SEBRING — Friday was Constitution Day. In honor of the occasion, The Highlands Tea Party in conjunction with the Alan Jay Automotive Network presented the Highlands County School District some 800 copies of the United States’ Constitution.

AVON PARK — Memorial Drive in Avon Park will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 from the intersection of Ernest E. Sims Street to Hatcher Avenue/East 5th Street due to Florida Gas Transmission conducting roadside construction.

The much-anticipated Wawa opening is almost here. Wally the Goose will be landing this week in the Lake Placid and south Sebring locations for the grand opening celebrations Thursday. The grand openings will follow a VIP preview on Wednesday.

SEBRING — Daniel Luis Galarza, 21, the last of a trio of defendants convicted in the shooting of two Avon Park men on Marble Avenue in 2018, was to be sentenced Monday, but a judge postponed sentencing until Oct. 8 at 8:30 a.m.

LAKE ALFRED — Lourdes Pérez Cordero did not grow up in a citrus growing family, but you wouldn’t know that after meeting her. Pérez, who recently started her position as the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Extension agent for Highlands County, is eager and en…

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — FBI agents and police Monday swarmed the home of the boyfriend wanted for questioning in the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, whose body was apparently discovered over the weekend at a Wyoming national park months after the couple set out in a van on a cross…

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. is flying Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland and blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico in a massive show of force that signals the beginning of what could be one of America’s swiftest, large-scale expulsions of migrants…

SEBRING —A brief history of the Presidents of the United States will be the topic of discussion this coming Tuesday evening at the Highlands Tea Party. Sebring resident Don Van Dyke will give the presentation, which will involve information, anecdotes and humor about the 46 men that have hel…

SEBRING — The Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency received nine business proposals for its 305 Circle Park Drive and 250 Wall Street properties. The properties were purchased this year for $109,000.

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — More than 50 law enforcement officers on Sunday started a second day of searching in a vast wildlife area near Florida’s Gulf Coast for a 23-year-old man that authorities consider a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend who went missing while on a …

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses. His pitch for greater global partnership comes at a moment when allies are becoming increasin…

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The United States began flying some of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have crossed from Mexico into a Texas border camp back to their poverty-stricken homeland on Sunday, hoping to deter others from crossing into the country.

Jacobo Rendon, 14, began setting out in March 2020 with his ornithologist mother on a mission to spot, count and record the birds they saw in their Colombian town of El Carmen de Viboral. Working with binoculars and a borrowed camera, they figured it could make for a nice science fair entry.

SEBRING —Governor DeSantis’ recent statement on ending the Florida Standards Assessment in favor of progress monitoring was greeted as positive move by teachers and their unions, superintendents and students and parents.

COVID-19 cases continue to drop in Florida, as the Florida Department of Health reported 75,906 new cases for the seven-day period of Sept. 10-16. That ended a seven-week run of at least 100,000 new cases per week. Hopefully the trend will continue.

SEBRING — The Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency Board approved the building agreement for 209 Circle Park Drive for the business proposal from Robert and Tiffany Cadzow.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to all Americans. But after campaigning for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” Biden found himself uncharacteristi…

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the shadow of a fortified Capitol, a few hundred demonstrators turned up Saturday for a rally to support those charged in January’s riot, but were vastly outnumbered by the media and a heavy police presence.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — France’s ambassador to Australia has described as a “huge mistake” Australia’s surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favor of a U.S. deal, as the diplomat prepared to leave the country in an unprecedented show of anger among the allies.

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SEBRING — Four business proposals were submitted to the Community Redevelopment Agency for the former Salvation Army building, but the CRA Board has decided to wait on having the proposals reviewed by a selection committee.

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

SEBRING— Ayanna Conae Williams, 32, of Avon Park was arrested Tuesday on a warrant stemming from a 2018 incident by Highlands County Sheriff’s Office deputies. She will face charges of aggravated battery.

AVON PARK — The Parks and Facilities Department will be closing the Lake Glenada Boat Ramp, at 2475 U.S. 27 South, in Avon Park for repair and maintenance from Monday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Sept. 23. The boat ramp is expected to reopen Friday, Sept. 24. For more information, contact the…

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s unemployment rate inched down slightly from July to August, as the labor force continues to grow but the number of people without jobs holds steady.

TALLAHASSEE — While Florida looks to round the corner on administering 100,000 monoclonal antibody treatments to people with COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged Thursday to “fight like hell” to continue receiving the treatments as the federal government this week took control over distributi…

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as part of an effort to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada.

SEBRING — Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives on Thursday arrested a local woman and charged her with prostitution while being positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Prostitution by itself is a misdemeanor; with the HIV notation it is a felony.

SEBRING — As the School Board of Highlands County hopes to inspire and teach “tomorrow’s leaders,” a few students are followers of a social media challenge that involves vandalizing their school.

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