Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

Financial aid blunder puts Azure students in a lurch

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 -

After losing its financial aid in its Sebring location, Azure College offered 45 LPN and RN nursing students some options, but some are upset with the situation.

Highlands school enrollment continues upward trend

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 -

Three more classrooms were created out of existing space at Sebring Middle School during the summer, but with a jump in enrollment the school has 20 class periods that are a...

Candidates ready for head-to-head runoffs

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 -

The preliminary election results for both school board races showed a clear top vote-getter and a clear second place finisher.

SFSC welcomes students to the fall semester

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 -

New and returning South Florida State College students received a big welcome Monday upon their arrival for the start of the fall semester classes.

Telemedicine boosts Florida Hospital’s ICU services

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 -

At the push of a button day or night, out-of-state intensive care physicians and critical care nurses are notified to monitor and view patients in the intensive care units a...

Elementary students to use new computer-based instructional program

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 -

Elementary students in all grades district wide will soon be working on something new in classrooms and computer labs.

First day of school opens to 150 more students

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 -

Sebring High resource room to aid students’ college pursuits

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 -

A room that was used for storage in the Sebring High School media center has been transformed into a resource to help students explore their college opportunities.

15 year-old assists injured Lorida man who falls from ladder

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 -

Trace Leadingham, 15, who will be starting 10th grade at Sebring High School on Wednesday, ended his summer vacation by possibly saving the life of a man who had fallen from ...

New school year will usher in significant changes

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 -

Big changes for the 2014-15 school year starting Wednesday include 16 new school administrators, changes to the Code of Student Conduct and the introduction of new Florida S...

Mid-week school start to allow Friday last day for teachers

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 -

Only one Florida school district will be starting the new school year later than the Highlands County School District -- the only school system starting classes Wednesday.<...

School board races drawing record campaign money, spending

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 -

Sebring doctor and wife spearhead Liberia medical relief effort

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 -

Sebring plastic surgeon Kevin Strathy and his wife, Natu, are preparing to send another shipment of medical needs to Liberia to help in the West African country’s bat...

LP approves limited English proficiency plan

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 -

The Lake Placid Town Council approved a limited English proficiency plan to put the town’s policy and practices in offering translation/interpretation services fo...

LP council wary of fire training house burns

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 -

Plans by the Highlands County Fire Services to burn derelict houses for firefighter training raised many concerns from the town council with Councilman Steve Bastardi fi...

Digital video in school buses is still ongoing

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 -

SEBRING — When was the last time you used a VCR or bought a VHS tape?

10 years later, we take a look back at the summer of 2004

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 -

As we watched the television weather reports tracking Hurricane Charley’s path on a Friday afternoon and evening 10 years ago, we were witnesses to the beginning of a...

County seeks 1 cent extension now for planning purposes

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 -

Voters in Highlands County will decide on Aug. 26 on extending the county’s 1 cent sales tax for 15 years starting on Jan. 1, 2019.

Woman charged in LP NU-HOPE burglary

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 -

A 53-year-old Lake Placid woman has been charged with burglary in the theft of donated items from the Lake Placid NU-HOPE Thrift Store, the Lake Placid Police Department...

District adds ESE paras to meet student needs

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 -

The School Board of Highlands County has nearly doubled its Exceptional Student Education paraprofessional numbers over a three-year period to serve an increasing number of ...

District welcomes its new educators

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 -

They came from out of state - including Michigan and Indiana - and from Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hardee, DeSoto, Hendry and Highlands counties to be teachers for the School Board...

Bands start marching for a new season

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 -

AVON PARK — Drum major Jhamil Pujols strikes a woodblock to set the tempo as his fellow members of the Avon Park High School Grenadier Band work on their marching rudiments.

LP Police Chief Fansler believes in transparency

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 -

When there is a threat to public safety or a good or bad event in his department, Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler gets the word out to the community.

District may return to out-of-state teacher recruitment trips

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 -

Trying to fill more than 100 teaching positions this summer has been especially challenging for the School Board of Highlands County, which may go back to sending staff out ...

Cox has made no decision on a 5th term

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 -

Are we going to have a new superintendent in two years?

Caladium Festival draws biggest crowds ever

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 -

Howerton/Compton state opposing budget views

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 -

After a “no” vote at her first school board meeting on July 8, Highlands County School Board Member Jill Compton was again the sole board member to vote ȁ...

School district waits for county referendum to avoid confusion

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 -

LP council approves annexations on first reading

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 -

The Lake Placid Town Council recently approved on first reading two annexation ordinances, one involving properties along West Interlake Boulevard and the other affectin...

SFSC eyes ending adult high school program

Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 -

After years of declining enrollment, the Adult High School program may be discontinued at South Florida State College.

School district prepping for new school year

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 -

‘Pocket neighborhood’ project proposed for downtown LP

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 -

LP councilman takes issue with school administrator’s comment

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 -

Lake Placid Councilman Ray Royce believes the School Board of Highlands County doesn’t have anything to boast about from the recently released school accountabili...

LP looks to maintain property tax rate

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 -

Noting a small decrease in the assessed property values, the town council voted Monday to set the tentative 2014-15 millage at the current 2013-14 rate of 3.65.

LP takes stand against mail cluster boxes

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 -

The mail delivering centers or cluster boxes have been removed from downtown Lake Placid, but the town council and a business owner were still reeling Monday from the su...

District focusing on educators to support, promote sales tax

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 -

Loyalty cards = discounts for shoppers and data for retailers

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 -

Points, perks, discounts and rewards programs come in many different names on credit-card sized loyalty cards and key fobs.

Memorial Elementary boosts grade from ‘F’ to ‘B’

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 -

Memorial Elementary School made a remarkable turnaround, going from an “F” to a “B” grade, according to the preliminary elementary and middle sch...

Sebring High scores a perfect IB diploma passing rate

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 -

— All nine seniors who were pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma at Sebring High School learned recently that they all earned a diploma for the rigorous curriculum....

LP will continue annexation talks with mobile home park

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 -

— The town of Lake Placid continues to weigh the benefits and liabilities of annexing a mobile home park, while reported misinformation about the issues complicated negoti...

Compton nixes district tentative budget advertisement

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 -

Newly appointed School Board Member Jill Compton already broke from board tradition at her first meeting Tuesday by voting against advertising the School Board of Highlands ...

Growers have many questions on medical marijuana

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 -

LP church building large center for arts and recreation

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 -

After 15 years of prayer, discussion and study, a “god-sized” project is being built to serve as a “blessing” to the community, according to ...

LP grant prepared for CRA study

Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 -

The Town of Lake Placid is moving forward with the lengthy process of possibly creating a community redevelopment agency.

District wired for student-owned computers

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 -

At the start of the new school year, the technology will be in place to allow students to use their own computers to access the Internet while in class, but each school will...

AP trucks trash to Okeechobee

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 -

After one month of a trial period of trucking its garbage to the Okeechobee landfill, the initial savings for the City of Avon Park may lead to a reduction in the city...

Practice tests featured on new assessment portal

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 -

If kids get bored during the summer they can go online to take training tests on the new state assessment to get an idea on what they will be facing in the spring of 2015.

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