Friday, Oct 24, 2014

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

Foreclosure rate at a 9-year low

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 -

— During the late 20th and early 21st century, the foreclosure rate was a constant drumbeat: 318 in 1997, 313 in 1998, 333 in 1999.

It’s pumpkin time

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 -

— Two years ago, Katie Brown took over the youth ministry at Memorial United Methodist Church and has directed oodles of fun for the kids: a Jesus party, a splash day, a s...

For those who are addicted or have overdosed

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 -

— When the Highlands County Drug Free Coalition holds a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday, Tracy will probably be there.

Shelby Crossing sold to even larger landlord

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 -

— The former owner of the San Francisco 49ers is now the former owner of Shelby Crossing.

Tearing up the aircraft industry

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 -

— Within the next few months, expect to see a Boeing or an Airbus commercial jet land at Sebring Regional Airport. For a few years, Michael Elkaim wants to dismantle those pla...

Benton, Pigman: Don’t let Florida go to pot

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 -

— If voters approve Amendment 2 in November, it will allow people to receive prescriptions for marijuana, almost at will.

Project Nitrogen to be revealed at Nov. 4 meeting

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 -

— Stephen Weeks thought he was going to present Project Nitrogen at Tuesday’s county commission meeting.

Paying attention to domestic violence

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 -

— Violence isn’t inevitable, and it isn’t somebody else’s problem, says Clerk of Courts Bob Germaine.

Political signs being destroyed

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 -

James Parker appeal denied

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 -

— The appeal of James Hilton Parker has been denied.

More conservation easements purchased

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 -

— When Dean Saunders was in the House of Representatives, he helped pass legislation so that Florida could buy conservation easements. Almost two decades later, he’s ma...

America, Highlands growing more Hispanic

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 -

— International migration likely will surpass births and deaths as the principal driver of U.S. population growth by the middle of this century.

Clerk: Don’t privatize janitors at courthouse

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 -

— Privatizing janitorial services won’t work at Highlands County Courthouse, Clerk of Courts Bob Germaine told county commissioners Tuesday.

After three years, remodeling job unfinished

Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 -

— It’s a case of she said, they said.

Octoberfest was Saturday in Avon Park

Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 -

— Where else to find local artists than the arts and crafts shows, as Cherrie Platt, Joseph Anthony and Nikka Pallone proved Saturday at Octoberfest.

These days, few earn minimum wage

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 -

— Florida’s minimum wage went up to $7.93 per hour in January, 68 cents higher than the federal low.

Who votes and why

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 -

— Richard Norris fits a Pew Research profile of regular voters: He’s lived in his community more than two decades, he’s interested in local politics, and he ...

So, when will this rainy season end?

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 -

— The lakes are full and the water table is high, so expect flooding if rains continue like the past 10 days. That’s from water management and Highlands County official...

Every business should expect cyber attacks

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 -

— There’s a new threat, and so there’s a new normal in network security: every business is vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Is there Facebook after death?

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 -

— Facebookers can compile highlights and, depending on how much they’ve shared (the social media was founded just 10 years ago), there could be movies, photo collection...

County adopts $120 million budget

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 -

— Highlands County commissioners passed on Tuesday a $120.3 million budget, along with an 8.55 millage rate.

Commission OKs more pigs, goats, sheep

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 -

— Residents can own a pot-bellied pig if they have a 10,000 square-foot lot, and farmers can keep nine hogs, sheep or goats. However, County Attorney Ross Macbeth will still b...

Glimpse of Green in Avon Park

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 - Richard Whitman’s membership card starts with a D in front of the number.

Lake Placid woman wins the lottery

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 -

— A Lake Placid health care worker invested $1 on a quick pick for the Sept. 6 Fantasy 5 drawing, and it turned out to be the $254,904.63 winner.

Sebring man charged with drug offenses

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 -

— A 41-year-old Sebring man was charged with six drug-releated offenses Wednesday night after the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Team followed his ...

Murder trial may end Thursday

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 -

— A Sebring man is on trial for murder, accused of shooting another man in the head.

County commissioners reach consensus on property tax increase

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 -

— In most years, the two public hearings after the Highlands County commissioners set the millage rate are just formalities.

Governor stops at Memorial Elementary

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 -

— Three dozen Memorial Elementary students chatted with Rick Scott, but Friday morning was even more special to Aalexis Knight, who achieved perfect scores on the FCAT.

County counts fewer businesses

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 -

—Has Highlands County’s economy fully recovered from the 2007-09 recession?

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