Panthers Expanding Tracks Around Florida
State biologists are finding more panther tracks in Polk County and throughout southwest Florida. In recent years panthers have been tracked or photographed near Avon Park and Haines City, and they've been seen in developments outside Naples.
Sat Sep 13, 2014
District faces teacher shortage as enrollment grows
The School Board of Highlands County's enrollment continues to outpace last year's numbers, which is a positive for state funding and is based on the student count, but the district now has a shortage of teachers. Superintendent Wally Cox has been visiting two schools a day recently to make sure everything is going OK and to see if there are any class size issues.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Lake Placid woman wins the lottery
6 Fantasy 5 drawing, and it turned out to be the $254,904.63 winner. Martha Windham, 40, of Lake Placid, claimed the Fantasy 5 top prize at the Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, officials said.
Places to go
Arnold lived in Nashville for 25 years and is the writer of hit songs sung by Hank Williams. He will perform 6-9 p.m. Prime rib dinner, as well as regular menu, will be available 4-8 p.m. One dollar can win you a 50/50 drawing.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Tue Sep 09, 2014
Avon Parka s discarded tire problem better, not gone
AVON PARK – In late April, over 100 tires were found dumped around Avon Park Lakes, even though posted in plain sight along Olivia and Oleander drives in Avon Park Lakes were “no dumping” signs. But since then, an effort by Avon Park's Code Enforcement has been ongoing to bring attention to the problem of illegally dumping tires and although the problem hasn't gone away - it's gotten somewhat better according to the city's Code Enforcement Director Jason Lister.
Sat Sep 06, 2014
Avon Park a " It wasna t a word they would ever be likely to use, but nonetheless, it impressed them.
AVON PARK – It wasn't a word they would ever be likely to use, but nonetheless, it impressed them. At 1,109 letters, the longest word in the Gazetteer dictionary - designating a “protein enzyme with 269 amino acids” - it isn't one any of the fourth grade pupils would be likely to use anytime soon, but there are thousands of others that might come in handy some day.
5 finalists named for Champion for Children award
The five finalists have been named to be honored at the 15th Annual Judge Clifton M. Kelly Champion for Children Awards Gala where one of the five will be announced as the 2014 Champion for Children. This year, the Champion for Children Foundation received over 30 nominations for this prestigious award.
Wed Sep 03, 2014
Fast food employee accused of theft
Zykeria Detrice Dawkins, 22, 1085 Caneberry Circle, Avon Park, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with third-degree grand theft.
Best of both worlds
Those who live off the land are looking for ways to secure an income during rough times.
Tue Sep 02, 2014
Avon Park a " She used to transcribe numbers into a written ledger. At...
At one time, she watched as computer reel-to-reel ribbons got off their tracks, fell to the floor and got run over by her desk chair's wheels.
Mon Sep 01, 2014
Benitez family survivor describes horror of Florida crash that shattered Westbury family
Two people from Westbury were killed and six injured in a crash involving a semitruck and a van on Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, according to Florida Highway officials.
Sat Aug 30, 2014
SFSC to get its first franchise eatery
But, for the first time, South Florida State College is opening its doors to a food franchise and new culinary neighbor: Subway.
Fri Aug 29, 2014
Corral of cuisine
For the past three years, Davis has driven to the Lowe's Home Improvement center parking lot to get a lunch of burgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, wraps or even a gator sandwich from the window of the Loafin' Around Cafe food truck.
Thu Aug 28, 2014
Man, woman arrested in connection with burglary
Daniel Lloyd Lightsey, 18, and Abigail Rose Sandler, 18, both of 198 N. Taurus Road, Avon Park, were arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with criminal mischief, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.
St. Augustine Record
Around the state: Man accused of assaulting woman
An Avon Park man was arrested after a woman said he forced her to perform a sexual act on him, according to a report released Thursday.
Man accused of assaulting woman
William Glenn Sneed, 46, 1680 N. Delaware Ave., Apt. 206, Avon Park, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with sexual assault.
Wed Aug 27, 2014
Leadership Highlands extends application deadline
The program familiarizes participants with the infrastructure, agencies and economic enterprises that exist in Highlands County; exposes participants to the range of needs in the community and identifies resources to meet those needs; provides participants with the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with each other community leaders; and ... (more)
Tue Aug 26, 2014
The State of Florida Primary Elections & Black Sub servitude
What I predict is going to happen today in Highlands County and perhaps Florida statewide, is we are about to have a very low turnout among blacks, for our midterm primary elections.
Mon Aug 25, 2014
Ex youth baseball group treasurer faces more charges
Sharon Lynette Tomlinson, 54, 2063 W. Royalton Ave., Avon Park, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with 12 counts of making a false entry on the books of a corporation.