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Deadline to register for primary vote is Monday
Sun  Jul 31 2016 01:00AM
SEBRING — The primary election is Aug. 30. Are you registered to vote, and have you declared a party? The deadline is Monday. This is the first time since 2010 … read more.
‘Murder on a Cop’ video leads to arrest in AP
Sun  Jul 31 2016 01:00AM
AVON PARK — An Avon Park man is behind bars for his alleged involvement in making a social media video titled “Murder on a Cop.” Michael Stanley Johnson Jr., 28, … read more.
Benton: Trip to DNC ‘amazing experience’
Sun  Jul 31 2016 01:00AM
SEBRING — “We can’t just make an arrest, put people in jail, and lock them up and throw away the key.” Sheriff Susan Benton traveled to Philadelphia to deliver that … read more.
A pair of heroes who serve with a smile
Sun  Jul 31 2016 01:00AM
Gary Johnson’s voice grows warm and enthusiastic when he’s asked about the volunteers who make all the work the Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County possible. Johnson is the … read more.
More Local News
Budget not budging
Sun  Jul 31 2016 01:00AM
SEBRING — Despite a lot of budget changes, the Highlands County 2016-17 deficit still stands at $3.2 million. The county had to pull $3 million from reserves for the 2015-16 fiscal year, but looks to finish with those funds intact. … read more.

Rescuer told to empty kennels
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — In 1995, Sophy Mae Mitchell found two stray dogs in St. Croix and brought them back with her. Since then, she’s had stray dogs for adoption at her Sebring home on Crescent Drive. She’s been told to empty … read more.

Man indicted for murder, dumping body in Everglades
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Michael Celello, 56, of Sebring has been indicted in the murder of his former roommate, 49-year-old Michael Ernest Cerillo. The grand jury handed down an indictment last week. Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin said Celello officially faces charges … read more.

Mason’s Ridge gets 17th house
Sun  Jul 31 2016 01:00AM
SEBRING — After Robert Gallimore and Kathrine Little get married Sept. 17 and honeymoon at Disney World, they’ll already have their house to call home. Highlands County Habitat for Humanity dedicated 1409 Inspiration Drive Wednesday, making it the 17th house … read more.

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State, National and World News
Officials: No apparent survivors in Texas balloon crash
Sat  Jul 30 2016 09:26PM
By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press LOCKHART, Texas (AP) — A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas on Saturday, and there did not appear to be any survivors, authorities said. Authorities … read more.

Court rules for middle school, officer in teen’s burp arrest
Sat  Jul 30 2016 09:24PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle-school class with loud burps. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Monday ruled that the … read more.

Sham election in Florida? Phantom candidates block voters
Sat  Jul 30 2016 09:22PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of sham candidates, some of them living hundreds of miles away from the legislative seats they are seeking, are using a Florida election law loophole to deny roughly 1.6 million voters a chance to participate … read more.

Pope to young: Try politics, activism; don’t be couch potato
Sat  Jul 30 2016 09:22PM
By FRANCES D’EMILIO and MONIKA SCISLOWSKA Associated Press BRZEGI, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis challenged hundreds of thousands of young people who gathered in a sprawling Polish meadow to reject being a “couch potato” who retreats into video games and … read more.

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