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Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

SFSC’s new Fire Science program ready for September start

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 -

A 44-foot-tall fire tower that simulates residential and commercial fires, including a stove fire with flashover, is just part of South Florida State College’s prep...

Budget workshop highlights district’s financial woes

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 -

Teachers and school support workers heard plenty about the School Board of Highlands County’s financial woes and little about the possibility of a pay raise at Tuesda...

SFSC welcomes students to fall semester

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 -

New and returning students attending South Florida State College Monday found the welcoming committee ready to greet them and point them in the right direction to start th...

Health department faces increasing need for services

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 -

The flower room, ladybug room and frog room were abuzz with activity Wednesday with cleaning, checking and filling teeth cavities.

School district’s demographic shift continues

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 -

The racial makeup of students in the Highlands County School District continues to change as the white population declines while the number of non-white students increases.<...

SFSC to give donor naming rights to auditorium

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 -

South Florida State College is gearing up for a major announcement about its Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Sebring woman battles Miami toll road charge mix-up

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 -

Jean Stirrat moved away from Miami almost 20 years ago and hasn’t been back, but she has been receiving numerous toll invoices in the mail from the Miami-Dade Express...

Enrollment up as Highlands schools open

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 -

Recording a boost in enrollment for the fourth year in a row, the Highlands County School District opened Wednesday for the first day of school to excited students and paren...

Cox stresses budget challenges in school visits

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 -

Superintendent Wally Cox’s back-to-school address to faculty and staff includes a budget summary of the past 10 years, which could serve as a speech to promote a 1/2 ...

Teachers prep students for a super year in school

Friday, Aug 14, 2015 -

SEBRING — It appeared to be a comic book collectors convention with Superman, Bat Girl, Wonder Woman and a host of super heros, but it was the imaginative teachers at Fred Wild Elementary School’s open hous...

2 school board members seek reelection

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 -

Now in her fifth four-year term on the School Board of Highlands County, Donna Howerton easily has more years of experience on the board than the other four board members co...

LP youth ministry sharpens academic focus

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 -

Three years after it was founded, STR8 UP Youth Ministry is stepping up its academic component while staying grounded in helping students with their spiritual and athle...

LP growing to the north and west

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 -

The Caladium Capital continues to grow to the north and west through annexations of various properties south of the railroad overpass and on West Interlake Boulevard.

Testing law will have lasting impact

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 -

Students will be learning new concepts and delving deeper into subjects in the new school year, but they won’t be facing more tests.

New SFSC vice president loves new job

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 -

On his first visit to South Florida State College, Sid Valentine jokingly told his wife, Mandy, that there must be something in the water. Everyone seems so happy and dedi...

LP considers town charter changes

Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 -

LAKE PLACID — Proposed changes to the town charter would shift some of the duties and authority among the town council, mayor and town administrator.

Teachers take to social media to air salary woes

Friday, Aug 7, 2015 -

SEBRING — Two Highlands County teachers are getting the word out on teacher salaries through social media to marshal support for a pay increase for educators.

Hospice provider resumes services

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015 -

After a license renewal mix-up that forced Compassionate Care Hospice to shut down, the hospice provider has resumed services in Highlands and Hardee Counties.

Teacher bonus plan draws criticism

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015 -

Tying SAT and ACT scores to a teacher bonus plan has no merit whatsoever, according local and state educators.

Teachers declare impasse on salary negotiations

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015 -

Teacher negotiators declared an impasse on salary negotiations with the School Board of Highlands County, which offered no pay increase for educators.

SFSC program focuses on problem solving skills

Monday, Aug 3, 2015 -

From a kit with 431 pieces, a group of elementary and middle school students are using engineering and problem solving skills to build robots.

School district to notify families that pre-qualify for free or reduced lunch

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 -

About 6,000 to 7,000 letters will be going out starting next week to inform parents that their children qualify for free or reduced priced school lunches in the Highlands Co...

School board adjusts revision on cell phone policy

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 -

High school students won’t be able to use their cell phones between classes after teachers voiced their opposition to a pending change in the district’s policy...

LP council OK with budget,salary increases

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 -

After one workshop, the Lake Placid Town Council reviewed the proposed 2015-16 budget and decided to forego two more scheduled budget workshops.

Teachers, support staff call on board for pay increase

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 -

A large turnout of teachers and school support workers told the school board Tuesday that its priorities should be with its employees.

Most pay cash for Highlands residential properties

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 -

Highlands County’s cash home sales continue well above the 50 percent mark, which is much higher than the nationwide figure, which is less than 25 percent.

New computers coming to some classes when school reopens

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 -

Some students in grades four through 12 will being doing their classroom work on new laptop computers that will going to nearly every school before the start of the 2015-16 ...

School employees embrace wellness program

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 -

Well before sunrise a group of school district employees are flipping truck tires, jumping rope, running, doing pushups and crunches and a lot more to challenge their body a...

Students create a show to entertain and help their peers

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 -

Gathered for a high-five greeting, four teen girls laugh and move about with joy before separating across the stage of The Circle Theatre.

Sheriff’s report clears School Board in public records flap

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 -

There was no violation of public records law by the School Board of Highlands County related to the notes taken during a teacher mediation hearing, according to a Highlands ...

Felony battery charge filed in middle school incident

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 -

The Highlands County State Attorney’s Office has filed a charge of felony battery against a Sebring Middle School who struck another student.

Bastardi won’t seek another term on LP council

Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 -

Councilman Steve Bastardi, showing frustration with the way the town council conducts business, announced he will not run for re-election.

Union calls for better pay to attract and retain teachers

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 -

Contract negotiations are “stalled” between the Highlands County School District and the teachers union, according to union President Carla Rice.

Lake Placid ends pursuit of church property

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 -

The Lake Placid town council decided not to increase its offer for a church property that was eyed for possible relocation of town hall offices.

Lake Placid sets tentative property tax rate

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 -

The town council set the tentative property tax rate while town Administrator Phil Williams recommended a raise for all town employees.

New stores ready for summer openings

Monday, Jul 13, 2015 - Despite the usually slow summer season, some new businesses owners are preparing to open up shop soon in Highlands County.

AP station brings urban contemporary music to FM dial

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 -

As a kid, Frankie Grover’s fascination with radio prompted him to rewire his mother’s stereo so he could mix his voice with the music like a radio announcer....

FDOE investigating special ed complaints against school district

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 -

The Florida Department of Education is looking into a Sebring education advocate’s complaint that the School Board of Highlands County violated federal and state laws...

Board votes to refinance debt

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 -

After Highlands County School Board Chairman Bill Brantley stressed the district had no other options, the school board approved moving forward with refinancing and extendin...

Consumers, restaurants shelling out more for eggs

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 -

Whether scrambled, fried, poached or for baking, the high price of eggs is not going “over easy” with restaurants and consumers.

Students catch up, stay on track in summer school

Monday, Jul 6, 2015 -

While it’s vacation time for many, most Highlands County School District’s schools are busy now with a variety of summer school programs for struggling student...

Lake Placid preps for budget workshops

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 -

After scrutinizing its latest audit, Lae Placid town administration and the town council are gearing up for the first budget workshop later this month.

Belated teacher/support employee contract talks scheduled

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 -

More than a month after the 2014-15 school year ended, teachers and school support employees will learn whether or not they will get a retroactive pay raise for their past y...

Lake Placid may get new, larger Publix

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 -

Publix is looking into building a new and larger supermarket near its current location on U.S. 27 in Lake Placid.

State attorney’s office preparing charges in Sebring Middle assault

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 -

The Highlands County State Attorney’s Office is planning to file charges against one Sebring Middle School student who reportedly punched another student in the eye. ...

Thayer selected for district director position

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 -

A former teacher of the year, Jessica Thayer, has been selected by Superintendent Wally Cox to fill the Highlands County School District’s director of secondary progr...

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...