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First Veterans Benefits Fair planned for Feb. 7 at Post 69
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:50AM
AVON PARK — Larry Roberts has been helping veterans for 10 years and says he’s “still learning stuff.” Roberts, American Legion 8th District service officer and Post 69 service officer, … read more.
Houchin: ‘not a crime to witness a crime’
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:50AM
BARTOW –– Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Houchin has clarified his office’s position in its decision not to charge Cody Kennedy, chronicler of two cell phone videos depicting Aaron Doty’s final … read more.
Doty had gasoline in his throat at time of death
Wed  Jan 28 2015 03:38PM
BARTOW – Aaron Doty had gasoline in his throat at the time of his death, it was revealed Monday morning in the second day of testimony in the state’s first … read more.
HCSO: Biker may have shot self on C.R. 721
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:50AM
LORIDA — Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating how a motorcycle rider ended up dead Thursday afternoon along County Road 721 near Sky Road with an apparent gunshot wound. Preliminary … read more.
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Contract could cut HCSO building costs
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:50AM
SEBRING — County commissioners have a chance to get cost savings on the new law enforcement building for the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Susan Benton said Tuesday that she, County Engineer Ramon Gavarrete, Suzanne Hunnicutt of Chastain-Skillman and other … read more.

FHP: Head-on wreck driver under influence
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:50AM
AVON PARK — A driver listed at fault in a head-on crash Friday has been charged with driving under the influence, without a license and while in possession of drugs. Keri Ann Sabbatis, 31, of 1061 Hyacinth Ave. in Sebring, … read more.

Local News Snapshots
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Road closed for culvert installation SEBRING – Highlands County Road and Bridge Department will close the road at 2831 Meadowood Lane from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) for culvert installation. Detours will be posted. For further information, call … read more.

City IDs top road projects
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
AVON PARK — City Council ranked eight possible road projects in Avon Park that will be considered in the Florida Department of Transportation’s five-year work program during Monday night’s meeting. City Manager Julian Deleon was going to tabulate the results … read more.

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State, National and World News
Thought to be dead, ‘zombie’ cat crawls out of grave
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:14PM
TAMPA — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought … read more.

Boston bounces back, digs out from blizzard’s 2 feet of snow
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:14PM
BOSTON (AP) — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow. … read more.

Stocks fade late as oil dips, Fed gives investors pause
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:14PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Reserve’s latest take on the U.S. economy got investors in a selling mood Wednesday, as stocks fell sharply for the second straight day. The stock market also took a hit when benchmark U.S. oil … read more.

Smugglers ferry refugees in cargo ships
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:14PM
ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR — The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the “ghost ship” came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew — and hundreds of Syrians as … read more.

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