SEBRING — Payton Haynes, 5, smiled when he was given “A Doll Like Me” through the efforts of the second-graders at Cracker Trail Elementary School.
SEBRING — It was goodbyes and celebrations on the last day of school Friday for the School Board of Highlands County, which ended the 2018-19 school year with an early release day on Friday.
AVON PARK — The city will seek an opinion from the State Attorney General on how to proceed in consolidating its three CRA advisory boards into one autonomous CRA board.
SEBRING — On Friday, Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman announced a winner for the William Gentry Memorial Scholarship, then he announced the second winner.
SEBRING — Sebring police charged a man over the weekend with attempting to strangle a woman and two counts of obstruction for allegedly hanging up 911 calls, twice.
TALLAHASSEE — After repeated legislative battles about the issue in recent years, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a bill that will revamp the controversial insurance practice known as “assignment of benefits.”
TALLAHASSEE — In a case stemming from a 2014 accident in which a vehicle ran into a Lee County school bus, an appeals court Friday sided with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. in a dispute about paying medical costs of two injured bus passengers.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida has an estimated 400,000 children who need behavioral-health services, but 55 percent of them don’t get any treatment, members of a health-care panel were told Thursday.
TALLAHASSEE — In the first execution since Gov. Ron DeSantis took office, serial killer Bobby Joe Long was put to death by lethal injection Thursday evening at Florida State Prison.
TALLAHASSEE — The number of Florida sheriffs who have signed agreements to participate in federal programs designed to catch undocumented immigrants in county jails has tripled.
AVON PARK — Main Street at night will have a different look in the coming months with a switch to modern, long-lasting and high-efficient LED fixtures in the streetlights.
AVON PARK — The revisions to the City of Avon Park charter are complete and the document will be ready to go before the voters if there is a city election in November.
SEBRING — When life handed Erica Ashley’s third-grade students lemons, they made lemonade — literally, gallons of it. They started a competition and the winner of the lemonade war was the Humane Society of Highlands County.
SEBRING — June is just around the corner; that means sunscreen, bathing suits, sweet tea and yes, hurricane season. Hurricane season is just about a week away, starting June 1 and running through Nov. 30.