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Highlands Today

Personal Injury Protection premiums falling

Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 -

- If Highlands County drivers noticed a slight decline in this year's automobile insurance rates, that was their PIP.

Highlands unemmployment edges down

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 -

Florida's unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.3 percent in March, while the Highlands rate dipped .1 percent to 7.3 percent.

Cigarette sales go down, but cigar sales grow

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 -

- Cigarette use is declining in Highlands County, but cigar smoking is rising.

Legislature appropriates money for Spring Lake, Peace River Center, AVID

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 -

- If both budget bills make it through the House and Senate, and if Gov. Rick Scott doesn't line-item veto the projects, AVID will receive $520,000 in state funds to help local middl...

State Rep. Pigman draws Democratic opponent

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 -

SEBRING - A new candidate has filed for state representative in District 55, and he'll need to start raising funds quickly.

AP, LP may truck trash to Okeechobee Commissioners don't object

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 -

SEBRING - It was over in a few minutes. Instead of objecting, reducing tipping fees at Highlands County landfill, or asking Avon Park and Lake Placid to stay, the commissioners bid adieu Tuesday to Julian Deleon.

Race car starts as a 5-ounce block

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 -

SEBRING - When Payne Duvall, 6, hugged his father for a long time Saturday after winning the biggest trophy at the Pinewood Derby, Lance Duvall didn't mind saying he was moved to tears. It was a big deal.

Detectives still investigating Dwayne Council murder

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 -

AVON PARK - More than four months after a popular high school football player was killed on a dark street southeast of downtown, deputies still have not arrested the killer.

Winn-Dixie will stay in Lake Placid and Wauchula

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 -

SEBRING - Two weeks after the conversion began, Sweetbays in Sebring and Lake Placid are now Winn-Dixie grocers.

Skate team forming in Sebring

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 -

SEBRING - Lisa Everhart is looking for a few good pivots, jammers and blockers. About 20, actually, and they don't even have to know how to skate.

County looking at landfill issues

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 -

County and city administrators and their attorneys sat down together Monday and Tuesday to discuss whether Avon Park and Lake Placid will really truck their garbage to Okeechobee.

The future is Alzheimer's

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 -

SEBRING - TaxWatch expects the number of Floridians afflicted with Alzheimer's to grow by nearly 50 percent in the next decade, straining the health care system and increasing costs for taxpayers. A TaxWatch report, "Flo...

Extended foster care keeps kids in system until age 21

Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 -

SEBRING - Beginning this year, Florida kids can stay in foster care until they're 21, and Debby Driskill wishes Michigan would do the same.

World-record tilapia still in Lake Istokpoga?

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 -

LORIDA - This big fish didn't get away, Bobby Kotch threw it back.

County attorney costs vary just about everywhere

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 -

SEBRING - Last month, three of the five Highlands County commissioners said they preferred a full-time, in-house county attorney.

Census: Highlands County still losing population

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 -

SEBRING - The U.S. Census estimates Highlands County and its three municipalities have lost population since the 2010 head count.

Aircraft manufacturer will build planes in Sebring

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 -

SEBRING - Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam, an Italian manufacturer of light aircraft, announced Tuesday the Naples company will assemble planes at Sebring Regional Airport.

Commission funds new sheriff's office

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 -

SEBRING - Highlands County commissioners made official on Tuesday, juggling $4.7 million in Sebring Parkway money to fund a new sheriff's office.

Sebring, Lake Placid, Avon Park differences shown on census

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 -

SEBRING - When Debra Worley studies a U.S. Census comparison of Avon Park, Lake Placid and Sebring, a picture emerges of how similar - and how remarkably different - the municipalities are.

Two reports: Highlands County residents aren't in good health

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 -

SEBRING - Highlands County, your health is slipping.

GOP helps immigrants with KidCare, tuition bills

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 -

SEBRING - After decades of saying they'd change, this may be the year Republican legislators actually do.

Some Northerners still waiting for the thaw

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 - SEBRING - Jim Johnson checked out three books on Tuesday at Sebring's public library. He's staying in Highlands County a little longer.

Bill easing flood insurance hikes will help Highlands County

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 -

SEBRING - Less than two years after major legislation that reformed the federal government's much-criticized flood insurance program, the Feds took a do-over.

State predicts billion-dollar surplus

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 -

SEBRING - Florida's chief economist is projecting a $1.2 billion or bigger surplus, but don't expect that windfall here.

Restoration Center has been foreclosed

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 - SEBRING - Restoration Center has been foreclosed, said auctioneer Randy Kincaid of Lakeland.

Projects piling up

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 -

Frustrated county commissioners complained two weeks ago about issues that took too long to resolve, at Tuesday's meeting county administrator June Fisher produced a list of 83 projects she and other Highlands County sta...

Parkway, new sheriff's office will be funded

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 -

Sebring Parkway, a new sheriff's office, and the IDA-EDC all will move forward, Highlands County commissioners decided Tuesday.

County commissioners to debate weighty issues

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 - SEBRING - Commissioners will tackle five of their most perplexing subjects at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The most costly may be how to keep the state from yanking a $3 million grant from Sebring Parkway Phase 3.

Orange crop estimate: 114 million boxes

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 -

SEBRING - Frozen concentrated orange juice futures have gained 11 percent this year on the commodities market.

Johnson pleads to manslaughter while jury is deliberating

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 -

SEBRING - Facing the prospect of a hung jury, Asst. State Attorney Steve Houchin offered a plea deal for first degree manslaughter with a weapon.

Fans will see a distinct Twelve Hours in 2014

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 -

SEBRING - What's different this year at the 12 Hours of Sebring?

Short sale, foreclosure rates suggest real estate market still not normal

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 -

SEBRING - The real estate marketing is recovering from the recession. Home sales are up, prices are rising, and new houses are being built.

Local pols raise no opponents, lots of cash

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 -

SEBRING - Denise Grimsley, Cary Pigman and Bill Galvano have no opponents, but that hasn't stopped them from raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for their campaign accounts.

Mural debuts at Sebring

Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 -

SEBRING - Where did that mosaic come from?

Having trouble finding a job?

Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 -

The unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds, including those who gave up looking for work, is 15.8 percent, more than twice the 7.3 percent national average. The jobless rate is even higher for African-Americans and Hispan...

Commissioners weary of long-term issues

Friday, Mar 7, 2014 -

SEBRING - If you think Highlands County takes too long to resolve issues, a majority commissioners actually agree.

Last grow house case winding through court

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 -

AVON PARK - When Deputy Hiram Obregon, 43, and his wife, Lissette, 41, were arrested in October, they became the last marijuana grow house bust in Highlands County.

County loans $89,000 for house, sells it for $35,000

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - Eight years ago, Highlands County's housing department helped a citizen raze her own dilapidated house with $44,519 in Florida State Housing Initiatives Partnership funds and another $44,316 from the federa...

Commissioner rebukes tea partier

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 -

SEBRING - Highlands County commissioners did a lot of listening Tuesday morning: they heard from Geri Canale, who wanted to lease an abandoned Avon Park clay pit but backed out after a motion to ask for bids; they listen...

County leans toward a full-time attorney

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 -

SEBRING - Ross Macbeth may have lost his job Tuesday.

County will look at privatizing EMS, county attorney, other departments

Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 - SEBRING - For more than six months, local tea party members have asked the Highlands County commissioners to privatize the public ambulance service.

What's needed in new sheriff's office

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 -

SEBRING - Crime scene evidence is kept inside Highlands County Jail. But of course, that's not the way it should be.

AP riot report coming from Department of Juvenile Justice

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 - AVON PARK - A report detailing how and why 11 dozen juveniles rioted at Avon Park Youth Academy will be released soon.

County asphalt plant still paving long road

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 -

SEBRING - The jury may still be out on whether Highlands County should have bought its own $3.3 million asphalt plant in 2008, but road and bridge supervisor Kyle Green has made his peace with it.

Sun N' Lake joins county's largest fire district

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 -

SEBRING - There they grow again.

Dogs, cats, faces hiding inside blocks of wood come to life

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 -

SEBRING - Woodcarving can be as simple as a twig and a sharp pocket knife, Bob Seybolt said.

Today's welfare is different than many think

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 -

SEBRING - The myths about welfare: minimum wage workers qualify? Sometimes.

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