Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
Tax on, tax off?
Highlands County Animal Control caretaker Teri Dosil stands in the new dog house in 2010. Improvements at Animal Control were paid for through the one-cent sales tax revenue.

During this primary election Aug. 26, Highlands County registered voters will be asked to approve a ballot referendum on extending a 1-cent sales tax the county has been assessing since 1989.

Rhonda Hunter shops for items for her classroom at Happy Owl, an educational supply store in downtown Sebring in 2011. The back-to-school sales tax holiday runs from Friday through Sunday and includes school supplies that cost $15 or less.
Tax-free school shopping days set
In this June 25, 2014 photo, dead trees are seen in a tree island in the Florida Everglades near Miami.  A fungus that follows an invasive beetle from Asia is killing trees across the Everglades, and there’s no way to stop the blight from spreading. Since first detected west of Miami 2011, laurel wilt has killed swamp bay trees scattered across 330,000 acres of the Everglades, a roughly 2 million-acre system of state and federal lands.
Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades
Archbold Biological Station Learning Center and Lodge was voted the Gulf Coast area’s favorite public-use building and fourth favorite statewide in an online architecture competition hosted by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Archbold buildings place fourth in contest

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