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Man charged with using 4-year-old as shield
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A local man is facing kidnapping charges for allegedly using a 4-year-old as a shield during a fight. According to arrest reports, John Nicholas Cassel, 25, of … read more.
Farm gets 10 hogs over objections from neighbors
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Owners of a hog farm southeast of Sebring have gotten a special exception from the county, but not for as many hogs as they’d hoped. The Planning and … read more.
Flakka not seen here yet, cops say
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Law enforcement agencies in Florida have started looking out for “flakka,” a new drug made from the same chemicals as “bath salts” — but far more potent. Nell … read more.
8 applications filed for IDA/EDC coordinator job
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — The Highlands County Industrial Development Authority/Economic Development Commission had eight applications for the position of economic development coordinator when the board met Wednesday. Donna Doubleday, chair of the … read more.
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Big Clay Shoot April 25
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Highlands and Hardee Counties wants to invite all shooters to participate in The “Big” Clay Shoot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at Square One Sporting Clays. It’s the … read more.

Suspicious men noted by HCSO
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING – The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two separate reports this week of men attempting to pick up girls on the way to and from school. According to the HCSO, a Hispanic male with black hair and driving … read more.

Ball bounces into race for sheriff
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Major Brandon A. Ball with the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office has put in his bid to be the new Highlands County sheriff in 2016. Ball filed paperwork with Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg at 1 p.m. Thursday. … read more.

Elwell: No support in push for more night meetings
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County commissioners have discussed the possibility of more night meetings in the future, but not how soon that might happen. So far, like the night meeting held last week, commissioners have said they will be fine with … read more.

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Trial beginning for last 3 defendants in FAMU hazing case
Sun  Apr 19 2015 02:11PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Three years have passed since the brutal beating death of a Florida A&M University drum major exposed a culture of hazing within the school’s band. The final three former band members charged with manslaughter and felony … read more.

Poland summons US envoy over FBI head’s Holocaust comments
Sun  Apr 19 2015 02:11PM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Foreign Ministry urgently summoned U.S. Ambassador Stephen Mull on Sunday to “protest and demand an apology,” saying the FBI director suggested that Poles were accomplices in the Holocaust. James Comey made the remarks in an … read more.

Afghan police say insurgents enter southern police compound
Sun  Apr 19 2015 02:11PM
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police chief says insurgents armed with guns and explosives have entered a police station in the southern city of Lashkar Gar after a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the gate of the compound allowing … read more.

Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later
Sun  Apr 19 2015 02:11PM
ATLANTA (AP) — A Canadian couple has sued a Georgia-based sperm bank saying the anonymous donor whose sperm they used to conceive a child was misrepresented to them. Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson filed the lawsuit last month in … read more.

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