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10 hrs ago | Highlands Today

SEBRING a " We have enough water to last at least until 2035.

That's according to the 2014 Lower Kissimmee Basin Water Supply Plan, a document produced by South Florida Water Management District.

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Related Topix: Florida, Sebring, FL, Agriculture, Science, Okeechobee, FL, Glades County, FL

10 hrs ago | Highlands Today

United Way seeks ReadingPals voluteers

ReadingPals is an early literacy initiative supported by the UWCF Women's Leadership Council, created by Carol and Barney Barnett of Publix Supermarkets.

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22 hrs ago | Highlands Today

Woman charged with robbing another woman

Shaniqua Devondra Blake, 26, 113 Stephanie Lane, Lake Placid, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with robbery.

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Related Topix: Sebring, FL, Lake Placid, FL

Wed Jul 30, 2014

Highlands Today

Harvesting Highlands

But by next fall, the almost two-acre field behind the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center, 4509 George Blvd., should be blossoming with an array of vegetables, fruits and herbs grown and cultivated by Highlands County residents.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Home Gardening, Home, Life, Food, Vegetables, Gainesville, FL, Sebring, FL

Highlands Today

Man accused of stealing tire rims

Wakem Tyewon Robinson, 24, 558 Broad St., was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure, third-degree grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

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Related Topix: Sebring, FL

Highlands Today

Avon Park RV Park annexed

The owner of Lake Glenada RV & Mobile Home Park, 2525 U.S. 27, said she was caught off-guard when she found out the 22.3-acre mobile home park was up for annexation by the City of Avon Park -- and it was.

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Related Topix: Avon Park, FL

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Highlands Today

SEBRING a " After a a oenoa vote at her first school board meeting on July ...

After a “no” vote at her first school board meeting on July 8, Highlands County School Board Member Jill Compton was again the sole board member to vote “no” on a budget issue at Monday's public hearing of the school district's tentative budget.

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Related Topix: Sebring, FL, Education Etc.

Highlands Today

Man says he accidentally fired gun into apartment

The residents of the adjoining apartment, who were near where the bullets ended up, said the accused shooter told them it was an accident and that he would take responsibility for the bullet holes in the wall, the report said.

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Related Topix: Avon Park, FL

Highlands Today

Man accused of stealing guns, televisions

Wayne Anderson Hutchins, 49, 204 Quail Ave., Sebring, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with burglary while armed, third-degree grand theft, grand theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property.

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Related Topix: TV, Electronics, Sebring, FL

Mon Jul 28, 2014

Highlands Today

Statewide poll shows support for medical marijuana

So, for the retired construction electrician, the prospect of Floridians being able to legally buy marijuana for medicinal purposes is a no-brainer as long as it's done by a licensed dispensary.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Florida, US News

Highlands Today

Man hit by car in road rage incident apparently saved his girlfriend

Thomas Gerald Watson, 54, 658 Raccoon Lane, Lorida, the man accused of striking the other driver with his vehicle, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Saturday and charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of felony assault.

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Related Topix: Lorida, FL

Sun Jul 27, 2014

Highlands Today

Tax on, tax off?

During this primary election Aug. 26, Highlands County registered voters will be asked to approve a ballot referendum on extending a 1-cent sales tax the county has been assessing since 1989.

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Related Topix: Avon Park, FL, Sebring, FL, Lake Placid, FL

Sat Jul 26, 2014

Highlands Today

Archbold buildings place fourth in contest

Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects Inc. of Fort Myers designed the LEED platinum buildings, which were among six Gulf Coast area buildings nominated for the competition.

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Related Topix: Florida

Highlands Today

Road rage sparks SWAT standoff

Highlands County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Nell Hays said Saturday that a Lorida man in a vehicle chased another vehicle to Lorida General Store on U.S. 98. When the occupants of the chased vehicle got out, the driver of the first vehicle ran over the driver of the second vehicle.

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Related Topix: Lorida, FL

Fri Jul 25, 2014

Highlands Today

Caladium festival colors downtown Lake Placid

But to those in the know, they're called “tapestries,” “red flashes,” “strawberry stars,” “cherry tops,” “royal flushes” and even “frogs.” And they're all up for looks and sale at the 24th annual Caladium Festival, which runs through 3 p.m. Sunday at Lake Placid's ... (more)

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Related Topix: Lake Placid, FL, Mount Dora, FL, Lake County, FL, Home Gardening, Home

Highlands Today

Man, woman accused of shoplifting for fake refunds

Jennifer L. Barton, 29, and John Wayne Barton, 33, both of 604 Bill Head St., Avon Park, were arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office in connection with those thefts, reports say.

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Related Topix: Avon Park, FL

Thu Jul 24, 2014

Highlands Today

Prosecutor: Principal suspects in Doty slaying wona t face death penalty

During that party, authorities said, Felipe and Rodriguez fought with the 20-year-old Doty, beat him and then set his unconscious body on fire while he was still alive.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, Criminal Defense Law, Law, Prison, Violent Crime

Highlands Today

Avon Park Estates residents concerned about possible sinkhole

But each week when Joann Moore went to mow her backyard, she noticed the hole behind her house, 8 S. Lantana Ave., getting bigger.

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Related Topix: Avon Park, FL, Lake Wales, FL, Sebring, FL, Venus, FL

Capital Soup

FDOT District One RoadWatch Report #30 for Week of July 27, 2014

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.

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Related Topix: Manatee County, FL, Sarasota, FL

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Highlands Today

Emerging scams are same old, same old, authorities say

The list of fraudsters looking to make a quick buck out of unsuspecting victims goes on, and no one knows that better than Nell Hays, Highlands County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, who has been a crime prevention specialist for 14 years.

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