Hardee County, FL

Duke Energy completes first of 10 community solar projects in Florida

Duke Energy has completed the first of 10 community solar projects in Florida as part of a new program. The 75 MW Fort Green Renewable Energy Center is now supplying clean energy and savings to customers in Hardee County, which marks the launch of the Clean Energy Connection community solar program.
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How some Tampa Bay-area school districts are approaching book bans

TAMPA, Fla — In March, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed multiple bills into law impacting students, parents and school districts. The "Parental Rights in Education" bill has been dubbed by critics as the "Don't Say Gay" bill because it bars educators from teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity to students in kindergarten through third grade. School districts may opt to ban topics of sexual orientation or gender identity beyond third grade if leaders deem them not to be age or developmentally appropriate.
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Crime Stoppers

Heartland Crime Stoppers provides anonymous cash rewards for information regarding crimes occurring in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties. Working hand and hand with local law enforcement agencies, the organization strives to solve with your assistance. If you have information regarding a crime and wish to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime...

Who was voted Herald-Tribune Athlete of the Week for May 2-7?

The votes are in and Parrish Community High baseball player Noah Eatman has been selected the Herald-Tribune Athlete of the Week for May 2-7. He tossed a two-hit shutout to lead the Bulls to a victory over Hardee County in a Class 4A-District 8 semifinal game. He also had two hits, including a double, and two RBI. The Herald-Tribune audience gave Eatman 49.3% of the vote which enabled him to beat out another baseball player, Bronson Sessa, of Cardinal Mooney Catholic School, who received 23.6% of the 2,462 votes cast.

Circuit judges face no opponents as deadline passes

All of the 12 candidates for Circuit Court Judge in Judicial Circuit 10 will be elected without opposition. The qualifying deadline passed April 29, and no challengers filed to oppose the candidates, 11 of whom are incumbent judges. The results will not be certified until after the primary elections on Aug. 23. In other...

Hardee County dairy farm explains why price of milk keeps rising

The price of milk has increased by 7% compared to March of 2021. Well before, your milk hits the kitchen shelf, it originates from the Nickerson Cattle Company, a dairy farm in Hardee County run by fifth-generation farmer Brittany Thurlow-Nickerson. Taking care of more than 2,000 happy cows takes a...

The Dream of Teaching Becomes a Reality for Shelby Spencer

Shelby Spencer has wanted to be a teacher since she was a child. On Tuesday, May 10, she will be the student speaker during SFSC’s 7:30 p.m. spring Commencement ceremony at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts on the Highlands Campus in Avon Park. At the same time, her dream becomes a reality when she is conferred her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEE).