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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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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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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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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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SEBRING — Employed with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office since 2000, Nell Hays has served her community diligently and continues to be an outstanding advocate of the senior population.

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

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AVON PARK — Jerry Donna, South Florida State College (SFSC) director of financial aid, was recognized recently by the Hardee County School Board for assisting high school guidance counselors increase the number of high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid …

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LAKE PLACID — Bo David Ferguson, 28, of Belvedere, Illinois was arrested and charged with simple battery on Aug. 9. Ferguson divides his time between Illinois and Lake Placid, Florida. Ferguson’s alleged victim was Kasey Coggins, 44.

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LAKE PLACID — Devastation — that’s what many residents of the Town of Murals woke up to on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 after the howling winds and punishing rains stopped. Hurricane Irma charged through Highlands County the night before.

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SEBRING — Around 1 a.m. last September as Hurricane Irma’s winds were ripping apart the roof on Stephanie Taylor-Fort’s home and rain was pouring through the open holes, her family was busy trying to save valuables.

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SEBRING — Hurricane Irma felled trees and dumped water in the Sun ‘n Lake Improvement District, causing damage and flooding to residences, the district’s two golf courses and drainage structures.

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AVON PARK — An Avon Park man allegedly spent Thursday night stealing a car and burglarizing vehicles and sheds, and on Friday morning deputies found him asleep in a silver 2017 Toyota.

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