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Sebring man, 31, dies when motorcycle runs into grove
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — A Sebring man is dead after crashing his motorcycle into a citrus grove early Saturday morning. Wesley Hair, 31, of Sebring, died when his motorcycle veered off southbound … read more.
Grimsley: Veto of lighting funds was ‘punitive’
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING – Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $1 million in funding for traffic safety lighting along U.S. 27 in Sebring was political retribution for the Florida Senate not supporting his … read more.
Crop duster moved to hangar
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The crop duster accused of causing a chemical spill at the Avon Park Municipal Airport has been moved off the tarmac and into a hangar. Ag Flying … read more.
More progress: Harder Hall rezoning hearing set for July 14
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Anyone interested in the redevelopment of Harder Hall will have two weeks to get ready for the rezoning hearing on July 14. City officials said the hearing will … read more.
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Stephenson to step down as Raceway chief
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Tres Stephenson has announced that the end of March 2016 will be his last day with the Sebring International Raceway. He said he plans to work through one more running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring … read more.

Boys & Girls Club now leaking
Thu  Jul 2 2015 02:59PM
SEBRING — Before officials with the Boys and Girls Club of Highlands County can even start renovating its now-closed emporium, they need a new roof. Executive Director Woodraun Wright said Monday, during a rainy afternoon, that what started as a … read more.

Veterans with PTSD don’t do well with fireworks
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Ask any veteran about post-traumatic stress disorder, and they’ll say loud noises are a problem. Yet twice a year, neighbors go outside and shoot fireworks in their yards and streets near veterans’ homes, with no idea they may … read more.

Shoop: ‘Great things’ going on in downtown Sebring
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Mayor John Shoop said “a lot of great things” are going on and that he has “such a good feeling” about Sebring. Shoop was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s “What’s Up Downtown?” meeting at Highlands Little Theatre. He … read more.

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Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks
Thu  Jul 2 2015 03:26PM
VIENNA (AP) — Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United … read more.

Top US diplomat in Cuba on short list for new embassy
Thu  Jul 2 2015 03:26PM
HAVANA (AP) — From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba’s defiance of the United States. “Homeland or Death!” reads the sign erected in front … read more.

Greek vote campaign begins amid grinding cash crisis
Thu  Jul 2 2015 03:26PM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. For Greeks, particularly the elderly, the daily struggle to get … read more.

5,000 evacuated after train derailment in East TN
Thu  Jul 2 2015 03:26PM
Blount County, TN — A frantic cleanup effort is underway in East Tennessee after a train derailed, caught fire and spewed fumes in the area. Authorities have ordered a mandatory evacuation of 5,000 people within a 2-mile radius of the … read more.

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