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April 2018
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make disaster payments of up to $2.36 billion, as provided by Congress, to help America’s farmers and ranchers recover from hurricanes and wildfires. The funds are available as part of the new 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). Sign-up for the new program, authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, will begin no later tha...
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March 2018
Land use changes will support state-of-the-art spring water bottling and distribution facility as part of Lake Placid-based company’s continued growth in Florida’s Heartland JAN. 18, 2018 – The Highlands County Board of County Commissioners finalized the approvals needed to support an existing spring water company in Lake Placid, FL. The commissioners approved a Large Scale Comprehensive Plan Land Use Amendment from Agriculture to Public Water Supply and a zoning chan...
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today that it will build a rebar micro mill in Frostproof, Florida, which is located in Polk County and just minutes from Highlands County. This is a $240 million investment and is the second rebar micro mill Nucor is constructing. In November 2017, Nucor announced a rebar micro mill project in Sedalia, Missouri. "Nucor has a...
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February 2018
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Sebring has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care. This includes a comprehensive assessment of the entire medical imaging enterprise, including structure and outcomes. The DICOE designation ...
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January 2018
Relive the 1960’s era at Sebring’s Aviation Expo with a ride on the original N3079G Batcopter from the Batman TV series. In 1996, pilot Eugene Nock bought the famous helicopter, which was used in the 1966 "Batman" movie and several TV shows. He’s been sharing one of the most famous aircraft of all time at events with the rest of the world ever since the purchase of the unique Bell helicopter.“What we have is an icon in the aviation world as well as the coll...
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December 2017
In a recent article published by USA TODAY, Highlands County ranked eighth in the nation for employment gains in 2017.  Only one other Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) made the list of “Top 25 cities adding (and losing) the most jobs in 2017.” The Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla., MSA ranked 17th on the list. Employment statistics are published by MSA. The Sebring MSA covers all of Highlands County.  As noted in the article, 1,625 (+4.8 per...
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