Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

2 more teachers face DCF probes

Thursday, May 5, 2016 -

The number of educator-related incidents in Highlands County being investigated by the Florida Department of Children and Families continues to grow with the latest probe in...

SFSC prepped for summer sessions

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 -

As South Florida State College prepares for two commencement exercises this evening, many students are readying for summer classes, which start Friday for some courses.

Half-cent school sales tax or property tax increase?

Monday, May 2, 2016 -

The answer to the biggest question concerning the half-cent school sales tax is whether the property tax rate will go up if voters don’t approve the sales tax referen...

County pays $25,268 at tire buyback event

Monday, May 2, 2016 -

The county’s second tire buyback program paid out $25,268 for 12,634 tires brought to the county landfill on Saturday.

SFSC tries to draw more minority males to attend college

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 -

Nearly 200 male students from the five high schools in DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties attended Friday’s Minority Male Initiative at the South Florida State C...

LP man faces challenges toward earning his wings

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 -

While ascending into the skies in a small plane last year, Scott Earley decided that despite life’s challenges he would focus once again on earning his pilot ...

LP resident focuses on security cameras

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 -

A Lake Placid resident, who believes more stores in town should have exterior security cameras, has been contacting businesses with her concerns.

LP’s Tangerine road project is a go

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 -

With all the funding in place, work will likely start this summer on major improvements to North Tangerine Drive in Lake Placid.

County to step up enforcement at 2nd tire buyback event

Monday, Apr 25, 2016 -

— Highlands County learned a few things from its first tire buyback in November that brought in more than five times the number of dumped tires than expected.

Teachers not seeing expected pay increases

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 -

Teachers, seeing a smaller pay increase than expected, have be confused about the salary changes that were approved in the latest employment contract with the district.

2 school district administrators placed on administrative leave

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 -

Deputy Superintendent Rodney Hollinger and Hill-Gustat Middle School Principal Ruth Heckman were placed on administrative leave Friday pending the completion of an investigat...

District starts teacher recruiting effort

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 -

The challenge to find enough qualified teachers for the next school year begins in earnest next week for the Highlands County School District with the annual statewide teach...

Authorities ID body found in LP

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 -

— A body found in Lake Placid Tuesday evening has been identified through fingerprints but no foul play is suspected in the death, according to the Highlands County Sherif...

Sheriff’s Office and Fire Marshal investigate Sebring house fire

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 -

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal are conducting investigations into the fire that destroyed a wood-frame house in the Lake Josephine a...

Blaze destroys house in Lake Josephine Drive area

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 -

As firefighters battled a house fire Tuesday afternoon on Canary Way off of Lake Josephine Drive, the neighbor across the street wasn’t surprised about the blaze that...

Lake Placid plans Independence Day celebration

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 -

Site work begins on new LP Publix

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 -

Site work has begun on the new Lake Placid Publix supermarket just north of the South Highlands Shopping Center on U.S. 27 where the town’s existing Publix is loc...

Sebring High IB Program continues to grow

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 -

Now in its fifth year, the Sebring High International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme continues to grow with more than 250 IB students slated for the 2016-17 school year.

SFSC fashion show stresses ‘Dress for Success’

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 -

If a job applicant wears a T-shirt emblazoned with large lettering stating “Limited Edition” to an interview, his or her chances of landing a good job would ...

New program partners nurses with first-time moms

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 -

A new program in Highlands County aims for healthy outcomes for young first-time moms and their babies by partnering them with specially trained nurses.

Search warrant nets 2 on meth charges

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 -

A man and woman face multiple drug charges after being arrested Tuesday evening at their Sebring residence.

Woodlawn music educator named Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 -

It was a three-peat for Woodlawn Elementary School at Monday evening’s annual Summit Awards with the school’s music teacher, Laura Ritenour, being named Highla...

Former district teacher fined by the state

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 -

A former Avon Park High School teacher has been fined by the state and issued a letter of reprimand for “inappropriately” disciplining a student.

School district cutting energy costs

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 -

Turning off electronic devices at the end of the day and unplugging them before the weekend is adding up to big savings on the Highlands County School District’s ener...

Teaching with technology

Friday, Apr 8, 2016 -

As Sebring Middle School students entered Annie Noethlich’s classroom Wednesday they were told they needed only four things on their desk - the day’s worksheet...

SFSC announces cultural program lineup

Friday, Apr 8, 2016 -

The tentative lineup of artists and shows for South Florida State College’s Cultural Programs Series were announced at a banquet Thursday, which also recognized spo...

AP high teacher challenges termination

Friday, Apr 8, 2016 -

Avon Park High teacher Bridget Silva, who was facing termination, has requested a hearing before the school board.

School transfer requests raises concerns

Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 -

School Board Member Bill Brantley said there seems to be a “mass exodus” from Avon Park schools as parents seek transfers for their children to Sebring schools...

Board approves half-cent sales tax resolution

Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 -

By a unanimous vote, the School Board of Highlands County approved a resolution Tuesday to have a half-cent school sales tax referendum on the Aug. 30 primary ballot.

Cox recommends termination for AP High teacher

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 -

School Superintendent Wally Cox has recommended the termination of Avon Park High teacher Bridget Silva who was the subject of investigations by the Highlands County Sheriff...

Child advocates affirm efforts to support children

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 -

Under the morning sun, dozens of blue-and-silver pinwheels glimmered Tuesday morning on the lawn of the Highlands County Courthouse where a group of child advocates gathered...

Superintendent candidates express their priorities

Monday, Apr 4, 2016 -

It is a three-way race so far for superintendent of schools with each candidate, who is hoping to succeed the outgoing Wally Cox, coming from a different background with a u...

District adds position to assist homeless students

Friday, Apr 1, 2016 -

The Highlands County School District has 388 students who are considered homeless, and now has a new position to help these children with their needs and connect their famil...

A welcome home

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 -

“It’s starting out wonderful,” U.S. military veteran Jeffrey Lee said Thursday morning as he and his wife, Donna, took a first look and tour of thei...

Picklesimer prefiles for superintendent race

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 -

Sebring High science teacher Stephen “Steve” Picklesimer has become the third person to prefile to run for Highlands County Superintendent of Schools to succee...

Student’s efforts to bring 9/11 relics to school successful

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 -

District preps for computer-based assessments

Monday, Mar 28, 2016 -

Computer glitches marred the first year of the Florida Standards Assessments, prompting extensive preparations and trial runs before students sit down in two weeks to start ...

Five students face expulsion for sexting

Monday, Mar 28, 2016 -

The School Board of Highlands County will consider an unusually long list of expulsions at its next meeting, including the expulsion of four Lake Placid Middle School studen...

School choice bill would offer options for students

Friday, Mar 25, 2016 -

Parents may get to choose the school their children attend, even one in another county, under a school choice provision in HB 7029, which would become law if Gov. Rick Scott...

SFSC holds Fire Science Program dedication

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 -

The crowd watched as flames erupted from a car, and then a flashover blaze struck a kitchen, but with the release of a button the fires were out during a demonstration at ...

AP High and LP Middle now Title I schools

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 -

Two more district secondary schools, including the first high school, have reached the 75 percent free and reduced-priced lunch threshold and are receiving federal fundi...

Sebring High teacher under investigation

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 -

An anonymous phone tip has prompted an investigation of a male Sebring High School teacher who the tipster alleged had an inappropriate relationship with a female student. <...

LP Tangerine Drive project still in the works

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 -

The design plans are complete for the repaving and improvements to Tangerine Drive, but more details have to be worked out before the project begins.

Sebring Publix rebuild on schedule for fourth-quarter

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 -

With the demolition of the Publix Supermarket in the Southgate Shopping Center complete, it is just a matter of time before residents in the central and southern part of the...

Raceway’s party zone holds on to traditions

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 -

Sebring International Raceway becomes a bustling city every year during the 12 Hours of Sebring Race with race crews, race fans and plenty of partiers.

AP mulls road closures, block parties ordinance

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 -

The city is looking into creating an ordinance covering road closures and block parties to the ensure the safety of partygoers while minimizing the city’s liability...

Avon Park annexations raise concerns

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 -

The city’s ongoing annexation efforts raised concerns at Monday’s council meeting from a city fire fighter and a business owner.

Singer Jack Jones to perform at the Wildstein Center

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 -

Grammy winning singer Jack Jones will present his acclaimed vocal style 7 p.m. March 22 at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State Col...

Doty slated to return to Hill-Gustat Middle

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 -

Superintendent Wally Cox has recommended transferring Lake Placid Middle Principal Chris Doty back to Hill-Gustat Middle School where he had previously served as principal f...

The first race that grew into the 12 Hours of Sebring

Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 -

That first race wasn’t 12 hours long, didn’t have “Sebring” in the title, wasn’t in March and didn’t start in the morning — ...