LAKE PLACID — The town’s police department is holding a concealed permit class on Thursday, June 17 to raise money for a new light detecting and ranging (LIDAR) system. Police will use the technology to monitor traffic speeds around town; it can also be used in crash investigations.

VENUS — Three earlier articles (July 8, 2020, Aug. 19, 2020 and March 10, 2021) were published in the Highlands News-Sun and this is Part 4 of that series.

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Garden Club continued work on their Acorn Project last week. On a sweltering June 11th, the “acorn work van” operated by Pete and Sandy Otway picked up Karen Denning and Sandy Rosch for their 8-9:30 a.m. shift.

LAKE PLACID — June Donihi of Lake Placid has had a lot of surprises in her 100 years, but her friends managed to pull off a 100th birthday party without her knowing about it. They drove her to the Seventh-Day Adventist social hall in Lake Placid on her birthday, June 12. When she went inside…

CRA Oks sidewalk improvementsLAKE PLACID — the Town Council, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency Monday night, approved plans for a new sidewalk behind the Lake Placid High School Dragons athletic fields.

LAKE PLACID — St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Episcopal Church in Lake Placid has a sewing ministry for adults. The members sew up all sorts of items and then donate them to assisted living homes and needy families. But, on Friday, June 11, the ‘sewers’ were made up of middle and high school …

TALLAHASSEE — Touting the measure as a way of allowing students to “reflect and be able to pray as they see fit,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will require public schools to hold moments of silence at the beginning of each day.

Monday marked the two-week point in the Atlantic hurricane season, and the basin was brimming with activity. As the second named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season developed off the Eastern Seaboard Monday night, AccuWeather meteorologists continued to warn of the potential for deve…

NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it will enhance its analysis of threats from domestic terrorists, including the sharing of intelligence within law enforcement agencies, and will work with tech companies to eliminate terrorist content online as part of a nationwide strategy to…

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday moved to end a long-running dispute with the European Union over subsidies for aircraft manufacturers, a major breakthrough in the U.S.-EU trade relationship that comes on the eve of his highly anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

AVON PARK — The City Council approved six proposals for roadway paving/overlays for eight city streets totaling $260,403 on Monday.

1. After an aborted career as a ‘50s teen idol, Billy “Crash” Craddock returned to his first love, country music, and earned the nickname “Mr. Country Rock” with a string of popular hits during the ‘70s.

Fire fully engulfed this home on Mary Bell Landing Road in Sebring Tuesday afternoon. Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor said firefighters cut power to the house as soon as they arrived on scene. No one was home at the time of the blaze.

A Highlands County paramedic helps Lt. Kevin Cornine, of the Highland County Fire Service, with his oxygen tank. Cornine searched the burning home in the background and found no occupants.

LAKE PLACID — The British invade again – as a retrospective – when Paisley Craze takes the stage. The five-piece cover band will throw the ultimate ‘60s party in concert at the Genesis Center on July 10th.

Carole Cook (right) was a volunteer at the St. Francis Sewing Ministry event. Here she helps Thason Sullivan, 11, operate a sewing machine for the first time.

Madilynn Long, 11, takes a turn at the sewing machine at the St. Francis of Assisi youth sewing ministry camp.

Lake Placid High School senior-to-be Mia Melendez and Lake Placid Middle School eighth grader Haylee Nilsen display bags they sewed that will be filled with goodies for veterans.

Barbara McCarthy gave some sewing tips to 11-year-old Matthew Melendez at the St. Francis Sewing Camp sleepover held June 11.

Participants at the St. Francis Church Sewing Sleep Over Camp pose for a group photo. Sitting from left: Thason Sullivan, Maddie Long, and Marteena Booth; second row, from left: Haylee Nilsen, Mia Melendez, Matthew Melendez, and Melony Melandez; and back row, from left: Barbara McCarthy, Lau…

Members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lake Placid hosted a spaghetti lunch for the nearly 60 people who attended the 100th birthday party for June Donihi.

June Donihi (center) is surrounded by her friends and caregivers. From left: JaSara Worley, Brenda Lowder, Shellie Hodson, and seated, Corrine Hodson.

From left: Barbara McCarthy of the St. Francis of Assisi Sewing Ministry presented Denise Williams, the County Veterans Service Officer, with 30 goodie bags that were made during a youth sewing sleep-over on Friday, June 11.

Angelo Lisi, 86, is a new member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and is a US Marine veteran. He invited the Veterans in Arms motorcycle club to the church on June 12.

Members of the Veterans in Arms motorcycle club, church members, and the Sewing Ministry youth posed for a photo after the boys and girls sewed goodie bags for veterans during a sleepover at the church.

Dr. Reverend Robin Reed is Navy veterans and was on hand for the St.Francis of Assisi Sewing Ministry presentation to the veterans.

TALLAHASSEE — As the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday labeled the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus a “variant of concern,” Gov. Ron DeSantis downplayed the potential impact it could have on the state.

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