AVON PARK — Councilman Stanley Spurlock was approved by the City Council to serve as deputy mayor, but there were differing opinions on the selection process.

SEBRING — Governor Ron DeSantis’ minimum teacher pay proposal was a major topic at the recent joint conference of The Florida Association of District School Superintendents and the Florida School Boards Association.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.

MADRID (AP) — The next U.S. president should stop subsidizing fossil fuels to help tackle climate change, billionaire Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday, highlighting an issue that is the central pillar of his bid for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential race.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — pushing toward historic votes over charges he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security in his dealings wit…

TALLAHASSEE — A request by Gov. Ron DeSantis to establish a statewide office focused on the impact of rising sea levels was approved Monday by a Senate committee. The Infrastructure and Security Committee backed a proposal (SPB 7016) that would create the Statewide Office of Resiliency withi…

On its 10-year anniversary, Starworks Motorsport will return to prototype racing for the 2020 season, running in IMSA’s LMP2 class under the team name of Tower Motorsport by Starworks. Thursday will see the four-time prototype champions taking delivery of a new ORECA 07 chassis, entering the…

VENUS — Start a new family tradition this year by decorating a Christmas tree for the critters at Archbold Biological Station. Come and enjoy the citrus smell of sand pines, search for animal tracks, and call for Florida Scrub-Jays. Children of all ages and their family members are welcome a…

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee received a detailed summing up of the impeachment case against President Donald Trump Monday as Democrats prepare formal charges against him. Trump and his allies lobbed fresh assaults on the proceedings they dismiss as a hoax and a sham.

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano on a New Zealand island erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as tourists were exploring the moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving perhaps two dozen others missing and presumed dead. Eighteen others were rescued, s…

PARIS (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met for the first time Monday at a summit in Paris to try to end five years of war between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists.

TALLAHASSEE — Pushing back against arguments raised by Attorney General Ashley Moody and the National Rifle Association, gun-control supporters contend the Florida Supreme Court should sign off on a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at blocking possession of assault weapons.

SEBRING — It’s enough to buy a “Six Million Dollar Man” every year, but the School Board of Highlands County isn’t buying cyborgs, it uses its half-cent sales tax revenue to purchase much needed new school buses, to improve school security, for many maintenance and repair projects and studen…

TALLAHASSEE — An effort to jettison the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, which drew controversy last year as it successfully proposed a series of ballot measures, continued to move forward Monday in the state House.

SEBRING — Low interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans are available for businesses of all sizes, homeowners and home renters who incurred damage from Tropical Storm Nestor.

1. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means dedication, and the holiday is colloquially called the Festival of Lights. But you’ve probably seen the word spelled a variety of ways, from Hanukkah to Hannuka to Chanukah. Because the word is transliterated from Hebrew, there’s not an exact English equival…

TALLAHASSEE — Joshua Watson had just graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and looked forward to a military career as a pilot. On Saturday, he was being hailed a hero, as his family recounted how the 23-year-old — in his last minutes of life — led first responders to an active shooter at the…

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report today that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document…

COS COB, CONNECTICUT — Diana Traeger and her husband raised their children in the oil fields in Utah, where fortunes went up and down with oil prices. The family had a tradition of collecting spare change all year and then choosing a needy family to surprise with anonymous gifts on Christmas…

AVON PARK — As legal matters are finalized with the Wylde Building, the City Council will consider moving forward with having the Main Street structure demolished.

Take time out of your busy holiday schedule by enjoying the season with your family and loved ones at the amazing light show at 5825 Thunder Road in Spring Lake Village I. The lights on Thunder Road will wow you with over 10,000 lights that twinkle, sparkle and flash to traditional holiday m…