Monday, Dec 22, 2014

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

Rescue squad practices in confined space

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 -

— It was just three years ago and about three blocks away at a former Georgia Pacific plant that a 300,000 gallon water tank burst, collapsing a building and killing two w...

Lake Jackson canal to be dredged

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 -

— Although it’s passable now, the City of Sebring is paying $200,000 to move its utilities and the Florida Department of Transportation will take bids next year to dred...

Highlands County has a bear problem

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 -

— They’re meat eaters, so polar bears and grizzly bears attack humans.

Three dozen road, airport projects planned

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 -

— Two in Lake Placid. Two at Sun N’ Lake of Sebring. Four more for Avon Park Executive Airport. Four around Lake Josephine. Thirteen surrounding Sebring. Roadwork is ev...

Commission fires Orlando ad agency

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 -

— Highlands County commissioners cancelled a contract with a high-powered Orlando advertising agency which didn’t do a “wow” job on a tourism project. Com...

Pardon me boys, is that the Highlands County choo choo?

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 -

— Locomotives cost $500. Each full-length train, boxcars, tracks may cost $10,000. Sebring Model Railroad Club’s entire setup at Lakeshore Mall takes nearly an entire d...

For Christmas, Ranae Rivera will finally meet her mother

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 - — All her life, Ranae Rivera had wanted to find her birth mother, so she submitted her name to the Florida Adoption Registry as soon as she turned 18.

Long life doesn’t equal healthy income

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 -

— The poor economy and old age are increasingly uncomfortable for Highlands County seniors, according to new U.S. Census figures.

Dogfighter found guilty

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 -

— It took a Highlands County jury just 30 minutes to find James Thomas Reed guilty of fighting dogs and cruelty to animals.

Sun N’ Lake seeks tax exemptions

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 -

— Sun N’ Lakes of Sebring will try again to persuade the Highlands County appraiser to exempt its golf course and tennis courts from property taxes.

The unlovely sand skink

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 -

— Highlands County may have to pay $378,000 to solve a sand skink problem.

Alleged dogfighter in court today

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 -

— James Reed was scheduled to be in court Tuesday and today to answer 22 charges of cruelty to animals and using animals to fight or bait.

Three EMS stations on hold

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 -

— If not now, when? That’s the question Harvey Craven asked.

Grimsley promoted to upper echelon

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 -

— “The Florida Senate may be a conservative chamber run by wealthy white men,” the Miami Herald blogged Friday, “but it is gradually injecting some women ...

Taxpayers aren’t liable for HRMC

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 -

— Concerned the county could be answerable for Highlands Regional Medical Center, Commissioner Greg Harris asked for a briefing.

TV 3.0

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 -

— Robert X. Cringely calls it TV 3.0.

Commissioners choose option to replace county attorney

Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014 -

— Commissioners picked a method for replacing the county attorney, worried about the rising cost of building a new sheriff’s office, and rejected a suggestion that they...

Process begins to replace county attorney

Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 -

— If commissioners approve a hiring process on Tuesday, Highlands County will take another step toward an in-house attorney.

Report: IDA-EDC is unprepared

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 -

— Highlands County has much of what it needs – comparatively cheap land and labor – but the community isn’t doing what it must to attract economic develop...

Which county services should be privatized?

Friday, Nov 28, 2014 -

— In addition to picking up the garbage, Progressive Waste Solutions has operated the landfill in several places, so Commissioner Jim Brooks suggested privatizing the Highland...

County changes worker’s comp policy

Friday, Nov 28, 2014 - — Updated worker’s compensation policies will be stricter for employees and better spell out Highlands County’s responsibilities.

We want to know: Are you a cord cutter?

Friday, Nov 28, 2014 -

More than 90 percent of American households pay for TV, according to the Nielsen Co., which rates how many people watch.

Project Nitrogen delay explained

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 -

— The owners of the school lunch program manufacturing concern code named Project Nitrogen may not be introduced to the public this year.

Who’s the Biggest Loser?

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 - — After Bettye Hart competes in a race, she usually wears the T-shirt to class the next day. Her sixth- and eighth-grade Avon Park Middle School students ask, a little...

Paradise to build aircraft in Sebring

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 -

— Back in 2005, Paradise Aircraft had a distributor at Sebring Regional Airport.

Blue Head Ranch sells again

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 -

— Blue Head Ranch has sold for a second time in one year.

New sheriff’s building $2.5 million over budget

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 - — Construction projects often finish over budget, but commissioners were nevertheless stunned to hear a 22 percent difference between their county engineer’s pre...

Hospital suing county over property taxes

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 -

Highlands Regional Medical Center has been suing the county over its property taxes since 2007; commissioners voted Tuesday to close a half-mile of Shop 16 Road at the reque...

Week of the Family All the fun allowed on a Saturday

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 -

— This was the first time Malachi Millerd and Logan McGilberry had ever been on a horse. Both boys squealed and looked proudly at their parents.

America’s band

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 -

AVON PARK – Only a few American bands can sing 15 hits and still leave out favorites like “Since I Lost My Baby,” and “You’re My Everything.”

Finding subcontractors difficult as construction picks up

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 -

— David Spain is building eight new houses at once, but when he was hired to put up a house in Golf Hammock, he brought his own Polk County subcontractors.

County reorganization

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 - —Highlands County management was reorganized last month to become more streamlined.

School protest

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 -

Brandy Grantham and her mother, Sara Gilbreath, stand in front the district office of the School Board of Highlands County Tuesday to show their disapproval with the school district concerning issues affecting Grantham&#...

Who pays the bill?

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 -

— A hearing has been set for today and Thursday in Tallahassee for Florida hospitals that are challenging state policy on who will pay for emergency care for undocumented immi...

Thousands came to CCC Festival

Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 -

— It was the CCC Festival, but the star may have been a six-foot reptile with a red tail.

Parkway phase 2 picks up new funds

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 -

— There may eventually be a Sebring Parkway Phase 4, but not in the next few years.

The secret life of chili

Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 -

— So, what’s the secret to award-winning chili?

Tax collections are increasing

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 -

— After seven straight years of falling real estate tax levies, the number is finally rising again.

County’s HR manager fired

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 -

— Melissa Bruns, the human resources manager for Highlands County, was terminated Tuesday.

Contrarian voters

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 -

— Highlands County has proven one of the most steadfastly conservative in Florida, but there are contrarian precincts.

County sells marl pit, 27 other properties

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 -

— Commissioners disregarded a petition and a request not to sell the abandoned county marl pit to a bidder who may want to raise alligators. They also agreed to look into havi...

Highlands County slams medical pot, supported Scott and other incumbents

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 -

— Highlands County voters chose incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott over Democrat Charlie Crist, 18,840 to 11,041, and preferred not to legalize medical marijuana with Consti...

Spring Lake breaks ground on stormwater treatment

Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 -

— Spring Lake Improvement District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection broke ground Oct. 31 on a 70-acre storm water system improvement project, which w...

While you were gone: Highlands County stayed busy this summer

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 -

Building inspector saw rural county become a micropolitan area

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 -

— There’s a world where Lakeshore Mall and Shelby Crossing didn’t exist. There was only one movie theater in Highlands County, and it was the twin screen at Sebr...

Thousands turn out for Sebring's annual Arts festival

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 - — Maria Boley goes to arts and crafts festivals as far away as Mount Dora and Coconut Grove,

Sheriff’s captain finds his father, and learns of hereditary cancer

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 -

— It’s not a coincidence, and it’s not fate; Randy LaBelle thinks it’s an act of God.

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