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Lakeview Mobile Village, flooded by Hurricane Irma five years ago, holds floodwater again after Hurricane Ian, which dropped at least 4-6 inches of rain all over the county in one night, and more in some places.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, Hurricane Ian still lingered on the west coast of Florida. This hurricane differed from the others. Not many businesses or homes prepared their properties or covered windows. This time around it seemed as if it was not going to hit Highlands County; until, a late a…

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia attacked the Ukrainian president’s hometown and other targets Sunday with suicide drones, and Ukraine took back full control of a strategic eastern city in a counteroffensive that has reshaped the war.

SEBRING — In one of the more bizarre twists to Hurricane Ian’s aftermath, the state of Florida prepared, briefly, to reroute Southwest Florida’s Interstate 75 traffic to U.S. 27 in the Heartland.

FORT MYERS — Rescuers evacuated stunned survivors on a large barrier island cut off by Hurricane Ian and Florida’s death toll climbed sharply, as hundreds of thousands of people were still sweltering without power days after the monster storm rampaged from the state’s southwestern coast up t…

HARLEM HEIGHTS, Fla. — The Gladiolus Food Pantry usually hands out supplies on Wednesdays to about 240 families, so when Hurricane Ian swept through that day and canceled their distribution, it was left full of flats of canned black beans, bags of rice, meats, bread and produce — food that h…

PINE ISLAND, Fla. — Paramedics and volunteers with a group that rescues people after natural disasters went door to door Saturday on Florida’s devastated Pine Island, offering to evacuate residents who spoke of the terror of riding out Hurricane Ian in flooded homes and howling winds.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilians were voting on Sunday in a highly polarized election that could determine if the country returns a leftist to the helm of the world’s fourth-largest democracy or keeps the far-right incumbent in office for another four years.

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso’s ousted coup leader has offered his resignation as long as his security and other conditions were met, and the new junta leader who overthrew him has accepted the deal, religious leaders mediating the West African nation’s latest political crisis sai…

MALANG, Indonesia — Police firing tear gas after an Indonesian soccer match in an attempt to stop violence triggered a disastrous crush of fans making a panicked, chaotic run for the exits, leaving at least 125 people dead, most of them trampled upon or suffocated.

Pedro Baez, his wife Melissa Alvarez and their child Veronica Baez are residents of Lake Josephine RV Park, all safe and sound after Hurricane Ian swept across the county.

SEBRING — Contactors will start picking up debris Monday. If you haven’t set your storm debris out by the curb, you may want to do it before trucks reach your neighborhood.

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A Wisconsin man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he allegedly drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee last year is set to go on trial today. Darrell Brooks faces nearly 80 charges in the 2021 disaster in Waukesha. Prosecutors promised to pres…

Patrons of Yums in Avon Park, the only store open Thursday night in Highlands Plaza, wait in the faded dusk for up to an hour among a long line of others wanting a hot meal, one of the few available with power out in places all over the county.

SEBRING — Highlands County schools will be closed on Monday, according to the School Board of Highlands County. School administrators and principals met Saturday afternoon to discus a reopening date.

FORT MYERS — With a death toll nearing three dozen, rescuers searched on Saturday for survivors among the Florida homes ruined by Hurricane Ian, while authorities in South Carolina began assessing damage from the powerful storm’s strike there as stunned residents began the painstaking task o…

SEBRING — In the last two weeks of March 1945, a 19-year-old Richard Asmussen “scooched” his way up a 12-by-12-inch beam rising above the Rhine River. With German artillery screaming overhead and barge cranes on the river operating under spotlights, Asmussen was almost undone by a piece of c…

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A wad of sheet metal waits on the corner by Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse in Sebring, along U.S. 27 across from Thunderbird Road. Wind-torn and tossed building materials landed in several places after Hurricane Ian whipped through Highlands County.

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ATLANTA — Florida homeowners and renters in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Seminole counties who were affected by Hurricane Ian may apply for FEMA disaster assistance.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties Friday to annex parts of Ukraine in defiance of international law, saying Moscow would protect the newly incorporated regions by “all available means.”

TALLAHASSEE — A major-disaster declaration that President Joe Biden issued early Thursday will be expanded to more areas as Florida tries to recover from Hurricane Ian, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday.

TALLAHASSEE — A financial ratings agency said Thursday that an initial analysis indicates insured losses from Hurricane Ian could range from $25 billion to $40 billion, putting additional pressure on Florida’s troubled property-insurance market.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Friday sanctioned more than 1,000 people and firms connected to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including its Central Bank governor and families of Security Council members, after President Vladimir Putin signed treaties absorbing occupied regions of Ukraine into …

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A revived Hurricane Ian threatened coastal South Carolina and the historic city of Charleston with severe flooding Friday after the deadly storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida and trapped thousands in their homes.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck an education center in a Shiite area of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing 19 people and wounding 27, including teenagers who were taking university practice entry exams, a Taliban spokesman said.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, U.S. and Japanese warships launched their first trilateral anti-submarine drills in five years on Friday, after North Korea renewed missile tests this week in an apparent response to bilateral training by South Korean and U.S. forces.

SEBRING — Can you hear me now? Probably not if you’re in Highlands County. Since Hurricane Ian made its way through the county on Wednesday, cell phone service has been spotty at best.

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