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Cynthia Lee Watson, 65, had recently married in January 2019. She and her husband, Tony Watson, lived in Venus with their two Shih Tzus and some chickens and goats. She enjoyed animals, making her own jewelry and going to auctions and flea markets.

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From left: Helene Washington, Ralph Risch and Helen Obenchain participated in the Christmas Bird Count in Lake Placid. Washington and Risch, husband and wife, traveled from DeLand to help with the 2018 event. Approximately 30 people volunteered in the local bird count.

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Thanksgiving has come and gone. The leftovers are in the fridge and the focus now turns to Christmas. Stores filled their Black Friday ads with deals to get shoppers in the door and opening their wallets. But the deals don’t stop on Friday. For the next few weeks, stores will be running sale…

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SEBRING – Florida has weather that allows for nearly year-round outdoor activity. Whether it's fishing, golfing, biking or playing on all-terrain vehicles, Highlands County residents like to get outdoors. Let's face it, riding on ATVs and side-by-sides are fun, if they are used safely and by…

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SEBRING — With grateful hearts and stomachs full, hundreds of people were fed through the efforts of Salvation Army and untold volunteers on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers cooked for hours on Thursday morning at the Highlands County Multi-Sports Complex. Others cooked turkeys in their own home…

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AVON PARK — The Avon Park Founders Garden Club is busy decorating City Hall for the Christmas season. The theme this year is “A Winter Wonderland.” Predominate colors used are silver and white with splashes of red and gold. There is an emphasis on recycling in making the decorations. The flo…

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Florida had 47 newly reported hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total this year to 3,125 as of Saturday. Volusia County led the state in newly reported cases last week with five, followed by Polk County with four, according to a News Service of Florida analysis of state data. Pasco a…

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LAKE PLACID — Saturday, Nov. 16 was a brisk, chilly, slightly overcast day but it didn’t dampen the fun and spirit of the 6th Highway Park Founders Day Art & Health Fair. It was a day to give where you life. The free event was sponsored by Florida Blue, Highlands County Sheriff’s ADAPT/C…