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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
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
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
Stocks finish January on weak note
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year. All told, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3 percent in January, … read more.

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an … read more.

Milk does a body good? A look at the science
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to … read more.

Poet, songwriter Rod McKuen, dies at 81
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in … read more.

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