Friday, Jan 30, 2015

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Highlands Today

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.

Obama’s education plan sparks interest at SFSC

Friday, Jan 9, 2015 -

President Barack Obama’s proposal to make a publicly funded community college education available to all Americans has piqued the interest with the administrators a...

Hospital drops lawsuit against county

Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 -

The Hospital District Board welcomed the announcement Thursday that Highlands Regional Medical Center has withdrawn its legal disputes with the county.

New tuition residency law impacts some SFSC students

Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015 -

The significant difference between paying in-state and out-of-state college tuition can impact a student’s decision to pursue higher education.

‘Elvis’ Wade Cummins takes the stage and the pulpit

Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 -

Singing Elvis Presley songs on stage and performing God’s work in church, Wade Cummins delivers two messages from his heart.

Levey remembered as spokesman for Avon Park history

Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 -

Lawrence Harold “Larry” Levey, a champion for the Historical Society of Avon Park and the Depot Museum and a well-known spokesman for the group, passed away ...

LP town Winn-Dixie closing

Monday, Jan 5, 2015 -

The Winn-Dixie supermarket in the town of Lake Placid will be closing within two weeks with the location at 70 Plaza Ave. being sold to a Sarasota-based corporation.

Fitness resolve kicks in for the New Year

Friday, Jan 2, 2015 -

The jingle of Christmas bells are gone with the passing of the holiday season and replaced for the fit minded with the persistent heavier clanking sound of dumbbells and bar...

It’s tool time with Harbor Freight open in Sebring

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 -

From a small adjustable wrench to a big air compressor, guys like checking out tools so it was like an early Christmas for many with Harbor Freight Tools opening Dec. 23 on ...

End of year tax tips can save you money

Friday, Dec 26, 2014 -

Amid the holiday hoopla, don’t forget the end of the year tips that can lower your tax liability.

Westerly winds to heat up local temperatures

Friday, Dec 26, 2014 -

After a brief break from unseasonably warm temperatures, westerly winds will bring on the heat for the weekend with highs near the mid 80s.

Education chief calls for ‘investigation’ into standardized tests

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 -

State Education Commissioner called for an “investigation” of standardized testing in Florida’s public schools to increase transparency for parents abou...

What’s open for the holiday?

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 -

After the last minute holiday rush on Christmas Eve, most stores and restaurants will be closed today, but a few businesses and eateries will be open, some with limited hour...

Christmas parties are making a comeback with improving economy

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 -

The company Christmas party was among many things businesses cut or scaled back when the economy faltered in 2008.

State funding won’t cover student enrollment increase costs

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 -

School officials usually welcome enrollment increases, but state funding won’t cover the extra costs for the School Board of Highlands County, which has added portabl...

Facing challenges by counting blessings

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 -

In her 20 years with the school district, Marlene Welborn has taken on many challenges with a smile.

SFSC holds first December commencement

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 -

Relaxed school cellphone policy working, administrators say

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 -

School cellphone policies have changed over the years from strict bans, to off and out of sight, to teacher discretion, but administrators and districts continue to monitor ...

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.

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