Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

Placid Lodge dispute continues

Monday, Oct 27, 2014 -

The Bicentennial Park and Scout House property rights dispute continues with an attorney and not-for-profit group aiming to obtain the property from a local fraternal lo...

Student retention highest in grades 9 & 10

Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 -

Grades nine and 10 continue to be big sticking point for local students, and the number of students retained in these two grades is dramatically higher compared to th...

Concerns arise about student-athletes’ grades

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 -

Lake Placid Youth Minister Sammy Telesco told the school board recently that while some high school athletes fall far behind academically, rules allow the students’ a...

District hoping for a ‘future’ with funding from 1/2 cent sales tax

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 -

The School Board of Highlands County cites that millions of dollars worth of needs from new buses to new classroom construction would be funded with revenue from a 1/2 cent ...

Voters to decide 2 school board seats

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 -

Voters in the general election will decide two school board races as they choose between Charlene Edwards and incumbent Ronnie Jackson for the District 1 seat and Jill Compt...

Author connects with Hill-Gustat Middle students

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 -

Author Jordan Sonneblick told a group of Hill-Gustat Middle School students that he knows the ending of his stories at the beginning of his writing process.

LP Masons pull park property from the market

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 -

The Free Masons Placid Lodge has removed the Bicentennial Park/Boy Scout House property from the market, but issues about the property remain with the group that is refo...

Gas prices dropping below $3 a gallon

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 -

Just in time for the holiday travel season, motorists are seeing gas prices fall below $3 a gallon for the first time since 2010, and the price at the pump is expected to dr...

Meeting stricter nutritional guidelines while satisfying the student palate

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 -

Students in the school cafeteria lunch serving lines are noticing some items are smaller, look different or have been eliminated completely, while new items have appeared on...

Teacher tailgate rally celebrates district’s educators

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 -

It looked like a company picnic with plenty of food and snacks, but it also appeared to be a children’s fun zone with bounce houses and bean bag toss games.

Hill-Gustat fair celebrates Hispanic Heritage

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 -

Hill-Gustat Middle School students learned about Peru, Panama, Nicaragua and many other Spanish-speaking countries during the school’s Hispanic Heritage Fair, which w...

Truancy efforts aim to curb unexcused absences

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 -

SEBRING — Nearly 600 School Board of Highlands County students were absent 21 or more days from school in the 2013-14 school year with no acceptable excuse.

LP approves rezoning for Belleview Cottages

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 -

The town council Monday approved the second reading of a rezoning ordinance for The Bellview Street Cottages residential housing project.

LP Council discusses Boy Scout property dispute

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 -

Boy Scouts supporters crowded into the council chambers Monday evening to back the effort to return the Bicentennial Park and Scout House property to the local Scouts.

Contract talks await school enrollment numbers

Monday, Oct 13, 2014 -

Teachers and school support personnel continue to work under their 2013-14 contract agreement with the School Board of Highlands County as the negotiation teams wait for the...

District banks on postcards to promote 1/2 cent referendum

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 -

Registered voters, who voted in the last election, will be receiving a postcard from the School Board of Highlands County with information about the 1/2 cent schools sales t...

Review team recommends school district accreditation

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 -

An accreditation review team gave the Highlands County School District an overall good report this week, but scored the district below average in the utilization of its reso...

Lake Placid to consider purchasing recycling carts

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 -

A good price on recycling carts may prompt the town to consider a limited trial of curbside recycling.

Graduates tout program’s path to a healthy lifestyle

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 - Christopher Widger received many awards Tuesday evening at a graduation ceremony held at the Better Living Community Center in Lake Placid.

LP Bicentennial Park/Scout house property being disputed

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 -

The Bicentennial Park property and Scout House at 151 Dal Hall Blvd. have been for sale since June, but issues about the property and who owns it remain and will be disc...

District preps for Florida Standards Assessments

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 -

High stakes testing, coupled with the unknowns of a new state assessment test, have prompted concerns from superintendents, school boards and educators statewide.

SFSC President Leitzel addresses student’s questions

Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 -

In his second annual student forum, South Florida State College President Thomas Leitzel faced questions about new programs and classes, the possibility of on-campus housi...

Sebring High students tour manufacturing facilities

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 -

From recycled glass stored in piles outside to finished product on pallets to be shipped all over the world, a group of Sebring High School students learned about manufactur...

Free public school flu vaccinations to start Oct. 7

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 -

The deadline for parents to sign and return a consent form for their children to receive a free flu vaccination at their school is Friday.

Stray bullet lands in AP High cafeteria, authorities say

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 -

A bullet found in the kitchen of the Avon Park High School cafeteria apparently was fired from off campus and penetrated the roof and the ceiling, according to a Highlands...

Daylight Saving or Standard Time

Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 -

Twice a year it’s time for a time change. We “spring ahead” one hour to daylight saving time and “fall back”...

SFSC participating in worldwide ‘Thrill the World’ event

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 -

South Florida State College seeks dancing zombies to break a world record and raise money for charity.

Former employee sues LP

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 -

A former town employee, claiming he was fired for filing a workers compensation claim, is suing the Town of Lake Placid in the 10th Judicial Circuit Court.

School board to consider slight tax rate increase

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 -

The School Board of Highlands County will consider a final 2014-15 budget with a slight increase in the property tax rate.

SFSC students turn out for Club Rush

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 -

From the Brain Bowl to the Soccer Club and Art Club and much more, South Florida State College’s students learned about the various clubs and organizations at the c...

College draws complaints

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 -

A state trade association is documenting complaints from Azure College students who have reported difficulties in obtaining their transcripts from the college so they can at...

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