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12 hrs ago | Highlands Today

County jail inmate found dead

Detention deputies found Jesus G. Avitia, 25, with an address on Seventh Street, Sebring, unresponsive at approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sheriff Susan Benton said in a news release.

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Related Topix: Prison, Sebring, FL

20 hrs ago | Highlands Today

County sales tax referendum information on website

Highlands County voters will decide whether to approve extending the sales tax in a ballot referendum during the Aug. 26 primary election.

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Yesterday | District Administration

Florida renewing STEM commitment to rural communities

By 2018, Florida will have 411,000 STEM-related jobs, fourth highest among the 50 states, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Related Topix: Florida, Education Etc., Altha, FL

Sun Jul 20, 2014

Highlands Today

July, August, September? When does Highlands Countya s hottest day fall

It's hot in the morning, hot in the evenings and very hot in the afternoons -- and goes on for what it seems like ever -- until the cool spell trickles in -- after the whole state has prayed for some relief.

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Related Topix: Weather, Life, Holidays, Summer Solstice, Sebring, FL

Fri Jul 18, 2014

Highlands Today

School district prepping for new school year

The school orientation dates are set and principals are filling their teaching positions as the School Board of Highlands County prepares for the 2014-15 school year, which starts Aug. 20 with the first day of school for students.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Lughnasadh, Life, Holidays

Highlands Today

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.

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Related Topix: Avon Park, FL, Hardee County, FL

Highlands Today

Hurricane memories

Ten years ago this summer, the Sunshine State suffered through a damaging hurricane season.

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Related Topix: Hurricane, Natural Disasters

Highlands Today

Which veterans should be honored?

But there's a Catch 22, said Veterans Service Officer Denise Williams: veterans don't know about the grant until receiving a welcome-home letter from the county, and that letter isn't sent until the county receives a DD Form 214 from the Defense Department.

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Related Topix: Life, Veteran Affairs

Thu Jul 17, 2014

Highlands Today

Job fair brings veterans, employers together

SEBRING – U.S. Army National Guard veteran Roberto Maldonado moved alone to Highlands County about two months ago and hopes to bring the rest of his family to the area once he gets established - and that means finding work.

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Related Topix: Sebring, FL, US Military, US Army, Life, Veteran Affairs, Florida

Wed Jul 16, 2014

Highlands Today

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.

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

Highlands Today

Sheriffa s office arrest man for suspected grow houses

Whether he was cutting lawns, Humberto Camejo, 49, 170 Marks Road, Venus, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with unauthorized connection to utility equipment, producing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, trafficking marijuana and possession of drug equipment.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Venus, FL

Highlands Today

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.

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

Highlands Today

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.

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

Tue Jul 15, 2014

Highlands Today

Busy former commissioner has had an active, fulfilling career

That quote has been attributed to both Benjamin Franklin and Lucille Ball, and it epitomizes the life of 74-year-old Edgar Stokes, owner and manager of Stokes Ranch, former Highlands County commissioner, grandfather, great-grandfather, and major player both in agriculture and in the community.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Lorida, FL

Mon Jul 14, 2014

Highlands Today

District focusing on educators to support, promote sales tax

Superintendent Wally Cox believes teachers will play a key role in the School Board of Highlands County's effort to promote and get the vote out for a half-cent sale tax referendum in the general election Nov. 4. Cox has spoken about the referendum with many of the teachers in the district's teacher support group - ECET2 During his preschool ... (more)

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Highlands Today

Commissioners to ponder $10 million deficit

That's according to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research. Don't tell that to the Highlands County Commissioners, who are staring at a $10.7 million deficit, caused in part by still-declining property values.

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Highlands Today

SEBRING a " Life can be pretty hectic, and some of us handle stress seemingly without effort.

While talking with Jennifer Damhof, you'll sense patience and serenity, even in the midst of being pulled in multiple directions.

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Related Topix: Sebring, FL

Sun Jul 13, 2014

Highlands Today

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.

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Related Topix: Polk County, FL, Bartow, FL, Avon Park, FL, Sebring, FL

Sat Jul 12, 2014

Highlands Today

New childrena s museum director chosen

After spending time with Crowder at the museum, Matthews said she's learned about operating it and continuing Crowder's work.

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Related Topix: Desoto County, FL

Fri Jul 11, 2014

Highlands Today

Pedal to the metal

Turns out, this year is even better. “We are up in new car sales, we're up in used car sales, we're up in total sales, service is up, parts is up, everything across the board is better this year than last,” Stanley Wells said after comparing January-to-June figures for both years.

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