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16th Grape Stomp at Henscratch Farms
Thu  Aug 11 2016 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — What do Lucille Ball, Redneck Joe, scuppernongs and muscadines have in common? It’s no joke; it’s the 16th annual Grape Stomp Festival at Henscratch Farms Vineyard and … Find out how to read more online.
National Night Out brings smiles
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
Highlands County Sheriff’s Office staff participated in National Night Out events at eight locations across the county on Tuesday, Aug. 2. National Night Out has been a tradition in Highlands … Find out how to read more online.
Reading, writing and rowing: Cardboard boat rowing regatta opens school year at WMA
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Who says reading, writing, and arithmetic can’t be fun? Certainly not students at Walker Memorial Academy who designed and built a fleet of cardboard box boats during … Find out how to read more online.
Wine flows at Henscratch Farms’ annual Grape Stomp
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING –– Judges certainly had a tough time selecting the winner of a Lucille Ball look-alike contest Saturday at Henscratch Farms & Winery’s 16th annual Grape Stomp on the grounds … Find out how to read more online.
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Singer, songwriter Moriah Ruth recording first album
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
Moriah Ruth first hit the stage at age 6 and found her passion. Since then, the multi-talented 16-year-old from Avon Park has been performing in front of audiences, both acting and singing. Ruth is currently working on recording her first … Find out how to read more online.

Illusionist to perform Saturday
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID –– Illusionist Jim Munroe will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday the Genesis Center at 218 E. Belleview St. Munroe is known worldwide for his illusions and now for his story of faith, hope and truth. “He will thrill … Find out how to read more online.

Adult kickball season kicks off Sept. 7
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK – Special STARS is kicking off its fall “Kick It” kickball league for local adults on Sept. 7. The Kick It league was started last spring with four teams competing. It returns for a fall schedule due to … Find out how to read more online.

Home show to focus on ‘Lake Life’
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING –– Everything needed to enjoy Highlands County’s “Lake Life” will be showcased Saturday, Aug. 27, at an aptly named “Lake Life Home Show” at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agri-Civic Center. The show will be from 10 a.m. to … Find out how to read more online.

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Iraq hangs 36 men convicted in Islamic State massacre
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:49PM
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Sunday executed 36 men convicted of involvement in the massacre of hundreds of soldiers by Islamic State two years ago, state television al-Iraqiya reported. The executions were carried out in the presence of government officials and relatives … read more.

Brother of Syrian boy wounded in Aleppo dies
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:48PM
BEIRUT (AP) — The brother of a wounded Syrian boy who gained international attention has died three days after suffering serious injuries in an air raid on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, opposition activists said Sunday. The Britain-based Syrian … read more.

Zimbabwe: Supporters fume after protest pastor leaves for US
Mon  Aug 22 2016 01:19AM
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — From a symbol of resistance and hope, a pastor who galvanized thousands of Zimbabweans into anti-government action has become a subject of derision, fighting accusations of being a coward. Evan Mawarire became an instant hero after … read more.

Suspect’s ex-girlfriend lived in Alabama home where five were slain
Mon  Aug 22 2016 01:19AM
CITRONELLE, Ala. (AP) — The suspect in the killing of five people at a home in Alabama attacked them while they slept and then abducted his estranged girlfriend and an infant — both of whom were found alive, authorities said … read more.

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