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Movement again on Parkway Phase III
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Commuters rounding the Sebring Parkway 90-degree turn Tuesday morning saw a squad of bulldozers, graders and surface scrapers. Highlands County Road and Bridge Director Kyle Green said, while … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane season looms
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:42PM
Editor’s Note: Highlands News-Sun is putting together a series of stories on hurricane season preparedness for our readers. This is the first story in the series. SEBRING — Summer is … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership Highlands elects class president
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — It was a day in the park for the Leadership Highlands Class of 2018 to learn more about county government and to elect a class president and vice … Find out how to read more online.
School job openings include high school band director
Tue  Apr 24 2018 06:35PM
SEBRING — The School Board of Highlands County is hiring for the summer and for next school year with a total of 57 openings on its website. The openings include … Find out how to read more online.
District looks to boost Chromebook monitoring
Tue  Apr 24 2018 06:35PM
SEBRING — The School Board of Highlands County will consider an agreement today to increase the monitoring of the notebook computers the district has provided to many students. According to … Find out how to read more online.
County road watch advisories issued
Tue  Apr 24 2018 08:30AM
Highlands County road projects for which the Florida Department of Transportation has issued a road advisory: US 98 Westbound just ease of Thunder Road Spring Lake: Permit project: Crews will … Find out how to read more online.
Flying brothers receive 2 FAA awards
Mon  Apr 23 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Brothers Jim and Thomas Renfro were recognized recently at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly In in Lakeland with two awards for their longtime careers in aviation. The … Find out how to read more online.
Banquet recognizes Sebring Firemen, coaches
Mon  Apr 23 2018 08:26AM
SEBRING — Thursday evening was a night to recognize the firemen, both with the Sebring Firemen Inc. and the City of Sebring firefighters. It was also a night to recognize … Find out how to read more online.
What on earth is
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Every year on April 22 millions of students and adults celebrate Earth Day across the globe. But what is it and why do we celebrate it by picking … Find out how to read more online.
Putnam’s family citrus business violated federal labor laws
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
BARTOW — Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam’s family citrus business in Polk County has been cited by the U.S. government for workplace violations, including failing to pay fruit pickers … Find out how to read more online.
Morning accidents close roads, keep law enforcement scrambling
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — For awhile Friday morning there was sort of a disconnect between Lake Placid and Sebring. Multiple accidents, fog and smoke from a muck fire made it difficult to … Find out how to read more online.
AP’s 3 CRA districts established 30 years ago
Fri  Apr 20 2018 08:54AM
Editor’s Note: Highlands News-Sun is taking a closer look at the various governmental and civic committees found in Highlands County. Staff writers will be working on a series of stories … Find out how to read more online.
LP developer looks at pocket project
Fri  Apr 20 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — An informational meeting open to the public on a proposed pocket neighborhood will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at the Good News Juice and … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC graduates 15 Fire Science students
Fri  Apr 20 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — South Florida State College graduated 15 students, Class 817, from its Firefighter Minimum Standards program during the April 16 ceremony at the Highlands campus in Avon Park. … Find out how to read more online.
LP students/families creating community garden
Wed  Apr 18 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Lake Country and Lake Placid elementary students and families are embarking on a service project aimed at ending hunger in their community. Gifted teacher Patricia Carter said … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring High art students take honors
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — For imaginative surreal art, Sebring High School’s artists are the real deal with five students being recognized for their creativity and talent. Senior SeAnna Hornick was the top … Find out how to read more online.
Solar Co-op to be launched
Wed  Apr 18 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — The opening of Highlands County’s first solar co-op will be announced today (Wednesday) at a press conference at Sebring Circle Park. The aim of the co-op is to … Find out how to read more online.
Lightning sets off wildfire
Wed  Apr 18 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Sunday night’s storms may not have been as bad in Highlands County as forecasters predicted but it took just one lightning strike to spark a wildfire in … Find out how to read more online.
Wawa gets assurance on access
Wed  Apr 18 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — A developer planning to put a Wawa station in Sebring got assurance from county commissioners of direct access off Sebring Parkway Phase IIB. However, County Attorney Joy Carmichael … Find out how to read more online.
WaWa plans on today’s county agenda
Tue  Apr 17 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — County commissioners get first look today at plans for Sebring’s WaWa Station, across the future Sebring Parkway from Highlands Regional Medical Center. Developers of the site will also … Find out how to read more online.
Structural collapse closes Sebring businesses
Wed  Apr 25 2018 12:05PM
SEBRING — A reporter is on scene at Sebring Beef O’ Brady’s plaza. No report of any injuries. The connection point on the roof at the front arcade has separated … Find out how to read more online.
Seeing green for Arbor Day
Tue  Apr 24 2018 06:35PM
SEBRING — Arbor Day will be celebrated Friday, April 27. In order to appreciate Arbor Day, one must look to its roots (pun intended). In Nebraska circa 1872, tree enthusiast, … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC to hold no cost STEM summer camp
Tue  Apr 24 2018 06:35PM
AVON PARK — South Florida State College will host a free half-day, two-week STEM Summer Camp for high school students. The camp will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 … Find out how to read more online.
Earth Day celebration
Mon  Apr 23 2018 08:26AM
SEBRING — Four-year-old Francesca Moreno was all smiles Saturday as she potted a small plant at Lakeshore Mall. Francesca and other children also learned about bees, did nature-related coloring, created … Find out how to read more online.
Venus man dies in single-vehicle crash
Tue  Apr 24 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A 24-year-old man from Venus died Sunday evening when his pickup truck ran off the roadway from Old State Road 8 and overturned. Christopher Hershberger suffered fatal … Find out how to read more online.
April Unsung Hero: A fiery passion to help
Mon  Apr 23 2018 08:30AM
Even by Highlands County’s high standards of volunteerism, Scott Kaplan is unusual. Encouraged by his parents, when he was 12 he began volunteering at the Wrede’s Wild Life Sanctuary, working … Find out how to read more online.
Dedicated traffic unit not in HCSO budget
Sun  Apr 22 2018 10:00AM
SEBRING — J.P. Fane loved being a Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy, and really loved riding a motorcycle on the Sheriff’s Traffic Unit. He had a plate on the back that … Find out how to read more online.
AP High leads district’s enrollment gains
Sun  Apr 22 2018 10:02AM
SEBRING — Enrollment in the Highlands County School District continues to be up from last year with Avon Park High and Lake Placid Elementary schools making large gains offsetting some … Find out how to read more online.
Morning accidents close roads
Fri  Apr 20 2018 04:38PM
SEBRING — For awhile Friday morning there was sort of a disconnect between Lake Placid and Sebring. Multiple accidents, fog and smoke from a muck fire made it difficult to … Find out how to read more online.
Sebring gets contract to buy bank building
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Within the next year, Sebring may have its first new city hall in nearly 50 years. The city has received a contract to buy the three-story former Wachovia … Find out how to read more online.
Three-car wreck results in serious injuries
Sun  Apr 22 2018 10:08AM
AVON PARK — A three-car wreck in which a vehicle rolled over resulted in four people being sent to area hospitals with serious injuries Thursday afternoon. Two people were flown … Find out how to read more online.
What is KLPB?
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
Editor’s Note: Highlands News-Sun is taking a closer look at the various governmental and civic committees found in Highlands County. Staff writers will be working on a series of stories … Find out how to read more online.
Solar Co-op launched in county
Fri  Apr 20 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Before having a solar energy system installed, Sebring City Councilman Charlie Lowrance paid average monthly electricity bills between $300 and $400 and even higher amounts during the summer. … Find out how to read more online.
Bear cans still in pilot project
Fri  Apr 20 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Highlands County has until mid-May to order bear-resistant garbage cans, for those who need them, or risk losing the state grant. Mike McMillan, the county’s environmental specialist who … Find out how to read more online.
New group takes over behavioral services
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — Recently Florida Hospital Lake Placid closed its behavioral care unit for seniors. Florida Hospital officials said the costs of operating the unit and that it was underused were … Find out how to read more online.
HLT still dealing with drainage issues
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
SEBRING — When it rains, Highlands Little Theatre gets wet. It used to happen occasionally, but long-time members say now it’s happening with every heavy rain. HLT Board Chair Jennifer … Find out how to read more online.
Motorcyclist injured in accident
Wed  Apr 18 2018 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — A motorcyclist was in critical condition after losing control of his vehicle Monday night, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol. Joseph Reul, 51, … Find out how to read more online.
NRAC: Balancing development with environment
Tue  Apr 17 2018 08:30AM
Editor’s Note: Highlands News-Sun is taking a closer look at the various governmental and civic committees found in Highlands County. Staff writers will be working on a series of stories … Find out how to read more online.
Recipe for ‘American Melting Pot’
Mon  Apr 16 2018 08:46AM
SEBRING — Somewhere in almost every family in the United States is a person who stepped off a boat — or a plane or a bus — to start a … Find out how to read more online.
Big Lots working toward reopening after fire
Tue  Apr 17 2018 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Big Lots remains closed after a fire shuttered the closeout store on Feb. 9, but it appears work is being done to reopen the business in the … Find out how to read more online.


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