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Cars collide head-on by Memorial Elementary School
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:00AM
AVON PARK — A head-on collision Friday morning in front of Memorial Elementary School sent two people to local hospitals, according to the Florida Highway Patrol on scene. Drivers Keri … read more.
City sells former sewer plant site
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — The city has agreed to sell a piece of property that once held a sewer plant in Thunderbird Hill South. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to … read more.
$8,000 worth of uncashed checks found at old bank
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Charlie Lowrance found some unique items at the old Bank of America building he turned into a flea market, including approximately $8,000 in uncashed checks in the suggestion … read more.

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Lake Placid woman charged with hit and run on loaded school bus
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Florida Highway Patrol caught a suspect in the case of a hit and run rear-end wreck on Friday morning. Lois Gay Hillman, 44, of Lake Placid has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash with … read more.

Residents complain about easement on private ranch land
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK — County commissioners voted 4-0 to approve using $495,000 from the Conservation Trust Fund to purchase a 544-acre conservation easement from the Rafter T Ranch. The funds will then be reimbursed by Enterprise Florida through a grant partnership … read more.

County to add flashing yellow arrows on Parkway
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — While riding with his son in St. Petersburg, County Engineer Ramon Gavarrete had an experience that made him rethink a new traffic signal plan. The Florida Department of Transportation had wanted to put new “flashing yellow” arrows on … read more.

Harvard dean: You can go to college without going into debt
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:00AM
SEBRING - On Jan. 18, Harvard Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons told local students how to attend the college of their choice without incurring debt. “Even though college is expensive, money is there for students who want to learn,” Fitzsimmons … read more.

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Central Florida church makes 100,000 meals to ship to Africa
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
INDIALANTIC, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of volunteers at a central Florida church have pulled off an impressive act of charity: They’re sending 100,000 meals to Africa. The youth ministry at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic spearheaded an … read more.

Uber drivers fined more than $44K in series of Fla. stings
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Palm Beach County officials have fined the ride-hailing service Uber and six of its drivers more than $44,000. The Palm Beach Post reports the county conducted stings this week in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, … read more.

Florida couple gets wedding surprise from Backstreet Boy
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple got the wedding crasher of their dreams: A visit from a member of the Backstreet Boys. Florida Today reports Ryan and A’riel Kastovich were married Saturday in Melbourne. A few months back, the … read more.

WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of WHO’s … read more.

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