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Hit and run reward now $5,000
Fri  May 27 2016 03:34PM
AVON PARK — In their search for the driver who hit a toddler in Avon Park last month, Crime Stoppers has increased the reward for information to $5,000. “Please call … read more.
Another teacher facing charges
Fri  May 27 2016 04:24PM
LAKE PLACID — Another Highlands County teacher is in trouble with the law after alleged inappropriate contact with at least two students. Kenneth Alexander Oxsalida, 28, a teacher at Lake … read more.
Man in jail for 2 shootings in 2 days
Fri  May 27 2016 04:24PM
LAKE PLACID — A man who was caught in South Carolina and arrested in connection with a shooting in Lake Placid in March was charged on Thursday with another shooting … read more.
Vicki, Bobby Hicks charged with stealing $9K from wrestling club
Fri  May 27 2016 04:02PM
SEBRING — Vicki Hicks, in jail under charges of stealing from her father and the city of Sebring, now faces charges of stealing from the Sebring High School wrestling club, … read more.
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‘Take care of our own’
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Two years ago, when her “sweetie” died, Pauline Melsby used to get her lawn work done pretty regularly. Now, the 89-year-old widow of a World War II veteran will get some help from Vietnam veterans and a local … read more.

Lake Country bids farewell to two retiring teachers
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Lake Country Elementary School teachers and staff honored the careers of retiring colleagues Lillian Palmer and Melinda Devlin. A farewell party was thrown for the well-respected teachers on Wednesday, May 11. The school’s media center was decorated … read more.

Avon Park’s march south nears hospital
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The city of Avon Park continues to grow south. The city’s newest round of annexations will move the city limits to across the street from Florida Hospital Heartland. “This puts the municipal limits in front of Florida … read more.

TDC seeking public input on marketing plan
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Tourist Development Council will host a meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Jack Stroup Sebring Civic Center to discuss its marketing plans for the coming fiscal year. Marketing Committee chair Christine Hatfield, co-owner of Inn on … read more.

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Ex-husband charged with murder of missing Florida woman
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — The ex-husband of a missing Florida woman has been arrested on second-degree murder and child neglect charges. During a news conference Wednesday morning, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said 30-year-old Steven Williams confessed to killing … read more.

Gov. Scott wants more college students to graduate on time
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state’s colleges and universities to do more to help students graduate within four years. Scott on Wednesday called for several changes designed to help students to get out of school sooner. … read more.

Florida insurers request rate hikes under federal health law
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s health care law, but that won’t necessarily mean big consumer price … read more.

South Carolina Gov. signs 20-week abortion ban
Wed  May 25 2016 09:58PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed legislation outlawing most abortions at 20 weeks beyond fertilization. The law took effect Wednesday with the Republican governor’s signature. The only exceptions are if the mother’s life is in … read more.

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