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Access to Justice Commission now permanent
Sat  Oct 22 2016 08:00AM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, who has worked for nearly two years to make legal representation affordable to low- to moderate-income clients, has cleared a step toward that … read more.

Sun  Oct 16 2016 08:32AM
SEBRING — The day before 4-year-old Mercedes Blair was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center with massive injuries, she ran away from home. After she was back in the custody … read more.
Landers takes plea in DUI death
Thu  Oct 20 2016 08:54AM
SEBRING — A lewd behavior case got postponed this week, while another involving DUI manslaughter ended in a negotiated plea. Timothy Dale Landers, 48, of Lake Placid pleaded no contest … read more.
Man pleads guilty to child abuse charge
Thu  Oct 20 2016 08:54AM
SEBRING — A Sebring man who has been charged with child abuse involving two children has pleaded guilty in one of the cases, court records show. Benjamin Joshua Herrera is … read more.
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District: Employee broke social media policy
Sat  Oct 22 2016 08:00AM
SEBRING — A Sebring High School paraprofessional resigned his position and was terminated from a coaching position for violating the district’s social media policy concerning his communication with a student, school officials said. Maurice Williams was terminated as a Sebring … read more.

Child advocacy group gets $250,000 grant
Sat  Oct 22 2016 08:00AM
TALLAHASSEE — Alan Abramowitz, executive director of the statewide Guardian ad Litem office, announced thursday that the Florida Guardian ad Litem(GAL) Program will receive a 2016 National Court Appointed Special Advocate (National CASA) Association State Growth Grant for $250,000. The … read more.

PCSO deputies interrupt crime spree
Fri  Oct 21 2016 08:30AM
LAKELAND — During the evening hours of Tuesday, Oct. 18, leading into Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, a crime spree occurred in the Shepherd Oaks subdivision, Imperial Lakes subdivision, and Casa Loma subdivision, all in the south Lakeland/Mulberry area. PCSO deputies … read more.

Fastest of the first responders face off
Fri  Oct 21 2016 10:12AM
SEBRING — First responders are known for their speed, but Sebring Kart Racing is going to find out who is the fastest Sunday Nov. 20 during the final race in its Fastest of the First competition. Since September, all employees … read more.

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GOP faces obstacle in motivating Hispanic voters: Trump
Wed  Oct 26 2016 09:14PM
HIALEAH, Fla. — Berta Delgado told the Spanish-speaking conservative activists at her door that she is “100 por ciento” Republican, and agreed with their assessment that Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy is too liberal. She said she’d vote for Sen. … read more.

US Coast Guard in Hawaii searching for Chinese mariner
Wed  Oct 26 2016 09:14PM
HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii is searching for a Chinese man attempting to set a sailing record from San Francisco to Shanghai. The Coast Guard located Guo Chuan’s 97-foot trimaran early Wednesday. Rescuers searched for the 50-year-old … read more.

Americans ate more seafood last year than they did in 2014
Wed  Oct 26 2016 09:14PM
PORTLAND, Maine — The average American ate nearly a pound more seafood in 2015 than he or she did the previous year, the federal government said on Wednesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the statistic along with its … read more.

Trump, GOP look to ‘Obamacare’ report as comeback lifeline
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:52PM
DORAL, Florida — Suddenly armed with fresh political ammunition, Donald Trump and anxious Republicans across the nation seized on spiking health care costs Tuesday in a final-days effort to spark election momentum. The Republican presidential nominee, trekking across must-win Florida, … read more.

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