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County offices conduct tornado drill

SEBRING — It took a couple of minutes and included even some joking around, but Highlands County employees took the tornado drill Wednesday seriously. They did not, however, sit cross-legged on the floor and duck their heads and cover their heads with their arms. The last time he did that, Business


Highlands County teen arrested for impersonating officer, making traffic stop

LAKE PLACID, Fla. (WFLA) – An 18-year-old from Lake Placid was arrested for conducting a traffic stop on a victim riding an ATV on a paved road. According to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, detectives were given a video on Jan. 4 of a December incident recorded by the victim.


Florida Governor Takes Action To Avoid Another Election 'Circus'

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Saying "we cannot have another circus" Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday ordered the suspension of Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher and acknowledged the resignation of Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, formally terminating her duties. The ac


Jay shuts things down, will not visit Florida or Tennessee

Florida State four-star cornerback commitment Travis Jay has been firm to the Seminoles since he committed in March of 2018. Now there is finality to his recruiting process as well.


Resort lifestyle home in Highlands Ridge

This home is at 5012 Birkdale Drive in Avon Park. It is priced for $239,900 and is listed with Helen Ferry and Kim Reed of The Reed-Ferry Team with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group.


Have you been pulled over by this teen? Highlands Co. deputies want to talk to you

A Highlands County teen found himself in hot water after deputies said he impersonated an emergency official and made a traffic stop. Harrison Howes, 18, was driving a black Ford Explorer with red flashing lights mounted under the mirrors and was wearing a shirt with a fire rescue emblem on it when


School Board conducts campus walk throughs

SEBRING — With their walking shoes on Tuesday and Wednesday, the members of the School Board of Highlands County took their annual tour of every district campus. Present on the walk-through tours to check the needs of the campuses were Superintendent Brenda Longshore, Assistant Superintendent of Bus


Old man winter plans Florida visit

Old Man Winter wants to make sure January remains the coldest month of his season, so he’s packed his bags, topped off his tank and is ready to make another jaunt across the country. This time, he’s added Florida and The Villages to his itinerary. After experiencing an above-average high of 77 on Sa


Million dollar Hole-in-one shootout on tap

AVON PARK — The South Florida State College (SFSC) Foundation will host its Second Annual Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Shootout at Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club with qualifying rounds taking place on Thursday, Jan. 17, Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The final round will


Parent charged in carry gun on elementary campus

SEBRING — A 39-year-old man was arrested at Cracker Trail Elementary School Wednesday morning and charged with carrying a firearm on a school campus, a third-degree felony and violation of the concealed carry statutes, a misdemeanor.


Lawsuit claims disabled woman was raped, impregnated at Florida adult care facility

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The family of a developmentally disabled woman is suing a Florida adult care facility after the nonverbal, immobile woman was allegedly raped and impregnated early last year.


Royce: Citrus industry feeling pinch

SEBRING — Citrus growers and other agriculturalists who need to talk with the Farm Service Agency can do so today, Friday and Tuesday. That’s how long U.S. Department of Agriculture officials felt they could reopen approximately half of the FSA centers to help local farmers in the midst of the gover


11-foot great white shark tracked off Florida coast

NAPLES, Fla. (WSVN) — A massive great white shark has just been tracked off the coast of Florida. According to OCEARCH Nova, an 11-foot 1,186 pound great white just pinged off the coast of Naples, Thursday morning.


Nurse accused of stealing prescription drugs from jail

MULBERRY, Fla. — A nurse has been arrested for DUI and accused of stealing medication from a jail in Polk County. Griseida Montanez, 39, of Brandon, was pulled over Thursday night for speeding in Mulberry.


Elementary teacher among two arrested in undercover operation against lewd behavior in Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — An elementary teacher from Colorado was one of two men arrested in an undercover operation against lewd behavior at Gator Creek Preserve in Polk County. Kyle Gilliam, 43, teaches fourth grade at Taylor Elementary in Colorado Springs. He was arrested after deputies say he had his


Florida Gets Celestial Treat In Total Lunar Eclipse On Sunday

FLORIDA — This Sunday evening, Floridians will get to see a free and rare show: A total lunar eclipse. Total lunar eclipse starts Sunday, 9:30 p.m. The full eclipse to begin around 10:30 p.m.


Three Highlands schools listed in teacher shortage report

SEBRING — Three Highlands County public schools are noted on a state Critical Teacher Shortage report for the number of teachers who are teaching out of field. The 30-page report from the Florida Department of Education listed the following as the critical teacher shortage areas for the 2018-19 scho


$400,000 worth of meth confiscated from 'Mexican cartel drug runner,' deputies say

POLK COUNTY, Fla. - A man who claims he runs drugs for a Mexican cartel was arrested after deputies found $400,000 worth of methamphetamine and other paraphernalia during a traffic stop, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.


$100K fraud scheme was run from behind bars, sheriff says

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Eight people took in a scheme that stole more than $100,000 from two companies, and the ringleader organized the crimes from behind bars, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.


Sheriff’s Office Employees Adopt Pets They Helped Rescue From Tragic Hoarding Situation

Florida authorities were recently tasked with handling an extremely tragic hoarding case in Highlands County. A former animal control officer is being charged with 72 counts of animal cruelty after several pets were found in unsafe, unhealthy conditions in her home.