Memorial Elementary boosts grade from a Fa to a Ba
Memorial Elementary School made a remarkable turnaround, going from an “F” to a “B” grade, according to the preliminary elementary and middle school grades released Friday by the Florida Department of Education.
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Medicaid privatization deadline nears for recipients
The change comes three years after the Legislature voted to privatize the program, saying the roughly $23 billion a year bill was consuming the state budget.
Thu Jul 10, 2014
Pot-bellied pigs OK
At their Tuesday meeting, the planning commission discussed an amendment to the land development regulations “providing for allowing pot-bellied pigs in residential zoning districts.” P&Z also recommended a separate ordinance that currently allows three sheep, goat or hogs on at least one acre.
Wed Jul 09, 2014
Man accused of doing work without having a license
Bobby Lee Taylor, 58, 2813 Wellston Ave., Avon Park, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with felony contracting without a license and performing work without obtaining a building permit.
Tue Jul 08, 2014
SEBRING a " When Jennifer Payne and her husband bought the Lake Placid...
Since then, Payne has added four more grades, and, come August, will add middle school to the academy, which serves about 175 students from age 2 upward.
Mon Jul 07, 2014
New ordinance would let pot-bellies inside the house
That suits Rick Haberman, who owns ChinaDoll Farms on Butler Road, east of Avon Park.
Thu Jul 03, 2014
Girl Scouts preserve history in sidewalk project
After about 40 hours of painstaking work since February, four Troop 773 Girl Scouts - Mikyla Berish, Zoe Stanley, Casey Pollard and Torie Allen - re-etched on a new concrete path more than 60 names of former Girls Scouts and Girl Scout leaders that had once been penciled in on a sidewalk the county is now tearing up.
Tue Jul 01, 2014
Burglary report leads to discovery of drugs
What started as a report of a burglary ended up with the supposed victim being arrested on drug charges, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.
Mon Jun 30, 2014
Family Dollar recently opened at the corner of North Ridgewood Drive...
According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Bureau of Labor statistics, Highlands County generated just over $211 million in wages as of December 2013.
Sat Jun 28, 2014
Two years later, neglected children making progress, aunt says
That was where authorities said she and her two sisters and a brother were fed very little and kept in their bedrooms most of the day in a filthy apartment full of cockroaches.
Sebring High School is the countya s largest high school with 1,500 students registered.
Highlands County is well-known for its oranges and cattle, but did you know that before citrus, pineapple was king in Avon Park? Or that the Avon Park Lakes area used to be a ranch and the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in helping sell or market lots there? The 12 Hours of Sebring and the Sebring International Raceway fans have ... (more)
Thu Jun 26, 2014
Air Force base hangar turns 70
AVON PARK – It in its heyday, P-51 Mustang and B-17 Flying Fortress planes would regularly pull in for service and loading; hundreds of U.S. Army Air Corpsmen would scurry about, making sure the planes were ready for flight and eventually possible action during World War II.
Tue Jun 24, 2014
Former president, treasurer of AP youth baseball association arrested
Christopher Wayne Tolar, 37, the former president, 1819 Torrington Ave., Avon Park, and Sharon Lynette Tomlinson, 54, the former treasurer, no street address given, Avon Park, were both charged with third-degree grand theft and fraud involving less than $20,000.
Community covers Lake McCoy watershed project shortfall
June 24 -- LAKE PLACID -- Community support came through to complete the funding for the Lake McCoy watershed project, to improve the water quality of Lake Placid's southernmost lake.
Mon Jun 23, 2014
Avon Park airport eyes new hangars, new taxiway
The City of Avon Park has entered into an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation to demolish and reconstruct T-hangars for airplanes and build a new taxiway.
Building increases slowly in Highlands County
Chris Henson, a worker with Heartland Restorations, lines up his saw on Monday to trim a piece of a door frame for a closet door he was installing in a new house being built in Covered Bridge.
Sun Jun 22, 2014
Eyes in the sky will watch illegal dumpers
When Highlands County's new geographic information systems coordinator starts, illegal dumpsites in the county will be mapped.
Sat Jun 21, 2014
Under-the-radar a oegotha scene thrives in Highlands County
SEBRING – They prefer the darker side of life, clinging to the fringe of fanaticism through dress, music, attitude and lifestyles.
Fla. mom convicted in the manslaughter of her 9-month-old son
Prosecutors said that the Florida mother watched and did nothing as her children grew skinnier and skinnier with each passing day.
Highlands County will see two school board races
Two are non-partisan school board races. In District 1, Charlene Edwards and Al Joe Hinson will challenge incumbent Ronnie Jackson.