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Friday, May 29, 2015

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

Tourism director resigns

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - — Tourist Development Council Director John Scherlacher resigned Tuesday.

Three hire lawyers in SNL dustup

Thursday, May 28, 2015 -

— Public Works Director Greg Griffin has retained an attorney, and two Sun N’ Lake supervisors are now asking for the district to pay for their lawyers as well. Possibl...

Business establishments making up recession losses

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -

— Olivia Goolsby opened LaShimmer last November in downtown Sebring.

County has new housing coalition

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -

Heartland Community Housing Organization has expanded its charter to include two more south-central Florida counties, hired an executive director, and beefed up its marketing plan.

YMCA Family Fun Day draws a crowd

Monday, May 25, 2015 -

— It was all fun and games Saturday morning during Family Fun Day at the Highlands County Family YMCA, but don’t miss the point.

Sebring carjacker found dead in St. Pete

Saturday, May 23, 2015 -

— A 44-year-old Sebring man wanted for attempted murder, kidnapping and carjacking in Polk County has been found dead in St. Petersburg.

Fountains, benches planned for Lake Jackson

Friday, May 22, 2015 -

— Water fountains, benches, bike racks and new playground equipment are planned for parks in Sebring and Highlands Park.

Texting while driving hard to enforce, fines are minimal

Thursday, May 21, 2015 -

— Allie Slager and her friends were headed to the beach a few months ago.

Lake Charlotte residents to decide on county maintenance

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 -

— Residents will decide for themselves whether Lake Charlotte will be accepted for county maintenance.

County may spend $600,000 on sand skinks

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 -

— Highlands County commissioners had a choice Tuesday: buy conservation credits for $374,981, or buy 50 acres of land for $600,000.

Two new designer synthetics being sold in South Florida

Saturday, May 16, 2015 -

— Is the newest designer drug here in Highlands County?

Old time religion

Friday, May 15, 2015 -

— By 2050, Muslims will overtake Jews as the second-largest religious sect in America. That’s according to a Pew Research Center estimate.

Recycling proposal put off until June

Friday, May 15, 2015 -

— Progressive Waste Solutions has estimated Highlands County could save $10 million over a 20-year period. Discussions about the company taking over the landfill and recycling...

Doubleday, Jahna resign from IDA-EDC board

Thursday, May 14, 2015 -

— Donna Doubleday resigned Wednesday as the chairwoman of the Highlands County IDA-EDC, and Fred Jahna also announced he was quitting as secretary of the board.

Fla. Supreme Court chief pushes for civil justice

Thursday, May 14, 2015 -

— If a low-income Floridian is arrested, his liberty is endangered, so the Constitution requires the judge to appoint a public defender. “There is no such thing in a ci...

Drunk and drugged drivers take to our roads

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 -

— See that car coming?

Hurner the new extension director

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 -

— Laurie Hurner has become the Highlands County extension director.

Who loves smart phones more, kids or seniors?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 -

— Ray and Beverly White wouldn’t travel without their iPhones and iPads.

Info, IT jobs make small local footprint

Sunday, May 10, 2015 -

— The information sector has a tiny impact on Highlands County’s workforce, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Career Source Heartland.

Capital budget: five years of shortfalls predicted

Friday, May 8, 2015 -

— The $23.6 million commissioners borrowed Tuesday to build Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and Sebring Parkway Phase 3 will balance the capital budget until Fiscal Y...

Commissioners frustrated with slow construction

Thursday, May 7, 2015 -

One Highlands County commissioner got tired on Tuesday of county projects that seem to continue for years without progress.

Illegal dumps

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 -

— Should Highlands County pay up to $300,000 for anti-dumping campaigns, whistleblower rewards, hidden cameras, tire buybacks, waived tipping fees, and one deputy assigned onl...

County borrows $23.6 million to pay for sheriff’s office, Parkway Phase 3 Illegal dump program adopted

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 -

— Now the Highlands County commissioners know where the money will come from to build a new sheriff’s office and to complete Sebring Parkway Phase 3.

CitraPac groundbreaking scheduled for this month

Saturday, May 2, 2015 -

— CitraPac will schedule a May ground breaking for its manufacturing center at Sebring Regional Airport, company president Dan Harshmann said.

Florida may allow online voter registration

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 -

— Penny Ogg has been Highlands County’s election supervisor for more than two years, and no one has ever asked her about online voter registration.

Legislative session falls apart

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 -

— At the very moment Speaker Steve Crisafulli adjourned on Tuesday afternoon, Cary Pigman was shuttling between the House and the Senate. Dr. Pigman and his friend, RN Denise ...

Fifth annual festival attracts 20 vendors, hundreds of people to Avon Park

Monday, Apr 27, 2015 -

— Janet Wirries baked 300 blueberry muffins for the fifth annual Bluegrass Blueberry Festival on Saturday.

Grow house smoke still drifting through court

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 -

— When Highlands County Sheriff’s office was contracted to police the City of Avon Park, Sheriff Susan Benton hired almost the entire police force, including Hiram Obre...

Lorida road rage suspect still in jail

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 -

LORIDA — Eight months after running down a neighbor in what may have been a road-rage incident, a Lake Istokpoga man is still awaiting trial in Highlands County Jail.

Dollar General plans to build three new stores

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 -

– While Sam’s Club ponders, the competition is building stores.

Marital discord could lead to parental alienation

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 - — When a child continually belittles and insults one parent without justification, that’s a sign of parental alienation.

All are winners

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 -

For the first time in the 12-year history of the Administrative Professional luncheon, the selection committee stalemated in selecting only one Professional Of The Year. The dedication, qualifications, and commitment of ...

Stephenson, Leavitt left off tourism commission

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 - — County commissioners have talked for years about not appointing the same members again and again to the 28 citizen committees. On Tuesday, they did it, leaving veter...

Citrus land prices declining

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 -

— Sales prices for Central Florida citrus acreages ranged from $5,300 to more than $16,500 per acre, depending on the health and production of the grove, Lakeland real estate ...

This is marriage equality in Highlands County

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 -

— When United Church of Christ in Sebring called George Miller to be their new pastor, he was open about being gay.

Brandon Ball files for sheriff

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 -

— Highlands County now has five candidates for sheriff.

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Friday, Apr 17, 2015 -

— IDA-EDC board of directors will interview candidates for the executive director’s position in late April.

Money pours in to legislators’ campaign funds

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 -

— Florida lawmakers are barred from raising campaign cash during the legislative session.

Healthy Start ends health department contract

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 -

— After June 30, the health department will no longer provide Healthy Start services for hundreds of Highlands County mothers and children each year, officials from both agenc...

Governor, Senate far apart on Medicaid expansion

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 -

— Two Highlands County hospitals will lose almost than $2.9 million if the governor and the Legislature don’t accept Medicaid expansion.

AP Air Force Range involved in $150 million construction contract

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 -

— The Avon Park Bombing Range and MacDill Air Force Base have been awarded a $150 million contract by the Department of Defense, but don’t expect to see massive const...

Highlands manufacturing down 38% in 10 years

Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 -

— Highlands County has lost 426 manufacturing jobs over the past decade, according to the 2012 U.S. Census of industry statistics.

SNL opts for just three new signs

Friday, Apr 10, 2015 -

— Sun N’ Lake supervisors have backed away from a replacing a half-million dollars worth of outdoor signs.

Predictions: $2 gasoline

Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 -

— Don’t be surprised to see $2 gas again, and it may happen soon.

Highlands County may buy the Boy Scout House

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 -

— Highlands County may buy the Boy Scout House, 300 Eucalyptus, but commissioners don’t want to pay the $118,000 asking price.

Operation Green Light

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 -

— So, you got a speeding ticket, but you couldn’t afford to pay. Thirty days later, your license was suspended.

Easter services abound Saturday

Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 -

— Jesus is the reason for the season, said one T-shirt, but the kids were at Grace Church, Henscratch Farms, Memorial United Methodist Church and Heartland Horses and Handicap...

Lakes are full: What will happen when rainy season starts?

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 -

— Lake Jackson sunk to 96.37 feet above sea level in June 2008. “Which is as low as anybody can recall,” Lakes Manager Clell Ford at the time.

Cheap gas didn’t fuel consumption

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 -

— Gasoline prices dipped below $3 per gallon in October and under $2 in January, so people probably started driving more?

The Garden Cafe gains more attention

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 -

There was no if-you-build-it-they-will-come moment for Lolly McLane.