Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

3rd-grade test results show Highlands trailing state

Monday, May 23, 2016 -

A little less than one-third of Highlands County’s third-graders may have to go to summer school to get the chance to be promoted to the next grade level.

APCI staff mentor elementary students

Friday, May 20, 2016 -

Sun ‘n Lake Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders got to see J.Lo in action Friday, but it wasn’t the famous singer.

JROTC teams tackle SWAT obstacle course

Thursday, May 19, 2016 -

High school students face occasional challenges, but 15 students facing a slew of obstacles Wednesday afternoon showed they were up to the challenge.

Local blood donor hits 100-gallon milestone

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 -

A pint at a time, Lake Placid resident Philip “Pete’ Burgh has been donating whole blood and platelets for over 46 years.

School board to have an ‘administrative’ action-packed meeting

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 -

It appears the school board, at its next meeting, will be voting on a record number of employees who are facing “administrative actions.”

Top students honored at scholarship recognition event

Monday, May 16, 2016 -

The county’s top high school scholars were recognized Saturday at the 53rd annual Scholarship Recognition event in the Smith Center at Sebring High School.

Departing dean Batty-Herbert reflects on her SFSC experience

Sunday, May 15, 2016 -

After serving nearly 10 years as a dean at South Florida State College, Kimberly Batty-Herbert will depart soon for her next academic endeavour in Maryland.

School district recognizes 2015-16 retirees

Friday, May 13, 2016 -

The School Board of Highlands County is losing nearly 1,400 years of collective experience with the departure of its 2015-16 retirees, who includes an educator who started t...

Fifth-graders celebrate drug-free message

Thursday, May 12, 2016 -

It has music, dancing, role models and a skit with a few bad guys and plenty of good ones bearing a message to make the right decisions and live drug-free.

Lake Placid VFD dealing with limited manpower

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 -

Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department Chief Adam Hess said his department, as well as other volunteer departments, face a similar manpower dilemma.

School district/teacher reach settlement agreement

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 -

A settlement agreement has been reached between the Highlands County School District and a teacher who was facing termination.

Sebring man charged with credit card fraud

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 -

A Sebring man faces several charges related to stolen credit cards including purchasing $160 in scratch-off lottery tickets, according to a Sebring Police Department report....

School district on alert for child abuse allegations

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 -

— When an educator tosses a pen, grabs a child or has any questionable incident with a student, it is being reported to the Department of Children and Families.

Academic boost expected from earlier school year start

Monday, May 9, 2016 -

Summer will really seem to fly by for students and teachers with the 2016-17 school year starting nine days earlier than the 2015-16 school year, cutting off about a week fr...

Cadets salute JROTC program

Friday, May 6, 2016 -

One day a week when dressed in their full uniform, Junior ROTC cadets appear ready to serve and lead on a military base in the United States or overseas.

Man sentenced in stalking case of Lake Placid councilwoman

Friday, May 6, 2016 -

At a pretrial conference Wednesday, a Lake Placid man pleaded no contest to violating an injunction against stalking and was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail.

2 commencement ceremonies mark SFSC graduation night

Friday, May 6, 2016 -

South Florida State College held its first back-to-back commencement ceremonies Thursday evening, recognizing the achievements of its graduates and the efforts of its facu...

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...