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Bass Tournaments in Highlands County

Highlands County Bass Tournament Exemptions for the period 6/15/2021 to 7/13/2021. Here is a list of bass tournaments in Highlands County which have requested exemptions for the period between June 15 and July 13. This information is provided to FWC from bass tournament directors. Lake Istokpoga. Sunday, June 20, 2021.
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Pet Owners Rush to the Humane Society’s Affordable Pet Care Clinic; Spiegel Seeks Second Veterinarian

SEBRING — Last September, the Humane Society of Highlands County opened an affordable pet care clinic. The clinic provides a wide range of veterinary services at reduced and discounted prices, including physical exams, diagnostic services, surgeries and dental services. “The demand for the clinic’s services has been overwhelming. In our...
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Youth learning the basics of theater

When is going to school in the summer actually fun? When it’s the Summer Theater Institute at Highlands Lakeside Theatre. The Summer Theater Institute at HLT is a unique educational experience for young actors in Highlands County. It is held during the month of June with extensive learning culminating with an on-stage performance as the capstone of the program.
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NAACP holds Flag Day Observance

AVON PARK — Southside Veterans Gardens, at the corner of Verona and Calvin Porter Avenues in Avon Park, was the site of the NAACP Flag Day Observance. The event was hosted by the Highlands County NAACP Veterans Affairs Committee. The park was dedicated in 2008 and has a plaque which...
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Sex offender blotter

The following people were arrested on felony charges related to sexual offense violations and booked into the Highlands County Jail from June 7 through June 13. Non-arrest sexual offender registrants are also listed for the same time frame. James Leon Irvin Jr., 32, of 243 Sunflower Ave. in Lake Placid,...
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Police blotter

The following people were arrested on felony charges and booked into the Highlands County jail on June 7:. Ernest Pack, 36, Bonita Springs, on charges of grand theft auto, criminal mischief and burglary. The following people were arrested on felony charges and booked into the Highlands County jail on June...
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School District looking at new employee alert system

SEBRING — The School Board of Highlands County is looking at an emergency alert system for employees that is badge-based unlike the current phone app system. At Monday’s School Board meeting, District Safety and Security Director Tim Leeseberg explained the reasoning for seeking a new alert system. Since coming to...
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County honors 39 volunteer firefighters for 545 combined years

SEBRING — Local volunteer firefighters’ years of service went without formal recognition last year during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlands County Fire Rescue officials and the Board of County Commissioners made up for that Tuesday night with an awards ceremony and reception, complete with a cake shaped like a fire helmet and rolled hose. All told, 39 volunteers received honors for a combined 545 years of service, the longest being 41 years from Leisure Lakes Volunteer Fire Department Chief Daniel Holmes Sr. Leisure Lakes Assistant Chief Douglas Pugh has 40 years.
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County road work advisories issued

Highlands County road projects for which the Florida Department of Transportation has issued a road advisory:. U.S. 27 from Glades County line to Polk County line: Maintenance contract project: Crews will be mowing and picking up litter along U.S. 27 northbound and southbound from the Glades County line to the Polk County line. Please watch for workers in the work zone and use caution in the area.
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BMW rolls over after hitting semi

AVON PARK — A red BMW sedan hit a semi-trailer Wednesday afternoon while on U.S. 27. The car rolled over into the opposite lanes and landed on its roof. Three people in the car survived with minor injuries, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. The crash was called into...
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HOA collects donations for Humane Society

LAKE PLACID — Who says one person can’t make a difference? Well, Bonnie Bailey, a member of the Placid Lakes Home Owners Association, proved that theory wrong on Saturday, June 5. She and some of her fellow members filled two pickup trucks full of pet supplies as one vehicle after another pulled into the Placid Lakes ‘Town Hall’ with pet items and cash donations.
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Verizon 911 connections fail

SEBRING — For approximately four hours Tuesday morning, people using Verizon wireless phones could not call Highlands County’s 911 Consolidated Dispatch. Highlands County Sheriff’s Office officials noticed the problem at 12:11 a.m. and put out an alert for people who could not reach dispatchers by dialing 911 to dial the Sheriff’s Office main number at 863-402-7200.
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AdventHealth LP transfers land for new fire station

LAKE PLACID — This past week, Highlands County commissioners formally accepted property from AdventHealth Lake Placid to build a new Lake Placid Fire Department station in the near future. Highlands County Fire Rescue Chief Marc Bashoor told commissioners the current timeline is to have the building complete by August 2023,...
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Rapp visits NAACP's Community Care Day

SEBRING — Highlands County Commissioner Kathy Rapp attended the NAACP Community Care Day at Mary Toney Park on Saturday. “I’m excited to be here today. I’ve learned so much visiting with the people here.”. Rapp and her husband Gary have four children and six grandchildren. She graduated from Sebring High...
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NAACP host Flag Day observance June 12

AVON PARK — The Highlands County Branch of the NAACP Veteran Affairs committee is planning a Flag Day observance Saturday at the Southside Veterans Gardens. Chair Al Nolton said this past year was difficult to plan ways to honor this country’s veterans because of the pandemic. Nolton, a veteran himself, has been honoring local Highlands County veterans for well over five years.
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The first step in facing a growing issue

I am going to begin by stating that I do not normally see eye to eye with Highlands County Commissioner Arlene Tuck on almost every issue. However, following my rule of giving credit where credit is due, I firmly believe that Commissioner Tuck gave the commission one of the best ideas that they have had in a long time.
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Former LEO arrested for drugs, guns

AVON PARK — A former deputy with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Wednesday night on possession of methamphetamine and three counts of possession of a short-barreled rifle. Deputies and narcotics detectives with HCSO conducted a search warrant for illegal narcotics in Avon Park at Velasquez’s residence. During the...
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What HCFR needs: 'Planning, funding and commitment'

SEBRING — After three years helping Highlands County upgrade and consolidate fire and emergency medical services, Public Safety Director Marc Bashoor hopes the county will keep improving and funding it. When he retires Sept. 30, Bashoor said, the county will still have a significant amount of work to do. “The...
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First 'Hero Brick' sold for 9/11 memorial

SEBRING — It was 20 years ago this past month that Highlands County’s various emergency agencies trained for a mass-casualty scenario. Four months later, the whole nation had one with the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. In 2007, the West Sebring Volunteer Fire Department received a piece of the World Trade Center.