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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

Florida rainy season arrives, hurricane season starts June 1

Friday, May 22, 2015 - The Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the barbecue season as Florida moves into the summer rainy season and the hurricane season, which starts June 1.

District supervisor resigns amid drug testing

Thursday, May 21, 2015 -

A transportation area supervisor with the School Board of Highlands County has resigned with prejudice after undergoing a random drug test, according to a school district of...

Frozen yogurt treat makes for a cheery day at Sebring High

Monday, May 18, 2015 -

After lunching on spicy chicken, Sebring High School senior Marisol Isabel lined up Monday afternoon for something cool, sweet and free at the pink-and-green sweetFrog mobi...

Police/district investigate Sebring Middle student fight

Saturday, May 16, 2015 -

The Sebring Police Department and the school district are investigating a fight between two students at Sebring Middle School that reportedly resulted in one student requiri...

SFSC Artist Series from Broadway to Vinton

Friday, May 15, 2015 -

Most of the lineup is set for South Florida State College’s Artist Series, which will kickoff in December with The Midtown Men, the original stars from Broadway...

Cracker Trail Elementary students display leadership traits

Thursday, May 14, 2015 -

Elementary students are displaying their potential as future leaders and displaying good habits during Student Leadership Day, which many Highlands County elementary schools...

Citrus crop estimate continues downward trend

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 -

The Florida Department of Citrus is calling for state assistance as citrus greening continues to challenge growers and reduce production, which is now down more than half si...

Lake Placid eyes the past in looking to the future of its downtown

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 -

Should downtown Lake Placid be designated a historic district or traditional downtown?

Delayed FSA scores won’t affect graduation requirements

Monday, May 11, 2015 -

New legislation requires school districts to use more of the test data to improve student performance, but the release date of the Florida Standards Assessment scores have b...

Old and new honored during college’s 50th year

Friday, May 8, 2015 -

From its first graduate to its latest graduates on its 50th anniversary, South Florida State College celebrated the accomplishments of its students and dedication of its f...

LP Journal Plaza project set for historic building

Thursday, May 7, 2015 -

Built in 1925 the red-brick Journal Building on Main Avenue will be renovated soon to house retail businesses on the inside and accommodate a farmers market and other ev...

School board to join Central Florida coalition of school districts

Saturday, May 2, 2015 -

The School Board of Highlands County has accepted an invitation to join a coalition of Central Florida school districts.

School board to look into janitorial supply shortages

Saturday, May 2, 2015 -

The Highlands County School District is saving money by outsourcing custodian services, but the school board has scheduled a workshop to study supply shortages at the school...

School days of the past Sebring’s first high school – gone but not forgotten

Friday, May 1, 2015 -

Nearly 100 years ago Sebring’s first planned and designed school was built to serve students in grades one through 12 at the present day location of Sebring Middle Sc...

Highlands suspends local exam requirements

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 -

Following the lead of other statewide school districts and a call from the county teachers union, the School Board of Highlands County is suspending the requirement for loca...

AP council shares ideas for Donaldson Park

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 -

From one to four tennis courts to parking and roadway improvements, the city council has many ideas on how to improve Donaldson Park.

AP council sets deadline for Ag Flying Service

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 -

— The Avon Park City Council set a deadline of May 26 for Jerry Wise to secure insurance for his flying service company that operates at the city’s municipal airport....

Education bill compromise will have minor impact on SFSC

Monday, Apr 27, 2015 -

School District offered invite to join Central Florida Coalition

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 -

Mulch and memories

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 -


SFSC dedicates Seminole Path

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 -

A new path of stepping stones at South Florida State College, created by art students, provides a link to Florida’s past while honoring a retiring college administr...

LP Montessori Academy celebrates Earth Day

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 -

From checking out a tractor to painting rocks and drawing the Earth, about 200 children learned about the world they live in during the annual Earth Day observance at La...

District gearing up to hire 150 to 160 teachers

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 -

School district looks to follow up efforts with drug offenders

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 -

As the number of drug and alcohol incidents increase, the school district plans to intensify its follow-up effort with students who have faced expulsion due to substance abu...

Interim plant operator working for the optimum at AP High

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 -

From the front gates, inside and outside the buildings and to the sports fields, Felicita Rivera knows what it takes to keep the Avon Park High School campus running and l...

LP to look to alleyways for parking

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 -

Alleyways may be part of the solution to Lake Placid’s parking and storm water issues, according to Councilman Steve Bastardi.

LP gazebo to reopen after repairs

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 -

The Devane Park gazebo will get a low-cost fix up for the short term and be reopened to the public soon, the town council decided recently.

Jerry Lee Wright honored as Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 -

Humble, dedicated and exuberant educator Jerry Lee Wright lost his ever-present smile for a few moments Monday evening when he was overcome by emotion after being named Hi...

AP Middle School teachers get an assist from ‘Moms in the Middle’

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 -

It seems like a mom’s work is never done in the home, but a group of moms have marshalled their volunteer efforts to get things done for the teachers at Avon Park M...

IB celebrates growth and academic achievement

Friday, Apr 10, 2015 -

No one in the banquet hall could understand Taylor Daum’s welcoming comments, but from succeeding speakers, the audience would clearly understand the importance of th...

New twist in LP Scout House property dispute

Friday, Apr 10, 2015 -

The Bicentennial Park and Scout House property rights dispute between the Lake Placid Free Masons and The Friends of Lake Placid Scouting and Youth Inc. has taken a new ...

3 elementary schools may get an earlier start time

Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 -

Three elementary schools may have an earlier start to their school day next year, but it would require earlier bus stop schedules for some students in rural parts of the cou...

AP secondary schools promote morning meal

Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015 -

More students are eating breakfast at Avon Park High by stopping at a handy grab and go meal kiosk provided by the school’s food service staff.

SB 1252 could force SFSC name change

Monday, Apr 6, 2015 -

A bill that aims to avoid “wasteful duplication” of programs offered by state universities and colleges would require a name change for South Florida State C...

Young students excel in challenging classes

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 -

They are scientists, researchers, problem solvers, collaborators and learning more every day has first-graders in the School Board of Highlands County’s advanced acad...

LP Tangerine Drive project in the works

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 -

North Tangerine Drive is slated to be repaved and improved, but those pushing for the project will have to be patient due to a two-year time-line.

Drivers will see more flashing yellow arrows

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 -

The Sebring Parkway now features a relatively new traffic signal, the flashing yellow arrow, which indicates to drivers that they can make a left-hand turn, but must yield t...

Recruiters going to 3 states to find teachers

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 -

Five School Board of Highlands County staff members will visit a total of three states this month to recruit teachers to hopefully fill some of the district’s current...

LP gazebo closure raises issues

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 -

Surveillance video showing a child falling through the railing of the Devane Park gazebo onto the pavement prompted the decision to close the structure to the public.

Grant funds a computer tablet each for Woodlawn’s 5th graders

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 -

Car crashes into house, causes minor damage

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 -

—An SUV crashed into the front of a house on Lakeview Drive near the First Presbyterian Church parking lot Monday morning. The crash caused minor damage to the house, accordin...

Culinary interests link young and old

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 -

Pasta from scratch, that is the way Joe Noto starts preparing a homemade Italian meal that includes ravioli.

SFSC Dean Appelquist to retire

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 -

In August 1970, a new professor at then South Florida Junior College stepped into a classroom to teach biology.

Highlands’ health ranking slips

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 -

Highlands’ health ranking slipped from 37th to 40th among Florida’s 67 counties in a recently released survey based on health behaviors, medical care availabil...

Compassionate Care Hospice resumes serving patients

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 -

A hospice provider is serving patients once again after being ordered by a state agency to halt services due to a license renewal issue.

LP business owners/citizens voice parking concerns

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 -

The town council had packed council chambers for Monday’s workshop on parking concerns where business owners and others said strict enforcement of a parking ordin...