Wednesday Apr 16
AP, LP may truck trash to Okeechobee Commissioners don't object
It was over in a few minutes. Instead of objecting, reducing tipping fees at Highlands County landfill, or asking Avon Park and Lake Placid to stay, the commissioners bid adieu Tuesday to Julian Deleon.
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Tue Apr 15, 2014
041614 Lake Placid, Fla. - Monica Germaine, left, the 2014 Highlands County Education Foundation
That was the humbling reaction Cheryl Vermilye, a literacy curriculum resource teacher at Sebring's Woodlawn Elementary School, said she had when it was announced she would be the Highlands County Education Foundation's 2014 "Teacher of the Year."
Mon Apr 14, 2014
Family Easter celebration
A family Easter celebration will be held 10 a.m. to noon April 19 at St. John United Methodist Church, 3214 Grand Prix Drive.
Sun Apr 13, 2014
County, city to talk over garbage issue
Will Avon Park and Lake Placid truck their trash to a landfill in Okeechobee, or will the Highlands County commissioners offer a reduced tipping fee? That's the subject Tuesday of Item 8 at the Highlands County commissioners meeting.
Thu Apr 10, 2014
Aktion Club dumps diapers to 10 charities
Representatives from charities benefiting from Diaper Dump Day were, from left: Karen Wright, of Children's Services Council of Highlands County; Cynthia Acevedo, program manager and Wanda Tookes, supervisor, both of Healthy Families; Wendy Hall, service coordinator of Early Steps; Bill Sobczak, vice president of Aktion Club and top diaper ... (more)
The Florida Times-Union
Trauma Drama: Florida lawmakers tackle controversial health-care issues
The House and Senate could be headed toward a collision about major health-care issues, including the continued operation of three disputed trauma centers.
Tue Apr 08, 2014
SFSC launches bachelor's degree in elementary education
South Florida State College will offer its bachelor of science in elementary education degree this fall at the Avon Park campus, and the college has started accepting applications from prospective students.
Avon Park's Memorial Field name changed to honor King
In a highly-focused special City Council Meeting Monday night, and with two additional options presented, the Avon Park City Council voted unanimously to rename "Memorial Field" to the "Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Sports Complex."
Sun Apr 06, 2014
Study: Highlands' tax rate comparatively lower
Out of Florida's 67 counties, Highlands County's 2010 average total property tax rate, calculated using total property tax levy and taxable value, was the 48th lowest, a study says.
What happened in the 1950s at Avon Park Air Force Range?
A military attack with about 230,000 mosquitoes infected with yellow fever would be difficult to detect and would be impossible for a nation to react quickly with a mass-immunization program, the U.S. Army Chemical Corps believed in the 1950s.
Sat Apr 05, 2014
ABC Action News
Final report in Avon Park teen riot
State investigators released their final report Friday regarding what happened the night teenage inmates took control of the Avon Park Youth Academy.
Fri Apr 04, 2014
Census: Highlands County still losing population
County Commissioner Greg Harris guesses that's true, Avon Park City Manager Julian Deleon produces a 2012 figure from the University of Florida which adds 250 to the city.
Tue Apr 01, 2014
Former service manager accused of defrauding Chevy dealership
The former service manager of Witham Chevrolet is accused of doctoring work order receipts paid in cash for auto repair work done there and pocketing the difference, a Highlands County Sheriff's Office report states.
Sun Mar 30, 2014
Movies on the beach
Although he will never get to enjoy actually watching, Bobby Talley is more concerned that others will be able to catch a free movie and, more importantly, spend time with family in friends.
Fri Mar 28, 2014
Avon Park MLK street name special meeting to be held Monday
In an effort to focus and finally decide on which Avon Park road may be renamed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., a special city council meeting will be held.
Avon Park looking into trucking trash to Okeechobee
Not long after the Town of Lake Placid put together a contract to take all or part of its trash to the Okeechobee County Landfill, the Avon Park City Council is also looking into the possibility.
St. Petersburg Times
Head-on crash in Plant City kills 4, including Marine veteran
Joe Vizcarrondo Sr. braced for it every day his son was overseas. He came to expect that the Marines would arrive one day bearing the news he feared most - that his son wasn't coming home.
3/26/2014 Avon Park, Fla. - Ryan Pelham/Staff Jeffrey Lozier, an...
All it takes is one short look and it goes from a physical image or one conjured up in his mind and within a few hours, becomes an detailed, vibrant work of art sometimes covering unconventional surfaces.
Wed Mar 26, 2014
Elba Ortiz examines pots painted by Ridge Area Arc workers at Springtime at the Mall last year.
It has become one of the longest-running annual festivals in Highlands County and each year changes and additions are made that strive to make it more unique and fun.
Avon Park man arrested for child pornography
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Fort Myers Regional Operations Center Cyber High-Tech Crime Squad arrested Jeffrey Weed, 44, of Avon Park, for 5 counts of sexual performance by a child.