Monday, Jul 28, 2014

Agarwal, Pallavi

Highlands Today

Tax on, tax off?

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 -

During this primary election Aug. 26, Highlands County registered voters will be asked to approve a ballot referendum on extending a 1-cent sales tax the county has been assessing since 1989.

Tax-free school shopping days set

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 -

— Parents getting ready for back-to-school shopping will not have to pay sales tax on school supplies, clothing, footwear and other items Aug. 1 through 3.

Emerging scams are same old, same old, authorities say

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 -

— The Nigerian Scam, the Grandfather Scam, Mystery Shopping Scams, foreign lotteries and sweepstakes...

Health department Lake Placid clinic expanding hours

Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 -

— Starting July 25, the Florida Department of Health-Highlands County will start offering family health planning and primary care services every Friday instead of every oth...

SFSC instructors to learn AVID teaching strategies

Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 -

— In professor Erik Christensen’s calculus and algebra classes, students watch videos on topics they are studying before they come to class.

July, August, September? When does Highlands County’s hottest day fall

Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 -

— Anybody who has experienced Florida summers has only one word to describe it --hot.

Infant childcare hard to come by in Highlands County

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 - — On a waiting list Sebring’s First Baptist Church Preschool keeps of children needing care are 20 to 25 names of infants, waiting for a spot to open up.

Reward amount upped for tips leading to window breakers

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 -

— A citizen has offered to add $1,000 to the reward amount for information leading to the arrest of those who broke about a dozen windows at Toby’s Clowns Museum an...

Summer good news: Slide in gas prices may continue

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 -

— Arnold Austin is on a fixed income so he always keeps tabs on gas prices.

SO: Woman drove with victim hanging on hood for 1/4 mile

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 -

— What began as an argument among several females in Avon Park Thursday reportedly turned into a street fight, then took a bizarre turn when an angry mother allegedly drove ...

Elderly disabled man’s helper accused of misusing prepaid card

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 -

— A 25-year-old helper for a developmentally disabled man is accused of fraudulently using his Social Security money to pump gas for his own personal car, a Highlands County...

Vandals break windows at Toby’s Clowns’ building

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 -

— First, vandals broke windows at Toby’s Clowns Museum and School on the night of July 4.

Medicaid privatization deadline nears for recipients

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 -

— The majority of Medicaid recipients in Highlands County have until Aug. 1 to enroll into managed care plans under Florida’s massive overhaul to privatize its Medicaid...

Nature lover needs votes for online photo contest

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 -

he annual scrub-jay count, loves snapping photos of all kinds of critters, an...

Local private schools eyeing expansion

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 -

— When Jennifer Payne and her husband bought the Lake Placid Montessori Academy in 2008, they had 34 students and ended at first grade.

Archbold green buildings in running for Florida favorite building contest

Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 -

—The Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center and the Adrian Archbold Lodge is one of 58 entries vying to be Floridians’ favorite building, and the latest vote tally puts th...

Child care center trying to help struggling, working parents

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 -

— When Shannon Chamberlin decided to come back to work after her baby girl was born, she had one vexing thing that every working parent of little kids has to consider.

Girl Scouts preserve history in sidewalk project

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 -

— History came full circle Thursday for generations of Girl Scouts, and it all started with a decrepit sidewalk by the Girl Scout House in downtown Sebring.

How much do you really know about July 4th?

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 -

It has been 238 years since the Continental Congress approved the final text of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Since then, Independence Day has become synonymous with patriotic parades, fireworks and ba...

Fireworks spook your dog? Keep him inside

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 -

— Every time the Fourth of July fireworks go off, Jessica Groff’s 100-pound German shepherd runs and hides in the shower.

Highlands County’s little-known fun facts

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 -

Highlands County is well-known for its oranges and cattle, but did you know that before citrus, pineapple was king in Avon Park? Or that the Avon Park Lakes area used to be a ranch and the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce w...

Pro bowler holds youth clinic at Heartland Bowl

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 -

—Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, two-time Professional Woman Bowler of the Year, has been bowling since she has 6 years old, but getting here has been a journey that started in the stru...

Enjoy summer activities on a budget

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 -

— Summer is here, and once the novelty of sleeping in late and homework-free days wear off, parents will start hearing the “I’m bored,” refrain.

Saying goodbye to pets is highly personalized

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 -

— Laura M. Van Horn has been breeding dogs since 1969.

Alcoholism among elderly growing, overlooked

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 -

— John, an 81-year-old who didn’t give his real name, has not had a drink in 20 years.

Prison nursery program is one-of-a-kind

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 -

Highlands Today staff

Father-daughter dance video goes viral

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 -

— One month before he died in December 2012, Dennis Heston, 52, donned a tuxedo and joyfully escorted his daughter, Alaina Heston Pattillo, to the dance floor for the traditio...

Summer’s here! County students begin two-month long vacation

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 - —Becky Travers loves to fish, so what better way to “sail” into retirement than on a boat?

Highlands County escapes Scott’s veto pen

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 -

— Come Sept. 1, Florida motorists will be paying an average of $25 less a year on their annual vehicle registration fees as part of a rollback the state Legislature approved t...

Are you ready for hurricane season?

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - — Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna...

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