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Company doing ecological restoration in Central Florida
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — While the Highlands County Commission considers whether or not to purchase 25.2 acres of mitigation credits on land on Polk County, a company focused on conservation has set … read more.
County sinks skink property
Wed  Oct 7 2015 11:59AM
SEBRING — Highlands County has right of way, plans and a contract to build Sebring Parkway Phase III. One thing it doesn’t have, however, is sand skink mitigation land. Commissioners … read more.
Fireman complaint resolved with letter
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK — City officials have closed a complaint against a longtime firefighter with a warning letter. City Manager Julian Deleon announced his decision in a letter to firefighter Lonnie … read more.
State’s Attorney: Sun ‘N Lake Supervisors ran afoul of Sunshine law with email discussions
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
SEBRING — Over six months, three Sun ‘N Lake supervisors exchanged emails about everything from a $3.5 million capital improvement project to a golf course member in bad standing, in … read more.
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Car hits and rolls Blazer
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A driver who did not see an oncoming Chevrolet Blazer pulled out into the side of it Thursday afternoon, rolling the Blazer on it’s roof. Tina Carol Boyers, 58, of Bradenton told Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies she … read more.

Barnett found guilty of killing Polk deputy
Sun  Oct 4 2015 08:30AM
BARTOW — Terrence Barnett, already sentenced to 30 years for a Highlands County murder, is now facing a possible death penalty in another case. On Wednesday, jurors voted 7-5 to Circuit Judge Jalal Harb in Bartow that Barnett get the … read more.

These teachers don’t just drone on
Wed  Oct 7 2015 07:58AM
AVON PARK — Some see them as a threat to privacy and public safety. Others see them as useful but remain wary. But for John Byrd, professor of electronics at South Florida State College, and his student, Leo Mourao, they … read more.

HCSO: Deputies train for active shooter situations
Sun  Oct 4 2015 08:30AM
If the worst should happen, and a shooter attacks a large facility in Highlands County, deputies have trained for it. That’s what Capt. Tim Lethbridge, in charge of training for the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, said Friday after news of … read more.

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Pistorius family: Oscar’s rights being undermined
Wed  Oct 7 2015 01:19AM
SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ family criticized South African authorities on Tuesday for delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house arrest, saying his rights were being “undermined” because of the … read more.

House committee approves bill to allow open carry of guns
Wed  Oct 7 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Licensed gun owners would be able to openly carry their weapons in public under a bill approved by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday. Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz cited federal crime statistics that show that states … read more.

Zimbabwe: 14 elephants killed by cyanide poisoning
Wed  Oct 7 2015 01:19AM
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Fourteen elephants were poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe in three separate incidents, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said Tuesday. Three elephants were killed in … read more.

Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship
Tue  Oct 6 2015 10:36PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose job was to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting. Could … read more.

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