SEBRING — Sebring High School recently received national recognition for its work to increase the number of first-generation college students and students from low-income families who are pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential.

SEBRING — The ProWatercross event at Veterans Beach on Saturday and Sunday will bring plenty of high speed action on Lake Jackson, but to accommodate the dozens of competitors the boat ramps and boat ramp parking will be closed to the public.

In this image from video, Dr. Lindsey Thomas, a forensic pathologist, now retired, testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Friday, April 9, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin i…

SERING — This Tuesday evening the Highlands Tea Party will be hosting Highlands County Superintendent of Schools Brenda Longshore. She and Mentor Program Assistant Debbie Albritton will be discussing the Highlands County schools’ mentoring program.

SEBRING — On Saturday, April 10, there will be a street wedding held in the downtown area, specifically on West Center Avenue. This event will require a section of West Center Avenue to be closed with parking restrictions as well for the duration of the event. The surrounding roadways will r…

1. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and consort of Queen Elizabeth II, was born at the summer retreat of the Greek royal family, Mon Repos, on the island of Corfu off the west coast of Greece, in 1921. At the time, Greece was still using the Julian calendar (and wouldn’t adopt the Gregor…

Highlands County road projects for which the Florida Department of Transportation has issued a road advisory:

SEBRING — A School Board of Highlands County paraprofessional has been arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse after an investigative review of a video showed she pushed and physically attacked a 16-year-old special education student.

Highlands County got another mixed bag as far as COVID numbers go on Friday when the Florida Department of Health released the daily coronavirus report. After coming off a good day on Thursday, where all the numbers were decreasing, the county saw an increase in new cases and more deaths but…

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Robert Lesslie — the South Carolina physician and author who authorities say was killed, along with three family members and a repairman, by former NFL player Phillip Adams — frequently wrote of the fragility of life and a deep-seated Christian faith that guided him per…

TALLAHASSEE — A Senate panel Thursday put on hold a proposal that would give free online courses at state universities to veterans, active duty military members and other people who “went another direction” instead of finishing degrees. Consideration of the “State University Free Seat Progra…

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LAKE PLACID — Once again proving that all superheroes don’t wear capes, Lake Placid Police Department’s Sgt. Mostyn Mullins was recognized for his efforts in the community, both on and off the clock. Congressman Greg Steube presented Mullins with April’s Congressional MVP Award for Florida’s…

A lot of folks attending the 2021 Heritage Festival will be coming to a town that has disappeared but has had an important past. The only identifying piece to the town is a Florida State Historical Marker on the side of the road. The following will provide some information as to what occurre…

To celebrate Highlands County’s 100th Anniversary, the newly formed Heritage Association, is sponsoring a two-day, family-friendly 2021 Highlands County Heritage Festival April 17-18. The celebration will be held at the historic Edna Pearce Lockett Estate, located at Fort Basinger at the Hig…

SEBRING — Federal funding will help the School Board of Highlands County add teachers for the 2021-22 school year with the preliminary allocation plan showing an increase of 30.5 school level instructional positions.

TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Wilton Simpson made clear Wednesday he supports banning COVID-19 “passports” that would prove people have been vaccinated, despite calls from the cruise industry to allow their use after ships have been docked for more than a year because of the pandemic.

SEBRING — Delray Daedon Kendrick, 42, of Sebring, was arrested just before 2 a.m. on April 2 by Highlands County Sheriff’s Office deputies. He is being charged with selling marijuana, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a weapon/ammo by a convicted felon, possession of drug equipment…

TALLAHASSEE — A plan to use taxes on sales by out-of-state online retailers to help Florida businesses is heading back to the Senate for a final vote after passing the House on Thursday. With several Democrats arguing that working Floridians will be hurt by the proposal, the House voted 93-2…

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced a half-dozen executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing a proliferation of gun violence across the nation that he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment.”

SEBRING — Firefighters in Highlands County have been very busy of late with both structure fires and brush fires as well as their usual calls. Wednesday afternoon proved to be no exception with two separate fires that destroyed residences and one causing a brush fire.

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Highlands County had its new cases of coronavirus increase by 21 per the Florida Department of Health’s daily COVID-19 update on Thursday – a small improvement over the past few days. In fact, most of the coronavirus numbers have seen some improvement.

LAKE PLACID — Katreka Carter came back to her old stomping ground of Highway Park to host her book signing and meet and greet on March 27 at the Village Green Resource Center. The event brought friends and family as well as non-fiction romance fans together while they met the author.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck — and was bearing down with most of his weight — the entire 9 1/2 minutes the Black man lay facedown with his hands cuffed behind his back, a use-of-force expert testified Wednesday at Chauvin’s murder trial.

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday threw her weight behind a “short, uniform lockdown” as the country grapples with a high level of coronavirus cases fueled by the spread of a more contagious variant first detected in Britain.

This week, Florida expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to all residents 16 and older. But across the state, more than 70,000 people still don’t have access to the vaccine. Those men and women are Florida state prisoners.

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