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LAKE PLACID — For decades, Connie Delaney held the reins of the Lake Placid Journal where she reported the news of the day. Delaney’s dedication and tireless service to the community earned her the Highlands News-Sun 2018 Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday night.

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AVON PARK — Renee Bennett, founder of Management Experts Inc., started her business in 1994. The company specializes in business planning and development, strategic planning, taxation, accounting, administration and investment planning.

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AVON PARK — Anna Marie Feeney is one busy lady throughout the year. From the War Dog Memorial being celebrated on Veteran’s Day to the Armed Forces Trees dedication on Dec. 7, if there is a veteran event, chances are Feeney will be there.

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SEBRING — Although most people consider crafts an old-fashioned hobby, Karen Lanier and her daughter, Krystal Turner, have created a profitable business by integrating crafts with technology.

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Lake Placid — There’s a little slice of paradise — Florida style — in the form of a neighborhood boutique called The Blueberry Patch. It is co-owned by sisters who are as close as three peas in a pod; Tracee Smoak, Kym Smoak and Samantha Price.

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LAKE PLACID — Eileen May, executive director of the Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, has known Harriet Porter for 17 years. “She’s such a caring and committed community person,” May said. “She’s the rock of the Lake Placid Mural Society.”

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LAKE PLACID — Local veterinarian Dr. Kortney Reddick is the owner of Heartland Animal Hospital at 2203 U.S. 27, having taken over the practice from Dr. Elton Gissendanner in August 2014. She has been busy ever since as her staff says that she has tripled the size of the practice since then.

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LAKE PLACID — Laura Shirley is a proud Florida gal. It even says so in her business advertisements. Beyond that, Shirley is a successful realtor and broker for Re/Max Realty Plus II.

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SEBRING — Julia Mercer, marketing director for The Palms of Sebring, enjoys bringing people from the community to the Palms. She understands that social interactions with the community are absolutely vital for residents.

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LAKE PLACID — Norma Rizer is well known throughout Lake Placid for her indomitable spirit and her sporty red convertible. Her passion for creative computer graphics is nearly as spicy as her car. Rizer may be small in stature but she is a dynamo in business as she is the owner and operator o…

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LAKE PLACID — Most people know Nancy Davis as the smile behind the counter at Lake Placid Feed & Western Wear. She is that and so much more. She is also the co-owner, along with her husband Karl, to whom she has been married to for nearly 40 years. Davis is known for her long jean-encase…

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SEBRING — Dr. Summer Khan is known as an obstetrician and gynecologist with a heart full of compassion for her patients and a woman who believes in inspiring and motivating other women.

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LAKE PLACID — Central Security Vice President Amy Smith hosted the monthly Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce Morning Mixer Thursday at her office, 205 U.S. 27. Along with her staff, guests were able to mingle and introduce themselves to each other as some new faces arrived.

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SEBRING — The recent $80,000 lawsuit settlement in a parent/student case versus the School Board of Highlands County will be paid by the district through a multi-district insurance consortium.

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AVON PARK — Azalea Jermaine King, 34, of Avon Park was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 18 by a Highlands County deputy who knew King had an outstanding warrant. The deputy knew, through a separate, unrelated law enforcement incident, that King was driving that car with that license plate on it th…

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SEBRING — An angry landlord is accused of slamming a five-pound sledge hammer into the exterior glass door that leads into his tenant’s room and threatening to strike the tenant with the sledge hammer.

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SEBRING — Cheryl Sharp is in charge of recruitment and community outreach for Agero’s call center in Highlands County.

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SEBRING — The business Mark Palmer Electric has traveled an interesting road spanning two generations of family. The journey began with Robert Palmer and was carried on by his late son, Mark Palmer. Now Mark’s wife, Patty Palmer, continues the good work begun by her father-in-law and husband.

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