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Storm season opens early
Sat  May 26 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Memorial Day could get wet from Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season. The storm formed late Friday morning in the western Caribbean … Find out how to read more online.
Nurse charged with passing phone to inmate
Sat  May 26 2018 08:00AM
FROSTPROOF — A nurse living in Avon Park and working at the South Polk County Jail now faces charges of passing a cell phone to an inmate. The Polk County … Find out how to read more online.
Canaday moved to fire supervisor
Sat  May 26 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Highlands County administration has moved Public Safety Director Scott Canaday into a new job as Fire Services supervisor. He has reportedly accepted the change and will now report … Find out how to read more online.
Keep Lake Placid Beautiful prunes the palms
Fri  May 25 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Keep Lake Placid Beautiful members were aided by Lt. Kenny Pendarvis and Deputy Gary Davidson with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office in closing the inner southbound lane … Find out how to read more online.
EMS Manager Barner let go
Fri  May 25 2018 04:21PM
SEBRING — Emergency Medical Services Manager Richard Barner’s management style, according to county officials, did not fit with Highlands County, generally. County Administrator Randy Vosburg said Thursday that Barner was … Find out how to read more online.
Ferguson looks to inspire others
Fri  May 25 2018 04:21PM
SEBRING — Sebring teen Trent Ferguson is very excited to be named the 2017 Teen of the Year at the inaugural Highlander Awards, held May 3. His enthusiasm is infectious. … Find out how to read more online.
Tom Fisher Sebring’s new building official
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Sebring council members have put Tom Fisher in charge of the city building department. “We looked for a lot of people. We searched high and low and searched … Find out how to read more online.
Geldart committed to health of Highlands County
Wed  May 23 2018 09:18AM
SEBRING — Dr. Donald Geldart, a physician with more than 50 years of experience, serves as a primary care physician, emergency room physician and as the medical director on numerous … Find out how to read more online.
Diving lady sign lands in museum
Tue  May 22 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The diving lady motel sign has found a new spot to show off her form, two-piece bathing suit and swimming cap as part of a museum exhibit … Find out how to read more online.
Waste Connections pulling ‘Dumpsters’
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — They were there Monday with a pile of garbage, but gone Tuesday. Sebring now no longer has community recycling bins beside city hall, and Jim Wheatley, director of … Find out how to read more online.
Larger than life: 91 years young
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Those who know Jack Twomey talk about him as this larger than life personality. A man who has seen and done a lot of things in his 91 … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC budgeting for no tuition increase
Tue  May 22 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — It looks like a lucky seven for those attending or planning to go to South Florida State College with 2018-19 marking the seventh consecutive year with no … Find out how to read more online.
It’s all about the people
Tue  May 22 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — At the inaugural Highlander Awards on May 3, American Legion Post 69 was named the 2017 501(c)3 of the Year. Post Commander Mike Norris humbly accepted the … Find out how to read more online.
2018 Avon Park High School graduates walk the walk
Sun  May 20 2018 07:20AM
AVON PARK — Avon Park High School graduates have learned a few things over the years, according to Bryce Evan Langston, class president. He said Friday night that, as elementary … Find out how to read more online.
Teen, 16, dies in ATV accident Sunday
Mon  May 21 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — A 16-year-old from Avon Park was killed in an ATV accident early Sunday morning while four others in the ATV with him remain in serious condition, the Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Local LEO honored for National Police Week
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Breakfast, refreshments and handmade cards were delivered to the Lake Placid Police Department to share with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputies on Friday morning. The tokens of … Find out how to read more online.
‘Flag Protocol’ observed here
Fri  May 18 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Fifth graders at Lake Country Elementary gathered in their cafeteria Thursday morning to eagerly listen to Lieutenant Colonel Army (Retired) and MOAA Chapter Secretary Mark Milia, who … Find out how to read more online.
AP Mall memorial placement on hold
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The request to place The War Dog Memorial on the Main Street Mall has been put on hold because the proposed site may encroach a Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with sexual assault on 6-year-old
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Joseph Shannon Monk, 49, of Sebring, reportedly told sheriff’s deputies in March he never sexually abused a 6-year-old girl. However, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports state that … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership class gets a healthy look at Florida Hospital
Fri  May 18 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — With a focus on health care, the Leadership Highlands Class of 2018 visited Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center on Thursday to learn about various aspects of the not-for-profit … Find out how to read more online.
Concrete improvements
Fri  May 25 2018 04:21PM
AVON PARK — Citizens and business owners learned about the impending construction project at the intersection of U.S. 27 and State Road 64 during the Florida Department of Transportation’s public … Find out how to read more online.
Cool faces health struggles, stays true to clients
Sat  May 26 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — Despite five surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, Maureen Cool sold 139 properties and was ranked No. 4 in the multiple listing service for real estate agents in Highlands County … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tis the season, to be prepared
Sat  May 26 2018 08:00AM
SEBRING — They say that the best defense is a good offense. Being prepared for a hurricane, long before it makes landfall, is no exception. In an effort to obtain … Find out how to read more online.
Gas prices ticking up
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Just in time for the summer driving season, motorists are paying higher gas prices at the pump. Prices have been steadily rising for several weeks. Despite the 12-cent … Find out how to read more online.
Shop 16 traffic signal activated
Fri  May 25 2018 04:21PM
AVON PARK — Be prepared to stop for a red light at Shop 16 Road, as the newest traffic signal on U.S. 27 in Avon Park has been fully activated. … Find out how to read more online.
Police seeking seat belt violators
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Motorists may have noticed more Sebring police officers patrolling downtown and out on Lakeview Drive this week. Those not wearing seat belts may have gotten to talk with … Find out how to read more online.
Highlands Virtual School seniors graduate
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands Virtual School graduates experienced the reality of the Highlands School District’s first graduation ceremony on Tuesday for students who earned their diploma through online classes. The commencement … Find out how to read more online.
Scruton gives from the heart
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Highlands County, and the proof is in the amount of nominations the Highlands News-Sun received for the 2017 Highlander … Find out how to read more online.
Parkview Academy students explore careers
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Bloodhound Bud was on a mission to “find that man,” which he did in short order to the amazement of the students of Parkview Pre-K and Prep … Find out how to read more online.
More elementary principal changes
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — There are a number of school administrative changes in the works with the latest being that Cracker Trail Elementary School will have a new principal next year. In … Find out how to read more online.
County awards $400K contract for HP Clubhouse
Tue  May 22 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — County commissioners approved two big contracts for capital improvement projects last Tuesday. First, they approved a $400,000 contract to rebuild the Highlands Park Estates community clubhouse. Then they … Find out how to read more online.
Caps off, tassels left
Mon  May 21 2018 08:06AM
AVON PARK — Over 185 smiling faces walked proudly through the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts Center to “Pomp and Circumstance” Saturday afternoon. The nearly capacity audience … Find out how to read more online.
County road watch advisories issued
Mon  May 21 2018 08:06AM
SEBRING — Highlands County road projects for which the Florida Department of Transportation has issued a road advisory: •US 27 Northbound just north of South Sun N Lakes Boulevard in … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Hospital gets ‘A’ for patient, hospital safety
Mon  May 21 2018 08:06AM
SEBRING — Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade has rated Florida Hospital facilities in Highlands County at an “A” level, and Highlands Regional Medical Center got a“C.” Most other hospitals immediately outside … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring High School graduates about 350
Sun  May 20 2018 07:22AM
SEBRING — The students from the Sebring High School Class of 2018 were recognized at their graduation ceremony Saturday morning for their hard work in reaching a significant milestone in … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC’s Camp Adventure focuses on STEM
Sun  May 20 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Young explorers who have completed grades six through eight can discover careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through fun activities at South Florida State College’s … Find out how to read more online.
School Board workshops/meeting scheduled
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — The School Board of Highlands County will have a workshop Monday and then award diplomas to virtual school students on Tuesday followed by a regular school board meeting. … Find out how to read more online.
Durrance seeks school board seat
Sat  May 19 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Avon Elementary Assistant Principal Isaac Durrance, who will be resigning from the school district at the end of the school year, has prefiled to run for a seat … Find out how to read more online.
Lake Placid to halt recycling
Fri  May 18 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Highlands County has been furnishing the Town of Murals with commercial recycling containers that sit to north side of the parking lot at the Health Department on … Find out how to read more online.
A child shall lead them
Fri  May 18 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Joseph Dylan Scheipsmeier’s parents probably had no idea how deeply a visit to Deputy Gentry’s SUV memorial would be for the youngster. Scheipsmeier, also called “J.D.” by his … Find out how to read more online.


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