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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

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...

12 Hours race was mostly incident free, officials say

Monday, Mar 23, 2015 -

Racing, race fans and partiers came together for the 63rd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday with no major problems.

Large turnout expected for LP parking workshop

Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 -

A big turnout is expected at today’s town council workshop at 5:30 p.m. where the sole topic for discussion will be parking.

School district explores outsourcing substitute teachers

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 -

A shortage of qualified substitute teachers to fill classroom vacancies, coupled with looming health care costs, has the School Board of Highlands County looking into outsou...

Historic race cars draw race fans

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 -

These cars with skilled drivers proved themselves on the racetrack, but parked on the Sebring Circle these vintage machines also proved to be a favorite for up-close looks f...

Hospice provider shut down in 3-county area

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 -

Due to a license renewal issue, a hospice care provider has been ordered to halt its services for 250 patients in Highlands, Polk and Hardee counties resulting in the loss o...

Sebring man charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 -

An 18-year-old Sebring man was arrested on multiple charges Monday in connection with shots fired at a robbery victim in October in Avon Park.

Former kindergarten teacher seeks settlement

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 -

A former Lake Placid Elementary kindergarten teacher, who was charged with battery in an incident with a student, is seeking a settlement agreement with the State Educat...

LP ‘North Triangle’ planned for growth

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 -

A shopping plaza, bank, professional offices and newly built residences may not be coming soon just north of Lake Placid, but the planning, zoning and annexation effort ...

2 AP men charged with possession of meth

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 -

A Highlands County Sheriff’s Office patrol netted two Avon Park men on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

Computer skills trump speed on the keys

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 -

The sometimes dreaded 2 or 3 minute typing test can mean the difference between getting a job or having to brush up on one’s typing skills.

School start date hinges on legislation

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 -

The first day of classes for the 2015-16 school was set for Aug. 19, but the school board approved a contingency calendar with school starting on Aug. 24.

LP continues to grapple with gazebo damage

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 -

The gazebo serves as a focal point and gathering place in Devane Park, but the quaint structure that is more decorative than solidly built has incurred much damage in re...

LP parking issues prompt workshop

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 -

The Town Hall’s parking lot was filled for Monday’s council meeting, which led to a number of people to park on the grass so they could have their say abou...

Survey shows teachers’ Common Core concerns

Monday, Mar 9, 2015 -

Many teachers in Highlands County believe the Common Core Standards will not prepare students for careers or college, according to a survey of district educators.

Schools follow court orders in custody issues

Monday, Mar 9, 2015 -

When parents separate or get divorced, child custody frequently becomes a contested and emotional issue, which sometimes involves schools when non-custodial parents or adult...

Highlands County’s historic blazes

Friday, Mar 6, 2015 -

Senate Panel approves testing bill amid troubles

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 -

Highlands County schools experienced a few glitches with the new state assessment, but amid online testing difficulties in other districts, a key Senate committee voted Wedn...

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...