Monday, Jul 28, 2014

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

LP council approves annexations on first reading

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 -

The Lake Placid Town Council recently approved on first reading two annexation ordinances, one involving properties along West Interlake Boulevard and the other affectin...

SFSC eyes ending adult high school program

Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 -

After years of declining enrollment, the Adult High School program may be discontinued at South Florida State College.

School district prepping for new school year

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 -

‘Pocket neighborhood’ project proposed for downtown LP

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 -

LP councilman takes issue with school administrator’s comment

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 -

Lake Placid Councilman Ray Royce believes the School Board of Highlands County doesn’t have anything to boast about from the recently released school accountabili...

LP looks to maintain property tax rate

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 -

Noting a small decrease in the assessed property values, the town council voted Monday to set the tentative 2014-15 millage at the current 2013-14 rate of 3.65.

LP takes stand against mail cluster boxes

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 -

The mail delivering centers or cluster boxes have been removed from downtown Lake Placid, but the town council and a business owner were still reeling Monday from the su...

District focusing on educators to support, promote sales tax

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 -

Loyalty cards = discounts for shoppers and data for retailers

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 -

Points, perks, discounts and rewards programs come in many different names on credit-card sized loyalty cards and key fobs.

Memorial Elementary boosts grade from ‘F’ to ‘B’

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 -

Memorial Elementary School made a remarkable turnaround, going from an “F” to a “B” grade, according to the preliminary elementary and middle sch...

Sebring High scores a perfect IB diploma passing rate

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 -

— All nine seniors who were pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma at Sebring High School learned recently that they all earned a diploma for the rigorous curriculum....

LP will continue annexation talks with mobile home park

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 -

— The town of Lake Placid continues to weigh the benefits and liabilities of annexing a mobile home park, while reported misinformation about the issues complicated negoti...

Compton nixes district tentative budget advertisement

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 -

Newly appointed School Board Member Jill Compton already broke from board tradition at her first meeting Tuesday by voting against advertising the School Board of Highlands ...

Growers have many questions on medical marijuana

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 -

LP church building large center for arts and recreation

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 -

After 15 years of prayer, discussion and study, a “god-sized” project is being built to serve as a “blessing” to the community, according to ...

LP grant prepared for CRA study

Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 -

The Town of Lake Placid is moving forward with the lengthy process of possibly creating a community redevelopment agency.

District wired for student-owned computers

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 -

At the start of the new school year, the technology will be in place to allow students to use their own computers to access the Internet while in class, but each school will...

AP trucks trash to Okeechobee

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 -

After one month of a trial period of trucking its garbage to the Okeechobee landfill, the initial savings for the City of Avon Park may lead to a reduction in the city...

Practice tests featured on new assessment portal

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 -

If kids get bored during the summer they can go online to take training tests on the new state assessment to get an idea on what they will be facing in the spring of 2015.

Compton sworn in to school board seat

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 -

Jill Compton took the oath of office around noon Monday to serve on the District 5 seat of the School Board of Highlands County.

School district budgets for more teachers and support staff

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 -

The School Board of Highlands County will be budgeting for more teachers and support personnel, but for the fourth year in a row, there are no plans to purchase new school b...

Sebring High grad headed to U.S. Naval Academy

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 -

Lawsuit claims school board negligence related to student’s injury

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 -

School district adding portables at ‘overload schools’

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 -

They’re back. The School Board of Highlands County will be bringing in more portable classrooms for the 2014-15 school year.

More Florida elementary schools will see extended school day

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 -

More Florida elementary schools with low FCAT reading scores will be required to extend their school day by one hour for intensive reading instruction in the 2014-15 school ...

Community covers Lake McCoy watershed project shortfall

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 -

Community support came through to complete the funding for the Lake McCoy watershed project, to improve the water quality of Lake Placid’s southernmost lake.

Charter start-up to build Highlands campus

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 -

Sebring man charged with child abuse following chase

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 -

LP man charged in fatal shooting

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 -


Pool company owner faces more charges

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 -

Jim William Terry faces new grand theft charges in connection with his pool business.

Safety concerns prompt look to relocate LP Halloween event

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 -

Retired guard pens book on realities of prison

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 -

Highlands trails state in EOC assessment results

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 -

End-of-course assessment results released Monday by the Florida Department of Education show Highlands County trailing the state in the percentage of students passing the Al...

Elementary schools seek ESOL-endorsed educators

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 -

As the Highlands County School District’s student population has become more diverse in recent years, elementary schools have been hiring more teachers who are certif...

LP businessman cites town’s retail challenges

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 -

Citing numerous closures in the retail sector, a Lake Placid businessman claims the town’s sign regulations and untrimmed trees along U.S. 27 are hurting business...

NU-HOPE seeks LP town property for thrift store expansion

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID — NU-HOPE Elder Care Services hopes to receive a donation of town property to expand its thrift store, which prompted council discussion on the procedures for disposing of town property.

Summer school is in session

Monday, Jun 9, 2014 -

— Summer school is in session, from Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten through high school “credit recovery” classes, with hundreds of students attending various summer ...

After false start, biofuels industry may yet impact Highlands County

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 -

Three years ago, Highlands County was on the cusp of a bio boom time with hundreds of jobs looming in construction, agriculture and technology with buzz words such as biofue...

Middle school math sole bright spot for Highlands FCAT results

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 -

Cox recommends six for assistant principal positions

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 -

Superintendent Wally Cox recommended six district educators as assistant principal positions for the 2014-15 school year.

Public school students will be offered free flu vaccinations

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 -

Highlands County public school students will be offered free flu vaccinations next school year in an effort to reduce the number off flu-related illnesses county wide.

Photomosaic offers an image of support for student

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 -

The unveiling of a Photomosaic showing an outpouring of community support for her battled against brain cancer brought a big smile to Avon Park Middle School student Jade Ja...

Artist Series offers eclectic lineup

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 - South Florida State College’s 2014-15 Artist Series will offer an eclectic mix of national and international performers from India to Ireland and from Philad...

New teachers reflect on what they learned

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 -

Before students receive their final report card Wednesday on the last day of school, two new teachers reflected on what they learned in their first year in the classroom.

AP grads prepare for new adventures

Saturday, May 31, 2014 -

It was an excited group of seniors - the Avon Park Class of 2014 - at Friday evening’s graduation ceremonies, but the proud parents an...

SFSC approves new book store operator

Friday, May 30, 2014 -

The South Florida State College bookstore will soon undergo more than $175,000 in facility and equipment upgrades with a new operator taking over the facility on July 1. ...

Cox seeks to shuffle schools top spots

Friday, May 30, 2014 -

Superintendent Wally Cox is recommending personnel changes that would put a new principal in three of the district’s four middle schools and at the Kindergarten Learn...

SFSC approves one-time employee pay adjustment

Thursday, May 29, 2014 -

— South Florida State College’s full- time faculty and staff members will receive a one-time salary adjustment in December as the college’s state funding incre...

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