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AVON PARK — The Highlands County NAACP Branch 5087 is hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Prayer Breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. today at the Grogan Center of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 E. Main St., in Avon Park.

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SEBRING — “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

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1. Squirrel Appreciation Day has been celebrated on Jan. 21 every year since 2001. It was created by wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove of Asheville, North Carolina.

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SEBRING — With Judge Andrea Teves Smith’s appointment to the 2nd District Court of Appeal, the 10th Judicial Circuit needs another circuit judge.

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AVON PARK — Tuesday night, Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell took the opportunity to point out some of the economic improvements expected to come to the community.

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AVON PARK — The Highlands County NAACP Branch 5087 is hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Prayer Breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. today at the Grogan Center of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 E. Main St., in Avon Park.

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1. All 17 species of penguins are found exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere.

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SEBRING — “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

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SEBRING — School enrollment growth can be an indicator of an improving local economy, but when a school district’s alternative school gets crowded it means there are more students with discipline issues and some with longer terms in the program.

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1. Squirrel Appreciation Day has been celebrated on Jan. 21 every year since 2001. It was created by wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove of Asheville, North Carolina.

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FROSTPROOF — The Polk County Medical Examiner released the results of the autopsy of Avon Park resident, Emily Sager Moncrief, 23, on Friday afternoon. The report comes seven months after the tragic deaths of Moncrief and her passenger and best friend Lyndsay Serey, 23, of Sebring on June 15…

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LAKE PLACID — A teenager from Lake Placid made a traffic stop on Dec. 28, 2018, allegedly pretending to be a law enforcement officer. According to a press release, he stopped a 20-year-old who was riding an ATV on a paved road.

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AVON PARK — Units from Highlands County Fire Rescue responded to a fire that engulfed a residence on North Esplanade Road in Avon Park Lakes at 2:15 a.m. Thursday. The house was completely destroyed.

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SEBRING — It took a couple of minutes and included even some joking around, but Highlands County employees took the tornado drill Wednesday seriously.

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AVON PARK — Highway safety has become a hot topic in Highlands County, and residents wanted to know more about what they would see in road improvements.

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SEBRING — It will likely be decided soon by The School Board of Highlands County if Firemen’s Field will be getting Astroturf and if artificial turf will be considered for other football fields in the district.

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SEBRING — Citrus growers and other agriculturalists who need to talk with the Farm Service Agency can do so today, Friday and Tuesday.

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SEBRING — With their walking shoes on Tuesday and Wednesday, the members of the School Board of Highlands County took their annual tour of every district campus.

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