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Rev. Milton Travis Williams
Fri  Nov 28 2014 10:19AM
Rev. Milton Travis Williams, 84, of Webster, passed away on Nov. 22, 2014 at Bayfront Health in Dade City. He was born March 10, 1930 in Avon Park to Ingram … read more.
Remembering Bill
Fri  Nov 28 2014 08:30AM
AVON PARK — In nearly three months since Principal William E. Farmer of Walker Memorial Academy died, his family, teachers and staff have worked to keep his memory and spirit … read more.
Storm sparks slow fire in Avon Park
Fri  Nov 28 2014 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A lightning storm that went on Tuesday night through early Wednesday morning had an unexpected consequence for Highlands Ridge residents Walter and Geraldine Chevillet — it set … read more.
Chop down Christmas: Arbuckle Tract open for tree chopping in December
Fri  Nov 28 2014 08:30AM
POLK COUNTY — Like the last four years, the Lake Arbuckle Tract of the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest will be echoing this weekend with the sounds of saws or … read more.
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Early start: Several local stores open on Thanksgiving Day
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SEBRING — The serious shopper can get started on that Christmas gift list hours before cooking the Thanksgiving turkey as some area stores will be open early Thursday. Kmart at Lakeshore Mall will open at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day and … read more.

Woman charged for attack with knife, scooter, stereo
Fri  Nov 28 2014 08:30AM
AVON PARK — An argument turned potentially deadly Wednesday when one party reportedly began to assault the other with a slew of household items, including knives and a stereo. The incident began Tuesday when 41-year-old Ruth Archeval was reportedly in … read more.

Embracing a new vision
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
These are exciting times for the Lake Placid News-Journal, and exciting times for our hometown. Yes, it’s true the familiar Lake Placid office has been consolidated with our sister newspapers The News-Sun, Sebring News-Sun and Avon Park News-Sun. The combined … read more.

More veterans get Thanksgiving this year
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
SEBRING — Veterans usually don’t ask for much, especially not Thanksgiving dinner. More of them may get that dinner this year from donations to the Highlands County Veterans Services Office, thanks to the generosity — one may say gratitude — … read more.

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State, National and World News
Black Friday blasts off
Fri  Nov 28 2014 09:58PM
NEW YORK — The kick-off to the holiday shopping season has become a two-day affair with stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving. Here’s a look at what’s happening on Black Friday: Best Buy site goes down This probably isn’t the best … read more.

Pope urges more Muslim opposition to Islamic State
Fri  Nov 28 2014 09:56PM
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbaric violence” being committed in Islam’s name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving … read more.

Mickey Rourke, 62, wins exhibition bout in Moscow
Fri  Nov 28 2014 09:56PM
MOSCOW (AP) — Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. Rourke sent 29-year-old Pasadena native Elliot Seymour to the canvas … read more.

Who was Michael Brown?
Fri  Nov 28 2014 09:56PM
NEW YORK — For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown … read more.

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