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Saturday, Mar 28, 2015

Pinnell, Gary

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Tourism bureau to study hotel occupancy, how to attract arts visitors

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 - — After his supervisor, Recreation and Natural Resources Director Vicki Pontius, completes John Scherlacher’s evaluation, it will be turned over to County Admini...

Life after 50 Study: older entrepreneurs are a fast-growing group

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 -

— Barbara Akus didn’t realize it when she bought Affordable Flowers, but she’s among a fast-growing group: entrepreneurs over 50.

Worthless Sun N’ Lake properties becoming valuable

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 -

— Sun N’ Lake of Sebring is about to become a lot more valuable.

How many times have you said, ‘I do?’

Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 -

— Richard Reinhardt has been married and divorced twice. “Lisa and I have been together for a number of years now, and we have figured out what it takes to keep our fan...

3,185 pickers live in 199 Highlands houses, mobile homes

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 - — As fruit pickers chatted under a DeSoto Avenue shade tree and laughed, Berningo Garcia relaxed along a chain-link fence surrounding his apartment in Avon Park. The 6...

Who should pay to pave our dirt roads?

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 -

The road and bridge department maintains 210 miles of unpaved roads in Highlands County, Superintendent Kyle Green told county commissioners Tuesday, at a cost of about $100 a mile.

Where do you watch the race?

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 -

— When Marilynn Peterson shoots photos for Racers Edge Motorsports, she faces Turn 10.

County hiring Macbeth as county attorney

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 -

— After working a year to replace County Attorney Ross Macbeth, the Highlands County commissioners decided Tuesday on — Ross Macbeth.

Orange juice futures aren’t bright

Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 -

— A gallon of fresh-squeezed Minute Maid still goes for $4.98 at Sebring Wal-Mart, but OJ sells for twice that price in some supermarkets, according to a Wall Street Journal p...

Garden club sells, gives away Florida-friendly plants

Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 -

— No one, not even Nina Siebold, who is the president, nor Connie Ewell, who provides most of the plants, recalls how many years the Hibiscus Garden Club has given away cutt...

Sun N’ Lake chooses two options for new signs

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 -

— Will Sun N’ Lake have new signs?

Commissioners solidly behind Macbeth

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 -

— Although Highlands County is continuing to receive applications for county attorney until March 16, all five county commissioners said Wednesday they are behind Ross Macbeth...

Rental properties getting tougher to find in Highlands

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 -

— Two days ago, an investor bought a duplex that Betsy Shepard manages.

Recession still depressing local incomes

Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 -

— Highlands is one of a few counties in America that still hasn’t fully recovered from the Great Recession, and it’s affecting our children.

Chief planner resigns

Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 -

— Highlands County Development Services Director Mark Hill resigned Friday after he was suspended for an incident with a female employee.

Accused Pizza Hut, Bob Evans robber to be tried

Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 -

SEBRING – A Lake Placid man accused of robbed Pizza Hut and Bob Evans is scheduled for a two-day trial this week.

Annual report: CareerSource moves up in worker wages

Friday, Mar 6, 2015 -

— Some good news and some sobering news came out of CareerSource Heartland’s just-released 2013-14 annual report.

In trouble on a lake: call 911

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 -

It was an airboat accident earlier this year, and Gary Albin was the first to respond.

Mud boggers, start your engines

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 -

— After more than three years of wrangling with Highlands County commissioners, South Florida Water Management District, the planning department and angry neighbors, Gabe Whit...

CitraPac introduced as ‘Project Nitrogen’

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 -

— It was nine years in the making, but Project Nitrogen was finally introduced to Highlands County commissioners as CitraPac, a new industry which will sell Fruit Pearls at sc...

Quilts as art

Sunday, Mar 1, 2015 -

— There are the mass-produced quilts for sale at Kmart and Dillard’s, and then there are the hundreds of artistic and crafty quilts, on display at the 2015 Highlands Co...

Sun N’ Lake to upgrade entry, direction signs

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 -

— Supervisors consented Friday to what’s likely to cost more than $250,000 in new signs for Sun N’ Lake.

Council asks for evaluation

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 -

— Tourist Development Council Member John Griffin has asked for an evaluation of the director.

Amendment 1: What will voters get for $758 million annually?

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 - — Ben Albritton has a $758 million job this year. He chairs the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, which will guide the Legislature...

Wheels of Steel

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 -

— Keane West saw a Facebook post and decided to show up Saturday at Highlands Hammock State Park. It was a lucky decision, because he won first place in the first-ever wheelch...

A tale of three downtowns: All languished, but now they're being revitalized

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 - SEBRING — Downtown Lake Placid is almost full. Only two buildings on Interlake Boulevard and two on Main Street are empty. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Eileen May is almost satisfied. What else w...

24 loans forgiven

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 -

— On Tuesday, Highlands County commissioners forgave about $200,000 in mortgage and home repair loans to 24 Highlands County homeowners. About four times that many homeowners ...

Little Red Water neighbors concerned AP is reaching too far

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 -

— Terry Heston said the annexation of a portion of the Little Red Water subdivision is about one thing.

Commissioners nix early Sunday liquor sales

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 -

— Yes to Spring Lake, no to Avon Park, and yes to Carl Cool. And no from three commissioners to Sunday morning liquor sales.

Presidents’ Day

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 -

— Highlands County must have a get-around crowd. Our residents have met every president since – get this – Harry Truman.

Fast food remodels

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 -

— It started in 2011 with McDonald’s in Avon Park, which was stripped to its bare walls and foundation. Out went the hard, uncomfortable plastic seats, in came the soft...

Clown Prince of Basketball to speak at church

Friday, Feb 13, 2015 - — Mention Meadowlark Lemon, and sports fans of a certain age will respond, “The Harlem Globetrotters.”

Seniors have questions, Expo has answers

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 -

— Patty Saunders’ first client, a 98-year-old woman, didn’t want to live in a nursing home. So she paid Comfort at Home Caregivers to feed the pets, shop, transp...

USDA: $30 million to citrus fight

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 -

— Psyllid-eating wasps, psyllid-killing fungi, thermal therapy for trees – those are just three of the 15 research projects the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Mo...

Commissioners following privatization goals

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 -

— A year after Highlands County commissioners talked about privatizing a list of county services, plans are proceeding to do just that with janitorial, recycling and the landf...

Hardee County to see a brand-new Florida Hospital Price tag: up to $30 million

Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 -

SEBRING — Florida Hospital will build a new $25 million to $30-million campus in Hardee County.

Sheriff’s office has medical, psych unit

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 -

— Highlands taxpayers might not feel lucky, but $730,000 is way smaller number than $1 billion.

County works out sheriff’s office details

Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 -

— It costs money to save money.

More than 400 ‘Baker Acted’ in county last year

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 -

— In 2014, the Highlands County clerk of the courts processed 380 Baker Act petitions.

Sebring cheerleaders win 2015 championship

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 -

SEBRING — When Sebring High School cheerleaders return from Kissimmee, they will bring back a tall plaque.

The return of the eagle

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 -

— In the 1990s, Dr. Joan Morrison rarely saw a bald eagle in Highlands County.

Highlands Arts League is Sebring’s business of the year

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 -

— The surprise at Thursday’s Sebring Chamber of Commerce banquet was that the Business of the Year wasn’t a business.

Sebring man charged with battery

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 -

— After a Highlands County sheriff’s deputy investigated the case of a missing 16-year-old boy, he returned home and reported he had met a 39-year-old Sebring man for s...

LP man allegedly stole 3,225 gallons of gas

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 -

— A Lake Placid man has been accused of burglary and stealing between $10,000 and $20,000 worth of gasoline and other items from Happiness Farms on CR 621.

LP Police search for burglars

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 -

LAKE PLACID — Police detectives are investigating four burglaries that happened between Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening.

Website checks pharmacies for lowest prices

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 -

— Two questions: how many pharmacies are in Highlands County? Which one has the cheapest price for, say, Lipitor?

Significant rise in premature babies

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 -

— In 2013, 105 Highlands County babies were born prematurely. Nine died.