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Monday, Apr 20, 2015

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

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.

Various issues addressed in bills sponsored by local representatives

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 -

— If Cary Pigman has his way, kids and international travelers could visit their pharmacist or their doctor for immunizations.

A second home

Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 -

— Tia Hildebrant majors in psychology and anthropology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. She’s a sophomore, but she can already see how apes seem to have the same b...

Why aren’t we growing? Highlands County population still under 100,000

Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 -

— The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area gained 66,000 people in one year, but Highlands County lost population and still hasn’t returned to pre-recession...

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 ...