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Friday, May 17, 2013 - Responding to claims of civil rights violations, City Manager Julian Deleon said the city acted properly in its actions with the owners of a downtown building that was being renovated into a boarding house.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - Students will see a modest tuition increase and employees will receive a pay increase, according to South Florida State College’s tentative budget.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - A lawyer claiming the City of Avon Park violated the civil rights of Fernando and Yudith Fernandez is seeking mediation or a settlement from the city prior to filing a lawsuit.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - The City of Avon Park took a pass on providing the mowing services for a cemetery in much need of care, but discussion of the issue appears to have sparked community support.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - A score card may be needed to keep track of all the school administrative changes in the works for next year.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - A Miami lawyer, downtown property owner and community activist oppose the city’s proposed ordinance addressing rooming/boarding houses.
Monday, May 13, 2013 - The question of whatever happened to the Freshmen Foundations leads to another question: what happened to the ninth-grade retention rate, specifically, why 38 percent of the district’s ninth-graders failed to be promoted la...
Friday, May 10, 2013 - A proposed ordinance addressing housing standards including occupancy levels will be presented for discussion at Monday’s city council meeting.
Friday, May 10, 2013 - The curtain will go up in July on a “Cinderella” story featuring student actors and student audience participation in the latest production of the Children's Academy of Theatre, Inc.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 - It’s hiring time for the School Board of Highlands County, which has a large group of retirees coupled with the addition of nearly 40 new teaching positions to bring back the teacher planning period to the middle and high s...
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - SEBRING A class of Fred Wild Elementary fifth-graders can tell their parents they played with Legos on Wednesday as part of their studies.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - Proud graduates armed with knowledge and potential, and a retiring academic leader with many accomplishments were recognized Monday evening at South Florida State College’s 2013 Commencement Exercises
Monday, May 6, 2013 - The top seniors from the district’s three high schools were lauded Saturday at the 50th Annual Scholarship Recognition Inc. event at the Sebring High School Smith Center.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 - A remote area in Highlands County is touted as one of the world’s great ecological field stations.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - Thomas Leitzel believes his role as the fourth president of South Florida State College will be to preserve the college’s well established culture while looking for future progress and great opportunities.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - A former Hill-Gustat Middle School teacher has been charged by the State Attorney’s Office with contributing to the delinquency of a child and disorderly conduct.
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 - It doesn’t seem like it would work, a show with a lineup of songs including: “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Girl on Fire” and “Do the Funky Chicken.”
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 - The state House and Senate agreed on a pay raise for teachers, but it won’t be coming until next year and will be tied to performance.
Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 - The School Board of Highlands County aims to add nearly 40 teaching positions for the next school year, according to the first draft of Superintendent Wally Cox’s personnel plan for 2013-14.
Friday, Apr 26, 2013 - From the classroom to the lunchroom working with students, helping teachers and staff with a variety of tasks, volunteers contribute a lot with their experience and compassion at every school in the district.
Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 - Highlands County NAACP President Al Hinson told the Avon Park City Council that the City of Charm needs some help to boost its minority representation on city boards and committees.
Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 - It’s official now. The Board of Trustees of South Florida State College unanimously approved a three-year contract with Thomas Leitzel who will start serving July 1 as the college’s president.
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 - Residential garbage collection rates may go down, but a tire disposal fee may be imposed along with an additional monthly charge for residents who need another city garbage cart.
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 - Councilman Garrett Anderson leveled another accusation Monday evening at City Manager Julian Deleon as the city council discussed which previous allegations by Anderson and Deleon would be probed by a private investigator.
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 - Superintendent Wally Cox selected Park Elementary Principal Brenda Longshore for the top curriculum position for the School Board of Highlands County.
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 - Sebring High School Assistant Principal James “Jim” Howard was looking forward to retiring in two months after 35 years with the School Board of Highlands County.
Monday, Apr 22, 2013 - After five days of testing, schools are gearing up for week two of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test as principals note the challenges of more computerized testing.
Friday, Apr 19, 2013 - Thomas Leitzel will become the fourth president of South Florida State College.
Friday, Apr 19, 2013 - Myles Savage lead singer from The Platters will present his Last Original Stars for an evening of classic hits Saturday from The Coasters, The Drifters, The Temptations and The Platters.
Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 - Highlands County is on track to get a full-time counselor to work toward reducing school truancy, which has been a longtime concern of area educators and officials.
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 - Highlands Technical Institute offers academics, athletics, arts, graduate and undergraduate programs, and much more, according to its new website, but currently doesn’t have a working phone number or any students.
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 - The next president of South Florida State College will likely be selected Friday at a special meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees.
Monday, Apr 15, 2013 - Superintendent Wally Cox will choose between two district administrators to fill the position of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 - More portable classrooms, more money and solutions to alleviate traffic congestion are needed to help the Highlands County School District cope with enrollment growth in Lake Placid.
Friday, Apr 12, 2013 - The school district’s second class of International Baccalaureate seniors will be graduating soon while the program is headed for growth and new course offerings next year.
Friday, Apr 12, 2013 - After more than 20 years as the School Board of Highlands County’s secretary, Connie Scobey announced recently that she will be retiring in June.
Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 - Sebring High School senior Megan Stein’s love and interest in agriculture and animals prompted her to join FFA in sixth-grade where she admits she started slowly exhibiting rabbits.
Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 - It was an Avon Park sweep at the Summit Awards 2013 with Avon Park High’s Jessica Thayer being named Teacher of the Year and Park Elementary’s James Brown being named the School Related Employee of the Year.
Monday, Apr 8, 2013 - Three teams of Woodlawn Elementary third-graders competed after school Monday in a game-show-like exercise, answering geometry and math questions.
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 - U.S. Army Sgt. Albert Moses told Avon Park High School students Thursday to pay attention in school because it’s hard once you get in the “real word.”
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 - Seeing blight and crime in the “Beachfront” area of the city, Barbara Robinson hopes to bring life back to the community and make it safe for the young and old.
Monday, Apr 1, 2013 - SEBRING It’s income tax crunch time for tax preparers and individuals working toward the April 15 deadline, and that crunch is heightened this year with the delay in the opening of the filing season.
Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 - A class of elementary students quickly sort small, colored plastic tiles on their desks into an arrangement that will help them visualize a math problem.
Friday, Mar 29, 2013 - The search for the next president of South Florida State College will get up close and personal with each of the four finalists vying for the position scheduled for two-day visits to the campuses for interviews and communit...
Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 - At a press conference at City Hall Thursday morning, City Manager Julian Deleon said Councilman Garrett Anderson has “blatantly fabricated and falsely filed charges with the ethics commission.”
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 - City Manager Julian Deleon believes the fire assessment could be lowered and city council approved to pay for a new study to assure that residents and businesses pay their fair share in supporting the fire department.
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 - AVON PARK Funnyman Bill Cosby showed his serious side, but also provided many laughs Monday afternoon at South Florida State College while stressing the importance of education.
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 - The city council voted Monday for an independent investigation into Councilman Garrett Anderson’s ethics complaints against City Manager Julian Deleon, who has countered with ethics issues concerning Anderson.
Monday, Mar 25, 2013 - Councilman Garrett Anderson has filed an ethics complaint against City Manager Julian Deleon, claiming he has been “the victim of a vicious attack from a city official.”
Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 - A new baseball movie, a national retailer, the Thomas Gordon Foundation, the Avon Park Champions Club and other entities have teamed up for a grand slam of a project for the youth of Avon Park.