Are drones flying over Avon Park?
In two county commission meetings, Dale Pflug has asked if the U.S. Air Force is flying drones outside the Avon Park Air Force Bombing Range.
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Fri Jul 18, 2014
The Only True Religion - The Establishment of "the Order of the Zews."
I hereby practice my first amendment rights and hereby establish "the Order of the Zews," which is the only true religion on the face of the earth that doesn't praise God in a name Satan created that all of mankind would praise him.
Michael Branham is dead
Branham, a retired Avon Park Police officer, was accused of shooting his wife, Janette, 40, a prominent Highlands County attorney, in July 2005.
Wed Jul 16, 2014
Infant childcare hard to come by in Highlands County
As soon as mothers find out they are pregnant, they get their baby's name on the tight infant waiting list so they have a good shot at a slot opening when the birth actually takes place and it's time for them to go back to work.
LP councilman takes issue with school administratora s comment
Lake Placid Councilman Ray Royce believes the School Board of Highlands County doesn't have anything to boast about from the recently released school accountability grades.
Tue Jul 15, 2014
Avon Park a " It took several attempts, but therea s no going back to the drawing board this time.
After repeated tries to get some financial backing from the City of Avon Park, the Heartland Cultural Alliance is poised to sign its signature on its canvass of persistence in opening a museum of art and cultural center.
Suspecta s statement regarding murder led to upgraded charge
But after the suspect, Javon Douryan Moses, 19, of 448 W. Perry Drive, Avon Park, admitted that he decided beforehand to murder Dwayne Council Jr., the charge was upgraded to first-degree murder, Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin said.
Mon Jul 14, 2014
Sheriffa s office starts crisis intervention training
Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton has kicked off a two-year initiative to train law enforcement and detention deputies in crisis intervention techniques.
Fri Jul 11, 2014
Memorial Elementary boosts grade from a Fa to a Ba
Memorial Elementary School made a remarkable turnaround, going from an “F” to a “B” grade, according to the preliminary elementary and middle school grades released Friday by the Florida Department of Education.
Medicaid privatization deadline nears for recipients
The change comes three years after the Legislature voted to privatize the program, saying the roughly $23 billion a year bill was consuming the state budget.
Thu Jul 10, 2014
Pot-bellied pigs OK
At their Tuesday meeting, the planning commission discussed an amendment to the land development regulations “providing for allowing pot-bellied pigs in residential zoning districts.” P&Z also recommended a separate ordinance that currently allows three sheep, goat or hogs on at least one acre.
Wed Jul 09, 2014
Man accused of doing work without having a license
Bobby Lee Taylor, 58, 2813 Wellston Ave., Avon Park, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with felony contracting without a license and performing work without obtaining a building permit.
Tue Jul 08, 2014
SEBRING a " When Jennifer Payne and her husband bought the Lake Placid...
Since then, Payne has added four more grades, and, come August, will add middle school to the academy, which serves about 175 students from age 2 upward.
Mon Jul 07, 2014
New ordinance would let pot-bellies inside the house
That suits Rick Haberman, who owns ChinaDoll Farms on Butler Road, east of Avon Park.
Thu Jul 03, 2014
Girl Scouts preserve history in sidewalk project
After about 40 hours of painstaking work since February, four Troop 773 Girl Scouts - Mikyla Berish, Zoe Stanley, Casey Pollard and Torie Allen - re-etched on a new concrete path more than 60 names of former Girls Scouts and Girl Scout leaders that had once been penciled in on a sidewalk the county is now tearing up.
Tue Jul 01, 2014
Burglary report leads to discovery of drugs
What started as a report of a burglary ended up with the supposed victim being arrested on drug charges, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.
Mon Jun 30, 2014
Family Dollar recently opened at the corner of North Ridgewood Drive...
According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Bureau of Labor statistics, Highlands County generated just over $211 million in wages as of December 2013.
Sat Jun 28, 2014
Two years later, neglected children making progress, aunt says
That was where authorities said she and her two sisters and a brother were fed very little and kept in their bedrooms most of the day in a filthy apartment full of cockroaches.
Sebring High School is the countya s largest high school with 1,500 students registered.
Highlands County is well-known for its oranges and cattle, but did you know that before citrus, pineapple was king in Avon Park? Or that the Avon Park Lakes area used to be a ranch and the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in helping sell or market lots there? The 12 Hours of Sebring and the Sebring International Raceway fans have ... (more)