Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

Highlands high schools receive ‘C’ grade

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 -

— The School Board of Highlands County’s graduation rate improved in the 2013-14 school year, but continues to rank near the bottom of Florida’s 66 counties with...

Ripple cloud formations caused by gravity wave phenomenon

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 -

A ripple effect on a grand scale in the sky makes for impressive photos, but what force or forces of mother nature cause this phenomenon?

Government staff decks the halls and doors

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 -

From a gingerbread house to a ski slope to the North Pole with Santa Clause, it’s looking like Christmas time at the Highlands County Courthouse and Government Center...

Special ed debate

Friday, Dec 12, 2014 - Doctors and researchers have been trying to learn more about what causes autism spectrum disorder and how to treat it as a growing number of children are being diagn...

School board to seek bids for energy conservation program

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 -

Promises of big savings on utility bills were outweighed by contract concerns, prompting the School Board of Highlands County to hold off on its vote on a five-year agreemen...

Teacher evaluation data shows inconsistencies

Friday, Dec 12, 2014 -

The latest teacher evaluation data from the Florida Department of Education continues to show that statewide, and in Highlands County, the vast majority of teachers are rate...

Harvard Dean to speak on educational opportunities

Friday, Dec 12, 2014 -

College recruitment representatives visit Highlands County each year, but next month Highlands County educators and community officials will welcome a dean from the Ivy Leag...

LP Christmas parade is Saturday

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 -

Some Lake June Pointe residents against clubhouse

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 -

About 20 property owners from Lake June Pointe had a point to make at Monday’s Lake Placid town council meeting – they don’t want a clubhouse built ...

School district eyes energy savings

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 -

Lake Placid eyes new palm trees by Christmas

Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 -

Lake Placid will be out with the old and in with new palm trees, possibly by Christmas, to beautify the town.

SFSC students receive screenings during World AIDS Day event

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 -

South Florida State College students heard frank talk about prevention and protection, and many received free HIV and STD health screenings at the college’s third o...

Student group raises funds for child cancer patients

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 -

By baking and selling cookies, a Sebring High School student group is raising money for gifts to cheer up kids who are hospitalized with cancer.

State commission accepts Azure College’s improvement plan

Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014 -

The Florida Commission for Independent Education accepted Azure College’s remediation plan recently as the institution touted its students’ exam passing rate.<...

Students can earn mid-year promotion after falling behind

Monday, Dec 1, 2014 -

The New Year will be promotion time for some Highlands County students who will move up a grade level in the middle of the school year after being retained last year.

Searching for the perfect Christmas tree

Friday, Nov 28, 2014 -

Amid the busy Black Friday shopping day, many headed into a tent to search in a sea of green for the perfect Christmas tree.

Computers to play a part in grading student essays

Friday, Nov 28, 2014 -

— As more state exams are administered online, computers will play a bigger role in the testing process with the grading of student essays.

6 cheerleaders to perform in Macy’s Parade

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 -

Six Highlands County high school cheerleaders will be participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of the performance presented by the Spirit of Americ...

‘Frozen’ is hot on Santa’s toy list

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 -

Toy retailers are looking for hot sales this holiday season from a line of playthings with a chilly name - “Frozen.”

College for a Day: High school students attend revamped SFSC event

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 - South Florida State College focused on schooling high school students about the college’s offerings during its revamped College for a Day event Friday mornin...

Teacher salary negotiations on hold until May

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 -

School Board of Highlands County teachers will have to wait until next year to find out if they will be getting a salary increase this school year.

Students weigh in on healthier meals

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 -

Sebring High freshman Rachael Boyd wanted know why there is a drastic change in school lunches.

Schools serve Thanksgiving celebration meals

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 -

Hundreds of turkey dinners with nearly every little pilgrim opting for fat-free chocolate milk for the accompanying beverage: It must be the Thanksgiving celebration dinner ...

School board swears in new members

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 -

Prior to the swearing in of three School Board of Highlands County members, Lillian Edwards, the granddaughter of a new board member, checked the list of names and declared ...

Cold snap to drop wind chill into the 30s

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 -

— The blast of Artic air that has been plunging temperatures across the country is hitting the Heartland with forecasted lows tonight near 40 degrees with windchill readings e...

Students learn to harmonize with an attitude

Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 -

Teacher contract talks to start next week

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 -

Contract negotiations will start next week between the School Board of Highlands County and the Highlands County Education Association (teachers union).

Review team cites district’s teacher recruitment efforts

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 -

A recent report from an accreditation team stated the School Board of Highlands County should design and implement an “aggressive plan” for recruitment of high...

LP baseball volunteer stepping down

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 -

Highway Park improvement projects underway

Monday, Nov 10, 2014 -

The Highway Park Neighborhood Council, a non-profit group dedicated to restoring and preserving Highway Park, is working on beautification efforts and creating a commun...

School district’s lottery funding shrinks

Monday, Nov 10, 2014 -

While the Florida Lottery has paid out billions of dollars statewide to education over the years, its impact and contribution to the local school district has dwindled from ...

LP to consider road project agreement

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 -

The west side of town seems poised for improvements and development with a pending interlocal between the town and the county on road improvements and a number of rezoni...

School board winners ready to tackle budget

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 -

More than 7,000 voters skipped picking a candidate between the two county school board races, but despite the high number of under votes, two winners emerged in the runoffs ...

School sales tax defeat raises option of property tax increase

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 - Faced with the disappointment of the defeat of the school half-cent sales tax referendum, school officials are considering raising property taxes to fund the distric...

SFSC Vice President Revell to retire

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 -

Voters to decide 2 school board seats, school sales tax referendum

Monday, Nov 3, 2014 -

Edwards, Compton win school board seats

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 -

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...

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