Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

Citizen calls for video streaming of school board meetings

Friday, Nov 27, 2015 -

A Sebring resident believes the School Board of Highlands County meetings should be streamed online and recorded for viewing at a later time.

Fido, Fifi are big on Santa’s list, too

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 -

The furry and the four-legged members of the family are not forgotten come holiday time, with most pet owners reporting they have bought Christmas gifts for their pets, a re...

School district set to save by refinancing loans

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 -

The School Board of Highlands County is set to save more than it anticipated by refinancing two loans from 10 years ago that were used to build classrooms.

Elementary teachers shift to specialization

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 -

The longtime elementary school arrangement of one teacher to one classroom is shifting at the upper grade levels in response to tougher curriculum standards and increased ri...

Leno delivers laughs at SFSC special event

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 -

A capacity crowd turned out Thursday evening to recognize businessman Alan Jay Wildstein and see legendary funny man Jay Leno and “Happy Days” actor Donny Mo...

Interest in LP tower remains high despite dormancy

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 -

Speaking to a homeowners group Wednesday night, Councilwoman Debra Worley once again heard a question asked often, “when is the tower going to reopen?”

School board selects Howerton as chairwoman

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 -

Donna Howerton accepted the gavel for the third time Tuesday as chairwoman of the School Board of Highlands County.

District’s 1/2 cent sales effort tax moving slowly

Monday, Nov 16, 2015 -

School Board Vice Chairwoman Donna Howerton believes the district’s half-cent sales tax effort is moving slow and would likely not be ready for the referendum to go b...

Local businesses create niche for online shoppers

Friday, Nov 13, 2015 -

Consumers year-round and during the holiday season are increasingly shopping online or going to a “big box” retailer for gifts and for their own needs.

Royce plans to seek re-election on LP council

Friday, Nov 13, 2015 -

— Vice Mayor Ray Royce plans to seek re-election on the town council while councilman Steve Bastardi continues to reiterate his decision not to seek another term.

Company red-flags school district’s bond rating outlook

Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 -

Citing financial challenges, including two years of budget deficits, the School Board of Highlands County’s bond rating outlook has been downgraded by Fitch Ratings f...

‘Most happy’ to return to his first love - singing

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015 -

Delaying his return to college for a shot at more acting auditions helped Donny Most land the role of Ralph Malph on the iconic TV comedy “Happy Days.”

LP growth spurt continues through annexations

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 -

The Caladium Capital is poised for one more growth spurt before the end of the year with numerous property annexations.

Trail date set in lawsuits against school board

Monday, Nov 9, 2015 -

A trial date has been set in three of the five lawsuits that claim a “gross failure to act” by School Board of Highlands County employees in connection with th...

Fred Wild Elementary class makes dog treats for Humane Society

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 -

A class of Fred Wild Elementary School students welcomed a cute and bashful visitor who became the center of attention for a time without saying a word.

School board chairman questions emergency notification procedures

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 -

School Board Chairman Bill Brantley believes the first notification of a school emergency should come from the school board, but he also acknowledged the school district was...

School Board hears testing and curriculum concerns

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 -

Teachers and parents expressed their frustration recently, to the School Board of Highlands County, about the mismatch of reading curriculum to the testing.

School board rejects principal’s reassignment

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 -

The School Board of Highlands County rejected Superintendent Wally Cox’s recommendation to reassign former Hill-Gustat Middle School principal Jackie Allen to a distr...

District maintains focus on curbing bullying

Monday, Nov 2, 2015 -

A student “Bully Walk” and recent training for school administrators put the spotlight on the school district’s efforts to curb bullying, but a district...

School board to discuss testing

Monday, Nov 2, 2015 -

Assessments and curriculum concerns will be discussed by the School Board of Highlands County during a workshop at 3 p.m. today in the Garland Boggus Boardroom.

Sebring residents watch son pitch in baseball World Series

Friday, Oct 30, 2015 -

Seeing the Kansas City Royals win the first two games of the World Series offered plenty of excitement for Sebring residents Ben and Marcia Davis.

Shortcut through nature focus of cleanup

Thursday, Oct 29, 2015 -

Squirrels, frogs, lizards, turtles and birds are some of the wildlife living along South Florida State College’s boardwalk system.

LP police chief’s faux proposal sparks comments and tips

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 -

A proposed system of warning residents that police are aware of their law-breaking actions was meant to prompt citizen comments and response, according to Lake Placid Po...

Hill-Gustat Middle principal recommended for reassignment

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 -

After being placed on administrative leave and the subject of a district investigation, Hill-Gustat Middle School Principal Jackie Allen has been recommended by Superintende...

Next school year may get an earlier start

Monday, Oct 26, 2015 -

The 2016 school year will likely start earlier for Highlands County students and teachers as a result of a law that allows districts to open the school year as early as Aug....

Lake Country Elementary bomb threat among others in the state

Friday, Oct 23, 2015 -

— All Highlands County schools were on safety lockdowns Friday morning as authorities investigated a bomb threat at Lake Country Elementary School in Lake Placid.

AP High pool naming dedication is Saturday

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 -

Teri Heiring put her heart into the fundraising effort to build a pool at Avon Park High for the school and the community.

School energy saving effort faces concerns

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 -

The School Board of Highlands County’s energy savings effort has been stymied by slow response to fix major facility problems, according to a specialist monitoring th...

Wide disparity in early campaign contributions

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 -

The six candidates who have pre-filed for the 2016 Highlands County Sheriff’s election and two school board members seeking reelection have already amassed various am...

More Highlands educators teaching courses without endorsement

Monday, Oct 19, 2015 -

As Highlands County principals have struggled to fill their teaching positions in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of educators who are teaching subjec...

LP considers building restrooms for tourists

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 -

The town of more than 45 murals is looking into building or providing one public restroom facility for visitors and tourists who make the rounds to view the colorful art...

High schools target at-risk students

Friday, Oct 16, 2015 - A class of 25 students start their freshman year in high school and four years later 16 accept their high school diploma at graduation.

Principal Whidden honored for leadership, student achievement

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 -

Among some of her staff and a classroom of advanced math students, Sebring Middle School Principal Sandi Whidden was honored Thursday as one of the top six principals in the...

Hill-Gustat Middle celebrates Hispanic heritage

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 -

Wearing a sombrero vueltiao, the traditional hat and a symbol of Colombia, and Colombian soccer jerseys, Hill-Gustat Middle School eighth-graders Julian Jara and Juan Chams ...

LP council approves plans for new Publix

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 -

Lake Placid Councilman Steve Bastardi, who usually points out the concerns of any proposed project, had only praise Monday for Publix’s plans for a new supermarke...

Downtown Sebring’s artistic visionary Gene Brenner passes away

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 -

Sebring artist, businessman and downtown proponent Gene Brenner passed away Monday evening.

LP eyes water, sewer rate study

Monday, Oct 12, 2015 -

Utilities rates will change for some and possibly all customers within two years as Utilities Director Joseph Barber recommends a rate study for the town’s water ...

Lake Placid to inform utility customers of missed water test

Friday, Oct 9, 2015 -

After failing to conduct an annual water test within a three-month period, the Town of Lake Placid will be informing its utility customers of the oversight by letter an...

Construction may start in January on new LP Publix

Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 -

Construction of a new Publix supermarket is slated to start in January followed by a downsizing and renovation of the South Highlands Shopping Center.

School Board looks to form committee in 1/2 cent sale tax effort

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015 -

The School Board of Highlands County decided to form a citizen political committee of businesses and individuals in its latest effort to put a 1/2 cent school sales tax refe...

Floridians urged to get flu vaccination by Halloween

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 -

There will be no health department flu vaccine program in Highlands County schools this year, but the Florida Department of Health reminds Floridians to get their flu vaccin...

Sebring High holds its first College Application Week

Monday, Oct 5, 2015 -

Senior Joshua Lester hopes to apply to at least three universities this week during Sebring High School’s inaugural College Application Week.

SFSC theater renamed in honor of Wildstein’s donation

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 -

The South Florida State College theater has a new name in recognition of Sebring businessman Alan Jay Wildstein’s major gift to the college.

Early Arrivals

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 -

A busted radiator hose south of Jacksonville on Tuesday delayed Tom and Betty Bartusiak from arriving until Wednesday morning at their new winter residence in Sebring.