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Kindergartners learn 911 etiquette
Five- and 6-year-olds these days may not know what a landline is, so "Cell Phone Sally" made sure to introduce "the phone with a curly cord" to the kids.
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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."
Several Easter egg hunts have been planned in Highlands County.
A family Easter celebration will be held 10 a.m. to noon April 19 at St. John United Methodist Church, 3214 Grand Prix Drive.
Students, schools test for FCAT one last time this year
Avon Elementary Principal Pam Burnham gave the "all clear" soon after 10 a.m. Monday, marking the end of the FCAT testing for the day and the beginning of the end for the assessment test that began in 1998.
Mon Apr 14, 2014
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2 Florida panthers killed days apart
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that an uncollared male was found dead Monday near Lake Placid in Highlands County.
Overturned truck temporarily closes CR 70
The driver of a commercial truck received minor injuries Monday morning when his vehicle overturned after striking two guardrails on State Road 70 near the Kissimmee River Bridge.
Panther killed by vehicle in Highlands County
The remains of a 4 to 5-year-old uncollared male Florida panther, UCFP212, were recovered Monday on US-27 just north of Lake Placid in Highlands County.
Day of Caring on tap
Volunteer teams from local businesses and organizations will participate in the upcoming 2014 United Way Day of Caring in Highlands County on May 21. Volunteer teams are matched with United Way partner agencies, and local nonprofit groups perform tasks the agencies may not otherwise have the manpower or funds to be able to do.
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.
Sat Apr 12, 2014
Detectives still investigating Dwayne Council murder
More than four months after a popular high school football player was killed on a dark street southeast of downtown, deputies still have not arrested the killer.
Diploma Programme offers 'mini-college experience'
Sebring High School's International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is "outstanding," continues to grow in impact and offers a "mini-college experience," according to comments Thursday at the annual IB Benefit Banquet.
Fri Apr 11, 2014
Red Cross to open new office in Sebring
Although it's been two years since the American Red Cross had an office in Sebring, many people whose homes burned down probably don't know that.
Protests held to highlight child support laws, hearing abuses, organizers say
Edwin Padilla claims non-custodial parents don't get a fair shake at local child support payment hearings and wants his voice heard.
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)
Thu Apr 10, 2014
School teacher announces candidacy for school board seat
Kindergarten Learning Center Exceptional Student Education teacher Jill Compton has become the sixth candidate to pre-file for the District 5 Highlands County School Board seat, vacated by Andy Tuck, who was appointed to the state board of education.
Home-based moms on the increase
When she was pregnant with her first daughter, Brianna, Callie Wilkes took maternity leave from her job at the Sebring Wal-Mart and then took five and a half years off work to raise David, now 7, and Layla, now 3. While her husband, David, works when he can as a self-employed construction worker, the Sebring mother, now working at the Sebring ... (more)
Wed Apr 09, 2014
Captain put on administrative leave by Sheriff's Office
Capt. Randy LaBelle, who is in charge the Highlands County Sheriff's Office criminal investigations division, has been placed on administrative leave with pay while an internal investigation is being conducted, Chief Deputy Mark Schrader said Wednesday.
The future is Alzheimer's
TaxWatch expects the number of Floridians afflicted with Alzheimer's to grow by nearly 50 percent in the next decade, straining the health care system and increasing costs for taxpayers.
Tue Apr 08, 2014
Lake Placid names officer of the year
When Heather Mulligan began working as code enforcement officer a few years ago, she noticed that a lot of people had chickens.
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."