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Watson could make plea deal in road rage attempted murder case
Sat  Aug 1 2015 07:58AM
SEBRING — A man charged with two counts of attempted murder may be in negotiation with prosecutors on a plea deal. Details of a possible deal with Thomas Gabriel Watson, … read more.
73-year-old charged with growing pot in his tiki bar
Sat  Aug 1 2015 07:58AM
SEBRING — A report of gunfire brought deputies to an elderly man’s home. They didn’t charge him with that, but they charge him with growing marijuana. According to arrest reports, … read more.
Rodney Atkins to headline Fla. Hospital Gala
Sat  Aug 1 2015 07:58AM
SEBRING — Country music star Rodney Atkins plays stadiums and casinos, has had six No. 1 hits in the last decade and does USO tours overseas. At 8 p.m., Nov. … read more.
Bashes and splashes: Events lined up as start of school year nears
Sat  Aug 1 2015 07:58AM
SEBRING — As tax-free week kicks off next Friday, parents may still wonder how they’ll get all their kids needed school supplies. For the third year now, they may get … read more.
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SWAT called to serve sexual battery warrant
Sat  Aug 1 2015 07:58AM
SEBRING — Highlands County’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team deployed this week to serve a warrant. They had received word that Jerry Stephenson, 60, of Sebring was armed and barricaded in his Hoyt Avenue home. Fortunately, when deputies arrived at … read more.

HCSO asks for help in locating missing California man
Sat  Aug 1 2015 07:58AM
SEBRING — The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing California man who was last seen July 10 after visiting his parents in Sebring. Alex Christopher Schneider, 39, was planning on making two … read more.

A hero who takes stock
Sat  Aug 1 2015 07:58AM
As the 2015-2016 school year approaches, we want to honor the volunteer mentors at Take Stock in Children – a public/private, statewide organization dedicated to providing low-income students one-on-one support throughout their middle and high school years. The goal is … read more.

County plans capital costs
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — With an influx of $16.5 million from a recent loan and a renewed infrastructure sales tax, county officials are trying to ensure they cover all capital needs in the next few years. Still topping the list is a … read more.

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US stocks lower; energy stocks slump
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed modestly lower Friday as oil titans Exxon Mobil and Chevron led a slump in energy stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 56.12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,689.86. The Standard & Poor’s 500 … read more.

US wage growth falls to slow pace in 2nd quarter
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn’t lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus … read more.

’Gut-wrenching’ decision: Search for teens suspended
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard’s search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys … read more.

2nd Australian surfer fights off shark attack
Fri  Jul 31 2015 11:48PM
(CNN) — A second Australian surfer has warded off a shark attack by punching the predator after it bit his leg, police in New South Wales said Friday. The 52-year-old man — named in local media as Craig Ison — … read more.

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