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Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

School board members prepped to visit Legislature Funding and spending flexibility among top priorities

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 -

The School Board of Highlands County is dealing with a “funding crisis,” according to its one-page list of 2015 legislative priorities.

LP to recognize kids exhibiting positive behavior

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 -

Nowadays, with so much emphasis placed on what kids do wrong, the Lake Placid Police Department thought it was time to start acknowledging what kids do right.

An author and book remembered

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 -

It’s a sight not often seen. A line to get into the public library.

LP Chamber Awards recognizes service to the community

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 -

About a dozen people were recognized for their outstanding service to the chamber and community in 2014 at The Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards...

LP Police to enforce parking ordinance

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 -

Those parking on a public right-of-way will soon be issued a warning from the Lake Placid Police Department, which may issue citations for subsequent violations.

AP approves Brickell Building proposal

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 -

The city council approved the Avon Park Housing Development Corporation’s proposal to purchase and develop the Brickell Building on Main Street, but two council mem...

Harder Hall purchase agreement signed

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 -

After four months of negotiations, the City of Sebring has a signed purchase agreement for $2.5 million for Harder Hall.

Deleon: Airport could be turned over to county

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 -

As the Avon Park City Council discussed the ongoing operating losses of the city’s airport, City Manager Julian Deleon said the council could consider making it an ...

AP earmarks $300K for airport cleanup

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 -

The city council approved budgeting $300,000 in contingency funds to clean up soil and ground water contamination at the Avon Park Executive Airport, where a flying servic...

Students tout benefits of Career Institute

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 -

Students say they are getting a free jump-start on college and a career at the Highlands Career Institute at South Florida State College.

Local plants are weathering the cold

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 -

The temperatures didn’t dip quite as low as expected, but citrus growers and others in agriculture took precautions, with some working overnight to protect trees and ...

Sebring High culinary students cater meeting

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 -

Sebring High culinary student Marcus Alviano serves chicken cordon bleu to a school staff member on Wednesday in the Sebring Middle School Commons. The students received rea...

Highlands educators applaud efforts to reduce testing

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 -

No changes to schools’ athletic eligibility rules

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 -

Athletic directors and coaches touted their efforts to help student athletes off the field in their academic efforts as the school board considered changes to the high schoo...

50 apply for SFSC vice president position

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 -

South Florida State College will have a large pool of candidates from which to select its next vice president for academic affairs and student services.

AP radio station switches to R&B music format

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 -

LP council questions need for tornado siren

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 -

Some town council members believe there are better ways to alert citizens to tornadoes than a relatively expensive siren system.

Collegiate high school

Friday, Feb 13, 2015 -

A Collegiate High School program will likely start in the fall of 2015 offering high school students an accelerated track to a college degree and high school diploma.

School board to consider lunch price increase

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 -

School lunch prices will likely go up again next school year at the School Board of Highlands County’s 17 schools as the district complies with a requirement of the N...

SFSC President receives excellent performance review

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 -

Proposed redevelopment for downtown LP building

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 -

Proposed charter school withdraws contract

Monday, Feb 9, 2015 -

A charter school will not open in Sebring in August as planned with the school’s president deciding to resubmit a new application.

Soup Up the Arts Cirque-style set for Thursday

Monday, Feb 9, 2015 -

Students are putting the finishing touches on dozens of colorful and unique soup bowl creations for Sebring High School’s annual Soup Up the Arts fundraiser, which wi...

Cunningham crowned Miss Highlands County 2015

Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 -

Being contestant number one turned out to be Nicole Cunningham’s lucky number with her crowning Saturday night as Miss Highlands County 2015 at the Highlands County F...

Clubs seek youth while rooted in retirees

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 -

Dinners, lunches, dances, bingo, social hours, fund raisers, there are plenty activities at local lodges and fraternal clubs, but membership drives are among the most import...

LP RadioShack franchise to remain in business

Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 -

Amid word of RadioShack’s bankruptcy filing and the acquisition of some of its company-owned stores, the owner of the Lake Placid electronics retail franchise pla...

Lester crowned Jr. Miss Highlands County 2015

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 - Sebring High sophomore Cammie Lester proved to have the winning smile, style, poise and personality among eight entrants in the Jr. Miss Highlands County 2015 pagean...

LP to discuss emergency warning system

Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 -

Citing an increase in tornadoes in the area in recent years, Police Chief James Fansler believes the town council should consider purchasing an emergency warning siren s...

School Board approves energy conservation contract

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 -

By a 3-2 vote, the School Board of Highlands County approved a contract with an energy conservation company, which is guaranteeing savings for the district.

Measles outbreaks raise the call for child vaccinations

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 -

The measles outbreaks in California and other distant states don’t seem to pose a threat to Florida, but there has been one confirmed case of the highly contagious vi...

Sports bars prep for the big game

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 -

Before the kickoff between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, game-day parties will be in full swing at local sports bars, which are gearing up to ...

Higher grocery prices hit shoppers, help local cattlemen

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 -

Drought conditions in Texas, Oklahoma and California have led to rising meat and dairy prices for consumers, but the Florida and local cattle industry is benefitting from t...

Sebring High IB grad to head affordable migrant housing project

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 -

SEBRING — Sebring High International Baccalaureate graduate Kaylee Tuck is working on a two-year project to develop affordable housing for migrant workers.

AP council to discuss bike fest contract at special meeting

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 -

The president of a statewide organization believes Avon Park is the perfect place to hold an event, but also believes some of the city’s contract stipulations are w...

Writing field test part of ongoing prep for new assessment

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 -

Avon Park Middle School students will be participating next week in a field test of the writing portion of the Florida Standards Assessment, as part of the statewide effort ...

SO investigating motorcyclists’s death

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 -

A motorcyclist’s death on County Road 721 has prompted an investigation by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

Student substance abuse concerns school board

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 -

Facing an expulsion list of 17 students, with 12 related to marijuana or alcohol, the School Board of Highlands County voiced its concerns recently about student substance a...

SO special operations nabs 6 on drug charges

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 -

AVON PARK — Six face drug charges after a probation search of a residence near Avon Park by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and the Florida Department of Corrections Probation ...

Telesco removed from ministry’s board of directors

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 -

Saverio “Sammy” Donato Telesco has been removed as a member of the board of directors from the ministry he co-founded with his wife, Dana, in Lake Placid.<...

Youth ministry founder back in jail

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

Saverio “Sammy” Donato Telesco, the founder of a youth ministry in Lake Placid, is back in jail on a violation of conditional release charge after being releas...

Woman charged in school bus hit and run

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

— A Lake Placid woman has been charged in connection with Friday’s hit and run accident involving a school bus with 35 student onboard.

LP Winn Dixie closes

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 -

— The Winn-Dixie supermarket within the town limits of Lake Placid shut its doors for good Saturday after a deal with a startup grocery company fell through.

County observes MLK Day

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 -

— About 200 people attended the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Monday, and all the attendees seemed inspired by keynote speaker pastor Dion Henry.

Elementary students learn about careers

Friday, Jan 16, 2015 -

Lake Country Elementary School welcomed professionals in science, engineering, agriculture, writing and other fields on Friday to tell students about their jobs and how ...

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. to perform at SFSC

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 -

Grammy winners Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. will sing the popular hits from their days with the 5th Dimension and as a hit-making husband and wife duo when they take...

No purchase deal for LP Winn-Dixie

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 -

Highlands welcomes State Board of Education

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 -

State Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand offered a unique tactic for Superintendent Wally Cox who told the State Board on Wednesday about Highland’s struggles...

Negotiations continue over LP park property

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 -

Discussions continue over ownership rights of the Bicentennial Park property, but no official agreement has been announced between a local fraternal lodge and a group su...

Hybrid sales strong while all-electric cars have yet to spark interest

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 -

All-electric car sales have been hampered by the short range they can go on a charge, but GM announced Monday that its Chevrolet Bolt, with a 200-mile range, will likely go ...

Much has changed over 50 years at the college

Friday, Jan 9, 2015 -

South Florida State College will soon kickoff a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary of being established by the Florida Legislature.