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Friday, Jul 31, 2015

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

School board adjusts revision on cell phone policy

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 -

High school students won’t be able to use their cell phones between classes after teachers voiced their opposition to a pending change in the district’s policy...

LP council OK with budget,salary increases

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 -

After one workshop, the Lake Placid Town Council reviewed the proposed 2015-16 budget and decided to forego two more scheduled budget workshops.

Teachers, support staff call on board for pay increase

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 -

A large turnout of teachers and school support workers told the school board Tuesday that its priorities should be with its employees.

Most pay cash for Highlands residential properties

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 -

Highlands County’s cash home sales continue well above the 50 percent mark, which is much higher than the nationwide figure, which is less than 25 percent.

New computers coming to some classes when school reopens

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 -

Some students in grades four through 12 will being doing their classroom work on new laptop computers that will going to nearly every school before the start of the 2015-16 ...

School employees embrace wellness program

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 -

Well before sunrise a group of school district employees are flipping truck tires, jumping rope, running, doing pushups and crunches and a lot more to challenge their body a...

Students create a show to entertain and help their peers

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 -

Gathered for a high-five greeting, four teen girls laugh and move about with joy before separating across the stage of The Circle Theatre.

Sheriff’s report clears School Board in public records flap

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 -

There was no violation of public records law by the School Board of Highlands County related to the notes taken during a teacher mediation hearing, according to a Highlands ...

Felony battery charge filed in middle school incident

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 -

The Highlands County State Attorney’s Office has filed a charge of felony battery against a Sebring Middle School who struck another student.

Bastardi won’t seek another term on LP council

Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 -

Councilman Steve Bastardi, showing frustration with the way the town council conducts business, announced he will not run for re-election.

Union calls for better pay to attract and retain teachers

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 -

Contract negotiations are “stalled” between the Highlands County School District and the teachers union, according to union President Carla Rice.

Lake Placid ends pursuit of church property

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 -

The Lake Placid town council decided not to increase its offer for a church property that was eyed for possible relocation of town hall offices.

Lake Placid sets tentative property tax rate

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 -

The town council set the tentative property tax rate while town Administrator Phil Williams recommended a raise for all town employees.

New stores ready for summer openings

Monday, Jul 13, 2015 - Despite the usually slow summer season, some new businesses owners are preparing to open up shop soon in Highlands County.

AP station brings urban contemporary music to FM dial

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 -

As a kid, Frankie Grover’s fascination with radio prompted him to rewire his mother’s stereo so he could mix his voice with the music like a radio announcer....

FDOE investigating special ed complaints against school district

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 -

The Florida Department of Education is looking into a Sebring education advocate’s complaint that the School Board of Highlands County violated federal and state laws...

Board votes to refinance debt

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 -

After Highlands County School Board Chairman Bill Brantley stressed the district had no other options, the school board approved moving forward with refinancing and extendin...

Consumers, restaurants shelling out more for eggs

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 -

Whether scrambled, fried, poached or for baking, the high price of eggs is not going “over easy” with restaurants and consumers.

Students catch up, stay on track in summer school

Monday, Jul 6, 2015 -

While it’s vacation time for many, most Highlands County School District’s schools are busy now with a variety of summer school programs for struggling student...

Lake Placid preps for budget workshops

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 -

After scrutinizing its latest audit, Lae Placid town administration and the town council are gearing up for the first budget workshop later this month.

Belated teacher/support employee contract talks scheduled

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 -

More than a month after the 2014-15 school year ended, teachers and school support employees will learn whether or not they will get a retroactive pay raise for their past y...

Lake Placid may get new, larger Publix

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 -

Publix is looking into building a new and larger supermarket near its current location on U.S. 27 in Lake Placid.

State attorney’s office preparing charges in Sebring Middle assault

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 -

The Highlands County State Attorney’s Office is planning to file charges against one Sebring Middle School student who reportedly punched another student in the eye. ...

Thayer selected for district director position

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 -

A former teacher of the year, Jessica Thayer, has been selected by Superintendent Wally Cox to fill the Highlands County School District’s director of secondary progr...

Fewer than half pass 10th-grade English assessment

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 -

More than half of the Highlands School District’s 10th-graders did not pass the Florida Standards Assessment English language arts exam and may need to retake the ass...

Honorees reflect on Champion for Children’s formative years

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 -

One night a year, one person will be recognized as Highlands County’s Champion for Children.

Leitzel marks 2 years as SFSC president

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 -

Nearly two years ago, on July 1, Thomas Leitzel assumed the presidency of South Florida State College and since then his level of enthusiasm seems to continue to grow each...

SFSC: 4th year with no tuition increase

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 -

While South Florida State College budgets for more students, it is holding steady for the fourth year in a row with no tuition increase.

High school students may get to use phones

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 -

The Code of Student Conduct usually has a few revisions each summer in preparation for the new school year, but the School Board of Highlands County will be considering only...

School district may refinance debt

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 -

New school buses, maintenance projects and technology and software for the classrooms are some of the things the School Board of Highlands County could purchase with $1.3 mi...

Woman sues LP, county claiming injuring while viewing mural

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 -

A Martin County resident who suffered an injury while walking to view a mural has filed a lawsuit against the Town of Lake Placid and Highlands County.

Summer kicks in with higher temperatures

Monday, Jun 22, 2015 -

it already feels like we are in the hottest “dog days” of the season with the heat index in the 100 to 103 degree range.

Investors pin hopes on reopening LP bowling center

Friday, Jun 5, 2015 -

After more than year since the sudden closure of Coz’s Sports Bar & Bowl, a small group of investors are looking into purchasing and reopening the bowling cen...

Chalk up another school year

Thursday, Jun 4, 2015 -

As a group of Fred Wild Elementary students celebrated their accomplishments at an outdoor dance party, the song playing on sound system sung by Alice Cooper told the story ...

Parents have few summer VPK options

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 -

The summer Voluntary Prekindergarten programs will start soon with few options for parents who want to register their child for the free program designed to prepare 5-year-o...

New mural to feature LP businessman and Ford, Firestone and Edison

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 -

Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and Thomas Edison were not just legends but friends who liked to travel.

Sebring Elks Lodge membership increase tops in state

Monday, Jun 1, 2015 -

Successful membership drives and good food led to the Sebring Elks Lodge leading the state with the greatest percentage of growth among 101 Elks Lodges.

Girls flag football may expand to Avon Park, Sebring high schools

Monday, Jun 1, 2015 -

After one season of girls flag football at Lake Placid High School, Avon Park and Sebring high schools are looking into fielding teams next year with the school board suppor...