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Memorial Elementary to re-open Wednesday
Tue  Aug 23 2016 04:52PM
AVON PARK — Power has been restored to Memorial Elementary School. Students and staff are expected to return Wednesday for the regularly scheduled school day. “There will be school tomorrow,” … read more.
Shooting suspect found dead in South Carolina
Wed  Aug 24 2016 01:00AM
AVON PARK — The man wanted in connection with the early Monday morning shooting of an Avon Park woman has been found dead in South Carolina. Walter Allen Russ, 34, … read more.
Bad break-up blamed in shooting
Tue  Aug 23 2016 11:13AM
AVON PARK — A bad break-up is being cited as the motive behind a shooting early Monday morning that critically injured an Avon Park woman. “Though it is still early … read more.
SCMG buys Highlands Today
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — A deal made Friday between Sun Coast Media Group and the Tampa Bay Times will bring together, under one roof, two newspapers that have worked side by side … read more.
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What happens next?
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
Good morning, Highlands News-Sun and Highlands Today readers. This morning I have the distinct honor of welcoming all of the Highlands Today readers, subscribers and advertisers to the Sun Coast Media Group family. The Highlands News-Sun has been the hometown … read more.

One dead in single-car crash Wednesday night
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — One person is dead following a single vehicle crash Wednesday night. The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the victim as Mykola Bidniak Harris, 41, of Avon Park. The accident, according to reports, occurred around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, … read more.

HCSO clears AP city staff of allegations
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Accusations that senior city officials committed forgery and perjury during Avon Park’s N-word probe have been ruled unfounded by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. “I hope that this will come to a close for the good citizens … read more.

County eyes more fire crews
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — County commissioners have asked staff to look into creating a countywide fire assessment and making plans to place paid firefighters at four stations along U.S. 27. However, they received warnings from current firefighters that they could alienate volunteers. … read more.

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Police: Man robbed, killed after bowling date set up online
Wed  Aug 24 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — A man who took a woman bowling after meeting through an online dating site was fatally shot the next night when she returned with three other men and a gun, police said Tuesday. Adam Hilarie, 27, was shot … read more.

Teen survives rare amoeba infection that kills most people
Wed  Aug 24 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — A South Florida boy has survived a rare brain-eating amoeba that kills most people, aided in part because a hard-to-get drug to fight the infection is made by a company in Orlando where he was hospitalized, doctors said … read more.

San Diego Zoo euthanizes 50-year-old elephant
Tue  Aug 23 2016 11:42PM
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Zoo says it has had to put down a 50-year-old Asian elephant suffering from old age. Zoo officials told The San Diego Union Tribune the male elephant suddenly became weak Tuesday and did … read more.

Obama vows support for Louisiana after the ‘cameras leave’
Tue  Aug 23 2016 11:41PM
ZACHARY, La. (AP) — Standing amid piles of waterlogged debris, President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana “even after the TV cameras leave” on a visit aimed in part at stemming campaign-season … read more.

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