Friday, Apr 25, 2014

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

Turner Furniture reopened soon after water pipe break

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 -

When you are away, a broken pipe or faulty toilet flush valve can flood hundreds of gallons of water into your home or business leaving a mess and a challenging cleanup pr...

State computer testing issues affect Highlands FCAT

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 -

Positive signs come from local job market

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 -

As the slow summer season approaches, an upturn in the number of finance, clerical and truck driver job openings indicates a boost for the local business climate, according to the l...

Teacher evaluations simplified this year

Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 -

One of the complicated factors in the teacher performance appraisal system will be simplified this year with every Highlands County School District teacher receiving an "effective"...

Opposing views emerge on LP business tax

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 -

Town attorney Bert Harris made extensive revisions to the town's Business Tax Ordinance to update it in accordance with changes in the state law.

Easter on Parade

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 -

2 veteran principals to retire

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 -

SEBRING - The School Board of Highlands County will be losing two veteran administrators with a combined 75 years in education with the retirements in June of Pam Burnham and Rick Demeri.

Students, schools test for FCAT one last time this year

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 -

SEBRING - Avon Elementary Principal Pam Burnham gave the "all clear" soon after 10 a.m. Monday, marking the end of the FCAT testing for the day and the beginning of the end for the assessment test that began in 1998.

Diploma Programme offers 'mini-college experience'

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 -

SEBRING - Sebring High School's International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is "outstanding," continues to grow in impact and offers a "mini-college experience," according to comments Thursday at the annual IB Benefit ...

Stephenson files for school board race

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 -

SEBRING - William "Trey" Stephenson, III has pre-filed to run for the District 5 Seat of the School Board of Highlands County, making it a five-candidate race at this point with the qualifying period still weeks away.

Groceries, gas prices on the up and up

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 -

SEBRING - Consumers are taking a double hit in the wallet at the supermarket and the fuel pump with rising food and gas prices.

What happened in the 1950s at Avon Park Air Force Range?

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 -

AVON PARK - A military attack with about 230,000 mosquitoes infected with yellow fever would be difficult to detect and would be impossible for a nation to react quickly with a mass-immunization program, the U.S. Army Ch...

Lake McCoy funding deadline extended

Saturday, Apr 5, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - After clearing weeds around his dock a few months ago Rob Pelski noticed a "blanket of green growth" recently on the bottom of Lake McCoy that he believes shouldn't be there.

Caution urged during wildfire season Fire destroys two sheds behind AP houses

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 -

AVON PARK - As Leslie Harper worked on his computer Friday morning a neighbor yelled there was a fire behind his house.

Arlene Tuck ready to serve again on the council

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - After about 24 years since she last served on the town council, Arlene Tuck is preparing to take a seat once again in the council chambers as a town decision maker.

School district plans free after school suppers

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 -

SEBRING - The School Board of Highlands County will likely serve free suppers at some of its elementary schools starting in the fall to students in after-school programs.

Murphy files for school board race

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 -

SEBRING - The race for the District 5 School Board Seat now has four hopefuls with Trevor Murphy pre-filing Tuesday at the Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Former Melvil Dewey resort primed for big expansion

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID -At a facility founded in the 1920s by Melvil Dewey on the north side of Lake Mirror, the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center will continue the innovator's dream with a major expansion project.

UPrep salutes Vietnam veterans

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 -

SEBRING -Hand-drawn American flags, thank you letters, a hand shake and a word of appreciation from students young and old meant a lot Friday to seven U.S. military Vietnam War veterans.

Educator faces challenges armed with positive outlook

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 -

SEBRING - When the high school valedictorian opened her school locker one day, a college catalog fell out and caught the eye of a fellow senior at an adjacent locker.

LP eyes Placid Lakes Utilities

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - The town's list of water customers would increase by about 66 percent if it purchases Placid Lakes Utilities.

AP man arrested on child porn charges

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 -

AVON PARK - An Avon Park man faces charges of possession of child pornography after being arrested by a state law enforcement officer who is part of a national Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

School board takes issues to Tallahassee

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 -

SEBRING - Education funding, the new assessment and a controversial bill were among the issues two Highlands County School Board Members discussed with area legislators recently in Tallahassee.

LP to truck trash to Okeechobee

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid aims to save money by disposing of its collected solid waste at the Okeechobee County Landfill.

SFSC considers student athlete drug-testing policy

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 -

AVON PARK - Prompted by a request from the athletic department, South Florida State College will consider developing a policy to conduct in-house "unannounced and reasonable suspicion" drug tests of its student athletes....

LP moves to curb parking congestion

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 -

The recent re-striping of a section of North Magnolia Avenue is the first step the town will be taking to alleviate parking congestion next to a restaurant where vehicles were blocking the roadway.

6 apply to governor to fill vacant school board seat

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 -

SEBRING - Six applicants are seeking appointment from the governor to fill the school board seat vacated by Andy Tuck's resignation to take a seat on the State Board of Education.

First-graders plan bear awareness campaign

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 -

Cracker Trail Elementary teacher Sheli Gossett's first-grade class has been invited to work with the Jane Goodall Institute and Google Maps on piloting new digitized mapping tools and creating a tutorial.

Church pastor to run for school board

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 -

SEBRING - Dustin Woods has pre-filed for the District 5 Highlands County School Board seat, making it a three-way race to fill the position vacated by Andy Tuck's move to the State Board of Education.

LP sets zoning recommendation for annexations

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - The town council decided to recommend a zoning change to "conceptual planned development" to the owners of 18 properties along West Interlake Boulevard that are eyed for annexation.

School Board calls for review of Health Department's LP cuts

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 -

SEBRING - The School Board of Highlands County approved a resolution calling for a reevaluation of the Highlands County Health Department's decision to cease providing medical and dental services in Lake Placid.

School board supports half-cent sales tax referendum

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - Citing numerous school maintenance and security needs, the Highlands County School Board supports putting a half-cent sales tax referendum on the November ballot.

LP health department clinic ends medical, dental services

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid residents and the town council spoke out Monday evening against the Highlands County Health Department's decision to stop providing medical and dental services in Lake Placid.

School district to consider half-cent sales tax referendum

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 -

SEBRING - The Highlands County School Board will discuss today the possibility of putting a half-cent sales tax referendum on the November ballot to raise funds for school construction and maintenance projects.

Lakes attracted early settlers, city founders to Highlands

Friday, Mar 7, 2014 -

SEBRING - About 128 years ago a couple from England, the Kings, built a log cabin on Lake Tiger, now known as Lake Tulane, making them the first permanent settlers of Avon Park, according to some sources.

LP eyeing W. Interlake properties for annexation

Friday, Mar 7, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - The Town of Lake Placid is looking westward for growth with plans to annex 18 properties near West Interlake Boulevard.

DeVane Circle restriping rescheduled for Saturday

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - After wet weather and the late arrival of workers two weeks ago, the DeVane Circle restriping and right-of-way change work has been rescheduled for Saturday.

School grading changes proposed, but controversy continues

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 -

SEBRING - The Senate Education Committee approved a proposal Tuesday to streamline the state's school grading system, but superintendents oppose the plan while the state teachers union president has called for a moratori...

School district ramps up truancy effort

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 -

SEBRING - New procedures this year shows the Highlands County School District and law enforcement is serious about curbing school truancy.

Public access tied to county lake assistance

Monday, Mar 3, 2014 -

SEBRING - Larry Koch pulled a rake-full of green slimy plant growth from the canal behind his house Monday morning to show, what he said, was the worst overgrowth he has seen in 12 years.

School celebrates 25th anniversary with decorative tiles

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 - LAKE PLACID - Hundreds of paper plates with daubs of gloss enamel paint served as the palettes for hundreds to make a lasting memory about Lake Country Elementary School.

AP annexation effort includes motel/armory

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 -

AVON PARK - The city is moving to expand its boundaries once again to encompass a motel, armory, association headquarters and its own waste water treatment plant.

Bob Eubanks to bring Newlywed Game fun to SFSC

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 -

AVON PARK - In the mid 1960s, all the popular Los Angeles area radio disc jockeys auditioned for a new television game show.

AP airport irrigation disposal plan draws opposition

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 -

AVON PARK - Facing costly alternatives, city administration is looking into irrigating airport property with effluent, but airport proponents say it could hinder growth and would create a safety hazard.

AP council extends Deleon's contract

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 -

AVON PARK - With seven months remaining on City Manager Julian Deleon's three-year contract, the city council approved extending his agreement with the city until Aug. 31, 2019.

County gravesite information going online

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 -

SEBRING - Mike Flood bends down on one knee in front of a headstone to pluck a few sprigs of grass and then takes a photo of the grave marker with his smartphone.

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