Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

Lake McCoy project plans nearing completion

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 -

The project to minimize runoff into Lake McCoy from U.S. 27 and nearby businesses continues to be in a holding pattern without a start date, but the design work will be ...

Jaycees aim to boost student fitness

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 -

A class of middle schoolers may be strapping on wrist heart rate monitors during a physical education class starting in September in a test study aimed at improving student ...

Grandson of baseball great Roger Maris to play for SFSC

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 -

Blaise Maris never met his grandfather, baseball icon Roger Maris, but he has heard numerous stories about the talented right-fielder who played for the New York Yankees.

Telesco talks pizza, prison and faith in God

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 -

While prepping for the lunch crowd at his newly opened pizza spot on Wednesday, Salverio “Sammy” Telesco candidly acknowledged one slip-up he made while pr...

SFSC looks to boost security with resource sheriff’s deputy

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 -

When the fall semester starts next month, South Florida State College may have a new permanent law enforcement presence on campus.

School tax rate may go down

Monday, Jul 18, 2016 -

While county voters mull whether to approve a sales tax referendum to fund the Highlands County School District’s infrastructure needs, there is some good news in con...

Summer food program serves thousands of meals

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 -

From summer readers to karate kids, elementary aged students filed into Woodlawn Elementary School’s cafeteria by the dozen around noon Tuesday for a hot lunch with c...

Erwin tapped to head Avon Park High School

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 -

Danielle Erwin has been selected by Superintendent Wally Cox to become the new principal of Avon Park High School.

LP man charged with attempted murder

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 -

A 32-year-old Lake Placid man has been charged with attempted murder for reportedly firing a handgun at another man, according to a Sebring Po...

School bus driver shortage persists

Monday, Jul 4, 2016 -

The numbers tell the story — the School Board of Highlands County has 101 bus routes, but only 86 are filled with regular drivers.

Schools battle attendance woes

Friday, Jul 1, 2016 -

At a recent school board meeting where student assessment scores were reported and discussed, it was noted that seven schools had 20 percent or more of their students absen...

Gas prices at lowest level for July 4 weekend in 11 years

Friday, Jul 1, 2016 -

Motorists seemed roaring to go places Friday with a triple delight of a celebratory holiday, a three-day weekend and low gas prices for the peak driving season.

Florida Hospital medical procedure transmitted live to doctors’ symposium

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 -

As Dr. Thomas Shimshak performed procedures to relieve vascular blockages in two patients at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, more than 1,00...

Summer reading camps offer students chance for promotion

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 -

Teacher Erin Welch presented a lesson on synonyms and vocabulary words Tuesday to a small class of third-graders at Woodlawn Elementary School.

Howerton to serve 6th term on school board

Monday, Jun 27, 2016 -

In 1996 Bill Clinton was president, Los del Rio danced up a Latin-flavored storm with “Macarena,” and Donna Howerton was elected to her first term on the Schoo...

LP seeks intersection traffic study

Sunday, Jun 26, 2016 -

The sound of cars crashing near her home have Tammy Robinson hoping something can be done to improve the safety of a nearby intersection.

Five apply for AP High principalship

Friday, Jun 24, 2016 -

With teachers returning to school in about five and a half weeks, the School Board of Highlands County’s big unknown is who will be principal of Avon Park High Scho...

Miami man charged with check fraud

Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 -

A Miami man was charged with fraud for reportedly attempting to cash a check from a South Florida business at an Avon Park credit union branch.

No cause determined in Sebring eviction-day fire

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 -

The State Fire Marshal’s Office could not determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a Sebring home on the day the occupants were being evicted by a court order ser...

SFSC budget includes salary increase

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 -

The recently approved South Florida State College budget for 2016-17 includes a base salary increase for eligible full and part-time employees and no increases in fee or t...

New businesses open in the off-season

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 -

The summer months are a hot time for a few entrepreneurs to start a business in Highlands County where some stores and restaurants struggle during the slow off-season.

Lake Placid beautification continues to be a joint effort

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 -

The effort to enhance and maintain the landscape beauty of Lake Placid will continue to be a joint effort between Keep Lake Placid Beautiful and the town of Lake Placid....

Report: Highlands teachers haven’t adjusted to Florida Standards

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 -

A recent survey showed that the district’s students are grasping the lessons being taught, but educators are not effectively teaching the Florida Standards.

Hollinger returns to work as deputy superintendent

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 -

Lake Placid to look into its own tourist marketing

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 -

The Town of Lake Placid may be looking into doing its own tourist marketing after The Tourist Development Council’s recent discussion on changing its web logo fro...

School district in the midst of administrative shuffle

Monday, Jun 13, 2016 -

Highlands County School District Food Service Director Martha Brown tendered her resignation recently, compounding an already active year of administrative changes at the Sc...

LP council member seeks changes to intersection

Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 -

Councilwoman Debra Worley is suggesting changes to improve the safety of an important intersection near the town’s limits, she said.

Highlands’ school scores fall farther

Friday, Jun 10, 2016 -

Statewide, school assessment score averages improved or remained steady this year, but Highlands County’s results fell father behind the state, data released by the F...

Sebring woman relishes life 25 years after liver transplant

Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 -

Privileged, grateful and positive are some of the words Shirley Ness uses to describe her feelings and love of live as she approaches her 80th birthday on June 23.

AP High Principal Williams to retire

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 -

Avon Park High Principal Tealy Williams informed Superintendent Wally Cox that he is ready for a new chapter in his life and will be retiring at the end of the 2015-16 sch...

District seeks termination of two teachers

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 -

After a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office investigation led to a third child abuse charge involving a student victim, the School Board of Highlands County has sent a ...

Substitute teacher wants to pitch for half-cent sales tax

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 -

As a substitute teacher, Bob Hummel wants to go door-to-door to ask voters to support the half-cent school sales tax referendum, which is on the Aug. 30 primary ballot.

Candidate claims district administrator violated campaign laws

Monday, Jun 6, 2016 -

Schools superintendent candidate William “Pep” Hutchinson III is claiming that fellow candidate, Brenda Longshore, violated election laws by campaigning on gov...

School district ramps up training on reporting child abuse, ethics

Friday, Jun 3, 2016 -

The school year ended Thursday, but an earlier start date for the 2016-17 means teachers will be returning to school in two months to prepare for the new school year.

Sandi Whidden reflects on 31 years at Sebring Middle

Friday, Jun 3, 2016 -

As the first arrival in the Sebring Middle School parking lot Friday around 6:15 a.m., Principal Sandi Whidden sat in her car for a few minutes.

Tumultuous school year comes to a close in Highlands County

Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 -

Sexting students, inappropriate teacher/student relationships and multiple investigations cast a big shadow over the second-semester of the School Board of Highlands County&...

SFSC Dean Kevin Brown retires

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 -

He never applied for a job, but Kevin Brown’s efforts and dedication impacted thousands of students at the high school and college levels.

Nominees sought for 2016 Champion for Children Awards Gala

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 -

Every year in Highlands County one person is recognized as an outstanding child advocate, a “Champion for Children,” but first nominees are needed from which t...

Former HGMS principal Allen will not be retained

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 -

Employee complaints of an unprofessional and intimidating leadership style led to the investigation of former Hill-Gustat Middle School Principal Jackie Allen.

AP High School Class of 2016 graduates

Saturday, May 28, 2016 -

The Avon Park High School Class of 2016 graduates took center stage and filled the stage to accept their diplomas before a capacity crowd of parents and relatives Friday e...