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Highlands Today

Rededication ceremony to mark Sebring High’s centennial

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 -

The first of three events this year recognizing Sebring High School’s centennial will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Sebring Middle School gym, which is the only r...

Teacher pay increase slated for April 1

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 -

Improvements slated for AP street

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 -

North Central Avenue will be repaved and will get other improvements with funding from a Florida Department of Transportation Grant.

It was the wettest January on record

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 -

January 2016 is now in the record books as the wettest January in Highlands County with a rainfall total five times higher than the historical average.

Dense fog delays school buses

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 -

Dense fog prompted a “stand down” for the School Board of Highlands County’s school buses Tuesday morning.

Sebring High cheerleaders win 6th state championship

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 -

The Sebring High School cheerleaders continued their winning ways by earning their sixth state championship Saturday in the Florida High School Competitive Cheerleading Stat...

Boom sounds caused by special operations training

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 -

The strange-sounding booms people have been hearing in various parts of the county are the sounds of military training exercises at the Avon Park Air Force Range.

Young performers ‘Own the Stage’ in talent show

Friday, Jan 29, 2016 -

Seven singers and one dancer, 9 – 17 years old, showed they were ready to perform under the spotlight and before a panel of judges in the finals Thursday evening of t...

Brothers take top honors at same school

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 -

Brothers Donald and Michael Ridgeway are focused every day helping students in school at Lake Placid Middle School and as coaches after school.

District eyes propane powered school buses

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 -

Propane school buses have lower fuel costs and are cleaner for the environment, but making the switch to the alternative fuel entails other costs and issues the School Board...

Private school welcomes new principal and reintroduces old name

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 -

A change back to a more familiar name, along with a new principal and new board of directors has a private Christian school looking to the futu...

AP council approves annexations

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 -

The City of Avon Park expanded to the east with the city council’s approval Monday evening of the second and final reading of an ordinance annexing 24 parcels.

Program director explains ‘toned down’ sex ed program

Monday, Jan 25, 2016 -

After Lake Placid Middle School parents complained about graphic language during a class covering sex education topics, changes have been made to the presentation, accor...

Winterfest community event set for Saturday

Monday, Jan 25, 2016 -

The forecast calls for family-fun activities, live entertainment, food and mountains of snow at the 11th annual Winterfest Outdoor Community Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...

Energetic third-grader starts school running club

Friday, Jan 22, 2016 -

Flipping tires, performing calisthenics and generally staying in motion, a group of about 65 elementary students appeared to be in a fitness boot camp recently, but they had...

Teachers union and school district reaches contract agreement

Friday, Jan 22, 2016 -

After last year’s negotiations ended in impasse, the teachers union and school district reached a tentative contract agreement for 2015-16 that includes salary ȁ...

Sex ed lessons modified after parent complaints

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 -

A recent sex education related lesson at Lake Placid Middle School prompted concerns from parents and a review of the curriculum used to stress healthy choices and pract...

Mold on school cafeteria item termed ‘isolated incident’

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 -

Retired educator addresses Islam in textbook concerns

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 -

A retired educator, speaking at Tuesday’s school board meeting, addressed the recent concerns of a parent who questioned how the Islamic religion is presented in a mi...

School Board supports half-cent referendum for primary ballot

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 -

The School Board of Highlands County voted unanimously to move forward with putting a half-cent sales tax referendum on the Aug. 30 Primary Ballot.

Former AP resident on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ tonight

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 -

Former Avon Park resident Hans von Walter will make it a trifecta of being a game show contestant with his appearance this evening on the CBS game show “Wheel of Fo...

Martin Luther King events honor civil rights leader’s legacy

Monday, Jan 18, 2016 -

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Highlands County on Monday looked back at the civil rights leader’s dream of equality for all while focusing on the future ...

Teachers union ready to ‘fight’ for raise

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 -

Highlands Teachers Union President Carla Rice said she and her negotiating team will be “fighting for a raise,” when contract talks start Wednesday with the Hi...

School Board to consider 1/2 cent sales tax on primary ballot

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 -

The School Board of Highlands County will consider Tuesday moving forward with a half-cent sales tax referendum to be placed on the Aug. 30 Primary Election ballot.

Holocaust survivor describes atrocities of death and concentration camps

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 -

Holocaust survivor Oskar Jakob, who experienced the horrors of a death camp, two concentration camps and forced marches, said as a 13 year old, he “experienced the mo...

Schools Superintendent Cox to retire

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016 -

— Superintendent of Schools Wally Cox announced Tuesday that he will not be running for re-election this year.

State conducts soil tests at school after nearby grove spraying

Monday, Jan 11, 2016 -

Editor’s Note: Central Florida Ag Services Inc. is not the caretaker of the grove next to Memorial Elementary School. The story has been updated to reflect that. We apologize for the mistake.<...

Scenic selfie settings abound in Highlands County

Friday, Jan 8, 2016 -

If one had to take a selfie in Highlands County, capturing the local flavor, where would it be?

Powerball frenzy heightens as jackpot soars to record level

Friday, Jan 8, 2016 -

The odds are mighty steep, but imagine being the sole winner of the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history?

Rotary benefit headlined by former Temptations singer

Thursday, Jan 7, 2016 -

The exciting sounds from the Motown era will be featured at the Avon Park Breakfast Rotary’s benefit concert to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Alan Jay Wildstein...

Highlands graduation rate remains well below state level

Wednesday, Jan 6, 2016 -

The high school graduation rate increased in most of Florida’s counties including Highlands, which continues to lag behind the statewide percentage of students who gr...

RV parks reporting an increase in snowbirds

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016 -

The holidays are over, but the heavy traffic continues along U.S. 27 and in town offering a good indication that more people are coming to Highlands County for the winter.

Postal passion

Monday, Jan 4, 2016 -

A major error or minor irregularity is a good thing for those collecting stamps.

Will lawmakers allow openly carrying guns in 2016?

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 -

Will Florida become the 46th state to have an open carry gun law on the book next years?

Helicopter pilot opens Sebring drone store

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 -

When Scott Clark’s helicopter flying business faced formidable competition in the skies, he maneuvered into a new flying endeavor — building and selling drones...

Southgate Publix closes today for remodeling

Thursday, Dec 24, 2015 -

The holiday hustle and bustle of shoppers will be the last hurrah for the Publix Supermarket in the Southgate Shopping Center, which closes today at 7 p.m.

Fellowship and favorite gifts: Residents share fond Christmas memories

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 -

Fun family gatherings, a white Christmas and getting that special gift are among the holiday memories three Highlands County residents recalled from their childhood.

Lake Placid looks to correct parks ordinance

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 -

Parks and parking are two frequently discussed issues at Lake Placid town council meetings.

$3.4-million venue opens in Lake Placid

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015 -

A $3.4-million venue that boasts 22,000 square feet of rental space and has been described as the largest building in south Highlands County has opened its doors.

Santa expected to bring a warm Christmas

Monday, Dec 21, 2015 -

Instead of a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up, a glass of iced tea may be in order this Yuletide.

SFSC fall commencement concludes 50th anniversary year

Friday, Dec 18, 2015 -

South Florida State College closed out its 50th anniversary year Thursday with the fall 2015 commencement exercises in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Art...

Highlands schools earn mostly C’s in grade simulation

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 -

School district’s have an indication of how their students performed on the Florida Standards Assessment last spring with the Florida Department of Education’s...

Students recognized for perfect assessment scores

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 -

The School Board of Highlands County recognized 20 students recently who received perfect scores on the spring 2015 administration of the math and reading Florida Standards ...

Midtown Men wow the crowd at the Wildstein Center

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 -

Highlands Today

SFSC comes up short in Gov. Scott’s proposed budget

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 -

South Florida State College’s slice of Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed education budget is a little smaller than last year as SFSC administration looks to the Leg...

Some holiday decorators go the extra mile

Friday, Dec 11, 2015 -

Richard King’s front yard is like a holiday wonderland.

Homeowners seek action on Lake McCoy project

Friday, Dec 11, 2015 -

About a dozen Lake McCoy homeowners contributed $500 a piece a year and half ago to make up the shortfall in funding for a project to alleviate the runoff from U.S. 27.<...