than we thought
Sun  Aug 28 2016 01:00AM
The other day, Glen Nickerson, our president, was tidying up his desk in preparation for the Sebring Chamber of Commerce mixer we hosted Thursday night Aug. 18. On his desk … read more.
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Fansler’s arrest history deeper than publicly disclosed
Thu  Aug 25 2016 04:58PM
(See editor’s note at the bottom of the story) LAKE PLACID — The details of sheriff candidate James Fansler’s criminal history are more extensive than have been previously disclosed. Records obtained Thursday by the News-Sun and Highlands Today reveal that … read more.

Sebring man dies in Wednesday plane crash
Sun  Aug 28 2016 01:00AM
LORIDA — A Sebring pilot is dead following a plane crash early Wednesday morning. The crash, involving what was described as a small plane, occurred in a rural section of Lorida near Scrub Pen Road. The pilot has been identified … read more.

Fish filched from Fancy Tails found, suspect still sought
Sun  Aug 28 2016 01:00AM
SEBRING — Deputies, fishing for clues on kidnapped koi, poached goldfish and lifted water lilies, have identified but not yet netted the alleged culprit. The State’s Attorney Office confirmed that a warrant has been issued in the case for at … read more.

Longtime school board member Turnbull dies at 84
Sun  Aug 28 2016 01:00AM
AVON PARK — School board member Donna Howerton said she lost a both a mentor and a friend with the passing of Margaret Turnbull, who died Wednesday morning at the age of 84. Turnbull, who was born in Avon Park … read more.

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Grief erupts in Italy as nation honors, buries quake dead
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:28PM
ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country’s devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying … read more.

’SOS’ in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:26PM
CHUUK STATE, Micronesia (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their “SOS” in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports ( A U.S. Navy aircraft crew … read more.

Scams & waste loom as charity millions donated after Orlando
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:24PM
The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, questionable intentions and little oversight. The fundraisers — an … read more.

Top French court rules burkini bans violate basic freedoms
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:22PM
PARIS (AP) — France’s top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention … read more.

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