Highlands County road projects for which the Florida Department of Transportation has issued a road advisory:

1. One of the oldest known forms of body modification is using neck rings to elongate the neck.

PARIS (AP) — Europe’s extensive social welfare net is showing signs of fraying under economic strain from the coronavirus, as protests erupted for a second day in Spain Friday against layoffs by French carmaker Renault, while Italy’s chief central banker warned that “uncertainty is rife.”

TALLAHASSEE — Open government advocates want the brakes applied to upcoming webinars about controversial toll-road projects, contending that more-inclusive in-person meetings should be held as the state reopens amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A set of poles goes up on a parcel along DeSoto City Road near Lunsford Road in Sebring. Work has been in progress on the property since the start of May. County Planning Department staff said the landowner is setting up for an agricultural operation, which may include overhead irrigation or…

TALLAHASSEE — Florida elections officials are moving ahead to comply with a federal judge’s order that could pave the way for hundreds of thousands of felons to register and vote without paying court-ordered fines and restitution, even as Gov. Ron DeSantis initiated an appeal of the ruling o…

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only Democrat holding statewide office in Florida, upbraided Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday for keeping the state Cabinet "in the dark" by failing to convene the panel to discuss the state's response to the coronavi…

LORIDA — Alexander Aaron Capps, 40, of Lorida, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, May 26 on multiple drug charges including possession of meth and operating a marijuana growhouse.

AVON PARK — South Florida State College’s Panther Emergency Student Aid Fund is providing eligible students with cash grants for expenses related to disruptions to their educations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including things like course materials and technology as well as food, housing, h…

1. Your gallbladder serves as a storage pouch, holding the bile that helps with digestion until it is actually needed.

AVON PARK — George P. Floyd, the man at the center of the uproar in Minneapolis, was a former Highlands County resident and student athlete at South Florida State College, at the time known as South Florida Community College. Floyd passed away Monday night after being arrested and pinned to …

SEBRING — As the daily number of new cases decreased to one or none in the past few days, there were five new COVID-19 cases Wednesday in Highlands County for a total of 119.

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results.

MOSCOW (AP) — India saw another record daily jump in coronavirus cases Thursday while Russia reported a steady increase in its caseload even as it moved to swiftly ease restrictions in sync with the Kremlin’s ambitious political plans.

NEW DELHI (AP) — As if the coronavirus wasn’t enough, India grappled with scorching temperatures and the worst locust invasion in decades as authorities prepared for the end of a monthslong lockdown despite recording thousands of new infections every day.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s newest drivers still need to take behind-the-wheel tests to get licenses, but they should expect some changes in the way tests are conducted, at least while the coronavirus is still around.

TALLAHASSEE — With the six-month Atlantic hurricane season starting Monday, emergency-management officials have changed how Florida will respond to storms as they grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

TALLAHASSEE — The number of vaccinations administered to children during the COVID-19 pandemic has sharply decreased, leading to worries among pediatricians about public-health consequences if something isn’t done to reverse the trend

AVON PARK — The Avon Park Community Redevelopment Agency Board and City Council will meet today at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. The meetings were rescheduled due to the Memorial Day holiday.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As Mediterranean beaches and Las Vegas casinos laid out plans to welcome tourists again, South Korea announced a spike in new infections Wednesday and considered reimposing social distancing restrictions, revealing the setbacks ahead for others on the road to reopening.

The following people were arrested on felony charges and booked into the Highlands County jail on May 21: