23 min ago
Tips sought on armed robbery at Avon Park convenience store
Authorities are looking for information on an armed robbery that happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday at the M&H Convenience Store, 2532 S.R. 17 S., Avon Park, according to a news release.
9 hrs ago
Mike Souther cuts out vinyl numbers for an order at his sign shop on Friday. Souther is president of the Avon Park Jaycees and serves on the organization's state board.
Sat Dec 07, 2013
Where are the most dangerous traffic locations in Highlands?
Which month has been the worst one so far this year for accidents in Highlands County and what day of the week and time? Figures compiled by a Highlands County Sheriff's Office's law enforcement analyst provide an interesting glimpse into the anatomy of traffic accidents in Highlands County, where they tend to occur and why.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Notorious killers remain threat to society, authorities say
After Samuel Orlando Martinez killed his grandparents in Sebring in 2002, he blamed his actions on his cats.
Biker, passenger injured after hitting deer
An Avon Park motorcyclist and his passenger had serious injuries after their Harley-Davidson hit a deer at 3 a.m. Thursday on State Road 64 in Manatee County, authorities said.
County distributing parks reimbursements to municipalities
Due to the national recession affecting cities and towns around the country, Highlands County recreational reimbursements to municipalities for facilities and park maintenance is about $330,000 overall countywide, about $200,000 less than two years ago.
Sun Dec 01, 2013
Editorial: AP should say yes to museum
Avon Park has made tremendous financial progress by streamlining policies, downsizing staff and cutting redundancies and waste.
Market 27 is 'best kept secret in Highlands County'
It's called the "best kept secret in Highlands County" by many of the customers who have found Market 27. The little building on the north end of Avon Park, almost across the highway from Highlands Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is becoming a favorite place to order pizza, sandwiches or more by those who know about it.
Highlands building market improves, builders say
Walz, who owns Walz and Co., said factors beyond his control, such as what subcontractors charge, determine whether he can get the project completed and make a profit.
Sat Nov 30, 2013
Uncle: Remember Dwayne Council's life as a celebration 'Life is too short for all the violence'
His funeral was attended by as many as 1,000 people. GARY PINNELL/STAFF AVON PARK - Back when Dwayne Council Jr., 21, attended Avon Park High School, a group of friends lunched on Fridays at Yums, a Chinese restaurant in the shopping center next to Publix Supermarket.
Thu Nov 28, 2013
Salvation Army feeds the Thanksgiving Masses
GARY PINNELL/STAFF 112913 Sebring FL Volunteers on both sides of the line fill plates with turkey, ham, green beans, stuffing, rolls and cranberry sauce at the Salvation Army on Thursday.
Dwayne Terrence Council Jr. Murder May Soon Be Solved
The word is on the streets is that a search has been implement, to find the person believed to be the murderer of Dwayne Terrence Council Jr. I cannot reveal his name yet, because it is a rumor that he did it, but it is a fact that the police are looking for him to question him and he is nowhere to be found, which makes him seem guilty even if he ... (more)
Wed Nov 27, 2013
Road work is a mess of patches
I am surely hoping the highway from County Line Road to Avon Park is finished, however it looks like a sloppy patchwork quilt.
No decision on proposed art museum in Avon Park
But they said Monday they want something in writing and a guaranteed rental payment before agreeing to any proposed project, especially since Fred Leavitt, president of the non-profit Heartland Cultural Alliance, is requesting almost $35,000 in Community Redevelopment Agency funds to make it happen.
Garbage collection changes, closures for Thanksgiving
For the unincorporated areas of Highlands County outside all city limits, Choice Environmental will move Thursday's garbage collection to Friday, and Friday's collection to Saturday.
Mon Nov 25, 2013
Dwayne Terrence Council Jr. Murder Suspect released
A man was taken into custody by the Highlands County Sheriff Department and after a thorough investigation he was released.
Sat Nov 23, 2013
Innocent Victim Shot Execution Style in Avon Park, Florida
Dwayne Terrence Council Jr. of Avon Park was found shot to death early this morning in Avon Park.
Fri Nov 22, 2013
Man faces sexual assault charge on child in his care
Roy Sequra Aleman, 38, has been charged with sexual assault and with lewd and lascivious behavior, both on a victim younger than 12 by a person 18 years or older.
Highlands County to be among first counties for new program aimed at protecting children
Following several cases involving deaths of children, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services is preparing to begin investigating allegations of child neglect and abuse in a different way, DCF Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo said this week.