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Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

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...

AP graduates told to live a life of purpose

Saturday, May 30, 2015 -

The Avon Park High School Class of 2015, totalling 172 graduates, walked the stage Friday evening to accept their diplomas and start the next chapter in their lives.

Sebring Middle directs students to college

Friday, May 29, 2015 -

Sebring Middle School Band Director Anthony Juliano stressed to his fourth-period students, “It starts now.”

Journal Plaza project spotlights downtown revitalization

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -

About 50 people turned out Wednesday for the ground breaking of the Journal Plaza Project, which contractor Ken Leblanc called a catalyst for the revitalization of the d...

AP High teacher resigns after his work computer is hacked

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 -

An Avon Park High School teacher resigned after his work computer was hacked by someone who sent the educator’s personal information along with false financial info...

Students share positive experiences from AVID program

Monday, May 25, 2015 -

Twins Caleah and Camille Gammage share many experiences together, and as Sebring High School 11th-graders, they shared with a gathering of about 110 how the AVID program has...

Highlands All–County Band to perform at SFSC today

Monday, May 25, 2015 -

The high school bands from Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Placid are joining together to form the Highlands All- County Band that will perform at 7 p.m. today in the South Fl...

Heartland Youth Connections celebrate achievement

Friday, May 22, 2015 -

Heartland Youth Connections recognized the achievements recently of four Highlands County students who have overcome challenges to continue their education and prepare for a...

Highlands schools unaffected by state staffing cuts

Saturday, May 23, 2015 -

About 75 percent of the Florida Department of Education’s field teams that assist “D” and “F” schools will be cut in 2015-16, but it won&#...

Florida rainy season arrives, hurricane season starts June 1

Friday, May 22, 2015 - The Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the barbecue season as Florida moves into the summer rainy season and the hurricane season, which starts June 1.

District supervisor resigns amid drug testing

Thursday, May 21, 2015 -

A transportation area supervisor with the School Board of Highlands County has resigned with prejudice after undergoing a random drug test, according to a school district of...

Frozen yogurt treat makes for a cheery day at Sebring High

Monday, May 18, 2015 -

After lunching on spicy chicken, Sebring High School senior Marisol Isabel lined up Monday afternoon for something cool, sweet and free at the pink-and-green sweetFrog mobi...

Police/district investigate Sebring Middle student fight

Saturday, May 16, 2015 -

The Sebring Police Department and the school district are investigating a fight between two students at Sebring Middle School that reportedly resulted in one student requiri...

SFSC Artist Series from Broadway to Vinton

Friday, May 15, 2015 -

Most of the lineup is set for South Florida State College’s Artist Series, which will kickoff in December with The Midtown Men, the original stars from Broadway...

Cracker Trail Elementary students display leadership traits

Thursday, May 14, 2015 -

Elementary students are displaying their potential as future leaders and displaying good habits during Student Leadership Day, which many Highlands County elementary schools...

Citrus crop estimate continues downward trend

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 -

The Florida Department of Citrus is calling for state assistance as citrus greening continues to challenge growers and reduce production, which is now down more than half si...

Lake Placid eyes the past in looking to the future of its downtown

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 -

Should downtown Lake Placid be designated a historic district or traditional downtown?

Delayed FSA scores won’t affect graduation requirements

Monday, May 11, 2015 -

New legislation requires school districts to use more of the test data to improve student performance, but the release date of the Florida Standards Assessment scores have b...

Old and new honored during college’s 50th year

Friday, May 8, 2015 -

From its first graduate to its latest graduates on its 50th anniversary, South Florida State College celebrated the accomplishments of its students and dedication of its f...

LP Journal Plaza project set for historic building

Thursday, May 7, 2015 -

Built in 1925 the red-brick Journal Building on Main Avenue will be renovated soon to house retail businesses on the inside and accommodate a farmers market and other ev...

School board to join Central Florida coalition of school districts

Saturday, May 2, 2015 -

The School Board of Highlands County has accepted an invitation to join a coalition of Central Florida school districts.

School board to look into janitorial supply shortages

Saturday, May 2, 2015 -

The Highlands County School District is saving money by outsourcing custodian services, but the school board has scheduled a workshop to study supply shortages at the school...

School days of the past Sebring’s first high school – gone but not forgotten

Friday, May 1, 2015 -

Nearly 100 years ago Sebring’s first planned and designed school was built to serve students in grades one through 12 at the present day location of Sebring Middle Sc...